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Federal Court hears S'wak natives' landmark case

Federal Court hears S'wak natives' landmark case

Federal Court hears S'wak natives' landmark case

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 06:52 AM PDT

The Federal Court today heard submissions by a indigenous group from Sarawak challenging the Sarawak Land Code, used to acquire their native customary rights (NCR) land. Video by Hazlan Zakaria This is considered a historic test case as the outcome would affect hundreds of suits brought by Sarawak's indigenous people against the Sarawak government and private companies. A three-member panel led by justice Ariffin Zakaria presided over the case, involving two separate cases being heard concurrently.
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Whichever way the wind blows, Tg.Sepat reeks

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 04:40 AM PDT

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Anwar gives statement over sex video screening

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 04:38 AM PDT

Opposition leader and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim arrived at the Dang Wangi police station today give his statement on the sex video issue. He was accompanied by his wife and daughter, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and vice-president Nurul Izzah. Full story:
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RPK is more interested in abusing his influence to bully the politicians. than Altantuya

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 10:39 AM PDT

When Najib Abdul Razak was Malaysia's Defense Minister from 2000 to 2008, his grand plan to upgrade the nation's armed forces included the purchase of three submarines from the French defense shipbuilder, DCN.

Little did he know at the time, that the spectre of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Mongolian who served as translator for the Malaysian government, would surface like one of the faulty submarines which refused to submerge and still haunt him five years later.

Next month, the inquiry by Parisian prosecutors on behalf of the Malaysian human rights organization Suaram, will be confined to bribery allegations involving the Scorpene submarines and will not look into the 2006 murder of Altantuya.

Altantuya had served as a translator in Paris for the Malaysian government's US$1 billion purchase of three French submarines. The deal was brokered by a firm owned by Abdul Razak Baginda, who belonged to Najib's inner circle and which netted Baginda a €114 million commission.

The 28-year-old Mongolian was also Razak Baginda's jilted lover, and in a letter found after her death, she admitted she was attempting to blackmail Razak Baginda for US$500,000.

Altantuya was shot in October 2006 and her body was blown up with military explosives by two bodyguards attached to Najib's office. When Altantuya kept pestering Baginda for money, at his home, Baginda asked Najib's chief of staff, Musa Safri, to help keep her away from him.

Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar who served as bodyguards in the elite police unit supervised by Najib, were sent to apprehend Altantuya.

The two men were aided by Lance Corporal Rohaniza Roslan, who was Azila's former girlfriend. They packed Altantuya into a red Proton Wira from whence she was never seen alive again.

The private detective hired by Baginda, an ex-policeman called P. Balasubramaniam aka Bala, was detailed to prevent Altantuya from harassing him.  Bala swore in a detailed statutory declaration that Baginda told him Altantuya had been Najib's lover initially but when he had designs on becoming Prime minister, Baginda took over as her lover to prevent Najib from further sexual scandals.

Bala also said that Baginda told him she liked anal sex. In the declaration, Bala said he had seen text messages from Najib after Altantuya's disappearance advising Baginda to "be cool" and that the matter would soon be resolved.

After delivering his statutory declaration, Bala was forced to withdraw the document. After this, Bala and his entire family disappeared.

Meanwhile, Baginda was acquitted in November 2008 and left Malaysia for England.

However, High Court Judge Zaki Yasin said that the two bodyguards were "unbelievable" as "each blamed the other" and convicted the two of murdering Altantuya sometime between Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, 2006. Zaki said, "They failed to raise any reasonable doubt of the prosecution's case".

The case is mired in controversy as there was no attempt to establish their motive for killing her despite a confession by one of them, which was not allowed in court, but which said they would be paid a large sum of money to get rid of her.

In Sirul's cautioned statement, he said that Azhar informed him that Najib's chief of staff, Musa Safri, had ordered them to pick up the young woman.

Azhar's first suggestion was the Hotel Malaya, where Altantuya and her cousin and friend were staying, to kill them all. The presence of closed-circuit cameras prevented this from happening.

How deep and to what extent is Musa's involvement?

In addition, what is the relationship of these two men with Najib?

The press conference in London, in July 2010, held by Bala and his team of lawyers, was supposed to be a platform to discuss issues raised during a scheduled interview of Bala by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). When the MACC cancelled at the last minute, their non-appearance generated more questions than answers.

According to lawyer Manjeet Singh Dhillon, "What we intended to do if MACC had turned up in London, was for Balasubramaniam to highlight a whole series of events surrounding this Altantuya matter that pointed to the centre of a conspiracy web. A conspiracy at the very highest level to keep out all references to Najib."

So next month, in Paris, the sordid details of Najib's submarine deals will surface. Back in Malaysia, our attention will focus on the two bodyguards, charged with Altantuya's murder.

Some say that the two are convenient scapegoats. Others say that it is curious their faces were hidden from the glare of journalists and say this is because the men will have an identity change and be free to rejoin society under an assumed name. Many questions remain unanswered.

In fact, we have no proof that they men are who they claim to be. No one knows them and has vouched for them. Who knows if they are masquerading as Azilah and Sirul? At the end of the day, it does not matter who the men really are.

It is all a smokescreen for in our part of the world, those in charge of dispensing justice end up protecting those in power. We expect criminals to be experts at keeping secrets and telling lies, but few expect those who are entrusted with keeping law and order, to lie.  Governments of all types have a tendency to manipulate information and hide the truth.

Not convinced? Remember the Bank Bumiputra scandal in 1980 when a Bank Bumiputra official was murdered to prevent information about corrupt practices from being unearthed? Bank Bumiputra lost millions and had to be bailed out by taxpayers money. The country that prosecuted one of the accused was Hong Kong.

No, not Malaysia. We tend to shield the guilty.

The recent airing of the interview of Raja Petra Kamaruddin on TV3 prime time news seems to have reignited interest in the mysterious murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
This together with open court hearings in Paris that are due to begin next month into naval ship builder DCNS, which is alleged to have paid huge commissions to proxies of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
DCNS is a key player in the notoriously dirty world of international arms wheeling and dealing. It is alleged to have paid under-table money to secure the Malaysian government's purchase of 2 Scorpene and 1 Agosta  submarines in 2002.
Altantuya had purportedly worked as a translator for Najib's friend Razak Baginda, who was also involved in the deal and the alleged kickbacks.
Since the murder was discovered, there has been speculation that Rosmah Mansor, Najib's wife, had also been involved in the complex trail of events that eventually led to two of her former body guards being sentenced to hang the Altantuya murder.
Don't mention her name
The Altantuya saga had quietened down in the last couple of years due to the overwhelming news coverage on the death of Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbani, both of whom died mysteriously under the watch of MACC.
Besides that, the Najib-led government had also been eager to divert public attention away from the murder case, and instead focus on character assassination against his political nemesis Anwar Ibrahim.
Without a doubt, Najib Razak is very sensitive at the mention of the name 'Altantuya'. Some might still recall that the government banned the usage of the name during the Permatang Pauh by-election back in 2008.
This should go down well in the world books of records as Malaysia is one of the first in the world to impose such an absurd ban. The mainstream media also gave no space for the case to be broadcasted or published, even though the murder was of enormous public interest.
The court proceeding itself was baffling and highly mysterious. Even though there was concrete evidence that Najib had a connection in the case, his name was never mentioned throughout the entire proceedings. Other questions were also left unanswered, and the public continues to be puzzled. Hence, the undying curiosity and speculation.
The murder also angered the Mongolian government, as they point out the killing was not as simple as the court had held it to be. Some Mongolian officials even threatened to end bilateral ties with Malaysia, as they believe that the real minds behind the murder are still at large and within the top leadership.
Immigration records wiped clean
The Malaysian High Court had ignored key questions, such as, how two special squad but low-ranked, uniformed police constables could get hold of C4- explosives, which were used to blow up the body of Altantuya. Both cops had previously been detailed to bodyguard duty for the first couple.
These explosives are scarce and available only to the military in the country. In fact, only the Malaysian Defence Minstry and Royal Armed Forces have legal possession over it. The coincidence is of course that Najib was the Defence Minister then, thus sparking further linkage of him with the bombing tools.
Altantuya's entry records to Malaysia were also erased, prompting questions as to how the two cops could manage to swing so much authority to the extent of asserting control over the Immigration and Customs Departments. The lack of 'mens rea', or simply the 'guilty mind' or 'intention to kill' by the two policemen added on to the suspicious nature of the case. On top of that, there were allegations that the policemen were paid RM100,000 each to finish off Altantuya.
Besides that, Altantuya's brother had also testified that he once saw a picture of Altantuya together with Najib and Razak Baginda. This also rebutted the denial of Najib, that he had never met the Mongolian lass. The acquittal of Razak Baginda despite concrete evidence also drew huge public disgust, especially when the Attorney-General's Chambers also decided to not appeal against the High Court's decision to discharge him.
The translator cum lover
As the court hearings into the DCNS scandal begins in France next month, those who seek justice for Altantuya can only hope that an exploration will be conducted to find out if she was really the translator for Najib and Razak Baginda when they contracted with the French company.
This would answer all the questions which have bugged Malaysians and Mongolians for the past 5 years. It would also totally destroy Najib's already sinking future as Prime Minister if the answer was yes. He would be deemed as the most evil liar in Malaysian history.
Apart from her language skills, it has been alleged that Altantuya had also been Najib's and Razak Baginda's mistress.
Regardless of Altantuya's name being brought up in the probe, Malaysia would also take a severe blow to its reputation if the alleged payment of commission turns out to be true. Malaysia would become a tainted country in international eyes, and investors might think twice of coming into the country and invest when the government itself is proven corrupt.
The probe seems to be a lose-lose situation for Najib, as he seek to fight for survival and cling on to his position as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Beautiful Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu was Shot in the Head Twice and Then She was blown to pieces with C4 Explosive in a Gruesome Murder in
Malaysia Allegedly by Top Level Officials and Political Elites.
Malaysia's Ruling Party is on the Ropes and Things are Getting Ugly Real Fast: An influential Malaysian blogger alleges that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's wife was present when a Mongolian translator/model was murdered in 2006. Can somebody say 'cover-up'?I am sure when suspensions get serious they will find a "fall person" usually some local idiot and have that person convicted and executed real fast if this is a crime by the Political Elites. And people will forget about it real soon, thats the way cover ups usually work.

