- DDC101: In the steal of the night...
- Apa Perasaan PAS Kalau PKR dan DAP Berjumpa UMNO dalam Gelap?
- Tiger Woods (and Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim): The Rise and Fall of a Billion Dollar Brand!
- Gone! Money for RTM extra channel
- The Prime Minister of Malaysia MUST Apologize To Christians!
- Welcome To The New Singapore - By Seah Chiang Nee.
- A New Dawn Has Come – Happy & Successful 2011!
- Berubahlah!! Jangan tak berubah!!
- UK Elections 2010 and Lessons for Malaysia?
- “PKR Infiltrated by Discarded PBB…??”
- Happy 2011th New Year of the CE and 26th Muharram 1432nd After Hijrah!
- In The STAR today :)
- Who do you fear more now? !
- A true 1 Malaysia story?!?
- Fireworks in Georgetown City, Penang
- Hat Yai City’s Lantern Festival
- PERBANDINGAN PRESTASI TADBIR URUS KERAJAAN NEGERI BARISAN NASIONAL DAN PAKATAN RAKYAT
- Message For 1.1.11 And 2011
- STAYING HAPPY IN 2011
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 04:00 PM PST
DDC is of course Da Desi Code, an endearment bestowed by Ipohlang "aweOFhelen" (Thanks, Terima Kasih, Xie xie:)
One newfound blogosphere mate named Moses did chickily asked Desi to plan a GLOSSARY to help new readers to my humble abode make SENse of the maze of codes, so here?hear is my FIRST STEP.
The Chinese saying recalled is: A journey of a thousand li begins with the first step.
Maybe I digress, but that's the fun-D I urged my readers to start blogging, and being the owner of one's abode, AM,PM or midnight, you own your own voice, so you ENJOY the luxury of DIGRESSING, though some may deem it "aggression". But why do I care what others think if I hold a party and instead of serving Foster's beer, I serve A&W rut bir because that's what my BUDget can afford for my BUDdies, even the baddies.
"Baddies" here connotes the OPPOSITE if you know Desi, who signs off emails to intimate -- yeah, some of you graduated fromINTI college, eh! -- buds as YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual. The xtra ass also appears in my profile spelling out my ambition "Poet-aSspirant", C? -- even wit' one eye closed?
Back to "baddie", a close associate I used often is DDC for better into"badder", quoting from the Beatles' HEY JUDE, which I sing sometimes with my feet/kaki at the Butterfly Valley in the valley of Furong. That refrain cometh across as "...to make it better/BADDER, bettter/BADDDer, bettter/BADDDDER, Hey, Jude..." Well, that'show I sing it wit' my contemporaries who sometimes could afford the real Tiger or Carlsberg without Woods' or CowsBIGbucks' sponSIRship. Yeah, if thou art willing to sponsor Desi's blog for 20million, I will act as "king" to bestow that knightiehood tagged "SIR" on thee, my sweetie or sourgrape.
Of all/awe my DDC, the favourite is "In the steall -- oops, still -- of the night..."
I've toldmy regulars here I'm also a Midnight Voice, penning my Rumnations columns best from 11.30PM till 2.00AM the following day/die. "Die" because I worked at the Australian High Commission for 13 years -- but they didn't recommend to the Queen to bestow me a knighthood because the Oz people are like Desi, more socialist -- hence Republican -- than capitalist like these bastards living at five-star hotels drinking booze, including some holier than thou "civil society" peeps wanting to front as "men of integrity" to become Wakil Rakyat, spending in one/wan night the whole year's wages of the common man. Did I digress?
****You want more digression or aggression? here follows an extract from my news report at the recent PKR CONGRESS filed for Malaysia Chronicle:
(Steal/still to come, Ms Patience is also a Ms Virtuous, K!:p)
That apostrophe can be an L or an N, your choice -- because I often preach on Sundays that desiderata2000 is a very de democratic place. But be CIVIL OK! Behave like a true-blue Malaysian guest while I welcome ye with a bestA tehtarik from Seremban/Furong for virginal guests -- first-timers-lah! -- be sober while I recall yet another relevant post extract,K!:( OR :)
From ongohing.wordpress.com ~~ ENJOY!
THE GUEST WHO SETS YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE
He was welcomed into the house in the hope that like most others who crossed the treshold of your home he would be part of the family. You treated him not as a guest but a family member. He had family rights. You gave him big roles to play within the family. Not token or cosmetic but high-level positions, important work that was key to your family's business. He was entrusted such big roles that even those who became family members much much earlier than him were not priviledged to have until today.
But it was never enough for him.
His attention was not on those tasks assigned to him. Even important family meetings he often felt wasn't worth his attention nor attendance. He had the opportunities to make progress in the family life and gain admiration and gratitude if only he were willing and able to perform his duties. Even his criticism would have found hearing ears at home if only he had earned respect to be listened to by fufliing his domestic assignments. (You are asked to wash the plates not leave it in the kitchen sink or worse still, break it.)
As it turned out, after just a year in the family home, he wanted to be second only to the patriarch and matriarch of the family. Which was fine too by the family rules except for the way he went about it.
By his own admission, he loved calling "a spade, a spade". That was as long as he was the one doing the calling. But when others started calling a spade, a spade in regard to him, he cried foul and took great exception to the fact that the spade which was his favourite tool of choice when found in another person's hand and turned against him became what he called 'sabotage', and 'lies'.
I need to check, before I next pick up my garden tool, but could it be that he was the fellow who did the world the favour by inventing the spade? Only he had the right to use a spade?
So it was that from his behaviour, it was alright for him to say anything about anyone but no one must say anything about him. He termed himself as the "messenger of truth" and those who disagreed with him were therefore to his mind snipers who were out to shoot the messenger of truth.
Even that was fine and within his rights.
But even this much wasn't enough. Before he started to go about the process of becoming second only to the patriarch and matriarch of the family, he was saying that he would make a good match to them. Then, when it appeared that he might not after all be favoured by them, he (and I hesitate to say this in front of the children and young in the family and I am counting till ten…) said it was high time the patriarch should leave the house! Yes you heard me right, the patriarch was the problem for the ills of the family and unless he went, the family would never prosper.
It was alright to find a corner of the house to sulk in. But it seemed that even that wasn't enough for this guest (since he would not conduct himself as a family member). He is now going about burning the house down. It looks and sounds like: "If I can't get what I want, then others can't have it either" or "A house without me isn't worth keeping".
In any family, there will be disagreements, complaints and any family will do well to do some spring cleaning from time to time. Not sweep everything under the carpet, mind you, but spring cleaning.
But it is not alright to burn the house down!
What is the moral of this story? When you next open the doors of your house to the next person who comes a-knocking, be sure to have the call number of the nearest fire brigade handy."
You may even act as a demi-god outside, but leave that status for privileged lawyers who have a RM10million fun-D flying in-and-out of Heathrow airport saying Hi to he buddies and they wanna play gods of integrity to select Men of integrity to becomeWakit Rakyat on behalf of DAP or PKR and yet remain Independent. Independent,my foot!
