Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Man's Skeleton with Tag Heuer Watch Found in Jungle

Man's Skeleton with Tag Heuer Watch Found in Jungle

Man's Skeleton with Tag Heuer Watch Found in Jungle

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 06:29 AM PDT

Anifah Calls on Philippines President Today

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 06:50 AM PDT

Weapon Used in Sosilawati's Murder Still Not Found

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 06:53 AM PDT

Senator: KL must explain why it has reneged on 20-Point Agreement

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 01:12 PM PDT

47 Minutes of Silence, Peace for Malaysia

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 08:50 PM PDT

Nokia's Downfall Holds Three Lessons for Malaysia

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 02:24 AM PDT

The title caption paraphrases an article by Bloomberg's Matthew Lynn here. Lynn's article was directed at tracing the rise and decline of Nokia and applying it to the economic challenges now facing Europe. The same points apply to Malaysia. Read on:

What was the most successful European company of the 1990s? Easy. The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia Oyj. And the most disappointing one of the 2000s? Easy again. Nokia.

A company once held up as an example of how Europe could still compete in technology and create new industrial giants, Nokia has been in steep decline -- a point emphasized last week by its decision to hire the first non-Finn as chief executive officer, charged with turning the business around.

And just as the company's rise held lessons about how Europe could succeed, its downfall tells us much about why the region so often fails. Nokia rested too comfortably on its laurels. It was never willing to re-invent its business, even if it meant completely changing its products. It was never located at the heart of the information technology industry, among competitors who might force it to keep innovating. Other European companies should study Nokia's fate to make sure they don't repeat it.

A decade ago, Nokia was the most successful business Europe had produced in a generation. It captured the emerging market for mobile phones and built the industry's most powerful brand.

Politicians lined up to praise the company as an example of how Europe could still prosper in the 21st century. No less a figure than Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, drew attention to the success of Nokia and its rival, Sweden's Ericsson AB, in a speech in 2002.

"Their achievement in mobile telephones helped to create two vibrant clusters, around Oulu in Finland and Stockholm in Sweden, which have attracted a large number of startups as well as investment from foreign companies," Prodi said. "These examples demonstrate that European regions are capable of developing new, high-tech clusters."

Reversal of Fortune

It doesn't look so good now. In the last three years, the news out of Nokia has only been bad. Since Apple Inc. introduced its iPhone in January 2007, Nokia shares have fallen by 47 percent. The company's brand, once one of the coolest in the world, is battered. In a ranking of global brands by Millward Brown Optimor this year, Nokia ranked No. 43, dropping 30 places in 12 months. Its profit margins have been shrinking, along with the average price of its phones and its market share.

True, it still has more than one-third of global mobile phone sales. But it looks stranded in the middle of the market. Korean electronics manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. are leading the main consumer market. Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry dominate the upscale, smartphone industry.

Importing Leadership

Last week, Nokia recognized the scale of its challenges, hiring Stephen Elop, the head ofMicrosoft Corp.'s business unit, to turn the company around. Can he succeed? Everyone will wish him well. But if the guy knows so much about phones, he's kept it a secret. Microsoft has never made any progress in that industry.

The cruel truth is that for all its residual market share, Nokia looks like a has-been. It misread the way the mobile phone industry was merging with computing and social networking. It is probably now too late to turn that around.

There are uncomfortable lessons here for European industry.

First, never rest on your laurels. Nokia got to the top of its industry quickly. But once there, it became complacent in an industry where laziness is fatal. It worried too much about hanging onto its market share, rather than creating new products to excite customers.

Failing to Mature

Second, Nokia was unwilling to challenge itself. The company clung to the model that mobile phones were mainly about calling people. It failed to notice that they were just as much about checking your e-mail, finding a good restaurant nearby, and updating your Twitter page.

Finally, it wasn't located near a cluster of similar companies. Building a technology giant in Finland was a great achievement. But Nokia wasn't surrounded by Web companies or consumer-electronics manufacturers. That meant it wasn't in the mix of innovative ideas, which would have forced it to question its assumptions every day. The company should have relocated to California. Sure, that would have caused an outcry at home. But that's better than watching its slow decline into irrelevance.

It may be too late for Nokia to turn itself around. But Europe still has companies that dominate industries such as oil, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and financial services.

They are all prone to similar missteps. Are the auto manufacturers doing enough to prepare for the arrival of electric cars? Are the drugs companies ready for the merging of computing and biotechnology? Are banks positioned for a decade when debt is steadily reduced, not increased? Probably not.

Politicians and business experts spent a lot of time praising Nokia and trying to learn from its rise. They should devote as much time studying the lessons of its downfall. If they don't, much of the rest of European industry will repeat its mistakes. And Europe can't afford to lose many more world leaders.

Book Review: Banker to the Poor

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 04:00 AM PDT

This post, from GRS staff writer April Dykman, is part of Book Week at Get Rich Slowly.

When J.D. announced that this week would be Book Week at GRS, I was excited about a set deadline for tackling a book from my ever-growing reading list. Since micro-finance and micro-credit have been of interest to me for the past four years or so, I decided to read Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and The Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus. (J.D. reviewed the same book in 2007. Read his take here.)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank, an organization that helps the world's poorest, especially women, escape poverty through micro-loans, which are small loans given to start a business.

Banker to the Poor chronicles Yunus' journey from a "bird's-eye-view economist, teaching elegant theories in a classroom, to a worm's-eye-view practitioner" and the creation of Grameen, a bank owned by its poor borrowers that boasts a loan recovery rate of 97.29%.

Meeting Sufiya Begum
In 1974, professor Yunus, then a Bangladeshi economist from Chittagong University, took his students on a field trip to a poor village. There they interviewed Sufiya Begum, a woman reluctant to talk to them due to the village's strictly-observed custom of purdah, meaning curtain or veil, that virtually secludes Muslim women from the outside world. Eventually Sufiya came to the doorway and told Yunus and his students about the economics behind the bamboo stools she made. To make one stool, she had to buy 22 cents worth of bamboo with a loan from local moneylenders, who charged her 10% per week. Her net profit was just two cents per stool.

Barely able to feed herself and her family on two cents per day, Sufiya was essentially enslaved to the lenders. She couldn't save money or invest in her business because she was barely able to eat. All for a lack of 22 cents.

Yunus was shocked to realize that if Sufiya just had access to a loan at a better rate, she could feed, clothe, and house her children and expand her business, raising her family above the poverty line.

The birth of Grameen
Yunus collected data on the village to find out how many borrowers were dependent on the moneylenders, finding that 42 people borrowed a little less than $27. He loaned them the money. Yunus writes:

It struck me that what I had done was drastically insufficient…My response had been ad hoc and emotional. Now I needed to create an institutional answer that these people could rely on. What was required was an institution that would lend to those who had nothing.

