Wednesday, March 3, 2010

shoot shoot... Not you but the problem :)

shoot shoot... Not you but the problem :)

shoot shoot... Not you but the problem :)

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 09:48 AM PST

I was asking my boss to grant my engineer to change his work hour... I went into the office about 12pm and stay through until 12am. it's has been 12 hours working... but i was happy as we managed to chase away 10 problems in a day ... hurray!!! At least we progressing well for a day. Hopefully we could close another few more before end of the week.

I really need a short breakaway... Now i need a good sleep.

Yo Rais: Your Views on Mixed Marriages are Mixed Up

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 09:15 AM PST

Those who have been reading my blog for a few years now might remember that back in 2007 I wrote a post calling out Malaysia's Information Minister for things he had said about children of mixed parentage. Basically, the Minister at the time, Zainudin Maidin (aka ZAM), didn't want to see such children in local advertising because they're "not Malaysians". The post I wrote in response to his ridiculous remarks generated a lot of comments; in fact, while there were posts in my old Blogspot days that had generated more (unfortunately those comments have been swallowed by the Internet), that particular post remains the most commented post since my switch to Wordpress. Most of the comments were equally critical of ZAM, but some displayed racism that matched and perhaps even surpassed the things he'd said.

Well, how have things progressed in the nearly three years since then? The Information Ministry has been merged with the former Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry to form the Information Communication and Culture Ministry (which can't seem to decide whether it wants a comma after the word Information). The new Minister, Rais Yatim, who thinks Malaysians' use of the Internet, social media, and 'bahasa rojak' (the mixing of Malay and English in daily speech) are all very bad things, is unfortunately no less an embarrassment to the country than ZAM was. And unfortunately Rais is no less racist.

Recently that bastion of Malay nationalist journalism, Utusan Malaysia, front-paged an article in which Rais made comments about mixed marriages, in response to a question about the marital troubles of Malaysian actress Maya Karin. Now before we move on to Rais himself, let's all shake our heads at the fact that Utusan chose to put that as its lead article that day, and that the paper had even seen fit to ask Rais to comment on something which was none of their business, and certainly none of his. Shame on them.

Now, on to Rais. Like I said, what happens in Maya Karin's marriage is really none of his business. Yet there he was, using the question to deliver a little rant about the perils of entering into a marriage with someone of another race and/or nationality. Not only that, he singled out westerners, particularly white westerners. As Utusan is a government mouthpiece, it's unlikely they just asked him about this out of the blue and he was simply giving his opinion on the spot. When asked about the matter, Rais didn't just give his opinion; he backed it up with results of a study undertaken by local sociologists in which it was found that seven out of every ten mixed marriages end in divorce.

Well, I have some big problems with not only what Rais said, but in the so-called evidence he put forth to back up his claims. First off, let me state that I'm not saying mixed marriages are all fine and dandy. There are bound to be divorces. Just as I didn't completely disagree with ZAM's criticism of the prevalence of so-called mixed-race actors in local advertising, I don't completely disagree with Rais' assertion that mixed marriages will fail at a higher rate than marriages between people who are from the same race/ethnic group/country. But having said that, I have big problems with what he said anyway, just like I had big problems with what ZAM said. Aside from what I've already mentioned, here's where Rais went wrong:

The study he referred to is outdated. According to the Utusan article, the figure of only three successful marriages out of ten is based on research that covered only the years 1995 to 1998. That was 12 to 15 years ago. Not only is the research outdated, it wasn't done long enough for researchers to come to any reliable conclusion.

The geographical scope of the study was even more limited than the temporal scope. It seems Rais was only referring to marriages in the state of Johor and the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur. That's a very insufficient sample.

'Artistes' are hardly representative of the general public. Everyone knows actors and singing stars generally go through spouses like Planters goes through peanuts. I'll be the first to admit I have no hard statistics to offer up in support of my claim here, but I daresay this is the case in many countries, not just in the west. In pointing to failed marriages among Malaysian celebrities as proof that mixed marriages don't work, Rais is really barking up the wrong tree. Sure, the study he's relying on involves more than just celebrities, but highlighting them at all to prove his point is pretty silly.

He's almost right, but completely wrong. I've long said that marriages between Malays and non-Malays can only work if both partners have similar ideas about religion and culture. Rais is saying the same thing, but I think he overstates the number of cases in which this doesn't happen. Of course, considering the shortcomings of the study he uses to back that up, it's almost impossible to say. So how can I say he's wrong? Because since Leen and I moved to Malaysia from Canada we've come to know many couples in similar situations to our own. We have indeed met couples whose marriages were a bit rocky, and people whose mixed marriages had already ended. But those were the exceptions. Most mixed couples we've met were happily married at the time and remain so today. Sure, some of them will fail, but that is the case with all marriages. Actually, there may be higher rates of divorce with mixed marriages, but…well, see below.

For someone who doesn't like things that are mixed, he's sure got this mixed up. Rais actually acknowledges that one of the factors in the failure of mixed marriages is the difficulty foreign spouses — especially foreign husbands — have as immigrants in this country. He even acknowledges this is all due to rigid government policies. But here's the thing: instead of saying Malaysians should avoid marrying foreigners because the government he's a part of makes it difficult for them to live and work here, wouldn't it be better for the government to actually make it easier for foreign spouses to live and work here? Oh, wait…

Rais is out of touch with current events and trends. The Malaysian government is, in fact, beginning to make it easier for foreign spouses to live and work in Malaysia. The government recently announced it would give Permanent Resident status to foreign husbands, something Malaysian women and their foreign-born husbands have long been hoping for (read here for my latest update on that). The advice Rais is doling out to Malaysians reflects either complete ignorance of his own government's initiatives, or an unwillingness to accept them. Either way, Rais Yatim is not doing his job properly.

Just the other night I watched an interview Rais gave on TV3 and was treated to further proof that he 1) has a real dislike for westerners and their culture, and 2) is unfit to lead a government ministry. While he did make some valid points (advocating more parental guidance in children's use of the Internet, for example), most of his comments were absolutely sickening. His skeptical comments about the Internet and social media were nothing new (he's been saying those things for a while now, resulting in a hilarious backlash by Malaysian Twitter users and bloggers), but I have to admit I was taken aback by what he said about language. That was nothing new either (his preference for the Malay language was quite evident when he once arrogantly scolded a journalist for daring to ask him a question in English not long ago), but he somehow outdid himself this time.

When asked to comment on bahasa rojak (basically 'mixed language'), Rais really made himself look foolish. Remember I said he doesn't like things that are mixed? Well, here's the proof. He looks back on a time when the Malay language — the Johor-Riau dialect, to be more precise — was untouched by other languages. Let's put aside how ignorant that very idea is in and of itself (I mean come on, he thinks the Johor-Riau dialect was not itself a hybrid of various smaller local dialects, and that it wasn't influenced at all by other languages? Seriously?). Let's look at what he said next: He actually lamented the fact that there came a time (a long, long time ago in fact) when the pure, precious Malay language was poisoned by other languages. Yes, that's what he said. He used the word diaracuni — poisoned. This is what he thinks of the influence of other languages on the Johor-Riau dialect of Malay. He displayed an particularly sneering contempt of the English language and the growing tendency of Malaysians to inject it into their everyday speech. He made it clear that Malaysians who speak in Malay should not mix words from other languages into it.

