Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our Police Continues to Bark Up the Wrong Tree!

Our Police Continues to Bark Up the Wrong Tree!


Our Police Continues to Bark Up the Wrong Tree!

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 03:49 PM PDT

Yesterday, for one Sunday in a long while now I did NOT write a Ruminations piece. My health has not been in the pinkest colour lately, so yesterday I spent time with a Christian pastor who subscribes totally to the concept of Salvation through Christ's sacrifice on the Cross, a Buddhist believer who subscribes totally to the "karma" concept, (akin to the What goes around comes around credo...?)and I had tehtarik at tea time with a believer of all religions partially, and like Desi, the last wants to become a Cowboy singin' C&W songs in Nashville, Tennysee -- either solo, duet or a quartet when we lined up two true-blooded cowgals.

In te evening I threw caution to the wind, and going against doctor's (out of the House unless you consider that vvhacko Dr on American TV as in-house...) instruction, gobbled down the best chuKIOKsin I had laid off for more than a month.

I felt so lighthearted I woke up at 6.00AM, quite unusual as it's often after the sun has risen two hours, and after a hot Milo, began tapping on this keyboard to do someketchUP posting. I habitually do this by checking out sarawho.com, a collator or cybe-sentralstationof bloggers' writes/rites/writHes.

So here's catching wan:(

Ambiga accuses police of intimidation in Bersih arrests
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
June 26, 2011
Ambiga said today the arrests do not augur well for Malaysia who sits on the Human Rights Council. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — The arrest of 30 Bersih activists by police in Penang under Section 122 of the Penal Code is a clear form of police intimidation to frighten supporters of the July 9 rally, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

The Bersih 2.0 chairman accused the police of "deliberately overreacting" by arresting the activists under an "archaic provision."

"I am utterly shocked by the manner in which these people have been arrested and the section under which they are apparently to be charged.

"This is a clear intimidation of the people involved. I think the police have deliberately overreacted by trying to intimidate people," Ambiga told The Malaysian Insider.

The police said they are probing an alleged attempt by some Bersih activists to revive communism and are investigating 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) members, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jayakumar for "waging war against the Yang DiPertuan Agong."

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has defended the arrests, saying today there were reasons to justify the police action.

Hishamuddin, who is the home minister, said that he had yet to be briefed in detail on the arrests, but stated that preliminary reports showed that the activists had "other agendas" in mind.

"This does not auger well for Malaysia who sits on the Human Rights Council … clearly designed to intimidate.

"There will be more clampdowns, and more arrests ... why only attack Bersih? What have we done? And such an archaic law should not be used today," the former Bar Council chairman added.

Deputy Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said today that remand orders would be exercised in order to detain the 30 activists under Section 122 of the Penal Code.

Police have said they will not issue any permits for rallies on July 9 and have asked the organisers to come in for questioning tomorrow.

Death threats have also been made against Ambiga and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is organising a rally to support the Election Commission, which is the subject of Bersih's demands for free and fair elections.

PS: I will do Catch U2after I go back to zzzzzzzland for a snooze OK! hopefully I can trace one PSM item when a politikus buddy at last night's Puerh Tea party mentioned about the greAt BN-UMNO gomen -- maker of garments? -- again reprised the bogeyman of "Communists" to take in some PSM leaders wit' that convenient label famously used lust by then PM Dr Mahathir against a bunch of NGO activists known as Suqiu. I remember this episode because I was then serving as an online News Editor. No, the Police did not act against a bunch of UMNO Youth then for marching towards Suqiu headoffice threatening to burn down their office in downtown KL. The considerate police were around to help direct traffic so that beesy KL folks, especially sidwalk drinks hawkers -- and sellers cigarette lighters, candles too? -- could go on making the xxtra bucks, curtsey of UMNO Youth!

C U alound!:) OR :(

I will say a prayer of peace be with them under graceful protection from the Almighty-- however you deem them to be -- for Ambiga and her intrepid BERSIH team. Are these two -- PSM and BERSIH2.0 -- the new Suqui to be because UMNO says so? God save us from these dark forces. Amen/Amin


A sad weekend...

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 01:57 PM PDT

I just came back from Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban after spending two days there, trying to console and comfort my sister Halimaton, whose two boys were injured - one of whom is in a critical condition - after the car they were travelling flipped a few times after being rammed from behind.

