Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Unity in tatters

Unity in tatters


Unity in tatters

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 07:17 AM PDT

By R Kengadharan

COMMENT After some 45 years from the original date of unification, we now celebrate Malaysia Day for the first time ever on Sept 16, 2010. In shaping Malaysia Day, we must be guided by universal spiritual and moral values. In our quest for unity, we must, out of necessity, revisit many aspects of our social being and restructure them, if necessary, so as to accommodate current needs and expectations.

Where there are visible weaknesses, remedial steps must be taken. We cannot ignore ethnic challenges that have emerged. The Malaysian ethnic landscape in the last few years has become somewhat complex.

If we are keen to move forward without fear, then it's important to recognise that the psychological gap existing between the ethnic communities is the most formidable challenge facing Malaysian unity today. Remember that any discussion on ethnic relations in Malaysia must pay serious attention to the juxtaposition of the communities in the country.

The claims for special position, scholarships, quota for recruitment into institutions of higher learning, reservation of land, preferential quotas and special commitments are matters that we, as a nation, must come together and engage in a civilised dialogue with a view to resolving differences and searching permanent solutions.

The problems superficially highlighted above have no doubt created a great dividing line. These problems have their own strange characteristics and, in many ways, have threatened and may continue to threaten and undermine our very peculiar cradle of democracy.

Having said that, it is now important that we identify those weaknesses, and then take steps to formulate and implement policies which could bring the communities together. This is by no means an easy task. It will require collective efforts.

Dividing lines

As long as there are great dividing lines running through the body politics, there can be no Malaysian solidarity. The current inequality, unfairness, discrimination and marginalisation permeate and pervade almost every sphere of social existence.

For now, the issues that require serious consideration are:

  • The Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera dichotomy: this has become the most powerful reality of Malaysian life. This dichotomy must go. Everyone should be considered a Malaysian citizen. This in turn would create a common identity;
  • The MCA-MIC factor: the two parties did very little to free the respective communities from the shackles of colonial rule;
  • Communal polarisation: more needs to be done to reduce this polarisation. The current divisions are becoming bigger. While this is not desired, there isn't any real policies to tackle it. In fact, the respective communities today have become defensive and are slow to react;
  • New Economic Policy (NEP): it is time to revisit the NEP. Perhaps there is a real need to restructure it and quotas abolished;
  • Government policies: the policies need serious restructuring. The current policies have created unhappiness, especially in regard to education and employment opportunities. This has given rise to negative attitudes which will have serious repercussions on the country;
  • Trading privileges and special banking facilities: a re-evaluation is needed. They should be made available to the privileged minority and to the under-privileged majority. If an honest restructuring is carried out, I am confident that the privileged minority and the under-privileged majority will be able to conduct their businesses smoothly;
  • Interests of the non-Malays: PAS, DAP and PKR cannot be oblivious to the needs and aspirations of the non-Malays. They must understand the contemporary situation, otherwise it would be impossible to change. There is no room for hostile politics. They have not shown enough interest in ethnic integration. They have never articulated the interests of the non-Malays whether in employment or education or health. They have not shown any concern for the political and cultural future of the non-Malay population.

As responsible individuals, we are entrusted with the huge task of creating a better Malaysia.

Let us today renew our hopes and ideas and thrive to create a better country for all Malaysians.

R Kengadharan, a lawyer, is a former ISA detainee, held for his Hindraf activities.



Patriotisme: Antara pengibaran Jalur Gemilang dan 'dissent'

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 07:14 AM PDT

Oleh K Pragalath

KOMEN Setiap kali tiba bulan kemerdekaan. Kita digalakkan untuk mengibarkan Jalur Gemilang sebagai tanda patriotisme terhadap negara. Persoalannya, apakah pengibaran Jalur Gemilang sahaja cukup untuk menunjukkan rasa cinta terhadap negara kita?

Pada pandangan saya, pengibaran Jalur Gemilang hanya bersifat manifestasi luaran sahaja.

Di saat ini, saya teringat kata-kata Howard Zinn pada tahun 1992 yang berbunyi, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

Dissent membawa pengertian penentangan terhadap pihak berkuasa.

Sejarah membuktikan bahawa negarawan dan pemimpin hari ini merupakan pemimpin muda-mudi semalam yang anti-kerajaan.

Dissent dulu negarawan kini

Contohnya dalam menentang aspek tertentu pentadbiran Perdana Menteri pertama Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman, Dr Mahathir Mohamad telah menulis buku bertajuk "The Malay Dilemma".

Hanya kerana menentang aspek tertentu ini tidak bermakna, Mahathir kurang semangat patriotik berbanding dengan Tunku.

Kepimpinan muda hanya boleh bercambah dengan baik sekiranya mereka dibenarkan melakukan dissent.

Muda-mudi yang melakukan dissent akan turut memastikan pemimpin silih berganti. Ia berlaku apabila parti-parti politik menyediakan pentas untuk orang muda menyuarakan suara dalam menyelesaikan permasalahan semasa.

Ini penting kerana idea pemikiran baru diperlukan untuk menangani cabaran-cabaran semasa oleh di masa depan. Ini tidak bermakna idea pemimpin lepas sudah jadi lapuk, cuma ia kurang sesuai.

Kibar Jalur Gemilang sekali, patriotisme selama-lamanya


Jika dibandingkan dengan pengibaran Jalur Gemilang, ia tidak berlaku dengan kerap. Jalur Gemilang hanya kelihatan di segenap pelusuk negara menjelang hari ulang tahun kemerdekaan negara.

Tidak masuk akal sama sekali sekiranya segenap lapisan rakyat hanya dibenarkan menunjukkan rasa cinta terhadap negara pada ulang tahun kemerdekaan semata-mata.

Ini kerana ulang tahun hari kemerdekaan mempunyai pengertian kepada pihak yang berlainan. Bagi generasi yang lahir selepas tahun 1957, pemergian British dari bumi ini hanya nostalgia yang dilihat di kaca televisyen.

Kesimpulan dari hujah di atas ialah semangat patriotisme boleh ditonjolkan dengan lebih berkesan tanpa melibatkan Jalur Gemilang.

Kaedah dissent mungkin tidak akan dipersetujui oleh kerajaan namun ia juga kaedah terbaik dalam menentukan kelangsungan dan kerelevanan parti sahsiah yang membentuk kerajaan.

K Pragalath adalah seorang bekas wartawan.



Malaysia needs brave leaders

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 07:09 AM PDT

By Marcus van Geyzel

COMMENT The Merdeka season is always a time of reflection for many Malaysians. Many put aside the year-long cynicism and negativity to drum up some patriotic fervour and genuine love for the country, though this seems to be less true with every passing year. These days the "Merdeka season" stretches a bit longer than usual, right up to the now official "Malaysia Day" on Sept 16. Somehow, gazetting it as a public holiday makes it more important to the general public.

My sentiment during this period is that I wish we had better leaders.

That statement needs some unpacking.

When I say "better", I don't mean that I wish they went to better schools, are more capable of debating socio-economic issues, or have a flawless grasp of political concepts.

I mean I wish they were braver.

I wish they stood up for what they personally believed to be fair, just, right.

I wish our leaders realised that we – the rakyat – are whom they are meant to be looking out for, and not their fellow politicians, or even worse, their own selfish career progression.

I honestly do believe that there are many good, capable leaders in Malaysia – and yes, even in the government.

But somehow, their expression of their own thoughts and convictions are stymied by political pressures, or having to toe the party line, or not say anything that may jeopardise their career.

Crossroads

Malaysia is certainly at a crossroads in her life. The political tsunami has come and gone.

The country, the people, and politicians, have gone through many changes in the past three years. Information channels are more accessible than ever, and even the mainstream media are not as blatantly pro-government as they used to be.

The opposition has done very well in creating a check and balance for the government, which has undeniably led to a change in perspective and attitude in the ruling coalition.

As with all crossroads, there will be wrong turns, hesitation, accidents, and eventual progress.

All nations go through growing pains at various stages in their existence. This is natural.

But a crossroads calls for brave leaders to step up, put their heads above the parapet, and take risks and brave the inevitable backlash from some quarters for the good of the country as a whole.


I will give credit where credit is due: the decision by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in October 2009 to remove the Bumiputera equity rules and the Foreign Investment Committee was extremely brave.

Obviously, discussions must have been on-going for a long time, and deals or compromises must have been struck with the fiercest critics within the party, but it was a very strong, positive, and risky decision.

Sensitive topic

The Bumiputera equity conditions have always been an ultra-sensitive topic, and no government leaders in the past have dared to even voice their opinion for the scrapping of the rules.

