Wednesday, August 26, 2009

[Highlight] Era Najib Altantuya : SPRM Ada Agenda Politik Sendiri Tuduh Exco Selangor

[Highlight] Era Najib Altantuya : SPRM Ada Agenda Politik Sendiri Tuduh Exco Selangor


Era Najib Altantuya : SPRM Ada Agenda Politik Sendiri Tuduh Exco Selangor

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 09:01 AM PDT

Ean Yong Hian Wah, ADUN Seri Kembangan hari ini berasa kesal dengan tindakan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) kerana menuduhnya dan mendiang Teoh Beng Hock membuat tuntutan palsu dalam Inkues hari ini.

Ini berikutan empat dokumen tuntutan dan sebutharga kerja yang sudah dikemukakan kepada Inkues semalam, tidak disemak dan diteliti dahulu sebelum sebarang tuduhan dilemparkan.

"Mohd Anuar mengaku bahawa dia tidak pernah melihat gambar-gambar dan tuntutan-tuntutan yang diserahkan oleh peguam saya Salim tadi. Ini telah membuktikan bahawa tuduhan zalim mengenai Teoh Beng Hock dan saya membuat tuntutan palsu adalah tidak berasas langsung", katanya pada pemberita.

Beliau bercakap kepada pemberita dalam sidang media selepas menghadiri mesyuarat exco di Ibu Pejabat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, Shah Alam petang tadi.

Ean berkata semua dokumen tersebut diperolehi dari komputer riba Teoh yang dicetak oleh pembantu Pemangku Penguasa Kanan SPRM, Mohd Anuar Ismail.

Dokumen yang dikemukakan SPRM itu boleh dipersoalkan apabila ianya tidak ditandatangani dan dicop secara rasmi oleh mana-mana pihak, yang turut tidak pernah dilihat Ean Yong sebelum ini.

Dua dokumen tuntutan adalah kepunyaan Syarikat Aris dan Fizami Construction manakala dua sebutharga kepunyaan MKMN Enterprise dan MA Bina Melor Enterprise .

Menurut peguam Ean, empat dokumen tuntutan dan sebutharga tersebut boleh diperolehi melalui satu blog hitam yang tidak dikenali dan bukan sahaja dari pejabat SPRM.

Ean turut memberitahu sebelum ini SPRM telah menyerbu pejabat-pejabat daerah yang berkaitan dan merampas segala dokumen mengenai peruntukan kawasannya.

Ini berikutan semua dokumen dan gambar yang Ean serahkan kepada Inkues hari ini merupakan dokumen sama yang disimpan di pejabat-pejabat daerah masing-masing.

Ini jelas menunjukkan SPRM mempunyai agenda politik sendiri bukan sahaja mahu mengalihkan pandangan tanggungjawabnya ke atas kematian Teoh Beng Hock, tetapi juga mahu menjatuhkan imej parti DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat.

Ean mahu SPRM perlu berhenti untuk terus menjadi alat bagi UMNO-Barisan Nasional untuk melaksanakan rancangan merampas kuasa di negeri Selangor.

Sementara itu Mahkamah Majistret telah mengarahkan supaya semua keterangan yang mendedahkan penglibatan tujuh syarikat yang menunjukkan berlakunya penyelewengan wang peruntukan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Selangor dalam beberapa projek palsu dipadam daripada rekod mahkamah.

Malah mahkamah juga mengarahkan supaya semua dokumen dan beberapa bukti sokongan terhadap pendedahan tersebut supaya tidak dirujuk semasa prosiding inkues kematian pembantu politik seorang exco Selangor, Teoh Beng Hock.

Koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas turut mengeluarkan perintah supaya keterangan-keterangan mengenainya juga tidak dilaporkan oleh pihak media.

"Bagi tujuan inkues, saya berpendapat adalah relevan untuk membawa masuk bukti yang menunjukkan keadaan fikiran si mati, tetapi skop hanyalah kepada dokumen rakaman percakapan si mati dan eksibit berkaitan.

"Untuk hari ini, apa-apa yang melampaui skop tersebut adalah terpadam dari rekod mahkamah," kata koroner.

Bagaimanapun sebelum itu peguam yang mewakili keluarga teoh, Gobind Singh Deo membantah pendedahan penglibatan tujuh syarikat berkenaan dengan alasan maklumat tersebut terkeluar daripada skop inkues yang hanya membenarkan empat dokumen berupa invois yang dicetak daripada komputer riba milik Teoh untuk dibangkitkan.

Gobind dengan lantang mencabar pihak Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) untuk membekalkan semua dokumen yang berkaitan agar pihaknya dapat menjawab mengenai pendedahan tersebut.

"Semalam kita telah diberitahu secara jelas bahawa soalan-soalan yang akan dikemukakan hanya menjurus kepada empat invois itu sahaja, tapi apa yang berlaku hari ini seolah-olah SPRM hendak mendedahkan semua bukti siasatan mereka. "Saya mahukan perintah mahkamah sekarang untuk menangguhkan prosiding ini supaya kami dibekalkan dengan semua dokumen dan jadikan prosiding inkues ini sebagai perbicaraan rasuah Teoh Beng Hock," tegas Gobind.

Ulasan GB

Sepertimana yang GB ulas sebelum ini, pegawai dan peguam SPRM lansung tidak menghomati bulan Ramadhan apabila sanggup melakukan pendustaan semata-mata untuk menjayakan konspirasi mereka. Namun kita tidak pernah gentar dengan mereka kerana kita yakin Ayat Allah yang berbunyi:

Sambil bersikap sombong takbur di muka bumi dan berusaha merancangkan rencana-rencana yang jahat, sedang rencana yang jahat itu tidak akan menimpa kecuali ke atas orang yang merancangnya sendiri. Fathir :43



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Carol Chu gets Andy Lau’s public recognition at last

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 07:52 AM PDT

Hong Kong star Andy Lau has finally acknowledge his relationship with long term Malaysian girlfriend Carol Chu with their high profile appearance at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night.

Hong Kong star Andy Lau and Malaysian girlfriend Carol Chu public appearance
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Estimated 99% Indians excluded from and schemes meant for the poor and landless Malaysians

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 08:24 AM PDT

Observation by P. Uthayakumar:

Under Najib's One Malaysia, an estimated 99% of even the pre-existing Malaysian Indian plantation workers as at Independence were denied opportunities in these Felda, Risda and Felcra (also Fama, the various state government land schemes and later the Agropolitan land schemes).

We are only aware that immediately after independence, only about 1% of the Felda Land schemes were allocated to the Indians. In the last 20 years we have hardly heard of in particular any Indian being granted these land ownerships schemes.

In the latest Agropolitan land ownerships schemes, we have yet to hear of a single Indian poor and landless being granted the opportunities. The UMNO controlled Malaysian government should make public at their websites the list of the poor and landless beneficiaries with their names and other details to prove One Malaysia and non-racism against especially the Indians.
UMNO has never done so as it practices open race-based politics and policies but otherwise preaches One Malaysia.


The aforesaid 'RM 202.2 Million in dividends to Risda smallholders' and the '90,000 hectares under two (recent) planting schemes involving more than 43,000 settlers' as stated by Prime Minister Najib and Risda Chairman has obviously excluded an estimated 99% of the deserving poor and landless Indians.

