- (Video) Perkembangan Mesir - Presiden Mesir, Munarak Akan Berucap Sebentar Lagi!
- Hundreds die in Egypt
- Breaking News:President Mubarak Going Going Gone Departure of a Dictator
- Mubarak Mungkin akan Letak Jawatan Hari Ini?
- It Wasn't Me
- GETTING HEARTBURN FROM READING THE NEWS
- Mother's Love
- Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Tun Abdullah Badawi’s ex-aide claims trial to RM2m Laundering Charges is it the tip of UMNO’S Iceberg
- Kalau tidak perlu tongkat lagi, jangan dibuang - Elok di simpan untuk masa depan
- Private varsity 'squanders' RM100 mil gov't grant
- Dr M: The Singapore Scorpion and the Malaysian Frog ‘No chance’ of invading Singapore
- Effecting Change: System vs System
- Birds of a feather......flock together!
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 10:59 AM PST
Difahamkan Presiden Mesir, Mubarak akan berucap sebentar lagi.
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Posted: 10 Feb 2011 09:40 AM PST
I am saddened by the latest development in Egypt. Latest news is that, hundreds of protesters have been killed and wounded in the southern city of Kharga as the nationwide revolution in the crisis-hit country enters its 16th consecutive day.
Egyptian security forces targeted the anti-government protesters with live bullets on Wednesday, killing three protesters and wounding hundreds of others, according to e-mails I received from journalist Mahmood Joubiyeh.
Cairo's Liberation Square remained flooded with demonstrators who call on embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down. The independent organisation Human Rights Watch has so far put the death toll at almost 300, after visiting just nine hospitals in the country.
As Egyptians are out on the streets for the 16th straight day, newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman says the government cannot tolerate the protests for long.
Suleiman made the remark as over 50,000 protesters on Tuesday blocked newly-appointed Premier Ahmed Shafiq from entering his office in the Egyptian capital, calling for his immediate resignation and those of all the others in the cabinet.
Huge crowds on Tuesday also marched to the Interior Ministry and the Parliament building in the capital despite the government's promises of constitutional reform and an increase in wages for public sector workers.
Suleiman has also announced that the government has a plan and a timetable for a peaceful transfer of power.
Egypt's second largest city, Alexandria, was also the scene of popular rallies against the regime. Many protesters are angry at the US stance toward the ongoing uprising in their country. Thousands of Egyptian workers have gone on strike in the cities of Suez and Ismailia.
How lucky Malaysians are as compared to our brothers in a few countries. There is no war here but there are people who try to incite one...
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 09:39 AM PST
Reports are flying that Mubarak may have already left Cairo. Opposition leader Ayman Nour is saying that Mubarak is in Dubai, reports BBC News, and Al Arabiya reported earlier that the president was at the Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh. In an interview with BBC News, the head of the ruling NDP party said that he had met with Mubarak yesterday, but that he did not know where he was now. No reports have been confirmed that Mubarak, who is to address the nation in the next few hours, has left Cairo.
Egypt's military announced on national television that it has stepped in to "safeguard the country" on Thursday and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet their demands in the strongest indication yet that Egypt's longtime leader has lost power. In Washington, the CIA chief said there was a "strong likelihood" Mubarak will step down Thursday.
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The dramatic announcement showed that the military was taking control after 17 days of protests demanding Mubarak's immediate ouster spiraled out of control.
Gen. Hassan al-Roueini, military commander for the Cairo area, told thousands of protesters in central Tahrir Square, "All your demands will be met today." Some in the crowd held up their hands in V-for-victory signs, shouting "the people want the end of the regime" and "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," a victory cry used by secular and religious people alike.
The military's supreme council was meeting Thursday, without the commander in chief Mubarak, and announced on state TV its "support of the legitimate demands of the people." A spokesman read a statement that the council was in permanent session to explore "what measures and arrangements could be made to safeguard the nation, its achievements and the ambitions of its great people."
