Tuesday, May 10, 2011

THE POLITICAL GURU,MOTHER PIG LET THE BIG DOG OUT THE ARCHITECTS OF RACIAL TERROR

THE POLITICAL GURU,MOTHER PIG LET THE BIG DOG OUT THE ARCHITECTS OF RACIAL TERROR


THE POLITICAL GURU,MOTHER PIG LET THE BIG DOG OUT THE ARCHITECTS OF RACIAL TERROR

Posted: 10 May 2011 03:33 PM PDT

 The Prime Minister must be a Muslim. So, Perkasa and Ibrahim Ali, please shut up and let Malaysians live in peace. Stop all the demonstrations, rhetoric and propaganda. We love our Rulers and we believe in the Constitution and the sovereignty of our Rulers. There is absolutely no question that there are others who want it otherwise.
Just stop fanning more racial sentiments and religious sensitivities. There are better things to do than to start arguing about such miniscule matters. Anyone, who tries to be smart, and install a Christian Prime Minister must be ISA'ed. Immediately.
Najib can continue to be Prime Minister as long as he wants provided BN wins the election. Should BN lose, the ruling coalition can still have the option to appoint him as Prime Minister for the next 22 years, so there is no argument here. Please pack your banners and megaphones, go home and let Malaysians enjoy their peace.
Najib forever or Dr M should return to rule Malaysia?
We still think Najib is the best of the batch, compared to the rest in UMNO. Dr M shouldn't have resigned. After his resignation, Malaysia has never been the same again. UMNO should consider fielding him again, just like Lee Kuan Yew or make him 'seniole' minister since he can't keep his mouth shut.
Muhyiddin can wait another 22 years or until Najib decides to retire. Mukhriz can fight with Hishamuddin on who should be PM after Muhyiddin's turn. Just stop all this nonsense about who should become PM immediately and leave the Rakyat alone.
It doesn't matter if the Prime Minister is Chinese, Indian or Iban, Kadazan as long as he is a Muslim. Any wannabes in the government who intend to become Prime Minister better make the conversion now. The Prime Minister, however, must be a true Muslim who can uphold the sanctity of Islam without compromising. He must be fair to all and act swiftly to diffuse silly controversies facing the Rakyat today.
Malaysians are not bothered about who becomes Prime Minister as long as the Prime Minister knows how to lead wisely and provide equal opportunities to the Rakyat.
The present batch of PM-wannabes is a gross disappointment. They sit around and do nothing, and play with the sentiments of the people. Not too long ago, the Sleepy One went after the wrong person – a lady who reported a seditious act was put in the ISA for her own safety, while the perpetrator got off scot free.
Strong undercurrents in Umno
Please do not blame BigDog the blogger. Whether he is a big dog or a small dog doesn't hide the fact that he is prominent blogger. As a blogger he can write what he wants, and he can lie or tell the truth about his writings. It will not be seditious if others do not publish it nationwide.
Utusan, in their search for the Scoop of the Century, finally found it in BigDog's blog after many years of Fruitless search. Now, Utusan is very happy that they have finally found the biggest news of the century, and they know they can't be charged for sedition as they only reported the news. The reporter who broke the news should be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. As long as their paper sells, they will report anything under the sun so long as it pleases their Boss.
Rumours that he enjoys close ties with Mahathir and Mukhriz, should not be seen as an attempt by this duo to destabilize this nation. MM is actually a harmless kitten trying to meow like a Tiger. And if Mukhriz wants to have friends like BigDog or small dog, who can protest?
And the rumour going around that MM may be involved in this controversy to destabilize Najib, so that Mukhiz can ascend the Prime Ministership is absolutely ridiculous. Muhyiddin definitely won't allow such a thing to happen.
Neither would Hishamuddin seen by many as a potential candidate for Prime Minister. Poor Najib, nearly censured the last time due to the Altantuya controversy, is again been challenged. We really hope he gets to be Prime Minister for ever.
So the question, of whether Malaysia will have a Muslim or a non-Muslim Prime Minister does not arise, even though Sabah minister Bernard Dompok, has spelt out clearly that the law allows for a non-Malay Prime Minister.
Gateway APCO
More plausible is the fact that Christianity through APCO is slowly infiltrating the country. Israel sees Malaysia as one of the easiest countries to colonize. And Malaysia sits strategically in South East Asia, that's why Malacca became so famous before. Rahim Thamby Chik used to be the Chief Minister until his downfall, for which Lim Guan Eng went to jail for.
The meeting held at the Catholic Church in Penang was actually a social gathering. The Catholic Church is loyal to Rome and the Vatican, which Israel does not support. It is like Shiitism and Sunniism, which are two diverse beliefs and totally apart even though both believe in the same God. We hope any investigation conducted should include the Israeli link as well.  It was also alleged that the past computerization of the PDRM was done by companies allied to Israel. That is also why MM is so angry with Soros and Israel. I would not put my money in any Israeli Bank for that matter
Our government should be cautious not to deal with any companies with ties to Israel or give them any of our money. Israel is so dangerous that our international passports forbid us to go to this one particular country. It is also the only country in the world chopped 'forbidden' prominently in our passports. Israel. So beware of Israel, but leave the Catholic Church alone.
So now that the matter has subsided without any bloodshed, or ill feelings, Utusan has called on everyone to not fan the fires of religious sensitivities and learn to respect each other's religion. The Catholic Church has made an official statement, denying that they want to take over the country, so let's just get back to our work and wait for the next controversy to appear. Hopefully, it wouldn't be another sex scandal.
One of the global architects of terror responsible for inspiring the 9-11 tragedy was finally killed this week. Osama bin Laden, who violently hijacked the faith of 1.5 billion to rationalize his perverse criminal actions, is permanently seared into our collective consciousness as the 21st century boogeyman. Sadly, in the eyes of many Americans, bin Laden has also become one of the most visible icons of "Islam" alongside Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Furthermore, 10 years after the 9-11 tragedy, nearly 60% of Americans say they don't know a Muslim, and the favorability rating of Islam is at its lowest ebb. Muslim Americans, like much of the world, still cannot escape the overbearing shadow of the fallen towers. There is a permanent fork in the timeline of the Muslim American narrative: Pre-911 and Post 9-11.
Pre 9-11, I was another awkward, well intentioned, multi-hyphenated Muslim American with exotic dietary habits who prayed 5 times a day and drank chai instead of alcohol during college. Post 9-11, I received a special screening in front of my fellow passengers who boarded the plane to North Carolina while observing my Muslim security clearance zoo exhibit. I felt like smoking a cigarette and spouting a witty barb after my intimate encounter with the TSA. Thoroughly cleared and cleansed of any potential terrorist-y vibes, I was the last to board the packed plane. I headed down the aisle to find my inconceivably small, economy seat located near the end of the plane. For the first time in my life, my fellow airline passengers all looked at me with utter fear; eyes widened and mouths agape. My brown face, 5 o'clock shadow and inconvenient TSA screening immediately profiled and lumped me as one of "them" who attacked "us" on 9-11. My attempts to placate them with friendly smiles and nods only intensified their palpable anxiety, and their discomfort turned to horrified stares. I pulled an audible and decided to simply bow my head, make no loud, sudden noises, and move as quickly as possible to my masochistic seat. As a shy, awkward, overweight kid whose first language was Urdu, I had experienced mockery, ridicule and even alienation in my childhood. But, before that day, I had never been made to feel like Boo Radley or Darth Vader. I had never terrified anyone by merely "being" me. It was a jarring and disturbing experience.
But, this memorable experience, along with others like it, presented me a tremendous opportunity to bridge these seemingly impenetrable divides caused by ignorance, misunderstanding and fear.
What else could explain the graffiti on a Portland mosque that included "Go Home" and "Osama Today Islam tomorrow(sic)" mere hours after Osama bin Laden was reported as killed?
The rich and complex identity and narrative of Muslim American communities, who are the most diverse U.S. religious group in terms of ethnic diversity, socio-economic status, education levels and political affiliation, is now personified by a tall, lanky, bearded terrorist leader who suffered from narcissism, hypocritical delusions of religious authority and a compulsive need to release YouTube videos.
For example, a Muslim American student was asked by her 9th grade Algebra teacher if she was grieving over the death of her "uncle," in reference to Osama bin Laden. The teacher was subsequently disciplined for his disrespectful and ignorant remark
The lumping of nearly 250 years of Muslim American history with the icon of terror and wholesale categorization of 2 million American citizens as potential suspects explains why nearly 28% oppose Muslims sitting on the Supreme Court and a third oppose us running for president.
A new report found the Department of Homeland Security continues to push Muslims into detention and deportation "even without explicit racial and religious targeting built into Special Registration."
"We're seeing a trend where Muslims are being deported, detained and denied entry into the United States for no good reason except tenuous affiliations or unsubstantiated claims," said Sameer Ahmed, an attorney at Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF).
Republican candidates have successfully played the "fear card" using Muslims as their Ace. They gain significant political mileage with some of their constituents by mainstreaming the manufactured myth of "creeping sharia" taking over the U.S. For 2016, the right wing is creating "anti-bigfoot" and "anti-unicorn" legislation — fear not, the war on terror never ends.
Muslim Americans also share blame due to hermitically sealing themselves in an isolated, cultural cocoon and not proactively engaging civic society in wider numbers. One cannot expect change by sitting in the stands as an ineffectual spectator, content with being an irate cultural consumer instead of a productive cultural producer and participant.
The only way to experience reconciliation and healing is to engage in honest self reflection and face the tragedy of that day — with its subsequent collateral damage — head on.
Without an honest dialogue, we're simply shadow boxing. So, here we are, nearly 10 years later, with that ubiquitous symbolic icon of "terror" now vanquished. However, we have yet to bury and forget the bigotry, stereotypes, hate, and unfounded fears that were born and nurtured as a reaction to a few men's perverse deeds. Americans are enjoying this moment of collective relief; this moment of well earned catharsis. But, tomorrow we will wake up and realize that we still have a long way to go in battling extremism and ignorance. Ten years later, at least many of us now understand that the only way forward is by embarking on this journey together. We have also earned and learned the valuable lesson that if we are to truly change ourselves, then the only way to escape our shadow is to finally confront it.
The Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement is a byproduct of the Arab Spring, and the Palestinian chess game to position the public of both the West Bank and Gaza Strip for Palestinian statehood. The questions that the deal raises are numerous — yet so are the possibilities. Should this new Palestinian understanding hold, and should it serve to advance national aspirations for a Palestinian state living at peace alongside the State of Israel, the Fatah-Hamas agreement could prove to be a critical step toward securing Palestinian independence based on a two-state solution.
The Fatah-Hamas deal comes after more than a year of reconciliation talks and two previously failed attempts (in 2007 and 2009) — so why now? After all, the agreement calls into question Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation and continued aid from donor countries (particularly the United States), just as the Palestinians are gaining momentum for international recognition of a Palestinian state. For Fatah, the agreement serves three purposes. First, it ensures that its agenda, a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip come September, is feasible. Just days ago, Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, the architect of Palestinian institution building in preparation for statehood who will be forced to step down as part of the unity deal, stated that establishing a Palestinian state required an urgent end to Palestinian disunity. Second, it addresses the demands of the Palestinian people in the midst of the radical change sweeping the Arab world. Those who have protested in Ramallah and Gaza have not used "down with the regime" or "down with Israel" as their rallying call, but rather "the people want to end the split." Third, it serves to reconnect Fatah with Gaza, where Fatah's operations have been all but erased by Hamas' grip on the territory.
For Hamas, the reasons are also clear. First, the unrest in Syria threatens Hamas' operations and support base in Damascus, weakening its overall position. Second, Hamas was more comfortable with the mediation of the caretaker government in Egypt after its clear friction with the ousted President Hosni Mubarak, whose alliance with Abbas and opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood were well-documented. Reports that the new Egyptian government will permanently open the Gaza-Egypt border indicate the new tenor of the Hamas-Egypt relationship. Finally, just as Fatah seeks to gain a foothold in Gaza, Hamas seeks to gain a foothold in the West Bank. The next several months will be critical as both factions compete for influence and political power in advance of the general elections for a president and parliament.
To be sure, while announcing that they have reached an agreement on five points — forming an interim government, convening elections, combining security forces, activating the Palestinian legislative council and exchanges prisoners— there was no mention of any commitment as to how to pursue peace with Israel. However, there was a clear statement that the agreement would pave the way for the Palestinians to seek recognition of an independent Palestinian state along the 1967 Green Line at September's United Nations General Assembly. In announcing the agreement, Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar stated: "Our plan does not involve negotiation with Israel or recognize it, it will be impossible for an interim government to take part in the peace process with Israel."
The emphasis on an interim government is critical. Officials on both sides have emphasized that the unity agreement is intended to address internal Palestinian governance and set the stage for elections in less than one year, while the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) headed by Mahmoud Abbas would continue to represent the Palestinian people in negotiations with Israel. Yet, should the United Nations recognize a Palestinian state in September, the next Palestinian elections will be those of a state, which will have full authority (and responsibility) for both domestic and foreign affairs. As such, the new Palestinian government will be faced with a choice: negotiate with Israel, or fight it. Many members of the United Nations, especially some of the European countries, are not likely to move forward in recognizing a Palestinian state if they believe that the newly admitted member that includes Hamas is committed to the destruction of another member state: Israel.
Unfortunately, the possibility that a unity government might serve Israel's strategic interests has eluded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His knee-jerk reaction to the Fatah-Hamas deal, stating that Fatah must choose between Israel and Hamas, but that there is "no possibility of peace with both," fundamentally misreads the implications of the agreement. In the past, Netanyahu has pointed to Palestinian disunity as a significant obstacle to a two-state solution. He cannot have it both ways. Just two weeks ago in Tunisia, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas proved yet again that he is a partner for peace when he renounced violence and stated his clear opposition to a third intifada. With over 130 nations prepared to recognize a state under his leadership, and the United Nations, IMF and World Bank all endorsing the PA's preparedness for statehood, Abbas would not risk entering into an agreement with Hamas unless he felt it would advance, rather than hinder this statehood effort, the viability of which depends on continuing Israeli cooperation.
Furthermore, Abbas' remarks against violence were not made to the western media in English, but to the Arab world in Arabic — he understands that a renewal of violence will inflict a major setback to the Palestinian national aspirations and severely undercut the considerable progress they have made toward achieving them in the past two years. Meanwhile, by entering a unity government, Hamas has indirectly taken on a significant level of responsibility. A renewal of violence from Gaza would seriously impede the Palestinian statehood efforts, in addition to halting international financing of Palestinian projects, to the detriment of Hamas' political standing in Palestine. In this context, the unity agreement is a renewed challenge for Hamas to behave in a responsible way.
But Netanyahu's quick dismissal of the agreement signals that he did not read the agreement for what it is: a potentially significant shift in the Palestinian political dynamic in preparation for independence. Instead, Netanyahu seized the announcement as a political tool to shift away the pressure that had been building on him to announce a peace initiative of his own. Indeed, the pressure for now has shifted to the Palestinians, who are being watched closely by the international community to see if this deal holds and if it will lead to responsible governance.
However, while the sudden shift of attention away from Netanyahu may be welcome to the prime minister now, it may not be long before attention returns to his government. In fact, should the Palestinian unity agreement hold without a renewal of violence, as Khalid Mash'al, Hamas' political guru, suggested during the signing ceremony of the reconciliation agreement, the Palestinians will be in an even stronger position to gain international recognition for state of their own. Although from the Israeli perspective Hamas must first meet the Quartet's three conditions that it renounces violence and recognizes Israel and past agreements before Israel can engage Hamas, it is not likely that Hamas will accept all of these requirements in advance of the Palestinian elections other than informally halting all violent activities against Israel. In fact, Russia's hailing of the agreement, and the European Union's Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton statement that she would "study" the deal, suggests that members of the Quartet may be weakening their demands.
Indeed, only one condition should matter going forward: a complete cessation and permanent renunciation of violence by Hamas as a means by which to achieve Palestinian statehood. This would signal the unified Palestinian polity's willingness to negotiate with Israel, and could ultimately produce the recognition and lasting peace agreement that both sides profess to seek. Instead of dismissing the report of unity, Israel should join other nations in studying it, and should signal its readiness to welcome a change of attitude on the part of Hamas to permanently renounce violence and annul the clause that calls for the destruction of Israel from its Charter. However, just as the Israelis have every right to demand that the Palestinian unity government permanently rules out all forms of violence, they must recognize that such a government should be able to recognize Israel, defined by mutually acceptable borders as the result of a negotiated accord, not as a precondition to talking.
The United States should respond similarly. The Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the past two years based on a two-state solution was not possible without the inclusion of Hamas — who could undermine peace talks at any time with renewed violence — and that the blockade policy of Gaza has worked to entrench Israel's isolation, not Hamas'. The United States should recognize that Hamas is unlikely to accept the Quartet's conditions, although challenging these conditions amounts to a misguided policy. After all, many figures in Fatah today view their own recognition of Israel in 1993, prior to a final peace agreement, as a strategic mistake for which they have paid dearly.
The United States should lead by example, and encourage Israel to follow, by challenging Hamas to utilize unity to demonstrate that a Palestinian state with a unified government will be a responsible member of the international community seeking to coexist in peace alongside Israel.
The reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas — should it withstand the test of time — offers Israel and Hamas the opportunity to face what they have denied each other for nearly three decades. Hamas must accept Israel's reality, not only because it will never be able to destroy Israel, but if it ever poses a real danger to Israel, it will be destroyed first, and no one know this better than Hamas. Conversely, Israel must accept a nonviolent Hamas as an integral part of the Palestinian community, because without Hamas' active participation, no Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on a two-state solution is sustainable.


