- Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-30
- What We Will Lose
- Authors Interview Themselves
- Natural Cut ; Don't Blush... We're showing some skin
- Ezam, Pelacur Senator Yang Tak Lengkap Tarbiyah
- GAS rally a success: RM5 million spent to stop people!
- MAF of Shuan Eng Methodist Church
- Perkasa declared that the NEM a threat to the Malays
- UMNO is using Racism to gain Malay support
- "Chinese girls can also be powerful, not just sweet or cute"
- Howl and Cry at the NEM
- Some Thought-seeds
- Pengurangan Subsidi: Kesan Baik Dan Buruknya
- Video: Israel's Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace
- Benar, PR Sedang Menuju Ke Putrajaya
- The Grumpy Old Man
- THE DICTATOR DICTATES AGAIN!
- For MCA, new words to old tune?
- Razali: Malaysians Have Weak Spirit of Nationalism
- Whose Citizenship Will Be Revoked If Syed Ali Alhabshee Was In Power?
Posted: 30 May 2010 08:59 AM PDT
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Posted: 30 May 2010 08:13 AM PDT
Peter Khoury in The New York Times writes about some of the best book inscriptions he has come across, and laments that this added dimension to the physical book will be lost completely with the coming of ereaders.
Posted: 30 May 2010 08:38 AM PDT
When I interview authors for whatever publication, I always do my homework and go along prepared with a list of questions which I hope sound intelligent, cover all bases and which aren't exactly like the questions asked by every other interviewer because I'm sure fatigue must set in. And I also add one last question to the list - What's the one question I didn't ask you that you would have liked me to ask?.
The Guardian goes a step further in the wake of the Hay Festival, and invites authors to submit the questions they would like to be asked and then answer them. And as you might expect, there are some pretty eccentric items. Chang-Rae Lee would love to be asked if he writes naked (no, but when it's very hot he writes in his "undershorts"); Jonathan Coe would love to be played by Cate Blanchett in a film about his life; and Roddy Doyle submits a list of questions he really can't believe he has been asked in interviews:
Is Roddy Doyle your real name?
Posted: 30 May 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Posted: 30 May 2010 09:29 AM PDT
Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Azmin Ali menyifatkan Senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Noor, yang pernah berkhidmat sebagai setiausaha politik Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, sebagai orang yang "tidak lengkap tarbiyah."
Ahli Parlimen Gombak ini melabelkan Ezam "tidak habis menjalani tarbiyah" dengan merujuk kepada tempoh menjadi setiausaha politik kepada Anwar, ketika itu memegang jawatan menteri kewangan, cuma dua tahun.
Itu sebabnya beliau tidak mempunyai idealisme yang kuat bagi mempertahankan PKR, kata Azmin.
Ezam baru sebulan dilantik oleh Umno-BN sebagai anggota Dewan Negara.
Beliau menyertai Umno pada 2008, dua tahun selepas meninggalkan PKR.
Azmin berkata demikian ketika menggulung perbahasan pada Kongres Nasional Keenam PKR di sini petang ini.
Dalam ucapannya Azmin tidak menyebut nama Ezam secara langsung, yang merupakan bekas ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan.
Sebaliknya beliau menyentuh isu lompat parti yang ditimbulkan oleh perwakilan dalam sesi perbahasan.
Azmin mendakwa, Anwar ketika memegang jawatan timbalan perdana menteri dan menteri kewangan pernah ditawarkan ganjaran sebagai balasan tidak menekankan bekas perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dalam jawatan kerajaan dan parti.
Ketika itu Anwar juga merupakan timbalan presiden Umno.
"Jangan dengar senator yang melacurkan dirinya, saya tahu sebagai setiausaha sulit dia (Anwar) ketika itu, hampir setiap perkara, (bekas menteri kewangan) Datuk (kini Tun) Daim Zainuddin akan menghubungi saya untuk menemui Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bersama-sama dengan (Allahyarham) Peguam Negara Datuk Mohtar Abdullah untuk membincangkan strategi Dr Mahathir untuk ketepikan jawatan kerajaan dan parti, tetapi memberikan imbuhan dan pulangan yang cukup besar asalkan tidak sentuh Dr Mahathir dalam jawatan parti dan kerajaan.
"Tetapi insan yang bernama Anwar bin Ibrahim menolak semua sogokan Dr Mahathir untuk mempertahankan rakyat dan prinsip," kata Azmin dengan berkata, "siapa pelacur senator ini? saya tak sebut."
Bagaimanapun kedengaran perwakilan menyahut dengan berkata, "Ezam."
Beliau seterusnya berkata, "baru berkhidmat tidak lebih dua tahun, tetapi mengaku dia adalah anak didik Anwar Ibrahim," katanya.
"Proses tarbiyah (pun) tak habis... yang paling lama (berkhidmat) ialah Khalid Jaafar, yang berkhidmat selama 13 tahun, Dr Mansor Othman (kini Timbalan Ketua Menteri I), dan sudah tentulah (saya) dari Gombak," kata Azmin yang juga bekas setiausaha politik Anwar.
