Friday, October 8, 2010

Najib's Call for Moderation Gathers Support in Europe!

Najib's Call for Moderation Gathers Support in Europe!


Najib's Call for Moderation Gathers Support in Europe!

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 02:40 PM PDT


By Brad Jackson of The New Ledger

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was in Europe this week for the Asia-Europe summit in Brussels. Najib's recent call for a "global movement of the moderates" was met with warm support from many of the European leaders in attendance.

After the meeting, Najib relayed the reactions he received to a group of Malaysian journalists. "At the end of my intervention, many leaders reacted positively to my statement including heads of delegations from Denmark, Holland, France, China, Portugal, India and Latvia."

Last week, Prime Minister Najib spoke to the United Nations, where he appealed to moderates across the globe to marginalize the extremists in their ranks and move to a more pragmatic peace. Najib's Malaysia has become a successful and prosperous majority Muslim country that has been able to establish good relationships with the United States and other Western democracies. With his call for moderation, Najib hopes the Malaysian model can be exported to other Islamic countries where extremists have hijacked their culture and governments.

The Malaysian Prime Minister was also at the summit to raise awareness of the importance his country can play in European trade and commerce. Already Europe's 15th biggest trading partner, Najib is seeking to bring more jobs to Malaysia by encouraging European companies to actually manufacture the base products that are now assembled in Malaysia. "We'd like to see a bigger multiplier effect, with more parts of the supply chain, and the back office operations, happening in our country," Najib said.

Najib also told the European leaders that "Asia is the locomotive for global growth and we see Europe as a big market," and he hoped a growing moderate Muslim nations like Malaysia can play an increased role in the European economy.

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Nurul Izzah:we need a true fighter, not a wolf in sheep clothing

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 01:55 PM PDT


 

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KR's Puteri Reformasi Nurul Izzah Anwar today gave her clearest indication yet that she is backing no sheep in wolf's clothing in their quest for the deputy president's post in the forthcoming party polls.

While lambasting "narrow-minded politicians" in PKR, Nurul Izzah said, on the other hand, was a leader with vision for the party.

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I have been privy to certain information/declaration about the chicanery within PKR. They will remain as such – information/declaration. I will follow closely and intently on what is unfolding in the run-up to the contest for Deputy President.have been privy to certain information/declaration about the chicanery within PKR. They will remain as such – information/declaration. I will follow closely and intently on what is unfolding in the run-up to the contest for Deputy President.
THIS WHAT HARRIS SAID

…let me first say that whilst I have the highest regard for YB Lim Kit Siang and YB Lim Guan Eng, yet in the matter of the politics and governance of this nation, I do not trust them implicitly and without question, because they are politicians and 50 years of BN politics has delivered a hard and painful lesson to many of us.

Don't trust politicians completely.

Many times last year, I wrote in this blog that I wished you would give me a reason to trust you.

Whilst I have to be frank and tell you that I still do not trust you, three things have persuaded me to 'take a chance'.

First, and this is the only rational factor of the three, this nation needs to be rid of the racist, divide and rule politics of BN. UMNO will not change, and the other component parties have shown themselves to be helplessly subservient to UMNO.

You and your party leaders, together with the leaders of DAP, have been taking policy positions or making policy statements that, by far and large, seem to be in line with the aspirations of the people.

CAN WE MALAYSIAN TRUST YOU GUYS

WHAT ARE YOUR HIDDEN AGENDA? readmore TO HARRIS and Bernard Khoo stop being like old prostitute gossiping face the reality

 

Earlier in her speech to party members in Sarawak last night, she called on them to choose leaders who are committed to the ideals and the principle of the party.

"I don't mind who you choose as the president and deputy president or as vice president. What is the most important thing is that he or she must be someone who is sincere, and who is committed to the ideals and principle of the party.

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"He must be a true fighter," she added, reminding them that in their efforts to choose leaders, they should be aware of leaders who were just like a wolf wearing a sheepskin.

While she had not named Zaid, or any other leaders, in her speech, she nevertheless told reporters this morning that
She pointed out that Zaid had the necessary leadership qualities to steer PKR forward.

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'Zaid wants to be forced out of PKR so that he can lead a new group (a current phenomenon) of the Third Force, whose aim is to play power-broker'.The suggestion by Zaid is so preposterous that I wonder what is his real motive. From the beginning he was against PKR to be a kind of 'family party' dominated by Anwar and his family. He is leading Nurul into a trap and I hope Nurul is wise enough to see through this charade.


With due respect to Nurul, she is not ready to take up the second highest post in the party. Zaid knows very well the top position will be filled either by Wan Azizah or Anwar – if he wishes to contest. So where does that leaves Nurul if she were to win? The party will be condemned; rightly so, when the top two positions in the party are helmed by mother/father and daughter.

Let me see the future – Zaid wants to be forced out of PKR so that he can lead a new group (a current phenomenon) of the Third Force, whose aim is to play as a power broker. The Third Force is only relevant only when you have two equal top players – but can Pakatan be considered as a strong second ? A big 'NO'.In trying to make sense of what Zaid Ibrahim is saying, my guess is he will go for the top post. But since he doesn't want to alienate Anwar Ibrahim or Wan Azizah, he is encouraging Nurul Izzah to run for deputy president. A Zaid/Nurul ticket is not bad at all vis-à-vis the ex-Umno misfits. Will he go for the PKR presidency if Nurul goes for deputy presidency? Or will he go down to vice-presidency? The situation is getting murkier and puzzling with some having nominations for the presidency, deputy presidency and vice-presidency.

Tomorrow is D-Day? So, there will be last minute changes, as everybody wants to be in the limelight. But there is a lot of hard work ahead when the general election rolls in so let's all look at the big picture.

CarL: He has the gall to say I challenge your mother and father for number one, if you go for number two, and I will win it for you. This is a mystery, well, we will wait for it to be revealed. The real deal? He wants to run for president. So all of you, help him out, register as a PKR member quickly.

Mat: This is democracy at work. Let events run their natural cause. When Pakatan Rakyat comes to power, let's hope it is with a two-thirds majority for then political reform can take place. Let's have direct elections for the prime minister.

Whatever it is, this is a healthy development within PKR ie, we are seeing real democracy at work. The important thing is to close ranks once the election is over.
I'm dumbfounded, actually. Makes me wonder when will Anwar's other children join PKR and take up the vice-presidents and general-secretary posts. That would be charming, too, eh?


The great biological watershed that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and puts us on top of the evolutionary heap on this planet is our opposable thumb: our ability to fold our thumb against our fingers which enables us to hold things. Things like tools, and weapons, and paintbrushes, and pens, and screwdrivers. Other animals don't have the opposable thumb. That is why no animal other than man could have constructed the wheel, made spears and knives (and, later, AK-47s and nuclear bombs), written the works of Kalidas and Shakespeare, made the Taj Mahal and sent rocket ships to the farthest reaches of our solar system. The story of human civilisation is the story of our opposable thumb. No opposable thumb, no human civilisation. And no text messages on our mobile phones.The great biological watershed that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and puts us on top of the evolutionary heap on this planet is our opposable thumb: our ability to fold our thumb against our fingers which enables us to hold things. Things like tools, and weapons, and paintbrushes, and pens, and screwdrivers. Other animals don't have the opposable thumb. That is why no animal other than man could have constructed the wheel, made spears and knives (and, later, AK-47s and nuclear bombs), written the works of Kalidas and Shakespeare, made the Taj Mahal and sent rocket ships to the farthest reaches of our solar system. The story of human civilisation is the story of our opposable thumb. No opposable thumb, no human civilisation. And no text messages on our mobile phones.PKR leader Zaid Ibrahim today defended his campaign style for the forthcoming party polls, stating that he offered leadership based on sound policies and principles.

