- Hobi pelik pemain bintang
- The Pahang Art Exhibition Is Onstream Folks!
- Kupon Parking
- Somewhere at Macallum and town
- Sushi King after school
- We Of Little Faith
- Al-Qaeda's guerrilla chief lays out strategy by Syed Saleem Shahzad
- The Taliban Threat
- Anwar from no threat to a BIG threat to Khairy - nizar najib altantuya nizar nizar nizar nizar
- Meeting 'more important' than Teoh's death - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar najib altantuya teoh beng hock
- Era Najib Altantuya : Murugiah Saman Kayveas RM10 juta
- Era Najib Altantuya : Saksi SPRM Tidak Dibenarkan Balik
- Of pisang abu, jagung rebus and Sofie's children
- Kenyataan Media: Tindakan Disiplin terhadap Mahasiswa UM
- Media Statement: Disciplinary Action on UM Students
- THE SINKING OF KD SERI INDERAPURA
- To The Pasar Tani We Will Go
- Era Najib Altantuya : Siasat Kekayaan Khairy Segera!
- The Crucifixion of PAS and the Resurrection of Isa.
- Era Najib Altantuya : Kemenangan Isa Runtuhkan BN
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 10:56 AM PDT
PEMAIN Manchester United, Gabriel Obertan melakukan kerja-kerja bercucuk tanam ketika dia tidak bermain disebabkan menjalani pemulihan akibat kecederaan.
Pemain yang dibeli ketika cuti musim panas lalu dengan harga £3 juta (RM16 juta) dari Bordeaux membantu salah seorang kakitangan pasukan Akademi kelab itu dengan bunga-bunga mawar ketika dia beransur pulih daripada kecederaan belakang.
Namun dia bukannya satu-satunya pemain bola sepak yang mempunyai hobi yang agak pelik di luar padang. Berikut adalah beberapa hobi pemain bola sepak terkenal termasuk Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney dan Andrey Arshavin.
1) Joseph Yobo - Pingpong
Penolong ketua pasukan Everton amat suka bermain pingpong. Pemain pertahanan itu juga begitu taksub dengan badan kebajikannya sendiri, Yayasan Joseph Yobo, yang membantu anak-anak kurang bernasib baik di Nigeria.
2) Manuel Almunia - laman web Perang Dunia Kedua
Penjaga gol Arsenal dari Sepanyol terpaut dengan laman web Perang Dunia Kedua (WWII) selepas menonton filem epik, 'Saving Private Ryan'. Dia berkata: "Saya membaca buku sejarah, menonton dokumentari dan saya suka melawat muzium apabila saya mendapat peluang."
3) Paul Scharner - Payung terjun, terjunan bunjee, ski air
Pertahanan Wigan begitu ketagih dengan aktiviti lasak dan berbahaya. Pemain Austria itu berkata mengenai hobi masa lapangnya: "Ia membantu saya menjadi lebih kuat secara mental."
4) Mortiz Volz - Membuat kek
Pemain pertahanan Jerman mengakui dia "agak selesa berada di dapur" dan dia suka "membakar kek untuk memberikan tumpuan sebelum menghadapi satu-satu perlawanan." Sila lihat laman web peribadinya untuk mengetahui kegilaannya.
5) Daniel Agger - Artis tatu
Seperti kebanyakan rakan seperjuangannya dalam Liga Perdana Inggeris, lengan Agger dipenuhi tatu. Namun, tidak seperti rakan seperjuangannya, dia mampu untuk melakar tatu ke badan sendiri. Pemain Denmark itu adalah seorang artis tatu berkelayakan.
6) Andrey Arshavin - Pereka fesyen wanita
Perancang utama Russia itu sukakan fesyen wanita dan dia tidak takut untuk mengakuinya. Bintang Arsenal itu mengakui dia mengambil kursus fesyen di universiti kerana "terlalu ramai wanita di kalangan penuntut". Dia menambah: "Saya berbeza. Namun saya tidak cuba untuk melakukan sesuatu yang aneh. Saya sering melakukan apa yang tersirat di hati."
7) Nolberto Solano - Peniup trompet
Bekas pemain tengah Newcastle sukakan trompet dan sering kali membawa alat muzik itu ke padang latihan Toon ketika dia bermain di kelab itu. Malah dia pernah meniup trompetnya ketika menelefon mendiang Bobby Robson. Nobby memiliki tiga instrumen, setiap satu berharga lebih £350 (RM1,800).
8) Eric Cantona - Puisi
Legenda Perancis itu dikenali dengan kemahirannya mencipta puisi. "Seorang artis, di mata saya, adalah seseorang yang boleh menerangi sebuah bilik yang gelap. Saya tidak pernah dan tidak akan menemui perbezaan antara hantaran Pele kepada Carlos Alberto pada perlawanan akhir Piala Dunia 1970 dan puisi Rimbaud," kata Cantona.
9) Wayne Rooney - pemain drum
Rooney mulanya cuba untuk memahirkan diri dengan gitar, tetapi tidak berjaya. Namun dia berjaya dengan kegilaannya bermain drum.
10) Cristiano Ronaldo - Bingo
Pemain sayap Real Madrid mungkin memiliki hampir setiap kereta mewah namun keghairahan sebenarnya adalah permainan bingo. Pemain Portugis itu berkata: "Ia amat menarik kerana anda boleh menunggu di sana hanya kerana satu nombor untuk menang."
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 10:29 AM PDT
I am very grateful to TV3 for giving me this opportunity. The art exhibition by some Pahang artists will be on from the 21st October till the 3rd of November.
It will be held from 9 am till 5 pm daily for 2 weeks.
Our soft launch will be carried out around 4 pm on the 21st October.
It'll be officiated by YB Senator Dato' Maznah Mazlan.
For those who are interested to attend the soft launch, please email me your names. The North Wing Theatereette can accomodate only a limited number of seats. I have to admit its on a first come first serve basis for those who are interested to attend the press conference.
There'll be the media group and a number of TV3 VIPs.
I just have to sort out the eisles and the transport of the paintings from Kuantan to KL. Hopefully, the event will be smooth and very successful.
For those who would like to come over for the exhibition please email me your names quickly.
Thank you so much.
I am quite distressed. We've told Banun's teachers a couple of months ago that we don't want her to follow her school drama group to Penang for the National School Competition. Her role is just a small one and easily replaceable.
They accepted our decision then and so did Banun. But now its different. Somehow Banun wants to go for the trip and the teachers have somehow managed to convince her that shes indispensable for that role.
We parents sometimes don't want our kids to go on long journeys right? Yet why do we feel guilty not granting that permission?
I have called the school. They say they have found a replacement..but not as good as Banun. Yeah..and so Banun is still pestering us to give the green light. The Baba says hes not going to budge..its a No No No!
I pity her but she must accept and understand that sometimes we parents want our way too!
We will be in KL on the day the group packs off to Penang and we'll still be in KL on the day they're suppose to be back! All the more reason why we are reluctant to approve her Penang trip!
