- Misappropriation of relief fund?
- Tolong! Jangan bersorak dulu!
- PKR could have won Batu Sapi if not for Anwar
- What happened to the Chinese votes?
- Swallows - summer type or bitter pills?
- Galas and Batu Sapi afterthought
- Ominous signals from Galas and Batu Sapi...
- P.I. Bala Mocks Malaysia's AG Gani Patail
- Batu Sapi Parlimentary Seat Polling Stream
- PI Bala's open letter to AG Gani Patail
- I believe Americans have enough of Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim.....and his delusions of grandeur!!
- Much To Ask About Warisan Merdeka - By Maclean Patrick.
- Why Muslim cultures suck
- Blessing In Disguise or Disgust? Time Running Out For Anwar...
- Clear swing in Chinese votes, says Chua
- the final nail in the MAHATHIR’S coffin Tengku Razaleigh delivers Galas Mahathir failed to deliver N 25 BUKIT SELAMBAU
Posted: 06 Nov 2010 07:29 AM PDT
Sometimes in November 1991, I was with the then Deputy Agriculture Minister Shariff Omar making rounds on a boat in Pinang Tunggal, an area heavily affected by flood. Apart from visiting the victims, we also handed out blankets, food and medical supply to them.
Although we didnt manage to meet all victims (a few thousands of them), we knew that there were other people and agencies - volunteers, the army, police, the Red Crescent, Rela - carrying out similar duty in assisting them. And such an operation would not be successful without financial aids from the government via the National Disaster Relief Fund (Tabung Bantuan Bencana Kebangsaan).
Since it was formed in the late 1980s, about RM30 million was allocated to help to help those struck by disaster, namely flood, landslide, typhoon, fire, etc.
When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak issued a directive today for ample assistance be extended to the flood victims in Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan (read here), a few questions came to mind.
First, how much money was allocated since the Fund was established? How much of it was spent or disbursed to respective parties, authorities or people in charge of relief operations? Did all victims get full assistance in form of cash money to repair their damaged properties?
Most important question is whether all the money allocated and disbursed was audited by qualified auditors. According to an officer with the Fund (at the Prime Minister's Department), most of the money was not properly audited, and this opens up doubt that some of the funds might have been misused by certain people.
I agree. Over the last 10 years or so, no official record was publicised or revealed to the public. We are still in the dark as to whether the money was used appropriately in helping out disaster victims in the country.
Could there be fraud? Could be, and could be not until the respective authorities responsible for the fund come up with a clear statement of expenditures.
The money is for badly-stricken people. Should any of the officials enthrusted with the responsibility are found using it for their own personal need, then the MACC should step in and investigate.
And now that Nazri Aziz is the chairman of the Fund, he should look into this and start digging.
I have valid reasons for making a posting on this issue...
Posted: 06 Nov 2010 06:12 AM PDT
Pemimpin-pemimpin kita bersorak riuh rendah dengan kemenangan PRK di DUN Galas dan Parlimen Batu Sapi. Kemenangan kedua-dua kerusi ini menjadikan ianya sebagai bahan pemimpin-pemimpin parti kita untuk berpesta dan ada yang mengatakan BN akan kembali seperti sediakala selepas PRK 13 nanti. Apa yang dimaksudkan sediakala itu belum lagi saya fahami sampai kesaat saya menulis artikel ini.
Tetapi jika kita fikirkan sekali imbas sediakala yang dimaksudkan itu ; maksud mereka ialah UMNO akan kembali pulih seperti sebelum tahun 1999 dahulu iaitu sebelum gerakkan reformasi tajaan Anwar Ibrahim bermula. Setengah berpendapat 'sediakala' yang dimaksudkan ialah keadaan pencapaian UMNO yang paling baik semasa pilihanraya 2004. Pada pilihanraya 2004 UMNO/BN telah mencapai pencapaian yang tertinggi iaitu sekuat 90 peratus perwakilan BN diDewan Parlimen.
Tetapi kalau dibaca dari kata-kata pemimpin-pemimpin kita ada sedikit kefahaman yang dimaksudkan oleh mereka itu ialah UMNO akan menjadi kuat selepas ini dan akan mampu mengambil alih kerajaan negeri Kelantan, seperti sebelum tahun 1990 dahulu dalam mana BN menguasai hampir sepenuhnya kerusi-kerusi didalam DUN Kelantan.
Memenangi kerusi Galas memanglah kejayaan UMNO tetapi kejayaan itu bukannya melambangkan kekuatan UMNO dinegeri itu. Kemenangan disitu ialah kerana Gua Musang adalah kubu kuat Tengku Razaleigh dan pengaruh beliau itulah penyumbang utama yang wajar diterima oleh semua pihak. Sentuhan TR yang berpengalaman luas itu sebenarnya yang membolehkan kaedah kempen pilihanraya itu dilakukan dengan cara yang berlainan dari cara yang biasa dilakukan PRK-PRK ditempat-tempat lain sebelum ini.
PRK Galas tidak berkempen dengan cara serangan seperti serangan dalam peperangan diantara dua puak yang bemusuhan seperti perperangan Gee Hin dan Hai San untuk merebut kawasan perlombongan bijih timah di Larut satu setengah abad yang lalu. TR tidak gemar berkempen dengan serang menyerang sesama kita yang sebangsa. TR lebih cenderung untuk memilih kaedah berkempen dengan cara berhemah dan menunjukkan kemampuan pihak kita untuk penonjolan kepimpinan yang sesuai dan bukannya dengan melakukan serangan dalam peperangan.
Kaedah pendekatan ini merupakan kaedah yang sepatutnya kita lakukan ditempat lain kerana TR telah membuktikan yang cara berhemah akan memberikan kebaikkan kepada kita. Kita tetap berbangga dengan kejayaan TR disana, walaupun setelah kemenangan diumumkan, seperti yang saya telah jangkakan dan tulis didalam blog ini, TR secara tangkas dilupakan dan kita melihat pemimpin yang tidak laku seperti Awang Adek dan beberapa orang pemimpin lain tidak pun memberikan ucapan terima kasih kepada TR.
