Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Minimum wage? Not us, we are Singapore

Minimum wage? Not us, we are Singapore


Minimum wage? Not us, we are Singapore

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Maxwell Coopers

COMMENT Singapore has made its position on minimum wage as clear as those jousting for it: there will be none of it as far as the city-state is concerned.

That much came became clear when the Republic's labour chief, Lim Swee Say, argued forcefully against the implementation of such a scheme.

In excerpts carried by the nation's only "visible" broadsheet, The Straits Times, Lim, who is also a minister in the Singapore Cabinet, said a minimum wage policy will "not work".

Instead what he advocates is a so-called regime of promoting minimum skills for the nation's workforce -- a typical throwback to Confucian precepts of teaching a man to fish rather than giving him a fish every day!

There is nothing morally wrong with what Lim had proposed. Even ideologically, too, such a scheme is very much in keeping with the city-state's preference for self-reliance over any remotely perceived notion of taking hand-outs.

But as matters stand, today's world is far more complex than the medieval China the sage extolled.

And today's world is also certainly more economically dynamic than the pastoral world from where Confucius preached.

Minimum wage will almost certainly be a hot political potato in the run-up to the general election, which the city-state must call by February 2012.

A similar bread-and-butter issue which became a hot topic in the 1984 general election was the mandatory retirement age. The same ruling clique of the Peoples' Action Party (PAP) announced that it would defer the mandatory retirement age.

This controversy in Singapore some 26 years ago caused a swing in votes. It was a "watershed" of sorts because for the first time in many years the Singaporean electorate was riveted to highly-charged political debates, something never before seen in the nation's long history.

Disparity in treatment

According to the Temasek Review, "inequalities can only expand" if a minimum wage policy is not followed through.

The website's main grouse has been of the disparity in treatment meted out to landlords and the minions (workers) serving their bosses meekly.

"You never hear Lim (Swee Say) urging landlords to keep rents low or that electricity tariff, which is the second highest in the world, should be reduced to keep Singapore competitive. Lim believes in making workers 'cheaper' to stay competitive as part of his CBF (cheaper, better faster) strategy."

Yet, based on anecdotal and empirical evidence, it cannot be dismissed that an underclass in Singapore is indeed growing.

And that, according to the website, has largely to do with the "influx of cheap imported labour, regressive taxation policies and erosion of labour rights and benefits".

Singapore has always opined that it does not have the natural resources that Malaysia and other neighbouring countries have for it to hand out largesse.

Hong Kong, too, does not have the kind of resources that Malaysia has.

But if Hong Kong is able to make a pact that takes into consideration the plight of its peoples, then there sure is a lesson for the tiny city-state to take a leaf from.

Maxwell Coopers is a freelance writer based in Singapore.


Perbahasan Belanjawan 2011

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 10:41 AM PDT

Berikut adalah teks yang telah saya sampaikan di Parlimen pada 20hb Oktober sempena perbahasan Belanjawan 2011.

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Terima kasih Tan Sri Yang Di-Pertua di atas peluang yang diberikan kepada Lembah Pantai untuk turut membahaskan belanjawan 2011.

Malaysia menghadapi Persimpangan Peralihan Ekonomi Global yang akan menentukan samada kita akan berjaya atau gagal menjadi Negara berpendapatan tinggi. Hala tuju belanjawan seharusnya meransang Pembangunan Upaya Daya-Saing; yakni Pelaburan Aset Intelektual mesti mengatasi Pelaburan Aset Fizikal. Isyarat Belanjawan seharusnya menyakinkan dan bukan meresahkan rakyat serta pelabur asing, dengan tumpuan kepada reformasi politik dan menghapuskan amalan rasuah yang mengherotkan pasaran.

Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) menyatakan unjuran keluaran dalam negara kasar (KDNK) hanya 6.5 peratus bagi tahun 2010 berbanding sasaran kerajaan iaitu 7.0%.

Oleh demikian, pada hemat saya Belanjawan 2011 kurang sempurna. Ia tidak sempurna kerana ia mengutamakan golongan yang berada dan mengetepikan rakyat jelata. Ia tidak sempurna kerana ia adalah belanjawan yang hanya melihat kepada keuntungan jangka pendek dan bukan keuntungan jangka panjang. Ia tidak sempurna kerana pengagihan peruntukan tidak seimbang dan tidak sejajar dengan objektif yang mahu dicapai iaitu ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi.

Belanjawan ini bukan belanjawan masa depan. Ia adalah belanjawan yang datang dari zaman yang silam – dimana projek-projek mega dan penswastaan yang kurang telus, dengan kos tinggi diteruskan dan akan terus membebani generasi yang akan datang. [Perbelanjaan kerajaan RM213 bilion sedang sasaran pendapatan kerajaan hanya RM165 bilion]

Belanjawan ini telah gagal untuk meletakkan hala tuju kepada masa depan. Yang hanya jelas adalah bahawa generasi muda dan anak-anak kita akan terus membayar hutang-hutang daripada belanjawan 2011 selepas ini.

Kesempurnaan sesuatu belanjawan harus mengambil kira memenuhi keperluan and juga kepentingan rakyat secara saksama. Pada dasarnya kita melihat bahawa belanjawan 2011 bukanlah mensejahterakan rakyat tetapi memperkayakan segolongon kecil yang terpilih seperti mana dilihat dalam projek bangunan 100 tingkat Warisan Merdeka. Belanjawan 2011 akan menjadi sempurna dari semua segi, semua aspek dan semua bentuk seandainya ia berpaksikan kepada "Peningkatan pengupayaan daya saing Negara" atau  dengan izin "National competitiveness capacity building improvement".

Belanjawan 2011 akan menjadi sempurna seandainya pelaburan pembangunan Prasarana intelektual mengatasi prasarana fizikal. Sebagai contoh kita patut menggunakan RM5 bilion untuk melahirkan 10 ribu pakar penyelidikan yang berkelulusan PHD daripada menggunakan RM5 bilion untuk membina bangunan 100 tingkat.

Saya juga bingung melihatkan kepada RM111 juta yang dibelanjakan untuk PERMATA sementara hanya RM 20 juta untuk program PhD di universiti-universiti.

Saya juga mengingatkan dewan ini bahawa hanya 0.64 peratus daripada belanjawan 2011 diperuntukkan untuk tujuan kajian dan penyelidikan – walhal purata sedunia adalah 2.4 hingga 3.4 peratus.

Saya juga agak terkejut melihat kepada kandungan ucapan Yang Berhormat Perdana Menteri yang di antaranya memperincikan langkah-langkah kecil yang dihidang kepada minoriti rakyat yang menunjukkan pendirian yang materialistik – bangunan-bangunan yang gah, barangan-barangan yang mewah.

Mesej apa yang diberi kan oleh Yang Berhormat Perdana Menteri kepada generasi muda?

