Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[Bergambar] Wardina Pernah Temui TG Nik Aziz, Jadi Apa Masalahnya?

[Bergambar] Wardina Pernah Temui TG Nik Aziz, Jadi Apa Masalahnya?


[Bergambar] Wardina Pernah Temui TG Nik Aziz, Jadi Apa Masalahnya?

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 11:32 AM PDT

Wardina belum tahu status kontrak dengan TV3

Personaliti televisyen popular Wardina Safiyyah berkata beliau setakat ini masih belum mengetahui status kontraknya dengan stesen TV3 berhubung isu melibatkan kehadirannya di satu program anjuran PKR pada 26 Jun lalu.

"Saya masih belum bercakap lagi dengan mereka berhubung perkara itu," kata pengacara bagi program Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI) itu ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini.

Difahamkan, Wardina setakat ini tidak menghadapi masalah berhubung status kontrak berkenaan walau timbul persoalan mengenai sikapnya yang kini didakwa berani menunjukkan sokongan terhadap Pakatan Rakyat.

Persoalan itu dimuatkan dalam beberapa laman blog pro-BN, antaranya melalui anwaraidc.com dalam tulisan bertajuk 'Wardina Safiyyah Secara Terbuka Sokong Anwar.'

Tulisan yang disiarkan pada Isnin itu antara lainnya menyebut, Wardina sebelum ini telah "dicurahkan dengan bayaran mewah oleh TV3."

Beliau turut ditanya mengapakah sesetengah pihak mempertikai kehadirannya di program berkenaan, semata-mata kerana beliau berkhidmat dengan stesen milik kumpulan Media Prima itu.

Dengan pantas Wardina menjawab, itulah juga soalan yang ingin dikemukakannya.

"Saya sebelum ini pernah berjumpa (menteri besar Kelantan) Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Mereka (penulis blog) timbulkan isu besar juga mengenai itu. Tapi kemudiannya (isu berkenaan) surut.

"Mereka faham tujuan saya berada di sana (berjumpa Nik Abdul Aziz), tiada cakap-cakap politik (berlaku)," katanya yang berharap isu yang kini panas diperkatakan itu akan kembali sejuk.

Wardina yang menyifatkan dirinya sebagai seorang yang apolitikal berkata, beliau turut menjadi sasaran mudah untuk dilabelkan sebagai pro-Pakatan kerana secara umumnya masyarakat Malaysia amat suka meletakkan label kepada seseorang.

"Kita juga menekan mereka jika mereka tidak bersetuju dengan kita, tapi semua orang ada hak untuk hidup di negara ini.

"Saya cuma ingin menghulurkan tangan dan menghubungkan jurang ini. Ianya OK jika kita ada perbezaan pendapat, ianya satu perkara yang baik.

"Tapi ianya menjadi isu yang sangat serius, dengan menakutkan mereka, tidak membenarkan mereka bercakap dengan orang lain, ramai rakyat yang akan ketinggalan," katanya lagi yang turut meminta maaf sekiranya kehadirannya di majlis berkenaan menimbulkan kekeliruan kepada stesen TV berkenaan.

Dalam satu sidang media pagi ini, Wardina dilaporkan berkata beliau tidak mengatahui bahawa program Karnival Mesra Rakyat di Petaling Jaya itu adalah anjuran PKR. -mk








Ulasan GB

Golongan blogger pencacai UMNO trauma apabila ramai para artis bertemu dengan pemimpin PAS & Pakatan Rakyat. Datuk Siti Nurhaliza bersama suaminya pun satu ketika pernah bertemu TG Nik Aziz. Jadi apa masalahnya?

Bagi mereka golongan artis yang mempunyai ramai peminat dan pengikut tidak boleh lansung menemui pemimpin-pemimpin selain UMNO BN.

Kerana apa?

Cemburu, isi hati dan berhasad dengki. Pencacai ini takut dengan bayang-bayang sendiri. Takut sokongan rakyat terhadap PAS & PR meningkat dan sokongan terhadap UMNO BN merudum yang sememangnya pun semakin hari semakin merudum. Dan takut tak dapat upah lagi dari UMNO BN dan pak menteri.


Quotations on Patriotism and Integrity

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 08:46 AM PDT

"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
Douglas Noel Adams - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, 1987

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." Douglas Noel Adams




"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunters."
African proverb

"I cannot afford to waste my time making money."
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-73), Swiss-American zoologist, geologist

"What man has done to man is the saddest chapter in the history of the world. The story of the peoples of the earth is in large measure the tale of how the world whipped the nonconformist with its displeasure and visited upon him dishonor and ignominy, torture and death."
George K. Anderson, from The Legend of the Wandering Jew

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

"The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong."
Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

"The 10 Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words."
The Atlanta Journal

"Practicing the Golden Rule is not a sacrifice, it's an investment."
Byllye Avery

"Only religion can prevent democratic rule from developing into mob rule. A nation can prosper only as its citizens are religious, intelligent, capable of service and eager to render it."
Roger Babson, economist

"Every great panic we have ever had has been foreshadowed by a general decline in observance of religious principles."
Roger Babson, economist, predicted the 1929 stock market crash

"Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise."
Francis Bacon

"A caged canary is secure; but it is not free. It is easier for free men to resist terrorism from afar than tyranny from within."
Chuck Baldwin

"For the past two centuries, those who do not prize freedom have chipped away at every major clause of our Constitution until today we face a crisis of great dimensions."
Ezra Taft Benson

"The God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government. And he has sent other choice spirits to preserve it."
Ezra Taft Benson

"Could many of our ills today have resulted from our failure to train a strong citizenry from the only source we have -- the boys and girls of each community? Have they grown up to believe in politics without principle, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without effort, wealth without work, business without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice?"
Ezra Taft Benson

"When they give a person a Bachelors degree, they take away their mouth, when they give them a Masters degree, they take away their brains, and when they give them a PhD, they give them back their mouth."
Helen K. Billings, PhD (1901-1995)

["In Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons," Richard Rich offers the perjured testimony that would send Sir Thomas More to the executioner. As Rich passed by the defendant's dock, More noticed a new chain of office around Rich's neck, and asked what it was. Thomas Cromwell answered that Rich was now Attorney General for Wales. Looking at his false accuser with a mixture of pain and amusement, More said:"]
"For Wales? Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world ... but for Wales!"
Robert Bolt in "A Man for All Seasons"

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
Napoleon Bonaparte

"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living."
General Omar Bradley, U.S. Army

"If you think we are free today, you know nothing about tyranny and even less about freedom."
Tom Braun, Radio Show, Spirit of '76 -- Voice of Warning

"The government is good at one thing...it knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say 'see if it weren't for the government you wouldn't be able to walk.'"
Harry Browne


"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."
Giordano Bruno

"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."
Warren Buffet, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

"No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance."
Alan Bullock, in Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives

"First they burn books, then they burn people."
Bumper Sticker

"It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph."
Edmund Burke

"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them."
Samuel Butler

"In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners."
Albert Camus

"Integrity has no need of rules."
Albert Camus

"I'll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day."
Albert Camus (1913-1960) The Fall, 1956

"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants."
Albert Camus

"Throughout history government has served as a vehicle for the organization of hatred and oppression, benefiting no one except those who are ambitious and ruthless enough to gain control of it."
Doug Casey

"Ah yes, truth. Funny how everyone is always asking for it but when they get it they don't believe it because it's not the truth they want to hear."
Helena Cassadine

"Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasury go dressed in gold and purple."
Marcus Porcius Cato - (Roman Statesman - 190 B.C.)

"When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses."
Shirley Chisholm

"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
Winston Churchill


Seruan terbuka kepada seluruh umat Islam yang bakal menyertai Bersih 2.0 (terutamanya kepada ahli2 PAS)

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 08:01 AM PDT

Saya menyeru tuan-tuan membatalkan hasrat berhimpun secara gerombolan pada 9 July nanti, dan kita gantikan dengan acara yang lain. Mohon baca sehingga habis huraian saya, kemudian nilaikan dengan hati yang terbuka. Mungkin ada diantara tuan-tuan yang akan berkata PDRM sepatutnya mengeluarkan permit. Hal ini dibenarkan dalam perlembagaan negara dsbnya. Ya, benar. Memang hal ini dibenarkan oleh


Halang Bersih & BN Bakal Kalah Dengan Lebih Parah Dalam PRU

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 08:27 AM PDT

Polis serbu, geledah sekretariat BERSIH 2.0

Sekretariat BERSIH 2.0 di Seksyen 4, Petaling Jaya hari ini diserbu dan digeledah oleh polis.

Sepuluh anggota tiba kira-kira 15 minit lalu, kata Ahli Jawatankuasa Pemandu BERSIH, Maria Chin Abdullah yang juga mengetuai kumpulan NGO Empower.

