- Away to PLKN (Day 25): Ker Ying’s 18th Birthday at RED
- anyone wants to buy my chaly?
- hee hee! here comes datuk hee… the hee-pocrite. so hee-larious!
- Animals' Welfare To Be Boosted By EU - bbc online
- This Halili really opened my eyes! Now I can see Umno is 'the righteous'!
- Sudah Berubahkah UMNO?
- Fitnah Didahulukan, Rakyat Diabaikan
- Stephen Tong's Evangelistic Rally In Sibu (唐崇栄萬人佈道會） - Part 9
- Zaid: Umno guys gamble. I heard a certain ex-Umno Minister Mehgard Joonid and his children played Roulette too!
- Catch-22 (logic) from Wikipedia
- Rosli Omar, “Israel and Jerusalem facts?”
- Hobson’s choice from Wikipedia
- Penyertaan SNAP Perkukuhkan Pakatan Rakyat
- watch these.
- SPR Tak Berintegriti, Bubarkan Saja!
- Becareful of whom you ask
- PAKAIAN SALING ERTI – MOST FAVOURED COMPANY
- TDM : Iran is important to us
- YouTube's most watched this week: Taiwanese Lin Yu Chun, man's version of Whitney Houston, Taiwanese 'Susan Boyle'
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 10:09 AM PDT
NS! Around 80 more days to go. Very the long!
Shit, this was like a few weeks ago, sorry for so long no update your birthday, Ker Ying. =) On the very nice 2nd day of March 2010, at night, Ker Ying called me to RED KTV and Lounge at Belissa Row. She said it's not really a birthday celebration, but somehow we already assumed it was and there's birthday song too, just no cake!
It's my first time going to RED. She told me how fun, how nice the place is and asked me along to check it out. Woo, it's a lounge down there and up there is KTV. So basically, we sing on the upstairs and downstairs, people sing for us. I love KTV a lot and we had so much fun that night.
Met people like Mig, Terrence and Ernie. Gonna thanks Mig for the beer that night. ^^
Happy belated-birthday girl! It's second year celebrating your birthday together already. Last year was at Manila Place and Segafredo. =)
Sorry guys, more belated-birthday write-ups are coming up. Hehe
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 10:37 AM PDT
on one hand i love it very much as it is a very old bike… kind of antique already and it is a small short (low) bike, just nice for a small short person like me, but lately it had given me a lot of problems, hence i am thinking of getting a new bike.
however, i think… if i get a new bike, it's a waste to sell of my antique chaly! you rarely see this type of bike around now. many times while i was out on the road with chaly i had a few men approached me to buy chaly… but they wanted to buy not to use it but to keep it (or to modify it?).
second point is, if i get a new bike… very difficult to find one that will suit me. one that is low enough for shorty me. the normal honda cub 70 is a bit high for me.
so i'm kind of in a dilemma - dunno to sell or not.
as far back as last year, chaly started giving me problem. difficult to start and engine always died off when stop. sent for check/repair but still same problem surfaced. at first the mechanic said maybe the carburator not working well and to change it, it is quite expensive. then about a month ago, after check-up again, the mechanic found out something wrong with the contact point and the petrol switch (my chaly has a switch for on, off, reserve of petrol).
after that change, chaly seems to be working fine but suddenly i found it difficult to start again. strange thing is but when the mechanic was called when i can't start, he managed to start without difficulty. then he told me, i should not pull the petrol clutch too much. he said it is very easy to start my bike and he started it a few times for me, true enough. well i try in front of him, and i can start it too but then when he was not around, i can't start it!
lately so many times when i was out on the road i can't get it started. i stepped and stepped and stepped until my legs so tired and yet can't. so have to wait a while. sometimes after wait, can start but sometimes can't!
well yesterday it happened again. when i was out at my favourite koay teow th'ng stall at king street, i can't get it started. try so many times until in the end i approached someone to help me start it.
first person i approached was a young chinese man after he talked on the phone. he told me "sorry i'm in a hurry can't help". cheh! in a hurry but why talked so long on the phone! then 2nd man i approached was a elderly chinese man, he said "oh this type of bike very difficult to start one. i know. why don't you push your bike to the bike shop nearby?" cheh!! if i want to do that, i will do that, no need he to tell me. anyway i know it is not because my bike something wrong, so why push to the shop. as my mechanic had told me, it could be i'm not strong enough when i step on the pedal, so i need a man's strength! very disappointed these 2 men i asked no want to help me.
then i saw a young malay man approaching his bike and i asked him and he at once helped me!! true enough, after he try a few times, chaly came alive! while he was trying i told him that i did managed to start it but after i step on the gear, it died again. then he was so nice lah.. after he started it, he asked me to get on chaly, step on gear to see if it can die. after i step on the gear and it didn't die, only then he left. of course i said terima kasih to him before he left.
well i was at bishop street just now, so i then went to beach street in front of standard chartered bank to do some banking. after i finished my business to time to go back… and again when i wanted to start chaly, chaly refused to budge! grrr!! this time i decided not to ask chinese for help as fed up already. well later i did see a malay coming to get his bike so i asked his help. again… after a few times he try, he managed to start it! why for me, after so many times i try, cannot!! this malay man was kind too. he even explained to me what i went wrong… that i must slowly 'buka minyak'.
oh boy, right now at home, already 12 hours or so after i try so many times to start chaly, my legs still feel the ache. i should get a new bike… one with electric ignition so that i don't have to worry about having no strength to step on the pedal! but i had been using chaly for over 20 years – no problem of no strength to step the pedal. aiya… susah lah. really don't know what to do. to sell or not to sell?
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 09:50 AM PDT
nope, i'm not so creative to come up with the above. it was my friend the great writer, martin jalleh who did. read his article in aliran.
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 08:24 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 08:59 AM PDT
While the PKR defector was careful with his words, Umno strongman Mohd Isa Samad provided the verbal fireworks. Speaking at his first pro-BN ceramah last night, Dr Halili Rahmat stated that he had "no political ambitions" and as a sane person, he must be on the side of the righteous (pihak yang benar). Halili's 'link' with Anwar goes as far back as 1994 when the former had been a personal physician to the latter fell off a horse while out riding. Hmm...I'm sure that Halili, being a neurosurgeon, is a 'discerning' man.
Why only after all these years did he finally realize that he was on the wrong side? Hai yoh! Good thing he lost when he contested on PKR ticket in 1999 and 2004 general elections. After all, he said he had "no political ambitions"! But in the first place, why did he contest? Man, this neurosurgeon is a confused man! Maybe some nerves in his brain are in a mess!
