Friday, May 13, 2011

Di antara kesetiaan dan tanggungjawab

Di antara kesetiaan dan tanggungjawab


Di antara kesetiaan dan tanggungjawab

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:48 PM PDT

"Abang Aspan, bagaimana kalau UMNO mengambil tindakan terhadap abang Aspan dengan memecat abang sebagai ahli UMNO?"

Di atas ialah soalan yang sering ditanya kepada saya akhir-akhir ini. Saya tahu sebab pertanyaan itu di tujukan kepada saya kerana mereka menganggap saya sebagai anti-UMNO kerana mengkritik parti kadangkala agak keras. Oleh kerana soalan ini sudah begitu banyak ditanya maka elok saya menjawab sekali gus dan tidak payah diulang-ulang acapkali pertanyaan itu. Saya adalah ahli UMNO tulin sejak 1971 lagi…no business, no position, no cronies, no ambitions and no nothing.

Pertamanya saya ingin memberitahu dan mengaku yang saya bukan macam seorang yang berpengaruh untuk menjejaskan sokongan orang ramai kepada UMNO. Saya hanya duduk di rumah dan tidak bergiat seperti orang UMNO yang lain berdemonstrasi melalui GAPS Selangor dan sebagainya. Berdemonstrasi ini saya lakukan semasa zaman pelajar awal tujuh puluhan dahulu.

Tidak ada sebab UMNO nak pecat saya kerana saya seorang yang tidak ada 'consequence' seperti ramai yang lain. Malahan tidak ada di kalangan yang berkuasa membaca dan mengetahui wujudnya blog yang kecil seperti blog saya ini. Saya adalah hamba yang lebih kecil dari habuk di atas tunggul di sisi semua pihak, apatah lagi di sisi Tuhan. Saya bukan setengah orang, jadi pemimpin dan berkesempatan memperkayakan diri dengan kuasa dan cuba berselindung di sebalik Tuhan. Saya tidak ada kemampuan itu walaupun sekecilmana sekali pun.

Jika pun saya dipecat ia tidak akan membawa apa-apa kesan kepada saya kerana memecat dan dipecat dalam parti adalah perkara biasa. Dr Mahathir pun pernah kena pecat sehinggakan beliau berdiri di atas pentas PAS semasa pilihanraya kecil Kapar setelah ADUNnya Hamzah Alang meninggal dunia. Semasa itu jarang-jarang ADUN atau Ahli Parlimen meninggal dunia seperti sekarang ini.

Saya bukannya ada kedudukan yang boleh membuatkan saya kecewa dan bersedih jika dipecat. Sedangkan Nabi Adam sendiri telah dikeluarkan dari syurga, jadi apalah sangat kesannya jika saya terpecat dari UMNO. Malahan apabila Adam dipecat dari syurga Adam telah berbakti dengan mengisi dunia ini dengan manusia sehingga penduduk dunia sekarang telah dihuni oleh lebih dari 3 billion manusia.

Kita semua adalah cucu-cucu kepada Adam termasuklah Samy Velu, Chua Soi Lek, Dr Mahathir, Eskay, Rahim Thamby Chik, Rosmah Mansor, kluangman, Tengku Adnan, Sanusi Junid, Aziz Sattar dan Sophia Loren serta kesemua manusia yang ada di muka bumi ini samada yang masih hidup atau pun yang telah mati.

Tetapi setelah Adam dipecat dan dihantar kedunia ini, Adam juga telah menurunkan keturunan-keturunan mulia seperti Rasul-Rasul dan Nabi-Nabi, aulia-aulia, ambia-ambia dan wali-wali Allah yang menjaga dunia ciptaan Maha pencipta ini. Apabila dipecat, Adam menjadi pencetus untuk membuktikan kebesaran Tuhan semesta Alam. Kita semua tahu Alam yang terbentang ini adalah dalil wujudnya Tuhan yang Maha Esa itu. Jika Adam tidak wujud kita tidak wujud untuk mengakui Tuhan itu adalah definite dan infiinite.

Jadi saya bermohon kepada semua orang supaya tidak mengambil pot jika saya dipecat atau dibuang dari parti. Tidak ada masalah dan tidak ada hal bagi saya. Ia tidak akan menjadi isu kepada diri saya dan UMNO. Kalau nak pinjam kata-kata MB NS Mohammad Hasan, saya ini bukan boleh 'mendalamkan air' pun. Cakap MB itu benar. Bagi diri saya yang penting ialah niat saya dalam mengkritik parti saya. Tetapi saya tidak lah sampai hendak melakukan sumpah laknat seperti Eskay atau sesiapa yang berselindung di sebaliknya.

Sekian jawapan kepada pertanyaan beberapa orang yang bertanya itu. Wassalam.


Utusan Let Off With Ministry Warning - By The Malaysian Insider.

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:41 PM PDT

The Home Ministry has slapped Utusan Malaysia with a warning letter for publishing an unsubstantiated front-page article alleging a Christian plot to usurp Islam as the religion of the federation, which sparked a furore among the country's majority Muslims and minority Christians.

The ministry today issued a statement that the editor-in-chief of the Umno-owned newspaper, Datuk Aziz Ishak, has been invited to the ministry to explain the daily's violation of the Printing Presses and Publishing Act 1984 (PPPA).

The Malaysian Insider learnt he went to the ministry in Putrajaya at 4pm with another senior editor.

The ministry said it was normal procedure for it to seek clarification from newspapers for contraventions of the PPPA, and for warning letters to be issued over these incidents.

It also warned media organisations against running reports that may cause public unrest or content inconsistent with PPPA guidelines.

On Saturday, Utusan Malaysia carried a front-page article headlined "Kristian agama rasmi?" (Christianity the official religion?), claiming the DAP was conspiring with Christian leaders to take over Putrajaya and abolish Islam as the religion of the federation.

The report, based entirely on unsubstantiated blog postings by two pro-Umno bloggers, charged DAP with sedition for allegedly trying to change the country's laws to allow a Christian prime minister.

Yesterday, the Penang government filed a formal complaint with the Home Ministry demanding stern action against Utusan Malaysia over the report.

In the complaint, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng sought for Prime Minister Najib Razak to act sternly against the Malay daily to prove that the newspaper does not enjoy full legal immunity.

Today, Lim took the matter further when he called for Najib to axe the Utusan Malaysia editors and reporters responsible for the "false report".

Najib was also forced today to meet with the church leaders over the issue, after which the prime minister said he was pleased the church leaders had pledged to respect Islam's position as the religion of the federation.

According to Najib, the church leaders also said Christians had no desire to challenge the provision within the Federal Constitution.

Najib did not, however, offer an apology for the report by his party's mouthpiece.


Some damn funny stuff

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:55 PM PDT

Sssssssssssssssshhhhhh! Cabinet meeting in session.


This is a good Thursday for a few laughs from the newspapers and online news portals.  On the front page of The Sun today there is a story headlined "Islam's status secure". The story is about Najib's furious attempts at defusing the tensions raised by the Utusan Malaysia articles about a Christian plot to take over the government and make Christianity the religion of the country. The PM said that "everyone must accept the fact that Islam is the official religion of the country and that it cannot be changed in whatever form. This is because the reality is that we have the Federal Constitution and its provision on the position of Islam and the other religions is very clear......Under whatever circumstances, the Federal Constitution cannot be amended and as such, no one should be worried or feel uneasy on this matter"...


What's funny is that Najib said the Federal Constitution is cannot be amended "under whatever circumstances".  I think it is common knowledge that the Malaysian Constitution, since Merdeka, has been amended more than 600 times!!! So why our prime minister tell us cannot? Like that will sure scare anyone who thinks that the nonsense Utusan says will come true, right? Funny, right?


Another funny can be found on page N3 of The Star today.  The headline read DOE: Drop in visibility an annual affair.  The story was in reference to the shitty air-quality that we are currently experiencing. Haze up your ass that chokes your lungs faster than a pack of finest Virginia tobacco.  What's funny? Don't you remember that just a few short years ago it was, "What?! Fuck the baargers!". Demonstrate in front of their Embassy. Boycott their maids and labourers.  Report them to the United Nations. Stop listening to keroncong. How can they do this to us every year? And now it is "An annual affair"?  But at least now they do say that the haze is the result of winds blowing over smoke from open burning in Sumatra.  No more that "a neighbouring country" kind of shit. Progress!


On another page of The Star today is the report about Taib Mahmud's son divorcing his estranged wife.  Mahmud's wife is asking for RM400million in matrimonial property and 'gifts'.  Now I find that really funny. Why?  How come Barisan Nasional chief ministers and YB's always have the ability to raise children who have such brilliant entrepreneurial skills as to amass vast fortunes in such a short time and at such a young age? Funny, right? Okay la. So it also pisses me off la. You too, right?


