- Batu Sapi - kayu pengukur masa depan BN.
- Flip-flop on everything from the cops is nothing new. the newest disease to afflict them is confusion.
- CHANGING EDUCATION PARADIGMS
- Say NO!!!
- (Video) Ketua Bahagian Titiwangsa UMNO : Kita Tidak Perlu Undi Cina Dan India
- Hishamuddin Rais: 23 years on S'pore, M'sia ex-ISA detainees speak out
- Hab Hiburan Najib: Syukur Agenda Perpaduang Gagal!!!!
- P185 Batu Sapi..”Broadband Penetration ..??”
- The US and India--an alliance in fact if not in name
- Jubur Saiful Kosong Tiada Air Mani - Doktor HKL
- 'Little India' brickfields launched
- Soi Lek ada pemimpin umno kurang cerdik
- Kua Kia Soong: 23 years on S'pore, M'sia ex-ISA detainees speak out
- If Tomorrow Never Come.. Rosmah Mansor
- Teo Soh Lung: 23 years on S'pore, M'sia ex-ISA detainees speak out
- Saari Sungib: 23 years on S'pore, M'sia ex-ISA detainees speak out
- Nasir Hashim: 23 years on S'pore, M'sia ex-ISA detainees speak out
- It takes courage to speak the truth
- Social contract: Umno can't handle rational debate
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 12:44 PM PDT
Batu Sapi akan menghadapi PRK kerana kematian Ahli Parlimennya Edmund dilebuhraya Sembulan Tanjung Aru 2 minggu yang lepas akibat kemalngan jalaraya. Kematian Ahli Parlimen yang mewakili PBS ini memaksa diadakan PRK dalam mana pertandingan 3 pejuru diantara BN (PBS), SAPP dan PKR yang akan berlaku serentak dengan PRK DUN Galas pada 4hb November ini.
Dalam banyak-banyak 'input' yang saya sendiri perolehi dari Sabah, Yong Teck Lee, calun SAPP dikatakan mampu untuk memberikan cabaran sengit kepada calun BN parti penyandang kepada kawasan Parlimen Batu Sapi ini. Bekas Ketua Menteri ini yang merupakan Presiden SAPP yang telah membawa partinya keluar dari BN awal tahun lepas nampaknya mempunyai 'advantage' jika dibandingkan dengan dua calun yang lain.
Sebagaimana ditempat-tempat yang lain isu nasional dan isu tempatan adalah isu yang besar yang bermain didalam pemikiran rakyat Sabah amnya dan juga pengundi diBatu Sapi khasnya. Penolakkan rakyat dan pengundi kepada BN diSemenanjung pada pilihanraya 2008 yang lalu sedikit sebanyak mempengaruhi pengundi dalam PRK Batu Sapi ini. Ramai berpendapat pengundi Sabah telah memberikan sokongan yang padu kepada BN dalam pilihanraya yang lalu kerana mereka tidak menyangka yang penolakkan rakyat diSemenanjung terhadap BN begitu kuat.
Jika mereka dari awal telah menjangka yang diSemnanjung BN boleh kehilangan 80 kerusi parlimen, mereka secara terang-terang akan mengikut trend perubahan itu diSabah. Oleh kerana mereka tidak dapat merasakan angin perubahan itu maka mereka memberikan sokongan yang padu kepada calun-calun BN dan diSabah BN telah memenangi 100 peratus kerusi parlimen yang ditandinginya dan Sabah adalah 'fixed deposit' bagi BN.
Tetapi sekarang pengundi diSabah sedikit sebanyak merasakan mengundi pihak pembangkang bukan lagi satu isu besar lagi dan ini dirasakan oleh ramai kumpulan pengundi atas pagar. Sebagai seorang yang pernah menjadi Ketua Menteri Yong masih mempunyai 'network' politik yang menyeluruh terutamanya dikalangan orang Cina termasuk diBatu Sapi.
Yong merupakan tempat orang ramai yang tidak berpuas hati dengan kepimpinan diSabah sekarang ini. Dikalangan pemimpin-pemimpin diSabah mereka berpecah diantara satu dengan lain dan ditambah pula dengan isu yang dihadapi oleh Ketua Menterinya sendiri yang sedang hebuh diperkatakan oleh masyarakat.