C4 Murder: Malaysian Police will be calling up Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin to investigate allegations in his recent statutory declaration on purported facts related to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the three individuals named in the document filed on June 18 would also be called up.
In an explosive statutory declaration to a Malaysian court, one of Malaysia's most prominent web journalists has alleged that the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak as well as a Malaysian Army officer and the officer's wife were directly involved in the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu on October 19, 2006, and that people at the very top of the Malaysian government are aware of the fact. Raja Petra Kamaruddin states:
"Altantuya's body is alleged to have been blown up with C4 explosives at a secondary forest in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam. The murder trial is currently ongoing at the Shah Alam High Court.
"My informer states that Aziz was the person who placed the C4 on various parts of Altantuya's body witnessed by Rosmah and Norhayati," Raja Petra claimed in the document.
"I make this statutory declaration because I have been reliably informed about the involvement of these three people who have thus far not been implicated in the murder nor called as witnesses by the prosecution in the ongoing trial at the Shah Alam High Court.
"I also make this statutory declaration because I am aware that it is a crime not to reveal evidence that may help the police in its investigation of the crime," read the document, which was first posted on the bigdogdotcom blog run by another blogger."

He further alleged that he has also been 'reliably informed' that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi knows of Najib's wife alleged involvement.

Najib and Rosmah have repeatedly denied they are linked to the killing of Altantuya, describing the widely-known allegations was nothing more than 'slander and concocted stories'.

The declaration, by Raja Petra Kamaruddin, a well-connected journalist who edits the web publication Malaysia Today and is on trial for sedition charges stemming from a commentary on the case. There is no independent confirmation of Raja Petra's allegations, and the declaration was ignored by Malaysia's government-linked mainstream media and one Kuala Lumpur-based lawyer with connections to top United Malays National Organisation figures expressed doubt about it.
In the declaration, Raja Petra claimed that the trio – one of them a prominent woman – were present at the scene during the murder of the Mongolian translator in October 2006.
Copies of the two-paged declaration together with the identity of the trio have been posted on various blog sites.
In the document, Raja Petra said he was "reliably informed" of these allegations. An aide to Najib also said they were aware of this latest claim made by Raja Petra. The aide however refused to comment if any action could be taken against Raja Petra.
Musa said the matter could be sub judice as the Altantuya murder case was still being heard.
He also said Raja Petra must be "brave enough to face the consequences if he is bold enough" to make the allegations.
Meanwhile, the Attorney-General's Chambers has lodged a police report against Raja Petra over the statutory declaration.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said the allegations were "highly defamatory" and if found untrue, those making the allegations would have to face the consequences.
"We want to investigate because we want the truth. As far as I am concerned, we have to look at it seriously."
"If it's true, we will act accordingly. If not, the writer will be investigated," he said, adding that the report was lodged in Putrajaya on Saturday.
Raja Petra said he expected to be called up.
He said he was bold enough to face the consequences. This is not the first time he is alleging that Najib was involved in Altantuya's murder, but he has failed to produce any solid proofs besides empty talks so far.
The story adds considerable chaos to the country's political mix. The Barisan Nasional, the national ruling coalition, is reeling from the loss of its two-thirds majority in March elections. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, taking the brunt of criticism over the loss, has already promised to step down at some future date to cede the premiership to Najib. District elections are due in July in the United Malays National Organisation and there are suspicions that the verdict in the Altantuya murder trial is being delayed until the elections are completed.
Raja Petra wrote that Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor, and Acting Colonel Aziz Buyong and his wife, Norhayati, Rosmah's aide-de-camp, were present at the scene of the murder and that Aziz Buyong was the individual who placed C4 plastic explosive on Altantuya's body and blew it up. Both Najib and his wife have repeatedly denied any involvement in the case although Kuala Lumpur has been buzzing for months with rumors of their complicity.
Shaariibuu was executed by two shots to the head and her body was blown up with military explosives in a patch of jungle near the suburban city of Shah Alam. One of Najib's closest friends, Abdul Razak Baginda, once the influential head of a political think-tank, and two of Najib's bodyguards, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar of the elite Unit Tindak Khas or Special Police Action Unit, are the subjects of a marathon murder trial that got underway more than a year ago.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has ordered the police to conduct a thorough probe into the murder of a beautiful Mongolian freelance model.The Prime Minister said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan informed him about the murder of 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu."I told the IGP he had to investigate the case thoroughly and properly.

"Nobody is above the law. That should be remembered," he said when asked to comment on the high-profile murder that took place about two weeks ago.

The police have detained a 46-year-old prominent political analyst who heads a local think-tank and remanded him for five days from yesterday to facilitate investigation.

On the involvement of police personnel in the murder, Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, said action must be taken against anybody found guilty under the law.

Three police personnel — a chief inspector, a lance corporal and a constable — have also been remanded to assist investigation into the gruesome killing of Altantuya, who was shot before her body was blown up to bits in a secondary jungle in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam.

The woman arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 9 with her sister and a cousin in search of the political analyst whom she claimed fathered her 16-month-old son.

Altantuya's case came to light after her sister lodged a police report following her disappearance on Oct 21. Police identified the political analyst, who is said to have befriended the deceased a few years ago, as a suspect.

Earlier, Abdullah launched the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair and the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies at Universiti Malaya.

Neither Najib nor his chief of staff, Musa Safri, has been questioned nor summoned to testify despite the fact that Baginda, in a sworn statement in November 2006, said he had contacted Musa for help in dealing with Altantuya, his jilted lover who was demanding money. That statement raised suspicions that all sides in the court – prosecution, defense and judiciary – are struggling to keep the case under wraps. The trial has been subject to numerous delays for reasons that are unclear.
Raja Petra himself is due to go on trial in October on sedition charges that were filed against him for writing an article titled "Let's Send Altantuya's Murderers to Hell." In that piece, he accused Najib, his wife and others of complicity in the murder. He amplified the statement considerably in his statutory declaration, made last Wednesday, in which he also said that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had seen a full report by military intelligence on the involvement of the deputy premier's family. Badawi gave the intelligence report to his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, for safekeeping, according to Raja Petra's statement.
Raja Petra, a member of the Selangor royal family, also wrote that one of the country's sultans had been given a full report on the matter. He didn't identify the sultan, but if his statements are true it means that at least one member of royalty may be able to back up his declaration, which was not made under oath.
From the time Altantuya's body was discovered, the case has raised dark questions about the possible involvement of top government figures. Others also believe that the 28-year-old mother of two may have been involved in a much bigger controversy than a jilted relationship. She made several trips to Kuala Lumpur to attempt to confront Baginda, at one point standing in front of his house and screaming "Razak, bastard, come out!" The last time she was seen alive was again in front of his house, when she was bundled into a car and taken away.
She had accompanied Baginda to France when he was involved in negotiating the purchase of two Scorpene submarines and a used Agosta submarine produced by the French government through a French-Spanish joint venture, Armaris, for the Malaysian defense ministry, which was headed by Najib as minister. The submarines were bought through a Kuala Lumpur-based company, Perimekar Sdn Bhd, which at the time was owned by yet another company, Ombak Laut, which was wholly owned by Abdul Razak Baginda.
The €1 billion (RM4.5 billion) contract to buy the submarines was non-competitive and netted Perimekar €114 million. Although Najib has sworn an oath to Allah that he had never met the woman, he was in France at the same time as Najib, one of his best friends, was there, dealing with matters over the submarine. A cousin of Altantuya's testified at the trial that she had seen a picture of Najib together with the dead woman, but she was quickly hushed up by both defense and prosecution lawyers about the matter and the picture has not been produced.
Altantuya admitted in a letter discovered after her death that she had been blackmailing Abdul Razak, presumably to keep his family from finding out about their relationship. But in his statement to the police, Baginda said he had already informed his family of the relationship; he said she was pressuring him for US$500,000. Her father, Setev Shaariibuu, a psychology professor in Ulan Bataar, has said she was killed because she "knew too much," although he has never elaborated on that statement.
Given the close relationship between the two men, and that Najib was reported as presenting jackets made available by Perimekar to the submarine crews training in France, and that Altantuya was traveling with Baginda, it is difficult to understand why the court has not pursued the issue of whether they met.
It is also difficult to understand, given published reports, plus the fact that the accused Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar were members of Najib's own bodyguard unit, that neither Najib nor Musa has been questioned about how the bodyguards came to be accused of Altantuya's murder.
There have been many other discrepancies as well. Prosecutorial setbacks over the course of the trial have endangered the case. Sirul's purported confession has been thrown out. The prosecution has attempted to impeach one of the prosecution's star witnesses, Rohaniza Roslan, a 28-year-old policewoman and Azilah's girlfriend. Rohaniza said she had seen the victim bundled into a red Proton car and taken away. Later, in court, she said she had been "tortured and coaxed" by police interrogators into signing that statement; she then offered the court a version of events that differed considerably from her initial account.
"The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor cannot remain silent on the latest bombshell," wrote Lim Kit Siang, leader of the opposition Democratic Action Party. "The credibility and legitimacy of the Abdullah premiership and government will suffer a mortal blow if Abdullah, Najib and Rosmah remain silent on Raja Petra's bombshell allegations."

Raja Petra Kamarudin has made a serious statutory declaration on June 18 alleging that Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib's wife, was at the murder scene of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006. Whether the allegation is truth or not is not known… in fact only very few people would know at the moment. RPK has shown his courage over the years, some say he is abusing his influence to bully the politicians.

Altantuya was last seen on Oct 19, 2006 as she was being bundled into a car outside Abdul Razak's home.

ANWAR TO NAJIB: "Nothing personal!"(Courtesy of MalaysiakiniTV April 25 2007)ANWAR TO NAJIB: "Explain photo with Altantuya Shaariibuu!"

(Courtesy of MalaysiakiniTV 29 June 2007)
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has been asked to explain the claim made in a court testimonial today that he had been photographed with murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu. PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said it was all the more compelling for the deputy premier to explain since he had previously denied having met her.


(Courtesy of MalaysiakiniTV 24 April 2008)

All ties established between Mongolia and Malaysia may be severed if the courts do not reach a fair decision in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial. Altantuya's father, Dr Shaariibuu Setev, told a press conference that this has been communicated to the Malaysian government.

UITM student Adli Syahril's "modern issues" assignment – the murder scene (28 April 2007)


Day 10 of the Altantuya Trial (29 June 2007)


Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa (Mongolian language: Шаарийбуугийн Алтантуяа; sometimes also Altantuya Shaariibuu; 1978 – 2006), a Mongolian national, was a murder victim who was either murdered by C-4 explosives or was somehow killed first and her remains destroyed with C-4 in October 2006 in a deserted area in Shah Alam, Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur.

