Saturday, October 23, 2010

Menara 100 Tingkat Tidak Menyebabkan Kesesakan Lalulintas?

Menara 100 Tingkat Tidak Menyebabkan Kesesakan Lalulintas?


Menara 100 Tingkat Tidak Menyebabkan Kesesakan Lalulintas?

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 02:12 PM PDT

Saya tak tau nak cakap apa. Semasa cadangan membina Menara 100 Tingkat Warisan Merdeka dikemukakan, tiada siapa sedarkah bahawa masalaah kesesakan lalulintas di Kuala Lumpur masih belum selesai?

Bagaimanakah ketamakan beberapa kroni dan UMNOPUTRA jelas membelakangkan kepentingan serta kebajikan majoriti rakyat Malaysia yang bekerja di Kuala Lumpur?

Lihatlah wahai saudara/ri pembaca sekelian. BEtapa ketamakan untuk menjadi kaya beberapa kerat kroni, sehingga sanggup menyusahkan serta menyeksa majoriti rakyat Malaysia yang sudah pun terseksa dengan masaalah kesesakan lalulintas selama berpuluh-puluh tahun.

Tapi, sejak bila pulak UMNO mementingkan kebajikan rakyat berbanding kebajikan kroni? (Betul jugak ye......)

Kenapa di London, kerajaan Britain tidak mengizinkan pembinaan bangunan baru kecuali di luar London misalnya "Canary Wharf" yang dibina di West Ham?

Ataupun, untuk langkah pertama, setiap rakyat Malaysia boleh menyertai kempen anti MEnara 100 tingkat di Facebook di sini

Fikirlah, wahai saudara saudari sekelian, sampai bilakah rakayt Malaysia harus berkorban untuk kepentingan kroni2 UMNO dan UMNOPUTRA?


An Enthralling Forum in UK

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 10:14 AM PDT

This is a must watch video and is a continuation of the Friends of Pakatan UK forum of 2 Oct 2010 which was earlier presented in this blog as Part I and Part II.

In this 5 Part Video that has just been uploaded, is the Question and Answer session with Anwar Ibrahim, Ungku Aziz, Tian Chua and Raja Petra covering a host of issues affecting the people and country. Not to be missed!

Q & A Part 1 (on sabah sarawak and party election etc)


Part 2 on shadow cabinet, negative campaign and etc.


Part 3 on corruption, religious freedom, NEP and etc


Part 4 on brain drain, umno's surrender of power etc.


Part 5 on islamic state, police reform etc.


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Malaysians the suckers to illusionist Nazri’s unspoken truth Malaysian first and Malay next”,

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 08:32 AM PDT

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we malaysians the suckers to illusionist Nazri

 

The MCA insisted today that the social contract could be discussed behind closed doors, dismissing warnings by Umno delegates to Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties to stop questioning Malay rights.


Yesterday, Umno permanent chairman Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin told MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek(picture) not to question the 30 per cent Bumiputera equity target.


Negri Sembilan delegate Datuk Jalaluddin Alias also slammed Dr Chua for allegedly interfering in the Umno assembly affairs, following his remarks that the social contract should not be debated openly.

"However, the party disagrees with the view that (the) social contract cannot be discussed at all," MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok said in a statement today.

"MCA is only voicing out the views of the 'rakyat'," he added.

Loh pointed out that Dr Chua merely exercised his right to freedom of speech as enshrined in the Federal Constitution when he suggested that the social contract be discussed behind closed doors.

"(The) 'rakyat' can discuss on any issue as long as it is done through legal means in view that the Federal Constitution allows the 'rakyat' to have freedom of speech," said Loh, who is also an MCA central committee member.

When opening the Umno general assembly two days ago, party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak had called for an end to the race debates, saying that the special position of the Malays was part of the social contract agreed before independence in exchange for citizenship for the non-Malays.

He stressed that the issues were enshrined in the Federal Constitution and cannot be amended without the consent of the Conference of Rulers.

Riding on Najib's guarantee that the Malay constitutional position cannot be reviewed, delegates at the party's general assembly had urged the party leadership to enhance the protection of Malay political power.

Jalaluddin called for the review of the seat allocation agreement among BN parties in Peninsula Malaysia while Penang delegate Mohamad Farid Saad urged the government to intervene over the problem of low land ownership among the Malays in the state.

Today, Loh warned however that barring people from discussing issues of concern would cause a decline in voter support.

"In today's globalised world, if we are still telling the 'rakyat' that there are issues that cannot be discussed, it is equivalent to being ignorant, stubborn and refusing to change for the better in serving the 'rakyat'. In the end, those who refuse to change will be abandoned by the people," he said.

Loh also reiterated the Chinese ruling party's stand that it was necessary to slice the Bumiputera quota gradually to achieve the country's goal of becoming a high-income economy.

"Only through gradually reducing the Bumiputera quota and practising meritocracy, it will ensure the country's economic transformation and growth to continue in achieving a high-income nation," he said, stressing that MCA's suggestion to remove the Bumiputera quota in stages was made with the public's interest in mind.

During the recent MCA Chinese Economic Congress, Dr Chua had called for a reduction of the 30 per cent Bumiputera equity target to liberalise the economy.



 


we malaysians the suckers to mother illusionist the

 

is willing to lose his Cabinet post for speaking out his mind – file pic Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has declared that he is willing to lose his Cabinet post for speaking out his mind, stressing that it is not a 'glorious' job.


In an interview that appeared in the latest issue of Chinese-language Red Tomato Weekly, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department recalled his way into the political field and spoke about 1 Malaysia.

He repeated his identity of being "Malaysian first and Malay next", adding he was puzzled and regretted why his Cabinet colleagues did not speak out as he did, even the ministers from MCA.

"What to be afraid of? Frankly, I should say, may be their posts" Being a minister isn't something much to be glorious about, he is somebody to be accountable for. I have been a minister for the last 11 years and had come to where things must be done resolutely when you think it is right.

Below is the magazine's translation of the interview to English.


Red Tomato: "1 Malaysia" concept has not only has become a noble ideal but also a widely accepted slogan. Why so? There are still arguments that it is not fully defined and explained. How do you find this?

Nazri: The "1 Malaysia" concept was initiated by the Prime Minister and it is a noble ideal which is achievable. Compared to Dr. Mahathir's "Bangsa Malaysia" ideal, this "1 Malaysia" concept is far more practical, achievable, and useful; "Bangsa Malaysia" was intended to implement a single-national notion in a multi-elements society, this is really a "dream".

I have to emphasise that "1 Malaysia" is achievable and everyone will be involved and have the same feeling. When PM initiated the concept, he did not fully define and explain, so that the whole nation could take part to interpret what "1 Malaysia" really is. We don't want the government to tell people how to do, or how to visualize the concept — "1 Malaysia" concept should have its real spirit, its uniqueness thus everyone can accept wholeheartedly.

"1 Malaysia" concept does not mean assimilation, instead, it is truly an integration. PM wants the whole nation to feel and practice "1 Malaysia" to the true essence. Meanwhile, let the people be united and stay in harmony naturally in everyday life.

Red Tomato: Please discuss how "Freedom of Expression" plays its role in racial issue.

Nazri: "Freedom of Expression" has extended to ICT, does it mean it is an "absolute freedom"? No, it's not. It did not exist, and will not exist.

In this circumstances, how are we going to restrain from absolute freedom of expression? We cannot reject the development of modern technology, what we can do is to try educate the people not to follow blindly or to become senseless and irresponsible.

For example, the two principals who had made racist remarks. We have to think, in 1.2 million of civil servants, there might be 10 of them who is delinquent. What is 10 out of 1.2 million, that will be 0.00………per cent. Shall we feel fear because of the 0.00…..per cent?

Moreover, we have taken immediate action to terminate their service and transfer them to another posts; In fact, the two mentioned principals had expressed regrets and apologised publicly to the teachers and related students.