It was brave, it promised a new dawn, and at the very least, it was a step in the right direction.

In recent times, another Bumiputera issue has been fiercely debated -- that of the property purchase discounts.

When purchasing properties, Bumiputeras are given a 7% discount on the price of the property.

This is regardless of whether it is a poor or rich buyer, and also whether the property is commercial or residential, or whether it costs RM500,000 or RM5 million.

The opponents to this discount argue that there should be some sort of limitations; for example, the discount should only be for the purchase of a home which the buyer intends to live in.

Or that there should be a maximum purchase price qualification – a person buying a RM2 million property surely does not "need" the discount.

And, in reality, the discount is abused by Bumiputeras who seek to make a quick buck by flipping the property for commercial gain, or even taking legal shortcuts like instant novations and taking an illegal commission for their signature.

The response of the Malay leaders has been disappointing, with some saying that it is unreasonable and unacceptable for such a "right" to be questioned. Most are just keeping quiet and hoping the controversial issue will die down.

This is just an example of the kind of issue which calls for strong and brave leaders to stand up and seek a resolution for the good of the country. But it's not easy.

These leaders are politicians, after all, and they did not get to their positions by fighting every issue.

Someone like Khairy Jamaluddin, narrowly voted in as Umno Youth leader, would surely suffer a huge backlash if he stood up and said that the discount privileges should be removed, or reviewed.

Khairy has been the most progressive and outspoken of the new wave of leaders within Barisan Nasional, but there is still the notion that, when it comes to the really difficult issues, he is held back by the risk of losing the support of the hardcore Umno members.

There are many intelligent, rational, modern, and forward-thinking leaders within the Umno ranks, but they seem afraid to speak up on controversial topics.

The problem is not unique to Umno.

MCA, MIC must rebuild

The MCA and MIC suffered severe loss of support from the Chinese and Indian communities, who realised that their leaders were not looking out for their interests, and were instead pandering to the whims of Umno.

Three years ago, this would have been a controversial statement, but now, it has become undeniable, and both these parties have had to do a lot of soul-searching and rebuilding.

The opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, has also been suffering from a loss of public confidence following its election success.

Many promises have been broken, and its leaders have had to go through a very steep learning curve in the states they controlled, as leading a government is certainly much more difficult than criticising from the outside.

As a result of the infighting, defections, and general inconsistency, the momentum generated from the 2008 general election was lost. After some time, the rakyat become wary of political games, and just want leaders who get the right things done in the right way.

That then, is my wish this Merdeka season.

That, in the coming months, Malaysia will see leaders rise up – both in the government and opposition ranks – to look after the needs of the rakyat. Leaders are supposed to have the best interests of the people at heart.

We need leaders who put the long-term good of the country ahead of their short-term political manoeuvrings.

Malaysia is crying out for leaders who hold strong convictions in their political ideologies and social values. They need to speak up against injustice, regardless of the party who committed it.

We need leaders who will speak out strongly against divisive parties like Perkasa, which seeks only to wreck the country.

The issues are not just race-based (though these are inevitably the most sensitive), but cover a whole range of national issues -- from education to economy, and social welfare to crime.

Some say that people get the leaders they deserve. I think that – no matter how mature the population, or what the sentiment is among the public – it takes strong, brave leaders to make change happen.

Let's Merdekakan Malaysia this Sept 16!

This original version of this article first appeared in the loyarburuk website.


Happy birthday MALAYSIA... (and LKY)

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 11:06 AM PDT

We dont really know why the Government took 47 years to celebrate the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963 for the first time and gazetted it as a public holiday. To say that its so close to Aug 31 Independence Day doesnt chime any logic.

However, here we are, thanks to the wisdom of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Of course, this augurs well for his 1Malaysia.


As a Malaysian myself, I am proud not to be an American (to be despised and hated by many for flexing its muscle on others), or a Singaporean (for looking down at its neighbours), or as an Indonesian (a country too difficult to manage for having thousands of islands), an African (for living in the dark), a Palestinian (for being oppressed daily by the Israelis) or as an Arab (for having to become an American yes-man) or perhaps not as a citizen to some parts of Europe where racism thrives.

In 1963, Malaya along with the then British crown colonies of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, formed Malaysia. The proposed date for the formation of Malaysia was 31 August 1963, to coincide with the independence day of Malaya and the British giving self-rule to Sarawak and Sabah.

However, the date was delayed by opposition from the Indonesian government led by Sukarno and also attempts by the Sarawak United People's Party to delay the formation of Malaysia.

According to Wikipedia, the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak into Malaysia was met with strong opposition from Indonesia (over its claim on North Kalimantan) and the Philippines (over Sabah).

That prompted Sukarno to launch 'Ganyang Malaysia' on 27 July 1963, months after his Foreign Minister Subandrio announced on Jan 20 that Indonesia would pursue a 'confrontation policy' against Malaysia, which Jakarta described as a British puppet. (Some Indonesians, till to date still uphold that 'Ganyang policy' each time they demonstrate displeasure toward Malaysia).

During the 1962-1966 confrontation, Malaysian allied forces (together with UK, Australia and New Zealand) lost 114 army personnel while Indonesia lost 590. A total of 36 civilians also died.

This is a history Malaysians should learn and remember. The early years of Independence were marred with unpleasant incidents, not only the Konfrontasi but also the eventual exit of Singapore in 1965, the racial riot in 1969 and the threats from Communist Party of Malaya.

I wonder if most of our present and future generations would remember how the map of Malaysia looks like. I studied Sejarah (History), 'Ilmu Alam' and Geography during my primary and secondary schools. We studied every inch of our country, every city and town that made us appreciate our Land and be proud of it. Unfortunately, such subjects are considered as not important anymore since the 1990s.

Opppsss... just for our common knowledge. Singapore Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew also celebrates his birthday today. I wonder why did our leaders choose this date to form Malaysia. Of course Lee Kuan Yew was there during that time. Knowing he would pull Singapore out of Malaysia two years later, he could have influenced the leaders to pick the date - as he didnt want Malaysians to forget him... forever!

And for Malaysians who still dont know how our map looks like and where Perlis. Sabah or Melaka are located, I give you a simple one up there...

PS... didnt someone vow to takeover Putrajaya on Sept 16? Who? When was that?