Adakah kerajaan mengambil kira berapa hasil cukai kerajaan yang dikorbankan untuk memansuhkan duti import ini?

Keutamaan yang serong ini juga dapat dilihat daripada teks ucapan belanjawan 2011 – dan amat memalukan apabila cadangan yang belum diluluskan oleh dewan rakyat dikuatkuasakan pada jam 4 petang 15 Oktober 2010! Bukankah ini secara jelas bentuk penyalahgunaan kuasa oleh Perdana Menteri?

Tumpuan pertama seharusnya menggandakan pelaburan model insan yang berqualiti melalui pendidikan dan penyelidikan. Belanjawan pendidikan 2011 adalah berjumlah RM40 bilion iaitu 18.86% daripada Belanjawan keseluruhan. Ia sepatutnya digandakan kepada RM80 bilion. Ini akan digunakan untuk mewujudkan sekolah satu sesi, menambahkan waktu sekolah setiap hari, menaikkan gaji guru sebanyak 50%, dan mewujudkan pra-sekolah untuk anak anak Malaysia seluruh negara. Saya fikir kerajaan menyedari akan masalah bebanan para guru lalu mewujudkan jawatankuasa khas kaji beban guru – malangnya cadangan-cadangan yang crucial tidak diangkat dan diperlihatkan dalam belanjawan 2011.

Untuk Pendidikan Pengajian Tinggi, kita patut menggandakan program-program penyelidikan dan pembangunan, menggandakan program PhD untuk staf akademik, mengambil masuk tenaga akademik berkelayakan daripada luar negara, dan memberikan biasiswa yang termasuk menukar semua pinjaman PTPTN kepada biasiswa penuh. Kita bandingkan sejumlah RM10.2 bilion yang diperuntukkan untuk Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi dengan RM 12.59 bilion untuk PEMANDU.

Kesemua ini memerlukan paling minima perbelanjaan selama 10 tahun sedangkan usaha yang sama untuk pembangunan modal insan Silicon Valley di Amerika Syarikat telah mengambil masa 20 tahun sebelum ia dapat memberikan kesan yang besar didalam menyediakan tenaga kerja yang berqualiti.

Cadangan saya untuk membiayai pelaburan pendidikan dan penyelidikan tadi bolehlah datang daripada 30% keuntungan tahunan petronas dan program pengagihan semula ekuiti bumiputera dimana 30% daripada nilai ekuiti dijual dengan nilai par value kepada sebuah tabung pendidikan nasional bumiputera.

Pelaksanaan satu dasar 'Pengagihan Semula secara Adil Kekayaan Ekuiti Bumiputera' sediada didalam syarikat-syarikat tersenarai dan bukan tersenarai yang memperolehi projek kerajaan dan pengswastaan dari kerajaan, konsesi lebuhraya dan penjanaan elektrik, dan syarikat berkait dengan kerajaan (GLC) untuk dijualkan 30 peratus daripada saham milik individu atau syarikat bumiputera dengan menggunakan nilai saham 'par-value' yang menjadi metodologi penilaian saham rasmi kerajaan kepada seramai mana orang Melayu dimana 25 peratus saham tadi dimasukkan kedalam Tabung Biasiswa Pendidikan dan selebih 5 peratus kepada koperasi pekerja syarikat penyumbang tadi. Dan baki 70 peratus pegangan asal masih didalam tangan pemilik individu dan syarikat bumiputera tadi.

Saya juga telah mencadangkan kita mulakan pelaksanaan dasar baru ini dengan syarikat-syarikat Kenchana Petroleum, Scomi, CIMB, Perimekar, APCO dan sebuah syarikat pembinaan Jambatan di Pasir Mas untuk menguji keberkesanannya.

Tentunya yang terbaik, kita mulakan dengan GAMUDA-MMC sejurus selepas mereka menandatangani projek MRT secara tender terus.

Kenaikan gaji sebegini termasuk untuk staf akademik dan juga penukaran pinjaman PTPTN kepada biasiswa bolehlah dilihat sebagai satu ransangan ekonomi terus kepada rakyat (economic stimulus direct to the people) yang juga akan meningkatkan permintaan domestik yang menjana pertumbuhan ekonomik.

Tumpuan kedua adalah kepada insentif and perbelanjaan untuk pemulihan demokrasi yang menjadi prasyarat kepada melahirkan budaya innovasi yang akan menjana ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi. Kemajuan ekonomi Negara bergantung kepada wujudnya innovasi. Innovasi memerlukan kebebasan yang bersandarkan kepada demokrasi yang sihat.

Oleh demikian, saya mencadangkan perlu adanya tiang ke-5 iaitu Reformasi Politik Negara di dalam kerangka agenda transformasi national. Pemulihan demokrasi melibatkan menghapuskan undang-undang anti-demokratik seperti AUKU, ISA, Akta Percetakan dan Penerbitan (Printing Presses and Publications Act), dan mewujudkan pilihanraya umum yang bebas dan adil. Kedua-dua usaha ini bukan sehaja akan menjadi pemangkin kepada budaya innovasi tetapi ia juga akan memulihkan keyakinan pelabur asing kepada Negara.

Justeru, belanjawan 2011 seharusnya melibatkan perbelanjaan untuk menjayakan proses pemulihan demokrasi termasuk suruhanjaya-suruhanjaya baru yang berkaitan seperti suruhanjaya hak asasi wanita dan kanak-kanak, suruhanjaya kebebasan media di samping pengupayaan atau pemerkasaan suruhanjaya hak asasi manusia atau SUHAKAM.

Disini saya mengambil kesempatan untuk menyatakan bahawa usaha untuk memberikan rakyat maklumat tepat, secara telus akan diperkenalkan oleh  Kerajaan Pulau Pinang yang menyusuri Kerajaan Selangor dalam meluluskan rang undang-undang negeri Kebebasan Maklumat (Freedom of Information Act). Inilah yang dipanggil reformasi politik.

Saya juga mengesyorkan agar kita mempromosikan pelaksaan Rukun Negara kepada semua lapisan masyarakat kerana RN merupakan satu falsafah yang cukup sesuai didalam integrasi nasional. Perbelanjaan untuk mempromosikan Rukun Negara adalah lebih bernilai dan lebih berkesan daripada mempromosikan konsep 1Malaysia atau bayaran kepada APCO. Setakat ini sudah RM38.42 juta sudah dibelanjakan untuk 1Malaysia.

Tumpuan ketiga adalah penghapusan pengherotan pasaran dengan menyediakan perbelanjaan untuk menggandakan keberkesanan suruhanjaya pencegahan rasuah Malaysia didalam usaha membanteras rasuah dan perbelanjaan untuk membentuk Suruhanjaya Amalan Perniagaan Adil dengan izin Fair Business Practices Commission yang akan menentukan bahawa segala amalan perniagaan terutamanya yang melibatkan kerajaan akan membawa keuntungan maksima untuk rakyat. Suruhanjaya Amalan Peniagaan Adil diantara tugasnya adalah menentukan tidak ada unsur korupsi atau kolusi didalam peraihan keuntungan melampau yang merugikan rakyat. Sebagai contoh MRT berharga RM40 bilion untuk 140 km yang – atau RM285 ribu semeter dibandingkan dengan projek MRT dinegara lain.

