Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bloggers Brew ~ The Good, Bad and downright Ugly in Malaysia's Blogosphere.

Bloggers Brew ~ The Good, Bad and downright Ugly in Malaysia's Blogosphere.

Bloggers Brew ~ The Good, Bad and downright Ugly in Malaysia's Blogosphere.

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 11:52 AM PDT

Assalamualaikum. May Peace be upon you.

I have been blogging since 2004. Deleted my blog for a year after experiencing a deluge of spammers and trolls who nearly drove me nuts. :P

Talk about getting stage fright ~ the Blogosphere way.

Eventually, I learned to stay the course and stave off all those nasty cyber snipers and relaunched my blog in 2005.

I have been learning ever since as to how to handle the bouquets and brickbats that come my way?

Life as a blogger sure has its ups and downs and age is also a crucial part of my being able to weather the storms and controversies that never fail to crop up whenever I choose to write about something I feel very strongly about and want to share my views about it here in my space in the Malaysian Blogosphere.

I have come to make many good friends and also earned the wrath of a few who hate my guts or my bloody ego in sticking it to them whenever I had needed to?

Frankly speaking, I don't care too much about those downright bad and uglies here in the Blogosphere who choose to rant and rave whacking this and that fellow whom they choose to vindicate or vilify as they please or are paid to badmouth by some parties who chose to engage their nefarious services in the first place?

The reality that some of these so called bloggers choose to sell their souls to the highest bidders remains an open secret but not many of these blogging cyber snipers have it in them to admit it as they should.

I leave it to them for eventually each and every one of us will have to own up and admit to The Almighty as to all that we have done either with our own hands or caused such resulting actions following what we put to print and publish to the public global domain?

No matter how these slime balls think that they could get away with their character assassinations of those in their hit list, they themselves will in the end have to face up to what they have brewed?

Sometimes, we hear of those who blog with an agenda in painting a shiny picture of whoever it is that they have been paid to campaign for and that is only natural in the current world of manipulating the media for one's vested interests.

Those of us who are engaged in blogging can easily expose who these hired guns are without the slightest of hesitations but refrain from doing so out of pity for these goons future.

Yet at times, it hurts to see these very same morons do a fast one on us whilst shaking our hands in 'friendship' whenever we meet in social events or functions in which we are all invited?

Whether we like it or not, those of us who blog on social, political or religious issues will at one time or another cross each other's blogging path and we square off if we need to or just let it slide to avoid needless enmity between the small fraternity of those who have survived the initial gauntlet of fire so to speak when we started out on our chosen path and manner of blogging?

Recently, an unprecedented turn of events here in the local Malaysian Blogosphere came about pitting a couple of established bloggers against the Minister of Information, Communications, Culture and Heritage where the minister lodged a police report against Dato Ahiruddin Atan @ Rocky Bru, Zakhir Mohamad @ Big Dog and the ones behind a business and corporate affairs blog ~ Taikors and Taikuns for what he claims to be an attack against his person and that of his family. 

This unprecedented lodging of police reports against bloggers by the very Minister who is supposed to be in charge of and in good terms with the Malaysian blogging fraternity has even caused the Malaysian Prime Minister to voice his displeasure as to the turn of events. You can read about it here.  

Those of us who blog for the common good of all Malaysians feel not that happy to see this needless confrontation between the Minister and our blogging buddies no matter that we do not entirely agree on all that each and every one of us blogs about so to speak.

Yet we recognize the right of each and every blogger to air his or her point of views as they see fit in their own blogs and understand the accountability of each blogger to whatever is published in our own domains?

This is a reality and we all know it.

Many a blogger has now been the guests of the men in blue at Bukit Perdana where the Police cyber crimes unit have taken them into custody and carried out investigations with regard to whatever blog articles that they wrote having offended public feelings or those which the police find offensive based upon either the falsehood in the incriminating articles or which slander any given party or authority.

Nathaniel Tan earned the unsavory distinction of being the first ever Malaysian blogger to be taken into police custody over what he published in his blog which was under the charge that he had in his possession documents which were purported to link the then Deputy Internal Security Minister Dato Johari Baharom's alleged involvement with corruption. That came under the OSA ~ Official Secrets Act. Read about it here

Then another blogger ~ Bakaq Penarik Beca got into the same situation but this time for his publishing the PDRM's logo with a defaced image of a dog replacing the tiger and the Islamic calligraphy of Allah and Muhammad replaced with the dollar sign and the Jewish Star of David.

I was there with my fellow bloggers protesting for his release without knowing what exactly was his offense that warranted staying over at Bukit Perdana with the men in blue?

:P When I learned as to the reasons why, I regretted such an oversight on my friend for having had such a relapse as to his sense of judgment with regard to  disfiguring a symbol which represents our national police force.

