Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Kalau Barisan Alternatif Menang, Anwar Ibrahim lah Perdana Menteri"

"Kalau Barisan Alternatif Menang, Anwar Ibrahim lah Perdana Menteri"


"Kalau Barisan Alternatif Menang, Anwar Ibrahim lah Perdana Menteri"

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 02:04 PM PDT

Rupanya sokongan dan dokongan kepada Anwar Ibrahim itu datangnya dari Arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor sendiri.

Seluruh kepimpinan PAS yang ada sekarang dan yang lepas sememangnya mengetahui amanat Ustaz Fadzil Nor ini.

Sememangnya Ustaz Fadzil Nor telah menyatakan perkara ini kepada umum dan tiada siapa di dalam PAS yang menolaknya pada masa itu.

Tapi, tetiba dalam pemilihan 2009, golongan yang berpegang dengan amanah Ustaz Fadzil ini digelar sebagai Anwariyun dan wala' kepada Anwar, tidak wala' pada Presiden dan sebagainya.

Jelasnya, mereka yang menggelarkan diri mereka "ulama" ini adalah penentang kepada amanah Ustaz Fadzil hanya kerana mereka mahu PAS bersama dengan UMNO dalam satu barisan atas dasar Perpaduang Melayu.

Syukur barisan kepimpinan PAS yang ada sekarang adalah mereka yang mahu meneruskan warisan serta amanah Allahyarham Ustaz Fadzil Nor


Tulang Besi

ps Anwar tubuh PArti Keadilan Nasional pun atas nasihat Allahyarham Ustaz Fadzil Nor. Asalnya Anwar nak masuk PAS. Tak percaya tanya Annuar Tahir




Keat Hwa: The making of 'Only Us'

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 03:48 AM PDT

Keat Hwa(吉华)is a well known school in the city of Alor Setar, Kedah. Currently, Keat Hwa consists total of 6 schools; three primary schools: Keat Hwa (H),Keat Hwa (K) and Keat Hwa (S), two secondary schools: Keat Hwa 1 and Keat Hwa 2, and one private secondary school, Keat Hwa (P). This year, Keat Hwa will celebrate its 100 years of existence. A centenary celebration committee had been setup under the Keat Hwa Alumni Organization and had its official launching on 31st December 2008. For this anniversary, a series of celebration will be organized the whole year, culminating with events from 28th till 31st July 2011. The celebrations include a music concert by ex-Keat Hwa students who are well known in the entertainment field, a Teachers day celebration with the participation of 6 schools, publication of books written by ex-Keat Hwa students, grand parade during the peak celebration, a grand dinner which the organisers expecting to bring 2500 people together and all sorts of Chinese traditional cultural activities. One of the most attention-catching events, is the release of the song album for Keat Hwa Centenary Celebration. The Keat Hwa Centenary Song Album consists of seven songs. All the songs have been composed and produced by ex-Keat Hwa students from all over place either in the country or overseas. The purpose of the album is to bring up the spirit of Keat Hwa Centenary Celebration and to attract more Keat Hwa students and ex-students to participate in the <b>...</b>
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UMNO/BN Bloggers “Not up to Scratch..??”"

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 07:37 AM PDT

This article by Bernama and it relates to what Vice President Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi has said. Basically,there are some HOME TRUTHS. From what we gathered there are too many who are looking at numbers and how much HITS they can get instead of getting to the real issues of "ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ENEMY" 

Technically no doubt mosts of them are gifted but when it comes to the real issues at hand they are not looking through the eys of the politicians nor the public at large. On a number of occasions they drifted so far away from what counts as turning support into votes and many political secretaries/boys have to take the time and effort to guide them through and get them back on track.

MOSTS BLOGGERS ARE TOO EGOCENTRIC….

Some think their articles or spins are worth so much that they are have become mercenaries. They have veared from their original focus point to assist the political parties of their choice and instead have become liabilities to their political masters. Discipline and following the rules are no more in their vocalbury.

 Of course,Zahid will not want to go into the details and if he does he will be in for a rough ride and will not know how and WHAT HIT him. The number of unlisted and independant bloggers have surged eversince 308. Pakatan took it to BN then and now BN is fighting back to capture cyberspace but at a very heavy costs. The UMB of the political parties are not only fighting Pakatan but also the enemy from within.  

Their ears are like satellite links and their eyes are watching and connecting to your heartbeat. Ask any UMB BN blogger and they will have the same story to tell you. There will hold back and have reservations no doubt as they are so afraid to be cut off from the main team.

There is no HOLE where they cannot reach and they will try whatever to get their article to be so far fetched or believable to earn respect from their peers in the cyber world.

MOST HAVE LOST THEIR TOUCH POINTS.

Read below and let your brains dissect it to FIT who you are and where it will TAKE YOU….Oooh I say some can't even understand English..Soon they will misquote this article and time to bash,bash and bash. 

REALITY HURTS>>>>>>Oooh Ah..

 BENTONG 12 Jun — UMNO perlu mewujudkan "unit tempur siber" yang lebih bersistematik dan mantap bagi menangani isu-isu yang dibangkitkan pembangkang dalam alam siber.

