- The Teoh Beng Hock death - MACC lies
- Egyptians don't recognise Kem David anymore
- Obama’s Real Actual Birth Certificate Released (Really, Not a Joke This Time!)
- Police crack down on protestors at UM
- Eskay gives cops DNA sample
- MCMC starts probe into sex video leak
- Video Seks Yang Kedua?
- Revoke Emergency Proclaimation On Sarawak, Called Nurrul Izzah Anwar
- 230 orang sertai KEADILAN Cabang Bukit Gelugor
- Nurul Izzah reiterates: It’s not Anwar
- Keadilan Jelutong : BUKTIKAN Pembangkang pernah tawar RM 55 juta kepada KIMMA.
- ‘Why hasn’t Eskay been arrested?’
- Johor Bahru – Sin City poem
- Freedom To Express Oneself
- Petronas East West Link ~ The Inconvenient Disservice Station ~ Sayonara!
- Zunar - Malaysiakini judicial review application postponed
- DAP mahukan pemimpin Melayu yang berintergriti memimpin negara
- Pundit has it wrong
- “UMNO in Sarawak..??”
- 1Melayu definitely racist
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 02:53 PM PDT
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.
- RCI catches MACC man lying to cops
There are indeed people who fear Allah swt and have told the truth.
The sh*t has hit the fan, as revealed in Malaysiakini's MACC attempted to 'standardise' testimonies.
Standardizing testimonies is another term for eliminating conflicting reports of truthful testimonies against untruthful testimonies. We now need to separate the lies from the truth.
Thus, the person organizing such a standardization should be called to account for his deeds or misdeeds before the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Teoh's still-unexplained death in MACC custody (RCI).
MKINI reported that a witness, Azeem Hafeez Jamaluddin, stated before the RCI that "…there were several meetings before the inquest into Teoh's death and the inquiry hearing, involving Hishammuddin Hashim, who was the Selangor MACC deputy director in 2009."
Azeem also alleged that Hishammuddin had instructed his men to cover up his role in the investigations against DAP state assemblypersons.
"The meeting was held three days after the incident, on July 19, and again several days before the inquest and commission. We were directed to be consistent in our statements to the police and also while testifying."
"Hishamuddin also ordered that no one can mention that he was the one directing the operation on the (DAP assemblypersons) and for the officers to inform that it was Hairul Ilham Hamzah who was in charge."
Not only did the witness asserted that Hishamuddin Hashim was directing the standardization cover-up, but that "… the then director of investigations, Mohd Shukri Abdull (now deputy chief commissioner) and chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed had also called for a meeting to standardize their testimonies."
He said that the MACC's head of prosecution, Abdul Razak Musa, and his deputy Kevin Morais, coached the MACC officers on how to answer questions from the RCI.
In my previous post Teoh Beng Hock – a cruel & unnecessary death, I had voiced my puzzlement over several points I had read in the newspapers, among which were the questions about the MACC officer who was absent during the DNA gathering exercise and that of Teoh BH's belt.
I also wrote: We also know there was no justifiable cause for MACC to investigate Ean Yong by the overnight interrogation of his aide, Teoh Beng Hock. So by logical extension, we would be justified in arguing that it must have been a politically motivated case.
I must now pose another question: Is there any connection between HIshamuddin Hashim and any politician from UMNO Selangor?
Alhamduillah. Hopefully we needn't wait for the hereafters of those guilty to see Teoh Beng Hock receives due justice.
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 10:25 AM PDT
Now that Hosni Mubarak is gone, most Egyptians would like to void the Kem David Accords signed in 1979. A recent US polls show that more than half of them also felt Israel Embassy should leave their soil.
However, the research by the US Pew Research Center indicates 36 per cent of Egyptians believe the peace treaty with Israel should remain in effect.
A whopping two thirds of Egyptians are happy with the country's progress following the ouster of longtime president Hosni Mubarak, the poll says. The results were based on interviews with thousands of Egyptians between March 24 and April 7.
The poll also marks a ten per cent hike in support for democracy since a similar survey was taken last year.
About 88 per cent said that the Egyptian army, the recipient of power after the former regime's downfall, has had a positive impact in the country's functioning.
But there was mixed opinion about police, as 61 per cent said they believe that police have had a negative impact regarding legislation. Around 60 per cent said they believe that law should be based on the Quran.
The revolution which overthrew Mubarak apparently did not curb the country's negative view of the United States. The poll says that 70 per cent of Egyptians believe Washington played a negative role or had no role at all during the country's political turnover.
