Monday, December 20, 2010

Singapore stays calm amidst WikiLeads storm

Singapore stays calm amidst WikiLeads storm


Singapore stays calm amidst WikiLeads storm

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 06:45 AM PST

By Maxwell Coopers

COMMENT In characteristic fashion nothing of the uproar felt in other countries over the WikiLeaks revelations has surfaced in Singapore.

Nor has there been condemnation over what Singapore leaders and officials said of their neighbours, particularly of Malaysia and the wrath it caused to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Though nobody has come forth to lend credence to the bombshell revelations, the disclosures over the weekend are now the grist to the republic's chattering classes.

For neutral observers the "calm" in Singapore is yet another instance of a tightly controlled media which disallowed discussions.

For those wanting to hear and know more about all that has been revealed, their quests are best served reading foreign papers about what is happening in their own country! It may look ridiculous but is true nonetheless.

Yet there is everything to suggest that in Singapore all the gaggling of the press and spewing of the "venom" abroad, particularly those concerning Anwar, are taken in the best interests of maintaining peace.

In fact, this has always been the driving credo of Singapore authorities as in the case of former Israeli president Chaim Herzog who caused a furore when he visited Singapore in 1986.

(Malaysian politicians vehemently objected to Herzog's visit and urged the government to break off diplomatic ties with Singapore for hosting Herzog. The uproar was mostly happening across the causeway.)

Adversarial press

But as always is the case, press freedom is not what it actually means in the city-state.

Even way back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Singapore former prime minister Goh Chok Tong inveighed against the adversarial (foreign) press, telling his parliamentary colleagues that "if the offshore press meddles in our affairs, we will confront them".

Hence, when the infamous whistle-blower WikiLeads dropped its bombshell revelations in the name of crusading journalism, it is not all uncharacteristic that Singapore felt none of the fury that swept the United States and elsewhere.

For as long as the press in the city-state remains under the vice-like grip of the authorities, none of what is happening outside its borders will ever be given wide coverage.

Yet for all the rancour created by references to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and of the incendiary remarks directed at Anwar, it is hard to see how bilateral relations can be adversely affected.

After all, Singapore and Malaysia have endured far worse "skirmishes" than the WikiLeaks furore. And they have even survived the cable leaks storm because what is more imporant, as pointed out by the Republic's Foreign Minister George Yeo, is the national interests of both countries than some revelations based on hearsay.

Sure, there is plenty of commercial and strategic interests working for both nations. The republic ranks as the largest investor in Malaysia, mainly in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor.

And both nations mirror one another in almost all cultural and religious aspects that it is almost hard to see why some leaked cables would cause to unravel all the work that had been done over the years.

In fact, if one were to look at the steady stream of visitors from Singapore to Malaysia, it is "business as usual". This has always been the standard response whenever hiccups break out between both countries.

WikiLeaks should have done "better" if had it wanted a diplomatic rupture.

Maxwell Coopers is a freelance journalist based in Singapore


The 'mandore' threat in Sungei Siput

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 02:19 PM PST

Big-headed pompous hubristic Uthayakumar has demanded that Pakatan gives way to his HRP in 15 parliamentary and 38 state seats in the coming general election.

If he had only demanded seats held by PKR or his bĂȘte noire DAP (and those currently occupied by BN), one could even argue on his behalf that his threat has been directed at parties which he dislikes and accuses, debatable as this may be, of not doing enough for Indians.

Associated with his regular attacks on particularly the DAP, he in bully boy petulance has regularly described Indian members in DAP as 'mandores', demonstrating his bad manners and uncouth behavior.

But when he included the Sungei Siput parliamentary seat as part of his outrageous threat to Pakatan, he suddenly revealed his true agenda, something that's not pretty to look at.

The Sungei Siput parliamentary seat is currently held by Dr D Jeyakumar of the PSM – note please, not of the DAP nor of PKR but PSM, a sovereign party beholden to no one but the rakyat of its constituencies.

For years Dr Jeya had invested blood, toil, tears and sweat in Sungei Siput for the betterment of the downtrodden Indians, in a constituency held for eons by Samy Vellu. The former MIC president was virtually the maharaja (with lower case 'm') of that parliamentary constituency, and like maharajas, cared not for the peasants.

Despite being on the outer for years, Dr Jeya plodded on, not for self aggrandizing nor promotion of his personal political ambition. Dr Jeya has been a true socialist, striving for years for the poor, downtrodden and marginalized.

Down came a rotten stinking wannabe parachutist who wasn't seen in Sungei Siput when Dr Jeya was putting in the hard yards, and who now wants Dr Jeya to give up his seat for his HRP.

Now, the words to spring to mind at such a demand would be 'outrageous', 'impertinent', 'f* extortion' and 'highway robbery'.

So why has the big-headed pompous, hubristic and now biadap Uthayakumar demanded Dr Jeya's seat?

We must ask, in a 3-corner fight in Sungei Siput who would benefit?

Is this what Uthayakumar want? I'm afraid the ugly answer seems to be a disappointing 'yes'.

I would not be surprised if Samy Vellu were to tell Palanivel "Dei tambi, I'll be contesting in my old seat. This time I have plans to wrest the seat from that socialist."

Then a worried Palanivel would riposte "But aneh, you're now an ambassador. Why want to contest in an election?"

SV "Dei, that ambassador in Washington, he's also an MP what. Don't worry lah, you're still the party president. I only want to regain my maruah and toupee which I lost in Sungei Siput on 08 March 2008. And I'm confident with a 3-corner flight" - nudge nudge wink wink!