Naib Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata, unit tempur siber parti ketika ini dilihat tidak memberikan perincian serta penghayatan pada sesuatu isu sehingga gagal menyampaikan maklumat kepada kumpulan sasar.

Malah, katanya, unit berkenaan juga selalu kalah dalam menjawab isu-isu yang dibangkitkan pembangkang dalam media baru itu.

"Berbanding pembangkang, mereka (unit siber) dikumpulkan dan mengupas isu mengikut tafsiran masing-masing yang kebanyakannya menjurus ke arah membelasah kerajaan.

"Padahal kita ada kumpulan yang lebih besar tetapi mungkin satu unit tempur siber yang bersistematik perlu diwujudkan bagi membalas segala serangan," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan persidangan perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Bentong di sini, hari ini. – Bernama


Another one for Kongsamkok

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 06:39 AM PDT

I have just posted another strange tale over at KTemoc Kongsamkok, my other blog, titled Monkey.


Dato Dr Hassan Ali korban pertama Kabinet Perang PAS ~ Salam Takziah!

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 09:31 AM PDT

Salam Takziah saya ucapkan kepada Dato Dr Hassan Ali yang dipecat dari kedudukan beliau selaku Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor pasca Muktamar PAS 2011 baru baru ini.


Korban pertama sesudah PAS selesai bermuktamar dan mereka menggugurkan matlamat asal parti untuk memperjuangkan agenda penubuhan negara Islam dibumi Malaysia ini.


Pemecatan Dato Dr Hassan Ali adalah sesuatu yang kebanyakan kita menjangka setelah beliau gagal untuk mengekang Kerajaan Pakatan DAP-PKR-PAS Selangor untuk membanteras penjualan arak didalam negeri Selangor Darul Ehsan yang ditentang dengan sebegitu keras oleh Exco Kerajaan Tempatan DAP Ronnie Liu.


Maka pemecatan Dato Hassan Ali sudah memang menjadi ramalan rata rata pemerhati politik bila pucuk pimpinan PAS Pusat tidak lagi diterajui para ulamak.


'Groundswell' ini sememangnya menunjukkan perubahan dasar PAS didalam percubaan untuk merampas kuasa di peringkat kerajaan pusat di Putrajaya andainya kebanyakan para pengundi Malaysia termakan umpan janji janji manis mereka dengan DAP dan PKR didalam PRU ke 13 akan datang?


Siapa pula selepas Hassan Ali? Apakah Timbalan Mursyidul AM PAS Al Fadhil Tuan Guru Prof Dato Dr.Harun Din pula?


Prof Dato Dr Harun Din merupakan diantara barisan kepimpinan ulama PAS yang kadangkala melawan arus dan tidak mudah menggadaikan prinsip beliau didalam memperjuangkan penubuhan sebuah Negara Islam didalam Malaysia sekian lama ini.


Beliau terbukti tidak mudah berganjak dari pegangan beliau bahawa tanahair ini semestinya dibawah sebuah Kerajaan Islam sesuai dengan takrif bahawa setiap Melayu itu beragama Islam dan kehidupan orang orang Melayu mesti berteraskan Syariat Islam. 


Mana ada pemimpin PAS lain yang sebegitu istiqomah dengan perjuangan untuk menubuhkan Daulah Islamiyyah Malaysia seperti Prof Dato Dr Harun Din?


Semoga Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala memelihara Tuan Guru Prof Dato Dr Harun Din dari hasad dengki dan khianat puak puak pencacai penurut perintah DAP dan PKR didalam PAS.


Amin. Ya Rabbal Alamin. 


Sementara itu bersama sama lah kita melihat perkembangan seterusnya didalam drama politik tanahair kita ini.


Sayang seribu kali sayang, demi pangkat dan kedudukan, manusia sanggup lakukan apa sahaja termasuk menggadaikan matlamat menuju keredhaan Allah!


Pakatan Rakyat, kini NS pula menjadi fokusnya

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 07:10 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat sedang mengintai peluang untuk memenangi kerusi-kerusi tambahan di Negeri Sembilan. Ketua Umum PKR, Anwar telah melakukan lawatan ke Negeri Sembilan untuk memperkuatkan usaha PKR menambah kerusi di dalam PRU yang akan datang ini. PAS juga jika mendapat kerusi tambahan PR Negeri Sembilan merasakan yang komponen PR akan berjaya memenangi pilihanraya yang akan datang ini.

Setakat ini BN sedang diwakili oleh 21 kerusi dan PR mempunyai 15 kerusi. Jika dibuat perkiraan PR hanya memerlukan 4 kerusi lagi untuk memenangi pilihanraya ini untuk mengambil alih kerajaan Negeri Sembilan. DAP hanya kalah di Chennah di dalam pilihanraya yang lalu tetapi memenangi kesemua 10 kerusi yang lain. PKR telah memenangi 4 kerusi dan PAS memenangi 1 kerusi. Jika kelima belas kerusi ini masih mampu dikekalkan oleh PR maka PR hanya memerlukan 4 kerusi lagi untuk membentuk sebuah kerajaan dengan 'simple majority'.