Red Tomato: To avoid further misunderstanding and confusion, do you think that it is necessary to amend some of the existing Race-related laws and regulations, so as to reinforce racial unity and harmony in Malaysia? If it is not, why?

Nazri: We need not draw up new Race-related laws and regulations as the existing related laws and regulations are good enough to cope with the related issues. Most importantly, we must take swift action to these unfortunate incidents, don't let it deteriorate.

We mustn't simply use Race-related laws or regulations to avoid incidents. Instead, I think that is an insult to all Malaysian regardless of race who live together peacefully.

Basically, Malaysians are living peacefully and harmoniously; the rascals are the "leaders", they deliberately use racist remarks to get support. If they are not careful, we will enforce law justifiably upon them.

Fortunately, Malaysians nowadays are more understanding, reasonable, and not too emotional. I know this because of the issue of the Surau been thrown paint and the churches been burnt. People will let the authorities to check first what really happened, they won't react senselessly.

Malaysians nowadays are mature in thinking as well. Of course, I have to admit that there are certain groups who want to play up the issue, hoping some sort of riots will happen. These are political maneuvers and can be easily exposed.

Red Tomato: In your mind, how should the "1 Malaysia" racial harmony look like?

Nazri: I actually don't know, I can only talk about Malaysians in my constituency. To me, the best moment is all races celebrate the festivals together, like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, and Deepavali.

Although different races celebrating different festivals, yet these festivals have been "Malaysianized".

Some festivals were only meant for reunion of family members, yet now they have become open house, which is more meaningful. In the past, Hari Raya was celebrated for one day only, after that we had learn from the Chinese who celebrate new year until the "Chap Goh Meh". Then we fast for one month, and celebrate for one month, using this one month to visit relatives and friends.

Those days, Malays didn't give money on Hari Raya, now we give away "green packets. We don't play crackers during Hari Raya, now we do. This is the Chinese's influence. Also, we light up the oil lamp on the 27th day, this is certainly the Hindu's influence. In Pakistan, they only celebrate half a day, after prayer everything back to normal.

For example Deepavali, it's only one day. But in my constituency we do it the Malaysian style. 15 days after Deepavali, they invited me to a celebration and told me it's finished. I told them it has not reached one month yet!

I think, regardless the race, we should be generous – get along with one and other naturally and harmoniously, eat together, go out together. And don't listen to the stupid politicians who want to divide us. We must come forward. Like what PM Najib said: "The moderates come forward and take the stage".

That does not only apply to the world politics but to all of us. Don't allow the extremists to take control of our lives. I think the best for us to do is, to continue to live as we've been living. I think overall the Malaysians do live peacefully.

When I went to a Chinese New Year party, they specially arranged a Halal table for me. But if you go to Thailand, they don't care whether you're a Muslim at all. Malaysians know to respect the differences, we have to learn respecting each other. Unite what is common, for the differences, we don't divide, we don't insult. It's diversity in unity.

As what Mao Zedong said: "Let a thousand flowers bloom". It only means good thing for us. When China reopened its door and became a world economic country, I read news regarding on a school in UK making application to Ministry of Education that they wanted the permission to have a Mandarin class……Application to have a Mandarin class!

We have Chinese school for almost 100 years. Which means actually we are way ahead. We must look Chinese school as educational institution, and seriously I wish my father had sent me to Chinese school, then I could learn Chinese.

In my constituency there is a Chinese school with only 35 students, and 34 of them are Malays. It doesn't matter, this is education, regardless of race. Sometimes there is prejudice among some of the Malays.

During the Tun Mahathir's era, Malays didn't use chopsticks because the Chinese were using; but when Tun Mahathir told people to learn from the Japanese, then the Malays started using chopsticks. Does it make sense? Chinese and Malays both like to eat petai and durian. This is a good example of influencing each other.

Red Tomato: How does government help to assist the lower income group, especially the 40 per cent lower and middle group?

Nazri: If you give a family one fish a day, you're just feeding them; If you teach them how to fish, then for the whole life they will be able to fish by themselves. Thus, education is very important and should be given to all.

Education has transformed my family. My father was a lawyer, and I'm the second generation lawyer. We' had never got any Bumi's privileges. My grandparents were school teachers, they sold the properties and used the money to send my father to UK studying law. That happened in 1948, after the war.

Only as my father was well educated, the whole family could move out from the remote Kroh, which is located at the border of Malaysia and Thailand and getting to a much better stage-educated, and with some wealth. I clearly understand how education had changed my father's and my destiny. If my father wasn't well educated, I might be still tapping rubber in kampung. The whole family's life will be much more different.

Of course the government now is helping the 40 per cent lower and middle group as well. Anyway, education is still the only way to break away from poverty in the long run.

Red Tomato: Is it true that the genuine partnership and fair competition do not conform the needs of the Malay commercial circle?

Nazri: Genuine partnership and fair competition should have been done a long long time. There was a big controversy when MCA President Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek called to review the 30% Bumi equity. In my opinion, everything has to be settled with the spirit of genuine partnership.

There was someone asking me for help in the application of license for taxi, my first reaction was, must not approve 100 per cent Bumi or 100 per cent Chinese's application, but to approve the Chinese and Malay partnership's application.

I wish to implement the "1 Malaysia" company's concept – a genuine partnership in which everyone is performing his best. Only this kind of business will gain and achieve the goal of racial harmony and prosperity.

I don't see any fear in Malay businessmen, at least, I was a businessman and I had no fear. For the time being, Bumi and Non-Bumi's partnership is tied up genuinely and coming up to the commercial benefits. There is no problem.

As what I've mentioned, I would like to see the establishment of a "1 Malaysia" company., Bumi and Non-Bumi each holds 50 per cent equity. As such, it will be growing more steadily and conform more to the existing industry and commerce developing scene.

Red Tomato: Malaysia needs Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and foreign fund to achieve our aim to be a high-income nation. Today, foreign fund in Malaysia declines drastically, even falls behind the Philippines. YB, how do you look at this issue?

Nazri: We have to get out of the traditional thinking. In this aspect, we have to look at Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. We have to value the FDI in neighbour countries. Let's say Singapore, although it's a small country which is lack of land, it's prepared to give away its land for free to attract long term beneficial plans such as world class university.

Malaysia must do the same. We always criticize that Singapore is too "Kiasu", I think we're "Kiasu" as well, because we do not open up investment opportunity to Singapore. When my Singaporean friends meet me, they always ask, "If Singaporeans do not invest in Malaysia, where will be the better place?"

Red Tomato: Why is everybody calling you "Chief"? Is there any story behind?

Nazri: I came into politics at a very young age, at the age of 24. At 24, I was already appointed as Executive Committee for Umno Youth. By the time, I was about 30, I was already like a ringleader. I was very active, very influential. But then, I was not a Datuk, not a YB, but they respected me and honoured me a title as "Chief".

Even after I was conferred as a Datuk Seri, people are still calling me "Chief". The way they address me is very friendly, there is no gap. Sometimes I feel as if I was the Red Indian Chief. Those who work close to me, my friends and followers, when they have problems they come to me. I help and listen to them. Frankly speaking, I prefer people calling me "Chief" rather than "Datuk Seri".

Red Tomato: As a politician, we're sure that your life will be very hectic. How do you balance your family with your work life?

Nazri: My children are all grown up. My elder son already married, having a pair of twin, one boy one girl. The younger one is going to marry next year. I don't want them to step into politics nor to go through what I've been through, I want them to have a good life, happy family life. My father was a MP, same constituency. I don't like "inheritance".

Even for me I went into politics by accident, actually I wasn't interested in politics at all. I just came back from England, and was chambering with my uncle. I needed someone to move my call in the courts.

