Friday, February 11, 2011

12 soalan untuk semua ketua bahagian Umno

12 soalan untuk semua ketua bahagian Umno


12 soalan untuk semua ketua bahagian Umno

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 01:47 PM PST

PRESIDEN Umno Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak mengadakan pertemuan khas dengan 191 ketua bahagian di Menara Dato' Onn, PWTC hari ini. Setiap ketua bahagian akan dipanggil seorang demi seorang bagi menyampaikan masalah kawasan masing-masing serta mendengar nasihat Najib.

Bagaimanapun, sebagai ahli biasa dan pemerhati turun-naik Umno sejak 30 tahun lalu, saya berpendapat Najib perlu mengubah pendekatan ini. Beliau harus bertanyakan beberapa soalan 'klasik' manakala setiap ketua bahagian perlu menjawabnya dengan jelas.

Tidak ada faedahnya menganjurkan pertemuan sedemikian jika kita hanya mengangguk dan menggeleng sedangkan penyakit serta kudis dalam parti masih dibiarkan tidak terubat dan makin bernanah.

Berikut adalah antara soalan yang patut diajukan:

1. Sebagai ketua bahagian sejak dua penggal, kami dapati isteri anda turut menjadi ketua wanita bahagian, anak perempuan anda pula jadi ketua Puteri manakala anak lelaki memegang jawatan ketua Pemuda bahagian. Bagaimana mereka dilantik? Andakah yang melantik mereka atau anda menggunakan pengaruh yang ada dalam proses pemilihan? Anda seolah-olah ingin membina empayar politik sendiri di peringkat bahagian. Apa tujuan anda dan mengapa?

2. Anda pernah menjadi Ahli Parlimen selama satu penggal pada pilihanraya umum 2004 tetapi anda digugurkan untuk senarai 2008. Sebaliknya timbalan anda dipilih dan menang. Adakah anda tahu sebab-sebab anda tidak dicalonkan semula? Dalam pada itu, anda menjadikan timbalan ketua bahagian sebagai musuh dan menghasut ahli agar jangan menyebelahinya, sebaliknya terus menyokong anda.

3. Disebabkan anda tidak dicalonkan semula pada 2008, benarkan anda turut menghasut pengundi PRU12 agar memilih calon pembangkang bagi memastikan timbalan anda yang dipilih bertanding itu tewas? Anda terus berkomplot untuk menjatuhkannya pada PRU akan datang, dan pada waktu yang sama menyisihkan penyokongnya.

4. Adakah sebagai ketua bahagian, anda yakin yang ahli peringkat cawangan menyokong dan mempercayai anda? Berapa kerapkah anda mengadakan perbincangan dari hati ke hati dengan mereka dan meminta pandangan bagaimana untuk memperkukuhkan parti, dan bukan sekadar menasihati mereka akan terus patuh kepada parti sedangkan ketua bahagian adalah jenis yang tidak boleh diharap!

5. Sebelum jadi Ahli Parlimen, anda cuma memiliki sebuah kereta nasional. Rumah anda juga jenis sederhana murah, sama ada rumah teres atau rumah kampung. Bagaimanapun, beberapa bukan selepas menjadi Yang Berhormat, anda didapati memiliki dua kereta mewah manakala rumah anda pula jadi makin besar. Anda turut menggaji seorang pemandu dan dua pengawal peribadi untuk mengikut anda ke Parlimen dan tempat lain. Di rumah, anda menggaji seorang pembantu. Dengan elaun Ahli Parlimen cuma dalam sekitar RM10,000 sebulan, bagaimana anda mampu membayar ansuran bulanan kereta kira-kira RM4,000, gaji pemandu RM1,000 dan RM2,000 setiap seorang bagi pengawal peribadi (bodyguard). Anda juga perlu membayar gaji pembantu rumah dan membiayai kos sara hidup famili. Dari mana anda memperolehi wang untuk semua itu?