Palanivel thinks silently [Well, I'm not so confident, and I'm not talking about winning the SS seat. Pundih]

Yes, Uthayakumar's demand for the seat of Sungei Siput is very telling of his 'agenda'. By splitting the votes in Sungei Siput, he will become the 'mandore' that he accuses others of being.

It is now encumbent on Pakatan supporters to provide 100% support for Dr Jeyakumar, to enable him to fend off the MIC and HRP plans to de-seat him.

Related: Say no to Uthayakumar's threat


Jeffrey wants Sabah, S’wak ‘longhouses’ back

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 06:01 AM PST

By Joe Fernandez

COMMENT The ambitious thrust of the third force in Sabah and Sarawak, under the aegis of the newly-launched United Borneo Front (UBF), is the return to the pre-1963 status of the two states as equal to Malaya (now Peninsular Malaysia).

Third force ideologue and UBF chairman, Jeffrey Kitingan, uses an analogy to describe the pre-1963 status of Sabah and Sarawak.

"Before Malaysia in 1963, Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak can be likened to three longhouses," said Jeffrey. "Malaysia was supposed to consist of the three longhouses."

Unfortunately, according to Jeffrey, Malaya demolished the Sabah and Sarawak longhouses after Malaysia and instead gave both states each a bilik (room) in the Malaysia longhouse. From being a federation of three territories – Singapore left two years later in 1965 – in equal partnership as per the 1963 federation, Sabah and Sarawak were reduced to being two of 13 states under the 1957 federation.

Anti-illegal immigration activist Dr Chong Eng Leong in his July 2009 book, "Lest We Forget – Security and Sovereignty of Sabah", states that the "the federation" is interpreted as the federation established under the Federation of Malaysia Agreement, 1957.

There's some dispute here among the legal fraternity as well over whether the 1963 federation really exists.

Many lawyers in the know swear that the 1963 federation ceased to exist with the departure of Singapore in 1965. The Federal Constitution was subsequently amended quietly to provide for the resurrection of the 1957 Federation of Malaya, and now masquerading as Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak added as two of its states. In short, the definition of federation in the Federal Constitution today is that as per the 1957 Malayan Federation and not the 1963 Malaysian Federation.

If the Malaysian Federation has ceased to exist since the departure of Singapore, then the current federation is actually the Malayan Federation and, hence, has no right to call itself the Malaysian Federation unless Malaya wants to change its name to Malaysia. Again, this is a reference to the fact that the definition of federation today in the Federal Constitution is not as per the 1963 Malaysia Agreement but the Federation of Malaya of 1957.

Illegally retained

What Jeffrey wants to know is what Sabah and Sarawak are doing in the Malayan Federation since the people of the two states were neither consulted nor did they agree to join the Federation of Malaya which, he reiterates, is masquerading today as the Federation of Malaysia.

Jeffrey sees the departure of Singapore eventually facilitating Malaya in the work of demolishing the separate longhouses of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia and both states being given a bilik each in the Malayan longhouse.

If Jeffrey's theory is legally correct, then it is incumbent on the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak to raise the issue with the federal government in Putrajaya and bring it to the urgent notice of the United Nations Security Council. The Security Council can allow the UN General Assembly to debate the Sabah/Sarawak motion before making its final ruling. It appears that Sabah and Sarawak became independent of Malaysia at the same time as Singapore in 1965 but were retained illegally in Malaya/Malaysia as per the 1957 federation.

In the event that the Security Council decides in favour of Sabah and Sarawak, then the people of the two states should decide whether they want to enter into negotiations with Malaya for the resurrection of the Malaysian Federation under a new treaty which would provide a nation of three territories in equality and partnership. In short, Jeffrey's idea of a nation of three separate longhouses. This makes a compelling message, in its simplicity, easily understood even in the rural reaches of Sabah and Sarawak.

However, it's not for Jeffrey alone to decide that all three longhouses should stay and work together. The people of Sabah and Sarawak, after having been cheated by Malaya for nearly half a century, may be tempted to say "enough is enough" and decide in favour of going separate ways.

Apologists for Putrajaya concede that while the 1963 Federation ceased to exist with the departure of Singapore in 1965, it is fact continued when the other three partners – Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak – continued with the partnership. The catch to this theory is that the feeling of partnership and equality no longer exists in practice and moreover the Federal Constitution makes no reference to the 1963 Federation but the earlier one in 1957.

In short, the Federal Constitution itself acknowledges that it is all about the 1957 Federation and not the 1963 Federation. This is evident in the description of the constituent parts of the federation in the Federal Constitution which takes the 1957 version and adds Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th states. Wither the equality and partnership!

Patently, there needs to be closure on this subject which is still in the legal twilight zone. It's a wonder that the best legal minds in this country have not spotted this anomaly in the constitutional structure of the country.

Deaf, dumb, blind approach

It's unlikely that Putrajaya will move forward on this subject and may prefer to adopt the deaf, dumb and blind approach of the "hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil". This is the same approach it has taken on the Philippine claim to Sabah and this has further complicated the issue considering the demise of the 1963 Federation in 1965.

Many Sabahans have come around to the view that the Philippine claim to Sabah must be settled one way or other. If the International Court of Justice rules that the Philippines has sovereignty over Sabah, they say, so be it. At least, as part of the Philippines, Sabahans will have an equal chance as other Filipinos to be the president of the country. Besides, there is much affinity between the native Christian majority in Sabah – now under serious threat of disenfranchisement – and the Philippines.

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

UBF strategists add that Sabah and Sarawak would have been much better off as autonomous provinces in Indonesia which keeps only 30% of the revenue for the centre unlike in Malaysia where all revenue and 95% of the oil and gas revenue goes to the federal government. This is seen as the root cause of the grinding poverty in the two states, the poorest in the so-called federation.