Mereka membuat 'claim' yang itu adalah kemenangan Najib dan UMNO pusat dan seolah olah tidak kena mengena dengan sentuhan TR dalam kemenangan ini.Sikap tidak berterima kasih inilah yang sangat ketara dalam UMNO dan inilah sikap pimpinan pada hari ini. Mereka tahu jika ditonjolkan nama-nama mereka rakyat akan menolaknya.
Saya telah menulis beberapa minggu yang lalu TR akan hanya disanjung mereka semasa mereka terdesak. Sikap melepaskan 'anjing tersepit' ini memang dirasakan oleh rakyat dan itulah yang akan menyungkurkan UMNO dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang.
TR amat menekankan imej peribadi seseorang pemimpin yang mengetuai jemaah yang besar. Bagi TR pemimpin yang tercemar dengan isu-isu yang berbentuk 'criminal' misalnya memang tidak boleh diberi tanggungjawab untuk memimpin. Jika seseorang yang berimejkan rasuah akan menysahkan penyokong yang bekerja untuk parti dan kerajaan. Pekerja parti akan terpaksa menumpukan kepada membersihkan nama pemimpin dari menumpukan kepada usaha untuk mendapatkan sokongan kepada parti.
Jika kepimpinan disaluti dengan imej yang tidak baik maka secara bersansur-ansur barisan kepimpinan akan menghadapi krisis keyakinan, dan itulah sebenarnya yang UMNO dan BN hadapi sekarang. UMNO mempunyai masalah tidak memahami keadaan dan permasalahan yang sebenarnya.
Apabila kita tidak faham permasalahan yang tepat maka kaedah penyelsaian yang akan diambil akan juga akan salah. Dalam pembelajaran subjek pengurusan jelas mengatakan, 'we must understand problems up to specific before we even think of solving it'.
Sebagai contoh yang ada pada hari dan saat ini, rata-rata rakyat tidak menyokong tindakkan Najib untuk membangunkan menara Warisan Merdeka yang setinggi 100 tingkat itu. Rakyat menolak bukannya semata-mata untuk menolak tetapi rakyat sudah begitu mual dengan cara projek sebesar ini dibangunkan. Rakyat terlalu 'suspicious' dengan projek seperti ini kerana penglaan yang dialami semasa yang lampau.
Rakyat tidak mahu ketirisan wang yang besar seperti apa yang berlaku dalam pembangunan menara berkembar KLCC dahulu. Ananda Krishnan mendapat keuntungan tanpa mengeluarkan modal semata-mata beliau merupakan orang yang boleh berurusan terus dengan PM semasa itu. Rakyat mempersoalkan kenapa Ananda membual 'flipping' yang begitu terbuka dihadapan rakyat yang empunya kekayaan PETRONAS itu.
Kenapa PETRONAS tidak membangunkannya sendiri? Takkanlah PETRONAS tidak boleh berurusan secara terus dengan Selaungor Turf Club untuk membangunkan menara berkembar yang pernah menjadi menara tertinggi didunia itu? Kenapa mesti melalui Ananda? Semua orang yang berfikir akan mengetahui jawapannya. Ada pemimpin besar mendapat faedah peribadi dengan memaksa PETRONAS membeli bangunan itu dengan harga yang 'gila-gila' dan Ananda tidak perlu bermodal untuk meraih keuntungan yang besar dari wang rakyat dan pembayar cukai negara.Ini merupakan 'modus operandi' yang sudah begitu biasa dilakukan untuk menutupi tindakkan yang tidak bertanggunjawab itu dilakukan.
Kemenangan diGalas dan Batu Sapi ini diisytiharkan sebagai petanda yang UMNO akan kembali pulih dan akan menadapat sokongan ramai rakyat dan ada pihak yang percaya dengan pandangan ini. Boleh percaya kepada pandangan seperti ini, tetapi tengoklah nanti apa yang akan berlaku.
Selagi UMNO tidk melakukan transformasi dalam erti kata yang sebenarnya selagi itulah kita akan kekal berangan-angan dan bermimpi disiang hari. Apabila kita memburu burung jangan bersorak dulu; nanti burung akan lari. Tembak dulu. Apabila burung itu jatuh menggelepar barulah boleh bersorak.
Terlampau bersorak ditakuti kampong kita tergadai. Tolong, jangan bersorak dulu.
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 01:30 PM PDT
By Joe Fernandez
ANALYSIS In the end it was all in vain. If the 5,000-plus illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls in Batu Sapi and the 1,615 postal voters are discounted, PKR could have won the parliamentary by-election despite it being a three-cornered fight.
Even so, the illegals and postal votes notwithstanding, PKR could have still won Batu Sapi and handsomely. Alas, it was not to be.
The odds were stacked against PKR the moment its so-called de facto chief Anwar Ibrahim entered the picture. He insisted that Tuaran division chief Ansari Abdullah should be the flag-bearer for the Pakatan Rakyat. This was the same Anwar who told the media in the lobby of Parliament House that Sabah PKR was autonomous and would decide on the candidate.
A six-member PKR committee headed by outgoing vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan won a consensus that Kota Kinabalu division chief Christina Liew Chin Jin Hadhikusumo be the candidate for Batu Sapi. Alternatively, since the DAP had been pushing for the seat as well, Jeffrey and his committee were willing to stand down provided it obtained Sandakan in exchange but this did not pan out.
The committee decided that Batu Sapi was a Chinese seat and the voters expected a candidate from the community to raise issues in Parliament. Liew hesitated and by the time she came around, Anwar had seized the initiative. He flew to Sandakan on Oct 24, announced Ansari's candidacy and flew back.
When Anwar landed back in Kuala Lumpur, he had so many text messages criticising his decision that his ears were burning. He ignored the messages except for some which informed him that Kudat division chief Mursalim Tanjul had been roughed up at Sandakan airport by between 20 and 30 goons taking orders from Batu Sapi division chief Hassnar Ebrahim. This happened just minutes after Anwar took off.
