- PKR – Percubaan mendemokrasikan diri?
- Khalid still keeps 'em guessing
- Koh will not add on to his earlier statement
- DPM: RPK has been working with me and Tun Mahathir his threat indicates waning confidence in PKR, ALL NITELONG
- Hilarious racist experience ...trust me it is
- RPK won't leave Anwar & Gang laaar...!
- Hindus farcical ‘secular fabric’ of India shattered by Ayodhya’s verdict
- The Life Story Of A 100 Ringgit Note - By Richard Loh.
- 蔡細歷：讓不愉快事成歷史 馬華大會不談黨爭
- PKR's immature childish leader?
- Minister can overrule Port Klang Authority decisions
- Chua: Warts are showing
- my press statement on Gerakan
- FROM BRAIN DRAIN TO BRAIN GAIN? NAH!
- A case of 1st class infrastructure with 3rd class service
- PKR, DAP, stop building castle in the air
- Put your house in order PKR
- PKR must appreciate and respect new members
- A disservice to the young Tamils from Jaffna
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 07:00 AM PDT
Oleh Hishamuddin Rais
KOMEN Saya memerhatikan dengan penuh teliti apa yang sedang cuba dilakukan oleh Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Apa yang saya maksudkan ialah percubaan PKR untuk membawa dan merayakan demokrasi kepada semua ahli-ahlinya melalui satu ahli satu undi.
Sekali imbas kelihatan ianya amat radikal. Radikal dalam konteks kewujudan demokrasi di Malaysia. Untuk pertama kalinya ahli parti PKR membolehkan diri mereka memilih ketua pimpinan dari ranting, cabang hingga ke pucuk pimpinan pusat. Memang radikal.
Sistem satu undi untuk satu ahli ini menjadi beban yang mahal. Dengan mensenaraikan nama sebagai calon dan berharap akan dipilih adalah kerja politik gila. Bakal calon wajib menonjol diri dengan berkempen. Berkempen di seluruh Malaysia belanjanya bukan kecik anak. Malah untuk dipilih menjadi ketua cabang juga memerlukan dana.
Untuk kaum pemodal dan orang kaya-kaya dana yang dihulurkan kepada orang politik ini adalah perlaburan masa deapan mereka. Kaum pemodal – dalam sistem ekonomi kapitalis – akan menaja sesiapa sahaja untuk memastikan lurah peniagaan mereka tidak dihalang..
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 11:36 AM PDT
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No one knows how to misgovern better than those who rule over us. None of our problems are all that difficult to resolve. They look complex because they are tangled in self serving politics. Cut out the silly politics and they can be solved by a half wit. Contrary to all the rubbish we read, India's actually an easy nation to govern. Our people are simple, trusting, ready to listen. Till you push them to the very edge. But who will they listen to? The people who rule us are mostly venal and self serving; they are more busy sharing the spoils of office than running India. That's the problem.
The last week proved, yet again, how short our memory is. Everything heals, everything changes with time. Even the biggest traumas are wiped out by new events and, sometimes, even new traumas. So much so that what obsessed us just a couple of years or months or even weeks back is so suddenly erased from our consciousness that it looks like the entire nation has struck the delete button at the same time. Sometimes it's sad. But often it's great. It shows us that Malaysia has really taken RPK to heart and can leave behind its anger, outrage, rancour and move on. I guess that's why we are such a great nation.No one knows how to misgovern better than those who rule over us. None of our problems are all that difficult to resolve. They look complex because they are tangled in self serving politics. Cut out the silly politics and they can be solved by a half wit. Contrary to all the rubbish we read,Malaysia's actually an easy nation to govern. Our people are simple, trusting, ready to listen. Till you push them to the very edge. But who will they listen to? The people who rule us are mostly venal and self serving; they are more busy sharing the spoils of office than running India. That's the problem.Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of the Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition, Brussels, September 28, 2010
Islam And Democracy Are Destined to Coincide
"So the truth is that the assault on freedom and democracy is not from Islam, though the bulk of the perpetrators are Muslims. Indonesia and Turkey have demonstrated that democracy is not only acceptable but essential to Islam and that the enemy of Islam is not democracy but injustice, corruption, tyranny and greed".–Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition.
First and foremost, there is essentially no problem in terms of compatibility, not a foundational problem at least that would make it impossible for a country with a majority of Muslims to be governed according to the requirements of a constitutional democracy. In other words, the notion of Islam being diametrically opposed to democracy and its principles is a fallacy.
Islam enjoins the faithful to uphold equality, justice, and human dignity. If violence and terror are being spread by Muslims in the name of Islam then it is an aberration reflective of such people and the focus should rightly be on the underlying causes of such actions, not Islam. Blaming Islam won't solve the problem as long as the underlying causes are not addressed and resolved.
But detractors say that Islam not only condones but urges the faithful to commit acts of violence in the name of jihad. This is nonsense. But they cite chapter and verse to support this view. Yes, but it is only by extreme distorting of the textual interpretation. On the contrary, the truth is that Islam prohibits violence and terror by virtue of the principles of moderation and the protection of life, limb and property.
This is subsumed under the doctrine of the maqasid al-Shari'ah, a most crucial and significant tool for the progress of Muslim societies, a tool which unfortunately has been much ignored. By virtue of this doctrine for example, jihad is a call to the faithful to fulfill the tenets of the religion by doing good and averting evil, establishing justice, promoting charity and helping the weak and the marginalized. It is not a battle cry for war, let alone one to justify mayhem and murder. Above all, jihad enjoins Muslims to maintain peace and harmony and safeguard the sanctity of life and property. These are ideals completely in consonance with the dictates of democracy.
But what about this incarceration/liberation dichotomy? The answer lies in debunking the school of ideological rigidity which is largely responsible for making the religion very rigid and exclusive. The fact is that Islam is amenable to adapting to modern times with its defining feature being its inclusive nature. Empirically, we know that Islam in Southeast Asia is a case in point. So is Turkey though the same may not be said about the Islam of the Middle East but that ought to be seen in the context of the geopolitical situation there.
