Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mas Selamat, what if he had...

Mas Selamat, what if he had...

Mas Selamat, what if he had...

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 06:00 AM PST

By Maxwell Coopers

COMMENT 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".

Transformed person?

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.

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein think the Muslims will shy away the MCA Chinese so more freeride on MalayMuslim votes

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 03:48 PM PST


– Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein claimed today that Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had upset a good number of leaders last weekend when he called for a ban on terms like "Ketuanan Melayu" and censured Umno for approving government policies during its supreme council meetings.

The Umno vice-president told a press conference in Parliament today that many had expressed their dissatisfaction that the straight-talking MCA president had used the Barisan Nasional convention over the weekend as a platform to air his grouses against Umno.

"I heard a lot of people were not happy with what Soi Lek said, including MCA leaders themselves, in the context of last weekend's BN convention," he said.

Hishammuddin's words today appeared to suggest that Dr Chua's censure of Umno during his speech on Sunday had reignited the recent war between the two BN ally parties, when they clashed in their opinions on affirmative action reforms and the abolishment of the 30 per cent Bumiputera equity target.

However, the Umno leader took pains to stress that despite the unhappiness that Dr Chua had caused, what was more important was the convention had shown that BN was a truly united coalition.

"All the party presidents in BN were given the opportunity to make their speeches but of course, it was this sensational issue that has been picked up.

"To me, what is more important is that the BN convention, had shown that we are a united front. We know that we need to transform, that we need to move forward," he (picture) said.

He added that if he were to respond to Dr Chua's hard-hitting statements against the ruling party, the issue would likely be prolonged unnecessarily.

"I want to look forward instead. What was said [by Dr Chua] could have happened to all leaders, all parties, but the most important thing is that in the conclusion of the convention, in our BN chairman's (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) speech, his words and his aspirations to transform BN, that is what is important," he said.

When pointed out that an Umno deputy minister Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi had openly slammed Dr Chua in his article today on the "Ketuanan Melayu" issue and the latter's allegations that a "big brother, small brother" system existed in the coalition, Hishammuddin said:

"There may be some disappointment felt by some leaders but it does not mean that BN is in total agreement with Soi Lek or that BN is in agreement with this deputy minister.

"But it is more important what the people outside think, whether they believe that we are truly serious in our struggles to move forward.

"It is not about certain personalities or certain statements made that will determine BN's future in its strive for transformational politics."

In his article today, carried in The Malaysian Insider's website, Puad, a deputy Education Minister, said that Dr Chua's statements had been untrue, unnecessarily and not in tandem with Najib's views or those of other BN component party leaders.

"If Umno behaves like a big brother and Malay supremacy is wrong, how can the Chinese be more dominant than the Malays in business?" he asked.

He also told the MCA president not to be hoodwinked by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who has been attempting to promote the concept of 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (people's supremacy), in his outright rejection of 'Malay supremacy'.

"In the past, it was Anwar who had expounded on Ketuanan Melayu. Now, he has linked the concept to that of 'master and slave'. He is trying to kill Umno with this tactic although he is the one who has created this 'master and slave' practice in PKR.

"Doesn't Soi Lek see all this?" Puad added.

When asked today to respond to Dr Chua's demand on Umno leaders not to announce important government policy decisions during its Supreme Council meetings or annual general meetings, Hishammuddin urged the MCA leader to air his grouses in the right channel.

"I would like to advise him to bring it up during the BN meetings. It is an avenue for that purpose and if he is upset about something, he can use this avenue. It has existed from before," he said.

He added that if Dr Chua chose not to use the avenue, it raised questions on the MCA president's personal objectives.

The MCA president had appeared to make full use of the weekend convention to push for equal treatment within the coalition, sternly telling its Umno allies that there should not be a "big brother, small brother" system in the ruling pact.

In his speech, Dr Chua had made direct references to Umno as he shrewdly reminded the ruling party that MCA, and all other component parties, deserved to receive equal recognition as coalition partners.

The veteran politician even took a direct swipe at Umno by pointing out that MCA was not in agreement with how important government policy decisions was made during Umno Supreme Council meetings instead of in Cabinet.

