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Posted: 07 Jun 2011 11:38 AM PDT
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 12:14 PM PDT
NOTA EDITOR: Saya dah tau lama dah pasal pertembungan aliran Ustaz-Ulama orthodox (dikenali sebagai kumpulan "ulama") dgn pembaharuan yang mahu dibawa Arwah Ustaz Fadzil.
Tulang Besi ada pengalaman pribadi bagaimana kumpulan ulama di dalam PAS begitu memusuhi pembaharuan yang mahu dibawa oleh Arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor.
Saya tahu secara pribadi, agenda "PAS untuk Semua" telah disabotaj golongan "Ulama"(UG) dan golongan ini menggantikan dengan "Dokumen Negara Islam" sebelum pilihanraya 2004.
Kesannya adalah PAS kalah tergolek pada 2004 dari 27 kerusi Parlimen turun kepada 6 kerusi. Juga, PAS hilang negeri Terengganu. Hilang habis segala harapan PAS untuk memerintah Malaysia selepas 2004. Segala harapan hanya tinggal abu.
Kekalahan teruk 2004 telah menyebabkan Timbalan Presiden PAS pada masa itu, ustaz Hasan Shukri diturunkan takhta serta diganti oleh Ustaz NAsa yang diharap dapat membawa perubahan arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor.
Dan terbukti, agenda PAS UNTUK SEMUA serta Negara Berkebajikan dikedepankan pada pilihanraya 2008 berjaya membawa kejayaan gemilang kepada PAS.
Malangnya, agenda itu sekali lagi disabotaj oleh golongan ulama (orthodox) kerana mereka mengkedepankan agenda "KERAJAANG PERPADUANG".
Sungguh tidak disangka-sangka, golongan ulama dalam PAS telah belot kepada pejuangan PAS dan mahu membawa PAS duduk dalam satu kelambu dengan UMNO.
Maka keputusan 2011, perwakilan menolak golongan ulama dan menaikan mereka-mereka yang komited dengan perjuangan peninggalan Arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor.
Semoga wasiat Ustaz Fadzil Nor ini dapat diterjemahkan dengan lebih baik dengan kepimpinan yang baru ini.
Ada kemungkinan kekalahan Ustaz Tuan Ibrahim adalah kerana ustaz Tuan tidak dilihat sebagai salah seorang yang membawa wasiat Arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor.
Ustaz Tuan cuma dilihat lebih cenderung kepada golongan ulama yang anti kepada agenda Arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor.
Kumpulan yang baru menang ini adalah mereka yang memikul amant Arwah Ustaz Fadzil Mohd Nor. Tidak lebih dan tidak kurang dari itu.
ps pernah dengar dengan teliga Tulang Besi sendiri dari salah seorang ahli keluarga Arwah Ustaz Fadzil, bahawa beliau jelak dengan gaya dan cara golongan lulusan agama yang tiada jalan lain kecuali mengharamkan itu dan ini. Tidak ada jalan yang kreatif mahupun menarik bagi menarik umat kepada Islam. Hanya tahu haram,haram, haram.
Akhirnya impian Fadzil Noor tercapai – oleh Liew Chin Tong
7 June 2011
7 JUN – Selepas pimpinan PAS mengumumkan Dokumen Negara Islam pada 2003, setelah dicabar oleh Perdana Menteri pada masa itu Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, ia menjadi salah satu faktor utama parti itu tewas teruk dalam pilihan raya umum 2004.
Daripada 27 kerusi Parlimen yang dimenanginya dalam PRU 1999, PAS hanya mampu kekalkan 6 kerusi Parlimen. Banyak pihak mengatakan PAS kehilangan undi bukan sahaja dari kalangan bukan Islam tetapi juga dari orang Melayu yang dikatakan "resah" dengan konsep negara Islam parti itu.
Sebenarnya Dokumen Negara Islam 2003 adalah kosep yang berlawanan dengan cadangan asal yang dibawakan oleh Allahyarham Datuk Fadzil Noor selaku Presiden PAS, sejak 2001 dalam bentuk Memorandum PAS kepada Rakyat Malaysia – Pemerintahan Islam Dalam Abad ke-21.
Di antara Disember 2001 dan Mac 2002, draf empat muka surat telah dibincangkan oleh sabahat-sabahat PAS termasuk aktivis NGO yang kemudiannya dibawakan oleh Fadzil dalam muktamar PAS ke-48 di Kota Bharu, Kelantan pada Mei 2002.