So come here/hear as long as you bring along loads of tehtarik as Malaysian newshounds either drink beer or tehtarik as most Muslim brethren aren't allowed alcohol, save for some privileged ones abroad exercising their human rights IN THE STEAL OF THE NIGHT!
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 01:21 PM PST
Juak2 UG mempersoalkan, apa salahnya berjumpa dengan UMNO dalam gelap? Antara hujjah mereka yang awal adalah:
1.0 Apa salahnya berjumpa dalam gelap?
dan banyak lagi alasan-alasan yang tidak berasas yang digunakan untuk menjustifikasi perjumpaan dalam gelap 2.
YANG PASTI PERJUMPAAN DALAM GELAP 2 BERLAKU
Apa yang dilakukan oleh Blogger2 UG ini hanyalah satu, yakni mengkonfirmasi bahawa pertemuan dalam gelap 2 ini benar-benar berlaku.
Ertinya puak2 pro UG juga mengakui berlakunya perjumpaan dalam gelap yang kedua.
ALASAN-ALASAN YANG MEMUALKAN
Alasan2 yang diberikan oleh puak-puak perpaduang amatlah memualkan. Seolah-olah mereka mahu mengecilkan keupayaan berfikir majoriti ahli-ahli PAS.
Untuk menjawab hujjah mereka dengan cara yang mudah, saya mengajukan satu soalan:
Apa Perasaan PAS kalau PKR dan DAP Berjumpa Dengan UMNO Dalam Gelap?
Sedar atau tidak bahawa UMNO ini sepatutnya musuh PAS. Di samping itu UMNO adalah musuh PKR dan musuh DAP.
Pemimpin-pemimpin tertinggi PAS telah berbincang di dalam gelap dengan pemimpin2 musuh kepada rakan-rakan PAS.
Apa punya kawan kalau kawan bercakap dalam gelap dengan musuh kita?
Lupakah anda UMNO bukan setakat musuh, mereka juga zalim dan bongkak.
Bayangkan apa perasaan balu Ibrahim Libya apabila pemimpin2 PAS berbincang dalam gelap bersama orang yang bertanggungjawab terhadap kematian suami beliau.
Begitu juga dengan puluhan ribu ahli dan penyokong PAS serta rakan PAS yang telah dizalimi dan difitnah oleh UMNO. Bayangkan perasaan mereka.
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 10:50 AM PST
Director of CBC's The Passionate Eye, Jacques Peretti, interviewing Hollywood madam Michelle Braun, who admitted on record that she supplied Tiger with high class and expensive call girl!
There is this uncanny resemblance to a recent Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) investigative program called The Passionate Eye, read here, in which the private story of Tiger Wood and how his sex-ploits were exposed, and that the story of Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, and his private life.
It appears Tiger Woods the celebrity, a billion dollar brand name, is apparently not the same as the "other" Tiger who would prowled sleazy joints, greasy diners and high class brothels looking for a women who would have sex with him.
In that program, CBC interviewed a journalist from the National Enquirer, and found out the tabloid had the story of Tiger's philandering life way before his "famous" accident, but was dictated by Tiger's powerful publicity outfit to kill the story! The Enquirer agreed the story be "killed" if it agrees to a quid pro quo where Tiger would appear on the front page of the Enquirer sister's magazine.
Two things here, one Tiger Woods life as a billion dollar brand man is carefully dictated and crafted by his very powerful publicity company. Two, come what may, Tiger's name and reputation must be protected at all cost in view of billions being invested in his name by big companies.
Like our Brother Anwar, he can also be called a billion dollar man, when he was in power and when he is now not in power. Somehow his life is also being carefully dictated, guarded, and crafted by a group of "powerful' people that came complete with their own personal agenda.
For Brother Anwar's persona, we Malaysians then knew him only as a suave politician and government official that, looking back, can lie to us through his teeth without us realising it. He was a seductive politician that can charmed even the most venomous king cobra to submission.
Like Tiger Woods, golfers around the world idolise and adulate him. Now we all know that like Brother Anwar Ibrahim, he is in fact a dud of a human being and that very dark side of the both of them made me squirm with disgust.
Don't get me wrong here, I have nothing against these two if they just your ordinary Joe Blow,who cares! But both portray themselves as a squeaky clean normal human being when they are fraught with lies and abnormal deviant behaviors!
I used to love watching Tiger and idolised him as a golfer, but now whenever I see him all I can see is that waitress at the sleazy diner he had sex with, and a pole dancer woman who was with him for three years and had one miscarriage and an abortion with Tiger's child.
CBC announced that it will continue with another story when the time is right, about Tiger Woods' love child!
If you ask me personally I believe his career as a golfer is not all that interesting anymore, and that Brother Anwar had better come out clean for you really cannot run away from it forever, for eventually the law will get you.
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 10:26 AM PST
On February 10, 2006 Kadir Sheikh Fadzir announced that Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) would have another TV channel by September that year. It would serve Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Klang and Seremban before going nationwide (read here).
However, nothing happened. No extra channel, not extra announcement, even after Kadir resigned and Ahmad Shabery Chik took over the portfolio.
The Finance Ministry was said to have pumped in about RM80 million for the purpose, hoping RTM to be more competitive with the private TV operators.
Although the new digital channel was again mentioned during Shabery's era (and Pak Lah's), it fell short of expectation. Again, nothing happened and nobody knew where the money had gone to.
And under Datuk Rais Yatim, few of his officers told me the money was no more there. Where did it go? Back to Treasury or being siphoned to other Info Ministry's projects?
Who should answer this - Kadir, Shabery or Rais? (I dont think Rais knows about it...)
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 06:51 AM PST
Catholic church officials were told to remove crucifixes and to avoid hymns being sung when Prime Minister Najib Razak attended the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur's Christmas tea party last Saturday.
The overzealous bid to protect the prime minister's Islamic credentials was described by sources familiar with what happened as "paranoid" and done without Najib's knowledge.
Among the directives given were:
. To remove any overt Christian symbol, such as crucifixes, from the party premises
. That carollers not belt out hymns
. Not to quote from Scriptures or say any Christian prayer during the visit.
Similar conditions have been laid in previous Christmas celebrations, including those graced by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong himself, said a member of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), the umbrella body representing the various denominations.
The instructions usually came from the staff without the knowledge of the dignitary, said the insider who has been on the organising committee on more than one occasion.
"Previously, the carollers even sang some Christmas hymns. The King was there. No one made a fuss. I don't think they heard.
So, if the directive was made without the knowledge of PM Najib Razak, then the onus is upon him to apologize to the Christian Community. We have heard enough of pea brained Muslims like the Little Mullahs who run our schools, the Harussani Zakaria's, the Ridhuan Tee's, and Utusan Malaysia giving a bad name to Islam. PAS on the other hand has been consistent in embracing the pluralism of Malaysia unlike racist Umno. Just read what YB Khalid Samad of PAS wrote in his Blog about this issue here http://malaysiakini.com/v6/link.php?http%3A%2F%2Ffeedproxy.google.com%2F%7Er%2FKhalidSamad%2F%7E3%2FxRchD8q1XAM%2Fpm-owes-christians-apology-for-aides.html
The Scribe also feels that Archbishop Murphy Pakiam owes an explanation to Christians as to why he 'Denied Christ' when he gave in to Najib's so-called paranoid aides demands.