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 08:20 AM PDT
Ubah atau rebah," demikianlah peringatan yang dilontarkan dalam Perhimpunan Agung UMNO pada Oktober tahun lalu. Sementara mempertahankan dasar afirmatif untuk bumiputera, Presiden Pengerusi Barisan Nasional merangkap Presiden UMNO, Najib Razak berulang kali menyarankan perubahan minda di kalangan ahli UMNO, agar mempersiapkan diri untuk menghadapi PRU ke-13.
Namun, dari apa yang berlaku dalam PRK Hulu Selangor, UMNO pada hakikatnya tidak berbeza antara zaman Najib dengan zaman Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
PRK Permatang Pauh dalam zaman Abdullah memperlihatkan bagaimana UMNO "seperti biasa" menyebarkan risalah yang sarat dengan hujah perkauman di kawasan Melayu, melancarkan perang poster yang mengapi-apikan sentimen perkauman.
Dalam satu poster yang diedarkannya, pokok pinang pada lambang negeri Pulau Pinang digantikan dengan kepala khinzir, dibubuh pula dengan "kerajaan Cina DAP". Di bawahnya tertulis "Bila TYT pun didesak dikalangan ORANG CINA, apa lagi yang tinggal untuk ORANG MELAYU. Inilah padahnya undi Pakatan Rakyat."
Selain itu, satu senarai "kabinet BABI"(Barisan Anwar Bin Ibrahim) disebarkan di kawasan pengundian, menyindir PKR berpelukan dengan parti chauvinis Cina, DAP. Senarai ini membawa mesej seandainya Pakatan Rakyat memerintah, maka kedudukan pimpinan Melayu akan tergugat.
Pada hari penamaan calon PRK Hulu Selangor, "kepala khinzir" menjelma semula. Kali ini, satu banner dengan gambar kepala khinzir, disertakan juga gambar rekaan Anwar berpelukan dengan Khalid Ibrahim secara bogel. Malah, penyokong PAS berdepan dengan provokasi daripada penyokong BN, apabila ditanya "Woi, mana babi?" semasa melalui kawasan BN.
UMNO hanya mementingkan diri
Walaupun Najib mendendangkan "1Malaysia", menekankan kemajmukan, inklusif kepada budaya semua kaum, namun, pada hakikatnya, tiada muhasabah dari UMNO. Tidak kira zaman Abdullah mahupun Najib, strategi pilihan raya tetap berlandaskan retorik perkauman. Khinzir tetap menjadi senjata UMNO untuk menyerang PR. Hujah "hak Melayu tergugat lantaran keadilan yang dicanangkan PR" tetap berlegar di kawasan pengundian.
Ketuanan Melayu, persetujuan pemimpin kaum lain terhadap hak istimewa orang Melayu sebagai syarat kewarganegaraan tetap menjadi hujah di bibir pemimpin BN peringkat negeri dan kebangsaan. Hujah sedemikian ini disambut dengan tepukan dan sorakan daripada pemimpin akar umbi yang memakai baju "1Malaysia". [UMNO ulangi retorik Ketuanan Melayu]
Dari Ahmad Ismail yang terkenal semasa zaman Abdullah, hinggalah Nasir Safar yang menjadi pegawai khas Najib, setiap kali kenyataan perkauman terkeluar dari anggota UMNO di peringkat akar umbi, parti komponen BN seperti MCA, Gerakan, MIC dan sebagainya akan berkata, "Ini kes yang berasingan, Presiden UMNO tetap berpegang kepada kemajmukan".
Kenyataan sedemikianlah yang digunakan untuk menghalalkan tingkahlaku pemimpin UMNO dan sikap diri MCA yang pengecut. Namun, realitinya, UMNO hanya bertindak atas perkiraan kepentingan dirinya, langsung tidak mengendahkan parti komponen BN. "Pentadbiran yang saksama, menghormati kemajmukan" lebih merupakan hiasan, dan bukannya halatuju BN.
UMNO tidak endahkan rakan sekutu
Hujah perkauman terus didukung UMNO. Keadaan sedemikian hanya membuktikan bahawa MCA, MIC sekadar parti sampingan dalam BN. Seandainya wujud sedikit rasa simpati oleh UMNO terhadap rakannya, maka UMNO tidak akan membiarkan pemimpinnya mengeluarkan kenyataan yang berbaur perkauman, mengangguk kepada Utusan Malaysia, TV3 untuk mengeluarkan kenyataan yang menghasut. Bahkan, hukuman terhadap Ahmad Ismail yang mencabar Presiden Gerakan Koh Tsu Koon tidak akan diringankan, untuk memberi laluan kepada beliau agar mengetuai semula UMNO Bahagian Bukit Bendera.
Jelas, pasukan Najib sama seperti pasukan Abdullah, berjinak-jinak dengan strategi talam dua muka. Walaupun berbaik-baik di luar, tetapi UMNO di bawah teraju Najib tetap UMNO yang sama. Najib yang pernah mengeluarkan hujah "Melayu dijajah 446 tahun" gagal lari daripada tanggungjawabnya apabila UMNO masih menggunakan hujah perkauman dari atas hingga ke bawah, sungguhpun Najib sudah menyelindung mukanya yang satu lagi dengan baik.
UMNO cukup sedar, sementara BN memerlukan undi bukan Melayu untuk mengekalkan kuasa, UMNO juga merasai bahawa sokongan Cina sukar dikembalikan. Oleh yang demikian, sementara bahtera 1Malaysia berlayar, UMNO tetap berpeluk kepada kayu apung kemelayuan-nya, untuk memastikan dirinya tidak tenggelam dalam tsunami politik yang akan datang.
Dalam dilema sedemikian, maka UMNO dijangkiti penyakit schizophrenia. Pada masa 1Malaysia didendangkan, kenyataan yang membingitkan telinga akan terus keluar dari mulut pemimpin akar umbi dan pemimpin PERKASA.
Selain perkauman, budaya membeli undi dengan wang yang dicurahkan masih berkekalan. Di Kerling dan Kuala Kubu Baru, jalan diturap dan menjadi baru dalam masa semalaman. Mungkin mereka bimbang pengundi salah tanggap bahawa ini "jasa" kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Selangor, bendera BN dan UMNO digantung pada jentolak yang sedang hidup enjinnya.
Selain itu, seperti biasa, kementerian daripada kerajaaan persekutuan menggunakan jabatan di bawahnya untuk mengadakan aktiviti seperti menghadiahkan topi keledar (atas nama kempen keselamatan jalan raya), memberi dana (atas nama aktiviti kebajikan), aktiviti pemeriksaan badan secara percuma dan sebagainya. Tujuannya jelas, iaitu menggunakan sumber kerajaan untuk menarik sokongan rakyat.
