Sunday, September 19, 2010

Raya yang tidak Raya

Raya yang tidak Raya


Raya yang tidak Raya

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 03:42 PM PDT

Pada petang hari Raya yang kedua (sabtu 11hb) saya mengambil keputusan untuk kembali kekampong asal dimana saya dilahirkan untuk menziarah ibu saudara saya sebelah ibu dan bapa saudara saya disebelah bapa saya.

Sampai sahaja dirumah ibu saudara saya dikampong Sungei Jelutung saya dapati ibu saudara saya memang tidak sihat dan saya amat merasa sedih melihat kesihatannya yang tidak menentu. Isteri saya terus kedapur untuk membuat minuman teh untuk saya dan anak-anak serta minuman untuk cucu saya, Danny.

Malangnya dirumah itu tidak ada bekalan air sejak sehari sebelum Hari Raya dan kata ibu saudara saya itu merupakan perkara biasa disetiap Hari Raya. Saya tidak dapat membayangkan betapa susahnya ibu saudara saya dan keseluruhan penduduk kampong itu menghadapi hari lebaran setiap tahun.

"Tak taulah, macam mano nak mandi besok! Nak masak susah, nak mandi susah, mak cik tak sihat" kata ibu saudara saya sedih. Hanya tinggal sedikit untuk memasak air untuk membuat the untuk saya didalam cerek yang tua itu.

Selepas itu, saya pergi menziarahi bapa saudara saya dikampong Bintungan yang tidak beberapa jauh dari kampong saya itu. Disitu juga saya dapati tidak ada bekalan air sejak 3 hari dan sepupu saya mengatakan, "Hari Raya ni mandi sekali sehari sahaja. Air tak cukup! Sebelum tidur, lap lap badan sikit-sikit saja"

Keluarga bapa saudara saya kata keadaan itu berlaku setiap tahun. Tidak pernah cukup air dan ini merupakan fenomena biasa. Dikampong-kampong bersebelahannya pun menghadapi masalah yang sama. Anak-anak dan cucu-cucu yang telah bersedia untuk bercuti raya agak lama kembali keKuala Lumpur , Seremban dan mana-mana kerana tidak cukup air.

Hanya setakat hendak mengingatkan orang-orang dikampong untuk bertanya, "sudah kah berjumpa dengan Ahli Mesyuarat Kerajaan Kawasan itu yang kebetulan rumahnya hanya tidak sampai satu batu dari rumah saya itu?"

Saya juga hairan kenapa EXCO lantikkan Mohammad Hasan tidak ambil pusing tentang masalah ini sedangkan keadaan ini berlaku setiap hari raya? Jika beliau tidak dapat untuk melaksanakan tugas maka pada tahun hadapan anak-anak kampong tidak payah balek beraya dikampong, sebaleknya membawa ibu bapa, nenek dan saudara mara keKuala Lumpur, Sremban, Melaka dan mana-mana kerana jika tidak ada air bagaimanalah mereka dikampong itu untuk merayakan hari lebaran dengan anak-anak serta cucu-cucu masing-masing?

Kita baru sahaja merayakan hari kemerdekaan yang ke 53 kalinya tetapi keperluan asas pun masih tidak mencukupi untuk rakyat dikampong saya dan kampong bersebelahan untuk menikmati kemakmuran dan kejayaan yang di gembar-gemburkan.

Orang kampong saya bukannya hendak membuat 'proposal' untuk membangunkan Tanah Lapangan Terbang Sungei Besi; hanya setakat mahukan bekalan air yang mencukupi untuk memasak dan membasuh sahaja.

Orang kampong saya bukannya hendak membida projek besar-besar seperti projek-projek yang diminta oleh syarikat-syarikat besar untuk membina laluan berkembar keretapi dengan harga melambung sehingga puluhan billion ringgit; hanya setakat untuk mendapatkan bekalan air untuk berwudhuk dan beribadah sahaja.

Orang kampong saya bukannya orang kaya raya yang mampu menghantar sepuluh juta ringgit kekotaraya London untuk simpanan; hanya setakat hendakkan air yang mencukupi untuk beraya dengan anak-anak serta cucu-cucu yang pulang berhari raya setahun sekali.

Itu sahaja pemintaan orang kampong saya. Saya berharap Mohammad Hasan akan melakukan sesuatu untuk orang kampong saya melalui EXCO lantikkannya yang setakat ini tidak tahu membuat sesuatu untuk saudara mara dikampongnya sendiri.

Bukannya apa. Orang kampong jangan diperlakukan sebagai tempat untuk menaikkan diri sendiri sahaja. Kapada ADUN yang juga EXCO lantikkan Mohammad itu, saya berpesan sebagai orang sekampong, tinggalkanlah nama, jangan tinggalkan belang.

Malu-malulah sikit! Lalu lalang dengan berderebar didepan mata orang kampong tetapi bekalan air pun tak mencukupi. Jangan jadi seperti kaduk naik junjung, atau sikudung dapat cincin.


Hats & responsibilities

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 02:47 PM PDT

A man who wears two hats has greater difficulty in stating his position than one who wears only one.

If a man wears both the UMNO president hat as well as the PM hat, and faces the twin and competing problems of ketuanan Melayu polemical demands and loss of support from the nons with the consequential probability of losing power in the next general election, how would or should he strategize out of this dilemma?

Sure, he can tap dance but that's not going to work – not in a world where unedited information flows to all via the Internet and a hungry opposition stands ready to replace him. How does he answer to both sides? Ops Lalang II?

We leave this man to work it out, and go to the man who once wore both the UMNO president hat as well as the PM hat though now wears neither, but chooses to wear a new hat, that of the ethnic warrior. It's full reversion to the beginning of the circle he started in his political career.

He doesn't carry the responsibility of the man who wears two hats so he feels unfettered and free to give full rein to his preference. He's back to his once blinkered views.

Leaders like to leave the political stage in a burst of glory, but though he had left he still wants his burst of ethnic glory. Sayang saja!


'Pregnant school' gets students

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 10:25 AM PDT

A good start. Five pregnant teens will enrol at the Sekolah Harapan in Jasin today. The Form Four and Form Five students are from Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Johor.

