Saturday, October 16, 2010

A budget for big boys and civil servants

A budget for big boys and civil servants


A budget for big boys and civil servants

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 07:32 AM PDT

Lim Teck Ghee

COMMENT There are several ways to analyse the budget. One is to take at face value what the prime minister has written in his blog just before his budget speech where he promised that it is "a budget by the rakyat". By it, he explained that he had read through the more than 1,000 comments and suggestions from his readers and forwarded them to the Ministry of Finance to incorporate.

According to the PM, there were three key issues raised – employment, taxes and subsidies, and education.

In his words, "employment was the most frequently discussed with some of you calling for the implementation of a minimum wage policy". Also, he noted that "comments from the youth requested for increased tax rebates for young families or ways to provide financial assistance in managing the rising cost of living". As for education, the feedback on his blog related to concerns with education quality and the rising cost of education.

Now that the budget has been unveiled, it is clear that the civil servants preparing the budget have completely ignored the prime minister. Firstly, the implementation of the minimum wage policy has been further deferred for the umpteenth time. The only beneficiaries of wage reform appear to be security guards who deservedly see their minimum wages raised and female civil servants who will now have longer maternity leave.

As for education, whilst there is a substantial allocation to cater for recurring operational expenditure and some new infrastructural spending, there is nothing new in the budget that can allay the number one concern of middle-class Malaysians. Especially disappointing is the failure to grant relief for private higher education costs which are rising steeply. Given the trend, it looks like higher education will soon be affordable only to those that can get into the public universities or those who have wealthy parents - and also perhaps those that can draw on financing from family members and Ah Longs.

Affordable housing has been very much in the news even if there have been few letters to the prime minister on the topic. It is now beyond the reach of many in the younger age group living in the larger towns and especially in the Klang Valley. There is no evidence in the budget of any official concern to tackle the problem.

There are also no measures aimed at curbing the rising cost of living. Why is there a lack of attention to addressing the rising costs of housing, transport and health as well as food? Part of the reason is the government's Alice in Wonderland estimate of inflation – it has projectedva figure of 2-3% for the year. Further, according to the government's estimate, Malaysians will be quite a bit wealthier in 2011 compared with 2010. Per capita income is expected to go up by 6.1% to RM28,000, and income in terms of purchasing power parity will hit US$16,000.

This is of course data which does not reflect real life - just a hypothetical average. The majority of Malaysians will, in fact, not only feel but will indeed be poorer rather than richer in 2011 given the relentless rise in cost of living that is not reflected in the inflation data.

Returning to the era of mega high-status

One group though that will not be poorer will be the big guns benefiting from the slew of mega projects contained in the budget. They include the planned erection of a RM5 billion tower. This is a potential monstrosity which will serve little purpose except bring to a standstill traffic in that congested part of the city. It is obscene that this is being done in the name of honouring the country's heritage.

Hopefully citizen groups, residents in the area and heritage organisations can organise and bring pressure to bear on the government to stop this project before it gets off the ground.

As evidence of how poorly conceived the budget planning process has been, it should be noted that the budgeted amount for the year for all the corridor projects - which is supposed to help decentralise development and increase rural incomes and well-being in the other parts of the country - is only one-third of that allocated for this massive planned erection.

Other big ticket items such as the MRT may be economically more justifiable but they have to be closely monitored for the way in which project design, contractors and partners are selected. Already, there is talk of pre-determined winners even before the process of proper technical studies, evaluation and selection has commenced.

It is disappointing that the budget does not deal at all with the procurement issue which has resulted in wastage, inefficiency and higher costs to the average Malaysian in the last 30 years. Presumably we are going to see business as usual in the tenders for Private-Public Partnership projects and the continuation of "privatised gain and socialized losses".

Another concern is that much of the budget continues to go into operating a bloated civil service. As much as three quarters of the national budget is spent on paying salaries and other benefits to over 1.3 million civil servants.

This means that of every dollar spent in the budget, 75 sen goes towards manning the civil service, leaving little left to carry out development work that can benefit the country's population. There is clearly something fundamentally wrong in the way the country's budget is being spent when so
much of the allocation goes to paying for a sector that is generally regarded as unproductive and standing in the way of efficiency.

Finally, this is a budget that is touted as being friendly to business. The question is not only which and what businesses will benefit but also whether the projects undertaken will benefit the country.

From the listed projects, it appears that we are returning to the era of mega high-status, expensive projects which will provide little value-added to the Malaysian economy. Projects such as the proposed RM5 billion tower should be scrapped, and the resources spent instead on the expansion of public housing, transport, health and other badly needed amenities and services that can truly benefit the ordinary people.

Dr Lim Teck Ghee is the director of the Centre for Policy Initiatives


Belanjawan Najib Jamin Harga Barang Naik Tahun Depan

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 01:53 PM PDT

Membaca butir-butir penting dari Belanjawan Najib Tun Razak, saya terfikir satu perkara yang sangat-sangat penting untuk diperkirakan:

Di manakah Najib Mahu Mencari Wang Untuk Membayar Perkara2 Di Dalam Belanjawan Beliau?


Setahu saya, negara Malaysia "berhutang" (baca: defisit) di dalam tiap-tiap belanjawan semenjak 1997. Sehingga hari ini, hasil dari belanjawan "kurang duit" selama hampir 15 tahun berturut-turut, hutang kerajaan Malaysia telah mencecah hampir 54% dari hasil negara. Ini mengikut laporan rasmi Bank Negara.

Pada waktu yang sama, pelaburan asing yang masuk ke Malaysia juga adalah terlampau rendah. Tahun 2007, Filipina dapat menarik lebih banyak pelaburan berbanding Malaysia.

Sekali lagi saya tanya: DIMANA NAJIB HENDAK CARI DUIT BAGI PROJEK2 DI DALAM BELANJAWAN BELIAU?

Jawabnya mudah: CETAK DUIT LAGI.

Hutang Malaysia yang semakin lama semakin meninggi ini adalah disebabkan selama lebih 15 tahun, kerajaan UMNO/BN menjalankan projek pembangunan dengan wang baru yang MEREKA CETAK.

Kesan dari mencetak wang yang berlebihan ini, harga barang di Malaysia semakin lama semakin naik.

Dan, oleh kerana wang yang dicetak ini majoriti pergi kepada kroni dan UMNOPUTRA, maka gaji dan pendapatan majoriti rakyat Malaysia TIDAK NAIK.

Dalam negara yang sehat dan korupsi minima seperti Norway, apabila kerajaan meeka mencetak wang lebih, rakyat mereka rata-rata akan menikmati pendapatan serta gaji yang lebih juga. Kerajaan biasanya mencetak wang yang lebih kerana memenuhi keperluan ekonomi yang sedang berkembang itu.