I happened to know Suhaimi and he had invited me to become the Executive Committee Member of Umno Youth. At first I rejected, but after thinking twice, I eventually accepted his offer — it's not for my own sake, yet for the future of the country. This was how I stepped into politics and until now. I would have loved to practice law, and maybe one day to become a judge. Maybe everything is simply destined.

Red Tomato: You've emphasised that you are "first a Malaysian and next a Malay". There were suggestions that this remarks was made to project yourself contrarily, and had drawn comments from various sectors. Why do you put your identity of a Malaysian prior to a Malay? And, how do you relate nationalism and racialism to this aspect?

Nazri: You are born here, when you sing "Negaraku, Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku……" , it is very clear that you are a Malaysian. If you're a Hokkien born in China, then you are orang Cina. If you're a Hokkien born in Malaysia, then you're a Malaysian…… It goes the same to other races. This is us, we all are Malaysian — First a Malaysian, then we talk about society, and then only race.

I love to quote Nicol David as example. Her father is a Malaysian Christian Indian, mother is a Malaysian Chinese. Then who is she? Malaysian! She represented Malaysia during the Commonwealth Games, but not India; Lee Chong Wei also represented Malaysia and glorified the country. If he returned home in triumph and somebody told him to "balik Cina", how would you think? Nicol David has made Malaysian's name mentioned all over the world. What have I done? Nothing.

Tell you my history. When I first join Umno Youth, I was very ultra, always do things only for the Malays, but never hate other races. When I entered the parliament, Dr. Mahathir was a minister. He told many of us one thing — in this country, even the Malays have a bigger population, we cannot do on our own. We have to govern the country with Chinese and Indian together.

He also told us that how he had wronged Tunku Abdul Rahman. He said Tunku was a man ahead of his time – a true nation leader. Mahathir mentioned about the 1969 election. He was fighting against Yusof Raub, and 90 per cent of the voters were Malays. He made the statement that "I do not need Chinese's votes", as a result he lost the election. Chinese voters had chosen to vote for Yusof Raub instead of him. From these, Mahathir taught us how to become a true nation leader.

Now my Sifu is outside the government. He told me to do so… But now? He told me not to be ultra, because that would affect his government. So he taught all of us to be "Malaysians". I listened to all he had told me, believed in him. I've changed, became a "moderate leader". But from outside, he is saying and doing something else. That makes me rather angry.

People are saying that I'm ungrateful, it's actually not. It's just that he has changed. I've never insulted him, I only reply, exercising my right to reply. And I'm now in the government, I'm minister in the Prime Minister's Department. He attacks the Prime Minister, so I reply. You don't expect the PM to fight back, right? Then I will have to do the "dirty jobs".

I have to reply to the questions brought forward in the parliament spontaneously. It's my responsibility to defend the PM and government, just as what I had always done when Mahathir was the Prime Minister. During his time, I was a "good boy", and now he called me a "naughty boy". But at the end of the day, I just want to say: "I don't care".

I'm not here to win praises, I do things because it's the right thing to do. I'm not afraid to lose my post. I think being a minister is not something which is of glory,. Being a minister is accepting responsibility. If I don't do the right things at the time when I'm in power, I'll be failing the all Malaysians.

If I just sit here taking money and having this glorified post, I don't think it's meaningful. I have nothing to hide, I don't think I've done anything wrong. If you're afraid, then don't step into politics. Don't only please people and do nothing, at the end of the day you please nobody. You have to make decision. If people think I'm wrong, let it be.

A lot of people are saying a lot of things about me, but I don't care. The people serve in my constituency supported me. I've been in the parliament for 11 years, served three Prime Ministers. If I am not good, how could I last for 11 years? Things aren't going to be easy, but we have to continue to convince the Chinese that their future is with us.

After all, we have a track record showing that in 55 years of governance, the three races have been working together to make the country better and more harmonious. If the non-Malays think that we're not good enough, then we have to work harder. By the end of the day, if they think still not good enough, then we'll wash our hands. This is what politic is.

They are people who are just like me in the cabinet, but they are afraid. Even the MCA ministers, non of them has repeated what I've said that they are first Malaysians then Chinese – none of them. To me it is not right to say that if we had said so, then we'd fell into the "trap" of Kit Siang.

What "trap"? The Indian ministers didn't come out to say that, other Malay ministers did not, Kadazan and Iban ministers also didn't say. I'm a Malay, yet I'm taking the risk to come out to say. Why others can't? Let me tell you, they all agree with me. Maybe it's just like what (Senior Commentator ) Joceline Tan said, they are not "Alpha Man" like me.

Last time I fought with Mahathir when I was working for him, and I was chairman of Mara. There were reporters asking me "Why are you so brave? You fear no man" and I replied: "I did fear of one man, and he was my father, but he died long time ago." What is that to be afraid of? I think the only thing they are afraid of probably is losing their posts.

I have to say that the post is not something to be glorified about,it's a very big responsibility. No one dare to follow me, but that's okay. I've used to fight alone.

What's the most that can be happened to me? Sack me? What have I done wrong ? After all, I've been in the parliament for 11 years. I don't care, I just do what I think is right.



THE LAST NAIL IN THE COFFIN FOR BN

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 07:44 AM PDT


The media in Malaysia and Singapore must start using the correct terminology when translating from Malay to English. Article 153 of the Constitution refers to 'the special POSITION' of the Malays, and not 'special rights'.


I almost choked when I read these words in The Straits Times (22 Oct) report on Najib's keynote speech at the UMNO general assembly yesterday: "UMNO will defend Putrajaya even if bones and bodies are crushed, and lives are lost".

What kind of leader makes an open threat like that? Whose 'bones, bodies and lives' is he referring to? Does it mean UMNO will act unilaterally, ignoring the voices of the other BN component parties?

It's the people who decide who takes charge in Putrajaya. If BN is voted out in the next elections, is Najib going to make good his words? I shudder to think of what this would mean for the country and the people.

One thing I know for sure, the PM has sealed the fate of UMNO, and BN. His threat will galvanize even more support for the opposition.

The last nail has been driven into UMNO/BN's coffin.



Must watch: “The Day Before Disclosure”

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 07:26 AM PDT

The award winning movie by
the equally celebrated director Terje Toftenes in HQ.

Click to watch it here.


Tagged: new paradigm films, terje toftenes, the day before disclosure


Video - Night with PKR in Johor Bahru

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 10:16 AM PDT

Zaid Ibrahim Part 1



Zaid Ibrahim Part 2



Elizabeth Wong Part 1


Elizabeth Part 2


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9th Deepavali carnival begins..

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 03:58 AM PDT

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Kempen Memburukan DAP Di PAS Selangor?

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 04:00 AM PDT

Kempen Memburukan DAP Di PAS Selangor kini giat dilancarkan menurut blogger Penarik Beca dan Malaysian Waves. Sekiranya itu betul, bagaimana Pakatan Rakyat hendak bersatu padu untuk menentang BN...

Orang PAS bodoh dan bacul sangatkah menghadapi DAP?

Penarik Beca

Malaysian Insider hari ini melaporkan berita bertajuk "Tunggu tumbukan BN di PRU-13, Ku Nan beri Pakatan amaran".

Saya rasa, Setiausaha Agung Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor tak payahlah cakap nak tumbuk pembangkang pada Pilihan Raya ke-13 nanti. Kalau betul SMS yang saya terima pada jam 11.29 malam tadi, anggota-anggota kelab pencinta Umno hakikatnya tak henti-henti menumbuk PAS dari dalam parti itu sendiri.

Mereka sedang giat menabur paku di atas jalan yang hendak dilalui rakyat yang berlari laju untuk menghambat Umno dan BN.