6. Menteri Besar dan Ketua Menteri adalah pengerusi badan perhubungan Umno negeri. Kami dapat tahu ketika si polan ini mahu menjadi Menteri Besar, anda menghadiahkannya banyak pakaian, kot dan tali leher mahal serta berjenama kepadanya, selain beberapa pasang kasut 'designer's item'. Apa tujuan awak 'membodeknya?'

7. Sebagai Ahli Parlimen, anda sering ponteng sidang Dewan Rakyat. Jika hadir pun, anda tidak pernah mengambil bahagian dalam debat dan langsung tidak bertanyakan apa-apa soalan. Adakah anda jenis manusia pemalas atau sebenarnya tidak berilmu, justeru itu anda malu bertanya.

8. Sebagai ketua bahagian yang bukan wakil rakyat, tidakkah anda rasa ada sesuatu yang tidak kena dengan pendekatan kepemimpinan anda? Tidakkah anda berhasrat meletakkan jawatan bagi membolehkan timbalan anda yang juga Ahli Parlimen memikul tanggungjawabnya dengan lebih berkesan tanpa 'gangguan' dan 'perangai budak-budak' and?

9. Anda sudah menjadi ketua bahagian selama tiga atau empat penggal. Tidakkah anda bercadangan untuk mempertahankan jawatan itu pada pemilihan parti 2012? Atau anda ingin terus memegang jawatan itu sampai bila-bila.

10. Adakah anda berpendapat jawatan Ahli Parlimen adalah milik mutlak ketua bahagian. Apabila timbalan anda atau orang lain dipilih sebagai calon, anda rasa terancam dan terpinggir? Mungkin ini yang mendorong anda 'memberontak' dan cuba menjatuhkan orang berkenaan?

11. Adakah anda sedar bahawa banyak masalah parti kita berpunca di peringkat bahagian kerana orang seperti anda yang menerajuinya secara tidak ikhlas dan mahukan jawatan serta kuasa saja?

12. Kepada siapakah anda memberikan projek yang diperuntukkan untuk kawasan Parlimen kerana ia disalurkan kepada anda bukannya orang lain yang menjadi Ahli Parlimen bahagian anda? Siapakah orang atau syarikat apakah yang anda pilih? Adakah anda mendapat 'ganjarannya?'


(Saya rasa ahli Umno dan pemerhati mempunyai banyak lagi soalan yang boleh ditujukan kepada ketua bahagian ini. Apa yang penting, dalam usaha membersihkan Umno daripada unsur tidak sihat dan merosakkan imej serta maruah parti, eloklah kita mulai dari sekarang.

Saya juga yakin jika soalan ini dijadukan kepada mereka, ramai yang tidak akan menjawabnya dengan jujur demi melindungi kepentingan politik peribadi.

Apa pun, terserah kepada presiden parti...)


Game over for Mubarak

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 09:43 AM PST

Update: "Swiss cabinet decrees Mubarak accounts be frozen"

"Mubarak resigns, hands power to military"

The people of Egypt have won. And newly-appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman being decidedly side-lined. Would he now hold the world record for being the most short-lived appointed VP of a nation?

The more important question is: Would the Egyptian people really enjoy the freedom and prosperity that they have successfully protested for or would they descend into greater tyranny in the days to come? I wish the best for the people of Egypt … but only time will tell.

Pix and excerpt of story from here

Democracy protests bring down Egypt's Mubarak

CAIRO – Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after President Hosni Mubarak resigned as president, forced out by 18 days of mass protests that culminated in huge marches Friday on his presidential palaces and state television. The military took power after protesters called for it to intervene and oust their leader of three decades.

"The people ousted the regime," rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo's central Tahrir Square and outside Mubarak's main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital.

The crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and other cities around the country danced, chanted "goodbye, goodbye," and raised their hands in prayer in an ecstatic pandemonium as fireworks and car horns sounded after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall.


(Latest) The President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak Resign | President Mesir, Hosni Mubarak Berundur

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 08:33 AM PST


Latest News, The President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak Resign...
Berita terkini, President Mesir, Hosni Mubarak meletak jawatan...


