Sunday, May 22, 2011


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Posted: 22 May 2011 12:05 PM PDT


In her brief remarks in "Government of the UPA: Report to the People 2010-11″, Gandhi said, "We will take the issue of corruption head on and demonstrate, through actions, and not words, that we mean what we say."Singh and Gandhi presented the report at a function at the Prime Minister's residence and attended by leaders of coalition partners and outside supporters like Samajwadi Party and RJD.DMK, sulking in the wake of poll debacle and the arrest of its MP Kanimozhi, made a token presence with the attendance of its parliamentary party chief T R Baalu. None of its six ministers was present.

With his government reeling under attack over several scams in the last many months, Singh said, "there is the challenge of good governance and the need for political stability.

"In the past several months, a conjunction of several developments relating to 2G spectrum allocation, procurement and contracting issues related to the Commonwealth Games, and similar issues in state governments have brought public focus on the issue of corruption in public life."

The Prime Minister said these developments have caused many concerned citizens to worry about the state of governance and the "pervasiveness of corruption".

"These are legitimate concerns and the UPA government is determined to take corrective action. The due processes of law are already in motion. We are taking steps to prevent such developments in future and reduce discretionary and arbitrary use of power by public officials," Singh said.

Speaking on the occasion, Gandhi said much has been said about corruption.

"Transparency, accountability and probity are at the very heart of our governance, our actions and we demonstrate this," the UPA Chairperson said.

At the same time, she took a veiled dig at BJP for not removing Karnataka chief minister over corruption charges, she said, "It is unfortunate that some opposition parties do not share the same high standards of probity when it comes to their own."

The 74-page report presented the achievements in various fields like economy, agriculture, rural development, education and healthcare.

Both Singh and Gandhi said the UPA government was committed to high economic growth that will be inclusive and containing inflation.

Any surprise at a connection being drawn between the 2G chargesheet and Anna Hazare's fast over the Lokpal Bill is perhaps unwarranted. Anna Hazare's main contention is that the 42-year-old pending Lokpal Bill should be drafted with inputs from civil society through a joint committee so that the anti-corruption body has teeth and can independently monitor corruption in government. This points to the absence of any truly independent, empowered agency in the country to tackle corruption.
The CBI's latest chargesheet in the 2G scam investigation, which has been filed under the supervision of the Supreme Court, amply illustrates this. Timid and short on detail, the CBI chargesheet serves more as a lesson for students of law and police academies on how not to make a chargesheet.
For starters, the chargesheet goes out of its way to offer a clean chit to the Prime Minister (4 pages), the attorney general (2 pages) and the Tatas (7 pages). It appears the CBI believes its brief is to defend these three as the accused rather than focusing on its real job of detailing criminal conspiracy, delivering evidence on corruption and filing charges, without favour or prejudice, against those in the government and the private sector who cheated the exchequer.
The 60-page final report does not have a single line to prove corruption nor does it even remotely mention the evidence. Even on Kalaignar TV, it states: "Further investigation regarding these transactions, including custodial interrogation of the accused persons is in progress." So there you are – a chargesheet on corruption after dragging its feet for 2 years and then being rapped on its knuckles by the Supeme Court — without a single piece of evidence anywhere. One should not rule out the influence of the coming Tamil Nadu elections on the flavour and deliberate shortcomings of this first chargesheet.
Since it is not keen on fulfilling its own mandate of a statutory investigating agency, the CBI has assumed the role of an auditor instead. This is an important move, which helps create a mid-point of Rs 30,984.55 crore between the CAG's Rs 1.76 lakh crore revenue loss figure, which is accurately based on TRAI recommendations equating 2G spectrum with 3G spectrum, and telecom minister Kapil Sibal's irreverent and indeed outright frivolous "zero loss" premise.
To do this, the CBI has invented a terminology called "Aggregate Gross Revenue (AGR) per MHz per Year" that has never been used before by anybody — DoT, finance ministry, TRAI or CAG. By citing some documents which are not in the public domain, the CBI takes a parameter used for measuring spectrum charge (recurring quarterly payment by cellular operators) to determine that the auction price for the entry fee would have been Rs 30,984.55 crore. Unsurprisingly, the CBI has failed to provide detailed calculations in support of its new loss figure. The CBI is way out of line in following Sibal's lead in second guessing the CAG by using this oblique and ineffective parameter.
The CBI has further defied the Supreme Court Order of 16.12.2010 which instructed it to investigate spectrum auctions between 2001 and 2006 and the grant of UAS licences. The CBI has walked over that entire period as if nothing happened – ignoring the Justice Shivraj Patil OMC Report and the multiple statements and evidence provided by the government about the illegal issuance of new UAS licences since 2004 in violation of TRAI's recommendations and the Cabinet decision of 2003.
None of the companies that were found ineligible in the CAG Report (85 of them) except Unitech have been chargesheeted. After so long, only Unitech's 22 applications have been evaluated but not the other 63. The same officers who let in Unitech probably let in the others. Yet those officers who let in Unitech are not mentioned in the chargesheet.
The chargesheet also fights to clear attorney general Vahanvati's name despite  the fact that it was he who personally approved the press release of 10.01.2008 which led to the 2G scam. The AG later suggested that the release was tampered with after he had approved it. However, file notings reveal that notwthithstanding the tampering in the last paragraph, the AG approved every decision that went on to become the bedrock of the 2G scam – illegal advancement of the cutoff date, violation of the TRAI Act while modifying the no-cap recommendations and manipulation of first-come-first-served (FCFS).
The CBI has carefully picked on some junior company officials as the prime accused. Is it the CBI's case that these officials acted without the consent of the owners and promoters? If so, under whose authorization, and with what motive would this be? The CBI repeats the charge of criminal conspiracy between DoT, Swan and Unitech roughly 17 times in the 60 pages but doesn't provide any insight into how, where and for what consideration such conspiracy occurred. Raja has been provided an exit route to blame his decision on solicitor general (now attorney general) Vahanvati's advice, while giving the solicitor general an exit by saying that the file was tampered with. This is a perfect situation for the CBI court to dismiss the case against Raja with a little scolding, "The CBI failed to make out the case properly."
The CBI has also completely failed to show any violation of Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules – which would have helped nail the illegality, thus proving that the arbitrary decisions were taken for a consideration. If there was no illegal act and the money trail is missing (chargesheet has neither), how will the allegations against Raja, Chandolia and Behura be proved?
So apart from wasting 18 months of the taxpayer's money since it first  filed its FIR in October 2009, it is clear that the CBI, despite the Supreme Court's supervision, is up to serious mischief. It has accused three obvious government officials (Raja, RK Chandolia and S Behura) and a handful of junior nondescript private company executives with little or no evidence and in fact, left strategic loopholes for this case to either linger endlessly or be dismissed. Unless the CBI springs a surprise in its subsequent chargesheets or the Supreme Court comes down heavily on the CBI for putting together an April Fool's Day (April 2, 2011) chargesheet, it seems that the stage is set to take the nation for yet another ride by pretending to run a case but in fact, subverting the process of justice by using a shallow and unsubstantiated chargesheet.
Anna Hazare's agitation is timely, appropriate and critical. The CBI making a joke of the 2G scam investigation despite the Supreme Court's best efforts shows how desperately India needs anti-corruption laws and institutions like the Lokpal to bring in the changes that Hazare and others in civil society seek. This is not to say that the civil society draft is perfect or that even civil society can control corruption with a magic wand and without accountability to other institutions. Regardless, the frustration and anger that one sees on the streets is because India has witnessed too much compromise on corruption for far too long.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's defence in the 2G spectrum scam is fluctuating from nervous to plain weak. He insisted in Parliament last week that the finance and telecom ministries had concurred that auctions need not be held for determining the entry fee for startup 2G spectrum in 2008. Singh offered the same explanation at his media interaction on February 16.

