Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Malik Imtiaz on MCLM

Malik Imtiaz on MCLM


Malik Imtiaz on MCLM

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 08:15 AM PST

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, human rights lawyer and activist, and the current president of the Malaysian National Human Rights Society, talks about being a Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement candidate.
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Another reprieve for ex-estate workers

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 04:16 AM PST

Some 60 former workers of Ladang Bukit Jalil have had their latest eviction order postponed, following a demonstration at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya this morning. They were due to vacate their quarters on Dec 27, but now have until Jan 15 to do so. more news at : malaysiakini.com
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Khir Toyo Mengaku UMNO Jual Tanah Surau di Rawang

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 10:11 AM PST



Maklumat yang didapati oleh Tulang Besi dari "contact" Tulang Besi di SUK adalah tanah yang seluas hampir satu ekar itu telah di "gezzete" kan sebagai tanah surau. Juga, itulah satu-satunya tanah milik "Melayu" di Pekan Rawang itu.

Namun, mengikut pengakuan Khir Toyo sendiri dalam blog beliau:

"Kelulusan penjualan tanah kepada SAP Holdings dibuat sebelum tahun 2000 lagi, yang mana ini bermakna ia dibuat sebelum pentadbiran saya"

Ini bererti Khir Toyo mengaku dengan sejelas-jelasnya bahawa tanah yang digazetkan sebagai "tanah surau" itu telah DIJUAL oleh UMNO kepada Tauke.(sila rujuk notakaki)

Mengapa saya kata demikian?

SAP Holdings Sdn Bhd adalah sebuah syarikat dimana pemegang-pemegang saham nya adalah:

Chew Ting Teck, Hung Te Hsin @ Ang Teck Thieng, Siaw Kwee Mow @ Sia Hock Chai, Sip Kew Yin, Tan Kok Yee, Tan Pang Kuan, Chow Soon Tat @ Chew Soon Tat, Chew Teng Meng @ Francis Chew, Chew Siew Ying and Dhew Teng Fook @ Chow Teng Fook.

Bayangkan di waktu penjualan tanah ini dubuat(sebelum 2000 atau pada 2003), UMNO menguasai MAJORITI kerusi DUN di Selangor. Dengan kata lain, UMNO mampu memerintah Selangor pada masa itu TANPA BARISAN NASIONAL.

Namun, tanah Melayu/ISlam tetap tergadai kepada tauke sekalipun UMNO berkuasa dengan penuh pada masa itu.

Soal saya kepada orang Melayu di Malaysia: Apa gunanya kita terus menyokong UMNO?

Tulang Besi menyokong sangat kenyataan Faekah:

"Fakta jelas mendedahkan siapa yang sebenarnya telah mengorban orang Melayu dan Islam di Rawang. Saya rasa mungkin lebih sesuai penduduk berhimpun di pejabat Umno dan MCA untuk membuat aduan mereka," kata beliau.


Di waktu mereka kuat pun, hak Melayu tergadai. Apa lagi kita hendak harapkan dengan parti yang reput, korup dan penuh pendustaan ini?

Tulang Besi


notakaki:
Khir Toyo cuba menafikan penjualan tanah surau ini dilakukan pada zaman pemerintahan beliau. Padahal, mengikut rekod kerajaan negeri, saham SAP Holdings Sdn Bhd dijual oleh Kumpulan Hartanah Selangor Berhad (KHSB) kepada syarikat persendirian pada tahun 2003. Penjualan saham SAP Holdings Sdn Bhd ini sekaligus menyebabkan tanah Melayu di Rawang TERGADAI KEPADA TAUKE.

Saya cabar Khir Toyo menyaman Faekah (SU Politik Tan Sri Khalid) kerana membuat kenyataan ini.

Dan, Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom adalah salah seorang dalang penjualan tanah yang digazet sebagai tanah surau di Rawang ini. Inilah dia standard Pengerusi Yayasan BAsmi Kemiskinan UMNO. PAtutlah YBK takut kena audit.

Tapak surau diserahkan kepada pemaju sejak lapan tahun lalu
Monday, 20 December 2010 | Ruangan: Berita


RAWANG, 20 Dis - Kerajaan Selangor akan memastikan penduduk di Kampung Melayu, Rawang, mempunyai kemudahan surau walaupun notis perobohan dan pemindahan (Surau Al Hidayah) telah dikeluarkan oleh syarikat pemaju bagi menjalankan projek pembangunan yang telah diluluskan lapan tahun lalu.

Kerajaan Selangor melalui Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) akan berusaha untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini agar penduduk di kampung itu dapat terus menjalankan ibadat seperti biasa.

"Kerajaan Selangor tidak terlibat langsung dengan pelan pembangunan tapak sepertimana yang dituduh oleh mereka yang terlibat dalam demonstrasi semalam, yang diketuai beberapa pemimpin Umno, termasuk Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom," kata Setiausaha Politik Menteri Besar, Faekah Husin.

Beliau menjelaskan, tanah yang terlibat dalam projek pembangunan tersebut dimiliki SAP Holdings Sdn Bhd yang akan menjalankan projek tersebut bersama satu lagi syarikat swasta Mahumas Sdn Bhd.

"Zainal sepatutnya selidik dahulu sebelum membuat tuduhan liar. SAP Holdings bukan lagi anak syarikat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor.

"Pada 2002, Kerajaan Negeri Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) telah membenarkan Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB) melepaskan saham kepada pihak swasta.

"Beliau terlarang dari segi moral dan perundangan untuk menuduh kerajaan negeri sekarang kerana beliau adalah sebahagian daripada kerajaan yang bukan sahaja melepaskan saham dalam SAP Holdings, tetapi juga telah meluluskan projek tersebut," kata Faekah menerusi kenyataan akhbarnya hari ini.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan terdahulu telah meluluskan permohonan SAP Holdings dan Mahumas untuk menjalankan projek atas tanah tersebut, termasuk lot yang diwartakan untuk pembinaan surau.

Lembaga Pengarah SAP Holdings Berhad sekarang ialah Datuk Abu Bakar Mohd Amin, Norihan Mohd Bakri, Tan Kok Yee, Chong Fook Sin, chew Siew Ying dan Chew Ting Teck.