The incident took place around 11pm Friday near the Senawang R&R. They just left our mom's house to go back to their home in Rinching, Semenyih.

I was supposed to meet them but I left for KL at 6.30, missing them by about an hour when they arrived in our kampung. I had to attend an important meeting at 8.30, that was the reason why I couldnt wait.

Five of them were in the car, including her hubby who was driving, their two sons aged 12 and 19 and a 5-year old daughter. I received a call from my eldest sister at 11.20pm and immediately rushed to Seremban.

Her hubby, Razali suffered serious neck injury while Halimaton herself injured her left eye. Miraculously, their daughter Yasmin was not injured. However, their sons Zul, 19 broke his arm, a few fingers and a toe while Faiz, 6, suffered cuts and bruises all over his body, serious head injury and broke his long bone, his arm, shoulder bone and two ribs after being 'thrown' out of the vehicle.

The driver of the other car fled the scene after being chased by other drivers and people who stopped to help the victims.

I was told that the weather was clear and not many cars were on the KL-bound North-South Expressway at that particular time. Witnesses said the other car was driven at high speed and was playing 'chicken' with a few other cars.

I am sure such an accident could be avoided if we are more alert and be more considerate. I just couldnt hold back my emotion when a doctor told us at 4am Saturday, "please pray for his (Faiz) life..."

However, I am taking this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to passers by, the police, the ambulance driver and the doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel who had and are helping them.

I really hope they recover soon, especially Faiz.


Abd Azeez: Jangan kejutkan singa-singa tidur

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 04:50 AM PDT

Kelab Putra 1Malaysia president, Abd Azeez Rahim warns Bersih 2.0 not to continue the planned July 9th rally ...
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Kuantan anti-Lynas walk draws hundreds

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 04:36 AM PDT

A sea of black greeted the dawn today, as nearly 1000 locals from in and around Kuantan converged on Bukit Perlindung in yet another peaceful protest against the controversial Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp) in nearby Gebeng, Pahang. Parents, grandparents, children and youths gathered as early as 6am at the venue -- located in an upscale housing area -- wearing mostly black Save Malaysia T-shirts in support of the growing public outcry against the RM700 million rare earth project. The event attracted a big turnout from the local Chinese community, and a strong presence from the Malays proudly wearing their protest tees. Full story: www.malaysiakini.com Camera: Joseph Sipalan, Lee Long Hui Editing: Tan Jiun Wuu
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Reezal: 9 Julai, Patriot akan turun berhimpun

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 07:20 AM PDT

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Reezal: Mereka nak tombangkan kerajaan secara haram

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 06:42 AM PDT

Umno Youth informatiion chief Reezal Merican Naina Merican accuses Bersih 2.0 of wanting to cause an illegal downfall of the current BN government ... Go and demonstrate in their own States he demands.
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‘MAFIA STATE’: MALAYSIA CORRUPTION KEEPS SURGING THOUGHTS ON STREET VIEW AND MALAYS UPRISING AGAINST COPS

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 07:11 AM PDT

As expected, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has threatened to use the Internal Security Act on participants of the three concurrent rallies due on July 9, and while he did not mention which rally, it was obvious that he was directing his comments to the largest one – the Bersih 2.0 Walk for Democracy.
The Bersih rally is organised by 62 of the country's most established NGOs, who plan a peaceful march to deliver an 8-point memorandum to the King calling for free and fair elections.
The rally is supported by the Pakatan Rakyat led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. However, the Najib administration is against the rally, labelling it as an opposition ploy, but has failed to provide any good reasons why citizens could not assemble peacefully when it was guaranteed under the federal constitution.
"If there is chaos, I am responsible to make sure that proper action following the law will be taken to control the situation. The ISA does not need to be used but can be used but to use the ISA, there must be reasons that really threaten the country's security and safety," Hisham told reporters on Sunday.
The ISA is dreaded because it allows the government to jail dissidents and political foes for indefinite periods of time without trial.
No guts? Tell it to Onn Jaffar
Hisham's words came hot on the heels of his cousin, Prime Minister Najib Razak, who warned he would hold the Bersih organisers responsible if there was unrest.
"Do not create chaos just because you want power. If there is chaos, then you organisers will be held responsible," Najib had said at the opening of People's Progressive Party's 58th Annnual General Assembly earlier on Sunday.
The PM also challenged the Pakatan to fight his BN in a general election instead of holding street demonstrations which would only cause problems.
"If you have guts, then fight us during the election and not this way by holding demonstrations. Only those with no guts will hold demonstrations," said Najib.
But the actions of the two cousins failed to create much impact. In Najib's own home state of Pahang on Sunday, 1,000 Kuanatan folk took part in a peaceful protest against his plan to build a rare earth plant in Gebeng.
"Hisham and UMNO are no different from the Syria or Libya tyrannical regimes. The use of the ISA to stop a peaceful assembly is unlawful and in breach of our federal constitution. This cowardly threat will not deter the people from exercising their right to peaceful assembly. I have no doubt the July 9 rally will proceed as far as Bersih is concerned," human rights lawyer N Surendran told Malaysia Chronicle.
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Resurrection of Communism, by UMNO?