Sememangnya, kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Selangor ini turut terbawa-bawa amalan yang buruk oleh kerajaan persekutuan BN ini. Kerajaan negeri menggunakan jabatan di bawahnya untuk memberi geran, beras, dana kebajikan, mempromosi pelancongan Hulu Selangor, peraduan bayi comel dan sebagainya. Walaupun mendakwa aktiviti ini "kebetulan" jatuh pada masa PRK, namun pada hakikatnya, mereka menggunakan sumber kerajaan negeri untuk bersaing dengan BN.
"Kebetulan jatuh dalam tempoh pilihan raya" merupakan kenyataan yang acap kali diulangi BN semasa PRK berlangsung. Seandainya "kebetulan" ini boleh diterima, maka alasan kerajaan persekutuan BN selama ini juga boleh diterima. Menurut wakil My Election Watch, Ong Boon Keong (gambar kanan), ketika ditemuramah MerdekaReview melalui telefon, beliau berkata, "Biarpun peruntukan benar jatuh pada tempoh kempen, kerajaan juga harus tangguhkannya untuk mengelakkan pertikaian."
"Itu sebabnya mengapa pilihan raya harus dipantau. Untuk parti politik, kalau bukan bersaing untuk yang baik, maka mereka akan bersaing untuk yang buruk. Seandainya kedua-dua parti politik mencurah wang, maka orang akan menganggap anda menang kerana mencurah wang," jelasnya.
Dalam hal ini, kerajaan negeri PR Selangor agak kekurangan jika dibandingkan dengan kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang. Semasa PRK Permatang Pauh, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng tidak mengumumkan peruntukan dana atau mengadakan majlis seperti kerajaan Selangor. PR Pulau Pinang tetap tidak goyah biarpun berdepan dengan serangan BN yang datang dengan sumber yang melimpah. Lim Guan Eng harus diberi pujian dalam hal ini.
Budaya samseng berleluasa
Selain amalan "membeli undi", budaya samseng di dalam parti UMNO masih berleluasa. Semasa PRK Ijok dalam zaman Abdullah, anggota pemuda UMNO memukul orang PR yang cuba masuk ke estet untuk menyebarkan risalah. PRK Bagan Pinang selepas Najib menyandang PM, juga memperlihatkan bagaimana penyokong PAS dicederakan oleh penyokong UMNO dengan parang.
Pada malam hari penamaan calon PRK Hulu Selangor, wartawan menyaksikan sendiri bagaimana pemuda UMNO mengganggu ceramah politik oleh PKR. "Anwar bodoh", "Anwar liwat", "Anwar babi", "Dubur" antaranya yang dipekik untuk menggangu ceramah dan menyerang Ketua Umum PKR, Anwar Ibrahim. ["Babi, Liwat, Dubur": Kejadian baling botol cetus ketegangan]
Selain itu, pemuda UMNO ini melontarkan botol air ke arah padang di mana ceramah PR diadakan. Jikalau bukan kesabaran daripada pihak PR, pertembungan fizikal dijangka telah berlaku.
Pada tahap tertentu, tingkahlaku pemuda atau putera UMNO ini direstui pihak polis dan pemimpin UMNO. Pemimpin UMNO seperti Rusdi Amir, Musa Aman yang berucap tidak jauh dari situ menyedari apa yang berlaku di medan PR tetapi tidak menghalang. Pihak polis hanya mengawal keadaan apabila pengikut Anwar meluru ke arah kumpulan pemuda UMNO tersebut.
Boleh dibayangkan, samseng ini adalah pemuda yang dibiayai oleh UMNO sendiri. Pengalaman membuat liputan di PRK Permatang Pauh boleh dijadikan rujukan. Setelah tamatnya PRK Permatang Pauh, wartawan mendapati pintu kaca bilik gerakan UMNO telah dipecahkan. Pada mulanya, wartawan menjangka itu kerja penyokong PR. Setelah ditanya, barulah wartawan tahu bahawa kejadian itu berlaku kerana ketidakpuasan pemuda UMNO yang tidak mendapat wang.
"Berubah", slogan yang tinggal di bibir dari zaman Abdullah hinggalah ke zaman Najib. Seandainya "ubah atau rebah" itu benar, maka UMNO sedang menuju ke arah kemusnahannya.
*Chan Wei See ialah Editor MerdekaReview, edisi bahasa Cina. Diterjemahkan oleh Lim Hong Siang.
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 06:21 AM PDT
Disebalik kempen Barisan Nasional (BN) yang hanya menyerang peribadi calon dan mengabaikan kepentingan rakyat dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Hulu selangor, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) konsisten menjelaskan hak dan pentingan rakyat di Hulu Selangor.
"Kita tak payah guna cara serangan, kecaman peribadi seperti yang mereka lakukan. Kita jelaskan apa yang telah kita lakukan selama dua tahun memerintah Selangor berbanding 50 tahun pemerintahan Umno-BN," kata Ketua umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam ceramah umumnya di Serendah semalam.
Beliau yang juga Ketua Pembangkang menjelaskan menerima Zaid kerana Zaid mempunyai sikap yang baik dan telah berubah sejak dalam PR.
Bagi Anwar, dasar PR jelas mendahului rakyat dan menolak kepentingan golongan atasan yang berniat untuk mengaut keuntungan.
Bagi beliau kerana itulah ada di kalangan pemimpin PR yang menolak PR kerana tidak boleh menerima dasar yang mendahului rakyat ini.
"Dasar dalam PR jika nak jadi wakil rakyat atau exco tak boleh ambil tanah negeri, tak boleh ada kontrak, tak boleh ada saham negeri. Itu cara Umno-BN. Sebab itu ada pemimpin PR tak boleh terima kerana dia tak boleh nak tukar 'mind-set'," kata beliau lagi.
PR dalam agendanya tidak memikirkan soal kaum dan akan membantu semua bangsa di Malaysia terutama rakyat yang miskin yang telah lama dianaktirikan BN selama ini.
Bagi beliau, semua kaum perlu mempunyai sifat kekeluargaan dan memikirkan antara satu dengan yang lain. -erapakatan
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 05:56 AM PDT
Praise goes to God for His provision in abundance! At the start, we asked for 400 coworkers to help out in counseling and ushering. This afternoon, brother Yang Jing Ke (楊景科） informed that he has now enlisted 500 counselors and ushers for the evangelistic rally. It is heartening and we really have to thank God!