Barack Obama has also maintained a negative image, as 64 per cent said they don't trust him, and 52 per cent were disappointed in how he has dealt with Arab revolutions sweeping the Mideast.
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 08:28 AM PDT
Obama's Certificate of Live Birth.
Oh well, I guess these were fakes then:
Or maybe trial run copies. Who knew?
Obama obviously followed in the footsteps of this Afro-racial person who was also questioned on a similar topic.
Darn… Looks like my plan to use Obama as a precedent for me to eventually become the President has suffered a setback.
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 03:35 AM PDT
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Posted: 27 Apr 2011 09:02 AM PDT
Hari ini arena politik Malaysia digemparkan lagi dengan video seks yang kedua...
Ramai blogger and media masa telah menyiarkan berita tersebut...
Ada blogger yang telah menyiarkan video serta gambar-gambar lucah yang dipetik daripada video tersebut, adakah MCMC atau polis malaysia akan mengambil tindakan selanjutnya?
Masih dalam ingatan saya iaitu dakwaan video tersebut dirakam oleh CCTV yang disimpan dalam laci yang dikunci? Tetapi nampaknya ia seperti diletakkan di atas meja?
Masih banyak lagi soalan yang timbul, sila rujuk kepada post saya sebelum ini:
Video Seks Anwar?! Pemahaman Saya...
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Posted: 27 Apr 2011 07:30 AM PDT
Nurul Izzah Anwar was quoted in Free Malaysia Today for stating that the April 16 decision by Sarawakians to deliver three seats to PKR was a indication of acceptance.
Clearly thrilled at the delivery, especially since PKR contested in the 'most difficult and most remote constituencies', the elected Vice President of Keadilan told FMT on the morning after '416′ that 'we must talk about the success…must push for change.'
Sarawak PKR chairman-cum lawyer, Baru Bian wrested Ba Kelalan from Barisan Nasional by a 473 vote majority.
His fraternity colleague and state PKR information chief See Chee How won Batu Lintang and Ali Biju wrested Krian.
The wins, albiet small, was a message to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, that his administration must change its ways.
Nine days after '416′, Izzah forwarded her requests to Taib asking him to urge Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to end the Sarawak Proclamation of Emergency 1966.
She also urged Taib to ensure that that the Federal Government fullfil the terms detailed in the 18-point agreement and to compel Putrajaya to increase oil royalties to the state.
PKR under the Pakatan Rakyat coalition has been urging that the Federal Government to increase oil royalties to oil producing states in Malaysia to 20% per cent from the current 5%.
Congratulating Taib and Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) over having secured a two-third majority victory in the recent state election, Izzah said: "Even though polling was marred by incidences of electoral fraud as well as weaknesses in the electoral process by the Election Commission, I admit and honour the victory claimed by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB).
"Thus, to ensure continuity and consistency of the Pakatan national manifesto and our continued efforts to fulfil our promises, I call on the Chief Minister Taib Mahmud to fulfil three requests I have made in a letter sent to him on Monday," said Nurul.
Izzah who is the Lembah Pantai MP said that on March 24 she had submitted a private member's bill entitled 'Emergency Revocation Act' calling for an end to an era of Emergency not only in Sarawak but throughout Malaysia.
"Unfortunately, even though the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Aziz had agreed and had affirmed the readiness of the Attorney General to revoke the emergency proclamations, the federal government remains recalcitrant and unready to revoke these proclamations.
"Not only is the federal government not ready, any private member's bill on this matter by any Member of Parliament will be rejected by the Speaker of the House," she said.
Izzah said that her requests to Taib was in keeping with the fact that the Sarawak BN had received a fresh mandate and a second chance to prove its commitment and sincerity to Sarawakians.
"All these claims are made in line with efforts to ensure that this new state government will act to prove its commitment and sincerity to the rakyat in ensuring that their rights and needs are placed in prime position, beyond those of any political leader," she said
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 07:08 AM PDT
Dari Suara Keadilan
Di sebalik rentetan fitnah yang menjadi-jadi terhadap Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kebelakangan ini, seramai rakyat bersimpati dan menunjukkan sokongan dengan menyertai parti pimpinan tokoh itu – KEADILAN.
Buktinya, seramai 230 orang pelbagai kaum dan lapisan usia secara rasmi menyertai KEADILAN Cabang Bukit Gelugor dalam majlis makan malam di Tapak Pesta Sungai Nibong, malam ini bersamaan 22 April..
Majlis itu bersempena sambutan ulang tahun ketiga cabang berkenaan.
