Friday, June 10, 2011

Program PAS di Bekas Bangunan UMNO PJ Selatan Hari Sabtu Ini

Program PAS di Bekas Bangunan UMNO PJ Selatan Hari Sabtu Ini


Program PAS di Bekas Bangunan UMNO PJ Selatan Hari Sabtu Ini

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 10:17 AM PDT



Program ini akan berlangsung di Bangunan yang dahulunya bangunan UMNO PJ Selatan.


Battle of the Chefs In Penang, Straits Quay Sea Front

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 09:34 AM PDT

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Greening Penang to Be Pro-People

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 09:09 AM PDT

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Lately, I met my old friend Ir Dr. Tai Tuck Leong who, on behalf of a consultant group, came to brief the Penang Island Municipal Council's Technical Committee on a traffic study. He said he was in support of the Green concept as advocated by the Penang government, being pro-people in contents.

After so many years since our last meeting in London, Tai remains committed in his idea, it seems, though he has grown prosperous too.

The 'Cleaner and Greener Penang' motto will add the word 'Safer' to it soon, as disclosed by YB Chow Kuan Yeow, the Executive Councillor in charge of Local Government in Penang.

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From left, Sr. Zahry, Ir Dr. Tai, and Boo Chang.


NAJIB LOTS OF INCONVENIENT TRUTHS “A MORAL DISASTER” COMING NEAR YOU, PRODUCED MAHATHIR

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 08:09 AM PDT

While admitting that several complaints were made to him about Raja's policies, the PM said he had no reason to believe anything seriously wrong had been done. He then admitted that he could not make up his mind that something serious was wrong, which later prevented him from intervening when Raja made a comeback as telecom minister in UPA II.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has finally broken his silence to offer his defence in the 2G spectrum scam, which is fast paralysing the government. He has essentially blamed former telecom minister A Raja and coalition pressures for all the wrongdoings and promised that the guilty will be punished irrespective of rank or influence.While the PM says he went along with Raja's claims of no auctions based on TRAI recommendations, approval of the Telecom Commission and concurrence by the finance ministry, it is clear that all of these could easily have been checked by the PMO and corrections made on the spot. Clearly, that did not happen.Any surprise at a connection being drawn between the 2G chargesheet and Anna Hazare's fast over the Lokpal Bill is perhaps unwarranted. Anna Hazare's main contention is that the 42-year-old pending Lokpal Bill should be drafted with inputs from civil society through a joint committee so that the anti-corruption body has teeth and can independently monitor corruption in government. This points to the absence of any truly independent, empowered agency in the country to tackle corruption.

The CBI's latest chargesheet in the 2G scam investigation, which has been filed under the supervision of the Supreme Court, amply illustrates this. Timid and short on detail, the CBI chargesheet serves more as a lesson for students of law and police academies on how not to make a chargesheet.
For starters, the chargesheet goes out of its way to offer a clean chit to the Prime Minister (4 pages), the attorney general (2 pages) and the Tatas (7 pages). It appears the CBI believes its brief is to defend these three as the accused rather than focusing on its real job of detailing criminal conspiracy, delivering evidence on corruption and filing charges, without favour or prejudice, against those in the government and the private sector who cheated the exchequer.
The 60-page final report does not have a single line to prove corruption nor does it even remotely mention the evidence. Even on Kalaignar TV, it states: "Further investigation regarding these transactions, including custodial interrogation of the accused persons is in progress." So there you are – a chargesheet on corruption after dragging its feet for 2 years and then being rapped on its knuckles by the Supeme Court — without a single piece of evidence anywhere. One should not rule out the influence of the coming Tamil Nadu elections on the flavour and deliberate shortcomings of this first chargesheet.
Since it is not keen on fulfilling its own mandate of a statutory investigating agency, the CBI has assumed the role of an auditor instead. This is an important move, which helps create a mid-point of Rs 30,984.55 crore between the CAG's Rs 1.76 lakh crore revenue loss figure, which is accurately based on TRAI recommendations equating 2G spectrum with 3G spectrum, and telecom minister Kapil Sibal's irreverent and indeed outright frivolous "zero loss" premise.
To do this, the CBI has invented a terminology called "Aggregate Gross Revenue (AGR) per MHz per Year" that has never been used before by anybody — DoT, finance ministry, TRAI or CAG. By citing some documents which are not in the public domain, the CBI takes a parameter used for measuring spectrum charge (recurring quarterly payment by cellular operators) to determine that the auction price for the entry fee would have been Rs 30,984.55 crore. Unsurprisingly, the CBI has failed to provide detailed calculations in support of its new loss figure. The CBI is way out of line in following Sibal's lead in second guessing the CAG by using this oblique and ineffective parameter.
The CBI has further defied the Supreme Court Order of 16.12.2010 which instructed it to investigate spectrum auctions between 2001 and 2006 and the grant of UAS licences. The CBI has walked over that entire period as if nothing happened – ignoring the Justice Shivraj Patil OMC Report and the multiple statements and evidence provided by the government about the illegal issuance of new UAS licences since 2004 in violation of TRAI's recommendations and the Cabinet decision of 2003.
None of the companies that were found ineligible in the CAG Report (85 of them) except Unitech have been chargesheeted. After so long, only Unitech's 22 applications have been evaluated but not the other 63. The same officers who let in Unitech probably let in the others. Yet those officers who let in Unitech are not mentioned in the chargesheet.
The chargesheet also fights to clear attorney general Vahanvati's name despite  the fact that it was he who personally approved the press release of 10.01.2008 which led to the 2G scam. The AG later suggested that the release was tampered with after he had approved it. However, file notings reveal that notwthithstanding the tampering in the last paragraph, the AG approved every decision that went on to become the bedrock of the 2G scam – illegal advancement of the cutoff date, violation of the TRAI Act while modifying the no-cap recommendations and manipulation of first-come-first-served (FCFS).
The CBI has carefully picked on some junior company officials as the prime accused. Is it the CBI's case that these officials acted without the consent of the owners and promoters? If so, under whose authorization, and with what motive would this be? The CBI repeats the charge of criminal conspiracy between DoT, Swan and Unitech roughly 17 times in the 60 pages but doesn't provide any insight into how, where and for what consideration such conspiracy occurred. Raja has been provided an exit route to blame his decision on solicitor general (now attorney general) Vahanvati's advice, while giving the solicitor general an exit by saying that the file was tampered with. This is a perfect situation for the CBI court to dismiss the case against Raja with a little scolding, "The CBI failed to make out the case properly."
The CBI has also completely failed to show any violation of Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules – which would have helped nail the illegality, thus proving that the arbitrary decisions were taken for a consideration. If there was no illegal act and the money trail is missing (chargesheet has neither), how will the allegations against Raja, Chandolia and Behura be proved?
So apart from wasting 18 months of the taxpayer's money since it first  filed its FIR in October 2009, it is clear that the CBI, despite the Supreme Court's supervision, is up to serious mischief. It has accused three obvious government officials (Raja, RK Chandolia and S Behura) and a handful of junior nondescript private company executives with little or no evidence and in fact, left strategic loopholes for this case to either linger endlessly or be dismissed. Unless the CBI springs a surprise in its subsequent chargesheets or the Supreme Court comes down heavily on the CBI for putting together an April Fool's Day (April 2, 2011) chargesheet, it seems that the stage is set to take the nation for yet another ride by pretending to run a case but in fact, subverting the process of justice by using a shallow and unsubstantiated chargesheet.
Anna Hazare's agitation is timely, appropriate and critical. The CBI making a joke of the 2G scam investigation despite the Supreme Court's best efforts shows how desperately India needs anti-corruption laws and institutions like the Lokpal to bring in the changes that Hazare and others in civil society seek. This is not to say that the civil society draft is perfect or that even civil society can control corruption with a magic wand and without accountability to other institutions. Regardless, the frustration and anger that one sees on the streets is because India has witnessed too much compromise on corruption for far too long.

