- Part III Tribute to Yunus
- Pt 2: A tribute to Yunus Lebai Ali
- Just Remembering You Standing There...
- Rayuan Derma Pembelian Laptop Untuk Blogger Laman Marhean
- 9-11 , The Muslims didn't do it ~ Testimonial Video by US Experts
- Umno legal adviser in Idiotology Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun want UMNO to use ISA in Malay supremacy issue
- Petrol & Sugar Price Rise -- Where Goes Petronas Profits?
- Pilihanraya Negeri Sarawak Selepas Krismas : Taib
- Jangan takut pada parti lawan - Takutlah pada diri kita sendiri
- Sumpah Laknat TUlang Besi ke atas Bloggers Pendusta Yang Memfitnah Tulang Besi
- Does Samy Vellu deserve a dignified exit?
- Main Stream Media's thinking...
- 'RM544m bond means Sabah has no liquid cash'
- Wrong priority
- MEB, model pembayaran tinggi?
- Malaysia's opposition: Nurul, just like the old one
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From Mr. Quah
Posted: 04 Dec 2010 10:04 AM PST
Tulang Besi adalah pengikut laman Marhean sejak mula-mula Reformasi dahulu. Dan Tulang Besi cukup terharu kerana istiqamah beliau menjalankan laman beliau. Sudah lebih 10 tahun beliau terus menerus berkecimpung dalam arena blog dan website memperjuangkan kebenaran dan menentang kebathilan.
Sedih hati Tulang Besi bila Tulang Besi dapat tahu beliau menghadapi masaalah untuk membeli laptop baru apabila laptop beliau yang beliau selama ini pakai rosak.Oleh sebab itu Tulang Besi ingin melancarkan kempen membeli laptop baru bagi webmaster Laman Marhean.
Kepada mereka yang hendak menderma, dipersilakan menderma kepada akaun ini:
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Sekiranya ada yang mahu menderma laptop kepada beliau, dipersilakan menghantar email kepada beliau dan meminta alamat beliau untuk dihantar laptop tersebut.
Di bawah juga adalah coretan blogger Laman Marhean berkaitan cabaran yang beliau hadapi selama berkecimpung dalam alam siber politik Malaysia.
Sekian terima kasih
Posted: 04 Dec 2010 06:22 AM PST
I have always doubted the authenticity of the 9-11 attack purported to be the work of Al-Qaeda operatives as alleged by the former American President George Walker Bush Jr.'s mis-administration!
The testimony of 2000+ American experts in the respective engineers, aviation pilots, university professors, civil engineering experts, demolition and explosive professionals, architects, construction and structural experts, scientists, etc all testify that the World Trade Center twin towers and neighboring buildings in New York were brought down by specially installed and controlled demolition explosives.
Watch the video above and learn about the devious American Government under the rule and watch of America's most evil President George Bush Jr massacred 3000+ of the civil population and started off one of the most devastating and costliest war campaign that pulverized Afghanistan and Iraq back to almost the Stone Age and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in those countries.
Countries that posed no immediate danger to the United States of America but were made scapegoats for the crime that Bush Jr and his henchmen carried out under guise of fighting to free the Afghans and Iraqis of their dictators.
In reality, it was all a guise to go rob the Iraqis of their oil and the Afghans of their minerals.
So much for the so called Operation Iraqi Liberty!
No wonder that even the Obama Administration finds it hard to extricate their invading army troops from the oil rich Middle Eastern nations they have now so comfortably entrenched themselves in?
All those oil gushing fields need much robbing by the Yanks!
Neo Colonialism by any other name.
Those Americans will leave only after sucking the Iraqi and Afghans dry!
No immediate withdrawals in the picture.
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Posted: 04 Dec 2010 04:30 AM PST
Pronounced id·i·ot all o gee This is a school of thinking that is particularly appealing to dumb asses. No matter what happens UMNO will not
Umno legal adviser Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun has suggested that the Internal Security Act (ISA) be invoked to deal with the controversy over the "ketuanan Melayu" (Malay supremacy) remark by PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
provisions in the Federal Constitution and not a form of freedom of expression.
Barisan political parties in Malaysia are at the crossroads. So busy are they in mudslinging, intriguing and back-stabbing, that they have lost the sense of direction. So engrossed are they in digging up each other's misdeeds, they've forgotten to cover themselves with a fig leaf. So fragmented are they from within, they are struggling for survival. So cut off are they from ground realities, they remain blind to problems and expectations of the citizens.← UMNO throws poor Malays to the Elist wolves,Umno must be stopped from manipulating justice
What about the UMNO? It is running around in circles. It just doesn't know how to take advantage of the mess that Mahathir is in readmore← when Dr Mahathir saw his position being threatened, he started .The party is only hoping to benefit from P.K.R war of words and exposes. Unless it pulls up its socks, refurbishes its image, strengthens its grassroots, evolves good strategies, and wins back the trust of the people,The citizens are crying for a clean and efficient government, a proactive SarawakCM and hands-on ministers. The present crop at the helm just doesn't inspire. its vote base is certain to erode further and reduce it to an 'also ran' like in GE12
On paper we may all be equal citizens, but in reality there are multiple categories of citizens →
Competitive, but for what?
