Saturday, October 9, 2010

By-election in Sabah

By-election in Sabah


By-election in Sabah

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 03:56 PM PDT

 
KOTA KINABALU: Batu Sapi Member of Parliament Edmund Chong, 54, was killed in a
road accident Saturday (Oct 9, 2010). He was reportedly riding a high-powered
motorcycle along Jalan Coastal, Tanjung Aru, at 11.40am on a highway in the city
when he crashed into an oncoming car.
Chong, who is a consultant engineer by profession, leaves a wife, Linda Tsen
Thau Lin, 54, and four children -- three daughters and a son, aged between 13
and 23. Two of his children are studying abroad.

He was the treasurer-general of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and the party's
Elopura division head. He is a consultant engineer by profession.

Chong, who was born in Sandakan, became an MP after winning the parliamentary
seat of Batu Sapi uncontested in the 2004 general election.

Meanwhile, Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP Ahmad Sofi Zakaria said Chong's body
was taken the to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, according to a Bernama report.

"We are investigating. Preliminary investigation revealed a dent on the right
side of the Mercedes (car) due to a collision," he said when contacted.

Ahmad Sofi said the driver of the car was slightly injured.'A committed leader'
Putatan MP Marcus Mojigoh said he and Chong were to have travelled together
tomorrow to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Dewan Rakyat session beginning Monday.

Chong was returning to his house in Taman Likas Jaya from the Kota Kinabalu
International Airport after buying his flight ticket when the accident happened,
he told reporters at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"I was told he went to the airport to get his ticket. We were supposed to leave
for KL tomorrow together. I believe he wanted to stay at the Legend Hotel where
I am also going to put up.

"I did not think this will happen. I had advised him to be careful (when riding
the motorcycle). We have all lost a friend and will miss him," said Marcus, who
was almost in tears.

Marcus, who is the treasurer-general of Upko (United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun
Murut Organisation), said Chong was a collector of motorcycles. "It was his
hobby. He has got a few motorbikes," he said.

Sabah Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Yee Moh Chai, who
is from the PBS, said Chong's death was felt not only by the family but also by
the people of Batu Sapi.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and Sandakan MP Liew Vui
Keong said Chong was well respected by the people of Batu Sapi and Sandakan.

"He also carried out his work efficiently as chairman of the Commercial Vehicle
Licensing Board (LPKP) Sabah, which comes under my purview in the Prime
Minister's Department.

"It is a great loss to Sandakan, to Sabah and to the nation. At this moment, my
thoughts are with his wife and the family who, I pray, will find strength and
solace to carry on at this very difficult time of theirs," he said.

A tragic loss

PBS deputy president Maximus Ongkili described Chong as a principled, dignified
politician.

He said Chong was once tempted with "millions of ringgit" to cross over to
another party but declined the offer.

Ongkili said Chong was one of the key PBS assemblymen who provided unfailing
support and stability for the reinvention of the party during the post-1994 era.

"It's a tragic loss for the PBS, the Barisan Nasional and Sabah. In executing
his duties as an elected representative, he spoke with boldness and sincerity
regarding the rights and needs of his constituents.

"Sometimes, his words were not palatable to some friends and colleagues but he
always meant well. He was a great personal friend, although at times we had to
agree to disagree on certain issues in politics," he said.

Ongkili said Chong would be deeply missed by his loving family, comrades in the
PBS and colleagues in Parliament.

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman described Chong's death as a great loss for the
people and state of Sabah.

"He was a dedicated and committed leader in discharging his responsibilities as
the Member of Parliament for Batu Sapi," he told reporters when approached at
Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Musa, who is the State Barisan Nasional chairman, said he and his family
extended condolences to Chong's family and PBS.

PBS president Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who was also at the hospital, said: "It's
very sad for the state and the country, especially PBS. He was my close friend."

"It is something which I never thought would happen. I pray all the time that
nothing like this would happen.

"Chong, as an MP and the party's treasurer-general, had always been concerned
about the future of the country and the state," he said, adding that they last
met during the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) open day here on
Thursday.


By-election in Sabah.

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 03:48 PM PDT

KOTA KINABALU: Batu Sapi Member of Parliament Edmund Chong, 54, was killed in a
road accident Saturday (Oct 9, 2010). He was reportedly riding a high-powered
motorcycle along Jalan Coastal, Tanjung Aru, at 11.40am on a highway in the city
when he crashed into an oncoming car.
Chong, who is a consultant engineer by profession, leaves a wife, Linda Tsen
Thau Lin, 54, and four children -- three daughters and a son, aged between 13
and 23. Two of his children are studying abroad.

He was the treasurer-general of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and the party's
Elopura division head. He is a consultant engineer by profession.

Chong, who was born in Sandakan, became an MP after winning the parliamentary
seat of Batu Sapi uncontested in the 2004 general election.

Meanwhile, Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP Ahmad Sofi Zakaria said Chong's body
was taken the to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, according to a Bernama report.

"We are investigating. Preliminary investigation revealed a dent on the right
side of the Mercedes (car) due to a collision," he said when contacted.

Ahmad Sofi said the driver of the car was slightly injured.'A committed leader'
Putatan MP Marcus Mojigoh said he and Chong were to have travelled together
tomorrow to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Dewan Rakyat session beginning Monday.

Chong was returning to his house in Taman Likas Jaya from the Kota Kinabalu
International Airport after buying his flight ticket when the accident happened,
he told reporters at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"I was told he went to the airport to get his ticket. We were supposed to leave
for KL tomorrow together. I believe he wanted to stay at the Legend Hotel where
I am also going to put up.

"I did not think this will happen. I had advised him to be careful (when riding
the motorcycle). We have all lost a friend and will miss him," said Marcus, who
was almost in tears.

Marcus, who is the treasurer-general of Upko (United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun
Murut Organisation), said Chong was a collector of motorcycles. "It was his
hobby. He has got a few motorbikes," he said.

Sabah Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Yee Moh Chai, who
is from the PBS, said Chong's death was felt not only by the family but also by
the people of Batu Sapi.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and Sandakan MP Liew Vui
Keong said Chong was well respected by the people of Batu Sapi and Sandakan.

"He also carried out his work efficiently as chairman of the Commercial Vehicle
Licensing Board (LPKP) Sabah, which comes under my purview in the Prime
Minister's Department.

"It is a great loss to Sandakan, to Sabah and to the nation. At this moment, my
thoughts are with his wife and the family who, I pray, will find strength and
solace to carry on at this very difficult time of theirs," he said.

A tragic loss

PBS deputy president Maximus Ongkili described Chong as a principled, dignified
politician.

He said Chong was once tempted with "millions of ringgit" to cross over to
another party but declined the offer.

Ongkili said Chong was one of the key PBS assemblymen who provided unfailing
support and stability for the reinvention of the party during the post-1994 era.

"It's a tragic loss for the PBS, the Barisan Nasional and Sabah. In executing
his duties as an elected representative, he spoke with boldness and sincerity
regarding the rights and needs of his constituents.

"Sometimes, his words were not palatable to some friends and colleagues but he
always meant well. He was a great personal friend, although at times we had to
agree to disagree on certain issues in politics," he said.

Ongkili said Chong would be deeply missed by his loving family, comrades in the
PBS and colleagues in Parliament

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman described Chong's death as a great loss for the
people and state of Sabah.

"He was a dedicated and committed leader in discharging his responsibilities as
the Member of Parliament for Batu Sapi," he told reporters when approached at
Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Musa, who is the State Barisan Nasional chairman, said he and his family
extended condolences to Chong's family and PBS.

PBS president Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who was also at the hospital, said: "It's
very sad for the state and the country, especially PBS. He was my close friend."

"It is something which I never thought would happen. I pray all the time that
nothing like this would happen.

"Chong, as an MP and the party's treasurer-general, had always been concerned
about the future of the country and the state," he said, adding that they last
met during the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) open day here on
Thursday.


Bernard Khoo and harismibrahim their Street Creditblity has vanished into thin air! both has no right to speak on our behalf the taxidriver

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 02:48 PM PDT

So many of you have expressed concerns that the third force that I and others speak of will work in BN's favour.

The thirdforce cartel think tanks have gone bonkers.masterwordsmith-unplugged's paranoid threat preception So
Sometimes alliance parties find it convenient to simulate conflict, but this is public posturing to satisfy populist opinion before an election. Raja Petra and Harris Ibrahim are the new templates of posture-politics.

 

A third force will cause three-corner contests in the next GE, delivering the seat to BN, some of you fear.

A third force will dilute the strength of Pakatan, one or two have suggested.

I have tried to allay those concerns in an earlier post, 'Do we go with a third force? Let me walk you through this', but I appear to have failed.

Maybe RPK can put your fears to rest.


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texted Nurul and asked her to go for Deputy President. This was her reply:

You present me with a tough predicament

Let's help her through this predicament. As such I am inviting you bloggers to join me as BLOGGERS FOR NURUL and have the above image posted on your sidebar. I have chosen these bloggers:

 

 

Those who proposed the formation of a third force on the excuse that KeADILan and Pakatan are weak or ineffective or are purporting to expose its weaknesses to champion the formation of a third force are in fact employing the same tactics used against PBS. These tactics are part of political manipulation. This tactic is commonly referred to as creating a "controlled opposition". This is where the opposition to a party is infiltrated and manipulated until it is taken over and used as a foil to the benefit of the subverting party. It operates either by making a caricature of the opposing party through antics and scandals or by channeling popular opposition to an ultimately futile and demoralizing direction.

 

In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true, from poisonous herbs extract the healing dew. – Alexander Pope

 

political thinktanks are basically bodies that tank up a poilitical's thinking, if such a process as 'thinking' can be applied to such thoughtless bodies as politician. The buzz around the countryside is that there will be no human tampering with natural honeybee 'honey', which in this country, was last tasted by you when you were named or baptized. That it was probably so, was because religious compulsions saw that the correct one was procured, since honey has ceremonial value in almost all religions. There was some regulation too, with a government seal called 'Agmark', which somehow was pushed into oblivion by the private brands.

 

There have to be reasons why there is stress at purity on this commodity when a certain percentage of additives, contaminants, even adulterants, pass regulation. Is honey going to be the next mega IPO at the stock market, does it have some role for politicial terrorists as glycerin has, is it the next sweetener to be served with the mandatory bitter pill by the powers that be, or has it something to do with the Mingguan Malaysia ?