It's by no means exactly clear what UBF can do about the unresolved issue of the demise of the 1963 Federation in 1965. On its part, it can put together a legal memorandum on the constitutional issues raised and forward them to the Sabah and Sarawak governments, Putrajaya and the United Nations Security Council for their deliberation.

No matter what happens, this is an issue which will not go away anytime soon. However, on a brighter note, the recognition by all parties concerned that there is a serious constitutional problem here that needs to be resolved would be a good start.


Haris: MCLM not 3rd Force

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 03:15 AM PST

Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement president Haris Ibrahim says MCLM is not the 3rd Force.... www.malaysiakini.com
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Dokumentari: Pontianak Sarawak

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 12:11 PM PST

NOTA EDITOR: Terjawab sudah mengapa negeri-negeri yang kaya dengan petroleum mengalami kes kemiskinan yang terburuk di Malaysia. Negeri yang miskin papa kedana dan tiada hasil seperti Kelantan JAUHHHH lebih baik dari segi menjaga kebajikan rakyat miskin dan tertindas.

BERUBAHLAH, RAKYAT SARAWAK SEBELUM ANDA TERPAKSA MENGEMIS UNTUK SESUAP NASI.

Selamat menonton, dan sebarkan:

And here is the rest of it.


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MCA Mahu Syarat Ekuti 30% Bumiputra Dihapuskan. Mana Suara UMNO????

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 11:52 AM PST

NOTA EDITOR: Kongress Ekonomi Cina anjuran MCA pada bulan Ogos lepas berlalu tanpa isu ini dimainkan. AKhbar penjilat seperti Utusan Meloya dan Berita Hairan tidak langsung memberi komen terhadap kenyataan MCA ini.

Tapi, ke hulu ke hilir UMNO sebar cerita kononnya PR nak gadai hak melayu dan islam. Rupanya, dalam rumahtangga dah mula nak gadai hak Melayu.

Tibalah masanya orang Melayu semua tolak Barisan Nasional. Tolak UMNO. Kalau kerja setakat tanam tebu di bibir, lebih baik kita buang UMNO dan BN ke Laut Cina Selatan.

Betul tak?

Tulang Besi

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Peniaga Cina mahu ekuiti Bumi dimansuh

Sun, Aug 15, 2010

Dalam Negeri

chinese economic1_250_220 Oleh Syed Jaymal Zahiid


KUALA LUMPUR: Kongres Ekonomi Cina anjuran MCA, dalam deklarasinya semalam, menggesa dimansuhkan syarat ekuiti 30% Bumiputera secara perlahan-lahan.

Gesaan ini dibuat ditengah-tengah desakan golongan radikal Melayu yang mahu dasar pengagihan ekonomi berasaskan kaum dikekalkan.

Kongres itu berkata, "selari dengan promosi tadbir urus yang baik dan lebih telus" dan "pemansuhan secara perlahan-lahan" kuota berasaskan kaum ini mestilah sejajar dengan amalan sistem tender terbuka supaya semua pihak mempunyai peluang yang adil dan sama rata.

Kuota ekuiti Bumiputera menjadi dilema utama di tengah-tengah sistem ekonomi negara.

Di samping ada pihak yang percaya hak Bumiputera sebagai "kontrak sosial" telah termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan, golongan lain berpendapat dasar ini menjadi penghalang kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi dan menggalakkan rasuah.

Kongres juga menyalahkan orang-orang Melayu kerana gagal bersaing dalam perniagaan dan perdagangan.

Terdahulu, Presiden MCA Dr Chua Soi Lek, menggesa supaya diperkenal dasar yang lebih inklusif berhubung penyertaan bukan Bumiputera dalam syarikat-syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC).

Ini juga merupakan satu lagi isu yang sensitif di mana golongan radikal Melayu dalam arus perdana politik di mana ramai memikirkan bahawa GLC adalah hak eksklusif Bumiputera, dengan penyertaan yang kecil dari bukan Bumiputera.

Tetapi Chua, yang membaca deklarasi 12 perkara itu, berkata pendekatan yang radikal ini adalah penting untuk merealisasikan seruan Perdana Menteri Najib Tun Razak tentang konsep 1Malaysia.

"Kongres mendesak kerajaan mengamalkan dasar-dasar yang inklusif dengan meliberalisasi GLC supaya mengambil ahli lembaga pengarah dari berbilang kaum dan tenaga kerja dalam sistem-eko GLC.

"Ini termasuk memberi kontrak kepada syarikat-syarikat tempatan yang layak tanpa mengira komposisi ekuiti," kata bekas menteri kesihatan itu.

Titik perseimbangan


Tuntutan-tuntutan ini meletak Najib dalam keadaan serba salah dalam menghadapi proses membuat keputusan.

Beliau perlu mencari titik perseimbangan di antara mengekalkan sokongan orang-orang Melayu yang radikal atau menghadapi risiko hilang undi Cina. Masyarakat Cina merupakan golongan kedua terbesar para pengundi.

Chua, dalam ucapan penutupnya, secara berseloroh berkata, pertemuannya dengan Najib di kongres pagi semalam membuat Najib keluh, di mana perdana menteri berharap rumusan forum tidak membawa "lebih banyak masalah kepadanya."

"Saya telah bertemu beliau dan memberitahu beliau tentang tuntutan itu dan beliau menasihati supaya saya perlu faham bahawa dengan ekonomi, terdapat isu-isu yang rumit yang perlu kepada titik perseimbangan," kata Chua.

Bagaimanapun, kongres telah berikrar sokongan penuh dan taat setia terhadap pentadbiran Najib dan program-program reformasinya.