Azmin menambah, ini menunjukkan beliau, Khalid dan Mansor telah melalui proses tarbiyah yang sempurna dan lengkap serta tidak kehilangan idelisme perjuangan.
"Tetapi kalau satu tahun, nak berlagak macam... bila kita bertempur, ini yang lari ke luar negara kerana tidak berani berdepan dengan kezaliman Umno dan BN.
"Hari ini dapat senator, tak mengapa. Lihat Senator Dr Syed Husin (Ali), ada kualiti, ada prinsip, ada idealisme, dia tetap bersama dengan mempertahankan idealisme," katanya.
Azmin berkata, Pakatan Rakyat mahu kuasa yang diberikan oleh rakyat diterjemahkan dalam bentuk amalan dan tindakan bagi melakukan agenda reformasi termasuk pembaharuan ekonomi.
"Pada 1995, saya masih ingat Anwar melontarkan idea ketika membentangkan belanjawan, tentang pesanan tujuh tahun yang subur dan akan diikuti dengan tujuh tahu yang gersang.
"(Bagaimanapun) Dr Mahathir tidak berani dan tidak bersedia untuk melakukan reformasi ekonomi kerana mempertahankan kronisme dan nepotisme sehingga berlaku krisis ekonomi.
"Dr Mahathir dengan mudah menyalahkan (George) Soros dan IMF (Dana Kewangan Antarabangsa).
"Tidak mahu mengaku bahawa kegagalan kepimpinan, tidak mahu melakukan reformasi ekonomi.
"Akhirnya bila berlaku pertembungan, pejuang (Anwar) kita disumbat dalam penjara, bukan kerana (bekas pemandu Anwar) Azizan Abu Bakar," katanya.
Dalam ucapannya, Azmin juga berkata, beliau mengharapkan satu dokumen ekonomi Pakatan Rakyat yang jelas dirangka walaupun agenda ekonomi baru telah diutarakan sebelum ini.
Beliau juga mencadangkan agar pegawai-pegawai kerajaan negeri turut menghadiri setiap kali PKR mengadakan kongres tahunan.
"Saya hendak usulkan setiap kali kongres parti bersidang, mesti diwajibkan ketua agensi kerajaan khsusunya pegawai UPEN hadir bersama.
"Walaupun ia melibatkan kongres parti politik, tetapi ia juga menyentuh soal dasar (kerajaan negeri).
"Kita adalah pemimpin akar umbi yang membincangkan, harus ada pegawai-pegawai kerajaan dengar, pulang serta laksanakan keputusan yang diputuskan oleh kongres," katanya. -TMI
Posted: 30 May 2010 08:29 AM PDT
Former MIC deputy youth chief V Mugilan has called today's Gerakan Anti Samy (GAS) rally at the Mines Convention Centre in Serdang a success, despite the use of "gangster tactics" to derail the event that saw only 3,500 people turned up for the rally when Mugilan had expected 15,000.
Mugilan pinned the blame on the disappointing crowd-size on money being slashed to stop people from joining to the rally and claimed that RM5 million has been spent to stop people from coming to the rally.
Posted: 30 May 2010 07:04 AM PDT
Dr. Wong Lien Ang led his group in a mute-act to get rounds of laughters from the audience. Topic of the mute-act is 雞飛狗跳!
Our visitation this evening (29th May, 2010) took us to MAF of Shuan Eng Methodist Church. The fellowship gathering was scheduled to start at 7:30pm. We arrived early to get ourselves more prepared.
The venue of the fellowship gathering is located on the top floor of the four-storeyed church building. The hall is a comfortable and pleasant place for worship. The church sets a unique rule to require everybody to go bare-footed upon entering the hall. Gee, it works - I noted that the place is really neat and clean.
The programme of the evening was TOP study. Rev. Tong Chu Yung shared on baptism from biblical points. Rev. Tong took my memories back to my days at Yung Nang Methodist Church when I was active in MYF of Yung Nang Methodist Church. I remember him as a good pastor. After teaching, Rev. Tong asked for excuse to leave early as he had to join MYF & MYAF of the church in a trip by coach to Kuching for a retreat.
Part of the programme was ice-breaker. It simply worked this way: The fellowshippers were divided up into 4 groups. Each group was required to send a representative to present mute act based on a given topic. His/her group would be given first to make a guess of the act, failing
which opportunity would be thrown open to the other groups. Group 4 ended up the winner and the reward was a surprise: The whole group was asked to mute-act again to entertain the audience.
We were treated to some refreshments after the gathering. Thereafter, we posed for a group photo for record.
The second photo shows the group posing for a group photo. Seating in the centre is 湯祖勇師母.
Posted: 30 May 2010 06:23 AM PDT
The MPM (Malay Advisory Council) has declared that the NEM (New Economic Model) as proposed by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak a threat to the Malay community. They passed a resolution to protest against the NEM at its first congress yesterday. The MPM is made up of 76 Malay NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations) and is headed by Perkasa, whose president is Datuk Ibrahim Ali. Proceedings in the congress had many hit out at the NEAC (National Economic Advisory Council) for having 'betrayed the social contract' which recognizes that the Malays have special economic rights.
