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Posted: 21 Sep 2010 03:54 PM PDT
INVITATION: 8pm Monday, 27 Sept:
Book launch of The Road to Reform: Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor
Dear friends and colleagues,
Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD) cordially invites you to the launch of the book The Road To Reform: Pakatan Rakyat In Selangor in Petaling Jaya.
The Road to Reform is the first comprehensive introduction to the reform experience in Selangor following from the general election of March 2008 in which Pakatan Rakyat took over from the Barisan Nasional state government. Organised around four core aspects of change – politics, economics, society and culture – the authors focus on both the achievements and the enduring difficulties in delivering on Pakatan Rakyat's ambitions. This concise and accessible book should be compulsory reading for anyone concerned with the policies and politics of change and the state of Malaysia at a critically important crossroads.
The contributors confirmed to attend this book launch are: Abdul Aziz Bari, Wong Chin Huat, Andrew Khoo, Syed Husin Ali, Tony Pua, Gurmit Singh, Barjoyai Bardai, Fahda Nur, Colin Nicholas, Ong Kian Ming, Ahmad Farouk Musa, Sivin Kit & Mavis Puthucheary.
Date: Monday, 27 September 2010
Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Hotel Singgahsana, Persiaran Barat, off Jalan Sultan, Petaling Jaya (next to Taman Jaya LRT Station)
Welcome by Tricia Yeoh (Research Officer to Menteri Besar Selangor)
Speech by YAB Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (Menteri Besar Selangor)
Official Book Launch and Presentation
Moderator: Ismail Gareth Richards (SIRD)
· Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan (Chairperson of BERSIH & Ex-President of Malaysian Bar)
· Edmund Terence Gomez (Professor of Faculty of Economics & Administration, UM)
· Ibrahim Suffian (Director of Merdeka Center for Opinion Research)
· Jacqueline Ann Surin (Founder and Editor of The Nut Graph)
Book sale and signing
Please see the attached file for the flyer.
For queries please contact Chong Ton Sin 016 379 7231 or SK Chua 019 352 3864
Feel free to circulate this invitation to your friends and colleagues.
In Bahasa Melayu :
Majlis Pelancaran buku The Road to Reform: Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor : 8:00 malam Isnin, 27hb Sept
Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD) menjemput anda ke majlis pelancaran buku The Road To Reform: Pakatan Rakyat In Selangor di Petaling Jaya.
The Road to Reform merupakan buku pengenalan tentang pengalaman reform Selangor yang pertama lagi menyeluruh, berikutan Pilihanraya Mac 2008, dengan Pakatan Rakyat mengambil alih kerajaan negeri daripada Barisan Nasional. Dengan susunan sekitar empat aspek teras perubahan – politik, ekonomi, sosial dan budaya – Para penulis fokus pada kedua-dua pencapaian dan kesukaran ketika merealisasikan cita-cita Pakatan. Buku yang ringkas, padat lagi mudah diperolehi ini wajib dibaca bagi sesiapa yang prihatin terhadap dasar dan politik perubahan Malaysia pada persimpangan yang penting serta genting ini.
Antara penulis-penulis yang hadir pada majlis pelancaran buku ialah: Abdul Aziz Bari, Wong Chin Huat, Andrew Khoo, Syed Husin Ali, Tony Pua, Gurmit Singh, Barjoyai Bardai, Fahda Nur, Colin Nicholas, Ong Kian Ming, Ahmad Farouk Musa, Sivin Kit dan Mavis Puthucheary.
Tarikh: Isnin, 27 September 2010
Masa: 7.30mlm – 10.30mlm
Tempat: Hotel Singgahsana, Persiaran Barat, off Jalan Sultan, Petaling Jaya (Sebelah Stesen LRT Taman Jaya)
- Kata-kata aluan oleh Tricia Yeoh (Pegawai Penyelidik Menteri Besar Selangor)
- Ucapan oleh YAB Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (Menteri Besar Selangor)
- Pelancaran Rasmi dan Penyampaian Cenderamata
Penyelaras: Ismail Gareth Richards (SIRD)
* Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan (Pengerusi BERSIH & Bekas Presiden Majlis Peguam Negara)
* Edmund Terence Gomez (Profesor Fakulti Ekonomi & Administrasi, UM)
* Ibrahim Suffian (Pengarah Merdeka Center for Opinion Research)
* Jacqueline Ann Surin (Pengasas dan Editor The Nut Graph)
Penjualan buku dan tandatangan (sila rujuk pada risalah lampiran)
Sebarang persoalan sila hubungi Chong Ton Sin 016-379 7231 @ SK Chua 019-352 3864
Tolong sebarkan jemputan ini kepada rakan sekerja anda.
11 Lorong 11/4E
46200 Petaling Jaya
T: +60 (0)3 7957 8343
F: +60 (0)3 7954 9202
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 12:30 PM PDT
NOTA EDITOR: Dalam sebuk-sebuk Khusrin Munawi menjalankan agenda UMNO/BN memarahi wakil2 rakyat DAP menghadiri program2 masjid, tiba-tiba beliau diam membisu apabila Kamalanathan, MP BN KUala Selangor, mencemar duli dan menghadiri majlis di Masjid Sungai Tenggi Selatan (rujuk gambar. Ini jelas mendedahkan KEMUNAFIKAN Khusrin Munawi sebagai Pengerusi JAIS Dan SU MAIS. JAIS dan MAIS sekarang ini menjadi kuda tunggangan UMNO di Selangor.