DAP seperti juga di mana-mana kerusi di bandar-bandar parti itu tidak mempunyai masalah untuk memenanginya. Malahan Chennah yang satu-satunya kerusi yang dimenangi oleh MCA akan jatuh ketangan DAP jika ada calun Melayu diletakan di kawasan itu. UMNO di kawasan ini juga berpecahan diantara Ketua Bahagian Rais Yatim dengan beberapa ADUN yang ada dalam kawasan itu. Rais di katakan tidak lagi mempunyai pengaruh seperti dahulu kerana orang Jelebu inginkan muka baru dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang ini.

Banyak pemerhati politik yang menghubungi saya tetap mengatakan yang DUN Pilah akan dimenangi oleh PR kerana perpecahan di dalam UMNO dan pimpinan tempatan selain dari kelemahan ADUN kawasan itu sekarang. Ketua UMNO Bahagian itu dikatakan tidak berkemampuan untuk menyatukan pemimpin-pemimpin tempatan kerana beliau hanya menumpukan perhatian terhadap kontraktor-kontraktor tempatan yang menguasai barisan kepimpinan Bahagian tersebut.

Kawasan DUN Kelawang, Lenggeng, Linggi dan beberpa Kawasan lain seperti Jeram Padang merupakan idaman PR dan tidak terkejut jika PR boleh menembusi kawasan ini dengan adanya perasaan tidak berpuas hati dengan UMNO dan kepimpinan UMNO Negeri Sembilan pada hari ini. Di Dalam pilihanraya yang lepas BN diselamatkan kedudukannya oleh kawasan-kawasan yang mempunyai peneroka FELDA. Harus difahami bahawa NS mempunyai kawasan FELDA yang luas sekali selain dari Pahang dan Johor.

Kalaulah tidak ada kawasan FELDA yang banyak di Negeri Sembilan setengah pihak berpendapat N Sembilan memang kepunyaan PR secara mutlak di dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang ini.

Di Negeri Sembilan kata ramai orang yang menghubungi saya, keadaan memang 50/50 dan pengundi di atas pagar 'can go either way'. Ianya bergantung kepada sejauh mana usaha PR berjaya menembusi kubu UMNO dan juga bagaimana UMNO bertindak menyelesaikan keadaan di Negeri Sembilan yang agak lemah kepimpinannya. Jika benar yang dirungutkan oleh rakyat ramai terhadap MBnya, saya rasakan menggantikan beliau dengan seorang pemimpin yang lain adalah jalan yang terbaik untuk dilakukan oleh UMNO. Sesungguhnya satu persoalan yang ada dalam setiap pilihanraya ialah, siapa yang akan menjadi MB selepas sahaja pilihanraya nanti? Ramai orang berpendapat Mohamad tidak boleh menjadi jawapan kepada masalah itu, kerana Mohamad adalah isu yang besar kepada pengundi-pengundi di negeri adat ini.

Mohamad Hasan tidak berkemampuan untuk mendapatkan kerjasama yang kuat dari kepimpinan Bahagian-bahagian UMNO dari Negeri Sembilan dan ini merupakan kekurangan yang sangat jelas menjadi penghalang kepada kemampuan UMNO untuk bertahan. Mohamad telah tewas di dalam pertandingan MKT kerana tidak di dukong oleh perwakilan dari NS sendiri. Malahan kedengaran 'soksek-soksek' dari pemimpin-pemimpin bahagian-bahagian NS tentang Mohamad dan ini amat membahayakan prestasi UMNO di dalam PRU nanti.

Kali ini tidak ada cukup masa dan ruang untuk menyatakan sebab-sebab kenapa Mohamad tidak mendapat kerjasama pimpinan-pimpinan UMNO bahagian. Elok dinyatakan di dalam posting-posting yang akan datang untuk mengetahui sebab yang menyebabkan MB ini tidak mungkin berjaya mempertahankan Negeri Sembilan di dalam PRU nanti jika beliau masih tidak mendapat sokongan padu dari pimpinan bahagian-bahagian di NS.

Seperti juga di negeri-negeri lain, NS juga tidak dapat lari dari isu nasional yang boleh menjejaskan prestasi UMNO yang sudah sedia terjejas di NS. PR akan memainkan isu 'bread and butter' kerana ini menyentuh naluri rakyat yang sudah sedia susah. Kenaikan harga bahan mentah seperti harga getah tidak boleh di jadikan isu yang menambah prestasi parti pemerintah.

Isu rasuah dan salah guna kuasa tetap menjadi isu pokok di dalam kempen pilihanraya dan ini merupakan isu nasional yang sangat mudah diterima oleh rakyat yang mengundi. Di tambah pula dengan ketiadaan kegiatan di cawangan UMNO sejak beberapa tahun yang lalu menyebabkan UMNO di rasakan amat jauh dari pandangan rakyat. Keadaan ini dirasakan di mana-mana di seluruh negara.

Dalam pada itu beberapa pemimpin bahagian telah memberitahu yang Mohamad masih merayu untuk kekal satu penggal lagi sabagai MB NS. Dalam isu ini ada beberapa perkara yang harus dipertimbangkan sebelum mengambil apa-apa keputusan berhubung dengan siapa yang bakal menerajui kerajaan NS.

