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Here are a few nude Carré Otis photos by photographer Antoine Verglas. Because even hot famous chicks love getting naked in the art. Enjoy!
The sex video saga is really turning out to be a farce. It's so funny you can't help but laugh.
First, the 'Datuk T' trio who brought public attention to the video have been made the butt of countless jokes. Second, the police seem to be hesitant in revealing their findings even as the video has been leaked out and posted on YouTube and Umno-friendly blogs although the only copy is supposed to be in police custody.
And now one of the trio has taken the sumpah laknat. Last week, Shazryl Eskay Abdullah swore on the Quran to make us believe he is telling the truth in saying that the man in the video is Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. What's going to happen next?
This act of swearing on the Quran is getting to be a trend. In 2008, Saiful Bukhari Azlan did it to attest he was sodomised by Anwar. That same year, no less than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak himself also did it to have us believe he was never involved with Altantuya. Despite their gestures, many people are still sceptical.
In the case of Eskay, the act is hugely ironic. He would have to be a good follower of the faith to take such an oath and be believed, but has he not been tainted by his own admission that he is one of the people caught on the video? As it is, he has not come clean on why he was there. His narratives are often cloudy and enigmatic.
It's just as well that his collaborator Rahim Thamby Chik did not swear on the Quran too. His record of allegedly having had sex with an underaged girl, an act amounting to statutory rape, would have wrecked his credibility. In fact, it's another laughable point that Rahim is part of this trio – he, of all people, accusing another man of immorality!
Besides, what the trio has done in regard to the sex video is already immoral. And that's not even saying they were behind the videotaping itself, which is still a mystery.
Simply using it to destroy the reputation and career of another human being is already without doubt an immoral act. How then are we to believe that by swearing on the Quran, Eskay exhibits religious conviction? Does it not more likely appear as some kind of stunt?
Does it not also appear as an attempt to win public sympathy? Or a desperate measure? After all, the day before he took the sumpah laknat, Eskay intimated to the media that he and his collaborators would soon be charged in court; although what the charge would be, he wouldn't say.
That was actually quite a revelation, because up till that time, no one had known if the police were ever going to take any action against the trio – for possessing and exhibiting pornography.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ismail Omar had said from the outset that the case would be investigated under Section 292 of the Penal Code, which covers that offence, but along the way no action seemed to have been taken.
The Star did report on March 25 that according to Deputy Commissioner Ghazali Md Amin, three unnamed individuals had been arrested in connection with the sex video, but when the 'Datuk T' trio were asked if they were the ones, they said they were not.
Rahim even told the media that when the police questioned them on March 24, they did not sign any document stating they were arrested and released on bail.
Thereafter, nobody gave a straight answer when asked about the truth. Not even the cops.
In fact, on March 25, when the IGP himself was asked why Rahim and Eskay were not arrested when they went to the police headquarters for questioning, the country's top cop actually said, "What offence (did they commit), you tell me."
But then on the eve of his sumpah laknat, Eskay told Malaysiakini he was arrested "that day" (without specifying which) and "was bailed out with RM10,000". Intriguing! More so when you consider that the IGP seemed ignorant of the offence when earlier he had mentioned Section 292. Did he have a lapse of memory?
Going by the events, the public perception so far is that the police are biased in their handling of the case – and that's cause for another hoot.
There was reportedly even a police escort for the 'Datuk T' trio when they arrived at the mosque for the sumpah laknat ceremony. This reeks of VIP treatment. At least one of them, Eskay, wore a bulletproof vest, which he, however, claims belongs to him.
Nonetheless, do these three, who should instead be charged in court under Section 292, deserve police escort?
To reinforce the public perception of the police bias, the next day PKR alleged that a police officer with the rank of senior assistant commissioner had been giving talks to school principals and teachers in Kelantan in which he told them Anwar was the man in the sex video and a threat to national security. Whatever the truth of PKR's allegation, it's hard to bet now on police impartiality.
Moreover, the police still haven't told us how the sex video in their custody managed to get into cyberspace.
More important, the central and most pressing question has not yet been answered although they have reportedly been investigating the case intensively. That question is: Who was actually behind the videotaping? Is it so difficult to find out who the culprits are? Who was the prostitute in the video? Have the police got to her? What has she revealed?
PM provides the best laugh
Are we going to get any answers at all? Or will this, like the many intriguing mysteries that have arisen in this wonderful land of ours, such as the murder of Altantuya, be swept under the carpet?
Could it be that the police are waiting for instructions from their political masters?
Are these political masters calculating when the right time would be to take action, how the case should be spun, who should be arrested, what should be done so that they can make political capital out of it?
It seems there is no going by the truth any more in Malaysia, and this sex video saga illustrates it clearly.
It is now all about twisting the truth to one's advantage, hiding the truth, turning the truth into falsehood. And, worse, making falsehood the truth.
This, fellow citizens, is the Malaysian Malady. And the people who are suffering for it are the innocent rakyat.
Stricken with it, we have to laugh or face despair, and no amount of crying will bring us relief. On that note, perhaps the best laugh stems from Najib Tun Razak's response when he was asked by the media if he had watched the sex video when it was uploaded on the Internet. "Apa punya soalan ini (What kind of question is this)," he said, dismissing it.
Don't you think it's a fair and legitimate question? But why is the PM evading it? Well, that, fellow Malaysians, is the crux of the Malaysian Malady.
Can we trust any minister in the government? Or can we trust the government?
After days of verbal gymnastics over the 1 Malaysia email project, I thought Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had the final say when he said that project promoter, Tricubes Berhad, would have to sell the project to the Malaysian public as it was a private initiative.
I mean I was sceptical about his pronouncement because in the days leading to his comment, it seemed the email scheme went from being a government project to privately-financed, then to some hybrid that could only exist in the minds of some Malaysian planner.
But never mind, people should be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.
So, it was a private initiative, albeit a strange rent-seeking one by a financially-distressed company. I wonder if Datuk Seri Idris Jala who heads Pemandu knew that Tricubes is a financially-distressed company. Or is that not a factor when assessing the capability of a company?
Anyway, we accepted the government statement that myemail.my service is a private initiative and believed Najib when he exhorted Tricubes to salvage their own project and somewhat damaged reputation.
That was until I read in the Internet (sorry, I don't read newspapers) that Pemandu took out advertorials defending the indefensible. Yes, you guessed right. The government, which functions on the money you and I pay them, took our money and paid the newspapers to defend and promote a private sector initiative.
How does that work, again? Jala signed off on two pages of unconvincing arguments on a project which most Malaysians do not see a need for. And we paid for it!
Jala and his friends in the Najib administration must really either think we are stupid Malaysians who can be stepped on or don't care what we think.
And to think that Najib entrusted them with his New Economic Model that comprises the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). The only thing that has transformed is Tricubes now has Pemandu as its cheerleader.
No one has even sent or received the first myemail.my email but the public is already paying to make them look good.
Syabas, Pemandu. You have just finalised my vote for the next general election.
The internet has moved at a breathless pace since the world found out about Osama Bin Laden's death late last night, with experts from all fields being consulted to lend fresh perspective. Well, we think we've found a new area of specialty: pornstars! To show that Bin Laden's death has captured just about everyone's attention, we've rounded up some Twitter reactions from people who have sex for a living. Admittedly, out of the fifty or so accounts we scoped out, the pornstars below are the only ones who chose to address this momentous occasion on Twitter. Enjoy!
Three unidentified bodys of men are seen after a raid by U.S. Navy SEAL commandos on the compound where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, May 2, 2011. Photographs acquired by Reuters and taken about an hour after the U.S. assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan show three dead men lying in pools of blood, but no weapons were seen.
Note the guy above with the green water gun under his right shoulder. What is up with that? LOL…
ABS News photos:
● Alektra Blue: "Good Morning Fucktastical World.. Just wanted to say.. Ocean burial within 24hrs.. Yeeeeaaaaaa oooookkk!!!?? Lmao"
my day in a nutshell"
● Lexxxi Lockhart: "Wow Osama is dead, finally!!
"I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear …"
It's been a hell of a binge, hasn't it? I mean all ten years of it: the shock, the grief, the togetherness, the anger and political divisions, and finally the party. Now it's hangover time. When the hangover ends, that's when the questions usually begin:
Are we finally strong enough to keep our heads… and our values… under pressure?
It really was something, wasn't it? The way we came together after 9/11, before we let ourselves be manipulated and divided by cynics? Well, they're back. People are already writing pieces with titles like "Targeted Killing Justified." Rep. Peter King is claiming that the death of Bin Laden vindicates torture, although the experts say we probably would have found him sooner without it.
"Physicists … discover things about a particular metal alloy when they subject it to extreme pressure … under extreme pressure, people give you many more insights into their innermost being and tell us about who we really are." — Werner Herzog
Rep. King asks: Wouldn't we have tortured Mohammad Atta on September 10 to save 3,000 lives? That's a foolish question, as interrogation experts already know. Atta would only have needed to confuse and delay us for twenty-four hours. Experts say that the quickest way to get information from a terrorist is by winning his sympathy. But sympathy doesn't provide the emotional satisfaction, or the electoral opportunities, soulless politicians like Peter King crave.
Advocates for torture and indiscriminate murder aren't just foolish, of course. They're also immoral. They wound our spirit, even as they weaken our national security. Would a peaceful, democratic uprising be sweeping the Middle East if we still advocated torture?Bin Laden's support in Egypt went from 61% in 2005 to 13% this year. That's a realnational security victory. Think it would've happened if Peter King were president?
Other torture advocates were already trying to cover their tracks, even before the news came out. But whether they cower or bluster, it's too late for them. When it took courage to stand up for our values, they cut and run. Like a physicist's alloys, they revealed their true nature under pressure. A word to the wise from Walt Whitman: "Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me."
Will we finally ask questions about our invisible intelligence empire?
All those headline-grabbing, self-described "deficit hawks" have been quiet as church mice when it comes to the hundreds of billions, possibly more than a trillion in total, that we've spent building a secret, corporation-enriching intelligence empire. The Washington Postdid a comprehensive, hard-hitting two-year study called "Top Secret America" — and nobody read it. Their findings are staggering:
We keeping hearing about those ultra-powerful satellites that can read the words on a printed page from their orbits in space. Apparently they didn't read a paper that some UCLA geography professors and grad students wrote in 2009. It predicted, with 88.9% certainty, that Bin Laden was in an urban area within 300 kilometers of Tora Bora. Hindsight's always 20/20, but with all the money we're spending, you'd think every plausible theory was being investigated.
Old soldiers never die, they just go to work for Raytheon. Corporations hire generals, retired members of Congress, and former undersecretaries of Defense to win that next big contract. But when a few academics can outperform a trillion-dollar national security monolith, what are we getting for our money?
Those "deficit hawks" really ought to look into that.
Will we finally honor those "everyday heroes" we keep hearing about?
"Liberal" pundits are praising the president because, they say, his handling of the Bin Laden operation was "cold-blooded." But the Barack Obama I most admire is the Harvard Law School graduate who walked away from high-priced job opportunities to pursue a lifetime of service. I know the Dirty Harry pose is an electoral necessity these days, but I'd like to see more of the other guy.
The SEALS who carried out this killing were, in the language of the day, "seriously badass." But so are the teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other Americans under siege in Wisconsin and around the country. Instead of honoring them, politicians are trying to cut their health benefits. Are some of us so enchanted by wealth that we've come to hate hard work?
The honors graduate who becomes a teacher instead of a hedge fund manager… the doctor who stays in primary medicine while his peers get rich in radiology or cardiac surgery… the environmental advocate who turns down a six-figure job from the power company… the mom or dad who works a tough job to feed themselves and their family… Now that'swhat I call "badass."
Whitman again: "There is no trade or employment but the young man (or woman)following it may become a hero."
Will some deaths still be more important than others?
People eagerly surrender their liberties and their treasure to prevent terrorism, but cling resentfully to their wallets and howl about mythical "death panels" when the topic is health reform. According to estimates, somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 people have died since 2001 because they didn't have health insurance. Last year's bill didn't do toomuch to stop that; it did too little. Now we're seeing proposals that would cut Medicare — not "reform" it, cut it — even though studies show that it prevents a lot of deaths, too.
Economic downturns may not seem as deadly as terrorist attacks, but they are. They lead to increased suicides, and studies suggest a link between foreclosures and higher rates of violent crime, including homicide. And the toll in misery is immense. The 2008 crisis left millions unemployed, caused poverty rates to skyrocket, and led to the loss of more than a million homes.
We're ignoring more warning signs right now: Sky-high unemployment. Stagnating growth. Shaky consumer confidence. Signals of a teetering real estate market. The "intelligence" reports couldn't be clearer: "Financial chaos determined to strike in the US."
Fortunately, nobody's recommending Rep. King's solution. We don't need waterboards on Wall Street. Some old-fashioned, ethical law enforcement will do just fine. But instead of stepping up their efforts to protect us, Washington pols are trying to roll back the weak financial protections we've put in place. No surprise: Bankers write campaign checks, but nobody lobbies for those who die alone.