Inilah perangai UMNO, agama pun mereka guna untuk kepentingan politik mereka. Boleh pulak Kamalanathan, wakil rakyat BN/MIC masuk masjid. Takda pula kita dengar Khusrin Rahmat melalak ke sana ke mari.
UMNO, Kura-Kura dan Perahu
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 12:34 PM PDT
We are now being watched and be careful. While surfing in Canada recently (last week) I stumbled upon this news portal calling itself Malaysia Watcher, and it i all about Malaysia and you name it they write it. Click here to see the page. Could not ascertain for sure where it is from and who operate the portal but it sounds great reading about Malaysia in a somewhat an un-skewered manner.
The frontnpage is showing the picture above and nicely done and the caption says: " The Prime Minister and Religious co-existence in Malaysia". Thought I will let you pseudo-level headed and pseudo-liberal Malaysians know about this new news online portal and how others perceived us as a nation. I am sure this is not a Malaysian originated-portal, no way, or let alone written by Malaysians, if it is I would very much like to work for them! Cheers! Below is what is written on its front page!
"When one thinks of Malaysia and religious pluralism, the mind of the Western media consumer turns swiftly to controversies over the use of "Allah," desecrated cow heads, and Anwar Ibrahim's anti-Semitism. These things exist: but they are, in a real sense, no more the defining characteristics of Malaysia's religious diversity than the fracas over the "Ground Zero mosque" is the ground truth on America's. The fundamental reality of Malaysia is that it's a multi-faith, majority-Muslim society that largely works, in ways that most of the rest of the Muslim world could learn from. Without denying the real challenges faced by Malaysia as it grapples with the enduring issues of identity that have been with it since before independence, it is nonetheless fair to say that the country is a more just society than most of those in the Islamic world — and in Southeast Asia.
It's in this light that we must view the Prime Minister's recent endorsement of the work of the Inter-faith Relations Working Committee:
It's significant that the Inter-faith Relations Working Committee falls under the supervision of the Ministry of National Unity and Social Development — and not the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The Prime Minister quite deliberately situated the Committee there: it sends a message that Malaysia's religious diversity is a source of strength and cohesion, and it buttresses the 1Malaysia campaign that was launched under his aegis for the purpose of deepening Malaysians' self-identification with their country.
There will be more on this topic to come. The Prime Minister appears to understand quite well that the direction of religious coexistence in Malaysia is in large part set by acts such as this — the demonstration of official favor — and he won't be passive in the face of that reality."
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 10:29 AM PDT
We should respect Indonesia's decision to ban prospective maids from going to Malaysia. Kuwait and Jordan are also on the list. Whether the decision has anything to do with the soured diplomatic relations between us and them, we should not be alarmed.
We got options, good ones. We have the Filipinos, Indians, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and others who are also hard working. The Filipinos and Sri Lankans have what most Indon maids dont - loyal and obedient (here).
So, there is no need to be so hard up for the Indonesians. Better if we stop employing them as they also contribute to social problems in the country.
The Indonesian government was so uptight with some abuse cases involving their nationals in Malaysia. We got about 280,000 Indon maids working here... and how many of them were abused? 50,000? 100,000 maybe?
They are human and they serve human. Some human are good while the rest are evil. Some maids are evil too. Did the Indonesian government know how many of their maids working in Malaysia fled with their boyfriends and friends, most of whom are Indonesians as well? They couldnt care less if they run away without their pasports as the Malaysian government would give amnesty mostly every year for those who want to return home.
Does the Indonesian authority know how many of these maids are involved in vice activity as well? Furthermore, are they aware that there are cases involving Indonesian maids abusing babies, children and people in their care? And how many of them were caught stealing from the house they serve?
There are also cases where some maids who left their hubbies and children in Indonesia, cheated their countrymen (and some stupid Malaysian males too) into marriage on the pretext that they are divorcees. Disgusting, isnt it?
Going by ratio, the abuse cases are so small compared with the 'unpleasant' cases they indulged in. The Malaysian authority is always quick in taking action against employers who abuse their maid. There are thousands good employers who treat them as family members, provide them with good lodging, food and others.
In fact, Jakarta should also show appreciation to some good employers who arranged their maid to get the PR status (those who have served them long enough). Some of them are no longer treated as maids but as business partners. And why didnt Jakarta say something soothing about such a golden treatment?
A few cannot speak for many. There could be one or two bad employers in 1,000. If Jakarta is fond of politicising this few cases, they should also know how to appreciate the good ones. When Bendera staged demonstrations at the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta and pelted the building with dongs, did we call them evil? Nope!
So, suit yourself if you dont want your maids to work in Malaysia. You may also call home those who are already here. We will not complaint. Its your call, anyway! Sometimes it doesnt pay to be nice and helpful, right?
To the Indon minister, are you aware that most of your maids who have completed their service here refused to go back to Indonesia or to be sent home? You better ask them why!
I think it is time for our government to review the whole policy of employing Indonesian maids. They are not our only source. Rather than employing them, we better set up a special college to train our dropouts in housekeeping. At least, they deserve better wages!
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 07:56 AM PDT
Today I'd like to tell you about a courageous young lady. Chetz is the founder of CEKAP (Citizens Empowering K9 And People). In her own words "I love dogs and I'm always learning to give my dogs a happier, healthier and longer life."
Read about Chetz' plans for her canine charges and how you can help here.
Go. Help out a brave young lady doing a great deed. Thank you.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 08:30 AM PDT
Idris Jala asks Malaysians to keep the faith
By Lee Wei Lian September 21, 2010
He said it was important to have "positive energy" and believe in the country in order to give confidence to investors.