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Driver claims plot to sabotage Anwar's car

Posted: 10 May 2011 09:16 AM PDT

Anwar Ibrahim's driver of 28 years has claimed that there has been a plot to sabotage the PKR de facto leader's car. The Mercedes Benz S350 belonging to an unidentified friend of Anwar's was tampered with, said Abdullah Sani Said, 51, adding that there could be a sinister motive against the politician. Full story: malaysiakini.com
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Tonto mengancam PPIM

Posted: 10 May 2011 08:03 AM PDT

Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) mengecam tindakan sekumpulan tonto menggugut dan mengancam bunuh terhadap Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam (CASSA), Dr Jacob George mendedahkan aktiviti mencuri pasir di Selangor. Sebaliknya, Aktivisnya, Mohd Mustaffa Hamzah memberi amaran keras kepada kumpulan mencuri pasir itu tidak melakukan tindakan sedemikian rupa. Menurutnya, timbul persoalan di mana agensi penguatkuasaan oleh Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) dan exco bertanggungjawab menguruskan tanah negeri Selangor. "Sekiranya sesuatu terjadi kepada mana-mana atau sesiapa sahaja aktivis pengguna, kami akan cari sampai ke lubang cacing," katanya kepada pemberita di Subang Jaya. Full story: komunitikini.com
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Curi Pasir: PPIM kecam ugutan bunuh ke atas aktivis

Posted: 10 May 2011 06:56 AM PDT

Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) mengecam tindakan sekumpulan tonto menggugut dan mengancam bunuh terhadap Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam (CASSA), Dr Jacob George mendedahkan aktiviti mencuri pasir di Selangor. Sebaliknya, Aktivisnya, Mohd Mustaffa Hamzah memberi amaran keras kepada kumpulan mencuri pasir itu tidak melakukan tindakan sedemikian rupa. Full story: komunitikini.com
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Bukit Merah survivor: Our tears have run dry

Posted: 10 May 2011 05:15 AM PDT

It has been nearly 30 years to the day that Lai Kwan first set foot on the grounds of the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) factory in Bukit Merah, Perak. She had just found out that she was pregnant with her sixth and youngest child, but poverty left her little choice as she had to take up a job as a labourer with a local contractor, hired to build an additional structure at the facility. Full story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Perkasa send Memo to US Embassy

Posted: 10 May 2011 04:50 AM PDT

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Rasanya BN/PR 50/50

Posted: 10 May 2011 11:29 AM PDT

Polimik politik Malaysia sudah sampai ketahap yang sangat merbahaya. Lepas satu polimik satu polimik lagi yang dimbul. Isu kristian nak dijadikan agama rasmi yang dihangatkan oleh Utusan sekarang cerita orang kristian boleh menjadi PM dan tidak ada dalam perlembagaan yang mewajibkan orang Islam sebagai PM.

Orang yang jembel seperti saya ini tidak mampu untuk menguruti apa-apa yang terkandung di dalam perlembagaan negara, tetapi saya hanya mahu mengolah apa 'sequence of events' jika terlalu leka menghangatkan keadaan dengan isu-isu yang tidak sepatutnya disentuh. Masing-masing terlalu 'obsessed' dengan politik dan mengilang isu-isu hangat semata-mata untuk mendapatkan sokongan ramai.

Segala isu yang tidak pernah wujud dan tak mungkin wujud pun di keluarkan oleh pihak-pihak yang ingin mendapatkan perhatian ramai. Pemimpin politik sekarang seolah-olah ingin menjadi seperti artis yang inginkan perhatian ramai bukannya untuk membina kepentingan ramai, tetapi untuk membina aura tempelan untuk diri mereka. Glamor yang diperlukan oleh artis-artis itu ialah kerana dengan populariti mereka membolehkan album-album mereka dijual untuk mendapatkan keuntungan kewangan dari usaha gigih merakamkan album nyanyian mereka.

Ramai di antara yang heboh dengan isu-isu berkarat mereka sebenarnya tidak mempunyai 'material' menjadi pemimpin. Itulah sebabnya mereka terpaksa mengeluarkan isu selepas satu isu untuk didengari oleh orang ramai. Kalau mereka tidak didengari kebanyakan mereka itu hanya layak untuk duduk di kedai mamak bersama saya sahaja. Masalahnya mereka yang bercakap tentang isu-isu hangat itu sebenarnya tidak pun tahu dan punya ilmu untuk membincangkan isu-isu tersebut.