According to some of their resolutions, "The congress regretfully concedes that the government have failed to help increase Bumiputra participation, ownership and control in strategic sectors," and "The affirmative economic and distribution policy that Bumiputra participation in various economic sectors must be maintained,"
Posted: 30 May 2010 06:14 AM PDT
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the president of PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) said that the largest component party of BN (Barisan Nasional), Umno no longer represent the aspirations of the people and is no longer relevant which is why they are using racism to keep the loyalty of the Malay community. She said "After March 2008, Umno realised the multi-racial party model which we bring is wanted by the public. Umno has rejected the importance of a multi-racial party for nearly a decade and said that it was would not be accepted by the people especially the Malay community."
Speaking at the PKR's National Congress, she added that "However, they themselves have lost touch and are separated from the real aspirations of the Malays because they are preoccupied with the riches from fraud. The 2008 general election has sent a clear signal that the political future of this country is multi-racial political parties. Umno's failure to address Malay issues has forced it to attack PKR. After March 2008, the party's (Umno) attack is focused to destroy our credibility with Malay voters. They falsely accuse us as being anti-Malay and many other allegations to tarnish our name in the eyes of the Malay community. The future of Malaysia is multi-racialism which builds on the unique strengths of each race, so do not be shy to convince the rakyat that we are the party of the future! Umno's racial polarisation is dangerous to the country. Malaysia urgently needs a political movement to value the contribution and involvement of all races. Unfortunately, Umno's answer to this new political culture is to make seditious and racist sentiments to continue to divide the people and increase racial polarisation. In fact, the concept of 1 Malaysia or concept related to it is hypocrisy,"
She also said "Umno was using the New Economic Policy (NEP) to instil fear in the Malay community. Umno is telling the people that we are allegedly willing to forfeit the interests of the Malays when we said that the NEP should be abolished. We are confident that NEP has failed to achieve its objectives because many of the implementations have deviated from the policy and spirit of the NEP. NEP is just used by Umno to conceal their corruption. The Malays and the Bumiputeras have long been deceived by Umno. They want the Malays to rely solely on the government alone because Umno is aware that when the Malays begin to believe in their capabilities then they will no longer require the support of Umno politicians,"
Posted: 29 May 2010 06:03 PM PDT
Posted: 30 May 2010 03:20 AM PDT
Kongres Ekonomi Bumiputera ended yesterday with Dato Najib consoling those present that the New Economic Model (NEM) is not finalised. It is merely a proposal by National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) to the Government and is undergoing due consultative process.
He assured that the Bumiputera's economic interest and affirmative action would not be sacrificed but remain. If that had been so, the red covered document of the NEAC should not be presented with a Government emblem.
The evening crowd of the event organized by the Majlis Perundingan Melayu (Malay Consultative Council) was a tamer one than those attending the morning session. The crowd were smaller but were capable of beheading NEAC Chairman, Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz on a guillotine.
Amirsham was exposed as inadequate in his role as Chairman. His remarks were found to be parroting, indicating he has no independent thought and not analytical enough. [Didn't this blogger, who used to work under Amirsham, forewarned that he knows nuts on economics, let alone economic planning and far from doing economic modelling?]
Prof Dr Norma Mansor, Secretary of the NEAC came unprepared for the topic was asked to answer or end her presentation. Most of the attendee had heard the NEM briefing repeatedly and were seriously posing her to answer the topic: Memperkasakan Ekonomi Bumiputera.
During the review by Senator Dato Akbar Ali, the crowd was howling and hurling insults at Norma and NEAC for every agreed point presented. (Presentation available here) The NEAC was exposed to have made serious theoretical error, and ill- intentions to ridicule NEP and smear the era of Tun Dr Mahathir.
Amirsham, another former recipient of NEP just like Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, was quoted below:
In one private engagement between Tan Sri Amirsham Aziz - the so-called Malay Chairman of the NEAC but allowed minority and foreigners to overwhelmed the NEAC Membership, he said that New Economic Policy (NEP) was the reason that Malaysia lost it's competitiveness.Dato Akbar exposed another fallacy of NEAC from the remark of Dato Najib's adviser, Dato Dr Mahani below:
"The emphasis should be on opportunities and processes because it is difficult to guarantee outcomes." – Datuk Dr MahaniIt is as though the NEAC are conceding defeat from achieving the desired outcome. Is she saying NEAC was doing economic planning without any inkling of the desired outcome? This is in contrary to Dato Najib emphasis on outcome.
What do expect from a Chairman who knows nuts and was placed there to serve the corrupt and multibillion Ringgit loser, Tan Sri Nor Mohamad Yakcop and the agenda of Kalimullah?
Dato Halipah Esa, former Director general of EPU burst to tears several time in her presentation to review the NEAC proposal. (Presentation available here) She went at length to expose how NEAC totally ignored the plight of the Bumiputera majority. It must have been unbearable for her to foresee the terrible implication.