The new generation of Malaysians want a peaceful interpretation

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 09:57 AM PDT

The new generation of Malaysians want a peaceful interpretation of history – one that will not continue to blame this or that group for this or that engineered and well-crafted conflicts seen as factual, objective and official narrations of Malaysian history."Man has no nature… what he has is history," writes the Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gassett.But whose history must man learn? Whose construction of history must we craft as official knowledge? What is the conception of human nature must we hold in writing about history? There are no historical 'facts'. The term itself is an oxymoron and a contradiction. There are only selected memories we pursue out of our ideological biases. Underlying the selection process lie the act of historicising and the base and superstructure that shape the manner history is written. The modern state – the 'necessary evil'- dictates the ideology of historicising; thus the maxim "winners write history, losers write
poetry or study anthropology"
I don't make snap judgments on any party without first trying to get whatever information I can through whatever sources I can find. Such sources include most notoriously the World Wide Web.
Recently I was asked to look up statistics for blackmail cases in Malaysia that were reported to the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP). One would think that these statistics, at least the number of reported cases, would be available for public viewing.
They're not. Neither are statistics on rape, murder, snatch theft, Rempits, or even robbery.
Well, maybe to the RMP such information is not worth sharing with the public.
Instead, our admirable police force finds it a necessity to only disseminate the data on traffic issues via continuous reports on Ops Sikap (congratulations to the traffic division then), narcotics and commercial crimes.
And, of course, missing person's statistics that have yet to be updated since August 2008.
You would think that a police force with a vision promoted on its website to be "the main enforcement agency with integrity, competence and commitment", it could actually prove it with solid evidence in the form of statistics.
So, in an effort to highlight just how inept our police are in this day and age, in a nation priding itself as the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), let's compare our royal police force's website with a number of its peers, or even subordinates for that matter
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Hafidz Baharom is a social observer who has rankled more than a few feathers. He has written for a number of publications, and is always looking t
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JULY 15 — I don't make snap judgments on any party without first trying to get whatever information I can through whatever sources I can find. Such sources include most notoriously the World Wide Web.
Recently I was asked to look up statistics for blackmail cases in Malaysia that were reported to the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP). One would think that these statistics, at least the number of reported cases, would be available for public viewing.
They're not. Neither are statistics on rape, murder, snatch theft, Rempits, or even robbery.
Well, maybe to the RMP such information is not worth sharing with the public.
Instead, our admirable police force finds it a necessity to only disseminate the data on traffic issues via continuous reports on Ops Sikap (congratulations to the traffic division then), narcotics and commercial crimes.
And, of course, missing person's statistics that have yet to be updated since August 2008.
You would think that a police force with a vision promoted on its website to be "the main enforcement agency with integrity, competence and commitment", it could actually prove it with solid evidence in the form of statistics.
So, in an effort to highlight just how inept our police are in this day and age, in a nation priding itself as the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), let's compare our royal police force's website with a number of its peers, or even subordinates for that matter.
In the Asean region, I managed to find a few websites to compare with. These include the Singapore Police Force (SPF)and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
It is rather shameful to admit that our neighbours down south can come up with a statistical annual report and analysis made public via its website since 2005.
It is even sadder to note that the Philippine police force actually uploads PDF's of its newsletter (Police Digest) and journals, albeit irregularly and out of date. Their last newsletter upload is dated December 2008.
However, the PNP website does have a link which plots out the national crime map, which details the crime statistics by month since October 2007 up to March 2009.
The SPF, while lacking such detail, instead has a presence on social networking website Facebook, a Youtube channel as well as an online show available at its website called "Crimewatch".
I guess the Malaysian police can always take pride with their "Gerak Khas" episodes available on RTM.
Now perhaps it's a bit too much to compare the Malaysian police with two Asean countries with probably greater expenditure on their police forces.
So let's go to a place that recently received a budget cut after its governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, recently announced that the state has no cash to spend. Welcome to California.
The Los Angeles Police Department website has a crime summary report dating back to 1996, its most recent one being a summary report for 2008.
What's really interesting about the LAPD website is that it also has a blog with a podcast of a recent police station inspection. Its latest post, of course, is its official statement on the death of Michael Jackson.
Oh, and did I mention that its website is available in 10 different languages?
Still sticking to California, I would also like to highlight the existence of the Automated Regional Justice Information System, or ARJIS. ARJIS is an information sharing website that allows its browsers to generate crime statistics reports for the police within the counties of San Diego and Imperial City, California.
Now close to 600 words down the line, I'm just wondering if the head of our RMP, Inspector-General Tan Sri Musa Hassan, is ashamed enough to admit that its website is inadequate and totally lacks whatever standards of achievement our police currently adhere to.
In March 2007, while the police force was celebrating its bicentennial anniversary, the IGP stated that the police must undergo a rebranding exercise in order to regain their credibility in the eyes of the public. The theme then was "Royal Malaysia Police towards Global Distinction".
In lieu of the comparisons with the police websites from the Philippines, Singapore and even bankrupt Los Angeles, California, I ask the IGP and even anyone reading this:
Is the RMP moving towards "global distinction" in the wrong direction, regressing towards global infamy as perhaps one of the most backwards police forces in terms of information dissemination and transparency?
Malaysian riot police dispersed 3,000 demonstrators at Iskandariah palace in Kuala Kangsar on Feb. 6 protesting the swearing in of a new chief minister and state executive council. The northwestern state of Perak has become embroiled in a political crisis, highlighting Malaysia's wider political struggle after Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, the traditional ruler of the state, ejected Chief Minister Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive council from their posts and appointed new leaders. The ousted government was part of Malaysia's opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR), while the new installments are members of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which rules Malaysia's national-level government.
Perak state, in the northwestern part of peninsular Malaysia, is an old tin-mining hub and modern manufacturing region hit hard by the global economic slowdown. The opposition PR won its first election there in March 2008, part of a general trend in which the party made electoral strides across the nation. The PR's success has led the BN coalition to worry that their rule is beginning to crumble along with their ability to protect the legally enshrined privileges of the ethnic Malay majority. Opposition PR leader Anwar Ibrahim has had a roller-coaster rise to prominence since the March elections, and two opposition victories in recent by-elections have heightened the BN's fears. Meanwhile, the global economic slowdown is weighing more heavily on Malaysia's industries and households.
Four lawmakers in Perak's state assembly have defected since Jan. 25 from the PR-led coalition, giving the BN and its allies the upper hand by one seat. Nizar moved to dissolve the assembly as a result of the defections, calling for a new election, but he failed to ask the sultan's approval. The sultan ordered the state assembly leaders to resign Feb. 5, and the next day the former chief minister was physically removed from his office in Ipoh by police. On Feb. 6, riot police dispersed 3,000 supporters of the former government with tear gas when they attempted to bring their protest to the sultan's Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar as the new chief minister and executive council were sworn in. The event has sparked a statewide constitutional crisis, but Anwar has ruled out waging a legal battle (despite the wishes of allies in Perak), seeking instead to get the sultan to change his mind so that the state can hold new elections.
State politics in Perak aside, many suspect that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is set to become prime minister in March after current Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi steps down, had a hand in orchestrating the four defections and seeking the sultan's help. This marks a potential shift for Malaysian politics, in which the ruling party works hand in glove with the royals to maintain the status quo. Both the ruling coalition and the opposition are searching for potential defectors to strengthen their power in Kuala Lumpur (often with bribes for those willing to change sides). Both sides will attempt to benefit from this incident, with the BN claiming that the opposition has undue respect for the sultan and the PR claiming that the state's democratic representation has been curtailed. With the global economic slowdown taking a greater and greater toll on Malaysia's economy, political struggles (and social instability) look set to intensify.
Malaysian riot police dispersed 3,000 demonstrators at Iskandariah palace in Kuala Kangsar on Feb. 6 protesting the swearing in of a new chief minister and state executive council. The northwestern state of Perak has become embroiled in a political crisis, highlighting Malaysia's wider political struggle after Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, the traditional ruler of the state, ejected Chief Minister Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive council from their posts and appointed new leaders. The ousted government was part of Malaysia's opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR), while the new installments are members of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which rules Malaysia's national-level government.
Perak state, in the northwestern part of peninsular Malaysia, is an old tin-mining hub and modern manufacturing region hit hard by the global economic slowdown. The opposition PR won its first election there in March 2008, part of a general trend in which the party made electoral strides across the nation. The PR's success has led the BN coalition to worry that their rule is beginning to crumble along with their ability to protect the legally enshrined privileges of the ethnic Malay majority. Opposition PR leader Anwar Ibrahim has had a roller-coaster rise to prominence since the March elections, and two opposition victories in recent by-elections have heightened the BN's fears. Meanwhile, the global economic slowdown is weighing more heavily on Malaysia's industries and households.
Four lawmakers in Perak's state assembly have defected since Jan. 25 from the PR-led coalition, giving the BN and its allies the upper hand by one seat. Nizar moved to dissolve the assembly as a result of the defections, calling for a new election, but he failed to ask the sultan's approval. The sultan ordered the state assembly leaders to resign Feb. 5, and the next day the former chief minister was physically removed from his office in Ipoh by police. On Feb. 6, riot police dispersed 3,000 supporters of the former government with tear gas when they attempted to bring their protest to the sultan's Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar as the new chief minister and executive council were sworn in. The event has sparked a statewide constitutional crisis, but Anwar has ruled out waging a legal battle (despite the wishes of allies in Perak), seeking instead to get the sultan to change his mind so that the state can hold new elections.
State politics in Perak aside, many suspect that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is set to become prime minister in March after current Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi steps down, had a hand in orchestrating the four defections and seeking the sultan's help. This marks a potential shift for Malaysian politics, in which the ruling party works hand in glove with the royals to maintain the status quo. Both the ruling coalition and the opposition are searching for potential defectors to strengthen their power in Kuala Lumpur (often with bribes for those willing to change sides). Both sides will attempt to benefit from this incident, with the BN claiming that the opposition has undue respect for the sultan and the PR claiming that the state's democratic representation has been curtailed. With the global economic slowdown taking a greater and greater toll on Malaysia's economy, political struggles (and social instability) look set to intensify.

