Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kelana Jaya constituents: Host a Satay Party at your home

Kelana Jaya constituents: Host a Satay Party at your home


Kelana Jaya constituents: Host a Satay Party at your home

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 08:50 AM PST

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At the end of October, Yee Siew Meng (known to us as Meng Yee), KEADILAN Kelana Jaya Division Vice Chief hosted a satay party at his home in USJ. He hosted a similar event way back in 2008, before the General Election. Basically he hosts a simple dinner (consisting of satay and other party food) for neighbours and friends while inviting Pakatan leaders to speak and have a dialogue with them.

In 2008, we had Syed Shahir Mohamud (MTUC President and KEADILAN Kelana Jaya Division Chief), Nathaniel Tan (aide to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim), Tony Pua (then Economic Advisor to DAP Secretary General, now PJU MP) and I. This time around we had Tricia Yeoh (Research Officer to Selangor MB), Ong Kian Ming (political analyst) and I.

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In my speech this time, I spoke about what made me join KEADILAN and about the multiracial and young leaders that is coming up in the party, particularly after direct elections took place.

I also elaborated on what we have done, particularly for KEADILAN and Pakatan Rakyat as a whole and about what we plan to do next. I also spoke out about the skewed powers of the Federal Government and that we need to work towards a viable two-party system for democracy to flourish in Malaysia.

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The audience was very enthusiastic in the question-and-answer session.

I am committed to do more Satay Parties in 2011. Do e-mail me at niknazmi@niknazmi.com if you want to host one in Kelana Jaya constituency (comprising of Kelana Jaya, Sunway, PJS5-6, Glenmarie, Subang Jaya and USJ). Ideally you provide the food and guests, and we provide the speakers.

I find these events useful as it allows a small group of audience to interact directly with leaders in their own circles. So, rather than going to political events, the politicians come to you!

Photos can be seen here.


Esei saya di Sinar Harian: Anak Muda Wajar Diberi Kebebasan Memilih

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 08:17 AM PST

Baru-baru ini saya di United Kingdom menyertai persidangan Persatuan Parlimen Komanwel (CPA). CPA merupakan sebuah institusi Komanwel yang menyatukan ahli-ahli pembuat undang-undang dari peringkat supranasional, nasional dan daerah.

Menerusi persidangan ini, CPA menawarkan platform kepada para wakil rakyat untuk berkongsi dan mempelajari antara satu sama lain. Saya juga telah berkesempatan belajar banyak perkara di sini dan adalah diharapkan ianya akan dapat membantu saya dalam menjalankan tanggungjawab sebagai wakil rakyat Seri Setia dengan lebih baik sekembalinya saya ke tanah air kelak.

CPA mungkin merupakan institusi yang paling substantif di kalangan negara-negara Komanwel pada hari ini. Ramai yang merasakan bahawa persatuan yang menghimpunkan negara-negara bekas jajahan Britain ini semakin tidak bermakna.

Sememangnya Britain, meski pun dibayangi golongan anti-Eropah, tidak boleh mengenepikan kenyataan bahawa Kesatuan Eropah merupakan blok yang paling dekat dan kuat di mana Britain perlu memainkan peranan aktif. Australia dan New Zealand juga kini sedang mencari kaedah untuk lebih mendekati Asia, juga terhadap pasaran Asia yang luas dan semakin berkembang.

Di sebalik semua perkembangan ini adalah kebangkitan negara China ke arah kekuasaan ekonomi dan geopolitik yang kini mulai mengatasi Amerika Syarikat yang potensinya semakin merosot. Malaysia seharusnya memenuhi tuntutan realiti ini namun masih belum jelas apakah kepimpinan negara hari ini memiliki iltizam untuk melakukannya.

Namun demikian, terdapat satu warisan dari Komanwel yang masih bermakna: warga Komanwel masih mempunyai hak untuk mengundi dan bertanding dalam pilihan raya di Britain. Sebagai contoh, Ketua Eksekutif Institut Demokrasi dan Hal Ehwal Ekonomi (IDEAS), Wan Saiful Wan Jan pernah bertanding dalam pilihan raya majlis tempatan di Britain pada tahun 2007 mewakili Parti Konservatif.

Adalah sangat ironik kerana ketika mana warga Malaysia dibenar menyertai pilihan raya Britain berdasarkan kewarganegaraan Komanwel, namun mereka tidak dibenarkan mengundi dalam pilihan raya umum Malaysia dari Britain, bahkan juga dari negara-negara luar yang lain. Tahun lalu, ketika berkunjung ke Amerika Syarikat dan UK, saya turut membangkitkan isu ini yang berkaitan dengan ketempangan demokrasi di negara kita.

Pada masa yang sama, anggota tentera dan polis masih lagi mengundi secara pos. Perkara ini masih berlaku meski pun Darurat (semenjak tercetusnya keganasan komunis pada hujung tahun 1940-an) telah lebih 50 tahun berlalu dan kini kebanyakan daripada pasukan keselamatan menetap di bandar-bandar dan ibu kota seperti warga yang lain, dan bukan lagi di pedalaman seperti dahulu. Perkara ini membuka ruang terhadap pelbagai penyelewengan sedangkan hak mengundi yang dimiliki oleh warga Malaysia yang menetap di luar negara terus dinafikan.

Sememangnya layanan kerajaan terhadap warganya di luar negara membuatkan saya tertanya apakah retorik mereka tentang menarik kembali warganegara berkemahiran kembali ke tanah air hanya sekadar jenaka. Seperti yang saya tulis pada minggu lalu, salah satu Kelab UMNO di UK telah mengundang saya ke forum wacana pada bulan ini. Pada tahun lalu juga, saya turut diundang untuk bercakap dalam satu majlis anjuran Kelab UMNO di Amerika Syarikat namun undangan tersebut telah dibatalkan atas arahan pihak tertentu.

Sebagaimana yang diakui oleh Ketua Pemuda UMNO Khairy Jamaluddin, adalah hipokrit apabila UMNO/BN menyekat mahasiswa di Malaysia daripada melibatkan diri dengan parti-parti pembangkang menerusi kekangan Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti (AUKU) namun membenarkan mereka menyerti Putera/Puteri UMNO atau Kelab UMNO. Terdapat juga kes di mana mahasiswa Malaysia di luar negara yang dibiaya biasiswa menerima amaran dan ada juga yang dihantar pulang ke tanah air jika didapati cenderung bersifat 'anti-kerajaan'.