The school, specially 'designed' to cater for teenagers who got pregnant out of wedlock, is also meant to reduce, if not halt, baby dumping case which is on the rise in the country (read here).

However, Chief Minister Ali Rustam, in announcing this yesterday did not say whether the students, of whom one is a Chinese, are already married to their 'boyfriends' as getting-married-first is a 'compulsary permit' for them to enrol.

The idea received pros and cons response when it was announced about two months ago. The Opposition and some NGOs lambasted it as not practical because it would encourage our teenagers to indulge themselves in free sex while some quarters supported it.

I was in Kelantan during Hari Raya. I was told that some 'madrasah' in the State were issued with 'sembahyang raya' sermons about the issue, which among others made fun of the Sekolah Harapan and Ali himself, that the school is built on 'sins'.

I dont know how many more young pregnant girls will seek 'protection' at the school but I am sure those involved will undergo special rehabilitation programme aided by Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka.

What is your comment, friends?


What Are They Up To?

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 12:16 PM PDT

It was a quiet Sunday today. After sending JJ to Sentral this morning because he was supposed to witness an ad shoot or something, I was home the whole day. By the way, JJ is still out there somewhere but it's OK because he is getting relevant exposure in his chosen line of work.

Sometime in the late afternoon, someone rang the doorbell and looking out the window I saw four young-looking people. At first impression, I thought they were students doing some part-time survey or promo thingy. There was a guy and three girls. They told me they had something to share (regarding Christianity of course) and asked for a few minutes of my time. On closer scrutiny, none of them looked anything above 23 (Krystyn's age) and curiosity got the better of me so I invited them in.

The group said they had just graduated. My initial evaluation after a brief introduction was through visual impression. The guy (from Sarawak) who looked typically nerdy said he graduated overseas (did not say what discipline).

The three girls had distinctly different looks from each other. A prettier one had graduated from Universiti Malaya in accounting (looked to, and did have a better command of English), another who looked definitely ordinary had a degree in marketing from UPM or UKM, while the third (also from Sarawak) was a graduate in finance and economics I think. She was definitely in need of professional skin care. The second and the third girls appeared more enthusiastic and they revealed later that they were not born into Christian families but had recently converted to the faith.

I suppose they were all reasonably intelligent kids.

The guy was the leader and I prompted him to begin his "sharing". They must have been taught by their church elders some form of canned presentation; everytime he mention a seemingly "salient" point the second and third girl would chorus his words in tandem as if cued. Anyway, they were trying to sell me Jesus...

Guy: "Uncle, all you have to do is to embrace the Spirit" (followed by girls' chorus on cue).
Me: "How do I do that?"
Guy: "Just say three simple words" (followed by girls' chorus on cue).
Me: "Wah! So easy wan ah. Say what ah?"
Guy: "The Lord Jesus"
Me: "You sure or not? So simple only ah. Just say the words and I can go to Heaven ah?"
Guy: "No lah, you have to accept Jesus in your mind (he did say "mind") by saying the three words then the Spirit will grow in you and you are on your way".

I was of course amused by the whole thing but felt I should stop wasting their time because they were certainly wasting mine. Moreover, I was already laughing in my mind because they reminded me of Boney M singing "The Rivers of Babylon":



What concerned me was that these 4 Chinese youth who admitted to not having had any life-shaking upheavals in life yet, are so besotted and obsessed with their religion which they obviously had not sufficiently studied in depth.

I was thinking they should be channeling their energy and devotion towards joining hands with other youths of Malaysia in demanding a better future for themselves in THIS promised land called Malaysia.

The session ended with me advising them to study Christianity in greater width and depth, and more importantly, also study the religions of others. But most important of all; find out in wider perspective what the increasing numbers of "Non-believers" believe. Gain more knowledge before deciding to put on the blinkers!

The guy was of course not very pleased that he was made to look rather unconvincing in front of his "flock". Hope they learnt something.

Hmmm... JJ is still out in KL somewhere. I know he has the same degree of dedication as the 4 youths but his is to learn as much, in the shortest possible time by creating opportunities and at the same time, not wasting opportunities that come his way.

Watch the following video too and see what many other Malaysian youth are doing:



...and this was a prequel:


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Liputan Isu Royalti Minyak Kelantan Oleh Al-Jazeera

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 08:54 AM PDT

There is nothing wrong with BN government under Najib..let us be clear on this!

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 08:41 AM PDT


Traitors and conspirators!


But there is something wrong with a Malay-led opposition parties supported by a Chinese chauvinist led opposition party trying all sorts of tricks to destroy something that has been working for at least 53 years.
I am going to say this very clearly and I am not going to repeat it again! There is nothing wrong with Malaysia under a Malay Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, leading the country with his majority Umno-led coalition ruling the country.
However, there is something wrong with the opposition, led by Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, trying to change the scheme of things in this multi-racial soceity where everyone is equal under the sun except when they want to be the Paramount Ruler and in their attempt to abolish the constitutional monarchical system, this is simply cannot happens. Sadly enough, the opposition is on a perpetual onslaught against the ruling party, the BN, until hell breaks loose. Hell is not what we want!!
As an example, if you believe the prime minister and his wife are involved in a gruesome murder then there is something with your ability to rationalise situatioins. If you believe that is true well then you have made your choice to believe, when deep inside you know how ridiculous it is.
For your simplicity in assuming the man and his wife are stupid enough to commit such heinous crime, well what can I say, but only you are forgiven.

On this matter I think the authorities should concentrate on investigating whether the opposition was the one involved in committing the grisly murder. We know for a fact that a foreign national was blown up with C4, but I think even many of the most gullible ones still cannot believe Najib and his wife have anything to do with it.
I would put my money on someone within the opposition responsible for the murder and tried to pin it on Najib via a series of loosely fabricated circumstantial connection, such as the victim once worked as a translator for a man many believe to be Najib "close friend". Najib has many "close friends", always remember this!
The opposition will not let up in its attack on trying to make Najib guilty, because the opposition believe this is the only way to destroy a Malay led coalition led by a Malay-dominated Umno, is to inflict the greatest lies that will make everyone believes, well apparently now not everyone think so .
Well good luck to them! Meanwhile, if we care for Malaysia just reject Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim and his notion of one day to lead a country that has been conclusively proven to be working under the present government!
On other note I, and the rest of Malaysia would like the judicial system of this country to hasten the sodomy trial of Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim and to find him guilty or innocent.
If he is innocent set him free and if he is found guilty of all charges put him away and throw the keys to the bottom of the nearest bottomless pit!


