Friday, October 8, 2010

A Heritage Denied - Bujang Valley & The Indians

A Heritage Denied - Bujang Valley & The Indians

A Heritage Denied - Bujang Valley & The Indians

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 11:42 AM PDT

Decades of official discrimination have turned Malaysia's ethnic Indians into a disgruntled underclass

Multiracial malaysia has three heritages to celebrate: Malay, Chinese and Indian. In the Bujang Valley in northern Kedah state, Malaysia's Indian roots are visible. An ancient kingdom existed there, of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, dating back to the 4th century. It was a trading and migration port, within sailing distance of India, and it eventually became part of Sumatra's mighty Sriwijaya Empire. Since the site was rediscovered by explorers in the 1930s, more than 50 temple ruins have been excavated in the valley, making it Malaysia's richest archaeological treasure trove.

But an Indian Malaysian visiting the Bujang Valley might come away feeling demeaned rather than proud—and that would be no accident. The government has spruced up some ruins and built a museum beside them to showcase Bujang's archaeological finds. The ochre ruins are classically Indian in design, neat, dull—and there is nothing to tell the visitor how grand the originals may have been. The museum has Buddhist and Hindu statues behind glass—cows, Ganeshas, lingams—but the official literature does its best to downplay, even denigrate, the Indian impact on the region. A board on the museum wall describes an "old Malay kingdom" in the Bujang Valley that had "contact with various people of different cultural origins and environments." The museum's brochure is even more explicit. It states that maritime trade led to the "indianization" of the Bujang Valley. The indigenous culture, it says "was eventually adulterated."

If that sounds like a wan cheer for Malaysia's Indian heritage, it's a sentiment familiar to most of the country's 1.8 million people of Indian descent. Affirmative action-type quotas for the Malay population, along with a political system controlled by the Malays and Chinese, make many Indian Malaysians feel like third-class citizens. The result is an increasingly aggrieved population, and a timid one, that isn't very happy about its place in society. "I'm not sure I can see a future in this country for my children," says an Indian-Malaysian businesswoman in Kuala Lumpur who asks not to be named. "We'll give it another few years. If things have not improved, we'll leave for Europe."

Race is the big divide in Malaysia, as it has been ever since the watershed race riots of 1969. In his 20 years in power, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has tried to uplift the Malays, who make up 55% of the 22 million population, and guarantee them a large percentage of available business opportunities. The second-largest group, the Chinese, were supposed to lose their disproportionate grip on the country's economy. But it may be the Indians who were the real losers. Most were imported a century ago to work the rubber plantations and tin mines, and they still dominate the bottom rungs of the social ladder. "Indians have neither the political nor the economic leverage to break out of their vicious cycle of poverty," says Selvakumaran Ramachandran, an Indian-Malaysian academic who works for the United Nations Development Program. "If their problems are not arrested and reversed, it is almost certain they will emerge as an underclass."

Already, Indians have the lowest share of the nation's corporate wealth: 1.5%, compared to 19.4% for the Malays and 38.5% for the Chinese. Not surprisingly, Indians claim the highest rate of suicide of any community. Violent crime is becoming Indian turf. In 1994, 128 of the 377 murders committed in Malaysia were by Indians. Some 15% of the Indians in the capital are squatters. "I have a feeling," says P. Ramasamy, a political science professor at the National University, "that if something is not done soon, something is going to really blow."

The Indians' main problem is numerical. With only 8% of the country's population, they don't have enough clout to alter pro-Malay business or employment policies, or even stand up to Malay chauvinism of the sort exhibited at the Bujang Valley museum. The Chinese community has a slew of ambitious political leaders. The Indian community's politics are dominated by the Malaysian Indian Congress (mic) and its leader of more than two decades, S. Samy Vellu, who happens to be the only Indian in Mahathir's cabinet.

When the government wants to dispense largesse to the Indian community, it usually does so through Samy Vellu, as a recent scene at mic headquarters demonstrated. Indian parents and their children came to hear Samy Vellu describe a new government scheme for student loans. It was a "very special allocation" made through the generosity of the Prime Minister and the Education Minister, he said. To qualify, families had to earn less than $5,300 a year. A young Indian woman in the crowd admitted that her father made more than the stipulated amount. "Can I still apply?" she asked. "Don't worry," Samy Vellu assured her. "Come see me afterwards and I will make sure you can get it." Obviously impressed with the minister's magnanimity, the crowd of 500 applauded warmly. "Whatever we get," says a senior Indian journalist, "we can get only through the mic. That's how the system works."

One area in which Indians have prospered is the professions, particularly medicine and law, and Indian names stud the rolls of professional societies. Many of this group hail from white-collar families who worked in Malaysia when it was a British colony. Yet even with that background, an Indian Malaysian can find it difficult to become a doctor or lawyer. Local university seats and scholarships to study overseas are all awarded by a racial quota system. Even when someone gets a degree, discrimination is frequent. Indian doctors, for instance, complain that they are increasingly excluded from the lists of approved doctors whom civil servants or company employees can use. "I wish you Americans would invade—just for a while," a small-town Indian doctor tells a visitor. "Then I would have a fairer chance of working in this country of ours."

So far, Indians have resigned themselves to their plight. But some rumbles are being heard. Last October, five Malaysian men were attacked and killed one night in the town of Kampar, 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur. Their charred remains were found in a torched pickup truck. The police arrested 13 cattle ranchers of Indian descent. The ranchers had complained for two years of people poaching their cows, but apparently the local police had done nothing to help. The 13 ranchers have yet to be tried, and poaching has reportedly ceased in that area. The defendants are quietly regarded as heroes among the Indian community. "Malaysia cannot afford to have about 8% of its population feel alienated," warns R.V. Navaratnam, a prominent businessman. "Malaysian unity can be as strong only as its weakest link—which is the Malaysian Indian community."

By Anthony Spaeth -

malaysia IS already a failed state

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 11:37 AM PDT

our PM said that malaysia must transform or it risked becoming a failed state.

yeah right… transform. when umno is transform from being federal government to opposition!

anyway our  dear PM is dreaming.  malaysia is already a failed state. the signs are all out there. so said many many people like RPK, lim kit siang… and former sabah CM, harris salleh  is kinder, to say 'malaysia is heading for a failed state' (instead of saying it is one now).

extract from RPK's article – the signs:

- When racism and discrimination is not only rampant but state sanctioned as well, that is a mark of a failed state. And this is happening in Malaysia.

- When abuse of power and corruption are the order of the day, that is a mark of a failed state. And this is happening in Malaysia.

- When the police force is violent and plays the role of judge, jury and executioner, and when extrajudicial killings are almost a daily occurrence, that is a mark of a failed state. And this is happening in Malaysia.

- When free speech is stifled and the right of association and peaceful assembly are curtailed, that is a mark of a failed state. And this is happening in Malaysia.