And this to me is the funniest bit from The Star today......"Umno has to be the pillar of the country. The Umno brand and its leaders are still strong and valued by the people. If we work hard to maintain our position by putting the people first, we will continue to celebrate more anniversaries in the future"....Najib Razak, president of Umno.


I want to laugh with you some more la but the haze is coming inside and I'm choking. It's just an annual affair la.


NIAMAH!!!


Who is Alpha of the pack of rabid dogs?

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:46 PM PDT

S Arutchelvan of PSM says it all in Free Malaysia Today's BN won't go if it loses, expressing his fears that the BN will resist giving up power even if it loses the next general election. What Arutchelvan meant was UMNO rather than BN, because the other members of BN have no say whatsoever.

Sadly he's right! Wasn't May 13 an example of what could happen when a political party didn't like the results of an election? Incidentally the dubious anniversary of that tragedy is tomorrow, when I expect Perkasa to make it a noisy noticeable obnoxious affair.

But more worrying right now has been the serial fabrications by a certain UMNO group comprising Utusan, UMNO bloggers of whom the leading player is Big Dog, Perkasa, Pembela and some ministers.

They have resorted to lies to agitate the Heartland, but more to frighten them into seeing threats from firstly the Chinese, secondly the Christians, thirdly Chinese Christians, and then to ensure the perception of the alleged anti-Melayu threat is not missed, dragged out a smelly old sock, the Communists - with only the usual Perkosa Perwira Pahlawans to defend them against the yellow hordes.

They were certainly insinuating being politically swarmed by that feared hybrid, Chinese Christian Communists wakakaka!

But wait, there's more. Big Dog just said, lies and a complete lack of evidence notwithstanding, the pastors had pledged to bring a
Christian Prime Minister to Malaysia and perhaps turn Christianity into an official religion. Naturally, according to his growling grubby gospel wakakaka, DAP is collaborating with the pastors.

Chinese, Christians, Communists, Churches, Christianity – all factors to frighten the sh*t out of the Heartland.

The sheer blatancy of Big Dog-Utusan's fictitious fraudulent forged fabricated fucking falsehoods would have been f* funny if not for sacked Utusan journalist Hata Wahari's ominous warning in Free Malaysia Today's
Utusan Malaysia: Behind the print, that ignoring Utusan would be a very bad idea because its sickening sinister seditious slanders are very dangerous.

He advised that unlike urban people who are not only exposed to multi-culture but have access to various media resources and can question Utusan's lies, people in the Heartland will accept the Utusan slander as gospel truth (excuse the unintended pun).

He stated:
"But the rural community is predominantly Malay-Muslim. Who are they going to cross-check their facts with? Neither is there another Malay-language paper to counter Utusan's reports. The only media they are exposed to is government-owned media."

"The racial flames are being stoked there and one day it will explode. I'm very afraid of that. If anything were to happen, it will begin in the rural areas. I have said before that another May 13 is likely if Utusan is allowed to continue playing up rubbish issues."


Pakatan leaders, the Bar Council, Church leaders and various NGOs have lodged police reports, protests, sent letters to PM, met up with him, threatened to censure this or that minister in parliament (when the ministers give a f* about parliamentary process or universal values of good conduct and ministerial responsibilities), all serving only to provide the spotlight on a lie UMNO wants the Heartland to be conscious of.

And we know that either Najib is powerless to act against a reckless seditious Utusan or he is reluctant to do so, for thus far, the PM has done nothing useful than to murmur soothing words to anyone who bothers to listen – well, there aren't many.

But then, to ignore Utusan is exactly what Hata Wahari advised against.

OK, so we have the racial-religious lies started by a mad dog, spread by a loud barker with a pseudo-sheen of legitimacy (to the Heartland) as if it's substantiated news, and abetted by two other rabid creatures. They have acted in concert as a pack, and we know pack creatures work under the leadership of an Alpha.

So, who is the Alpha?

Could it be a slimy sneaky two-timing Najib? But why would Najib offend the nons after working so hard to win them over, and succeeding with a significant percentage of them, as the polls have shown? Why should he secretly initiate this anti Chinese racial-religious campaign to mess up his overtures to the nons? What is there to worry about the Heartland when he has fixed deposits among the FELDA and Heartland community? And hasn't he shown his campaign competency in Sarawak?

Not logical.

Then who?

Who does Big Dog obey? Who has humongous pull over Perkasa and Pembela and likely has more say and sway than Najib in controlling Utusan?

Perhaps someone who has a different agenda to Najib, with a different focus of interest? Someone who doesn't like Najib's economic overtures to the nons or his promises to loosen up the NEP barriers?

Khairy Jamaluddin has just attacked Big Dog, calling him a proven liar, one who should be charged with sedition and spreading false news.

Does Khairy Jamaluddin's very vocal attack against Big Dog signal and mark the demarcation line within UMNO?

Who is the real Biggest Dog, the Alpha?


Equilibrium In Malaysian Society by Dr. CM

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:26 PM PDT

by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

"What do the Chinese want?" is a question that is being asked in certain political circles and within the media in the wake of the recently concluded Sarawak state election. The question and its likely answers have profound implications for inter-ethnic relations and the quest for 1Malaysia.

If the pattern of voting in elections is a barometer of the ethnic sentiments that prevail within a community, it appears that from a certain perspective, Chinese Malaysians are no different from Malaysians of other ethnic affiliations. For instance, in the 1964 General Election, the fear that Indonesia would attack Malaysia as part of its belligerent Konfrantasi policy was uppermost in the minds of the electorate, and the Chinese like the other communities, voted overwhelmingly for security, stability and national sovereignty. In the 2004 General Election, the Chinese, together with the other Malaysians, gave a ringing endorsement to the new Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in the hope that much desired change would take place.

Since the majority of Chinese live in urban areas, a certain urban consciousness also informs their voting. Like urbanites in most other parts of the world, they are concerned about issues pertaining to good governance, public integrity, political freedom, individual liberties, and economic progress. The erosion of support for the Barisan Nasional among all communities in urban constituencies in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur in the 2008 General Election testifies to this. Even in the Sarawak election in the middle of this month, it was obvious that Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's over-extended stewardship, allegedly riddled with corruption and nepotism, evoked a negative reaction from a segment of the non-Chinese electorate as well in some of the cities.

There are also of course issues which are viewed from an ethnic perspective within the Chinese community which have caused electoral setbacks to the BN. Business opportunities for the community, mobility for its members in the public services and the dearth of Chinese in senior management positions in public universities are among some of the issues that have rankled this crucial minority for a long while. These are legitimate grievances that need to be addressed.

Some of them are being given serious attention since Dato' Sri Najib Razak became Prime Minister in April 2009. It is a task that will take time as there are entrenched interests that are opposed to any accommodation of non-Malay aspirations, however just they maybe. These vested interests refuse to acknowledge that making the upper echelons of the public services less mono-ethnic for instance helps to restore a degree of equilibrium to an institution which at one time was more ethnically balanced.

Indeed, maintaining the equilibrium in important spheres of society is a fundamental prerequisite for inter-ethnic harmony in Malaysia. While some Malay groups do not seem to appreciate the significance of this, there are also non-Malay elements that do not value the principle of equilibrium.

Just two years after Merdeka, in 1959, the late Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu, then MCA President, demanded a quantum of seats for his party in the parliamentary election and a status for Chinese education that transgressed the balance in political power that Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman sought to maintain, on the one hand, and the reasonable accommodation of vernacular schools that the Razak Report pledged to uphold, on the other. Lim failed partly because of the Tunku's firmness and partly because there were MCA leaders like Tun Tan Siew Sin and Tun Ong Yoke Lin who understood the need for equilibrium.

However, the most organised and aggressive challenge to the principle of equilibrium emanated from Lee Kuan Yew when Singapore was part of Malaysia from 1963 to 1965. While swearing allegiance to the Constitution, he espoused a four official language policy and a notion of equality and meritocracy that had little empathy for the gross economic and social inequalities that burdened the Malays and indigenous peoples of Sabah and Sarawak. His 'Malaysian Malaysia' was an ahistorical idea that attempted to repudiate an irrefutable fact: that the core of the Malaysian Federation had evolved from a Malay polity.

Lee's antagonistic attitude towards Malay history and the cultural character of the land became even more apparent after Singapore's separation from Malaysia. Ignoring the weight of Singapore's pre-colonial Malay history--- it was part of the Johor-Riau Sultanate--- he legitimised the colonial view that Stamford Raffles was the founder of Singapore. It was his way of telling his people that Singapore need not regard itself as part of the Malay world.

