Saturday, October 30, 2010

Galas: Every by-election is important, says MCA chief

Galas: Every by-election is important, says MCA chief


Galas: Every by-election is important, says MCA chief

Posted: 30 Oct 2010 10:30 AM PDT

GUA MUSANG: Every by-election is important because there no single constituency will remain a political party's safe seat indefinitely, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek on Saturday.

"The response from Chinese voters is satisfactory, but, for the MCA, the support does not come naturally and we will have to continue to work hard for it.

"Galas by-election is highly important to us," he told reporters after meeting voters at Kampung Baru Gua Musang Saturday morning before ending his three-day visit to Galas constituency.

Dr Chua said he was confident that the voters here had the ability to differentiate which party really served them and that which just appeared during a by-election.

He said that the Pakatan Rakyat rarely kept the promises it made during a by-election.

THE STAR (Saturday October 30, 2010)


Hated by Indra

Posted: 30 Oct 2010 03:54 AM PDT


Yesterday when I was in a barber shop waiting for my turn, I read bits of an old book lying on the magazine table. The barber gave it to me as he saw me so engrossed in its pages. It's a 1993 novel by Martin Booth titled 'The Iron Tree'.

The story centred around an Irish Catholic priest in China of yonder days (1900). I came to the page which described the priest strolling along a road beside the river that flowed past Wuchow, the village he was stationed at. He saw Chinese coolies (labourers) hauling blocks of stones from a barge to the town. These were the lines I was drawn to:

The blocks were several feet square and each took two men with a substantial bamboo pole slung between their shoulders to lift it. These pairs of men struggled up the steep bank with the blocks, their breath coming in starved gasps by the time they reached the road, their horny bare feet kicking up dust as they staggered off into the town.

Pausing for some minutes, I watched the procession, wondering what life expectancy might be of these near-slaves. They could not be able to look forward to long lives and it was of no surprise to me the British had found it so easy to addict the Chinese to opium. Anyone with such an existence would want frequent release into a better world.

Opium has always been associated with the Chinese. But not many people, especially westerners, are aware that it was the British who forcefully brought large quantities of the drug (from its Indian colonies) into China, leading to two wars with China, appropriately called the Opium Wars, when the Chinese authorities attempted to bar the imports of the dangerous substance.

The Chinese lost both times and were heavily punished by the British with severe bank-breaking amounts of monetary compensation. Naturally British supplied opium continued flowing into China, and the rest is history.

The British Parliament, British merchants and the Royal Navy were collectively the world's original drug cartel.

But I return to Martin Booth's most observant two sentences of "They could not be able to look forward to long lives and it was of no surprise to me the British had found it so easy to addict the Chinese to opium. Anyone with such an existence would want frequent release into a better world."

Nearly five years ago I wrote The Toddy Syndrome where I stated:

Probably the most deprived and marginalised ethnic group in Malaysia, a land of bountiful plenty, is the Indian community. […]

The typically hardworking but unskilled Indian struggles at the lower scale of employment, earns enough to live from hand to mouth day to day, has no or little after-hours amenities, has many children as a result of their sole entertainment (not unlike Chinese farmers in remote rural areas), at the end of work dashes off to the local 'pub' for several tin mugs of watered toddy, gets himself pissed drunk to blank out his agonizing frustration, apprehension, worries, physical/mental pain, hopelessness and anger at his-fate-decided-by-the-gods, ... [...]

The evil toddy ... has become the straw to hang on for many socially-drowning Indians. Its devastating effect produces the syndrome, but the disease is hopelessness in an increasing competitive world that is rapidly leaving many Indian Malaysians behind.

Their children are born into immediate disadvantage. Their community is looked down upon. They are assigned ownership of Malaysian crimes which cannot be attributed to foreign migrant workers. They have become the debris, flotsam and garbage of Malaysian society.

Such is the unhappy lot of the chronic poor, impoverished people who would be exploited for the economic and sensual gratification of the ruling class and the rich.

These unfortunate people include Filipino or Indonesian maids in Malaysia and the Gulf countries, (once) poor Vietnamese in the old USSR and East Germany, underage Thai prostitutes, semi-naked Chinese women demeaned into cavorting with hundreds of snakes in glass cages in restaurant in southern China, illegal migrant prostitutes in Malaysia, and as for India, the world's biggest democracy, one only needs to read Aravind Adiga's Man Booker Prize winning book 'The White Tiger' to realize the evils of class-caste exploitations and persecutions in India.


We can bet 100% that when society has a class system, whether this was determined by religion as among Hindus and orthodox Jews (Cohanim, Leviim, and Israelites), or social strata as among the English and (earlier) Japanese, the culprit who developed and propagated the system would undoubtedly have come from an upper Brahmin class.

As French philosopher Claude Levi-Strauss said: "The only phenomenon with which writing has always been concomitant is the creation of cities and empires, that is the integration of large numbers of individuals into a political system, and their grading into castes or classes. It seems to have favored the exploitation of human beings rather than their enlightenment."

But thousands of years of (religious or/and societal) indoctrination have convinced the lower class, despite their modern education, to accept their man-assigned positions. I recall an Indian friend, a Dalit, who lamented he couldn't marry the woman he loved (and who loved him too) because she was from a higher caste.

I looked at him in shock and asked why in today's world he and his sweetheart would even accept such social discrimination. All he did was moan and groan and cry out in despair that it was impossible to break free from the shackles of the Hindu caste system. Of course with such an attitude, he didn't marry her.

There is no greater evil than the caste-class system, especially one instituted by so-called religion:

Indra

He gained possession of the Sun and Horses, Indra obtained the Cow who feedeth many. Treasure of gold he won; he smote the Dasyus [dark skinned people], and gave protection to the Aryan color - Rig Veda III.34.9

Blowing away with supernatural might from earth and from the heavens the swarthy skin which Indra hates - Rig Veda IX.73.5


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The Demise of Malacca

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 04:45 PM PDT

written by John Doe

"The port of Malacca was in a horrible state of affairs. Every night, the river of Malacca had to be chained with logs, to keep the marauding Pirates from attacking this small port. Sailors had to sleep in their ships, to safeguard their cargo, and to prevent the frequent attacks and the burning of ships... Malacca was no longer safe"... -Portuguese Records.

Malacca was never the largest port in SEA. It was never the most important port either. It was always overshadowed by Tioman, Pasai, Patanni, Aceh, and so on. The trouble is, the Indonesian Government does not even want to recognize the Acehnese Kingdom anywhere in their Textbooks, or present day Maps, simply because the Acehnese are claiming independence. (The same quashing of this history is happening to Pattani, hence the everyday violence in Yala, Songkla, Satun and Narathiwat.) The Acehnese territories had been under the Ottoman Empire for a brief spell in the 12th & 13th Century. This leads to further Academic complications as the Ottoman Empire was a creation of the Mongols of Gengis Khan. The Khan's also ruled all of India, and their subsequent descendants built the Taj Mahal. (BTW, Shahrukh Khan, Riz Khan, Yahingir Khan, Jansher Khan are all descendants of the Gengis Khan family.)

You need to understand that the Mongols, or also known as the Moghuls, were of multiple religions. You had the Muslims, the Buddhists, and these Mongolians did actually live in harmony. It wasn't until the days of Kublai Khan when trouble began, as his uncles were too busy fighting each other for territories. Needless to say, Kublai Khan resolved all these issues, and built his Xanadu, in Beijing, known as the Forbidden City today. Yes. Altantuya's ancestor-relatives built the Taj Mahal, and Forbidden City.

Now all this happened BEFORE the birth of Parameswara's great-grandfather. This was the 12th Century. Circa 200 years, right around the time when the Majapahit Kingdom fled, and broke away from the Srivijaya Kingdom. The Majapahit Kingdom then begged China many many times to "recognise, and legalize" their position in Palembang. The vicious Javanese Srivijayan's duly killed the Chinese Emissaries of the Ming, and refused to recognize Majapahit. They had made enemies with the Thais, who were then, under the control of the new Kingdom of Sukkhotai. Yes, Sukkhotai was only formed in the 13th Century. Preciously, Siam were ruled by the Angkorians in the 11th and 12th Century, and subsequently by the Burmese (Bago) from 1558-1773.

Back to the Majapahitans. They even started using and manufacturing their own Chinese coins, known as the Kepeng during the 13th Century. Please remember that the Majapahitans are really Javanese. These Hindus severely oppressed and ruled the gentle Malays of Jambi with an iron thumb. The Malays were innocent Buddhists then. The Hindu Majapahitan Javanese then quashed whatever was left of the Malays, and destroyed most, if not all, of the Malay Buddhist Temples. They all lie in ruins underwater in the Melayu River today. They await Archaeological Excavations, even though they were found more than 12 years ago.