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 05:21 AM PST
The recent surge of nudity, streaking and promiscuity, signs of a more liberal generation, has everyone scratching their heads in this once prudish city.
A USEFUL message to greet the New Year today in Singapore could have read something like this:
"Caution! Visitors to this island are advised to be careful of a mysterious syndrome that drives victims to shed off all their clothes in public."
It could be timely preparation, given the recent surge of such happenings as a more liberal generation leaves its mark on this once prudish city.
The government had long hoped for a new vibrancy to Singapore into the ranks of a top world city. Well, in recent years, it has got a little of that wish – but not all to its liking.
As promiscuity rises, one phenomenon has almost everyone scratching his head.
Amidst reports of a teenage girl selling her soiled underwear online and a young trainee teacher having sex with a 12 and a 15-year-old girl, interest centred on public nudity, including the following cases: -
* A man in his 20s went buck naked into a fast-food outlet to buy coffee (his custom was refused);
* A middle-aged man found sitting nude on a suburban pavement; and
* A middle-aged woman took off all her clothes and boarded a public bus, rejecting a jacket to cover up. The driver ordered her to sit at the back with the women, away from the men until her arrest.
They all happened in the past two weeks, their video shots instantly producing up to 50,000 hits online.
Meanwhile, Felicia, a teenager offered to sell her used underwear for up to S$45 a pair.
"All the panties will be worn by me for at least 12 hours," she pledged. Total sales - 12 pairs!
The most famous streak was that of a Singaporean A*Star (biotech research) scholar and her Swedish schoolmate, who were fined after they strolled stark naked through Holland Village last year.
"Those crazy Singaporeans can't seem to keep their pants on in public lately," expatriate Jeff Mills wrote before Christmas Day.
"The country best known for semiconductor wafers and caning has seen a rash of indecent exposure and slow streaking cases recently."
Adding to the tempo was the first reported case of a 30-year-old Filipino maid offering to appear in the nude on webcam sex for money on the Net.
And last week a China girl who drowned while swimming naked at a rich man's house several months ago was pronounced an accident.
At about the same time a nude 19-year-old girl was rescued clinging onto the second floor window of a hotel.
She explained she ended there by accident after a Christmas Eve bash with some girl friends.
The trend of indecent exposure has been rising since 2007.
Today an average of one case is reported every other day despite the threat of S$2,000 fine or up to three months in jail.
According to published figures, there were 105 cases in the first six months of 2010, compared with 166 for 2009, 146 in 2008 and 136 in 2007.
Psychiatrist Ken Ung, who has treated many cases referred to him by the courts, told the press that many were either exhibitionists or attention seekers.
"Exhibitionism is a sexual disorder where the exhibitionists get a sexual thrill from the look of shock and horror on their victims' faces," he was quoted as saying.
Others were mentally troubled, while some over-exuberant revellers did it because of alcohol or a bet with a friend.
Singapore bans pornography and has an ambivalent attitude to nudity. It wants to encourage the arts to enable the city to compete with cultural centres like London and New York.
But is has – as it did in 2007 – stopped a commercial gallery from showing a painting of a female nude in a public space.
"Its art scene still veers toward the safe, rather than the controversial, and artists avoid subjects deemed sensitive in the city-state, including politics and sex," said an observer.
That boundary is being pushed by unknown citizens all over the island. The streak has already raised calls for the establishment of a nudist beach nearby.
"Since people want to go naked, give them an isolated place to do it away from children," one blogger said.
Not only in the flesh, there has been an increase in the number of girls posing in the nude and outing the videos online – and ranked according to merit by peers.
It is vastly encouraged by a host of gadgets such as mobile phone cameras, handheld video recorders and digital cameras – all within the reach of Singapore's teenagers.
They have created a form of homemade pornography involving amateurs – often naive young ladies – filming themselves naked for their boy-friends.
Quite a few were shocked to discover they were widely circulated, making them soft porn stars.
After 40 years of strict control, under a new generation seems to be striving hard to push Singapore to catch up with other modern cities.
According to Durex, Singaporean youths are becoming sexually active younger, losing their virginity at the average age of 18.4 years - far lower than many Asian countries.
Unlike their elders, for example, 18% of Singaporean women initiate sex – a higher proportion than anywhere else in Asia, reported a TIME survey.
(Some 64 percent of students at National University of Singapore (NUS) are surveyed have sex more than once a week.)
The recent spate of public nudity has led to speculation if it is a new trend, or whether Singaporeans are finally breaking down social conformity.
None, a self-employed tutor emphasised: "It is a cry for help from the despondent. Ours is a stressful place."
Courtesy of The STAR
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 03:57 AM PST
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 03:37 AM PST
Kegagalan sesebuah negara untuk bertahan dengan kejayaannya selalunya adalah disebabkan kegagalan kepimpinan mengendalikan kejayaan yang telah dicapai. Itulah sebabnya kalau kita ikuti urutan sejarah yang lama dan yang baru kadangkala kita tidak percaya bagaimana sesebuah negara dan temaddun yang kuat dan gagah itu boleh jatuh dan lenyap ditelan zaman.
Punca kejatuhan sesebuah negara dan empire besar sebagai yang ditulis oleh sejarah adalah disebabkan kelemahan dalam menguruskan kejayaan itu dan kalau diteliti dengan halus ianya berpunca dari sifat kufur nikmat. Pimpinan dan negara yang telah mencapai kejayaan cemerlang selalunya tidak akan mengagak yang kejayaan mereka itu mungkin lebur kerana mereka sudah merasakan yang mereka sudah terlalu kuat dan tidak mungkin ada unsur-unsur yang akan menjatuhkan mereka.
Tetapi sifat takbur itu memang selalunya diakhiri dengan kejatuhan dan kemusnahan. Ini adalah hakikat yang susah untuk diterima oleh mereka yang sedang diulitkan oleh kuasa yang besar. Lazimnya yang akan menjadi kufur nikmat itu adalah dari kepimpinan yang tidak mempunyai pengalaman untuk membina kejayaan dan pencapaian itu. Mereka hanya pewaris kejayaan yang telah dicapai oleh pimpinan sebelum mereka.
Apabila mereka tidak mengalami penat lelah dan kepayahan untuk mencapai kejayaan itu, mereka akan mengendalikan kejayaan yang diwarisinya itu dengan rasa takbur dan ujub, maka apa yang akan menanti mereka hanyalah satu; iaitu kemusnahan kepada kegemilangan yang diwarisi mereka yang tak mungkin dapat dikembalikan jika kemusnahan itu datang bersama ombak penentangan yang begitu hebat.