The PM is using this "concurrence" as a critical argument to establish that he had rock solid reasons for standing aside while then telecom minister A Raja gave away precious spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices — causing a staggering Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss to the public purse.

These remarks are sure to become the foundation for all inquiry by the JPC which will examine all procedural improprieties in the 2G scam under its terms of reference.

To begin with, why is the finance ministry's concurrence any justification for a white-collar crime of this magnitude? At best, this only proves more firmly what everyone has suspected all along, that Raja wasn't alone.

However, Singh's argument, apart from being misguided and an own-goal (by implicating a Cabinet colleague), fails scrutiny yet again. There is as yet no information available in the public domain that can substantiate the PM's claim that the finance ministry was consulted by the DoT and that "the two ministries concurred" before news broke of the 2G spectrum scam on January 10, 2008.

Ironically, after initially admitting in Parliament a difference of opinion between the finance and telecom ministries, the PM later said the two ministries agreed.

The finance minister wrote to the PM on January 15, 2008. According to the PM, later on, the two ministries "worked out an agreed formula on spectrum charges, which was then communicated to me on July 4, 2008".

Then finance minister P Chidambaram's letter of January 15, 2008, which is now being offered as evidence of concurrence, was written five days after the LoIs were awarded and refers to issues other than auction of entry fee for startup 2G spectrum. In Section 9 of his letter, Chidamabaram clarifies, "this note does not deal with the need, if any, to revise entry fee".

In this context, the PM's statement is puzzling. Moreover, this "agreed formula" between the ministries, which was sent to the PM in July, comes six months after 2G licences were awarded on January 10, 2007, which only confirms that there was no concurrence before the LoIs were awarded. Moreover, "spectrum charges" is not the relevant issue for the 2G scam. The foundation of the 2G spectrum scam is that the entry fee for startup spectrum should have been obtained through a transparent auction. This jargon of entry fee and spectrum charges can be confusing but the devil as always, lies in the detail. Spectrum charge is an additional recurring fee that is paid by operators for the entire duration of license.

All recent inquiries by government panels also contradict the PM's claim. The Shivraj Patil One Man Committee (OMC), which was set up by telecom minister Kapil Sibal, clearly outlines in Section 2.71 of its report that the department of economic affairs had raised concerns about A Raja's policies.

Then finance secretary (now RBI governor) D Subbarao had written to the DoT questioning the giving away of spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices, and specifically added: "Moreover in view of the financial implications, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) should have been consulted in the matter before you had finalized the decision."

On November 29, 2007, the DoT secretary responded to Subbarao's letter, but that does not satisfy Patil regarding "concurrence" on the 2G entry fee pricing between MoF and DoT. Patil notes in Section 3.2(xviii): "A procedure was formulated by DoT to collect the same entry fee paid by fourth cellular operator for inducting new UASL operators from 2003 onwards. This had financial bearing and also involved pricing of spectrum. This decision was not only contrary to recommendations of TRAI but was also taken without concurrence by MoF as required by GoI (Transaction of Business) rules and also as per decision of the Cabinet dated 31-10-03."

Additionally, the DoT in its affidavit of November 11, 2010, informed the Supreme Court in Section 93 that there was "no further reference or communication" between MoF and DoT on this matter after the exchange of letters between the two secretaries.

The CAG's report, released in November 2010, two years after the spectrum scam, additionally weakens the concurrence theory. It quotes MoF in Section 3.2.5: "In view of the directions of Union Cabinet (October 2003) and particularly in absence of requisite clarity in the recommendations of TRAI and decision of the Union Cabinet, in regard to the fixation of entry fees for new licensees, prudent principles of governance would have required DoT to engage in further inter-ministerial discussion particularly with MoF. The fact that this was not done despite repeated advices from the MoF does give scope of creation of doubt on the validity of the decision taken to fix the entry fee for new licenses at 2001 levels."

Even when Subbarao recently deposed before the PAC, he made no admission of any concurrence between the two ministries.

It is now up to the JPC to unravel the truth by sifting through this maze of obfuscating material to propel the inquiry to its logical conclusion: recovery of lost revenue. The question is, does the JPC have the appropriate mix of neutral MPs with the expertise and patience to bring the perpetrators and beneficiaries of the scam (including some of their own) to book?


Business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan could face Indian investigations over his takeover of Chennai-based cellular company Aircel in 2006.

The Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is looking into alleged discrepancies in the ownership change in Aircel by Ananda Krishnan's Maxis Communications.
The inquiry, as directed by the Indian courts, is to examine decisions taken by the Indian Telecom Ministry, including the decision to allow the takeover of Aircel by the Malaysian telco giant.
A report in the New Delhi-based Economic Times today stated that the CBI is likely to name former Telecoms Minister Dayanidhi Maran and Maxis over the ownership change. Maran is now the Indian textile minister.
The daily reported that a preliminary investigation is expected to be filed before July 6.
"Yes, we are at an advanced stage of investigations into the case. We will be in a position to file the FIR (first information report) before July 6," a CBI official added.
During the deal entered by Maxis to takeover Aircel in 2006, the Indian telco was owned by C Sivasankaran. CBI officials investigating the case believed that Sivasankaran was under pressure to strike the deal.
According to the Economic Times report, the CBI is likely to allege in the FIR that actions of Maran in not clearing Aircel's application for licences and spectrum as a telecom minister caused Aircel to be sold to Maxis.
CBI officials believed, the report added, the delay in granting licence and spectrum to Aircel was a 'ploy' to get them to sell to Maxis.
"A person, who was close to the negotiations between Sivasankaran and Maxis at that time, confirmed that pressure was brought upon the former to dispose off his stake," add the report.
CBI officials also claimed that Ananda Krishnan was close to the Maran family.
Astro's deal under spotlight too
The report further stated that CBI was also investigating Ananda Krishnan's satellite station Astro All Asia Networks' (Astro) Rs830 crore investment in Sun Direct TV to see if it was linked with the Aircel buyover.
Sun Direct is a part of the Sun Group owned by Kalanidhi Maran, southern India's largest vernacular language broadcaster. He is also minister Maran's brother.
Economic Times said Dayanidhi Maran refused to comment on the matter.
Economic Times had reported on Feb 15, 2011, that CBI was interested in the transaction between Sun Direct and Astro.
Sun had previously denied any quid pro quo between Dayanidhi Maran and Astro of Malaysia. Sun had also said that the MoU with Astro was signed in 1997 when Aircel was not even in existence.
Ananda Krishnan's Maxis is Malaysia's largest cellular phone company with more than 10 million subscribers, with around 40% market share in Malaysia.
As for the agreement between Astro and Sun Network, Ananda Krishnan has been reported as wanting to produce TV channels which cater to the Indian market, especially Tamil diaspora in countries such as US and Europe.
Ananda Krishnan is Malaysia's second richest man, with a personal worth of more than US$7 billion.


Posted: 22 May 2011 09:17 AM PDT

Finding love the second time around isn't easy. When you are divorced or widowed in your 60s or 70s, the odds of marrying again or even finding a companion are stacked heavily against you. Unless you live in the US or Europe where dating among seniors is a social norm, you are likely to invite frowns or raised eyebrows from family and friends alike.

In most Asian societies, a widow is expected to remain faithful to the memory of her deceased husband. However, a widower who chooses to remarry is congratulated, especially if his bride is young enough to be his daughter. What a catch! He's the envy of his friends. Let's admit it, the guys get all the breaks when it comes to the gender issue.

If you are a divorcee or a widow, any chance of a new love blossoming is quickly nipped in the bud. You have to deal with:

~ Your in-laws - they will never forgive you for dishonouring the family name.
~ Your children - they will resent a stranger taking over their beloved parent's place.
~ His children - they will regard you as an usurper of their rightful inheritance.
~ His relatives - they will view you as a gold-digger.

Those who couldn't care less about what others think may find themselves with a different problem. There are just not enough good men in their 60s or 70s to choose from. They are either taken, in poor health, or have sworn allegiance to their dearly departed spouse. My single girlfriends who are in their 60s would rather maintain their status quo than marry just to have 'Mrs' added to their name. None of them are that desperate.

Those who are seeking companionship for their sunset years must take the initiative to go out and meet people. Or at least get involved in some online social networking.

A friendship club for seniors here in KL or Singapore will attract a lot of interest. Any takers?


Posted: 22 May 2011 09:14 AM PDT

Datuk Nakhaie Ahmad,this what your 
 Bastardised Muslim Former prime minister
 Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did

Islamic leaders question non-Muslim rights
Several Islamic leaders have questioned the loyalty of non-Muslims in the country, declaring today the community's rights must be re-evaluated if Malaysia is to call itself an Islamic state.
When an entire establishment – the state machinery, the political right and the corporate world – wants something, it gets it. But not now in Gujarat, where a 47-year-old IPS officer, Sanjiv Bhatt has denied such glory to the mighty establishment just because he stands on the bedrock of his family's support.
Any other man would have buckled under pressure as perceived and real threats could bring about pressure from within the home to give up. But Bhatt is lucky. His wife, Shweta, mother and two children, a daughter in the final year of MBBS and a son in class XII understand him and his fight for justice.
"My children are absolutely supportive, for over the years they have known the values and principles I stood for. And despite everything (that has happened in my life), my son also wants to join the police," says Bhatt with pride.
Family support: Wife Shweta and his children are standing by Sanjiv Bhatt as he takes on Narendra Modi in the Gujarat riots case.
The whistleblower took Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi head on by filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court on April 14 to bring on record certain aspects concerning the investigation being conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to go into the post-Godhra riots of 2002 that claimed around 1200 lives.
In his affidavit, Bhatt has stated that Modi instructed senior police officers and civil servants at a meeting on February 27, 2002, to let the Hindus vent their anger against an incident at the Godhra railway station where about 59 kar sevaks were burnt to death by pro-Pakistani elements.
Bhatt, who was Deputy Commissioner of Internal security in the state intelligence bureau during the riots that followed the Godhra incident, alleges that the SIT leaked his testimony to the Gujarat government.
"I had not talked about my testimony to anyone outside the SIT. But even as my deposition was on, I was receiving calls from people in the higher echelons of authority asking how I could say such and such things," says Bhatt referring to his deposition before the SIT in November 2009 .
Though he had deposed truthfully and fearlessly with all documents and details, the SIT failed to conduct an impartial and thorough probe into the allegation of a larger conspiracy behind Gujarat riots of 2002.
"I was angry that the SIT was not living up to expectation and hence filed the affidavit. It is just a correspondence, putting things in perspective," says Bhatt who is neither a petitioner nor a respondent in the riots case. He could not disclose information on such a sensitive matter earlier as he had to maintain confidentiality as a serving officer. However, Modi has denied that Bhatt was present at the February 27, 2002 meeting convened by him.
Bhatt reiterates there was complete subversion of the law during the 2002 riots and wishes such riots should never take place again. "People quote the riots of 1984 and 1993 to justify the 2002 riot; at least the 2002 riot should not be quoted as a precedent," he adds.
The Mumbai born and Ahmadabad -bred alumnus of the reputed St Xavier's High School, says it was an urge to bring about positive changes and make substantial contribution to society that motivated him to join the police. So, after doing his Post-graduation in Geotechnical Engineering (a specialized Civil Engineering branch) from IIT Mumbai and a stint in CMC Ltd, he joined the IPS in 1988.
In last 23 years he has served in different capacities in various districts, Police Commissionerates and Police Units. Now he is Principal of the State Reserve Police Training Centre in Junagadh.
Having done sensitive assignments, including being in charge of Chief Minister's security, Bhatt is aware of threat perceptions. He has mentioned in his affidavit his concern for the safety of his immediate family members. "I have presently one PSO (Personal Security Officer) and one sentry, which is highly inadequate. The minimum requirement should be four more guards and one more PSO," he says.
But that is not going to deter him from speaking the truth. Following summons, he is ready to face the Nanavati Commission – probing the Godhra case and the role of Modi in the post-Godhra riots – on May 16. We hope to hear more startling revelations from the man who knows too much and importantly, is willing to talk too.
The recent burning of two churches in Cairo's Imbaba district reminded me of New Year's Eve this year, when I was in Cairo. At the time, I heard about the bombing of the church in Alexandria, and I saw the outrage that took place on the streets of Cairo – and the solidarity it resulted in, with Muslim men and women standing guard outside of churches on 7 January, when Copts celebrated Christmas.

