Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Decline of a False Martyr: Anwar Ibrahim’s Annus Horribilis

The Decline of a False Martyr: Anwar Ibrahim’s Annus Horribilis


The Decline of a False Martyr: Anwar Ibrahim’s Annus Horribilis

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 03:51 PM PST


By Roy Thinnes

WikiLeaks has shown us many interesting things, though perhaps nothing as epochal as the silver-maned Julian Assange would have us think. The conduct of American foreign policy in private turns out to be remarkably like its conduct in public: the State Department is motivated by concepts of naked self-interest just like any national bureaucracy, but revelations of American hypocrisy are remarkably absent.
Revelations of foreign-power hypocrisy, by contrast, are rampant in the WikiLeaks cables, and none more stark than that of Malaysia's own Anwar Ibrahim.
The perennial opposition leader and putative Islamic democrat is in an awkward position, as WikiLeaks has revealed a remarkably chatty Singaporean intelligence source opining on the nature of his present trial for sodomy. The trial, alert readers will recall, is Anwar's second in about a decade. The first was widely seen as a nakedly political move by the authoritarian regime of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad; and the second is frequently condemned as such despite the present Prime Minister Najib Razak's considerably more liberal record. All this may have to reassessed if what WikiLeaks's Singaporean asserts is true.
The basics of the contention are these: the sodomy charge was indeed a "setup," in the Singaporean's words, but Anwar is also guilty. Worse, Anwar knew it was likely a "setup," and walked into it anyway. This raises some interesting questions, if true:
Is Anwar Ibrahim simply a prisoner of his passions, to the extent that they override his sense of self-preservation?
Or, more intriguingly, did Anwar Ibrahim calculate that a second trial would redound to his long-term political benefit, as the first one assuredly did?
Anwar's reaction to all this has been interesting to watch. Initially, he derided the revelations on his Twitter account as merely the products of Malaysian Special Branch speculation — hardly an unbiased source, especially in Anwar's mental universe, wherein they are penetrated by Israeli agents. But then the opposition leader appeared to think better of this, and began threatening legal actions against Malaysian press that reported on the allegations. This last action is, of course, inconsistent with the liberal, democratizing image he wishes to present to the West — and it is also suggestive of a bit of desperation, as if a well-laid plan has gone terribly awry.
This concluding drama of 2010 closes Anwar Ibrahim's own annus horribilis, which he began in a position of considerable political strength, and which ends now in mounting questions about his political viability and personal integrity.
At the turn of the previous New Year, Anwar had come off some disappointing elections that did not, as he had predicted, result in his assumption of the Prime Ministerial office. He was therefore busy demagoguing, with some success, the Prime Minister's engagement of a public-relations firm with past business in Israel. This led directly into his first major misstep, as he slid into outright anti-Semitic rhetoric in the early spring. As this attracted notice in an incredulous Western press — long used to the narrative of Anwar as a benevolent figure of tolerance — he compounded it by publicly blaming the United States for the Gaza-flotilla incident, and leading a crowd of thousands shouting anti-American slogans at the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. As a consequence, by mid-June there was substantive US press noting, with some shock, that Anwar Ibrahim appeared to be less of an appealing Islamic democrat, and more of an anti-American Jew-baiter.
The direct result of this? A public letter from B'nai B'rith to the US Secretary of State and Congressional leaders, urging American policymakers to wholly shun Anwar — a stunning turnabout for an erstwhile darling of the US foreign-policy establishment.
Stung by these admittedly rather justified charges, Anwar was forced to spend much of the summer touring Europe and North America, apologizing to his liberal (and Jewish) friends in both, and exhorting audiences to remember that he was himself a victim of persecution. This worked to some extent, but it's fair to say that he returned to Malaysia with a battered image in the one constituency he counted on most: Western liberal sentiment.
Incredible as it may seem, things got worse when Anwar returned to the United States in September, apparently in the wake of Prime Minister Najib's trip to the UN General Assembly. Incautious as ever with social media, he Twittered that while in America, he visited the International Institute for Islamic Thought, prompting some curious observers to make inquiries into the nature of the IIIT. The past ninety days have therefore seen a series of articles in American media outlets, revealing much of Anwar Ibrahim's past to the US audience. Key points include:
Anwar co-founded the IIIT nearly three decades ago as a Muslim-Brotherhood front organization in the United States.
Anwar's IIIT has been named in Muslim Brotherhood documents seized by the FBI as a key Islamic-radical front organization in the United States.
Anwar's IIIT is directly responsible for coining and promulgating the word "Islamophobia" as a tactic to discredit critics of radical Islam.
Anwar apparently remains on the board of the IIIT.
Anwar may have benefitted from Muslim-Brotherhood funding, possibly routed via Turkish sources. (This may, if confirmed, explain Anwar's decision to flee to the Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpus when his most recent indictment was announced.)
Anwar may have benefitted from funding sources within Saudi Arabia, by way of his Muslim Brotherhood connections.
Note that there are many questions awaiting confirmation in this list. What Anwar has done, with his eager demagoguery, his Jew-baiting, and his general incaution, is make these questions rational and plausible. We may rest assured that intrepid journalists are even now seeking their answers.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia itself, Anwar's errors of 2010 haunt him on several fronts. His campaign against Jewish influence, which seemed so tactically promising at its inception, will now likely result in a punitive suspension from the Malaysian parliament at the hands of its Rules Committee. Within his own party, cracks are beginning to show: noted Malaysian liberal and reformer Zaid Ibrahim recently stormed out of Anwar's Pakatan Rakyat party, charging corruption and a cult of personality about its leader. This is a loss of credibility the embattled leader can ill afford.
As this year drew to a close, nearly every advantage that Anwar Ibrahim held at its beginning has been frittered away — except, perhaps, his rectitude vis a vis his sodomy trial.
Now, with WikiLeaks, that may be gone too. If it is, all that will be left of the Anwar Ibrahim that once traveled the world as a champion of democracy, transparency, and liberalism will be a discredited husk of a decidely amoral political opportunist. And it all happened in just one year.


Barisan back playing IN regaining its two-thirds majority in Parliament

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 03:43 PM PST

(Malaysiakini) – Pakatan Rakyat says the anticipated suspension of four of its MPs tomorrow will lead to BN regaining its two-thirds majority in Parliament. Rasah MP Anthony Loke said the implications of this are huge and the consequences dire for Pakatan.

"Maybe the BN will use this opportunity to amend the federal constitution or re-draw the electoral boundaries," Loke told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

A motion to suspend Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for six-months was tabled yesterday in a bid to censure him for claiming that Apco Worldwide – a public relations firm that advises the Najib administration – was linked to the Zionist regime of Israel. Following this, Anwar was referred to the rights and privileges committee, which recommended that Anwar be suspended, despite not giving him the opportunity to make his defence.

BN moves to ensure full house in vote to suspend Anwar

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
December 15, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — All Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers have been instructed to attend tomorrow's parliamentary sitting for the vote on the proposed six-month suspension of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and three other Pakatan Rakyat MPs.Tomorrow is the final day of the current parliamentary session. 

Anwar (picture) is facing the boot from Parliament for six months for claiming earlier this year that public relations consultancy APCO Worldwide had been behind both the 1 Malaysia and One Israel concepts.

Yesterday, Anwar was the only MP recommended for punishment over the issue in the final report by Parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee.

Gelugor MP Karpal Singh, who is also a committee member, was recommended to receive severe "admonishment" for allegedly insulting Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, the committee's chairman.

The Malaysian Insider understands BN chief parliamentary whip Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has reminded his fellow lawmakers today to cancel any prior engagements planned for tomorrow.

BN is looking to avoid a repeat of Budget 2010 where the ruling coalition's proposals were nearly scuttled by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) when it barely got through by a 66-63 vote margin at the third reading in the Dewan Rakyat.

A notice of motion to suspend three Pakatan Rakyat by a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department was also listed in today's Dewan Rakyat Order Paper.

The motion cites Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Gombak MP Azmin Ali and Karpal for contempt for revealing and discussing the proceedings of the Rights and Privileges Committee.

