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- Register to vote. Now!
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Posted: 08 Dec 2010 06:00 AM PST
By Maxwell CoopersCOMMENT Boy, how peaceful it is Singapore must be feeling these days. For more than two years, the nation teetered on what must have been a dreadful reckoning with an escaped terrorist who, though not quite of the Osama Bin Laden kind of pedigree, knew just what to do if and when he commandeers a hijacked plane.
Mas Selamat Kastari was no ordinary individual. The Indonesian-born who had spent most of his formative years in Singapore is the leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah, known otherwise by its acronym of JI. The JI is the Southeast Asian "branch office" of terror kingpin Osama's al-Qaeda network.
But what he did on Feb 28, 2008, was something that will go down in the annals of Singapore's history as one of the city-state's greatest ever escapes, or more dubiously the nation's greatest blunder. Not only was Kastari able to outfox his very watchful guards at the super fortified maximum security prison in Whitley Road. He was also able to do so all by himself with no assistance whatsoever from fellow inmates. The escape had turned him into an instant cause célèbre.
But make no mistake. Kastari is no folk hero. He was a dissolute terrorist who made no secret of his sharp and running dislike for Singapore which had tracked and jailed his fellow collaborators soon after the Sept 11 attacks in the United States.
He was bent on wreaking revenge with his intention to crash an aeroplane into Singapore's fabled Changi Airport and re-enact the Sept 11 horror. This bloodcurdling vow and his subsequent escape sparked a massive manhunt matched only in scope, intensity and character by the McCarthy witch-hunts of the 1950s.
The plot to set the airport ablaze, if it had materialised, would have driven a gaping hole into Singapore's vaunted security apparatus. And along with it, Singapore would be kicked down a few notches in its global security perception index – just the very kind of fear the republic had so desperately tried to avoid in all of its history and at all costs.
Yet what had happened and what possibly could have happened, underscores just the very kind of lessons that are now confronting countries from the United States to Germany, which, as everybody now knows, recently had its own Parliament, the Reichstag, in the cross-hairs of Osama's al-Qaeda group.
Special legal instrument
From what history records and what evidence suggests, terrorists are a special breed. They never give up as they are fanatics. And fanatics, as war-time British prime minister Winston Churchill rightly pointed out, never change their minds and also their subjects.
It was perhaps with that in mind that Singapore has had special legal instruments in place to deal with terrorists to fill in for what Churchill obviously missed out mentioning, that is, terrorists don't squeal and don't turn in their "brethren" unlike the thugs who are sometimes wont to do.
So to make terrorists do what they have been indoctrinated not to do, Singapore employs what is known in humans rights circles as "extra-judicial measures", something that is not too dissimilar from the US version of the Patriot Act.
For all of its born days, right from the time of its violent inception to its present-day modernity, Singapore has known just too well what it would need to do with terrorists of the Kastari ilk.
Its detention without trial laws, enshrined in the Internal Security Act provisions of 1955 which it has maintained for more than five decades, did not come about in a vacuum. British colonial masters had artfully crafted them.
And when it was time for the British to leave Singapore to Singaporeans, the colonial masters made sure the locals knew how to combat the brigands of communist terrorists who in the troubled times of the 1950s and 1960s were just as menacing, fanatical and ideologically-driven as the Kastaris of today. There, however, was one notable exception.
Resembling in doctrine to America's Patriot Act, the Internal Security Act is essentially a carrot-and-stick approach to treating detainees through the double whammy of incarceration and the careful weaning of their wayward ways by pastoral care.
The "encounter" with Kastari may not be Singapore's last ever skirmish with terrorism.
So long as it lives in the shadows of its giant Islamic neighbour south of the border, it will have to deal with an assortment of genies that refused to be corked in. Indonesia is huge. Like the old Soviet Union, it is a state with provinces pulling in every direction.
That in turn makes it just ripe for a terrorist and his network to move around and drive a wedge between feuding parties and thereafter turn every adversity into an "opportunity".
What is more, with more than 17,000 islands spread over three time zones – the largest archipelago it must seem anywhere in the world – Indonesia remains a plausible cause to attract the likes of Osama and Kastari.