Saya tidak tahu sejauh mana kebenaran apa yang didakwa dalam SMS itu. Mungkin bohong hidup-hidup. Tetapi untuk tujuan berwaspada (atau puak-puak yang haraki sakan sebut sebagai hazar), saya rasa bertanggungjawab menyiarkan kandungan SMS itu (saya tak edit sikit pun):

"Salam. Pd 8.10.10 harun din hadir usrah 'doktrin' di rumah hasan ali. Yg terlibat dlm usrah adalah graduan master dan phd. Dlm usrah tsb, dia dakwa bahaya dap, dan ada cdgn supaya pas keluar pr dan menyendiri." (Baca selebihnya disini http://penarikbeca.blogspot.com/2010/10/orang-pas-bodoh-dan-bacul-sangatkah.html)


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Kempen Burukkan DAP Begitu Aktif Berjalan di Dalam PAS Selangor

Malaysian Waves

NAmun apabila saya mendengar sendiri ucapan Dato Harun Din dalam majlis itu, saya menjadi sangat-sangat kesal dan sedih. Mengapa Dato Harun Din dan PAS Selangor menghabiskan waktu dan masa yang begitu berharga melakukan suatu perkara yang menguntungkan UMNO dan Barisan NAsional.

Malahan, ucapan ini dibuat selepas wafatnya bekas ADUN Galas. Sepatutnya, ucapan ini mengarah kepada persediaan untuk DUN Galas dan bagaimana hendak memenangi DUN Galas.

Namun, ucapan berkisar kepada mengulangi fitnah-fitnah UMNO ke atas rakan PAS dalam PAkatan Rakyat.

Misalnya, fitnah UMNO kononnya berlaku huru-hara dalam Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Hakikatnya, huru hara itu hanya melibatkan 4 cabang PKR dan cabang2 lain seluruh Malaysia berjalan dengan baik.

Berlaku penangguhan 9 cabang pun adalah atas sebab AJK Pemilihan mereka yang tidak bersedia dengan baik. Bukannya sebab pergaduhan atau persengketaan.

Saya terkejut mendengar ceramah Dato Harun Din di usrah di rumah Dato Hasan Ali. Saya begitu terkejut dan begitu kesal dengan kempen memburukkan DAP dan PKR yang begitu aktif dalam PAS Selangor sekarang ini. (Baca selebihnya di sini http://www.malaysiawaves.com/2010/10/kempen-burukkan-dap-begitu-aktif.html)


Our common destiny, a journey towards true independence

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 12:40 AM PDT

The Utimate Malaysian Debate: Malaysia or Malaysaja? Part 4: (Imagine) Our common destiny, a journey towards true independence.

This is my final part in a four part article series titled 'The Ultimate Malaysian Debate: Malaysia or Malaysaja?'.

However, I hope that all Malaysians will join together with me to write, Part 5: Malaysia Free at Last, as a fitting conclusion to our struggle for a Better Malaysia, soon.

So Let's Imagine……

Fast forward to the year 2020, a new Malaysia has emerged from a long ardours journey that started more than 600 years ago in Malacca, a global cosmopolitan port-polity which is the meeting point of international  trade and civilisations.

Malacca of yesterday is our true nation's legacy, that embodies the spirit of universalism, inclusiveness, tolerance, industry and diversity, that is unfortunately lost to us today, drowned by an exclusive, racial, bigoted, feudalistic and narrow ideology.

This historical 'Spirit of Malacca' has become our redeeming feature for our new tomorrow.

We as a people have reclaimed it as the foundation and true spirit of our nation.

Our struggles and conflicts to fulfil the promise of Merdeka in 1957 have found a final definition and resolution.

Malaysia is now a fully functioning democratic and pluralistic nation that not only has become fully developed politically and economically but also has become a beacon of hope for other developing nations in charting their own unique nation-building path.

We have built a nation based on our common humanity rather than on our different ethnicity.

We have built our nation on a new script that has rejected the old destructive political theatrics.

We have built a sustainable and diversified economy.

We have built stable and independent institutions.

Malaysia has transcended narrow racial interest to shape a confident, humanistic and enlightened society based on our 'Rukun Negara' and universal values.

Article 153 became a liberating rather than an enslaving clause for the Malays.

The 'politics of fear' that used Article 153 as a political instrument to perpetuate a victim mentality by the few ruling elite was reclaimed by the Malays as an instrument for the new 'politics of hope and liberation', that transformed the Malay Mind from fear of losing their identity and economical development to a liberating force that created a confident community with a sustainable economic model.

Article 153 became the fulfilment of social justice objectives, as it was intended by the founding fathers.

The Malays had rediscovered the 'Spirit of Malacca' to become partners with other citizens in celebrating diversity as a source of national identity and empowerment.

We have honoured our founding fathers, and honoured the sacrifices of our fighters for independence along with our soldiers of all races, who fought defending this nation, by living our constitution in a true, equitable and sincere manner.

We have built a strong foundation based on a new 'Contract for a Better Malaysia', that will carry our children forward to an even brighter future.

Our experiences and history has become a lesson for the world in how a determined people can eventually be truly independent in spite of insurmountable odds.

We have become a nation of brothers, a true family of humanity, in a nation called Malaysia and not Malaysaja.

So how did we achieve this monumental task?

What events shaped this outcome?

What happened?

The answers lay in understanding the following historical process and philosophical justification perspectives rather than on a misguided 'Social Darwinism' dilemma inducing theory, which shamelessly used 'the end justifies the means' approach of race-based politics of fear, to undermine a people's aspiration for freedom and liberty.

A Historical Process Perspective — The 'Clash of Opposing Ideas'

A Historical Process Perspective interprets human events as a 'clash of opposing ideas', which is set on a historical development path that has a purpose, a guiding principle, a pattern and a final conclusion to it.

The 'clash of opposing ideas' theme alludes to a dialectic process of — a thesis and anti-thesis producing an eventual synthesis – which will define and shape human entities, for example a nation.

In the case of Malaysia, the path to reach our common national destiny is a journey or clash of two opposing ideas  or interpretation of nationhood, between — a thesis (Ketuanan Melayu, Malay Supremacy) and an anti-thesis (Ketuanan Rakyat, People Supremacy) — that is necessary to create a synthesis (a Better Malaysia).

Therefore, is there a purpose or meaning to all the current racial tensions, political rhetoric, polemics and events plaguing our nation today?

How can we make sense of it? Is there hope for our future? Will things ever change for the better?

The Divergent Narrative of Malaysian History and Destiny

Currently, there exist two opposing and divergent narratives of our history that will shape our destiny. The two narratives are the 'Ketuanan Melayu, Malay Supremacy' and the 'Ketuanan Rakyat, People's Supremacy' worldview.

In the 'Ketuanan Melayu' narrative, it is said (and in one long breath) that, 'because we, the Malays  ( who became dominant after the indigenous people in peninsular Malaysia), were influenced and colonised  by several foreign nations and kingdoms throughout history (including  Kedah which was conquered by a Tamil Emperor, Rajendra Chola and the Siam Buddhist Ligor Kingdom; Bruas, Perak ruled by the Khmer prince Raja Ganji Sarjuna, the Siam Sukhotai Kings and Indonesian Srivijaya empire that colonised part of peninsular Malaysia; Malacca as a vassal state to China's Ming Dynasty, Indonesian Majapahit and the five northern states to Siam Ayutthaya Kingdom by paying tributes (ufti), the Acheh Sultan that ruled Pahang and Kedah; the Bugis from east Indonesia that ruled Johor then Selangor; the Minangkabau from Sumatera that ruled Negeri Sembilan — and due to the closing of the Asia to Europe land route by the Ottoman Empire and the need to search for an alternative sea route — came the Portuguese, Dutch, British, Japanese and then British again before independence) which in spite of experiencing a diversified east and west civilisations' influence that should have made us global in outlook — we instead chose to dwell  inward, playing the role as historical victims that projects blame on others- by focusing  on the indignity of being made a 'pendatang' in our own land, when the British forced  us to welcome other races as new comers or new 'pendatang' to share in the bounty of this land, while we were marginalised in political, education and economic matters, that upon independence, we demanded protection of our rights in the form of a 'Social Contract' — with the intended but never achieved — aim of achieving racial parity due to abuse and corruption, has made 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy) our  'true and noble cause'.