Yunus fought through red tape from banking institutions, governments, and local customs. With great tenacity, he found a way around numerous roadblocks with a passionate devotion to the people he was serving.

In 1983, Yunus formed the Grameen Bank. Grameen now has 2,564 branches, with 19,800 staff serving 8.29 million borrowers in 81,367 villages. Despite the warnings from traditional bankers, 97% of the loans are paid back. Yunus wasn't surprised by this, as he knew the poor, who had no cash cushion and no other options, would not blow their one chance to get out of poverty.

A focus on women
From the start, Yunus wanted to focus granting loans to women, with a goal of having 50% of the borrowers be female. It was an uphill battle to say the least. Yunus had to fight against customs, religious zealots, and banking institutions that effectively excluded women (they could make deposits, but couldn't get a loan without the presence of their husbands). From birth, these women are routinely told they are unwanted and should have been killed at birth or starved — that they are just another mouth to feed and dowry to pay.

Additionally, Yunus saw that starvation and poverty were more of a woman's issue than a man's. If one family member has to starve so that the others can eat, it's an unwritten rule that it must be the mother. A man also can throw his wife out at any time, simply by repeating "I divorce thee" three times, leaving her unwanted in her parents' home or begging on the streets. But when a woman is given the means to support herself, her success focuses on her children and household. Yunus writes:

Though they cannot read or write and have rarely been allowed to step out of their homes alone…they pay more attention, prepare their children to lead better lives, and are more consistent in their performance than men. When a destitute mother starts earning an income, her dreams of success invariably center around her children…When a destitute father earns extra income, he focuses more attention on himself. Thus money entering a household through a woman brings more benefits to the family as a whole.

It took six years to reach the goal of 50% female borrowers. Today women make up 97% of Grameen borrowers.

Grameen around the world
As Grameen and its methods expanded, Yunus would constantly hear that micro-lending wouldn't work in another village or country. But to Yunus, people who were poor — which he defined as not having access to shelter, clean water, and a constant supply of food — had a lot in common no matter the geography.

One of the most touching stories in Banker to the Poor was that of an impoverished 40-something woman who made quilts. Through an interpreter, she told Yunus she was initially afraid when a bank staff member came to see her. Her husband didn't like her talking to outsiders or leaving her home without him.

Though the staff member told her about the women in Bangladesh who were changing their lives, and she wanted to be like them, things where she lived "were so rough." She didn't dare do this herself, saying, "My husband would kill me if I created trouble for him." The staff member introduced her to other women in the neighborhood, and eventually they formed a group. (Group meetings were a requirement for a loan through the local micro-finance organization, which critics said made it too hard for the poor to borrow money.) The woman eventually took out a loan, quickly repaying it and applying for another. Her quilts are in such high demand, she can barely fill her orders.

This woman, who spoke only Spanish, lived in Chicago, Illinois.

She never thought she'd earn her own money, she told Yunus. In fact, she never thought she'd have any money at all, since her husband never gave her any. In the 15 years that she had lived in America, she didn't even have a friend until meeting the four women in her group, who she came to regard as sisters.

Today Grameen methods are applied in projects in 58 countries.

The politics of micro-lending
Grameen and micro-lending have been criticized by the Right and the Left, and it doesn't seem to side with either, despite Yunus' praise for Democratic politicians and criticisms of Republicans. Grameen supports smaller government and criticizes welfare programs that don't allow people to break out of the poverty cycle — yet it's committed to social objectives and social intervention in the form of policy packages (without government involvement).

No matter your politics, Banker to the Poor is an inspiring memoir that will give you a new understanding of poverty around the world, micro-lending, and socially-responsible enterprises.

Note: You can read more about Yunus at PBS The New Heroes, a series about 14 social entrepreneurs.

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Kunci Memahami Ilmu Hadith Nabi

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 07:15 AM PDT

Kunci Memahami Hadith Nabi (selawat dan salam buat beliau)

Abu Yahya Badru Salam

Pustaka Al-Bashirah (1430 H)

175 halaman

Doa Nabi Muhammad kepada orang yang belajar hadith,

"Semoga Allah memberi cahaya di wajah kepada orang yang mendengar kataku lalu memahaminya, menghafal dan menyampaikannya. Berapa banyak orang membawa fikih kepada orang yang lebih fakih darinya. Ada tiga perkara yang tidak akan dengki hati Muslim dengannya ; mengikhlaskan amal kerana Allah, menasihati pemimpin kaum muslimin, dan berpegang kepada jama'ah mereka kerana do'a mereka meliputi dari belakang mereka". (Sahih, Tirmidzi & Al-Hakim)

Begitu banyak keutamaan dan kepentingan mempelajari hadith dan ilmu-ilmu yang mengantar kepada memahami hadith.

Kata Umar al-Khattab,

"Akan datang kelak orang-orang yang mengajarkmu berdialog dengan menggunakan syubuhat Al-Qur'an (ayat-ayat mutasyabihat), maka berdialoglah dengan sunnah, kerana orang yang berilmu tentang sunnah akan lebih mengetahui kitabullah". (HR Ad-Darimi)

Buku Kunci-Memahami Hadits Nabi merupakan buku ilmu-ilmu hadith (ulumul hadith) yang dipermudahkan.

Tentu sahaja untuk menjadi pakar dan ahli dalam hadith memerlukan lebih dari sekadar buku setebal 160 halaman ini. Pun begitu sebagai permulaan atau pengetahuan asas buku ini merupakan yang paling mudah dan ringkas.

Penulis mencakupkan perbahasan dari perawi hadith, mutlak-muqayyad, illat hingga ke bahagian jarh dan ta'dil. Semunya dijelaskan secara ringkas dengan membawa contoh sebenar sebagai bahan kajian.

Walaupun ringkas dan sangat 'surface', naskah kecil ini banyak membantu saya memahami ilmu hadith.

Buku ini boleh di beli secara online di galeriniaga.

Baca juga buku ini : 8 Kaedah Memahami Hadith

Syed Husin not defending post & Anwar refused nomination......

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 12:33 AM PDT

PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali will not be defending his post at the upcoming party elections. Syed Husin, who was appointed senator last year, has been the deputy president for two terms since the merger of his Parti Rakyat Malaysia and Parti Keadilan to form Parti Keadilan Rakyat in 2003.

The decision by the veteran politician to quit as party's No 2 will pave the way for a much anticipated contest between two rivals - vice-president Azmin Ali and supreme council member Zaid Ibrahim.

Speaking at a press conference in a hotel in Petaling Jaya this morning, Syed Husin said that he made the decision not to contest after consulting party leaders, family and friends. He will nevertheless continue to remain active in politics.

"I'll be 74 years old next week. I hope I can spend more time on writing and keep company with my wife, children and grandchildren.

"I don't think I'm that old yet, but I want to make way for young blood," he said.