READMORE← If IPU report 'ridiculous, stupid, short-sighted 'what about your SON WAS BEHIND THE MURDER OF DARREN KANG TIEN HUA" IN 2004
← CELEBRITY DECEIVER Nazri says Najib's date with Obama costRM76.8 million for 40minutes proof of APCO'ssuccess, Blame Mahathir for bad tie with the US
Laws are meant UMNOPUTRASI who has virtually no say in the system, whether politically/ monetarily/ or physically.
In a country where the law makers are the biggest law breakers. Will or can there be a rule of Law?
There are many sons of Powerful people who are moving freely despite been convicted by the courts; Will that happen?
To obey or abide by the law: This is expecting too much from the privileged class.
yes in our country we cannot give equal status to every one and when the term equality comes then the so called vvips gets the major portion and least comes to other citizens. so when we are talking about equality every citizens should be same in the eyes of law not in writen rather in action and this changes can be possible if so called vvips will change their attitudes.
Absolutely correct.UNless and untill Our socalled leaders themselves exemplify with their own conduct there would not be any hope of improvement.But is it possible when we electthem on the basis of RACE or some other considerationother than merit,?
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a truthful article. It is true in all aspects. Who can change? The people instead of being passive and fatalistic should be active and change the game the politicians play.They need not vote for the same leadership decade after decade.They need not vote for the same family. They need not be quiet and accept the corruption passively. If the people want a change they can protest en mass and bring changes.We people of Malaysia need not tolerate corruption,petty divisionist politics and bureaucracy. People have to raise their voice and say enough is enough and change the leadership.The games of dirty politics should be stopped.
At the end of the day its the people who elected the super citizens to power. The voting masses arnt powerless just dumb. Its naive to think that in a democracy the voters can be absolved of all responsibility.
Here is an interesting letter from a reader that TOI published: "Who can blame MALAYSIA for lacking competitive spirit? Now our businessmen are increasingly competitive: if one was corrupting the bureaucrats and politicians for, the other one does it better for 3G. Our politicians are catching up faster. Land is given away to relatives and friends in acres. In such an environment, can bureaucrats lag behind? If peons and attendants take money for 'chai', officers of the highest level take apartments in skyscrapers and deposits in Swiss banks. Competitive they are all, with a killer instinct, no doubt. The victims are the common people of IMALAY the Malay race." Absolutely right. Isn't it?
Biggie Dec 2, 10 3:38pm
Datuk Najib the subject here is not 'corruption' is special privileges.we will defendi with ASSHOLE
I would like to comment on Umno leaders' outburst on the PKR's supreme leaders championing on the "Ketuanan Rakyat" concept against "Ketuanan Melayu". Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Nazri Aziz said that "Ketuanan Melayu" is meant to protect the sovereignty of the Malay Rulers. I beg to differ strongly on his view. I am commenting his statement in the news portal The Malaysian Insider made on Dec 2nd. As far as I am concerned, the monarch should not be involved with any politicking as it seen in the Perak fiasco because as a democratic country, separation of power does exist between the legislature and the executives.
Also there are limitations to the powers of a monarch. Nazri continued by saying that those who believed in the "Ketuanan Rakyat" concept have a cow dung factory in their brains.
With due respect Nazri, you are totally wrong even though you are a lawyer and you are in politics. Malays' rights are never to be compromised under the concept of "Ketuanan Rakyat" because we believe strongly in our constitution and hold it dear in our hearts and souls. How could I respect or even be confident with the Malay rulers in protecting the Malays rights if the sultans are not even practicing the culture and norms of a Malay person?
They are practicing westernised cultures and seem to forget their fundamental roots as a Malay Muslim. I'm not referring to all the rulers but a majority of them. I shall not reveal more on their behaviour because the public are not blind and can see it for themselves. How could they even be the heads of Islam in the country when they don't even practice the way Islam the way it should be practiced? Nazri said that the prime minister or menteri besar would not be allowed to dissolve the Parliament or the state assembly without the consent of the king or sultan.
This is totally outrageous because by right, the sultans cannot interfere in state and federal matters as well as making judgments on the selection of CMs and MBs.
This is because this may cause a serious conflict of interest between them and the true mandate given by the voters who have chosen their leaders. The agong must act on the advice of the prime minister and not on his own will. Whether he gives consent or not that is a totally different matter because the Agong is only acting as a symbol of monarchy by Parliament and he cannot refuse the decision of the prime minister by law. So my dear government of the day; please stop disuniting and creating racial tension between the Malays and the other races. We will never repeat the dark incident of May 13 again. Never.
So stop playing your primitive and barbaric racial cards. I will fight to the end to ensure that a harmonious and united Malaysia is created under the concept of "masyarakat majmuk", also known as "ketuanan rakyat".