Kerajaan UMNO mencetak wang kerana mahu mengkayakan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA. CUba tanya, projek Menara Kuala Lumpur dalam Belanjawan Najib itu siapa yang menang kontraknya?

Kita rakyat Malaysia lah yang akan menanggung beban kos hidup yang semakin tinggi serta gaji yang sentiasa rendah dan tidak menaik.

Kroni dan UMNOPUTRA pula semakin lama semakin kaya. Rakyat Malaysia semakin kayap.

TUlang Besi


Sedar atau tidak, setiap kali belanjawan, harga barang akan naik. Ini keran



Ikutilah kenyataan Anwar Ibrahim berkaitan Belanjawan Najib yang baru ini:

Sementara itu, ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, kerajaan Umno Barisan Nasional hanya prihatin terhadap rakyat apabila menjelangnya pilihan raya.

"Nampaknya Umno BN hanya prihatin kepada rakyat hanya menjelang pilihan raya.

"Bajet ini nampaknya menjurus kepada pilihan raya. Ada beberapa kemudahan yang ditambah menjelang pilihan raya.

"Tapi isu terbesar yang menyebabkan pelaburan tidak meningkat di negara kita ialah masalah defisit yang tidak ditangani dalam belanjawan .

"Itu menunjukkan belanjawan itu terpaksa berdepan dengan beberapa masalah seperti ekonomi, menjana pertumbuhan dan menarik pelaburan.

"Kemudian satu kelemahan besar kerana masalah rasuah, penyelewengan dan pembaziran tidak disebut. Yang disebut hanya projek mega puluhan bilion ringgit yang akan memberi manfaat lebih besar kepada kroni dan keluarga dan hanya ratusan ringgit kepada rakyat," kata beliau yang juga Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen.


砂選舉全國大選 蔡細歷:不可能同步

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 11:51 AM PDT

(峇株巴轄16日訊)馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷認為,剛公佈的財政預算案並非大選前的預算案,砂拉越州選舉也不可能與全國大選同步舉行!

他認為,剛公佈的財政預算案,並非首相拿督斯里納吉為了第13屆大選而準備的預算案。

至于明年6月前必須進行州選的的砂拉越,是否會與全國大選同步舉行,他認為可能性不大,因為全國大選需要充足的時間做好準備。

蔡細歷也是馬華峇株巴轄區會主席,他今午為蘇雅花園綜合有蓋球場主持奠基儀式后,對記者這么指出。

他說,在這次的預算案中,服務稅從原有的5%略增至6%,帶來的負面影響並不大。

他強調,無論任何公司收購及管理大道公司,都須履行社會責任,提供優質服務,並確保有關大道的收費不會隨意漲價。

《中国报》16-10-2010


Sin Chew: Many Chinese here more loyal to China than Malaysia

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 09:24 AM PDT

I didn't say it....just read the article written by SinChew's editor....


A blasphemy to world peace

Opinion⁠  2010-10-14 19:02 ⁠

By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by DOMINIC LOH

Chinese Malaysians are funny.

If you criticise the Malaysian government, everyone will be elated, saying that you are right, just and courageous.

But if you criticise the Chinese government, you will be slammed as wrongful, ignorant and jeopardising.

I made the above conclusion from my own experiences.

For instance, after I wrote A Nobel prize China is not proud of, I received plenty of e-mails and faxes from the readers. They lashed out at Liu Xiabo as a criminal, and said I was anti-China. As if that was not enough, they even didn't spare Norway and Western "imperialism."

A reader wrote in: This article goes particularly well with Mr Tay's pro-Western democracy stance, ... human rights, democracy, freedom etc advocated by the West... He is not able to liberate himself from the confines of all these, and has been writing things that do not make sense yet still excessively conceited. I think he needs a brain swap."

What a lovely reader, with a string of well conceived adjectives!

I think it is good that some readers would seriously and diligently defend what they believe, or imagine.

But why do they always separate things into Oriental and Western when it comes to issues about China? China is unique in its own ways and does not need to emulate the West.

And when it comes to issues about Malaysia, they will invariably base their arguments on Western standards and specifications. Anything that deviates from Western values are unacceptable.

It appears to me that only China deserves to have its own ways, not Malaysia or any other nation on Earth.

Take for example, to China, human rights, democracy and freedom are all things belonging to the West, which are not only unsuitable for China, but are potentially detrimental.

But when it comes to Malaysia, human rights, democracy and freedom are all cherished as acceptable and essential, as these attributes have been successfully proven in the West.

Confucius said this was "own wish": a person can hold double standards towards the same thing. It is called hypocrisy in the West: You think you have your own set of values but in actual fact you don't, as you decide based on nothing but you personal liking.

As Liu Xiabo is a convict, he does not deserve the Peace Prize, but how about Alexander Solzhenitsyn during the Soviet era, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in prison and was lauded by the world as the Conscience of Russia?

Liu Xiaobo's Charter 08 was said to jeopardise stability in China, but the Charter 77 of Czech Peace Laureate Václav Havel, who was later elected the Czech president, was hailed as the Voice of Civilisation.

Right, those people only have one standard answer: China needs "stability."

Why is it that only China needs stability? Don't Malaysia or the United States need that same stability too?

In the name of "stability," anything ranging from autocracy, corruption, persecution, human rights violation, income gap, etc. will become rationalised, acceptable and tolerable.

Perhaps these people should team up to form an alliance and openly call for single-party politics in Malaysia by abolishing the electoral system, suppressing freedom of speech and advocating unlawful detention, all in the name of "stability."

Sin Chew Daily

MySinchew 2010.10.14
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.


Updates:- P185 Batu Sapi,”SAPP Says its on..”

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 02:01 AM PDT

An sms received read," It's on. Will keep you updated.The SAPP President will not hold back and he  says  an opposition win will signal the end of the BN's reign in the Land Below the Wind"

We also received an article from our Sabah political Correspondent Bugi Wijaya

Its confirmed that Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will contest the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in the 13th by-election to be held in Malaysia.

The seat which fell vacant with the demise of the incumbent Datuk Edmund Chong in a superbike accident involving a Mercedes Benz S320.

At this time, the party leadership are still in a meeting with the local CLC leaders on the plan for the by-election campaign.

Although no names on who will be representing SAPP in this contest, it is believed that a local leader will be picked.

As a party which practises non racial politics, a party leader who prefer to remain anonymous said that our candidate chosen is capable and we do not look at race as an issue. The important thing is he or she is ready to shoulder the challenge to serve the local community and bring about change to fulfil the party struggle to bring changes to Sabah political scenario.