That solidarity between Muslims and Christians in Egypt was not short-lived, but a deeply felt, rooted expression. Anyone who had been in Tahrir Square during the uprising knows that – and anyone who had been outside the attacked churches during the uprising knows that too.

No one was outside attacked churches during the uprising – because no churches were attacked. At a time when there was complete lawlessness on the streets, as the regime pulled off the police forces, churches were safe. Had there been such a violent sentiment against Christians in Egypt, that would have been the time to pounce.

In the weeks after the uprising, the former interior minister was officially the subject of an investigation into that New Year's Eve bombing. The accusation prompting the inquiry was that his ministry was responsible for the bombing in order to shore up support the regime. The investigation continues, although in the court of public opinion (if not in the judiciary system), the verdict was fairly clear. There's a positive aspect to that – the anti-sectarian mood was clearly what Egyptians were feeling.

I sincerely hoped that would be the way things would continue indefinitely. In recent days, however, it's been clear that will not be Egypt's future – at least not for the short or medium term. The two churches burned in Imbaba have raised the spectre of continued religiously based sectarian violence.

When it comes to religion and the public sphere, the Muslim Brotherhood is probably the most influential group in Egypt in terms of bringing religion into it for political ends. Egyptians know that the Muslim Brotherhood sincerely and publically denounced the bombing in Imbaba. Yet, Egyptians also know that the Muslim Brotherhood did not descend on Imbaba to work directly on calming sectarian tensions. Perhaps in the future, it might intervene more through the masses it can bring out. It certainly would build trust in wider society for the movement. It's never had to play this kind of bridge-builder role before – but Egypt now requires that it do so.

Indeed, Egypt requires all Egyptians do so. While the Muslim community needs to take a hard look at what it may or may not do in order to build trust, the Christian community would probably benefit from reconsidering some of the stances that a minority within it has taken, particularly vis-à-vis the indigenous nature of the Muslim community as well as American intervention to solve the sectarian issue. There have been inflammatory statements and acts of violence emanating from both Muslims and Christians, which will also need to be discussed in safe environments in the future – not for the purpose of playing the "blame game", but to establish the facts against a backdrop in which an overwhelming majority of Egyptians oppose sectarianism and want a future where all citizens can feel they are of Egypt, and not some sort of foreign or alien element.

At the moment, there are many in Egypt suspecting that this is not the case for some Muslims and some Christians – and that suspicion has to be put to rest, for once and for all. A new Egypt deserves, requires and demands no less.

The unity of Egyptians is far stronger than the forces of division – and the sense of Egyptian patriotism is more mainstream than the sense of Egyptian sectarianism.

Egyptians can drain the swamp – and they can remove the fuel for divisive forces to use. Tahrir Square, Egyptians were reminded time and time again, brought out the best of what it meant to be an Egyptian. Now all Egyptians must find the best within themselves, and together they must confront the worst – and defeat it.

Former president of Islamic Da'wah Foundation Malaysia (Yadim), Datuk Nakhaie Ahmad, said treatment of non-Muslims must be based on the social contract agreed and pointed out that the government has been too gracious to the community.
"In attempts to get vote and support of non-Muslims, we have been very gracious in giving them their civil rights. Civil rights given to them includes the rights to vote, participation in politics, hold office, involvement in the military and so forth but we cannot just willingly give them everything.
"Our offer must be based on religious practices. If we look at the prophet's agreement in the Madinah constitution, civil rights were given to the Jews but the rights must be paid back with responsibility. They must have the responsibility and agree to defend our country and not insult the agreement," he said during a forum here.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared Malaysia an Islamic state a decade ago in a move to counter PAS's growing influence among the country's key Malay Muslim population.
The issue cropped up this month when several groups asked for amendments to the Federal Constitution to stipulate only Muslims can be the prime minister after Utusan Malaysia carried an unsubstantiated report of a Christian plot to usurp Islam's position as religion of the federation.
Nakhaie stressed that non-Muslims that have broken the social contract must be expelled from the country and asked the government to adopt a tough approach in safeguarding Muslim interest.
"If the agreement is broken then actions must be taken against them. If they break our agreement then they are our enemy and must be expelled from the country. We must not compromise with them. We must be stern with them when it comes to the social contract agreed," he said.
Nakhaie added it is important that high level government positions not be awarded to non-Muslims for national security.
"We cannot give them important government position as it is not allowed for non-Muslims to become ministers in a Islamic state. Head of military must also not be given to non-Muslims.
"Without thinking about the future of our country, we are so willing to give them everything. Granting them their civil rights must be balanced with Islamic preaching so they will understand justice in Islam and the Islamic system," said the former PAS member who defected to Umno years ago.
He also warned Muslims to unite as non-Muslims will become stronger if the community continues to quarrel among themselves.
"They are brave now and are willing to say anything because they are becoming dominant. They (non-muslim political parties) are only working with us to only achieve their goals. It is a marriage of convenience. We know what is their programme. We are already losing economically and now we want to give political rights?" he asked.
Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia's (ISMA) deputy president Zamri Hashim added that Muslims must look beyond political affiliation for a common greater cause.
"We must think outside of politics. The Malay agenda is too important to ignore and a majority of Malays are Muslims. This is no longer about PAS and Umno," said the Perak deputy Mufti.
Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) deputy president, Dr Mohd Rumaizuddin Ghazali, also stressed that Malaysia must never become a secular state.
"This is why many non-Muslim politicians want to declare the country as a secular state because then the government will not have fund religious programmes.
"They are scared that if we accept Malaysia as an Islamic state then there are many implications which means that only Muslims have the right to lead the country," he said.
Mohd Rumaizuddin added that the Malays are beginning to be trampled on and non-Muslims are starting to take advantage of the community.
"Because of politics, we are still not free after more than 50 years of independence," he said.
Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia president Abdul Hakim Othman added the country's constitution must be replaced as it has been stained by the colonial British.
"A Caliphate state is based on divine revelation. It is not a democratic or a theocratic state. It is only an Islamic state when the constitution is based on the Quran and prophetic traditions," he said.READMORE

Benjamin Stephen's Blasphemy Case ~ No Further Action by PDRM?