Najib said 'we want to transform Malaysia into a high income population but this must be planned carefully' 'Instead of relying on foreign workers to keep costs low, we want to focus on new ways and activities to raise people's incomes'. (But again the Indians are excluded.)
An estimated 99% of the deserving Indian poor and landless are excluded from the benefit of this RM 202.2 Million, 90,000 hectares and 43,000 settlers. An estimated 99% of the poor and landless Indians even after 52 years of Independence have been excluded from the national mainstream development of Malaysia so much so that the Tamil papers repeatedly reports that Indian mothers are so poor that they cannot even afford to buy milk for their babies and instead feed them with tea and rock sugar water, stop their children from attending even primary schools because they cannot afford the school bus fare and are so backward and illiterate that they are deliberately denied even birth certificates for their children.


This critical Indian poverty could be solved by the stroke of Prime Minister Najib's pen if only Najib and UMNO also included these poor and landless Indians on the National Policy and Agenda and include them into the aforesaid land schemes and be transparent about it as opposed to the playing politics using UMNO's supervisor (mandores) system by creating impressions, perceptions and mere promises as has been done for over the last 52 years of independence. The only difference today that it is now under P.M Najib's ONE MALAYSIA BUT TWO SYSTEMS.





By Thiagarajan Sasayapillai


Oh Maika, I am but a FOOL.................!!!

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 08:13 AM PDT

Would you jump at the chance of purchasing a GLC share for RM5.00 if that particular share is actively trading at the KLSE at RM6.15? What if you were offered 10 million of that GLC company shares?

Let me calculate a bit here. Every share I take up would reap me an automatic profit of RM1.15. If I were to sell the share immediately at a loss of 5 sen (at RM6.10) at the KLSE and after the subsequent deduction of the 0.15% remisier's commission (brokerage fee) and 0.05% clearing fee, I would still end up earning RM1.028 per share. I could even negotiate with my remisier as to his commission if I were to trade 10 million shares, possibly down to something like 0.05% because he will still be making RM30,500 from these transactions – not a bad payday from one customer but not as good as the owner of the 10 million shares who potentially could make RM10.28 million.

On 29 September 1990, Maika Holdings was specially offered 10 million Telekoms shares at RM5.00 per share by the Malaysian Government. Then Finance Minister DSAI told Parliament that Maika informed the Finance Ministry that they only had the financial resources to take up 1 million shares and proposed that the remaining 9 million shares be allocated to three MIC-linked companies of which the Government acceded to (3 million shares each).

The three companies were Clear Way Sdn Bhd, a RM2 shell company incorporated in October 1988 with two shareholders (Reman a/l Subramaniam and Muniady a/l Sadayen), S.B. Management Services Sdn Bhd, a RM2 shell company incorporated in December 1989 with two shareholders (S. Balasubramaniyam a/l M.S. Survei and Sothinathan a/l Sinna Govinder) and Advance Personal Computers Sdn Bhd (RM250,000 paid up capital) with four shareholders (S. Balasubramaniyam a/l M.S. Survei, Sothinathan a/l Sinna Govinder, R. Selvendra and Isphare Kumar).

SBMS and APC shares the same office at Damansara Town Centre and the same shareholders whilst R. Selvendra is a director of Maika Holdings.

It was also discovered that as on 6 October 1990, the Arab-Malaysia Merchant Banking Berhad had approved a RM50 million loan to finance Maika's acceptance of the entire 10 million RM5.00 Telekoms shares from the Finance Ministry. Two days later on 8 October 1990, the Maika Board of Directors decided that they were able and willing to take up the entire offer of the10 million Telekoms shares.

In February 1992, rumors abounded that Maika did not obtain the entire 10 million Telekoms shares that was allocated by the Finance Ministry. A journalist from Watan disclosed that "there could have been some hanky-panky in the allocation of Telekoms shares to Maika Holdings." This was followed up in April 1992 by a Tamil magazine, Thoothan which disclosed that there could have been some discrepancy in the distribution of the 10 million Telekoms shares allocated to Maika by the Finance Ministry.

Until the declaration by then Finance Minister DSAI in Parliament on 6 May 1992 after being questioned by DAP's Lim Kit Siang, nobody knew that 9 million Telekoms shares had been diverted to three companies instead to Maika. MIC President Samy Vellu immediately left the country "on sick leave" to America. (Tun Daim Zainuddin was the Finance Minister in 1990.)
On 8 May 1992, the Anti Corruption Agency (ACA) led by Federal Territories ACA Director, Nordin Ismail, raided these three companies.

On 10 May 1992, Deputy Finance Minister Abdul Ghani Othman said that it was entirely up to these 3 companies "to ensure that the Indian community benefited" and that it was Maika that had recommended these 3 companies and not the Ministry of Finance, and henceforth did not question the status of these 3 companies.

On 11 May 1992, Maika Chairman, Tan Sri G. Pasamanickam held a news conference to publicly announce that he knew nothing about the allocation of the 9 million Telekoms shares to the 3 companies. He also said that he "might bring up this matter" in the monthly Maika board meeting which was scheduled to be held two days later (on the 13 May 1992).

On 12 May 1992, MIC Working Committee member, Dr K.S. Nijhar called for the resignation of the Maika Board of Directors.

On 14 May 1992, Maika members were assaulted when peacefully picketing outside Maika Holding's HQ in Petaling Jaya. MIC Selangor Assemblyman for Seri Cahaya, S. Sivalingam, was allegedly the leader of a group of Indians that assaulted the Maika members.

On 15 May 1992, MIC President Samy Vellu held a conference (after his return from the US) and said that Maika has never recommended that the 9 million Telekoms shares be allocated to the 3 aforesaid companies. Furthermore, SV said that Maika was never allocated the entire 10 million Telekoms shares but only a part of it due to its past dismal performance. SV also claimed that as of 5 October 1990, Maika had abandoned the offer of the entire 10 million shares but instead approved the purchase of only 1 million Telekoms shares. He also said that the allocation of 3 million shares each to Clear Way, SBMS and ACP were decided by the Ministry of Finance and that none of these companies belonged to him or any of his family members and that he did not have an interest in any of these 3 companies. He also informed the press that these 3 companies had pledged to donate the entire net proceeds of the share sales to Tafe College and proceeded to issue documents of these share sales and the Tafe College building accounts. When as by the press why he sold these shares, SV stated for a fact that he panicked after the trading price of Telekoms fell to RM5.30. As for the assault of Maika members, SV declared that he would himself have "walloped" the Maika shareholders if he had been at the scene then.

It was also later discovered that all these 3 companies had loans from CIMB (through Rashid Hussein Nominees Sdn Bhd) to purchase the Telekoms shares, utilizing these shares as collateral and with conditions that the share prices cannot dip below RM6.50.