 

I can remotely associate it with a rather unknown incident of a katak , who had to pull out because he tested positive for dope. Since he strongly pleaded innocence, and since the village strongman was his uncle, the blame was finally pinned on to the cow which was on steroids to give out the milk of human sternness. It was then thought, that honey, being essential for all Indians, including wrestlers, who want to live long and broad, should not bring further shame, if extraneous ingredients were detected in the bodies of those who consumed it.

 

Bees, in this country are actually not the sort of nuisance as mosquitoes. None have been caught for frequenting flowers grown on unnatural nutrients or growth factors that make flower nectar more addictive, or give a mood-elevating effect to the overworked 'worker' bees. In this context, let me share with you that a friend in sainik farms has a habit of emptying the last few ounces of his 'blue label' on the flower beds. His farm invariably gets some prize or the other every year. One wonders whether the sealed single malt bottles have a design of distribution among the judges, to bring about such consistent results.

 

Bees do sting like hell, but that is a cuddle compared with the ubiquitous mosquito, who like the politician can breed on any brew, and then pass on the organisms to the population. One only realizes when the body starts heating up and the lab tells you that the platelets are falling. The costs work out roughly to a rupee per platelet purchased, so the bill could notch up to a couple of lack in the up market 'non-cashless' health clubs. Money, is certainly not about honey, honey!

 

Honestly, natural honey is far superior to the crystallized cane juice, called sugar. First, it is readily accepted for absorption without provoking much gastric activity. It has matching acidity, and leaves less than half a per cent residue. It has minerals in traces, and anti-oxidants, that are firmly believed to enhance longevity as believed by conventional as well as all non-conventional medicine. Containing the desirable monosaccharide as fructose and glucose, it hardly has any water content. That makes it an antiseptic/antibiotic base for ointments that can hold the deadly resistant variety of staphylococcus at bay. For these organisms it works as a sweet poison.

 

True honey is never a culture medium for microorganisms. The traditional way to test it is to make it run on a knife blade, where it shows continuous flow, and finally when it drops, should form a bead, due to its adequate surface tension. The scientific method is by nuclear magnetic resonance, an application variant of the indispensable investigation called the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

 

A beehive is a place where a management aspirant can write a thesis. It runs as a large mutual fund. Lacs of 'worker' bees keep filling and refining their portfolios in wax cells by multiple processes of 'regurgitations and additions' till the optimum quality and quantity is reached. There is just one boss – the queen bee. It is well respected, not necessarily because it has the worst sting. There are a few others, their job being that of fertilization. Bees never get friendly with the handlers, so the sort of attire for a bee worker is still something in the order of an Indian politician. Thick cloth or 'khadi' all over, with a padded Nehru jacket, and head, face and eye cover. The same would protect against the mosquitoes too.

 

I still don't know why purity in 'honey' is a national campaign, when there are not enough bees, and mosquitoes breed unchecked. Bears like it, but the sort of Winnie the Poohs. Bulls probably never frequent a beehive. The sugar and liquor lobbies may even be averse.

 

 

 

 

 

Ii have shared in several interviews and made suggestions on Parti Keadilan Rakyat's future leadership, but many of the enthusiastic responses made in mainstream and alternative media have not focused on them.

Zaid Ibrahim,
1. You have proven to be a grave dissapointment to the rakyat !
2. You are arrogant & beyond rapproach.
3. What Dr. Farish Noor said is true- if you do not know how to work as a team player, GET THE FUCK OUT OF POLITICS !
Be an NGO.
4. In Islam, you have failed to uplift the principal camaraderie of politicking : live in a JAMAAH. Even Rasullullah SAW consults the sahabah. He never whacked his companions in the public when the Khulafak ArRasyiddin make mistakes, say the wrong thing etc.
5. You are a cocky bastard ! Why ? Because , you think you got money. And many leaders in PKR are not as rich as you are. You think just because you can build the largest law firm in SEA, makes you a cut above the rest ? You are wrong .
6. You do not carry the grassroots aspiration- out of nowhere , like jummping out of an airplane, you parachuted into PKR. If leaders in PKR are so bad & power crazy, why in the world you are entrusted with many important party posts now ? Have you languish in jail, have you been kicked like dogs ? Have your family or wife been slandered for philandering ?
7. Azmin is a good. He is seen as a strong Malay grassroots man. When DSAI goes to jail again, Azmin will be the glue to the kg. Malays other than PAS. Not you. You are a Malay bourgeoise. Your circle of freinds are predominantly Chinese & Indians- absolutely nothing wrong with that. But no matter what your dreams of what a new Msia should be, racial politics is here to stay, albeit , gravely sad that is will stay that way until the kg generations bite the dust.
8. Yes, Azmin WILL make a beter PKR leader for now.
9. Work with him. I know Azmin "tak tamak". But you are ! Contribute based on each of your strengths. Not pinning each other down.
10. You CANNOT be. A leader if you are seen as a DIVISIVE character. You should be inclusive.
11. In Politics, you cannot be 100% right all the time and others 100% wrong all the time. Kau aje betul , semua orang salah !
12. FYI, I am not even a member of PKR & I don't even know Azmin or Anwar in person. But I have read their sirah perjuangan & istiwamah. Islamic in nature. And they are consistent about it ! But you are not !
13. Said, you surround yourself with VERY2 BAD advisers, SCW , and that chinaman PR guy. Jeffry kitingan , these are opportunists who are riding on your liberal views to get what they want !
14. Hiduplah Cara berjemaah. Which you don't ! Consult ahlul agama , Haron Din, Abdul Hadi ,Nik Aziz, other alims overseas etc , are alims you should berdamping dengan. Look at Cara hidup mereka, enough to teach you about integrity & morality.
15. Change your style. Be humble. Hidup berjamaah in politics. Don't destroy PKR. Don't destroy PR with your arrogance , "aku seorang je betul" attitude. Dengar & terima nasihat orang.
16. Anwar, Syed Husin, Azmin , are nice people. Good practising Muslims.
Wassalam.
Dr. Belwael.

As I have reiterated in earlier statements and in other interviews, Pemilihan 2010 is a landmark occasion for the country and for the party, and is a platform for us to deliver on the promises at the last general elections. Many party leaders have not addressed this, and have proven themselves to be narrow-minded and misguided by focusing on petty issues.

 

Any political pundit worth his or her salt ought to be able to see the larger picture, as I have offered myself to provide leadership based on sound policies and principles. There can be no formidable Pakatan Rakyat if PKR does not move on from being a party consistently dealing with internal issues.

 

With that, I draw your attention to an article by Joceline Tan in her October 8 commentary in The Star. The gist of her article: My campaign is uninspiring, far from visionary, and that I have been making so many boo-boos that Azmin can 'sit pretty' and claim his trophy effortlessly. She also described me as a loose cannon and said that many are astonished at the many controversial statements I had made.

 

She first said that I have alienated party leaders. But consider that the statements made and first shots fired by the party leaders are humiliating not only for me, but also for the party. Perhaps Tan does not remember these accusations. There is the press conference with the so called 20 MPs, their labeling of me as being untested, the questioning of my loyalty and contributions to Pakatan Rakyat, the allegations that I am a 'Trojan Horse' and frontman for businessmen and the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO)!

 

All these only prove my point above; when is PKR going to evolve into a party that is forward thinking and able to offer sound policies to the rakyat? Is this the kind of leadership we have to offer our political partners in Pakatan? I would like to see them debate on issues, on policies and principles, not my loyalty and so-called inexperience as those are for the members to decide.

 

Further in her analysis of my various missteps, she judged that my blog entry was not a smart move because it would upset Anwar since (according to her) that analogy was one of the more awkward aspects of Anwar's ambitions in UMNO. There were definite instructions from higher ups not to nominate me, and Tan would have discovered for herself if she visited various Cabangs. I was not comparing my fate to Ghafar Baba's. The crux of my message, if Tan read my blog thoroughly, is that the incident should serve as a reminder to PKR not to emulate the UMNO culture.

 

She also described the interview with Mingguan Malaysia as my biggest 'sin'. To me, it does not make a difference whether Mingguan Malaysia interviewed me or not. Let us consider this: would I be embraced with kindness and have all my 'sins' forgiven by these leaders had I joined the boycott of the newspaper? The answer is no. So, Joceline Tan, unless you can offer an exclusive with The Star, I have the right to share my message to publications who want to carry them, be it in print or online. The readers of Utusan are members of the Malaysian public. It is my belief that Keadilan should make itself available to all media outlets in the interest of the rakyat.

 

Before the nominations started, I said that I would give way to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. That is true, because I had conveyed exactly that to him in person. But he did not seem sure at the time and he received so few nominations compared to me, hence I thought he did not want to compete. Surely Tan does not expect me to ignore the wishes of almost 40 Cabangs who wanted me to contest, just because journalists like her brand me a 'flip flop'?

 

Now, about my offer to withdraw if Nurul Izzah joins the race. This is not a 'flip flop'. I know the leaders in the party do not want me, but it is the wishes of the rank and file of the party that I serve for. So, if Nurul takes up that position, I am willing to offer her my assistance. I am being consistent in endorsing Nurul Izzah as I see in her a candidate who shares the same values and ideals.

 

I am not looking for excuses to stay in the race. I am a magnanimous person and positions do not mean everything to me. This is based on my track record, which I have proven many times.

 

Most politicians have predictable behavioral patterns and familiar political values we are accustomed to. Many journalists may not be familiar with politicians who march to the different beat. Don't be too hasty to judge me or to belittle my effort.

 

My campaign strategy is simple: I have and will continue to truthfully explain to PKR members what I think are the real challenges we are facing and how we need to overcome them so that we can present to the people of Malaysia a political future worthy of their support. If in doing so I alienate some leaders or suffer ridicule in the hands of serious writers such as Ms Tan, I am prepared for that.

 

Let us not make a mockery of Pemilihan 2010. This is the chance for us to set our house in order and to provide the people with a credible alternative to BN in the form of Pakatan Rakyat


Who is PKR's Evelyn Salt, thetraitor asks William Leong

Four PKR divisions postponed their elections due to fighting and disruption. Losing candidates called press conferences accusing the party headquarters of complicity in fraud and irregularities. The Deputy President aspirant Dato' Zaid Ibrahim's comments drew a retort from incumbent Deputy President Dr Syed Husin Ali, sparking an exchange between senior party leaders.

The mainstream media lapped at the fracas and accusations. The public mourned in grief while BN leaders gleefully pointed out that disharmony were not confined to their political parties. Anwar Ibrahim said there were Trojan Horses out to cause chaos and disruption.