Altantuyaa was born in 1978. Her parents raised her and her sister while they worked in Russia where Altantuyaa started first grade elementary school. She was reportedly fluent in Mongolian, Russian, Chinese and English.
Altantuyaa moved back to Mongolia in 1990 and a few years later, married a Mongolian techno singer, Maadai. They had a child in 1996 but the marriage ended in divorce and the child went to live with Altantuyaa's parents.
Despite training as a teacher, Altantuyaa briefly moved to France where she attended modeling school before returning to Mongolia. She only modeled part-time, for a brief time also opening a tour business in Mongolia.
Altantuyaa remarried and had another child in 2003 but the second marriage also ended in divorce (this is questionable). The second child also lives with Altantuyaa's parents. Her mother said she never been a model.
She moved to Hong Kong in 2005, it was around this time she met Abdul Razak Baginda, a defense analyst from the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre think-tank, reportedly beginning a relationship with him. Initial reports of Altantuya having a child with Abdul Razak have been proven to be untrue.
Some sources allege that Altantuya came to Kuala Lumpur with a cousin in early October 2006 intending to confront Abdul Razak. When she went missing on Oct 19, her cousin lodged a police report and sought help from the Mongolian embassy in Bangkok.
Malaysian police found fragments of bone, later verified as hers, in forested land near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam. Police investigation of her remains revealed that she was shot twice before C-4 explosives were used on her remains, although there has been later suggestion that the C-4 explosives may have killed her. When her remains were found their identity could only be confirmed with DNA testing. The provenance of the C-4 remains unclear.
Abdul Razak and three members of the police force were arrested during the murder investigation. The two murder suspects have been named as Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30 and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35. They had been members of the elite Unit Tindakan Khas (the Malaysian Police Special Action Force or counter-terrorism unit) and were both assigned to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who was also the Defence Minister at the time of the murder. Abdul Razak has been charged with abetment in the murder.
Altantuya's brutal murder received wide, detailed coverage in Malaysia, Mongolia and other Asian countries.
The trial was originally going to be held in March 2007, but was postponed until the 4th of June 2007. Due to controversial and last-minute changes in the prosecution and defence teams, and the presiding judge, the trial was again postponed until 18 June 2007. The pre-trial preparations have seen both the prosecution and defence teams level accusations of evidential impropriety at one another.
During the trial there was an incident between Baginda's wife and the victim's father.
In a statutory declaration in his sedition trial in October 2008, Raja Petra accused Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (the wife of Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak) of being one of three individuals who were present at the crime scene when Altantuya Shaariibuu was murdered on Oct 19, 2006. He wrote that wrote that Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor, and Acting Colonel Aziz Buyong and his wife, Norhayati, Rosmah's aide-de-camp, were present at the scene of the murder and that Aziz Buyong was the individual who placed C4 plastic explosive on Altantuya's body and blew it up


Posted: 28 Apr 2011 10:14 AM PDT

It is mind blowing. It is absolutely unbelievable. That a nation that proclaims to have a multi-cultural society with centuries old religious values enshrined in its many aspirations canopying the social and political fabric of the nation, is suddenly so obsessed with porn politics.

Malaysian politicians and the various responsible machineries of government must not only put an immediate stop to all these degrading, humiliating and despicable porn episodes after episodes, but must also be seen to be making urgent redress to the severly soiled and tattered reputation of Malaysians.

The Honorable Prime Minister as the Head of government must call the shouts loud and clear. Since the Sodomy I saga, years ago, we are continuing to witness so many sex and porn related sagas in the public domain. And of recent it has just gone too far for any decent human soul to accept.


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Al-Ahzab, verse 58:

And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly, bear (on themselves) a calumny and a glaring sin.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahimand his family must feel vindicated when the second snippet of the sex video implicating him hit the Internet on Wednesday. This time, the shots of the man said to resemble Anwar was clearer and it is now evident it could not have been him.
Not only was the physique of the broad-shouldered man much bulkier than the slim and fragile 63-year old Anwar, a shot that showed part of his face gave away the plot.
The facial features were different, the cheeks were too puffy and the man's neck was too thick, with rolls of flesh not evident in Anwar's. Only the hairline was similar.
The 1.46-minute snippet of the 21-minute video was entitled Papa Nurul Izzah Part II. It was uploaded at 1.30pm on YouTube but has since been removed for its sexual content.
It is believed the clip shows the final portion of the tape. The man was captured putting on his trousers.
The first snippet was released on April 4, two days before nominations for the Sarawak state elections were held. That clip has also been removed by YouTube.
The sex video fiasco hit the nation on the same day the Sarawak legislative assembly was dissolved, paving the way for the state's 10th election.
However, prompt checking by PKR investigators revealed that the hotel conference room used by the Datuk T trio who 'discovered' the tape had been booked by aides of former Malacca chief minister Rahim Thambi Chik and the bill paid by Perkasa treasurer Shauib Lazim.
That forced the trio who included business Shazryl Eskay Abdullah to  confess they were behind the pornographic screening at the Carcosa Seri Negara hotel, which is illegal in Malaysia and punishable with jail terms of up to 5 years.
The three men said they wanted to expose Anwar's unsuitability to be prime minister and demanded his resignation within a week. They had shown the tape to selected journalists and PKR elected representatives, whom they urged to defect to the BN.
Despite the public confession and the breach of the law, the police have delayed charging the men or making any arrests. Instead, they have called on Shazryl to furnish his DNA, prompting speculation that the move was aimed to pressure Anwar into giving his DNA as well.
Anwar has denied involvment in the video. Speculation is rife that his political nemesis Prime Minister Najib Razak and the Umno elite had hatched the conspiracy to discredit him.
"I don't see why they want his DNA. The police should just focus on the part where the law has been broken which is the screening of the pornographic material in public," PKR vice president N Surendran told Malaysia Chronicle.
"Who are the police really serving – the Malaysian nation and public by punishing crimes and upholding the rule of law or the Barisan Nasional/UMNO political masters to dance to their latest tune to use the police to plumb to the lowest dregs of gutter politics in the history of Malaysia?" asked DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang in a statement to the media.
 I'm not sure what is more disturbing in this day and age: The fact that we actually have a camp specifically for effeminate men to go butch, or the fact that the government of Terengganu thinks an all-sponsored honeymoon package would help couples in marital conflicts get back together.
First of all, I have an objection to the fact that a reporter used the word "sissies" in a story about a camp in the state of Terengganu that took in 66 effeminate boys from various schools in the state to teach them how to be manly. It is offensive not only to people as a whole, but it is a sign that perhaps sensitivity training or even education is not high on the list of requirements for writers in the newspaper that he works for.
Now allow me to clarify. Effeminacy does not correlate to a schoolboy's sexuality. It has no bearing whatsoever on a person's sexuality. If a girl who's a tomboy in school is still a girl, then a boy who is effeminate is by all means still a boy. Hell, a guy could be a testosterone leaking bodybuilder, graduating summa cum laude in Islamic studies, enjoys watching the English Premier League with his mates and still be gayer than Kurt in Glee.
There is something at work here that has me wondering just how high does this so-called sissy camp movement go? Did the Ministry of Education know about this?
I ask this because in 2007, the Malaysian Higher Education Minister's parliament secretary Datuk Dr Adham Baba said that "soft" men won't be recruited as teachers, with the definition of "soft" being those who wore makeup and fake eyelashes. Of course, he was later denounced by Cuepacs president Omar Osman, who said that these soft men should not be deprived of their right to pursue life as an educator. Notably, he also remarked that these men often had a sharper intellect. "Soft" men have indirectly borne the brunt of many, many slurs that were usually reserved for gay, lesbian and transgender people regardless of their own sexual orientation.
It's something that Malaysians commonly do in the government. The effeminate men get lumped together with the LGBT community, and the Sabahan and Sarawakian natives are lumped together as "dan lain-lain". In fact, being a homosexual, in a statement in 1994 by then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, is an ailment of "too much Western-style democracy", and is lumped together with abortion.
Somehow, our former prime minister and his Look East policy "closed one eye" when it came to acknowledging that Japan recognises their citizens to be gay.
Currently, with Lady Gaga having her lyrics scrambled by the Malaysian radio stations, and Azwan Ismail on YouTube declaring that it was okay to be gay, and a Muslim having apparently shamed an entire religious base of 1.6 billion people, we have become a nation that can no longer call ourselves diverse and living in harmony. We have in our communities people brought up with the notion that death threats, beatings and even libel and slander is acceptable practice when it comes to denouncing those different from what we are.
When Wan Azlee wrote a piece about how a person can be gay and a Muslim, I couldn't help but think and read up, since that is what Muslims were encouraged to do first. Pang Khee Teik was told that he should not comment on Muslims being gay; he was criticised for butting in on what was deemed an Islamic issue.
If the same basis of logic was to be applied then, can I ask all Muslims to shut up about the Christian Bible being published in Malay?
When the temple issue came up in Shah Alam, can the government then tell the cow head-carrying pogrom that it was a Hindu issue?

We cannot go on and on assasinating political opponents through such base, inhuman, uncouth and despicable avenues like resorting to porn politics and doing so in the public domain.

The government and its entire team of honorable, God-fearing, people-respecting cabinet members too must rise to do battle with all the scum and porn politics that is making honest, loyal, humble and practicing faithfuls of the various denominations to cringe with pain and disgust.

Why are we allowing all these porn politics that now have hit another disgusting low of implicating and derogating the daughter of the opposition leader? Please, where is the strong arm of the law?

If all the leaders, guardians of law and order, and justice cannot plug this unending spewing of porn politics into the public domain that risks and corrupts the dignity of the young and old, then the religious leaders and all their faithfuls must take the bull by the horn.

If our chosen leaders cannot raise our human dignity in the eyes of our children and the world community then the citizens must take up the broom themselves and clean up all these porn political practices that seem to be the most favoured checkmate-startegy among certain quarters.

Citizens and leaders what do you say? How long more must we be wayside witnesses to these horrifying porn political games? Do we stop it or do we let it be? Do our leaders want to stop it or must the citizens rise together with responsibility and get that job done?

Or do we all lay back, relish and savour all these sickening, chocking and morally disgusting filth? Malaysians must make a decision. The choice to rescue our image and reputation is a categorical imperative. Either the elected leaders do it or the citizens must assume that responsibility to put the nation back on more respectable benchmark.

MDG: Non-Malay Bumiputras still lagging

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 10:08 AM PDT

Too much for urban developments. While the Malays are finding it more difficult to acquire properties in townships, more Bumiputras especially in Sabah and Sarawak are still living in poverty.

I think the government has to shift more focus to developing the rural areas. The common question nowadays is, are the Malays affordable enough to buy at least a retail outlet in mega projects namely the NCER, ECER, Iskandar Johor and Sabah and Sarawak Development Corridors?

Who will benefit most from it? The Malays? The kampung folks?

Our affirmative action plan looks very promising on the surface but the ugly facts are well-hidden beneath it.

While Malay poverty share falls, other Bumiputras are still lagging, according to a report by the United Nations 2010 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) released Thursday. Despite making up only 11 per cent of the population, non-Malay Bumiputeras now make up about half of all underprivileged households.