No! Stay at home! Stubborn betul!
Ooh..the Baba wants to talk to the GB..Banun is so very upset!
Children..don't they know how much we care and treasure them??
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 10:31 AM PDT
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 09:12 AM PDT
The plan to do after school went wrong after Chien Chern fell sick in school. We were suppose to go to Boon Hooi's place to take bath and eat, only then go to Jing Si Books and Cafe to read. But in the end, it's only me that went to Boon Hooi's place.
I was a little bit undecided, whether to go here and there or not, in the end, I picked to read. SPM is coming in 5 weeks time and the feeling is getting stronger. I just can't stop.
Gonna thank Boon Hooi's for the lunch. I was thinking of going home since everyone was not going to the cafe, but I past by Beach Street and tried my luck to look for parking, if there's a place to park, I'll go to sit and do some revision, and really lucky, there's a place. Parked and went there to sit for like an hour and a half.
Only then, I went home at finish-work hour. Traffic jam a little bit, traffic was definitely not smooth and it's my first time in it and I found that cranking up the music will help you to pass time. =)
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 08:39 AM PDT
I don't know do you realize or not, Sushi King's RM2 for all coloured plate sushi promotion is back and tomorrow is the last day if I am not mistaken. So, yesterday I went to Sushi King with Chien Chern, Chai Wei and Yiphing. At first, they suggested to go to Prangin Mall, but I don't want to because the place is pretty old, not-so-clean and was warm during my last visit, I prefer Gurney Plaza's or E-Gate.
Phing and Wei were not fine with Gurney Plaza, they complained it is too far for them and in the end, E-Gate it was. Not bad, the place is pretty cool, well-litted and clean.
Now I started to drive already and no-good about driving is looking for parking. Some place doesn't have a lot of parking space, E-Gate does, but for saving a couple bucks, I parked a little far in Tesco, it's free and needed a little bit of walk. That's fine for me and I'll take it as a exercise. Hehe.
I was surprised to see a short line outside Sushi King. Seems like a lot of people were going for the RM2 thing.
Waited for like 10 minutes and we were in. I saw some of my school seniors at there but I got no idea who they are, just knew that we were wearing the same uniform.
Lucky to get a seat beside the belt. There are tables which are not beside the belt and so, have to self-service. It's also good to because we can get our first hands on the purple and red plate food which is most expensive during non-promotion day.
None of us is a Sushi King card holder, the girls went to borrow a couple of cards from their friend for it. Thanks.
They actually stated that one can stays for only an hour in the restaurant due to limited seating, but we spend like almost 2 hours there. Perhaps there wasn't many people waiting. I had 6 plates and it's fun.
One thing, all these photos were accidentally deleted. It's a little bit OMG, but luckily there's recovery program. Phewww.
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 06:41 AM PDT
First of all, I'd like to thank all of you for your well wishes on the quick recovery of my mom. She's doing so much better right now. You guys have been a great source of comfort and I'm sure my mom would appreciate all your kind words.
She's been staying at my aunts place since the incident and will be back this weekend after which I have to take her for the removal of the stitches on her scalp next Monday. Hopefully she's able to put all this behind, emotionally that is.
I actually wasn't really planning to blog much today except to just thank you guys but then as I was surfing the Star Online, this headline caught my attention simply for the absurdity of it. Read on before I give my two cents worth. For the benefit of my foreign reader, Puteri is the women's youth wing of the ruling party in this country.
PUTERI WANTS BAN ON HORROR, FANTASY MOVIES
KUALA LUMPUR: Puteri Umno wants the Government to ban the production of "horror, mystical and superstitious" movies, claiming such films can weaken the faith of Muslims in the country.
The movement also wants the authorities to empower the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to take action against such productions.
The call was contained in one of the motions that were passed without debate at the movement's general assembly on Wednesday.
"In view of widespread screening of movies with ghosts, superstitious and mystical elements, we urge the Government to empower Jakim to ban their production as they do not carry any positive message, but instead may destroy the faith," it said.
The movement also called on the Government to issue a similar ban on all foreign movies of such genres.
It said film producers should concentrate on producing films of different genres that could serve as lessons, rather than show horror and superstitious ones which might not even deliver the intended messages.
It added parents must provide religious education to children to ensure that they would have strong faith to avoid from getting influenced by such negative elements.
I just have one question. Just where did these Puteri women put their brains, if they have any that is. Just what kind of stupid harebrained thinking is this? I have been watching horror, mystical and superstitious movies for as long as I can remember and it has in no way weakened my faith at all.
Granted they did say that they didn't want to weaken the faith of the Muslims in this country but I'll bet you my last dollar my Muslim blogging buddies would in no way lose any of their faith if they were to watch a horror, mystical or even superstitious movie, be it local or even a foreign one.
Do these clowns in Puteri have so little faith in their own religion that they think people will become maniacal and diabolical killers or turn into something evil if they watch movies of these genre? And to say that they want to also bad foreign movies of this genre just cos some of them are so weak in their own faiths is totally unfair to the rest of us.
I happen to love horror movies (though I am the world's biggest coward) and I especially like the old Malay pontianak (vampire) movies. I remember the number of times when I was young and these movies would be shown on TV, we'd all gather around as tightly as we could and peeked through our fingers and pillows watching these horror flicks and none of us got up in the morning with an ounce of lost faith.
Good God you moronic women of Puteri, please wake up and start using your brains a little. People lose their faith in things not because of movies, be it horror, action, supernatural, science fiction or otherwise. We're really all not as dumb as you to lose our faith so easily just cos we watch movies of these genre. We all do have some brains as to know what's right or wrong and to actually think for ourselves.
Maybe you Puteri women should also consider banning action flicks, comedies and science fiction too. Oh, wait, maybe you should ban the nightly news also cos people get influenced by that just as easily too! I feel like taking my patio cushions and smacking them silly. Stop trying to tell people what is right or wrong. We can think and judge for ourselves.
Maybe you should instead try advocating for people to frequent more movies instead which in turn might just reduce the Mat Rempiting (hell riders) and snatch theft incidents since that just might keep them busy instead of causing misery to others!
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 06:26 AM PDT
ANGORADA, South Waziristan, at the crossroads with Afghanistan - A high-level meeting on October 9 at the presidential palace between Pakistan's civil and military leaders endorsed a military operation against the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda in the South Waziristan tribal area - termed by analysts as the mother of all regional conflicts.
At the same time, al-Qaeda is implementing its game plan in the South Asian war theater as a part of its broader campaign against American global hegemony that began with the attacks in the United States of September 11, 2001. Al-Qaeda's target remains the United States and its allies, such as Europe, Israel and India, and it does not envisage diluting this strategy by embracing Muslim resistances on narrow parameters. In this context, militant activity in Pakistan is seen as a complexity rather than as a part of al-Qaeda's strategy.