Let's not even get into the fact that it's pretty much impossible to speak Malay these days without using at least some English loanwords. Let's just look at the basic thrust of what Rais was saying. It is painfully obvious that the Minister of Information Communication and Culture harbours unrealistic fantasies of linguistic and cultural purity. It is also obvious that because of these delusions he is out of touch with the realities of language and culture. He is out of touch with the way this country's national language and its culture are heading. He is even out of touch with the direction in which the government he is a part of appears to be heading, or at least claims to be heading. He is, therefore, unfit to occupy the post he now occupies.

Now, I can express my personal opinion all I want — that Rais should either resign or the Prime Minister should put him out to pasture — but I'm not Malaysian, so who am I to even suggest what the Malaysian government should do? In fact, it seems Malaysians who support the current government don't take too kindly to foreigners telling that government what it should and shouldn't do. Well you know what? Anyone who would rub that in my face now can just stuff it. When a Malaysian government minister uses his position to make bigoted comments about mixed marriages and/or mixed-race children, it concerns me because it concerns my wife and children. The sensitivities of Malaysians who dislike the intervention of foreigners into their affairs are duly noted, but the current government should bear in mind that while I can't vote here, my wife can; our children, if they decide to stay here into adulthood, will be voters too. So will the spouses and children of a lot of foreigners in this country — maybe a lot more than Rais can imagine. And we're not just talking about foreigners here. We're talking about anyone who marries and has children out of their so-called race. Does Rais Yatim really think that he or anyone else in this country is "pure"? Please.

Just imagine if Malaysians actually follow the advice of their Minister of Information Communication and Culture. They might take his 'stick to your own kind' rhetoric too far. Why, we might end up seeing disturbingly high numbers of incest cases among rural Mal…oh, wait a minute. I guess Rais should really be careful what he wishes for. And the people of Malaysia should be careful who they vote for.

Visit Friends on Day 3 of Tiger Chinese New Year

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 09:25 AM PST

Spent day zero, day one, and day two with my lovely family and there's no more family day on the 3rd day. Everyone at home seems like have nothing to do and for me, I went out early morning to Air Itam to meet up Fang Juinn who came back from Singapore, Chin Tatt and Hua Ken who came back from National Service for a short period during Chinese New Year. It had been a long time didn't see them already.

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Hua Ken and Yong Chieh.

Woke up early and went to meet up with them at a kopitiam at Air Itam, talked to them but ate nothing because have got no idea what to eat at there. No feel.

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Wuan Xin and her uncle.

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OMG. Fang Juinn is getting taller!

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Met a new friend, Wuan Xin, a friend of friends'. She brought us to her grandma house and her grandma was very friendly and chit chat a lot with us. She talked about her young and even showed us her traveling photos and photos when she was young. Real friendly old lady, can talk whatever with us, youngsters. I spent like whole morning at there, later on to another friend, Yong Seng's house for a Chinese New Year visit.

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Boys rape.

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Dick shaped candy.

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Noob fencing-kia.

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Uncle's Chicken are always yummy!

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Yong Seng.

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Kenny and Victor.

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They're all my junior in Leo Club. A year younger than me, we eat, we play, we gamble. Chinese New Year is always about gambling, but I lose that day. Damn. Bad luck, Kenny won the most. After losing so many, we decided to stop. They went else where and I went to Gurney Plaza to walk around because I didn't feel like going home yet.

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Min Xun and Jueqi.

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Met people there. Walkaround and afternoon tea at there for a couple hour. Then it's already evening already, went to another friend's house again.

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It's Chen Yuen's house at Perak Road. So nice that he was at home and I received ang bao again. It's the last stop of friend's house visiting of the day. Me, Ammerlynn and Chen Yuen was actually at there waiting other friends to come back to Penang so we could had dinner together. After dinner, I went to the cinema with my brother to watch Percy Jackson. It's really tiring afterall, run here and run there, but then it's fun and filled!

Tying down

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 09:42 AM PST

I just took a long crap. And if my crap factory decides not to work overtime then that one toilet session could well be my last as a bachelor.

By the time anyone reads this I'd most probably have officially taken the plunge.

Yes, finally the day arrived, and I really could do with a hard pinch on the areola to ensure that, this time around, it is no longer some silly dream but a reality.

Years ago never thought I'd get to live this long, let alone getting hitched.

Life back then was simply meaningless. I mean, what's the point living when all I was capable of was breathing. Breathing for the sake of prolonging whatever's left of the remaining life and became a burden to my loved ones? That's one reality I could do without.

But that's all behind me because TODAY is the reality.

After years of going through one adversity after another, I can't wait to just get in there and come out triumphant.

Some people asked how I finally managed to overcome the main hurdle. The trick is to relieve of all the shitload that I have been carried all along, offered some olive branch and in return was given another shot at starting things afresh.

Perhaps all I need now is to defecate more frequently, leave all the crap behind and I'm quite sure this new journey I'm undertaking will smell sweeter as time passes.

Here's to a greener, cleaner and fresher side of the leaf!

Kenyataan Media: Ikrar Setia Kami kepada Keadilan

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 09:19 AM PST

Pada 8 Mac 2008, kami dipilih warga Malaysia di kawasan kami yang mengundi untuk sebuah harapan dan perubahan menggantikan kejumudan. Rakyat mahukan politik baru yang menolak desakan perkauman, rasuah dan salah guna kuasa. Objektif yang kami terus usahakan apabila mewakili Parti Keadilan Rakyat ialah untuk membentuk "masyarakat yang adil dan negara yang demokratik, progresif dan bersatu-padu".

Namun, ada mereka yang berfikir bahawa dengan kemenangan, perjuangan ini sudah tidak perlu diteruskan. Mereka berhenti berkhidmat kepada rakyat sebagaimana yang sepatutnya dan mahu menjadikannya sebagai "masa mengaut hasil rampasan perang". Apabila ini tidak dapat dilakukan, mereka menuntut 'pampasan' dari parti, membuat tuntutan di luar kewajaran demi kepentingan diri mereka sendiri.

Apabila dinafikan, mereka bertindak seakan mengugut dan kini meninggalkan parti. Mereka mengisytiharkan diri mereka bebas sedangkan semua melihat mereka sedang bergantung dengan corak rasuah dan pendekatan kuno masa lalu. Ada yang mahu insiden ini dilihat sebagai perpecahan dalam Pakatan Rakyat, namun ia sebenarnya satu lagi usaha berterusan mereka yang mahu terus berkuasa.

Barisan Nasional menyedari bahawa cara politik usang yang mereka bawa kian tiba ke penghujung. Untuk melengahkan hakikat ini, mereka menggunakan strategi serampang dua mata. Pada satu sudut, mereka cuba menggambarkan bahawa mereka sedang menjuarai perubahan yang kami canangkan. Pada sudut lain, mereka merosakkan kepercayaan rakyat dan memanipulasi jentera kerajaan untuk menghancurkan Pakatan Rakyat. Pendakwaan terhadap Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, serangan perkauman terhadap kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang dan tindakan memperlekehkan Tuan Guru Dato' Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat sebagai pemimpin utama PAS di Kelantan dan Malaysia adalah sebahagian contoh jijik yang ada.

Dengan memilih untuk mendokong tindakan jahat ini, mantan pimpinan Keadilan yang bertindak keluar parti ini telah memilih untuk terus memandang ke belakang. Mereka telah mengkhianati harapan rakyat biasa di Malaysia yang memilih untuk perubahan dua tahun lalu. Tindakan mereka membuktikan bahawa mereka tidak peduli malah sesungguhnya memusuhi masa depan negara dan rakyat.

