Friday, October 29, 2010

Vulgar bloggers in Galas

Vulgar bloggers in Galas


Vulgar bloggers in Galas

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 10:17 AM PDT

Vulgar bloggers!

I dont care about those on the Opposition side. Its their job, their task and their duty to belittle anynone with their bad words.

But I do care when pro-government bloggers too are subscribing to such an ill-mannered approach, especially when their assistance and contributions are needed most.

For instance, the Galas by-election in Gua Musang, Kelantan. I am not pinpointing at anyone in particular but some people - the potential government voters - are not comfortable at all with the badmouth some blogs are advocating in the pretext of helping Umno to win the State seat.

Not only character assassination. Some went even further by depicting Opposition leaders as pigs, dogs and monkeys.

"This wont help in securing a victory. It backfires instead. Pro-govt and pro-Umno bloggers should observe a good ethics. Maybe they come handy in other situation but not in a by-election. They easily create sympathy for the other party whom they attack," said an Umno veteran.

Some pro-Opposition bloggers are fond of launching fierce attacks on BN leaders including Datuk Najib, Muhyiddin, Rosmah and others. However, during Galas by-election campaigns, they seemed to have refrained.

On the contrary, few pro-govt bloggers are trying to 'help secure a victory' by advocating to vulgarity. All the *7*%(0&&^$^ words are used to pin down Pas and the Opposition, which I personally think is not wise.

Some readers of this blog also voiced out their concern that such blogs would help the Opposition, instead.

Sorry folks...


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[Bergambar] 6 Maut 21 Cedera Selepas Bas Pelancong Terbabas Di Genting Highlnds

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 09:25 AM PDT

Bas Pelancongan Terbabas: Enam Maut, 21 Cedera

Enam maut manakala 21 lagi dilaporkan cedera selepas sebuah bas pelancongan yang membawa para belia terbabas lalu terbalik di Km38 Genting Sempah dekat sini kira-kira 7.50 malam ini.

Kemalangan yang melibatkan bas yang membawa 44 penumpang yang terdiri daripada ahli Belia 4B Kampung Siong, Baling dan dua pemandu bas berlaku ketika kenderaan itu menuruni Genting Highlands.

Bas tersebut yang dalam perjalanan ke Kuala Lumpur dikatakan hilang kawalan sebelum terbabas lalu terbalik di laluan bertentangan, demikian menurut PenolongPengarah Bahagian Operasi Bomba, Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Kuala Lumpur Azizan Ismail.

Penumpang bas berkenaan bermalam di Genting Highlands semalam.

Beliau berkata bomba Kuala Lumpur menerima panggilan kecemasan kira-kira 7.51 malam daripada bomba Bentong yang memaklumkan mengenai insiden itu.

Tujuh jentera bomba termasuk dari Bentong, Kuala Lumpur, Selayang dan Taman Melawati berada di tempat kejadian untuk mengeluarkan mangsa antaranya yang mautkerana tersepit di bawah bas.

Mangsa-mangsa dibawa ke Hospital Bentong, Hospital Selayang dan Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Berikut ialah senarai enam penumpang bas ekspres yang membawa ahli Belia 4B dari Kampung Siong, Baling, Kedah yang maut dalam kemalangan di Km 38 Genting Sempah dekat ini pada 7.05 malam ini.

Mereka dikenali sebagai:-

Mohamad Khairy Mohamad Mazuki, 14;
Mohd Amirul Muhamat Isa, 13;
Mohamad Firdaus Rosedi, 16;
Mohammad Yussof A. Akhit, 16;
Mohd Ridzuan Husin, 17;
Muhd Fahmi Abdul Mustaffa, 17.- BERNAMA














Puting Beliung Landa Perlis

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 08:39 AM PDT

Puting beliung landa kawasan Jejawi, musnahkan 50 buah premis

Gambar: Angin puting beliung yang berpusar sempat dirakamkan kira-kira pukul 5.15 petang di Jejawi dekat sini, semalam.

KANGAR - Lebih 50 buah rumah, kedai makan dan bengkel membaiki kenderaan di sekitar Jejawi dekat sini rosak akibat angin puting beliung semalam.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kebajikan Masyarakat Perlis Mansor Jusoh berkata, kejadian itu yang berlaku kira-kira pukul 6 petang menyebabkan kerugian sekitar RM100,000.

Baitul Mal Perlis dan Unit Pembangunan Insan Perlis akan membantu mereka yang terlibat membaiki rumah, manakala Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat akan menilai kerugian sebenar, katanya kepada pemberita ketika melawat mereka yang terlibat hari ini.

Katanya walaupun sebuah pusat pemindahan dibuka sejak malam tadi, kebanyakan penduduk lebih selesa tinggal sementara bersama saudara-mara.

Sementara itu seorang penduduk, Rohana Abdul Rahman, 52, berkata, ketika kejadian dia berada seorang diri di rumah dan terdengar bunyi bising serta rumahnya bergegar.

"Saya melihat macam ada benda putih di luar rumah dan dalam sekelip mata pintu hadapan pecah dan bumbung diterbangkan angin," katanya kepada Bernama.

Sementara itu, semua yang terlibat hari ini menerima bantuan awal daripada Yayasan Pok dan Kassim (YPK) dalam bentuk wang tunai sebanyak RM100 seorang dan beras. -BERNAMA


Asean is not like EU, so never getting closer

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 06:46 AM PDT

Coat of arms of ASEAN

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Extracts taken from_MKini: Asean: Getting closer? by Josh Hong

Unlike the European Union that rose from the ashes of catastrophic wars to become the world's most vibrant and closely connected regional bloc, Asean member states do not see eye-to-eye on a host of issues.

Asean countries' dilemma: nation-states jealously guarding their sovereignty based on Historical disputes_

  1. ASEAN Vs Myanmar Military Junta of Burma.
  2. Singapore VS Malaysia because of their historical baggage
  3. Thailand VS Cambodia. They nearly went to war over the territory around the Preah Vihear temple.
  4. Malaysians Vs Indonesians:
    • Kumpulan Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (People's Bastion for Democracy, or Bendera) actions in Jakarta against Malaysia.
    • Feuds over national heritage and culture.
    • Back in the 1960s, Konfrontasi
    • rooted in the dynastic rivalries among the various ethnic groups in Nusantara in the pre-colonial days.
    • Javanese dominance, in particular, remains lurking in the background.

EU, the largest economies, (ie Germany, Britain and France), offer abundant job opportunities for smaller and newly-joined members such as Poland and Hungary.

But Asean's three most populous countries, (ie Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) , are relatively poor. Smaller prosperous countries will be flooded by them if they open up job markets and permit greater freedom of movement.