Isu peribadi Musa Aman yang sedang dihadapinya menyebabkan beliau tidak mendapat sokongan padu dari pemimpin dalam komponen BN sendiri dan untuk mengalihkan sokongan kepada pihak-pihak yang membangkang agak mudah seperti mana yang berlaku diSemenanjung tanah air. Janji PM Najib untuk merobah kepimpinan diperingkat negeri untuk membersihkan imej parti semasa Perhimpunan Agong UMNO baru-baru ini diharapkan akan melibatkan juga kepimpinan diSabah.
Dengan penyertaan Ansari dari PKR dalam PRK ini ianya akan memberikan beban yang lebih kepada BN kerana perpecahan undi dari Melayu dan Bumiputra yang merangkumi 60 perataus dari 25582 pengundi berdaftar dikawasan ini. Fenomena ini juga akan memberikan kelebihan kepada Yong Teck Lee. Seandainya Yong mendapat hanya 38 peratus dari mereka yang keluar mengundi peluang bagi Yong untuk memenangi kerusi Batu Sapi ini akan lebih cerah.
Walau bagaimana pun dalam politik berbagai-bagai kemungkinan akan terjadi. Tetapi kita kena akui untk BN mengekalkan kerusi Batu Sapi kali ini ianya memerlukan cara pendekatan pengundi yang berbeza dari yang selalu kita lakukan. Hanya orang Sabah sahaja yang sepatutnya faham bagaimana untuk meraih sokongan dari pengundi dikawasan ini.
Jika kerusi ini dimenangi oleh SAPP melalui Presidennya ini maka BN kehilangan satu lagi suara diDewan Parlimen dan sekali gus rakyat masih lagi tidak dapat menerima segala pembaharuan yang dijanjikan oleh pucuk pimpinan kita diKuala Lumpur.
Kemenangan Yong Teck Lee akan memberi gambaran yang trend penolakkan BN yang berlaku diSibu, Sarawak tidak berapa lama dahulu itu akan menular keSabah pula. Maka BN terpaksa mencari jalan lain untuk mengekang kemaraan parti alternative untuk menghampiri Putrajaya selepas PRU yang akan datang.
Kita tengok kali ini; samada BN benar-benar telah memilih 'winable candidate' atau pemilihan calun yang didasarkan kepada jawatan parti yang dipegangnya. Kita mesti ingat yang seseorang yang laku kepada parti mereka tidak semestinya laku kepada rakyat ramai yang mengundi.
Begitu jugalah didalam UMNO; yang berjaya memegang jawatan parti tidak semestinya memenangi hati rakyat. Jika seseorang yang memenangi jawatan dalam parti itu adalah juga yang disenangi oleh rakyat ramai masakan banyak calun UMNO jatuh tersungkur dalam PRU yang lalu.
Tetapi masih lagi ramai pemimpin-pemimpin dan ahli-ahli kita sedang dibuai oleh sindrom penafian kepada hakikat ini. Mungkin kita terpaksa menghadapi kekalahan mutlak dahulu sebelum kita menerima hakikat yang kita perlu perubahan secara 'structural' kepada parti kita.
Jika kita kalah secara 'total' adalah ditakuti kita tidak mampu bangun lagi kerana kita tidak lagi pernah mengalami menjadi pembangkang diperingkat pusat. Kita sama-sama sedang melihat bagaimana terseksa UMNO/BN untuk kembali memenangi hati rakyat dinegeri-negeri yang dimenangi oleh Pakatan Rakyat.
BN diSelangor, Perak, Kedah, dan P Pinang serta Wilayah Persekutuan sampai sekarang belum lagi mampu untuk mencari seseorang yang sesuai mengikut kehendak rakyat siapa yang akan menjadi MB atau KM jika UMNO ingin mengambil kembali kuasa dari tangan Pakatan Rakyat.
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 11:22 AM PDT
There were 4 deaths in custody in 2009 where the details of the deceased and the fact of the death in custody became publicly known.
Flip-flop on everything from the cops is nothing new. The newest disease to afflict them is confusion. Of late, cops have depicted enormous skills in getting entangled in situations which seem to only complicate issues rather than resolving them.
