Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hadi: Saya gembira dengan kabinet pilihan raya ini

Hadi: Saya gembira dengan kabinet pilihan raya ini

Hadi: Saya gembira dengan kabinet pilihan raya ini

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 12:15 PM PDT

Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang menyifatkan barisan kepimpinan baru termasuk sayap-sayap parti yang dipilih dalam muktamar PAS kali ini adalah kabinet pilihan raya. Katanya, barisan kepimpinan ini dianggotai barisan pemimpin yang dipilih yang terdiri daripada pelbagai latar belakang termasuk ulama, profesional dan pemimpin masyarakat. "Saya bergembira dan ahli-ahli bergembira (dengan keputusan ini). Muktamar semakin hari semakin meriah. Ini menunjukkan kematangan ahli-ahli kita.
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Mohamad Sabu di Muktamar

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 11:14 AM PDT

PAS grassroots leader Mohamad Sabu has won the PAS deputy post in the Islamic party's most hotly-contested polls to date. In a surprise victory, Mohamad (right) ousted two ulama (religious scholars) candidates in the election - the three-term incumbent Nasharudin Mat Isa and a last-minute challenge from Pahang PAS commissioner Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man. According to election committee chairperson Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman, Mohamad bagged 420 votes against Tuan Ibrahim, 399 and Nasharudin, 224. Mohamad, who has succeeded in his second go at the number two position, is the first non-ulama to hold the post for two decades.
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Salahuddin Ayub di Muktamar

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 09:08 AM PDT

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Husam di Muktamar: Media Umno gagal

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 08:41 AM PDT

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Mat Sabu is PAS new deputy president

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 09:52 AM PDT

By Aidila Razak, written for Malaysiakini

PAS grassroots leader Mohamad Sabu has won the PAS deputy post in the Islamic party's most hotly-contested polls to date.

In a surprise victory, Mohamad (right) ousted two ulama (religious scholars) candidates in the election – the three-term incumbent Nasharudin Mat Isa and a last-minute challenge from Pahang PAS commissioner Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

According to election committee chairperson Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman, Mohamad bagged 420 votes against Tuan Ibrahim, 399 and Nasharudin, 224.

Mohamad, who has succeeded in his second go at the number two position, is the first non-ulama to hold the post for two decades.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Husam Musa (right), another non-ulama, has made an astounding comeback by winning one of the three vice-president's posts.

The other two winners are incumbents Salahuddin Ayub and Mahfuz Omar, both of whom are also non-ulama.

It appeared that PAS delegates have opted to reach out to a wider audience by electing all the non-ulama.

Salahuddin is the highest vote-getter in the vice-president contest with 753 votes, followed by Husam, 660 and Mahfuz, 616.

The losers in the six-way contest are Idris Ahmad, 491, Mohd Amar Abdullah, 321, and Nizar Jamaluddin, 217.
Husam, a senior member of the Kelantan state cabinet, had previously held the vice-president's post, but failed in the polls three years ago in his bid for deputy presidency.
Husam is considered close to PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Aziz and is seen as a progressive voice in the party.

In immediate reaction, party's deputy spiritual leader Haron Din said that he was not disappointed with the lack of representation from the ulama ranks.

"The delegates are teaming an ulama president with a professional deputy and this is a new approach," he said.

The victor and the vanquished

Mohamad, the new No 2, is fast-talking and a crowd puller at ceramahs who rose up the ranks from the very grassroots movement, lending him hard-earned street credibility.

The Penangite, however, does not have a religious background and his success in bagging number two may indicate a rejuvenation in PAS, as well as a boost to its image as an accommodative and open party.

Well-received by supporters of DAP and PKR alike, Mat Sabu or Abang Mat as he is fondly referred to, is expected to forge stronger ties between the Islamic party and its Pakatan Rakyat partners.
Yesterday, Mohamad was spotted outside the muktamar venue amid a flock of youngsters all eager to snap a photo with him on their mobile phones.

His youth appeal is expected to draw a younger and more diverse lot of supporters to PAS.

Once considered to be progressive, Nasharudin (left) has apparently failed to use his long tenure as deputy president to his advantage raising questions over whether he has the mettle to deal with issues confronting PAS.