Now this sets the stage for Parameswara. He wanted to kill his own father, because he was greedy, and wanted to be King of Majapahit, and was immediately issued a death warrant by his own father. He then fled to Temasik, where he killed King Tamagi, (who was the Brother of the King of Pattani, then under the rule of Ayodthaya). The port of Patani at that time was one of the busiest and wealthiest ports in the region with trade from China, Japan, Portugal and later on the British, apart from the local traders. The materials on trade were gold, cotton, silk, spices, porcelain and pottery.

Patanni was an excellent Port, situated right in between the Champa Kingdom of Vietnam, and Aceh of Sumatera. Furthermore, Lembah Bujang had been in existence since the 2nd Century, and was considered to be one of the Holiest Hindu sites in Southeast Asia. This was also the oldest Hindu known site in all of SEA. The second oldest would be in My Son (pronounced Mee Senn) in Central Vietnam, of the 3rd Century, under the Champa Empire. Borrobudor (Buddhist) was built n the 6th Century, and Angkor (Hindu), was built in the 8th Century.

 

 

All these Kingdoms were constantly flipping between Hinduism, and Buddhism. Depending on the Kings which ruled, their Kingdoms would constantly change from Hinsuism to Buddhism all the time. As such, Prambanan, Chandi Sukkho and Chandi Chetto, and more than 600 Hindu or Buddhist temples were built in Java during the Srivijayan Period alone. The same was true of Angkor. The Kings often hacked the statues of Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, or Ganesan, and replaced them Buddha each time the Kings decided to change religions.

Such was the turbulent backdrop against which Malacca was to enter. It is important to note the dominance of the popular Religions, depending on the incoming traders as well. When the Gujerati traders first arrived in the 2nd Century, they were Hindu. When the same Gujerati traders arrived in the 10th Century, many had converted religions already. Champions of Islam were also arriving. Most notably, was Syed Bukhari, who smashed his penis on a stone, so that he would not "think evil thoughts", was one such Champion. The stone where he smashed his penis can still be viewed in Pariaman, West Sumatera. The Mingangkabau's are extremely proud of it, although we do not know anyone who has emulated Syed Bukhari recently.

On the same topic, Zheng He was probably either never circumcised, or perhaps he was "overcircumcised", as he was a Eunuch. I find it extremely strange that so many Chinese Temples are built in his honor, despite him being a Muslim. Regardless, Zheng He probably helped bring Islam into Malacca, along with his 30,000 Military Armada. The Sultan of Brunei, among others went to China to pay respects to the Ming Emperor. All Ming Emperor's names began with "Tzu" (pronounced Chu), so the fairy tale of Hang Li Poh being a Ming Princess doesn't hold water. There are those who claim that Hang Tu Ah translates to "Noble Warrior/ Leader" in the Thai Language. But, that remains to be confirmed.

It is important to note that despite Malacca having all the written records of a Maritime Law, the question of enforcement has never been brought up. The Royal Sampan Armada was never found, nor was there any grave of any Sultan during the classical Malacca Period.

The only one which is highly suspect, is the one found in Fort Canning Hill in Singapore. However, once you know that Parameswara killed the Temasik King, Tamagi, then, it is highly unlikely that the Malaccan Javanese and Bugis migrants would carry the body of Parameswara all the way back to Singapore for burial. The ruling Thai's would have never allowed this to happen. Also having said that, just like the grave of Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kesturi, Hang Lekir, and Hang Lekiu, there was never any names written on their grave (unlike the Acehnese Gravestones). All that was there, was a large stone. So, perhaps it was "Officially designated" as a tourist site, and a subtle claim of "Validation", which turned these unknown graves into the graves of warriors.

Just as the Tourism Malaysia Signage states (at the grave of Hang Tuah) "... This was a large stone, marking a grave, and hence, it must have been an important person. As such, it could have been no other than that of Hang Tuah". You see, this is open admission that no one really even knows whose grave this is. Also, by admission, "All we found was a large stone".

Yet, today, this Alleged Hang Tuah Grave is styled like the Touristy "Hang Graves" found in town near Jonker Street. I also find it extremely ironic that Hang Tuah's grave is situated in Kampong Keling. It is only dutiful of me to note now, that it becomes even more ironic that one can find alleged Soldier and Warrior Graves, but not one single Sultan. Yes. Not one single Sultan's Grave has ever been found.

 

Nor has there been ever any building, or structure of the Great Malaccan Empire been found either. Not one !! Why is this so? Is the Glory of Malacca a fictitious creation no different from the Mythical "Social Contract" which UMNO raves about?

I now turn your attention to Pulau Besar, situated just off the coast of Malacca. You can reach that place by regular Ferry. Why has this island never been mentioned or offered as proof of Malacca? The island is beautiful !! It boasts a golf course which has changed hands at least 4 times (coz of Bankruptcy), and a magnificent Marina City, which has yet to be launched. Construction completed in 2001. And the white sandy beaches are a joy to sunbathe on. The reason? It is apparently haunted !!

Putting ghost stories aside. This island has more than 1,000 graves !!! Of these thousand graves, two are Muslim Graves. And all the rest are Hindu Graves. Many Indians, Muslims, and Chinese flock to this Island on the weekends to pay homage. The graves are from the Malaccan Period, and yet has never been offered as "Proof". Why?

Because there were only TWO Muslim Graves. It is most interesting to note that people go there to pray for Lottery numbers and such. It is even more interesting to note that the Malaccan Government destroyed 7 graves belonging to 7 Brothers. Who are these 7 brothers? And how important were they to warrant their graves to be destroyed with a Bulldozer by Malaysian Officials? And where are any of the Malaccan Kings?

And why is the only other Cemetery, the one on Bukit China? Why are Hindu, and Chinese Graves the only reminders of this allegedly Great Muslim Empire? Where are the Muslim Graves?

 

The Muslims do NOT cremate their dead, and throw them into the sea, so, again, and again, I question the validity of any Muslim evidence in Malacca.

I stress that the ONLY item which suggests that there was a Malacca was a solitary coin minted. I wrote about it sometime ago (Click HERE). Even then, the coin only states "Yang Arif", which means "The Smart One".

So either this King had no name, or it was not even a Malaccan coin at all !! Half the guys in town are called Arif today. This does not mean in any way that any of them minted this coin. It is also interesting to note that this coin is called a "pitis". As all of us know, the "Pitis" was a solitary coin ripped off from the Duit Pokok, which was used to be presented to the Siamese Kings. Bank Simpanan Nasional still reminds Malaysians of this tribute paid to Ketuanan Siam, as they still use it as their Logo today.

 

The other issue is the chronology of events. It was recorded that the Thai's attacked Malacca in 1447, and yet, the battle was fought in Muar. Perhaps, we have all been searching in the wrong place, and the original and REAL Malacca is Muar.

Geographically, the Muar river is far superior to the Malacca River. It is as wide as the Singapore River, and the waters are calm. All maps which we see from the Portuguese, and the Dutch, show present day Malacca. This is easy to understand, if the Portuguese relocated Malacca, from Muar to present day Malacca. This also makes perfect sense, that not one artefact from during the "Zaman Gemilang Malacca" has ever been found.

All we see today, are the 16th and 17th Century buildlings. Namely, the Portuguese "A Famosa" Gate, the Dutch Stadhuys, St Paul's Church, and the Dutch Graves located behind it. The fake Museum replica was only recently built to provide an "imaginary" illusion that there was once a magnificent Malacca in its' present day location. Of course, no one will find anything from the pre-Portuguese days.

Present day Malacca is probably NOT even THE Malacca !!! It is simply just another Kampong Nelayan which the Portuguese took over. Even Kampong Keling, and all the other "supporting Villages" which surround present day Malacca do not have a shred of evidence that any of them existed during the "Zaman Gemilang Malacca".

This is so strange. Any visitor should go see "Zaman Gemilang Portuguese dan Belanda" instead. Malacca is begining to be another "National Embarrassment" soon, if this is not quickly rectified.

 

Assuming now, that there was indeed a Malacca, (but located in Muar), it is important to understand the state of affairs in and around Southeast Asia. Majapahit was going through tough times. The kings were assassinating each other, and there was Civil War in Java between 1401-1406. During the same period, there were also Multiple Earthquakes, Floods, Tsunami's and severe Drought.

All this took its toll on the warring Majapahit, and Srivijayan Kingdoms. Names such as Bhre Kertabhumi, Kertavijaya, Purvavisesha, Bhre Padan Salas, and so on dominated the scene begining with the assasination of Kertavijaya. All wanted to grab power. Most of Indonesia was divided, and subdivided into really small mirco-Kingdoms, and each was fighting the other for power, and control.

