Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Call To Reluctant Politicians

A Call To Reluctant Politicians

A Call To Reluctant Politicians

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 07:31 AM PDT

It's about the third force.

We need people with integrity. Those who would NOT leap like frogs to BN.

Or as Haris puts it, those who "can be counted on to not sell their souls when BN comes a calling with millions ... to betray the rakyat."

Read the whole post HERE.

The general elections may be closer than you think.

European Union is being absurd!

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 10:08 AM PDT

Press freedom, human rights, minority rights and democracy are among the conditions set by the European Union before Malaysia can enter into a free trade agreement with them. Absurd and unbelievable!

Visiting European People's Party member Dr Werner Langen said at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday that the EU would be looking into this areas, which includes public procurement and social services.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz agreed with Langen, saying that Malaysia needed to look deeply into matters such as affirmative action. Not sure whether he agreed to the conditions or with what he only understood. We have yet to hear from Tok Pa, our MITI minister.

However, the EU dropped such conditions on Singapore and South Korea. Even Thailand, a country with so many coups and political instability, was given a leeway by having its democracy, human rights and public procument spared.

Such conditions do not reflect a well-composed EU. Many of its countries are still plagued with minority problems. Denmark, Germany, Spain, the UK, Holland and Switzerland still hold a bad record when it comes to minority treatment.

Minority Muslims and foreigners are still being oppressed and mistreated by local authorities, if not by the government for certain rules and restrictions.

Some countries still hide the fact that they too are actually racist and anti-immigrants. I wonder why Turkey (for its bad public procurement and political instabililty), among EU's newest member was accepted easily while Croatia (a peaceful and fast growing economy, its per capita among the highest in Europe) was slapped with so many pre-requisites.

Did Nazri give a good answer to the EU envoy? Did he try to explain the nature of our politics, our freedom of the Press and human rights to him? I doubt it (and why must he was chosen to attend to Langen).

And the fact that Langen also met with Anwar Ibrahim and Suhakam (apart from his meetings with Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and the Federal Land Development Authority) tells us everything. Suhakam, in collaboration with Anwar must have given Langen (and their allies in the West) a distorted picture.

Speak for your EU, Langen! Tell them that Malaysia is better off than some of its member countries in the context of human rights, Press freedom and minority rights. And we dont separate mosques from churches like what they are doing.

Malaysia has signed many FTAs with other countries and organisations. Only EU and the United States imposed silly and unacceptable conditions on us.

We wont lose anything if we dont sign up with them!

Trying To Obtain A Birth Certificate

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 07:21 AM PDT

Some of you may remember a previous post about Malaysian-born children without birth certificates.

I still find it shocking that in this day and age, there are children in this country who are stateless and belong nowhere. They do not exist in the eyes of our government.

These are three of the eight children I wrote about earlier. The little boy peeking out from behind his sister has no birth certificate.

He hasn't attained school-going age yet, but if he doesn't somehow obtain a birth certificate, he doesn't obtain an education.

Which is why my friend was so keen on ensuring these kids make their foray into government records. He dragged the young 25 year old mother and her unregistered children to the Registry department.

But trying to get a birth certificate is not easy. Firstly there is a fine for not registering within the stipulated period.

Secondly, you need a witness to swear under oath that he/she was present when the child was born.

And last but not least, the civil servants in the district were uncooperative. They told the mother to go all the way to Seremban to register their birth.

It takes over an hour to get from Kuala Pilah to Seremban. There is limited public transportation, if any.

Perhaps the civil servants were acting within their rightful jurisdiction. But the manner in which they regarded this uneducated, poverty-stricken woman was out of line.

It is not merely the politicians in the state level that exceed their boundaries. So do those in the local council.

We need to have more say and control over the government and administration of the local council for things to improve.

N12 Kota Sentosa: “Yap versus Voon…?”