"The real war," said Whitman, "will never get in books."
Most people say they love kids. When will we act like it?
You know what's really haunting me now? The story that bin Laden's twelve or thirteen year old daughter saw the shooting. It probably couldn't be avoided, but what will become of her? How can she recover from the trauma and ever lead a normal life? Is she tomorrow's jihadi queen, destined to instigate some future acts of brutality in her father's memory? Or will she be broken in spirit? Too often, those are the only alternatives left for the children of war.
Where will she go? You can't imprison an innocent child because of what she's seen, or for the DNA in her bloodstream. I hope we don't try.
What about our kids? We can put them through body scanners, but not through school. Those body scanners cost $100,000-$200,000 apiece, and it's been pointed out that bomb-sniffing dogs do the same thing. Dogs can "manufacture" themselves for free, too. Question: What can a body scanner do that a bomb-sniffing dog can't? Answer: Generate a six-figure invoice.
$100,000 buys a lot of books and pencils. Strange. We're willing to ask tough questions about schools and teachers, then look away when the subject is our safety and security.
"My enemy is dead," wrote Walt Whitman, "a man divine as myself is dead." It's hard to share that sentiment, isn't it? Not many of us are that profoundly spiritual, that unsectarianly Christ-like. But then it was Whitman who found it "beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost."
We'll always have to protect ourselves from terrorists and madmen. But war? Lost and forgotten? Then we'd have to learn to chant "USA! USA!" when a life is saved, or a recession is avoided, or when schools have all the teachers and supplies they need. Ain't gonna happen, pal. We both know that.
The president said this the other night: "We are reminded that, as a nation, there's nothing we can't do." It was the right thing to say in his position. Yet every evening's news report reminds us that we know how to kill. And grieving military families are reminded every day that we know how to sacrifice ourselves, bravely and selflessly. We know how to die. But who's going to remind us how to live?
Bin Laden's dead. My foot hurts. That's my day in a nutshell.
Posted: 06 May 2011 10:09 AM PDT
IT'S HARD, EVEN TODAY, TO REALLY REMEMBER THE CARNAGE OF 9/11, THE SENSE OF PIERCING FEAR IN WHAT HAD BEEN A PLACID LAKE OF PROSPERITY. AT THAT MOMENT, ANYTHING GREAT AND ANYTHING TERRIBLE WAS POSSIBLE. PEOPLE REMEMBER HIM WITH A BULLHORN ON TOP OF RUBBLE, BUT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH ALSO PREVENTED INNUMERABLE HATE CRIMES BY SIMPLY SAYING THAT ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE. THAT SENTIMENT REPRESENTED THE BEST OF AMERICA. BUT THEN, HE GAVE YET ANOTHER CLARION CALL, WHICH WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIS CALL FOR TOLERANCE — GO SHOPPING.
That was his moment, and that was his prescription for America. Go shopping. Now Obama has his moment, a moment richly earned by his security strategy. What will he use it for? It isn't clear. The forces of the status quo are powerful. This past weekend, Seth Meyers presided over a popularity contest between a birther-hugging cynic, Donald Trump, and the President, Barack Obama. It was DC's version of a Royal Wedding.
But then, on Sunday night, President Obama announced that Navy SEALS had delivered two bullets to Osama Bin Laden. Flag-waving throngs gathered outside the White House and in New York City to celebrate, clambering up trees and expressing joyful patriotism and exuberance. Others were more somber, remembering that death, even for one's enemies, is not to be welcomed lightly.
But I listened to our president, the one who only the day before had been throwing around amiable jokes about the political establishment. He said something that stuck with me, and should stick with all of us.
If this is true, and I believe it is, then we have much to do. If we can do whatever we set our minds to, then we should not be held back in our attempt to ending the banking oligarchy strangling our economy. If it is true that our struggle is one for "equality for all our citizens," as the president said, then we should end our poisonous petro-political path. As Glenn Hurowitz said, "now that we've killed Osama, let's kill oil." If it is the case that we up for our values abroad, then let's leave Afghanistan and end our highly destructive war on drugs.
This is now a moment. George W. Bush used his moment on behalf of the forces of the status quo. He told us, to go shopping.
Is the era of shopping over?
By Syed Ali Mujtaba
If wild guesses are permitted, I too like to jump into the bandwagon and try to fly a kite! My guess is both US and Pakistan knew about the whereabouts the most want fugitive on earth that's Osama Bin Laden i.e. OBL. They both sheltered him as long as they felt it was necessary to justify the war on terror.
As made out to be, OBL was a virtual prisoner and it is not possible to lead such a life that too in a populated area without the connivance of those who were sheltering him. It is common wisdom that no one can hide for such a long time without the consent of those who were protecting him.
Now the question is who was protecting OBL? Was it Pakistan or the US? One cannot accuse Pakistan that has come out with a statement that it was sharing the information with the US about the compound since 2009, so that means from 2009 to 2011, there was a complexity on the part of both the countries to hide the most wanted mortal living on our planet.
One may also question the veracity of the fact that OBL was living in that compound for a long time. How can a fugitive like OBL hole in for a considerable period who is suppose to have been changing places as one changes its cloths. The theory is unpalatable and do not pass the test of reasons.
Even for argument sake if we accept that the fact that OBL was living there for long, then where were his bodyguards, with whom he was suppose to be moving in the Afghan mountains.
According to the US fed story, its commandos happily dropped into the compound without any resistance. They managed to get into the second floor of the building and got their target like a sitting duck and shot it in head, took the picture of the dead and carried his body. All this happened in 40 minutes and with little resistance. Is this story palatable? It may hard for someone to believe it lock stock and barrel.
Imagine "Operation Blue Star" on the Golden Temple in 1984 where Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was holed up. What kind of resistance wall he had built to protect himself. It needed tanks to crack that cordon and this did come with heavy causalities.
If OBL was living in that compound for long, why he did not had any defense mechanism laid for him. OBL knew the kind of threat he faced, he could have laid a mine in the compound and may have other layers of his defense? Why that was not so? Can the story that US commandos walked in shot him and took him away is believable?
The US operation exposes Pakistan's defense preparedness. If the US commandos can enter the Pakistani territory and leave it unchallenged, so can any other country. The "blind spots" that Pakistani establishment say were the reasons for US helicopters being undetected is for all its enemies to make use of not for the US alone. If a government and its army cannot protect its territory, then there is every reason to pull down such a government. Such glaring lapses cannot be permitted. The lesson is better security arrangement should be in place to deter such future adventurisms.
Any way we have to believe the story that the US wants to us tell and we cannot question its veracity as they are the lord of the universe. Will they remain so forever?
Abroad, and possibly at home as well, the killing of Osama bin Laden offers President Obama the rarest of political gifts: the opportunity for a fresh start.
This week's stunning raid doesn't guarantee Obama reelection; judgments about his impact on the economy will have more influence there. Nor does the mission end the threat of Islamic radicalism.
But in both domestic and foreign arenas, the triumph could offer Obama chances to turn the page. Those options begin in Pakistan. The discovery that bin Laden was living so close to the heart of the military establishment there immediately makes it more difficult for Islamabad to sustain its double game of extending one hand to the U.S. while offering the other to radicals.
With many in Congress already clamoring to cut off aid, Pakistan's troubled leadership faces the same sort of "with us or against us" choice that President Bush offered to then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after the September 11 attacks. After the Abbottabad raid, Congress is less likely to sustain Pakistan's $3 billion annual assistance budget unless its leaders move more unequivocally against the terrorist networks operating within its borders. "It is a question of whether Pakistan sees this as an opportunity—that this really creates an opportunity to strike a decisive blow" against the terrorists, said one senior administration official who asked for anonymity while discussing internal deliberations.
In Afghanistan, the links between the Taliban and al-Qaida have been among the most important barriers to negotiating an end to the ongoing insurgency. The Taliban movement appears at least somewhat divided between those committed to jihad and those more open to negotiating a truce with Hamid Karzai's government that would reintegrate them into society. A senior national-security official said that bin Laden's death should strengthen "those within that insurgency who believe there is a way to reconcile with the central government" and are willing to sever ties to al-Qaida—a prerequisite to any serious talks. Other significant hurdles remain, but new openings for a political solution are possible if that occurs.
In a broader sense, the raid underscores American tenacity and capability in a way that could reverberate through virtually all of our international relationships. "There is a currency and a strength in doing what you say you are going to do that the world notices," the senior national-security official said. At the same time, bin Laden's death could offer Obama a second try at reconciling with the Muslim world, following on the overture of his June 2009 Cairo speech. That effort has lost momentum, but bin Laden's death could revive it. The Qaida chief's fall underscores how thoroughly his vision of renewal-by-reversion (to a fundamentalist caliphate) has been eclipsed by the Arab Spring's forward-looking vision of progress.
That approach is still colored by intense (and, in some cases, radicalized) religious devotion, but it also embraces notions of democracy, modernity, and personal expression anathema to al-Qaida's conception of Muslim revival. The raid presents Obama with an opportunity to make a case to the Muslim world that bin Laden's vision—a clash of civilizations—has perished with him.
Arab governments that more closely reflect the will of their people won't agree with the United States on all questions. As the Egyptian deal that unifies Hamas with the Palestinian Authority demonstrates, such governments may even collide more often with America on specific issues. But after Obama's conflicted and at times uncertain response to the Arab uprisings, bin Laden's death offers him an ideal platform to argue to democratizing Middle Eastern nations that they are more likely to succeed by joining the global community than by withdrawing from it—let alone by waging war against it, as bin Laden preached.
The successful mission could also provide Obama political cover at home for such renewed outreach. Conservatives have argued that his attempts at reconciliation represent either a "tour of apology" (as Mitt Romney put it) or a refusal to recognize that the United States is "at war" with terrorists (Dick Cheney's accusation). In fact, the killing of bin Laden underscores what should always have been obvious: There is no contradiction between vigorously pursuing terrorists and simultaneously rebooting relationships in the Muslim world.
All of these openings are fragile and fleeting. Some experts on the Middle East, such as the Woodrow Wilson Center's shrewd Aaron David Miller, worry that, even with bin Laden gone, the democratizing trends in Arab countries will elevate "Islamist elements that don't share our point of view." Any broad outreach effort may fail without progress on an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, which now appears implausible. The Taliban may continue trying to wait out the withdrawal of American troops. Pakistan may continue to hedge its bets. A retaliatory terrorist attack could expose Obama to new charges of weakness on defense.
But risk always shadows the life of a president. Even with all those caveats, the bin Laden mission's success has provided Obama with a much more elusive commodity: opportunity.
The rejoicing that was seen in the US matched the glee that the Palestinian showed who they came out on streets on the fateful day of 9/11. The two images are still fresh in mind, one of gloom and despair in the US, the other of awe and glee in Palestine. It is not to condone the perpetrators of 9/11 but God alone knows, who was on the right side of the justice.
I agree with the view that no country has the right to violate the territorial sovereignty of another country; else, the rule of jungle will dominate, the strong will prevail over the weak and such unethical conduct may become the order of the day.
In case of the operation against the OBL, it was imperative that US government may have taken the Pakistan government into confidence and both jointly could have finished the job.
The other objectionable point is the clod-blooded murder of the OBL. As the story is he, the target was unarmed and offered little resistance, why he was not arrested? According to civilized norms, OBL should have been taken into custody by the Pakistani government, and then handed over to the US. A fair tail on his crimes could have decided his fate. However, not all this happened and what happed was beyond all civilized norms.
The other disgusting fact was the way OBL's body was handled is something nauseating. Again as the story is fed, OBL's body was literally thrown into the deep sea; because the US did not want his mortal remain to be left behind as that may make him a martyr and may become a rallying point. Its pity a civilized country can think such a way on such issues.
Once a person is dead all the animosity ceases to exist, the person is no more an enemy but reduced the status of a mere corpse. In the world of civilized people such corpse should have been disposed according to the deceased religious tents. But what was done was frightening, was it meant that way? Who was intimidate and with this will this cycle of intimidation may come to an end?
I suspect that OBL was he was mastermind behind the operation 9/11. A man who drinks water in a tin pot and looks more like a cleric and do not seem to posses any modern scientific knowledge, can be a mastermind of such a high profile operation like 9/11. Its myth that was created to satisfy the hurt feelings and in the process a Frankenstein monster was created.
There is no doubt, that OBL was an American baiter who poured his anger in words against the highhanded policies of the US against the Arab world. What he was saying not untrue as there remains seething anger that was aspiring to be canalized? OBL was a symbol of resistance against American hegemonic designs. There was nothing beyond it. His end does not solve the problem rather it aggravates them.
Is it a crime to oppose American policies and for doing so one may become an enemy of US. There is no dearth of US baiters in this world and will they all meet the OBL fate? Oh boy, where are we heading for?