Posted: 04 Dec 2010 01:58 AM PST
Dear fellow Malaysians: BE PREPARED for yet another round of INFLATION!
Don't you believe the governmnet's figures of 3 to 4percent in annual Consumer Price Index rise -- the barometer of inflation. Ordinary people will tell you their experience of shrinking purchasing power of the ringgit to buy daily essentials like rice, sugar, that cuppa of tehtarik or kopi, meat like chicken and vegetables, inflation is closer to double digit and thus far outpaces the so-called Government's assured price rise is within reasonable limits!
TODAY the dailies again reported another rise in price increase for RON97 at 15sen and RON95 at 5sen while sugar rises by 20sen per kg. I've said once too often that PETRONAS' reported profits after tax amounting to tens of billion ringgit the past few years are NOT TRANSLATED into some form of benefits to the RAKYAT -- and it is FOR THE RAKYAT THAT THE NATIONAL OIL CORPORATION HOLDS THE OIL RESERVES IN TRUST< IS IS NOT?
I've contended in all my writings whenver Petronas announced its annual profits that the citizens are not benefitting from the huge annual profits that have been rising since the past five years as te world prices also rose/are rising. Malaysia is a PRODUCER OF PETROLEUM AND A NET EXPORTER of petroleum, and also the nation's PETROLEUM IS OF A HIGHER GRADE AND THEREFORE COMMANDS A PREMIUM PRICE IN THE WORLD MARKET...so logically, Petronas should be able to BRING DOWN THE PUMP PRICES and NOT raise the prices on the excuse of paying more subsidies!
Some concerned citizens in Seremban will gather TOMORROW at 9.00AM, Sunday December 5, 2010 at the Main Market/PASAR to protest against the government's uncaring measures -- for every time the petrol price is raised, the transport charges also go up, affecting almost all goods and services. Yes, the UMNOputras with their high salaries are immune, BUT THE MAJORITY OF MALAYSIANS -- like 80percent of us! -- will be hit hard in our pockets.
And PM Najib's wife, Rosmah,has a budget of RM1million to spend almost every three days and keeps on eating cakes! Her pet project for privilged gifted children,Permata, benefiting several hundred at the most, has been gifted a generous angpow of RM111million to spend in one year by her generous husband. Yeah, continue to eat cake and drink capuccino at five-star hotels while the common folks eat roti canai and drink tehtarik at roadside stalls.
WHO's GONNA WEEP FOR MALAYSIA, I WONDER?
Price revision for RON 95, sugar
By Farrah Naz Karim
PUTRAJAYA: The government yesterday announced the second wave of subsidy rationalisation effective today.
RON 95 grade petrol will now cost RM1.90 per litre, while diesel and LPG will cost RM1.80 per litre and RM1.90 per kg respectively.
White refined coarse granulated sugar will now cost RM2.10 per kg from the previous RM1.90.
However the price of RON 97 petrol will continue being subjected to a managed float to reflect the fuel price in the global market.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) in the Prime Minister's Department chief executive Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the price rationalisation of the four consumer goods would enable the government to reduce its subsidy expenditure, which stood at RM1.18 billion.
The first subsidy rationalisation was carried out on July 16.
The rationalisation had then allowed the government to reduce its expenditure by over RM750 million.
Idris said yesterday despite the rationalisation of the items' prices, they were still cheaper than those of neighbouring countries, such as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
He said the subsidies reduction would be used for initiatives and programmes under the Government Transformation Plan that would contribute towards improving the people's quality of life.
He said the subsidy rationalisation was necessary as the government must continue to manage its fiscal position by enhancing revenue and at the same time reducing expenditure.
The Economic Transformation Programme, he added, aimed to increase the gross national income per capita to reach US$15,000 (RM51,000) by 2020 and to achieve this, the economic growth must be at least 6 per cent per annum, adding that this would allow government revenue to increase via tax collection.
"This second rationalisation will contribute to our efforts in strengthening the country's financial management by reducing its deficit.
"This will also allow us to provide allocations to critical sectors, such as education, infrastructure development in the rural and transportation," he said at a briefing where Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was also present.
Idris said the subsidy programmes carried out before the rationalisation initiative had not been effective in assisting those who needed help.
Read more: Price revision for RON 95, sugar http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/8petr/Article#ixzz178IbrXyM
From Midnight Voices and Other Poems:
By Desiderata-YL Chong
Oil fields offshore Malaysia are a-plenty
Yet when world prices rise
Malaysians pay more for their petrol
Shouldn't it be the other way around?
We produce an oil surplus
Which command premium prices
No, the politicians smartly tell us
The oil subsidies keep rising
Hence, we raise the pump prices
We chase away Malaysians in their youth
To study in faraway land
A decade or two later
We beg them to come back
To "serve" the motherland
Who bleeds more, my dear?
Malaysia or Malaysians?