As such, the neighbouring ports benefited from this. Malacca (situated in Muar) was one such Port. It was small, young, and was adequately supplying resources to passing ships. However, things changed for the worse towards the end of the 15th Century. In 1499, Majapahit sent a last-resort plea to China to ask for financial assistance. It had gone bankrupt, and foreign merchants had decided not to stop there anymore. Malacca, and the other Sumatran Sultanates colluded to attack the northern Empires of Java. By 1500, they had suceeded in controlling all of the North of the Java.

The most powerful of this Alliance was the Demak Dynasty. He had 30,000 men, was much stronger than Malacca, and he was Chinese. His name is Cek Kok Po. He later adopted the Javanese name of Raden Patah, when he married his Javanese wife. The second strongest Force was Surabaya. The Portuguese saw this as a great opportunity to advance itself to the Spice Islands. As such, it immediately saw that the Civil Wars going on in Java had completely weakened itself. Perang Saudara was working for the Portuguese. However, this same Perang Saudara was also crippling the export of the much needed spices to the West, and their meats were rotting during the warm months of Summer.

In 1509, the first Royal Portuguese trading expedition commanded by Diego Lopez de Sequiera with a fleet of 18 ships arrives in Malacca hence the first European to arrive here. The locals called the Portuguese `Benggali Putih'. In an argument over the collection of "Malaccan taxes", vs the Portuguese going to the Maluku islands to obtain their own spices resulted in the Portuguese ships being ferociously attacked by Malacca. Most escaped except for 20 prisoners. Thus, hatched the idea of Bludgeoning Malacca to use it's strategic location to attack Java, and thus command the Spice Trade of the West. Thus began all the report speaking good things about Malacca to obtain Military funding for the Expedition to control Java, and Maluku.

Now, the following is what was never taught in schools:

B. W. Diffie and G. D. Winius in the book "Foundations of the Portuguese Empire 1415-1580" wrote: "the capture of Malacca by a mere 900 Portuguese and 200 Indians must rank as an event in the history of European expansion no less stunning than the better known conquest of Tenochtitlan by Hernando Cortés". Malacca claimed to have 100,000 fighting men, as was written in Sejarah Melayu (Asal-Usul Raja-Raja). So, either the 100,000 fighting men were utterly useless warriors, or someone was lying about the number. Or, the 900 Portuguese and 200 Indian Warriors had some "special Ketuanan" of sorts...

In 1510, Bendahara Tun Mutahir plots to assassinate the Sultan. Sultan Mahmud Shah executes him and his entire family instead. Sultans Ahmad Shah succeeded the throne temporary from his father Sultan Mahmud Shah. Internal strife of Malacca had begun. With more and more ships skipping past Malacca to go and directly obtain their Spices from Maluku, Malacca was left High-and-Dry. Its neighbours were all at war, and despite its contributions to the attack and conquest of North Java, Malacca was left with absolutely no control whatsoever of any territorial land in Java. In essence, Malacca was cheated, and now it was now suffering. The Portuguese obtained the help of Utimutiraja. He was a Javanese Spy who had a beef with Malacca because of the Malaccan role in the vicious attacks on Java. This Javanese Trader brought with him, his 5,000 personal Militia, to assist in conquering Malacca. All these 5,000 Javanese had developed strong hate for Malacca for their role in the destruction of Javanese Trade, and the capture of Northern Java by the Sumaterans. However, Utimutiraja became greedy. Before the Portuguese started to set sail, he decided to be a two-time spy. The Portuguese executed him instead for his "changing of sides". They then sought the help of a local Malaccan Chitty named Nina Chatu. This local rich Chitty then helped the Portuguese obtain information and deliver information for the impending attack. Meanwhile, the Malaccan Sultanate was still squabbling over which part of North Java they were supposed to control. The port was ignored, and all the traders had gone. This Chitty was very intelligent and smart. He managed to enlist the help of all the traders who were either cheated, or robbed by the Malaccan Sultan, or were disgruntled in some way or another. Thus, the Thais, the Sumatrans, and many Javanese pooled their resources to help the Portuguese. And this was done in record time too. Exactly the following year, the Portuguese return to take over Malacca. Alfonso d' Albuquerque brought his Portuguese fleet, and together with the Thais, the Sumatrans, the Javanese, and a handful of "dan lain-lain" ships attack Malacca on the 10 August 1511, and succeeded.

The Portuguese now had the perfect location from which they could launch strikes against the Javanese who were already so severely weakened, and crippled by their Civil Wars. To add to their problems, the Sumaterans were also constantly attacking the island of Java.

 

The year is 1628. And the Acehnese ruled Malacca for 8 months. Why was Acehnese Rule never discussed in Malaysian History Books? This was not the first time the Acehnese attacked Malacca. They attacked it in 1537, 1568, 1571, 1582, and terrorized Malacca for the next 60 years. The question is why? Here's the reason. The Portuguese wrote that Malacca was a very important location. This was not from the standpoint of Trade. But this was from the standpoint of a good base to launch attacks on the already weakened Javanese. And why Java? because they were a threat to obtaining "Droga" (Spices in Portuguese) for sale to the entire Western World. Therefore, "He who controls Malacca controls all of Europe" phrase was coined. This was said precisely to obtain the much needed Portuguese Military Funding to launch those attacks. This gamble proved to be correct.

Even before the construction of the A Formosa was completed, the King of Cerebon, King Suliwangi sent 2 Emissaries in 1512, 1nd 1513 to the Portuguese in Malacca to beg for their help. They pleaded with Henrique Leme (Captain, and Ambassador) to help stop the attack of the Cek Kok Poh. The Sultan of Demak from Sumatera. True enough, in 1513, Cek Kok Po, the Chinese Sultan of Demak decides to attack Malacca, as it was a threat to their impending attack on Cerebon. He failed to stop the Portuguese. In gratitutde, the King of Cerebon signed a treaty which allowed the Portuguese of Malacca to build a Defense Fortress and setup a Portuguese settlement in Sunda Kelapa.

Every year, the Pajajaran Kings would then pay the Portuguese 20 tonnes of Pepper for continued protection of North Java. Menawhile, the runaway Older Son of the deposed King of Malacca was volleying continuos attacks on Malacca, in 1518, 1519, and 1523. Each time, he failed. Just for continuity's sake, here is the rest of the Royal Bloodline of Johor. Sultan Mahmud Shah ruled from 1511 to 1528, Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah ruled from 1528 to 1564, Sultan Muzaffar Shah ruled from 1564 to 1570, Sultan Jalla Abdul Riayat Shah ruled from 1570 to 1597, Sultan Alauddin ruled from 1597 to 1612, Sultan Abdullah Maayat Shah ruled from 1612 to 1623, Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah II ruled from 1623 to 1677, Sultan Ibrahim ruled from 1677 to 1699

 

Sultan Mahmud, the ruler of Johor, was a savage and vindictive sadist. He was assassinated in 1699 by a group of nobles, with the killing blow struck by Tun Mergat Seri Rama, whose pregnant wife had been disembowelled at court as a result of Mahmud's orders. The Bendahara, Abdul Jalil, seizing the opportunity, immediately appointed himself as Sultan. Parameswara's eldest son's Bloodline ends here. The present day Sultanate of Johore, is descended from a completely unrelated Bendahara Line, and has no ties to the Javanese-Parameswara line whatsoever.

The Bendahara, Abdul Jalil took over the throne from 1699 to 1717, Sultan Suleiman Badr Al-Aman Shah ruled from 1722 to 1760, Sultan Abdul Jalil Muazzam ruled on 1760 and Sultan Mahmud ruled from 1761 to 1813, and the rest is history.

Meanwhile, the story continues at Malacca. The Portuguese realized that they could never advance to Java from their Position in Goa. Hence, they chose Malacca as a new camp. Why Malacca? It would have been suicidal to try to take over Aceh, Pasai, or Majapahit, as they were simply too strong and well fortified. Singapore wasn't to be "discovered" for the next 200 years. Plus, it was located smack in the middle of the Pirate-Infested Johore-Riau Islands. Hence, Malacca was chosen. It was financially weakened, by the Malaccan attacks on North Java, it was in a relatively unprotected part of the Sumatran Straits, and (regardless of whether it was actually in Muar or Johor), it was generally well known to be the weakest of any Ports in the region. Since Malacca was only chosen as a Port from which to launch Military Mission, the real capabilities of Malacca as a trading port became irrelevant. It wasn't long before VOA, (under the Dutch), began to realize the importance of Maluku, and decided to set their sights on Java. The very factors which allowed the Portuguese to conquer Malacca, became their weakness, and they succumbed to the Dutch in 1645.