The PM has made no attempt to deny that he was in the know. Arun Shourie recently made startling revelations that he had given the PM details of the scam beneficiaries and paper trail in August-September 2009, but did not receive a response from either the PM or his office.Shourie also alleged that the same whistleblower was introduced to the CBI, who engaged him, but refused to act.The CBI FIR was filed immediately after this in October 2009, but the CBI's affidavit in the Supreme Court shows that it did very little till the SC started hearing Prashant Bhushan's PIL on the 2G scam in October 2010. This inaction acquires new colour in the context of Shourie's allegations, considering that the CBI is accountable to the PM.By now, various reports/documents suggest that the PM knew of Raja's intent and modus operandi well before 2G licences were finally awarded on January 10, 2010. So why did he fail to act?The problem is not so much about Raja's claims, which multiple investigations have proved false, but about the detailed information given by him to the PM, on which the PM failed to act, which in turn led to the perpetration of the scam in 2008.The PM claims it's on account of coalition pressures. Yet, the same PM refused to bow to coalition pressure from the Left parties during the Indo-US nuclear deal, displaying a will of steel by staking the future of the government for what he considered was good for India. This is valuable evidence that the PM can resist pressure when he wants to. Another explanation offered is that the PM is simply too busy to address all correspondence in minute detail. Yet in Raja's case, the PM found time to exchange five letters directly, including one in which the PM detailed the alternatives that Raja could consider, so the second theory doesn't stick either.How do the facts stack up? Is the PM indeed culpable in the Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum scam?Let's first test Singh's acknowledged strengths: strong personal financial integrity and a mature handle on economics and public policy.While the worms just don't stop tumbling out from the 2G scam investigations, so far there is no incriminating financial evidence linking Singh to the scamMoreover, the PM, in his two-page letter of November 2, 2007 to Raja, states in Section 4 of its annexure, "In order that spectrum use efficiency gets directly linked with the correct pricing of spectrum, consider (i) introduction of a transparent methodology of auction, wherever legally and technically feasible, and (ii) revision of entry fee which is currently benchmarked on old spectrum auction figures." In effect, the PM favored auctions in spite of Raja's claims that TRAI had not recommended auctions, and was also careful to protect exchequer revenues by suggesting "revision of entry fee" as a prudent alternative. Responding within hours on the same day, a defiant Raja wrote: "It will be unfair, discriminatory, arbitrary and capricious to auction spectrum to new applicants as it will not give them level playing field." Singh scores on economics and public policy. Clearly, if Singh had enforced his advice, there would have been no 2G scam.The PM's culpability comes into question only if it can be established that Raja acted after informing the PM and without misleading him in any way. For this we need to examine the events leading to Raja's resignation and arrest.Anna fasts to include PM in Lokpal. Govt says no. Is there a lesson in the 2G scam?
One of Anna Hazare's main demands, leading to his renewed fast against the government's brutal attack on the common man at Ramlila Grounds is the government's refusal to negotiate on the PM being brought under the purview of the Lokpal Bill.

A careful analysis of the government's resistance fails to demonstrate good intent, both because the demand is unconstitutional and also because the logic that opening the PM's office to public scrutiny affects the image of the nation is fairly puerile. It basically means that even if the PM is culpable or guilty of corruption he should remain in office, rather than creating a structure and process that makes it impossible for the PM to blame coalition pressures or use other inane excuses to justify big corruption.

An examination of the PM's culpability in the 2G spectrum scam alone, establishes this fairly strongly. Initially, despite the ToI pre-announcing the scam in over 50 articles, the PM maintained a stoic silence on the issue and did nothing to restrain ex-telecom minister A Raja. Recently, when forced to comment on the issue in February, the PM blamed Raja for the whole mess and said he did nothing because the finance ministry had agreed with Raja's policies.

Because of the PM's complicity, now the finance secretary and his team who will be deposing in front of the JPC investigating the 2G spectrum scam on Wednesday, June 8, will also have to play Jekyll and Hyde. They have a hard task cut out for them as they will be required to take sides either with the PM or with P Chidambaram, who was the finance minister at the time the 2G scam was played out.

This promises to be a tough choice for this relatively new team, which has had little or no dealings with the 2G spectrum scam or its actors.

The political dilemma for the finance ministry (finmin) arises on account of the PM's statements on the 2G scam at a TV editors' press meet on February 16, which contradicts official documents which have formed the backbone of the 2G investigation – the CAG report and the Shivraj Patil One Man Committee (OMC) Report.

The PM publicly stated at the press meet that the reason why he did not restrain Raja beyond the exchange of a few letters was because, consistent with the Cabinet decision of 2003, the issue of spectrum pricing in 2007-08 had been discussed between the DoT and MoF – who had mutually "concurred on the issue". This query about the so-called 'concurrence' has been raised at several forums to Chidambaram but failed to elicit an explicit response.