In the Order Paper, it stated that Sivarasa and Karpal as members of the Rights and Privileges Committee were cited for contempt for making statements outside the house by disclosing testimonies and letters revealed during the proceedings of the committee.

It said that the lawmakers had contravened Standing Order 85, which states that statements obtained in front of a select committee and any letters issued to it cannot be shown to anyone until the notice is brought to the House.

It also said that Azmin had touched on the testimonies and letter that was submitted to the committee in a notice dated December 6 under Standing Order 18 (1).

The motion to cite the three for contempt was related to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who has referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee for alleging that the 1Malaysia is linked APCO and One Israel Campaign.

 

 

The committee's investigation has been criticised by three Pakatan MPs – Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak), R Sivarasa (PKR-Subang) and Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor). They have been accused of breaking the embargo on the committee's report and a motion, to be tabled today, aims to suspend them for six months as well.

Loke said speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia had "allowed the federal government to use its majority as it likes. Tomorrow, they will pass a motion to suspend Anwar and now three more MPs from Pakatan. I see a hidden agenda here."

"This will mean huge political implications for Pakatan in Parliament because now there are 76 MPs and if four are suspended for the next six months, we will lose our one-third strength in the House. We will only have 72 in MPs," he said.

Read more here: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/150861

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Barisan Nasional knows if it holds the general election today it may see a hung parliament. Of course, many do not agree with my prediction but then they make their assessment based on emotions and wishful thinking.

Let us look at things rationally and without any emotions.

Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan control a total of 57 parliament seats. This means there are only 165 parliament seats in Peninsular or West Malaysia.

Now, Pakatan Rakyat 'controls' about half these 165 seats in Peninsular Malaysia — say 82-83 — and Barisan Nasional the other half. (Note: almost all the Pakatan Rakyat seats are in Peninsular Malaysia and not in East Malaysia).

This means, without East Malaysia, we would see a hung parliament, as what I said a few days ago.

So, who is actually this Third Force that many are talking about these last few weeks? The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM)? Certainly not! The MCLM is not third or even a force for the matter, to quote some Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

The various political groupings from Sabah and Sarawak are actually this Third Force.

While everyone is aiming their sights on the MCLM and gunning it to kingdom come they are ignoring the real Third Force, Sabah and Sarawak, those that Barisan Nasional calls their 'fixed deposit'.

Barisan Nasional can no longer leave anything to chance. Even their 'fixed deposit' may not be that secure any longer (because the natives have grown restless). They need to do some serious gerrymandering to ensure that they not only win the coming general election but win with a clear and safe two-thirds majority as well.

But to do all this they first need a two-thirds majority in parliament. And they need it now, today. And they will get this two-thirds majority when they suspend a few Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament, like what they are doing now.

Smart or not?

Expect some drastic 're-engineering' once Barisan Nasional gets back their two-thirds majority in parliament over the next few days. I was told the new electoral boundaries are already drawn up, and in favour of Barisan Nasional of course. But they need to keep it a secret at the moment. Once Barisan Nasional gets back its two-thirds majority in parliament they will approve the new electoral boundaries with maybe some additional seats as well.

If Barisan Nasional wants to just redraw the electoral boundaries it does not need two-thirds of parliament. Many do not know this. Only if they want to add more seats do they need two-thirds of parliament.

Amongst other things they are doing is they are increasing the number of armed forces personnel. This also increases the number of postal voters and if their family members also vote by post then we may see a huge number of votes going to Barisan Nasional.

RELA, which had about half a million members last year, has suddenly increased to more than two million within just a year. Added to the armed forces postal votes this means about 2.5 million votes will be in Barisan Nasional's pocket even before the announcement of Polling Day.

Barisan Nasional is bent on not just winning the next general election but they want to win with a clear majority just like in 2004 when the opposition was almost be wiped out. And they are pulling every trick in the book to ensure this happens.

What will Sabah and Sarawak do? Will they stay with Barisan Nasional? Will they swing over to Pakatan Rakyat? Or will they let Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat slug it out and see a hung parliament before deciding which coalition to form a 'unity government' with?

Yes, whoever gets to form the next federal government and whether it will be with a simple majority or a two-thirds majority will depend on East Malaysia. And those in Sabah and Sarawak know this. So, expect some surprises from East Malaysia over the next month or so.

The Puteri Umno chief has described Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Azmin Ali's statement that Sarawak would be given autonomy, should the opposition come into power, as a "fantasy of Mat Jenin who could not keep his feet on the ground".

Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the statement was only intended to mislead the public, especially the people of Sarawak.

In Malay folklore, Mat Jenin is depicted as a dreamer.

Rosnah said PKR leaders were willing to do anything, including promising the moon and the stars, just to regain support after the party was deluged with problems, including the crisis of confidence for the existing leadership.

"The promises made by the opposition leaders, including togive autonomy to Sarawak, are absurd.

"Everyone knows Sarawak is rich in mineral and natural resources, which will not be disposed off easily by PKR as it had been waiting to take control of such a rich state," she said in a statement here today.

Thus, Rosnah advised Azmin and the opposition leadership, especially PKR, to stop dreaming of something that would never become theirs. —

 



DAP's inclusiveness - requirements & reasons

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 02:13 PM PST

At a recent DAP party assembly, a guest, a PAS commissioner was invited to offer doa (prayers) to start off the event. No doubt the DAP party's gesture of inclusiveness will be seized on by the non-Muslim component parties of BN, namely MCA, Gerakan and MIC to frighten non-Muslim voters of DAP's so-called 'infatuation' with PAS. And most certainly MCA cybertroopers ensure that the DAP gesture balloons into something sinister, as part of their traditional scare tactics.

Yes, non-Muslims can be easily scared because they are already wary of Islamic laws (and its punishments). This attitude has been nurtured by a combination of harsh examples from other Islamic countries and our local and highly politicized happenings such as body snatching, caning of women, (most of all) rude and arrogant behaviour by some officers from the religious departments, and the constant UMNO aggressive policitization of Islam, etc.

In October this year (happier days then), at CPI, I too voiced my unease in my small article
Ride the Islamic tiger, risk becoming cat food, where I said:

Since March 2008, some DAP leaders have been courting Malay voters in order to dispel the Barisan Nasional stigmatization of the DAP as a Chinese-based political party. Obviously this is necessary as more than 60% of Malaysian voters are Malays, and the DAP realizes that it can never aspire to be a significant political force without their support.

Ironically, like Lim Chin Siong, Lim Guan Eng is an incorruptible dedicated leader who too lives a personal austere Spartan lifestyle, and has shown his care for the poor and elders of Penang. These and his going to jail some years ago in seeking justice for an underage Malay girl are already redoubtable models to showcase the DAP as a worthy multi-racial party to the Malay voters.

Yet DAP has gone one step further, choosing to project itself as a pro-Islamic organization.

Guan Eng has often referred to the Caliphate of Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz as his model for a scrupulously clean and thrifty government which cares for the ordinary people, while another DAP leader Nga Kor Ming is known for spouting quotations from the Quran.

Apart from the obvious need to expand its Malay-Muslim base, there have been other compelling reasons for DAP to expedite its wooing of the Malays via the Islamic avenue. The party has been concerned about the future of Anwar Ibrahim as well as the politics of PKR.

Anwar has served a vital role as the bridge and glue for the new coalition, Pakatan Rakyat which has PAS and DAP with antipodal ideologies. If Anwar is forcefully removed from the Malaysian political landscape, it is unlikely that PKR will be able to provide a substitute of equal stature and charisma. Thus DAP has decided on the worst case scenario where it will be required to work directly with PAS. What better time than to start now, and perhaps sneak a ride on the Islamic tiger.


I ended that article with a cautionary note for DAP: Let me advice those DAP leaders who want to ride the Islamic tiger that you are unlikely to succeed!

It's consequence would not only be the riders becoming meals for a big cat but in a reiteration of my earlier remark, in a religious state, when power hungry men can overturn the tables into 'God proposes, man disposes', the potential for gross injustice cannot be understated or overestimated.

Our only protection is the current constitution and the secular civil courts, warts and all.


Of course there is another angle to DAP's demonstration of 'inclusiveness'. As mentioned, the majority of Malaysians are Muslim Malays, thus DAP cannot be a major political force by stupidly ignoring them. As the saying goes, if the mountain won't come to you, then you must go to the mountain.