Man's best friends and the woman who loves them

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 07:02 AM PDT


Tatalaku Pemilihan Parti Keadilan

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 06:58 AM PDT

 Dari Pusat Parti Keadilan

1. Setiap anggota tidak boleh menyalahgunakan kedudukan dan kuasa-kuasa dalam Parti dengan tujuan mempengaruhi keputusan pemilihan Parti.

 

2. Setiap anggota tidak boleh memberi atau menerima dari anggota lain sebarang bentuk rangsangan, termasuklah (tetapi tidak terhad) hadiah-hadiah, wang, derma, makanan, dan perkhidmatan dengan tujuan untuk mempengaruhi keputusan pemilihan Parti.

 

3. Setiap anggota tidak boleh mencederakan, mengugut atau menyebabkan tekanan terhadap mana-mana anggota parti dengan tujuan untuk mempengaruhi keputusan pemilihan Parti.

 

4. Setiap anggota tidak boleh memfitnah, mengeji, menghina, menjalankan kempen atau serangan berupa cacian terhadap calon lain atau kehidupan peribadi calon atau keluarganya.

 

5. Setiap anggota tidak boleh menganjurkan dan menggunakan sebarang jamuan sebagai sebahagian daripada kempennya dengan tujuan mempengaruhi keputusan pemilihan Parti. "Jamuan" bermaksud acara jamuan/kenduri yang lengkap dengan makanan dan minuman.

 

6. Pada masa Pemilihan parti, tatatertib anggota berkaitan dengan pemilihan akan dikendalikan oleh Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) dan jika anggota berkenaan didapati bersalah, JPP diberikan kuasa untuk memutuskan berkenaan pencalonan anggota tersebut mahupun keputusan terhadap pemilihan calon anggota tersebut serta apa-apa tindakan lain yang difikirkan wajar dan sesuai dalam tempoh kempen pemilihan tersebut. Tempoh kempen bermula daripada penghantaran notis pengishtiharaan tarikh-tarikh pemilihan parti daripada Setiausaha Agung Parti kepada cabang-cabang sehingga pengishtiharaan keputusan muktamad di Kongres Nasional.

 

PENJELASAN TAMBAHAN


Ketika kempen pemilihan, kamu boleh melakukan hal-hal berikut:

1. Kamu boleh mengadakan forum dan ceramah tetapi tidak terbuka untuk orang awam, hanya kepada anggota parti. Sebarang bentuk makanan yang dihidangkan dalam majlis tersebut tidak boleh lebih daripada minuman ringan.

 

2. Kamu boleh mengadakan jamuan seperti majlis buka puasa, rumah terbuka sebagai program parti biasa tetapi tidak boleh menggunakannya bagi tujuan untuk berkempen dan mempengaruhi undi pemilihan.

 

Kamu tidak boleh melakukan hal-hal berikut:

1. Kamu tidak boleh menggunakan sebarang bentuk politik wang atau sogokan atau hadiah.

 

2. Kamu tidak boleh memfitnah atau mengeji calon lain.

 

3. Kamu tidak boleh menggunakan sebarang bentuk kekerasan atau ugutan


蔡细历失望遭错误标签马华非种族主义政党

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 05:40 AM PDT

(麻坡19日讯)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历指出,马华不应基于是以华基,或单一种族代表的政党,而被标签为一个种族主义的政党。

他不否认,无论是朝野政党,都会依种族及宗教来得到人民支持,但他强调,任何发言者皆须对有关课题,持以高度敏感的态度。

他对于马华因为是属于单一种族或纯华人代表的政党,往往被指,甚至标签为种族主义的政党,感到失望,他认为这是错误指责。

他昨晚为麻县华青团主办的中秋园游会主持开幕仪式后,在记者会上这么指出。

互相接纳社会和谐

蔡细历提及,我国虽然可看到一些以多元种族为主的政党,但事实是,有关政党却有近99%领袖是华人代表,且谈论的都是华人课题。

"有关政党就因为只有其中1%的非华族代表,可被承认是多元种族的政党。"

此外,蔡细历说,他非常认同首相有关避免伤害他族感受,促请人民勿挑敏感字眼的看法。

《中国报》19-09-2010


Roti Kapada Aur Makaan, Is Ghani Patail the ace in the royal flash if Najib remove the ace what will happen to Mahathir and his gang? no need to use I.S.A like Mahathir did

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 05:33 AM PDT

Shahidan Shafie (his hand slightly covering his face) in conference with the Attorney-General

Is Ghani Patail the ace in the royal flash

The Attorney-General (with the double-chin in two-tone shirt) and Tajuddin Ramli (white skullcap and hand on his chin) both arriving at Shahidan Shafie's home




DAP is not surprised at UMNO Secretary-General Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor's reversal of his previous stand against Perkasa by denying that he had said his Barisan Nasional (BN) colleagues agreed to keep the ruling coalition from Perkasa. After all Tengku Adnan had no choice but to support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's statement yesterday that Umno did not want to stir conflict with any non-governmental organisation (NGO) such as Perkasa.

This only proves UMNO has all along being behind Perkasa. UMNO's submission to Perkasa and Utusan Malaysia open support shows the strength of the Perkasa mentality within BN and that 1Malaysia is an empty slogan to win votes. What is surprising however is that this support and the Perkasa mentality is prevalent even amongst all component parties of BN as explained by Tengku Adnan in The Malaysian Insider on Perkasa, "When we had a meeting with BN secretaries-general, we never talked even a little bit that we wanted to distance ourselves from anybody."

Clearly all the BN component parties like MCA are just playing a big "sandiwara" opposing Perkasa outside when inside meetings, they keep silent and submissively support UMNO's pro-Perkasa position. This Perkasa mentality in BN is dangerous as it has led to public and open denigration of Malaysians from minority groups.

This Perkasa mentality has resulted in those making racist remarks escape unpunished. When Najib's special officer Nasir Safar said that Indians were beggars and Chinese women sell their bodies, Nasir was not punished for such seditious remarks and only resigned. When the school principals abused their position to make racist remarks against Indians and Chinese, no action was taken.