Militants have been particularly active over the past few days. Last Thursday, a car loaded with explosives rammed into the compound wall of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, killing at least 17 people. Then on Saturday, militants staged an audacious attack on the the Pakistani military headquarters in Rawalpindi, the twin city of the capital, Islamabad. On Monday, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in market town in the Swat Valley region, killing 41 people and injuring 45 others. Pakistan is at critical juncture, with the armed forces gathered in their largest-ever numbers (almost a corps, as many as 60,000 troops) around South Waziristan to flush out the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Taliban (PTT), al-Qaeda and their allies from the Pakistani tribal areas.
In these tense times, Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, an al-Qaeda leader who, according to American intelligence is al-Qaeda's head of military operations and whose death they wrongly confirmed in a recent US Predator drone attack in North Waziristan, spoke to Asia Times Online. He invited this correspondent to a secret hideout in the South Waziristan-Afghanistan border area, where drones regularly fly overhead. This is Ilyas' first-ever media interaction since he joined al-Qaeda in 2005. He is a veteran commander from the struggle with India over divided Kashmir.
In the past few months, the militants have appeared to be on the back foot. A number of leading figures have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan, including Osama al-Kini, a Kenyan national and al-Qaeda's external operations chief; Khalid Habib, the commander of the Lashkar al-Zil or the Shadow Army, al-Qaeda's fighting force; Tahir Yuldashev, leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan; PTT leader Baitullah Mehsud, and several others. The Pakistani Taliban have also been given a bloody nose by the military in tribal and urban areas. Negotiations were also underway to strike peace deals with some Taliban commanders in various Afghan provinces.
Then last week at least nine US troops along with several dozen Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were killed in a raid on an outpost in Nuristan province, besides the abduction of over 30 ANA officers and soldiers by the Taliban. This attack was complemented by a series of other attacks on North Atlantic Treaty Organization bases across the southeastern provinces of Khost, Paktia and Paktika, forcing top US General Stanley McChrystal to pull out all troops from isolated posts in remote areas in these provinces to relocate them in population centers.
This created immense space for the Taliban to operate freely, meaning that if Pakistan conducted operations in South Waziristan, the militants could easily move across the border to find sanctuary. The attacks over the past few days have also shown that the militants are still capable of striking important targets almost at will. They also mean a redesign of the war theater in which Pakistan will have to relocate its troops from the eastern front (India) to the western front (Afghanistan), as the Taliban are now the number one enemy.
Washington plans to send at least another 40,000 troops to Afghanistan while India will complement these efforts with its intelligence and military expertise against the common enemy - Muslim militant groups.
The upcoming battle. Ilyas Kashmiri gave his views on what the upcoming battle will look like, what its targets will be, and how it will impact the West in relation to the destabilization of a Muslim state such as Pakistan. The contact with Asia Times Online began with a call from the militants on October 6, inviting this correspondent to the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan. No reason was given. The next day, I traveled to Mir Ali, a town that has been heavily attacked by drones over the past year. After over seven hours of continuous traveling, I was received by a group of armed men who transferred me to a house belonging to a local tribesman.
"The commander [Ilyas Kashmiri] is alive. You know that the commander has never spoken to the media before, but since everybody is sure of his death as a result of a drone attack [in September], al-Qaeda's shura [council] decided to make a denial of this news through an interview by him to an independent newspaper, and therefore the shura agreed on you," a person whom I knew as the key person in Ilyas' famous 313 Brigade told me as soon as I reached the safe house. The brigade, a collection of jihadi groups, fought for many years against India in India-administered Kashmir.
"You will have to stay in this room until we inform you of the next plan. You can hear the voices of drones above your head, therefore you will not leave the room. The area is full of Taliban, but also of informers whose information on the presence of strangers in a house could lead to a drone attack," the man said. The next day, I was transferred to another house at an unknown location, about three hours away. During this time I was accompanied at all times by an armed escort. I was not allowed to speak to them, and they could not communicate with me. This is al-Qaeda's internal world. Finally, in the early morning of October 9, a few armed men arrived in a white car.
"Please leave all your electronic gadgets here. No cell phone, no camera, nothing. We will provide you pen and paper to write the interview," I was instructed. After several hours of a very uncomfortable journey, passing down muddy tracks and through mountain passes, we reached a room where Ilyas was supposed to meet us. After a couple of hours, suddenly the sound of a powerful vehicle broke the silence. My escort and the men already present in the room rapidly took up positions. They all wore bullet pouches and carried AK-47s.
Ilyas made his entrance. He cut a striking figure, about six feet tall (1.83 meters), wearing a cream-colored turban and white qameez shalwar (traditional shirt and pants), carrying an AK-47 on his shoulder and a wooden stick in one hand, and flanked by commandos of his famous diehard 313 Brigade. Ilyas now sports a long white beard dyed with reddish henna. At the age of 45 he remains strongly built, although he carries the scars of war - he has lost an eye and an index figure. When we shook hands, his grip was powerful. The host immediately served lunch, and we sat on the floor to eat. "So, you have survived a third drone strike ... why is the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] sniffing around you so much? I asked.
The question was somewhat rhetorical. He is one of the most high-profile al-Qaeda commanders, with a Pakistani bounty of 50 million rupees (US$600,000) on his head. His position is defined differently by various intelligence and media organizations. Some say he is commander-in-chief of al-Qaeda's global operations, while others say he is chief of al-Qaeda's military wing. If today al-Qaeda is divided into three spheres, Osama bin Laden is undoubtedly the symbol of the movement and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri defines al-Qaeda's ideology and broader strategic vision. Ilyas, with his unmatched guerrilla expertise, turns the strategic vision into reality, provides the resources and gets targets achieved, but he chooses to remain in the background and very low key.
His bases and activities have always remained shrouded in secrecy. However, the arrest of five of his men in Pakistan earlier this year and their subsequent grilling helped lift the veil. Their information resulted in CIA drone strikes against him, the first in May and then again on September 7, when he was pronounced dead by Pakistani intelligence, and finally on September 14, after which the CIA said he was dead and called it a great success in the "war on terror". "They are right in their pursuit. They know their enemy well. They know what I am really up to," Ilyas proudly replied.
Born in Bimbur (old Mirpur) in the Samhani Valley of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on February 10, 1964, Ilyas passed the first year of a mass communication degree at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. He did not continue due to his heavy involvement in jihadi activities. The Kashmir Freedom Movement was his first exposure in the field of militancy, then the Harkat-ul Jihad-i-Islami (HUJI) and ultimately his legendary 313 Brigade. This grew into the most powerful group in South Asia and its network is strongly knitted in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. According to some CIA dispatches, the footprints of 313 Brigade are now in Europe and capable of the type of attack that saw a handful of militants terrorize the Indian city of Mumbai last November.
Little is documented of Ilyas' life, and what has been reported is often contradictory. However, he is invariably described, certainly by world intelligence agencies, as the most effective, dangerous and successful guerrilla leader in the world. He left the Kashmir region in 2005 after his second release from detention by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and headed for North Waziristan. He had previously been arrested by Indian forces, but he broke out of jail and escaped. He was then detained by the ISI as the suspected mastermind of an attack on then-president Pervez Musharraf, in 2003, but was cleared and released. The ISI then picked Ilyas up again in 2005 after he refused to close down his operations in Kashmir.