Making the state just as ungovernable is the lack of adequate and incorruptible enforcement agencies.
Few in Singapore remember the 1960s when Indonesia attacked Singapore through its policy of confrontation that, by today's verdict, can be judged as being purely moved by some old-fashioned, misplaced and certainly misguided irredentism.
Singapore need no longer worry about a new charismatic Sukarno emerging from the background to try a repeat of his 1960s antics.
Deep-seated apprehensions, nonetheless, have remained as can be seen in the numerous times articles on the threat of regional terrorism are deliberated in the country's Straits Times broadsheet – the city-state's widely distributed newspaper. For instance, there are still concerns as to why Jakarta took an exceptionally long time to nail down the Marriott Hotel bombings mastermind, Nordin Top.
Top, it is believed, was killed unarmed in a hail of gunfire after he had reportedly contacted Kastari who, upon fleeing Singapore, took refuge in Johor.
Yet for Singapore it must seem that the scourge of terrorism must have come one full circle. Kastari may be behind bars all over again, but the larger question is how "transformed" he will be when he leaves prison which, depending on the security threat one poses, can take years.
Until that question is comfortably settled, the so-called peace dividend Singapore may be enjoying may only be transient.
Maxwell Coopers is a freelance writer based in Singapore.
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 03:48 PM PST
Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia ChronicleWITH VIDEO Namewee's video on how he tried to apply for a grant from FINAS (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia) for his 1Malaysia film leaves us with a feeling of déjà vu.
We identify with Namewee because he has managed to capture the range of feelings felt by the ordinary person, who has the misfortune of having to deal with a government department.
It is eye-wateringly frustrating, time consuming, anger provoking, energy-sapping and wastes money. Above all, it shows the relative lack of concern and urgency, by the government employee(s) whom you deal with.
In the video, Namewee says that his ambition was always to make a film. He decides to do one about 1Malaysia. He is inspired by Prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's catchy 1Malaysia slogan, which was embraced by individuals and corporations.
His research revealed that the government had budgeted around M200 million to promote the entertainment industry. Namewee decides to apply for a grant to help finance his film.
After a press conference about his 1Malaysia film, Namewee sets off, script in hand, to FINAS. He was full of hope despite the misgivings of his friends.
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:49 AM PST
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:23 AM PST
Di bawah adalah masej yang saya dapat dari Setiausaha Akhbar YB Nurul Izzah.
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 12:18 PM PST
NOTA EDITOR: Di ambil dari blog "Jiwo Kelate". Lihat sendiri bagaimana UMNO yang kononnya memperjuangkan Islam tetapi begitu makmur dengan hasil judi. Kalau orang tua-tua, orang seperti ini dipanggil "LIDAH BERCABANG". Ini juga tidak termasuk penghinaan kepada Perlembagaan Negara yang menyatakan Islam sebagai Agama Rasmi.
Ikutilah jawapan rasmi dari Menteri Kewangan:
(BERMULA)Puan Siti Zailah Binti Mohd. Yusuff (Rantau Panjang) minta MENTERI KEWANGAN menyatakan jumlah pendapatan negara sejak tahun 2000 hingga tahun 2010 dari sumber pendapatan dari hasil lesen judi yang dikeluarkan dan jumlah perbelanjaan terperinci yang telah digunakan dari hasil pendapatan lesen judi tersebut.
Tuan Yang di-Pertua,
Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat, jumlah hasil yang disumbangkan oleh sektor perjudian kepada negara dari tahun 2000 hingga 30 September 2010 adalah seperti berikut:
2. Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat selanjutnya, kesemua hasil perjudian tersebut dimasukkan sebagai hasil ke dalam Kumpulan Wang Disatukan. Hasil dalam Kumpulan Wang Disatukan ini digunakan sebagai sumber perbelanjaan mengurus dan membangun Negara tanpa disasar kepada sesetengah golongan sahaja.