Kita perlu buat pilihan terbaik memandangkan keadaan ekonomi semasa.
Di China – walau bukan perbandingan apple to apple – tetapi perlu kita selami supaya keputusan terbaik dapat dibuat:
a) Wuhan-Guangzhou, 57 billion, 960 km, RM59,400 per meter yang melibatkan pembinaan banyak jambatan dan terowong.
b) Taipei- Kaohsiung, 48 billion, 360 km, RM133,300 per meter, melibatkan bayaran tanah-tanah yang dibeli semula.
c) Projek sistem pengangkutan yang dicadangkan daripada Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi, 176 billion, 1680km, RM105,000 per meter.

Adakah kerajaan membuat keputusan terbaik untuk rakyat? Kita tidak tahu dan statistik perbandingan tidak meyakinkan kita akan niat baik kerajaan demi rakyat.

Contoh lain termasuk: PLUS – Oleh kerana EPF dan Khazanah terpaksa menyelamatkan PLUS, sepatutnya nama PLUS ditukar kepada MINUS. Kos pembinaan lebuh raya di Malaysia jauh lebih tinggi kalau dibandingkan dengan negara2 lain. Keuntungan kroni yang dilipatkan gandakan yang tidak menepati kewarasan ekonomi mahupun perniagaan yang bebannya akan dipikul oleh warisan muda.

Perjanjian keuntungan durian runtuh Penjana-penjana Bebas (IPP):

Akhir tahun 2010 menyaksikan tarikh tamatnya rundingan untuk mendapatkan pemanjangan perjanjian selepas tahun 2014/15 untuk IPP Generasi Pertama.

Rakyat tidak dimaklumkan secara telus tentang keuntungan durian runtuh IPP.

Dengan izin, "According to industry executives and Petronas official data, about 56 per cent of the gas supply in Peninsular Malaysia goes to its power sector, and of that amount, more than 55 per cent is taken up by independent power producers, which have been buying the gas at a subsidised rate since 1997…"

Bekas Pengerusi TNB, Tan Sri Ani berkata dalam temubual, "There was no negotiation. Absolutely none. Instead of talking directly with the IPPs, TNB was sitting down with the EPU. And we were harassed, humiliated and talked down every time we went there."

Kalau benar kita menuju transformasi ekonomi, kerajaan wajib menerangkan perjanjian yang diberi kepada generasi pertama IPP – kita mahu tahu maklumat lanjut perjanjian tersebut kerana yang menerima bahananya dan menanggung hutang adalah rakyat.

Ketidakbertanggungjawapan fiskal yang ini mengugat kestabilan negara  kerana bangunan 100 tingkat tidak mampu menanggung beban hutang, beban korupsi, beban dosa-dosa manipulasi sebegini.

Saya tidak mempersoalkan keperluan pembangunan tetapi yang saya soalkan berapakah kos yang diperlukan untuk pembangunan kerana sejarah menunjukkan bahawa kosnya selalunya tinggi  dan akan membawa kepada scenario dengan izin "Privatizing profits and socializing losses" seperti yang berlaku pada sebelumnya.

Kegagalan syarikat pengangkutan rel (PUTRA, STAR-LRT) hingga kerajaan Umno-APCO terpaksa bail-out mgunakan suntikan RM600 juta hingga terpaksa pula diletakkan di bawah SPNB (Syarikat Prasarana Berhad).

AKHIR KATA: cabaran yang dihadapi didalam persimpangan ekonomi global yang saya maksudkan boleh digambarkan dengan contoh apabila seorang rakyat Malaysia yang menjadi pelajar undang-undang terbaik di Cambridge University, UK yang  telah diberikan biasiswa oleh Negara jiran dilaporkan akan berkerja dinegara jiran tersebut.

Inilah realiti yang menghadapi kita apabila adik Tan Zhongshan yang mendapat keputusan terbaik jurusan undang-undang di Queen's College, Cambridge University akhirnya diciluk Singapura.

Ini bermaksud bahawa kita telah kehilangan satu lagi modal insan akibat daripada dasar-dasar kerajaan yang kurang sempurna seperti yang saya telah dihuraikan sebentar tadi. Sampai saya terbayang bahawa rupa-rupanya Malaysia dan bukan Singapura yang dilanda todak.


Dah dimadukan baru nak bersolek dan minum kacip Fatimah

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 02:53 PM PDT

Perhimpunan Agong UMNO telah bermula semalam. Maka selesailah perhimpunan sayap-sayap parti, Pemuda ,Wanita dan Puteri. Saya mengikuti ucapan ketiga-tiga ketua sayap parti kita dengan agak teliti kali ini kerana ingin melihat jika ada perbezaan yang terdapat dalam perhimpunan tersebut kalau dibandingkan dengan perhimpunan-perhimpunan yang terdahulu.

Bagi pandangan saya, perhimpunan kali ini tidak ada bezanya jika dibandingkan dengan tahun-tahun yang lalu kerana perhimpunan kali ini tidak ada perwakilan yang dari Perhubungan-perhubungan pemuda negeri yang memberikan cadangan yang bernas untuk menghadapi pilihanraya umum yang bakal tiba. Tidak ada keputusan yang dirumuskan dengan jelas dalam perhimpun ketiga-tiga sayap ini.

Yang dilihat dan didengar hanyalah ucapan berapi-api Ketua Pemuda dan Puteri tetapi apa yang diharapkan oleh orang ramai untuik mendengar ucapan yang memberikan perancangan untuk parti dimasa hadapan tidak kesampaian sehingga akhir persidangan itu semalam.

Kita hanya mendengar isu yang biasa; isu Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng dan TGNA serta ancaman terhadap Kerajaan PAS Kedah. Setiap perhimpunan seperti ini setiap tahun kita mendengar kutukkan tentang pemimpin pembangkang sehinggakan pemimpin-pemimpin pembangkang menjadi begitu popular dalam perhimpunan agung UMNO.

Perwakilan Kedah telah membidas kepimpinan PAS kedah khususnya terhadap MBnya iaitu Dato Seri Azizan. Perwakilan pemuda Kedah itu tidak pula memberikan cadangan-cadangan yang 'solid' bagaimana UMNO boleh kembali berkuasa dinegeri jelapang padi itu. Hanya yang kita semua dengar ialah untuk meminta pucuk pimpinan supaya menggantikan Pengerusi Perhubungannya ,Shafie Apdal dengan pemimpin tempatan Kedah.