On 7 November 1990, CIMB invoked this clause and force-sale the 3 million Telekoms shares held by Clear Way at RM5.95 per share. Telekoms was trading at RM6.00 at that time. CIMB did the same for the other 5.5 million Telekoms shares held by APC and SBMS at between RM5.75 and RM5.95 per share. Wait a minute here! Why only 5.5 million and not 3 million shares each? Well, APC/SBMS managed to hold back 500,000 Telekoms shares. How it was able to do so if CIMB was invoking their loan clause to force-sell these shares is unbelievable but Samy provided no explanation (APC/SBMS sold another 420,000 of these Telekoms shares on April 1992 at RM11.20). Another thing, why did Samy say 6 million shares and not 3 million shares each? Are these supposedly two companies in fact operating as one?

On 17 May 1992, Maika Managing Director, Tan Sri Rama Iyer, contradicted Samy Vellu saying that the latter has not "told the truth" in his explanation of the Maika Telekoms Scandal. Rama Iyer said that he had personally called the Treasury (after being instructed by Arab-Malaysia Merchant Banking Berhad) and had verbal confirmation from Munirah Abdullah Ng (Treasury Officer) that Maika has been allotted 10 million Telekoms shares by the Finance Ministry and that she had a letter to that effect. Rama Iyer also said that he immediately dispatched a senior Maika officer to collect this letter which was dated 27 September 1990 and then approached AMMBB Managing Director Datuk Malek Merican on 4 October 1990 to raise the loan of RM50 million to finance the share allocation in full.

Rama Iyer also said that then Maika Chairman, Tan Sri C. Selvarajah concurred with his actions and asked him to inform the MIC President to tell him of the share allocation by the Ministry of Finance, which he did the next day (at 6.10am). However, during the telephone conversation, SV told Rama Iyer that "there must have been a mistake as the offer to Maika was just for 1 million Telekoms shares and not 10 million Telekoms shares. When Rama Iyer contradicted SV stating the Finance Ministry letter, SV told him that the other 9 million Telekoms shares were for allocation to "other MIC bodies" and that he would contact the Finance Ministry to clarify the matter.

On 6 October 1990, Maika received a letter dated 5 October 1990 from AMMBB offering RM50 million to finance the purchase of the 10 million Telekoms shares. On 8 October 1990, the entire Maiko Board had a meeting and officially approved the purchase of the entire 10 million Telekoms shares. A few days later, Maika received a letter from the Finance Ministry stating that the initial letter of offer for 10 million Telekoms shares was officially retracted and that only 1 million Telekoms shares were on offer for Maika.

On 20 May 1992, Opposition leader LKS produced evidence that Paari Vel was in fact the managing director of APC. In an APC namecard bearing Paari Vel's name and designation as the MD, the London office address was listed at K.K. Marketing Limited of 12, Whittington Road, Wood Green, London N22 4YD, England. (K.K of K.K Marketing stands for Kumar Kandasamy whose son Isphare Kumar is listed as a shareholder of APC.) BTW, Paari Vel is Samy Vellu's son.

Also on this day, LKS proceeded to tear apart SV's documents on the share sales of the 3 companies. One, Clear Way's accounts did not specify the 0.05% clearing fee. Two, its share financing interest was documented at 14.75% when CIMB was only charging 11.25%. On the SBMS cum ACP accounts (no trouble was taken to separate them), it was stated that some of the proceeds of the sale of the Telekoms shares were used to purchase 3 million Renong shares (no mention at what buying price) and this time the share financing interest was calculated at 14.5%. No reasons were also given as to why SBMS/ACP was able to retain 500,000 of the Telekoms shares.

As for the Tafe College Building (TCB) accounts, LKS questioned the validity of these accounts as simple arithmetic (like addition) were done incorrectly (much like the Home Ministry's recent poll on ISA). The total income of RM15,468,003.73 were tabulated as from the Federal Government (RM8 million), donations from MIC branches (RM300,000), Clear Way contribution (RM2,318,003) and from SBMS/ACP (RM4,850,000). The correct figures should be RM15,468,003 not RM14,468,003.73 – where did the 73 sen come from? The total expenditure is even worse! The TCB accounts stated that a total of RM24,662,528 were used. The correct addition comes to only RM24,112,528. Where did the difference of RM550,000 go?

Additionally SV stated that the total expenditure incurred was RM24,662,528 and the total payments made was RM15,690,808 and the outstanding is RM9,914,524.27. Simple subtraction of the two figures show an outstanding of RM8,971,720 and not RM9,914,524.27. If indeed the total outstanding is RM9,914,524.27, where did the additional RM942,804.27 go?

Lastly, the trading price of Telekoms shares had never fell to RM5.30 as stated by SV during the press conference on 15 May 1992. Between November 7th and November 15th, Telekoms traded at a low of RM5.85 and a high of RM6.15 and Between November 16th and November 27th, Telekoms traded at a low of RM6.00 and a high of RM6.90. From December onwards, Telekoms never traded under RM7.00.

It must be also noted that the remisier handling these transactions was also a director to both SBMS and ACP. By the way, the brokerage fee for the 8.5 million Telekoms shares came to a total sum of RM505,470.00.

On 24 May 1992, Maika's offices were broken into and their offices ransacked. Documents in pertinent to the Telekoms shares allocation went missing. The guard was also assaulted. Earlier in the week, employees of the weekly Thoothan magazine were attacked at their Jalan Ipoh office premises (this magazine was giving prominent coverage to the Maika Telekoms shares Scandal and on one of its headlines, the magazine called SV a liar and a thief).

In 1994, then chairman of MIC public claims committee, V. Subramaniam (also known as Barat Maniam) made a startling public accusation. He charged that the accounts were fabricated to make it appear as if all the profits from the sale of Telekom shares were channelled to Maju Institute of Education Development (MIED). V. Subramaniam declared, "I have come out with this statement to prove that Samy Vellu is a thief. He has stolen (Telekoms) shares from the Indian community."

In 1999, SV appointed his son Vell Paari (of the K. Sujatha fame) as CEO of Maika Holdings. From a high of RM106 million in 1984, Maika's assets fell to about RM32 million in 1992 (after the Telekoms shares scandal) and is in the process of selling off all its assets today (due to massive debts). Vell Paari remained as the CEO of Maika Holdings until today and said that he would step down once "he has cleaned up Maika…" (more like clean out though).
SV was cleared by the ACA over the Maika Scandal and nobody was arrested over it. The 66,000 Maika shareholders are still holding their breath waiting for an explanation by the Maika Board. As for the Maika-Telekoms share scandal, nothing was ever heard of it. S. Sothinathan is now the MIC vice-president and former MP for Teluk Kemang.

In October 2006, the MIC Johor assemblyman for Tenggaroh, the late S. Krishnasamy assaulted the DAP MP for Ipoh Barat, M. Kulasegaran at the Maika annual general meeting at the Legend Hotel in KL. Even though Kulasegaran lodged a police report, no action was taken against Krishnasamy.

A bit about Maika. Maika Holdings was once touted as the miraculous economic vehicle to elevate the Indian poor from the shackles of poverty. Launched by MIC in 1982 as their investment arm, the original plan was to ensure that at least RM30 million worth of shares were subscribed to but so successful was the promotion campaign that by 1984, RM106 million was raised from almost 66,400 shareholders with SV being the largest shareholder with 2.8 million shares. From then onwards, it was downhill all the way.

Let me continue the song, "Oh Maika, I am but a fool, Darling I love you, though you treat me cruel….."