Syed Husin denied he was hard pressed to withdraw from the polls after a group of PKR MPs and state assemblypersons came out openly last week to support Azmin for the no 2 spot.

"No, I'm not under pressure. If I'm under pressure, it's my moral duty to inform the party. A lot of people have been asking me, so it's only fair that I make my announcement before they start nominations on Sept 17.

Meanwhile, Anwar Ibrahim said he will not accept any nominations for the upcoming party polls amidst a groundswell of support for him to officially take the helm of the party.

Anwar announced this through his blog today but did not give any reasons for the move. This is unlikely to deter many party divisions which are set to nominate him for the top post for a second time since the last party polls in 2007. He has won the endorsement of the Kedah PKR leadership, who have urged all divisions to nominate him for the party presidency.

Anwar has also been endorsed for the top post by outgoing deputy president Syed Husin Ali, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and a group known as the Majlis Muafakat Kepimpinan Keadilan Selangor (Selangor Keadilan Leadership Consensus Council). Also in his blog, Anwar had words of advice for all aspiring candidates, reminding them to ensure that a clean contest and campaign takes place.

"All candidates must strictly follow campaign ethics and not claim they have my endorsement," he said. He said that the party was making history with its one-member-one-vote direct elections for the party top leadership and thus the party members must ensure that the party's ideals for reforms be carried out.

"We must take heed of this principle and not external demands or gratuity," he said.


Baca 'Kes Pembunuhan Sosilawati', update terkini di sini.



Posted: 10 Sep 2010 02:56 AM PDT


Tuhan memberi tanpa henti
pagi ini rahmatMu tersusun
dalam derai hujan pagi
dan sejuk memeluk ruang
aku bertambah tua dalam
detik-detik yang semakin deras nadinya
kepada yang sering ada di ruang diri
maafkan aku
jika khilaf itu
adalah diri aku.

Chukai, Darul Iman
10 September 2010.

Gumbira merompak......

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 10:33 PM PDT

Silalah baca disini bagaimana kegiatan merompak dijalankan dengan gumbiranya mengikut pendapat tulang besi.

PDRM : Institusi di Bawah Raja-Raja Dicabuli!

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 09:30 PM PDT

Dari YB Dato Mahfuz Hj Omar

Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Majlis Raja-Raja hendaklah menggunakan apa sahaja peruntukan undang-undang bagi memastikan penubuhan suruhanjaya diraja menyiasat dakwaan Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan tentang campur tangan pihak luar dalam tugas polis.

"Antara lain, Musa mendakwa wujudnya campur tangan pihak ketiga dalam usaha Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) mengawal ketenteraman awam dan menahan mereka yang menyalahi undang-undang dan beliau menyebut mereka khususnya dari Kementerian Dalam Negeri.

"Ini menunjukkan ada pihak lain khususnya Kementerian Dalam Negeri yang mencabul institusi yang berpayung di bawah Raja-Raja Melayu.

"Sebab itulah saya menggesa Majlis Raja-Raja supaya berani menggunakan walau sekecil mana pun alasan dan laluan perundangan yang boleh mereka gunakan untuk memastikan penubuhan suruhanjaya diraja menyiasat dakwaan Musa itu,"

Jika raja-raja Melayu tidak ada kuasa langsung untuk mempertahankan kewibawaan dan integriti institusi diraja, siapakah yang merampas kuasa mereka?

"Siapa rampas kuasa raja-raja? Umno? Barisan Nasional (BN)?"

Oleh kerana kerajaan BN khususnya Kementerian Dalam Negeri yang dituduh campur tangan dalam tugas polis, beliau tidak nampak kerajaan BN bersedia menubuhkan suruhanjaya siasatan itu.

"Sebab itulah kita meminta Raja-Raja Melayu yang memastikan penubuhan suruhanjaya diraja menyiasat dakwaan Musa itu,"

Suruhanjaya siasatan itu amat penting untuk membolehkan Musa memberikan keterangan dengan bebas bagi menyatakan apakah bentuk campur tangan yang berlaku, siapa yang memberi arahan, arahan apa yang diberikan dan juga menyatakan secara spesifik kes yang beliau maksudkan.

Bagi saya, apa yang dibangkitkan oleh Musa itu amat serius kerana sejak Mac lalu Ketua Polis Negara yang akan bersara itu telah berkali-kali menyatakan rasa tidak puas hatinya terhadap campur tangan luar dalam urusan polis.

"Sebab itulah suruhanjaya yang telus dan bebas amat diperlukan supaya rakyat tahu kepentingan peribadi siapa dan kepentingan politik pihak mana yang menyebabkan campur tangan itu berlaku,"

Lee Kuan Yew's latest Interview

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 09:35 PM PDT

Mr Lee: "Well, first I regret having been turfed out of Malaysia. I think if the Tunku had kept us together, what we did in Singapore, had Malaysia accepted a multiracial base for their society, much of what we've achieved in Singapore would be achieved in Malaysia. But not as much because it's a much broader base. We would have improved inter-racial relations and an improved holistic situation. Now we have a very polarized Malaysia, Malays, Chinese and Indians in separate schools, living separate lives and not really getting on with one another. You read them. That's bad for us as close neighbours."

The following is the transcript of the interview Seth Mydans had with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. The interview was held on 1 September 2010.

Mr Lee: "Thank you. When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy.."

Q: "Not. Well you should be glad that you've gotten way past where most of us will get."

Mr Lee: "That is my trouble. So, when is the last leaf falling?"

Q: "Do you feel like that, do you feel like the leaves are coming off?"

Mr Lee: "Well, yes. I mean I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality and I mean generally every year when you know you are not on the same level as last year. But that is life."

Q: "My mother used to say never get old."

Mr Lee: "Well, there you will try never to think yourself old. I mean I keep fit, I swim, I cycle."

Q: "And yoga, is that right? Meditation?"

Mr Lee: "Yes."

Q: "Tell me about meditation?"

Mr Lee: "Well, I started it about two, three years ago when Ng Kok Song, the Chief Investment Officer of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, I knew he was doing meditation. His wife had died but he was completely serene. So, I said, how do you achieve this? He said I meditate everyday and so did my wife and when she was dying of cancer, she was totally serene because she meditated everyday and he gave me a video of her in her last few weeks completely composed completely relaxed and she and him had been meditating for years. Well, I said to him, you teach me. He is a devout Christian. He was taught by a man called Laurence Freeman, a Catholic. His guru was John Main a devout Catholic. When I was in London, Ng Kok Song introduced me to Laurence Freeman. In fact, he is coming on Saturday to visit Singapore, and we will do a meditation session. The problem is to keep the monkey mind from running off into all kinds of thoughts. It is most difficult to stay focused on the mantra. The discipline is to have a mantra which you keep repeating in your innermost heart, no need to voice it over and over again throughout the whole period of meditation. The mantra they recommended was a religious one. Ma Ra Na Ta, four syllables. Come To Me Oh Lord Jesus. So I said Okay, I am not a Catholic but I will try. He said you can take any other mantra, Buddhist Om Mi Tuo Fo, and keep repeating it. To me Ma Ran Na Ta is more soothing. So I used Ma Ra Na Ta. You must be disciplined. I find it helps me go to sleep after that. A certain tranquility settles over you. The day's pressures and worries are pushed out. Then there's less problem sleeping. I miss it sometimes when I am tired, or have gone out to a dinner and had wine. Then I cannot concentrate. Otherwise I stick to it."