Keadaan inilah yang mengecohkan keadaan politik negara kita. Keadaan ini lebih teruk apabila pemimpin-pemimpin besar negara tidak dihormati oleh rakyat ramai kerana sikap mereka yang bermuka-muka dan tidak berkemampuan untuk membuat keputusan yang tegas. Sebagai pemimpin utama negara yang berbilang kaum ini bercakap dengan nada dan kandungan yang lain mengikut kaum mana yang berada di hadapan kita merupakan kesalahan moral politik yang sangat besar. Ia tidak akan membawa faedah kepada sesiapa termasuk kepada pemimpin itu sendiri.

Itulah sebabnya Nik Aziz mendapat sokongan moral politik yang tinggi termasuk di kalangan orang UMNO sendiri kerana beliau bertegas dengan usaha untuk menjadikan negara ini sebagai negara Islam jika mendapat kuasa kerajaan persekutuan. Pandangan Nik Aziz tentulah berbeza dengan Karpal Singh pengerusi parti komponen PR, tetapi dalam perbezaan ini kedua-dua parti boleh bekerjasama bila menghadapi rakyat. Nik Aziz terus berterus terang untuk menjadikan Islam sebagai asas pentadbirannya tetapi bangsa asing tetap menyokong beliau kerana beliau mempunyai kekuatan mental untuk berterus terang.

Berbeza di dalam BN MCA menyuarakan isu yang bersifat chauvinis terhadap UMNO sendiri tetapi apabila orang Melayu tidak menyukainya maka mereka mengalihkan pandangan dan persepsi buruk itu kepada DAP. Pemimpin UMNO akan bercakap seperti Ultra Melayu di depan bangsa Melayu tetapi lain pula nada percakapan apabila bercakap di depan bangsa Cina.

Dalam pada itu ada pula akhbar kepunyaan UMNO yang tidak putus-putus menakutkan orang Melayu dan mengecap bangsa asing dengan berbagai-bagai panggilan. Secara tidak sedar isu yang dibangkitkannya itu menyakitkan bangsa lain yang berada di dalam komponen itu sendiri. Oleh yang demikian sebenarnya musuh bagi BN khususnya UMNO ialah ahli-ahli mereka sendiri bukannya ahli-ahli parti pembangkang.

Apabila UMNO sudah rasa terpencil bersuaralah pemimpin besar mereka mengajak PAS untuk bersama BN dengan secara 'expident'nya menggunakan isu bersatu sesama Islam dan Melayu. Hasilnya memberontak pula MCA dan Gerakkan parti-parti komponen mereka sendiri. Jadi UMNO sebagai tulang belakang kepada BN seharusnya tidak bercakap tentang parti pembangkang. Jika BN masih inginkan sokongan elok diperbaiki apa yang rosak dalam BN sendiri…tampal mana yang koyak dan sambung mana yang putus dahulu sebelum melangkah ke hadapan.

Apabila sudah kuat baru muncul ke hadapan dan berentap dengan parti-parti pembangkang yang kian mendapat sambutan dari rakyat. Bagi parti-parti pembangkang mereka juga wajar mengenal pasti kenapa mereka mendapat sambutan. Mereka wajar mendapat sambutan secara legitimate. Maksud saya di sini ialah mereka bukannya mendapat sambutan oleh kerana perpecahan sokongan rakyat kepada BN. Jika mereka mendapat sambutan kerana perpecahan sokongan rakyat kepada BN sokongan itu tidak akan kekal.

Mereka wajar mendapatkan sokongan itu oleh kerana keyakinan rakyat yang mereka merupakan alternatif yang berwibawa yang mampu menunjukan perbezaan dengan BN dalam erti kata yang sebenarnya.

Satu perkara yang wajar dipertimbangkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat di dalam menghadapi rakyat, mereka mesti menunjukan kejujuran yang politik negara ini mesti berlandaskan kepada politik bangsa Melayu yang mempunyai magnanimity yang tinggi di samping menjaga bangsa-bangsa lain dari tertindas samada dari segi psikologinya atau pun dari sudut peluang penyertaan semua kaum dalam semua bidang secara 'equitable'.

Dalam pada itu adalah wajar untuk semua pihak untuk menurunkan suhu politik negara ini dengan menjauhkan dari terlibat dengan isu-isu hangat seperti isu ke agamaan dan perkara yang berkaitan dengan keluhuran perlembagaan Persekutuan dan Negeri-Negeri dalam negara kita.

Bagi UMNO masih belum terlambat untuk membudayakan politik yang lebih beretika kerana banyak mana di antara pemimpin serta manusia yang berbahas di alam cyber, rakyat terbanyak akan mendasarkan pemilihan mereka semasa berada di dalam bilek peti undi pilihanraya nanti.

Selagi pengundi belum memangkah di dalam kertas undi, jika terasa benda yang sejuk di dalam hati rakyat yang acapkali mengundi BN sebelum ini akan memberikan peluang lagi sekali kepada BN.

Pakatan Rakyat pun begitu. PR pun akan mendapat sokongan dengan agak mudah kerana momokan yang buruk terhadap parti-parti itu sejak berdekad yang lalu sudah tidak berkesan lagi, apatah lagi setelah P Pinang dan negeri-negeri lain yang di tadbir oleh PR tidak kurang baiknya malahan telah menunjukan kemajuan dan perbezaan dengan kerajaan yang dahulu.

BN dan PR wajar melandaskan perkiraan mereka kepada andaian 50/50 peluang mentadbir negara.

The support can go either way. Good luck to Malaysian democracy.


Perkasa full of crap too

Posted: 10 May 2011 10:09 AM PDT

This is another article out in the Malaysian Insider:

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Vernacular schools cannot be treated equally with national schools, claims Perkasa, as it "contravenes" the Federal Constitution.

The Malay rights group said today that such a demand was seditious, adding that national schools still needed to be given priority as they promoted the national language Bahasa Malaysia, unlike vernacular schools.

"The demand made by Chinese groups that vernacular schools be accorded the same treatment as national schools is against Article 152(2) of the Federal Constitution, and they can be charged with sedition," said Perkasa Wiranita chief Datin Paduka Norkhaila Jamaludin.

Her remarks were aimed at a Sun daily report today that more than 80 Chinese NGOs turned up for the launch of the "Justice for Lim Lian Geok" campaign on Sunday.

The campaign, held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the revocation of the citizenship of Lim, a revered Chinese educationist, aims to petition the government to restore his citizenship, and give equal and fair treatment to all schools that use different mediums of instruction.

According to a statement issued last week by the LLG (Lim Lian Geok) Cultural Development Centre, vernacular schools should be treated equally along with national schools and that all forms of discriminatory practices against vernacular schools should be stopped.

Perkasa lodged a police report against the campaign today.

"The late Lim Lian Geok was stripped of his citizenship because he betrayed the country and the demands are a threat to national security and against the country's laws," said Norkhaila.

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You know, they have pressure groups in the US who is actually able to lobby for change in the Congress and at the White House. The effectiveness comes from a combination of know who and especially know how. The lobbyists tend to be professionals who are very knowledgeable and skillful in their undertaking. In Malaysia, we try to immitate in form, but not in substance, hence cretins like Perkasa are born. With half a brain and some inkling of what history and politics (and the constitution) are all about, they go about bandying half baked ideas of what these complex things could mean, making up things as they go along as long as it suits them and their paymaster, which is none other than powerful forces (and warlords) within UMNO.

In these few last weeks, their enemies have multiplied:
1) there was originally some unnamed bogeyman who is challenging Malay/Muslim position in the constitution (until this date we don't know who they are referring to)
2) since Sarawak state election, DAP is now a Chinese chauvinist party even though the swing to opposition is by urban voters, not just Chinese voters
3) DAP is now also a proponent of Christian state, even if BN's partner MCA has been repeatedly accusing DAP of working hand in glove with PAS to create an Islamic state (both untrue of course)
4) and now the latest twist in their increasing list of grievances, they are accusing certain Chinese groups as seditious for suggesting having a free hand to grow vernacular schools
5) and oh, they are even demanding only bumi contractors (qualified or otherwise) are given the task of building the MRT (heaven help us all)

In this land where pride overides good judgment, and sensitivity sweeps honest discussion under the carpet, Perkasa has obviously missed the whole point about this perplexing education debate. Chinese groups are pragmatic folks. Do you think they care that the entire education system only consist of national schools, if the education system is of top notch quality? Can Perkasa deny that the vernacular Chinese schools teach better math and science? Even President Obama has acknowledged that Asian schools have surpassed US schools in coming up with better maths and science students, and I betcha he ain't referring to national schools in Malaysia.

It's really not a pride issue as far as the Chinese are concerned, and even far less a Chinese chauvinist position. It is purely an education issue - people (and I mean even Malays and Indians) are sending their children to Chinese vernacular schools because it's proven that the system there works better in educating children on these subjects. Perhaps Perkasa can think of it this way - that the Chinese are very serious about their children's education. It's like being a protective parent. Can Perkasa understand this analogy? I hope so, because child protection is a human instinct that even if Perkasa refuses to engage their logic, they should be able to feel that what the educationist groups are requesting is right.

What I cannot fathom is how does asking for vernacular schools seditious or against the constitution? Are the education groups inciting hatred towards anyone else? A call for diversity in schools are equivalent to asking for more democratic space. Since when is asking for more democratic space seditious? It would have been different if the education group says "down with national schools and convert everything to Chinese medium" - now, that would not only piss off the Malays, but probably some Chinese themselves for the undemocratic stupidity that it represents. Likewise, Malaysians having the right mind would probably think the same if Perkasa keeps harping on having ONLY national schools because that's undemocratic.

Seriously, Perkasa should stop shooting from the hip. You really don't have to meet the daily or weekly quota UMNO sets for you to make your million ringgit fees. It's ok (in a commercial sense, illegality notwithstanding) to be an extremist and fundamentalist party bent on racial and religious division (you're just doing your hatchet job), but please do your research and come up with smarter arguments that could actually change people's minds instead of idiotic pronouncements that not only turn the non-Malay/Muslims away, but probably the moderate Malay/Muslims as well. And for goodness sake, stop using the "we Malays will be angry if you do that and you won't like it when we're angry" because firstly, Perkasa are not Malays/Muslims, and then you stop meaningful dialogue and it becomes a purely intimidatory exercise. It's fine for you to intimidate under a BN government (in a machiavellian sense), but you should remember that after the 13th general elections, when the top BN leaders have escaped the country to avoid getting arrested (yes, I mean Pakatan will take over the federal government, in case you don't know how to read between the lines), the rest of you are still here, and you will be arrested for a multitude of criminal offences, and upon conviction, you can rest assured your days in prison will be a long and hardy one.

Perkasa members, bail out while you can, from a sinking vessel. It is inevitable and predestined that such a day will come very soon.


Perkasa full of crap

Posted: 10 May 2011 09:27 AM PDT

This is out in the Malaysian Insider today:

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali dubbed the Bar Council racist for picking on Utusan Malaysia for inciting racial hatred, saying today the lawyers' group should also focus on the Chinese media and others that "insult Islam, Malay Rulers and the Malay community".