- When the judiciary is not independent and judges do the bidding of the powers-that-be and are themselves violators of the law, that is a mark of a failed state. And this is happening in Malaysia.

- When elections are rigged and one-sided and when there are no real free and fair elections, that is a mark of a failed state. And this is happening in Malaysia.

- When there is no separation of powers and power is concentrated in the hands of one man, the Executive, that is a mark of a failed state. And this is happening in Malaysia.

you see the signs? i'm sure you can add more.

then when i read  harris salleh describing failed states as 'club of doom', it reminds me of a book i bought three years ago entitled 'malaysia and the club of doom'. the book talks about the collapse of the islamic countries… and of course malaysia is one of them.

extract from the book:

"…whenever something goes wrong, they (Muslims) do blame it on … conspiracies. …They do not realize that by endlessly blaming these conspiracies, they are openly acknowledging that they are gullible simpletons. The only conclusion we can draw is that if there are bad wolves in the forest and they are looking for easy victims, they can always rely on the Malaysian Muslims to play that role. But few Muslims want to admit that they had been manipulated by their own leaders …" (Syed Akbar Ali, page 63, Chapter 4, ibid)

ain't that true! i like this sentence "they do not realize that by endlessly blaming these conspiracies, they are openly acknowledging that they are gullible simpletons.".  do you see many gullible simpletons in perkasa?? .

go and buy the book to read! uh oh… if not mistaken, the book is banned i think. when it was launched, it was our ex PM who launched the book. well i would have lend you the book… if i still have it. i had lent it to someone and i never see the return of it. this is what i hate – whenever i lent books to friends, the books never returned (like my 'may 13′ book by prof kua – it had gone missing too).

ok coming back to topic, i hope that no 'gullible simpletons' will tell me "if you think malaysia is a failed state, why you stay here? you balik cina lah!"

well as i had stated before, despite malaysia looks like it is going to the dogs, i still love my own country, my 'tanah tumpah darahku'.  i still have hope that one day malaysia will change… no no, i mean i still hope one day umno will fall.  hope is important.  without hope, i'll be dead or gone cuckoo!!

Why Malacca, not Srivijaya?

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 11:35 AM PDT

A majority of Malays are content to look only as far as the Sultanate of Malacca in the 15th and the 16th century, apparently accepting the era as the golden age of ancient, classical or medieval Malay civilization. Thanks to the education I received through the Malaysian system, I had the same perception too and I do think even Malaysians as a society in one way or another accept Malacca was the greatest civilization in ancient, classical or medieval Malaysian history. My love for history has allowed me to delve far beyond Malaysian textbooks. While Malacca was a great empire, a greater civilization was Srivijaya, an empire that was almost forgotten. I truly believe that Srivijaya was that brilliant light that stayed bright from nearly a millennium. Malacca was a just spark, though brilliant as it may be.

The Malaysian education system fails to give Srivijaya the respect it deserves. So many Malaysian textbook pages concentrate on Malacca and successive minor Malay states but ignored that one large Malay empire that spanned from the Isthmus of Kra all the way down to Central Java and, at one point in time, even the banks of the Mekong. Admittedly, Srivijayan border was porous unlike modern states but its sphere of influence was far wider than that of Malacca or even of Malaysia.

Perhaps part of the reason why the Malays stress so much on Malacca is the fact that so little information is known about Malay history earlier than the 14th century. Relatively modern Malays have been so ingrained with the notion that their history starts with Malacca. That misconception pushes Srivijaya into that one book in a section of a library that nobody goes to.

Srivijaya, despite its status, was only discovered by historians in the early 20th century. The reason why it was so easy to overlook Srivijaya's existence is the material used for Srivijayan architecture; many of Srivijayan structures were made out of wood. In harsh tropical climate, wood would not last for too long, definitely not for one thousand years. Malacca itself did not leave too much behind to be marveled at by tourists and so, one could not hope too much for Srivijaya. The rain and the sun conspired to erase a chapter of a history book, hushing Srivijaya from history to myth to total obscurity.

That does not mean Srivijaya failed to leave its mark in history. The Sailendra, under the auspice of the Srivijayan Emperor Samaratunga, constructed the Borobudur which still stands today in the middle of Java. But even that monument was only rediscovered in the 19th century by Stamford Raffles. As for the Sailendra, the East Javanese pushed them out of central Java, causing the Srivijayan ally to migrate to the west and built a new hope under the protection of Srivijaya. The royal court of Sailendra was finally eliminated by Srivijayan Emperor Culamanivarmadeva after the Sailendra betrayed the emperor. That act led to the loss to Srivijayan capital, Palembang, to the East Javanese in the early 11th century. Palembang was reconquered by Culamanivarmadeva but by that time, Srivijaya had gone over its hill. It was dusk time.

Notice the names? Yes. The Malays were Hindus then. And Buddhists, and animists, despite whatever the religious conservatives might assert, despite how our history is being rewritten by those that have no respect for truth.

The Sultanate of Malacca itself was founded by an heir to the Srivijayan throne. The struggle between the Malays and the Javanese continued well into the 14th century and sometimes by the late 1300s, Parameswara, a Malay Srivijaya prince, fled Sumatra when Majapahit finally crushed the last remnant of a Malay empire that started humbly by the Musi River.

In a way, Malacca was the successor of the glorious Srivijaya. If Malacca could be seen as a sultanate that later led to Malaya and Malaysia, then Srivijaya could be seen as such as well.

While I was in Bangkok, I visited some of the museums there. It is truly sad to find out that the Thais are more appreciative of the Malay empire than the Malays and Malaysians in Malaysia themselves. Perhaps, that could be explained by the presence of Srivijayan temples, biaras, in Thailand, reminding the Thais of an empire long ago. In Malaysia, almost nothing.

Almost nothing but the Bujang Valley which was under the control of Old Kedah, a state within the realm of Srivijaya. Is it not odd that Bujang Valley, itself being far richer in historical terms, has been outshone by relatively young ruins (if it could be called as such) of Malacca?

Something must explain this bias that sides with Malacca. Could it be religion?

Najib's Pastoral Picture of Malaysia

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 11:19 AM PDT

Despite the prime minister's speech to the UN, his country is facing serious racial tension

Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, made an eloquent speech to the United Nations earlier this week, telling the assembled body that, among other things, Malaysia "is a multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and democratic society that has benefited from the positive interaction and synergy between the various communities. Mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship co-exist in harmony.

"Although Islam is the official religion, we honor other religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism – by making their religious and cultural celebrations as national holidays and celebrate them as national events. It is this equilibrium that leads to moderation or wasatiyyah in the Islamic tradition of mutual justice."

That picture of Malaysia, thought to have been crafted by the giant US public relations firm APCO Worldwide for delivery in New York, is badly frayed, however. Many people in Kuala Lumpur say racial tension is higher than it has been since 1987, when former Prime Minister Mahathir cracked down in the so-called Operation Lalang and threw lots of top opposition politicians in jail under the Internal Security Act, which allows in effect for indefinite detention without trial.