Fadzil yakin memorandum itu yang masih dalam peringkat persediaan itu mampu mencari titik pertemuan pelbagai peradaban, kepercayaan dan pegangan politik rakyat. Baginya, sifat pemerintahan Islam perlu ada syura, pemilihan dan demokrasi kerana pembinaan negara mesti berpaksikan kepada akhlak dan sistem nilai yang tinggi bertunjangkan sistem kepercayaan yang benar.
Beliau turut menjelaskan bahawa pentadbiran yang dicita-citakan PAS ialah yang mendukung kedaulatan undang-undang serta menekankan aspek khidmat dan kebajikan sehingga melahirkan "Negara Berkebajikan" yang diharapkannya dapat memakmurkan negara dengan kebajikan serta mengelakkan kerosakan, pembaziran dan kemusnahan.
Tujuh perkara asas dalam Memorandum itu adalah:
● Masyarakat madani
● Hak saksama (al-musaawah)
● Kedaulatan undang-undang berasaskan syariah yang luas makna dan ruang lingkupnya
● Keadilan (al-'adalah)
● Meritokrasi (as-solahiyah)
● Negara berkebajikan
● Pentadbiran dinamik dan inovatif
Sayangnya, Fadzil meninggal dunia tidak lama selepas muktamar itu, pada 23 Jun 2002, yang mengakibatkan Memorandum itu tidak lagi menjadi keutamaan PAS.
Namun begitu, sebulan selepas perginya Fadzil, PAS menyusun semula Memorandum itu untuk dibincangkan bersama dengan rakan-rakan seperjuangan di luar parti di mana tujuh perkara asas dikekalkan dengan huraian yang lebih panjang.
Apa yang mengejutkan ialah satu dokumen yang berlainan sama sekali telah dikeluarkan pada November 2002 atas nama Dokumen Negara Islam yang direstui oleh Majlis Syura Ulama PAS.
Dokumen itu juga mempunyai tujuh prinsip, seperti mana Memorandum, tetapi ia berbeza dalam banyak segi.
Tujuh perkara asas Dokumen itu ialah:
● Negara undang-undang di mana dijelaskan bahawa hudud, qisasa dan takzir akan dikenakan kepada orang Islam sahaja tetapi yang bukan Islam boleh memilih sama ada menerima hukum itu atau common law
● Sistem khilafah di mana pemerintah mesti melaksanakan hukum Islam, jika tidak mereka dianggap pengkhianat amanah Allah
● Sistem syura (concensus) di mana ia akan membincangkan perkara-perkara yang boleh diijtihadkan sahaja, dan tidak boleh dalam hukum-hukum tetap Islam (qat'i)
● Keadilan dan kesamarataan (al-'adaalah wal musaawaah) yang dijelaskan tidak sama dengan persamaan (equality) dan sama bahagian (fairness)
● Kebebasan (al-hurriyyah) yang tidak boleh bercanggah dengan syara'
● Ketuanan mutlak (as-siyaadah wal haakimiyah) atau sovereignty yang mana hak ketuanan adalah milik Allah dan tidak boleh diganggu oleh mana-mana pihak.
Walau apa pun niat baik pimpinan PAS dalam menyediakan Dokumen ini, persepsi orang ramai terhadapnya telah menyebabkan parti itu ditolak dalam PRU 2004. Ia dlihat sebagai menakutkan orang bukan Islam dan orang Islam yang berpendirian sederhana.
Menjelang 2007 di mana pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang lemah telah membangkitkan rasa tidak puas hati rakyat, ramai pemimpin PAS terutamanya mereka yang bersikap sederhana telah menyertai gerakan-gerakan mobilisasi demokrasi seperti perhimpinan Bersih yang mendesak kerajaan Barisan Nasional supaya telus dan adil dalam pilihan raya.
Pada masa itu juga PAS mula kembali kepada idea asal Fadzil yang mahu parti itu menjadi lebih terbuka dan berarus perdana dalam menarik sokongan rakyat. Ia juga usaha sesetengah pemimpin PAS untuk membuktikan bahawa Islam bukan sempit ajarannya, Islam adalah untuk semua.
Kejayaan besar PAS bersama PKR dan DAP dalam PRU 2008 meyakinkan banyak pihak supaya parti itu berjuang bersama-sama dalam satu gabungan yang kemudiannya dinamakan Pakatan Rakyat.
Dengan adanya barisan baru PAS yang dipilih dalam muktamar PAS ke-57 di Kuala Lumpur hujung minggu lalu, hasrat Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang untuk meluaskan usaha promosi Negara Berkebajikan dilihat akan membuahkan hasil.