The new generation of Malaysians want a peaceful interpretation of history – one that will not continue to blame this or that group for this or that engineered and well-crafted conflicts seen as factual, objective and official narrations of Malaysian history."Man has no nature… what he has is history," writes the Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gassett.But whose history must man learn? Whose construction of history must we craft as official knowledge? What is the conception of human nature must we hold in writing about history? There are no historical 'facts'. The term itself is an oxymoron and a contradiction. There are only selected memories we pursue out of our ideological biases. Underlying the selection process lie the act of historicising and the base and superstructure that shape the manner history is written. The modern state – the 'necessary evil'- dictates the ideology of historicising; thus the maxim "winners write history, losers write

poetry or study anthropology"
I don't make snap judgments on any party without first trying to get whatever information I can through whatever sources I can find. Such sources include most notoriously the World Wide Web.
Recently I was asked to look up statistics for blackmail cases in Malaysia that were reported to the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP). One would think that these statistics, at least the number of reported cases, would be available for public viewing.
They're not. Neither are statistics on rape, murder, snatch theft, Rempits, or even robbery.
Well, maybe to the RMP such information is not worth sharing with the public.
Instead, our admirable police force finds it a necessity to only disseminate the data on traffic issues via continuous reports on Ops Sikap (congratulations to the traffic division then), narcotics and commercial crimes.
And, of course, missing person's statistics that have yet to be updated since August 2008.
You would think that a police force with a vision promoted on its website to be "the main enforcement agency with integrity, competence and commitment", it could actually prove it with solid evidence in the form of statistics.
So, in an effort to highlight just how inept our police are in this day and age, in a nation priding itself as the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), let's compare our royal police force's website with a number of its peers, or even subordinates for that matter

;">
Hafidz Baharom is a social observer who has rankled more than a few feathers. He has written for a number of publications, and is always looking t

!JULY 15 — I don't make snap judgments on any party without first trying to get whatever information I can through whatever sources I can find. Such sources include most notoriously the World Wide Web.
Recently I was asked to look up statistics for blackmail cases in Malaysia that were reported to the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP). One would think that these statistics, at least the number of reported cases, would be available for public viewing.
They're not. Neither are statistics on rape, murder, snatch theft, Rempits, or even robbery.
Well, maybe to the RMP such information is not worth sharing with the public.
Instead, our admirable police force finds it a necessity to only disseminate the data on traffic issues via continuous reports on Ops Sikap (congratulations to the traffic division then), narcotics and commercial crimes.
And, of course, missing person's statistics that have yet to be updated since August 2008.
You would think that a police force with a vision promoted on its website to be "the main enforcement agency with integrity, competence and commitment", it could actually prove it with solid evidence in the form of statistics.
So, in an effort to highlight just how inept our police are in this day and age, in a nation priding itself as the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), let's compare our royal police force's website with a number of its peers, or even subordinates for that matter.
In the Asean region, I managed to find a few websites to compare with. These include the Singapore Police Force (SPF)and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
It is rather shameful to admit that our neighbours down south can come up with a statistical annual report and analysis made public via its website since 2005.
It is even sadder to note that the Philippine police force actually uploads PDF's of its newsletter (Police Digest) and journals, albeit irregularly and out of date. Their last newsletter upload is dated December 2008.
However, the PNP website does have a link which plots out the national crime map, which details the crime statistics by month since October 2007 up to March 2009.
The SPF, while lacking such detail, instead has a presence on social networking website Facebook, a Youtube channel as well as an online show available at its website called "Crimewatch".
I guess the Malaysian police can always take pride with their "Gerak Khas" episodes available on RTM.
Now perhaps it's a bit too much to compare the Malaysian police with two Asean countries with probably greater expenditure on their police forces.
So let's go to a place that recently received a budget cut after its governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, recently announced that the state has no cash to spend. Welcome to California.
The Los Angeles Police Department website has a crime summary report dating back to 1996, its most recent one being a summary report for 2008.
What's really interesting about the LAPD website is that it also has a blog with a podcast of a recent police station inspection. Its latest post, of course, is its official statement on the death of Michael Jackson.
Oh, and did I mention that its website is available in 10 different languages?
Still sticking to California, I would also like to highlight the existence of the Automated Regional Justice Information System, or ARJIS. ARJIS is an information sharing website that allows its browsers to generate crime statistics reports for the police within the counties of San Diego and Imperial City, California.
Now close to 600 words down the line, I'm just wondering if the head of our RMP, Inspector-General Tan Sri Musa Hassan, is ashamed enough to admit that its website is inadequate and totally lacks whatever standards of achievement our police currently adhere to.
In March 2007, while the police force was celebrating its bicentennial anniversary, the IGP stated that the police must undergo a rebranding exercise in order to regain their credibility in the eyes of the public. The theme then was "Royal Malaysia Police towards Global Distinction".
In lieu of the comparisons with the police websites from the Philippines, Singapore and even bankrupt Los Angeles, California, I ask the IGP and even anyone reading this:
Is the RMP moving towards "global distinction" in the wrong direction, regressing towards global infamy as perhaps one of the most backwards police forces in terms of information dissemination and transparency?

Malaysian riot police dispersed 3,000 demonstrators at Iskandariah palace in Kuala Kangsar on Feb. 6 protesting the swearing in of a new chief minister and state executive council. The northwestern state of Perak has become embroiled in a political crisis, highlighting Malaysia's wider political struggle after Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, the traditional ruler of the state, ejected Chief Minister Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive council from their posts and appointed new leaders. The ousted government was part of Malaysia's opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR), while the new installments are members of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which rules Malaysia's national-level government.

Perak state, in the northwestern part of peninsular Malaysia, is an old tin-mining hub and modern manufacturing region hit hard by the global economic slowdown. The opposition PR won its first election there in March 2008, part of a general trend in which the party made electoral strides across the nation. The PR's success has led the BN coalition to worry that their rule is beginning to crumble along with their ability to protect the legally enshrined privileges of the ethnic Malay majority. Opposition PR leader Anwar Ibrahim has had a roller-coaster rise to prominence since the March elections, and two opposition victories in recent by-elections have heightened the BN's fears. Meanwhile, the global economic slowdown is weighing more heavily on Malaysia's industries and households.

Four lawmakers in Perak's state assembly have defected since Jan. 25 from the PR-led coalition, giving the BN and its allies the upper hand by one seat. Nizar moved to dissolve the assembly as a result of the defections, calling for a new election, but he failed to ask the sultan's approval. The sultan ordered the state assembly leaders to resign Feb. 5, and the next day the former chief minister was physically removed from his office in Ipoh by police. On Feb. 6, riot police dispersed 3,000 supporters of the former government with tear gas when they attempted to bring their protest to the sultan's Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar as the new chief minister and executive council were sworn in. The event has sparked a statewide constitutional crisis, but Anwar has ruled out waging a legal battle (despite the wishes of allies in Perak), seeking instead to get the sultan to change his mind so that the state can hold new elections.

State politics in Perak aside, many suspect that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is set to become prime minister in March after current Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi steps down, had a hand in orchestrating the four defections and seeking the sultan's help. This marks a potential shift for Malaysian politics, in which the ruling party works hand in glove with the royals to maintain the status quo. Both the ruling coalition and the opposition are searching for potential defectors to strengthen their power in Kuala Lumpur (often with bribes for those willing to change sides). Both sides will attempt to benefit from this incident, with the BN claiming that the opposition has undue respect for the sultan and the PR claiming that the state's democratic representation has been curtailed. With the global economic slowdown taking a greater and greater toll on Malaysia's economy, political struggles (and social instability) look set to intensify.

Malaysian riot police dispersed 3,000 demonstrators at Iskandariah palace in Kuala Kangsar on Feb. 6 protesting the swearing in of a new chief minister and state executive council. The northwestern state of Perak has become embroiled in a political crisis, highlighting Malaysia's wider political struggle after Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, the traditional ruler of the state, ejected Chief Minister Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive council from their posts and appointed new leaders. The ousted government was part of Malaysia's opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR), while the new installments are members of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which rules Malaysia's national-level government.

Perak state, in the northwestern part of peninsular Malaysia, is an old tin-mining hub and modern manufacturing region hit hard by the global economic slowdown. The opposition PR won its first election there in March 2008, part of a general trend in which the party made electoral strides across the nation. The PR's success has led the BN coalition to worry that their rule is beginning to crumble along with their ability to protect the legally enshrined privileges of the ethnic Malay majority. Opposition PR leader Anwar Ibrahim has had a roller-coaster rise to prominence since the March elections, and two opposition victories in recent by-elections have heightened the BN's fears. Meanwhile, the global economic slowdown is weighing more heavily on Malaysia's industries and households.

Four lawmakers in Perak's state assembly have defected since Jan. 25 from the PR-led coalition, giving the BN and its allies the upper hand by one seat. Nizar moved to dissolve the assembly as a result of the defections, calling for a new election, but he failed to ask the sultan's approval. The sultan ordered the state assembly leaders to resign Feb. 5, and the next day the former chief minister was physically removed from his office in Ipoh by police. On Feb. 6, riot police dispersed 3,000 supporters of the former government with tear gas when they attempted to bring their protest to the sultan's Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar as the new chief minister and executive council were sworn in. The event has sparked a statewide constitutional crisis, but Anwar has ruled out waging a legal battle (despite the wishes of allies in Perak), seeking instead to get the sultan to change his mind so that the state can hold new elections.