Tentunya persoalan siapa yang akan menjadi MB penggal yang akan datang adalah persoalan yang lazim kerana siapa yang akan memegang jawatan yang penting itu boleh mempengaruhi sokongan rakyat di dalam PRU itu nanti. Mohamad sudah pasti wajar diganti. Tetapi persoalan lain pula yang timbul. Jika Mohamad dialih dan dianjak, siapa pula yang akan menggantikan beliau yang agak 'viable'?

Di dalam pilihanraya yang lalu 50 peratus dari penyandang ADUN telah diganti oleh Mohamad dan kebanyakkan yang diganti merupakan mereka yang secara relatifnya lebih lemah dari mereka yang dikekalkan. Tindakan Mohamad menggantikan ramai yang berpontensi itu tentulah didasarkan kepada politik peribadi beliau sendiri. Ramai pemimpin-pemimpin yang mendapat sambutan ramai dihindar oleh Mohamad untuk dijadikan calun. Mohamad lebih cenderung untuk mengambil mereka yang tidak berkemampuan untuk melaksanakan tugas dan dijadikan Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan pula.

Itu sebabnya kerajaan Negeri Sembilan mengikut pandangan orang ramai di bawah merupakan satu kerajaan yang lemah dan tidak berkemampuan. Dengan barisan Exco yang ada ianya hanya menampakan Mohamad sahaja yang celik dan yang lainnya hanyalah dijadikan sebagai 'yes man' semata-mata. Mohamad kekurangan sisik politik kerana beliau merupakan seorang ahli korporat.

Itu sebabnya beliau merasakan beliau adalah pemimpin yang datang dari 'paradise' dan dengan mudah sahaja beliau memandang rendah pada pemimpin lain yang ada di sekeliling beliau. Itu sebabnya kita mendengar ayat-ayat yang melambangkan sifat sombong beliau seperti orang itu dan orang ini tidak 'mendalamkan air'. Hanya beliau sahaja yang boleh mendalamkan air. Orang lain semuanya bodoh dan tolol pada pandangan beliau. Memang benar kata orang tua-tua dahulu, 'kerana mulut badan binasa'.

Saya menyebut ini kerana perkataan seperti ini tidak sepatutnya keluar dari mana-mana pemimpin apatah lagi jika perkataan itu di dengar oleh mereka yang mempunyi asas adab dan adat. Walau bagaimanapun beliau telah berjaya meletakan diri beliau sebagai pemimpin yang tidak boleh dialih dan dianjak kerana beliau telah membuat persediaan dengan menurunkan calun-calun 'lame-duck' di dalam pilihanraya umum yang lalu.

Samada calun-calun pilihan beliau itu mampu untuk bertahan di dalam PRU yang akan datang sama-samalah kita lihat. Tugas kita ialah untuk memberikan kemenangan kepada mereka walaupun kita tahu meletakan kembali calun-calun pilihan beliau itu merupakan risiko yang amat berat untuk dipikul oleh pekerja-pekerja dan pembantu pilihanraya itu nanti.

PR di sebelah sana bijak menggunakan isu-isu tempatan ini. Isu kemampuan Mohamad sebagai MB merupakan isu yang begitu laris dan nampaknya diterima oleh rakyat semua kaum. Isu dan slogan 'welfare state' anjuran PAS juga telah menunjukan banyak respon yang positif bagi parti itu. Itulah sebabnya pemimpin UMNO tidak berhenti-henti memainkan isu perubahan wadah PAS itu setiap hari dan waktu.

Isu yang dibawa oleh PAS ini merupakan isu yang 'islamic' dan ianya tidak lari dari asas memperjuangkan islam itu. Hanya pihak yang merasakan ketakutan sahaja yang akan terus menggunakan isu ini terhadap PAS. Bagi PAS isu yang dimainkan terhadap mereka ini tidak membuatkan mereka mengelabah kerana bidasan terhadap parti itu memang lumrah sejak parti itu wujud dahulu.

Malahan jika ada pihak yang membidas parti itu tentang isu ini ianya akan menambah keyakinan ramai terhadap parti itu kerana rakyat beranggapan jika PAS dikatakan tidak baik itulah sebenarnya yang baik. Ini merupakan perang psikologi UMNO yang sentiasa gagal. Jika buruk kata pemimpin kita terhadap PAS rakyat akan mengambil persepsi sebagai baik.

Isu negara berkebajikan ini setidak-tidaknya akan membawa peralihan atau 'swing' terhadap sokongan rakyat terhadap PAS dan ianya sudah pasti memberikan impak yang lebih terhadap kaum bukan Melayu. Dalam piliharaya yang lepas BN telah mendapat 52 peratus sokongan dan PR pula mendapat 48 peratus dari 1.02 juta rakyat NS.

Bagaimana pucuk pimpin untuk melakukan perubahan di NS hanya Tuhan sahaja yang tahu. Kepada pucuk pimpinan, pandai-pandailah membuat pertimbangan yang boleh meletakan BN di NS dengan seimbang untuk mencari 'point of reconciliation' di antara mengekalkan Mohamad dan menggantikan beliau di dalam pilihanraya nanti.