Mungkin ada yang percaya bahawa ada lagi yang akan mengikuti mereka, tapi kami pimpinan muda dalam Pakatan Rakyat, yang dipilih oleh rakyat, berikrar bahawa kami akan kekal berjuang biarpun berdepan dengan cabaran, pujukan dan penindasan yang ada. Kami tidak akan berpatah balik. Kami mahukan perubahan untuk Malaysia, kami mahu berkhidmat kepada rakyat. Kami akan memenuhi kepercayaan yang diberikan rakyat. Kami tahu bahawa agenda Keadilan yang inklusif dan tidak bersifat perkauman adalah ruang terbaik untuk kami meneruskan agenda membawa negara ke hadapan. Selama ini semua anggota parti mempunyai ruang memberi pandangan terhadap agenda yang dibawa Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kepada rakyat, yang telah disepakati dengan semangat musyawarah.

Pakatan Rakyat telah mencipta sejarah dengan Kerangka Dasar Bersama yang memaparkan persetujuan tulen rakyat Malaysia untuk abad ke-21. Kami akan turun bersama rakyat untuk berbincang dan bertukar fikiran dengan seluruh masyarakat bagi merealisasikan prinsip ini. Berikan kami dokongan juga nasihat dan pandangan. Kami mahu belajar daripada anda, dan bersama anda.
Dengan cara ini, kami berharap dapat menggembeling rakyat yang perihatin untuk menghidupkan semula Perlembagaan dan semangatnya, menyatukan rakyat dan merealisasikan impian yang disebut oleh Bapa Kemerdekaan kita dalam Pemahsyuran Kemerdekaan "…menjadi sebuah negara merdeka dan berdaulat serta berdasarkan kebebasan dan keadilan dan sentiasa menjaga dan mengutamakan kesejahteraan dan kesentosaan rakyatnya dan mengekalkan keamanan antara segala bangsa".

Ini adalah impian mereka dan kini kami. Ini adalah impian bersama kita rakyat Malaysia. Kami akan mempertahankan dan menghidupkannya dengan seluruh jiwa dan maruah yang ada.

Kami telah berikrar menyumbang usaha Pakatan Rakyat menyelamatkan negara ini, dan kami akan menunaikannya.

Disepakati oleh
YB Nurul Izzah Anwar (Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Wilayah Persekutuan)
YB Amran Ghani (Ahli Parlimen Tanah Merah, Kelantan)
YB S. Manikumar (Exco Pelancongan Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Sumber Tenaga Manusia Perpaduan dan Hal Ehwal Masyarakat India dan ADUN Bukit Selambau, Kedah)
YB Amirudin Shari (ADUN Batu Caves, Selangor)
YB Gan Pei Nei (ADUN Rawang, Selangor)
YB Yunus Jamhari (ADUN Kuala Kurau, Perak)
YB Chang Lih Kang (ADUN Teja, Perak)
YB Chan Ming Kai (ADUN Simpang Pulai, Perak)
YB Sim Tze Tzin (ADUN Pantai Jerejak, Pulau Pinang)
YB Kesavan (ADUN Hutan Melintang, Perak)
YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (ADUN Seri Setia, Selangor)

Media Statement: Affirming Our Loyalty to Keadilan

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 09:16 AM PST

On 8 March 2008, we were elected by the Malaysian people, who voted for hope and change in place of fear and stagnation. The people wanted a new brand of politics that would defeat the incumbent forces of racism, opportunism and corruption. Representing Parti Keadilan Rakyat, our main objective then, and still is to realise "a society that is just and a nation that is democratic, progressive and united".

Unfortunately, there are those that thought that the victory meant that this struggle should cease. They stopped serving the people and wanted to reap "the spoils of war", so to speak. When these did not materialise, they tried to hold the party ransom, making unreasonable demands to feed their own selfish interests.

When they were denied, they made all sorts of threats and have now left the party. They claim to be "independent" when it is clear for all to see that they are dependent on the corruption and archaic modes of the past. Some will spin these incidents as a "split" in Pakatan, but it is merely yet another attempt by the reactionary forces in this country to hold on to power.

Barisan Nasional realises that the time for their old brand of politics is coming to an end. To delay the inevitable, they have adopted a two-prong strategy. On the one hand, they are cynically stealing our message of change. On the other, they have abused the public trust and machinery of state to try to destroy Pakatan Rakyat, The persecution of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the racial attacks on the Penang State Government and the undermining of the authority of Tuan Guru Dato' Nik Aziz Nik Mat in Kelantan are just the most blatant examples of this.

By choosing to support these malevolent deeds, the former Keadilan leaders have also chosen to stand on the wrong side of history. They have betrayed the hopes of the ordinary Malaysians who voted for change nearly two years ago. Through their actions they have also proven that they are unconcerned, and are indeed foes to this country's future and its people.

Lest some believe that others may join them, let us, the young leaders of Pakatan Rakyat, elected by the people, give you our solemn oath that we will hold firm whatever the challenges, persecutions and temptations. There will be no turning back for us. We want to change Malaysia; we want to serve its people. We will be worthy of the faith you have put in us. We know that Keadilan's inclusive and non-racial agenda provides us with the best agenda to move the country forward.

All this while all party members have the space to provide their views on the agenda championed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that has been agreed with a collective spirit.

Pakatan Rakyat has created history with the Common Policy Framework that embodies a truly Malaysian consensus for the 21st Century. We will go down to the ground to discuss, deliberate and debate with men and women of all walks of life how to ensure that these principles become a reality. Give us your support, but also your advice and wisdom. We want to learn from you, and with you.

Through this, we hope to generate the critical mass necessary to restore our Constitution, unite our people and realise the dreams of our founding fathers in our Declaration of Independence, that Malaysia "be forever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people."

That was their dream, it is now ours. It is the dream of all Malaysians. We will defend and achieve it with all our lives and honour.

Endorsed by
YB Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai MP, Wilayah Persekutuan)
YB Amran Ghani (Tanah Merah MP, Kelantan)
YB S. Manikumar (Tourism, Community Development and Human Resource and Unit and Indian Community Affairs, and Bukit Selambau State Assemblyman, Kedah) Exco Pelancongan Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Sumber Tenaga Manusia Perpaduan dan Hal Ehwal Masyarakat India dan ADUN Bukit Selambau, Kedah)
YB Amirudin Shari (Batu Caves State Assemblyman, Selangor)
YB Gan Pei Nei (Rawang State Assemblywoman, Selangor)
YB Yunus Jamhari (Kuala Kurau State Assemblyman, Perak)
YB Chang Lih Kang (Teja State Assemblyman, Perak)
YB Chan Ming Kai (Simpang Pulai State Assemblyman, Perak)
YB Sim Tze Tzin (Pantai Jerejak State Assemblyman, Pulau Pinang)
YB Kesavan (Hutan Melintang State Assemblyman, Perak)
YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia State Assemblyman, Selangor)

How to Train Your Dragon Official Trailer

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 07:47 AM PST

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training THE dragon.

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 07:36 AM PST

was out with Nicholas Cai at Plaza Singapura today. The conversation goes..