The modernity of Islam in Southeast Asia is reflected for instance in the adoption of the principles of freedom and democracy for the establishment of an independent state. In this regard, the region's transition to democracy debunks the notion of incompatibility between Islam and democracy.
As for equating Islam with intolerance and violence, that again finds no basis in reality. Muslim rule for centuries in Spain remains in the history books as clear testimony to the tolerance and spirit of convivencia among Muslims, Christians and Jews. In Southeast Asia, traders and Sufis spread the religion through their accommodative style of proselytizing which attracted adherents who have also kept some significant aspects of their pre-Islamic cultures. This explains why multi-cultural and multi-religious societies evolved in Muslim majority countries.
Today, those who call for violence and terror in the name of jihad can find little traction for their brand of Islam. A case in point is Indonesia two elections back when the people overwhelmingly rejected the radicals who rode on the jihad ticket. This is significant in debunking the notion that democracy in a Muslim majority nation can be easily hijacked by extremists and radicals.
Turkey is a fine example of what a Muslim nation can achieve if its leaders remain steadfast in observing the basic tenets of Islamic statecraft: modernist, moderate, progressive and tolerant with justice and the rule of law as a motto for governance. The recent referendum of the Turkish people in favor of fundamental constitutional changes to further strengthen democracy speaks volumes. In this regard, Turkey's leaders stand in sharp contrast to the autocrats and dictators in some other Muslim countries who continue to deny the people democracy by raising the hijacking by extremists' spectre.
The question arises as to whether there has been any real progress in political reform in the Muslim world apart from Turkey and Indonesia? Isn't it true that certain states continue to be under one-man or one-party rule despite the trappings of reform? And even though certain states appear to moving on the path to real democracy, the rhetoric often exceeds the reality. There must therefore be greater resolve for Muslim countries to embrace constitutional democracy and translate that into reality: hold free and fair elections, ensure the separation of powers and guarantee fundamental civil liberties including allowing the full participation of women in political life. Vindictive prosecutions, arbitrary arrests, and the use of the state apparatus to silence political dissent must be a thing of the past. Unless and until such reforms are in place, the convergence of Islam and democracy will only be a mirage.
As for the process of democratization itself, there is the troubling question of the real intention of certain Western powers. You cannot turn a blind eye to blatant human rights violations in some countries and condemn these practices in others. You cannot say to one country, give us your support in this current war we're waging, and we won't interfere in your administration. The "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" diplomacy may be good realpolitik but it is a betrayal of the cause of democracy and freedom.
Unfortunately, however, it is partly because of this hypocritical approach to democratization that we still see many Muslim societies languishing under sham democracies. These are governments with the trappings of democracy but are in fact masquerades perpetuating injustice, human rights abuses and corruption. These 'democracies' employ the entire state apparatus and exploit the people's hard earned money to promote their personal and vested interests. They plunder the state coffers, parcel out vast tracts of prime commercial land to relatives and cronies, and expropriate millions of hectares of virgin forests transforming them into wasteland.
So, the truth is that the assault on freedom and democracy is not from Islam, though the bulk of the perpetrators are Muslims. Indonesia and Turkey have demonstrated that democracy is not only acceptable but essential to Islam and that the enemy of Islam is not democracy but injustice, corruption, tyranny and greed. Indeed, freedom and democracy is part and parcel of the self-evident truths that would set mankind apart from the rest of God's creatures.
The real issue is not whether Islam and democracy are destined to coincide but whether those in power in Muslim majority countries will uphold freedom and democracy, respect the rule of law and fulfil their duties to the people. If that doesn't happen then it is incumbent on us to make it happen. And that is a cause worth fighting for.
Muhyiddin's sincerity"I'm sure PAS is (a) forgiving party can't continue to perpetuate crimes and injustices," added Anwar.
At a press conference after speaking at a PKR function in Shah Alam today,Anwar said Muhyiddin had inadvertedly admitted that UMNO had been "cruel and repressive" during the episode in the 1970s.
"They asked for forgiveness, and then, they repeat the same thing (power grab) in Perak. Next year, they will ask for forgiveness for what happened in Perak," he told reporters after delivering a speech at the PKR function in Shah Alam today.
He said that though he does not doubt Muhyiddin's sincerity, he said any calls for forgiveness should be backed by actions, such as not abusing the courts, police and Attorney-General Chambers against dissidents. "I'm sure PAS is (a) forgiving party. But you can't continue to perpetuate crimes and injustices," added Anwar.
When Anwar made his statement on Saturday, he correctly predicted that the paper would put spin on it. The very next day, as anticipated, its article 'Anwar melampau' appeared, whereUtusan solicited a reaction from maverick politician Ibrahim Ali, among others.
Ibrahim, also Perkasa (an NGO) president, obliged by denouncing Anwar as a man willing to cast aside his own race for the sake of political survival.
But as Anwar rightly points out, other former communist leaders such as ex-MCP chairman Musa Ahmad, and prominent guerrillas like Shamsiah Fakeh and Rashid Maidin have been permitted return. So why persist in waving the race card at Chin Peng?
Communism is an ideology that transcends skin colour; there are communists in Cuba, in Nepal;West Bengal has the longest serving democratically elected communist state government in the world. Internationally,
Oh yes, please also keep those kerises sheathed!
Instead of wasting time and effort in chasing the mirage of Malay 'unity' and in the process unnecessarily alienating others, Malay leaders should focus on the more difficult and critical problem of enhancing Malay competitiveness. This problem cannot be solved simply by shouting slogans of Malay unity or Ketuanan Melayu. Instead we need leaders who are smart, competent, diligent, and above all, not corrupt.
Look at the schools Malay children attend. How can we expect them to learn English or science when we do not provide them with competent teachers? Examine the institutions run predominantly by Malays, the civil service for example. As Malays we should be ashamed of this. We need these institutions to be effective as they are a key to making Malays competitive.