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From Al-Jazeera;

6:12pm: Mubarak steps down. Brought to you live on Al Jazeera:

6:09pm: No point any of our presenters trying to speak over the roar of Egyptians celebrating.

6:04pm: Jubilation breaks out across Egypt. Flags waving. Joyous scenes in Tahrir Square, Alexandria, Suez.

6:03pm: He's gone. He's resigned. 30 years of Mubarak rule is over. Omar Suleiman says:

President Hosni Mubarak has waived the office of president

6:01pm: Omar Suleiman addressing nation now


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Revolusi Mesir Sama Tarikhnya Dengan Revolusi Iran

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 08:28 AM PST

Saya tak tau nak kata apa. Tetapi, Revolusi Iran telah berlaku 32 tahun lepas pada hari ini, 11 Febuary 1979. Pada hari ini, 11 February 2011, Revolusi Mesir pula berlaku. Pada hari jatuhnya Regim Shah Iran, pada hari yang sama juga Regim Mubarak tersungkur menyembah bumi.

Kedua-dua Shah Iran dan Mubarak adalah boneka Amerika dan boneka Yahudi Israel. KEdua-dua jatuh pada 11 February tapi berbeza 32 tahun di antara mereka.

Bezanya, demo yang menjatuhkan Shah Iran memakan masa lebih 1 tahun. Demo yang menjatuhkan Mubarak cuma 18 hari.

Syukur kepada Allah SWT.

TAKBIRR!!!!!!

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RASMI: Mubarak Letak Jawatan!!!!!!

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 08:49 AM PST

5 minit yang lepas, dengan rasmi, Naib Presiden Mesir Omar Sulaiman membuat pengumuman rasmi melalui "RTM" Mesir bahawa Presiden Husni Mubarak telah meletak jawatan sebagai Presiden Mesir.

TAKBIR!!!!!!

Marilah kita beramai-ramai membuat sujud syukur dan mengucap syukur kepada Allah SWT dengan jatuhnya salah seorang diktator paling zalim dalam negara Arab dan dunia Islam. Dengan jatuhnya Mubarak, maka jatuhnya seorang diktator yang paling rapat dengan Israel.

Tingginya kekuasaan Nya. 2 tahun lepas Mubarak cuba meenjatuhkaan HAMAS di Gaza dengan menyokong pembunuhan beramai-ramai rakyat Gaza, hari ini Allah SWT menjatuhkan Mubarak dari kerusi Presiden Mesir.

Marilah kita beramai-ramai mem buat sujud syukur kepada Nya.

Selepas ini masanya PResiden "MAlaysia" pula yang meletak jawatan, inshaalah.


Di bawah kenyataan Naib Presiden Omar Sulaiman yang diterjemah oleh BBC:

Full statement from Vice-President Suleiman: "In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country. May God help everybody."
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All Students Abroad May Vote, Says EC - By Melissa Chi.

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 07:29 AM PST

The Election Commission (EC) has instructed the Foreign Ministry to allow all full-time students abroad to vote at overseas missions, said its deputy chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar today.

Wan Ahmad said today that Malaysian embassies and high commissions had not acted legally in only allowing government-sponsored students to vote as there is no law barring privately-sponsored students from registering and casting their votes.

"Under the constitution, we cannot deny the rights to vote by eligible Malaysians. So, our number one focus is our students abroad, no matter whether they are students [sponsored] by the private sectors or government-financed students. We have informed the Malaysian embassies," he said.

"Under the registration law 2002, it states very clearly full-time students abroad with their spouses, are eligible to register as voters if they have proof that they are full-time students," Wan Ahmad said, referring to the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations, 2002.

"The law does not restrict private students to register as voters. I think the misunderstanding was the part of the Malaysian embassies abroad. Last week, we have made the clarification with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that what they have done in the past, by only allowing the government-sponsored students to register, was actually not in line with the law," he added.