Efforts to contact the other opposition leaders for their comment were not successful.

While SAPP have their candidate in mind, it is believe Sabah Pakatan Rakyat have yet to come to a consensus on their choice of candidate.

The interesting thing is that on the evening of polling day 4.11.2010 will see Prime Minister YAB Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak hosting a dinner for his Facebooks friends and on 5.11.2010 will witness the SAPP Congress.

Who will win? We will know then.



Just a few words

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 01:32 AM PDT

By Pakac Luteb

They are just a few words

"they agreed to drop their case in return for a commitment that there
would be no further incidents of intimidation"

Those words may be found here:

http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/10633/

They are VERY revealing words.

ONLY the party responsible for the intimidation could give such a commitment.

Furthermore, ONLY the responsible party would give such a commitment,
for it amounts to tacit admission of responsibility for the
intimidation.

I think you, dear reader, after perusal of:

http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/10633/

will have some hunch regarding who the responsible party might be.


Sodomy II: "A Closer Look"

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 01:24 AM PDT

A Closer Look - "Saiful Bukhari being examined"

By Pakac Luteb

Recently Saiful testified he was repeatedly sodomised by Anwar Ibrahim
without a condom, multiple times and over a period of months.

That is good news for Anwar Ibrahim.

Yes, you read correctly!

I did intend to say it is good news.

It is such good news i rushed out of my office and am now in Starbucks
writing this letter and sipping my latte.

How can such a thing possibly be good news for Anwar Ibrahim?

Let's take a closer look, a VERY close look.

If what Saiful testified is true, Anwar's semen and sperm would have
been released inside Saiful's anus and rectum multiple times over a
period of months.

The rectum is lined with thin tissue referred to as "mucous membrane".

Micro-organisms can readily interact with the immune system at that thin tissue.

For example, that's what makes anal sex a particularly efficient way
of transmitting HIV.

With regards to semen and sperm in the rectum, what happens?

The immune system of the owner of that rectum detects the proteins of
the semen and sperm as "foreign", meaning not from the rectum's owner.

The immune system regards the "foreign" proteins as invaders that must
be destroyed.

To attack and destroy the proteins ["antigens"] the immune system
produces antibodies.

That antibody production takes time.

Multiple doses of antigen also helps trigger antibody production.

Those facts are why some vaccines are given in a number of doses over
a period of time.

Multiple instances over a period of months of Anwar's semen and sperm
entering Saiful's anus and rectum is perfect for provoking Saiful's
immune system to produce antibodies against Anwar's semen and sperm.

Saiful's blood could be tested for such antibodies.

However Saiful's blood needs to be tested NOW, not later!

That is to avoid giving time for Saiful to be inoculated with Anwar's
semen and sperm to provoke antibody production to match Saiful's
testimony.

Proteins and antibodies to them are specific, they fit each other like
a key fits a lock.

If Saiful has antibodies to Anwar's semen and sperm there will be no
mistaking it.

Conversely, if there are no such antibodies in Saiful NOW, it
unmistakably means Anwar's semen and sperm was NOT in Saiful's anus
and rectum on multiple occasions over a period of time.

Another aspect of anal sex without condom is that bacteria from the
anus and rectum can enter the urethra of the insertive partner.

The bacteria can travel to the prostate gland of the insertive partner.

The prostate gland unfortunately is something of a safe haven for
bacteria, the immune system and antibiotics have a difficult time
reaching bacteria inside the prostate gland.

One effect on the prostate gland is it swells. That swelling tends to
restrict the urethra and neck of the bladder and make urination
difficult, especially it's difficult to begin urination or technically
micturition.

Guys, now when the guy at the urinal next to you struggles to start
his stream of urine flowing you can guess what he has been doing ;-).

Now what REALLY bugs SOME men with that condition is that maybe 10
minutes after they finally manage to urinate they feel urgency to
urinate again...

Guys, if you're going to bonk anally please use condom with lots of
lube, it will save you lots of grief.

Because those bacteria can remain in the prostate gland of the
insertive partner they might be detectable.

That's another aspect that could be looked into, although possibly a
match of bacteria may have less certainty, meaning be less specific,
than an antigen to antibody match.

Well, now it's time for me to pack up and leave Starbucks.

Well, not quite yet, i have to go urinate, because of the caffeine,
not because of how i bonk.

Seriously.

Goodnight,


All the things you are

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 12:45 AM PDT


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Keadilan’s Nomination Closed Today

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 12:27 AM PDT

As nomination to Parti Keadilan's election closed by noon today, the confirmed candidates list is out as follows :

President

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Deputy president

Azmin Ali
Zaid Ibrahim
Mustaffa Kamil Ayub

Vice president (4 posts)

Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid
Ansari Abdullah
Fuziah Salleh
N Gobalakrishnan
Jonson Chong
S Manikasavagam
Mansor Othman
Mohd Yahya Sahri
R Sivarasa
Tian Chua
Dr Xavier Jayakumar
Yusmadi Yusoff

Supreme council (20 posts)

Abbas Awang
Abdul Rahman Yusof
Abdul Halim Hussain
Abdul Latif A Tambi
Abdul Malik Abdul Kassim
Abdul Razak Mohamed Jalil
Abdul Wahab Ibrahim
Amran Abd Ghani
Andonny Pilit @ Anthony Biri Mandia
Animah Ferrar
Azan Ismail
Azizan Jamaludin
Azman Abidin
Bardrul Zaman PS Md Zakariah
Baharuddin Arif Zakariah
Baharuddin Arif Siri
Beti @ Mohd Said Gapor
Cheah Kah Peng
Christina Liew
Dr Mahendran V Markandoo Ahli
Dr R Krishnamoorthy
Dr Tan Kee Kwong
Elizabeth Wong
Fariz Musa 
Felicia Ling
Gurmit Singh Hullon
Haniza Talha 
Hasnah Hashim
Hassan Karim
Hee Loy Sian
Md Shah Amin
Ismail Yusop Ahli
Johari Abdul
Kamal Badri Tak M Zainudin
Khalid Jaafar
Khew Kim Poo
Ko Chu Liang
Kobappan Suppiah
Low Chee Chong
M Mathialagan
Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei
Md Yusof Saad
Mohd Nazar Mohd Yakain
Mohd Annuar Mohd Salleh
Mohd Roslan Puteh Ahli
Mohd Yatim Ismail
Muhamad Kamel Yassin
Murali Subramaniam
Mustapha Kamal Mohd Yusoff
Nik Mahmood Nik Hassan
Onn Abu Bakar
Pui Aen Du
Punusamy Govindasamy
Ravi Munusamy
Rohani Bakar
Roland Chia
Salma Ismail
Shanmugam Rengasamy
Sharifuddin Budin
Sivarasa Rasiah
Suhaimi Mohd Nor
Suraya Sudin
Syed Hamid Ali 
Tai Sing Ng Ahli
Thuraiyah Abd Aziz
Tuan Zamri Ariff Wan Salleh Wan Isa
Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Senusi
Zahari Mamat
Zainon Jaafar
Zakaria Abd Hamid
Zakaria Abdul Rahim
Zamri Yusuf

