Monday, April 18, 2011

Goldman Sachs and Executive charged with fraud

Goldman Sachs and Executive charged with fraud


Goldman Sachs and Executive charged with fraud

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 12:14 PM PDT

It's been long in coming … this the tip of the ice-berg, or what? Let's see who will be next to be charged. Reminder to Llyod Blankfein, never use God's name in vain. It has its price.

Monday 18 April 2011
by: Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers


Washington – The Securities and Exchange Commission Friday charged Goldman Sachs & Co. and one of its executives with fraud in a risky offshore deal backed by subprime mortgages that cost investors more than $1 billion.

The SEC also contends that Goldman allowed a client, Wall Street hedge fund Paulson & Co., to help select the securities to be sold. Paulson in turn bought insurance against the deal and when the securities tanked, losing almost all their value, Paulson made a $1 billion profit.

The civil fraud charges were the first to be filed against Goldman, the prestigious Wall Street investment-banking titan that's at the center of multiple inquiries into the causes of the global financial meltdown.

Paulson has acknowledged that it reaped a $3.7 billion profit by betting against the housing market as it nose-dived in 2006 and 2007.

The securities cited by the SEC were part of a series of offshore sales known as ABACUS.

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SENIORS HAVE IT GOOD IN SINGAPORE

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 10:55 AM PDT



The other day a reader emailed me with a question. He wanted to know why many of the articles on Seniorsaloud made references to Singapore. A fair question. After all, I am a Malaysian, so shouldn't I be writing more about what's going on here in my own country?

The answer is simple. There's so much more happening on the active ageing scene in Singapore than in Malaysia. By 2030, one in five Singaporeans will be aged 65 or above. The government is going full steam implementing best practices to cater to the needs of an ageing population in the areas of healthcare, housing, employment, financial security, social integration and lifelong learning.

It's all about helping Singaporeans age actively and successfully. Take a look at these numbers:

  • $100 million to promote wellness and active ageing among seniors, as well as to enhance eldercare services.
  • $1billion for the Community Silver Trust fund to help charities caring for the elderly.
  • $9 million of the Golden Opportunities Fund has already been disbursed to organisations to carry out community projects that benefit seniors.
  • $10 million Senior's Mobility Fund to provide wheelchairs and mobility devices for needy seniors.



Minister of Health, Khaw Boon Wan, has this to say in his blog about the Mobility Fund, "The money is there, the political will is strong, we just need to connect up with the needy seniors. If you come across worthy recipients of this Senior's Mobility Fund, please contact the neighbourhood VWOs, or your MPs. We will then do the rest."

Singapore is leading the way in caring for its ageing population. There's much Malaysia can learn from her southern neighbour, but the question is, will it?


Siapa yang bersalah - kita atau orang lain? - bhg 2 (akhir)

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 04:04 PM PDT

Banyak kali saya menulis tentang masalah yang sebenarnya dihadapi oleh UMNO parti yang menunjangi BN. Sebagaimana yang saya sebut semalam UMNO di peringkat akar umbi dari segi teknikalnya telah mati dan tidak berfungsi. Kenapa keadaan jadi begini saya mempunyai pandangan dan telah pun saya tulis agak kerap kali dalam isu ini.

Kekuatan UMNO di peringkat akar umbi dahulu bukannya hidup dengan sendirinya. Kekuatannya letak di atas kesungguhan pemimpin-pemimpin cawangan melaksanakan tugas dan tanggungjawab mendekati rakyat. Pemimpin-pemimpin di peringkat cawangan mendapat galakan dari barisan pimpinan Bahagian-Bahagian dan kerjasama di antara pimpinan Bahagian sesungguhnya amat rapat.

Cawangan-cawangan mengadakan berbagai-bagai aktiviti parti yang melibatkan ahli-ahli dan orang ramai di cawangan dan kariah masing-masing. Tetapi semuanya itu sudah menjadi sejarah kerana cawangan-cawangan hanya mempunyai satu aktiviti dalam setahun; iaitu untuk mengadakan mesyuarat agong cawangan. Itu pun lebih dar 60 peratus mesyuarat itu tidak mendapat korum yang cukup untuk mesyuarat itu. Bagaimana minit-minit mesyuarat ditulis sama-sama kita tahu bagaimana mereka lakukan. Itulah UMNO sekarang ini.

Oleh kerana UMNO menegah mana-mana ahli membawa kes perbalahannya ke mahkamah maka banyak di antara cawangan yang bermesyuarat tidak mencukupi korum itu di biarkan sahaja dan di anggap sebagai sah. Maka ketua-ketua cawangan tidak mengambil isu sah atau tidak sahnya cawangan di sisi undang-undang sebagai perkara penting.

Semuanya ini adalah hasil dari kepimpinan yang tidak 'legitimate'. Ramai di antara pemimpin cawangan dan bahagian itu mendapat jawatan melalui kuasa wang ringgit. Apabila mereka yang mendapat jawatan dengan kuasa wang ringgit ini mereka menjadi pemimpin yang keliru.

Budaya mencari rezki dalam parti inilah yang menyebabkan sikap pemimpin-pemimpin cawangan hanya bergerak jika digerakan dengan wang ringgit. Jika hendak mengumpulkan ahli terpaksa menyewa bas dan kereta untuk membawa mereka ke tempat program parti itu dan sudah kemestian juga diberikan elaun untuk berada di tempat keramaian itu.

Penyakit dan budaya ini sudah tidak lagi dapat diperbaiki kerana budaya membeli undi dengan wang ringgit itu akhirnya membuahkan keadaan yang melemahkan parti. Ramai ketua-ketua bahagian yang rapat dengan saya mengakui yang mereka tidak dapat menggerakan kerja parti kerana semuanya itu memerlukan wang ringgit yang banyak. Setiap pergerakan mesti ditolak dan dikuatkan dengan wang. "Mati saya macam ni!" kata seorang ketua bahagian dari Selangor. "Semuanya duit, duit duit" sambungnya lagi.

Oleh kerana permainan politik wang yang sudah tidak terkawal maka mereka ini jugalah yang memilih pemimpin-pemimpin di peringkat pusat yang juga bermain dengan wang ringgit. Ada setengah pemimpin memenangi jawatan MKT demgam berbelanja jutaan ringgit sedangkan mereka bukanlah jenis dan contoh yang baik untuk menduduki kerusi tertinggi yang menentu arah tuju serta dasar parti.

Sharil Samad yang boleh kita anggap mempunyai kepimpinan tidak berjaya menduduki MKT kerana tidak membeli undi-undi perwakilan. Saya pernah bertanya kepada beberapa orang perwakilan kenapa tidak memberikan Sharil undi sedangkan beliau adalah seorang tokoh yang baik dalam parti. Mereka menjawab, "Saya tak undi Sharil, sebab apabila bersalam dengan kami tapak tangannya licin saja bang!. Dia tak hulur, macam mana nak undi dia. Saya bagi undi kepada Azeeez Rahim sebab sampai juga sikit-sikit dia punya duit. Nak jadiperwakilan dulu bang banyak belanja keluar. Kenalah cari balek duit tu"

Bayangkan perwakilan boleh memilih Azeez Rahim dari Sharil. Bagaimana kita hendak 'reconcile' keadaan ini? Sampai bila pun kita tidak dapat nak memberikan rasionalnya kenapa perwakilan memilih Azeez dari Sharil. Jika saya menjadi perwakilan, walaupun saya tidak begitu setuju dengan Sharil, saya akan tetap mengundi beliau kerana beliau mempunyai kepimpinan yang terserlah, setidak-tidaknya beliau di terima rakyat di kawasannya Johor Baru.

Tetapi kepimpinan bukannya menjadi perhitungan perwakilan kita. Mereka hanya memberikan pertimbangan kepada siapa yang paling banyak 'mengulurkan' wang ringgit. Ada perwakilan yang telah dapat mengumpulkan kutipan dari mereka yang bertanding sehingga puluhan ribu ringgit jumlahnya. Maka inilah yang UMNO dapat dari budaya buruk yang sudah tertanam begitu lama ini.

Oleh kerana itu orang Melayu bertanya, "inikah jenis dan kualiti pemimpin yang hendak kita letakan kepercayaan untuk masa depan anak-anak dan cucu mereka?" Tetapi pimpinan UMNO tetap tidak menyedari masalh ini. Itulah sebabnya jika kalah pilihanraya orang Melayu yang ramai ini dipersalahkan, bukannya pemimpin yang tidak tulin tadi.

Jika benihnya tidak baik bagaimana hendak mendapat pohon yang baik dan berbuah dengan baik? Jika dari atas rasuah politik bermaharajalela bagaiman kita hendak mengharapkan pimpinan di bawah tidak rasuah? Makanan yang baik ialah makanan yang di masak sendiri bukannya makanan yang dibeli dari luar.

Apabila pemimpin-pemimpin rasuah tidak akan ada lagi keputusan yang baik yang datang dari pimpinan. Itulah formula yang tepat, Seperti pelajaran matematik, jika tidak diikuti formula yang betul jawapannya tidak akan betul.

Percayalah, rakyat sudah hilang keyakinan kerana tidak mempercayai ketelusan kepimpinan kita. Sakit hati mendengar komen seperti ini, tetapi apakan daya, yang benar itu tetap benar yang salah itu tetap salah. Tidak adil jika kita mendesak dan memaksa rakyat untuk menyokong kita. Kalau kita tidak mahu berkorban untuk menolak rasuah dan bermain politik wang itu. Jangan kita mengharapkan rakyat mahu mengorbankan masa depan anak-anak dan cucu-cucu mereka semata-mata untuk kita terus melakukan kesalahan moral dan jenayah terhadap mereka.