Saya juga pernah mengalami pengalaman yang sama selepas mengendalikan majlis yang membabitkan Nurul Izzah Anwar di London dan Dublin sebulan selepas saya tiba untuk menyambung pengajian di London pada tahun 2002.

Saya masih ingat pertikaian yang berlaku di antara saya dengan Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Malaysia di UK sewaktu saya menjawat jawatankuasa Majlis Eksekutif Mahasiswa Malaysia UK (UKEC), badan yang memayungi pertubuhan-pertubuhan Malaysia di UK. Beliau menuntut supaya Kelab UMNO UK menyertai UKEC.

Saya mengingatkan beliau bahawa Perlembagaan UKEC melarang sebarang bentuk perkaitan dengan organisasi politik. Beliau menyatakan bahawa Kelab UMNO adalah kelab sosial dan bukan kelab politik. Saya menegaskan bahawa meski pun kelab tersebut menganjurkan aktiviti berbentuk sosial, namun hakikat bahawa ianya menggunapakai nama UMNO tetap menzahirkan perkaitan kelab tersebut dengan parti politik UMNO yang membiayai dan mentadbir kelab tersebut.

Mari kita bandingkan di antara sikap Pesuruhjaya Tinggi yang begitu giat memperjuangkan UMNO dengan apa yang berlaku sewaktu Pilihan Raya Kecil Parlimen Hulu Selangor baru-baru ini di mana empat orang mahasiswa Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) – Hilman Idham, Woon King Chai, Azlin Shafina Adza dan Muhammad Ismail Aminuddin – telah ditahan oleh Pemantau Institusi Pengajian Tinggi yang sedang menguatkuasakan AUKU.

Kesemua mahasiswa tersebut yang membawa risalah dan sebaran pro-Pakatan Rakyat telah didakwa di bawah AUKU.

Permohonan mereka bagi mencabar keabsahan akta tersebut di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan telah ditolak oleh mahkamah. Pihak UKM masih lagi sedang mempertimbang nasib mahasiswa berkenaan namun King Chai telah digugurkan dari menerima anugerah dekan walaupun beliau memperoleh keputusan yang cemerlang.

Sudah tiba masanya kita berhenti dari melayan para mahasiswa – samada mahasiswa tempatan atau yang berada di luar negara seperti kanak-kanak. Mereka sewajarnya dilayan dengan penuh hormat dan sejajar dengan hak sebagai warganegara Malaysia. Saya tiada masalah sekiranya mereka memilih untuk menyertai Pemuda UMNO. Saya akan menjadi individu pertama yang membantah seandainya kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat mencuba untuk menyekat kebebasan mahasiswa berpolitik.

Anak muda Malaysia seharusnya diberi kebebasan untuk memilih samada menyertai atau tidak menyertai dalam sebarang parti politik dan pertubuhan. Barangkali punca permasalahan adalah kerajaan kita tidak menghormati hak rakyat untuk memilih.

Pengumuman terkini oleh Timbalan Menteri Luar, Kohilan Pillay bahawa warga Malaysia di luar negara sedang 'dipantau' demi menjaga "nama baik negara dan pemimpin" menunjukkan betapa jumudnya pemikiran seorang pemimpin yang masih lagi wujud bukan sahaja di dalam UMNO bahkan di dalam BN secara keseluruhannya.

Barangkali lebih baik sekiranya pihak kerajaan memantau menteri kabinet yang mana skandal rasuahnya mendapat liputan antabangsa: kerana mereka ini lebih banyak merosakkan imej negara berbanding orang lain. Pengumuman tersebut jelas membuktikan bahawa Malaysia kini sudah menjadi negara polis di bawah UMNO-BN.

Ironi terbesar adalah, sementara warganegara kita di UK menikmati demokrasi, mereka turut terkena tempias kehilangan hak mendapatkan biasiswa atau hanya kerana mereka berada di luar negara. Kita harus bertanya tentang apakah sebenarnya yang ditakuti oleh kerajaan.

Hakikatnya, tokoh-tokoh pengasas negara ini – termasuklah dari PUTERA-AMCJA dan UMNO – menimba ilmu dan pengalaman politik awal mereka di London dan salah seorang daripada mereka adalah Abdul Razak Hussein yang menganggotai Parti Buruh.

Adalah menyedihkan untuk melihat kerajaan yang kini dipimpin oleh anak beliau kini cenderung untuk menyekat hak-hak warganya.


Sacret Heart, Sekolah Katolik Bakal Jadi Sekolah Islam

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 08:10 AM PST

Sacred Heart, Sekolah Katolik yang Bakal Jadi Sekolah Islam

Sekolah Dasar Katolik Sacred Heart di Blackburn UK bakal menjadi sekolah Katolik pertama yang akan bertukar menjadi sebuah sekolah Islam, jika masyarakat Muslim di kota tersebut jadi membeli sekolah berkenaan.

Pihak sekolah telah merancang untuk menutup sekolah berkenaan kerana jumlah pelajar Islam di sekolah itu lebih ramai dari pelajar beragama Katolik.

Sepuluh tahun yang lalu, 9 dari 10 pelajar di sekolah itu beragama Katolik. Tapi angka itu telah menjunam, sampai tahun ini cuma 4 dari 10 pelajar yang beragama Katolik, selebihnya muslim.

Sebagai sekolah Katolik, gurubesar sekolah Sacret Heart seharusnya beragama Katolik dan 10 peratus mata pelajaran adalah pelajaran berasaskan ajaran Katolik.

Tapi oleh kerana ramai pelajar beragama Islam, situasinya berubah. Lembaga sekolah Blackburn mengakui bahwa sekolah yang mereka kelola itu kini tidak lagi "melayani keperluan" masyarakat.

Berdasarkan Undang-undang tempatan, Dewan Kota Blackburn perlu mencari pihak lain yang akan mengelola sekolah tersebut, jika lembaga Katolik tidak lagi mengelolanya.

Peluang ini dinantikan oleh masyarakat Islam di Blackburn. Masjid Tauheedul Islam di kota itu adalah salah satu-satunya pihak yang menyatakan berminat untuk mengambil alih pengelolaan Sacred Heart, meski saat ini masjid tersebut sudah pun memiliki sebuah sekolah khusus untuk anak perempuan.