"Fakta jelas mendedahkan siapa yang sebenarnya telah mengorban orang Melayu dan Islam di Rawang. Saya rasa mungkin lebih sesuai penduduk berhimpun di pejabat Umno dan MCA untuk membuat aduan mereka," kata beliau.

Berhubung status gerai-gerai tanpa lesen yang beroperasi di sekitar surau berkenaan, Faekah berkata, laporan awal yang diterima dari Pejabat Daerah Gombak mendedahkan gerai-gerai itu dibina secara haram tetapi sewa dikutip oleh bekas bekas ahli jawatankuasa surau, Bing Selamat Amir, bagi mengisi tabung surau itu.

Bagaimanapun, ahli jawatankuasa baharu surau berkenaan mendakwa kutipan itu tidak pernah disalurkan ke tabung surau.

"Saya menyeru polis dan SPRM membuat siasatan lanjut berkenaan hal ini dan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat (Pakatan) Selangor akan memberi kerjasama penuh," katanya.


BN/PAKATAN”GIVE OR RECEIVE…??”

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 09:06 AM PST

WOW…!! MY PRESENT ALL WRAPPED UP

During the festive period of Christmas we usually will look for certain items which are meaningful TO GIVE to our Loved ones be it our mum,dad our better half ,nephews,nieces etc etc. It is not only giving but we DO RECEIVE as well which makes it all the more worthwhile exercise to some.

Are you not like a child who will be getting his hands on the wrapped up presents and waiting for the signal to just open it all up and seeing whether your WISHES OF A CERTAIN GIFT is bundled amongst the many presents which are stacked up under the Christmas trees.

Political parties be it in the alliances of BN or Pakatan coalitions are notoriously like little spoilt brats at the worst of time especially when it comes to their "ANNOINTED SEATS" As much as they would love to maintain their grip there are instances and beyong doubt certain genuinely hard truths that it is better to GIVE than to suffer the indignity of not Receiving a kind gesture of a win in a loss cause.

There are always calls within the coalitions that certain seats are bests represented by that political party but the overpowering grip of a stranglehold by earlier concensus and agreement of the seats by virtue of even "moving an eyebrow"will have detrimental effects if pursued.   

ARE YOU READY TO GIVE OR TO RECEIVE..?

GIVE IN TO SWAPPED SEATS OR DEFEATED FOR BEING STUPIDLY STUBBORN OR EGOISTIC…?

The festive season will see many political figures and parties giving and receiving guests to their homes and exchanging greetings and pleasantries. There will light discussions and certain whisperings in the background to come to a certain equation which will be further elaborated when the serious stuff comes around.

For now it will be merry making,eating more than enough to make the stomachs happy,singing passionatedly at Christmas masses or at karaoke rooms and all differences however akward they may seem will be put aside. We will also say goodbye to 2010 and singing "auld lang syne" a week after Christmas.   

2011 will dawn upon us and audie61 management and crew would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a "Very Happy and Blessed Christmas" and a Wonderful Year Ahead 2011.

We Praise the Good Lord for giving us the wonderful year that will be passing us by and seek forgiveness for the wrongs we have done and committed unintentionally.

We hope that the political parties in Malaysia will give as much as they will receive from the RAKYAT who has voted them in and continue to serve to their bests of their abilities.

Franklin D. Roosevelt the 32nd President of United States said this,"The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."  

 "MY FRIENDS IN BN/PAKATAN"



Padan muka aku

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 10:18 AM PST

Rakyat Malaysia merupakan rakyat yang sudah mula menanggung hutang dalam usia yang muda. Apabila tamat sahaja pengajian diUniversiti, segulung ijazah yang diterima dari universiti itu akan diiringi dengan beban hutang yang besar. Dengan segulung ijazah itu mereka akan mengambil giliran turun naik mahkamah kerana tidak mampu untuk melunaskan hutang yang begitu besar.

Belum pun mendapat kerja bekerja semua graduan akan berhadapan dengan hutang selalunya dengan PTPTN. Jika mendapat bekerjaan graduan-graduan ini, belum pun sempat membantu ibu bapa mereka yang membesarkan mereka selama ini sudah terpaksa memberikan tumpuan untuk membayar hutang.

Bila hutang hampir selesai ibu bapa tadi sudah terlalu tua dan ada yang tidak sempat menerima kemanisan hidup dengan anak yang telah berjaya dalam pelajaran mereka. Semakin maju negara ini semakin hilang kemudahan kita yang asas seperti pelajaran dan kos rawatan kesihatan.

Semasa pentadbiran sebelum Dr Mahathir mahasiswa kita mendapat pembiayaan pelajaran melalui biasiswa kerajaan. Mahasiswa kita boleh memohon banyak tempat untuk mendapatkan biasisa itu. Semasa itu pinjaman pelajaran hampir tidak wujud.

Setiap pelajar akan dibiayai oleh salah satu dari banyak punca pembiayaan. Kalau sekumpulan mahasiswa berkumpul setiap diantara mereka ada biasiswa mereka. Setengah mendapat pembiayaan kerajaan negeri yang semasa itu disebut sebagai 'state scholarship'. Setengahnya mendapat 'federal scholarship' iaitu biasiswa kerajaan persekutuan. Yang lain-lain yang tidak mendapat biasiswa kerajaan negeri atau persekutuan akan mendapat biasiswa Bank Bumiputra (BBMB) atau PETRONAS.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah telah menggunakan kedudukannya diBBMB dan Petronas dengan menyediakan ribuan biasiswa bagi pelajar kita kerana salah satu dari matlamat penubuhan agensi-agensi kerajaan ini ialah untuk menyediakan kemudahan pelajaran yang merupakan asas penting bagi kemajuan negara dan bangsa kita dimasa hadapan.

Segala-galanya itu hanya tinggal cerita yang nostalgik sahaja. Mencari pembiayaan untuk anak-anak untuk melanjutkan pelajaran merupakan satu usaha yang sangat memenatkan. Ibu bapa menaikki tangga satu jabatan kesatu jabatan untuk memenuhi hajat anak-anak yang ingin belajar. Pergi keMARA pegawainya kata MARA tidak ada duit. Pergi JPA pegawainya kata tak ada duit. Kemana-mana pergi pun jawapannya,tidak ada duit.