This could be a concern for the Islamic party as it goes into an anticipated stiffly-contested general election.

The former International Islamic University Malaysia lecturer rose through the ranks of PAS at lightning speed and was a high performing secretary general before elected onto the number two spot in 2007, to much surprise.

The other loser, Tuan Ibrahim, is said to be a candidate representing the ulama faction, which is uneasy with Sabu's ascendancy.

Although relatively unknown at national level politics, Tuan Ibrahim (right) is almost a celebrity in the religious scholar circles and is now spearheading PAS anti-slander campaign in response to the sex video said to be of a man resembling PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The nephew of PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Tuan Ibrahim religious background and his good relations with Anwar will help him balance party and Pakatan Rakyat interests, as PAS grows to take a more significant role in national politics.

He had previously held the post of vice president.

All three VPs are non-ulama

Joining the new leadership team under president Abdul Hadi Awang, who won uncontested, are winners of a crowded vice-president race – all of whom are non-ulama.

Mahfuz, who has retained his post, is widely believed to be the running mate of Mohamad.

Like Mohamad, the Pokok Sena MP, rose through the ranks from the grassroots and is popular with both PAS members and Pakatan Rakyat supporters alike.

Meanwhile, Salahudin, who has successfuly defended his post, is a double-term Kubang Krian MP and is seen to be a diplomatic leader who has managed to appease different factions of the party, sometimes appearing sympathetic to the unity government call.

Those who failed to make the cut in the vice-president race included Nizar Jamaluddin (left), an engineer by training who gained superstar status in the bid to defend his position as menteri besar in the Perak coup.

Nizar, who came in last, is possibly the most popular PAS leader among the Chinese community, second only to Nik Aziz.

Also defeated in the six-way contest are two ulama – information chief Idris Ahmad, and another member of Kelantan executive council Mohd Amar Abdullah.

Nizar appeared contented with the results, saying that the delegates have made the "perfect choice".

"PAS is united," he said.

Erdogans control party's central committee

It appears that victory by the professionals over the ulama also included the party's powerful central committee.

The results showed the professionals, also known as the Erdogans, won the majority of the 18 seats.