Maria berkata pihaknya menerima pelbagai tekanan hebat daripada pihak berkuasa bagi membatalkan perhimpunan aman pada 9 Julai ini bagi menuntut pilihan raya adil dan bebas diadakan di negara ini.

Beliau yang ketika itu di bangunan Parlimen berkata dia dimaklumkan polis datang dengan lima kereta tanpa logo polis yang bercermin gelap dan mereka juga tidak memakai seragam. Sebuah trak besar polis tiba kemudiannya.

Sementara itu, menurut seorang petugas di pejabat BERSIH yang tidak mahu dikenali berkata, kumpulan polis itu tiba dengan membawa pemotong besi.

Tetapi mereka tidak menggunakannya apabila pekerja membenarkan mereka masuk.

Anggota polis didakwa tidak membawa sebarang waran dan kemudiannya terus menyelongkar fail dan menggeledah pejabat itu.

Tumpuan mereka adalah baju-T BERSIH yang kemudiannya dihitung jumlahnya sebelum dirampas oleh polis.

Adalah dipercayai serbuan dilancarkan dari IPD Selangor dan diketuai oleh seorang pegawai yang hanya dikenali sebagai ASP Rosli.

Polis juga mencatatkan butiran Mykad kakitangan Empower yang dijadikan sekretariat BERSIH 2.0.

Selain itu, butiran Mykad kira-kira 20 wartawan dan jurugambar yang berkumpul di luar pejabat itu juga dicatatkan selain diminta membekalkan nombor telefon masing-masing.

Pada sidang akhbarnya di lobi parlimen, Maria berkata beliau dimaklumkan bahawa polis kemudiannya merakamkan kenyataan daripada kakitangan BERSIH.

Beliau juga mencabar ketua polis negara bagi membuktikan bahawa mereka telah melakukan jenayah dan hentikan 'menakut-nakutkan' rakyat.

Menurut Maria sejak beberapa hari lalu hampir 100 orang telah ditahan kerana memakai kemeja T BERSIH dan mengedarkan risalah berhubung perhimpunan 9 Julai ini.

"Ini adalah hak asasi manusia, adalah hak kita untuk berhimpun secara aman dan kami telah berulang-kali tekankan bahawa ia adalah perhimpunan aman.Kita tidak akan timbulkan huru-hara seperti yang didakwa," katanya.

Dalam serbuan tersebut, tujuh beg barang, lima kotak dan empat kain rentang dirampas.

Manakala tujuh petugas Empower (NGO yang bergabung dalam BERSIH) dibawa ke ibupejabat polis Petaling Jaya untuk soalsiasat. -MK


Bersih 2.0: Polis soal siasat lima pemimpin, 18 lagi susul

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 Jun – Polis meneruskan pendekatan mereka dengan menyoal siasat lima lagi aktivis hari ini berhubung Himpunan Bersih 2.0 bulan depan, dan dijangka akan menyasarkan 18 lagi, demikian menurut seorang peguam Majlis Peguam.

Lima yang disoal siasat hari ini ialah anggota jawatankuasa pemandu Maria Chin Abdullah, pengarah Tenaganita Irene Fernandez, aktivis sosial Hishammuddin Rais, ketua biro undang-undang PKR Latheefa Koya dan ketua DAP Selangor DAP Teresa Kok.

Mereka dipanggil hadir di ibu pejabat polis daerah Dang Wangi petang ini.

Peguam Edmund Bon, yang menemui mereka kecuali Kok ketika sesi soal siasat memberitahu pemberita bahawa seramai 40 aktivis termasuk ahli-ahli politik pembangkang dipanggil untuk disoal siasat berhubung Himpunan Bersih 2.0.

Katanya, beliau menerima maklumat bahawa 40 dipanggil ekoran laporan yang dibuat oleh seorang anggota polis yang menghadiri majlis pelancaran Himpunan Bersih 2.0 di Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Selangor Kuala Lumpur pada 19 Jun lalu.

"Anggota polis itu ada pada majlis pelancaran dan menurutnya, dia berpandangan bahawa pelancaran dan kenyataan-kenyataan yang dibuat adalah berbaur ugutan kepada keselamatan negara. Itu yang mencetuskan keadaan ini," katanya lagi.

Difahamkan Irene, Latheefa dan Kok disoal siasat di bawah Akta Polis dan Akta Hasutan manakala Hishammuddin dan Maria Chin disoal siasat di bawah Akta Polis.

Menurut Latheefa, dia tidak dipanggil kerana pembabitannya dalam majlis pelancaran 19 Jun lalu tetapi kerana mengiringi Pengerusi Bersih Datuk Ambiga Sreenavasan ke balai polis Jalan Travers Khamis lalu untuk membuat laporan polis berhubung ancaman bunuh SMS.

"Ia mengarut. Saya sendiri datang ke sini untuk disoal siat dan sebabnya siasatan kerana saya mengiringi Ambiga ke balai polis Jalan Travers selepas menerima ugutan bunuh.

"Sebenarnya, saya juga salah seorang yang menerima SMS tetapi pub begitu, mereka menyiasat saya di bawah Seksyen 27 (Akta Polis) dan Akta Hasutan... hanya kerana berada di balai polis.. sejauh mana karutnya benda ini," katanya lagi.

Dia juga berkata polis menggunakan soalan-soalan yang sama kepada mereka termasuk sama ada perhimpunan itu salah, akan menjejaskan bisnes dan ada kaedah lain bagi mendesak pembaharuan sistem pilihan raya.

Kok yang disoal siasat secara berasing daripada empat mereka itu memberitahu, beliau ditanya mengenai pembabitan dalam pelancaran dan satu ceramah yang disampaikan di Telok Datok, kelmarin.

Hishammuddin memberitahu pemberita bahawa apabila ditanya siapa yang menaja Bersih beliau menjawab "mungkin Kopi Jantan."

Maria Chin, yang juga Pengarah Eksekutif NGO Empower berkata kesemua rakyat Malaysia seharusnya mengecam tindakan polis yang meneruskan pendekatan menahan aktivis Himpunan Bersih 2.0.

Katanya, kerajaan memberi respons kepada perhimpunan secara tidak rasional.

"Pertama, mereka mengisytiharkan kemeja-T haram dan tidak memberikan sebab mengapa kemeja-T tidak sah.

"Saya fikir ini tindakan kasar yang menggambarkan bahawa kerajaan sudah hilang kawalan untuk menentukan apa itu rasional dan apa itu tidak rasional," katanya lagi. -TMI


Ulasan GB

GB telah menyatakan sebelum ini:

GB ingin menyatakan pula bahawa jika BERSIH dihalang mengadakan perhimpunan aman, atau pihak polis cuba mengekang perhimpunan dengan kekerasan seperti dulu-dulu, maka inilah senario yang akan berlaku:

1) Indeks hak asasi manusia untuk negara Malaysia di mata dunia akan merudum dan dengan sendiri menjauhkan para pelabur ke negara ini.

2) Rakyat akan bangkit dengan lebih hebat untuk tumbangkan BN di dalam pilihanraya yang akan datang kerana gelodak kebencian rakyat terhadap sistem pilihanraya yang tidak adil dan tidak telus oleh SPR akan dibuktikan dengan penolakan rakyat terhadap BN dengan lebih jelas dan nyata.

Dan jangan lupa, undi rakyat pada pilihanraya 2008, bilangan yang diperolehi oleh Pakatan Rakyat adalah lebih kurang sama dengan Barisan Nasional!







HISHAMUDDIN – ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 07:14 AM PDT

Now the yellow Bersih T Shirt is outlawed by Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein. What if someone decides to wear a yellow coloured trouser with Bersih inscribed at the buttock, or is wearing a yellow coloured underwear inscribed at the front portion 'I love Bersih'. Will they be persecuted too? Some time ago, a black coloured T Shirt faced the same restriction.

Now what is actually happening to you Hisham? Or have you gone crazy that you can no longer think and decide rationally? The announcement you made to ban the wearing of the yellow coloured Bersih T Shirt is the most idiotic and laughable decision ever made by you. Right thinking Malaysians are not only laughing at you, but the entire civilized world, with the exception of Zimbabwe maybe. It is really funny, and what can we expect if we have clowns like him running the country. Hisham, if your grandfather Datuk Onn Jaafar; an adorable gentleman is alive today, he too will be laughing at you, for it was he that fought for the liberties of the people of his time.