Political events since the 2008 general election have led to ever-rising tension, particularly between Malays and Chinese although there have been strains in the Indian community as well. It is unclear today how far down into the society that racial bitterness extends. On many occasions, the two races have worked together to attempt to calm racial tensions. Last year, when unknown vandals firebombed a Christian church in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, urban Malays went to the church to attempt to calm anger.

Najib's attempts to unify his country are facing deep problems, many of them caused by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has taken on the question of special rights for the Malay majority and played a major role in the development of a Malay superiority NGO called Perkasa, whose fiery leader, Ibrahim Ali, has been perceived as a Mahathir ally although he is an independent legislator.

"Perkasa's vocal spokesmen Ibrahim and Mahathir seem hell bent – through such vociferous bickering – to stop Prime Minister Najib Razak from implementing his New Economic Model which is supposed to liberalise the economy from the clutches of the economically stifling, much corrupted and skewed New Economic Policy that heavily plays on 'Malay rights," wrote Raja Petra Kamarudin, the editor of the influential blog Malaysia Today.

"The problem is a segment of the Malays fear what is needed to revive private investment, especially domestic private investment, could cause Najib to lose the general election," said an analyst with a Kuala Lumpur-based think tank. "This assumes that the Malay electorate would be hostile to policy measures to ameliorate the NEP's re-structuring objectives. Najib has said this will now be applied on nationally rather than on a company basis while continuing the focus on reducing poverty. Perkasa's strength comes from its linkage with Mahathir who still commands some support in Umno and among the Malay community. Undoubtedly, Malays who feel threatened by prospect of less contracts etc from the Government will be hostile to Najib's economic plans."

The Sept. 27 death of another lawmaker, Parti Islam se-Malaysia state assemblyman Che Hashim Sulaima, will kick off the 12th by-election since the 2008 electoral surprise that gave the opposition control of four states and shocked the ruling Barisan Nasional. The United Malays National Organisation is expected to pull out all the stops in going after the Kelantan seat. With the Islamic fundamentalist PAS in the unanticipated role of positioning itself as a moderate party seeking to attract non-Malay votes, it remains to be seen if UMNO will attempt to appeal to voters by emphasizing Malay superiority.

Mahathir has been fanning the flames of unrest by his continuing demand for the continuation of special treatment for Malays, a cause he has espoused ever since the publication of his book, The Malay Dilemma. In that book, Mahathir argued that because Malays were rural and backward and because the economy was controlled by urban Chinese, they needed special treatment. After disastrous racial riots in July of 1969, the government agreed with Mahathir and created the New Economic Policy, in affect an affirmative action program for a majority race. For 40 years, they have been given that special treatment but they have advanced relatively little vis-à-vis the Chinese. Today, social scientists argue that affirmative action to help the Malays has been a crutch that has cushioned their lives and kept them from healthy competition.

But changing that policy is messing with a powder keg. Rallies against changing it have drawn thousands of angry Malays. Mahathir fanned the flames considerably by lending his public support to a Malay superiority rally in Terengganu on May 13, the anniversary of the 1969 race riots that took hundreds of lives. The octogenarian former leader has not broken with Najib, partly out of his loyalty to Najib's father, who reinstated him in politics after he was expelled from UMNO following publication of his book. But he continues to demand special treatment for Malays. In his blog, Che Det, on August 30, he wrote that the leader of the Chinese Economic Congress was racist for calling for a meritocratic society.

"It is racial because he was advocating taking away the protection afforded by the NEP and quotas from the bumiputeras (native Malays) and not from any other race," Mahathir wrote. "I am not proud of the protection afforded the bumiputera. It implies weakness. I don't think Malays and other bumiputera like to think that they are inferior in any way. But the reality is that in Malaysia the bumiputeras need new skills and a new culture even. These cannot be had by them in a mere 20 years. The original planners of the NEP were too optimistic."

Najib hired the US public relations firm APCO to come up with a US$40 million program to seek to pull the races together as well as to seek to burnish his own image overseas, tarnished as it has been by a long series of scandals. The program, called 1Malaysia, is considered by most people to have failed.

Despite the fact that the special rights have become a millstone around their neck instead of moving them into a higher income bracket. Especially, critics say, it has created a rentier class of so-called "Umnoputras" who skim off contracts through government–linked companies to enrich themselves and that little of the benefit trickles down to the rank and file.

When Najib took office in April 2009, he started seeking to modify the program, called the New Economic Policy. That has led to continuing tension. In May, some 1,500 members of the Malay Consultative Council, a group of 76 Malay-rights organizations, summarily rejected Najib's plans to replace it with what the premier called his New Economic Model.

At the forefront of the protest against Najib's plans has been Ibrahim Ali, who has not only threatened non-Malays but launched a series of attacks on moderates. Among other things, Ibrahim has sought to have top officials including Chua Soi Lek, the president of the Malaysian Chinese Association – the second biggest component of the Barisan Nasional after the United Malays National Organisation – arrested for sedition, basically for talking back at him. He has demanded also that shariah laws be amended to prohibit non-Muslims from entering mosques and prayer rooms – which they have done traditionally. He has also demanded that Nurul Izzah Anwar, an MP and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, be jailed as well after Nurul accused Mahathir of inciting racial animosities.

by Asia

Maka, Tergoleklah "Lembu-lembu" Itu Disembelih Tangan Sultan Sendiri

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 10:20 AM PDT

Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad ke-V, berkenan untuk mengagihkan daging sembelihan 99 ekor lembu kepada orang miskin di seluruh negeri ini, sempena Hari Keputeraan baginda ke-41 pada 6 Oktober lalu.

Biarlah gambar-gambar ini berbicara sendiri:
dari : Topeng Perak

SABAH BOLEH! Ministry says to find out why Commonwealth gold medalist used Sabah flag

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 08:05 AM PDT

By Syed Mu'az Syed Putra
October 08, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 — Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim said today he would hold talks with the Malaysian Weightlifting Association over Commonwealth Games gold medalist Aricco Jumitih's decision to wear a vest with a Sabah flag on it during his event in New Delhi this week.
Aricco's vest also had the word "Sabah" on the back instead of "Malaysia."
In the 62 kg weightlifting event held on Tuesday, Sabahan Aricco wore a vest bearing the flag of his home state instead of the Jalur Gemilang usually worn by national athletes participating in international events.
"We are waiting to discuss this issue with the (weightlifting) association. I am aware of it, but let us discuss it first. I don't wish to comment further," Razali told The Malaysian Insider.
The incident follows criticisms about the Malaysian contingent's untidy attire during the opening ceremony last weekend.
National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong had commented that the Malaysian contingent appeared untidily dressed during the opening ceremony on Sunday.
"I saw the national contingent's parade on opening night... They just didn't look neat. They did not button their blazers, they also did not wear neckties. Some wore songkok, some did not. This made out contingent look untidily dressed," Zolkples told Utusan Malaysia earlier this week.
He stressed, however, that the national contingent's unkempt look had nothing to do with the choice of attire.
"It was not caused by improper choice of clothes. This is not the first time we have worn blazers to a major sporting event," Zolkples said.
It is unclear if action would be taken against Aricco.