Unlike the stereotyping and perception played by scrupulous Malay liberals and non-Bumiputera at such groups, they were equally sharpened vocal in the resolution session towards culprit politicians or corporate businessmen responsible for leakage of the NEP.
GLC CEOs and Members of the Board of Directors were equally scrutinised. The whole member of the board of Directors of Sime Darby was demanded to vacate.
The name of Petronas director's Omar Ong and Dato Shamsul Azhar was loudly mentioned publicly for instrumentally destroying Petronas as a successful Malay organization and hurriedly dismantling it to for easy entry to "Chinese" without due process.
This crowd means business and by the look of things, they are not the usual timid and pembodek UMNO crowd one usually see. This is the real fighting UMNO and they are capable of making or breaking UMNO.
This will be more significant with Malay patience now reaching its brink after Government have been kow towing to Chinese demands for the sake of votes but was not delivered and yet the Bumiputera majority voters are taken for granted.
This is only the beginning. Many UMNO leaders like Nazri Aziz are still lost in their ego for not taking this crowd seriously. Let they be warned for forsaking them come with its own peril. You are hereby warned!
Posted: 29 May 2010 06:26 PM PDT
True knowledge is spiritual consciousness. It is awareness of one's real nature. Knowledge means right discernment or correct evaluation, wisdom and a perfect understanding of oneself and of others. Right thought results in right action and right life.
Beauty is essentially spiritual. Real beauty lies in one's heart. It is in one's character. Beauty dwells in purity. Beauty shines in virtues.
Love is a refined, innate sense of oneness with the entire creation. Love is self-denial, selflessness. Love is sacredness of heart. Love is unrestrained goodwill, mercy, compassion and tolerance. Love is absence of sensuality.
Everything passeth away. Nothing is to accompany man except his Karma!
SOURCE: SWAMI SIVANANDA - THOUGHT POWER
P/S: This book was a gift from Dr. Punitha. Thank you and it is truly a pleasant thought!
God Save our Prime Minister
Posted: 29 May 2010 05:38 PM PDT
A Kadir Jasin
[Komen menggunakan pengenalan anonymous TIDAK AKAN DILAYAN. Sila gunakan nama sebenar atau nama samaran. Jikalau menggunakan anonymous, sila nyatakan nama di penghujung komen. Ulasan yang mengandungi unsur fitnah, hasutan, perkauman dan bahasa kesat tidak akan disiarkan. Ulasan yang terkeluar daripada tajuk tidak akan diberi keutamaan.]
PERBAHASAN isu subsidi di mana-mana pun panas dan emosional. Tak kira di negara kaya macam Amerika Syarikat dan negara-negara Eropah atau negara miskin macam Mesir.
Di Mesir berlaku rusuhan bila subsidi roti dikurangkan. Di Eropah petani merusuh dengan membinasakan hasil keluaran.
Menteri orang bukan politik macam Idris Jala yang juga Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Unit Pengurusan Prestasi dan Pelaksanaan (PEMANDU), mungkin kurang peka hal sebegini. Apatah lagi jika pengalamannya hanya makan gaji dan gajinya pula besar.
Hendak mudah cakap, kalau tidak kerana subsidi baja dan subsidi harga padi, ratusan ribu petani kita akan hidup dalam kemiskinan tegar dan hasil padi/beras negara merudum.
Jadi kita saling bantu membantu. Orang yang beli beras bayar harga yang tinggi sedikit dan harga tambahan itu dipindahkan kepada penanam padi sebagai subsidi.
Ahli ekonomi selalu kata subsidi mengherotkan (distort) ekonomi. Tapi mereka jarang cakap kesan positif subsidi kepada penerima atau seolah-olah pengguna individu dan orang miskin saja nikmati subsidi.
Ambil contoh subsidi baja. Petani dapat baja dan pengilang dapat hasil membekalkan baja. Kalau tidak kerana skim subsidi baja, industri baja kita tidaklah sebesar sekarang.
Subsidi menjana ekonomi. Seorang pengguna yang terima RM1 ringgit subsidi akan belanja duit itu. Pekedai dapat hasil. Pekedai pasti buat keuntungan kerana barang yang dijual dengar harga RM1 itu diperolehnya dengar harga lebih rendah daripada pembekal. Pembekal beli lebih rendah dari pengilang. Setiap kali duit RM1 itu bertukar tangan, ia menambah kepada nilai ekonomi.
Billionaire Pun Telan Subsidi
Dan jangan lupa, di Malaysia pengilang dan pelabur yang kononnya sangat pandai berniaga itu pun mendapat subsidi berbilion-bilion ringgit. Antaranya subsidi diesel (untuk pengangkutan) dan subsidi gas asli cecair (untuk penjanaan elektrik oleh IPP dan kilang pembuatan).
