Sunday, October 3, 2010

Najib Terlibat Konspirasi Beli Wakil Rakyat PKR??

Najib Terlibat Konspirasi Beli Wakil Rakyat PKR??


Najib Terlibat Konspirasi Beli Wakil Rakyat PKR??

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 02:13 PM PDT



Mengikut pendedahan dokumen rasmi SPRM berkenaan dengan laporan YB Lim Soo Nee. YB tersebut telah membuat laporan rasmi kepada SPRM di atas percubaan membeli beliau untuk keluar parti dan menjatuhkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Kedah.

Selepas laporan dibuat, SPRM telah menjalankan siasatn sehingga ke tahap adanya laporan bertulis. Laporan ini telah didedahkan oleh Raja Petra Kamaruddin dalam blog beliau, MalaysiaToday.

Bahagian akhir laporan tersebut menyatakan tukang beri rasuah menyebut nama Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak akan membawa wang yang lebih besar sekiranya jumlah yang ditawarkan kepada YB Lim Soo Nee tidak mencukupi.

Pendedahan laporan ini juga MEMBUKTIKAN KESAHIHAN dakwaan Anwar Ibrahim berlakunya usaha terancang dari UMNO untuk membeli wakil-wakil rakyat PKR.

Tulang Besi









PKR boleh diterima jika............

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 10:44 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat mampu berkuasa selepas pilihanraya umum yang akan datang jika perkara-perkara dan elemen-elemen penting dapat diketengahkan. Saya lebih bermaksud untuk memberi teguran kepada Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dalam tulisan saya kali ini. Saya secara peribadi melihat PKR mesti memberikan keutamaan kepada beberapa perkara pokok didalam menghadapi pilihanraya umum yang akan datang.

Ramai khuatir jika PKR merasakan parti itu mendapat sokongan dalam pilihanraya yang lalu adalah kerana sokongan kuat rakyat kepada parti itu kerana kekuatan parti itu. Jika itu pandangan pucuk pimpinan PKR maka itu merupakan pandangan dan penerimaan yang agak salah.

Rakyat telah menerima parti-parti dalam PR adalah semata-mata kerana kemarahan rakyat terhadap UMNO dan sekutu-sekutunya dalam BN dan sesiapa sahaja yang diletakkan oleh PKR didalam pilihanraya itu mendapat undi rakyat. Kesangsian mereka kepada BN terlalu tinggi maka parti alternatiflah menjadi pilihan mereka.

Tetapi jika PR mahukan mandat rakyat untuk berkuasa kali ini PKR terpaksa menurunkan calun yang baik, setidak-tidaknya calun yang bernama dan mempunyai sedikit sebanyak pengalaman politik. PKR tidak lagi boleh meletakkan calun sembarangan seperti yang berlaku semasa pilihanraya yang lalu. Oleh kerana kemarahan rakyat yang memuncak maka rakyat memberikan undi kepada calun-calun PKR yang tidak berkebolehan dan elok dipandang orang ramai.

Tetapi jika PKR masih mengekalkan calun-calun yang menang dikalangan mereka yang diambil secara tangkap muat dulu maka PKR tidak akan sampai hajat dan cita-cita untuk menjadi parti yang berkuasa selepas PRU yang akan datang. Kali ini PKR memang sebuah parti yang diminati oleh ramai orang maka kali ini memilih calun yang boleh dibawa ketengah wajib dilakukan.

PKR mesti lakukan seperti yang dilakukan oleh DAP dan PAS. Parti-parti DAP dan PAS merupakan parti-parti yang serius, maka itulah sebabnya mereka diwakili oleh ramai pemimpin yang berkaliber tinggi dan tidak seperti calun-calun PKR. Orang ramai banyak yang beranggapan yang 'personality' pemimpin Melayu PKR jauh lebih berkurangan jika dibandingkan dengan 'personality' pemimpin-pemimpin PAS dan DAP.

Saya telah pun menyentuh sedikit sebanyak tentang isu ini seminggu dua yang lepas apabila saya membuat kenyataan yang jika PKR NS telah menurunkan seorang dua calun yang berkaliber dalam pilihanraya yang lepas PKR dan PR memang sepatutnya telah menguasai kerajaan NS.

Tetapi keadaan semasa itu menyebabkan ramai yang tidak berminat untuk bertanding kerana mereka tidak menyangka yang PKR dan PR mampu untuk memenangi 14 kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri walaupun calun-calun PKR dipilih secara tangkap muat sahaja. Kali ini jika diturunkan juga beberapa orang yang lemah yang menang kerana tsunami politik BN dulu, maka saya percaya PR khususnya PKR belum tahu lagi akan mencapai matlamat menubuhkan kerajaan Negeri.

Mereka akan hanya dipilih semula oleh rakyat jika berlaku tsunami pilitik diNS kerana tidak ada perubahan kepada kepimpinan UMNO dan BN NS.

PKR dan siapa juga sedang memerhatikan apa yang berlaku didalam kepimpinan UMNO NS. Seandainya UMNO NS boleh mencadangkan seorang tokoh bnaru yang diyakini maka PKR akan sush untuk menyaingi imej penampilan didalam PRU nanti. Tetapi jika UMNO NS tidak nampak serius untuk mencari seorang tokoh yang tidak terlibat dalam rasuah dan salahguna kuasa maka PKR/PR mungkin boleh membawa kemenangan.

PKR sepatutnya mengambil kesempatan dalam pemilihan diperingkat Cabang dan Pusat kali ini untuk memilih tokoh-tokoh yang terbaik dari ramai yang baik itu. Perubahan dalam PKR bukan sahaja patut berlaku diperingkat cabang-cabangnya, tetapi juga diperingkat pusat bagi menaikkan imej parti itu dipandangan rakyat yang akan mengundi.

Diperingkat pusat Zaid Ibrahim telah memberikan pilihan untuk jawatan kedua tertinggi kepada parti dan ini merupakan penawaran yang sangat baik bagi parti itu untuk menjadi parti yang kuat dan bukan lagi parti yang dikuasai oleh segelintir pemimpin yang rapat dengan kelurga Anwar Ibrahim sahaja.

Mahu tidak mahu kita mesti akur kepada kenyataan yang hakiki; jika sesebuah parti itu diwujudkan kerana kekcewaan seorang dua pemimpin diatas kesilapan mereka sendiri, parti itu tidak akan kekal relevan dalam jangka masa yang panjang. Jika hakikat ini dapat diterima, insyaallah PKR akan menjadi relevan kerana kewujuddan parti itu adalah diatas dasar perjuangan yang baik.

Jika parti dipergunakan untuk Azmin Ali sahaja maka PKR tidak akan menjadi parti untuk orang ramai tetapi ianya akan menjadi parti untuk Anwar Ibrahim sahaja. Saya ada sikit-sikit intuition didalam saya; saya rasa jika Wan Azizah ada sedikit peluang utuk menzahirkan perasaan sebenar yang ada didalam jiwanya, saya merasakan beliau akan memilih Zaid Ibrahim.