Nic: Eh, I want to watch that movie.
Me: Which one? The dragon one uhh? (How to train your dragon)
Nic: Uhhh. Ya lor. Train the dragon..
(we were holding hands, and he raised my arm.) -.-
Me: … … … (Inside: It's going to be 2 years. You haven't been very successful in taming me. Try harder)


"Yes, One and a half double eyelid?"


Clean up your act, local council dog pounds told - The Sun

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 08:51 AM PST

Story By Meena L Ramadas


The Selangor government has instructed all municipal councils to "clean up their act" concerning the management of animal pounds.  

State executive councillor for health, estate workers' affiars, poverty eradication and caring government Dr Xavier Jayakumar said yesterday all municipal councils have been told to maintain the cleanliness of the

What are cops busy doing these days? Catching civilians instead of criminals!

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 08:37 AM PST

Marina's latest blog post is her rant about The Star refusing to publish her latest article in her Musings column.

So, yes. She has posted the 'banned' article (her first!) that should have come out in Musings column today, Wednesday. Following is something that she said:
Indeed the space for any form of public discussion is narrowing every day, with not only the PPA (Publishing and Printing Presses Act) being used but also police reports against anyone who puts forward the slightest alternative or opposing view. This is what keeps the cops busy these days, instead of catching snatch thieves, robbers, rapists and other real social ills.

Sad but true! The cops are busy catching civilians instead of criminals!

Nuff said. Just go to Marina's latest post - 'The Column That Wasn't'.

BN Perlukan 5 Kerusi Lagi, Zulkifli Mungkin Terselamat Dari Dipecat

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 07:39 AM PST

Arus "keluar parti" semakin menderas, mendekatkan semula Barisan Nasional ke paras dua pertiga di Dewan Rakyat, kelebihan majoriti yang ditembusi semasa "tsunami politik" PRU ke-12. Senario terkini memperlihatkan pengurangan kerusi parlimen PKR dari 31 ke 28, lantas mengurangkan kerusi Pakatan Rakyat kepada 79.

Apa yang tersirat di sebalik angka 79 ini bukan sekadar bermaksud "keluarnya empat orang ahli parlimen dari PKR dan PAS". Apa yang lebih penting, seandainya lima orang lagi ahli parlimen dari PR mengisytiharkan dirinya untuk keluar parti, maka PR akan tinggal 74 kerusi, iaitu satu pertiga daripada jumlah 222 kerusi.

Jadi, BN yang kini memiliki 137 kerusi, akan menaruh harapan pada empat orang ahli parlimen yang keluar dari PR, iaitu Ibrahim Ali (PAS), Zahrain Hashim (PKR), Tan Tee Beng (PKR) dan Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (PKR), ditambah pula dua orang ahli parlimen "bebas", iaitu Chua Soon Bui dan Eric Majimbun dari SAPP, yang keluar dari BN pada tahun 2008.

Seandainya keenam-enam ahli parlimen bebas tersebut mendampingi (semula) BN, ditambah dengan "lima orang lagi", maka BN di bawah pimpinan Najib Abdul Razak akan menguasai semula majoriti 2/3, kubu di parlimen yang ditembusi semasa zaman pemerintahan Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Ringkasnya, lanskap dalam Dewan Rakyat terkini adalah BN (137), SAPP (2), ahli parlimen yang keluar dari PR (4), membawa kepada jumlah 143. PR pula memiliki 79 kerusi. Seandainya ahli parlimen "bebas", iaitu 2 dari SAPP dan 4 yang keluar parti mendampingi BN, maka angka 5 menjadi kunci seterusnya. Penambahan 5 kerusi akan mengembalikan BN kepada majoriti dua pertiga, di samping penolakan 5 dari 79 kerusi yang dimiliki PR, akan menggagalkan PR untuk menafikan 2/3 BN di Dewan Rakyat.

Zulkifli mencungkil kontroversi

Senario sedemikian sebenarnya membataskan pilihan Lembaga Disiplin PKR, ketika mempertimbangkan hukuman yang bakal dikenakan ke atas Zulkifli Noordin yang dihadapkan kepadanya. Zulkifli Noordin, ahli parlimen Kulim Bandar Baharu yang mendakwa dirinya sebagai pejuang Islam, telah mencungkil beberapa kontroversi kerana pendekatan yang digunakan ketika menjuarai isu agama.

Pada Ogos 2008, Zulkifli Noordin telah "menceroboh" ke satu forum Memeluk Islam anjuran Majlis Peguam, kerana menganggap penganjurnya bersikap anti-Islam. Berikutan tindakan yang bercanggah dengan prinsip "kebebasan bersuara" yang didukung oleh partinya, Timbalan Presiden PKR, Syed Husin Ali telah meminta agar Zulkifli Noordin memberi penjelasannya.

Walau bagaimanapun, tiada tindakan yang menyusuli kemudian. Perlu dinyatakan bahawa kejadian itu berlaku sekitar PRK Permatang Pauh, dan sebarang tindakan terhadap Zulkifli Noordin dikhuatiri bakal didakwa sebagai "bukti PKR membelakangkan Islam", kerana Zulkifli tampil dengan imej "pejuang Islam".

Pada November 2009 pula, setelah Anwar Ibrahim memberi amaran untuk mengambil tindakan kepada pemimpin yang tidak selari dengan halatuju perjuangan PKR, Naib Presiden PKR, Sivarasa Rasiah menyusul dengan mendakwa bahawa "pemimpin" yang dimaksudkan Anwar adalah Zulkifli Noordin. Lantaran itu, tercetuslah perbalahan antara Sivarasa dengan Zulkifli.

Zulkifli Noordin mencungkil kontroversi sekali lagi, apabila membuat laporan polis terhadap ahli parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad dari PAS, berhubung isu penggunaan kalimah Allah. PKR terpaksa mengambil tindakan pada kali ini, memandangkan tingkahlaku Zulkifli Noordin telah memberi kesan kepada parti komponen PR.

Pilihan Lembaga Disiplin PKR terbatas

Bukan sahaja Khalid Samad dijadikan sasaran Zulkifli Noordin, malah Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng turut diselar olehnya sebagai chauvinis, ekstremis, rasis dan mempunyai agenda sempit perkauman yang jelas.

Kerenah Zulkifli Noordin telah mengungkit ketidakpuasan parti komponan PR, bahkan dalam PKR sendiri. Justeru itu, Lembaga Disiplin kini berdepan dengan dilema, sama ada untuk mengambil tindakan atau tidak. Lebih-lebih lagi, Zulkifli Noordin telah membuat kenyataan terbuka bahawa beliau tidak akan keluar parti, melainkan dipecat.

Seandainya PKR sekadar memberi amaran lisan kepada Zulkifli Noordin, maka ia dijangka akan mencungkil ketidakpuasan parti komponen PR. Sebaliknya, seandainya Zulkifli Noordin dipecat, maka ia dikhuatiri akan membuka laluan kepada BN untuk mara selangkah ke depan, sebelum menjangkau paras dua pertiga.

