Tuesday, June 22, 2010

hoo-haa on the penang second bridge

hoo-haa on the penang second bridge


hoo-haa on the penang second bridge

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 11:02 AM PDT

see what i told you! i said we don't need the penang second bridge. the penang govt. had insisted on it. at one time, i remember the penang CM's lim guan eng, had hastened the federal govt. to quick complete the second bridge.  last week, the PM had confirmed that the bridge toll would be RM9.40… and viola! up jumped the PR govt!  oh well, ok, the public also jumped up but of course the same public who insisted on the second bridge too. they want the bridge but they are not willing to pay so much.  well understandably, RM9.40 can be quite a burden, esp. if one travel daily to and fro to work but then what do you expect? you know lah how the umno controlled govt (federal) work – it is expected.  in fact as early as 2008, it was already planned that the toll will be RM9.40.

in march 2008, YB sim tze tzin from PKR  (my adun!) had revealed the letter from UEM (the contractor of the bridge) which had stated, among other things, the toll rate of RM9.40.  two days ago, PKR gave a press statement, saying (among other things), that YB sim's revelation of the letter  had been proven right – that the toll will be RM9.40.   well, of course it should be. the letter already stated so obviously the toll rate will be RM9.40.

so why all the fuss now? well in one way i'm asking that is because i would like to say 'padan muka' to those who clamored for the second bridge… but hold your horses!… don't shoot me, ok. in another way, ok i do understand all the fuss made by PKR and the public. well it's the same old tune anyway…. no open tender, subsidized cronies companies getting the contract and so on. well these are all the same reasons i listed down on why we don't need the second bridge in the first place! before anything get started, they (penang state govt) should push for answers to all this… not now but i guess it's better late than never eh?

ok please click on 'read more' to read the press statement by PKR.   as for the UEM letters (original scanned) i will put them up tomorrow as it's too late to post them up now (past 0200 hrs!).

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Press Statement from Parti Keadilan on Penang Second Bridge


22 June 2010

In March, 2008, YB Sim Tze Tzin revealed a letter written by UEM Managing Director Dato Ahmad Pardas Senin to Director of Economic Planning Unit of Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob. The letter dated August 2007, titled "Projek Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang – Analisa Kewangan" was sent to Parti Keadilan Rakyat by a whistle-blower.

There were several main points in the letter.

-        Concession period 45 years.

-        UEM requested the Government to provide Soft Loan (GSL) at 4%.

-        UEM asked as high as RM22,872 million government assistance from the Government including Investment Tax Allowance (ITA), Government Grant, JBIC Loan and Soft Loan.

-        Construction price was RM4,068 million.

-        Projected Toll charges would amount to RM7,065 million

-        Penang 2nd Bridge's Beginning Toll rate to be RM9.40 (Class 2) with 2% every year till end of concession 2051, to be reviewed every 5 years.

-        Penang First Bridge to be adjusted together with Second Bridge to RM9.40, and eventually reached maximum toll rate of RM11.50 and continue till 2051. (In fact concession ends in 2018, why till 2051?)

-        No more 20% discount for Touch & Go cards.

Former Chief Minister denied Sim's statement at that time. With recent developments, Sim's revelations have proven to be true. Recently, first came the controversial cancellation of Touch & Go discounts. Under immense public pressure, the Gov flip-flop and announced that non-Penangites will no longer enjoy the discount. Last week, Prime Minister has confirmed that Penang Second Bridge Toll will be RM9.40, consistent with Sim's revelation. Now, we are worried that the Government will just go along with whatever proposal the UEM in this letter.

Something is not right with Penang Second Bridge Project. At a time where federal minister warned that the country would go bankrupt, huge amount of money has gone to subsidized crony companies (please refer Government Assistance section). Federal Government gave Penangites various construction costs, the construction cost keeps escalating although material prices have come down significantly, the toll rates jump 34% from RM7 to RM9.40. The terms and conditions of the contract are shrouded with secrecy. All these have to stop. Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat demands accountability from the Federal Government.

Penangites have been short-changed for the first time when the Government proposed and selected the current alignment and design without consultation with the Rakyat. Then, the government again direct negotiated with UEM without open tender.

We believe open tender will bring the best deals for Penangites. Competitive bidding will bring the cost down significantly. Competition will also bring in the best expertise and technology to construct the bridge. Competition will benefit the Rakyat. Unfortunately, with the current Barisan Nasional usual practice, their crony companies "didahulukan".

We need to put a stop to all these corrupt practices. Today, we are revealing the document that we got in 2008. This letter has not been disclosed to public before. It is an old document, we believe there will be more recent development. Under BN administration that has never practice transparency, this is the only financial analysis we have had. In the name of transparency, the rakyat has the rights to know.

Therefore, Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat call upon the Prime Minister to de-classified the Penang Second Bridge Toll contract between The Government of Malaysia with UEM.  Penangites have the rights to know what is in for them. They are the people who will use it everyday. They are the people who pay for it for the next 40 years.

Failure to do so, Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat will intensify our campaign to halt the Toll Hike. We will mobilize the Rakyat to tell the Prime Minister, we don't want toll hike. We want Competitive, Accountability and Transparency in Second Penang Bridge Project.

YB Sim Tze Tzin

Ketua Biro Komunikasi Parti Keadilan Rakyat Pulau Pinang

ADUN Pantai Jerejak.

YB Yusmadi

Member of Parliament Balik Pula



Super GT Malaysia 2010 race queens

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 10:30 AM PDT

Japanese auto racing series Super GT is in Malaysia again. I've been to the 2008 and 2009 event at the Sepang Race Circuit, but decided to pass this year. Sharing a few Japanese race queens pics by Demon instead; sexy stuff…

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Super GT Malaysia 2010 race queens from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Melayu Singapura tak kowtow! Majulah Singapura! Yay

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 10:32 AM PDT

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REACTION TO MAHATHIR'S REMARKS