Tidak ada sesiapa yang memberitahu saya tetapi oleh kerana lamanya diri saya ini menghampiri politik maka saya ada sedikit pengalaman untuk membaca naluri pemin wanita yang tahan lazak ini. Saya selalu sebutkan yang saya boleh 'menyelam air dalam tunggak'.

Saya percaya jika ini dapat dibaca oleh ahli-ahli PKR maka tidak mustahil kemenangan akan berada dipihak Zaid Ibrahim didalam pemilihan jawatan Timbalan Presiden PKR November ini.

PKR masih boleh memperbaikki keadaan. PKR patut belajar dari kesilapan dalam UMNO kerana pemimpin tidak boleh dipilih dengan bebas kerana banyak halangan yang diletakkan oleh mereka yang berkuasa. Didalam UMNO apa-apa 'arbitration' tidak boleh dibawa kemahkamah dan UMNOlah satu-satunya pertubuhan dalam negara maju dan sedang membangun dimana masalah 'arbitration' tidak boleh dibawa kemahkamah diatas alasan takut perpecahan dalam parti. Carilah dimana-mana negara jika ada pertubuhan tidak boleh pergi kemahkamah jika kedapatan masalah pelacuran keadilan.

Belajar dari kesilapan orang lain adalah cara pembelajaran yang terbaik. Tetapi jika PKR masih hendak belajar melalui kesalahan mereka sendiri, terpulanglah kepada mereka. Saya hanya setakat memberikan pandangan sahaja. Saya tidak pun ahli kepada parti itu.


What, in God’s name, is going on? HINDUS Commit The Crime And Be Rewarded: Ayodhya Dispute Verdict

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 10:30 AM PDT


Shobhaa De

Dear God,
This is going to be a really tough letter to write. I mean, the world has changed, dude. Most young people don't believe you exist. When in doubt, they google you, and you know what? Your PR guys need to be sacked for complete and total misrepresentation ; check out the rubbish thrown up by the search engine. Depressing stuff, man. Totally not cool.
It's about time you got smart and joined some social networking sites. Tweet away, darling. We want the real thing. Gyaan in your own words. And no special privileges for being God – 140 characters like everybody else, okay? Set up a Facebook account – don't you want to know how many 'friends' you have on earth? Get your own interactive website and watch the fun.
Business first. Where were you when we in India needed you the most? I mean the country was holding its collective breath on September 30, waiting for 'The Verdict' . Anything could have happened, who can restrain our hotheaded netas but your good self? But you were Missing In Action: nowhere on the scene, leading to much confusion as various groups fought over your official residence . Silly people! Every child in the world knows you prefer to live in the hearts of believers. What's the fuss over a monument? Do you really need one? Have you ever needed one?
As for the h a a l a t of those three judges, they were landed with the toughest job in the world. Imagine being asked to decide which grand abode is your personal preference – a new temple or a demolished mosque? Nobody thought of asking you. If the monument is meant to please you, surely you should have a say in the matter ? We're having an informal, friendly chat, we can always ask for an SMS poll later. Speak your mind while there is still time. The three wise men have suggested a three-month pause. Three months is enough, right? It's called a cooling off period and we're hoping those who are in such a state of agitation right now, will calm down and think this through carefully.
They'll say 500 years of thinking has already gone into this debate. So what? Let 500 years more pass. You'll agree that what's most important at this point is sanity and calm. Status quo is not such a bad option.
We human beings can be so stupid; here we are frothing at the mouth and making all sorts of claims over 2.7 acres of land. Agreed, land prices are going through the roof, but this is ridiculous. Fortunately, young people are more in tune with sensible solutions. Not for them the futile exercise of proving that this is indeed your favourite hang out. This generation is pretty smart. To them it doesn't really matter whether they party in this disco or that. So long as they have a good time.
With fundas like these in place, they are laughing at all those old fogies hyperventilating on television and telling them, "Get a life, you guys." These kids are absolutely right. But will anyone listen? No. Because it suits netas of various hues, it keeps them in business.
This is your moment, God. Get up and do your thing. Strut your stuff. Throw attitude . Tell those feuding fellows, you'll have none of it. They may ignore you completely since in any case you are incidental to this manmade controversy. There are so many worthier issues that need immediate and urgent intervention . Our bachchas need schools, colleges and toilets. Mandirs and masjids do not help their cause, but temples of learning do. Drill some sense into the chaps preparing for Round 2. Advise them to open their eyes to India's new realities; our restless youngsters are not interested in the politics of religion. They'll settle for jobs and a better life, any day. Let the netas coopt the desires and dreams of the majority – India's youth – into their agenda before launching another legal battle that could go on 18 or even 80 years. This is really too much, and as everybody was chanting that dramatic day, "We need closure."
The verdict is out. Three judges had the unenviable task of decoding the sentiments of a billion-plus people. The judgment is apolitical and bold. Who can possibly please and appease almost one-fifth of humanity? Not even you. There is talk of 'reconciliation' but nobody is saying what exactly that means. Besides, can there be a board meeting without the chairman , which is you? Better that we put this centuries-old issue behind us as quickly as possible before a foreign hand stirs up trouble. What say? Till then, you can chill.


after Goswami Tulsi Das wrote the story of Lord Ram in the popular Awadhi language. Till that time Valmiki's Sanskrit Ramayana was the major one prevalent in the society and being the language of elite, worship of Lord Ram was restricted to a section of Hindus. Tulsidas was pulled up by the Brahmins for his writing the story of Ram in Lok Bhasha, Avadhi, as Brahmins were supposed to be using Dev Bhasha; Sanskrit only. Tulsi Das was around thirty years old when it is claimed that the Ram Temple was demolished. The demolition claim is unlikely to be true as had such a demolition taken place Tulsidas must have mentioned this in his writings. As such the later interpretations of Ram have been so different for different people.

One understands that Kings had been ruling for the sake of power and wealth and victor kings many a times destroyed the defeated king's holy place to humiliate the defeated king. The British introduced communal historiography aiming to pursue the policy of 'divide and rule' propagated that Muslim Kings destroyed Hindu temples to insult Hindu religion. This type of Historiography spread hatred amongst communities and became the foundation on which the communal violence started taking place in due course. As such Babri Mosque was a protected monument, under the custody of Government of India. Government failed to get the illegally installed Ram Lalla idols removed from the site and also failed to protect the mosque form the onslaught of RSS combines' attack on the mosque in 1992. So de facto, with this judgment the RSS agenda of dividing the nation along communal lines is being legitimized by ignoring the fact of installation of idols and by turning a blind eye to the Babri demolition, coordinated by different wings of RSS combine. The crimes done by this stream have been richly rewarded by this verdict!