Banyak perkara yang ditimbulkan mempunyai persamaan dari segi kelemahan yang dikenalpasti oleh kerajaan, yang memerlukan perhatian segera seperti dasar gaji minima yang komprehensif dan pemotongan subsidi bagi mengurangkan defisit belanjawan yang sangat luas.

Kongres menggesa kerajaan menambah bantuan tunai kepada enterprais kecil dan sederhana (SME), yang disifatkan oleh kongres sebagai kritikal untuk mencapai status negara maju dalam tempuh 10 tahun sepertimana digariskan di bawah Model Baru Ekonomi.

Satu lagi perkara yang ditimbulkan ialah keperluan kepada langkah pro-aktif oleh pentadbiran Najib untuk mengukuhkan usahasama perniagaan Bumiputera-Cina yang tulen dengan mengambil peluang dari kekuatan dan pelbagaian etnik.


Agama UMNO Menghalalkan Qazaf (Tuduh Orang Berzina Tanpa 4 Saksi)

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 11:08 AM PST

Riuh rendah blogger2 pondan pro UMNO menuduh ADUN Selising berzina. Dibawalah ceramah seorang yang tiada siapa kenali, kononnya beliau sendiri menyaksikan peristiwa khalwat tersebut.

Soalan Tulang Besi adalah : KENAPA TIDAK LAPOR PADA MAJLIS AGAMA ISLAM KELANTAN????.

Yang sebok ke hulu ke hilir ceramah apahal? Kenapa takut sangat nak buat laporan pada MAIK, saya pun tak paham? Kita ada undang-undang. Ada sistem. Ada kaedah. Kenapa tak ikut? Kenapa takut nak pastikan prosedur diikuti?

SEBELUM NI PUN DAH BANYAK BENDA HANCING MACAM NI DIKHABARKAN OLEH MEREKA

Ingat tak kes "Khalwat" Dr Halimah Ali? Riuh rendah blogger2 Pondan@UMNO. Kononnya Dr Halimah ditangkap berkhalwat. Padahal pada tarikh dan waktu yang dikatakan Dr Halimah berkhalwat, beliau sedang menghadiri sebuah majlis yang dihadiri ratusan orang. Sampai hari ni tak berani komen puak2 UMNO pasal kes Dr Halimah.

Lepas tu sebelum Pilihanraya Galas, UMNO ONLINE sendiri menuduh calon PAS Galas, Dr Dzulifli, berzina dengan ibu beliau sendiri.

Apa punya bangsa UMNO ni. Agama sendiri pun tak hormat.

Setakat ada sorang ke hulu ke hilir buat ceramah,sapa pun boleh buat. Kalau dah dibayar, apa sahaja mereka sanggup lakukan.

Si Saifoool tu, sampai sanggup bersumpah Al Quran lagi, dalam masjid lagi. Padahal, semua orang tahu, sumpah tu sumpah dusta, sumpah pembohong, sumpah penipu.

Apa nak heran???

Apa nak buat? Agama UMNO menghalalkan Qazaf. Agama Islam mengharamkan Qazaf.

Tulang Besi


Malaysia - Highest Rate of Road Fatalities in SEA

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 10:34 AM PST


Tour Bus Crash Kills 28

Malaysia has the highest rate of road traffic fatalities in Southeast Asia, with 23.6 deaths per 100 thousand people.

Higher traffic accident deaths than Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Phillipines and etc.

Malaysian Roads are a Killer! Please Drive Carefully!
Read AlJazeera HERE


This blogger speaks up again -- about RPK and Haris Ibrahim!

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 09:33 AM PST

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Bersih2.0 muddied by People's Parliament playing 'active' politics

Bersih rallies for free and clean elections
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My "concerned" activist-friend said that with Haris' involvement in MCLM -- touted by many as The Third Force -- he and several Bersih activists are not happy that the "neutrality" of Bersih is being compromised once MCLM started announcing "nominees" comprising so-called "Malaysians of integity" as candidates for GE13.

KUALA LUMPUR - I recently bumped into an non-governmental organisation (NGO) activist who expressed concern about civil rights lawyer-blogger Haris Ibrahim's increasingly "political" role in Malaysian politics. Nothing wrong with any individual playing politics except that Haris is also founder of People's Parliament which has been, and still is, a key component of the coalition named Bersih -- Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (BERSIH2.0)-- whose cornerstone role since its formation is fighting for free and fair elections in Malaysia. Just two weekends ago, the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) was launched by blogger-in-exile Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) in London with RPK being announced as the Chairman, and Haris as the President.

"Bersih" in Bahasa Malaysia means "Clean" and is the acronym for this coalition of NGOs started before the last general elections in 2008 (GE12) to improve all aspects of what was and still is perceived by the citizenry of a highly "tainted" electoral processes leading to the Malaysian Parliament as well as to the State Assemblies. And with the next general elections (GE13) expected to be around the corner, the weekend saw a briefing by Haris for NGOs on what MCLM is all about, and the previous weekend the launch of MCLM in Lodon.

My "concerned" activist-friend said that with Haris' involvement in MCLM -- touted by many as The Third Force -- he and several Bersih activists are not happy that the "neutrality" of Bersih is being compromised once MCLM started announcing "nominees" comprising so-called "Malaysians of integrity" as candidates for GE13 -- the first being lawyer said to be esteemed by the community, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar. A first public forum scheduled for tomorrow (Dec 21, 2010) in KL will see the second MCLM candidate publicised.