Anwar, furious, rang Sabah PKR state chief Ahmad Thamrin Jaini and told him that he had changed his mind. He asked him to be the candidate instead. Thamrin, also the Libaran division chief, refused. He had been one of the three short-listed for Batu Sapi by an anti-Jeffrey rebel group in Sabah PKR. The other two were Ansari and Hassnar who backed the former.
Hassnar had earlier declared in Batu Sapi that 15 mostly division chiefs of PKR, led by Jeffrey, , were banned from the parliamentary seat. Mursalim was on the list as well along with Liew and others.
In any case, none of the 15 Sabah PKR leaders on Hassnar's list turned up in Batu Sapi. Ansari had to fight a lonely battle, assisted by the DAP, and Karim Ghani who recently quit Sabah Umno but has yet to join PKR.
Karim's game plan, whether Ansari won or lost, was to woo 1,000 ex-United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) votes for him and use that as a bargaining chip to enter PKR. He appears to have succeeded considering the number of Muslim votes that Ansari collected. The speculation is that Karim wants to be Sabah PKR chief.
Batu Sapi, in the end, was a repeat of Batang Ai in Sarawak. Jeffrey had recommended Nicholas Bawin but Anwar insisted on Jawah Gerang, the five-term MP for Lubuk Antu whose star had faded. The rest is history.
Had Liew been fielded or Tawau division chief Kong Hong Ming if she had backed out, Pakatan could have called on the electorate in Batu Sapi to unite under its banner and defeat the illegals on the electoral rolls. A PKR Chinese candidate could have crossed the threshold and dispensed with the fear of offending the illegals.
In the end, none of the three candidates in Batu Sapi breathed even a word of the illegals on the electoral rolls, fearful that they would not get their votes. Sabah Progressive Party president Yong Teck Lee could not make that call as well. He was previously disqualified in the Likas state seat in 1999 after an election court found the electoral rolls in the seat riddled with illegal immigrants with MyKads.
There appears to have been other instances of electoral fraud in Batu Sapi. There were quite a number of complaints from many people that when they turned up to vote, they found that someone else had already collected the ballot paper on their behalf and voted.
Yusof Milaham is among those who were denied the vote on the grounds he had already voted. He complained to the local media but to no avail.
Illegals on the electoral rolls in Sabah are a painful reality on the ground ignored by the Election Commission (EC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Such voters can be found in at least half or more of the seats in Sabah, especially in the marginal seats.
Even more painful is the realisation that the illegals can be defeated if Sabahans unite under one banner. This can only happen if voters are presented with the right candidate from the right party. The decision must be made in Sabah and not in Kuala Lumpur.
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 07:00 AM PDT
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
ANALYSIS GUA MUSANG: Many observers and analysts shared a common sentiment that the Chinese votes in the country were securely in the bag of the opposition. In the case of Galas, they were wrong. It was the Chinese votes that gave the constituency away to the Barisan Nasional (BN).
A quick reading of the polling data of the Galas by-election, the 12th since the 2008 general election, showed a startling and perhaps worrying trend for the opposition.
The data revealed that all the predominantly Chinese enclaves in Galas backed BN. The most damning data came from Kampung Baru Gua Musang polling streams.
In the 2008 general election, the Islamist party won Galas by a majority of only 646 votes. The turnout then was slightly lower than Thursday's by-election, which saw 81% of the constituents in Galas cast their ballots.
BN's Abdul Aziz Yusoff defeated PAS' Dr Zulkefli Mohamed with a majority of 1,190 votes.
Chinese support for PAS in the 2008 polls was at 55%. PAS did not do well in three Chinese enclaves but dominated all four polling streams in Kampung Baru.
But on Thursday, the voters of Kampung Baru Gua Musang turned their backs on PAS.
PAS was betting on a slight swing in Chinese votes of at least 3% to its side. This would have helped it counter the anticipated decrease in Orang Asli votes from its original 35%.
The Islamist party was also hoping to bag the young Malay voters, who formed a sizeable chunk in the Galas electorate. This did not happen. To make it worst, PAS had nothing to fall back on now that their Chinese votebank had been robbed.
1Malaysia magic won the Chinese?
What happened? MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai would like to believe that the Chinese voters are warming up to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia concept.
"They are responding to his 1Malaysia call and they believe that the prime minister wholeheartedly means it. This means we can strengthen unity as we have worked hard to achieve it," he told FMT when reacting to the news of the BN victory.
Liow gave a standard reply. He has every right to believe in it. But the fact of the matter is, the shift in Chinese feelings against PAS, particularly in Kampung Baru Gua Musang, is something new and hard to explain.
The campaigning methods of the MCA were not exactly brilliant. They were even recycled. Was this responsible in the decline of Chinese support for PAS? Hardly so.
And did PAS do anything different from before? Not really. Issues like land which have been close to the hearts of the Chinese settlers here have been more or less resolved. Their way of life has not been threatened by the brand of Islam espoused by a party its rivals love to portray as "Taliban-like".
Ku Li may have played a role
Some analysts say it could be due to the personality of the BN Galas election director Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the British-educated gentleman statesman. He, and not Umno, is hugely popular in Galas. This could have swayed the Chinese voters to abandon PAS.
But until the specific polling data is revealed, there can be no real answer. Nevertheless, the defeat in Galas has got the opposition in jitters over possible shift of loyalty among the Chinese voters.
The opposition camp knows that if this trend is replicated at the national level, Pakatan Rakyat, which has so far rode on an anti-establishment wave among the Chinese voters, may find it difficult to defend seats should snap polls be called.
And Najib may be convinced that the day of reckoning has come. Snap polls is now likely. And if it happens in this inauspicious climate, we may see the Chinese mandate given to the opposition expire.
It all may have started from a sleepy nobody-knows-Chinese town of Kampung Baru Gua Musang.