Q: "So…"

Mr Lee: ".. for a good meditator will do it for half-an-hour. I do it for 20 minutes."

Q: "So, would you say like your friend who taught you, would you say you are serene?"

Mr Lee: "Well, not as serene as he is. He has done it for many years and he is a devout Catholic. That makes a difference. He believes in Jesus. He believes in the teachings of the Bible. He has lost his wife, a great calamity. But the wife was serene. He gave me this video to show how meditation helped her in her last few months. I do not think I can achieve his level of serenity. But I do achieve some composure."

Q: "And do you find that at this time in your life you do find yourself getting closer to religion of one sort or another?"

Mr Lee: "I am an agnostic. I was brought up in a traditional Chinese family with ancestor worship. I would go to my grandfather's grave on All Soul's Day which is called "Qingming". My father would bring me along, lay out food and candles and burn some paper money and kowtow three times over his tombstone. At home on specific days outside the kitchen he would put up two candles with my grandfather's picture. But as I grew up, I questioned this because I think this is superstition. You are gone, you burn paper money, how can he collect the paper money where he is? After my father died, I dropped the practice. My youngest brother baptised my father as a Christian. He did not have the right to. He was a doctor and for the last weeks before my father's life, he took my father to his house because he was a doctor and was able to keep my father comforted. I do not know if my father was fully aware when he was converted into Christianity."

Q: "Converted your father?"

Mr Lee: "Yes."

Q: "Well this happens when you get close to the end."

Mr Lee: "Well, but I do not know whether my father agreed. At that time he may have been beyond making a rational decision. My brother assumed that he agreed and converted him."

Q: "But…"

Mr Lee: "I am not converted."

Q: "But when you reach that stage, you may wonder more than ever what is next?"

Mr Lee: "Well, what is next, I do not know. Nobody has ever come back. The Muslims say that there are seventy houris, beautiful women up there. But nobody has come back to confirm this."

Q: "And you haven't converted to Islam, knowing that?"

Mr Lee: "Most unlikely. The Buddhist believes in transmigration of the soul. If you live a good life, the reward is in your next migration, you will be a good being, not an ugly animal. It is a comforting thought, but my wife and I do not believe in it. She has been for two years bed-ridden, unable to speak after a series of strokes. I am not going to convert her. I am not going to allow anybody to convert her because I know it will be against what she believed in all her life. How do I comfort myself? Well, I say life is just like that. You can't choose how you go unless you are going to take an overdose of sleeping pills, like sodium amytal. For just over two years, she has been inert in bed, but still cognitive. She understands when I talk to her, which I do every night. She keeps awake for me; I tell her about my day's work, read her favourite poems."

Q: 'And what kind of books do you read to her?"

Mr Lee: "So much of my time is reading things online. The latest book which I want to read or re-read is Kim. It is a beautiful of description of India as it was in Kipling's time. And he had an insight into the Indian mind and it is still basically that same society that I find when I visit India. "

Q: "When you spoke to Time Magazine a couple of years ago, you said Don Quixote was your favourite?"

Mr Lee: "Yes, I was just given the book, Don Quixote, a new translation."

Q: "But people might find that ironic because he was fantasist who did not realistically choose his projects and you are sort of the opposite?"

Mr Lee: "No, no, you must have something fanciful and a flight of fancy. I had a colleague Rajaratnam who read Sci-Fi for his leisure."'

Q: "And you?":

Mr Lee: "No, I do not believe in Sci-Fi."

Q: "But you must have something to fantasise."

Mr Lee: "Well, at the moment, as I said, I would like to read Kim again. Why I thought of Kim was because I have just been through a list of audio books to choose for my wife. Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, books she has on her book shelf. So, I ticked off the ones I think she would find interesting. The one that caught my eye was Kim. She was into literature, from Alice in Wonderland, to Adventures with a Looking Glass, to Jane Austen's Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen was her favourite writer because she wrote elegant and leisurely English prose of the 19th century. The prose flowed beautifully, described the human condition in a graceful way, and rolls off the tongue and in the mind. She enjoyed it. Also Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. She was an English Literature major."

Q: "You are naming books on the list, not necessarily books you have already read, yes?"

Mr Lee: "I would have read some of them."

Q: "Like a Jane Austen book, or Canterbury Tales?"

Mr Lee: "No, Canterbury Tales, I had to do it for my second year English Literature course in Raffles College. For a person in the 15th Century, he wrote very modern stuff. I didn't find his English all that archaic. I find those Scottish poets difficult to read. Sometimes I don't make sense of their Scottish brogue. My wife makes sense of them. Then Shakespeare's sonnets."

Q: "You read those?"

Mr Lee: "I read those sonnets when I did English literature in my freshman's year. She read them."

Q: "When you say she reads them now, you're the one who reads them, yes?"

Mr Lee: "Yes, I read them to her."

Q: "But you go to her."

Mr Lee: "Yes, I read from an Anthology of Poems which she has, and several other anthologies. So I know her favourite poems. She had flagged them. I read them to her."

Q: "She's in the hospital? You go to the hospital?"

Mr Lee: "No, no, she's at home. We've got a hospital bed and nurses attending to her. We used to share the same room. Now I'm staying in the next room. I have to get used to her groans and grunts when she's uncomfortable from a dry throat and they pump in a spray moisture called "Biothene" which soothes her throat, and they suck out phlegm. Because she can't get up, she can't breathe fully. The phlegm accumulates in the chest but you can't suck it out from the chest, you've got to wait until she coughs and it goes out to her throat. They suck it out, and she's relieved. They sit her up and tap her back. It's very distressing, but that's life."

Q: "Yes, your daughter on Sunday wrote a moving column, movingly about the situation referring to you."

Mr Lee: "How did you come to read it?"

Q: "Somebody said you've got to read that column, so I read it."

Mr Lee: "You don't get the Straits Times."

Q: "I get it online actually. I certainly do, I follow Singapore online and she wrote that the whole family suffers of course from this and she wrote the one who's been hurting the most and is yet carrying on stoically is my father."

Mr Lee: "What to do? What else can I do? I can't break down. Life has got to go on. I try to busy myself, but from time to time in idle moments, my mind goes back to the happy days we were up and about together."

Q: "When you go to visit her, is that the time when your mind goes back?"