The Perkasa chief's rant came after the Bar Council joined other groups to condemn Utusan Malaysia for its front-page article on Saturday which claimed that the DAP was conspiring with Christian leaders to take over Putrajaya and abolish Islam as the country's official religion.

"Why did the Bar Council not urge the police to investigate Chinese media, other bloggers, website and portals, tweets that carry news and statements which insult Islam, Malay Rulers and the Malay community.

"The Bar Council is controlled by a certain race and, of course, its actions are anti-Malay and anti-Islam," Ibrahim (picture) told The Malaysian Insider.

The Bar Council is a professional body under the Legal Profession Act that runs the Malaysian Bar, which groups all lawyers in the Malay peninsula.

The Umno-owned newspaper has been under heavy scrutiny from both sides of the political divide after it carried the report.

The report, based entirely on unsubstantiated blog postings by several pro-Umno bloggers, said the DAP should be hauled up for sedition for allegedly trying to change the country's laws to allow a Christian prime minister, pointing to a grainy photograph showing what they described as a secret pact between the opposition party and pastors at a hotel in Penang on Wednesday.

Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee accused Putrajaya yesterday of giving free rein to Utusan Malaysia to publish and promote what he called lies dressed up as news reports and continue to stir up religious fear and unrest.

The lawyer joined a growing choir in urging the authorities to get their priorities in order and immediately investigate reporters and editors in the Umno-owned daily for repeatedly pushing provocative religious rhetoric rather than hauling up Christian leaders over unproven claims.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), which represents over 90 per cent of churches nationwide, has also demanded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak act immediately against Utusan for false reporting and spreading dangerous lies.

"Instead of questioning Utusan Malaysia's journalistic conduct and ethics, the immediate responses from the ministers in charge of home affairs and communications were to order investigations into the alleged incidents themselves," Lim said in a statement.

Ibrahim said today that the Bar does not have any more integrity and its decisions are racially biased.

"Their attitude is always one sided and the topics they discuss is always towards anti-Islam and anti-Malay… It is not a professional body with any integrity," added the Pasir Mas MP, who was once deputy minister in charge of law under the Mahathir administration after the 1999 general election.

While the MCA and Gerakan have urged actions against Utusan, Umno leaders on the contrary have tried to dodge the issue and urged for calm.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Information Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim have jumped to Utusan's defence and issued a stern warning yesterday to Malaysians to not question Islam's position as the official religion of Malaysia.

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In a normal democracy, people like Ibrahim Ali would already be investigated for sedition, criminal defamation and even criminal intimidation. Prone to shoot from his hip, putting entire foot in his mouth, or other equivalent analogy, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali creates a bogeyman that is entirely fictitious, and then blames it on anyone they can think of - Chinese voters, Christians, Chinese press, DAP and now the latest edition, the Bar Council.

Perkasa should check the Malaysian government's position on the Bar Council. At some point in the past, the Bar Council has been known to be controlled by Malays, Indians, then Singhs, then now Chinese. It's a superficial stance of course, because they look at the Council's head, instead of elected council members collectively, which consist of all races and of all religious make-up - and these all happens too not because of some quota system but because Malaysian lawyers choose it so in a free and fair electoral process. So I ask Perkasa - which one is which? The Bar Council cannot be controlled by Indians and Chinese at the same time.

In fact, I'd even go further to ask Perkasa what's its stance on DAP. If DAP is a Chinese chauvinist party, why is there an urban voter swing to the opposition parties, instead of just Chinese voter swing? If a vote for DAP is a vote for Islamic State (as MCA has repeated said in every by-election and even Sarawak state election), then why is it that PAS is alleged to "work for" DAP? And if DAP is a backdoor to Islamic State, how is it possible for DAP to gang up with Christians in this country to turn Malaysia into a Christian state? It is simply amazing that BN/UMNO/MCA/Perkasa/Utusan/Pembela are so full of contradictions that they are tripping all over themselves. For them, making allegations are so cheap because there's no consequence, since they are a protectorate of UMNO government, and are all above the law.

Someone should just sue them. Let them come up with evidence of how these supposed seditionists have raised sensitive issues pertaining to race and religion against the Constitution. Failing which Perkasa should just be dissolved.


ALABARE...EVEN MALAYSIA CAN BE SAVED!

Posted: 10 May 2011 08:32 AM PDT

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you." John 15:18-20 NIV


By Admin

It appears that Satan and his legions of demons have been attracted to the Evil emanating from Malaysia as a result of the rule of the Satanic BN/Umno Regime of Najib Razak. Since Umno, Hishamuddin, Rais Yatim, Perkasa, Pembela, Utusan Malaysia, Harussani Zakaria believe that Malaysia will one day be 'Baptized' into a Christian State, then, it is only right that The Scribe dedicate the Worship Song 'Alabare' to all of them.

Alabare, alabare, alabare a mi Senor[2]
[I'll praise my Lord, for ever more!]
John saw the number, of all those who redeemed,
And all were singing praises to the Lord,
Thousands were praying,
Ten thousands rejoicing
And all were singing praises to the Lord

There is no God as great as You, O Lord,
There is none, there is none!
And even Malaysia can be saved!
And even Malaysia can be saved!

Not with an army, nor with their weapons,
But by the Holy Spirit's power!
[repeat]

CHRISTIANS CANNOT BE PROVOKED TO RETALIATE IF THEY ARE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT JUST AS ALLAH IS SLOW TO ANGER. HOWEVER, EVIL BN/UMNO WOULD BE PUSHING THEIR LUCK IF THEY CONTINUE WITH THEIR PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN MALAYSIA. ALREADY THE POWER OF ALLAH CAN BE SEEN WITH THE UNPRECEDENTED UNITY OF ROMAN CATHOLICS, PROTESTANTS, ORTHODOX AND EVANGELICALS AS ONE BODY UNITED IN CHRIST JESUS IN THE WAKE OF THIS ONSLAUGHT BY THE AGENTS OF SATAN, BN/UMNO AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS IN MALAYSIA. BE WARNED BN/UMNO, THAT THE DAY IS AT HAND WHEN YOU WILL CURSE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN.


Economic Readjustment

Posted: 10 May 2011 08:28 AM PDT

Those of you who have been following my thoughts here would know that I am quite happy with the recent developments in the economy, i.e., that at least there are some countries such as Malaysia which are beginning to take a stand against the American nonsense (after Japan) of printing money at zero interest rates and holding the world to ransom at gunpoint.

I hope this will lead to a structural break in the global mentality. With higher interest rates, some currencies should strengthen which is a good thing. There should be a way to reflect the weekness of the US dollar. That Malaysia is amon the few countries that go this route is commendabble.

Higher interest rates and a stronger currency may help to restrain some the inflationary pressures coming from the global commodity markets. Malaysia may suffer a bit for commodity producers and the foreign investors who are here to reap the benefits of low wages as a result of the weak ringgit. But these are labour intensive low productivity activities which we could be less dependent on. We should expect some difficulties for these activities. We should expect some difficulties for speculators of properties as well as the stock market. These difficulties are nothing but the needed adjustments for higher interest rates to reduce prices as a result of some difficulties for businesses. Without these difficulties, businesses would continue to live in a dream world of more profits from little efforts and lots of inflation.

These difficulties will be good for making businesses search for higher productivity economic activities. Hopefully, a stronger ringgit will make less unattractive ringgit wages. This may help to reduce the current brain drain and, if possible, to reverse it.

But my great consolation is that with higher interest rates, now or expected, there will be enough fear among speculators. We are now seeing a reaction by speculators in the oil and commodity markets, who think that they may need to reverse their long positions. There is crack here, and the prices of oil and commodities are seeing some selling and a lowering of commodity prices.

This last bit of development, to my mind, is absolutely crucial. The higher global interest rates may mean a weakening of global demand and thus leading to a weakening of commodities prices. If downward adjustment of commodity prices is what the world needs right now. There is a need for the world to insulate itself from America in terms of monetary policy. With lower prices or lower price increases, there is a chance to stablise world politics. When this stability is established, there may be a chance for investments and real economic growth.


Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Separation: Scenes From A Marriage

Posted: 10 May 2011 06:30 AM PDT

We have to say, we didn't see it coming: Unlike so many political marriages which have been marred by scandal as of late, the union of Schwarzenegger, 63, and Shriver, 55, seemed rock solid. Sure, they were always somewhat of an odd couple—he the Republican bodybuilder-turned movie star, she the brainy Democrat member of the Kennedy dynasty—but in the quarter-century they spent together, they seem to have weathered it all, from multiple election campaigns to sexual misconduct allegations to state budget crises to parental deaths, all the while raising four kids. This was a pair who earned their frequent power couple designation in spades, not unlike that other longtime political duo who surprised the world with their splitlast year.
According to their statement, the two are living apart living apart "while we work on the future of our relationship" (the Los Angeles Times reports that Shriver moved out of their Brentwood mansion a few weeks ago, just months after Schwarzenegger finished serving two terms as Governor). It was not immediately clear whether they would be filing for divorce.
"INewly discovered documents indicate that the British government concealed how often it administered so-called "virginity tests" to female immigrants hoping to enter the country in the 1970s on marriage visas.
The documents, unearthed by legal researchers Marinella Marmo and Evan Smith from Australia's Flinders University, showed that the tests – meant to prove that women coming into Britain to marry were virgins – had been administered more than 80 times. Although the tests first drew condemnation in the late 1970s, the extent to which the practice had taken place was not clear until now. The British government had previously acknowledged only two cases, both done at Heathrow Airport.
"We were shocked to see not one case, but many," Marmo said Monday.The government acknowledged that the documents were valid, but a spokesman for the U.K. Border Agency declined to address the larger number of cases reported by Marmo and Smith.
"These practices occurred 30 years ago and were clearly wrong," he said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government policy, said Britain's policies now protect the rights of immigrants.Marmo and Smith's research began in 2008 and was first published Monday in the Guardian newspaper.The results show that 73 women underwent the tests in New Delhi and nine in Bombay at British embassies between 1976 and 1979. The alleged reason was to weed out bogus immigration claims.


SUPP “Hurry or Face Annihiliation..??”

Posted: 10 May 2011 05:47 AM PDT

A former news editor of  an English daily based in Sabah told me to check up this bernama report(below). He said SUPP is facing its greatest enemy and many have said,"the veteran,oldish,outdated and defeated politicians does not want to let go" Everyone it seems just "Hantam SUPP" "{Hit out at SUPP}"as they still think they are so high and mighty."

If they don't solve their internal feuds and go for renewal of new blood and see to it that changes are put in place thats the end game for the once mighty SUPP party. One good idea to pursue would be the market talks of "SUPP/SPDP" merging to a new identity which might just be the right tonic to get the people from all races and backgrounds coming back to support this entity.

WILL SUPP/SPDP SEE THE LIGHT OF THE DAY..??

Response to the news that the Sarawak United People's Party is to undergo a "complete overhaul" has been lukewarm despite assurances from SUPP president Dr George Chan Hong Nam that the change would be drastic, with new leaders at all levels.

Political analysts are not convinced that the revival plan will work as long as core problems and long-standing issues within the predominantly Chinese-based party are not addressed.