Wanita Chief

Animah Ferrar 
Suraya Sudin
Zuraida Kamaruddin

Wanita deputy chief

Rodziah Ismail

Wanita vice-chief

Aishah Lamsah
Gan Pei Nei
Haniza Talha
Noorsham Abu Samah
Salma Ismail

Youth chief

Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin
Badrul Hisham Shaharin

Youth deputy chief 

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Youth vice-chief

Rozan Azen Mat Rasip


Azmin : I Have been with Anwar for the last 26 years!

Posted: 16 Oct 2010 12:08 AM PDT


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RM1500, Harga Cita-Cita Anwar ke Putrajaya

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 11:10 PM PDT

Difahamkan bila Rasid muncul di public dengan laporan polis menafikan keikhlasan SD round pertama, kem PKR sunyi senyap untuk menyanggah perbuatan Rasid. Tidak seperti ketika Rahimi comeback…..Anwar, Kak Wan anak beranak, Saifuddin dan barisan chi-bai peguam pro-PKR tak tahu kat mana lagi nak tutup lubang penipuan.

Selama ini rakyat Malaysia dimomokan dengan siri penipuan konspirasi apabila Saiful membuat laporan polis dan Anwar terkincit lari ke kedutaan Turki. Penipuan assinated Anwar dan spining ada 4 orang AP BN hendak terjun ke dalam kem PKR sampai hari ini langsung tak muncul.

Dalam dunia maya, nama Rasid sentiasa berlegar kewujudannya. Daripada penjara hingga dibawa masuk ke rumah Anwar, Rasid adalah entiti misteri untuk diperdebatkan. Ezam, pernah bercakap mengenai Rasid dan cakap-cakap Rasid antara 'santapan' nafsu songsang Anwar juga masih menjadi misteri.

Yang diketahui, Rasid dipertemukan dengan Anwar ketika di penjara, diarahkan untuk menjadi pembantu dan menjadi 'teman' pemuas nafsu pelik Anwar.

Rasid jelaskan Anwar mempunyai kecenderungan seksual yang pelik.

Kemunculan Rasid bersama skrip kebenaran benar-benar mengejutkan. Sudah terbukti, selama kehilangan Rasid dan Rahimi membuktikan Anwar sudah 'membeli' 2 orang saksi penting ini bagi menutup kerja jijiknya.

Rahimi tidak mendedahkan sebanyak mana bayaran diterima untuk menutup mulut tetapi Rasid mendedahkan gaji bulanannya adalah sebanyak RM1,500.

Selama hampir 3 tahun, Rasid hidup dengan RM1,500 sebulan daripada PKR. Anwar membayar harga itu demi cita-citanya ke Putrajaya. Murah dan cukup hina tindakan Anwar. Bukan kerana faktor KY Jelly Rasid disimpan kemas tetapi kerana sumbangan Rasid dalam memenuhi nafsu songsang Anwar yang sangat ditakuti bila dibicarakan di mahkamah.

Terbaca satu komen pembaca blog disini tentang seorang lelaki yang turut dikatakan Rasid dalam SDnya.

lelaki misteri1
Siapa lelaki misteri ini ?

Ismail Harun atau Ismail Mat Rabi kini berumur lebih kurang 35 tahun adalah seorang penganggur yang diperkenalkan kepada Anwar Ibrahim oleh Sukma Darmawan.

Mereka bertiga dikatakan pernah melakukan seks/liwat bilik perpustakaan di rumah lama Anwar di Bukit Damansara dan juga di Tivolli Villa ketika Anwar jadi TPM. Ismail Harun dapat bayaran 200-300 ringgit setiap kali dipakai Anwar. Sukma tukang bayar.

Tak tahulah apakah mungkin Ismail ini pelacur lelaki atau tidak tetapi dia dikenali Sukma ketika sedang clubbing di kelab malam. Maklumat dalaman kata Anwar Ibrahim masih 'pakai' mamat ni selepas dia keluar dari penjara.

Kalau betul Ismail ini yang disebut oleh Rasid, terbongkar 1 lagi rahsia Anwar.

Tidak mustahil, jika dikatakan Kak Wan juga akan 'menentang arus' setelah tidak tahan dengan pendedahan demi pendedahan kegiatan jijik Anwar kepada umum.

Ini silapnya Anwar kerana tidak mematuhi seruan kerajaan.

Gunakanlah Kondom..!


Kita tunggu "mega hits" dari Tiara !

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 10:55 PM PDT

SALAM! Pada malam Khamis lepas, saya berbincang dengan tiga personaliti mengenai belanjawan 2011. Wakil NGO Datuk Halim meminta PM/Menteri Kewangan beberapa pertimbangan yang memboleh NGO bergerak dengan lebih cergas. Boss Proton Datuk Syed Zainal menyebut tentang perlunya ada insentif inovasi. Dan Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina meminta industri kreatif diberi dorongan untuk menghasilkan karya besar untuk persada dunia. Semalam, DS Najib Tun Razak menyahut semua permintaan mereka dalam ucapan belanjawannya. DS Najib sebut fasal peranan sektor korporat dalam tanggungjawab sosial; peruntukan untuk karyawan seni menghasilkan karya besar; dan insentif yang bertujuan menggalakkan inovasi dalam industri! Soalannya sekarang - sejauh mana NGO, sektor korporat dan penggerak seni akan memanfaatkan kemudahan ini? Dalam pada itu, ada juga pihak yang membuat andaian bahawa belanjawan yang DS Najib bentang itu bertujuan memancing undi! Dalam hal ini, pengkritiknya sudah diduga. Seorang pakar ekonomi dalam temubual berita akhir tv3 (Nightline), secara kebetulan ada dua pilihanraya kecil di Galas (Kelantan) dan Batu Sapi (Sabah). Pakar ekonomi itu berkata belanjawan negara melebihi itu semua dan bertujuan membina negara, tak kira samada pilihanraya atau tidak. Tetapi itulah dia - dalam dunia politik, sesiapapun akan mencari ruang untuk memenuhi hasrat dan citarasa mereka.


Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walk off The View in support of Muslims

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 09:29 PM PDT



Congratulations to Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar for sticking up to the cause of Muslims when Bill O'Reilly started to rant about '70%' of the American public not wanting the Cordoba House Islamic Center be built near Ground Zero by walking off the set of The View in disgust at Bill's tirade against Muslims!


If only more celebrities were to stand up like Whoopi and Joy in support of the Muslims of America, then Islamophobia over there would soon slowly dissipate and be a thing of the past and bring about a climate of mutual respect, peace and harmony?


Wishful thinking some might say but what's there to lose by my hope for such a reality to come into existence over there in the West?


Malaysian Muslims here are much more racist and bloody recalcitrant in opposing each other as proven by the ongoing cold war between PAS and UMNO diehards.


There are many extreme s@#$%^&*#%'s here who just stick to their hatred for each other no matter what we say or do to make peace between them!


Frankly speaking, I'm just tired of trying to make sense to both parties!


Whoopi and Joy are a breath of fresh air compared to the recalcitrant morons we have plaguing the Malaysian social, political and religious scene to this day!


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Phallic-symbolled Budget 2011?:) Rosmah is more than happu

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 09:17 PM PDT

Since a commenter at MC posited that Ms Wong Choon Mei (owner-founder of MC -- Malaysia Chronicle)and YL Chong were "one and the same person", I am going to reinfocre his/her/its perception today by reprising more GOoD articles from the almost 5-month-old news site. BTW, I befriended this veteran journalist less than A YEAR ago, but we "hit" ifit off because we have quite lots in common. I was grateful to CM when she joined a media panel at the 11th hour at BUM2010 (REF bum4msia.wordpress.com)-- YL, Desi


Saturday, October 16, 2010
Budget 2011: Remembered for phallic symbols, cheap undies
Najib's 2011 budget - a step closer to bankruptcy
Malaysia Chronicle

Prime Minister Najib Razak shocked experts and pundits with what was basically a meaningless budget that will not help Malaysia achieve anything - either reduce its ballooning debt or increase the pace of economic growth. Again, it hinges on a dozen or so mega-projects including a 100-floor skyscraper. But like the Dubai Tower, which brought about the financial collapse of the once-thriving Dubai, and in the footsepts of all other over-built and under-utilized economies, Malaysia is now a step closer to bankruptcy.


Malaysia Chronicle appends below the views it has collated from experts and also from other media.

Bankruptcy if take-up poor : When completed, there is still a gestation period. It could take decades to convince investors to return. You can have nice buildings, infrastructures but no financial, social or judicial reform, investors still won't return. If they don't, then we have white elephants and Dubai and Greece will be the outcomes.

Some of the projects include Mass Rapid Transport for KL RM 40bil; Kuala Lumpur International Finance District RM26bil; Development of RRI Land st Sungei Buloh RM 10bil; Warisan Merdeka RM5bil; Sabah eco-leisure project RM3bil. - PHS Lim, Malaysian Investors Association, Malaysia Chronicle

Phallic symbols and cheap undies: Budget 2011 will be remembered for 100-storey phallic symbols & cheap lingerie - Tony Pua (real also Tony Pua: Why are operating expenses up, development down

Malaysiakini - Twitter has also been abuzz with brickbats and bouquets on the heels of Prime Minister Najib Razak's 2011 budget speech. Here is a survey of what Malaysians are tweeting, edited for clarity.

Special gift for special someone

Teo Nie Ching (Serdang MP): Tax deduction for bags, hairspray, perfume... Najib's early Christmas present for Rosmah (Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor)?

Nasrudin Hassan (PAS Youth): The rakyat is fortunate to be able to wear imported underwear without having to pay tax. Who is going to buy undies in bulk after this? I think I know.

yahyashukor: Underwear plays an important part in achieving the objectives of the Economic Transformation Programme and the seven percent economic growth rate.

Pimo: So Budget 2011 means more Coach, Kate Spade, Miu Miu (handbags) for all? Why not free health services?

Tian Chua (Batu MP): Najib kept a secret gift for the first lady - RM111 million for Permata! What a surprise for Rosmah. Thank you, hubby! So sweet!

Mikichoo: I think the opposition are being a little bit naughty here. Everyone knows Rosmah prefers to do her shopping overseas!

FarisMuhandisu: 'Kosmahtic' budget.

100-storey tower: Outdoing Mahathir

georgettetan: Do we need another huge erection?

Fahmi Fadzil (Fairly Current Show): What would a 100-storey tower really do for the country? Oh wait, contracts.

pratamad: I suspect Najib is like Dr Mahathir - both want a retirement office on top of a skyscrapper. Dr Mahathir has got (Petronas) TwinTowers, Najib wants Warisan Merdeka.

Bumilangit: Guess how many low-cost homes can be built with that money?

strung_out80: Taking (the saying) 'the sky's the limit' a bit too seriously.

Bumilangit: I hope it won't be designed by Rosmah. But why do I think that I would be wrong?

Payrise for the lucky few

Edmund Bon (Bar Council): The crux is in increased allowance for Tok Batin. Who gives it? Where is the accountability? Is it a way to control the Orang Asli?

Amir Muhamad (Filmmaker): Imams and postmen earning RM700? It doesn't pay to seek the right path, or deliver messages in this country.

amai amai: A strategy to buy votes!

What about our future?

CKGord: Looks like EPF funds will be used for development. Hey, that one is not 'tax' money but 'our future' money!

Z4r4z4in: No increase of toll rates for the next five years for PLUS highways - there goes our EPF dividends.

IamMalaysian: RM146 mil to support oil, gas and energy and a "commitment" for green technology. Sweet.

Thumbs up

Erna Mahyuni (Writer): No mention of alcohol tax! Let's drink to that!

Some pats on the back:

Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor MP): RM500 million for re-tooling and upscaling skills. That's good, PM! Make sure there are no leakages for cronies.

Khairy Jamaluddin (Rembau MP): I'm glad suggestions by BN Youth Lab made it to the budget: first home-owner scheme, skills training, minimum wage and 1Malaysia fund.

rubus_pheonic: The 3-months maternity leave sounds great. Are all you Astro subscribers ready for the six percent service tax?

Question marks

RashidYusoff11: I waited over an hour. What's the deal with my income tax?

IreneJY: I thought they said if we don't cut down the spending we'd go bankrupt? Why the budget increase this year?

And the conclusion is …

Shahredzuan: It's an election budget!