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 09:40 AM PST
Tok Guru Nik Aziz kembali sembuh setelah mengidap sakit demam seketika dan gambar yang terakhir beliau boleh didapati dalam blog Sayuti Omar. Gambar terakhir itu diambil semalam selepas beliau mengimamkan sembahyang Asar dimasjid yang berada didalam kawasan rumahnya.
Kegeringan sebentar Tok Guru Nik Aziz dihebohkan oleh setengah bloggers dan saya tidak tahu apa niat sebenar isu itu dihebuhkan. Tetapi sekilas ikan diair sudah tahu kita jantan betinanya. Yang lebih menyibuk ialah blog-blog yang anti PAS dan Nik Aziz tetapi tidak siapa dapat menghalang mereka dari menghibuhkan isu kegeringan Tok Guru sehari dua itu kerana masing-masing sedang terperangkap dengan politik jembelan setengah pihak.
Saya sendiri malam tadi memanggil orang-orang yang rapat dengan Tok Guru dan mereka mengatakan yang Mursyidul Am PAS itu sakit sedikit seperti juga orang-orang yang muda-muda ini menghadapinya sekali-sekala. Tetapi politik yang 'lebih sudu dari kuah' ini yang terlalu sibuk dengan isu itu; bukan kerana 'concern' terhadap kesihatan Tok Guru itu tetapi kerana beliau adalah orang politik.
Ada blogger yang mengatakan TGNA sedang tenat dihospital Kota Bharu dan ada pula yang membayangkan yang PAS akan kehilangan seorang pemimpin yang dihormati. Cara mereka menulis itu seolah-olah mereka tahu bila TGNA akan meninggal dunia; lebih dahulu dari Tuhan sendiri. Mungkin ramai yang marah kepada saya kerana menulis dan menegur sesiapa yang terlalu 'excited' itu tetapi saya tidak akan mengambil pusing terhadap kritikkan itu.
Hanya yang saya ingin mengingatkan semua; tidak akan sampai maut sebelum ajal. Biarlah dan serahkanlah penentuan sesorang untuk kembali kealam yang kekal itu kepada Tuhan dan elok kita lakukan apa yang sepatutnya kita lakukan sebagai hambanya yang bersifat Baharu ini, iaitu sentiasa mentauhidkan Tuhan secara istikomah. Tidak payahlah untuk cuba mengambil alih kerja Tuhan kerana tugasan kita masih banyak yang kita tidak selesaikan lagi.
Kepada To Guru saya mengucapkan selamat kembali bertugas dan diharapkan TGNA akan berada didalam sepenuh keredhoan Tuhan senantiasa. Seandainya saya sampai keKota Bharu sehari dua ini saya akan pergi menziarahi TGNA, seorang individu yang saya sangat hormati itu.
Saya mengenali beliau sebagai individu yang tidak tertipu dengan tuntutan sosial yang lazim dialami oleh ramai pemimpin-pemimpin kita dan isteri-isteri mereka.
TGNA is never a social climber. He is a leader.
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 09:27 AM PST
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Posted: 08 Dec 2010 08:34 AM PST
Anwar plans to escape the country if Karpal fails to get more tangguh.
The plans are in place, its a matter of executing it
Anwar cannot is said to have confided to his inner circle that he simply cannot face the prospect of life in prison,
I guess you can say it's all pie in the sky until it happens...
so we will just have to wait till it happens
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 08:18 AM PST
TAXI2DRIVER we the INDIAN MUSLIM HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH Goodbye Sam Unnale Unnale
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COMMENT Not with a bang but with a whimper did S Samy Vellu end yesterday his 31-year reign as MIC supremo.
Someone who has lasted this long without expiring in office is usually accorded a send-off reserved for deceased monarchs. Instead Samy Vellu exited stage left in a hush that tended to cast doubt on whether the departure was for real.
The man was nothing if not a great survivor, able to overcome any calamity that befell him.
Someone who could outlast the gravitational pull of scandals – think of Maika's failure and the Telecom shares scam – could be expected to tough out the death knell sounded by his defeat as MP for Sungai Siput in the tsunami of March 2008.
But even Samy Vellu, who ruled the MIC for three decades like some force of nature, had to accede to the reality that survivors, however durable, ultimately wind up as bores, insufferable when they persist in not knowing that the joke is on them.