"The revival plan for SUPP will not work if it is designed by the old guard. When the old guard refused to pass the baton, many potential young leaders left the party," said political analyst James Chin from the Kuching branch of Monash University.

He said that a clear succession plan was too long overdue in SUPP, causing able young leaders to see no prospect for them to be active in the party and to contribute new ideas.

sibu by election 070510 wong soon koh"Also, SUPP is unlikely to be revived until it has resolved the problem of factionalism in the party. For example, the move to stop Dr Wong Soon Koh (left) from taking up a ministerial position in the state cabinet despite retaining his seat is seen as an attempt to stop the Foochows from leading the party," Chin said.

Another political analyst, Ahi Sarok of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, shares the view about the old guard.

He said the biggest problem facing the party was in not having young and new leaders of calibre because the old guard had refused to bow out.

"Yes, the old guard must go, but what I see is that they don't have any young leaders. That's the problem. If you don't have any young leaders, how to revive the party?" he said.

They may still be some young leaders in SUPP but they have been defeated in the election, including Alan Sim who failed to wrest the Bandar Kuching parliamentary constituency from the DAP in the 2008 general election.

'Chan in no position to propose successor'

"To revive the party, you should give space and chances to the young leaders. You should have pools of potential leaders as other political parties do with their Putera and Puteri wings and the like," Ahi said.

Chan (top photo, left), when announcing his resignation which was subsequently postponed, has proposed that SUPP's defeated candidate for Pending, Dr Sim Kui Hian (top photo, right), be nominated to take over the party leadership.

However, some party members, including veterans, demanded that Chan and the current central working committee members resign immediately and let the delegates openly nominate candidates and choose the new leadership.

SUPP Bintulu Youth founding member Nicholas Tang said the party should call for an extraordinary general meeting to decide on the new party leadership instead of waiting until the triennial general meeting scheduled for the year-end.

"Chan is in no position to propose or nominate his successor," he said, commenting on reports that Chan preferred cardiologist Dr Sim because he had "no political baggage" and was of an immaculate pedigree.

sarawak nomination day 090506 violet yongDr Sim, the son of a former deputy chief minister, quit his job as head of the Sarawak General Hospital cardiac unit to contest in Pending but lost to DAP's Violet Yong (right) with a margin of 7,595 votes.

"The party must undergo a total revamp and the choice of president and the CWC members must be decided by the delegates themselves. It is not the prerogative of Chan to pick any candidate to lead the party," said Tang.

Former president Wong Soon Kai, who could not foresee SUPP solving some of its major problems in such a short time, has called for a "collective leadership".

Between now and the next general election, SUPP must be made relevant to Sarawakians and their political aspirations, he said.

Without a new president and so many issues to resolve, the party must be managed by a collective leadership, at least for the time being, Wong said.

Bernama



NAJIB DON’T PLAY POKER WITH FREAKONOMICS CRITICAL TO THE EFFICIENCY OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, TO FAIRNESS, AND TO THE LEGITIMACY OF THE STATE.

Posted: 10 May 2011 03:46 AM PDT

YOU HEAR A LOT THESE DAYS–NOT LEAST FROM ME–ABOUT THE FISCAL PROBLEMS OF ADVANCED ECONOMIES. BUT LET'S NOT FORGET THE FISCAL PROBLEMS THAT LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES FACE, THOUGH THEY ARE OF A DIFFERENT KIND.

For all too many low-income countries, government tax revenues are far from enough to meet the needs of their people. Some have made good progress, and this helped them weather the crisis better than many advanced economies–but there is an underlying, quiet crisis of inadequately resourced governments.
Tax Matters for Developing Countries the Global Economy's Corporate Crime Wave Najib income tax cuts with GST
Nor is it just the level of revenue that matters; tax design and implementation are also critical to the efficiency of economic activity, to fairness, and to the legitimacy of the state.
Sharing experiences
Supporting low-income countries' efforts to strengthen their ability to raise revenue is an important part of the IMF's role in helping them maintain stable and growing economies. How best to do this was the topic of two recent IMF conferences: one, in Nairobi, focused on sub-Saharan Africa; the other, with a global focus, in Washington, DC, earlier this week.
In both cases, I was impressed by just how candid and frank participants–government officials as well as civil society, donors, business and academics–were about what has and hasn't worked for them. At both events, participants made very clear their view that the IMF's technical support has, and is, helping their countries become better governed states that are responsive to the needs of the people. But they also made very clear that ultimately the solutions to these problems must be home-grown.
We want to hear your ideas too, on both our recent paper on this topic and the G-20′srequest for major international and regional organizations (including the IMF) to advise them on what they could do to help. Please visit our comments page to weigh in.
More than "show me the money"
There was, of course, a lot of technical stuff at both events. I now know much more about the details on which revenue mobilization ultimately depends, such as taxpayer segmentation, compliance management, production sharing agreements, transfer pricing, and small business taxation, among other critical issues.
But it is the broader issues that left the most powerful impressions. Four in particular stand out:
(i) Strong Commitment
Many low-income countries have shown strong commitment to strengthen their revenue systems, through both administrative reforms and improved tax policies.
There is a lot still to do. In sheer revenue terms, an additional 4 percentage points of GDP or so was suggested needed in some low-income countries if they are meet the Millennium Development Goals. But there have also been notable successes: Tanzania, for instance, achieved a 5 percentage point increase in its revenue to GDP ratio in the decade after 2000. Such good results exemplify the need for a commitment to the reform process over the medium- to long-term; sustainable changes require continued effort, and, particularly, continued political support.
(ii) Equity, fairness and good governance
Strengthening revenue systems is about much more than increasing revenue.
  • Effects on growth and efficiency clearly matter–the poor are not likely to be best served by tax systems that treat investment harshly, for instance.
  • But equity and fairness matter a great deal too, maybe even more. They matter in themselves: after all, a main reason that low-income countries need more revenue is to finance poverty-reducing measures. And equity and fairness also matter for the legitimacy and effectiveness of the tax system: taxes that are seen as unfair will be poorly complied with. And poor compliance leads itself to actual and perceived unfairness, as only some pay their fair share.
  • Then there are links between taxation and building modern, accountable and responsive governments overall. One reason we have long seen combating corruption in tax administrations as so critical, for instance, has been its potential value in spearheading wider improvements in public governance. Ensuring that elites are seen to pay a decent amount of tax is important in this context, too.
(iii) Avoiding exemptions and preferences
Exemptions and preferential treatments in tax systems are a pervasive source of revenue loss in many developing countries–as they are too, of course, in many advanced economies.
Discussions at the two recent conferences made clear again that many low-income countries fully understand the misallocation of resources and inequities these create.
They feel, though, largely powerless to do much about them because of both strong domestic interests and a perceived need to compete with neighboring countries for foreign investment. Increased transparency has an important role here, particularly in the form of analyzing the revenue losses associated with tax expenditures. So, perhaps, does stronger regional tax cooperation, so countries can avoid "beggar thy neighbor" tax policies.
(iv) Political will
But addressing inappropriate tax policies, and improving revenue administration and enforcement, is ultimately an act of political will. The trouble is–and this is my final impression–that we still know very little about this 'political will.'
We know it is needed in order to drive through tough policy changes. And that it matters to build and support firm, even-handed enforcement. But there are many hard questions, to which we don't yet have the answers, about where political will comes from and how to create it.

MALAYSIANS COULD SEE A CUT IN CORPORATE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES SHOULD THE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) BE INTRODUCED, .

The prime minister was coy however on when the GST, which has already been postponed several times, would be implemented.
"I will tell you later," Najib (picture) told reporters at the Budget 2012 Consultation when asked if the GST would be implemented next year.
He said GST would be implemented when the public has full understanding of it and his government will assess the public's readiness.
"I will announce when the time comes," he said.
Touching on the 2012 Budget which will be tabled on October 7, Najib said it will contain programmes that will benefit the people and a few major programmes will be launched even before the Budget, in June and July.
"Putting the people first will be the theme not only for the Budget but also of the government," he said.
The Najib administration had postponed the implementation of the GST indefinitely in October last year, a move analysts said showed the government's lack of political will and indicating that a general election could take place this year.
The postponement of the GST came as the government was embarking on a slew of big-ticket projects in its Economic Transformation Programme, such as the RM43 billion new KL MRT, which are expected to boost the economy and possibly increase the feel-good factor ahead of polls.
The GST Bill was tabled for reading in Parliament in December 2009 but its second reading, originally planned for March 2010, was postponed due to fierce political resistance.
It was originally expected to have been implemented by the middle of 2011.
The tax was expected to help the government reduce the federal budget deficit, which came in at 7.6 per cent of GDP in 2009, and grow revenue by widening its tax base as currently only about 10 per cent of workers pay income tax.
Government revenue is heavily dependent on taxes and dividends paid by Petronas, which make up over 40 per cent of its income. The national oil company's dividend payout ratio has ballooned from 39 per cent of profits in 2006 to 74 per cent in the 2010 financial year, raising concerns that its ability to reinvest could be affected.
Some members of the public have approved the GST proposal as it is expected to spread the tax burden more evenly across the population. There is some expectation, however, that income tax rates should come down if GST is introduced.
Others have criticised the proposal, saying that the government should first address revenue leakages and wastage before introducing new taxes to boost its income.
The world is drowning in corporate fraud, and the problems are probably greatest in rich countries — those with supposedly "good governance." Poor-country governments probably accept more bribes and commit more offenses, but it is rich countries that host the global companies that carry out the largest offenses. Money talks, and it is corrupting politics and markets all over the world.
Hardly a day passes without a new story of malfeasance. Every Wall Street firm has paid significant fines during the past decade for phony accounting, insider trading, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, or outright embezzlement by CEOs. A massive insider-trading ring is currently on trial in New York, and has implicated some leading financial-industry figures. And it follows a series of fines paid by America's biggest investment banks to settle charges of various securities violations.
There is, however, scant accountability. Two years after the biggest financial crisis in history, which was fueled by unscrupulous behavior by the biggest banks on Wall Street, not a single financial leader has faced jail. When companies are fined for malfeasance, their shareholders, not their CEOs and managers, pay the price. The fines are always a tiny fraction of the ill-gotten gains, implying to Wall Street that corrupt practices have a solid rate of return. Even today, the banking lobby runs roughshod over regulators and politicians.
Corruption pays in American politics as well. The current governor of Florida, Rick Scott,was CEO of a major health-care company known as Columbia/HCA. The company was charged with defrauding the United States government by overbilling for reimbursement, and eventually pled guilty to 14 felonies, paying a fine of $1.7 billion.
The FBI's investigation forced Scott out of his job. But, a decade after the company's guilty pleas, Scott is back, this time as a "free-market" Republican politician.
When Barack Obama wanted somebody to help with the bailout of the US automobile industry, he turned to a Wall Street "fixer," Steven Rattner, even though Obama knew that Rattner was under investigation for giving kickbacks to government officials. After Rattner finished his work at the White House, he settled the case with a fine of a few million dollars.
But why stop at governors or presidential advisers? Former Vice President Dick Cheney came to the White House after serving as CEO of Halliburton. During his tenure at Halliburton, the firm engaged in illegal bribery of Nigerian officials to enable the company to win access to that country's oil fields — access worth billions of dollars. When Nigeria's government charged Halliburton with bribery, the company settled the case out of court, paying a fine of $35 million. Of course, there were no consequences whatsoever for Cheney. The news barely made a ripple in the US media.
Impunity is widespread — indeed, most corporate crimes go un-noticed. The few that are noticed typically end with a slap on the wrist, with the company — meaning its shareholders — picking up a modest fine. The real culprits at the top of these companies rarely need to worry. Even when firms pay mega-fines, their CEOs remain. The shareholders are so dispersed and powerless that they exercise little control over the management.
The explosion of corruption — in the US, Europe, China, India, Africa, Brazil, and beyond — raises a host of challenging questions about its causes, and about how to control it now that it has reached epidemic proportions.
Corporate corruption is out of control for two main reasons. First, big companies are now multinational, while governments remain national. Big companies are so financially powerful that governments are afraid to take them on.
Second, companies are the major funders of political campaigns in places like the US, while politicians themselves are often part owners, or at least the silent beneficiaries of corporate profits. Roughly one-half of US Congressmen are millionaires, and many have close ties to companies even before they arrive in Congress.
As a result, politicians often look the other way when corporate behavior crosses the line. Even if governments try to enforce the law, companies have armies of lawyers to run circles around them. The result is a culture of impunity, based on the well-proven expectation that corporate crime pays.
Given the close connections of wealth and power with the law, reining in corporate crime will be an enormous struggle. Fortunately, the rapid and pervasive flow of information nowadays could act as a kind of deterrent or disinfectant. Corruption thrives in the dark, yet more information than ever comes to light via email and blogs, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
We will also need a new kind of politician leading a new kind of political campaign, one based on free online media rather than paid media. When politicians can emancipate themselves from corporate donations, they will regain the ability to control corporate abuses.
Moreover, we will need to light the dark corners of international finance, especially tax havens like the Cayman Islands and secretive Swiss banks. Tax evasion, kickbacks, illegal payments, bribes, and other illegal transactions flow through these accounts. The wealth, power, and illegality enabled by this hidden system are now so vast as to threaten the global economy's legitimacy, especially at a time of unprecedented income inequality and large budget deficits, owing to governments' inability politically — and sometimes even operationally — to impose taxes on the wealthy.
So the next time you hear about a corruption scandal in Africa or other poor region, ask where it started and who is doing the corrupting. Neither the US nor any other "advanced" country should be pointing the finger at poor countries, for it is often the most powerful global companies that have created the problem.