Hakim Joe
Malaysia Today.com(MT)


Malaysia's Port Storm - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission dances gingerly around a huge scandal

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 07:59 AM PDT

Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission has been tireless in the pursuit of wrongdoers, particularly those from the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition that controls Selangor, Malaysia's richest state. But somehow – perhaps just an oversight – the MACC has been dawdling for five years on a case that appears to be one of the biggest scandals ever to hit a country that has generated some spectacular ones.

That is the RM7.45 billion (US$2.12 billion) cost to turn Port Klang, the seaport 70 km. west of the capital of Kuala Lumpur, into a national transshipment hub to rival the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai. Its directors say it is likely to default on billions of ringgit in loans, with the possibility, according to an auditor's report, that accumulated interest could drive the cost to a whopping RM12.45 billion.

Conceived in 1999, the Port Klang Free Zone was yet another massive development scheme put forward by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad although he had left office before the real carnival began. The project appears to have ignited a virtual feeding frenzy for politicians from the Barisan Nasional, or ruling national coalition.

The port development was awarded as a turnkey project without competitive bid to well-connected political cronies of the United Malays National Organisation and the Malaysian Chinese Association, the two biggest components of the Barisan Nasional. Project outlays, originally projected at RM1.95 billion, ballooned to RM3.52 billion, with interest accounting for another RM3.9 billion by 2012. The parties to the contract have fallen on each other, describing illicit payments and filing lawsuits. The squabble appears set to wreck what is left of the MCA, already in disastrous shape after the electoral drubbing it took in March 2008 elections.

The case stands in vivid contrast to the MACC's zeal in prosecuting opposition politicians from the Selangor state government. As many as six or seven have had their office records dealing with constituency expenditures taken away for investigation. The most publicized of those was State Executive Councilor Ean Yong Hian Wah, whose aide, Teoh Beng Kock, died on July 16, either by suicide or other means, after undergoing a marathon questioning session in the MACC offices over RM2,400 worth of flags the lawmaker handed out to his constituents during a Merdeka (Freedom) Day celebration.

An anonymous letter written on MACC stationery was released to the press last week, accusing Hishamuddin Hashim, an MACC deputy director for Selangor state, of conspiring with Mohammad Khir Toyo, a leading United Malays National Organization politician and former chief minister in Selangor state, to start corruption probes into opposition politicians. Khir Toyo has denied the charge. Opposition Democratic Action Party officials have been accused of fabricating the letter. Its origin is currently under investigation by police.

Certainly, there appears to be plenty about the Port Klang development for the MACC to investigate. The project is mired in controversy and name-calling, with Tiong King Sing, the head of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd, the company given the turnkey contract to build the massive facility, saying he had paid RM10 million in three installments to Ong Tee Keat, the head of the MCA, "for activities related to the MCA. Tiong is a leader of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party and head of the influential Backbenchers Club in the Dewan Dakyat, or parliament. Ong, also the transport minister, is offering to sue Tiong for his assertion that he had channeled money to Ong. Other MCA stalwarts are seeking to oust Ong from his leadership position, further fracturing the party.

Kuala Dimensi in turn is wholly owned by Wijaya Baru Sdn Bhd, which is the main contractor to Kuala Dimensi. Wijaya Baru is controlled by Wijaya Baru Holdings Sdn. Bhd. Azim Mohd Zabidi, the former UMNO treasurer, is chairman of Wijaya Baru Global Bhd. Chor Chee Heung, former deputy was former deputy home minister under Mahathir, who was home minister and fiance minister at the time. Chor was the Wijaya Baru Global non-executive deputy chairman from April 2004 till July 2007.

"This Port Klang FreeTrade zone is a colossal mess, with billions upon billions gone missing. It was earmarked for the MCA and the Chinese community," said a lawyer with links to the United Malays National Organization. "Many MCA/Chinese contractors benefitted from the deal. It has been an issue for the last six years, but only now has it become explosive."

Opposition member Ronnie Liu, a DAP official, lodged a police report with the MACC on the scandal as early as 2004. The DAP has lodged a series of other reports in the intervening years, said a spokesman for the Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition coalition headed by Anwar Ibrahim. None of the requests, the spokesman said, elicited any response from the authorities. Recently Ahmad Said Hamdan, the chief commissioner for MACC, declined to answer questions in a parliamentary accounts selective committee hearing into the Port Klang scandal, saying the case is still under investigation.

The story was broken wide open, however, with the recent publication of a 51-page confidential report into the port's finances by the international accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The report, dated Feb. 3, was "not intended for general circulation or publication. It must not be reproduced, republished, copied, distributed, excerpted, disclosed, quoted, alluded or referred to, whether in whole or in part, to any other party in any way without prior written consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services Sdn Bhd (PwCAS)." However, selected parts were indeed excerpted, disclosed, quoted, alluded or referred to by the opposition, and since been given wide distribution.

Among other things, according to the report, which was obtained by Asia Sentinel, "…significant project costs, weak governance and weak project management have severely undermined the viability of the project. It is imperative that (the Port Klang authority) take immediate actions to restructure the (ministry of finance) soft loan of RM4.632 billion to avoid a potential default in 2012. The Government of Malaysia would need to make a concerted effort to turn the Port Klang Free Zone into a viable venture."

The report names a veritable rogue's gallery of MCA and other officials involved in the development of the project including two former transport ministers, Ling Liong Sik, the former MCA head, and Chan Kong Choy; three former Port Authority chairmen, the former UMNO treasurer Azim Mohd Zabidi, the first woman general manager of the authority, O.C.Phang and the project executor, Tiong King Sing.In addition to awarding the contract to Kuala Dimensi without competitive bid, the land purchase was never vetted by the Malaysian cabinet, although it cost RM1.088 billion against a market value of the land of only RM442 million. Kuala Dimensi "may have overcharged PKA for interest by between RM51 million and RM309 million in connection with the purchase of the land," the report said.

According to another report, The 1,000 acres for the port were purchased by the government from Kuala Dimensi at RM 25 per square foot, or RM 1.8 billion inclusive of interest, giving Kuala Dimensi a capital gain of RM 993 million because it in turn had purchased the land from the Pulau Lumut Development Cooperative for only RM 95 million -- RM 3 per square foot. An UMNO assemblyman, Abdul Rahman Palil, was both the Pulau Lumut Development Co-operative chairman and a port director in 2002 when the land for the free zone was sold to the port authority. The then-transport minister rejected an assertion by the Malaysian Attorney General that the land could be acquired for "public purpose" under the Land Acquisition Act at RM 10 per square foot.

As a result, the report said, interest on a soft loan from the Ministry of Finance "will increase the project outlay from RM4.947 billion to RM7.453 billion. Unless the MOF soft loan is restructured, total outlay for the project will increase to RM12.453 billion.

And, five years into the project, it remains only 14 percent occupied and "revenue generated is inadequate to cover its operating expenses." The zone is expected to be in cash deficit from 2012.

The MACC said recently that it had formed a 30- member panel to investigate further.




Asia Sentinel.com


TRUE!!! MALAYSIAN INDIANS HAVE NOT CHANGED - Get rid of selfish Samy

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 07:53 AM PDT

The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) is a communal based party and the third largest party in the ruling Barisan National.