That Samy Vellu had difficulty knowing the difference between reality and its fictive renditions in movies was illustrated by an incident that happened at an annual dinner of the Malaysian Hindu Sangam in the late 1990s.
'All Hindus are thugs'
He was guest of honour and spoke in English. This was at a time when the shooting deaths of Indian Malaysians in encounters with the police were beginning to deeply distress the community.
Eleven deaths, including that of a pregnant woman, in one encounter in Puchong accentuated an already beleaguered sense of isolation, specially felt in the lower reaches of that society. (Hindraf's demonstration of November of 2007 was already in gestation.)
In the late 1990s the MIC president was under pressure to assuage things. Instead, at the Hindu Sangam dinner, Samy Vellu shocked his audience with this utterance: "All Hindus are thugs." The remark was spoken in a nonchalant manner, leaving a hushed audience wondering, at first blush, if indeed they had correctly heard what was said.
Now, most sentient people know that even the most enlightened of persons give vent to wild notions. The question is whether such idle fancies reflect the speaker's true feelings or just momentary excess.
Within five minutes of his initial utterance of the slur against Hindus on an occasion hosted by their grandees, Samy Vellu repeated the insult: "All Hindus are thugs."
At this a youngish member of the audience approached the stage on which Samy Vellu was speaking, in an apparent attempt at robust remonstrance. Samy's security detail interposed. When the MIC president was leaving the gathering, the young man, this time shouting his protestations, moved in the direction of the departing guest. Security personnel once again tamped down the threat.
What had prompted Samy Vellu to utter and repeat the slur, at a time when the community was feeling keenly the enormity of the shooting deaths of its younger set, was explicable only in relation to what had passed for muster from time to time among some BN component leaders.
Think of former Gerakan president Lim Keng Yaik's musings in public over what Indian tappers did behind rubber trees, remarks he was forced to retract and apologise for. Or of Keng Yaik's gratuitous insult to the Hainanese community at whose community dinner one year in Kuala Terengganu he said in Mandarin that they don't seem to be like humans and neither like devils.
This sort of gibberish would, in the more mature democracies of the world, see the speaker withdraw from public life in penitential disgrace. But public life in Malaysia is more forgiving and offers hamsters plenty of second acts.
And so Samy Vellu survived the threat of being hoist with his own petard against the Hindus, a community he nominally would represent as the MIC leader.
The main reason for this was that he was a useful subaltern to UMNO's plutocratic elite as works minister in the era of Malaysia's infrastructure boom when there were construction contracts aplenty to be handed out.
Barring one or two shaky overpasses and a leaky roof in Parliament, this overseer's job that Samy Vellu assayed for UMNO's elite was seen to be effectively done. It helped the public charade of deception that the point man was from MIC, not UMNO.
If the subaltern helped himself to the pickings, and the community he represented suffered as a result, well that, as they say in the military, was so much collateral damage.–www.malaysiakini.com
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 05:11 AM PST
Malaysiakini's Anwar says again: No qualms with Lim as DPM reported: Anwar Ibrahim has stood by his earlier statement that a non-Malay, such as DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, can be appointed the deputy prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat wins the next general election.
He said: "I want to ask: Why do we deny any citizen who has the ability and capability, including Lim, just because he is a Chinese? I cannot accept that."
Anwar was responding to UMNO's racist taunts that he was pro Chinese and marginalising PAS.
That Malaysian politics have come to a stage when the opposition leader has to defend the prospect of a Chinese being the DPM is truly sad, and an indictment on UMNO racism.
Once upon a time, so it was said, Tan Siew Sin, then Finance Minister, wanted to be DPM. But Razak denied him that, despite Tan being almost Malay. He was a peranakan but unlike Ridhuan Tee, carried himself as a Chinese Malaysian. Perhaps that worked against him.
However, Razak instructed the Armed Forces to accord Tan military compliments, meaning he was to be saluted. At that time, protocol required the military to salute only 3 civilians, namely, the PM, DPM and Defence Minister. So adding Tan Siew Sin to the list was a singular honour. But my Uncs, two of whom were officers, told me they (all officers), just to be on the safe side, saluted every minister, including Samy Vellu wakakaka.