Non-Malay Bumiputeras - most of whom are from Sabah and Sarawak, and who are Barisan Nasional's (BN) vote bank - making up about 50 per cent of all poor households in the country as compared with about 20 per cent in 1989.

The proportion of poor made up by Malay households, meanwhile, dropped from over 60 per cent in 1989 to about 40 per cent in 2009.

The share of Chinese and Indian households remained relatively stable during the same period, at less than 10 per cent.

The report also found that Sabah had the highest poverty rate in the country at 19.7 per cent.

The UN (MDG) comprises eight global, time-bound development goals, with targets to be achieved by 2015.

Kamal Malhotra, the United Nations Resident Co-ordinator for Malaysia, said in the report that while the country has achieved the aggregate MDG objective of halving poverty — which fell from 17 per cent in 1990 to eight per cent in 2000, and below four per cent in 2009 — rural Sabah was not on track to achieve the poverty MDG by 2015.

The MDG report found that 3.5 per cent of households are vulnerable, meaning that they have incomes 25 per cent or less above the poverty line.

Non-Malay Bumiputera were found to be the most vulnerable, followed by Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races.

Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi’s poem Kanimozhi Kanimozhi Kanimozhi her ambitious mother Rajathi Ammal

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 10:01 AM PDT

Since Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi took three bullets from Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948, many have gone on Satyagraha. Most of them were shams.

Only a few of them, like Irom Sharmila who is on an 11-year fast against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 in Manipur, show conviction. For the others, it has been so much a political pastime that the average Indian has come to see the Gandhian form of protest as a comic stunt.

Now, an Army truck driver of the 1960s is changing all that. Type 'A' on Google search and the system throws up the name Anna Hazare, with more than a million results that correlate with the name. Twitter, Facebook and petition sites are replete with the name. If you think that is but a 'virtual' support, go to Jantar Mantar, Delhi, where crowds swell around the 72-year-old crusader on a Satyagraha, sending shivers down the spines of politicians.

And the spineless, who said Hazare was being instigated by some vested interests, are crawling. "Politicians who come to the Satyagraha pandal are being taught how to be modest," said a friend fasting with Hazare, referring to the Uma Bharti incident. Politicians Bharti and Om Prakash Chautala, who apparently tried to take political mileage by paying a visit to Hazare were booed and sent back by the people.

Hazare later apologised to Bharti, saying any politician was welcome to join the fight against corruption, but they can't find a place on the dais as it was a people's movement, not be politicised.

The statement, like the man, is an honest one. The spontaneity of public support to his demand for the Jan Lokpal Bill is a testament to that. It's that fine quality of honesty that turned Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare into Anna Hazare. It is that simple virtue so scarce in today's society which propelled the school dropout from Ahmednagar, to a shramdaan pioneer of Ralegan Siddhi, the champion of the right to information and now the crusader for a law to curb corruption.

It is that integrity that sets him apart from the rest who have tried Satyagraha as a drama for political stakes. Chennaiites saw two such one-act plays in 2009 when the war in Lanka was peaking. On March 9, AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa sat on a fast near the MA Chidambaram cricket stadium demanding immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka. The same evening, she accepted a glass of fruit juice from no less that Tamil Nadu's own tiger clone Vaiko to end the fast as air strikes continued to flatten Tamil settlements in the island nation.

Not to be outdone in the tamasha, DMK leader M Karunanidhi went on a 'surprise fast' on April 27, when the Eelam Tigers were virtually decimated, raising the same demand. Arriving at dawn, Karunanidhi's set-makers put in place a cot, two air-coolers and other paraphernalia. The city woke up to the news of the chief minister on a fast. Those who woke up late, however, missed the show, as it got over soon after noon. "Sri Lanka has put an end to hostilities," Karunanidhi proclaimed after the six-hour fast.

Surviving such entertainments, Satyagraha has shown its power through Anna Hazare. Hazare started his fast on Tuesday and the very next day Pawar "dissociated" himself from the group of ministers on corruption.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister agreed to set up a panel with civil society representatives to draft the Lokpal Bill. When a people's movement gains momentum, history has taught us, rulers can't just mock and grin. If they do, there could be other forms of protest, some quite contrarian to the Gandhian method, but quite complementary for the cause.

After all, Independence was not a glucose drip the British offered as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi went on a Satyagraha. There was much blood in the streets. There were Tantya Topes, Chandra Sekhar Azads and Bhagat Singhs who laid down their lives for the Indian Freedom Struggle when the British were grappling with a non-violent fakir who shook the Empire by just going on a fast.

After throwing out the British, India is beginning to battle collectively to root out corruption. If the new age Bapu is insulted, the rulers may well see a few Bhagat Singhs.

All politicians have friends and foes; Kanimozhi has friends and relatives.

Being named a co-conspirator in the 2G spectrum case, Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's poet daughter finds her political career a mangled metaphor.

But for her ambitious mother Rajathi Ammal and benevolent father, Kani, as she is called in family circles, never had many well-wishers within the Karunanidhi clan. She has found many of her relatives difficult, some diabolic. Her indictment will sure make her cousins and half-siblings step up the silent campaign within and outside the family, isolating her further.

Outside the family, in the DMK circles, Kanimozhi had enjoyed the support of a majority of MPs and state ministers for two reasons. One, she is the favourite daughter of their favourite leader; two, to hate her cousin Dayanidhi Maran, who cared more for his pinstripes than the DMK lieutenants' epaulettes, their support for Kanimozhi was imperative. Among them were ministers Arcot Veerasamy, Durai Murugan, KN Nehru, MRK Paneerselvam, I Periyasamy, Thangam Thennarasu and A Poongothai. Now that crowd has deserted her.

More disconcerting for the young Rajya Sabha member should be the silence of her father, who had sprung in support of former telecom minister A Raja when the scandal surfaced. Karunanidhi would now find himself flanked more frequently by the Maran brothers. They will be foolish not to use the opportunity to advise Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) on the need to keep Kani away from active politics. And by the way they clawed their way back to the party after Dayanidhi's exit in 2007, we all know they are no fools.

Alagiri, who got the lowest marks in the Dinakaran survey in 2007 that led to the arson in Madurai, is not quite a bosom buddy of Dayanidhi Maran. But the Madurai strongman finds his wealthy cousin with Delhi dreams a safer companion than a half-sister who may be comfortable with the rustic politics Tamil Nadu. After all, she is the common enemy. Selvi, her half-sister married into the Maran family, has made clear her loyalty to the in-laws.

Kanimozhi would now look askance at a stoic M K Stalin. As the heir to Kalaignar's throne, Stalin has trained himself to look unbiased in the family squabble. He has his favourites, but he refuses to openly support or speak against anyone. And whenever he had Karunanidhi's ears, he had managed to keep the Marans happy. Kanimozhi can't expect much from Stalin.

Karunanidhi didn't appear to have expected the bad news on Monday. He was in a jovial mood when he visited the Fort St George library and later fed his pet fish at the new secretariat on Anna Salai before addressing a press conference at 11am. At the conference, two women journalists kept bombarding Karunanidhi with questions on 2G, Kanimozhi and DMK's alliance with the Congress. He gave evasive replies. Finally, when a woman journalist asked him if he would break away from the Congress, Karunanidhi said: "If you want it, tell me… all of you women are heartless." Four hours later, when news came of Kanimozhi's indictment in the 2G spectrum scam, political circles were again discussing Karunanidhi's knack of impregnating sentences with multiple meanings. By heartless women, many wondered, did he mean Sonia Gandhi?

Political bandwagons have screeched to a halt in Tamil Nadu and Kerala which go to the polls on Wednesday. Now for the silent revolution.

Almost immediately after the hullaballoo ended at 5 pm on Monday, the major political parties activated their war rooms. It is here the Machiavellians plot their 24-hour revolution through black money, white lies and grey areas. Their foot soldiers would soon fan out, wielding such weapons of mass deception as wads of currency, glib talk and gallons of chemicals to put makers of the indelible ink to shame and show the middle finger to democracy.

In many parts of the Dravidian land, newspaper readers anxiously open page-three without a glance at page-one. For, tucked away there would be crisp currency note from which the Father of the Nation smiles a tired smile. Some others open their doors before the milkman comes, and find dhotis and saris that had mysteriously materialised overnight. The only signs of the midsummer Santa Claus would be on the borders of the fabric that depict rising suns or a pair of leaves.

The election commission has so far seized Rs 33 crore from people who were ostensibly out to distribute them for votes. Among those arrested for cash distribution was former telecom minister A Raja's elder brother A Kaliaperumal. Chief minister M Karunanidhi compared the EC's crackdown to the Emergency; many 'traders' went to courts saying the commission was harassing them while they were just transporting money for their livelihood. The courts said such people could get back their money by producing proof that they were being taken on genuine business. None has claimed back his 'trade' money yet.

In the neighbouring God's invented country, currency notes are not so much in abundance. And whatever little they have are put to better use—like investing on election-day operations. Not much has changed since former chief election commissioner TN Seshan famously remarked a couple of decades ago that Communist party members are the best practitioners of Rig Veda. "They rig the polls with such finesse," he had quipped. Only that nowadays the Congress, too, does it with elan.

Here's a peep into a typical operation. In Kerala's palm-fringed backyards of polling stations, beedi-smoking activists hide homoeopathy bottles filled with some chemical concoction under their lungies. A designated rig-vedic voter walks out of the polling booth, wiping his left forefinger on his hair smeared with – what else – coconut oil.  The one in lungi fishes out the homoeopathy bottle and dips the stalk of a breadfruit leaf in the liquid. The voter extends his finger to the comrade who does the honour. The voter is soon transported to another booth, probably in another ward or another constituency, to exercise someone else's franchise.  It may not be that easy this time, with the election commission introducing voter photographs on electoral rolls, but 'vedic' experts say they have done their homework well.

This is one game I don't wish the best player wins.

Pakatan’s Chances of Winning the 13th General Election

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 09:21 AM PDT

From Li Kit Siang's Blog

Written by Kenny Gan

The 13th general election will be the most watched and anxiously awaited event in the annals of Malaysian political history. Previous general elections have been tame affairs where the result was never in doubt; it was only a matter of how many seats the opposition could wrest away from BN. But the next election will be different as BN faces a real threat of losing power to a united opposition.

To be sure, this is not the first time that the opposition parties have grouped together to challenge BN. In the 1990 general election, Tengku Razaleigh's Semangat 46 forged a coalition with other opposition parties and in 1999 DAP, PAS and Keadilan formed Barisan Alternatif to take advantage of public revulsion over Mahathir's cruel treatment of Anwar.