Mr Lee: "No, not then. My daughter's fished out many old photographs for this piece she wrote and picked out a dozen or two dozen photographs from the digital copies which somebody had kept at the Singapore Press Holdings. When I look at them, I thought how lucky I was. I had 61 years of happiness. We've got to go sometime, so I'm not sure who's going first, whether she or me. So I told her, I've been looking at the marriage vows of the Christians. The best I read was," To love, to hold and to cherish, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, till death do us part." I told her I would try and keep you company for as long as I can. She understood."

Q: "Yes, it's been really."

Mr Lee: "What to do? What can you do in this situation? I can say get rid of the nurses. Then the maids won't know how to turn her over and then she gets pneumonia. That ends the suffering. But human beings being what we are, I do the best for her and the best is to give her a competent nurse who moves her, massages her, turns her over, so no bed sores. I've got a hospital bed with air cushions so no bed sores. Well, that's life. Make her comfortable."

Q: "And for yourself, you feel the weight of age more than you have in the past?"

Mr Lee: "I'm not sure. I marginally must have. It's stress. However, I look at it, I mean, it's stress. That's life. But it's a different kind of stress from the kind of stress I faced, political stresses. Dire situations for Singapore, dire situations for myself when we broke off from Malaysia, the Malays in Singapore could have rioted and gone for me and they suddenly found themselves back as a minority because the Tunku kicked us out. That's different, that's intense stress and it's over but this is stress which goes on. One doctor told me, you may think that when she's gone you're relieved but you'll be sad when she's gone because there's still the human being here, there's still somebody you talk to and she knows what you're saying and you'll miss that. Well, I don't know, I haven't come to that but I think I'll probably will because it's now two years, May, June, July, August, September, two years and four months. It's become a part of my life."

Q: "She's how old now?"

Mr Lee: "She's two-and-a-half years older than me, so she's coming on to 90."

Q: "But you did make a reference in an interview with Time magazine to something that goes beyond reason as you put it. You referred to the real enemy by Pierre D'Harcourt who talked about people surviving the Nazi, it's better that they have something to believe in."

Mr Lee: "Yes, of course."

Q: "And you said that the Communists and the deeply religious fought on and survived. There are some things in the human spirit that are beyond reason."

Mr Lee: "I believe that to be true. Look, I saw my friend and cabinet colleague who's a deeply religious Catholic. He was Finance Minister, a fine man. In 1983, he had a heart attack. He was in hospital, in ICU, he improved and was taken out of ICU. Then he had a second heart attack and I knew it was bad. I went to see him and the priest was giving him the last rites as a Catholic. Absolutely fearless, he showed no distress, no fear, the family was around him, his wife and daughters, he had four daughters. With priest delivering the last rites, he knew he was reaching the end. But his mind was clear but absolutely calm."

Q: "Well, I am more like you. We don't have something to cling to."

Mr Lee: "That's our problem."

Q: "But also the way people see you is supremely reasonable person, reason is the ultimate."

Mr Lee: "Well, that's the way I've been working."

Q: "Well, you did mention to Tom Plate, they think they know me but they only know the public me?"

Mr Lee: "Yeah, the private view is you have emotions for your close members of your family. We are a close family, not just my sons and my wife and my parents but my brothers and my sister. So my youngest brother, a doctor as I told you, he just sent me an email that my second brother was dying of a bleeding colon, diverticulitis. And later the third brother now has got prostate cancer and has spread into his lymph nodes. So I asked what're the chances of survival. It's not gotten to the bones yet, so they're doing chemotherapy and if you can prevent it from going into the bones, he'll be okay for a few more years. If it does get to the bones, then that's the end. I don't think my brother knows. But I'll probably go and see him."

Q: "But you yourself have been fit. You have a stent, you had heart problem late last year but besides that do you have ailments?"

Mr Lee: "Well, aches and pains of a geriatric person, joints, muscles but all non-terminal. I go in for a physiotherapy, maintenance once a week, they give me a rub over because when I cycle, my thighs get sore, knees get a little painful, and so the hips."

Q: "These are the signs of age."

Mr Lee: "Yeah, of course."

Q: "I'm 64. I'm beginning to feel that and I don't like it and I don't want to admit to myself."

Mr Lee: "But if you stop exercising, you make it worse. That's what my doctors tell me, just carry on. When you have these aches and pains, we'll give you physiotherapy. I've learnt to use heat pads at home. So after the physiotherapy, once a week, if I feel my thighs are sore, I just have a heat pad there. You put in the microwave oven and you tie it around your thighs or your ankles or your calves. It relieves the pain."

Q: "So you continue to cycle."

Mr Lee: "Oh yeah."

Q: "Treadmill?

Mr Lee: "No, I don't do the treadmill. I walk but not always. When I've cycled enough I don't walk."

Q: "That's your primary exercise, swimming?"

Mr Lee: "Yeah, I swim everyday, it's relaxing."

Q: "What other secrets, I see you drink hot water?"

Mr Lee: "Yes."

Q: "Tell me about it."

Mr Lee: "Well, I used to drink tea but tea is a diuretic, but I didn't know that. I used to drink litres of it. In the 1980s, I was having a conference with Zhou Ziyang who was then Secretary-General of the Communist Party in the Great Hall of the People. The Chinese came in and poured more tea and hot water. I was scoffing it down because it kept my throat moistened, my BP was up because more liquid was in me. Halfway through, I said please stop. I'm dashing off. I had to relief myself. Then my doctors said don't you know that tea is a diuretic? I don't like coffee, it gives me a sour stomach, so okay, let's switch to water."

Q: "You know you had the hot water when I met you a couple of years ago and after I told my wife about that, she switched to hot water. She's not sure why except that you drink hot water, so she's decided to."

Mr Lee: "Well, cold water, this was from my ENT man. If you drink cold water, you reduce the temperature of your nasal passages and throat and reduce your resistance to coughs and colds. So I take warm water, body temperature. I don't scald myself with boiling hot water. I avoid that. But my daughter puts blocks of ice into her coffee and drinks it up. She's all right, she's only 50-plus.

Q: "Let me ask a question about the outside world a little bit. Singapore is a great success story even though people criticize this and that. When you look back, you can be proud of what you've done and I assume you are. Are there things that you regret, things that you wished you could achieve that you couldn't?"

Mr Lee: "Well, first I regret having been turfed out of Malaysia. I think if the Tunku had kept us together, what we did in Singapore, had Malaysia accepted a multiracial base for their society, much of what we've achieved in Singapore would be achieved in Malaysia. But not as much because it's a much broader base. We would have improved inter-racial relations and an improved holistic situation. Now we have a very polarized Malaysia, Malays, Chinese and Indians in separate schools, living separate lives and not really getting on with one another. You read them. That's bad for us as close neighbours."

Q: "So at that time, you found yourself with Singapore and you have transformed it. And my question would be how do you assess your own satisfaction with what you've achieved? What didn't work?"