"MCA is of the opinion that we should cooperate with one another as equal partners and for that very same reason as well, MCA feels that important policies should not be announced during Umno annual general meetings or Umno Supreme Council meetings, where such a decision differs in status from that of the Cabinet's," he said during the winding up speech at the BN convention at Wisma MCA here this evening

He had also cautioned leaders against using sensitive words like "pendatang" (immigrants), "penumpang" (passengers), "terhutang budi" (indebted to), "kurang patriotic" (unpatriotic) and "ketuanan Melayu" (Malay supremacy).

Such words, he added, should be labelled as taboo in Malaysia.


There are simply too many Ah Peks and Ah Mahs who talk in the political jargon of a bygone century, and doing things that were prevalent half a century ago.

By looking at them, you can be quite sure they won't offer a lot of surprises nor something we can look forward to.

Politics that lack some imagination is like watching a repeat old drama in midnight: sleep-inducing.

But I got a shot in the arm recently. I thought I saw some colours in Malaysian politics.

Nurul Izzah Anwar was voted PKR vice-president with the highest number of votes, while Jenice Lee and Hannah Yeoh were elected committee members of the Selangor DAP, at the top two positions.

These three young ladies are probably below 30 years of age today. If they were in aged parties like Umno or the MCA, given their age and in particular, their sex, they were at best placed in nurseries in the likes of "Puteri" for a further 10 or 20 years of gradual grooming.

That was the modus operandi of Malaysian politics during the times of kampung and new villages.

The old men might say, politics is a highly risky game unsuited for women. So they set up things like Wanita and much later the Puteri wings in the name of protecting the rights of women but in actual fact insulating women from broader political participation.

Fortunately, the PKR and DAP did not do the same to Nurul, Elizabeth Wong, Jenice, Hannah or Teo Nie Ching. ,They want these young women to come up and lead the game instead of throwing them into Wanita and getting them to start a few cooking classes.

These young lasses have never actually placed themselves within protective enclosures since the very beginning, but have gone all out to take on the battles as full political figures.

Nurul is the eldest daughter of Anwar Ibrahim, and no one can dismiss the fact that her background had great influence in her meteoric rise in politics. But she has her own aspirations, energy, image, and is very much concerned about major issues in the country. For a wide range of topics from press freedom to civil rights, she has on numerous occasions hit out directly at the prime minister himself.

She has not harnessed her advantages as Anwar's daughter or any special channels to win the party election. She also has not listened to everything her father has said, and is obviously on the opposite site from Azmin Ali. She later also distanced herself from Zaid Ibrahim to walk her own way.

Jenice and Hannah are widely regarded as the most diligent elected representatives who focus their efforts entirely on good governance and not on the trivial party infighting.

Malaysia's new age politics indeed needs rising stars like these people. No one wants old-man politics and no one can afford to keep living in the past.

Think about it, ten years down the road, people like Nurul, Jenice and Hannah may still be at their most energetic under-40, while Shahrizat and Ng Yen Yen will have turned frail septuagenarians by then.

Who wants aged aunties walking on clutches to still continue serving the nation?

Political rivalry is not a matter of wrenching near-term benefits but long-term goals.

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.

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad pulled a big U-turn for “Ketuanan Melayu”

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:49 AM PST



It's easy to get the sense these days that you've stumbled into a party where the punch is spiked with some powerful drug that dramatically alters identity. The faces are familiar, but the words coming out of them aren't. Something has happened to a lot of people you used to think you knew. They've changed into something like their own opposite.

There's Bill Gates, who these days is spending less time earning money than giving it away–and pulling other billionaires into the deep end of global philanthropy with him. There's historian Francis Fukuyama, leading a whole gang of disaffected fellow travelers away from neoconservatism. And in the back, humming Give Peace a Chance, the new Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, former head of the Marxist Sandinistas. The comandante has come around on open economies and free trade and is courting foreign investment as the way out for his nation's poor.

From modest recants–Oprah Winfrey on James Frey, NBA commissioner David Stern on leather balls, Rupert Murdoch on global warming–to full-on ideological 180s, reappraisal is in the air. The view long held by social psychologists that people very rarely change their beliefs seems itself in need of revision.

To flip-flop is human. Oh, sure, it can still sometimes be a political liability, evidence of a flaky disposition or rank opportunism. But there are circumstances in which not to reverse course seems almost pathological. He's a model of consistency, Stephen Colbert said last year of George W. Bush: "He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday–no matter what happened on Tuesday."