Baru baru ini MARA mengumumkan yang agensi tertua negara itu memberitahu yang MARA tidak lagi menaja pelajar untuk keluar negara bagi kursus sajana muda tetapi hanya menaja untuk kursus sarjana. Tetapi ramai pelajar yang hendak meneruskan pelaran keperongkat sarjana tidak juga dapat perhatian.

Macam mana nak 'reconcile' perancangan kerajaan hendak menjadi negara maju tetapi asas bagi rakyat untuk belajar tidak mencukupi? Pada tahun tujuh puluhan semua mahasiswa diberikan penajaan yang tidak payah dibayar kembali. Semasa itu negara kita saolah-olah hampir sama dengan kesebelasan negara-negara Scandinavia dalam mana pelajaran dan pendidikkan adalah percuma.

Tetapi semakin maju negara kita nampaknya semakin susah bagi rakyat hendak mendapatkan kemudahan untuk belajar keperingkat yang tinggi. Segala-galanya terpaksa dibayar dengan harga yang terlalu tinggi yang tidak berpatutan. Wang ratusan billion dibelanjakan sesuka hati dengan menawarkan projek mega yang harganya berlipat kali ganda. Harga yang RM 500 juta ditawarkan dengan harga RM 1 billion misalnya dan cara memerah wang rakyat secara sistematik ini sekarang sudah menjadi cara mentadbir negara kita ini.

Bagi negara maju sepatutnya pendidikkan, kesihatan dan bekalan air adalah percuma. Tetapi disisni semuanya terpaksa dibayar dengan harga yang keterlaluan tingginya.

Negara-negara Scandinavia adalah negara yang berpendapatan tinggi, malahan jauh lebih tinggi dari negara-negara G8. Tetapi pendidikkan adalah percuma. Negara German juga menyediakan kemudahan pelajaran percuma sehingga keperingkat yang tertinggi. Bagi kita Najib baru sahaja merancang untuk menjadikan negara berpendapatan tinggi menjelang tahun 2020 kos pelajaran dan pendidikkan sudah naik keterlaluan dan kemudahan biasiswa telah hampir dihapuskan.

Kita baru berangan-angan untuk menjadi negara berpendapatan tinggi yang belum tentu tercapai tetapi kos pelajaran sudah terlalu tinggi. Persoalannya dimanakah rakyat kelas menengah dan dibawahnya hendak mencari sumber kewangan bagi pendidikkan anak-anak mereka. Hanya yang ada ialah PTPTN yang akan mengejar mereka selepas sahaja mereka mendapat ijazah-ijazah mereka.

Semuanya ini tidak diambil endah oleh pimpinan sejak 3 dekad yang lalu. Apabila ada yang mengkritik maka penyokong-penyokong dan pengampu-pengampu akan menerjah kepada pengkritik-pengkritik tersebut. Akhirnya yang menyokong tindakkan pimpinan mereka itulah yang sekarang terkapai-kapai hendak memberi pendidikkan kepada anak-anak mereka.

Lain-lain perkataan, kita ini menyokong kepimpinan yang akan memberikan kesulitan kepada anak-anak dan cucu kita. Kalau dikaji secara halusnya kitalah yang bertanggunjawab diatas segala kesusahan ini kerana kita juga yang memilih mereka dahulu.

Padan muka kita semua!


In Malaysia, 105 Men For Every 100 Women - By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal.

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 07:30 AM PST

A preliminary report released today by the National Department of Statistics revealed an overall sex ratio of 105 males for every 100 females in Malaysia.

The Housing and Population Census 2010 report, which was released today, also said that the country's total population in 2010 was 27,565,821 people.

Out of the total population, 14,112,667 are males and 13,453,154 are females.

Johor recorded the highest male to female ratio, with 112 males to 100 females. Putrajaya recorded the lowest with 88 males for every 100 females.

The findings of the Housing and Population Census 2010 found that Selangor is currently the most populous state in Malaysia with 5,411,324 people, which made up 19.63 percent of the country's total population.

The state which recorded the highest population growth during the 2000-2010 period was the Federal Territory of Putrajaya (17.77 per cent) followed by Selangor (3.17 per cent).

The report also revealed a drop in Malaysia's average annual growth rate for the 2000-2010 period.

The findings of the Housing and Population Census 2010 found that the average annual growth rate for Malaysia dropped to 2.17 per cent for the 2000-2010 period. Malaysia's average yearly growth was 2.60 per cent for 1991-2000 and 2.64 per cent for 1980-1991.

Based on this year's census, there are 6,396,174 households and 730,865 living quarters in Malaysia.

The 2010 Population and Housing Census of Malaysia (Census 2010) is the fifth census conducted since the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

The Census 2010 provides information on the characteristics of living quarters, households and population in Malaysia.

The report also showed a decreasing trend in the average household size in the country, with an average of 4.31 per cent in 2010 compared to 4.62 per cent in 2000.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop also said that separate research done by the department found that Malaysia's fertility rate was on a decline.

According to the minister, the country's fertility rate in 2009 was 2.3 per cent, a drop from 3 per cent from the year 2000.

"Based on our calculations, there is a possibility that the country's fertility rate might decline further to 2.1 per cent by 2015. But a lower fertility rate is not a cause for concern, it is a global trend," said Mohamed Yakcop.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


A suggestion made to Najib on how to tell Singapore go f@%k a duck!

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 07:04 AM PST

Najib state visit to kiasu land!

A suggestion has been made to Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak on how to rebutt Singapore's claims that Malaysia has incompetant leaders. The suggestion came from a Singapore-based, or may be a US-based Singaporeans website and an online paper called temasekreview.net who are now begining to realise that this island republic is not all that invincible after all.

PM Najib, please proclaim to your people:-

"we are definitely competent, otherwise you will see my govt having a MM to mentor us, hold my hands"

"we do not practise nepotism, otherwise you will see my daughter-in-law or family relations appointed to manage state funds"

"we are not clueless about how much we have in our reserves, otherwise you will hear us proclaim it takes 50 man-years to count the money"

"we do not steal from our reserves, otherwise you will see me appoint a president to act as a security guard for the country's reserves".