Just in case Hisham does not realize this; what you have done is to cause more hatred for UMNO/BN at a time when the GE is nearing. The actions taken by your police in making arrests of so many people over the Bersih affair is intimidation at its worse. This can easily spark public unrest, and if that happens, I have you to blame. The people are already feeling the pressure that their rights is being denied, and please do not push them to the wall any further. Learn the lessons of the recent civil unrest in Egypt. Who actually gained by the unrest……….it is the people, and who actually lost………it is the leaders of the country and the all powerful President Mubarak is forced to surrender his crown. Do you want this to happen to the leaders of this country? Just try it on the people if you wish, and I am certain that you will end up losing sleep.

The problem with you Hisham is that since you were born; you were living a life of luxury. You must have had several nannies to pamper you. And you hardly knew or felt the difficulties of the kampong folks. During the troubled period of May 13, 1969, you must be in your teens and does not understand the difficulties faced by the security forces in trying to maintain the peace. And today, there is no one serving member from either the police or the military that saw duties during that troubled period; not even the present IGP. I can tell you that it was no joy, and I think it is because of your 'ignorance' of the problems associated with public order that you have made such preposterous statements that will put the public and the security forces in harm's way. I know you will not be affected by the rioting should it develop, because you will get all the security protection you need.

I am sorry for continuously hitting at you over the last few articles of mine for your self imposed stupidity; for I think I love this country more than you.

CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


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Posted: 29 Jun 2011 06:44 AM PDT



Polis Ceroboh Parlimen, KPN Perlu Bertanggungjawab

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 07:13 AM PDT

Speaker akui polis tidak minta kebenaran

Speaker Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia akan menyiasat dakwaan pemimpin veteran DAP Lim Kit Siang bahawa polis mencabuli kebebasan parlimen apabila mereka menyoal-siasat beberapa ahli parlimen pembangkang semalam.

"Polis tidak boleh masuk kawasan Parlimen tanpa kebenaran speaker. Polis hanya boleh membekalkan perkhidmatan kepolisian atas permintaan pegawai parlimen, bentara dan speaker," kata Lim (DAP-Ipoh Timor) ketika mencelah perbahasan Rang Undang-undang Perkhidmatan Kewangan Bisnes.

Hujah Lim, tindakan Lim mencatatkan kenyataan daripada Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) dan Mohd Firdaus Jaafar (PAS-Jerai) di lobi MP semalam mencabuli prinsip pembahagian kuasa.

Menurut Azmin beliau tidak menjangkakan kunjungan polis yang tidak diumumkan itu manakala Mohd Firdaus pula berkata dia 'dijemput' untuk merakamkan kenyataannya.

parliament pandikar amin anwar ibrahim lim kit siang dap pkr pc 121108 07Menurut Pandikar (kiri) beliau juga mengetahui mengenai perkara berkenaan selepas membacanya di media.

"Kami tidak terima sebarang permohonan rasmi daripada polis untuk berbuat demikian tetapi saya difahamkan daripada laporan akhbar bahawa kedua-dua pihak (polis dan MP) bersetuju berbuat demikian.

"Saya akan panggil mereka yang berkenaan untuk jelaskan apa yang berlaku," katanya kepada Lim.

Semalam, pasukan polis daripada ibu pejabat kontinjen Selangor mengambil kenyataan daripada Azmindan Mohd Firdaus berhubung ceramah mereka di Sabak Bernam pada 17 Jun lalu atas "dakwaan mengundang" orang ramai menyertai perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0.

Lim menyataan alasan persetujuan kedua-dua belah pihak tidak boleh digunakan kerana tindakan polis itu jelas bertentangan dengan keistimewaan khas ahli dewan rakyat.

"Saya minta Jawatankuasa Khas Hak Asasi dan Kebebasan Parlimen patut melihat perkara ini dan mengadakan satu garis panduan yang sesuai," katanya. -mk

Ulasan GB

Tindakan polis yang tidak mempunyai kebenaran Speaker untuk masuk ke parlimen boleh dianggap menceroboh dewan yang mulia tersebut.

Di dalam era kepimpinan Najib, polis dilihat telah bertindak sewenang-wenangnya dan membelakangkan undang-undang.

Ketua Polis Negara perlu bertanggungjawab dan apakah anda mengharap rakyat boleh mematuhi undang-undang negara apabila polis sendiri melanggarnya?



Fan, Fan, Fan Away!

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 06:26 AM PDT

Have you ever heard of Upton Sinclair and his book called "The Brass Check"? According to Wikipedia:

The Brass Check is a muckraking exposé of American journalism by Upton Sinclair published in 1919. It focuses mainly on newspapers and the Associated Press wire service, along with a few magazines. Other critiques of the press had appeared, but Sinclair reached a wider audience with his personal fame and lively, provocative writing style. Sinclair called The Brass Check "the most important and most dangerous book I have ever written."
The University of Illinois Press released a new edition of the book in 2003, which contains a preface by Robert McChesney and Ben Scott. The text is also freely available on the Internet, as Sinclair opted not to copyright the text in an effort to maximize its readership.


For much of Sinclair's career he was known as a "two book author": for writing The Jungle and The Brass Check. Sinclair organized ten printings of The Brass Check in its first decade and sold over 150,000 copies. To maximize his readership, he did not take advantage of the opportunity to copyright the book.
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Sinclair criticizes newspapers as ultra-conservative and supporting the political and economic powers that be, or as sensational tabloids practicing yellow journalism. In both cases, their purpose is to promote the business interests of the paper's owners, the owner's bankers, and/or the paper's advertisers.
This is accomplished in several ways; among them:
  • The publishers tell the editors what can and cannot be printed.
  • Journalists routinely invent stories.
  • To stimulate circulation, newspapers sensationalize trivial stories and destroy lives and reputations.
  • Errors and slanders are never retracted, or the retraction is buried in the paper months later.
CLICK HERE for more.

At this point, I wonder if you have watched THE MEDIA AS THE HANDMAIDEN OF WAR. According to the Massachusetts School of Law that uploaded the video:

"Freedom of the press belongs to whoever owns the press." In this presentation of The Massachusetts School of Law's program, Books of Our Times, Dean Lawrence R. Velvel interviews American Historian Howard Zinn on his books: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train - A personal History of Our Times, and Failure To Quit - Reflections of an Optimistic Historian.


The Massachusetts School of Law also presents information on important current affairs to the general public in television and radio broadcasts, an intellectual journal, conferences, author appearances, blogs and books. For more information visit THIS SITE.

Watch THAT VIDEO ON THE MEDIA AS THE HANDMAIDEN OF WAR.
 
Take a look around you today. Consider what you can read in the MSM and many online portals.

Does it seem to you that someone or some quarters are fanning away selling a negative picture of what might happen? Are they amplifying what they perceive to be deviance simply because something is not congruent to their ideals? What ARE they trying to sell to us?



They can fan, fan, fan away but the truth will prevail, especially amongst those who can see beyond deceit, lies, fabrication/distortion of truth.


Terima Kasih PAS Jasin

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 05:30 AM PDT

Pas Kawasan Jasin telah menziarahi dan menyampaikan sumbangan kepada dua orang penduduk di DUN Sungai Rambai di dalam satu program bersama Majlis Tindakan DUN (MTD) Sungai Rambai petang semalam.

Sumbangan disampaikan Timbalan Pesuruh Jaya PAS 1 Melaka merangkap Yang Dipertua PAS Jasin, Ustaz Kamaruddin Sidek bersama-sama dengan Pengerusi MTD Sg Rambai, Tn Hj Azutdin Hassan semalam kepada kepada Sdra Yusof Sabtu dari Jalan Salim, Kg Sebatu dan Sdra Zainuddin Mohd 43 dari Kg Batu Gajah.

"Terima kasih kepada PAS Jasin, yang prihatin terhadap kami," kata Sdra Yusof 49, yang bekerja sebagai seorang pengawal keselamatan yang terpaksa menjaga dan menyara kehidupan adik perempuannya yang uzur dan mengalami kecacatan ingatan.

Sementara itu, keluarga Sdra Zainuddin Mohd turut menyuarakan hal yang sama setelah menerima sumbangan hamper dari PAS Jasin.

Zainuddin telah dua tahun menderita diserang angin ahmar dan lumpuh separuh badan.

"Makcik dah puas membawanya berubat dan berurut di merata tempat tetapi penyakitnya masih belum pulih," kata ibunya terhadap penyakit yang ditanggung oleh Zainuddin.

Sementara itu Ustaz Kamaruddin yang menyampaikan sumbangan yang diagihkan itu meminta keluarga terbabit bersabar dengan dugaan Allah dan pihak MTD akan cuba membantu untuk meringankan beban mereka dari masa ke semasa.

Selepas program penyampaian sumbangan tersebut, program pertemuan Dewan Harian PAS Kawasan Jasin dan MTD Sg Rambai itu juga dipenuhi dengan Solat Maghrib dan Isya bersama disamping kuliah maghrib yang disampaikan oleh YDP Jasin sendiri.