He shouldn't have done that. Period.

Too many policemen and women's hearts must have been hurt to see their precious symbols of authority getting defaced like that. Such wounds are hard to heal. The pain might have dissipated over time but the internal scars would surely remain.

I think I don't need to list down here as to who else got into trouble with the authorities over things that they blogged about for it will be an endless who's who in the police lockup then?

I believe it suffices to state that bloggers ought to be aware that whatever they publish will be held accountable upon them including my own self!

Think very carefully before you press 'Enter'.

You can't 'Backspace' after your article has been published into the internet archives and into the public domain.

Even if you do decide to delete your offending and incriminating article after that, you need to know that a copy of your article will be burned into the internet archive servers and can be retrieved and retracted by those in authority using the MCMC experts to draw a charge against you .... if a police report or official complaint is made by any of those hurt by such article with accompanying proof of such an attack against their person.

The clash between the Minister and said bloggers doesn't seem to go away as many wish for and it will be interesting to see how this case is going to end up as?

Life as a Malaysian blogger is surely quite challenging but it does have its rewards as well. I have come to know many new friends and also drawn the attention of a few dedicated trolls and critics plus unnecessary enemies from amongst the bunch of cowards who curse and run us down out of either their frustrations borne out of their sorry deluded state of minds or plain stupidity into thinking that they are the righteous and God's gift to mankind?

I leave such 'wiseguys' to suffer for their self imposed distorted mental convolutions and choose to as best as I possibly can to ignore them and move on with my missions in life. :)

To those of you who are knew to the Malaysian Blogosphere, I wish you a warm welcome and will only advise you to weigh the pro's and con's of the consequences of publishing anything that is untrue and try your level best to stick to the truth and fair comment.

Having said that, do remember that whatever we say, publish or do is recorded by the Angels Raqib and Atid in our individual Book of Deeds.

May the truth be told no matter what so that Justice can live!

Zainol Abideen ~ Mahaguru58
Bandar Tun Razak
56000 Kuala Lumpur.

Guns for power!

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 11:21 AM PDT

They held the Sultan at gunpoint. About 20 of them. The previous U-Tube did not show this but you can watch it clearly here. This is how power crazy changes everything. In some cases, a son or a daughter will not hesitate to kill, kidnap or sideline his own father, mother and family to rise to power.

What does this video tell you?

(waiting for u-tube)....

Najib: Hey Big Spender

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 04:07 PM PDT

Oddly enough, Najib seems to fit right into this picture:

Reading the massive spending the Najib administration has recklessly embarked on, I'm running out of eyes to pop out. 3 big ones:

1) TMI:

The Najib administration revealed today that it had allocated a whopping RM18.14 billion for the Prime Minister's Department for the year 2011, almost double the RM10.2 billion this year.

The allocation amounts to 8.55 per cent out of the RM212 billion Budget 2011.

O.O Doubled in just a year. And next year? RM 30 billion? For one department?

One single man controlling almost 10% of our entire national budget. Does that seem right to you?

2) MK:

Government data reveals that agencies and projects under Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala's (below) hand will cost the rakyat RM12.6 billion over the next two years.

Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong said that based on the latest operating and development expenditure documents released last Friday, the sum was akin to that required to run a full government ministry.

Now hold on one damn minute here. Isn't Idris Jala's job to make the government more efficient.

I think if you spent about 0.1 percent (RM 12.6 million say) on the right people, and the other 99.9 % (ironically enough, if you round that up, that's the same figure: RM 12.6 billion) on actually improving the lives of the rakyat instead of enriching consultants, maybe you actually make a bloody difference for a change.

The only real consulting taking place here is in the first three letters of 'consulting'. Rest assured that in exchange for some very fancy powerpoint presentations, a few key government officials are getting kickbacks the likes of which even Malaysia has probably never seen.

3. MK:

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's official travel expenditure and that of his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin has this year ballooned by 75.2 percent from 2008′s figures.

In a written reply yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz stated that the total of cost of 1,102 officers who had accompanied Najib and Muhyiddin on their official trips since 2008 have cost a staggering RM21.45 million.

This may not be in the billions, but it shows a very clear trend of excessive spending – how much do you wanna bet Bik Mama has something to do with this?


In summary, we are poised to spend RM 213 billion next year, but are set to only earn RM 165 billion – adding another RM 50 billion to our existing deficit O.O

I don't think words can describe just how incredibly insane all this is.

When faced with burning criticism regarding his phallic tower of vanity, all Najib could do stammer like a doofus and say was "Look, it wasn't my idea ok?"

What an idiot. You think he'd be singing the same tune if all that criticism was praise?

"It was PNB's idea" ?? Wtf. Is PNB the finance minister? Is PNB the chief executive of the country? TAKE SOME DAMNED RESPONSIBILITY.