Mayat Seorang Daripada Empat Nelayan Hilang Ditemui

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 08:06 AM PDT

Mayat seorang daripada empat nelayan hilang dijumpai

LUMUT: Pasukan mencari dan menyelamat hari ini menjumpai mayat seorang daripada empat nelayan yang hilang apabila bot pukat jerut mereka dilanggar sebuah kapal dipercayai kapal dagang kira-kira 10 batu nautika dari Sabak Bernam semalam.

Komander Pasukan Gerakan Marin (PGM) Wilayah 1 ACP Zainul Abidin Hasan berkata mayat Tan Chong Peng, 45, berasal dari Simpang Empat, Bagan Nakhoda Omar, Sabak Bernam, Selangor dijumpai pada kira-kira 10.45 pagi.

"Mangsa ditemui dalam bilik enjin bot tersebut dan mayatnya dihantar ke Hospital Sabak Bernam untuk bedah siasat," katanya kepada pemberita di sini.

Zainul Abidin berkata operasi mencari dan menyelamat diteruskan untuk mengesan tiga lagi mangsa yang masih hilang terdiri daripada seorang tekong dan dua awak-awak.

Tiga lagi mangsa yang masih hilang dikenali sebagai Ah Huat yang berasal dari Sungai Helang, Sabak Bernam, Ah No dari Bagan Nakhoda Omar dan Ah Cheng dari Hutan Melintang, Perak.

Beliau berkata operasi pada hari ini membabitkan dua bot ronda PGM Kampung Acheh, Sitiawan diketuai seorang pegawai dengan 11 anggota, yang bermula seawal 6.30 pagi.

Dalam perkembangan yang sama, Zainul Abidin berkata bot pukat jerut tersebut sudah ditarik ke pangkalan nelayan Hutan Melintang, Hilir Perak dekat sini pagi ini sebelum operasi menyedut keluar air dalam bot dijalankan.

Bot dari Hutan Melintang yang membawa 17 nelayan termasuk tekong itu terbalik apabila dilanggar sebuah kapal kira-kira 3.40 pagi semalam.

Semua mangsa dilaporkan sedang tidur apabila nahas berlaku dan 11 daripada mereka sempat menyelamatkan diri manakala enam yang lain hilang. Mayat dua daripada nelayan yang hilang itu dijumpai tidak jauh dari tempat kejadian semalam. - Bernama

Nobel Peace Prize 2010 for China’s Liu Xiaobo

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:19 AM PDT

Nobel Peace Prize 2010 winner China Liu XiaoboThe Nobel Peace Prize 2010 was awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China."

Liu, 54, who was a key leader in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, was sentenced on Christmas Day last year to 11 years in prison for subversion.

China said the award was a violation of Nobel principles and could damage relations with Norway. More on BBC.

As expected, the Chinese government has ordered a news blackout on major news portals, but it's just impossible to block all information these days.

Nobel Peace Prize 2010 for China's Liu Xiaobo from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Who logged these logs in Sarawak?

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:20 AM PDT

There is a huge environmental disaster unfolding in Sarawak. 

Heavy rains flooding a logging camp in the interior of the state has forced millions of cut logs and wood debris into the Balleh river. The Balleh river joins into the Rajang river which flows past Sibu before emptying into the South China Sea. Right now, the Rajang is a river of sludge -- a mixture of logs, debris and mud.

There should be no pity for the people behind this ecological disaster of unknown proportions. All the destruction, all the waste. Questions must be asked of the authorities.

Who is behind this logging? Why is there such an extensive logging? In the first place, is this logging legal or illegal? If legal, who approved the logging licences? Who is going to take even a wee bit of responsibility over the destruction of the environment over there? Will we ever know the answers?

The above picture is from Hornbill Unleashed. More photos are available there.

SPR Tidak Hormat DUN & Sultan Kelantan

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 07:44 AM PDT

Galas: SPR Jawab Nik Aziz Isu Tarikh Mengundi

PETALING JAYA: Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) membidas Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat kerana mendakwa suruhanjaya itu bersifat pilih kasih dan tidak sensitif apabila menetapkan 4 November sebagai tarikh pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangn Negeri (DUN) Galas.

Timbalan Pengerusi SPR, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar berkata, pihaknya mengambil kira pelbagai faktor sebelum membuat apa-apa keputusan berhubung penetapan tarikh penamaan calon ataupun pembuangan undi.

Jelas beliau, keupayaan pengundi berdaftar yang layak mengundi dalam DUN Galas merupakan keutamaan utama yang diberi perhatian oleh SPR.

"Perkara yang paling penting ialah sama ada tarikh yang dipilih itu bersesuaian serta tidak menyusahkan pengundi untuk keluar menunaikan tanggungjawab mereka sebagai pemilih," katanya ketika dihubungi mStar Online di sini, Jumaat.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas kekesalan Nik Abdul Aziz yang juga Pesuruhjaya PAS Kelantan berhubung pemilihan tarikh mengundi yang bertembung dengan persidangan DUN negeri yang bermula 1 November depan.

Malah Mursyidul Am PAS itu menganggap SPR tidak menghormati sidang DUN dan seolah-olah sengaja memberi kelebihan kepada Umno.

Mengulas lanjut Wan Ahmad berkata, dakwaan bahawa SPR hanya mengambil kira tarikh yang bersesuaian dengan Umno iaitu selepas Perhimpunan Agung yang berlangsung dari 19 hingga 23 Oktober ini adalah tidak benar.

Sebaliknya beliau menegaskan bahawa SPR juga pernah mengambil kira tarikh berlangsungnya Muktamar Tahunan PAS ke-54 yang diadakan pada 2008 iaitu semasa berlakunya kekosongan kerusi Parlimen Permatang Pauh, Pulau Pinang.

"Ini masalahnya... mereka mudah lupa perkara yang SPR lakukan yang berpihak kepada mereka. Sebaliknya mereka akan tuduh kita macam-macam kalau ia berpihak kepada parti lain.

"Kita pernah ambil kira mengenai Muktamar PAS ketika itu, dan kali ini kebetulan Umno mengadakan perhimpunan agung mereka, jadi ia turut diambil kira oleh SPR," katanya.

Selain itu Wan Ahmad berkata, soal tidak menghormati sidang DUN tidak timbul kerana ia hanya melibatkan beberapa pemimpin parti itu.

"Sidang DUN bukan melibatkan semua pemimpin PAS, ada ramai lagi jentera mereka yang boleh menjalankan aktiviti berkempen.