This reluctance to come to terms with historical reality and all that it implies persists to this day in Malaysia. The Democratic Action Party (DAP) continued to pursue some of Lee's policies on language, culture, and other aspects of Malaysian Malaysia for a period of time. Though it claims to honour the Malaysian Constitution, the party has failed to explain to its constituency that there is an unambiguous Malay basis to the Constitution, embodied in the Malay Sultanates, the Malay language, and Islam, the appreciation of which is fundamental to the maintenance of that equilibrium that recognises the rights of the non-Malays to use their languages and to practise their religions. Similarly, the party has made no attempt to elucidate to its supporters that the protection of the Special Position of the Malays and the indigenous peoples of Sabah and Sarawak had become imperative because of the unprecedented accommodation of huge Chinese and Indian communities through the liberalisation of citizenship rules which in some ways is the essence of the equilibrium that permeates Malaysian politics and society.

What is worrying is that the DAP's antipathy towards the first half of the equilibrium has become much more pervasive in recent years and now transcends party lines. As proof of this, while the entire Chinese community is wholeheartedly committed to Chinese education, it has adopted a lukewarm attitude towards the strengthening of the Malay language based national school system. And yet there are Chinese political leaders who proclaim loudly that they are Malaysian first and Chinese second but are not prepared to support Malaysia's first language in the sphere of education. Is this negative attitude towards one of the most important channels for fostering national integration a subtle attempt to alter the equilibrium itself? Is this what the Chinese community wants--- to set aside the history, memory and identity of a people who have to a great extent defined the nation's past and present?

If this is its objective, the consequences will be simply catastrophic just as any attempt to deny justice and fairness to the Chinese and other non-Malay communities as envisaged in the Malaysian Constitution will only lead to a colossal disaster. It is to balance the interests and aspirations of all communities in an equitable manner in an increasingly polarised environment that the idea of 1Malaysia was formally introduced two years ago.

1Malaysia, there is no need to emphasise, aims to sustain and strengthen the equilibrium in Malaysian society.

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan 1Malaysia and Professor of Global Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

29 April 2011.


GOD IS WAY BIGGER THAN UMNO PANDIKUTTY FANATICS THE MACHINATIONS OF THE DIRTY-TRICKS DEPARTMENT DISTRIBUTED ANTI-ANWAR BOOK AT UMNO DINNER

Posted: 13 May 2011 02:04 PM PDT

UMNO Pandikutty  the Machinations of the Dirty-Tricks Department Distributed Anti-Anwar Book at Umno Dinner It was Utterly Disgusting and Uncultured to give out such Defamatory Book for free at the Umno 65th anniversary dinner
It is amazing how Umno can mix debauchery and religion into a deadly cocktail and have it served to the Malays to drink.' Syed Hussein Alatas' books have always been a bunch of garbage. Now if Anwar Ibrahim were to make a police report, the police will start to investigate Anwar instead of the writer.If Anwar doesn't sue the writer, Umno will claim that the books contains accurate information and Anwar is afraid of suing. If Anwar sues the writer, he might not win and if he wins, Syed Hussein might be dead by then or already a bankrupt.But one thing for sure, Umno is celebrating its 65th birthday with such great fear of Anwar. It looks like Najib Razak is having sleepless night after all. Malays should seriously question themselves what they're seeing. It is amazing how Umno can mix debauchery and religion into a deadly cocktail and have it served to the Malays to drink by its wicked priests.Supporters of Umno are staggering about in spiritual blindness, looking but not seeing, listening but not hearing – confused and burdened that their faith is under siege. The enemy from within their community is poisoning them and leading them astray as a people.It was utterly disgusting and uncultured to give out such defamatory book for free at the Umno 65th anniversary dinner. How could any decent human being allow and condone such conduct?Umno, being the ruling party, is stooping so low as to allow such stinking politics to emerge. Do we have any more hope of having a government consisting of noble, capable, committed and well-cultured politicians from Umno? Syabas, Syed Hussein, for making good money out of Umno's obsession with Anwar. Umno is so scared of Anwar that they have thrown everything at him, but nothing seems to work and 'the man who will destroy Umno' is still standing and hitting back.: So, this slanderous book is allowed and commissioned by Umno but a mere political cartoon book by Zunar is not allowed? This is hypocrisy at its fullest.

Can any democracy or free society legitimise such a violation and still call itself a democracy? But if political torture is a violation of human rights,  Torture is a moral outrage.. Can one outrage cancel out another? Can one poison be used to combat another poison? Toxin-anti-toxin – poison to fight poison – is a tried and tested formula in the world of medicine. Can such an equation be equally valid in the moral realm?

REFORMASI

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For a lot of people in this country, the fact that A Raja, who until recently was a Union minister, is behind bars — and so is the seemingly invincible Suresh Kalmadi — is enough to claim that the campaign against corruption is finally bearing fruit. I too feel happy that those who thought they were almost beyond law are behind bars. But forgive me if I am not jumping with joy. There are far too many things happening behind the scenes that make me cautious.

First of all, it is not that those who govern, rather rule, us have suddenly turned virtuous and have decided to shun the corrupt and corruption. All the action that one notices is happening simply because the nation's Supreme Court, almost activist in its approach these days, is itself involved in monitoring some of the prominent investigations.

The 2G case, which the CBI is investigating, the one that has singed A Raja, is being monitored by the courts. And clearly wiser by the stinging remarks of the apex court, as also its prevailing mood, the agency is trying hard to conduct other investigations too properly lest it attracts the apex court's ire. What I am saying is that the nation's premier investigating agency, which has, over a period, become a tool for the ruling dispensation to settle scores with its opponents, is being forced to behave, not because it has turned a new leaf, but because of the glare of the apex court on it.

And that is precisely why I am not particularly elated at all the arrests and other activities. For, the way things are happening, we may actually be doing more harm than good. I am referring to the systematic manner in which more and more of our institutions are being roped in to do things that are bound to harm their reputation and credibility.

Let us look at the entire investigation into the "Bhushans CD" that purportedly showed the Jan Lok Pal committee's co-chair Shanti Bhushan having a conversation with Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh. As soon as this CD was sent to various media houses, including ours, Shanti Bhushan filed a complaint on April 14 that was turned into an FIR the next day, seeking an investigation into who was responsible for creating and distributing this "fabricated" CD. Delhi Police sent the CD to the Central Forensic Lab (CFSL) to verify if it had been put together by splicing different conversations and was indeed fabricated.

After a few days, the Delhi CFSL report was leaked selectively to the media houses and it showed the CD to be genuine. The CD was sent for verification to the CFSL Lab at Chandigarh as well. And in a report in our paper, the Chandigarh lab certified the CD to be doctored, just as Bhushan's own tests through Truth Labs had shown. Incidentally, the Delhi Police has not denied either of these reports. It is a different matter that the current director of CFSL, Delhi, is holding the post in an ad hoc capacity and the appointment is yet to be regularised by the appointments committee chaired by the Prime Minister and also the home minister.

Faced with these contradictions, Shanti Bhushan approached the Delhi Police on May 5 and asked for a copy of the two forensic reports. He also asked:

a) What were the terms of reference sent to the CFSL while sending the CD for its forensic examination?

b) Which CD, i.e. CD collected from me or CD collected from Indian Express, was sent to CFSL or whether both the CDs were sent to CFSL?

c) Whether the CD containing taped conversation of 2006 between Mr Amar Singh and Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav which is part of the record of the Supreme Court and was provided by me to police was also sent to CFSL for its examination?

d) Whether the Delhi Police has recorded the statements of Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr Amar Singh as to whether they have had any conversation as purportedly recorded in the CD in question? If so, then can I, being the complainant, have the copy of these recorded statements?"

Now just to go behind the scenes. As soon as the first reports came in that the Truth lab had indeed proven the CD to be the job of a fraudster who had not taken care to reduce the varying background noises in the spliced conversations, there was a lot of activity in the "dirty-tricks department". Realising that the original CDs being circulated were a dead giveaway, every effort was made to retrieve all of them from wherever they were. There were also reports that a newer, fresh CD has been created, where the background sound, etc, has been handled more professionally so as to hoodwink the forensic tests.

Why I raise this is because could it be possible that the CDs sent to the two CFSL labs were different? Whatever might be the reason, the fact is that the CFSL is a highly respected body and all that the dirty games and shenanigans have managed so far is to create a lot of confusion, and also erode its credibility as an unbiased, non-politicised laboratory that one can trust. Perhaps those who play these dirty games couldn't care, but we do. Just as we care for the erosion in credibility of all other institutions.