"If there is no hope for the future, there is no power in the present," said Idris.
The former Malaysia Airlines CEO acknowledged the fractious racially-tinged debates that appeared to dominate national discourse but called on Malaysians to move on.
"When we compete with many nations, if we get vortexed into discussions (on affirmative action) that are not constructive, we can't get to implement the entry-point projects," he said, referring to the perennial debates over whether there should be a level playing field for all races.
The issue of confidence comes as private investment is reported to be on the decline over the past four years even as the Economic Transformation Programme calls for the private sector to drive the economy.
Observers note that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been pushing for economic reforms but resistance from conservative groups has appeared to prevent the radical restructuring needed to turn the nation into a high-income developed economy.
When pressed by the media on whether ethnic quotas will be lifted, the Pemandu CEO acknowledged that the "specific privileges" given to Bumiputeras under the constitution will continue but said any assistance would be based on merit.
"Affirmative action will continue but redefined to be much more transparent and fair," he said. "It will focus on need and merit. We all agree — whether Malays, Chinese or Indians — that the poor need to be helped."
He added that not all Bumiputeras required assistance and those who didn't should compete on a level playing field.
"Those Bumiputeras who do not need to be helped, we would like them to compete on an even playing field with non-Bumiputeras," he said. "That is how you become strong."
Idris noted that in the labs conducted by Pemandu, there were no racial issues that came into play during discussions on how to transform the economy.
"Under the New Economic Model, all of us need to share in prosperity that goes on for a long time," he said. "It is clear we need to start growing the economy."
Idris said national unity was essential for the nation's advancement and that the country needs to be mindful of global competition.
"No football team can be champions without being united," he pointed out. "We are competing in a global race where there are a lot of good competitors."
He also made an impassioned plea for Malaysians to avoid "destructive talk and wasteful academic and philosophical debates" on racial issues.
"The private sector is prepared to put in money but they want the government to put in support," he said.
Bold RM1.4 trillion plan to transform economy
Royce Cheah Sep 21, 10 12:21pm
Malaysia on Tuesday unveiled ambitious plans to boost its economy by mobilising hundreds of billions of dollars of private investment, although questions remained over whether the money would materialise.
The plans ranged from a new mass transit system to relieve congestion in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, to building a huge oil storage facility next to neighbouring Singapore to form a regional oil products trading hub.
A government thinktank said it had identified investments worth RM1.376 trillion (US$444 billion) over 10 years, of which 60 percent would come from the private sector, 32 percent from government-linked companies and 8 percent from government.
The investment aims to double per capita income and push Malaysia into the ranks of "developed" nations by 2020, rebalancing Asia's third most export-driven economy towards domestic demand and the service sector.
These numbers 'pie in the sky'
"The plan does not provide a clear sense of where the money is coming from. A lot of these numbers are pie in the sky," said Bridget Welsh, a Malaysia specialist at Singapore Management University.
Malaysia is competing for investment with other fast-growing countries in Southeast Asia and neighbouring Indonesia recently unveiled plans to boost infrastructure too.
In the past 10 years, private companies invested just RM535 billion (US$172.4 billion), according to official data and Malaysia's private investment rate of around 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) is among the lowest in Asia and a third the level it was before the 1998 Asian financial crisis.
The government, which in 2009 ran its biggest budget deficit in 20 years as a percentage of GDP, contributes around half the investment in Malaysia and the minister in charge of presenting the investment plans said the new targets were credible.
"I don't think the government would publish a document that thick if there is no political will. It's a risky strategy to expose yourself so publicly when you have no plan to do it," Idris Jala told a public presentation on the plans.
The plan relies heavily on domestic capital as foreign direct investment in this country which in the early 1990s accounted for almost 40 percent of the Southeast Asian total accounted for just 3.8 percent in 2009, according to United Nations data.
Malaysian companies like leading bank CIMB and telco Axiata have started building a regional presence in large, fast growing countries, such as Indonesia.
Economists warned without a new policy framework to encourage investment the Malaysian plans would be hard to realise.
"It will be difficult to achieve the private investment growth target set by the government if there are no additional tax incentives given to the focus sectors," said Gundy Cahyadi, regional economist at investment bank OCBC.
New jobs would be 'middle-class'
The plans aim to create another 3.3 million jobs by 2020, many in the high-value service sectors such as Islamic finance. Idris said 46 percent of the new jobs would be "middle-class".
Despite churning out tens of thousands of graduates, Malaysia's education system has failed to deliver and is becoming increasingly polarised by arguments over language between the majority Malay population and minorities such as the large ethnic Chinese population.
The government thinktank that designed today's investment plan said that in 2003 Malaysia had just 21,000 finance and accounting professionals qualified to be employed by multi-national companies compared with 341,000 in India and 127,000 in the Philippines.
"How can you create middle-class jobs when you do not have an education system that works," said Singapore Management University's Welsh.
There is also policy risk in Malaysia. Recent plans for a radical overhaul of the country's costly subsidy regime proposed by the same thinktank that outlined the investment plans were shot down by government politicians who feared unpopularity.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 06:44 AM PDT
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 01:17 PM PDT
Posting saya sebelum ini, yang mengisahkan bekalan air yang terputus setiap hari lebaran dikampong mendapat reaksi yang sangat besar dari pembaca khususnya bagi mereka yang tinggal atau berasal dari mukim dan kariah yang sama dengan saya.