No action was taken agains the Kulai school principal who said during the school assembly that Indians were like dogs and Chinese students can go back to China. Similarly no action was taken against the Kedah school principal for making similar racist statements against Chinese students. Another teacher in a Bukit Jambul school in Penang was only given a memo when he used foul language against students.

How can you reward good if you do not punish bad? Is the reason why no action has been taken against these racist and extremist statements because of Perkasa's open support and demonstrations of the right of Nasir and the school principals to make such racist and extremist statements.

Many Malaysians know that Perkasa is racist and extremist when they do not condemn but openly support the school principals and Nasir for calling Indians beggars and dogs, Chinese women sell their bodies and to go back to China. More serious is that UMNO and BN continues to support Perkasa despite such racist and extremist positions taken by Perkasa.

Malaysians must stand up and unite against the racism and extremism as embodied not only by Perkasa but those that support Perkasa such as UMNO and BN. BN may feel that this is just a political game to win votes and the next general elections. However the consequences are dire if not nipped in the bud. There is but only one short step from dehumanizing Malaysians by describing them as beggars, selling their bodies and even dogs to the final militant step practiced by those who preach the language of violence.


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Najib's furious backpedalling follows a demand from Perkasa to explain what 1Malaysia was or face losing Malay support for Umno and BN in the coming general election.

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"Perkasa is very worried that if there are not enough efforts to explain the 1 Malaysia concept, it will cause certain communities to reject Umno and BN. Perkasa has feedback from the Malay grassroots that this concept is still confusing," Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali was reported as saying.

"Among some non-Muslim communities, Perkasa finds that they believe the 1 Malaysia policy is an effort to equalise all races in terms of sharing the nation's wealth and no race is given special treatment. All races are considered the same."

Indeed, the brouhaha over Perkasa intensified when a day after Malaysia Day, Najib moved to deny that Umno was cutting its ties to Perkasa. His excuse – which is now being seized on by Umno leaders to help him save face – is that Perkasa is an NGO and not a political party.

"Nazri should accept that Perkasa is just an NGO. The Malays know how to differentiate between political parties and NGO," wrote the Awang Selamat editorial entitled Alahai Nazri in the Umno-own Minnguan Malaysia, the Sunday edition of Utusan.

"Awang is not surprised the Chinese press have gone all out to condemn Dr Mahathir. This is because the Malay leaders themselves paved the way for them to do so."

1Malaysia not about racial equality, answers Umno

Minister in the PM's Department Nazri Aziz had backed Tengku Adnan, who publicly rejected Perkasa and its president Ibrahim Ali just days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Nazri had also attacked Utusan for refusing to support Najib's 1Malaysia and instead siding with Mahathir's Perkasa.

Tengku Adnan

Meanwhile, Tengku Adnan has denied he had said Umno would cut ties with Perkasa.

"I didn't even ask members of Umno to relinquish their relationship with Perkasa. It was totally blown out of proportion by Ibrahim Ali," The Malaysian Insider reported Tengku Adnan as saying on Sunday.

"When we had a meeting with BN secretaries-general, we never talked even a little bit that we wanted to distance ourselves from anybody. Our policy is to be close with everybody. We should even go and approach opposition members and explain what our policies are because they are misguided."

Tengku Adnan also said that the 1 Malaysia policy was not about racial equality per se but about the welfare of poor people across the racial groups that had to be taken into account.

"1 Malaysia is not about equality. You need to look at the poor Malays, poor Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans and Muruts. How do we help them? How do we ensure they can earn a living in the country? That is what 1 Malaysia is all about," fudged Tengku Adnan.


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Pakatan Rakyat leaders have from day one warned that Umno was staging a drama or "sandiwara" to deflect public attention from a string of billion-ringgit corruption cases involving Najib, Mahathir and another former premier Abdullah Badawi.

They pointed out that Umno leaders have themselves acknowledged that the Malay vote was matured and would not swing much and that being attached to Perkasa only robbed the BN of the non-Malay vote.

"Najib's numbness to how his 1Malaysia is being made a mockery of by a mere NGO is sufficient proof of what a puppet he is. Malaysians should not feel any sympathy for him. He has wasted our time and should never have been allowed to become PM because of his personal baggage. It is obvious his attention is not on the country but on what he can get out of it for himself and his cronies," Bukit Gantang MP Nizar Jamaluddin toldMalaysia Chronicle.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak's refusal to alienate Perkasa reflects his fears of Umno being rejected by Malay voters and potential in-fighting within his party, say his political foes and analysts.

The prime minister quelled fears of a showdown with Perkasa on Friday when he said the country's largest Malay party was not in conflict with any non-governmental organisation despite the recent move by Umno leaders to distance the party from the Malay rights group.

"Umno members who are also Perkasa members may retaliate against Umno, so there is a negative impact on Umno," PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali told The Malaysian Insider, referring to the decision by Umno leaders to reject Perkasa.

"So, Najib made the statement to redress the statement made earlier on by the Umno secretary-general. It is some form of damage control by Najib," said Mustafa.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had earlier told his Barisan Nasional (BN) allies that Umno would not back Perkasa or its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali in the next general election as such a move would erode non-Malay support for the ruling coalition.

Ibrahim then warned Umno not to be complacent about its vote bank and threatened to give "guidance" to Perkasa's 300,000 members — 80 per cent of whom are alleged to be disillusioned Umno members — on how to vote in the next general election.

Tengku Adnan, who is also the BN secretary-general, has now said his statement did not repudiate Perkasa but was just an acknowledgment the Malay rights movement was eroding the coalition's non-Malay support.

Political analyst James Chin said that Najib could not afford to make a public stand against Perkasa as doing so would cause Malay voters to reject the party.

"He (Najib) cannot do that because if he does that, it will alienate the Malay ground," said Chin.

The political scientist from the University of Monash dismissed Najib as being just like his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for attempting to please everyone.

"He is just like Pak Lah by trying to be nice to everyone under the sun. Whatever he does, he is preparing for the next general election," said Chin, referring to the former premier's moniker.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang also mocked Najib as "Mr. Flip Flop" for his refusal to snub Perkasa despite his party leaders' decision to do so.