"we believe in our people speaking up, otherwise you will see my govt sueing everybody who criticise us"

"we have a sense of decorum, otherwise i will openly challenge my political opponents to meet me in any alley and serve warning that i have a sharp hatchet and knuckle dusters"

"we have a sense of humility, otherwise you will hear me calling other leaders dense and stupid"

"we have a sense of proportion, otherwise you will see my govt giving ourselves salaries 5 times more than other world leaders"

"we believe in teaching govt subordinates manners and awareness of their station in life, otherwise you will see plenty of 'Kurang Ajar' officials in my govt" - temasekreview.net


The Inordinate Obsession Over Three-Corner Fights

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 05:30 AM PST

I confess that I once had my doubts about the third force.

Like many other concerned Malaysians, I anguished over a potential three-corner fight which may potentially give Barisan Nasional the upper hand.

Most people really want BN out of Putrajaya and its politicians either behind bars or in the zoo.

BN in the mean time has vowed to reclaim Putrajaya at all costs. The best way would be bribe Pakatan Rakyat MPs to jump over to their side.

The problem is, it has worked before. There was a huge Frog Festival that ended in the Perak democratic crisis, where Perak returned to BN hands due to MPs leaping over to the other side.

This has to be nipped in the bud. We have no room for error in the next General Elections.

Misbehaving MPs from PR have not been admonished nor has any disciplinary action been taken against them. There is merely silence.

In the midst of these discussions on how to take this nation forward, the scum at the bottom of the sewage pond is unable to resist spinning for its masters.

NST discredits Pakatan Rakyat by misquoting various civil liberty leaders with attempts like Some PR reps not fit to walk a dog. This agitates various anti-BN segments, to the extent of losing focus on the big picture.

The big picture is that we need good policy-makers in parliament, not just random and unqualified representatives of a political party belonging to the Opposition.

The MCLM president Haris Ibrahim, gave a very good example during the first public forum held by the MCLM to engage with the citizens and address their concerns.

He asked if anyone was from the Wangsa Maju constituency. There wasn't, but most people knew that Wee Choo Keong, a BN-friendly froggie is the current MP.

"Assuming that Wee decides to kiss and make up with PKR," Haris postulated, "and they decided to let bygones be bygones..."

The audience was silent.

"What if PKR decided to forget the past and allow Wee to run for MP again, and he was running against our independent candidate Imtiaz, should we withdraw Imtiaz to avoid having a three-corner fight?"

There was audible objection. "Hell no," I privately mouthed.

"Ah," said Haris smugly, "so it depends on the situation then?"

And that was it in a nutshell.

The MCLM is not advocating a three-corner fight to make things difficult for Pakatan Rakyat. Everyone with half a brain-cell knows that Barisan Nasional is chronically incapable of reform and thus has to be removed.

But good people need to be voted into parliament. Let us not lose focus of that.

A very good description of MCLM can be found HERE. It may be a little deep, but it is certainly well thought-out.


Will the people know who really cheated them?

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 03:50 AM PST

I have been cutting out Malaysiakini's news to place it on my blog because of stories like this. This story will probably never see the pages or screen of our main stream newspaper or TV.

I believe it is my patriotic duty to tell all Malaysian when stories like this happens!

Land on which the Kampung Melayu Pekan Rawang surau is located was sold to private hands by the Selangor government in 2002, then controlled by BN.

The surau is now slated for demolition, triggering protests.

Selangor Menteri NONEBesar Khalid Ibrahim's political secretary Faekah Husin(left) said the plot was held by SAP Holdings Sdn Bhd, then held by state investment arm Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB).

In 2002, KDEB released its shares in SAP Holdings Bhd to private ownership. The same year, the state government approved a joint-venture project on the land between SAP Holdings and another company Mahamus Sdn Bhd.

In a statement, Faekah said the facts run contrary to claims by Umno leaders who are championing the residents' cause to campaign for the surau to be preserved.

She singled out Zainal Abidin Sakom as among the Umno leaders involved.

"Zainal Abidin has no moral or legal right to accuse the current state government for this mess because he was part of the state administration which not only released rights in SAP Holdings but also approved the project," she said.

'Umno and MCA responsible'

She also revealed that the current board of directors of SAP Holdings are Abu Bakar Mohd Amin, Norihan Mohd Bakri, Tan Kok Yee, Chong Fook Sin, Chew Siew Ying and Chew Ting Teck.

The company's shareholders are Chew Ting Teck, Hung Te Hsin @ Ang Teck Thieng, Siaw Kwee Mow @ Sia Hock Chai, Sip Kew Yin, Tan Kok Yee, Tan Pang Kuan, Chow Soon Tat @ Chew Soon Tat, Chew Teng Meng @ Francis Chew, Chew Siew Ying and Dhew Teng Fook @ Chow Teng Fook.

NONECommenting on demonstrations against the state government by Kampung Melayu Pekan Rawang residents, Faekah said they are targeting the wrong party.

"The facts clearly show who had forsaken the rights of the people. Instead of demonstrating against the state, it may be more appropriate for the demonstrators to take their complaint to the offices of Umno and MCA," she said.

However, she gave an assurance that the state government will work with the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department to find a solution to ensure that Muslims in the village can continue their religious


This Oxford graduated should be the Finance Minister instead..

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 04:01 AM PST

Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentarian Tony Pua has challenged the government to show how it intends to pay for the estimated RM36 billion mass rail transit project, on which work is due to begin next July.

This is especially since Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, which is behind the project, has yet to recoup construction costs from the light rail transport (LRT) project completed more than a decade ago, and is unlikely to be able to do in the next 20 years so at prevailing fares.

"The (2009) audit rNONEeport on Prasarana showed that the current average LRT fare of RM1.60 has to be increased to nearly RM9 for infrastructural costs to be fully recouped within the next 20 years despite the LRTs costing the federal government less than RM8 billion, nearly five times less than the proposed MRT system," Pua (left) said in a statement.

"It is highly misleading for the prime minister to espouse the viability of the project by claiming that it will generate gross national income of up to RM4 billion per annum when the interest servicing cost for the project at completion may in itself come up to more than RM2 billion each year."