Sigh. This post is too long already, and it's just as well. I don't think I can handle any more billions.

Big spender indeed. Or who knows? Maybe he's more of a bit (su)spender:

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PM: Perhimpunan Agung Titik Permulaan Model Politik Baru

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 09:12 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Okt – Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mahu Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2010 menjadi titik permulaan kepada budaya dan model baru politik Umno untuk lebih terbuka dan lebih inklusif.

Perdana Menteri berkata perhimpunan kali ini, selepas setahun Perlembagaan Umno dipinda, perlu disusuli dengan perubahan daripada segi budaya dan tindakan seluruh anggota parti.

"Peranan parti diakar umbi mesti bersifat inklusif dan dapat menunjukkan imej yang disenangi rakyat (dan) sentiasa dekat di hati rakyat (melalui) pelbagai aktiviti, dan kita dapat tunjukkan Umno merupakan pemudah cara dan pelopor kepada segala kegiatan di akar umbi," katanya.

"Peranan parti diakar umbi mesti bersifat inklusif dan dapat menunjukkan imej yang disenangi rakyat (dan) sentiasa dekat di hati rakyat (melalui) pelbagai aktiviti, dan kita dapat tunjukkan Umno merupakan pemudah cara dan pelopor kepada segala kegiatan di akar umbi," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan amanatnya kepada anggota perwakilan di majlis tertutup Taklimat Presiden sempena Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2010 hari ini.

Dalam taklimatnya selama sejam itu, Najib berkata beliau menekankan cabaran-cabaran yang dilalui parti dan usaha pemulihan ekonomi negara yang telah berjaya ditangani.

Ditanya mengenai penerimaan anggota Umno terhadap usaha transformasi parti itu, Presiden Umno berkata perkara itu akan mengambil masa kerana ia melibatkan perubahan dalam diri anggota sendiri.

"Transformasi manusia memakan masa, transformasi fizikal mudah. Semua orang tahu transformasi manusia suatu yang amat mencabar, tetapi kita akan cuba melakukannya. Saya melihat ada yang respons, dan ada yang memakan masa lagi untuk menghayati sepenuhnya (transformasi itu).

"Tapi (kita) jangan kecewa sebab kita berurusan dengan manusia, dan manusia, tentu sekali amat mencabar untuk melakukan perubahan besar dalam masa yang singkat," katanya.

Najib berkata beliau juga mengingatkan anggota parti supaya mengukuhkan perpaduan dalam menghadapi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 dan "kita akan mulakan perjalanan ini dengan usaha mengukuhkan parti kita, penyatuan di peringkat bahagian adalah amat penting dalam pengukuhan parti."

Najib berkata Umno akan terus mempertahankan prinsipnya yang sentiasa bertimbang rasa dan adil kepada semua kaum.

"Ini satu prinsip yang kita pakai sejak dahulu, lagi sejak zaman (Perdana Menteri Pertama) Tunku (Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj) lagi dan kita amalkan prinsip yang sama, cuma yang berbeza ialah memperincikan strategi yang kita lakukan, tetapi prinsip dan falsafah adalah sama," katanya.

Menjawab soalan mengenai pemilihan Parti Keadilan Rakyat di peringkat cabang yang kucar-kacir, manakala Umno pula bakal mengadakan pemilihan parti yang memperuntukkan jumlah pemilih yang ramai daripada sebelum ini, Najib berkata:

"Kita ada cara kita sendiri. Kita akan uruskan perkara ini. Kita sedar tidak mudah dan pandang ringan, tapi saya percaya ahli Umno akan menghormati disiplin dan tunjukkan imej yang baik."

Anwars illusion..oO oo Oo aAh..!!

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 08:02 AM PDT

Anwar really had the Malaysian public on the edge with his 916 propaganda. The whole media fraternity went into a frenzy and so did BN politicians. Who was jumping and now  it seems that Yong Teck Lee the SAPP President is keeping him in the dark for now. Pakatan to face head-on with BN in Batu Sapi P185. Whose dreaming now..??  

SAPP has already confirmed  that they will contest the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in the 13th by-election to be held in Malaysia. Our earlier report http://audie61.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/updates-p185-batu-sapisapp-says-its-on/ . In this report Anwar hopes:- http://www.malaysianmirror.com/media-buzz-detail/6-nation/50027-anwar-hopes-for-straight-fight-with-bn-in-batu-sapi

Our source in SAPP says it might just be Anwars illusion and he might just receive a body blow for now with Yong not giving in as expected. 916 has gone into the history books as an unsuccessful bid though it turned the whole media world upside down. Could Yong play this game too? Anwar click it and enjoy the moments….Do you need the lyrics..??? 