Ia disusuli dengan program dialog diantara pimpinan Dewan Harian PAS Kawasan Jasin dan MTD Sungai Rambai sebagai persediaan untuk berdepan dan pilihanraya umum yang akan datang ini.

Diantara pimpinan PAS Jasin yang turut serta termasuklah barisan pimpinan yang baru, Timbalan Yang Dipertua, Tuan Haji Yuhaizad b Abdullah, Naib Yang Dipertua merangkap Ketua Penerangan PAS Melaka, En. Azrin bin Abd Majid dan Setiausaha, Ust Hazali bin Hasan.

Sementara pimpinan MTD Sungai Rambai dibarisi oleh Pengerusinya, Tn Hj Azutdin Hassan, Setiausaha, Zulkifli Harun dan beberapa jawatankuasa termasuklah Aminuddun Jalil, Abd Karim Kassim, Hamsan Mohd, Aminuddin Mohd Yatim, Muslaini Baharum dan Mamat Khamis.


Rabindranath Tagore: Last Curtain

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 04:11 AM PDT

Rabindranath Tagore

Image by centralasian via Flickr

Last Curtain by Rabindranath Tagore

I know that
the day will come
when my sight of this earth shall be lost,
and life
will take its leave in silence,
drawing the last curtain over my eyes. Yet stars will watch at night,
and morning rise as before,
and
hours heave like sea waves casting up pleasures and pains.

When I think
of this end of my moments,
the barrier of the moments breaks
and I see
by the light of death
thy world with its careless treasures.
Rare is its
lowliest seat,
rare is its meanest of lives.

Things that I longed
for in vain
and things that I got
—let them pass.
Let me but truly
possess
the things that I ever spurned
and overlooked.



UMNO BN Fobia Dengan Baju Kuning BERSIH

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 04:33 AM PDT

Kemeja-T Bersih 2.0 haram, kata Hishammuddin

PUTRAJAYA, 29 Jun — Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein berkata kemeja-T yang menyokong Himpunan Bersih 2.0 diharamkan kerana ia ada kaitan dengan perhimpunan haram itu bulan depan.

"Kemeja-T Bersih ada berkaitan dengan perhimpunan haram, maka apa sahaja yang mereka pakai adalah haram," kata beliau kepada pemberita di sini hari ini.

Bagaimanapun Hishammuddin tidak mengatakan di bawah undang-undang apa yang soal penjualan, pembelian dan pemakaian kemeja-T itu dianggap haram.

Polis mula menahan mereka yang menjual, membeli atau memakai kemeja-T berwarna kuning yang tertera mesej "Bersih 2.0" sejak minggu lalu.

Ketika bercakap pada sidang media di sini hari ini, beliau juga mengetepikan dakwaan bahawa tindakan polis ke atas mereka yang menyokong perhimpunan 9 Julai ini, menuntut pembaharuan sistem pilihan raya, bermotifkan politik.

"Di pihak mana? Saya boleh bertanya perkara yang sama kepada mereka," kata beliau.

Naib Presiden Umno ini berkata, tindakan akan diambil ke atas ahli-ahli Pemuda Umno yang mengepung ibu pejabat PKR malam kelmarin, yang didakwa mengugut untuk membakar premis itu.

"Saya memberitahu polis agar melayan mereka macam Bersih. Tiada sesiapa pun bebas daripada undang-undang," katanya lagi. -TMI

Ulasan GB

Pakai kemeja T Bersih haram? Fatwa baru?

Ketara sangat UMNO BN sudah begitu fobia dengan baju BERSIH.

Jika nanti yang pakai 1 juta orang, nak tangkap semua 1 jutakah?

Bodoh!


The Story Of the Universe

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 03:12 AM PDT

I have had a very busy day today with various chores and also sessions with my insurance agent with regards to my policies. :-( I will have to update my blog later as I am on my way out to take my son to his rehearsal with his accompanist for his violin exam. It has been such a busy day that I have not even kept my laundry :-(.

In the mean time, it is my pleasure to share this beautiful and educational video clip. It is very cleverly done - a wonderful lesson put to music - sit back and enjoy it like I did.

CLICK HERE TO ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL VIDEO CLIP.


Thanks to my brother-in-law BT who sent me this clip. Have a pleasant evening, everyone! Swing by later ok? Take care!


Our Number 6 Heads to College

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 01:48 AM PDT

My youngest boy is enrolling in a college at Bangi this Sunday.
I am thankful and very glad, yet there lies a tinge of sadness.

Like most mothers, these can also be tear-evoking moments inside our hearts.

When we shifted to Kuantan about 13-14 years ago, he was not even in school yet.
Harris is our only child who did not go to a tadika.

At that time, our finances were really not that good.
Our minds were completely so distracted.

I tried sending him to a Kemas tadika but he flatly refused to attend the one in Tok Sira after a few days.

When he finally went to Primary 1 in St Thomas, his teacher, Puan K, who happens to be a cousin of Dato' nearly fainted..she had to teach him to scribble his alphabets and numbers for the first time!

Of course it was a bit of a chore for the both of them.
Seriously, we pitied him more because of his snail-paced schoolwork.

It took him probably about 7 months to be on par with the others..luckily Puan K was a very patient teacher.
(She has since retired and is currently tuitioning a couple of Tengku Puan's children).

Anyway, his learning skills fortunately started to gain momentum, and he was back chugging on the same track with the others in the class.

When he scored straight As for his PMR, Puan K was super-delighted for him.
He scored admirably for his SPM and well, it's time to let him go.

Banun will be sitting for her SPM this year.

After that, my mothering job is considered ALMOST done..it's so impossible to wash our hands off our treasured children totally.
p.s. Heck, we may float into their dreams too once we're gone.

I am now wishing Harris will be able to adapt to his college life easily and quickly, after being tied to my apron strings for so long.

I dread having to pop in too often to check on him..
He may not welcome the thought either..:D
And I too have become a bit lazier..O yes!

Honestly, I did not pamper him.
We had our small miscommunications at times and never conversed that much.

But it was always a consolation to know we were constantly nearby each other.
Living away from home, with his new life at college, I know he will miss me a lot, and we'll enjoy a better mother-son bonding.

A highly intelligent boy, I pray that Harris will be a very independent, confident, successful and hardy young chap.

And so, please Harris, do not forget to pray.
Please do not forget Allah SWT.

Son, I love you so much.
Study hard, stay happy and healthy always.
Good luck!


A Trip Down Memory Lane - Day 1

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 03:05 AM PDT

Meeting an old friend again after 39 years. Ahmad Saffian and me having dinner at a food court in Alor Setar.

Thirty years ago I was the manager of a Felda settlement known as Felda Sungai Tiang located some 30 km from Pendang, Kedah. It was one of the early land schemes by Felda as it was opened in 1960 with about 520 settlers covering an area of approximately 4,000 acres planted with rubber. When I first set foot in the land scheme, I was just 30 years old while the majority of the settlers were already in their mid fifties and some of the settlers had already passed away.
I left the job for greener pasture in 1981 and relocated my family of three young children with my teacher wife to Besut, Treangganu where my family increase by another one member with the birth of another daughter. At the time of leaving Felda Sungai Tiang, the rubber trees belonging to the settlers had reached the end of it's economic life and there were not much bark left for the trees to be tapped. Some lots have lost their stand due to diseases or fire which is a normal hazard during the dry period and the dry leaves that gathered at the base of the trees were tinder dry and all it take was a careless act of throwing a lighted cigarette to start a fire and scorch the base of the trees. The fire may not kill the trees immediately but the weakened trees will be exposed to attack by other diseases that attack the roots or the branches and by pest such as termites.
Replanting is a time of hardship for the settlers as their source of income will be severely reduced. Those who have the foresight to plant their 2 acres of orchards with rubber had a buffer during the 6 years gestation period before the replanted trees could be tapped and provide a new income for the family.
Now 30 years on, I came back to Felda Sungai Tiang to witness another similar cycle of the need to replant since the replanted trees had come to the end of their economic life again. Another time of hardship awaits them. This time it was the turn of the second generation settlers as most of the original settlers had passed on.
We had left Pasir Mas around 9 AM in our more than 7 years old Toyota Vios to visit the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia. This is probably our last drive to the states of Kedah, Perlis and Penang as health wise driving such long distance may not be suitable for people like me whose birthday cakes will be lit with 6 large candles plus a few of the smaller ones. So I will have to make the most of this trip.
The trip from Pasir Mas was quite uneventful until when we passed Jeli and had begun the climb on the Titiwangsa Range. A car overtaking a long heavy leaden lorry both moving downhill at a dangerous corner had swerved into my path. Fortunately for me I was driving quite slowly and managed to swerve to the road shoulder to avoid a direct head on collision. Some drivers are just careless.
We stopped at Banding Island to break journey. The place I used to know as Banding Island Resort is no more there. Either a new management has taken over or they have renamed the place.