Will Bersih2.0 leaders now make a policy decision with component-members like Haris and RPK who want to actively take part in partisan politics, however "independent" they claim to be? Just for the record, some key Bersih2.0 Steering Committee Members hereby listed:

1. Dato' Ambiga Sreenavasan Chairperson of BERSIH. Former President of Malaysian Bar Council and a senior practising lawyer.
2. Andrew Khoo Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, Malaysian Bar Council
3. Arumugam K. President of SUARAM, a well-known human rights organisation
4. Dr Farouk Musa President of the Islamic Rennaisance Front, a think tank promoting civilisational dialogue; a lecturer
5. Maria Chin Abdullah Executive Director of Empower, a women and human rights organisation and working for democratic governance.
6. Haris Ibrahim Founder of Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia, a citizen movement that fights corruption and racism; a human rights lawyer

I am not writing today about the mechanics of MCLM's participation in GE13 like the rote it would finally take -- via other PR component parties like DAP and PKR as hinted by Haris? -- but lesser mortals like me a blogger who also carries a membership card of an Opposition party would ask: Isn't this a political tole for Malaysians who have committed to a REGISTERED political party's membership for some time to offer themselves as "candidates". Never mind the semantics of "quality" and who judges "integrity or character" -- I referred to these judges as demi-gods yes as a non-compliment, I must add! -- of the nominees, but surely a potential candidate must have been himself/herself sufficiently motivated to sign up as a member of the duly registered parties, UMNO,MCA, MIC, do I care? Or PKR, DAP or PAS, yes, I care! Or even KITA if you are desperate enough!

I don't care what motivated RPK and Haris' latest move via MCLM, but I care if it threatens the people/Rakyat's concerted efforts to topple the BN-UMNO government in Putrajaya, which I contend MCLM's progress will despite the founders' and supporters' protestations to the contrary.IF you want to lay an active role as NGO, let it be, just don't start this process of contesting GE13 directly or indirectly. Join former PKR deputy president aspirant Zaid Ibrahim -- Go sign up as a KITA member-lah, for a start -- that's surely a basic desideratum of infant entry into playing politics, is it not?


Lagu Baru UMNO

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 08:48 AM PST

Semoga menikmati Lagu Baru UMNO ini:


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Haris Ibrahim - The Rakyat is the Third Force

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 10:12 AM PST

Rakyat is the Third Force

Empowering the Rakyat



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Pilihanraya Kecil Tenang, Chua Soi Lek tak Tenang?

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 03:53 AM PST


Pilihan raya kecil ke-14 bakal menyusul selepas ADUN Tenang Sulaiman Taha meninggal dunia, awal pagi tadi. PRK ini merupakan pilihan raya kecil pertama yang diadakan di kubu Barisan Nasional - negeri Johor, malah kubu Presiden MCA Chua Soi Lek sendiri, kerana terletak di bawah kawasan parlimen Labis...


Merdeka Review

Pilihan raya kecil ke-14 bakal menyusul selepas ADUN Tenang Sulaiman Taha meninggal dunia, awal pagi tadi. PRK ini merupakan pilihan raya kecil pertama yang diadakan di kubu Barisan Nasional - negeri Johor, malah kubu Presiden MCA Chua Soi Lek sendiri, kerana terletak di bawah kawasan parlimen Labis.

Pengkaji politik Wong Chin Huat berpendapat, pertarungan ini merupakan kayu uji kepada Chua Soi Lek. Seandainya BN gagal menang dengan sokongan lebih 50% daripada masyarakat Cina, maka kemenangan itu membawa makna kekalahan. Ketika dihubungi MerdekaReview, beliau menekankan bahawa ia merupakan PRK pertama di negeri Johor, iaitu kubu BN, dan ia menguji sejauh manakah benarnya dakwaan BN, bahawa Johor masih kubu yang kukuh untuk BN.

Jikapun BN menang, "dari mana undi itu datang" menjadi persoalan penting. Labis merupakan kubu Chua Soi Lek, yang diwarisi dari bekas Presiden MCA Ling Liong Sik pada tahun 2004. Chua yang tidak bertanding dalam PRU pada tahun 2008 berikutan terdedahnya skandal seks dirinya, menyerahkan kerusi ini kepada anaknya, Chua Tee Yong, yang kini menyandang jawatan Timbalan Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani.

Kemenangan membawa makna kalah jikalau...

Justeru itu, PRK ini merupakan pertarungan Chua Soi Lek untuk bangkit semula. Bukan sahaja MCA perlu memenangi undi Cina, malah BN perlu menang dengan majoriti yang besar. Oleh itu, jikalau Chua Soi Lek gagal meraih 50% atau lebih undi Cina, maka kemenangan itu memberi makna kekalahan.

Pengkaji Merdeka Center, Tan Seng Keat pula berkata, BN mungkin tidak bermasalah untuk mempertahankan kerusi ADUN ini, tetapi undi majoriti dalam PRK ini menjadi tumpuan ramai, yang harus diteliti.

Tan Seng Keat yang juga seorang penduduk Johor berkata, "Ia sesuatu yang menarik sama ada Chua Soi Lek mampu mengembalikan sokongan Cina yang memihak kepada pembangkang pada PRU lalu. Dan ia bakal menentukan sama ada Chua mampu membuktikan jasa diri kepada UMNO dengan prestasi yang lebih terserlah."

Selain itu, Wong Chin Huat berkata, PRK Tenang membantu rakyat untuk menilai sama ada PRK Galas dan PRK Batu Sapi yang memberi kemenangan kepada BN itu adalah pola "kembalinya sokongan kepada BN", ataupun sekadar disebabkan faktor tempatan. Kedua-dua Galas dan Batu Sapi adalah kawasan pinggiran, maka strategi BN untuk menekankan "pembangunan" agak berkesan.