Dalam keadaan sedemikian, pembekuan atau pergantungan keahlian mungkin merupakan jalan keluarnya. Seandainya Zulkifli Noordin keluar parti kerana "penggantungan keahlian", maka beliau telah mengingkari apa yang dikatakan, iaitu "tidak keluar parti melainkan dipecat". Pada masa yang sama, PKR boleh meredakan ketidakpuasan parti komponen PR dan dalam parti, dengan mendakwa bahawa hukuman telah dijatuhkan ke atas Zulkifli Noordin. -MR

Quote from Dr M on the religion

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 07:52 AM PST

Newsgroups: soc.culture.singapore, soc.culture.malaysia
From: "bob day"
Subject: Re: Quote from Dr. MamaTeh

Can we change direction and instead have a write up about his many loves if
he has any? This ramblings of his is just boring. If that is not possible,
can we have a write up of his wealth here and abroad with hints o how he had
successfully accomplished them. We don't here very much from his much
appreciated botak wife
"Alexx" wrote in message

> Quote from MamaTeh:
> "Often it is misunderstood as a religion of the terrorists but the fact is
> Islam is a very peace and loving religion."

> A religion where cruel punishment like chopping off hands and limbs,
> stoning people to death and beheading is in fact a "very peace and loving
> religion" :):)

Malaysian woman sentenced to caning meets royals

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 07:49 AM PST

Clearly, the royals are with the victims and not with those stupid Muslim extremists.

KUALA LUMPUR : A Muslim Malaysian woman sentenced to be caned for drinking beer was granted a royal audience Wednesday but her fate remains unclear six months after the punishment was suspended, her spokesman said.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 33, was ordered to receive six strokes of the cane by a religious court last year, in a case that has fuelled a debate over rising "Islamisation" of multi-ethnic Malaysia.

State media has reported that Kartika's sentence, which was put on hold pending a review, would only be carried out after she met with the royal rulers of Pahang state where she was caught drinking at a hotel bar.

"Kartika had an audience with the Pahang crown prince for about 30 minutes this morning but we are not in a position to make any comment on what transpired," Kartika's spokesman Amlir Ayat told AFP.

"Any decision or announcement will be made by the palace. Kartika is still firm with her stand," Amlir said, referring to Kartika's previous calls for the authorities to punish her without delay.

Under Malaysia's monarchy, the state sultans -- who take turns to serve for five years as king -- are also in charge of religious affairs in their state.

Kartika was to have been the first woman to be caned under Islamic law in Malaysia but in a surprise move, three other women were caned last month for having sex out of wedlock.

The 33-year-old mother-of-two stared down religious authorities after being convicted, saying she was ready to be caned, refusing to lodge an appeal, and challenging them to cane her in public.

But she won a surprise reprieve in late August when she was detained and then abruptly released by religious officials who had planned to take her to a jail where she was to undergo the thrashing.

The government said at the time that the sentence was "too harsh" and could damage Malaysia's reputation.

However, it has defended the caning of the three other women on February 9 at a women's prison outside the capital Kuala Lumpur for having sex out of wedlock.

There are 2 kinds of people in this world.

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 07:12 AM PST


Bad people are those who trump racial and religious cards for
political and personal gains. Bad people are those who mistreat people
simply because of the colour of their skins or their name!

Perhaps we'll see a Malaysian movie one day... which has this script..

"Mr. Prime Minister, my name is Ramesh and I am NOT a pendatang"

My Name is Khan is a fantastic movie to watch. Religious zealots,
racists and politicians should watch this. No, I'm not kidding.

Only Bollywood can pull off controversial issues like this. Thumbs up
to Karan Johar.

Obesity hits us

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 06:20 AM PST

Obesity hits us in developing countries. Now I am dieting and exercing. But very difficult to reduce the weight, may be because of my age, 60 yrs.
Source: Obesity hits New York's poor hardest, Malaysian Insider

Oic source: Malaysian Insider

NEW YORK, March 3 — New York City's obesity rate has climbed in recent years, but with lower income neighbourhoods hit hardest while wealthier areas like Manhattan's Upper East Side and Chelsea remain slim, a new study found.

Researchers from New York University and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, found between 2003 and 2007, the prevalence of obesity citywide increased to 22 per cent from 20 per cent but with large variations in neighbourhoods.

That was still lower than national and state-wide rates, which stood at roughly 27 per cent and 25 per cent around the same time.

In more affluent areas, like the Upper East Side, Chelsea and the West Village, obesity rates hovered around 8 per cent across the period of the study that is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

In contrast, obesity was a more common and growing problem in other city neighbourhoods, many of which are lower-income.

In 2003, only one neighborhood — East Harlem — had an obesity rate higher than 30 per cent. By 2007, six neighborhoods had joined it — three in the Bronx, the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood of Brooklyn, Rockaway in Queens and northern Staten Island.

Researcher Dr Jennifer Black from the University of British Columbia said understanding neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood variations could help in efforts to combat obesity as obesity rates balloon across the United States.

"If we can figure out what types of neighbourhood characteristics make it easier for people to make healthy choices, and what kinds of factors are barriers to good health, we will be able to come up with more effective interventions," Black told Reuters Health.

"(This may) help people maintain a healthy body weight and reduce their risks of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease."

Black and colleague James Macinko, of New York University, found that neighbourhoods with a wider variety of food stores and more fitness centres were associated with lower obesity rates. The finding does not prove that better food selections and gyms prevent obesity.

"But what this study does tell us is that substantial differences (in obesity) exist between neighbourhoods with different levels of access to food and fitness amenities," said Black.

She said such neighbourhood features remained linked to obesity even when the researchers accounted for factors like residents' age, race and education levels, which were gathered from an annual health survey that covered more than 48,000 New Yorkers in 34 city neighbourhoods.

The researchers noted that New York City recently launched a "Green Cart" programme designed to offer lower income residents a better selection of fresh produce.

The city made available 1,000 new permits for mobile carts selling raw fruits and vegetables to be set up in specified "underserved" neighbourhoods in the city's five boroughs. — Reuters

Ribut Semakin Reda, Ikrar Taat Setia 12 MP PKR Tamatkan Spekulasi Mereka Tinggalkan Parti

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 06:08 AM PST

Dua belas Ahli Parlimen Parti Keadilan Rakyat tampil menyatakan komitmen untuk terus mendokong PKR.

Mereka menegaskan tindakan beberapa rakan mereka keluar parti bukan mencerminkan kelemahan pucuk pimpinan PKR tetapi mendedahkan agenda sempit Umno untuk mengalihkan tumpuan rakyat daripada masalah seperti kegawatan ekonomi dan isu lain akibat dasar-dasar parti itu.

Dua belas ahli parlimen menzahirkan komitment mereka dalam satu kenyataan yang ditandatangani dan diedarkan kepada media.

Mereka berbuat demikian sebagai reaksi spontan berikutan penyebaran fitnah kononnya lebih ramai wakil rakyat PKR akan meninggalkan parti itu.

"Kami mengambil ketetapan sekeras- kerasnya menolak dakwaan kami akan meninggalkan parti seperti mana yang dispekulasikan pihak- pihak tidak bertanggungjawab untuk menggugat kesatuan dan perpaduan dalam Keadilan," kata Ahli Parlimen Teluk Kemang, Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas.

Kamarul mendedahkan bahawa tindakan Tee Beng, Zahrin dan Mohsin lebih didorong oleh usaha Umno memesongkan perhatian rakyat daripada masalah-masalah besar negara.

"Hakikat sebenarnya adalah Umno-BN yang berasa gusar melihat gelombang kedua sokongan rakyat kepada pimpinan Pakatan, Terutamanya berkaitan kes fitnah kedua yang melibatkan Datuk Seri Anwar ibrahim. Umno-BN cuba mengalihkan tumpuan daripada kemerosotan ekonomi negara dan isu-isu nasional yang semakin parah dan tidak menunjukkan tanda-tanda penyelesaian,"katanya.