Who are the Trojan Horses? Adopting the tagline in the movie, "Who is Evelyn Salt in PKR?" Angelina Jolie is a CIA agent, Evelyn Salt who swore an oath of loyalty to her country, the United States of America. She turns out to be a Russian spy, a sleeper. She is a spy embedded in America having infiltrated the CIA. She waits for decades before being activated to carry out her mission, to assassinate the Russian President visiting the USA thereby wreaking chaos and discord.

The latest action in the KeADILan Party (PKR) elections has turned out to be just as exciting as this blockbuster movie. Are the events unfolding in PKR an indication of PKR imploding or is this the work of a sleeper that has arisen to wreak havoc?

The public is rightly concerned whether the party has lost its direction with infighting reported amongst the leaders. The present discord and disruption is an unfortunate but necessary growing pain PKR must undergo and overcome it, if it is to lead the way to Putrajaya.

The party is made up of members from diverse ideologies and backgrounds. It needs to be bound and cemented by the common goal of removing racial politics, injustice and corruption and to articulate its policies in concrete terms. Although there are many selfless and tireless activists and reformists, it also has its share of ineffectual and indifferent members as well as opportunists. The party needs to clean up the deadwood and flush out the Trojan horses. The party acknowledges its weaknesses. It has hitherto a comparatively small membership. There is a lack of depth and quality in its leadership, both at the senior and middle level.

One of the criticisms made against KeADILan is the weaknesses of some of its elected representatives. It has suffered the ignominy of having the highest number of turn coats crossing over to the other side. It is imperative that the party take steps to improve the quality and quantity of the members, machinery and leaders.

Advocates of intra party democracy argue that political parties using internally democratic procedures are likely to select more capable and appealing leaders, to have more responsive policies and as a result, enjoy greater electoral success. Further, it is believed that political parties that "practise what they preach", strengthen democratic culture generally. The party made two major decisions. The first was to embark on a membership drive. The second to amend its constitution to allow for direct election of party leaders by grass root members at a special congress on February 26, 2009.

The reason for the first decision is that the party must improve the quantity and quality of its members. The reason for the second decision is that if the party is to fight for democracy then it must lead in the practice of democracy. A democracy needs strong and sustainable political parties with the capacity to represent citizens and provide policies that demonstrate the political parties' abilities to govern for the public good.

Since the Mahathir era, there has been a disconnection between the citizens and the elected leaders of our country. This is due to a deliberate design to keep the people in the business of seeking a livelihood separate from the people seeking to maintain themselves in the business of politics. From students to businessmen and housewives, the people have been cowed to stay out of politics. KeADILan seeks to change this and to re-establish the connection between the people and government. A government of the people must be by the people and not by a select few.

The direct election is part of the transformation KeADILan seeks to create in re-establishing this connection. It seeks to create a more open political environment in which citizens can actively participate in the democratic process. No ordinary UMNO member has ever voted to elect his president. The UMNO President is elected by the handful of delegates and then becomes the Prime Minister. No ordinary MCA member voted in the recent contest for the President. No ordinary MIC member voted even once for Samy Vellu to be President in the thirty-one years since he took over on September 13, 1979. By these party elections, every Malaysian who is a member of Keadilan has a right to vote for its President. Every Malaysian who becomes a member will be able to participate in the abolishing of unjust laws and formulating the new agenda for the nation in KeADILan's division meetings. The ordinary citizen will be an active participant in determining the direction and policies of the nation.

There were valid concerns that the two decisions will lead to trouble in the party. The first is resistance from incumbents threatened by the new blood. The second is the opening of floodgates to opportunists and infiltrators into the party. There is no doubt that by opening its doors and in allowing direct election, the party earned the ire of ineffectual leaders and allowed infiltrators to slip through to wreak havoc; spreading misinformation and disinformation, sowing dissent and discord among the rank and file. Evelyn Salt was embedded or slipped in during this process.

With full cognizance of these concerns and dangers, the party leadership and grassroots took the brave step to unanimously approve the amendments to the party constitution. It was decided that if the battle for a better Malaysia is to be won, it would only be by Malaysians standing up for justice and freedom. It would be by Malaysians rejecting injustice and corruption. In the same vein, if the party is to transform and lead the fight, it can only do so if the members choose good leaders and not be misled by infiltrators, moles and Trojan horses. The party put its faith in the grass roots' ability to make the right choice, reject deadwood and not be misled by the Trojan horses.

Evelyn Salt has been activated in these party elections. Is Evelyn Salt the persons who assaulted the members in the division meetings, attacked reporters and destroyed the ballot boxes? No! There is a method to the madness. The goons and louts were agent provocateurs. The party disciplinary committee will take appropriate action against them. They were instigated by Evelyn Salt.

Is Evelyn Salt, Janapala a/l Perumal, the former assistant secretary who suddenly took upon himself the role of being a gadfly like Socrates did in ancient Athens. He started to hold press conferences to disclose the party's alleged wrongdoings during these elections. The Athenians executed Socrates by ordering him to drink hemlock.

Janapala too will have to answer for his deeds. But no, he is not Evelyn Salt. His allegation that he was wrongfully prevented from contesting in the party elections cannot hold water. He had been sacked more than a year before for forming a new political party. Sacked members cannot stand for elections. He has further admitted that he is an undischarged bankrupt. Bankrupts cannot hold party posts.

In any event, the Official Assignee will be interested to find out how an undischarged bankrupt is able to afford holding a press conference in a hotel. Students having difficulty in learning Science and Mathematics in English should ask Janapala for tips as to how he improved his English overnight. He not only spoke the Queen's English but used verses that will turn William Shakespeare green with envy when he read the prepared text at the press conference. He sounded more like an Englishman looking up to the figure of the famous admiral in Trafalgar Square and not the Malaysian English he used in the party meetings in Merchant Square. He is not Evelyn Salt but Evelyn Salt gave him misleading information such as claiming 800 immigrants with false identity cards were allowed to vote in the Kudat division. Records confirmed that only 268 members attended and voted. The claim of 800 illegal immigrants voting is false and a complete fabrication.

Is Evelyn Salt one of the candidates for senior party positions, making public statements in the mainstream and alternative media? No! Candidates making speeches and comments that the party will be doomed if they failed to be elected may have said or wrote things in the heat of the campaigning. They are more likely to have acted out of impetuous exuberance.

Dr. Molly Cheah, Chairman of the Party Election Committee is there to keep their fervour in check. However, if despite the warnings candidates persist with rhetoric that burnt bridges within the party then the members will have to be wary of them. The candidates cannot adopt a slash and burn tactic in an internal party election. Such candidates even if they win will end up with pyrrhic victories. One who is sincere in seeking the job to look after the house cannot in the process of seeking that job burn down the very house one he is aspiring to manage. None of the candidates is Evelyn Salt but some may have been provoked and baited by Evelyn Salt to embark on a misguided scorched earth strategy.

So who is Evelyn Salt? He or she is not acting out of naïve exuberance. He or she is carrying out overt actions for a covert design. The members and public will be able to detect Evelyn Salt as the elections move to the next phase. The running dogs and the sleepers will reveal themselves eventually. He or she is the one who spreads misinformation, disseminates disinformation and instigate agent provocateurs to sow dissent and discord.

Misinformation is incorrect information. One of the most popular forms of misinformation on the internet, especially email is the passing along of urban legends. Urban legends are untrue stories that are passed along by sincere people who believe them and feel the need to inform others. The allegation that the headquarters is involved in irregularities in the party elections is an example of this misinformation. Due to weaknesses in previous administrations, the list of members for each division is incomplete.

The Secretariat instructed each of the divisions to check the accuracy of the members' list for the 2009 annual general meetings in preparation for these 2010 party elections. However, because there were no division elections, there was a lack of interests by both division leaders and the members to confirm the accuracy of the list then. As a consequence those whose names were not in the list of members were not able to vote at the present elections.

Disinformation is the lowest of the low. Never underestimate the evil intentions of some individuals or institutions to say or write whatever suits their particular purpose to the extent of deliberately fabricating false information. Propaganda is generally an appeal to emotion not to intellect. It shares techniques with advertising and public relations. Propaganda seeks to change the way people understand an issue for the purpose of changing their actions and expectations in ways that are desirable to the interest group. Propaganda is part of political warfare. Psychological warfare is one of its weapons.

Propaganda can be classified according to the source and nature of the message. White propaganda generally comes from an openly identified source. Information provided by openly identified BN biased blogs and media is white propaganda. Black propaganda is identified from one source but in fact from another. This is most commonly done to disguise the true origins of the propaganda. Black propaganda and disinformation is fabricated by organizations purporting to convey information in a neutral or impartial manner but is in fact propaganda slanted insidiously towards its own interest group and its personal agenda.

Many associate the special branch as the men in black monitoring opposition party members. It must not be forgotten that the special branch is acknowledged as one of the best agencies in the world. Its ability to infiltrate the Malayan Communist Party ("MCP"), feed false information back to the MCP and to have a special branch agent not only infiltrating the MCP but elected as the second highest ranking official are legends in the world intelligence community. It is the special branch that taught the Americans in the Vietnam War the tactics now known as "Winning the Hearts and Minds of the People".

The infiltrators into KeADILan have taken the playbook from the special branch manual in spreading misinformation, disinformation and black propaganda. Democracy depends on the electorate having adequate and reliable information so that they can make well informed decisions. The crucial key to a successful democracy is not the quantity but the quality of information provided to voters. Little attention has been given to the role of misinformation, disinformation and propaganda in a democracy. There is misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and finally censorship.

The withdrawal of Suara KeADILan's license by the Ministry of Information, the sacking of radio and television broadcasters for airing news unfavorable to Barisan Nasional speaks volumes on the use of these tactics in Malaysia.

Winston Churchill said:

"A lie travels half way around the world before the truth puts on its shoes."

A television broadcast or a newspaper article with misleading or even false facts can be seen by millions long before a statement countering the false allegations can be printed in some remote alternative media. Malaysians must be aware that the country is now in the midst of a political war. Barisan Nasional and its supporters are not fighting according to Queensberry Rules.

Deception, mis- and disinformation and propaganda are not new subjects in politics. As early as the 16th century Machiavelli concluded that there were two means for a nation to gain its objective from an unwilling adversary; force or fraud. Since the application of force entailed expending resources and taking serious risks, Machiavelli strongly recommended that a ruler should "never attempt to win by force what he might otherwise win by fraud".

The Chinese strategist, Sun Tzu wrote in the 4th Century B.C.E. that all warfare is based on deception and devoted an entire chapter on the use of spies. Do you expect Barisan Nasional to ignore Machiavelli and Sun Tzu in their attempt to retain control of their political powers?