Pengetua Sekolah Menengah Puteri Tauheedul Islam Hamid Patel mengatakan, "Mengingat majoriti pelajar sekolah Sacred Heart adalah muslim, masuk akal jika kami berminat mengelola sekolah itu."

"Kami masih mencari maklumat lebih lanjut, apa yang diinginkan oleh pihak penguasa tempatan. Tapi masyarakat Islam dan pihak sekolah menginginkan kami untuk melibatkan diri dalam masalah ini, dan tentu saja kami berminat pada sekolah itu," sambung Patel.

Populasi muslim di UK meningkat sekitar 2.5 juta orang di antara tahun 2004-2008. Ketika ini cuma ada 11 sekolah Islam yang dibiayai pemerintah di seluruh UK.

Masyarakat Islam masih memerlukan lebih banyak lagi sekolah-sekolah Islam.


Numbers in decline so Catholic school converts to Islam

A ROMAN CATHOLIC primary school in Lancashire looks set to become the first in the country to convert to an Islamic faith school after the number of Christian pupils plummeted.

The Diocese of Salford — which runs the school — wants to close Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Blackburn because the number of Catholic students has dwindled from a staggering 91 per cent to just 3 per cent in a decade.

A massive shift in population means there are only five or six Catholics attending at the moment.

The 197-pupil school is in the centre of Blackburn and its pupils are largely from ethnic minority groups — many of them Asians from Indian and Pakistani origin. Many do not speak English as their first language.

In what would be the first case of its kind in Britain, the primary would be handed over to another organisation to run and re-opened with a new name.

The new provider will be decided by a competition, under which different organisations bid to the local authority to be put in charge.

A local mosque, Tauheedul, is the leading contender to take over the day-to-day running of the school.

If approved to be run by the mosque, the Sacred Heart RC Primary School will be the second such institution in the city alongside the nearby Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School, which admits specifically Muslim students.

Harry Devonport of Blackburn with Darwen Council's Children's Services department says the decision has been taken due to the reducing number of Catholics in the area surrounding the school over recent years.

He said: "The decision to cease to maintain the school as a Catholic school has been taken by the RC Diocese.

"The recommendation is to establish a new school which will be looked at by the Executive Board after an extensive consultation has taken place."

He also added that there would be no disruption to pupils or staff at the school.

"This is merely a technical change which will involve the same staff. There will be no disruption for our children at this school. Our main focus is ensuring that pupils have access to quality education.

"We will issue letters to parents to explain the process." -Irish Post



DEEPENING SCANDAL – TAIB’S LAND GRABS EXPOSED !

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 07:04 AM PST


Progress and Development? - 6 years after Taib
took their land and stripped their forest
these Melanau are left destitute.

Sarawak Report has been piecing together documentation that enables us to prove for the first time that the Chief Minister has conducted land thefts on a  massive scale from the people of Sarawak.   Using a number of sources, many of which Taib has shamefully attempted to keep secret, we are now unravelling detailed information showing the full extent of his seizures of Native Customary Rights Lands for himself and his family and also the extraordinary profits he has made at the expense of his people. 

The corruption has been so extensive and the affects have been so devastating to so many Dayak communities and to the environment of Sarawak, that we are unable to cover this issue in just one article.  Instead we will be examining our evidence over coming weeks and bringing you the results in a series of reports, which will look at the impact of Taib's destructive greed on communities the length and breadth of the state. 
Clear pattern emerges under 'Thief' Minister 

Environmental disaster in Pulau Bruit - first Taib strips the forest, then he plants the oil palm
 Yet, already we can point to a clear pattern of activity or 'modus operandi', through which Taib has abused his power by helping himself and his family to Dayak lands.  In his joint role as Resources and Planning Minister the Chief Minister pushes a policy of  'alienating'  Native Customary Rights (NCR)Lands in the name of  'development', a practice which was recently ruled illegal by the Federal High Court.  
However, he has always worked hard to keep the private benefactors of this public policy hidden!  The identity ofthe companies originally handed parcels of Dayak land by the state authorities and also the sums they have been charged ought to be public information, but they have always been treated as a top state secret, marked confidential in the Land Registry! 

Sarawak Report can now confirm the perhaps unsurprising truth that very many of these companies directly belong to Taib's family, or indeed himself, or to people he owes political or business favours .   Our evidence also details how the standard practice is for the Chief Minister to hand over great parcels of land to companies owned by his siblings for rock bottom prices (or nothing at all) who in turn sell on these companies as quickly as possible (usually in a matter of days) to a crony business partner for a massive profit. 
The Taib family member then often cements the deal by taking up shares or directorships in the new parent company (often under a proxy or hidden identity) so that they can continue to enjoy the profits of developing the land, but in a less obvious capacity.  This 'development' almost invariably consists of stripping the area of its valuable timber and then planting palm oil plantations, leaving the destitute Dayakcommunities with nothing but very low paid jobs and usually laughable levels of compensation. 
One shocking case in point  

Satanic Mills - processing the profit from the NCR Lands
 Sarawak Report has established that this scandalous activity has taken place in one of the most controversial current land grabs being sponsored by the State of Sarawak.  The very poor Melanau population of Pulau Bruitnear Sibu are one of the many communities to have suffered from this form of 'development', even though they are from the Chief Minister's own race.  The island till recently was a precious remaining area of fast disappearing lowland mangrove forest with a National Park of protected land.  In 2004 the Chief Minister saw fit to 'develop' the area for yet more palm plantations, despite the growing international outcry over the destruction of Sarawak by palm plantations. 
Therefore in May 2004 10,000 hectares of the island was handed to a company Eastern Eden Sdn Bhd  and a further 5,000 to a company Poh Zhen.  Of course the natives knew nothing of such decisions over their land until the palm plantation company came and started stripping the area of its pristine mangrove forests the following year and planting oil palm in its place.  The company offered the locals just RM120 ringgit per hectare for their land - a total of just over a million ringgit to be shared by the entire community for all their native lands. 