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 05:43 AM PDT

It is now official. SUPP president Dr George Chan has all but confirmed that Alfred Yap Chin Loi will be the party's candidate for the Kota Sentosa seat in next state election. Speaking at the SUPP Kota Sentosa Branch anniversary dinner last week, Dr Chan was full of praise for Yap, saying that he had worked tirelessly after losing the contest to DAP's Chong Chieng Jen.

The interesting question is:  Who will Yap face in Sentosa?

It will be a classic clash of the titans if Kota Sentosa sees a Yap-Chong re-match.

But this tiger is willing to bet that the incumbent Chong will move to fight SUPP in another constituency. After speaking to senior party leaders on both sides, I am convinced that Chong is searching for a safer seat.

Much has changed since 2006. It was then the "political tsunami" that had vanquished SUPP heavyweights and swept in many DAP unknowns.

Four years later, the conventional wisdom still predicts a greater SUPP loss at the looming state polls. But forget conventional wisdom.  In the next Sentosa match, the SUPP candidate and DAP incumbent both agree on one thing: they do not like to face each other.

Chong will prefer not to fight Yap.

It is a much stronger Alfred Yap whom he had beaten by 531 votes in 2006. Whereas Yap started the campaign for the next election the next day after he lost, Chong cannot claim to have done much for the constituency. Many of Yap's supporters are residents of the new constituency and who knows how many have registered to vote in Sentosa.

Yap will prefer not to fight Chong.

Once bitten, twice shy, they say and I think Yap is hoping that Chong will run away to a safer seat.

How now? Both candidates are afraid of each other. Interesting, isn't it?

Given this scenario, with some intelligent guesswork plus a little bit of feline mischief, we can anticipate the following:

  1. Yap and Chong may be or may have already negotiated with each other quietly through a third party. The end result is Chong not standing in Sentosa. (A little bird is saying that a member of the PRS is involved?)
  2. Chong may exert his influence to kill two birds with one stone. Are you thinking what I am thinking?   Yes, yes. Chong will find it more than delicious to push Voon Lee Shan to Kota Sentosa. Voon will, as the Chinese like to say, (and I hate to paraphrase because it sounds like bad English): "Die standing"
  3. As Chong surveys the possible battlefields beyond Sentosa, he will no doubt turn his eyes to Padungan and Batu Lintang. And again if you listen to the proverbial conventional wisdom, these are sure-lose seats for the SUPP.


If Chong chooses to stand in Batu Lintang, it will be sweet victory if he can beat likely candidate Sih Hua Tong. The only problem will be Voon's supporters. They may not take too kindly to Chong if he kicks Voon to face certain death in Sentosa.

Padungan will be also on Chong's radar if unfolding events favor him. If Chong wins the lawsuit against Padungan incumbent PKR's Ng Kim Ho and if Ng is made a bankrupt, the DAP will lay claim to Padungan. We all know that the Chinese majority Padungan seat has always been claimed by the DAP.                                    

Not yet convinced that Chong will run away from Sentosa? 

OK. Do the following:

Read the above point A again and ask yourself these questions:

Why is Chong keeping silent about defending Sentosa? 

Why have Chong and Yap not attack each other? Chong has been on attack mode but has not let loose on Yap even after Dr Chan has confirmed Yap will be SUPP's preferred candidate.

Does Chong already know he will not be defending Kota Sentosa?

Stay tuned. More will be revealed. For now, digest the above.   Grrr

MCA - Malaysian Chicken Association

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 05:18 AM PDT

The MCA today has been reduced to a stooge, the only way for MCA to stay in power is to be at the beck and call of their masters and in return fed with crumbs from the stolen loot of the nation.

Their type of politics has long been extinct in this fast paced digital world of globalization, they are no longer relevant and we loathe to write or so much as to waste our breathe talking about them.

However they are incessantly annoying and irritable with their speech and behaviour, their Ministers go about the country with their entourage of goons behaving like some big-shots. These chickens are real cowards and will run and hide behind the sarongs of their masters with the slightest sense of threat.

In an incident in Galas yesterday, Teoh Beng Hock's sister Teoh Lee Lan and his brother in law was assaulted by goons of the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Heng Seai Kie.