Coming back to the request by Shanti Bhushan to Delhi police for the copy of CFSL reports, the ACP of Delhi Police responded two days later that he has been "directed to inform you that the case is at the initial stage of investigation. Divulging any document/information to any one may hamper the investigation."

Isn't this absurd (or is it hilarious)? After all, the entire investigation is happening due to the complaint and FIR registered by Shanti Bhushan himself.

But such are the machinations of the dirty-tricks department that one almost feels like throwing one's hands up. But we can't. The Anna Hazare fast or candlelight vigils or what have you will have served no purpose if, for some short-term gains we start eroding the credibility of our institutions. CFSL handles thousands of criminal cases each year. Can you imagine what impact its credibility erosion would have on investigations? Can we afford to let that happen?


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Kerajaan Kedah Tidak Membantu Kaum India?

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:44 PM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Tulang Besi merasa risau dan gundah dengan laporan FreeMalaysiaToday yang terbaru. Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat KEdaha dikatakan TIDAK MEMBANTU KAUM INDIA langsung. Ini adalah antara respon yang diberikan oleh kaum India dalam Pakatan Rakyat sendiri. Bayangkan kalau orang-orang India di luar sana yang tiada ketaatan kepada mana-mana parti.

Tulang Besi mengharapkan khabar ini cuma salah faham. NAmun, kalau benar, ianya pasti akan menyebabkan tumbangnya Kerajaan Kedah kerana pengundi India adalah antara pengundi yang memenangkan PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat di Kedah.

Sekiranya pengundi India berpaling semula kepada MIC dan BN, maka harapan kerajaan Kedah untuk kekal memerintah adalah amat tipis.

Ustaz Azizan akan mengikut jejak langkah Presiden PAS menjadi MB satu penggal.

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PKR Indians present a litany of woes
B Nantha Kumar
| May 11, 2011


The Indians in the party feel that they are being sidelined and they are fed up with mere lip service.

PETALING JAYA: The Indian vote was a crucial factor for PKR doing so well in the 2008 general election. But now the Indians in the party feel that they are being marginalised.

At a meeting on Monday night the Indian leaders presented a litany of woes to the PKR leadership.

The meeting was helmed by PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and sources say it turned out to be a heated affair.

Apart from Azmin the closed door meeting was attended by vice president N Surendran, deputy secretary general T Kumar, Kapar member of Parliament (MP) S Manikavasagam, Subang MP R Sivarasa, Hutan Melintang state assemblyman S Kesavan, Bukit Selambau state assemblyman S Manikumar and Port Dickson state assemblyman M Ravi.

Others included Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin and Indera Mahkota MP Azan Ismail.

The meeting attended by more than 150 Indian leaders in PKR was aimed at drawing-up strategies to win back the Indian support for the opposition bloc — Pakatan Rakyat, which comprises PAS, DAP and PKR.

But the Indian leaders took the opportunity to tell the party that the Indians and the community's problems were sidelined.

The leaders, a source said, questioned why Indian leaders were not given positions in Pakatan led states.

"We also raised the Tamil schools land issue, the lack of business opportunities and the level of poverty in the community," he said.

The source said Manikavasagam claimed that the PKR-led Selangor government was discriminating against Indians in the state.

"He also raised the issue of sand mining in the state. The state government recently refused to renew the sand mining license of KL Larut Sdn Bhd just because the company belongs to an Indian.

"He also questioned why there were no Indians appointed to high post at state government linked companies," said the source.

Lack of funding

The issue of the controversial Interlok novel was also raised, added the source, with local leader Dr P Sri Ram from Petaling Jaya Selatan division asking the party to clarify its stand on the novel.

The PAS-led Kedah government also came under heavy criticism for not helping the community in the state.

"Azmin could not answer our queries. He could not even answer a single question raised. Surendran tried to answer but this was not enough. The deputy president sat silent like he was under a spell or something," said the source.

The Indian leaders also raised the issue of funding as many were not satisfied with the lack of funds to run grassroot programmes.

"What can we do if there is no money. The main problem is that Indians are still poor and without money we can't reach out to help them. Mere lip service alone will not do," said a leader who attended the meeting.

The leaders also questioned the Selangor government's move to finance Malay and Chinese village headmen but limited financial assistance were given Indians.

"Many Malay and Chinese village heads get up to RM8,000 to RM10,000 through allowances, other goodies, while the Indian village heads just get a monthly allowance of RM450," said the source.

Talking strategies

A notable absentee at the meeting was Selangor exco Dr Xavier Jeyakumar. The Seri Andalas assemblyman, it is learnt, could not make it for the meeting because he was attending the Pakatan Rakyat executive council meeting in Langkawi.

Azmin, on his part, sources said requested the leaders to hit the ground to regain the lost Indian support for the party and the opposition coalition.

PKR is on a drive to win back Indian votes, especially after the community started moving back to the Barisan Nasional (BN).

The support of the community is also vital as it would enable Pakatan to cling on to Selangor. The BN on the hand has vowed to retake the state at the next general election.

Meanwhile, Surendran denied that the meeting was heated.

"It was a calm meeting and we spoke about the strategies to be used for the upcoming general election..it was a normal meeting," he told FMT.


IN SEARCH OF A GOOD NURSING HOME

Posted: 11 May 2011 09:14 PM PDT

Eldercare Nursing Home, Taman Seputeh
One thing I've learned from my online search for a good nursing home is that there's a world of difference between what you see on the website, and what greets your eyes when you visit the homes.

Over the past couple of weeks, my young friend Perrin Rodrigues and I have been on a quest to find a suitable nursing home - she for her 87-year old granny, and me for my 85-year old mother. Both women recently underwent hip surgery after a fall at home. Perrin and I have been exchanging notes on the homes we have visited and crossing them off our list one by one. It's easier to find an oasis in a desert than finding a home that meets our standards.

A locked gate drives away visitors, and makes one wonder about the quality of life for the residents in this nursing home.
Most homes, or at least the ones we have checked out so far are in appalling condition. They are little more than rundown bungalows in desperate need of repair and a fresh coat of paint. The garden, if there is one, could do with some TLC, like the residents inside. A whiff of urine and stale food assaults your nostrils as you cross the threshold into the living room or lobby. The WELCOME mat has seen better days. As someone so aptly put it, "I wouldn't even want to put my dog there!" I couldn't agree with him more.

Inside you are greeted with an equally depressing sight of elderly folks shuffling aimlessly about, or sitting around looking blankly at the TV screen. The bedridden ones lie there with their faces to the wall or just staring at the ceiling. I am sure the days pass painfully slowly for most of these aged residents. There is nothing to look forward to each day except meals and, if they are lucky, a rare visit from a family member.
First impression counts, and it begins with a bright welcoming smile.
Fortunately, there are a few homes that have won us over. Currently top on my list is Eldercare Nursing Home in Taman Seputeh. It's clean, airy, spacious, bright and well-maintained like a home should be. The staff appear friendly and caring, and the residents seem quite content.

It was lunch time when I dropped in unannounced last Saturday with some friends. The food looked inviting enough. We had a peek into the bedrooms and bathrooms, and were pleased at what we saw. All rooms have queen-sized beds, with comfortable mattresses and clean sheets. Hospital-type beds are available on request.

Residents have a choice of single rooms or 2-3 beds in a room. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV (with Astro), and an attached bathroom. Monthly charges start at Rm1850, with an extra Rm300 for diapers if needed. Apparently, there are no vacancies at the moment, and there's a long waiting list. For more details, visit the website at http://www.eldercare.com.my/

The spacious lobby with a mini-fountain and an ornate staircase leading to the upper floors.
That same afternoon, we were invited to check out the newly-opened second Eldercare Home further up the road off Jalan Klang Lama. We were impressed by what we saw. A guided tour and a chat later with Brian who runs both homes with his wife Sonia left us with no doubt that this couple is driven by a passion to raise the standard of residential nursing care in the country, with Eldercare leading the way.

One of the air-conditioned rooms at Eldercare Villa.
Brian has years of experience running a nursing home in the UK, and wife Sonia is a UK-trained nurse. The couple looks set to change the face of nursing homes in Malaysia.
At Rm2200 a month for a shared room, and Rm3200 for a single room, Eldercare Villa is definitely for those who want the best and can afford the best.