Let's pray with urgency to God to empower brother Yang Jing Ke and brother Wu De Chou (吳德湊） with divine wisdom to give effective training to the 500 recruits in such a way that the coworkers would be able to discharge the entrusted duties with glory to God!
As Ephesians 6: 10-12 teaches us: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The photo shows Dr. Stephen Tong preaching at Park Street Church.
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 06:04 AM PDT
By Clara Chooi
KUALA KUBU BARU, April 20 — PKR's Datuk Zaid Ibrahim fired a salvo of his own today when he claimed that Umno politicians frequent casinos around the world.
"The gambling guys are all in Umno. They go to casinos, you know?" said a smiling Zaid at a press conference at the PKR operations centre here this afternoon.
The former Umno man then urged the media to check the registers of casinos "all around the world" for names of these Umno politicians.
"Check with them.... you will not find my name there but you will find theirs," he said.
Zaid, however, declined to reveal the names of these politicians but maintained that he is not a gambler.
However, he admitted to owning racehorses but insisted that this did not amount to gambling.
"Horse-racing is a sport. There is nothing wrong with it. I do not think these Umno guys understand... like my father before, he used to own birds," he said.
He was responding to allegations in blogs that he was a gambler.
According to the blogs, Zaid's horse Kelantan won in a race in 2006, and earned him a whopping US$450,000 (RM1.44 million).
Zaid later said he did own racehorses — three from New Zealand and one thoroughbred from Australia. "There is nothing wrong," he insisted.
Zaid also said that he would not press charges against these bloggers for their baseless allegations or for putting up doctored pictures of him drinking alcohol.
"I can't press charges on people who put up these blogs. What kind of charges anyway? If you keep suing all these people you will end up doing nothing else in your life," he said, eliciting laughter from the reporters present.
Zaid also said that the withdrawal of the two independents in the by-election race would not make the battle any easier. "It will not be easier, it will make little difference. Obviously I am not just fighting the candidate here, I am contesting against all the Umno guys like (Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) and (deputy prime minister Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin).
"All the banners across town bear the face of Najib," he said.
Zaid however continued to appeal to the Hulu Selangor voters to choose him as their MP, and cited his close relationship with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
"Furthermore, I have the experience and I have the vision. And my vision is the same as the state government's," he said.
Khalid, who also attended the press conference, had earlier pointed out that Zaid would help the state government in adding value to its development plans.
"He can be our bridge to the people of Hulu Selangor. And we have a very good relationship," he said.
Khalid assured the press that as the mentri besar and elections director in Hulu Selangor, he gave his full support to Zaid.
"We fully support his fight and we will help him to win," he said.
Khalid pointed out that in comparison with Barisan Nasional's P. Kamalanathan, Zaid was more experienced by far.
"He used to be in government before, he used to be an MP before. Therefore, the Hulu Selangor voters should not take the risk.. they should vote for someone who already has this experience and who will be able to work for their needs," he said.
Why am I not surprised by Zaid's 'revelation'? I was reliably informed by an aunty whose daughter used to work for one of Joonid's children and man, the stories of lavish lifestyle - eating, drinking, traveling and gambling too! They even played roulette! They must be Russians and not Malaysians!! ;-)
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 06:00 AM PDT
A Catch-22, coined by Joseph Heller in his novel Catch-22, is a logical paradox wherein an individual finds him or herself in need of something which can be had only by not being in need of it. It is often spoken in regards to rules, regulations, procedures, or situations in which one has knowledge of being or becoming a victim but has no control over it occurring.
The archetypal Catch-22, as formulated by Heller, involves the case of John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces bombardier, who wishes to be grounded from combat flight duty. To be grounded, he must be officially evaluated by the squadron's flight surgeon and then found "unfit to fly."
"Unfit" would be any pilot who is actually willing to fly such dangerous missions: as one would have to be mad to want to take on such missions.
But the "problem" is that to be declared "unfit", he must first "ask for evaluation", which is considered as a sufficient proof for being declared "sane". These conditions make being declared "unfit" impossible.
The "Catch 22″ is that "anyone who wants to get out of combat duty, isn't really crazy"  Hence, pilots who request a fitness evaluation are sane, and therefore must fly in combat. At the same time, if an evaluation is not requested by the pilot, he will never receive one (i.e. they can never be found "insane"), meaning he must also fly in combat.
Therefore, Catch-22 ensures that no pilot can ever be grounded for being insane – even if he were.
False dilemmas and circular logic
Situations which have logical similarities to a Catch-22.
Non-false dilemma situations
Situations which may be confused with a Catch-22, but have quite different logic or outcomes.
READ ALL IN Catch-22 (logic) from Wikipedia
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 05:46 AM PDT
Source : Malaysiakini letter by Rosli Omar, "Israel and Jerusalem facts?"
Recently I was forwarded an email purportedly claiming certain facts about Israel, Jerusalem, the Palestinians and the Muslim/Arab world. The email seems to be doing the rounds and the 'facts' are what one may commonly hear and read about the Palestine/Israel issue. I thought it was time to answer these 'facts' and banished them to the realm of 'myths'.
Looking at the 'facts', 17 in all, the overall reason for the them is to justify the creation of Israel in 1948 at the expense of the displaced Palestinians. So some of the 'facts' concern supposedly the founding of Jerusalem by Jews and that it was mentioned 700 times in the Bible but not once in the Quran, and thus by implication the right of Jews to it, and that Palestinians when they were made refugees should have assimilated with their Arab brethrens but did not (and thus their fault if they remained refugees), and so on and so forth.
First of all, let me say that this not an issue about facts at all but of perspective – a wrong perspective: The issue should not be about Muslims or Arabs but about the Palestinians – a people who have been displaced from their land when Israel was created. We should not look at this issue from a religious perspective but rather from a humanitarian one. So whether there are 22 Arab states as opposed to one Jewish state, no Arab leader or Prophet Muhammad has ever been to Jerusalem, or Jerusalem is mentioned 700 times in the Bible but not once in the Quran, is of no consequence or relevance to the issue. And if the Palestinians don't want to assimilate with other Arabs or Arabs don't want Palestinians to assimilate with them, again, it is of no relevance to the issue.
Let us look at the 'facts' more specifically.