Now RSS and its progeny is taking the line that Muslims should hand over the land of their share to RSS front, to see that the aspirations of 'Nation' are fulfilled and a grand Ram Temple is built there. It is not only Hindus who constitute the nation. All the Hindus of the nation do not hold any such belief about the birth place of Lord Ram. All the Hindus do not want a Ram Temple there. As such majority of Hindus have kept aloof from this issue, many of them have looked with horror and disbelief the way the faith of people has been manipulated to catapult BJP to the seat of political power. Since the issue was highlighted and brought to the electoral arena; Hindu majority have never voted for the agenda of Ram temple. No doubt a section of Hindus has been won over to the Ram temple agenda; the majority of Hindus have not approved it as the results of elections show. The latest surveys also confirm that it is not an issue for most of the Hindus, but is an issue only for a handful of Hindus. Moreover the younger generation does not have anything to do with these types of identity related issues and that too imposed upon the nation through criminal means, the crime of installing Ram Lalla idols and the crime of demolishing the Babri Mosque.

Congress is calling for a negotiated settlement. What can be a negotiated settlement? One; it has to be based on justice, recognizing the due rights of each party involved and there has to a spirit of give and take. Do those calling for compromise will promise that the matters related to equity and security of Muslim community be granted? The Muslim community has been sliding down on the scales of social and economic indices. Will Sachar Committee- Rangnath Misra Committee reports be implemented in right earnest? Will RSS support such a 'give'? Will Muslim community be able to live in security hereafter? India has 13.4% of Muslms in the population. In the communal violence, more than 80% of victims are Muslims! Will RSS withdraw the 'Hate spreading books' from its Shishu Mandirs? Will its Shakhas stop doing the 'Hate Propaganda' against the minorities?

For a moment one feels like supporting a compromise formula. Sure and that's a good thing. One may be willing to talk of give and take, negotiation if the battered Muslim minority and also Christians are promised equal status as citizens, the baseless propaganda against them is held back, and the Congress takes it upon itself to fulfill the promise of Manmohan Singh that Muslim minorities have the first right to development resources as they have been left behind due to the social-economic discrimination and due to the politically motivated violence against them. Will all the guilty of communal violence be punished? Those behind Delhi anti Sikh massacre, Mumbai violence and Gujarat violence are roaming with their bloated chests; can they be brought to book before a negotiated settlement is talked about? In a way can we trust the state for abiding by the rule of law to protect its citizens before demands of sacrifice from them are articulated?

One can very well say that the very politics of Communalism is using Ram Temple issue to violate the Indian Constitution and the amity amongst the communities. One can appeal to the minority communities to make some sacrifices but one knows that they will get nothing in return. The way communalism has seeped into the very vitals of our society and polity it has created situations where minorities are being treated as 'second class citizens'. The dominating 'Religion based nationalism', the politics of Hindutva with the agenda of Hindu Rashtra, will not let them live in peace and dignity. For RSS combine the matters of bread butter and shelter are secondary and imaginary constructs culled out from mythology form the base of their identity politics, the politics of Ram Temple, Ram Setu, Cow slaughter ban and what have you. We are in a catch 22 situation. The communalization of polity and society is so much that now faith, systematically constructed by a section of political stream is becoming the basis of law. As noted Film maker Anand Patwardhan pointed out on the day of Ayodhya verdict, it is 'Victory of Hindu Sharia: A sad day for India'. One hopes the younger generation, and all those believing in the Indian constitution will try to move on from the identity politics, politics which abuses faith for short cuts to power and paves the way for a sane society concerned about the human justice, and affirmative action for weaker sections of society. Commit The Crime And Be Rewarded: Ayodhya Dispute Verdict By Ram Puniyani, 02 October, 2010, Countercurrents.org

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Tengku Razaleigh Tidak Akan Jadi Calon Di Pilihanraya Kecil Galas? Dari Kwong Wah Daily

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 07:14 AM PDT


Seorang yang dekat dengan Kuli telah memberitahu pembrita bahawa kebarangkalian Kuli akan menerima pencalonan tersebut adalah hampir tidak mungkin. Hal ini kerana beliau sanggup untuk memberikan peluang kepada mereka yang lebih muda...

Kwong Wah Daily

Menurut laporan daripada Kwong Wah Daily, Tengku Razaleigh atau dikenali Kuli tidak akan menerima cadangan untuk menjadi calon dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) N45 Galas.

Tetapi beliau mungkin akan menjadi ketua dalam kempen pilihan raya kecil tersebut.

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Seorang yang dekat dengan Kuli telah memberitahu pembrita bahawa kebarangkalian Kuli akan menerima pencalonan tersebut adalah hampir tidak mungkin. Hal ini kerana beliau sanggup untuk memberikan peluang kepada mereka yang lebih muda. Selain itu, beliau juga dipilih sebagai Ahli Parlimen Gua Musang sebanyak 9 kali.

Selian itu, penolong khas bagi Tengku Razaleight juga memberitahu pemberita bahawa beliau akan membuat pengumuman penting di KLIA pada 9 September 2010.


Berita ini diterjemahkan daripada www.kwongwah.com.my
http://www.kwongwah.com.my/news/2010/10/03/9.html


蔡細歷:改朝換代也沒用 官僚阻營造親商環境

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 05:27 AM PDT

(峇株巴轄3日訊)馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷指出,由于官員權力太大,如果公務員態度及公共行政系統不改善,即使政府改朝換代,也只是換湯不換藥。

他說,新經濟模式需靠私人界推動,但要吸引外資及私人界響應,政府就須確保政策民主透明化,減少繁文縟節及官僚作風,以實際行動營造"親商"環境。

諸多刁難

"無可否認,大馬官員有很大權力,甚至出現'小拿破崙'作風,不但不協助,反而諸多刁難,引起國人尤其從商者不滿。因此,政府須提升公共行政系統,否則將面對很大問題。"

蔡細歷昨晚在峇株巴轄中華商會成立102週年紀念、青商組2週年紀念暨籌募商聯會"社會經濟研究基金"聯歡宴會上致詞時,這麼說。

他強調,我國經濟若要真正轉型,政府就應開放更多行業,尤其是石油、天然氣及電訊業,並逐步減少30%土著股權固打制,擴大經濟蛋糕,讓全民受惠。

"政府也應嚴正看待外勞問題,並根據市場對外勞的需求制定外勞政策,允許技術行業如家具業延聘外勞3至5年、直接填補已返國的外勞人數而不須另外申請。

《中國報》03-10-2010


Raja Petra Kamaruddin - The Fight For Justice and Freedom

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 02:00 AM PDT

Happy 60th Birthday, Raja Petra

"The future belongs to the next generation. My job is to ensure that the next generation gets to enjoy life in a country that is conducive to a better quality of life. Quality of life is not about the number of years you live. Quality of life is not about the wealth that you procure. It is about a country free of persecution, discrimination and injustice and where the government respects the fundamental rights of its citizens." ~Raja Petra~
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"What I can leave them would be a legacy that we must always fight for justice and freedom and rise to the defence of the downtrodden. That, I believe, are virtues which even money cannot buy." ~Raja Petra~

An excellent account as written by Din Merican on Raja Petra aka RPK. Din Merican speaks for all of us in his article of RPK and it has touched me deeply, i am speechless.

RPK, you will always remain in our heart and history will record your contributions towards justice and freedom in the new Malaysia. The modern history is being written and archived in cyber-world where the truth will remain for all future generations to see.