 

You see, Malacca was not the great Port it was made out to be. It was a Military location, poised for launching attacks onto Java, and various other parts of Indonesia. It was a Naval Base, of sorts. Not a Trading Post.

All the nice descriptions of Malacca was simply to obtain Military funding. Most important to note, is, there is no evidence of any pre-Portuguese Malacca anywhere to be found. You want a real Location? Try Lembah Bujang instead !!!

Built in the 2nd century with the help of the Gujerati's, the local Malays were iconic Hindu's, and helped spread Hinduism all over Southeast Asia fro a staggering 1,500 years. This was known as the Golden Hindu Era. Lembah Bujang is a real Empire, built 1,200 years BEFORE Malacca !!

From Lembah Bujang, Hinduism spread to the Kingdom of Champa in the 3rd Century. And then to Borrobudor in the 6th Century, and lastly to Angkor in the 8th Century. The Kingdom of Angkor was destroyed in the 13th century, a full 200 years before Parameswara was even born !! That is the importance of Lembah Bujang.

Short of Perak Man from 10,000 years ago, and Niah Caves from 40,000 years ago, nothing else compares to the age of Lembah Bujang !! But using Perak Man, or Niah Man would be opening an entirely new can of worms, because they were both Negritos, hence, fortifying the Orang Asli's position as the one and true Bumiputras of Malaysia.

 

I rest my case.

Bibliography:

  • Fernandis, Gerard "Save our Portuguese heritage conference 95 Malacca, Malaysia" 103 pp. Gerard Fernandis, 1995, Malacca, Malaysia. A very interesting book on the Portuguese heritage and history in Malacca.
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The history of the fort of Malacca during the Portuguese and Dutch time.

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The occupation of the straits of Malacca 1636-1639, the siege and the capture of Malacca 1640-1641, commissary Justus Schouten's report of his visit to Malacca 1641.

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The coming of the Portuguese, Portuguese rule in Malacca, Malacca's role in Portuguese colonial strategy, Portuguese-Asian relations in Malacca, the end of Portuguese rule.

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In: "Oceanos" n° 32 Outubro - Dezembro 1997, pp. 63-83

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816 + 784 pp. 2 volumes, illustrated throughout OUP / Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1983, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A complete study on Malacca town from the beginning till today, with a bibliography of Melaka studies.

  • Silva Rego, Padre Antonio da "A Comunidade Luso-Malaia de Malaca e Singapura "

In: Actas do V Colóquio Internacional de Estudos Luso-Brasileiros, vol. I, Coimbra, 1964, pp. 507-512.

Also in: Silva Rego, Padre Antonio da "Dialecto Portugues de Malaca e outros escritos" 304 pp. (Cadernos Ásia) CNCDP, 1998, Lisboa, Portugal.

  • Silva Rego, Padre Antonio da "A Cultura Portuguesa na Malaia e em Singapura "

Comunicaçao apresentata a reuniao conjunta da Academia Internacional da Cultura Portuguesa e do Conselho Geral da Uniao das Comunitades de Cultura Portuguesa, 28 May 1968.

Also in: Silva Rego, Padre Antonio da "Dialecto Portugues de Malaca e outros escritos" 304 pp. (Cadernos Ásia) CNCDP, 1998, Lisboa, Portugal.

  • Sousa Pinto, P. J. de "Portugueses e Malaios: Malaca e os Sultanatos de Johor e Achém 1575-1619"

334 pp. maps, Fundaçao Oriente, 1997, Lisbon, Portugal.

Malaca e o Estado da India: enquadramento economico, quadro politico militar; Malaca e a geopolitica dos estreitos 1575-1619, Portugueses e Malaios, a cidade de Malaca.

Sousa Pinto, P. J. de "Capitaes e casados: um retrato de Malaca nos finais do seculo XVI"

In: "Oceanos" n° 32 Outubro - Dezembro 1997, pp. 45-60

  • Sta Maria, Bernard "My people, my country. The story of the Malacca Portuguese community" ?

236pp. Malacca Portuguese Development Centre, 1982, Malacca, Malaysia.

Draws attention to role of lay groups in keeping the faith particularly during the Dutch period.

  • Sta Maria, Joseph "Where do we go from here ?"

89 pp. Joseph Sta Maria , 1991, Malacca, Malaysia.

  • Subrahmanyam, Sanjay "Commerce and conflict: two views of Portuguese Melaka in the 1620s" ?

In: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, n° 19(1), March 1988, pp.62-79.

  • Teixeira, Manuel "The Portuguese missions in Malacca and Singapore (1511-1958)" ?

3 vols. Agência Geral do Ultramar, 1961, 1963, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Thomaz, Luís Filipe Ferreira Reis "Early Portuguese Malacca"

196 pp. CTMCDP - IPM, 1998, Macau

From: Thesis "Os Portugueses em Malaca: 1511-1580" Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, 218 pp. maps 2 voll. 1964, Lisboa.

This volume comprises three essays on the city of Malacca and its society, during the first decades of Portuguese rule.

  • Thomaz, Luis Filipe Ferreira Reis "The Indian merchant communities in Malacca under the Portuguese rule" ?

In: Souza, T. R. de (ed., ) "Indo-Portuguese History: Old issues, new questions" Concept, New Delhi, 1985, pp.56-72


Operasi Lallang II Imminent As Newly Renovated Kamunting Camp Can Hold Thousands of Detainees!!!

Posted: 30 Oct 2010 12:48 AM PDT


By Admin

If there was a common thread in the speeches made by Umno leaders during the just concluded Umno General Assembly, it must have been the hysterical repetition of 'defending Putrajaya' at all 'COSTS'! BN/Umno appears to be on panic mode as public confidence on the Regime is eroding by the day.

PM Najib Razak will certainly call for a snap General Election within the next 6 months as the longer he waits, the more the support for BN/Umno will erode. The only way Najib can Neutralize Pakatan Rakyat and hence keep Putrajaya in the hands of BN/Umno is to do what his father, former PM Tun Razak did by wiping away Opposition gains in the 1969 GE by declaring a State of Emergency and suspend Parliament at the aftermath of the May 13 Tragedy in which the Opposition was blamed. When the dusts was settled, the Opposition saw itself losing power and Alliance / BN was able to get back to the status quo. It appears that PM Najib may just follow what his daddy did in 1969.

All Najib needs to do is to get the clowns from PERKASA to clash with Makkal Sakti Party or MCA so that he can declare Emergency and blame it all on Pakatan Rakyat, Bloggers, Social Activists, the Bar Council, Academicians, Journalists and Religious leaders. The Scribe has been reliably informed that the Kamunting ISA Detention Camp has been massively renovated that it will be able to hold thousands of detainees. So, hold your breath folks, Operasi Lallang II is just round the corner. This is the only way the BN/Umno Regime of Najib Razak will be able to hold on to power. Also read http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/isa-vigil-at-kamunting-detention-centre-yesterday/


Idris “They are Back..”

Posted: 30 Oct 2010 12:33 AM PDT

It's Free Gated Territory Yahoo..!!!!

No wonder the robbers and criminals are in hiding.Its the same time,same place,same tactics One month of Idris Jala's NKRA (national key results area) show. Its measurables and results just to ensure that the country's objectives are met. He could be out of a job soon….hik hik hik

Those living in the Samarahan areas are all inconvenient daily for the next couple of weeks. Other areas in the country are experiencing the same predicament.

There has been cars breaking down,tempers flaring,and cursing the man in blue and also Idris Jala the person/minister  who many still is convinced that he should still be working in SHELL or never left MAS instead of in the government.

Next he should introduce Touch and Go cards for those residents living in the inconvenient zones and create a separate lane.hahaha.That way BN ruling government might just win back some losts VOTES. 

 Maybe not, the criminal minds might just decide to even produce similar ones.

Well,you decide………………

 

 

related articles:-http://audie61.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/bn-who-will-you-blame/



SODOMY II - Checkmate!

Posted: 30 Oct 2010 12:17 AM PDT


By Pakac Luteb

The charade in court continues.

Anwar Ibrahim's lawyers are denied a very reasonable request, access
to the case notes on which a medical report is based.

But the denial really makes NO difference in the outcome of the case

Antibody testing of Saiful's blood could clearly show if Saiful was
speaking truthfully or lying when he testified that Anwar Ibrahim had
sodomised him multiple times over a period of months, without a
condom.

If Saiful was telling the truth, Saiful's blood would contain
antibodies to Anwar Ibrahim's semen and sperm.

If no such antibodies are found in Saiful's blood, then Saiful was
lying in court.