An example of the disinformation and black propaganda is the story of the Keadilan leadership being undemocratic and that the headquarters is manipulating the party election by fraudulent means. The Headquarters appointed 120 volunteers to supervise the division elections. The volunteers are from a different state from the divisions holding the elections. They have no interest in the particular division elections and do not even know the members of that division. The allegation of fraud made against these volunteers who man the polling booths from 10.00am to 4.00pm and then count the votes for the 3 senior division posts and 15 committee positions and the same number of positions for the Women and Youth Wings would only be completed by 3.00 am or 4.30 am. This accusation is the unkindest cut of all.

The story of infighting amongst leaders such as Tian Chua with Chua Jui Meng is another piece of disingenuous disinformation. Disinformation can be detected when one compares the story with known and reliable facts. When a story is inconsistent with the known and established facts it must be viewed critically. This story is irreconcilable with established facts. Anwar who was imprisoned for more than six years for an offence that he did not commit, Dr Syed Husin Ali who was incarcerated in solitary confinement for eight years under the ISA, Tian Chua and others who have been detained without trial, can it be conceivable that they would all suddenly changed from waging a struggle for justice and freedom to a struggle for personal power? Chua Jui Meng has not declared any interest in vying for an elected position, so how can there be any disharmony between Chua Jui Meng and Tian Chua?

Malaysians need to be able to discern true information from propaganda, disinformation and deception. This means that one must learn to read, hear or view articles and information from the mainstream media, alternative media and even emails critically. We must analyze the stories with a clear awareness of the point of view they embody, recognizing the attempt to influence our thinking and beliefs.

One must be vigilant that one sided presentations are not the truth. We must seek viewpoints that are dismissed or ignored. One must always ask oneself who is the author of the story, whether the article identifies the source of the information or whether it is from an anonymous source, the purpose for the statements and whether such a story is consistent with the known and trusted information on the person or subject matter of the story. In this information age, it is vital to know how one can be manipulated if one is not sensitive to verifying sources, determining quality, assessing plausibility and apprehending "effects".

The same tactics used by Barisan Nasional against PBS in Sabah are now employed against KeADILan. It had turnover PBS leaders and lured them to cross over with offers of Ministerial positions and the establishment of new political parties. The most effective tactic of overcoming a strong opposition is to use the trusted method of "divide and conquer". The people of Sabah were split when the PBS leaders established new political parties. In the end PBS loss control. It was rendered impotent by defections and establishment of what was deemed as third forces. Sabahans live to regret it to this day.

Those who proposed the formation of a third force on the excuse that KeADILan and Pakatan are weak or ineffective or are purporting to expose its weaknesses to champion the formation of a third force are in fact employing the same tactics used against PBS. These tactics are part of political manipulation. This tactic is commonly referred to as creating a "controlled opposition". This is where the opposition to a party is infiltrated and manipulated until it is taken over and used as a foil to the benefit of the subverting party. It operates either by making a caricature of the opposing party through antics and scandals or by channeling popular opposition to an ultimately futile and demoralizing direction.

The people must remember the saying:

"Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me."

The people must not be fooled again. The people must have faith that the majority of the KeADILan members will have the wisdom and the acumen to choose the right leaders. The people must believe that KeADILan is a rough diamond that will be polished in the crucible of fire by these party elections. It has started its detoxification process. It will overcome its shortcomings and mature into the party needed to lead this nation to a new dawn.

Just like our computers, we must install in our minds anti-virus programmes to filter the information received and block disinformation. It is when the people can detect the lies and deception would the Evelyn Salts and Trojan horses be neutralized and wiped out. The American propaganda failed in Vietnam and those who try the same tricks in Malaysia should fail too. Keep the faith.

 

 



Bloggers for Nurul

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 02:24 PM PDT



Zorro has called on support for Nurul to take on the post of Deputy President in the PKR party election in his latest posting.

This site will extend its unequivocal support to Nurul Izzah Anwar in her fight for a New Malaysia, for freedom from corrupt, oppressive and regressive governance.

Nurul was exposed to a life in politics at an early age growing up as the eldest daughter of the than Deputy Prime Minister. Things took a nasty turn when she was only 18, she had to face the brutal world of political intrigues and deception when her father, Anwar Ibrahim was being arrested, beaten and imprisoned for trump up charges brought about by the evil Mahathir regime.

She grew up in to adulthood from an environment and atmosphere of constant disturbance and trouble, deprived of a normal family life she had to assist her mother Wan Azizah Wan Ismail with family matters as well as attending the court trial of her father.

The trial of Anwar Ibrahim attracted international criticism against the Mahathir regime and Amnesty International called Anwar's imprisonment a "Prisoner of Conscience".

After the court sentenced Anwar to 6 years imprisonment, Nurul still only 18, travelled the international political circuit, speaking out against wrong doings of the Malaysian government. Nurul in 1999 was invited to address the much acclaim Geneva Human Rights Convention in Switzerland.

Despite this entire problem Nurul graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University Tenaga National. After her father's release from prison, Nurul went on to further her education and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in International Relations.

In the 2008 general election at the age of 27 and after just given birth to her first child she contested the parliamentary hot seat of Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur where she defeated the formidable three term incumbent Sharizat who was an umno minister in the government.

Nurul Izzah is not your everyday politician, she is a politician made out of the throes of revolution from injustices and oppression. She had risen through her own merit from a passion to bring about change towards a greater democracy. She is a political hero in the frontline dedicated with a burning passion for the well being of the people and for a better society.

She has a strong destiny in the political arena of Malaysia, she is seen to be the fire of the blazing sun that will light the hearts and spirits of its people, and she will be of illuminating quality leading the right in overcoming the dupe statesmen.

Her destiny will be a first as she grows to become the first lady Prime Minister of the country bringing about great cheers as she attracts the talented and the wise to be in league with her leadership to regain the land and rule with the people by her side.

Meanwhile, at present as she dwells on the decision to take on the contest for the Deputy President, her final decision  will all playout in accordance to the path towards her destiny.


Susilawati: Bagaimana dengan Ibrahim Libya (Asysyahid)?

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 11:44 AM PDT

Melihat beberapa juak UMNO dalam Facebook, begitu bersemangat mereka mahu mengaitkan pembunuh Allahyarham Susilawati dengan HINDRAF==> PAkatan Rakyat. Namun, saya terfikir, mengapa mereka tidak mempersoalkan pembunuhan tragis Ustaz Ibrahim Libya? Bukankah Ustaz Ibrahim Libya itu juga Melayu, bekas pegawai di Pusat Islam, lulusan agama luar negeri, fasih berbahasa Arab dsbnya.

Malahan taraf Ustaz Ibrahim Libya adalah seorang yang dihormati dan disayangi masyarakat. Jasa beliau kepada perkembangan agama Islam di MAlaysia juga tidak terbalas.

Bererti kalau UMNO begitu bersemangat dengan kes Susilawati, mereka wajib 10 kali bersemangat dalam membela kematian Ustaz Ibrahim Libya.

Malahan, Sultan Kedah sendiri telah turun menziarahi kubur Ustaz Ibrahim Libya di Memali. Ertinya, tiada alasan untuk UMNO membela kematian Ustaz Ibrahim Libya.

Paham2 je lah UMNO...lidah bercabang.

Tulang Besi


MCA youth and wanita Annual assembly - Another 'dalil' of BN's imminent fall.

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 12:42 PM PDT

The low turnout of both MCA Youth and the Wanita Wings annual assembly is very vulnerable happening which had not happened in any of the previous assemblies in the history of the party. It was noted that the Youth Wings attendance was just lightly above 50% while the Wanita Wing was just about 56% of their total expected delegates.

It's a clear clue of unsettled issues that surround the party of late. We have heard and saw how the MCA leaders worked to get their members to rally firmly behind its leadership for the past months by raising racial sentiments and parochial issues and it certainly works to disunite and disrupt inter-racial harmony.

There must be some serious tribulations that resulted in low attendance of the party's youth and wanita annual assemblies on Saturday which was officially opened by the party's Deputy President, Liow Tiong Lai.

It's evident that the Chinese and that includes the MCA members are flirting around with DAP and PKR and they are just waiting to prove that they means business that they have low regards for MCA. Quite a number of friends from MCA are disgruntled with their leadership lineups and that is also a very familiar situation in UMNO, BN's main component member.

It is apparent that the Chua's video sex issue is not settled as that issue was discussed at length at the Wanita annual assembly and that unambiguously pulls down the party's credential as the 2nd biggest component of BN.

The youth wind annual Assembly was running on racial issue again and this is what all the component party leaders are clinging on. All issues taken up by Wee Ka Siong are racially perverted and he seems to be the danger man for the country.

Everyone who wants to be seen as a leader is trapped by racial issue as there is no one in the component leadership lineup has the magnanimity to be a leader earning respect form the multiracial component of the nation's population.

GERAKKAN is technically disbanded by their members and if both MCA and GERAKKAN are jilted by the Chinese, it simply means that DAP is going singularly going to be the main political organ for the Chinese both in the Peninsula and in East Malaysian states.

What about the Malays? The answer is simple; they are still in soul searching. This time around no leaders in the current lineup can decide anything as the million of individual Malays are going to make decision. The patronizing leaders in UMNO are now loosing clutch of the traditional support they used to get pleasure from. The awakening Malays are on the alert of what the government and political leaders do.

They perceive their leaders as bunch of untrustworthy, uncharacteristic and corrupted lots except for a few. One of the fractional few Malay leaders is the one given to be in charged of BN machinery in Galas by-election. He has all the attributes of a magnanimous leader and he is the only living soul who still maintains the respect from the cosmopolitan and multi ethnicity composition for this country's populations. If he can make a win for the Galas by-election than he should be given the job to be the director of the coming General Election to avoid embarrassment for the weak ruling BN.

Let us all not deny the fact that BN is at the tip of a high cliff waiting for a deadly fall if there is no revolutionized alteration in the ruling party's lineup. There is an urgent need for a new make up to the BN's disposition. That's it.


You are a Home Minister, Hisham!!!

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 09:58 AM PDT

Home Minister Hishammuddin will have an audience with the Sultan of Johor on Tuesday over an article written by Hindraf's P Waythamoorthy in the news portal Free Malaysia Today on October 7.

Moorthy who fled overseas had questioned the position of the Malays and Malay rulers in a posting on the website. Many felt his statement was to create hatred towards the Malay Rulers and to dupe the people's thinking.