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 02:42 AM PDT

UMNO's clarion call used to be 'agama, bangsa dan Negara'. It has used this to arouse patriotic rallying to its banner.

Then at some stage, it decided to add 'raja' and kicked 'Negara' out.

'Raja' to Malays is a far more emotional word than 'Negara', inspiring fealty and readiness to defend their liege lord a la Hang Tuah against the Hang Jebats, which today are mainly party members of PAS, and their Chinese-Indian allies in DAP.

It's also easier to accuse the nons, especially Chinese, of being biadap to the rulers.

Never mind that on 10 December 1992, Dr Affifuddin Omar, an UMNO man from Padang Terap, no doubt given the imprimatur by his party leaders, asked in Parliament:

"How can we continue to uphold rulers who are known to be robbers, adulterers, drunkards and kaki pukul (thugs)?" [...]

"They (the rulers) must be made to realize that they do not own this country. They are not Superman but placed on their thrones by the people. "The real power did not lie with them, but with us - the representatives of the people."


Which 'non' could have said that and got away? None! Only UMNO and UMNO alone could have gotten away with its abuse of the raja whom they claim to defend today.

Francis Bacon once said: "The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery; at first it deceives, at last it betrays", but obviously Boleh-UMNO has innovatively done it the other way around.

For more, see my post
UMNO abusing raja, agama dan bangsa

Likewise with 'agama dan bangsa' against the nons, but [sigh] blast PAS, if only those anti-Malay-unity people [bloody Jebats] weren't around to ruin the stirring ring of 'agama, bangsa dan Negara raja' [f* Negara anyway]

But, in spite of spoilsports PAS, the clarion call has been updated to 'agama, bangsa dan raja'.

Agama – bloody DAP and their agenda to install a Christian PM and make Malaysia a Christian nation. Islam is under threat from those DAP crusaders.

Bangsa – bloody greedy arrogant Chinese who will take over the country.

Raja – bloody DAP, so biadap to the Agong in having elections of mosque committee members without getting HM's permission

But but but … all above three are not true; besides, the DAP is not even involved in the last.

Doesn't matter and we (UMNO, Utusan etc) don't give a fig – it's the perception of the Heartland that matters, and we UMNO intends to colour this perception kau kau.

But what about the UMNO denigration of the rulers in calling them robbers, adulterers, drunkards and kaki pukul (thugs)? Ta apa lah, besides Melayu muda lupa.

What! You ask: How can they lie when they're sprouting 'agama' at the same time?

Aiyoh, lying is just one of the lesser crimes they have committed, which has been why kaytee believes almost every leader in UMNO is virtually an atheist wakakaka.

But the clarion is still considered not good enough.

So what now?

From The Malaysian Insider -
Bersih supporters nabbed for waging war against King, we get this news:

The police said today they are probing an alleged attempt by some Bersih activists to revive communism and are investigating 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia PSM members including Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jayakumar for 'waging war against the Yang DiPertuan Agong'.

Deputy Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar was quoted by Astro Awani as saying today that remand orders would be applied for to detain the 30 activists under Section 122 of the Penal Code. The law was used to prosecute militant terrorist group Al Ma'unah who were involved in an audacious arms heist at an army camp in 2000 and a tense stand-off in the jungles of Perak in 2000.