Jika tersalah langkah bersedialah kita untuk hidup di bawah pentadbiran baru yang belum tentu buruknya. PR telah mempunyai pengalaman memerintah dan prestasinya tidak pula banyak kekurangannya. Melayu, Cina India nampaknya berpuas hati di Pulau Pinang, Kedah, Selangor dan Kelantan.

Hanya kita di dalam BN yang menafikannya kerana kepentingan politik kita. Saya faham memang perit untuk menerima hakikat yang kemampuan kita bukan tidak boleh di gugat oleh pihak lain. Saya pun merasakan keperitannya tetapi sebagai sebuah negara yang demokratik apa pun kehendak rakyat mesti kita turuti.

Tentunya ramai yang marah dengan pandangan saya ini, tetapi apakan daya, saya ini seorang yang lemah dan tidak mampu menolak hakikat yang benar yang berlaku di hadapan mata kita.

That's it.


Adakah Nik Aziz akan dikafirkan Hadi?

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 02:30 AM PDT


Main-main you.

Husam kata orang Kelantan terawal masuk syurga. Hampir sama dengan Rasulullah. Tak respek langsung, orang Terengganu.

Adakah Nik Aziz akan kafirkan Hadi atau Ahmad Said?

Atau negara kebajikan sudah tidak boleh kafirkan orang? Jadikan anak welfare kot ...

Wow! Husin suka Kelantan kalah. Masih teringat perangai buruk dulu.


'Pakatan got buku jingga, Umno got sex, sex, sex...'

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 01:07 AM PDT

Note: Audio Only If there was any speculation that a dip in support for Pakatan Rakyat was prevalent in Kedah, it was not obvious in last night's fund raising dinner in Alor Setar. The Dewan Bandaraya hall in the heart of town was so packed that the two tables for journalists had to be pushed to the far end of the room, where listening to the speakers became a daunting task. www.malaysiakini.com
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Dr Lim Teck Ghee, director of CPI, set the tone for discussion at BUM2011

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 11:42 PM PDT

Can bloggers be in solidarity with the media?

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Written by Dr Lim Teck GheeSunday, 12 June 2011 07:45

CPI Writings

bum-speechIn Malaysia, bloggers have been engaged in a battle to correct the spinning and political bias which has become part of the normal business and deep culture of the media. Since Independence, the majority of the media has been a willing partner in the Barisan Nasional's one overriding pursuit: that of self-promotion, self aggrandizement and opportunism. In the process, the old media has contributed to the corruption, injustice and bad governance that are the hallmarks of BN rule, especially during Dr Mahathir's administration and continuing today.

The reason why journalistic ethics and principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability are in short supply is not difficult to fathom. When these qualities do exist especially amongst younger and idealistic media practitioners, the calls from the Home Affairs Ministry, Special Branch, and the political bosses are quickly there to remind them of the Printing Presses and Publications Act; the ISA; the Sedition Act; and the major roadblocks to career advancement should they offend the authorities with their writing.

We salute the journalists and media practitioners who have retained their integrity and want to get the truth out to the public. We salute Saudara Hata Wahari for his stand on not just mouthing the rhetoric of compliance with journalistic ethics and good practice but on practicing them and in pushing his colleagues to higher standards. Shortly after being elected NUJ president last September, Saudara Hata called on "all mainstream journalists, especially of Utusan Malaysia, the New Straits Times, Berita Harian and The Star to return to their true function as deliverers of objective information to the public, and not as tools of propaganda for the government, or any political party or individual, for their personal gain." He has paid the price for standing up for his principles but let not his sacking be in vain.

On the possibility of not being used as tools of propaganda for the government, I have little faith that the old media is capable of the change to an honest and truthful profession on their own volition. Too many have "been kissing up to the regime" – and have been too well paid off for them to be able to make that change. With the death signs of the old regime increasingly visible, the mainstream media are acting as the cheerleaders and fear leaders of the government with an increasing vengeance – hence the frenzied playing of the racial and religious card by certain papers.

Change will eventually come but it will not happen on its own accord. It will happen though if we have a more conscientized and engaged public joining in the fight for media freedom. Bloggers have a key role to play in this 'reclaiming the media' and 'restoring dignity and respect' exercise.

Today, we see a superheated and hotly contested political environment which needs truthful reporting and analysis more than ever. Bloggers can provide that fair and objective analysis because they are generally their own masters. The great majority of activist bloggers have taken to blogging not because they are paid to do it but because of disenchantment with the system and the desire to share with fellow Malaysians their ideas on how to bring change to the country.

How long can this idealism last? A recent study of motivations for blogging in the United States provides guidance. The researchers found the three strongest initial motivations for blogging — "to let off steam," "to keep track of your thoughts" and "to formulate new ideas" — were all based on the bloggers' personal emotional or intellectual needs. In our case in Malaysia, it has been mainly a response to perceived injustices and the bad governance of the establishment that have pushed bloggers to put aside their time and resources to write. For most, it is a solitary undertaking with few rewards except the emotional and intellectual satisfaction that comes with exposing abuses.