And after assaulting the duo, these MCA chickens lodge a police report and the duo was than arrested by the Police! (You can read an account of the whole incident in the link below).

These MCA people will not hesitate to bully the people and is best described by Raja Petra in his latest article titled "The Chinese and their Kung Fu" where he wrote;

"Today. the Chinese pick on those who are not able to fight back and who the law will not protect because they are not aligned to the government."

I (Raja Petra) saw the photograph of the MCA gangsters beating up Teoh Beng Hock's brother-in-law in Galas recently. The impression I used to have of these types of Chinese has changed a lot. In the old days, the Chinese would take on those of their equal or someone said to be 'tera'. They prided themselves on taking on someone of some 'reputation'. Today, these types of Chinese beat up weaker, defenceless people.

But have you noticed that these MCA gangsters only dare bully their own kind? If the person in question is another Chinese from the opposition then they will become very garang. If, however, the other chap is Malay, in particular from Umno or Perkasa, these Chinese will be meek and subservient.

Read "The Chinese and their Kung Fu" HERE
Read an account of the Assault HERE


Posted: 02 Nov 2010 03:59 AM PDT

Berkempen di Galas :)

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 03:22 AM PDT

Turun padang di Galas bersama YB MIng Kai, Mr Goh, Rabiatul serta petugas PAS dan Keadilan

PKR MP Nurul Izzah Anwar on the campaign trail for PAS in the Galas by-election, in Gua Musang old town today, November 2, 2010. — Picture by Choo Choy May


Updates P185:”LDP lending a hand to PBS..??‏”

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 04:11 AM PDT

As LDP President Datuk Liew Vui Keong gave his full support to Datuk Seri Musa Aman as Sabah Chief Minister, many on the street are questioning his motive.

It was only last August where Liew had said that he hopes to thrash out with the Prime Minister on the controversy surrounding LDP and the Sabah BN Chairman.

His deputy Datuk Chin Su Phin had earlier call on to Musa to step down saying LDP has lost confidence in the UMNO Sabah Chairman as Chief Minister.

The Batu Sapi by election has unite the BN component parties with Liew's affirmation of Musa leadership.

This augurs well towards a victory for BN candidate Datin Tsen Thau Lin, widow of incumber MP Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah who died in a tragic motorbike accident.

As everyone enter into overdrive for the crucial part of the campaign, all the candidates are using all resources to reach out to the undecided voters.

The chinese are eagerly waiting for the political rally by Penang CM Lim Guan Eng.

PR believes with the strong presence of DAP leaders including Lim Kit Siang who is a crowd puller, PKR's Ansari Abdullah will be able to spring a surprise.

Meanwhile, SAPP's Yong Teck Lee are promoting their website www.sapp.org.my , batusapi.blogspot.com and sabahtv.net to reach out to the internet savvy voters.

With each camp expressing their confidence, the positive outcome of this by election is the brisk business made by the local businesses. Even the broadband has been sold out.

Come 4 November 2010, Batu Sapi will never be the same anymore.

'Don't fear me, fear being audited'

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 02:34 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE The stories seem the same year after year. Leafing through the annual Auditor-General's Report, there is a never-ending tale of irregularities, project delays and inflated costs. If it was RM224 for a set of four screwdrivers in the 2008 Audit Report, it was RM871 for toilet signage in the report for last year. But auditor-general Ambrin Buang is of the opinion that the performance of the civil service has improved over the years. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Dapat tiket ke syurga

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 02:43 AM PDT

Rakyat Bersatu Against Threats and Act of Violence - Tian Chua

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 01:30 AM PDT

Rakyat Bersatu Against Threats and Act of Violence - Tian Chua

Tian Chua of Parti Keadilan Rakyat speaking up in a dinner function in the southern city of Johor Bahru last week the 20 Oct 2010 against the expressed threat from Najib Razak during his opening speech in the UMNO genaral assembly of 2010.

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The ‘push’ factor

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 12:59 AM PDT

Malaysians should be quite familiar to the ways political parties campaign during an election.

