Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's déjà vu in Singapore

It's déjà vu in Singapore


It's déjà vu in Singapore

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Maxwell Coopers

COMMENT It is déjà vu all over again in Singapore. Anyone with fresh recollections of the diplomatic kerfuffle that erupted following the caning of US teenager Michael Fay in 1994 can attest that it would not be "easy" as it seems when that kind of punishment is meted out to Westerners.

Fay was convicted of vandalism and flogged four times. His punishment at Singapore's Queenstown prison bruised not only him but also the sensibilities of the US media and their erstwhile hip-shooting, crusading politicians out not perhaps to salve the nation's conscience but to gain some grandstanding points.

And what many blamed as misplaced, emotional knee-jerk reactions, the then US Trade Representative even sought revenge by urging the global community to move the inaugural World Trade Organisation meeting away from Singapore.

But that was then. Things have moved on and both nations have continued to enjoy cordial relations for the best part of their relationship.

In fact, what has happened since 1994 has been nothing short of what could be called an alliance.

Besides an increase in business activity between both countries, the US military also continues to enjoy close and warm ties with Singapore.

That only became more pronounced after the Sept 11 attacks which culminated in a visit to the Republic by then former US president George W Bush.

Mask of cordiality

Yet over the weekend it happened again and the mask of cordiality that both nations exhibited outwardly was removed.

This time, another US national had allegedly committed a crime for which caning was the penalty.

"The rule of law will (apply) to anyone regardless of the nationality of the person involved, his background or status," Singapore's Law Minister K Shanmugam told reporters concerning the fate of Kamari Kenyada Charlton.

Charlton was charged with overstaying in Singapore and cheating. But he was also wanted by Interpol for allegedly deceiving people in Australia in a scam, the details of which are still sketchy.

(It seems that Charlton had gone to Singapore with his pregnant wife to seek medical treatment for her. They arrived in the island republic on Dec 15, last year. Charlton's visa expired on March 15, 2010. He was detained at the Changi Airport on Sept 1, 2010 as he was about to depart. He has been in prison awaiting trial since his arrest.)

Still there is no guarantee that what happened 16 years ago may not revisit Singapore.

Unabashed hypocrisy

The heart of the question is not what punishment per se is adequate, but whether the type of punishment meted out is proportionate to the crime.

For starters, both nations maintain the death penalty though this is only practised in some US states.

Even so, Singapore is not exempt from the criticism that comes laced with the unabashed hypocrisy originating typically out of US-based human rights fronts in the US.

That being said, it remains to be seen how a US reaction to the present flap will pan out.

But if the Fay furore is any clue, one thing is for sure.

Bilateral ties will continue to remain strong whatever pressure may be applied on the US president to act on Charlton's case that is purely outside American purview and definitely out of its domain.

Yet amid all the acrimony that may or may not follow if and when Charlton is caned, the fact still remains that Singapore is a considerably far safer city than its major American counterparts.

And this was borne out by an international survey in September citing the city-state as the place of abode for immigrants as its streets are safe for people to mingle and interact.

Caning Charlton, if and when it happens, poses a question: is safety in the streets and its surrounding environnment all about how many people a nation canes or how many lashes it administers?

Maxwell Coopers is a freelance journalist based in Singapore.



Kempen PR Kawasan Pengundi Cina.mp4

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 12:34 PM PDT

Kempen Pakatan Rakyat di kawasan pengundi cina DUN Galas
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Our education system has been and will be history!

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 01:51 PM PDT

Years ago when I was in Britain studying, I saw a quiz show on TV. It was a light weight quiz series as the sponsors of the show wanted the participants to walk away with some prize each.

The participants were in mixed family pairs, hubby & wife or father & daughter or mum & son, etc. There was a mum & son pair when I switched the TV on. The scene went like this (as far as I can recall):

Quiz Master (QM): Who is the president of our neighbouring country, France?

Mum & son: [looked at each other in embarrassment]

QM: Never mind, here's another and better question about our neighbour. What is the capital of France?

Mum & son: [again looked at each other in embarrassment]

QM: Oh, who in the world would be interested in France anyway. Here's the real question, what was the score in the Arsenal versus Chelsea match last Saturday?

Mum & son: [both smiling, with son saying] 3 – 1.