Malah tauke-tauke billionaire yang pakai kereta Mercedes Benz 6,000cc dapat subsidi minyak petrol yang berkali-kali ganda lebih banyak daripada orang biasa yang guna Kancil atau Proton.
Kilang yang dapat subsidi kata mereka jual barang dengan harga yang lebih murah kepada pengguna. Tetapi mana kita tahu kalau mereka songlap (tipu)?
Kita semua tahu penguatkuasaan kita hambar. Kerap kali sekadar melepas batuk di tangga saja. Kurang pengetahuan, malas dan rasuah adalah antara punca pengawasan harga dan bekalan sangat lemah.
Bukan semua subsidi dalam bentuk cross (lintang) di mana pengguna membayar harga yang tinggi sedikit untuk membantu pengeluar, macam subsidi harga padi.
Subsidi Dari Duit Kita Juga
Sebahagian besar subsidi adalah daripada sumber kewangan yang diamanahkan kepada kerajaan, sama ada hasil cukai atau keuntungan pelaburan.
Duit yang digunakan untuk subsidi itu bukan duit kerajaan, tetapi duit pembayar cukai individu dan korporat. Kerajaan sekadar menguruskannya.
Soalnya, Idris kata kerajaan tak mampu lagi tampung kadar subsidi seperti yang ada sekarang. Malah dia kata negara akan muflis, bankrupt, kaput, hancus dalam masa lima tahun kalau kadar perbelanjaan negara dikurangkan.
Salah satu cara menjimatkan perbelanjaan adalah dengan mengurangkan atau menghapuskan langsung subsidi.
Mustahil boleh dihapuskan langsung. Jadi soalnya sekarang bagaimana kita hendak melaksanakan rasionalisasi subsidi ini?
Ya kita, saya dan Saudara serta Saudari semua kerana kitalah yang pilih kerajaan, kitalah yang bayar cukai dan kitalah yang terpaksa menanggung bebannya.
Kalau ikut Idris, subsidi, tak kira subsidi tol, bahan api, elektrik, gula, tepung atau minyak masak dikurangkan atau dimansuhkan secara berperingkat mulai tahun ini. Matlamatnya nak kurangkan perbelanjaan sehingga RM103 bilion dalam tempoh lima tahun.
Baguslah kerajaan mengadakan mekanisme khas dipanggil Makmal Rasionalisasi Subsidi untuk tujuan perbahasan dan mengadakan hari terbuka makmal itu Khamis lepas di Ibu Negara. Jadi adalah wajib kita memberi maklum balas sebelum cadangan dikemukakan kepada Kabinet.
Tak kiralah betul atau tidak kita antara negara yang paling tinggi subsidi di dunia, tapi jumlah RM74 bilion tahun lalu itu memanglah besar.
Daripada jumlah itu, subsidi sosial sebanyak RM42.4 bilion, bahan api dan elektrik (RM23.5 bilion), prasarana (RM4.8 bilion) dan makanan (RM3.4 bilion). Kata Idris, purata subsidi itu bersamaan RM12,900 bagi setiap isi rumah.
Tapi saya terkilan bila Idris membandingkan negara kita dengan Greece yang kini mengalami krisis kewangan yang teruk dan hampir muflis. Takkanlah kita seteruk Greece? Kalau nak gempar (takut-takutkan) pun, biarlah rasional sikit.
Potongan Subsidi Akan Jejaskan Rakyat
Pengurangan subsidi pasti akan jejaskan taraf hidup rakyat. Kuasa membeli mereka akan jatuh dan akan diburukkan lagi oleh kenaikan harga barang dan perkhidmatan.
Pengilang, penyedia perkhidmatan, pengedar dan pekedai akan menaikkan harga bagi menampung pengurangan atau penghapusan subsidi. Setiap peringkat rangkaian pembekalan (supply chain) akan menaikkan harga. Lebih teruk daripada itu mereka akan mengambil kesempatan membuat keuntungan berlebihan (profiteering).
Pentadbiran Mohd Najib Abdul Razak tentu sedar kesan rasionalisasi subsidi ini. Ia mungkin membantu mengurangkan beban hutang negara yang mencecah RM362 bilion (54 peratus daripada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK), tetapi kesannya kepada ekonomi dan rakyat jelata juga besar.
Perlu juga dijawab apakah hutang negara yang besar ini kerana subsidi sahaja atau kerana pemborosan, ketirisan dan rasuah?
Pada pandangan rambang rakyat jelata, para pembesar terus hidup dengan mewah, boros dan menunjuk-nunjuk. Pengiring polis berkereta dan bermotosikal, pengawal peribadi, permaidani merah, kerusi tinggi, perbarisan pegawai dan makanan berlambak!
Subsidi adalah sebahagian daripada ekonomi. Ia menjana pertumbuhan melalui peningkatan daya pengeluaran, menambah kuasa membeli dan mengurangkan inflasi.
Tetapi ia juga menyebabkan kemudaratan bila harga yang murah menyebabkan penggunaan berlebihan, misalnya gula dan minyak masak yang memudaratkan kesihatan.