The statement was labeled "communique number 1," a phrasing that suggests a military coup.
Thousands of state workers and impoverished Egyptians launched strikes and protests around the country on Wednesday over their economic woes as anti-government activists sought to expand their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak despite warnings from the vice president that protests won't be tolerated much longer.
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Some 8,000 protesters, mainly farmers, set barricades of flaming palm trees in the southern province of Assiut, blocking the main highway and railway to Cairo to complain of bread shortages. They then drove off the governor by pelting his van with stones. Hundreds of slum dwellers in the Suez Canal city of Port Said set fire to part of the governor's headquarters in anger over lack of housing.
Efforts by Vice President Omar Suleiman to open a dialogue with protesters over reforms have broken down since the weekend, with youth organizers of the movement deeply suspicious that he plans only superficial changes far short of real democracy. They refuse any talks unless Mubarak steps down first.
Showing growing impatience with the rejection, Suleiman issued a sharp warning that raised the prospect of a renewed crackdown. He told Egyptian newspaper editors late Tuesday that there could be a "coup" unless demonstrators agree to enter negotiations. Further deepening skepticism of his intentions, he suggested Egypt was not ready for democracy and said a government-formed panel of judges, dominated by Mubarak loyalists, would push ahead with recommending its own constitutional amendments to be put to a referendum.
"He is threatening to impose martial law, which means everybody in the square will be smashed," said Abdul-Rahman Samir, a spokesman for a coalition of the five main youth groups behind protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square. "But what would he do with the rest of the 70 million Egyptians who will follow us afterward."
Suleiman is creating "a disastrous scenario," Samir said. "We are striking and we will protest and we will not negotiate until Mubarak steps down. Whoever wants to threaten us, then let them do so," he added.
Nearly 10,000 massed in Tahrir on Wednesday in the 16th day of protests. Nearby, 2,000 more blocked off parliament, several blocks away, chanting slogans for it to be dissolved. Army troops deployed in the parliament grounds.
For the first time, protesters were calling forcefully Wednesday for labor strikes, despite a warning by Suleiman that calls for civil disobedience are "very dangerous for society and we can't put up with this at all."readmore http://malaysiakita786.blogspot.com/2011/02/breaking-
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 08:41 AM PST
Tulang Besi mendapat maklumat dari agensi-agensi berita antarabangsa bahawa Mubarak akan mengosongkan kerusi Presiden Mesir hari ini. Semoga perkara ini benar-benar berlaku bagi membolehkan perubahan yang lebih baik kepada Mesir dan rakyat Mesir.
Semoga perkara ini akan membebaskan seluruh dunia Arab/Islam dari kengkangan diktator-diktator lantikan Amerika
Marilah kita ramai-ramai berdoa
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 06:42 AM PST
In November 2000, an up and coming American artiste called Shaggy, released a song that became a number one hit in both the US and the UK.
Since then, I have observed that "It Wasn't Me" has become the most popular refrain of politicians and other scoundrels worldwide upon being caught red-handed.
Our very own Tun Dr Mahathir is no stranger to this bizarre little attempt to extricate oneself from hot soup.
In a very amusing twist of events totally lacking in credibility, he claims that the massive crackdown on his political opponents was not his decision, but that of the police.
"Well, I would have handled it differently, except that the police wanted to do these things because they say it is necessary...
I nearly died laughing.
Some of you political stalwarts may have read an old publication by Ahmad Mokhtar Hj Mohamad called NEVER FORGET: The Mahathir Blunder.
It summarizes almost every single scandal and scam that Mahathir has ever been involved in. Whenever he landed himself in trouble, Mahathir always looked for a distraction or directly removed the voice of dissent.
It was a steady and consistent pattern with which he fashioned himself. He has managed to repress our freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of press and nearly everything else that would aid him in controlling the masses.