Najib Shoud Not Play Poker with Freakonomics critical to the efficiency of economic activity, to fairness, and to the legitimacy of the state.

Posted: 10 May 2011 03:44 AM PDT

YOU HEAR A LOT THESE DAYS–NOT LEAST FROM ME–ABOUT THE FISCAL PROBLEMS OF ADVANCED ECONOMIES. BUT LET'S NOT FORGET THE FISCAL PROBLEMS THAT LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES FACE, THOUGH THEY ARE OF A DIFFERENT KIND.

For all too many low-income countries, government tax revenues are far from enough to meet the needs of their people. Some have made good progress, and this helped them weather the crisis better than many advanced economies–but there is an underlying, quiet crisis of inadequately resourced governments.
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Nor is it just the level of revenue that matters; tax design and implementation are also critical to the efficiency of economic activity, to fairness, and to the legitimacy of the state.
Sharing experiences
Supporting low-income countries' efforts to strengthen their ability to raise revenue is an important part of the IMF's role in helping them maintain stable and growing economies. How best to do this was the topic of two recent IMF conferences: one, in Nairobi, focused on sub-Saharan Africa; the other, with a global focus, in Washington, DC, earlier this week.
In both cases, I was impressed by just how candid and frank participants–government officials as well as civil society, donors, business and academics–were about what has and hasn't worked for them. At both events, participants made very clear their view that the IMF's technical support has, and is, helping their countries become better governed states that are responsive to the needs of the people. But they also made very clear that ultimately the solutions to these problems must be home-grown.
We want to hear your ideas too, on both our recent paper on this topic and the G-20′srequest for major international and regional organizations (including the IMF) to advise them on what they could do to help. Please visit our comments page to weigh in.
More than "show me the money"
There was, of course, a lot of technical stuff at both events. I now know much more about the details on which revenue mobilization ultimately depends, such as taxpayer segmentation, compliance management, production sharing agreements, transfer pricing, and small business taxation, among other critical issues.
But it is the broader issues that left the most powerful impressions. Four in particular stand out:
(i) Strong Commitment
Many low-income countries have shown strong commitment to strengthen their revenue systems, through both administrative reforms and improved tax policies.
There is a lot still to do. In sheer revenue terms, an additional 4 percentage points of GDP or so was suggested needed in some low-income countries if they are meet the Millennium Development Goals. But there have also been notable successes: Tanzania, for instance, achieved a 5 percentage point increase in its revenue to GDP ratio in the decade after 2000. Such good results exemplify the need for a commitment to the reform process over the medium- to long-term; sustainable changes require continued effort, and, particularly, continued political support.
(ii) Equity, fairness and good governance
Strengthening revenue systems is about much more than increasing revenue.
  • Effects on growth and efficiency clearly matter–the poor are not likely to be best served by tax systems that treat investment harshly, for instance.
  • But equity and fairness matter a great deal too, maybe even more. They matter in themselves: after all, a main reason that low-income countries need more revenue is to finance poverty-reducing measures. And equity and fairness also matter for the legitimacy and effectiveness of the tax system: taxes that are seen as unfair will be poorly complied with. And poor compliance leads itself to actual and perceived unfairness, as only some pay their fair share.
  • Then there are links between taxation and building modern, accountable and responsive governments overall. One reason we have long seen combating corruption in tax administrations as so critical, for instance, has been its potential value in spearheading wider improvements in public governance. Ensuring that elites are seen to pay a decent amount of tax is important in this context, too.
(iii) Avoiding exemptions and preferences
Exemptions and preferential treatments in tax systems are a pervasive source of revenue loss in many developing countries–as they are too, of course, in many advanced economies.
Discussions at the two recent conferences made clear again that many low-income countries fully understand the misallocation of resources and inequities these create.
They feel, though, largely powerless to do much about them because of both strong domestic interests and a perceived need to compete with neighboring countries for foreign investment. Increased transparency has an important role here, particularly in the form of analyzing the revenue losses associated with tax expenditures. So, perhaps, does stronger regional tax cooperation, so countries can avoid "beggar thy neighbor" tax policies.
(iv) Political will
But addressing inappropriate tax policies, and improving revenue administration and enforcement, is ultimately an act of political will. The trouble is–and this is my final impression–that we still know very little about this 'political will.'
We know it is needed in order to drive through tough policy changes. And that it matters to build and support firm, even-handed enforcement. But there are many hard questions, to which we don't yet have the answers, about where political will comes from and how to create it.

MALAYSIANS COULD SEE A CUT IN CORPORATE AND PERSONAL INCOME TAXES SHOULD THE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) BE INTRODUCED, .

The prime minister was coy however on when the GST, which has already been postponed several times, would be implemented.
"I will tell you later," Najib (picture) told reporters at the Budget 2012 Consultation when asked if the GST would be implemented next year.
He said GST would be implemented when the public has full understanding of it and his government will assess the public's readiness.
"I will announce when the time comes," he said.
Touching on the 2012 Budget which will be tabled on October 7, Najib said it will contain programmes that will benefit the people and a few major programmes will be launched even before the Budget, in June and July.
"Putting the people first will be the theme not only for the Budget but also of the government," he said.
The Najib administration had postponed the implementation of the GST indefinitely in October last year, a move analysts said showed the government's lack of political will and indicating that a general election could take place this year.
The postponement of the GST came as the government was embarking on a slew of big-ticket projects in its Economic Transformation Programme, such as the RM43 billion new KL MRT, which are expected to boost the economy and possibly increase the feel-good factor ahead of polls.
The GST Bill was tabled for reading in Parliament in December 2009 but its second reading, originally planned for March 2010, was postponed due to fierce political resistance.
It was originally expected to have been implemented by the middle of 2011.
The tax was expected to help the government reduce the federal budget deficit, which came in at 7.6 per cent of GDP in 2009, and grow revenue by widening its tax base as currently only about 10 per cent of workers pay income tax.
Government revenue is heavily dependent on taxes and dividends paid by Petronas, which make up over 40 per cent of its income. The national oil company's dividend payout ratio has ballooned from 39 per cent of profits in 2006 to 74 per cent in the 2010 financial year, raising concerns that its ability to reinvest could be affected.
Some members of the public have approved the GST proposal as it is expected to spread the tax burden more evenly across the population. There is some expectation, however, that income tax rates should come down if GST is introduced.
Others have criticised the proposal, saying that the government should first address revenue leakages and wastage before introducing new taxes to boost its income.
The world is drowning in corporate fraud, and the problems are probably greatest in rich countries — those with supposedly "good governance." Poor-country governments probably accept more bribes and commit more offenses, but it is rich countries that host the global companies that carry out the largest offenses. Money talks, and it is corrupting politics and markets all over the world.
Hardly a day passes without a new story of malfeasance. Every Wall Street firm has paid significant fines during the past decade for phony accounting, insider trading, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, or outright embezzlement by CEOs. A massive insider-trading ring is currently on trial in New York, and has implicated some leading financial-industry figures. And it follows a series of fines paid by America's biggest investment banks to settle charges of various securities violations.
There is, however, scant accountability. Two years after the biggest financial crisis in history, which was fueled by unscrupulous behavior by the biggest banks on Wall Street, not a single financial leader has faced jail. When companies are fined for malfeasance, their shareholders, not their CEOs and managers, pay the price. The fines are always a tiny fraction of the ill-gotten gains, implying to Wall Street that corrupt practices have a solid rate of return. Even today, the banking lobby runs roughshod over regulators and politicians.
Corruption pays in American politics as well. The current governor of Florida, Rick Scott,was CEO of a major health-care company known as Columbia/HCA. The company was charged with defrauding the United States government by overbilling for reimbursement, and eventually pled guilty to 14 felonies, paying a fine of $1.7 billion.
The FBI's investigation forced Scott out of his job. But, a decade after the company's guilty pleas, Scott is back, this time as a "free-market" Republican politician.
When Barack Obama wanted somebody to help with the bailout of the US automobile industry, he turned to a Wall Street "fixer," Steven Rattner, even though Obama knew that Rattner was under investigation for giving kickbacks to government officials. After Rattner finished his work at the White House, he settled the case with a fine of a few million dollars.
But why stop at governors or presidential advisers? Former Vice President Dick Cheney came to the White House after serving as CEO of Halliburton. During his tenure at Halliburton, the firm engaged in illegal bribery of Nigerian officials to enable the company to win access to that country's oil fields — access worth billions of dollars. When Nigeria's government charged Halliburton with bribery, the company settled the case out of court, paying a fine of $35 million. Of course, there were no consequences whatsoever for Cheney. The news barely made a ripple in the US media.
Impunity is widespread — indeed, most corporate crimes go un-noticed. The few that are noticed typically end with a slap on the wrist, with the company — meaning its shareholders — picking up a modest fine. The real culprits at the top of these companies rarely need to worry. Even when firms pay mega-fines, their CEOs remain. The shareholders are so dispersed and powerless that they exercise little control over the management.
The explosion of corruption — in the US, Europe, China, India, Africa, Brazil, and beyond — raises a host of challenging questions about its causes, and about how to control it now that it has reached epidemic proportions.
Corporate corruption is out of control for two main reasons. First, big companies are now multinational, while governments remain national. Big companies are so financially powerful that governments are afraid to take them on.
Second, companies are the major funders of political campaigns in places like the US, while politicians themselves are often part owners, or at least the silent beneficiaries of corporate profits. Roughly one-half of US Congressmen are millionaires, and many have close ties to companies even before they arrive in Congress.
As a result, politicians often look the other way when corporate behavior crosses the line. Even if governments try to enforce the law, companies have armies of lawyers to run circles around them. The result is a culture of impunity, based on the well-proven expectation that corporate crime pays.
Given the close connections of wealth and power with the law, reining in corporate crime will be an enormous struggle. Fortunately, the rapid and pervasive flow of information nowadays could act as a kind of deterrent or disinfectant. Corruption thrives in the dark, yet more information than ever comes to light via email and blogs, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
We will also need a new kind of politician leading a new kind of political campaign, one based on free online media rather than paid media. When politicians can emancipate themselves from corporate donations, they will regain the ability to control corporate abuses.
Moreover, we will need to light the dark corners of international finance, especially tax havens like the Cayman Islands and secretive Swiss banks. Tax evasion, kickbacks, illegal payments, bribes, and other illegal transactions flow through these accounts. The wealth, power, and illegality enabled by this hidden system are now so vast as to threaten the global economy's legitimacy, especially at a time of unprecedented income inequality and large budget deficits, owing to governments' inability politically — and sometimes even operationally — to impose taxes on the wealthy.
So the next time you hear about a corruption scandal in Africa or other poor region, ask where it started and who is doing the corrupting. Neither the US nor any other "advanced" country should be pointing the finger at poor countries, for it is often the most powerful global companies that have created the problem.