We wonder oooh ooooh ooooh aaahh

Pemuda Umno Fokus Isu Rakyat Pada Perhimpunan Kali Ini

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 07:50 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Okt – Pemuda Umno perlu memberi fokus kepada isu rakyat, dan peranan kerajaan melalui agensinya untuk menangani masalah rakyat serta kepentingan Melayu dalam perbahasan pada perhimpunan agung pergerakan itu.

Ketua Pemuda Umno Khairy Jamaluddin berkata, selain membangkitkan kepincangan pentadbiran negeri yang ditadbir oleh parti gabungan DAP, PAS dan Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), anggota pergerakan itu perlu menampilkan imej baru.

"Pemuda Umno kini dilihat lebih inklusif dan progresif berbanding beberapa tahun lalu" yang mampu menarik sokongan golongan muda serta menjadi juara rakyat menerusi gagasan 1Malaysia yang diperkenalkan oleh Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"Ini merupakan perubahan yang signifikan kerana kita merupakan parti yang sentiasa bersikap progresif dan terbuka tapi mungkin beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini, tekanan daripada kumpulan etnosentrik telah mengatasi dasar parti," katanya.

Oleh itu, Pemuda Umno perlu seiring dengan apa yang dihasratkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang membawa falsafah baru perpaduan dalam 1Malaysia kerana momentum itu telah bermula, katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri majlis ramah mesra dan makan tengah hari bersama perwakilan Pemuda Umno di Dewan Utama Hotel Seri Pacific di sini hari Selasa.

Khairy berharap Perhimpunan Agung Umno akan terus menyaksikan parti itu muncul sebagai parti yang berpaksikan progresif yang sentiasa mengutamakan kepentingan rakyat.

"Gerakan kita juga lebih tertumpu kepada usaha menarik perhatian pengundi muda. Selain itu kita mahu menunjukkan walaupun kita masih lagi memperjuangkan dan menjadi juara kepada isu-isu Melayu, kita tetap membawa isu semua rakyat dan menguatkan lagi semangat 1Malaysia," katanya.

Khairy berkata perhimpunan agung ini juga akan menyaksikan bahawa Umno masih sebuah parti politik yang unggul dan wadah bagi orang Melayu dan tiada siapa yang boleh membuang agenda melayu daripada Umno.

Malam ini, Timbalan Presiden Umno Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin akan merasmikan serentak perhimpunan agung ketiga-tiga sayap Umno iaitu Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri yang dihadiri oleh lebih 2,300 perwakilan.

Sementara itu, berdasarkan senarai topik dan pembahas yang dikeluarkan oleh Pemuda Umno di sini hari ini, sebanyak 30 isu, termasuk konsep 1Malaysia, Model Baru Ekonomi (MBE) serta isu pembunuhan kejam jutawan kosmetik Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya dan pelabelan pemimpin Umno sebagai pemimpin perkauman, akan dibangkitkan.

Selain isu tindakan kerajaan negeri di bawah DAP, PAS dan PKR yang didakwa mendiskriminasi orang Melayu, pengundi muda dan pengundi bukan Melayu serta permasalahan generasi kedua Felda akan turut disentuh dalam perbahasan yang melibatkan 13 wakil Pemuda Umno.

Pilihan Raya Kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Galas yang akan diadakan pada 4 November juga akan turut disentuh wakil Kelantan menerusi tumpuan isu di negeri-negeri.

Perwakilan Pemuda akan membahaskan tiga usul iaitu ucapan dasar Ketua Pemuda, usul ekonomi serta pendidikan dan agama.

Sebelum ini, Ketua Penerangan Pemuda Umno Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican dalam sidang medianya telah memaklumkan bahawa pembahas Pemuda Umno yang terpilih telah diingatkan supaya menggunakan pendekatan berhemah dalam membahaskan isu-isu berkaitan Melayu.

Katanya, mereka perlu sentiasa menghormati bangsa lain di negara ini bagi memastikan isu yang dibahaskan tidak diputar belit pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

The next possible Islamic Revolution

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 03:35 PM PDT

For everyone who thought the Islamic revolution in Iran 31 years ago was intolerable, consider this unpleasant scenario.  What if something along the same lines unfolded in another country in the Middle East?  Everyone who isn't a devout Muslim--i.e. most rational thinking humans--know how disastrous Iran's piously Islamic regime has been, not only for their own people, but for the peace of the surrounding region, if not the world. 

The same situation may be shaping up again, this time in the heart of the Arabic world, a country at a sensitive geopolitical flashpoint and at the heart of Sunni Arab culture. And that country is Egypt.

Think this situation is far fetched? Consider some unsettling facts which could be converging into a point in the near--perhaps the very near--future.