In the case of Ops Lalang, he desperately needed to buy himself time. There were heaps of problems:
a) The UEM scandal with which opposition leader Lim Kit Siang was hounding him.
b) Internal politics within UMNO - many did not agree with his unethical ways and opposed him. His win was very narrow. He proceeded to make UMNO illegal and then set up UMNO Baru.
c) Unemployment, recession and other socio-economic issues.
Bear in mind people, Ops Lalang wasn't the only measure he took. He also sacked judges who opposed him - even the Lord President Tun Salleh Abbas!
The Mahathir administration also amended the Constitution to redefine jurisdiction and powers of the Court and that of Legislators. He toyed about with the highest authority, our Federal Constitution!!!
Did he have the motive to deploy Ops Lalang? Hell yeah!
So I really don't give a hoot about his account of the events in 1987 - very little that comes out of his mouth is not a lie.
Haris Ibrahim appears befuddled as to why the former IGP corroborates his story - "why is Hanif jeopardising his own reputation for this past-the-shelf-life politician?"
The intricacies of I-scratch-my-back-you-scratch-mine don't overwhelmingly interest me, to be honest.
Perhaps Mohammed Hanif Omar wanted a loaf of bread, and Tun Dr Mahathir gave him one. Who knows.
Perhaps the world has handed more accolades to Mahathir than he deserves - numerous books written about him by Tom Plate, Barry Wain etc. And you have to admire his ability to raise a ruckus even after "retiring".
Nothing about this man is graceful.
Whatever it is, I am confident that it was he who ordered Ops Lalang. You are free to think what you like.
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 03:11 AM PST
Here's a sample dose:
Ok, enough. Time to down some indigestion pills.
Posted: 09 Feb 2011 11:43 PM PST
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 02:11 AM PST
Hasbie had been Mohamed Yakcop's political secretary. — file pic
BUTTERWORTH, Feb 10 — The former political secretary to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economic Planning Unit) Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop has claimed trial today to a money-laundering charge involving RM2 million.
Hasbie Satar, 37, from Sarawak, allegedly committed the offence in an apartment unit in Teluk Air Tawar here, at 3.30pm on February 11 last year.
He was charged under section 4 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, which carries a fine of up to RM5 million or a jail term of up to five years or both.
Hasbie was unrepresented.
Sessions Court judge Mohd Zairan Aman set bail at RM60,000 with two sureties and fixed March 14 for mention.
He tendered his resignation as Nor Mohamed's political secretary on February 14 last year after being detained by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers.
Hasbie was appointed to the post in April 2008 when Nor Mohamed was Second Finance Minister under then-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
It was reported that MACC officers raided the apartment unit and found bundles of RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100 notes totalling RM2,134,656 and also seized two vehicles, a four-wheel drive and a BMW car.
Economic recovery is measured by many yardsticks. Some literally drive you to the "yard" — stick or no stick. After a long while, many campaigns, chargesheets and resignations, the powers feel that "remand" may actually fuel supply of more information, even if that be shooting the foot in the mouth, in many different ways.
Former telecom minister A Raja quietly walked into the CBI van. That's the way it's always done. Like an Indian wedding. A protocol to record and broadcast the event before the public. The serene confidence he had on his face, he could well have reached the desired place in his personal vehicle. He showed absolutely no concern or regrets. In fact, he is the only one who has refrained from either defending himself, or naming anyone else. It seems he was a man given a job others would have felt less comfortable with, or perhaps he was the chosen one. There are media reports and infamous tapes that lobbyists wanted him in that seat. As part of a government, now repeatedly spelt as a "coalition ", he surely carried out the procedures, and signed as "Minister of Communications" on a file that should have been through its mandatory path with at least the finance, home, defence, and law ministries' noting on it. Finally, the transaction was sealed and delivered. Raja now basks in "remand". He has not felt the need of calling a press conference. Such a steely temperament could actually be a political "hot potato", when he or someone else opens his mouth. The "gulp down" could be heart burning. Well, everyone is innocent till proved otherwise, but unofficially, everyone is suspect to some irregularity till proved too wise.