QM: Correct, you're both winners [amidst an appreciative applauding studio audience].

Of course my mates and I had a good laugh, and discussed the insular outlook and narrow interests of many Britons. Without saying anything, we were of course (automatically) comparing them with us and our globally-orientated education.

Fast forward to today – Malaysiakini's headlines No to compulsory history lessons.

The author of the article, renowned AB Sulaiman, wrote a scathing criticism of DPM and Education Minster Muhyiddin's policy to make history a compulsory subject, a policy pronouncement that will have a major impact on the future of your youths but one which emerged in cavalier fashion, not unlike an UMNO cowboy shooting off from his UMNO hips immediately post-UMNO general annual assembly.

AB Sulaiman warned us that with Muhyiddin's policy statement, a student has no choice but to take history as an exam subject, and pass it or else, as a fail in history means he/she fails the entire crucial exam.

Everyone knows the compulsory history curriculum will be nothing more than an extension of the sinister Biro Tatanegara's (BTN) propaganda indoctrination, now to penetrate into the schools' classrooms.

No doubt Muhyiddin believes that by indoctrinating our youths on UMNO-BTN's propaganda, these same youths in future won't raise questions on issues such as the UMNO-rised 'social contract', Malay (but in actuality, UMNO's) supremacy and various other snouts-in-trough gravy train matters.

Let me tell you something - as a graduate of the Methodist Boy' School, I can quite confidently confirm that a very insignificant number of my hundreds of non-Christian schoolmates and cousins ever converted to Christianity after 13 years of Christian education with compulsory chapel services every Friday (except for Muslim pupils).

Those few who converted (you could count them on the fingers of one hand) did so because of other reasons than classroom indoctrination. And not one of my female relatives (sister and cousins) who went to Catholic convent schools became a Catholic.

It's what was at home and in our social grouping that influenced our thinking. The school only trained and stimulated us to think. But our schools today are hardly into that line of education (of teaching students to think).

Furthermore, AB Sulaiman wrote: Not too long ago I read through the history textbooks for Forms Four and Five students. About 10 percent (at most) of the text was for early world history. The bulk I remember was concentrated for Islamic history amply supported by an account of the history of the Malay civilisation. [...]

The point that struck me hard was it was as though the present modern Malaysian life today has been mainly the result of the strength and achievements of the Islamic and Malay civilisations.

This must surely be a distortion of the truth and the probable reason for the concern of parents. I was brought up with a much wider vista of world history.

He continued: The present Malaysian civilisation is one end-result of the sum total of the generic human civilisation. A minor one at most.

It's not difficult to substantiate this quick observation. I look around me as I write this article: I see a table, chair, computer, hand phone, ceiling fan, a box of tissue, books, electricity, TV, by the corner.

These are products of the generic human ingenuity, brilliance and experience translated into modern tools and appliances. In these examples none of them are the direct products or influence of Islamic or Malay civilisation!

Looking elsewhere in my neighbourhood too would reveal very little direct Malay and Islamic influence or contributions save for the mosque some distance away and my neighbours wearing headgear or tudung.

The only direct contact I made today with the Malay 'civilisation' is the nasi lemak I ate this morning.

Please read his most erudite and educational (excuse this deliberate pun) article.

As I had written in an earlier post A central pillar of Chinese culture:

... since Merdeka, thanks to the political ambitions of successive (UMNO) Education Ministers who used their ministerial portfolio to play nationalistic politics so much so that the once renowned quality of our national schools plummeted to such depths that the Chinese medium schools by comparison, began to assume the only reliable schooling with decent standards in Malaysia.

And as I had written before, I now write again, that the UMNO-occupied Education Minister continues, without any pause since independence in 1957, on his politicized destruction of our education system.


BN has proven development record, Chua tells voters

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 08:50 AM PDT

SANDAKAN: Barisan Nasional is a tested coalition with a proven development record, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek to voters in Batu Sapi.

"They (Opposition) will play up issues but I believe that the voters will not be affected by them.

"Like all Malaysians, voters in Batu Sapi also want development. We have a proven track record," said Dr Chua, who were among the top Barisan leaders at the Batu Sapi nomination centre yesterday to support Barisan's candidate Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin.