Malaysians, Singapore, (Thailand and Brunei) would welcome foreign experts and specialists but not the unskilled labourers

So, Asean will concentrate on the existing agreements to facilitate trade in goods and services, rather than forming an integrated community (like EU).

ASEAN Vs other super powers:

  1. Asean's values lie in its strategic location.
    • It encompasses the vitally important Malacca Straits, the world's busiest sea lane,
    • and the resource-rich South China Sea,
    • making it a theatre of intense international diplomacy and rivalry.
  2. Asean aims to become a viable and strong trade bloc because of economic challenges and because of China and India
  3. Singapore and Thailand, are welcome the United States (which China dislike)
    • Various disputes involving the member states, ranging from the Spratly islands.
    • energy competition
  4. The US is now ready to bring in India (to shore up its bargaining chip)
  5. China is likely to team up with Russia. (They have successfully taken the wind out of America's sails in Central Asia)
  6.   They are eager to see more neutrality demonstrated by Asean
  7. South-East Asia is a major battleground in the war against terrorism
  8. This serves to unite the outsiders eg America, China, India and Russia (all have been victims of terrorist attacks over the last decade)

     

     
  9. Safety of the Malacca Straits 

       

          

    

        

 

JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.

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Pemilihan PKR Pincang. JPP Diselar Kerana Lewat Hantar Kertas Undi

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 06:45 AM PDT

Kertas undi tiba lewat di Kelantan

PETALING JAYA: Proses pengundian pimpinan PKR pusat yang sepatutnya bermula jam 10.00 pagi tadi terbantut buat seketika sebelum diteruskan akibat kelewatan kertas undi membabitkan jawatan Timbalan dan Naib Ketua Wanita di Cabang Kota Bharu.

Menurut ahli PKR Kota Bharu Adnan Ibrahim yang dihubungi oleh FMT hari ini, setakat jam 10.00 pagi, kertas undi belum diperolehi.


Bagaimanapun katanya, wakil Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) yang dikenali sebagai "Jo" dan seorang wakil JPP Rantau Panjang membuat keputusan untuk meneruskan proses pengundian.

Namun, katanya proses pengundian untuk jawatan-jawatan lain terus berjalan, kecuali untuk dua jawatan itu.

Namun di Tumpat, kertas undi hanya tiba jam 12.00 tengahari tadi.

Perkara ini disahkan oleh Ketua Wanita Kota Bharu, Wan Norjam Wan Sulaiman ketika dihubungi FMT.

Kelewatan kertas undi ini menyebabkan proses pengundian lewat dan tergendala memandangkan umat Islam mendirikan solat Jumaat seperti kebiasaan.

Dalam pada itu, Adnan turut mendakwa pengawas yang dihantar di Kota Bharu dan Tumpat terdiri dalam kalangan 'orang kuat" Azmin Ali.

Sekaligus mencetuskan persoalan membabitkan aspek 'ketelusan' bagi memastikan proses pemilihan ini berjalan dengan lancar.

Menurut Adnan, kedua-dua cabang itu dikenali sebagai 'kubu kuat' Datuk Zaid Ibrahim yang bertanding jawatan timbalan presiden.

Zaid bakal ditentang dua calon lain membabitkan Naib Presiden Azmin Ali dan Mustaffa Kamil Ayub.

"Kami harap ketelusan dalam pengundian kali ini dan mahu JPP segera mengatasi masalah ini agar tidak berulang lagi," katanya. -FMT


Kem Zaid desak pemilihan PKR dihentikan

Agen calon jawatan timbalan presiden PKR, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim hari ini mendesak supaya dihentikan pemilihan parti itu kerana mendakwa berlakunya penyelewengan yang serius di empat cabang yang mengadakan pengundian memilih pucuk pimpinan parti itu hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, setiausaha jawatankuasa pemilihan, Radin Shamsulkamar Radin Shamsudin (kiri), pula berkata dakwaan itu tidak benar sama sekali.

"Saya mengawasi seluruh operasi dan saya tidak mempertahankan orang-orang saya tanpa sebab," katanya.

Menurut agen pemilihan Zaid - Rashid Azad Khan dan pembantunya Muhammad Firdaus Christopher - penyelewengan itu berlaku di empat cabang yang tiga daripadanya mencalonkan Zaid untuk jawatan nombor dua itu.

Dalam satu kenyataan, mereka mendakwa kertas undi di Tumpat dan Alor Setar belum tiba sehingga 12 tengahari - dua jam selepas pengundian sepatutnya bermula (10 pagi).

"Ramai ahli yang telah beredar untuk solat Jumaat tanpa mengundi," kata mereka. -MK



Blogger Pro UMNO Memfitnah Sultan Kelantan

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 05:45 AM PDT

.Kempen Galas heret Sultan Kelantan, istana nafi terlibat

GUA MUSANG, 29 Okt — Kempen pilihan raya kecil kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Galas yang masuk hari keempat hari ini, mula "panas" dengan dakwaan bahawa kerajaan negeri pimpinan PAS menggunakan Sultan Kelantan untuk memancing undi.

Khabar angin tersebar luas di Gua Musang sejak pagi tadi bahawa Sultan Muhammad V akan mengunjungi Gua Musang hujung minggu ini untuk mengurniakan geran tanah pada satu majlis kerajaan negeri, yang didakwa akan digunakan untuk menaikkan reputasi PAS menjelang hari pengundian minggu depan.

Bagaimanapun Istana Kelantan menafikan Sultan Muhammad V akan berada di Galas menjelang hari pengundian 4 November ini.

Blog pro-Umno The Unspinners mendakwa kerajaan negeri bercadang untuk memberi 1,200 Orang Asli geran tanah.

Satu lagi blog, Bigdogdotcom pula mendakwa adalah malang jika Sultan Muhammad V dimanipulasikan oleh sebuah parti politik ketika kempen, laporan yang dilihat mendakwa Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat menggunakan pihak istana.

"Adalah malang jika Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan digunakan sebagai alat oleh sesetengah pihak ketika kempen proses demokratik, khususnya dalam pilihan raya.

"Pilihan raya adalah persaingan antara parti politik dan ahli-ahli politik," kata tulisan blog yang disiarkan semalam.

Bagaimanapun sumber-sumber Istana Kelantan menafikan yang Sultan Muhammad V akan melawat Galas dalam tempoh terdekat.

Sumber itu menambah, baginda juga telah menangguhkan kesemua pertemuan dengan Exco Kerajaan Negeri yang dijadualkan sebelum 4 November.

"Malah, Sultan pun tiada di negeri dan baginda tidak akan mengunjungi Gua Musang sehingga pilihan raya berakhir,"
kata satu sumber istana kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Sultan Muhammad V yang dimashyurkan sebagai sultan bulan lalu telah mengunjungi bahagian Gua Musang minggu lalu sebelum bermulanya tempoh berkempen untuk mengurniakan geran tanah kepada lebih 100 penduduk.