Under Section 122 of the Penal Code 'Whoever collects or attempts to collect men arms or ammunition or otherwise prepares to wage war with the intention of either waging or being prepared to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or any of the Rulers or the Yang di-Pertua Negeri or abets the waging or the preparation of such war shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term not exceeding twenty years and shall also be liable to fine'.

It is understood that the 30 activists were detained at the Sungai Dua toll plaza near Kepala Batas in Penang while on their way to attend a gathering in support of the Bersih rally planned for July 9.

Abdul Rahim said in Penang today that it was believed that the group was also trying to revive the communist ideology.


So they (not PSM but UMNO and its tool, the Police) have revived the old communist bogeyman.

Preposterous? Of course. Look, you, I, UMNO, Hisham, the Police, all know that it's sheer utter bullsh*t.

But it's for the consumption of the Heartland, not yours. A threat of communist revival will enhance the clarion call of 'agama, bangsa dan raja', to rally the Heartland to support UMNO.

[From UMNO to Heartland: Oh, by the way, can you all make that into a vote please, just leave the actual fighting to us; each of your vote for UMNO will be like a bullet for our army].


WHO'S LOOKING INTO THE NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY IN MALAYSIA??

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 01:58 AM PDT

Consider these statistics:

By 2050,
~ The number of persons in the world aged 60 years or older is expected to almost triple.
~ In developed countries, there will be two elderly persons for every child.
~ In developing countries, the proportion of the older population is expected to rise to about 20%.
~ The number of 'oldest-old' people, those who are 80 years old or over, will increase from 86 million in 2005 to 402million. Most of them will live in the developing world.
(Source: UN Population Division)

The UN categorizes any nation with 10% of its population aged 60 and above as an ageing nation. Going by this definition, Malaysia will reach ageing nation status by 2035 when a projected 15% of the population will be aged 60 and above. That's less than 25 years away. How is the country preparing to cope with the increase in this demographic group? Do we have the necessary systems and structures in place to meet the needs and demands of an ageing society?

Lifelong learning programme of activities for senior citizens.
A look at our neighbouring country Singapore tells us that we are, as usual, lagging far behind. The island nation has a Minister in charge of Ageing Issues in the Prime Minister's Department. There's the Council for Third Age that promotes healthy and active ageing. It organizes the annual 50plus Expo and Active Ageing Carnival. There are dedicated NGOs that are looking after the concerns of the elderly, like the Tsao Foundation and the Centre for Seniors.

Clementi Community Centre, Singapore

The Ministry of Health's website shows a comprehensive list of hospitals, as well as residential and community healthcare services available to the elderly.  The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports offers financial assistance to those unable to support themselves, including the aged. The Ministry of Manpower has a special portal just to address the issue of re-employment of older employees.

There are policies in place to help the elderly like the Maintenance of Parents Act. The >60 Design Centre is Singapore's National Design Centre for Ageing. It was set up in 2008 to generate products and services to improve the lifestyle of older adults. The Housing and Development Board is committed to providing suitable and affordable housing for Singaporeans aged 55 and above. Every community centre in the republic has a programme of activities for senior citizens. The facilities at these centres are well maintained.
Former Singapore PMs Goh Chock Tong (left) and Lee Kuan Yew.
There is no lack of excellent role models of successful ageing in the country, and this includes former PMs Lee Kuan Yew, 87, and Goh Chock Tong, 69. LKY is well-known for his tips on how to live a long and healthy life.

The point of highlighting Singapore's initiatives in meeting the needs of the elderly is to provide a blueprint for our government to get started on preparing for Malaysia's ageing population. What has it done so far? Almost nothing that comes close to the Singapore government's all-out efforts.
Community Centre in Petaling Jaya in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur
From what I've seen, the majority of our community centres are run-down with barely any decent facilities to speak of. The senior citizens' associations offer little more than line dance, karaoke and taichi classes. The National Council of Senior Citizens' Association (NACSCOM) has a website that has not been updated since 2008 as far as membership is concerned. There's hardly any content worth reading on the site.
An old folks home in KL - counting the days.
The same applies to most of the government websites. The Ministry of Health's official website is an embarrassment, while that of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government is a joke. Why do government websites require visitors to sign in? Elderly concerns come under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. The page devoted to 'senior citizens' on their website is absolutely pathetic.