To cut the long story short, the US created OBL and used him for the Afghan Jihad against the Soviets. In the process, it gave him the taste of its code of conduct. The man who held the US flag aloft on battlefield of the Great Game, and drove away the communists from Afghanistan was a disgruntled man at the end of the war.
The realization that the US policy of use individuals for its vested interests and dump them when the purpose is served made OBL a diehard US baiter. He started an organization that's committed to armed resistance against the US and it's this organization that represents a movement that maybe hard to contain.
It took long for the US to bottle up the Frankenstein monster that it had created. The cost of it is yet to be tabulated but suffice would be to say that a huge amount of men, material and firepower was lost in the process. To cap it all, it leaves behind a legacy that now flourishes in the minds of those who are opposed to the handed policies of the US in the world.
The big question is whether the US has bought peace by physically eliminating OBL. I have a feeling that the momentary rejoicing may be a recipe for sleepless nights in future. Such lessons of history are not forgotten and soon it may come to haunt the nation whose policy makers are basking in the glory of being the supreme power.
I feel OBL was a stupid guy. He may have shifted his base to US and lived there happily while his hunters may have been searching him elsewhere. He had enough resources to bribe through to the US mainland and get a new name identity. As clean-shaven, short hair man, wearing jeans and jacket and American cap, he could have started new life.
Was all this was possible? Well all this is flying the kite too far. Each of us is destined with over lives. How and when the end our life may come remains a mystery. Perhaps the end of OBL was destined that way and one has to be contended with that. As far as I am concerned OBL was not a hero, but then was he a villain, and if so, for whom and why?
[Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Journalist based in Chennai.
Posted: 06 May 2011 08:31 AM PDT
Organisers of a Christian meeting in Penang denied today allegations from pro-Umno bloggers that they were conspiring with the DAP to supplant Islam's position as the country's official religion in a bid to take over Putrajaya.
The heated religious rhetoric from before the April 16 Sarawak election appeared to have died down immediately after, only to flare up again this week as right-wing Malay groups sounded the alarm over the rising popularity of the Chinese-dominant DAP.
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF), together with partners Global Day of Prayer, Marketplace Penang and Penang Pastors Fellowship, said the claims against their community were lies and slammed the pro-Malay rights groups for driving a further wedge to create social disharmony in multicultural Malaysia apart from being seditious.
"The organiser vehemently denies such a claim as being unfounded and totally untrue aimed at creating division and social disharmony in multi-ethnic society of Malaysia and appears to be seditious," the Christian group said in a statement this evening.
"The so-called special convention this morning was in fact an unashamedly ethical marketplace seminar organised to discuss and address the issue of bribery and corruption in the marketplace and the Christians' contribution in addressing such issues. It has nothing to do with political succession," the organisers explained.
The group added that last night's dinner, mentioned in the blogs, was held to honour several pastors from Sarawak who were in Penang for the meeting.
"Such fellowship dinners are common amongst Christians and are part and parcel of the Christian custom of love and fellowship," it said.
Several pro-Malay rights blogs posted today articles charging the secular party of sedition for trying to change the country's laws to enable a Christian to be prime minister, pointing to a grainy photograph showing what they described to be a secret pact between the DAP and pastors at a hotel in Penang yesterday.
In a posting headlined "Agong under threat? DAP wants to make Christianity the official religion of Malaysia?" blogger Marahku (marahku.blogspot.com) accused DAP of trying to amend the federal constitution to allow a Christian to become prime minister.
"The whole point of changing the official religion is to allow a Christian to become prime minister of this country," the blogger said.
"In order to change the status of Islam as the official religion of Malaysia, they would not only have to change the constitution with a two-third majority but would also have to get the consent of the Agong, as head of Islam in Malaysia to demote it to second spot behind Christianity... I think the only way DAP is going to achieve this is by putting a gun to the Agung's head [sic]," he added.
On bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com, the writer claimed to have received a message that the DAP's Jeff Ooi had organised a dinner for pastors from Sarawak and overseas at the Red Rock Hotel on Jalan Macalister in Penang.
"Among the activities that night included the 35 pastors taking a group oath. They formed a circle and touched each other's shoulder and vowed in English to make Christianity the official religion of Malaysia and put a Christian Prime Minister in office," the anonymous writer said in his blog under the headline "Making Christianity the official religion?"
He also pointed to the same grainy picture he posted at the top of his blog page, which he had captioned "Partying pastors or pastors doing the party do and vow to have a Christian as Malaysian Prime Minister".
The blogger further alleged that the DAP had labelled the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition as an "anti-Christ agent" in the run-up to polls in Sarawak, showing the opposition party was "openly against BN on religious grounds and they are now making it their clarion call, their rabble rousing horn".
The blogger said it was a seditious and religiously-divisive statement that was never investigated by the police "or at least they did not tell us about any investigations on the matter".
He called on the authorities to investigate the allegations for sedition warning that if the authorities failed in their duty, the country may be "shattered again".
At the same time, the blogger sounded the battle cry to Malay-Muslims, urging them to "make a vow to defend the position of Islam as the official religion and the position of Malays as Bumiputra in their own homeland till the last man standing".
He said the community must stop making excuses because "as an Islamic country, Malaysia has been tolerant of all religious views as long as it does not encroach into Islam and in Sarawak where the Christian population is significantly larger than the Muslim community, there are more churches than mosques to reflect the situation".
Ooi, the Jelutong MP named in the articles, admitted that the picture posted in the blogs were authentic, but contested that he had organised the dinner, let alone led the Christian leaders in making a pledge to make Christianity the official creed.
"I'm not a Christian," he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.
He said the dinner had been organised by the Christian pastors, in recognition of the DAP team who had visited them while in Sarawak for the state election and that the prayer sessions — one before dinner and one at the end — was a usual part of their worship, and not a pledge as alleged.
He added the pastors had also prayed for his safety.
Ooi said he had told Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia the same thing when they called him for a response.
"I suspect the Special Branch has infiltrated the pastors... some of them didn't want to shake my hand," he told The Malaysian Insider, when asked how the photograph of the closed-door event made its way onto the websites.
"I'm not disturbed, I'm not concerned because bigdog didn't call me names," he added, when asked if he was worried it would be used against him and the DAP.
"But I think the Christians are," he said.
Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
Posted: 06 May 2011 08:27 AM PDT
Australia is 58 times bigger than Peninsular Malaysia. With a population of 21million and a government that answers to the people, Australia dare not take a bet that a Rare Earth Plant is worth its risk and investment. If Australia which is nearly 60 times bigger than Malaysia reject the setting up of a Rare Earth Plant, why would Malaysia 60 times smaller thinks it's all right to go ahead?
The USA has closed most of its mines, and so has China. In Mongolia, vast tracts of lands thousands of square kilometres are rendered hazardous, with toxic runoffs destroying everything in their path, with high radioactivity, tainting precious water supplies and this chain reaction will continue for thousands of years.
And all this is just from one small factory which has also been closed down. It is surrounded by partly frozen red-colored 'tailing lakes' up to a square mile in size and the land is scarred with toxic runoffs from the refining process and pock-marked with craters and trenches. Larger Rare-Earth refineries sit around the banks of the world's largest tailing lake, Baogang - seven square miles of evil-smelling toxic waste that shows the shocking extent of this industry's impact.
It is a scene that Chinese officials do not want the world to see. Several villages close to the lake have already been relocated because of pollution and security guards hired by the mining company.
And to think that Malaysia is building the world's largest Rare Earth Plant is truly madness of the highest order.
Even massive Australia balks
Australia with its massive land size, could site it many thousands of miles in the centre of Australia, far away from populated areas and still be shielded should an accident happens but it will not even dream of building one in the country itself. But Peninsular Malaysia would be dead meat if the inevitable happens. And to think that it could never happen is fool hardy. The Chernoybl meltdown was not supposed to happen and neither was the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan.
In the event of an accident the fallout could reach within an area of 80km radius, wiping out Kuantan, Pekan, Kemaman and most of the areas around Pahang and Terengganu. Long term the two states will be rendered useless and unliveable. It simply is illogical to site a Rare Earth Refinery so near to a large population and in such a small country.
Should there be an accident, the Peninsular will never be able to recover, and may even be sued by Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore And now that Australia with such a huge storage capacity would not allow the waste tailings to be reimported, shows Australia's determination to wash its hands off the matter.
With Australia's announcement that they will not accept our waste, what are we going to do it? Hide it in Taman Negara, on Gunung Tahan, or drop in the sea? Or try to sell it to another unsuspecting third world country? All the profits we make will not be enough to pay for the disposal of the highly toxic waste.
Malaysia in its stride to become a global economic powerhouse, should seriously weigh the pros and cons of the project. And anyhow we put it, the cons do outweigh the pros. It would be downright silly to even think that we can outwit nature.
The Pahang MB's threat to pull the plug on Gebeng with the loss of 20 thousand jobs, should the Rare Earth Plant be called off, is really a childish reaction and a very weak attempt to resolve the problem. And to allow 20,000 people to lose their jobs just because the people rejected this insane project, when the Rare Earth Plant should not be there in the first place, is unbelievable.
It is also preposterous that Officials from the EIA saw if fit to announce that a comprehensive EIA study was unnecessary, EIA was set up for the sole purpose of protecting the environment of the nation, and it is downright insulting of EIA to ignore the people and to side the Federal Government.
If the BN government does not take steps to settle this issue immediately, it will only cause the people to lose faith in the government. Already the Bukit Merah incident is a black mark, and our government should take steps that such an incident should never be allowed to happen again.
How can our government be fooled by this Orang Putih Foreigners who continues to insult our intelligence? When will we ever learn not to play with fire? In our relentless pursuit for the extra dollar, we continue to mess around with nature without thinking of its disastrous consequences.
Rare Earth belongs in the ground and It should never be dug up and refined in the first place. Just like nuclear fusion, it will cause a chain reaction that may one day cause the end of the world. Chernobyl and the Fukushima Reactor in Japan is a testament to that.
180 countries in the world cannot be wrong to reject such a dangerous project. There is simply no mitigation possible should an accident happen. Gebeng is also situated very near to the South China Sea and a Giant Tsunami generated from a simple earthquake cannot be discounted from its list of failsafe emergency procedures.
One day we may be the laughing stock of the world by our decision to lose a country for the sake of a Rare Earth project.
The risk is just too high. And it is simply not an option.
Posted: 06 May 2011 07:07 AM PDT
Reuters mendedahkan gambar-gambar penolong Osama Bin Laden yang dibunuh dan kalangan rumahnya selepas pembunuhannya...
Gambar menunjukkan keadaan di kalangan rumah yang dikatakan ditinggal oleh Osama bin Laden...
Gambar menunjukkan pemimpin yang dikatakan dekat dengan Osama b. Laden
Gambar dikatankan ditangkap oleh pengawal yang tiba di sana selepas operasi pembunuhanw. Beliau telah menjualkan gambar-gambar tersebut kepada Reuters. Namum, gambar yang menunjukkan kematian Osama tidak dijumpai. Dilaporkan Obama enggan mengumumkan gambar Osama kerana dikatakan gambar tersebut terlalu mengerikan dan untuk elak gambar tersebut dijadikan propaganda pengganas.
Gambar diambil dari http://www.reuters.com/subjects/bin-laden-compound
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Photos show three dead men at bin Laden raid house
(Reuters) - Photographs acquired by Reuters and taken about an hour after the U.S. assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan show three dead men lying in pools of blood, but no weapons.
The photos, taken by a Pakistani security official who entered the compound after the early morning raid on Monday, show two men dressed in traditional Pakistani garb and one in a t-shirt, with blood streaming from their ears, noses and mouths.
The official, who wished to remain anonymous, sold the pictures to Reuters.
None of the men looked like bin Laden. President Barack Obama decided not to release photos of his body because it could have incited violence and used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.
"I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk," Obama told the CBS program "60 Minutes."
Based on the time-stamps on the pictures, the earliest one was dated May 2, 2:30 a.m., approximately an hour after the completion of the raid in which bin Laden was killed.
Other photos, taken hours later at between 5:21 a.m. and 6:43 a.m. show the outside of the trash-strewn compound and the wreckage of the helicopter the United States abandoned. The tail assembly is unusual, and could indicate some kind of previously unknown stealth capability.
Reuters is confident of the authenticity of the purchased images because details in the photos appear to show a wrecked helicopter from the assault, matching details from photos taken independently on Monday.
U.S. forces lost a helicopter in the raid due to a mechanical problem and later destroyed it.
The pictures are also taken in sequence and are all the same size in pixels, indicating they have not been tampered with. The time and date in the photos as recorded in the digital file's metadata match lighting conditions for the area as well as the time and date imprinted on the image itself.
The close-cropped pictures do not show any weapons on the dead men, but the photos are taken in medium close-up and often crop out the men's hands and arms.
One photo shows a computer cable and what looks like a child's plastic green and orange water pistol lying under the right shoulder of one of the dead men. A large pool of blood has formed under his head.
A second shows another man with a streak of blood running from his nose across his right cheek and a large band of blood across his chest.