Not surprisingly, most of these situations are creations of their own. The situations arise through issues like jurisdictional wrangles and mutual retributions among senior officers, mischief of some. Not surprisingly, again, it leaves them in soup. Not surprisingly, yet again, the result is hilarious.
The latest example is the case in which different incidents took place in the jurisdictions of four police stations with cops from three being directly involved. The incident, initially reported at Jaripatka police station, would have gone unnoticed had the mother of the alleged accused not alerted the control room about her son's 'abduction' from the jurisdiction of Kalamna police station.
The news spread among the cops and media before the Pachpaoli police chased and nabbed the culprits in the jurisdiction of Yashodhara Nagar police station. Finally, the situation came to the point that the complainant of the Jaripatka police station were the accused of kidnapping in Kalamna and the complainant of Kalamna was the accused in Jaripatka. All this on a single day. Not surprisingly, it was a senior police sub-inspector's folly that led to the complicated situation.
Two years ago, the Yashodhara Nagar police station was in the news after nabbing a man for committing his 'own' murder. The then senior inspector Uday Singh Chandel was left flabbergasted after realizing that the murderer had deftly swapped his clothes with the victim. The culprit had also inserted his identity card into the pocket of the victim to mislead the cops.
In another recent case, the cops had to wrack their brains before coming to a conclusion. The youngest son had got his parents killed with the help of a sarpamitra who released a cobra that bit the couple. Firstly, the cops had no clue how and where to seize the 'murder weapon'. Secondly, it took some convincing before the rural police agreed to take up case. The couple was picked up from their house in the outskirts of the city and 'killed with the snake' while travelling to Yavatmal.
In another incident, cops of Dhantoli, Sadar and Sonegaon police stations saw themselves being dragged into the same case. A bunch of miscreants first picked up a fight and robbed a pedestrian before fleeing with their vehicle from a petrol pump. Later, they drove into another car before themselves ending up on the Wardha Road divider.
The cops also had a harrowing time deciding whether Sitabuldi or Rana Pratap police station should conduct the probe where a man's body was found or where the accident took place.
The cake for creating confusion should go to the Government Railway Police. When a theft is committed, the first question the cops ask is at which station did the passenger go to sleep and where did he wake up. On this basis the jurisdiction is decided. It doesn't end there. If the Nagpur GRP registers a case and sends it to Bhopal, the cops in MP would send another to Nagpur the following day. The fun, quite obviously, continues at the expense of the victim.
Kugan, who died in the Taipan police station in January.
Gnanapragasam, who died in the Sri Damansara police station in June.
Teoh Beng Hock.
Gunasegaran's stood out from the others in one very important detail.
Four individuals detained together with Gunasegaran witnessed events leading up to Guna's death.
Unlike the other three cases, in Guna's case, there were eye witness accounts that, it would turn out, materially contradicted the official account proffered by the police auhorities.
As efforts were made in late July and early August last year to put together a team to try and get at the truth surrounding Guna's death, it became obvious early on that these eye witnesses would need to be 'protected', lest they be 'got to', to change their 'story'.
That task fell on the shoulders of one person who chooses to remain unknown. I shall call him X.
Sure, enough, on the night of the very day that Visva successfully got an order of the High Court in August last year, based on the sworn testimony of 3 of those 4 eyewitnesses, for a second post mortem and an inquest into Guna's death, Selvach, one of the three, got word that the police wanted him in for questioning in relation to a police report said to have been lodged against him in relation to a family quarrel.
Selvach alerted X of this and the next day, a solicitor was arranged to accompany Selvach to the Wangsa Maju police station to offer his statement in relation to that alleged report.
Nothing came of this.
We assured Selvach that if at any time he was harassed or intimidated by the police, he should contact X and every effort would be made to give him protection.
Now, since that episode, Selvach never called X to ask for any help in relation to any intimidation, arrest or harassment by the police.
You will also note that in Visva's submissions that I referred to in my 'New brooms…' post, Visva had said, of Selvach :
Saksi ini memberi keterangan bahawa pada 16.7.2009 beliau juga ditahan bersama simati dan 4 yang lain. Saksi ini telah dilepaskan pihak polis keranaujian urin beliau negative pada petang hari tersebut.