Speaking at the launch of the "Voice Your Choice" campaign by the Growing Emerging Leaders (GEL), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Wan Ahmad said students could vote after producing proof of enrolment from their universities and registering their current addresses with the mission.

Under election law, only four categories of citizens residing abroad are allowed to cast their votes as "absent voters", defined in general terms as registered voters living outside Malaysia.

The absent-voter categories include military personnel, public servants, full-time students and their spouses, who may participate in elections by voting at the high commissions or consulates in the countries they live in.

All other citizens living abroad must return to Malaysia if they want to vote whenever an election is called.

Today, Wan Ahmad said the EC has begun placing appointed assistant registrars in all Malaysian embassies, starting January this year.

"Please forgive the past things which have been done without the knowledge of the Election Commission but I can assure you starting from this year, all students abroad, no matter government-sponsored students or if they are private sponsored, are eligible to register at Malaysian embassies anywhere," he said.

Since Election 2008, which saw the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government lose its two-thirds majority in Parliament and cede control of five states, Malaysians abroad have been agitating for their right to be registered as absent voters.

MyOverseasVote (MOV), a campaign recently founded in London, is in Malaysia exploring legal avenues to rectify what it describes as constitutional defects, to provide for the legitimate voting rights to all Malaysians living overseas, without any form of discrimination.

Wan Ahmad also said the EC was now looking at extending the ballot to other Malaysians at large who were working in international organisations or running businesses overseas.

"That will come later because ... it is a very complicated process. The election of our country is based on a territorial constituency representation," Wan Ahmad explained.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Church Group Seeks Muslim Preacher’s Apology Over Vice Link - By Adib Zalkapli.

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 07:18 AM PST

The youth wing of the Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) urged a Muslim preacher today to apologise for linking Christianity with vices in a sermon about Valentine's Day.

CCM Youth secretary Elaine Teh said Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood's remarks would create disharmony within Malaysia's multicultural and multi-religious society.

"She based her arguments with unsupported legends and fables and had chosen to use the public sphere to abuse another community's beliefs with erroneous opinions, which were weakly disguised as facts," said Teh, calling her remarks "derogatory and irresponsible."

"Ustazah Siti could have advised the young people to be wise and not be exploited by such [a] blatantly commercialised celebration rather than openly attacking another community's beliefs without well-researched facts," she added.

Siti Nor Bahyah, who called herself a religious teacher and motivational speaker, had said in a television programme aired on TV9 more than a year ago, that "vices, going to discos and to be in remote place with a partner as Christian tradition."

The recording of the show has since been uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube and viewed by close to 100,000 visitors.

In an attempt to discourage Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14, Siti Nor Bahyah also presented several versions of the origin of the celebration and declared the day as a Christian festival.

She had said that Valentine's Day started as a celebration to commemorate the fall of the Islamic administration in Spain, adding that it would be inappropriate to for Muslims to take part in the celebration.

Today, Teh said Siti Nor Bahyah's "careless remarks have humiliated the beliefs of others and resulted in creating disharmony by inciting hatred of one community to another. Therefore, CCM Youth hopes that Ustazah Siti would apologise to the Christian community in the spirit of unity through diversity," she added.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


UM tries to disrupt students' press conference

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 05:15 AM PST

Universiti Malaya authorities tried to throw a press conference organised by the Pro-Mahasiswa (pro-M) group in the campus into disarray for some 15 minutes today, using high-handed tactics, including shutting a student's mouth and switching on a blaring siren. www.malaysiakini.com
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Fire In Southern Park, Klang.

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 06:18 AM PST

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A Festive Mood Of Some Chung Ling Old Boys

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 05:25 AM PST

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Dissolution “On this day………!!”

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 05:24 AM PST

DISSOLUTION…..!!!!!!!

24/04/2006: State Legislative Assembly Dissolve Today …Sarawak Chief Minister !!!