Borang penerimaan disampaikan Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN, Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 07:02 AM PDT
From Malaysiakini Writeen by Regina Lee
As expected, PKR rallied around its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim as the latest snippet from a "sex video" allegedly involving him was posted on YouTube today, with his family in the frontline.
PKR vice-president and Anwar's eldest daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, maintained that the person in the video is not her father.
"My family and I stand firmly with Anwar Ibrahim, and we maintain that the actor is not Anwar.
"This latest, most disgusting effort is an attempt to destroy our fighting spirit and derail reforms so desperately needed in this nation. We shall not bow to nor be cowed by such tactics," Nurul Izzah (right) told Malaysiakini in a text message.
She later added a call to Malaysians to "rise above gutter politics".
"We call upon all our Malaysian brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers to rise above gutter politics. Let us remain strong-willed in our work to realise a better Malaysia," said Nurul Izzah, who is also the Lembah Pantai MP.
Turning the tables on the parties who had exposed the video first, Nurul Izzah also said that the ones on the wrong side of the law would be them instead.
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 06:49 AM PDT
*Isu : BUKTIKAN Pembangkang pernah tawar RM 55 juta kepada KIMMA. *
*Berdasarkan petikan akhbar (Utusan Malaysia ; Isnin 18 April 2011 (Dalam
*Terima kasih *kepada semua Rakan Media yang sudi hadir pada petang ini
Susulan kenyataan media oleh Presiden Kongres India Muslim Malaysia (KIMMA)
PKR Cabang Jelutong mencabar Datuk Syed Ibrahim Kader, jika benar beliau
1. Dedahkan kepada rakyat siapa individu yang menawarkan imbuhan RM
2. Dedahkan kepada rakyat siapa individu yang menawarkan
3. Jika benar dakwaan ini, mengapa beliau mengambil masa yang lama
Apakah ada sesuatu yang tersirat disebalik pendedahan ini ?
PKR Cabang Jelutong menasihatkan kepada Datuk Syed Ibrahim jangan berpolitik
Jangan biarkan diri sendiri dan KIMMA diperalatkan oleh UMNO Barisan
Beliau juga harus sedar bahawa pada zaman pemerintahan Tun Mahathir KIMMA
Tetapi sekarang apabila UMNO Barisan Nasional berada dalam keadaan yang
Apakah ini satu perancangan jahat yang licik untuk memastikan PRU 13 kekal
*Ubah Sebelum Parah ! Ubah Demi Maruah ! Ubah Sekarang ! Selamatkan Malaysia
Sekian terima kasih.
Setiausaha PKR Cabang Jelutong
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 06:36 AM PDT
DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang has slammed deputy police chief Khalid Abu Bakar for his threat yesterday to expose the sex video 'performer'.
By ignoring this, he said, the police are lending credence to suspicion that the force is working hand in glove with the BN.
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 01:35 AM PDT
I used to call it City of Crime – because of, well, you know, its crime.
On a tip from Simon Thong, via Lim Kit Siang's blog:
And response from the powers that be:
Not being in JB since a long time, I can't comment on whether it's crime prone anymore, or nice and safe as Datuk Shahrir says.
Anyone care to update?
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 06:02 AM PDT
I found it amusing that they would HAVE to pick an auspicious occasion to express themselves:
The six were arrested in the past week in connection with alleged public order offences they are said to have committed at the TUC march last month.
But officers moved to arrest them this week as they feared the group were planning further disruption at the royal wedding on Friday. The six have been issued with bail conditions stopping them from entering central London on the day of the wedding.
It brings the total number of anarchists banned from London on the day of the wedding to 68. And Scotland Yard sources confirmed that further arrests are planned in the coming days as they move to minimise the potential of trouble for Prince William and Kate Middleton on the big day.
Meanwhile officers announced that a proposed protest during the wedding by extremist group Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) has been rejected.
But a new request, by a group thought to want to protests about issues in the Middle East, have now lodged a request to protest on the day.
MAC had asked to protest outside Westminster Abbey on the day of the wedding.
After meetings with the group, Scotland Yard agreed they could protest there, but not until hours after the wedding had finished. The group refused and did not turn up to a meeting on Thursday to negotiate with officers.
Now I'm thinking about the rare moments when Malaysians have taken to the streets in the past.
I'm remembering how those protests took place on otherwise uneventful days.
And then I'm reminiscing over how they were brutally treated by the Malaysian government.
It is a world of difference.