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Budget 2011: Slammed for mega-projects, high expenses, silence on deficit


Arkosong giveth gOod food for thought!:)

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 09:01 PM PDT

Is Zaid Ibrahim in effect playing Trojan horse in PKR?
Posted on October 16, 2010, 4:40 am, by guansin, under Democracy, Malaysia, Uncategorized, politics.

DESIDERATA's Intro:




************************************* Johnny-come-lately former UMNO maverick minister who didn't toe the line Zaid Ibrahim has been making waves with his big-mouthed statements of challenges -- not thrown at the enemy like UMNO, but to fellow PKR colleagues, in his "impatient" ambition to take over party he joined up in less than TWO years. The way he flagged himself off as a potenial Prez of PKR could have worked in only he had joined the new party set up by DSAI's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail following the shocking dismissal of Anwar Ibrahim as DPM and Deputy President of UMNO by then PM Dr Mahathir Mohad in late 1999. I had voiced some reservation about Zaid myself in the initial switch to PKR, noting that he built his law company into the largest Muslim law firm in the coyuntry with loys of UMNO-linked patronage. -- YL

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The rest that follows is commentary from airkosong.com,"Thanks a million,no bucks!:)" to fellow BUMmer whose AP I assume in reproducing this analysis. --YL, Desi****************************

I love Zaid Ibrahim when he was in UMNO. Back then he showed us a man of integrity and principle, upholding good governance and rule of law. He was doing all the good things, without thinking much on position and power. (At least that's the perception we all got.) He was a Cabinet minister after all, probably the last remaining good minister in UMNO-BN block.

He earned the admiration and respect of many Malaysians, myself included. I even have a book autographed by him. When he left UMNO and eventually joined PKR, we started to build our dream, that one fine man in Zaid Ibrahim will rise through the rank and eventually become a minister in a Pakatan government. And he would help to steer Malaysia back to the right path and rebuild the nation that never existed. How wrong was I.

I am not a PKR member. But through my involvement with The Movement for the last 3 years, I have probably done fair amount of work for it that I feel something for the party. Many people have similar emotion like mine, feeling strongly of what PKR stands for and fight for. But some of us start to forget the PKR we knew from the beginning: A PKR of Anwar Ibrahim leading the Reformasi momentum, a PKR of Tian Chua fighting tyranny on the street fearlessly, a PKR of Irene Fernandez defending the voiceless in Malaysia, a PKR of Sivarasa pursuing human right cases in court, and so on and so forth. Not that I am arguing for the party to return to the days of being a tiny opposition party. But those pre-2008 leaders did not focus their energy and time on power and positions. Surely they had differences in opinion, but they addressed them through the proper channels internally.

Then came the Tsunami in 2008. We had a bunch of 'accidental MPs'. Some of them are genuine to serve and probably bright enough too, but the rest we know what we have. Overall, they did behave, all within the tolerable and acceptable range of manner.

Then came Zaid joining the party. A memorable milestone that was, with the party leader Anwar welcoming him in a press conference. No sooner he played his role as what Zaid Ibrahim was – a maverick that does not mince his words but just speaks the truth, so-called. Through various public statements, he certainly stepped on various party leaders' toes, most probably unintentionally. Still, all well and good as what he said was mostly sound policies and genuine suggestions to strengthen the party and Pakatan. In a way, he added dynamism and diversity to the leadership of PKR. Using my good friend Nat Tan's iPhone/Android analogy, Zaid added to the openness of PKR, like what Android has over iPhone.

Then came the Pemilihan 2010. "All hell breaks loose" is unfortunately the accurate description. Various opportunists became restless and noisy. What they see is not an opportunity to offer their ideas and service to strengthen the party further, but an opportunity for power in Putrajaya post-GE13. Noisy indeed that outsiders of Malaysian politics may mistake PKR to be the ruling party, that its outcome would affect the direction of the country.

All was still fine and good. Zaid put himself up for contest of the deputy presidency early enough. And some of those 'accidental MPs' as well as some 'accidental leaders' (meaning those who have yet proven themselves in leadership but in leadership positions) started to make noises, ranging from engaging in shouting matches in public, to making allegations of invisible force wanting to shut them out of the contest. In summary, they wanted us to believe them as victims and outsiders of the party. Sympathy seems to be their only weapon in the absence of any tangible leadership offerings they have. Sigh.

Zaid was no exception. He went even further, letting his name appearing in various slandering articles against the party and its current leadership (isn't he part of it?), all conspicuously published through a single media outlet called Free Malaysia Today. His posturing started to look clumsy and weird. And he even broke the conventional wisdom by using UMNO-controlled media for his campaign. That's fatal and bad judgment indeed.

My 'enough is enough' moment came when he made his 'seven requests' publicly. Those 'requests' are plainly sensible and reasonable. The problem is, he should not make them through the media. I call that a childish act. It's almost like shouting across the street to complain against your neighbourhood grocery store. Just walk over and talk to the store owner nicely. The truth is, Zaid is part of the party leadership. He is an insider. He is a member of the powerful politburo of the party, for goodness' sake! Again, not using the right channel has lost him all credibility in this case.

By now it is clear that the Zaid campaign wants to paint a picture of David vs. Goliath in the deputy presidency race, and Zaid as the David against Azmin Ali the Goliath. I don't believe that Zaid himself is intentionally out to destroy the party, although the people around him may be so. In other words, he has unknowingly subjected himself to the poisons around him. Such a bad judgement on his part.

Speculation aside, his behavior through the 'seven requests' has proved that he is a disaster to any team or organisation. Perhaps he has overstayed his maverick self and failed to mature as an effective, dependable leader. If you have worked a few years in a sizeable corporate environment, you would appreciate the importance of interpersonal skill and proper communication. An effective boss does not get things done simply by shouting his/her demands to the subordinates. Getting the buy-in through dialogues and even persuasion is not uncommon.

Why then would a wise Zaid expect things to operate differently in the organisation called PKR? Having repeatedly showed himself as a consistent maverick, failing to step out and join the leader-ship, he has helped us see through him, that he is not fit to be a consensus builder, an effective leader. He shall remain good as someone who shouts from across the street, not realising that even the neighbourhood minimarts nowadays have a feedback box as their proper communication channel.

Since that's established, all that he is doing during the campaign is painful and destructive to the party. That's exactly what a planted Trojan horse would want to do. Is Zaid Ibrahim in effect playing Trojan horse in PKR? You bet.

Painful it may be, at least the Pemilihan 2010 has achieved one of its goals: help us pick the right leaders. So, just swallow the pain and rise above the clarity. Shall we?


Chua: A Budget designed to sustain economic growth

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 06:32 PM PDT

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has described the Budget as a good one that will sustain economic growth for many years to come.