8 Mac 2008: Pengundi Cina memihak pembangkang

Dalam PRU ke-11 pada tahun 2004, Chua Soi Lek menewaskan calon DAP Tee Gey Yan dengan majoriti 10,729 undi di kawasan parlimen Labis. PRU ke-12 pada tahun 2008 pula menyaksikan bagaimana anaknya Chua Tee Yong menewaskan calon DAP Teo Eng Ching hanya dengan majoriti 4,094 undi.

Tenang adalah DUN yang terletak di bawah kawasan parlimen Labis, dan dipertandingkan oleh calon PAS. Seandainya diteliti, di kawasan di mana nisbah populasi pengundi terdiri daripada majoriti Cina, seperti Bandar Labis Timor, Bandar Labis Tengah dan Labis - calon PAS mampu memperolehi 50% hingga 67% undi.

Misalnya, pengundi Bandar Labis Tengah yang terdiri 96% Cina, PAS memperolehi 66.8% undi. Untuk kerusi parlimen pula, DAP memperolehi 73.8% undi. Di Bandar Labis Timor yang mempunyai 63.5% pengundi Cina, PAS memperolehi 52.5% undi, sementara DAP pula mendapat 57% undi. Di Labis yang mempunyai 58.3% Cina dan 32.4% India, PAS mendapat 50.6% dan DAP mendapat 60.4%.

Statistik menunjukkan bahawa pengundi Cina telah menyokong pembangkang (PAS dan DAP) pada PRU tahun 2008, memandangkan undi pembangkang mendahului BN di kawasan yang majoritinya Cina.

Naib Presiden PAS, Salahuddin Ayub berkata, beliau yakin PAS akan mendapat sokongan Cina dengan kerjasama Pakatan Rakyat. Sebaliknya, cabaran PAS adalah untuk mendapatkan sokongan peneroka FELDA.

PR harus menarik sokongan peneroka FELDA

Tenang yang mempunyai 13 unit peti undi keseluruhannya, adalah kawasan campuran, desa-bandar, dan merupakan kubu tradisional BN. Menurut perangkaan PRU tahun 2008, nisbah populasi pengundi adalah 49.66% Melayu, 38.13% Cina, 12.11% India dan 0.10% lain-lain.

Tan Seng Keat menjelaskan, pengundi Melayu di sini kebanyakannya terlibat dalam aktiviti pertanian, misalnya kelapa sawit atau getah. Oleh itu, kenaikan harga bahan mentah mungkin melegakan mereka dari segi ekonomi. Penduduk Cina pula kebanyakannya pekebun atau peniaga, dengan keadaan ekonomi yang agak baik.

Ketika dihubungi MerdekaReview, Presiden Persatuan Anak Peneroka FELDA Kebangsaan, Mazlan Aliman berkata terdapat tiga kawasan FELDA di Tenang, iaitu FELDA Tenang, Cehmpal Barat dan Chemplak - kesemua ini adalah kawasan kubu BN, maka PAS perlu menarik sokongan di kawasan FELDA seandainya ingin menang.

Mazlan Aliman berpendapat, PAS harus tumpu untuk menarik sokongan pengundi muda generasi kedua dan ketiga kawasan FELDA, kerana mereka berdepan dengan masalah tiada rumah dan gaji rendah. Generasi kedua dan ketiga di kawasan FELDA ini hanya boleh menjadi buruh di ladang.

Di FELDA Tenang yang terdiri daripada 98.5% Melayu, sokongan BN masih teguh. PAS hanya meraih sokongan 20.4% undi dan DAP hanya memperoleh 10.2% undi. Malah di kawasan Cehmpal Barat dan Chemplak, PAS memperoleh 18.6% dan 18.7% undi masing-masing.

Seandainya dilihat pada kawasan yang terdiri daripada lebih 90% Melayu, seperti Kampung Rendong, Pekan Ayer Panas dan Sawah Bharu, undi yang diperolehi PAS hanya berada antara 18% dengan 32%.

Apa yang menarik, komuniti India memperlihatkan dua pola pengundian yang berbeza dalam PRU 2008. BN memperolehi 67.9% undi di Ladang Bukit Dato yang terdiri daripada 46.6% pengundi India. Tetapi di Ladang Labis Utara yang terdiri daripada 71.7% India, kedua-dua pihak memperolehi 50% sokongan.

Majoriti BN mungkin berkurang

Walaupun Tan Seng Keat meramalkan bahawa BN mampu mempertahankan kerusi DUN Tenang, tetapi beliau menganggap PR mampu mengurangkan undi majoriti kepada 1,500 undi. Beliau berkata, penduduk tempatan berdepan dengan masalah seperti kenaikan tarif air di Johor, pemindahan generasi muda ke luar negeri dan sebagainya.

Menurut satu kenyataan ahli parlimen Bakri-Johor, Er Teck Hwa sebelum ini, tarif air domestik di Johor telah meningkat dari 98 sen kepada RM1.05, di samping air industri yang berharga RM2.93 seunit pula mengalami peningkatan antara 0.15% hingga 17%.

Selain itu, Tenang berdepan dengan masalah pemindahan orang muda ke luar negeri. Ramai daripada generasi muda di Labis telah bekerja di luar negeri, terutamanya Singapura. Lantaran daripada itu, warga tua menjadi penduduk utama di kawasan pekan di situ. Penuaan penduduk bertambah ketara, semakin hari semakin hilang dinamiknya pekan ini.

Menurut pemerhatian Tan Seng Keat, MCA menawarkan perkhidmatan di tempatan yang agak baik, dan generasi tua Cina bercenderung untuk mengundi BN.