Sebenarnya saya terpaksa menulisnya secara terbuka kerana kesiankan orang kampong saya dan kampong-kampong sekitarnya telah merasakan kepayahan dan keresahan sejak beberapa tahun yang lalu kerana kelalaian pihak yang berwajib untuk menyempurnakan tanggungjawab mereka.
Pemimpin-pemimpin politik tempatan khususnya W/Rakyat yang merupakan 'Law Makers' diDewan Undangan Negeri sepatutnya memberikan fokus terhadap isu kemudahan asas untuk rakyat hidup dalam keadaan selesa dan tidak menghadapi masalah air yang merupakan asas seseorang itu untuk hidup.
Mereka sebagai W/Rakyat sepatutnya membuat pemantauan terhadap isu sensitif ini dan mempastikan tugas yang sepatutnya dilakukan oleh pelaksana (pegawai kerajaan) ini disempurnakan sebagaimana yang telah didasarkan oleh pihak penggubal dasar diNegeri Sembilan.
Itulah sebabnya semasa saya berada dalam barisan pimpinan UMNO diKuala Pilah dahulu saya selalu memberikan pandangan kepada pemimpin-pemimpin ditempat saya supaya mencari pemimpin yang bersedia untuk memberikan tumpuan khusus untuk orang ramai dari memberikan tumpuan kepada bermain politik siapa yang menang dan siapa yang kalah.
Oleh kerana terlalu ramai yang hendak menjadi pemimpin maka berlakulah budaya mengampu dan diampu dikalangan pimpinan dikawasan ini. Setengah yang tidak ada kepimpinan mengampu kepimpinan peringkat negeri dan mulalah pemainan politik wang yang tidak dapat dikawal sehingga kehari ini.
Menjadi perwakilan cawangan keperwakilan bahagian dalam tahun pemilihan mampu mengumpul wang sogokkan dari pihak yang tidak ada kepimpinan yang ingin menjadi pemimpin yang tidak 'legitimate'. Sekarang ini menjadi perwakilan cawangan keperwakilan bahagian boleh menambah pendapatan dengan lumayan.
Akhirnya yang timbul itu hanyalah sampah sarap dan yang baik itu tenggelam dan hanyut debawa arus rasuah yang sangat ganas kemuara. Yang akhirnya sengsara adalah rakyat marhin dikampong-kampong seperti apa yang dihadapi oleh kampong-kampong yang saya tulis dalam posting yang lepas.
Ismail Lasim adalah Ketua Bahagian Kuala Pilah yang menjadi Ketua kerana budaya mengampu dan permainan politik wang yang keterlaluan. Ismail merupakan seorang yang hanya bergayut kepada pemimpin perhubungan. Siapa yang menjadi pemimpin perhubungan itulah ketua dan akan taat kepadanya asalkan sahaja beliau diberikan perlindungan politik peribadi beliau.
Apabila Ketua Perhubungan itu bertukar maka bertukarlah ketaat setiaannya kepada yang baru. Beliau disenangi oleh Mohammad dan itu yang penting bagi beliau. Kesejahteraan rakyat tidak dipedulikan kerana yang penting baginya ialah kemakmuran politik beliau secara peribadi.
Tetapi apa yang diharapkan oleh Mohammad tidak mampu dipertahankan oleh Ismail. Apabila Mohammad dibelasah oleh pimpinan bahagian-bahagian yang lain diNS Ismail Lasim membisu kerana beliau memang terkenal dengan permainan politik 'play-safe'. Ismail tidak berani menegaskan pendirian apabila sampai keperingkat ini.
Rupa-rupanya Ismail mempunyai agenda sendiri; iaitu untuk menjadi Menteri Besar bagi menggantikan mentornya Mohammad Hasan. Ismail menggunakan bekas pemimpin Bahagian Kuala Pilah untuk mendapatkan 'connection' bagi menjayakan cita-citanya untuk menjadi Menteri Besar yang merupakan matlamatnya yang 'ultimate'.
Selepas ini kita akan dapat saksikan siapa yang main dan siapa yang kena mainkan. Ismail merupakan pilihan bagi pemimpin yang tidak sebulu dengan Mohammad Hasan. Sesiapa sahaja boleh menafikannya tetapi hakikat tetap hakikat.
Bagi Ismail beliau merasakan beliau telah dapat mengawal kepimpinan diKuala Pilah kerana beliau telah berjaya mengenengahkan pemimpin-pemimpin yang lesu yang akan hanya mengangguk dan mengiyakan segala kehendaknya. Diantara pemimpinan tempelan Ismail termasuklah Razi (ADUN Juasseh) Adnan Abu Hasan (Pilah) serta Abdul Samad (S Menanti).
Dalam pada Ismail berusaha untuk mendapatkan jawatan MB itu saya diberitahu yang Samad Ibrahim (S Menanti) pulak yang sedang bercita-cita untuk menjadi Ketua Bahagian dalam pemilihan tahun hadapan dan beliau pula mengambil giliran untuk duduk rapat dicelah ketiak Mohammad Hasan.
Ismail Lasim nampaknya menggunakan TS Abu Zahar Ujang untuk mendapatkan 'connection' dengan DS Najib dan juga mendapat dokongan Rais Yatim untuk tujuan untuk menjadi Menteri Besar. Saya dihujani dengan kedatangan kawan-kawan dari tempat saya memberi tahu cerita-cerita yang sangat 'interesting'' ini.