Posted: 22 May 2011 06:26 AM PDT

I am sort of perplexed to see that my police report against the still at large blaspheming priest Benjamin Stephen @ apostate Badrul Hisyam being in a state of limbo or as me and my friends fear now classified as 'NFA' ~ No Further Action by the Royal Malaysian Police's Special Branch.

One of those who had accompanied me to the Pudu Police Station in the follow up investigations by the Special Branch is a retired top police officer himself. He has been constantly emailing me and asking about the status of the case and fears that it is now relegated to the 'NFA' file cabinet by the ones said to handle the blasphemy against Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam as I reported here before.

Personally I think the same. That despite the nationwide brouhaha that my report resulted and even top BN ministers themselves had jumped onto the media bandwagon and stated their piece themselves, everything has now fizzled into nothingness. Read about the Minister of Communication's response here

The SKMM or MCMC seem to not have achieved anything despite their having called myself to give my statements pertaining to the case over at their HQ in Cyberjaya.

It amuses me to see PERKASA members now flogging the same dead horse as if this blasphemy by Benjamin Stephen is something new as we can see by the way blogs like MiM are reporting about it all over again?

To me, it is really a shame to see the case against Benjamin ending up like not a big deal because this sly bastard is still free and at large despite the seriousness of his insults against the Greatest Prophet of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and the outrage that he had caused by badmouthing Islam as well!

If the SB really wanted to get this bloke, they would have got him by now but by what we are all seeing, insulter's and blasphemers against Islam and its Prophet seem to be invincible and free to roam the world unhindered as proven in the case of Benjamin Stephen.

In fact, the blaspheming videos of Benjamin Stephen are now back online on You Tube as shown here uploaded by firdaus7961. So much for the SKMM's action in removing them from viewing by the online public!

When I am asked by the retired police officer as to whether I have been contacted by the Investigating Officer of the police report I lodged against Benjamin the Blasphemer, I can only tell him that to this date not a squeak, not an sms or phone call has been made to me by the IO concerned.

Its a shame but thats the reality.

Anyone who insults and issues derogatory statements against the Holy Prophet of Allah seems able to get away with just about anything they say or do here in Malaysia.

If this had happened in other countries such as Iran, Pakistan, India or Indonesia, the culprit or culprits would have long been tracked down almost overnight and given their rightful dues as provided by their relative laws gazetted in their countries.

In Malaysia, these blasphemers can get away just like that!

I just want to see justice be done against this blasphemer for insulting Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam but it seems that our government law enforcement agencies don't seem to be that concerned about this case anymore!

Tapi budak di dalam ...

Posted: 22 May 2011 05:21 AM PDT

Sedang Husin menaiki keretapi Putra, terlihat seorang muda memberi tempat duduknya kepada seorang wanita mengandung.

Ini mengingatkan Husin kepada satu peristiwa masa zaman muda dulu semasa baru kerja. Kereta belum ada, maka sana sini naik bas mini. Harga murah saja 50 sen. Taklah sampai beringgit-ringgit seperti naik keretapi sekarang. Stau station pun RM1 lebih.

Bas mini merupakan kenderaaan untuk graduan baru kerja yang belum rasa bonus pertama untuk deposit beli kereta. Nak minta pinjam dari orang tua, malu pasal bertekad nak mula berdikari konon. Memang mahu mulakan hidup bersusah dahulu.

Masa waktu pergi dan balik kerja, bas mini begitu penuh hingga sendat. Lain pula orang yang bergantung di luar bas. Pasal harga murah, semua terima keadaan kurang selesa ini.

Yang hairannya, naik bas mini dulu lebih mudah dapat duduk kerusi dari naik keretapi sekarang. Aircon takda, hanya angin dari tingkap yang terbuka. Dulu dalam bas boleh hisap rokok.

Biar Husin mulakan cerita kisah beri tempat duduk atas bas mini.

Satu hari dalam perjalanan pulang dari kerja atas bas mini, naiklah seorang wanita Tionghua muda yang sedang mengandung. Orangnya agak lawa, biasalah Cina putih dan memakai gown mengandung.

Selalu orang bangun kasikan kerusi tapi wanita ini tak segan untuk minta. Dengan sopan dia meminta dari seorang lelaki muda yang sedang duduk.

"Incik, bolehkah saya minta tempat duduk? Saya berdiri tak apa, tetapi budak di dalam ni ...".

Lelaki yang sedang hisap rokok itu terus bangun berikan tempat duduknya.

Wanita itu berkata lagi kepada lelaki itu, "Incik, boleh tak matikan rokok. Saya tak kisah, tapi budak di dalam ni ..."

Orang kaki lados feed-up bila disuruh berenti rokok. Tapi pasal timbang rasa dia matikan juga putung rokok tersebut dan buang keluar tingkap.

Boring aje dia. Banyak sangat cekadak pompuan Cina ini. Dah kasi kerusi, tahan aku nak merokok, katanya dalam hati.

Dalam bersempit-sempit, tiba ada penumpang terlanggar gown wanita ini dalam bergegas untuk turun bas. Terselak gown dia hingga terdedah pangkal pahanya yang putih melepak sexy.

Lalu lelaki itu terus tunduk dan bisik pada wanita tersebut.

"Puan ... boleh tak puan tutup skirt tu. Saya tak apa, tetapi budak di dalam seluar saya ni tak boleh ..."

Cilaka ... Cina mengandung pun dia boleh teransang.

Kalau sistem keretapi yang ada sudah susah nak dapat tempat duduk, macam mana pula bila terbina sistem keretapi RM40 billion kelak.

Husin dah biasa pergi balik naik subway di banyak bandaraya luar negara. Apa pula kerenah nanti.

* Terima kasih Badut Rakyat atas ilham ini.


Posted: 21 May 2011 11:56 PM PDT


Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a fundraiser in Philadelphia Friday, compared Republicans in Congress to people who excuse rapists by blaming their victims.