The list is endless. What is limited, and severely so, is the willingness to acknowledge, let alone solve them. I have yet to hear something sensible from either PAS or UMNO leaders. So far PAS wants Malays not to learn English and to ban Sisters in Islam. Well, that is an advancement of sorts; at least they are not harping on hudud. As for UMNO leaders, they cannot even decide whether to continue teaching science and mathematics in English.
Malay leaders should not be deluding the masses with half-baked ideas of "Malay unity." These leaders succeed only in deluding themselves.
The price tag would be cheap. The late Tun Ghaffar once suggested that for a few hundred million ringgit you could buy the entire UMNO Supreme Council. With a billion or two you could get the whole parliament and the Council of Rulers.The corollary to my observation is that if we Malays truly wish to preserve our cherished special privileges, we better start electing honest and incorrupt leaders. Corrupt leaders would not only sell off those special privileges, they will also sell away our country
This latest scheme is the ugliest manifestation of Malay ultra chauvinism. It would lead not to unity but greater polarizations among Malays as well as between Malays and non-Malays, and at a time when we can least afford it.
A little bit of history does us a lot of good as it reminds us, lest we forget, that for as long as ISA and other repressive laws are not abolished, our fundamental freedoms as citizens of this country are under constant threat. 1987 was an unforgettable year as the then Mahathir Administration, which was being challenged by UMNO members, launched a massive crackdown on dissenters and others who purportedly threatened national security and public order. Actually, at that time, the legitimacy of the Mahathir Administration was challenged by his own party, UMNO.
The video is a record of recollections of those Malaysians and their spouses who were victims of this politically motivated crackdown which usually happens when a government feels that its survival is under threat. Hopefully, you can understand why PKR and Pakatan Rakyat are working hard to have the ISA and other repressive laws abolished. This country should be the land of the free, of men and women who are guaranteed their rights under our constitution.
THE MAHATHIR REGIME (1981-2003) IS GONE, BUT SUCCESSOR REGIMES (BADAWI, 2004-2009 AND NAJIB, 2009 –?) HAVE SHOWN THEIR PROCLIVITY TO USE THE ISA AGAINST MALAYSIANS. —DIN MERICAN
It may have been a passing remark by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, but Parliamentary opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim believes the former had let slip important facts about PAS-UMNO history.Yesterday, Muhyiddin told reporters that PAS should let bygones be bygones and forget about the tumultuous years the party had spent in Barisan Nasional back in the 1970s.
PAS sojourn in BN between 1973 and 1977 is a major sore point for party faithful who blame UMNO for causing a split in PAS, resulting in the 1977 Kelantan riots and subsequent Emergency rule of the state by the federal government.
A weakened PAS was unable to recapture the state until 1990. It has not lost control of the state legislative assembly since. "As Muslims we are encouraged to forgive. That was in the past," Muhyiddin said of the incident yesterday, reported Bernama.
At a press conference after speaking at a PKR function in Shah Alam today,Anwar said Muhyiddin had inadvertedly admitted that UMNO had been "cruel and repressive" during the episode in the 1970s.
"They asked for forgiveness, and then, they repeat the same thing (power grab) in Perak. Next year, they will ask for forgiveness for what happened in Perak," he told reporters after delivering a speech at the PKR function in Shah Alam today.
He said that though he does not doubt Muhyiddin's sincerity, he said any calls for forgiveness should be backed by actions, such as not abusing the courts, police and Attorney-General Chambers against dissidents. "I'm sure PAS is (a) forgiving party. But you can't continue to perpetuate crimes and injustices," added Anwar.READMORE CLICK BELOW
please also keep those kerises sheathed!The late Tun Ghaffar once suggested that for a few hundred million ringgit you could buy the entire UMNO MT
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to answer allegations made by Umno Youth on the state government's financial source to fund its poverty eradication programmes.
inter-personal strife are just manifestations of this perceived 'victimisation' that is derived from our obsession to somehow fix the blame.
Posted on June 2
Muhyiddin said Muslims would not want to be associated should gambling money were used for the programmes.
"We want an answer from Lim. If the money is from a forbidden source, Muslims will have no part in it," he told reporters after launching a Pagoh education excellence programme at the Dewan Sri Pekembar, here.
Muhyiddin was asked on a news report today quoting Umno Youth as claiming that funds from gambling activities were used to finance poverty eradication programmes in Penang.
Muhyiddin do not start something you cannot stop! You say "If the money is from a forbidden source, Muslims will have no part in it". What the bloody hell are you talking about? Does Genting pay their taxes to Singapore…if they pay any taxes at all? What about the Selangor Turf Club – does it all go to the MCA? And I believe the Penang Turf Club must still be paying their dues to the disintegrating Gerakan?
As Forest Gump says "Stupid is as stupid does!". Are you telling us that every ringgit earned from these gambling outlets are physically tracked from the time the punters put their money down – and the government that you now Deputy Prime Minister of – are able to track the path of this ringgit to ensure that along the way no Muslim will come into contact with it or – GOD forbid – have the unfortunate experience of having that ringgit find its way into that Muslim pocket to be used by same Muslim! And I say this because from that stupid statement you have just made your Barisan Nasional government must have done one hell of a job to ensure that no Muslim in our country have had no part in either spending or benifiting from any ringgit that had anything to do with gambling!
You stupid, stupid man! First it was that idiotic "I am a Malay first and then a Malaysian second". Now this! And everytime I think of you I remember you in that stupid hat of yours!
Please Muhyiddin engage your brain first before you open your mouth. We humans are able to communicate through speech. What that means is that when you see a cobra you issue an immediate warning to all around you to "RUN". And of course those around you will respond to this urgent warning being communicated by you to them and run away from the danger.
But sometimes your ability to think is not that good due to any number of reasons. One of them is the inability of some people to say the right things at the right time and also saying things that we later wish we had not said. In your case Muhyiddin it would seems to me that in the light of recent happenings you would require some behavioral changes. Namely to think before you speak! How do you do this you ask me? Read the following and maybe, just maybe it might do you some good.
Observe yourself: Take note of when this happens to you. What circumstances led to your saying things that, later, you wish you had said differently? Does it happen mostly with one particular person (or group of people)? Is it most often in arguments or debates? Is it when you're "on the spot" for information? Try to find a pattern. It might be helpful to start a journal of events so you can compare these at your leisure.
