Thursday, November 18, 2010

Perhaps Zahid is right?

Perhaps Zahid is right?

Perhaps Zahid is right?

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 06:26 AM PST

By RK Anand

COMMENT True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else (Clarence Darrow). This is perhaps a dangerous path to tread. But what if Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has a point?

Insinuating that some races are less patriotic may not have been the most politically savviest thing to do in public, especially when his boss is working around-the-clock to market his 1Malayia magic pill to induce colour-blindness.

But then again, such disclosures hardly come as a surprise in a nation that has street lights brighter than many of its politicians.

And so the guns are trained on Zahid for suggesting that the low number of non-Malays in the armed forces may simply be a case of them being less enamoured by the uniform compared to the Malays.

Or in other words, they are not all that willing to shed their blood for this nation.

Even if Zahid is right, the pertinent question is why have the non-Malays become less patriotic? Is it perhaps because their motherland openly favours one child over the other?

No, this is not about that taboo subject of championing equality of the races.

In Malaysia, the special privileges of the Malays are enshrined in the Federal Constitution and this must be respected. Questioning it runs foul of the law and the perpetrator will be accused of sowing seeds of discord.

There will be a litany of police reports, street protests, bullets in the mail, a swift editorial in a certain Malay daily, and perhaps, even an effigy torched.

So in order not to waste time and taxpayers' money, this sacrosanct issue is best skimmed off the surface.

'Us versus Them'

While the prime minister tirelessly promotes the idea of oneness, there are some however who never tire of harping on the two-ness of things, constantly reminding the non-Malays that they are mere guests and should therefore behave and not question the house rules.

These politicians and racial supremacists have fanned the "Us versus Them" notion to the point that it has become almost impossible for Malaysians to fight on the same team, unless there are monetary rewards in store.

Recent incidents have also shown that it is those on the government payroll who appear to be the most racist of the lot, and the rot travels all the way to certain offices in the administrative capital.

And it is most distressing when educators, with the noble task of nurturing young minds, plant the seeds of discrimination to usher in a new generation of "Us versus Them" recruits.

The distress level rises another notch when the offender is let off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, leaving "Them" to wonder what will have the outcome been if the perpetrator was one of them. Racism cannot be eradicated, but racists can. However, this requires a political will that transcends the ballot boxes.

In Malaysia, heads, which will have rolled for lesser transgressions elsewhere, remain firmly fixed on shoulders, and this begs the question if we are a society in regression?

Till this day, many still consider former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's views on such issues to be the Gospel truth, nevermind that he is fifteen years short of turning a century old.

Notwithstanding that the octogenarian has always been able to re-invent himself, it is still unsettling to know that his old school views on race-relations in Malaysia can still hold water.

As for joining the armed forces, or any civil service outfit, many non-Malays consider it a brick wall career where promotions and salary increments boil down to skin colour rather than talent or years of service.

So why the need to subject oneself to rigorous trainings, the torment of being separated from loved ones and a meagre salary when the blood they are expected to spill on the battlefield is considered less valuable than the blood of a certain group of people?

Such notions should not exist when one places his or her life on the line to defend King and country.

Race aside, Zahid must also not forget that class can also dictate the levels of his brand of patriotism.

Can the minister deny that it is the poorer Malays who appear to be more patriotic than their richer counterparts, since it is the former who often end up in military boot camps.

How else can one explain why the children of most Umno ministers become corporate figures instead of risking their lives piloting Nuri helicopters? Or for that matter, how many of the military's top brass have encouraged their children to follow in their footsteps?

So perhaps Zahid is right, and perhaps the government needs to set up a royal commission of inquiry to look into the matter, and later use its findings compiled in a voluminous report as paperweight. Unless there is more to the 1Malaysia campaign than just colourful billboards, lavish dinners and fireworks.


The London Street Medicine Seller Raja Petra Kamarudin’s end justify his means when PETE the killer gets killed

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 08:35 AM PST


We can't compromise on moral conduct. We also can't close our eyes to the proper moral code and argue that we change the government first and then address these issues later once the government has changed.

In Bollywood flicks, villains mostly are beaten to pulp as the movie draws to an end. Reality often follows a different script. However, even in real-life, sometimes villains slip into the very grave they had dug for their victims.

In movies, victim who kills the villains draws applause. In real life, the potential victim who kills his attacker is whisked away in handcuffs by the cops. He is a murderer and cools his heels behind bars. The so-called goon at times gets overpowered by the unexpected counter-challenge of the minnow target. At other times, things go wrong on its own like when a bomb going off before it could kept at its target. Whatever the case, there are many Davids in the city who have killed the Goliaths.

The latest murder of Sunil Latkar, alias Lalla, last week is one such example. Latkar had a dominating presence in Bhuteshwar Nagar with two cases against him. In the past, he had been hauled up for thrashing others. His illicit relationship with a married woman pitted him against woman's brother Jagdish Pise, who opposed the sinful alliance. Pise was no match to Latkar. In fact, he consciously tried to avoid Latkar's wrath.

Latkar would often intimidate Pise and probably planned a serious attack on him. Last week he went to Pise's residence with a sword. The end was dramatic with Latkar himself lying in pool of blood when Pise managed to snatch the sword and hit back with same weapon. Pise even took Latkar's sword to the police station as he surrendered.

Last year, assailants had a bitter lesson to learn when they were heading on a bike to Lalganj in Lakadganj to kill a man on whom they had accepted a 'supari'. The assailants wanted to hurl a crude bomb on the victim to eliminate him while he would be sleeping outside his residence on a hot summer night. The plan turned out to be a disaster for the killers who landed in hospital after bomb they were carrying in the dickey went off when their two-wheeler jumped over a pothole near Raj Bhavan.

In August, hardcore goon Pappu Deshbhratar faced the same fate in his attempt to harass two brothers at Jai Bheem Chowk. Deshbhratar had been just released from jail. One of the victim brothers had even gone to Deshbhratar's place to seek forgiveness for any wrong that had been done by him. Deshbhratar ticked him off bragging about his influence in the locality.

The brothers, sensing trouble, laid a trap for Deshbhratar and eliminated him when he was returning from Nandanvan police station after his routine reporting there. What the Shaikh brothers could not be thought of even by many rivals of Deshbhratar's.

Two such incidents took place in July 2008 under Jaripatka police station. Murder accused Chinna Naidu was killed by cousins whom the goon regularly harassed for money and liquor. Naidu was filthily abusing the wife and mother of the cousins who took a stone and crashed it on the skull of Naidu at old Punjabi Line. Earlier, four youths eliminated a goon and murder accused Prashant Ramteke at Barakholi. Ramteke was harassing one of them after his release from the jail. The youths were also attacked by Ramteke. During a skirmish, the youths snatched the sword from Ramteke and brought his end.