Pua said concern also stems from the fact that Prasarana is already "heavily indebted with RM8.5 billion in bonds" and is even unable to service the interest costs.

The government-linked company was ticked off in the Auditor-General's 2009 report for "making accumulated losses of RM840 million as at December 2007, in part due to suspicious activities and management".

To make matter worse, the government has allocated RM2.5 billion to pay for Prasarana-issued bonds which are due in November 2011, Pua said.

'What about the Spad report?'


azlanWhile the MRT system will benefit Klang Valley residents, the government may be jumping the gun by planning to commence construction before a holistic land transport plan is unveiled by the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) in September 2011.

"In fact, Spad is still unable to declare, as at today, backed by a thorough and professional study that the MRT is the best option for the Klang Valley in the near future, as opposed to cheaper alternatives like buses or even trams based on travel patterns and population statistics," Pua said.

But giving due credit, Pua lauded the premier for announcing that the MRT project will be tendered out openly via nine project parcels.

"We call upon the government to be completely transparent with the entire plan, design and financial impact of the MRT project to convince the rakyat…that it will not become an unsustainable project which will leave our future tax-payers with billions in debt."


4.5 Million on First Ladies Summit! But where is the first lady?

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 03:39 AM PST

The recent First Ladies Summit came with a price tag of close to RM4.5 million at the government's expense.

NONEThe brainchild of the prime minister's wife, Rosmah Mansor, the inaugural summit hosted 15 wives of heads of state from around the world - although mainly from African countries - in Kuala Lumpur in October.

In a written reply to the Dewan Negara today, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil revealed that the total expenditure for the three-day summit came up to RM4,498,949.99.

In response, PKR senator Syed Husin Ali baulked at the figures, claiming that Rosmah is not even the nation's rightful First Lady.

"Why is the First Ladies Summit organised by our prime minister's wife when, in our country, the First Lady is the Permaisuri Agong?

"This brings into question the basis of giving RM4.5 million to the PM's wife to organise this meet while no role was given to the Permaisuri Agong," he told a press conference at the Parliament lobby this morning.

The summit, themed 'A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow', was aimed at highlighting the need to nurture children who will be future leaders.

'Encroachment by Permata'

During the press conference, Senator Mumtaz Md Nawi from PAS questioned the involvement of the Permata Negara programme - another of Rosmah's initiatives - with different government agencies.

"We appreciate the concern of anyone in looking after the welfare of children.

"But in aNONEparliamentary democracy, there have to be boundaries in the programmes involving the Women, Family and Community Development, Education, Higher Education, Youth and Sports Ministries and the Prime Minister's Department," said Mumtaz (left in photo).

"This is especially since there has been an announcement that thePermata Negara programme would involve teenagers.

"To what end is the power of the Prime Minister's Department or the prime minister's wife being used in outlining a national policy?"

azlanRosmah had said in June that the Education Ministry would be taking over the programme from 2012 when two relevant laws are amended.

Permata - which started out as an early childhood learning programme - has also been allocated RM111 million in the 2011 Budget.

'Najib spent half his time overseas
'

Meanwhile, Syed Husin noted that premier Najib Abdul Razak has spent more than half of his time in power overseas.

Revealing the written reply to him by Minister in Prime Minister's Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Syed Husin said that Najib had spent RM8,724,895.91 on his 42 trips abroad over the span of one-and-a-half years.

In the 588 days between April 3, 2009 and Nov 19 this year, Najib had also spent 274 days abroad.

"Why is he spending so much time overseas when there are a lot of problems in the country, especially at the expense of the taxpayers?" asked Syed Husin.

"I want to know what are the benefit and returns of spending so much time and money on travelling so often."


Mansor Akui Serangan Umno-BN Jejas Sokongan Melayu Pulau Pinang

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 03:27 AM PST


Pakatan Rakyat (PR) mengakui perikatan tiga parti itu berhadapan dengan kemerosotan sokongan orang Melayu berbanding situasi dua tahun lalu, ekoran serangan bertubi-tubi Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) khususnya di kawasan bandar, kata Datuk Mansor Othman...

The Malaysian Insider

GEORGE TOWN, 21 Dis – Pakatan Rakyat (PR) mengakui perikatan tiga parti itu berhadapan dengan kemerosotan sokongan orang Melayu berbanding situasi dua tahun lalu, ekoran serangan bertubi-tubi Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) khususnya di kawasan bandar, kata Datuk Mansor Othman.

Menurut timbalan ketua menteri itu (gambar), serangan berterusan media dikuasai Umno khususnya Utusan Malaysia telah mengalih aliran sokongan daripada pentadbiran kerajaan negeri pimpinan Lim Guan Eng, yang menguasai 29 daripada 40 kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri.

Baki 11 kerusi dipegang oleh Umno.

Mengambil kira persekitaran itu kata beliau, pihaknya sedang memfokus usaha peringkat kedua untuk memperbaiki keadaan menjelang pilihan raya umum ke-13.

"Sokongan orang Melayu menurun, ada kajian bebas dikendalikan beberapa ketika dulu, yang menunjukkan sokongan pengundi Melayu di Pulau Pinang menurun, dijalankan oleh Merdeka Center... bagi saya, ia kesan serangan berterusan, diserang oleh media, media arus perdana.

"Jika anda berbohong sekali, dua kali orang tidak akan percaya anda.

"Tetapi jika anda berbohong 20 kali, mereka akan terpengaruh," kata Mansor dalam satu pertemuan dengan The Malaysian Insider di sini baru-baru ini.

Timbalan ketua menteri dari PKR ini menyenaraikan beberapa kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri yang memperlihatrkan peralihan signifikan dalam sokongan orang Melayu, yang kembali kepada Umno.

Antaranya ialah Seberang Jaya dan Bayan Lepas, yang kedua-duanya dimenangi Umno.

Kerusi DUN Seberang Jaya terletak dalam bahagian Parlimen, yang wakilnya Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Ini adalah kerusi-kerusi Umno yang kami bimbang kerana ini adalah kerusi yang PKR bertanding.

"Saya bimbang dengan kerusi-kerusi (yang diperuntukkan) kepada PKR dan PAS, bukannya kerusi ditanding DAP.