The landscaped garden at My Manor.
If that's not upmarket enough for you, try My Manor. At Rm5000 a month, it must be the most expensive nursing home in the country. I visited it two years ago. The charges would probably have gone up by now. The website is currently under construction. If you are interested in checking it out, the address is 27, Jalan Taman 7/6, Petaling Jaya. Contact Janet at +603 7954 8421 or  +6016 233 8421, or email her at janmm27@gmail.com          
Bellevue Residential Homecare is just round the corner from EPF, Jalan Gasing.
If you prefer something more affordable, you might want to consider Bellevue Residential Homecare in Section 5, Petaling Jaya. Medical Director of the home is Dr Teh Ban Hup. When I called up this afternoon for directions, Nursing Sister Lee Mee Ngor told me to look out for "the tallest building along that road. It's pink, with a black gate that's always open". I liked that visitors were always welcomed. Sister Lee gave me a quick tour of the place. My verdict? Well, it's on my KIV list if that means anything. You can check out the facilities and services on their website. Monthly charges are Rm1500 and above.

And so my quest for a good nursing home continues...

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You know your country is run by idiots when this happens!

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:37 PM PDT

Utusan gets a warning letter...
While this comics gets banned for "tendency to (cause) hatred and excite disaffection"


The Home Ministry today issued a reprimand letter to Utusan Malaysia over the daily's front page article on May 7, titled Kristian Agama Rasmi? (Christianity the official religion?).

azlanA reprimand letter requires no follow up action by the newspaper, as compared with a demand to show cause, and is akin to just a slap on the wrist.

According to a Home Ministry statement, Utusan's editor-in-chief Aziz Ishak was called and the letter handed to him. "The Home Ministry will continue to monitor every newspaper in order to prevent news which would menggemparkan (infuriate) the minds of the people or material that is against the PPPA 1984," the statement said.

The article alleged that a group of pastors had participated in a gathering in Penang recently, which involved DAP elected representatives, where they discussed a plot to turn Malaysia into a Christian country and install a Christian prime minister.

No evidence of this allegation was offered by Utusan, who sourced the story from two pro-Umno blogs. One of the two had deleted article that was sourced by Utusan.

Utusan's critics however are likely to point out that the daily, which is owned by Umno, enjoy impunity and always gets away with a mere light reprimand while other dailies have received suspension of printing licenses or have it withdrawn altogether.

For example, Higher Education Deputy Minister Wee Ka Siong wrote on Twitter after the home ministry statement was issued, that in the case of China Press editor-in-chief Teoh Yoog Khoon, he was suspended two weeks over an inaccurate news report.

"(The China Press) report did not cause disharmony among Malaysians of all races. Many people will compare the damage caused by Utusan's report to (that) of China Press.

In Teoh's case, the home ministry had issued a show cause letter over an article which claimed that the then Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan would quit in March last year.

Following this, Home Ministry Deputy Chief Secretary Ahmad Fuad Ab Aziz said that any follow up action would be left to China Press' management.

Police reports lodged

Unlike the China Press incident, many police reports have been lodged against Utusan over the article for flouting sedition laws among others. Bukit Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, who was named in the article, have also lodged a police report.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court today heard that two books by cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaq were banned by the Home Ministry because they contain "terrible accusations" which could lead to public disorder. azlan

In his submission on the judicial review application by the cartoonist popularly known as Zunar against the Home Ministry, federal counsel Noor Hisham Ismail said the books are also seen as an "extreme insult to national leadership".

"The books can't cause public disturbance but there is potential that the people who read it could be likely (influenced)." He added the minister is satisfied that the book has "tendency to (cause) hatred and excite disaffection" towards national leaders, the judiciary and enforcement agencies.

Noor Hisham is representing respondents Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and his deputy Abu Seman Yusuf in a judicial review of the ban imposed on '1Funny Malaysia' and 'Perak Darul Kartun'.
Both books were banned in November 2009.

Noor Hisham also submitted that there is no room for a judicial review as the court does not have the right to examine or challenge the minister's "satisfaction that the books are prejudicial to public order". "If the matter rests solely on the subjective decision of the minister... and involves opinion and policy then the court should not review the decision. "It seems apparent that when it comes to issues of national security and public order the court cannot intervene by way of a judicial review as it involves policy considerations," he said, citing case law.
Public order or politicians' reputation?

K Shanmuga, representing the plaintiffs, submitted that in the book ban notice, the minister stated that the books were banned because they are "prejudicial to public order" and not "likely to be prejudicial".

"It might be worth recalling that the books in question were in publication for almost eight months before their ban, yet there was no evidence whatsoever that any breach of the peace occurred or was threatened as a result of the book. "By failing to produce material evidence of any reports before the minister which he relied on or in any of the affidavits filed before the court, the minister must be deemed to have no good reason for his decision.

"It is all to protect the image of politicians and their reputation," he said. Shanmuga added that the law requires decisions made by the minister to be "reasonable and proportionate" and that the books cannot be banned "simply for saying not very nice things about politicians and the government of Malaysia".

"Would a reasonable minister feel there is a threat to public order from cartoons, political satire, and ban the whole book due to several offending pages?" he said.

NONECommenting on the proceedings later, Zunar (second from right), who was accompanied by his wife Fazlinah Rosley (in blue), questioned the validity of Noor Hisham's submission, particularly when the latter claimed that the minister concluded that the books "tarnished the rakyat's trust in the government".

"You can only lose something you have. The people who read my books have already lost trust in the government," he said. Judge Rohana Yusuf will be delivering her verdict on July 14.



An Interesting Diversion to Wall Street...

Posted: 13 May 2011 01:28 PM PDT

And who says "Asians" don't make it BIG? (as far as media headlines is concerned:(OR :)

Raj Rajaratnam, billionaire co- founder of Galleon Group,maketh the news on Wall Street -- is it good or bad? ~~ YL, Thinking Aloud

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Wiretaps key in conviction of ex-hedge fund giant


Wall St. titan convicted with help from wiretaps, which may get more use in white-collar cases
Tom Hays and Larry Neumei
ster, Associated Press, On Wednesday May 11, 2011, 5:24 pm EDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam was convicted in an insider-trading case Wednesday thanks largely to weapons prosecutors have using against mobsters and drug lords for years: wiretaps. What that means for his former peers depends on whether it's true, as his lead attorney asserts, that what he did "happens every day on Wall Street."

Federal prosecutors used nearly three dozen recordings at trial to back up their claim that Rajaratnam made a fortune by coaxing a crew of corporate tipsters into giving him an illegal edge on blockbuster trades in technology and other stocks. In a clear signal of the tapes' importance, the U.S. District Court jurors asked several times to rehear some of the recordings before convicting Rajaratnam of all 14 counts: five of conspiracy and nine of securities fraud.

Rajaratnam could be heard wheeling and dealing with corrupt executives and consultants -- in one case demanding "radio silence" on information that could affect a stock price.

The tapes spelled the demise of a defendant who "was among the best and the brightest, one of the most educated, successful and privileged professionals in the country," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "Yet, like so many others, he let greed and corruption cause his undoing."

Authorities have said the recordings represent the most extensive use to date of wiretaps in a white-collar case. The defense had fought hard in pretrial hearings to keep the evidence out of the trial by arguing that the FBI obtained it with a faulty warrant.

Once a judge allowed the recordings in, prosecutors put them to maximum use by repeatedly playing them for jurors, who convicted Rajaratnam on their 12th day of deliberations.

Bharara's office "took wiretaps for a test drive, and I'd say it was a resounding success," said Stephen Miller, a former federal prosecutor in private practice in Philadelphia.

The tapes were "a gold mine," said Steven Scholes, an attorney in private practice in Chicago who formerly worked in the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement. "There's an old saying that you can't cross-examine a tape," he said.

Kenneth Herzinger, another former attorney in the SEC enforcement division, predicted prosecutors will expand the use of wiretaps to other white-collar prosecutions.

"I view the use of wiretaps as a game changer and something that certainly the defense bar has taken notice of and I think that Wall Street has taken notice of," said Herzinger, now a San Francisco attorney in private practice.

Prosecutors had alleged that illegal tips allowed the 53-year-old Rajaratnam to make profits and avoid losses totaling more than $60 million. His Galleon Group funds, they said, became a multibillion-dollar success at the expense of ordinary stock investors who didn't have the advance notice he enjoyed of mergers, acquisitions and earnings reports.

On Wednesday, Rajaratnam sat at the defense table, a rarity for him at the trial, and stayed motionless as the verdict was read.

After the jurors were dismissed with a warning from U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell not to talk about deliberations, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Streeter asked Holwell to jail Rajaratnam. The defendant's overseas bank accounts and properties give him the means to flee, and the prospect of a lengthy prison term gives him a "tremendous incentive" to do so, Streeter said.

But the judge ruled that Rajaratnam could remain free on $100 million bail as long as he was placed under house arrest at his Manhattan home to await sentencing on July 29. Prosecutors said he faces a possible prison term of roughly 16 to 19 years under federal sentencing guidelines. Financial penalties including fines and restitution have yet to be determined.