According to the Creation Plan of God, all human beings have two different qualities: ego and conscience. The ego symbolises arrogance, and the conscience, modesty. For instance, there could be a difference of opinion between two individuals, A and B. A might enter into a heated exchange, refusing to give B due respect and honour. This kind of behaviour is bound to provoke B, who might try to teach A a lesson. A psychologist offers this analysis: "When one's ego is touched, it turns into super ego and the result is breakdown."
In this case A presented a challenge to B and B's ego gained the upper hand due to arrogance. On the other hand, if, instead of getting provoked and acting out of ego, had B had opted for a compromise, or if A had restrained himself from provoking B in the first place, there would be no conflict.
In all likelihood, greater understanding would enable better relations between A and B; they would no longer be rivals bent on outdoing the other. There is scope for friendship now where earlier, there was only ill feeling. When one's conscience is touched, it turns into super conscience and the result is complete surrender.
This formula is within our reach, and can be used quite successfully. However there are certain risks involved
readmore we are not going to dance Raja Petra Kamarudin's whisper

Malaysian Website Rankings for October 2010

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 08:25 AM PST

According to, Facebook has beaten Google to become the number 1 most popular website in Malaysia! And it is slightly comforting to know that Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia are ranked higher than Kosmo and Harian Metro on the Internet.

For those not in the know, Malay tabloid, Metro, is currently the number 1 most popular Malay daily - which to my view is such a disgrace if the trend were to represent the level of intelligence and thinking of the Malay society at large, if you get what I mean.

Below are the top 20 websites, taken from

1. Facebook 16.
2. Google Sites 17.
3. Yahoo Sites 18.
4. 19.
5. 20.
6. 21.
7. MSN Sites 22.
8. 23.
9. 24. Mobile88
10. 25.
11. 26.
12. 27.
13. 28.
14. Wikipedia 29.
15. 30.


Posted: 18 Nov 2010 07:58 AM PST

It is my fervent hope that the PKR leadership


I wish them well and hope that soon they will emerge from this dark tunnel and into the daylight stronger and ready to face the challenges of the coming 13th General Election.



Needed most: A strong Opposition



If you try any of the above, the state, its agencies, political parties or plain hooligans will turn their annoyance/indignation/fists on you. If at all, you can bring out an antiseptic documentary or apologize or water down and bowdlerise your message so much that it no longer matters what you say. Which is how generations of us have had the reproductive system "covered" in a one-hour biology class and managed to keep our curiosity intact.

Now, there are holy cows and there's the herd.


I'm sure nobody needs an explanation about holy cows, all you have to do is follow a certain B.N OWN MEDIA. But the herd, that's us. We must always be told what's good, what's not, what's ok. Nobody must ever give us the opportunity to think differently, irreverently about or in fact, be indifferent to certain laid down notions of patriotism, nationalism, culture, tradition etc. More importantly, nobody should be "seen" to be doing so. And of course, we the herd must stick to the highest common factor of acceptable opinion on these subjects.


I am no particular fan of SAUDARA ANWAR IBRAHIM but when he was expelled, he made a point. Here was a party talking of control of thought and expression and going over the top to crush creative dissent. The holiest of the holy cows are the historical ones. Therefore, no matter author or film-maker, he or she must stick to what is acceptable. None of our leaders has a chink anywhere and none of our given history lessons should be challenged. If you belong to the party, perhaps, you must think flaring knickers are the height of tradition and self-respect, unsightly baring of legs and all

M J Akbar Sunday August 30, 2009
Since the BJP has not finished its debate on 1947, it will be some time before it reaches 2009. With the Left neutered, and the Middle chasing its tail around a cemetery, what options does a voter have in the meantime?
The Left, which could have been taken seriously had it taken itself seriously, reminds one of an anecdote which should be better-known. The ever-punctual Comrade Gorbachev, who huffed and puffed so hard that he brought the whole Soviet house down, was once late for a meeting with a French delegation. He explained to his guests that he had been delayed by a problem in agriculture. When did the problem begin, asked the solicitous French. ''In 1917,'' replied Gorbachev.
Any democracy is hobbled without an Opposition. Are we condemned to replicate Haryana at the national level — where a government wheezes, gasps and limps triumphantly to the finish line because there is no other horse in the race? Haryana is not a particularly reassuring template. In the turbulence between 1967 and 1972, its 'aya ram-gaya ram' defections strategy infected democracy so badly that it destroyed the credibility of non-Congress parties. It is remarkable that Bhajan Lal, who once defected to the Congress with all his MLAs and the office typewriter, should still be a player in state elections. Now that he has allied with Mayawati, he can legitimately claim to have seen everything, been everywhere. She must have been a child when he was chief minister. However, nostalgia does not buy votes. Votes go to those who sell a future, not those who re-brand the past.
Nature and politics have one thing in common: they both abhor a vacuum. In some states, the Congress is doing its best to create its own Opposition. It has firmly rejected another pathetic overture from Lalu Prasad Yadav. Yadav has so much egg on his face that he can breakfast continuously from now till the next assembly polls. In Maharashtra, the Congress has begun to taunt its ally Sharad Pawar as the genie who bottled the sugar and opened the cap on price rise. The Congress is relishing a stalemate in which its primary intention is to make its mate look stale. Pawar's reaction would make a sheep look sheepish.
It is useful to remember, however, that some sheep have been known to change their clothing at the opportune moment. The Congress has, cleverly, taken out some insurance by investing in the next generation: the daughters of Pawar and P A Sangma have a much better equation with Rahul Gandhi than the fathers have with Mrs Sonia Gandhi.
Although Congress numbers are less than half of what Rajiv Gandhi carried into the Lok Sabha in 1985, the comatose inertia of Opposition parties has convinced most Congress leaders that they can replicate Rajiv Gandhi's achievement in the general elections of 2014. Moreover, the Opposition leaders are two decades older, some having fought their last battles and others in their penultimate round, while their leader will be fresh and 44.
More important, the major Opposition parties seem trapped in either geographical or ideological limitations, with their cadre having become part-asset and part-liability. Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose political skills should not be underestimated in a crisis, and who put them on display in a feisty performance in the last Lok Sabha session, has been unable to grow outside Uttar Pradesh. The 'Yadav' alliance with Lalu slips continually on the quicksand of the latter's temperament. The BJP has reinforced its image of conflict by serial civil wars that are breathtaking for their irrelevance. The Left has slipped to a point where its candidate lost her deposit in a Kolkata seat because no one in Bengal understands what Buddhadev Bhattacharya represents anymore, apart from a fibreless diet of good intentions.
The situation is akin to 1985-86. But nature, averse to a vacuum, then threw up an individual to serve as a catalyst. A V P Singh can only emerge from the centre of the spectrum. A claimant from Right or Left has to re-position himself. Atal Bihari Vajpayee became acceptable because he stepped left of the BJP on social issues, and right of the Marxists on economic policy. That is where the sweet spot of Indian politics is located.
Individual dynamics require special circumstances, not to mention the heavy propulsion of hidden political boosters. Singh succeeded because he had terribly long arms; he held the CPM by one hand, and the BJP by the other, while he reinvented himself as an honest politician, sympathetic to minority concerns. It required too much heavy engineering and the end product was so unstable that it kept Delhi politics off-balance for a decade.
History does not repeat itself, but does it imitate itself? The answer will take a while .The defeat at the hands of the Barisan Nasional in Bagan Pinang should be taken as cue that the Pakatan Rakyat cannot expect to win easily in the next general election, expected in 2013.


Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, officiates at a Peoples' Progressive Party convention held at the Tun Hussein Onn Hall, Putra World Trade centre, today. — Foto Bernama

Tok Guru – The Personification of Human Decency, and Consistency, the Epitome of Integrity ! Hadi needs to learn from him … a lot !!
.Tok Guru is indeed Malaysian very own Mahatma Gandhi. Wisdom makes such a man.
""Islam has never stopped us from talking as all questions have their answers," he said. "
Well said, Tok Guru.
Anything that deprives a man of his right and liberty to speak his mind comes from the pit of hell, and from Shaitan himself.
So, those in PAS that try to shut the mouth of others are the lackeys of Shaitan! They are not true Muslim, not true adherents of Islam.
PAS Nasharuddin Hadi Awang
Let me tell you guys about this slimeball and scumbag Hadi. Tok Nik was gentle to describe him as an UMNO stooge but Tok Nik knows very well that he is more than an UMNO stooge. He single handedly and deliberately caused the collapse of the Trengganu BA state government during GE11. Now he is trying his same shit again to split PR parties. He is the biggest hypocrite and worst traitor to PAS and PR. Can't understand why PAS still want him as president. They must be blind or just plain stupid.I wish the journalists would ask a few simple questions:



Hadi (right) gestures to attendees during the launch of the PAS annual muktamar in Kota Baru, Jun 11, 2010. — Picture by Choo Choy May


lim-kit-siang-4.jpgGiving this warning, veteran Opposition politician Lim Kit Siang said: "With the rout in Bagan Pinang, Pakatan Rakyat must go back to the drawing board and address the many issues bedeviling the coalition that had been swept under the carpet.

"This had aggravated public concerns about its unity, discipline, cohesion, viability and sustainability as the alternative to the Barisan for federal power in Putrajaya."

Observe discipline and common sense.


Tok Guru – The Personification of Human Decency, and Consistency, the Epitome of Integrity ! Hadi needs to learn from him … a lot !!

.Tok Guru is indeed Malaysian very own Mahatma Gandhi. Wisdom makes such a man.

""Islam has never stopped us from talking as all questions have their answers," he said. "

Well said, Tok Guru.

Anything that deprives a man of his right and liberty to speak his mind comes from the pit of hell, and from Shaitan himself.

So, those in PAS that try to shut the mouth of others are the lackeys of Shaitan! They are not true Muslim, not true adherents of Islam.

Let me tell you guys about this slimeball and scumbag Hadi. Tok Nik was gentle to describe him as an UMNO stooge but Tok Nik knows very well that he is more than an UMNO stooge. He single handedly and deliberately caused the collapse of the Trengganu BA state government during GE11. Now he is trying his same shit again to split PR parties. He is the biggest hypocrite and worst traitor to PAS and PR. Can't understand why PAS still want him as president. They must be blind or just plain stupid.I wish the journalists would ask a few simple questions:

1) did you say that other pakatan leaders were amenable to unity government talk with UMNO?

(a) yes, then he's just told a lie that he didn't raise the idea with them now
(b) no, then did the press lie? the press should come up with a recording of what he said, or get corroboration from other news source

Hadi is nailed on this one. For a leader of a Pakatan component party to make such unilateral decision shows that PAS under Hadi is a dangerous, unpredictable creature. And a lie coming from a PAS leader deserves far more severe punishment since they claim to be truer to Allah- and I don't think by any stretch of imagination the Quran could be interpreted as encouraging anyone to lie

PAS should think long and hard whether to keep this guy around

PAS Nasharuddin Hadi Awang

come let dance with umno we be rich

Kelantan Menteri Besar said he was "emotional and angry" over the issue the unity government issue did not came out from the party but certain individuals.
When pointed out that the idea for the unity government was mooted by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Nik Aziz said the president was only the head of the party but the party never agreed to the decision.
"It is a personal statement. The issue was never in the agenda (of the recent muktamar) and was also not in the presidential adress but it was only brought up later (in a press conference)," he said."Previously, we are only supported by Malays but today, it includes Chinese and Indians,"Nik Aziz also criticised Pas election director Datuk Mustafa Ali for asking party leaders to refrain from making statements on the issue.
"Why should we shut our mouth? We have never been stop from making statements but why suddenly this time? I think they are making the call because they have been put in a dangerous position.

"Islam has never stopped us from talking as all questions have their answers," he said.

and Hadi sets conditions for unity talks

Rahmah Ghazali | Jun 11, 09 3:51pm

updated 4.07pm He says the talks can only take place if BN free the judiciary and the media as well as respect the doctrine of separation of powers

Nik Aziz slams unity gov't backers as Umno stooges

Jun 11, 09 5:14pm

PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat has come up with his strongest attack against party leaders, including Hadi Awang, who supported a unity government with Umno.MORE

Abdul Hadi, Mustafa flayed

Pro-Umno group 'in danger'

and Hadi sets conditions for unity talks
Rahmah Ghazali | Jun 11, 09 3:51pm
updated 4.07pm He says the talks can only take place if BN free the judiciary and the media as well as respect the doctrine of separation of powers
Nik Aziz slams unity gov't backers as Umno stooges
Jun 11, 09 5:14pm
PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat has come up with his strongest attack against party leaders, including Hadi Awang, who supported a unity government with Umno.MORE
Abdul Hadi, Mustafa flayed
Pro-Umno group 'in danger'

Hadi is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and with PAS increasing influence in Malaysian politicks now, the ticks in the wolf's fur is biting hard (tick season) and the sheep's clothing is becoming more and more uncomfortable, so he is exposing his wolf's hide once in a while … tick relief !!i think both hadi and nasharuddin should resign from PAS. firstly, as the President of PAS, do you think you can simply say things according to your own whims and fancy. Your voice represents the party. And if your party is not with you when you made such a statement, means you are trying to bulldoze your own opinion regardless of party stand. have some dignity, please, resign and step down and let more capable leaders to helm and lead PAS to greater height. thank you Tok Guru Nik Aziz.



dogfathertz3Bear in mind that UMNO has planted its trojan horse within PAS and now it will rear its ugly head and soon PAS will be investigated by MACC for money politics!! One UMNO puppet trying to write/spin abouts non existing puppets

Once you usefulness is used, you will left with Kelantan only, AGAIN! You guy are talking about Unity of Malay, why not talking about Unity of Malaysian? Since PAS is a religious based political party you should not be talking about race unity right? I know that most if not all Malay are a born Muslim, but some might not want to be one but just born to be one.

When UMNO talk to you about Unity of the Malay, they are trying to drag you into their game plan of divides and rules. That's the only way UMNO or BN can hold on power, based on race based or political based politic. The future of Malaysian's politic should not be race based or religious based. Dear PAS it is time you have to change your party ideology to fit the need of General Malaysian!

You are dancing and sleeping with the Wolf now, you will create unease within the PR alliance. Once UMNO or BN know that your usefulness is running out, they will dump you AGAIN!

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This, he said, was a move in tandem with the Islamic ideals of openness.
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Is twisting and turning your words in tandem with the Islamic ideals of openness?

BN is bad news. Stay away. Why do you want to have a dance with a Devil with najis everywhere?


BN has been bad news for the Raayat for 50 years and 8th March 08 was the loudest silent voice from the Raayat.