"My campaign strategy is simple: I have and will continue to truthfully explain to PKR members what I think are the real challenges we are facing and how we need to overcome them so that we can present to the people of Malaysia a political future worthy of their support," he said in his latest blog entry.

He also rejected claims made by his detractors and the media that his campaign was uninspiring and that he had been a loose cannon who has alienated certain party leaders.

He was particularly stung by criticisms levelled against him by a senior writer in her Oct 8 commentary in The Star.

"Many journalists may not be familiar with politicians who march to the different beat. Don't be too hasty to judge me or to belittle my effort," he said.

"Any political pundit worth his or her salt ought to be able to see the larger picture, as I have offered myself to provide leadership based on sound policies and principles.

"There can be no formidable Pakatan Rakyat if PKR does not move on from being a party consistently dealing with internal issues," he added.

Debate on issues, not on me

He stressed that the coming party election is a landmark occasion as it offers a platform for the party to deliver on the promises made at the last general election.

He also rejected claims made in The Star commentary that he has been "making so many boo-boos that Azmin can 'sit pretty' and claim his trophy effortlessly".

He said that contrary to accusations that he had been making controversial statements, he had actually shared in several interviews and made suggestions on PKR's future leadership, but "many of the enthusiastic responses made in mainstream and alternative media have not focused on them".

He also pointed out a press conference held by 20 PKR MPs who expressed their support for vice-president Azmin Ali and at the same time labelled him (Zaid) a as being untested.I have shared in several interviews and made suggestions on Parti Keadilan Rakyat's future leadership, but many of the enthusiastic responses made in mainstream and alternative media have not focused on them.

As I have reiterated in earlier statements and in other interviews, Pemilihan 2010 is a landmark occasion for the country and for the party, and is a platform for us to deliver on the promises at the last general elections. Many party leaders have not addressed this, and have proven themselves to be narrow-minded and misguided by focusing on petty issues.

Any political pundit worth his or her salt ought to be able to see the larger picture, as I have offered myself to provide leadership based on sound policies and principles. There can be no formidable Pakatan Rakyat if PKR does not move on from being a party consistently dealing with internal issues.

With that, I draw your attention to an article by Joceline Tan in her October 8 commentary in The Star. The gist of her article: My campaign is uninspiring, far from visionary, and that I have been making so many boo-boos that Azmin can 'sit pretty' and claim his trophy effortlessly. She also described me as a loose cannon and said that many are astonished at the many controversial statements I had made.

She first said that I have alienated party leaders. But consider that the statements made and first shots fired by the party leaders are humiliating not only for me, but also for the party. Perhaps Tan does not remember these accusations. There is the press conference with the so called 20 MPs, their labeling of me as being untested, the questioning of my loyalty and contributions to Pakatan Rakyat, the allegations that I am a 'Trojan Horse' and frontman for businessmen and the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO)!

All these only prove my point above; when is PKR going to evolve into a party that is forward thinking and able to offer sound policies to the rakyat? Is this the kind of leadership we have to offer our political partners in Pakatan? I would like to see them debate on issues, on policies and principles, not my loyalty and so-called inexperience as those are for the members to decide.

Further in her analysis of my various missteps, she judged that my blog entry was not a smart move because it would upset Anwar since (according to her) that analogy was one of the more awkward aspects of Anwar's ambitions in UMNO. There were definite instructions from higher ups not to nominate me, and Tan would have discovered for herself if she visited various Cabangs. I was not comparing my fate to Ghafar Baba's. The crux of my message, if Tan read my blog thoroughly, is that the incident should serve as a reminder to PKR not to emulate the UMNO culture.

She also described the interview with Mingguan Malaysia as my biggest 'sin'. To me, it does not make a difference whether Mingguan Malaysia interviewed me or not. Let us consider this: would I be embraced with kindness and have all my 'sins' forgiven by these leaders had I joined the boycott of the newspaper? The answer is no. So, Joceline Tan, unless you can offer an exclusive with The Star, I have the right to share my message to publications who want to carry them, be it in print or online. The readers of Utusan are members of the Malaysian public. It is my belief that Keadilan should make itself available to all media outlets in the interest of the rakyat.

Before the nominations started, I said that I would give way to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. That is true, because I had conveyed exactly that to him in person. But he did not seem sure at the time and he received so few nominations compared to me, hence I thought he did not want to compete. Surely Tan does not expect me to ignore the wishes of almost 40 Cabangs who wanted me to contest, just because journalists like her brand me a 'flip flop'?

Now, about my offer to withdraw if Nurul Izzah joins the race. This is not a 'flip flop'. I know the leaders in the party do not want me, but it is the wishes of the rank and file of the party that I serve for. So, if Nurul takes up that position, I am willing to offer her my assistance. I am being consistent in endorsing Nurul Izzah as I see in her a candidate who shares the same values and ideals.

I am not looking for excuses to stay in the race. I am a magnanimous person and positions do not mean everything to me. This is based on my track record, which I have proven many times.

Most politicians have predictable behavioral patterns and familiar political values we are accustomed to. Many journalists may not be familiar with politicians who march to the different beat. Don't be too hasty to judge me or to belittle my effort.

My campaign strategy is simple: I have and will continue to truthfully explain to PKR members what I think are the real challenges we are facing and how we need to overcome them so that we can present to the people of Malaysia a political future worthy of their support. If in doing so I alienate some leaders or suffer ridicule in the hands of serious writers such as Ms Tan, I am prepared for that.

Let us not make a mockery of Pemilihan 2010. This is the chance for us to set our house in order and to provide the people with a credible alternative to BN in the form of Pakatan Rakyat.

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"They also questioned my loyalty and contributions to Pakatan Rakyat, the allegations that I am a 'Trojan Horse' and frontman for businessmen and Umno.

"All these only prove my point; when is PKR going to evolve into a party that is forward thinking and able to offer sound policies to the rakyat?

"Is this the kind of leadership we have to offer our political partners in Pakatan? I would like to see them debate on issues, on policies and principles, not my loyalty and so-called inexperience as those are for the members to decide," he added.

He also defended his interview with Mingguan Malaysia – a move which has been a major bone of contention among the party leaders as PKR has a policy of boycotting the pro-Umno Malay daily.

"To me, it does not make a difference whether Mingguan Malaysia interviewed me or not. Let us consider this: would I be embraced with kindness and have all my 'sins' forgiven by these leaders had I joined the boycott of the newspaper? The answer is no," he said.

He said that the readers of Utusan are members of the Malaysian public and that PKR should make itself available to all media outlets in the interest of the rakyat.

The Khalid and Nurul situation

Zaid also explained his previous offer to give way to Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to contest for the deputy president's post if the latter was interested in it.

"Before the nominations started, I said that I would give way to Khalid. That is true, because I had conveyed exactly that to him in person. But he did not seem sure at the time and he received so few nominations compared to me, hence I thought he did not want to compete," he said.

He added that he had received nominations from more than 40 divisions to contest for the No 2 post in the party.