Bagaimanapun difahamkan tiada ahli politik dibenarkan menghadiri majlis itu.

"Tidak ada ahli politik dibenarkan menghadiri majlis itu disebabkan sensitiviti, Tuanku hanya diiringi oleh Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Datuk Mohd Aiseri Alias dan pegawai-pegawainya," kata sumber.

"Sultan bijak, baginda tahu peranan baginda, baginda faham situasi, jadi baginda tiada rancangan untuk melawat Gua Musang ketika tempoh berkempen," katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Pengelola Istana Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad yang mengesahkan tiada kunjungan diraja ke bahagian Gua Musang menjelaskan, majlis pengurniaan geran tanah minggu lalu telah dijanjikan oleh Sultan Muhammad V tahun lalu ketika baginda masih pemangku Sultan Kelantan.

"Mereka yang menerima geran tanah merupakan mereka yang memohon terus kepada baginda, ketika baginda masih Tengku Mahkota,"
kata Halim.

"Permohonan ini diluluskan baru-baru ini dan Tuanku memutuskan untuk mengurniakan secara peribadi dalam perjalanan ke Kuala Lumpur," katanya.

Halim menafikan ia keputusan politik.

"Ia adalah rutin baginda. Bukan sahaja di Gua Musang, baginda melawat seluruh negeri untuk menyampaikan sokongan dan bantuan kepada mereka yang memerlukannya," kata Halim.

"Istana tidak terlibat dalam kempen. Mereka boleh berkata apa yang mereka mahukan, tetapi istana tidak terlibat dalam politik," kata Halim lagi.

Jentera kempen Barisan Nasional diketuai oleh Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, ketua Umno Gua Musang, yang merupakan anggota kerabat diraja. -TMI


Pengelola: Tiada program Sultan K'tan di Galas

Pengelola istana Kelantan Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad hari ini menafikan desas-desus bahawa Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad Ke-V akan menyertai kempen pilihan raya kecil DUN Galas.

Katanya, Istana setakat ini belum mengatur apa-apa program untuk Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra, seperti yang dilaporkan dalam satu blog hari ini.

"Kita akan siasat," kata Abdul Halim yang akan mencetak kandungan tulisan di laman berkenaan dan akan merujuk perkara itu kepada Tuanku Muhammad Faris.

"Setakat ini belum atur apa-apa program lagi (di Gua Musang)" katanya lagi ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini petang ini.

Sementara itu, ketua jajahan Gua Musang Wan Mustapha Wan Ab Hamid berkata beliau tidak tahu menahu mengenai program pemberian geran tanah kepada Orang Asli, seperti dilaporkan blog berkenaan.

"Itu tidak betul. Tak ada, tak ada. Saya tak ada dengar berita seperti itu," katanya ketika dihubungi.

"Tuanku sentiasa berkecuali, dia tidak boleh terlibat dengan kempen pilihan raya," katanya yang juga pegawai pengurus bagi pilihan raya kecil DUN Galas. -mk



Ansari Jatuh Laut Lagi

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 05:30 AM PDT

Sandakan: Baru dua hari selepas jatuh ke laut, calon Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) bagi pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Batu Sapi Ansari Abdullah tergelincir lagi ke laut selepas jambatan kayu menuju ke sebuah perkampungan nelayan runtuh hari ini, lapor Bernama.

Kejadian berlaku pada 3.45 petang ketika Ansari dan rombongan kempennya, termasuk Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim menjalankan kempen dari rumah ke rumah di Kampung Gas.

"Kejadian berlaku sejurus selepas Tan Sri Khalid (Ibrahim) melepasi jambatan itu menghala ke sebuah rumah yang dibina dalam laut. "Beliau bergayut pada sebuah papan bila lima pekerja kempen cuba mengangkatnya.

Bagaimanapun, mereka semua jatuh ke laut, kata Jumin Jeffrey Masuling, pengurus media pilihan raya PKR. Jumin, yang juga setiausaha cabang PKR Tuaran itu berkata Ansari, pengerusi cabang PKR Tuaran, diselamatkan oleh penduduk kampung.

"Beliau mengalami cedera ringan di lutut dan dada dan dihantar ke Hospital Sandakan," katanya.

Selepas rawatan, beliau meneruskan kempen. Pada Rabu, Ansari dan pengurus kempennya Oting Enchi dan seorang wartawan NTV7 jatuh ke laut selepas titi kayu di sebuah kampung berhampiran Pulau Api Api runtuh.

Kesemua mereka basah kuyup di air sedalam semeter tetapi tidak cedera, kecuali telefon mudah alih dan kamera Ansari, bernilai RM4,000 rosak.

Sementara itu, di Sandakan Sebuah van yang dipasang dengan bendera Barisan Nasional terbabas ke dalam parit di Jalan Batu Sapi, di sini hari ini.

Pemandu van, Wahab Abdul berkata kenderaan yang dipandunya gagal dikawal selepas bertembung dengan sebuah lori panjang di jalan sempit dan sedang diperbaiki itu.

Suasana kempen pilihanraya di Batu Sapi semakin hangat sebelum hari mengundi pada 4 hb November ini, serentak dengan tarikh pilihanraya kecil DUN Galas di Gua Musang Kelantan.


UN chief wants Myanmar prisoners freed

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:37 AM PDT

AP: UN chief wants Myanmar prisoners freed By VIJAY JOSHI      

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia The United Nations chief warned Thursday that unless Myanmar's junta frees political prisoners its planned Nov. 7 elections may not be considered legitimate or credible.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told The Associated Press in an interview that freeing the more than 2,000 political prisoners in Myanmar would at least help create a "perception that this election will be more inclusive."

The Southeast Asian country's military rulers have enacted laws that prevent pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners from contesting the elections, which have been slammed by critics as a sham.

Ban acknowledged that the political prisoners may not be "able to actually participate in the vote, but it will create a favorable political atmosphere which will make this perception better."

"But without releasing all political prisoners then there may certainly be some issue of legitimacy or credibility," he said in an interview ahead of his bilateral meeting with Myanmar Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein in Hanoi this week.

This is the closest that Ban has come to criticizing the elections after repeatedly taking a diplomatic tone by urging the junta to make the elections more inclusive, fair and credible. But even his latest comments were tempered by hope that the junta would surprise everybody by making some concessions to the pro-democracy movement in a country that has been ruled by the military since 1962.

The junta has kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years. She is expected to be released on Nov. 13, just six days after the election.

"We expected and hoped that she should have been released much earlier. Now at this time I would strongly urge the Myanmar authorities that it is not too late even at this time to release all political prisoners so that the Nov. 7 elections could be more inclusive and more participatory and credible one," Ban said.