Tidak ada terkeluar isu bagaimana pemimpin-pemimpin perhubungan tempatan Kedah yang tidak ada daya tarikkan kepimpinan untuk ditukar. Saya percaya Shafie Apdal lebih senang untuk tidak menjadi Pengerusi Perhubungan Kedah kerana sikap dan perangai pemimpin UMNO yang sudah dianggap 'spent force' oleh masyarakat ramai itu masih berkeliaran untuk bermain politik. Mana mugkin pemimpin-pemimpin yang mereka tolak boleh membawa perubahan untuk negeri dan negara?

Perwakilan Kedah itu hanya membuat kutukkan terhadap MB Azizan tetapi tidak memberikan cadangan yang konkrit untuk mengatasi pengaruh PAS dinegeri itu. Pemuda mesti ingat, bahawa pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO diKedah merupadiberikan tugas untuk membetulkan serta membaik pulhi UMNO diKedah maka hasilnya adalah 'predictable'; tak mungkin berjaya.

Pemuda Kedah seolah-olah tidak mahu menerima yang perubahan hanya boleh dilakukan oleh mereka yang belum lagi tercemar dan mereka mestilah dari kumpulan yang baru dan masih bersih politik mereka dari sudut pandangan umum.

Begitu jugalah perwakilan Pemuda dan Wanita PulauPinang; tidak terlepas dari membidas Lim Guan Eng. UMNO mesti sedar mereka memilih Guan Eng dan DAP kerana kelemahan pimpinan UMNO itu sendiri. Jadi elok pemimpin UMNO dan sekutunya dalam BN menumpukan kepada usaha pemulihan imej parti sahaja dari memberikan tumpuan dan tenaga untuk memncari kesalahan pihak lawan.

Kalau nak dicari kesalahan kita lebih banyak lagi dari kesalahan pihak lawan; kalau tidak masakan mereka memilih lawan kita untuk mentadbir pulau pinang. DiPulau Pinang UMNO mesti bersikap sebagai parti alternative bukannya bersifat sebagai pembangkang. Jika kita bersikap seperti pembangkang maka sampai bila pun UMNO akan menjadi pembangkang dinegeri itu.

Pulau Pinang juga perlu mencari barisan darah-darah yang baru untuk melakukan perubahan. Jika masih dipimpin oleh pemimpin yang sudah diketepikan rakyat usaha untuk membawa mereka kembali tidak akan menjadi.

Masa dan ruang terlalu sempit untuk memuatkan hujjah-hujjah yang kuat tetapi percayalah kepada formula ini; barisan yang sudah ditolak mempunayi harapan tipis untuk dikembalikan kuasa oleh rakyat. PM Najib jika benar-benar mahu melihat kemenagan, beliau berwajib untuk mencari 'talent' yang baru untuk membetulkan apa-kesalahan dan kesilapan yang telah dilakukan oleh pimpinan parti dinegeri-negeri yang dikuasai oleh PR rakyat ini.

UMNO tidak boleh bersikap seperti isteri yang dimadukan. Selalunya isteri yang telah dimadukan akan menyerang madu yang muda tanpa berfikir panjang. Akhirnya sisuami akan menghabiskan banyak masa dengan isteri yang muda kerana tidak tahan leteran isteri yang dimadukan itu.

Setelah dimadukan barulah nak menghias diri serta mula makan herba kacip Fatimah. Tetapi tindakkan isteri tua itu sudah terlambat kerana suami sudah naik jelak dengan leteran yang tidak berhenti-henti. Isteri tua sepatutnya dari dulu tidak melakukan kesilapan dengan tidak mengambil indah tentang keterampilannya. Kalau UMNO yang sudah ditinggalkan itu baru sekarang nak bersolek dan bergincu maka masyarakat keliling akan memandangnya sebagai orang yang sedang 'buang tebiat'.

UMNO sudah hilang keterampilan yang dahulu. Pagi ini kita akan mendengar ucapan dasar Presiden, DS Najib. Kita sama-sama dengar dan buatlah penilaiannya.

Akan adakah unsur-unsur perubahan yang 'organic' dan 'realitik' terdapat dalam ucapan beliau pagi ini? Kita berharap Najib tidak akan menekankan ucapannya kepada gaya berucap sahaja, tetapi kepada 'content' yang membawa harapan untuk kebaikkan kita semua.


蔡細歷:大選比黨選重要 巫統代表須謹言

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 09:12 AM PDT

(怡保20日訊)馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷認為,大選比黨選重要,他勸請巫青、女巫青和婦女組在代表大會上,不要為了提升自己在黨內的形象和鞏固黨內的地位,而發表破壞種族和諧言論。

他說,極端分子只是占少數,並不是大多數。我國是多元種族國家,各國陣成員黨,包括馬華都應採取包容各族為大原則,容納各種族以全民為主。

採取包容各族原則

他也提醒巫統中央代表,不要提出極端的言論,以免使其他種族受到打擊。

他認為,如果每個國陣成員黨能夠採取包容各族為大原則,相信將可以得到人民繼續的支持。

蔡細歷今午前往巡視怡保彩虹城食物中心后,在記者會上,發表這項談話。

蔡細歷宣布,他會要求房屋及地方政府部撥出5萬令吉,作為提升和美化該食物中心用途。

他指出,小販要求為食物中心重新髹漆,若允許也提升道路水平,不過,他披露,由于該中心地段屬于私人地,因此如果要落實長遠計劃,必須與地主商討和取得同意方可。

近打流動小販公會主席陳禧荃和霹靂販商公會主席黃新德今天也分別提呈備忘錄給馬華總會長蔡細歷。

出席者包括怡保彩虹城食物中心委員會主席陳國泰,霹州行政議員拿督馬漢順、馬華霹州聯委會秘書拿督陳進明、馬華怡保東區區會主席拿督湯華昌、婦女組主席王少玉、務邊區會主席曾振銓、兵如港協調員邱文傳,以及馬華霹州領袖拿督鄭光祖和拿督趙偉權等。

《中国报》20-10-2010


“What Seat…??”

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 08:31 AM PDT

Have you heard about the latest rumour that has being going around? Yay it's about me.  No…..,unfortunatedly its not the "DATUKSHIP" that I thought i would be getting ( shoot!).

Oh Well! Wishful Thinking. Hahaha……

What's the rumour..???

Well,a little bird just told me some interesting piece of news. Me,moi (in French) is lobbying for a Sarawak State Seat. The only seat that I know that I am lobbying for is a Luxurious Sofa seat for my house which needs the approval of the Minister of Home Affairs.(wink,wink you know what I mean)

So what's all this about this talk about the "THE SEAT" that I am supposedly going after? if you know about it let me know…..

If you want to recommend me a Luxurious sofa seat you're welcome too.