He, however, noted the impact of a slowdown among Malaysia's major trading partners, including the United States, the European Union and Japan.

"This will affect us badly if they are actually facing a recession," he said after attending the SJK(C) Pui Teh Teachers Day celebration here yesterday.

Dr Chua, in welcoming the setting up of the Wage Council to implement a minimum wage, said it was timely as a depressed wage system would not augur well for the country's competitiveness.

Nevertheless, it was disappointing that issues on foreign workers were not addressed, he said.

Dr Chua said the goods and services tax (GST) ought to be implemented in order to widen the revenue base.

He said there was also the need to rationalise subsidies, particularly for oil, gas and electricity.

On Chinese education, Dr Chua said the RM250mil allocation in development expenditure for religious, Chinese, Tamil, mission and government-assisted schools was less than expected.

"We (MCA) are disappointed as we were thinking of about RM150mil a year (for Chinese schools alone)."

Regarding the 100-storey 1Merdeka building, Dr Chua said details were yet to be made available.

"Hopefully, it will not become a white elephant,'' he added.

THE STAR (Saturday October 16, 2010)


蔡細歷:沒太大不同‧預算案撙節減赤字

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 06:27 PM PDT

(吉隆坡15日訊)馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷認為,明年度財政預算案跟今年的預算案沒有太大分別,而撙節措施必須落實的;因為只有這樣,才能減低預算案的赤字。

他說,目前為止,還沒有看到任何轉型計劃,以擴大國家經濟收入來源,而單靠有限的石油及天然氣非長遠之計。

"我不敢說減少開銷是一件好事,但是必須要做的事,才能減低赤字。"

開放領域仍不足夠

他是針對2011年財政預算案發表看法時說,財政預算案是一年的經濟計劃,而要達到高收入目標,經濟體系必須要有不同的作風。因此,大馬必須推行更開放的經濟政策,而首相拿督斯里納吉所宣佈的開放領域仍不足夠。

他指出,除了首相宣佈的12個國家關鍵成效領域,也應逐步開放其它領域。

"整個國家發展是依靠私人界來帶動,若要讓大家對政府有信心,政府的政策必須要透明化及民主,投資者才有信心。"

他表示,要達到6%經濟成長率,大馬每年必須要有至少1千億令吉的投資額,其中至少60%是來自私人界。

認同調整津貼措施

他也認同政府調整津貼措施,並認為越來越多人瞭解與接受重整津貼,因為國家收入未增加,國家開銷又提高的情況下,國家經濟是處於非常不利的局面。

提到成立的國家最低薪金制理事會,蔡細歷說,馬華一向爭取制定最低薪金制,尤其服務業、工業及需要技術的領域,因此,這項宣佈是適時的,並希望能逐步在更多傾城制定最低薪金制。

星洲日報‧2010.10.15


Damning letter: Can the big shots remain mum?

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 07:57 AM PDT

By Lim Kit Siang

COMMENT Ex-top cop Mat Zain Ismail's open letter is testimony that the criminal justice system had further deteriorated after 2005 Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission report.

When the commission submitted its final report in May 2005, it said that Malaysia's reputation as a safe country was "seriously dented" by the "dramatic increase" in the incidence of crime in the past few years and that "Malaysians in general, the business sector and foreign investors grew increasingly concerned with the situation".

The commission warned that "if the trend continues, there would be major social and economic consequences for Malaysia". The commission was referring to the "dramatic increase" in the crime index from 121,176 cases in 1997 to 156,455 cases in 2004, which registered an increase of 29% in eight years.

As a result, the commission proposed a sustained nationwide drive against crime "until crime levels have reached a point considered no longer alarming", with an immediate target of "a minimum 20% decrease in crimes" in all categories of crime within the first 12 months after the report.

Instead of achieving the commission's target of reducing the intolerably high incidence of crime of 156,455 cases in 2004 by 20% in 12 months (that is, 125,164 cases), the reverse took place.

In the seven years from 1997 to 2004, crime index increased by 29%, but in the four years from 2004 to 2008 crime index increased by 35.5% – breaking the 200,000 mark since 2007.

Red ink in the report card


Recently, both Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had made great play about the successful NKRA on crime reduction, claiming that there has been a drastic drop in the crime rate particularly in street crime with improvement of the crime index since January this year.

However, up and down the country, ordinary Malaysians do not feel this dividend of fall of crime index in their daily lives as they do not feel comparatively safer in the streets, public places or privacy of their homes as compared to previous years.

In fact, the continued mushrooming of gated and guarded communities in the country is most eloquent proof of the failure of the police force in the country to discharge its most basic duty – to ensure that Malaysians, visitors, tourists and investors enjoy the two fundamental rights to be free from crime and the fear of crime.

In its 2005 report, the Dzaiddin Royal Commission made 125 recommendations to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service focused on three core functions – to keep crime low, to eradicate corruption and to uphold human rights.

Five years have passed. Have we progressed or regressed in the overall objective of the commission report to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service capable of performing the three core functions to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights?

In my view, the police report card based on the commission report is in red ink as there is regression instead of progress in all the three police core functions to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights.

But this is not only the view of Malaysians outside the police force but also that of independent, dispassionate and objective former officers of the police force.

Mat Zain's open letter

In this regard, I refer to the open letter by former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain, which is powerful testimony that the criminal justice system had worsened after the 2005 commission report.

Mat Zain was the police officer who headed the initial investigation into the 1998 case of Anwar Ibrahim's "black eye" assault while in police custody in Bukit Aman and recommended that the then inspector-general of police, Rahim Noor, be prosecuted for criminal assault against Anwar, but his recommendation was ignored until a Royal Commission of Inquiry was subsequently set up resulting Rahim being found guilty and sentenced to two months' jail.

Mat Zain recounted in his open letter when referring to the investigation into Anwar's "black-eye" assault case in 1998, that he had to decide at the time whether to salvage the honour of PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police Forece) or that of Rahim and he decided with sadness to propose that Rahim, whom he had the highest respect as a leader, a colleague and family friend, be prosecuted under Section 323 of the Penal Code.

Mat Zain wrote the open letter to Kalsom Taib, wife and biographer of Shafee Yahaya, former head of the Anti-Corruption Agency, in response to questions asked in her book about police investigations into allegations against former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for abuse of power in June 1998 in ordering a halt to corruption investigations against Ali Abul Hassan Sulaiman, head of the Economic Planning Unit. Mat Zain was the officer in charge of investigations into the allegations.