As for role models, I don't recall any of our former PMs taking the lead in implementing policies to raise the quality of life for senior citizens. During his 32-year tenure as PM, Dr Mahathir, 86, could have easily been the perfect inspiration of successful ageing, but he preferred to devote his energies to other areas of more importance than old people who are considered unproductive and contribute little to the economy.

There are people who will come to the defence of  Malaysia. They say it's not fair to compare Singapore, a tiny nation of 5 million people with Malaysia which has a population of 28 million. Ok then, let's compare Singapore and the Greater Klang Valley, or only the greying population of the two countries. Whichever yardstick we choose, Malaysia still comes up short.

Senior citizens queuing up to register for the special discount card for travel on RapidKL buses.
There's so much that needs to be done to prepare the country before it reaches ageing status. The clock is ticking away. In the meantime, the elderly continues to be neglected. There's no sustainable policy, plan or programme to cater to the physical, financial and emotional needs of the aged. Whenever the Budget is announced, there's is only token allocation for the elderly. We have token visits to old folks homes, token donations, token ceremonies and token assistance. Mostly for publicity purposes, to give a token impression of the work being done for the warga emas of this country.

What can we do to make the government take notice of us? Take to the streets in a peaceful demonstration?


Don't Walk Away From Democracy

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 02:31 AM PDT

More than a week to go and Blitzkrieg* has already been employed.

It started off with the arrests of Parti Sosialis members. Then the roadshows organised by the BERSIH 2.0 steering committee were stormed and closed off to public.

Now, they are proceeding with the arrests of the committee members.

The news on the ground is that Haris Ibrahim is the next on the hit-list. The info I have received is that he will be detained either today or in the coming days.

Please pray for Haris. I have never really been religious, but these are tough times and those who have put more effort in making this country a better place deserve all the support they can get.

This rally has garnered the most amount of attention from the authorities. I suspect this is going to be the biggest event we have ever had politically.

Probably the most important as well.

This is why it it even more important for the rest of us to continue the fight for justice.

*The classic interpretation of blitzkrieg is that of German tactical and operational methodology in the first half of the Second World War that was often hailed as a new method of warfare. The word, meaning "lightning war", in its strategic means is associated with a series of quick and decisive short battles to deliver a knockout blow to an enemy state before it could fully mobilize.



Kurang ajar Terengganu motorists

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 11:42 PM PDT


I must say that Terengganu drivers of so-called "souped-up" cars (in Bumiputera sense, that is a set of sports rim and an exhaust outlet the size of their head with blaring sound-effects to go) are the most inconsiderate, irresponsible and incompetent i.e. f_cked-up kurang ajar a$$holes, on national road.

This mothafucka tried to overtake my vehicle, with oncoming vehicles on the opposite road, and just squeezed infront of my car, regardless of ample space needed. Of course I had to yield to this f_cked-up Bumi idiot, I don't want to die because of a Malay bugger. The best part is his car was not even "souped-up", it's just a plain Viva. The driver truly deserved my respect for playing Russian roulette on a sardine-tin vehicle.

Another driver (this time in a "souped-up" 90's Satria) was chasing/racing with another vehicle and again I was caught in their Bumi past-time. This Malay mothafockas would squeeze you off the road during no-brainer overtaking stunts and then sped off. Had I not have passengers in my car, I would surely demonstrate my road rage and maybe perform a PIT maneuver and wipe a few Bumis off their soil.

Then the best part: there was this convoy/gang of "souped-up" 90's Honda Civics who thought they are attention-grabbers (more like nuisance) who lined-up by the side of the road causing congestions. They then sped off using the emergency lane, with headlights and double-signals on, and cutting-in inconsiderately in between vehicles when the emergency lane ran out, again causing other motorists to slam their brakes and vehicles behind them sway to avoid hitting them buggers.

I hope them Bumi Ganu mothafocking buggers in their "souped-up" cars die a slow and painful death in their metal coffins.


Kenapa UMNO Takut Kepada Pilihanraya yang BERSIH?