Recognize your situation: After you determine what circumstances might be most likely to produce this unwanted effect, try to be very observant about when those conditions appear to be manifesting. The more skilled you become at recognizing this, the better you will be at changing your approach.
Observe the conversation: Now that you know you're in one of "those" situations, the goal is for you to process information. Often when we respond in a less than appropriate way, it's because we didn't fully comprehend what was being said. This is the time to sit back and listen to what's going on around you. Don't start focusing on what you're going to say; just absorb. Your mind will process this information in the background.
Observe the people: Who is speaking and how do they communicate? Some people are very literal and some people use examples. Some people use a lot of facial expression and body language to augment their conversation whereas others rely on complex verbiage. How people convey information is a very good indicator of how they best absorb information.
Formulate responses: Not just one, but consider your options. There are many different ways to say things. and your goal here is to find the best way to convey what you want to say in a way that has a positive impact. Communication is primarily a function of the recipient so you have to communicate based on the listener.
Consider the information: Is what you want to say Effective, Necessary, Accurate, Timely, andAppropriate (ENATA)? If you are just responding because other people are talking, then it's possible your communication doesn't fit the ENATA model. If not, then sit back and continue to listen. You want what you say to have impact, not just make noise.
Gauge the reaction: Is the information you're going to present formulated in a way to make a positive impact? Creating a negative atmosphere will guarantee failure in communications. You want people to understand that you are contributing rather than detracting. It only takes once to ruin your ability to communicate during that time. Identify how the listeners will react.
Be thoughtful about your tone: How you say it is, in many ways, as important as what you say. Tone of voice can convey enthusiasm and sincerity, or it can rebuff and show sarcasm, and as most people have experienced, what we say can be taken in the wrong way. The most likely reason is that the tone of voice, what was said, body and facial language, as well as content, were not all thoughtfully combined to integrate with the listener's most effective method of communication.
Communicate: You now know what you'll say, why it's ENATA, how you'll say it and the most likely reaction. Wait for an appropriate break in the conversation and speak. It's usually best not to interrupt, although there are occasions when that will work best.
Repeat Step 1: While you're talking, consider what you're saying and keep a close watch on the reactions as they emerge. After the conversation is over, review the whole process again in your mind and note what you might have done differently and why. This is an ongoing process. Over time, you will refine and improve – you will become a better communicator and people will accept your responses with a more open mind.
Okay that is as much as I can do. If that still does not help you out then it can only confirm one other thing. You are a stupid idiot!
Muhyiddin : Engage your brain before you speak!
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 08:53 AM PDT
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Posted: 05 Oct 2010 08:43 AM PDT
Raja Petra Kamarudin @ RPK has threatened Anwar Ibrahim that he will withdraw his undivided support for Pakatan Rakyat if the party fails to deliver what it promised during 2008 general election campaigns.
He told this to Anwar during a meeting in London last week. Sounds interesting. However, I dont buy what he said. It wont happen. Its unlikely RPK will sideline Anwar and Gang, especially his good buddy Zaid Ibrahim.
Deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin was fast to comment about it by saying it reflected the waning support for the political party which comprises Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PAS and DAP.
So, what IF the Malaysia Today editor really turns his back on PR? Will he throw his support for BN? No... odd possibility dudes!
After all that happened, he will continue his 'confrontation' with Prime Minister Najib's administration. There is no single reason for him to turn back...
It was just a political drama!
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 06:22 AM PDT
Questioning the verdict of the Allahabad High Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits, a group of left-leaning intellectuals on Friday said the judgment was "yet another blow to the secular fabric of the country" and the "repute of our judiciary".
The scholars, including Romila Thapar, K M Shrimali, K N Pannikar, Irfan Habib, Utsa Patnaik and C P Chandrasekhar, said in a statement through the platform of Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) that the verdict had raised "serious concerns" because of the way history, reason and secular values had been treated in it.
"The view that the Babri Masjid was built at the site of a Hindu temple, which has been maintained by two of the three judges, takes no account of all the evidence contrary to this fact turned up by the Archaeological Survey of India's own excavations — the presence of animal bones throughout as well as the use of 'surkhi' and lime mortar (all characteristic of Muslim presence) rule out the possibility of a Hindu temple having been there beneath the mosque," the statement noted.
"The ASI's controversial report which claimed otherwise on the basis of 'pillar bases' was manifestly fraudulent in its assertions since no pillars were found and the alleged existence of 'pillar bases' has been debated by archaeologist. It is now imperative that the site notebooks, artefacts and other material evidence relating to the ASI's excavation be made available for scrutiny by scholars, historians and archaeologists," it said.
The scholars said the judgment had legitimised violence and muscle power and recognised the forcible break-in of 1949 through which the idols were placed under the mosque dome.
The statement accepts "the destruction of the mosque in 1992 as an act whose consequences are to be accepted, by transferring the main parts of the mosque to those clamouring for a temple to be built".
"For all these reasons we cannot but see the judgment as yet another blow to the secular fabric of our country and the repute of our judiciary. Whatever happens next in the case cannot, unfortunately, make good what the country has lost," the statement said. Indian Express.
Tags : Allahabad High Court, Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits, ASI, Romila Thapar, K M Shrimali, K N Pannikar, Irfan Habib, Utsa Patnaik, C P Chandrasekhar
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 05:59 AM PDT
I was having a beautiful dream, sleeping among the other 100 ringgit notes banded in stack of 100, when suddenly the loud noise from the opening of heavy metal door woke me up. The lights were switched on and by now all other denominations notes were wide awake as well.
We were inside a strong bank vault with two armed security guards guarding the opened vault. Inside, all new notes comprising of the various denominations were stacked separately from the old notes.
I was part of the new note, under the 100 ringgit denomination. I was just released yesterday, after being dressed so beautifully in colors with security input and a serial number which I supposed was to be my name, from the authority of Bank Negara to my new owner, the Bank.