In Singapore, we don't kowtow


I READ with concern Tuesday's report, 'Malaysian Malays might kowtow to others if...', in which former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad claims that even though Malay Singaporeans enjoy the benefits of a more developed country, they have to 'terbongkok-bongkok' (kowtow) to others.
Tun Dr Mahathir could have been more sensitive towards the feelings of Singapore Malays.
As a Malay Singaporean living and working peacefully with fellow Singaporeans of all races, I cannot agree with what he said.
Singapore's leaders worked hard for many years to achieve racial harmony, tolerance and understanding among Singaporeans. Today, we live and work together as one family; and we have reaped the rewards of being one of the safest and most developed nations in the world.
While Dr Mahathir's opinion on Malay Singaporeans enjoying the benefits of a developed country is spot-on, we have never kowtowed to others. Singaporeans of all races, including Malays, engage in healthy debate and discussions with our Government. The decisions made by the Government, after hearing feedback from its people, are respected as we trust it is in the best interests of all Singaporeans.
Through community support and hard work, Malay students in Singapore have bettered their results in various national examinations. Such achievements are celebrated by all Singaporeans.
With better education, Malay Singaporeans have achieved a better lifestyle for their families compared with a large percentage of Malays in Malaysia. We worked hard to be where we are today and in no way kowtow to anyone to gain success. Meritocracy remains the benchmark of our society. While this works in Singapore, it may not work in Malaysia.
Having many relatives, friends and business associates of all races in Malaysia requires me to travel frequently across the Causeway. Over the years, I have seen and learnt that for the minority to succeed in Malaysia, they need to kowtow to others.
The irony is that many ordinary Malaysian Malays who have no connections, or fail to share their potential success with the 'right' people, will never have it easy to succeed. Perhaps, favouritism, cronyism and bribery are problems Dr Mahathir may want to address in his country.
As for me, a Malay Singaporean, I would like to say thank you to my Singapore leaders. You have made Singapore the best place to live peacefully in for me and my family.
Mustaffa Othman

'Like others, Malay Singaporeans work hard for the benefits in a meritocratic system.'
MR AHMAD ABU BAKAR: 'I strongly object to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks. Like others, Malay Singaporeans work hard for the benefits in a meritocratic system. They are not born with a crutch of ethnic rights, quotas and 'unfair' opportunities. When Singapore Malays graduate from universities as doctors, engineers and scientists, they can hold their heads as high as the others, because they have done so by their own hard work and merit.'
'The Malays in Singapore stand shoulder to shoulder with other Singaporeans.'
MR NIAZ MOHAMED: 'The prosperity of Singapore is proof enough of its internal stability achieved through excellent inter-racial and inter-religious harmony. A non-Muslim can visit any mosque in Singapore where he will not only be welcomed with hospitality, but also given a guided tour. Similarly, any person may visit any house of worship if he is modestly attired and receive the same hospitality. The Malays in Singapore have made great strides in all areas and stand shoulder to shoulder with other Singaporeans.'
'Singaporeans of all ethnic backgrounds have come a long way since 1965.'
MR JEFFREY LAW: 'Most people will dismiss Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks as merely political rhetoric. Singaporeans of all ethnic backgrounds have come a long way since 1965, having embraced the system of meritocracy in all aspects: education, employment and social standing. Most important, our ability to be a developed country within such a short time is due to the concerted effort and sacrifices of all Singaporeans - Chinese, Malays, Indians and others.'



Found A Beach Near Queensbay

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 10:08 AM PDT

IMG_4563 by nicholaschan.

We as in Wei Jun, Sumay and me were going back home already from Queensbay, but decided to take a longer route to go home and accidentally, I found a beach near Queensbay. The shore is not very long, there's still little bit of sand, with Penang Bridge view, it's pretty cool. So I decided to go down and take a walk, for fun!

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It was 7pm, the sky was getting dark already and the weather was warm! So we didn't stay long at there.

IMG_4572 by nicholaschan.

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2010-06-17 Queensbay Red Box Ananda by nicholaschan

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IMG_4595 by nicholaschan.

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IMG_4596 by nicholaschan.

Shoot shoot, be crazy, then we went home and I jammed in the traffic for almost one hour! Now I only know Penang also can be so jam, the jammed place was Bayan Lepas area.

 


Sime Darby=Renong II? (MEB Bakal Ulangi Kegagalan Zaman Mahathir)

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 02:23 AM PDT

Dari Merdeka Review
Oleh Neo Chee Hua

Di Malaysia, kos melebihi anggaran adalah sesuatu yang lumrah, terutamanya projek-projek besar yang melibatkan kerajaan. Kontraktor tempatan, terutamanya GLC (syarikat milik kerajaan) sering berdepan dengan keadaan kos berlebihan.

Namun demikian, mungkin Sime Darby telah biasa berurusan dengan kerajaan yang sanggup menanggung kos berlebihan, sehingga terlupa bahawa pelanggan-pelanggan asingnya bukan kerajaan Malaysia. Mereka tidak akan membiayai kos berlebihan ini. Akhirnya, Sime Darby terpaksa menanggung kos berlebihan itu sendiri.

Sime Darby yang mengalami kerugian ini menaruh harapan agar kerajaan akan menanggung kos berlebihan dalam projek Empangan Bakun, supaya tekanan kewangannya akan diringankan. Akhbar The Edge melaporkan bahawa Sime Darby, kontraktor utama projek Empangan Bakun pernah meminta kerajaan membiayai kos berlebihan sebanyak RM700 juta, malah meminta kerajaan supaya mengecualikan segala kerugian yang perlu ditanggung oleh syarikat tersebut.

Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd di bawah Kementerian Kewangan merupakan pemilik Empangan Bakun. Disebabkan penangguhan projek, Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd berhak meminta ganti rugi dari pihak kontraktor, iaitu Sime Darby yang berjumlah 20% daripada kos modal asal. Selain itu, menurut perjanjian, Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd juga berhak meminta Sime Darby membiayai pampasan untuk bahagian elektronik dan kejenteraan.

Sejarah berulang

Jikalau diimbas kembali sejarah Malaysia, Sime Darby bukanlah kes pertama. Penswastaan (privatisation) dan pensyarikatan Malaysia (Malaysia Incorporated) yang disarankan oleh bekas Perdana Menteri Mahathir Mohamad telah melahirkan banyak syarikat atau badan korporat milik kerajaan.

Namun, kebanyakan syarikat ini bukan sahaja tidak berupaya untuk mencapai matlamat asal (termasuk meringgankan beban kerajaan, "menguruskan" sektor awam, meningkatkan efisiensi dan daya saing, meningkatkan kedudukan ekonomi bumiputera dan sebagainya), sebaliknya mengundang kerugian yang besar. Kerajaan terpaksa menyelamatkan (Bailout) syarikat milik kerajaan yang "terlalu besar untuk runtuh" atau "sebagai lambang kekuatan ekonomi kaum bumiputera".

Antaranya, Renong Berhad yang ditimpa krisis pada ketika kemelut Kewangan Asia 1997/98 merupakan satu pengajaran yang baik. Jika dibuat perbandingan, kita akan mendapati banyak persamaan antara Sime Darby dengan Renong Berhad.