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 08:40 PM PDT

Setiap hari, media2 milik UMNO menyerang BERSIH, memaki BERSIH, membuat ugutan, menyebar ancaman, memperbudak-budakan rakyat Malaysia. Semua kerana sebahagian besar rakyat Malaysia mahukan sistem pilihanraya yang telus dan BERSIH.

Soalnya sekarang: Mengapa UMNO takut dengan pilihanraya yang BERSIH?

Mengapa UMNO takut dengan dakwat kekal bila negara Jiran Indonesia melakukannya untuk lebih 240 juta rakyat Indonesia?

Mengapa UMNO takut membersihkan Daftar Pemilih walaupun jelas terdapat pemobohongan dan penipuan di dalam nya?

Mengapa UMNO takut menghapuskan undi pos, sedangkan Malaysia bukan lagi di dalam peperangan?

Mengapa UMNO mahu semua rakyat Malaysia menjadi penakut macam mereka?

Jelasnya, UMNO penipu. Apabila rakyat mahu mendedahkan penipuan mereka, sudah tentulah mereka jadi takut.

Rakyat Malaysia tiada jalan lain. Wajib semua turun ke jalan2 raya menuntut sistem pilihanraya yang bersih.

Kalau tidak, kita akan terus diperintah oleh kerajaan yang korup dan penipu. Kerajaan yang dipilih dengan cara menipu tidak perlu takut dengan kehendak rakyat.

Tulang Besi


RPK laughs MCA president Chua Soi Lek given Blowjob While In COURT while ANWAR gets another black eye

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 08:17 PM PDT


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With the stroke of a pen just before midnight on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo legalized gay marriage in New York, making the state the sixth and by far the largest to have a same-sex marriage law on the books.

The victory is all the more remarkable because it comes just two years after gay marriage supporters badly miscalculated their support in the same chamber, watching their same-sex marriage bill go down by a 24-to-38 margin after a dramatic floor debate.

Gay rights groups were optimistic that a vote this year would not share the fate of the 2009 bill, although Friday's passage came after days of debate among Republican senators on whether to hold a vote on the measure at all. But that internal discussion occurred against a larger backdrop of social change and political forces that made the passage a same-sex marriage bill easier this time around.

In contrast to the uncoordinated campaign gay-rights groups launched in 2009, advocacy groups joined together under the banner of New Yorkers United for Marriage and organized a massive operation on the ground and over the airwaves. And this year's push was led by popular Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose leadership stood in sharp contrast to that of former Governor David Paterson, who seemed feckless to many gay rights advocates in 2009.

As older New Yorkers passed away and younger ones with more tolerant attitudes took their place, the percentage of voters in favor of gay marriage kept on going up and up, from 37 percent in 2004 to 58 percent at the beginning of this month.

Those numbers, according to Quinnipiac University pollster Maurice Carroll, made gay marriage in the state "inevitable" in the long run. Earlier this week, Ruben Diaz, Sr., a Democratic state senator and Pentecostal reverend who staunchly opposes gay marriage,used that same word.

But in the Senate chamber where Diaz serves, the fight for same-sex marriage rights had long looked like an uphill struggle. The measure needed 32 supporters to pass, and with Diaz as the only of 30 Democrats opposed, gay rights activists needed to pick off three Republicans — and perhaps a fourth to provide political cover — for the measure to pass. With strong opposition from many members of the Republican caucus that controlled the body, few senators looked as though they could be won over. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $900,000 to Senate Republicans, also pitched undecideds on his limited government perspective on same-sex marriage rights.

Earlier in June, phone bank volunteers inside the New York City offices of the Service Employees International Union, which has supported the bill, were treating same-sex marriage as anything but an inevitability.

Over the course of two hours, Leone Kraus, who runs a blog about working in marketing "from the gay perspective" and describes herself as growing up in "a very conservative Catholic household" in MIchigan, made 75 calls in search of gay marriage allies.

That marketing experience showed. After a few answering machines, a constituent of state Senator Greg Ball, one of the critical few Republicans still publicly undecided at the time, picked up the phone. In a pleasant yet firm voice, Kraus convinced the voter to leave a short, polite message for Ball with an simple meaning: Gay marriage is something I care enough about to call.