Selvach was released on the same day of the arrest, 16th July, 2009, because his urine sample tested negative for any drugs.
Now if he had gotten into any trouble with the law, or if he had had another run-in with the police, I'm certain he would have been in touch with X for help.
There was no such call to X prior to Selvach's arrest last Monday night, after the coroner had delivered her verdict earlier in the day.
To the best of our knowledge, then, Selvach had no further 'problem' with the law.
So why was Selvach beaten and arrested that night, and why is he being held?
Selvach could have refused to have anything to do with the inquest proceedings, to spare himself any trouble with the police.
He did not.
He stepped forward and told the truth.
Is that why he is being held now?
Because he dared to speak up?
Please come and Join us to seek justice for Selvach
PROTEST MEMO TO IGP ON 30TH OCTOBER 2010
( Beating and abduction of Selvach by police)
The continuing descent of the Malaysian police force into lawlessness has been graphically demonstrated by the October 25th abduction and beating of Selvach by police personnel. Selvach was a key witness who testified against the police in the recently concluded R.Gunasegaran inquest. On the very day the verdict was delivered in the inquest, police moved against Selvach. When Selvach's children asked police why their father was being dragged away, the police answered by beating Selvach in front of his own children.
The trauma caused to the children is unimaginable and in gross violation of international norms on the protection of children. In a twisted perversion of conjugal love, police personnel tried to make Selvach's wife S.Saraswathy kiss him before beating him up in front of her. Selvach, who did his duty as a citizen by telling the truth at the Gunasegaran inquest, is now being held at an unknown location with no access to his family or lawyers. It is believed that he is being detained without trial under the Emergency Ordinance. The outrage done against Selvach and his family is only the latest in a long series of police brutality cases going back into and beyond the Mahathir despotism.
WE FREE CITIZENS OF THIS NATION MUST MAKE A STAND AGAINST THE PREVAILING POLICE AND STATE VIOLENCE ! JOIN US FOR THE HANDING OVER OF A PROTEST MEMORANDUM TO THE IGP.
The details as below:
Date: 30 October 2010
Read here for more in Malaysiakini
Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) general surgeon Dr Mohd Razali Ibrahim REFUSED to look at the clinical notes taken despite NOT remembering parts of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan's three-hour medical examination he and two other doctors took on June 28, 2008.
Dr Razali was badgered with several questions by senior lawyer Karpal Singh, who sought to entice him to refer to the clinical notes.
At Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial Dr Razali persistently refused to take a look at the notes made by him or the other two doctors who had examined Saiful.
Despite some uncertain answers, and being urged by Karpal many times, Dr Razali REFUSED to look at the clinical notes to help jog his memory.
Karpal Singh had resorted this after High Court judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah had earlier rejected the defence's application to obtain the clinical notes, but allowed its application to have a copy of the preliminary examination report, which was dated July 10, 2008.
Karpal had to ask pointed questions in an attempt to glean information from the clinical notes, but on ALL occasions during the 30-minute questioning, Dr Razali repeatedly refused to refer to the report.
"We cannot force you to look but may persuade gently," Karpal said at times to Dr Razali.
Normally, witnesses who cannot remember details of a particular incident are allowed by the court to refer to the notes they made on that case.
On more than one occasion, solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden had objected to Karpal's line of questioning.Karpal pointed out that the full medical report which was dated July 13, 2008, has only two lines on Saiful's medical history.
He argued that there certainly was much more on the matter during the doctors' three-hour examination of the complainant.
All three doctors – hey had Dr Razali, clinical pathologist Dr Siew Sheue Feng and Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan – said texamined Saiful from 9pm and to slightly after midnight on July 29.
Asked by Karpal whether he knew that Saiful was inspected earlier at the Pusrawi Hospital, Dr Razali said he knew there was an examination but did not know who or how many physicians had attended to the complainant.
WHAT MALAYSIANS ARE SAYING
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 11:15 AM PDT
Yet with those kind of rankings, our Deputy Minister of Higher Education assures us that our public universities can produce a Nobel Prize winner. He certainly has big dreams.
The entire education system is in dire need of a massive overhaul. For a start policy-makers in the Ministry of Education should watch this video and learn from it. So should all of us, if we are concerned about our children and grandchildren's education.