Soalnya, bagaimanakah Mohd Najib dan para penasihat ekonominya akan melaksanakan tugas rumit dan sensitif ini tanpa menjejaskan ekonomi negara, kesejahteraan rakyat dan sokongan pengundi.
Langkah mengurangkan subsidi pasti mendapat sokongan dan pujian hebat para "free marketeer", Tabung Mata Wang Antarabangsa (IMF) dan Bank Dunia.
Tetapi sokongan mutakhir yang menentukan jatuh atau bangun pemerintah adalah rakyat jelata, khasnya golongan majoriti yang masih miskin, terpinggir dan memerlukan bantuan.
Dan tidak perlulah Idris Jala memberi "lecture" kepada rakyat jelata supaya sedar negara memberi subsidi yang tinggi. Saya rasa Idris juga datang daripada latar belakang di mana subsidi dan bantuan adalah peyelamat.
Posted: 30 May 2010 06:02 AM PDT
In light of the upcoming Obama-Netanyahu meeting at the White House next week, this video details Israel's critical security need for defensible borders to prevent threats to its existence - a defense policy rooted in a broad consensus that spans both past and present Israeli governments.
On another note,both Ma'ariv and Yediot Aharonot reported this week that Democratic congressmen and senators are deeply concerned that the administration's harsh treatment of Israel has convinced many American Jews not to contribute to their campaigns or to the Democratic Party ahead of November 2's mid-term elections. They also fear that American Jews will vote for Republican challengers in large numbers.
It is these concerns, rather than a decision to alter his positions on Israel specifically and the Middle East generally, that now drive Obama's relentless courtship of the American Jewish community. His latest move in this sphere was his sudden invitation to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to visit him at the White House for a "warm reception" in front of television cameras next Tuesday. Hat tip:Eye On The World
This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now
Posted: 30 May 2010 05:29 AM PDT
Kongres Terbaik Petanda Masa Depan Cerah Ke Putrajaya
Kongres Nasional KEADILAN kali ini disulami dengan perbahasan dan displin yang baik memberi petanda harapan cerah kepada KEADILAN dan Pakatan Rakyat melangkah menuju ke Putrajaya pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 nanti.
Naib Presiden, Azmin Ali semasa mengulung perbahasan menyifatkan perjalanan kongres petang tadi oleh perwakilan yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kaum dan agama sebagai yang terbaik di antara kongres pernah diadakan sebelum ini.
"Kita lihat kali ini, penyertaan Ramli Logan yang mewakili Orang Asal telah menyampaikan hujah yang cukup baik dan bernas dan ini sama sekali tidak berlaku dalam persidangan yang dianjurkan Umno-Barisan Nasional umumnya.
"Kita juga bangga dengan sayap baru KEADILAN, Srikandi yang dibarisi wanita muda yang berani tampil ke depan menghidangkan perwakilan dengan perbahasan yang hangat," ujar beliau.
Dalam pada itu, Azmin turut menyokong usul yang dikemukakan oleh Wanita dan mahukan tindakan susulan berhubung usul tersebut.
Beliau juga meminta supaya keempat-empat kerajaan negeri yang diterajui Pakatan Rakyat menghantar ketua-ketua jabatan mendengar dan mencatit segala usul perwakilan tanpa mengharapkan Menteri Besar dan barisan exco yang merekodkan maklumat itu.
"Kita merayu kepada perwakilan yang hadir ini memastikan KEADILAN sentiasa kuat namun pada masa yang sama, kita juga berharap agar kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat dapat membantu anggota parti.
"Bila Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim difitnah, bukan pengarah anak syarikat kerajaan negeri yang tampil membela tetapi anggota KEADILAN yang ke depan membela pemimpin mereka," tegasnya.
Azmin turut memberi cadangan supaya anggota parti melakukan perubahan dengan menggantikan ketua-ketua di peringkat cabang yang tidak aktif.
"Mana-mana ketua cabang yang tidak berfungsi, saya minta anggota parti melakukan perubahan.
"Perkemaskan 'delivery system' negeri masing-masing dan jika ini dapat dibuat dengan cepat dan pantas, rakyat akan hantar kita ke Putrajaya," tambahnya lagi.
Justeru itu, beliau turut meminta supaya tanggungjawab itu tidak hanya digalas kepada pegawai kerajaan negeri sahaja tetapi juga diagihkan kepada anggota KEADILAN untuk melaksanakan sistem tersebut.
TAHNIAH PKR. Sebenarnya ramai cemas apabila PKR berjaya menganjurkan Kongres dengan licin dan lancar kerana sebelumnya ramai katak lompat yang mengharap keadaan haru-biru berlaku di dalam kongres berkenaan.
Dan yang menonjol sangat ialah berita-berita BERNAMA yang cuba untuk mempalitkan PKR dengan pelbagai tohmahan serta cuba untuk mengeruhkan hubungan komponen Pakatan Rakyat.