A recap:-The Chief Minister of Sarawak, Pehin Sri Dr. Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud had today announced the dissoulution of State Legislative Assembly at 8:35 morning while heading to Sibu for an official function after being questioned by member of press.

However, more details will be officially announced by Election Commission Board of Malaysia at 11:00am this morning.

SO when will the 10th Sarawak State Elections be….It's CM's prerogative and he will announced after getting the necessary "INSPIRATION" and dont forget it will be a SATURDAY.

 According to reliable sources it will not be together with the Parliamentary Elections. There will also not be a DUN sitting in May and will he announce the dissolution after his 30th Year in Office on 26th of March 2011.  So who amongst you are going to book a ticket and book one of the 71 rooms. When is he going to announce……??

  STILL GUESSING DON"T ……….


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Valentine’s Day Is Not Christian, Says Church Group - By Boo Su-Lyn.

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 04:26 AM PST

Christian groups in Malaysia refuted today accusations by Muslim authorities that Valentine's Day is a Christian event.

"Valentine's Day is a secular observance, and it is not celebrated religiously by churches in Malaysia, or, in other parts of the world," said Council of Churches Malaysia general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri in a statement.

"Although the word 'Valentine' draws some connection to St. Valentine, the Church's authorities have not endorsed the connection, be it Roman Catholic or Protestant," he added.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said yesterday it will launch an anti-Valentine's Day campaign, quoting a fatwa issued by the National Fatwa Council in 2005 which called it an immoral Christian celebration.

Valentine's Day is a global annual celebration of love on February 14 that is rooted in St Valentine, an early Christian martyr who was likely associated with romance only in the 14th century, according to historical records.

A Muslim preacher called Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood has also linked Christianity with vices in a sermon on the festival.

Siti had said in a television programme aired on TV9 more than a year ago, that "vices, going to discos and to be in remote place with a partner as Christian tradition."

She also called Valentine's Day a Christian festival, claiming it started as a celebration to commemorate the fall of the Islamic administration in Spain.

The recording of the show has since been uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube and viewed by close to 100,000 visitors.

Shastri urged the religious authorities today to refute the allegation that Christianity promoted sexual promiscuity through Valentine's Day.

"To suggest that Valentine's Day is observed by Christians, in the said Fatwa is unfair and misleading," said Shastri.

"They have erred in their inference, and therefore has hurt the religious feelings of Christians in the country," he added.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) also disputed links of the popular romantic celebration to Christianity.

"We strongly urge that better research be done and no mistake be made of linking the Christian faith to Valentine's Day, which is celebrated publicly in many countries today and not just in the West," said CFM chairman Bishop Ng Moon Hing in a statement today.

"The Catholic Church has removed the memorial of his (St Valentine) feast since the promulgation of the new Roman liturgical calendar in the year 1969, although his name remains on the list of saints and martyrs," he added.

Ng further lambasted Siti and PAS Youth for associating Christianity with vices through Valentine's Day.

"Statements which have a tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility against any particular religious community cannot and should not be tolerated," said Ng.

Both the city Islamic Department (Jawi) and the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) have also banned Muslims from celebrating the festival next Monday.

Jais pointed out today that there were 257,411 births out of wedlock between 2000 and 2008, and blamed Valentine's Day celebration as one of the causes.

PAS Youth has similarly opposed Valentine's Day, claiming that it was steeped in immorality.

The Islamist party said it would distribute educational flyers on Valentine's Day at several locations it had identified as hotbeds of immoral activities.

The PAS Youth campaign was announced after it came under fire for reportedly planning a crackdown on Muslims celebrating the February 14 event.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


(Gambar) Tunjuk Perasaan Besar-Besaran Di Mesir Selepas Mubarak Enggan Berundur

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 03:39 AM PST


Presiden Mesir Mubarak enggan untuk berundur menyebabkan rakyat Mesir hari ini melakukan tunjuk perassan besar-besaran...