Azmin, who had received close to 100 nominations, is the favourite to clinch the post. Mustaffa Kamil Ayub has about 17 nominations and Khalid gained a handful.

Khalid is expected to announce his decision to contest for the post on Sunday. Zaid, meanwhile, dropped a bombshell on Thursday when he offered to withdraw from the deputy's race provided that Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah opts to challenge Azmin and the others.

Nurul Izzah too is expected to announce her decision on Sunday although it is widely believed that she will just concentrate to win a vice-president's slot.

Zaid explained his decision to make the offer to Nurul Izzah in his blog entry.

"I know the leaders in the party do not want me, but it is the wishes of the rank and file of the party that I serve for. So, if Nurul takes up that position, I am willing to offer her my assistance.

"I am being consistent in endorsing Nurul Izzah as I see in her a candidate who shares the same values and ideals," he added.

He has also not discounted the idea of going for the president's post, presently held by Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Zaid has garnered enough nominations to challenge Wan Azizah.

 



President Obama's Oval Office speech on Iraq.

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 01:07 PM PDT

Oval Office Remarks by President Obama, as provided by the White House

Good evening. Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home.

I know this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans. We have now been through nearly a decade of war. We have endured a long and painful recession. And sometimes in the midst of these storms, the future that we are trying to build for our nation – a future of lasting peace and long-term prosperity may seem beyond our reach.

But this milestone should serve as a reminder to all Americans that the future is ours to shape if we move forward with confidence and commitment. It should also serve as a message to the world that the United States of America intends to sustain and strengthen our leadership in this young century.

From this desk, seven and a half years ago, President Bush announced the beginning of military operations in Iraq. Much has changed since that night. A war to disarm a state became....

...a fight against an insurgency. Terrorism and sectarian warfare threatened to tear Iraq apart. Thousands of Americans gave their lives; tens of thousands have been wounded. Our relations abroad were strained. Our unity at home was tested.

These are the rough waters encountered during the course of one of America's longest wars. Yet there has been one constant amidst those shifting tides. At every turn, America's men and women in uniform have served with courage and resolve. As Commander-in-Chief, I am proud of their service. Like all Americans, I am awed by their sacrifice, and by the sacrifices of their families. Read the full text here....

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Viva Team Progresif

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 09:32 AM PDT

From Keadilanrakyat.org

Thank you for supporting Team Progresif !
The following are the results of PKR Bukit Gelugor Division's election:

Ketua Cabang
1. Lim Boo Chang  - 309
(Menang)
2. Raveentharan A/L Subramaniam – 176
Undi Rosak – 11
Keluar undi – 496
Majoriti – 133

Timbalan Ketua Cabang
1. Johan Bin Johari  - 188
2. Roslan Bin Ramansah – 300 (Menang)
Undi Rosak – 16
Keluar undi – 504
Majoriti – 112

Naib Ketua Cabang
1. Asokan A/L Kannan  - 304
(Menang)
2. Cheah Peng Guan – 182
Undi Rosak – 14
Keluar undi – 500
Majoriti – 122

AHLI JAWATANKUASA CABANG
1. Abdul Rahman Bin Che Mat – 267
2. Abdul Rahman Bin Sukimin – 265
3. Ahmad Bin Abdul Rahim – 263
4. Ahmad Rosidi Bin Nyan – 261
5. Chew Seng Poh – 266
6. Chuan Hooi Pin – 267
12. Khabilu Bin M Shamsudin – 255
13. Khor Choo Khoon – 244
14. Krishnan A/L Muniady – 252
15. Lee Ah Loy – 249
16. Lim Kuo Shee – 239
18. Mahindren A/L Muniandy – 259
20. Ong Pang Keong – 247
21. Peer Mohamed – 242
22. Saffia Binti Abdul Jaleel – 245


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Ketua AMK Cabang
1. MUHAMMED ANWARUDDIN BIN AKBAR ALI  – 59
2. Shahul Hamid Bin Abdul Kader – 112 (Menang)
Undi Rosak – 5
Keluar undi – 176
Majoriti – 53

Timbalan Ketua AMK Cabang
1. Ong Pang Keong  – 119
(Menang)
2. Rahimi Bin Abd Rahim – 55
Undi Rosak – 1
Keluar undi – 175
Majoriti – 64

Naib Ketua AMK Cabang
1. Kerby Kee Chie Chuen  – 60
2. Lim Kuo Shee – 113 (Menang)
Undi Rosak – 2
Keluar undi – 175
Majoriti – 53

AJK AMK (tanpa tanding):
1- KHOR CHOO KHOON
2- LIEW SOO HUNG
3- MD FIRDAUS MERICAN B MD NOR MERICAN
4- MOHAMED HUSSAIN BIN SHAIK DAUD
5- MOHAMMAD ELIAS BIN MOHD YUSOF
6- MOHD MUKMIN BIN AMANULLA
7- MOHD SHAHRIZAN B MOHD ALI
8- MUHAMMAD JUWAINI BIN ABDUL SAMAD
9- NG KEAT
10- NOOR ALFIAN B ABDUL RAHMAN
11- RODZAIDI BIN MOHAMAD RADZALI

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Ketua Wanita Cabang
1. Chew Hong Wah (CHERYL) – 91
(Menang)
2. Jurinah Binti Hassan – 60
Undi Rosak – 5
Keluar undi – 156
Majoriti – 31

Timbalan Ketua Wanita Cabang
1. Anusia Devi A/P Sinadurai  – 85
(Menang)
2. Sapiah Binti Daud – 67
Undi Rosak – 2
Keluar undi – 154
Majoriti – 18

Naib Ketua Wanita Cabang
1. Awamal Binti Syed Mohd  – 83
(Menang)
2. Salmah Binti Yusuf – 64
Undi Rosak – 7
Keluar undi – 154
Majoriti – 19

AJK wanita (tanpa tanding):
1- MAZLINDA BINTI ABDUL MALIK
2- ROHAYA BINTI ABDUL SAMAD
3- SANTHA A/P K. MUTHU


http://www.keadilanrakyat.org/bm/keadilan/122-pemilihan-2010/812-senarai-pencalonan-muktamad


Bukit Gelugor PKR Completed Election

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 09:25 AM PDT


GEORGE TOWN: Former Gerakan and MCA assemblyman Lim Boo Chang created an upset when he defeated PKR deputy secretary-general S. Raveentharan to secure the Bukit Gelugor PKR division chief's post.

Lim garnered 309 votes while the incumbent division head Raveentharan received 176 votes.

PKR election Wong Hoy Cheong, who announced the results, said there were 11 spoilt votes.

Despite parading many Penang PKR assemblymen as his supporters, Raveentharan could not outbid Lim, a seasoned politician who has served many posts in Barisan Nasional before joining PKR in 2008.

Despite a heated fight, the two lawyers reconciled after the results were announced.

Lim said he was willing to compromise and forget about the past.

Raveentharan, who is also Batu Uban assemblyman, congratulated Lim and wished him the best.

The division nominated Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for the PKR deputy president post while Datuk Mansor Othman, Nurul Izzah Anwar and Azmin Ali were named for the PKR vice-presidents slots.


http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2010/10/4/north/7154914&sec=North


Reformasi”PKR Stampin Thanksgiving Night at Landeh”

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 09:10 AM PDT

The unusually quiet surroundings of Kampung Landeh at 10th mile Penrissen Road Kuching heard the words coming out from the Federal Territory PKR women's chief  Felicia Ling  as she started her speech shouting "REFORMASI" a number of times.