Posted: 26 Apr 2011 10:04 PM PDT
I have been patient for quite some time with this Petronas Service Station's very poor service located at the Cheras Kajang East West Link just after the Metramac 50 sens toll plaza heading towards the Federal Highway.
This station is staffed with both local Malaysians and Bangladeshi foreign workers.
The station's convenience store has two entrance glass doors. The nearest door is on the right and is the usual entrance most of us motorists use.
Now and then, the Bangladeshi workers would lock the door inconveniencing those of us motorists who would have to walk all the way to the entrance on the left.
When asked as to the reasons why they have locked up the right door, they would just grin and say ' Saja Bos!' ' Sini masuk juga!' meaning just use this door.
I have protested about this stupidity to the Bangladeshi cashier many times yet to no avail.
The grinning idiots and the equally nonplussed local Malay workers would just turn a deaf ear to our complaints.
Many other customers have equally voiced out their unhappiness but it seems to be pointless speaking to those whose ears must truly be deaf to our protests!
I have decided not to patronize this Petronas station anymore. I used to fuel up twice a week here spending RM50 everytime on petrol.
Petronas East West Link has today lost a regular customer!
If this is the kind of disservice that this station has to offer, then I am stopping myself from today in being their customer.
The Shell service station next to it has better attentive service staff ~ even though they be Bangladeshis as well.
At least I feel more appreciated.
So to the owners of this Petronas East West Link, all I can say to you is 'Sayonara' and condolences on losing another customer due to your lazy ass employees who are as it seems deaf, dumb and blind to your customer's wishes.
Why don't you just wall up that door since it is so inconvenient for your lazy ass staff?
Now, I know why most Malaysians prefer to fill up at other foreign owned service stations?
Their service and standards are so much more better than yours!
* I managed to speak to the owner via the number printed on the job vacancy notice. He said that maybe the staff were handling cash movement at that time and thus had locked the glass door for safety.
I told him that when I was there this morning, there was no such transactions going on. The Malay female staff were just relaxing and the Bangladeshi cashier just doing his thing whilst another was standing besides the remaining left glass door entrance.
I told him that I had been filling up at the station at least twice a week and spending RM50 every time on fuel. I had also been buying foodstuff etcetera from the store but I have been inconvenienced like this several times already since the last couple of weeks.
No valid reason given for locking the glass door except that they are lazy ass employees and just want to have it easy for them in limiting entrance to just one door.
I'm taking my business next door! Shell Service Station where the staff have better service attitude and are much more efficient!
Well this is it! Sayonara Petronas East West Link!
Posted: 26 Apr 2011 08:58 PM PDT
Posted: 27 Apr 2011 06:57 AM PDT
Saya ditanya oleh beberapa orang adakah DAP benar-benar ingin mengambil alih negara ini dan pemimpinnya akan menjadi PM jika DAP berkuasa? Jawapan saya kepada soalan itu ialah; jika DAP berjaya menguasai Parlimen pemimpinnya akan menjadi PM dan mengetuai eksekutif negara.
Tetapi adakah itu akan terjadi? Jawapannya adalah TIDAK kerana DAP tidak pernah menurunkan jumlah calon yang cukup untuk mengambil alih negara jika semua calonnya menang di dalam pilihanraya umum. DAP memahami 'limitations' yang ada pada mereka.
Di Sarawak baru-baru ini, DAP hanya bertanding di 15 kerusi daripada jumlah 71 di dalam DUN Sarawak. Di Pulau Pinang sendiri DAP hanya bertanding di 19 kerusi sedangkan untuk mendapat majoriti yang 'simple' secara sendirian parti itu memerlukan 21 kerusi setidak-tidaknya. Tetapi DAP hanya menurunkan 19 calon dan memenangi kesemua kerusi yang ditandinginya.
Seperti juga MCA kehadirannya di dalam politik negara bukan untuk mengetuai kerajaan dan menjadi PM kepada negara ini. Di Perak, PAS hanya memenangi kerusi yang kecil bilangannya tetapi DAP yang telah memenangi kerusi yang banyak tidak mengambil kerusi MB kerana undang-undang tubuh negari itu hanya memperuntukkan jawatan MB itu untuk orang Melayu. Maka diberikan kerusi itu kepada Nizar Jamaludin daripada PAS.
Tetapi UMNO telah merampas kuasa melalui permainan politik kotor dan mengambil alih pentadbiran negeri Perak itu. Hanya UMNO sahaja memilih seorang MB yang tidak berapa Melayu sebagai MB negeri itu. Itu bukan salah DAP.