"Is he a new Mr Flip Flop from one position to another? It is a question of whether he has the political will to make a stand," said the Ipoh Timur MP.

Political analyst Dr Lim Teck Ghee pointed out that Najib's refusal to castigate Perkasa's strident views on Malay rights – which have been at odds with his agenda of economic reform — indicated indecisive leadership.

"It certainly gives the impression that the PM is either running scared of Perkasa — hence, the refusal to condemn it — or is using Perkasa's extreme positions as a political bargaining chip. Both ways, it is indicative of poor and indecisive leadership," said Lim.

DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua also slammed the prime minister's statement that Umno did not want to engage in conflict with NGOs as an "empty slogan" which was meant to appeal to different parties.

"The intent, just like his 1 Malaysia slogan, is to be all things to all people, which ends up just confusing everyone and becoming just an empty slogan in the end," said Pua.

"If you are the concerned civil society, you'll be happy that the prime minister is saying 'something' about Perkasa at last. If you are Perkasa, you'd think the prime minister is referring to the Chinese extremists in MCA, DAP and other education NGOs," added the Petaling Jaya Utara MP.

Pua further chastised Najib and Umno for lacking the political courage to speak up against extremists who have deepened racial disunity and scared investors away.

"Najib and his Umno has no political courage to face up to the extremists who have been causing a great divide in the Malaysian society and scaring all the local and foreign investors away," said Pua.

Perkasa has lobbied against attempts by the Najib administration to implement more inclusive economic reforms in a bid to increase the country's competitiveness that has suffered because of affirmative action policies.

Malaysia dropped two spots in the World Economic Forum (WEF) competitiveness index at a ranking of 26 out of 132 countries, while foreign direct investment in the country plunged by 81 per cent last year.

Using the Malay rights platform, Perkasa has opposed any proposal to remove Bumiputera quotas and has even taken MCA leaders to task for making such proposals.

Political observer Azmi Sharom echoed Pua's views and said that Najib's refusal to condemn Perkasa indicated his lack of commitment towards his 1 Malaysia policy.

"Whatever the reason he (Najib) has for not coming out against Perkasa honestly and openly, what it shows is that Najib is not serious about 1 Malaysia. Najib has exposed himself as a person who does not have the full conviction to support his policies to the end," said the law lecturer.

He pointed out that it was imperative for Najib to make a clear stand against Perkasa although the group had a right to voice their opinions.

"You can't just come up with this wishy-washy thing and say that they're an NGO. Sure they have a right to speak but you have to stand up against them," said Azmi.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar believed that Najib's reluctance to alienate Perkasa showed his fears of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's backing of the group, as well as fears of an internal revolt to replace him with his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

"It shows that he's very worried about Dr Mahathir's involvement in Perkasa, and he's also worried that there may be parties within Umno who would back Muhyiddin against Najib," said Mahfuz.

Dr Mahathir, who is Perkasa's patron, has warned Umno against snubbing Perkasa, claiming that the move would cost the party at the ballot box.



Posted: 19 Sep 2010 05:23 AM PDT



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Bangkung Row celebrates Malaysia Day - Part III

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 10:36 PM PDT

At the Malaysiaku, Malaysia Day street festival on Bangkung Row Bangsar -- Performance by Kamal Bahri's drum and kompang.
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Bangkung Row celebrates Malaysia Day - Part II

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 10:15 PM PDT

In celebration of Malaysia Day's 47th anniversary and inaugural public holiday, NGOs, civil society groups and individuals got together for their own recognition of an auspicious occasion while the government's response has been subdued. When PM Najib Razak announced the holiday last year, he seemed to have done so begrudgingly because it was seen more of a result of indirect pressure from the opposition parties, rather than from his own motivation. For the first ever Malaysia Day public holiday, lawyer, restauranteur and event organiser Edward Soo, got together with friends and organised a Malaysiaku street carnival on Bangkung Row in swank Bangsar and for the second part of our feature on this event, we interview the man himself. Video by Shufiyan Shukur and Sharyn Lisa Shufiyan.
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In silences, remember the forget-me-nots...

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 01:58 AM PDT

sometimes we can be there physically with a friend, and yet unable to console in his/her times of grief. Yet some times, when one is not there beside the suffering human, one is able to reach -- via words and a caring heart -- the innermost depths of the recipient because of the depth of one's feelings and familiarity wrought by sincerity, concern and hope for that traveller in this transient world as some common bond binds, like the different coloured strands that tie a rainbow from one end to the other.Amidst the dawn or twilight sky, the rainbow always lifts heaven wards, and ascends, and ascends, towards eternity.
This poem is dedicated to mGf down under, the sweetest spirit of spirits;
God bless sweets and her dearly departed Dad, Amen, YL, Desi

In the silence of last night's reverie
Cometh a plea from a forget-me-not
For a shoulder to cry on
Of sadness born of a dearly loved just departed

Desi's words of comfort
"Go placidly amid the noise and haste
Remember what peace there may be in silence..."

In the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more

I feel, therefore I know:

Funny,familiar, forgotten feelings
Walkin' all over my mind...

People talkin' without speaking
People hearin' without listening

And in the silences of
the roaring waves by port dickson beach
of the shores of passionate love
or afar at redhead beach

Someone sweet wiping silent tears
of a dear one just departed
heavy on the heart
with no comforting hands to hold

Lose not hope
for there's some forget-me-not
whispering
I'm that bridge o'er troubled water
I will lay me down

So that sadness shared is hope raised
heart broken is partly repaired
Tears streaming down one's face
Washes away the cold inside
And the heart beings to glow again

And Vincent's starry, starry nights
visit us humans again
Reminding us that there is still alight
that shines
In the darkness that is despair
in the human condition that fails fellow men

For as surely as each man/woman goes away
Another child or two is/are born anew
And there is yet hope
and message of l've forever
From a forget-me-not
Buried in the envelopes of time

To be unfolded at midnight
at moments such as thes
among the silences of the graveyard of the gone
the cobble-stoned road of the undead
Unspoken words of sadness
Undelivered messages of hope

Till one remembers someone
A*Forget-me-not


Utusan like Mossad? Guan Eng is clearly anti-Semitic

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 12:15 AM PDT

Courtesy of Hartal MSM

Lim Guan Eng gave a press conference yesterday saying that his party will sue Utusan Malaysia for defamation. That's fine, and a perfectly sane thing to do.

