Thursday, May 19, 2011

RM19b in subsidies for IPPs to be reduced

RM19b in subsidies for IPPs to be reduced


RM19b in subsidies for IPPs to be reduced

Posted: 19 May 2011 09:44 AM PDT

Fuel subsidies for the independent power producers (IPPs) are up for review and the rates will be reduced, Minister in Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala told Malaysiakini in an interview. Taking the bulk of the subsidies for petroleum products provided by the federal government, Idris said some of the contracts were expiring and the subsidies offered are up for review. Full story: malaysiakini.com
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PAS: Bank Muamalat-Bank Islam merger a bailout

Posted: 19 May 2011 02:55 AM PDT

The proposed merger between Bank Muamalat and Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd (BIMB) has raised eyebrows in PAS, which sees this as another bailout in the making, and again using public funds. "What is the benefit to BIMB to buy or merge with Bank Muamalat?" asked the Islamic party's vice-president Salahuddin Ayub. Full story: malaysiakini.com
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RoS threatens to deregister PKR

Posted: 18 May 2011 11:21 PM PDT

PKR leaders lashed out at the Registrar of Societies (RoS) today for threatening to declare the party illegal, on grounds that they insisted are "stupid" and for inaccurate reasons. Party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said RoS issued PKR with a notice of deregistration on May 9, giving it one month to respond to an infringement it said the party committed - failing which PKR would be deemed an illegal organisation. RoS stated in the letter that PKR had gone against Article 32.2.1 of its constitution in sacking one Rajagopal Andaikkalam on April 27, 2009, without conducting a probe or holding a hearing before a disciplinary board. Full Story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Anwar To Call His Witnesses On 6th June

Posted: 19 May 2011 08:06 AM PDT

By the Administrator

Despite of counsels of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim's long submission that there were many lop-holes in the prosecution's case, the Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge YA Muhamad Zabidin Mohd Diah held on 16th May that there was a prima facie case for the accused to answer.

The prosecution's case took about two and a half years time to complete, with the complainant Mohd Saifu, the star witness and a few expert witnesses, among others, being called to testify.

After the trial, Anwar told the press that seemingly the judge had prejudged the case, as he apparently threw his weight behind the credibility of Saiful and took the accused as if he had been convicted at the end of a case. Anwar maintained that the High Court Judge had extended beyond considering the facts of proving a prima facie case against him.

However, Anwar was only supposed to begin to call his witnesses, including Dato Seri Najib Razak, the Prime Minister and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah, as well as former Inspector General of the Police Dato Musa Hassan, on 6th June.

Some of theses witnesses are expected to be interviewed first at the Court complex at Jalan Duta, before the defence could decide to call them to give evidence in Court.

The defence team's specialists – Dr David Wells, Dr Brian McDonald and an Indian national forensic expert – are also expected to testify.

The prosecution has compiled a list of 73 witnesses, 26 of who had testified during the prosecution case. Among them was the complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Be that as it may, DAP today affirmed that PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will remain parliamentary opposition leader even if he is jailed for sodomy.

"(We will not) replace the opposition leader as long as he is a MP," DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said after launching the George Town Festival 2011 in Kuala Lumpur today.

"You can take it from me. It is the same for everyone in Pakatan Rakyat."

The Bagan MP recalled that when he was found guilty and jailed under the Sedition Act in 1998, he retained his MP's status for nine months in the cells until his appeal for a pardon was exhausted.

Lim was asked if Pakatan would be affected if Anwar is convicted.

"We are still strong (and will) still pursue our reform agenda," Lim said, adding that the impression that Pakatan is facing a split is a "fallacy" portrayed by the Umno-linked media.


Wacana Perdana ke 7 ~ Tergugatkah kuasa Melayu di PRU ke 13 nanti?

Posted: 19 May 2011 09:14 AM PDT


Ikutilah Wacana Perdana ke 7 yang berlangsung di Dewan Konvensyen, Kelantan Trade Center, Kota Bharu, Kelantan Darul Naim baru baru ini.


Saksikanlah betapa 'sporting'nya para hadirin di majlis yang sepatutnya dijalankan dengan penuh semangat ukhuwah Al Islamiyyah almaklum sahajalah kerna diadakan di 'Serambi Mekah' tetapi berkesudahan dengan penyaksian sikap kurang sopan dan biadap sesetengah hadirin yang terikut ikut gejolak nafsu amarah dan kebencian yang meluap luap terhadap perwakilan dari UMNO dan PERKASA!


Sudah terang lagi bersuluh bahawa sikap sesetengah orang ahli ahli PAS memang tidak mencerminkan akhlak yang sepatutnya ada pada diri mereka selaku anggota parti yang berlabelkan Islam.


Pendapat saya bahawa keadaan ini membuktikan bahawa memang mustahil untuk kita mengharapkan sikap puak puak sebegini berubah sebelum tiba Hari Kiamat.


Ingin saya merakamkan kembali beberapa kerat pantun lama yang bersesuaian dengan keadaan yang berlaku didalam majlis 'wacana' terbabit:


Buruk parang dimakan karat,
         Besinya lemah mata pun tumpul,
Buruk orang melupakan adat,
         Hati menyalah fikiran mantul!


Memang tepat sekali pantun di atas mencerminkan keadaan beberapa orang penyoal di akhir wacana tersebut yang memang buta adat, kurang ajar dan biadap terhadap tetamu yang datang bertandang ke negeri yang sepatutnya menjadi contoh teladan kerana dipimpin dan diperintah oleh Mursyidul Am Parti Islam seMalaysia.


Kalau menutup tidak rapat,
         Lalat masuk semut pun masuk,
Kalau hidup tidak beradat,
         Tabiat buruk mulutpun busuk!


Saya perhatikan begitu biadap seorang tua yang sudah beruban, lupa akan cara berkelakuan terhadap tamu negerinya. Mana dia sopan dan santun terhadap seseorang yang bergelar?


Mana dia adat dan adab yang sepatutnya sudah ada pada diri seorang yang tua sepertinya?


Budak budak mentah pun tahu cara cara bersopan terhadap orang yang datang bertandang ke rumah mereka. Ini bak kata pepatah,' Rumah kata pergi ; kubur kata mari@' masih tak sedar diri, melenting tak tentu pasal bagaikan orang hilang akal!


Jika beginilah sikap seorang tua diKelantan, maka lupakan lah hasrat untuk mengaku negeri 'Islam' kerana Islam tidak mengajar umatnya untuk bersikap kurang ajar terhadap tamu yang datang bertandang!


Para hadirin rata rata bersikap biadap terhadap tamu mereka. Jika sudah tidak tahu cara melayan dan menghormati tetamu maka lebih baik lupakan sahaja untuk mengadakan wacana sedemikian rupa dinegeri Kelantan pada masa masa akan datang.


Buat membazir masa dan kewangan sahaja berwacana dengan pihak yang buta adat, lupa adab dan cara cara melayan tetamu. 


Waste of time bro bila melayan pihak yang 'sum mum buk mum om yom fahum laa yarr ji uun!'


Lebih baik tumpukan perhatian pada mana mana orang yang lebih tahu menghargai usaha kita untuk menyambung tali silaturahim.


Pinggan dah retak, nasi dah dingin,
            Engkau tak hendak daku pun tak ingin!


Perkara ini memang terbukti dengan cara pemimpin negeri pernah menunjukkan didalam satu peristiwa sebelum ini.


Carilah sendiri akan yang mana satukah peristiwa yang menjadi bukti kukuh akan perumpamaan bahawa :


Jika dayung tidak kuat,
      Sekali rengkuh patah berderak,
Jika kampung tidak beradat,
      Negeri rusuh, umat berserak!


Macamana lah kaffir harbi pemimpin DAP seperti Lim Kit Siang tak naik tocang bila orang orang yang kononnya Islam sanggup mencaci cerca sesama saudara seagama mereka?


Saksikanlah bukti penentangan DAP terhadap perancangan penubuhan negara Islam diMalaysia ini oleh mana mana pihak tak kira PAS ataupun siapa sahaja:



PAS pun sebenarnya tidak ada hasrat untuk menubuhkan negara Islam seperti dinyatakan oleh bekas MB PAS Perak:



Semuanya auta sahaja beb!


Ketua Agama Negeri nak laksanakan 6 kali sebatan Syariah pun sama juga terketar ketar kecut segala benda!


Nasib kita lah umat Islam seMalaysia. 


Kot sana penyamun; kat sini penyangak!


2 kali 5 juga syeh!


Nak harapkan yang mana satu didalam PRU ke 13?


Sebelah BN pun ada kamjat seperti MCA, jadi duri dalam daging umat Islam.


Sebelah sana ada DAP ~ Dasar Anti Perpaduan ummah!


Mereka tak akan senang duduk jika umat Islam seMalaysia mahu duduk semeja berunding bermuzakarah mencari titik perpaduan.


Ditambah pulak dengan puak yang merasakan diri terlebih suci dari embun pagi.


Buang angin perasan bau kasturi, buang air keluar intan permata...


Iyelah tu!


Bila meninggal karang, jawab le sendiri dihadapan Rabbul Alamin!


Kat dunia boleh lah kalian sombong, dalam kubur.. sorry brader..lain story!


Tak gitu?


Evil BN/Umno FEARS The Lion of Judah

Posted: 19 May 2011 08:47 AM PDT


Courtesy of FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

In recent times, issues concerning Christianity often made news – the row over the term Allah, which led to the firebombing of several churches, the consfication of Malay-language bibles and now, a plot to convert the nation.

The situation was causing concern among right-minded Malaysians of all faiths, who fear that if left unchecked, it might lead to undesirable consequences.

Speaking to FMT, Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of the Catholic weekly Herald, acknowleged the worrying trend.

He said there were certain extremist elements which considered Christianity as a threat to the nation and were growing more brazen in putting their views across.

"The lack of action emboldens them," he said, adding that if someone of a different creed were to insult or slander Islam, then justice was often swift.

"It's a different world today, and we are not isolated from the big picture – from what is happening in the Muslim world, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Jasmine revolution (in Tunisia) and others… there seems to be a growing sense of insecurity. In Egypt, there is a conflict between Christians and Muslims.

"So it is easy for people to feel insecure. Christians are seen as agents of the Western world. Generally, Christianity and the Western world are synonymous; many cannot make the distinction and so Christians are often misunderstood," he added.

Asked if it was becoming difficult to be a Christian in Malaysia, Andrew said that others had become too sensitive to the presence of Christianity in this country.

"The (Malay-language) bible issue, use of the term Allah, putting up of crosses and schoolchildren wearing crosses – all these have become threats to the nation. There is definitely a problem," he said.

On whether the situation could be considered alarming, Andrew said: "Malaysians have a sense of resilience to a lot of things, but these issues should be handled without dire consequences."

Utusan's Christian plot

Commenting on the furore surrounding the Utusan Malaysia report about an alleged Christian plot to undermine Islam, Andrew made it clear that the government's response was disappointing.

He said the daily, owned by Umno – the backbone of the ruling Barisan Nasional government – made a serious charge against the Church, which could be interpreted as an accusation of treason.

"It was a seditious statement. Why isn't there any action? If they (the government) are not acting against them, does it mean they are condoning it (what the newspaper) has done?" he asked.

"These things were provocations; we pray for the government, the country and we pray for the nation to be free of corruption.