1.Israel became a state in 1312 B.C., two millennia before Islam;
Again, this has no relevance to the Palestinian being displaced. Nevertheless let us look at it. According to Juan Cole, Professor of History specialising on the Middle East at the University of Michigan, Jews didn't even exist at that time, if by Jews we mean people adhering to Judaism. What existed were the Canaanites, a people who were ancestors to Palestinians, Lebanese, many Syrians, Jordanians and many Jews. Furthermore according to Cole, there is no archeological record of Solomon and David, who supposedly established Jerusalem. I quote from Cole's blog :
'The 'Jewish people' were not building Jerusalem 3000 years ago, i.e. 1000 BCE…Jerusalem not only was not being built by the likely then non-existent 'Jewish people' in 1000 BCE, but Jerusalem probably was not even inhabited at that point in history. Jerusalem appears to have been abandoned between 1000 BCE and 900 BCE, the traditional dates for the united kingdom under David and Solomon. So Jerusalem was not 'the city of David,' since there was no city when he is said to have lived. No sign of magnificent palaces or great states has been found in the archeology of this period, and the Assyrian tablets, which recorded even minor events throughout the Middle East, such as the actions of Arab queens, don't know about any great kingdom of David and Solomon in geographical Palestine.'
Or as Shlomo Sand, professor of history from Tel Aviv University, put it, 'the mythical Kingdom of David'. 
2. Arab refugees from Israel began calling themselves 'Palestinians' in 1967, two decades after (modern) Israeli statehood.
I don't know what this is about. Palestine is a name given by the Romans when they conquered the area in 6 CE (Common Era or AD). So anybody living there would be called Palestinians.
3. After conquering the land in 1272 B.C., Jews ruled it for a thousand years and maintained a continuous presence there for 3,300 years;
In Fact (1) we note that around 1000 BCE there was no Kingdom of Israel and so there was no such thing as 'ruling for a thousand years.' Anyway, in this 1000 years that Jews were supposed to be ruling, the land was conquered by different groups: 'The Assyrians conquered Jerusalem in 722. The Babylonians took it in 597 and ruled it until they were themselves conquered in 539 BCE by the Achaemenids of ancient Iran, who ruled Jerusalem until Alexander the Great took the Levant in the 330s BCE. With the Maccabean Revolt in 168 BCE, the Jewish Hasmonean kingdom did rule Jerusalem until 37 BCE'. 
The other part of the 'fact' is that Jews 'maintained a continuous presence for 3,300 years', i.e., till the present. The trick is in the 'maintained a continuous presence'. It does not state whether that presence is in the majority, minority or just be a few people. So what do we make of this 'maintained a continuous presence'?
There are two histories of the Jewish people. The standard history is that Jews were expelled into Diaspora by the Romans when they revolted against the Roman rule. This was some 2,000 years ago. Thus, Palestine was emptied of most Jews but may still maintain some presence till the eve of the State of Israel. The argument seems to be, since Jews established the land (well, by the Canaanites) and had maintained a continuous presence (however tenuous) they have a right to the whole land. But international law does not recognise this as a right.
The extreme Zionist position is that they have a right to the whole land – Eretz Yisrael or Greater Israel. This seems to be what various Israeli governments have been trying to achieve by putting settlements – or we should call it by its correct aame, colonies – in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza previously. This is in line with the vision of Ben Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, who 'remained committed to a vision of Jewish sovereignty over all of Palestine as the ultimate goal of Zionism', as noted by Benny Morris, an Israeli historian.
The other history of the Jews is by Shlomo Sand (mentioned above) in his book, Invention of the Jewish People. According to Sand , researching the alleged emptying of the Jews by the Romans, found no such act. There was no expelling of Jews. They stayed on and over the years converted first to Christianity and later to Islam. This version of history is agreed to by Professor Cole:
'The Jews of the Roman province of Palestine were not for the most part expelled in the second century CE, as popular history sometimes has it, but went on farming there and gradually converted to Christianity. The majority then later gradually converted to Islam and became what we now call the Palestinians.'  So, the so-called 'Palestinian Arabs' are in fact the original Jews of Palestine.
So, either way, the Palestinians who have lived on the land for generations, whether they are of Arab stock or the original Jews of Palestine, should have more rights than Jews coming from Europe and other parts of the world. And who are these Jews of Diaspora?
If they indeed originated from Jews expelled from Palestine by the Romans they do not have a legal right to the land after a 2000 year absence what more to displace the Palestinians already on the land. But Sand says that these Jews who migrated to Palestine are those who converted to Judaism in foreign lands and thus have nothing to do with Palestine. According to Sand, quoting the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:
'…the Jews now living in Israel and other places in the world are not at all descendants of the ancient people who inhabited the Kingdom of Judea during the First and Second Temple period. Their origins…are in varied peoples that converted to Judaism during the course of history, in different corners of the Mediterranean Basin and the adjacent regions. Not only are the North African Jews for the most part descendants of pagans who converted to Judaism, but so are the Jews of Yemen (remnants of the Himyar Kingdom in the Arab Peninsula, who converted to Judaism in the fourth century) and the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe (refugees from the Kingdom of the Khazars, who converted in the eighth century).' 
These Jewish converts who have no ties at all to Palestine are all given the right to be citizens of Israel whereas the original Jews, the Palestinians, are denied theirs. This is ironic to say the least. And the converts are now oppressing the original Jews.
Let us put figures to the presence of Jews (adherents of Judaism, not the original Jews, the Palestinians) in Palestine. Again according to Cole: In 1851, there had been 327,000 Palestinians and other non-Jews, and only 13,000 Jews. In 1925 there were a little over 100,000 Jews, and there were 765,000 mostly Palestinian non-Jews in the British Mandate of Palestine.
In the British Mandate of Palestine, the district of Jerusalem was largely Palestinian. The rise of the Nazis in the 1930s impelled massive Jewish emigration to Palestine, so by 1940 there were over 400,000 Jews there amid over a million Palestinians.  So, at the onset of the creation of Israel, Jews were very much in the minority. In 1851, Jews were only 4% of the population, the figure to the 'maintained a continuous presence'.
The 1947 UN partition plan for Palestine was 55% to Israel and 45% to Palestinians even though the latter was in the majority. Furthermore, to compound the injustice, Jews only owned 6% of the land  while Palestinians owned more than 90%. The present accepted international plan, a Palestinian state to be established within the pre-1967 war border with Israel would leave the Palestinians with only 22% of the original Mandate Palestine with East Jerusalem to be part of the state. Israel wants even less for the Palestine state by grabbing land through their settlements/colonies.