Seperti yang dijelaskan oleh Hadi, Negara Berkebajikan adalah konsep yang berteraskan Islam dan boleh diterima oleh semua orang tanpa mengira agama dan kaum. Ini bermakna PAS tetap boleh memperjuangkan agenda Islam yang benar-benar memberi manfaat kepada semua manusia.
Memetik kata-kata Hadi, "Kita mulakan dengan pelaksanaan Negara Berkebajikan. Ia ada dalam Islam dan al-Quran. Dalam al-Quran tidak sebut Negara Islam, ia sebut Negara Berkebajikan", ia mengingatkan kita semua kepada apa yang diperjuangkan oleh Allahyrahm Ustaz Fadzil untuk membawa imej Islam yang lebih demokratik, inklusif, terbuka dan adil tanpa mengorbankan prinsip perjuangan PAS.
Sejak 2004, PAS telah melalui jalan yang sukar dan penuh berduri. Rasa kurang keyakinan diri di kalangan pemimpin tertentu PAS juga membuatkan mereka serba-salah dengan tawaran UMNO untuk bersatu padu demi perpaduan Melayu.
Sekarang ternyata impian Fadzil sudah menjadi kenyataan. PAS dilihat sudah bersedia untuk kembali dengan penuh komitmen terhadap Pakatan Rakyat, selaras dengan impian Fadzil yang mahu menawarkan alternatif terbaik kepada rakyat pelbagai kaum dan agama, untuk mengambil alih pentadbiran negara daripada UMNO dan BN. – Roketkini.com
Liew Chin Tong adalah Ahli Parlimen DAP Bukit Bendera
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 10:52 AM PDT
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 10:04 AM PDT
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 08:42 AM PDT
By the Administrator
Lately, the Legal and Social Service Bureau of Keadilan Penang held a closed-door briefing session for its members on the trial of the Party's de facto Leader Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
YB Dato' Mansor Othman, Keadilan's Vice-President and its Penang State Chairman, narrated on the pain and suffering Dato' Seri Anwar had to go through during the first trial of his charge of sodomy. The First Deputy Chief Minister of Penang said that though Anwar finally won the case after the Federal Court over-turned the lower Court's decision, he had already served his jail sentence for 6 years as he was refused the Order for Stay of Execution Proceedings earlier.
YB Sivarasa, MP for Subang and the Party's Central Committee Member who also earlier served as Anwar's counsel in his second sodomy charge, pointed out succintly the many flaws in the prosecution witnesses evidence elluded, though it was eventually held by the Court that there was a prima facie case, for which Anwar Ibrahim ought to call for his defence.
Dato' Prabhakaran, a member of the team of counsels who defend Anwar Ibrahim, reminded the crowd that it was not the end of the case, but instead, the beginning of Anwar's chance to call his witnesses to raise doubt on the prosecution's case. "We are considering to call Najib, the Prime Minister, and his wife Rosmah, to testify, as they met and talked to Mohd Saifu, the complainent, before the latter lodged his police report against Anwar Ibrahim, so as to probe on the allegation of a political conspiracy," the senior counsel added.
Dato' Seri Najib, the Prime Minister, initially denied that he had ever talked to Mohd Saifu, the aide to Dato' Seri Anwar, but later made a u-turn by admitting that he had actually seen this university drop-out. Defence counsel Karpal Sigh regretted that the prosecution was delaying the process by still not calling the Prime Minister and his wife, being witnesses on the list awaiting to be called in Court, for the interview process.
Both Sivarasa and Dato' Prabha narrated the facts of the case as disclosed in the trial from the beginning until the end. It was to the surprise of many as the controlled media only selected certain parts of the case so as to paint a bias picture of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. According to Sivarasa, Utusan Malaysia was cited for contempt but to no avail. "The similar experience we went through together during the first sodomy trial, years ago," he said.
Lim Boo Chang, the Legal Bureau Chairman, moderated the briefing which also saw many questions raised by those who were present. The crowd seemed to be contented with the replies given by the speakers.
Penang Senator Dato' Mustafa Kamal (Pak Muss), a party veteran, YB Haji Maktar, Keadilan state secretary, and Johari Kassim, the state publicity chief, among many others, were also present.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 08:46 AM PDT
PAS deputy president Mat Sabu may be right when he thinks that Pakatan may not gain victory in Selangor again.
Don't get me wrong, in spite of their limitations, Pakatan has done a bit - brought prosperity to the state, high wages for teachers etc.