Mr Lee: "Well, the greatest satisfaction I had was my colleagues and I, were of that generation who were turfed out of Malaysia suffered two years under a racial policy decided that we will go the other way. We will not as a majority squeeze the minority because once we're by ourselves, the Chinese become the majority. We made quite sure whatever your race, language or religion, you are an equal citizen and we'll drum that into the people and I think our Chinese understand and today we have an integrated society. Our Malays are English-educated, they're no longer like the Malays in Malaysia and you can see there are some still wearing headscarves but very modern looking."

Q: "That doesn't sound like a regret to me."

Mr Lee: "No, no, but the regret is there's such a narrow base to build this enormous edifice, so I've got to tell the next generation, please do not take for granted what's been built. If you forget that this is a small island which we are built upon and reach a 100 storeys high tower block and may go up to 150 if you are wise. But if you believe that it's permanent, it will come tumbling down and you will never get a second chance."

Q: "I wonder if that is a concern of yours about the next generation. I saw your discussion with a group of young people before the last election and they were saying what they want is a lot of these values from the West, an open political marketplace and even playing field in all of these things and you said well, if that's the way you feel, I'm very sad."

Mr Lee: "Because you play it that way, if you have dissension, if you chose the easy way to Muslim votes and switch to racial politics, this society is finished. The easiest way to get majority vote is vote for me, we're Chinese, they're Indians, they're Malays. Our society will be ripped apart. If you do not have a cohesive society, you cannot make progress."

Q: "But is that a concern that the younger generation doesn't realize as much as it should?"

Mr Lee: "I believe they have come to believe that this is a natural state of affairs, and they can take liberties with it. They think you can put it on auto-pilot. I know that is never so. We have crafted a set of very intricate rules, no housing blocks shall have more than a percentage of so many Chinese, so many percent Malays, Indians. All are thoroughly mixed. Willy-nilly, your neighbours are Indians, Malays, you go to the same shopping malls, you go to the same schools, the same playing fields, you go up and down the same lifts. We cannot allow segregation."

Q: "There are people who think that Singapore may lighten up a little bit when you go, that the rules will become a little looser and if that happens, that might be something that's a concern to you."

Mr Lee: "No, you can go looser where it's not race, language and religion because those are deeply gut issues and it will surface the moment you start playing on them. It's inevitable, but on other areas, policies, right or wrong, disparity of opportunities, rich and poor, well go ahead. But don't play race, language, religion. We've got here, we've become cohesive, keep it that way. We've not used Chinese as a majority language because it will split the population. We have English as our working language, it's equal for everybody, and it's given us the progress because we're connected to the world. If you want to keep your Malay, or your Chinese, or your Tamil, Urdu or whatever, do that as a second language, not equal to your first language. It's up to you, how high a standard you want to achieve."

Q: "The public view of you is as a very strict, cerebral, unsentimental. Catherine Lim, "an authoritarian, no-nonsense manner that has little use for sentiment"."

Mr Lee: "She's a novelist, therefore, she simplifies a person's character, make graphic caricature of me. But is anybody that simple or simplistic?"

Q: "Sentiment though, you don't show that very much in public."

Mr Lee: "Well, that's a Chinese ideal. A gentleman in Chinese ideal, the junzi (君子) is someone who is always composed and possessed of himself and doesn't lose his temper and doesn't lose his tongue. That's what I try to do, except when I got turfed out from Malaysia. Then, I just couldn't help it."

Q: "One aspect of the way you've constructed Singapore is a certain level of fear perhaps in the population. You described yourself as a street fighter, knuckle duster and so forth."

Mr Lee: "Yes."

Q: "And that produces among some people a level of fear and I want to tell you what a taxi driver said when I said I was going to interview you. He said, safer not to ask him anything. If you ask him, somebody will follow you. We're not in politics so just let him do the politics."

Mr Lee: "How old is he?'

Q: "I'm sorry, middle aged, I don't know."

Mr Lee: "I go out. I'm no longer the Prime Minister. I don't have to do the difficult things. Everybody wants to shake my hands, everybody wants me to autograph something. Everybody wants to get around me to take a photo. So it's a problem.

Q: "Yes but…"

Mr Lee: "Because I'm no longer in charge, I don't have to do the hard things. I've laid the foundation and they know that because of that foundation, they're enjoying this life.'

Q: "So when you were the one directly in-charge, you had to be tough, you had to be a fighter."

Mr Lee: "Yes, of course. I had to fight left-wingers, Communists, pro-Communist groups who had killer squads. If I didn't have the guts and the gumption to take them on, there wouldn't be the Singapore. They would have taken over and it would have collapsed. I also had to fight the Malay Ultras when we were in Malaysia for two years."

Q: "Well, you don't have a lot of dissidents in prison but you're known for your libel suits which keeps a lot of people at bay."

Mr Lee: "We are non-corrupt. We lead modest lives, so it's difficult to malign us. What's the easy way to get a leader down? He's a hypocrite, he is corrupt, he pretends to be this when in fact he's that. That's what they're trying to do to me. Well, prove it, if what you say is right, then I don't deserve this reputation. Why must you say these things without foundation? I'm taking you to court, you've made these allegations, I'm open to your cross-examination."

Q: "But that may produce what I was talking about, about a level of fear."

Mr Lee: "No, you're fearful of a libel suit? Then don't issue these defamatory statements or make them where you have no basis. The Western correspondent, especially those who hop in and hop out got to find something to show that they are impartial, that they're not just taken in by the Singapore growth story. They say we keep down the opposition, how? Libel suits. Absolute rubbish. We have opponents in Parliament who have attacked us on policy, no libel suits against them and even in Parliament they are privileged to make defamatory allegation and cannot be sued. But they don't. They know it is not true."

Q: "Let me ask a last question. Again back to Tom Plate, "I'm not serious all the time. Everyone needs to have a good laugh now and then to see the funny side of things and to laugh at himself"."

Mr Lee: "Yes, of course."

Q: "How about that?"

Mr Lee: "You have to be that."

Q: "So what makes you laugh?"

Mr Lee: "Many things, the absurdity of it, many things in life. Sometimes, I meet witty people, have conversations, they make sharp remarks, I laugh.

Q: "And when you laugh at yourself as you said?"

Mr Lee: "That's very frequent. Yeah, I'm reaching 87, trying to keep fit, presenting a vigorous figure and it's an effort and is it worth the effort? I laugh at myself trying to keep a bold front. It's become my habit. I just carry on."

Q: "So it's the whole broad picture of things that you find funny?"

Mr Lee: "Yes, life as a whole has many abnormalities, of course."

Q: "Your public life together with your private life, what you've done over things people write about you and Singapore, that overall is something that you can find funny?"

Mr Lee: "Yes, of course.

Q: "You made one of the few people who laugh at Singapore."