But when asked why they're blogging today, those three foundational motivations either decreased in importance or increased very slightly. In contrast, the extrinsic motivations — notions such as "to serve as a political watchdog" and "to influence public opinion" — saw significant and sizable increases.

"As they continued to blog, and their blog posts reached wider audiences, they realized they could extend influence out to their audience, the media and political parties," the researchers write (see http://www.miller-mccune.com/media/why-blog-to-change-the-world-and-blow-off-steam-7303/). While their initial motivations did not fade away, this newfound influence provided additional motivation, leading these bloggers to be even more enthusiastic about what they do.

What has been noted in the US is also happening in Malaysia. Reaching out to the larger public and acting as a political watchdog are natural developments. In the process, bloggers have also built a community of bloggers and supporters who share similar values and ideologies – at least in terms of the need to protect and widen the space for democratic values and expression. This community is a precious seedling in Malaysia. It needs nurturing and patience especially since there will be strenuous efforts to divide and destroy the community. Make no mistake about it – winning the internet war has been the priority of the BN since March 2008 – and they will engage in whatever trickery necessary.

For the internet to be free and for the community of activist bloggers to continue as leaders against spinning, fear mongering and outright lies, the community will have to close ranks. Sometimes though, bloggers are their worst enemies in their rush to quick judgment especially in relation to those within the community.

With regard to this negative tendency of turning against their fellow activist bloggers, I have full confidence that Raja Petra Kamarudin has not cut a deal with the government on coming back to Malaysia and nor has he sold out on his principles. Knowing this man personally – more important – going by his record of standing in the frontline in fighting for truth, justice and good governance, it is a sorry reflection of the state of our bloggers' community and mindset that so many have jumped onto the bandwagon of criticism against RPK for giving the interview to TV3.

We can fault him on the timing of the interview; we can contest him on what he disclosed or failed to disclose; we can reject his critical views on the opposition but let's not question his integrity and his commitment to a just and better Malaysia. In his campaign for transparency, accountability and justice, and his whistle-blowing on corruption, racism and money politics, RPK exemplifies the best of blogging activism: independent, idealistic, unwavering and telling it as it is. RPK literally puts his life on the line with every major column he writes exposing what no one else dares to put out in print. Let's recognize and appreciate his service to the nation.

Know your friends from your foes; close ranks and go back to the basics which are to focus on the priority problems and issues in the country, and expose and bring down bad governance, wherever that may emanate. This should be the bloggers' creed for our tumultuous times.

The above is a summary of Dr Lim's speech to the Bloggers' Universe Malaysia (BUM) forum, delivered on June 11, 2011.


Islamic State Bluff ~ Neither UMNO or PAS were really serious about it!

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 02:26 AM PDT

Karpal Singh needs not fret and lose sleep about the probability of an Islamic State from ever being set up here in Malaysia.

It will never happen.

The Malay Sultans will never have it in them to sign such laws into replacing the British Colonials legacy that we have in the form of the Federal Constitution. 

Neither will the ruling BN Federal Government do so or the Opposition Pact if they ever come into power in Putrajaya change our Constitution to be that of the Syariah.

The reality that the Malays of this land do not really have the guts or the strength of faith to really impose and implement the true Syariah Laws of Allah is on record historically.

Power corrupts. 

Absolute power even more so.

Worldly pursuits and extravagance gets into everyone. More so when we take into account the way the Malay Royalty get to enjoy life without having to give up on a hedonistic lifestyle where their every whim and fancy is catered to by an ever condescending federal government who in return also get to feather their individual nests to the max.

The losers?

All those who postulate before the titled ones and live on the meager scraps and bits thrown their way by the lords and masters masquerading as those who serve the people when in reality it is the total opposite.

Even PAS have abandoned their Islamic State agenda as witnessed in their recent party convention where their President Abdul Hadi Awang stressed that the party now intends to set up a welfare state in place of their former stand.

So, we have to accept the reality that whatever dreams most Malaysian Muslims had of living under the Syariah is now proven that it will remain just that! A dream.

Karpal Singh the DAP Chairman has prevailed over PAS by getting them to abandon their objective of setting up an Islamic State all these while.

What was their battle cry of establishing an 'Islamic State' at all costs is now reduced to a mere whimper of selecting a 'Welfare State' to appease their DAP and PKR masters.

Its true.

The DAP and PKR are the ones who really call the shots in the Opposition Pact. 

PAS are not allowed to pursue their original objective for the DAP have very vehemently and consistently opposed the idea of having the Syariah to prevail over the Civil Laws here in Malaysia.

Thus, it comes as no surprise to me in seeing PAS buckle under the onslaught of DAP and PKR's demands that the 'Islamic' party give up on their party's main objective and turn it around to be that of a 'welfare state'.

Don't even dream of the Malay Royals to come to the rescue as far as the aspirations of most Malaysian Muslims are to be able or allowed to live under the true Syariah Laws of Islam.

That my dear fellow Malaysians will forever be just that. A dream.