A third man, in a T-shirt, is on his back in a large pool of blood which appears to be from a head wound.
U.S. acknowledgment on Tuesday that bin Laden was unarmed when shot dead had raised accusations Washington had violated international law. The exact circumstances of his death remained unclear and could yet fuel controversy, especially in the Muslim world.
Pakistan faced national embarrassment, a leading Islamabad newspaper said, in explaining how the world's most-wanted man was able to live for years in the military garrison town of Abbottabad, just north of the capital.
Pakistan blamed worldwide intelligence lapses for a failure to detect bin Laden, while Washington worked to establish whether its ally had sheltered the al Qaeda leader, which Islamabad vehemently denies.
(Editing by Jon Boyle.)
Posted: 06 May 2011 06:32 AM PDT
The Chosen One (i.e. Ibrahim Ali), who says that Race Based Politics is here to stay. At least the Chosen One has picked a side. And if you recall, this wise man has not made any remarks so far, for people to soften their Hearts toward him. He is always saying the Right things to the Wrong people, and saying the Wrong things to the Right people. That is the mark of a true leader. He is a true hero of UMNO, and he is not even UMNO. Behind the lines, he is actually the one that is pulling the strings. All Hail the Chosen One!!
Even Dr M has chosen a side. He will go on fighting for what is right and for UMNO Baru. Through it all, the stage is set for the ultimate battle. Wise leaders will not always lend a helping hand, or offer words of advice. They work behind the scenes to sculpt the new landscape for our beloved country. One day they will forever be remembered as warriors, who fought for a future Malaysia,
So dear fellow Malaysians, have you chosen a side? Have your family and friends chosen their sides? Are you prepared for the impending General Election? Are you ready to exercise your right, to sculpt a new landscape for our homeland or maintain the status quo? Someone said, by not voting, you would have already voted. It doesn't matter who you decide to vote for, just that every vote determines the future of our children, and our children's children
If you ask us, of course we say please vote BN to preserve the status quo. Nothing has to change. Life will go back to normal. We promise no more racial flare-ups and any one that tries to disturb the peace, we will bundle them off to the ISA Kamunting camp.
We will still battle Corruption. Haven't you heard, that Muhyiddin has made it a jihad against corruption? That's how serious we are. If Pakatan Rakyat takes over the government, we fear that the corrupted ones will be given amnesty. We know who the corrupted ones are, and after the election we will go and catch every one of them.
It is a strange and conflicting emotion to celebrate a death. My professed beliefs include the redemption of evil and the potential good in all humanity. Yet I felt a sense of exhilaration when I read the headline "DEAD" about Osama bin Laden.
For the last 10 years Osama bin Laden has exemplified the absolute worst of religion. He was a fundamentalist and a zealot in his own belief and willing to kill those who believed differently; he recruited young people into his ranks by preying on their despair; and he carried out violence in the name of God. Through actions and belief, Osama bin Laden profaned the name of God and denigrated all people of faith.
Osama bin Laden never felt any remorse for his murderous ways and the heartbreak that trailed behind him. He viewed his actions as part of a struggle that allowed him to transcend any moral concerns. He and his followers routinely slaughtered the innocent. He was ruthless in using faith as a means to the very worst ends. To reiterate what the President said in his announcement of bin Laden's death: "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, he was a mass murderer of Muslims." His death is satisfying not only because of what he did, but because it prevents him from doing any more violence in the future in the name of religion.
When I think of UMNO I think of evil.
But I have to be careful in my celebrations of bin Laden's death. I was a chaplain at Columbia University during Sept. 11, 2001. Two days after the attacks, some of my students put on an art exhibit in response called Peace Kitchen. In one piece a student had put a film of bin Laden's face over a mirror so we saw our own face staring back at us through his. The point was not that there was equivalency between bin Laden and us, but to acknowledge that evil is not something that only exists outside of us that we can point to and kill once and for all. Evil doesn't work like that. All humans have the potential for grace, but we also all have the potential to sin and do evil. It is a tempting yet dangerous practice to look around the world for evil people and target them. That is just what Osama bin Laden thought he was doing. We must be vigilant that we do not become what we despise. We must be careful in the way we use religion and the name of God to further our own causes or to ever manipulate people into hate.
So, let us mute our celebrations. Let any satisfaction be grim and grounded in the foundation of justice for all who have suffered at bin Laden's bloody hands. And also justice for crimes against God — for using God as an instrument of terror and and promoting distrust between peoples of different religions and nations. Let us put bin Laden's body in the ground, and in doing so bury his disastrous and blasphemous religious legacy.
Ultimately, judgment is not ours to make. But I believe in a just God and I believe that Osama bin Laden, for all the talk of rewards in heaven, will not be enjoying his meeting with the God of Creation.
PKR's Zuraida Kamaruddin today accused Datuk Seri Najib Razak of harbouring a devious plan to wrest the country's richest state from Pakatan Rakyat (PR), after he urged the Selangor Umno to retake it by any means possible.
The Ampang MP warned Najib that Selangor PR's election machinery was battle-ready and prepared to take on Barian Nasional (BN) at any time.
"Again, I remind Najib, do not challenge us. We are ready to face the 13th general election at any time.
"We have prepared our election machinery and strengthened our line of defence to shield Selangor from the tyranny and oppression of Umno, in every possible way," she said in a statement today.
Zuraida, the Wanita PKR chief, was countering the prime minister's instruction to Selangor Umno last night to recapture the state with whatever "weapon was at their disposal".
"We must not allow our image to continue to be besmirched and wallow because of the defeat.
"We must bounce back with a renewed determination to redeem ourselves," the Umno president was quoted as saying on Bernama Online.
PR now holds 35 out of the 56 state seats in the Selangor assembly.
Zuraida said Najib's statement was a clear indication that the prime minister was ready to "play dirty" in order to recapture Selangor from PR.
"It clearly shows that he will play dirty to grab Selangor. I am confident he will use even worse tactics than what was used in Perak," she said.
Najib has been repeatedly accused by the opposition of having masterminded the power grab in Perak, resulting in state PR government being replaced by BN in 2009.
"Do not challenge us. Do not be a traitor to the people of Selangor. From his statement, it proves that Najib has become a desperado, going crazy over his intention to rule Selangor," said Zuraida.
She added that if Najib truly wanted to recapture Selangor and is brave enough to face the people, he should meet PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a debate.
"It can be held in my parliamentary constituency of Ampang and I will host it," she said.
Najib has turned down similar requests from the opposition to debate with Anwar on PR's 100-day reform promises in its Buku Jingga.
PAS vice president Datuk Mahfuz Omar has painted Barisan Nasional's (BN) Malay party as the greatest danger to the country, as he listed out why the Islamist party will not link forces with Umno.
"We are against Umno not because they are Umno, we are against the party because they are oppressive, they suppress the citizens, they are national robbers and they (Umno, and not its members) are public enemy No. 1," Mahfuz said in a statement today.
The senior PAS leader appeared to be responding to calls from those who want to see the two political arch-foes link up and become a united front for the Malay-Muslim community.Recently, Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas agreed to join up and battle Israel to free their homeland.Mahfuz noted that Malaysia's Malay-Muslim politics have been compared to the latest political development in the Middle East, with some questioning why Umno and PAS could not do the same.Mahfuz said that Hamas only agreed to unite with Fatah for the sole aim of freeing Palestine from Israel's oppressive colonisation."How can PAS unite with Umno when it is Umno that is oppressing Malaysian citizens?" he argued."How can we PAS unite with those that practise a corrupt culture, who practice a gangster-like political culture and make fun of Allah's laws?" he added.
The Pokok Sena MP challenged Umno to amend the Federal Constitution and other laws to return oil royalty payments to Kelantan and Terengganu, which had been halted after the BN lost the states.Kelantan is suing national oil company Petronas for millions in outstanding oil royalties owed to the state since 1975.The five per cent royalty payment to Terengganu was indirectly resumed in 2004, as "goodwill payments", after BN returned to power there.Mahfuz also dared Umno to set up royal panels to investigate several multimillion ringgit scandals, such as the Scorpene submarine purchase; the Bumiputera equity issue; outflows from oil and gas revenue; and the death of senior Customs man, Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamad, while in the custody of national graftbusters last month."If Umno is honest, it will present these constitutional and legal amendments," he said.The PAS lawmaker said in the meantime, his party will continue to push through its agenda to amend the Constitution and the country's laws to ensure the judiciary is truly independent and the Attorney General is accountable to Parliament.He also recommended that federal agencies, namely the Election Commission, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Registrar of Societies, be placed under Parliament's watch, together with an Independent Police Complaints and Misconducts Commission (IPCMC) recommended by a previous royal panel.Mahfuz said PAS's struggle was "to bring back the Supremacy of Parliament that had been neglected by Umno/BN since Independence"
Posted: 06 May 2011 06:50 AM PDT
Dato Seri Najib berkata yang UMNO akan melakukan segala-galanya dan apa jua caranya untuk menawan kembali negeri Selangor dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang. Ramai yang menghubungi saya untuk bertanya maksud 'at all costs' yang disebut oleh PM Najib itu.
Adakah PM Najib memberi isyarat yang cara yang dikatakannya itu tidak dibatasi oleh undang-undang dan etika demokrasi? Saya menjawab, "manalah saya tahu. Takkan orang pencen yang duduk di rumah sahaja boleh mengetahui apa yang akan dilakukan oleh Najib bagi UMNO kembali ke Selangor untuk memerintah".
Kalau dikira dari sudut matematiknya UMNO amat sukar untuk mendapatkan kembali negeri terkaya itu. Kita perlu mengkaji sebab yang menyebabkan UMNO Selangor itu rebah semasa pilihanraya yang lalu. Selangor memang sebelum ini merupakan kubu kuat BN khususnya UMNO dan tidak siapa pun terfikir yang UMNO akan mengalami kekalahan dalam mana-mana pilihanraya.
Dalam keadaan itu sekali pun kita telah menyaksikan UMNO tumpas dalam pilihanraya 2008 yang lalu dan hilang kuasa mentadbir negeri itu di tangan Pakatan Rakyat. Selalunya jika sesebuah parti memerintah kerajaan negeri, parti pemerintah itu susah untuk digulingkan kerana 'networking' yang terbina itu akan menjadi mantap dari masa kesemasa.
Kerajaan negeri selalunya akan menguasai pengaruh pemikiran rakyat di setiap kampong melalui JKKK yang merupakan struktor pentadbiran yang terendah di dalam sistem kerajaan kita. Tentunya rakyat yang kesemuanya ditadbir oleh JKKK ini akan menerima segala bentuk bantuan pembangunan kerajaan negeri kerana JKKK inilah saluran bantuan kepada rakyat akan disampaikan oleh kerajaan negeri.
Mahu tidak mahu kerajaan negeri Selangor telah menunjukan prestasi yang agak lebih baik dari apa yang diusahakan oleh kerajaan yang terdahulu. Jika kita lupakan isu politik partisan, maksud saya lupakan bab UMNO atau PR, Khalid Ibrahim merupakan Menteri Besar yang lebih berdedikasi dari MB-MB yang terdahulu. Jika kita dengar isu keburukan Khalid ia selalunya dinyanyikan oleh kumpulan politik yang bertentangan semata-mata untuk mendapatkan perhatian rakyat.
Satu perkara lagi yang menjadi perhitungan rakyat ramai ialah tentang momokan terhadap PR yang dimainkan oleh media perdana sejak berdekad-dekad dahulu yang tidak ada parti selain dari UMNO mampu memerintah sudah jelas tidak diterima rakyat lagi kerana momokan itu sudah terbukti meleset dari pandangan rakyat. Parti-parti pembangkang sekarang semua ada pengalaman memerintah sejak pilihanraya 2008 yang lalu dan nyata momokan terhadap PR sebelum ini tidak boleh lagi dijadikan isu oleh UMNO dan BN sekarang ini.
Kalau ada pun isu yang dimainkan oleh UMNO terhadap kerajaan PR Selangor ia hanyalah isu-isu yang dicari dan dibelek untuk diisukan seperti orang mencari kutu dalam rambut. Segala isu-isu remeh akan ditimbulkan untuk diskredit kerajaan negeri itu khusunya terhadap MBnya sebagai cara mendapatkan kembali pentadbiran kerajaan negeri itu selepas pilihanraya yang akan datang.
Yang menjadi perhatian sekarang siapa yang akan menerajui Selangor jika BN mengambil alih? Khir Toyo atau Noh Omar atau pun Mohd Zain Mohammed? Ramai berpendapat yang jika salah seorang dari nama ini dijadikan ketua untuk membawa perubahan di negeri Selangor, BN tidak akan mendapat sokongan kerana mereka bukanlah 'material' untuk membawa perubahan.