PAS new central committee – those widely considered as Erdogans in bold

Mazlan Aliman, 884 votes

Dr Hatta Ramli, 765

Kamarudin Jaffar, 739

Hanipa Maidin, 735

Azizan Abdul Razak (Kedah MB), 721
Dzulkefly Ahmad, 702

Mujahid Rawa, 651

Khalid Samad, 643

Ghani Shamsuddin, 579

Amiruddin Hamzah, 576

Abdul Wahid Endut, 556

Abu Bakar Chik, 527

Mohd Amar Abdullah, 470

Mahfodz Mohamed, 449

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, 445

Hassan Mohamed Ali, 437

Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman, 430

Nuridah Salleh, 416

Scorpenes-Altantuya: French courts to call Najib, Baginda as witnesses

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 09:37 AM PDT

Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

UPDATED Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is in a pickle. He has been
accused of plotting sexcapades to bring down his arch enemy Opposition
Leader Anwar Ibrahim. His UMNO party has been busily making allegations of
immorality and demanding that Anwar resign to spare the country shame.
Yet, it is Najib himself who has and will again put the country in the
greatest media spotlight, and regrettably, of the negative sort. It is
almost certain that as the main protagonist, he will be called by the French
courts to testify over a suspiciously expensive acquisition of 2 Scorpene
and one Agosta submarines in 2002.
The Malaysian leader faces allegations of having received kickbacks, whether
directly or indirectly, from French arms-maker DCN.
"Our lawyers have advised us that it could take anything from the next few
weeks or the next couple of months until a judge is appointed for the open
trial in France," SUARAM director Cynthia Gabriel told a press conference on
According to Cynthia, SUARAM lawyers had informed them that the inquiry
stage by Parisian authorities was nearing an end, and the next move would be
the "full trial" stage, where witnesses will be called.
In Malaysia, the 58-year old Najib has leveraged on his ruling party and
political connections to cover up the case, even though it also included a
full-blown murder case.
A 28-year old Mongolian translator, alleged to be his former mistress and
the jilted lover of his close friend Razak Baginda, was shot in the head and
blown up with military C4 explosives by two of his former bodyguards.
From letters she wrote, Altantuya Shaariibuu had come to Kuala Lumpur in
2006 to demand her US$500,000 share of the commission paid by DCNS. But
according a private investigator hired by Baginda, Najib's wife Rosmah
forbade the men to pay her a cent.
Baginda has been accused of being Najib's proxy in the kickbacks. A firm
with no track record and connected to him, Perimekar, received a side-deal
worth 114 million euros or about RM530 million to service the submarines.
Furthermore, the proceedings in France has found out that three commissions
instead of one were paid for the sale of submarines. "
"In addition to that of 114 million euros, there are two further
instalments, one paid by DCN to the commercial networks of Thalès, for over
30 million euros, corresponding to "commercial fees relating to the
negotiation and execution of the contract," another SUARAM director Kua Kia
soong had written in a statement.
"This second commission was paid by Thalès to a recipient, who remains
unknown, in order to convince the Malaysian government of the need to
conduct additional work. The third commission was for 2.5 million euros."
It has also been found that Gifen, a company established in Malta,
facilitated the "money transfers in this case", and particularly financed
the trips of Baginda and Altantuya.
Mystery new link to Najib
Last week, Cynthia told Malaysia Chronicle that their lawyers have since
received knowledge of a "third person" who travelled frequently with Baginda
and Altantuya during the negotiations with DCN.
She declined to name the person, but speculation is rife that this was
another link to Najib, who had then been the Defense minister and had
directly sanctioned the purchase.
The French courts can be expected to demand information from DCN, Najib and
Baginda as to whether Altantuya had indeed played a role in the submarines
deal. At the very least, the money transfers by Gifen would require an
explanation for her role in the deal.
In her murder trial, the Malaysian courts refused to allow any mention of
the submarines deal despite the probability of a connection to her death.
"The submarine deal was never brought up in court during the murder trial
which saw prosecutors, defense attorneys and the judge judiciously keeping
Najib's name out of the proceedings," said Kua.
"After being acquitted in November 2008 under questionable circumstances of
participating in her murder, Razak Baginda left the country for England. The
bodyguards were convicted but no motive was ever established for their
Malaysians will faint
Knowing their PM, few Malaysians expect Najib or Baginda will attend the
trial. The French courts have no jurisdiction to force their appearance but
it can demand the truth from DCNS.
"If Najib goes, I think Malaysians will faint. But it is very odd when a
deal of such a huge size, and the parties involved are giant world
conglomerates, that a Prime Minister chickens out. If he does that, he has
already told the world he is guilty as charged. Malaysians and UMNO itself
must demand his immediate resignation," PKR vice president Tian Chua told
Malaysia Chronicle.
SUARAM is Malaysian top human rights activist group. It got into the act
after failing to get satisfactory answers from the government. Protest by
citizens' groups were similarly ignored and even opposition politicians were
stonewalled when they asked 'tough' question of the RM6.7 billion purchase
in Parliament.
"SUARAM hopes the French justice system will reveal more than what the
Malaysian judicial system has failed to deliver so far and will bring
justice and closure to the family of Altantuya, and force the French and
Malaysian Governments to account to their peoples regarding the commissions
on the submarines contract," said Kua.
– Malaysia Chronicle

Bila PAS berubah matlamat, maka 'negara Islam idaman' tinggal impian..

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 10:06 AM PDT

Takziah diucapkan kepada sekelian mereka yang sekian lama ini kononnya memperjuangkan agenda dan matlamat menubuhkan sebuah daulah Islamiyyah dibumi bekas Tanah Melayu ini.

Sudah sampai ketitik noktah perjuangan politik sekular jamaah yang selama ini menjanjikan kepada kita akan suatu gagasan berlandaskan Syariat Islam dan Sunnah Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Bilamana PAS bernikah secara mut'ah dengan partai harbi wal laknatullah DAP dengan bermadukan PKR yang sanggup menyamaratakan segalanya demi segenggam kuasa politik memerintah negara ini, maka lenyaplah sudah sekelumit harapan hamba Allah ini untuk menyaksikan kejayaan PAS untuk mengotakan kata, melaksanakan sahutan 'Negara Islam' sepertimana pernah dibentangkan Al Fadhil Tuan Guru Professor Dato Dr Harun Din Al Haj, satu satunya ulamak PAS yang saya hormati dan sokong ke saat ini.