Saya merasakan proses itulah yang sedang kita lalui sekarang. Pimpinan sejak 3 dekad yang lalu telah begitu takbur dan kufur dengan nikmat yang telah diwarisi mereka dari kepimpinan sebelum itu. Tunku, Razak dan Hussein telah mencipta kejayaan dan kegemilangan pembangunan negara dengan premis pembangunan yang melingkupi semua asas keperluan pembangunan negara dan rakyat.
Selepas sahaja tamat pimpinan Husein Onn, kejayaan yang telah dicapai melalui pembangunan express sehinggakan asas yang diwujudkan untuk pencapaian keharmonian kaum melaui 'economic dan social engineering' yang telah menempa kejayaan telah diubah kepada dasar 'siapa cepat dia dapat'. Hasilnya salah satu dari kaum terbesar iaitu Bumiputra khususnya orang Melayu secara beransur-ansur ketinggalan dalam 'glamour' pembangunan yang pesat yang dibangga-banggakan itu.
Semangat membina pembanynan melalui 'economic dan social engineering' itu diabaikan kerana yang 'priority' bagi pimpinan-pemimpin kita ialah hendak melihat bangunan yang tertinggi didunia, jambatan yang panjang-panjang, pusat pentadbiran yang terindah dalam dunia, tiang bendera yang tertinggi serta gong yang paling besar dalam dunia yang terletak diangkasapuri dan banyak projek-projek glamour yang lain.
Kita mahu dipuji oleh dunia luar walaupun mengorbankan rakyat kita sendiri. Kita hendak jadikan semuanya menjadi elemen pujian dan kita merasa bangga dan angkuh apabila mendapat pujian itu. Tetapi rakyat Bumiputra hanya memandang dari jauh kejayaan pembangunan pesat negara. Semasa itu jugalah 'Unit Penyertaan Bumiputra' disetiap bank dan jabatan serta kementerian 'unceremoniously' ditutup kerana unit-unit itu yang menyemakkan usaha untuk melaksanakan pembangunan fisikal yang besar.
Sekarang kita telah mendapat pembangunan fisikal yang pesat. Tetapi kita ingin bertanya satu soalan pokok; 'at what cost?'
Dalam 'obsession' kita hendak melihat pembanguna fisikal yang besar untuk ditontoni oleh pemimpin seluruh dunia kita telah membelanjakan wang rakyat seperti Petronas tanpa had dan tidak siapa yang boleh menyoalnya. Dalam kegilaan mahu membangunkan bangunan yang tinggi-tinggi secara 'express' kos pengendalian projek telah melonjak dengan begitu tinggi melalui rundingan terus dan kos pembangunan telah dimasukkan kos 'kick backs' yang jumlahnya begitu besar.
Lanjutan dari budaya pembangunan yang baru ii maka terselitlah elemen rasuah yang kini sudah sampai ketahap yang tidak terkawal lagi. Kita sudah kufur kepada nikamat yang dianugerah Tuhan. Budaya ini membesar dan berkembang pesat. Tidak lama lagi akan dibangunkan pula bangunan setinggi 100 tingkat untuk menyaingi dan melawan bangunan berkembar PETRONAS yang suatu ketika dahulu merupakan bangunan tertinggi didunia.
Kita adalah rakyat yang mempunyai kekayaan yang luar biasa anugerah dari Tuhan. Itulah sebab agaknya kita boleh membayar segala kerugian yang jumlahnya ratusan billion ringgit dengan mudah dan rakyat membenarkannya pula.
Tetapi dengan jumlah pembaziran dan kebocoran wang yang begitu besar itu menyebabkan kerugian kepada rakyat yang marhin dibawah. Sejak kerajaan membawa pembangunan yang pesat dan cepat anak-anak kita tidak lagi mendapat biasiswa dan penajaan pelajaran dengan mudah lagi. Ibu bapa yang ingin melanjutkan pelaran anak-anak mereka yang cemerlang dalam pelajaran terpaksa naik turun pejabat kerajaan dan agensi-agensi kerajaan yang dulunya mengeluarkan biasiswa seperti meminta sedekah kepada wang ringgit pembayar cukai.
Dalam pada itu pemimpin-pemimpin kita melaungkan kejayaan yang negara kita akan menjadi negara maju dan berpendapatan tinggi. Kenapa mereka tidak malu melaungkan itu semua? Jawapannya ialah mereka tidak tahu dan perihatin terhadap kesusahan ibu bapa dan penjaga anak-anak muda yang ingin melanjutkan pelajaran mereka.
Lagi kuat laungan kejayaan lagi susah ibu bapa untuk menghantar anak-anak mereka melanjutkan pelajaran dalam bidang yang tertentu. Pada hal jumlah keperluan untuk pembiayaan pelajaran anak-anak kita yang miskin bukannya banyak sangat. Jumlahnya adalah lebih kecil dari jumlah wang pembayar cukai yang dicuri oleh pemimpin melalui projek-projek raksaksa yang diberikan kepada kroni-kroni eksklusif yang hampir dengan orang yang berkuasa.
Budaya material yang tidak terbatas ini telah meruntuhkan banyak institusi demokrasi seperti Badan Kehakiman, sistem perundangan, polis dan telah membina budaya rasuah yang pesat dikalangan pelaksana dasar, iaitu pegawai-pegawai dan penjawat-penjawat awam dari yang tertinggi sehinggalah keperingkat bawahan.
Gejala buruk ini mesti dihentikan, kerana ianya mungkin menjadi salah satu penyebab kehancuran kepada kejayaan dan pencapaian pemimpin-pemimpin terdahulu. Kalau tidak tahu membina kejayaan, setidak tidaknya jagalah kejayaan yang telah diwarisi dari pemimpin-pemimpin terdahulu.
Selamat Tahun Baru dan kita berusahalah untuk membina 'ambience' politik yang baru bagi kita dan negara kita.
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 03:07 AM PST
Happy (Gregorian) New Year to all!
In commemorating the new year (1.1.11) - which many have speculated to be an election year for Malaysia - I'd like to republish my opinion-article which was first published at Klik4Malaysia many moons ago.
As widely anticipated, David Cameron, 43, has just been named as the new British Prime Minister with Nick Clegg (pic above) as the Deputy Prime Minister.
If the English Premier League is the most-watched football event in Malaysia aside from the quadrennial football World Cup, then the UK General Elections could be one of the most closely watched elections. Dubbed as one of the most exciting and hotly-contested elections, the UK elections have inspired and captured the interest of many Malaysians, including myself.
What made the 2010 contest even more interesting than previous elections was the advent of strong "third force" in the shape of Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats (also known as the Lib Dems) in British politics. The phenomenal rise and the popularity of the statesman-like Clegg have impressed many especially through the televised debate during the campaign period, though we know by now the Lib Dems' performance fell far than what many expected.