In the meantime, our non-uniformed Wonder, Defence Minister Zahid, de Patriot extraordinaire, stated: I didn't mean to hurt non-bumi feelings, explaining his remarks in Parliament last month when he claimed the reason for low non-Malay numbers in the Armed Forces was Chinese and Indians were 'not patriotic enough'.
It's race again. Of course the real reason is also racial, that it's 'very difficult' for a non to get into the military, and when he/she does, to have a reasonably prospective career.
Not to be outdone, HRH the Sultan of Perak, probably the most educated royalty and one who had reached the highest judicial appointment in the land, stated at the launching of the state-level Ma'al Hijrah celebration at the Kolej Islam Darul Ridzuan hall that Malays who question special rights are traitors.
I won't comment on the words of HRH, a most learned man. I leave that to Haris Ibrahim who posted his response in Ampun Tuanku, patek pohon derhaka.
The most succinct sentence in Haris' post has to be: I am saddened because the words attributed to my monarch suggest that His Royal Highness might have overlooked that he is monarch to all in his state, and not merely the Malays.
Like Haris, I am saddened by this continuous harping on race.
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 02:41 AM PST
No need to apologise, bro Zahid. Whether some quarters of the community were hurt by your statement about the 'less sense of patriotism' among the non-Malays for not joining the armed forces, you should stand by what you said as that is what most Malaysians are!
I did mention in my earlier postings here and here that 'the Chinese will only be interested to join the army and defend a country where they form the majority...' And that is a pure fact! Had Singapore still a part of Malaysia, they will leave the armed forces to the Malays but now that Singapore is theirs, they are more than willing to defend the Republic!
Sound harsh, isnt it?
However, look at some countries where the Chinese are the second largest majority. The United States, Canada and Australia for instance, do you see many of them in the armed forces?
The people who asked you to apologise at the Dewan Rakyat (here) are looking for some political mileage. As Pak Lah's era has opened a wide door for the non-Malays to question the status of the Malay monarchy and the rights/privilege of the Malays and Bumiputras, they are looking down at the Malay politics.
Even those from MCA and MIC are getting so vociferous in questioning such issues. The Malays had long accepted the fact that the duty to defend the country is theirs while other Malaysians could sleep well and digging money and gold for their own prosperity.
No, bro... this is not about racism. This is fact. So, their minor participation in the armed forces has nothing to do with patriotism. Not joining the army too has nothing to do with it. If they are patriotic enough, they would accept the fact that the Malays are still far behind them and as such they must not question the rights for them to advance.
Where did the Indonesian Chinese go when racial riots erupted in 1999 and 2000?
So, no need to rekindle the past. There were many Chinese and Indians, together with their friends from Iban, Dayak, Murut, Khadazan and other tribes who fought against the colonials and communist. Those were the days.
And why did the British bring the Chinese and Indians to Malaya during the early days? To defend the land?
So, let's live with the fact that the Malays are keeping the motherland safe and sound for others to become rich! Nothing is wrong with that!
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 10:22 PM PST
A former MP from DAP, Farn Yew Teng, passed away in Bangkok. Those in their 30s and 40s would hardly know about him, but for those of us inthe 50s, he was the voice of DAP after MAy 13. He was also one of the victims of the Sedition Act, which was amended after May 13, ostensibly to avoid people from touching on sensitive issues, but in real fact, it has helped stifled the debate of constituting a fair and equitable society.
I do not know him personally but he was one of those whom I admired greatly in the late 60s and early 70s. At that time, i was finishing high school and entering university, and as a young man, I had great respect for those who had great ideals and those who never once abandoned their ideals despite all the hardship and difficulties. Farn was one of these.
LKS, the organising Sec, was then incarcerated in detention camp under ISA after May 13. At the time of May 13, Goh Hock Guan was the Sec gen of DAP, but being a smart person, he went on exile after May 13 thus avoiding spending time in detention camps, leaving the party in the hands of Farn who did a good job to keep the party afloat at that difficult time. ( correct me if I am wrong about LKS being the organising sec and Goh the Sec Gen.. I recall from my memory and it has been some many years, 41 to be exact, after May 13).