Posted: 06 Nov 2010 02:14 AM PDT
There is an air of despondency among Pakatan supporters, especially PAS and PKR members, following the BN victories in the Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections. Political pundits have been busy providing us with their whys and wherefores.
Unfortunately some sore Pakatan losers have not only blamed their losses on the BN goodies (didn't Anwar also grandiosely offered Sabah 20% oil royalties?) but disgracefully condemned the voters who selected BN as being stupid and therefore deserving of the likely continuing poverty they will be in under a BN government. This is most ungracious, unsporting and undemocratic. They have refused to swallow the bitter pills
Obviously these Pakatan people don't understand that they themselves are also part of the cause of their loss. There were many reasons but the most obvious one would be in their inability to convince the voters that PAS and PKR are respectively the better parties for Galas and Batu Sapi in every respect and not just in 'talk'.
I really dread to think of these people coming into power because then they would be exactly like the UMNO-ites we seek to oust.
Anyway, as the saying goes (paraphrasing), a couple of by-election swallows do not a 2/3-majority BN summer make! However, they have provided a wakeup call to Pakatan, one that warns that Anwar's all too eager fantasy to occupy Putrajaya may well be just a grasp too far.
Galas and Batu Sapi are both rural constituencies, part of the Malay heartland, with the latter having the additional factor of Filipino migrants. With PAS probably as an exception, the Pakatan members of PKR and the DAP are both weak in the rural constituencies. They not only don't have a strong presence or party infrastructure there, as proven in Hulu Selangor, but have thus far been concentrating their efforts in the urban areas and to the more western exposed voters.
For Galas, I wonder how much distrust of PAS by both the Aborigines and Chinese in the party's Islamisation programs have contributed to the huge swing back to BN?
There was the church issue in the local Aborigine settlement, and the recent PAS Youth's harsh and frightening attitude towards anything less than Taliban-ish.
I am going to leave it here and discuss the issue of Anwar Ibrahim and PKR in a future post wakakaka.
Posted: 06 Nov 2010 01:30 AM PDT
I haven't followed local politics for a while except knowing that in PKR elections, politics of division reared its ugly head in the party, BN continues its assault on the independence of governmental institutions, and competent and clean governance remains a pipe dream for Malaysians.
It appears some voters returned to BN fold. Yes there will be attributions to electoral bribes, unfair use of government assets to campaign etc.. But we have all been there before.
There is only one reality that the sooner Pakatan Rakyat leaders and supporters accept, the better it is for them, and it is this. The political battlefield was, and is not fair in Malaysia. To be victorious, the opposition need to work twice as hard. It isn't enough to secure 51% majority. To beat BN, you need those extra votes just to neutralise postal (fraud) votes, phantom voters and other kinds of electoral irregularities. While BN as a very large coalition can afford to splinter and fall from time to time, Pakatan as a much smaller coalition can afford nothing less than an absolutely polished, unified front in Parliament, State Assemblies, State Executives Councils and on campaign trails.
I suppose the only question is how does Pakatan Rakyat energise and inspire the entire rakyat to continue to support its agenda for change. I still believe in Pakatan being the much lesser of two evils even if their agenda remains fuzzy for now. Pakatan does not need original ideas, and they don't need to figure out everything right now. They only need to pick the brains of the best and brightest and bring it all together in a humane way of execution. There are plenty of good brains to pick in and out of the country as to what could turn a propeller driven Malaysia into a sub-orbital jetting Malaysia. What Pakatan needs now is to lead by example, show that they can do better, and to inspire Malaysians to see they have a better future under Pakatan. Penang comes to mind. Perhaps the rest of Pakatan leadership should just swallow the humble pie and learn from what works in Penang. And keep their promises - isn't it time we see a shadow cabinet committee in Parliament?
I still believe that to cleanse the government instutions, BN needs to be in opposition for some time at the federal level. I believe that if you can bring down Goliath who has hijacked the Malaysian Constitution for the past 5 decades, you can just as easily defeat David when they become unruly running the country from Putrajaya. I'm just not sure Pakatan as a whole have the determination and resources to be singularly focused on going all the way to Putrajaya. Pakatan ship seems to be adrift for the moment. May they continue to have the courage and conviction to respark the evolution and almost did BN in back in 2008.
Posted: 06 Nov 2010 12:30 AM PDT
And Pakatan Rakyat components, especially PKR, must not let their guards down. They must wake up to the fact there are ceryain parties -- from within and from outside of Parti Keadilan Rakyat -- who are working hand-in-glove to checkmate the "momentum for change" that the electorate embraced decisively on March 8,2008.
PAS lost Galas by a majority of 1,000-plus votes (swing from 600-plus win in GE12), while PKR was convincingly crushed by 6,000-plus votes (although spoiler Yong Teck Lee took away a minorblock of votes, but the significant fact is that PKR's Ansari Abdullah's plus Yong's votes were still less than BN's Linda Tsen's. Linda received 9,773 votes versus PKR Ansari's 3,414 and SAPP's 2,031. Her majority at 6,359 votes is obtained by subtracting Ansari's 3,414 votes. It does not take into account Yong's 2031, but still, it is a Hurcyulean task for PR when there is a THREE-- as in Batu Sapi -- or more-cornered fight, as an Opposition divided vote bank would always favour the BN,sorry for stating the obvious!
The first ominous sign is to be read from Galas' defeat of PAS in a state controlled by the Islamist party.
The majority of 1,190 votes won by the BN candidate marks a substantive erosion of support for PAS in a state that is a traditionally strongold of the Islamist party. BN candidate Abdul Aziz Yusoff garnered 5,324 votes in a straight-fight against Pas' Dr Zulkefli Mohamad, who obtained 4,134 votes.
Pre-election forecasts mostly believe taht Menteri Besar Nik Aziz's reputation and his tremendous sway even among the non-Muslims, would swing this by-election in the incumbent party's direction. The reality proved otherwise, andmy reading is that Nik Aziz's influence was easily counter-weighted by veteran and respected MP for Gua Musang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. What I can also conclude from this outing is that the former Finance Minister's personal following alone was the factor that swung the victory to the Barisan Nasional away from PAS.