The old notes were laughing at us, the new notes, and I asked why they are laughing at us. One 5 ringgit note started yelling, afraid that we could not hear him because the bankers inside the vault were talking so loudly. "You all are going out to face the world, you will be squeezed, splashed with saliva, argued and fought over, love and hate, all kinds of hands will be touching you and you may get to travel all over the world. The Chinese New Year is just a week away and you all will be in great demand. We the old notes are tired and needed some rest, so good luck to you all."
One banker started to grab us and stacked them inside a tray and after taking a few more stacks he walked out of the vault and ordered the security to lock the vault.
Once outside, he counted the stacks again together with a nice looking lady, I supposed must be the cashier over the counter. We were roughly handled and squeezed together inside a drawer. After a while I heard the cashier asking someone over the counter, "you want the 100 ringgit new notes as well" and that someone, a bank customer answered yes, he wanted some new 100 ringgit notes.
The cashier opened the drawer and took a stack of the 100 ringgit note which included me and placed us inside a machine. Suddenly we were shaking so vigorously and one by one we were jammed through a tiny slot and came out to the other side. Still dizzy from the shaking machine, which I learned later was a money counting machine, we were picked up and handed over to the customer, a middle age man. Before leaving the man requested for some ang pow envelope which the cashier gladly gave him.
My long journey into this new world started with this man, an office manager. He took me back to his office and sitting behind his chair, he pulled me out but not before he put his finger in his mouth to get wet from his saliva and recounting his stack of note. Still wet from his saliva, I was slided into the red packet and sealed. He continued with what he was doing with the other notes.
Before the office closes he called in his secretary, a malay lady and gave her an ang pow with me inside. The manager told the secretary that this ang pow was his personally and her bonus from the company will followed suit. The secretary thanked him and left for home feel with happiness.
The next day, my new owner went to the market to buy some vegetables. I was traded for the vegetables to an Indian vegetable seller. With me tagging along, the Indian vegetable seller went to a toddy shop and passed me to another Indian selling the toddy.
Before going home, the toddy man pass by a 4D outlet and gambled me away. By now, I was a little soiled with me been squeezed into the vegetable seller's pocket and spilled with toddy. I remained with the 4D owner for a while locked inside a little safe. I guess it was about a week before I was taken out.
I heard the 4D owner talking to someone over the phone, "we have to kow tim them, a few hundred ringgit should solved our problem". Out I go again, this time to a small secluded coffee stall. I was handed over to someone who converse in malay. This man took me to a money changer and exchanged for Thai baht.
The money changer then exchanged me to a Chinese who just came back from holiday and wanted to change his remaining US dollar back to ringgit.
The Chinese man with his family traded me for some pork and the pork seller took me to Genting. What a nice and cool place. The pork seller exchanged me for the casino chips and play his heart out while I was squeezed into a small box near the gambling table mixing with other notes of various denominations. I stayed there for a while until the casino security took the box and delivered us to the casino vault where we were separated and went through the counting machine. I was so dizzy that I doses of and when I woke up I was about to be exchanged to a young lady for her winning chips.
The young lady was so thrilled with her winning and now she can pay her government tax with her winning without hurting her monthly income. There I go inside a government office for the first time after the young lady paid her tax. The government has to pay the civil servants through their bank accounts and I was bundled by the bank into an atm machine.
Today is pay day for the civil servants and you can see almost all banks with atm machines were crowded. Most of the civil servants were muslim malays and they started emptying the atm by withdrawing their salary. I was withdrawn by an elderly civil servant and he put me inside his newly bought wallet. Coincidentally today was also a Friday and with me inside this civil servant's wallet, he went for his prayer.
Over the weekend the son of the civil servant requested some money to buy some books. The father took out his wallet and pulled me out and the son took me and went in search for his books. Finally I landed inside the cashier box of a book shop.
The cycle of me going round and round continues for a couple of years. I was owned by all different races one time or another, muslim and non muslim and all kinds of hands had handled me. There are the hands of Indians selling vegetables and toddy, the Chinese hands selling pork, non halal food and from gambling outlets, the malay hands selling nasi lemak, tom tam, ikan bakar and the mamak stalls and even through the hands of the corrupt. The government had used me to pay the salary of the civil servant through the banks.
One day I found myself back inside the government treasury. The government had announced that those elderly citizen 60 years and above will received 100 ringgit each as appreciation for their contribution. Some will be receiving by cash while others through the bank.
On the day of distribution, I was given to an old elderly malay woman. She was so happy and she decided not to used me as yet and she kept me inside her locker at home.
There was no problem of me being circulated among the different races, religious and non religious, Malays, Chinese, Indians and even foreigners for so many years and there was not a single complain about me.
Out of the blue the elderly malay woman who owned me, after hearing rumors that I was dirty and non halal or whatever they claimed me to be, decided to give me up. I was shocked because all these years I was appreciated and happily owned without any fussed.
What is happening, is there something that I don't know of and why condemned me for being dirty after being so useful to everyone for so many years?
What is the government and bank negara going to do with me, clean me up or burn me? I pray that those who had insulted me to face the reality of the world and not by using religious argument to discredit me for I am non political, non religious and I am born into this world just to serve everyone human being without discrimination or distortion.
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 05:44 AM PDT
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 04:18 AM PDT
Tonight we'll have a quick peep at the PKR turmoil between Azmin Ali (backed by Anwar Ibrahim) and Zaid Ibrahim.
Anwar so loves Azmin that he once (pre 2008) told his erstwhile good mate Nallakarupan (then in PKR) not to stand for one of of the VP positions in order to allow/ensure Azmin secure that position.
At that time there were so many Indian members of PKR that Nalla was a virtual shoo-in, and with that probably would have advanced by now to become the deputy president of PKR ... and probably one day, the party president – not an implausible outcome considering the number of Indian members in PKR at that time.
Itu ta'boleh lor (no can do) for a variety of reasons, so he (Anwar) was prepared to offend his matey Nalla, a man who was charged together with (and because of) him during Sodomy I, where Nalla had frighteningly faced the gallows for 'possession' of gun and ammo. Ignoring this 'bond under fire', Anwar told Nalla to withdraw from the VP race.