Mr Lee: "Let me give you a Chinese proverb "do not judge a man until you've closed his coffin. Do not judge a man." Close the coffin, then decide. Then you assess him. I may still do something foolish before the lid is closed on me."

Q: "So you're waiting for the final verdict?"

Mr Lee: "No, the final verdict will not be in the obituaries. The final verdict will be when the PhD students dig out the archives, read my old papers, assess what my enemies have said, sift the evidence and seek the truth? I'm not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honourable purpose. I had to do some nasty things, locking fellows up without trial."

Q: "For the greater good?

Mr Lee: "Well, yes, because otherwise they are running around and causing havoc playing on Chinese language and culture, and accusing me of destroying Chinese education. You've not been here when the Communists were running around. They do not believe in the democratic process. They don't believe in one man, one vote. They believe in one bullet, one vote. They had killer squads. But they at the same time had a united front exploiting the democratic game. It gave them cover. But my business, my job was to make sure that they did not succeed. Sometimes you just got to lock the leaders up. They are confusing the people. The reality is that if you allow these people to work up animosity against the government because it's keeping down the Chinese language, because we've promoted English, keeping down Chinese culture because you have allowed English literature, and we suppress our Chinese values and the Chinese language, the Chinese press, well, you will break up the society. They harp on these things when they know they are not true. They know that if you actually do in Chinese language and culture, the Chinese will riot and the society must break up."

Q: "So leadership is a constant battle?"

Mr Lee: "In a multiracial situation like this, it is. Malaysia took the different line; Malaysians saw it as a Malay country, all others are lodgers, "orang tumpangan", and they the Bumiputras, sons of the soil, run the show. So the Sultans, the Chief Justice and judges, generals, police commissioner, the whole hierarchy is Malay. All the big contracts for Malays. Malay is the language of the schools although it does not get them into modern knowledge. So the Chinese build and find their own independent schools to teach Chinese, the Tamils create their own Tamil schools, which do not get them jobs. It's a most unhappy situation."

Mdm Yeong: "I thought that was the last question."

Q: "This is the last part of the last question. So your career has been a struggle to keep things going in the right way and you've also said that the best way to keep your health is to keep on working. Are you tired of it by this point? Do you feel like you want to rest?"

Mr Lee: "No, I don't. I know if I rest I'll slide downhill fast. No, my whole being has been stimulated by the daily challenge. If I suddenly drop it all, play golf, stroll around, watch the sunset, read novels, that's downhill. It is the daily challenge, social contacts, meeting people, people like you, you press me, I answer, when I don't…. what have I got tomorrow?"

Mdm Yeong: "You have two more events coming up. One is the Radin Mas Community."

Mr Lee: "Oh yeah. I got it."

Mdm Yeong: "And then you have other call, courtesy call on the 3rd."

Mr Lee: "We are social animals. Without that interaction with people, you are isolated. The worst punishment you can give a person is the isolation ward. You get hallucinations. Four walls, no books, no nothing. By way of example, Henry Kissinger wants to speak to me. So I said okay, we'll speak on Sunday. What about? We are meeting in Sao Paolo at a J P Morgan International Advisory Board. He wants to talk to me to check certain facts on China. My mind is kept alive, I go to China once a year at least. I meet Chinese leaders. So it's a constant stimulus as I keep up to date. Supposing I sit back, I don't think about China, just watch videos. I am off to Moscow, Kiev and Paris on the 15th of September. Three days Moscow, three days Kiev, four days Paris. Moscow I am involved in the Skolkovo Business School which President Medvedev, when he wasn't President started. I promised to go if he did not fix it in the winter. So they fix it for September. I look at the fires, I said wow this is no good."

Q: "It's not going to be freezing if there are fires."

Mr Lee: "No but our embassy says the skies have cleared. Kiev because the President has invited me specially and will fly me from Moscow to Kiev and then fly me on to Paris. Paris I am on the TOTAL Advisory Board together with Joe Nye and a few others. They want a presentation on what are China's strengths and weaknesses. That keeps me alive. It's just not my impressionistic views of China but one that has to be backed by facts and figures. So my team works out the facts and figures, and I check to see if they tally with my impressions. But it's a constant stimulus to keep alive, and up-to-date. If I stop it, it's downhill."

Q: "Well, I hope you continue. Thank you very much, I really enjoyed this interview."

Terkini : Suspek Dibawa Ke Pejabatnya, Polis Rampas 7 CPU Dan Dokumen

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 10:45 PM PDT

Suspek utama kes Sosilawati dibawa ke pejabatnya, tujuh CPU dan dokumen dirampas

Gambar: ANGGOTA Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Berat D9 Bukit Aman membawa keluar Unit Pemprosesan Pusat (CPU) dan sistem komputer lain dari pejabat suspek utama bergelar Datuk yang terbabit kes pembunuhan jutawan kosmetik, Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya dan tiga rakannya. - Foto Mohd Yusni Ariffin

BANTING - Suspek utama Datuk Sosilawati dibawa ke pejabatnya, di pekan Banting, bagi membantu siasatan berhubung kes pembunuhannya.

Beliau yang dikawal ketat oleh sepasukan anggota polis tiba di pejabatnya kira-kira jam 10.50 pagi.

Bagaimanapun pihak polis dan suspek tidak dapat memasuki premis berkenaan berikutan kunci yang digunakan salah.

Pihak polis kemudiannya membawa suspek ke Ibu Pejabat Polis (IPPD) Kuala Langat dan tiba semula kira-kira jam 11.05 pagi.

Beberapa dokumen berserta dengan tujuh CPU telah dibawa bersama setelah pihak polis dan suspek, berada di pejabat berkenaan selama satu jam setengah.

Selain daripada pihak media, orang ramai turut berkumpul di kawasan berkenaan bagi mendapat perkembangan terkini mengenai kes itu.

Pihak polis yang berada ditempat kejadian enggan memberikan sebarang kenyataan.

Sementara itu, sepasukan unit forensik dilihat memasuki Ladang Gadong yang menjadi lokasi pembunuhan jutawan kosmetik dan tiga yang lain.

Unit Marin Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) ditempatkan di Sungai Kanchong Laut, bagi mengesan sebahagian daripada bahan bukti serta barangan milik peribadi mangsa yang dipercayai dibuang kedalam sungai berkenaan. -SH

UMNO-PERKASA split? Don’t buy this, folks. It’s more like a Dr M + PERKASA – Najib split!

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 11:13 PM PDT

Kenyataan Dr Syed Husin Ali, Timbalan Presiden Mengenai:Kedudukan Dalam Pemilihan KEADILAN Pusat

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 10:56 PM PDT

Bermula 17hb September ini, Cabang-cabang KEADILAN akan memulakan proses mencadang nama-nama calon bagi setiap jawatan dalam Parti. Sudah sampai waktunya untuk saya menjelaskan samada saya mempertahan kedudukan saya sebagai Timbalan Presiden atau tidak.