Kelemahan inilah yang dilihat dengan jelas oleh kaum lain, maka mereka sudah tidak lagi menghormati kita. Mereka tidak percaya lagi yang kita mampu memperbaiki diri kita lagi. Pada pandangan mereka kita sudah terlalu jauh menyimpang yang tidak mungkin berpatah balik. Kita tidak boleh mengharapkan bangsa lain boleh dipujuk dengan retorik seperti bangsa kita.

Malahan ramai di antara orang Melayu pun sudah tidak lagi termakan dengan retorik pembangunan dan bermacam pelan pembangunan yang di umumkan pemimpin kita. Ramai di antara cerdik pandai Melayu telah berpindah haluan dengan menyokong PAS kerana mereka sudah jemu dengan kesalahan yang tidak kunyung diperbaiki.

Rakyat sedar yang segala pelan mega pembangunan itu akhirnya membebankan mereka dengan peningkatan kos kehidupan yang sekarang pun sudah tidak mampu ditahan oleh rakyat yang ramai.

Rakyat sedang dalam keperitan. Mereka bukannya buta mata. Mereka bertanya kenapa seorang yang miskin, apabila mendapat jawatan politik itu dengan sekelip mata manjadi manusia yang kaya-raya.

Kita tidak payah meminta rakyat memberikan bukti rasuah itu, kerana rakyat tahu apa yang dilakukan mereka. "We know what they did last summer" kata seorang kenalan yang begitu serius membahaskan isu kepimpinan ini.

Saya tidak memerlukan sesiapa percaya dengan pandangan ini. Hanya saya berharap sesiapa yang tidak bersetuju itu hanya mengingati apa yang saya kata ini. Suatu hari akan sampai bukti kebenarannya. Ia akan sampai, kalau tidak cepat, lambat. Sampai tetap sampai. Insyaallah.


ELITIS DATO’HAJI THASLEEM MOHAMED IBRAHIM PRESIDENT MALAYSIA ALAGANKULAM MUSLIM JAMATH OUR THOUGHTS ARE INCOHERENT & DISORGANIZED THOUGHTS ARE INCOHERENT & DISORGANIZED

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 08:49 AM PDT

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 we are not able to reach to conclusions on many issues of importance because our thoughts are incoherent and disorganized. It is like having a road in front of us and the road is broken and has gaps after every few feet. But we assume that the road is smooth and continuous.
Resultantly, we keep falling in those gaps. We mix up a lot many issues in a flood of confusion.
We will say that Islam is a complete way of life and then divide the affairs of life into 'secular' and 'religious'. Isn't Islam a religion and it is complete? Then why this division? We will, however, not prepare a list of 'secular' and 'religious' matters despite being earnestly requested to do so – repeatedly.
I come across people once in a while who say that that they have 'made' hijrah from the West. (We made a hijrah in the Indian Subcontinent and should only read the headlines of one newspaper – everyday.) I am wonderstruck at this huge gap. They will believe that Islam is the best way of life and it is for the entire humanity. But practically they will exclude a significant part of the world from the 'entire' humanity and the 'whole' world. And they will not see the self-contradiction.
When we emphasize on the need for a huge component of rote learning and memorization in our curriculum then we give an impression that "We have actually tried hard with critical and scientific thinking. But it proved to be disastrous, you know. It did not produce the desired results (???). The students are not hard-working anymore, you see. They want it easy. You know how the new generation is. Our times were different. And you know they don't send bright students to madrasaahs."
An eminent speaker I met the other day. He started lamenting that the people do not send 'bright' children to madrasaahs. (I haven't seen any students who aren't bright – in their own way. Just as I haven't seen any 'ordinary' and 'common' human beings in my life.) On the other hand, he was complaining that the syllabi of these institutions are extremely old. He did not realize why the people should send their 'bright' children to madrasaahs if the syllabi are so outdated.
I could not understand why the 'bright' students should be sent to these institutions if the curriculum is not up-to-date. How could or will an up-to-date teacher teach an outdated curriculum is beside the point. As if it was not enough, the respectable speaker started complaining about the graduates of madrasaahs. This wasn't enough either. He was of the view that the madrasaahs should completely teach the Tafseer of the whole Qur'an and a student must necessarily go over the entire Qur'an – at least in translation.
I could not get a definite answer to my question about what was the real problem; the curriculum, the methodology, the students not being 'bright' or the Qur'an not being taught in full. We face a difficulty in staying focused on one subject while communicating with the 'traditionally' educated. With much difficulty I drew the attention of the gentleman to the core issue as he frequently stepped into sideways.
The 'modern' educated are very much appreciable in this regard. As a people, however, we need to develop a habit of staying with the problems longer. It will require that we stop repeating those sentences which we have heard a thousand times. The situations demand that we start 'chewing the cud'.
We will talk about the need for more engagement with the fellow countrymen of other Faiths but will establish and perpetuate those educational institutions which are the antithesis of cohesion and engagement. Without noticing the self-contradiction. We will talk about Haqq-O-Baatil and will advise, too, for adhering to the former. We will, however, not call a spade a spade. We will still beat about the bush and stay away from the crux of it.
We read a lot of articles from many writers from all over the world. This is very important. But there is one apprehension. We might think that the journalists from across the globe will provide a solution to the problems. If we do so we may be mistaken. How could those who do not have the whole picture (who aren't sure where the man has come from, what is he expected to do on earth and where is he going to) provide a solution to the vexed (???) problems of the world? If they still do that, it will be rare and, of course, admirable.
We are extremely concerned about educating every Muslim child but we do not know why we should do that. So we don't know the reasons of this concern for Muslims which has become a kind of fashion now. It gives an instant impression that "I am in a much better situation, thank God." No, we are not "in a much better situation".
We ALL are poor (muflis). But there is something that does not allow us to concede that we are poor. We go about the idea of reform in circles and circles. I wonder if so many among us are trying to make things better – and for so long – then why don't we see the results? The incoherence and disorganization in our thoughts is the diehard enemy of results.
Please don't ever get impressed by quotations from Qur'an or Hadeeth or from history etc. It is most likely that the quotations will be out of context – ignoring the broader picture. It is most likely that we belong to a situation like Makkan and the quotation is of a Madeenan context, for example. There is also a slight chance that we may not be belonging to either of the two periods.
There is a possibility that the quotation is from a person who is sure about everything and has never been slightly confused about even a few things. May be the quotation is a result of deep conditioning. May be the sermon is from someone who has never tried to put all the ideas (or pieces of a jigsaw puzzle) in order and organize them. So we shouldn't take chances.
The incoherence and disorganization in our thoughts (which naturally leads to incoherent and disorganized actions – and there is no force that can stop it from happening) is eating into our vitals. What to do now? We need to be watchful in our conversations. We have to very carefully and critically listen to every speech or read every piece of writing (including this one). We have to be many times more cautious than we have ever been.
We shouldn't do so only when we are in the gathering of 'others'. We need to do this even more when we are in 'our own' gatherings. If we do not do so, the discourse will not change which is precisely what we need to change. We will not be moving to the second stage which is long overdue. This is the price that we as a people have to pay for a CHANGE which we all are yearning to see.
Why did Pastor Terry Jones decide to go ahead with the burning of a Quran after promising never to do so in September? How did a radical act by this fringe individual in Florida lead to several days of massive protest and violence in Afghanistan? What is the relationship between this sort of extremism and the world's religious traditions?
In the wake of these events, Odyssey Networks discussed these questions and more with Imam Muhammad Musri, President of the Islamic Society of Central Florida. The answers are chilling lessons on the power of hateful rhetoric in the age of global connectivity and what happens when religion is distorted to serve the ego and agenda of an individual.READMORE Dato'Haji Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim :: Elitist MALAYSIA ALAGANKULAM MUSLIM JAMATH Our Thoughts are Incoherent & Disorganized Thoughts are Incoherent & Disorganized


[Sarawak] Kaum Cina Menyokong Pembangkang?

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 07:12 AM PDT


Ada pihak cuba mewar-warkan orang Cina telah mengundi pembangkang namum kaum lain pula sebaliknya...

Sekiranya perkara ini benar, bolehkah DAP dan PKR menang di kawasan di bawah?

DUN Kidurong yang hanya mempunyai peratusan kaum Cina sebanyak 52% tetapi DAP telah memenangi kawasan tersebut dengan majoriti besar iaitu 6,930 undi.


Manakala DUN Krian pula yang mempunyai 96% kaum Iban telah dimenangi oleh PKR.


Di DUN Meradong pula, DAP menang dengan majoriti 2,687 undi walaupun kawasan tersebut hanya mempunyai 56% orang cina manakala orang Iban pula membentuk 36% daripada pengundi di kawasan tersebut.

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Ternyata, ini merupakan satu taktik politik yang dimainkan untuk menakut-nakutkan sesetengah pihak supaya undi yang lari pada pilihanraya umum 2008 akan kembali ke pangkuan mereka.

Daripada keputusan tersebut, boleh dirumuskan penduduk bandar yang mempunyai akses kepada media internet telah mengundi pembangkang untuk melihat perubahan.

Selain itu, PKR harus menaruhkan lebih banyak usaha untuk menembusi kawasan luar bandar untuk memberitahu situasi yang sebenar kepada mereka.


Jawi to investigate Datuk T

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 12:03 AM PDT

The Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) is in the process of investigating the trio who call themselves 'Datuk T' and have admitted responsibility for the March 21 screening of a sex video allegedly featuring a key opposition leader, the PKR Youth wing says. "I am confident that Jawi is committed and seemed earnest about investigating the case. I don't want to make any assumption, but the Qazaf case must be taken to the Syariah court for prosecution," PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today. Full story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Dr Mahathir & PKR - birds of same feathers?