The junta has touted the elections as a big step forward in the country's so-called roadmap to democracy. But the results are considered a foregone conclusion, as the junta has already taken steps to block transparency and ensure that the military remains in power by repressing the country's main opposition party and limiting campaigning.

Suu Kyi's party is boycotting the elections as undemocratic after winning a landslide victory in 1990 that was dismissed by the military leaders.

That leaves the key junta-backed party as the only strong contender to win the upcoming contest.

Ban sidestepped the question of whether the government that takes power after the elections would be considered legitimate or democratic.

"I am not in a position to judge any results, first of all. What I am emphasizing is that the Myanmar authorities should ensure all possible measures to make this election inclusive, credible and transparent," he said. "There will be an opportunity for me and the international comuntity to make a judgment on this process."

He dismissed suggestions that the U.N. had failed in its effort to democratize Myanmar, and instead blamed the Myanmar government.

"It is surely because of a lack of support, lack of political will on the part of Myanmar authorities," he said, adding that the U.N. will "continue to be engaged" with Myanmar after the elections.

"We will continue to facilitate this political, democratization process," he said.



Dig, Pick, Roll and Flick!

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:19 AM PDT

I spent the whole afternoon reading my old posts of 2008/2009 which are archived in another site. Here's my all-time favorite and craziest post which I am reposting in a moment of madness. I thought we all need a bit of laughter to jumpstart the weekend. Take care, laugh a lot, live life to the fullest and do swing by later for the next post! Thanks! Cheers!

Dig. Pick. Roll and flick.

Dig. Pick. Roll and flick.

What am I talking about?

The National Past Time of Malaysian Drivers of course!!!

Buddy - get rid of your booger!!!!




Whenever I stop at any traffic light, I look to my left and to my right. What do I see? More often than not, my eyes will fall upon a driver(could be male or could be female) happily, contentedly digging his/her nose, picking from various angles and if the wait was longer, would be proudly rolling his/her own nugget after which would be the long awaited ritual of flicking it to the heavens!

Gosh! At this juncture, you might either be bellowing/howling with laughter or blushing as though you have been caught on candid camera (just kidding….I am not at all implying that you partake in this ecstatic practice). Good heavens, NO!!!!!

So what compels drivers or even people to dig their noses?

10 reasons why people pick their noses (written by yours truly)

1. In their previous life, they were gold diggers either in the Californian Gold Rush or in Australia.

2. They are mulling over the blue print of an electronic nose digging device so that they can become rich and famous.

3. Out of sheer dissatisfaction with the shape of their nose, size of their nostrils, they do the dig, pick roll and flick routine in an attempt to challenge nature and to make themselves more beautiful as they contort their faces oops I mean their noses to their own whims and fancies instead of going under the knife.

4. Deep in their hearts, they want to leave a mark behind by flicking their harvested booger so that when these do land on target, it can harden and become an artistic work of art sticking to the walls of the car window or anywhere they please.

5. It is the easiest and fastest way to ensure that time passes meaningfully and dare I add fruitfully.

6. The wicked streak in them propels them to leave the fruit of their labour behind in such a way that maybe, just maybe, it might land on their enemies' faces, food, drink, hair or whatever pleases their aim.

7. Nose picking is a highly addictive habit. Watch someone pick his/her nose and the innocent observer will soon indulge as well (happily and unknowingly).

8. The scientist in them moves them to collect these specimens for further study. Who knows, it could be a cure for cancer, or even to investigate whether there are similarities in the DNA of nose diggers. By Jove, the discovery would reveal a new found breed!!!

9. With the scarcity of resources, these nose diggers intend to use their harvested booger in new and exciting ways e.g. seasoning food (excuse me…I did not say food for their own consumption, could be for enemies).

10. They exist purely because of a "If you can't stop them, join them" scenario.

Allow me to share an interesting tale about one of my former students. I asked my Sociology students to come up with a new invention that would help mankind.

This young man (Dr. M. T. practising in Liverpool) came up with his Excavator X device (cannot remember the exact name of his invention).

What is this contraption?


* A battery-operated device that aids in nose picking.
* has four brushes - one to dig, another to excavate, another to squirt water and the last to vacuum/suck out the findings
*Optional gadgets include comb to brush nostril hair and a tiny scissors to trim those black thingies sticking out of the two caverns.

Classic isn't it? He got an 'A' for creativity. Every time I think of him, I always smile at the remembrance of his sketch. My only regret is I wish I had kept the poster. Smile .


So, the next time you see someone digging his/her nose, stop and think. Why are they doing it? Is there some hidden charm, pleasure and delight that can be derived from this very popular activity? Comments are indeed MOST welcome.

By the way, PLEASE, PLEASE click this link and read THE FINE ART OF NOSEPICKING VOL.3, ENHANCED. You will not be disappointed. Anyway, have fun digging oooops I mean have fun reading :-p. Cheers.

PLEASE DO NOT LAUGH TOO LOUDLY!

*I wish to reiterate that I do not intend to deride or mock at nose diggers and humbly apologize if I have hurt or offended you in any way. As mentioned, the intention of this post is for humor and not out of malice. And yes, I am a very eccentric and crazy netizen LOL!!

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts or er...;-) experiences *winks*. Cheers!


UN envoy asks Myanmar for ‘signal’ before election

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:05 AM PDT

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UNITED NATIONS The U.N.'s human rights envoy to Myanmar  appealed Thursday to its military rulers

  1. "to send a strong signal" to the world
  2. that it will hold a genuine election,
  3. by releasing democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi
  4. and almost 2,100 political prisoners.

U.N. envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana cast more doubt on the legitimacy of the ruling junta's planned Nov. 7 election, the first in two decades.

"I believe that the Myanmar government_

  1. needs to send a strong signal
  2. to the international community
  3. about its commitment to hold genuine elections.
  4. An unconditional and immediate release of prisoners of conscience would be such a signal,"
  5.                 said Quintana, an Argentine lawyer.

A day earlier, he presented his annual report to the U.N. General Assembly about his latest efforts.

In the report, Quintana noted that more than 130 political prisoners were released in September 2009, two months after he was last allowed to visit the nation formerly known as Burma.

But he told reporters Thursday that_

  1. none have been let go since then,
  2. and he reiterated U.N. demands that
    • all be freed
    • and allowed to take part in the election.

"It is clear that_

  1. the process remains deeply flawed.
  2. Freedom of expression,
  3. freedom of assembly,
  4. and freedom of association,
  5. have been further restricted,"

said Quintana, who has been the special human rights investigator for the U.N. in Myanmar since May 2008.