What this portends for the PR, especially for PAS in Kelantan, as well as in Kedah whichit also holds control at the State level, must never take for granted that cometh GE13, its supporters, mainly Muslim Malays plus non-Muslims who are won over by the progressive leaders in PAS, will continue to remain faithful to the Movement for Change.
More ominous signal is from Batu Sapi
What this writer is postulating here is that when the 13th General Elections come around -- as early as mid-2011 -- there will be more THREE- and FOUR- or MORE cornered contests, especially when certain parties are already flagging the emergence of a "THIRD FORCE"! Yong of SAPP has proven the sapping of PR's strength; hopefully such individual spoilers are not being paid by the Barisan Nasional to spoil the fight for PR who would prefer a straigh fight. The electorate in general also holds high hopes after March 8, 2008 that there is a trend towards a two=party system.
BUT, remember my friends, spoilers hungry for "Vitamin M" will always emerge to spoil the Tea Party! Is there a whisper of "Beware the Ides of March!" from certain quarters?
To be continued while Desi goes for T-break, OK?!
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 11:10 PM PDT
Former private investigator P Balasubramaniam is making a mockery of our Malaysian government and our AG for closing the case of his double statutory declarations.
After months of investigations on the part of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Attorney-General's chambers, Minister in Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz announced in Parliament on Wednesday that the case was closed.
In an open letter to attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, Balasubramaniam said that he was "surprised" that despite having conceded to signing a false statutory declaration, the police could not find evidence of any wrongdoing.
"The police, I believe, have investigated the circumstances surrounding the making of these two statutory declarations under section 199 of the Penal Code, for an offence which carries a sentence of three years' imprisonment and a fine. This is not a trivial offence.
"It has therefore come as a great surprise to me to discover that you have been unable to decipher any wrongdoing from the enormous amount of evidence the police must have been able to accumulate from their investigations," he said.
Insisting that his second statutory declaration was false, he urged the authorities to reopen the case.
"The first one was entirely truthful. The second one was a complete pack of lies. I admit this," he said.
He also challenged the attorney-general to charge him for making a false statement in the second statutory declaration.
"I do however reserve the right to plead not guilty to the charge as I believe I have a very good defence," said Balasubramaniam.
"I will be more than happy to return to Malaysia to defend myself but you will have to ensure that my safety is guaranteed as there are some people who would prefer that I was not around," he said.
Private eye hired by Razak Baginda
Balasubramaniam - better known as PI Bala - became a household name when it was revealed at the murder trial of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu that he was the private investigator hired by one of the accused, former political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda (below).
In the bodyguard's cautioned statement, it emerged that Altantuya, almost with her last words, told her two assailants that she was pregnant and begged them not to kill her. That has led to speculation that her body was blown up with C4 explosives to hide any DNA evidence of who the father might be.
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 11:02 PM PDT
Information adopted from MerdekaReviem.Com
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Posted: 05 Nov 2010 11:01 PM PDT
Dear Tan Sri (Abdul Gani Patail), (from Malaysiakini)
My name is Balasubramaniam Perumal. I think you may have heard of me.
I was Abdul Razak Baginda's private investigator hired by him to protect him from his ex-girlfriend, Altantuya Shaaribu (deceased), sometime in 2006.
Remember you charged him for her murder but he got off. Instead, two of the prime minister's bodyguards got convicted. Stranger things have happened, I am sure you would agree.
But I digress. Let me come to the point.
I have been made to understand that you have decided to close the case involving two statutory declarations I signed sometime at the beginning of July 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.
The contents of these statutory declarations were diametrically opposed. Both could not have been true and therefore one of them was false. I trust that makes sense to you.
The police, I believe, have investigated the circumstances surrounding the making of these two statutory declarations under section 199 of the Penal Code, for an offence which carries a sentence of three years' imprisonment and a fine. This is not a trivial offence.
The police must have interviewed my lawyer, Americk Sidhu, his secretary, the commissioner of oaths who attested my signature and a variety of other witnesses you have mentioned who were somehow intrinsically interwoven in the construction and affirmation of both statutory declarations, one way or another.
It has therefore come as a great surprise to me to discover that you have been unable to decipher any wrongdoing from the enormous amount of evidence the police must have been able to accumulate from their investigations.
Please permit me to assist you. Firstly, may I suggest that you re-open this file immediately. I will make it easy for you.
Let me admit to you that I did sign a false statutory declaration. Yes, I did. I signed a false statutory declaration. It was the second one, not the first one. The first one was entirely truthful. The second one was a complete pack of lies. I admit this.
This statutory declaration was prepared by some unknown person(s) and I was forced by very thinly veiled threats and intimidation to sign it. I have already made this known to the world at large and I am surprised your office has not picked this up as yet. Everyone else has.
If you are unable to ascertain this information which I have just provided to you directly, please feel free to contact me at this email address email@example.com and I shall forward to you a copy of the video recorded interview I had in the presence of my lawyers in Singapore last November, and a copy of the transcript thereof.
Otherwise you can find this information on all the blogs worth reading (such as Raja Petra Kamarudin's Malaysia Today) and also on 'YouTube' (just type in 'PI Bala' into the search column and you will be surprised what comes up).
So you may now consider charging me for making the false second statutory declaration after the clues I have given you. I do however reserve the right to plead not guilty to the charge as I believe I have a very good defence.