Renong Berhad merupakan sayap pelaburan UMNO pada zaman Mahathir, dan merupakan badan korporat yang paling berpengaruh di Malaysia. Perusahaannya merentasi pelbagai bidang, termasuk infrastruktur asas, petroleum dan gas asli, perhotelan, pembankan, hartanah, kesihatan, pengangkutan awam, telekomunikasi, media dan sebagainya. Syarikat GLC yang dikawal secara langsung atau tidak langsung termasuklah UEM Group Berhad (UEM, 37.1%), Bumiputra-Commerce Group (sekarang dikenali sebagai CIMB, 18.3%), Faber Group Berhad (Faber, 60%), Time Engineering Berhad (Time Eng, 46.8%), Park May (50.1%), PLUS, PUTRA LRT, CIMA dan lain-lain lagi.

Namun, Krisis Kewangan Asia dengan mudah memusnahkan Renong Berhad, mendedahkan faktor-faktor kegagalan badan korporat yang berkelihatan kukuh di luar tetapi sebenarnya rapuh di dalam – kerenah birokrasi, struktur operasi yang kurang telus, dan campur tangan parti politik. Kesemua ini menyebabkan penyelewengan dalam pentadbiran, kronisme, rasuah yang semakin berleluasa.

Lebih-lebih lagi, bank-bank berkaitan kerajaan menawarkan pinjaman kewangan berfaedah rendah tanpa batasan, menjurus kepada masalah moral, dan seterusnya menjadikan badan korporat besar itu sering berhutang untuk memperluaskan projek-projek yang kurang praktikal (kebanyakannya berorientasikan politik dan bukan keuntungan). Akhirnya, Renong Berhad terjerat ke dalam krisis muflis lantaran daripada kemelut ekonomi dan penyekatan dalam pinjaman bank.

RM20 bilion untuk selamatkan Renong Berhad

Laporan penyelidikan terhadap kes Renong Berhad dan anak syarikatnya, UEM yang dijalankan oleh Bank Pembangunan Asia (Asian Development Bank) menunjukkan bahawa Renong Berhad dan UEM sebelum rombakan telah menanggung hutang sebanyak RM20 bilion, dianggarkan mencakupi 5% daripada pinjaman dalam sistem pembankan Malaysia. Hutang yang besar ini dipinjam dari bank-bank pelaburan asing dan pemiutang asing.

Akhirnya, kerajaan Mahathir (gambar kiri) telah menubuhkan Jawatankuasa Penstrukturan Semula Hutang Korporat (Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee) menerusi Bank Negara untuk menyelamatkan kedua-dua badan korporat yang hampir bankrap. Tindakan yang diambil termasuk memberikan khidmat nasihat kepada pemiutang kedua-dua badan korporat ini dalam penyelesaian hutang, untuk mengelakkan aset badan-badan korporat tersebut dijual dengan harga yang rendah, dan memberi impak yang besar kepada sistem pembankan.

Antaranya, hutang dengan jaminan dan tanpa jaminan yang ditanggung Renong Berhad dalam penyelesaian ini masing-masing mencatat RM2.545 bilion dan RM3.16 bilion. UEM pula mencatat RM2.962 bilion dan RM179 juta masing-masing. Jumlah hutang keseluruhan kedua-dua syarikat ini adalah RM8.846 bilion.

Dalam penyelesaian hutang ini, kerajaan Mahathir telah menggadaikan syarikat konsesi lebuhraya yang paling bernilai, iaitu PLUS Expressways Berhad. Menerusi jualan bon, PLUS memperolehi modal untuk menanggung 50% daripada hutang pemiutang. 50% hutang yang lain dijelaskan secara tunai. Antaranya, Renong Berhad memperolehi RM5.4 bilion daripada PLUS, dan PLUS juga meminjamkan tunai sebanyak RM2.96 bilion untuk membantu UEM menjelaskan hutangnya (kecuali hutang tanpa jaminan yang bernilai RM179 juta).

Rancangan penstrukturan semula hutang Renong Berhad sebanyak RM13 bilion ini berjalan perlahan, maka kerajaan akhirnya mengambil alih UEM menerusi Khazanah Nasional, sayap pelaburannya dengan RM3.8 bilion. Dengan ini, kerajaan dapat mengawal Renong Berhad dan menyelesaikan krisis hutang badan korporat ini dengan lebih pantas.

"Selamatkan GLC" berulang

Selain daripada Renong Berhad, kerajaan Malaysia juga berusaha untuk menyelamatkan syarikat GLC dalam rantaian industri otomobil dan jaringan bekalan tenaga. Usaha ini menyebabkan kerajaan terpaksa menanggung beban yang besar. Antaranya, tekad kerajaan Mahathir untuk membina rangkaian industri otomobil (pembekal aksesori otomotif) menerusi promosi kereta Proton pada tahun 1985, seterusnya melahirkan usahawan dan kelas pertengahan bumiputera.

Namun demikian, untuk menyokong and menyelamatkan industri otomobil Proton, kerajaan telah menggunakan dana Petronas sebanyak RM1 billion pada tahun 2000 untuk mengambi alih Proton yang mengalami kerugian besar, di samping meluluskan dasar perlindungan jangka masa panjang (termasuk subsidi dan cukai import).

Perlindungan terhadap Proton menyebabkan kerajaan terpaksa menanggung kerugian yang besar (termasuk bayaran ganti rugi berikutan kelewatan untuk membuka pasaran otomobil dalam negara di bawah Perjanjian Kawasan Perdagangan Bebas ASEAN). Namun demikian, jualan kereta Proton semakin merosot, menyebabkan ramai pembekal dan penghasil aksesori otomotif yang bergantung kepada Proton terpaksa mencari jalan baru dengan mengalih perusahaan mereka ke sektor lain.

Selain itu, kerajaan Mahathir berusaha membentuk satu rangkaian pembekalan tenaga menerusi penswastaan Tenaga Nasional dan Independent Power Producer (IPP). Namun demikian, beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini, pembiayaan subsidi tenaga melalui Petronas kepada Tenaga Nasional, dan perjanjian konsesi yang tidak rasional untuk menjamin keuntungan Tenaga Nasional dan IPP telah menyebabkan penjanaan tenaga elektrik yang berlebihan sebanyak 40%.