"There has been no release of prisoners of conscience. I repeat:

  1. Conditions for genuine elections are limited under the current circumstances.
  2. The potential for these elections to bring meaningful change
  3. and improvement to the human rights situation in Myanmar

remains uncertain," he said.

Suu Kyi's lawyers said Thursday that Myanmar's highest court has agreed to hear a final appeal to release her from house arrest. A hearing in the case has been scheduled for October 29 in the junta's new capital, Naypyitaw. She has previously lost two appeals.

Her house arrest is due to expire soon anyway, but only on Nov. 13, a week after the election.

The ruling junta has insisted the election will be a major step toward democracy. Government critics have called the upcoming elections a sham designed to cement nearly 50 years of military rule.

A U.N. diplomat who follows Myanmar closely said there were no plans for any action by members of the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful arm, before the election. The diplomat said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's chief of staff, Vijay Nambiar, had wisely declined an invitation by the ruling junta to visit soon after the election.

Myanmar is not on the council's official agenda. The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the diplomacy toward the isolated Asian nation, said such a visit would have risked validating an electoral process which is going to be flawed.

"I think there's more or less a resignation on the part of the international community that the November elections will go ahead probably in the framework that they're set in," Nicholas Haysom, Ban's political affairs director, said last month. "But I think there's also an increasing focus on what to do after the elections. I think the international community is taking stock. Developments after the elections may offer real opportunities for constructive engagement, or may not – may be more of the same."

A so-called Friends of Myanmar group has been meeting at the U.N. that includes about 15 countries, including Myanmar's neighbors, interested Asian and European nations, and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members: the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France.

Myanmar told other nations last month during the U.N. General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting that it is striving to ensure its first elections in two decades are "free and fair."

He spoke a day after foreign ministers from key nations warned the military junta that the release of Suu Kyi and other political prisoners is "essential" for Nov. 7 elections to be seen as credible. The 65-year-old Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, has been held by the junta under house arrest for 18 years in Yangon, formerly Rangoon.

Suu Kyi led the now-disbanded National League for Democracy party amid massive pro-democracy protests in August 1988 and officially registered it the next month after the demonstrations were violently suppressed by the junta.

The party won 1990 elections by a landslide, but the results were not recognized by the military, which took power in 1962 when the country was known as Burma.

Khin Maung Win
A woman and a child look at party's pamphlet handed out by members of the Democratic Party during the party campaign for upcoming general elections Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar.


Dr Jayekumar Saman Kerajaan Bagi Pihak Rakyat Yang Menyokong PR

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 04:22 AM PDT

Gagal salur peruntukan, MP heret k'jaan ke mahkamah

Ahli parlimen Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), Dr D Jeyakumar menjadi wakil rakyat pertama yang mengheret kerajaan persekutuan ke mahkamah kerana tidak menyalurkan dana yang diperuntukkan untuk kawasan pilihan rayanya.

Dalam permohonan semakan kehakimannya, Jeyakumar yang memenangi kerusi parlimen Sungai Siput, selepas menewaskan presiden MIC, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu pada 2008, mendakwa beliau tidak pernah melihat sebarang dana diperuntukkan kepada Sungai Siput sejak beliau menang.

Beliau juga mendakwa bahawa tindakan menyekat dana tersebut, melanggar Perkara 8 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menetapkan semua orang adalah sama rata di sisi undang-undang dan berhak mendapat perlindungan yang sama rata di sisi undang-undang.
Dalam permohonannya itu, Jeyakumar berkata, dalam kontaks tersebut, Perkara 8 (1) menyatakan bahawa "peruntukan khas bagi kawasan pilihan raya hendaklah dilaksanakan secara sama rata di antara semua ahli parlimen, tanpa mengira kaitan politik."

"Saya menulis surat kepada Unit Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan (ICU) Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan diberitahu bahawa RM1.72 juta diberikan (pada 2010), termasuk kepada dua buah sekolah dan sebuah rumah anak yatim, tapi apabila saya menelefon (penerima yang didakwa itu) mereka kata belum menerimanya," kata Jeyakumar (gambar tengah).

Dinamakan sebagai responden dalam saman tersebut ialah ketua pengarau ICU, pengarah pejabat pembangunan negeri Perak, dan kerajaan Malaysia.

Jeyakumar meminta responden menjelaskan kuasa mereka dalam menyalurkan dana peruntukan khas kawasan pilihan raya, dan prosedur bagi peruntukan dana sejak tahun 2008. -mk

Ulasan GB

Tahniah Dr. Jayekumar.

GB sudah lama suarakan hal ini bahawa wakil-wakil rakyat PR perlu mengheret kerajaan BN ke muka pengadilan. Tindakan mereka menyekat peruntukan kepada YB-YB pembangkang hendaklah dicabar di mahkamah kerana ia bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan.

Bergitu juga kerajaan-kerajaan negeri. Sepatutnya mereka telah lama membawa isu mengenai sekatan pembangunan ke mahkamah. Buktinya jelas. Ucapan Mahathir dahulu sewaktu beliau menjadi PM dan kemudian diteruskan dasarnya oleh PM-PM selepasnya menyatakan bahawa "jika bantuan dan pembangunan di salurkan kepada negeri yang dikuasai oleh pembangkang, nanti rakyat akan berkata tidak ada beza untuk memangkah BN atau pembangkang. Oleh itu mengapa sekatan dilakukan kepada Kelantan. Hal yang sama diakui oleh Mustapa Mohamed, yang pada ketika itu ahli Majlis Perunding Ekonomi Negara (MAPEN).

Bahawa tindakan mereka bertentang dengan Perlembagaan kerana membelakangi konsep Federalisma. Tetapi ianya tidak dibawa ke mahkamah.

Ada yang menyatakan apa guna bawa ke mahkamah jika sistem kehakiman negara masih belum bebas? Itu adalah hal yang lain. Pokoknya segala hal yang tidak betul perlu dibawa ke tengah. Kemungkinan kalah di mahkamah memang ada, tetapi kita tidak boleh 100% tolak penggunaannya dan kemudian membiarkan YB-YB pembangkang dan negeri-negeri pembangkang kering kontang untuk membantu rakyat.

Nama saja wakil rakyat tetapi tidak ada peruntukan untuk membantu rakyat.

Tetapi wakil-wakil rakyat PR enggan untuk bersatu, enggan untuk membuat tuntutan di mahkamah. Tidak ada ketua pembangkang yang bagus untuk menyusun Pakatan Rakyat agar dapat bertindak dengan satu suara dan satu hati di dalam perjuangan menuntut hak mereka.

Malah YB-YB PR kelihatan syok untuk diri mereka sahaja dengan elaun-elaun yang mereka terima. Rakyat punya hal, nombor dua. Yang diperjuangkan hanyalah hal-hal superpicial di dewan rakyat dan DUN. Itu pun jarang sekali menang di dalam undi belah-bahagi kerana ramai juga YB PR yang ponteng. Kabinet bayangan sebelum ini yang dibentuk oleh PR pun tak berfungsi.