Hadi… did you not understand or are you dense and stupid?

There is najis all around BN and it is best to stay clear. dont they enlarge your asss hole


Engaging UMNO on important issues or matters are very, very different from having a "Unity government"!

Nobody is against engaging UMNO in efforts to resolve issues affecting the people and working together to resolve the issues. The only issue is whether the party to participate in such engagements should be PAS or PR and everyone would call it a no brainer as to who should be engaging UMNO – PR must be the only entity to engage UMNO because to allow only certain partner of the component party to engage with UMNO is very foolish – in fact, stupid!

As PR is a component party comprising PAS, PKR and DAP, it is imperative that anything that is done by any partner, must be done together with all other partners as a component entity! This is kindergarden stuff and only requires a bit of logic to come to such a conclusion.

Unless, PAS is trying to elbow their way to the top without any regards to the other partners of the party, it is imperative that agreed understandings, promises and pledges are observed in order that the party can grow exponentially into a solid party where the partners are capable of being team players when in government.allows me to repost what I think about PAS election recently……………….

"Knowing the attitudes most of the Malays old thinking and knowing the attitudes of the Kelantan Malays I can say that it is still unclear direction for the PAS in PKR especially with the group of selected leaders who is not as far sighted with their TGNA point of view…….Sadly that most of the talented, proficient and excellent leaders was sidelined by the old attitude of political thinking by the PAS representatives who made the vote recently……As a Malaysian Malay……I am confident that my way of thinking should be on par if not a bit lower to Datuk Seri Nizar, Datuk Husham and all his groups and supporters……But I can't say the same to other PAS leaders besides TGNA………..But should PAS remain faithful and could be stand as a reliable partner then PKR should prepared and have the alternatives plan for the coming PRU 13……This is because……..The Malays is getting Smarter, Well Informed, More Educated and More Far Sighted elsewhere in Malaysia……….besides Kelantan alone I mean…….So don't be too sad either for all the Malaysian Malaysia…..But always be alert and get ready……..Remember…………"When The Going Get Tough………The Tough Get Going" Just put your self into malaysian shoes, and not your rubbish ideal for "Unity Government". Act / move for better Malaysian, and it need lot's of time to develop, and not using the funny flip-flop short-cut to govern Malaysia. I am doubt for his Islamic manner that Hadi had learn, to me see no difference as compare to Power Crazy man, and please do not jeopardize the name of Islam. you are disqualify to be the real islamic ustaz, I surely believe



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Posted: 18 Nov 2010 07:45 AM PST










Ramai bekas tentera hidup melarat, Najib... Persatuan Bekas Tentera pula cuma main-main!

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 07:05 AM PST

My father, Hj Harun Abu Bakar is now 75. At this age, he walks on his third leg, a 'tongkat'. Many years ago, he was one of the Malayan heroes in Congo and among those few who survived the communists assault in Sungai Siput, Perak.

He was among pioneers of Askar Melayu, used to answer directly to his officer-in-charge during the 1960s, (now) Tan Sri Ghazali Che Mat. They were together with the rest of the battalion members during Confrontation and Emergency. He was also a member of the ADP (Army Depot Police) which enforced the Gurkhas, Sikhs and the Australian Army together.

He didnt retire. He quit after completing his compulsary and royal service. No pension, no nothing. But when the government announced a few years ago that those who used to serve in the Malay Regiment, with or without pension, would be given some 'token of appreciation' and a service medal, he was excited.

He registered with the Persatuan Bekas Tentera Malaysia (PBTM) in Melaka a few months ago and the officer on duty promised to visit him at home, at my sister's house in Bemban, Jasin to have a chat with him and probably an interview.

After months of wait, he called the PBTA office and again, they promised to come. But they didnt. So, he called again... and got the same answer. They were actually toying him around!

Abah saya bukan nak duit atau pembelaan tetapi dia amat berpegang pada janji. Jika Persatuan Bekas Tentera tidak mahu menjalankan tanggungjawabnya, usahlah memberi harapan kepada seorang yang sudah setua dia. Rawan hati orang tua tidak sukar dipujuk.

Saya nak tegur sikit persatuan dan Kerajaan Malaysia. Harap Menteri Pertahanan ambil 'pot'. Begitu juga Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Tahukah mereka bahawa kebanyakan bekas tentera hidup daif selepas bersara? Do you know that most of them still receive a monthly pension of between Rm50 and RM100 over the past 20 or 30 years?

Di manakah perasaan kasih dan terhutang budi kita terhadap mereka yang berjuang sebelum dan selepas Merdeka, mempertahankan negara daripada Parti Komunis Malaya dan konfrontasi dengan Indonesia, sehingga kita dapat mengecap nikmat keamanan dan pembangunan hari ini?

Fikirkanlah. Dah tak ramai daripada saki-baki orang tua seperti abah saya ni yang masih hidup. Saya masih ingat ketika Tun Mahathir menjadi Perdana Menteri, beliau mengundang satu bas veteran perang kita sempena Hari Kemerdekaan (saya lupa tahunnya).

Ramai yang menitiskan air mata apabila melihat mereka membuka kasut di luar pintu bilik hotel. Kebanyakannya tidak pernah sampai ke Kuala Lumpur pun!

Di manakah mereka sekarang? Where are our unsung heroes? Jika kita tidak mahu melayan 'karenah' mereka, saya harap janganlah ada pihak yang berjanji akan membantu mereka dengan itu dan ini. Tak payahlah Persatuan Bekas Tentera beriya-iya menunjukkan keikhlasan sedangkan mereka sendiri berat untuk melaksanakannya!

Kita memang bangsa yang tidak mengenang budi...

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Posted: 18 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PST

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Aidiladha Di Kelantan Tanpa Air Bersih!

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:48 AM PST

Amat menyedihkan bagi sesetengah tempat di Kelantan menyambut perayaan dengan ketiadaan air bersih.

Perkara ini bukan baru lagi bahkan sering berlaku dan bertambah buruk terutama ketika menghadapi musim perayaan.

Menjelang beberapa hari musim perayaan Hari Raya Kurban pada tahun ini di beberapa kawasan di Jajahan Pasir Puteh mengalami ketiadaan air yang serious .

Perkara yang sama juga berlaku bila menjelang perayaan Hari Raya Puasa yang lepas.

Kerajaan Pas Kelantan gagal menyelesaikan masalah tersebut biarpun diberi peluang mentadbir Kelantan sudah lebih selama 20 tahun.

Anwar Sanggup Hina Malaysia Untuk Alih Perhatian

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:23 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR 18 Nov – "Itulah Anwar Ibrahim, dia akan membuat apa sahaja demi kepentingan peribadi walaupun menghina negara sendiri, jika ada masalah dia akan keluar negara dan buat sesuatu untuk alihkan tumpuan," kata Ketua Penerangan Wanita UMNO, Datuk Hamidah Osman.

Hamidah berkata, sudah menjadi kelaziman kepada Anwar akan cuba mengalih perhatian rakyat dengan membuat sesuatu isu sama ada di dalam atau luar negara walaupun apa yang dilakukan itu memberi kesan negatif kepada negara.