But these opposition pacts did not even manage to deny BN its customary two-thirds majority. They failed because the social forces at that time were just not in their favour. The minorities were controlled by racial and religious fears and the mindset of the people then could not accept being governed by any coalition other than BN.

Things are certainly different now. Never before has there been such a nexus of events to influence the political destiny of the country. The coming together of the opposition, the dissipation of racial and religious fears, the sea change in mindset, the political awakening of Sabah and Sarawak and yet another sodomy outrage on Anwar have coalesced into the perfect storm to threaten BN.

The Tyranny of Numbers

Although chances to unseat BN have never been better one should not be mistaken into thinking that ousting the behemoth is easy or inevitable. In Malaysia there is no such thing as free and fair elections. The playing field is wholly tilted to BN which has almost unlimited funds and controls the mass media and all the levers of power which it shamelessly uses to its advantage.

There are 222 parliament seats so a party winning 112 seats gains a simple majority to form the government with the other side ending up with 110 seats. Of course such a slim majority is not workable in practice as a single defection will lose the majority. If PR wins a majority which is too thin BN will waste no time in scuttling their majority by inducing defections.

However the aim is to gain an idea of whether PR has any chance of winning, never mind the practicality of governance. After the 2008 general election, PR held 83 parliament seats to BN's 139. This means PR must retain all the seats it won in 2008 plus an additional 29 seats to obtain the bare minimum majority. On the surface this looks rather optimistic.

But numbers can be deceptive. Our election system is based on "first past the post" which means that a win by 1 vote is still a win. Hence a small swing in vote share can result in a large number of seats changing hands. An alternative system is proportional representation where seat allocation is based on the proportion of votes secured but the disadvantage of such a system is that it tends to result in weak governments.

After the 2008 election there were many marginal seats won by both sides which could change hands with just a small swing in voter support. Based on data on marginal seats sourced from malaysiakini, a 6% swing to PR will result in PR capturing an additional 29 seats, i.e. winning 112 seats to BN's 110.

An overall 6% swing in voter support is a large swing and this must come on the back of the 2008 swing against BN. To put this in perspective the overall swing to and against BN in past general elections are as follows: (sourced from The Star)

1995 – 11.8% swing to BN due to Dr. M's liberalization policies
1999 – 8.7% swing to opposition due to Anwar factor
2004 – 7.4% swing to BN due to new PM Badawi
2008 – 10.7% swing to opposition due to tsunami.

So a 6% swing is within the range of possibility but the crux is that swings have alternated between BN and opposition from election to election. Since the last election saw a swing of 10.7% to the opposition an additional 6% swing in the same direction seems optimistic. Even more ominous, a mere 1.2% swing to BN will see BN regaining its two-thirds majority. Is BN safe in Putrajaya after all?

The Keys to Putrajaya

The key to break this tyranny of numbers is Sabah and Sarawak. To put it another way, Sabah and Sarawak hold the keys to Putrajaya.

In the above analysis we have assumed that the voting pattern in the two East Malaysian states will not differ greatly from 2008 subject to a moderate percentage swing. In 2008 the opposition only managed to capture only a single seat each in Sabah and Sarawak.

But Sabah and Sarawak are experiencing a political awakening in the wake of the 2008 tsunami. The notion of the two states being "fixed deposits" for BN is no longer true after the 2011 Sarawak state election. The mood in Sabah towards the federal government is anger at the hordes of illegal immigrants and Sabah is ripe for political change.

Hence we should treat Sabah and Sarawak differently on the basis that their normal voting pattern is going to be upset from the usual trend and moderate swings do not apply. Sabah has 26 parliament seats and Sarawak 31, numbers which are disproportionate to their population.

Results from the recently concluded Sarawak state election indicate that PR's success can be translated into 6 to 8 parliamentary seats. As for Sabah it is certainly set to lose more than one seat.

If we assume that PR can capture 8 seats in Sarawak and 8 seats in Sabah and adding these to PR's 81 Peninsula seats in 2008, this brings the total to 97. To achieve 112 seats PR will need to capture an additional 15 seats in the Peninsula, assuming that it is able to keep all the seats captured in 2008.

From the table of BN's marginal seats and excluding those seats in Sabah and Sarawak, we find that a 4% swing will yield PR an additional 14 seats while a 5% swing will yield another 19 seats in the Peninsula.

So 4% swing in the Peninsula is just falls short while a 5% swing will yield a total of 116 seats for PR and 106 seats for BN with a majority of 10, not great but workable giving PR time consolidate its position by making much needed changes to the police, judiciary MACC and other enforcement divisions.

A 5% swing is still significant and we must remember that this must come on the back of a 10.7% swing in 2008 in the same direction. The next question is, "Will there be enough fence sitters to execute the swing given that a large number have already swung away from BN in 2008?"

The Racial Battleground

What sort of swing in each of the three major ethnic groups is needed to obtain this 5% swing in the Peninsula? Based on past by-elections the support level of the Chinese and Indians can be predicted with some reliability but the Malay ground is very hard to read.

The Chinese community can be considered to be won by PR with up to 80% support in by-elections which has increased from 2008 where 65% of Chinese voters supported PR. It is generally believed that the Indian community voted overwhelmingly against BN in 2008 but the numbers show that Indian support for BN was split down the middle at 48%. This was of course a huge swing from their normal 80% support level. Right now the Indian vote is still roughly split down the middle although by-elections have detected a slight drift back to BN. We should not read too much into these "buy-elections" where the poor and marginalized are most susceptible to handouts which cannot be repeated on a national scale.

Among the Malays there appear to be few fence sitters. This is why PR finds it hard to increase its Malay vote share. On the other hand even overt racism and ultra nationalism do little to enlarge Umno's Malay base. The Malay ground is very hard to shift either way but a little means a lot due to their demography.

Analysis of BN's Malay vote share in past general elections show 49% in 1999 due to the Anwar crisis, 59.1% in 2004 due to the new PM factor (or because Mahathir was gone) and 55% in 2008. Umno's baseline Malay support appears to be about 55% and it can shift up or down by about 5%. This means that in 2008 it may have come down to its base support level and it possible to shift either way by a maximum of 5%.

The Critical Malay Vote

If we assume a 75% support level for PR from the Chinese and 48% support level from the Indians what sort of support level is required from Malays for an overall 5% swing to PR? The results are summarized in the table below.

Ethnic Group PR support 2008 PR support 13th GE (assumed) & swing within group Demography % overall swing
Chinese 65% 75% 10% 26% 2.6%
Indian 48% 48% 0% 8% 0%
Malay 55% 58.6% 3.6% 66% 2.4%
Total         5.0%

Hence it can be seen that a Malay swing to PR of 3.6% from the 2008 baseline is required to push PR into Putrajaya with a thin majority of 10 seats.

It is clear that the 13th general election will be a battle for the Malay vote. Only the Malays themselves can determine who governs them. There are no races acting as kingmakers.

The Road to Putrajaya

So the essential conditions for a PR victory are the capture of 8 seats each in Sabah and Sarawak, a 10% Chinese swing, no change in Indian support and critically, a 3.6% Malay swing to PR. Note that this analysis is based on national averages; it does not consider seat results due to local conditions, local demography or the popularity of a candidate.

As these conditions are within the range of possibility optimists may see this as a good chance to unseat BN. Pessimists may see it as unlikely to happen especially with the Malays reportedly drifting back to Umno.

Is there any likelihood of a cataclysmic event which will swing the Malay vote away from BN as what happened in 1999? Yes, there is – Anwar's sodomy II which will probably end with his imprisonment and may yet yield the required Malay swing provided Umno is reckless enough to put him in jail.

Importance of a Pakatan Victory

What Malaysia badly needs is a two party system where democratic competition forces the ruling party to be more people centric and accountable. A party which has no fear of losing power invariably becomes corrupt and abusive.

Can PR function as a component of the two party system to put pressure on BN without gaining power? What if PR does not gain power but wins enough seats in the next general election to put real fear in BN and force it to reform?

But this is not likely to happen. Instead of reforming BN will take desperate measures to whip up racial sentiment, oppress the opposition and manipulate the electoral process to cement its power. A two party system will only exist in Malaysia if BN loses power at least once.

The road to Putrajaya is long and arduous so PR must stay focused and cohesive. There is no room for petty squabbling or in-fighting. Unseating BN with their absolute control of money, media and machinery is hard even with the opposition coalition at its optimum. Anything less and BN may even gain back their two-thirds majority instead of being ousted


Posted: 28 Apr 2011 09:40 AM PDT

Making a strong plea for stopping RSS on Sunday, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh accused BJP of killing Muslims in the name of nationalism like Nazis.
Digvijay Singh said RSS's "hatred" for Muslims was comparable to that of the Nazis towards Jews. "Why is it that all Hindus found involved in terror activities are members of RSS?" he added.
Taking cue, Congress on Sunday urged the government to investigate the links between terrorists and RSS affiliates, embracing Rahul Gandhi's hardline posture on Sangh Parivar whose senior cadre have allegedly been found involved in explosions at Muslim religious places.
The Congress plenary session adopted a political resolution which urged the government to tackle the menace of religious fundamentalism strongly and to probe the RSS-terror link as uncovered in recent cases. "Terrorism from wherever it comes and whatever form it takes must be dealt with firmly and effectively," the document said.
The resolution complimented the Centre for effectively tackling cross-border terrorism, noting that its vigilance had prevented major attacks, save Pune and Varanasi, after 26/11. RSS came under strong fire from the Congress. "RSS and VHP are insidious in their effort to break India," said the resolution.
Congress also touched upon Gujarat riots, urging the government to "relentlessly prosecute all those responsible for the unforgivable genocide that occurred in large parts of Gujarat in 2002." On Ayodhya, it repeated that the judgment of the Allahabad High Court did not condone the "crime" of demolition and that those responsible ought to be brought to book. At a meeting on Saturday to finalise the resolution, Rahul had suggested that the party should term the demolition as a criminal activity.
The frontal attack on RSS — communalism and terrorism — defied the belief that Congress would downplay the aggression in view of the recent controversy kicked off by AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh recently by giving the impression that he suspected the hand of Hindutva hardliners in the killing of former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare.
After the recent Wikileaks expose about Rahul telling the US envoy that Hindu radical groups were a bigger threat than Lashkar-e-Taiba, the strong reaction from the saffron family led a section to believe that the party could softpedal the issue.
The RSS, VHP and BJP and their many subordinate organizations have waited for the popular sentiments, favoring acceptance of the judgment by all parties, to die down and the results of Bihar assembly election be declared for expressing their disregard to the judgment and to pressurize the nation for endorsing what the RSS and its affiliates think right. Before the judgment was declared, the RSS chief assured that his organization will accept the court verdict. Now, there is a turnabout and revival of the old chorus. The Hindutva outfits oppose the division of the disputed site; particularly they are not happy with the court's favor to the Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board. It is evident that when the whole nation was awfully waiting for the Lucknow bench to pronounce its judgment there was an unprecedented calm in the country and the predominant view at large was not in favor of any more prolongation of the controversy. So the RSS has passed some time in inaction and now it has resumed the Ramdhun once again.