Akhir-akhir ini ramai juga pemimpin Pusat, Negeri, Cabang dan anggota bi

asa yang menghantar sms atau emel dan menelefon meminta bahkan menggesa saya agar bertanding. Macam-macam hujah mereka kemukakan. Saya mengucapkan berbanyak terima kasih kepada mereka.

Sebenarnya, saya ingin melihat orang yang lebih muda dan aktif menggantikan saya, walaupun dalam umur tepat 74 tahun minggu depan, Insha Allah, saya terkadang merasa belum tua lagi. Saya ingin menumpukan

lebih banyak masa kepada menulis. Selain isteri, anak dan cucu ini merupakan cinta utama saya.

Sudah lama saya membayangkan hasrat mahu mengundurkan diri dari jawatan Timbalan Presiden bila sampai waktunya. Saya telah berbincang dengan keluarga, beberapa orang pemimpin Parti dan juga sahabat rapat. Kini

saya mengambil keputusan tidak akan bertanding.

Akan tetapi, tidak bererti saya akan meninggalkan politik ataupun Parti sepenuhnya. Saya menceburkan diri dalam politik dengan memasuki Parti Rakyat Malaysia pada tahun 1958. Saya menyandang jawatan Timbalan Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat semenjak 2003. Politik dan perjuangan untuk

rakyat sudah menjadi darah daging saya. Oleh itu tidak mudah bagi saya meninggalkannya begitu saja.

Saya berharap dan berdoa agar KEADILAN Pusat, Wanita dan Angkatan Muda akan dipimpin oleh tokoh-tokoh yang komited kepada asas-asas perjuangan Parti seperti termaktub dalam Perlembagaannya, menghormati disiplin

organisasi Parti, sudah teruji merentas duri dan ranjau perjuangan, bergerak secara pemain berpasukan (team player), menentang amalan korupsi dalam segala bentuk dan mendukung nilai akhlak yang tinggi.

Terserahlah kepada anggota-anggota Parti bagi menentukan siapakah yang mereka mahu menjadi pemimpin. Cara pemilihan, yang baru diperkenalkan

oleh KEADILAN dengan memberi setiap anggota satu undi adalah cara yang demokratik. Jikalau tidak silap saya, Parti ini merupakan satu-satunya parti politik dalam dunia yang mengamalkan cara ini.

Adalah penting cara ini dilaksana dan diamalkan oleh setiap calon yang bertanding dan setiap anggota yang mengundi dengan cara yang adil, bersih,

telus dan bebas dari korupsi politik wang.

Dr Syed Husin Ali
14 September 2010


Beginning 17th September, various Branches will start the process of proposing names of candidates for all positions in the Party. The time has come for me to state whether I will be defending my position as Deputy President or not.

Of late quite a number of Central, State, Division leaders and ordinary members have sent me sms or emails and phoned me asking or even urging that I should stand. They provided all kinds of reasons. I thank them all most sincerely.

Truly, I wish to see a younger and more active person to succeed me, although at the age of exactly 74 which falls next week, Insha Allah, I sometimes do not feel that old. I wish to devote more time on writing. Besides my wife, children and grand children, this is my great love.

For a long time I have indicated that I would like to withdraw from my position as Deputy President when the time came. I have consulted with my family, a few Party leaders and a number of close friends. Now I have decided not to stand.

But this does not mean that I will leave politics and the Party for good. I began my involvement in politics when I joined the Malaysian People's Party in 1958. I have been Deputy President of the People's Justice Party since 2003. Politics and the struggle for the people are in my flesh and blood. Thus it will not be easy to abandon them just like that.

I hope and pray that KEADILAN, as well as its Women and Youth wings will be led by leaders who are committed to the basic struggle of the Party as stated in its Constitution, respectful of Party organizational discipline, tested through long and arduous struggles, good team players, uncompromising against all forms of corruption and upholding high moral values.

It rests upon the members to determine who they want as leaders. The direct election process that has just been introduced by KEADILAN gives every member a vote. It is very democratic. As far as I know this may be the only political party in the world that practices this process.

It is of utmost importance that his process is carried out, by every candidate standing and every member voting, in a fair, clean, transparent manner and free from the corruption of money politics.

Dr Syed Husin Ali
14 September 2010

Why can't we sue Astro?

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 10:10 AM PDT

My buddy Syed Akbar Ali who just returned from a trip to Cambodia and Vietnam wrote about 100 Astro channels for RM16.00? in his blog, which drew my immediate attention. That's the price the Cambodians have to pay compared with about RM100 for a package of between 15-50 channels in Malaysia.

Excerpts: Cambodia has much, much less infrastructure than us. They need to spend more to provide satellite tv services and yet they are about six times cheaper. And considering that they get about four times as many channels, you can approximately 'compound' their 'cost advantage' and say that they get 24 times more "value for money" than us in terms of paying for satellite tv (6 times cheaper price x 4 times more channels = 24 times more "value for money").

Bro, allow me to add something to it. How many years has Astro been introduced to Malaysians? How many times have we cursed Astro for the time-to-time disruption during bad weather? During the World Cup in South Africa recently, tell me how many hundred times were the 'live' programmes got screwed by just a slight drizzle?

Forget about heavy rain or a storm, Astro's 'service without interruption' warranty is just a marketing gimmick.

I was in Manila few months ago where its satellite TV (over 120 channels) did not show any glitch under bad weather. It was also cheap.

The problem with our Astro is, their service is so bad but they are so good in making you pay your bills. A day late, and you got cut off. Apart from posting the bills, they also call or SMS you as a reminder.

They are complacent. Just because nobody has even taken them to task - such as suing and dragging them to court - they take us for granted. And just because they dont have competitors, they are happy enough to monopolise the business.

The government should consider issuing another license to another provider. Let Astro feels some competition there as to wake them up. This could solve the problems!

Photogenic: Piece of Art

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 09:33 AM PDT

Piece of art...

I was taken the shadow of the tree trunk as the main focus on the picture above... then i realize from the angle i stand i got another piece of art. So i took the picture below

It's piece of art too... what do you see?

malaysia day sape tour

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 09:48 AM PDT

don't forget today (penang) and tomorrow (KL), celebrate malaysia day for the first time, it being a public holiday, with our fellow sarawakians.

kilah kuit, a penang and miku loyang will be playing the sape, sarawak's traditionam musial instrument, while miku's wife, juna saran will be performing her special 'ngajet' dance.  (picture here shows all 3 of them)

see full details at facebook event. or my blog post earlier.

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Posted: 14 Sep 2010 09:28 AM PDT

LU Rankai & HAN Luzhen – Dai Drinking Song 卢然凯、罕禄珍 – 傣族敬酒歌

Songkran Shan/Tai music LuenHah

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