"Anwar tidak pernah memikirkan kesan terhadap apa yang dilakukannya, yang penting baginya adalah melunaskan cita-cita serta agenda peribadi termasuk menggunakan media asing untuk mendapat perhatian.

"Tindakan Anwar itu adalah suatu perbuatan seorang pengkhianat yang sanggup memburuk-burukkan negara sendiri untuk kepentingan peribadi, macam mana nak tadbir negara sedangkan masalah parti sendiri (PKR) tidak boleh diselesaikan," katanya ketika diminta mengulas tindakan Anwar memburukkan Malaysia pada media asing ketika berada di luar negara.

Baru-baru ini, Anwar ketika ditemu bual oleh Sky News Australia, dia menyatakan bahawa pengiktirafan yang diberi oleh negara asing terhadap kemajuan Malaysia sehingga dianggap sebuah negara Islam yang moden adalah satu penghinaan.

Hamidah berkata, tindakan Anwar itu bagi meredakan tumpuan kepadanya terhadap kemelut yang berlaku dalam pemilihan PKR sehingga menyebabkan calon timbalan presiden parti itu, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim menarik diri kerana tidak berpuas hati dengan perjalanan pemilihan parti itu yang sedang berjalan sekarang.

"Orang macam ini nak dijadikan pemimpin untuk memimpin negara, masalah parti tak boleh selesai nak bercita-cita tinggi untuk jadi pemimpin nombor satu negara,  tak tahulah apa akan terjadi kepada negara ini, jangan nanti bila ada masalah dia akan keluar negara dan minta bantuan orang luar.

"Rakyat perlu sedar dengan keadaan ini dan harus menolak pemimpin seperti ini yang akan cuba mencari pelbagai alasan atau helah untuk melepaskan diri jika ada masalah yang berlaku terhadapnya," katanya.

Menurutnya, Anwar sekarang sedang menghadapi pelbagai masalah dan kepercayaan serta sokongan rakyat terhadapnya telah mula terhakis, keadaan bertambah teruk dengan apa yang berlaku dalam PKR ketika ini.

Beliau berkata, apa yang dinyatakan oleh Anwar pada media asing itu adalah pandangan peribadinya yang cemburu dengan kejayaan negara di bawah kepimpinan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang mendapat pengiktirafan pemimpin dunia.

"Anwar ini ibarat seperti orang kecewa, cemburu dan tidak senang dengan kejayaan serta pengiktirafan negara luar terhadap Malaysia, sebab itu pengiktirafan yang diberikan itu pun dianggap sebagai satu penghinaan.

"Biasalah, jika orang yang mempunyai sifat seperti itu dia akan berusaha sedaya upaya untuk mengagalkan kejayaan yang dimiliki oleh orang lain," katanya.

PM: Malaysia-India Trade To Double By 2015

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:18 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 – Trade between Malaysia and India is expected to double by 2015 as a result of many landmark agreements signed between the two countries.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said among them were the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, multiple memoranda of understanding in the fields of tourism, information technology and services, traditional medicine as well as in research and development collaboration.

"These are significant milestones that will feature prominently increasing trade and investment flows between Malaysia and India.

"We are confident the country-to-country relationship will manifest itself more intensely and significantly as the many initiatives start to take form and generate results," he said in his speech at the TiE Asia-Pacific Conference 2010 here today.

Najib said Malaysian government had embarked on measures to provide unique opportunities for businesses to access financial and capital markets as the government realised that for entrepreneurs to be successful, adequate access to finance and capital was essential.

In this regard, he said, Bursa Malaysia was working with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) to encourage Indian and non-resident Indian businesses to take advantage of the opportunities Malaysian capital markets had to offer.

He said the Securities Commission and the Stock Exchange Board of India had signed an agreement paving the way for improved opportunities in cross-border capital market activities.

Najib urged foreign entrepreneurs to explore opportunities in the country's highly-developed Islamic banking and financial services industry.

"We can confidently say our financial institutions have more than adequate capacity to support entrepreneurs in their business endeavours," he said.

Tak Ramai Mengundi Tanda PKR Kehilangan Sokongan Ahli : Ahmad Maslan

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:16 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Nov – Parti Keadilan Rakyat dilihat seperti kehilangan sokongan anggotanya kerana jumlah yang keluar mengundi bagi memilih kepimpinan parti itu sangat rendah, kata Ketua Penerangan Umno Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

Beliau berkata pemilihan barisan kepimpinan tertinggi parti sepatutnya mendapat sambutan yang hangat daripada anggota, seperti yang berlaku dalam Umno, di mana kehadiran ahli untuk memilih kepimpinan di peringkat cawanganpun sangat tinggi.

"Saya pun terperanjat kerana menjangkakan ramai anggota parti itu akan keluar mengundi untuk memilih barisan kepimpinan mereka," katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis korban di Masjid Negara di sini pada Khamis.

Ahmad, yang juga Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, berkata anggota Umno bagaimanapun tidak seharus merasa selesa dalam usaha memenangi hati rakyat akibat masalah dalaman yang sedang dihadapi PKR sekarang.

"Anggota Umno perlu terus menerus berusaha memberi perkhidmatan terbaik untuk rakyat," katanya.

PKR semakin cacamarba – Shahrizat

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:15 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR 18 Nov. – Pergerakan Wanita UMNO percaya sesiapa yang dipilih untuk memimpin Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dalam pemilihan parti itu tidak akan mendapat kepercayaan rakyat.

Ketua Wanita UMNO, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil berkata, ramai yang merasakan pemilihan dalam parti itu diibaratkan satu permainan yang cacamarba, main sana, main sini dan kerana itu pemimpin yang menang tidak akan diyakini.

Menurutnya, daripada apa yang beliau baca melalui blog dan media, sesiapa yang menang dalam pemilihan itu tidak boleh dianggap hebat dan diambil sebagai serius.

"Pada pemerhatian saya, proses pemilihan parti itu tidak mengikut sistem tertentu sebaliknya semua sistem boleh dilakukan seperti cacamarba," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri sambutan Hari Raya Aidiladha Wanita UMNO di perkarangan Dewan Jinjang Utara D di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir Ketua UMNO Bahagian Kepong, Senator Datuk Rizuan Hamid; Ketua Pemudanya, Norizan Ali dan Ketua Puteri, Norshamsi Omar Talib.

Shahrizat yang juga Ketua Wanita Bahagian Kepong mengulas proses pemilihan pemimpin PKR dan keputusan calon Timbalan Presiden, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim yang mengundur diri dan bakal menubuhkan parti baru.

Shahrizat yang juga Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat memberitahu, beliau tidak menjangka perpecahan dalam PKR berlaku lebih awal daripada yang dijangkakan dan seterusnya tidak hairan Zaid menarik diri daripada pemilihan parti itu.

Dalam pada itu, beliau percaya rakyat Malaysia bijak dan mampu untuk menghitung apa yang sedang berlaku dan seterusnya tahu siapa yang akan mereka pilih pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Beliau berkata, rakyat mengikuti perkembangan politik PKR dan seterusnya mengambil iktibar mengenainya.

Shahrizat menambah, PKR ditubuhkan tanpa visi, ideologi atau idealisme perjuangan bagi membantu rakyat dan negara sebaliknya untuk menentukan individu tertentu menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia.