"Happy belated birthday ,RPK and thank you so much for helping us to learn to dissent and to do it in a democratic way! Let there be peace, justice and prosperity. We deserve none more liberating than that. Here is to you, Marina and Malaysians: be of good cheer as there is light at the end of tunnel." - Din Merican.

Must Read HERE


Marah Taib”Siapa Cakap,Mana Ada…??”

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 01:16 AM PDT

Updated 4.45pm : Tan Sri Tiong is also at the airport awaiting arrival of his BFF

News filtered through from Mukah. A PBB supporter went up to MP Tiong from Bintulu and asked him,"Tan Sri ada dengar khabar angin you dengan Taib tidak NGAM{ Not on talking terms} Immediatedly Tiong King Sing said," Marah Taib tak ada ,Siapa cakap,mana ada.?"Jangan dengar khabar angin saja." 

Many smses were received from relatives and cousins of audie61 from Mukah. One had this 'MP Tiong in town. Bests friends forever (BFF) of Taib now. Good and hope the rumours that they don't see eye to eye will never surface again"

 Tiong was in Mukah attending the Hari Raya Gathering at Kingwood resort Mukah. Our privilege source said,"When they were both sitting together exchanging pleasantries during Hari Raya in Kuching many don't believe. This is Real Brother.Do they believe now..??" 

We wrote earlier "SPDP lies,bad intentions" and also covered this "SPDP "solidarity night back on." it will have the makings of all is well back in SPDP and the Separatists 5 as we called them will be back to attend the Supreme Council meetings. With this problem solved BN will go into the next state elections with one interests only ,"see off a common enemy in PR4″

Many poltical anlaysts said with Tiong and Taib in solidarity BN Sarawak will be so much stronger.PR4 will find it tougher now as SPDP's "little disagreement"  will go a long way in helping BN maintaining the overwhelming majority and mandate.

ARE YOU AGREEING TO BFF…??



UniFi

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 10:33 PM PDT

Had Telekom Malaysia UniFi high speed broadband installed on the 30th of September. The following was the speed test result immediately after installation:



Almost as expected (some call it a self-fulfilling prophecy), the UniFi connectivity broke down at 1.00 am the next day (1st October) and the UniFi Helpdesk personnel insisted it was a problem at their server but I insisted they send someone over to check the installation.

Finally managed to hassle them to send a technician over at about 9.00 pm last night (2nd October) and they found the problem to be due to the optic fibre connection jacks at the modem and the external relay box outside the house. It was due to sloppy installation by the outsourced contractor. The problem was solved within 15 minutes.

After the repair, the following was the speed in the morning (3rd October); which was very slow for "high speed" broadband. The technician said it would increase and stabilize out. I took his illogical words with a "large dose of salt"!:




I made another complaint to TMB and now this is the latest speed test:



I suppose the latest speed is acceptable for a 5MB Package.

What is the moral of the story? Do not take anything from any "Helpdesk" lying down. Insist on them going further than the standard replies and push them to get you more conclusive responses and proposed solutions. Never accept the timeline they tell you. Demand your rights as a consumer.

Finally, you do not need to use profanities or shout like a mad man. However, make sure your displeasure and "take no prisoners" disposition is effectively conveyed over the phone. Make it clear that you can and will escalate the matter above their heads if necessary.


UMNO Lulus Lesen Judi Tak Haram Pulak Ye?

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 09:22 PM PDT


NOTA EDITOR: Parti yang mengasaskan LOTERI UMNO 1951 berkokok berkenaan halal haram dari pendapatan kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang. Sejak bila pulak UMNO kata judi haram?????

Sampai Lim Goh Tong mati pun Najib TUn Razak pegi ziarah.

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JELUTONG- UMNO dinasihatkan supaya tidak meludah ke langit yang akhirnya akan jatuh ke muka sendiri berhubung tuduhan bahawa wang yang diberikan kepada penduduk miskin di Pulau Pinang adalah daripada hasil judi.

Setiausaha Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Cabang Jelutong, Khairil Anuar Kamarudin berkata, UMNO sepatutnya menyedari kekurangan diri yang setelah 51 tahun menguasai Pulau Pinang, mereka dilihat gagal menjaga dan menghargai warga emas di negeri itu.

"Sudahlah gagal menjalankan amanah rakyat dengan baik, mereka juga terus menerus membebankan rakyat dengan palbagai cukai dan kos kehidupan yang tinggi. Apabila Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) di bawah kepimpinan Ketua Menteri, Lim Guan Eng melaksanakan satu program yang tidak pernah difikirkan UMNO, ianya seolah-olah memberi satu tamparan hebat kepada mereka.

"Mereka sedar dengan pelbagai program yang dilaksanakan PR akan menguburkan impian mereka untuk merampas semula Pulau Pinang. Oleh itu, mereka terus mencari jalan menfitnah dan mengelirukan rakyat negeri ini terutama orang Melayu agar terus membenci PR," katanya.

Menurutnya, pihaknya sudah mendapat penjelasan daripada Exco Alam Sekitar, Kesihatan, Kebajikan dan Masyarakat Penyayang negeri, Phee Boon Poh bahawa Kerajaan Negeri masih menyimpan RM2.4 juta wang peruntukan untuk Rakan Anti Kemiskinan (RAK) tanpa menggangu peruntukan untuk Program Penghargaan Warga Emas.

"Perkara itu turut diperkuatkan dengan penjelasan Pegawai Kewangan Negeri, Datuk Farizan Darus yang mengatakan wang sumbangan RM2 juta dari Penang Turf Club itu tidak akan disalurkan kepada umat Islam dalam program RAK.

"Oleh itu, PKR Cabang Jelutong mencabar UMNO mendedahkan dengan cara apa Kerajaan Pusat membelanjakan wang hasil kutipan cukai judi daripada Magnum, Sports Toto, minuman keras, kasino dan sebagainya," katanya.

Khairil berkata, rakyat jangan terpedaya dan terpengaruh dengan fitnah yang dimainkan oleh UMNO dan Barisan Nasional (BN).



Funds from non-halal source: Get the facts right first

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 10:46 AM PDT

By Tony Pua

COMMENT All Umno elected representatives nationwide should immediately return all their salaries to the government as they come from non-halal sources.

The recent controversy created by Umno politicians over the welfare funds given to old folks and the poor in Penang, that it was derived from non-halal sources such as gambling, shows that they are willing to be the biggest hypocrites in order to maintain their grip on power.

Firstly, the state government has clearly denied that such funds were used for distribution to Muslims, which means that these Umno politicians are lying through their teeth to gain political mileage.

Secondly and more importantly, their attempt to distinguish halal and non-halal revenue for Penang smacks of ultimate hypocrisy as the Federal Government headed by Umno, the Finance Minister who is also Umno president, Najib Tun Razak are the parties responsible for legalised gambling in this country.

Furthermore, had it not been for the opposition by Pakatan Rakyat, Najib would not have withdrawn the sports betting license awarded to tycoon Vincent Tan.

What's more, the Finance Ministry has responded in Parliament to MP for Rasah, Anthony Loke on June 9, 2010, that the government does not in any way differentiate the tax it receives from different revenue sources, be they from halal or non-halal activities.

"Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat, buat masa ini, hasil daripada aktiviti perjudian adalah dikategorikan sebagai hasil cukai kepada Kerajaan... Bagi semua hasil daripada bayaran cukai ia akan dimasukkan ke dalam Akaun Hasil Disatukan sama seperti semua hasil Kerajaan yang lain dan digunakan untuk tujuan belanja mengurus dan pembangunan negara."

This means that all tax revenue collected are deposited into a single Consolidated Fund.

Hence, by virtue of the same argument Umno is using in Penang, all Umno elected representatives should immediately return all their parliamentary and state assembly allowances to the government as the revenue source is even more dubious than in Penang!

Separate lanes

Penang state opposition leader Azahar Ibrahim obviously could tell the difference when he claimed that "Umno assemblymen need not return their allowances as the state government's income was from tax revenue."

He's obviously ignorant of the fact, intentionally or otherwise, that taxes are paid to the federal government which are then redistributed back to the respective states as grants and loans.

The irresponsible actions of these Umno leaders who have raised these religious issues to create fear in the hearts of Muslims purely for political expediency has only resulted in another own goal for themselves making them look completely stupid and foolish.  

It is Umno who approves all gambling licenses in the country, and it is the Umno federal government who uses tax revenue, regardless of source, to pay for all government expenses, including allowances of elected representatives and salaries of ministers and civil servants.

These Umno leaders should not only return their allowances back to the government, they should also demand that for future infrastructure projects such as highways built by the federal government, there should be lanes designated for Muslims and non-Muslims based on the proportionate breakdown of source of revenue used to build the roads.

All right thinking Malaysians should of course reject these ridiculous thoughts by Umno leaders to ensure that Malaysia don't become even more divided than it already is today.

Tony Pua is DAP's national publicity secretary and the MP for Petaling Jaya Utara.

 


Third Line Of Defence

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 07:31 PM PDT

I expect our National News Agency to spout a lot of rubbish.

It is even a given for our Prime Minister to babble nonsense.

But still, nothing prepared me for this.


I guess the fourth line of defence would be to show this article to enemies of Malaysia so that they die laughing.


A FORMER FIRST LADY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER 1920-2010

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 06:55 PM PDT


As they say, behind every successful man is a great woman. And the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew was one such woman.

Excerpt from The Straits Times

Mrs Lee, a brilliant student who came out top in her Senior Cambridge year, and who went on to build a successful law practice at Lee & Lee, was the intellectual equal of Mr Lee, but she saw herself first and foremost as a wife and mother, in keeping with her upbringing in a conservative Straits-Chinese home.

In public, she was a traditional Asian wife who metaphorically walked two steps behind her husband, as she once quipped.

In private, she was a devoted mother, a caring, gentle woman, and a quick-witted conversationalist who loved literature, classical music and botany. She was a 'tower of strength' to her husband and family, emotionally and intellectually. She believed in the same causes as Mr Lee did - independence from colonial rule in the early years, and later, a multiracial, meritocratic Singapore.

She saw Mr Lee through the nation's toughest moments in 51 years in office, 31 as Prime Minister, girding him for battle the way only a wife can. She helped him through the anguish of separation. She shared with him her instinctive grasp of character among the people they met. She helped him draft and polish his speeches, memoirs and even legal documents.

She engaged him in heated debate on policy matters like the rights of women and was wont to chide him if she thought him too demanding of others.

An intensely private woman who shunned the limelight, Mrs Lee trod softly through Singapore's history. She was a pioneer in her own right, but she chose to remain on the sidelines in public, content to play a supporting role.


May she rest in peace. Our condolences to Lee Kuan Yew.

Below are images taken from The Straits Times special tribute to Mdm Kwa Geok Choo.


WAKE FOR MRS LEE

For those who would like to pay their last respects, the wake for Mrs Lee Kuan Yew will be held at Sri Temasek, official residence of the Prime Minister and located within the Istana grounds, tomorrow and on Tuesday from 10am to 5pm.

Members of the public may call 6835-6614 if they have any queries.
The family requests that no obituaries and wreaths or flowers be sent. All donations will go to the National Neuroscience Institute Health Research Endowment Fund, Singapore.


蔡細歷:民聯起內鬥‧國陣可重奪雪州政權

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 06:39 PM PDT

---->蔡細歷:民聯比馬華更厲害,才成立幾年就有嚴重內鬥。(圖:光明日報)


(彭亨‧雲頂2日訊)隨著國陣各成員黨已重新凝聚士氣及鬥志,加上人民公正黨及民主行動黨內部問題叢生,令馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷有信心國陣可以在來屆大選奪回雪蘭莪州政權。

他說,在當前的政治局勢下,國陣只要持續現在的士氣及鬥志,他相信國陣可以奪回雪蘭莪州政權。

他週六出席馬華雪蘭莪州領袖腦力激蕩營表示,人民如今已發現民聯並非那麼的完美。

他指出,除了發現民聯不是一個廉政政府,憑支持信就可以拿到工程,民聯內部更是一再內鬥,鬥到代表大會必須延長,議員選擇退黨表示不滿。

他語帶嘲諷的說,民聯比馬華厲害,因為馬華成立六十多年而有內門,而民聯卻才成立幾年就有嚴重內鬥。

馬華巫統持共同議程

因此,他說,基於當前的政治局勢,民聯一旦執政中央,必定會由相比下比較穩定的回教黨來主導,而這也是華社必須深入思考的問題。

對雪蘭莪州馬華領袖的踴躍出席激蕩營,蔡細歷坦言是好事,並認為現在的馬華黨員鬥志旺盛,士氣高漲,可說已找回前一兩年所失去方向的低落士氣。

他強調,馬華準備好與國陣其他成員黨,一起在來屆大選奪回雪蘭莪州執政權。

他說,約80%華裔選民在烏雪補選支持民聯候選人的歷史將不會重演,這是因為補選當時是在馬華危機結束後兩週舉行,馬華還來不及鞏固凝聚力。

可是,他重申,馬華現在的士氣及鬥已經完全不同。

他不諱言,一些馬華區會與巫統區部面對一些合作方面的問題。所以,他提醒,馬華作為巫統的政治伙伴,可以有不同意見,卻不能忘記共同的議程。

另一方面,對國大黨主席拿督斯里三美威魯將於明年退位,蔡細歷在作出讚揚的同時,也表示國大黨要找個代替三美威魯的領袖並不容易。

他說,領導國大黨有31年的三美威魯,是積極捍衛印度社群權利的政治鬥士,要找個適合的印度領袖填補空缺是不簡單。

姑里領軍‧加臘士勝望高

馬華總會長蔡細歷說,國陣在話望生區國會議員東姑拉沙里領軍下出戰加臘士區州席補選,可以說勝望非常高。

他指出,這是因為土生土長的姑里,不只是當地具威望的領袖,不只是馬來人接受他,連華人和印度人也接受他。

他說,馬華副總會長拿督斯里黃燕燕將領軍上陣,確保馬華機制與國陣其他成員黨配合良好,協助國陣候選人打贏這場仗。

雪免費水供‧變相鼓勵用水

馬華總會長蔡細歷認為,雪蘭莪州政府的免費水供措施與全球節省用水的趨勢背道而馳,更重要的是,並沒有給窮人帶來好處,相反的,等同變相地鼓勵人民大量使用水。

他說,雪蘭莪州政府拒絕為解決水供危機而與中央政府協商,雙方都各有說辭,中央政府指雪蘭莪州將於2014年面對水供危機,但雪蘭莪州政府卻辯稱沒有這回事,這將令雪蘭莪州人民成為水供不足的受害者。

他表示,水供計劃應該是長期計劃,而非短期的政治立場,需要長期解決水供問題。

與此同時,他也批評檳州和吉打政府,指他們在大選期間承諾絕不會調漲水費,如今食言公佈調高27%。

光明日報‧2010.10.02


Roaring start to 1MCA fundraiser

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 06:36 PM PDT

GENTING HIGHLANDS: The 1MCA Medical Foundation fundraising has received a "fantastic response" from the public with some RM2mil raised within three days of MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek's announcement of its establishment.