Consider that Egypt is run by a dictatorship, currently headed by a doddering 82 year old Hosni Mubarak, who assumed power almost 30 years ago himself following the assassination of his predecessor. His tyrannical government is utterly despised and discredited by its own people, and dares not run free elections in fear of the utter shellacking they would receive at the hands of the voters. Over the course of several decades, Mubarak and his people have managed to turn Egypt into a cultural, technological and social backwater. They have done this by consistently demonstrating levels of incompetence and corruption which stagger the imagination. With all of these factors, Mubarak is looking rather like Iran's Shah was in the late 1970s. The only thing keeping this more-or-less secular dictatorship in power is a somewhat effective secret police force, and an opposition movement that is still not quite organized. Yet.

And what is this organized Egyptian opposition movement, that finds fervent support in every mosque and back alley in a sweltering, festering Cairo?  It's none other than the Muslim Brotherhood, the granddaddy of all active jihadist movements, including Al Qaeda. The Brotherhood was itself ultimately responsible for murdering Mubarak's predecessor, Anwar Sadat, the man who dared to make peace with the hated Jews. Their popularity in Egypt at the grassroots level, as well as the entire 'Arab Street', is unparalleled.  And make no mistake--the Muslim Brotherhood is no friend of non Muslims, especially the hated 'Great Satan'.  The Brotherhood, in accordance with the teachings of their 'prophet', recently declared war on Israel, the US, and the West in general:

"The improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as its enemies pursue life."

This is the movement that is poised to storm into power, should Mubarak's government collapse either by accident or by design.

A Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt would present a strategic nightmare for the United States and promptly put next-door Israel into an intolerable strategic dilemma. A hugely vital waterway, the Suez Canal, would fall into the hands of the Salafists, as would billions of dollars of American weaponry, including hundreds of F-16 aircraft and M-1 battle tanks.  More importantly than this, the fall of Mubarak's government, replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood, would galvanize and drum up support for devout Muslim movements everywhere and set back U.S. interests at every level. War would be more likely for the region, and not less.

But most important of all, the causes of freedom and rationality would be set back generations, drowned out in an Islamic cacophony of bloodlust and violence. Another generation would be sacrificed, and lost.  For nothing.

If there was ever a time for prayer, this is the time.  Thanks to feckless, spineless and shortsighted leaders, prayer is about the only option we have left.

Court visits Aminulrasyid's death scene

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 06:43 AM PDT

The judge and lawyers in the trial involving the death of 15-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah today visited the scene of the shooting in Section 11, Shah Alam. Eyewitness Zafrullah Ahmad Zainal Abidin (in brown jacket) gave his testimony at Jalan Tarian 11/2, where the car driven by the teen crashed after he was shot in the head by the police. Zafrullah, who lives across the street from where the Proton Iswara crashed, had earlier testified that he heard gunshots and sirens around 1.30am on April 26, and saw the car from his second-floor window after it had crashed. More Video by Aidila Razak
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On The Fast Track To Bankruptcy

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 06:52 AM PDT

These are the days when one is compelled to slap one's forehead in dismay at the priorities of the ruling coalition in terms of "national interests".

Of course, the average Malaysian knows that it is about how much money the politicians can siphon from this project to build a 100 storey tower.

We already have the Twin Towers, which reigned as the tallest for awhile.

And then it was quickly overtaken by Taipei 101 (Taiwan) and Burj Khalifa (UAE).

So why do we need yet another Malaysia Boleh project?

It is not the first time I have said it, and I will say it again:

We are a nation that nurses its deep-seated insecurities by conjuring up ridiculously over-the-top mega-projects which serve no purpose beyond ego-stroking.

When thousands of Malaysians suffer traffic jams everyday due to our poor public transportation, do we need another white elephant?

At some point we need to come to our senses.

Let that be NOW.

Pt 2: RRAAM on Reproductive Health and Rights

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 05:31 AM PDT

Pt 2: Abandoned babies in Malaysia: Dispelling the myths An exclusive interview with Rashidah Abdullah, Co-Chair of the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM). RRAAM (the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia), which comprises of NGOs and individuals committed to promoting women´s access to reproductive rights and services, was formed in 2007 to inform, educate and advocate on these reproductive rights issues. Meant for health professionals, NGOs, policy makers, the media and women themselves, this Information Brief aims to inform, address misconceptions and advocate for action. Reported by Aidila Razak Video by Shufiyan Shukur and Indrani Kopal Note Rashidah Abdullah is an activist and independent consultant in the areas of women's health and sexual and reproductive health and rights, women's rights and NGO organisational development in Malaysia. She is the founder director on ARROW's Board of Directors, Co-Coordinator of RRAAM, a member of the Malaysian Aids Council's Programme Review Committee, the Programme and Management Committee of Sisters in Islam, and a trustee of Women's Aid Organization (WAO).
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PM’s And DPM’s Travel Cost Up By 75.2% - By Teh Eng Hock.