Kraus and her partner Rebecca Hopkinson were campaigning for the bill under the auspices of New Yorkers United for Marriage, an umbrella coalition of LGBT rights groups that came together specifically for the same-sex marriage rights push. The Empire State Pride Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, Marriage Equality New York and the Log Cabin Republicans all joined forces in order to pass a gay marriage bill, in large part because Cuomo more or less forced them to earlier this year.

The organizing around the effort was very different in the midst of the last marriage fight. "There was no coordination back in 2009," Hopkinson said. Now she and her partner, along with dozens of other volunteers, used rapid dialing phone bank software that could patch people in directly to their senators — a far cry from the personal cellphones they used two years ago. Their mere presence in the Midtown office building that hosts SEIU, moreover, was a testament to the vocal support of the state's labor unions.

One Senate Democrat who flipped his vote from 2009 told the press recently that last time around, 79 percent of the people who contacted his office on the issue were against gay marriage. This time, the 4,839 of 6,015 people who called or wrote were in favor. "In the end, that is my vote," Senator Joseph Addabo, Jr. said.

"For us to personalize it makes it resonate more than just poll numbers," said Kevin Nix, director of the Human Rights Campaign. New Yorkers United for Marriage, the umbrella group, sent hundreds of thousands of pieces of mail and made hundreds of thousands of robocalls. The Human Rights Campaign alone deployed 30 full-time organizers and spent more than $1 million in the state.

The contacts gay rights activists and allies made with undecided Senators were personal and oftentimes philosophical. They were also demonstration of how electorally charged the issue may prove to be in 2012.

In the press conference to announce his support, Addabo cited the shifting poll numbers in his district. Both gay activists and those opposed to same-sex marriage have pledged to punish their opponents in the 2012 elections. Particularly ominous for the Republicans is the state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long's pledge to withhold his endorsement of anyone who votes in favor of same-sex marriage rights.

Long has wobbled before on such pledges, but in New York, where small parties with big-sounding names wield outsized influence, the Conservative endorsement is oftentimes enough to send a Senate candidate over the top.

At least one Senate Republican, Roy McDonald, said that in the final assessment, he just decided not to listen to ultimatums from the Conservative Party and bombastic warnings from Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan about the "ominous threat" of gay marriage.

"[F]uck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing," McDonald saidwhen he announced his support for the bill earlier this June.

For those Republicans who weren't so indifferent to the torrent of advocates from both sides attempting to sway their opinions, Cuomo had another ace up his sleeve: the support of the Gill Action Fund, which spent almost $1 million in last year's election defeating candidates who had opposed same-sex marriage last time around. That money, provided by Colorado multi-millionaire Tim Gill, demonstrated that any Conservative Party support would be matched by gay rights campaign dollars against them in the 2012 elections.

Much of this successful strategy was directed by Cuomo, whose popularity has not faded even after the announcement that his budget would cut 10,000 state jobs. Cuomo made same-sex marriage one of his top legislative priorities and the high poll numbers and groundswell of support from ordinary New Yorkers might have made little difference without his determination.

On Thursday, Cuomo and his staffers wrapped up negotiations with three Senate Republicans over one final knotty issue that had prevented a floor vote until then – the question of how many exemptions should be granted to religious groups and individuals who oppose gay marriage.

With that deal made, Sen. Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) announced his support for the measure on Friday night during the floor debate. The mass of people gathered inside the iconic Stonewall Inn cheered Saland on, even as he dryly detailed the technicalities of the religious exemptions.

The Stonewall crowd was even more enthusiastic for the second last-minute convert to support gay marriage, Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), who gave the bill its fourth Republican backer.

"I cannot legally come up with an argument against same-sex marriage," Grisanti said during floor debate. "Who am I to say that someone does not have the same rights that I have with my wife, who I love, or to have the 1,300-plus rights that I share with her."

The people at Stonewall went wild. Grisanti had recognized the logic of the phrase "marriage equality": Marriage was simply a right, one that no legal gymnastics could take away.

And then, just before he announced that he would vote in the affirmative, he said: "I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife."

Then, at 11:55 p.m. on Friday night, Governor Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law.



Different but Stupid by Anas Zubedy - The STAR

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 08:08 PM PDT

Sunday June 26, 2011

Different but stupid

By HARIATI AZIZAN
sunday@thestar.com.my

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Local marketing guru Anas Zubedy agrees with Ong that the coffin gimmick in the neighbouring republic is not only offensive, but also stupid.