The CBI in this country is perhaps the most democratic autonomous body, but it is common sense that it need not work beyond the influence of the government. Notably, it gives you sufficient benefit of doubt, makes scathing discoveries about a case, can publicly accuse, and yet in its own sense of justice, pronounce foreclosure of a case, rather than waste precious time of the judiciary. It can indict and relieve at the same time. If proofs be found later, it has the right to open a case again. Let's stop at this. You know what this remand may supply.READMORE http://themalaysiantribune-taxidriver.blogspot.com/2011/02/tan-sri-nor-mohamed-yakcop-and-tun.html
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Posted: 10 Feb 2011 01:58 PM PST
UMNO tidak lagi mempunyai 'privilege' untuk mendapatkan sokongan secara otomatik dari orang Melayu seperti yang pernah dialaminya dulu-dulu. Sekarang orang Melayu mempunyai pilihan kepada UMNO. Apa pun yang dikatakan untuk menafikan keadaan ini orang Melayu ada PAS dan PKR dan DAP pula sudah mula mendapat tempat di hati ramai orang Melayu. Ini hakikat dan sesiapa mempunyai hak untuk menafikannya jika semata-mata untuk menyejukkan hati sendiri.
Maka kita sudah mula nampak yang UMNO sedang berusaha untuk mengembalikan sokongan orang Melayu dengan beberapa langkah mutakhir ini yang diambil oleh pucuk pimpinan, PM Najib. Samada langkah-langkah mutakhir ini berjaya dilaksanakan bergantung kepada masa dan kemampuan pimpinan kita untuk merealisasikan pencapaian yang disebutkan didalam perancangan yang diumumkan sehari dua yang lepas.
Tetapi hikmah yang kita dapati dari desakankan kuat rakyat jelata yang kini sudah celek membuatkan UMNO terkial-kial untuk melakukan apa yang sepatutnya dilakukan sejak 3 dekad dahulu. Bak kata perbilangan Inggeris, 'It's better late than never' dan bagi seorang rakyat seperti saya dan ramai yang lain tetap akan memerhati dan meneliti perlaksanaannya, samada benar seperti yang dirancangkan atau hanya sebagai retorik biasa yang menjemukan seperti yang selalu kita dengar sejak satu dua dekad yang lalu.
Dengan keadaan ini, kita telah mula melangkah kearah sistem 2 parti yang pada saya akan menjadikan politik negara lebih matang dan memberikan peluang kepada rakyat untuk memilih yang mana satu yang dianggap lebih baik diwaktu pemilihan dilakukan oleh rakyat. Dahulunya kita selalu mendengar alasan pihak UMNO dan BN menyeru rakyat untuk memberikan kesinambungan kepada pemerintahan UMNO dan BN kerana 'continuity' itu penting untuk tidak mengganggu pelan pembangunan yang dirancang terganggu jika kuasa diberikan kepada pihak yang lain dari UMNO dan BN.
Alasan itu sudah tidak lagi diterima rakyat terutamanya dikalangan rakyat yang masih muda dan belia kerana banyak yang dirancang oleh pihak kerajaan telah gagal semasa peringkat perlaksanaan dan 'delivery'nya. Kita selalu gagal apabila sampai ke peringkat perlaksanaannya. Rakyat merasakan sudah puluhan kali peluang itu diberikan kepada UMNO untuk terus berkuasa tetapi kuasa yang diterima itu selalunya dikotori oleh kegiatan rasuah dan sebagainya sehinggakan segala yang dirancang itu tidak ada yang berjaya dilaksanakan dengan sempurna. Pemimpin kita selalu mengambil kebaikkan dan timbang rasa rakyat terutamanya orang Melayu sebaga kelemahan yang boleh dipandang remeh dan enteng sahaja.