Ismail selain dari minatnya sendiri untuk menjadi MB ini, beliau nampaknya menjadi 'conduit' kepada pemimpin NS yang ada dipusat untuk melakukan tekanan terhadap Mohammad Hasan dan Ismail bersedia untuk dipergunakan oleh kumpulan ini. Yang penting beliau mesti menjadi MB.
Seandainya Mohammad Hasan berjaya mengekalkan tempat beliau maka Ismail akan tinggal kesaorangan kerana Rais dan yang lain akan menukar kesetiaannya kepada Mohammad secara 'instantaneous'.
Kalau kita melakukan kajian terperinci, maka munasabahkah pemimpin-pemimpin ini duduk berbaik-baik untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat untuk mempastikan keperluan rakyat disediakan?
Mohammad dalam pada itu telah 'membeli' beberapa orang diKuala Pilah, Jempol, Jelebu dan Bahagian-bahagian yang lain untuk memecahkan kekuatan musush-musuh yang ada dalam selimut beliau.
Beliau telah berjaya melemahkan 'base' Rais diJelebu dengan konspirasi beliau dengan Yunus Rahmat sehinggakan Rais hanya menang dengan 11 undi dalam pemilihan bahagian Jelebu apabila beliau ditentang oleh anak muridnya sendiri Yunus Rahmat.
Kali ini Samad Ibrahim akan menjadi 'conduit' beliau diKuala Pilah dan seorang yang benama Salim diJempol untuk melemahkan Lilah Yasin. Masing-masing memperalatkan dan diperalatkan dalam permainan poitik yang sangat getir diNS.
Siapa yang menjadi 'sikitol' dan siapa yang di'kitolkan' sudah mula jelas dilihat dan ini merupakan permainan yang sangat merbahaya bagi kepentingan UMNO dinegeri yang beradat ini.
Dalam pada itu PR sedang menembusi banyak kubu UMNO kerana UMNO bergolak terlalu jelas. Jika pihak PR mampu untuk menunjukkan siapa yang akan menjadi MB yang 'viable' maka kemungkinan barisan 'alternative' itu akan berjaya menubuhkan kerajaan diNS adalah cerah.
Permainan 'cah keting' diKuala Pilah dan NS amat merbahaya ditambah pula dengan ketidak mampuan W/Rakyat pada hari ini berkhidmat kepada rakyat dan berani menentukan pendirian tegas dalam isu kepimpinan ini akan membawa kecelakaan kepada UMNO dan BN.
Pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO giat membunuh politik mereka sesama meraka ibarat sel-sel kanser yang membunuh diantara satu dengan yang lain yang menyebabkan kanser yang 'malignant' yang akhirnya mematikan tubuh UMNO itu sendiri.
Saya amat dibenci oleh ramai pemimpin yang bermain politk secara ini semasa saya bergiat dahulu. Sekarang saya telah berjaya membuktikan apa yang saya katakan itu sudah menjadi kenyataan.
Baru sekarang mereka sedar (jika telah sedar) bahawa politik menggunakan wang itu tidak akan kekal kekuatannya.
Selepas ini kita mungkin dapat melihat apa yang berlaku dikawasan-kawasan lain diNS. Yang kita lihat sekarang ini hanya 10 peratus dari apa yang sebenarnya berlaku.
Persoalannya sekarang, mampukah Ismail mengambil alih jawtan yang dipegang oleh Mohammad Hasan, sedangkan beliau sendiri sudah mengalami sokongan yang begitu merosot diKuala Pilah? Mampu kah Ismail melakukan 'kona baring' dan meninggalkan Mohammad?
Sama-sama kita lihat. It's going to be an interesting political affair in NS. Bet you. Kalau saya boleh bertanya kepada Mohammad; ingat ke tidak saya pernah memberitahu beliau yang Ismail bukan orang yang mempunyi ' allegiance' terhadap sesiapa kecuali pada dirinya sendiri?
Tidak payahlah jawab; jawab kepada diri saudara sendiri. Itu sudah mencukupi.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 02:53 PM PDT
The Malaysian Insider - Anti-Zaid blog up to down him.
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim's detractors have set up a blog aimed at attacking the former Umno man as an "outsider" bent on destroying PKR. The blog called "Save PKR – do not allow outsiders destroy the party" at antizaid.wordpress.com saw its first entry on Saturday just as the hotly contested race kicked off with divisions nominating.
This blog was born out of the intention to save PKR from being destroyed by a person sponsored by greedy and voracious businessmen. [...]
One entry posted yesterday appeared to harp on how Zaid still trailed behind vice-president Azmin Ali, another lead contender in the deputy presidency race, in his tally of nominations from the divisions. It claimed that the nominations tally showed that members still loved the party.
I cannot help laughing when I read the statement "a blog aimed at attacking the former Umno man as an 'outsider' bent on destroying PKR".
Who do you think these detractors are or were? Wakakaka.
Not that I want to take sides but at least Zaid came into PKR after he had resigned from his position as a minister – how many in PKR can say that?
Then I became attracted to the accusation "…sponsored by greedy and voracious businessmen."
Have you eaten roast lamb?
Now if you think kaytee has done a non sequitur, I raise the 'roast lamb' bit because it may explain who one of this 'greedy and voracious businessmen' (not my words but those of PKR) could be.
Once upon a time a Datuk sponsored two roast lambs at a bloggers' event. It was around that time I came to know my dear Penang friends Susan Loone and Lucia Lai, and also Howsy, Chris Chew, Jamal, and an interesting lady called Jed Yoong ;-)
Wow, sure takes me back quite a fair bit.