It's still too early, post 9/11, to get an accurate bead on how much that day actually affected people's lives in a concrete way. But what you can say with confidence is that those slicing jets pierced the bubble of privileged optimism that many Americans had been enjoying. It changed the perception that there was an inside detached from an outside you could voluntarily avoid.

Over the past three years, while researching a book on what I call secular epiphanies, I found people who had pulled a big U-turn in their lives. There was a slaughterhouse worker who became an animal-rights activist, a venture capitalist who quit to found a high-minded nonprofit, a death-penalty advocate who became a leading death-penalty opponent. Often the insight came in a forehead-smiting moment in the middle of the night: I've got it all wrong.

It looked at first like a random bunch of data points, a sprinkling of outliers beyond the curve of normal human experience. But when you stepped back, a pattern emerged. What these personal turns had in common was the apprehension that, well, we're all connected. Everything leans on something, is propped up by something–is both dependent and depended on.

Sure, there were folks who didn't don the love beads but buried them: ex-Greenpeacers who morphed into industry apparatchiks, utopians who left their kooky social experiments for banker's hours. But these aren't typically the kinds of journeys one makes suddenly–and in that sense they didn't count as epiphanies. There are lives that one slowly acquires, like a carapace. And sometimes these are the same lives that, in one deeply private moment of dead reckoning, get shed.

"The difference between you and me," a visiting Chinese student told University of Michigan psychologist Richard Nisbett not long ago, "is that I think the world is a circle, and you think it's a line." The remark caught the professor off guard with its size. It prompted him to write a book, The Geography of Thought, about the differences–culturally encoded over a few hundred generations–between the Western and the Asian mind.

To Western thinking, the world is linear; you can chop it up and analyze it, and we can all work on our little part of the project independently until it's solved. The classically Eastern mind, according to Nisbett, sees things differently: the world isn't a length of rope but a vast, closed chain, incomprehensibly complex and ever changing. When you look at life from this second perspective, some unlikely connections reveal themselves. You're forced to retreat from the den of libertarianism and sniff the wind, to wake up when someone in Khartoum or Mogadishu twitches in his sleep.

I realized this was what almost all the U-turns had in common: people had swung around to face East. They had stopped thinking in a line and started thinking in a circle. Morality was looking less like a set of rules and more like a story, one in which they were part of an ensemble cast, no longer the star.

Bruce Grierson is the author of U-Turn: What If You Woke Up One Morning and Realized You Were Living the Wrong Life?

Ketuanan Melayu: A Risky Experiment

by Mariam

I was born Malay and was hardly conscious of my race, either at school or at home. Race hardly cropped up in conversation except when we had form-filling to do – like applying for an identity card. Religion was something sacred and the only time we'd be aware of our racial and religious differences was deciding what to wear for a wedding or whose open house to visit, during the various festivities.

Thus, the recent clamour for "Ketuanan Melayu" is destructive and damaging – not just for Malaysia but more so for the Malays, the very people that the "ketuanan Melayu" concept is supposed to protect. It is wrong because "ketuanan Melayu" is a dangerous experiment in social engineering.

Our neighbours were both Chinese and Indian. As children, we studied and played with each other, evenhitched lifts to school when necessary, whilst the adults shared garden produce, swopped certain special dishes for the various 'open houses' and practiced their own version of 'neighbourhood watch'.

Today, the Wongs are living out their twilight years away from their children, who have now settled overseas. Their children were willing to pay for them to live in a gated community, but they refused. In gated communities, they said, people hardly know one another and lives are conducted behind high walls and electric fences. The Wongs are unwilling to trade their relative freedom for living in secure isolation.

Mrs Pillai is now a widow, living on her own. Both her son and daughter have emigrated and she is loathe to leave Malaysia. She tells me, her children saw no opportunities in Malaysia. Her daughter is particularly bitter at having to leave her mother and especially angry that she was denied a place at a local college, and denied help by a local political organisation who refused to recommend her for a study loan.

Several thousand non-Malays have left, but many Malays have also gone. Families are torn apart or wrecked by a false belief in so-called superiority. Our country has not benefited from the wasted talent.