Tidak ada tokoh tokoh yang lain didalam parti PAS yang tidak berganjak dari usaha memartabatkan Ad Deenul Islam selain Prof. Dato Dr Harun Din. 

Nampaknya usaha Prof sendiri kini menghadapi cabaran yang semakin hebat untuk mengemudikan bahtera perjuangan PAS merealisasikan apa yang pernah kita semua dengar bahawa matlamat perjuangan PAS yang hakiki adalah tidak lain tidak bukan tetapi untuk menegakkan sebuah negara Islam diMalaysia ini sesuai dengan perintah Allahu Ta'ala dan menepati saranan Nabi Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Diantara sebegitu ramai pemimpin pemimpin PAS yang ada, tidak ada seorang pun dari mereka yang boleh menandingi Prof Dato Dr Harun Din didalam cara beliau membawa mesej pendekatan Dakwah Al Islamiyyah.

Kita selalu mendengar para penceramah PAS menempelak UMNO sebagai parti Melayu yang sekular, tidak ikhlas didalam segala slogan dan laungan mereka bahawa negara Malaysia ini adalah sebuah negara Islam tetapi sebenarnya adalah sebuah kerajaan sekular yang berfungsi menghidupkan sistem sekular peninggalan British dibawah Perlembagaan Malaysia yang dirangka oleh Suruhanjaya Lord Reid.

Kini kita dapati bahawa PAS pula sudah melupuskan apa yang dahulunya kita dengar sebagai matlamat penubuhan Negara Islam dan berubah agenda kepada apa yang dikatakan sebagai 'negara kebajikan' pula.

Sayang seribu kali sayang, umat Islam seMalaysia sekarang tidak boleh mengharap kepada mana mana pihak baik UMNO ataupun PAS didalam menentukan arah tuju negara ini kepada apa yang di redhai Allahu Rabbul Alamin.

Saya tidak nampak mana mana pihak dari kedua parti politik Melayu terbesar didalam negara ini yang mampu menegakkan Syiar Islam didalam ertikata sebenarnya dimasa sekarang mahupun yang akan datang.

Kita sudah tidak ada sesiapa lagi untuk menerajui perjuangan Daulah al Islamiyyah ataupun sebuah Khilafah di rantau ini.

Biarlah orang berhari raya,
          Kita pergi merambah dahan,
Biarlah orang mencari kaya,
          Kita mencari redhanya Tuhan.

Biarlah orang membakar rusa,
          Rusa itu banyak tanduknya,
Biarlah orang mengejar kuasa,
          Kuasa itu banyak buruknya.

Biarlah parang dicanuk lekat,
          Lekat itu banyak karatnya,
Biarlah orang merebut pangkat,
          Pangkat itu banyak mudaratnya.

Kalaulah hilang kulim dirimba,
            Rosaklah padi dimakan rusa,
Kalaulah hilang alim ulama,
            Rosaklah negeri ditelan dosa.

Fikir fikirkanlah!

Tuan Ibrahim di Muktamar

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 08:24 AM PDT

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Club to coach wives to be 'whores in bed'

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 07:59 AM PDT

The 'Obedient Wife Club', which is launched today, urged its members to be "whores in bed" and obey their husbands to curb social ills like divorce and domestic violence. Islamic group Global Ikhwan held the club's inaugural meeting in Templer's Park, giving women tips on how to keep their men satisfied and prevent them straying. Its vice-president, Dr Rohaya Mohamad (left), said that for a man to be faithful to his wife, she must "be good in bed". "If the wives need our help we can train them on sexually satisfying positions. It is important to be a good sexual worker so that the husbands do not go to prostitutes," said Rohaya, who has served with the Health Ministry for 15 years and written speeches for former ministers Dr Chua Soi Lek and Chua Jui Meng. "We are an open organisation and will allow all races to come forward and seek our help to be obedient to their husbands. The club's slogan is 'Remain a virgin spiritually, mentally and physically'," added Rohaya. Full story:
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Mafuz Omar di Muktamar