That generous bloke became known as Datuk Roast Lamb wakakaka.
I was then new to the bloggers' world and politics, and was informed that Datuk Roast Lamb was (perhaps still is) a strong supporter of He-who-walks-on-water (though today his heels are a wee wet wakakaka).
One night I heard on the grapevine that the Knight of the Roast Lamb, yes our Le Chevalier de L'agneau de Rôti wakakaka, was attempting to arrange a reconciliation reunion between two people who once were seen as father and son but who subsequently became bitter enemies.
Apparently the Datuk is now not seen as the confidante of He-who-walks-on-water, as he has assumed the role of a 'greedy and voracious businessman'.
I hate to say this because you guys will blame me for attacking He-who-walks-on-water again. That bloke (He-who-walks-on-water) should have done something to stop this nonsense of a PKR blog set up to attack a PKR leader, but then he has been notoriously known to overly favour his blue eyed boy. Don't believe me? Just ask Nallakarupan who was instructed not to contest a VP position in PKR so as to enable blue-eyed boy to waltz in.
That's why PKR is so f* up by this group of former UMNO blokes.
And confidentially speaking, I suspect that may be why DAP and PAS are playing footsies with each other beneath the Pakatan table, much to sweetie Helen Ang's consternation wakakaka because they cannot depend on PKR to play the bridging role if Anwar Ibrahim were to be removed from the political landscape.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 04:29 AM PDT
I mediate between antagonists, urging them to resolve their differences peacefully; I promote tolerance and harmonious relations among countries and peoples; I campaign to stem the tide of deadly disease; and I press for the elimination of extreme poverty, and for a natural environment that can sustain not only this generation, but those to come."
Is Malaysia a nation of Peace?
Peace is having the respect for Human Rights, the respect for basic freedom as stated in the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights".
The introduction to the declaration of human rights states as follows:
The recognition of inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.
Phil Robertson, the Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch has stated that other members of the UN General Assembly recognize that Malaysia has many serious problems on human rights. This is especially true for some of its Southeast Asia neighbours whose nationals migrate to work in Malaysia, and who have regularly had their rights violated there.
A number of European and North American governments have expressed great concern about Malaysia's continued use of arbitrary, preventive detention through the ISA, the Emergency Ordinance Act 1969, Dangerous Drugs Act 1985 and the Restricted Residency Act 1933.
Many of those countries have also expressed great disappointment that Malaysia has ignored many of the recommendations they made at the session of the Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia's record at the UN Human Rights Council in 2009.
Phil Robertson report HERE.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 04:06 AM PDT
Desi likes to read the works of Malaysians resident abroad, for somehow they are not caught up so much with the local politics which can easily colour one's objectivity because of one's partisanship. One such writer is a surgeon based in the US, and today's read is important because of the topic -- GLOBALISATION.
Many leaders here don't even know that we have entered a new millennium ten years ago for they continue to play politics of the 1970s to the 1990s -- prominent are the PERKASA and its many clones, Hindraf and its many offspring, ah,leading the pack of the originals is UMNO ...entrenched in Ketuanan Melayu concept, tongkat economics while the world outside has moved on for three to four decades by leaps and bounds, and they continue to KONSTAN GEAR... God save us from these socalled national leaders, they may have good intentions, as they keep reminding the Rakyat that their policies are for the good of the nation! --- BUT REMEMBER, the path to hell is paved with many good intentions. God save us from such good intenders! Desi always believes that the polititics of the future will largely hinge on the country's economic status, and unless Malaysian leaders wake up from their stupour, neighbours like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietname are going to outstrip us pretty soon in economic stature. Don't even talk about India and China, and there are still oud mouths like Ibrahim Ali playing the Jaguh Kampong dance and they don't realise the whole wide world is laughing at us. Their sandiwara and outOFtime steps are magnified and circulated superfast a hundred times by one of Globalisation's tools, The Internet, so much so even the authorities are baffled as some misguided Minister maketh pronouncements that other media like Facebook are western evils hat should be filtered before they endanger young Malaysians, and people like NameWee should be sut up for their own good. God save us indeed! Amen, YL, Desi
Malaysia in the Era of Globalization #32
September 15th, 2010
By Dr Bakri Musa
Chapter 5: Understanding Globalization
There is no doubt that globalization is an idea whose time has come….[But] the fact that [it] has come…does not mean we should sit by and watch as the predators destroy us.
—Mahathir bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia
The one dominant force shaping the world today is globalization. That is, the increasing integration of markets, economies, infrastructures, and other institutions into one world standard. As a consequence, there is increasingly free movement of goods, capital, services, and ideas across borders.
Globalization, observes the World Bank, is not just an economic phenomenon. While the accounting of benefits and costs of globalization depends very much on one's perspective, there is no question that it is a relentless and inevitable tidal wave. And like any tidal wave, one is more likely to survive and even thrive, if prepared. A non-swimmer will be swept away and drowned, but a skillful surfer will exhilaratingly ride the crest.
The choice then is simply whether you should prepare yourself to be a skillful surfer if not at least a passable swimmer, or let yourself be swept by the tidal flow. Stopping the flood is not one of your options.
While many clamor to join this global mainstream, just as many resist. Globalization is enthusiastically embraced by those steeped in the ways of the new economy and modern technology. Its detractors include such "America first" advocates as Pat Buchanan, as well as the Mahathir's of the Third World. Such bewildering alliances and confluences reflect the complexity of this phenomenon.