State politics in Perak aside, many suspect that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is set to become prime minister in March after current Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi steps down, had a hand in orchestrating the four defections and seeking the sultan's help. This marks a potential shift for Malaysian politics, in which the ruling party works hand in glove with the royals to maintain the status quo. Both the ruling coalition and the opposition are searching for potential defectors to strengthen their power in Kuala Lumpur (often with bribes for those willing to change sides). Both sides will attempt to benefit from this incident, with the BN claiming that the opposition has undue respect for the sultan and the PR claiming that the state's democratic representation has been curtailed. With the global economic slowdown taking a greater and greater toll on Malaysia's economy, political struggles (and social instability) look set to intensify.


PKR Padungan”Where is Baru Bian and the Missing Ones..?”

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 09:18 AM PDT

15th September 2010 here we are at "Malam Padungan"organised by PKR cabang Kuching and the programme listed 13 main items. The crowd of 600 or more waited for the arrival of the "their Puteri Reformasi" YB Nurul Izzah Anwar MP of Pantai Valley. Also expected was the PKR Sarawak State Chairman Baru Bian as he was listed as No.5 on the programme. 

Where is Baru Bian many of the diners asks..? There were many familiar faces present but curious absentees were some of the PKR Sarawak Exco's in Abang Zul,See Chee How,Baharuddin,Bawin,Ibi and the Wanita exco's? Could we be missing some flavours? Nearly, a year has gone by on 16th October 2009 we wrote ,

"PKR East Malaysia…In total Disarray."

Nurul Izzah spoke with much venom and full of authority that PKR is a party for all Malaysians be it in Peninsular,Sabah and Sarawak and "We must present a United Front" and God willing we will be the government of the day and take over from BN. More will be published by the main stream media who were present  in full force.

"IS PKR SARAWAK HEEDING HER CALL..?? 

Pakatan Sarawak leaders from SNAP were represented by the SG Stanley Jugol and there was also a Perak Adun Assemblyman Tai Sing Ng. Dominique Ng the Padungan ADUN made his intentions known to the Padungan faithful that he will be putting his name up to join in the race to be nominated to be a Vice President of Central PKR. He also said that PKR Kuching cabang will be nominating Tian Chua for the posts of Deputy President.

A loyalists to Adun Padungan said to audie61 "IT IS INDEED A BOLD MOVE by the YB.He is daring and of course he does have his faults but we must give him credit for being one of the fighters for the recognition of September 16th Malaysia Day "

WE LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES I MUST SAY. YOU NODDED DIDN'T YOU…??


Can democracy come out of the barrel of a gun? That has been the question haunting PKR, Zaid’s ring leader Harris Ibrahim

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 08:58 AM PDT

Can democracy come out of the barrel of a gun? That has been the question haunting PKR since the current spiral of agitation the so called the third force and their ring leader Harris Ibrahim
Power is the glue of politics. That is why a government is expected to be in array and opposition generally in disarray. Ideology is a fickle custodian of unity in an age of convenience. Its absence has eliminated the difference between single-party rule and coalition government. Both are held together by individual or sectarian self-interest, which is why they last. Ideology is a differentiator; it makes a partnership untenable even if the partners consider it sustainable. Sentiment is irrelevant to any political marriage. This is true of all democracies where coalitions become necessary. Politicians live for power; why would they invite a premature death?
It would be a natural conclusion for most that the 'moral', since it includes pious beliefs and undocumented matters of conscience, should be inclusive of 'justice'. Morality is learnt as one grows in his philosophy, faith, or religion. Simple derivatives as not to lie, steal, hurt or cheat are basic to all legal thinking. Morality, may further be escalated to include self-imposed restrictions as not to hurt with thought or word, even pray for someone's well-being. Justice gives you no marks for all this. Justice does not differentiate between a common man and a saint. Besides, justice acquits a crime if there be no proof, whereas the gates of heaven are closed for sinners. Why then, should the dome of moral canopy, bend towards justice? In other words, does 'justice', which is a man-made system to dispense law, supersede the value system, abeyance and 'morality' as defined by an ideology or religion? What matters more for peace on this earth, a legal right or a 'moral victory'?
There are different types of leadership. The problem with charismatic leadership is that it does not survive the charismatic leader. The problem with Azmin is that he is more of a charismatic leader. Zaid Ibrahim has none of the charisma but makes up for it in terms of his ability to lead based on pure leadership and organizational skills.I must say I admire you for your courage in resigning from the cabinet on the issue of the Internal Security Act and your efforts at trying to make amends for the judicial crisis in 1987. Congratulations. It is unfortunate that you did not win the Hulu Selangor by-election. I have read your book, I, too, am Malay and am truly inspired.But I have yet to get a satisfactory answer on a few questions. I had been hoping more people to ask these questions but it seems that you are a darling of the liberal media which would not bother you on these issues. But I really hope to get honest answers on these questions.First, the issue of your stand at the beginning of the judicial crisis in 1987. Was it true that you formed the Muslim Lawyers Association upon Dr Mahathir Mohamad's instruction in order to counter the Bar Council's critical stand?Why did you form the association when we all knew that, at least at that point in your life, you led a very liberal lifestyle? While you claimed you did not endorse the sacking of Lord President Salleh Abas, you accepted Hamid Omar to chair the tribunal to try Salleh and distanced yourself from the Bar Council's boycott of Hamid.You continued with your battles with the Bar Council in 1992 when you proposed Justice Minister Syed Hamid Albar to be made president of the Bar Council.Secondly, the growth of Zaid Ibrahim & Co to become Malaysia's biggest legal firm. As much as I would like to think that Zico was a success on its own, many have pointed out that your firm was rewarded with contracts following your support for Mahathir during the judicial crisis and the Umno split.Is it true you benefitted from Umno through the awards of contracts from UEM and Bakun? I remember you were even investigated for insider trading with Bashir Ismail and Bank Bumiputera chairperson and Renong Berhad executive chairperson, Halim Saad.Thirdly, your love-hate relationship with PKR. My friends in Gerakan informed me that you considered joining Gerakan before actually joining PKR. I congratulate you for having that courage.But shortly after being appointed to the Political Bureau, you then expressed your desire to take a six-month leave. Subsequently you returned to the Political Bureau. Yet you continued blogging against the party leadership.Don't get me wrong, I am all for freedom of speech but also there should be collective responsibility. Why, if you are really unhappy with PKR, accept the nomination for Hulu Selangor and subsequently as Wilayah Perseketuan PKR chief?While you have criticised the party at many junctures, I believe to be fair, the party has given you many responsibilities in spite of being new and critical. It would be good once in a while for you to have something good to say to friends who have been in the party much longer than you have.I hope you can answer these questions so that I can truly be assured of your commitment to change and reform.
— Leading contender for the PKR deputy presidency contest Datuk Zaid Ibrahim warned its members today that the party risks turning into another Umno unless there is a leadership change.
The former de facto law minister, who was sacked from Umno in late 2008, said PKR has been plagued with problems such as defection of lawmakers which is not faced by its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners DAP and PAS.
"Everyone says PKR is a weak party," said Zaid in an interview published in today's edition of Sin Chew Daily.
The former Kota Bahru MP who joined PKR in June last year said the party has lost its original direction and risks becoming the 'second Umno'.
He claimed PKR is facing the same problems as Umno and Malaysia and so a leadership change is needed for improvement.
"If you (members) want these problems to continue, you can elect the same leadership. If you want changes, you have to change the leaders. The same leaders will result in the same problems," said Zaid who coordinated the framing of PR's common policy platform, launched in December last year.
Zaid is supporting party de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest the party presidency in order to legitimise his position as the PKR chief.
Supporters of another contender, Azmin Ali, however want the status quo to be maintained with Anwar continue holding the unelected position while his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail serves as president.
Anwar had said that he would decline nomination to contest in the party polls.
The post of de facto leader was created after party election 2007 as a compromise between two groups who wanted Anwar to contest the presidency and the other who were against it, fearing that the party would be deregistered as the former deputy prime minister was at that time banned from holding any elected political posts.
The ban expired in April 2008.
Zaid previously alleged that since announcing his intention to contest late last month, his loyalty to the party has been questioned and he was also accused of working for former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin to destroy PKR.
He also claimed that he was warned that he risk being "buried" — the way the late Tun Ghafar Baba had been in the 1993 Umno party election — if he chooses to stay in the race.
Then, Ghafar only received four nominations in that contest and withdrew from the race in favour of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Some 400,000 PKR members will vote beginning this weekend until November 21.
The party amended its constitution last year allowing all members to vote for divisional leaders and the 25 members of the central leadership council — including the president, deputy president and four vice-presidents.
The party's 218 divisions will hold two separate meetings: One for the annual general meeting and election of divisional leaders, and a second meeting to vote for national leaders.
The divisions will vote for national leaders over several weekends, from October 29 to November 21.