4. The only Arab rule following conquest in 633 B.C. lasted just 22 years
Even at first glance you know this is wrong. Basic history tells us the Caliphates ruled it for a long time, hundreds of years. To be precise, according to Juan Cole: 'Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 638 [CE] and ruled it until 1099 when the Crusaders conquered it. The Crusaders killed or expelled Jews and Muslims from the city. The Muslims under Saladin took it back in 1187 CE and allowed Jews to return, and Muslims ruled it until the end of World War I, or altogether for about 1192 year.' The Levant, the area that includes Palestine, was conquered and ruled by various groups and Muslims ruled it the longest while 'Jewish rule may have been no longer than 170 years or so, i.e., the kingdom of the Hasmoneans' (given that there is no archeological record of the David an Solomon rule). 
5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem was the Jewish capital.
It was never the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity or even under Jordanian rule, (East) Jerusalem was not made the capital, and no Arab leader came to visit it;
6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Bible, but not once is it mentioned in the Qur'an;
7. King David founded Jerusalem ; Prophet Mohammed never set foot in it;
8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem; Muslims face Mecca .
If they are between the two cities, Muslims pray facing Mecca , with their backs to Jerusalem
Five to 8, fact or otherwise, have no relevance to Palestinians being displaced from their land. But 5 and 7 are factually wrong as we have seen above.
9. In 1948, Arab leaders urged their people to leave, promising to cleanse the land of Jewish presence. 68% of them fled without ever setting eyes on an Israeli soldier
There is no truth to this. According to Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish scholar and formerly of DePaul University, this lie has been demolished way back in the early 1960s by Erskine Childers, a British scholar, and Walid Khalidi, a Palestinian scholar. They checked the back files of the Near East monitoring stations of the British and US governments, which covered both radio broadcasts and the local papers, and found no such orders issued. 
The Israeli historian, Benny Morris, agrees: 'I have found no contemporary evidence to show that either the leaders of the Arab states or the Mufti [of Jerusalem] ordered or directly encouraged the mass exodus…There is no evidence that the Arab states and the AHC [Arab Higher Committee] wanted a mass exodus'. (As reported in ) But because of Zionist dominance in international media and publishing in general, this lie keeps on being resurrected and the refutation suppressed. But now that an Israeli historian has agreed it may just be harder to ignore.
The Palestinians fled for the simple reason that the Israeli attacks were ferocious and brutal. As written by Finkelstein, 'the widely publicised slaughter at Deir Yassin, the massacres in Khirbet Nasr ad Din near Tiberias, and Ein az Zeitun near Safad, the indiscriminate and protracted mortaring in Haifa and Acre, the use of loudspeakers broadcasting 'black propaganda' (i.e. terrifying messages) in Arabic, crop burnings, and so on, spurred into exile' the Palestinians. 
10. Virtually the entire Jewish population of Muslim countries had to flee as the result of violence and pogroms;
11. Some 630,000 Arabs left Israel ; in 1948, while close to a million Jews were forced to leave the Muslim countries;
I don't really know how far this true. At least there is still a large Jewish population in Tehran and seemingly quite satisfied with their life as reported by Roger Cohen (by the name is himself Jewish) in the New York Times. By law they have a representative to the country's legislative body.
Note that not 630,000 Arabs were forced to flee but 750,000 as noted by Finkelstein, and also by Noam Chomsky, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . This is the generally accepted figure.
But by and large I won't be surprised if the above 'fact' about Jews being forced to flee is indeed true. There was a lot of anger at the creation of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. The British Mandate of Palestine created by the UN is regarded as a Class A Mandate, which according to Juan Cole, is a country ready to be given independence within, say, a decade.  Instead of giving independence Britain announced the Balfour Declaration pointing the way to the creation of Israel. And till today the Palestinians still have no independent state while other Class A Mandates, such as Iraq and Syria, have obtained theirs.
Note that this hostility to Jews is a recent thing that came about only because of the creation of Israel and the subsequent plight of the Palestinians, as documented by Finkelstein. Historically, Arabs and Jews lived together in relative harmony – Jews flourished becoming merchants and thinkers within the Islamic empire. Jews fared much worse in a Christian Europe up to the Second World War.
When Christians overthrew the Muslim rule in Spain, Jews who had prospered there were persecuted by the new rulers through the cruel Spanish Inquisition forcing them to flee to Muslim lands, many taking refuge in Sarajevo and Istanbul under the Turkish Ottoman rulers. (Which is probably why Israel and Turkey till just recently have been on good terms. Note also that the mother of Kemal Attaturk, the modern founder of Turkey, was Jewish.)
And as mentioned above, Jews and Muslims lived together in Jerusalem under Muslim rule whereas the Crusaders killed or expelled both Jews and Muslims and that when Saladin (Salah Ad-Din) recaptured it Jews were allowed to return.
Of course, the worse example of the treatment of Jews was by the Nazis even if their policies were not said to be in the name of religion but the long history of European animosity to Jews certainly play a large part in those policies. And to assuage the conscience of a guilty Europe by creating a homeland for the Jews the Palestinians pay the price. And we may add, also the guilty conscience of the US because they refused entry of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. The Zionists were quite happy with this because they wanted Jews to be in Palestine.
13. There are 22 Muslim countries, not counting Palestine. There is only one Jewish state. Arabs started all five wars against Israel , and lost every one of them
Let us consider the June 1967 war or the Six Day War. Norman Finkelstein has gathered convincing evidence to put the aggression on the Israeli side. Dean Rusk, the US Secretary of State at the time said, 'the Israelis launched a surprise offensive'; US President Johnson told Abba Eban [Israeli Foreign Minister] that 'there is no Egyptian intention to make an imminent attack'; Mossad chief Meir Amir said, 'Egypt was not ready for a war; and Nasser did not want a war'; and most telling of all, an admission by former Prime Minister Menachem Begin years later, 'We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him [President Nasser of Egypt].'
Finkelstein writes, 'Israel's version of the June 1967 and the October 1973 wars has shown remarkable resilience. In both instances, Israel is seen as the unprovoked victim of Arab aggression…My conclusion is that the Israeli narrative does not in either case withstand close scrutiny.'
The Israeli wars against Lebanon are clearly Israeli wars of aggression as documented by Noam Chomsky, the MIT professor.  It is widely accepted that Hizballah chased out the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from Lebanon in 2000. And nobody has ever claimed that the IDF defeated Hizballah in the 2006 war. Well, Ehud Olmert, may be. And according to Avi Shlaim, an Israeli who is a Professor of International Relations at Oxford, Hamas drove out the IDF from Gaza in 2005. (Guardian, 7 January 2009,)
The 2009 war against Gaza was provoked by Israel. 'It was not Hamas but the IDF that broke the ceasefire. It did so by a raid into Gaza on 4 November that killed six Hamas men,' according to Avi Shlaim. And Uri Avnery, an Israeli veteran peace activist, agrees: 'And indeed, after several such small actions, in which Hamas fighters were killed, Hamas retaliated with a massive launch of rockets, and – lo and behold – the cease-fire was at an end. Everybody blamed Hamas.' (Counterpunch, Jan 2, 2009).