His relocation to the troubled border areas sent a chill down spines in Washington as they realized that with his vast experience, he could turn unsophisticated battle patterns in Afghanistan into audacious modern guerrilla warfare. Ilyas' track record spoke for itself. In 1994, he launched the al-Hadid operation in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to get some of his jihadi comrades released. His group of 25 people included Sheikh Omar Saeed (the abductor of US reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi in 2002) as his deputy. The group abducted several foreigners, including American, Israeli and British tourists and took them to Ghaziabad near Delhi. They then demanded that the Indian authorities release their colleagues, but instead they attacked the hideout. Sheikh Omar was injured and arrested. (He was later released in a swap for the passengers of a hijacked Indian aircraft). Ilyas escaped unhurt. Continued here.....
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 05:50 AM PDT
DURING THE past 10 days, Pakistan's conflict with the Taliban movement has escalated toward full-scale war -- and the extreme Islamist movement has mostly held the initiative. On Tuesday, government warplanes bombed targets in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan in what may be the prelude to a major army offensive there. Over the previous eight days, however, the Taliban carried out four major attacks that demonstrated both its growing power and its ambitions. One, against Pakistan's army headquarters, was staged with the help of a terrorist organization from the country's ethnic Punjabi heartland. That alliance underlines the fact that the Taliban no longer aims merely at controlling the ethnic Pashtun areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan but at gaining control over a nuclear-armed state.
That analysis -- which is being used by many who oppose sending additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan -- made some sense in the first years after Sept. 11, 2001. Now it is badly out of date. Al-Qaeda, though still dangerous, has suffered serious reverses in the past several years, while the Taliban has gone from struggling for survival to aiming for control over both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Though it is not known to be planning attacks against the continental United States, success by the movement in toppling the government of either country would be a catastrophe for the interests of the United States and major allies such as India.
For years the United States has been trying to persuade Pakistan to fully confront the threat of the Taliban, even as its government and army dithered and wavered. Now that the army at last appears prepared to strike at the heart of the movement in Waziristan, the Obama administration is wavering -- and considering a strategy that would give up the U.S. attempt to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Adopting such a strategy would condemn American soldiers to fighting and dying without the chance of winning. But it would also cripple Pakistan's fight against the jihadists. With the pressure off in Afghanistan, Taliban forces would have a refuge from offensives by Pakistani forces. And those in the Pakistani army and intelligence services who favor striking deals or even alliances with the extremists could once again gain ascendancy. After all, if the United States gives up trying to defeat the Taliban, can it really expect that Pakistan will go on fighting? Washington Post
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 08:33 AM PDT
On Feb 20, 2008, Khairy: Anwar and kin no threat.
Today, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin vows that his wing will stop the 'forked-tongue tale teller' called Anwar Ibrahim from realising his dream.
Anwar from no threat to a BIG threat to Khairy.
'Chameleon' Khairy has certainly changed his stance.
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 07:05 AM PDT
UPDATED 8.25PM TBH inquest A MACC senior officer claimed his meeting in Putrajaya was "more important", which was why...
The MACC senior officer is none other than Hishamuddin Hashim who was implicated in the 'mystery' letter written by MACC officers that surfaced in Malaysia-Today.net not too long ago.
Gobind asked Hishamuddin, 'Isn't Mr Teoh's death more important than the meeting?'
Hishamuddin answered, ' I didn't mean it is not important.'
Then, Gobind said, 'I suggest that for you, the meeting in Putrajaya is more important that the death of a witness?' Hishamuddin said yes.
Heartless Hishamuddin, you will have your day. If not here on this earth, then in the after world.
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 07:28 AM PDT
Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Senator Datuk T. Murugiah pada Rabu memfailkan saman fitnah dengan menuntut ganti rugi sebanyak RM10 juta terhadap Presiden Parti Progresif Penduduk Datuk M. Kayveas.
Saman itu adalah berhubung kenyataan media oleh Kayveas dan disiarkan oleh beberapa media cetak dan elektronik yang didakwa Murugiah palsu dan berniat jahat.
Ia difailkan oleh peguam Murugiah, Francis Pereira di Pejabat Pendaftar Mahkamah Tinggi di sini pada pukul 2.30 petang.
Murugiah, yang bertindak sebagai plaintif, dan menamakan Kayveas sebagai defendan bagaimanapun tidak hadir sama di mahkamah bagi pemfailan saman itu.
Dalam pernyataan tuntutannya, Murugiah mendakwa Kayveas telah beberapa kali membuat kenyataan palsu yang berniat jahat terhadapnya dalam beberapa sidang akhbar dan mengetahui bahawa kenyataan itu akan disiarkan dalam media cetak serta elektronik.
Murugiah, yang juga bekas ahli Majlis Tertinggi PPP, mendakwa pernyataan berkenaan diterbitkan oleh akhbar Berita Harian, The Star and The New Sunday Times pada 10 Mei lepas, The New Straits Times Online pada 11 Mei serta di TV3 pada 9 Mei lepas melalui satu temuramah.
"Penerbitan media yang dibuat adalah daripada kenyataan asal defendan yang mendapat kebenaran daripadanya (Kayveas) untuk diterbitkan dan dalam keadaan ini beliau bertanggungjawab terhadap semua penerbitan itu.
"Pernyataan yang dituturkan itu adalah jelas memfitnah yang bermaksud hendak merendahkan saya yang memegang jawatan sebagai senator, timbalan menteri dan ahli Majlis Tertinggi PPP.
"Akibat daripada itu, ia telah mencemarkan nama baik saya dan membawa saya kepada satu penghinaan dan menjejaskan reputasi saya," dakwanya.
Sehubungan itu, selain memohon ganti rugi am sebanyak RM10 juta, Murugiah juga memohon ganti rugi teruk atau teladan, kos lain dan injunksi untuk menghalang fitnah seumpama diterbitkan lagi. -Bernama
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 07:19 AM PDT
Timbalan Pengarah Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Selangor, Hishamuddin Hashim berkata Teoh Beng Hock tidak dibenarkan meninggalkan prosiding penyiasatan.
Hishamuddin dalam akuan beliau di inkues di hadapan koroner Azmil Muntapha Abbas berkata mana-mana saksi tidak dibenarkan pulang tanpa izin pegawai penyiasat.
Inkues hari ini menyaksikan pegawai kedua tertinggi SPRM negeri dipanggil ke kandang saksi. Inkues diwujudkan bagi menyiasat misteri kematian setiausaha kepada exco Selangor, Teoh Beng Hock yang maut selepas disoalsiasat SPRM.
Ketika disoal peguam keluarga mangsa, Hishamuddin menolak dakwaan bahawa Beng Hock maut dibawah jagaan beliau.