Facts to consider:

(a) majority of Malaysians are Muslim-Malays [including the non-Malay Muslims among the Indians, Sarawakians and Sabahans]

(b) DAP is a political party

(c) votes are absolutely essential, not only for a political party's survival but also for its development/progression into a major political power in Malaysia

(d) while the DAP is an ally of both PKR and PAS, it cannot hinge its future solely on the goodwill and cooperation of its partners. As was seen recently, PKR nearly went into disintegration mode.

Conclusion: The DAP must, while hoping for continuous and harmonious Pakatan strength and viability, prepare for a future where it may be forced to be on its own.

For its political survival, the DAP must therefore cultivate Malay goodwill and support, while at the same time dispelling both UMNO and MCA double-barrelled black propaganda, namely, UMNO's accusations that 'DAP is an anti Malay & anti Islam party' and MCA's scare tactics that 'DAP is a pro Malay & pro Islam party'.

Rubbing cosy shoulders with PAS may be a start to its inclusiveness campaign, and should not be seen as endorsing PAS' aim to introduce hudud laws into Malaysia's legal system. The DAP has already and firmly stated its opposition to substituting the civil laws of this country for a religious set of laws.

But it's important that DAP leaders should also exercise sensitivity when handling issues where Malay beliefs, customs, cultural preferences, feelings and indeed fears are prevalent.

We know that Malays have very strong feelings for their rulers, religion (Islam) and traditional customs (adat), so DAP members (not just leaders) should show respect for these.

Some examples of respect would be:

(a) wearing a songkok at an official event where a ruler is present – this would be a mark of respect to both the ruler and Malay customs; similarly, female DAP members should be advised to adopt Malay custom of wearing a Malay selendang (but not an Arab headdress) when in the presence of a ruler or visiting religious venues (no difference from wearing a shawl when entering a Catholic church)

(b) while I am personally against titles, principally because the BN has cheapened the royal award system by its nonsense of recommending every towkay and who-else for a datukship, nonetheless, accepting an award from a ruler indicates respect to the sovereign ruler, more so when the award has been conferred personally by HRH.

DAP's inclusiveness campaign should be focussed on Malays rather than Islam, though of course it's not possible to separate the two especially in today's climate where UMNO has heightened the politicization of Islam to such an evil extent that Juanda Jaya, the
Perlis mufti had to defend Nik Aziz over the pluralism controversy. The propaganda was so un-Islamic that Mufti Juanda was driven to decry the UMNO attackers as extremists.

Nonetheless the accent of DAP's campaign should be on Malay customs, traditions and sensitivities.

At the end of the day, may I remind DAP members that as Malaysians we live in a country where the majority of the population are Malays. Speaking Bahasa is a given. But it's only right that we show some respect for them and their feelings, and where it does not militate against out core values, adopt some or many of their customs and lifestyles. For example, kaytee loves to wear a sarong because it's the world's cheapest and most portable comfy air-conditioning wakakaka. And don't start me off on nasi lemak and the kuehs, or yummiest of all, those Penang sweeties in their sarong kebaya. ;-)


Yusri Mohammad Kata Nabi SAW dan Saidina Umar Pengikut Pluralisme Agama

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 10:44 AM PST

Maklumat yang Tulang Besi dapat, beberapa minggu lepas Yusri Mohammad, Ezam Mat Nor dan Dr Sidek Baba telah mengadakan satu "function" bersama. Tidak hairanlah muka2 ini sedang menyerang Anwar Ibrahim. Sepertinya Yusri ni sebahagian dari kelab Anti Anwar.

Bekas Presiden ABIM (dan juga kenalan Tulang Besi) telah memulakan kempen baru beliau bagi pihak UMNO dengan memfitnah Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Mufti Perlis menyanggah kenyataan beliau dan mengatakan:

Selain itu tegas beliau, "bukankah Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. pernah bangun bagi menghormati jenazah seorang penganut Yahudi yang lalu di hadapannya?"

"Bukankah Omar bin al-Khattab RA sewaktu membuka Palestin memberikan kebebasan dan penghormatan yang amat luar biasa kepada Patriach Kristian di sana dan mengunjungi Gereja Nativity?

"Apakah Nabi s.a.w dan Omar RA ini juga penganut pluralisme?" soal tokoh agama muda ini.

"Sudah tentu tidak!" katanya.


Dr Yusri juga menggunakan contoh "penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh bukan Islam" adalah salah satu contoh pluralime agama di dalam kertas kerja beliau.

Maka secara otomatik beliau menyatakan Dr Yusuf Qardhawi juga tokoh pluralisme agama.

Yusri membawa contoh ucapan Anwar bertajuk "Religion and Pluralisme in a Divided World" pada 18 Mac 2010 di London School of Economics .

Soalnya, adakah "pluralisme agama" dalam ucapan Anwar itu SAMA dengan definasi pluralisme yang difahami oleh Yusri Mohammad dalam kertas kerja beliau. Perkara ini tidak pernah DIBUKTIKAN oleh Yusri Mohammad dalam kertas kerja beliau.

Yang ada cuma TUDUHAN RAMBANG semata-semata.

Saksikanlah sendiri betapa rendahnya taraf hujjah Yusri Mohammad dalam isu Kalimah Allah. Begitu banyak andaian yang dibuat oleh Yusri di dalam debat di bawah hanya menampakkan kebodohan beliau semata-mata.


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Haris: It's got nothing to do with PKR elections

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 11:09 PM PST

Human Rights lawyer Hari Ibrahim talks about the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) and why it was formed.
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Singapore’s embattled PAP Foreign Minister George Yeo IF NOT INTO ORAL SEX KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 09:12 AM PST

Singapore's embattled PAP Foreign Minister George Yeo
HOW WILL YOU FEEL IF YOU ARE GUNNED DOWN
LIKE THIS

sneaky. They lie. They're evil. They think everyone else is an animal and therefore without souls. They're the most despicable people on the planet to say the least. These evil doers are behind and they're the ones orchestrating it.?READMORE 

Singapore's embattled PAP Foreign Minister George Yeo sneaky. They lie. They're evil. They think everyone else is an animal and therefore without souls. They're the most despicable people on the planet to say the least. These evil doers are behind Hollywood, the porn industry, race mixing,the homosexual agenda …. you name it … and they're the ones orchestrating it.?READMORE 

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim told a packed rally at Taman Melati in Wangsamaju that Singapore's veteran minister Lee Kuan Yew should walk his talk and produce the 'sodomy' evidence in court if he was telling the truth.
Read also: Anwar dares Kuan Yew to produce "sodomy" evidence in court …
Najib finally sends 'protest' letter to S'pore to stem unease …
Justice is already on trial in Malaysia: Is Kuan Yew ready to testify…

PM Najib Razak lets AG Gani Patail off the hook

Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia Chronicle

Soon after the damaging WikiLeaks revelations emerged early on Sunday 12 December, two different reactions were noted in the two opposing camps of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and Prime minister, Najib Abdul Razak.READMORETwo different 'reactions' to stand by your leader

Posted by zarina Ibrahim at 7:50 AM 0 comments

Malaysia's judiciary and its laws are for the privileged use of our governing politicians, their cronies concessionair and co-criminals-conspirators

How do we explain the persistent and blatant injustices that are done in the name of law and order? How do we pretend there are still integrity, justice and fairness in the courts, the AG's Chambers and the police force?
In order to put the abysmal state of affairs in perspective, LFL has compiled a Top 10 list of Enemies of the Administration of Justice:
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1. Hishammuddin Hussein, Home Minister
2. Abdul Gani Patail, Attorney-General
3. Musa Hassan and Ismail Omar, former and current Inspector-General of Police
4. Mohd Bakri Zinin, Federal CID director
5. Yusof Zainal Abiden, Solicitor General II, chief prosecutor in Anwar's case
6. Zaki bin Azmi, Chief Justice and former UMNO legal adviser
7. Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah, High Court Judge in Anwar's case
8. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
9. Corrupt and unprincipled "doctors" like Siew Sheue Feng and Razali Ibrahim of HKL (Anwar's case) and Abdul Karim Tajuddin of Serdang Hospital (A.Kugan's case) who work hand in glove with the AG's Chambers and the police to manipulate evidence including medical and post-mortem reports.
10. The Lembaga Penasihat under the PM's Department that acts as a "special court" for cases under the ISA, Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance and Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act. The Lembaga Penasihat is therefore responsible for perpetuating the detention without trial of thousands of detainees.