Looking up I saw this name below.

Could Emkay be the new owner?

The rest of the journey was uneventful. Our only problem was in identifying the routes to be taken to reach our destination. As is normal with Malaysian road system, road signages are very sparse. When you see a road sign at a junction, it could be the last sign and missing a junction can only mean a u turn is necessary.
Roads to the west coast have improved tremendously over the past thirty years. They are much more straighter, level, wider and better surfaced and thus driving was quite a pleasure.
We had a sumptous lunch of Kelantanese dish at an R n R after by passing Grik as the road to Alor Setar need not go through Grik. It was a Kelantanese fare replete with budu, ikan tawar and ulam which both of us took it with gusto. My wife had an extra dish of her favourite boiled cockles while mine was another plate of angled loofah with pumpkin cooked in coconut milk.
Our next destination was Jeniang. After Jeniang we took the Kalai junction to reach Felda Sungai Tiang.
Heavy rain accompanied us to Sungai Tiang all the way from Kalai. It was unabated and we reached our friend Cikgu Mahathir's house. It was easy to locate his house as we were told to look for the biggest bungalow next to a bridal saloon. After giving numerous unanswered 'salams', I was on the verge of giving up when I saw movement from within the unlit house. My lucky day as at least one of them is home since I can guess for sure Cikgu Mahathir was not in. Cikgu Umi Kalsom the wife of Cikgu Mahathir, came to the door and after telling her my wife's name who was her colleague when teaching together in Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Tiang, the door was opened wide for us to enter the spacious house.
True enough, Cikgu Mahathir was not in as he was in Alor Setar over a business. A quick call confirmed that he was on the way back and should reach the house in a while. Five mintes later, I was hugging Cikgu Mahathir, a man I had not seen since I last left Felda Sungai Tiang.



Cikgu Mahathir was the local youth movement leader when I was in Sungai Tiang and we had the same idealism to improve the lot of the people there with me on the authority's side and him on the people's side. Unfortunately my tenure with Felda was short lived and I left Sungai Tiang with just a minute but indelible impression.
There was so much to talk with Cikgu Mahathir as we updated each other and relived some of the old memories we had in Sungai Tiang. He is now as he was before, a very active person in politics and now contemplating standing up for election as a candidate for the state constituency in the coming General Election though his wife Umi was not really happy with the idea. I believe she was happy enough as they are but a man will do what a man wants to do and my guess is he will pursue his dream to be The Yang Berhormat as he will be leaving to Kuala Lumpur to meet up with a certain Federal leader.
The rain had abated and I left his home to visit a settler who was close to me when I was serving in Felda Sungai Tiang. His name was Haji Wan Ee and at 66 years Haji Wan Ee can be considered as very healthy. He attributed his health is maintained by constant activities working in his rubber plot and enjoyed his sea fishing which he did regularly.

I will forever be indebted to Haji Wan Ee as during my tenure at Felda Sungai Tiang, I had left my .38 Smith & Wesson Revolver in the restroom after doing an urgent call by nature at my office. Haji Wan Ee had entered the restroom and saw the revolver which he knew was mine and took it to me in my office. I just can't imagine how much trouble I would get if the gun had fallen into the wrong hand.
After some light snack and extremely delicious home brewed black coffee, we bid our good bye to his family and toured the village of Felda Sungai Tiang. Though many houses had been well renovated depending on how well the family of the settler is, some remain decrepit or left entirely unmaintained.
A typical Malay Kedah house on stilt after being renovate. Some had been renovated into a brick building.

A vacant house left to rot.

A rubber plot at the end of their economic life. The tree is being slaughter tapped to maximize income due to the high price of rubber. There is not much bark left to be tapped.

Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Tiang where my wife had taught before. Cikgu Mahathir had been promoted to the post of Headmaster before his posting to the State Education office and finally reached his retirement age.

We made a final stop at the mosque in Sungai Tiang. At the time that I left Felda Sungai Tiang in 1981, the fund to build this mosque was just started and many of the settlers had pledge a certain amount each for the fund and later I was told they had managed to collect more than RM200,000 from among themselves. The cost of the mosque was estimated at RM500,000 at the time.
Some settlers had just performed their Asar prayers at that time and I shook the hands of many of them.
After performing my prayers I left Felda Sungai Tiang for Alor Star with a heavy heart as this land scheme had been dear to me. I had fond memories of the place though I was there only for about two years.
The hotel in Alor Setar had been booked online for two nights while I was in Pasir Mas. The Sentosa Regency Hotel is comfortable enough for me to saty in. Above all it has wifi which is a necessity for me to be incontact with my family and friends and also to make postings in this blog.
That night an old classmate by the name of Ahmad Saffian Mohd Nor came to the hotel to take us to dinner. Ahmad Saffian was my group mate during my study at Kolej Pertanian Malaya and since we parted after graduation in 1972, this is the first time we are meeting up.
Ahmad Saffian had not changed much in look and I could recognize him anytime. Ahmad Saffian I am so happy to meet you again.


Belanja RM750j PLKN Tidak Masuk Akal

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 02:56 AM PDT

Jumlah perbelanjaan Program Latihan Khidmat Negara (PLKN) diluluskan bagi tahun ini mencecah RM752,922,000.00, meningkat RM252 juta berbanding had asal RM500 juta.

Pecahan perbelanjaan meliputi RM21,328,00.00 bagi kos emolument, RM723,893,530.00 untuk perkhidmatan dan perbekalan, RM6,220,000.00 bagi aset dan RM1,480,470.00 untuk pembayaran dan kenaan bayar tetap termasuk ganjaran kepada kakitangan awam.

Jumlah itu, dikemukakan Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi bagi menjawab persoalan Ahli Parlimen Rasah, Loke Siew Fook yang memintanya menyatakan jumlah perbelanjaan untuk program itu bagi tahun ini.

Ahmad Zahid berkata, buat masa ini, kerajaan tidak bercadang mengkaji semula pelaksanaan PLKN kerana program itu terbukti berjaya dalam mencapai misi dan visi penubuhannya.

Bagaimanapun, Siew Fook berkata, timbul pelbagai persoalan mengenai kos itu dikatakan tidak masuk akal dan timbul kebimbangan sama ada jumlah itu boleh dikekalkan atau semakin meningkat serta menggalakkan pembaziran wang rakyat.

"Ketika ia mula dilaksanakan pada 2004, semasa Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak menjadi Menteri Pertahanan, beliau mengumumkan kerajaan menetapkan satu had perbelanjaan maksimum, RM500 juta setahun.

"Apa yang berlaku sekarang sebaliknya, belum sampai 10 tahun, ia meningkat 50 peratus kepada RM750 juta," katanya.

Beliau turut mempersoalkan jaminan tiada sebarang peningkatan perbelanjaan PLKN sekiranya tempoh PLKN pelajar dilanjutkan lebih tiga bulan sebagaimana dicadangkan Ahmad Zahid sebelum ini.

"Saya rasa tidak mustahil belanja PLKN sahaja cecah RM1 bilion memandangkan tahun ini baru ada tujuh bulan, belanja hampir cecah RM750 juta dalam tempoh setahun.

"Apa yang kita persoalkan, banyak mana dibelanjakan untuk pakaian seragam, pembekal makanan? Jadi, kerajaan patut kaji pelaksanaan ini kerana kita khuatir matlamatnya tidak tercapai," katanya.

Berikutan itu, beliau mencadangkan supaya modul PLKN diterapkan ketika pelajar di sekolah menengah bagi menjimatkan perbelanjaan.

"Memandangkan ia tidak telus, saya menyeru Ketua Audit Negara supaya mengaudit perbelanjaan PLKN, kita manu tahu berapa jumlah belanja diperuntukkan untuk setiap peserta," katanya. -SH


Unconquerable or undefeated or never surrender or…Invictus

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 01:34 AM PDT

The following poem was translated by Aung San into Burmese and published in Oh Wai magazine with very famous consequences.

Source: "What is the meaning of the poem Invictus?"  in Answers.Com

Invictus, meaning "unconquerable" or "undefeated" in Latin, is a poem by  William Ernest Henley.

The poem was written while Henley was in the hospital  being treated for tuberculosis of the bone, also known as Pott's disease. He had  had the disease since he was very young, and his foot had been amputated shortly  before he wrote the poem.

This poem is about courage in the face of death, and  holding on to one's own dignity despite the indignities life places before us.

An analysis of the poem:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit  from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable  soul.