This man you speak of happens to be the Chosen One, the saviour of the Malays. He is the Enlightened One, emerging from The Sands of Gold ( Pasir Mas) This man of Superior Intellect, Larger than Life itself. A natural Leader who commands the respect of World Governments, and whose contacts ranges from past Prime Ministers to the present Leadership who will bow at his every whim and fancy.He is also the supreme leader of over 100 Non Governmental Organizations that can tip the scales of our present leadership. He has been in the cover of every major newspaper and magazine, and he commands more headline news than Obama and Michael Jackson combined. He is a Man that demands our utmost respect, which he so rightly deserves."So let me begin with the mother of all insults. Ibrahim Ali is truly as stupid as he looks and it is hard to differentiate between his fat stunted face and a boiled fat potato. And yes, it does feel good to get that off my chest! "You of all people have not seen him in the flesh as I have, and I tell you he is quite the opposite. Tom Cruise will pale in comparison to his youthful boyish looks, and watching him from the side, his shadow is more like Sean Connery of James Bond. Women actually swoon and faint when he smiles at them. I watched him in the last Perkasa convention, as he waddled, with his feet half dragging the carpeted floor up to the podium, as the crowd gave him a standing ovation, standing next to Dr M.

Any peace loving organization would have remained content with the judgment or otherwise would have approached the apex court for any remediation, if so required, and waited for the proceedings to come out with any decision. But the RSS is not of the sort. Its rise and continuity depends solely on controversies, particularly those that could undermine rights of minorities, Dalits and other weaker sections of the country. It knows that it is not a legal party to the disputed site. The legal contenders of the title suit row are already preparing to submit their prayers to the Supreme Court within the 90 days' time limit. It can only take advantage of the dispute to some extent by meddling in concerning matters from outside and by making a loud claim and high pitch for confusing political parties, masses, media and judiciary as if the RSS and its offshoots are the 'real' custodians of Ramlala. Two months have passed since the pronouncement of one of the most controversial judicial decision in the country. These organizations feel it to be an opportune time to act. There are some other gripping compulsions for them too.
Everyone, was spell bound by the way he carried himself, and when he spoke, there was a deafening silence, amidst a snore or two, as he wowed the crowd with his spellbinding voice that sounded like a deep croak and a tenor. And when he waved the Keris like a magic wand, the crowd went berserk and roared with approval that nearly brought the house down. Such is the awe, the magic and the power of the Chosen One, who can move mountains out of molehills."His silly and stupid remarks are not the problem per se; if he chooses to make a fool of himself, then it is his prerogative. My concern is that the racist propaganda that he obsessively espouses about Malay supremacy creates a heighten sense of chauvinistic and jingoistic pride amongst those gullible and illiterate Malays. Needless to say, in a country like Malaysia where the inhabitants are multi-cultural, multi-ethnic or multi-racial, it is like throwing petrol into a burning pyre. And where is the ISA when it is needed?"
"So, not only is it foolish of him to come up with such garbage, he seems to take pleasure in teasing and insulting the non-Malays with his divisive, racist and inflammatory diatribe. It just goes to show this so-called Muslim has no humanity, conscience and decency – thus he deserves every insult he gets. All that matters to him is Malay supremacy and power – come what may and at any price. What is so 'superior' about a race which cannot compete on equal terms? It seems paradoxical to be 'supreme' and yet 'inferior'. More importantly, does he not realise that if the Malaysian economy collapses as a result of Malay supremacy (amid corruption, cronyism, incompetence etc) rather than meritocracy, the poorest of the poor Malays will be the first ones to suffer. The Malay elites with their ill gotten gains will head straight to their luxury homes overseas"
It is very unethical to speak of the Malay Race in such a manner, as 50 per cent of the Malays supported the opposition in the last General Election. The Opposition would have won hands down if not for the Chinese, Indians and the Bumiputras that continued supporting BN. Can you still say that we Malays are gullible and illiterate?
During the last few months the RSS was under pressure being hunted by the UPA for its terrorist connections and, due to unfavorable circumstance, it did not reveal its reaction to the judgment instantly except calling it a sort of "removal of hurdles in the way of a grand Ram temple". Now, the UPA government itself is caught in a whirlwind of corruption and could hardly afford any more annoyance of the opposition mainly comprising the BJP and its alliance. The defeat of the Congress and other secular parties in Bihar and the big haul of the BJP there have further emboldened the RSS et al to give up their defensive stance on 'saffron terrorism' and break the unusual silence on the judgment of the division of the disputed site into three parts. It would also like to remove those hurdles coming in the way of BJP's taking front seat in the corridors of national politics due to the latter's failure in erecting the avowed Ram temple during its tenure of the NDA rule, which had annoyed many independent Hindu saints who supported the Ramjanam movement.
Everyone, was spell bound by the way he carried himself, and when he spoke, there was a deafening silence, amidst a snore or two, as he wowed the crowd with his spellbinding voice that sounded like a deep croak and a tenor. And when he waved the Keris like a magic wand, the crowd went berserk and roared with approval that nearly brought the house down. Such is the awe, the magic and the power of the Chosen One, who can move mountains out of molehills."His silly and stupid remarks are not the problem per se; if he chooses to make a fool of himself, then it is his prerogative. My concern is that the racist propaganda that he obsessively espouses about Malay supremacy creates a heighten sense of chauvinistic and jingoistic pride amongst those gullible and illiterate Malays. Needless to say, in a country like Malaysia where the inhabitants are multi-cultural, multi-ethnic or multi-racial, it is like throwing petrol into a burning pyre. And where is the ISA when it is needed?"
"So, not only is it foolish of him to come up with such garbage, he seems to take pleasure in teasing and insulting the non-Malays with his divisive, racist and inflammatory diatribe. It just goes to show this so-called Muslim has no humanity, conscience and decency – thus he deserves every insult he gets. All that matters to him is Malay supremacy and power – come what may and at any price. What is so 'superior' about a race which cannot compete on equal terms? It seems paradoxical to be 'supreme' and yet 'inferior'. More importantly, does he not realise that if the Malaysian economy collapses as a result of Malay supremacy (amid corruption, cronyism, incompetence etc) rather than meritocracy, the poorest of the poor Malays will be the first ones to suffer. The Malay elites with their ill gotten gains will head straight to their luxury homes overseas"
It is very unethical to speak of the Malay Race in such a manner, as 50 per cent of the Malays supported the opposition in the last General Election. The Opposition would have won hands down if not for the Chinese, Indians and the Bumiputras that continued supporting BN. Can you still say that we Malays are gullible and illiterate?
Something else has also pushed the RSS to its early reaction. The chief of Nirmohi Akhara Sant Gyandas has recently severed his relation from the VHP due its 'politics on Ram'. He does not want the RSS or the VHP to take charge of the future Ram temple on the disputed site replacing the authority of the Nirmohi Akhara on Ram Chabootra and Sita Rasoi and he is inclined to accept the pronounced verdict and talking with Hashim Ansari for any resolution. In order to subdue such a diversion from the Hindutva plan, it is required that 'Hindu' pressure should be built up against any division of the land by the court or the concerning parties. The division of land means the end of the crusade of RSS-VHP has unleashed in the name of Ram. The division means building of a mosque on at least one third of the disputed land which is likely to wash out the VHP's hate mission of using history for 'retrogressive revenge'. Therefore, the earlier the Hindutva outfits thwart any compromise deal or final judicial settlement leading to the division of the land it is better for them.Another danger looming large on the RSS's mass base comes from the denouncement of Shankracharya of Puri and Dwarka Swami Swarupanand a few days back to accept the model of Ram Temple developed by the VHP. The Shankracharya decried the VHP model assessing it would be only promoting tourism and not the devotion, and it was not considered to be in line with the principles of constructing a temple in Sanatan Dharm. He also said that the VHP has exhausted all the money it has collected for the construction of a grand Ram temple and was hardly in a position to carry out the project in present circumstances. He even suggested that VHP's Ram temple might be erected on Karsevakpuram but not on the disputed site. The worried RSS would like to subdue such dissents before they could receive a wider currency.
"The May 13 (1969) riot is not something we should be proud of especially when so many innocent people were killed because of racialism. And yet, Ibrahim Ali wants to have a museum to 'commemorate' the bloody riot so as to "educate the young". The logic of this moron is beyond comprehension. 
Perhaps, I have underestimated his intellect. My apologies, I will immediately retract the word 'intellect' because it would be an insult to those who posses it – 'craftiness' is more appropriate."
The Chosen One not only has supreme intellect, but he also possesses Insight, Foresight and Hindsight. He can foresee the future of this country. He can shape the History of this country. He can bring the Malays out of their misery, which our present Leaders can't!!
He can talk all he wants, and no one in this country will dare to rebut his wise words of wisdom. With his gross rhetoric and radical remarks, he will singlehandedly disgust every Non Malay and discourage them to vote for the BN leadership. And with the entire Non Malay vote going to the Opposition, not even 2 million postal votes will save BN this time. Such is the Wisdom and Power of the Chosen One-the saviour of the Malays, and the saviour of this country.
It is still not to late to repent, and ask the Chosen One for his forgiveness. Just take a membership form to join Perkasa. The end is near, and the 13th General Election is around the corner. Let's sock it to them!
So …."All hail the Chosen One"
Whatever be the objective of the recent launch, it should be considered a disregard for the national sentiments of amicably solving the issue and disbelief in the course of law. When there is already a national consensus that the controversy could be solved by the apex court, then there is no need for a public movement at all. Those who are not satisfied with the Lucknow judgment have the avenue of reaching out to the Supreme Court for any correction, instead of going to the streets for solving it. If some organizations do so then it is evident that their objective is exactly not the Ramjanambhoomi but something else. Just imagine, if the other party, the Muslims, launch a similar public movement then it will only bring bad weather in the country and would be a mockery to the law. But Muslims are gentlemanly triggering their aim by taking recourse to the law and not by mobilizing masses on the issue. Any communal upsurge is doomed to generate counter reaction from others, not a good thing for the nation. The Hindu community must frustrate any assault on the communal harmony of the country which is required for sustaining its surging economic growth and peaceful coexistence of all its citizens.

When we Muslims don't care no more...the Anwar Ibrahim saga..

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 08:34 AM PDT

I cringed with despair when once again we are all assailed with more short clips of the infamous sex clip of what is said to be Anwar Ibrahim's sexcapade with a Chinese prostitute.