She was here at the invitation of PKR Stampin Cabang where the Ketua cabang said,"it's a thanksgiving night and also a welcome dinner for the FT Wanita Chief" This is to show also that after the elections we are ready to consolidate and work together as a team. There has been too much bad publicity and this is our way to tell the BN that we are not disunited. 

Felicia Ling mentioned in her address that we have seen leaders like Lim Kheng Yaik and Sammy Vellu already stepping down and its also time for Taib Mahmud to step down or HE TOO will be shipped out. Even the logs {'the pheonomena of the rajang river"} coming downstream are telling him something and is also an indicator. He must realise it before its too late.The crowd listened attentively as she spoke.

Hafsah Harun PKR advisor Sarawak touched on the need to see changes and the people of Sarawak are not going to be fooled anymore.

Also Ketua cabang Betong Stanley said will be ready to face Jabu in the next elections. Ketua Cabang Stampin See Chee How also spoke and thanked everyone for their presence. It was a good turnout of over 100 Stampin cabang members and friends.  

 

At a separate interview with audie61 the PKR Sarawak Information chief said,"we Pakatan Sarawak or PR4 as we call them are ready for BN4. Its only the CM who is playing the "guessing game" If its tomorrow or next year it doesn't matter as the people will know who to vote for.

The deputy ketua of Stampin cabang concurred with See and he mentioned,"Tell BN Sarawak we have been ready since 2008. Its coming to three years and we are more than ready. Is BN scared of us..??



Cerita Rahimi menurut versi peguam

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:51 AM PDT

Masih banyak yang belum diketahui tentang akuan bersumpah Rahimi Osman yang 'penting' itu, antaranya ia didakwa hanya setebal dua hingga tiga halaman sahaja. Setelah bekas pembantu Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim itu tampil mendakwa dipaksa menandatanganinya oleh dua peguam - Latheefa Koya dan Saiful Izham Ramli -- kelmarin, lebih banyak persoalan berbanding jawapan yang timbul. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Old farts syndrome

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:59 AM PDT

General Douglas MacArthur in his farewell speech to a joint US Congressional session in 1951 said the immortalized "… old soldiers never die; they just fade away."

Alas, in Malaysia old politicians obviously haven't heard of them for they not only refuse to fade away but exert their influence in direct proportion to the period of their so-called retirement.

We of course have our Dr Mahathir whose influence is not only considerable but has already deposed one prime minister, his personally nominated successor. His recent ethnocentric politicking has set the current prime minister for a similar fall or at best (for the PM) a discrediting of his new inclusive policies. Making Mukhriz a deputy minister is not good enough. But the deposing can be averted of course if Najib pays strict obedience to his 'advice'.

Dr Mahathir's advice to Najib is very straightforward, to ensure the old NEP favouring the Malays continues. Najib's 1Malaysia has to be correctly translated into 0.65Malays + 0.35Nons, or f* else!

Then there is Lim Keng Yaik, the former president of an already moribund party acting as if he is still the president and merajuking (sulking) in his resignation as the party's advisor (as if this post means anything within the greater scheme of Malaysian politics).

But the internal factional dynamics of this near-dead party have fortutiously provided some pseudo-credence to his posturing and thus some comfort to Lim for whatever secret agenda he has in mind. He's not known as an old fox for nothing. And indeed, as a conciliatory placating gesture, Koh Tsu Koon has appointed Lim as the chair of whatever-council Gerakan has, but apparently an important one within the party as it has the final say in party nominations for elections. As chairman, Lim will be in a position to ensure his supporters are selected as Gerakan election candidates.

As for MIC, I am sure Samy has been encouraged by the antics of his former cabinet colleagues. So I won't be surprised to eventually hear of him, after or IF he retires, doing either a Dr M or a Dr Lim. No wonder Malaysians say a doctor is not good for your (political) health wakakaka.

MCA? Strangely, they don't suffer from the old fart syndrome. Maybe those Chinese Ma Hua people know how to bury their retired leaders well and good. ;-)

But the one who gets the cream in the annoying old codgers brigade has to be a neighbouring old man. He just has to show off how smart he was, and he has done so, by using his eulogy for his just deceased wife to remind us he was a First Class from Cambridge.

But worse than the ego trip, he also poked Malaysia in the eyes, reminding us he has us by our balls because his wife astutely penned in a water-tight (excuse the pun) separation clause to ensure our compulsory supply of water to an annoying neighbour. Of course he also nicely inserted into the praise of his wife's drafting astuteness as being prompted by his personal instruction – would that constitute self praise?

Then ungraciously, he used the eulogy to badmouth the Barisan Socialis. Well, maybe he needed to do this to salve his conscience over the brilliant but unjustly maligned Lim Chin Siong?

But among all these, the one which is annoying for Malaysians is his perpetual need to talk down on us, to show us his cleverness, his superiority, his amazing astuteness – I wonder whether he is overcompensating for something?

Unfortunately unlike Douglas MacArthur, these old farts won't just fade away.


A humble & respectful response to Uncle Zorro

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:33 AM PDT

Sigh. I feel like these are defining times for me.

I feel called to respond to Uncle Zorro's blog post that was written in response to my article.

As you can imagine, in this line of work, I get a lot of criticism. It doesn't bother me too much, and I don't often feel the need to respond much – I strongly believe everyone is entitled to their opinions.

Uncle Zorro is someone I care for and deeply respect however, and more importantly he has struck me as one of the kindest men I know. His opinion can be considered one of the few that matter.

At some point in the post Uncle Zorro asks "So Nat, does John SCWen fit the bill as Grima?"

As I think you can see from my previous post, the answer is clearly a yes. Had circumstances been slightly different, I might not have bothered with codenames at all. TMI is TMI, my blog is my blog.

My long absence from full time work with PKR was mentioned, and truly, 2 years is indeed how long I've been away. I think though I have kept in touch with friends across various spectrums more than many people.

As for the rest of Uncle Zorro's post, I confess I'm really not sure what the comments are supposed to mean, or what I'm supposed to take away from reading them.

Nonetheless, I take all teguran with an open heart.

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At this juncture, allow me to write a little bit about a phenomenon I observe.

A good many activists and writers have completely lost faith and patience in Anwar.

I think most people do not see how much I can sympathise and empathise with this position.

I have seen him too many times in purely Malay audiences – big public and small private ones – to believe that he is the closet racist some say he is and like I wrote, I will always be grateful for the way he came to the police station when I was in the lock up.

That said, I also wrote in my article that many people (both inside and outside the party) are understandably frustrated and impatient (think tearing hair out) at the way the party has been run these last few years in terms of management, structural cohesion, allowing questionable elements in and so on.

That said, I think we must be wary of jumping on the first semi-credible anti-Anwar bandwagon we see.

Tangentially, those in the party who were anti-Azmin were keen to back his challengers – right until the point they saw the appalling campaign Zaid and his team were trying to run.

Some call it speaking truth to power, and that is their right. I have read the statements Zaid has released – both in and between the lines, and I fear that it sounds like a man who has been fed too much poison, too much vanity, by a Wormtongue.

I have singled out Soh in part because of his keen ability to find out what your interests are and manipulate them.

To some, I imagine instead of money he sold a tale of how Zaid was the one who could really put PKR back on the right path – and how if you could just get on board, we could really bring the change we finally want to see in Malaysia.