The best explanation that perhaps sums up the continuing perversion of justice is from Franz Kafka:

"Whatever impression he makes on us, he is the servant of the Law. He belongs to the Law and is not answerable to human judgment."

HE FOLLOWING WAS SENT TO ME AS A JOKE….. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS

READMORE CARELESS WHISPER ISREAL TO LEE KUAN YEW ANWAR IBRAHIM MUST BE STOPPED WHATEVER IT TAKES THE SINGAPORE ISRAEL LOVE AFFAIR

 

IN AN EFFORT TO COMBAT THESE UUMNOBARISANAND POLISH THE TARNISHED IMAGES



NOW, WHO IS THE TRAITOR?

FROM THE DESK OF DR TAN KEE KWONG.*

 

DEAR NAJIB,

 

SALAM. I READ WITH GREAT INTEREST TODAY PAPERS ABOUT YOUR COMMENTS. IN IT YOU WERE QUOTED THAT THOSE WHO TALK BAD ABOUT FELDA & CALLED IT BANKRUPT ARE TO BE REGARDED AS TRAITORS TO THE NATION.

 

THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT AFTER YOU TOOK CHARGE OF FELDA IN 2005, YOU TURNED WHAT WAS A VERY SUCCESSFULORGANISATION INTO A FINANCIAL NIGHTMARE. IN FACT YOU ARE THE TRAITOR WHO HAS STOLEN THE POOR PENEROKA'S MONEY.

 

I AM SURE YOU KNOW THAT FOR THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION, FELDA SCHEMES & THEIR VOTES DETERMINE ABOUT 60 FEDERAL PARLIAMENT SEATS. FROM MY FEEDBACK, MANY OF THE PENEROKA ARE BOILING MAD.

 

THEY HAVE BEEN EXPLOITED & TAKEN FOR A RIDE.

IF WHAT YOU SAY IS TRUE & ALL THE PENEROKA ARE SO HAPPY WITH THE UMNO/BN GOVERNMENT, WHY THE SUDDEN INTEREST IN THE WELFARE OF THE PENEROKA,

 

WHY THE MANY CASH HANDOUTS?

 

PLEASE EXPLAIN THE FOLLOWING.

 

1. IN 2001, THE CASH RESERVES OF FELDA WAS RM4.5 BILLION WITH ZERO BORROWING. RECENTLY YOUR

 

DEPUTY MINISTER REPLIED THAT THE CASH RESERVES HAS PLUNGED TO RM1.2 BILLION. THIS IS

DESPITE THE FACT THAT FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS, THE CPO PRICE HAS BEEN VERY HIGH. IF YOU HAVE

LOOKED AFTER FELDA PROPERLY THE CASH RESEVES SHOULD NOW BE AT LEAST RM8 BILLION.

 

2. NEW FELDA HQ IN KLCC.

 

SAID TO COST RM662 MILLION, EXPLAIN HOW THIS SIX STAR BUILDING IS GOING TO HELP THE POOR

PENEROKA, MANY OF WHOM ONLY GET NETT RM500 PER MONTH. WHY A HUGE DEPOSIT OF

RM235 MILLION PAID EVEN BEFORE CONSTRUCTION STARTED? WHY THE DECISION WAS MADE AT

A SECRET MEETING IN YOUR DPM'S OFFICE IN PUTRAJAYA WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OR

APPROVAL OF THE FELDA BOARD? RECENTLY AHMAD MASLAN SIAD THIS IS A VERY GOOD

INVESTMENT AS IT HAS ALREADY MADE PAPER PROFIT OF RM300 MILLION. PRAY HOW DID HE COME

TO THIS CONCLUSION WHEN THE BUILDING IS NOT EVEN FINISHED OR SOLD!

 

3. FELDA GLOBAL VENTURES.

 

WE KNOW THAT FELDA HAS INVESTED AT LEAST RM3 BILLION ON THESE PROJECTS. WE ALSO KNOW

THTA SINCE DAY ONE IT HAS BEEN LOSING MONEY, IN FACT IT HAS LOST RM300 MILLION.

TWIN RIVERS PROJECT IN USA, INVESTED RM500 MILLION

CATTLE REARING PROJECT INVESTED RM600 MILLION

SINCE YOU SAY WE ARE TRAITORS, TELL US IN DETAIL WHAT HAS HAPPENED .

 

THE PENEROKA IN FELDA KERATONG NEAR SEGAMAT ARE LAUGHING, THE IMPORTED CATTLE FOR

THE CATTLE PROJECT HAVE TO BE KEPT IN AN AIR CONDITIONED ROOM 24 HOURS A DAY!

 

4. WHY THE NEED TO BORROW FROM EPF?

 

BEFORE YOU STARTED ON FELDA GLOBAL VENTURES. FELDA NEVER BORROWED FROM EPF.

IS THIS BORROWING SECURE? TO ALL THE EPF CONTRIBUTORS BEWARE, YOUR MONEY IS USED

TO FINANCE MANY OF THESE DUBIOUS SCHEMES WHICH NAJIB STARTED

 

5. SKIM TABUNG TANAM SEMULA

 

IN AUGUST THIS YEAR I VISITED A FELDA SCHEME NEAR KEMAMAN

TALKED TO A PENEROKA WHO WANTS TO SUE FELDA. HE HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTING TO THIS FUND

FOR PSAT 17 YEARS & HAS ACCUMULATED RM17,000. HOWEVER WHEN HE REPLANTED HIS OLD OIL

TREES, HE DID NOT USE THE FUND BUT USED HIS OWN MONEY INSTEAD. IT HAS BEEN 3 YEARS NOW

TRIED TO GET HIS OWN MONEY BACK, BUT THE FELDA ADMINISTRATION HAS REFUSED SO FAR.

WONDER WHY, IF FELDA IS SO WELL RUN & CASH RICH WHY CAN'T EVEN PAY THIS POOR PENEROKA

A PALTRY SUM?

6. FELDA SETTLERS TO CAMP OUTSIDE FELDA HQ.

 

IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR, THERE WAS A REPORT THAT MANY SETTLERS WERE NOT HAPPY WITH FELDA FOR

REFUSING TO SETTLE THEIR REPLANTING PAYMENTS. SO THIS CASE I QUOTED ABOVE IS WIDESPREAD

& HAPPENING IN MANY. MANY SCHEMES ROUND THE COUNTRY.

 

7. OIL PALM FRUIT SENT TO MILL

 

IN FELDA KEMAHANG, KELANTAN. FELDA LOST THE CASE AS IT WAS PROVED THAT FELDA WAS NOT

PAYING THE PROPER AMOUNT SENT TO MILL. IT WAS A LANDMARK CASE. ON APPEAL FELDA LOST THE

CASE. SOON AFTER THAT YOU VISITED A SCHEME NEAR BAHAU. INSTEAD OF RESPECTING THE COURT'S

DECISION YOU MADE A SILLY REMARK LIKE FELDA WILL ENGAGE THE BEST LAWYERS & FIGHT ALL THE

REMAINING CASES IN COURT. GOOD FOR YOU, YOU WILL MAKE MARE PENEROKA ANGRY WITH YOU!

 

I DARE YOU

 

1. SUBJECT THE WHOLE OF FELDA TO AN INDEPENDANT AUDIT & PUBLISH THE FINDINGS.

2. FELDA HAS 43 SUBSIDIARIES

PUBLISH ALL THEIR ANNUAL REPORTS & SUBJECT THEM TO AN AUDIT AS WELL

 

 

*DR TAN KEE KWONG IS THE SON OF THE LATE TAN CHEE KHOON.