Dalam pilihanraya dahulu DAP telah bertanding kurang dari 50 kerusi Parlimen dan jumlah itu tidak sampai pun 25% daripada keseluruhan jumlah kerusi di Dewan Parlimen kita. Masing-masing bilanglah jumlah kerusi yang dipertandingkan oleh DAP di negeri-negeri lain. Jumlah calon mereka jika menang sekali pun tidak akan membolehkan DAP menjadi tunjang pemerintahan negara.
Hanya mereka bersatu dengan parti-parti yang mereka bersama di dalam 'coalition' alternatif untuk memerintah di Pulalu Pinang seperti juga yang berlaku semasa Gerakan memerintah dahulu. Bezanya dulu Gerakan yang didominasi oleh bangsa Cina dan sekarang diperintah oleh DAP parti 'multi-racial' yang didominasi oleh kaum Cina juga.
Persoalannya, apa yang menjadi masalah kepada orang Melayu di Pulau Pinang misalnya…atau kepada orang Melayu di seluruh negara? MCA tidak akan membolehkan bangsa Melayu untuk menjadi calonnya di dalam mana-mana pilihanraya sedangkan DAP boleh membenarkan calon daripada orang Melayu jika parti itu mahu menunjukkan dengan secara 'real' bahawa parti itu merupakan parti 'multi-racial'. Jika DAP meletakkan calon Melayu di setengah kawasan, maka parti itu wajar menjadi alternatif kepada MCA. Apa lagi yang orang Melayu hendak memberikan sokongan kepada MCA lagi sedangkan parti itu tidak memberikan apa-apa keuntungan kepada BN?
Malahan MCA sudah menjadi beban yang berat untuk dikendung bersama. Calon-calon MCA terpaksa diletakkan di kawasan yang didominasi oleh orang Melayu untuk mendapatkan sedikit peluang untuk menang, sedangkan DAP merupakan parti yang 'reliable' yang boleh membawa sokongan orang Cina jika kita bekerjasama dengannya. Tidak bolehkah BN memikirkan hal ini?
Kenapa tidak diusahakan untuk bekerjasama? Mungkin DAP boleh memberi kerjasama dengan BN tetapi yang menjadi 'apprehension' kepada parti itu ialah samada mereka berkeyakinan dengan keseluruhan kepimpinan BN khususnya UMNO yang ada pada hari ini.
Itulah sebabnya jika pemimpin UMNO mampu untuk berkorban demi parti dan bangsanya maka kerjasama itu tidak mustahil boleh dilakukan. Apabila kerjasama itu mampu dilakukan maka kita akan kembali kepada zaman negara mula mencapai kemerdekaan dahulu. Parti Cina mengambil sokongan orang Cina, parti Melayu meraih sokongan orang Melayu dan India mengambil sokongan orang India. Itulah Perikatan dahulu.
Yang masih menjadi masalah ialah orang Melayu sahaja. Orang Cina sudah sepakat berteduh di bawah DAP, Orang India nampaknya sudah kembali bersatu di bawah MIC dengan kompromi yang sedang dilakukan oleh parti itu dengan menyatukan kembali semua ahli-ahlinya yang telah dipecat oleh Samy Vellu dahulu dengan ahli-ahli yang sedia ada.
Pendeknya, orang Cina telah mengambil sikap dan telah pun menunjukkan pendirian mereka. Orang India pula mengambil sikap untuk terus bersama MIC. Hanya orang Melayu sebenarnya yang belum bersatu dan saya merasakan orang Melayu sedang melakukan 'soul-searching' dan belum lagi menampakan 'urgency' untuk menentukan sikap mereka.
Orang Cina dan India sudah bersedia dan sudah pun menentukan sikap yang baik untuk mereka. Ini negara demokrasi. Orang Melayu sememangnya tunjang kepada politik negara. Tetapi orang Melayu harus menunjukan 'dispositon' sebagai peneraju kepada politik negara. Sebagai tunjang, pemimpin Melayu mesti menunjukkan kepimpinan bersih yang hakiki untuk mendapat penghormatan oleh bangsa lain yang kita pimpin sekali.
DAP tidak anti Melayu. Tetapi momokan media dengan parti-parti yang berkuasa telah membuat orang Melayu mempunyai perasaan takut kepada dominasi DAP di kalangan bangsa Cina. Maka yang menggunakan sentimen racist ini adalah UMNO dan ini hakikat. Takkanlah saya keliru kerana saya juga pernah bergiat aktif dalam UMNO dan itu perkara yang di antara sesama Melayu memahaminya.