He added that the MCA with its 1,200 members in the Sandakan area had pledged their full support for the Barisan candidate irrespective of the party she represented.

"I have met with (Sabah MCA chief) Datuk Edward Khoo and all our members.

"They have given the assurance they will work for the Barisan candidate," he said, adding that it was in the spirit of Barisan cooperation.

On the Galas by-election, he said the mood of the Chinese voters there was good and he hoped the community would not be hoodwinked by the promises of land.

"Such promises have been made repeatedly for the past 20 years," he said.

THE STAR (Wednesday October 27, 2010)


Be Ware, my hotmail has been hacked!

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 07:45 AM PDT

By the Administrator

This is to notify that my e-mail address namely bclim26@hotmail.com has been hacked and an attempt to cheat was done by the hacker(s). He (they) used my name as Lim Chang to appeal to almost all my hotmail contacts to lure them to lend  'me' 1,500 pounds, quoting the excuse that I lost my purse and urgently needed money to settle bills in UK.

Therefore, I urge all of my contacts beware of such unscrupulous tactic and not be fallen victim to such thieves.

I also apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Henceforth, please use my remaining sole email address for contact as follows :

mail@limboochang.com

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

LIM BOO CHANG



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Posted: 27 Oct 2010 07:10 AM PDT


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LOW CPI RANKING = LOW FDI

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 04:51 AM PDT

The just-released Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) couldn't have come at a worse time for the government. Only two days ago at the launch of the ETP, the PM was sprouting impressive numbers to draw investor confidence in the ETP.

Foreign investors study CPI rankings before they decide whether to invest in a country. With a ranking of 56th out of 178 countries surveyed, it explains why Malaysia's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has fallen from a high of RM46.6 billion in 2008 to RM22.1 billion in 2009. It also explains why the PM is counting on Domestic Direct Investment rather than FDI as the key driver of the ETP.

The government should get its priorities right. No need to spend millions on glossy promotional materials and paying international marketing consultancies. Also no need to waste taxpayers' money on lawatan sambil belajar (overseas study trips). Just take a short trip down to Singapore. Find out what it has been doing right to top the CPI rankings.

If the government is serious about fighting corruption, start with the public service. The recently released Auditor-General's Report offers more than enough evidence of all kinds of hanky-panky, graft and mismanagement of funds in the public sector.

A few weeks ago my niece was stopped at the JB immigration checkpoint. She was told she was on PTPTN's black-list of loan defaulters. According to the officers, she had taken a loan to cover tuition fees for her studies at University of Malaya. Now get this - she never went to UM. She never applied for any loan, and she graduated from the National University of Singapore years ago. She asked for proof of the loan application and approval. She was told they didn't have the documents.

My question is where did the loan money go? Why is there no accountability for this misappropriation of public funds?

I doubt I'll find an answer.


Today in parliament

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 03:44 AM PDT

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Selva's assault: Minister won't interfere

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 03:29 AM PDT

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has refused to get involved in police work to avoid being accused of interference in the detention of K Selvachandran. Full story here: malaysiakini.com
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Anti-logging activist's arrest: DAP submits motion

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 03:26 AM PDT

DAP's Bandar Kuching parliamentarian Chong Chieng Jen has submitted an emergency motion to the Dewan Rakyat, calling for debate on the arrest of a prominent indigenous rights activist in Sarawak. Full story here: malaysiakini.com
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PM Najib, help us to help you

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 05:00 AM PDT

Usaha PM Najib menyarankan supaya ahli-ahli dan pemimpin UMNO untuk memberikan dukongan kepada kepimpinan parti bagi mencapai sasaran untuk memajukan negara dan memberikan kesetabilan politiknya adalah wajar dan sesiapa yang menjadi pemimpin parti dan negara mesti berbuat demikian.

UMNO selama ini telah diabaikan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin yang hanya memberikan konsestrasi terhadap pembangunan fisikal negara yang telah mengendung sekali bersamanya unsur rasuah dan pembaziran serta ketirisan wang rakyat yang ratusan billion jumlahnya tanpa memikirkan untuk memperkayakan budaya dan etika kepimpinan dalam parti sendiri.