Encik Bahrum, one of the headmen, explains how he learnt about the development when he went to the jungle one day for forage for fish and food.  A short way in he discovered that a vast area had been flattened.  Bahrum, whose people have always lived in the area, said that the plantation company at first promised the locals that they were stripping the area to grow padi fields for the population, but in fact their whole region has been covered in oil palm.  NGOs have told Sarawak Report that protesters have complained of harassment and arrest and many have ended taking the compensation feeling they have no choice. 
Suffering of the people 

Polluted waters - Pulau Bruit faces flooding because of mangrove destruction resulting from Taib's policies
 Bahrum says that his people are now desperately short of food, because the forest and fish have gone.  They are also suffering polluted waters as a result of pesticides andfertilisers on the plantation.  Few have received jobs.  The 'development' is now spreading across the island and extending into Iban territories affecting 8 communities at Sungai Lengan.  The NGO Sadia has alerted the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil that the logging also appears to be encroaching illegally into the National Park area on the island.  The Ibans say that already their health and food supplies have been affected by the pollution of their waters by chemicals and that fish are dying and children are falling sick.  No compensation has been offered to the Ibans. 
Sadia and the law firm belonging to PKR opposition leader Baru Bian are now supporting the natives in a court case to protect their remaining lands and sue for proper compensation.  But there will be little surprise that the community say they have had no such support from their local representative to the Federal Parliament Norah Binti Abdul Rahman.  She also the Chief Executive of the Tanjun Manis 'development' project that is driving the destruction of the entire area and she happens to be the niece of  Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud. 

'Entrepreneurial MP' - Taib niece Norah Abdul Rahman was 'elected' unopposed in 2008
Norah and Taibtreated themselves in the summer to a state-funded visit to Oxford University  in the UK (along with two plane loads of publicly funded officials) in order to promote their business projects in the region at notorious event hosted by the University's Said Business School.  Norah is seeking international funding for further logging and devastation in order to develop a 'Halal food Hub' in Malaysia's Christian state.  
Even less surprising has been Nora's sudden recent announcement that a large sum of money is about to be spent on an  infrastructure programme to bring roads, electricity and water to the people who have till now been totally neglected in the 'development' of their region and who have suffered the loss of their forest lands and fishing grounds.  She is of course now looking for their support in the upcoming election, but whether the promises will be remembered after the election is over is another matter.  Local people are advised to ignore the 60 ringgit bribes she will also offer and to continue to ignore her even if she ups the bribe money!  It is their right to receive Norah's bribe money and to vote for another party entirely. 
We expose who really profits 
This is because perhaps the most shocking aspect of this story is the part that has until now been kept most hidden.  Our investigations have revealed just how much money Norah's family has taken from the natives of Pulau Bruit.   When the locals had sought the owners of the palm plantations who had been handed their land by Taib's decision as Chief Minister and Planning and Resources Minister they learnt that the companies, Eastern Eden and Poh Zhen, belonged to Jaya Tiasa a subsidiary company of the vast timber company Ribunan Hijau, run by a key crony of the Chief Minister.  Therefore, their representatives have been making their protests to this company. 


Jaya Tiasa purchases Arip's company Eastern Eden and also Poh Zhen 12 days after he acquires the plantation from Taib's Land & Survey Department - there was a RM 40 profit on the deal!
 However, Sarawak Report can now reveal that the original owners of these companies were Taib's own brothers Arip and Ali Mahmud.  They received the land grants from the government on 19th May 2004 paying RM 6 million for Eastern Eden plot of 10,000 hectares and RM 3 million for the Poh Zhen plot of 5,000 hectares.  However, in just 12 days on 31st May they had sold on the companies to their crony tycoon Ribunan Hijau/Jaya Tiasa chief Tiong Choong for RM 33 million and RM 16 million!  This represents a RM 40 million clean profit for the Taib family in a matter of 12 days! 

Arip's first wife Azerina controls a million shares in Jaya Tiasa, the company that bought out the land obtained through Taib's Land & Survey Department deal. So they still profit from the NCR Land acquisition.
Further, true to the pattern we have identified, the Aripfamily have continued to enjoy profitable ties with the company they sold out to.  Sarawak Report has identified a large chunk of Jaya Tiasa shares continue to belong to the Arip family (he died in 2005).   These shares were clearly handed to the family as an added 'sweetner' for the deal.   This means that the Mahmud family continues to reap big profits from the palm oil plantations and the timber extraction from the lands that were stolen from the local communities on top of the fat profit they made from selling on land that Taib had handed to them well below market price.  
More 
Sarawak Report will be following the fortunes of the impoverished islanders of Palau Bruit as they campaign to save the little remaining area of their lands and to receive compensation.  However, their tragic case is just one of  hundreds of land grabs by the Chief Minister and his family across the State.  We will be unveiling more about these outrages and the effect on the people of Sarawak in later reports. 


Burmese Muslims (Translated into Burmese)

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 06:30 AM PST

Peserta himpunan dibebaskan

Posted: 04 Dec 2010 11:10 PM PST


It’s Friday with SKE48′s Rena & Jurina

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 06:13 AM PST

Japanese idols Rena Matsui and Jurina Matsui from pop group SKE48 are featured on December issue of Friday Magazine. Speaking of Japanese loli culture, one of the girls is just over 13 of age (difficult to tell from her look though); a few of the photos might be deemed inappropriate for her age in some places…

SKE48 Rena and Jurina Matsui on Friday magazine

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It's Friday with SKE48′s Rena & Jurina from YeinJee's Asian Blog


[Bergambar] Proton Wira Dihempap Trak Askar Dalam Kemalangan Ngeri, 5 Maut

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 06:56 AM PST

5 sekeluarga maut dalam kemalangan ngeri dekat PD

Gambar: NGERI..kemalangan maut membabitkan 4 kereta dan satu trak askar sehingga menyebabkan lima maut di tempat kejadian di KM19.6 Jalan Pantai, Pasir Panjang, Port Dickson, awal pagi tadi.

PORT DICKSON, 5 Dis (Bernama) -- Lima sekeluarga terbunuh manakala enam yang lain termasuk anggota tentera cedera dalam kemalangan ngeri membabitkan lima buah kenderaan di Kilometer 19.6 Jalan Pantai-Pasir Panjang-Linggi dekat Kampung Bukit Tembok di sini Ahad.

Ketua Polis Daerah Port Dickson Supt Baljeet Singh berkata, mereka yang terbunuh dikenali sebagai Mohd Said Lakan, 58, isterinya Rosnani Buyong, 50.

Kedua-duanya berasal dari Hulu Langat, Selangor.