Documentary evidence, however, shows that far from concurrence, there was absolute disagreement, even a breakdown, on the spectrum pricing issue between the MoF and the DoT. The first definitive evidence emerges out of the CAG report which, in Section 3.2, quotes the MoF as observing that, "In view of the directions of the Union Cabinet (October 2003) and particularly in absence of the requisite clarity in the recommendations of the TRAI and the decisions of the Union Cabinet, in regard to fixation of entry fee for new licenses, prudent principles of governance would have required the DoT to engage in further inter-ministerial discussions particularly with the MoF. The fact that this was not done despite repeated advises from the MoF does give scope for creation of doubt, on the validity of the decision taken to fix the entry fee for new licenses at 2001 levels".

Apart from this statement recorded by the CAG from the MoF as late as January 2010, there is also evidence that two letters were exchanged between the finance secretary and the DoT secretary on  November 27, 2007 and November 29, 2007 respectively.

The then finance secretary, D Subbarao (present RBI governor) had vehemently objected to giving away spectrum at the 2001 price of Rs 1600 crore and, in fact, directed the DoT to immediately halt issuance of licenses. The DoT secretary in turn had explained that the decision was proceeding along the lines of a 2003 Cabinet decision. These letters fail to exhibit concurrence.  Additionally, unless there was a verbal agreement between Chidambaram and Raja, the DoT affidavit in the Supreme Court dated November 11, 2010 confirms in Section 93 that apart from these two letters, "Hereafter, no reference or communication was received".

Further, the Patil report instituted by telecom minister, Kapil Sibal has concluded for the period 2004-08 that, "If the entry fee was not to be revised to reflect the opportunity cost and when competitive bidding for determining entry fee was not followed, since the matter had financial bearing, before finalizing of procedure for grant of license/allotment of spectrum, concurrence of finmin ought to have been taken under Rule 4 of the GoI Transaction of Business. This is yet one more deviation from extant policy".

The finmin is now up against its own word to the CAG, the Union's petition in the Supreme Court and the report. If the finmin, consistent with the PM's statement, admits that the finmin had 'concurred', then it drags Chidambaram right in the middle of the 2G spectrum scam. On the other hand, if it stands by its own statement to the CAG and the findings of the Patil report, then it could cause considerable embarrassment to the PM.

If the PM had been answerable under the Lokpal at the time the 2G scam was being played out, would he have been in a position to hide behind the DoT and finmin's "concurrence"? Or allowed Raja to run amuck? Could he have offered coalition pressures as an excuse? It appears fairly reasonable to assume that within the purview of a Lokpal Bill and the real threat of imprisonment, any PM would ensure that no pressure or excuse could override his writ even if he had to strengthen his office and capacity to perform more efficiently.

Would not an upright PM who is honest himself and who enforces honesty through his Cabinet brighten the image of our country more than protecting or covering up the misdemeanors of a compromised or weak PM?
Based on the evidence, please judge for yourself.The five specific allegations against Raja are:
1. He claimed to implement TRAI's recommendations regarding "no cap" on the number of operators, but in fact, violated this by capping the number of licences processed at 122 out of 575 applicants. In 2009, the courts observed that Raja had acted contrary to this claim.
2. He defied the law minister to circumvent scrutiny by an eGoM. This violates governments' transaction of business rules under Article 77 of the Constitution.
3. He followed a bespoke first-come-first-served (FCFS) process over transparent auctions even though the demand far outweighed supply. This violates provisions of the Constitution, Article 14, 19 (i)
(g4. He illegally and arbitrarily advanced the cut-off date from October 1, 2007 to September 25, 2007, a move that favoured handpicked companies. The courts have declared this action illegal.
5. Finally, he manipulated the FCFS process by changing the established priority based on "date of application" to a new arbitrary criteria of "compliance with LoI" which meant "first to pay gets spectrum". The CAG's report shows that insider information coupled with these tailor-made norms, allowed a few companies to fraudulently access spectrum by jumping the queue.Of the five listed wrongdoings which were later found either illegal or in violation of administrative procedure/rules, Raja informed the PM about the first four through his two letters D.O. No. 20-100/2007-AS.I of November 2, 2007 – written two months before the scam broke out.The last, regarding the change of the FCFS definition was conveyed to the PM on December 26, 2007, through a detailed six-page letter including annexure, DO No. 260/M(C&IT)/VIP/2007 – two weeks before the spectrum scam broke out.The fact that the PM was well apprised of these impending policy violations is evident from a closer look at the correspondence between them. Five letters were exchanged between Raja and the PM directly – three on one day (November 2, 2007), followed by Raja's last letter on December 26, 2007 and the PM's two-line acknowledgment on January 3, 2008 – exactly one week before the infamous award of 2G licences on January 10, 2010This shows that every single action by Raja, except ones under scrutiny under the Prevention of Corruption Act, were known to the PM in detail and well ahead of Raja's actions. It is equally clear from the turn of events: CBI's FIR of October 21, 2009, CAG Report of November 2010 and the Shivraj Patil one-man committee report of January 31, 2011, that whatever Raja told the PM, he followed to the letter. The DoT corroborates this in its affidavit of November 11, 2010 in the Supreme Court which, citing Raja's letter of November 2, 2007 and December 26, 2007 admits, "Not only was there no difference of opinion with the Hon'ble PM, his office was duly kept informed of all decisions".In conclusion, and based on the facts, it is clear that all allegations against Raja of wrongdoing and illegal acts which have led to the loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore as reported by the CAG and eventually, his resignation and arrest, were known, in detail and in advance, by the PM In summary, the PM offered Raja sound advice on public policy that was anchored in strong economic principles, but consistently failed to reign in a minister turned rogue since 2007, which makes allegations of his culpability in the 2G spectrum scam difficult to dislodge. It is these serious lapses that the PM must defend."Ek Anna Hazare se hazaron Anna?" The arrest of five top corporate executives, including a managing director in the 2G spectrum scam on Wednesday, is a shameful statement of the corporate sector's role in the systemic corruption sweeping India. It also points to the need for a new set of upright corporate leaders set in Anna Hazare's character mould to resurrect the corporate world from its dark values. Till now, the corporate sector has got away by pretending to be a victim of corruption and lack of governance. Companies habitually hold seminars on how they deserve better governance. They weep that they are forced to pay bribes since that is the only way to get governments – both in states and at the Centre – to do their basic job of moving files and expediting applications/permissions. Wednesday's arrests have exposed this falsehood forever.The CBI chargesheet involving the arrests of Swan, Unitech and Reliance officials shows that these companies were in no way forced to pay bribes. Rather, allegations in the CAG report and the CBI chargesheet reveal that these companies had nothing pending with the government which was either delaying their business, increasing their costs, or causing their customers to suffer.In the case of Unitech and Swan (DB Realty) you have a case of two real estate companies who had nothing whatsoever to do with telecom till the spectrum scam broke out on January 10,  2008. The CBI points out that these companies voluntarily (this was not forced on them) entered into a criminal conspiracy with the government driven purely by greed, to not only influence the decision on who could qualify for precious 2G spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices, but in fact, even jump the queue to get priority access in a sector in which they had no prior exposure and for a resource they had never handled before Even in the case of Reliance, the CBI chargesheet does not show any indication of the company being forced to act under duress. It is clear that if proven guilty, this will not be a simple case of having to grease palms for a lack of alternative.This is just the beginning. The second chargesheet is due soon and may have additional names. While no one is surprised about politicians being involved, it is critical that India Inc wakes up to the fact that it can no longer play the role of victim of the corruption menace.Those implicated in the 2G spectrum scam include not unknown SMEs, but India's largest and most powerful corporates, which have been posturing about their values and attempting to be role models for others. They had every opportunity to keep their hands clean and avoid getting into this mess but chose not to. This is especially damning, since for every one company that went rogue, several other firms avoided taking this route. This should be a wake-up call for India Inc. The corporate sector has to either voluntarily restrain its schizophrenic urges or be forced to curtail its hypocrisy. For starters, it should desist from shooting off letters to the government signed by top corporate honchos, seeking "better governance", considering that it is now an open secret that it is itself encouraging the sickness of graft for its own profit.Industry bodies like the CII and Ficci should seize the opportunity to lead corporate India on a correction course by taking specific steps to generate accountability. Top leadership should step up their investments in executive coaching and governance advisory services. Corporate India needs serious introspection, counselling from the best anti-corruption consultants in India and overseas to get a practical action plan in place which will help rebuild the people's confiden
I am personally not convinced that the industry is ready with a plan that media, civil society and the "aam aadmi" will be willing to buy. The time for writing codes of conduct, taking integrity pledges and candlelight walks is over. The only way India Inc can resurrect itself is by revealing its Anna Hazare if it has one – someone who has walked the talk and can place his own life at risk for the common good. And may a million Anna Hazares manifest from across the nation till corruption is completely vanquishedune 10 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim deliberately mismanaged the economy as finance minister during the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and 1998 in order to hasten Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's exit, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.Datuk Seri Najib Razak defended Barisan Nasional's (BN) track record in governing Malaysia today, saying it was the people and not slogans that will decide the next federal government of the country.