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 04:37 AM PDT

On Friday 15 April 2011 I posted RPK and the necessary destruction of Anwar Ibrahim? where I commented on the attitude of anwaristas that:

… those who criticize Pakatan (or to be more precise, PKR), like RPK, must have been paid (by BN) while those who criticize BN are deemed to be doing the right thing.

In the aftermath of the Sarawak election results, PKR supporters irritated me when they condemned Ibans as stupid for succumbing to the BN's money politics.

To those anwaristas, people who exercised their democratic rights to vote for a party are stupid because they failed to vote for PKR. That's the pathetic state of their mentality and understanding of democracy. Quite frankly I dread to see these PKR people in ruling power.

Now, it seems that Dr Mahathir has the same attitude too. Today, The Malaysian Insider (TMI) reported him stating that
Sarawak Chinese have been infected by DAP racism.

What led him to this conclusion?

According to TMI, Dr Mahathir accused the DAP of destroying the so-called 'power-sharing formula' that BN had implemented for half a century. More of this 'power-sharing formula' later.

He said:
"I congratulate the DAP for bringing its racist politics to Sarawak. Before this, all races co-operated well with each other for the good of Sarawak. Now we see clearly that the Chinese community in Sarawak has rejected multiracialism."

"They have become infected by the virus of Chinese racism that is the guiding principle of the DAP."


So like PKR, Dr Mahathir sees his political views in black & white tones only, that if a Chinese votes or have voted for DAP, he/she must be a racist.

Now, that by itself would not have been so bad if we are not immediately reminded that Dr M is the patron of the Malay ultra-rightwing Perkasa, a man who has constantly urged Malays to be united and vote for UMNO to protect Malay rights from the Chinese.

So, what does that make him then?

The
editorial of TMI has this to say of him and his comments about DAP infecting Sarawakians with racism:

Two days after the key Sarawak election, those batting for Barisan Nasional (BN) are talking about the loss of Chinese votes to DAP with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad right in front calling them racists for drawing the community away from the ruling coalition.

The country's longest-serving prime minister and one-time mover of Bangsa Malaysia is a fine one to talk.

Since 2008 he has been the patron of Perkasa the right-wing group that fights to preserve everything for the Malays at the expense of others.

For Dr Mahathir and Perkasa everything is at risk from the non-Malays although the Federal Constitution already provides safeguards through the Malay Rulers.

In his blog today Dr Mahathir wrote among others, "I congratulate the DAP for bringing its racist politics to Sarawak. Before this all races co-operated well with each other for the good of Sarawak. Now we see clearly that the Chinese community in Sarawak has rejected multi-racialism."

"Perhaps the SUPP are at fault but others in the BN also committed many wrong things. But the rejection is almost entirely by the Chinese community."

In his world-view and through his writing Dr Mahathir does not believe that people can make up their own minds and decide to vote for whoever they want, the essence of democracy.

Perhaps he does not see that the policies put in place by his administration such as privatisation has resulted in endemic corruption abuse of power and the weakening of the country's institutions - some of the factors which has caused Malaysians to lose faith in BN.

Dr Mahathir does not lead BN now. It is Datuk Seri Najib Razak and before him Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Abdullah carried the baggage of Dr Mahathir's rule but crumbled under the weight of his own unfulfilled promises. Now it's Najib's turn and his six days for the Sarawak campaign is a measure of what he had to do to counter criticisms against Dr Mahathir's contemporary Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Yet Dr Mahathir only sees what he sees.

"I will be called a racist for pointing this out. For more than half a century the races in Malaysia had worked together to build the nation. The world saw stable BN governments with power and wealth being shared by all races quite fairly. None of the races got everything that they considered they were entitled to, not the Malays nor the Chinese nor Indians nor Ibans, Kadazans etc. All had to give up something. That is the essence of sharing. Now the DAP has destroyed this power and wealth-sharing formula by separating the Chinese from the rest," he also wrote today.

Thing is Dr Mahathir is just not the right person to level any such accusations.

When he and others talk about the BN style or formula, what they mean is keeping cronyism and institutional racism entrenched.

He is no honest broker in this exercise of dissecting the Sarawak election and its aftermath. Malaysians have a right to vote whichever way they want. Taib returned 35 out of 35 seats back to the BN. Presumably there are people happy with his rule.

Yet there are others who are not happy and want an alternative. Nothing racist about that. It's simply called democracy, the right to differ not defer.


Kaytee concludes that some PKR people and Dr Mahathir share the same lamentable attitude.


Why women ask for sex!Sexual demands in a marriage Adulterous Saudi princess granted asylum in Britain

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 03:45 AM PDT

 

Adulterous Saudi princess granted asylum in Britain: report
A Saudi princess who fell pregnant during an affair with a British man has been granted asylum here after she claimed she could face the
death penalty if she went home, a newspaper report said on Monday.
A British court granted refugee status to the young woman, who is married to a member of the Saudi royal family, after she told the judge her adultery made her liable to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia, The Independent said.
A spokeswoman for the Home Office in London refused to confirm the report, saying it did not comment on individual cases. A spokesman for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London was unvailable.
According to the newspaper, the princess — who was granted anonymity by the court — is one of a small number of citizens of Saudi Arabia who claim asylum in Britain but whose cases are not openly acknowledged by either government.
Recognition by the British government would be viewed as criticism of human rights in Saudi Arabia, which would embarrass both sides, it said.
The princess reportedly met her English boyfriend, who is not a Muslim, during a visit to London. She became pregnant the following year and returned to Britain to have the baby in secret.

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Siapa bersalah - kita kah atau orang lain?...bhg 1

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 04:29 AM PDT

Utusan Malaysia menyarankan supaya jangan dipedulikan kaum Cina kerana tidak menyokong BN dalam mana-mana pilihanraya akhir-akhir ini. Betul kah dan bijakkah saranan itu? Apa kah yang boleh kita dapat dengan menyarankan seruan yang bersifat perkauman itu? Kalau kita tidak mendapat penghormatan dari kaum Cina, apakah kesilapan kita sebenarnya? Sudahkah kita kaji dan melakukan 'soul searching' kenapa keadaan sebegini berlaku?

Kalau dahulu kaum Cina memberikan kita sokongan yang sangat kuat kenapa sekarang mereka tidak lagi memberikan dukongan seperti yang pernah mereka berikan mereka dahulu? Adakah itu kesilapan mereka atau kesilapan itu datangnya dari kita sendiri? 'There must be a cause for a cause'. Mesti ada sebab yang besar kenapa kita sudah kehilangan sokongan dari mereka.

Ugutan dari Utusan baru-baru ini bukannya perkara baru. UMNO sendiri sewaktu keadaan lemah menggunakan isu perkauman untuk mendapatkan sokongan kembali orang Melayu. Kalau saya kaji dari komen yang saya dapati melalui blog saya ini, saya banyak mendapat komen rasis yang datangnya dari penyokong BN, seolah-olah negara ini hanya orang Melayu yang punya.

Jika dahulu Cina mengakui yang orang Melayu merupakan kaum pribumi yang mesti dibantu semasa DEB dahulu kenapa sekarang mereka sudah tidak lagi menghayatinya? Kalau dahulu kaum Cina mengakui yang meningkatkan penyertaan Bumiputra di dalam bidang 'commerce' dan 'industry' merupakan tanggungjawab bersama untuk mempastikan kita mencapai 'natinal unity' kenapa mereka tidak lagi mempunyai semangat itu?

Elok kita buat olahan bagaimana semasa pemerintahan 3 PM negara yang pertama dahulu kesatuan di antara kaum lebih baik dari keadaan selepas itu. Kita tidak boleh hanya menjerit dan memaki mana-mana pihak tanpa mengambil tanggungjawab terhadap sebahagian dari kesalahan atau kesilapan itu. Ini adalah isu keyakinan terhadap kepimpinan dan negara yang pada asasnya adalah kepimpinan Melayu.

Asas penubuhan Perikatan dan selepas itu BN semua parti yang mewakili semua kaum berada di dalam komponen itu. Asasnya adalah untuk dipertanggungjawabkan kepada parti-parti yang mewakili kaum-kaum itu untuk menarik sokongan terhadap BN melalui sokongan kaum mereka terhadap parti mereka. Kaum Cina mempunyai MCA dan Gerakan di dalamnya da India diwkili oleh MIC. BN Sarawak kaum Cina diwakili oleh SUPP dan Bumiputra Sarawak diwakili oeh PBB.

Di anatara kaum-kaum Bumiputra Sarawak dulu ada PBDS yang mewakili kaum Dayak dan ada parti-parti yang mewakili kaum Iban dan sebagainya. Malah semua kaum diwakii di dalam komponen BN itu dan itulah kekuatan yang di alami oleh BN selama ini dan komponen itu menjadi komponen yang kuat.

Tetapi oleh kerana kelalaian pimpinan BN terutamanya parti yang menunjangi BN itu, iaitu UMNO (Melayu) itu sudah sampai ketahap kufur nikmat yang tidak dapat disorokan lagi maka secara beransur-ansur keyakinan rakyat berbilang kaum terhadap UMNO, MCA dan PBB dan yang lain mula terhakis.

Kekuatan BN semasa dulu adalah di dasarkan kepada kejujuran dan ketelusan untuk menjaga rakyat yang berbilang kaum dan inginkan pembelaan itu. Rakyat tidak mempersoalkan tentang keluhuran komponen itu diwujudkan dan rakyat faham bahawa semua pemimpin semasa itu merupakan pemimpin yang menumpukan kepada pembangunan rakyat dan negara bersama dengan niat untuk mencapai penyatuan kaum yang berbagai.