"There are people who realise that they need to contribute as part of their social responsibility to help the poor," Dr Chua said.

In announcing the setting up of the foundation on Tuesday, the president said the party had initially targeted to raise RM5mil over the next two months.

"We did not want to be ambitious so we set a target of RM5mil because I don't believe in setting targets which cannot be achieved.

"But the fact is that within three days, I personally raised RM2mil just through phone calls," he said after giving a talk at the Selangor MCA Cadres Brainstorming Campaign here yesterday.

Dr Chua added that other MCA ministers and deputy ministers would also do their part.

He said most MCA divisions had stepped forward to help, and many had reported receiving many amounts.

"Any amount is welcomed. We want our members to be involved and the rakyat to participate. This is for the good of the poor and the underprivileged.

"And we want to help all races because disease has no respect for race or colour. Anybody can get ill," said Dr Chua.

Regarding Selangor, Dr Chua said the MCA and its Barisan Nasional partners were prepared to do battle to wrest the state back from Pakatan Rakyat.

He added that the chaotic situation in PKR's leadership tussle could benefit the coalition.

On party matters, the president said he was happy to see that the morale of MCA members was high and they were in a fighting spirit, something which had been missing in the past one-and-a-half years.

Dr Chua added that internal issues in the MCA were "more or less settled."

THE STAR (Sunday October 3, 2010)


Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim is abroad again... telling lies to the world...!

Posted: 03 Oct 2010 02:05 PM PDT

Liar, liar pants on fire!?


An article by a news portal MALAYSIA WATCHER
Keeping a Close Eye on Malaysia:

The public career of Anwar Ibrahim is a strange one. At home he's the longstanding leader of the opposition, a major public figure who leads rallies of thousands and commands tremendous press attention. Abroad, he's the lonely defender of democracy in a repressive southeast Asian autocracy: threatened by dark machinations, a corrupt judiciary, and the unceasing persecution of his foes. About the only consistency between Anwar's domestic and foreign rhetoric is his insistence that Malaysia, his country, is a troubled, repressive, and doomed so long as he is not in charge.

Anwar is circulating this theme internationally again as he goes on his second international tour of the past 90 days. The first was prompted by the worldwide backlash over his invocation of anti-Semitic tropes within Malaysia; this one is a public-relations tour preparatory to the imminent resumption of his controversial sodomy trial. He just finished up in Germany, where he told audiences and press, among other things, that "corruption … is getting to be so endemic in Malaysia," and that the Malaysian "judiciary is not independent and is clearly working under the thumbs of the executive."

The latter comment was naturally meant to delegitimize the prosecution's case against him, but it's difficult for an informed observer to take it seriously. Whereas politicization of the Malaysian judiciary was indeed a serious problem during the Prime Ministerial regime of Mahathir Mohamad, who successfully had Anwar prosecuted and jailed a decade ago (thereby turning him into a surprise Western media darling), there are many signs that Mahathir's successors have followed through on promises to restore judicial independence.

Chief among them must be the current ruling party's evident wish that Anwar, his trial, and everything associated with it would simply go away. Prime Minister Najib Razak recently noted the electoral troubles he suffered as a parliamentarian during Anwar's first trial; and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin last week publicly spoke about the damage that Anwar's current trial is doing to Malaysia's image abroad. Not least important, Prime Minister Najib spoke to Malaysia Watcher this week of his dismay at unrelated cases in which "activist judges" took actions that reflected poorly on Malaysia and his agenda for it — with the obvious corollary that those judges were completely out of his control.

In this light — and in light of Occam's razor — Anwar Ibrahim's claims abroad that his nation's judiciary is deliberately wielded against him demand rather more evidence than he has thus far presented.

Yet the most eloquent testimony against Anwar Ibrahim's case on this international tour is nothing that anyone else has said or done. It's his international tour itself. Anwar wishes it to be known that he comes from a place where liberties are trampled, democratic norms are scorned, and brave voices of dissent (himself chief among them) are stifled. Leave aside that Anwar is able and allowed to lead rallies of thousands in Malaysia proper at which its government and its friends — not least the United States — are denounced in the most strident terms. We must ask ourselves what sort of repressive autocracy allows its foes to lead a legal and flourishing opposition, and then repeatedly and freely travel to world capitals to denounce it.

The truth is that Anwar's personal ambition seems to overshadow all other considerations, and while his last trip abroad before the summer was an apology tour to Washington for his anti-Semitism, this time he is focussed on trashing his own country in the hope it can buy him more sympathy in his sexual harrassment case.

This, then, is where we find Anwar Ibrahim at this stage in his career. The man who would lead his country has, in the relentless pursuit of his own ambition, made himself into his country's chief scourge in the international arena. The conceit that "politics stops at the water's edge" is worn thin in American public life, but it still exists, and adherence to it is a sign of a healthy civic pride in any country. The pity is that it's entirely absent in Anwar, who now casts himself less as a Malaysian patriot than a Malaysian scold. As his international tour wends its way through world capitals — London, Barcelona, New York and Jakarta are next — he will get a lot of attention. The good news for Malaysia, and the bad news for him, is that the attention will by its very existence nullify his case.

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蔡細歷:雪州政局有利國陣

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 06:34 PM PDT

----->蔡細歷(中)為馬華雪州領袖腦力激蕩營主持開幕禮前,跟雪州領袖一起起立唱國歌。左起黃冠文及林祥才;右起余金福及鄭敬保。(圖:星洲日報)


(彭亨‧雲頂2日訊)馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷表示,在公正黨及行動黨內部問題叢生,國陣各成員黨重新凝聚鬥志和士氣下,目前的雪州政治局勢將有利於國陣。

他相信,在持續現有的士氣鬥志下,他有信心國陣可奪回雪州政權。

"人民開始發現民聯不是那麼完美。首先,民聯就不是一個廉政的政府,憑支持信就可以拿到工程;民聯內部也一再內鬥,斗到代表大會需要押後進行,而他們的議員也選擇退黨,公開表示不滿。"

蔡細歷今天出席馬華雪州領袖腦力激蕩營後嘲諷民聯說,有人說馬華60多年的歷史有內鬥,但是民聯比馬華更厲害,才成立幾年就有嚴重內鬥。

他認為,目前政治局勢中,只有回教黨比較穩定,所以如果民聯執政中央,將會由回教黨來主導,因此他再次提醒華社深入思考這問題。

星洲互動‧2010.10.02


Mahaguru58 turns 52 today. Alhamdulillah!