Pegawai SPRM ini menjelaskan pegawai-pegawai bawahannya memaklumkan bahawa Teoh telah dilepaskan dan akan kembali keesokan harinya untuk membantu siasatan.
Dalam perkembangan yang sama, Unit Siasatan SPRM mendedahkan tiada usaha untuk mencari Beng Hock dibuat selepas mangsa dikesan hilang dari kawalan mereka.
Ketua Unit Siasatan, Hairul Ilham Hamzah berkata pihaknya hanya berlegar-legar di premis SPRM tanpa terfikir untuk menghubungi telefon bimbit mangsa. -TVA
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 06:08 AM PDT
With limited time and so many things to do at home in the morning before I go to my office, I usually can't settle too many things in a day. Mana nak mesin rumput... mana nak tebang pokok pisang... mana nak kait rambutan gading... mana nak tebas semak-samun...
I actually needed to cut down quite a few banana trees as the bananas were getting almost too ripe. Some had even been eaten by the birds...
So, no more postponing, yesterday I cut down 2 of the banana trees. I put aside some of the pisang abu for own consumption at home, while the bulk of the bananas were put in my car. My intention yesterday was to send the bananas over to Lin at her goreng pisang stall.
But later I found out Lin was not in town for the week, so the bananas spent the night in my car.
I had planned to go to Sofie's house this week to get Saiful's referral letter (for his appointment with the eye specialist at Ipoh GH), so I figured I might as well go today. SN told me last week that Saiful's presence is not necessary for an appointment to be arranged, so I thought I'd take the letter and make the necessary arrangements. My clinic duty will be next week so I intend to go to the eye clinic on the same day to arrange for Saiful's appointment.
And yes, I did go to Sofie's house today. Only Sofie, her eldest son Azlan and Saiful were home. Sofie's 2nd son Azman stays at his school hostel (in the same town), while Ika, her youngest was at school. Azlan had just sat for his PMR this week.
After getting the referral letter and a copy of Saiful's birth cert, I asked Sofie if she wanted some pisang abu. "Saya terima aje," said Sofie. I told Sofie, that since I brought quite a lot, if Sofie and her children can't finish them, she can give the bananas to her sister (the one Sofie used to stay with). Her sister earns extra income by making a variety of kuih to be sent to school canteens, so she can use the bananas to make pisang goreng or lepat pisang or cokodok or whatever other banana-based kuih to be sold.
I was happy to note that Sofie seemed much better health-wise. If previously she was always lying down whenever I visited her, this time she was well enough to go to the kitchen to make a drink for me. When I was there, Saiful too came to the front with a spoon of salt and asked his mother, "Banyak ni cukup?" "Bolehlah tu," replied his mother.
"Buat apa?" I asked.
"Rebus jagung," he said.
So yes, other than the drink prepared by Sofie, I was also served Saiful's jagung rebus.
I don't usually make it a habit to let my poor PLHIV clients serve me drinks and food (they need the food more), but when they do serve me something to eat/drink, I do make it a point to eat/drink, at least a little. I don't want them to feel as though I was afraid to eat/drink anything prepared by them. Besides, when they serve the food, it was not meant for me alone, they ate together with me. It felt more family-like, eating and drinking togeder-geder with them... :-)
Anyway, I told Sofie I intend to attend a programme up north in Kedah next Saturday. The programme, organised by my alumni, will be held at a center set up by a man who has done wonders - providing tuition, educational and recreational support for hardcore poor children.
There are various reasons I want to go for the event. Firstly, my alumni seldom organizes events outside of Klang Valley. This is the first time the event is held up north. Although there's not much difference between the Ipoh-KL and Ipoh-Kedah distance, I want to give my support so that they will continue with decentralised events in future.
Secondly, the subject is close to my heart - dealing with hardcore poor children. I hope to learn a thing or two from this man. Although I cannot implement exactly the same thing ("his children" are centered in one district while "my children" are scattered all over Perak), who knows, I may still be able to use his system as a guide to plan something in future.
Thirdly, I was hoping I'd be able to bring any of "my children" to the event. My intention? Sofie's children. Saiful was the one at home today, and so when I asked Sofie if any of her children would like to follow me, Saiful immediately said yes. And although Ika was not at home, Sofie said usually if Saiful goes anywhere, Ika would want to follow too. Sofie herself doesn't feel fit yet to travel so far, but she has no objections if the children follow me. Besides, it will be a day trip, so neither Sofie nor myself have to worry about whom the kids will be spending the night with.
So yes, God-willing, I will bring Saiful and Ika with me to Kedah next weekend.
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 04:05 AM PDT
Saya kecewa dan sedih apabila dimaklumkan bahawa terdapat beberapa orang mahasiswa Universiti Malaya yang diambil tindakan disiplin kerana melakukan "jenayah" mengundang pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat termasuk saya bagi mengisi undangan mereka di kampus.
3 orang pimpinan mahasiswa yang cuba didakwa melakukan jenayah tersebut adalah Haafizuddin Abirerah, 24 dan Abu Ubaidah Amir Abd Malek daripada Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM) serta Chang Keng Fai, 21 daripada Persatuan Bahasa Cina Universiti Malaya (PMCUM).
Ketiga-tiga mahasiswa ini dihadapkan ke perbicaraan oleh Tribunal Universiti. Mereka telah dituduh melakukan kesalahan disiplin dibawah seksyen 16 (c) Kaedah-Kaedah Universiti Malaya (Tatatertib Pelajar-Pelajar) 1999.
Dakwaan ini adalah rentetan daripada keputusan PMIUM menjemput saya bagi merasmikan Program Muktamar Tahunan mereka pada Februari lepas, manakala PBCUM telah menjemput Ahli Parlimen Seputeh DAP, YB Teresa Kok sebagai pengadil debat mereka pada Ogos lepas bersama-sama bekas Ahli Parlimen Kota Melaka MCA Wong Nai Chee dan wartawan Koh Kok Wee.
Tindakan yang dilakukan oleh pihak pentadbiran universiti ini adalah amat mengejutkan dan mengecewakan, apatah lagi di ambang peperiksaan universiti. Tindakan ini secara jelas bercanggah dengan kebebasan akademik dan juga hak untuk berpersatuan. Saya secara telus menyatakan bahawa tidak ada yang saya sampaikan dalam ucapan saya yang menggangugugat keselamatan awam dan negara.
Tindakan yang diambil oleh pentadbiran universiti ini adalah mungkin disebabkan pandangan mereka yang merasakan bahawa saya dan YB Teresa tidak layak untuk menyertai program universiti tersebut. Namun demikian sentimen ini adalah meleset apabila universiti lain bersedia untuk menerima kehadiran saya untuk memberi ucapan dengan tangan terbuka termasuklah Universiti California di Berkeley, Universiti Stanford, Universiti Essex dan the School of Oriental and Asian Studies, London, selain IPT UNISEL dan Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia.