Setelah menyaksikan kegagalan GLC yang "besar itu indah", dari Renong Berhad, Proton, Tenaga Nasional sehinggalah Sime Darby, Perdana Menteri Najib Abdul Razak tetap ghairah dengan "besar itu indah", membentuk syarikat-syarikat besar tersenarai untuk menarik pelaburan asing. Beliau telah mengabaikan faktor-faktor kegagalan syarikat GLC. Isu Sime Darby hanyalah detik permulaan, rancangan penswastaan dan pensyarikatan Malaysia yang dijalankan di bawah Model Ekonomi Baru (MEB) kerajaan Najib bakal mengulangi jejak kegagalan kerajaan Mahathir.


Aku Di Takdirkan Menyayangimu

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Tian Chua to appeal biting sentence

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Singapore land swap to be finalised in 3 months

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"Beli Wakil Rakyat": Senjata yang Bakal Makan Tuan (Inshaalah)

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 08:59 PM PDT

Berita terbaru adalah ura-ura Satim Diman telah menghilangkan diri dan mahu meletak jawatan sebagai ADUN Seri Serdang. Satu masa dahulu, ADUN2 pro Derih Jusoh mengugut untuk melompat dan sekaligus menjatuhkan Kerajaan UMNO di Terengganu.

Selepas itu ADUN Titi Tinggi buat kerenah. Lepas tu kita dengar ADUN2 UMNO di Perak pula mahu melompat. Lepas tu kita dengar lagi, ada ADUN UMNO di Kedah pula yang mahu melompat.

Bagi saya, motif wakil2 rakyat UMNO ini, tidak lain dan tidak bukan semata-mata mahu mencari "wang besar dan mudah".


ADUN2 dan MP2 UMNO ini lebih maklum berapa jumlah sebenar yang dibelanjakan Najib dan UMNO melalui agen2 mereka seperti Ezam Soros, Zul Nordin Al Kazzab, Zahrain Main Pasir dsbnya di dalam membeli pemimpin dan wakil-wakil rakyat PKR.

Mereka juga maklum, RM25 juta dibelanjakan untuk membeli si Hee, Timbalan Speaker Perak. Mereka juga maklum jumlah yang dibayar pada KAshvinder adalah dalam lingkungan RM20juta. Itu tak termasuk jumlah2 yang dibayar kepada katak2 yang lain, juga jumlahnya berjuta-juta.

Pada waktu yang sama, wakil2 rakyat UMNO dan pemimpin2 Bahagian dibiarkan kekeringan. Terutamanya di negeri2 yang diperintah Pakatan Rakyat, kebanyakan pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO terpaksa "berpekin-pekin" untuk menjalankan aktiviti kerana tiadanya sumber dana dari Kerajaan2 Negeri.

Yang menjadikan keadaan lebih rumit dan meruncing adalah apabila ADUN2 UMNO/BN terpaksa mendahulukan duit mereka untuk aktiviti2 parti dan DUN mereka.
Pada waktu yang sama, mereka melihat katak-kata PKR dan DAP diberikan wang berjuta-juta ringgit dengan sebegitu mudah. Dan mereka pula semakin miskin kerana terpaksa menanggung kos aktiviti parti mereka.

Maka, jalan yang paling mudah untuk meraih wang berjuta-juta adalah menggugut Najib dan UMNO untuk melompat parti. Apabila berlaku ugutan sebegini, maka Najib dan UMNO terpaksa mengeluarkan wang yang berkoyan-koyan demi menghalan mereka2 ini melompat ke partai lain.

Bayangkan, kalau semua wakil-wakil rakyat serta pemimpin2 Bahagian membuat ugutan seperti itu. Nescaya, dengan Vincent Tan sekali akan jatuh bangkrup. Judi Bola macamana besar pun, pasti bangkrap.

Mari lah kita berdoa supaya Allah SWT menghancurkan UMNO dengan menjadilkan senjata UMNO ini makan tuannya kembali. (Macam keris Tamingsari). Jangan lupa untuk terus berdoa, taktik UMNO ini akan digagalkan oleh Allah SWT dan mengakibatkan UMNO berpecah belah.

AMINNNN Ya Rabbal Alaminnn.

Tulang Besi


I Will Not Miss Pudu Jail

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 09:24 PM PDT

Contoh tinggalan Berlin Wall

Memacam jenis orang nostalgia dengan peruntuhan pudu Jail. Macam ada kenangan indah disana. Selama neh hari-hari lalu pandang pun tak berapa kan?

Kalau manusia semua sibuk dengan nostalgia masa lalu, rasanya dunia masih tidak berubah dari zaman tinggal dalam gua batu. 

Muziam berlambak di Malaysia neh hidup segan mati tak mahu. Bukankah muzium itu tempat melihat barang-barang sejarah? Boleh dilihat berapa ramai yang berminat. Jadi kenapa tiba-tiba apabila Pudu Jail dirobohkan ramai yang sedih-sedih pilu macam ada kenangan menetap kat dalam tu? :)

Mungkin pernyataan aku kontroversi tapi hakikatnya, aku tak kisah pasal nak runtuhkan Pudu Jail yang berdiri lebih seabad itu. Kalau sesuatu yang tiada nilai komersial dibiarkan, lama-lama tumbang juga. Kalau lah dipreserve pun, agak-agak mendatangkan hasil sebanyak kawasan komersial tak?

Cuma yang terkilan, sepatutnya preserve lah satu mercu tanda. Menandakan disitu pernah wujud satu sejarah besar. Kita tidak mungkin boleh menentang pembangunan, tapi sejarah boleh adapt dengan pembangunan. 

Tembok Berlin contohnya, masih ada sisa yang ditinggalkan. Untuk generasi muda mengetahui dan lihat dimana iya berada. Kata arkitek bijak pandai, takkan nak tinggalkan sedikit kesan penjara pudu pun, takleh fikir how to? Erm.. 

PS: Nak pergi kutip sikit dinding penjara lah. :)



Rebahnya Sebuah Penjara Tua.. Gambar-Gambar

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 09:27 PM PDT

Pedestrians walk past the main entrance of the historical Pudu Jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

Pedestrians walk past the main entrance of the historical Pudu Jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A boy looks at the paintings on the 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail, that will be torn down to make way for road expansion, in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A visitor looks through the abandoned prison cells of historical Pudu Jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A visitor looks through the abandoned prison cells of historical Pudu Jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A visitor walks in front of the half demolished abandoned prison cells of historical Pudu Jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A visitor walks in front of the half demolished abandoned prison cells of historical Pudu Jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

Passer-by walk next to wall of historic Pudu Prison in downtown Kuala Lumpur, on Monday June 21, 2010. The 394-meter-long wall of Pudu Prison fronting will be demolished after having served its purpose for the past 100 years.