It was hard enough watching the first part of the clip and the dismay I felt when I first saw it. The dread of considering the implications that such a video will have on this nation's future if it is proven to be true beyond a morsel of doubt that it is really him, the man whom even I at one time wanted so much to see take over from Mahathir when the latter quit as this nation's PM?

Such a wish to see him helm this nation's course stemmed from the fact that in Anwar Ibrahim we saw the makings of an Islamic leader who started his journey towards reaching the pinnacle of Malaysia's political leadership from heading ABIM, the Malaysian Muslim Youth Brigade.

All that is now part of our nation's history as Anwar's fortune went spiraling out of control and he ended up in the slammer for 6 years, was released from prison and went on to head the Opposition Pact.

You can say that I was not exactly thrilled to see Anwar team up with the DAP and PAS to try and grab power with his 16th September ' jump ship' political ploy and strategy which eventually caved in as a result of non committal on the part of some of those Members of Parliament who were said to have nodded to his grand plan.  

For someone who had religious foundations and was once heralded as the future leader of this country, both articulate and well aware of what Islam expects of him as a promising young star in UMNO who skyrocketed past old party faithfuls such as the late Tun Ghafar Baba and many others into becoming the Deputy Prime Minister under Tun Dr Mahathir, Anwar's haste in wanting to be the numero uno Head of Government and sideline Dr. M cost him dearly when the maestro Malaysian PM of all time, pulled the plug on him, stripped him bare of all his political appointments and left him back at where he had first started.

Anwar however wasn't going to take things lying down. He turned Brutus on Dr. Mahathir and forever changed the annals of Malaysian political history by going on the 'Reformasi' warpath which saw hundreds of thousands of his supporters run amok on the streets of KL.

All that is part and parcel of what Malaysian political upheavals have come to be?

When dopey Abdullah Badawi took over the reins from stern no nonsense Dr M, all those who had been toeing the line during Tun Dr M's rule started to get out of their self imposed corrals and started to rock the boat, so to speak.

Things that were considered taboo were now being spoken about openly knowing that the 5th PM wasn't as watchful and firm as Dr M.

Anwar Ibrahim's vendetta against Mahathir culminated in his turning into the BN's nemesis and he signed a pact with the Devils After Power and PAS. Opposition parties whom he once lambasted and dismissed off as unreliable ones incapable of running this country.

Today, all those nasties are conveniently forgotten and Anwar heads the Opposition Pact with a raging desire to overthrow the BN and clench his paws once and for all upon the throne of the PM at Putrajaya if that's the last thing that he does in his lifetime?

Unfotunately, he has once again be scandalized by accusations of being a sodomite just as he was accused of way back in 1998.

Now, this sordid video has surfaced purportedly showing Anwar having a sexual tryst with a Chinese prostitute.

Whether it is really him, we don't know but one thing for sure, his poor family especially his wife and eldest daughter are once again thrown into public scandal for coming to his defense and refusing to admit that it is him, their head of the family caught in action albeit it be in just black and white.

I can't imagine the extent of such shame and loss of face that such a lewd scandal involving their head of the family has befallen Dr Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah?

It must be the worst moment in their lives and even if this blows over, the emotional and psychological scars will remain etched deep in their hearts and minds forever.

In times like these, one would expect some consideration from those out to get him for the man's reputation and honor has already been impaired beyond repair what with the constant and ceaseless onslaught against him.

But it now seems like they will not simply let him be. Looks like Anwar Ibrahim's not gonna be left alone till he gives up his quest to be the next Malaysian PM and emigrates overseas to salvage whatever is left of his reputation and remnants of his self dignity.

I can also understand the implications for this country if it is true that the fornicator featured in the b&w video shown recently as Pt 2 of what is now known as the Anwar Sex Tape is no one else but the 'Gift of God' himself, then surely we can't allow such a figure to lead this nation.

No way in hell.

Yet we as Muslims must also remember that even we ourselves, aren't exactly squeaky clean and free from sin, if we really want to be truthful?

God Knows as to who each and every one of us truly are?

What will we do when we are all resurrected in the Yaum al Qiyamah and assembled upon the Field of Mahsyar?

We will have all our past deeds be flashed before the entire gathering of humankind upon the widest HD screen we can ever imagine?

Where will we hide our faces then when our own individual screw-ups (pardon the pun) will be telecast live before the gathered generations after generations of the humankind?

On that account, Anwar and his family would then have the last laugh ~ if he is innocent of all these charges...but based upon what the forensic experts are going to furnish soon with regard to these accusations that the maverick is truly guilty as charged, it can just go either way!

Islam asks of its adherents to show mercy and compassion towards one another but in this case, many are not willing to risk having a sodomite or a lecherous adulterer end up calling the shots in Putrajaya.

Although I tend to agree with them in not wanting such a person in power upon such an eventuality, I still think that we ought to exercise a bit more restraint and not go overboard with this witch hunt.

Remember that no matter how eager we are in prejudging him, we too will one day be judged by none other than Allahu Ta'ala soon and in His Court, there is no room for any tricks or entrapments.

May Justice prevail and cool hearts rule.


Till we know the truth and nothing but the whole truth, I'd like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah.

When we who are Muslims don't care no more as to who we hurt with our rashness, then the future for this ummah becomes uncertain.

I recall reading about the situation where if we fail to be kind and compassionate to those amongst us here on Earth, then those high up in the heavens will reciprocate in kind towards us. 

Dare we risk that?

Federal Court’s Land Mark Case On NCR (Natives’ Culture Reserve) Land In Sarawak

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 07:27 AM PDT

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Some Bloggers simply shoot…!!

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 07:25 AM PDT

It seems many are trying to get on the gravy train or this "one" seriously making a genuine mistake to get himself known. We have been told by some Sarawak bloggers that some government officials just cannot help but try to be one of us. Is he a government official..?? You check up ……not my job  hahaha

Its no easy meat to be a blogger and only those who have SOME haha 'heart and soul" are considered BLOGGERS but those who try hard to be one are termed just a copy and paste copier machines.

This article on one trying to applepolish on Sarawak CM Taib and giving a hard baseball hit at Chin Su Phin might just get this blogger into some bother if you are to check this article which we have copied. 

Who is this man..??

( former Sabah deputy chief minister Peter Pang En Yin)

Could we be wrong.??."

Now this article..


Jangan bermain api!  Nanti terbakar diri!Diam-diam anak Sarawak diam berisi. Sebenarnya anak-anak Sarawak sanggup mati demi BN dan para pemimpinnya seperti Pehin Sri Abd Taib Mahmud. Begitulah amaran keras daripada ahli dan penyokong PBB yang disuarakan oleh AMT PBB, Senator Idris Buang. Amaran kepada sesiapa juga 'orang luar' yang terlalu kurang ajar dan biadap terhadap pemimpin BN Sarawak."Ingat! ramai anak-anak Sarawak yang sanggup mati demi BN dan pemimpinnya seperti Abdul Taib kerana pengorbanan, jasa bakti dan sumbangannya kepada Sarawak dan negara", tegas Idris.Beliau berkata demikian ketika mengulas kebiadapan Timbalan Presiden Parti Liberal Demokratik Sabah (LDP) Datuk Chin Su Phin pada beberapa hari lalu yang menyatakan kekalahan teruk SUPP adalah kerana masyarakat Cina tidak sukakan Taib justeru Taib harus bertanggungjawab.
Inilah dia Chin Su Pig

"Ini adalah satu penghinaan terhadap rakyat Sarawak khasnya Bumiputera, lebih-lebih lagi ia datang daripada 'nyamuk' yang langsung tidak memberikan apa-apa sumbangan kepada kekuatan BN.

"Ia adalah sesuatu yang tidak adil,  hanya kerana keuntungan politik, orang seperti Chin sanggup melemparkan pasir ke mata rakyat Sarawak  yang jelas majoriti daripada mereka masih kukuh di belakang Taib.

"Untuk orang seperti Chin, perkara terbaik untuk dia lakukan sekarang ialah sertai  saja DAP dan biar kami dalam BN 'tampar' nyamuk ini yang jelas semakin terjerat oleh perangkap DAP.

"BN tidak memerlukan orang seperti ini yang hanya menjadi duri dalam daging. Just go", kata Idris.

Yes! Get out…go…go…chow…chow.


OOOoooh well..this does look like a goof up. In the light of events please leave it to the BLOGGERS.

Don't campur lah…!!! 

This is Chin Su Phin

and this is his resume.Our Sabahan blogger Bugi Wijaya gave us this :-

As a teenager, Su Phin always loved to go to the beach to build home and sandcastle. Little did he realize that 20 years later, he became one of the many successful developers who built homes for sale.

His skill and knowledge in the construction business had won him many acclaims in the construction business. The key to his success is to be able to complete the job within the time frame and be able to provide a good and quality works. To him, this all boils down to having a strong foundation in every levels of works that include team works.

"Building a home requires a team work from the architect, engineer, down to the workers and laborers."

"The same goes to building a political organization. We must have the understanding from the various teams when carrying out the various responsibilities entrusted upon us by the central leadership,"Su Phin says.

He is happy to note the Party is made up of dedicated and loyal members who have stood by the Party throughout all these years and withstood all the political storms and criticisms from the opposing quarters. A personal sacrifice is called for if anyone would want to be in active party politics. Often this involves some 'painful' financial contributions.

For Inanam division chief, Su Phin, it's a price to pay for loyalty.

Prior to joining the Party in 1990, the 46-year old former Public Works Department technical assistant had a successful business. He could have given full concentration on it and make money all for himself. But instead, he decided to commit himself to the Party and share much of what he has made for its interest.

But he is doing this for a greater purpose.

"I believe in the Party and in its objectives. That's why I commit myself," says the developer cum contractor who has recently completed a low-cost housing project in Balung, Tawau.

He notes that anyone who believes in something would be prepared to pay any cost for his commitment. Su Phin has been a Supreme Council member since 1991. Su Phin is married to Helen Wong and they have three children.