Chong Yen Long
Posted: 04 Dec 2010 12:28 AM PST
Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud hari ini telah mengesahkan pilihanraya negeri Sarawak akan diadakan selepas Krismas. Berita ini telah dilaporkan di portal berita berbahasa cina seperti sinchew daily dan kwong wah e-newspaper.
Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud hari ini telah mengesahkan pilihanraya negeri Sarawak akan diadakan selepas Krismas.
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Posted: 04 Dec 2010 01:59 AM PST
Harga gula dan petrol naik lagi. Selepas ini entah apa yang naik masih belum kita ketahui. Tetapi naik tetap naik dan tidak mungkin harga barang keperluan akan turun. Kenaikkan harga barang dua item ini diluluskan oleh kerajaan kerana kerajaan hendak mengurangkan segala bentuk subsidi kepada rakyat.
Pemimpin kita kata harga dua barangan ini masih jauh rendah jika dibandingkan dengan negara-negara lain. Tetapi pemimpin kita tidak pula mengatakan yang pendapatan rakyat kita juga rendah jika dibandingkan dengan negara lain.
Kalau kita membahaskan isu ini kita akan dituduh tidak menyokong kerajaan oleh pemimpin kita serta penyokong yang membabi buta yang giat menghentam pengkritik perlaksanaan dasar kerajaan seperti saya ini.
Model Ekonomi Baru (MEB) dikatakan menpunyai matlamat yang 'ultimate'; iaitu untuk menjadikan negara ini negara yang berpendapatan tinggi menjelangnya tahun 2020. Walaupun pendapatan yang diidamkan itu belum lagi berhasil tetapi harga barangan seperti bahan bakar dan gula serta banyak lagi barangan keperluan telah naik.
Selalunya pendapatan rakyat yang tinggi akan menghasilkan kenaikkan harga barangan. Tetapi kita menghadapi 'consequence' yang terbalik; harga barang keperluan sedang melambung naik justru menambah kos kehidupan yang mahal sewaktu rakyat belum pun berhasil untuk meraih pendapatan yang tinggi itu. Rupa-rupanya barulah kita tahu; harga naik dahulu sebelum pendapatan dijangkakan naik itu.
Alasannya rakyat hendak dibiasakan dengan hidup tanpa subsidi. Niat itu pun baik. Tetapi sedar atau tidak, kita telah memberi subsidi kepada segelintiran rakyat yang berada didalam kategori 'the rich and the famous' melalui anugerah projek-projek yang besar dan bersifat 'monopoly' masih menjadi amalan kerajaan dan agensi-agensinya hingga kehari ini.
Tidak payahlah disenaraikan apakah projek-projek itu kerana itu sudah diketahui umum dan dalam kerangka waktu dan ruang yang sempit ini elok kita anggapkan yang semua orang sudah maklum dengan apa yang saya katakan ini. Saya yakin orang ramai yang 'literate' boleh memahami apa yang saya maksudkan ini dengan mudah.
Ramai rakan-rakan yang memberi komen terhadap tindakkan Najib yang tidak sabar menarik balik semua bentuk subsidi ini. Ramai menganggap tindakkan beliau adalah tindakkan berani dan mengambil tindakkan cepat untuk menarik balik subsidi-subsidi ini tetapi mereka juga merasakan kekesalan kerana rakyat jugalah yang terpaksa bersabar untuk menunggu program dan tindakkan kerajaan untuk menunggu kedatangan kenaikkan pendapatan yang belum lagi tentu berjaya dilaksanakan.
Kalau diimbau sejarah setiap pemimpin utama sebelum ini mengumumkan banyak program seperti yang dilakukan oleh Najib, tetapi sehingga hari ini rakyat tetap hidup ditakuk lama. Tetapi apakan daya rakyat dinegara ini adalah rakyat yang sanggup menerima apa sahaja yang dilakukan oleh kerajaan kerana mempunyai sikap 'the government is always right' walaupun mereka menghadapi kesulitan walaun pun bermacam-macam janji tidak sempurna dilaksanakan.
Rakyat bukannya tidak sedar yang sebahagian rakyat kelas menengah yang diwujudkan oleh DEB dahulu hampir hilang kewujuddan mereka tetapi pengaruh politik yang terlalu 'patronising' dinegara ini telah meletakkan segelintir 'super bumi' yang dilahirkan oleh kepimpinan kita sejak hampir 3 dekad yang lalu hidup dan terus hidup 'on the expense' rakyat dan peniaga yang ramai.
Rakyat juga bukan tidak sedar yang orang Melayu sangat susah untuk bersaing dalam bidang perniagaan. Bumiputra selain dari terpaksa bersaing dengan bangsa lain yang sudah hidup dalam budaya perniagaan, mereka (Bumiputra) terpaksa bersaing dengan semua agensi-agensi kerajaan dan GLCs yang telah diberikan kemudahan istimewa dari pemerintah.
Najib telah membuat janji yang menggunung dan rakyat kali ini mahu melihat perlaksanaannya pula. Sebelum ini pun Dr Mahathir dan Abdullah Badawi telah mengumumkan perancangan yang bermacam-macam tetapi apabila sampai kepada perlaksanaannya semuanya telah menghadapi kegagalan.