Photo adopted from Al-Jazeera Live Blog

Sedikit updates dari Al-Jazeera:

(All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)

12:20pm Pro-democracy protesters continue to pour into Tahrir [Liberation] Square in Cairo. They call for president Mubarak to step down. The Imam during the Friday prayer in the square urged the people to stay strong and stick to their demands.

12:15am Reuters news agency has reported Egypt's army said it would lift emergency law "as soon as current circumstances end," conceding a key demand to anti-government protesters but indicating it wanted them off the streets.

It also guaranteed a free and fair presidential election, constitutional changes and protection of the nation.

11:27am Vice-President Omar Suleiman has told Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to appoint a deputy premier from a council of "wise men" who have been in talks with the government. The state news agency says the deputy prime minister would take responsibility for "a national dialogue".

11:22am A few thousand protesters have gathered in Alexandria. Our correspondent says the crowd is expected to "increase massively" after midday prayers.

11:09am Massive crowds in Tahrir are chanting "the people and the army are hand in hand".

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Beyond UMNO Media spinning: It’s About Reality objectivity that pretends the truth always lies in the middle, between two generally exaggerated and intellectually-disingenuous extremes

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 03:25 AM PST

For far too long, the public has suffered under the tyranny of dueling narratives served up by one or another interest group seeking self-serving shortcuts around nuanced truths, all the while shortchanging the clarity of important debates about the biggest issues of the day — from health care reform to defense policy to education. Journalists have too often perpetuated the false notion that seemingly any issue can be cleanly divided into right and left, conservative and liberal, because these labels make our work simpler, supplying us with a handy structure we can impose at will on typically uncooperative facts.

News, Lies and Propaganda


It's been a long time since I bought a copy of the local newspapers. Personally, I am fade up with the 'so called' news! To me, what is in the local newspapers is an insult to one's intelligence!


Those with access to the internet should make it a point to educate and keep their family members, relatives, friends and associates who belong to the category of people still reading local newspapers, and who believe in what they hear from spin doctors, informed of what is really happening in this country. If each and every one of us do this, than more accurate news will reach the ears of those less informed people. In time, if we will open the eyes of these unfortunate people who are being fooled time and again, this may transcribe to correct votes to stir this country away from the destruction which threatens it. Perhaps, the Opposition should concentrate more on this than wasting away on infighting among themselves.


These lies and falsehood published in the mainstream newspapers are a sure sign that the 13th General Election is fast-approaching. The mainstream newspapers must be under tight control and monitoring by the BN Government indeed. Also, efforts have been stepped up to portray Pakatan Rakyat (PR) as being weak and on the point of collapse whereas BN is portrayed as being vibrant and transformed to galvanise the country's economy to higher heights (including building the very high 100-storey Menara Warisan). This will inevitably affect the general population of voters especially those in the rural areas, not many of whom will bother to verify the facts from other alternative sources.


By winning the media war, BN can increase its number of votes among the fence-sitters. This of course is a cowardly way of doing things in an already unlevel playing field. The mainstream newspapers is playing the role of a supporting tool to BN by helping BN to secure victory in the coming general election by camouflaging facts, slanting facts and now downright publishing lies and falsehood.


When the information from the mass media is manipulated, the rakyat cannot make a wise and informed decision, the rakyat will therefore only be making a manipulated decision.
It's been a long time since I bought a copy of the local newspapers. Personally, I am fade up with the 'so called' news! To me, what is in the local newspapers is an insult to one's intelligence!

Those with access to the internet should make it a point to educate and keep their family members, relatives, friends and associates who belong to the category of people still reading local newspapers, and who believe in what they hear from spin doctors, informed of what is really happening in this country. If each and every one of us do this, than more accurate news will reach the ears of those less informed people. In time, if we will open the eyes of these unfortunate people who are being fooled time and again, this may transcribe to correct votes to stir this country away from the destruction which threatens it. Perhaps, the Opposition should concentrate more on this than wasting away on infighting among themselves.