The prime minister also said change was only meaningful if it brought progress, but that Malaysians should not crave change just for the sake of it.
"The road to Putrajaya is not through slogans but the choice of the people," he told 800 Lembah Keramat AU5D residents who had gathered here for a meet-and-greet session.
Najib is the second senior BN leader to meet residents in the Klang Valley this week, with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin going on a day-long walkabout over the last weekend. Ten out of 11 parliamentary seats in Kuala Lumpur are in the hands of BN's opponents, Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Citing the opposition's unproven track record, the prime minister cautioned that voters who opt for change without a calm heart and rational mind might find themselves worse off than before.
He pointed out that the ruling coalition, which has been in power since the country's independence, has consistently brought development while claiming that PR was only good at making empty promises.
"Can you trust them or not? Have they done [what they promised] or not? Are they capable or not?" he asked.
Taking aim at opposition-led Penang, Najib said the one-off RM100 payment doled out to senior citizens by the state government there could not compare to the billions in subsidies that Putrajaya forks out annually to help the people.
"They made a big fuss just because they gave a tiny bit," he said, adding that the state government's payment was like "a single egg" compared to BN's golden goose.
Najib, who is also BN chairman, said the ruling coalition will win back the people here — who put the Gombak constituency and all the three states seats within it under PR in the last election — through meaningful change.
He told residents here that in addition to supporting healthcare, education and subsidies, the government will soon also build affordable homes for lower income groups as part of its continued efforts to improve the lives of Malaysians.
"This is a big change, meaningful change, not just claiming that change is better," he said.
The prime minister told residents at a Selangor suburb that Anwar, who was also the then deputy prime minister, raised interest rates and cut public allocations in an attempt to force then-prime minister Dr Mahathir out of government and take his place.
"I was in Cabinet, I know the story," Najib told Lembah AU5D residents here during a walkabout today.
"He raised interest rates by 20 per cent and cut (public) allocations to ruin the economy all because he wanted to be prime minister, because he wanted to push Dr Mahathir out," he added.
Anwar's PKR party and two allies, DAP and PAS, won Selangor from the Barisan Nasional (BN) in Election 2008 but Najib, who is Umno president and heads the party's Selangor chapter, is working the ground to win the country's wealthiest state in the next general elections.
Taking another dig at Anwar's time in government, Najib pointed out it was useless to talk big but not live up to one's promises when in power.
He added that Anwar's alleged failure to manage the economy then meant that voters now should not trust claims by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) that it can keep the price of fuel low if it wins federal power.
The billions of ringgit needed to maintain fuel subsidies in the face of rising global crude oil prices would have to come from allocations meant for public goods, he said.
"With the price of oil going up, if you put PR in power that will happen."
"Economic experts won't do that. They won't use funds for schools, roads and mosques for fuel," said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.
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Gani was cleared by the MACC of having consorted with an alleged proxy of Tajuddin Ramli.—file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — A senior ex-cop has accused Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail of burying evidence of corruption by senior government leaders between 1994 and 1996, involving losses of at least RM12 billion in public funds.

Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim said Abdul Gani, then a senior public prosecutor heading the prosecution division in 1994, was involved in covering up the roles of "ministers and chief ministers" in scandals such as the RM8 billion and RM4 billion losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Perwaja Steel respectively.
"Between 1994 and 1996, Gani Patail was busy playing his role in closing cases or burying information that linked ministers or chief ministers who could be proven to have abused power or were corrupt. This includes the Perwaja case and also the one related to Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli," the former Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation chief said in an open letter to the prime minister today.
Mat Zain was referring to MAS's claim that Tajuddin was responsible for RM8 billion in losses during his tenure as executive chairman of the national carrier from 1994 to 2001.
In the letter, he added that Tajuddin, who he refers to as TRI, used a similar modus operandi of "signing long-term and lopsided contracts" similarly used by Perwaja Steel as well as Tenaga Nasional Berhad in its power deals with independent power producers (IPP) that is said to cost taxpayers RM20 billion a year.
"There are similarities in the MO used by all three companies. A common factor may be found and we cannot ignore the possibility that the persons involved in all the agreements are the same," said Mat Zain, who headed the 1998 police probe into former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's black-eye case.
He added that the 1994-6 period seemed rife with scandals, including holidays taken by former Chief Justice Tan Sri Eusuff Chin and former Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah with lawyer Datuk VK Lingam, who was implicated in fixing judicial appointments.
Mat Zain had sent the letter to Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to state that the Malaysian Anti-Courruption Commission (MACC) operations evaluation panel had no power to clear Abdul Gani from allegations of graft related Tajuddin's tenure as MAS executive chairman.
He said the MACC corruption prevention advisory panel had concurred that the MACC Act did not allow the evaluation panel to review decisions made by the anti-graft body.
The country's top lawyer had met the MACC board and panel members for a dialogue in January and was cleared of "consorting with Shahidan Shafie, who is alleged to be a proxy for Tajuddin".
Mat Zain has repeatedly accused Abdul Gani of having deceived the federal government andrecently called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Attorney-General's role in destroying public confidence in the police.
Defaulting on our national debt would not be good, dubbed a "moral disaster" by a "Too Big To Fail" bank executive.
"Moral disaster" is already here.
From the making of the financial crisis in the first place to the fallout it leaves behind. Not to mention the in-between multi-trillion absorption by the US government (de facto the American people) of private bank bad debts and bets (bankers kept their bonuses and then some). Take ethics out of economic activity, no surprise the conundrum, the bedlam.
As it goes in the Wall Street boardrooms and executive suites, so it goes throughout the financial system. Parents set the tone in the home. Dangle candy, it's within human nature to test the limits. Cheaters and liars have been around since time in memoriam. If those controlling the levers are cozy, lookin' away or cheatin', we've got problems.
Wall street 2010 bonuses totaled 138 billion, on bank profits greased by stimulus spending and the Federal Reserve's low interest rate policy (hurting savers, those dependent on income). Meanwhile, most Americans struggle to stay afloat. Crises do have a way of crystallizing what's important in our lives, to define our own American Dream, rather than one based on an inflated asset.
As I watch the "Raising the US Debt Ceiling" drama unfold, political jousting, over mere billions — like ladling an ocean with a spoon — it's more of the same. Managing to the short-term, managing to self-interest and hoping for a "happily ever after." It's beginning to feel a bit like "rearranging the deck chairs" on the Titanic.
In just 5 short years US national debt doubled from around 7 trillion (2006) to 14.3 trillion — a direct result of Wall Street bailouts and stimulus spending. Money spent to stem the unwind of a financial crisis fraught with falsehood and fraud — the packaging/repackaging of bad loans into complex experimental securities (and their derivatives) premised on the illusion that home prices rise forever. The Federal Reserve's easy monetary policy fueled the dysfunctional apparatus.
Excesses resulted from no accountability. Make and get money fast, irrespective of how, from executive suites to those who took loans they could ill afford. Once upon a time, if one sold an unsuitable security to a customer, or failed to disclose information, one was held accountable.
Truth has been relegated to the dustbin. The legacy, "A Moral Disaster."
Ominous debt for the American people/future generations, joblessness, homelessness, rising poverty rates, deterioration in municipal services, escalating crime (flash mobs attacking innocent citizens), a rapidly falling standard of living for many Americans and on, on, on… an ever-widening societal schism in an era of unprecedented wealth creation. I would note here a Vanity Fair article entitled, "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%," written by Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph E. Stiglitz.
Stay with me here for a moment. Did you catch the headline, "Too Big to Prosecute" — related to the sale of packaged "toxic waste" doomed to fail and the simultaneous bet against it?
Let's try to understand, if at all possible. Does this mean that "Too Big to Fail" status inadvertently grants such institution immunity (irrespective of reckless behavior) by virtue of it being systemically significant, in its bigness, that it could not be put at risk, or held accountable, as it would put the financial system and economy at risk?
Talk about "moral hazard." If this structural flaw doesn't shake one's confidence in the markets, nor make one wonder about a future crisis, don't know what would. This, mind you, within the larger context of a free market enterprise system.
Don't just take my word for it. Read former TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky's chilling New York Times Op-Ed piece, "Where The Bailout Went Wrong." His farewell piece the day he vacated his position as chief watchdog of TARP.
For starters,

"…the country was assured that regulatory reform would address the threat to our financial system posed by large banks that have become effectively guaranteed by the government no matter how reckless their behavior…"

and,

"…credit rating agencies incorporate future government bailouts into their assessments of the largest banks…"

Comically tragic, this financialgate.
During the Savings and Loan crisis (1980s), far less grim in impact, 800 bank executives went to jail out of 1100 cases under investigation. Volumes about the financial crisis have been written — books, articles, columns, movies made. We've had Congressional hearings, investigations, two major inquiry/investigative reports (by The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and the Senate).
Yet, The Beat Goes On. Wow!


MCMC wants block of 10 websites that allow illegal movie downloads

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 07:59 AM PDT


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) wants 10 websites, that allow illegal download of movies and videos, blocked and has told the relevant Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to do so.

Aiyah!! WTF!! Like that where got Net freedom somemore? The fu_king Garmen already monitoring bloggers who screw the Garmen or even the Mongol-terminating-numbah-one. ISA prison already packed like sardine.

Block? Block la. Cannot download, can buy DVD also wat. RM4 per piece only mah!

Eh, MCMC, you wanna block them porn websites ka? Cannot ah? Dunno f_cking know how ka? Go do some hard labor instead of doing something so kacang-putih.

MCMC is a real waste of taxpayer's money.

So what is the malai-si garmen going to do next?
Cooperate with KOMUNIS China and become KOMUNIS and block half the Internet?
Why not emulate Mubarak and pull the Net cables off the ISPs.