Itu sebab Tuhan menangguhkan PR ke Putrajaya. Banyak lagi yang kena susun dan kena perbetulkan di dalam PR. Belum ada seorang pun yang mmenampakkan ada kalibar dan wibawa seseorang yang mempunyai ciri-ciri PM dari PR yang boleh diharapkan, yang boleh menyusun dan mengetuai organisasi PR seperti sebuah kerajaan menanti.

PRU13 kita harapkan akan merubah segala-galanya. PR perlu menapis calon-calon yang bertanding supaya hanya mereka yang benar-benar layak untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat yag dipilih.

Sekali lagi, tahniah kepada Dr. Jayekumar, dari rakyat Malaysia yang mengundi PR.



Ng Yen Yen "Kena Gerudi" Oleh Ong Tee Keat

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 02:12 AM PDT

Ng "digerudi" oleh bekas bos dalam parti

KUALA LUMPUR: Menteri Pelancongan Dr Ng Yen Yen, yang menerima kritikan kerana berbelanja mewah ketika melawat ke luar negeri, kini kembali mendapat tumpuan, kali ini "digerudi" oleh bosnya dalam MCA, Ong Tee Keat.

Dalam jawapan bertulis kepada Menteri Pelancongan, Ong (BN-Pandan) menyoal perincian lawatan rasmi Ng sejak beliau mengambil alih tugas daripada Azalina Othman Said pada 2009 dan apa kesannya yang beliau bawa kepada industri.

Menurut kementerian berkenaan, Ng membuat 16 lawatan rasmi, melibatkan 26 buah negara dan 61 bandaraya sehingga Oktober 2010. Secara keseluruhan, kesemua lawatan itu melibatkan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM3.25 juta.

"Dan jumlah perbelanjaan lawatan beliau pada 2009 ialah RM1.67 juta dan RM1.58 juta di antara Januari hingga Oktober 2010," kata kementerian itu.

Walaupun melibatkan kos yang melambung tinggi, kementerian itu berkata usaha beliau untuk meletakkan kedudukan negara ini pada tangga ke 10 dalam "10 Tertinggi Negara Yang Dilawati" berbanding di tempat ke 11 pada 2008.

"Ini sesuatu yang membanggakan kerana Malaysia merupakan salah sebuah dari dua negara yang masuk dalam senarai tersebut," kata kementerian itu.

Minggu lalu, Ng mempertahankan dirinya dari kritikan mengenai lawatan rasminya dengan menyatakan usaha peribadi beliau pergi menemui para pelancong membawa kepada peningkatan jumlah ketibaan pelancong pada kos promosi yang lebih rendah.

Brosur Pavilion Expo di China memalukan

Serangan ke atas Ng tidak terhenti di situ saja apabila dua ahli parlimen pembangkang mendedahkan hari ini bahawa brosur yang mempromosi Pavilion Malaysia di Expo Shanghai 2010, telah menarik perhatian daripada para pelancong, tetapi dengan pandangan yang negatif.

Bercakap kepada para pemberita di lobi Parlimen hari ini, Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) dan Anthony Loke (DAP-Rasah) berkata brosur dua muka surat itu diedarkan pada September lalu mengandungi beberapa kesilapan ejaan.

Mereka memberitahu perkataan yang mudah seperti "multicultural", "Taman Negara", "invite", "country", "development", "pavillion" dan "visitors" dieja dengan salah pada muka depan brosur itu. Sebaliknya perkataan-perkataan itu dieja dengan "nulticultural", "Taman Nerara", "incite", "ctry", "decelopment", "pacillion" and "visitous", yang telah mencemar imej negara pada mata dunia.

"Matlamat expo itu ialah untuk mempamer apa yang boleh disumbangkan oleh negara ini kepada ekonomi dunia. Malangnya tidak ada apa yang diperlihatkan oleh Pavilion Malaysia bagi tujuan ini," kata Loke.

Ulasan GB

Menteri Pelancongan, Ng Yen Yen sepatutnya meletakkan jawatannya sebagai menteri kabinet kerana telah memalukan negara akibat kecuaiannya mempastikan brochure yang diedarkan mengandungi kesilapan-kesilapan ejaan.


10 Tahun Politeknik Pekan Tak Siap-siap Lagi. Apa Kes?

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 12:45 AM PDT

Projek Pembinaan Politeknik Muadzam Shah yang tidak siap biarpun hampir 10 tahun dimulakan, kini mengalami peningkatan kos sejumlah RM75.74 juta, iaitu 34.6% berbanding kos asal. Malah, kos ini belum mengambil kira kos perkhidmatan perunding yang perlu dibiayai kerajaan berjumlah RM10.55 juta. Apa yang menarik, projek ini terletak di daerah Pekan, kawasan parlimen Perdana Menteri, Najib Abdul Razak.

Menurut Laporan Ketua Audit Negara tahun 2009, projek yang beralih tangan dari Kementerian Pelajaran ke Kementerian Pengajian tinggi pada tahun 2004 ini, sepatutnya disiapkan pada 14 September 2003. Namun demikian, ia belum siap bina sehingga kini biarpun hampir 10 tahun berlalu, dan RM294.74 juta telah dibelanjakan berbanding kos asal projek, iaitu RM219 juta.

"Memandangkan politeknik ini masih belum disiapkan, Kerajaan terpaksa menanggung kos sewaan tempat belajar sebanyak RM2500 sebulan, dan setakat bulan Disember 2009, sejumlah RM130,000 telah dibelanjakan untuk tujuan tersebut. Selain itu, bilangan pengambilan pelajar juga terpaksa dihadkan setakat 64 hingga 347 pelajar sahaja berbanding 5,000 pelajar yang dirancang."

Pada pandangan Audit, prestasi kerja dan kedudukan kewangan sesebuah syarikat perlu dijadikan asas dalam pemilihan kontraktor dan subkontraktor bagi melaksanakan projek Kerajaan supaya projek berjalan lancar dan tidak merugikan Kerajaan.

"Selain itu, pihak Kementerian dan JKR juga hendaklah memantau dan memberikan pengawasan yang rapi terhadap kerja-kerja yang dilaksanakan oleh kontraktor serta perunding bagi memastikan projek dilaksanakan mengikut spesifikasi dan siap dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan."

Latar belakang projek

Pada masa yang sama, Ketua Audit Negara juga mengingatkan Jabatan Kerja Raya untuk mengambil tindakan bagi memungut denda kelewatan yang berjumlah RM4.34 juta daripada Kausar.