I'd just as soon buy in to the idea of Najib's 1Malaysia.

It comes down to the trustworthiness and sincerity of the man. We judge a tree by its fruits, and Soh's fruits bear nothing but poison. Tun Ling, Mr. Tiah, Anwar himself – how much longer a list of badly hurt victims do we need?

I think Zaid is a man who has in the past demonstrated great character. At this point of time, I cannot say that I see in him either wisdom or humility. But that is merely my opinion. I could be wrong.

The party and/or the movement does need fixing. Trust me, I'm with you on that one. I'm not here to tell you that Azmin is the one to do it. But I do know I'm not going to support anyone who is consorting with Soh. All of us deserve better than that.

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In any case Uncle Zorro, I continue to respect and look up to you. Please don't put me in your fart chamber :)

I leave the rest of you with what I listened to last night before I slept. Perhaps these are defining times for us all.


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Visit Malaysiakini at Jobstreet fair

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:01 AM PDT

From today until Sunday, Malaysia's top independent news portal Malaysiakini will be taking part in the three-day Jobstreet career fair at the MidValley Exhibition Hall at MidValley City, Kuala Lumpur. The company's booth will feature information about Malaysiakini's unique working environment and the individuals behind the scenes. "We want to show how it is like in the company, that is can be fun and exciting as well," said Malaysiakini human resources manager Gheeta James. After long depending on word-of-mouth and postings on recruitment websites such as Jobstreet, Gheeta said, Malaysiakini decided on its maiden foray into job fairs in order to give the company greater visibility. Story here: www.malaysiakini.com Video montage by Nick Josh Karean
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The fake lawyer 'Ramli Sariman', phone# +60166144965

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:16 AM PDT

Well Malaysians, the fake lawyer 'Ramli Sariman' is still at it, sending me emails so I can get part of a fake inheritance that doesn't exist.  He (and the online scammers are always men) even sent me a faked-up photo shopped MYKAD to 'prove' that his supposedly dying client is real.

I invite all Malaysians and anyone else interested in justice to give this frauster a call.  Lots and lots of calls, at all hours.  Make his mobile ring and ring and do not let him get any rest!


PKR Function at Landeh Kuching,Sarawak

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 03:41 AM PDT

…….Function Starts at 7.00PM audie61 on the way. Check back later..



UMNO Izin Artis Homoseksual Beraksi di Malaysia?

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:14 AM PDT

NOTA: UMNO izin artis homoseks beraksi di Malaysia tapi pada waktu yang sama berusaha sedaya upaya memfitnah Anwar Ibrahim sebagai seorang homoseksual.

Lihat catatan berkenaan Adam Lambert di Wikipedia:

In November, Lambert performed "For Your Entertainment" at the American Music Awards of 2009. The performance showed Lambert kissing a male keyboardist, grinding a dancer's head against his pelvis, and grabbing the crotch of another. Lambert told Rolling Stone magazine, "Female performers have been doing this for years—pushing the envelope about sexuality—and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people's eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I'm not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom."[53] In response to his performance, the Parents Television Council, a conservative decency campaigning group,[54] urged viewers to complain to the FCC.[55] The performance, at the end of the show, was broadcast "outside the FCC's usual 6am-10pm time frame prohibiting the broadcast of indecent material".[56] ABC received about 1,500 telephoned complaints and announced he would not perform on Good Morning America on November 25 as planned.[57][58] CBS subsequently invited Lambert to perform instead on The Early Show, on the same date in New York City.[59]


Bantah konsert Adam Lambert
Dzulfikar Mashoor
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Okt:
PAS yakin rakyat sedia membantah rancangan terbaru kerajaan mengizinkan Konsert Adam Lambert yang dijadualkan pada 14 Oktober ini.

Pengerusi Lajnah Kebudayaan dan Kesenian PAS Pusat, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad berkata demikian kerana rakyat umumnya masih mempertahankan dunia hiburan yang baik, iaitu berpaksi pada adat ketimuran dan agama.

"Saya yakin rakyat sependapat dengan PAS iaitu hiburan adalah tuntutan naluri manusia dengan ada tatasusila ketimurannya dan tidak menyimpang dari norma-norma agama di Malaysia," ujarnya.

Katanya, kalau budaya cium pemain keyboard lelaki, beraksi lucah antara penari lelaki yang lain yang digayakan oleh penyanyi gay itu yang mahu dibawa ke negara ini diyakini rakyat menolaknya.

Menurut beliau, sepatutnya Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan (KPKK) dan Agensi Pusat Permohonan Penggambaran Filem dan Artis Luar Negara (Puspal) tidak semberono bersetuju membawa artis gay tersebut ke tanah air.

Ini kerana, katanya artis tersebut sebenarnya dikecam hebat oleh dunia apabila melakukan beberapa adegan kontroversi di pentas Anugerah Award Amerika sebelum ini.

Ekoran itu, beliau berkata, rancangan televisyen Good Morning America terbitan ABC di Amerika Syarikat membatalkan penampilan Adam di udara kerana menolak budaya liar penyanyi gay itu.

"Gaya hidup Amerika yang selalu kita anggap bebas pun menolak semua ini, mengapa kita (kerajaan) yang selalu mengaku kitalah Islam tidak belajar semua ini," soalnya.

Baginya, kerajaan sepatutnya mengambil berat soal menjempu selebriti asing memandangkan KPKK serta Puspal Mei lalu telahpun ditegur apabila membenarkan penyanyi lucah Pitbull mengadakan persembahan di negara ini.

"Kerajaan seakan tidak kisah semua ini kerana selepas Konsert Pitbull dibantah 15 Mei lalu pun, kerajaan nampaknya masih memberi kelulusan pada syarikat yang sama untuk menjemput Adam Lambert," ujarnya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor mengajak rakyat khususnya penggiat seni dan penghibur tanah air supaya membantu PAS untuk mempertahankan jati diri dunia hiburan tempatan daripada terus tercemar oleh anasir-anasir luar.



Umno quelling NEM worries among members

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 01:58 AM PDT

As initial worries about the New Economic Model grew into mounting fear that the plan "will erode Malay rights", Umno elders have been moving to quell anxieties among their own party members. Teams have been deployed to "explain" the virtues of the NEM to the members, party secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said. In this third part of an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini, he also defended the model, saying it was only a matter of time before it became universally accepted by Umno's three million members. It is no secret that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has been battling hardline Malay sentiments over his brainchild. malaysiakini.com
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Putrajaya vs Meluaskan Jangkauan LRT

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 01:26 AM PDT

SAya hairan melihat kota London. Pusat pentadbiran kerajaan England yang bernama Westminster telah berada di situ selama lebih seribu tahun. Malahan, rata-rata seluruh Eropah, pusat pentadbiran mereka berada di tengah-tengah metropolitan.

Apa yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan2 Eropah ini adalah membina sistem pengangkutan awam yang efisyen dan pantas.

Kos membina Putrajaya, mengikut jawapan Perdana Menteri, adalah sekitar RM RM11,831 juta. Di samping itu, banyak lagi yang belum dipindah ke Putrajaya i.e. Istana Negara, kedutaan-kedutaan asing, Parlimen, kediaman-kediaman rasmi para duta dan banyak lagi.

Ini juga tidak termasuk kos operasi yang ditanggung 100% oleh Kerajaan Malaysia kerana Putrajaya terletak di bawah Perbadanan Putrajaya dan bukannya di bawah sebuah kerajaan tempatan. Rakyat di Putrajaya (yang tidak seberapa itu) tidak membayar cukai. Maka, wang untuk pentadbiran datang 100% dari kerajaan Pusat.