Back in 1994, the then chief minister of Malacca, Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, was reported to have raped a 15-year-old schoolgirl (under Malaysian law, sex with a minor constitutes statutory rape). Lim Guan Eng, currently the chief minister of Penang and the then MP for Kota Melaka, spoke out against the rape of a minor after the girl's grandmother-cum-guardian, who was also Lim's constituent, turned to him for help.
However, far from deserving justice, both Lim and the schoolgirl received their "dues". Lim was jailed for three years for speaking up against the rape while the girl was given three years "protective custody". As for Rahim, because of the rape and pending corruption charges, he was forced to resign, after a 12-year stint as Malacca's chief minister.
But the judiciary saw Rahim escape punishment for a crime committed; this came about after the public prosecutor withdrew the charge citing lack of evidence. The corruption charges against Rahim were also dropped.
The travesty of justice is such that on Feb 28, 1995, Lim was thrown into jail after he was charged under the Sedition Act for prompting "disaffection with the administration of Malaysia".
On March 17 the same year, he was slapped with another charge under the Printing Presses and Publications Act for "maliciously printing" a pamphlet containing "false information", specifically that Lim had used the term "imprisoned victim" to describe the schoolgirl who was raped.
As a result of his trying to seek justice for the rape survivor, Lim was barred from holding public office for five years, making him ineligible to contest in the 2004 general election.
As for the underage rape survivor, she was initially detained for 10 years without parental consent. She was subsequently sentenced to three years "protective custody" in a house for "wayward girls". During Lim's trial, the girl gave evidence that she had sex with a minister.
With such lecherous politicians in our midst, the safety of girls and women – be they our sisters, daughters, mothers and foreign female workers – is at risk. There is no telling which politician is waiting to sexually assault the girls and women in this country. What is annoying is the fact that the crime is easily dismissed by threatening and buying the silence of the victim.
In Rais' case, if the rape had never taken place as he claimed, then what made his domestic helper of eight years to suddenly pack her bags and leave for home in Indonesia? If he has been such a kind and generous man as his former domestic helper claimed when retracting her allegation of rape, the question of her quitting her job would not arise. There is no doubt something is amiss here, no matter how much Rais denies it.
In the case of Rahim, he was never convicted and continues to enjoy life while Lim spent three years in jail and the the rape survivor was sentenced to three years in a house for "wayward girls". What wrong did the girl do to end up in a house for wayward girls while the perpetrator, Rahim, walked a free man? Where was justice when it was desperately needed?

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Angry French feminists say local media have been awash with male chauvinist comments since the arrest of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges he attempted to rape a New York hotel maid.
Feminist organisations published a petition saying they were "stunned by the daily flood of misogynist comments by public figures" since the French former finance minister was detained. He denies the charges and is currently on bail.
In their statement, the feminists said friends and allies of Strauss-Kahn had downplayed the plight of the alleged victim in their rush to defend the Socialist, who until his fall was well placed to beat President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 elections.
The lawyer for the maid said his client was a 32-year-old widow from the West African nation of Guinea, who has a daughter aged 15.
"We do not know what happened in New York on Saturday May 14, but we know what has been happening in France in the past week. We are witnessing a sudden rise of sexist and reactionary reflexes, so quick to surface among part of the French elite," the groups said in a statement on the website of Le Monde.
Organised by groups including "Osez le feminisme" and "La Barbe", the petition was signed by more than a 1,000 women, including TV journalist Audrey Pulvar, whose partner Arnaud Montebourg is bidding to be the Socialist candidate next year.
"There is a certain impunity in France when it comes to this kind of uninhibited sexism," the groups said.
The groups said that 75,000 women were raped in France every year and that sexist language in public tended to minimise the gravity of crime, turning it into a vague and more or less acceptable act.readmore

What Anwar Promised Before GE2008 he can deliver!

Posted: 22 May 2011 07:47 AM PDT

YES, the former DPM and Finance Minister did promise that should the Pakatan Rakyat take over Putrajaya, the first act of the new Government would be to lower petroleum prices at the pump because MALAYSIA CAN DO IT! WE ARE A NETT PRODUCER AND NETT EXPORTER OF PETROL, so when world prices from about 50 to 70USD per barrel from five years ago to current USD120 to USD150 per barrel, we the Rakyat should be able to ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THE WORLD PRICE INCREASE. Instead the BN government kept of harping on "rising subsidies" for petroleum, which as I said in my post yesterday, is JUST HALF THE REAL STORY.

mGf "moot" who went missing without official leave from Desi's, offered a good tale of the "dadah" story which UMNO leaders are capable of spinning. *** here follows his anecdote quite refreshing as antidote to all the UMNO propaganda-ganda wang anda!:)

Blogger moot said...

Here is another version of the other half of "holier than thou" subsidies story.

Once upon a time there was a little bunny walking through the woods when he came across a giraffe rolling a joint. The little bunny quickly said, "Mr. Giraffe, why are you smoking marijuana? Drugs are bad, you should take a walk with me and I will show you the wonderful forest." The giraffe agreed and walked with the little bunny.

On there walk they came across a big elephent that was about to do a line of coke. The little bunny quickly said, "Mr. Elephant, why are you doing cocaine? Drugs are bad, you should take a walk with me and I will show you the wonderful forest." The elephant agreed and walked with the little bunnyand the giraffe.

They soon come across a lion about to shoot up herion. The little bunny quickly said, "Mr. Lion, why are you doing herion? Drugs are bad, you should take a walk with me and I will show you the wonderful forest." Just then, the lion beat up the little bunny. The giraffe and the elephant quickly said, "Why did you beat up our friend?".

The lion responded saying, "Every time that damn bunny does ecstasy I have to walk through the forest with him ."

Here's another take from a fellow blogger headed
"tumpang sekole...?at

21 May 2011
Kick out BN, Anwar tells poor...
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has urged the poor to vote out Barisan Nasional which is on the verge of slashing subsidies.

Speaking at a ceramah in Cheras Baru here last night, he flayed Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for burdening the public but protecting the cronies and independent power producers.

Umno, he said, must be ovethrown for "bowing to rich towkays" like T Ananda Krishnan, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary and YTL.

Despite the humidity in the multipurpose hall and insects which buzzed incessantly, Anwar had managed to keep his 1,000- strong audience from the nearby low-cost flats in rapt attention. The crowd clapped, groaned, laughed and chanted "Reformasi" as the opposition leader, known for his fiery oratory skills, took the government to task over several issues.

"They give subsidies to poor people and call it opium but when they give it to the rich it is okay although they are the real opium addicts," he said in response to Najib likening petrol subsidies to opium.

The prime minister had said that subsidies needed to be cut gradually in order to bring the budget deficit under control. The government plans to reduce the deficit from 5.6% to 5.4% this year, then down to 2.8% by 2015.

However, Anwar argued that the subsidies could be maintained if the "dictatorial" BN clamped down on corruption.

"Who here can say that they have not been asked for bribes on the streets?" he asked the audience, eliciting murmurs of assent.

During his speech, Anwar also touched on his ongoing sodomy trial and accused his political rivals of attempting to throw him behind bars again on trumped up charges.

"But I was in jail for six years. Did they overcome Malay poverty? Did corruption go down? In fact, corruption went up!" he said.


Beranikah Najib sebut subsidi adalah candu kepada tauke IPP? -Anwar

Please read my current post in conjunction with my post Yesterdaywhere I sought help to track down Petronas' production is relation to rising world oil prices, and Desi needs help from his EsteemedReaders to track down a story from Reuters which essentially was in tandem with my argument that when world oil prices rise, Malaysians should be able to enjoy lower oil prices at the pump as the country is a NETT GAINER IN REVENUES/PROFITS VIA PETRONAS.