It was said that the unexpected last minute drop of support toward the Lib Dems were due to a tactical switch of Lib Dems voters to keep the Conservatives or widely known as the Tories, out. So, to some extent the "Cleggmania" has failed. But though the Tories has gained significant increase, it is still not enough for them to form a majority. Gordon Brown's Labour, despite having bad perceptions throughout his tenure - most newspapers were pro Tories in the 2010 British elections, while traditional pro Labour newspaper, The Guardian backed the Lib Dems - still managed to command strong support, especially in his native Scotland, where the Labour won bulk of the seats with the Tories winning only one.
Nevertheless, the emergence of the Lib Dems has given the British voters a third option aside from the two old parties of Labour and Tories. And to Nick Clegg, the Lib Dems' leader, it gave him the unprecedented position as the kingmaker of the new British Government. This brings to the question of how does one explain the democratic nature of the British political system, when at the end of the day the decision to form a government lies with one man, Nick Clegg; or rather one party, the Lib Dems, to decide? I cannot imagine the kind of unmitigated disaster should the same situation were to happen in Malaysia today.
To some Americans who are used to their two-party system, the outcome of the UK elections which yielded a hung parliament for the first time in Britain since 1974 - as a result of no single party wins a majority - is something that is perplexing. One even remarked that he "had thought the rules of cricket were complicated", in reference to the possibility of the contesting political parties forming a coalition government.
It is worth to note that forming a coalition government after an election is not something unusual in European countries. As a matter of fact, it is a norm in most Western European countries such as Germany, Finland, Italy, Ireland and Sweden, though the same cannot be said in the case of Asian democracies.
From the system and conduct of the UK elections, what are the lessons that Malaysia can learn? I wish to highlight several matters of interest here; i) the democratic system, ii) the role of the monarch and iii) the media.
It is important to note that one of the important factors that set both countries apart is the level of democratic maturity. It is well known that for democracy to flourish and sustain fully, political awareness and political education must be given due emphasis. How is this to be made possible? Of course, the process takes time. As of now Malaysia is still a developing country whereas the UK is a developed country. The socio-political background, level of education and income varies clearly between the two countries. Therefore, the approaches are not and cannot be the same.
In view of the fact that our democratic constitutional monarchy system has its roots in the British Westminster system, it is interesting to compare how our system has fared throughout the years and what are the positive aspects that we can learn from the UK's democratic and electoral system.
The British hung parliament situation has some resemblance to the Perak Constitutional crisis last year where the monarch, Sultan Azlan Shah had to step in to solve the political impasse, which resulted from three state assemblypersons defecting from their respective parties. Therein lies the biggest mistake as the Sultan could have been avoided into making political decisions. Whatever the circumstances may be, a monarch must remain above politics.
In the British's case, though all parties were fully aware that the Queen may have the last say, their principles were clear that the Queen shall not be drawn into making a political decision.
"The prime minister is the prime minister until he resigns. It is his duty not to put the Queen into a position where she might be appearing to take political decisions. If and when he does come to resign, it is his responsibility to recommend to the Queen whom she should send for as her new prime minister." - The Guardian, May 7.So, in a democratic sense, I believed Gordon Brown's resignation is commendable indeed - at least if you bring it into the present Malaysian political context. Imagine if a similar scenario were to happen in Malaysia say in the next General Elections; would our political leaders be civil and gracious enough to accept defeat? That would be the test for our democratic maturity.
Next is the role of the British media. It goes without saying that newspapers in the UK are much freer and open. If ever there exist some sort of control or censorship over the media, they were largely through the intervention or direction by the media owner or its shareholders.
The practice of media freedom in the UK not only means freedom to oppose or criticise, but also freedom to support whichever party or whoever they deem fit to be the Government. It is a well accepted tradition that there are pro Labour and pro Tories newspapers. Daily Mirror and The Guardian were known to be pro Labour; while The Times and Daily Telegraph were pro Tories. However, interestingly The Guardian which is traditionally pro Labour, has decided to back the Lib Dems, leaving the Mirror as the only pro Labour British newspaper in run-up towards the 2010 elections. Perhaps, to some extent this partly explains the election win by the Tories, albeit without a majority.
For Malaysia to achieve the same level of democratic and political maturity as the British, it might take few years to come. But I believe any form of change must come from the people and the civil societies. Unlike the old democratic model of the 60s and 70s, the new century is more about the democratic participation from the people.
Politics in the new century is no longer about a top down political approach, but rather a bottom up system where people are more involved in decision making, where the people have greater say over the future of the Government and the country.
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 02:39 AM PST
Believe me we have all we need to point it out who is behind SARAWAK REPORT and who the financier is. All the evidences are pointing towards that direction.
NEXT are we just making it up..??
No.1 Why should we….?? Please,please,please to keep ourselves RELEVANT. Thats an old poisonous tale by itself and we at audie61 are all too immune to it now.
No.2 He was very much a Partyman and with others was dropped after 1995.
No.3 Is he doing it knowingly now as the CM in his 30 years in charge is losing his Midas Touch.
No.4 He is putting in a new alliance for his supposedly new master. UMNO or PKR..?? By all means take "pek moh "down or force him to give way.
No.5 What appears on surface especially with CM's wealth and properties OPENLY especially by the disclosure in Sarawak is just a SMOKING GUN.
No.6 Money Power and Control is what he craves and he will go all out to achieve it for his family and also for the way "he and others "were discarded.
N0.7 Financing Sarawak PKR a vehicle which will keep him in the INNER CIRCLE BN LOOP and keep him very relevant to his present master.
N0.8 He believes in helping to overthrow and ending the Melanau Tun/Taib legacy by putting his own in place.
No.9 He is now being found out with bills,hotel accomodations,flight arrangements etc etc and PKR Sarawak should cash in and asks for more before the CASH COW runs dry.
N0.10 Will PBB collapse or cave in? SUPP Sibu found out how they were made to believe that the Parliamentary seat was SAFE by all accounts.
TILL NOW IT'S A WELL WORKED CONSPIRACY AND THE DECISIONS WORKED FOR HIM.
ITS EMERGENCY TIME NOW AND BN SARAWAK ARE VERY MUCH PREPARED TO FACE THE TOUGHEST FIGHT SINCE 1987.
It's not the end yet and many especially amongst the opposition and neutral would willingly agree with the slogan,"Enough is enough". CM Taib who has been at the helm knows too well how this 2011 election would be fought and he will use all his political might and know-how to stem the tide of grievances and unhappiness especially the people of Sarawak.
To push the message deeper the SAPO former YB Raymond Szetu" caricature of the cow being milked" is being used by the PKR Liason chief and Vice president of PKR Sarawak. CM Taib will be the focal point and this is copied and the facts are clear,"PKR will bring the change that Sarawak desperately needs. We will return the trees, the lands and the rivers to the people. Corruption will stop. Taib will continue to hand over the State's wealth and resources to Putrajaya and the preferred elite. PKR, led by Baru Bian in Sarawak, will not steal. Thirty years is enough! The time is now! BERUBAHLAH!
IF THERE IS NO FINANCIER DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THAT SO FAR WHAT HAS BEEN REVEALED IS BY CHANCE….
THINK AGAIN.. !!! WHO IS IT..??