Outside court, with Rajaratnam at his side, defense attorney John Dowd said there will be an appeal filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Of the 37 trades that the government sought to prosecute, he added, only 14 made it to trial.

"The score is 23-14 in favor of the defense," he said. "We'll see you in the 2nd Circuit."

The verdict followed seven weeks of testimony. Some of the people who were recorded talking to Rajaratnam pleaded guilty and testified against the Sri Lanka-born defendant.

The defense had argued that the tapes revealed nothing more than that Rajaratnam was doing his duty by asking questions about information already circulating in the "real world" of high finance.

"That happens every day on Wall Street," Dowd told the jury. "There's nothing wrong with it."

Dowd headed a team of attorneys who crowded around the defense table each day. The defendant took an uncustomary position on a bench behind them and listened along with jurors as his recorded voice filled the courtroom.

In one July 29, 2008, call, Rajaratnam could be heard grilling former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta about whether the board had discussed acquiring a commercial bank or an insurance company.

"Have you heard anything along that line?" Rajaratnam asked Gupta.

"Yeah," Gupta responded. "This was a big discussion at the board meeting."

Prosecutors sought to maximize the impact of the Gupta tape by calling Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd Blankfein to testify that the phone call violated the investment bank's confidentiality policies. Gupta, who has not been charged, has denied any wrongdoing.

The government also played tapes it said proved Rajaratnam was trading secrets and orchestrating cover-ups with fellow hedge fund manager Danielle Chiesi, who pleaded guilty in the case.

"I mean, I think this stock could go up $10, you know? But we got to keep this radio silence," Rajaratnam said in one tape.

"Oh, please. That is my pleasure," Chiesi responded.

"Not even to your little boyfriends, you know?"

"No, believe me, I don't have friends," she replied.

Rajaratnam advised Chiesi to buy 1 million shares of a tech stock on an inside tip, then sell 500,000 of those shares -- a tactic prosecutors say was used to throw regulators off the trail. In another instance, about 30 minutes of calls with an Intel tipster scored Rajaratnam a $2 million windfall on the computer chip-maker's stock, prosecutors said.

Former financial consultant Anil Kumar testified that he and Rajaratnam -- his former classmate at the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton School -- broke the law by speaking regularly about the negotiations over the acquisition of ATI Technologies Inc. by Kumar's client, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., before the deal was announced.

"I told him that this was `red hot' and shouldn't be discussed," Kumar said. Later, he said he cautioned the defendant, "This is going to be a complete shock to the industry ... so treat this with the strictest of confidence."

Prosecutors say Rajaratnam raked in $20 million by trading on his advance notice of the ATI-AMD deal. Afterward, he called Kumar at home and said, "You're a star," Kumar told the jury.

When Rajaratnam later informed Kumar that he would be rewarded with a $1 million kickback, "I almost fell off my chair," the witness said.

Rajaratnam was charged in October 2009, days before Galleon, which had up to $7 billion in assets under management, announced that it was shutting down its hedge funds.

The Galleon probe has resulted in more than two dozen arrests and 21 guilty pleas. It also has led to a second investigation aimed at consultants in the securities industry who pass off inside information as the product of legitimate research.

Only Rajaratnam has gone to trial, where he relived conversations that the insiders never suspected were being monitored. On one tape, Rajaratnam sounded sheepish when one particularly effusive tipster praised him for being a star in the hedge fund universe.

"The myth," Rajaratnam said, "is larger than the reality."

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Antara kesetiaan dan tanggungjawab

Posted: 13 May 2011 12:00 PM PDT

"Abang Aspan, bagaimana kalau UMNO mengambil tindakan terhadap abang Aspan dengan memecat abang sebagai ahli UMNO?"

Di atas ialah soalan yang sering ditanya kepada saya akhir-akhir ini. Saya tahu sebab pertanyaan itu di tujukan kepada saya kerana mereka menganggap saya sebagai anti-UMNO kerana mengkritik parti kadangkala agak keras. Oleh kerana soalan ini sudah begitu banyak ditanya maka elok saya menjawab sekali gus dan tidak payah diulang-ulang acapkali pertanyaan itu. Saya adalah ahli UMNO tulin sejak 1971 lagi…no business, no position, no cronies, no ambitions and no nothing.

Pertamanya saya ingin memberitahu dan mengaku yang saya bukan seorang yang berpengaruh untuk menjejaskan sokongan orang ramai kepada UMNO. Saya hanya duduk di rumah dan tidak bergiat seperti orang UMNO yang lain berdemonstrasi melalui GAPS Selangor dan sebagainya. Berdemonstrasi ini saya lakukan semasa zaman pelajar awal tujuh puluhan dahulu.

Tidak ada sebab UMNO nak pecat saya kerana saya seorang yang tidak ada 'consequence' seperti ramai yang lain. Malahan tidak ada di kalangan yang berkuasa membaca dan mengetahui wujudnya blog yang kecil seperti blog saya ini. Saya adalah hamba yang lebih kecil dari habuk di atas tunggul di sisi semua pihak, apatah lagi di sisi Tuhan. Saya bukan setengah orang, jadi pemimpin dan berkesempatan memperkayakan diri dengan kuasa dan cuba berselindung di sebalik Tuhan. Saya tidak ada kemampuan itu walaupun sekecilmana sekali pun.

Jika pun saya dipecat ia tidak akan membawa apa-apa kesan kepada saya kerana memecat dan dipecat dalam parti adalah perkara biasa. Dr Mahathir pun pernah kena pecat sehinggakan beliau berdiri di atas pentas PAS semasa pilihanraya kecil Kapar setelah ADUNnya Hamzah Alang meninggal dunia. Semasa itu jarang-jarang ADUN atau Ahli Parlimen meninggal dunia seperti sekarang ini.

Saya bukannya ada kedudukan yang boleh membuatkan saya kecewa dan bersedih jika dipecat. Sedangkan Nabi Adam sendiri telah dikeluarkan dari syurga, jadi apalah sangat kesannya jika saya terpecat dari UMNO. Malahan apabila Adam dipecat dari syurga Adam telah berbakti dengan mengisi dunia ini dengan manusia sehingga penduduk dunia sekarang telah dihuni oleh lebih dari 3 billion manusia.

Kita semua adalah cucu-cucu kepada Adam termasuklah Samy Velu, Chua Soi Lek, Dr Mahathir, Eskay, Rahim Thamby Chik, Rosmah Mansor, kluangman, Tengku Adnan, Sanusi Junid dan Sophia Loren serta kesemua manusia yang ada di muka bumi ini samada yang masih hidup atau pun yang telah mati.

Tetapi setelah Adam dipecat dan dihantar kedunia ini, Adam juga telah menurunkan keturunan-keturunan mulia seperti Rasul-Rasul dan Nabi-Nabi, aulia-aulia, ambia-ambia dan wali-wali Allah yang menjaga dunia ciptaan Maha pencipta ini. Apabila dipecat, Adam menjadi pencetus untuk membuktikan kebesaran Tuhan semesta Alam. Kita semua tahu Alam yang terbentang ini adalah dalil wujudnya Tuhan yang Maha Esa itu. Jika Adam tidak wujud kita tidak wujud untuk mengakui Tuhan itu adalah definite dan infiinite.

Jadi saya bermohon kepada semua orang supaya tidak mengambil pot jika saya dipecat atau dibuang dari parti. Tidak ada masalah dan tidak ada hal bagi saya. Ia tidak akan menjadi isu kepada diri saya dan UMNO. Kalau nak pinjam kata-kata MB NS Mohammad Hasan, saya ini bukan boleh 'mendalamkan air' pun. Cakap MB itu benar. Bagi diri saya yang penting ialah niat saya dalam mengkritik parti saya. Tetapi saya tidak lah sampai hendak melakukan sumpah laknat seperti Eskay atau sesiapa yang berselindung di sebaliknya.

Sekian jawapan kepada pertanyaan beberapa orang yang bertanya itu. Wassalam.