Where's the sense of equality and justice? When will Malays understand that the call for "Ketuanan Melayu" creates antagonism at best, and violence at worst? There is open hatred toward non-Malays. The Malays have become arrogant; and non-Malays have been forced to be compliant. But for how long? Perhaps, it is the Malay who has more need of change. Where is their sense of equality and justice?

If "Ketuanan Melayu" is supposed to benefit the Malays, why are the majority of Malays poor? If politicians had genuinely wanted to help Malays, the majority of Malays would now be wealthy, after 53 years of UMNO rule. But this is not the case. The majority of Malays are poor.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned that the Malays will "lose their power" if Pakatan Rakyat were to come to power. He labeled Pakatan leaders as a bunch of self-serving and racist politicians.

What "power" is he referring to? Is he referring to UMNO's potential loss? Will the loss mean no more abuse of power and enrichment of family, friends and cronies? Is he lamenting the lack of control over the media, police, judiciary and the parliamentary rights and privileges committee? Did he also mean the inability to detain those who dare speak out against injustices?

Malay extremists claim that Pakatan's alternative call for "ketuanan rakyat" goes against the Malay rulers. However, no one objected when Mahathir clipped the wings of the royals.

NONEMahathir (left) and Najib Abdul Razak have sought to suggest that UMNO/BN is a caring party, but despite 1Malaysia, Malaysians probably feel less united today.

Perhaps, the Malay extremist politicians promoting "Ketuanan Melayu" can rightly be called "Children of Mahathir".

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he believed that the Malays in the country can succeed without the government's help one day.

He said now many Malays had succeeded because of the New Economic Policy (NEP) and this had led to claims that without the "crutches" they would not be able to cut it on their own.

"As a result of the NEP, today, many Malays have become successful, including in businesses.

"The NEP is a success. Some people say successful because of the NEP, but the government is gradually reducing aid to the Malays and will continue to reduce further.

"So, soon we will see Malays becoming successful without the aid of 'crutches'," he said at the opening of The Danna Hotel here tonight.

The hotel was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Dr Mahathir added that before it was never thought of that a Malay could own a hotel chain, but today a few bumiputera entrepreneurs had done it. — Bernama

Why will the extremists not deal with the social ills that beset the Malay youth – drug abuse, abandoned babies, under-achievement, and Mat Rempit? They have been fed propaganda and expect instant rewards but soon become disillusioned. They then fall further into the trap that 'non-Malays are robbing them of their rights'. Is it any wonder they are bitter and have little aspiration?

The same group of extremists expects other faiths to respect Islam – but they fail to reciprocate this. It is alleged that in some mosques, the sermons preach unbridled hatred.

Last Saturday, a 14-year-old girl and a 23-year-old teacher were married at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, after a religious syariah court approved the union. The teenager said, "It has been hard trying to juggle two rôles – as a student and a wife – but I am taking it in my stride."

Can no one else see that this is wrong? How does the state protect children from paedophilia? Has the child's health and maturity been considered? What about her mental and maternal health, when she undergoes repeated childbearing at a young age? What about her education?

Muslim men can remarry easily. So who will support her should her marriage fail? Or if her husband leaves her for a younger woman or fails to support her when he remarries? Our syariah law and welfare system has many loopholes and obstacles. Some women claim it works against them.

pkr congress 281110 nurul izzah anwarLook at how Malay men perceive of their women. Despite equality in Islam, women are given short shrift. Nurul Izzah Anwar's (right) request for a debate with Ibrahim Ali was rejected. He called her 'small fry' and told her to contact the head of Wiranita, the Perkasa women's organisation, instead. This demeaning attitude towards women is replicated in many Malay households.

When will the champions of "Ketuanan Melayu" talk about success, progress, innovation, creativity, harmony, sharing and excellence instead of alluding to the "only my rights matter" mentality?

We Malays must face up to our insecurities so we can live at peace with ourselves. The non-Malay is a convenient scapegoat for our failures. We need to admit we have problems and face up to them.

Our religious leaders must make a clear stand against polygamy, paedophilia, child-snatching and intolerance of other faiths. Our Malay leaders must learn to respect other non-Malay Malaysians and treat them as equals. Only then do we have the right to ask others to respect us. We must stop the hypocrisy and madness that is called "Ketuanan Melayu".