In the first stanza the poem's speaker prays in the  dark to "whatever gods may be" a prayer of thanks for his "unconquerable soul."  Several things are apparent from the outset: First, the speaker is in some sort  of metaphorical darkness, perhaps the darkness of despair. Second, he does not  pray for strength, but gives thanks for the strength that he already has. Third,  he seems rather flippant about who he is or is not praying to; it is almost a  prayer to himself at this point, but not quite.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried  aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but  unbowed.

The seeming agnosticism of the first stanza  continues in the second. He does not talk about God's will or even fate; instead  he speaks of "the fell clutch of circumstance" and "the bludeonings of chance,"  and asserts that he has overcome these bravely and without complaint.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of  the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me  unafraid.

The third stanza is about death and what a  trifle it seems to the speaker of the poem. This "place of wrath and tears",  this life, it seems, is not full enough of pain and horror to frighten the  poem's speaker. And death, "the Horror of the shade," could not possibly worry  him, being an end to "wrath and tears". Notice here that he is not concerned in  any way about an afterlife. Death is merely an end to suffering for our speaker.  Nothing of any concern seems to lie beyond for him until….

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments  the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my  soul.

The one line of this poem that seems to give people  the most trouble is this reference to a "strait gate". "It matters not how  strait the gate" is either a reference to John Bunyan's tract The Strait  Gate, or Great Difficulty of Going to Heaven(1676), or the the scripture  Bunyan got his title from Matthew 7:13, 14.

"Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the  gate,
and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and  many there be which go in thereat:
because strait is the gate, and  narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find  it."

The poet William Ernest Henley would likely have  been familiar with one or both of these sources. So we can read the stanza as an  acceptance of whatever judgement or doom death may bring. He accepts no master  but himself. He bows to no authority. He is his own god, guide and judge. He is  the Captain.

(Henley was a lifelong atheist, and, with his missing leg  and braggadocio, he was also the inspiration for the character of Long John  Silver in Robert Louis Stephenson's Treasure Island, a Captain indeed.)

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FUNNY BUSINESS IN HONG KONG

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 01:14 AM PDT


Sarawak's timber has been shipped out over the past 30 years
- has the money been shipped in to Taib-linked bank accounts?

Corrupt Barisan Nasional : MACC Investigators have a headache in store for them when they turn to Hong Kong, such is the tangled web of Taib family shareholdings. 
However, delving into these business concerns will throw up some intriguing coincidences, as Sarawak Report's own researches can already demonstrate.
We can also demonstrate how a number of Taib-linked companies are now owned or being managed out of the BVI by one of the Philippine's top bankers Franciso C Sebastian, who started his career as a Financial Advisor in Hong Kong.  We suggest that investigations in Hong Kong hold the key to tracing the early development of Taib's international web of global investments as the profits from felling Sarawak's rainforests escaped abroad.

The Shea Kin Kwok connection
The first job that needs doing is to interview Mr Shea Kin Kwok.  Shea was long regarded as a mysterious businessman with several links to Taib family companies.  However, Sarawak Report has now confirmed that he was in fact the paid secretary to Taib's brother Onn Mahmud.  His job was to manage Achi Jaya company affairs out of Hong Kong, in particular to control the Achi Jaya linked companies into which payments were being made.
 
 
The Hong Kong Company Register shows a number of companies, including Regent Star listed under the ownership of Shea Kin Kwok and a fellow employee Kho Eng Beng
This activity became public in April 2007, when the shipping kickbacks scandal broke after the Japanese tax authorities prosecuted timber exporters for not declaring millions of dollars paid to Regent Star Company Ltd, which was one of the companies directed by Shea Kin Kwok out of his office in Connaught Road.  The Japanese timber exporters explained they had been forced to pay the kickbacks to Regent Star in order to get their shipping licences.   
The links were glaring.  Taib had put his brother Onn's Achi Jaya Corporation in charge of issuing export licences for timber from Sarawak and another company Regent Star, run by Onn's secretary, was receiving the kickbacks in Hong Kong. 
Web of companies
Regent Star had been  incorporated in 1983 (the same year Achi Jaya was set up by Onn in Sarawak). Regent Star was 50% owned by Shea and 50% by another employee, Kho Eng Beng and we have identified a number of other related Hong Kong companies owned and directed by the same pair:  Grand Will Limited (incorporated 1984), Grand Shine Trading (incorporated 1983), Herolite investment (incorporated 1983), Natalite (incorporated 1983) and Wittaker Company Ltd (incorporated 1985). Shea also became listed as one of the major shareholders in Sarawak Oil Palm, a privatised State venture which inherited huge tracts of state lands.
Richfold - 4,998 shares for Onn and just 1 share for secretary Shea Kin Kwok!
Another company, Richfold Investment Ltd, was especially interesting, because it was incorporated on the same day and registered at the same office as Regent Star and again Shea was a Director and Shareholder.  But the other shareholder in this particular company was Onn Mahmud himself.  Shea had just one share in the company…. and Onn had the remaining 49,998 !
So many coincidences
After the kickback scandal broke an awful lot of coincidences occurred.  Grand Will Limited and Regent Star Company Ltd were both dissolved on the same day, 9th November 2007.  On the other hand, Richfold stayed active for another few months, until it too was closed 9th May 2008. 
Meanwhile, coincidentally, Grand Will and Regent Star had both re-opened on the very same day just a month later, under different Directors and Shareholders.  Sarawak Report notes that also on that very same day, 21st December 2007, a brand new company was opened in Hong Kong called TESS Limited HK. 
TESS Limited HK has a very similar name to TESS Investments (BVI), the company based at PO Box 438in the British Virgin Islands that has been funding Taib family investments in the UK through Ridgeford Properites Ltd.
TESS Investments BVI, the company that has been giving millions of pounds in interest free loans to Ridgeford Properties
Indeed, TESS Investments (BVI) was incorporated 23rd October 1996 just the day before the multi-million pound Ridgeford Properties was incorporated in the UK.  Ridgeford is run by Sean Murray, Taib's son-in-law, who has numerous involvements in Taib family property companies worldwide and it has benefited for years from multi-million, interest-free, open-ended loans from TESS Investments (BVI). 
Is the Astar Properties which has investments in the Taib family's Adelaide Hilton the same Astar Properites based in the BVI which started Ridgeford Properties in the UK?
Another company registered at the same PO BOX 438 address in BVI is the original shareholder of Ridgeford Properties, Astar Properties, which was itself also incorporated in October 1996, just days before TESS Investments and Ridgeford Properties.  In yet another coincidental twist, Astar Properties is also the name of one of the shareholders of the Taib family company in Australia, Sitehost Pty, which owns the Adelaide Hilton (although this Astar Properties is misleadingly registered at a non-existent address in Guernsey).
CMS connection
It is worth pointing out yet another related coincidence, which is that the Taib family company CMS owns a trust Company which is also based at the very same PO Box 438 address in BVI as TESS Investments (BVI) and Astar Properties - an address managed by the trustee company Equity Trust.
Furthermore, at the risk of boggling readers' minds with coincidences, we would further draw their attention to the ownership of the new Hong Kong company, TESS Limited HK, that we mentioned opened on the same day that Regent Star Limited and Grand Will Limited re-opened, 21st December 2007.
The registered shareholder of TESS Limited HK is a company called TOA Services (BVI).  Our investigations show, however, that there is no actual company of that name in BVI.  On the other hand, the address listed for the non-existent TOA Services (BVI) is the same PO Box 438address shared by CMS, TESS Investments and Astar Properties!
TESS Limited HK shares the same address as TESS Investments BVI, which funds Ridgeford Properties
Questions to answer
Therefore, since Taib Mahmud is currently making statements and denials, Sarawak Report asks if he is prepared to categorically deny that there is any path or connection between money taken in by Richfold Investments Ltd in Hong Kong and money paid out to Ridgeford Properties Ltd in the United Kingdom via PO Box 438 BVI? 
Is he also prepared to deny that the vast kickbacks handed to his brother Onn's secretary through Regent Star Limited did not find its way into the sister company Richfold Investments, directly owned by Onn? 
One of Ridgeford Properties' investments is this prestige building next to the Bank of England
Finally, is he prepared to explain to the State Assembly in detail why he thinks it is fitting to hand control over shipping licences to his own brother's company and then arrogantly deny all wrong-doing when millions in shipping kickbacks are discovered to have been extracted by another company owned by his brother's secretary? 
Surely Taib's dismissive denials can only increase suspicion over his guilt?  If he was genuinely free from involvement and concerned about corruption he would long since have rushed to investigate the matter fully and openly (and also have resigned, which is the only honourable course after allowing such appalling graft to take place).
Other companies owned by Shea and a second tangled web that also leads to the BVI
Shea Kin Kwok was originally the Director and 50% Shareholder (once more together with Kho Eng Beng) of two separate Mahmud-linked companies, Grand Shine Trading and Herolite Investment Limited, which both hold 5% of the shares in Achi Jaya, Onn Mahmud's vast shipping and plantation company.  Likewise they owned a sister company Natalite. All of these companies are based in Hong Kong.
Taib proxy? Onn Mahmud was involved in numerous business dealings with the Taibs in the 1980s, but has since fallen out of favour
Given that Sarawak Report has learnt from insiders that Onn's cut from the businesses that he ran as a nominee for his brother, the Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, was 10%, we require some more denials to avoid reaching some obvious conclusions.  Can Taib deny that the 10% of Achi Jaya that belonged to Grand Shine and Herolite and were put in the hands of Onn's employees, were not indeed his brother's 10% of the company ?  Can he deny that the remaining 90% of the company secretly belongs to him?
Interestingly, in 2004 a series of fiendish manoeuvres were embarked upon to remove these two companies from the formal ownership of Shea and Kho and to place them safely and anonymously in the hands of bankers, yet again in the tax free haven of the British Virgin Islands.
Our researches have traced how Grand Shine and Herolite were first taken over by the companies Yield Court and Citifull Company respectively.  Yield Court in turn belonged to Cooperheat Overseas Services Ltd.  All three of these companies are yet in turn owned by two shareholder companies called Bona Co Ltd and Fidico Ltd and every one of these five companies are managed by Intercorp Services, 11th Floor Dah Sing Life Building, 99 Voeux Rd, Hong Kong.
The shareholders of Bona Co and Fidico turn out to be yet another two companies called Penryn Ltd and Peckham Ltd (both incorporated 12th June 1984 and also managed by Intercorp Services). 
Penryn Ltd is a shareholder of Peckam Ltd and Pekham Ltd is a shareholder of Penryn Ltd.
However, the other shareholder of both companies is yet another company Integrated Financial Services, which is again also based at the same office as Intercorp Services in Hong Kong.
Integrated Financial Services is in fact the owner of Intercorp and is therefore now the ultimate owner of Grand Shine and Herolite, which used to belong to Onn's office managers and which still own a 10% share of Achi Jaya Holdings. 
Francisco C Sebastian, Chairman of First Metro in the Philippines
So who owns Integrated Financial Services?  Company records show that the shareholders are Integrated Financial Services Holdings, based in the BVI and also Francisco C Sebastian a top banker in a Philippines, who originally worked as a financial advisor in Hong Kong.
By yet another coincidence of names, Integrated Financial Services also owned Richford Management Ltd, another Hong Kong Company.  Sarawak Report would like to know whether Mr Sebastian has indeed bought up the Achi Jaya shares by this circuitous route, or was he just acting as an advisor and trustee for Onn Mahmud as he attempted to secretly move his shares out of the hands of his secretary and into a safe tax haven?
Time for transparency
Given the glaring potential for the abuse of political influence surrounding the roles and activities of the Achi Jaya Group of companies it is only correct that the Chief Minister and his family should be utterly transparent and open about such matters and answer the questions that Sarawak Report and others have been raising. Otherwise onlookers will be entitled to come to their own conclusions and demand that the MACC makes a full investigation into the Taib family business activities in Hong Kong. 
Even if investigators are guaranteed a headache as they wade through the devious and complicated paths of company ownership.