Beliau menambah, rakyat masih bernasib baik kerana mengetahui kerapuhan PKR itu lebih awal.

Katanya, di mana-mana beliau pergi termasuk kawasan Parlimen Lembah Pantai, ramai pengundi menyatakan kesal kerana membuat keputusan salah berlandaskan tsunami politik pada pilihan raya lalu.

"Kemenangan wakil rakyat PKR di Lembah Pantai tidak membela atau memperjuangkan nasib penduduk di kawasan tersebut sebaliknya mereka diabaikan.

"Saya boleh bercakap demikian kerana setelah berkhidmat tiga penggal membina satu-satunya kawasan dengan 20,000 keluarga setinggan hingga menjadi kawasan Parlimen yang hebat tetapi hari ini semuanya sudah 'hancur'," katanya.

Bagaimanapun Shahrizat mengucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada Ketua UMNO Bahagian Lembah Pantai yang juga Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin yang banyak membantu penghuni di kawasan tersebut.

Right Brain Kids

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 04:58 AM PST

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Anwar and Zaid”Significant Announcements..?”

Posted: 18 Nov 2010 04:27 AM PST

Natasha received a message from her former colleague telling her that "Tomorrow there might see some fireworks in PKR. Anwar will address a rally while Zaid will have a PC. Article will be up later." 


We reposts the article for the benefit of all:-

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is scheduled to hold a rally at the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) auditorium tomorrow where he is expected to speak on the latest developments in the party.

NONEAccording to one of his aides, Anwar (right) is expected to touch on the need to close ranks, on the eve of the final round of voting by party divisions.

"The party has undergone a lot of criticism. I believe he will address this and the need for the party to strengthen itself," said the aide.

Last week, PKR vice-president Azmin Ali announced that Anwar will be delivering a "special address" at tomorrow's event to explain the latest developments within the party.

The party has been in a state of disquiet and assaulted by public criticism over the tussle for the party deputy presidency, involving Azmin, Mustaffa Kamil Ayub and Zaid Ibrahim.

Even before accepting nominations, Zaid has been accusing party leaders of conspiring against him and being a victim of their smear campaign.

After two weekends of polling Zaid was just a tad behind Azmin but declared his withdrawal from the contest because of widespread "malpractise and electoral fraud", without formally writing in on the decision.

He also placed the blame for the situation on Anwar and Azmin and urged them to step down.

Zaid to explain resignation from PKR

Anwar had mostly stayed away from the fray until today, when he insinuated that Zaid had failed to serve the party despite the amount of special privileges heaped on him as a new member.

NONEZaid's (left) theatrics have attracted strong criticism against the PKR which has repeatedly denied malpractices in the elections while urging detractors to back their allegations with proof.

Meanwhile, Zaid is scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow at 10.30am at his residence to explain his decision to quit PKR.

Over the next few weeks, he is expected to hold a series of private meetings with supporters across the country.

Beng Hock support group seeks 100000 signatures

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 11:07 PM PST

The Malaysians for Beng Hock support group, set up following the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock last year, is seeking 100000 signatures in the next three months to push for the setting-up of a royal commission. more story :
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My Response to RPK's column...

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 10:50 PM PST

Have I really changed?

Sunday, 14 November 2010 Super Admin
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One of my terms for agreeing to head the Free Anwar Campaign and manage its website was that I would be free to express my views whether they be favourable or unfavourable towards Anwar, his party, or the opposition coalition, then called Barisan Alternatif.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

Blogger YL Chong wrote a piece called, "Why RPK is Acting Out of Character", which you can read here.

One reader going by the ID of 'kahsinaw' commented in Malaysia Today "you seemed to outgrow the size of your head." Others allege that I have changed. Nik Nazmi insinuates that my actions appear to be aimed at allowing Barisan Nasional to rule forever. And so on and so forth.

Maybe these people do not know me well enough or have never read what I had written since back in the 1990s. I have never minced my words and have always called a spade a spade. What I write today is no different from how I have always written since the 1990s.

As an example, read the two articles below, which I wrote on 1st November and 26th November 2001. That was nine years ago. And do you know where these articles were published? They were published in the Free Anwar Campaign website.

For the newcomers, the Free Anwar Campaign (FAC) was a movement that I ran and I was the webmaster for the website ( and The website still exists until today. And because of my work in the Free Anwar Campaign I was detained under the Internal Security Act in April 2001.

Note one important point. That was an Anwar Ibrahim website. And yet I wrote and published articles that whacked Anwar and his party, Parti Keadilan Nasional (now called Parti Keadilan Rakyat).

So, no, I have not changed. My stand has not shifted one bit. What I wrote back then I still write today. One of my terms for agreeing to head the Free Anwar Campaign and manage its website was that I would be free to express my views whether they be favourable or unfavourable towards Anwar, his party, or the opposition coalition, then called Barisan Alternatif.

Now read what I wrote nine years ago and tell me whether what I write today is any different from what I wrote then.


Welcome to the Real World

Raja Petra Kamarudin (1st November 2001)

From the 8th to 11th November 2001, the National Justice Party (keADILan), which was two and a half years old on 4 October, will be facing its first party election. As anticipated, as soon as the Sarawak State Elections ended – and with less than desired results, may I add – the campaigning heated up.

Deputy President Dr Chandra Muzaffar's decision not to seek re-election, followed by Hamdan Tahar's resignation from the party under unhappy circumstances, cast a glum scenario indeed. Earlier, one of the party's three Vice Presidents, Zainur Zakaria, who is also one of Anwar Ibrahim's solicitors, announced his withdrawal as well. Zainur had, in fact, filled that post when another Vice President, Marina Yusoff, resigned in a huff a year or so earlier.

Less publicised was Johari Abdul's resignation from the Supreme Council, a personality strongly linked to the Reformasi movement and regarded as one of its masterminds. This further widened the gap between the party and the Reformasi movement that claims it is being sidelined though the party would not have existed if not for the movement.

Rumours are rife that further resignations are in the cards and time will testify to this speculation. But people come and people go and, at the end of the day, one has to subscribe to the philosophy that no one is indispensable. If keADILan falls apart because of the exit of a few key figures, then it is no party to start of with, as a political party cannot revolve around a handful of people.

At first glance it looks bad. KeADILan appears to be breaking apart. And, from the feedback received, this is certainly the perception of those on the outside looking in.

The party supporters out there are extremely disappointed. Some are even angry and speak about the present goings-on with a bitter tone in their voice. They ask, were they wrong about the party and have they wasted the last three years supporting Reformasi and the party just to see its demise even before it can make inroads into Malaysian politics?

This is understandable. They had heralded keADILan's birth as the coming of new politics for Malaysia. They saw this new party, mothered by Reformasi and made possible due to the Anwar Ibrahim political crisis, as the future. They saw change and reformation on the horizon and the end to corrupt and racial politics - where nothing is regarded as immoral - that has been the accepted norm for Malaysia these last three generations.

Also understandable is the fact that keADILan's supporters are idealists. They had always shunned politics and politicians. But when they saw what they thought was the purity of the new party, they rallied forth. Some never voted in their life and now, for the first time, they actually registered as voters to play their role in ensuring the new party garnered enough votes to make a difference – maybe even enough votes to form the next government.