There are three other 'facts' which I can't determine their truthfulness but given that all the others have come into question I am not holding my breath they are the gospel truth. But what do we make of the 'fact' below? Are we supposed to sympathise with poor miss-understood Israel?
16. Out of 175 United Nations Security Council resolutions up to 1990, 97 were against Israel ; out of 690 General Assembly resolutions, 429 were against Israel;
The forwarded email ends with the following: 'Truth and peace are values common to all of us. Everyone must know!' Now, this is where I totally agree.
The writer teaches at Universiti Malaya.
 Shlomo Sand
 Norman G. Finkelstein, Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, 2003. Verso. London.
 Noam Chomsky, Fateful Triangle, 1999. South End Press Classics. Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 05:36 AM PDT
A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; "take it or leave it".
The phrase is said to originate from Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner at Cambridge, England. To rotate the use of his horses he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest the door or taking none at all.
Cambridge Guildhall has a donated portrait of Thomas Hobson. A plaque underneath the painting describes in a little detail how his livery came to be and the origin of the phrase. To add to the above, he had an extensive stable of some 40 horses and therefore there appeared to be a wide choice when in fact there was simply the choice described above.
Hobson's choice is different from:
READ ALL HERE Hobson's choice from Wikipedia
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 05:05 AM PDT
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim hari ini mengesahkan Sarawak National Parti (SNAP) telah menyertai Pakatan Rakyat (PR) sebagai ahli keempat gabungan tersebut dan sekaligus mengukuhkan lagi PR.
Serentak itu, Ketua Umum PKR itu berkata, tugas pertama SNAP adalah untuk memberi sokongan kepada calon DAP dalam pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Sibu, 18 Mei ini.
"Dengan adanya gabungan baru dari SNAP, saya yakin ia akan mengukuhkan lagi PR dan juga mampu memebri kemenangan pada pilihan raya Sibu nanti.
"Saya berharap pengukuhan empat parti ini(DAP, PAS, PKR dan SNAP) dapat memberi impak yang baik pada parti untuk terus maju ke hadapan,"katanya dalam sidang media di pejabat ketua pembangkang di bangunan Parlimen hari ini.
SNAP merupakan salah satu parti tertua di Sarawak sebelum ini merupakan angggota gabungan BN.
Anwar menyatakan beliau bersama pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan telah pun mendapat persetujuan dari SNAP pada minggu lepas untuk menyertai PR.
" Saya telah pun berjumpa dengan pucuk pimpinan SNAP dan mereka menyatakan hasrat untuk menyertai PR adalah terbaik kerana SNAP tidak dapat menerima pelbagai penyelewengan di Sarawak hasil daripemimpin-pemimpin dari kroni BN.
" SNAP membuat keputusan untuk menyertai PR pada masa ini adalah untuk bergabung bersama PR bagi membantu mengukuhkan lagi PR dalam pilihan raya akan datang," katanya lagi.
Anwar terus menyatakan, dengan wujudnya sebuah gabungan rasmi yang telah siap diatur, empat parti pembangkang sekarang bersatu dalam kedudukan lebih baik bagi memastikan pilihan raya negeri Sarawak akan datang mampu memberi kemenangan pada PR.
UMNO BN pasti kebingungan. Diusahakan pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat meninggalkan parti tiba-tiba ada sahaja berita tak baik mengekorinya, kali ini sebuah parti pula menyertai Pakatan Rakyat.
Parti Kebangsaan Sarawak (SNAP), bukan parti picisan di Sarawak dan telah ditubuhkan sebelum Sarawak menyertai Persekutuan Malaysia lagi.
Dalam pilihan raya negeri Sarawak pada tahun 2006, SNAP telah pun bersama PKR, Kongres Dayak Malaysia (MDC) dan PAS bagi menjalinkan satu gabungan politik untuk menentang BN yang akhirnya menyaksikan pembangkang berjaya meraih sembilan buah kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun).
Ia satu petanda baik untuk PR. Yang mana kotor dan berkategori daki dibersihkan dari PR, melompatlah mereka keluar dan yang tinggal dan yang masuk ialah mereka yang yakin PR akan ke PutraJaya.
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 03:24 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 02:15 AM PDT
Ahli Parlimen Kuantan, Fuziah Salleh mendesak supaya Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) dibubarkan terus kerana suruhanjaya itu gagal menjalankan tugas seperti yang diamanahkan.
"Dalam menghadapi pilihan raya kecil parlimen di Hulu Selangor 25 April nanti, SPR telah memindahkan para pengundi sesuka hati tanpa mengikut prosidur dan kelulusan dari mana-mana pihak," katanya.
Beliau yang juga Pengarah Pilihanraya Parti Keadilan Rakyat berkata, "SPR tidak layak mengendalikan perjalanan sesuatu pilihan raya, sepatutnya SPR dibubarkan sahaja kerana ia tidak berguna kepada rakyat.
"SPR tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk memindahkan para pengundi dengan sewenang-wenangnya tanpa pengetahuan pengundi," katanya pada satu sidang media di lobi parlimen hari ini.
Fuziah berkata, tindakan keterlaluan SPR dilihat sebagai satu bentuk penyelewengan dan percubaan untuk membantu kemenangan Barisan Nasional.
"Apabila mereka (SPR) memindah para pengundi ke tempat yang jauh, pengundi yang tidak berkemampuan (dari segi kewangan) tidak akan turun mengundi," tegas beliau.
Kata Fuziah, "strategi khianat SPR ialah untuk menyusahkan para pengundi agar tidak ramai yang keluar mengundi."
Tambah beliau, pemindahan 233 pengundi Kampung Tanjung di Sungai Choh adalah tidak wajar dan ini menunjukkan SPR sebagai dalang BN untuk meraih kemenangan.
Menurut beliau, beliau akan meminta sokongan dari luar negara untuk mendedahkan SPR sebagai sebuah badan kerajaan yang berat sebelah, tidak telus dalam melaksanankan tugas dan seterusnya memansuhkan SPR.