Mereka merupakan pemimpin-pemimpin yang telah membawa masalah kepada negeri itu yang menyebabkan BN tersembam di dalam pilihanraya yang lalu. Bagaimana pula mereka pula yang hendak membawa perubahan? Jika ini lah orang-orangnya yang akan dinamakan sebagai pengganti kepada kerajaan sekarang maka adalah tidak salah jika kita anggapkan yang ia akan terhempas sebelum terbang.
Rakyat sentiasa bertanya jika mereka yang telah merosakan sistem politik negeri itu bagaimana pula mereka yang kehadapan kononnya untuk memperbaiki keadaan yang dituduh sebagai tidak baik. Ada seorang rakan saya berkata, "If you want to damage the state give it to UMNO to rule, if you want to make it worse give it to UMNO to repair".
UMNO, kepada rakyat khususnya rakyat Selangor telah melihat bukti yang semasa memerintah negeri itu banyak ketidak telusan pimpinan di lihat oleh rakyat maka itulah sebab yang besar kenapa rakyat memilih pembangkang dalam pilihanraya yang lalu. Sekarang puak ini jugalah yang sedang berusaha untuk mengambil alih kerajaan Selangor.
Kita akui, didalam politik segala kemungkinan boleh berlaku tetapi kemungkinan itu tentulah beralaskan kepada situasi yang boleh diambil kira dengan tepat. Bagi Selangor kemungkinannya ada tetapi ia amat tipis selagi tidak ditentukan siapa yang akan menerajui kerajaan jika diberi mandat oleh rakyat.
Selain dari itu isu nasional juga memainkan peranan yang penting dalam penentuan samada Selangor mampu ditawan oleh BN. Isu video seks jelas menjadi 'counter productive' bagi BN. Rakyat menjadi mual dengan isu itu diperbesarkan dengan keterlaluan. Ini yang BN gagal untuk memahaminya.
Buat masa ini saya secara peribadi lebih cenderung untuk melihat UMNO memusatkan tumpuannya kepada negeri-negeri lain yang masih dikuasainya agar negeri-negeri itu tidak hilang dari genggaman parti lawan.
Ramai pendapat umum bahawa N Sembilan, Pahang dan Trengganu adalah negeri-negeri yang keberangkalian akan kalah adalah besar. Isu yang terbesar bagi ketiga-tiga buah negeri ini adalah sama; iaitu isu kepimpinan Menteri Besar mereka.
Ramai bertanya kenapalah ketiga MB ini masih berada di Pejabat Menteri Besar sedangkan pilihanraya sudah hampir tiba. Tetapi kalau rakyat menolak nanti, rakyat dan parti pembangang juga dipersalahkan.
UMNO tidak pernah bersalah. Yang lain semuanya bersalah termasuk mereka yang mengkritik untuk memperbaiki parti itu.
Posted: 06 May 2011 06:25 AM PDT
Hishammuddin Hussein made good stinging remarks about the Pakatan Rakyat pact by saying the DAP can and will replace Pas as a prominent Opposition party by the next national poll, and the fact that the latter failed in Sarawak state election last month was due to its inability to spread wings to the East Malaysian state.
DAP too, according to the Umno Vice President cum Home Minister takes Pas for a free ride in order to improve its position in Sarawak, and soon in the general elections.
Many agree, and so do I. Pas is turned into a vehicle by DAP leadership like Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh dan Lim Guan Eng to pursue its politics of racism. Indeed, Pas is the right stooge for DAP when its spiritual leader Nik Aziz agreed to Guan Eng's disapproval of Islamic function such as the Maulidur Rasul.
"Pas is responsible for throwing itself to DAP. Pas is responsible for the disunity of the Malays. Pas is also the main reason for breaking up the Muslims... and this kind of politics is not suitable to the Malays and to Malaysians at large."
Hisham said this when officiating Pasir Puteh Umno division meeting today. He also turned a crowd puller when about 2,000 people attended it at Sekolah Menengah Kamil. And for the first time in many years, I am impressed with his speech.
Being the only Kelantan Umno Division meeting he agreed to officiate (he will be in Jerteh and Marang, Terengganu tomorrow), Pasir Puteh division is perhaps among the largest in the country, with 228 branches.
And having to officiate a grand division like this, it needs a real Umno leader to handle it, and Hisham in some ways managed to woo strong support for the party and for Barisan Nasional.
The last time I listened to such a punchy speech (not only from Hisham but from other Umno top leaders) was years ago. Nope, I am not standing by his balls as you need to be there to access him (not once but in many occasions).
His 'DAP will replace Pas' is also a warning to the Malays outside Umno that what DAP is doing now might lead to the demise of Pas if the latter loses it, and before it happens, Pas members and leaders should reconsider their political position with Pakatan Rakyat.
Posted: 06 May 2011 02:31 AM PDT
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Indian Muslims are not aloof from the global Muslim community which is feeling the brunt of a crisis from within. They suffer from an identity crisis in spiritual, social and political spheres. Muslim intellectuals today follow western modules in order to pretend that they are secular and liberal. On the other hand, Muslim clergy fails to give weightage to changed times, conditions and social realities while pronouncing edicts – opinion – fatwas – on issues of social importance while Muslim politicians are not only busy safeguarding their petty interests but also feel shy to actively take up the case of the community to which they belong. Most of the time, the only common thread between all of them is a visionsless approach to deal with a crisis.
Within the Sunni Muslim tradition, Hanafi is one of four "schools of law" and considered the oldest and most liberal school of law. Hanafi is one of the four schools of thought (madhabs / Maddhab) of religious jurisprudence (fiqh) within Sunni Islam. Named for its founder, the Hanafi school of Imam Abu Hanifa, it is the major school of Iraqi Sunni Arabs. It makes considerable use of reason or opinion in legal decisions. Sunni Hanafi creed is essentially non-hierarchial and decentralized, which has made it difficult for 20th century rulers to incorporate its religious leaders into strong centralized state systems.
The Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence was founded by Abu Hanifa, born in Kufa, Iraq about A.D.700. He was one of the earliest Muslim scholar-interpreters to seek new ways of applying Islamic tenets to everyday life. In his lifetime Abu Hanifa was disgraced, called ignorant, inventor of new beliefs, hypocrite and kafir. He was imprisoned and poisoned. He died in 150 A.H. [circa 767-768 C.E.]. Abu Hanifa's interpretation of Muslim law was extremely tolerant of differences within Muslim communities. He also separated belief from practice, elevating belief over practice. Hanafi took Shafi as his rival and vice versa.
Most of the Hanafi school follows al-Maturidi in doctrine. Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Mahmud Abu Mansur al-Samarqandi al-Maturidi al-Hanafi (d. 333) of Maturid in Samarqand, Shaykh al-Islam, was one of the two foremost Imams of the mutakallimûn of Ahl al-Sunna. He was known in his time as the Imam of Guidance (Imâm al-Hudâ). The majority of the Taliban are Maturidis.
Broad-minded without being lax, this school appeals to reason (personal judgment) and a quest for the better. It is generally tolerant and the largest movement within Islam. The Hanafi school is known for its liberal religious orientation that elevates belief over practice and is tolerant of differences within Muslim communities.
A sectarian dispute in the United States was transformed into a mass hostage taking by Hanafi Muslims in Washington, DC in 1977. The Hanafi Movement in the United States was founded by Hamas Abdul Khaalis in 1968. Khaalis, formerly Ernest 2X McGee, had been the Nation of Islam's first National Secretary and a friend of Malcolm X. He had converted to orthodox Islam and founded the Hanafi Movement with money donated by Kareem Abdul-Jabar. On 09 March 1977, Khaalis and about a dozen of his followers armed with shotguns and machetes seized control of seized the District Building [city hall], the B'nai B'rith building, and the Islamic Center, in the District of Columbia. Khaalis said they were seeking revenge for the murders of Khaalis' family members by Black Muslims in 1973. They held 134 hostages for more than 39 hours, they shot Washington DC city councilman Marion Barry in the chest, and they shot a radio reporter dead. The standoff ended and the hostages were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations. The Hanafis were convicted and sentenced to long terms in prison.
Hanafi scholars refuse to control a human religious or spiritual destiny, and refuse to give that right to any human institution. Among the Hudud crimes, those crimes against God, blasphemy is not listed by the Hanafis. Hanafis concluded that blasphemy could not be punished by the state. The state should not be involved in deciding God-human relationships. Rather, the state should be concerned only with the violation of human rights within the jurisdiction of the human affairs and human relationships.
Notwithstanding their common heritage from Imam Abu Hanifah, the scholars belonging to the Hanafi madhhab are divided in the Barelvi and the Deobandi school, and these two schools have different attitude toward Wahhabism.
The Sunni Hanafi school is dominant in the Arab Middle East, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The followers of Imam Abu Hanifa (d. 767) are found in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, China, North Africa, Egypt, and in the Malay Archipelago. The school is followed by the majority of the Muslim population of Turkey, Albania, the Balkans, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India and Iraq. Most of the Kyrgyz are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi school. Ethnic Kazakhs, who constitute approximately one half of the national population, historically are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi School. Ethnic Uzbeks, Uyghurs, and Tatars, comprising less than 10 percent of the population, also largely are Sunni Hanafi. Other Islamic groups, which account for less than 1 percent of the population of Kazakhstan, include Shafit Sunni (traditionally practiced by Chechens), Shiite, Sufi, and Akhmadi.
Sunni are found throughout Afghanistan. An estimated 84% of Afghanistan's population is Sunni, following the Hanafi school of jurisprudence; the remainder is predominantly Shi'a, mainly Hazara. In March 2003 Ayatollah Mohammad Asef Mohseni, leader of the predominantly Shia Harakat-e Islami-yi Afghanistan, proposed that, along with the Sunni Hanafi school of jurisprudence, the Shia Ja'fari school of jurisprudence be included in the new constitution as an official sect.
The recent fatwa issued by the Islamic seminary of Deoband in India on the issue of working Muslim women says "it is unlawful for Muslim women to do any job in government or private institutions that entails men and women working together and women having to talk to men without the veil." It created a storm not only in the national media but also within the Muslim community and has given another excuse to the detractors of the Muslim community to attack the fundamentals of Islam.
The fatwa came in response to a querry which said, "Can Muslim women in India do government or private jobs? Shall their salary be halal or haram or prohibited?"
Common Muslims are confused and seem to be lost between Islamic luminaries on one side and ultra secularists and media on the other. The national media flashed the news that an Islamic seminary has decreed that "it is 'haram' and illegal according to the Sharia for a family to accept a woman's earnings", inspite of the fact that the seminary had responded only to the first part of the query and kept silent about the other part for reasons best known to the mufti.
Almost all national dailies and major news channels carried the news prominently and it received wide attention and condemnation by every Tom, Dick and Harry of the secular tribe without verifying the contents of the fatwa in its totality.
After verifying the contents, I was confused as others too may have been, as nowhere in the fatwa, the clerics have quoted any Hadith or Quranic injunction to substantiate their ruling. Moreover, the fatwa concludes with a rider: "Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) knows best" which relieved me to some extent because, yes, it is the Almighty alone who knows the best and not men who respond to social issues with a religious brush without clear references from Islamic scriptures.
No practicing Muslim would disagree that in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society like India, every Muslim – man as well as woman, must guard his/her modesty. Do the revered clerics doubt the integrity of the Muslim women? Unfortunately, the fatwa is giving that impression which is contrary to the basic tenets of Islam which do not discriminate between man and woman.
It is not the Indian Islamic seminaries alone which issue such contentious religious edicts. In the recent past, a Malaysian Islamic scholar issued a fatwa prohibiting the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims in Malaysia. During a recent visit to Malaysia, I tried to understand the views of a highly respectable politician. I was not impressed by his response that "Malaysia is not in the Arab peninsula. We have a different culture and the argument by those who have given and support the fatwa needs to be understood in the right context." How can one justify the appropriation of of Allah (God) by Muslims? And if this is correct, there should be one answer for this applicable to the whole Muslim world
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Posted: 06 May 2011 07:46 AM PDT
The cops are whining about their image being tarnished - by the internet, of all things.
Do they really think that people are so stupid to overlook their grave incompetence and bias?
- putting up roadblocks during almost every demonstration. The police are responsible for the bad traffic, not the protestors.
- allowing UMNO-friendly demonstrations but arresting anti-government protestors.
- killing detainees under their custody.
- shooting unarmed boys and pregnant women.
- investigating Opposition politicians for what they do in their private lives.
- being unable to solve crimes involving kidnapped and murdered children.
The list is endless.
Posted: 06 May 2011 12:54 AM PDT
Desi would have been proud to reproduce a post from his site -- does/did Hantu Laut have olde or new media background, I wonder? But I advise you visit him at hantulautan.blogspot.com as it cometh with some videos which are important to the story!:) TITLED:
Those Awfully Lazy And Stupid Reporters
Friday, May 6, 2011
I left my humble Comment there/dare about 10minutes ago, viz:
"Dear SM dan Pak Zawi:
I beg to differ with your views. I know from experience there are in MSM brave reporters who practise professional journalism. Because of the "bodekism" culutre prevalent in the Malaysian workplace, the true professionals don't get promoted, while ball carriers who rise to GEIC posts can hardly boast of good writing (their original English copies have to be well edited; otherwise, tak boleh pakai lah:(
Now think WHY an NUJ Prez like Hata Wahari would be sacked by his employer/Utusuan Malaysia when any "educated" employe would have been proud of their worker sitting in such an "esteemed" position related to promoting Journalists' welfare and rights, No?