Insiden ini menyentuh saya secara peribadi memandangkan sebelum ini berlaku sabotaj dalam program tersebut dan kini PMIUM berhadapan dengan risiko didakwa jenayah universiti membabitkan saya. Ini secara jelas bercanggah dengan prinsip keadilan.
Saya kemudiaannya terpaksa membuat sidang media dengan harapan umum mengetahuinya dan pada masa yang sama saya telah menulis surat secara peribadi kepada Menteri Pengajian Tinggi dan Naib Canselor Universiti Malaya. Selain dari jawapan daripada Kementerian bahawa mereka akan menyiasat aduan saya, tiada tindakan lanjut. Peristiwa ini membuktikan keadaan pendidikan Malaysia masih tidak banyak berubah di sebalik keyakinan yang digambarkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan.
Adalah menjadi sesuatu yang merugikan bagi sebuah universiti seperti UM yang diterima kembali sebagai salah sebuah 200 universiti terbaik dunia dalam senarai pendidikan tinggi Times berkelakuan seperti ini.
Tidak kira apakah perasaan peribadi pihak berkuasa terhadap saya dan rakan-rakan daripada Pakatan Rakyat dan perjuangan kami, tidak wajar mereka menjejaskan masa depan tiga mahasiswa berpotensi ini.
Saya dengan ini menggesa dan menyeru pihak pentadbiran universiti untuk menggugurkan segala tuduhan terhadap ketiga-tiga mahasiswa ini. Saya juga ingin merayu kepada Menteri Pengajian Tinggi YB Dato' Seri Khaled Nordin untuk campur tangan dalam hal ini atas nama keadilan dan kebenaran.
NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad sedang berada di Amerika Syarikat sebagai jemputan panelis Forum Politik dan Media Baru di Dunia Islam di Universiti California, Berkeley, Amerika Syarikat. Beliau akan turut berucap di Universiti Stanford, Amerika Syarikat dan School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom tentang politik perkauman, alternatif majmuk dan masa depan Malaysia.
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 04:01 AM PDT
I am disturbed and appalled by the news that disciplinary action is apparently to be taken against several students of the Universiti Malaya for the supposed "crime" of inviting Pakatan Rakyat politicians- including myself- to attend various functions on-campus.
The three are student leaders namely Haafizuddin Abirerah, 24 and Abu Ubaidah Amir Ab. Malek, 21 of Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM) as well as Chang Ken Fai, 21 of Persatuan Bahasa Cina Universiti Malaya (PBCUM).
The three students have been ordered to attend a hearing at the University Tribunal. They have been accused of committing disciplinary offences under the Section 16 (c) of the Kaedah-Kaedah University Malaya (Tatatertib Pelajar-Pelajar) 1999.
These charges apparently stem from the PMIUM having invited me to officiate at their AGM last February, while the PBCUM has been hauled-up for inviting the DAP MP for Seputeh, Ms. Teresa Kok to judge one of their debates in August. The former MCA MP for Kota Melaka Wong Nai Chee and Koh Kok Wee, a Chinese radio host and journalist were also invited as well.
This act by the administration of the University is shocking and disappointing- not least because it is a clear breach of academic freedom, as well as the fundamental freedom of association, especially so close to university examinations. I can with a clear conscience state that nothing I said at the PMIUM AGM was in any way seditious or detrimental to public morals or national security.
Why therefore the University administration would see it necessary to resort to such draconian action is beyond me. Perhaps they feel that individuals like YB Teresa and myself are not fit to speak in their august halls- but such a sentiment is strange given that I have been invited to talk at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Stanford, the University of Essex, and the School of Oriental and Asian Studies, London, as well as at local institutions UNISEL and the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
This incident is also upsetting to me on a personal level as attempts were made by certain quarters to prevent me from speaking at the function in question. The fact that the students of the PMIUM should have been subject to sabotage and now official harassment on my account surely goes against every notion of fairness and good policy.
I had back then alerted the press on what had happened, as well as requested meetings with the Minister of Higher Education and the Vice-Chancellor of UM to discuss the incident. Other than a reply from the Ministry that they will investigate my complain, there has been no reply since. This stands as proof that little has changed in the state of Malaysian education despite the Government's highly optimistic claims to the contrary.
It ill-befits an institution of higher learning of UM's stature, which has been celebrating its return to the Times Higher Education Supplement's list of Top 200 Universities in the World, to be engaging in such high-handed and unreasonable behaviour.
Whatever antipathy the establishment may have for my colleagues or me and our politics is certainly no reason to jeopardise the future of these three promising young undergraduates. I therefore call upon the administration of the University to immediately cease all action against the three students in question. I would also like to appeal to the Minister of Higher Education Dato' Seri Khaled Nordin to intervene for the sake of justice in this case.
NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is now in the USA as a panellist invited to speak at a forum on Politics and New Media in the Muslim World at the University of California, Berkeley. He will also be speaking at Stanford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom about racial politics, a multiracial alternative and the future of Malaysia.
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 04:14 AM PDT
The final countdown on the fate of KD Seri Inderapura has began. She is to be sunk and be made a artificial reef for the breeding of maritime life, preempted the Defence Minister. The final decision will however depend on the outcome of the investigation that will be carried out by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
I know for certain that a decision to sink or not to sink a ship is not an easy decision to make. One has to understand the culture of the navy where sailors attachment to the ship is like a mother to a toddler and vice versa. The attachment is mutual, and sailors like to talk fondly about their time serving a ship long after they have left the navy.
The first ship Captain of KD Seri Inderapura was Laskma Noor Azman (Retired) who had captained the ship on many voyages overseas to provide logistical provisions and material support to Malaysian troops serving in Bosnia, Somalia and even sending Vietnamese refugees back to Vietnam.
Upon knowing that KD Seri Inderaputra had caught fire, I quickly called Laksma Noor Azman to hear what he has to say of the incident. From the brief conversation, I sense that he wasn't in the mood to talk about the ship, and I fully understood the reason for it. I suppose he was overcome by emotion to see his ship that has been a part of his life for several years laid in flames, and will no longer be part of his history in the navy.
I then called on some other navy friends to find out what could be the cause of the fire, and why was it that the navy took an unusually long time to stop the fire, despite the ship being at harbour.
Having listened to a long lecture on ship safety and some naval terms that I am not quite familiar with, my navy friend's final reasoning is simply that the crew is not well trained for fire fighting on board, and he believes that there was an element of negligence on the part of somebody. He too could not understand why was the ship allowed to be on fire for several hours, when it was at harbour where the fire fighting gears could easily be made available. Or was there a complete wash-out of all the fire fighting gears and equipments? It is a different matter altogether if the ship is on fire while sailing in the open sea.
I do not know whether heads will roll at the end of the investigation; but I do know that the navy do not compromise on discipline and negligence.
And to quote the final words of Laksma Noor Azman to me when he said that, "for God sake, sinking a ship for the purpose of an artificial reef would be the last thing that a navy would want to do"
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 03:46 AM PDT
Heh bee – dried prawns – udang kering
Another road trip to Ipoh is coming up. I am looking forward to this for several reasons – the second being able to go to the pasar tani that opens on Saturdays only. We were there in May but as we woke up late, we reached the pasar tani when it was about to close. Nevertheless, we managed to buy some heh bee (dried prawns) and ikan bilis halus (baby anchovies).