However, he likened Utusan to Israel's security agencies Shin Bet and Mossad. That's cheap and playing to the Malay gallery.

In the paper's Sept 16 report 'Berniat jahat, ganggu siasatan polis', Utusan had quoted the former PKR Youth deputy chief Mohd Zahid Md Arip alleging DAP as being a hypocritical party that fights only for a certain race.

Mohd Zahid further accused the prime suspect in the murder of 'cosmetics queen', the multi-millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya, as being a DAP life member — a charge that LGE denies.

Mohd Zahid had questioned why DAP was totally silent and failed to condemn the grisly murder.

Umno is playing the race game: all the four murder victims are Malay; the suspects are Indian.

LGE's response to Utusan and the Mohd Zahid provocation is falling into Umno's trap of shouting within ethnic silos.

The DAP secretary-general compounds his unhinged performance by wildly headbutting the Israeli agencies. If he wants to sue Utusan, please proceed. We applaud any such move by all the victims of Utusan's viciousness.

If he wants to refute Mohd Zahid, go ahead too.

But why the need to sink so low as to pander to racist prejudices against the Jews and perpetuating the anti-Semitic mentality already so prevalent among Malaysians?

It is conduct most unbecoming of a national leader. Such a politician thumping the race pulpit (be it against a foreign and not Malaysian race) is not of the calibre to take his place representing multiracial Malaysians on the world stage.

See video, at minutes,

2: 34 — "Ini Utusan Malaysia macam Shit Bet tau, macam Mossad. Dia bertindakan macam Shin Bet dan Mossad nak bunuh, nak fitnah, nak bunuh sifat dan watak seseorang tanpa bukti. Ini Shit Bet Malaysia ini, Mossad Malaysia ini, Utusan-Shin Bet ataupun Utusan-Mossad ini nak menyatakan fitnah dan penipuan yang tidak berasas."

4: 28 — "Tapi untuk Utusan Malaysia cuba kaitkan pembunuhan zalim dengan isu politik, saya rasa amat tidak bermoral sekali, dan seperti yang saya sebut tadi nak bunuh sifat dan watak seseorang tak lain seperti Shin Bet dan Mossad Israel nak bunuh orang Palestin. So sekarang Utusan Malaysia macam Shin Bet dan Mossad menggunakan isu-isu yang tidak berasas untuk cuba bunuh watak dan sifat seseorang."

6: 20 — Itu sebab apa yang dinyatakan oleh Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz memang benar. Ini Utusan Malaysia memang jahat lah, saya rasa lebih teruk daripada itu macam Shin Bet dan Mossad Israel nak bunuh orang saja. … Dan saya rasa ini sekarang dimainkan oleh Utusan Malaysia, bukan saja jahat tetapi gunakan taktik Shin Bet dan Mossad Israel untuk timbulkan perasaan benci di antara rakyat Malaysia. Bahaya betul Utusan Malaysia."

Translation:

2: 34 — "This Utusan Malaysia is like Shit Bet you know, like Mossad. It acts like Shin Bet and Mossad to kill, to defame, to character assassinate someone without proof. This Shit Bet Malaysia, this Mossad Malaysia, this Utusan-Shin Bet or Utusan-Mossad is printing a libel and a fraud without any basis."

4: 28 — "But for Utusan Malaysia to try to link a cruel murder with political issues, I feel is very immoral, and as I said earlier it wants to character assassinate someone not unlike Shin Bet and Mossad Israel wanting to kill Palestinians. So now Utusan Malaysia is like Shin Bet and Mossad using unfounded issues to character assassinate someone."

6: 20 — "This is why what was said by Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is certainly true. This Utusan Malaysia is truly jahat lah. I feel they are even worse than that, (they're) like Shin Bet and Mossad Israel in only wanting to kill people. … And I feel this is what is being played by Utusan Malaysia, not only jahat but using Shin Bet and Mossad Israel tactics to instill hatred among Malaysians. Utusan Malaysia is really dangerous."

Read more http://hartalmsm.wordpress.com/


IT IS GETTING DIRTY!

Posted: 19 Sep 2010 12:05 AM PDT


Courtesy of Zorro-Unmasked

Earlier Zaid Ibrahim had won at Bandar Indera Mahkotha and Raub. A group came in protesting that they did not vote yet. They got their chance. Final tally - Zaid lost BIM by 6 votes and Raub by one single vote.

Astounding this PKR election machinery.

Who is behind all this?

ANYONE IN PKR CARE TO ENLIGHTEN US?

Read more:
http://zorro-zorro-unmasked.blogspot.com/2010/09/and-it-is-happening-again.html


Semalam Tidak Bersama PERKASA, Hari Pula Bersama PERKASA?

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 11:08 PM PDT


Najib selalu melaungkan 1 Malaysia dan membantah isu perkauman yang dimainkan oleh sesetengah pihak, tetapi sehingga kini saya masih tidak nampak dari segi mana dia melaksanakan janji-janjinya?

Hari ini, Setiausaha Agung Umno Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor telah menafikan rakan-rakannya dari Barisan Nasional (BN) pernah mengambil keputusan awal bulan ini untuk menjauhkan diri daripada Perkasa atas alasan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan itu menghakis sokongan mereka. (Lihat Berita di Bawah)

Hal ini ternyata UMNO tidak mahu hilang sokongan asas mereka maka mereka tidak mahu menentang NGO seperti Perkasa.

Kadang kala saya mendengar mereka sering melaungkan slogan BN mampu berubah, dimanakah mereka berubah? sekiranya ada ahli UMNO yang melihat post ini, bolehkah anda menyatakan dimana UMNO sudah berubah?

Najib selalu melaungkan 1 Malaysia dan membantah isu perkauman yang dimainkan oleh sesetengah pihak, tetapi sehingga kini saya masih tidak nampak dari segi mana dia melaksanakan janji-janjinya?