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Posted: 28 Oct 2010 08:35 AM PDT
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Say NO!!! to Warisan Merdeka Tower
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 08:10 AM PDT
Ketua Bahagian Titiwangsa UMNO (Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani): Kita tidak perlu undi Cina dan India.
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KAlaulah ditakdirkan agenda Perpaduang anjuran Fraksi UMNO dalam PAS berjaya tempohari, agaknya PAS pun terpaksa sokong idea Hab Hiburan tajaan Najib dan UMNO ini.
Cubalah fikir kalau agenda Perpaduang ini berjaya dulu. Saya tak boleh bayangkan betapa PAS nanti terpaksa membaca doa selamat sempena pembukaan night club atau spa di Hab Hiburan tajaan Najib ini.
Betapa Presiden PAS nanti terpaksa mengeluarkan ayat Quran dan Hadeeth serta menggunakan qiyas untuk menyokong idea Hab Hiburan ini.
TImbalan Mursyidul Am pula terpaksa mengeluarkan fatwa Hab Hiburan ini hukumnya harus kerana ia mampu menyelamatkan ekonomi negara (dengan menggunakan kaedah "mengambil mudharat yang kecil)
Timbalan Presiden PAS pula terpaksa berkempen seluruh masjid dan surau meminta rakyat jangan gelisah dengan idea Hab Hiburan ini kerana ianya tidak membawa mudharat yang besar.
Dato Hasan Ali pula terpaksa memberi khutbah menyokong idea Hab Hiburan ini.
Ketua Pemuda terpaksa menulis dalam blog beliau betapa idea ini idea yang boleh diterima mengikut kaedah "DARURAH" dalam Usul Fiqh.
Semua diatas terpaksa dilakukan oleh kepimpinan PAS Pusat sekiranya agenda PERPADUANG berjaya tempohari. Huru hara PAS jadi nanti.
Nampaknya ahli2 PAS tidak boleh lagi menggelarkan bloggers seperti Tulang Besi sebagai tidak mengikut disiplin jemaah kerana jelas bloggers macam kami telah menyelematkan PAS dari menjadi HURU HARA.
Tulang Besi sujud syukur kepada Allah SWT kerana ilham yang diberikan oleh Allah SWT kepada Tulang Besi di hadapan Kaabah (sewaktu Tulang Besi bertemu HAsan Ali) telah membantu PAS dan semua ahli-ahli PAS. Ilham dari Allah SWT kepada Tulang Besi itu menjadi inspirasi dan pegangan Tulang Besi menentang kesemua puak2 PRO UMNO dan FRAKSI UMNO seperti HAsan Ali, Khazani SIGTECH( bekas naqib TUlang BEsi tapi cuba menipu Tulang Besi), geng Terengganu, TImbalan Mursyidul Am, Ustaz Nasa dsbnya.
Tulang Besi tidak sabar menunggu komen Ustaz Harun Din atau Dato Hasan Ali berkaitan idea Hab Hiburan Najib Tun Razak ini.
Betul2 tak sabar.
ps doakan hasrat Tulang Besi tahun ini untuk melakukan Haji diberi kejayaan oleh Allah SWT
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 05:13 AM PDT
No wonder…!!! Bugi Wijaya gone missing. Or did he fall like PKR candidate Ansari Abdullah together with NTV7 Journalists into the sea after a wooden jetty they were on collapsed.? He was uncontactable and he told us that the Broadband Penetration in Sabah is Unforgivable.(…shoots)
Seems that the initiative of Maxis skyway VSAT together with a local based company for pinpoint mobile coverage for the rural communities has yet to be fully realised. Some journalists were also finding difficulties in getting their FEEDS across and are getting irritated. Maybe after the byelections the government will need to refocus their directions. Its a vital link to make Sabah and Malaysia a developed nation by 2020.
The stories also coming out from Bugi as he talked on the phone was also seems Yong Teck Lee is beginning to come on top and PKR has losts certain edge as mosts of their machinery are not led by locals(from Sandakan) Linda Tsens handicap seems to be her language and a bit too soft.