Selain Datuk Kamarul sembilan lagi yang hadir pada sidang akhbar ini adalah Ahmad Kassim (Kuala Kedah), Azan Ismail (Indera Mahkota), Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (Kuala Langat), Ab. Aziz Ab. Kadir (Ketereh), Yusmadi Yussof (Balik Pulau), S. Manikavasagam (Kapar), Datuk Rashid Din (Merbok), Amran Ab Ghani (Tanah Merah) dan Hee Loy Sian (Petaling Jaya Selatan).

Dua lagi Ahli Parlimen, yang turut menandatangai kenyataan untuk terus bersama PKR adalah N. Gobalakrishnan (Padang Serai) dan Gwo-Burne Loh (Kelana Jaya). Mereka tidak dapat hadir kerana menghadir mesyuarat daerah atau berada di luar negara.

"Kami juga ingin menegaskan bahawa sokongan kami tidak berbelah bagi kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai Ketua Umum Keadilan dan juga pemimpin Pakatan," katanya.

Kamarul tidak menolak berlakunya cubaan gigih oleh pihak tertentu untuk membeli beberapa Ahli Parlimen.

"Mungkin ada tawar menawar, mungkin ada masalah peribadi yang tidak diluahkan kepada kami dan saya percaya parti tidak dimaklumkan perkara-perkara yang mengakibatkan mereka mengambil keputusan tersebut.

"Bagi kami, apa juga yang berlaku kami masih di sini, ada tawaran atau tidak kita tetap bersama di sini menyokong sepenuhnya parti," katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Yusmadi menolak dakwaan bekas Ahli Parlimen yang membelot parti kononnya mereka bertindakan demikian kerana diabaikan oleh pucuk pimpinan tertinggi.

"Tiada apa yang tidak kena dengan pimpinan, mereka telah membuat keputusan yang baik tetapi dengan menjadi Ahli Parlimen yang masih baru, ada banyak perkara yang perlu dipelajari. Kami perlu memperbaiki prestasi, parti telah buat keputusan bijak. Apa yang berlaku kini seperti salah-menyalahkan, pada saya sebagai MP baru, tiada pengalaman.. lebih 100,000 pengundi di Balik Pulau beri saya amanah ini dan saya perlu belajar, tiada apa yang tidak kena dengan kepimpinan dan mereka juga menjaga kebajikan kami.. jadi bagi saya ia sebagai cabaran untuk melakukan yang lebih baik,"katanya. -TVS

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Mahkamah Rayuan Ketepi Perintah Arah Khalid Bayar BIMB

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:50 AM PST

Mahkamah Rayuan Putrajaya mengetepikan perintah Mahkamah Tinggi yang mengarahkan Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim melunaskan pinjaman berjumlah RM66.67 juta kepada Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad berhubung pembelian saham Guthrie, sembilan tahun lalu.

Pembayaran itu berhubung pinjaman yang dibuat beliau untuk membeli saham Guthrie pada 2001 ketika beliau menjadi Ketua Eksekutif (CEO) syarikat berkenaan.

Keputusan itu dibuat sebulat suara oleh panel tiga anggota yang diketuai oleh Hakim Zainun Ali.

Hakim lain ialah hakim Jeffrey Tan Kok Hwa dan Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad.

"Mahkamah berpendapat di bawah prinsip perbankan Islam, pandangan perlu diambil dari juri Islam berhubung kesahihan urusniaga itu," katanya.

"Justeru, perkara berkenaan perlu melalui perbicaraan penuh," katanya.

"Sehubungan dengan itu, Mahkamah Rayuan mengetepikan perintah Mahkamah Tinggi yang bertarikh 21 Ogos, 2009."

Mahkamah Tinggi semalam, menetapkan perbicaraan empat hari, bermula 15 Mac ini untuk mendengar saman difailkan Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim terhadap BIMB, yang mendakwa bahawa terdapat penjualan yang salah saham-saham miliknya dalam Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad.

Pada penghakiman 21 Ogos lalu, Abdul Khalid juga diperintahkan bagi membayar RM66.67 juta kepada Bank Islam itu berhubung pinjaman yang diambilnya bagi membeli saham Guthrie.

Dalam pada itu, Abdul Khalid berkata dia amat berpuas hati dengan keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini.

Katanya, peguamnya telah memaklumkan bahawa peluangnya memenangi kes berkenaan adalah tinggi.

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Hishamuddin Patut Rujuk Kami Dulu - Che Alwi

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:31 AM PST

Barisan Nasional (BN) Kelantan mempertahankan tindakan wakil rakyatnya mengambil bahagian dalam perbahasan usul yang dibawa kerajaan negeri Kelantan untuk merujuk tuntutan royalti minyak di mahkamah.

Sehubungan itu, Ketua Pembangkang di Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kelantan Datuk Mohd Alwi Che Ahmad berkata pihak yang mempersoalkan tindakan mereka kelmarin sebenarnya tidak faham rasional pendirian wakil BN.

"Adun BN hanya menyokong agar usul dibahaskan dan kami mengambil bahagian dalam perbahasan.

"Tetapi apabila sampai masa untuk mengundi, kami tidak mengundi... ini kena faham. Kalau kita tidak menyertai perbahasan, bagaimana kita hendak menyatakan hujah kita (pendirian BN dan kerajaan pusat) dalam isu pertikaian ini... mereka (kerajaan negeri) hendak mentafsir menerusi mahkamah, jadi kami berhujah supaya bawa kes ini ke mahkamah," kata beliau ketika dihubungi The Malaysian Insider hari ini.

Beliau yang juga Adun Kok Lanas dan Setiausaha BN Kelantan berkata, Naib Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein mungkin salah faham dengan sebab pihaknya berbuat demikian.

"Orang yang faham fahamlah dengan apa yang berlaku. Kalau tidak faham, maka tak fahamlah mereka dengan keadaan di Kelantan," katanya lagi sambil menambah suasana di Kelantan berbeza dengan negeri lain termasuk Terengganu.

Hishammuddin merupakan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Terengganu.

Justeru Mohd Alwi menambah, Hishammuddin "sepatutnya berkata (memberitahu wartawan) akan merujuk kepada kami sebelum berkata demikian".

"Apa yang kami lakukan ini bertujuan mempertahankan kerajaan, sebab itu Pemuda Umno (pusat) membuat kenyataan yang betul (bahawa tindakan kami adalah betul)," kata beliau lagi.

"Hanya satu panggilan yang memisahkan saya daripada Hishammuddin... beliau (sepatutnya) telah menghubungi saya untuk mendapatkan penjelasan," katanya lagi.

Malah Mohd Alwi berkata, beliau telah berbincang dengan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Kelantan Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed dan juga timbalannya Datuk Dr Awang Adek Husien sebelum usul itu dibahaskan.

"(Dalam suasana ini) kita kena bertindak sebagai ahli politik yang tenang, bijak dan matang... ini adalah mainan politik... ini sudah jadi satu pertikaian, jadi biar bawa ke mahkamah," katanya.

Beliau berpendapat bahawa jika pertikaian itu dibawa ke mahkamah ia tidak boleh dijadikan bahan percakapan kerana boleh dianggap prejudis.

Mohd Alwi diminta mengulas laporan bahawa kemungkinan mengambil tindakan terhadap anggotanya yang menyokong usul dibawa kerajaan negeri Kelantan untuk membawa tuntutan royalti minyak ke mahkamah.