HE WAS ALSO A FORMER DEPUTY MINISTER OF LAND AND COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, DEC 14 — PUTRAJAYA HAS CLOSED THE DOOR FOR GOOD ON DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM'S 1998 "BLACK-EYE INCIDENT" DESPITE ALLEGATIONS OF EVIDENCE FABRICATION AGAINST ATTORNEY-GENERAL TAN SRI ABDUL GANI PATAIL.

IN ITS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED EXPLANATION TO PARLIAMENT TODAY, THE GOVERNMENT CLEARLY SIDE-STEPPED THE DAMNING ACCUSATIONS MADE BY FORMER INVESTIGATING OFFICER DATUK MAT ZAIN IBRAHIM THAT ABDUL GANI HAD FALSIFIED DOCUMENTS IN THE CASE, BRUSHING ASIDE THE FORMER'S TWO RECENT OPEN LETTERS.

 


MALAYSIA'S BAD IMAGE – THE BUCK STOPS WITH NAJIB
Datuk Seri Najib Razak insisted today that Malaysia is run by "very competent" politicians, contrary to remarks allegedly made by Singaporean officials in a WikiLeaks expose.The prime minister was referring to the leaked US State Department cables which reported Singaporean senior government officials as saying in 2008 and 2009 that Malaysia's "decline" was due to "incompetent politicians."
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A leaked US diplomatic cable is not only rocking Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's political future but also his Sodomy II trial, prompting his lawyers to say it is subjudice and warn against its publication on Lee Kuan Yew evil intent

Why Lee Kuan Yew asked to meet Rosmah!

Defence counsel Sankara Nair revealed that he and another Anwar lawyer, Karpal Singh, have had preliminary discussions over the whistleblower WikiLeaks expose about intelligence agents who believe the opposition leader was "set up" but that he "walked" into a trap.
Do you know what the most asked question on the Internet by Malaysian in 2010 was? . It was "How to get pregnant?"READMORE
This post, however, will buck the trend and once again delve on the topic of corruption. Several friends, even colleagues, tell me that there is a growing fatigue factor as far as corruption as a topic is concerned. Even if true, we should not get discouraged from raising the issue. If anything, the time to go after the corrupt even more strongly is now. Corruption, as an issue that is eating into this nation, is occupying the public's mind like never before. This is the time when, if pushed, the right kind of laws to control this menace would go through, as the political parties, all of them, would think twice before opposing any such legislation fearing a public backlash. Giving in to what some call the 'fatigue' factor now is exactly what the corrupt want – benefit from the notoriously short public memory and get back to their normal task of milking the nation.
Till then, let us ensure there is no let up in the campaign against corruption. To let go now would be stupid and none of us, except those who want to milk the nation, would let that happen.
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N17 Tarat “A Likely Battle of Two Rolands..?”

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 08:22 AM PST

The majority of the Bidayuh electorate (15171)N17 Tarat will likely see a battle of two Rolands. The incumbent BN Roland Sagah Wee Inn (56 year old Lawyer) will likely be challenged by PKR Roland Nawe S. Abot (60 year old administrator).

Our insider source informed us that they have been told by an official at PKR headquarters that PKR Roland stands a very good chance of being nominated by PKR. He has served as a District Officer in various districts in Sarawak (Bintulu,Lubok Antu,Selangau and Kuching) He looks the most likely candidate as PKR knows that he will give the BN candidate a worthy battle. Roland Abot will certainly not be a PUSHOVER and his wealth of experience will serve him well against the BN forces.

Roland Sagah who has sinced recovered from his car accident knows the Tarat constituency like the back of his hand. Many would have thought he would not be retain to defend his seat as word from the ground is that he has losts 'touch with the ground".

However eversince the accident he has been working very hard and seems to have found a new lease of life. It is likely he will be called upon to defend the seat for the 4th time by the BN State leadership. He first won the seat in 1996 and won uncontested.

audie61 made a phone call to PKR Roland and he said to us,"I will leave it to the PKR leadership to choose the right candidate for Tarat. My family is from Tarat and I have also served as District Officer in Kuching Division before and I know the area very well. The people know who I am and I am sure that BN will feel the "heat" and will know that they will be in for a good battle to see who will win the battle of Tarat between the two Rolands.

A bidayuh supporter of PKR called audie61 and said,"Roland the adminstrator will clean up and administer the constituency well and put Roland the lawyer to shame what he has not done for 14 years."

Meanwhile a close aide to Roland Sagah said to audie61,"Bring them On and we will send PKR back home soundly defeated. The Bidayuhs know who has worked hard and they will not vote blindly just for the sake of changing and making a statement. BN will win"

It will be up to the BN/PBB and Pakatan/PKR to choose their own "winnable candidate" and many hope that the Battle of the Two Rolands will see the light of the day in the forthcoming Sarawak State election.

Who is your money on….??  


Call off talks with Singapore, ban Kausikan!

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 07:34 AM PST

"Simple analogy – imagine sitting with someone that you know who has been bad-mouthing you to others. How would you feel?" - by Mergawati Zulfakar of The Star newspaper under the headline Singapore's Disdain Exposed.

I agree.

She was referring to the Malaysia-Singapore meeting on Dec 22 where the Republic's most senior officer at the Foreign Ministry Bilahari Kausikan will lead a delegation to discuss KTM Berhad's land swap deal.

Malaysian officials will be sitting down with the very man who claimed, among others, that Malaysia was "confused and dangerous, fueled by the distinct possibility of racial conflict", as exposed by Wikileaks.

Now, where is our dignity? We have been 'bowing out' to Singapore on many occasions. The KTM land deal, the water concession (the cheapest in the world), our Woodlands naval base and most but not least the manner they won Pulau Batu Putih.

We have been very tolerance each time their jet fighters invade our air space and closed our eyes to their reclaimation of land across Johore which is environmentally-hazardous to our marine lifes and affecting the income of our fishermen.

What else? We help them becoming rich all this while and let them re-export of products with their 'Produce of Singapore' labelling.

There were never sincere as far as our two-way relations are concerned. They are selfish and only took us for a ride. To them, Malaysia is a low-class nation and will forever never be at par with them.'

Sickening! And we still want to say 'hello brothers' to them? Do we need to pretend our displeasure when both sides meet up next week? I think its better to call off or postpone the meeting indefinitely until someone apologizes.

After all, they have been treating us like cheapskates!



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Islam on Edge: Anwar Ibrahim’s Islamic Agenda!

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 03:03 PM PST


By Rachel Ehrenfield of The Cutting Edge

The list of prominent U.S. admirers of Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's former Deputy Prime Minister, on trial for corruption and sodomy, is impressive. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former President of the World Bank James Wolfensohn, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Letters of support on his behalf praise his leadership and fight "for international justice, peace and development." Strangely, these prominent figures fail to notice that Anwar's fight is not for democracy, justice and peace according to Western principles. Instead, his call is for democratization "on the platform of Islam."

It is Anwar's constant advocacy of Islamic rule that led the Qatar-based spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf Qaradawi, to join the defenders of the Malay politician.

Qaradawi, one of the most influential modern Islamic scholars, was banned from entering the U.S. in 1999. Among other terrorist-linked activities, Qaradawi headed the Saudi-based charity the Union of Good, an umbrella organization for some fifty Islamic fundraising groups funding al Qaeda and Hamas. The Union of Good was designated by the United States in 2008 as a supporter of terrorism. Qaradawi has also advocated suicide bombing as " martyrdom in the name of God," and the killing of American and coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, he issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from buying or even advertising American or Israeli products.

But the Qaradawi-Anwar affiliation and business ties, as do Anwar's many articles and speeches championing Islamic rule, continue to elude his Western supporters.

Anwar's advocacy of "Islamic democracy," ostensibly meant to fight for social justice and freedom of religion, makes him popular with Westerns desperately seeking moderate Muslim leaders. However, even a cursory review of Anwar's speeches on democracy and Islamic finance over the decades show that Anwar is a committed Islamist in the mold of Sayyid Qutb.

One of the Muslim Brotherhood's most influential ideologues, Qutb's books, Social Justice (al-Adala al-Ijtima'iyya, 1949), and Milestones (Ma'alim fi al-Tariq, 1964) argue that Western democracies have failed, and that only the earliest days of Islam should serve as a model for society. Qutb's books are known to have contributed to the radicalization of jihadists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abdullah Azzam, and Osama bin Laden … and the self proclaimed champion of democracy, Anwar Ibrahim.