A BN YB sms to audie61″BN should be able to make it.Chinese leaning towards SAPP.Bumi shd go to BN.PKR have pblem,He is from Tuaran and he is contesting in Sandakan.Already 2 times in contest and both lost…"
All the hotels are fully booked with every single flights available arriving into Sandakan occupied. The battle line has been draw with more than 26 nomination papers being sold by the Elections Commission in Sabah for the P.185 Batu Sapi seat parliamentary by election.
Although there will be two by election held concurrent at the same time(the other being the State seat of Galas in Kelantan), the whole nation is watching Batu Sapi closely. This is the bastion of Barisan Nasional (BN) "fixed deposit" where it was Sabah and Sarawak which ensured the Federal Government stayed in the hands of BN in the last general elections.
The stakes are high for BN in its preparation for the Sarawak State election which will have to be held by next year. The Batu Sapi by election is an opportunity for BN to quash ground gained by the opposition from its victory in the last Sibu by election.
The stakes are even higher for Director of Operation Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman who is also the Chief Minister of Sabah. As the head of the state BN, he must ensure the seat is won with an improved majority of more 3,708 votes from the last election.
It is an open secret that things has not been well with some state component parties not being happy with the Chief Minister leadership. They have been seen moving around together with a senior state UMNO leader who has been speculated by many quarter will be the man called upon to replace Musa as the next Chief Minister. For the record under Musa's firm leadership Sabah has developed progressively and this has seen the state reserved improved to RM3 billion compared to previous leadership.
With BN Chairman, Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak blunt warning to all UMNO leaders on changes he will be making in the near future during the recent UMNO annual general meeting, only a united BN in Batu Sapi will be able to deliver the safe seat to BN. However, this remains to be seen with a faction walking out of the hall in apparent protest when the BN candidate Datin Tsen Thau Lin was announced by Musa on Sunday. Whether this is genuine protest by the grassroots or is there an unseen hand with a bigger agenda of toppling the Chief Minister will be known on polling day 4 November 2010.
The parliamentary seat of Batu Sapi felled vacant due to the tragic accident of its incumbent the late Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah. It is expected to be a 3 corner fight with Pakatan Rakyat will be fielding its Tuaran Chief Ansari Abdullah and local Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will be fielding its President Datuk Yong Teck Lee
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 04:55 AM PDT
America and India being partners makes a whole lots of sense, both politically and strategically. They have cultural and linguistic ties, both are English speaking democracies, and both have the same interests: globalization, economic liberalization, and the containment of China. But most importantly, India is an invaluable ally in defeating armed Jihad. Noted author and pundit Austin Bay is on the same wavelength.
America's Evolving Passage to India
by Austin Bay
October 26, 2010
President Barack Obama's looming post-election state visit to India is another indication of evolution and maturation -- the incremental but genuine change measured in decades that marks the coalescing of U.S. and Indian global interests.
Media coverage has thus far portrayed the trip as either a presidential escape from an anticipated midterm electoral defeat or a multibillion dollar weapons-peddling expedition with the president as salesman in chief.
These near-term interpretations both contain a grain of truth, but they shouldn't obscure the truly compelling story: the great U.S.-India rapprochement is one of the early 21st century's major historic events. To illustrate, let's go to the 21st century map of India, and view it and President Obama's visit from the perspective of a Chinese admiral sitting in Beijing.
The Indian subcontinent physically dominates the Indian Ocean. China, seeking to assure a steady supply of raw materials and energy for its expanding economy, has invested a lot of time and money in Africa and the Middle East. Tankers carry oil from Sudan and merchant vessels cobalt from the Congo to Chinese ports. These ships pass through waters patrolled by the Indian Navy, which is a rather formidable and increasingly modern force.
Our Chinese admiral knows his history. China's 1950 invasion of Tibet riled India. China's military support of Pakistan and its clandestine encouragement of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program also irritate New Delhi. In 1962, India and China fought the Sino-Indian War along their Himalayan frontier. That war remains something of a "frozen" conflict politically, and given the altitude, literally. Despite negotiations, the border dispute is not quite resolved.
Should another conflict erupt, the Indian Navy is positioned to damage if not strangle China's economy. Moreover, India just might have America on its side. For over two decades, American strategists have touted the logic of an Indo-American alliance based on linguistic and cultural connections, accelerating economic cooperation and -- well, here's the gist of it -- an increasing interest in curbing Chinese hegemony in Asia.