Pada waktu yang sama, setelah wujudnya Putrajaya, bilangan pejabat-pejabat yang kosong dan tidak disewa bertambah. Malahan, dianggarkan sekitar 50% bilangan pejabat di Kuala Lumpur kosong dan tiada penyewa lima tahun lepas.

Sekiranya kedutaan2 asing berpindah ke Putrajaya, apa akan jadi kepada bangunan-bangunan yang sedia ada di Malaysia? Misalnya, Kedutaan Arab Saudi sekarang ini berpusat di Wisma Chinese Chambers of Commerce. Sekiranya mereka berpindah, siapa yang akan menyewa ruang kosong itu? Ertinya, ramai lagilah orang yang akan kehilangan kerja.

Bukankah lebih baik dan bijak, RM11++billion digunakan untuk membina LEBIH BANYAK stesen LRT di Kuala Lumpur. Terlanjur itu, panjangkan KL Monorial untuk masuk ke dalam KL Sentral. Ini tidak, rakyat Malaysia terpaksa berjalan melintas jalan Bricksfield untuk menukar ke sistem keretapi yang lain.

Terbukti di negara Eropah apabila ada sistem pengangkutan awam yang efisyen dan pantas, masalah kesesakan lalulintas terhapus. Rakyat akan lebih suka menaiki sistem keretapi LRT dari memandu terutama apabila pergi ke tempat kerja.

Tetapi UMNO dan Dr Mahathir lebih suka membazir wang rakyat di atas projek2 yang tidak berguna seperti Putrajaya, PROTON, PKFZ,KLCC, F1, KLIA dsbnya. Bila buat jalan pun dikenakan tol ke atas rakyat.

Hasilnya, yang untung adalah kroni dan UMNOPUTRA sebab tanah Putrajaya dan KLIA sudah siap dibeli kroni2 UMNO terlebih dahulu sebelum dimajukan. Tak caya, tanyalah Mike Tyson.

Dengan kata lain, UMNO tidak pernah memikirkan nasib rakyat. Mereka cuma kesah pasal kebajikan kroni mereka sahaja. Di buat projek-projek pembangunan semata-mata untuk mengkayakan kroni.

Projek pengangkutan awam ini projek yang TIDAK MENGUNTUNGKAN KRONI. Serata dunia, sistem pengangkutan awam semuanya terletak di dalam tangan kerajaan negara masing-masing. Maka, projek seperti ini tidak dihiraukan oleh UMNO kerana untungnya sikit sangat.

PAda waktu yang sama, perbelanjaan untuk MEGAPROJEK di Malaysia adalah seperti berikut:

Koridor utara : RM17.5 billion
Koridor timur : RM112 billion
Wilayah iskandar :RM47 billion
Koridor sabah :105 billion
Koridor Serawak :107 billion


Juga, kerajaan yang sama merintih dan mengomel kerana bayaran subsidi minyak sahaja mencecah RM17.1 billion (pada tahun 2006)

Sekiranya UMNO membina sistem pengangkutan awam yang efisyen sedari mula, saya jamin Kerajaan Malaysia tidak perlu membayar subsidi sebegitu tinggi.

Yang hairannya, ada pula duit untuk buat mega projek seperti di atas.

Tulang Besi


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Analysing the PKR Trojan Horses in Depth & Detail

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 11:41 PM PDT

So, I've written three articles on PKR lately, the first being:

iPhone 4, PKR, Trojan horses

the second:

PKR Part 1: Michael vs Sonny Corleone

and the third reproduced here:

PKR Part 2: Wormtongue

"An archetypal sycophant, flatterer, liar, and manipulator."

That's how Wikipedia describes the character of Grima Wormtongue from The Lord of the Rings, and I must regretfully say that there is one of the (hidden) lords of PKR that probably fits that description painfully aptly.

In my follow-up to yesterday's article, I have been advised not to name names, so it will have to be the shortened "GrimaWormTongue" (GWT — three letters, like initials in a Chinese name) from here on when referring to the actual man, and "Wormtongue" when referring to the fictional character.

Nonetheless, it will become clear that I am targeting those seen to be aligned to the camp of Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. The sad truth is that I will probably be henceforth labelled anti-Zaid and, probably, pro-Azmin, when the truth is that, strictly speaking, I am neither in particular.

I have good friends aligned to each of the candidates, and I have been hesitant to write anything that may jeopardize those friendships. That said, I think it will be remiss of us to let the activities of GWT and gang continue unscrutinised.

At present, I'm not sure if any of the leaders in the party inspire my unreserved support, so I can't commit to saying I'm a huge fan of one candidate or another (for pay, I'll happily run a campaign though!). I do know, however, that there are elements I would unreservedly want to keep out of the party. Too much is at stake, and already too much rot creeps slowly but surely to our core.

I apologise in advance to all I might offend.

Wormtongue's victims

A comrade I greatly respect likened the so-called Trojan Horses in PKR to Evelyn Salt, as played by Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's sex bomb. I think the GWT in real life more closely resembles the pale, oiled Wormtongue of the film.

Wormtongue was a secret agent of the evil Saruman, whose great accomplishment was succeeding in poisoning the once great king Theoden of Rohan both figuratively and (some say) literally.

Following Wormtongue's twisted advice, Theoden retreated from battles where he should have attacked, began distrusting his most loyal kin and commanders, and brought Rohan to the brink of ruin. This, of course, was all part of Wormtongue's plan to pave the way for Saruman to easily invade a weakened Rohan.

In exactly the same way, at the rate GWT is advising Zaid, I think it is a mere matter of time before either Zaid or PKR itself is overrun by his/its enemies.

Zaid would do well to take heed of the lessons learnt by those who have gone before him. GWT's list of victims — people who have had their entire fortunes ruined by his manipulations — include former presidents of BN component parties (Tuns, no less), tycoons and captains of industry, and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim himself.

Indeed, GWT puts me in the mind of someone who quietly poisons and corrupts everything he touches. Or perhaps more accurately, his victims put me in the mind of King Midas — the man who found out too late that someone giving him the ability to turn everything he touched to gold was very much more a curse than a blessing.

As a financial mover and shaker who has deeply internalised the principle that "you should never risk your own money", it is said that during Malaysia's financial crisis, GWT's conniving singlehandedly broke decades-old codes and systems based on trust and honour among stockbrokers and bankers. This man was so smooth, so slick, and so without equal that an associate once remarked about him: "There is only one real businessman in this town."

Infiltration

GWT came back from exile abroad to face charges of abetting insider trading, miraculously escaped any jail time or fines that can be considered serious for a man of his financial standing, and even more miraculously, found himself in bed with the Opposition.

Bit by bit, GWT insinuated himself into the top leadership of the party, including Anwar Ibrahim. The most apparent practical changes that were made were when a new set of GWT-aligned people came to occupy key positions in the party secretariat — notably the secretary-general and the newly-created position of communications chief.

The latter position generated some puzzlement amongst all of us, as the party already had an information chief. When asked what the difference between these two portfolios was, no one — including the two chiefs themselves — seemed to really know. It seemed an effort to sideline some players and factions without actually replacing them.

PKR, I can't help but confess, has a penchant for creating positions willy-nilly as we go along, and it often feels like no one takes their official designation all too seriously. Personalities seem to run the show more than formal designates or titled roles.