Hahaha" Kiss Kiss"



'Hazardous' haze forces closure of Muar schools

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 06:03 AM PDT

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has advised school administrations to temporarily suspend classes as the Department of Environment's air pollution readings in some parts of the country had reached dangerous levels. "In schools, if it is at dangerous level, school administrations can decide to close the schools temporarily, though teachers are still expected to work. They, however, would not be required to go to school until the situation improves. Story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Kemelut Terkini PKR

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 05:41 AM PDT

Story to follow. Video by CJ Amirul Salihing
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Pt 3: Contraception and abortion in Islam

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 04:48 AM PDT

Pt 2: Abandoned babies in Malaysia: Dispelling the myths An exclusive interview with Rashidah Abdullah, Co-Chair of the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM). "...in Islam, abortion is allowed up to 4 months, when the soul is regarded as entering the fetus, so it not regarded as alive, so its not a sin,..." Reported by Aidila Razak Video by Shufiyan Shukur and Indrani Kopal Note Rashidah Abdullah is an activist and independent consultant in the areas of women's health and sexual and reproductive health and rights, women's rights and NGO organisational development in Malaysia. She is the founder director on ARROW's Board of Directors, Co-Coordinator of RRAAM, a member of the Malaysian Aids Council's Programme Review Committee, the Programme and Management Committee of Sisters in Islam, and a trustee of Women's Aid Organization (WAO).
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Malaysiakini kicked out - Ku Nan couldn't keep his promise

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 04:27 AM PDT

Malaysiakini was asked to leave the media room of the Umno annual general assembly for not possessing press passes issued by the party's secretariat. malaysiakini kicked out from Umno AGM 2010 reginaIts team of eight journalists were told they were not allowed to use media room facilities by one of the secretariat's officers. This was despite being told that Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had promised Malaysiakini press passes during an exclusive interview on Oct 5.
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Opposition MPs: Rent seeking culture still prevails

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 04:26 AM PDT

Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut (PAS-Kuala Terengganu) said that the RM3.7 billion road upgrading project in Terengganu was not spared the BN's gross mismanagement, with many of the 17 packages under the project left uncompleted while their crony contractors disappear with the profits. Story: www.malaysiakini.com
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'Tender process only benefits cronies'

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 03:51 AM PDT

Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) queried the government for refusing to take up the offer from the main contractor of the Shah Alam Hospital to complete the controversial RM482 million project. He said GM Healthcare, which was engaged by developer Sunshine Fleet as the main contractor of the project, had offered to complete the project within 18 months with a RM3 million discount on the project cost. Story: www.malaysiakini.com
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IT LOOKS DONE – MALAYSIA A FAILED STATE

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 04:08 AM PDT



Little hope is left for Malaysia to avoid a regime change or a failed state after the serial rebuke of Prime Minister Najib Razak's maiden New Economic Model (NEM) Budget he read on Friday 15 October. It was read to a nation that was still reeling from the aftershocks of the Economic Transformation Plan (ETP) Minister Idris Jala revealed weeks earlier.

It confirmed a business plan for selected companies to harvest super-mega projects mainly focused in Greater Kuala Lumpur ostensibly to overcome the declining foreign and domestic investments in 2009 and to revive a climate of growth.

Each costing tens of billions, the MRT alone running into RM40 billion and dwarfing all the previous mega-projects together, sunk all hopes that Najib had ever meant to deal by open tender.

The laissez faire of the NEM had with it a twist that could mean giving the Prime Minister and his select group of crony companies the right to be left alone to take as they please the cake, the cream, the cherry and the tables as well.

In every other way the Budget is an election budget.

Former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, was prompted to prophecy after the budget reading that the Barisan Nasional (BN) will not get the two-third majority in the 13th General Elections it heralded.

This writer, long an observer and commentator of elections in the country, reads Dr. M's remark as directly meaning the BN will lose to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR), plus a sundry line-up of small parties and Independents that are expected to crown the extended rebuke of the BN's leadership.

The BN was saved in 2008 by Sabah and Sarawak.

It could be different this time, the Budget and the Economic Transformation Program (ETP) providing too little to the Sabahans and Sarawakians. There had been extensive corruption in the two states.

The NEAC (National Economic Advisory Council) mentioned a slur of concern for the 40 percent of Malaysian households that earn RM 1500 per month or less, fearing most of these would not make it through in the conjugations of the high income society the NEM is about.

Truth is, households in Malaysia cannot make ends meet with less that RM 2000 a month and at least 70 per cent of Malaysian households earn RM 2000 or less, the bulk of these are Bumiputras with the larger numbers of households in the two states falling in the category.

The minimum household income in the urban centers would be RM 3000.

In the fragile domestic and world economies, a high investment profiling of crony capitalism as imposed by the Budget and the ETP will certainly add to the inflation that is already severe.

It is easy to see the Najibian Economics will leave him a bread-and-butter villain to the larger number of households in the urban as well as the rural, meaning he will be voted out.

Looking at the Bank Negara (Central Bank) numbers about money will show the money supply had risen substantially between 2009 and 2010, suggesting a means to reduce the domestic debt. This adds to the inflation as do the reduction or withdrawal of subsidies for food and essential items.

Much more money will soon enter the market. With the super-mega projects the ETP has proclaimed, the tip of more than RM 110 billion for the first six opening salvos of the ETP [ahem!] will add a whopper to the money supply.

More monies will enter the market in the enhanced fluidity, making it pertinent to ask aloud how Najib will ensure that overall production will go up and stay up through the nine years to 2020 to avoid hyperinflation or even a Depression.

Should the supply of money show a steep upward curve because more money was printed and the same applies to the financial curve either because money is made cheap and/or it is made easily available, then, we will get hyperinflation if the production curve is stable. If the production curve goes down, the result is Depression. It's plain and simple.

With that load of investments negotiated inside close-doors plus a larger-than-usual Operating Expenditure, and a smaller-than-otherwise Development Expenditure of less that RM 50 billion, plus monies that will flow into the market for the bubbly property market and the KLSE Casino Royale, it is hard to believe Najib's game to draw Chinese votes will pull through even if we are calculating on a six-month run for the general elections.

He seems to be betting on large numbers, i.e. monies that are large enough to keep flowing and keep voters happy even if the markets shrink.

But what if the markets go down in a tailspin should the World Bank fail to convince the Europeans from applying austerity and them as well as others from devaluating their currencies?

The world economy is teetering on the edge of peril. Why do we deny that? What could be the reason or reasons for such a desperate lunge for the quick fix of an ailing economy and a disreputable party and coalition that should have undergone surgery but did not?

As the rebukes continue and observers sing the confusion in an endless chorus, it does look Najib is unlikely to bring the BN safely through the coming general elections even if Anwar's PKR is a failing party.

Anwar's repeat incarceration plus Teoh Beng Hock's untimely and mysterious death will bring the tom-toms to a higher pitch than ever before. This time, whether or not Saiful was true that Anwar had not worn condoms and had done it in naked truth, he (Anwar, not Saiful) is Opposition leader.