Meanwhile, in the 'Ketuanan Rakyat' narrative, it is argued in (again in one but shorter breath) that, 'Yes while  we acknowledge the circumstances we found ourselves in at independence that produced a contingent 'special position' for the Malays, that this privilege must not be abused by the few in its implementation and used as a reason to deny all the rakyat, who must be seen as co-partners and not 'pendatang' in a common nation founded on a constitution, the rights to grow and prosper mutually, as we face a globalised and competitive world together, is a natural cycle(phases) of history that demands equality through 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy) to be our 'true and noble cause.'

Regardless of how we choose the narration of our history which becomes the 'truth' upheld by both sides, these divergent narratives must be acknowledged as a necessary process for progress.

Each side believe that theirs is the 'true and noble cause'.

Each side will advocate and defend their cause in a contest and clash of two opposing ideas of nation hood.

Therefore, does this historical process perspective puts everything in context?

Does it gives us the bigger picture of our nation's struggle which will make us transcend all insignificant petty matters (in society, in our family, in our political parties) to forge together confidently because righteousness and history is on our side?

A Philosophical Justification Perspective — Defining the True and Noble Cause

Undeniably, the determining factor or driving force that will shape our nation's historical process outcome, lies in, which of these two opposing ideas  and philosophy of 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy) and 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy), is the 'true and noble cause'?

Therefore, the most fundamental question or the philosophical justification of our entire debate is, how do we determine which qualifies as the rightful 'True and Noble Cause' for our nation's destiny?

If we choose to rationalise the legitimacy of both causes, then from a humanistic, universal and even Islamic perspective, a cause based on exclusiveness of race can never be justified, become viable and sustainable.

And to proof this point, if we take the race based philosophy in the context that Malaysia is homogenously Malay, then there would not be inter-racial tensions but we would instead have intra-racial tensions.

Meaning that if the Malay and Non-Malay divide didn't exist, then wouldn't there be intra-racial tensions between the Javanese and Bugis or Minangkabau and Achehnese or Boyan and Mendeling and to top it off, between the Indian lineage Malay and the Arab or Turkish lineage Malay?

Consequently, wouldn't all these Malay sub- groupings then would be seeking dominance and supremacy over the other 'Malays', each with their own version of say 'Ketuanan Melayu Keturunan India'(Indian lineage Malay Supremacy) which in fact permeates the ruling party's leadership, past and present?

What is also important is that one of the defining characteristic found in the constitution is that, a Malay is also a Muslim.

Therefore, shouldn't Islamic philosophy and principles apart from- historical, cultural, genetics and Social Darwinism arguments — also be used to philosophically justify 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy)?

With this we can find, that racism definitely, does not conform to the Islamic 'Common Good Principle' (Maslahah Umum) which demands 'promoting the overall good (maslahat) and avoiding harm (mafsadah) in society'.

Since this principle is aimed at promoting the 'common good' and not an 'exclusive good' of a particular group or race, confirms without a doubt that racism is un-Islamic.

All of these examples go to illustrate the fact that a race-based philosophy is transient and expedient; hence it is impossible and unjust to be used to build a nation and sustain true national harmony.

Here then lies the answer to the fundamental and philosophical justified question of which of the two 'Ketuanan' or Supremacy, is the 'True and Noble Cause', that will drive our nation's historical process to its natural and righteous outcome?

Indeed, history and philosophy is on the side of 'Ketuanan Rakyat'.

In Conclusion

If we choose to see our current events in both — a historical process and philosophically justified perspective — then we can better understand and be assured that the outcome of a better Malaysia, is certainly based on 'Ketuanan Rakyat'.

The dynamics and events of the 'clash of ideas', can sometime make us miss seeing the bigger picture unfolding which traps us in a narrow world view, and so we act defensively, selfishly and irrationally with destructive consequences.

For those who fail or choose not to understand, that there is a historical process and a philosophical justification, to create a synthesis of a better Malaysia, our outcome as a nation would appear uncertain which makes us desperate, delusional, depressed, pessimistic, cynical and inhumane. We are then seen driven by lust (nafsu), ego and a short term view of things and events.

But by understanding, that producing a synthesis of a better Malaysia is the definitive outcome; it will make us rational, calm, constructive, cooperative, optimistic and human.

We are instead driven by wisdom (hikmah), manners (adab) and a long term view of things and events.

Furthermore, it can be agreed that there is an imminent sense or instinct where the political divide of 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy) and 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy) is reaching a defining and conclusive end soon.

This general sense that the end-game is about to unfold and that our destiny is about to take shape, hangs in the air like a thick cloud.

Even if this cloud turns dark because the 'game' is not played democratically, then this must be seen, just as a temporary — reactionary — interruption of the unstoppable march of history driven by the 'True and Noble Cause' of 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy).

So without a doubt, we have to preserve and be even more resolute in our determination for freedom and justice.

We have to close ranks, be united and continue the good fight to its righteous end.

The politics of fear must be replaced with the politics of hope and liberation.

Therefore, I call upon all true patriots to discuss, print and distribute or email all four articles to everyone you know without haste.

Let us create a constructive engagement climate, where all Malaysians can be set free with the 'truth'.

Spread the word and message of hope that, a new dawn for a Better Malaysia for all Malaysians is approaching.

And God Willing, Our Common Destiny; a journey to true independence and liberty will have arrived.

Hidup Malaysia! Hidup Malaysia! Hidup Malaysia!


P185 Batu Api-Updates

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 09:32 PM PDT

Political correspondent Bugi Wijaya in Sandakan

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) today announced its President Datuk Yong Teck Lee as the candidate for the parliament seat of P.185 Batu Sapi. The announcement made in conjunction with the opening of the new SAPP Sandakan office saw the presence of former PKR division leader Datuk Nahalan Damsal who supported the SAPP to contest the seat.

The SAPP campaign is expected to be spearhead by former State Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor will see a keenly contest tussle for the seat by BN, PKR and SAPP. Both BN and PKR are expected to announce their candidate tomorrow but with more than 20 forms being sold by the Election Commission Malaysia, it is expected there will some aspiring independents offering themselves as alternative.

The contest will served a platform for every parties to test their strength given the current political climate of Sabah being a fixed asset for BN. As claim by Yong, there are a possibilities of three scenarios. One, BN victory with votes more then the combined of opposition parties; two, BN victory with less than the combined votes for the opposition and three either opposition party wins. In the first scenario, everyone would have to go back to the drawing board and re-strategize again. Two the opposition would have to sit down to discuss on proper seats sharing and three BN is finished.

With SAPP announcement all eyes would now be on who are the PKR and BN candidates ? It is getting interesting here.

Another insider news just received from Sabah has this ;-BN will have a very testing and tough fight against Yong Teck Lee. The ground is in favour of the former CM but many "goodies" will be thrown in which will benefit the people of P185.



The Star Letters: Crime Experiences in JB

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 09:03 PM PDT

From The Star 23 Oct 2010:

Crime rate down but cops must stay vigilant

INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar should be commended for urging the police not to rest on their laurels despite achieving a significant reduction in the crime rate ("IGP not at all pleased" – The Star, Oct 21).

According to the statistics provided by the police, street crime dropped by 38%, and the overall crime index by 16% between January and September.

Although no details are available, the police should be given due credit for their efforts to bring down the crime rate. The figures have also injected a dose of confidence in the public and uplifted its perception of the police.

However, to the victims of crime, the traumatic experience is not easily forgotten. The figures, no matter how impressive, will not be able to calm their nerves for a long time.