Pendapatan Kedah bocor 205% Setahun Selama di Bawah Barisan Nasional

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 08:05 AM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Keupayaan Kerajaan Kedah menaikkan pendapatan negeri sebanyak 205% adalah satu kejayaan yang sangat besar. Ia menunjukkan selama ini berlaku "kebocoran" yang sangat besar selama negeri berada di bawah pemerintahan Barisan Nasional.

Apa yang Kerajaan PAS/PR buat di KEdah hanyalah menutup kebocoran-kebocoran ini, dan pendapatan negeri Kedah naik 205%. Syabas diucapkan kepada UStaz Azizan Razak (yang juga kawan baik arwah bapa saya).

TUlang Besi cuma nak komen, dalam negeri PR yang paling "slow" pun macam Kedah, kita masih dapat penuhi 80% janji pilihanraya. Sememangnya dari mula lagi sudah dijangka Kedah tidak dapat bergerak laju seperti negeri2 lain.

Sebab utama adalah Kedah adalah antara negeri termiskin. Lebih ramai orang miskin di Kedah berbanding Kelantan. Maka, perubahan tentulah berlaku dengan kadar yang perlahan berbanding negeri-negeri lain.

Inshaalah, KEdah akan maju ke hadapan di bawah Pakatan Rakyat berbanding kalau mereka kekal di bawah UMNO/BN.

MB Kedah akui manifesto ekonomi belum tercapai
Sep 15, 10 6:56pm

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Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak hari ini mengakui bahawa kerajaan negeri itu masih belum berjaya mencapai manifesto Pilihan Raya Umum 2008 dalam bidang ekonomi.

Bagaimanapun, Azizan berkata kerajaan pimpinannya berjaya meningkatkan hasil negeri sebanyak 205 peratus.

"Jika dipandang dari sudut ekonomi, memang kita masih belum menampakkan hasil, tetapi dari sudut lain, kita telah dapat meningkatkan hasil negeri sebanyak 205 peratus.

"Kita telah tingkatkan hasil negeri, itu kejayaan kita yang tak dibuat oleh BN dulu," katanya kepada pemberita pada majlis rumah terbuka di kediaman rasmi Menteri Besar di Seri Mentalon di Alor Setar.

Beliau juga berkata pencapaian 80 peratus pelaksanaan manifesto PAS di Kedah bukan hanya tertumpu kepada bidang ekonomi semata-mata, tetapi merangkumi semua aspek.

Katanya, kenyataan bekas Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid bahawa pencapaian 80 peratus itu merupakan retorik semata-mata, adalah tidak benar kerana peratusan itu merupakan pencapaian keseluruhan manifesto yang dibuat kepada rakyat semasa pilihan raya umum lepas, dan bukan hanya dalam bidang ekonomi.

"Apa yang dikatakan oleh Mahdzir tentang sambungan projek itu memang betul. Kita telah menyambung semua projek-projek yang telah dirancang oleh kerajaan terdahulu, seperti meneruskan pentadbiran Kolej Universiti Insaniah (KUIN), itu kita akui," katanya.

Azizan berkata walaupun KUIN ditubuhkan semasa pentadbiran kerajaan negeri terdahulu, namun kerajaan yang ada sekarang merancang dan membina kampus induk di Kuala Ketil, selain menambah program baru di kolej itu.

"Jadi, bila kita bercakap tentang konsep 'Kedah Sejahtera Nikmat Untuk Semua', kita sudah buat, tetapi ia tidak boleh dilihat dari segi sudut ekonomi sahaja, tetapi kita bercakap untuk kesenangan dan kesejahteraan rakyat, rakyat melihat kita adil untuk semua," katanya.

Beliau berkata jika mahu melihat hasil ekonomi, tempoh antara tiga dan empat tahun diperlukan kerana ia tidak boleh diperoleh dengan segera.


Ramadhan ~ sebulan beramal ibadah ; Syawal ~ sebulan berhibur tak berfaedah?

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 07:53 AM PDT

Fenomena ini bukan perkara baru tetapi sudah menjadi lumrah ditanahair ini yang semakin lama semakin jauh terasing dari penghayatan erti beribadah didalam bulan Ramadhan al Mubarak.


Fadhilat beramal ibadah semasa Ramadhan itu sendiri kini dilupakan kebanyakan penduduk Melayu Muslim dinegara ini dek kekalutan masing masing untuk mencari rezeki setahun sekali di bazar bazar Ramadhan yang tumbuh bercambah bagaikan cendawan sesudah hujan.


Perhatian masyarakat Muslim didalam negara ini tidak lagi kepada memakmurkan masjid dan surau tetapi berkampung digerai gerai dan warung warung yang direbut rebut di bazar bazar Ramadhan diseluruh pelusuk kotaraya dan desa.


Para karyawan dan penggiat seni sibuk mengadakan rakaman untuk sambutan Hari Raya Aidilfitri sejak sebelum bermulanya Ramadhan lagi dan perhatian mereka ini lebih kepada berpesta pora beraya sakan Aidilfitri dari mengembalikan diri sujud terhadap Ilahi.


Sampai sekarang tak sudah sudah rancangan rancangan berhibur didalam program program TV baik yang rasmi mahupun yang swasta berpesta sakan berdrama swasta menghancurkan segala pahala pahala yang mungkin telah diperolehi dengan amalan berpuasa dibulan Ramadhan yang telah pun berlalu?


Itupun tertakluk kepada mutu puasa yang dijalankan? Entah puasa awami atau khususi? Khususi ke apa jika sepanjang Ramadhan, fokusnya tidak kepada amal ibadah itu sendiri tetapi mengejar aturcara program program hiburan tidak berfaedah sepanjang Syawal ini pula?


Nak kemana penghidupan Muslim seMalaysia ini dengan cara dan gaya pengabaian sunnah Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam dan tenggelamnya kebanyakan dari umat negara ini didalam arus dan kancah hedonisma yang ditaja dengan penuh bangganya stesen stesen tv dan radio rasmi dan swasta?


Para ulamak seperti biasa bagaikan buta dan tuli terhadap semua ini.


Pemerintah?


Jauh panggang dari api.


Masing masing hanya sibuk mencari ruang dan peluang untuk memastikan diri dipilih lagi didalam pilihanraya yang bakal tiba nanti.


Entah lah apa yang akan menimpa kita semua dengan cara dan gaya hidup bagaikan umang umang ini?




PKR LEADERSHIP CALLED FOR CLEAN AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTION

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 07:06 AM PDT

By an Observer

anwar n azizah

A Hari Raya mood!

The Party President Dato Seri Wan Azizah and the de facto leader Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim who led Keadilan from victory to victory, wish to see fair play in party election at all levels.

(Photo with the courtesy of Karolyne Korr)

With party divisional elections just at the corner throughout the country, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders such as Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto leader, and Saiffudin Nasution, the Secretary General, openly called for a clean and democratic internal party election.

However, certain candidates are desperate enough to use personal attacks on their opponents, some even concocted stories to implicate others to gain a competitive edge. The party central welcome members to write in to complain if they have the evidence, and appropriate actions are promised to be taken accordingly.

It is desired by members generally that underhand tactics such as lodging false police reports by candidates against their opponents  should also be subject to the scrutiny of party discipline, so that victims would be saved from the mischievous attacks by unscrupulous players.

Meanwhile, the Party's Election Committee Chairman Dr. Molly Cheah promised to provide a levelled playing field for all, and Senator Syed Hussin Ali, who announced his decision not to seek for reelection as the Party's Deputy President lately, also warned members to be on guard against money politics, as practised in UMNO which has caused its decadence, in this party election


Raja tetap Raja - Toman (singkek) kalau dipakaikan mahkota sekalipun tetap Toman.

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 11:31 AM PDT

Dalam tulisan saya seminggu yang lepas saya telah menyebut tentang isu siapa yang mampu melakukan apa mengikut kemampuan masing-masing. Saya telah menyebut sebaris dua kata-kata Adat Perpatih yang difahami oleh semua yang mengamalkan adat itu.

Adat Perpatih merangkumi setiap keperluan kehidupan dan tentunya ia juga melibatkan sistem politik yang mengikut cara adat itu. Sesungguhnya sistem politik Pepatih sangat jelas diperkatakan dan jika difahami maksud yang tersirat didalammnya kita akan mudah memahami masalah yang sedang kita hadapi dan menyelesaikannya mengikut salur galur adat yang telah dipakai sejak turun temurun ini.