Menurut laporan, projek ini dilaksana secara reka dan bina oleh Yayasan Kontraktor Melayu Pahang Corporation Bhd (YKMP) yang dilantik secara rundingan terus, pada peringkat awal. Nilai kontrak berjumlah RM219 juta dan tempoh siap projek selama 24 bulan, dari 15 September 2001 hingga 14 September 2003. YKMP telah melantik anak syarikat Kausar Corporation Sdn.Bhd, iaitu V.C.Technologies Sdn.Bhd sebagai subkontraktor untuk melaksanakan projek tersebut.

Projek ini gagal disiapkan dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan dan kontraktor berkenaan telah ditamatkan kontraknya pada 15 Disember 2003.

Kemudiannya, Syarikat Kausar Corporation Sdn.Bhd telah dilantik untuk menyiapkan projek ini, diberi tempoh antara 10 November 2005 hingga 9 Mei 2007. Bagaimanapun, sejarah berulang dan syarikat ini ditamatkan kontrak pada 6 Mei 2008.

Seterusnya, syarikat MMN Bina Sdn.Bhd (MMN Bina) telah dilantik untuk menyiapkan projek ini dalam tempoh 12 bulan, mulai 24 Februari 2009 hingga 23 Februari 2010. -MR


[Bergambar] GALAS: Masyarakat Tionghua Pilih Calon PAS

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 11:30 PM PDT

Masyarakat Tionghua Galas yakin calon PAS

GUA MUSANG: Masyarakat Tionghua Galas yakin calon PAS, Dr Zulkefli Mohamed mampu meneruskan kesinambungan perjuangan wakil rakyat terdahulu, Allahyarham Chek Hashim Sulaima, demikian lapor FreeMalaysiaToday.

Dr Zulkefli yang pernah bertanding di Galas pada pilihan raya 2004, dikenali mereka sebagai mempunyai ciri-ciri kepimpinan dan sudah semestinya berupaya untuk menerajui perubahan rakyat semua kaum di kawasan itu.

Selain sifatnya yang lemah lembut, tidak lokek mengukir senyum setiap kali bertemu orang ramai membuatkan Dr Zulkefli senang didampingi oleh segenap lapisan masyarakat.

Seorang masyarakat Cina, Chee Kin Hwa, 53, berkata, pemilihan Dr Zulkefli sebagai calon wakil rakyat Galas adalah tepat berdasarkan pengalamannya yang pernah berkhidmat kepada rakyat.

"Dr Zul bagus. Dia orang baik, tidak sombong dengan orang ramai sama ada kenal atau tidak kenal kalau berhadapan dengan dia kita mudah akan dapat merasai kemesraannya.

Sokong seratus peratus

"Saya percaya kaum Cina di Galas akan memberi sokongan seratus peratus kepada Dr Zul dalam pilihan raya kecil ini," katanya ketika ditemui di Kampung Baru, Gua Musang dekat sini malam tadi.

Chee berkata, sebagai masyarakat veteran dia amat memahami citarasa atau sentimen pengundi Cina Galas yang lebih mengutamakan pemimpin yang berperwatakan bersih, telus, adil serta ikhlas dengan rakyat.

Chong Kun Sew, 42, menerima kerajaan pimpinan ulama berdasarkan sikap terbuka PAS yang tidak pentingkan satu bangsa, sebaliknya meletakkan kepentingan masyarakat semua kaum atau bangsa di dalam negara dengan sama rata.

"Kita mahukan seorang pemimpin yang boleh jaga rakyat. Ada masa untuk jenguk rakyat, tanya khabar apa masalah rakyat, bukan masa pilihan raya sahaja hendak jumpa rakyat selepas itu hilang, setahun tak boleh jumpa sekali, sibuk kononnya.

"Saya yakin Dr Zul boleh jadi seperti Chek Hashim dulu. Kalau lebih dari itu lagi bagus," katanya yang pernah menemani Allahyarham Che Hashim semasa mendapat rawatan di China sebanyak lima kali.

Allahyarham Chek Hashim meninggal dunia pada 27 September lalu akibat barah usus pernah menjalani pembedahan di The First People's Hospital Fu San oleh pakar dari Beijing.

Sukar dicari ganti

Sementara itu, Wong Siew Lan, 45, memberitahu masyarakat Cina masih mengenang pemergian Allahyarham Chek Hashim yang dianggap kehilangannya sukar dicari ganti, dan berharap Dr Zul menjadi penerus demi keharmonian masyarakat Galas.

"Kaum Tionghua Gua Musang banyak terhutang budi pada wakil rakyat Chek Hashim. Sikap bertanggungjawab, rendah diri, suka menolong dan tidak berkira dengan rakyat, menjadikan kehilangannya seperti sukar dicari ganti.

"Saya menyeru semua pengundi Cina terus undi calon PAS (Dr Zulkefli) sebagai tanda kasih sayang berkekalan kepada Chek Hashim yang telah banyak membuat jasa kepada rakyat," katanya.

Pada masa sama, Yap Chan Look, 34, berkata PAS mempunyai harapan besar untuk pertahankan kemenangannya di Galas.

"Tanggungjawab kerajaan Pas kepada rakyat adalah jelas. Mereka telus. Kebajikan rakyat diageh dengan adil tak kira kaum Cina, India atau Orang Asli.

"Saya fikir tidak ada sebab rakyat semua kaum hendak tolak atau tukar perjuangan Pas kepada parti lain," jelasnya.

Jumlah pengundi Cina Dun Galas adalah 20.06 peratus dengan 2,317 orang pengundi.

Sementara itu, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang yang juga Setiausaha Agong DAP pada malam tadi telah menyampaikan ceramahnya di tiga buah kampun di Galas. Tok Guru Nik Aziz, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, MB Nizar Jamaluddin turut menyampaikan ceramahnya di lokasi berkenaan.

Sekalipun hujan turun di sepanjang malam namun ia tidak menghalang orangramai dari turun beramai-ramai untuk mendengar ceramah dari pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat tersebut.















Audit report: PAC zooms in on the Horror Nine - BN plundering the nation!!!!!

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 11:10 PM PDT

When the Auditor-General's 2009 report was released early this week, it highlighted the incompetencies and leakages of taxpayers' funds that had somehow seeped through the bureaucratic system.

While Malaysians sat up and read the reports in horror, the Audit Report has also grabbed the attention of the Public Accounts Committee members, who have recently announced that they will be investigating nine cases from it.

The horror nine are:
1) The Economic Stimulus Package, 2) Batu Maung tuna port, 3) Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB), 4) PTPTN loans, 5) Health Ministry's haemodialysis programme, 6) Additional Food Programme for schoolchildren, 7) Skudai army camp, 8) The Muadzam Shah Polytechnic Institute in Pahang and 9) Railway Asset Corporation.