It has yet to make any strong reforms to regain the confidence and support of the Indian community who have defected in large numbers over the years.

And for the first time in Malaysian political history, they aligned with the opposition in the 2008 General Election.

Ever since then, the BN has been trying to regain the glorious support it once enjoyed from the masses.

The MIC has not only lost many of its members to other political parties, but has driven away talented Indians who could have brought about a much progressive community.

Since the MIC represents not only its members but also the Indian community, many concerned Malaysians have continuously given their views and input to the leadership but received only abuse in return.MIC has failed the Indians in the last 51 years. The Indian community is lagging behind in terms of economic equity, around one percent since 1970.

The bulk remains poor, often cited as a race that lacks communication skills. The MIC has grown weak to the extent it is being labelled today as an irrelevant party.

So what does the MIC need to do?

It needs to change its leadership and the leadership style from autocratic to participatory by allowing the subordinates to take part in making decisions.

The MIC president recently announced that he would continue to lead as president till 2012, contrary to the pledge that he would quit in September this year.

By doing this he has once again provoked displeasure and resentment not only among the MIC members but also from Malaysians alike.

One wonders how the other leaders of the BN component parties feel about this as Samy Vellu was deemed one of the reasons why the Indians voted for the opposition.

MIC delegates should do what needs to be done. They should consider backing long-time arch rival of the president Datuk S Subramaniam who is going for the deputy president's post and bring him to power.

They should pick candidates based on a good track record, who will work for the party and the well being of all Malaysian - not the president alone.






P Sivakumar
President

Malaysian Indian Business Association (MIBA)


Era Najib Altantuya : Muhyiddin Hanya Separuh Benar

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 08:19 AM PDT

Bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengakui bahawa beliau telah meminta Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin untuk membekalkan air kepada Singapura semasa Muhyiddin menjadi Menteri Besar Johor, lapor Bernama.

"Tan Sri Muhyiddin bercakap benar mengenai desakan saya kepadanya untuk membekal air kepada Singapura, tetapi Lee Kuan Yew tidak mengancam untuk berperang sekiranya kita tidak membekalkan air. Sekiranya beliau (Lee) melakukan itu, saya fikir saya akan menghentikan sebarang bekalan air seterusnya," kata Dr Mahathir dalam laman blognya Rabu.

Beliau mengulas mengenai kenyataan Timbalan Perdana Menteri pada 19 Ogos lalu, bahawa beliau telah meminta Muhyiddin menghadiri mesyuarat dengan Perdana Menteri Singapura ketika itu, Lee Kuan Yew yang sedang membuat lawatan, berhubung isu saluran paip gas dan bekalan air, di Kuala Lumpur.

Menurut Muhyiddin, semasa perbicangan antara Dr Mahathir, Menteri Kewangan ketika itu, Tun Daim Zainuddin, Lee dan beliau, Lee mahukan bekalan air yang mencukupi disalurkan kepada republik itu dari Johor.


"Lee berkata Singapura bersedia untuk berperang sekiranya Malaysia tidak mahu membekal air yang mencukupi dan melahirkan rasa kesal berhubung projek bekalan air dari Sungai Lingu yang tertangguh.

"Saya berkata kami tidak mempunyai wang dan Lee berkata Singapura sanggup menanggung kos dan apabila siap, harta tersebut akan dimiliki oleh Malaysia, jadi Singapura hanya membayar bil," kata Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin semasa berceramah di Tanjung Putus, Bukit Mertajam semasa kempen pilih raya kecil kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri Permatang Pasir, menjelaskan perkara itu sebagai menolak dakwaan pembangkang bahawa beliau telah menjual sekeping tanah kepada Singapura berhubung loji rawatn air di Sungai Lingu, Bandar Tenggara Johor.

Dr Mahathir berkata beliau tidak mengetahui mengenai penjualan tanah kepada Singapura, tetapi kerana telah dipersetujui bahawa loji rawatan air akan dibina oleh Singapura di Johor, maka tanah perlu disediakan.

"Kita ketika itu sedang cuba berbaik-baik dengan Singapura bagi menyelesaikan beberapa masalah. Walaupun air mentah akan dibekalkan pada 3 sen per 1,000 gelen, persefahamannya ialah di masa depan, hanya air yang dirawat yang akan dibekal apabila loji rawatan kita siap.

"Kita juga tidak akan beli lagi sebarang air yang dirawat dari Singapura dengan kadar 50 sen per 1,000 gelen apabila loji rawatan baru kita di Johor siap.

"Apabila kita tidak perlu lagi membeli air yang dirawat daripada Singapura, kita boleh menaikkan harga air mentah ke Singapura tanpa Singapura boleh menaikkan harga air yang dirawat kepada kita.

"Namun setelah kita memeterai perjanjian bekalan air, Singapura menimbulkan banyak isu mengenai tanah keretapi kita, pusat kastam, imigresen dan kuarantin di Tanjong Pagar, latihan pesawat perang Singapura di kawasan udara Malaysia dan Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pusat.

"Pada ketika itu, saya sedar bahawa berbaik-baik dengan Singapura adalah tidak berbaloi," kata Dr Mahathir dalam blognya.


Era Najib Altantuya : ADUN Kulim Ganti Radzhi Sebagai Exco Kedah

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 07:56 AM PDT

Sultan Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah memperkenankan Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Lunas, Mohd Radzhi Salleh, yang mengisytiharkan dirinya wakil bebas Ahad lepas, digugurkan daripada jawatan Exco berkuatkuasa semalam.

Titah perkenan Sultan Kedah itu juga diterima semalam, kata Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak.

"Perkara ini telah dimaklumkan kepada Mohd Radzhi melalui pembantu peribadinya kerana beliau tidak ada di pejabat, dan Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri juga telah diarahkan untuk memaklumkan bahawa jawatan Exco telah digugurkan mulai 25 Ogos," katanya dalam satu sidang media di Wisma Darul Aman, di sini hari ini.

Ahad lepas, Mohd Radzhi yang juga Exco Pelancongan, Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Sumber Manusia mengumumkan keluar dari Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dan melepaskan semua jawatan dalam parti itu serta mengisytiharkan dirinya menjadi wakil rakyat Bebas yang menyokong kerajaan Perdana Menteri Najib Abdul Razak.

Pada 24 Ogos, Azizan menyembahkan surat kepada Sultan Kedah bagi memohon perkenan baginda supaya perkhidmatan Mohd Radzhi ditamatkan dan digantikan dengan orang lain.

Memperkenan permohonan tersebut, Sultan Kedah memperkenankan pelantikan ADUN Kulim dari PKR, Lim Soo Nee untuk mengisi jawatan Exco yang kosong itu.

"Majlis angkat sumpah akan dilakukan minggu depan kerana ramai pegawai-pegawai masih berada di luar negara dan kita kena tengok masa Tuanku," katanya.

Azizan berkata, pihaknya juga akan berbincang dengan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri sama ada akan melakukan penambahan atau perubahan portfolio Exco berkenaan."Buat sementara, saya akan pegang portfolio itu (Pelancongan, Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Sumber Manusia), sebelum majlis angkat sumpah.

Sementara itu, Pengerusi PKR Kedah, Ahmad Kassim berkata pemilihan Lim untuk menggantikan Mohd Radzhi dibuat selepas mencapai persetujuan hasil perbincangan antara Menteri Besar dan Penasihat parti itu.