Disinilah UMNO dan BN selalu menghadapi kegagalan kerana melakukan rasuah sudah menjadi perkara yang lazim dan masing-masing tahu yang masing-masing itu melakukan kerja yang tidak semenggah itu. Tetapi oleh kerana masing-masing mempunyai rekod yang sama yang diketahui oleh masing-masing maka tiada siapa yang akan dapat mengambil tindakkan kepada sesiapa dikalangan mereka untuk membetulkannya. Maka budaya it uterus sahaja berkembang dengan tidak ada siapa yang boleh mengawalnya.
Ramai berharap dengan pengumuman apa yang dinamakan TERAJU oleh PM Najib semalam akan membawa suatu yang baik bagi meneruskan usaha menjayakan program 'social dan economic engineering' sejajar dengan semangat untuk mengimbangi pegangan dan pengaruh ekonomi dikalangan rakyat dan diantara kaum yang senget sebelah sekarang ini. MCA nampaknya tidak bersetuju dengan program ini kerana parti itu mahukan segala-galanya diberi samarata tanpa mengira kaum.
Saya secara peribadi berharap TERAJU akan tahu apa yang patut dilakukan. Jangan pula kali ini apa yang diumumkan oleh PM itu gagal lagi seperti kegagalan semua perancangan yang diumumkan sejak beberapa bulan yang lalu. Kita takut jika PM hanya menumpukan sepenuh masa membuat perancangan tetapi tidak ada satu pun yang berjaya disempurnakan.
TERAJU masih dalam peringkat pengenalannya dan saya beranggapan ianya adalah pengganti kepada Unit Penyertaan Bumiputra yang telah diluputkan oleh kerajaan sejak Dr Mahathir mengambil alih jawatan PM dahulu.
Masih belum diberitahu apa kah langkah-langkah berkesan untuk mengimbangi pembahagian kekayaan negara dikalangan rakyat berbilang kaum dinegara ini. Katanya lima syarikat kepunyaan kerajaan akan disenaraikan diBursa Saham K Lumpur untuk perlaksanaan awal TERAJU ini. Hanya yang belum diberitahu bagaimana kah cara dan kaedah untuk pengekalan saham-saham tersebut ditangan Bumiputra.
Saham-saham yang dipegang oleh Bumiputra melalui pengagihan dari Kementerian Perdangan dan Perindustrian ini selalunya menghadapi masalah 'redemption' yang tinggi yang akhirnya menguncupkan pegangan Bumiputra didalam syarikat-syarikat yang disenaraikan diBursa Saham Kuala Lumpur. Walau bagaimana kita tidak boleh membuat penilaian kepada TERAJU ini masa sekarang. Kita berharap kali ini ianya benar-benar dilaksanakan dengan baik dan keuntungan yang jelas bagi Bumiputra yang masih memerlukan tongkat lagi.
Jika ada pihak yang hendak membuang tongkat itu silalah. Bagi kami yang ramai ini masih inginkan tongkat itu. Jika kami tidak memerlukan tongkat itu lagi nanti, kami tetapi tidak akan membuangnya. Kami akan simpan tongkat itu, kerana mungkin suatu hari nanti kita akan memerlukannya lagi.
Kita jangan bersikap bongkak dan takbur dengan mengatakan kita tidak perlukan tongkat lagi semata-mata ada pemimpin kita yang mahukan tongkat itu dibuang selama-lamanya.Kalau kita imbas kembali sejarah, pemimpin inilah yang menggunakan tongkat untuk 'bail-out' perniagaan anaknya dengan menggunakan wang rakyat melebihi RM 1 billion kerana kerugian yang dialami oleh anak kesayangannya dalam perniagaan perkapalan.
Pendeknya rakyatlah yang telah berkorban untuk anaknya berniaga sehingga menjadi 'multi-millionaire' sekarang ini.