WHAT THE FOCK !!?


Post-Mortem Shows Teens Shot At Close Range

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 06:37 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

Post-mortem evidence of the fatal shooting of three youths last year showed that they were gunned down by cops at close proximity, claimed civil rights NGO Lawyers for Liberty.

Muhammad Hanafi Omar, 22, Muhammad Shamil Hafiz Shapiei, 15, and Hairul Nizam Tuah, 20, were gunned down by the police after a reported high-speed car chase in the early morning of Nov 13 in Glenmarie, Shah Alam.

The police had previously stated the youths had charged at the authorities with machetes, and were shot during the purported attack.

"The post-mortem contradicts the police version of the incident that they acted in self-defence and shot the boys, which means they would have been shot in the front," said lawyer N Surendran (right).

"However, the post-mortem report says the angle of the bullet was 45 degrees entering the forehead and exiting the back of the neck, and for the chest shot, (the bullet) similarly entered at a 45-degrees trajectory through the body.

"This indicates the victim was kneeling or in a lower position than the shooter," he said, referring to the autopsy report on Muhammad Syamil Hafiz.


My boss Taib is innocent, says PBB sec-gen

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 06:32 AM PDT

Ang Ngan Toh written for Malaysiakini

Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) secretary-general Dr Stephen Rundi has declared that his party boss and Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is innocent of a series of corruption allegations hurled at him.

"Yes, I believe he is innocent. The charges made against him are mere allegations, unless there is proof to show otherwise," Rundi (right) told persistent reporters after opening the Sarawak Health, Wellness, Beauty and Hala Expo in Kuching today.

"We should just let the authority concerned (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) conduct the investigations against him," he said, referring to the MACC's confirmation that it was currently investigating the billionaire chief minister over the series of allegations.

Among the citizens' groups that have lodged reports with the MACC are Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) and Sarawak PKR, besides a number of individuals.

A series of police reports have also been lodged against Taib.

MACC commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed has confirmed that the commission was gathering information on the allegations.

The Swiss Anti-Corruption Agency recently froze Taib's assets in Switzerland, country over the allegations of corruption against Taib linked to Sarawak multi-billion ringgit timber industry.

According to a foreign news report, Switzerland's President Micheline Calmy-Rey is said to be aware of the allegations and had forwarded the information about Taib's assets in Switzerland to its regulatory body, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, for action.

Rundi said the corruption allegations and the on-going MACC investigation would not affect the state's image in the eyes of the international community.

'We don't prejudge (guilt)'

"We don't prejudge (that Taib is guilty), but we should leave the matter to the authorities to probe," said Rundi, who is also the state Barisan Nasional secretary-general and assistant minister of environment and public health.

"As of now, we don't have many comments to make on the allegations," he said.

He said he had read the allegations against Taib on the whistleblower website Sarawak Report, and other websites.

"Well, any such information or allegations are mere allegations until they are proven," he insisted.

Asked whether the state government was aware of the on-going investigation by the MACC, he said: "It is not a matter of being aware or not. It is the right of the authorities to conduct the investigations.

"Let them investigate… they have the right to investigate if they want to investigate. They have to prove that the allegations are true," he said.

Rundi was little upset with a reporter who asked whether he or the other state ministers and assistant ministers would cooperate with MACC if asked for their statements to be recorded.

"Are you questioning me now… ? "But of course, we will (cooperate with the MACC)," he said


Malaysiakini to Merdeka Review's aid

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 04:13 AM PDT

Staff of Malaysiakini have risen to the aid of independent Chinese news portal Merdeka Review, which may face closure because its funders have abruptly backed out the venture. They bid RM3,200 and won one of four paintings by Malaysiakini's Penang-based journalist Susan Loone, who had donated these for auction online as part of the 'Save Merdeka Review' campaign. Full story: malaysiakini.com
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Posted: 10 Jun 2011 05:24 AM PDT


Khir Toyo Bungalow that don't make sense

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 05:25 AM PDT

Khir Toyo (former Selangor Menteri Besar) said he took a RM3.5 million loan to buy a sprawling Balinese-style mansion in an exclusive neighbourhood, brushing off allegations that the property is valued at RM24 million. He has threatened to sue Sekinchan Assemblyman Ng Swee Lim for making the claim, pointing out that HSBC would not have approved the loan if it was not above board and also countered claims that he could not afford to purchase the house on what he was being paid as mentri besar at the time.

However yesterday it was revealed in court that, Former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo spent roughly RM6.5 million to renovate his mansion from its original Italian tropical design to the current Bali concept, the landscaper engaged to do the job, Nasir Ismail.

The amount, he testified on the third day of Khir's corruption trial in the Shah Alam High Court, was stretched out in roughly 13 cash payments between 2006 and 2008.

NONENasir said he collected the payments, amounting to RM500,000 in cash each time, about five times from Ditamas Sdn Bhd director Shamsuddin Hayroni and around eight times from Khir, who was MB at the time, at his official residence.

He explained that in the beginning he picked up the progress payments from Shamsuddin, whom Mohd Khir had appointed as his agent to handle all matters regarding the renovation, for as he told Nasir, "he had no time to handle it himself".

Later on, Mohd Khir would call him to come to his official residence to collect the payment.

Asked why the payments were made in cash, Nasir said he was bankrupt and cannot administer a bank account.

For official purposes, Nasir said he used the bank account of his wife, along with her company Lisa Ubersari Bali Landscape and Pottery, as a front for his landscaping business.


It was also reveled that
A company director paid RM6 5 million for two plots of land and a bungalow before allegedly selling the properties to Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for only RM3 5 million the former Selangor mentri besar's graft trial was told today.

The maths just don't add up! How do you buy a property for only 3million that was previously sold for 6.5million?
How do you spend 6.5 million on renovation when your property cost only 3million?
How does a Menteri Besar get 6.5million Ringgit in Cash?!?
Where is the money trail?!???!
And we haven't even talk about his Disneyland Scandal yet!!

I hope Selangor never falls into the hands of such corrupt people ever again!!