The problem is that UMNO has been forewarned of Pakatan's might and potential. Before March 8, 2008, UMNO thought that Pakatan Rakyat was a silly bit of joke. Heck, even the Pakatan Rakyat leadership didn't think they could sweep that many seats.
But they did. And now UMNO is wary. Every single dirty machinery that can be employed, WILL be employed.
The truth is that we do not have free and fair elections. We badly need reforms, but the ruling coalition, led by UMNO, has absolutely no intention of playing by the rules. They have resorted to stirring up racial sentiment, playing the religious card and nothing has materialised yet.
The real issues have been swept under the carpet, and the fabricated ones are growing old and/or fast becoming non-issues. Very few people believe that Anwar Ibrahim is guilty of sodomy or soliciting favours from prostitutes.
People's opinions are not going to change the election outcome. Nor are their votes, for the most part, if UMNO is allowed to play dirty.
Which is why the Bersih 2.0 rally scheduled for July 9, is so important. We collectively need to force the government to make elections fairer, cleaner and more transparent.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 07:48 AM PDT
Speaking of John Walker Lindh, the imprisoned "American Taliban" whose father's New York Times op-ed plea for his release (now that Osama bin Laden is dead) has prompted a new wave of debate over how suspected terrorists should be treated:
From the AP's story:
Horrifying? Then again, I guess we could be Egypt:
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, aka Amma the Hugging Saint, kicked off her 25th North American tour with a six-plus hour hug-a-thon in a suburban Seattle hotel ballroom on May 27.
There's more to Amma's bliss than just a sandalwood-scented cuddle: her Embracing the World charity has raised millions for global disaster relief, sending funds, medical supplies, food and shelter to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and other calamities, particularly in her native India. In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster this year, her volunteers have focused on helping the hard-hit coastal city of Rikuzentakata. (Amma will visit Japan in late July, several months later than originally planned, to give the region more time to recover.)
Speaking through a translator as she continued embracing dozens of devotees of all ages, ethnicities and creeds, Amma expressed her views on natural disasters and the suffering of the innocent.
Why do natural disasters happen?
It's mainly due to our own actions that negatively affect nature. Destroying forests, polluting rivers, cutting down trees. We have disturbed the balance of nature, disturbed the balance of the earth. Just like a building standing on pillars: if you demolish one pillar, that will create an imbalance in the whole structure. We are drilling oil wells, we are destroying mountains, polluting rivers, cutting down trees. So the only way is to have a compassionate approach. Look inwards, within you, and try to have a compassionate approach to nature. Our body is constituted with numerous cells. You can have some single cells that malfunction, and it creates an imbalance in the whole system.
But why do these bad things happen to good people?
It can only be attributed to karma. But for example, suppose there's a huge banyan tree filled with ripe leaves on it, and an eagle flies and sits on one of its branches, and all of a sudden, the leaves wither away. Maybe those leaves were about to be shed anyway, and it was just their time. So this entire universe has a rhythm to it. There's a harmony. There's a rhythm in every action that you can have, knowingly or unknowingly. Something that happens in one corner of the earth can have an impact on the other corner. So we are not isolated like islands. We are all part of the universal chain. If we expect others to change first, nothing will happen. Instead of expecting others to change first, we have to change first and then others will change automatically.
Do you mean karma from a past life, or something that disaster victims have done in this life?
Since we cannot find any reason in this birth, in this lifetime, we can only attribute it to the unknown past. But unless we take serious steps to stop this, holding discussions and dialogues about doing the right things, explosions like [the Japanese nuclear disaster] will keep happening.
Do you have any message for the Americans suffering from natural disasters, such as the recent tornados?
Amma is very sad about the victims. However, there's no other way than accept the situation we're in. There is a greater message that we should be more alert when dealing with nature, it should be like standing at gunpoint. However you should also know that this moment alone exists, just like any other decision, happiness is also a decision. Whether we laugh or cry, days will go by. So we should learn to laugh rather than lamenting about our past. Gather enough strength and courage and develop awareness.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 07:45 AM PDT
A political analyst pointed that it is true what the President of PRS James Masing said,"I am receiving PSM (which carries the 'Tan Sri' title) on behalf of the Dayak community. It's their unwavering support for BN which gives BN leaders the decision to give me the honour,"
Though its an honour for him,Mawan (President of SPDP) and Leonard Linggi Jugah ( former PBB SG ) to be honoured together its just Unprecented.No matter how or what your imagination maybe the there are many who will not take it as face value but questions the political motive behind.