I believe Farn was one of the few politicians with high morality that made it to Parliament. At that time, we could still find some people with integrity and high morality in Parliament, but it is now getting rarer and rarer– becoming extinct perhaps..Why is it so– you have to go and ask the OLD HORSE!
However, as a person with high morality, he could not survive the backstabbing and 'thick-black' culture and that resulted in his fall-out with LKS. He was one of the first of many capable DAP leaders who could not see eye to eye with the supremo, and was thus sidelined and dropped. If only his character was like the exMIC chief, he would have used his position of acting Sec Gen to consolidate his power and be the supremo instead of LKS.
In Malaysia, in both sides of the divide, there is really no place for idealists with high morals. The ones who succeeded are all shrewd and cunning characters who play politics to the hilt…It is really a sad thing for Malaysia; otherwise, we would have become a paradise.
Petrol and sugar subsidies were further removed last week. As the country is facing huge and many straight years of deficits, cutting subsidies may be one way out to cut the deficits. Otherwise, what Idris Jala has predicted– that the country would become bankrupt in a few years time– may come true.
But I cannot understand the rationale of cutting subsidies to save a few hundreds of millions, but spend a few billions on building a 100 storey high building.. I have voiced out repeatedly on this type of mentality– it gives a perception not unlike that of taking out money from the pockets of the rakyat and putting it into the pockets of those involved in the project.
Although I am an advocate of cutting subsidies and using these savings to help the poor, what we have here is just cut and 'build' and not cut and 'help'.
It reminds of the previous Sleepy Head Chief who at one time cut subsidy so much that petrol went up to 270 sen per litre overnight. He promised to use the savings to help improve public transportation, but even till the day he was forced out, there was just no improvement in traffic management. If anything, traffic jams have become worse, and it is really unfair to the rakyat that they have to endure worsening traffic but at the same time, pay higher petrol prices.
ANy cut in subsidies must be followed by a concrete plan to help the poor, but it should not be the case of using the money to pour concrete to build a mammoth high-rise.
Already, life is difficult living in the city. It has now become worse. And be assured that further cuts will be in the pipeline, and if things don't improve, more and more will join the rank of the urban poor.
Any wonder why people buy pirated DVDs in most urban areas?
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:16 PM PST
From Ooi Beng Huat, via facebook
What does this mean for the coming GE? Pakatan Rakyat is already having enough internal problems to the delight of BN. Your new party will further split the votes among the Opposition and the possibility of a strong united opposition front has been weakened by your action.
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:14 PM PST
From Lawyers for Liberty, via e-mail
The Top 10 facts in police fatal shootings statistics (2000 – 2009):
1. Lowest number of deaths: 5 (2001);
2. Second lowest number of deaths: 9 (2000);
3. Highest number of deaths: 88 (2009);
4. Second highest number of deaths: 82 (2008);
5. Total number of deaths from 2000 to 2009: 279 victims;
6. The increase from the lowest number of deaths at 5 (2001) to 88 (2009) is 17-fold;
7. Fatality percentages/ numbers according to race/ nationality: Indonesians: 40.5% (113 deaths); Indians: 21.8% (61 deaths); Chinese: 18.6% (52 deaths); and Malays: 15% (42 deaths);
8. So, Uthayakumar was right to say that Indians are disproportionate victims of fatal police shootings;
9. The number of deaths without proper identification: 80 victims;
10. A Liberian UNHCR registered refugee/ asylum seeker was killed in 2008, and classified under 'Negro'!
Police are trigger happy lot, says lawyers' group
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:13 PM PST
From Sarawakian Melanau, via e-mail
"Meanwhile, Karim, who quit Umno recently to cross over to the opposition, was among those who believed Jeffrey's leadership was needed not only by PKR but also by the Kadazandusun community in Sabah and other native groups in Sarawak."