Posted: 28 Apr 2011 06:11 AM PDT

光华日报"异言堂". 赤子丹心专栏       29-04-2011





纵观华人选票自上届砂州选举(2006年)及诗巫补选(2010年)后,这次再更钟摆向反对党是铁一般的不争事实,但是基于选区划分的不平等或不公正,以华人为主的选区如在古晋、诗巫与美里三大城市,约2万5千多选民才画出一个议席,而以达雅人、马来一敏达瑙人、马来一比达由人、或伊班人为主的郊区选区,则只要有5或6千人就设有一个议席。这是一种弄虚作假或取巧的选区画分(英术语称"Gerrymandering") ,为一方利益捏造某政治区域的图形或势力。这也是为何"多数票并不一定会换来多个议席"的另一个因素。

如果人们只相信说这次的砂州选举就只有华人倒戈相向国阵的话,那就是大错特错了。人民公正党除了在古晋市内以华人为主的一个选区(Batu Lintang)胜出外,也在另两个以马来人与伊班人为主的郊区选区胜出,它们为Ba'kelalan 及Krian。公正党在Batu Kawah,Dudong,Piasau 与Senadin 的得票也相当高。

在26个公正党所参选的混合选区,它的得票率已明显地有所增加。在以伊班人为主的Meluan 选区,有31%的选票由国阵摆向民联。但是在Machan,却只有0.1%的钟摆而已。

在Kakus ,钟摆为25.9%,在Senadin 为24.6%,在 Krian

则为24%。除了Krian和Ba'kelalan以外, 这些钟摆率还不足以拌倒国阵的候选人。


其实除了华人选票摆向民联以外,伊班人与马来一敏达瑙人也有民心思变的倾向。伊班人选票的摆向率由3%至60%不等,而在马来一敏达瑙人为多的Krian,公正党则以2,000多数票摘下。Krian为公正党砂州主席Baru Bian 律师的选区,他领导当地人对抗大财团的土地争夺官司已见到一些成果。      


回教党虽然是第一次参选5席全败,却也获得9,700多票或26% 选民的支持。因此,在民联所有71个议席皆全面开打的情况下,国阵再也不能像以往般,在提名日时就已在无对手下宣布"不劳而获"了,因为民联已建立起它的政治桥头堡。


民联的资源不足面对国阵的"财粗气盛"-这当然也是一个不可忽视的因素,但是从这次砂州选举的成绩中可以看出,东马再也不是国阵的曩中之物或它的什么"定期存款"了。一个弄到首相及国阵主席必须取消内阁会议并在砂州扎营10天、整个内阁部长团团转的大事挥摧、选举委员会处处都扁袒一方、国营媒介几乎都一面倒地去对民联轰炸、民间网站Malaysiakini 和Sarawak Report 被侵袭、出动大批公务员的扶持助阵,所换来的却是国阵的多数票减了18%,州议席再少了8个。若说国阵可以对下大选高枕无优的话,那将是一种自欺以欺人的说法。






Malaysian Kids Trail Asian Powerhouses In Science, Maths - By Lee Wei Lian.

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 06:24 AM PDT

The wide gap between Malaysian students and their counterparts in first-tier Asian countries like Korea, Singapore and Taiwan could threaten its ambitions to be a high income nation said the UN 2010 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) report released today.

The report states that for the mathematics benchmarks in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) 2007, fewer than 20 per cent of Malaysian students achieved the high benchmark and about 50 per cent achieved the intermediate benchmark, compared with 70 per cent and 85–90 per cent respectively for the first-tier Asian economies.

"The Asian region has a clear gap in the distribution of achievement between the first tier Asian economies represented by the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, China; and the second-tier countries represented by Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand," said the MDG report.

Malaysian students' performance had also declined at all levels from 1999 to 2007 but the report said it was partly because some of the cognitive domain specifications tested in TIMSS 2007 had not been covered in Malaysia's mathematics curriculum.

"Nevertheless, the TIMSS 2007 mathematics and science results need to be further analysed, as they may suggest some obstacle to Malaysia's ability to realise its ambitions of becoming a high income nation," it said.

The Najib administration is attempting to transform Malaysia into a high-income economy by 2020 with an emphasis on productivity, efficiency and innovation. But observers contend that it would require significant structural reforms, including in education that so far appear to be lacking.

Malaysian universities also lag behind their Asian counterparts.

No Malaysian university made it to the Times Higher Education (THE) 2010-11 ranking of top 50 Asian universities or the ranking of top 200 global universities.

In contrast, Singapore had three universities in the THE top 200 global universities, Hong Kong had eight, while Japan and Korea had five each.

The MDG report noted, however, that Malaysia is close to achieving the MDG goal of ensuring that all children will be able to complete a full course of primary education by 2015.

Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider

Bila Orang Dah Mula Tak Percaya, Terpaksalah Bersumpah

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 06:21 AM PDT

Seperti juga kes Saiful, puak2 yang cuba memfitnah Anwar Ibrahim menggelabah dan berpeluh dgn peluh jantan. Usaha mereka tiada siapa yang percaya.

Sewaktu Saiful mula-mula keluar tuduhan liwat terhadap Anwar Ibrahim dulu, boleh dikatakan 80% ahli UMNO tidak mempercayai tuduhan tersebut. Orang yang bukan ahli UMNO lagilah tak percaya.

Sapa boleh percaya seorang lelaki muda seperti Saiful Bukhari boleh diliwat secara paksa oleh Anwar Ibrahim yang sudah tua dan pernah menjalani pembedahan tulang belakang kerana kecederaan yang serius.

Pihak UMNO menyedari penipuan mereka semakin ditolak rakyat jelata. Maka, mereka merancang dan melaksanakan rancangan mereka supaya Saiful Bukhari pergi ke Masjid Wilayah dan membuat sumpah laknat.

Maka pergilah Saiful ke Masjid Wilayah bersama jurugambar2nya merakamkan adegan Sumpah Laknat Saiful ke atas Anwar Ibrahim.

Kebetulan pula berlaku Pilihanraya Kecil Permatang Pauh. Seluruh warga Permatang Pauh menyaksikan sumpah laknat Saiful kerana ditayangkan di layar layar besar seluruh Permatang Pauh. Bila keputusan keluar, UMNO kalah menyembah bumi.

Ertinya, kalau si Saiful tidak bersumpah, ada harapan UMNO mungkin akan hilang deposit. Ini kerana ahli2 dan penyokong mereka pun menyampah nak sokong UMNO.
Namun, sumpah Saiful diperlukan untuk menyelamatkan UMNO itu sendiri dari hancur berkecai-kecai dek kerana drama Liwat Saiful yang tidak laku tersebut.

Minggu ini, pendakwaraya dalam kes Liwat Anwar sendiri tidak menafikan yang Saiful telah berbohong. Mereka tidak larat untuk menafikan perkara tersebut di dalam mahkamah yang mereka punyai dan kawal

Senario yang sama berlaku sekarang ini. Video Blue Rahim Thamby Chik (VBRTC) semakin lama semakin tidak laku dan tidak diterima orang. Ianya dilayarkan kepada umum bagi membantu jentera Barisan Nasional di Sarawak.

Namun, VBRTC tersebut gagal menghalang kemaraan PKR serta Pakatan Rakyat di Sarawak. Walaupun BN menang, tapi undi popular mereka jatuh di seluruh Sarawak.
Selepas PRN Sarawak, UMNO dapat merasa rakyat semakin tidak mempercayai Video Blue tersebut. Semakin hari semakin rakyat Malaysia dan orang Melayu meluat untuk mendengar pasal video blue tersebut.

Maka, demi untuk menyelamatkan UMNO dari hancur, Eskay dan Rahim Thamby Chik akan mengadakan majlis sumpah laknat di Sentul besok.

Perbuatan sumpah itu sendiri satu Bidaah Dhalalah sebab tak pernah dilakukan dalam 1400 tahun sejarah system jinayah Islam.

Dan apa perlu sumpah kalau video blue Rahim Thamby Chik tu mengandungi imej, bunyi dan warna yang cukup jelas bagi mendapat kepercayaan rakyat.

Hakikatnya, mereka terpaksa membuat sumpah palsu ini kerana mereka melihat majoriti rakyat Malaysia tidak percaya dengan Video Blue Rahim itu.

Tulang Besi

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 06:02 AM PDT

When truth is divided, errors multiply. ~Eli Siegel, Damned Welcome

The royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the death of Teoh Beng Hock today found a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer to have lied to the police about the time he left Plaza Masalam on the day Teoh was found dead two years ago.

The Selangor MACC office was located on the 14th floor of commercial tower Plaza Masalam when Teoh was found dead on the fifth floor service corridor on July 16, 2009.

The discrepancy in time was raised by Bar Council lawyer Cheow Wee when examining Klang MACC assistant enforcement officer Zukefly Aziz, who is the RCI's 55th witness.

Cheow said the Bar Council noted from the CCTV recordings that Zukefly left the office at 6.59am on July 16, 2009, contradicting his earlier statement to the police that he left at 3.15am that day.

He compared the recording with the police statement recently and spotted the discrepancy, Cheow said.

Went home after clocking in

Zulkefly said he did not know about the CCTV recording depicting him leaving the building later.

Cheow: Why did you return to your (Klang) office at 10am on July 16 for only two hours? Then you went home after that. Were you scared?

Zulkefly: Actually, I didn't go back to the office that day.

Following this, some in the public gallery expressed surprised because Zulkefly had testified yesterday he went to his office on July 16, 2009 to report for work.

Cheow: Are you changing your evidence now?

Zulkefly: That's the truth. I returned to my office to punch in for work at 7am, but went straight home. I was at home the whole day and did not punch out. I was too tired and took the opportunity to rest (at home) as the operation was going round-the-clock.

The witness said he did not inform his superiors about his decision to return home.

RCI panel calls officer a 'suspect'

The revelation led into the inquiry turning into an interrogation session, with all five RCI panel members joining Cheow in questioning Zulkefly.

azlan"Now, you have become the suspect in a death case... you are now a suspect. Later, police can open the investigation, I think the police have not finished their investigation," rapped RCI chairperson Justice James Foong.

"Now you know the difference between witness and suspect?"

Zukefly argued that it was an unintentional mistake. He realised the mistake a week after giving the statement (to police), but did not rectify it because he thought it was a trivial matter.

However, Foong was clearly unconvinced and queried, "Was there anything that happened between 3am and 6am? Why did you lie?"

"If the time difference is small, it may be a mistake. If the CCTV did not capture you, we wouldn't know about it."

Zulkefly: I didn't see anything

Another panel member, former Federal Court judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, asked: "Are you involved in the case? What have you seen?"

After a short silence, Zulkefly maintained his denial and answered, "I did not see anything, there was nothing that happened".

The 44-year-old officer joined MACC in 1991. On July 15, 2009, he was assigned to collect documents from Meritlink, a company owned by the wife of Kajang councillor Tan Boon Wah, who was one of the witnesses in the investigation.

According to Zukefly, he took Tan to a small room in the Selangor MACC office before going to the Klang MACC office to collect his car. He returned to the Selangor MACC office between 11pm and midnight.

The next witness from the MACC, Mohd Yusmizan Mohd Yusof, said he had sent a text message to console his good friend and fellow officer, Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yusof, for being one of the suspects leading to Teoh's death.

"There was suggestion that Mohd Ashraf had held the belt of someone and put him near the window on the 14th floor. There was a lot of pressure on him, and I sent an short SMS to console him," he said.

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