Kerajaan BN dan rakyat faham dan berkeyakinan terhadap kepimpinan semua ketua-ketua parti dan pemimpin-pemimpin ini tidak banyak dipersoalkan oleh ahli-ahli yang menganggotainya.

Apabila semangat untuk menumpukan sepenuhnya kepada rakyat sudah terhakis maka rakyat pun merasakan mereka sudah tidak lagi menjadi penting kepada kerajaan dan pimpinan yang ada. Segaka dasar-dasar yang cantik-cantik tinggal sebagai dasar sahaja tanpa perlaksanaan yang betul. Segala keputusan yang penting-penting hanya dibuat secara unilateral oleh pihak yang memerintah dan meminta rakyat menerimanya bulat-bulat.

Segala keluhan rakyat tidak sampai kepengetahuan pucuk pimpinan kerana pimpinan yang di peringkat pertengahan tidak ada kepimpinan dan takut untuk menyuarakannya kepada pimpina yang tertinggi. Sejak 3 dekad yang lalu kerajaan hanya memusatkan pembangunan fisikal yang tidak banyak memberikan keuntungan secara direct kepada rakyat yang ramai. Pimpinan berpendirian yang pembangunan negara (nation building) itu hanya pembangunan fisikal dan ekonomi semata-mata.

Kita lupa yang pembangunan fisikal itu hanyalah merupakan sebahagian kecil dari 'ingredient' untuk pembangunan negara (nation building) itu. Itulah kita dapati sekarang ini yang pembangunan yang 'lop-sided' ini telah membawa padah kepada negara terutamanya terhadap matlamat utama kita, iaitu pencapaian penyatuan rakyat dan kaum itu tadi.

Pimpinan kita telah mengambil kebaikan dan sifat 'senang berunding' rakyat berbilang kaum ini sebagai kelemahan rakyat yang boleh diperlakukan apa sahaja terhadap mereka. Perasaan tidak senang hati ini bukan sahaja di alami oleh orang Cina tetapi juga di alami oleh orang-orang Melayu.

Orang Cina merasakan parti mereka MCA dan Gerakkan di Semenanjung ini tidak lagi sebuah parti yang baik kerana terlalu banyak perkara-perkara yang tidak menyenangkan mereka. Meeka pun berpecah belah di antara mereka. Tetapi oleh kerana orang Cina ini merupaka satu kaum yang realistic dan praktikal maka mereka bertindak untuk bersatu di luar MCA dan Gerakkan dan mereka memilih untuk bersatu di dalam DAP.

Orng Melayu pula merasakan UMNO sudah tidak lagi seperti UMNO yang dahulu maka mereka bertindak untuk bersatu di luar UMNO dan memilih PAS dan sebahagiannya menyertai PKR. Ramai di kalangan orang Melayu merasakan amat susahuntuk bersatu di dalam UMNO kerana tidak tahan dengan budaya baru anutan pimpinan UMNO dan setengah ahli-ahlinya.

Mereka menganggap UMNO tidak lagi parti nationalis yang menyebabkan mereka menyertainya dahulu, tetapi UMNO sudah menjadi parti kapitalis yang seolah-olah parti untuk 'the rich and the famous' semata-mata. UMNO sudah dipersepsikan oleh rakyat sebagai parti taukey-taukey sahaja….tidak ada lagi kemelayuan dan semangat nationalis di dalamnya.

Sekarang ini dari segi teknikalnya UMNO sudah mati kerana di cawangan-cawangan parti ini tidak ada lagi kegiatan kepartian yang berjalan. Jika di peringkat akar umbi sudah tidak berfungsi dan seolah-olah sudah mati bagaimana ianya boleh menyuburkan dan merendangkan pohonnya? Kita perlu ingat cawangan-cawangan UMNO sekarang ini tidak ada langsung kegiatan untuk menunjukan kehaziran mereka kepada rakyat ramai. Bagaimanakah mereka hendak menjalankan tugas dengan baik di peti-peti undi semasa pilihanraya nanti?

Sebaleknya rakyat lebih nampak kehaziran parti-parti pembangkang yang tidak putus-putus mendekati rakyat di kampong-kampong. Tetapi kita sentiasa mengambil sikap negatif. Apabila rakyat lebih hampir dengan parti-parti lawan kita kita mula menuduh kita difitnah dan sebagainya dan tidak pula senang hati dengan sokongan parti lawan. Pemimpin-pemimpin di cawangan-cawangan merasakan sokongan di dalam pilihanraya itu hanya untuk UMNO dan BN sahaja dan parti-parti lain tidak berhak untuk mendapatkan sokongan itu.

Pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO di Bahagaian-Bahagian dan cawangan-cawangan hanya perlu memeluk tubuh dan mendapat sokongan rakyat secara otomatik…betulkah cara itu?

(bersambung)……………….


Women: Stop Calling Yourselves ‘Controlling lets Gangbang Sluts At Sex Party

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 02:14 AM PDT

Lately, I'm seeing a pattern among the women clients that walk into my office. There's a lot of talk about "not being controlling."

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Tara Sophia Mohr
Writer, coach, personal growth teacher

"I'm trying not to be so controlling," these women are saying. "I'm trying to just let go, and not have to control everything."

I get the sense they think I'm going to nod along enthusiastically when they say this. After all, I'm in the personal growth world. I'm a "life coach." I believe in the power of surrendering to something larger than ourselves. So wouldn't I give them a big round of applause for their attempts to "let go"?

Nope.

Instead, when I hear them say this, I'm suspicious. I'm suspicious because these brilliant, powerful women are sitting across from me, telling me and themselves that they are being "controlling," but I don't see it.

I don't see high-strung women walking around the world trying to control it. I see intelligent women trying to have a voice in the world and take care of themselves. When they are met with disappointing results — other people not listening to them or respecting their voices — they are turning their disappointment inward, labeling themselves "controlling" and thinkingtheyneed to change.

It's in vogue "to just let go." But there's a thin line between letting go of an unhealthy desire to control and letting go of the healthy drive within all of us to be heard, to influence, to have impact.

I'm also suspicious because controlling is a term that's rarely applied to men. It used to be I mostly heard men referring to women as controlling, but now I hear more and more women applying the term to themselves, in "personal growth/self-awareness" guise.

Men who stand again and again for their own desires and needs aren't deemed controlling. They are called bold, persistent, committed, strong. I've yet to hear a man grapple with and be hard on himself for being "so controlling." I've yet to hear a man talk about "trying to just let go" at work.

I'm also suspicious because I hear the "I'm trying not to be controlling" line coming up in two contexts:

1) Romantic Situations


JUST KEEP DOING EVERBODY GETS BETTER IF THEY KEEP AT IT



A case of too little too late!

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 10:17 PM PDT

Ironically, both BN and PR leaders are happy with the Sarawak election results. The only exception is SUPP but  even their own leaders knew about their fate long before election was called..

BN leaders have expected something even worse. In fact, just  a few months ago some of them have privately expressed the fear that they may lose more than one third of seats. So to them, to be able to secure more than two third, despite losing more seats than 2006, is a good result. The fact that PM was there for the whole week was due to this fear of losing the two-third.

PR of course is happy since they double their representation, even though it has fallen short of their one third target.

The results reaffirms what we know all along: that the urban votes are now dead against BN, not just the urban Chinese, but urban Dayaks, and in West Malaysia, even some percentage of urban Malays and Indians too.

A reader whom I suspect is a BN member since he uses the BN sales pitch wrote the following  comment in my blog in the last post:

Just think rationally, if the rest of Malaysia is still with BN, won't you think chinese will be sideline even more than before. All the remaining 5 chinese mayors and all the state ministers post – how many will remain?

As a former member of a component party, I have heard this sales pitch many many times before.

Let us not just argue but look back at recent history.

In 1999, the Malay votes turned against BN because of the Anwar factor, and what saved the day was the Chinese and Indians votes, which helped BN to pull through. In 2004, Chinese votes were generally  behind BN and Pak Lah, after he has uttered the famous (or infamous depends on which side you are on) phrase " work with me, and not for me". 2004 election was also the one election that BN won the highest percentage of popular votes ever.

So since 1999 till almost 2006, the Chinese sentiments were with the government of the day. They have a relatively high representation inside then.

What did the urban votes get in return? More racism even to the extent of keris raising, more extremist views ( and more double standard when it comes to uttering extremist views) , more marginalisation, more corruption, more so-called pirate-isation privatisation where billions were lost as leakages and wastage, more abuse of power by our various institution  to the extent that ISA was used to 'protect' a journalist. These were real happenings that occurred during the period when the government of the Day enjoyed relatively high  support of the urban people (eg. in KL Gerakan won 2 out of 3 urban seats in 1999 and 2004, seats where there were Chinese majority but with sizeable Malay and Indian voters, and nationally it won 10 of 12 Parliament seats contested).

AT that time, there were many elected Non-Malay Ministers inside the cabinet. The representations were there, but things worsened. The perception is that these people talked outside but dared not voice out inside.

The truth is there were actually 2 types of representations of these component parties inside. One was the quiet type, agreeing to whatever policies decided, and dared not object very strongly, since many of them put their self interest above all else. There was another type that  spoke out quite strongly inside too, but being a small voice, the voice was totally ignored. The latter was also the one that would not be allowed to rise up to a high position, since anyone who dared to speak out were chopped  and sidelined in  every component  party without fail.

Many a times members of these component parties were told not to 'rock' the boat. In one of the National Delegates' conference, I actually argued that it was not the members who rocked the boat, it was the 'ineffective' leadership and the 'dare-not-voice-out-too-strongly' attitude of the top leaders of these component parties that not only rocked but also sank the boat. The voting patterns  of 308 and 416 show that what i have uttered is generally true.