Around this time, a key GWT lieutenant, whom I shall (ironically?) call the Lord Admiral (technically it's Admiral Lord but nevermind. Also the individual in question does *not* look like this) was part of a takeover of Suara Keadilan — then run by cartoonist Zunar and a team aligned to ex-information chief Tian Chua.

The Lord Admiral (once a friend, now sadly out of touch) and friends have long charged that they can do a better communications job than the streetfighting rabble-rousing reformists ("Good enough to put up flags I suppose, but they should realise their limitations"), and eventually persuaded the party leadership to hand over the reins for Suara Keadilan.

I can't say I thought the previous Suara Keadilan was perfect, but it soon thereafter went from a popular — if perhaps sometimes overly sensationalist — tabloid, to a currently almost non-existent one (when was the last time you saw or was interested in a copy?)

Bit by bit, the house of cards started to fall — a process which culminated in the resignation of the secretary-general (the first act of treason that I actually felt personally) and more recently, a change in communications chiefs.

With that, the removal of GWT's "men" from headquarters appears to be complete (to be replaced by long-time Anwar loyalists), and it seems quite clear that GWT himself has been pushed away from Anwar's circle of influence.

Zaid likes to say that what could possibly be wrong with being friends with an ex-friend of Anwar's, while forgetting that "ex-friends" of Anwar's include Saiful Bukhari, Ezam Nor, and now, Rahimi Osman.

For all his faults in admitting Wormtongue as his counsel in the first place, Theoden eventually came to recognise treachery — giving us that very satisfying scene where the manipulator is thrown down the stairs. Some of GWT's victims have done this, while others linger on in unseeing poison.

The question is, where did GWT drift to after Anwar? Men of his type are never far off from slipping into bed with a new victim.

An exterior analysis would suggest that he found himself a willing new patron in Zaid Ibrahim.

Media

In contending that GWT is doing Zaid more harm than good, let's begin by examining the media campaign that Zaid is running.

For more than a while now, many of us have watched with great dismay the antics of one recently-established online news portal (we'll need a codename here, too. Since we already have GWT, let's call them FWT). I know a good many of the great journalists working with that organisation, but I can no longer sit still regarding their overall editorial content and slant, or about their most prolific journalist, the anonymous Mr "FWT Staff" himself.

Let's not pull punches here, almost every single article on PKR within FWT has either been to promote Zaid, belittle his opponents, or belittle the party. It is blatant, mean spirited spin on exactly the same level as Utusan Malaysia.

I honestly think the website does more of a terrible disservice to Zaid than anything else. Reading articles on him on FWT, he comes across as impatiently ambitious, unconcerned about building consensus, and ever-ready to hit out at fellow party members. I sincerely feel that Zaid has indescribably more to offer than this level of lowbrow politics.

The same boat

I have no problem with people criticising PKR. God knows there's tonnes to criticise, and people like me — who generally have to bear the actual burden of association — probably do the most of it (admittedly, more in private).

There are certain gentlemanly standards I believe one should adhere to, however. I think everyone has the right to challenge and criticise Anwar or any other party leader. The approach FWT has recently been taking, however, puts me in mind of a quote from one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, in the most excellent book The Fifth Elephant:

"… We are all floating in the same boat. We may certainly try to push one another over the side, but only a maniac would make a hole in the bottom."

I detest yes-men and blind loyalty as much as the next guy, and agree that perhaps some candidates for office have it in excessive quantities, but FWT and Zaid's other statements seem only to have succeeded in portraying him as someone willing to scuttle said boat to get his way.

It must be said though that instead of giving the FWT-led campaign enough rope to hang itself, opponents of Zaid have sadly decided to co-opt another online portal as their own FWT. While it devotes considerably less of its time to politicking, it has shown a clear disposition to an anti-Zaid and sometimes pro-Azmin editorial slant itself.

This state of affairs is a shameful one. The last thing we need as a party is proof that should we come to power, we will have our own Utusan, NST and Star — and that is exactly the filthy tradition we seem to be following in.

I do not know much about the ownership of the other wesbite, which seems to have at most a handful of writers, but the FWT operation is huge financially (and I think we all know news websites don't make money in Malaysia), and can say with some confidence that all the clues — including an aura of the Lord Admiral — point to a GWT-orchestrated operation.

Smokescreen of support

Of course, GWT and men know that they need to build a cartel of support to make Zaid look credible.

Within a day of vice president Lee Boon Chye making a statement critical of Zaid, three statements of support were released respectively by YBs Gobalakrishnan, Manickavasagam (Mike) and Jeffrey Kitingan.

There would be nothing wrong with this except for a few facts.

Firstly, as some of the observant among us have noted, the emails these statements were sent from — jeffreykitingan.pkr@gmail.com, manikavasagam.pkr@gmail.com, and gobala.pkr@gmail.com — as well as the formatting used for the statements themselves all follow a uniform formatting.

Having done party work, I know for a fact that those are not the emails those gentlemen usually use (two of them already have their own GMail accounts).

If you read the actual statements, you notice striking stylistic and linguistic similarities — again suggesting they might have been written by one person. Not only that, if you know the actual gentlemen involved, it's hard to imagine them speaking or writing using the words and language contained in the statements — there is a stylistic mismatch.

I cannot help but admit that I feel the hand of the Lord Admiral, and the rest of their trusty sailors have taken it upon themselves to represent and put words in the mouths of anyone who wants to take a swing at Azmin.

Friends of the Zaid campaign seem to now also include some prominent bloggers who have sterling reputations for objectivity and integrity. I unhesitatingly call these men my friends and comrades, and it saddens me to occasionally see them take a line that sounds to my imperfect ears like it is part of a planned media strategy — and one that involves some serious bad-mouthing of others.

I understand and respect a lingering dissatisfaction with Anwar's leadership. We could write another three articles on this subject alone, and I believe in the need for more discourse and alternatives. However, in the same way that we cannot invariably praise Pakatan blindly out of desperation to replace BN, we cannot latch on to the first semi-credible alternative to Anwar without regard to bigger pictures.

I also understand and respect the rights of these bloggers to believe that Zaid's personal philosophies jive quite closely with theirs, but I hope they are aware of the nature of the company they keep and avoid letting themselves be used unwittingly or seeing only one side of the coin. They, too, are much better than that.

John — The Devil's Advocate

This brings me to give credit where it is due — I am impressed by GWT's amazing Wormtongue-like ability to manipulate, persuade, insinuate, charm, tempt and convert. In this, and in keeping with my Al Pacino comparisons from Part 1, he reminds me eminently of the character John Milton from "The Devil's Advocate" (alternatively: Desire of the Endless, in Neil Gaiman's Sandman).

Pacino's Milton is an impeccably suave and charming master of many things; of temptation, of knowing exactly what your weaknesses and desires are, and most importantly, of how to ply them to his advantage — dangling just the right carrots in just the right way. All while being completely devoid of devotion to any principle beyond personal gain.

In the case of Zaid, I imagine this amalgamation of Wormtongue and Milton whispering into his ear things like "Oh, don't you think you'd make such a better leader? Someone who could do things right for a change? You should do it for the rakyat — they are the ones who really matter."

The last line in "The Devil's Advocate" runs "Vanity… definitely my favourite sin."