Sidang Akhbar Sempena Perobohan Surau Al Falah oleh DBKL

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:23 AM PST

Di bawah adalah masej yang saya dapat dari Setiausaha Akhbar YB Nurul Izzah.

Dear Editors,
YB Nurul Izzah will be having a PC tomorrow morning (Thursday 9/12) at 8am at Surau Al-Falah, Kg Kerinchi. DBKL will be demolishing the Surau Al-Falah, Kg Kerinchi at that time. Please join us. Thank you.

Press Secretary to YB Nurul Izzah

KETUANAN MELAYU: Hasil Judi Negara mulai tahun 2000 hingga September 2010

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:

Tahun Jumlah (RM)
2000 1,958,380,415.89
2001 1,972,252,986.48
2002 1,922,115,807.36
2003 1,797,401,240.15
2004 1,849,176,119.10
2005 1,984,615,754.74
2006 2,266,814,152.52
2007 2,416,963,021.54
2008 2,561,892,892.66
2009 2,606,378,658.57
Sehingga 20 September 2010 1,952,406,090.08

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.

TGNA - sihat walafiat

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.

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) must foward the report to UN security council on thePersecution of elected opposition leader of Malaysian Parliament

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 09:27 AM PST


Dewan Rakyat: Chaos Erupts Over Anwar-Apco Issue


They're 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  


John Boehner, who will be speaker of the House of Representatives and is an architect of the Republican recapturing of power, explained Mr Obama's fall from grace. He said that President Obama had "ignored the values that have made America—economic freedom, individual liberty and personal responsibility". It does not matter if Mr Boehner is right; half of America believes it. Every nation is an imagined community and what voters `imagine' is what counts. America's image of itself is a land of opportunity and entrepreneurship — it is not a European style welfare state with a culture of entitlement. Mr Obama forgot liberty in his pursuit of equality, say his critics.

Perhaps rather depressingly despite all the talk of progress, Malaysia is still resistant to the very concept of individual liberty. And that gives cause for concern. Historically, societies that have emancipated the individual and nurtured space for individual action have risen to the top, seen most development. In today's Malaysia by contrast you are safe only as long as you speak from the pulpit of a particular denomination. As individuals we count for nothing. Even the stifling embrace of the colonising British let Gandhi have his way eventually. Perhaps the wise men of Malaysia are right we are still voting our right away More power to KETUAN MELAYU?

The lawmaker, independent Senator Nick Xenophone told a joint press conference with Anwar (picture) in Parliament this afternoon that he found it "extraordinary" that the Malaysian Opposition Leader had been denied the right to defend himself before the committee over the issue.

"I am aware of this privileges committee and I know that in my Senate, we have such a committee. I find it extraordinary that you have a privileges committee that would not allow the accused to have the opportunity to speak.

"Maybe you are familiar with the expression of a kangaroo court in Australia… this is much worst than any kangaroo court," he said.

He added that in the Parliaments of any Commonwealth nations, it was a common understanding that no accused should be denied the right to defend himself.

In his response on the issue, Anwar told the media that in refusing him the space to offer his explanation, the committee had failed to uphold his basic, fundamental rights to justice.

Earlier today, the issue caused chaos to break out in Parliament leading to a protest walkout of Pakatan Rakyat MPs.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia had this morning rejected in chambers a motion tabled by PKR's Gombak MP Azmin Ali seeking to allow the House to debate on the committee's decision last week which denied Anwar the right to be heard.

In its decision, the committee had agreed that a letter of explanation from APCO Worldwide, the public relations consultancy employed by the Najib Administration to improve the government's image, dated August 19 would suffice to conclude the investigations.

It agreed by way of majority vote during its meeting last week to approve a motion disallowing Anwar the right to be heard before the committee,

The committee had kicked off investigations earlier this year after Anwar was referred before it for claiming that the supposedly Israeli-linked public relations consultancy APCO was behind both the 1 Malaysia and 1 Israeli concepts.

Anwar had also accused the BN ruling government to be sympathisers of the Israeli Zionist regime.

Meanwhile, Xenophone also raised the issue of Anwar's ongoing Sodomy II trial, reiterating his government's concern over the "lack of fairness" in the case.