So the perception among the urban people is  that even with these people  inside , their grouses had not been  heard.

As a consequence of getting huge support, the government of the day became  so arrogant that the some ministers could not even take fair  criticism in their stride and acted as if they could never be wrong, since they believed that most people, even the urban ones , were behind them.

It was only after 308, when many of the component parties suffered huge losses  and humiliation that the government of the day began to appear to want to seek change.  That is how the slogan of '1Malaysia' came about. They are forced to seek change not because they wanted it, but because they knew that if they don't, they would get booted out. It becomes a case of either change or be changed.

It is this fear of losing their power and  perks that makes them  soften their stand and,  and outsource the more extreme parts to their associates in certain NGO.

Ironically, only when the representation of the urban area was at its lowest, did the government of the day realise that there is a need to change. But given the warlord culture, it is a mammoth task.

So when the urban people all voted for the government, they were taken for granted. There were few scholarships, there were few opportunities to get government contracts etc etc. Members of some law enforcement agencies were more busy tending to their own 'cari makan' than to catch  criminals. Crime rates soared.

These all happened when urban people voted for the government. So i would not blame them if they got fed up and seek to change.

I will quote a true   example to show how timid these leaders were inside. When some of the BN chairmanship of parliamentary kawasan of some component parties were taken away by Big Brother last year, I raised the point that if the component parties cannot even fight to retain their own seat allocations, how are they going for fight for the interest of the people? The answer I got from the Top leader (and our representative to Supreme council) was that even CSL (the DVD actor) did not say anything, so he just kept quiet. He then  put the blame on his predecessor,  the adviser  ( note: I canceled the 2 words because the advisor resigned some time back).   When a representative who is supposed to represent a component party inside the 'Supreme Meeting'  cannot even utter the word "No" , how can he effectively represent the people? CSL, as told by my own Top leader, was not vocal at all inside; but outside, he appears to be another man, vocal in quite a number of issues. A typical case of 2 face.

The comment of the our 'wise' reader above is actually  standard BN sales pitch, and people in the urban areas would not buy this sale pitch anymore. If the government is serious to win back urban votes, they need to do  more than sales pitch.

What the government needs to do is not to punish the people who voted against them by withholding development.  What they need to do is to find out WHY people voted against them, and tackle  the problems at its roots: Be more equal and fairer, be more transparent, be more people orientated, be less corrupt.  Adopt policies that are inclusive and will not marginalise any group.

Go direct to the people, even if the urban people have no more representations inside. Listen to the people. They have eyes and ears everywhere, so feel the pulse. .

The fate of the Indians was a good example. While they have voted time and again for BN and MIC, they became the most marginalised group. Only when the NGO Hindraff appeared on the Horizon, did their plight get  noticed . But sadly what was being done for them is still not enough, still very far from uplifting this community from poverty.

The Chinese community has asked that the UEC exam be recognised. They have been asking this for many many years. Only now, after the community has shifted their support against the government, did the government come out with some changes to let some of those who pass UEC be admitted into main stream universities. This could not even be achieved during the time when their representation was relatively high inside the government. I think this example speaks plenty for itself that ineffective representation is even worse than no representation.

Tan Sri George Chan has finally  hit the nail at its head when he attributed the cause of the routing of SUPP and his own defeat  to this :  whatever change that was being done was 'too little and too late". 

Unfortunately, He paid the price for realising this 'too late'.



The Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM) Joins Bursa Malaysia's...

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 01:06 AM PDT

Laughing Stocks. Made its debut yesterday with the MStockXXchange making a special launching ceremony on Sunday because Speciality Stocks make for Speciality Treatment.


Desi started its cyber Laughing Stocks Section on behalf of BurssMalaysiaBurstingAtItsSeaems some years ago as the time was right, and I believe I must give the StockXXchange a helping hand after it went into the doldrums following the Asian Financial Crisis -- remember Georgie Boy Sorrows an rogue trader who xxchanged hearty words with then PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad as their vocab was in Desi's league -- Recall the famous/infamous "You are a moron!" followed swiftly by riposte "Thou art a menace to thy cuntry!" or words to similar effect, and if my sperring is a byte off, blame it to my moUrn after PR failed to deny BN its twotwo-thirds in Sarawak.

Hitting the Gong to mark the proud occasion is the outgoig Bursa supraChairman; special guests included the famous/notorious three Datuk T stooges and RPK and HarisIb who as Chair and Prez of MCLM respectively who have jest been shortlisted to joing this Laughing Stocks section -- they are supermen of integrity" of just six to se7en months intafter birth teaching 50s established DAP and Pas and teenage 12-year-old {arti Keadilan Rakyat how to suck eggs claimng their self-annointed role of first selcting 20 to 30 men of integrity to contest G#13 under DAP or PKR banner, and just past few days, wanting to dish out advice to the Opposition by being "Father" to the well grownup opposition trio who proved themselves by winning 12plus3 not enough to make to 24 in the just ended Sarawak state elections.

May God save me from such hypocrits and imposters. Do they and their acolytes/disciples like Zoorroo aka Dr Quake, hawkeye and shanghaifish, Angele Ooi et all even know the meaning of "Civil"? __ Always using profanities and swear wordson other commenters who beg to disagree with Thrie Master's Voice at m2day and People's Parliament. People, my foot! It hurts!
~~ Amen

If you still can't catch it WHY I LISTED PDRM as a stock, here's why:

From the Star Online, and I double checked in ots print copy -- this churchmouseywritHer can still part wit' RM1,20! I do't BF at London's five-star hotels or Alson Klana in Seremban. I tehtarik'd wit' fellow koboi Ng and johnny at the Temian roadside Mamak, KKK!

Monday April 18, 2011
Cops probing those behind screening of sex video

By M. KUMAR
kumar@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are now investigating those who were responsible for screening the sex video allegedly involving a man resembling Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Deputy CID director Deputy Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the police had yet to hear from the distributor of the Omega watch said to have been taken from the hotel room where the sex video was allegedly recorded.

He added that police could not force them to provide information on who was the watch owner.

"The identity of the watch's owner is not an issue in completing the investigation," he said.

He also said the police had completed their probe into the sex video and the findings would be submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers soon.

"However, we are not investigating the identity of the man in the video, but the ones responsible for the screening of it," he said yesterday.

The 22-minute video, which was time-stamped as Feb 21, featured a man resembling the Opposition Leader having sex with a woman.

The video was screened to journalists on March 21 by "Datuk T". Three men later came forward and admitted that they were Datuk T.

The trio were former++++Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik, businessman Datuk Eskay Abdullah and former Perkasa treasurer Datuk Shuaib Lazim.


DESIDERATA:
Hey!
Deputy CID director Deputy Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, and to thy boss the IGP: You should have arrested the THREE DATUK T STOOGES++++ above on Day 1 at Carcosa Seri Negara itseif! You get listed on the xxchange BUT DON'T MAKE US MALAYSIANS THE LAUGHING STOCK of the www -- can read as WHOLE WIDE WORLD or worldwideweb:)


*********************************** Desi pmpers his esteemedreaders by googling, hence reprsing the famous speech which contains that beaut quote -- thou look for it thyself, K! I lead you as a horse to water, I can't make you drink it2! ~~ YL, Desi,knotttyaSsusual


George Soros Responds to
Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad: I AM NOT A MORON

Speech at the World Bank Meeting in Hong Kong, September 20, 1997
Printed in the Executive Intelligence Review, October 3, 1997.
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From the prepared text of the speech by George Soros at the IMF/World Bank meeting in Hongkong, Sept. 21.

Let me start with the obvious. We do live in a global economy. But it is characterized not only by the free movement of goods and services but, above all, by the free movement of ideas and of capital. This applies both to direct investments and to financial transactions. Both have been gaining in importance ever since the end of the Second World War; but the globalization of financial markets, in particular, has accelerated in recent years, until it reached a point where movements in exchange rates, interest rates and stock prices in various countries are intimately interconnected. In this respect, the character of the financial markets has changed out of all recognition during the 40 years that I have been involved in them. So in talking about the global economy, it may be more appropriate to speak about the global capitalist system.

There can be no doubt that global integration has brought tremendous benefits....

But global capitalism is not without its problems. I shall devote most of my speech to these problems, because they are not well understood, and we need to understand them better if we want the system to survive....

Financial markets are inherently unstable and international financial markets even more so. International capital flows are notorious for their boom-bust pattern. During the boom period, capital flows from the center to the periphery; but when confidence is shaken, it has a tendency to return where it came from. During the 40 years I have spent in international financial markets, I have seen many ebbs and flows and booms and busts. I fully recognize that international capital markets have become much more institutional in character and demonstrate much greater resilience, but I cannot believe that the present boom will not be followed by a bust until history has proven me wrong.

This risk of a breakdown is greatly increased by the fact that our theoretical understanding of how financial markets operate is fundamentally flawed. Economic theory has been built on the concept of equilibrium, and in my view, that concept is quite inappropriate. In my view there is no such thing as equilibrium in financial markets because market participants are trying to discount a future which is itself shaped by market expectations. This renders the outcome indeterminate and it is only by accident that the actual course of events will correspond to the prevailing expectations.... I am told that economic theory itself has gone a long way towards recognizing and studying disequilibrium situations. Nevertheless, the laissez-faire idea that markets should be left to their own devices remains very influential. I consider it a dangerous idea. The instability of financial markets can cause serious economic and social dislocations. The question poses itself: What should be done to preserve the stability of the financial system? Dr. Mahathir's suggestion yesterday to ban currency trading is so inappropriate that it does not deserve serious consideration. Interfering with the convertibility of capital at a moment like this is a recipe for disaster. Dr. Mahathir is a menace to his own country.