Anwar’s Driver Claims Murder Attempt On Boss - By Clara Chooi.

Posted: 10 May 2011 03:23 AM PDT

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's driver today alleged a sinister murder attempt on his boss after discovering that the brakes of the Mercedes Benz he was driving had been tampered with last month.

Abdullah Sani Said, the 51-year-old driver who has worked with Anwar for 28 years since the latter was still the deputy prime minister, lodged a police report on the incident at the Tropicana police station outside the party's national headquarters here this evening.

Abdullah Sani said he made the discovery on April 19 following an incident on his journey back to Kuala Lumpur from Perak in the Mercedes Benz S350 with the number plate KCD 77 which, he said, was on loan to Anwar from a close friend.

At the time, said Abdullah Sani, he and another aide, Mohd Nurol Sayah, had just ferried Anwar's wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Faekah Husin, the political secretary to the Selangor mentri besar, to a PKR programme in Chemor, just outside Ipoh.

"On our journey back to KL via the North-South Expressway at about 1pm, before the exit to Sungkai near the 353km, a lorry suddenly cut into the right lane and forced me to jam on my brakes," he said in the report.

He said the moment he applied the brakes, the Mercedes S350 began to vibrate violently.

"I heard the sound of something shattering at the back. Suddenly, the back tyres of the car felt like they were locked. This forced me to try my best to navigate the car towards the road shoulder," he said.

He said he saw swerve marks and broken pieces of the car's brake disc on the road.

He said he called for a tow truck and the vehicle was taken to the RCY Benz workshop in Glenmarie, Shah Alam for inspection.

At the workshop, Abdullah Sani said he was told by the mechanic that the back brake disc of the car was missing a "pin bolt" that is used to support the "brake caliper".

"I was also told that it was impossible for the bolt to be detached without being tampered with," he said.

He said that based on the mechanic's explanation, it was clear that "certain parties" had deliberately tampered with Anwar's car with the intention to "hurt or murder" the opposition leader or his family members.

"And on advice from the mechanic, this shows that there were elements of sabotage here, seeing as this vehicle is often used by Anwar," he said.

He said he feared for his safety and that of his boss, adding that he hoped the police would initiate investigations immediately.

Abdullah Sani's report was also accompanied by a signed diagnosis of the incident by Azman Hassan, the mechanic from the workshop.

In his declaration, Azman confirmed that it was "impossible" for the "pin bolt" to detach on its own without being tampered with.

"I found that the source of the incident was because of the one missing pin bolt which attaches the brake caliper. For your information, there should be two pin bolts. It was because of this missing one that caused the entire back right braking system of the car to be destroyed. In my experience as a mechanic for the past 10 years and specialising in repairs on Mercedes Benzes for the past seven years, it is impossible for the pin bolt to detach on its own," he said.

Outside the police station later, lawyer Murni Hidayah Anuar, who accompanied Abdullah Sani, told reporters that the report was lodged nearly one month after the incident as they were awaiting the result of the mechanic's investigation.

Abdullah Sani also said he last checked the car's brakes last October and had not discovered any faults with the vehicle.

He noted that during the function in Chemor, Anwar's car had been surrounded by many people but doubted if they could have so quickly tampered with the brakes.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


MAHATIR TRIED ASSASSINATIONS ON ANWAR DID NOT WORK DRIVER SUSPECTS SABOTAGE TO ANWAR’S CAR

Posted: 10 May 2011 02:55 AM PDT

Only an idiot murders a political adversary. A wise man defeats him. For killing a person never destroys what he stands for. Nor the idea he embodies. On the contrary, it brings it into sharper focus and, as we have seen in the past, makes heroes out of often undeserving people. A perfect example was Bhindranwale whose followers made him a Sant the moment Indira Gandhi stormed the Golden Temple and killed him in Operation Bluestar. It was a brilliant tactical strike but a wrong political move. The outcome was years of strife and non-stop terrorism in Punjab. It ended ultimately in the assassination of Mrs Gandhi herself. Even that didn't lay the ghost of Bhindranwale. It has taken many long years of political struggle to rebuild peace in the state. In retrospect, the killing of Bhindranwale achieved nothing. It only delayed the process of reconciliation and healing.
Assassination, as Woody Allen said, is an extreme form of censorship and, as we all know, particularly those among us who write, paint or make movies, the act of censorship diminishes the censor more than the person or the work being censored. DH Lawrence has outlived the censors and is recognised as one of the greatest writers of our time. So is Salman Rushdie. In fact, every philosopher, scientist, painter, cartoonist, movie maker or journalist ever gagged, jailed or murdered has eventually survived the censors and critics. Galileo Galilei spent his entire life in prison for defying the Church and saying that the earth spun around the sun. Four centuries later, the Pope who sent him to prison has been forgotten. No one knows his name. But Stephen Hawking acknowledges Galileo as the father of modern science. So did Einstein.
That is why this sudden strike in Abbotabad, the killing of Osama may end up achieving the precise opposite of what America wanted. No doubt there will be some kind of emotional closure. The ghost of 9/11 will be exorcised. But who knows?. You may even see some random terror strikes to prove that Osama may be dead, not the Al Qaida. Rabids could emerge from secret safe houses to reassert themselves, avenge the killing of their leader, and try to reconstruct their universe of terror fast disintegrating in the face of new, emerging ideologies of hope and freedom even in the most despotic Muslim nations. That's why I believe it was a wrong move. The conspiracy theories it has spawned may help to resuscitate an ideology that was dying on its own. It would have been so much simpler to bring Osama to trial and expose his crimes. As they did with Saddam.
Murders are never popular. Especially political murders. They create a backlash, often far worse than the original crime. That's why it's important to reconsider downloading assassination as a smart app. You run the risk of working up sympathy even among those who hate the victim. It's this sympathy that morphs the most villainous among us into putative heroes. That's why the canny Mahatma said, An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. It wasn't just pious rhetoric. It's smart politics. The most enduring hero of our freedom struggle wasn't Bhagat Singh nor Khudiram. It wasn't Sri Aurobindo nor Subhash Chandra Bose. It was a man who repeatedly spoke of non violence as the most powerful weapon of our times. And, what's more important, proved that again and again by his life and deeds.
He also proved by his death how stupid and meaningless assassinations are. Six decades on and there are still no takers for Nathuram Godse who tried to assert his patriotism by shooting the Mahatma with a .38 Beretta.
 Abdullah Sani Haji Said, who has been the driver to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for the past 28 years, suspects someone or some group of trying to sabotage his boss's car.According to a statement issued by the PKR communications department, Abdullah will lodge a police report on the matter at the Merchant Square station in Petaling Jaya at 3pm this afternoon."He will make a report against suspected foul play for the purpose of sabotaging the car which is used to ferry Dato' Seri Anwar and his family. One accident has occured on April 19, 2011," the statement issued on Tuesday read.Meanwhile, although shaken, PKR leaders said they were not surprised and many had even expected some sort of "move" such as this against Anwar."I am not surprised by this sabotage. There is a culture of political lawlessnes taking root in our country which is mainly caused by the inflammatory actions of Umno and the BN and newspapers like Utusan. The BN leaders' conduct encourages extremists," PKR vice president N Surendran told Malaysia Chronicle.