"(Pun begitu) kerusi-kerusi (ditandingi) DAP juga perlu diberi perhatian, misalnya Sungai Pinang, yang majoritnya orang Melayu," kata Mansor, yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Penanti.

Daripada 29 kerusi dipegang oleh Pakatan Rakyat, DAP menguasai 19 manakala PKR sembilan dan PAS satu.

Mansor yang bulan lalu dipilih sebagai naib presiden PKR berkata, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang tidak risau sangat mengenai sokongan pengundi Melayu di kawasan luar bandar, yang lazimnya merupakan penyokong tradisi Umno.

"Kali ini kami perlu menangani isu perkauman, isu perkauman yang dimainkan (secara besar-besaran), ia sangat bahaya di sini... di Pulau Pinang khususnya apabila mereka memainkan elemen tiga 'R' iaitu kaum, agama dan raja ('race, religion and raja').

"Kami risau mengenai sokongan pengundi (Melayu) bandar beralih kepada Melayu, selepas datang kepada kami pada 2008. Kini sokongan kelihatan beralih semula (kepada mereka)," katanya lagi.

Semalam, sehari selepas Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat Kedua di Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, Utusan Malaysia memberi liputan besar-besaran kepada pemimpin-pemimpin Umno, yang antara lain memanggil DAP sebagai "raja perkauman."

Dalam serangan terbaru itu, akhbar tersebut menyenaraikan rencana bertajuk "Kebiadapan Guan Eng" dengan menyenaraikan tindakan-tindakan mendakwa antiorang Melayu.

Lim dalam responsnya berkata akan menyaman Utusan Malaysia selepas ia kelmarin menyifatkan DAP sebagai alat kerajaan asing dan meminta parti itu diharamkan.

Ekoran perkembangan itu, Mansor memberitahu The Malaysian Insider bahawa Pakatan Rakyat perlu menangani siri pembohongan dan kerajaan negeri akan memfokus pada skim atau program yang akan memanfaatkan masyarakat Melayu.

"Apa yang kami perlu lakukan ialah bukan saja menyangkal pembohongan-pembohongan ini, tetapi juga memfokus pada usaha-usaha kami. Projek pembaharuan bandar, memfokus ke atas kawasan-kawasan setinggan tanpa mengira kaum, tetapi memberi fokus lebih ke atas kawasan-kawasan bandar, yang didiami orang Melayu... ada kawasan-kawasan penempatan orang Melayu di bandar seperti Tanjong Tokong, dan Bukit Jelutong.

"Kami harus memberi lebih fokus untuk mengatasi isu-isu ini, perlu diadakan skim perumahan mampu dimiliki.

"Kami telah membuktikan bahawa kami ada kerajaan yang baik (berbanding kerajaan negeri sebelum 2008 pimpinan BN), tetapi ia tidak cukup. Perlu ada projek pembangunan fizikal untuk menunjukkan kepada rakyat bahawa kami memang melakukan sesuatu, beberapa projek pendidikan yang konkrit, pelancongan," kata beliau.

Mansor juga menolak serangan Utusan Malaysia ke atas Lim dan kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang dengan menyifatkannya sebagai tindakan tidak logik dan bermotifkan "politik semata-mata."

"Apabila kami membuka tender, kami telah mendedahkan bahawa kesemua projek JPS bagi tahun 2010, seratus peratus diberikan kepada orang Melayu... di JKR, 98 peratus projek diberikan kepada orang Melayu.

"Kami telah menunjukkan orang Melayu juga berdaya saing. Jika mereka tidak boleh berdaya saing, bagaimana mereka boleh memperoleh tender-tender ini? Jadi, mereka menggunakan soal perkauman," kata Mansor.

Sehubungan itu, Mansor menekankan, kerajaan negeri perlu mempertingkatkan usaha untuk menangani isu-isu yang dibangktikan supaya dapat dikawal menjelang pilihan raya umum ke-13.

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Bagaimanapun kata beliau, ini kali pertama kerajaan negeri, khususnya di bawah Pakatan Rakyat, ada inisiatif untuk membantu orang Melayu.

Katanya, pada masa-masa lalu projek seumpama itu datang daripada kerajaan persekutuan seperti menerusi agensi Perda dan Jabatan Kemajuan Persekutuan.

"Tetapi apa yang hendak saya katakan ialah ada inisiatif (oleh kerajaan negeri semasa). Kerajaan negeri masa lalu tiada inisiatif, tetapi kami (kerajaan negeri Pakatan) lakukan," kata beliau.

Kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang menjanjikan kakitangan awam akan diberikan ganjaran lebih baik sekiranya mereka memperbaiki prestasi mereka.

Baru-baru ini kerajaan negeri mengumumkan bayaran imbuhan tambahan, lebih baik berbanding kerajaan persekutuan.

Kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang mengumumkan bayaran khas Maal Hijrah sebanyak RM100 kepada semua 1,376 guru Kelas Agama Fardu Ain sempena perayaan Maal Hijrah dan bantuan khas sekolah sebanyak RM800 kepada setiap 7,812 anggota perkhidmatan awam negeri.

Penerimaan RM800 oleh anggota pentadbiran awam negeri Pulau Pinang adalah melebihi RM500 yang diterima oleh anggota perkhidmatan awam persekutuan.

Dengan pembayaran RM500 duit raya sebelum ini dan RM800 bantuan khas sekolah sekarang, ini bermakna bahawa semua anggota pentadbiran awam negeri Pulau Pianng telah menerima RM1,300 secara keseluruhannya pada tahun ini.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/mansor-akui-serangan-umno-bn-jejas-sokongan-melayu-pulau-pinang/





What The BN/Umno Controlled MSM Didn't Want Us To Know.

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 02:19 AM PST



The Pakatan Rakyat convention in Penang sent an unmistakable and chilling signal to arch rivals - Prime Minister Najib Razak and the Umno-BN coalition. Despite a roller coaster journey since sweeping to power in the 2008 general election, Pakatan has not been diminished by the enmity and malice unleashed by its political opponents, but has been able to mature and grow stronger in the process. Instead, the BN/Umno controlled mainstream media (MSM) with their 'Journalistic Whore's' like Wong Chun Wai, Joceline Tan, Baradan Kuppusamy et al were busy spinning about Pakatan Rakyat's demise.