But the recent turmoil in Asian markets raises some thorny issues about currency pegs, asset bubbles, inadequate banking supervision, and the lack of financial information, which cannot be ignored. Markets cannot be left to correct their own mistakes, because they are liable to overreact and to behave in an indiscriminate fashion. For instance, it is a grave mistake not to discriminate between Malaysia and Indonesia....

Since the end of the Second World War, the state has played an increasing role in maintaining economic stability, ensuring equality of opportunity and providing a social safety net, particularly in the highly industrialized countries of Europe and America. But the capacity of the state to look after the welfare of its citizens has been severely impaired by the globalization of the capitalist system, which allows capital to escape taxation much more easily than labor. Capital will tend to avoid countries where employment is heavily taxed or heavily protected, leading to a rise in unemployment. That is what has happened in Continental Europe. I am not defending the antiquated social security systems on the continent of Europe, which are badly in need of reform; but I am expressing concern about the reduction in welfare services both in Europe and in America....

If social services are cut too far while instability is on the rise, it may well engender popular resentment and lead to a new wave of protectionism both in the United States and in Europe, especially if and when the current boom is followed by a bust of some severity. This could lead to a breakdown in the global capitalist system, just as it did in the 1930s....

I should like to stress one particular aspect of the open society which is of critical importance at the present moment: the freedom of information.

For example, I have been subjected to all kinds of false and vile accusations by Dr. Mahathir. He is using me as a scapegoat to cover up his own failure. He is playing to a domestic audience and he couldn't get away with it if he and his ideas were subject to the discipline of independent media inside Malaysia. The freedom of information is as indispensable in Asia as in the rest of the world.


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Okay, you first saw Laffing Stocks debuting at desiderata2000.blogspot.com almost five years ago:)


Sunday, November 11, 2007


Laughing Stocks Rally to Historic Peaks


November 10, 2007 is a watershed in Malaysia's political landscape when it saw a "V"ictorious Peoples's Rally of at least 40,000 people gathering under the BERSIH ("clean" in Bahasa Malaysia) banner to demand for fair, free and clean elections. The assembly of peaceful and concerned Malaysians putting aside race, colour or creed or gender successfully braved police warnings and the inclement weather to march to the vicinity of Istana Negara grounds around the appointed time of 3.00pm to about 4.15pm (when the assembly was officially dismissed after the Memorandum had been handed over officially to an Palace official) to support a delegation of leaders headed by PAS, PKR, DAP and BERSIH leaders to hand over a Memorandum for Electoral Reforms to his Royal Highess, the Yang diPertuan Agong.

If there were no Internet, especially the emergent Fifth Estate (Blogosphere), and foreign agencies to cover the historic event, the Malaysian populace would have been hoodwinked by the mainstream media (MSM) in the English language and Government-controlled national news agency BERNAMA and RTM1 and RTM2.

The figures of the people who gathered to show their solidarity cited by these media, including The Star and NST, ran into single digit THOUSAND people only, and therefore is a non-event. I sighted some reports attributed to the Star stating 3,000 or 4,000 participants (Readers, please help me out here as I was too busy surfing tocheck as many news accounts as possible and did not properly C&P the figures...I humbly stand to be corrected.)
(PLease note I am not including the newspapers in the Chinese and Tamil and BM languages here.)


The People's Paper's
editors must be blind that day, and its reporters and photographers must have been blindfolded, because they could not notice large groups of Malaysians crowding around Kuala Lumpur, half of them prominent in Yellow T-shirts displaying BERSIH's objectives, as part of the November 10 Rally. NOT A SINGLE PICTURE anywhere is sighted in the daily. Instead they dutifully trained their eyes and ears on what should have been a page 13 story but played upon page N4,
headlined:

Thousands at open house

Kuala Lumpur: Despite the heavy downpour, more than 10,000 city folk turned up at the Hari Raya open house hosted by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique at his Taman Tasik Titiwangsa residence.

(Desi stops at first para -- the rest is laughing stock staff, soon to be listed.)

They also reported on page N8 three Rally-related items, but not a single picture of the POLICE or FEDERAL RESERVE UNIT firing tear-gas and water cannons on the participants gathered by the thousands. As hinted by the headline of the news report at the top of page:

Cops break up march
Teargas and water cannons used on illegal assembly, 245 held

Desi asks a question here of these Fourth Estate buggers -- Didn't they teach you in the newsroom the value of ACTION SHOTS?

Instead there was a large "passive" photo in the middle of same page, captioned Traffic bottleneck: Vehicles trickling through a police roadblock at a section of the print Expressway in Petaling Jaya yesterday (Sunday Star, 11 November, 2007).

And finally who else to be BIG MOUTH mouthing the predictable rubbish befitting a Malaysian DPM -- but he would have been laughed off the stage other than the PWTC and RTM's -- at the bottom of page, headlined:

Najib on why police did not permit gathering

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My regular reader "V" then pointed Desi to another equally arresting Minister who raised laughter to a new(s) peak, and Malaysians must thank KL-headquarteed AL-JAZEERA for bringing us prime news entertainment, via:

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1_GQ-K7P_w&eurl=http://www.jeffooi.com/2007/11/nov_10_and_zam_turned_yellow.php"

And BERNAMA followed up with a RATIONALISATION for its overseeing Boss, ZAM, who with Putrajaya's 4th Floor boys, must have impressed their 15th century Fourth Estate mindset to the Star and NST GEICs the "ideal perceptions" to own to play their role to reach new peaks in journalism. Of course their Datuk title helps. And ZAM is an eminent role model as he was once GEIC of Utusan Malaysia, the leading BM and famous UMNO BIG Mouthpiece in Malaysia.

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11/11: Zam refutes Al Jazeera's claim police used force on protesters

(Bernama) -- Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has refuted satellite television station Al Jazeera's claim that police had used force on hundreds of protesters here today.

He told the station that police had tried to disperse the protesters by using water cannons as the gathering was illegal.

"When they refused to disperse, the police allowed them to march to Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum demanding for a clean and fair election.

"The police managed to handle the situation as best they could," he said over the phone in a live interview by Al Jazeera here. He was responding to the illegal assembly organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections or "Bersih" comprising 26 non-governmental organisations and which also involved opposition parties, to hand over the memorandum containing their demands, to Istana Negara.

Asked why Malaysia did not allow such gatherings, Zainuddin said they were unnecessary because general elections had been held without fail in this country and according to the scheduled dates.

The minister also hit out at Al Jazeera for having the wrong perception when posing questions. Al Jazeera reporters had their own perceptions about Malaysia before coming here, he said, adding that "Malaysia is not Myanmar or Pakistan; it is a democratic country".

Zainuddin said many television viewers in Malaysia were laughing at the antics of the Al Jazeera reporter who seemed to be trying to portray the situation as ugly.

"The reporter was seen shouting, so much so the situation seemed unreal to the viewers."He also criticised Al Jazeera for only interviewing journalists known to be pro-opposition but not getting the government's views."


I heard my kopitiam blogger friends and readers saying maybe soon Bursaa Malaysiaa would be listing a new category of shares under "laughing stocks". Minister Zam Zam ala Kazam aka Minister of Propaganda-ganda Wand Anda will flag off par value stocks of RM1 at a special price of RM0.01 to all journalists of his mindset and perception. Malaysian journalists working for Al Jazeera and all foreign wires are not allowed to apply for the new share issues. They don't understand the rationale forlisting laughing stocks.

When the stock market resumes trading on Mondae, it's anticipated NSTPP and The STarr Pubications would be transferred to the "Laughing Stocks" category as most appropriate to keep the Minister of Propaganda-ganda Wand Anda company:( BERNAMA and RTM are expected to be listed very soon after they confer Tan Sriship on the CEs, and the stocks will rise to great peaks to generate funds for the BN to finance their leaders ERECTIONS.


posted by desiderata


Murder, Mayhem, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Man in Malaysia

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 09:58 PM PDT


By Seth Mandel
( who wrote in News Real Blog)

There was much understandable indignation directed at the Malaysian politicians responsible for the trial of Anwar Ibrahim in 1998—most notably, of course, then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who was Anwar's mentor and the instigator of the trial that put Anwar behind bars when he began to challenge Mahathir's leadership. It was a political exercise, and it was meant to get the up-and-coming Anwar out of the way—eliminate the coming dissent within the party structure.

But it also, as we have written here before, made Anwar a star—the hero in an exotic and anachronistic Malaysian drama. His supporters in the West took his side largely because of their sense of justice and his ability to play to their egos. And so, when Anwar was put on trial for the second time several years ago for sodomy, his supporters sprang to action once again. Paul Wolfowitz and Al Gore said he not only "has been charged under very dubious circumstances," but also that "as a political leader, statesman and intellectual, Mr. Anwar possesses qualities that encourage hope for the future."

Their sense of judicial fairness is important here, because new information has come to light in another trial—this one involving Anwar's current political nemesis, Prime Minister Najib Razak. The difference this time around is that Anwar is the one who may have been manipulating evidence and fabricating his rival's culpability. And this begs the question: Will Anwar's champions speak as loudly for Najib as they did for Anwar?

The story goes back to October 2006, when a young Mongolian translator named Altantuya Shaariibuu was found murdered in the jungle outside Kuala Lumpur. Two policemen were convicted of her murder, and her one-time boyfriend was acquitted. But the boyfriend was an associate of Najib, a fact that spurred numerous rumors about Najib's possible involvement. None of the rumors ever marshaled enough evidence to subpoena Najib to testify—though that didn't stop some from trying.