UMNO telah terabai bermula sejak hampir 3 dekad dahulu dan selama itu ianya hanya 'survive' dengan menggunakan nama keramat UMNO itu sahaja. Tetapi apabila rakyat mula sedar dan faham tentang banyak perkara yang tidak menyenangkan berlaku didalam parti maka secara beransur-ansur parti ini tidak diberikan perhatian oleh orang Melayu dan rakyat semua kaum dinegara ini.

Isu-isu yang banyak itu telah ditulis dan diolah oleh banyak pihak tetapi keadaan tetap sama tanpa perubahan yang ketara dilakukan oleh kepimpinan kita. Saya sangat tertarik dengan salah satu dari banyak perkara yang disebutkan oleh PM Najib; iaitu untuk menurunkan 'winable candidates' dalam PRU yang akan datang.

Siapa kah mereka yang dianggap sebagai 'winable candidates' itu? Dimana nak dicari mereka yang dikatakan mampu untuk menjadi calun yang diterima ramai oleh pengundi? Mungkin PM Najib ada cara yang baik untuk melakukannya yang kita tidak tahu, tetapi jika dipandang dari sudut keadaan barisan pimpinan diBahagia-bahagian jelas tidak ramai yang memenuhi impian PM Najib untuk mendapatkan apa yang beliau sebut sebagai 'winable candidates' itu.

Pertamanya kepimpinan negeri-negeri mesti dari pemimpin yang mampu untuk membawa kemenangan itu. Wan Mokhtar Ahmad telah diberitahu tidak mampu untuk menerajui Trengganu pada tahun 1999 dahulu tetapi beliau diberikan juga tugas itu. Hasilnya kerajaan Trengganu tumpas dengan kekalahan disemua kerusi Parlimen dan BN hanya memengai 5 kerusi DUN sahaja.

Rungutan rakyat Selangor sangat jelas dilihat diperingkat akar umbi yang MB Selangor yang dulu tidak akan berjaya membawa keyakinan rakyat terhadapnya, tetapi pucuk pimpinan kita tetap memberikan tugas berat itu kepada beliau dan akhirnya Selangor, negeri yang terkaya itu jatuh ketangan PR.

Begitu juga diPerak dan Kedah. Rungutan rakyat tidak diambil pusing oleh pucuk pimpinan maka terjadilah apa yang kita alami sekarang ini. Sekarang rungutan yang serupa didengari diNS dan banyak pihak telah menyampaikan kepada pihak atasan dengarnya. Tetapi indikasi awalnya pemimpi utama NS akan masih diberikan tugas untuk mengepalai BN dalam PRU yang akan datang.

Jika desas desus itu benar maka bak kata orang NS, 'dongakan lah joghit eh' dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang diNegeri Sembilan. Terpulang kepada pucuk pimpinan samada nak memenangkan BN atau nak kalahkan parti kita dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang. Kalau pucuk pimpinan dan Timbalannya memekakkan telinga maka risikonya wajar diambil oleh parti. Jangan salahkan rakyat NS, kerana rakyat negeri beradat ini pun ada maruah mereka sikit-sikit. Berikanlah tanggungjawab samada nak kalahkan atau nak memenangkan BN dalam piliharaya yang akan datang. Tepuk dada tanyalah selera.

Kebanyakkan pemimpin-pemimpin bahagian tidak lagi dipandang sebagai barisan yang mempunyai apa-apa kekuatan kerana mereka terpilih dari diantara yang tidak berketerampilan. Semua yang mempunyai potensi duduk diluar barisan kerana permainan politik yang kotor yang dilakukan oleh yang tidak berkepimpinan yang ingin menjadi pemimpin dengan menggunakan wang dan taktik yang boleh membinasakan parti.

Siapa yang kita nak letakkan dihadapan untuk menjadi Menteri Besar diSelangor, Perak, Kedah dan NS serta Trengganu jika kita inginkan perbezaan dengan apa yang ada pada hari ini? UMNO sudah ketandusan kepimpinan dipringkat cawangan dan Bahagian dan untuk mencari 'winable candidates' seperti yang disebut oleh Najib itu terpaksa dicari dari luar barisan pimpinan bahagian yang ada sekarang ini.