Naturally Nalla felt so betrayed that he left with a huff and puff. And not to be unexpected, the anwaristas condemned Nalla as a traitor and a BN running dog etc etc – 'tis the nature of the anwarista beast lah!
However, what Nalla did out of revenge, like badmouthing Anwar etc at periodic intervals, was unfortunate because it justified the anwaristas' claim that Nalla was the bad bloke while Anwar was of course pristinely pure and never at fault.
I saw the same happened to Khalid Ibrahim a year back, and now I see it happening to Zaid Ibrahim. Anwar has recently chided Zaid indirectly for giving an interview to Utusan - obviously the Great Leader supports Azmin.
Zaid has responded most appropriately, stating he would not boycott any media seen to be attacking the party or its coalition Pakatan Rakyat's PR leadership. He asserted he didn't ask who owns this or that paper nor did that matter. Finally he stated: No other newspaper has attacked me more than Utusan but when I was invited by Utusan I did not say boycott them.
These have been words of a mature politician – for more, please read The Malaysian Insider's Zaid Ibrahim says will not boycott Umno papers.
Meanwhile, Anwar's blue-eyed boy, Azmin Ali, just can't make up his mind whether he wants to be MB of Selangor (which means Khalid will be sabo kau kau, and poor Khalid was for a while) or a federal minister (maybe Finance?) when Putrajaya could now be within reach. I think he must have finally decided on Putrajaya because Khalid is currently off the hook, well at least for now ... but Zaid isn't.
No doubt Azmin Ali will be the deputy president of PKR and the behind-the-scene de facto leader of that party. That's probably the way Anwar wants it, whether according to his own preference or according to the demands of Azmin.
Now, what if Anwar is invited once again to makan nasi kosong at Kem Kamunting, and Azmin Ali becomes virtually El Supremo in PKR, what then for (a) Zaid, (b) Pakatan?
I'll leave Zaid to fend for himself, but let's talk about Pakatan. As I mentioned in my article Ride the Islamic tiger, risk becoming cat food:
Apart from the obvious need to expand its Malay-Muslim base, there have been other compelling reasons for DAP to expedite its wooing of the Malays via the Islamic avenue. The party has been concerned about the future of Anwar Ibrahim as well as the politics of PKR.
Anwar has served a vital role as the bridge and glue for the new coalition, Pakatan Rakyat which has PAS and DAP with antipodal ideologies. If Anwar is forcefully removed from the Malaysian political landscape, it is unlikely that PKR will be able to provide a substitute of equal stature and charisma. Thus DAP has decided on the worst case scenario where it will be required to work directly with PAS. What better time than to start now, ...
In other words, Azmin ain't no Anwar, and is unlikely to be accorded the same stature, respect and coalition leadership by PAS or DAP ... whereas Zaid might possibly be (much as PAS dislikes him for his liberal manners, though of course today a much older Zaid has already voiced his repentance).
Richard Teo, one of Malaysiakini's more serious and prolific letter-writers, wrote Why Zaid must be elected PKR's No 2, where he stated:
... it is fait accompli that the government is hell bent on incarcerating the opposition leader before the 13th general election. That, of course, will be a fatal mistake of the BN government. But taking out Anwar from the equation of being able to lead Pakatan after the capture of Putrajaya simply means someone has to fill the vacuum left by the departure of the de facto leader.
That explains why the person who fills in the position of deputy president of PKR is of vital importance because that person could, in most probability, become the next prime minister of our country.
Zaid has proved his mettle. He relinquished his ministerial post from the government on a matter of principle. His vision and articulations on national issues resonate with people of different race and religion. On issues of vital importance he was not afraid to be vocal and candid. That is a mark of a great leader.
To deprive this man of serving this nation is not only a loss to PKR but a catastrophic loss to the nation at a time when our nation is in dire shortage of charismatic leaders.
I do not wish to disparage his opponent's ability to be a deputy president and I do not wish to undermine his ability to lead the nation if there are calls to do so. Azmin Ali's loyalty to Anwar and the party is without question. He is young and has tremendous energy to garner support from the grassroots but when it comes to articulation of national issues I cannot remember a single occasion when he has made a stand.
A leader who lacks the ability to articulate important issues publicly cannot be expected to lead. A person without vision cannot lead a nation because of his impairment to discern the path and route he has to take.
As a concerned citizen of this country, I humbly appeal to those who are empowered to elect the next deputy president of PKR to make your choice wisely because your choice could possibly determine the next elected prime minister of our country.
Sorry Richard, please permit me to somehow defend Azmin's record, well ... at least on one specific stand – he was personally instrumental in removing Rosmah Mansor from her position as chancellor of UNISEL wakakakakakakakakakakakaka, and folks, that had been Azmin Ali's major/sole visionary contribution – for more, see my Mean-spirited Malaysians.
The tussle between Azmin Ali and Zaid Ibrahim has been dirty, as to be expected, and it doesn't help when Anwar chose to chip in by chiding Zaid indirectly.
But even Anwar's last minute-appointed candidate for Kelana Jaya, Loh Gwo Burne (wakakaka) was wont to condemn Azmin Ali in a letter to Malaysiakini titled No place for immature, childish leaders.
Loh said: I read with great disappointment the words used by Azmin Ali, a leader which many of us PKR members look up to, when the PKR deputy president hopeful, or deputy president-elect according to some of our friends, took a personal swipe at Zaid Ibrahim.
I read both the New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia that covered Azmin's speech at the PKR Gombak AGM, in which Zaid was portrayed as a novice in the party. Not only that, Azmin also referred to Zaid as a 'desperado' in an interview with Berita Harian.
As a candidate for the senior position of deputy president of the party, I am saddened and disappointed if Azmin has decided to conduct himself in this manner. Personal attacks are unnecessary and uncalled for. Name-calling is childish at best and I read with disbelief that a veteran and mature leader like Azmin would say something like this.