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 02:13 AM PST
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Brothers and sisters, fellow Muslims and Believers in Almighty Allahu Ta'ala, the One and Only True God and Master of us all.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you the best in your life here on Earth and wish you success in all the good and blessed deeds that you do in the name of Ar Rahman Ar Raheem.
Live your life as Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala would want you to live and do as per what Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam would feel proud to have you as his ummah carry out within this short temporal earthly life that each of us have been blessed with?
I came across one of the videos that I shot above when I started my video blogging way back a couple of years when I first started blogging.
I believe that the message I conveyed in the video here is timeless and ought to be shared again with you on the 1st day of January 2011 coinciding with the 26th Day of Muharram 1432 AH.
Do what you can to help share the message of Al Islam with your family and friends, even more with those who have yet to learn about the Truth of Al Islam.
Its our moral duty to share with them about their birthrights to be amongst the true believers of Allah the Almighty.
As I type these words here, hundreds of thousands if not millions of people are embracing Islam and declaring their Faith that 'There is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger!'.
Happy New Year to all those whose hearts are yearning to be in His Mercy and May the Truth be with each and every one of you, my dear fellow Children of the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam, Our Father.
Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
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Posted: 01 Jan 2011 01:44 AM PST
Anas Zubedy, 46, entrepreneur
I believe my mission on Earth is to advocate unity among people. I knew this from the time I was a really young boy, growing up in Penang.
When I was three, my family moved to a Chinese area in Fettes Park, Penang. We were the only Malays living there. So while we were a Malay family at home, I grew up just like any other Chinese boy outside. I was an odd sight — a skinny Malay kid chattering in Hokkien.
There were children who refused to play with me, and there were those who refused to play without me. From that young age, I learnt that there were no bad races, just "unconscious" people.
Our immediate neighbours were Eurasians. They welcomed my siblings and I into their homes and taught us English. Then one day there was a new Indian kid at school. He became a good friend. Once, when I was at his house, my friend's father reprimanded his mother for serving me chicken that had not been slaughtered according to Islamic tradition. I was just a small insignificant boy, and yet this man respected my faith enough to make sure that it was honoured in his home.
These experiences growing up taught me that no matter the colour of our skin or the language we speak, there are universal values we all share.
My experiences in university and in working for one of the world's best multinationals has taught me conceptual skills and leadership skills, business pragmatism and the power of innovation, but there is one thing I've learnt which never fails, and that is God. He allows us to experience the fullness of life — which also means making mistakes, so that we may learn from them.
It sounds ironic, I know, but when we know our limitations, we start to perform. It means we have a good base to work on so we won't fall as many times as before. That's what my past 10 years were like. Growing older and accepting my limitations. These days, I'm able to see the bigger picture. I have also become more forgiving. For instance, I realise now that unity doesn't happen in a day. You have to work towards the transition period.
Writing ads about racial harmony is one thing but we also work at the ground level to get the message across. Talk less, do more — that's my philosophy. We need to have more conscious people, which is why I aspire to help more people discover their potential at the personal level. My dream for the next 10 years is to become an advocate of unity, not just in Malaysia, but in the world, through my writings.
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Posted: 01 Jan 2011 01:38 AM PST
This is ok for UMNO and UTUSAN!
This is "buat hal!" WTF!
After 53 years of Merdeka (Independence), the Barisan Nasional (BN), especially the MCA, never fails to constantly warn non-Malays of PAS' strive for the implementation of hudud laws under an Islamic state. But what the MCA fails to condemn is BN-Umno's declaration that Malaysia is already an Islamic state.
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 01:15 AM PST
* All names have been changed to protect privacy. (From Malaysiakini)
The name on the identity card (MyKad) reads Ravichandran a/l Muniandy*. For the 17 years of his life, this gangly teenager has lived as a Hindu, and yet his MyKad states that he is a Muslim.
But at least he has a MyKad - received three years after he first applied for it, and only because his father, Muniandy, had made a scene at the National Registration Department (NRD) in Putrajaya.
"We applied when he was 13, but even then the registration officer there tried to reject the application, saying that his mother's name is Malay so my son's name must be changed to a Malay name too. I refused, so they told me to go to Putrajaya," Muniandy said.
The second application was lodged with the boy's name, Ravichandran a/l Muniandy, as per his birth certificate, but nothing came out of it, and the boy was forced to sit his PMR with only the application slip.
"We went to the (NRD) branch several times and were told the card never arrived, so I went to Putrajaya, and they made us submit another application, again with a Malay name," he said.
After an altercation with the NRD officers, both at the counter and at the legal department, Muniandy managed to convince them into retaining his son's name as per his birth certificate.
"But the officer told me that they could not guarantee that his religion on the card will not be Islam," he said.
Ravichandran's sister Saraswathy is 15 years old and still awaiting her MyKad. If she is as 'lucky' as her brother, she will receive hers in time for the SPM examination, but her case might be more complicated.
Assaulted and threatened into converting to Islam
Born during a tumultuous period in her parents' life, her birth certificate was claimed by officials to be missing and the replacement states that Sarawasthy's religion and that of her parents is Islam.
Her name on the birth certificate is 'Sarawaswathy binti Kamal Shah' - the name religious officials forced onto her father.
Her mother Laila, a Muslim, was pregnant with her when religious department officials broke into their home after midnight to conduct a raid, acting on a tip-off.
"They broke open the front door and wiped the 'pottu' off my wife's forehead. We were so afraid - they had surrounded the house," said Muniandy, tears welling up in his eyes.
Muniandy never changed his name to the Muslim one at the NRD.
"In my application for my (second daughter's) birth certificate, her name was (Shantini) a/p Muniandy, but her name is printed as Shantini binti Kamal Shah," he said.
Another son has the name 'Shah' added as a middle name by the NRD officer who claimed that he should have a 'Muslim element' in his name.
Quietly, all around Malaysia, many Muslims enter into marriages with non-Muslims, without their spouses converting.
Assumed to be Muslim by virtue of one parent's religion by seemingly well-meaning NRD officers, these children later face lengthy legal battles to renounce a faith they know nothing about.
I wonder if this is truly what Najib have in mind with his 1 Malaysia policy? If this is so I think we will be in better hands with PAS!
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:55 PM PST
Posted: 01 Jan 2011 12:31 AM PST
It's a new year! Happy? Well it certainly was a rousing welcome for 2011 all over Malaysia. With fireworks, street parties, music and revelry.
And Malaysians awoke today to an announcement from the Prime Minister that the "power to build the nation is with the people".
Very true of course. But I could not help feeling that whatever Umno/BN is paying their public relations company is well worth the money. In one swell swoop the prime minister has taken over the stand long-associated with the Opposition! People power now belongs to the BN. So what is the PR going to do? But on the other hand what the prime minister said could also be taken to strengthen what the PR has been saying since even before the 2008 tsunami. That the people must wake up and exercise their right to have good government. That they must register to vote if they haven't done so. So the prime minister is echoing what the PR has said all this time. Yes, I know. for 2011 I am going to be an optimist. Hahahahaha......