One of the reasons for these diverse coalitions is that globalization is perceived differently by the various constituents both in the West and in the developing world. To American factory workers, it means the loss of their jobs to such places as China and Mexico; to their executives, an opportunity to reduce costs of production. Third World leaders view globalization as surrendering their nation's sovereignty to multinational corporations; those citizens meanwhile look forward to the job opportunities afforded by these foreign companies. Such conflicting perceptions are understandable as there is no consensus what globalization actually means. That notwithstanding, there is at least a general agreement on what globalization is not.
What Globalization Is Not
Globalization does not mean a single all-powerful world government along the line of a vastly expanded United Nations issuing edicts from New York to remote corners of the world. This is a particular paranoia of American right wing groups who are forever on the look out for black UN helicopters ready to take over their country. Similarly, globalization is not another form of regional cooperation in the fashion of a strengthened Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Nor is it a political and economic entity along the lines of the European Union or a common market like Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement).
Globalization will not mean the decline or end of the nation-state, as some exuberant advocates proclaim and some nationalistic leaders like Mahathir fear. As Peter Drucker, the management guru and respected futurist noted, it will be a greatly changed nation-state that will survive globalization. In particular, totalitarian states that have a tight stranglehold on their citizens will have difficulty maintaining their grip. With the free flow of ideas and information across borders, the state's propaganda machinery would be effectively neutralized. [Author's updated note: We are certainly seeing this in Malaysia where the government-controlled mainstream media are losing their credibility and the accompanying rise of independent blogs.]
Globalization will definitely result in major changes in the power relations between and within nations. This can be disorientating to those comfortable with or dependent on the status quo.
Globalization does not mean a decrease in international regulations and rules. This would disappoint those advocates for a minimalist government, On the contrary, in many cases there will be increased rules with respect to human and labor rights, pollution and environmental laws, and international crimes, as the various national agencies will get increasingly coordinated with those across their borders. Thus polluters in Indonesia for example, will face the wrath of not only their countrymen but also neighboring countries. Environmental groups like Greenpeace are now forging global alliances that transcend national and political boundaries.
Lastly, to those who fear that the universe would be turned into a dull monotonous cultural landscape filled with the Madonnas, Michael Jacksons, and other icons and artifacts of the McWorld, globalization will not mean cultural homogenization. The fear of globalization being just another form of Western hegemony or neocolonialism is simply delusional. On the contrary, globalization provides a much-needed leveling of the playing field and gives small fringe cultural groups hitherto isolated in their remote villages or ashram an avenue to expand its influence worldwide.
It is significant that through globalization, the 13th Century Persian poet Jallaludin Al-Rumi is now the most widely read in America. Similarly Sufism, which once was relegated to the margins of Islam and presented to the world only at exotic cultural festivals, is now fast becoming chic in the West. The public library in my small California town now carries at least a dozen books on the subject. And they are always being signed out! The Internet enables Sufism to reach a much wider audience globally.
As more nations adopt and benefit from globalization, the present cultural, economic, and other dominations of the West would gradually be eroded. For example, once China becomes prosperous, it too will contribute its share of talent onto the world stage to challenge the supremacy now enjoyed by Americans. Further, once China has the market power comparable to America, manufacturers and marketers will cater to the Chinese tastes and market. And then by sheer momentum, that taste or trend will become universal. The reason America now enjoys supremacy (at least in popular consumer taste) is purely the consequence of it being the largest and most lucrative market. Producers and manufacturers everywhere cater to it. Thus by sheer mass dynamics, the American taste and style become universal.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 03:37 AM PDT
The Malaysian Insider - Indonesia bans maids from leaving for Malaysia:
Indonesia's Labour and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar today announced that prospective maids from the country would be banned from leaving for Malaysia until the Indonesian government could assure them of their safety He said the move was being taken in response to the case where an Indonesian maid was allegedly abused by her employer in Penang on September 13.
I fully support the Indonesian Minister's announcement. In fact I suggest that Malaysia completely stop recruiting maids from Indonesia or for that matter, anywhere.
Firstly, many Malaysians cannot handle the responsibilities of being employers of maids. Many are real bastards and bitches. Those found guilty of abusing maids should be punished to the full extent of the law.
Secondly, I don't want to see the country overrun by foreign workers, like hedonistic Kuwait and many Gulf nations have been. There is a security problem.
If young couples with children both want to work, then they should leave their kids at care centres manned by Malaysians.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 02:53 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 05:21 PM PDT
From Jonson Chong, via e-mail
I am writing because I am disappointed with the current PKR Communications Director Nik Nazmi, who also happens to be the state assemblyman for Seri Setia, over his comments against Zaid Ibrahim using Twitter.
I am disappointed that my replacement has not conducted himself in a professional manner. As he is publicly recognised as the Communications Director of PKR, he should be impartial insofar as party elections are concerned.
If he had been serving under the previous secretary-general, Salehuddin Hashim, he would have been briefed on Day One that no appointed official of the party shall participate in internal politics. Alas, he has not had the privilege of working with Saleh.
Anyway, I am not writing about Nik Nazmi. I am writing about his own lack of understanding of what happened in the 2007 PKR National Congress, and how Anwar Ibrahim became the de facto leader of the party.
I remember I attended the congress as a delegate from the Petaling Jaya Selatan division. Indeed, I recall being very sad that Anwar decided not to contest for the president's position because of legal advice from some so-called advisors.
And I also remember standing up and insisting that he defy the unjust laws and the selective prosecution of Umno-BN, especially because the people are waiting for him to lead them. More than that, I seconded an impromptu motion that if he withdraws as a presidential candidate, then the National Congress shall appoint him as the de facto leader of PKR.