"Islam doesn't say corruption or stealing is good. We are working with the government on these issues, but instead of thanking us for praying for the nation, we are attacked and accused of christianising it. It is strange," he said.

Apart from making Christianity the official religion of Malaysia, the Utusan report also accused DAP and Christian leaders of conspiring towards realising the goal of having a Christian prime minister.

The report, which had some Malay hardline groups up in arms and Christian groups crying fabrication, was based on the unsubstantiated claims of pro-Umno bloggers regarding what transpired during a meeting between DAP and Christian priests in the opposition-run state of Penang.

In a recent interview with Radio Vatican, Andrew had said that the government had stirred up a controversy to shore up Muslim support since its popularity was on the decline.

Commenting on this, the Herald editor clarified that it would be more appropriate to state that certain quarters sympathetic with the government were behind the latest episode.

However, he reiterated his criticism against Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for not being prudent in stating that the allegation was serious, and the government would take action.

"Instead of supporting the report, he should have verified it before making a statement," he said


Mat Zain Says Najib Risks Losing Muslim Support Over Datuk T - By Clara Chooi.

Posted: 19 May 2011 06:37 AM PDT

A retired senior police cop today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a severe Muslim backlash if he failed to punish the "Datuk T" trio for "ridiculing" Islam when they attended a recent sumpah laknat ceremony in a mosque wearing bulletproof vests.

Former KL CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim said Najib could fault no one if he loses the confidence of the country's Muslims by displaying his willingness to protect his "friends" at the expense of insulting Islam.

"YAB (Yang Amat Berhormat) cannot blame anyone if the Muslims in the country, who are not few in number, have lost their confidence in YAB. Moreover, when there is an increase in the number of civil service, army and police retirees, many of whom are Muslims, who are beginning to feel cheated and enslaved and more doubtful of YAB's direction and ability to lead the government.... this is not a very good development for YAB," he wrote in his letter to the prime minister today.

Mat Zain said that it would be a clear case of power abuse if Najib chooses to protect an offender for his misdeeds simply because he considers the latter an ally.

"In Najib should refuse or deliberately find for excuses not to take lawful action against the three, then it will not only be deemed that he has abetted in the crime and conspired with the offenders, but he also appears to be fanning the fires of hatred," he said.

Najib, he said, would also be allowing himself to be deemed a leader who has betrayed and ridiculed Islam.

"It is even more distressing that YAB has allowed a person, whom his own Cabinet regards as an individual who has not only insulted Islam but also abused power, is corrupt, a cheat and a rapist, to bring pornography and prostitution to the house of God," he said.

Mat Zain was repeating his accusation last week that "Datuk T" — Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and Datuk Shuib Lazim, the trio behind the recent sex video caper — had violated section 295 of the Penal Code when they attended Shazryl's sumpah laknat ceremony at the Masjid Amru Al-As in Sentul wearing bulletproof vests.

At the time, Shazryl was swearing on the Quran that the man in the 21-minute sex video was Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Mat Zain complained that their actions had created the perception that the situation in the mosque was unsafe.

Section 295 states that "whoever defiles any place of worship, with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such defilement as an insult to their religion" will be jailed for up to two years and/or fined.

Mat Zain said that if the trio were to be charged under syariah law or the Penal Code for their actions, the case would not affect police investigation on the video itself.

"The two cases are separate," he said.

He said that even if the identity of the man featured in the video was to be revealed, it would not free the trio from blame for insulting the mosque and ridiculing Islam.

"These two matters are separate criminal offences. Other than that, YAB and the Attorney-General have no power or right, according to any law, to indemnify the trio and free them from any criminal liability," he said.

Mat Zain also insisted today that Utusan Malaysia's reported claims of a purported Christian uprising against the Muslims was "artificial" in nature.

He pointed out that it was unprecedented in the country's history that the Christians, who represent the minority group, had risen to usurp Islam from its position as the religion of the federation.

"In my opinion, only irrational Muslims who fear their own shadows will believe and view seriously this likelihood," he said.

Mat Zain also reminded Najib of the killing of Othman Talib at Felda Lubok Merbau, Padang Terap, Kedah, in 1985, which he said was the result of an "intense political turmoil" during the Padang Terap election campaign.

He explained that he knew the full details of the incident as he had been installed as the Padang Terap district police chief just three days before it occurred.

"As a Muslim, I was saddened to see a group of Muslims weeping and mourning the death of a fellow Muslim, while at the same time, not far off, there was another group of Muslims who cheered as if celebrating a war victory. Even more distressing is that there were other rogues proclaiming themselves as Muslims who took the opportunity to ignite the fires of hostility among those of the same race and religion," he said.

Mat Zain added that he hoped the event would bring Malaysians to realise that it is not the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism or Christianity who were trying to destroy Muslims but the Muslims themselves.

"We should be ashamed of ourselves and not find a way out by issuing threats and attempting to intimidate those who are innocent," he said.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


HOW CAN OUR POLICE BE SO STUPID WHEN MILLIONS HAVE WATCH IT WHAT IS THERE TO REVEAL

Posted: 19 May 2011 06:16 AM PDT

A retired senior police cop today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a severe Muslim backlash if he failed to punish the "Datuk T" trio for "ridiculing" Islam when they attended a recent sumpah laknat ceremony in a mosque wearing bulletproof vests.
Former KL CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim said Najib could fault no one if he loses the confidence of the country's Muslims by displaying his willingness to protect his "friends" at the expense of insulting Islam.
"YAB (Yang Amat Berhormat) cannot blame anyone if the Muslims in the country, who are not few in number, have lost their confidence in YAB.
"Moreover, when there is an increase in the number of civil service, army and police retirees, many of whom are Muslims, who are beginning to feel cheated and enslaved and more doubtful of YAB's direction and ability to lead the government…. this is not a very good development for YAB," he wrote in his letter to the prime minister today.
Mat Zain said that it would be a clear case of power abuse if Najib (picture)chooses to protect an offender for his misdeeds simply because he considers the latter an ally.
"In Najib should refuse or deliberately find for excuses not to take lawful action against the three, then it will not only be deemed that he has abetted in the crime and conspired with the offenders, but he also appears to be fanning the fires of hatred," he said.
Najib, he said, would also be allowing himself to be deemed a leader who has betrayed and ridiculed Islam.
"It is even more distressing that YAB has allowed a person, whom his own Cabinet regards as an individual who has not only insulted Islam but also abused power, is corrupt, a cheat and a rapist, to bring pornography and prostitution to the house of God," he said.
Mat Zain was repeating his accusation last week that "Datuk T" — Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and Datuk Shuib Lazim, the trio behind the recent sex video caper — had violated section 295 of the Penal Code when they attended Shazryl's sumpah laknat ceremony at the Masjid Amru Al-As in Sentul wearing bulletproof vests.
At the time, Shazryl was swearing on the Quran that the man in the 21-minute sex video was Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Mat Zain complained that their actions had created the perception that the situation in the mosque was unsafe.
Section 295 states that "whoever defiles any place of worship, with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such defilement as an insult to their religion" will be jailed for up to two years and/or fined.
Mat Zain said that if the trio were to be charged under syariah law or the Penal Code for their actions, the case would not affect police investigation on the video itself.
"The two cases are separate," he said.
He said that even if the identity of the man featured in the video was to be revealed, it would not free the trio from blame for insulting the mosque and ridiculing Islam.
"These two matters are separate criminal offences.
"Other than that, YAB and the Attorney-General have no power or right, according to any law, to indemnify the trio and free them from any criminal liability," he said.
Mat Zain also insisted today that Utusan Malaysia's reported claims of a purported Christian uprising against the Muslims was "artificial" in nature.
He pointed out that it was unprecedented in the country's history that the Christians, who represent the minority group, had risen to usurp Islam from its position as the religion of the federation.
"In my opinion, only irrational Muslims who fear their own shadows will believe and view seriously this likelihood," he said.
Mat Zain also reminded Najib of the killing of Othman Talib at Felda Lubok Merbau, Padang Terap, Kedah, in 1985, which he said was the result of an "intense political turmoil" during the Padang Terap election campaign.
He explained that he knew the full details of the incident as he had been installed as the Padang Terap district police chief just three days before it occurred.
"As a Muslim, I was saddened to see a group of Muslims weeping and mourning the death of a fellow Muslim, while at the same time, not far off, there was another group of Muslims who cheered as if celebrating a war victory.
"Even more distressing is that there were other rogues proclaiming themselves as Muslims who took the opportunity to ignite the fires of hostility among those of the same race and religion," he said.
Mat Zain added that he hoped the event would bring Malaysians to realise that it is not the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism or Christianity who were trying to destroy Muslims but the Muslims themselves.
"We should be ashamed of ourselves and not find a way out by issuing threats and attempting to intimidate those who are innocent," he said.
City police are fast acquiring an unchallengeable expertise in valuing gold. The police have become very much capable in this trade, more than any expert in the market.

The method which the police have adopted to value gold seems to be uniquely designed for the department's convenience. The gold would be rated low in case a person is robbed and its value would be high if the police have recovered it from a thief!

The policemen value the gold, whether pure or impure, by finding out the year in which it was bought and then making a comparative study. "The police delve into the history of the concerned family to calculate value of gold today," said a social worker. He also added, "Police also have been showing sound understanding of socioeconomic changes in the country. They have nearly triggered a need for research on India's matrimonial patterns by assuming
that most Indians married prior to 80s to avoid high gold prices."

It so happened that burglars recently struck at a trader's place in Manav Nagar and made away with 20 tola of gold. Mahesh Tiwari, the trader, was left aghast by the amount of loss that the police cited in the official record. "I had repeatedly told the police that gold costing more than Rs 5 lakh was stolen from my house. But the cops kept on ignoring my pleas. They said that the value of 20 tola gold stolen from my place was only Rs 1.50 lakh," said an
exasperated Tiwari.

According to an expert, the value of gold at present is around Rs 22,000 per 10 grams. He opined that the yellow metal would not be priced less wherever it is valued. "A bullion trader would purchase gold at the present rate in the market irrespective of whether it had been valued by police or thief," said the expert.

The Akbanis from Mahesh Nagar had lost more than eight-and-half tola gold after their house was recently burgled. The cops calculated their loss to be less than Rs 1 lakh. The Akbanis were left speechless by the cops' valuation.

Last week the crime branch police nabbed the thief, who had burgled the Akbanis' place, and recovered the valuables. But dramatically the value of recovered gold changed.

"We have recovered gold worth more than Rs 1.20 lakhs that was stolen from Akbani's place," said a crime branch official. The very gold that had been valued at a lesser rate suddenly gained value after it was recovered by the police. "The calculator that the police use, seem to be a very faithful and unique gadget," said a social worker.

Police seem to have devised various ways to defeat a burglary victim in arguments regarding the rate of gold. Tiwari recalled some questions that the cops asked him regarding the value of loss at his place. "I was asked to furnish the list of the gold ornaments stolen and produce bills for each item," he said. "They wanted me to find out from my family whether the details of the gold purchases were available. The cops asked me to contact my relatives for bills of the purchases they made while gifting me or my wife a gold ornament," said Tiwari.