Letaknya imej parti ialah kepada kredibiliti pemimpin-pemimpinnya. Jika kata-kata pemimpin tidak dipandang tinggi oleh rakyat maka parti itu akan sekali gus menjadi parti yang akan menemui kegagalan. UMNO mesti yakinkan rakyat yang parti kita ini bersedia untuk berubah dalam erti kata yang sebenarnya.

Jika parti memilih calun-calun dari dalam barisan pimpinan bahagian, ianya merupakan usaha yang memenatkan dan payah untuk memenangi pilihanraya yang akan datang ini. Kalau diambil pula calun dari luar barisan pimpinan maka sabotaj akan dilakukan oleh mereka dari dalam UMNO sendiri yang juga akan membawa kegagalan kepada caulun-calun tersebut.

Walaubagaimana pun adalah diharapkan PM Najib kali ini benar-benar berani melakukan perubahan yang drastik untuk mendapatkan 'winable candidates' itu. PM Najib sekarang jangan lagi termakan ampuan pemimpin-pemimpin utama negeri yang sedang berusaha untuk menyambung kedudukkan mereka kerana hasilnya akan memakan diri UMNO itu sendiri, khususnya pemimpin kita sendiri.

Sesungguhnya jika PM Najib sanggup melakukan apa yang beliau janjikan untuk mendapatkan calun-calun yang diterima ramai maka ianya merupakan bantuan beliau kepada rakyat untuk rakyat membantu beliau dalam pilihanraya nanti.

As an adage goes, help us to help you.


Galas: 'Tak payahlah bloger bloger ni!'

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 03:31 AM PDT

Around 3pm in Gua Musang, I met an Umno Supreme Council (MT) member, had a chat with him for a few minutes before he dropped a bombshell: "Tak payahlah bloger bloger ni!" He was smiling when uttering that. I hope he wasnt too serious with his words.

I sent a text message to fellow-blogger Parpukari and his immediate response was, "Biar betul, bro!"

Betullah!

The MT member saw me with a few Kemas workers and said, "You pun ada ke?" So, I went to him, shook hands and said I came a day before the nomination day and was putting up at Taman Wangi (developed by Kesedar).

"You masih dengan Business Times?"... and I said no, adding that I came as a blogger with some other bloggers, just to help out the government in the by-election. I even told him we have been to almost all by-elections since PRU2008.

"Ramai buat kerja ni, tak payahlah bloger bloger ni!" was what I got. Disgusted and humiliated, I left.

Parpukari also SMSed me this: "Kenapa tiba-tiba je diorang ni benci sangat kat bloger ni, bro? Apa yang kita dah buat?"

Yes, what have we done to deserve such a treatment? Why do some leaders whom we support despise us?


Abdul Aziz: Ijazah bukan segalanya

Posted: 27 Oct 2010 02:45 AM PDT

Abdul Aziz calon BN menegaskan ijazah bukan segala-galanya untuk seorang wakil rakyat. Yang penting seseorang wakil rakyat itu mampu berkhidmat mewakili rakyat di kawasannya.
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Let's have a rational debate on social contract

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 03:33 PM PDT

By Concerned Scholars

COMMENT We would like to provide some feedback to the speech made by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Oct 21, 2010 to the Umno general assembly in which he gave the impression that there is a 'social contract' whose terms are set in stone.

He also told the delegates that no Malaysian should question it.

It is necessary to note that there is a range of views amongst us on the social contract issue and on how to respond to the prime minister's advice.

One colleague has argued that it is not yet time for an "organized effort" of civil society to make such a statement as it may provoke negative reactions that may be harmful to our common pursuit of a fair and united nation.

Another has expressed concern that we must not play into the hands of politicians who will mobilize Malay support by trying to show that the non-Malays have reneged on their so-called promise to accept Malay political superiority in exchange for citizenship.

A third colleague has noted that there is really no need to contest what is 'written' in the social contract. Rather, we should question where a copy of the social contract is to be found so we can verify and discuss its contents and meaning.

Despite our different points of view, we are in agreement on three key points.

Firstly, it is important for Malaysians not to be gagged into silence on what is perhaps the most contentious issue standing in the way of better inter-communal relations in the country. The quicker we can reach consensus on what the social contract means – not only in terms of what was agreed by the nation's early leaders in the past but also, more importantly, on how this agreement should be understood by Malaysians today – the less divided and more hopeful will be our future.