What Moorthy wrote is secondary now. However, the ministry's 'a little late' action should be put to question. Yes, we are talking about the Home Ministry.

I think Hisham needs a special task force to monitor all blogs, news portals and other news medium the moment they hit the cyberspace. Sensitive matters such as postings by Moorthy and others like the Namewee case must be attended to immediately and not a few days or a month later.

A deferred action would lead to a public uproar. Racial sentiment will flare again. Hisham is always seen acting 'too late', especially on Namewee who is now free to go on with his concert in Johor Baru later this month.

There are things which Hisham himself can decide there and then without having to refer it to the police. A Home Minister is someone who can take prompt and drastic decision (depending on the circumstances) to contain subversive elements like that from taking a spread. The police can come later.

However, Hisham had never even once taken such an action. He normally will wait for the police or reporting it to the Prime Minister first. And by the time police begins investigation, the damage has been done, and the whole nation erupted with fury.

Come on, bro. You are a Home Minister, not an Education Minister anymore. Your portfolio warrants you to be strict, tough, stiff and willing to take pre-emptive measures. Or you just dont know what your real responsibility is and how much power is vested in you?

Dont be afraid if you are not popular for being a 'no-nonsense' minister as long as the country is put to order. Some crooks are popular too! So, be a man and you would be appreciated!


A PICTORIAL OF GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY OF PKR BUKIT GELUGOR DIVISION

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 06:33 AM PDT

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THE CIVIL SERVICE - THE NEW UNTOUCHABLES?

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 04:32 AM PDT

A gathering of civil servants in Putrajaya (Source: The Star) 

The civil service has been in the news of late - for all the wrong reasons. According to the Public Service Department, in the first three months of this year, about 600 civil servants faced disciplinary action for misconduct. That's a 43.16% jump compared to the same period last year. Misconduct covers a wide range of offenses including drug usage, truancy, bribery, fraud, and more recently, making offensive racial remarks. If we were to throw in inefficiency, arrogance and rudeness as misconduct, the percentage would be even higher.

Gross inefficiency under the guise of teamwork. (cartoon by Antares)

What I find appalling is the leniency of punishment meted out to the guilty. 40.3% were given warnings; while 20.9% were fined. Only a small number were demoted or fired. The favorite disciplinary action is to transfer the guilty party to another department or town. What's to stop the miscreant from repeating the offense there?


When asked why no action has been taken against two school principals for allegedly making racist slurs, the number 2 most powerful man in the government said cabinet ministers cannot sack or suspend any civil servants who are categorized as "permanent government officers". That is like giving these officers free rein to do whatever they want. And what does the number 1 have to say about the matter? Nothing.

 Source: The Star 26 Sept 2010

You just can't touch these senior civil servants as Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, recently found out when he chided an officer for incompetence over the handling of an alleged sand theft case. The officer shot back accusing the minister of impertinence and of being hostile to civil servants.

Strength in numbers?

Not when it comes to our civil service. It must be the most bloated in the world considering our population is only 27 million, yet we have 1.2 million civil servants. You would expect a high level of efficiency given the numbers. Well, far from it. We all have stories to tell of our less than happy encounters with civil servants. The Immigration Department is an exception and deserves our praise for raising the bar in efficiency.


I suspect one of the reasons for our inflated civil service is the government's willingness to absorb the hundreds of thousands of unemployable graduates and drop-outs. It is good PR for the government to be able to say that unemployment is 'under control'. Doesn't matter that it has now created a new problem - underemployment!

Let's not forget the huge financial burden of supporting these 1.2 million civil servants in terms of salaries and pensions. No wonder the government is all for raising the retirement age!

As taxpayers, we can grit our teeth and bear the cost, but at the very least give us some decent service in return. Is that too much to ask for?

The Chief Secretary to the government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan has sounded the clarion call - "Change We Must", and the PM has repeatedly emphasized "People First, Performance Now". Will their words fall on deaf ears and closed minds?

I think you know the answer.


DAP Sarawak’s “Incessant Attacks on Taib”

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 03:02 AM PDT

It was early morning and at 7am DAP supporters were all out in full force. Their stategy cover as much ground as possible at all the coffeshops in the Kuching area. Why? The political bureau and the strategic think tank has come out with a very eye catching leaflet which is bi-lingual to capture and inform the people of Taib Mahmud. First meeting with the DAP members at Green Heights at 7.30am.

It is almost incessant attack and the leaflets which are printed to the tune of 100,000 in each division according to a DAP party member will be distributed state wide by all the members in each respective divisions and DAP branches. audie61 happened to make his way for another brunch meeting with a business partner and met MP Chong Chieng jen at 11.15am at Chonglin Park.

The DAP supporters were having their brunch together with MP Chong and we asked him is there any significance in choosing the leaflet printed in purple? Could it be Purple Rain by Prince? Also the tree roots looks very devilish hmmmm.

 He smiled "Imagination and somehow It does look more SINISTER." Don't you agree?

We covered an article earlier http://audie61.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/dap-chong-running-out-of-ideas/ and somehow this is a CHANCED MEETING with MP Chong and he said "WE all got our own responsibilites and today we are distributing the leaflets asking for answers.

Its simple "WE HAVE FIVE QUESTIONS FOR TAIB:

  • 1.Are the reports about Taib's family overseas properties true?
  •  2.if these reports are true,what is the salary of the Chief Minister of sarawak? How could Taib's children have such huge amounts of money to buy such overseas properties at such a young age?
  • 3. Other than the properties reported in the website,are there any other property owned by Taib's family members or their companies? What is the worth of all these properties?
  • 4.Why is Taib's family so wealthy and yet,the state of Sarawak which has been under Taib's leadership for the past 30 years,ranks 10th in the Composite Development Index in Malaysia making Sarawak the fourth least developed state in Malaysia?
  •  5. If the reports are untrue,what action will Taib take against the writer and publisher of the reports?
  • 

audie61 plainly said to MP Chong"The fact remains however that Taib will just brush this allegations and lies aside and leave it to the people to judge for themselves. He will point to the fact that under his leadership the state has enjoyed tremendous growth in terms of development and advancement."

Chong countered saying the people knows and its a matter of time only and his lieutenants will also be wondering what hit them. IT WILL BE A LITTLE TOO LATE

After their quick lunch the supporters and members went on another round of distribution at some new areas in Bandar Kuching.

AM very sure you will receive a Purplish leaflet Soon….



3 quickies (1)

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 02:43 AM PDT

(1) Lee Chong Meng quits MCA and joins PKR.

PKR is obviously in taxi-sapu mode again, picking up even MCA rejects. Is it so hardup? Sure as hell, the party still hasn't learned anything at all from its past mistakes, has it?

(2) Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Razali Ibrahim said today he'll be holding talks with the Malaysian Weightlifting Association over gold medalist Aricco Jumitih's decision to wear a vest with a Sabah flag on it during his event in New Delhi.

Aiyah, Aricco was only emulating Muhyiddin in being Sabahan 1st, Malaysian 2nd lah.

(3) Zaid Ibrahim said he will pull out if sweetie Nurul goes for PKR No 2 position. Many Azmin supporter decry the statement as Zaid leading Nurul into a trap.

I believe Zaid doesn't want Azmin to be No 2 at any cost, even if it means both No 1 and No 2 positions are to go to the Anwar family.


Sekarang kita keGalas, selepas itu kita keBatang Sapi pula.

Posted: 09 Oct 2010 07:20 AM PDT

Tengku Razaleigh telah selamat pulang dari bercuti selama lebih dari dua minggu dan terus sahaja diberikan tugas untuk mengetuai BN dalam pilihanraya kecil Galas sebagai pengarah. Khabarnya ratusan yang datang menunggu di VIP lounge KLIA pagi tadi yang diketuai oleh Mustapha Mohamad, Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Kelantan.

Semua pihak sedang menunggu apa yang akan diperkatakan oleh TR. Dilapangan terbang pagi ini TR dikatakan akan membuat kenyataan setelah beliau menemui Perdana Menteri dan tiada apa yang diperolehi oleh pihak media pagi ini,.

Selain dari pengakuan TR yang beliau menerima cabaran untuk menjadi pengarah kepada pilihanraya kecil Galas yang hebat diperbincangkan oleh rakyat jelata, TR tidak lansung menyebut apa-apa yang lain. Sememangnya begitulah yang patut dilakukan oleh TR kerana beliau belum pun bertemu dengan pemimpin-pemimpin besar negara yang sedang menghadapi penolakkan rayat yang begitu kuat sekarang ini.

Setalah TR menerima tanggungjawab sebagai pengarah pilihanraya kecil ini, hanya saya berharap TR telah membuat keputusan yang baik dan tepat. Bagi orang seperti saya dan saudara-saudara, kita tidak tahu apa sebenarnya yang dibincangkan dengan semua pihak.

Sekarang ini yang menjadi tandatanya banyak pihak ialah siapakah calunnya kerana yang rapat dengan TR mereka akan tahu yang TR tidak akan bersetuju untuk menjadi calun kerana beliau adalah seorang yang focus dalam apa-apa yang beliau lakukan. Beberapa nama telah disebut-sebut dan telah dispekulasikan oleh media perdana dan media alternative tetapi kata pemutusnya tetap akan berada ditangan TR.

Tetapi biarlah segalanya itu dijawab setelah muktamadnya perbincangan dengan pucuk pimpinan dahulu. Apa yang perlu dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin pihak kita ialah untuk tidak menjadikan PRK ini sebagai medan seseorang untuk menjadi hero yang tidak padan dengankeadaan dan situasi di Gua Musang.

Sebenarnya jika PRK ini tidak seperti apa yang berlaku dalam PRK-PRK yang telah lalu peluang untuk BN memenangi kerusi ini tidaklah begitu mustahil. Pengaruh dan imej TR disana boleh memberikan kemenangan yang selesa kepada UMNO walaupun Kelantan adalah kubu yang terkuat bagi PAS.

Di Kelantan UMNO sudah dipandang seperti parti serpihan sahaja; serupa seperti keadaan pada tahun enam puluhan kepada penghujung tahu tujuh puluhan dahulu. Dari pada tahun enam puluhan dahulu UMNO tidak ada apa-apa langsung dan mereka hanya parti yang menginding-nginding dan tidak dipandang sebelah mata oleh rakyat Kelantan.