Another person, whose house was recently burgled, said that the police inquiry into the theft sounded as if they were working for the income tax department too. "Cops were so fascinated with gold bills that it seemed as if they wanted to audit my family's wealth and not record the theft," he said

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim dropped a bombshell during an online chat session on Yahoo news, saying he might reveal the identity of the man in a sex video that Prime Minister Najib Razak's party insists is him.
"I have some suspects; big stomach and saggy breasts," Anwar told Yahoo readers who logged in to chat with him in a 75-minute session.
When faced with questions popped by some who were clearly out to embarrass him, the cool and quick-thinking Anwar refused to budge.
He insisted that there was no reason for him to defend himself when he had done no wrong.
For weeks, after it became clear that the professionally-shot tape showing a man with skin colour much fairer than Anwar, much heavier and burlier than the frail 64-year old Anwar, Umno leaders including the police have tried their best to bait him.
Their purpose appear to be a bid to prolong the impression that it was Anwar committing adultery with a prostitute.
The latest attack came a day ago, when controversial and newly-promoted deputy Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar suddenly 'pleaded' to the public not to "force" the police to reveal the identity of the man in the tape.
On the same day, at a different venue, Umno information chief Ahmad Maslan also held a press conference challenging Anwar to hire his own experts if he doubted the authenticity of the tape.
Today, it came as no suprise when an online reader Nik Abdul asked, "Datuk Seri: How is your opinion when expert from South Korea and US confirm that individual from sex tape seems like your face? Do you think that is conspiracy too?"
Anwar replied, "Typical example how smart guys like you can be duped by Umno media. Which expert? Why can't they be transparent?"
Authentic, so what? Is the man Anwar?
As Anwar and many other Pakatan Rakyat leaders have repeatedly pointed out, the tape may be authentic but is the man Anwar?
That has not stopped Umno from pursuing its own train of logical thought and they have insisted that by virtue of the tape being authentic, then that man must be Anwar.
This is the implication that police No. 2 Khalid, accused of lying and covering up the custodial death of car theft suspect Kugan Ananthan in 2009, had given recently.
His boss, IGP Ismail Omar – who was admitted to the hospital recently for 'exhaustion' – had also tried to curry political favour with Umno.
Ismail had created a brouhaha over an Omega watch surrended by the Datuk T trio, who had 'discovered' the video and allegedly found it in the hotel room where the sexcapade had been filmed.
Another Yahoo reader, Dr MiM, asked, "DSAI, what is the rationale of avoiding a simple 'show your Omega watch' to the press and public? Logically, this simple move will ease your moral issues."
But again, Anwar stuck to his ground. Not only has he denied any involvement, he has already lodged a police report demanding a thorough probe.
"What is the issue? First, Eskay claimed that it was given by a Saudi prince. Then, it was bought in Taiwan in 2004 (when I was in jail). Why is there the need for me to explain?" responded Anwar.
He was referring to businessman Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, who together with other Umno members – former Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik and Perkasa treasurer Shuaib Lazim – called themselves the Datuk T trio.
Until now, the three men have not revealed exactly where they came across the video which they have since surrenderred to the police. They had tried to annonymously screen the tape to a group of journalists, demanding that Anwar and his wife PKR president resign within a week or face further exposure.
However, their cover was blown by PKR investigators and they were forced to confess that they were behind the tape's screening. But depite this being a crime punishable by up to 5 years in jail, the police have delayed arresting or charging them.
Instead, Ismail and Khalid appear to have been roped in by Umno to prolong the conspiracy and bait Anwar using all ways and means.
One-time federal minister Mokhtar Hashim, who was convicted for murder, said that the most troubling thing for death row prisoners is not knowing when you are going to be executed. And he said this in front of the then IGP, Tun Haniff Omar.
Once the trial is over and you are convicted and sentenced to death, a feeling of peace engulfs you, Mokhtar Hashim said. But then you have to wait years in death row for your turn to come. And when you hear that the next day someone is going to be executed, every prisoner in death row goes into depression because they do not know which one of them is going to be executed the following day.
Mokhtar Hashim added that most prisoners would rather the hanging is done as fast as possible so that they can get it over and done with. I suppose if this had been done then Mokhtar Hashim would have never received his pardon and would not have walked out of the Pudu Prison a free man.
This is probably how many of us feel as well with regards to the 'Anwar' porn video issue. It is most perturbing to see the Malaysian Police or PDRM playing politics. Why does the Deputy IGP not want to tell us whether the man in the video is Anwar or not?
Is it probably because the man in the video is NOT Anwar and that is why the Deputy IGP refuses to confirm this? If it is Anwar tell us. Then we can prepare ourselves for the next stage of developments. If it is not Anwar then it is only fair that we are told.
This is not about Anwar. This is about us. We need to know so that we then know what we should do next. I am really not concerned about Anwar's future. I am concerned about the country's future. The entire future of the country cannot rest on just one man. And currently with this issue still hanging we just cannot more forward.
My suspicion is that the Deputy IGP refuses to confirm who the man in the video is because it is not Anwar. So he is prolonging our agony just like what Mokhtar Hashim said about those who are waiting many years in death row for their turn to die.
While on the subject of the police playing politics, let me give you another example. The Selangor state government is facing a lot of problems with premises being used for gambling, prostitution, and other vices. The problem is, the local councils can do very little if the police do not act. And in this case the police are not acting so it appears like the Selangor government is in cahoots with the underworld and crime syndicates.
The local councils have no power to arrest anyone. Only the police can do that. And if the police do not then the local councils' hands are tied.
No doubt the local councils can try to close down those establishments. But the process is cumbersome and those establishments that are closed down just open up in a new place the very next day.
The only way to stop these vice activities is to arrest the people behind them and send them to jail. But only the police can do this. The local councils can just harass the building owners. The building owners, however, are not the ones running the prostitution or gambling dens. So no action can be taken against them.
We need the police to stop playing politics and to start doing something. I suspect the police are purposely doing nothing so that the Selangor state government gets a bad name. And the same goes for the so-called 'Anwar' porn video. I am sure that if it is Anwar in that video they could not wait to announce it. It is because it is not Anwar that they are refusing to tell us who the man in that video is.


PART2 THE TRUE WIKILEAKS STORY POLITICAL AND BUSINESS CRONIES OF PRIME MINISTER NAJIB TUN RAZAK.

Posted: 19 May 2011 04:59 AM PDT

TODAY WE ARE REVEALING THIS FIRST OF ALMOST 4,000 CABLES SPECIFICALLY ON MALAYSIA THAT WERE LEAKED TO WIKILEAKS. TODAY'S SEVEN-PAGE CABLE IS ABOUT THE POLITICAL AND BUSINESS CRONIES OF PRIME MINISTER NAJIB TUN RAZAK. SOME OF THESE NAMES MAY BE FAMILIAR TO YOU BUT MANY OF YOU WERE PROBABLY NOT AWARE WHO THE PERSONALITIES BEHIND NAJIB ARE. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WITH 'BIG CABLES' WHO DECIDE WHAT HAPPENS IN MALAYSIA.

"Omar Mustapha Ong, a former special assistant to Najib, is the co-founder of Ethos Capital with Rohana Mahmood. His father, Mustapha Ong, was the diplomat in Washington who allegedly tried to bribe a limousine driver in Washington to fabricate evidence against deposed Deputy Prime Minister (and current opposition leader) Anwar Ibrahim in 1998." 

This was during Tun Mahahir's tenure. Omar was rewarded for his father's dirty work in Washington. Toon Kutty wants to make sure that Jibby takes care of the son of the ex-Diplomat who does the dirt job for him even when he is out of office

Raja Petra Kamarudin

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 05 KUALA LUMPUR 000268

SIPDIS

FOR EAP/MTS AND INR

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/10/2029

TAGS: PGOV, PINR, PINS, ECON, MY

SUBJECT: NAJIB'S NETWORK – A PRELIMINARY LOOK

REF: A. KL 266 – NAJIB UNVEILS CABINET

B. KL 253 – NAJIB SWORN IN AS PM

C. KL 78 – NAJIB LEADS TAKEOVER OF PERAK

D. 08 KL 193 – NEW MINISTER PORTFOLIOS

E. 08 KL 192 – MALAYSIA'S NEW CABINET

Classified By: Political Counselor Mark D. Clark for reasons 1.4 (b and d).

Summary

1.  (C) This cable provides a preliminary review of Prime Minister Najib Razak's close aides and political associates, known associated companies, and business contacts, as well as summary information on Najib's four brothers.  The review is based on information available prior to Najib's confirmation as Prime Minister on April 3 and his formation of his Cabinet on April 9.  Najib's aides could find themselves in positions of influence with the PM's office, while four political associates from his inner circle have taken positions in Najib's cabinet.  Post identified 16 companies with strong links to Najib and his family, with many of the companies having substantial business interaction with the government.

Among the 19 key business leaders listed, Rohana Mahmood stands out as deeply embedded in the Najib family's commercial interests.  Najib's family has personal links to the Sultan of Perak, of note given Najib's involvement in wresting control of the state from opposition hands in February (ref B).  Syed Mokhtar Albukharry, a major Malaysian investor in Iran, has significant business operations in Najib's constituency and in the defense sector.

The Embassy provides this information, not as a definitive study, but to help guide Department offices as they examine Najib's emerging administration and policy decisions, and identify actors of influence.  End Summary.

Political Aides

2.  (C) According to Embassy's information, including one well-placed source, Najib's three closest advisors are Shahlan Ismail, Alias Anor, and Shafie Mohd Abdullah.

Previously, Alias was Najib's political secretary, but has since assumed the role of a key advisor.  Shahlan and Shafie are Najib's current political secretaries, with Shahlan filling the position since April 2008.

Political Associates

3.  (C) Post developed the following list of close political associates by speaking with informed observers, including those on Najib's current political team, and by identifying individuals who have worked closely with Najib, some since he was the UMNO Youth Chief from 1988-1993.

– Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, named Home Minister in Najib's new cabinet.  He was the former UMNO Youth Chief and Minister of Education under PM Abdullah Badawi.  Najib and Hishamuddin are cousins (their mothers are sisters).  Hishamuddin was elected to one of three UMNO Vice President posts during the March party elections.

– Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Najib's choice as Defense Minister. He was a Minister in the PM's Department for religious affairs under PM Abdullah Badawi.  He was also a former political secretary to Najib and former UMNO Youth Chief. Ahmad was elected to one of three UMNO Vice President posts during the March UMNO party elections.

– Nazri Abdul Razak, retained by Najib as Minister in the PM's Department in charge of parliamentary affairs, a position he also held under former PM Abdullah Badawi.

Former UMNO Perak Youth Chief and was the UMNO International Bureau Chief when Najib was the Youth Chief.  Nazri had lobbied for the position of Foreign Minister in Najib's new cabinet.

– Shafie Apdal, named by Najib as Rural Development Minister.  He was Minister of National Unity, Culture, Arts, and Heritage under former PM Abdullah.  He is Najib's point man in Sabah, former UMNO Youth Sabah chief and was Najib's deputy at the Ministry of Defense (1999-2004).  Shafie was elected to one of three UMNO Vice President posts during the recently concluded party elections in March.

– Jamaluddin Jarjis, former UMNO Youth Chief for the state of Pahang.  He was Najib's chief campaign strategist during the party's elections in March.  Jamaluddin is a member of UMNO's Supreme Council.  Some observers expected Jamaluddin to be included in Najib's Cabinet, but he was not.