It is done. What needs a close look is how Malaysia is to avoid becoming a failed state and/or fall under the micro-management of the UN global-mongers or of a colonial power. The Reformasi has lost its appeal. ----a. ghani ismail, 20 October, 2010


Saifuddin: Cronyism still alive and well

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 02:54 AM PDT

The opposition bench today launched new salvoes at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his far-reaching government transformation plan (GTP), this time claiming that the construction cost of the National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya had jumped by 100 percent to RM700 million. anwar pc 290607 saifuddin nasutionPKR Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution (right) said the institute was initially supposed to cost RM340 million as indicated under the Ninth Malaysia Plan of former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Saifuddin said the project, which was launched by Abdullah on Jan 9, 2007, was scheduled to be completed over 30 months by June 2009. Story: www.malaysiakini.com
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UMNO Youth ‘Hidden Message’

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 02:32 AM PDT

Reality Check and it seems that UMNO Youth is beginning to push their message across to their President and Supreme Council. They can only take so much and it seems that their youthful pride is hurt,tortured and dented by PAS.

Why not..? Kedah UMNO is headed by a Sabahan and PAS has relentlessly attacked the Youth Wing. Its a way to tell the leaders,"we can only take so much and its time we re-access the situation. PAS in not so many words said this,"look at Kedah, there are no capable leaders, they have to import politicians from outside.

It certainly is a reality check but could there be well calculated  HIDDEN message?

Jerai UMNO Youth chief Bassori Hassan used his words wisely by saying that Shafie Apdal is a capable man to wrestle Kedah back as he is a great man but they need local politicians to helm as they are under attack by local political parties.

This message must not go unnoticed as it will be used by PAS to haunt back at UMNO come the GE13. It must be brought up to be deliberated and a solution must be found. PAS will not let it rests easy.

BE RESTS ASSURED OF GUNS BLAZING FROM PAS…….



Quo vadis Pakatan

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 04:30 AM PDT

The Malaysian Insider's Pakatan still green despite looming polls, say analysts stated:

…political analysts have said Pakatan Rakyat (PR) remains at best a work in progress. While the federal opposition is expected to pose a serious challenge to the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), ill-defined policies and a vague common platform provide few clues to voters as to what a PR administration will look like they said.

There is some truth in this report, in that there is no common Pakatan platform yet (other than to topple BN), nor indications on how a Pakatan government would rule in the event it comes to power.

As a coalition which claims to be the alternative government in waiting, it has for a start failed in the simple matter of establishing a shadow cabinet, as I posted in Shadow Cabinet.

I then wrote (extracts): The real answer why it hasn't done so is the coalition fears the component parties won't be able to agree to a distribution of ministerial portfolios. […] Quite frankly, I don't consider you fit to take over the business of the government of the day if you cannot even resolve this power sharing now!

The reality is Pakatan is a very loose coalition, with each political member a sovereign political party and only two having some idea of where they want to politically go. There is strength is a loose coalition but at the same there would be weaknesses.

The weaknesses are obvious and collectively the subject of The Malaysian Insider's article.

However, the strength is that such a coalition does not function like the BN, where UMNO is 'THE' only real sovereign party and the rest mere 'subordinate' branches of UMNO.

Take a simple example - the MCA has to submit its list of election candidates to the UMNO president for approval. While UMNO is no doubt the BN's primus inter pares (first among equals), for MCA to seek UMNO's approval would be going beyond the understanding of primus inter pares. Only subordinates seek approval from a superior.

MCA members live under the sad illusion or dream that their party stands as an equal or even junior partner, instead of the reality it is nothing more than a 'subordinate' of UMNO (and not a partner). I hope MCA members understand the difference between a 'junior partner' and a 'subordinate'.

So, what kind of coalition is this other than a one-party (UMNO) conglomerate with Indian and Chinese-based 'branches', not unlike PAS' non-Muslim supporters.

OK, back to our subject, the Pakatan Rakyat coalition. Notwithstanding the criticism of its 'ill-defined policies', two of Pakatan's component parties do have clear visions as to what they are politically striving for.

PAS obviously aims for an Islamic State. However, since 2008 and a series of subsequent by-elections it understands that non-Muslim support is crucial to many of its candidates winning the election, so there is political profit to make themselves acceptable to non-Muslims in order to gain their backing.

Today, even UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin made the unpopular message (to his Youth camp) about the importance of the non-Malay voters – see Malaysiakini's Khairy: Relying on the Malay vote alone will lose us seats. Khairy believes 50 federal seats hang on the support of the 'sepet mata - kaki botol' sector while I was informed PAS hopes to gain 64 seats through the same targeted voters.

Though there is always a (not at all discounted) fear that PAS will eventually renege on its promises to the non-Muslims, because theocratic states, especially Muslim ones, don't have a good record of being tolerant to other religions or non-Muslims, let me tell MCA about recent worrying news for their members and wannabe candidates which I learnt from a sweetie who has just returned from Malaysia.

She recounted how Chinese Penangites and Kedahans have openly expressed to her their scorn for MCA members as only caring for their own pockets while neglecting the interests of the Chinese community, and their preparedness to vote for the traditionally feared party, PAS, to bring the BN down. Isn't this feeling similar to the case of many non-Malays rallying around the original Anwar Ibrahim's reformasi banner even though they knew of him as one of the most unpleasant and aggressive UMNO leaders?

I have my views about the long term reliability of PAS as a Pakatan partner but I shall hold them back for a wee while.

Meanwhile, the DAP continues on its track for a secular government of good provenance, accountability, and meritocracy, though without ignoring the requirement for affirmative action but one which should be based on needs rather than ethnicity. This explains why the well-off (and of course wannabe well-off) in UMNO are against asset-tested access to the largess of the NEP. The DAP is not perfect, but like PAS, it does have a vision, platform, policies and clear cut objectives.

We finally come to PKR. The main weakness in Pakatan lies not so much in PKR as a party but in its (former UMNO) leadership.

As many of my anwarista detractors know, I have for years lamented quite regularly about PKR (and its earlier incarnation KeADILan) and its non-reform single-issue objective, namely, to secure the release of an incarcerated Anwar Ibrahim. For credibility and public support it claimed political reforms as its policy, though its KeADILan leaders including and especially Anwar Ibrahim (right up to the moment when he was booted out of UMNO) had shown no credible record of political reforms whatsoever.

But nonetheless a frustrated public, weary of decades of increasing BN corruption and arrogance and thus ripe for political proselytizing, eagerly adopted its battle cry and claimed cause. Today the non-Muslim element of the frustrated public has now included supporting PAS as part of its cause to topple BN.

Just a question, did any remarkable reforms from PKR happen since Anwar's release or even post March 2008? Just recall 916 and its shameful frog d'etat.