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 05:29 AM PDT

Bagi barisan naib presidennya pula, Abdul Halim mengumumkan perwakilan parti itu membuat keputusan untuk mengekalkan dua ahli parlimen penyandangnya di jawatan itu -- Salahuddin Ayub (Kubang Kerian) dan Datuk Mahfuz Omar (Pokok Sena). Salahuddin meraih 753 undi manakala Mahfuz pula mendapat 616 undi. Bagi melengkapkan pasukan pilihan raya ini, para perwakilan turut memilih tokoh profesional, Datuk Husam Musa (660 Undi) ke jawatan naib presiden.
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Mat Sabu - timbalan presiden PAS yang baru

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 05:00 AM PDT

Pemimpin akar umbi dan popular PAS Mohamad Sabu sebentar tadi diumumkan sebagai pemenang jawatan timbalan presiden parti yang sengit dipertandingkan itu. Keputusan itu diumumkan oleh Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pemilihan PAS, Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman. Mohamad meraih 420 undi bagi mengalahkan dua calon ulama - iaitu penyandangnya, Nasharudin Mat Isa (224 Undi) dan seorang lagi ulama disegani, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (399 Undi).
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Club to coach wives to be 'whores in bed'

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 04:15 AM PDT

The newly-launched Obedient Wives Club was formed to keep husbands from straying away from their wives and to even help coach wives on how to sexually satisfy their husbands. Its vice-president, Dr Rohaya Mohamad (left), said that for a man to be faithfully married to his wife, she must "be good in bed". "If the wives need our help we can train them on sexually satisfying positions. It is important to be a good sexual worker so that the husbands do not go to prostitutes," said Rohaya, who has served with the Health Ministry for 15 years and written speeches for former ministers Dr Chua Soi Lek and Chua Jui Meng. "We are an open organisation and will allow all races to come forward and seek our help to be obedient to their husbands. The club's slogan is 'Remain a virgin spiritually, mentally and physically'." Full story:
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Feedback on 'Why Muslim cultures lag behind"

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 04:26 AM PDT

Why Muslim cultures lag behind is bouncing around the blogosphere, garnering plenty of attention and plenty of eyeballs. 

Family Security Matters (here) has some good analysis, as well as constructive criticism of my work.  A brief quote:

The Jihad Watch article is correct and well-intentioned, but woefully lacking itself in explaining why the West has surpassed Islam. Without establishing the broader context of why and how innovation, "devotion," skilled labor and so on exist in the West but not in Muslim culture, the list seems wholly arbitrary. One could easily substitute "honesty," "diet" or "education" for any of the others, or simply add them to the list.

It's good that the article has managed to stimulate a lot of thinking and analysis.  Many minds thinking on a problem is precisely one of the net's strengths.

SMS dari Muktamar

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 03:28 AM PDT

Perkhidmatan SMS kini dari Mukatamar:

4/6 10:40 AM - Mat Sabu menang Timbalan Presiden. Nik Aziz pengsan diberitahui dropout pelajar Art&Design ITM menang.

Beberapa calun lain terperanjat. Nasarudin kunci diri dalam bilik air. Tuan Ibrahim umum akan bersara. Husam gigit jari dan dihantar ke HKL. Desas desus Nizar akan umum masuk DAP.

Obituary for PPP

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 03:03 AM PDT

My Uncle was so sad after reading a leaked WikiLeaks's cable, where US diplomats in Malaysia submitted a report to Foggy Bottom on the Perak political situation. In the report Power struggles in Perak, he saw with great dismay:

Perak had been a bastion of the ruling BN coalition since Malaysia's independence in 1957 until the March 2008 general election, when the opposition PR coalition stunned the BN and took control of the state government by winning 31 of 59 state assembly seats.

Within the PR, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) won 18 seats; the People's Justice Party (PKR) won 7 seats; and the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS) won 5 seats. Although the DAP earned more seats than their coalition partners combined, the position of Chief Minister went to PAS assemblyman Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin, because the Perak state constitution stipulates that only a Muslim can hold the position of Chief Minister (CM).