Mat Zain was also the officer responsible for the investigations into the four police reports lodged by Anwar from July 9, 1999 to Aug 20, 1999 when in Sungai Buloh prison on abuses of power and obstruction of the process of justice directed against Mahathir, the then attorney-general, the late Mohtar Abdullah, current Attorney-General Gani Patail as well as reports of corruption and abuses of power against Daim Zainuddin, Rafidah Aziz, Abdul Rahim Thamby Cik and the late Eric Chia.

Mat Zain revealed in his open letter that he had written in May this year to (IGP) Ismail Omar, then deputy IGP and to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for a review of the investigations into the false evidence produced against Anwar in the "black eye" assault case of 1998 "to protect the credibility, impartiality and image of the of PDRM which had been seriously affected since 2006".

Mat Zain made the very serious allegation that former IGP Musa Hassan and Gani had allowed fabricated evidence in the Anwar "black eye" assault case and must be held responsible for the current mess of the criminal justice system.

Mat Zain asked in the open letter: "Apa sudah jadi dengan Sistem Keadilan Jenayah kita?….Siapa yang sepatutnya dipersalahkan? Siapa yang menyebabkan Sistem Keadilan Jenayah kita menjadi kucar kacir sehinggakan sesiapa juga boleh mempermain-mainkannya tanpa takut kepada sebarang tindakan dan hukuman undang-undang? Saya tidak teragak-agak untuk menyatakan bahawa keadaan ini berpunca daripada 'precedent' yang dibuat oleh Tan Sri Gani Patail dan Tan Sri Musa Hassan sendiri."

Can Gani, Musa or even Hishammuddin and IGP Ismail keep mum on this most incriminating and devastating open letter by a former top cop?

(The above was a speech delivered by DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang at a forum on Thursday night).

Also read:

Gani and Musa messed up justice system, says ex-CID chief





Under-mining the Malaysian way

Posted: 15 Oct 2010 07:45 AM PDT

By Patrick Lee

COMMENT In the grand scheme of things, it would appear that everything happens for a reason. Even accidents involving a group of Chileans, who unexpectedly found out that it wasn't all that exciting to be under a (lot of) rock for a couple of weeks.

For one, it can get rather boring after the first five "I spy with my little eye" games.

Now imagine if such an accident were to take place in our part of the world, where early mining expeditions usually included very eager Chinese Kapitans.

But to all intents and purposes, picture a modern-day expedition taking place seven hundred metres under the surface of the idyllic Kinta Valley, which is normally known for having quite a bit of rock.

People go through a lot of trouble to getting a bit of rock deep below the earth back to the surface. Just ask Lillian Too, who paints many of these rocks in funny colours before selling them to Chinese businessmen.

And it just so happens that a few Malaysians happened to find themselves (through no fault of their own) trapped underneath all that rock, with nothing but a few boxes of Maggi mee and no Astro to keep them company for the next two months.

It is an emergency of the highest order, but nothing happens. Yet. Like nearly every major action that has ever been made in recent years, it will have to wait for the writing of a police report.

Most men on the street underestimate the power of a police report. They scoff at it, thinking it a waste of paper. How wrong they are.

Contrary to popular opinion, having a police report in your hand has about the same effect that Charleton Heston had when he showed the Israelites his copy of Ten Commandments way back in the 1950s.

Power but no direction

If anyone tells you that a police report has no power, they are lying and are only jealous because they don't have one themselves.

Governments who once had their hands tied behind their back can now be spurred into action through the producing of a single police report.

But even a police report may not be enough. It has power, but does not have direction.

To put things into metaphors, the police report is a car, while the memorandum is the road, and the cow that gets knocked down a mile later while crossing that road is the serious problem.

After the memorandum is sent to the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet will then have a meeting and will discuss on the course of action to take, which usually results in the forming of a task force.

Because of the multi-faceted nature of the problem (and because there is no Ministry of Mining), many departments will have to be involved.

For starters, because the problem takes place within the land itself, the Land Office will no doubt have to be notified. As the miners' health will be taken into account, the Ministry of Health will have to tag along.

And of course, the Ministry of Works will have to be included, because at the end of the day, what good is an operation if nothing works?

The task force will then have to comprise a set number of personnel from all the departments (possibly 200 people). They will also have to be filled with members of every race within the Peninsula for muhibbah purposes as well.

Once it comes together, the task force will have to be trained in order to face the difficult problem ahead. This usually comes in the form of week-long conference/seminar trips to other countries that are commonly associated with mines such as China and Vietnam; although the latter tends to deal with a different sort of mine.

1MalaysiaCapsule

After learning all that there is to mines, the task force will then be ready to begin the rescue. Following Chile's example, a capsule capable of being lowered into the ground will have to be made.

As a symbol of national pride, it has to be made in Malaysia, even if most of the parts come from Japan. After being constructed by a GLC, it will then be named as the 1MalaysiaCapsule, usually because there is only enough time for just one to be made.

While the 1MalaysiaCapsule is being crafted, the site will be monitored by all sorts of parties and observers. Though the Ramly burger stand will be there well before the police.

The Malaysian Book of Records will also make an appearance, because it will be the first time a Malaysian has been stuck seven hundred metres under the earth.

Many a stirring speech will be made by politicians at the site. Even a performance by Siti Nurhaliza with a number of "Di Bawah Tanah Airku" (for supposedly morale purposes).

The only people who won't allowed to be there will be the candlelight vigillers, because they don't do anything else except sing the national anthem over and over again and get in everyone's way.

Assuming that the rescue completes without a hitch, celebrations will be in great supply. Every miner rescued will be have their hands shaken by the PM, DPM, FPM* and FDPM** respectively.

* Uninvited
** Uninvited and will probably be escorted away in a Black Maria

Banners will be made and hung from buildings everywhere. A few survivors will become Datuks, while political analysts will excitedly proclaim that snap elections will be just around the corner.

And everyone will live happily ever after

But assuming that none of it goes as planned, and everything goes very, very wrong, nearly everyone important will disappear faster than a buffet at a minister's Raya open house.

The only people left in the area will be the Opposition, who will then make many memorandums and police reports, making many inroads and knocking down many crossing cows in the process.

Unfortunately for the Opposition, police reports can only be effectively used once per every situation, much like an LRT ticket or a Statutory Declaration.

Although calls for a Royal Commission of Inquiry will be made, a less-than-monarchical inquest will be given because the people asking for the inquiry are usually anything but royal.

During the inquest, a foreign mining expert may be given the opportunity to give their theory on what went wrong. However, this theory may not be regarded highly, with the defence asking the expert to mine their own business.

And like every inquiry/inquest/trial, it will soon be forgotten, and everyone will also live happily ever after.



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