The analyst even said this was given by the Agong and it must have been strong recommendation from the Prime Minister himself. Is Najib putting a clear message to CM Taib he asked.? It will be debated for sometime yet and for now the Dayaks should be honoured as James Masing says and do not look beyond the political message.
A former aide to James Masing said,"He is sick of the games that is being played and knows that its way above PM Najib and some HIDDEN HANDS are behind all these. Its more than a checkmate if you know what I mean..!!" Thats for you to use your political knowledge and you will have a more concrete picture when the jigsaws come in place in the coming months.More will appear out of the cracks soon."
Let it unfold and see whether I am correct or not. For now he says," Am not buying such a move,ITS UNPRECEDENTED ….
THIS COULD VERY WELL SIGNAL THE START OF MANY MORE POLITICAL GAMES….
LET IT BEGIN..
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 12:12 AM PDT
WCW is not as all-knowing as he thinks he is/portrays.
Excerpt from The Star 5 June 2011:
Hey genius, know what? Barack Obama should know what action can be taken, because he is the direct cause of higher gas prices:
As well as this:
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 04:54 AM PDT
Saving his money but at the expense of our money lah!
"It may no problem procedurally, if your boss (the PM) approves something no one is going to question.
"But it is morally wrong to use public funds to travel to your daughter's wedding. Najib has no class!" Dzulkefly told Malaysiakini.
Regardless of whatever reason Najib may concoct to justify coinciding his visit to Kazakhstan with his daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib's wedding, the PAS MP says the fact remains that the premier is misusing his station for personal reasons.
The parliamentarian clarified that it was not wrong for Najib to go to Kazakhstan for his daughter's wedding, but Najib should take leave and go there on his own time and expense, and not by spending public funds.
The MP was responding to reports that Nooryana, 22, is set to marry Daniyar Nazarbayev, the son of a top Kazakhstan official, was the main reason for the date of the PM current visit to that country.
'Not the first time Najib has abused privileges'
If he were awakened at night for affairs of the people, he would light a candle paid for with state coffers. But if he was awakened by friends or family on a visit, he would use a candle he paid for himself.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 04:26 AM PDT
I must be feeling a bit energetic as this is my fourth post for today wakakaka.
Reading Malaysiakini's Penang CPO to politicians: Don't divide the people which was penned by my matey, sweetie Susan Loone, I find it outrageous that Penang police chief Ayub Yaakob saw fit to comment on how politicians should treat their constituencies.
Bloke said pollies "must stop dividing the people in the delivery of community policing services, which should be open to all regardless of political affiliation."
He also said "certain quarters were trying to undermine community policing by preventing members of political parties, other than their own, from joining the teams."
While he was circumspect about the identity of the political party or politician, some readers have accused the Police of only daring to say so in a Pakatan governed state, while remaining diam when BN was in charge.
Now, as far as kaytee is concerned, it doesn't matter who or which political party the CPO is referring to, but he is f* way out of line, because as a police officer (essentially a civil servant), he has no right to make a political statement, which is exactly what it has been.
It is not within his police terms of reference to lecture politicians on how to represent their constituencies.
This is the problem of Malaysian civil servants today, who lack the propriety not to intrude into areas out of bounds for civil servants.
Recall that Penang SDO officer who attacked Lim GE at an UMNO forum, committing a double sin of a public servant criticising a people's representative and speaking (partisan politics) at a forum meant for members of a political party. He was unmitigatingly biadap.
Yet the Chief Secretary, instead of reprimanding the erring biadap bloke, himself behaved abysmally by defending the disgraceful SDO.
But then, as Wikileaks revealed, US diplomats had reported to the US State Department that the Malaysian Civil Service is inept and pro UMNO.
Inept! What an insulting word, and the MCS deserves every bit of it.
The Malaysian Insider reported that "According to the cable, former Economic Planning Unit EPU deputy director general Datuk K Govindan said the civil service has a 'narrow worldview' and believed that affirmative action reforms will erode the Malay community's interests."
Poor Tan Sri Ghazali Shafie, a giant in worldviews, yet his successors are impossibly inept.
"Govindan sees Malaysia's huge and largely ethnic Malay civil service completely loyal to Umno but increasingly incompetent as PM Najib's largest obstacle."
"He commented that the civil service has a very narrow worldview and will oppose even refuse to implement reforms perceived as damaging ethnic Malay interests even if convinced of the long-run gains for Malaysia".
But one hand doesn't make a clap, because the ruling politicians have been equally responsible for the MCS ineptness, biadap-ness and insidious nature.