Pemilihan Lim juga dibuat dengan mengambil kira faktor geografi kedudukan Lunas yang terletak berhampiran dengan Kulim. -TVA



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najib altantuya Soi Lek expects expulsion, meeting still on - nizar nizar

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 08:12 AM PDT

  • BREAKING NEWS The MCA disciplinary committee has recommended that the deputy president is sacked from the party over his sex scandal. The presidential council is deliberating the matter.MORE
  • President comes under criticism
MK reported that when Chua was asked what to expect from the presidential council meeting, he replied by grabbing his neck with his hand and said three times: "Gantung mati (hanged to death)".
Why only now are they 'hanging' Chua? So cruel lah Chinese...


MTV, Arthur & Lurve

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 07:31 AM PDT

Thanks to Guinness, i got passes to the MTV World Stage at Sunway Lagoon. And just to clarify, this was like more than a week ago ;)

Not only was it my first time at a World Stage event, it was also my first time in Sunway Lagoon haha. You know, i aint a big fan of watching nipples poking out of mini bikinis.

And like every other popular event, you get sucked into an ugly queue and everytime that happens, its like the biggest test of patience in your life.

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Line-up was pretty alright - that's why i bothered. But i only made it for Hoobastank's The Reason and the the entire performance by The All American Rejects. That was the initial plan anyway.

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As usual, title sponsor was taken up by X - Got X, Got all the English concerts.
Cannot say "Got X, Got it All", unless you take the BPL package back from Maxis. Then i think u got it all.
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Concert had an amazing backdrop.

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And good lighting, but horrible sound system
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But i still enjoyed The All American Rejects. Brilliant stage performance, fantastic showmanship. Normally bands do not pull it off as well on stage, as compared to their recordings. For these guys, they fucking pulled it off.


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Last weekend, all Guinness FES fans in Klang Valley came to celebrate Arthur's 250th Birthday at the Mine's Resort - Ballroom, Chinese Dine, Traditional performances, predominantly elderly adults, very interesting.

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Due to the H1N1 scare, they put a device on your head everything you try to get into somewhere. If you dun know wut was goin on, you'd prolly think this is fiction - scanning you for your bio-signature.

Even the Guinness promoter girls couldnt miss carrying out their duty. But im sure the uncles dont mind ;)
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This was a toast to Arthur Guinness. It went in mandarin tho hehe... "shen ji quai le Guinness, Yaaaaaaaaaaammm Sei" .... LMAO
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I also learned a new Indian phrase:
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"Nan chap Guinness Stout, Ungu le ke, Na le de"
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This, Raymond Siva and Chui Ling.
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This is Guinness, after the gym.

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Was at an 8TV Quickie shooting last night where the finalists of the 'Lurve Affair' contest were brought on air.
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This is Alex, the rubik cube boy, Cindy, the Cotyledone girl, and behind her, Intan - the Twilight supermummy.
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At the waiting area before being ferried to the Quickie studio.

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This rubik boy - he got talent. You can mess up his rubik cube and mess it up as much as you want. He can get it back in 16 seconds.
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Getting comfortable with the hosts pre-shooting.


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Cindy came out as the winner - winning herself a Macbook Pro. 1st & 2nd runner ups got themselves an iPod Touch each. Congrats!




Ever Again - Anti - Semitism

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 06:15 AM PDT

A documentary on anti-semitism. The insidious rise of anti-Semitism in the 21st century is examined in this documentary from filmmaker Richard Trank. In a world where tolerance is supposedly the watchword, politically and spiritually. Kevin Costner narrates in this documentary. As Hitler was holed up in his bunker, he wrote his testament. Throughout the document one thing was prominent, hatred of the Jews. "It was destined and instigated by those international statesmen, who were either of Jewish origin or working for Jewish interests".



"From the sacrifices of our soldiers and my own comradeship with them, there will come....into German history, the seed of a brilliant renaissance of the National Socialist Movement. Centuries may pass, but out of the ruins of our cities and monuments of art there, will arise anew the hatred for the people who alone are responsible: International Jewry and it's helpers!" This documentary is 1 hour and 13 minutes long. Needs broadband to view. Very interesting, especially so for all the anti-semites out there, including our Great Leader.


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Era Najib Altantuya : Peguam Negara Melangkau Bidangkuasanya

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 06:57 AM PDT

Jika benar Peguam Negara ada menghantar surat supaya (hukuman sebat ke atas Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno) ditangguhkan, (tindakan Peguam Negara) itu sudah melanggar urusan negeri sebab bidang kuasa dia di peringkat persekutuan," demikian kata Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, yang kini setiausaha pertubuhan Peguam Pembela Islam (PPI).

"(Keadaan) ini sudah melanggar prosedur. Sepatutnya kena failkan semakan dahulu, baru mohon ditangguhkan. Inilah yang jadi apabila menteri turut masuk campur," ujarnya lagi.

Sebelum itu, Zainul menyatakan Panel Mahkamah Rayuan Syariah Pahang masih belum dilantik, setakat ini, menyebabkan rayuan bagi kes-kes seperti melibatkan Kartika tidak dapat didengar.

Zainul Rijal menambah, terdapat dua pesalah di negeri berkenaan yang dijatuhi hukuman sebat mengikut undang-undang syariah sebelum ini, tetapi rayuan bagi hukuman tersebut tidak dapat didengar sejak lima tahun lalu.

"Bukan Kartika seorang saja, lima tahun lepas dan tahun lepas juga ada kes jatuh hukuman sebat. Rayuan juga tapi tidak boleh didengar," kata bekas pemimpin Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia (PGSM) hari ini.

Jelasnya, mahkamah rayuan menjadi peluang terakhir bagi pesalah untuk mengurangkan hukuman, tetapi proses rayuan tidak dapat dilakukan hingga menimbulkan kesan ke atas mereka yang telah didapati bersalah.

Tambahnya, pendakwaan dan bentuk hukuman yang dikenakan ke atas Kartika "sudah jelas" tetapi ia kini dikaburi oleh pihak-pihak berkepentingan yang cuba campur tangan, termasuk kuasa eksekutif.

"Dewan Undangan Negeri boleh buat peraturan kesalahan dan hukuman bagi perbuatan melanggar perintah Islam, tetapi Perlembagaan boleh mengehadkan hukuman sahaja," jelas Zainul Rijal.

Beliau menjelaskan, isu ini termaktub dalam Akta Bidang Kuasa Jenayah (Mahkamah Syariah) 1965 (Pindaan 1984) yang memperuntukkan bidang kuasa tersebut kepada kerajaan negeri untuk menyekat kesalahan dan hukuman yang "melanggar rukun Islam", termasuk mengambil alkohol.

Katanya lagi, hukuman yang dikenakan ke atas Kartika "bukanlah hukuman maksimum" kerana telah dimitigasi oleh wanita tersebut.

"Ia bukan hukuman maksimum. Kartika sendiri telah merayu dan mohon denda serta sebatan. Mungkin atas mitigasinya itu hukuman penjara tidak dikenakan," katanya.