Lawyers: Youths kneeling when shot by cops

Posted: 09 Jun 2011 05:14 AM PDT

Post-mortem evidence of the fatal shooting of three youths last year showed that they were gunned down by cops at close proximity and in a kneeling position, claimed civil rights NGO Lawyers for Liberty (LFL). Muhammad Hanafi Omar, 22, Muhammad Shamil Hafiz Shapiei, 15, and Mohd Hairul Nizam Tuah, 20, were gunned down by the police after a reported high-speed car chase in the early morning of Nov 13 in Glenmarie, Shah Alam. Full story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Justice for Ahmad Sarbani

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 04:03 AM PDT

I have not written anything on Ahmad Sarbani yet due to lack of information but Malaysia Today's article has done a good job summarizing up the whole story.


They are real eye opener. Especially part 4!

I hope justice is done for this man!
Till then this is another injustice in Malaysia thanks to the BN govt!


Kafir Mengkafir: Cabar UMNO Dakwa PAS di Mahkamah Syariah

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 03:24 AM PDT

Tulang Besi membaca kenyataan Khaled Nordin di dalam UMNO ONLINE:

Tegasnya pemimpin Pas sebelum ini lantang menuduh UMNO dengan pelbagai gelaran, termasuk melabelkan parti itu sebagai kafir kerana tidak memperjuangkan negara Islam.

"Mereka menuduh UMNO tidak betul tetapi baru-baru ini mengubah dan menyatakan perjuangan itu tidak ada dalam al-Quran dan yang ada ialah negara berkebajikan," katanya.


Saya membuat permintaan kepada Khaled Nordin dan UMNO umumnya:

"Sila Buat Laporan Kepada Mahkamah Syariah Di Atas Tuduhan PAS Mengkafirkan UMNO"


Tulang Besi dah dengar pasal tuduhan PAS mengkafirkan UMNO ni semenjak sebelum pilihanraya 1986.

Tapi sampai sekarang takda bukti yang UMNO boleh bagi.

Jadi, untuk menyelesaikan isu ini, saya minta Khaled Nordin dan UMNO buat laporan pada Pendakwa Syariah supaya kes ini boleh dibicarakan di Mahkamah Syariah

Ada kwan saya kata UMNO takut nak bawa kes ini ke Mahkamah Syariah sebab nanti akan TERBUKTI UMNO INI KAFIR. Kes UMNO halal judi dgn arak pun dah cukup.

Tapi, tu kawan saya cakap la.

Tulang Besi

ps Takda seorang pun pemimpin PAS yang pernah didakwa dan dituduh serta dibicarakan di Mahkamah Syariah mana mana negeri atas tuduhan mengkafirkan UMNO.



Najib, Abolish Race Column From All Government Forms To Prove Sincerity Of 1Malaysia - By Teresa Kok.

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 03:16 AM PDT

The test on whether Najib is sincere in implementing his "1Malaysia" policy is whether he'll abolish race column from all government forms.

The National Registration Department's (NRD) refusal to allow ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh and her husband Ramachandran Muniandy to register their daughter as an "anak Malaysia" proves yet again that Prime Minister Najib's supposedly inclusive 1Malaysia is mere political propaganda with no substance whatsoever.

For all Najib's extravagant 1Malaysia advertising and logos liberally plastered all over government uniforms, government buildings and election freebies, it is all meaningless because when it comes to actual policy, Najib does not practise what he preaches which is a united Malaysia where all Malaysian are equal.

If Najib genuinely believed in 1Malaysia, he would have long instructed NRD and his entire government to stop categorising Malaysians as "Melayu", "Cina", "Indian", or "Dan lain-lain". These are labels that Barisan Nasional imposes upon Malaysians from birth, denying us from self-identifying ourselves and each other as being simply Malaysian for their selfish political expediency.

I therefore urge Najib to prove his sincerity towards 1Malaysia by abolishing the race column from all government forms.

I commend Hannah and Ramanchandran for living their conviction that their child is Malaysian, and should be recognised as Malaysian as such.

I condemn the cruel and personal attacks upon them and their family by Barisan Nasional cyber troopers who accuse them of being racists when they need only look in the mirror to see true racism.


ROSMA MY DARLING ALWAYS KABHI KABHI MERE DIL ME KHAYAL AATA HAI

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 03:04 AM PDT


 
Why does Prime Minister Najib's current wife always get into the news circuit for all the wrong reasons and all the time? Indeed it is mind boggling. Could it be that she was born under an unlucky star and therakyat (populace) are absolutely wicked devils?
If she carries out a task, there is a flaw. If she opens her mouth – be it in response to a global-scale disaster or at some local political rally, she fouls up easily. If she goes on an overseas trip she trips all the time. And now, the latest that is riling up the rakyat – her million-ringgit handbag.
When and where in the five-dacade history of Malaysia did we witness the Prime Minsiter's wife facing so much of criticism and ridicule? Yes, none. And so why is Rosmah seen to be saying and doing all the wrong things and on that account also not seen to be saying and doing all the right or widely accepted things?
Take her branded handbag. The point is the rakyat never issued any edict that the PM's wife must only carry a Petaling Street fake bag. They never said that our officials' wives must dress like a pauper.
In fact throughout our history, the rakyat had always praised a VVIP for his or her adorable dress sense and mannerisms. But why, when Rosmah walks the corridors of the wealthy, powerful and famous, the rakyat always cannot miss a pot shot at her?
Well the First Lady and all her pretending loyalists can dismiss all these as 'oh just ignore the stupid Malaysians okay'. But surely one cannot ignore the truth, that is, none of our past Primie Ministers' wives were so despiced and mauled by the rakyat.
None of them earned any brick brats whatsoever even when it came to the choice of dress, jewelry and accessories including handbags. But the same is not with the case of Najib's current wife. Sad. Very sad. Not sad for Najib. Not sad for Rosmah.
But truly very sad for the nation. But you see there are and there always will be people like the Marcos'. Fortunately the Filipinos knew when to say enough is enough.

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Ex-Cop Slaims AG Concealed Billion-Ringgit Scandals - By Shannon Teoh.

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 03:04 AM PDT

A senior ex-cop has accused Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail of burying evidence of corruption by senior government leaders between 1994 and 1996, involving losses of at least RM12 billion in public funds.

Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim said Abdul Gani, then a senior public prosecutor heading the prosecution division in 1994, was involved in covering up the roles of "ministers and chief ministers" in scandals such as the RM8 billion and RM4 billion losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Perwaja Steel respectively.

"Between 1994 and 1996, Gani Patail was busy playing his role in closing cases or burying information that linked ministers or chief ministers who could be proven to have abused power or were corrupt. This includes the Perwaja case and also the one related to Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli," the former Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation chief said in an open letter to the prime minister today.