Sept. 11 and Islamist terrorist attacks in India forge another common cause. As for mutual economic interests, an Indian technician fixing an American computer from a call center in Bangalore is a telling indicator. The Indian government, unlike China's, does not fear global connectivity.
Chinese admirals aren't the only ones who see the implications of this strategic merger. Diplomats in New Delhi and Washington are quite aware of it.
Mention "alliance" and the U.S. in the same sentence, however, and India's left-wing parties go berserk. Indian ultra-nationalists who still rail about British colonialism remain deeply suspicious of political entanglements with the U.S. -- though there seems to be little objection to cooperating with other former British colonies like Australia and Singapore.
So "alliance" is a word Indian and American diplomats intentionally avoid. Three years ago, I interviewed James Clad -- at the time the Department of Defense's deputy assistant secretary for South and Southeast Asia -- about the prospects for a formal U.S.-India defense alliance. Clad demurred. "We're not looking for an alliance with anyone. ... It (the word "alliance") sends a wrong signal," for alliances "figure a real or potential opponent." It was a deft answer. Why provoke the Chinese admiral?
Clad now teaches at the National Defense University. This past week, he told a Reuters reporter, "The maturation of U.S.-India defense ties is steady ... ." That was another deft answer, and accurate.
The relationship between India, the developing giant, and the U.S., the developed giant, is maturing -- and Obama's presidential visit is part of this long, involved and delicate diplomatic process that began developing as the Cold War ended. It is in both India's and America's long-term interest that this process continue.
Posted: 28 Oct 2010 04:11 AM PDT
NOTA EDITOR:Dikatakan bahawa liwat berlaku kerana terdapat air mani dalam jubur Saiful. Namun, mengikut Doktor dari HKL, semasa beliau menginspeksi jubur Saiful, tiada air mani yang dijumpai.
Inilah dia kes tonggang terbalik, kes ENAM PULUH SEMBILAN (bak kata Arwah AR Tompel dan P. Ramlee). Patutlah Arwah P.Ramlee pun tak sokong UMNO ye???
Ingatlah amaran dari Rasul besar kita Muhammad SAW yang diriwayatkan oleh Imam Bukhari:
"Takutlah kamu dengan doa orang yang dizalimi"
(Minta maaf guna perkataan JUBUR sebab dah tak tau nak pakai perkataan apa lagi tanpa kompromi ketepatan maksud ayat)
Saiful's rectum was empty, says doctor
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The First Lady Sings...
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Posted: 27 Oct 2010 03:25 PM PDT
From Oz, via e-mail
I refer to your editorial, 'Cannons to the left, cannons to the right...' Well said, and be ready for a call from MCMC. Guess you are ready for it, and I tip my hat in admiration of your courage.
The message has to get through. Purported national leaders from the prime minister down, care little about the poor Malays in the kampongs, or even the urban poor of all races, so long as they can live it up live it up at Monaco and the French Riviera and allocate RM$65 million to do up the PM's residence.
An incoming president of the US is only allocated US$100,000 to do up the White House. The Obamas, incidentally, decided to bear the cost themselves.
The mega projects are just another means of plunder, by the billions, through the awarding of 'first come, first served' contracts to sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, and cronies.
Even the kampong folk will wake up to this rape of the country by these Umno goons. Thank Allah, already 50% of Malays are already disenchanted.
Cannons to the left, cannons to the right...
Posted: 27 Oct 2010 03:24 PM PDT
From Daniel Chan,via e-mail
I fully agree with the need to rationally debate this subject. I have read and re-read the constitution. And I wonder and ponder how Umno can continue to liberally define those several clauses. And the definition and coverage seems to expand almost without limit.
And now, they want the rest of Malaysians to shut up and never question the social contract (whatever they have made it out to be). It can only mean Umno's biased interpretation will never hold in a rational debate.
From Lim Yiat Fong, via e-mail
I'm all for getting to the bottom of this 'mumbo jumbo'. All my life I have been indoctrinated with NEP and the social contract philosophy. If I may say so, it kind of like brain washing. We deserve to know the truth once and for all. Yes, let's get the facts and let us hear the legal and constitutional experts' views on this matter.
Let's have a rational debate on social contract
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