"You name it, whatever problems, whatever hardship or stone or rock that the Umno-BN could find, they have thrown it at us. But we are committed to an agenda of change and that needs the removal of the current federal government," Opposition Leader and Pakatan de-facto head Anwar Ibrahim told Malaysia Chronicle at the sidelines of the congress.

Indeed, the star-studded conference hall was packed with the likes of PAS president Hadi Awang, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, PKR president Wan Azizah, Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh.

Pakatan delegates and other members of the public who wanted to meet their 'reformasi' heroes were spoiled for choice. DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is also Penang Chief Minister, played host to the 2,000-strong crowd at the convention.

Racial policies rejected, preliminary 10-point manifesto unveiled

In a rousing opening address, Guan Eng warned Prime Minister Najib Razak's Umno party not to 'hijack' the federal constitution and misinterpret the controversial Article 153 to divide the ethnic groups in the country.

"Somehow Umno always fails to mention that Article 153 also states that the legitimate interests of other communities must also be protected," Guan Eng said.

"Umno will always try to play up the relationship between PAS and DAP. They want to politicise this. They will use the 3Rs — Race, religion and 'Raja' (the Rulers) to try and drive a wedge between us."

Guan Eng also unveiled a ten-point document to be signed by all the top Pakatan leaders and which is set to become the coalition's preliminary manifesto in the coming general election. The resolutions outline in detail the changes Pakatan will introduce within the first 100 days of its taking over Putrajaya if it wins the next general election expected to be held early next year.

The resolutions are:

1. A restructure of institutions including the Elections Commission (EC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Royal Malaysian Police. During a debate on the policy framework, DAP's Anthony Loke said PR bring the MACC under the purview of Parliament.

2. A repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA)

3. Instruct Khazanah Berhad, Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) and other government bodies to take over highway assets from the concessionaires in order to abolish the toll system.

4. A restructure of the country's subsidies, to lessen subsidies given to the private sector (such as the RM19 billion in gas subsidies given to independent power producers) and transferring these to subsidies for the man on the street.

5. Acknowledging the role and sacrifices of civil servants by studying the current pay schemes and increasing the incentives for teachers by RM500 a month

6. Transferring private water concessions to the government

7. Offering free wireless Internet access to those in urban and semi-urban areas

8. Cancelling Felda Plantations and opening up its farms to second- and third generation Felda settlers.

9. Increasing oil royalty payments to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Kelantan to 20 per cent from 5 per cent currently.

10. Formation of a Royal Commission to solve the problem of illegal immigrants and citizenship issues in Sabah and Sarawak.


Lim GE, Utusan Malaysia & Hartalmsm

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 01:49 AM PST

When a non-BN leader becomes the subject of UMNO's repetitive and concerted vilifications and a victim of its campaign of demonization, you can guess he is getting too popular for UMNO's liking.

When that non-BN leader is a Chinese, you can bet he is getting too popular with the Malay electorate.

When that non-BN leader is a DAP man, hell's bells, UMNO shits bricks because that just won't do … no no no … it'll be a disaster … for UMNO of course.

Not that the DAP leader's breakthrough into hitherto UMNO (or PAS, PKR) territory is advance, but hey hey hey, better to nip the Cina Apek's appeal in the bud.

Malaysiakini's
DAP leaps into 'pseudo-M'sian' battle reported:

DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua was equally disdainful of the daily.

"Never before in history has the DAP, a party that Utusan Malaysia has previously regarded as irrelevant, become the object of obsession to an Umno-owned newspaper."

" It is most laughable when Utusan had to appeal to its readers not to boycott the paper due to 'political sentiments' and to blame Pakatan (when its) business (was affected). It appears that Utusan is attempting to rationalise its loss of readership (by blaming) external factors instead of looking inwards at their incessant racial posturing, outright lies and inflammatory headlines such as Bangkitlah Melayu as being the main causes."

"The relentless attacks on the DAP only serve to prove that DAP and Pakatan are making major inroads in proving to the people that we are not only competent in governance, but that - despite having a DAP chief minister in Penang - Malays and Muslims enjoy greater rights and benefits than under a BN administration."

Thus, Utusan Malaysia pours on Lim Guan Eng cauldron after cauldron of vile poison.

And what has Hartalmsm, the so-called mainstream media monitor, been doing? It turns itself into an anti-DAP and anti-Pakatan blog, ignoring Utusan's lies, disinformation and misinformation while attacking Lim Guan Eng.

Mainstream media monitor? As Balram Halwai, the hero in Aravind Adiga's Man Booker prize-winning book, The White Tiger, would say: "What a fucking joke". wakakaka


Malaysiakini's Newsmaker of 2010

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 01:19 AM PST

Congratulations to Ibrahim Ali for being named as Malaysiakini's Newsmaker of 2010.

Incidentally many may not know that Adolf Hitler was named Time magazine's Man of the Year for 1938.

Wakakaka.



Is PM's position exclusively for Anwar, why not Kit Siang?

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 02:52 PM PST

From Toh Seng Kai, via facebook

Even PAS and PKR still find it hard to get out of spewing the usual racism that binds Malaysia to its shitty state. Aiyah, the Malays in Malaysia have been pickled too in the Ketuanan Melayu and Ketuanan Muslim syndrome.

It simply shows that Anwar and Nik Aziz should quit politics because they are obsolete.

Religion is the greatest evil of all and the holier-than-thou attitude always invite hostilities. Besides, why should Lim Kit Siang be just a DPM? Why can't he also contest for the PM's position?

Is that position exclusively for Anwar? Really lah, Anwar should quit PKR for the sake of Pakatan Rakyat since he is still very much an Umno man

Read:

Must Kit Siang convert to Islam to be the DPM?





No hope ever of a Sabahan or Sarawakian becoming PM

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 02:51 PM PST

From Marvin Nuevo, via e-mail

I refer to your commentary, 'Jeffrey wants Sabah, S'wak 'longhouses' back'. The people of Sabah and Sarawak were neither consulted nor did they agree to join the Federation of Malaya which, Jeffrey reiterates, is masquerading today as the Federation of Malaysia.