"Malah kebanyakan aktiviti ceramah diadakan pada waktu malam, jadi mereka yang terlibat dengan sidang DUN boleh mengambil tempat untuk berkempen di waktu malam," katanya. -mstar

Ulasan GB

Tidak seperti selazimnya, pengumuman tarikh pilihanraya atau plihanraya kecil biasanya diumumkan oleh Pengerusinya sendiri iaitu, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof. Tetapi kali ini ia diumumkan oleh Timbalannya, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, seorang anak Kelantan.

Mengenai tarikh mengundi bagi PRK Galas yang jatuh pada 4 November memamng ketara terlalu berpihak kepada UMNO BN. Terlebih lagi ianya dilakukan sewaktu DUN Kelantan sedang bersidang.

Jawapan Datuk Wan Ahmad mudah, ia hanya melibatkan beberapa pemimpin parti itu.

Persoalan kini DUN Kelantan tidak dihormati sebagai sebuah insitusi penting di dalam sebuah kerajaan negeri, dalam konteks ini kerajaan Kelantan.

Wan Ahmad dilihat cuba memusingkan fakta dan mengelirukan rakyat.

Sebarang persidangan DUN dirasmikan oleh Sultan sesebuah negeri, dan sebarang ganggu-gugat perjalan persidangan itu sebenarnya tidak menghormati malah mencemari Sultan di negeri berkenaan.

Ia bukan persoalan ramai atau tidak keterlibatan pemimpin yang ada di dalam pilihanraya yang diadakan, tetapi menyangkut persoalan SPR tidak menghormati sebuah institusi yang paling penting di dalam sesebuah negeri selepas institusi raja.

Hairan, seorang penjawat awam boleh bertindak sedemikian rupa semata-mata untuk melaksanakan agendanya bagi memberikan kelebihan kepada UMNO BN supaya menang di dalam PRK berkenaan.

Mungkin sebagai persediaannya untuk cepat menggantikan tempat pengerusi SPR yang akan bersara.

Tetapi, kita yakin, perencanaannya itu akan digagalkan Tuhan Yang Maha Berkuasa.

So who wants to take care of him now?

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 05:56 AM PDT

I had to attend a meeting in Lumut this morning, final preparations for next week's exhibition (organised by MAC) in TLDM Lumut. It had been quite a while since I last went to Lumut, so I wasn't really sure how long it would take to get to Lumut from Ipoh. I wasn't really worried about how to get to TLDM as I know all I had to do was get on the Ipoh-Lumut highway…. jalan lurus, jangan belok-belok… lalalalalala

However, there were quite a number of traffic lights I had to pass along the road, and it so happened every time I reached the traffic lights, the lights turned RED! When I finally reached TLDM, I had to stop at the main entrance to leave my IC and get a pass. Then to ask for instructions how to get to the place of meeting. And so I ended up for the meeting 15 minutes late, which is something that seldom happens to me. Now, if the meeting was the usual meeting I had to attend on the "Men Against Violence" campaign, being 15 minutes late means you're not late. However, today's meeting was at a Navy base, so meeting started 9 am sharp!

Anyway, on my way back after the meeting, a call came in from a lady, a JKM staff. Apparently a few days ago she did call, but her 2 calls (one after another) came in while I was performing my solat asar, and since the number wasn't a familiar number, I didn't return call.

This time she called while I was driving, but since I was on handsfree, I answered the call. Besides I was no longer in a hurry, so I could take my own sweet time driving. The lady wanted to discuss with me about Ramli. Remember Ramli? The guy who had 4 wives when he was healthy, and now that he is bedridden, all 4 wives left him. One died (the one his daughter, Amy, suspected he got the virus from), while the other 3 simply left him. I can understand wife #4 who had no kids, but wife #2 not only left him, she left 3 of her 4 kids as well! She only took the eldest one with her.

Now that Ramli is not even capable of taking care of himself, his 3 younger sons are without proper parents care. Lucky for them, Amy, their half sister from wife #1, took over the responsibility of becoming their guardian. That includes supporting them financially. She herself is not working, dependent on her husband, but now that they have a baby of their own, surely it is not easy for them, financially, physically and emotionally. The financial problem is easier to solve. Other than our help for the children's educational needs, the welfare department is also giving them some assistance.

The problem now is, Amy is already feeling all stressed out. Her father now needs 24 hour care. He is totally dependent on others. The burden is getting too much for her. Right now her husband may not complain, but what if later he gets fed up. Besides, Amy has got a young 3 month old baby of her own who needs her attention. Amy has no problem taking care of her 3 younger half-brothers. She has never complained about taking care of them.

Taking care of Ramli is not an easy task. He needs help to be bathed, to change his diapers, to eat, in fact almost everything! With this HIV status, Amy couldn't even pay people to do the job even if she could afford it. Amy was asking the JKM if they could arrange for a home for him. The JKM officer handling her case (the one who called me) was sympathetic, but according to her JKM's homes don't cater for PLHIVs, especially since Ramli needs someone to care for him all the time. The officer tried liaising with the hospital, but the people at the hospital said they couldn't cater for him unless someone from the family can stay at the hospital to take care of him. Duh, if a family member can take care of him, might as well stay home, no?

Amy does have an elder brother staying together with the father (at the father's house), but he works as a security guard. The welfare officer did suggest that maybe he should quit his job for the moment and depend on financial aid, so he could take care of his father. But Amy's brother has a history of depression, and Amy is afraid that if her brother quits his job, when he's broke he may get into his depression again. Which will make it even worse for Amy.

The poor girl, only 20 and already having to shoulder too many responsibilities.

So yeah, with Amy almost giving up, who's going to take care of Ramli now?

Women Think of Everything :-)

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:45 AM PDT

An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other. When they had a confrontation, screaming and yelling could be heard deep into the night.

The old man would shout, 'When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave, and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!'

Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced black magic, because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood.

The old man liked the fact that he was feared.

To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98. His wife had a closed casket at the wake. After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party, as if there was no tomorrow.

Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, 'Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way up and out of the grave, and come back to haunt you for the rest of your life ?'

The wife put down her drink and said, 'Let him dig. I had him buried upside down.'

Damn!!! Women think of everything!!

* Posted just for laughs and not to offend any one. Thanks to Pauline who sent me this post. Take care and have a lovely evening!

I have worked under 1st Malaysian lady doctor Tan Sri Dr Salma Ismail

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:30 AM PDT

I have worked at her Klinik Salma group, about 25 yrs ago, under the special arrangement with PERKIM.

Her clinics were grand, luxurious and at the stratagic positions:

One on the 6th. floor of PWTC or Putra World Trade Centre, the HQ of ruling party, UMNO. Another was at the Tabung Haji building. Both are high rise, luxurious buildings and the clinics were also well furnished with expensive furniture. I was like a wild Tarzan just arrive the New York centre, all were amazing because our Burma of General Ne Win had stopped the "Time Machine" for more than two decades. Even our capital Yangon was 'time freezed' at the 50′s condition by Ne Win's pressing of 'PAUSE' button on 'history machine.' 