One of the claims came from the editor of a popular Malaysian-interest blog called Malaysia Today. Earlier this week he made an interesting confession. Here is how the Malaysian news agency Bernama reported it:

Malaysia Today founder and editor, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, has revealed that his statutory declaration (SD) linking Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu was made based on information and demand by several individuals aimed at preventing Najib from becoming prime minister.

He said he had never accused the prime minister or his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor of being involved in the murder of the Mongolian woman and that he no longer believed the story of these individuals.

He added that these individuals were connected to several politicians including Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and that they had put pressure on him to do what he did to prevent Najib from taking over from Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who was relinquishing the post.

"I no longer accept the story. I think it's quite impossible. It can't be that the prime minister's wife would want to go to such place; it's a jungle. I'm imagining, climbing up the hill, going into the jungle at night, at 12 midnight, I think it's quite impossible," he said in an exclusive interview with TV3 Group Editor Datuk Ashraf Abdullah in Perth, Australia, recently.

So Anwar Ibrahim pressured a journalist into fabricating a statement that would implicate Anwar's primary political opponent in a murder in the hopes of destroying his political career. I would be interested to know what Wolfowitz and Gore think about that development.

But there is another reason this is meaningful. It follows on what we reported in late March: Anwar is bleeding supporters, and it couldn't come at a worse time for his party. Saturday marks the conclusion of the regional elections in Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state and a stronghold of Najib's ruling Barisan Nasional party. The results will be a major determinant in when the next national elections will be held. Since Najib will ultimately make that decision, expect Anwar's opposition party to continue its slide.

What is ironic about this is that, as regular readers of NewsReal Blog are aware, Anwar has been working with the Muslim Brotherhood for decades, and the unrest in the Middle East has catapulted the Brotherhood to the center of the debate and, in Egypt, almost certainly to the governing class.

A rising tide generally lifts all vessels. The fact that the global Brotherhood's tide is rising while Anwar is sinking like a stone means that, at least in Malaysia, things are moving in the right direction. Click to the original link from here!


Those Missing F-5 Engines

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 07:04 AM PDT

Now this is a very interesting bit of leak from the cables regarding our F-5 engines that did a walkabout in 2007:

MALAYSIAN F-5 ENGINES CASE AND ACTION REQUEST

They should have been reported missing, but they weren't.

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 KUALA LUMPUR 001013

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/19/2019
TAGS: PM PREL PGOV MARR MY
SUBJECT: MALAYSIAN F-5 ENGINES CASE AND ACTION REQUEST

Classified By: POLCOUNS Brian McFeeters for reasons 1.4 (b, d).

1.(C) SUMMARY, COMMENT, AND ACTION REQUEST: On December 19, the Malaysian press reported the 2007 theft of a J-85 aircraft engine (for the F-5 aircraft). Subsequent reports indicated that, in fact, two engines had been stolen and sold to an international company in South America. The story has been front-page news in Malaysia's government-influenced press and uncensored blogosphere since then. In recent days, Post has queried Malaysian interlocutors on the current location of the engines. They either do not know the location or have been instructed to withhold information while a police investigation continues. Malaysian interlocutors also have not provided adequate explanation as to why, after two years, this incident has just now become public.

2.(C) Comment: We do not yet have sufficient command of the facts to determine whether this story will have significant domestic repercussions. The Prime Minister will have a personal stake, given his past role as Defense Minister, and that could explain in part his prominence in the media coverage of this issue thus far. More important, however, from the perspective of U.S. interests, is how this case can be used to advance our call for a more effective export control regime in Malaysia. Our strongest leverage, it appears, is the need for Malaysia to persuade us that military transfers subject to the Arms Export Control Act can be carried out with confidence in the Malaysians ability and will to comply with our law and regulation.

3.(C) Action Request: Post requests
(a) clarification as to whether Section 3 of the Arms Export Control Act has been violated,
(b) talking points for use with GOM interlocutors (see suggestions para 10)and
(c) press guidance on this issue (see suggestion para 11).

END SUMMARY AND ACTION REQUEST.


The Chinese Political Paradox

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 03:33 AM PDT

Once again the Chinese Malaysians are in the spotlight, not a place they would want to be. But the near complete sweep of Chinese-majority constituencies in the Sarawak State elections by DAP has refocused the attention of BN politicians on this (for them) vexing problem.

No doubt many in UMNO would like to paraphrase (apparently wrongly attributed to) Henry II when he voiced his frustration with Thomas Becket: "Will no one rid me of this turbulent Chinese?"

Utusan Malaysia came up with a more practical punishment, proposing angrily that
BN ignores Chinese vote after Sarawak polls.

Its editorial (in its Awang Selamat column) states: "The average Chinese voters have rejected BN and supported DAP. Therefore the BN state government can no longer be too generous to give place to representatives from the community. Sarawak cabinet must be reflective of the decisions and attitude of the voters. message must be sent. Taib must show gratitude to those that supported him and BN government."

"Once again the attitude of the Chinese voters is clear in rejecting BN. Awang believes that sentiment of Chinese voters in the peninsular is also the same. The reality is that after dominating the economy for so long the Chinese community wants to have greater influence and become a dominant political force."


Kaytee is not surprised at all that Utusan failed to mention a single word about the alleged gross corruption and rampant abuse of power, etc committed by the State government for the last 30 years.

Equally not surprising has been CSL's pontification that
Supp should not accept any position in the Sarawak state Cabinet as the party had lost the Chinese community's support.

He explained: "If it takes part in the Cabinet, I feel the Chinese of Sarawak would think it (SUPP) is there only for the seats and not to serve the community. Besides, SUPP's role in the Cabinet would be limited to only helping to resolve problems within the Chinese community. Even if its leaders are in the cabinet, I can foresee that they can't solve the community's problems."

Was CSL saying that on as a matter of principle, or was he indirectly warning Peninsula Chinese Malaysians that there won't be any Chinese representatives in the cabinet if they follow the Sarawakians and vote for DAP instead of MCA? You tell me, wakakaka!

But my observation is that CSL has fallen into line with Utusan's threat, typical of MCA, which calls for another wakakaka.

Again, there's not one word of corruption, abuse of power, non-accountability, unlike a more gentlemanly George Chan who admitted so as the reason for the SUPP's near annihilation. Even my dear Penang larng, Ah Koon, has wisely euphemized his way through with his comment on the challenge of increasing support for the DAP and the opposition party's ability to
add more seats in yesterday's Sarawak state election.

Ah Koon noticed succinctly that "… this did not happen in the blink of an eye but rather a continuation of the political tsunami which started to be felt in urban areas in Kuching in the 2006 state election, and that it has grown more serious, resulting in repercussions for BN going into the next general election."

Well-known UMNO blogger Sakmongkol AK47 commented in his latest post
The Chinese voice in BN politics:

How will these two parties
[MCA and SUPP] operate in future? They have lost ownership as the voice of the Chinese people. The victories of DAP in Sarawak and the MCA's poor showing in the 2008 National Elections signal the rise of more strident voices and demands by the Chinese Community. There are two ways to stem the slide.

First, Chinese leaders in MCA and SUPP will ask the PM, as leader of BN to allow them more leeway to become MORE Chinese. Meaning, they want to behave like how UMNO behaves – as the unmitigated voice of Chinese interests. The more strident and belligerent the better as a means to regain the Chineseness of their political pronouncements.

Second, as anyone can assume, given the accommodative personality of the PM, he will be seen to giving in to more Chinese demands.

Sak then war-gamed around with the two options, pointing out that Najib will have a hard time balancing the repercussions of 1 and 2.

But let me say something about it as well. The recent political phenomenon of the Chinese Malaysians (both in March 2008 and now in Sarawak, and once before in May 1969) has been very much against the political grain of the Chinese community.

Unlike Indians and Malays, it has generally been an ethnic group which prefers to stay out of high visibility politics, only wanting to earn a living, their '3 bowls of rice' and turning up at the election station once every 5 years, or even staying at home to instead play mahjung on that day.

So why has there been this paradox, that of a politically reluctant community suddenly making waves in Malaysian politics?

We can't expect Utusan to come up with rational, logical and objective comments, so let's examine Sakmongkol's question, which is, will it help ameoliorate BN's prospects in the next general election if Najib gives more leeway (or more correctly, more 'face') to Chinese leaders in MCA and SUPP, so they may be seen as the real voice of the Chinese community, for them to be as mucho macho Chinese as possible?

I personally don't believe that's what the Chinese really want. Sure, the MCA being regularly humiliated by UMNO does not help convince the Chinese that the BN is the party to represent them.

But far more important than 'face', if only Najib can both (i) stop the racist bigoted conduct of some of his UMNO colleagues, Utusan, Perkasa, etc (or for for that matter, Chinese and Indian rightwing utterances), and more importantly (ii) come straight out to reject, on behalf of his so-called 1Malaysia BN government, those inflammatory redneck utterances, I believe that'll be a great start.

No 2 – will he stop the bloody rampant abuse of power (politically inclined or otherwise) by the BN politicians, Civil Services, Police, MACC.

No 3 – will he stop the gross corruption within the BN ranks (and cronies).

Yes, my take on why Chinese Malaysians have recently become more vocal, and expressing so via the ballot box, is that they have reached a stage when the BN bull, blatant corruption and arrogant abuse of power are suffocating them. The scum has risen way above their nostril levels. Thus they need to speak out or die of suffocation. They have no choice.


SUPP “The sunset years No.1….?”