Your prosecutors will also have to make sure they call all the necessary witnesses to prove their case against me. These witnesses will have to include the following personalities:
i) A lawyer named Arunampalam Mariam Pillai (who coincidentally does legal work for Deepak Jayakishan and Rosmah Mansor's personal companies).
ii) A commissioner of oaths (Zainal Abidin Muhayat) who works in the office of Zul Rafique and Partners (Advocates & Solicitors) and who attested my signature when he came to the room in which I was being held at the Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
iii) Deepak and Dinesh Jaikishan (very good friends and confidantes of Rosmah Mansor).
iv) Nazim Razak (younger brother of the prime minister), and his wife.
v) ASP Suresh (a suspended police officer formerly attached to the IPK headquarters in KL).
vi) Officers from the Immigration Department Damansara (who assisted in obtaining urgent passports for my family).
vii) A host of journalists and reporters who were present in the lobby of the Prince Hotel Kuala Lumpur when a lawyer called Arunampalam released my second statutory declaration without my permission.
These are just some of the witnesses I can think of but I am sure you know how to do your job so that should be not a problem. I don't want to be accused of trying to teach an old dog new tricks.
If for some strange reason my defence is called, I will also be able to provide witnesses to support what I have to say. I need not disclose who these witnesses are at this stage and I am sure you know that as well.
I shall now wait for the charge against me to be laid.
I will be more than happy to return to Malaysia to defend myself but you will have to ensure that my safety is guaranteed as there are some people who would prefer that I was not around.
Posted: 06 Nov 2010 01:36 AM PDT
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Posted: 05 Nov 2010 09:13 PM PDT
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has told Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) to go ahead with the RM5 billion Warisan Merdeka development project, saying that the project is not going to be funded by the government.
Telling PNB to "ignore the critics", who have been raising concerns about public money being used to fund the mega project, Muhyiddin soldiers on for a project many see as totally unwarranted.
The centre-piece of the argument against the project is this: Will public funds be used to develop the 100-storey tower?
Herein lies the puzzle in this whole episode from the day the project was unveiled. Very little is known about it, beyond the obvious facts.
It will be budgeted at RM5 billion and we know (much later) that the project will be managed by PNB in which both Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Muhyiddin are members of the board of trustees and that the money would be from "private" funding.
Apart from the obvious, little is known about this mega project. Too few answers and too many questions create an atmosphere ripe for speculations and skewed inferences.
To say that everything is correct by simply stating that PNB will use private funds to finance the project is erroneous. Even if the project is "privately" funded, then why was it included in Budget 2011?
To my limited understanding, everything in Budget 2011 tabled in the Dewan Rakyat is taxpayers' money. It is presented to Parliament to get its approval so that public money can be used from the Treasury.
If Warisan Merdeka project is not using taxpayers' money, then it should not have been mentioned when the budget was unveiled.
What or who then is really funding the Warisan Merdeka development project? And why was it included in the Budget 2011?
Is this then a ploy to siphon money out of the Treasury in the guise of a legitimate development project?
Is not PNB a trustee to investors who are everyday Malaysians like you and I? Would it not be appropriate to first ask the investors whether they agreed to have their money being used to finance a RM5-billion project?
It is true that the investors trust PNB to put their money in viable projects but is the construction of a mega tower a wise investment?
Is the government now backtracking on an obvious misstep? Or worse still, by pushing PNB to start development work, does this not show that the government is turning a deaf ear to the voices of the public?
It surely does contradict the slogan, "People First, Performance Now".
Viable working plan
Hence, it is better that Najib explains himself beyond the obvious. He should present a viable working plan on how public money will be used to fund the development of this project.
The prime minister should show the public a clear plan as to how the returns-on-investments will come about. He should also submit a projection plan as to how Warisan Merdeka would generate income well after it has been completed.
Another question that begs an answer is, why PNB? Why is it that PNB was asked to undertake the development of this project? Is there no other developer capable of undertaking this mammoth task?
It does not take much imagination to wonder whether the privileged position of Najib and Muhyiddin in the board of trustees has anything to do with the decision to pick PNB.
It is one thing to have the prime minister table the budget and another for his deputy to order PNB to "go ahead and build". Is not this clearly a fishy situation? This again needs to be explained to the people or else they will start throwing allegations of corruption at the country's top two leaders.
Hence it is now in the hands of Parliament to decide on the fate of this project. The budget still needs approval and it is never final until it is endorsed by our parliamentarians. Thus, here lies the greatest irony of all.
How can the deputy prime minister order PNB to start work on a project that has yet to be approved and endorsed by Parliament?
Remember everything in the proposed Budget 2011 has to be endorsed and approved, yet Muhyiddin has superceded the elected members of the house. Even if there is objection by the Dewan Rakyat to the proposed plan, would the house want to embarrass the deputy prime minister by striking down his order? I don't think so.
And so, we will have a 100-storey tower, touted to be the country's tallest, coming up in 2015. It will be a symbol to an establishment that refused to listen to people's queries and objections. It will be a symbol to how a select few could act independently from the majority to satisfy their own hidden agendas.
Courtesy of Free Malaysia Today
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 07:52 PM PDT
In the past fifty years, many countries have caught up with the rich and developed Western World. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, with virtually no natural resources, have created advanced, urbanized and prosperous societies, complete with world-class technology that often exceed that which is found in the West. India, Brazil and China, although not fully developed, now all possess large and affluent middle classes that did not exist just a few decades ago. There is no reason to believe why their economic and social progress of all of these countries will not continue for the foreseeable future.
The Muslim world, on the other hand, has struggled during this era of unprecedented global wealth creation. These countries have profited almost solely, by happy geological accident, from oil and gas extraction. Beyond these activities, economic activity in Muslim countries remains scant, low tech and strictly oriented towards local consumption. Despite trillions of dollars in oil revenue over the past sixty years, Muslim progress in many other areas, such as scientific research, social issues and education, lags badly behind the rest of the world.
How could this be the case? The answer, which the major media dares not touch, lies in the very culture of Muslim countries themselves. Consider the following:
Belief in magic. State-owned Malaysian newspaper and television stations routinely run breathless stories about witch doctors ('bomoh'), evil spirits and other forms of the supernatural. Outsiders get a good laugh out of such quaint cultural practices, until they realize with a shock that the local belief in such superstition is absolutely sincere. But it's not just Malaysia where this happens. In Saudi Arabia, witchcraft is considered very real and a capital offence. And in Iraq, many of the locals were absolutely convinced that American soldiers wore sunglasses that could see through clothing and had bases protected by force fields. A culture that is eager to embrace the supernatural takes a giant step away from rationality and deceives itself fundamentally. Self-deception is always the path to failure.