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:12 PM PST
From Kun Tong, via e-mail
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:10 PM PST
From V Gladvin Vincent, via e-mail
A suspected Sri Lankan war criminal, Shavendra Silva, who played a key role in the slaughter of 40,000 civilians has landed a cushy job at the United Nations with full diplomatic immunity.
Shavendra, a top ex-military commander, also stands accused of mowing down a group of separatist political leaders who were waving white flags as a sign of surrender when they were shot.
The Sri Lankan government has no interest in holding human rights abusers accountable, as shown by Shavendra's appointment as a deputy permanent UN representative.
"Thousands were killed or starved. There were massive human-rights violations and he's the No 1 suspect," said a human-rights group expert who asked not to be identified.
Now, the UN panel has a war criminal, a man with first hand knowledge of the slayings, coming into the UN to represent Sri-Lanka. Will they even interview him?
Posted: 08 Dec 2010 12:47 AM PST
The next 13th General Elections are coming.
The signs are there.
Petrol prices have been raised. They are filling the war chests.
Khir Toyo is being investigated by the MACC. The sideshows have begun.
If the 13th General Elections are going to be called for March 2011
then the last day to register as a voter is
December 15, 2010
There isn't much time. Register to vote now!
You can register to vote at any Malaysian
Do it soon. Before December 15, 2010.
A visitor to Niamah!!! just reminded me that it takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months to register a new voter!!! So if you register now you MIGHT just make it to vote if they call general elections in March 2011. Maybe.
Such is life in Malaysia. You can get a new passport in 1 day. But it takes 3-6 months to get registered as a voter. And apparently, if you want to change your voting address it will take about the same time too. Unless you're a member of the police or the armed forces. Then no problem! Can do instantly one. Could it be that all those votes go in the same box anyway?
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 09:04 PM PST
Otherwise why would he get so angry with Datuk Hasfarizam's interpretation that 153 should not be questioned and cannot be amended?
I mean even in his own posting Haris says amending 153 could be practically impossible
Isn't practically impossible the same as cannot be amended?
The laws of physics say that it is possible for us to travel at the speed of light but we may not survive it, does that mean we can travel at the speed of light or it's just our corpses that can travel at the speed of light?
So Haris wants to get rid of the special position of the Malays huh? why so gung ho to get rid of your won people's special position?
Has Haris asked the Chinese to let go of their special position in commerce? ask lah, see if they give you an inch or kick you in the face...
Its fine being an idealist in your head but once you want words to come out of your mouth you have to be a realist because the world is not ideal and will never be if it is full of idealists
Only realists can make the ideal world happen
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 07:22 PM PST
After the recent PKR CONGRESS, Desi was heartened by the disappearance of renegades like Zaid Ibrahim and several others before him. They had extracted lots of energies from our party leaders and members fighting fires caused or started by "enemies from within". Now it's the time for all hood men to rally to the Opposition cause and to topple the BN government at GE13. Then we can start TRANSFORMING Malaysia fast becoming a failed state to become an Asan tiger to rejoin the tmatured tigers like South Korea, Singapore and maturing tigers like China and Japan whose economies are on stable footing befitting a near-developed nation status. ~~ YL Chong
From the Malaysian Insider:)
BN could lose more seats in snap polls, says report
By Boo Su-Lyn
December 07, 2010KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — A report by The Economist has predicted that Barisan Nasional (BN) could lose more seats in the next general election — widely expected by the first quarter of next year — due to declining support among the young, moderate Malay electorate.
The Economist Intelligence Unit country report highlighted the Malay youths' growing disillusionment with Umno's "strong promotion" of Islamic values and the mounting number of political scandals.
"The most likely outcome of the next general election is that the BN will suffer a further loss of seats as younger, moderate Malay voters, disillusioned by political scandals and Umno's strong promotion of Islamic values, decline to give their support to the ruling coalition," said the magazine's Intelligence Report on Malaysia for December.
Yesterday, former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo was charged with land fraud involving his Balinese-style mansion in Shah Alam.