– Johan Jaafar, former editor in chief of Utusan Malaysia newspaper owned by the ruling party, is Najib's media point man.  According to sources, Johan will be appointed as executive director of The New Straits Times Press Berhad (NSTP) (the publisher of the government-dominated mainstream newspapers New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Harian Metro) as well as chair of Media Prima Berhad, which operates all of Malaysia's private television stations and two private radio stations.

– Mohd Zin Mohamed, Minister of Works under PM Abdullah and former UMNO Youth leader.  He is a member of UMNO's Supreme Council.

Political Ally

4.  (C) Newly-named Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin emerged as a key Najib ally over the past year.  Muhyiddin was the most prominent UMNO leader responsible for forcing former Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to agree to step down in favor of Najib after the March 2008 elections.  Najib personally but quietly supported Muhyiddin as the choice for Deputy UMNO President after Ali Rustam, Melaka Chief Minister and former UMNO Senior Vice President, was barred from contesting for the post for corruption.

During the March 24 – 28 UMNO General Assembly, Muhyiddin pledged to be "ultra loyal" to Najib.  Muhyiddin won the UMNO deputy president post, which by tradition carries with it the Deputy Prime Minister position.  In addition, Najib made Muhyiddin Education Minister, an important patronage position but without access to the central levers of power.

Observers debate how close Muhyiddin really is to Najib as some consider him as ambitious and a possible rival to Najib under certain circumstances.  Some observers have indicated Muhyiddin has yet to completely satisfy Najib of the new DPM's loyalty.  Their relationship bears watching before we can draw firm conclusions.

Associated Companies

5.  (C) Post used both open as well as informed sources to build an initial picture of the companies associated with Najib and or his family members.  The companies listed below all have Najib or one of his immediate family members on their executive boards.  Most of the companies listed also hold government contracts or are believed to have substantial business interaction with the government.

– Commercial International Merchant Bankers (CIMB) Group: Malaysia's second largest financial services provider and the fifth largest in Southeast Asia.  It is owned by Bumiputra-Commerce Holding Berhad (BCHB), which is listed on Malaysia's stock exchange, the Bursa Malaysia, with a market capitalization of 26.6 Billion ringgit (about USD7.4 billion).

– Symphony House Berhad: A publicly listed company mainly involved in business process outsourcing.

– Johan Holdings: A publicly listed company involved in manufacturing ceramic tiles, distribution and sale of health foods and supplements, property development, and resorts and hotels.

– Sapura Group: Has businesses interests in the secured communications and oil & gas industries with investments in Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Pakistan and China.

– Hong Leong Group: A Malaysian-based conglomerate with investments in financial services, manufacturing, and property and infrastructure development.  The group's shares are listed on the stock exchanges of Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Europe.

– Paramount Corporation Berhad: A publicly listed company with diverse interests in property development and investment, construction, and educational services.

– TH Group Berhad: A publicly listed company involved in plantations, contracting, biohealth care and information technology.

– Dijaya Berhad: A publicly listed company involved in property development, investment, and management as well as investment holding and manufacturing.

– MMC Group: A utilities and infrastructure group with interests in transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, engineering, and construction.  Its international business dealings focus on the Middle East, with investments in utilities and logistics in that region.

– DRB Hicom: The largest totally integrated automotive company in Malaysia, with operations in the manufacturing, assembly, and distribution of passenger and commercial vehicles.  It also is involved in property and infrastructure development, and provides the Malaysian military land-based vehicles.

– Hiap Teck Venture Berhad: A publicly listed company, it is the leading manufacturer of steel products in the country.

– Mamee Double Decker Berhad: A publicly listed company involved in the manufacturing and marketing of a wide range of soft drinks, food and dairy products; other activities include property development.

– Delloyd Ventures Berhad: An investment holding company with subsidiaries engaged in the manufacture and sale of automobile parts and accessories, palm oil plantations, repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, manufacture and export of agrichemicals, and magazine publishing.

– Yeo Hiap Seng Berhad: Principally involved in the production, marketing, and sale of food, beverages, and sweetened condensed milk.

– Nylex Berhad: Manufactures and markets vinyl-coated fabrics, calendered film and sheeting, and other plastic products, including geotextiles and prefabricated sub-soil drainage systems.

– Daiman Development Berhad: Principally involved in property development and trading.

– Ethos Capital: A boutique investment company chaired by Rohana Mahmood.

Business Leaders

6.  (C) Post compared the executive boards, used open sources, and spoke with informed contacts to identify key individuals within businesses that are linked to Najib and his family.

– Rohana Mahmood, Chairman and partner of Ethos Capital, a RM200 million (about USD56 million) private equity firm. Rohana also sits on the boards of Paramount Corp Bhd, TH Group Bhd and Dijaya Corp Bhd.  She and another close aide of Najib, Abdul Razak Baginda, co-founded an independent think-tank, the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre (currently dormant).  (Note: Razak was acquitted in October 2008 of abetting the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya. End note.)  Rohana appears connected in some manner to most of the companies associated with Najib.

– Azman Mokhtar, the managing director of Khanazah Nasional Bhd. He has been playing a prominent role in the reforms of government-linked companies (GLCs).

– Mohamed Azman Yahya, director of Khazanah, and founder and group chief executive officer of Symphony House Bhd, an outsourcing firm.  He is also the ex-CEO of Pengurusan Danaharta Bhd and sits on several advisory panels for the development of the capital market, venture capital, and public service delivery system.

– Tan Kay Hock, chair and chief executive of Johan Holdings Berhad.  Najib and Tan Kay Hock have known each other for a long time and are golfing buddies.  Tan is also a member of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

– Shahril Shamsuddin of Sapura Group, which has interests in communications, information technology, and oil and gas.

– Syed Mokhtar Albukharry, whose privately owned company, SKS Ventures Sbd Bhd, has announced involvement in major oil and gas deals with Iran's National Iranian Oil Company, including to develop Iran's southern Golshan and Ferdos gas fields.  He also controls DRB-HICOM, and is one of the largest employers in Pekan, Pahang, Najib's parliamentary constituency, and political base.

Syed operates a huge vehicle assembly plant there.  He also owns Defense Technologies Sdn Bhd or Deftech a DRB subsidiary and Malaysia,s leading supplier of land-based defense vehicles.

Syed Mokhtar also is believed to have a good (and some say stronger) relationship with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin.

– Danny Tan Chee Sing, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dijaya Berhad and Vincent Tan's brother.

– Nor Yusof, an ex-banker, who was the former managing director of Malaysia Airlines and past chair of the Securities Commission.  He is currently director and chair of Khazanah's executive committee.  He has a wealth of experience in banking and a keen insight on capital markets.

– Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, chair and MD of express bus operator Konsortium Transnational Bhd.  The former Proton boss was called upon by the Government in 1996 to revive the ailing public transport company.  He was former PM Mahathir's prodigy and has expertise in transportation.

– Dr. Gan Wee Beng, the executive director of CIMB Group (the CEO is Najib's brother Nazir Abdul Razak).  Gan was a consultant to Bank Negara (the central bank), the Economic Planning Unit, Finance Ministry, and the World Bank.

– Omar Mustapha Ong, a former special assistant to Najib, is the co-founder of Ethos Capital with Rohana Mahmood.  His father, Mustapha Ong, was the diplomat in Washington who allegedly tried to bribe a limousine driver in Washington to fabricate evidence against deposed Deputy Prime Minister (and current opposition leader) Anwar Ibrahim in 1998.

– Quek Leng Chan, Chairman and Chief Executive of Hong Leong group of Companies.

– Teo Chiang Quan, Group Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Corporation Berhad.

– Lei Lin Thai, Group Managing Director, TH Group Berhad.

– Pang Tee Chew, Chief Executive Officer, Mamee Double Decker Berhad.

– Kenneth Eswaran, CEO Multi Vest Resources Bhd (MVest), whose primary business interest is the palm oil sector. Informed sources say he is close to Rosmah Mansor, Najib's wife.

– Vincent Tan, Berjaya Group, a former Mahathir crony who is now close to Najib.  Tan managed to obtain a lucrative license to conduct additional lottery draws after Najib became Finance Minister in October 2008.  He is also rumored to be close to Rosmah Mansor.

– Bakke Salleh, CEO of Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) Holdings Berhad.  Najib is the Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on FELDA, the land authority established by his father.

– Lodin Wok Kamarudin, Chief of Armed Forces Fund Board.

Najib and his Brothers

7.  (C) Najib, who is the eldest son of former Prime Minister Abdul Razak, is said to consult closely with his four brothers, who all have extensive commercial ties.

– Johari Razak, the second eldest brother and a close friend of Perak Crown Prince Raja Nazrin Shah.  He is a lawyer and senior partner at Shearn Delamore & Co, a large law firm in Kuala Lumpur.  His areas of practice include corporate and commercial joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions; corporate restructuring; and the listing of public companies.

He is also the Chairman of Courts Mammoth Pte Ltd and Daiman Development Berhad, a director of Hong Leong Industries Berhad, Nylex Berhad, Daiman Golf Berhad, and Deutsche Bank (Malaysia) and a non-executive director in several publicly listed companies.

– Mohamed Nizam Razak studied politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University.  He was a stockbroker and CEO of PB Securities Sdn Bhd in the 1990s.  He is currently a non-executive director in several publicly listed companies including Hiap Teck Venture Bhd, Mamee Double-Decker (M) Bhd, Delloyd Ventures Bhd, and Yeo Hiap Seng (M) Bhd.  Like Johari, Nizam is also a director of Deutsche Bank.

– Mohamed Nazim Razak, the fourth brother, studied architecture in the UK.  He is Chairman of Meru Utama an outdoor advertising company that received a seven-year advertising concession in 2007 to advertise the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Low-cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

He is also Chairman of the Governing Council of Masterskill, a private University/College (the Pro Chancellor is Raja Azureen Raja Azlan Shah, the daughter of the Sultan of Perak) and Director of OYL Industries (a subsidiary of Hong Leong Group of Companies).

– Nazir Razak, the youngest brother, is the most well known. He obtained a Master of Philosophy at Cambridge University. He is a career banker, joining CIMB Investment Bank almost 20 years ago and rising through its executive ranks to become its CEO in 1999.  Following the merger of CIMB and Bumiputra-Commerce Bank, to become Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings Bhd (BCHB), Nazir became CEO of the merged group.

Under his watch, the BCHB group, which is branded as CIMB group, was transformed into a GLC bank that could compete with its peers in the private sector regionally.  Informed observers widely believe Nazir advises Najib on finance and economic policy issues.

KEITH




Berehat di gunong

Posted: 19 May 2011 04:13 AM PDT



Anwar ditanya di LIVE Yahoo, "Sekiranya anda diberi peluang untuk berehat, agaknya anda akan pergi ke gunung atau pantai dan mengapa?" Jawabnya, "Saya lebih suka ke pantai. Ketenangan dan keamanan. Lain ha ha."

Blog rbf sini bertanya maksud "lain ha ha".

Tiga hari lepas, Anwar dilaporkan lari "bercuti" ke Jogjakarta. Bandaraya Jogjakarta terletak diselatan pulau Jawa, Indonesia. Ia satu bandaraya tepi pantai yang digemari pelancong.