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 05:18 AM PDT

The cost of the Prime Minister and his deputy's official delegations during trips have increased by 75.2% since 2008 to more than RM9.8mil this year.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that the cost of the delegations in 2008 was RM5,597,583, and rose to RM6,041,934 in 2009 and RM9,807,310 this year.

"The total number of officers involved between 2008 and Oct 12 this year was 1,102 people involving a total cost of RM21,446,828," he said in a written reply.

Nazri also said that the operating and development expenditure of departments and agencies under the Prime Minister's Department rose from RM4.3bil in 2006 to RM10.2mil in 2009.

The expenditure in 2007 and 2008 was around RM6.9mil for each year, while this year, RM8.1mil had been spent by the Prime Minister's Department as at Sept 30.

"The allocation and expenditure by the offices of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are part of the activities placed under general administration on the Prime Minister's Department. The expenses occurred by those offices are under the general expenses of general administration," he said.

The expenses incurred under general administration from 2006 to 2009 were RM460mil, RM629mil, RM777mil and RM637mil respectively, while RM452mil had been spent until Sept 30 this year.

Tian Chua (PKR-Batu), who posed the questions to Nazri, questioned the drastic jump in the expenditure incurred by official delegations after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took over the helm of the country.

"Comparing the spending pattern between Abdullah and Najib, between 2008 and 2010, the expenditure increased by 75.2%," he said.

He pointed out that between 2008 and 2009, the expenses incurred by the official delegations rose by 7.94%, and between 2009 and 2010 rose by 62.32%.

Courtesy of The STAR

Take your tiff to Galas, bickering MPs told

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 04:20 AM PDT

Several bickering members of parliament irked speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, who told them to take their spat to the upcoming Galas by-election on Nov 4. The heated exchanges ensued after Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Ahmad Maslan defended the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) against criticisms of inefficiency.
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Malaysian Tops Cambridge, Heads To Singapore - By Lee Wei Lian.

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 04:44 AM PDT

Malaysian first-class honours law graduate Tan Zhongshan, who won a slew of awards at Cambridge University including the Slaughter and May prize for best overall performance, is heading to Singapore to join its Legal Service commission, it was reported today.

But this is no longer an uncommon case in Malaysia which has been facing a brain drain problem for decades even as previous administrations did little to stem the tide of outgoing talent.

This has led to fears that the country is being hollowed out.

The Najib administration has taken the strongest steps yet to tackle the issue by proposing a Talent Corporation (Talentcorp) to lure talent and overseas Malaysians back as well as resolving the perennial government scholarship debate by awarding scholarships to all students who score 9As and above.

The prime minister has also been on a personal charm offensive abroad the past one year and told Malaysian communities in Belgium and Luxembourg this month that the Talentcorp will seek overseas Malaysians out and do what it takes to make them consider going home.

It is too early to tell however if the initiatives will be able to dent the numbers of qualified Malaysians moving abroad, particularly to Singapore which has over the years, honed its capacity to scour the world for top talent, including from Malaysia where students are recruited to the republic from as young as 15 years old.

In the case of Ipoh-born Tan, he was sponsored with an Asean scholarship by Singapore's Ministry of Education after completing his A-Levels at the Temasek Junior College there, The Star newspaper reported today.

It is unclear however if the Talentcorp's mandate also extends to preventing further hemorrhaging of talent even as it works to bring overseas Malaysians back.

While the prime minister's campaign to bring lure the Malaysian diaspora back to the country has been widely welcomed, he faces structural and branding challenges including the widespread perception that in Malaysia, ability is not appreciated and ranks well below other factors such as race and political connections.

The country also lags behind favoured immigration destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, US and UK in terms of livability, lifestyles, education systems and opportunities in areas such as scientific research, making it harder for many returnees to adjust even though they want to serve the country as well as be closer to friends and family.

The government's fledgling Economic Transformation Programme, which aims to elevate Kuala Lumpur to the top 20 in the world in terms of livability and economic activity could however help address some of the concerns.

The number of Malaysian migrants rose by more than 100-fold in a 45-year period, from 9,576 Malaysians in 1960 to 1,489,168 Malaysians in 2005, according to the World Bank which warned that a lack of human capital is a "critical constraint in Malaysia's ambition to become a high-income economy."

Deputy Foreign Minister Senator A. Kohilan Pillay also said recently that 304,358 Malaysians had migrated from March 2008 till August 2009 compared with 139,696 Malaysians in 2007.

The prime minister told Parliament this month that less than one per cent of 784,900 Malaysians working overseas have returned to the country during the past nine years with Singapore having the highest number of Malaysians with 303,828 people, followed by Australia with 78,858.

Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider

A Participant’s Perspective Of Kursus Kenegaraan (BTN) - By A Disappointed Civil Servant.

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 04:31 AM PDT

It amuses me to note the rapacious back and forth regarding the Kursus Kenegaraan organised by the Biro Tatanegara. However, i notice that remarks defending the program have so far been based on perspectives of certain Government officials, who may or may not have been subjected to the charms of the program. As a serving Government professional of non-Bumiputera descent, I feel it is pertinent that I share my experience of this program, so that some objectivity may be achieved in understanding the issue at hand.

It is compulsory for all Govt. servants to attend this course once during service. I attended the program in 2006, in a group of 80-odd Malays and 9 non-Malays. We were a mix of doctors, dentists, pharmacists and teachers. On the first day, we had to listen to a series of 4 lectures, all delivered by lecturers from the local MARA University campus. I vividly remember the 1st lecture on Kerakyatan, for it was delivered with such fervour by an obviously inspired lecturer. At times he seemed to go off his script and made several references to 'other' races being 'pendatangs' and forgetting their 'place' in society, and not being grateful for the citizenship 'awarded' to them, and other remarks of a similar vein.

However what shocked me was when this lecturer, in a frenzied fit of rage, asked the audience whether they knew that ALL Indians who migrated here were from the PARIAH caste, and similarly all Chinese who came here were also from the lower classes in their country of origin. I was livid with rage that this supposed university lecturer had the unabashed temerity to tar all Indians and Chinese with the same brush, and make such an unsubstantiated sweeping statement that may have been lapped up by the ill-informed as the gospel truth. From that moment I was mentally tuned off from listening to further garbage being spewed by this obvious racist. After ranting and raving for a good forty minutes more, he mercifully concluded and invited questions from the floor.

I immediately got up and proceeded to enquire on what basis the lecturer made his sweeping statements, and if he was aware that aside from indentured labourers, the British had brought educated Indians and Ceylonese Tamils to serve in the civil service in pre-independence Malaya. I then informed him that I was a 3rd generation civil servant, and the last time I checked, I wasn't a PARIAH. By this time the lecturer was squirming in discomfort, especially as the crowd assembled there started to cheer me on. I sternly told the lecturer to check his facts before he confuses others with blatant untruths.

The Chinese dentist that stood up after me was in no conciliatory mood however. She blasted the lecturer outright by saying 'Saya berasa amat tersinggung dengan apa yang dikatakan oleh penceramah tadi (I am offended by the remarks made by the lecturer); ianya sangat tidak adil dan amat mengelirukan para hadirin di sini (it is an unfair statement and can confuse the others assembled here).' Probably stung by the truth of those comments, the lecturer tried to weasel out of the messy situation by defending his statement which was made in a particular context. But none of us were fooled, and we realised that this course was an attempt to stereotype and racially profile the citizenry for the benefit of a certain group to assert its 'ketuanan' on others.

Suffice to say, i was least interested in the ensuing activities, especially the drill parade where we were forced to pray with arms outstretched to maintain 'conformity', despite my usual method being the traditional hands clasped in supplication.

Ultimately, the course made me despise the way the non-bumis were treated, and served to reinforce the belief shared by many that it is a brainwashing and indoctrination exercise to target the ill-informed and the gullible. I am sure my Malay friends would (mostly) have cringed in shame at the way their fellow citizens were humiliated and made a mockery of.

Bottom line is, stay away from this course. It does no good and can serve to divide the population.

Courtesy of Lim Kit Siang For Malaysia

Top Malaysian Law Student of Cambridge UK from Singapore

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 04:51 AM PDT

(Tan Zhongshan third from left in black jacket with other Malaysian students in UK)

Malaysia is facing a severe Human Capital Flight with large-scale emigration of intellectuals seeking greener pastures in more advanced society like in Singapore who is estimated to have 45 % of the best brains from Malaysia and 25 % to other Asian countries with the balance of 30 % to Europe and the USA out of the total estimated one million Malaysian working overseas.

There are no official figures of the number of brain drain and the estimates are from 700,000 to above 1,000,000 skilled and professional talents working overseas, this figures have not taken into consideration the Malaysians who had taken up citizenship or permanent residences in advanced nations. The numbers are expected to increase due to local racial politics and constant police harassment under the Internal Security Act, the Sedition Act and other oppressive laws as practiced by the ruling political party of Barisan Nasional.

This has prompted the Najib administration to set-up the Talent Corporation task with the objective of bringing talent back to the country, this is seen as a lost cause as fundamental political changes are not in place to attract the talents. Local talents are wanting to get out and none would like to return and they are further encouraged to stay out by their parents and elders.