Many Sabahans have come around to the view that the Philippines' claim to Sabah must be settled one way or other. If the International Court of Justice rules that the Philippines has sovereignty over Sabah, they say, so be it.

At least, as part of the Philippines, Sabahans will have an equal chance as other Filipinos to be the president of the country. Besides, there is much affinity between the native Christian majority in Sabah – now under serious threat of disenfranchisement – and the Philippines.

This is not the case in the Malaya/Malaysia Federation where there is no hope ever of a Sabahan or Sarawakian emerging as the prime minister of the country.

I would really love to see Sabah 'back' with the Philippines.

Read:

Jeffrey wants Sabah, S'wak 'longhouses' back


'Backdoor' entrants in the BN

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 02:49 PM PST

From Shah Jac Kumar, via facebook

You can see how without a single vote from the rakyat, the BN takes in candidates not elected as leaders of the coalition.

Let me name them for you...MCA president, Umno (Najib)...no need to comment. If you don't know, you must have swum here from you know where?

MIC president, Gerakan (should have been gerak can't) and of course PPP (party is existing by the RoS and court orders only)!

Read:

No honeymoon for Palanivel


Who's to blame for M’sia’s worst road crash?

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 02:46 PM PST

From Jackson Ng, via e-mail

Malaysia's worst ever road crash claimed 27 lives on Dec 20, 2010 when a double-deck tour bus crashed and toppled into a ravine on its way down Cameron Highlands.

Of course the culprit to blame is the driver for losing control of the tour bus. But, this does not mean no one else can be blamed, directly or indirectly, for the tragedy.

The authorities, especially the transport ministry and the police, are responsible for road safety enforcement and therefore accountable for the tragedy for lack of control and enforcement.

In the first place, had they ever considered whether a double-deck bus should be allowed to ply such a hilly terrain? Where are the experts in police force and the ministry? Or have not any?

In other developed countries and more civil governments like Japan and South Korea, the transport minister would have tendered his resignation.

Don't expect that to happen in Malaysia. Kong Cho Ha took over as transport minister in June and we have had fatal road crashes almost every month.

Of course it is not fair to blame Kong. But what has he done since June?

Apart from sweeping the multi-billion-ringgit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal skeletons under the carpet on Day One of his appointment, he has done nothing else indulge in politicking.

The Malacca 'MCA' vehicle registration number plates was his top priority but it turned out to be a non-issue and an embarrassment to himself.

Kong thought he could use the 'reserved MCA' numbers to the deliver a 'knock out' punch on his
predecessor Ong Tee Keat.

It turned out that Kong did not check his facts and had to retreat quietly when it was found that Ong had actually rejected the proposal to reserve 'MCA' plates for his party members.

Clearly, Kong seems to be too engrossed with his internal party squabbles and fighting the shadow of his predecessor.

He has thus neglected his work and responsibility as a transport minister because he has got all his priorities wrong.

Please wake up sleepy-head Kong and do some work in the ministry. Or else, can you just ship out!

Read:

27 killed in tour bus crash on Cameron Highlands road


I seldom endorse UMNO blogger'svews, but Sakmongkol maketh an exception!:)

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 11:03 PM PST

This following article shows a good reading of what The Third Force is at at the present time of Malaysian politics, and I mostly agree with the first portion of his observations. Desi will come back later to add his thoughts on those points that I beg to differ from Sdr AK47 holder!:) -- YL, Desi


So meanwhile, ENJOY:)


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

3rd Force: between the concept and the actual.

Malaysians on the whole have more affinity with actual political entities. They are more confident and comforted with a materialized organizational form like a political party. Something that has structure, policies and agenda. On the whole, they are less likely to be attracted to pure concepts such as for example the so called 3rd force in Malaysian politics?
Who or what is the 3rd force in Malaysian politics? Does it exist in materialized form with structure, policies and agendas? Or is the 3rd force more of the projection and extension of personal ideals and beliefs which are not unique anyway to the beholders. The same ideals and belief are better articulated and fought for by organized corporeal political parties.
I seriously doubt if RPK and his band of merry men, will make any impact on Malaysian politics. How does it exist? In a substantive corporeal form as a political party or just a 3rd force in concept form?
MCLM or the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement is at the moment a loose association of likeminded individuals moved by the concept of civil liberties and some understanding of what it means to be democratic. And at the moment, democratic means anything BUT Barisan Nasional or UMNO's policies.
I am not trivializing the motivations of these well intentioned individuals. The issues raised and the concerns voiced are undoubtedly pertinent and very relevant. But perhaps more suited to discussions in the PJ civic center or maybe in the private rooms at Le Bodega or the terraces of private clubs in Kuala Lumpur. Or in the forums attended by starry eyed university students.
And where will the likely constituencies of the MCLM be? Probably more suited to urban constituencies in small pockets of socially conscious groupings such as NGO movements, liberal PTAs, something like that.
They will face formidable competition from established political groupings such as PR, which is something more solid than just some intellectualized concept.
Malaysians with a well-grounded political experience based on political parties that exist in form and substance are likely to stay away from a nebulous concept of a 3rd force. What are its agendas? Its plans? Other than a coalition of individuals with a pronounced disgruntled objection to UMNO and BN.
Even the re-emergence of Zaid Ibrahim in a renamed political party will not make any difference in Malaysian politics. Zaid Ibrahim and his self-sustaining politicians and candidates will not stand a chance in the coming elections.
The optimism of 3rd force entities and Zaid's party is based on a misreading of our political mood.
The misreading stems perhaps fro over reading and unbounded optimism attached to the results of the 1eth GE. I say perhaps we have over read the support for opposition parties as being a permanent shift. As such I think, there will a shift back of allegiance to BN and notably UMNO. When that shift happens, the casualties will the MCLM and parties such as headed by Zaid IBrahim.
UMNO and BN will not be able to recapture old political territories but they may be able to recover some lost ground. UMNO's success at that will depend on several factors but that will not be discussed here.
Where is the 3rd force really? In my opinion the actual 3rd force in Malaysian politics are the political parties in Sabah and Sarawak. They have tasted blood and they now know they can be the kingmaker in Malaysian politics. Whichever political parties win in Peninsula Malaysia will have to factor in the Sabah and Sarawak politicians and will have to accommodate them.

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