Pasti di Jogjakarta, Anwar mendapat ketenangan dan keamanan pantai untuk meringankan tekanan dari pelbagai sudut yang dihadapinya. Pastinya dia sebut "lain ha ha" kerana dia baru melakukan "lain ha ha."

Apa dia kegiatan "lain ha ha" yang menenangkan fikiran dan membawa keamanan jiwa?

Selagi Anwar tidak jelaskan, lain orang fahami "lain ha ha" dengan pengertian yang lain-lain. Ada yang beranggapan "lain ha ha" satu kegiatan yang dilakukan berseorangan dan ada anggap dilakukan dengan pasangan.

Ada akan anggap "lain ha ha" dilakukan dari depan dan ada pula anggap dari "belakang." Ada ingat ianya kegiatan kering dan ada kata basah.

Pastinya, orang terkenal seperti Anwar tidak lakukan "lain ha ha" secara terbuka tetapi di dalam bilik hotel.

Kalau pekerja hotel tertentu dapat cuti untuk ikut serta, "lain ha ha" boleh jadi satu kegiatan yang menyeronokkan.

Asal maksud "lain ha ha" bukan bermaksud memilih bercuti ke gunong dan apa yang dilakukan bergitu ha ha sekali.

Jika demikian, tiada rehat untuk mu Anwar untuk berehat di gunong. Perlu dipanjat dulu. Ha haaaa ...


BETWEEN BODEK KING KIMMA DATUK SYED IBRAHIM KADER AND NIAT CHAIRMAN THASLEEM MOHAMED IBRAHIM AL-HAJ WHO CAN FIGHT BETTER FOR THE INDIAN MUSLIM RIGHTS

Posted: 19 May 2011 03:12 AM PDT

The rise of 'Muslims-for-Muslim-parties' will polarise the polity and vitiate the atmosphere. At this stage, when India is poised for fast economic growth, the country cannot afford the growth of communal parties with their narrow self-serving agendas. The point can be broadened to state that identity politics of any kind is pernicious. India has a secular Constitution, and only secular parties should be permitted to operate. That's the best way for India to keep the scourge of communalism at bay.

AMMA J JAYALALITHAA BRINGS CHANGE; BUT HAS SHE CHANGED? THE FATE OF INDIAN MUSLIMS NARENDRA MODI WHO BURNED THE MUSLIMS ALIVE IS THE SPEACIAL GUEST

The favourite colour of her sari has changed from green to pink, magenta and maroon, but has she really changed her colours? That was the question doing the rounds on Monday as J Jayalalithaa was sworn in the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fourth time. This is the third time since 1991 that her party AIADMK has won the elections, but technically she became the chief minister four times, as she had to relinquish the post for a few months between 2001 and 2002 owing to a corruption case.
 A change in Jaya  has different connotations to different people. For her political rivals, it means whether she would be as vindictive as she was during 2001- 2006. For the media, it means whether she would continue to be intolerant to criticism. For the public, it means whether she would be as ostentatious as she was in the 1990s. For the bureaucracy, it means whether she would be as meticulous in administrative matters as she has always been.
Jayalalithaa

THE MAN WHO BURNEDTHE MUSLIMS ALIVE GUJARAT CHIEF MINISTER NARENDRA MODI IS THE SPEACIAL GUEST OF JAYALALITHAA WHO READIES TEAM OF MINISTERS

Gujarat cop Sanjeev Bhatt's revelations, contained in his affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, may come as a surprise to many. But for all those who lived in Gujarat during those fateful days and were in the thick of things, the contents only provide substantiation of what they had heard then. A top police officer of the state told me a couple of days after the riots started how director general of poice K Chakravarthy was uncomfortable on being told by Narendra Modi at a meeting to allow Hindus to vent their feelings.Though perturbed, Chakravarthy, a naturally timid person, could not muster the guts to stand up to his boss. So, instead he lamented to top police officers like the person to whom I had spoken. Or at least that is what the officer told me.

images of a Genocide: Muslim burnt
It was also being speculated that not only had "Hindus" been allowed to vent their feelings, they had been given "three days" to do this. Then defence minister George Fernandes who had been sent to Ahmedabad by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee also knew of this "three days" and I personally can vouch for this. With a view to figure out what he was up to, I had called on Fernandes on Saturday, March 2, 2002, in Circuit House in Ahmedabad. Initially, I had some apprehension about how much time the minister would give me because he was on a mission and the riots were on full blast. But I was pleasantly surprised that he had all the time in the world for me. Very soon I could figure out the purpose Fernandes was so keen to engage me in conversation: he wanted to cross-check the facts of the riots that he had heard. It was a long three-hour meeting. At one point the chief secretary, G Subba Rao, and additional chief secretary Ashok Narain, along with a senior army officer, came into the room. They had been confabulating with the minister before I dropped in. Leaving them behind, Fernandes took me to his room. Now the officials wanted to know if they should wait or could leave. The minister asked them to leave and resumed his conversation with me. Fernandes spoke about a whole lot of things, how Ahmedabad had changed, how he had come to the city when there was a massive riot in 1969, how he had walked to the Governor Shriman Narayan's house from the airport at that time, etc. With the evening advancing and the need for me to go back to the office, I excused myself. Fernandes persisted but I went out. As I climbed down the stairs, the defence minister beckoned me once again from the top of the stairs and said that I should have dinner with him. In the end, I retraced my path. While having an early dinner, Fernandes who was beating around the bush for so long suddenly let it out: " I have heard that the rioters have been allowed three days time before any action is taken?" I shot back: " Ya, I have also heard it." The minister said: "Humm. I see." We continued on the dinner silently. I must admit that there was no talk about the Modi meet about which Sanjiv Bhatt has now filed an affidavit. But very soon our meeting was broken. Harin Pathak, the minister of state for defence and the BJP MP from Ahmedabad and a hardliner himself, walked into the room with decisive steps and plonked himself on the sofa. In the manner that he walked in it seemed that Pathak was aware that we were having a long meeting and wanted to be privy to the conversation. Immediately after the dinner, I left the place.
A couple of months later, the Outook magazine ran an exclusive report on a serving minister of the Gujarat government having deposed before a citizens' commission about the Modi meeting on the evening of January 27 where the chief minister had talked about allowing the Hindu reaction. The minister was not named but I instinctively knew that it was Haren Pandya. So I called Pandya and said: "So you tendered evidence before the commission?" Pandya demanded: "How do you know?" I said: "I can make out because you have told me this before. Though I am not sure about others because there is some speculation that it is Suresh Mehta ( another minister). But I am sure your boss Modi can make out too." The minister said in a dismissive tone: "Who cares about him." Then I told Pandya: "But your testimony is second hand. Why don't you get me somebody who attended the meeting and confirm this to me?" Pandya thought for a moment and replied: "Chakravarthi (director general of police ) can." I told him: "I don't know him. But since you were close to him and once were his boss as home minister, why don't you set up a meeting." Pandya said: "Let me get back to you." He was back on the line in 10 minutes. "I have spoken with him. Here is his cell number. You have to ask him the questions but he will answer only in yes or no. He is not willing to go any further." OK, I said and kept down the phone. In the event I did not call up Chakravarthi. The reason: I had written an article for the edit page about the guilty men of Gujarat and had named Chakravarthi and this was going to appear in the paper the next day. I did not think it morally right to get information from a source one day and next day publish an article that would put him on the mat. Moreover, the prospect on a yes or no answer did not appeal to me.
A few months later when I came to know of the names of officers who were present at that fateful meeting, I asked one of them about what had transpired. The officer, Anil Mukim, then private secretary to Modi and now a joint secretary to GOI told me: "Not while I was there." My specific query was: "Did Modi say that a Hindu reaction be allowed?". I noted from media reports recently that this is also exactly what Mukim told the SIT on the Gujarat riots. If I recollect correctly Ashok Narayan, the additional chief secretary (home) who had attended the meeting told the Nanavati Commission that there were instructions that the bodies of all those perished in the Godhra train carnage be allowed to be brought to Ahmedabad. This is what Sanjiv Bhatt has also said as part of his affadavit about what had transpired at the meeting.
Incidentally, it seems that on the evening of February 27 there were two meetings that had been convened by Modi. The first one was a law and order meeting with top cops and secretaries, which Sanjiv Bhatt is supposed to have attended. The other was a meeting of ministers. Haren Pandya had told me that at this meeting some of the ministers said that the bodies of those who died in the Godhra carnage be brought to Ahmedabad. Haren said that he resisted because he felt that this could lead to an outpouring of sentiments leading to a serious law and order situation. Pandya said that he was outshouted at the meeting and mentioned a minister (I am withholding the name, but it was not Modi) who said that this is what we want. "Our party strength is in Ahmedabad. We want everything to happen here. It will help our party."
Haren Pandya was murdered under mysterious circumstances in early 2003, so he cannot come back to life to testify whatever is attributed to him by me. I am acutely aware of this. I am also aware that George Fernandes is suffering from Alzhiemer's, a disease that robs its patients of all his memories.
The midnight arrest of M Karunanidhi on June 30, 2001 still sends shivers down the spine of DMK leaders. They hope the AIADMK Amma has turned mellower. The 2001 comeback Jaya  was not kind to the media either. Soon after taking over as the chief minister, reporters had a virtual street fight with her police after her cavalcade threatened to run over reporters who tried to block it in front of the secretariat after she refused to accept a memorandum from them.More than a hundred journalists who protested against this were rounded up and kept for a day in a police station on June 29, 2001. That might have been a strategy, as she might have thought that the famished journalists released that evening would go to bed tired and wake up late the next morning when her police could drag the DMK leaders from their bedrooms. That was not to be. At the first call from Karunanidhi's residence, the scribes were there, in the wee hours, to witness the police atrocity. Those reporters who refused to be cowed down and continued to write hard-hitting stories against the government's high-handedness on several fronts were served with legal notices and defamation cases by the dozen. Towards the fag end of that tenure, however, Jaya did mellow down. This phase also saw some welfare measures.
If there is something in Jaya that nobody wants to change, it is her efficiency in dealing with the bureaucracy. When she is the chief minister, civil servants and other officers know they cannot bluff. Jaya does her homework well and expects her officers to do the same. And when it comes to law and order, she is a no-nonsense administrator. During her previous tenures, goons had kept their date with the bullet. Self-proclaimed human rights groups had fumed; many others had sighed.
That active Jaya is what Tamil Nadu, on the cusp of a fast-paced development, needs. It would do well if the chief minister doesn't allow her cadre's inherent sycophancy to inflate her megalomania. To start with, she could withdraw the case against Penguin and lift the stay on her new biography authored by Vaasanthi, 'Jayalalithaa—A Portrait'.
Namaskaram Amma. Nomoshkaar Didi. Congratulations ladies ! Bhalo khobor! You've done it and deserve the applause. To borrow Mayawati's words, the time for 'dramabaazi' is over. You have won. The people of your respective states have given the verdict . Jai ho, and all that. Your time begins now. Showing the door to rivals is the easy part. Both of you can confidently take the oath, look and feel smug… and if you so wish, dance in the streets or on the posters of your vanquished opponents. No doubt your myriad followers will join you with abundant joy. Gloat away! But this is about your future agendas – especially those involving your own gender . What specific policies will you be working on that will benefit the women of your state, and maybe even, women across India ? Come on, you two. You can do it! Mamata has spoken eloquently about the appalling conditions faced by rural women in West Bengal. She has said she wants to create infrastructure for underprivileged pregnant women, who are forced to walk up to 15 km to deliver babies. Well, action it, Didi. Get those clinics to happen, taara-taari .
It cannot be a significantly better scenario in Tamil Nadu. We are also aware of the 'corporate bladder' syndrome (no loos for working women in urban India ), but for how many more years will our village women have to wait for the protective cover of darkness before they can 'go' ? These may look like chhota-mota issues to powerful politicians in search of bigger issues to tom- tom – like attracting instant foreign investment. But please don't take women's bladders and wombs for granted ! We need clean facilities. Period . Whether it's maternity wards in which to deliver babies , or conveniently located latrines that are safe for use, day and night. This is not a tall order, but it is an urgent one. If this initiative can be announced and undertaken on a priority basis by both of you, you will win the whole-hearted support of countless deprived women who have put up with painful urinary tract infections, botched births by the roadside and other related horror stories for decades …no, centuries.
The women of India have waited long enough. Too long. So far, their voices, their expectations , their anxieties were of zero consequence to successive governments. Much was expected from Pratibha Patil as president . Much more was hoped for from Sonia Gandhi. No miracles . No waving of magic wands. Just simple plans and projects that would have made it easier for women to hang in there and be counted. Nothing of any consequence was announced by either one of them unfortunately, and women meekly went back to the starting post to patiently begin their vigil all over again. Perhaps it's not such a good thing that our women are passive . We let off our netas a bit too easily. We make far too many concessions.
Mamata's win was largely based on "poribartan' ' (change). But there was little mention in her manifesto of gender-specific policies that would be beneficial to women. As the railways minister, her track record was disappointing at a time when women travellers cried out for safety on trains. Mamata's perceived indifference to the woes of women commuters was seen as being callous and shortsighted.
Ditto for Jayalalithaa, whose past record isn't exactly impressive with regards to women's issues. If anything, Amma remained aloof and indifferent when confronted. This time, she didn't bother wooing women or men, for that matter.
In fact, she didn't woo anybody! She didn't have to. Her old foes (the DMK gang led by the old war horse Karunanidhi) obliged Amma by committing hara-kiri while she romped home, without lifting a finger. Our female politicians are street smart and canny. They have been told by their minders that raising women's issues during elections is not politically wise. It alienates men! And political pundits have consistently insisted it's men who are the real game changers in any election. The big numbers are driven by men. Why bother courting women? Today, we are crowing about four important women leading four important states of India. Forget, the most important woman in the country (you-know-who ). It's time to ask a few uncomfortable questions of these chaar deviyaan. Starting with Sheila Dikshit and Mayawati, who have been around long enough to have got things moving. But their mahila gaadisstalled a long time ago and refused to change gear, as these two steamrolled their way past other, more criticalto-survival obstacles, conveniently forgetting all about their less-privileged sisters.
It's a terrible fact of life, but the bitter truth is that women in politics have not leveraged their position to do anything substantial for other women. Perhaps, those vintage Ekta Kapoor serials had a point –which is why they worked. But even Ekta has moved on and away from those dreary subjects to sexier ones. Why can't our female politicians do the same? This is their chance to win the loyalty of what is, in reality , their core constituency – women. Woo us with policies that transform lives and you'll never have to worry about your warm kursi going to someone else. Neglect us now… and watch! Just you watch! We'll show you! Remember , there is no 'next time' in politics. Mind it!
The rise of 'Muslims-for-Muslim-parties' will polarise the polity and vitiate the atmosphere. At this stage, when India is poised for fast economic growth, the country cannot afford the growth of communal parties with their narrow self-serving agendas. The point can be broadened to state that identity politics of any kind is pernicious. India has a secular Constitution, and only secular parties should be permitted to operate. That's the best way for India to keep the scourge of communalism at bay.
Embedded in the electoral success of outfits like Badruddin Ajmal's AIUDF inAssam and the Muslim League in Kerala is the dangerous trend of communalism raising its head again in Indian politics. It is too simplistic to dismiss the rise of these narrow religion-based parties as part and parcel of India's democratic process. On the contrary, their success doesn't augur well for the Union. It may lead to increased fissiparous tendencies.
Let's not forget that communal politics has tormented India on numerous occasions. In the past, it created havoc in the form of partition of the subcontinent on religious lines. India had to be partitioned because of fears planted in the minds of the minority community by the Muslim League. Moreover, the League succeeded in areas where the minority population was concentrated. The present trend is on similar lines, as these fringe parties have done well in regions where minority populations are concentrated. A party like AIUDF, which made its debut in the 2006 assembly elections with 10 seats, has increased its tally to 18 this time, catapulting it into the position of the second largest party in Assam. Its success is based on a narrow agenda of the welfare of immigrant Muslim settlers. Likewise, in Kerala, the Muslim League won 20 out of 24 seats in minority-dominated constituencies.
DMDK leader Vijayakanth addresses the media
at his party office
in Chennai after the AIADMK-led alliance registered
a win in the assembly elections.
No two women are more different or more alike than Jayalalitha & Mamata Banerjee, both victors by landslide majorities yesterday. Both come from humble backgrounds, have fought long and hard as outsiders in a world that has been implacably opposed to them and both have shunned dependence on others, particularly, men. Both have learned to become fiercely individualistic, rising above their many constraints and limitations, by being utterly driven and focused on their goals. And both make bad enemies. 