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 11:34 AM PDT

Alhamdulillah! All praises be to Allah Azza Wa Jalla for this opportunity to celebrate my 52nd year of existence here in Yaum al Duniyya.

I've come to a stage where life is finally getting smoother for me as a Muslim and I would like to express my deepest appreciation to my darling spouse for being here for me through thick and thin and for giving me my space to do my efforts for Dakwah Al Islamiyyah and for being my own pillar of support as my best friend, my closest confidante, my wife and my life.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who have supported me and encouraged me to carry on with my blogging efforts for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and His Final Messenger Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam. 


I'd also like to thank my detractors for without their existence, one would drown in a sea of narcissism...:P

Having said all that, I'd also like to apologize to those whom I might have unwittingly hurt or offended without due cause during my blogging.

May Allah bless and guide us all.

Ameen.


Open house craze

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 10:43 AM PDT

Most Muslims are still in Hari Raya mood. Open house here and there. The roads in KL are still congested on weekends as they rush from one open house to another.

I attended a few. My tummy can only fit one open house in a single day. I dont know about my fellow-blogger A Voice, Big Dog and House PK (sorry bros). However, I do envy those who can really eat, and most of the big eaters are not usually fat or big in sizes.

My point here is, how many times does a minister, a deputy minister, a ministry secretary-general, a deputy sec-gen and other high ranking government officials have to organise open houses? Since the past few years, I notice a trend that some ministers will play host to at least two open house feats.

Sometimes last week (as an instance), a minister hosted an open house using his ministry's name at his constituency in Negri Sembilan. A few days later, he hosted another open house in Kuala Lumpur. And then, his sec-gen hosted another open house for the ministry at Carcosa Seri Negara.

Another minister who had also hosted similar event in Johor held another one in the capital yesterday. I guess only Members of Parliament host a single open house at their respective 'kampung' while those with Cabinet designate are 'obliged' to organise it at his kampung level, ministry level and senior officials level.

When they host Raya open house at various places under the label 'Hari Raya Bersama Rakyat anjuran Kementerian.....', who actually pays for the bill? The person himself? Or the ministry, which means the government?

I believe the government bears all expenses. We got another week to go before Syawal ends on Oct 10. How many more open house still in the counting? How much more does the government has to fork out?

Yes, open house is good. It brings together people from all walks of life into a cheerful atmosphere. However, it is wise to host so many open house feats for a ministry? Why must everybody with such portfolios exploit their positions? Unless they pay their own bill, then its okay.

But they will produce the claims to the government on the pretext that the open house was organised for the rakyat. Doesnt matter if a minister got to host three or four open house, its for 'the rakyat' and the government is more than willing to pay everything.

I think its a waste of money. A ministry should host one open house. We got so many ministries, each can choose which state to organise a national-level open house, instead of letting its minister, the deputy and sec-gen having it separately.

And, please... we dont need posters, buntings or banners to invite the public. Its suffice to have the newspapers and other media passing the message around.


Malaysia Semakin Ketirisan Tenaga Mahir Kepada Negara Lain

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 06:46 AM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Artikel di bawah amat merisaukan. Nampaknya, tenaga-tenaga mahir Malaysia tidak berminat untuk bekerja di Malaysia. Ini akan menyukarkan Malaysia untuk menaikkan taraf ekonomi kepada ekonomi pendapatan tinggi (high income economy).

Ramai orang Melayu masih tidak faham. Sekiranya dalam beberapa tahun ini Malaysia gagal menjadi "High Income Economy", maka ekonomi Malaysia akan turun ke taraf Filipina ataupun Myanmar.

Malaysia kelak terpaksa bersaing dengan Timor Leste dalam tangga pencapaian ekonomi Asia Tenggara.

Tak risau ke nasib anak cucu kita?


Loss of Young Talent Thwarts Malaysia's Growth
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"I might return to Malaysia if I had a really good job offer there, which I think would be unlikely, or if I eventually get married to a Malaysian who wants to live in his hometown," said Ms. Liew, one of about 700,000 Malaysians living abroad. "But other than that, I think I would probably settle down in Singapore."

By LIZ GOOCH, The New York Times



Rachel Liew, center, interviews prospective freshmen at a meeting held by the Astronomy Club at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where she serves as a committee member.


With its dazzling skyscrapers, bright lights and ubiquitous symbols of modernity, Singapore has long worked its magic on Rachel Liew, 20.

Even as a young girl visiting the city-state with her family from her native Malaysia, Singapore's clean streets, convenient public transportation and modern lifestyles made a lasting impression.

As Ms. Liew grew older, she came to believe that Singapore could also offer a better education than her homeland, and in 2008, she packed her bags and headed south across the border to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Nanyang Technological University.

"I might return to Malaysia if I had a really good job offer there, which I think would be unlikely, or if I eventually get married to a Malaysian who wants to live in his hometown," said Ms. Liew, one of about 700,000 Malaysians living abroad. "But other than that, I think I would probably settle down in Singapore."

That is exactly the kind of sentiment Malaysia's policy makers are desperate to change.

Many Asian nations have long been concerned about the outflow of human capital to more developed countries, but here in Malaysia, the need to address the problem has assumed a new urgency in the final decade for reaching its long-established goal of becoming a developed country by 2020.

Companies have long complained about a shortage of skilled labor in Malaysia, and economists say it is severely affecting the country's ability to attract more high-technology industries. The government is acutely aware of the shortage in skills and the potential hurdle it poses to the country's 2020 goal.

"We don't get it right, we are in serious trouble," the human resources minister, S. Subramaniam, said during an interview.

Studying and working overseas have long been considered attractive options for those Malaysians who can afford to make the move. About half of those living abroad can be found in neighboring Singapore. Australia, Britain and the United States are also popular.

Robert K. Chelliah, who runs an Australian immigration agency in Perth, with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, said by phone that the number of Malaysians contacting his company with inquiries about moving to Australia had soared 80 percent since 2008.

"In the last two to three years, the motivation to acquire Australian permanent residency has sharply increased across all age sectors as well as across racial backgrounds," he said.

Like Ms Liew, most of the seven people interviewed for this article said that better education, wages and career opportunities could be found abroad, while parents wanted to ensure that their children received an internationally recognized education in English.

Many interviewees, when asked about their concerns about returning to Malaysia, cited racial tensions and the country's affirmative action policy, which gives special privileges to ethnic Malays, who make up 60 percent of the population. The government has recognized the need to change the policy, which was introduced in the 1970s to improve the economic standing of Malays, who were more highly represented among the nation's poor than its Chinese and Indian minorities.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has repeatedly emphasized that affirmative action would be made "market-friendly, merit-based, transparent and needs-based" under the country's latest plan, the New Economic Model, which is designed to steer Malaysia toward its development goals. Ethnic Malays, or bumiputras, still benefit from privileges like discounted housing, and some government contracts are available only to companies they control.