Turut terbunuh anak perempuan mereka Nordiana Mohd Said, 30, suaminya Saipul Naaim Mat Dan, 36 dan anak mereka Mohammad Harith Firdaus Saipul Naaim, 4, katanya kepada pemberita di tempat kejadian.

Mereka mati di tempat kejadian akibat kecederaan yang teruk di kepala dan anggota badan dalam kejadian pukul 11.15 pagi, katanya.

Sementara itu, pasukan bomba dan penyelamat di sini mengambil masa kira-kira setengah jam untuk mengeluarkan kesemua mayat yang tersepit.

Mangsa dihantar ke Hospital Port Dickson.

Tiga lagi termasuk pemandu sebuah kenderaan yang lain turut cedera tetapi identiti mereka tidak diketahui.

Katanya, kenderaan yang dinaiki oleh keluarga itu sedang dalam perjalanan dari arah Port Dickson ke Melaka dan diekori oleh sebuah kenderaan lain yang dinaiki oleh sepasang suami isteri bersama anak mereka.

Lori tentera terbabit pula datang dari arah Kem Terendak, Melaka menuju ke markas tentera di Port Dickson dan diekori oleh dua buah kenderaan lain, katanya.

Salah sebuah kenderaan yang datang dari arah Port Dickson dipercayai memotong kereta keluarga malang itu tetapi tergesel bahagian belakang lori menyebabkan kenderaan berat itu hilang kawalan lalu memasuki laluan bertentangan lalu dirempuh oleh kenderaan yang dinaiki lima sekeluarga itu," katanya.

Akibatnya, lori tentera seberat 3 tan itu terbalik ke sisi dan dan tiga anggota tentera mengalami kecederaan ringan, katanya. -- BERNAMA








Taktik Baru Along Iklankan "Pinjaman Islamik"

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 05:42 AM PST

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TAKTIK BARU...iklan along yang menawarkan pinjaman Islamik.

SUNGAI BULOH: Bosan dengan taktik promosi pinjaman lama, peminjam wang haram atau along kini beralih arah kepada sistem 'Pinjaman Islamik' bagi menambat kepercayaan pelanggan, sekali gus menjadikan mereka sebagai 'bank segera'.

Taktik terbaru itu dikesan di sekitar bandar ini apabila terdapat iklan dan risalah mengenai kegiatan terbabit ditampal di pokok dan papan tanda.

Modus operandi baru yang mengelirukan itu dikesan apabila iklan yang kononnya berbentuk pinjaman Islamik diberikan syarat pinjaman mudah dengan hanya menelefon nombor yang tertera dan akan menerima bayaran dengan cepat.

Antara syarat yang ditetapkan along terbabit antaranya pinjaman itu terbuka kepada kakitangan awam, badan berkanun atau swasta, proses pinjaman adalah melalui bank serta kemudahan pinjaman sehingga RM250,000.

Lebih menarik, mereka yang disenarai hitamkan bank turut layak membuat pinjaman.

Panggilan dilakukan Metroplus bagaikan dapat dihidu berikutan seorang lelaki dipercayai konco along terbabit yang menjawab pertanyaan meletakkan telefon selepas musykil dengan soalan yang banyak diajukan.

Tinjauan mendapati, iklan haram yang ditampal pada pokok itu dilekat menggunakan kertas berwarna kuning yang ditutupi plastik dan tertera nombor telefon bimbit along terbabit.

Penduduk yang hanya ingin dikenali sebagai Yazit, 39, berkata bandar Sungai Buloh tidak terlepas menjadi mangsa pemasang iklan haram sehingga mencacatkan pemandangan kawasan berkenaan.

Katanya, tindakan melampau pengiklan yang mahu mengejar keuntungan tanpa menggunakan modal itu perlu dihentikan kerana ia bukan saja menyusahkan orang awam, malah menjatuhkan imej bandar berkenaan.

"Mereka bertopengkan sistem pinjaman Islamik supaya dapat mengaburi mata pelanggan dan mungkin juga pihak berkuasa. Banyak iklan pinjaman wang haram ini sudah luntur dakwatnya dan hampir terkoyak.

Yazit berkata, kegiatan memasang iklan pinjaman haram terbabit semakin berleluasa kerana lebih banyak iklan ditampal setiap kali ia ditanggalkan pihak berkuasa.

"Jika ditanggalkan pada sebelah petang, keesokan paginya, pasti lebih banyak iklan ditampal di tempat sama," katanya.

Pelajar sebuah kolej swasta, Zaharah Nordin Zakaria, 24, pula berpendapat masyarakat perlu menjadi mata dan telinga pihak berkuasa bagi membolehkan mereka bertindak segera.

"Orang ramai perlu mengadu dan jika sudah mengadu pun pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) masih tak ambil peduli, sekurang-kurangnya kita sudah tunaikan tanggungjawab sebaik mungkin.

"Hal selebihnya terpulang kepada PBT untuk melaksanakan peranan mereka," katanya.

Sementara itu, Pegawai Perhubungan Awam Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA), Shahrin Ahmad, berkata sebanyak 35,000 iklan haram sudah diturunkan MBSA sejak Januari hingga Oktober lalu.

"Di Sungai Buloh saja, kami menurunkan 4,500 iklan haram seperti iklan lelongan bank, khidmat perubatan tradisional, pinjaman wang dan ubah suai rumah melalui beberapa operasi secara berkala yang dilakukan pejabat cawangan MBSA kami di sana.

"Perbuatan mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini boleh menyebabkan banyak masalah seperti mengganggu dan menghalang pandangan jika iklan di tampal di papan tanda jalan. Oleh sebab itu kami akan terus memerangi kegiatan ini," katanya.

Menurutnya, pihak yang menggantung aktiviti itu boleh dikenakan tindakan Undang-Undang Kecil Iklan MBSA 2007.

Justeru itu, beliau meminta kerjasama masyarakat supaya tidak membuat tampalan iklan sesuka hati mereka tetapi sebaiknya memohon permit dari jabatan pelesenan sebelum menggantung iklan atau kain rentang yang mempromosikan produk mereka. -hm


What 'big brother, small brother'? The fact is 'master-dog' relationship, you dog!!!