These lies and falsehood published in the mainstream newspapers are a sure sign that the 13th General Election is fast-approaching. The mainstream newspapers must be under tight control and monitoring by the BN Government indeed. Also, efforts have been stepped up to portray Pakatan Rakyat (PR) as being weak and on the point of collapse whereas BN is portrayed as being vibrant and transformed to galvanise the country's economy to higher heights (including building the very high 100-storey Menara Warisan). This will inevitably affect the general population of voters especially those in the rural areas, not many of whom will bother to verify the facts from other alternative sources.

By winning the media war, BN can increase its number of votes among the fence-sitters. This of course is a cowardly way of doing things in an already unlevel playing field. The mainstream newspapers is playing the role of a supporting tool to BN by helping BN to secure victory in the coming general election by camouflaging facts, slanting facts and now downright publishing lies and falsehood.

When the information from the mass media is manipulated, the rakyat cannot make a wise and informed decision, the rakyat will therefore only be making a manipulated decision.







BREAKING NEWS: First official pictures of the all-new Kia RIO

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 03:26 AM PST


Kia has released the first pictures of their compact hatchback, the Rio and, like the Forte and Optima before it, the Rio is a good looking car with all the family genes passed down int act.

We have the rear view and the Press release after the jump






PRESS RELEASE


Kia Motors Corporation has today revealed the first official photos of the forthcoming next generation Rio, which boasts a bold and distinctive personality, bringing the newcomer in line with the rest of Kia's striking design-led model range. The new Kia Rio will be available in three body styles (with 3-, 4- or 5-doors, depending on market). The world premiere of the new Kia Rio will be celebrated at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 1, 2011 – alongside another all-new product for Kia, the next generation Picanto city car. Available material includes still images of the all-new Kia Rio and press release.


Visionary betrayed by himself

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 12:54 PM PST

Malaysiakini - Private varsity 'squanders' RM100 mil gov't grant

If you read the above MIKINI article you will see that the wannabe-premier postgraduate technical university of Malaysia, named by the exciting inspiring acronym of MUST (Malaysian University of Science and Technology) was a concept conceived by Dr Mahathir when he visited the world famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

As I have written before, Dr Mahathir as PM was a visionary. Certainly MUST like the Multimedia Super Corridor, etc were worthy projects. But alas, a visionary or strategist's concept could only be realized if he had the correct and competent people or staff to put flesh to his idea.

Many had been the times Dr Mahathir was let down by his blue-eyed boys. Remember MAS, Sime Darby, BIMB? Hey, in fact, once Anwar Ibrahim too was one of his blue-eyed boys wakakaka.

Let me share with you a couple of other stories that I heard recently from my elders during the Chinese New Year celebrations. I have no idea whether they're true, but hear me out anyway ;-)

Once upon a time wakakaka, it was said that Dr Mahathir, when he became PM, was downright pissed off with the way the development and beautification of Kuala Lumpur was going. He saw so many f*ups that his blood pressure must have shot up with such force it would have easily escaped Earth's gravitational pull.

I bet he must have been grinding his teeth at the thought of LKY down south nyah-nyah-nyah-ing him. Obviously in those days, when one talked about the 'greening' of a modern city, Singapore would have been a prime model. And there was nothing that pissed Dr M off more than for KL to be upstaged by that (to him) f*ing lil' red dot down south wakakaka.

Things came to such a frustrating stage for him that it was said he hired a bus (aircon, of course wakakaka) and ordered the top KL civil servants including the Datuk Bandar into it. He then went around KL with himself in the role of (let's put it in simple terms) a 'tour guide'. As he passed each place or item of f*up in the greening/beautification program he would lecture his public service 'generals' on where they had gone wrong and how they should have done it correctly.

One related incident I still remember from the recent CNY gossip was Dr M's admonition to the person in charge of greening the city. Words to the effect, he said that if one wanted to plant a tree or plant in a city, one should have the commonsense to choose a tree or plant which didn't continuously shed its leaves off as that would have required more cleaning up.