People take pictures of the wall of Malaysia's Pudu Jail in Kuala Lumpur June 21, 2010. A part of the surrounding wall of the 115-year-old Pudu Jail began its demolition late Monday to make way for road widening and construction of an underpass. The Victorian-era jail was built in 1895 and officially closed in 1996.

The 394-meter-long wall of Pudu Prison which is being demolished in downtown Kuala Lumpur, on Monday June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

People walk along the perimeter of the wall of Malaysia's Pudu Jail in Kuala Lumpur June 21, 2010. A part of the surrounding wall of the 115-year-old Pudu Jail began its demolition late Monday to make way for road widening and construction of an underpass. The Victorian-era jail was built in 1895 and officially closed in 1996.

A worker uses an excavator to tear down the wall of Malaysia's Pudu Jail in Kuala Lumpur June 21, 2010. A part of the 115-year-old Pudu Jail's surrounding wall began to be demolished late Monday to make way for road widening and the construction of an underpass. The Victorian-era prison was built in 1895 and was closed in 1996 before it was turned into a jail museum and was shut in 2005.

A worker uses an excavator to tear down the wall of Malaysia's Pudu Jail in Kuala Lumpur June 21, 2010. A part of the 115-year-old Pudu Jail's surrounding wall began to be demolished late Monday to make way for road widening and the construction of an underpass. The Victorian-era prison was built in 1895 and was closed in 1996 before it was turned into a jail museum and was shut in 2005.

Workers demolish part of the 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail for road expansion in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

Workers demolish part of the 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail for road expansion in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A worker tries to keep photographers away the from the debris while demolishing part of the 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail for road expansion in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A boy takes away bricks from the debris of part of the demolished 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A boy takes away bricks from the debris of part of the demolished 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

Malaysian stand on a demolished wall of Pudu Prison in downtown Kuala Lumpur, on Monday June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

Malaysian stand on a demolished wall of Pudu Prison in downtown Kuala Lumpur, on Monday June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

A worker tries to keep photographers away the from the debris while demolishing part of the 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail for road expansion in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

Workers wait to clear visitors and media while demolishing part of the 394-metre (431-yard) wall surrounding the Victorian-era jail for road expansion in down town Kuala Lumpur on June 21, 2010. A controversial plan to tear down part of a 115-year-old jail for commercial development in the Malaysian capital has drawn fierce criticism from heritage enthusiasts. During World War II Japanese occupation forces used the jail to hold Allied prisoners-of-war, many of whom were tortured and executed there.

Rebahnya Sebuah Penjara Tua

MALAM tanggal 21 Jun 2010 menyaksikan satu-persatu serpihan batu-bata dari tembok Penjara Pudu sepanjang 394 meter berusia 100 tahun itu rebah, lalu menyembah bumi.

Saat dinding merekah, disusuli adegan jentolak 'menggigit' tembok batu yang sebenarnya masih kukuh itu sehingga pecah, hampir 1,000 warga kota secara bersilih-ganti sudi meluangkan masa mereka melawat penjara tua itu bagi menyaksikan detik penuh bersejarah lagi dramatis itu.

Sebahagian daripada tembok Penjara Pudu yang telah dirobohkan. Foto AZMAN GHANI

Rata-rata yang berkunjung ke situ mahu melihat detik-detik tembok penjara itu ditumbangkan walaupun Penjara Pudu selama ini dilihat dengan pandangan kosong, bagai tidak memberi makna apa.

Malah ada juga yang menganggapnya sebagai tinggalan sejarah yang 'menyemak', mencemar keindahan kota dan cuma mampu menyumbang kepada kesesakan lalu lintas.

Seawal pukul 8 malam, kelihatan orang ramai mula berkumpul di sekitar Penjara Pudu, terutama di gerbang utamanya.

Bagai menjadi perkara wajib, setiap seorang yang berada di situ sama ada secara sengaja atau tidak sengaja, pasti akan mengeluarkan sekurang-kurangnya telefon bimbit mereka untuk merakamkan gambar mereka di Penjara Pudu yang akan lenyap dari pandangan tidak lama lagi.

Pendek kata, Penjara Pudu yang selama ini sepi dan terpinggir, sekelip mata mempunyai ribuan peminat. Tidak keterlaluan juga dikatakan malam robohnya Penjara Pudu umpama pesta bagi sesetengah warga kota.

Tepat pukul 10 malam, dua jentolak yang dibawa khas oleh kontraktor yang telah dilantik oleh Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) dengan gagahnya telah memecahkan tembok yang terbina daripada susunan batu-bata dan simen yang dibawa masuk dari negara Britain pada tahun 1891 dulu.

Ada yang bersorak 'hooray', tak kurang juga yang diam seribu bahasa, pilu melihat penjara yang tidak bersalah itu dirobohkan.

Ternyata, memang mudah untuk menumbangkan tembok penjara yang teguh itu. Dalam masa lebih kurang satu jam, hampir 30 peratus tembok usang itu tiba-tiba menjadi serpihan batu-batu halus.

Jika 'harimau mati meninggalkan belang', 'manusia mati meninggalkan nama', Penjara Pudu yang berkeluasan 10 hektar dan dibiarkan sepi selama 14 tahun dulu meninggalkan apa pula untuk kita?

Kita mungkin boleh berbangga dengan rekod mural terpanjang di dunia yang diabadikan di sepanjang tembok bekas tempat himpunan segala macam penjenayah itu, namun amat tidak wajar jika penjara yang terletak di tengah kota Kuala Lumpur terus dibiar bersemadi di situ tanpa dipelihara.

Zaman yang berubah, pembangunan pesat serta tuntutan masyarakat yang berterusan mendambakan kesenangan dan keselesaan pabila mereka berada di tengah-tengah kota, khususnya semasa meluncuri jalan raya membuktikan ada juga relevannya tindakan menumbangkan penjara yang menyimpan 1001 kisah dan sejarah ini.

Bagi pencinta seni dan warisan misalnya, tindakan merobohkan penjara ini mungkin dilihat tidak wajar sama sekali.

Hj Piroz Ahmad, 60, ketika ditemui menyatakan kesedihannya bila mana dia melihat jentolak membaham tembok Penjara Pudu tanpa rasa belas kasihan.

Dia yang juga pengusaha pasar mini sanggup menutup kedainya lebih awal dan menaiki LRT semata-mata mahu menyaksikan detik bersejarah ini.

"Saya sedih, tapi saya tiada kuasa untuk menghalang. Bagi saya, kita perlu berbangga dengan tinggalan sejarah yang ada di negara kita," katanya.