In 1999, imprisoned on previous charges of corruption and sodomy, Ibrahim wrote to Abdul Hamid Abu Sulaiman, a fellow director of the Virginia-based Muslim Brotherhood's International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT): "I'm trying to keep myself busy—with prayers … and reading … Sayyid Qutb and Maulana Maududi's tafsirs (interpretations)."

On October 12, 2006, lecturing on Islamic revivalism in Malaysia in Washington DC, Anwar reiterated that he was most influenced by the writings of "Syed Qutb, Hassan Al Banna, and Maududi." The three are known as the ideological fathers of Islamic revivalism as practiced by the global Muslim Brotherhood organization.

The establishment of an independent "Islamic economy" is an important factor in the Muslim Brotherhood agenda. Consequently, the development of Islamic banks is viewed as critical to facilitating the establishment of a global Islamic state.

The first successful Islamic banking experiment was the Mit Ghamr Savings Bank in Egypt, in 1963. The Egyptian government, which subsidized the bank, shut it down in 1968, after Muslim Brotherhood-led demonstrations swamped the country.

However, Islamic banking was slow to catch on until 1993, when Anwar—who had risen to the position of Malaysia's finance minister—helped to introduce the newly invented "Islamic Banking windows" into conventional banks. This measure, which familiarized clientele with and built confidence in the unknown Islamic banking system, proved central to the development of the global Islamic finance industry.

Anwar often sprinkles his presentations with Arabic phrases from the Quran and other Islamic books while touting the socio-political aspects of Shari'a banking. He claims that Islamic banking and economics, based on "maqasid al-shariah," i.e., "the objectives of Islamic law," could help create wealth and eradicate poverty.

Anwar's noble talks of solving poverty and spreading justice and democracy seems to distract his Western supporters from his commitment to replace Western political, social and economic principles with Islamic laws. However, throughout his political career, Anwar has openly rejected Western values while promoting Islam. In his 1983 speech on "Development and changing political ideas," at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Anwar criticized the "wholesale imitation of Western values and practices" in Malaysia. These should be replaced, he argued, with Islam, which "provides an ideological alternative to the dominant paradigm."

More recently, speaking at Australian National University, on November 15, 2010, Anwar declared: "Democracy is … presumed [in part] to be defined by the conditions of the free market. And this is where the founding fathers of the French Revolution with their clarion call for liberty, equality, and fraternity missed the mark … this is because a free market is based on competition, and competition, being a zero-sum game, has no truck with equality. On the contrary, free markets engender inequality … Islam enjoins that while society may pursue commerce to the fullest, justice and fairness must remain the chief criterion … in order to establish a humane economy." Anwar posted this speech, along with most of his others, on his website.

With so much readily available information on Anwar's advocacy of Islamic supremacy, and his ties to sponsors of violence against the West, it is disconcerting that his Western supporters still consider Anwar a hero, "fighting for international justice, peace and development." Does it have to be published by Wikileaks for U.S. officials to finally acknowledge Anwar Ibrahim's Islamic agenda? Read the original link here......!











































































WikiLeaks are revelations that UTUSAN and Ikim.have been deceiving their own people about the their own policies.

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 05:58 AM PST

WikiLeaks are revelations that UTUSAN and Ikim.have been deceiving their own people about the their own policies.


"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last."

 

 

Perhaps lost in the embarrassment felt by the US government over leaked cables by the website WikiLeaks are revelations that Muslim nations – from Yemen to Afghanistan, Pakistan to Egypt – have been deceiving their own people about the their own policies.WikiLeaks is in the process of transforming foreign affairsand international relations in a dramatic fashion. It is revealing over 250,000 cables from US embassies worldwide to the State department and other classified documents. The consequences of this 'mega-scoop' will be very far reaching indeed.

For the United States the issues are both strategic as well as ethical. On a strategic level the leaks, which expose frank assessment of foreign leaders by senior American officials and American thinking on many critical issues; will complicate Obama administration's ability to deal with its allies and may increase global cynicism about US intentions.

 

The forum was heavily-promoted by Umno's Utusan Malaysia today in what appears to be a move to suggest that Anwar's rejection of Umno's "ketuanan Melayu" concept is unIslamic.

Anwar and other PKR leaders recently spoke up against Umno's concept of "ketuanan Melayu" as a fraudulent ideology meant to prop up the ruling Malay party.

Ikim, the federal government's think tank also issued a statement on the issue today, saying that under Islam, "not all religions were equal."

Today, Ikim said that while Islam acknowledges the existence of good values in other religions, no faith should be subjected to ridicule.

"Outstanding issues between believers of different faiths should be resolved in a fair manner and in the spirit of mutual respect to universal religious values," said Ikim.

 

 

Besides that, the forum yesterday also issued reminders to other Muslim leaders, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to refrain from attending other religious celebrations, claiming that it would threaten the position of Islam as a supreme religion.

"We have to differentiate between respecting other people's religions which is supported by Islam and the meaning of pluralism. Scholars should be able to understand this," said Juana in response today, quoting Quranic verses which stressed on Islam giving importance towards practitioners of other religions to carry out their beliefs freely.

"Please refer to the al-Quran and al-Sunnah in coming out with views on Islam, not with emotions and political inclinations. Islam does not need those who are extremist, conservative and narrow-minded to defend this sacred religion," said the Perlis mufti.readmore WikiLeaks are revelations that UTUSAN and Ikim.have been deceiving their own people about the their own policies.



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Anwar to Kuan Yew: Let's meet in court

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 10:56 PM PST

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is challenging Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to go to court over his remarks in a leaked diplomatic cable report that implicated him in an act of sodomy.Speaking to a 1000-strong crowd at a ceramah in Taman Melati in Kuala Lumpur last night, Anwar urged Lee to disclose all his evidence on the allegations made public last week through the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. "He said I indeed committed a sodomy act. Maybe he wants to go to court as a witness, then we shall fight in court," he said. "We will do it based on facts. And I shall protect my integrity." Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Opposition MPs: Najib cannot ignore wikiLeaks cables

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 09:52 PM PST

Opposition MPs tell Najib that he cannot ignore the 'revealing cables' pertaining to Malaysia that's been reported by an Australian newspaper because local media have played up certain issues that the Sydney Morning Herald had reported. The MPs also argue that Singapore's opinion of current Malaysian leaders and the country's political situation, contain ulterior motives such as causing investors to avoid Malaysia.
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Statistics Prove Malays Not Sidelined, Says Guan Eng - By Adib Zalkapli.

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 03:37 AM PST

The Penang state government released statistics today to show that Malay contractors have been getting almost all projects under the DAP administration.

The state's record shows that 94 per cent of the state's Public Works Department (PWD) contracts were awarded to Malay contractors while the Department of Drainage and Irrigation awarded all of its projects to businesses from that community.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the figures were released in response to Malay Contractors Association deputy president Datuk Mohamed Fadzill Hassan's allegation that the community was only awarded with projects of insignificant value.

"The numbers prove that Umno contractors such as Datuk Mohamad Fadzil have been unhappy with the state government and Pakatan Rakyat as they can no longer be awarded contracts like in the previous administration," said Lim in a statement today.

The projects, which were awarded between January 2008 to last November, are worth about RM70 million.

"If Datuk Mohamad is a God-fearing man, I hope he will apologise and retract his allegations against the Pakatan Rakyat Penang government," said the DAP secretary-general.

Mohamed Fadzill had said yesterday that the projects awarded to the Malay community might be of insignificant value to the state's total projects despite getting 70 per cent of the government's jobs.

In an Utusan Malaysia report, he also challenged Lim to provide details of the projects.

"If Guan Eng wants to prove something by citing the high percentage, please state the value of the projects so the public can get the real picture of the projects distribution," said Mohamed Fadzill as quoted by the Umno-owned newspaper.

Today Lim accused Mohamed Fadzill of being an Umno contractor with no capability to compete without political support.

"The competent, accountable and transparent administration has been successful in dignifying the Malay contractors with open tender system," said Lim.