Now they realise that keADILan is…well, just another political party, and they are disappointed. They do not want just another political party. They want a different kind of party, and they stood up to be counted because they thought it would be a different kind of party.

Well, welcome to the real world! KeADILan is just another political party, but with a slight twist. To be realistic, keADILan needs to be another political party to last the distance. If it was that ideal, straight-laced, and an almost virtuous party that many thought it was and wish it would be, then it would be doomed from the word go.

Let's face reality. KeADILan is up against UMNO. UMNO is no saintly organisation. UMNO fights dirty. Anything goes as far as UMNO is concerned. UMNO will stoop to anything to win the elections and, given half a chance, will wipe the still-wet-behind-the-ears keADILan from the face of this earth.

Can keADILan withstand UMNO's onslaught if it fought with kid gloves? KeADILan too needs to be devious, street-wise, and blood thirsty to beat UMNO at its own game. So, keADILan too needs to be another political party to do this.

We are presently seeing what we believe is turmoil in the party. We are seeing factionalism and groupings formed - each trying to outmaneuver the other. We are seeing battle lines being drawn. We are finally seeing the aspiring candidates behaving just like any normal politician would.

But what is so wrong with this? What's wrong if keADILan's leaders and aspiring leaders act like politicians? This is, after all, what politics is all about. Politics is about contesting, and winning. It is about maneuvers and strategies. It is about outdoing and outsmarting your opponents.

KeADILan has so far never held any internal party elections. Seven months after it was formed, it faced its first general election, followed by a few by-elections and, most recently, the Sarawak State Election. There was nothing clean about these elections. As Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad promised in November 1999, the Tenth General Election was the dirtiest in the history of this country. And keADILan was ill prepared for all this.

KeADILan needs to learn how to fight, and how to fight dirty. If it cannot even get through an internal party election, how does it face UMNO in the next general election? Contests are good. That's what politics is all about. How one prepares for this contest is also very important. Slogans alone are not enough. Idealism does not cut any ice with the voters. One needs to do more than that to make any headway in Malaysian politics.

We should not look at the impending party contest as something negative. KeADILan needs to go through this and the faster the better. As it is, the contest is already too long overdue. The present crop of leaders was never elected, they were all appointed - the President included. They now need to legitimise their positions by getting elected into office.

So, the fighting is intense. Well, as they say, if the fire is too hot get out of the kitchen. If you think it is hot now, just wait until the next general election comes around. It's going to be worse than this and worse too than the last general election in 1999.

So, there are groups and camps. So what? Politics is about allies. Show me one political party that does not work on the principle of allying yourself. Some members and aspiring leaders feel that it should be a "clean" fight. What do they mean by clean? Do they mean everyone should be an "independent" candidate and not belong to any team?

Politics does not work that way. If every soldier were to do battle as Lone Rangers, without being part of an army, he would die the first day into battle. Have you even seen a football game won by a bunch of Prima Donas? If there were no team and no teamwork they would never win the match.

On whether the candidates badmouth each other and use money to win, I suppose the members will have to decide on this one. Fighting is one thing and slandering is another. The members will have to demonstrate their maturity by rejecting uncouth aspirants. And if they still get elected into office nevertheless…well, then probably those that left before this knew what they were doing.


KeADILan's true colours revealed - which is a shade of UMNO

Raja Petra Kamarudin (26th November 2001)

The media had predicted fireworks in Kemaman. Many had hoped that keADILan would fall apart due to the intense infighting. Most people had expected nothing less than the worst when Parti Keadilan Nasional held its first party election last weekend in Kemaman, Terengganu. However, what came out of it instead was a delightful surprise. The members, in a demonstration of their maturity, elected a whole new team of leaders whom they felt would strengthen the party.

The media had played up the ABIM versus ex-UMNO issue to the hilt. They made it seem like there was a power struggle between two major groups in keADILan to wrest control of the party. If this were so, then how come Irene Fernandez got in as the Women's Deputy Leader and Tian Chua as one of the three Vice Presidents when both are neither ABIM nor ex-UMNO members?

The keADILan contest was just a normal contest for party posts. All political parties in Malaysia go through it. But when the other parties see a contest it is not a big deal. For keADILan, however, it is front-page news with doomsday predictions thrown in. Maybe, as this was the party's first internal contest, all eyes were on it to see how it manages its elections with the backdrop of a fierce fight.

It was quite apparent that the contest was between groups and not individuals as nearly every delegate was armed with a complete list of who to vote for. There may have been about three or four variations of this list but the main players would be what were perceived as the ex-UMNO group of Abdul Rahman Othman, Saifuddin Nasution, Azmin Ali and the ABIM group of Dr Mohd Nur Manuty, Mustaffa Kamil, Anuar Tahir and Ruslan Kassim.

As in any block voting, an entire team would be voted in and the other sidelined. In this case, the perceived ex-UMNO group came in as the winner. How unhappy the "other side" was at losing was demonstrated when most who lost did not attend the closing session of the AGM. It was estimated that only about 300 of the 1,004 delegates turned up which puts to question whether there was any quorum for the closing session.

Party President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail tried to justify the high absentee rate by explaining that many had to return to their hometowns or go back to work. But no amount of explaining could dispel the impression that these were sore losers who would rather boycott the remaining session of the AGM because they did not get voted in.

If this is the attitude of the losers then maybe, in the first place, it was best that they did not win. Everybody knows how to manage victory. Only the matured know how to manage defeat. And if this is a demonstration of how they manage defeat, then they are certainly not matured enough yet to lead the party.

The campaigning was another source of anxiety. Some of the campaign tactics were rather dirty and centred on character assassination. In the euphoria to win seats and defeat their rivals, some candidates would resort to anything just as long as they win in the end. It was good that these people did not win, as this is certainly an unhealthy culture that should be rejected.

KeADILan preaches justice and fair play and urges the populace to reject the corrupt Barisan Nasional and its leading partner, UMNO. However, some of the keADILan leaders showed that they are no better than the BN or UMNO leaders. Why, therefore, would Malaysians need to kick out the ruling party just to replace it with a party that has the same practices and culture?

The next contest will be in March 2002 when the more than 120 divisions will be up for grabs. If the recent AGM was anything to go by, expect an equally intense and filthy contest during the division elections. If this happens, this would be the beginning of the end for the party.

Many supporters are disgusted with what they saw the last month or so with reported dirty tactics a la UMNO and fist fights at MPT meetings. Some of the die-hards are now becoming cold towards the party and no longer want to support it. They feel keADILan has deviated from the right path and has become just another political party. Worse than that, it has become another UMNO-like party.

If keADILan wants to continue getting the support of the people, it needs to demonstrate that it is a matured and responsible party. The test would be in March next year when the campaigning for the divisional elections heats up. If the Kemaman affair is repeated, then expect many to turn their backs on the party for good.


DEAR Raja Petra Kamarudin and web admin:

The column yesterday reproduced above refers.

Good day to you, and hope fellow esteemed blogger RPK, wherever you are, I hope you are thriving and in good spirits.