On the BN side, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) won 27 of their 28 seats while the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) took the remaining seat. Two other BN partners, the Malaysian Peoples Movement Party (Gerakan) and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), were all but rendered obsolete as neither won a single contested seat.

So, prior to the frog season, out of the 59 State seats, DAP won 18 seats, PKR 7, PAS actually 6 (not 5 as per the US report), UMNO 27, and MCA 1.

Forget about Gerakan and MIC wakakaka, but considering we are talking about Perak, who was missing?


Yes, the People's Progressive Party – none other than the Seenivasagam brothers' PPP.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about the
People's Progressive Party:

In 1969, as a strong opposition party, PPP was nearly able to form the Perak State Government, but fell short of just 2 seats in combination with the opposition to form the state assembly when 2 of its members crossed over. The success of PPP was mainly due to the Chinese vote, though many of the top leaders then were Indians.

My Uncle was sad because he was an ardent admirer of DR Seenivasagam, a man he described as the political King of Ipoh. He lamented that after DR passed away, SP, the elder but less astute brother fell for Tun Razak's invitation to be part of the Barisan Nasional. PPP joining the ruling coalition spelt its death knell.

Today the PPP is virtually non-existent, apart from a backdoor Senator-pretender (who frog-ied to MIC but, I believe, did not have his senatorial term extended). The 2008 general and state elections brought out that reality very clearly, and personally for my Uncle, poignantly.

Note the last line of the Wikipedia article, namely "The success of PPP was mainly due to the Chinese vote, though many of the top leaders then were Indians."

Yes, DR & SP Seenivasagam ruled Ipoh principally on overwhelming Chinese support. Hinraf, eat your bloody hearts out wakakaka.

No MCA or DAP bloke could have touched the Seenivasagam's, and that said something for the brother's popularity with Ipoh/Perak Chinese - it's not unlike Penang Chinese devotion for Karpal Singh.

The only reason DAP made some headway in Perak in 1969 was because of the loose pact between DAP, PPP and Gerakan, where obviously DAP was seen as an ally of PPP; even PAS agreed not to split the votes in an anti-Perikatan (Alliance) campaign in 1969.

And people say the Chinese are racists. But why did those Ipoh/Perak Chinese proved them wrong by supporting the PPP's Indian leaders in those days?

The secret lies in the Wikipedia article on PPP, where it states of the party then "It was hugely popular party upon inception, particularly due to the popularity of the brothers who spoke up for justice, equality and the common man."

Read this again:
"… the brothers ..... spoke up for justice, equality and the common man."

That's the f* secret.

Today the PPP is nothing more than an Indian-based party, with very little or even zero support from the Perak Chinese. Its power base in Perak has been taken over by the DAP, a party alleged by many in PKR wakakaka to be a sino-centric party.

But alas for those jealous detractors, DAP so happens to be a party which has the most number of Indian MPs and ADUNs, more than MIC and all Indian-based party combined could put together (if you wish, you can add PKR Indian members as well, including Gobala wakakaka).

Despite losing one Indian (Punjabi) ADUN some months ago due to the seasonal tadpole season, the DAP still has:

Karpal Singh, Professor Rama, Kula, Manogaran, Charles Santiago, Gobind Deo, John Fernandez, and

(in NS) S Veerapan, K Arumugum, P Gunasekaren, (in Penang) Professor Rama again, Jagdeep Singh, Tanasekharan, R Sanisvara Rayer, (in Perak) A Sivaesan, V Sivakumar. A Sivasubramaniam, (in Selangor) M Manoharan, and

Senator S Ramakrishnan - (DAP's other senator being Senator Tunku Aziz).

But all the above haven't ameliorated my Uncle's sadness at the lost glory of the Seenivasagam's party.

How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished! – 2 Samuel 1:27 (KJV)

PPP = Pathetic Pitiful Party

Pos Laju is a nuisance!

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 02:24 AM PDT

The biggest postal company in Malaysia. It has been corporatised, and the idea of corporatisation or privatisation is to improve its service on the back of better revenue and widespread operations.

However, Pos Laju - a courier service of Pos Malaysia - is not up to expectation, not just yet. Many complaints fell on deaf ears. Time and time again when customers bank their hope for fast delivery of their letters, document and packages, Pos Laju is not 'laju' in that sense.