Secondly, for us to reach this consensus, it is important to have the facts on what took place during that critical period of our history fully disclosed and available for public discussion. In particular, we will need to have the relevant reports of the Reid Commission so that Malaysians have the opportunity to read and understand the logic and wisdom of our early leaders and do not have to depend on politically skewed interpretations of what is supposed to comprise any agreement or social contract for that period.

The danger of not debating

Finally, at the same time it is necessary for constitutional and legal experts, historians and other scholars to lend their expertise to the public understanding. Professional organizations such as the Bar Council, the Malaysian Social Science Association, and other bodies should organize talks, seminars and forums to ensure that the best minds on the subject can have their opinions disseminated to the public.

We believe that the Malaysian public has reached a level of political maturity so that we can have a rational and public debate on the way forward in terms of any inter-communal accord or understanding arrived at, and on what needs to be honoured and respected.

For that reason, we are opposed to the position of Umno and MCA which is tantamount to decreeing a ban on public discussion of the issue.

The danger is that in not debating the issue openly – which is what the two main BN parties seem to be driving at – there is a real danger not only of driving that debate underground but also of reinforcing or entrenching ethnocentric interpretations that do not reflect the true intent of the constitutional agreement reached more than 50 years ago.


The above article was jointly written by Dr Lim Teck Ghee, Dr Mavis Puthucheary, Dr Azmi Sharom, Dr Toh Kin Woon and Dr Wan Zawawi Ibrahim.


Wasteful second fly-over in Padang Besar

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 02:53 PM PDT

From Chan Pak Wai, via e-mail

In Padang Besar town in Perlis near the Thai border, two flyovers are being built. One over the railway tracks followed by the second one over a small T-junction.

This second flyover is a sheer waste of public funds, just to line the pockets of the contractor and his cohorts.

It will pose a danger to the town folk when completed as its slope declines quite steeply into the road heading towards town.

There's a possibility that vehicles coming down the slope at a resonable speed may crash into people and other vehicles.

Five years have passed and it is yet to be completed. To the second contractor working on the project, it is 'no money come, stop work.'

Another problem is the Immigration checkpoint in this town is often short of forms for the foreigners to fill up and to get their passports stamped. Mana boleh? MALAYSIA BOLEH?


Never ending road to ruin

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 02:52 PM PDT

From Lawrence, via e-mail

A child born on the day of our nation's independence will be in his 50s by now. During the 50 years, he has been living with a silver or golden spoon and given special rights for many things under the sun.

After reaching 50 years, he complains that he's still financially weak, lacking knowledge and skills to face global challenges.

He still needs special assistance from an aging father who is getting physically sick and near financial bankruptcy due to providing endless physical and financial assistance to the never-grown-up son who is becoming more and more greedy and selfish.

That reflects the real case scenario of Malaysia's NEP. The wooden 'tongkat' has turned to platinum but still not enough!

But to Malaysians, enough is enough. Either we change now, which is never too late, or we are going to live like Zimbabweans soon.

God bless Malaysia and us all!


Zaid and the PKR kerfuffle

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 02:50 PM PDT

From Charles F Moreira, via e-mail

I don't want to take all these shenanigans in the ongoing PKR polls too seriously but only hope that when the elections are over, all members will rally around the winner and support him in the bigger fight with the Barisan Nasional. Democracy, after all, is the will of the majority and all members should respect that.


We need a government based on people's faith

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 02:48 PM PDT

From Pakac Luteb, via e-mail

Democracy is based on faith, not religious faith but faith that ordinary citizens, when well-educated and free to choose, will choose their leaders wisely, being persuaded by logical argument rather than swayed by emotional rhetoric.

In a democracy everyone, male, female, rich, poor, are equal before the law. They are free to express their opinions and criticise their leaders.

It's impossible for any government to satisfy everyone all the time, thus in a democracy there are lots of disagreements and discussions that may be misinterpreted as chaos by people who do not understand the central premise of democracy - faith in the people to make wise choices of leadership.

People in democracies, because of their freedoms, are able to freely collaborate, brainstorm and crowdsource to solve problems.

People in a democracy can sack a dysfucnctional government and replace it. Dictatorships lack the advantages of many minds, millions of minds, working together to solve problems.