I prefer buying them at such places instead of from supermarkets as I can smell and see if they are of good quality or not. Groceries such as these are also available from the markets and sundry shops but the pasar tani is more accessible. Besides, our planned trip to Ipoh conincides with the day when the pasar tani is opened. So why not?
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 03:36 AM PDT
Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) menyambut baik kenyataan Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia, Khairy Jamaluddin bahawa beliau bersedia untuk mengiystiharkan harta yang dimiliki beliau. Beliau juga menyatakan kesediaan untuk disiasat mengenai dakwaan-dakwaan bahawa beliau memiliki kekayaan yang sangat besar dan melampaui pendapatan beliau. Kenyataan ini tidak seharusnya hanya tinggal kenyataan dan hanya diulang kembali menjelang pilihanraya.
AMK dengan ini mencabar Khairy untuk mengisytiharkan harta beliau termasuk pegangan-pegangan secara langsung dan tidak langsung melalui nomini, wang yang disimpan di dalam akaun-akaun di luar negara dan kepentingan-kepentingan di dalam pelbagai perniagaan.
Penglibatan aktif Khairy di dalam bidang perniagaan bukan sahaja menimbulkan persepsi wujud salahguna kuasa, malah para peniaga juga menghadapi persaingan yang tidak adil khususnya untuk mendapatkan projek dan tender kerajaan. Justeru, memandangkan terdapat kesediaan daripada Khairy sendiri untuk beliau disiasat, AMK mendesak PM Najib Razak supaya segera mewujudkan satu badan bebas bagi menyiasat harta-harta yang dimiliki oleh Khairy yang sebelum ini merupakan menantu kepada Perdana Menteri dan juga selaku Ketua Pemuda yang tentunya akan mendapat kelebihan politik (political advantage) daripada kepimpinan tertinggi UMNO dan kerajaan.
YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim sejak dari 1998 lagi, ketika dituduh memiliki harta sebanyak RM 3 bilion dengan tegas dan berani menyatakan kesediaan dengan mendesak satu badan bebas ditubuhkan bagi menyiasat dakwaan yang tidak berasas. Namun sehingga kini tiada tindakan yang diambil oleh kerajaan dan hanya menggunakan isu ini sebagai bahan kempen murahan sewaktu pilihanraya kecil Bagan Pinang yang lalu.
Keengganan melakukan siasatan ini mewujudkan tanggapan umum bahawa Barisan Nasional mengambil sikap tidak apa terhadap mereka yang memiliki harta yang tersangat banyak sehingga melebihi kemampuan pendapatan.
AMK mendesak kerajaan untuk serius terhadap usaha membanteras rasuah, penyelewengan, salahguna kuasa dan pemboloton kekayaan melalui cara-cara yang tidak sewajarnya.
Sekiranya ini tidak dilaksanakan dengan serius, maka impian Malaysia untuk menjadi sebuah negara serba maju di mana kekayaan negara dikongsi secara adil tidak akan dapat dicapai. Seperti yang diungkapkan oleh Mahatma Gandhi: Kekayaan dunia adalah cukup untuk keperluan semua manusia, tetapi tidak mungkin cukup untuk memenuhi ketamakan manusia.
Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin
Angkatan Muda Keadilan
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 01:12 AM PDT
Pakatan members and supporters nationwide woke up this week to SMSes, emails and phone calls showing concern, scorn , provocation etc over Tan Sri Isa's resounding victory in Bagan Pinang.The mainstream media had a field day.Finally, they got to suck up to their bosses without having to massively spin stories, just by reporting the truth.Creative catchy headlines like "The Second Coming of Isa", "Faux Pas" and "Voters gave it a PASs" .I decided to throw mine into the hat (see above)
Why did voters squarely reject Pakatan this time?Its anyone's guess, but if you ask me, its a case of history repeating itself.One can draw small parallels between this 'mini-rejection' of Pakatan and the 'macro-rejection' of BN in the 308 Tsunami. Think of it as a small wave of discontent, but if left unchecked , would perhaps even spell certain doom for Pakatan in the coming elections. Of course, its going to be difficult for PR to keep the momentum going with a weakening 'push' factor, i.e. Badawi and his weak administrative policies.What Pakatan needs to do, is to strengthen their 'pull' factor, i.e. prove itself a better alternative.Unfortunately there are many problems in the executing this, not the least being the executors themselves!The State government machineries are still very much pro Barisan, and Pakatan's own feet-dragging in having them replaced has cost it dearly, as seen in the Perak fiasco, where the Mayor of Ipoh and the State Secretary snubbed their former bosses pretty soon after the coup de 'etat.
But for me, and people like me, voting is more an emotive affair than it is a squarely logical one.Feelings of betrayal, anger, disgust at the present day government is likely to cause an "X" in the opposition box more than any propaganda or policy explained thoroughly through the most effective media.As Maya Angelou once famously said, people can forget what you said, people can forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.That is why PAS lost Bagan Pinang.Isa Samad managed to capture the warm fuzzy feeling of the people who wholeheartedly embrace him as their leader.National issues ranked second to his personality.I believe, Barisan did not win the seat, and PAS did not manage to penetrate it. But Isa managed to shield the seat from the national issue onslaught by his personality.Isa Samad won the seat, not UMNO and not Barisan.Isa Samad, with his warm personality and local acceptance.
As for PAS, its time for PAS to stop dilly-dallying and make your stands known! You cannot have your cake and eat it too! While people like Khalid Samad, Husam Musa, Mat Sabu, Nizar and Tuan Guru Nik Aziz are perceived as 'non-Muslim friendly',statements like banning beer, wanting to sleep with UMNO,calling for the banning of this concert and that one will not be tolerated by non Muslims and more liberal Muslims much longer.Please,please,please stop disengage the 'ban' switch in your brains and engage the 'discuss' mentality. Previously, it was OK to have differing views, as the people were done evaluating, and judged BN as 'must go at all costs'. Now that BN is responding ,and the anger of the people against the Badawi administration has fizzled, and people are beginning to judge the two as equals. This is where the problem begins for Pakatan. It is not a single fabric entity. It has to decide , and decide quickly what it wants to do, and do it, before the people lose interest in Pakatan.As it is, the interest in waning. The Indian support base, which six months ago was very much still intact for Pakatan is slowly eroding. The emergence of Makkal Sakti,a party hell bent on hijacking the Hindraf struggle appears to gaining ground on ex MIC members who are less suspectible to PR's 'grip'. The rise of two personalities T Murugiah and S. Subramaniam is also to be watched. Their movements could further erode Pakatan's Indian support base.