I remember a Lat cartoon depicting Pos Laju logo with a tortoise instead of a bird some years ago. And I now I agree with him.

Such a big company, thousands of workers and a fleet of modern vehicles but its management is of third class quality. They couldnt be bothered if customers fail to have their packages delivered on time.

I am furious with their standard of service. It happened not once but several times. Latest was a package sent by a friend to me from Kota Bharu on Wednesday, and I have yet to receive it. A call to Pos Laju office got a rotten answer - Kelantan was on public holiday, and plus weekends in Kuala Lumpur, it is expected to arrive by Monday.

So, I lost a few thousand ringgit for not being able to deliver the document I promised someone today.

I wonder if Pos Laju runs its own flights, will the pilot jump or turn off the engine mid-air when the time enters a public holiday zone?

And of course, the Malays are running Pos Laju. Aware of how the Malay mentality is when it comes to business and customers, I regret it when the company fell into the wrong hands. We should have let the Chinese or the 'Mat Salleh' operates it...

So, is it wrong to hire other courier companies for a good job done?

To Pos Laju management, you people reall are the 'PKM'! Please translate that PKM into your own meaning...

At the PAS Muktamar

Posted: 03 Jun 2011 10:29 PM PDT

Former TV personality, Bob Lokman on his impressions of the 57th Muktamar.
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keruh di hulu, keruh di hilir

Posted: 04 Jun 2011 04:43 AM PDT

Dalam isu TNB dengan syarikat IPP dan perletakan jawatan Pengerusinya pada tahun 2006 dahulu merupakan bukti jelas berlakunya penyalah gunaan kuasa yang dilakukan oleh pucuk pimpinan semasa itu. TNB tentulah menyalahkan EPU yang memasukan elemen-elemen 'jahat' di dalam perjanjian itu. Jika kita tanya sesiapa yang mengetuai EPU semasa itu kita boleh andaikan jawapan yang akan diberikan kepada kita, iaitu, 'kami yang menurut perintah dan jangan salahkan kami'.

Kita memahami situasi yang dihadapi oleh mereka-mereka di dalam EPU itu. Tetapi Pengerusi TNB semasa itu Tan Sri Anie Arope tidak berdaya untuk kekal bertanggungjawab di dalam Lembaga Pengarah TNB dan mengambil tindakan meletakan jawatan kerana tidak bersetuju dengan 'paksaan' yang diberikan kepada TNB untuk menerima sahaja kemahuan syarikat IPP itu melalui EPU yang akhirnya terpaksa menurut perintah 'political boss'nya yang bersemayam di Sri Perdana.

Tindakan TS Ani Arope itu mesti kita pandang sebagai satu manifestasi seorang yang bertanggungjawab yang tidak mahu bersekongkol dengan kerja yang boleh dita'rifkan sebagai pembohongan kepada rakyat jelata. Sejak perletakan jawatan sebagai Pengerusi Lembaga Jemaah Pengarah syarikat berprestij itu beliau menyendiri dan tidak nampak lagi bergiat dalam mana-mana organisasi yang melibatkan rakyat ramai.

Saya hanya mendengar sedikit rungutan yang tidak didengari oleh ramai yang beliau kecewa melihat sikap pemimpin utama negara memberikan keistimewaan kepada rakan-rakannya untuk 'menyapu' licin sebuah badan yang mempunyai kepentingan rakyat seperti TNB itu. Sikap mengambil keputusan untuk memberikan keistimewaan kepada rakan-rakan karib dari kepentingan rakyat begitu nyata semasa pentadbiran pemimpin ini. Inilah zamannya dalam mana budaya 'cronyism' bercambah dan tidak lagi mampu dikawal sehinga ke hari ini.

Tan Sri Ani adalah contoh seorang yang tidak dibenarkan untuk menjaga kepentingan orang ramai; hanya untuk diarah menjaga kepentingan rakan-rakan karib pucuk pimpinan negara. Keadaan ini bukan sahaja berlaku di TNB tetapi berlaku di banyak badab-badan dan agensi kerajaan yang lain. Menjaga kepentingan ramai merupakan kesalahan besar. Yang selamat dengan jawatan dan tugasan masing-masing hanyalah mereka yang menjaga kepentingan peribadi serta membentuk budaya 'cronyism' yang menebal. Akhirnya pucuk pimpinan akan hanya mementingkan sahabat-sahabat dan rakan karib sahaja melebihi dari kepenting rakyat ramai.