Kegagalan semuanya itu disebabkan oleh beberapa sebab dan penyebab utamanya tidak lain dan tidak bukan adalah sisebabkan terlalu banyak unsur-unsur rasuah dan salah gunakuasa yang dilakukan oleh penggubal-penggubal dasar itu sendiri atau pun oleh pihak pelaksana iaitu pegawai-pegawai perkhidmatan awam negara.
Selagi masih ada penggubal dasar dan pelaksana yang rasuah selagi itulah segala perancangan sebaik mana pun tidak akan menemui kejayaannya. Kali ini rakyat sedang menunggu dengan pemerhatian yang teliti. Parti pemerintah tidak boleh mengharapkan pergolakkan dalam PKR itu akan membawa kemenangan kepada UMNO/BN. Perasaan prejudis rakyat terhadap parti pemerintah lebih kuat dari pergolakkan yang berlaku didalam PKR. Kita terima hakikat ini sejujur-jujurnya.
Kita didalam UMNO tidak perlu takutkan kepada PR. Yang perlu kita takutkan ialah samada kita mampu membawa persepsi positif dari rakyat yang sedang memerhatikan samada kita sanggup melakukan kebaikkan atau tidak.
Bak kata saya dalam posting saya yang lalu pilihanraya yang ke13 ini nanti akan menjadi penentu kepada nasib UMNO dan BN pada masa-masa yang akan datang. That's it.
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 09:57 PM PST
Ada seorang blogger Pondan (sebab tak tau sapa) menulis sebuah artikel bertajuk "Zaini Hasan Buat TUlang Besi Sasau". Dalam artikel tersebut diulang-ulang kembali fitnah lama ke atas Tulang Besi seperti:
1.0 Tulang Besi tidak pernah bayar yuran ahli
2.0 TUlang Besi menentang Hasan Ali sebab kecewa tak dapat jawatan.
3.0 Tulang Besi burukkan geng Terengganu sebab masa PAS perintah Terengganu, TUlang BEsi tak dapat projek (entah bila ntah TB mintak projek di Terengganu)
4.0 TUlang Besi seleweng duit Tabung Guaman
dsbnya. Boleh search tajuk artikel tersebut dan baca sendiri.
Di sini, TUlang Besi ingin mengulangi Sumpah Laknat yang pernah TUlang Besi ungkapkan kepada blogger2 pondan pro Ulamak PAS yang turut mengulangi fitnah yang sama:
Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watallahi. Sesungguhnya KESEMUA tuduhan yang diungkapkan dalam artikel bertajuk "Zaini Hassan Bikin Tulang Besi Sasau" adalah FITNAH YANG SANGAT JAHAT. Semoga Allah SWT menurunkan bala ke atas mereka-mereka ini sama seperti bala yang Allah SWT turunkan ke atas kaum Nabi Nuh dan Kaum Nabi Saleh. AMINN!!!
Tulang Besi bercadang meminta bantuan kawan Tulang Besi untuk mengulangi sumpah TUlang Besi ini di hadapan Kaabah.
Kalau BLOGGER2 UMNO serta Zaini Hassan anak jantan, SILA JAWAB SUMPAH TULANG BESI ini dan bersumpah NAFI semula.
Tulang Besi sedang menunggu
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 12:54 PM PST
By Kee Thuan ChyeCOMMENT S Samy Vellu should have no cause to rejoice when he steps down as MIC president on Dec 6 and takes on his new job as a special envoy for Malaysia. In fact, if he were a man who has the slightest bit of self-pride, he might even feel ashamed. Because from the look of it, he has been bought out. He has been told to step down even earlier than he had planned to.
If he had had his way, he would have opted to quit in September 2011, which was what he had announced earlier in the year. Then at the July MIC general assembly, as pressure mounted within his own party calling for his departure, he hinted it could be in January.
But in politics, a month is apparently too long, so he now has to go in early December. Apparently, too, Najib Tun Razak, prime minister and Barisan Nasional chief, knows he cannot afford to have Samy Vellu stay on longer if the general election is going to be called next year. Some pundits say it could be as early as March.
So the deal was made. Samy Vellu leaves, and in return he gets the post of Malaysia's special envoy for infrastructure to South Asian countries. A position with ministerial status. It is also apparently to give him face, provide him a dignified exit.
But why should the MIC get another ministerial position after its poor performance at the last general election? Where is the regard for values if rewards are given when they are not deserved?
More importantly, why create a new position which would incur cost to the taxpayer? Samy Vellu's salary, perks, claims and whatever else in the new position he's taking will amount to a substantial amount. Why does the rakyat have to pay for it?
And if indeed it is to get him to step down as MIC president earlier, why does the rakyat have to pay for a strategic move made by Najib to safeguard his coalition's position at the next general election?