Ramai yang naik dengan cara yang tidak betul seperti membeli undi dengan tujuan untuk mendapat tempat yang baik bagi diri mereka. Mereka menjadi 'social climber' dengan wang ringgit atau dengan nama serta gelaran bapa atau ibunya. Adat ada menyatakan ; Kok naik biar berjenjang, kok turun biarlah bertangga. Maksud ayat ini kalau naik naik biar mengikut cara yang sesuai dan dengan sokongan yang sebenarnya dan jika jatuh biarlah terletak jangan terhempas.

Tetapi sekarang ada pemimpin yang naik tidak 'berjinjang' sebaliknya naik kerana menumpang pengaruh dan nama keluarga dan terus sahaja menjadi Ketua Pemuda misalnya. Jika kita naik tidak 'berjinjang' maka seseorang itu tidak tahu pahit maungnya untuk naik, justru pemimpin in jika samapai kepenghujungnya akan jatuh terhempas dan berkecai.

Jika kita ingin menjadi pemimpin biarlah kita mampu atau sesuai untuk diri kita; Kok coghodik (cerdik) maka boleh dibawak berunding. Maksudnya biarlah kita pilih orang yang cderdik supaya kita senang hendak berunding untuk penyelesaian terhadap apa-apa masalah yang kita hadapi.

'Kok bodoh disuruh arah'. Tetapi apabila peranan wang ringgit menjadi cara untuk menaikki tangga kepimpinan maka kedapatanlah orang yang sepatutnya menjadi orang yang disuruh arah itu menjadi orang yang menyuruh arah pula. Maka tempanglah pentadbiran dan rosaklah siasah sesuatu masyarakat dan negara itu.

Bagi yang pekak dan tuli tugasnya ialah untuk membakar meriam, tetapi diberi pula tugas yang lain yang tidak sepadan dan sesuai dengan tugasnya bagi seorang yang pekek dan tuli itu tadi.

Jika ada tugasan untuk menghembus lesung, tugas itu sepatutnya diberikan kepada yang buta kerana habuk dan dedak yang dihembus itu tidak memudharatkan mata mereka yang sudah sedia buta.

Jika seseorang yang tepok itu gunanya untuk menjaga jemuran kerana menjaga jemuran itu tidak memerlukan mereka yang cerdik atau mereka yang pantas berjalan kehulu dan kehilir.

Jika perbilangan ini diikuti, maka tidaklah kita berhadapan dengan kepimpinan yang lesu dan tidak ada kebijaksanaan.

Apabila tugasan dan tanggungjawab diberikan kepada orang yang tidak sesuai maka kepimpinan tidak akan mendapat penghormatan dan dokongan anak-anak buah yang kita pimpin. Kalau kita dipilih menjadi penghulu sedangkan kita tidak sesuai dengan jawatan itu maka kata-kata penghulu tidak akan diindahkan oleh anak-anak buah dan kita tidak akan mendapat penyelesaian terhadap masalah yang kita hadapi.

Apa yang disebut sebagai, 'kata penghulu kata penyelesaian, kata kadhi kata hakikat' itu tidak akan terlaksana kerana yang memegang jawatan penghulu dan kadhi itu dipegang oleh orang yang tidak secocok dan sesuai dengan tugasan yang diberikan.

Inilah keadaan yang berlaku kepada kepimpinan siasah kita sekarang ini yang telah membawa padah yang buruk kepada kita rakyat jelata ini. Kita dipimpin oleh orang yang tidak sesuai kerana kebanyakkan yang memimpin itu tidak banyak bezanya dengan kemampuan orang-orang seperti saya dan saudara-saudara semua.

Itulah sebabnya ramai rakyat tidak menghormati kata-kata pemimpin seperti Najib dan Muhyiddin dan seluruh barisan diatas itu. Maka tidak adalah apa yang dikatakan, 'Kato penghulu kato ponyolosaian, kata kato kadhi adolah kato hakikat' itu. Kalau kata-kata penghulu atau ketua seperti PM tidak dihormati maka hilanglah arah dan hilanglah hidayah daripada pemimpin atau penghulu itu tadi.

Apabila ketua tidak mendapat penghormatan dari orang ramai maka itulah tandanya pemimpin itu sudah menjadi pemimpin yang ditolak rakyat ramai. Apabila berlaku situasi itu maka pemimpin itu terpaksa melepaskan sahaja jawatan yang dipegangnya kerana nama baiknya tidak mungkin pulih semula.

Kalau kita bertanggunjawab kepada bangsa dan masyarakat kita, jangan takut untuk berkorban. Jika UMNO sudah tidak bermaya untuk melindungi masa depan orang Melayu, serahkanlah tanggunjawab itu kepada pihak yang bersungguh untuk memperjuangkannya. Setidak-tidaknya UMNO harus memberikan dokongan kepada pihak lain utnuk membantu mendokong usaha untuk memperbaikki bangsanya.

Ku Nan, Khairy, Nazri dan Khaled tidak payah membuat kenyataan yang merupakan kenyataan untuk berbalah. Wujudnya premis yang baru untuk perjuangan nasib Melayu itu mesti bersebab. Masakan PERKASA boleh hidup dengan sendirinya jika tidak ada sebab-sebab yang kuat untuk wujud. Takkanlah Ku Nan tidak mengkaji sedalam-dalamnya kenapa orang ramai sudah mula memalingkan pandangan dan perhatian kepada PERKASA dan badan-badan NGO yang lain dan sedikit demi sedikit melupakan UMNO.

Orang ramai bukannya bodoh untuk memindahkan sokongan tanpa sebab-sebab yang kukuh. Kepada Ku Nan, Khairy, Nazri dan Khaled kita mengharapka buat sesuatu yang membangun untuk parti supaya parti kembali dihormati tanpa bersusah payah mengkritik pihak yang berjuang untuk mengisi kekosongan yang tidak lagi dilakukan oleh UMNO.

UMNO tidak perlu mengajak PERKASA untuk bersama-sama takut untuk menyuarakan yang patut disuarakan kerana tidak mahu mengecilkan hati bangsa lain. Hentikan kepura-puraan dan kembalilah kepangkal jalan perjuamgan kita.

UMNO jangan menjadi penghalang kepada pihak yang bertenaga untuk memperjuangkan nasib bangsanya. Kalau saudara sudah tidak bermaya lagi untuk memperjuangkan bangsanya adalah dicadangkan supaya menarik diri dari kepimpinan parti; jangan bawa parti hanyut bersama saudara-saudara.

Saudara mesti ingat rakyat sudah tidak ada rasa ralat lagi untuk mengubah haluan perjuangan mereka kerana mereka mempunyai 'alternative' yang 'viable' untuk mentadbir negara. Dalam proses pembangunan sesuatu bangsa dalam semua bidang, perubahan wajar dilakukan. Jika pimpinan tidak mahu berubah kepada wadah yang baik maka biarkan rakyat yang berubah dengan meneruskan proses pencarian kepada keutuhan politik dan pembangunan negara dalam semua bidang.

Tindakkan memomokkan parti lain sudah tidak diterima lagi oleh rakyat. Kali ini rakyat serius untuk memilih pihak yang lebih diyakini. Itu adalah hak rakyat untuk menentukan masa depan mereka.

Negara ini bukan pemimpin-pemimpin yang punya: ianya kepunyaan rakyat. Sebagai penutup saya ingin memberikan pandangan; biarlah kita pilih orang yang bersesuaian dengan pembangunan pemikiran manusia sejagat agar perangai dan penampilan mereka tidak dipandang rendah oleh masyarakat.

Ingat kepada satu lagi kata-kata orang tua-tua dahulu; Seorang Raja itu kalau dia menjadi tukang sapu sampah sekali pun ia tetap Raja kerana darahnya, tetapi kalau toman (singkek) diletakkan mahkota dikepalanya pun ianya tetap toman.


Have a great Malaysia Day

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 06:27 AM PDT



Ex-Sipitang DO Daim dies

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 04:08 AM PDT

Mathurin Daim, former District Officer of Sipitang, former member of the United National Kadazan Organization (UNKO), former secretary to Chief Minister Peter Lo and a former USNO man has today left us all to return to his Creator.

The North Borneo Herald offers its deepest condolences to all his family members. It is hoped that his vision to see the creation of the Borneo National Party (BNP) will one day be realized.

His remains will be buried at the Limbahau Catholic Cemetery in Papar on Friday
at 1pm.
This story from HERE http://northborneoherald.blogspot.com/


DR M REBUTS MM LEE

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 03:33 AM PDT


I don't know why none of the local mainstream media carried this. Click here to read the Straits Times article. Lots of places where you can punch holes in what Dr M says. Too many "IFs", and not enough facts. But then again, even when all the facts are present, he is still capable of turning them into fiction. Remember when he grabbed world headlines with this claim below?