Saya percaya dari masa ke semasa nanti rakyat akan tahu satu demi satu isu yang sama berlaku dimana-mana. Akhirnya semua di antara kita akan memahami hakikat yang kemelesetan cara hidup dan politik negara kita disebabkan oleh keadaan masa lalu.

Bak kata perpatah, 'keruh air di hulu keruhlah air di hilir.'

Mat Sabu Wins PAS No 2, Professionals Sweep Exco - By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani.

Posted: 03 Jun 2011 11:35 PM PDT

Popular PAS leader Mohamad Sabu has won the party deputy presidency with 420 votes, leading a group of progressive leaders to counter conservatives who prefer to link up with Umno.

The Penang-born Mohamad defeated incumbent Nahsarudin Mat Isa who received only 224 votes and vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man who came second with 399 votes. A total of 1,100 delegates voted in this year's party elections.

In the vice-presidential race, incumbent Salahuddin Ayub took top spot with 753 votes, Datuk Husam Musa was second with 660 votes while another incumbent Datuk Mahfuz Omar kept his post with 616 votes.

The losers were information chief Idris Ahmad with 491 votes, Kelantan exco member Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah with 321 votes and former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin with 217 votes.

Party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was returned unopposed for the fifth term in the elections.

More than two-thirds of the 18 places in the central working committee was also taken by the professionals, who were among the 53 candidates contesting the seats.

The new central working committee are Anak chairman Mazlan Aliman who received the most votes with 804 followed by Dr Hatta Ramli (765), Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (739), PAS lawyer Hanipa Maidin (735), Kedah Mentri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak (721), Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (702), Parit Buntar MP Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (651), Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad (643), Abdul Ghani Shamsuddin (579), Amiruddin Hamzah (576), Kuala Terengganu MP Abdul Wahid Endut (556), Datuk Abu Bakar Chik (527), Kelantan exco member Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah (470), Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed from Johor (449), Kota Raja MP and Muslimat deputy chief Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (445), Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali (437), Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman (430) and former Muslimat chief Nuridah Salleh (416).

Sources had already told The Malaysian Insider that Mohamad won the deputy presidency but had to wait for official results for confirmation.

Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, was contesting the post for the second straight time against the three-term deputy president, who together with Tuan Ibrahim, are seen as leaders from the ulama or scholars' group.

The three-cornered contest was billed as a contest between the party's conservative ulama faction and the professionals (dubbed the Erdogans in a reference to progressive Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan).

The Erdogans are also called the "Anwarites" because of their support for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who wields influence in PAS through his preaching of pragmatic Islam and moderation, along with support from PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

The Erdogans and the ulamas are considered two different perspectives of PAS as a party.

In the last PAS election in June 2009, it was also three-way contest with Husam carrying the main assault against Nasharudin and came near to unseating him, before losing by 199 votes.

Nasarudin polled 480 votes to defeat Husam, who polled 281, and Mat Sabu who came in a third with 261 votes.

Nasharudin, a university lecturer, has held the deputy presidency since 2005 and is said to have fallen out of favour with the grassroots after having been accused of pushing for Umno-PAS unity talks.

The subject of unity talks between PAS and Umno had dominated the 2009 PAS muktamar, which saw a number of leaders keen on exploring talks with Umno emerge as big winners.

More recently, top PAS and Umno leadership met at a Christmas Eve dinner, hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong last year, during which the subject of Malay unity was broached once again.

Mohamad has promised that he would focus on three key areas — counter Umno-Barisan Nasional's (BN) propaganda on how Malay interests would be in jeopardy should Pakatan Rakyat assume federal power, push efforts for PAS to get more non-Malay support and develop a more aggressive plan for PAS to replace Umno.

Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider

At the PAS Muktama

Posted: 03 Jun 2011 08:27 PM PDT

Former TV personality, Bob Lokman on his impressions of the 57th Muktama
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