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 12:41 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE After having received a RM100 million grant from the government, a 'premier' private university has not met its enrolment targets and is left with barely enough money to last another year. In fact, said its chief executive Leong Choon Heng, the university is now down to "less than RM10 million" and is forced to take aggressive cost-cutting measures to keep afloat. He was responding to queries afterMalaysiakini received a tip-off on the situation. Founded in 2001 by senator and former cabinet minister Effendi Norwawi, the Malaysian University of Science and Technology (MUST) was supposed to be a premier postgraduate university in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The university had received the money in instalments between January 2001 and 2006, via the MUST Ehsan Foundation. Effendi has been a trustee of the foundation since 2001. But 10 years on, the university is far from even meeting its 2007 target of 500 students, with only 207 enrolled. Furthermore, most of these students are undergraduates who were enrolled to boost the numbers after an all-time low of 10 students in 2007. During the tenure of former chief executive Omar Abdul Rahman, who resigned in March and was once advisor of science and technology to then premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the university did not acquire much physical assets. The university has always been located in office lots in Kelana Square, as initial plans to build a campus through MUST Ehsan Development was shelved. MUST Ehsan Development - a subsidiary of the public-listed Encorp Group founded by Effendi - was supposed to develop the land surrounding the designated site of the campus in Shah Alam. The revenue from this was to be used to fund the construction of the campus and other university activities. MUST Ehsan Development has a portfolio of projects worth RM800 million, including the mixed-development project dubbed the Strand in Kota Damansara. However, it has nothing to do with the Foundation or MUST. Malaysiakini contacted Effendi about two weeks ago as a key representative of the previous management, but he has yet to respond to the issues raised. Where the money went Leong, who took over management about three months ago, said most of the grant was spent to finance the students and to recruit faculty members from leading universities abroad. "From 2002-2006, a sizeable amount of the grant was spent on scholarships and stipend for the pioneer batch of students. The majority needed more than three semesters to graduate, as the MIT curriculum was very demanding," he said. To date 107 students have graduated under the MUST-MIT programme, which expired in 2004. This number, said Leong who is also a faculty member, is "a normal figure for post-graduate programmes, as with public universities of similar size over a similar time period". The university has lab equipment, books and office equipment and three Proton Perdana cars - all of which once cost millions of ringgit but have now depreciated severely in value. Malaysiakini understands that MUST has been paying rental for about 30 rooms, which it had never used since opening its doors. It is understood that millions of ringgit have been spent on renovations to the premises. To cut costs and revive the university, the new management team is letting go of several of the four floors it has been renting. "We've let go of floors and rooms which we have never used and are in the midst of gradually moving to the Strand, which we feel will give us a better profile as there are other colleges located there," said Leong. Letting go of these rooms is expected to return some RM60,000 to the university's bank account. The management will channel this to "aggressive marketing", in the hope of attracting more students. Leong added that the rental for the new premises, owned by MUST Ehsan Development, is expected to be "the same or better" than the sum currently being paid. For now at least, the Higher Education Ministry is giving MUST another chance to turn things around, even though the university does not meet the minimum of RM20 million paid-up capital that is required of private universities. "MUST is undergoing a rebranding exercise under new management (and) is now also offering undergraduate degree and diploma courses," explained Mohd Najib Masrom, the ministry's senior assistant director of the private higher education management sector, by email. The licence for MUST to run its foundation programme is pending renewal. The university licence will expire in 2012. It is understood that such permits are worth several million ringgit.
Posted: 09 Feb 2011 08:36 PM PST
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — Lee Kuan Yew's fear of Singapore being invaded by Malaysia is "completely unfounded", Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed said in a book published last week.
Malaysia's former prime minister said there "was no chance at all" of military aggression towards the island republic, and that Malaysia was not intimidated by Singapore's larger defence budget.
"His fear is completely unfounded. Malaysians have never had any aggressive intentions," he was quoted as saying in "Doctor M: Operation Malaysia — Conversations with Mahathir Mohamed", written by US journalist Tom Plate based on interviews with Dr Mahathir over the last two years.
Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, also claimed that south Thailand was actually part of Malaysia but pointed out that the country had not tried to invade its northern neighbours.