Samsu.. The unquenched thirst

Posted: 13 May 2011 05:14 AM PDT

The Unquenched Thirst ( Theeratha Taagam) portrays a typical Indian family who makes end meet in their daily life. The head of the family Maniam, is an irresponsible father who neglects his role as the caretaker and gets himself involved in cheap alcohol, Samsu. To support the family, Rajeswary works in an Chinese Restaurant washing dishes, for her to get mere R20 per day. Unfortunately Rajeswary predicament of Asthma, agonises her health. 17 year old daughter, Vimala is naive', innocent and young. She easily believes peoples word and this is where she is taken advantage by her so called boy friend who promised to marry her. Eventually, Vimala falls into a traumatic stage. The youngest son, Saravanan, scavenges garbage to help the family, but all his earning is taken away by his dad. Saravanan aim to be a star and always fantasises being in lime light. The end of this play is about a woman who seeks justice for herself and her children. What will she do for them not to endeavour anymore of the agony and misery being abused, being illiterate, ailing health and poverty?? What will Rajeswary do??? Video by Arvind Raj
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Isu KUIN: Siswa minta Hadi nasihat MB Kedah

Posted: 13 May 2011 04:56 AM PDT

Sekumpulan mahasiswa menghantar memorandum kepada Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang menuntut beliau campurtangan dengan menasihati kerajaan negeri Kedah agar lebih profesional dalam berdepan dengan aktivisme pelajar Kolej Universiti Insaniah (KUIN) Kedah. Institut pengajian tinggi itu milik kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat itu yang diterajui Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak. Full story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Deputy IGP: No need to reveal man in sex video, yet

Posted: 13 May 2011 03:58 AM PDT

The police have positively identified the male in a sex video, which depicts a person resembling PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, but they will not name the person for now. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, however, did not discount the possibility of revealing the identity of the person and it would happen "if the need arises under the law". Full story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Police receive new account of 'Christian conspiracy'

Posted: 13 May 2011 03:07 AM PDT

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar today said that a police report has been lodged which may contain new details on the alleged 'Christian conspiracy' as reported by Utusan Malaysia. "I can confirm that a report was lodged in Penang this morning at 8.50am regarding the issue and the contents has variasi (are different) from the other (reports lodged before). Full story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Nurul receives threat to kidnap daughter

Posted: 12 May 2011 10:02 PM PDT

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar today lodged a police report at Dang Wangi police station over an anonymous SMS she received threatening the kidnap of her daughter. www.malaysiakini.com According to Nurul Izzah, the SMS said her daughter would receive the same fate as Sharlinie Mohd Nashar, a five-year-old girl who went missing while playing with her sister near her house in Petaling Jaya three years ago.
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What Does It Mean To Have An Official Religion?

Posted: 13 May 2011 10:34 AM PDT

I am not disturbed by Utusan's obvious attempts to cause agitation among the masses. They are village idiots - the mouthpiece of the ruling coalition BN - so it is their job.

What bothers me, however, is the fact that people do indeed get agitated over trivial matters.

Seriously, why would anyone care about what the official religion is? I can understand why an official language would be important - it dictates the language of communication.

But what about official religion?? How does that play a part in everyday matters?

It's been exactly 42 years today since the famous race riots in 1969. There have not been any improvements in terms of race relations.

There is merely the incessant and insincere "call" for harmony and tolerance, which is a fa├žade in itself. The minorities are expected to be tolerant while the majority calls the shots.

And when it comes to religious tolerance, conditions have deteriorated even further.

Church leaders have angrily denounced the report by Utusan Melayu, according to some news sites.

I don't know what they're angry about.

Assuming that church leaders had indeed prayed during a meeting attended by opposition leaders for Christianity to become the official religion, it looks like the rest of the country (especially those who believe these bizarre allegations) is acknowledging that the Christian god is the most powerful.

The Christians have just received the highest compliment they could ever get and they're angry.

Somehow, I strongly doubt the Christians bother about the trivialities of an "official religion" though.

Most of them are too smart to.


blogspot.com glitch

Posted: 13 May 2011 10:19 AM PDT

What is happening to blogspot.com?

I lost a posting and comments.

Let's hope the system recovers soon... got so many things to say and discuss.

Goodnite...


Mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi BN - sudah kah kenal pasti masalah sebenarnya?

Posted: 13 May 2011 09:47 AM PDT

Semalam Majlis Tertinggi BN telah mengadakan mesyuaratnya dan topik utama yang akan dibincangkan ialah isu pilihanraya umum yang akan datang. Perbincangan ini wajar dilakukan untuk mengatur strategi bagaimana hendak memulihkan kembali sokongan rakyat terhadap 'coalition' ini yang telah menurun ketahap yang membimbangkan pemimpin yang memerintah.

Setiap kali pilihanraya sampai BN bermesyuarat untuk membincangkan strategi yang paling ampuh dalam menghadapi rakyat dan perbincangan ini juga dilakukan oleh pimpinan BN yang sebelumnya. Tetapi walaupun perbincangan dilakukan tetapi di Semenanjung BN telah tertewas dengan teruknya di dalam banyak kerusi pada 2008 dahulu.

Kalau tidak kerana sokongan di Sabah dan Sarawak semasa itu BN sudah pasti BN telah duduk di kerusi pembangkang pada hari ini. Kalau tidak kerana Malaysia Timur Najib sekarang ini sedang duduk di kerusi pembangkang di Dewan Parlimen. Tidak dapat dibayangkan bagaimana Najib bertindak sebagai Ketua Pembangkang. Maklum sajalah pemimpin yang tidak pernah merasa susah dalam kehidupan, dari kecil sehingga dewasa.

Sedangkan sudah menjadi PM sekarang pun beliau lebih cenderung untuk bersikap seperti resmi air; di mana lekok di situ dia berhenti. Di depan orang Melayu beliau berkata lain, di depan bangsa lain dia berkata lain. Bila Najib bersifat seperti ini ingat pula saya kata-kata orang minang, 'kok terkurung biar kek luar, kok terimpit biar kek ateh, kok bojalan boduo nak bojalan kek tongah'.

Itulah pasalnya apabila ada orang minang di dalam kabinet minang ini sentiasa selamat dan berada selalu di pihak yang meneraju pemerintah. Minang hebat mengampu. Siapa yang kena ampu dengan minang, orang itu sentiasa akan terasa geli-geli di pundi-pundinya. Jarang-jarang orang yang diampu oleh orang minang ini mampu menepis urutan dan gosokannya.

Apa yang penting untuk disebut di dalam mesyuarat BN ini ialah memahami masalah yang sebenar. Tidak akan telerai masalah jika kita tidak memahami masalah dengan 'detail'. Mengumunkan program pembangunan sahaja tidak akan memberikan impak apa-apa terhadap pandangan rakyat terhadap kita. Yang terutama yang mesti difikirkan ialah apakah program pembangunan itu dapat dirasai oleh rakyat?

Tetapi yang paling penting untuk dihalusi ialah untuk bertanya kepada diri sendiri; apa sebenarnya yang menyebabkan orang Cina tidak menghormati pimpinan Melayu sekarang ini? Kenapa orang Melayu sendiri sudah mula mengarahkan pandangan dan minat mereka kepada parti-parti Melayu yang lain? Kenapa orang India walaupun kaumnya adalah kaum yang minoriti serta berpecah-pecah tetapi representasi mereka di Dewan-Dewan legislatif itu bertambah ramai melalui parti-parti di dalam BN dan PR.

Apabila kata-kata pucuk pimpinan tidak di ambil serius oleh semua rakyat masalah akan datang timpa menimpa. Kata orang tua-tua pemimpin mesti masin mulutnya baru boleh jadi pemimpin yang berkesan. Tetapi jika kata-kata pemimpin dijadikan bahan jenaka di merata-rata tempat itu adalah petanda buruk yang tidak memungkinkan kepimpinannya boleh bertahan untuk mendapatkan ke masinan mulut itu seseorang itu mestilah berjaya memaparkan jiwa dan niat yang telaus untuk mencapai matlamat 'national unity' satu-satunya perjuangan rakyat negara yang kosmopolitan ini.

Jika pemimpin-pemimpin yang melaungkan kesatuan dan penyatuan rakyat itu di sulami dengan elemen-eleman negatif seperti rasuah dan sifat memperkayakan diri serta menunjukan kehidupan glamour yang tidak terbatas oleh etika dan budaya bangsa maka niat untuk mendapatkan penghormatan dan dukongan ramai itu tidak mungkin tercapai.

Sokongan politik bukan sahaja terbatas dari program ekonomi yang tinggi-tinggi tetapi yang lebih penting ialah persepsi rakyat tentang kualiti kepimpinan dan 'spiritualism' yang ada bersamanya. Sifat 'paranoid' pimpinan kita terhadap kemajuan DAP misalnya telah membuahkan persepsi yang pemimpin kita mempunyai perasaan rendah diri yang terlalu nyata. Seorang pemimpin yang berjiwa besar akan mengambil segala tindakan dan 'accountability' terhadap tindakannya dengan 'pride' yang tinggi serta 'magnanimous'.