Menurut Hj Piroz, kerana terlalu cintakan seni, dia sudah pun bergambar di hadapan Penjara Pudu 12 tahun lalu. Ketika itu kerajaan cuma berura-ura untuk merobohkannya.

Sebagai kenang-kenangan, dia telah mengambil dan membawa pulang serpihan mural dan bata yang pecah.

Hj Piroz Ahmad, 60, membawa pulang serpihan batu-bata tembok Penjara Pudu yang dirobohkan sebagai kenang-kenangan.

"Saya ambil ini tak bermaksud apa-apa. Saya cuma mahu simpan dan tunjukkan kepada anak-cucu saya bahawa inilah serpihan batu daripada tembok Penjara Pudu yang satu masa dulu gah di negara kita," katanya.

Penjara Pudu kini tinggal memori. Segala apa yang tinggal hanyalah baktinya. Bakti apabila tempat ini pernah menerima dan mengizinkan beribu-ribu penjenayah menghuni di dalamnya.Mstar



SELAMAT TINGGAL PENJARA PUDU

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 10:10 PM PDT

Kini tinggal kenangan..

Walaupun bukan tapak warisan..penjara pudu nyata mencatat sejarah tersendiri sebagai salah satu mercu tanda penting ibu negara...

Setelah lebih seabad..Tembok dengan mural terpanjang di dunia itu akhirnya diroboh..

Tepat jam 10 malam tadi, ribuan warga kota dan pelancong asing menjadi saksi kepada detik bersejarah proses perobohan tembok itu...

Kawasan itu akan berubah wajah dan akan dibangunkan menjadi pusat komersial dan perumahan.

Perkarangan Penjara Pudu, di Jalan hang Tuah dibanjiri orang ramai bagi melihat buat kali terakhir lukisan dinding atau mural terpanjang di dunia itu, dirobohkan bagi memberi laluan kerja-kerja pelebaran jalan dan laluan bawah tanah.

Sebahagian tembok Penjara Pudu didirikan pada 1891...dengan ketinggian 4.5 meter sepanjang 394 meter.

Proses meroboh tembok berjalan lancar. Orang ramai tidak melepaskan peluang bergambar, malah sebahagian mereka membawa pulang batu bekas runtuhan tembok mural itu.

Pelbagai cerita warisan tersendiri mewarnai sejarah Penjara Pudu.

Antaranya ialah kejadian penawanan 2 orang awam oleh banduan, diketuai Jimmy Chuah pada 1985 ekoran kesesakan 6,550 banduan dalam penjara.

Penjara Pudu ditutup pada 1996 dan digantikan dengan Penjara Sungai Buloh, Selangor setelah 100 tahun beroperasi.

Ikuti kisah menarik dalam Berita Nasional RTM jam 8 malam ini.


Srikandi Berjalan Ke Depan, Muslimat PAS Berjalan Ke Belakang

Posted: 21 Jun 2010 10:17 PM PDT

Srikandi PKR 'tawan' universiti

Srikandi PKR semakin melebar sayap dalam meraih sokongan pengundi muda khususnya golongan mahasiswa institusi pengajian tinggi di Malaysia.

Bercakap kepada TV Selangor, Ketua Srikandi PKR, Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail berkata kerancakan kempen Srikandi mendorong mereka menembusi 40 peratus IPT termasuk Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UiTM).

Lebih manis lagi, kejayaan ini datang ketika pergerakan Puteri Umno dilanda bibit-bibit perpecahan walaupun ia cuba diselindung ketuanya, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.

Rosnah dipercayai terpaksa membuat kenyataan media kononnya tiada masalah kepimpinan melanda Puteri Umno berikutan desas desus mengenai kegagalan pergerakan itu menggamit sokongan pengundi muda, bukan rahsia lagi.

"Sebenarnya Puteri Umno sedang mengalami permasalahan yang ketara. Kita lihat di peringkat negeri pun, pengaruh mereka semakin menurun akibat sikap pemimpin mereka yang mengamalkan standard tertentu." katanya.

Siti Aishah menyifatkan kebanyakan pemimpin dan ahli Puteri Umno yang mengejar populariti dan menonjolkan imej elitis di kalangan rakyat marhaen.

Ini menyebabkan Puteri Umno tidak popular di kalangan rakyat dan kini, tidak lagi kedengaran program melibatkan mereka.

"Punca utama kelemahan mereka ialah kerana mereka dilihat sebagai satu golongan elit yang hanya mengejar populariti - itu yang menyebabkan mereka gagal mendampingi pengundi muda.

"Kita melihat Puteri Umno hampir 100 peratus mendiamkan diri dan tidak pun memberikan pandangan atau idea-idea yang bernas bagi membantu golongan generasi muda," katanya.

Sebaliknya, Srikandi PKR bersungguh-sungguh menawan hati rakyat hingga mampu menambat keyakinan pengundi muda, lebih-lebih lagi golongan terpelajar.

"Kita berjaya menembusi hampir 40 peratus universiti di Malaysia termasuk UiTM dan UIA. Bukan bergantung kepada mahasiswa mencari kita di luar tetapi kita sudah mampu masuk sendiri melalui gerakan yang kita bina," katanya. -mk

Ulasan GB

Tahniah Srikandi.

Apa khabar Muslimat PAS? Penubuhan Muslimat Muda yang disyorkan oleh Mursyidul Am PAS, TGNA ditolak sebulat suara oleh Dewan Muslimat. Kini muslimat PAS terpinggir di ipt.

Hal ini bertepatan dengan ulasan GB sebelum ini di SINI. Petikan:

Dewan Muslimat dah garang kerana dah tuntut kerusi Naib Presiden? Sudah tak perlu dengar nasihat dan saranan Mursyidul Am PAS, TGNA yang mencadangkan sendiri agar ditubuhkan sayap baru iaitu Muslimat Muda?

UMNO sudah ada Puteri UMNO, PKR sudah ada Srikandi, jadi saranan TGNA itu adalah tepat pada masanya bahawa Dewan Muslimat perlu ada sayap Muslimat Muda untuk menarik golongan muda menyertai aktiviti dan program parti.

Kita masih ingat sewaktu Puteri UMNO hendak ditubuhkan dulu, yang menentangnya ialah Ketua Wanita, Rafidah Aziz kerana bimbang Pergerakan Wanita UMNO akan lemah apatah lagi menggugat peranan dan status quo wanita UMNO yang sememangnya sudah kerepot di mata para pemuda dan pimpinan UMNO sendiri.