The government practices contradictory policies and even local bred talents like the UKM 4 who are top students were harassed and bullied by the authorities dragging them to court because they are opposition sympathisers. Detailed stories of the UKM 4 from The People's Parliament HERE. This has caused much anger and resentments from the local talents of young students and many has adopted an ambition to seek greater freedom and career advancement away from their home country which is riddled by corruption and impropriety by leaders and officials.

This anger has started a movement by local students seeking freedom and justice, had today launch a fund raising website titled "Student Freedom Fund" to defend the UKM4 in their court battle and protect other students that are being bullied by the authorities.

Tan Zhongshan is another fine example of Talent Flight, Tan from Ipoh, Perak had his earlier education from Sekolah Kebangsaan St Michael than moved to St Xavier, Penang than did his A-Levels in Temasek Junior College in Singapore.

Tan who was awarded an Asean Scholarship by the Singapore Ministry of Education after completing his A-Levels at the Temasek Junior College. Tan has emerged as the top student in his final-year law examinations at Cambridge University a first-class honours in the Bachelor of Arts (Law) in June this year at Queens' College, which is part of the Cambridge university, one of England's oldest and most prestigious.
He even scored the "Slaughter and May" prize given by the university's Law Faculty – an award given to those who achieve the best overall performance in the final-year law examinations.

Other coveted prizes he bagged include The Norton Rose Prize for Commercial Law, the Clifford Chance Prize for European Union Law and the Herbert Smith Prize for Conflict of Laws

Queens' College dean Dr Martin Dixon said Tan definitely stood out among the students there.

"He is probably the best Malaysian student I have seen in the last 10 years," said Dr Dixon, who taught Tan on Land and Equity for two years.

"He is the most able, dedicated and one of the most likeable students I have taught in more than 20 years at Cambridge."

Tan, he said, was also a great help to fellow students.

"He works really hard, has great insight and intuition. He is a problem-solver, listens well and learns," he said.

Tan was modest about his achievements. "It was a pleasant surprise as it is hard to predict the end results," said the Ipoh-born, who has been in Singapore since August.

On his secret to success, he attributed it to "consistent work and a detailed understanding of the subjects".

The classical guitar player is not done yet. He will pursue his Bar exams, expected to be completed by end of 2011, in Singapore.

"I will also join the Singapore Legal Service in January,"

On his reasons in pursuing a law degree, he said, "Being in the legal line gives you a chance to make changes that have a far-reaching effect."

Congratulations! Tan Zhongshan, We Malaysians wish you the best. We hope that one day you should return to assist in rebuilding our beloved country...

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Mengapa Bendera UMNO Wujud Di Kalangan Parlimen?

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 04:07 AM PDT

Hal ini telah dipertikaikan oleh Teresa Kok (MP Seputeh) ketika perdebatan dalam Parlimen namum timbalan speaker telah menghalangnya daripada meneruskan soalan beliau kerana menurut timbalan speaker, hal ini tiada kaitan dengan tajuk perdebatan...

Parlimen merupakan sebuah tempat untuk mengubal undang-undang dan mempunyai kedudukan yang disanjung tinggi.

Parlimen tidak dipunyai oleh mana-mana parti politik.

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Namum mengapa bendera UMNO boleh wujud di kalangan Bangunan Parlimen?

Hal ini telah dipertikaikan oleh Teresa Kok (MP Seputeh) ketika perdebatan dalam Parlimen namum timbalan speaker telah menghalangnya daripada meneruskan soalan beliau kerana menurut timbalan speaker, hal ini tiada kaitan dengan tajuk perdebatan.

Namum saya berhadap pihak pengurusan Bangunan Parlimen akan mengambil tindakan dengan cepat kerana Parlimen adalah adalah lebih tinggi dari segala parti politik dan mereka harus mengekalkan kesucian kawasan Parlimen.

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Usul bahas Perkara 153 untuk Orang Asli ditolak lagi

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 02:36 AM PDT

Usul Pakatan Rakyat bagi membahaskan pengiktirafan Orang asli sebagai bumiputera mengikut Perkara 153, Perlembagaan Persekutuan ditolak oleh pejabat speaker hari ini. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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'Populist' toll freeze may cost rakyat RM64 bil

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 02:52 AM PDT

The government may end up forking out RM64 billion to compensate Plus Highways Berhad, if it intends to freeze toll rates till the end of the concession term in 2038 as a populist move, said DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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MPs: Mega-tower won't improve quality of life

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 12:46 AM PDT

Five DAP MPs from the Fedral Territories are strongly opposed to the government proposal to build a RM5 billion 100-storey commercial building in the heart of the city. They said that the building will not improve Kuala Lumpur's international standing but will exacerbate the traffic congestion in the area. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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