When I was a kid I hated the star fruit (belimbing) tree in my garden. That arboreal monster shed and shed and shed its leaves everyday to my utter frustration, disgust and despair, because as the only kid left in my household I had the responsibility of sweeping the leaves each and every evening, finally escaping the Sisyphean ordeal only after I left home for KL when I completed my schooling.

Thus, if the story is true, Dr M was very correct in his admonition of the civil servant. Why add on unnecessarily to the cleaning cost and the untidy look of KL, when a little thought in selecting the correct plant could have help? But it's a reflection of the lack of competency in his officers. The man had to turun padang himself to provide detailed directions. How many Dr M's would we need to spoon feed his underlings?

Another story gleaned from the gossip – again, I'm not sure whether it's true but let's treat it just like a story for the moment.

One day (or, once upon a time wakakaka) when Dr M went to America (which part is not important) he saw something he thought interesting and possibly useful for Malaysia. It was a Grumman Albatross (designation HU-16), a seaplane, taking off and landing on a lake.

The story went that Dr M thought such a plane could be used to land on, say, the Ringlet lake, and take off from there. He was always thinking of new ways to expand on the mode of transportation. So I presume he must have mentioned this to a staff.

So the staff went about his or her way (could it be a young 'no-crucifix' HK? wakakaka – well, a clone then) into getting ('ordering' was more like it) the TUDM to operate a couple of seaplanes. But this is the stupid part - it was not any modern seaplanes (say, like the Donier Seastar) but the Grumman Albatross, yes, that HU-16.

Just ponder on that moronic buy, or robotic mindlessness of the staff, because the Grumman Albatross was developed and produced in 1949, with its production ending in 1961. The last flight by the Americans was made in 1976.

Our southern neighbour Indonesia who had a few in its air force (or navy) had by then consigned theirs to the scrap yard long before the two HU-16's were ordered by our Wonder for the TUDM sometime after mid-1980, a quarter of a century after production of the plane had ended.

Did those Yanks sell us some leftovers from their war museum, or more likely, a scrap yard? So, imagine how successfully(?) the TUDM operated those WWII relics? My Unc heard one nearly sank at sea but was fortuitously rescued by a RMN vessel which came upon the HU-16 wannabe-submarine and towed it back to land, wakakaka. I bet the Indonesian Air Force must have had a good laugh at Malaysian stupidity.

All these stories, if true, tell us that while Dr Mahathir had great vision and good ideas he was severely let down in the implementation by his so-called 'generals'.

The MUST debacle is merely another example of poor implementation to a great idea by Dr M.

But in the final analysis, Dr M must bear the greater responsibility because he failed in the 3 necessary steps to ensure his ideas brought forth the correct fruit, namely:

(a) have the correct and competent people to implement his ideas or vision,

(b) ensure they conduct their business in accordance with good practice, governance and ethics, and

(c) most important of all, hold the implementers totally accountable.

Had he ever? Just think Tajudin, former CEO of MAS!


Posted: 11 Feb 2011 02:37 AM PST



PENANG KEADILAN’S CNY OPEN HOUSE IN SUNGAI UDANG

Posted: 11 Feb 2011 01:48 AM PST

By the Administrator

for the first time in history, Parti Keadilan Penang held its official open house at Sungai Udang which is in the state constituency of Sungai Acheh and parliamentary constituency of Nibong Tebal.

For the state seat, Pas candidate lost to UMNO's in the last general election, wheras Leadilan's candidate Tan Tee Beng won the parliamentaryseat but lefty the party as an' independent' now.

The Pakatan leadership, led by Dato Mansor Othman, the First Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, received warm and wide support from the locals, who are mainly fishemen and agro-based traders.

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Teoh's death: Seven-point checklist sent in

Posted: 10 Feb 2011 11:56 PM PST

A memorandum calling on the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the cause of death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock from all aspects, including the possibility of homicide, was submitted to the Prime Minister's Department today. The "Must Investigate Check List" for the RCI was submitted to the department through its legal affairs division in Putrajaya by the Malaysians for Beng Hock support group. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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