There will be ceramahs, there will be dinners and walk around by candidates or big wigs to meet up with the rakyat. Favourite places to go to visit would be the morning markets and the night markets,  coffee shops , hawkers centres and so on.

One feature in all campaigns for votes would be to distribute flyers to promote oneself, and at the same time try to belittle the other parties, attacking on issues and policies. Many would even go down to so low as to mount personal attacks and dig out 'bad' histories of their opponents in order to score points and gain votes.

So it is a common sight to see workers or individuals distributing flyers on issues during campaigns.  In fact, in a democracy, anyone should be allowed his or her opinion and anyone should be allowed to champion any issue in an election, as long as it is done in a peaceful manner.

Then there are groups that would use the by election to highlight the issues they champion or the plights they face. There would be petition submissions to visiting big shots, since during a by election, it is much easier to catch the attentions of more big shots in a given time since there would be so many of them visiting and campaigning.

So it is no surprise that TBH support group use the by election of Galas to try to submit petitions to big shots.

However, it was reported that Teoh's sister was 'arrested', and the bother-in-law was pushed by a component party member when the group tried to seek the attention of a lady deputy minister. Despite the denial by the deputy minister, photos are now posted on the internet to show the incident. .

I really do not know what purpose the arrest would serve. PAS would in fact get more sympathy votes and angry votes which are against such action, especially among the younger voters.

Whoever are the brains behind, these people are indeed very good in shooting their own feet.

According to the CHinese Malaysiakini website, the TBH support group tried to submit a petition on three points:

  • Asking for setting up of a Royal commission of inquiry
  • asking for the setting up if IPCMC
  • Prevent abuse of powers by enforcement arms such as MACC

I dont see why anyone should be alarmed by these 3 points. Even the PM has promised to set up a RCI after TBH's death; and a royal commission consisting of prominent Malaysians had recommended the setting of IPCMC.

In an election, even a small incident can swing votes. So let us just wait and see whether this push factor would have any influence on voting…

Is SAPP a threat to DAP?

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 03:14 PM PDT

From Pure Sabahan, via e-mail

First and foremost, I would like to ask Sabah DAP's Hiew King Cheu why is he only targeting SAPP and not BN?

It seems like local opposition party SAPP is seriously posing a real threat to DAP in Sabah. Is DAP starting to feel insecure and has no confidence in retaining the trust of the people, especially the Chinese voters?

What development has Hiew brought to Sabah besides checking on drains in order to gain cheap publicity for the past two years as the Kota Kinabalu MP?

What can Pakatan Rakyat do to help Sabah as they can't even settle their internal problems which reflects their thug culture imported from the peninsular? A boxing match between two PKR branch supporters at the Sandakan Airport comes to mind.

What is there to make sure that Sabah Pakatan reps will not be frogs who will jump to BN, just like what had happened in Perak after the 2008 GE?

As an ordinary citizen of Sabah, I only hear Sabah DAP complaining about this and that but they have no solutions and ideas at all to solve the problems faced by the Sabahans.

It is proven that Sabah DAP is incapable and incompetent to lead the Sabah government.

Hiew must realise that at least SAPP walks the talk to disassociate with the BN to fight for Sabah autonomy and want KL to honor and respect the 20 points agreement.

Sabah is the poorest state in Malaysia today after it was ruled by a party from peninsular (Umno). This was not the case when the state was ruled by local parties such as Usno, Berjaya and even PBS.

Hiew, what autonomy are you shouting about for Sabah when even the picking of the candidate for Batu Sapi needed an endorsement from your KL boss? It proves again that Sabah DAP only consists of followers or puppets and not leaders.

Let us all Sabahans be united to support the local opposition party SAPP in the coming GE and Batu Sapi by-election is the starting point.


Stop whispering, SAPP's Yong tells 'insecure' DAP

Will they keep to their words?

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 03:13 PM PDT

From A Penangite, via e-mail

How sure are we that those who cannot pay the bills will still not get their water cut off despite the collection made to Tabung Budi?