Recall the former IGP, the one before the last one. He was so mutinous that he threatened AAB's (UMNO) government of withdrawing police support of BN during the elections if AAB went ahead with the IPCMC, and even provided a special briefing for PAS to reinforce his threat to UMNO.
Was this man sacked immediately?
No, AAB gave way on the IPCMC, and the pits, to make it worse, even honoured the mutinous bastard when he left.
So how will a civil servant ever respect a f* UMNO PM/politician who surrendered his prime ministerial authority to the threats of a uniformed thug, and then honoured the @r$eh*le.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 01:28 AM PDT
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 01:53 AM PDT
When it comes to English proficiency, Malaysians are not at par with their neighbouring counterparts, with the country ranking third out of five countries in the English Language Assessment (ELA) test.
The analysis of the ELA results by online recruitment company JobStreet.com placed Singapore first for each employee category including non-executive and managerial.
Job seekers in the Philippines came in second for all levels except for higher management, in which the Filipinos were tops followed by Singaporeans and Malaysians, said JobStreet.com in a statement Tuesday.
Thailand and Indonesia came in fourth and fifth respectively.
The ELA test comprised 40 random questions to evaluate an individual's grasp of the English language.
Fresh graduates in Malaysia answered an average of 27 of the 40 questions correctly, while those in the Philippines and Singapore got 28 and 30 questions right respectively.
According to the statement, the difference in scores of Malaysians and Singaporeans revealed that local graduates lacked English proficiency.
"This is a worrying trend because the ability to communicate is among five main criteria that employers look at when considering job applicants. This means people with poor English will face difficulty in finding employment," said JobStreet.com Malaysia country manager Chook Yuh Yhg.
The ELA results showed that senior executives in Malaysia scored an average of 29/40 while the managers scored 31/40.
Malaysian workers who scored the highest in the test were those in journalism (33/40), medicine (32/40), higher management (31/40) while the lowest scores in English proficiency came from the general workers (24/40), industrial engineers (25/40) and clerks (26/40).The ELA test launched in November 2009 has been used by over 1.5 million workers in South-East Asia to measure their level of English proficiency.
Courtesy of Bernama
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 01:31 AM PDT
Olivia Lum, founder and chief executive of Singaporean water treatment firm Hyflux, has been named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.
The Malaysian-born businesswoman was crowned two days ago in Monte Carlo after beating 48 other country finalists to become the first woman to win the top prize in the award's 11-year history.
YTL Group managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, chairman of the judging panel, cited Lum's "entrepreneurial spirit" and said she was a role model to female entrepreneurs around the world.
Lum, who was adopted at birth and never knew her parents, was brought up in an illegally constructed tin shack with no utilities in Kampar, Perak where floods were common and food scarce.
She moved to Singapore at the age of 15 and supported her schooling through tutoring and sales jobs, eventually graduating with an Honours degree in chemistry from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1986.
After three years working for Glaxo Pharmaceuticals as a chemist, Lum quit her job and founded Hyflux in 1989 with S$20,000 (RM 48,832) that she raised by selling her car and condominium.
The company is now listed on the Singapore Exchange, employs 2,300 people across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and boasts annual revenues of US$450 million.
Customers include Siemens, Hewlett Packard and the Singapore government — Hyflux runs several NEWater plants as well as the republic's largest desalination plant.
The once-penniless Lum has also been listed as one of Singapore's 40 wealthiest people by Forbes.
Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 11:27 PM PDT
Keynote address by Najib at the 10th IISS Asia Security Summit, The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday 03, June 2011.
This is what an influential American online news portal the New Ledger wrote about our prime minister:-
It is perhaps common for citizens of the Western world to look out in despair upon the panoply of Muslim-majority countries in the world for a ruling government whose understanding of history and world affairs is not warped and distorted by paranoia of Israel and the West. The average exposure the Western citizen has to a Muslim leader's understanding of world affairs is doubtless limited to the rantings of demagogues like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and others. Many of these leaders publicly see the world through the prism of Holocaust denial, Jewish conspiracies, and plots by the Great Satan to oppress Muslims.
Some of these leaders come by these beliefs honestly; others doubtless espouse them in order to deflect their own citizens' discontent away from their government and onto a handy target. In either case, a common theme arises – while many majority-Muslim countries have governments that are very wealthy, their citizenry is often horribly poor and disconnected from any sort of meaningful and unbiased news source. And so men like Ahmadinejad grab Western headlines with their inflammatory headlines and here in the United States we are left to wonder: Are there no leaders of Muslim countries who have any understanding of how to guide their country into a prosperous partnership with the rest of the world?