And yet, the story of Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalitha could not be more different. Jayalalitha came to power on the back of a powerful man, before proceeding to become her own person. Her sense of individuality came from a deep sense of grievance at the many personal injustices she was subjected to. In many ways, Jayalalitha represents herself more than anyone else, and has succeeded in turning her perpetual quest for redress into a successful political cause. Her strength comes from her great insight into understanding that in large parts of India, and certainly in Tamil Nadu, political leaders need to act as if they were anointed rulers by divine decree. It is by understanding this that she has turned her potential drawbacks into advantages. She is otherwise an outsider to Tamil Nadu, a Brahmin in a Dravidian world, a convent educated, English-speaking oddity, and of course a woman. 

The key to her success is not her representativeness, but its opposite. She is someone who looks like a credible ruler and certainly acts like one. Her victory exudes the sense of ruler's triumphant return from exile rather than a successful campaign aimed at wooing at the hearts and minds of the voters. Her success is not because of any particular set of principles or even any specifically resonant promises, but merely part of the inexorable cycle that seems to be at work in Tamil Nadu where after a few seasons, one set of deities is ritually replaced by another. 

The victory of Mamata Bannerjee on the other hand presents a completely different picture. Although she too like Jayalalitha, is a cauldron of smouldering resentments, in her case she very clearly represents something other than herself. She embodies the fragmented anger of the ordinary citizen, refracted through the prism of the callous indifference of the political establishment. It is striking that she has won by representing the people more successfully than the CPM, a party whose ideology is ostensibly precisely and almost exclusively about standing for the downtrodden. It is a testimony to her ability to effortlessly and credibly carry in her persona, the disappointments of a much larger body of people, that she is one of the very few female politicians that have emerged as leaders without any legacy whatsoever. It is instructive that she is called Didi to Jayalalitha's Amma, for her relationship with her constituency is better captured as a relationship based on kinship rather than authority. But if Mamata represents those she leads with great fidelity, unlike Jayalalitha, she has shown little ability to rule, and little interest in developing a broader vision of governance, going by her unspectacular performance as a minister. Her political life has moved from tantrum to more improbable tantrum, without showing an ability to gather her rage into a meaningful plan of action. 

It is a study in contrasts. One a controlled, often vengeful upper class ruler, driven by a personal agenda who revels in creating distance between herself and others and other a fountain of hyper-emotional torrent of indignation, living the life of those she leads and feeling their fractured and often incoherent rage. One completely at home with the trappings of power while the other forever at odds with those in power. For one power is an intensely satisfying entitlement that visits her periodically whereas for the other it is the culmination of a lifelong quest, leaving in its wake a sense of emptiness, for all the investment has so far been made in overthrowing the powerful rather than in exercising power. Both look and sound different and both are associated with their own very articulate symbols — one wears a cape and the other hawai chappals. 

Jayalalitha's cape tells the story of a woman who has learned to rule by keeping everything close to the chest and under wraps. It is a shroud of significance, a cloak that marks very sharply drawn boundaries between her and everything else. For someone whose journey has been marked with bouts of humiliation and active marginalization, the need to put distance between herself and anyone capable of wielding power over her has been a pronounced one. The need is to place herself above the reach of other people's power, either by towering over all else in her avatar as an oversized cut-out or by wearing a mark of royalty, an insignia of superhumanhood by way of a cape. 

Mamata Banerjee's hawai chappals mark her out as an eternal pedestrian, flip-flopping her way through busy streets and unruly crowds. They speak of a comfort with ordinariness and the desire to remain free of any confining structures. Along with her one room house and her crumpled sarees, they capture Mamata's disinterest in the pursuit of a power as a means to any personal end just as they point to an unwillingness to be part of any established structure with hierarchies and rules. 

In some ways, both victories underline the power of democracy in India in that in both cases governments perceived to be inefficient or corrupt have been thrown out. Perhaps Mamata's victory is more significant in this respect as it vindicates the representative nature of electoral politics in the country. And while the two women may share very different outlooks towards power, with one awkward with the prospect of ruling and other revelling in it, neither seem particularly interested in the question of governance. For all the significance we might see in these wins, in the larger context perhaps not much has changed.

MUHYIDDIN YASSIN SAYS NAJIB HAS HIRED NIAT CHAIRMAN THASLEEM MOHAMED IBRAHIM AL-HA TO DISCREDIT HIM AND FORCE HIM TO RESIGN AS THE EDUCATION MINISTER



KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Mei — Datuk Syed Ibrahim Kader, Presiden Kongres India Muslim Malaysia (Datuk Syed Ibrahim Kader), parti politik sahabat BN, dilantik sebagai ahli Dewan Negara dan dijangka akan mengangkat sumpah dalam beberapa hari.
The Malaysian Insider difahamkan, Syed Ibrahim (gambar), 57, telah menerima surat pelantikan sebagai senator minggu lalu.
"Saya diberitahu Syed Ibrahim telah menerima surat lantikan tersebut Khamis lalu dan tarikh bila akan sumpah akan diketahui esok.
"Syed Ibrahim menerima lantikan tersebut dengan hati terbuka, namun saya difahamkan beliau tidak mahu perkara ini didedahkan terlebih dahulu," kata sumber ketika dihubungi.
Syed Ibrahim ketika dihubungi The Malaysian Insider enggan mengulas sambil meminta agar menunggu sehingga tarikh angkat sumpah.
Jelas sumber itu, Syed Ibrahim hanya akan membuat kenyataan berhubung pelantikan itu selepas mengangkat sumpah.
Ini merupakan kali pertama wakil Kimma dilantik sebagai ahli Dewan Negara. Kimma ditubuhkan pada 1976.
Penghujung tahun lalu, Syed Ibrahim memohon kerajaan melantik seorang senator daripada kalangan anggota parti itu untuk mewakili kaum India Muslim negara ini.
Beliau berkata, ini kerana parti itu tidak mempunyai saluran untuk bersuara secara langsung terutama bagi menyuarakan masalah kaum India Muslim terus kepada kerajaan.
Selain itu Syed Ibrahim berkata, Kimma juga memohon kepada kerajaan agar wakil India Muslim ditempatkan di Majlis Kerajaan Negeri dan Majlis Kerajaan Tempatan supaya mereka dapat menyalurkan masalah kaum itu kepada pihak berwajib serta mendapat maklumat tentang peluang perniagaan dan perdagangan di dalam mahupun di luar negara.
Beliau juga menyarankan agar kerajaan mewujudkan satu dana khas perniagaan untuk industri kecil dan sederhana dan peniaga kecil India Muslim untuk memudahkan peniaga kecil itu mendapat dana pusingan modal bagi memulakan atau membesarkan perniagaan.
Kimma yang mendakwa ada 80,000 ahli negara telah menyatakan hasrat untuk menyertai BN semenjak 1984 tetapi gagal ekoran bantahan komponennya termasuk oleh MIC.
Ogos lepas, Umno bersetuju menerima Kimma sebagai anggota bergabung parti itu dengan beberapa keistimewaan seperti dijemput hadir sebagai pemerhati dalam perhimpunan agung dan persidangan di peringkat bahagian sekiranya parti itu mempunyai keanggotaan di kawasan berkenaan
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2,500 Years After the Buddha, Tibetan Buddhists Acknowledge Women

Posted: 18 May 2011 11:35 PM PDT

Better Late Than Never<br />

The Dalai Lama stresses that he cannot simply dictate change — the whole community of senior Tibetan masters would need to agree to change the traditional rules.