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 04:51 AM PST

MCA rejects 'big brother, small brother' system in BN

UPDATED @ 06:53:09 PM 05-12-2010
By Clara Chooi
December 05, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 – MCA made full use of today's Barisan Nasional (BN)  convention to push for equal treatment within the coalition, sternly telling its Umno allies that there should not be a "big brother, small brother" system in the ruling pact.
Its president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (picture) delivered a hard-hitting speech this evening and made direct references to Umno as he shrewdly reminded the ruling party that MCA, and all other component parties, deserved to receive equal recognition as coalition partners.
The veteran politician even took a direct swipe at Umno by pointing out that MCA was not in agreement with how important government policy decisions was made during Umno Supreme Council meetings instead of in Cabinet.
"MCA is of the opinion that we should cooperate with one another as equal partners and for that very same reason as well, MCA feels that important policies should not be announced during Umno annual general meetings or Umno Supreme Council meetings, where such a decision differs in status from that of the Cabinet's," he said during the winding up speech at the BN convention at Wisma MCA here this evening.
He noted that the rebranding of BN component parties should be in tandem with BN's multi-racial makeup and should not occur merely in Umno.
"MCA feels that there should not be a big brother or small brother in BN's ranks. We are all equally responsible to fight in the same struggle and with the same objectives. We are equal partners," he said.
MCA, the second largest component party in the ruling pact, has oftentimes been criticised as being subservient to its BN allies in Umno.
However, since Dr Chua assumed leadership in the Chinese-based party earlier this year, the straight-talking politician has been pushing for a greater voice in the pact, acknowledging that it was this alleged subservience that had caused a sizeable chunk of the Chinese electorate to abandon BN in Elections 2008.
Among other things, Dr Chua has called for the abolishment of the 30 per cent Bumiputera equity target, earning himself the wrath of top Umno leaders like its deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Although the row between two BN giants eventually fizzled out, Dr Chua continued to remind the Najib Administration to stick to its inclusive ideals enshrined in the Prime Minister's 1 Malaysia concept.
As today's convention is the pact's first since its dismal performance in Elections 2008, Dr Chua took the opportunity to expound on his call for equality in BN to the other minority component partners in the ruling pact. There are 13 coalition partners in BN.
"My fellow component party friends, I believe we are all aware that the young generation of today are more critical and dissatisfied with the development we have achieved to date.
"They do not want a government that is only good at talking but unable to take action. BN should not be seen as a coalition that only unites during the elections; it should be seen as one that believes in power sharing at all times," he said.
Dr Chua also criticised the government's Public Service Department (PSD) for failing to be in tandem with the BN government's policies, claiming that the agency was given far too much power in hiring, firing and disciplining civil servants.
The MCA president was likely referring to recent incidents when government school teachers accused of uttering racial slurs against the non-Malay communities had gotten off the hook with a mere slap on the wrist.
At the height of the furore caused by the incidents, Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had claimed shrugged off the issue, claiming that despite being the Education Minister, he had no power to mete out disciplinary action against the errant civil servants.
Instead, said the country's number two, the prerogative to punish civil servants lay in the hands of the PSD.
"How could this happen? We should have a more effective system in giving incentives as well as to punish so that those who are accomplished will be rewarded while those who are errant will be adequately punished," he said.
Dr Chua suggested that it was time to amend the General Orders on the powers it accorded to the PSD to hire and fire civil servants.
"This is to ensure that there will not be an abuse of power or weaknesses in the system as well as to ensure that the PSD's powers will not exceed those of the minister chosen by the people," he said.
Additionally, Dr Chua also cautioned leaders against using sensitive words like "pendatang" (immigrants), "penumpang" (passengers), "terhutang budi" (indebted to), "kurang patriotic" (unpatriotic) and "ketuanan Melayu" (Malay supremacy).
Such words, he added, should be labeled as taboo in Malaysia.
Dr Chua also pushed for an equal distribution of election allocation among BN component parties, adding that it was important for the coalition to work as a team.
"For example, when we put up our campaign posters, it must reflect multi-racialism as stipulated in 1 Malaysia. Our posters must display the faces of other leaders in BN besides the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister's," he said.
Dr Chua even used Pakatan Rakyat as an example of such inclusivity, pointing out that in the opposition pact's campaign materials during the last Galas by-election, the faces of all three component party leaders were displayed – DAP's Lim Guan Eng, PAS' Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat and PKR's Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.


MCs in Malaysians among highest in the region

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 04:44 AM PST

Comment. It may be correct for Malaysians ONLY. For foreigners and it is different story. POOR foreign workers, esp Illegals or Refugees are exploited by Employers here. Even if they have high fever or accident or Measles or Chicken pox, their salaries are cut unpropotionate to their salaries. Paid RM 13-15 per day but if MC cut RM 100.00. Most of the Chins works with small Chinese bosses. One day absent from work, THEY WILL BE KICKED OUT.

Source_Star: MCs in Malaysia among highest in the region, says MEF By LIM AI LEE

Employers are incurring over RM1bil losses annually because of workers who feign illness to get sick leave, according to the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).

"Malingering or faking sickness to obtain medical certificates (MCs) has become a rampant practice in the country. The MCs rate in the country is now among the highest in the region," said MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan.

"Some employees will take MCs to go fishing, watch a movie, attend a wedding kenduri or send the kids to school. They will even ask their colleagues to tell their bosses they are on MC if they do not turn up for work the next day."

The MEF, which has just completed its survey on workplace productivity for 2010, is expected to release its report next week.

Shamsuddin told Sunday Star that in Malaysia, about 4% of lost man-days or working days are attributed to MCs alone.

While acknowledging there were genuine sick cases, he said the number of deceptive cases was high, with some malingerers exhausting the maximum 22 days sick leave allowed in a year.

"Malingerers usually follow a pattern – they will take MCs just before or right after a weekend or public holiday. Companies are keeping a close watch on these employees and once there is sufficient proof of abuse, they will be dismissed," Shamsuddin warned.

Under the Employment Act 1955, an employee who has served at least five years with the same company is allowed up to 22 days sick leave annually which employers feel are "too high" and could give rise to abuse. The number of days do not include the 60 days entitlement for hospitalisation.

Malingerers, he added, were putting a financial strain on employers who had to pay 250% more for each man-day lost when a worker went on sick leave.

Given the 4% loss due to MCs, a company with 1,000 workers stood to lose 9,120 man-days a year.

Shamsuddin added that some companies which offered incentives for staff with good attendance found they were able to reduce the man-days loss due to MCs from 4% to 0.01%.