Bangunan Lembaga Urusan Tabung Haji

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Another clinic was at the Ampang Park. Because they called Ampang Park, when I went there first time, I thought it was a park or garden, not a shopping centre. And another was at the very busy Puduraya Bus Terminal.

But I managed to work well since the first day to the LAST MEMORABLE DAY/NIGHT at her service. On the first week I had seen the patient suffering from severe migraine. Unfortunately all the migraine medicines were out of stock. So I had no choice but to prescribe the Inderal (Propanolol) 40 mg 1/2 BD and explained him about the multiple use of the medicine and assured that even if there is no Hypertension, there is no danger of hypotension.

But next day in-charge doctor ring me up and informed or rather enquired that there was a complaint to the boss by the patient, why I was prescribing the HPT drug to a non-HPT patient. I just told him that all the migraine medicines and painkillers except PCM and Ponstan Cap were out of stock at that branch and as this pt was clinically suffering from migraine, I have no choice but to give that Inderal and for the usage of the medicine, no need to even search in the Medicine Textbooks but just read the DIM or Drug Index Malaysia and Singapore. After that no one question me anymore.

I had encounter an enquiry like this once in UHKL. Few days after I checked, investigated, treated and discharged an MVA, car accident Malay lady, one senior Lecturer in charge of the Department came to me with the X-Rays and files of the patient. He told me that I 'missed the 'Fracture' of the first rib of that patient and ordered me to call back the pt from the house. Once I looked at the records, I recognized the pt.. I was sure I was not wrong but the lecturer shown me to look at the fracture; I told him that it may look like a fracture but may be an artefact because clinically there were no signs. I told him that the pt was the front passenger of the car, and the accident was not a serious one, as I had treated all the people in the car. I told him that there were even no abrasive wonds on the upper chest, back and neck. As the 1st. Rib was well protected by Clavicle, in serious MVAs only it could be injured and the Brachial Plexus and Sub Clav vessels were just travel very close to the 1st. Rib there must be signs and symptoms of that damage. When I confidently explain him, he dare not push me but warned me that he is going to call the pt and I would suffer the consequence. Pt. refused to obey his urgent call to come back and admit to UHKL because she was well, completely normal and started working. When she came back few days later, they repeated the X-Ray and found out that nothing was wrong. Because of God's will and help, they always check all the pts' records regularly but never come to bother me.  

Back to the Klinik Salma group—one of the senior doctor asked my help to cover his duties as he wished to migrate to UK. He studied there and had the recognized degree, GMC registration and one of his relative Specialist had been staying as a citizen in UK helped him to get the job. But if he resigned without notice he had to pay at least 1-2 months' salary. And he did not wish to 'burn the bridge' as he wished to make sure of his status there. So with my consent to cover him, he applied emergency one month leave. Dr Salma was angry but because of my replacement promise, she gave the leave. One month later Datin Salma told me angrily that he just extend leave for another month. Next month she asked me whether I could continue to work as her doctor decided not to come back. After that, few weeks later, that doctor called me and informed that the UK Immigration refused his application, he came back but Datin refused to accept him back, because she was satisfied with my service and my salary was lower as a fleshier when compare to veteran who had earned all the increments. He told me that he could not find that kind of good paying job and he had a big family to support.

I discussed with my wife and decided to sacrifice our job as our family was small, no much obligations, no much car loan, no housing loan and no credit card debts. We strongly believe that if we help others in need, God will definitely help us back.

So I told him my duty roaster and asked to report for work next day as I am going to resign on the spot and Datin had many clinics, no enough doctors, at least have to accept him back as a 'replacement' Locum dr or as part time. And she would be angry with me and might have no choice but to accept him back.

We, my wife and I went to Datin's house at Jl Damai, off Jl Ampang to explain and give the resignation letter. But Datin was attending a function and not yet come back till 12.00 Mid night. We decided that it is not nice to wait and disturb her, especially without any appointment. So we left the resignation letter in her letter box and came back.

Sorry Datin, it was very rude and could be regarded as we had misused your trust. But we have no choise to sfe our friend's job and after all he was the one who introduced us to Datin.

Sorry Datin, I never get an opportunity to say sorry to you up to now. I hope you could understand and forgive me.

Sultan Yang Benar-benar Berjiwa Rakyat Ditemui Di Kelantan

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:34 AM PDT

Sultan Kelantan agih 99 lembu

Gambar: SULTAN Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad ke V Tuanku Faris Petra (tiga kanan) menyembelih sendiri seekor lembu yang disumbangkan untuk golongan miskin di Masjid Muhammadi di Kota Bharu, Kelantan, 8 Okt. - Utusan/HAFIZ JOHARI

Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad ke-V, berkenan untuk mengagihkan daging sembelihan 99 ekor lembu kepada orang miskin di seluruh negeri ini, sempena Hari Keputeraan baginda ke-41 pada 6 Oktober ini.

Pengelola Istana Diraja Kelantan, Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad, berkata agihan daging lembu berkenaan akan dibuat kepada keluarga miskin seluruh negeri ini menerusi ketua jajahan masing-masing.

"Sebanyak 99 ekor lembu akan disembelih dan dagingnya akan diagihkan kepada golongan miskin termasuk penduduk Orang Asli sekitar Lojing, Gua Musang. "Angka 99 itu dipilih sebagai simbolik merujuk Asma ul-Husna (99 Nama Allah).

"Orang miskin negeri ini akan mendapat daging percuma dan mereka boleh mendapatkannya di pejabat jajahan masing-masing pada Hari Keputeraan baginda kelak," katanya.

Abdul Halim berkata, selain agihan daging lembu, baginda juga berkenaan mengadakan solat hajat dan solat sunat.

"Rakyat turut digalakkan untuk turut sama menunaikan solat hajat dan sunat mendoakan kesejahteraan baginda selaku pemerintah Kelantan.

"Perancangan untuk mengadakan sambutan rasmi Hari Keputeraan belum lagi diputuskan baginda," katanya.

Sementara itu, katanya, Sultan Muhammad juga akan meneruskan solat Jumaat bersama rakyat setiap minggu. -BH

PRK Galas: Sidang DUN Kelantan Ditangguhkan Pada Hari Mengundi

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 01:15 AM PDT

Sidang Dun Kelantan Ditangguhkan Pada Hari Mengundi PRK Galas

KOTA BAHARU: Persidangan Belanjawan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kelantan yang dijadualkan selama seminggu mulai 1 November, akan ditangguhkan pada hari pembuangan undi pilihan raya kecil DUN Galas pada 4 November ini.

Speakernya, Datuk Mohd Nasuruddin Daud berkata penangguhan itu bagi membolehkan anggota dewan negeri itu, sama ada penyokong kerajaan atau pembangkang menumpukan perhatian kepada suasana pilihan raya itu.