Jika DAP menunjukkan kepada rakyat bahawa parti itu adalah parti untuk semua kaum maka DAP sepatutnya meletakkan beberapa calon Melayu dan jika ini dilakukan oleh DAP maka yang pasti akan terjadi parti itu akan mendapat sokongan dari sebahagian pengundi Melayu di dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang.
Saban hari rakyat bertambah terbuka dan berfikir dan tidak lagi menerima bulat-bulat apa yang diperkatakan oleh media perdana dan aktivis pro BN yang giat melalui alam cyber dan sebagainya. Zaman berubah dan siasah pun berubah. Sedangkan sungai pun berubah apatah lagi pemikiran manusia yang begitu sophisticated pada hari ini.
Yang menjadi 'apprehension' yang terbesar bagi DAP untuk bekerjasama pada pendapat ramai yang saya bertanya ialah DAP tidak berkeyakinan bahawa kepimpinan hari ini boleh melaksanakan tugas kenegaraan dengan penuh tanggungjawab dan telus.
Maka itu masalah UMNO. Tidak tahulah kita samada parti ini boleh melakukan perubahan kerana ianya memerlukan pengorbanan barisan kepimpinan untuk mempastikan UMNO ini relevan lagi kepada keperluan dan kehendak ramai.
Tetapi mahu tidak mahu UMNO mesti berubah untuk tidak menjadi parti yang dipinggirkan oleh rakyat pada masa akan datang. Kehendak rakyat lagi berperanan daripada kehendak pemimpin, kerana tanpa rakyat tiadalah pemimpin. Persepsi buruk yang ada pada UMNO harus dikikis dan ianya hanya boleh dilakukan dengan pertukaran barisan kepimpinan.
Posted: 26 Apr 2011 09:22 PM PDT
This came out in MI:
PETALING JAYA, April 27 — PKR's dismal performance in the Sarawak election is a disturbing omen of how the party will fare in the next general election unless it institutes painful changes, a political analyst said last night.
Political scientist Dr Andrew Aeria said the party organised a respectable pre-election training programme but it ultimately foundered in making use of those preparations during the campaigning period.
"The campaign itself was too Anwar-centric," said Aeria, referring to PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who criss-crossed Sarawak to campaign for PKR.
"And they did not offer an alternative to the policies the Barisan Nasional was offering. If it was change, then change to what? That's what people want to know," Aeria told a forum here last night on the election results and its implications.
He added that if the party hopes to do well, the PKR also needed to replace its "re-recycled leaders" with new ones and have stronger grassroots machinery.
This, however, did not mean that BN could automatically defeat PKR and wrest back lost seats and Selangor, a state where the former is the dominant party in the Pakatan Rakyat government.
Aeria, of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, said BN must also put through meaningful reforms if it wants to recapture the trust of a public weary of sloganeering.
The PKR fielded 49 candidates in the Sarawak election — the most out all PR and BN parties — but only managed to win three seats: Ba Kelalan, Krian and Batu Lintang.
Its PR partner, DAP, on the other hand, won 12 of the 15 seats it contested. Islamist party PAS won none of the five seats it contested.
BN was able to retain the two-thirds majority in the Sarawak state assembly when it won 55 seats. However, it only secured 54.5 per cent of the popular vote.
Aeria described PKR's Sarawak campaign as "paradoxical" as it was organised and, at the same time, dysfunctional.
The PKR held pre-election training programmes for polling and counting agents, and for potential candidates.
It also had the support of local non-governmental organisations to tap into widespread anger among Dayaks over ancestral land disputes.
Yet when it came time to the actual campaign, the party was torn by factionalism and infighting between local influential figures over who gets to be a candidate, he said.
"Some candidates were even residing in Kuala Lumpur and flew back to stand in their area. In some places, there was not even a grassroots machinery to help them campaign.
At an earlier press conference, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli admitted the party was stretched thinly across the 49 seats. However, it was forced to do so because it did not want to give BN walkover victories in 24 seats.
Initially, PKR had only wanted to contest in 25 seats where it had established a presence and was confident of gaining support.
But it was forced to contest in these 24 other seats because neither of its partners wanted to step up and "share the burden" of standing against the BN, Rafizi said.
PKR's final decision to stand in these "unwinnable" areas crimped the party's ability to pool its resources and focus on the 25 seats which it stood an even chance of winning.
Aeria noted that a weakness in the PR campaign was that each party's grassroots machinery did not work each other.