Tengku Razaleighlah yang mengorbankan keseluruhan kehidupan beliau untuk menjadikan UMNO diterima secara beransur-ansur oleh rakyat Kelantan dan setelah 18 tahun UMNO mendapatkan kuasa diKelantan dengan kepimpinan Tengku Razaleigh. Tidak ramai pemimpin-pemimpin pusat UMNO yang berminat untuk memberi bantuan untuk membina UMNO diKelantan semasa itu. Yang saya ingat hanyalah Allahyarham Abdul Ghaffar Baba, Allahyarham Syed Jaafar Albar selain dari Tun Razak dan pemimpin-pemimpin lama yang bersemangat dan percaya yang TR suatu hari nanti akan berjaya membawa kemenangan kepada UMNO diKelantan.

Kejayaan mengambil alih kerajaan tajaan PAS berlaku pada tahun 1978 dan sejak kejayaan itu TR menjadi pemimpin yang disanjung tinggi oleh UMNO dan pemimpin UMNO pun mulalah memberikan tumpuan keKelantan sehinggalah kehari ini.

Kejayaan Tengku semasa itu merupakan kejayaan yang besar tetapi didalam kejayaan itu berputik rasa tidak senang hati dikalangan pimpinan UMNO dan usaha pemimpin-pemimpin yang tertentu untuk menjatuhkan TR yang bersifat 'gentleman' itu mula nampak dengan jelas.

Apa yang berlaku pada tahun 1981, 1984 dan seterusnya pada tahun 1987 dan 'consequence of events' selepasnya merupakan dalil-dalil jelas yang ada pihak yang mahukan TR diketepikan dari siasah negara ini.

Sekarang ini UMNO dalam situasi dimana rakyat sudah letih dengan permainan politik yang komunal dan kelemahan lain seperti rasuah dan salah gunakuasa kembali meminta TR memainkan peranan dan sanggup melakukan tindakkan yang jauh dari kebiasaannya dengan meminta beliau menjadi pengarah pilihanraya kecil yang lazimnya ditugaskan kepada Timbalan Presiden parti.

Kalau dilihat dari satu sudut kita akan percaya yang tindakkan itu adalah satu penghormatan tinggi kepada seorang pemimpin UMNO yang telah disepak dan diterajang kesana kemari selama ini, kerana beliau menjadi duri dikalangan kepada mereka yang bekuasa dan lemah kepimpinan mereka.

Tetapi tidak juga kita boleh nafikan yang kali ini merupakan 'attempt' yang berterusan untuk melenyapkan politik TR buat selama-lamanya. Perkara-perkara seperti ini memang ada didalam benak ramai pemerhati politik dan kita tidak boleh menyalahkan mereka ini berpandangan demikian kerana tindakkan untuk mengenepikan pemimpin ini memang usaha yang sudah berlanjutan sejak lebih dari 3 dekad yang lalu.

Perkembangan yang terbaru ini mendapat tumpuan kepada ahli-ahli politik baik dari pihak kerajaan dan pihak alternatif. Tetapi TR tetap TR. Kesetiannya selama ini tidak dipandang dengan sebelah mata oleh mereka yang sedang berkuasa tidak luntur.

Sebagai seorang yang menghormati beliau sejak berdekat yang lalu tetap menyokong segala keputusan belaiau kerana sesiapa yang sudah lama bergaul dengan beliau akan faham bahawa beliau merupakan anak jati UMNO yang tidak ada tolok bandingnya.

Beliau banyak yang tidak bersetuju dengan tindakkan Abdullah Badawi, beliau tetap bersama UMNO. Beliau tidak bertindak keluar dari UMNO kerana kehadziran Abdullah sebagai PM, dan kembali menyertainya apabila Abdullah bersara.

Insyallah TR akan melaksanakan tugas beliau dengan baik dan akhirnya membawa kemenangan kepada beliau atau calun yang beliau tunjuk didalam PRK kali ini. Selepas kemenangan diGalas kita terpaksa pula menumpukan pandangan kita keParlimen Batang Sapi diSabah kerana kematian YB Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah pada jam 11.40 pagi tadi akibat kemalangan jalanraya.

Dalam pilihanraya umum yang lalu mendiang Edmund dari PBS telah mendapat 9479 undi mengalahkan calun Bebas Chong Kong Ming yang mendapat 5771 undi.

Raya tetap kita raya. Sudah tamat raya dibulan syawal kita dihidangkan dengan pilihanraya, satu lepas satu.


First by election in Sabah

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 10:47 PM PDT

Another by election will be held, this time it is in Sabah, which has been touted as the crucial battle ground for the fight to putrajaya, in the next General election.

Malaysia has never seen so many by elections in between 2 general elections. Maybe some higher unseen forces are at work. Maybe it is to test the strength of the 2 big coalitions. Whatever it is, this is the first in Sabah.

This is what was reported in MalaysianInsider this morning:

Batu Sapi MP Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah has died in a road accident in Kota Kinabalu today, triggering the country's 13th by-election since Election 2008. He was 54.

 



Satu Lagi Pilihanraya Kecil Di Sabah (P185 Batu Sapi)

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 09:53 PM PDT


Kemalangan yang melibatkan MP P185 Batu Sapi untuk Negeri Sabah telah membawa kepada satu lagi pilihnan raya kecil di Malaysia. Batu Sapi MP Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah terlibat dalam kemalangan di Kota Kinabalu hari ini...

Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — Batu Sapi MP Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah has died in a car crash in Kota Kinabalu today, triggering the country's 13th by-election since Election 2008.

Chong is believed to have been riding a Kawasaki 750 bike along the Sembulan-Tanjung Aru road when he was involved in a crash with an on-coming Mercedez car at about 11.40am today.

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He was 54.

The PBS politician (picture) first became an MP in 2004 when he won the Batu Sapi seat unopposed after his opponent withdrew.

He kept the seat in Election 2008, polling 9,479 votes against independent Chung Kwong Wing who took 5,771 votes.

Chong was born in Sandakan and is a mechanical engineer by profession. He leaves behind a wife, Linda Tsen Thau Lin, and four children.

In PBS, he is also the treasurer-general and the PBS Elopura division chief.


http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/batu-sapi-mp-dies-in-car-crash/

Takziah diucapkan kepada keluarganya.


MCA Youth pigs tells BN pigs be clear on Islam extremist groups

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 09:29 PM PDT


A special forces policeman stands guard as confiscated illegal drugs are burnt in Panama City October 8, 2010. – Reuters pic


Malaysia

By Clara Chooi
October 09, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The MCA Youth issued a stern call to the Barisan Nasional leadership today to "draw a clear line" with extremist groups, reminding the ruling coalition that it needed support from all races or risk being "bombed" in the next general election.

The wing's chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong told BN leaders that that they could ill-afford to become complacent and take for granted that they would score big in the coming election because "safe seats" or "fortresses" no longer existed.

"Our major concern is the days ahead. We cannot take it easy, or be complacent. There is no longer such a thing as safe seats, or fortresses, in the coming general election.

"In fact, landmines are literally everywhere and we risk being bombed if we are not careful," he said in his opening address at the MCA Youth annual general meeting at Wisma MCA here this morning.

As such, Wee explained that it was imperative for the ruling coalition to take a clear stand when dealing with extremists or extremist groups.

Without singling out anyone, the Education deputy minister said that such extremists were a personification of "primitive men" or were indeed primitive men living in the 21st century.

"American private intelligence corporation Stratfor founder and CEO George Friedman pointed out that primitive men thought that it was a shame for those who did not follow their way of life, and they should be salvaged or terminated.

"Today, certain people are still holding on to such thinking, and they are simply the personification of primitive men, or are indeed primitive men living in the 21st century," he said.

Wee added that MCA Youth's message to such "primitive men" was, "You do not fit in the modern times, and it is better that you go back to the ancient times!".

He pointed out that MCA Youth had always spoken out strongly against such extremists and would not stand down in its arguments.

"We respect our social contract and the Federal Constitution. But we will not allow the Constitution to be interpreted using their whims and fancies," he said.

Wee appeared to be referring to Malay rights group Perkasa, whose views have oftentimes been regarded as racist or extremist in nature.

The MCA has been at loggerheads with the newly formed non-governmental organisation and its firebrand leader Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali, who has continuosly accused the Chinese-based party of questioning the special position of the Malays as enshrined in Article 153 of the Constitution.

"I must stress here that [the] BN leadership must draw a clear line with the extremists or extremist groups. The reason being that the BN has to lobby for support from all people; and must therefore take care of all the people so that no one is left out in the process of development," he added.

 

Assalamu aleikum and welcome back. Last week's verdict in India concerning the site of the former Babri Masjid, a 16th century (unused) mosque in Ayodhya, India, seems aimed at pleasing everybody, but pleasing nobody in the process. The Babri Masjid, torn down by hand by Hindu extremists in 1992, set off a wave of rioting that left over 2,000 people (mostly Muslims) dead. The verdict, delivered by the Allahabad High Court, split the affected land to three parties – two of them Hindu and both receiving the actual land where the mosque was sited. The mosque was torn down under the premise that the Hindu Lord Ram was born on the site, though the fact that the mosque remained undisturbed for so long casts that into doubt. "The truth is that the Babri Masjid existed for over four centuries. The High Court relied on the 'faith' of the people who believe that Lord Ram was born at this very spot," said political leader Sitaram Yechury. "The Supreme Court will now have to deliver justice upholding people's faith in the rule of law." Other's insist that there are historical accounts concerning the site that prove its importance to Hindus. Then there is the matter of the demolition itself which, birthplace or no birthplace, was a vigilante act (and is the subject of a separate criminal case). Most observers – both Hindu and Muslim – accept this, but whether it will affect the outcome of the site is uncertain. The BJP, India's largest Hindu nationalist party, wants to keep the actual destruction a separate issue and supports the building of a temple to Lord Ram on the site. There is also the fact that the demolition itself was unreferenced in the court ruling, leading some to believe that the verdict is a de facto justification of it. "We respect the verdict, but in my opinion, it's a verdict in the wrong direction," said Burhanuddin Qasmi, director a Mumbai-based education centre. "I'm surprised, disappointed and I believe the verdict is more a reconciliation effort than a judgment on the merits of the case." Although India (and many of India's Muslims) pride their society with being tolerant and democratic (Mumbai has beenrelatively quiet since the verdict, and there has been no violence elsewhere), tensions between religious sites has always threatened the balance (witness the small Hindu temple built at the foot of Hyderabad'sCharminar). But for the Indian government, a deity's birthplace does not equal a disused mosque, and the careful parsing of the law and land seems intent on finding an equilibrium between India's majority and minority faiths. "This is the position in Islamic law as well since in Saudi Arabia the authorities demolish mosques to lay roads," says commentator Subramanian Swamy. "Even the mosque where Prophet Mohammed used to pray was demolished." Yeah, well… that's another story.