Obviously for Pakatan's 82 to defeat 140, Anwar claimed he had the jump-over numbers, and he wasn't even embarrassed by that most non-reformasi cheating of the voters.

Just imagine how a voter would feel, if after voting for Party X, sees her representative changing allegiance to Party Y? C'mon, you know that feeling because you too felt it when the Perak DUN changed hands. Didn't you curse the Whore of Jelapang and her erstwhile PKR fellow defectors? Yet you have the hypocrisy to condemn those frogs? Only Karpal Singh and kaytee have that right wakakaka!

Though Anwar wasn't able to change his UMNO spots, as explicitly demonstrated by 916, far too many still believe in his pseudo-reformasi.

Today Anwar Ibrahim is in trouble again and the party (perhaps minus the PRM component) has very comfortably reverted to its original raison d'etre, that of struggling for just Anwar Ibrahim (and his favourites) but quite frankly, never for or about the rakyat. It's a familiar, comfortable, convenient and simplified struggle because it avoids or delays the difficult job of evolving good higher policies for the interests of the nation and rakyat, and to show it has become a party quite different from its mother party, UMNO!

Zaid Ibrahim succinctly brought this PKR problem to the surface when he said, as reported in The Malaysian Insider's Zaid says 'unworthy' to focus solely on saving Anwar where he wrote:

Our coalition partners deserve better from us. Whilst we need to secure justice for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim there are so many more injustices facing the people of this nation that require our attention. […] The party needed to pay attention to those they sought to represent. […] The people were clamouring for economic and social justice and the right to be treated with respect and dignity.

It is unworthy of us to reduce this party to a one-issue party. It is unworthy for those we seek to represent. […] We are not merely the party of reformasi but also of reform. My interest is in that future.

While other candidates harp on their ability to protect Anwar, I believe he has mustered the best legal team to protect him.

I too care about him and his family but above all it is the struggle and interests of the people that is paramount. And I know that the party members will be able to make that distinction.


I don't know about his hope that '... party members will be able to make that distinction', because I have no doubt that right now Zaid is being excoriated by the anwarista pack for making the above statement - a most statesman-like advice for the future of the PKR party, but alas, obviously one which didn't recognize the exalted position of the anwaristas' demigod.

But as I've said, the anwaristas can't help it because if we recall, PKR has its political genesis as a single-issue (cultist) party. It was never about reforms. Obviously Zaid sees what most non-anwaristas see as well, that the commitment of a political party cannot be based on, nor confined only to the interests of one single personality.

Just as a reminder that, very unlike Anwar Ibrahim who was thrown out of UMNO, screaming and taking to the streets to show his petulance at being denied his UMNO 'inheritance, Zaid Ibrahim resigned as a minister and left UMNO voluntarily – for more see my post Do you truly know Zaid Ibrahim?

Zaid wants to change PKR's pseudo-refomasi cause. It's just telling what he advised party members:

… PKR needed to be consistent in its policies together with its PR partners of PAS and DAP. Leaders in both PKR and PR must always place the nation's interest above all else. There needs to be a consensus on what we stand for as a group ...

Can Zaid change PKR's UMNO-ish mentality and save the coalition for its due place in Putrajaya, or will he fail because of PKR sectorian interests, for Pakatan to be let down by that party in its blind obedience to Anwar Ibrahim's personal interests, his single burning obsession, to sit on the high altar of the Malaysian PM-ship, regardless?


Siswa UKM sertai raptai perhimpunan Umno?

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 02:03 AM PDT

Dua mahasiswa Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) didakwa turut mengambil bahagian dalam raptai penuh perhimpunan agung Umno di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) pada 17 Oktober lalu. Kumpulan yang dikenali sebagai Kesatuan Mahasiswa Mahasiswa Sedar (KEMAS) mendakwa ia dapat mengecam kedua-dua mahasiswa UKM itu di dalam foto yang disiarkan akhbar Berita Harian pada hari berikutnya. Perasmian perhimpunan agung Umno tahun ini akan disempurnakan oleh Presiden Umnno, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di PWTC esok. Cerita: www.malaysiakini.com English story: www.malaysiakini.com
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PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT (Part 2)

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 02:05 AM PDT


Retirement planning encompasses much more than just ensuring we have enough set aside to sustain our retirement. But for retirees and soon-to-be retirees, it is the bread-and-butter issues that concern us most. Given the longer life span of 75 and early retirement age of 55 (private sector) and 58 (public sector), will our retirement savings run out before we do?

At the recently concluded "Everyone Can Retire Well" conference organized by FPAM, industry experts were on hand to share their views and offer suggestions to conference delegates comprising financial planning practitioners, policy-makers, financial services and product providers, academics and NGOs.

Below are screen shots taken from the speakers' presentations. These are solely for educational purposes and to raise awareness of retirement issues that affect all of us.

Above: Questions we should all ask ourselves when planning our retirement. An excellent guide to help us through the process, presented by ReMark's Senior Client Director K. Sasitharan.

Above: An in-depth presentation from Syed Hamadah Othman, senior consultant with Mercer Zainal Consulting. Very well researched, with plenty of food for thought. Nothing like a wake-up call to set our retirement planning wheel in motion. To find out more about the multi-pillar pension scheme, click here. Highly recommended viewing.

Above: Pricewaterhouse Coopers Senior Executive Director Khoo Chuan Keat shared his wealth of knowledge on Malaysia's tax system, and updated participants on current exemptions and reliefs. Check out his proposals on how the government can create a more conducive tax environment for sustainable retirement. Definitely the way forward. Let's hope policy-makers take note.

Above: Anthony Boon of IPP Financial Advisers, Singapore, spoke on how to manage the retirement planning market. Semi-retired at 42 after making his fortune in the industry, his words certainly carried credibility with many of the participants.

After the first panel discussion. From left: MP Tony Pua, Tan Kim Book, K. Sasitharan, co-organising chairman Tan Beng Wah, and Teh Loo Hai, consultant with LIAM.

There were two panel discussions. The first one on "Is there a need for national health insurance for retirees?" was lively with participants giving the panelists a tough time with their questions on implementation and transparency issues.

If the second panel discussion was meant to be a summing up of the conference, it did not quite succeed. As stated in the panel notes, there are at least six dimensions to retiring well. The panelists - UM Prof of Psychology Dr Low Wah Yun, UPM Institute of Gerontology Asso Prof Dr Tengku Aizan, author and CEO of RD Wealth Creation Rajen Devadason and CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Badlisyah Abdul Ghani spoke on their respective areas of expertise. Missing were experts on the dimensions of spiritual, social, occupational and intellectual well-being. Coming at the end of the final day of the conference, it was not surprising that the second panel discussion attracted only about 150 partcipants.

Members of the FPAM organizing committee briefing media representatives on the objectives of the conference.