"Those who can't compete are weak and stupid Umno contractors who rely on political connections to survive as contractors," he added.

Lim had said that Malay contractors were getting more than 70 per cent of the state's contracts.

"In Penang the PR government works together with Class F contractors who are all Malays for contracts below RM200,000. For contracts above RM200,000 there are open tenders where over 70 per cent is won by Malay contractors," said Lim last weekend.

"Clearly it is not Malay contractors that cannot compete, only UMNO ones. Just because we do not work with UMNO contractors do not mean we do not work with Malays," he added.

The Lim administration has been subjected to continuous attacks by Umno-linked organisations for allegedly discriminating against the Malay community.

Last August, Lim was accused of barring Malay traders from opening the Ramadhan bazaar in Komtar, an allegation which was later proven to be false.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Berbanggalah jika sanggup berkorban

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 03:07 PM PST

Setelah berfikir dan bertelaah mengenai apa yang kita hadapi dalam BN khususnya UMNO, kita tidak akan dapat menafikan yang parti ini terpaksa menumpukan usaha mereka untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang ditimbulkan oleh pemimpin-pemimpinya sendiri dari memberikan tumpuan kepada masalah rakyat yang kian hari kian 'complicated' ini.

Kalau kita kaji secara ilmiah dan terperinci masalah yang dihadapi ini ialah masalah yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpinnya sendiri dan tidak ada pun masalah yang dilakukan oleh ahli-ahli biasa yang menjadikan tahap keyakinan rakyat kepada UMNO itu merudum.

Yang melakukan rasuah adalah pemimpin-pemimpinnya. Yang menyalahgunakan kuasa juga adalah perlakuan pemimpin-pemimpin yang diberikan kuasa. Lagi besar pangkat dan jawatan mereka lagi besar masalah yang diberikannya kepada parti. Tetapi yang diminta menyelesaikan masalah seperti tanggungjawab untuk memenangkan parti didalam pilihanraya adalah ahli-ahlinya. Gunanya ahli-ahli dibawah ini semata-mata untuk menjuarakan orang atasan untuk mereka leka ber'glamour' serta hidup bermewaha-mewahan diatas kesusahan ahli-ahli dan rakyat dibawah.

Kalau menang pemimpin-pemimpin yang bersorak, jika kalah ahli-ahli yang dipersalahkan kononnya tidak setia kepada parti dan berbagai-bagai macam tuduhan yang dilemparkan kepada orang-orang dan ahli-ahli dibawah. Pendeknya yang bersalalah hanyalah orang bawahan dan tidak orang atasan.

Apabila pemimpin membuat perancangan rakyat khususnya ahli-ahli UMNO tidak diberikan penjelasan seperti apa yang dilakukan oleh pucuk pimpinan pre-Mahathir. Dulu dulu rakyat akan diberitahu apa-apa perancangan kerajaan melaulai pegawai-pegawai penerangan Daerah yang merupakan tali perhubungan penting diantara kerajaan dengan rakyat.

Kini Pegawai Penerangan Daerah (PPD) menghabiskan masa dengan bermain carom sahaja kerana mereka tidak diberikan tugas penyebaran dasar-dasar kerajaan melalui kursus-kursus sivik yang lazim dibuat semasa itu. Ada pihak memjawab dengan mengatakan yang rakyat boleh mengambil tahu melalui internet kerana setiap kementerian dan jabatan ada web sitenya sendiri.

Masakan nenek saudara saya yang berumur 85 tahun itu tahu untuk Melayari internet, sedangkan orang dibandar pun tidak semuanya pandai untuk melayari web site kementerian-kementerian dan jabatan kerajaan. Perhubungan secara 'direct' merupakan kaedah yang paling berkesan kerana dengan perhubungan terus itu kerajaan akan dapat mengenal pasti masalah dan cara berfikir orang diluar bandar, tempat pergantungan sokongan kerajaan yang terkuat.

Apabila orang-orang ramai ditemuai secara terus mereka akan merasakan yang mereka tidak ditinggalkan diatas segala keputusan kerajaan dalam mengambil sesuatu keputusan besar khususnya berhubung dengan keputusan yang melibatkan kehidupan mereka. Mereka akan merasakan yang mereka dibawa bersama untuk membuat keputusan dan mereka tidak akan menyalahkan pihak kerajaan jika ada apa-apa kesilapan dalam perlaksanaannya..

Sekarang semuanya ini sudah lama diabaikan oleh pucuk pimpinan kita. Kepimpinan akan mengumumkan perancangan-perancangan tanpa bertanya kepada orang bawahan khususnya UMNO. Dulu-dulu, segala keputusan yang melibatkan rakyat ramai akan diberitahu kepada UMNO dahulu dan selepas itu kepada Dewan Legislatif untuk diluluskan. Kaedah itu seolah-olah sudah menjadi SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) dalam melaksanakan segala apa yang ingin dilakukan oleh kerajaan.

Jadi tidak hairanlah jika apa yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan, jika pun baik masih mendapat bantahan dari rakyat apatah lagi dari politikus-politikus murahan yang ada dimana-mana. Apabila mendapat tentangan kerajaan tidak tahu cara untuk menyelasikannya kerana elemen perhubungan dan komunikasi telah dianggap satu perkara yang remeh sahaja.

Kerajaan tidak mahu menerima hakikat yang perhubungan secara bersemuka itu merupaka kaedah yang paling effektif dalam menyampaikan maklumat secara 'detail' kepada rakyat jelata, terutamanya kepada mereka yang tinggal diluar-luar bandar. Bagaimana kerajaan hendak mendapatkan sokongan jika orang yang sepatutnya memberikan sokongan itu tidak diberikan pemahaman secara terperinci tentang apa yang kita ingin lakukan?

Kepada PM Najib, fakir-fikirkanlah pandangan ini. Mampukah saudara mengembalikan nilai kepimpinan seperti yang dialami oleh kita dizaman pre-Mahathir dahulu? Kalau tidak mampu eloklah berkorban dan memanggil dan memberikan tugas itu kepada sesiapa yang mampu untuk melakukannya.

Barulah tersurat makna 'berkorban apa saja' secara tersirat. Jika pengorbanan saudara dan rakan-rakan saudara itu membawa faedah kepada negara bukankah saudara akan berbangga diatas pengorbanan saudara itu?


Siri Lawatan dan Ceramah Perdana Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 01:46 AM PST

Siri Lawatan dan Ceramah Perdana Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim

 1) 14 Disember 2010 ( Selasa) – Wilayah Persekutuan Masa – 9.00 – 12.00 malam Lokasi – Ceramah Perdana Tapak Pasar Malam Taman Melati, Wangsa Maju, Wilayah Persekutuan Penceramah: i) YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ii) YB Khalid Samad iii) YB Teresa Kok iv) YBhg Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin v) YBhg Dato' Dr Tan Kee Kwong vi) YBhg Ibrahim Yaacob

2) 16 Disember 2010 (Khamis) – Negeri Sembilan & Melaka Masa : 9.00 – 12.00 malam Lokasi 1 – Ceramah Perdana 1 Dataran Muhibah, Kampong Ismail, Ampangan, Negeri Sembilan Penceramah: i) YB Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim ii) YB Azmin Ali iii) YB Saifuddin Nasution iv) YB Loke Siew Fook v) YBhg Zulkifli Omar Muhammad

 Lokasi 2 – Ceramah Perdana 2 Markas PAS Paya Dalam, Air Molek, Melaka Penceramah: i) YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ii) YB Sallehudin Ayub iii) YB Goh Leong San iv) YBhg Ustaz Abd Ghani Abd Rahman v) YBhg Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin vi) YBhg Ustaz Dr Badrul Amin

 3) 17 Disember (Jumaat) – Pahang Masa – 7.00 – 8.30 malam Lokasi 1 – Tazkirah Maghrib oleh Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim Markas PAS Cegar Medang, Jalan Benus, Bentong, Pahang Masa: 9.00 – 12.00 malam Lokasi 2 – Himpunan Perdana Peneroka Felda Markas PAS Kawasan Bera, Mengkarak, Bera, Pahang Penceramah: i) YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ii) YBhg Dato' Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man iii) YBhg Dato' Fauzi Abdul Rahman iv) YBhg Hanipa Maidin v) YBhg Mazlan Aliman vi) YBhg Suhaimi Said