Semalam, Hishammuddin yang juga Menteri Dalam Negeri berkata parti itu akan mendapatkan pandangan daripada ahli-ahli parti di peringkat akar umbi sebelum mengambil tindakan.

Kesemua Adun bangun sebagai menyatakan sokongan kepada usul itu untuk dibahaskan, termasuk Mohd Alwi, Mat Yusof Abdul Ghani (BN – Nenggiri) dan Datuk Abdul Rashid Aziz (BN – Kuala Balah).

Adun Barisan Nasional yang tidak berdiri ialah Datuk Nozula Mat Diah (BN–Paloh) dan Adhan Kechik (BN – Bukit Bunga) manakala Datuk Noorzahidi Omar (BN – Pengkalan Kubur) tiada dalam dewan ketika itu.

Bagaimanapun ketika usul diluluskan tiada wakil BN dalam dewan, kata Mohd Alwi.

"Sebab itu ia diluluskan 39-0 bukannya 45-0," katanya.

Oleh itu kata Mohd Alwi, terserah kepada pucuk kepimpinan jika mahu mengambil tindakan.

"Kami ini bukan bodoh... jangan kata sembarangan," kata Mohd Alwi sambil menambah, "kami tidak bertindak sembarangan."

Dalam pada itu, Noorzahidi yang juga Setiausaha Umno Kelantan berkata, kalau salah keenam-enam Adun BN perlu dikenakan tindakan.

"Kalau undi tanda sokongan isu tersebut dibawa ke mahkamah, bagi saya tak salah.

"Sebab sebelum ini pun kerajaan persekutuan memang mengalu-alukan supaya kes tersebut dibawa ke mahkamah,"

Usul tersebut dikemukakan selepas selesai sesi soal jawab secara lisan.

Usul berkenaan berdasar kepada peruntukan Peraturan Tetap Dewan Negeri Kelantan Perkara 30 (1) bagi cadangan menangguh persidangan kerana merundingkan perkara-perkara mustahak bagi orang ramai.

Usul terbabit berbunyi, "bahawa DUN memberi mandat kepada MMK bagi pihak kerajaan negeri mengambil apa-apa tindakan mahkamah yang bersesuaian bagi mendapatkan bayaran tunai yang terhak kepada rakyat dan kerajaan Kelantan mengikut perjanjian dan penyerah hakkan kuasa-kuasa petroleum sama ada di daratan atau di lautan negeri Kelantan yang ditandatangani pada 1975.

"Seperti mana kehendak undang-undang tunggal yang berkaitan dengan pengeluaran petroleum iaitu Akta Pembangunan Petroleum 1974, pada bila-bila masa yang difikirkan oleh kerajaan negeri." -MI


Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:18 AM PST

IT IS not always that we can read about Anwar. So here goes, courtesy of Malaysia Kini


There are a few questions that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has to answer on a regular basis, the most curious of which is about his spectacles … and their mysterious disappearance.

Once bespectacled, the well-groomed politician now has 20-20 vision, thanks to a Lasik operation which he has had to undergo. Apparently, the infamous black eye sustained during his detention more than 10 years ago had left him with permanent damage. "I had to wear dark glasses all the time because it was unbearable when the sun got in my (left) eye, so finally I had the surgery to fix it," he said.And since he was having surgery to repair his left eye, he had his right eye done as well about a month ago.

Frivolous as it may seem, the concern for Anwar's health underscores the anxiety felt among Pakatan Rakyat supporters that he may not be at the helm for long, given the possibility that he may sent to jail for the second time.
But speaking to Malaysiakini last week, Anwar was not only confident of staying the distance, but also that his party and coalition will hold together should the unexpected happens.
As such, he is unperturbed by issues of succession, opting to not back anyone and to leave it to the party which he deems "mature enough" to undergo the democratic process.

Anwar also argued this is out of his respect for due process in dealing with such controversial PKR figures as vocal MP Zulkifli Noordin who many feel should be ousted. Some think Anwar has been sloth-like in taking action.

"However much you dislike the person, unless one opts to leave the party, one must be given the opportunity to defend oneself…I know what injustice is all about," he said in his own defence.
He, however, denied being too lenient on errant members for fear that they will jump to the other side and refuted allegations that PKR is the weakest link in Pakatan.

Excerpts of the interview follow, with the content edited for language and brevity. Part 1 was published yesterday.

Malaysiakini: Your next big test is Sarawak . When do you think the election is going to be held and how do you think you will fare?

Anwar Ibrahim: It has to be sometime this year and Pakatan has to work really hard to forge into a credible and formidable team. We have been making some inroads, but of course it's very difficult and a lot of resources are required.Sarawak is tough among the Muslims. They say Anwar will support even a non-Muslim chief minister. They use that line, so we have to show them that the Muslim interest will be protected.
After all, you have had a Muslim chief minister for many decades and still you are downtrodden, marginalised and in abject poverty. So I think what you need is to have a just, credible leader.

What are your targets in Sarawak ?

To be fair, we have not done enough. We still have reports coming in to see if we have a slight edge for a majority takeover in Sarawak .

Umno-BN knows this and you see (premier) Najib (Abdul Razak, spending two days in Sarawak . We were a bit strong in the Bidayuh area and suddenly he went and gave RM4 million without them even asking for it.

So we have to counter and say, good, thank us, because with our presence they are giving you more attention and money, but you should then now lead and not depend on Kuala Lumpur , Najib or me. You lead, and take the state.

Newspapers in Sarawak say that you have created a hurricane effect there over the past year, but after that you became distracted.

I hope you're right, because I'm going (to Sarawak ). You're encouraging me to go more. (Laughs) But you know they complain.

Perak says, 'You have not been here you've been in Kedah'; then they are calling me in Pahang, then Chua Jui Meng is saying that I'm not spending enough time in Johor so I'm going to Johor this weekend.

But I suppose I'm going to spend more time in Sarawak from now.

Are you going to lead the campaign in Sarawak ?

No. By now, I think (Sarawak PKR chief) Baru Bian is very credible. He has a clean image, good track record, (is a) very competent lawyer defending the NCR (native customary rights) issues. I think, let them have their team.

Of course, I'll be there to play a significant role and spend more time there, maybe on weekends as with the trial now (on the sodomy charge), it's a bit difficult.

You seem to be pulled in all directions and the possibility of you going to jail does raise the question of succession. There have been reports of friction between (vice-president) Azmin (Ali) and (coalition adviser) Zaid (Ibrahim) for a leading post in PKR, and there is talk of (Umno MP) Tengku Razaleigh (Hamzah) taking over from you as Pakatan leader.

Luckily I am not (former premier Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad). You talk about succession and successors… (Laughs) We have an electoral process in PKR, so let them decide.

Azmin has been there for a while and knows the grassroots. Then Zaid came in and has been well embraced.

Although I told him, 'Look, you have to play by the party rules'. He has been very effective...worked very hard and gone down to some very, very rural places. He has gone with me to Jerantut (in Pahang), for example.

So you will not support anyone?

For now, no. I have made that very clear. The party is mature enough and it will choose. Even then there are no guarantees that the person chosen now will be the successor. After all, we had three deputy prime ministers who did not get to succeed. (Laughs)

Is it certain that (PKR vice-president) Syed Husin Ali will step down as Number Two?

No, not yet, because quite a number of us are persuading (him not to) although he has expressed his desire to step down quite a number of times.