SURPRISE? WHAT SURPRISE?

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 01:10 AM PDT


Mounting pressure brings denials
from the Chief Minister

Corrupt Barisan Nasional : The Chief Minister has denied he has illegal foreign assets.  He previewed the statement, made today in the State Assembly, as a 'surprise announcement'. 
Onlookers would have been surprised if he had announced his resignation, the honourable course of action, given official investigations now underway into his corruption and abuse of power.  However, few will have been surprised by his string of denials!
The actual nature of his 'categorical' denials were in fact rather confusing, however.  What exactly was he denying when he said:
"Let me state categorically that I have no secret Swiss bank account, nor assets or investments of any description. None whatsoever".Taib in the DUN today.
By this was the Chief Minister denying that he has no bank accounts, assets or investments of any description at all anywhere?  Or just in Switzerland?  And was he referring to right now at this moment, or is he alleging that he has never, ever had money in Switzerland at any time? 
The Chief Minister spent a lot of energy in denial.  For example, he even attempted to cast doubt on the actual letters sent by the Swiss President and the Swiss Financial Regulatory body, FINMA, confirming their investigations.  Nice try, but the letters and the investigations are genuine.
Letter from the Swiss President announcing that the investigation was being launched,
Whether or not the Chief Minister, or his nominees, still have money in Switzerland, as opposed to other tax havens around the world is what this investigation will presumably uncover.  Sarawak Report has certainly demonstrated that the Chief Minister and his family has held assets in the British Virgin Islands (Rodinmass, CMS Bank, Tess Investments) and in Hong Kong and Jersey (SOGO Holdings).  The Chief Minister and his family also have assets in Canada, London and Australia as well.  Why has he not factored these matters into his denials?
A pattern of denials
The Chief Minister has been forced into denials before.  In 2007 he denied (again using the platform of the State Assembly) that he received kickbacks from Japanese shipping companies trying to get licences to take timber out of Sarawak.  The companies had been fined by the Japanese tax authorities for not declaring millions of dollars paid to a company which was registered in the name of Shea Kin Kwok in Hong Kong.  Shea Kin Kwok was the full-time secretary of Taib's brother and known business fixer at the time, Onn Mahmud. 
In fact, for an office employee, Mr Shea held such an enviable portfolio of investments that one can only conclude that either he worked for the Mahmuds for fun, or that he was in fact their nominee.  Mr Shea Kin Kwok has been the registered shareholder of several Hong Kong companies, including Grand Shine (which has shares in Achi Jaya Corporation), Grand Will Ltd, Wittaker Company Ltd, Richfold Investments, Regent Star and Natlite.  He was also until as late as 2005 one of the major shareholders of the massive Sarawak Oil Palm Bhd, run by Taib crony Ling Chiong Ho of the logging company Shin Yang.  Following the timber kickback scandal his name disappeared from the shareholder list and most of the above companies were dissolved.
Major shareholder of Sarawak Oil Palm Bhd
 Indeed, if the Chief Minister is so anxious to avoid conclusions that he has benefited from family corruption he should be more careful to avoid conflicts of interest involving his close family members and known business associates.  Taib should certainly have avoided putting his own brother Onn's company Achi Jaya Corporation in charge of issuing all timber export licences through the agent Achipeligo, which Onn also owns.  It was Achipeligo which referred the Japanese shipping firms to Shea Kin Kwok at Regent Star to make payments in order to get those licences.
In fact Achi Jaya's stranglehold over the shipping out of Sarawak's stolen timber for the last 30 years is well known to have become one of the key foundations of the Mahmud family wealth.  It has been calculated by insiders that this business has been worth around RM2 billion a year for the past 30 years.  This trade has now collapsed with the exhaustion of Sarawak's forests (which Taib likes to pretend are still over 70% untouched and intact), however, Achi Jaya has now diversified into the equally lucrative business of planting oil palm where the Borneo jungle once stood.
What about some further denials?
Now that Taib has entered a more communicative period, Sarawak Report would like to suggest that he embark on some further crucial denials, every bit as relevant as the ones he made today on the subject of Swiss assets.  For example, would he care to deny that he is the beneficiary of the the largest single shareholder of Sarawak's largest company CMS (made up of former Sarawak State assets and funded largely by Sarawak State contracts handed out by himself)?  This shareholder was, of course, his wife, who has been dead for two years.
Would he also deny that he either bought these shares for his wife, in CMS, to the tune of hundreds of millions of ringgit, or that he acquired them on her behalf for free by corrupt means?  Otherwise, how did his wife, who was not a lady of independent means come by them?  Likewise, how did his young children acquire the remaining bulk of the assets of this enormous company – assets which they still own?
 Would Taib further like to deny that he has handed huge tracts of Sarawak State lands to members of his own family for free or at nominal prices in a clear abuse of his control of the State Planning and Resources Ministry? Many of these handouts were then rapidly sold on for millions of ringgit of profit just days or weeks later (see the numerous documented examples of form of corruption in Sarawak Report).
Would Taib also care to deny that he has abused his control over State contracts as Finance Minister to ensure that the most lucrative contracts are nearly always handed to family concerns such as CMS, Naim Cendera, Kumpualan Parabena, Titanium Management and Kumpulan Construction without any attempt to place these contracts out to proper open tender?  Time and again these contracts have then been sub-contracted to more effective construction companies for substantially less – (for example The Bengoh Dam, the DUN Parliament Building, the Kuching Sewer System and plenty of other documented examples of this form of corruption on Sarawak Report).
Carrying on, would Taib like to deny that he has placed his nominees and family members in control of nearly all the key state industries and also private industries controlling Sarawak's economy?  His cousin and proxy Hamid Sepawi controls numerous positions such as the Chairman of Sesco (Sarawak's State Electricity) and also Chairman ( and top shareholder) of Sarawak Plantation Bhd, whose assets are predominantly former state lands.
Would Taib like to deny that he works hand in glove with the Sarawak's key timber barons, handing them licences without an open tender process in return for huge kickbacks?
Would Taib also care to explain how he lives such a lavish lifestyle off the back of his modest Ministerial salary of around RM 20,000 per month?  For example, how out of this salary has he managed to obtain a classic car collection, deck his family in rubies and other flash gems, fund donations worth millions of ringgit to foreign universities such as Adelaide University and indeed to pay lavish sums on trite memorabilia such as the US$2 million he is believed to have spent on purchasing Liberace's ex-piano?
Others can without doubt add to the list of denials they would like to hear from the Chief Minister of Sarawak.