Please read this:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1194431/pdf/genitmed00043-0011.pdf

It's a study by the National Institutes of Health in the USA.

The study describes what i said about antibodies being produced when
semen and sperm are deposited in the rectum.

I challenge the prosecution and defence to do the antibody testing and
do it properly, no cheating.

Dear AG Gani Patail, the case against Anwar Ibrahimm is sitting on a
bad foundation. A big "hole" is about to "open up" and "swallow" the
case.

I'm confident about the outcome of the antibody testing, if it's done
fairly and correctly, without cheating.

Dear AG, as the winner of a chess game says "checkmate" to the loser,
I say "checkmate, game over" to you.

Drop the case against Anwar Ibrahim, before the "hole" "opens up" and
"swallows" you.


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The armless pianist won the talent show

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 11:52 PM PDT

In AUgust, I posted a youtube video showing Liu Wei an armless pianist using his feet to play piano in the earlier rounds of China Got Talents.

Well, guess who has won that talent show ?

Yes, you guess right. The armless pianist (or foot pianist) Liu Wei won, and deservedly, the winning pisece he played is "You are Beautiful".

I will post the video below:

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I will also post another video here from CHina Got talent. This video shows a guest , none other than the British Got Talents winner few years ago Paul Potts (the mobile phone salesman previously and now a celebrity). In this video , Paul Potts sings a Mandarin song:



Protest against violent arrest

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 11:32 PM PDT

Lawyers for Liberty and Suaram organised a protest against the sudden detention of K Selvach Santhiran, a witness in the inquest of death in custody victim R Gunasegaran. Video by Sunny Lim Edited by Shufiyan Shukur
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Posted: 29 Oct 2010 11:27 PM PDT

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Yeah, Najib Razak, Abdullah Badawi, Mahathir Mohamad -- where is all the PETRONAS money

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 08:53 PM PDT

I have been on sabatical leave of sorts for two weeks now, and occasional I cut&paste -- cut&pastry in my funDy DDC!:) thanks to aweOFhelen IpohLang -- some useful nuggets sent by my emailmates. TERIMA kasi'! Manyak manyak:):) Here/hear's one/wan from mGf -- my GOoDfriend -- Stan Koh --

A letter written by a Malaysian



All Malaysians should spend sometime and read this. Petrol money is
not pension contributions unlike that of in Norway. As of 30 September 2009 petrol money's total value in Norway is NOR 2.549 trillion ($455Bn ). And other facts on Norway are:
[2] Holding 0.77 per cent of global equity equity markets.
[3] With 1.25 per cent of European stocks,
[4] It is said to be the largest stock owner in Europe.
[5] Despite the influx of oil money, Norway has not reduced their taxes nor have they introduced subsidies or use the money for white-elephants projects.
They have kept their oil profits for the future generations of Norwegians (be it the total population of Norway is not more than 5m lives).
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR OIL REVENUES?
From various reports (namely from Dr Mahathir himself in one of his articles), we can sum up the total contribution of Petronas to the government in these terms:
Tun Hussein Onn Period : RM 33 Billion
Dr Mahathir Period : RM 165 Billion
Pak Lah’s Period : RM 256 Billion
So an estimated total of RM 456 billion in terms of oil revenue has been received by the Malaysian government from Petronas since Petronas’s inception.
Now, the reason why the commenter above expresses his worry is that to date, the people of Malaysia do not have the faintest idea where the oil money has gone to.
I mean, if I am a Norwegian, and someone asks me where has Norway’s oil money gone to, I can easily answer the oil money is currently residing in Norway’s pension fund.
But, for a Malaysian, that is not an easy question to answer.
As the comment I quoted above shows, we Malaysians has never really seen a single cent of Malaysia’s oil money. In fact, we have to pay through our noses when we fill up our cars at Petronas’s petrol stations.. I mean, for all the oil money Petronas makes, why couldn’t they at least keep the Petronas Station toilets clean. Is that too much to ask?
INDONESIAN EXPERIENCE
I also cited the Indonesian experience with oil money.
During their OPEC heydays, Suharto+family and his cronies were enjoying life like no one knows.
They were drowned in money. A veteran Indonesian oil-worker I know told me that during the heydays, oil was found in INLAND INDONESIA. They do not have to explore oil offshore back then. They found oil within Indonesian land. And all of the money was not spent where it counts i.e. infrastructure, facilities, savings etc.
Suharto+family and his cornies robbed Indonesia’s oil money blind. So during Indon’s heydays, we do not see many highways, bridges, roads etc. Most of the oil money goes to Suharto and his cronies pockets.
In order to keep the people subdued, Suharto subsidized everything i.e. gasoline, food etc. But, even with the subsidies, it didn’t account much to the total oil earning of Indonesia because back then food and gasoline was cheap.
Trouble really starts when the oil money ran dry. The oil drills are digging out air instead of the normal black stuff. So, no more money for subsidies and no more money for their big pockets.
And sure enough 3 years later, Indonesians became more jobless and more hungry than before. The oil money has run out and the country is in a deep hole that they can never climb out of. In the aftermath of Suharto’s fall, there was massive starvation. People were living in abject hardship. The oil money that helped to keep people slightly above starvation is no more.
So, naturally, 50% of the people went below starvation level.
Food became very expensive and their money became devalued so much. The result, close to 1 to 1.5 million girls/women in Indonesia had to turn to prostitution just to stay alive. Suffice to say, Indonesia is a GREAT example of how the oil curse works.

ARE WE TO SUFFER THE SAME FATE?
UMNO and BN are no less of a thief then their Suharto counterparts.
We Malaysians are also being robbed blind by UMNO.
The fact that UMNO having to remove subsidies, introducing the GST, raising taxes here and there shows that OUR OIL MONEY HAS RUN OUT.
THE PARTY IS OVER.
And when the music stops, 99% of Malaysians will find out that all of the oil money has never went their way at all.
It went into the pockets of UMNO PUTRA and their cronies.
Now, when the oil money has ran out, UMNO and BN has decided to come and robbed us blind instead by taking money out of our pockets. They cannot lower their standard of living and the normal income they use to get by robbing our oil money.
They now have to rob us for the loss they are suffering due to dwindling oil revenues.
So, what are we to do now. Our daughters will end up becoming prostitutes just to buy a kilo of rice in the future. God forbids.
No one can accuse me of exaggerating when the real live example is just across the Malacca Straits.
Come over and you can witness for yourself.

The Curse of the Oil in real life.
Norway is more Islamic than Malaysia when it comes to oil money.
But will UMNO Mufti’s ever admit to that?
Tulang Besi


p.s. below is a quote from WIKIPEDIA on the Oil Money controversy in Malaysia.
Happy reading
Oil Revenue Payments to Malaysian Government on July 4, 2009.
Petronas adviser Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked what did the government spend with the RM253.6 billion payment from the national oil company over the past six years when his successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime Minister. He said that Petronas has been paying dividends, taxes, royalties and export duties to the government since 1976, after it was set up as the national custodian for fossil fuels. Petronas began by paying the government RM300 million in 1976, rising to RM2 billion in 1981, when Mahathir assumed office. The total from 1981 to 2003 was RM168.8 billion for the 22 yrs that marked Dr Mahathir's tenure as the country's fourth PM..
Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang urged the BN Govt to open its books on Petronas and give a full accounting of how payments from the national oil company had been spent since its inception. Lim said that previously Mahathir did not raise any issues about the misuse of funds from Petronas, set up in 1976 as the national oil company, to bail out "dubious projects�. He pointed to the infamous incident where RM2 billion was used to bailout Mahathir's son Mirzan Mahathir’s shipping concern Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd (KPB) in 1998 when KPB was floundering in billion-ringgit debts with its share price falling to RM3.78 by February 1998, a fraction of its pre-financial crisis level of over RM17. He claimed that there were other occasions under Dr Mahathir when “Petronas was used as a national piggy bank� such as the RM2.5 billion and RM1 billion bail-outs of Bank Bumiputra in 1986 and 1989, aiding MAS and Proton in their financial struggles as well as to fund mega-projects such as the Petronas Twin Towers and the shifting of the federal administration to Putra Jaya.

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Mahathir was never wrong

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 07:28 PM PDT

The Opposition is actually heading down the wrong road. More often than not, the Opposition choose to link Dr Mahathir to every political issue.

Take for example, the recently announced Budget. As usual, it was DAP leaders who provide comprehensive review of the Budget and never PAS or PKR as they have sensational statements prepared even before the Budget is read out.

But DAP leaders were also clueless, such as Lim Kit Siang. The Budget was described as Mahathir-ish. Kit Siang must have been in the game for too long and spent his life opposing Dr Mahathir without considering whether Dr Mahathir was the right fit or not.