"Anwar's trial has raised much concern in Australia about the lack of fairness in the trial and in the same way, we expect Malaysia to tell us if we are doing the wrong thing. That is why I am here.

"Firstly, to observe the trial but also to express not only my support but also the independent parliamentarian support," he said.

Xenophone claimed that Anwar was very well-respected in the Australian Parliament for his struggles for democracy and justice.

"I think the issue here is fairness. Australia and Malaysia are good and old friends and when you are good and old friends, you need to tell each other the truth," he said, and reminded that over 60 Australian MPs had recently signed a pledge of support for Anwar.

Xenophone also noted that Anwar's Sodomy II trial would be raised in the Australian Parliament when it resumes next February.

"I must emphasis this – it is quite unusual and extraordinary that people from both sides of the political divide, the government and the opposition benches, have alls signed their support for Anwar. It is quite unusual to get universal support," he said.

WIKILEAKS: Anwar's plans if his case goes bad

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


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Irom Sharmila is Gandhism personified. So is Aung Sang Suu kyi. In an era when a person is judged by his or her success no matter how it is achieved, the two iron ladies have proved that the power of sacrifice is divine and unparalleled. Both the non-violent crusaders have unrelenting faith in the righteousness of the action to aim for what they believe is just and true. On November 2, Sharmila completed 10 years of unbroken fast and on November 13, Suu Kyi was released after 15 years of house arrest. Sharmila's herculean struggle is against Indian army's alleged atrocities in Manipur while Suu Kyi is fighting for the freedom of Myanmar from decades of oppression by the junta. They may not have been able to achieve their goals so far but have moved the world with their satyagraha.

But the unfortunate part is that the Indian State continues to ignore Sharmila and has ditched Suu Kyi. When the heads of all the prominent countries in the world hailed Suu Kyi's release with strongest possible words, Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh chose to keep mum and left it on external affairs minister SM Krishna to do the formality and that too in a highly guarded manner.

The response of the Indian State in both the cases is shocking and deplorable. The two extraordinary souls are symbol of moral force. Both derive strength from Indian tradition and philosophy. Sharmila's inspiration is the holy Gita and Suu Kui is Buddhist to the core. The common factor to them is Mahatma Gandhi, who took inspiration from the Gita as well as Lord Buddha and evolved satyagraha, which became the common man's tool to defeat the mighty British empire.

Another factor common to the two cases is the fear of China in the Indian government's mind. The fear of the China-backed insurgency gaining ground in the northeast is preventing the Indian state from considering Sharmila's demand to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1959 imposed on Manipur to check violent insurgency. And the fear of China cornering India by influencing Myanmar has made the Indian government shift its stand from supporting a non-violent pro-democracy movement led by Suu kyi to a docile one favouring the military government. Ironically, by ignoring Sharmila, the Indian government has ended up promoting violence and by ditching Suu Kyi, it has compromised principles framed by our founding fathers, who provided India a unique status in the world — the status which US President Barack Obama saluted in his recent trip to India.

Sharmila started her fast unto death on November 2, 2000, after she saw the killing of 10 villagers in Malon in an indiscriminate firing allegedly by Army personnel. Since then she has been in police custody on charges of trying to commit suicide and is being forcibly fed through a nasal tube. But she carries on with firm resolution. She has not met her mother since the start of the fast because she thinks that will make her weak. Sharmila is not throwing stones or hurling bombs. Nor has she delivered any seditious speech. She is only voicing the concerns of the peace-loving 'aam adami' of Manipur, who sees the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as a tool of oppression. Sharmila's self-imposed suffering represents all those have-nots of the country who still have faith in the Gandhian way of struggle. The lady is trying to prick the conscience of the Indian State.
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.

Suu Kyi, daughter of Myanmar's father of the nation general U Aung San, spent most of her youth outside her country and came back in 1989 to nurse her ailing mother. She also realised that her motherland required her services. People looked up to her as a liberator from military tyranny. Her party won in the 1990 elections but the military government put her under house arrest and annulled the elections. But she did not compromise. She even could not take part in the funeral of her British husband as she feared that once out of the country, the junta would not allow her to come back and fight for the people. Even after her release she said: "My people are not free and so I am not free." India supported Suu kyi's cause for sometime but later diluted its stand with the excuse that it needs to keep Myanmar's military regime in good humour to counter Chinese diplomacy.