BTW, I had had served 30plus years in both MSM and online newspapers, also a stint in diplomatic PR/media, but now free lancing which is a struggle because some parttime "employers" really believe you are there to provide them "free" writing services! ~~ YL, Desi"
Posted: 05 May 2011 11:46 PM PDT
Or you could charge RM20 million (S$8.5m) for services rendered. That's precisely what Shazryl Eskay Abdullah did when he helped Merong Mahawangsa Sdn Bhd to procure a contract said to be worth RM2 billion to build the 'crooked bridge' to replace the causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore. The project was announced by former PM Mahathir Mohamad in 2003, but was subsequently canned by his successor Abdullah Badawi in 2006.
Eskay filed a suit against the company and its executive director Datuk Yahya Jalil in 2002 claiming breach of contract for failing to pay him the RM20 remuneration after he had secured the contract for the company and RM640m in foreign funding for the project.
I quote from the Straits Times: "The case of the crooked bridge has thrown a spotlight on how the Malaysian government awards major projects." The reports confirm what people already know - that if you have connections with people in high places, you are in a vantage position to leverage on those connections for personal gain.
Apparently Eskay had told Yahya that he had good relations with high-ranking government officials, and could set up meetings for Yahya with then Finance Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to discuss the project, and also with Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub's family.
Here's what the judge said that was not reported in The Star article:
"While the practice of awarding contracts to selected individuals and corporations without calling for open and public tenders was irregular and not transparent, it was not necessarily illegal. Awarding projects which involve large contract sums must no doubt be carried out through public open tenders and not through private arrangements or by using the influence of ministers and political leaders for personal gain or benefit. The object of building the bridge between Malaysia and Singapore must necessarily be for the good of the people and should not merely be to confer benefits on a certain class or group of people who have the knack of having connections with high-level politicians."
He did qualify his statement by saying that in Eskay's case, "participation was done in a transparent manner, through correspondence with the Economic Planning Unit." Well, which is it? Was Eskay's service legal or illegal? I guess the judge wants us to draw our own conclusion
If the name Eskay sounds familiar, it's the same guy involved in the controversial Anwar sex video scandal that's currently dominating the headlines. Talk about over-exposure in the media!
Posted: 05 May 2011 11:30 PM PDT
Bagi sesiapa yang tidak biasa pergi Parlimen, ada satu bilik rihat yang disediakan untuk ahli-ahli Parlimen. Bilik rehat itu merupakan tempat di mana AP pembangkang, Backbencher dan Konsensus Bebas duduk dalam keadaan santai. Taklah bergaduh macam zoo yang dilihat dalam TV.
Bilik rehat itu menyediakan makanan dan minuman ringan. Adalah kueh-kueh dan best sekali kadang-kadang ada ubi rebus.
Disebelahan bilik rihat tersebut, ada kawasan yang dianggap bilik "tidak rasmi" Dato Shahrir Samad. Bila dia tidak berada dalam Dewan dan masih mahu mengikuti sidang, disitulah dia lepak sambil bersembang dan jumpa dengan sesiapa yang dia ingin jumpa.
Kalau Menteri-Menteri, mereka suka lepak di kawasn sebelahan Dewan Negara. Tapi ada satu hari, Tan Sri Muhyuddin, Lim Guan Eng dan Nizar Jamaluddin duduk sama-sama sambil menikmati ubi rebus cecah sambal tumis. Mereka bincang-bincang pasal politik.
Muhyiddin: Tahniah YAB for good showing in Sarawak.Guan Eng dan Muhyiddin sama-sama ketawa. Nizar diam aje.
Nizar: Kita perlu serius dalam hal pilihanraya kerana ia adalah proses hak rakyat yang perlu dihormati dan disanjungi sebagai salah satu proses demokrasi. Tak boleh ketawa-ketawa. Sudah sampai masanya penentu tarikh pilihanraya tidak ditentukan oleh parti pemerintahMuhyiddin dan Guan Eng ketawa. Dah beberapa ketika, Nizar baru faham jenaka yang bari disebut, lalu ketawa.
Guan Eng: Tan Sri ... sini Pakatan Rakyat ada advantage. Bila bulan datang, dajjal mata lebam boleh cari China Doll.Muhyiddin dan Guan Eng ketawa. Nizar diam tak faham ....
Posted: 05 May 2011 11:19 PM PDT
The full report HERE.
What-da-ya-know … and here' s an interesting comment from the same news report. Perhaps this person knows something we don't? Does she make absolute sense, you think?
Tagged: medical marijuana
Posted: 05 May 2011 10:53 PM PDT
Outrage over non-prosecution of PC Harwood puts establishment on the defensive, notes Jim Gilbert
The Guardian obtained this footage of Ian Tomlinson at a G20 protest in London, shortly before he died. It shows Tomlinson, who was not part of the demonstration, being assaulted from behind and pushed to the ground by baton-wielding policeLink to this video
Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the man who died at last week's G20 protests in London was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton–wielding police officer in riot gear.
Moments after the assault on Ian Tomlinson was captured on video, he suffered a heart attack and died.
The Guardian has handed a dossier of evidence to the police complaints watchdog.
It sheds new light on the events surrounding the death of the 47-year-old newspaper seller, who had been on his way home from work when he was confronted by lines of riot police near the Bank of England.
The submission to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) includes a collection of testimonies from witnesses, along with the video footage, shot at around 7.20pm, which shows Tomlinson at Royal Exchange Passage.
The film reveals that as he walks, with his hands in his pockets, he does not speak to the police or offer any resistance.
A phalanx of officers, some with dogs and some in riot gear, are close behind him and try to urge him forward.
A Metropolitan police officer appears to strike him with a baton, hitting him from behind on his upper thigh.
Moments later, the same policeman rushes forward and, using both hands, pushes Tomlinson in the back and sends him flying to the ground, where he remonstrates with police who stand back, leaving bystanders to help him to his feet.
The man who shot the footage, a fund manager from New York who was in London on business, said: "The primary reason for me coming forward is that it was clear the family were not getting any answers."
The Guardian's dossier also includes a sequence of photographs, taken by three different people, showing the aftermath of the attack, as well as witness statements from people in the area at the time.
A number of witnesses provided time and date-stamped photographs that substantiate their accounts.
Some said they saw police officers attack Tomlinson.
Witnesses said that, prior to the moment captured on video, he had already been hit with batons and thrown to the floor by police who blocked his route home.
One witness, Anna Branthwaite, a photographer, described how, in the minutes before the video was shot, she saw Tomlinson walking towards Cornhill Street.
"A riot police officer had already grabbed him and was pushing him," she said.
"It wasn't just pushing him – he'd rushed him. He went to the floor and he did actually roll. That was quite noticeable.
"It was the force of the impact. He bounced on the floor. It was a very forceful knocking down from behind. The officer hit him twice with a baton when he was lying on the floor.
"So it wasn't just that the officer had pushed him – it became an assault.
"And then the officer picked him up from the back, continued to walk or charge with him, and threw him.
"He was running and stumbling. He didn't turn and confront the officer or anything like that."
The witness accounts contradict the official version of events given by police.
In an official statement on the night of Tomlinson's death, the Metropolitan police made no reference to any contact with officers and simply described attempts by police medics and an ambulance crew to save his life after he collapsed – efforts they said were marred by protesters throwing missiles as first aid was administered .
The force said officers had created a cordon around Tomlinson to give him CPR.
"The officers took the decision to move him as during this time a number of missiles – believed to be bottles – were being thrown at them," it said.
Yesterday, the IPCC began managing an investigation by City of London police into the circumstances of Tomlinson's death after the Guardian published photographs of him on the ground and witness statements indicated he had been assaulted by police officers.
The IPCC commissioner for London, Deborah Glass, said: "Initially, we had accounts from independent witnesses who were on Cornhill, who told us that there had been no contact between the police and Mr Tomlinson when he collapsed."
"However, other witnesses who saw him in the Royal Exchange area have since told us that Mr Tomlinson did have contact with police officers.
"This would have been a few minutes before he collapsed. It is important that we are able to establish as far as possible whether that contact had anything to do with his death."
The IPCC added that Tomlinson was captured on CCTV walking onto Royal Exchange Passage.
"This is the aspect of the incident that the IPCC is now investigating," it said.
It was here the video was shot. A post mortem carried out by a Home Office pathologist last Friday revealed Tomlinson died of a heart attack.
Prior to seeing the dossier of evidence, Tomlinson's family said in a statement: "There were so many people around where Ian died, and so many people with cameras, that somebody must have seen what happened in the Royal Exchange passageway.
"We need to know what happened there and whether it had anything to do with Ian's death.
"We know that some people who were at the protest may not feel comfortable talking to the police.
"People are putting pictures on the internet, writing on blogs and talking to journalists. But we really need them to talk to the people who are investigating what happened."
A popular Hindi film dialogue blamed an innocuous mosquito for robbing a man of his masculinity. Similarly, it was an apparently plain paper application that ended up robbing a bhai's bhaigiri. Though there was a controversy about who was behind the action, the end result seemed to be devastating for the Nagpur's sole surviving so-called don Santosh Ambekar.
Slapped with stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) thrice, Ambekar managed to wriggle out of the accusations in two cases while the last one is pending before the court. While Ambekar seemed to be gearing up to clear his name of MCOCA charges for the third time, the former gangster also tried for an image makeover by floating an organization for protection of human rights.
Meanwhile, Ambekar also showed up at a few election rallies of his political mentors during the last assembly election. He also made a brief but tumultuous guest appearance at university law college's annual student fest. At the law college programme, the former gangster offered his valuable insight into law from his own legal tussles with the prosecution to guide the future judges and advocates about judicial system of our country.
Every thing seemed to be going great for Ambekar until a realtor's wife stepped onto his toes by sending an application against him to former police chief Praveen Dixit, who is now principal secretary (home), at Mantralaya.
The applicant had highlighted how Ambekar had kidnapped and threatened her husband for Rs 45 lakh. The application not only sent Ambekar behind the bars, it also laid bare his political patronage leading to the exposure of a senior politician's role behind his growing stature. If the cops conduct their probe in a fair manner, the name of a reputed hotelier too is likely to be dragged into the controversy.
With a section of the media going hammer and tongs against Ambekar's political affiliation, the image of this politician from north Nagpur seemed to have come under scanner. The complainant specifically mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR) at Tehsil police station that former gangster was emboldened by the politician's patronage. With his alleged proximity to a Mumbai-based don, Ambekar seemed to have been shaping up his post-release career blending politics with muscle power. He seemed to be preparing for a career in politics with big cut-outs and banners on roads of Itwari where he called the shots under the nose of the cops along with occasional surfacing at public functions.
Ambekar's sprawling under-construction bungalow in Itwari too seemed to be adding to his stature. An Itwari resident said that he was surprised how a man who spent nine years behind bars can come out of jail and start constructing a lavish bungalow. "There was a long line of cars in the lane when Ambekar threw a bash," said an Itwari resident. He recalled how a constable had been deputed to note down the registration numbers of the cars.
Ambekar had also just started to drop names of senior politicians along with senior police officers at public places when his game ended. As the complaint brought the curtains down on Ambekar's dream to make it big, the city cops have started a campaign for the credit clipping the wings of the former goon who had once left city jewellers sleepless.
A source close to the realtor Rovish Chouriya added another twist to the controversy by stating that no such application was sent to the city police in the first place. "We had sent the application to Mumbai. Who said we sent them an application to the city cops," a source close to Chouriya family asked.
'An allegedly crooked man claiming compensation from a crooked project hatched by a crooked PM to build a crooked bridge.'
Court throws out Eskay's RM20 mil claim
Gerard Samuel Vijayan: The judge should be commended for his wise words and timely reminder to the government. This is how Umno has done business for decades starting with the 'great' Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In his obsession to create a super-rich Malay business community, the government was directed to award huge public projects under closed or negotiated tenders to cronies of the party. In return the party got funding and some of its leaders at division and branch level got lucrative sub-contracts and supply contracts.
In some cases, even these went to crony companies of ministers and their families. The majority of Class F bumiputera contractors got nothing as most jobs went to Class A or B contractors. So the Malay agenda was served by the vesting of wealth and status on a select few.
Of course over the years, most of these elite instant Malay millionaires and billionaires went bust or had to be bailed out using public funds, including Mahathir's sons. These practices continue under Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Disgusted: This is what NEP is all about to Umnoputras. Easy money by way of getting plum contracts without open tenders allotted to their RM2 company and then farm it out for commissions and then laugh their way to the bank to enjoy the bounty whilst the rest of the rakyat break their backs to make a living in the tough business environment or merely earn wages which barely keeps them above water (because of the prices of everything going up exponentially) and pay taxes.