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Saya amat menyokong konsep 1 Malaysia yang diperkenalkan oleh Najib sekiranya ia dilaksanakan dengan betul dan tidak berat sebelah, namum sehingga sekarang saya masih tidak faham apa yang terkandung dalam konsep 1 Malaysia? Anda boleh jalankan kajian di jalanan dan saya akan buktikan 9 daripada 10 orang tidak tahu apa itu intipati konsep 1 Malaysia.

Kini Malaysia semakin ketinggalan di negara-negara ASEAN, Thailand, Indonesia dan Vietnam telah lama memotong kita. Adakah para pemimpin hanya berubah apabila Kembodia, Myammar telah memotong kita? Mereka harus sedar memainkan isu perkauman tidak mendatangkan sebarang kebaikan kepada negara kita malah memburukkan lagi keadaan di negara ini.

Di sini saya berharap, semua Rakyat Malaysia dapat bersatu dan menjayakan Malaysia dan memajukan Malaysia di zaman globalisasi ini.


Ku Nan nafi komponen BN ambil pendirian jauhi Perkasa


KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Sept — Setiausaha Agung Umno Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor menafikan rakan-rakannya dari Barisan Nasional (BN) pernah mengambil keputusan awal bulan ini untuk menjauhkan diri daripada Perkasa atas alasan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan itu menghakis sokongan mereka.

Penafian beliau itu muncul sehari selepas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak kelmarin bahawa Umno tidak mahu mencetuskan konflik dengan mana-mana pertubuhan bukan kerajaan meskipun pemimpin-pemimpin Umno termasuk beliau menolak Perkasa.

"Apabila kami bertemu dengan setiausaha agung komponen BN, kami tidak pernah membincangkan langsung bahawa kami mahu menjauhkan diri daripada sesiapa," kata Tengku Adnan (gambar) yang juga Setiausaha Agung BN kepada The Malaysian Insider.

"Dasar kami ialah untuk rapat dengan sesiapa sahaja. "Kami harus pergi menemui dan malah, kami juga harus mendampingi ahli-ahli parti pembangkang dan menjelaskan kepada mereka dasar kami sebab mereka telah diberi maklumat yang salah (tentang BN)," kata Tengku Adnan.

Lebih seminggu lalu, Tengku Adnan dilaporkan bahawa rakan-rakannya dalam BN telah bersetuju bahawa menjauhkan perikatan itu daripada Perkasa adalah langkah terbaik untuk mengatasi sokongan bukan Melayu kepada BN yang didakwa semakin merosot.

Sokongan itu antara lain merosot kerana bukan Melayu melihat Umno menjalin kerjasama dengan Perkasa.

Tengku Adnan pernah menafikan Umno ada kerjasama dengan Perkasa ataupun menyokong perjuangan Perkasa.

Dalam temu bual dengan The Malaysian Insider sebelum ini beliau juga memberitahu bahawa Umno tidak akan menyokong Perkasa dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Tengku Adnan menekankan bahawa BN tidak menjauhkan diri daripada Perkasa.

Jelas Tengku Adnan, beliau hanya memberitahu bahawa tindakan Perkasa sejak kebelakangan ini memperlekehkan peluang BN dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang dengan mensabotaj soal keharmonian kaum di kalagan komponen perikatan itu.

"Saya tidak pernah mengatakan kita perlu menjauhkan diri daripada Perkasa. Saya hanya mengatakan bahawa Perkasa cuba untuk menjejaskan keduudkan BN dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang dengan memusnahkan keharmonian kaum di kalangan komponen saya (dalam BN)," katanya.

Tengku Adnan juga berkata, beliau tidak pernah meminta ahli partinya agar memutuskan hubungan dengan Perkasa.

Sebaliknya, beliau mendakwa Presiden Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali yang membesar-besarkan isu tersebut. Perkasa mendakwa mempunyai sokongan keahlian dalam lingkungan 300,000 dengan 80 peratus merupakan bekas atau ahli Umno semasa.

Tengku Adnan juga menekankan bahawa kenyataan beliau hari ini bertentangan dengan pandangan yang diberikan sebelum ini mengenai kedudukan Perkasa.

"Saya tidak berundur daripada apa yang pernah cakap tentang Perkasa sebelum ini," katanya.

Tengku Adnan juga menekankan tentang apa yang dikatakan oleh Najib sambil berkata, Umno dan BN tidak harus menjauhkan diri daripada mana-mana NGO tetapi sewajarnya membimbing mereka dengan dasar-dasar BN.

"Saya setuju dengan Najib. Umno tidak harus menjauhkan diri mereka daripada semua NGO.

"Kita harus melibatkan diri kita dengan mereka sehingga mereka memahami apa yang kita sedang lakukan," kata Tengku Adnan.

Tengku Adnan juga berkata, Umno perlu menjelaskan konsep 1 Malaysia khususnya kepada Perkasa memandangkan mereka tidak faham dasar tersebut.

"Saya tidak percaya pada apa yang Perkasa sedang perjuangkan kerana mereka tidak faham konsep 1 Malaysia," katanya.

Semalam di Kota Baru, Ibrahim berkata, Perkasa tidak terlibat dengan politik tetapi menyuarakan hak rakyat melalui lunas-lunas perlembagaan.

Beliau mengulangi kenyataan ini bahawa Perkasa bukan parti politik dan juga tidak mendokong mana-mana parti politik termasuk Umno tetapi berjuang atas lunas undang-undang bagi pertahankan hak rakyat.

Ahli Parlimen Pasir Mas itu berkata, tafsiran pelbagai pihak terhadap perjuangan Perkasa adalah tidak tepat kalau dikaitkan dengan Umno atau BN tetapi apa yang diperjuangkan NGO itu adalah untuk membantu kaum Melayu.

"Ada masa kita tegur dia (kerajaan), ada masa kita kecam, ada juga kita buat laporan polis sekira perlu, semuanya ke arah menimbulkan keharmonian negara," katanya.

Mengenai dakwaan anggota parti komponen BN bahawa Perkasa adalah pertubuhan yang disokong Umno, Ibrahim berkata pihaknya tidak pernah sekali pun bertemu dengan pemimpin Umno untuk apa-apa tujuan.

Beliau juga menegaskan belum bercadang untuk mengadakan kerjasama dengan mana-mana parti politik tetapi menumpukan perjuangan mempertahankan hak orang Melayu, Raja-raja Melayu, agama Islam dan perlembagaan negara.