Most of the time, though, for the rest money does the trick. In an industry where proper transparent financing that is commensurate with what leaders deserve is as rare as general greed is prevalent, the pressure bears down heavily on scrupulous and unscrupulous alike. I can tell you from personal experience that sometimes, those carrots look pretty damn good (although I myself would inspect any carrot of GWT's to check for hollow centres or attempted forgery, like those plastic fruits and vegetables).

Saruman and the money trail

As I wrote earlier, a man like GWT never uses his own money. I can't imagine how much Zaid's he has already spent.

I get the impression GWT is very much more an agent who has developed a reputation for being someone well qualified to do dirty work on the sly than a mastermind with any real agenda of his own (beyond perhaps, self enrichment). Like any good arms dealer, he realises that he stands to make the most by selling to both sides (I'm thinking about that movie, "Lord of War").

After all, was Wormtongue nothing more than a servant to Saruman, who in turn served the dark lord Sauron?

In this analogy, a few Umno Tuns have been bandied about, men of considerable means who perhaps fear more than any other an ascendancy of Anwar to the prime minister's office (one particular trail points to a suspicious Singapore business deal between one Tun and GWT).

I cannot provide any certainty one way or another on this particular front however — once the money goes beyond a certain number of zeros, the details and secrets tend to be beyond peons like me. Such personae do, however, fit the "maximum collateral damage to PKR" theory I alluded to earlier.

I suppose one could stretch this conspiracy even further to suggest Anwar sent GWT to secretly undermine Zaid, but taking things that far makes my already dizzy head spin.

Democracy, Jekyll and Hyde

It's exhausting and on the whole depressing to write about these things. Churchill's "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others" is a constant companion in these times.

That said, I will give PKR credit for being committed to ideals of what a democracy should be. The bold step of direct voting threatens all those in power, and opens the door to all sorts of undue influences (and I do mean all sorts). Perhaps this is exactly the diffused (divide and rule?) scenario some top leaders were looking for. Regardless, it is for now the only way to walk the talk when it comes to the true essence of democracy: one person, one vote.

These elections have been the focus of burning and loud scrutiny. Somewhat tragically, the most noise seems to come from people who can't vote in them.

I fully respect everyone's right to not want to be in a political party (who would want to, after reading an article like this?), but in the same way that non-voters can hardly complain about the government they get, I hope this experience at least raises the suggestion to concerned members of the public that they can't have it both ways.

I read with some interest an article by my good friend Dr Azmi Sharom comparing PKR to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In response, I would have us remember that Jekyll and Hyde are in fact the same person — a person constantly struggling with the duality of his nature. His friends were unable to help much to shape the course of Jekyll's fate, he had only himself to rely on. If there are not enough Jekyll's in any party, how can they expect to hold off the onslaught of Hydes who are willing to do much worse to wrest power?

The most effective way to influence any party is to be a voting force within it (if not in this organisation, at least in some other that will contest seats — although this is not rocket science I am alluding to). For all our well-intended wishes and moral exhortations, politicians the world over sadly pay no attention to people who do not vote.

I personally believe that longer-term political solutions for Malaysia (and elsewhere) lie in rather radical structural change, but the last thing this overly-long article needs right now is more ideas.

I cannot say for sure what the underlying nature of PKR is, given this new power that has been handed to its members, but I think we will get a clearer picture when the voting is done. More than ever before in Malaysia and in many other places, it is the individuals who have been willing to put their names down as members who will answer that question in the coming weeks.

I have thus given my view — I cannot guarantee that it has been accurate, only that it has been long considered, and sincerely meant. The best way to test the objectivity of any opinion, is to search for the motives of s/he that gives it — and that, I leave to you.

I hope that with some luck, these few words will do more good than harm in the long run.


Mr PM, are you in the somniloquy mode?

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 02:36 PM PDT

From Richard, via e-mail

The Prime Minister is offering Malaysia as an example to the western world for its Islamic credential and racial harmony. I guess President Obama was sucked in by the PM's somniloquy.

While in Brussels, the PM talked about his Malaysia's Talent Corporation planning to woo home Malaysian professionals abroad. Yet another corporation? That means more of your money is going down the drain - my guesstimation is that at least RM20 to 30 million will be needed to operate this corporation. Note that the PM's habit is to shout out loud overseas and not at home.

At his own home country, the problems are piling up everyday, be it religious, racial or political issues that are so serious and damaging. Yet the PM is closing both his eyes and ears to the time bomb that is about to explode.

The PM can only talk, and mind you, he is such a good talker, which I can say that one can only do it while in a somniloquy mode.

[Wiki's explanation: Somniloquy or sleep-talking is a parasomnia that refers to talking aloud in one's sleep. It can be quite loud, ranging from simple sounds to long speeches, and can occur many times during sleep. Listeners may or may not be able to understand what the person is saying.]


Reformis kesal kenyataan timbalan presiden

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 02:35 PM PDT

Dari salam reformasi, via e-mail

Merujuk kepada kenyataan Timbalan Presiden PKR Senator Dr Syed Husain Ali bahawa kumpulan yang mengganggu sidang media bekas pembantu Anwar Ibrahim, Rahimi Osman, bukan ahli PKR dan diupah sendiri oleh Rahimi Osman.

Aktivis Reformasi tampil untuk membantu YB Senator Timbalan Presiden untuk mengenal pasti kumpulan yang dimaksudkan. Antara yang bersama kumpulan tersebut adalah:

1. Sdr Puspa seorang ahli dan aktivis parti yang telah berjuang sejak 1998.

2. Sdr Rama aktivis parti dari cabang Lembah Pantai yang juga pernah menyumbang satu unit penghawa dingin kepada pejabat Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai.

3. Sdr Krisnasamy, mantan Timbalan Pengerusi PKR Klang.

Aktivis berasa teramat kesal terhadap kenyataan YB Senator Timbalan Presiden yang tidak mengenali ahli dan aktivis parti yang telah banyak memberi sumbangan serta berjuang semenjak 1998.

Tindakan YB Senator menafikan keahlian dan penglibatan kumpulan ini di dalam parti telah mengecilkan hati banyak pihak.

Aktivis reformasi dan ahli-ahli parti memohon kepada pucuk pimpinan PKR agar penafian seperti ini tidak berulang lagi.

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Good leaders are not greedy for power

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 02:34 PM PDT

From Uthayasoorian Shanmugam, via-facebook

Current politics are missing the necessary ethics. For me politics is 'holy' because politicians have a responsibility to serve the people and the country.

This is a prestigious responsibility for the politicians. Aristotle said politics are 'mother of every knowledge'.

Sadly the present bunch are greedy for 'power' and 'position'. They have forgotten the holiness of politics.

How Mahatma Gandhi struggled for his people and country? The present day politicians should review how his philosophy of 'ahimsa' (non-violence) worked in championing his leadership.

Being greedy for power and position is discouraged in politics. These do not create good leaders.

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Azmin in 'phone plot to topple Khalid'



YB, please visit our Chinese temple

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 02:32 PM PDT

From Eric Wong, via-facebook

YB Teo is most welcomed to our Chinese temple anytime.

She just need to dress appropriately. Nobody will usually tell her off. Remember - God is watching your words and actions.

Gestures and invitations are usual. Just be careful of the human intention. Sometimes we must be smart, bite our teeth and say no to some invitations if you know what I mean. Go figure.

Religion is nothing else but love to God and man. Nothing in human life, least of all in religion, is ever right until it is beautiful.

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