Belief in conspiracies. Muslims take it as Article of Faith that various groups of so-called infidels or other outsiders are engaged in various conspiracies to keep Muslims down, make Islam look bad, or are otherwise up to No Good. The lack of evidence means little to a society where 'skepticism' is already an unusual and foreign concept. For instance, even well-educated Muslims will tell you, with total earnestness, that the 9-11 terror attacks were actually perpetrated by Zionists, or the CIA, or the U.S. Government, or some other nefarious group. Never mind the vast amount of evidence to the contrary. When presented with these sorts of rebuttals, Muslims will often just shrug and carry on with their nonsensical conspiracy theories.
Lack of innovation. Here in Malaysia, it is telling that the word in the Malay language for innovation ("innovasi") did not exist until it came from English, quite recently, as a loan word. Innovation, meaning to create something without precedent, is a risky and therefore dangerous business in the Islamic world. The reason for this is because Islam already has a word for innovation, "bid'ah". In Islam, this word is essentially the same in meaning as 'heresy', which is yet another capital crime under Islamic law. Hence creativity and individuality is stifled in a comprehensive and totalitarian fashion, even in Muslim countries where Islamic law has not yet been fully implemented. Improvisation is also discouraged for similar reasons. This is why Islamic countries are usually characterized by a near-total lack of scientific research and reluctance to embrace technology in general.
Lack of devotion to non-family/non tribal/non-clan organizations. In most Muslim societies, loyalty often runs no farther than one's tribe or sect. People from the far-off central government, or those from the next valley over for that matter, are foreigners to be met with suspicion or hostility. Afghanistan is a perfect example of this sort of chaotic situation. Even if these differences are eventually papered over, so to speak, by the force and coercion of a tyrannical government, the lack of cohesion and distrust remains. Muslim leaders usually come into power and stay in power by playing one tribe or group off another. Patriotism amongst the general public is another foreign concept. Muslims may remain loyal to Islam in general, but more importantly, to the tribe in particular.
Lack of empowerment of women. The future, no matter what form it may take, is going involve more technology, not less. How well equipped is a society for this future if half of its members are only (at best) grudgingly given their rights? In many Islamic countries, women are often illiterate and have no rights in essential critical life decisions, such as those involving child-rearing, marriage or education. And why should they? Various Quranic verses, age-old Islamic traditions, and core Islamic teachings render women as nothing more than chattel and the property of their male relatives—never the equal of men. And no one can 'reform' these teachings to something more enlightened—see the penalty for "bid'ah" above.
Lack of personal responsibility. Muslim leaders often lie to their own people, to subordinates, or to allies in order to advance their own personal agendas. Remember that most Muslim countries are a patchwork of tribes who barely tolerate one another in the best of times. Loyalty to one's country as a whole is next to non-existent. So, the main objective of these leaders, whether at the top, middle or bottom, is to steal as much as they can, while they can, in order to vastly enrich themselves and their families or clans or tribes—national 'interest' be damned. If you're one of the rare incorruptible types, or are otherwise too stupid to steal when given the opportunity, then more the fool you are. Other tribes or groups are useful as scapegoats when the need arises or when blame must be deflected.
Lack of meritocracy. In the West, they have thrived not only because they have learned to hold people responsible for their actions, but also they have learned to give out rewards based on individual achievement. Hence higher–performing individuals tend to be eventually in charge and reap the most rewards (in prestige, rank, money, etc.) Westerners do not always manage to live up to these ideals, but the concepts are not questioned. In the Islamic world, however, personal loyalty, personal connections, and tribal/sect membership are what count. Incompetent leaders are preferable to competent ones, so long as they are properly loyal. Such a state of affairs makes for incredible inefficiency on a normal day and catastrophic consequences when any sort of crisis arises. Muslims are fond of saying "it's God's will" at difficult times, which for Muslims seems like most of the time. Actually, it's not so much "God's will" but more like the inevitable consequences of their dysfunctional culture.
If you've read up to this point, no doubt that you could add a few more things to this list. But remember, political correctness dictates that all cultures are somehow 'equal', and Muslims are convinced their cultures are somehow superior; never mind the reams of evidence which conclusively show otherwise.
So what does the future hold for the 1.3 billion Muslims of the world? One must remain hopeful, but the smart money is not riding on those who would reform Muslims' maladjusted, underperforming societies. At least not yet. It is a serious problem just getting Muslims to talk about any of this in a forthright and honest manner, let alone take meaningful steps towards a solution.
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 08:08 PM PDT
Haris Ibrahim posted "To lord over, or to love and liberate?" in his blog The People's Parliament just after the Galas and Bukit Sapi twin PR losses. It gives us a glimpse of what happened in Bukit Sapi that was so confusing on the Opposition side before voting day.
De facto or not, the blame falls on Anwar Ibrahim. Same old question again; what is Anwar Ibrahim's real agenda? "To lord over, or to love and liberate?"
Also, the following comment by ALOYSIUS FRANCIS PINTO to that post made good sense:
One observation I have made is that Politics and logic are not synonymous!
Non-politicians since Tsunami 2008 have over-valued their political commentaries, based on their logic.
These 2 losses could be a blessing in disguise.
As in any new marriage, at last PR will now really know that their long-drawn honeymoon has ended. At first, the initial ecstasy was so overwhelming that PR lost Perak without even admitting their shortcomings, and continued to blame everything on BN. Politics is also the skill to maintain your victory through an intricate array of skills,talent and shrewdness, which the BN displayed in Perak.