My suggestion is simply this. Each and every Muslim just live our lives as per what the Al Quran of Almighty Allah and Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam demands of us.

I have given up of seeing the Syariah to prevail over us in my lifetime. I don't know about what tomorrow brings?

All I can hope and pray for is that the Malays of Malaysia will not lose their birthrights to rule over their motherland to eventually disappear over the coming years like what has happened to the Champa Malays, Siamese Malays and other Malay people in this South East Asian region!

Envy and political conniving amongst the Malays of Malaysia is the root cause that causes them to stab each other in their backs whilst pretending to be united as a Malaysian people.

I myself became a victim of such treachery recently when I was asked to choose between my job as a Communications Director of a recently launched WebTV or remain as Mahaguru58 the MBA Blogger?

I was given an ultimatum by the one calling the shots there because he couldn't stomach my criticizing the Malay Royalty and the ruling government through my blog here. 

So I chose to remain as Mahaguru58 to fulfill my promise to Allahu Ta'ala that I will spend the rest of my remaining life to His Cause and uphold the Truth and Justice of Islam!

I write based on the realities of our life here in Malaysia and base my viewpoints on facts not fiction. 

I can't for the life of me decide for others or to force anyone to see things as they are for some choose to remain as subservient minions of those in power and not be true servants of Almighty Allah as they should! To each their own!

The Islamic State clarion call is nothing but just a bluff by both UMNO and PAS. The rest don't even come into the picture for it is either of these two Malay dominated political parties who can really make that happen!

I also do not see the Malay Royals rising up to the occasion of making Malaysia a truly Islamic State as we all once wished for?

Malaysia is now officially a 'Dalcha Nation'. Where everything and anything goes!

No matter what anyone says or states otherwise, we are damned to remain so unless those who are empowered to decide otherwise comes to prove me wrong!

I would very much welcome that! So, here I am challenging all those concerned to do just that!

Uphold Islam in the real sense of the word and not continue to bluff us forever!

The way things are happening today in this country, we who are Muslims have now lost any hope of seeing Islamic Syariah Laws to be really upheld and implemented in the real sense of the word as far as the country's laws and constitution is concerned.

All that I have now is just my absolute and total faith in Allahu Ta'ala and that He will give us Malaysians a true Muslim leader who will lead us to His Mercy and protect Malaysia from ending up as another hedonistic nation that will face His Wrath as what we have seen happen to countries where Islam was just a facade!

Na'uzubillahiminzalik!


Mat Sabu - a new Lee Lam Thye?

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 11:36 PM PDT

"I did not join PAS because of its Islamic platform or because I was anti-Umno. It was for want of a better democracy and it is a struggle which my colleagues and I continue until now."

"Marx said that religion is the opium for the people … (In the past) priests supported cruel tsars, wages were neglected, Christian leaders supported oppressive monarchs, so if they wanted to bring social change (at the time), they have to reject religion."

"Religion is like opium too in Malaysia and in the Arab nations. This view is highly controversial … but I see religion being misused."

- Mat Sabu in an interview with Malaysiakini


One of my fave Malaysiakini columnists, Sim Kwang Yang (a former DAP MP from Sarawak), wrote an interesting piece in response to Mat Sabu's tongue-in-cheek suggestion that he would like to stand in the Chinese-majority constituency of Bukit Bintang (BB) – see MKINI Mat Sabu in BB – a mission not impossible?

Electorally, BB is virtually a Chinese fortress, where once Lee Lam Thye (DAP) reigned supreme. Lee L.T was so loved by the BB people that no one, not even Lim Kit Siang, would have dared to challenge him, let alone the silly MCA people. They including Lim KS would have been mercilessly massacred.

Those MCA candidates nominated by their party to stand against him were either unpopular with or unimportant to their party wakakaka. For a MCA bloke to be 'offered' as a sacrificial goat candidate to stand in BB against the invincible Lee L.T was like being handed the poison chalice. They became dispensable cannon fodder.

I believe only once had MCA taken the seat, and then, long after Lee L.T. had retired and only with the 'help' of a court decision a la (at that time, still futuristic) the malodorous Perakian manure.

Sim posed several interesting questions on the election prospects of Mat Sabu in BB. However, I take exception to one of Sim's statement which unwittingly smacks of UMNO-ism. Sim wrote:

It is a sad reality in Malaysia that in popular politic, voters will support only a candidate from the same race and not from other races.

While Sim and others may find some truth in that, I beg to differ by providing the following evidence:

... that there are numerous non-Chinese DAP MPs such as (in Penang) Karpal Singh, Professor Rama, (in Perak) Kula, Manogaran, (in Selangor) Charles Santiago, Gobind Deo, (in NS) John Fernandez, ...

... and non-Chinese DAP ADUNs (not including a Perak frog), like (in Penang) Professor Rama, Jagdeep Singh, Tanasekharan, R Sanisvara Rayer, (in Perak) A Sivaesan, V Sivakumar. A Sivasubramaniam, (in Selangor) M Manoharan, and (in NS) S Veerapan, K Arumugum, P Gunasekaren ...

... who are in the majority representatives of Chinese-majority constituencies and thus voted into office by them.