Just ask the victims. They will frown with unease when recalling the upsetting incidents. It requires a lot of courage and determination to overcome their fears.

In some cases, the victims may have been robbed twice or even more times as the perpetrators become braver when their heinous acts are not curbed by the police in time.

One can only sympathise with the victims while praying hard that they will not become the robbers' prey again.

My family in Taman Daya, Johor Baru, encountered two frightening experiences recently.

In the first incident, three youths carrying a travelling bag sneaked into my wife's office one afternoon while she was conducting a meeting in an adjacent room. They fled with an expensive laptop. The whole process was caught on a neighbour's CCTV.

In the second incident, which occurred a fortnight ago, a motorcyclist and his accomplice stopped beside my wife's car while she was parking the vehicle in the porch one night. The accomplice swung a hammer at the window on the driver's side in an attempt to rob her.

Luckily, my appearance halted their planned criminal act and prevented further harm to my family.

To add salt to injury, no police personnel appeared at the scene to investigate or gather clues after reports were lodged at the Taman Setia Indah police station. There was no noticeable increase in patrols in the vicinity immediately or after the incidents.

I suppose this is what the top cop meant when he said he was still not satisfied with the quality of investigation. I wonder how the policemen can solve the cases by just merely taking down my statements, and without pursuing further investigations.

When the incident is brought up in the teaching fraternity of my school, the IGP should come to listen for himself my colleagues' , spouse's or acquaintance's harrowing encounters. These unpleasant experiences have left indelible marks in their lives.

May I quote the IGP's words: "We should work harder to ensure the safety and security of the people."

The top cop's reassuring promise can certainly dissipate the lingering worries about safety and security in our neighbourhood.

The men in blue must walk the IGP's talk as the confidence and trust that we have in the police can only be earned through quality investigations and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

TING LIAN LEE,

Johor Baru.



Gambar MP Pakatan Rakyat mengantung banner Pakatan Rakyat di kalangan Parlimen

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 08:16 PM PDT


Gambar MP Pakatan Rakyat mengantung banner Pakatan Rakyat di kalangan Parlimen...


Gambar MP Pakatan Rakyat mengantung banner Pakatan Rakyat di kalangan Parlimen. Hal ini kerana tindakan UMNO yang mengantung banner Perhimpunan Agung UMNO di kalangan parlimen dan MP Seputeh iaitu Teresa Kok telah mengadu kepada Speaker dan Speaker tidak mengambil sebarang tindakan. Maka MP Pakatan Rakyat telah mencabar pendirian neutral pihak pengurusan Parlimen.







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On paper we may all be equal citizens, but in reality there are multiple categories of citizens

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 08:11 PM PDT



 

On paper we may all be equal citizens, but in reality there are multiple categories of citizens. Some who need to obey the rules and some who don't need to obey any rules. Living in a country means that everybody should have the same rules. By this I mean that everybody in India regardless of status, position, caste, creed and religion would necessarily have to live by the same rules, that would make life a lot easier.

 

Today however, that is not the case. The law is like a spiderweb. The insects get caught while the sparrows fly through. And sparrows are the big fish today. The policeman on the street who enforces a simple parking law will think twice before issuing a challan to the Red Lighted vehicle or a swanky Merc. Why? Because he fears that doing his duty might end up with him losing his job and livelihood apart from physical harm.

Think of the police officers who have knowledge of a criminal activity. But they hesitate to act because they know that the criminal in question is helped, tacitly or otherwise by somebody who holds a high office.

Think of the policemen in a raid who find that a film star (or a politicians kin) is involved. They are asked to hush the matter. If they don't, hell is their fate in the form of threats, delayed promotions and a stagnant career. The policeman who stops a politicians (or his lackeys) vehicle faces a similar predicament.

 

Ditto for the railway ticket inspector. Does he take on the thugs in the absence of protection or does he fine them travelling without a ticket? What does he do when a minister travels without a ticket?

Ditto for the honest petroleum company employee. Does he wink and nudge adulteration or does he stand up to them. After Shanmugam Manjunaths case how many such officers will you see?

 

The law which will send me an income tax notice for mixing up an addition and a subtraction sign is still sitting over someone who is supposedly Indias biggest tax defaulter. The Hasan Ali Khan case is what I am talking about.

 

relatedarticleIf IPU report 'ridiculous, stupid, short-sighted 'what about your SON WAS BEHIND THE MURDER OF DARREN KANG TIEN HUA" IN 2004

Nazri said Malaysia may quit the IPU 'if we are not happy'. — File pic

 

 

 

 

The truth is that we have different rules for different people. Our VIPs do not need to follow traffic rules nor stand in the queue like an ordinary person. We take it for granted that there are super-citizens who can bend and break the law at will. Our super-citizens can loot the exchequer of a few thousand crore and sit pretty because not even the law can get them.

If we solve this single problem, our country will be a better place to live in. And not just by getting at the high and mighty, but by ensuring that every person who is doing his job from a rules enforcement perspective – from the beat constable to the traffic cop to the marketing officer to the ticket checker has a secure job regardless of which fish (or his kin or chamcha) he might net while breaking the law.

 

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
October 23, 2010

 

The Najib administration has yet to explain how the projects such as the 100-storey Warisan Merdeka structure would help drive the economy forward despite the huge building costs – file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — The controversial 100-storey Warisan Merdeka skyscraper announced during the 2011 budget is fast becoming the latest battleground for voter support between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

 

The project, which promises to be a symbol of a modern and developed Malaysia, has been viciously attacked on all front by the opposition as well as ordinary Malaysians online since the proposal was mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last Friday.

Backed into a corner, BN lawmakers have insisted that the project would help drive the nation's economy forward, while PR representatives have flayed the government for introducing yet another "white elephant" and falling into the trap of previous government administrations of introducing grandiose but otherwise underutilised projects.

The Najib administration has yet to explain how the projects would help drive the economy forward despite the huge building costs.

DAP Socialist Youth Chief (DAPSY) Anthony Loke confirmed today that PR will be using this issue to rally more public support to pressure the government to abandon the plans of the construction of RM5 billion Warisan Merdeka.

He said as of right now, PR viewed the matter as a number one priority and will be bringing it up in Parliament whenever possible, as well as the Galas and Batu Sapi elections.

"All of the Pakatan component parties are united and have a common stand on this issue…we feel that it is a complete waste of funds and is completely unnecessary. Although we will focus on other issues, this will be the most attention-seeking issue to be raised in Parliament as it has generated a lot of public response.

"We are not using this to score political points. If the widespread opposition to this project is any indication, then Najib must back off from building this building," Loke told The Malaysian Insider.

The Rasah MP said that PR would go on nationwide speeches to educate constituents on the issue at hand, in an effort to pressure the Najib administration to abandon the plans for Warisan Merdeka.

"This will be highlighted during campaign speeches, mainly on BN's wasteful spending, but it won't be the main issue in Galas or Batu Sapi.

"We believe that if enough people oppose this project, we can stop it from being approved. judging from our experience with the sports betting licence, where the government did a u-turn on it, we believe that the government will eventually back down. Najib has a tendency of u-turning at the most crucial times," said Loke.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar echoed Loke's remarks, stressing that PR would "milk" this issue for all it was worth.

"Of course we will be following PKR Youth on a nationwide campaign to educate people because this involves everyone's interests. Every chance we get, at every campaign, every speech we will make sure that the need to oppose this project is highlighted. What's more it's already mentioned online that a lot of people are against the Warisan Merdeka," said Mahfuz.

Mahfuz told The Malaysian Insider that he had already brought up in Parliament the need for a Parliamentary Select Committee to review the Warisan Merdeka proposal before going ahead with the construction.

"I have mentioned in the Dewan Rakyat the need for a Select Committee to review and discuss the proposal before going ahead with any rash decisions…this committee should be headed by both BN and PR MPs, and at the end of the day we want ti make sure that the project actually benefits Malaysians, not just the government," added Mahfuz.