"At Zubedy (training, development and consulting firm Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd), our principle is that our branding needs to be DBS – different, better and special. The (Indonesian ) coffin sending stunt is also DBS – different but stupid," he quips, adding that he also does not believe that any publicity is good publicity.

Anas goes further to oppose the term and practice of "publicity stunt" in business.

"The word 'stunt' shows that we don't respect customers. We should not do publicity stunts – we should only communicate our message – as creatively as we can – to our target group," he says.

Crucially, adds Anas, the publicity campaign needs to be conducted within the framework of ethical marketing foundation, which is based on the values of the culture.

In Malaysia, with our diverse cultures, we have to be culturally aware to avoid making mistakes and offending anyone.

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Malaysiakini, SUARAM, IRI dan NDI dibiayai NED/CIA ~ Buktinya!

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 05:15 PM PDT

Saudara /Saudari, warga Malaysia sekelian,


Berapa ramaikah diantara kita yang sedar akan agenda CIA @ Central Intelligence Agency ~ Agensi Perisikan Pusat Amerika untuk menerobos negara negara didunia ini dengan cara membiayai mana mana pihak yang boleh mereka gunakan untuk menjayakan perancangan Washington menguasai dunia melalui proksi proksi mereka?


Didalam kajian saya tentang penglibatan NED/CIA yang begitu lantang membantah tindakan undang undang negara kita terhadap Anwar Ibrahim, saya menjumpai bukti kukuh akan cara NED/CIA membiayai pihak pihak seperti Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, yang menjalankan operasi Malaysiakini sebuah portal siber anti kerajaan Malaysia, penyebar segala berita negatif mengenai Malaysia dan membuka ruang dan peluang bagi pemaki hamun, pencerca nesta Agama Islam dan Umat Islam seMalaysia disebalik topeng kebebasan bersuara!


Begitu juga dengan pembiayaan NED/CIA untuk SUARAM, sebuah NGO yang turut aktif sentiasa mengutuk dan mencari kesalahan KERAJAAN MALAYSIA sejak ia ditubuhkan. 


Lihatlah buktinya disini:

Malaysia

Malaysia
International Republican Institute (IRI)
$400,000
To enhance the ability of Malaysian political parties to better represent their constituents. IRI will strengthen the ability of parties to conduct and utilize public opinion research in platform, policy, strategy, and message development, and will strengthen the ability of parties working in Sarawak to identify and respond to constituent needs in advance of the upcoming state assembly elections.
Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd
$100,000

To strengthen independent media in Malaysia. Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd will support the development of an online media outlet providing professional and responsible coverage of issues and news often ignored or distorted by the mainstream media.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
$322,500
To strengthen the skills of recently-elected members of parliament and state legislatures in communications, constituent outreach, and understanding of parliamentary rules and procedures. NDI will work with local organizations to create public platforms including civic information fairs, public discussion forums, and websites to facilitate interaction between citizens and elected officials.
Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd (SUARAM)
$85,000

To promote human rights in Malaysia. Suaram will organize human rights campaigns on the issues of the Internal Security Act, the right to trial, refugees, and migrant workers. Suaram will also continue to issue its annual survey and evaluation of the human rights situation in Malaysia.
The grant listings posted here are from the 2009 Annual Report, published in June 2010.
Anwar Ibrahim dibuktikan sebagai salah seorang yang terlibat secara terus dengan usaha NED/CIA untuk menjalankan 'regime change' @ satu bentuk pengolahan istilah untuk menghalalkan kerja kerja jahat puak NED/CIA ini untuk menjatuhkan mana mana kerajaan yang tidak akur kepada kehendak dan kemahuan rejim mereka di Washington! 


Klik disini untuk melihat bukti keterlibatan Anwar Ibrahim dengan NED/CIA!


Saksikan bukti bagaimana Anwar diraikan oleh NED/CIA dimana Anwar membacakan kenyataannya menghina negara kita Malaysia dipersada antarabangsa:



Lihat pula siapakah dia disebalik agenda BERSIH 2.0 didalam video berikut:


Masihkah anda mahu menyokong Ambiga Sreenevasan dengan BERSIH 2.0 nya?  


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