However, the majority of employers did not see the point of offering such incentives as they were already paying their staff to work.

MTUC president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud said they wanted to get a clearer picture from the MEF, adding that it was unfair for employers to claim that most workers on MCs were pretending to be sick.

"This is tantamount to questioning the integrity of doctors who issued the MCs to the workers," he added.

He also disagreed with MEF's call to the Government to reduce sick leave from the maximum 22 days, saying there were cases where employees were seriously ill or had met with accidents and needed time to recuperate before reporting back to work.

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A Non Malay's first day in the Army

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 04:39 AM PST

The day I joined the army as a private soldier. Nobody in the family was happy about this decision but me being the stubborn one refused to change my mind. My mum she cried, because she was afraid of me ending up in a body bag (the Malaysian Army then did not have body bags at that moment in time), so one can imagine how one's very deceased body was handled.

I carried a bag of my worldly possessions as I took the first big steps of my life into the real world. To see me off were my mother, dad and my siblings. Mum of course was teary eyed; mums all over the world get teary eyed when their offspring want to go out into the world to play soldier boy, in her case, the second offspring to join the army. Her first born my elder brother had answered the call to arms when the Indonesians started attacking us, when I was very young in the sixties.

My Dad being my dad, said this," I want you to become an Officer". He gave me RM100 (USD$27.39) for expenses, that was a lot of money those days. The bus came and I was soon off with a heavy heart to the railway station in Teluk Intan. I loved them very much. It was difficult moment for an 18 year old to go away on his own. I have done it but this time it was for keeps, this was the defining moment of how life will turn out for me.

The very first day at the railway station in Seremban was chaotic with hundreds of potential soldiers from a multi ethnic background. The senior NCO's were yelling away trying to bring order to a very chaotic situation. There was this gentleman who was moving along all pumped up with self importance he was making the situation worse by barking out to the already harassed NCO' s.

That action brought out the meanness in the NCO' s who started abusing everyone in the language most foul, mentioning mothers and sisters, private parts, copulation, a bit on what to do with male parts and all of it brought about shocked stares from us. These reference to body parts were interspersed with derogatory terms in reference to Indians, Sikhs and Chinese . The strutting gentleman we later found out was the Commanding Officer of the Recruit Training Center in Port Dickson named Major Aarof. That guy we realized later in training was a cross between Gomer Pyle and Gilligan.

All of us were rounded up like the sheep we were onto trucks .It was twenty guys to a truck, of course we were warned, not to wave or yell to the public on the way to Port Dickson which was an hour away. As though we were the guys who created the bad image, imagine all the curses and abuse at a public railway station in full hearing range of the public, especially on the matter that somebody's mother's private parts was diseased.

These NCO's who were going to be our instructors were the most sadistic bunch of people I ever had the privilege of meeting. They would put the drill sergeant in the movie Full Metal Jacket to shame.. Not to soon we reached the great big square. This is where you get to see the great military bullshit of being yelled at repeatedly. You get sorted out, which platoon you going into, under which company; you are repeatedly shuffled from place to place under the blistering sun. The realization hits you then, what the fuck are doing in hell on earth.

After all the pathetic souls have been sorted out many times and some semblance of order has been retrieved, we are issued with plastic cups and plates to go for lunch. We are made to form in lines of three and herded to lunch. In most armies the place soldiers eat is known as a mess hall, here it is known as a cook house.

The guys were all famished, after a long journey many of us did not have much money on us, we were the poor middle class, to get rid of the hunger pangs we were always filling our bellies with water. Now when we were finally at the cook house imagine we had to line up, in four lines that snaked around the building 1500 of recruits!

It's mind boggling, in the US Army it would not be a problem, they are used to aircraft carriers, starving populations and they feed their army in style. The Malaysian Army does not believe in good logistics, don't pamper your soldiers or they will become spoiled. That mentality has not been eradicated until now, I am already a pensioner. I managed to reach the food line, the rice is slopped down into your plate mind you not the white rice you normally get, it's grayish ,on again no time to choose, it's beef, never eaten beef before you say no, a sarcastic remark is passed with a sneer, can consume milk but can't take beef. That happened often throughout training.

There's one Indian Army cook who sympathetically with an encouraging smile plunks down a big drumstick with a bit of gravy.


Najib: Opposition Leadership Are Anti-National and Struggling for Self-Interest

Posted: 04 Dec 2010 09:33 PM PST


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SUHAKAM Bantah Tindakan Polis Tahan Peserta Demo

Posted: 05 Dec 2010 02:13 AM PST

Tidak padan polis tangkap peserta himpunan

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Dis: Pesuruhjaya Suhakam, Muhammad Sha'ani Abdullah berkata, tindakan polis menangkap para peserta himpunan aman membantah kenaikan harga air tidak berpadanan dengan apa yang dilakukan oleh rakyat.

Katanya, para peserta himpunan tidak mendatangkan sebarang ancaman terhadap keselamatan negara, lagipun sekarang bukan masa darurat.

Tambahnya, mereka hanya menyertai perhimpunan aman dan tidak menimbulkan sebarang masalah tetapi hanya tidak mempunyai permit sahaja.

Menurutnya, keadaan yang berlaku itu tidak sebagaimana di London yang boleh mengadakan himpunan secara aman.

Ahli Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad pula melahirkan rasa kesal dengan pihak polis yang menangkap peserta himpunan membantah kenaikan harga air oleh Syabas itu.

Beliau beserta Exco kerajaan negeri, Yaakob Sapari turut mengadakan perbincangan dengan pihak polis supaya tidak terus menahan para peserta sebagaimana yang dijanjikan.

"Tetapi sangat malang apabila polis menggunakan kekerasan menahan pseserta himpunan," ujarnya.

Menurutnya, pihak polis memberi jaminan akan membebaskan mereka yang ditahan dan tidak akan menangkap peserta yang mahu bersurai sekitar jam 3.30 petang.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor akan membawa usul pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat nanti berhubung penangkapan peserta himpunan aman itu.

Sementara itu, Ketua Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat, Ustazah Nuridah Mohd Salleh mempersoalkan tindakan polis menahan peserta kerana pada awalnya berjanji memberikan kerjasama.