Di dalam mesyuarat BN elok dikaji kelemahan kita yang selalu meratap dan mengelabah apabila nampak DAP mendapat tempat di hati dan jiwa rakyat serta kecenderungan orang Melayu untuk menghampiri PAS kerana merasa tidak selesa dengan parti mereka sendiri. Sekarang BN perlu sedar yang wang ringgit yang ditaburkan semasa pilihanraya tidak mujarab lagi kerana rakyat tidak lagi mahu merasakn mereka dibeli dan diupah untk mengundi.

Agen yang paling effektif di desa-desa dan di kampong ialah anak-anak muda yang telah dapat ditawan hati mereka oleh parti pembangkang. Ketua-ketua kampong atau ketua cawangan UMNO tidak lagi mempunyai pengaruh untuk berkempen bagi pihak BN kerana ibu-bapa mereka lebih percaya kepada pandangan anak-anak mereka yang tinggal di bandar-bandar dari ketua cawangan mereka.

DAP dan PAS merupakan parti yang telah melalui keperitan dalam sejarah kewujudannya. Parti-parti ini telah menghadapi dugaan yang amat besar bukan untuk mendapatkan sokongan tetapi segala rintangan yang diberikan oleh BN yang memerintah. Ini adalah unsur yang natural. Itulah sebabnya kita diberitahu oleh agama, adat serta etika yang pihak yang telah melalui rintangan dengan penuh kesabaran itu akhirnya akan berjaya. Kalau sesiapa hendak menafikan hal ini, nafikanlah sekendak hati.

Apabila sampai masanya yang memberikan halangan itu akan hilang staminanya dan yang dihalang itu akan mendapat merobohkan halangn dengan hanya satu senjatanya, iaitu kesabaran. Sesiapa sahaja yang mempunyai kesabaran mereka akan berjaya. Apabila pecah ruyungnya sagunya akan dapat dirasakan setelah bersabar sebegitu lama.

Kesabaran PAS dan DAP bukannya kecil. Ramai di antara pemimpin mereka telah disumbat kedalam penjara dan di Tahan dibawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA). Akta ISA, OSA dan Akta Polis merupakan senjata ampuh bagi BN melewatkan kejayaan PAS dan DAP untuk merasakan kejayaan. Kita terpaksa akur kepada kehendak 'nature' kita tidak akan kekal dengan kuasa jika kita mendapatkan kuasa itu secara tidak 'legitimate' dengan sepenuhnya.

Lembu pawah, kambing pawah dan sebagainya sudah tidak boleh menambat hati rakyat di desa-desa lagi. UMNO masih tidak berubah dalam cara berkempen. Kita masih lagi bercakap tentang api, air dan jalanraya yang kononnya hanya UMNO sahaja yang memberikannya. Rakyat tahu oleh kerana UMNO yang memerintah tentulah UMNO yang membina jalanraya dan mengadakan kemudaha air dan letrik.

Kalau lah PAS memerintah dahulu pun PAS juga akan membina kemudahan-kemudahan tersebut. Yang pentingnya kuasa kerajaan pusat dan itu pun sebabnya PAS berusaha untuk mentadbir kerajaan pusat. Di negeri Cina, Thailand, India, England, Norway, Amerika Syarikat jalan raya pun cantik-cantik serta canggih tetapi di sana tidak ada pun UMNO. Sekarang ini UMNO masih mengungkit-ngunkit isu jalanraya, lembu pawah, kambing pawah, bantuan kebajikan masyarakat dan sebagainya sebagai modal kempen pilihanraya.

Rakyat tidak lagi termakan dengan kempen seperti ini yang telah kita dengar sejak pilihanraya yang pertama sehinggalah ke hari ini. Yang sedihnya orang yang telah menjelajah dunia luar pun masih terperangkap dengan kempen secara yang kuno ini.

Banyak perkara yang patut di sebutkan oleh pimpinan BN dalam mesyuaratnya semalam. Apa yang di tulis ini hanya cebisan kecil dari banyak perkara-perkara besar yang wajar di ambil perhatian.


Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim’s Crackup Continues!!

Posted: 13 May 2011 09:44 AM PDT

Hey Mo! You decide for yourselves!





By
Christopher Badeaux

In some ways, vile anti-Semite and cowardly woman-abuser though he is, you have to feel sorry for Anwar Ibrahim. Well, you'd have to if he didn't truck with Jew-hating Muslim extremists and use adoring political crowds as opportunities to take shots at his political opponent's wife. But a more sympathetic man than Anwar would be a perfect tragic figure: A man who reaches his limits just shy of his goals; a man who can never quite reach the top; a man whose past crimes become less important than his present successes, which are themselves ultimately failures.

Anwar Ibrahim is a Sisyphus who never reaches the middle of the slope.

Anwar's most famous, present achievement is to craft a dysfunctional opposition coalition composed of his own vanity party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR); the socialist-left/secularist Democratic Action Party (DAP); and the sh'ria-obsessed Parti Islam Semalaysi (PAS). Just the descriptions of those parties makes clear that their unifying plank is desperation, a determination to finally win a national election against the hated Barisan Nasional, the governing coalition whose primary achievements are rapid economic progress and continued democratization. In other words, Anwar's merry little band of schizophrenics must convince Malaysians that democracy and increasing standards of living are bad things, and that a group of socialists, Islamists, and rich poseurs will somehow form a government together, maintain that government, and keep the democratic and economic development going full-tilt.

Unsurprisingly, Malaysians show no sign of accepting this argument.

Anwar's second great achievement is to convince the world at large — if not Malaysians yet — that his conviction for corruption (upheld on appeal), much-documented association with the Muslim Brotherhood, and apparent proclivity for finding himself denying wide-ranging sexual adventures, are not remotely reflective of the sort of head of government he would be, if he could convince his countrymen to elect a government composed of Islamic extremists, far-left socialists, and general malcontents. While the U.S. foreign policy establishment is finally coming to grips with Anwar's real nature, his constant self-promotion and the general laziness of a large number of foreign reporters and foreign ministries have aided his disproportionately favorable image.

Both of these achievements will be for even less than the nothing they currently are if Anwar is unable to better, during the upcoming national elections, his just-shy-of-the-goal electoral result from the 2008, when the wind was at his back and the electorate was in a mood for national change. Three-and-change years later, Anwar is showing the stripes that led to his corruption conviction years ago, and reminding the world why Malaysians have not yet shown any inclination to hand the reins of power to a man who seems to spend a lot of time making amateur porn videos.

Anwar's latest stumble — stumbles seem to come more rapidly for the man these days — lies in calling Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak a "pandi kutti," a Tamil term for a piglet, to a group of Indian Malaysians. The Prime Minister was not, of course, present; Anwar's stock in trade these days is to belittle his political opponents (and their wives) before adoring crowds, displaying the sort of raw political courage that has led to nearly a month of silence on the allegations that he was, according to long-time new media backer Raja Petra, possibly the man behind a series of preposterous allegations against the Prime Minister (detailed here). So, quite aside from the sheer heroism Anwar displayed and the statesmanlike pose he has adopted (calling one's opponent an animal is no more acceptable in Malaysia than in any other civilized country), he elected to call a devout Muslim a pig.

Smart opposition leaders with the wind at their back take pointed jabs at their opponents. Elitists with coalitions doomed to failure by their very nature and no chance of success resort to name-calling. The difference is subtle in print, but obvious in practice: Suggesting that one's opponent is asleep at the wheel, confused, incompetent, corrupt: These are all on the table. Name-calling is a way of indicating that one's primary schooling was not an unrivaled success. Naturally, the Prime Minister is unfazed, but when his putative opponent has been reduced to calling him a poopy-head, it would seem reasonable to treat Anwar as a nuisance rather than a danger.

Anwar's world is not only crumbling on the political front, where his coalition is starting to crumble and his own party shedding supporters, and his former attack-dog blogger has implicated him in a major controversy. He is dealing with yet another sodomy trial, one looking progressively worse for him over time. Indeed, "worse all the time" is an understatement, as authorities have positively identified Anwar's DNA from the samples collected at the scene. No matter what we in the West think of making sodomy a crime, the man who would be prime minister should be the first to obey his nation's laws, and the first to righteously demand exoneration if he was innocent, offering his own DNA to test against the sample, thundering for justice from the heavens.

Instead, Malaysians get more rallies about the prime minister's wife.

An honest assessment of the opposition in Malaysia shows that they have no real chance in the upcoming elections, and that even if they somehow succeeded in getting past the post, they would neither make Anwar Ibrahim prime minister nor last as a governing coalition for very long. An honest assessment of Anwar's life shows a man who has striven, sought, found, not yielded, and ultimately, will never win. His desperation is clearly overwhelming him.

Were he a man of even average moral decency, we should ache with his tragedy. It is a pity that at the last, amid a storm of name calling and gutter politics of his own making, he cannot even succeed in being of average moral decency.


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