BN parties, namely Umno have rallied behind the push for mega projects at its annual assembly and accused PR of being against growth for opposing the government's plan to spend itself out of a stagnating economy.

Malaysians, who were recently declared the world's heaviest users of Facebook, have turned to the social networking site to express their dismay over the proposal.

An anti-Warisan Merdeka page on Facebook called "1M Malaysians Reject

100-storey Mega Tower" has been signing up fans at an astonishing rate of over 1,000 fans per hour on Wednesday. It had 60,408 fans at 11.50 am yesterday, and hit 83,002 fans as at 10.01am this morning.

In his Budget 2011 speech, Najib said the rationale for the Warisan Merdeka tower was similar to that of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, in that it would serve as a symbol of a modern and developed Malaysia.

Najib stressed that the project would also have a "multiplier effect" on the economy and help drive it forward, in addition to providing an attractive commercial centre for Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera businesses alike.

The 19-acre development area of the mega project — which includes a condominium and a shopping mall — is sited on the car park and land adjacent to Stadium Negara and Stadium Merdeka.

BN representatives remain optimistic of the project's prospects but have admitted that the government administration needed to be more transparent on the issue.

"I admit, we need to provide more details for the proposal to build this skyscraper. The Prime Minister must explain the total benefits of the project. And from what I've heard there are over 90,000 people who are against this..we need to explain to them the benefits of Warisan Merdeka," said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's department Datuk S.K Devamany.

Devamany said that the government would not have introduced such a project without first going through its benefits or weaknesses.

"The project will boost the tourism industry as well as development. I believe that the Prime Minister would not have proposed the project without going through the pros and cons. PM would not allow one project to undermine his administration," said Devamany.

The MIC vice-president however was non-committal when asked whether the government would scrap the project if there was widespread opposition.

"That, I cannot say. Anything will be possible. If there is enough pressure, the government will review it," said Devamany.

Umno MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed reiterated Najib's views that the project would be as beneficial as past mega-projects like the KLCC and the Petronas twin towers.

"If you go back 12 years ago no one thought the Petronas towers would bring profits. But today its become a centre for Kuala Lumpur to attract foreigners. Foreigners are looking for an international office space, a venue and Warisan Merdeka can offer that. We need a building that meets international standards.

"I think its about timing, where we need to be concerned also about the future, not just today. I believe that once the project delivers results, the attacks against it will stop," Nur Jazlan told The Malaysian Insider.

 



To the MAX?

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 08:09 PM PDT

By Pakac Luteb

The Star had an article saying it's simply too expensive to bring
Highspeed Broadband (HSBB) to rural areas.

Is that true? Malaysia has satellite technology, can't it be used for broadband?

There is also a technology called WiMAX that is similar to the WiFi
that people use in Starbucks and other locations.

However, unlike WiFi, WiMAX can cover very large areas at broadband speed.

A few WiMAX locations would suffice to cover the whole of the Klang Valley.

Can't WiMAX bring highspeed broadband to rural areas?

please see my earlier writing about WiMAX, below in quotation marks.

Regarding the "War of the Tonys" the jibes between the heads of
AirAsia and Tiger Airways, it's disappointing that Tony Fernandes of
AirAsia has made stereotypical and racist remarks.

With his comments, Tony Fernandes has shown his true stripes and his
lack of maturity.

Tony Fernandes has been a role model, a Malaysian success story, but
with his comments and spending (wasting) money on a silly
advertisement, the shine of that role model has been tarnished.

What kind of people can we expect our children to become, when they
grow up hearing the stereotypical racist or misogynist remarks of
business leaders and politicians?

Malaysians are very tolerant people but I urge Malaysians to strongly
condemn such remarks rather than tolerate them.

Pakac Luteb

"is this:

http://www.telegeography.com/cu/article.php?article_id=25078

a huge waste of money in view of this:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20040122-3323.html

??

doesn't malaysia already have a lot of communications infrastructure
that wimax could be added to, to bring broadband to everywhere?

if not, why not just a few fibre cables and microwave links, feeding
data to wimax? bringing fibre directly to the user would be much more
costly."


Voters, dare to ask DAP this

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 08:05 PM PDT

Courtesy of Hartal MSM

It was reported today that the MCMC fined TV3 RM50,000 for the station's Hari Raya ad.

PAS protest #1

When the controversy first surfaced, Harakah Daily reported that PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi on Sept 5 had urged TV3 to scrap the ad.

Nasrudin complained that the ad was "a mockery to Islam and gives the impression of polytheism especially to the young viewers". By the PAS Youth chief's reckoning, the objectionable 'polytheism' was because the ad "combined elements of Christmas, as well as Hinduism and Buddhism".

Cannot mix, yah… (non-Muslims, remember this warning)

PAS protest #2

On Oct 11, the New York Times reported the same PAS Youth chief Nasrudin as demanding the cancellation of a concert by the gay pop-rock star Adam Lambert. NYT describes PAS as "a fundamentalist Muslim party".

This is the party that DAP is sleeping with, yah.

PAS protest #3

Today, Harakah reported that PAS Youth will stage a demo tomorrow after Friday prayers to protest Rosmah Mansor's support for a fashion show that featured 'tak tutup aurat' (sleeveless) apparel and Arabic script in the dress design.

Yup, the same guy, Nasrudin the PAS Youth chief, has accused Rosmah of "insulting Islam" and demanded a public apology from her.

DAP has been hand-in-glove with PAS in this pushing of the Islamization agenda.

PAS is saying this cannot, that cannot, this is unIslamic, that is unIslamic. PAS the moral police is objecting to just about as many things as Perkasa is making many police reports.

Strange bedfellows

As PAS's companion in bed, DAP must be supporting all this 'cannot' business, yar. After all, DAP desperately wants the Malay votes. Or at least, we've not heard DAP raising any objection, or calling for neutral ground.

Why can't PAS people just stay at home if they don't like but must instead prevent others from watching concerts (or celebrating Valentine's Day) and depriving Malaysians of choice? Will they soon tell us we can all only watch nasyid performances?

Is DAP's Malaysian First a 'social contract' that will follow PAS's tune? So that in the future Malaysian First world, also this-cannot, that-cannot, semua tak boleh, yar.

If so, DAP should be upfront with the electorate NOW and let them know what they're gonna be in for under the Pakatan pact!!

Read more http://hartalmsm.wordpress.com/


We did it OUR way

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 07:58 PM PDT

By Pakac Luteb

Democracy is government 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 is lots of disagreement and discussion 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 records 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 choosing 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 any one of us alone.

Of that I am certain.


We did it OUR way

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 07:56 PM PDT

By Pakac Luteb

Democracy is government 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 is lots of disagreement and discussion 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 records 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 choosing 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 any one of us alone.

Of that I am certain.

Later, we can say, "We did it OUR way".


Breaking News:-P185 Batu Sapi

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 06:49 PM PDT

At 9.35am our SAPP insider said it's confirmed. Yong Teck Lee President of SAPP will be the candidate for the upcoming by election P185 for SAPP. Its a clear sign and a test for the slogan,'Sabah for Sabahans" which SAPP has been using eversince they broke away from the BN coalition.

It is now 100% confirmed that Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will contest the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in the 13th by-election to be held in Malaysia.

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

The nomination has been set at 26 October with polling on the 4 November 2010.



Boundaries And Transitions; Differing Values

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 07:08 PM PDT

Haris Ibrahim's sister, Farida wrote a touching piece as re-produced below from the SABM E-Group and in Haris' blog, The People's Parliament. I would assume the boy Farida refers to is Haris' son. 

BOUNDARIES AND TRANSITIONS

My late mother had a special relationship with each of her grandchildren. One grandson, the youngest among them, brought her much fun and joy in her latter years.