4) 18 Disenber 2010 (Sabtu) – Perak & Pulau Pinang Masa: 7.00 – 8.30 malam Lokasi 1 – Tazkirah Maghrib oleh Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim Markas PAS Negeri Perak, Air Kuning, Changkat Jering, Bukit Gantang Masa : 8.30 – 12.00 malam

Lokasi 2 – Majlis Makan Malam KeADILan Dewan Cina Perkampongan Juru, Batu Kawan, Pulau Pinang Penceramah: i) YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ii) YB Dato' Mansor Othman iii) YB Tien Chua iv) YB Dr Lee Boon Chye v) YB Elizabeth Wong Masa: 9.00 – 12.00 malam Lokasi 3 – Ceramah Perdana Padang Bola Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang Penceramah: i) YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ii) YAB Lim Guan Eng iii) YB Dato' Abdul Halim Hussein iv) YB Yusmadi Yusof v) YBhg Ustaz Idris Ahmad

 5) 19 Disember 2010 (Ahad) Masa : 8.30 pagi – 5.00 petang Lokasi – Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat Dewan Millenium Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang


CONGRATULATIONS YB BOON SOOM INONG!...

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 01:23 AM PST


Congratulations are in order for YB Boon Soom Inong, the 3rd Malaysian Thai community leader to be made Senator, a member of Dewan Negara, today.

Utarawan like to share this proud moment with Boon, a relative and blood.

He cut his teeth during the 2008 General Election delivering the community's votes in Kedah, specifically in Sungai Petani and Padang Terap (to name two localities) in ensuring some of the seats remain with Barisan Nasional.

Congratulations and well done to you Bro YB Boon. You are now an honorable member of the Upper House of Representatives or the Senate.

* No pic available of Sdra Boon...


WikiLeaks not serving the cause of democracy and freedom in M'sia

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 03:19 PM PST

From Charles F Moreira, via e-mail

I refer to your article, "Anwar acts to stem WikiLeak effect on sodomy case". Lee Kuan Yew would have to be called upon to testify in the Malaysian court as to why he believes Anwar was indeed lured into a trap, and I would imagine that it would be the prosecution which would strengthen its arguments by doing so, rather than the defence.

Otherwise, it is mere hearsay, similar to what one may say over a few jugs of beer in a pub, despite the sensation this revelation via WikiLeaks has caused.

Reading the comments on other Malaysian websites, it appears that confusion reigns in popular political reaction to these revelations, with some gloating at how neither the Barisan Nasional nor Pakatan Rakyat side can stop these revelations, while others selectively pick and highlight whatever revelations which support their respective agendas, dissidence, prejudice or disaffection, and treat the statements in these cables as 'Gospel truth'.

I have my reservations as to the purpose of these revelations by WikiLeaks and whatever it may say as to its main objective to expose oppressive regimes and in promoting transparency, I do not see any positive improvements in democracy or freedom brought about by its revelations, well at least not yet.

For example, these recent revelations related to Anwar Ibrahim can only jeopardise the political fortunes of Pakatan Rakyat and enhance those of the Barisan Nasional, which Malaysians like myself believe that the latter has been and still is more detrimental to democracy, freedom, human rights and transparency in Malaysia, while the former would enhance them, despite its own flaws, immaturity and imperfections.

Also, according to Wikipedia, WikiLeaks states that its "primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in their governments and corporations."

Wikipedia also stated that the site claims to have been "founded by Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa."

Now most of the above "founders" are from the western "liberal democracies," with economic and geo-strategic interests in the developing world, which WikiLeaks supposedly targets.

To me, this not only smacks of a certain condescending western attitude towards Third World nations and I would be very wary of Wikileak's objectives, despite its apparently noble claims.

Remember that Malaysia's Internal Security Act (ISA) was bequeathed to independent Malaya by the British colonialists, who while they were practicing parliamentary democracy, with its attendant freedom of speech, press, civil rights, etc. in their home country, yet Britain did not extend that to its colonies, so let's not hold it up as a benchmark for us.

Even Hong Kong did not have a proper legislature until after it gained independence from Britain and reverted to China in 1997, though admittedly, the overt, racially discriminatory ("No dogs and Chinamen") policies against the Hong Kong people were absent, especially after World War II.

Also, the US imperialist war on Iraq was to "bring democracy" to Iraq, when it really was to serve the US' economic and geo-strategic interests in the Middle East. Well, what has that wrought but to bring misery and destitution to the people of Iraq, while unleashing forces which persecute religious minorities in Iraq, including Iraqi Christians.

Love him or hate him, that didn't happen when dictator Saddam Hussein was in charge. Also, neither was there ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia when Tito's communist government was in charge. It was only after the breakup of Yugoslavia that the imperialist nations backed reactionary rightist forces in the former member republics that all hell and bloodshed broke lose.

Also, after the democratically elected prime minster of Iran, Dr Mohammad Mossadegh, was overthrown in a CIA-backed coup involving the Shah and Iranian collaborators in 1953 after Mossadegh nationalised western-imperialist oil interest; that the wheels were set in motion culminating the the current Iran, which hardly practices the kind of democracy the Iranian patriot Mossadegh would have, thanks or no thanks, to the imperialist western "liberal democracies" which had to interfere.

Basically, there is no one size fits all for all countries and societies and the progress  towards greater democracy, freedom, human rights and so each country must be allowed to take its course. After all, it took a long time for democracy, freedom, human rights, etc. to develop to its current state in Europe.

For example, during the early days of parliamentary democracy in Britain, workers and women did not have the right to vote and they had to fight for one-man-one vote, while women had to fight for universal suffrage - i.e. the right to vote, even as late as the very early 20th century.

I ask readers to do a Google search on Sylvia Pankhurst and the Suffragettes, or go check out SylviaPankhurst.com www.sylviapankhurst.com

So basically, Rome was not built in a day and neither will full liberal democracy in different parts of the world, especially not in the Third World, where there is no entrenched liberal democratic culture among the masses.

While continuing efforts within domestic politics are necessary to move in the democratic direction at each country's and society's own pace, given their respective local conditions, the proverbial upsetting of the apple cart by outside interference, especially to serve their own economic and political agendas and interests, has often proven to disastrous for the peoples of such countries.

Also, there are fears among commentators in the US that these leaks could well bring about a crackdown on Internet freedom by the US authorities, with some even going so far as to suggest that WikiLeaks is a controlled opposition created by the CIA, Mossad and others to justify the precipitation of such measures.

As I have often said, as long as the freedom on the Internet poses no real threat to the powers that be, they will allow it, but once it threatens them to a significant degree, then they will not hesitate to crack down, whether it be in a liberal capitalist democracy or otherwise. Was it not liberal
democracy in Germany which allowed Hitler to come to power.

Take nothing for granted as the ultimate determinant of politics is economics and with the western capitalist economies, especially the US facing a likely tailspin next year, there are reports of them gearing up to counter the civil unrest, such as the recent violent demonstrations by students in the UK against the tripling of university student fees.

Likewise, I believe that economics, i.e. the general sense of economic well being amongst the populace, played a major part in the setback suffered by the Barisan Nasional on March 8, 2008 and will do so again at the 13th general election.

Only time will tell as to what real-world results these WikiLeaks will bring about in the long term.

Read:

WikiLeaks-Anwar exposé : The continuing debate


We need more than 'black-eyed' people to run the govt

Posted: 14 Dec 2010 03:17 PM PST

From Mohd Zahri Abdullah, via e-mail

I refer to your report, 'Dead-end in 'black eye' case'. The person who did it had already retired from the police force. You forgot to mention that Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) spat on him and that made him do what he did to DSAI.

After reading the report, I note that the case will be considered in favour of justice and the truth  by making DSAI the next prime minister because he got a black eye from one man in the police force.

It appears to me that we will need more 'black-eyed' people to form a Malaysian cabinet or are there those who want to take a free ride on this black eyed man to be ministers in his cabinet?

Read:

Dead-end in black eye case


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