A Malaysian Chinese businessman, who left Malaysia for Canada as a university student in the 1970s and stayed there, said that because of the policy, only a handful of his Malaysian Chinese classmates who also studied abroad had returned to Malaysia. Several other Malay and non-Malay interviewees also described the system as unfair.

Danny Quah, a professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, says that the brain drain has had a huge effect on the country's economic and industrial development.

"People have left, growth prospects have dimmed, and then more people continue to leave," said Mr. Quah, who is also a member of the Malaysian National Economic Advisory Council. "It's a vicious cycle that the economy has had to confront for the last decade or longer."

Malaysia's growth rate dropped to an average of 5.5 percent a year from 2000 to 2008, from an average of about 9 percent a year from 1991 to 1997.

Private investment, meanwhile, has fallen to about 10 percent of gross domestic product in 2008 from more than a third of G.D.P. in 1997, and the World Bank has warned that a lack of human capital is a "critical constraint in Malaysia's ambition to become a high-income economy."

Stewart Forbes, executive director of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said foreign companies faced difficulties finding skilled workers in fields like electronics, the petrochemical industries and engineering. Some companies complain of poor communication and English skills.

"I don't think it's yet reached the stage where companies are saying, 'I cannot do my business here,"' Mr. Forbes said. "I think it's true to say, however, that there's lost investment opportunities here because of the labor situation."

Mr. Forbes contrasted the skill shortage in Malaysia, where 80 percent of the work force has only a high school education, with a country like Taiwan, which emphasizes the number of holders of graduate degrees available to investors.

Previous government attempts to lure back Malaysian expatriates, namely the Brain Gain Malaysia and Returning Expert programs, have had little success. Despite financial incentives like importing cars tax-free and efforts to ease access to permanent residency for foreign spouses, they have attracted fewer than 3,000 applicants.

The government now plans to enhance and consolidate those programs under a new agency, to be known as the Talent Corp. Its financing will be announced as part of the country's 2011 budget on Oct 15. It will recommend ways the country's education and training systems can be overhauled to produce graduates who better fulfill industry needs, especially in sectors like information technology and financial services.

Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia's deputy prime minister and education minister, is leading a major review of the education system. "There will definitely be a major overhaul of the system," he said in an interview, adding that the system needed to foster creativity and innovation.

Enhancing the skills of the existing work force, encouraging universities to work more closely with industry and increasing the number of students enrolled in vocational training are also priorities.

Mr. Muhyiddin said that Malaysia needed to record annual economic growth of 6 percent for the next 10 years to achieve its 2020 goal and that a work force with the right skills was a "precondition" for such growth.

Still, enticing Malaysian expatriates home, when salaries there remain lower than abroad, presents a major challenge.

In Malaysia, the average income per capita is currently about $7,000, a figure the government wants to increase to $15,000 by 2020. In Singapore, by contrast, the figure hovers around $37,000, World Bank data show.

Mr. Subramaniam, the human resources minister, says that he expects salaries to rise as more high-technology industries develop and that, in the meantime, improvements in other factors, like work opportunities, may help lure Malaysians home.

"If we give them a good working environment, an area where they can grow, and it's stimulating and satisfying, they might be willing to take a slight cut in their salary," he said.

Still, some economists remain skeptical about the government's initiatives to reverse the diaspora.

Terence Gomez, a professor on the economics faculty of the University of Malaya, said that changing the affirmative action policy remained a highly contentious issue, with the government under pressure from right-leaning groups and members of its own party, the United Malays National Organization, to maintain it.

But he said it was vital that Malaysia become more of a meritocracy if it is to succeed in drawing back the diaspora. For instance, non-Malays need to be assured that they can be appointed to senior civil service positions, and the private sector must be based on transparency and fairness, rather than race, he said.

Otherwise, "professionals won't come back and work in the public sector, and investors won't come back and invest in the private sector," he added.

Mr. Quah of the London School said that it was not affirmative action alone that had driven the brain drain and that higher wages and economic growth, and good schooling opportunities, were vital to enticing expatriates home.

"This is an economically astute middle class, and they will see whether it's in their interests to return or not," he said.

Chen May Yee, 39, a Malaysian Chinese journalist who lives in Minneapolis with her American husband and two children, is yet to be convinced that Malaysia can offer the work opportunities and lifestyle she wants for her family. She said she had taken a pay cut each time she had previously moved back to Malaysia after stints in the United States or Singapore — sometimes as much as 50 percent.

"I'd love to move back for family and friends, but I just don't see how to make it work economically," she said.


Perak DAP's Ngeh-Nga

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 05:45 AM PDT

In Dec 2009, I wrote an article - All good in Perak DAP ?

Well, this problem inside DAP started way before in fact. In 2008, the well respected "cili padi" of Perak - YB Fong Po Kuan - announced her decision to quit as candidate for the 12th General Election.

Many believed that her decision was due to Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming's style of grabbing safe seats for themselves (I let DAP fellas tell you this, if they are not subject to any gag orders from Lim Sr).

YB Hee Yit Foong left after the 12th GE even though she was the Deputy Speaker of Perak and today she is a nobody after leaving DAP to be BN friendly.

In her maiden interview with SinChew after she announced her decision to quit DAP, she hinted that it was due to YB Ngeh Koo Ham and YB Nga Kor Ming (they are cousins in DAP Sendirian Berhad).

Nobody believed her story and in fact, some Perakians did this :

After that, we had the famous story of a YB who wept openly when delivering a speech (YB Leong Mee Meng of Jalong). The story too was linked to Ngeh-Nga.

Today, online news portals were splashed with Perak DAP Deputy Chairman and MP Ipoh Barat - YB M Kulasegaran - saying "Just finished DAP leadership meeting in Ipoh. Sad day as I will announce what is lacking in Perak leadership 2molo n why I have 2 leave 4good".

Yes, a fool will also tell you this is linked to Ngeh-Nga. YB M Kulasegaran, time to call for EGM. Takkanlah DAP ni tak ada demokrasi atau DAP hanya berfungsi mengikut titah daripada Bapa dan Anak keluarga Lim?

The people in Perak should now be wise enough to judge for themselves on Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming. These two arrogant and power crazy guys must be sent packing by all means.

There is clearly a problem internally in DAP with heavily divided factions and the downfall of Pakatan Rakyat Perak might be due to Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming.

Some questions from me.
  • Will the Lims protect Ngeh-Nga just like how they protected Ronnie Liu?

  • Or will they just issue a meaningless "stern warning" like what they did to YB Teng Chang Khim's "OMG, real culprit is freed" tweet?
This is a problem when DAP's Lim Sr and Lim Jr sweep everything under the carpet all the time. Dear YBs, please go and check on your comrades in Kedah also. For those who don't know what's happening there, google it or give DAP Kedah a call.

Whatever. DAP Sendirian Berhad, that's your problem. The quickest way to solve these is to issue a gag order.


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