Did the 2-day conference meet the following objectives?
  • raising public awareness of the need for retirement planning
  • addressing the challenges faced by an ageing community
  • providing an avenue for the various stakeholders and industry players to work together
  • exploring best practices for a better retirement environment
The answer is Yes to all the above. However, there is always room for improvement should the organizers decide to make the conference an annual event. For a start, images used for the conference and for marketing purposes should be multi-generational. This would effectively send home the message that retirement conferences are meant for all age groups, not only retirees and pensioners. After all, the point to be made is that everyone CAN retire well provided they start planning early.

A free public talk on "Why Everyone Needs a Will" by Azhar Iskandar Hew, GM of Rockwills Trustee Bhd.

Having free public talks to run concurrently with paid-for talks may give the wrong impression that the former are conducted by industry juniors and may not be worth attending. Which is most unfortunate as it is not the case at all. In fact the feedback I got from those who attended the talks was positive, with many saying they had learned a lot from the talks on will-writing, credit card management, real estate and investing.

The organizers might also want to consider offering special rates for senior citizens and full-time students from institutes of higher education. If the primary aim is to educate, then it makes sense to reach out to as many demographic groups as possible.

Changing mindset is the biggest challenge for any organizers of events aimed at raising awareness. It remains to be seen whether FPAM has succeeded on this score.


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Temasek Review founder shamed with sex video

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 02:00 AM PDT

Temasek review is a thorn on the side of the PAP Government in Singapore and it has been suggested that the man behind the website is Dr Joseph Ong.

Yesterday videos of his sexual encounter began appearing on the web. Just look at these pictures and make your own judgment about who is behind the expose.







Pembangkang caca-marba cari laba sementara

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 12:47 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR 20 Okt. – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin mengibaratkan parti-parti pembangkang sebagai caca-marba dan mudah melupakan matlamat asal parti masing-masing semata-mata untuk mendapatkan laba politik yang sementara.

Timbalan Presiden UMNO menegaskan, setiap kali mendengar dentuman guruh politik di langit, mereka bergegas membuang air di tempayan, merubah citra dan pendekatan, sehingga melupakan matlamat asal parti masing-masing.

''Mereka caca marba, seperti sesumpah yang kerap bertukar warna, sanggup menjadi penglipurlara yang mendongengkan cerita.

''Matlamatnya mudah, semata-mata untuk mendapatkan laba politik yang sementara sifatnya hingga sanggup menggadai maruah negara, menjadi pengkhianat di pentas antarabangsa dan mencerca sesama bangsa,'' tegasnya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis perasmian serentak Persidangan Perwakilan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO 2010 di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC di sini malam ini.

Turut hadir pemimpin tiga sayap iaitu Ketua Pergerakan Wanita Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil, Ketua Pemuda Khairy Jamaluddin dan Ketua Puteri Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.

Muhyiddin berkata, ada kalangan parti politik pembangkang yang segan silu untuk berbicara mengenai matlamat parti mereka.

Mereka katanya, berbuat demikian kerana takut kehilangan sokongan rakan dan penyokong yang baru.

''Malah mereka sanggup berdolak-dalik. Kepada penyokong setia berkata lain, kepada rakan baru berkata lain.

''Walaupun berbeza pandangan dan prinsip dalam banyak perkara, mereka sanggup berdiam diri dan mengalah saja.

''Malah mereka memberikan pelbagai alasan untuk membela rakan-rakan bersekedudukan. Dulu musuh ketat, dituduh kafir dan keparat, kini jadi sahabat, dipeluk rapat-rapat,'' tegasnya

Menurut beliau lagi, parti politik ini juga berlumba-lumba membongkar korpus-korpus perbendaharaan politik Islam bagi menghalalkan tahalluf siasiy- persefahaman politik sementara bagi mencapai matlamat sebenar.

Mereka kata Muhyiddin, menggunakan kaedah sirr iaitu merahsiakan niat sebenar dan matlamat perjuangan serta prinsip maslahah siasah iaitu melakukan sesuatu demi kepentingan politik.

''Ada pula yang sanggup berpegang kepada konsep taqiyyah, berpura-pura bagi menyembunyikan matlamat utama yang hendak dicapai.

''Tindakan mereka ini tidak ubah seperti pepat di luar runcing di dalam,'' tegasnya.

Muhyiddin turut melontarkan beberapa pertanyaan antaranya apakah tindakan yang dilakukan oleh parti politik itu akan menyebabkan rakan-rakan baru mereka mengubah prinsip dan mula menyokong matlamat parti mereka dan adakah mereka benar-benar ikhlas untuk bersahabat.

''Jawapannya kita semua tahu, tidak sama sekali. Jauh panggang dari api.

''Rakan-rakan baru ini masih memusuhi matlamat yang mereka dukung dahulu, masih tegar menolak syariat Islam, masih kuat memusuhi negara Islam, masih alergik dengan perkataan dakwah Islam, masih tebal faham sekularisme, masih sarat dengan cauvinisme yang mewujudkan kebencian sesama umat.

''Tetapi mengapakah mereka sanggup bersekongkol dengan rakan-rakan baru ini? Jawapannya mudah. Kuasa. Bagi mereka kuasa politik adalah segala-galanya,'' tegas beliau lagi.

Permainan politik ini kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri, tidak akan membawa apa-apa keuntungan.

Katanya, kuasa yang diperolehi cuma sedikit sahaja malah mereka tidak boleh berbuat apa-apa pun untuk melaksanakan agenda parti, kerana kelangsungan kuasa mereka bergantung kepada sokongan orang lain.

Lama kelamaan kata beliau, penyokong sendiri sedar bahawa parti yang mereka sokong, pemimpin yang mereka dukung, tidak boleh melaksanakan cita-cita mereka.

''Parti itu menjadi lemah kerana penyokong tidak lagi bersama mereka. Untuk mempertahankan kuasa yang sedikit, mereka semakin bergantung kepada sokongan parti lain. Tiada lagi roh perjuangan. Yang ada cuma sekelumit kuasa yang kehilangan makna. Pokoknya, parti ini menjadi hamba kepada kuasa, '' kata beliau.

Bagaimanapun kata Timbalan Presiden UMNO, UMNO tidak sedemikian dan sentiasa istiqamah dengan sumpah perjuangan.

UMNO tegas beliau, tidak pernah tergelincir daripada landasannya.

Beliau menegaskan sifat keadilan, akomodatif dan inklusif Melayu yang ada pada UMNO menjadikan ia parti yang tidak pernah mengkhianati atau menzalimi kaum atau agama lain.


Malaysiakini booted from Umno AGM media room

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 12:19 AM PDT

Malaysiakini was asked to leave the media room of the Umno annual general assembly for not possessing press passes issued by the party's secretariat. Its team of eight journalists were told they were not allowed to use media room facilities by one of the secretariat's officers. This was despite being told that Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had promised Malaysiakini press passes during an exclusive interview on Oct 5. Full story Video by Ng Ling Foong
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