Kit Siang made "Mahathirism" sound bad. But in actual fact, Mahathirism is a good injection to a very crappy economy back then. Neither were Mahathir's Budgets and if Najib's budget is Mahathir-ish, then Najib is on the right track.

To understand what Mahathirism is all about, read

  1. Mahathirism in my eyes
  2. Mahathirism's pet projects
  3. Mahathirism - Education and Foreign Relations

To add on, Dr Mahathir ensured UMNO's stability and indirectly the country's stability when he "politically managed" his former deputies such as Tun Musa Hitam, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tun Ghaffar Baba.

We cannot deny that under Dr Mahathir's years, the political arena was well controlled and ensured that the country's development and progress continued smoothly.

One phrase sums it all. Dr Mahathir was never wrong.

He was not wrong when he pressured Tun Abdullah Badawi to resign even though our friends in Pakatan Rakyat thinks he is a good Prime Minister (this shows what sort of quality we have in PR, hopefully they invite Pak Lah over to their party to lead them in 13 GE since he is so good).

I mean, seriously. Who in their right mind will want Pak Lah, Tun Musa Hitam and Anwar to be PM of Malaysia in the 21st century and expect them to lead us to be a developed and high income nation by 2020?

Now, Dr Mahathir finally sees results in Najib when the sitting Prime Minister announced his budget and launched the Economic Transformation Programme.

PM, heartiest congratulations. The word from the ground and the coffee shop stories I hear, the PM has successfully shown that he is a man who only care about getting the job done professionally regardless of race, religion or politics.

As a parting shot, the next time you read anything on politics, think if I'm right when I say the Opposition can never put aside race, religion and politics. It is in their blood.

Together we transform the nation.


A red carpet for growth, when Obama visits India Obama leads US ‘East India Company’ to Delhi

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 06:30 PM PDT



Posted on October 29, 2010 by The Editors
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The hullabaloo about the the Obama trip to Bharathas caught headlines all over the world. The Bharatis see this as a move towards Superpower status. America sees it for what it is –a means to sell American products and services to Bharat.

While Bharat heralds its clout in defense procurement as proof of the leverage it has over American business, this has to bee looked at through the prism of major defense contractors. Let s benchmark other countries to see what is their clout. Saudi Arabia is buying $60 worth of arms from America. The Guld sates are purchasing $130 billion of arms from America. These colossal purchases dwarf the Bharati purchases and dilutes the Indian plan to get clout in the US department of defense.

From defence deals to outsourcing and trade, the tenor of the visit is to focus on job creation and business for US companies.

  • A top US official said one of the 'major themes' that Obama will emphasise is India as a 'tremendous market'.
  • "I think one of the major themes I think that the President is likely to emphasise is that while that is part of the relationship, India is also a tremendous market, potential market, for US exports and a source of investment back in the US," Deputy NSA for International Economic Affairs, Mike Froman said.
  • In the run-up to President Barack Obama's visit next week, the US has made it clear that it is looking at India as a larger export destination and that the President will emphasise the nation as a potential market for exports byAmerican companies.

Bharat's economy is smaller than the GDP of the Benelux countries. So why doesn't President Obama lead a team of CEOs to Benelux countries or to the Gulf States which are purchasing billions of Dollars of US equipment and merchandise.

The Indian Express describes the salient features of the Obama trip.

In the run-up to President Barack Obama's visit next week, the US has made it clear that it is looking at India as a larger export destination and that the President will emphasise the nation as a potential market for exports by American companies.

On the nuclear front, while welcoming the signing of the Convention on Supplemental Compensation by India as a 'positive step', a senior US administration officer has said Washington is seeking a ' level playing field' for their companies.

"What we seek is a level playing field for our companies. India leadership has said that's what it wants to ensure, too, and so I think we're making progress," William Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs said in Washington, ahead of the Presidential visit.

From defence deals to outsourcing and trade, the tenor of the visit is to focus on job creation and business for US companies. A top US official said one of the 'major themes' that Obama will emphasise is India as a 'tremendous market'.

"I think one of the major themes I think that the President is likely to emphasise is that while that is part of the relationship, India is also a tremendous market, potential market, for US exports and a source of investment back in the US," Deputy NSA for International Economic Affairs, Mike Froman said.

Holding that the trade relationship between the countries is 'broadly balanced', officials said Obama's message will stress the "tangible impact in supporting and creating jobs here in America" as business opportunities are opened up in India.

Obama will begin his India visit on November 6 with a message of condolence for the victims of 26/11 and will then celebrate Diwali with school children along with First Lady Michelle.

He will visit the Gandhi Museum in Mumbai where he is also scheduled to attend a major business meeting, before heading to New Delhi, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes said in Washington, briefing reporters on Obama's maiden trip to India from November 6 to November 9.

Obama will celebrate the festival of lights with children in Mumbai. But Diwali celebrations will not commence until he pays homage to the victims of 26/11 on November 6 at the Taj Hotel.

Obama will attend a business summit organised by the US-India Business Council, Rhodes said. He will also participate in a roundtable with entrepreneurs, another one with some US CEOs, before delivering a speech to the business summit.

Obama's stay in Mumbai will stretch to two days and is focused on the future partnership that the US trying to build with India — a relationship that the US believes is indispensable to shaping the 21st century.

He will also hold a town hall interaction with university students and talk with them about the future of India-US ties.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on the evening of November 7, with the16th century monument Humayun's Tomb being his first cultural stop.

His official programme in Delhi will begin after a stop at Rajghat followed by a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister and a press conference. The same day Obama will address Parliament.

The state dinner is scheduled for the night of November 8 before which Obama will meet his Indian counterpart. Indian Express.

The $42 billion IT industry of India is really a Call Center industry which does not have many barriers to entry. Nor does it have any impediment to new players into the field. Already the Phillipines are a destination of choice for many companies because they offer better labor rates and a superior work ethic. Ohio is the first US state that has banned Outsourcing. In this era of high unemployment other states are emulating the same laws. At least a dozen states are considering laws against outsourcing, and others are looking to see how the laws fare. Even President Obama has stepped back from his rhetoric of open markets and does not espouse unlimited H-1 Visas. He is now on record on limiting Outsourcing. All this will severely hamper the IT industry, and impact the growth rates of Bharat. Delhi cannot stay oblivious to the economic downturn in America and Europe. The Islamphbia is strains of Xenophobia which is impacting Bharati businesses in the U S and in Europe.

The Chinese IT industry today rivals the Bharati industry, however it is not externally focused. The Chinese IT industry is creating electronic products that rival Apple, and Motorola. In fact Zong and other Chinese Telecom industries are now ahead of European and American telecom giants. Zong and its partners like Warid offer Wimax and LTE technology which is only now beginning to seep into America. Chinese has reached technological independence. The Chinese infrastructure rivals American infrastructure, and its Aerospace industry is producing commercial and military aircraft. In fact most of Boeng and Airbus planes will be produced in China. China holds a trillion Dollars worth of US T-Bonds. Its trade surplus according to some estimates is about half a trillion Dollars per annum. This buys serious clout for China.

The Bharati IT industry has not produces cell phone, or software that can be sold in the US or European market. In sharp comparison, the Chinese have produced all sorts of technologies and have even sued Apple for copyright infringement.

In affect Bharat does not offer a huge market for America. Its purchasing power is limited.

What does all this have to do with Obama's trip. President Obama is making a trip to Bharat to pressure Bharat to resolve Kashmir so that it can make a face saving exit from Afghanistan. Those external factors will help Obama in his next elections.



AS INDIA PREPARES FOR PRESIDENT Obama's state visit in early November, it is inevitable that Indians should be treated to a parade, across their daily headlines, of likely commercial deals, geopolitical tensions, protectionist moves and unfavourable comparisons with the president's Republican predecessor. All these, however, would not capture the essence of what ordinary Indians look forward to, when they prepare to greet Mr Obama, anymore than a botanist's description of the parts of a flower would capture its fragrance. Barack Obama is more popular abroad than he is at home. In the US, he is a leader who has not quite delivered deliverance from unemployment, is caricatured as an apostate from the religion of free enterprise and is relentlessly criticised for not showing enough spine when it comes to tough customers like China, North Korea or even Iran. Abroad, he is a symbol — of power that acknowledges a possible distinction between might and right, of the possibility of pursuing the common good in an interconnected world and, ultimately, of the triumph of the human spirit, of the underdog who can come out on top. It is, indeed, in this latter vein that most Indians are likely to receive Mr Obama, and celebrate him.