Therefore a full-fledged discussion is in place about the position of Tibetan Buddhist nuns. To this day the female nuns have to obey 98 more precepts than the monks, including the rules that they have to obey the monks, can't give them advice and even the most senior nun still has to take a lower seat than the greenest rookie monk. Tenzin Palmo seriously doubts that these extra precepts were really taught by the Buddha and has researched reasons to believe that they were added by later patriarchs to reflect the dominant views about females at that time. What started out as the most revolutionary welcome to women at the Buddha's time, has turned into a misogynistic adventure. "It's just time they get their act together!" Tenzin Palmo said pointedly when I last visited her in the Himalayas, "and give the nuns their full ordination!" Tenzin Palmo was born as Diane Perry in London and shares her own insight into the hardships of following the Buddhist path as a Western woman. Her biography, "Cave in the Snow," became a bestseller worldwide.

For the last 15 years, she has campaigned tirelessly to promote the education of women and even started her own nunnery in the foothills of the Himalayas in India, not far from the Dalai Lama's seat in exile. She will visit New York this weekend to teach. In her neat, sunny nunnery everything is geared towards boosting the nuns' knowledge and with it, their self-confidence. In her new book, "Into the Heart of Life," London born Buddhist teacher Tenzin Palmo writes: "As in most religious institutions, Tibetan Buddhism is expressed in a predominantly male voice. The books were written by men, almost all the lineage masters are male, all the examples handed out to us are male. Women also have a voice, which is very distinct, and in order to achieve balance in the Dharma, that voice needs to be heard."



Why I left Malaysia — ES.

Posted: 18 May 2011 11:30 PM PDT

I've left Malaysia for about nine years now, and lived and worked in several countries such as Singapore, China and, now, Hong Kong.

The past and recent news reports on brain drain have pretty much summarised the reasons for leaving Malaysia except they were not accepted by our leaders. I'll just echo some of the findings by relating my personal experience.

Social injustice

Unable to get into local universities even with good academic results. Mine was a working-class family and my dad had to work extremely hard to save (barely) enough money to put me through a private college (whose quality could be questioned).

It was a twinning program with an American university. A large portion of our class (100 per cent non-Bumiputera) didn't end up going to the America for their final year to "twin" with the university because of financial difficulties. Those who did, like me, mostly have remained overseas.

Low income

I did return to work in Kuala Lumpur briefly. My salary was so pathetic I was constantly worried about having to work for 10-15 years before my dad's investment in my education could be recovered.

Lack of meritocracy

My first job was with a government-linked corporation. We were educated, but quite explicitly some management positions were only given to the Malays. On the other hand, and to be fair, many private companies selectively avoid hiring Malays because of a general perception that they are less competent compared to the other races. Neither the GLCs nor private firms were actively promoting or hiring the best without an implied policy based on skin colour.

Barriers to returning

Today, after over a decade of working, I've established my finances, and started up a family in Hong Kong. Returning to Malaysia is not impossible but many barriers lie ahead.

My wife is Korean. We have heard of horror stories about the difficulty of foreign spouses not being able to get permanent residence/citizenship in Malaysia despite years of residency.

Our son was born in Korea. When we approached the Malaysian consulate to register him, we were told we would have to wait up to a year to get a reply. A year to register a child with an uncertain outcome? Something is very wrong.

At the same time, a friend's construction company doesn't seem to have any problem getting his Indonesian workers ICs with speedy approvals.

Education

If it's so difficult to register our son, will he be able to get into a local school? What about quality of education? If I have to take a pay-cut (easily 60 per cent) to return to the country, I'd need to be reassured that quality education can be obtained cheaply (or at 60 per cent discount too).

It's not very encouraging to learn from the news and ranking of Malaysian public universities that have been on the decline year after year. Will I want to return to the country and repeat the same history my dad went through to put his son to college?

Lack of economic focus

Years ago, this was manufacturing. What about now? What has happened to MSC and the various corridors? What's our niche? What sectors can overseas Malaysian go back to? Banking? Biotech? Agriculture? Oil and gas? All I hear thousands of miles away in the past few years is some sexual allegations about Anwar Ibrahim.

Lack of positive publicity and encouragement

Every time when we return to Malaysia for holidays or when we meet Malaysians outside of the country (getting very often these days), we are asked not to return by friends, relatives and strangers.

Some even asked us how to get out of the country! Imagine having your foreign spouse hearing all these negative comments about your own country... not to mention, it's getting easier to meet your friends and relatives outside of the country than in Malaysia.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Why I Am Thinking Of Leaving — A.

Posted: 18 May 2011 11:30 PM PDT

I would like to tell you first-hand why I am thinking of migrating in the future:

The salary base of Malaysian employees are low.

I am a trainee for a foreign bank and urban poor as I earn less than RM3,000 a month; compared to my counterparts who are currently working overseas (merely as a waiter/ barista), their weekly salary is equivalent to what I earn in a month.

The living cost is getting higher.

As you know, petrol price for RON97 just increased 0 sen, with the increase of this and the fuel surcharge by AirAsia, it's a wonder how we can survive! Housing price is increasing, buying books at the local book store costs a fortune, transportation fee is getting higher, food and drinks are getting more expensive! Everything is going up, and nothing is going down. Buying a car or a house/ condo/ flat right now is suicide for me and many Malaysians, no doubt.

The injustice in the country.

With the many issues and injustice that are published (or not) in newspaper/Internet/mass media (for e.g. the Anwar trial, Teoh Beng Hock's death and the recent Sarawak election), I would like to opt to have my children and my children's children grow up in a place where nothing of this sort happens, where they know the difference between right and wrong, to learn and have known the importance of freedom of speech, and not to have their human rights violated.

Decline of university/education ranking in Malaysia.

I graduated from a local university and to be honest, the level of fresh graduates is appalling, as the majority of them (80-90 per cent) can't even communicate efficiently in English, let alone form a simple sentence.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to find out the reasons why, but I digress, however, this is one of the many reasons that drives me to further my studies overseas in the future, while migrating there at the same time.

Not to mention, I do not want my children to be subjected in an education system where Math and Science is not taught in English and where "literature" books like Interlok are approved.

Word-of-mouth from friends and relatives who have migrated.

According to my friends and relatives who have migrated and are scattered all over the world now (eg. UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore), they have never regretted or looked back on the decision they made. Some of them have already settled down and have a family there. Once, I asked whether they would come back and work for Malaysia/ the government, the answer I got was a simple: "Hell no!"

These are the top five reasons that I have come up with for now, which I think would suffice, but the primary reason is that I don't feel safe, physically (as the country's crime rate in KL is one of the highest, where police/ ambulance/ public services are in a sad state), mentally (brain drain in Malaysia is happening as we speak, my creativity would be at risk), spiritually (as seen in the recent Al-Kitab incidents), and financially (as I would forgo the second best alternative by staying in the country, whereas I can use my time and resources to work overseas, thus earning extra and being happy without such pressures.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


You Have Two Cows

Posted: 18 May 2011 10:56 PM PDT

The old example goes: You live in a country where money is not used. You have two cows. You want to eat chicken. So you take one cow along with you and look for someone who has chickens and wants to trade them for a cow.

This example is used to demonstrate the limitations of the barter system. But of course, jokers everywhere have found ways to tweak the example to fit other economic systems and philosophies.

Here are my pick of the better ones from this site and this other site. (You may find the concept similar to my previous post,  *hit Happens: Religion & Philosophy)

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American Corporation: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

Chinese Corporation: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported the numbers.

French Corporation: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

Japanese Corporation: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.

ARTIST — VISUAL: You have two cows. You stuff them and put them in glass display boxes. In London.

BRITISH: You have two cows. They are crazy. You try to sell them in Europe.

COMMUNISM — CHINESE – MAO STYLE: You have two pigs. The government launches a campaign to convince you to donate them "voluntarily" to provide meat for workers in the city. The government then declares that people don't need pigs to make pork. Quoting the correct phrases from your little red book, you and your neighbors try to create pork from sheer willpower. Your local party leader reports that you have exceeded all expectations. Your neighbors starve.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes one away and presses it into military service.

IRAQISM: The British Government sends in a herd of 20 cows in a trial run to help a village outside Basra. The villagers are extremely grateful for the extra milk and the health of the children improves daily. A terrorist group then kidnaps the cows and accuses them of being traitors to "the cause." The terrorists then produce signed confessions from the cows and systematically assassinates each one in front of Al Jazeera television cameras.

OMANISM: You have three cows. They are all healthy and produce good quality milk for sale at the market. Unfortunately, your son discovers that the money he received at the market can be used to buy beer. Your grand expansion plans for a new high-tech farm are put on hold indefinitely.

SAUDIISM: You have two cows. Since milking the cow involves nipples, the government decides to ban all cows in public. The only method to milk a cow is to have a cow on one side of a curtain and a guy milking the cow on the other side.

SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes one of them and gives it to your neighbor.

TALIBANISM: You have two cows. At first, the government makes them wear burkas, but later shoots them because "they are Hindu religious symbols."

UNITED NATIONISM: You have two cows. France vetoes you from milking them. The United States and Britain veto the cows from milking you. New Zealand abstains.

UPDATE: More at Caveman Circus, via AoSHQ.


BOOK INFO - Can We Use Allah in the Bible @ Allah dalam Bible, Boleh atau Tidak

Posted: 18 May 2011 11:09 PM PDT

















Peace!

Latest news on the books availability as below:

For MPH Bookstores:

A) English book: Can We Use Allah In The Bible?

  1. MPH just finishes placing our English books in Klang Valley only.
  2. For the rest of MPH bookstores including Sabah and Sarawak, it's by the end of next week.
B) Malay book: Allah Dalam Bible, Boleh Atau Tidak?