Beliau kesal kerana polis sedia memberi kerjasama kepada peserta himpunan untuk berarak ke Istana Negara bagi mengiringi pemimpin Kerajaan Negeri Selangor menyerahkan memorandum kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Katanya, apa yang dinyatakan oleh Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim bahawa polis bahawa memberi kerjasama kerana pihak Istana Negara sedia menunggu rombongan kerajaan negeri.

Sehubungan itu, beliau mempersoalkan pihak polis mengikut arahan siapa di sebalik penangkap yang dilakukan itu.

Menurut Suaram, sekitar 70 orang ditahan pada himpunan aman itu yang difahamkan dibawa ke Balai Polis Dang Wangi dan Cheras. -harakahdaily

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Posted: 05 Dec 2010 12:05 AM PST

Pelan Ekonomi Najib: “Kroni Didahulukan. Rakyat Dibebankan”

Posted: 04 Dec 2010 08:01 PM PST



Kenaikan harga barang yang terbaru adalah sebahagian dari pelan ekonomi Najib yang baru. Tema kepada pelan Najib ini adalah:

Beban diberikan kepada rakyat. Keuntungan diberikan kepada Kroni/UMNOPUTRA
Dalam tindakan drastic Najib yang terbaru, sedikit pun Najib tidak berusaha mengikis kekayaan dan keuntungan yang dinikmati oleh para korporat. Cukai korporat (baca kroni/UMNOPUTRA), misalnya, tidak dinaikkan langsung. Malah, yang saya dapat tahu, cukai korporat akan diturunkan.

Maka, demi untuk menampung kekurangan perbelanjaan kerajaan (yang selama ini menguntungkan korporat) maka dinaikkan harga barang. Najib tahu, kenaikan harga barang akan ditanggung bebannya oleh rakyat. Dan, oleh kerana rakyat Malaysiaakan terus menyokong Najib dan UMNO, maka kenaikkan ini diteruskan juga.

PEMANDU di bawah Idris Jala begitu aktif berkempen membuang subsidi. Idris Jala sedikit pun tidak menyusun strategi bagaimana membuat para korporat (baca: kroni) menampung beban perbelanjaan kerajaan Malaysia. PEMANDU pimpinan Idris juga berpaksi kepada ideologi: "Bebankan rakyat, bantu kroni"(baca: korporat).

Tak elok buat analisa begini tanpa contoh. Subsidi yang PETRONAS bayar kepada Pengeluar Elektrik Bebas (IPP) adalah dalam jumlah RM19 billion setahun. Soalannya, mengapa Najib tidak memotong subsidi kepada korporat2 kaya empunya IPP ini seperti YTL dan sebagainya?

Pelan ekonomi Najib tidak memikirkan rakyat marhean. Pelan ekonomi Najib hanya memikirkan bagaimana menambah kekayaan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA. Rakyat tidak penting kerana rakyat Malaysia akan terus mengundi Najib dan UMNO walau bagaimanapun rakyat Malaysia dilayan oleh Najib dan Barisan Nasional.

Usaha kerajaan PR untuk member air murah pun ditentang Najib demi membela kroni2 beliau (baca: korporat).

Dengan kata lain, di bawah pelan ekonomi Najib ini, rakyat Malaysia akan terus mengikat perut demi mengkayakan kroni dan UMNOPUTRA (baca: korporat).

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Anwar: Why no subsidy cuts for corporate giants?
De facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lambasted the government for the price hikes on fuel and sugar announced yesterday evening going after "small change" from the lower income group "when similar zeal is not shown vis-a-vis the rich corporate giants".

He said a similar phased removal of subsidies for "wealthy independent power producers (IPPs) owned by business elites and cronies of Barisan Nasional" was part of Pemandu's plan.

"Amazingly, the only hikes implemented so far are on those items that hit directly on the people's purse; not the cronies," said Anwar (right).

According to the opposition leader, Pemandu has estimated that RM1.12 billion could be saved in 2010 if subsidies on gas price to IPPs and non-power sectors are reduced.

This could have been achieved if gas price to IPP and the non-power sector is increased by RM4.65 per mmbtu and RM2.52 per mmbtu respectively, he explained.

He revealed that the government through Petronas currently subsidises the IPPs and industries to the tune of RM19 billion annually, as the subsidised gas price of RM10.70 per mmbtu (for IPPs) is remarkably lower than the average market price of imported gas of RM38 per mmbtu (should the country need to import the gas to meet the demand against a shortfall in production).

Anwar called for Prime Minister Najib Razakb (left) to explain why he was targetting the subsidy cuts at the rakyat rather than the industry.

"This is more so when nothing has been done so far (despite promises after promises) to reform the subsidy allocation system.

"This is pivotal to ensure that the lower income group will continue to benefit from state assistance to counter the rising cost of living.

"Pemandu seems to be extremely efficient at pushing for the subsidy removal; yet extremely slow at coming out with a solution to redistribute the subsidies that are meant for the poor," said Anwar.

"It chases the small change in the form of subsidy removal on household items most widely used by the people, yet it procrastinates on confronting the real subsidy monsters (in the form of the IPPs)."

Paying for BN's 'carefree spending'

He also blamed the BN government for it's "carefree spending in the last decade" having contributed to the necessity for subsidy cuts to ease the national deficit.

"In the end, the RM126 million saved from the 16 July's 20 sen hike on sugar is not even enough to pay for Pemandu's own exorbitant cost as reported by Malaysiakini," said Anwar.

"Where is the moral authority of a government that takes RM126 million from the poor to pay RM66 million to consultants for the set up of a government unit and another RM65 million for its whole operation in 2010?

"Hence, I take the recent announcement on NEM with a pinch of salt," he said, adding that the BN "will continue to hoodwink the public" on the so-called transformation of the public sector when it was really just paying the "new breed of civil servants in Pemandu top of the range salaries that will easily beat the private sector".

He also rubbished the NEM's promotion of liberalisation and deregulation as lacking in "honesty" of execution, citing how YTL was allegedly awarded the 700 MHz TV spectrum broadcasting band without an open tender.

"This is not surprising as the whole machination of this administration is based on the perpetuation of a public image crafted by firms of public relations that are paid by the taxpayers' money – with the sole intention of buying Barisan Nasional additional time before the people cast their judgement," he said.

He warned that further price hikes can be expected as "the originally proposed quantum of price hike was at 10 sen per price hike for every 6 months."

Adding that if the BN administration was not checked, "...we are definitely en route to paying a fuel price at RM2.10 litre within a year's time."

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