Back in the US, the ongoing tension over buring Qur'ans and "Ground Zero mosques" has been a boon to those politicians up for election for various offices this November. Even after September 11, 2001, the political tendency to exploit anti-Muslim feelings wasn't nearly as prevalent as is now, over nine years later. Salon.com's Justin Elliott has a great rundown of the "five most anti-Muslim ads of the year (so far)." To get a sense of what's possible these days in Islamophobia, consider the far flung politicians that have taken up the cause. In one case, North Carolina GOP congressional candidate Renee Elmers conflates "the Muslims," "the terrorists," and the organizers of Park51 in an anti-mosque ad. Over in Iowa, an attack ad against Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley invokes the GZM, a Florida Republican puts out a racial profiling ad with a Middle Eastern man literally wearing a towel on his head, and an Ohio ad makes gratuitous references to Muslim acquaintances of the Democratic state treasurer and suggest that he too is Muslim. In all cases, the perpetrators are Republicans and none of them could legislate away Park51 if they wanted to. But for them, the attention alone is worth it – especially when they face no real backlash from engaging in open bigotry. Still, if all this negativity is getting you down, reassure yourself that a number of (admittedly left-leaning) media outlets have been rather stellar in their coverage of the hysteria being raised against Islam and Muslims, including the aforementioned Salon.com (with other writers Glenn Greenwald and Alex Pareene),Talking Points Memo, ThinkProgress (whose Editor-in-Chief, Faiz Shakir is an accomplished author and commentator), and the Huffington Post. And CNN's front-and-center treatment of 30 Mosques in 30 States stars Bassam Tariq and Aman Ali along with stories like these set it apart from Fox News and other networks. Is there hope yet for our media?

Finally, while Americans have had conflicting views of the Muslims in their midst (as shown above), the images of American Muslims from other countries have been a bit more consistent. And more and more often, this is being depicted in cinema. Khuda Kay Liye, a groundbreaking 2007 Pakistani film, depicts a Pakistani national integrating into American life before mistakenly falling victim to the anti-terror dragnet. This year's contribution from Bollywood, My Name is Khan, does much the same with an autistic Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. Then there is the upcoming Turkish film, Five Minarets in New York, which adds Danny Glover and Gina Gershon in the mix and… well, you get the idea. All of these films have record breaking budgets (for their respective countries), with extensive filming in America and requisite scenes in dark interrogation rooms with angry law enforcement officials. Minarets in particular appears aimed at a Hollywood ethos, with chase scenes in Manhattan, explosions, and ripped-from-the-headline plots. Clearly, the stereotype is sinking in of an America hostile to Muslim immigrants and overbearing in its fight against terror. Is it fair? To answer that, consider the recent story of a half-Egyptian student in California who, by accident, found that his car was wired with a GPS tracking device. Curious to find out what had happened, 20-year old US-born Yasir Afifi posted pictures of it online asking for information. Soon after readers identified it as a device used by the FBI, he was stopped in his car by police in an SUV demanding the device back. Grist for another cinematic expose (Egypt, we're looking at you)? Perhaps. But this story has an better ending. After Afifi hands the device back, he expects the worst – only to get left alone after a few questions are asked. "We have all the information we needed," the agents told him. "You don't need to call your lawyer. Don't worry, you're boring." So be boring, everyone, and all our troubles will soon be over.

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But while you had Mdm Kwa on whom you cultivated your affection, there were others who were deprived of that very same joy. They were not separated from their loved ones by that surly grasp of death, but by political power with which you wielded, and wielded so ruthlessly and unjustly.

Dear Mr Lee,

As you grieve over the loss of Mdm Kwa Geok Choo, many Singaporeans grieve with you. Everytime someone dear to us passes away, the pain is deep. Losing a loved one is the cruelest act that life can inflict on humans.

Even as you mourn the loss of Mdm Kwa, I am certain that you think of the happier moments that the both of you shared and that you, of all the people in this world, were the one to have had the pleasure of spending a lifetime with her. That, at least, is to be celebrated.

But while you had Mdm Kwa on whom you cultivated your affection, there were others who were deprived of that very same joy. They were not separated from their loved ones by that surly grasp of death, but by political power with which you wielded, and wielded so ruthlessly and unjustly.

You had Mr Chia Thye Poh locked up for most of his adult life. He was incarcerated when he was only 25 and regained his freedom only when he turned 57. Even Nelson Mandela spent less years under detention. The best years of Mr Chia's life was so inhumanely taken away. He had a girlfriend who could not wait for him and who left him when he was still in prison.

Dr Lim Hock Siew married Dr Beatrice Chia. When I met them recently, I saw the love – unspoken but abiding – that they had for each other despite the fact that you had kept them apart for 20 years.

Then there is Mr Said Zahari whom you also imprisoned for years, 17 years to be exact. He spoke lovingly of his late wife, Salamah, whom he adored. She faithfully and lovingly tended home while waiting for her soulmate to return and to hold her and to talk with her. She struggled with their four children, running a foodstall to eke out a living while Said languished in prison. Their children often had no money to go to school.

To this day, he asks for God's forgiveness for breaking the oath he made with Salamah to be together when they married each other. When she died in 2004, his heart must have broken into a thousand pieces, just like yours is breaking into a thousand pieces.

While you loved your wife, they loved theirs too.

There are scores of others who cannot be reunited with their families because you have made it so. Ms Tang Fong Har, who was detained in 1987 and who subsequently fled to Hong Kong, has been wanting to return to Singapore to see her ailing mother. But she cannot because there is still the threat of her being re-arrested if she returns.

Others like Mr Tang Liang Hong are also separated from their families because they cannot return to Singapore without facing incarceration.

I, too, have family. My wife wishes for me to return to Taiwan with her to be with her family. I cannot fulfill that obligation because you have made it so. I did go to Taiwan last year, but only to attend my father-in-law's funeral. He had asked about me before he died but by the time I got to his bedside after I managed to get the Official Assignee's approval to leave the country, he had lost consciousness. I never got to say goodbye.

It pains me to think that the only time I can be with my wife and children in Taiwan is when someone in the family dies.

You have taken away much of what I have but despite all that you have done to me and mine, I bear you no ill-will. As I said to you during our trial in 2008, you are an intelligent man, I only hope that you will become a wise one. I meant it then and I mean it now. Love and the relationships we have with family and friends are what matter most. Riches and power mean little when those dearest to us leave us.

I extend to you my deepest sympathies on the demise of Mdm Kwa. I want to express my condolence in the sincerest manner I know how. But while I commiserate with you on your loss, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportuinity to tell you, if you don't already know, how much pain you have inflicted on your political opponents and whose families you have torn apart, the same kind of pain that you presently feel.

In the remaining time while you still walk this earth with us, turn from your ways. Free yourself from the prison of wealth and power that keeps you from cherishing that most precious of life's qualities – humanity. It is still not too late.

Sincerely,

Chee Soon Juan



Islam’s Invasion Ideology

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 08:24 PM PDT

Friday, 01 October 2010 

by
Martel Sobieskey

In the same way that a fake $100 bill is not legitimate currency, Islam is a counterfeit religion and therefore does not qualify for first amendment status. It is extremely incorrect to categorize Islam as a religion when its core literature and bloody track record prove a thousand times over that it is an -- Invasion ideology, a shrewd and cunning predator -- disguising itself as a religion.

rightsidenews_camps_02Irrefutable evidence proves Islam to be a "wolf in sheep's clothing" and a "Trojan horse" hell bent upon destroying all religions and nations worldwide. This irrefutable evidence is a book called the Koran where Allah commands that all Muslims must wage Jihad until the entire world and every single person is either converted to Islam, enslaved, murdered, tortured or abused.

"Fight them until all opposition ends, and all submit to Allah" (Koran: 8:39)

The Koran is a Manual of War

It is an error for anyone to call Islam a religion, but for those who insist, it's best referred to as a "Religion of War" that has arrived on our shore as an enemy invader for the sole purpose of conquering our nation. This point cannot be overemphasized.

The Koran vows to vanquish all religions and nations worldwide.  Allah himself is the protagonist who relishes the role of a "hit man" vowing to knock off every person who rejects Islam -- sending them to burn in everlasting hell.  For Allah, there is nothing more heinous and loathsome than those infidels (non-believers) who refuse to convert, and there is nothing he will not do to eradicate them.

"I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore, smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off their fingers and toes." (Koran 8:12)

  "Allah wished to confirm the truth by his words: Wipe the infidels out to the last." (Koran: 8:7)

Read the Koran for Yourself

Don't take my word on it.  Read the Koran.  By so doing you will be outraged and ask, "Why in heavens name would any person with integrity and intellectual objectivity call such a blood thirsty and homicidally bigoted "tirade" -- a sacred and holy book?"

Below are two sources for authentic passages from the Koran. The first is entitled   "Islamic Quotes"  taken from prophetofdoom.net .  It provides a few hundred quotes organized into 30 different categories and is very "digestible" giving immediate insight into the malevolence of the Koran and related Islamic texts. The second is an article by Citizen Warrior  encouraging everyone to read the Koran, especially "An Abridged Koran" by CSPI. The advantage of the abridged version is that it eliminates monotonous repetition and provides commentary giving a comprehensive perspective and meaning to the text.

Neutralizing Islam

One does not need a crystal ball to foretell that Islam will turn America into a living hell if left unchecked.  9/11 was America's initiation into the so called "religious rites" of Islam. Millions of Americans are outraged that the real culprit in this attack has been given a "free pass" to continue its rampage. 

Since 9/11, the  religion of peace website has documented 16,124 deadly attacks committed by Islam as mandated by the Koran. These prove that Islam does not deserve the status of a religion and that America has been hoodwinked by so doing. We need to face reality, and implement effective methods if we wish to protect our nation from this religious imposter.

One writer bringing clarity to the situation is Daniel Greenfield. In his article: "Can We Ban Islam? Legal Guidelines for the Criminalization of Islam in the United States" he states in the affirmative that America can legally ban Islam because:

 "Organizations aimed at the overthrow of the United States can be banned and membership in them can even be criminalized."

They key word here is "overthrow".  Any group that wishes to overthrow the United States can be banned. It is well past time for open debate and discussion upon this issue in regards to Islam.