PR continued to romanticize about taking Putra Jaya without acknowledging their weakness in governing, lack of ideological re-training for former UMNO/MIC/MCA and other BN members who have joined PAKATAN especially PKR. For almost a year PKR did not even publish their new constitution. Many have not even read the constitution, the HARAPAN BARU UNTUK MALAYSIA manifesto, DSAI's 17 Core Principles. Secretariats of wakil2 rakyat for the most are un-organized and many still are. Those that had some structure were dis-organize when it came to implementation of the GE12 Elections Promises..how could they, when even leaders have not read them, let alone share and train the substance part of the "perjuangan". REFORMASI as a battle cry can be very powerful when you are in opposition.
As the ruling Government in Selangor, many wakil-wakil rakyat, especially the MPs and many ADUNs could not dust off their 'opposition image' and learn to govern the state well. PR MPs in PR states even intensified their 'opposition-mindedness' and were of no use to the Selangor/PR state governments. With so much energy still focused in politicking and manipulating 'perceptions' – that they will only bring real change after they take Putra Jaya, without exhibiting any substance of what would the PAKATAN CABINET could look like at state level. What alternative economic plans to implement the REFORMASI battle cry?
Hopefully, now, the PR leaders will really begin to listen to concerned citizens, professionals and civil society leaders when they offer their expertise, comments, suggestions and even 'free' services. The elimination the the NGOs and professionals councilors in Selangor was the final blow. Someone in the blogs commented that the usual 'independent bloggers' were missing in Galas and Sapi.
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 07:00 PM PDT
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 06:58 PM PDT
PETALING JAYA: There is a significant swing in Chinese support for the Barisan Nasional in the Batu Sapi and Galas by-elections, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He said the thumping win by Barisan for the by-elections in Kelantan and Sabah showed that the Chinese community was rooting for the coalition.
There are 2,317 Chinese voters in Galas or 20.06% of the 11,553 voters.
"There is an increase of between 40% and 60% of Chinese support this time around," Dr Chua said while thanking the Chinese community for their support.
Barisan wrested the Galas state seat from PAS with a 1,190-vote majority on Thursday.
Dr Chua said the Chinese community realised the importance of supporting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the 1Malaysia policy under his leadership.
The Chinese had also taken note of a more united and stable MCA which was serving the people as a team, he added.
Dr Chua, who had been in Galas for four days during the campaign period, said he had taken note of the problems in the area and would resolve them as agreed in principle.
"The people are very friendly, willing to talk about their problems and aspirations," he said.
The two by-elections were the first since the last general election where there was an increase in support from the Chinese community.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the victories showed that the people are supporting the 1Malaysia concept.
He said the people also welcomed the ETP and the National Key Economic Areas promoted by the Government.
"These are the two main reasons the Chinese voters have returned to the Barisan. They are happy with the current MCA leadership, hence the rise in votes from the community," he told reporters at the MIC Deepavali open house yesterday.
Meanwhile, MCA vice-president Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the people's support for the Barisan in Galas and Batu Sapi showed that they were confident that the coalition would be able to bring about development.
THE STAR (Saturday November 6, 2010)
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 06:33 PM PDT
Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah believes that loyalty has no expiry date so long as the candidate does not go back on his promises. This was reflected in Galas when Barisan Nasional (BN) wrested the state seat from PAS by a bigger majority of 1,190 votes, nearly double the majority PAS won in the 2008 general election.
Leading the charge was Razaleigh, fondly known as Ku Li, who is no alien to the voters in Galas, which comes under his Gua Musang parliamentary seat. He has proven to the BN, particularly UMNO, that the party need not spend money to win votes, need not promise the stars and the moon to convince the people, and need not show its power by implementing projects.
Razaleigh showed that the only way to win over the hearts and minds of the voters is by being loyal and sincere to the people. When he became the BN election director, he crafted a strategy that paid off: no new buildings, no new schools or projects, no resurfacing roads and repairing bridges, no handing out of cash. He also made sure that no ministers came to officiate at functions as their convoy of flashy and expensive cars would put people off.
The Kelantan Prince and UMNO veteran proved that a battle could be won without making any fuss, or hurting each other's feelings. He charmed the people with his warm and friendly personality but, most importantly, he showed that he had never lost the trust of the people whom he had loyally served the past 40 years as an MP.
There had been some minor bumps on the Galas road when former assemblyman Mohd Soufi Deraman and Wanita chief Wan Huzani Mohd Nor created some stir with their plan to boycott the election. But Razaleigh decided to lie low as he went about from house to house to strengthen ties and renew old contacts.
Voters in this remote constituency have known the Tengku since 1971 and have stayed faithful to him through his ups and downs. Even when he formed Semangat 46, a splinter party of UMNO, the voters did not abandon him.
Yet again they rallied around his banner when they voted out PAS yesterday. The Chinese, Indians and the Orang Alsi delivered the votes without seeking any funds or gifts.
Such was the pulling power of Ku Li that even PAS speakers did not go out of the way to run him down. And UMNO must surely be sitting up and taking notice of this old warrior who still has the gumption and fire in his belly to take up the cudgels for UMNO.
In short, BN's victory in Galas is Ku Li's victory. The prince has delivered Galas to BN. Now what has UMNO to offer him?
Defeat is the distance between a bedtime story and a wake-up call. The former starts with 'Once upon a time…' and lulls the voter to sleep. The second is an energizer that addresses a fresh dawn.
Three political parties have become victims of their own success: their narrative has run its course, and they have not been able to find a further chapter to their saga.
THE UMNO STORY IS THE SIMPLEST: THE FAIRIES HAVE ABANDONED ITS FAIRY TALE. IT BEGAN AS THE PARTY OF LIBERAL MUSLIM ELITES WITH THEIR KETUAAN MELAYU THE ROBUST ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESETTLEMENT OF THE DISPOSSESSED, EVIDENT BY THE 70S, PARADOXICALLY, LIBERATED THEM FROM THE PARTY WHICH HELPED THEM. AFTER THE HIGH-DRAMA BLIP OF THE ANWAR IBRAHIM SAGA THE UMNO REINVENTED ITSELF AS A CHAMPION OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL RATHER THAN AN ECONOMIC NEED.
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