Lee had, in a biography called "Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going" published last month, said the city state was "vulnerable" to the possibility that Malaysia "can besiege you. You'll be dead."
"If we are not vulnerable, why do we spend five to six per cent of GDP (gross domestic product) year after year on defence? Are we mad? This is a frugal government," Singapore's first prime minister was quoted as saying in the book.
Singapore's defence outlay had sparked controversy in Malaysia, with right-wing nationalists such as Utusan Malaysia columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah claiming that the republic was preparing to "eat us up" with its annual defence spending of RM35.5 billion, which is more than triple the RM11 billion Malaysia spent last year.
However, Dr Mahathir said that this was not a threat to Malaysia.
"We are not afraid of their F-16s, you see, because in the end, when you fight the war, you have to come down to the ground. And you come down to the ground and fight with handguns. See that is more important than all the bombs from up in the air," he said.
The two former leaders have not seen eye-to-eye on bilateral issues such as the sale of water and sand to the island and the construction of a new bridge between Johor and Singapore.
Referring to the sale of sand from Malaysia to Singapore for construction and land reclamation, Lee said in "Hard Truths" that Malaysia had stopped the sale "to conscribe us."
"As Mahathir says, 'Even at their present size they are trouble, you let them grow some more they will be more trouble,'" said Lee, who stepped down as prime minister in 1990.
But in "Operation Malaysia", Dr Mahathir said that Singapore had insisted on purchasing sand in exchange for agreeing to a new bridge to replace the Causeway across the Straits of Johor.
"They refuse to build their half unless of course we give them certain kinds of concessions, like selling them sand for their reclamation. Selling sand for reclamation is like selling part of your country to other people," he said of the bridge that was first mooted in the 1990s when he was still prime minister.
Dr Mahathir continues to lobby for the Causeway linking the two countries to be replaced by a bridge that allows ships to pass under it, thereby bypassing Singapore's port.
Singapore's refusal has led to Dr Mahathir's "crooked bridge" proposal that would curve and increase the length of the bridge so that ships could still pass under at its highest point.
Looking at what is happening in Egypt these days the following fable, slightly adjusted, comes to mind:A frog and the scorpion, met one day on the bank of the River Nile, which they both wanted to cross. The frog offered to carry the scorpion over on his back provided the scorpion promised not to sting him. The scorpion agreed so long as the frog would promise not to drown him. They mutually agreed to the deal and started to cross the river. Half-way to the other bank the scorpion stung the frog with his venom. "Why did you do that?" gasped the frog, as it was dying. "Why?" replied the scorpion, "I couldn't help it. This is the Middle East.readmore http://malaysiakita786.blogspot.com/2011/02/dr-m-singapore-scorpion-and-malaysian.html
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Posted: 09 Feb 2011 09:58 PM PST
When I was earning a living making forecasts, my emphasis was on forecasting turning points, not projecting straight lines. Projecting a straight line (in any form) is the dumbest thing a forecaster can do - the only judgement one can make is how straight is the straight line. One cannot really forecast a straight line; I contend we can merely project it. To me, a line will continue to be straight (or sort of) until something happens that causes it to go off its trajectory. Normally, people assume a straight projection (that life will go on as usual) until the expectation is proven to be wrong and then ask what happens. As forecasters, we have to know what are the key parameters which give rise to the existing situation, which key parameter is likely to change first and when that happens what happens next. In the mind of a forecaster, therefore, the main task is always to assess the integrity and condition of the key parameters as well as to look out for any extraneous factors that are likely to intrude into the system which will alter the whole picture. In the end, the quality of a forecast rests on judgement, based on the experience in the assigned field as well as the breadth and depth of knowledge of the world around him or her and us.