Ibrahim melahirkan perasaan dukacita dengan teguran beberapa individu dalam Umno yang menganggap Perkasa boleh menjejaskan matlamat konsep 1 Malaysia.

Dari http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/ku-nan-nafi-komponen-bn-ambil-pendirian-jauhi-perkasa/


Ku Nan Now Denies BN Leaders Snubbed PERKASA - By Boo Su-Lyn.

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 10:04 PM PDT

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has now denied that his Barisan Nasional (BN) colleagues agreed to keep the ruling coalition from Perkasa as it was eroding their support.

His denial came shortly after Datuk Seri Najib Razak's statement yesterday that Umno did not want to stir conflict with any non-governmental organisation (NGO), despite the recent move by Umno leaders, including himself, to rebuff the Malay rights group.

"When we had a meeting with BN secretaries-general, we never talked even a little bit that we wanted to distance ourselves from anybody," Tengku Adnan told The Malaysian Insider today.

"Our policy is to be close with everybody. We should even go and approach opposition members and explain what our policies are because they are misguided," the BN secretary-general added.

Earlier, Tengku Adnan reportedly said his BN counterparts had agreed that distancing the ruling coalition from Perkasa was the best way forward to halt the erosion of non-Malay support for BN.

He had also told them that Umno would not back the strident Malay rights group or Ibrahim in the next general election.

Tengku Adnan however denied stating that BN had to distance itself from Perkasa. He pointed out that he merely said the Malay group has tried to undermine the coalition's chances in the next general election by sabotaging the racial harmony between BN component parties.

"I never said we have to distance ourselves from Perkasa. I just said Perkasa is trying to jeopardise BN's position for the next general election by destroying the racial harmonious position between my component parties," said Tengku Adnan.

The Umno secretary-general went a step further and said that he had never asked party members to sever ties with Perkasa, accusing its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali of blowing the issue out of proportion.

"I didn't even ask members of Umno to relinquish their relationship with Perkasa. It was totally blown out of proportion by Ibrahim Ali," said Tengku Adnan.

Perkasa claims to have a membership base of 300,000, of whom 80 per cent are said to be Umno members.

He however, was quick to deny that his statement today was a reversal of his earlier stand against Perkasa.

"I am not backing down from what I said about Perkasa," he said, adding that he was referring to his remarks about Umno not supporting Perkasa in the next general election.

Tengku Adnan also reiterated Najib's statement and said that the Malay ruling party should not distance itself from any NGO, but should instead approach them to educate them on BN policies.

"I agree with Najib. Umno shouldn't distance themselves from all NGOs. We should engage with any NGOs, not only Perkasa. We should engage ourselves with them until they understand what we are trying to do," said Tengku Adnan.

He added that Umno needed to explain the 1 Malaysia concept particularly to Perkasa as they did not seem to understand the policy.

"With Perkasa, we need to explain what our 1 Malaysia concept is all about. I don't believe in what Perkasa is fighting for because they don't understand what the 1 Malaysia concept is all about," he said.

Perkasa stepped up the pressure on Najib yesterday to explain his 1 Malaysia concept clearly as failure to do so could result in Umno and BN being rejected, following Najib's statement on Friday that the policy was a "work in progress".

The Malay group said that the 1 Malaysia concept was misunderstood by certain non-Malay communities who perceived the policy as an initiative to create racial equality in sharing the economic pie.

Perkasa had stressed earlier that the 1 Malaysia concept must be founded on Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, which states the special position of the Bumiputeras and allows the government to set quotas for educational institutions, government jobs and permits.

Tengku Adnan also said that the 1 Malaysia policy was not about equality as the welfare of poor people across racial groups had to be taken into account.

"1 Malaysia is not about equality. You need to look at the poor Malays, poor Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans and Muruts. How do we help them? How do we ensure they can earn a living in the country? That is what 1 Malaysia is all about," he said.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders and analysts today denounced the 1 Malaysia policy as a "work in regress", citing the rise in racial extremism and Najib's refusal to defend the concept against Perkasa.

Recently, there has been a spike in racially-tinged incidents, such as two school principals allegedly spouting racist slurs and the furore surrounding a Chinese MP's visit to a surau.

Najib's weeks-long silence on racial issues like that of the school principals has earned him much flak from the public and the opposition who accused him of being like his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Do they have the courage to free the press?

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 01:00 PM PDT

By uppercaise

COMMENT The journalists' union is stirring. Newspaper people are afraid of the growing reach of Internet news, and how it will affect their livelihoods.

They want the government to ease up on press controls and to allow greater press freedom, for fear that otherwise circulation will drop even further as people flock to the Internet for more open discussion.

Well and good. Journalists should always fight to uphold free speech and press freedom, as a matter of principle.

But what if the government thinks like this: why open up the press, why not just tighten up on the Internet instead? It may be cynical to think so, but this is a very divided government, and we shouldn't count on it being able to do something positive when they can do something negative instead, because it's easier and expedient.

More open discussion may change perceptions among rural voters, and cost them seats at the election. That's the biggest fear among Umno-BN politicians. That's why they always say NGOs and others are "making the people confused".

What they mean is that rural people are questioning them. And sometimes they don't have the answer. The substantial rural vote is what props them up. So why should they change?

It takes courage

It takes real courage and real confidence to allow a free press and more open discussion. Mahathir Mohamad, for all his bluster and big talk, never had the courage to do so.

It doesn't take courage to shout at faraway Jews who won't shout back. But it takes real courage to have a free press and freedom of speech.

Mahathir chose the safer, cowardly path. He shut up the press but allowed urban voices loose on the Internet where few could hear.

Times have changed. If the press are not allowed greater flexibility and more freedom, there is a real danger that the main Umno-owned newspapers (UM, BH, NST) may just fade away, leaving only Metro and Kosmo.

The masses would read only about sex, crime, Bung Mokhtar and Ibrahim Ali and other UFOs, and amuse themselves that way.

For sure, it will keep their minds closed. But for sure, that's the cowardly way. Can the government show some courage, for a change?


The writer is a veteran journalist who blogs under the pen name uppercaise in his blog under the same name.

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