That's Anwar Ibrahim anointed future leader of PKR, so in some ways, much as I don't feel comfy with the DAP and PAS making eyes at each other, I can understand why these two parties have been playing footsie-tootsies beneath the Pakatan table, when Azmin Ali is hardly in the league of the Pak Haji's from the East Coast and the Lim's (father & son).
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 03:43 AM PDT
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 11:47 PM PDT
SEREMBAN: The infighting in the DAP and PKR only goes to show that their leaders are not "perfect" as some made them out to be, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
People should realise by now that they too have their fair share of problems like any other political organisation, he added.
"These are the trappings of power. If you do not fight or quarrel then it is not politics ... the rakyat should take note of these things," he said when commenting on a recent spate of problems in the run-up to the PKR divisional polls and on the rift between DAP leaders in Perak.
The MCA too, he said, had its fair share of internal problems but its leaders have successfully overcome them.
"But we have been able to share the fruits of our labour (in the Barisan Nasional) for the past 50 years unlike the Opposition which had several problems just after two years (after coming into power in some states).
"They are already facing so many problems at the state level. I can't say what will happen if they are elected into power at the central level," he told reporters at the Seremban MCA division dinner on Sunday.
Earlier in his speech, Dr Chua commended Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for his role in helping to turn around the country's economy.
He said they had to ensure provisions under the Prime Minister's transformation programmes such as the New Economic Model and the 10th Malaysia Plan would help Malaysia achieve targets spelt out under Vision 2020.
The private sector, he said, must be the locomotive for the nation's economic development for the next decade.
Although Najib should be commended for taking a bold step to liberalise certain segments of the economy, Dr Chua said more needed to be done.
For example, he said that when he spoke on the need to review the 30% bumiputra equity, it was not meant to "rob Ali to pay Chong".
He said Malaysians are mature enough to talk rationally on how this could be done with all races benefiting.
Dr Chua also said that he was thankful to the Government for giving scholarships to 9As scorers in the last SPM examination.
"A total of 1,550 Chinese students got scholarships this time which was three times more than previously," he said, adding that 92% of Chinese students who applied for places in universities were successful.
THE STAR (Tuesday October 5, 2010)
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 01:19 AM PDT
5th October 2010
Press statement from Dr Hsu Dar Ren,
It is regrettable that Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik has decided to quit as advisor of Parti Gerakan.
As an elected Central Committee member, I feel sad and upset that the undercurrents that have been brewing in the party have finally surfaced.
Apparently, the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back is the EGM that is to be held on the 10 October in Penang.
As a democratic party, whether we agree or disagree with the resolution of the EGM to be convened, we should defend to our death the rights of members to call such meetings, especially when the party constitution has provisions for such a move.
As the top leader of the party, perhaps Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon should reconsider his decision not to attend the Penang EGM. As one member aptly pointed out in an sms to me: when our own house is on fire, we would not want to go visit other people's house; we should instead attend to our own house first.
Lastly, there is a general consensus on the ground that perhaps our top leaders should have more dialogue with the grassroots in order to feel the pulse of the party. Grassroots' views should be taken into consideration in charting the direction of the party, if we pride ourselves as a grassroot organisation.
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 12:58 AM PDT
It's easy to see why our country is suffering an acute haemorrhaging of young and talented professionals. From early 2008 to August 2009, more than 300,000 Malaysians have emigrated, with 40% opting for greener pastures in Singapore. This outflow is unlikely to slow down anytime soon.
In recent years, the government has introduced several measures to lure these professionals home. You might recall the "Returning Scientist Programme" launched in 1995 and abandoned three years later. It attracted only 93 researchers, scientists and engineers, 70 of whom were foreigners and only 23 were Malaysians.
This was followed by the "Returning Expert Programme" in 2001 which has attracted less than 600 returnees to date. Then there is the "Malaysia My Second Home" launched in 2004 as part of a brain-gain effort to attract foreign talents and high net worth individuals into the country.
All these initiatives have either flopped miserably or met with very limited success.
Source: The Star 5 Oct 2010
The latest is the Talent Corporation that is scheduled to begin operations in January 2011. A look at the incentives offered will give us an idea whether this progamme will work or will end up by the wayside like all its predecessors.
I quote from the New Straits Times 5 Oct.
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 04:35 PM PDT
From AH Mustaffa, via e-mail
When I signed up for P1 Wimax Home Plus Package, I was given a D-230 4G P1 Wimax with the promise of download speed up to 1.2 Mbps yet the service I am getting in term of customer service experience and network issue is beyond basic standard as promised by the provider.
What is 4G modem? Its latest and most advanced 3-in-1 WiMAX modem with built-in WiFi, voice ports, and local area network ports for enhanced wireless 4G broadband experience.
I quote, P1 chief executive officer Michael Lai who said: "With the new DX-230 3-in-1 4G modem, we've made home and small office networking simple and affordable. With everything built into the DX-230, users no longer need to purchase modems and routers separately. Everything is contained in one sleek and modern design."
I call up the 1-300-800-888 (P1 Careline) on Oct 1, 2010 at about 5.30pm to complaint on constant network failure (disconnection) and slow network downloading speed and was greeted by Customer Service Agent by the Ali. He informed that the network is having problem because of the surge in users traffic which means good business right? I am supposed to be complacent with slow network just because high traffic?
He told me my location, Sunway Pangsapuri Lagoon Perdana is nearby the base station that I should have good connection. So he log my case for waiver and promised a call back at 6.30pm with assurance that P1 is putting up a new base station at Jalan PJS7 soon.
Yet I waited for the promised call back until 7.45pm and return a call to P1 careline. I insisted to speak supervisor on duty and was greeted Ms Syarifah but to my surprise she addressed me as "Miss" which is an insult claiming that the agent who transfer the call informed her that my wife called back.
Looking at service, I am not surprised why P1 Wimax hired her as a careline supervisor as she clearly did not confirm or verify the complainant or introduces herself properly.
My point is I do not receive any call from P1. The connection has not improved get as I get connected with constant disruption which causes my email to be blocked few times. Of course I know this is P1's on-going problems. Why are they hiring network engineers or manager who can't even settle the issue or provide alternative solution?