Hukuman maksimum bagi kesalahan-kesalahan jenayah syariah di Pahang adalah tiga tahun penjara, RM5,000 denda serta enam sebatan.

Mengulas isu ketiadaan panel rayuan syariah di Pahang seperti dakwaan Zainul Rijal, ketua pendaftar Mahkamah Syariah Pahang enggan menamakan hakim-hakim terbabit tetapi mengesahkan panel itu memang ada.

"Nama-nama ini ada. Tapi biarlah kami dedahkan pada masa sesuai," kata Muhammad Azhari Abd Rahman kepada Malaysiakini.

"Buat masa ini tak perlulah saya komen lebih lanjut, memandangkan isu ini sudah sampai ke peringkat antarabangsa."

Menjelaskan lagi perkara tersebut awal malam ini, Zainul Rijal berkata nama-nama untuk panel rayuan tersebut "memang ada" tetapi tidak boleh mendengar kes kerana tidak diberikan tauliah sebagai hakim.

"Nama memang ada sejak sekian lama tetapi tidak diberikan tauliah hakim. Apa guna ada nama tetapi tidak ada tauliah, tidak boleh mendengar kes juga?" jelasnya melalui mesej SMS.

"Dan saya juga tahu, ada seorang yang (telah) dinamakan sudah pencen daripada menjadi hakim rayuan syariah Malaysia.

"Namun Pahang masih belum memberi tauliah dan nama beliau masih ada lagi."


MJ Still Alive?

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 03:06 AM PDT

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Its about time when conspiracies started flowing and this one seems pretty bizarre!!! Live Leak posted a video of MJ hoping off the Coroner's van that transported his dead body This video shows that Michael was still alive after his dead body was transported to the Los Angeles Dept. of Coroner I checked the license plate [...]


Sultan agrees with Pakatan, Radzhi axed - nizar nizar nizar najib altantuya

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 07:06 AM PDT

  • UPDATED 5.15PM The Kedah sultan has agreed with Pakatan Rakyat's request to have Lunas assemblyperson Mohd Radzhi Salleh removed as an exco.MORE
  • Sivakumar sues state secretary
The Kedah sultan seems to apolitical while his neighbouring counterpart seems to 'political'.


najib altantuya Water & War with S'pore: Dr M responds

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 08:28 AM PDT

The former premier admits having persuaded Muhyiddin Yassin to supply water to Singapore but denies that Lee Kuan Yew had threatened to go to war.MORE

Malaysia-Today.net has an interesting title for Dr. M's post:
Mahathir calls Muhyiddin a liar...well, sort of


To read the full post by the author himself:
SOUND BITES (Water for Singapore)


Youth Speak Out: Engaging in Democracy and Grasping Opportunity

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 05:54 AM PDT


Youth Speak Out:  Engaging in Democracy and Grasping Opportunity

RAISE YOUR VOICE, SHARE YOUR IDEAS, and GET INVOLVED IN DEMOCRACY! Submit your essay on democracy, and get your free ticket to the world's largest gathering of democracy and human rights activists in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2010!

The World Youth Movement for Democracy (www.wymd.org), a youth network of the World Movement for Democracy (www.wmd.org), is pleased to announce the launch of its Global Essay Contest.  Fifteen  winners (3 in each region: Asia, Central/Eastern Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa) will be invited to participate in the upcoming 6th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Jakarta, Indonesia, in April 2010.

Questions: Democracy has been practiced in different ways and in different contexts.  We believe there are core universal democratic values and aspirations that we all share, which transcend our differences, even though we live in different cultures, speak different languages, and eat different food.  The purpose of this essay contest is to highlight personal engagement in democracy by promoting critical thinking about the role of young people in democracy and to connect youth with broader democracy movements.  The questions posed below for this essay contest aim to challenge youth to write about their perspectives on democracy and their understanding of democracy activism, particularly  their own.

Essays are required to address one or more of the following questions:


  1. What democratic spaces exist for young people in your society?  What do you see as democratic values in your society? How do you engage with them?

  1. How can democracy help address your personal and social concerns (poverty, access to education, pandemics, inequality etc.)? How do you and others in your community address these concerns?

  1. Describe and explain how a specific event or instance changed your perception of democracy.

Submissions: Please submit your essay by 15 September 2009 via email attachment as a Word document or a PDF.  Please make sure to clearly designate, in the body of your email, your full name, age, gender, physical address, and phone number, to the relevant regional email address listed below.  Essays can be submitted in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish, and the essay must be no more than 2,000 words.  Authors must be between 18 and 30 years old.*

· Asia:  WYMD.ASIA@GMAIL.COM

· Central and Eastern Europe & Eurasia: WYMD.EURASIA@GMAIL.COM

· Middle East & North Africa:  WYMD.MENA@GMAIL.COM

· Latin America & Caribbean:  WYMD.LAC@GMAIL.COM

· Sub-Saharan Africa: WYMD.AFRICA@GMAIL.COM

To submit your essays via fax, please fax: +1.202.378.9889.  Please provide your personal details in the fax cover sheet.

Timeline:

June 2009 – Launch of the Essay Contest

September 15, 2009 – Deadline for the essay submission

October 18, 2009 – Announcement of Regional Winners

December 2009 – Regional winner essays posted on website in English

April 11-14, 2010 – World Movement for Democracy Sixth Assembly

April 14, 2010 – Announcement of global winners at World Movement for Democracy Sixth Assembly closing ceremony

Review Process: The submitted essays will be reviewed by regional committees each of which will determine three regional winners.  The regional winners will be announced on the World Youth Day for Democracy (October 18). If needed, each of the regional committees will also translate the 3 winning essays into English to post on the World Youth Movement for Democracy Website.

Essays will be evaluated based on:

  • Composition;
  • Clarity;
  • Creativity; and
  • Practicality.

Prizes: The 15 regional winners (3 from each region) will be provided with sponsorship to cover travel and other expenses related to their participation in the World Movement for Democracy's Sixth Assembly in Jakarta, Indonesia, in April 2010.*  The Assembly, bringing together over 500 democracy activists, scholars, and practitioners from over 100 countries, will provide an opportunity for the Regional Winners to attend workshops and connect with hundreds of civil society leaders from around the world.  The conclusion of the contest is the announcement of two global winners at the Assembly's closing ceremony.

For further information on the Global Youth Essay Contest, please visit: www.wymd.org.  If you have any specific questions, please contact Cecilia Andersen at: ceciliah@ned.org.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your essays!

*Please note that you must be over age 18 by April 11, 2010 to qualify for participation in the World Movement for Democracy Assembly, if you are a Regional Winner.

This Essay contest is generously sponsored by the Hurford Foundation.


Era Najib Altantuya : Teoh Bergaduh, Satu Teori Nakal Untuk Pesongkan Kebenaran (updated)

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 04:52 AM PDT

Pendedahan oleh pegawai kanan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) bahawa Teoh Beng Hock dan Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Kajang, Tan Boon Wah, bergaduh, telah mengejutkan mereka yang mengikuti prosiding inkues kematian Teoh di Mahkamah Koroner di sini.

Mohd Anuar Ismail, Pemangku Penguasa Kanan SPRM Selangor, berkata pergaduhan itu berlaku pada jam 2 pagi di tandas pejabat SPRM Selangor.