This is not the only sweetening deal Najib has made in recent times with the MIC. Only some months ago, he made G Palanivel, Samy Vellu's proclaimed successor, a deputy minister apparently for having left him out as candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election. That was not right either. It was another case of misplaced values. It was sending out the wrong message to Malaysians, cultivating the wrong kind of culture.
Obviously, Najib wants to win Indian hearts to make them swing back to BN at the next general election, but the means he employs can only reflect poorly on him.
What happens next, when deputy minister Palanivel assumes the MIC leadership with a designated second-in-command, Dr S Subramaniam, who is already a full minister? Will the new party boss be happy with being of lower rank in the Cabinet to his subordinate in the party? Would another deal be made to set things "right"? But why should yet another ministerial position be granted to the MIC just to give Palanivel face?
The rakyat should be incensed by all this wheeling and dealing.
Does Samy Vellu deserve the position he's been given? He was one of the most unpopular members of the Cabinet prior to 2008, and when he lost his Sungai Siput constituency in the last general election, there was jubilation all round. It marked the most famous defeat of March 8.
By then, he had served as a minister for 29 years, and the public had been grumbling for years that he had stayed too long. So why must they still put up with his presence and pay him a salary? After all, as a minister, was he outstanding in terms of performance?
Many of us are more likely to remember him for his habit of side-stepping responsibility and talking big. When cracks appeared on Kuala Lumpur's Middle Ring Road II, he blamed the weather. "There's some problem with the design but it's the weather in this country that contributed mainly to the structural problem," he said.
Then when serious cracks appeared on beams supporting the Ampang-KL Elevated Highway, he got defensive and told the press off, and challenged them to check all the flyovers in the country and write how bad they were.
When the landslide occurred in 2004 on the North-South Expressway near Gua Tempurung, he conveniently said it was an "act of God". Critics pointed out that as Works Minister, Samy Vellu distinguished himself more in covering up construction incompetencies and thereby protecting the real culprits.
Always the bravura showman who spoke before thinking, he once invited the public to call his mobile phone if they had any complaints to make. "Don't go to the TV stations," he said. "Is the TV station doing the repairs and maintenance work?" No more than a couple of days later, he announced that he was unable to sleep at night because he was getting too many calls and SMSes, so he told the public to stop complaining to him.
As a politician, he said things that brought him ridicule and embarrassment. Prior to the Lunas by-election of 2000, he boasted that the MIC would win it, and that if it didn't, he would stay on in Kulim and not return to KL. The MIC did lose, but he was back in KL in no time, probably suffering from amnesia.
Just before the last general election, he said, "An army can come but I know how to fight it out.. The people in Sungai Siput are with me." On March 8, the army of voters did come and they swept him off his seat. It was probably the umpteenth time he had to eat his own words.
His own big answer
After Dec 6, the question he will have to ultimately answer, at least to himself, is whether his lording over the MIC for three decades has brought improvement to the ethnic community it claims to represent. If it has, would there have been the Hindraf demonstration of 2008?
As one commentor on Malaysiakini once put it eloquently: "The job that Samy Vellu should have done over so many years as president of the Indian community was done by Hindraf in single day only (sic)." Nothing could be more telling of the MIC's ineffectuality as a partner in BN.
Samy Vellu promised poor Indians a dream by getting them to invest in Maika Holdings Bhd, but it was mismanaged and made huge losses. He kept promising them that they would get back their money, saying "Samy Vellu is their guarantee". In 2006, he said a buy-back scheme would pay investors back RM130 for every RM100 they put in. But it didn't happen.
The following year, he said, "For those who want their money back, I have made arrangements to give their money back to them." As it turned out, no one quite believed him. Investors had not even been paid dividends since 1995.
He finally managed to get G Gnanalingam to buy over Maika Holdings on the eve of the Hulu Selangor by-election voting, aptly timed to win Indian votes. Even then, the poor Indians who had invested their money would get back only what they had put in and nothing more, and some had been investing for more than two decades. They had hoped the money would grow, but Samy Vellu let them down.
Will it therefore be a dignified exit for Samy Vellu on Dec 6, despite the government's bid to help him out? This, of course, is a rhetorical question. Samy Vellu, no doubt, will provide his own big answer. But perhaps it would be best that he kept it to himself.
Dramatist and journalist Kee Thuan Chye is the author of 'March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up'
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 08:55 PM PST
The MSM in Malaysia must be from the stone age!
Today's headlines from all major newspaper are almost the same!
Some crap about Najib's 4 thrust, NEM and ETP. Oh! We are going to be a high income country!
BUT WHAT ABOUT US NOMRAL PEOPLE!
WHAT ABOUT THE PRICE HIKE in Petrol RON95, Diesel, Gas and Sugar!
Income high but cost of living higher!!!
That piece of news gets thrown back in a small section in page 8 or 16 in the newspaper!
Does Najib think the Malaysian people are idiots?
Just because he tells the newspaper not to highlight it does not mean we won't feel it!
I wonder is that what Najib paid McKinsey RM36 million to advise him to do?