@10.45PM:), from

Another ketchUP, belatedly wit' AP:)

Friday, 20 May 2011 12:26
Last updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:35

BN Govt Fed M'sians with Subsidy "Opium" to Hide Impact of Corruption
by Tony Pua

If subsidies is akin to "opium" as described by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, then sure the Barisan Nasional Government is guilty of being the "drug pusher" for offering "opium" to the Malaysian public over the past decades.

The reason why the BN government has fed "opium" to Malaysians in increasing doses over the years is to mask the fact that the Malaysian economy has been unable to grow at the necessary pace and competitiveness. As a result the people are unable to increase their income at a pace faster than the rapidly rising cost of living.

Hence the BN Government used "opium" to keep the general populace in an artificial state of bliss and ignorance that Malaysians are stuck in a middle income trap and rising income inequality.

While the population was induced with a "feel good" factor over the past two decades, BN continued to weaken the competitiveness of our economy through policies which were inefficient and ineffective, waste our scare wealth on poorly thought-out hare-brained projects and through rampant and blatant corruption involving the BN Government such as the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal. This has not yet included the fact the capital flight amounting to a shocking RM888 billion from 2000 to 2008 as announced by the US-based financial watchdog Global Financial integrity (GFI).

BN could feed the people with "opium" all these years thanks to the growing production of oil and gas as well as rising international oil prices which led to record oil revenues received by the Government, hitting a high of RM67 billion in 2009.

However as a result of extravagant and unproductive government expenditure over the past 2 decades, the BN government now finds itself having difficulty in reducing the budget deficit, feeding their cronies while at the same time continuing to supply sufficient "opium" to the people.

The problem hence is that the "opium" is not the real problems faced by Malaysia's economy, but just one of the symptoms. The underlying problem for the country's economy in this case is the plundering and pilfering of the country's wealth by the BN government with its crony business interests. Therefore even if the "opium" addiction is removed, the plight of the economy will still continue because all that's saved from the "opium" will still be pilfered away.

The only way to return the country's economy to its potential trajectory is for the Government to start placing the interest of the rakyat above that of the BN cronies and start looking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its expenditures, as well as taking pro-active measures to improve transparency and accountability to reduce corruption and leakages. Without these key measures, removing the "opium" addiction will only be a short-term measure which will not lead us to become a high-income nation.

*The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the writer.

Anwar Ibrahim ~ Kenapa Pakatan Rakyat tak akan membiarkannya jatuh..

Posted: 21 May 2011 10:25 PM PDT

Bagi setiap pemerhati politik, Anwar Ibrahim buat masa ini adalah satu satunya teraju utama pakatan 3 parti pembangkang Malaysia yang berlainan asas perjuangan mereka didalam usaha menjatuhkan Kerajaan Persekutuan Barisan Nasional. Inilah realiti semasa politik.

Pakatan Rakyat akan tumbang dan berkecai sekiranya Anwar disumbat kembali ke penjara!

Segala perjuangan DAP, PKR dan PAS akan menjadi sia sia bilamana Anwar didapati bersalah meliwat Saiful Bukhari. Segala susah payah mereka memerangi Barisan Nasional sekian lama ini akan hilang ditiup angin bagaikan debu berterbangan di angkasa.

Bukan setahun dua percubaan mereka menjatuhkan BN. Bukan seminggu dua mereka impikan memegang kuasa mutlak Kerajaan Persekutuan Malaysia. 

Boleh dikatakan sepanjang umur mereka, impian utama setiap pemimpin DAP, PKR dan PAS adalah untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia.

Andainya Anwar kembali merengkok didalam sel penjara, maka turut terpenjaralah setiap impian Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Haji Hadi, Nik Aziz, Mat Sabu, Nizar dan yang lain lain.

Bukan sedikit orang orang yang cuba memastikan Anwar jatuh tergolek bagaikan orang yang pincang kakinya sejak ia dipecat, di tarik segala pangkat dan kejayaan yang dicapainya sesudah putus talian perhubungan diantara Mahathir dengannya.

Nafsu dan perebutan kuasa menjadi pencucuh semarak api permusuhan di-antara Mahathir dan Anwar. Ianya berterusan merentasi era pemerintahan Abdullah Badawi dan kini pada zaman Najib Tun Razak.

Bukan mudah memerangkap Anwar. Ia terlalu licik untuk disabitkan dengan salahlaku seksualnya.

Dato Trio yang cuba menangkap salahlaku seks Anwar melalui rakaman video melakukan kesilapan besar dengan rakaman hitam putih dizaman teknologi 'HD' yang mungkin dapat memaku sasaran mereka ke palang pesalah tanpa secebis keraguan lagi!

DAP, PKR dan PAS kini bergantung nasib terhadap apa sahaja yang akan berlaku pada Anwar Ibrahim.

Saat Anwar disabitkan kesalahan tuduhan liwat yang sedang ia hadapi kali kedua ini sudah pasti menghancurkan Pakatan Rakyat.

Sebenarnya istilah 'Pakatan Rakyat' itu tidak tepat sama sekali.

Bukan kesekelian rakyat berpakat bersama sama ketiga tiga parti politik pembangkang itu.

Andainya kesemua rakyat memang bersama mereka sudah tentu Kerajaan BN tidak ujud sehingga hari ini.

Anwar Ibrahim sanggup melakukan dan mengatakan apa sahaja didalam usahanya menduduki kerusi PM di Putrajaya.

Ia sanggup menggadaikan prinsip perjuangan agamanya bersama ABIM dengan  memberi sokongan pada mana mana golongan yang berusaha mengikis kedudukan Ad Deenul Islam didalam negara ini.

Ia sanggup berkata bahawa Tanah Semenanjung ini bukan milik Melayu.

Ia sanggup berbuat apa sahaja demi memajukan dirinya dimata pembangkang setelah terlepas peluang menggantikan Mahathir sebagai PM ke 5.

Sudah jelas kah bahawa apa sahaja nasib Anwar didalam menghadapi kes liwat ini turut merupakan nasib Pakatan Rakyat untuk terus ujud didalam arena politik Malaysia.

Merumuskan keadaan, boleh lah kita andaikan bahawa bilamana kes ini dibicarakan dimahkamah, berdirinya Anwar didalam kandang pesalah atau kandang saksi adalah sama sahaja bahawa PR sedang menghadapi masadepan yang sama sesuram dengan Ketua Pembangkang.