Most of the quotes in the ST article were taken from Dr M's blog Chedet. Click here to read the full text. I shall leave readers to draw their own conclusion as to which Grand Old Man is telling the truth, and which one is telling stories. Or are both guilty of some memory lapses?

"Amnesia is permissible, but trying to claim that it is because Singapore had been 'turfed out' for the present racist politics in Malaysia is simply not supported by facts of history." ~ Dr M.


The day that music died - remembering Sudirman

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 02:09 AM PDT

As we celebrate Malaysia Day as a symbol of "freedom and fraternity", it is worth recalling that nearly two decades before the slogan 1Malaysia was coined, one national icon had already been crusading for a united nation free from prejudices. The late Sudirman Arshad, showered then with accolades such as "Malaysia's singing ambassador", our "No 1 Entertainer" and even our very own Michael Jackson, championed unity up to his very last public concert just before his untimely death in 1992. "This song is especially for all Malaysians regardless of race and religion, and one of its messages is we must live united as one family, on God's earth, without differentiating race, colour, status or ancestry," Sudirman told his audience on the night of March 9, 1991. Article by : Loh Chan Hong Video edited by Maran Perianen Footage source : Datuk Sudirman "Live in Concert', EMI & Warner Music
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Syed Shahir: '... akan masuk anasir anasir jahat'

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 12:46 AM PDT

Selangor PKR deputy chief and PKR Kelana Jaya division head, Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud warns that subversive elements have infiltrated the party ... Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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'UMNO' in strife

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 02:57 AM PDT

There's a favourite local political saying, more of a sneer really, that you can take some people out of UMNO but you can't take UMNO out of them. It applies to some PKR leaders who are currently indulging in notorious UMNO dirty party politics. I heard there was even a "20 dalil kenapa Zaid Ibrahim tidak boleh menjadi PKR No 2".

Even Zaid has been compelled to come out to say: "If PKR members are happy with the 'reformasi' leaders, they should choose those from the 1998 period to lead. If they believe that all the party's problems stem from Umno's inventive 'Trojan horse' meddling, then they should choose the current 'new' line-up to lead."

Well ….

Just as Penang UMNO has asked Gerakan to surrender all the seats it contested in 2008 to MCA and MIC wakakaka, if PKR cannot sort out its internal party problems, then it too should surrender all the seats it contested in 2008 to DAP and PAS, and yes, PSM as well!

Meanwhile the other UMNO wakakaka is also in turmoil. Utusan Malaysia has even rebelled against Najib, the UMNO President. The UMNO mouthpiece is supporting Jabba the Hutt much to the chagrin of Nazri Aziz. Nazri of course has always been against Dr Mahathir. They mutually hate each other so I wasn't surprised by the recent fireworks.

UMNO blogger Sakmongkol AK47 who once sneered at Jabba the Hutt as someone striving to get back into UMNO by acting the ultra ethnic warrior has now supported the Hutt. Sakmongkol is a devotee of Dr M who has openly backed the Hutt (or the Hutt is fronting for him?) so the AK47 reversal hasn't been so surprising.

There seems to be a sharp shrill and strident escalation in Dr M, Jabba and Sakmongkol's politicking against what they see as Najib's inclination to be liberal. Jabba claimed UMNO is now under Chinese control – maybe he means …….. wakakaka. But I wonder how Najib is faring ;-)

So while the twins of UMNO and the ex-UMNO faction of PKR are indulging in Tuah-Jebat-ish back stabbing, and Gerakan was slapped kau-kau by Penang UMNO, MCA Chua Soi Lek has certified UMNO as not racist. 9% dropping liao lah! And recall, he was recently interrogated by the police on the basis of a Perkasa report.

All DAP and PAS have to do for a while is to stay still and let the other side fight it out.


马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历医生<马来西亚日>献词

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 02:30 AM PDT

Malaysia Day message from MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek
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Sept 16, 2010 is a day that will go down in the history of Malaysia as we celebrate and give due recognition to Malaysia Day.

It is a day of great significance because we get to record a momentous day to commemorate the unification of east and west Malaysia as one nation.

It underscores the meaning of co-operation, unity and integration which reinforces the thrust of a truly One Malaysia.

The commemoration of Malaysia Day marks a milestone for the country which has gone through great challenges since Sept 16, 1963 when Sabah and Sarawak joined with the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia .

While we look forward, we must also not be afraid to remind ourselves of the past mistakes we have made.

Let us look back before we can look ahead with renewed vigour to face greater challengers together with better courage, a clearer mind, balanced perspective, rightful thinking and not wishful thinking.

Malaysia Day is a reminder of the country's richness in diversity, multiculturalism and multi-ethnicity and we should stand proud of what we have.

If we have used such diversity in promoting Malaysia as a tourism effort, then there is no wrong in embracing multi-ethnicity from the political point of view.

Just as through dances portraying the various cultures that we have showcased to the world, I do not see why we cannot embrace diversity in our daily and political lives as well.

We should be proud of our diverse heritage and we should make no apologies for it.

We must remember that without Sabah and Sarawak, there will be no Malaysia today. It is a historical fact that these two states help in the formation of Malaysia .

Let us not forget that Sabah has 32 officially recognized ethnic groups and Sarawak which is home to 28 ethnic groups makes up a sizable extent of the population composition in the country.

It is this large group of Malaysians from the two Borneo states that we sometimes forget. It is not only the Malays, Chinese and Indians but that of our brothers and sisters in Sabah and Sarawak that make up the voices of Malaysia .

The hopes and aspirations of all Malaysians must be given recognition. No one should be left out.

Just as we reflect our diversity in tourism brochures, it is also befitting to remind Malaysians that we should not tolerate racism.

No matter what, Malaysia must continue to stay intact as a nation which thrives on merit, hard work and togetherness.

There is no room for racist supremacists or ultra champions of any religion. Let us be reminded that racism in whatever form is not healthy. It is counter productive.

Any insidious emergence of racism and religious extremism or fanaticism must be nipped in the bud and not allow to fester or else we will be opening the doors to the evils of racial unrest.

We have reached thus far and would be a great pity to only lose it all because of some inconsequential remarks made by some racists and bigots.

Malaysia Day should not be just another public holiday for us to enjoy. Let us spare a moment to think of how we want to shape Malaysia in 10 or 20 years to come.

Although the recognition of Malaysia Day has come 47 years late but as the saying goes, it is better late than never and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should be given credit for making this day possible during his tenure as Prime Minister.

Today's celebration marks the birth of many wonderful things to come for the people of Sabah and Sarawak and outlines the emphasis of the government's recognition to both states for the birth of Malaysia .

At the end of the day, we should think, act and communicate as one, with no boundaries to separate us as Malaysians.

There can only be one Malaysia , blessed with the diversity of culture, race and religion but our beliefs for a superior culture of a Malaysian identity should be personified by all and not by just any one race.

HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY!

Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek
MCA President

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马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历医生献词

今年,是我国第一次正式举国同庆马来西亚日。因此,今年的马来西亚日,将在我国历史上留下深具意义的一页。
马来西亚日提醒了我们,我国是一个多元文化及多元种族的多元国度,我们应该对拥有多元色彩的特色感到骄傲。
如果我们能以多元化的特征来推广马来西亚的旅游业,那么从政治角度来看,奉行多元种族社会是正确的。
沙巴州及砂拉越州目前分别有32个及28个受官方确认的族群,这些族群占了我国的人口相当的比例。我们有时会忽略这两些来自婆罗洲州属的马来西亚子民。因此,我们不能忘记,我国的族群不仅于马来人、华人及印度人,我们还有来自而沙巴和砂拉越的同胞,一起构造了马来西亚。
马来西亚不能让任何种族主义或极端宗教主义有生存的空间。我们必须牢记,任何形式的种族主义都是不健康的,并且将带来反效果。
我们必须在任何的种族主义或极端宗教主义萌芽阶段,即加以制止,否则它将为种族动乱敞开方便之门。
马来西亚日的意义,不应成为另一个让我们欢庆的公共假期。让我们花一点时间来思考,在未来的10年或20年内,我们要怎样去塑造我们的国家。
我国在47年以后才普天同庆马来西亚日,虽迟但却依然珍贵。我们也感谢首相拿督斯里纳吉,在他的任期内让马来西亚日变成事实。


Happy Malaysia Day!

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 02:28 AM PDT


Come Celebrate the Real Malaysia Day this (Thursday) 16 September 2010!

Racist Not Welcome! Sorry, UMNO, MCA & MIC, Racist Party also not invited. (I Think).


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