Katanya walaupun Speaker mempunyai kuasa menangguhkan jadual persidangan yang ditetapkan dari 1 hingga 7 November itu, tetapi pihaknya tidak akan meminda tarikh berkenaan yang telah diwartakan mengikut peraturan Dewan.

"Kita akan teruskan juga.... Kita hanya mengambil keputusan untuk tidak mengadakan persidangan sehari pada hari pembuangan undi pilihan raya kecil DU NGalas itu bagi memberi peluang kepada kedua-dua pihak (penyokong kerajaan dan pembangkang)," katanya kepada Bernama di sini, Jumaat.

Bagaimanapun, beliau kesal dan terkilan kerana pihak Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) tidak mengambil kira jadual persidangan belanjawan yang telah ditetapkan oleh kerajaan negeri dalam menentukan tarikh pilihan raya kecil itu.

Mohd Nasuruddin yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Meranti berkata sepatutnya SPR boleh berbincang dengan pihak kerajaan negeri bagi mengelakkan pertembungan tarikh itu berlaku, jika mereka benar-benar berlaku adil dalam melaksanakan tanggungjawab itu.

Beliau mengakui pihak Dewan tidak memberitahu SPR berhubung tarikh persidangan dewan itu dan beranggapan "sepatutnya SPRlah yang perlu merujuk (perkara itu) kepada kerajaan negeri."

SPR, mengumumkan tarikh penamaan calon bagi pilihan kecil DUN Galas akan diadakan pada 26 Oktober ini, manakala hari mengundi ditetapkan 4 November jika ada pertandingan.

Pilihan raya itu diadakan berikutan kematian wakil rakyat Pas kawasan itu, Chek Hashim Che Sulaima, 46, akibat barah usus, 27 September lepas. - BERNAMA

Biro Tata Negara (BTN) Is Manned by Racist Bastards

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 07:39 AM PDT



"....The Biro Tata Negara (BTN) or National Civics Bureau has become an incubator of bigotry and intolerance. It turned out to be nothing more than "communal brainwashing" and is anything but civic.

BTN is an antithesis of everything that is good, principled, decent.

The devils in the BTN had been subtlely and at times blatantly poisoning the minds of scholars, public servants, university students and youths sent there for training in the past quarter of a century.

It has created and released hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bigots into the civil service and other sectors who will continue to spit racial slurs and undermine the very concept of patriotism.

BTN was recast largely in the image of Mahathir.

Love of country cannot exist in a cauldron of hate and spite. Moral and ethics cannot take root when public servants themselves do not show exemplary conduct. Team spirit cannot be built on the mucky soil of racism.

Unity in diversity is a lost cause when the doctrine of Malay supremacy is worshipped as a national ideology.

The BTN continues to exist in its monstrous form.

All who attended the courses would come out with the look of the devil in their eyes.

BTN had turned into a Frankenstein monster that has gone berserk and done harm to millions of people who called Malaysia their one and only home.

There is only way to strap down the monster and put it to sleep: abolish the detested BTN. This calls for firm, decisive action.

BTN aka Frankenstein must be consigned with all haste to the dung heap of history....."

Read here the Editorial for more

Related ARTICLE: Click HERE: Biro Tata Negara (BTN) Courses Taught to Brainwash Malay Kids to Hate Chinese Malaysians

A Frankenstein Gone Berserk

The Biro Tata Negara (BTN) or National Civics Bureau has been hogging the limelight lately for all the wrong reasons.

Ostensbily created for the purpose of fostering patriotism and "commitment to excellence", the BTN has become an incubator of bigotry and intolerance.

It turned out to be nothing more than "communal brainwashing" and is anything but civic.

It started off as an obscure agency in 1974 with an innocuous-sounding name: Youth Research Unit. It mutated into BTN at the time when Mahathir Mohamad had just assumed power.

And unbeknown to the public, the devils in the BTN had been subtlely and at times blatantly poisoning the minds of scholars, public servants, university students and youths sent there for training in the past quarter of a century.

For decades, BTN had been training and producing "graduates" to become future leaders who would come out well-rounded intellectually, emotionally, spiritually.

The courses they studied had noble objectives:
  • enhancing patriotism,
  • strengthening self-reliance,
  • building character and discipline,
  • promoting excellent work ethics, and
  • fostering a spirit of camaraderie "regardless of race".
The goals were fine on paper but it appears they were not put into practice or had become totally irrevelant.

Once shut up within the four walls of BTN, it is a known fact that the "students" were subjected to racial and political indoctrination.

The products of the BTN system were there for all to see:
A school principal in Johor reportedly said "Chinese students should go back to China" and likened Indian prayer strings to dog leashes.

A special officer openly said that "Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese, especially women, came to sell their bodies".

A high-ranking BTN officer shocked the nation when he allegedly called Chinese "slitty eyed" and Indians "alcoholic".
These are the tip of the iceberg: more muck will float when incendiary remarks made in public or in private functions see the light of day.

The courses were also political in nature, emphasising Malay supremacy and loyalty to national leaders.

According to one BTN alumnus, a song was taught with the lyrics: "the land that you walk upon is owned by others", insinuating that the NON-Malays have grabbed all the land and that it was time the Malays asserted their rights and reclaimed lost ground.

Another alumnus was put off when the trainers tarred the Chinese as the "Jews of Asia" who were engaged in a conspiracy to topple the government.

Yet another participant was shocked when one lecturer blatantly declared that the Malays "were the most supreme race in the world... while the others were insignificant".

The opposition was mercilessly flayed to bring home the message that it did not pay to vote for the other side.

The BTN continues to exist in its monstrous form. Apologists like Ahmad Maslan, deputy minister in the prime minister's department, and Mahathir were quick to defend the ogre.

Maslan dismissed the whole hullabaloo as a mere slip-up by one lecturer, while Mahathir had nothing but high praise for the BTN for "inculcating the values of discipline and hard work in public servants and scholars".

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin came out from the dark to say BTN programmes "inculcate nationalism and unity... in line with the 1Malaysia concept".

These are weak responses.

Even the recent directive to all heads of government departments to check their officers from making sensitive statements is an exercise in futility. It does not address the glaring abuses in the system.

Undoubtedly, BTN has failed to discharge its duty responsibly.

It has created and released hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bigots into the civil service and other sectors who will continue to spit racial slurs and undermine the very concept of patriotism.

  • Love of country cannot exist in a cauldron of hate and spite.

  • Moral and ethics cannot take root when public servants themselves do not show exemplary conduct.

  • Team spirit cannot be built on the mucky soil of racism.

  • Unity in diversity is a lost cause when the doctrine of Malay supremacy is worshipped as a national ideology.
BTN is an antithesis of everything that is good, principled, decent.