Pertama, disiarkan berita si "budak mentah" bernama Fairus yang kononnya membuat kenyataan menyatakan PKR bakal karam. Sedangkan yang dah karam ialah Fairus sendiri sementara BERNAMA bersama BNnya bakal karam tidak lama lagi.
Kedua, dikejarnya Ustaz Abd Hadi untuk mendapatkan respons Presiden PAS itu tentang isu PM II dengan harapan mereka akan berlaku "kekecohan" di antara PAS dan PKR.
Yang malangnya pula, respons Ust Abd Hadi tidak berapa cantik terhadap soalan BERNAMA tersebut. Sepatutnya Hadi jawab, "baguslah begitu, cepat sedikit matlamat kami untuk meruntuhkan BN tercapai dan cepatlah juga PR untuk merampas Putrajaya."
Dan sudah pasti BERNAMA tercengang kerana kegagalannya untuk mengadu-domba.
Posted: 30 May 2010 05:16 AM PDT
People say that as you grow older you get a lot more grumpier. Well, I for one think it's absolutely true, especially with me! If you ask my wife, she will probably agree ... LOL!
I'm a lot grumpier these days and my patience level, even when I'm taking those sleep aid pills is not what it used to be. I get easily annoyed with a lot of things. Sometimes even the smallest and most irrelevant thing will set me off. I used to be able to have a lot of patience. It would take a heck of a lot to even get me going.
Unfortunately these days, my tolerance for things are not very strong. I get pissed off by a lot of things around me. Stupid and incompetent people are the major contributors of making my blood boil. Unfortunately though, this country happens to have a heck of a lot of these kinds of people.
In my younger days, I was a picture of calm. I could take anything and everything anyone could throw at me. Nothing people did no matter how annoying would get even an ounce of a reaction from me. I would just keep quiet and smile. Maybe that was why people bullied me quite a bit in my younger days.
I can't even recall a single incident where I lost my temper except for one when I was in standard four. I had this class mate who used to tease and bully me throughout the entire school day. Unfortunately he sat behind me in class and would always be hitting my head from behind, pushing my chair, throwing paper balls and whatnots at me. This kept on going for as long as I could remember until one fine day when I finally snapped.
I remember he threw an eraser at me from behind and I don't know what overcame me but I got up, jumped over his table and punched him silly. He was bigger than me but I think he was too stunned that I actually reacted to his taunts and it took the teacher and two other classmates to pull me away. Of course, I ended up facing the disciplinary teacher but trust me it was worth it cos he never ever again bullied me ... LOL!
Like I said, other than that one isolated incident, I hardly ever lost my temper. But now, in my not so young age, I tend to be a heck of a lot grumpier and my patience level is pretty thin. The worst thing is, it's like someone up there knows I get pissed off so easily and they purposely send morons to piss me off.
Take for instance, when I'm driving, I'll always end up following some idiot who will be driving sooooooo slowly that he/she will be causing a nice long string of cars stuck behind them. Or you get people who love double parking parking their cars behind you and won't come out no matter how long you keep honking.
Maybe as you grow older your tolerance for stupidity becomes lesser and lesser. Wifey just thinks I'm becoming a grumpy 'old' man ... hahaha ... I'm not that old honey :D But yes, I am getting a lot more grumpier these days. What do you guys think? Does becoming older make one a lot more grumpier. Oh, wait a minute, I forgot you're all still young punks! LOL!
Posted: 30 May 2010 02:55 AM PDT
The recently established GAS (Gerakan Anti-Samy Vellu) lost gas and momentum today with the poor turnout at the protest held today which was to have been held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) but was switched to the Mines after the PWTC management cancelled the original booking. Organiser V. Mugilan said that the last minute change caused confusion among potential protesters which led to the poor turnout of 300 protesters, instead of the expected fifteen thousand. Does this mean that MIC President's iron grip on his party position has been reinforced and that the current revolt against him will be put to an end?
This afternoon, Malaysiakini reported HERE that:
Besieged MIC president S Samy Vellu has dismissed S Murugessan as the party's secretary-general.
Prior to this, Samy Vellu had sacked (without holding any disciplinary hearing):
According to The Malaysian Insider, few of those present today were MIC members. Many in attendance were former MIC members now in the Makkal Sakthi and IPF movements. Earlier, the organizer Mugilan had said he would dismantle the GAS movement if the turnout was poor as it could only mean that the party wanted Samy Vellu to be president for life. The report said:
Organisers also blamed alleged attempts by their opponents to "buy" party members.All these statements made me think of a post I wrote last year called THE MAN WITH THE IRON GRIP MUST GO. I still stand by what I wrote in that article. Do read it if you have time. I do not want to repeat my ideas here.
I believe that if change is to be effected for the Indian community and the nation at large, people have to be united to get rid of dictators or despots who wield their power obsessively causing suffering and damage to their own people.
The Greek statesman and orator Demosthenes (384-322) wrote in the third century that "Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law". We can see that paradoxically, dictators often come to power on the ladder of free speech and then most outrageously use their power to silence those who do not agree with them. Does that not sound familiar?