Setelah Diserang Hebat Oleh Blogger UMNO, Wardina Nafi Sertai Parti Politik

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 01:00 AM PDT

Wardina: Saya tak sertai parti politik, tiada niat tanding PRU

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 Jun — Selebriti popular dan pengacara rancangan Malaysia Hari Ini, Wardina Safiyyah Fadlullah berkata buat masa ini beliau tidak ada niat untuk menjadi calon pilihan raya atau bertanding mana-mana pilihan raya.

"Buat masa ini, saya tidak ada niat untuk menjadi calon dan bertanding dalam pilihan raya umum," kata beliau yang sejak beberapa lalu dikaitkan dengan Parti Keadilan Rakyat dan Himpunan Bersih 2.0.

Selebriti itu menafikan beliau merupakan anggota PKR atau menyokong Himpunan Bersih 2.0.

Malah beliau juga menjadi kecaman blog-blog pro-Umno sejak dikaitkan dengan komponen Pakatan Rakyat.

Bagaimanapun selepas menafikan tanggapan itu beliau pula menjadi kritikan blog yang berlainan aliran politik.

"Saya menyatakan di sini bahawa saya tidak menyokong mana-mana parti sama ada parti pembangkang atau pun kerajaan dan saya juga bukan ahli PKR," katanya dipetik Utusan Malaysian hari ini.

Tulisan-tulisan blog dan mesej Twitter sejak awal minggu ini memberi gambaran beliau menyokong Himpuan Bersih 2.0 dan berada bersama Timbalan Presiden PKR Azmin Ali pada satu majlis baru-baru ini.

Mesej Twitter yang dihantar atas akaun unitmediabaru menyebut "gambar Wardina Bersama Azmin Ali di Majlis Pakatan — TV3 Hanya Diam?: Kita tidak dengki dengan Wardina."

Menyentuh tentang kehadirannya di Karnival Mesra Rakyat Sabtu lalu, Wardina berkata, beliau hadir sebagai jemputan untuk memberi ceramah motivasi keibubapaan.

"Oleh sebab itu saya hadir pada karnival tersebut tetapi saya tidak pun diberitahu Azmin Ali akan hadir sama.

"Apabila saya dijemput minum oleh penganjur, saya terkejut kerana Azmin Ali pun ada. Tak akan saya nak beredar,"
katanya lagi.

Wardina berkata tuduhan yang dilemparkan ke atas dirinya oleh penulis-penulis blog adalah satu perkara yang serius dan mengaibkan diri dan keluarganya.

Justeru katanya, beliau tidak akan teragak-agak mengambil tindakan undang-undang sekiranya artikel-artikel yang tersiar termasuk gambar-gambar lamanya di dalam blog, tidak dikeluarkan daripada blog berkenaan secepat mungkin. -TMI


Moving again?

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 12:46 AM PDT

With 2 events to attend this coming weekend, this week is quite a busy week for me. Other than having to ensure the overall smooth running of our Family Day on Sunday, most of the attendees will be my clients and so I've got to make quite a number of calls to remind them of the event and to inform them on the where, when and whatever else. And I've got to make sure things are settled by Friday, because on Saturday I'd have to go to Putrajaya to attend the MGC/TKC OGA AGM. This one I need to attend as there will be committee elections this year and one sure way of not becoming elected is to agree to become the "election officer". Otherwise there are bound to be people who'd approach me and say, "I nominate your name ok?"

It is also nearing the end of the month, which means it is also time for my monthly grocery delivery. I needed to remind Sofie anyway of what time I'd be fetching them on Sunday morning, so today I went to first buy the groceries, called Sofie to make sure she's home and then immediately headed to her house.

Saiful helped me to carry the groceries down from my car, while Ika was having her bath. "Kelam-kabut dia bangun dengar kata akak nak datang tadi," said Sofie.

Anyway, Sofie told me that her sister, who stays with her and with whom she's been sharing to pay the house rental of RM250, was offered free accommodation by her employer at her workplace. That would of course save a her a lot of money – no rental to pay, and cut costs on transportation too as the accommodation is right behind the factory where she works.

Good for Sofie's sister, but now Sofie has a problem. She simply cannot afford to pay RM250 per month alone. "Saya dengan anak-anak nak makan apa nanti kak?"

Sofie doesn't have a job. Every time she felt better she'd try getting herself a job and ended up with all sorts of medical complications as she is not really fit yet. Her only source of income now (other than the RM200 financial aid we've arranged for her) is by taking orders to cook food or kuih-muih. She cooks at home and the customers would come and get the food from her home. But it's not fixed, and it's not consistent either.

Poor Sofie. When I first met her, she was so weak and poor she had no choice but to seek refuge at her eldest sister's house. She was so weak, whenever I visited, she was most of the time lying down on a mattress. I started arranging for various assistance for her – groceries, bicycles for the children etc. Apparently, most of the assistance were misused by her sister's family. Sofie could still tolerate that, but when the sister's family including the children started saying harsh things about Sofie and her children, Sofie simply couldn't take it any longer. I noticed whenever I visited, Sofie's children didn't talk much either.

Then when I managed to get additional financial assistance for Sofie, she finally moved to another house within the same neighbourhood. The rental was RM150, and the condition of the house was rather bad, but the children seemed happier the moment they moved out of their aunt's house.

But things didn't end there. Not satisfied that she could no longer "tumpang" the aid Sofie was getting, the sister started telling the neighbourhood that Sofie had HIV. In addition to that, the landlord didn't bother to repair whatever that was faulty in the house. The chance to move out finally came, when a more sympathetic sister moved to Perak to stay with Sofie and so they found a better house with a rental of RM250 – shared equally by both.

It seemed okay for a while at that house, until the landlord started charging them unbelievably high water charges. You see, the landlord built a row of houses – all sharing the same water meter and so the landlord would bill them every month for the water usage for the whole block of houses he built. The thing was, at that time, the landlord was also building another row of houses using the same water meter. Surely the high usage of water would come mostly from the construction right? But the landlord billed the tenants who were there. Who could tahan being billed RM200 per month for water?!

So yes, they moved again. This time to a much better and bigger house, with the same rental rate of RM250, and with individual electricity and water bills, therefore they ddn't have to worry about being charged for electricity or water which they didn't use. The house is also nearer to Ipoh and so it had been easier for me to visit them regularly on monthly basis. Things seemed much better for Sofie.

That was until recently when Sofie's sister was offered free accommodation by her employer. The accommodation is right behind the factory where she works. Of course, Sofie's sister couldn't resist the offer. She not only gets to save on rental, but also transportation!

The problem now is Sofie simply cannot afford to pay a rental of RM250 all by herself. Like it or not, she needs to find a cheaper house to rent. But where? She did tell me that she had gone looking for houses to rent but so far the cheapest she could find was RM200/month but not practical location-wise. Seriously, if she wants to reduce the rent by just RM50 but at same time she has to spend more on other things (like transportation etc), then it's probably not worth it. Sofie had been eyeing a particular house she felt was practical but had yet to speak to the landlord. So she didn't know what the rental was like.

Later when I got home, Sofie called. She said she finally managed to speak to the landlord of the house that she had been eyeing, and the landlord agreed to rent it out to her for RM150/month.

"Macam mana kak? Boleh tak saya pindah sana?" Whoah… why did she sound like she needed my permission to move to that house? Told her it was her decision. To me, as long as she doesn't get into difficulty getting transportation for the children to go to school, and for her to go to the hospital, I'd support her decision.

Chances are this Sunday will be the last I'd be fetching her at the present house before Sofie and her children move again…


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