To any who are thus concerned, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's remarks at the 10th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue should provide a welcome antidote. Like many majority-Muslim countries, Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country. Although the majority of Malaysians are Malay Muslims, a non-trivial portion of Malaysia's population consists of Chinese expatriates (who are heavily Christian), along with countless other smaller minorities of various faiths. Many majority-Muslim countries in today's world respond to their minority populations with brutal oppression; Najib's government has eschewed this path in favor of peaceful cooperation with Malaysia's minorities, allowing them a meaningful voice in a truly functional democracy. It is perhaps not surprising that the result of this is that Malaysia has a modern economy that interacts peacefully with the world around it.
In his Keynote Address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Najib demonstrated that this fact was no accident, but rather was the result of the leadership of a government with a keen understanding of its region and an ability to view the world through the prism of its trading partners, even favorably invoking Henry Kissinger's "long arc of history," an unthinkable prospect for many leaders of majority-Muslim countries.
It is likewise welcome to find a leader of a majority-Muslim country confronting the problem of extremism head-on and unsolicited:
Najib's speech as a whole displays the kind of regional leadership that has for too long been lacking among Muslim leaders. And the actions of his government bear it out – unlike many governments, Malaysia does not have a token democracy, but rather Najib's governing coalition faces a real threat from Anwar Ibrahim's coalition (which harbors within it the only true Muslim extremist party in Malaysia). And what this demonstrates to us is that when a Muslim leader must actually be responsive to his population and ensure their prosperity (or risk electoral defeat), then there is hope that perhaps things are not as bleak as we have supposed.
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 10:54 PM PDT
The Controllers of the World. Who are they? For the most part, they own the banks, the oil companies, the big corporations, the big pharmaceutical companies, the major food and beverage industries, the international news media, etc. They even control your local government which in turn will crank up policies and laws, under their orders, to control your life. Should you continue to think that bank interest rates, inflation, taxes and more taxes, privatization of national resources, wars, extreme climate phenomenon, world-wide economic turmoils, regional uprisings, step-by-step disappearance of personal liberties, your dumbed-down education, etc., are all above board and normal, you'd better think again. The Controllers of the World want you to be their slaves and in order to help them achieve their goal they have roped in the people you have voted into power to be part of their elitist group. Their belief system is this: "once you control the head, you control the body." We, the common folks, are controlled and will be eternally fooked if we don't wake up. The people we vote into power are not there to do our bidding. They are there to do the bidding of the Controllers of the World. Read on and you'll get a better insight into how the world operates and who are pulling the strings.
The following are excerpts of an interview highlighted below.
The following is the full interview with a Swiss banker by the Russian Weekly magazine 'NoviDen' in Mosсow on 30 May 2011 …
Tagged: bildergberg, confessions of an economic hit man, illuminati, IMF, World Bank
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 02:20 AM PDT
Honestly, I don't know how Seah Chiang Nee can write these pieces oh-so-(un)subtly bashing Singapore every week with a straight face.
Just read the following excerpts from The Star 4 June 2011 first…
Oh, horror and grief! The draconian PAP doesn't invite press they don't like to their media conferences. Quick, someone call the UN Security Council to bomb Lee Hsien Loong's office, he is obviously a human rights abusing dictator! /sarc
Now, compare with Malaysia's Printing Presses and Publications Act:
And some history, Ops Lalang:
And just recently:
Which is worse, honestly?
But then again, maybe this is actually his way of cunningly back-handing his own restrictions:
Replace 'Singaporean' with 'Malaysian' and he just described the decline of the Malaysian MSM versus alternative media, for the same reasons.
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 10:22 PM PDT
NOTA EDITOR: Satu artikel yang cukup baik dari Zainulfaqar.
Cermin muka & buktikan Pemuda layak tanding 40 % kerusi di PRU13…
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 09:24 PM PDT
I was brought up in a family where girl and boys were treated the same. I had a brother and a sister, myself being the youngest of the three siblings. My sister was treated in fact more special than the 2 boys; she was the only one who was sent for piano lessons perhaps because my dad could only afford one kid learning piano.
In all other aspects, my sister was treated no differently. She went to MU , graduated with a first class honours in Maths, and obtained a scholarship to do master in the renowned East West center in Hawaii. She went on to become an actuarist and worked in both private and public sectors in Singapore, and now retiring in Singapore because her children are all Singaporeans.