Stalin once said that "One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic." This is the dictator's moral benchmark. We can tell who are dictators in the past and the present but measuring evil is not only a gruesome affair, but it is also very difficult. If you have time, please check out this article on HOW DICTATORS WORK.
According to Frank Warner,
One oddly common trait among dictatorships: The dictator almost never has a named successor. Most democracies have something like a vice president, to take over if the president dies. Dictators don't want their opponents to know who would succeed them. The uncertainty discourages the opposition from assassinating the dictator. The successor could be worse, or the chaos of choosing a successor too dangerous.The Star reported HERE that said he would go earlier "if there are other responsibilities (official duties)" for him. He even pointed out that he had told Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of his plan to leave politics. Amazing! He can even dictate the terms of his departure!!
In another article, The Star said:
The question that remains is, "WILL HE?"
I am saddened when I look at the political landscape of our country. We see the mouse-like MCA, Gerakan and MIC with its internal dissatisfaction, not forgetting other silent B component parties. At least there are those MIC members who had the courage to speak up and do something about their dissatisfaction instead of merely resigning themselves to 'fate' as dictated by a dictator. I also felt very sad when I read former IPF youth leader V. Veera statement about "ennui among Indians".
I believe they cannot afford to have ennui - this feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement. I hope that Malaysians will rise to the occasion and take an active part in the goings-on and effect change when the opportunity arises. We must never give up and resign ourselves to accept what we know is wrong.
At this point of time when the outlook seems bleak, we cannot succumb to feelings of hopelessness. We have to uphold free elections to change leaders and pray for justice and fairness in court. We have to exercise our democratic right of freedom of speech within limits and believe that things CAn and WILL get better. All of us have to keep up the good fight and not allow dictators to dictate the path that our nation should take.
The decision is ours - to be a passive observer or one that does something for our country that our descendants can have a place under the sun in Malaysia to grow, to contribute and to live peacefully, democratically and to enjoy the resources of our land fairly.
Posted: 29 May 2010 08:43 PM PDT
Posted: 29 May 2010 10:42 PM PDT
Posted: 29 May 2010 10:21 PM PDT
From today's TheStar:
The Government should revoke the citizenship of Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Cheras Umno division chairman Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee said. His activities could affect peace in Malaysia. Citizens who are not patriotic should not be given a place here.Thus spoke one of the most brilliant criminals among the dozens who are currently infesting the Umno sewers. You can count on this Ethiopian-Arab slave descendant who morphed into an UMNO-MALAY to be in the thick of any issue involving the racist party. After all he knows which side his bread is buttered on. It is significant that the Ministry of Finance extended for two years the contract of this a**hole to continue his tenure as The Chairman of Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd effective from 1st June 2008. So the chairmanship is up for renewal in two days time and this dog is barking at his loudest to be heard by Najib. Renewing his contract means another couple of hundred thousands in his bank account. He is also Chairman of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation which too is controlled by the Ministry of Finance and is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Tanjung Offshore Berhad (Tanjung). He also holds directorships in IIUM Holdings Sdn Bhd and C.I. Holdings Berhad.
Can you imagine the chaos which would ensue if this brainsick maniac pulled the levers of power in Malaysia? There would be literally hundreds of Malaysians who would lose their citizenship, mostly for being against Umno's corrupt and racist rule, for being fair and trustworthy, for being courageous in defending human rights and for being overachieving, successful non-Malays.
Apart from the usual 'unpatriotic' opposition leaders like Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Tok Guru and Zaid Ibrahim the list will also include flavor of the month pro-government supporters like Samy Vellu and his son.
Among the first to go will be that 'traitor to the Malay race', High Court (Appellate and Special Powers Division) judge Datuk Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim who ruled that Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is the rightful menteri besar of Perak.
High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan's controversial 'Allah' ruling will guarantee her a place in the top ten hate list.
Another Malay 'traitor' is National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) Chairman Senator Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz for espousing the New Economic Model (NEM), betraying the 'social contract' and having 'forgotten' his roots.
Squash player Nicol David may be stripped of her citizenship for not knowing her place as a woman. Going around the world and winning titles while wearing revealing skirts may be a little too much for the likes of Alhabshee. A woman's place is at home!
Malaysian Idol Jaclyn Victor is another candidate who our lunkhead has never forgiven especially since she bested a genuine Malay darling - Faradina Mohd. Nadzir (Dina)- in the Idol finals.
However Alex Yoong, race car driver would narrowly escape the net because of his less than spectacular F1 performance. If only he had climbed up the podium even once he would have lost his citizenship.
Marina Mahathir would be right on the top of his list but the very thought of the Tun's ire will send shivers up and down his spine and he'll quickly bury the thought, lest any rash act buries him.
Lee Chong Wei would be booted out. How dare he 'deprive' a Malay juara of his rightful place as champion and agree to a datukship as well!
Jimmy Choo and Michelle Yeoh will be on the hit list for spending too much time overseas (and for being highly successful).
Of course this list can run into thousands of pages. If you'd like to suggest some names, please do in the comments section.
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