Abil: Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, now I understand your sandiwara against Anwar Ibrahim, your claim that it was Anwar in the sex video and your alleged role in the production and exhibition of the video, is all to somehow influence the courts to favour you in this case, since you are doing a great favour to fix Anwar, who is an anathema to the present government.
Anonymous_1a1d: Eskay claimed RM20 million in commission fees for crooked bridge? No wonder the High Court dismissed his suit against Merong Mahawangsa.
Not to forget, RM534.8 million in commissions for the Scorpene submarines. What about other mega-projects? It bleeds my heart to know such deals are real in Malaysia!
If these commissions can be channeled towards real economic values, such as better infrastructures and agriculture developments in the rural areas, Malaysia will be more developed than Singapore.
Docs: An allegedly crooked man claiming compensation from a crooked project hatched by a crooked PM to build a crooked bridge. This pretty much sums up Umno politics – you need to be crooked to get ahead.
Teoh chose death before dishonour, says MACC lawyer
Anonymous_40ca: TBH's (Teoh Beng Hock) death was because MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) officers were negligent in their duties. Instead of keeping an eye on TBH, these morons were wanking in their pants with pornographic materials in their laptop.
And to blame the death on a dead person who cannot speak back, what a convenient accusation.
Singa Pura Pura: Yes, that is so true. Some of us lawyers would chose 'dishonour before death'. But thank Allah, not all of us are like that.
Myop101: MACC lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, you think this is a gang war is it? Death before dishonour, my foot. You are relying on hearsay, not facts.
Going by your argument, I should expect a few MACC officers jumping off the building now for dishonouring the commission for watching porn during working hours using government resources.
Why aren't they doing that? Is it because they don't have pride and dignity?
Cala: Shafee, please don't be ridiculous. No one would buy your crap for telling that the late TBH would choose to end his life in order to protect his superior for whatever reason.
First, there is no proof that Selangor exco Ean Yong Hian Wah (TBH's boss) or TBH had done anything improper. Second, whatever the issue was, the sum in contention was a paltry RM2,400. Tell me, does it make any sense to take one's life?
On the other hand, if we assume that TBH had been harshly treated by the Selangor MACC boys, an act which could well happen in view of their past mannerism and habit of mistreating any suspect or witness alike, then a poor TBH might have a disoriented mind that might cause him to think irrationally.
Hence, is it not in the interest of RCI and MACC lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah to address this possibility (of Selangor MACC's questionable treatment of suspects and witnesses)?
Meenakumari: Please don't create more anger. Suicide for a paltry sum. It's not like the billions of ringgit involving the PKFZ (Port Klang Free Zone) project.
Good lord. It's not easy for a straight man to commit suicide. Even drug peddlers facing the death sentence don't try to take their life – they fight to free themselves till the last day. Moreover, Teoh is about to get married and his fiancee was pregnant.
Kgen: Where is the charge? The fact that MACC has not charged Teoh's boss shows clearly that Shafee's idea was the product of his sick, twisted mind.
Md Imraz Muhammed Ikhbal: Let's establish the most underlying and fundamental point here. YB Ean Yong, the boss of the late Teoh was cleared of all charges by the MACC merely weeks back as reported in the news. And now MACC's lawyer has the audacity to suggest such a ludicrous scenario?
In an immediate response to his idiotic insinuation that Teoh chose death before dishonour, may I likewise as an honour to the late Teoh counter that by posing a similar line of questioning?
"Could it perhaps be that MACC chose cold-blooded murder before imminent public humiliation?"
Retnam: Shafee is talking about cheques worth about RM3.2 million. DAP has to explain what these cheques are, if they are true. There is no point in scolding Shafee. He has to be brought down with cold logic. Will DAP please explain what these cheques are?
Changeagent: Muhammad Shafee, if you have any proof at all that Ean Yong had systematically channelled 'large portions' of his RM3.2 million allocation for DAP activities in 2008 and 2009, then go ahead and charge him.
But if he was cleared of all wrongdoings, it means that the MACC do not have any incriminating evidence against him at all, as you have falsely suggested. Hence, if you do not have any substantiated or legally admissible proof of any fund misappropriation, do not even imply that TBH had taken his own life by choosing 'death before dishonour'.
The deceased simply had no logical or comprehensible reason to do so.
Anonymous_4182: Ninety-one comments from the public on this issue. The rakyat have said it all. MACC should just simply stop to spin useless spin to us. We are not buying any. A sheer waste of time and public money, no?
'How can the Internet be used to tarnish the police if the police force is impartial and serves the rakyat instead of the politicians in power.'
'Internet being used to tarnish police image'
Cannon: PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) ought to take a hard look at itself and do some honest self-examination.
It ought to evaluate the public conduct and discharge of duty by its personnel from top down, from the IGP (inspector-general of police) to the rank and file. University bodies are available to carry out attitude-perception surveys for PDRM to gauge how the force is being viewed by the public.
Our police are partial and selective in law enforcement. It comes down hard on peaceful, civil demonstrators, NGOs and the opposition, while it turns a blind eye to demonstrations by Umno/Perkasa/Pembela hoods and bigots.
What image is PDRM talking about? The police force is its own worst enemy. PDRM has trashed its uniform and shredded its own credibility. The reputation of the police needs no tarnishing, and it should not threaten and blame the bad-news bearer.
Cala: Kuala Lumpur police chief Zulkifli Abdullah has erred for not differentiating "lies" from "facts" as carried in the Internet. The Internet is a force to be reckoned with for its facilitating role in giving a more balanced view on matters not picked up by the MSM (mainstream media).
Without the Internet, many incidents of police brutality would have been swept under the carpet. What is there to be afraid of if the police have been acting professionally?
Tbala: One need not resort to independent surveys to gauge the image of the police. It is written on the wall. We dare the police to undertake an independent survey to prove the existence of its good name before they even talk about defending it.
By Election Fan: How can the Internet be used to tarnish the police if the force is impartial and serves the rakyat instead of the politicians in power.
Can you explain why the 'cow head' protesters were allowed to march with intention of insulting Hindus and those who gathered to campaign for minimum wages were arrested? Why was the reporter (Sin Chew Daily's Tan Hoon Cheng) detained under the ISA and the party which uttered racist remarks left off?
Dood: It is the police force itself that is tarnishing its own image by its irresponsible, unjust, and partisan behaviour.
It's a pity we have people like Zulkifli leading the force, because only a fool will blame others for "manipulating" issues like deaths in custody, causing the public to lose faith in the police force, rather than realise that if not for the police causing those issues in the first place (for example, allowing deaths in its custody to happen), there wouldn't be any issue to "manipulate".
Lim Chong Leong: What nonsense coming from the police. The Internet did not kill the many Kugans and Aminulrasyids. The Internet did not rob picture-frame makers or pregnant storekeepers.
The Internet did not have its special forces kill and bomb a Mongolian girl. The Internet did not offer protection to cow-head protestors and racist Perkasa or even porn producers.
The Internet also did not arrest candlelight 'vigilians' and their lawyers. And the Internet did not make stupid statements like this to make itself look even more stupid. So, the image of the PRDM (sic) being an Umno personal security guard is projected by them.
Petestop: It is not the Internet that tarnishes their image, it is police actions. What with the protection given to the Datuk T, who showed porn to the press and probably leaked it to the public (YouTube) since they claim they have the only copy of the sex video.
It is really weird to see these three jokers wearing bullet-proof vests and guarded by police when doing the 'sumpah laknat'. Is that what the police force is used for nowadays – to guard criminals so that it could gain political points?
The police actions tarnish their image and the Internet is just a medium to spread the information.
Anonymous222: There's no smoke without fire.
P Dev Anand Pillai: The police are pleading with the people not to simply judge them? What a joke! Actions speak louder than words and the police show it everyday.
When a group of students wanted to 'welcome' the visiting Chinese premier, why were they arrested for just holding out a cloth banner? Why was PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan arrested when all he was doing was to give the press their feed on what was happening on May Day.
The police force has now become the uniformed and armed unit of Umno-BN, it is no more the force that the British left us with. It has now become an armed force used by the government to threaten the people into submission instead of caring for and protecting them.
This was clearly displayed during the cow-head demonstration, Perkasa's loud demonstrations every now and then and during the Perak coup by the BN. Reputation and respect can only be earned not by force or threats.
Glocal: I would like to remind Zulkifli that the Internet had been an eye opener for the uninformed. The newspapers and the TV stations in this country are not telling us the truth. In fact, they are the culprits tarnishing the police image by falsifying reports of the actual situation. I think you have got the whole idea of the Internet wrong.
Ttloo: If the police image is tarnished by the Internet, there must be some truth in it as most of the articles that appear online come from the press, either locally or overseas. Only a small portion come from irresponsible Net users.
To sum it up, if the police image is good, an RCI (royal commission of inquiry) would not have been called before and until today the key recommendations from RCI had failed to take off. Does that answer your questions on the police image?
The police are fully capable of tarnishing their own image. You score own goals in almost every game you play.'
Gerard Samuel Vijayan: There is nothing left to tarnish because the police have proven to be a tool of the Umno/BN regime. If the IPCMC (Independent Police Complaints and Misconducts Commission) had been formed, the police could have been saved but now they are doomed to failure and can only be reformed under a change of government that may not be too sympathetic to the police.
Therefore, the police are hell-bent on maintaining the status quo. The police must be reminded that serving the government of the day does not mean serving the party in power. The job of the police is to maintain public order and security without fear or favour with the utmost sincerity, integrity and professionalism. The police must be impartial and independent of politicians in the discharge of their duties.
But alas, the police now have an opinion that only Umno/BN can protect their interests best. Serving political interests and agendas is their priority and not that of the ordinary public. So why should the public support or trust the police?
Malaysians Are Not Stupid: The people responsible for tarnishing police image are the police themselves. More specifically the top leadership. The rakyat are not blind. We can see for ourselves the actions of the police. We know what is right and what is wrong.
Stop pointing at shadows and finding scapegoats for your failures. Look at yourself. The answer to raising the police's image among the rakyat lies in the police themselves.
DontPlayGod: Kuala Lumpur police chief Zulkifli Abdullah, you may say that the police must be professional and unbiased, but then, you are not the IGP (inspector-general of police). The IGP thinks diffferently, and he answers to Umno.
And by the way, Zukilfli, the PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) can always defend themselves online to any misunderstandings or wrongful accusations levelled against them.
Ericlcc: Spot on Zulkifli, maybe there are some opening in Bukit Aman soon and you don't want to miss out on this promotion opportunity, so you definitely have to say something brave and bold, like "don't tarnish the image of the police…" so that you will get noticed.
One wonders what the police image enhancement unit in Home Ministry is doing. The unit head with a superscale salary must be sleeping on the job.
Malaysiasakit: Zulkifli, please don't sell PDRM short by giving too much credit to the Internet. The police are fully capable of tarnishing their own image. You score own goals in almost every game you play.
You might have forgotten that PDRM arrested a journalist under ISA to "protect" her, provided protection to a man who took an oath in a mosque over the sex video affair, shot chemical-laced water cannons at candlelight vigils and other peaceful gatherings.
Anonymous_1a1d: The only way PDRM can regain public trust apart from managing abuse of power and corruption is for the IGP and senior officers and all PDRM personnel to disassociate themselves from any interferences of any political parties.
The motto (borrowed from Rotary International) for PDRM should be 'Service Above Self' and the guidelines to fostering a good public image are:
a) Is it the truth?
Kingfisher: The KL police chief should be commended for his call to his colleagues to be mindful about the fact that this is a multiracial country and that the PDRM must act in a responsible manner.
The fact that the PDRM is severely taken to task on a number of issues of public interest via the Internet is indicative of the lack of public trust in the PDRM. In general, the public, by and large, should be favourably disposed towards an agency that looks after internal law, order and security.
The PDRM should therefore be vigilant and competent at all times in order to to earn due respect from the public.
M'siaKiniFan: PDRM, you are working for the rakyat. That means we are your boss. We pay your salary. Please don't bite the hands that feed you. If we complaining about you, that's because you must improve the force.
Don't be so negative. We know Umno-BN is squeezing your balls. So stop barking at us, we only telling you the truth.
Habib RAK: Zulkifli, as a responsible member of the public, let me give a lead on where the source is that leads to the tarnishing of the police image.
If you look carefully, there is place called Bukit Aman. It's near Parliament House. You can't miss it. Send your men there and you will find the real culprits. Most of them wear blue but at other times they dress like members of the public.
Hope this helps. If there is any monetary reward for this lead, please donate it to Kugan and Amirulrashid families.
Meranti Kepong: So long as the police force do not act fairly and honestly in the discharge of its public duties, there will be the Internet to act as an unofficial watchdog to its blatant misbehaviour in performing its duties, especially bribery and corruption, which must be rooted out among the force's members.