Yes, some straight answers and followed by what I feel are relevant points.

1. Wrt "

Maybe these people do not know me well enough or have never read what I had written since back in the 1990s. I have never minced my words and have always called a spade a spade. What I write today is no different from how I have always written since the 1990s.

As an example, read the two articles below, which I wrote on 1st November and 26th November 2001. That was nine years ago. And do you know where these articles were published? They were published in the Free Anwar Campaign website."

I would say that I was a regular reader of FAC website. In fact, I served as News Editor at malaysiakini for a year from early 2000 to 2001 that saw the early days of Reformasi following the sacking of Datuk Ser Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy President of uMNO as well as DPM (under Dr Mahathir Mohamad as PM). During that period, I was writing a weekly column named Ruminations which mainly were puttng the Mahatrhir's administration under a journalist's scrutiny, and hence, mostly critical and consonant with "Change".

Comtemporary writers whom I read wer (the late) MGG Pillai -- whom I could say was a friend as we knew each other for some two decades by then, having occasional tea and lunch as a twosome,or with other media buddies. In fact, after his death, I was also in touch with oneof his sons who was also from the media arena.

Another scribe I read was Sabry Zain with his entertaining Not The New Straits Times, whose barbs were not welcomed by NST, and I believe the NSTP did sue Sdr Zain for defamation (? I stand corrected as I rely on my memeory mostly. I indeed did a two=part review of Sabri's book "Face-Off" which I recommend to all reform-minded Malaysians whomissed the action taht followed DSAI's sacking and subsequent arrest.

(2) Wrt to my column that earned RPK's current "rebuttal", may I just say this is alright with me -- as RPK was the key speaker at Bloggers United Malaysia (Bum) 2007 which I chaired, followed by Bloggers Universe Malaysia (BUM2008), I had always prefaced the two annual gatherings by quoting Voltaire's dictum: "I may disagree with what you say but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it."

Unfortunately RPK was not available at BUM2009 and BUM2010 as he was the overseas, but my Org Com members will vouch for my saying taht he would have been welcomed as a key spoaker even "at the last minute" with no confirmation of participation, as did happen in the first two outing.

I think some of us bloggers are on the same page with RPK as far as fighting for change, for A Better Malaysia", is concerned. Ihave oft stated in my comments when carryong your articles that I hold you in high esteem. In fact, I had co-organised with several Seremban activists the Anto-ISA campaign, and had written an Ode to thy name which was read at the third (or fourth?) weekly Anti-ISA Candlelight Vigil at Dataran Seremban on the same day you succeeded in your ISA habeas corpus application in the KL court.

One piece of writing critical of RPK does not mean we have become"enemies" as has been the conclusion I deemed from reafing comments from your "fans" at m2day.

Yo yout question "Have I changed?", my general reply is that "We all grow up with each passing year", and only our close buddies will be able to truthfully come to a fair assessment when we have changed characterwise and our stands on the causes we fight/fought for. I had posed my article title as a question (first published at another web portal...) while the Malaysian Digest had re-phrased it to a statement -- it's alright. It's the body that counts.

My article that that earned the present response from you (RPK) was written in the spirit of "concern" for a writer who I still hold in high esteem for havig written an article whose very title " could give "ammunition" to the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional government to attack the federal opposition, and this can be very damaging cometh the next General Elections (GE13). Don't you think UMNO would cash with elaborate propaganda riding on your No Holds Barred column on Oct 13 "Umno is Beginning to Look Better Than PKR?

If you care to peruse my own blog -- the external source from which I copied&pasted the most number of articles were from your web portal and columns. One other writer I feature prominent is Kim Quek, whose political thoughts coincide a lot with mine, and since he himself does not have a blog, I run his writings as soon as I receive them via email.

I might have digressed a bit because I want to tell a bit of my writer's journey and where I stand in my political philosophy and causes I support, so I hope your readers will bear with me.

I also welcome feedback to what I wrote and will continue to write -- I offer no apologies for being first a DAP member for some two decades, and from January 2005 till to date, a PKR member -- as I think discourse is a two-way process, and in a way, we act as check-and-balance and benefit from rational and reasoned exchanges. I prefer feedback from readers who care to identify themselves, and not from Anonymous ones who often go into "personal" rantings without any relevance to the topic under discussion.

Thank you for your patience.

Warm regards,

YL, Desi, knottyaSssual

12.36pm, Nov 15, 2010

Don't expect the Chinese vote to return to PAS

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:22 PM PST

From Pak Tua, via e-mail

The shift in the Chinese votes in Galas in favour of BN can be attributed to two reasons:

1. The Chinese and Indians were promised 750 houses by BN. Houses in Gua Musang are precious commodities as not many house lots or houses are provided to accommodate the ever burgeoning populace of Gua Musang especially after the opening of Cameron-Gua Musang access road.

Many Chinese from the west coast have found economic opportunities here but they have problems finding houses to live in. The prospect of getting a house from the BN's project gave them hope, so why not grab this opportunity since none was coming from the present state government.

2. Many Chinese have opened up land for small holdings, either to plant rubber or cocoa and of  late, oil palm. Since they carry the identity cards with the code 06, 04 or whatever, other than 03 being an indication that they were born in Kelantan, the state government was reluctant to give them the land titles despite promising so in the March 2008 general election should PAS form the next state government.

They often compare their application of 30 acres as peanuts compared to those who asked for  thousand of acres for an oil palm plantation.

The state government's attempt to explain that those big acreage granted were sub-leased from Yayasan Islam Kelantan, and not directly to the Chinese companies were unacceptable to them.

This just goes to show that their distrust in PAS as the state government has faltered and they are showing it at the ballot box. After all they now feel they have nothing to lose.

Don't expect the Chinese vote to return to PAS as they must have burnt their bridges after the by election of Galas.


What happened to the Chinese votes?

Answers we need from Zahid Hamidi

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:21 PM PST

From Francis Pereira, via e-mail

Bumi-centric policies kept the non-Malay Malaysians out of the civil service, the police and the army. Discrimination drove many out of the service and even overseas. These are facts which all fair-minded Malaysians recognise.

Zahid Hamidi is as 'kurang ajar', as many of his Umno cronies are, to close his mind to these facts and accuse us of lacking patriotism.

Now he arrogantly adds insult to injury by trying to put a different spin to what he had said.

And by the way, do tell us your reason for not joining the police or armed forces if it is not abject lack of patriotism. What is it?


Friends and foes open fire on defence minister

Why did you join PKR at all Zaid?

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:20 PM PST

From Betty Streamyx, via e-mail

What is Zaid's motive to join PKR in the first instance? To crumble the party or to spy for Umno?... or both.


Fed up with cheats and lies, Zaid to quit PKR

Why did the boy steal?

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 12:19 PM PST

From Stariy Perdun, via e-mail

Though we agree that robbing is a big no, this incident is making Malaysia looks like a  Hollywood cowboy movie scene.

Guns are for the rich only, who will have heaps of reasons to have the guns.

But, has anyone checked the background of the dead teenagers? Did he do that to get money to buy food to feed his poor family?

There is nothing told about the dead robbers! May God forgive us to what we have done to each other.


Teenager shot dead during robbery attempt

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