"There was a lot of co-operation between the leaders of each party in how they staged ceramah together. But there was no cooperation at the grassroots level".
"Moving forward, all parties, whether in BN or PR need to reform and renew. The electorate is more interested in substantive issues but the parties seem stuck in the past," Aeria said.
Aeria misses the point:
1) first, Pakatan does have an agenda in Buku Jingga. Specific to Sarawak, it was proposed that should Pakatan take over the state government, they will immediately institute land commission to look into land grab cases, fight for bigger share in oil royalty, help the poor inland bumis financially, deal with uprooted communities at dam construction sites etc.. perhaps Aeria should read these things before putting his foot in his mouth
2) second, Aeria conveniently left out the fact that there were electoral offences being committed vide vote buying, vote rigging (in terms of usage of postal votes), voter intimidation, police biasness etc..
Yes, Pakatan can certainly do better. BN can reform for all I care, but most importantly, it is the institutions of governance that are supposed to be fair that needs reforming, starting with the Election Commission and the police if we want a truly free and fair electoral process.
Posted: 26 Apr 2011 09:20 PM PDT
Nothing new to report on this subject.
However since PBB still maintains an unprecedented hold of power in their 35 seats allocation one sees no reason to break the stranglehold.As long as the Sarawak remains the BN stronghold UMNO will not want to come in as it might lead to the lost of power in Putrajaya. 31 seats only 2 now in opposition and that is in DAP hands.
It must be noted that UMNO does not need to look into pouring their budget into another State as PBB the BN backbone will be able to handle and deliver the seats to BN. The key remains with Taib and as such everyone is speculating on when and will UMNO come into Sarawak after he relinquishes power.
This article we extract and you will be able to make your own judgement.
The presence of Umno bigwigs and machinery during the BN election campaign in Sarawak has raised questions about the peninsula-based Malay party's role in the state.Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) political science lecture Andrew Aeria (right)is of the opinion that Umno will eventually move into Sarawak.
"But I dare not say more. I can't really see it happening yet but the day (Chief Minister Abdul) Taib (Mahmud) moves away from the scene, there will be some serious moves (into Sarawak by Umno)," he said.
Speaking at a forum on the 10th Sarawak election organised by pollster Merdeka Centre in Selangor last night, Aeria said the possibility of Umno in Sarawak "should not be feared" and that there should be more engagement on this front.
Fellow Unimas political scientist Faisal Syam Hazis said Umno will have a hard time making its case to enter Sarawak after PBB – the local party which represents the Malay-Melanau and Muslim community – won all 35 seats it contested.
This also makes it the party which holds the largest proportion of the Sarawak assembly's 71 seats.
"For Umno to come in, PBB will have to be dissolved. Sarawak BN, including (Dayak-based) PRS and PBDS will try its best to ensure that Umno stays out," he said.
For Sarawakians, Umno is still very much the bogeyman. This was exemplified in a billboard during the election campaign, showing three sharks marked DAP, PAS and PKR circling Sarawak, while an unmarked shark was depicted taking a bite out of Sabah.
"You would assume that the unmarked shark is Umno and that Sarawak BN was killing two birds with one stone," he said to laughter from the audience of about 300.
Whether or not Umno makes a play for Sarawak, Faisal said the fact that BN conceded 16 seats (three times more than 2006) and narrowly won 14 other seats foreshadows strains in federal-state relations.
Ngemah, Telang Usan and Senadin were won with less than 50 percent of votes, while 11 others including Beting Maro, Kedup, Bengoh and Kakus were taken with 50-56 percent of the votes. Most of these seats saw multi-cornered fights.
"With 14 (marginal) seats and 16 seats lost (by BN), there is a genuine threat of losing the two-thirds majority…if the opposition is able to put up a straight fight," Faisal said.
"The expectation was for Sarawak BN to win 80-90 percent of the seats and when they lost 16 with Taib being the lead cause for that, Kuala Lumpur panicked and called for his head (causing) a strain in federal-state relations from now on."
PBB power struggle?
However, Faisal believes that Taib will use the fact that he had retained the two-thirds majority support as a reason to stay and will use his succession plan to show Kuala Lumpur who is boss.
"There is a clear indicator that KL wants (PBB deputy chief) Abang Johari (Abang Openg, left) because he is seen as the leader with the less baggage in terms of corruption.
"But Taib was sworn in as chief minister soon after the two-thirds majority was announced, and as a symbolic gesture, the person sitting next to (Taib's wife that night was PBB vice-president) Awang Tengah.