Then there was my post about the late D.R. Seenivasagam, better known in his days as the 'King of Ipoh', a Chinese-majority city – see Obituary for PPP. Most of his and his brother's supporters were Chinese - just compare or rather contrast the popular standing of the Seenivasagan brothers with that of the politically-pariah status of Kayveas and his current PPP Indian leaders wakakaka.

The above examples offer incontrovertible truth as to why I find exception to Sim's statement that [Chinese] voters will support only a [Chinese] candidate ... and not from other races. The evidence shows otherwise, that they have supported and continue to support political leaders (of any ethnicity including those from UMNO and PAS) who would be fair to their genuine concerns.

OK, now let's move to my favourite federal constituency of Bukit Bendera in the 2004 general election. Like BB (Bukit Bintang), Bukit Bendera (coincidentally also BB) is a Chinese-majority federal constituency, currently represented by DAP's Liew Chin Tong.

But the DAP candidate in Bukit Bendera in 2004 was Zulkifli Mohd Noor.

B. Bendera then had the following breakdown of registered voters: 13.82% Malays, 73.97% Chinese and 11.07% Indians, with 1.14% others (presumably Eurasians and Thais?).

Zul won nearly 18000 of the 47000 votes, just a mere 6000 short of becoming the first DAP Malay MP. Regardless of his loss, his achievement was no mean feat if we look at the above ethnic breakdown.

Even if all 14% Malays in that constituency had turned up to cast their ballots for Zulkifli (which was as likely as war criminal George Bush or Tony Blair winning the Nobel Peace Prize), he wouldn't get more than 5000 votes. So make a guess as to where the other 13,000 plus votes came from?

Kaytee suspects one of the two reasons why Zulkifli didn't roam all the way home was that he was a johnny-come-lately in the constituency (rather than a non Chinese). The DAP had failed to prepare him for or introduce him to the voters well ahead.

But despite being parachuted into B. Bendera at the eleventh hour, Zul did remarkably well. It's a pity and to kaytee's immense regrets that he didn't stand again in the same constituency in 2008.

The second reason was that his Gerakan opponent was the once-formidable wakakaka Chia Kwang Chye. The Gerakan was the party favoured by Penang hawkers and small business, and B. Bendera was home to many of them.

Today the DAP brand has high probability of winnability (regardless of the ethnicity of its candidates) because voters have confidence that candidates from the DAP party will look after their interests [as once Gerakan had until it sold its 'soul' to UMNO].

This factor is what wins voters' support, as it once did for D.R Seenivasagam and Lee Lam Thye. And that's the precise reason a non-Chinese like Karpal Singh has become an iconic institution in Gelugor, not unlike D.R Seenivasagam, the late 'King of Ipoh', and the once equally invincible Lee Lam Thye was in B.B.

Ironically, it was the voters' perception in 1999 that the DAP had sold out to PAS and its frightening Islamic hudud laws that saw Karpal and Lim Kit Siang losing.

But if the Pakatan Rakyat wishes to venture on a no-ethnicity campaign such as standing Mat Sabu in BB, it has to prepare the voters for it, as should have been the case in Bukit Bendera in 2004.

On his part, Mat Sabu as the new exciting PAS personality, beside the incomparable Nizar Jamaluddin, must strike a balance between PAS' Islamic values and its multi-ethnic multi-cultural credentials.

I suggest that PAS marries the two into an Islamic anti-corruption, pro-justice and pro-welfare policy for all under the current Malaysian civil legislative arrangements, rather than become obsessed with implementing hudud laws per se.

There's no evidence whatsoever that hudud will reduce, let alone eliminate corruption and oppression - for proof, just look at the terrible state of affairs in hudud-governed Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Iran and a host of other Islamic nations. Where then is the empirical evidence that hudud is the 'silver bullet' to rid Malaysia of corruption, oppression and injustice?

By contrast, examine and admire the non or minimal corruptibility of the secular governance practised by Scandinavian countries, New Zealand, Australia and our neighbour, Singapore.

Tell me, between having hudud in the midst of continuing injustice, corruption & oppression or a secular governance (but under genuine/sincere Islamic leadership) that doesn't tolerate corruption nor oppression and ensure justice for all, which will meaningfully glorify Allah swt?


'PAS-led states should follow Penang's example'

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 04:37 AM PDT

Newly-elected PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu's strong ties with the Islamic party's Pakatan Rakyat partner DAP has gained him brickbats from PAS detractors. But in an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini yesterday, the seasoned politician, popularly known as Mat Sabu, said he is nonplussed. Full story: malaysiakini.com Camera / Editing: Arvind Raj
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Group mulls court injunction to stop rare earth plant

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 03:17 AM PDT

The anti-Lynas group is considering seeking a court injunction to stop the controversial RM700 million project in Pahang. Save Malaysia public relations chief Clement Chin said his group is working with the Pahang Bar to look into the possibility of mounting an injunction to stop the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp). "We are looking at all angles, (and we) will make our decision within this month," he said at a press conference held by the People's Green Coalition NGO today. Full story: www.malaysiakini.com
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