All the MSM are at the feet of UMNO and BN!
and they refuse to allow goo unbias reporting from Malaysiakini to get a license to run a newspaper! This is so unfair!
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 09:23 AM PST
By Amde SidikCOMMENT The Sabah government recently declared that the controversial "bond" it issued in 2009 was part of its revenue in the state 2010 Budget.
Firstly be reminded that the state issued two bonds and not one. The earlier one was the RM500 million bond issued by the Sabah Development Bank. The second RM544 million bond was issued by the Sabah Ministry of Finance.
I'm just going to simplify the issue and focus on the RM544 million borrowed from the State Ministry of Finance.
What is a bond? A bond is a debt instrument.
A government bond is a government debt. It can't be much different from a commercial accounting system. If it's a debt it must be paid once it matures. Any payment will include the bond yield or interest.
Under normal circumstances, when the government treasury is in deficit, it's only fair to think about reducing the deficit as soon as possible.
In our case, over the years we have not seen concrete efforts to improve revenue collection or to findnew resources of revenue.
Instead, we all know now that the easiest and most convenient way to get over a deficit is for the state to issue a government bond.
Hiding real deficit
The Sabah Ministry of Finance in 2009 initiated the issuance of government bond worth RM544 million, which is to mature in 2014 at a capped rate of 5%.
Amortisation of this bond requires the sabah government to pay RM615 million, with a monthly payment of RM10.27 million or RM123.24 million. Total cap-on will be RM71.96 million
Placing the debt in the revenue column is a trick, which makes the state government deficit expenditure look small.
This is a way of hiding the real deficit, which would otherwise be too huge to be in the picture and not sustainable
This method of accounting would serve as the easiest and convenient way to get new money.
In as far as Moody and Rating Agency Malaysia (RAM) is concerned, giving Sabah a triple "A" rating isn't really a big problem.
It's not because of Sabah's capability or capacity. In fact, it is because of its available resources, which simply means Sabah has good asset -based collaterals.
In simple term, the whole state can and is good for "pawning off" or in local terms "pajak gadai".
By default this means that the whole of Sabah can be put up for sale.
The United States can afford to use bonds to finance or balance its deficit. This is because the world has confidence in the country and it is also because the worldwide commerce is using US dollar as a medium of trade currency.
This is also the reason why the US government bonds is also called Treasury Bills.
But even then the use of the bond in the US has reached a critical point largely because of the size.
China, one of the US main trading partners, is already holding too much of the US bonds and this is one of the reasons why President Barack Obama went to India and Indonesia to find new markets for the US bonds.
If Sabah is as rich as claimed by Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, with a reserve of RM2 billion, why does the state need to raise this bond and give away the RM71.96 million for no reason?
The only plausible explanation is that the RM2 billion is fixed asset – not liquid cash. Therefore the bond is used as cash reserve meant for paying emoluments (a state governments needs eight months in reserves).
Don't forget the state government has yet to pay more than RM1 billion on water bills to Jetama Air. This should give us some idea if the state government is financially sound as portrayed.
This is a wrong way of solving payment of emoluments. The Ministry of Finance has purposely exposed Sabah to unnecessary default risk, while there are no changes to the capacity and capability of the state institutions.
This confirms the view that the state is stagnating on purpose. The people are made to believe rhetoric and hang on to palliatives.
There's no concerted effort to develop Sabah to be at par with the other states in the country.
By putting bond as revenue, Musa, who is also the State Minister of Finance, had deliberately lied to the people on the health of Sabah's revenue.
This is a wrong accounting practice.
The whole State Legislative Assembly has been deceived into approving the 2010 Budget without much debate.
Members of the State Legislative Assembly are either ignorant or not even aware of this deception.
Amde Sidik is a citizen journalist with CJ Malaysia and the deputy president of SAPP.
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 07:12 PM PST
I find it ironical that Dr Mahathir, the very person behind the building of Petronas Towers and many other projects of grandiose, has come out to caution the government about building a 100 storey high Warisan Merdeka.
Perhaps he has finally realised the folly of spending hefty sums on such projects. Perhaps he has suddenly become wiser.
Anyway, despite the irony, I must say that i fully agree with him on this one.
Any engineer will tell you that when building a high rise, after a certain height, building cost escalates. A 20 storey building may cost 300 or 400 millions, but a 60 storey is no more just 3 times the cost of a 20 storey building; it costs much more. A 100 storey building costs 5 billion on paper, but in Malaysia, costing always goes up in the midst of building, so it is not unreasonable to assume that it will cost more than 5 billions.
That is a lot of money which can be saved by building a much lower buidling or even 5 such buildings.
Another area of concern is this building which will add so much of floor space will cost a glut in the property market.
To think that by pumping money into such project will help to move the country to join the high income rank is naive. It will probably make many millionaires out of those who award the contracts and those who are given contracts and subcontracts.