The impromptu motion became a resolution of the PKR National Congress, the highest body of the party. And the motion got unanimous support because Anwar had a good reason for not contesting. He knew that he would win and that would have put the party in jeopardy with the Registrar of Societies because he was still banned from holding any positions in a political party then.
Now, in 2010, as opposition leader of Malaysia, things are very different for Anwar Ibrahim. Not only is he free to participate in politics but the whole country is looking to him to lead PKR and Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya.
What excuse has he got for not wanting to take any formal leadership of PKR. If the party is serious about practising democracy, shouldn't the paramount leader of the party be democratically elected?
And if we insist on the rule of law, then shouldn't Anwar Ibrahim be subject to the party's constitution, which does not provide for any de facto leader position.
Well, the point is that PKR members want to be able to democratically elect their party leaders. Not just the president but they want to be able to nominate and vote for any credible leader for any of the position.
What is the point of this exercise, of amending the party constitution and giving each member a vote, and then deny them the right to vote for their paramount leader?
I'm sorry, I just don't see how PKR can have a de facto party leader for life. And isn't Anwar Ibrahim a bit presumptious to think that the members will automatically agree to appointing him the de facto leader again?
Anyway, as a final comment, I suggest Sdr Nik Nazmi learn a little bit of respect for colleagues, especially those who are party leaders, even if they are contesting against their allies or preferred candidate in the party election.
More than that, when one is appointed by the president, one serves the party, not the de facto leader or anyone else.
Jonson Chong is the former PKR communications director.
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 03:45 PM PDT
From Rezeki Murni, via e-mail
I personally believe the public at large will surely forgive the former IGP for his past wrongdoings if he would just expose the vicious wrongdoings of both the cousins.
Both the cousins and many others perhaps had been held at ransom by the ex-IGP and common sense tells any average person in the street that he is holding onto very damaging information against both the cousins.
Otherwise, there is no reason to renew his employment contract when he was way past his retirement and had been obviously failing in his duties to the nation and its citizens.
He should not stop at the cousins. He should also open up all past cans of worms that were the work of Dr M, Abdullah Badawi and all others who have done a lot of harm to the nation and its people.
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 03:43 PM PDT
From Edison Wee, via e-mail
I refer to the letter, 'When toilet walls 'speak' eloquently'. The level and intensity of corruption is Malaysia is all time high, but writing on toilet walls comes to nothing.
People should use that clean sheet of printed paper to say 'NO' to the person and party they do not want.
Stop writing on the walls, concentrate and mark the right box in the next election. This is what counts.
When toilet walls 'speak' eloquently
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 03:42 PM PDT
From 3000client2, via e-mail
Let me quote from your FMT report titled 'Don't you dare abandon the BN, Ibans warned'.
"'To me the state BN government is just like a university. It is just like Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard... the older they are the more prestigious and famous they become."
That's the problem with the people nowadays, and now it is comes from our 'Wakil Raykat'. They like to compare us with the object or things.
Let me share with you a story.
One of my friends working onboard a foreign vessel and was a junior officer. Being a junior, he was having difficulties with a foreign language and complained about this.
He said, we are here like 'Itik and Ayam', talking with others without knowing if messages had been understood whenever there was a briefing to the crew.
So he e-mails to me about the problem and his difficulties. And he even thought of packing up his bags and going home.
I politely informed him that we are not ducks and chickens. We are human beings and god's greatest creation.
Even in a million years, 'Itik and Ayam' will never learn to understand each other because they are animals.
On the other hand, we are human beings, and when smart people learn a language, success will come in due time.
He took my advise and sure enough, after several months speaks a foreign language fluently with pride and dignity.
The moral story of is: "Do not compare us human beings to object or things because we are different and are smart people."
Only those low in self esteem may dare to say the Iban: "Don't you dare abandon the BN" or in other words Iban people are stupid!
Don't you dare abandon the BN, Ibans warned
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 03:41 PM PDT
From N Surendran, via e-mail
Lawyers for Liberty is troubled that many politicians and others have been too quick to praise the police for solving the gruesome murder of Sosilawati Lawiya and three other associates.
What this incident has shown is that far from being an effective, competent and professional police force that Malaysia deserves, the police only acted decisively when the case involved the disappearance of a prominent and wealthy 'Datuk' while ignoring or dragging its feet over numerous other disappearance/murder and commercial crime cases.
It has further been reported that up to 20 people could have been murdered by the same perpetrators.
How can these suspected perpetrators including two infamous disbarred lawyers have been allowed to commit these crimes for so long with so much impunity without any police action?
Questions have rightly been raised by the press that perhaps, the police may have been 'bought'.
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 03:37 PM PDT
From Dillon Tan, via e-mail
Syabas! Zaid, don't worry about what others in the party are talking about you. The majority of party members know what you stand for and will support you when the big day comes.
Those taking swipe at you are those who think that they are more senior than you in the party and the post should be rightfully theirs to fill.
They are still shackled to the old way of doing things. Members of PR are citizens who want change and they want the right man there when we march into Putajaya after GE13.
Stay above them. Don't come down to their level. We know you are PM material. Stay on course.
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 01:00 PM PDT
By Hilary Chiew
Some were the predictable reiteration and re-examination of the 20- and 18-point agreements that applied to Sabah and Sarawak when the two states in Borneo together with the Federation of Malaya and Singapore formed Malaysia in 1963.
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