In today's Star there is also a funny. The MCA boss Chua Soi Lek said that "the people's support is crucial in the success of the Government Transformation Plan (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). True also. That message can also mean that the Malaysian people should just shut up and follow orders. "Don't worry. You just do what we tell you. We take care of everything for you. Semua selesai!" Yay!!!
Sorry. Just a small new year's day joke la.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:09 PM PST
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 10:53 PM PST
Lima negeri dalam dua kategori berasingan, iaitu Johor, Pahang dengan Selangor; dan juga Melaka dengan Pulau Pinang, telah dipilih untuk membuat perbandingan dari tiga sudut: pengurusan kewangan, pentadbiran negeri dan pendemokrasian masing-masing.
Johor/Pahang dengan Selangor
Secara keseluruhannya, proses membaiki status kewangan negeri telah bermula di Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, namun langkah pemantapan prestasi kewangan Kerajaan Negeri Johor dan Pahang belum lagi mempamerkan perubahan positif. Tahap kemantapan pengurusan kewangan dapat dilihat daripada Laporan Ketua Audit Negara yang mengesyorkan supaya Selangor meneruskan perbelanjaan berhemat dan terus berusaha mengutip baki pinjaman boleh dituntut di samping usaha berterusan terhadap kutipan tunggakan bayaran pinjaman boleh dituntut, manakala Johor dan Pahang disyorkan perlu mempertingkat dan memperkukuhkan lagi prestasi kewangan (Johor), dan perlu mengamalkan perbelanjaan berhemat (Pahang).
Dari segi Nisbah Semasa, Kerajaan Negeri Selangor memperoleh nisbah lebih daripada 1, manakala Kerajaan Negeri Johor dan Pahang memperoleh nisbah kurang daripada 1. Fakta ini menunjukkan bahawa kecairan tunai Kerajaan Negeri Johor dan Pahang adalah rendah untuk menampung jumlah tanggungan semasa.
Dari segi defisit, ketiga-tiga negeri mencatat defisit, iaitu Johor RM70.35 juta, Pahang RM42.27 juta dan Selangor RM65.96 juta. Namun begitu, defisit Negeri Pahang dan Johor adalah lebih parah jika berbanding dengan Selangor apabila diambil kira faktor kutipan hasil.
Keadaan di Negeri Pahang menunjukkan bahawa prestasi kewangan Kerajaan Negeri semakin menurun dengan ketara sejak tahun 2007 kerana hasil kutipan tidak dapat menampung perbelanjaan tahunan. Kerajaan Pahang telah membentangkan belanjawan defisit untuk tahun ke-12 berturut-turut sehingga tahun 2010. Bagi Negeri Johor, tahap defisit tahun 2009 adalah yang tertinggi dalam tempoh lima tahun kebelakangan.
Selain itu, gabungan hasil kedua-dua buah negeri adalah sebanyak RM1,243 juta berbanding dengan hasil Negeri Selangor sebanyak RM1,764 juta, tetapi gabungan defisit adalah sebanyak RM120.95 juta, iaitu lebih kurang satu kali ganda lebih tinggi daripada defisit Selangor yang berjumlah RM65.96 juta.
Analisis Perbandingan Antara Hasil dengan Perbelanjaan Mengurus Kerajaan Negeri Barisan Nasional dan Pakatan Rakyat Bagi Tempoh 2005 hingga 2009
Melaka dengan Pulau Pinang
Walaupun Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat baru sahaja mengambil alih negeri Pulau Pinang, namun jika dibandingkan dengan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional di negeri Melaka, wujud perbezaan yang cukup meyakinkan mengikut gaya dan pendekatan seperti mana yang terkandung dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2009.
Umpamanya, KPRU mendapati bahawa kedudukan kewangan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang secara keseluruhannya adalah baik dengan melakukan beberapa pengubahsuaian dalam aktiviti perolehan, bentuk perbelanjaan yang benar-benar berhemat tanpa menjejaskan kebajikan rakyat Pulau Pinang. Hasilnya, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mengakhiri tahun kewangan 2009 dengan lebihan sejumlah RM77.34 juta menjadikan lebihan dana terkumpul berjumlah RM538.95 juta. Berbanding dengan pesaingnya, prestasi kewangan yang dicatatkan oleh Kerajaan Negeri Melaka bertambah baik daripada defisit RM4.56 juta pada tahun 2008 kepada lebihan dana RM0.30 juta.
Selain itu, analisis Nisbah Semasa Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang pada tahun 2009 mendapati Nisbah Semasa Kerajaan Negeri adalah 5.25:1 melebihi satu, manakala Nisbah Semasa Melaka adalah kurang daripada 1. Fakta ini menunjukkan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang berkemampuan untuk menampung jumlah tanggungan semasa manakala Melaka gagal menampung tanggungan tersebut.
Dari segi pelaburan kerajaan negeri, kebijakan pelaburan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang harus menjadi teladan bukan sahaja kepada Kerajaan Negeri Melaka, malah semua Kerajaan Negeri dalam Persekutuan di mana jumlah dividen dan keuntungan mencatatkan angka tertinggi sejak tahun 2005. Sila rujuk jadual yang dipetik daripada Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2009 (m.s 28).
Pelaburan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang
Kerajaan Negeri Melaka pula mencatatkan pencapaian yang sebaliknya. Semakin besar pelaburan yang dibuat olehnya, belum tentu lagi pulangan faedahnya lumayan. Fakta ini terkandung dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2009 (m.s 32)
Pelaburan Kerajaan Negeri Melaka
Johor/Pahang dengan Selangor
Secara keseluruhannya, adalah didapati bahawa Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat bersikap lebih responsif dan cekap dalam urusan pentadbiran negeri. Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat bukan sahaja tidak segan mendedahkan isu-isu kontroversi supaya orang awam termaklum dengan perkembangan, malah ianya juga tidak teragak-agak mengambil tindakan terhadap mereka yang didapati bersalah. Misalannya, dalam isu jamuan makan yang menelan RM300 ribu anjuran Yayasan Selangor baru-baru ini, Timbalan Pengurus Besar Yayasan Selangor diarah mengambil cuti selama sebulan berkuat-kuasa serta merta. Corak pentadbiran sebegini tidak kelihatan dalam negeri pemerintahan Barisan Nasional.
Kajian Kes: Isu Curi Pasir
Dari segi pentadbiran negeri, sebenarnya Negeri Pahang dan Johor juga dibelenggui isu curi pasir, malah mungkin lebih serius daripada apa yang berlaku di Selangor. Akan tetapi isu curi pasir di kedua-dua negeri tersebut jarang diberi perhatian akibat liputan media yang tercondong.
Misalnya, pada tahun 2009, Kerajaan Negeri Selangor mengalami kerugian RM1.82 juta daripada royalti tidak berkutip, tetapi kerugian yang dialami oeh Kerajaan Negeri Pahang adalah sebanyak RM3.23 juta, iaitu lebih kurang satu kali ganda lebih daripada kerugian yang dialami oleh Kerajaan Selangor.