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 01:34 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 01:05 AM PDT
In March 7 and March 26, I posted articles relating to the award of contracts to two associate companies of Pakaian Saling Erti (PSE) that is reputed to be the most favoured company by top army (and I suppose by the two other services as well) bosses for the award of a variety of army contracts. I just do not understand why has PSE been given the 'most favoured status' by army and the Armed Forces, and has for umpteen years been the only supplier of Armed Forces uniforms and associated clothings, especially for Armed Forces personals going for courses overseas, as well as civilian clothing entitlement for troops on UN duties. I did reflect in some earlier postings that I too was a victim of this company when I was given a few civilian clothings, and not knowing how much the company had charged Mindef.
Now, upon checking the tender listing in MyProcurement portal, I note that KDI Garment Sdn Bhd has been awarded a contract to supply 30,000 pieces of bullet resistance vest for the army at the costs of RM82 million. This is one of the twelve associated companies of PSE, and I did question the rational and basis as to how did army decide on the aforesaid quantity. 30,000 pieces is an unusually large amount and when I was in the service, bullet resistant vest is only equipped to troops on UN peacekeeping duties and that does not total to even 1000 troops. Is army thinking of gearing up for war with somebody, or is the equipment now categorised as a personal equipment for all soldiers? If it is the latter, then 30,000 is insufficient and KDI Garment Sdn Bhd should now be given another contract to supply another 40,000 bullet resistant vests. Is this what army wants?
In 2007, Seri Mukali Sdn Bhd was awarded a contract of RM19 million, to supply army with ballistic helmets and of which 5000 pieces of these helmets were found to be defective. By orders of someone in army, the helmets continued to be used and the problem was simply swept under the carpet. Seri Mukali Sdn Bhd is another associate company of PSE.
For the information of my readers, I wish to list down the 12 associate companies (as provided to me) of PSE as follows:
1. Karisma Wira (M) Sdn Bhd
2. Kharisma Wira Sdn Bhd
3. Usahawan PSE Sdn Bhd
4. Dataran Satria Sdn Bhd
5. Persada Klasik Sdn Bhd
6. Pakaian Kesuma Sdn Bhd
7. Samas Textile Sdn Bhd
8. KDI Garment Sdn Bhd
9. Seri Mukali Sdn Bhd
10. Kota Astana
11. SAS Aviation Sdn Bhd
12. Prima Elit Sdn Bhd
I do not know whether the above listing is conclusive, but with the above 12 associated companies, I think it is sufficient to make the millions from government contracts, and with some extras to the pockets of some unscrupulous officers in the Ministry of Defence and Procurement Division.
Now, will there be an end to all these favoured and unscrupulous dealings by PSE and it's group of associated companies? The answer will only be known hopefully, when the new army leadership is named.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 12:46 AM PDT
By Adib Zalkapli
KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) today said Petronas has the right to supply gasoline to Iran saying that the Gulf nation is an important trading partner .
"Initially when I read the report that Datuk Seri Najib had ordered Petronas to stop supplying gasoline to Iran I couldn't understand it because Iran has a lot of gasoline, so I was disappointed," said Dr Mahathir when asked about the suspension of Malaysia's gasoline supply to Iran.
"But later Datuk Seri Najib denied that he had ordered the cancellation and he said it was purely a commercial deal. So it is Petronas' right to sell to anybody," he said at a press conference here.
Late last week, foreign news agencies reported the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak confirming that the national oil company has stopped supplying gasoline to Iran ahead of further global sanctions.
Najib denied the report a day later saying that the transaction was a one-off sale and there has been no new order.
His denial was followed by a statement from Petronas which stated that the decisions regarding the sales were based purely on commercial reasons.
Iran currently imports 40 per cent of its gasoline supplies due to the drop in investment in petroleum refineries in that country.
When it was pointed out that Iran is facing possible international sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme, Dr Mahathir dismissed it as another example of the oppressive foreign policy of the United States.
"The international sanctions is an American job. A lot of countries do not approve of the sanctions. China is still trading with Iran and so is Russia. If it is 'international' [then] all countries would have to adhere to it," said Dr Mahathir.
"This is how America oppresses the others. If people die, like the sanction if Iraq where 500,000 children died, they said it's alright. This was what Madeline Albright said," he added referring to the former Secretary of State in the late 1990s.
On trade ties with Iran by Malaysiakini
On an unrelated matter, Mahathir commented on the reported suspension of gasoline supplies to Iran as purportedly announced by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
"When I first read about it, I did not quite understand it, because Iran itself has a lot of gasoline. But I was disappointed. But Najib has clarified, and he denied the suspension.
"But if it really is true, we could lose a lot of trade and opportunities with Iran. We have a lot of trade with them," he said.
Scoffing at the US sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, Mahathir wryly said that a lot of other powers, including Russia and China, are still dealing with the Islamic republic.
"That is the US' own stand," he said.
AFP had quoted Najib as saying that Petronas would cut gasoline supplies to Iran, while calling on Tehran to review its uranium-enrichment programme.
The statement came last Friday on the heels of his meeting with US President Barack Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
However, Najib clarified his remarks the next day, saying that the deal was just a spot sale and that there have been no requests by Tehran since mid-March. He also said any decision on the sales would have been a purely commercial one.
Posted: 20 Apr 2010 12:45 AM PDT
APRIL 18 — A young Taiwanese man's version of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You, an iPad turned to dust, and a new Tiger Woods commercial dominate this week's worldwide YouTube charts.
1) Taiwanese Lin Yu Chun Sings Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" LIVE — Taiwan´s Susan Boyle. 5,387,259 views.
2) Will It Blend? - iPad — After marbles and golf balls, Blendtec's Tom Dickson takes on the iPad, testing his blender's capability of turning the gadget to dust. 5,386,775 views.
3) New Tiger Woods Commercial: Earl and Tiger —Nike's new filmed ad has a voiceover of his late father
4) Kobe Bryant points at Jeff Van Gundy — After Van Gundy said Bryant's left-hand hook shot was the worst he had ever seen, the NBA star proves him wrong. 2,781,453 views.
5) F***ING BIRDS!! — Vlogger Ray William Johnson fills you in on what you missed on YouTube this week. 2,087,207 views.
6) Annoying Orange: Excess Cabbage — Vlogger Orange loses his mojo, but Cabbage does his best to help get it back. 2,067,388 views.
7) THE TALKING TWINKIE!?! —Vlogger Shane Dawson's own personal food war. 1,851,658 views.
8) Lin Yu Chun Sings Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' — Another clip of Chun's TV breakthrough. 1,817,911 views.
9) Pool Flip FAIL — A woman attempts to do a handstand flip into the pool. 1,502,566 views.
10) Prank Call WIN — A caller brings up an awkward subject on a live sports show. 1,364,000 views. — AFP-Relaxnews.com
(Published @ The Malaysian Insider)
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