Living a good life is living a boring life, as boring as projecting a straight line. Same thing, day in and day out. Nature is boring. One can make one's life a bit more interesting with variations around the same theme. Today, I eat steak instead. The system does not change; our activities change. When the system is stable, we can dream - about how we are going to make progress in life through material acquisition so that we can show off to our friends and relatives - and we take our time trying to accomplish our vision and mission, step by each of our own slow and painful step. The system is in equilibrium, probably static equilibrium (in and around the same area more or less like some nomadic tribe in the jungle) and if lucky dynamic equilibrium with ability to accommodate population growth with sufficiency which in most societies is termed prosperity. Systemic equilibrium is crucial to happiness, no matter how much people may gripe about the ordinariness of everyday life which is really a liberty that only happy people can indulge. The English complain about the weather, and monks talk about the dreariness of mundane life.
Let us now introduce trauma, otherwise and now popularly known as change. We shake the tree vigorously and see what falls. We bonsai the branches by twisting and turning and telling people what they can and cannot do or how they should do things in order that we may create a brave new world by transfiguring the present. We imagine a better world, but we end up in the end with the same old dullness, sometimes kept interesting only by the unannounced potential threat to our soundness or mortality by some madman in power keen to stay in power forever, at whatever level of hierarchical structure that has somehow been erected all around us. In effecting change, the easiest way is to replace a lousy system with another lousy system. This is when reformers are unimaginative and uncreative. They see a lousy system, and wanting to replace it, end up giving the same lousy system except for some suggested modifications which hopefully give better results which did not quite materialise which then leads to another call for traumatic change and another sameness.
If therefore we are going to get the same system (albeit with modifications), we might as well determine what that core system is going to be and strengthen it. In most human systems, the core element is the absolute right of the individual and of all individuals, each same and equal in terms of right. The right to freely think and speak and associate and contract and exchange and indulge and believe and practice. The right to live as humans. The underlying structure of any human system must be founded on the recognition of these rights, and institutionalised. Once this core is corrupted, change will come after change. In order that the system will transition over time through the generations, this change can also be institutionalised so that not one person or a group of individuals can monopolised an entire generation. The call for change through rallies is usually a rally for generational change when an individual has been dominating an entire generation. In building in the required change and transition in the system, there will be scope for creativity in government when individuals or groups can propose newfangled ideas. In the end, however, when prosperity has been bestowed on the society, there will be fear over the protection of the people's assets and if the assets are not so fairly distributed, problems of the unemployed and the poor. The final battle in the capitalist world is always the fight between capital and labour.
Traumatic systematic changes are costly to social property or capital and they should be avoided if possible. If not, it may be the only way out. But there must always be a system to be put in place or else we will have no social cohesion.
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 10:34 AM PST
A friend said when John R Malott speaks rest assured Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim (BABI) is in trouble.
I had the misfortune of interacting with this racist foul-mouth Malott when he was a US ambassador to Malaysia in the late nineties. He bashed and slashed at the then prime minister Tun Mahathir, and his hatred for the Malaysian government was and still is evident. Many at the US embassy people then did not like him, basically he was not a nice person.
He was part of the then US administration that was sent to Malaysia to assist BABI in turning Malaysia into the 54th states of the USA. Sex offender Al Gore was sent to insult Malaysian leadership at an Apec meeting in KL, while BABI was smirking thinking he would be the next US-sponsored prime minister of Malaysia. Well, it didn't happen!
You see we have just found out Malott is also a member of the racist organisation called the Ku Klux Klan and together with BABI, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, they are out to spread more lies and chaos.
Being married to a Japanese was just a big cover for his racist tendency, said an American friend once.
Well, we cannot be fooled and we have picture of Malott demonstrating on the street of the USA wearing the KKK garb. Hey Malaysians wake up and reject those who spread lies for their own evil reasons! Reject the likes of Malott and BABI...and have a healthy stress free living!
Rachel Motte of the New Ledger wrote a good piece on Malott's credibility gap, click here to read more...!!!!
Or click Malaysia Focus here on the same subject!
Or Azmi Anshar's hard hitting commentary on John Malott misguided sense of loyalty toward Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim!
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