 

And that is just as well. It is rare for state visits to herald or consummate big changes in the way two countries interact. Such visits are meant to give a fillip to the ties between the visitor and the host, not to transform it. Tokens of goodwill would be put on display — a deal for supplying aircraft or locomotives, to remove high-tech sanctions, to cooperate in higher education. But tokens are form, not substance.

 

In their relations as states, India and the US have many areas of contention, where their immediate interests conflict. But over the long-term horizon, there is much convergence between their goals and scope for cooperation. The point is to keep both the long-term and short-term prospects in simultaneous perspective so that short-term dissonance is not allowed to embitter future ties just as promise of the good times to come does not become an excuse for current compromise on core issues.

 

India is a target of US protectionism, particularly in it services, suffers the consequences of loose US monetary policy in the shape of rising oil prices that float on dollars gushing into commodities, an excessively strong rupee and froth in the Indian stock market. The US has full sympathy with India in its battle against terror sponsored from Pakistan, but is reluctant to act against Islamabad because it is putatively Washington's key ally in its own war against al Quaeda. Pakistan can persuade the US to continue pouring aid and assistance into shoring up its founding hostility towards India, even as the US declares India to be its civilisational soulmate.

 

These are pinpricks that India has to live with, and can afford. However, there is no gainsaying that India is yet to reap the full benefits of the associate membership of the nuclear club that President George Bush wangled for India, in the teeth of stiff opposition. To realise the full potential of the nuclear deal, the US administration needs to move resolutely to remove all remaining barriers to India's unrestricted access to high technology. Release from the technology denial regime was the prize that India sought through admittance to the Nuclear Club and once the Obama regime operationalises the abandonment of technology denial, India can start acquiring the strategic capability it needs to sustain an independent national security strategy in a world that has divided into mutual defence pacts, all of which exclude India. And such moves would suit the US and most of Asia, all of which desperately seek a counterweight to China.

 

Continuing hostility between Israel and Palestine harms India, as well as the rest of the world. If Israel could be persuaded to negotiate its way, in good faith, to peace with a Palestine state, that would help bring democracy and stability to the Middle East, more vigorously than America's war on terror has so far. New Delhi wishes the Obama administration greater resolve in this matter.

 

India is too large a country, not just in terms of its population or economic size but also on account of its far-flung interests, for US-India ties to be strictly a bilateral affair. But the US president and India's prime minister will stick to what directly affects the two countries, leaving the broader set of issues to wideranging dialogue on a sustained basis.

 

Sections of public opinion in India still remain colonised and subjugated to the idea that engagement with a superpower can only be from a position of subservience. Large sections of India are yet to get used to the idea of India emerging as a major power in the world.

 

To span the long, schizophrenic gap between mass poverty and venality at one end, and the beckoning miracle of power and prosperity at the other, India needs a sustained process of inclusive, globalised growth. Bilateral relations with the US can yield vital bits and pieces needed for that transition. India will welcome President Obama as someone who symbolises and facilitates such a journey of redemption.

 

 



Idris Jala paying consultants hundreds of millions Some who need to obey the rules and some who don’t need to obey

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 06:19 PM PDT


The memory of an Anwar that ignited the imagination of many Malaysians

 

Jala said claims Pemandu had doled out hundreds of millions to consultancies were grossly exaggerated. — file pic

Between TONY BLAIR and MAHATHIR the oscar.for the lier this Century goes to TUN MAHATIR from MALAYUSAJA

 

Oh dear! Perhaps that was a taste of things to come? Though, knowing how we generally deal with a successfully executed national event (shock and awe, followed by euphoria), chances are we'll remain on a high for a while, congratulating ourselves on something we actually managed to pull off. That's the good part, the understandable part. If India is taking a collective bow right now, it is well deserved. God knows there is not all that much we do with any level of excellence, so a little chest-puffing is essential, given the sleazy background to the Games.

Now comes the hard part.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stressed that Malaysia practised UMNO democracy and had it own laws and well-managed legal system UMNO style,

Will there be a postmortem (mind you, the correct term is just that – postmortem, not witch hunt) now that the party's over, and the tracksuits have been mothballed for a while? Or, are we going to say philosophically "all's well that ends well – full stop." One certainly hopes not. Last week's drama involving 'The Czar', 'Commissioner', 'Emperor' – whatever it is that Lalit Modi calls himself these days – unfolded like a vintage Salim-Javed script. How so? The Modi-Kalmadi episode is like a classic story of brothers separated at birth. But there's a small twist this time. Instead of a good brother (cop) and a bad brother (dacoit), there were just two bad boys (no prizes for guessing the other baddie's name). Both were given carte blanche by someone (we still don't know the identity of this mysterious person). James Bond had a license to kill. Modi and Kalmadi had a license to make a killing!

Will the average Joe ever get to know the dirty details? Naah. A lot (seriously, it's one hell of a lot) of lolly was made – no questions asked. We were told there was a Bigg Boss on the scene monitoring the stash. Who were the other inmates in the house? Now, that's asking! Were there any Pakistani molls involved? Local thugs with criminal records? Former beauty queens and trashy models? Drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll? Come on, guys. Grow up. Boys and their toys go together. We can keep digging, and some foolish journos can keep hyperventilating. But the Mystery of the Missing Millions will never be solved. You know why? Nobody really wants to know. Most important, nobody cares. We confuse efficiency with morality. We are so sick of incompetence, so embarrassed by our inability to get things off the ground, that anybody who is seen to 'deliver' suddenly becomes a demi- god.

Right now, even Kalmadi's most trenchant critics are shaking their heads and saying, "Maan liya, he did it!" As if that feat nullifies the rot that preceded it. Modi's sworn dushmans willingly concede, "Boss, only a Lalit could have pulled off the IPL." All true. We adore bulldozers and bull shitterters equally. We worship people we believe are "capable". Capable of what? Don't be stupid. We know the answer.

 

Consultants engaged by Pemandu are being paid from its budget of RM40 million and not the bulk of a RM729.4 million budget as alleged, said Datuk Seri Idris Jala today.

 

The Performance Management and Delivery Unit CEO and minister in the Prime Minister's Department said claims that its operating budget for 2011 was RM729.4 million were "1,822 per cent exaggerated".

He further pointed out that its actual budget of RM40 million was also being used for other purposes besides consultants, including manpower costs, "assets under existing and new policies", workshops, research, travel and logistics and media costs.

According to figures provided by Jala, the RM729 million figure could have been derived from totalling up Pemandu's operating budget of RM40 million together with the National Key Result Areas' (NKRA) operating budget of RM334 million and the National Key Economic Areas' (NKEA) operating budget of RM355 million.

The NKRA and NKEA budgets are parked under relevant ministries, including RM334 million under the Prime Minister's Department (PMO).

"None of this money is paid to consultants as alleged," said Jala in a statement to the media.

He added that although the budget allocation was parked under the PMO, there was a clear approval and tracking process in place to ensure that the allocated amount was used to produce the results outlined in the GTP (Government Transformation Programme) Roadmap.

 

Liew claimed Jala's portfolio had become an impromptu and costly ministry. — file pic

"It must be stated clearly that final decisions for spending the money is done collectively by the NKRA Steering Committee, which includes all involved parties, and this is chaired by the deputy prime minister," stressed the Pemandu CEO.

 

The clarification came after DAP Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong issued a statement to the media last week saying Jala's portfolio — dubbed "Kementerian Idris Jala" or KIJa — was a costly new ministry which would benefit international consulting firms.

Liew claimed that the total cost of "KIJa" was about RM6.19 billion for 2011, and an additional RM6.4 billion for 2012, of which RM 11.86 billion has been allocated for National Key Economic Area (NKEA) projects over the two-year period of 2011-2012 under a development budget.

The MP further alleged that a RM729.4 million operating budget was allocated for 2011 "which has mostly been channelled to international consulting firms", referring to the prestigious global consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting that were involved in helping Pemandu formulate the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) — a raft of projects aimed at creating an additional RM1.7 trillion in gross national income.

The projects are expected to be largely funded by private investors and government-linked corporations although the government has committed to put up eight per cent of the projected RM1.4 trillion cost in its role as a catalyst.

Jala dismissed the KIJa jibe saying: "To be clear, there is no such ministry."

He said that the NKEA development budget amounted to RM5.5 billion in 2011 and RM6.4 billion in 2012.

Jala also defended having the RM12 billion ETP budget being parked under the PMO saying that it was to ensure effective management and control of expenditure.

He agreed, however, that "effective management and control of the budget is critical"

 

Speech by Anwar Ibrahim, Head of the Opposition, Malaysian Parliament "We will win, because we are right, and because reason is on our side.