Will they be transparent at the end of the day and show us how many has donated and how many has benefitted with name and address of those who have benefitted?  

I support the Selangor government for being cautious over this.  The poor rarely received what they deserved in full with the past administrators of this country we so loved.


Selangor slams Syabas for Tabung Budi gimmick

Losing a husband doesn't qualify one for public office

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 03:12 PM PDT

From Suresh Rao Kumaran, via e-mail

I refer to your commentary, 'Tsen a good bet among squabbling men'. You wish! The outpouring of sympathy for losing one's husband doesn't give one the right for public office, let alone a parlimentary seat. What does she wants to highlight, her loss?

There is no dissent when it comes to replacing the candidate from the ruling coalition here. If there is a dispute, it's about whether the people of Sabah want a Pakatan rep as their voice for a mature demoracy, or you want to stick with an old, outdated, corrupted school of thought. Any deferences?


Tsen a good bet among squabbling men

What alternatives are there?

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 03:12 PM PDT

From Pakac Luteb, via e-mail

When I wrote 'Our future depends on our choice NOW', I expected some would object to my proposal of allowing the evildoers to get away with their squandered millions and billions.

Several readers raised such objection and this letter is to inform them and everyone else what I was thinking when I made what might appear prima facie to be an outrageous proposal.

What alternatives are there to my proposal? The method of China, which is a bullet in the head, would make Umno-BN even more fearful of ceding power to the opposition.

Umno-BN would certainly fight back and Malaysia would be devastated by what is oxymoronically termed 'civil war'. War is never civil.

Hire accountants to chase after the money? The tangled money trail would take years to trace and go through the courts and would cost a lot.

Who would pay the accountants and lawyers? Malaysia might become bankrupt.

Better to spend the time and money on developing Malaysia, everyone agreeing to move forward to a better future, through forgiveness, reconciliation, cooperation and determination.

We are at a major 'simpang' (crossroads), let's take the road to our success as a peaceful prosperous nation.

All of us will benefit, you, myself, your children, my children. The evildoers will also benefit, hopefully they will have some pangs of guilt and give back some of the money they stole.

Even if they never give back any of the money, Malaysia must still move forward socially, economically and politically. Please join me on the road to national success.

Ingat cerita 'Kuda Kayu'?

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 03:11 PM PDT

Dari Syed Hamid Ali, via e-mail

Tiada siapa yang sempurna. Tidak seorangpun terlepas daripada kesilapan sepanjang hayatnya.  Begitu jugalah dengan parti-parti politik. Keadilan pun tidak terkecuali.

Akantetapi, kesilapan tidak boleh dijadikan alasan mutlak. Kesilapan yang sama jangan dibiarkan berlaku berulang-ulang kali, kerana sifatnya akan berubah. Dalam keadaan itu, kesilapan sudah bertukar menjadi kesalahan.  

Di sini, tidak salah kalau kita buat kesimpulan bahawa Keadilan bukan sebuah parti yang sempurna.  Seperti parti-parti politik yang lain, ia juga ada cacat dan celanya.  

Tetapi, adakah Keadilan sama seperti Umno?  

Pada hakikatnya, tidak! Perbezaan antara Keadilan dan Umno laksana bumi dengan langit. Kedua-duanya tidak boleh dijadikan perbandingan.  

Tidak betul kalau meletakkan Keadilan dan Umno dalam kategori yang sama.  Asas kedua-duanya amat  berbeda.  Hakikat ini merupakan  ABC dalam ilmu politik Malaysia hari ini.   

Kalau ianya tidak dapat dimengerti, maka samalah seperti orang Islam yang tidak memahami hukum halal-haram antara arak (seperti brandy atau whisky) dengan susu kambing.  

Umno ialah sebuah parti politik yang tegak atas dasar perkauman. Bertentangan dengan Keadilan yang mengamalkan cogan perjuangan 'keadilan untuk semua'.