"Selepas kematian Teoh, saya dimaklumkan oleh Bulkini Paharuddin (pegawai SPRM) bahawa terdapat pergaduhan antara Boon Wah dengan si mati pada jam 2 pagi bertempat di tandas SPRM," katanya ketika ditanya peguam pemerhati SPRM, Datuk Abdul Razak Musa.

Namun berita yang mengejutkan itu menjadikan inkues lebih tidak berintegriti apabila banyak pihak mempersoalkan kebenaran pendedahan tersebut.

Ini kerana Anuar berkata beliau hanya dimaklumkan oleh Bulkini dan soalan pula di lakukan oleh peguam SPRM.

Ia seolah-olah satu lakunan di dalam Inkues untuk satu "cover-up" terhadap perbuatan jenayah yang mungkin dilakukan oleh anggota siasatan SPRM.

Sudah pasti peguam-peguam dan pegawai penyiasat SPRM bernama Mohd Anuar ini telah melakukan sesuatu "framing" yang berkemungkinannya mengikut satu "grand design" oleh satu pihak yang lebih tinggi dari mereka.

Kini, perbuatan jenayah itu hendak dialihkan kepada orang lain, hendak di tunjukkan bahawa Teoh dan Tan Boon Wah kononnya bergaduh pada pukul 2 pagi. Siapa pegawai SPRM yang menunggu sampai 2 pagi. Bagaimana beliau boleh berada di situ? Bagaimana pegawai itu tahu mereka bergaduh? Apa bahasa yang digunakan oleh kedua-dua orang itu jika benar mereka berada ditandas? Bahasa Melayu? Bhasa Inggeris? Bahasa Mandarin? Apa butir pertuturannya? Apakah Bulkini ingat dan faham apa juga buttir percakapnnya sehingga menyatakan ia satu pergaduhan? Apakah ada berlaku kejadian tumbuk menumbuk? Apakah ada saksi lain selain Bulkini yang dilaporkan mendengar pergaduhan itu?

Itu semua perlukan siasatan lanjut. Gobind bekata: "Apa yang berlaku hari ini seolah-olah SPRM hendak mendedahkan semua bukti siasatan mereka. Saya mahukan perintah mahkamah sekarang untuk menangguhkan prosiding ini supaya kami dibekalkan semua dokumen dan jadikan prosiding inkues ini sebagai perbicaraan rasuah Teoh Beng Hock," katanya.

Ulasan GB
Di bulan puasa ini masih ada orang Islam yang tak takut berbuat dosa pendustaan.


A Quickie...

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 02:00 AM PDT

I'm focusing on my study... so not much update until Friday. Coming ... Coming... another 1.5 days... Ish! still have so much need to revise... Gotta go now. Back to my study :p



The Post-Wedding Banquet Post

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 03:36 AM PDT

Wuan has gone back to work. All outstanding matters for the wedding banquet have been settled. The joint photo exhibition with Victor Chin has been up and running for more than one week already. Things are back to normal, well almost. Today is the first time in many weeks that I can sit back, relax and gather my thoughts coherently. So many people to thank; so many photos to sort. More on this and some others in the next few entries. For now, I just want to enjoy the serenity and peace of mind.

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Era Najib Altantuya : Inkues Beng Hock: Saksi SPRM Di Kritik

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 04:07 AM PDT

ADUN Seri Kembangan, Ean Yong Hian Wah hari ini hadir ke mahkamah untuk mendengar keterangan yang diberikan oleh saksi ke 16, Mohd Anuar Ismail berkaitan empat dokumen yang diambil dari komputer riba milik Teoh Beng Hock.

Ean Yong diwakili oleh peguam Salim Bashir.

Malangnya perjalanan inkues yang sepatutnya berkisar kepada empat dokumen yang dinyatakan sebelum ini seolah-olah bertukar kepada prosiding kes rasuah apabila saksi menerangkan butiran siasatan yang diperoleh oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Selangor berkenaan dengan operasi mereka membanteras rasuah yang di dakwa dilakukan ADUN-ADUN Selangor.

Peguam pemerhati keluarga Teoh Beng Hock, Gobind Singh Deo kemudiannya membuat permohonan kepada mahkamah supaya prosiding diteruskan dengan meneliti dokumen-dokumen yang telah disebutkan oleh Anuar apabila disoal oleh peguam pemerhati SPRM, Abdul Razak Musa semalam.


Gobind dalam hujahnya berkata, Abdul Razak seolah-olah menjadikan inkues ini sebagai platformnya untuk mendedahkan hasil siasatan SPRM.

"Adakah prosiding ini perbicaraan keatas DAP dan Teoh Beng Hock atau prosiding mencari punca kematian mangsa? Kami tidak ada apa-apa yang ingin disembunyikan, kami boleh bawa saksi-saksi kami untuk menentukan tuduhan yang dibuat oleh Anuar. Tuduhan Anuar adalah tidak berasas. Ia tidak adil bagi anak guam saya iaitu si mati," kata Gobind.

Gobind mahu mahkamah membatalkan keseluruhan testimoni itu, kerana Razak telah melampaui batas. Majlis Peguam Malaysia dan peguam Ean Yong Hiah Wah juga berpendapat tindakan Razak adalah tidak wajar..

Koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas bersetuju dengan hujah mereka dan memutuskan kes akan diteruskan dengan empat dokumen yang dipersetujui pada sesi inkues sebelum ini.

Bagaimanapun permohonan Gobind untuk meneliti kesemua dokumen tersebut dibantah oleh Azmil.

Inkues bersambung petang ini.

Azhar juga memberitahu mahkamah bahawa beliau juga telah diarahkan bersama dengan seorang lagi pegawai SPRM lain iaitu Mohd Hafiz Idris yang membawa CPU milik Beng Hock menaiki kereta yang dipandu oleh Beng Hock menuju ke SPRM.

Dalam perjalanan ke pejabat SPRM, Azhar mendakwa Beng Hock telah menerima dua panggilan telefon dan beliau bercakap dalam bahasa Mandarin.

Apabila ditanya oleh Razak bagaimana nada percakapan Beng Hock dengan individu yang menghubunginya, Anwar menjawab mendiang bercakap dengan tenang.

Bagaimanapun Azhar mendakwa, Beng Hock kelihatan gelisah semasa berada di pejabat SPRM.

Azhar juga memberitahu mahkamah, beliau telah diarahkan oleh Anuar untuk menemubual Beng Hock berkenaan latar belakang pekerjaan dan juga adik-beradiknya.

Selepas itu tiada lagi sebarang soal jawab yang dilakukan ke atas Beng Hock sehingga jam 10 malam.

Azhar juga mendakwa ketika dia bergerak pulang ke ibu pejabat di Putrajaya, dia melihat Beng Hock masih berada di sofa di ruang pendidikan masyarakat.

"Ya saya rasa dari apa yang dicakapkab menunjukkan Teoh berada di situ. Teoh memang dalam keadaan biasa. Dia kata dia nampak gelisah. Memang la, kita seorang saksi yang tidak biasa dibawa ke pejabat SPRM. Pukul 10 malam diminta duduk di sofa 2 jam. Kita tak tahu ini semua menghala ke mana" kata Gobind. -TVA



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