 



加臘士補選:民聯活動有吃有獎‧蔡細歷斥言行不一

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 05:54 PM PDT

(吉蘭丹‧話望生29日訊)馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷砲轟,指民聯的領袖言行出現矛盾,當國陣宣佈撥款時,民聯說那是糖果,自己卻舉辦類似"有吃也有獎"的活動,吸引選民參與。他促請民聯領袖們不要講一套,做一套,在指責國陣派發"補選糖果"的同時,自己也舉辦利民活動。

"而且這種說法,也侮辱了華裔選民,好像華裔選民要有錢才會給票。"

蔡細歷是於週五在話望生新村聚友亭會見馬華婦女組排舞班後,如是表示。出席助選活動者,還包括馬華拉美士區國會議員兼農業及農基工業部副部長蔡智勇。

在同一個地點的草場上,民聯則正舉辦一場大型的"領袖與人民親善交流"活動,活動上有幸運抽獎、有獎遊戲、填色比賽,當然也少不了早餐招待。

小販中心無廁所

蔡細歷說,民聯活動的所有出席者都會得到獎品,而出席週五早活動的馬華婦女們,甚麼也沒有拿到。

"她們不但沒有東西拿,還要為我準備食物。"

談及加臘士補選的華裔選票行情時,他希望選民把這幾天來的熱情,化為國陣的選票。

他說,他週四晚會見了加臘士補選國陣競選主任東姑拉沙里,後者也認為這次的補選,各民族的反應比308全國大選更好。

"選民比較熱烈,人民也看得到吉蘭丹在回教黨執政20年後沒有甚麼表現,這種情況不可以再繼續下去。"

他說,他全國各地走透透,發現只有話望生的小販中心是沒有廁所的。

"回教黨州政府連基本設施也不能為人民準備;因此,我希望選民可以把選票投給國陣候選人。"

會瞭解不諳華文教師派華小課題

蔡細歷說,他會去瞭解教總在報章上所指明年有千名不諳華文的國語教師被派到華小的課題。

"我還沒看到這個報導,不過我會去深一層瞭解。現在,我並不清楚教總到底從何獲取這樣的數據,也不清楚這項課題。"

教總主席王超群週四指出,近期一些華小接到教育部的口頭通知,或是在教育局的會議上被告知,明年將有數以千名馬來教師及不諳華文的教師會派來華小執教國文,包括低年級的國文;同時,有關華小必須接受這些國文科教師。

駕大車住大屋仍申請組屋
蔡促知情者投訴

針對副首相慕尤丁於提名前在加臘士州議席推介的"人民組屋計劃",馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷強調,如果民眾發現有"駕大車、住大屋"的人提出申請,可馬上向他投訴。

蔡細歷是在話望生華人新村的金記酒家裡與當地華裔選民交流時,作出這項保證。

民聯領袖這幾天一再披露,申請"人民組屋"的表格出現兩种樣版,引起混淆,甚至有人說只有馬華黨員才能提出申請。

不過,蔡細歷談論這個課題時卻強調,中央政府準備在話望生市內興建1500個廉價組屋單位,其中一半是保留給華裔選民的,這已證明馬華是公正的處理這個課題。

"如果你們發現那些駕大車、住大屋的人也來申請,你就向我投訴。如果我們沒有幫你處理這件事,你可以罵我。"

他強調,馬華將確保那些符合條件的選民,都能順利提出申請。

光明日報‧2010.10.29


Candidates silent on issue of illegals

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 11:47 PM PDT

By Joe Fernandez

COMMENT Interestingly, none of the three candidates in the fray for Batu Sapi – Linda Tsen, Yong Teck Lee and Ansari Abdullah – have so far raised the issue of illegal immigrants in their various political ceramah on the campaign trail. Otherwise, this is a hot issue in Sabah.

They are unlikely to do so, and with good reasons, too.

Sabah Umno veteran Karim Ghani, who recently left his party in a huff over the continuing disenfranchisement of local Muslims given the influx of illegal immigrants, thinks that "no politician in Sabah can afford to touch on the issue (illegal immigrants) during elections in more than half the state seats". Karim hopes to garner at least 1,000 votes from ex-United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) members for Ansari. Usno was deregistered when Umno entered Sabah.

About 5,000 of the Muslim voters in Batu Sapi are in fact illegal immigrants placed on the electoral rolls with MyKads issued via the back door. This is an open secret in the parliamentary constituency.

However, no one is really sure how many of these illegal immigrants still remain in Batu Sapi. The illegal immigrants are not settled communities but forever restive and on the move. Some sources say that many of the illegal immigrants have moved on to other parts of Sabah, sneaked into Peninsular Malaysia or even returned home.

Not all illegal immigrants have the kind of MyKads which permit them to leave the state. There are those with MyKads which are only good for voting, and nothing else. Such MyKad holders have been routinely turned back at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport whenever they tried to board a plane for Kuala Lumpur or even Miri in Sarawak. The stock answer they receive from the airport authorities: "Your MyKad is only good for voting." This causes no end of frustration among the illegal immigrants affected and this could be one reason why they eventually return home by the same routes they used to enter the state illegally.

In reviewing the track record of the various candidates on the issue of illegal immigrants, it can be noted that Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee was disqualified in the 1999 Likas election petition after the court ruled that the electoral rolls were riddled with illegal immigrants. Ironically, by that time, Yong had served as chief minister of Sabah for two years, that is, 1996 to 1998.

Batu Sapi PKR division chief, Hassnar Ebrahim, was once held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), followed by two years of house arrest in Sandakan for placing, by his admission, 15,000 illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls with MyKads issued via the backdoor.

Main worry

Hassnar subsequently told the national news agency Bernama in an interview on Jan 19, 2007, that he was prepared to tell all to the authorities, the police and the courts about the Project IC. There were no takers. He alleged that the other operatives he knows had earlier placed 135,000 illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls.

Hassnar claims that his main worry is that local Sabah Muslims were being systematically disenfranchised by the entry of illegal immigrants and their placement on the electoral rolls with MyKads issued via the backdoor. He has expressed regrets several times in public for his role in the issue of the 15,000 illegal immigrants which has tainted him for life.

Still, de facto party chief Anwar Ibrahim cited Hassnar's involvement in the MyKads scandal as the main reason why he could not risk fielding him in Batu Sapi. It's poetic justice that Hassnar, as PKR Batu Sapi division chief, has been found wanting. Any other Batu Sapi division chief would have been the automatic choice to be the Pakatan Rakyat candidate in the parliamentary by-election.

In any case, raising the issue of illegal immigrants in public over the years has not been entirely an exercise in futility for Hassnar. He has grown fabulously wealthy over the years as the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has been forced to buy periodic bouts of silence from him on the issue. He cannot be said to be on the take but he has certainly had more than his fair share of business opportunities thrown at him since his ISA days. No one is that lucky in business and all the time.

PKR has also other reasons for raising the issue of illegal immigrants in Batu Sapi.

Forced to keep mum

Anwar himself has been accused of being involved in the Project IC scam, also known more notoriously as Project IC Mahathir, when he headed Sabah Umno before he was sacked in mid-1998 from the federal Cabinet and the party amidst the economic downturn brought about by the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, however, did not publicly refer to the economic downturn but instead accused him of being "morally unfit" to be in government.

Linda Tsen of the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), like the other two candidates, has been forced to remain silent on the issue of illegal immigrants. Any hint from her on this issue risks the certain electoral victory that awaits her on Nov 4. The bookies are already predicting a 3,500-vote majority for her. Yong will come in second, according to them, and Ansari is expected to get less than 2,000 votes.

PBS president Joseph Pairin Kitingan has put the federal government on notice since late last year that he wants the issue of illegal immigrants resolved by the end of 2012. Pairin's concern is the security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sabah. His younger brother, Jeffrey Kitingan, is equally concerned about the disenfranchisement of Sabahans through the continuing influx of illegal immigrants who enter the electoral rolls. He sees his people as eventually becoming internally displaced persons or refugees in their own land.

But SAPP and PKR can raise Pairin's demand during the campaign but to what purpose? Will it dent Tsen's chances and better their own? How will it look to Sabahans if both Yong and Ansari suddenly try to appear as great heroes of the illegal immigrants just to garner their votes? They will certainly lose the majority of the votes in the constituency.

DAP, which is eyeing Batu Sapi for the general election, can cause problems for Yong by reminding Sabahans of Likas 1999. This is likely to anger the illegal immigrants who are likely to vent their fury on PKR, the DAP's Pakatan partner in the fray. This is not likely to bother DAP one bit since it's no secret that the party wants the BN, through PBS, to win the seat this time. This would make it easier for DAP to claim the seat the next time from PKR.


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