Di Johor pula, adalah didapati juga kegiatan perlombongan pasir yang mula beroperasi sejak tahun 2003 tetapi tidak menyediakan Laporan Penilaian Kesan Alam Sekitar (EIA), aliran air sungai berubah, berlakunya tanah runtuh, pencerobohan, pihak penguatkuasa tidak memantau secara berkala, dan banyak lagi.
Tambahan lagi, kegiatan perlombongan pasir di Pahang dan Johor telah menyukarkan nelayan yang menggunakan Kuala Sungai Miang tersebut sebagai laluan keluar masuk bot mereka untuk ke laut menangkap ikan. Menurut mereka, kuala sungai telah menjadi semakin cetek dan dipenuhi pasir yang menghalang pergerakan bot.
Dari segi mengatasi isu kekurangan koordinasi antara jabatan dan pencurian pasir, tindakan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor juga jauh lebih responsif jika berbanding dengan Kerajaan Negeri Pahang. Satu Jawatankuasa Khas diketuai Ketua Setiausaha Negeri, dan melibatkan Pejabat Tanah dan Galian Selangor (PTGS) serta Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah (PDT) yang sering mengadakan pemantauan bersama dengan pihak Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dan Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia (RELA) telah ditubuhkan serta merta. Sebaliknya, sehingga hari ini Kerajaan Negeri Pahang belum lagi mengambil apa-apa langkah untuk mengatasi masalah tersebut.
Melaka dengan Pulau Pinang
Struktur pentadbiran yang cekap dan beramanah juga banyak membantu mengangkat status sosioekonomi negeri Pulau Pinang. Agenda Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang yang menekankan kepada prinsip akauntabiliti, ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawaban (CAT) telah terbukti meyakinkan rakyat dan para pelaburnya walaupun memiliki sumber-sumber negeri yang begitu terhad sekali. Apatah lagi bantuan Kerajaan Persekutuan yang dihulurkan adalah tidak ikhlas dan bertujuan memporak-perandakan politik Pakatan Rakyat. Buktinya, Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mempersoalkan kewajaran Kerajaan Persekutuan yang memperuntukan RM200 juta kepada Khazanah Nasional untuk membangunkan dan memulihara lokasi warisan negeri sedangkan peruntukan RM30 juta yang turut dinikmati oleh Kerajaan Negeri Melaka diuruskan sendiri tanpa pihak ketiga. Adakah tindakan tersebut dianggap hukuman Kerajaan Persekutuan Barisan Nasional kepada rakyat Pulau Pinang? Walaupun begitu, hal ini langsung tidak menghalang Kerajaan Negeri untuk menyampaikan perkhidmatan yang terbaik kepada rakyat.
Berlainan pula dengan Kerajaan Negeri Melaka yang mempunyai daya kebergantungan yang tinggi terhadap Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk menjana pendapatan negerinya. Misalannya, Kerajaan Negeri Melaka memperoleh hasil jualan aset pengurusan air kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan berjumlah RM39.73 juta. Mungkinkah tanpa pengambilan aset pengurusan air tersebut, Kerajaan Negeri Melaka akan terus terperangkap dalam hutang serta defisit yang tidak tertanggung? Beberapa kelemahan yang ketara perlu diatasi oleh Kerajaan Negeri Melaka seperti kegagalan monorel menyeberangi Sungai Melaka dan projek Eye on Malaysia yang tergendala sekian lama sekiranya negeri Melaka masih berhasrat menjadi pesaing terdekat kepada negeri Pulau Pinang dalam sektor pelancongan.
Johor/Pahang dengan Selangor
Dari segi pendemokrasian, adalah jelas bahawa Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat, terutamanya Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dan Pulau Pinang masih berada di barisan depan dalam proses pendemokrasian berbanding dengan Negeri-negeri Barisan Nasional. Kerajaan Negeri Selangor telah menerajui dasar dan langkah-langkah berikut yang langsung tidak dihirau oleh Kerajaan Negeri Pahang dan Johor:
Di samping itu, antara kelebihan lain Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang jika berbanding dengan Melaka adalah idea demokrasi itu dipraktikan secara terbuka. Walaupun terlalu awal untuk diperkatakan, sekurang-kurangnya sudah ada keazaman politik yang jelas untuk melakukan perubahan pada pihak Pakatan Rakyat. Berikut adalah usaha-usaha Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang dalam agenda pendemokrasian negeri:
Kesimpulannya, fakta-fakta di atas menunjukkan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dan Pulau Pinang diperintah secara lebih berhemat, telus dan cekap berbanding dengan Kerajaan Negeri Johor, Pahang dan Melaka. Laporan Ketua Audit Negara juga memberikan pengiktirafan kepada pengurusan kewangan Negeri Selangor dan Pulau Pinang yang lebih professional. Dari segi pendemokrasian, negeri-negeri tersebut juga mendahului dengan memperkenalkan pelbagai inisiatif yang dapat menjamin hak rakyat.
Perkembangan-perkembangan tersebut dapat dilihat sebagai pengambil-alihan kerajaan baru yang bergiat merealisasikan janjian kepada rakyat dan masih segar untuk melalukan reformasi tanpa ikatan beban tradisi. Dalam konteks negeri, perkembangan positif pasca 8 Mac 2008 juga dapat dinilai dari sudut kebangkitan sistem dua parti, di mana kewujudan sekatan dan imbangan (check and balance) kuasa menjadikan pihak pemerintah lebih berhat-hati dan segan melakukan kesilapan. Secara keseluruhannya, perbandingan dari segi prestasi kewangan, pentadbiran dan pendemokrasian ini wajar menjadi satu asas rujukan kepada rakyat yang sudah berubah dan belum berubah agar mereka menjadi lebih bijaksana dan termaklum dalam membuat keputusan dalam pilihanraya akan datang.
 Analisis Nisbah Semasa adalah untuk mengukur kedudukan kecairan tunai Kerajaan Negeri dalam membiayai jumlah Tanggungan Semasa. Sekiranya nisbah yang dihasilkan melebihi daripada 1, maka ini menunjukkan tanda yang positif dari segi kedudukan kecairan tunai.
 Defisit dalam maksud ini mengambil kira perbandingan antara hasil dengan perbelanjaan mengurus Kerajaan Negeri bagi tempoh perakaunan semasa dan tahun sebelumnya untuk mengukur lebihan atau defisit bagi Akaun Hasil Disatukan.
 Laporan Ketua Audit Negera, Penyata Kewangan Kerajaan Negeri dan Pengurusan Kewangan Jabatan/Agensi Negeri Pahang Tahun 2009, m.s 17
 Laporan Ketua Audit Negera, Penyata Kewangan Kerajaan Negeri dan Pengurusan Kewangan Jabatan/Agensi Negeri Johor Tahun 2009, m.s 19
 Laporan Ketua Audit Negara, Aktiviti Jabatan/Agensi dan Pengurusan Syarikat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Tahun 2009, m.s 50
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