Then there are the congestions that will be caused by the project. Already the areas around Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan , Jalan Maharajalela , Loke Yew , Jalan Pudu are so congested, what would these areas become once the whole project is completed? I dare not even think. And if these areas are congested, the whole Cheras is going to be affected. Those who finish work at around 5pm and get home around 6pm now can expect to be home at 7 or 8pm. And with rain, it will not be unreasonable to think that they would get home only after 9pm. Might as well sleep in the office then.
This is not the time for this type of project. The priority should be the MRTs. KL is getting to be a city that is locked down, especially after rain. People's time are wasted in traffic jams, which can easily be translated to higher productivities if the time wasted in traffic jams can be used for more innovative creation.
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 06:30 PM PST
Perdana Menteri Dato Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak semalam melancarkan Laporan Model Baru Ekonomi (MBE) Untuk Malaysia - Bahagian Akhir. Ia melengkapkan pelan hala tuju Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP) kepada model pendapatan tinggi.
Tidak sampai sehari. Orang Iban Sibu masih dapat kerja gaji RM16 sehari dari taukeh kilang papan untuk bayar tambang RM10 sehala ke Sibu. Kenaikkan pendapatan masih jauh dari nak dapat dilihat.
Harga minyak dan gula pula yang naik dulu. Awat rancangan MAPEN lagu macam tu?
Depa bunyikan begitu canggih mendodoi. Depa kata selaraskan harga.
Kepala bana Mak hang!
Ngaku sajalah harga barang naik. Kalau nak kata selaras, patut selaraskan harga barang dengan pendapatan. Baru nama selaras.
Husin rasa pelik betoi ... dua hari nak buang undi di Galas, harga minyak naik. Sehari lepas PM lancar Laporan MEB, harga minyak, gula pulak naik.
Harap bunyi canggih-canggih bukan niat orang tentu nak kaburkan mata rakyat yang kurang faham. Niat PM nak dahulukan rakyat, orang ni nak dahulukan siapa?
Wow! Memang untung jual orang dari jual unta
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 06:03 PM PST
By Richard Cockett, The Economist.
2 December 2010
NEVER before in South-East Asia's history had a political party dared to hold a one-person, one-vote internal poll, with all the officers to be elected by all the members, or so claims Malaysia's People's Justice Party (PKR), led by Anwar Ibrahim. Yet this is just what the party has done over the past month. The bold idea was to turn the PKR into a "modern, open party", in the words of Tian Chua, one of the policy's architects, and to help "democratise" Malaysian politics at the same time.
All entirely laudable, except that it hasn't quite turned out that way. In fact the result was a mess, weakening the PKR in the eyes of the electorate. By one measure the party even looks less democratic.
For a start, the election was hardly an exercise in mass participation. Though the PKR claims a membership of about 450,000, at most one-tenth that number actually voted. Party bosses blame logistical difficulties for preventing many members from getting to polling offices or even hearing about the vote. Their critics claim the low turnout has exposed the myth that the PKR is a mass party and say that its members' apathy counts as a protest vote.
One man has become their rallying-point. Zaid Ibrahim, a former government minister, was running for deputy president of the party. But he quit the race on November 20th, alleging that the polling was rigged against him in favour of Anwar's choice for the post. Zaid Ibrahim said there was widespread electoral fraud and that the election was designed merely to "project the appearance" of democracy.
The PKR was founded in 1999 as a vehicle for Anwar after he split from the government. It is the central plank of a coalition including an Islamist party and an ethnic-Chinese party. Together they stand in opposition to the governing coalition, which is heavily dominated by the United Malays National Organisation. These internal elections were supposed to prove that the PKR is now a political institution rather than a one-man band.
Handing yet more ammunition to the critics, the big winner of these elections was Anwar's daughter, Nurul. Already an MP, at the tender age of 30 she has been elected one of the party's four vice-presidents. With her father the party's de facto leader and her mother its president, the younger Anwar's elevation gives the impression that the PKR is becoming dynastic. That is hardly the sort of transformation that party bosses were hoping to advertise. The charismatic Nurul argues that she took the initiative to put herself forward; reports suggest that her father had been against her standing.
Looking back on the wreckage, Mr Chua admits he did not appreciate how risky these elections would be. But despite "technical" glitches, he says, the trend towards democracy "cannot be reversed": in the long run the party will come to appreciate internal democracy and forget about Anwar's family.
How voters see it is another matter. The opposition, having done well in 2008, when it deprived the ruling party of its two-thirds parliamentary majority, is reeling from self-inflicted wounds that have left the prime minister, Najib Razak, looking stronger. A few voices are even urging Mr Najib to take advantage of the PKR's disarray and call a snap election.
That probably won't happen. But with Mr Anwar's second trial for sodomy dragging through the courts, and now these splits and allegations of fraud, the "political tsunami" of 2008 feels an age away.
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 04:48 PM PST
（吉隆坡3日訊）馬華總會長拿督斯里蔡細歷在柬埔寨金邊舉行的亞太中間派民主國際會議（Centrist Asia PacificDemocrats International，CAPDI）中受委為副主席。
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