Malaysia’s Culture of Political and Social Oppression

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 10:47 PM PDT

Guest Columnists

Thursday, 28 October 2010

by Nurul Izzah Anwar

In recent years, Malaysia has seen a huge wave of migrations, with an estimated one million Malaysians now living abroad. The UK is now home to over 50,000 Malaysian citizens. Many travel to the UK to study or work, and choose not to return to Malaysia, often stifled by the lack of civil liberties and basic human rights in their own back yard. This is compounded by the race-based economic and social policies selectively championed by the ruling United Malay National Organisation(UMNO) that enriches a few at the expense of majority Malays who remain poor and where  many non-Malays feel that they are often treated as second class citizens.

On Saturday the 30th of October 2010, Malaysians from all over the UK will be peacefully protesting outside the Malaysian Tourism Office in Trafalgar Square against the continued use of Malaysia's draconian Internal Security Act, a throwback from the days of British colonial rule that allows for indefinite arbitrary detention without trial. The right to peaceful assembly and protest is not something that Malaysians take lightly.

In Malaysia, a police permit is required for gatherings of five people or more and peaceful civil society protests are often met with water cannons, tear gas and arrests. Similar protests in Malaysia in August saw the arrest of 36 people. Such crackdowns on basic civil liberties have ignited a debate amongst Malaysians abroad, galvanising them to stand in solidarity with their countrymen back home and help draw the attention of the international community to Malaysia's dismal human rights record.


The Internal Security Act(1960) was drafted by colonial British lawyer R.H Hickling, to use against Communist insurgents bent on armed struggle. Over the last 50 years, more than 10,000 people have been detained under the ISA. Despite the Malaysian government often claiming that the ISA is an anti-terror law, no detainees have ever been charged in a court of law for acts of terrorism. The protest on the 30th of October marks the twenty-third anniversary of Operasi Lalang when then Prime Minister Dr.Mahathir Mohammad used the ISA to detain more than a hundred civil society activists, political opposition leaders, educationalists and religious converts.

Many in my generation will be too young to remember or understand the exact reasons for the government clampdown in 1987. However what is clear is that the arrests were made following the escalation of political tensions with worrying racial undertones, not dissimilar to the sort of climate the current government appears intent on fostering today. As a result, respected academics like Dr Kua Kia Soong, veteran opposition politicians Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh, Women's Aid Organisation leader Irene Xavier and PAS leaders Khalid Samad, Mohd Sabu and Mahfuz Omar amongst others, lost almost two years of their lives in arbitrary detention. What they endured was harrowing, demeaning and completely unjust. But what remains unspoken by and large was the suffering and pain also endured by their spouses and families. I highly recommend Kua Kia Soong's book '445 days under the ISA' for an insight into what goes on behind the barb wire of Kamunting and the devastating impact the ISA has on the family and friends of those detained.

In the last year the Malaysian government has launched a number of initiatives to revamp its image abroad. These include recent bilateral talks with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and a series of high profile tourism and hospitality campaigns including a Malaysian food festival at Trafalgar Square, a booth at the Chelsea Flower Show and an address by Sarawak Chief Minister and Taib Mahmud at a Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum in Oxford. In June this year, Malaysia contentiously sought re-election to the UN Human Rights Council, and paid lip-service to a series of promises on human right's reforms, including reviewing the ISA. To date, no such review has been forthcoming.

However, Malaysia's repressive laws continue to cast a gloomy shadow over the nation. Corruption remains endemic and Malaysia's corruption perception ranking dropped to 57th place globally in Transparency International's 2009 report.  Foreign direct investment into Malaysia continues to dwindle, with Malaysia now lagging behind other regional neighbours such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

For a country who was a leader in the region in the 1960s-1980s and was sending engineers to South Korea to assist with their technology development, this is a sad state of affairs that can only be attributed to the financial mismanagement and lack of accountability and transparency that have become so endemic in the current form of governance.

Despite gaining independence from British colonial rule more than 53 years ago, Malaysians have only ever known one –party rule. The UMNO-led Barisan National (National Front) has won 12 successive general elections since independence, a feat that would be considered preposterous in most other countries claiming to be a democracy. The ISA remains a crucial component of the Barisan National's toolkit for immobilising and paralysing the political opposition and civil society, and hence ensuring their continued political dominance and survival.

In a speech at the recent UMNO party conference, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak warned of  "crushed bodies", "lost lives" and "ethnic cleansing" if UMNO failed to hold onto power. Such phrases are completely irresponsible and a reflection of the sort of scare-mongering and state sponsored psychological terrorism that we have become all too familiar with.

We must not forget that Barisan National also boasts an impressive array of other equally repressive laws aimed at curtailing freedom of expression, association and thought. These include the Press and Printing Act 1984 that require newspapers to apply for annual renewal of their printing permits, the University College and Colleges Act that prevents students from participating in political societies, and the Sedition Act that is frequently used to curtail freedom of expression and public debate.

The utter control of the government over mainstream media, the arrests and charging of the 4 UKM students earlier this year for observing the Hulu Selangor by-elections and the calls by UMNO led quarters to charge Chinese rapper and singer Namewee under the Sedition Act is testimony to the fact that the Malaysian government's brand of Orwellian politics is alive and thriving.

Indeed it is a chilling state of affairs when even cartoonists are not spared. Last month, Malaysian cartoonist, Zunar, famous for his comic take on Malaysian politics and current affairs was arrested, following the banning of his book '1FunnyMalaysia', on the eve of the launch of his latest compilation 'Cartoon-Oh-Phobia'. Home Ministry secretary-general Mahmood Adam claimed that 'the cartoons were a threat to national security', Readers and vendors were threatened with up to 3 years' jail or a fine of up to RM20,000 for being in possession of the publication.

Unless the Malaysian government starts to take socio-political reform seriously, our country may remind others of George Orwell's book 'Ninety Eighty-Four'. Its efforts to be taken as a serious player on the international stage will be in vain. The anniversary of Operasi Lalang provides a timely opportunity for the Malaysian government to repeal the Internal Security Act and revert to the rule of law. No act would go further to restoring the confidence and respect of the Malaysian people and providing the Malaysian government with the credibility and image overhaul it so desires. Till then, Malaysians will have to look elsewhere for the civil liberties and basic freedoms that people in many other parts of the world take for granted.

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If you happen to be in London, please join the ISA Protest Walk on Saturday the 30th of October 2010.  The walk starts with a protest at the Malaysian High Commission in Belgrave Square from 4pm- 4.45pm (Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner). The walk will then proceed to Trafalgar Sq where there will be a further protest outside the Malaysian Tourism Office the before a Wayang Kulit show at dusk, ending at 7pm.


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