While the Chinese vote bank appears less easy to sway, don't take it for granted.Chinese are pragmatic voters, and it would be wise to reciprocate their trust in you with some measure of fairness, which is all they ask for.As for the Malay vote, from how I see it, is split to three.The hardcore PAS supporters, the hardcore UMNO supporters and those in between. Clearly, everyone in PAS was trying to win the in betweeners, the difference lies in how. While the Erdogan group opted to go with education,engagement and demonstration of what Islamic virtues truly are, it appeared the other group opted to out-hardline, out-Malay and out-Islamize UMNO.If I have learnt anything, is you can beat people in their own game, but you cannot beat people in a game of their own mental creation.You cannot beat a terrorist with terror, you cannot beat a religious zealot by matching his zeal with yours, and you cannot out-thump a Bible-thumper.Likewise you cannot hope to defeat UMNO in their own game.You can however, convince the players that your rules are better, and lure their players into your game, then beat them at that.Would that not be wiser? After all politics is a zero sum game, and when as a force,you come across a force you cannot destroy, you destroy yourself.
Lets not forget about Sabah and Sarawak. The sidelined part of Malaysia that fuels in money so the 'other part' of Malaysia can enjoy even more expensive highways and new national capitals.
Decide, then Pakatan, the ball has always been in your court.Decide once and for all if Malaysia is an Islamic Nation or an Islamic State. Decide if drinking alcohol and having loose morals is more important than the looting of national wealth beneath your eyes.Decide if crosses in schools is more of an eyesore than a multi billion dollar white elephant project.Decide if building pig farms equates selling your soul to the non Muslims.Decide if Ibrahim Ali is in or out. Decide if having a Malay Muslim lead a company is more important that it generating wealth for all.And then after it all, let the rakyat decide if you are here to stay or you are to go.
Pakatan did not 'gain' power. Pakatan was 'swept into' power.Let us not forget.
Make no mistake, UMNO is very strong.It will take Malaysians, not PAS, or Pakatan to take them down. As long as they have an awesome machinery and cults built around leaders like Isa Samad, winning the next General Election is a tall order for PR.But for the sake of Malaysia, it must be done.And Malaysians must prevent the crucifixion of PAS,DAP and PKR and the resurrection of BN, even if it means saving PR from itself!
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Posted: 14 Oct 2009 01:04 AM PDT
Bagi pengamal politik yang realistik, kekalahan PAS dalam pilihan raya kecil Bagan Pinang, bukan suatu kejutan. Ia sudah diduga, cumanya pertambahan majoriti Barisan Nasional (BN) membuat dahi sedikit berkerut.
Sudah berakhirkah momentum tsunami politik pada 8 Mac lalu? Apakah arus perubahan politik hanya di utara, tidak kesampaian ke selatan Semenanjung?
Tidak! Sebaliknya, keputusan itu harus ditelan penyokong Pakatan Rakyat dengan bijaksana. Biarkan sahaja penyokong BN terbuai-buai dengan emosi mereka. Mereka sudah gian kerana telah lama tidak mengecap kemenangan.
Biar mereka berpesta dengan satu-satu kemenangan di Semenanjung Malaysia sedangkan hakikatnya, Pakatan Rakyat tidak kurang waima satu kerusi pun sejak Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) ke-12, sebaliknya BN masih kekurangan satu kerusi di Kuala Terengganu.
Secara mudah, BN masih ketinggalan dalam perlumbaan memenangi hati pengundi, sedangkan Pakatan Rakyat masih laju memecut ke persada Putrajaya tapi berhenti seketika untuk untuk mengisi minyak.
Barangkali, mereka lupa akan senario Ijok. Ijok pada pilihan raya kecil yang berlangsung sebelum PRU ke-12 menyaksikan kemenangan BN dengan pertambahan majoriti.
Ia berikutan seluruh jentera baik media arus perdana mahupun agensi kerajaan dikerah bagi memastikan kerusi itu tidak terlepas ke tangan pembangkang. BN berjaya.
Sebaliknya, BN pada PRU 12 tumbang di Ijok, malah calon KEADILAN, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim - calon sama yang tewas pada pilihan raya kecil itu, menjadi Menteri Besar Selangor.
Bukan Ijok saja, bahkan seluruh negeri ditawan Pakatan Rakyat. Inilah kemungkinan yang bakal terjadi pada PRU ke-13 kelak di Bagan Pinang khasnya, Negeri Sembilan amnya.
Kemenangan jar-rang-jar-rang (baca dengan nada P Ramlee dalam filem Nujum Pak Belalang) BN kali ini, bukan bermakna kejayaan sama bakal menanti mereka pada PRU 13. Belum tentu.
Sebab itu, penyokong Pakatan Rakyat usah patah hati. Kebenaran pasti membawa kejayaan. Semakin BN alpa dan mabuk dengan kemenangan Bagan Pinang, semakin mudah Putrajaya ditawan.
Hal ini sudah dihidu Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah apabila menyatakan, lebih baik BN kalah di Bagan Pinang kerana ia seolah-olah suatu endosmen terhadap rasuah kepada parti dan kerajaan.
Pun begitu, kemenangan Isa yang calar balar dengan imej rasuahnya tapi tetap menang dengan peningkatan majoriti, perlu dikupas pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat, khususnya PAS secara rasional.
Mungkinkah status quo pembahagian kerusi antara parti dalam Pakatan Rakyat di selatan Semenanjung perlu diubah suai bagi menarik sokongan rakyat lantaran pengundi di selatan didakwa kurang serasi dengan parti itu.
Sebaliknya, mereka khususnya pengundi Melayu sejak merdeka tidak mesra dengan imej PAS dan KEADILAN yang pada PRU 1998 mencatat prestasi memberangsangkan walaupun bertanding di kawasan maut.
Kemenangan Isa, bagaimanapun tentunya bukan disenangi orang Umno sendiri termasuk di Negeri Sembilan. Kejayaan bekas Menteri Besar itu membuat 'comeback' pasti menimbulkan kegusaran Menteri Besar, Mohamad Hassan yang akrab dengan Khairy Jamaluddin.
Tidak kurang juga yang melabel kemenangan itu bukan kejayaan BN, sebaliknya kemenangan peribadi - Isa untuk yang pernah menjadi Naib Presiden Umno sebelum digantung tiga tahun berikutan terpalit dengan imej politik wang.
Kemenangan itu datang pada harga tinggi lantaran Umno-BN terpaksa menggunakan kelebihan undi pos dan taktik samseng bagi meraih kemenangan dengan mempertaruh perpaduan Umno negeri.
Pada pilihan raya kecil Sabtu lalu, calon BN, K Partiban, 38, menewaskan calon PKR, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, 61, dengan majoriti 1,850undi.
Undi yang diberikan kepada PKR meningkat daripada 3,564 pada pilihan raya lalu kepada 4,034 undi kali ini, iaitu perbezaan 470 undi. Sokongan kepada BN juga meningkat sebanyak 671, iaitu daripada 5,213 kepada 5,884.
Tetapi, pada pilihan raya lalu, calon Bebas turut bertanding dan mendapat 313 undi. -TVA
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