They were so in tune with each other despite the 73-year gap that it was such a pleasure to see them together. Grandson adored his Nenek and she cherished him with all her heart.

It pleased Mum when he came by and shared with her the things he had done at home and in school. In many ways he had inherited her business acumen and her artistic talent. While in primary school, he had sold pencils and his Star Wars-like drawings to classmates and it took almost a year before his parents found out about this clandestine activity.

My mother would laugh heartily at his tales and when he told how he stood up for what was right, she would beam with pride. This boy belonged to her. He was hers in the twilight of her years.

I was usually around when he came to stay or when the lovely phone conversations between them took place. Those calls always went something like this before the two said their goodbyes and hung up:

Mum: I love you.

Grandson: I love you too, Nenek.

Mum: I love you more than you love me. My love for you is taller than the tallest tree.

Grandson: Nenek, my love for you is higher than the clouds….

And this would go on and on and include dinosaurs, the seas, the stars and planets but invariably Grandson would top it all with "Nenek, I love you to infinity."

And that was where Mum got stuck, without any answer to give back.

During the December holidays two years ago, he came again to stay for about a week. But this time he found a much frailer grandmother waiting for him.

Several diseases had plagued her body over long, long years and Mum had borne the pain and discomfort with remarkable fortitude. But time had taken its toll on her health and an aging body made it so much harder to battle the diseases.

On the first day of his visit, Grandson looked at Mum's food and couldn't believe what she was having - cooked vegetables, rice and chicken all blended finely into a flavoured porridge for her to take in easily.

In his great love for her, he asked, "Can I taste?" and he took a spoonful. The look on his face was telling.

"Poor Nenek," he said, a sad finality in his voice that could only mean he wished he could do something about it but couldn't.

The pattern of fun had to be scaled down, with outings no longer a regular feature as in former times. Mum needed help going up and down the stairs and he was always ready to offer a steadying hand. While Mum had her late morning and afternoon naps, he spent his time reading or on the computer or talking to me.

On his fourth day, I decided to take him out for breakfast at a kopitiam, and then for an art class. We had just finished eating when his dad called to ask if he wanted to stay on or follow him back. I passed the phone to him and saw a flash of discomfort on his face.

I caught on when I heard his " er...er…" and " I'll talk to you later."

"You need privacy," I said. "I'll go out and you talk to your father."

He protested so we stepped out, went to the lift area at the back of the mall and I stood away from him so he could have his private moment. To my astonishment, he went into a remote corner, sat on the floor and spoke in hushed tones, and all I could see was a pair of feet sticking out.

He kept me waiting for about 20 minutes and when I thought I had had enough of this and was about to haul him up, he stepped out. And what I saw was a distraught face.

"What's the matter?" I asked quickly.

"Nothing," he said but his voice was choked with emotion.

"Tell me," I practically begged as my arm went around his shoulder to console him.

Tears streamed down his face and he said brokenly, "I want to go back…but …but I don't want to hurt you and Nenek."


This was it? No, the unspoken words said more.

It was very hard for him to stay and see the one he loved so dearly reduced to a pale shadow of her former self – his Nenek, who had told him stories, painted with him, given him clay to work with, taught him songs and sums, and inspired him to better himself.

It was just too much for someone so young to bear. It dawned on me then that a tender heart was breaking under the strain.

Behind the tears was an unspoken longing for the open spaces around his home and its surroundings, where he could wade amidst frolicking fish, climb fruit-laden trees, catch an insect or two and run like the wind down a slippery slope with nothing to rein him in.

He needed to be free and happy, not stay behind the prison walls of our home with its grills and gate and locks. And deep in his heart he must surely yearn to free his Nenek from the prison of her bed and wheelchair and medicine.

He didn't see the parallels. I did.

I wanted so much for him to understand what I was saying: "Sayang, you are not responsible for Nenek's happiness and you are not responsible for mine. Whatever you choose to do, Nenek and I will accept happily because we love you. Can you understand that?"


He nodded dumbly. When he was ready, we went off arm in arm for his batik-painting class.

I watched him engrossed in dabbing bright and beautiful colours onto the plain fabric with its waxed lines that ensured colours kept their integrity and didn't merge into one another.

To me he was himself those bright and beautiful colours and the plain piece of cloth, the situation at home. The waxed lines were boundaries, there to maintain integrity, define safe space, protect him and enable him to enjoy his role as a youngster.

But somewhere along the way, a breach had occurred amidst those boundaries.

The unthinkable had happened - the youngest among us had felt it his responsibility to keep two adults happy, though we had never expected it of him.


And this being responsible for someone else's happiness has its echoes around the world but with expectations often enforced in the most heartless of ways: a child having to get straight A's so his parents can be happy; an adolescent forced to pursue a particular field of study to make her parents happy; a man wanting to end a marriage because the wife does not keep him happy; a woman not allowed to follow the faith she believes in because to do so makes her community unhappy. And so it goes on.

In truth, no one can make us happy but we ourselves. Happiness is a choice and that choice rests with us and us alone, no matter what the circumstance.

He left that evening and I could only hope that the breach had been repaired and that he was convinced no child should be made to feel responsible for an adult's happiness.

A few months later, Mum passed away. It was very hard for us. It always is when a loved one whose life has been such a wonderful testimony to courage, resilience and faith makes an exit.

Almost a year after, I received a stirring poem from my nephew about his Nenek. It had been birthed from the depths of a loving heart that remembered her well. It convinced me that he had found his peace.

On his birthday this year, I called to wish him. In the midst of our conversation, before I knew it, I found myself saying, "I love you more than …" and he responded in the same way he had done with his Nenek.

It was a moment of transition for both of us – the same stage but with one new player.

I took a chance.

"I love you to infinity," I said, seizing his prized clincher.

Was there anything left to say? Yes, there was.

"I love you to infinity plus one!" he said and it was a voice of triumph.

He had hit upon a continuum of his own making, willing to defy the facts to do just that.

"No such thing," I declared. "Infinity is infinity."


On his side I heard very clearly a wonderful chuckle.

Yes, we were on to something new.

He was my mother's special one in the twilight of her years.

He is mine now.


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I can appreciate Farida's perspective; her very noble and sincere intentions for her nephew. But reading it as a Chinese I would differ slightly.

"Sayang, you are not responsible for Nenek's happiness and you are not responsible for mine. Whatever you choose to do, Nenek and I will accept happily because we love you. Can you understand that?"

I believe in the above context, the youngster could also be taught that he is partially (not totally) responsible for his Nenek's happiness and that choosing to stay can also be an option. It would then become a lesson in sacrifice and expediency rather than one of absolute responsibility. Alas, the boy was very young and it remains a beautiful love story.

Perhaps the following clip from the movie, "The Joy Luck Club" (from Amy Tan's novel of the same title) can illustrate my point and perspective. I do not know how many times Jeannie and Krystyn watched the movie together but I do know Jeannie often used it to guide the kids on certain aspects of what is termed, "Chinese Values".


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When poor, improvise!

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 06:29 PM PDT

There is s saying that " when poor, improvise.. When improvise, everything will be OK"( 穷则变).  You don't have to be rich to be innovative.

I am posting a few photos here , sent to me via email. In the email, it was stated that the photos were taken by French Photographer, Alain Delorme.

Look at these ordinary people. They are not rich. They cannot afford a lorry or a van. But they can carry goods as much as a small truck..

I remember when I was small, we did see some of these things in Malaysia, maybe the goods were not stacked as high as these, but tricycles stacked full of goods were quite common. Of course, it may pose a danger to other road users if the whole stack collapses or if the cyclist falls.

We  may admire the innovative spirits of these poor people, especially when we are sitting behind a computer and looking at these; or as bystanders looking from the side-walk.

However, if you are  a driver in a car following these, you may not be amused by these .   See how our  viewpoints can change depending which side of the table we are sitting..



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