BTN was recast largely in the image of Mahathir. When the doctor took it under his wings in the Prime Minister's Department, the creature underwent a series of operation.

Drastic changes were introduced to ensure that all who attended the courses would come out with the look of the devil in their eyes.

BTN had turned into a Frankenstein monster that has gone berserk and done harm to millions of people who called Malaysia their one and only home.

There is only way to strap down the monster and put it to sleep: abolish the detested BTN.

This calls for firm, decisive action.

BTN aka Frankenstein must be consigned with all haste to the dung heap of history.

Solat Istikharah TGNA Tentukan Siapa Calon Galas

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 03:00 AM PDT

Calon Galas: PAS akan solat istikharah

Solat istikharah mungkin menjadi pemutus dalam menentukan calon PAS pada pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Galas, 4 Nov ini, kata Pengarah Pilihan Raya PAS Kelantan, Abdul Fatah Harun.

Katanya, ini kerana terlalu ramai calon yang berkelayakan dan seimbang yang dicadangkan PAS di peringkat akar umbi sebelum diperhalusi oleh pimpinan tertinggi parti itu.

"Kita percaya solat istikharah yang akan dibuat oleh Mursyidul Am PAS, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, akan menjadi kata pemutus untuk menentukan calon PAS pada pilihan raya kecil itu," katanya kepada Bernama ketika melawat kawasan pilihan raya itu di Gua Musang, hari ini.

Abdul Fatah yang juga Timbalan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perancangan Kewangan, Ekonomi dan Kebajikan Negeri berkata, mengikut amalan biasa yang dinyatakan oleh bekas ketua dewan ulama PAS negeri, Yahya Othman, parti itu menerima calon yang mempunyai kriteria tidak pernah melakukan dosa besar, seperti zina dan membunuh serta sanggup meninggalkan dosa-dosa kecil, termasuk merokok.

Beliau juga menyokong kenyataan anggota exco kerajaan negeri, bahawa PAS sedia menimbangkan untuk meletakkan Orang Asli sebagai calon pada pilihan raya akan datang termasuk pada pilihan raya kecil Galas.

"Ini semua tidak mustahil boleh terjadi, kerana masyarakat Orang Asli sekarang berbeza dengan sebelum ini kerana mereka kini berpelajaran tinggi dan tidak mudah menerima pandangan orang lain kerana boleh berfikir sendiri," katanya.

Beliau yang juga ADUN Bukit Tuku berkata, pemilihan calon sebenarnya bukan menjadi agenda penting PAS, tetapi lebih besar dari itu untuk menegakkan perjuangan berasaskan prinsip Islam.

"Justeri itu PAS tidak merasakan sesuatu yang sukar dan "pelik" dalam menentukan calon pada semua pilihan raya, termasuk pilihan raya kecil DUN Galas ini," katanya sambil menyatakan keyakinan ahli parlimen Gua Musang, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah tidak akan menerima jika beliau dipilih sebagai calon BN pada pilihan raya itu.

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menetapkan hari penamaan calon bagi pilihan raya kecil itu ialah pada 26 Oktober ini dan jika ada pertandingan pengundian akan diadakan pada 4 November.

Pilihan raya kecil itu diadakan berikutan kekosongan DUN itu berikutan kematian wakil rakyatnya daripada PAS, Chek Hashim Sulaima, 46 akibat barah usus pada 27 September lalu. - Bernama

Book donation campaign to Penang State Library

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 02:49 AM PDT

As reported in Sinchew Jit Poh. My reading experience and the book donation campaign to Penang State Library.


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Tian Chua Tidak Tanding Timbalan Presiden

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 01:49 AM PDT

Saya tidak tanding Timbalan Presiden," kata Tian Chua

KUALA LUMPUR: Pengarah Strategik PKR, Tian Chua tidak akan bertanding jawatan Timbalan Presiden PKR, sebaliknya akan memutuskan untuk bertanding sama ada jawatan Naib Presiden atau Majlis Pimpinan Pusat (MPP).

"Pertandingan Timbalan Presiden terlalu sengit dan fokus saya juga bukan untuk jawatan tersebut," kata Tian yang juga ahli Parlimen Batu ketika di hubungi.

Naib Presiden Azmin Ali, Pengerusi PKR Wilayah Persekutuan Datuk Zaid Ibrahim dan seorang lagi Naib Presiden, Mustaffa Kamil Ayub mengesahkan akan bertanding jawatan Timbalan Presiden.

Tian setakat ini telah memperolehi lima pencalonan untuk jawatan Timbalan Presiden. Beliau mendapat 26 pencalonan bagi jawatan Naib Presiden dan 16 untuk MPP.

Pemilihan pucuk pimpinan tinggi PKR akan diadakan November depan.

Tian berkata, beliau mengucapkan terima kasih atas cabang yang mencalonkan beliau bertanding jawatan timbalan presiden mahupun MPP.

"Tapi saya lebih suka untuk memutuskan sama ada bertanding untuk Jawatan Naib Presiden ataupun MPP. Saya akan putuskan Rabu depan," jelas beliau.

Ditanya berhubung kenyataan Zaid untuk memberi laluan kepada Nurul Izzah Anwar bertanding jawatan Timbalan Presiden, Tian berkata bekas menteri kabinet itu merupakan calon yang telah diberi mandat yang besar oleh cabang-cabang.

"Saya hormati apa sahaja tindakan Zaid dan saya rasa mandat yang telah diberikan kepada Zaid oleh cabang-cabang terlalu besar. Sebaiknya Zaid perlu juga menilai sokongan yang telah diberikan oleh akar umbi." kata beliau. -FMT

Three arrested in Malaysia over Australian banknote scandal - /

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 01:20 AM PDT

Three men have been arrested over corruption involving Securency International. [ABC]
Three men have been arrested over corruption involving Securency International. [ABC]
Last Updated: 3 hours 49 minutes ago
Malaysia's anti-corruption agency says it has arrested three people over an Australian banknote supply contract scandal, as an international probe into the case deepened.

Two men were arrested in Britain on Wednesday (local time) after Australian, British and Spanish police carried out coordinated swoops over alleged corruption involving the banknote manufacturers, Securency International.

Securency is embroiled in a long-running investigation over claims its agents offered bribes to officials in countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Nigeria to win contracts.

The firm is part-owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said the trio were arrested last month after claims emerged the Melbourne-based firm offered bribes to officials in Malaysia.

"I can only confirm that the MACC has arrested three persons to assist in the investigation. We arrested them about a month ago," MACC investigation director Mustafar Ali said.

The arrests were not reported previously.

Mr Mustafar said the three were released after being held for questioning and none of them have been charged in court yet.

He declined to elaborate on their alleged role in the scandal.

He also declined to confirm whether the trio included a businessman who, according to reports, paid $US3.7 million to lobby Malaysia's central bank and government officials to use the polymer banknotes.

He says the investigation is ongoing and is drawing to its final stages.

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