The call was transfered to En Zahir, claiming to be a careline manager. Bluntly I told him an analogy about buying lunch. We do not buy spoiled food for lunch because it will cause food poisoning as the medical bill for that is much more than the cost of the food. He understood the stress level and financial impact of bad connection is far more than the cost monthly subscription of P1 Wimax. I told him not to send network technician just to tell me where to place the modem in my house because 4G modem is supposed to solve that in the claimed coverage area. Still at the point of sending this email no one from P1 Wimax called me for an appointment.
In life we can claim so many things but the true fact will speak for itself as per latin sayings, rep ipsa liquitor. Is is ethical and legal for P1 Wimax to advertise 4G modem with connection speed up to 1.2 Mbps when in reality the service is beyond explanation?
This is nothing new yet what are they doing about it? Is MCMC doing something about this?
Vision 2020 is another eight years away and are we supposed to be happy with the infamous national tagline "Malaysia is a case of first class infrastructure with third class service"?
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 04:34 PM PDT
From Richard Loh, via e-mail
Political parties are trying to reach out to the fence-sitters but Pakatan Rakyat is driving supporters to become fence-sitters, how irony. I am almost up to my neck to become a graduated fence-sitter even though I am a card carrying life member of DAP.
Pakatan Rakyat has yet to get into their heads that the 308 tsunami is not the love for PR but more towards hating the corrupt, arrogant and racist Umno/BN.
Arrogant and power crazy had started to creep into PKR and DAP, thinking that they are sure to have the people support in the coming 13th GE to capture Putrajaya. They are fighting for top positions assuming that they will have a place in the government once they capture Putrajaya. This is what I called building castle in the air.
We can see so much infighting, arrogant and disgraceful happenings in PKR party elections and yet their leaders are not doing anything at all, instead they are championing it as a "true democracy".
There are several hot spots brewing in DAP but at least their leaders are trying to do something about it but why the need for all these nonsense to occur in the first place.
Most of PR elected reps are still young and have many more years in their political life. Why the hurry to fight for powerful positions? Work out some kind of solution to allow those young capable politicians to rotate and share power equally during their political life.
I had a conversation with Haris Ibrahim of People's Parliament regarding the third force. At that time I was not really keen nor interested about the whole thing but with what is happening to PR especially PKR and DAP, I am about to look and study more on the third force.
Can PR or DAP blame me for that? If you do, I will show you all my middle finger because it is you all that drove me to make such a decision.
Even with what I had said above, my position is still the same, we must rid of the corrupt, arrogant and racist Umno/BN in the coming 13th GE.
PR, please do not misread me here that my strong support is still with you. If you all continue the infighting, power crazy and display your arrogant, I will go for the third force or just spoil my vote.
You wanted the peoples' support, make sure that you are sincere in working for the people and not for your self-benefits. Be a gentleman, be the first to give way to your fellow members if things are getting hot. Let them take the lead if they think that they are that good to be a leader. The results of their performances, good or bad can be seen by all.
Lastly, can you give me one good reason why I should continue to fight for change alongside Pakatan Rakyat after seeing all the nonsense happening inside PR and that my effort will go to waste?
Do not tell me that it is the parties' internal problems, because whatever PR does internally, it will reflect on the public opinion as well.
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 04:33 PM PDT
From Julia, via e-mail
Yes, indeed, many of us do feel that PKR had something going for them. But now... its different.
If they don't stop it, all the ruckus will mean losing the votes of the people who want a change, the potential votes of the young and the fence sitters and many others.
That means losing the elections and losing Malaysia for all of us who want a new Malaysia.
PKR polls: Fracas, manipulation and irregularities continue
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 04:32 PM PDT
From Saidil Simoi, via e-mail
I am dismayed that PKR leaders are repeatedly belittling new members of the party, either branding them untrustworthy or novices.
Previously, a warning of "Trojan horses" in the PKR was made by Anwar Ibrahim in reference to new members, especially those who offer themselves as candidates in the party elections.
Now, I read in newspapers that PKR vice president Azmin Ali, who is vying for the deputy president's position, put down his opponent Zaid Ibrahim simply because he is new in PKR.
The tone taken by these leaders contradict the aspirations of the party when initiatives were made to amend the constitution. The party's leadership was welcoming new members with open arms after the 2008 general election and intentionally specified a short qualification period of one year membership to allow them to be candidates in party elections.
Now, however, new members are cast as suspicious characters and made to feel unwelcome. Are we saying that any new member who wishes to offer their commitment to the party's struggle are now automatically suspected as "Trojan horses" simply because they are not aligned to the faction preferred by some party leaders?
This seems to be case considering that the appointee to the senior position of treasurer-general after the party election in 2007 was a new member and virtually unknown in the party. Yet, the appointment was made without any objection whatsoever.
If this is the case, then democracy will not be able to grow in the party, as originally intended when the system of direct election was introduced. Democracy must be based on the power of members and not be dictated by a select few.
I call on party leaders to appreciate and respect new members who contribute to the strength of the party and many of whom are keen to actively support the party's struggle.
Saidil Simoi is the Kota Belud PKR division chief.
Azmin kecam pemimpin yang cuba hancurkan parti
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 04:31 PM PDT
From Sue Palmer, via-email
I was sad to see the young Tamil men and women from the Jaffna peninsula, being labelled as 'Tigers', even though the word was in quotes.
My husband and I spent two and a half years in Jaffna, 2003 to 2005, and saw first hand the indignities etc that Tamil people suffered in those years as a so-called peace was being brokered.
The majority of people were afraid of Tamil tigers and even more of Sinhalese police and soldiers.
It was survival mode for everybody. Now every Sri Lankan wants to look forward to peace whether Tamil or Singhala.
Still using the term 'Tiger' for these young people does them a disservice. It is wonderful to see they are enjoying the beauties of the island, their heritage.
'Tigers' become tourists in Sri Lanka
Dr. Satinath Choudhary
Formerly college professor in the USA
Currently activist in Delhi & New York
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