"Taib is saying: 'I am not stepping down but even if I do, the choice of a successor is mine. I have been the strongman of Sarawak for 30 years and have delivered the parliamentary seats (to BN) so why should I bow down?'."
Agreeing with his colleague, Unimas lecturer Neilson Mersat said post-election factional fighting within PBB will be watched for the anticipated "power struggle", following raised expectations of Taib's departure.
The chief minister in an interview immediately after results were announced on April 16 had said that he is seeking to retire "mid-term".
Posted: 26 Apr 2011 09:14 PM PDT
This was out in the Malaysian Insider today:
KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The "1Melayu, 1Bumi" movement is not racist for wanting to unify Malays politically, Dr Khir Toyo has said.
Calling the movement spearheaded by Malay rights group Perkasa as "legitimate and noble", the former Selangor mentri besar questioned why Malays were seen as racist when speaking of Malay unity while other races could speak of their respective unity without objection from the Malays.
"I always wonder why when Malays speak of their native rights it is seen as racist but not when the Chinese speak of their Chinese schools, Chinese language and Chinese economic power," he said on his blog yesterday.
Dr Khir said it was not wrong or racist for Malays to propose a concept like "1Melayu, 1Bumi" as a response to Chinese voters who increasingly voted for opposition parties like the DAP.
He pointed out that Malays saw Chinese support for DAP's "anti-everything to do with Bumiputeras and Islam" policies as a clear indication that the community now want more political power after successfully controlling the economy.
"Many non-Chinese, especially the Bumiputera, see Chinese support for Pakatan (Rakyat) as support for the empowerment of Chinese political power through the Democratic Action Party (DAP) to erode and eventually eliminate Bumiputera privileges provisioned in the Malaysian Constitution," he said.
Dr Khir, however, warned that "1Melayu, 1Bumi" should be opposed "to the very end" if it was a racist movement that wished to unify Bumiputeras for the purpose of "oppressing and destroying" the Chinese.
"I, myself, will not agree to any concept that oppresses and destroys other races' standing," the Selangor opposition leader said.
He added that whether the concept, first mooted in Utusan Malaysia by assistant chief editor Datuk Zaini Hassan, was racist depended on its execution, demands and wants.
Utusan Malaysia had called on its owners Umno to spearhead a "1Melayu, 1Bumi" movement involving all Malay parties, claiming that the DAP was intent on toppling the country's Malay leadership.
Former prime minister and Perkasa patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke out against the idea, saying it would be "disastrous" if it came to fruition.
The elder statesman said such a movement would eventually result in a two-party system dominated by the Malays and the Chinese on opposing sides of the divide.
Despite their patron's statement, Perkasa has said it would be willing to lead such a "1Melayu, 1 Bumi" movement.
Some government leaders had sought to distance themselves from Utusan Malaysia's clarion call last week, claiming it was the personal opinion of the newspaper's editors.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured that the Malay-language daily would not deter the government's commitment to his 1 Malaysia brainchild.
Khir Toyo is wrong on several counts:
1) when the Chinese educationist talked about Chinese schools, it is done by Chinese education "loyalists" and do not represent all Chinese - but most Chinese would think it is a good idea because Chinese medium schools are ahead in terms of quality of education. If the federal government bucks on the quality of education at nationals schools, the Chinese enthusiasts would not mind going by national school scheme and live with Mandarin as one of the school subjects - it's a "what's good for the children" issue, and not a racial issue.
2) Khir of course is entitled to his (unsupported by evidence) point of view that many Malays see support for DAP as enpowerment of Chinese politically - however, this is quite easily debunked as support for DAP is also support for Pakatan, and Pakatan is not a racial coalition - rather it is a coalition primarily driven by concepts of good governance. It is firstly purely coincidental that a lot of Chinese are supporting Pakatan these days because it so happens that most of them are in urban area and have access to alternative news and are therefore aware of BN's endemic corruption and abuse of power. Secondly, obviously BN is wrong to say only the Chinese support the opposition - as amply demonstrated by vote analysis, it's an urban swing to Pakatan, including Ibans and other bumiputras, in recently concluding Sarawak state elections.
3) DAP has never sought to represent all the Chinese to the exclusion of other races. 1Melayu movement on the other hand is hell bent on doing just that - which is no different from the proposed unity talks between UMNO and PAS - and that's racist.
I'm hopeful that more and more Malaysians will be able to separate the woods for the trees and call these Perkasa/Utusan/UMNO mental gymnastics a bluff for what they really are.
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