Kini nampaknya perwatakan Kak Pidah itu berulang di dalam Dewan Muslimat. Ditolaknya usul penubuhan sayap Muslimat Muda cadangan TGNA.

Yang rugi ialah wanita sendiri, terutama mahasiswi-mahasiswi di ipt tempatan tiada pilihan selain dari memenuhi borang Puteri UMNO yang diedarkan kepada mereka secara berleluasa, berputih mata dan berdosalah muslimat PAS kerana gagal menyediakan alternatif kepada mereka dan sekadar menjadi pemerhati apabila tenaga muda dari kalangan mereka sudah berada di pihak lain.

Ubah-ubahlah perangai supaya cerdik sikit demi keutuhan parti. TGNA tidak mencadangkan sesuatu untuk meruntuhkan parti seperti pemimpin lain. Yakinlah! -GB



Asri's choice

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 02:07 AM PDT


Tiada Penetapan Tempoh Masa Mansuh/Kekal UPSR, PMR – Muhyiddin

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 03:14 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA 22 Jun.- Tiada penetapan tempoh masa berhubung keputusan sama ada untuk memansuhkan atau mengekalkan peperiksaan Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) dan Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin, yang juga Menteri Pelajaran, berkata kerajaan tidak perlu gopoh dalam membuat sebarang keputusan.

Katanya beliau masih menunggu dan meneliti maklumat balas yang mula diterima daripada pelbagai peringkat masyarakat dan pihak yang berkepentingan berhubung perkara itu.

"Bila kita dah berpuas hati, kita akan maklumkan keputusannya," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan persidangan Perkhidmatan Pendidikan 2010 di sini pada Selasa.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas mengenai kenyataannya sebelum ini yang mengajak pakar pendidikan dan masyarakat memberi respon tentang cadangan pemansuhan UPSR dan PMR.

Muhyiddin berkata setakat hari ini, respon yang diterima adalah baik.

"Ada yang bersetuju kedua-dua peperiksaan itu dihapuskan, ada yang mahu tinggalkan satu peperiksaan sahaja.

"Apa-apa pun, kita akan menunggu selepas kita berpuas hati apabila semua pihak dapat menyuarakan pandangan," katanya.

Muhyiddin berkata maklumat yang diterima akan dikumpul dan perbincangan akan dilakukan di peringkat kementerian, yang membabitkan pihak-pihak yang berkepentingan. – Bernama/MediaUMNO


Govt admits Nasir Safar present the night Alantuya murdered?

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 02:01 AM PDT

YB Sivarasa posed a simple question to the government: Was Nasir Safar was in a blue Proton Wira outside the home of defence analyst Abdul Razak Baginda on the night of Oct 19, 2006?

The government's answer:

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has denied involvement of another individual linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

"Based on police investigations, there is no mention of the individual (Nasir) or suspect in the murder of Altantuya," said Hishammuddin in a written parliamentary reply to R Sivarasa (PKR-Subang).

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This reminds me of Uncle Ong, under whom I used to play a little squash. One of his favourite quips was: I show F, you see K.

Their utter and absolute failure to give a straight answer to a straight question can only raise alarm bells in the likes of me.

If Nasir Safar wasn't there, why doesn't the government come out and say so.

If he was there, WTF was Najib Razak's aide doing there?!


'No hope under Koh'. Koh no hope! Gerakan hopeless!

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 08:50 AM PDT

'No hope under Koh'


Koh Tsu Koon

Tan Kok Ping
KUALA LUMPUR (June 21, 2010):
A former Penang Gerakan leader today lambasted state Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, saying that it will be impossible for the ruling coalition to win back the state if early state elections are called.
Former Penang Gerakan vice chairman Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping told theSun today that it will be "impossible" for BN to regain control of the state, presently run by the opposition, if it continues to rely on the leadership of Koh.
"He (Koh) was the chief minister of Penang for 18 years but while in power, what has he done? He has not delivered his promises to the people in Penang and is an indecisive leader," said Tan.
He said Gerakan has lost its relevance in the state it once controlled for over 39 years after the whirlwind 2008 general election which saw the party losing all the state and parliamentary seats in Penang.
Tan, who is the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce president, said the only way for the ruling coalition to regain control of Penang will be through other BN component parties. He said the Pakatan Rakyat government is doing a good job in running the state and added that it will be difficult for Gerakan to penetrate back into Penang.
"The only reason why Gerakan is still surviving is because it is under the umbrella of BN. Should Gerakan leave BN and stand as an independent party, it will not survive. In fact, any Gerakan candidates who stand for election will have their deposit forfeited."
Tan was commenting on a recent article on online news portal Free Malaysia Today where PAS central committee member Datuk Husam Musa said the four Pakatan Rakyat states should band together and fix a date for early state elections.
Husam said such a move would ensure that all decisions related to the next general elections are discussed within Pakatan.
He added that the federal government will be forced to decide to negotiate with Pakatan or hold parliamentary national polls if the election dates for the four Pakatan states are fixed early.
Husam was commenting on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's statement that the date of the next general elections will be a surprise.
Najib had sought to quash speculation that the general election could be called ahead of time, saying he would not decide so merely based on opinions that he enjoyed popularity of an increasing number of Malaysians.
Recently, the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research released its survey which indicated that Najib's approval rating had risen to about 72% from the 69% recorded in April.
Tan, who left Gerakan in 2000, said the party had lost all its good leaders due to Koh's leadership. He said the present members lack the experience and direction to lead the party compared to its glory days under the tenure of former leaders like Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik.
Asked to comment on Gerakan's stand on sports betting, Tan said Koh failed to see the advantages of legalising sports betting.
Last Saturday, Koh said Gerakan is against gambling and betting as it was concerned with the increasing number of gambling activities in society which was affecting students.
"It is right for the government to put on hold the legalisation of sports betting as this might add more avenues for people to gamble. We have to look at what is happening in a society overtaken by gambling and betting, especially in creating family problems," Koh was quoted saying.
Tan, however, said the continuation of illegal sports betting will only lead to more social problems and destroy families.
"People do not realise that those who bet through illegal bookies can land into bigger problems that will jeopardise their families.
"Illegal bookies give credit facilities to those who bet and when the person is unable to repay it, these bookies in turn will introduce them to loan sharks.
"We all know that loan sharks charge very high interest, causing the person to go into bigger debt that can lead them to bankruptcies and the future of their families will be spoiled," said Tan.
He also said that Malaysia is taking heed of international trends on the matter of sports betting.
"For an example, Singapore which is known for its opposition to grant casino licences has discovered after 45 years of self-rule that if regulated appropriately, the gambling industry can potentially contribute greatly to the city state's economy.
"As a result, Singapore has legalised sports gambling long ago, with its government receiving astonishing RM870 million in annual taxation revenue from sports betting alone," said Tan, adding that many Malaysians head to the neighbouring country to bet as it is legalised there.
He said legalising sports betting is the right way to deter illegal gambling, minimising loss of taxation revenue for the government and controlling the gambling industry.
Tan said while other BN component parties such as MCA, MIC and PPP have backed the government in legalising sports betting, Koh's contradictory remark was "a political agenda".
"He is trying to gain the support of the Malays because he has lost the support of the Chinese and other races. It's his political agenda." --theSun



Tewasnya Sivakumar. Perak, Anda Masih Percaya Kepada Mahkamah?