The Indian State does not realise (or perhaps it does but is deliberately not following) that the strength of a nation lies in its people. It would be much easy to defeat insurgency in Manipur by winning over the people of the state. And that could be done by reaching out to Sharmila and peace-loving people like her. Similarly, the Indian State should focus on strengthening the country internally to counter the Chinese threat rather than diluting the moral principles which governed our foreign policy since independence. If all the public money devoured by corruption would have been actually spent on development, India would have been in a much better position compared with China. The change in the pro-democracy stand with regard to Myanmar in the name of 'strategic diplomacy to check China' has only exposed our weakness and lack of will power.

In a civilised democratic society, the challenge lies in tackling insurgency while upholding human rights, otherwise it would be difficult to distinguish between democracy and autocracy. Similarly, facing the Chinese threat while upholding Indian traditions would make India's position stronger in the world.

If the government is not listening, the privileged lot who can influence the policies are also to be blamed. We have failed to live up to the expectations of the freedom fighters who dreamt of a just and equitable India based on the principles of non-violence, truth, and sarvodaya. From a collective force which defeated the mightiest empire in the world, today we have been reduced to a nation of selfish individuals and hypocrites. If all the Indians rise in support of Sharmila and observe at least a day's fast, no government will be able to overlook it. Similarly, if we all exert moral pressure on the government, it will have to change its Myanmar policy. But our Page 3 sensitivities don't seem to feel and see beyond Big Boss and Rakhi Ka Insaf. And, our conscience is dictated by market sentiments which only allows us to think "how to earn and where to spend".

As far as Sharmila and Suu Kyi are concerned, it hardly matters whether they will succeed in their missions or not, because success lies in making an honest and righteous effort and not in results. The two satyagrahis will always inspire millions of have-nots in the world because they represent HOPE — the strongest thing in the world, which keeps the human spirit and will alive even in the toughest of circumstances and eventually triumphs.




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.

UMNO's point man

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.–

Demi Wangsa?

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.

Don't apologise, Zahid!

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!

A few thoughts here and there

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?


Zaid should close ranks, and help oust BN

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:16 PM PST

From Ooi Beng Huat, via facebook

I refer to your interview with Zaid where he labelled PKR as a cult organisation. Datuk, you left PKR for reasons only known to you and now you intend to form new opposition party.

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.

We all want Pakatan as an alternative to BN, a two-party system for the rakyat to choose. Hope your new party can work as a separate entity in Pakatan and work out your differences with Pakatan.

We hope only Pakatan stands against BN, no third party, no three-cornered fights, only one on one – Pakatan against BN.

That's the only way we have a chance to change government. Any third contender will only dilute opposition vote, weaken the opposition front and demolish Pakatan's only chance to deal a severe blow to BN.


PKR is a cult organisation, claims Zaid

Uthayakumar was right about police shootings

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

Keep Jeffrey out of Sarawak issues

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:13 PM PST

From Sarawakian Melanau, via e-mail

I refer your report, 'Please stay! Sabah PKR leaders urge Jeffrey', and draw attention to a quote in the piece:

"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."

Please don't include Sarawak in Jeffrey Kitingan's issue. Honestly, we don't need Jeffrey in Sarawak. We have our own leader to lead Sarawak.

Jeffrey is unknown to people of Sarawak except for those who read about politics. He's fit for Sabah issues only, so exclude him from Sarawak politics. It's disgusting to see him being connected to issues of Sarawak.


Please stay! Sabah PKR leaders urge Jeffrey

Anwar can succeed without the hand of providence

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 01:12 PM PST

From Kun Tong, via e-mail

I'd refer to your editorial, 'Anwar the messiah?' and would like to add on with this this quote by Albert Einstein:

"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."

Anwar can still go to Putrajaya even without heavenly attachments assigned to him by his wife or whoever.


Anwar the messiah?

'War criminal' gets a UN job

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?

Register to vote. Now!

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 
post-office. Nation-wide.  

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? 


I think Haris Ibrahim wants to amend Art 153 of the Federal Constitution

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

From MI: An Independent report gives hope to the Rakyat!:)

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, 2010
KUALA 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.

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