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Pengundi Tenang tentukan harga minyak dan elektrik

Bagaimanapun, Wong Chin Huat menganggap keputusan PRK Tenang sebagai ujian terhadap langkah transformasi ekonomi Najib Razak. Wong berkata, BN masih menang di PRK Galas dan Batu Sapi pada November walaupun menaikkan harga minyak, gas dan gula pada 16 Julai 2010. Seandainya BN masih menang dalam PRK Tenang yang bakal berlangsung, setelah kenaikan harga baru-baru ini, maka Najib akan berkata pengundi merestui keputusan kerajaan untuk mengurangkan subsidi.

Sebaliknya, seandainya BN berdepan dengan pertarungan sengit dalam PRK ini, maka Menteri Jabatan Perdana Menteri merangkap Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif PEMANDU Idris Jala perlu mengetepikan subsidy rationalization-nya. Selain itu, gelombang "harga naik" bakal membadai rakyat dengan cadangan PEMANDU untuk mengenakan fuel consumption tax, dan keputusan kabinet untuk meluluskan kenaikan tarif elektrik.

Dengan terus-terang Wong Chin Huat berkata, kira-kira 30,000 pengundi kawasan Tenang bakal menentukan nasib rakyat Malaysia - sama ada untuk menanggung harga minyak dan elektrik yang lebih tinggi atau sebaliknya.

*Chen Shaua Fui ialah Assistant Editor, MerdekaReview, edisi bahasa Cina. Diterjemah dan disunting dari teks asal.

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Followers of Downright-Wrong Shi’ite Islam Arrested For Considering Other Islamic Beliefs Downright-Wrong

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 01:28 AM PST

Teh ironing runs thick…

From The Star 18 Dec 2010:

Group of 200 Shi'ite followers held in raid
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A GROUP of 200 Shi'ite followers have been arrested by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), reported Utusan Malaysia.

The arrests were made during a raid at the fourth floor of a shophouse in Taman Sri Gombak, Batu Caves in Selangor on Thursday.

Among those arrested in the 10.15pm raid were 75 men and 35 women – locals, Indonesians, Myanmars and Pakistanis – were nabbed. The rest were children.

Also held were the congregation's two leaders, one of them an Iranian.

Dozens of other members climbed out of windows to avoid being arrested.

Members of the group, which called itself Hauzah Ar Ridha Alaihissalam, included lecturers, students of higher learning institutions, lawyers and government employees.

Jais director Datuk Muhammad Khusrin Munawi called the group "fanatics and a threat to national security" whose members were led to believe that other Islamic sects were infidels.

Muhammad Khusrin said the arrests were the largest of its kind of deviant groups in the country.

He added that the department believed similar cells were active in other states.

Shi'ite teachings are outlawed under the Administration of Islamic Law Enactment 1989 for deviating from Sunni Islam views of aqidah and syariah.

So to be clear, Shi'ite Islam is not allowed because it considers other Islamic sects wrong, and also because it has teachings which Sunni Islam considers wrong.

In other news, there's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures… And the Dutch.

Also, only bigots cannot accept that others might have different opinions, and you could possibly disagree with me on that then you are stupid.

And as a rule, your personal rules shouldn't be imposed on others. If you don't follow this rule, you are a fascist.

And so forth.



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Pakatan should've included structural reforms for Petronas/PSD

Posted: 19 Dec 2010 03:02 PM PST

From Concerned Malaysian, via e-mail

Pakatan has ommitted reforms regarding matters on Petroleum Development Act 1974/Petronas and PSD. I propose the following be adopted:

Petroleum Development Act must be redrafted, where:

Petronas should make public its financial and production account. Make contract award process transparent.

As the custodian of Malaysia's petroleum resources, Petronas should report to only Parliament and not to any individual or particular office.

Race-based policies in Petronas should be abolished especially on licensing and scholarships. Malaysians must be allowed to take part in the oil & gas business in Malaysia without being discriminated racially. Then you will see the proper development of the sector through talent and resource injection from the non-bumis. At present it's extremely bias to one race.

Public Service Department:

Make the department efficient to support the government and the people. Currently it's efficiency is below any scale of measurement for productivity and efficiency. It's very tiring to deal with them. Many get 'Cemerlang' awards but it's not ceratin what it is based on. Good, competent, dedicated and hard working government employees are frequently side-stepped in favour of one race.

Encourage employment of other races in the government service by dismantling all the race-based policies at all levels. Introduce competency-based policy for hiring and promotion. It's time to improve competency and efficiency in government by measuring against better performing countries. Otherwise, we cannot stop this downward slide. Even all our neighbours are overtaking Malaysia in many aspects of governance - talent development, competent resource management, high quality and affordable healthcare for citizens, attraction of FDIs, increase in foreign confidence in Malaysia, etc, etc.

Read:

Pakatan to focus on structural reforms if voted in


But why is broadband in Malaysia so expensive?

Posted: 19 Dec 2010 03:01 PM PST

From Charles F Moreira, via e-mail

Broadband is indeed expensive in Malaysia, especially in purchasing power parity terms, i.e. in relation to our income but very few of the operators or industry persons or even the regulator have been clear as to why.

Instead, operators I've asked argue that what we pay is "cheap" in comparison to what people in Singapore pay and that may indeed be so if denominated in ringgit.

However, I say that paying say, RM80 for an ADSL connection is expensive for someone in Malaysia earning about RM3,000 monthly, compared to paying Sin$45 for someone earning $3,000 in Singapore.

About the only one to has given a reason as to why, was Time dotCom CEO, Afzal Abdul Rahim, who attributed it to comparative costs of network equipment, which is quoted in US dollars or Euros to both Malaysian and Singaporean operators, and due to the low exchange rate of our ringgit, it works out comparatively more expensive to our operators who then have to pass on the cost to their subscribers.