Lawlessness and sabotage
Indeed, the 63-year old Anwar is no stranger to sabotage. He has been thrown into jail where he had to spent 6 years in deplorable conditions that created permanent injury to his back. If not for full glare of the international press during his incarceration over fabricated sodomy charges in 1998, many political veterans believe he would been killed off in jail "News like this is always surprising to me because while you think badly of people, you never expect them to be really so bad. But analysing the history, I guess it is something many of us have always warned about and that's the truth. In 1998, they dared to give him a black eye. In 2008, they dared to replay the whole sodomy drama. They didn't care whether people believed or not, they just did it. There really is no respect for law in this country anumore," Eddie Wong, a PKR veteran told Malaysia Chronicle.Eddie was referring to the physical beating personally dealt out to Anwar, who was then the deputy prime minister, by former Inspector General of Police Rahim Noor. This was done at the police lockup where Anwar had been detained during the first round of sodomy charges levelled against him by ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad. The federal courts only dared to acquit Anwar in 2004, months after Mahathir retired.After he was freed, Anwar spent years getting his back treated and is still a patient requiring regular phsyiotherapy and medication. That has not stopped Prime Minister Najib Razak from launching a second wave of sodomy charges against his political arch rival. But the latest trial has proven to be just as rickety as the first, only shaming the country and deterring investments without really denting Anwar much.
Reverse effect
Those who doubted his popularity and political resilence were reminded of his charisma, when despite all odds, Malaysians somehow still chose to believe in Anwar rather than Najib over the by-now infamous Datuk T sex video scandal.No amount of snippets leaked onto YouTube could silence the enthusiastic cheers each time Anwar gave a ceramah or political lecture and slammed the BN for their "dirty tricks".In fact, the sex video actually helped PKR and the Islamist PAS party to regain their shine, with the overly blatant gutter-politicking pushing fed-up members of the Malay community over to the Pakatan side.Magnificient gains by Pakatan partner DAP and also PKR itself at the recent Sarawak elections caused further panic. Historic wins by the opposition in pro-establishment Singapore was another reason for Najib and the Umno elite to get flustered."The plan in Umno seems to be to jettison everything and everyone – just focus on the Malay vote. They just want to secure as far as possible all the Malays. This is their area of the battle now," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle."They don't care about the non-Malays, the further the Chinese and the Indians go away from them, the better. It is too late for the reforms they want, Najib has dilly-dallied too long. Umno can only rely on emotion and racial and religious emotions are the strongest. This is why you get absurd dramas like the Christian state, mosque oath-taking, bullet-proof vests. But our feedback on the Malay ground and also that from the PAS markas is that the Malays are disgusted. It is too much to digest and they are vomiting Umno."
Stay away from helicopter, small plane rides
But within Umno itself is a long-standing leadship vacuum of its own making. Its ruling elite comprising family members of the founding leaders are quick to cut off any new blood that tries to get onto the top tier. Through the years, the party has become a very tiny and factionalised old-boys club.Sensing this, Malay talent has opted to join the ranks of PKR, PAS and DAP rather than Umno. Whether Najib admits it or not, under him, the Umno brand name has sunk to its lowest level since independence from colonial rule in 1957."There is no one to take over from Najib. He can't do a thing and everybody knows it. Muhyiddin has his own baggage and may not be palatable to the Najib and Mahathir families. The thing is that Anwar is from Umno and the darling of the grassroots in 1998. Even Mahathir couldn't challenge him and that's why we had Sodomy I," said Eddie."Anwar doesn't talk about his Umno roots anymore because he has his own PKR party now, and there is no question of him re-joining Umno. But when you look at the Malay community as a whole, you find that there still isn't anyone but Anwar. And this will be why his car may get sabotaged. If I were him, I wouldn't take helicopters and small charter plane rides."
During my younger days, I never liked this shady character: Anwar Ibrahim. I thought he was a big ass. His stint with ABIM and his fiery calls for change, coupled with his religious leanings left many wondering whether this firebrand was suited to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia.
When he was charged for Sodomy and convicted for Corruption, it reinforced my conviction that this man deserved his fate. I even bade him "Good Riddance." But those were the days, where the MSM reigned supreme, without any alternative media or Electronic Media. So everyone, including me was duped as the government continued their relentless persecution of this man. Until today, the Government has not given up trying to seal his fate.Thinking back, Anwar really does have superhero qualities. When he was in jail, his family believed that his life was in danger and that he might be poisoned or injected with AIDS. His dice with death is extraordinary, and the extra long tentacles of the government still have not managed to put a dent to his credibility.
His fame keeps growing, and the continuous headline reports about him only serve to inflate his image. And the mega onslaught on his character only reinforces the people's belief that Anwar is more innocent than guilty.Sieving through the current leadership pool of this country, only Anwar has passed the test of time. He is one leader among the many wannabes, who has the qualities and the capability to lead this country. No one else in this country comes close. There is something about him, which no other leaders possess. 'Credibility' is the word.He has that cool, suave demeanour about him. He comes across as an intellectual, able to carry across his message in a clear, concise and consistent manner. He can bridge the racial divide and appears credible among all races. His confident approachable manner emanates a certain charisma unlike the dead-fish glaze of some others. Even in UMNO, he commands a high respect among his peers and many would not think twice to lend him support.
He not only looks intelligent but sounds smart as well. Anyone who has met him, or listened to him wowing the crowd, knows that this guy is somehow different from the rest. It is only natural that his enemies fear him. Even infatuated Lovers, female or male, Umi Hafilda or Saiful, may have had sexual fantasies about him.But sadly, he has many good friends from the past, who cannot accept that he is somehow – as far as the public is concerned – a better human being than themselves. So from envy, friendship turned to jealousy and then to hate.In the past, he was the Finance Minister and even a Prime Minister in waiting. He ascended to heights that many could only dream of. His superiors viewed him as a threat. Those beneath him couldn't accept he was somewhat different. He led a varied life. Even nearly beaten to a pulp, living with a spinal injury, his life until today is still a living hell, being accused of the most heinous of sexual crimes. Twice for unnatural sex and lately being allegedly videoed in a sex act that involved oral and natural sex.

REFORMASI

Unable to pin more credible charges against him, his enemies resorted to tarnishing his image through triple X renderings of sordid sex. Malaysians got a free sex education in the process, learning new and different ways and routes of being probed, which we never dreamt existed. But even that still failed to tarnish the image of this man. From DNA profiling where he was CSI'ed to mass DVD circulation in the country, he has managed to hold on to his 'face'.
And now, most ridiculous of all: A Lie Detector Test!! Even a kid can tell you that the Lie Detector is the most unreliable machine operating in this world today. Built by a Liar who tested it on himself and found that it actually worked. Today, Lie Detector results are not admissible in any court of law.
Not the Police, mind you, but his accusers the Datuk T trio are actually asking him to take a Lie Detector Test!
Fresh from a disgraceful Koran swearing ceremony, while wearing bullet proof vests that failed to make any impact, the Trio has resorted to asking Anwar to do a lie detector test. Isn't this TS trio supposed to be locked up for distributing pornography? (By the way TS stands for the Three Stooges.)
When, is the government going to learn that: Nobody really cares whether Anwar is found innocent or guilty. Malaysians will not lose their respect for him, unlike in the case of Dr Mahathir.
All the highly publicized accusations against him only serves to lend him more credibility, more sympathy, more respect and more fame. It is doing wonders to his bloated superhero image. Faith and hope on this man, is at an all time high. Even if he is convicted, most will not believe that he is guilty. Most people already know that Anwar will be convicted, by hook or by crook.
Most Malaysians are really not bothered if he's guilty or not. He has not committed any serious crime worthy of conviction. Convicting him will only anger the people, and it will lead to more sympathy for the Pakatan Rakyat cause that he represents.
Either way, he has won the bet. He happens to be more believable than any of the BN leaders put together. So it will be folly to ask Malaysians to choose.


A Study In Contradictions

Posted: 10 May 2011 08:17 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak must prove his mettle as the "leader of 1Malaysia" by speaking out against Utusan Malaysia over its Christian plot report.

In making the call, Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) president Haris Ibrahim also wondered why the authorities were slow in acting against the Umno-owned newspaper.

"Why has there been no action against Utusan under the Sedition Act? "Is the Umno-led BN government complicit in this attempt to sow racial and religious discord or else powerless to act against an emerging group of fascists?" he asked in a statement.

Read the rest: Prove your mettle, MCLM tells Najib

It is even more mind-boggling to hear that certain quarters feel the need to probe into what transpired at a private meeting.

Are they under the impression that the Christians are training suicide bombers or planning nationwide carnage?

I think the irony is lost on the BN government.


Malaysia Has No Official Religion, Says Constitutional Expert - By Debra Chong.

Posted: 09 May 2011 11:53 PM PDT

The Federal Constitution has never stated Islam is the country's "official religion", says lawyer Syahredzan Johan as controversy raged over a Utusan Malaysia report that Christians want to usurp the religion's place in the charter.

The Umno-owned paper and some Malay-Muslim groups, including Umno leaders, have been pushing the view that the country's highest law proclaims Islam to be its "official" religion and that only a Muslim can be its prime minister.

Syahredzan, who is the Bar Council's constitutional law committee chief, said Utusan's reading of the law was wrong and warned the Malay-language daily was pushing what he described as a "dangerous misconception" that could plunge the country into religious and social unrest.

"In terms of the Federal Constitution, there's only one religion for the federation, no official or unofficial. The Constitution is clear on this. Islam is not the official religion," he said to The Malaysian Insider when contacted yesterday.

He cited Article 3 as stating "Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation" and pointed out the word "official" was nowhere in the provision.

Syahredzan said that section of the constitution must be interpreted together with Article 11, which states "Everyone has the right to profess and practise his religion and, subject to Clause (4)' — which is on Islam — 'to propagate it'".

"We need to understand the correct terminology to be used when we say anything about the Federal Constitution," he said, and added "everyone, from ministers to NGOs to bloggers have been claiming all sorts, which goes to show they do not know what is in the Federal Constitution".

He observed that by inserting the extra word into the Constitution, the bloggers, ministers and newspaper were reading things that are not there and changing the law.

"And that's unconstitutional," the lawyer insisted.

Syahredzan also said while the man-on-the-street could be excused for not being well-versed with the law, ministers and lawyers could not be forgiven because it was not only their job but their duty.

"If it's normal people, they can be excused for not knowing the Constitution, but we're talking about ministers, lawyers, the media ... people with influence in society. If they themselves don't understand how the Constitution works, then we have a serious problem because people might be agitated," he said.

Syahredzan said he was highlighting this issue because no one else seemed to be doing so.

"It's a very dangerous thing and it gets played up and because of that, it becomes more than just a constitutional issue, it becomes a bogeyman ... it becomes a religious issue and a social issue and a political issue and a problem. Someone needs to stand up and say this," he told The Malaysian Insider.

While the young lawyer noted that right-wing Malay rights lobbyists had been making noise about this issue, he said he was unsure if their campaign was deliberate or carried out due to ignorance.

But, Syahredzan stressed, it is time Putrajaya take the lead to correct the misconception to avoid disaster.

"But something needs to be done; the government must state clearly what is and what is not in the Federal Constitution. The government should play the leading role in trying to correct the misconception and not push further misconception," he said, and volunteered the Bar Council's MyConstitution campaign to help the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government help understand the Constitution.

Syahredzan also stressed that Malaysia is a secular country as it is a country that is bound by its constitution, and not the Quran or Islamic legal provisions.

"There are people who argue that our country is Islamic," he conceded.

"But an Islamic state is guided and bound by the Quran and the Sunnah, which then becomes the supreme law of that state," he said.

He also explained that the whole controversy of changing the official religion from Islam to Christianity, which he noted pro-Malay rights lobbyists had pinned on Article 3, could be carried out with a two-thirds majority of Parliament and did not need the permission of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

"There's no need for confirmation from the Conference of Rulers either, unlike Article 152 which is on the national language," Syahredzan said, and cited Article 152 (1) which states "The national language shall be the Malay language".

Similarly, Article 43(2) — on a Christian becoming prime minister — Syahredzan said it could happen because "the Constitution does not state the prime minister must be a Muslim. All it states is that someone who has the confidence of the majority of Parliament".

Syahredzan said Islam's position had become a basic structure of the Federal Constitution and was accepted by all regardless of their creed; adding he did not foresee any change to its position any time in the future.

The lawyer said there were enough safeguards in the Constitution and in the make-up of Parliament, where he observed Muslims outnumbering the non-Muslims, for any change to Islam to be put to the table.

"Why are we under this siege mentality that everyone is out to get us, as if they are afraid Islam is going to be changed?" he asked.

"We have got safeguards to protect Islam," he said.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


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