In those days, the 60s, some families did not send their girls to universities even when the girls had good results. One example was a cousin of mine. She had been accepted by a unversity but her father had refused to send her there. i remember my father made a special trip to Teluk Intan ( I tagged alone and that was my only visit to that town with the leaning tower) and tried to persuade his cousin to allow the daughter to go to university. In the end, after 3 days of talks, the father finally agreed to let the daughter go to MTC (Malaysian Teachers' College) as a compromise. Her brother was more fortunate; being the son he was sent to Nanyang University to study and is a prominent businessman now.
In the old days, even in government service, men were paid more than women for similar positions held and for similar jobs done. It was in the 60s that finally, women were given the same pay and leave as their male counterparts, after many women leaders fought hard to get the same recognition.
Women today are recognised as equal to men, although each may have different roles to play, thanks to the efforts of some of their pioneers in fighting for their rights. As more and more people are educated overseas, where women emancipation movement has long taken roots, we are seeing equal status for women in more and more fields.
I myself treated my children equally regardless of their sex, like thousands of other Malaysians.
Emancipation of women is here to stay.
Alas, wait a minute! In Malaysia, even though I know that anything is possible, I have never envisaged that an "Obedient wives Club' would be set up by certain women themselves.
In this age and time, wives are equal to husbands and how some women can come out with this idea just baffles me. The aim of this club apparently wants to make wives more obedient/subservient, and it also plans to teach women be more sexually attractive so that husbands do not stray to the arms of the whores… As a husband, I wish to register my strongest protest here; the actions of these women is not only demeaning to wives, but to most husbands as well!
These women have also missed an important point.
In matrimony, sexual prowess is not what holds a marriage together. It is mutual trust, respect, understanding and love that are the keys to a lasting marriage, not by asking either the wife or the husband to be obedient or subservient, or train them to be good in bed..
I just don't know how obedient or subservient these founder-members are , but one thing i know, they have already make Malaysia the laughing stock of the world again.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 06:52 AM PDT
In my post If Pakatan wins 2013 to rule, who'll be PM? I wasn't surprised to see/read comments lambasting Zaid Ibrahim.
Zaid committed 3 sins in the eyes of PKR anwaristas:
(1) He didn't show reverence for Anwar Ibrahim, calling a spade a spade. Anwar has attained such a cult status that to criticize him is not unlike committing blasphemy. There's no reasoning with his devotees as they are no longer logical or rational, and cannot see anything wrong with him, whether it's Anwar's anti-reformasi shame of 916 or the greater humiliating shame of chasing potential tadpoles all the way to Taiwan.
That same fanatical blind adoration would place only his family members, Dr Wan Azizah or Nurul Izzah, as acceptable substitutes to the Greatest Man on Earth since Moses, who would deliver them out of the BN-created wilderness, regardless of whether Dr Wan or Nurul, sweet as mother and daughter are, are really qualified. Isn't this BN-type nepotism?
(2) He dared to challenge Anwar's Anointed One, first by attempting to get Nurul, then Khalid Ibrahim to stand against AI's blue-eyed boy, and finally putting himself on the firing line, only to be frustrated in like fashion as was Chegubard, Jenapala, Gobala, etc, which in turn raised outrage voices of people like Haris Ibrahim and Jonson Chong (but alas, to a deaf Dr Wan Azizah and an equally deaf what's-the-name-of that-deer-caught-in-a car-headlights?).
(3) He dared to leave the Greatest Party in the World, and then to strip layer by layer of mythological camouflage off the Greatest Man on Earth since Moses, and worse, in a mature, logical and evidential manner.
But far more worrying or sad than the above has been comments like "PR should win the election first before deciding who should head its new government".
This is nonsense, and an evasion of responsible commitment. PR has to, must decide who's to be leader should Anwar Ibrahim not be available. This is basic contingency planning, to prevent chaos in a worst case scenario. A political orgnaization without contingency leadership planning does not deserve to be elected.
Whether the PR leader is to be Pak Haji Hadi Awang, Mat Sabu, Karpal Singh, Lim Snr/Jnr, Azmin Ali wakakaka, sweetie Nurul, Dr Rama, or even (okay, bizarre as it may be) Ku Li of UMNO, the commitment/decision has to be made NOW!
Waiting for the election to be won before nominating a PR leader is just like avoiding the difficult but necessary establishment of the shadow cabinet, which will only foster the subsequent and inevitable disintegration of PR (when the election has been won and the appointments have to be made).
Worse, it's not only a gross evasion of responsible commitment but smacks of some having an ulterior agenda up his/her/their sleeves!
Related: Free Malaysia Today - Zaid wants to take the spin out of politics by Mariam Mokhtar
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