I'm not trying to dismiss (the question on succession). To me, it's not a problem. I would insist that they work as a team, they should work harder and they should move on the ground.

Are you going to take over as party president at the end of this year?

(President and wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) does not want to surrender the post. What can I do? (Laughs) It is easier if Azizah continues because I can concentrate on other things. I am (already) quite involved, I meet weekly with the political bureau but I am not involved with nitty-gritty details.

Sometimes it's also a problem. You guys (Malaysiakini) were rough with me on the Zulkifli case and I think you were wrong. I said we should go through due process and we have a very tough disciplinary committee. If you ask me, I'd say we should give two to three weeks maximum, now we have passed one month. It's not my fault.

But the argument is that you could have made a decision much earlier...

I didn't want to because, however much you dislike the person, unless one opts to leave the party, one must be given the opportunity to defend oneself. Otherwise, it will be very difficult for me to rationalise the due process.

In this case, Zulkifli actually emailed me on the day of the meeting to say, 'Allow me and give me the chance to explain my case' - just hours before the political bureau meeting.

So how do you expect me to say, 'I don't care. I want him sacked or suspended'? I may lose some support (on the Zulkifli issue); I hope I will regain it after some time. I'm not taking too soft a line, no. (But) you have a disciplinary council, and then you say, 'No, you decide first'.

That's why I am very guarded. I don't comment. I commented strongly on (Bayan Lepas MP Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, after he resigned.

You leave the party then it's a different, otherwise I would still exercise maximum patience. I know what injustice is all about, (and) what due process is about.

Some people claim you are too soft because there is a campaign to steal seats from the opposition, especially from PKR, so that BN will get back its two-thirds majority in Parliament.

Nobody likes people to leave the party. But the party has clear ideals and principles. You transgress, that's it. You leave, that's it. There is a line. I've made it public, we draw the line.

When it came to Zahrain, who is a friend… if he had chosen to criticise (DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng) on one or two points, I would have kept quiet, but I thought he had crossed the line by calling him a dictator, a chauvinist… and he was blatantly wrong.

I know Guan Eng. Not that I agree with all his policies, but you elect him as chief minister, you let him deal with things. To call him a chauvinist is not fair. I mean, he works harder to try an engage Muslims than any of the other chief ministers that I know.

My father was a friend of (first Penang chief minister) Wong Pow Nee. I knew him when I was a kid. His only Malay interaction was probably with my father who happened to be the Umno leader then. Then Lim Chong Eu, who was above all that. Then Koh Tsu Koon, who tried. But nothing compares to the effort by Guan Eng.

Do I think he should do a bit more in terms of the Malay programme? I think so. But you cannot fault him and call him a chauvinist. He has gone everywhere, buka puasa, whatever. He doesn't show he is embarrassed or uncomfortable, and I give him credit for this.

I was very firm and because of that Zahrain thought, (and) since Anwar has made a decision, he made the decision to leave the party.

In Pakatan, PKR is seen as the weakest link. You have five elected reps who have left already, and there are rumours that more are leaving.
We must stop these rumours. (Laughs) Don't entertain this.

But you have people like (Nibong Tebal MP) Tan Tee Beng giving press conferences and dropping hints.
But I have explained - 2008 was tough. We didn't have the resources or enough qualified candidates. We learn. But look at us now. Look at Bukit Selambau in 2008, we had real difficulty to find one graduate, but by the time of the by-election, there were 12 qualified Indians demanding the seat. It's a different scenario.
Look at Penanti before that. We presented a much better candidate. The people who stand in a by-election are much stronger. Look at (Penanti state assemblyperson) Mansor Osman and (Bukit Selambau state assemblyperson) S Manikumar .
Look at the future. The past, I have already apologised for - how many times do I need to apologise?

Tomorrow: Is Pakatan's liberal stance on Islamic issues suicidal? Anwar Ibrahim was interviewed by Aidila Razak, Jimadie Shah Othman, Yong Kai Ping and Steven Gan.

Part 1 - Anwar: No way are they sending me back to jail

Siapa Dalang Hasut MP PKR Keluar Parti?

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 04:48 AM PST

Banyak pihak yakin bahawa ada dalang tertentu yang menghasut ahli parlimen PKR untuk keluar parti. Ini adalah kerana alasan yang digunakan adalah hampir serupa dan dilihat mereka membaca skrip yang streotaip tatkala membuat sidang media.

Di dalam setiap sidang media pula, bekas Setiausaha Agung yang telah bertindak keluar parti lebih awal, Salehhudin Hashim, sentiasa berada bersama-sama MP yang keluar parti dan kelihatan begitu aktif di sepanjang sidang media mereka.

Beberapa Ahli Parlimen PKR masih menaruh harapan agar Ahli Parlimen Bagan Serai Mohsin Fadzli akan kembali bersikap rasional dan menolak usaha pihak ketiga yang mengumpan beliau untuk keluar parti.

Mereka menolak alasan Mohsin kononnya beliau bertindak demikian kerana membantah pendirian PKR bersabit isu penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh bukan Islam.

"Saya yakin pada hari ini perkara itu berlaku apabila wujudnya keadaan di mana pihak ketiga memain peranan mula memujuk atau mempengaruhi beliau bertindak demikian. Saya tidak lihat YB Bagan Serai bertindak atas kehendak atau kapasiti dia sendiri, saya tidak yakin dalam keadaan macam itu," kata Ahli Parlimen Indera Mahkota, Azan Ismail, lapor TVSelangor.

"Dalam masa yang sama kenyataannya sebentar tadi mengatakan bahawa beliau tidak bersetuju dengan penggunaan kalimah Allah bagi bukan Islam yang merupakan pendirian, pandangan yang telah dikeluarkan oleh Keadilan mahupun Pakatan Rakyat, sekali lagi itu hak peribadi beliau sebab pandangan yang mengatakan bahawa kalimah Allah itu boleh digunakan bagi orang Kristian terutamanya itu pandangan yang dikeluarkan oleh ulama-ulama besar dunia berdasarkan al-Quran dan hadis yang dikeluarkan," kata Pengerusi PKR Perak, Mustafa Kamil Ayob.

"Mohsin ini kes dia kalau sekiranya ada masalah, tidaklah besar, saya akan cuba untuk menghubungi beliau.. mungkin beliau digoda diberi janji manis yang mana beliau termakan, jadi saya rasa ia boleh di atasi... saya akan cuba mendengar masalah beliau," kata Ahli Parlimen Ampang, Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Sementara itu, Ahli Parlimen Kuala Langat, Abdullah Sani berkata apa jua alasan yang diberikan ia merupakan satu usaha terancang.

Katanya apa juga alasan yang diberi, mereka yang bertindak keluar parti nyata seorang yang telah mengkhianati pengundi.

"Perkara ini telahpun dirangka dan dirancang, sebab itu saya tidak terperanjat dalam sesi keputihan ini perlu ada pengorbanan, rakan-rakan jelaskan bahawa kami tidak akan berganjak dari asas perjuagan parti. Yang jelas mereka yang keluar mempunyai agenda sendir, apa jua alasan mereka sekalipun.. mereka tetapi pengkhianat kepada bangsa dan agama mereka. Tetutama sekali pengundi, saya beranggap bahawa ia satu perbuatan yang telah dirangka dan dirancang dan saya tidak terkejut jika ada seorang lagi ke arah itu, tapi kami tidak melayan kerenah remeh temeh," katanya.

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