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 08:52 PM PDT

 We are in the process of compiling an overall true picture of what has happen to SUPP and why it has not got the "clear mandate" from the Chinese Community. There are more than a thousand "WHYS" and "IFS" but the truth is it has fallen from a giant to a mere mosquito party. The Chinese have rejected the party in droves and if the Dayak YBs did not deliver SUPP will have only 2 Assemblyman. Doesn't that have similarities like the Peninsular based party "Gerakan..??"

audie61 had breakfast with a senior political veteran and he suggested that the independant candidate George Lagong be 'roped" into SUPP as Pelagus has many SUPP members. It will be good for SUPP and maybe in the next State elections the urban seats can be exchanged with other component parties. This audie61 played up many 'moons ago" and it was suggested even to give Pending seat to PRS Batu Lintang to  SPDP and Kota Sentosa to PBB in exchange for other safe seats for SUPP.

Who knows what might have happened? The allocation of seats is by concensus and as such no one should make full claim of the seats. (This should be seriously considered by the BN coalition as SUPP has losts the seats twice already. Other seats should also be looked into and a clear cut one would be Kidurong.

We would not be well loved by SUPP members but reality hurts and the members must know how to swallow their pride. James Masing  President of PRS swallowed his pride as told by CM Taib and look where he is now.The second largest component party in Sarawak. SPDP had some minor problems in infighting and this played a little paert in the loss of the two seats."Krian and Ba'Kelalan".The power sharing concept was losts in Krian as told by sources on the ground.

PBB remains solid eventhough there were minor skirmishes here and there. They were unafraid to seek assistance from other component parties in the areas which they had problems in and maybe SUPP needs to learn a thing or two from them. If SUPP does not pull up their socks we would not be be writing the "sunset years No.1."

It would be SUPP "The Return of a GREAT PARTY" 

It's up to the BN coalition to do an indepth research and come up with the realistic facts and figures on the fallen of SUPP. There is nothing more to hide and please the politicians in SUPP as the mandate from the people is clear and seemingly LOUD in the ballot boxes. We will on our part be truthful as we have collected the facts plus datas and as such some divisions are in for a good hiding from us at audie61. The sunset years No.2 will be no holds barred ,straight and cooked from the oven.  

SUPP remember we said "wake up in our earlier article………………….check it up..



Pujian Kepada Najib Kerana Injil Melayu (Bergambar)

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 08:39 PM PDT

warga UMNO sepatutnya merasa bertuah. Selepas berhempas pulas memerangi orang Kristian di Malaysia dari menggunakan kalimah Allah, memerangi golongan Hindu di Seksyen 17 Shah Alam dari memindah kuil mereka di Seksyen 21 dan memerangi orang Kristian dari membina gereja2 baru, sekarang ini Presiden mereka telah meluluskan Injil Bahasa Melayu.







Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.


"Disappointing Vote"

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 07:11 AM PDT

I thought it was disappointing for Pakatan Rakyat, but apparently it's a bigger blow for Barisan Nasional.

From Reuters:

(Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will likely put key economic reforms on ice as he tries to rebuild voter support after his ruling coalition recorded its worst performance in 24 years in a local election in a key stronghold.

Bets are largely off for a snap general election to take place this year, with Najib expected to rethink his strategy of promoting inclusive growth in the Muslim-majority multi-cultural nation to win back the minority vote, analysts said.

In Saturday's state poll, Najib's ruling National Front retained control of its stronghold Sarawak, which accounts for a fifth of its parliamentary seats, but the opposition more than doubled its seat tally as ethnic Chinese mostly voted against the government.

Structural economic changes such as further scaling back fuel subsidies, introducing a goods and services tax and reforming a decades-old race-based policy would be relegated in Najib's list of priorities for now, analysts said.

"After the outcome in Sarawak, Najib will need a general election mandate before making any big moves," said Ibrahim Suffian, director at the independent opinion polling firm Merdeka Center.

"Enacting fuel subsidy cuts and a goods and services tax will just add to the political issues that he will have to deal with ahead of the general election."


Kita menang, tetapi undi merosot - Dapatkanlah sokongan yang 'legitimate'

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 08:45 PM PDT

BN telah berjaya mengekalkan mandat 2/3 di dalam pilihanraya negeri Sarawak, sabtu lalu tetapi terpaksa berpuas hati dengan kehilangan 8 lagi kerusi ke tangan pihak yang bertentangan. BN juga telah kehilangan banyak undi kalau dikira dari segi jumlah undi yang dibuang untuk pembangkang.

Pada keseluruhannya keputusan itu boleh di simpulkan yang BN bertambah lemah sedang PR bertambah kekuatannya dengan memenangi 7 lagi kerusi dan satu kerusi melalui calon bebas. BN tidak selayaknya merasakan yang mereka itu masih sekuat dahulu.

Tumpasnya hampir keseluruhan calun dari SUPP kecuali enam dari 19 yang dipertandingkan itu membayangkan bahawa rakan kita Cina di Sarawak ingin bersatu di bawah DAP. Kecundangannya Presiden SUPP George Chan merupakan tamparan yang sangat hebat kepada BN khususnya SUPP. Di antara 6 kerusi yang dimenangi oleh SUPP, 4 daripadanya adalah calun Dayak di kawasan majoriti Dayak. Keempat-empat itu ialah Opar (Ranum Mina), Bengoh (Dr Jurip Susil)dan Simanggang (Francis Harden |Hollis), Engkilili (Dr Jonical Rayong Ngipa). Ini bermakna SUPP hanya mempunyai 2 calunnya yang menang dari kaum Cina.

Nasib SUPP adalah sama seperti nasib Gerakkan dan MCA di semenanjung kerana Cina mahu bersatu di luar parti traditional mereka dan memilih DAP sebagai payung perjuangan mereka. Kalau trend ini berterusan makan pada masa yang singkat sahaja kaum Cina akan mempunyai hanya satu badan siasah yang mewakili mereka, iaitu DAP.

BN juga telah mengalami penghakisan sokongan dari beberapa kawasan yang di dominasi oleh kaum Iban dan beberapa kerusi yang di dominasi kaum ini yang dimenangi oleh BN telah ,mengalami kemerosotan majoriti yang ketara, terendah di dalam sejarah pilihanraya Sarawak. Sekarang jelas sokongan dari kaum Iban tidak lagi boleh diambil 'for granted' lagi.

Apa pun analisa yang kita lakukan, hanya DAP dan PKR sahaja yang menapak kehadapan di dalam pilihanraya ini dengan penambahan bilangan perwakilan mereka di dalam DUN Sarawak. PBB hanya kekal dengan 35 kemenangan, sedangkan rakan komponennya SUPP, SPDP dan PRS mengalami kemerosotan bilangan kerusi yang mewakili mereka di DUN Sarawak.

Kata perbilangan, 'lulus jarum lulus kelindan'. Hanya kata-kata politik sahaja yang akan menafikan kemaraan sokongan kepada PR di Sarawak, tetapi pada hakikatnya Pakatan Rakyat sedang secara tangkas sudah mengambil tempat semaian bagi melebarkan pengaruh mereka di bumi kenyalang itu.

Walaupun BN telah memenangi 55 kerusi tetapi dari jumlah undi yang dipungut oleh BN sangat jauh merosot jika di bandingkan dengan pilihanraya 2006 dahulu.

Dari hampir 700 ribu pengundi yang keluar membuang undi, jumlah yang diperolehi oleh DAP dan PKR jika dicampurkan hampir 300 ribu (termasuk yang di perolehi oleh SNAP) sedangkan jumlah yang diperolehi oleh BN melalui 55 kerusi yang dimenangi mereka hanya dalam lingkungan 370 ribu sahaja. Angka ini melambangkan yang BN sedang mengalami kemerosotan undi yang ketara dan tidak pula kita tahu cara mana masalah ini mampu diatasi.

Imej BN kepada mata rakyat tidak boleh dinafikan sedang menurun. Hanya BN mendapat kelebihan infrastruktor dan kekuatan kewangan sebagai pihak yang memerintah sahaja yang membawa kemenangan kepada mereka di dalam pilihanraya tersebut.

Tentunya BN pusat tidak boleh mendabik dada yang kemenangan di Sarawak boleh dijadikan ukuran yang BN sudah kembali pulih dari kemurungannya sejak akhir-akhir ini.

Kita mesti mengingati kembali sejarah yang masih baru dalam ingatan kita; dengan hanya beberpa kerusi yang dimenangi oleh pembangkang pada pilihanraya 2004 dahulu dinegeri-negeri Kedah, Trengganu dan Selangor mereka telah mampu menguasai negeri-negeri tersebut dengan mudah pada tahun 2008 yang lalu.

Kalau di Semenanjung kita menjadikan kejayaan kita mempertahankan kerusi-kerusi dalam pilihanraya kecil kita boleh menganggap kita telah kehilangan kerusi-kerusi di kawasan yang penting di Sarawak jika kita anggap pilihanraya di negeri itu sebagai pilihanraya kecil di 71 kawasan secara serentak.

Kita mesti mengakui hakikat yang kita sedang kehilangan banyak kerusi serta sokongan. Malu juga untuk berbangga-bangga dengan kemenangan itu kerana kita tahu yang kemenangan BN itu adalah disebabkan kempen sokongan yang kuat melalui kuasa wang dan kuasa eksekutif kerajaan semata-mata.

Kekuatan pengaruh sebagai pihak yang memerintah kerajaan itu ditambah pula dengan dukongan media massa cetak dan letronik seperti TV3, RTM dan yang lain-lain itu lah yang membolehkan BN mencapai kemenangan itu.

Kalaulah pertandingan itu diadakan di 'even playing ground' belum pasti kita akan mencapai kejayaan itu. Pendeknya kita harus mendapat sokongan secara 'legitimate' sebelum kita mengaku sebagai pihak yang hebat dan kuat.


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