Oleh sebab itulah mereka sanggup melakukan apa sahaja untuk memastikan ia tidak mudah disumbat kembali ke Penjara Sg Buloh atau mana mana penjara lain didalam negara.

Mungkin itulah juga jawapan kenapa Melayu PKR sanggup mencemarkan kesucian Masjid Amru Al As baru baru ini?

Apalah ertinya kesucian masjid bagi mereka yang bergantung harapan dan masadepan mereka pada nasib Anwar Ibrahim, manusia yang di anggap sebagai 'Anugerah Tuhan' oleh isterinya Wan Azizah, Presiden PKR?

Nasib Wan Azizah serta seisi keluarganya turut berada didalam keadaan genting dan bakal musnah sekiranya Anwar disabitkan kesalahan liwat didalam pertuduhan kali kedua ini dan melibatkan Saiful Bukhari pula!

Apakah yang akan berlaku pada Anwar Ibrahim dan Pakatan Pembangkang?

Sama samalah kita tunggu kesudahannya.

Insya Allah.

Project IC: Anwar says he was kept out of the loop

Posted: 21 May 2011 08:45 AM PDT

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim conceded that he had some knowledge of the citizen-for-votes operation in Sabah, allegedly spearheaded by Umno in the early 1990s when he was the party's deputy president. NONEHowever, he said that whatever information he received were from "secondary sources" as he was kept out of loop in the highly covert operation popularly known as Project IC or Project M.
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Another One Bites The Dust...

Posted: 21 May 2011 09:01 PM PDT

Makes you wonder what other nonsensical things evangelists may say that their followers blindly swallow.


'I don't understand why nothing happened'
May 22, 2011

A volunteer from Family Radio hands out pamphlets warning of Judgment Day, at Times Square in New York May 13, 2011. — Reuters pic

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22 — With no sign of Judgment Day arriving yesterday as forecast by an 89 year-old California evangelical broadcaster, followers were faced with trying to make sense of his failed pronouncement.

Harold Camping, the former civil engineer who heads the Family Radio Network of Christian stations, had been unwavering in his message that believers would be swept to heaven on May 21.
His Oakland, California-based network broadcasts over 66 US stations and through international affiliates. With the help of supporters it posted at least 2,000 billboards around the United States warning of the Judgment Day.

In New York, retired transportation agency worker Robert Fitzpatrick was inspired by Camping's message to spend over US$140,000 (RM420,000) of his savings on subway posters and outdoor advertisements warning of the May 21 Judgment Day.

As he stood in Times Square in New York surrounded by onlookers, Fitzpatrick, 60, carried a Bible and handed out leaflets as he waited for Judgment Day to begin.

By his own reading of Bible, which was slightly different than Camping's, Fitzgerald expected the great worldwide event to begin at 6pm Eastern Time.

When the hour came and went, he said: "I do not understand why ...," as his speech broke off and he looked at his watch.

"I do not understand why nothing has happened."

Camping, who previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994, had said doomsday would begin at 6pm in the various time zones around the globe.

That meant it would begin in Asia and Oceania, but with midnight local time having come and gone in those areas, taking them well into May 22, and no indication of an apocalypse, Camping seemed to have gone silent.

During the day, his Family Radio played recorded church music, devotionals and life advice unrelated to Judgment Day.

The headquarters of his network was shuttered on Friday and Saturday, with a sign in the door that read "This Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!"

Camping, whose deep sonorous voice is frequently heard on his radio network expounding the Bible, could not be reached for comment.

The shades were drawn and no one answered the door at his house in Alameda, California.

Sheila Doan, 65, who has lived next door to Camping since 1971, said he is a good neighbour and she was concerned about Camping and his wife because of the attention his pronouncement has received.
"I'm concerned for them, that somebody would possibly do something stupid, you just don't know in this world what's going to happen," she said.

Tom Evans, a spokesman for Camping, said earlier this week that at least several tens of thousands of people listen to Family Radio's message.

The network is heard in more than 30 languages through international affiliates, according to Family Radio.

In recent weeks, dozens of Camping's followers had crossed the United States in recreational vehicles emblazoned with the May 21 warning. Volunteers also handed out pamphlets as far away as the Philippines, telling people God had left clear signs the world was coming to an end.

In Camping's description of Judgment Day, the Earth would be wrenched in a great earthquake and many inhabitants would perish in the coming months, until the planet's total destruction on October 21.

Yesterday, some atheists in different parts of the country held celebrations and get-togethers to mark the failure of Camping's May 21 prediction to come true.

In Oakland, the same city where Camping's network is based, over 200 people gathered at an atheist convention where speakers joked about the Judgment Day pronouncement and a vendor sold jewellery with the words "Good without God."

Cara Lee Hickey, 32, a Christian turned atheist, said Camping's prediction got people talking.

"I've heard a lot of name-calling, but most of it is from other Christians calling him a false prophet," she said. — Reuters

Landslide: Remains of 16th victim recovered

Posted: 22 May 2011 07:21 AM PDT

Landslide: Remains of 16th victim recovered

OK, now let's begin the finger-pointing game starting from the Kajang Municipal Council on the alleged illegal construction of the orphanage. A councillor quoted " would be impossible for any right-minded authority to approve a plan to build an orphanage on such a steep slope."

They do not know about the existence of this building?
An orphanage operating without a license?
Not KMC problem also ka..?

Stop bullsh!tting nonsense and let the victims' families grieve peacefully. What they need is help and not people like you covering your own a$$holes. Play the blame games among your own KMC people.


Project IC

Posted: 21 May 2011 08:10 PM PDT

Malaysiakini - Project IC: Anwar says he was kept out of the loop.

Project IC (early 1990's) – for Southern (Muslim) Filipinos: to get a Malaysian blue Identity Card (IC) to vote for UMNO

Objective – to ensure UMNO rules in Sabah

Responsible? – no one.

UMNO leading personalities at that time:

PM & Home Minister – Dr Mahathir –
"Dei, I wasn't involved lah."

DPM & UMNO leader instrumental in setting UMNO in Sabah in 1991 – Anwar Ibrahim – "Aiyah, I know I was powerful but still, I was kept out of the loop lah."

Deputy Home Minister – Megat Junid Megat Ayub – "Alamak, I'm dead liao lah. Besides, I was only a deputy minister."

UMNO treasurer – Daim Zainuddin - "...... [silence] ......"


'Twas the aliens who did it, ... er ... not from Philippines, but from Alpha Centauri!

Deepest condolences

Posted: 21 May 2011 07:33 PM PDT

I grieve for the 16 killed by the landslide which hit the Al-Taqwa orphanage yesterday afternoon in Hulu Langat. May they rest now in the arms of Allah swt.

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