To reiterate, Islam does not qualify for religion status in the USA because it an Invasion Ideology which absolutely mandates the conquest of the United States.  Please see my related article entitled "Demoting Islam's Religion Status"  it provides the basic elements for discussion and reflection.  Also, a must see "you tube" video named "3 Things about Islam" provides a concise summary of the challenge we face.  It is imperative for all Americans to learn the truth about Islam or it will eventually destroy us.

Martel Sobieskey has 36 years research experience in the field of religious conditioning and its relationship to warfare.  He is greatly alarmed that American politicians, military commanders, educators, journalists, intelligence analysts, and security and police personnel have failed to comprehend the deeply entrenched jihadist conditioning inherent in all of Islam – moderates included.


when Dr Mahathir saw his position being threatened, he started clamping down. That’s why Operasi Lalang happened in 1987.

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:18 PM PDT

From Perkasa to Page, the rise of new pressure groups after Election 2008 appears to suggest voters are moving to


Nurul Izzah: At this present time the politics of fear, which includes threats of a civil war and chaos by Perkasa and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, is being used to defend Umno's political interests and not the political rights of the Malays. – Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 — Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar claimed today that a new political culture was needed to replace the "politics of fear" being used by Umno to maintain power in the country.

 

Nurul Izzah said that a "political contract" which was based on the Federal Constitution and took into consideration the rights of all races in Malaysia was urgently needed in order to achieve true stability and progress.

"At this present time the politics of fear, which includes threats of a civil war and chaos by Perkasa and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, is being used to defend Umno's political interests and not the political rights of the Malays.

"The biggest lie in the fight for Malay rights is the assertion Umno is inseparable from the Malays and Malays are inseparable from Umno. What this country needs instead is the politics of hope and liberation to ensure fairness for all," said Nurul Izzah in a statement today.

The first-term PKR lawmaker's remarks today come as a response to an editorial by Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia on October 4 titled "Political power is the future of Malays."

The article warned that Malays would suffer the same fate of Palestinians if they did not unite to strengthen their political power in the country.

According to the article, Malays would lose out their rights in the country to other races if they did not step up to defend what was "rightfully" theirs.

Today Nurul Izzah claimed that the contents of the article was a farce, and that the real concern of Umno was not about Malay rights, but more of political relevance.

"The true future for not only Malays but also the whole of Malaysia lies in a cohesive political contract. This contract is an agreement which involves all citizens to achieve a common goal based on rules of the Federal Constitution.

"Poltical power without a political contract is akin to a game of football without rules or police enforcement without referring to proper laws," she said.

Nurul Izzah said that efforts towards establishing a political contract should begin with a restoration of the constitution to its "original" form- with the abolishment of anti-democratic laws like the Internal Security Act (ISA) , the Printing Press and Publications Act (PPPA) as well as the University and University Colleges Act (UUCA).

The PKR MP has consistently spoken out against former prime minister and Perkasa patron Dr Mahathir for perpetuating the politics of racial fear to keep the ruling Malay elite in power, which she said was detrimental to the nation's stability and progress.wards active political lobbying, but pundits observe that Putrajaya may not be as eager to welcome the bandwagon.

Kuching-based political analyst Dr Faisal Hazis noted "new emerging groups who have become bold enough to press for their rights".

 

 

He noted 2008 to be a landmark year that saw a spike in the set-up of vocal non-government organisations — ranging from the truculent Perkasa championing for what they claim to be constitutional Malay rights to the genteel Parent Action Group for Education (Page) battling the Najib administration to return the teaching of math and science from Bahasa Malaysia to English.

"Groups that were previously reluctant to speak up have seen how other groups have gained public ground through the Internet," the Universiti Sarawak (Unimas) department head of politics and international relations told The Malaysian Insider in a phone interview.

But Faisal also stressed that previously established pressure groups had grown more vocal in the last two years since the 13th general elections as more people have become aware of the law and their rights.

"Now that they are aware that there is space to air their views, they are using it to push the boundaries," he said.

Civil rights group, Aliran, echoed Faisal's view.

Its treasurer, Anil Netto, said it was more a case of the public learning they had rights and so being willing to stand up for what they believe in.

"I believe the watershed elections of 2008 made them realise they had the (people) power to make major political changes and kick out useless politicians and state governments," he said.

"So why not use that same power to assert their own individual and community rights?" Netto added.

Both Netto and Faisal remarked that the present push by grassroots groups was healthy and indicated Malaysia was on maturing as a democracy.

"All this is good for the development of democracy. Politicians can no longer take the people for granted. They cannot plunder the resources they have been entrusted with, without close scrutiny," Netto said.

Faisal responded more cautiously.

"From the ground, the democratic appeals are gaining momentum [but] the political system is still very much authoritarian," the Sarawakian warned, pointing to the continued lack of transparency in the judiciary and government procurement processes.

The academic added the continuation of archaic laws underlined the authoritarian impression, citing the Internal Security Act (ISA) and Official Secrets Act (OSA) as examples.

"If there is no political will to democratise the government, it'll have to come from the people themselves," he stressed.

Faisal traced the trend to two incidents he said had left an indelible mark on the political landscape and on the minds of voters.

The first, he attributed to the 1999 'reformasi' movement when thousands stormed the streets protesting the arrest of sacked Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, booked for sodomy and corruption on what the latter claimed were trumped up charges.

"Although not all support Anwar, the public at large became aware of the concept of justice and the rule of law as a result of the movement.

"This led to the explosion of campaigns for civil rights just before the 2008 elections," Faisal elaborated, pointing to the street marches in downtown Kuala Lumpur and in the national administrative capital of Putrajaya, led by non-government groups like Hindraf and Bersih.

The second factor, Faisal said was the loosening of political control by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government after Tun Abdullah Badawi took over as prime minister from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had been in power from 1981 to 2003.

"In 2004, right after Pak Lah took over from Dr Mahathir, he liberated the political system and opened up room for political debate," Faisal said, referring to the two-term premier by his nickname.

"Ironically, that was part of the downfall of his leadership," he added.

Ibrahim Suffian, founder and director of independent research house, Merdeka Center, however, cautioned that the active groups only represented a limited segment of society.

"The voices only represent one part of the picture and not necessarily a moderate voice," he said, with a nod to Perkasa.

"This creates the impression that things are more extreme. In reality, the Malays are moderate in their outlook," Ibrahim said.

The KL-based analyst observed that "politicians are now playing to the gallery because the public is now more active" but warned that discriminatory practices may continue or worsen because the leaders were unable to properly judge which gallery was more accurate in reflecting the masses.

Faisal backed Ibrahim's cautionary note and warned the public to brace themselves for impending backlash from the federal government.

"Since Najib took over, his Administration is squeezing back," Faisal said.

"I think the BN government will tighten the screws on political freedom. We can already see that happening.

"But if the move from the grassroots is too great, it'll be difficult. I don't foresee drastic action like in 1987 to curtail freedom," he said, referring to a massive crackdown on opposition leaders and social activists ordered by Dr Mahathir in a bid to fortify his shaky position in the government after being challenged from within Umno by rival partyman, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Carried out by the police on October 27, 1987, the operation, codenamed Operasi Lalang, saw 106 people arrested and incarcerated under the ISA. Three newspapers, The Star, Watan and Sin Chew Daily had their publishing licences suspended.

"Every now and then, the government will flex its muscles to show the situation is under control," Faisal quipped.

He observed that the ruling coalition is usually "responsive to public pressure", but will quickly move to use all the administrative tools at its disposal to clamp down any form of dissent it senses may remove it from power.

"If the people want subsidies, the government will give subsidies. If they want more freedom of information, they will give. But once the government position is under threat, they will take away that freedom.

"Look at Dr Mahathir. In his Administration's first seven years, he was very liberal. He released a lot of ISA detainees. He was hailed as a liberal leader.

"But when Dr Mahathir saw his position being threatened, he started clamping down. That's why Operasi Lalang happened in 1987.

"This method has been used by the BN government from the start," Faisal stressed.

Asked to respond to views that state government ruled by Pakatan Rakyat had employed similar tactics to curb dissent, the Unimas don said he disagreed.

He made it clear it was because the PAS-DAP-PKR alliance did not have access to control or enforce the law at the federal level, unlike the BN.

"Whoever has control of the federal government will have the political power and access to public institutions, like the police, the army and the law," Faisal said.

"This is because they lack in experience in being in government," he added.

"But we can see that at the state level, for example Selangor, where the public is demanding for accountability, they [the politicians] are finding it difficult to cope. Take for example, Ronnie Liu," Faisal noted, referring to graft allegations haunting the Pandamaran legislator.

Journalism lecturer, Mustafa Kamal Anuar, noticed politicians on both sides of the divide were now bowing to public pressure in a way that would have been unimaginable even a decade ago.

"Some take it in their stride, while others are nervous about the scrutiny," said the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) don.

Mustafa observed that some of the newly-formed pressure groups may not be able to sustain their steam in the long haul, which may be to the detriment of Malaysia's democratic progress.

"Groups that have clear a mission and are established based upon certain principles are normally set up for a long haul, and these are often sustainable.

"What is of concern is the mushrooming of certain NGOs overnight that appear to be easily-mobilised for short-term gain, or for the primary purpose of amassing big numbers for a particular issue," the Penang-based observer said.

 

 

 



Equal chances for all, says Chua

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:14 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA Youth and Wanita wings will be given equal chances to be appointed to party or government posts, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

He said gender and faction should not be the criteria in the selection of candidates; and what was important was that the candidates must be accepted by the people.

"In the event of a general election, the candidate must be able to secure a victory," he said during a Wanita MCA annual general meeting (AGM) dinner here last night.

The Youth and Wanita would hold their AGM here today.

Meanwhile MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the proposed amendment to the MCA constitution making it automatic for every MCA Youth division to send a central delegate to the parent body's assembly would be put to the vote at the parent body's AGM here tomorrow.

He said the proposal would need the approval from at least two-thirds of the central delegates present at the AGM.

He added that the central delegates would cast their votes at Wisma MCA's Dewan San Choon here before lunch.

On the rationale for the amendment, he said the Youth had wanted it.

"The constitution allows Wanita MCA to automatically send a central delegate to the parent body assembly and the Youth wing wants the same," Kong said here yesterday.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said 14 issues had been included in the resolutions of the movement's annual general meeting today.

"One of them is the recruitment of female members into our movement.

"We hope the delegates can give serious thought on the issue and give their feedback to us," he told reporters after chairing a briefing session for its division leaders here yesterday.

THE STAR (Saturday October 9, 2010)


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