Dictatorships lack flexibility to respond to changes in economies and societies. Look at how during the past 20 years various countries have prospered following the collapse of the USSR.

Look at the track record of dictatorships compared to democracies. You will find democracies are not perfect but they are much better than dictatorships. Dictatorship's main focus is to perpetuate themselves, not ensure national prosperity.

I have faith that Malaysians will choose wisely when picking leaders and a system of government.

The future and fate of everyone in Malaysia, including that of my children, depends on the choices made by my fellow Malaysians.

Together we can achieve much more than anyone of us alone. Of that I'm certain, later we can say we did it OUR way.


Kes liwat Anwar tangguh kerana Karpal Singh

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 10:46 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR 27 Okt. Perbicaraan kes liwat membabitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan bekas pembantu peribadinya, Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan tangguh sehingga pukul 2 petang ini bagi membolehkan peguam bela utama, Karpal Singh hadir.

Peguam itu tidak dapat hadir pagi ini kerana masih lemah ekoran mengalami cirit-birit sejak semalam.

Ujian darah Karpal menunjukkan dia tidak mengidap demam denggi


Pertarungan satu lawan satu BN dengan Pas di Galas

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 10:26 PM PDT

TENGKU Razaleigh Hamzah dan Ahmad Zahid Hamidi mengiringi calon Barisan Nasional, Abdul Aziz Yusoff (depan, tiga dari kiri) pada penamaan calon Pilihanraya Kecil DUN Galas di Pejabat Tanah dan Jajahan Gua Musang, semalam.



 

GUA MUSANG 27 Okt. – Pilihan Raya Kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Galas pada 4 November ini menyaksikan pertembungan satu lawan satu antara calon Barisan Nasional (BN), Abdul Aziz Yusoff dengan calon Pas, Dr. Zulkefli Mohamad.

Pengesahan 'pertarungan' antara kedua-dua calon itu dilakukan oleh Pegawai Pengurus Pilihan Raya DUN Galas, Wan Mustapha Wan Ab. Hamid pada pukul 11.30 pagi sebaik sahaja selesai proses penamaan di Pejabat Tanah dan Jajahan Gua Musang di sini.

Menurut beliau, Abdul Aziz menyerahkan borang pencalonan pada pukul 9.07 pagi manakala Dr. Zulkefli berbuat demikian pada pukul 9.33 pagi.

"Terdapat satu bantahan dikemukakan bagi pencalonan-pencalonan berkenaan, namun ia ditolak," katanya ketika membuat pengumuman tersebut.

Sebelum itu, Abdul Aziz yang merupakan bekas Pengurus Operasi Lembaga Kemajuan Kelantan Selatan (Kesedar) tiba di pusat penamaan pada pukul 9.05 pagi dengan diiringi oleh hampir 3,500 penyokong BN.

Turut bersama beliau ialah Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Kelantan, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Naib Presiden UMNO, Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Ketua Wanita UMNO, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Khairy Jamaluddin dan Ketua Puteri UMNO, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin serta beberapa pemimpin kanan UMNO yang lain.

Dr. Zulkefli pula tiba pada pukul 9.25 pagi dengan diiringi lebih 5,000 penyokong Pas termasuk Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Presiden parti, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dan Timbalannya, Nasharudin Mat Isa.

Pilihan raya kecil itu diadakan berikutan kematian penyandangnya daripada Pas, Chek Hashim Sulaima pada 27 September lalu. Pada pilihan raya umum lalu, Allahyarham memenangi kerusi berkenaan dengan menewaskan calon BN, Saufi Deraman dengan majoriti 646 undi.

Berbanding Abdul Aziz yang kali pertama bertanding dalam pilihan raya, ini merupakan kali ketiga bagi Dr. Zulkefli.

Sebelum ini pada tahun 2004 dan 2008, beliau bertanding sebagai calon Pas bagi kerusi Parlimen Gua Musang, bagaimanapun tewas kedua-dua di tangan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Gua Musang, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Sementara itu, proses penamaan calon yang diadakan berjalan lancar dengan kawalan ketat oleh pihak polis. Tiada insiden yang tidak diingini berlaku melibatkan penyokong kedua-dua calon.


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