  1. Will be in the stores by next week in Klang Valley and the rest of the bookstores by the following week.
Other bookstores i.e. Kinokuniya, Popular, Borders, Times and etc.

1. Kinokuniya just placed an order yesterday. Books will be in stores earliest by end of next week.
2. For the rest of the bookstores, MPH is still waiting for their order on the book.


For those who are interested in purchasing the book, you may purchase it at your nearest MPH bookstores.


Click here for MPH store locator








The Hypocrisy Hall of Fame: Mildred Patricia Baena: Mother Of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Love Child Marriage Equality

Posted: 18 May 2011 09:39 PM PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger's long list of past indiscretions — including the recent revelation that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff — shouldn't be any of our business. As long as he didn't break the law, nobody beyond his immediate family should be concerned with his private affairs. But is it too much to ask that Schwarzenegger, and other politicians who have found themselves caught up in messy family situations, extend to all Americans what they say they want for themselves: to not have others meddle in their private lives? I am still angry at Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not because he hid a personal secret from the public and from his own family, but because he did so while working to deny thousands of California citizens the right to have legal families at all. Sure, Schwarzenegger was not one of those politicians who regularly use inflammatory anti-gay rhetoric, but nobody in state office has done more to hold back marriage equality for more people. Despite Schwarzenegger's often gay-friendly tone, he is the only governor ever to have vetoed marriage equality legislation twice…twice! Now, Schwarzenegger wants to be known for his refusal to defend the discriminatory Proposition 8 in court. But while he was in office, he had the chance to do the right thing and failed…twice. This is what Americans should remember about Schwarzenegger's gay rights record. A friendly tone doesn't mean a thing when it's paired with hateful policies.
Schwarzenegger, despite his purported unwillingness to join the ranks of the fire breathing gay-bashing Right, has placed himself with the likes of John Ensign and Newt Gingrich on the long and growing list of GOP officials who accused gay people of ruining the institution of marriage while they themselves flouted their wedding vows.
No politician, however squeaky clean his or her personal record is, should be in the business of telling grown adults who they can love and marry, or demonizing people who are trying to achieve the financial and emotional security of marriage. But the people who make my blood boil are those who accuse gay people of harming the institutions of marriage and the family while causing real harm to their own marriages and families. These men expose the real hypocrisy behind efforts to stop gay equality. They insist that family is a personal matter and beg for privacy in their personal affairs. We should all expect — no, demand — that they extend that belief to their public policy when and where it really matters.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple's home before they announced their separation last week.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger told the Times in a statement that also was sent to The Associated Press early Tuesday. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.
"I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time," the statement concluded. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
Schwarzenegger's representatives did not comment further. A spokesman for the former first lady told the Times she had no comment.
The Times did not publish the former staffer's name nor that of her child but said the woman worked for the family for 20 years and retired in January.
In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man – her husband at the time – was the child's father. When the Times later informed the woman of the governor's statement, she declined to comment further.
The child was born before Schwarzenegger began his seven-year stint in public office.
Shriver stood by her husband during his 2003 gubernatorial campaign after the Los Angeles Times reported accusations that he had a history of groping women. Schwarzenegger later said he "behaved badly sometimes."
In his first public comments since the couple announced their breakup, Schwarzenegger said last week that he and Shriver "both love each other very much."
"We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and we're taking one day at a time," he said at a Los Angeles event marking Israeli independence. Their children range in age from 13 to 21.
Since his term as California governor ended in early January, Schwarzenegger, 63, has hopscotched around the world, his wife nowhere in sight. While the "Terminator" star appeared confident about the future since exiting politics, cutting movie deals and fashioning himself as a global spokesman for green energy, Shriver, known for her confidence, seemed unsettled.
Shriver, 55, maintained her own identity when her husband entered politics, though she gave up her job at NBC. Their union was often tested in Sacramento, where the former action star contended with a rough seven years of legislative gridlock, a budget crisis and lingering questions about his fidelity.
Mildred Patricia Baena, 50, has been identified as the mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child,RadarOnline.com reported Tuesday night.
Baena, who goes by Patty, was a housekeeper for the Schwarzenegger family for 20 years before retiring in January.
According to TMZ, the former housekeeper–who lives several hours outside of Los Angeles with Schwarzenegger's son and her three other children–began to "pursue Arnold" in the late 1990s. She reportedly told friends that she and Schwarzenegger had unprotected sex during the day at his house, though she didn't tell him that he was the father of her child until the boy was a toddler.
Schwarzenegger announced Monday night that he had fathered a child with a household staffer over a decade ago, before he was elected as California governor.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," he said in a statement issued to the Los Angeles Times. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family."
When questioned by the paper Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former household staffer–now revealed to be Baena–said another man was the child's father. She declined to comment after the Los Angeles Times notified her of Schwarzenegger's statement.
Shriver, who–with Schwarzenegger–announced the couple's separation after 25 years of marriage on May 9, issued a statement Tuesday responding to the revelation.
"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver said. "As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."
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The Unfolding Sagas of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anwar Ibrahim: A Study in Parallels

Posted: 19 May 2011 02:45 AM PDT

Strauss-Kahn, (At least he is not as vain as to dye his silver hair black, but still something must have permeated into his skull then to this brain to do what he did)

Anwar Ibrahim (He dyed his hair black big time and the toxin from hair dye have been proven to find its way into the skull then to the brain, hair dye is a serious issue now in the west, and when will we ever learn)

I noted before that Dominique Strauss-Kahn — disgraced former International Monetary Fund head and accused rapist — is aping an unfortunate aspect of the life of Anwar Ibrahim, as both are over-60 money managers who allegedly have a hard time keeping their genitalia out of places in which they are not welcome. The last three days have brought more revelations to the fore that only serve to heighten those parallels.

First and foremost, the charges against Strauss-Kahn now more closely mirror those against Anwar: Instead of ordinary rape, it is now forced sodomy of his victim, a maid at the hotel at which he was staying. That the man's accuser may have HIV may explain Strauss-Kahn's stay in the infectious disease ward at Riker's Island, and his current status on suicide watch. (That he was denied bail on the strength of French protection of another sex offender, Roman Polanski, has to be gnawing at him in a uniquely French way.) While this does nothing to change the heinousness of the alleged crime nor to change the essence of the charge, the increased strength of the parallel is disturbing.

Both men have also resorted to pleading in the alternative. Anwar has denied the charges against him, and suggests that the entire affair is a government plot. Strauss-Kahn has done one better, first asserting that he had an alibi and that the entire encounter never happened, and now claiming that the entire encounter was consensual.

Anwar, of course, lacks Strauss-Kahn's ability to switch his story to consent, because although he is basically being tried for forced sodomy, consensual sodomy is illegal in Malaysia. Instead, in another parallel, he and Strauss-Kahn have apparently both hit on what they clearly believe will save them from their current plights: A puff-campaign by surrogates abroad.

In Strauss-Kahn's case, a veritable university full of economists and French politicians has lined up to excuse the man or his actions or both, as if being an economist with a nice job title exculpates a man from allegations of brutal rape.

In Anwar's case, his private stable of mouthpieces has begun to collapse, most notably in the defection of blogger Raja Petra, whose public break with Anwar served as notice that Anwar's incompetence and duplicity were finally taking a toll. Nevertheless, Anwar still has legions willing to excuse him of any act, including a former Vice President and Paul Wolfowitz, a former State Department official (who has himself had trouble associated with keeping his pants on). Please read more here!



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Dr Tan Kee Kwong asks: NOW, WHO IS THE TRAITOR?

Posted: 18 May 2011 09:16 PM PDT

Desi received via Email an interesting question from a former Deputy Minister, also son of well-regarded former Mr Opposition (the late) Dr Tan Chee Koon. Kee Kwong left Gerakan and has joined DS Anwar Ibrahim's struggle via Parti Keadilan Rakyat. ~~ YL

"Dear Najib,

Salam. I read with great interest today papers about your comments. In it you were quoted that those who talk bad about Felda & called it bankrupt are to be regarded as traitors to the Nation.



The sad truth is that after you took charge of Felda in 2005, you turned what was a very successful organisation into a financial nightmare. In fact you are the traitor who has stolen the poor peneroka's money.

I am sure you know that for the next General Election, Felda schemes & their votes determine about 60 Federal Parliament Seats. From my feedback, many of the peneroka are boiling mad.

They have been exploited & taken for a ride.

If what you say is true & ALL the peneroka are so happy with the UMNO/BN government, why the sudden interest in the welfare of the peneroka,

Why the many cash handouts?

Please explain the following.

1. In 2001, the cash reserves of Felda was RM4.5 billion with ZERO borrowing. Recently your

Deputy Minister replied that the cash reserves has plunged to RM1.2 billion. This is

Despite the fact that for the past 3 years, the CPO price has been very high. If you have

Looked after Felda properly the cash reseves should now be at least RM8 billion.

2. New Felda HQ in KLCC.

Said to cost RM662 million, Explain how this six star building is going to help the poor

Peneroka, many of whom only get nett RM500 per month. Why a huge deposit of

RM235 million paid even before construction started? Why the decision was made at

A secret meeting in your DPM's office in Putrajaya without the knowledge or

Approval of the Felda board? Recently Ahmad Maslan siad this is a very good

Investment as it has already made paper profit of RM300 million. Pray how did he come

To this conclusion when the building is not even finished or sold!
3. Felda Global Ventures.
We know that Felda has invested at least RM3 billion on these projects. We also know
That since day one it has been losing money, in fact it has lost RM300 million.
Twin Rivers Project in USA , invested RM500 million
Cattle rearing project invested RM600 million
Since you say we are traitors, tell us in detail what has happened .
The peneroka in Felda Keratong near Segamat are laughing, the imported cattle for
The cattle project have to be kept in an air conditioned room 24 hours a day!
4. Why the need to borrow from EPF?
Before you started on Felda Global Ventures. Felda never borrowed from EPF.
Is this borrowing secure? To all the EPF contributors beware, your money is used
To finance many of these dubious schemes which Najib started
5. Skim Tabung tanam semula
In August this year I visited a Felda scheme near Kemaman
Talked to a peneroka who wants to sue Felda. He has been contributing to this fund
For past 17 years & has accumulated RM17,000. However when he replanted his old oil
Trees, he did not use the fund but used his own money instead. It has been 3 years now
Tried to get his OWN money back, but the Felda administration has refused so far.
Wonder why, if Felda is so well run & cash rich why can't even pay this poor peneroka
A paltry sum?
6. Felda settlers to camp outside Felda HQ..
In October this year, there was a report that many settlers were not happy with Felda for
Refusing to settle their replanting payments. So this case I quoted above is widespread
& happening in many. Many schemes round the country.
7. Oil palm fruit sent to Mill

In Felda Kemahang, Kelantan. Felda lost the case as it was proved that Felda was not
Paying the proper amount sent to mill. It was a landmark case. On appeal Felda lost the
Case. Soon after that you visited a scheme near Bahau. Instead of respecting the court's
Decision you made a silly remark like Felda will engage the best lawyers & fight all the
Remaining cases in court. Good for you, you will make mare peneroka angry with you!

I DARE YOU
1. Subject the whole of Felda to an independent audit & publish the findings.
2. Felda has 43 subsidiaries
Publish all their annual reports & subject them to an audit as well.


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