Posted: 05 May 2011 09:17 PM PDT
MALAYSIA'S SELF-STYLED 'FIRST LADY' ROSMAH MANSOR IS ANYTHING BUT A UNIFYING FORCE, SAID HER PEERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE POLITICAL DIVIDE. AT INTERNATIONAL GLAMOUR EVENTS, FOR FORM'S SAKE, SHE MAY BE DESCRIBED IN MORE FLATTERING TERMS THAN SHE DESERVES. BUT AT HOME, SHE IS VIEWED WITH FEAR AND TREPIDATION.
"I dispute Rosmah is good for Malaysia or even the world for that matter – on what basis?" PKR MP for Kuantan Fuziah Salleh told Malaysia Chronicle.
"In Malaysia, Rosmah is not seen as a unifying force. She is not regarded as someone who is important or who is carrying out her duty well. Most Malaysians actually think she is interfering too much with politics. They think she wields too strong a hand and they fear her lash backs."
Fuziah was responding to comments made by the head of the Global Summit of Women, who had praised Rosmah as a good role model to women especially to First Ladies around the world.
The spending side of Rosmah Mansor
In Turkey on a three-day visit, Rosmah is due to make a speech at an event organized by the summit there.
"I have read her speeches regarding women and I thought that she is somebody we should have at the summit and I sent her the invitation," Irene Natividad had told the Malaysian media sent to accompany the Rosmah entourage.
But perhaps Irene has not read the other news reports about Prime Minister Najib Razak's wife or the parliamentary speeches where her propensity for racking up huge travel bills was the subject of intense debates.
Many irate taxpayers have called her overseas trips "massive shopping sprees". Her last trip to the Middle East sparked a furore, with the opposition demanding a full and detailed accounting of her expenses.
In the past two years, corporate figures hoping to secure lucrative government contracts have been accused of illegally transmitting millions of ringgit to her via money changers for the alleged purpose of snapping up properties in London and elsewhere.
In her latest trip to Istanbul, Rosmah has taken along Noorainee Abdul Rahman, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Also in her immediate entourage are 15 members of the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) in the delegation. Others in the delegation include women entrepreneurs and senior officers from the International Trade and Industry Ministry and SME Corporation.
Practise what you preach
On Thursday, Rosmah is due to deliver a keynote address entitled "The Progress of Malaysian Women in Business and Economy" at the Global Summit of Women 2011 in Istanbul.
As a sign of her unpopularity, her adoption of the 'First Lady' title has stirred up public ridicule and unhappiness back home. Many Malaysians have insisted the title belonged to the Queen and not to the wife of the prime minister.
Her critics say that if she wants to 'earn' the title, she must mingle and reach out to the ordinary folk more often and not only during key by-elections. They also urged her to stay out of politics.
"She must be people-centric. It is important for her to relate to people around her so that the people too can relate to her. She must have a pleasant personality in terms of the way she talks and thinks and also the way she dresses. She must also be caring and put the well-being of people first," said Fuziah.
"Then most importantly she must practise what she preaches. She should focus more on being the PM's wife. Right now I don't see perceive her as a PM's wife. She has to choose between politics and being the PM's wife and being a politician. If she wants to keep interfering, it is best she joins politics directly."
Prime Minister Najib Razak needs to control his wife Rosmah Mansor, said PKR women's chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, accusing the 'First Lady' of being a bad role model who increased the uncomplimentary perception of women being manipulative yet fluffy-minded and decorative pieces intent on shopping pleasure.
"It is not just a matter of setting a bad example as a Muslim woman who has to make a lot public appearances but overall. We encourage women to be ambitious, to go for it. But Rosmah is over the limit," Zuraida toldMalaysia Chronicle in a recent interview.
Zuraida, who is the Member of Parliament for Ampang, was unhappy because Rosmah has spent little of her time advancing women's causes or at least nudging women's issues along the right direction.
According to Zuraida, Malaysian women ranked 101 out of 130 countries in the global gender index, and Rosmah, who holds a Master's degree, should help in the battle for a more level playing field.
"But she's not doing any of this. Umno is fond of saying 43 per cent of the workforce are women, but at what level? Do they search below the surface? Why isn't Rosmah using her influence to engage with Women's minister, Shahrizat Jalil? Of course not to the extent she takes over the ministry but she can help promote more worthwhile programs and researches," said Zuraida.
"Women's rights should not just be about opening ceremonies, cutting ribbons, flower decoration shows and visiting children's home. It must also include taking the trouble to study and understand the social issues and the problems involved, and above all, put in place programs that offer long-term solutions and not blow quickie kisses or keep giving ang-pows."
How many millions have been spent
Indeed the 60-year old Rosmah, who's two years older than Najib, has attracted controversy even before her husband took over the premiership. From her dressing to her hairstyle, her Ferragamo shoes to her Lanvin hanbags, she has been criticized as the aggressor in their relationship and the more cunning partner.
There is also a dark side. She has been accused of being one of the masterminds behind the 2006 Altantuya Shaariibuu murder and although she has denied any involvement, the rumour mills continue to churn. Even now, many Malaysians are unhappy to bestow on her the right to use the title of 'First Lady', preferring to give that honor to the Queeen.
But it is her latest series of overseas trips to represent Najib at overseas functions on official expense that recently riled up Malaysians.
"We have a Deputy Prime Minister. His name is Muhyiddin not Rosmah. How can she usurp his job, has she been trained, can she represent us properly? Then there is the matter of taxpayers' money. Rosmah's trips don't come cheap, she always takes along an entourage," said Zuraida.
"We are demanding to know the full costs of these trips. The federal government must present details of how many millions of ringgit she has spent. We are not accusing her of going on shopping trips at official expense but personal pleasure, but until the accounts are provided in Parliament, we cannot give her the benefit of doubt either."
The power behind the throne
Rosmah's most recent visits were to Saudi Arabia and Oman, where she had taken along the wives of several other Cabinet ministers. She has defended her trips as necessary.
"To me, if they want to complain, I've got no issues. Let it be. I'm only doing this as a leader's wife. It's my duty and responsibility to help any way I can, especially with regards to women empowerment and children's issues," she told national news agency Bernama. She also denied she was the power behind the throne and was trying to steal the thunder from Muhyiddin. Yet late last year when Najib was down with chicken pox, she had been quick to insist on representing him at official functions and clearly eager to deliver her speeches.
"I'm not involved in politics, I'm not involved with the policies of the government – that's being taken care of by the Cabinet, the prime minister, deputy prime minister," Rosmah assured.
the basic idea is to lock down your opponent's spell and traps and bring out your allure queen with no resistance. Solidarity and shrink are there to protect her from battle if she can't steal anything. also there to boost her attack. 2 my bodys and 2 defender to protect her from anything else because as long as she is equiped she can't be destroyed by battle. use Magician's Circle to search her out and Royal Magical Library for extra draw. She basically eats everything at lv 7 and your opponent can't do much with their spells and traps gone.
Hello voters! Lemme introduce myself- my name is Rosmah. I am your new Prime Minister! Chillax, guys. That a joke. But seriously, it's time you got to know who I am. The real me. Let's not get into the surname at this point. I am 38 years old. Which means i am old enough to decide.
Old enough to know what i want in life (everything !) . Not because I am a spoilt brat. Not because I believe it's my birthright. But because I am worth it! Well, are you ready to hear this? I want to be a politician. A top politician. Like the rest of my family. We start at the top, and stay there! Lucky, na? My family has been an amazing PM. My hubby was super amazing .READMORE http://malaysiaevilforces.blogspot.com/2011/03/all-my-people-love-me-says-her-highness.html
Posted: 05 May 2011 09:02 PM PDT
FRANCE'S FIRST LADY CARLA BRUNI – NUDE PORTRAIT
Auction: France's First Lady Carla Bruni, in the portrait to be auctioned off by Christie's.
It's not the look you would normally associate with a First Lady. And the photographer who captured this image the new Mrs Nicolas Sarkozy – former model Carla Bruni – claims he has photos that are even more explicit. The print, taken during her modelling days by photographer Michel Comte in 1993, will go under the hammer at Christie's in New York next month. But Mr Comte, 53, said he took hundreds of pictures of the stunning Italian model over ten years of working together.
And he revealed: "I have many more nude pictures of Carla much more explicit than that one.
"But she need not worry as I would never put them on sale." He refused to give details of the nature of his more explicit photos of the former model, only adding: "I can assure you there are many more." Even so, the First Lady is understandably furious that a nude photo of her went on sale on the eve of her State visit to Britain with her husband. Experts say the renewed interest in her is likely to send its price up to £2,000.
But an aide to 40-year-old Mrs Sarkozy said: "Carla is very angry, not to say deeply upset, that a commercial organisation has chosen to release this print at such an important time.
"Her priority is to establish herself on the world stage as a first lady France can be proud of."As well as being the first time that an image of a naked wife of a serving head of state has been sold for profit, it is being touted at a time when Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy and her husband President "Bling Bling" Nicolas Sarkozy are desperately trying to moderate their racy image.The couple are due to arrive in the UK tomorrow for a two-day state visit. With the president's popularity ratings sliding at home, he hoped that rubbing shoulders with royalty and discussing high politics with Prime Minister Gordon Brown would help the process of restoring some of his fading popularity back home.
With that in mind, he has reportedly ditched his shades and Rolex watch – but the nude photos of his first lady might set the couple's battle for respectability back a notch.
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Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, whose long list of past lovers includes English rock stars Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, had pledged to use the state visit to establish herself as a serious consort.
Yasmine Latiffe (29-year-old born in Paris, France) is a French actress of Moroccan decent. readmore see more picture click here Mr. Khushwant Singh,ask France's NicolasSarkozy why he let his wife Bare Bruni look you hav no right to lecture us about Muslim women or Islam
Posted: 05 May 2011 08:01 PM PDT
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Adakah anda beriman kepada Allahu Ta'ala?
Umat Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam?
Peduli tentang nasib sesama Muslim di Malaysia ini?
Masih mampu melihat, mendengar, berfikir, berucap dengan lidah yang fasih dan Iman yang kental?
Cuti dari kerja esok hari?
Ayuh bersama tokoh tokoh Islam kita ini dan ramai yang lain lagi..
Intipati perbincangan akan berkisar tentang masadepan Islam di Malaysia ini.
Kita ni nama sahaja dilabelkan sebagai 'Negara Islam' tetapi pada hakikatnya hanya 'bagaikan melekat stiker' kat belakang cermin kereta.
Amalan nya kureng!
Gah seantero dunia bahawa 'Malaysia' ini sebuah negara Islam tetapi tak jalankan Hukum Syariah....sorry aa, nggak ada tulang belakangnya walau nak jalankan hukum sebatan syariah sebanyak....100 kali?....
Sorry bro... no authority!
10 kali sebatan?
ehek! maaf pak! nggak bisa!
Dream on baby....
Hakim kedai kopi Pak Mat???
Yang Arif Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Negeri Pahang Darul Makmurrrrrrrr....
Bukan Hakim Cap Ayam, beb!
Ini Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah sebuah negeri yang kononnya diperintah Sultan Melayu yang berdaulat!
Tapi sayang...seribu kali sayang...Duli Tuanku Sultan tidak mampu untuk berani menegakkan yang makruf dan baginda beralah memberi muka kepada desakan para kaffirin yang merelakan mungkar dengan menukarkan Hukum Allah kepada hukum manusia, membuat kerja kerja masyarakat!
Syariah Allah dipinggirkan, kerenah manusia kaffirin ditegakkan! Cantik!!!
Mana dia tuan tuan kedaulatan Agama Islam dimuka bumi BEKAS Semenanjung Tanah Melayu ini?
Hanya tinggal nama sahaja...
Maka inilah, ingin bersidang para penggiat Dakwah Al islam di negara bekas Tanah Melayu ini.
Minum kopi dan makan karipap (kalau ada le) ?
Sembang sembang, tukar kad bisnes?
Sambil menyambil tu ada lah kot?
Apa tujuan nak panggil berkumpul ni?
Mestilah ada perancangan.
Takkan buang masa, tinggal anak bini, nak datang sembang kosong, kot?
Kalau u all nak tahu, ha..jom bersidang, mencari jalan untuk memastikan Ad Deenul Islam kan tetap berdaulat dimuka bumi bekas tanah tumpah darah para pejuang Islam seperti Datuk Laksamana Hang Tuah 5 bersaudara!
Itupun jika anda benar benar seorang Muslim dan Mukmin sejati!
Jika tidak, maka tarik le selimut dan gebar tu, bungkus diri kemas kemas, supaya senang dikebumi bilamana Islam hanya tinggal nama sahaja nanti..
Yelah! Nabi sendiri dah kata..
Di Akhirul Zaman ni, yang ambil peduli tentang Islam hanya segelintir sahaja.
Yang lain hanya bagaikan buih di hujung ombak lautan..
Nampak sahaja banyak berbilion tetapi 'useless!
Tak leh pakai!
Keling botol pun tak nak beli.
U yang mana?
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