However, there are others who argue that costs of network equipment only comprise about 20% of overall network costs, with the rest being on the deployment of an extensive enough infrastructure, given the larger geographic spread of Malaysia versus Singapore but that does not cut, given lower comparative costs in vast countries such as the United States, Australia or Canada.

One solution would be a totally new regulatory regime, where one independent entity owns the network infrastructure or the cable ducting, and enables equal access on non-discriminatory terms on a wholesale basis to retail services providers but so far, we don't have that, though we could to some extent soon.

For example, in Taiwan, a single entity owns the ducts, the channels in which it leases at affordable rates to service providers to lay their cables.

Then there yet ar others who blame expensive international Internet capacity costs, especially as 70% of Malaysia's Internet traffic traverses these international links.

One solution would be to allow more competition in providing these international links and more undersea cable landing stations but not much news so far.

Quite frankly, after having written about this issue for years, I feel that such efforts, however noble, by people like Dr Ali Salman and Prof Mohd Safar Hashim are just like beating a dead horse, unless something fundamental is done to change the underlying material conditions - i.e. costs.

Otherwise, we'll be singing this same old song year after year with no solution in sight.

Read:

Expensive broadband discouraging Internet usage in Malaysia


Islamic banking no different from Western model

Posted: 19 Dec 2010 03:00 PM PST

From Jim & Rose Chan, via e-mail

Islamic banking is Western banking in disguise and made to appear halal. All calculations on returns on investment to ensure profitability are based on 'haram' interest rates.

But if it helps to fool oneself to alleviate one's conscience, why not? It is like a Westerner placing a dish cloth and rubber tyre on his head to make himself an Arab.

Read:

Dr M: No excuse for Muslim nations not to grow with Islamic finance


Unbecoming of Wee to attack Phang

Posted: 19 Dec 2010 02:59 PM PST

From Helen Leow, via e-mail

This was what MCA Youth chief and deputy education minister Wee Ka Siong tweeted on Dec 15:

"Glad to hear that MACC has finally cleared my name & nikabdulaziz 4 the separate graft claims. Truth has prevailed after the thorough investigation by MACC. Thankful to MACC Chairman & Dep Chairman as well as Advisory Main Panel (except for 1 self-proclaimed Advisory Panel – he is only a sub com member) for carrying out their duties professionally. I urge those irresponsible ppl stop spreading lies with malicious info 4their personal political gains."

Wee must surely be relieved to be let off the hook, for now. However, his tweet is most unbecoming of a deputy minister for its personal attack on a MACC advisory panel member, namely Robert Phang, who has shown public courage and resolve in the fight against graft.

Wee's tweet is also misleading, to say the least, and littered with inaccuracies. For one, he is displaying direspect to the prime minister who recommended the appointment of Phang to the MACC panel and endorsed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

By belittling Phang as only a sub-committee member is not only inaccurate, Wee is insulting Phang and it was with malice and, therefore, defamatory. Phang has spoken out publicly without fear or favour in the fight against graft, sometimes even critical of the MACC.

This is expected of anyone appointed to the panel. The appointees should not just sit pretty as puppets as this will affect the integrity of the MACC.

Secondly, Phang commented on Wee's case not on a personal basis but as a panel member befitting his appointment.

He commented on a case lodged by DAP's Seremban MP John Fernandez. Why is Wee being so personal with Phang?

According to a Bernama report published by The Star online on March 8, Fernandez alleged Wee was linked to the multi-billion-ringgit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.

Fernandez had called for Wee to be investigated by the MACC, saying a check showed that he still owned almost half of Hijau Sekitar Sdn Bhd which conducted a study to develop the land next to the PKFZ.

He had submitted a five-page report to the MACC together with an appendix of almost 200 pages, adding that a search with the Companies Commission of Malaysia had also revealed that Wee held 49,998 shares in Hijau Sekitar.

Last Dec 24, Wee said Hijau Sekitar provided consultancy work on Port Klang but denied any link to the controversial PKFZ project.

Wee's Hijau Sekitar, together with four other firms, were appointed by Wijaya Baru Sdn Bhd to conduct a study titled 'Conceptual Design and Feasibility Study on the Need for Port Development in Port Klang'.

Wijaya Baru Holdings Sdn Bhd is the parent company of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) which developed the billion-ringgit PKFZ project. Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing is the chief executive officer of KDSB.

Thirdly, Wee's tweet is misleading because the PKFZ probe is ongoing and thus he is trying to give the impression that he has been cleared of everything. Are there any other issues or cases pending? Time will reveal all.

Read:

MACC files on Nik Aziz and Ka Siong closed


Time for Zaid to strike while the iron is hot

Posted: 19 Dec 2010 02:58 PM PST

From Frankie Joseph Ong, via e-mail

I think Zaid Ibrahim is a good choice to be the third voice as he has been on both sides of fence and if he plays his cards right, I'm certain he will attract dissatisfied members from both Umno and PKR.

Now is the time for Zaid to make it big with the chaos prevailing in the political scene. He must lay out a clean and transparent manifesto and attract good financial backing.

We see Zaid as a force in the next election provided others won't play dirty politics because they see him coming up so fast. Good luck to Zaid.

Read:

Zaid resurrects political career, appointed new party chief


Haris: Let's walk the talk, let the people decide

Posted: 19 Dec 2010 10:10 PM PST

Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement president Haris Ibrahim feels that the Pakatan Rakyat component parties will go along with MCLM in the choice of candidates for the much anticipated general election.
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