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 08:18 AM PDT

Mahkamah Tolak Rayuan Sivakumar

PUTRAJAYA 22 Jun - Panel hakim Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini mengisytiharkan tindakan mengheret Speaker Perak yang digulingkan, V Sivakumar, dari kerusi dan dikurung selama dua jam ketika tragedi rampasan kuasa 7 Mei lalu adalah sebahagian daripada prosiding Dewan Undangan Negeri.

Justeru, undang-undang Malaysia tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk mengadili keganasan berkenaan - demikian keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan sebelum mengugurkan rayuan V Sivakumar.

Panel tiga hakim - Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak, Datuk KN Segara dan Datuk Abdul Wahab Patail sebulat suara menguatkuasakan Artikel 72(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan dalam menolak rayuan saman Sivakumar terhadap speaker lantikan BN, R Ganesan.

Keputusan berkenaan disepakati sebelum kedua-dua pasukan peguam selesai membuat penghujahan masing-masing.

Panel tiga hakim juga memerintahkan Sivakumar supaya membayar RM20,000 sebagai kos perbicaraan.

Panel hakim itu bagaimanapun tidak memberikan alasan mereka membatalkan saman ADUN Tronoh itu.

Pada 8 September tahun lalu, Mahkamah Tinggi Ipoh menolak saman Sivakumar menuntut pampasan dan ganti-rugi daripada Ganesan kerana mengarahkan serangan dan penahanan tidak sah terhadap dirinya.

Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Azahar Mohamed memutuskan bahawa badan kehakiman tidak boleh mempersoalkan kesahihan mana-mana prosiding Dewan Undangan Negeri seperti yang ditekankan Artikel 72(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Azahar dalam mengugurkan saman tersebut berkata hal-ehwal perlantikan dan perlucutan Speaker harus dikaji, dibahas dan diselesaikan dalam dewan legislatif dan bukan di mahkamah.

Dalam perbicaraan hari ini, peguam Sivakumar, Chan Kok Keong, berkata perkara yang dikemukakan dalam saman itu boleh dibicarakan bagi menentukan sama ada peristiwa yang didakwa Sivakumar sebagai serangan dan salah penahanan beraku semasa persidangan DUN adalah arahan bagi Ganesan untuk dilindungi imuniti.

Beliau berkata pemilihan Ganesan dan tindakan untuk menyingkirkan Sivakumar dilakukan di luar persidangan dewan kerana ia dilaksanakan sebelum Raja Muda Perak menyampaikan titah ucapan perasmian.

Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin, peguam Ganesan, berkata anak guamnya melaksanakan tanggungjawabnya sebagai Speaker yang sah mengikut kuasa diberikan kepadanya mengikut Perlembagaan Perak, Peraturan Mesyuarat dan amalan persidangan.

Katanya pada hari ini, DUN telah menyelesaikan isu penyingkiran Sivakumar dengan sokongan majoriti 31 wakil rayat dan kemudiannya melantik Ganesan sebagai Speaker.

Firoz berkata selepas Ganesan dilantik sebagai Speaker baru, beliau mengarahkan Sivakumar supaya kembali di tempat duduknya tetapi Sivakumar enggan menyebabkan Ganesan mengambil tindakan bagi memindahkan Sivakumar daripada tempat duduk Speaker. -Bernama

Ulasan GB

Terperanjatkah kita dengan keputusan hakim berkenaan?

Lansung tidak ada apa yang baru.

Hairannya kali ini mahkamah menyatakan bahawa "tragedi rampasan kuasa 7 Mei lalu adalah sebahagian daripada prosiding Dewan Undangan Negeri" dan "memutuskan bahawa badan kehakiman tidak boleh mempersoalkan kesahihan mana-mana prosiding Dewan Undangan Negeri seperti yang ditekankan Artikel 72(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan".

Sedangkan sebelum ini mahkamah telah pun campurtangan apabila memutuskan sidang dewan rakyat Perak yang dilansungkan di bawah pokok tidak sah.

GB pernah menyatakan dengan keadaan di mana institusi kehakiman negara yang bobrok, jangan harap PR akan memperolehi kemenangan di dalam isu-isu tertentu seperti isu perak, isu DSAI dll.

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Petikan semula :


Mahkamah Persekutuan? Oh, masyarakat berpersepsi bahawa ia adalah badan pegesah kepada kehendak dan keputusan Peguam Negara yang membuat keputusan demi kepentingan kerajaan UMNO dan BN. Bukan untuk kebenaran dan keadilan.

Ada beberapa kes terpilih yang mana Pakatan Rakyat atau mana-mana individu yang melawan institusi kerajaan akan PASTI ditewaskan apabila ianya sampai ke penal Mahkamah Persekutuan. Diantaranya kes Perak, kes liwat DSAI, kes melibatkan SPRM, kes melibatkan SPR, kes melibatkan PDRM.

Buka semula penghakiman kes-kes berkenaan Mahkamah Persekutuan, jika anda rasa GB tidak berkata benar.

Dan ingat juga kes correct, correct, correct. Si hakim bedebah yang membaca kertas penghakiman yang disediakan oleh peguam yang terlibat di dalam kes yang dibicarakan masih lepas bebas dan tidak diambil sebarang tindakan.

Jadi, keseluruhan sistem kehakiman negara sebenarnya bobrok. Rakyat tidak dapat mengharapkan kebenaran dan keadilan dari Istana Keadilan (Palace of Justice) lagi. Istana Keadilan bakal runtuh akibat hakim-hakim durjana ini.




Get Up and Go – Tokyo time lapse

Posted: 22 Jun 2010 07:31 AM PDT

Short film by Stefan Werc, time lapse of Tokyo's cloudscape and night scenes. Music is Get Up and Go by British indie-folk band Broadcast 2000. Cool stuff…

Get Up and Go – Tokyo time lapse from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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