Mat Zain was referring to MAS's claim that Tajuddin was responsible for RM8 billion in losses during his tenure as executive chairman of the national carrier from 1994 to 2001.

In the letter, he added that Tajuddin, who he refers to as TRI, used a similar modus operandi of "signing long-term and lopsided contracts" similarly used by Perwaja Steel as well as Tenaga Nasional Berhad in its power deals with independent power producers (IPP) that is said to cost taxpayers RM20 billion a year.

"There are similarities in the MO used by all three companies. A common factor may be found and we cannot ignore the possibility that the persons involved in all the agreements are the same," said Mat Zain, who headed the 1998 police probe into former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's black-eye case.

He added that the 1994-6 period seemed rife with scandals, including holidays taken by former Chief Justice Tan Sri Eusuff Chin and former Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah with lawyer Datuk VK Lingam, who was implicated in fixing judicial appointments.

Mat Zain had sent the letter to Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to state that the Malaysian Anti-Courruption Commission (MACC) operations evaluation panel had no power to clear Abdul Gani from allegations of graft related Tajuddin's tenure as MAS executive chairman.

He said the MACC corruption prevention advisory panel had concurred that the MACC Act did not allow the evaluation panel to review decisions made by the anti-graft body.

The country's top lawyer had met the MACC board and panel members for a dialogue in January and was cleared of "consorting with Shahidan Shafie, who is alleged to be a proxy for Tajuddin".

Mat Zain has repeatedly accused Abdul Gani of having deceived the federal government and recently called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Attorney-General's role in destroying public confidence in the police.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Selangor Offers To Take Senior Citizens Shopping - By Clara Chooi.

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 02:58 AM PDT

Selangor has allocated up to RM10 million to take senior citizens grocery shopping, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today.

The Mentri Besar said senior citizens aged 60 years and above will be given a RM100 coupon each and ferried to selected supermarkets in the state under the Pakatan Rakyat government's new "mesra rakyat" programme for the elderly, which begins next month.

"The state has agreed to allocate between RM5 million and RM10 million for this programme and we will channel the funds to all Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen and our representatives in non-PR held state seats. Those who are interested will be brought to the supermarkets to go shopping and we will then send them home," he told reporters after hosting a dialogue session with community leaders at the Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi multipurpose hall here this morning.

Khalid said three outlets — Tesco, Giant and Ecosave — have so far expressed interest in participating in the programme.

"They will also prepare food and drink for the senior citizens," he said.

Selangor presently offers another programme for senior citizens — Skim Usia Mas — whereby the families of those who have passed away are given a one-off compensation of RM2,500.

"But many senior citizens have complained that they do not get to benefit from this money because they have to die first before their families get it," Khalid joked to the audience earlier.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Umno A Hypocrite For Anti-PAS Welfare State Stand, Says Muslim Cleric - By G. Manimaran.

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 02:44 AM PDT

Former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has labelled Umno a hypocritical party for slamming its political foe's pro-welfare state stand raised at the PAS annual general assembly last week.

The popular Muslim cleric said Umno, as the ruling Barisan Nasional's (BN) lynchpin which is also supposed to represent the Malay voice, should have supported the Islamist party's idea instead of slamming it as conservative and fanatical.

"I don't know Umno's actual stand. Previously, Umno criticised PAS for being controlled by the ulamas, now with the professionals in charge they are still whacking the party. I see Umno as a hypocrite... Previously, it (Umno) said PAS is jumud, so I don't think this attitude is right," he told The Malaysian Insider.

The vocal Asri said Umno's attack on PAS was uncalled, noting it had transformed into a more open and inclusive party.

"If before the non-Muslims were fearful of an Islamic state, now PAS is more open, more progressive than Umno," he said.

Last Friday, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had raised the concept of a welfare state in a developing country in his speech at the 57th muktamar.

The party's spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had backed the idea yesterday, saying the welfare state as pushed for by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact, especially PAS, was in line with Islam.

Nik Aziz explained the welfare concept did not mean it had to be material benefits and gave as an example the Kelantan government's action to shutter nightclubs to prevent social ills.

The Kelantan mentri besar said welfare was something that can assure citizens of their safety in the material world and the hereafter.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Umno's Plan B for Malaysia

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 02:33 AM PDT

By the time Prime Minister Najib Razak announced his newly tweaked National Economic Model, Malaysia had experienced net capital out flows in the excess of US$27 billion from mid-2008 to mid-2009. Foreign Direct Investment had slowed to a trickle, US$15 billion of portfolio investment departed in 2009 and was slow to return.

This means that, despite the hype, Najib's plan to revitalize the Malaysian economy was already too little and too late. And the greatest obstacle to economic reform and change was UMNO itself.

US Embassy communicates made available via WikiLeaks pointed to the various initiatives Najib had planned and was working on. At the core of these initiatives was a need to reform the whole economic model Malaysia had been relying on. In layman terms, this meant dismantling the NEP, a brainchild of former premier Mahathir Mohamad.

The turn of events ruffled feathers within UMNO itself, especially amongst the ruling elite, as these power barons depended on the various economic packages in the NEP to line their nests.

Full Article: The Malaysia Chronicle.

What does UMNO have to live for?


Why a non-Muslim would prefer PAS to Umno

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 02:32 AM PDT

Since the late 1980s, PAS has been painted by the government of the day as being the worst thing to walk the planet. That non-Muslims in Malaysia will suffer the wrath of hell, if PAS ever forms the government. And this fear was played to great effect, with the majority of the non-Muslim votes going Barisan Nasional's way.

For most Sarawakians and Sabahans, PAS was the epitome of evil in Malaysia. A phantom whose only agenda was to deprive the non-Muslims of their right to practise their faith of choice.

This was the religious propaganda fed by Barisan Nasional to the masses, but of late, the 'spin' has boomeranged back into its own face.

Adapting to the times

As PAS moves forward, adapting itself to meet a progressively changing world, UMNO is stuck in a rut of its own making and has now been reduced to being the spectator-stand critic.

So what if PAS decides to have a change in management? At least, PAS is not afraid to take on the risk of changing or to try and take on new ideas. It certainly seems more secure about its supporter base than UMNO.

Full Article: The Malaysia Chronicle.

Seems like the tables have turned on UMNO.


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