Di sebalik slogan 'ketuanan  Melayu', dan kemudian salin kulit menjadi '1 Malaysia' seperti yang ada sekarang, Umno mengamalkan dasar perkauman yang sangat sempit.  

Matlamat pucuk pimpinan Umno ialah untuk terus berkuasa dan meraih keuntungan diri sendiri bersama-sama dengan suku-sakat mereka. Jumlah kecil ini membiarkan negara dan rakyat terbanyak (termasuk golongan biasa dalam umno) terjebak ke dalam jurang perkauman  yang amat dalam.

Begitulah keadaannya semenjak lebih 50 tahun yang lalu.   

Rakyat berbagai kaum telah terpedaya dan dipecahbelahkan.  Dalam masa yang sama, jaguh-jaguh 'ketuanan Melayu' sendiri berkongkalikong dengan tokeh-tokeh besar Cina dan India.   

Sekarang,  rakyat telah mula sedar dan menuntut  perubahan yang radikal – bukan dari jenis yang lama atau recon. Rata-rata, mereka menolak politik perkauman yang  sudah ketinggalan zaman.  
Keputusan PRU ke-12 adalah bukti paling nyata.

Menjelang PRU ke-13, Keadilan mesti bersiapsedia untuk menghadapi cabaran yang lebih besar dan rumit. Kesilapan masa lampau tidak boleh berulang lagi.  

Tetapi, saya sendiri dapat merasakan bahawa gejala negatif yang bersifat perkauman sedang menjalar dalam Keadilan. Apa atau di mana puncanya bukanlah persoalan di sini.  

Selaku anggota parti, saya menaruh rasa amat cemburu dan bimbang terhadapnya. Lebih-lebih lagi, seluruh parti sedang gairah  untuk menawan Putrajaya.  
Dalam suasana demikian, seluruh Parti  patut lebih berwaspada terhadap musuh yang hendak menyerang kita dari dalam.

Jumlah mereka mungkin tidak ramai. Tetapi, dengan bantuan dari luar dan wang yang mereka turunkan seperti hujan, bumi yang gersang pun akan menjadi basah.  Di situ, rumput-rumput liar dan lalang  akan segera tumbuh dengan subur.  

Senario di atas mengingatkan saya kepada cerita 'kuda kayu' (Trojan Horse) dalam mitologi  Yunani yang terkenal!

1 Malaysia my @ss!!!

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 11:30 PM PDT

This video of Titiwangsa UMNO head speak for itself!!!
So much for 1 Malaysia!!

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Pengaruh Ku Li masih kuat di Galas

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 10:49 PM PDT

PAS mengakui bahawa pengaruh ahli parlimen Gua Musang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah masih kuat, namun keadaan itu mungkin telah banyak berubah berbanding 30 tahun lalu. Keadaan ini mungkin akan menyebabkan Tengku Razaleigh mengambil pendekatan "underground" bagi mengekalkan pengaruhnya, kata pengarah pilihan raya PAS Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman. "Kita tahu dia ada orang yang bekerja dengan dia. Kita kenal orang ini dan dia ada lagi sepuluh orang yang bekerja dengan dia, mereka bekerja secara menyusup. "Mereka bergerak dari rumah ke rumah," katanya dalam sidang media di markas PAS di Gua Musang hari ini. Ketika diminta menjelaskan aktiviti "penyusupan" itu, Abdul Halim berkata: "Bagi pitih lah" sambil menunjukkan isyarat wang dengan tangannya. "Ini kita akui, ini yang kita hadapi bila kita bersemuka dengan Ku Li," katanya lagi.
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CNN ConnectoR to the WorlD -- A DiamonD

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 11:30 PM PDT

Musician Neil Diamond has been delighting music-lovers around the world for nearly 50 years. He first started performing in 1966 and has written international hits such as "Cherry, Cherry" and "Girl You'll be a Woman Soon". With more than 140 million albums sold worldwide, Billboard magazine has ranked Diamond as the third most successful adult contemporary artist of all time ranking only behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John.

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