The Sungai Besar Umno division leader was accused of knowingly purchasing two land lots and a bungalow for RM3.5 million in Section 7, Shah Alam, from Ditamas Sdn Bhd in 2007 despite the company buying the property for RM6.5 million on December 23, 2004.
Recently, BN leaders have conceded that they would likely fail again to regain its two-thirds parliamentary majority in the 13th general election, but were confident of wresting a few states back from Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Last month, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also said that BN was capable of taking one or two states from PR because, he said, the opposition was in disarray. However, he added that BN would likely fail to regain its two-thirds majority in Parliament.
The Economist Intelligence Unit report also pointed out that liberal middle-class Malays have swung from the biggest Malay party to the federal opposition.
"Although voters in the rural heartland of peninsular Malaysia continue to support Umno, a significant number of better-educated, liberal middle-class Malays have deserted the ruling party in favour of the opposition," the report said.
The Economist Intelligence Unit report noted, however, that PR would likely fail to capture Putrajaya despite making further gains.
"The PR will make gains, notwithstanding internal difficulties in the aftermath of Anwar's likely removal from the political scene, but the opposition alliance is unlikely to garner enough parliamentary seats to be able to form a government," said the report.
The report predicted that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would be convicted on his second sodomy charge that could subsequently tear apart the opposition coalition.
"The leader of the PR, Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister, is likely to be convicted on a charge of sodomy in the coming months. Without him, the ties that hold together the disparate parties making up PR — the reformist, multicultural PKR, the conservative, Islamist PAS and the predominantly ethnic-Chinese, left of-centre DAP — are likely to fray," said the report.
Anwar is currently standing trial for his second sodomy trial.
The PR leader has denied the sodomy charge and described it as "evil, frivolous lies by those in power".
The former deputy minister was charged with sodomy and corruption in 1998 after he was sacked from the Cabinet and was later convicted and jailed for both offences.
In Election 2008, Anwar led the loose opposition pact of PKR, DAP and PAS to a historic sweep of four more states and 82 federal states, denying BN its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament.
Despite intense speculation that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will call for snap polls by March 2011, the Economist Intelligence Unit report maintained he would likely fix the date for the next general election only after the Sarawak state elections that must be held by July 2011.
"We still believe that Najib will set a general election date after the Sarawak state election. The results of the Sarawak election will provide a good indication of the level of public support for the government and its reform plans," said the report.
"The results of the two by-elections in November point to a slight shift in non-Malay sentiment in favour of the BN, suggesting that the government's plans to reform policies that currently favour the Bumiputera has increased its appeal among ethnic minorities," it added, referring to BN's victory in the Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections.
Last Friday, Najib unveiled his highly-anticipated New Economic Model 2 report, but analysts believe that it would fail to impress today's more discerning electorate who are determined to see the PM's commitment to promoting inclusivity, reform affirmative action to be more efficient and market-friendly and to steer clear away from the culture of patronage and rent-seeking that has been plaguing the economy for decades.
In his promises, Najib has pledged to reform an economy whose investment rates have not recovered from the 1998 Asian financial crisis and where foreign direct investment has fallen off a cliff from the heady days of the early 1990s.
Missing from the report, however, were concrete measures to reform the New Economic Policy (NEP), which affords the country's majority ethnic Malays preferential quotas including for businesses, although it did pledge to target aid at the poorest 40 per cent of Malaysians regardless of race.
Investors have also complained that abuse of the four-decade-old NEP policy had spawned a patronage-ridden economy and eroded Malaysia's competitiveness compared to faster reforming neighbours including Indonesia.
Had Sharmila taken up arms, the government would have invited her for 'conditional' talks. This explains why we see mob frenzy and violence so often on the streets. The popular perception is that the government pays attention only when there is a violent upheaval. Road blockades, burning vehicles, brick-batting, clashes with police and rioting have become a routine affair today in agitations be it against a reckless driver running over a school child, power cuts, water crisis and garbage removal or a demand for separate statehood, demonstration against reservation policy, better prices for agricultural produce and protest against land acquisition. The grievances of the masses are not addressed so long as people are peaceful. The worst hit by the government apathy and denial of justice are mainly poor and lower classes, constituting 70% of the population.
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