Monday, September 12, 2011

race-free from for penang (1st in the country!)

race-free from for penang (1st in the country!)


race-free from for penang (1st in the country!)

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 10:44 AM PDT

 

ahh… another first for my beloved pearl of the orient, of which i was born in and reside in from day one to now. a UNESCO heritage city. a PR governed state. of course. the latest news – penang do away with race-free form.(it was also lthe first to have a total ban on plastic bag use in shopping mallls.)

this form is the application form for the 'progam anak emas pulau pinang' (penang golden child programme). this programme, which starts this year, entitles all first-born to a single reimbursement of RM100, if at least one of the parents is a registered parent.  it's similiar to the RM100 reimbursement for senior citizen. i hope that the new form for this senior citizen progam will omit the race section too… and of course hope that in future, ALL forms to omit the race. after all, we are all malaysians, anak bangsa malaysia, not necessary to tell which race. in a form (unless some very special case). this step will be the start of a real 1malaysia. no malay, no chinese, no indian, no eurasian, no lain-lain – because we are all malaysians. why the need to differentiate our ethnicity if we are suppose to be 1malaysia? that's why najib's 1malaysia is all bullshit since they (umno govt) practise double standard – one standard for (umno) muslim and one standard for non muslim. where can there be 1malaysia when there is this bumiputera status in malaysia? that should be very obvious already! (and don't ever forget our DPM's famous 'i'm muslim first, malaysian second).so, let's talk 2malaysia instead, not 1malaysia. 



NZ travelogue: Moving house, literally!

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 10:14 AM PDT

I have never believed anyone who tells me that he never plans for his holidays, that he would just go to his holiday destination and then allow fate to guide him along. In my opinion, such random trips will lead to a disastrous holiday sooner or later.

Me? I always make sure that I have an itinerary ready. I may not have everything down to the details but I will have an eye on the time and a general idea of what to do and where to go. But most importantly, I will have planned on my nightly accommodations.

As a result, nothing should really spring a pleasant or nasty surprise on the traveller unless something happens that is totally unexpected. I am pretty glad that nothing unpleasant happened on our trip to New Zealand's South Island. Except for time constraints that prevented us from fulfilling all our objectives - don't we always want more time on our holidays to do this and to do that? - I would think that we achieved about 80 to 90 percent of what we set out to do.

But there was one incident that caught both my wife and I by surprise on our first day on the road. About 15 minutes after we passed through Ashburton, the traffic in front of us suddenly crawled to a halt. Cars were pulling up by the side of the road.

I was driving and I got puzzled. Why on earth would that be happening? The Malaysian driver instinct in me suddenly took over. Without realising it, I began overtaking all those cars. And then suddenly, I saw why all those cars had stopped. It was this:


A truck was approaching from the other direction of the highway and it was carrying a small house! Really. A whole house. A whole house that had been uploaded onto the back of the truck. It was a sight to behold. I had thought that this could only happen among the kampungs in rural South-East Asia but I could hardly imagine seeing this in New Zealand.

So what could I do but to join the other drivers and swerve myself out of the way of the on-coming truck? But of course, not before I grabbed the camera from my wife's grip - she was literally frozen with shock - and took this one precious picture...

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Rahsia Najib Di Australia & Penipuan BERNAMA Terbongkar!

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 10:16 AM PDT

Dusta kerana terdesak, kisah Najib dibongkar pelajar Malaysia di Perth Oleh Maria Begum

Ia bukan lagi rahsia Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sedang behadapan dengan saat-saat genting. Beliau dan pentadbiran beliau beserta parti UMNO telah terperangkap dalam penipuan- penipuan yang tidak berpenghujung. Namun begitu, mereka seolah-olah tidak mempunyai niat apa-apa untuk menghentikannya atau ia telah menjadi tabiat mereka dan mereka tidak lagi mampu mengelaknya.

"Mereka telah menjadi orang-orang yang pendusta bersiri - tiada ubatnya,"

Ahli Parlimen PKR, Gopeng Lee Boon Chye; seorang doktor yang terkenal, memberitahu Malaysia Chronicle.

Insiden terbaru melibatkan Najib, yang telah dilihat keluar secara senyap-senyap dari negara ini untuk berehat sebentar di Perth Australia pada Hari Kebangsaan Malaysia , 31 Ogos yang lepas.

PM tidak membuat apa-apa pengumuman sungguhpun dari segi protokol beliau dikehendaki untuk berbuat demikian. Walaubagaimanapun, malang baginya, pesawat - jet kerajaan Malaysia telah dikesan mendarat di lapangan terbang Australia.

Diselamatkan oleh FBC Media dan Bernama

Apabila digesa untuk berterus terang mengenai perkara itu dan ditanya jika beliau menyalahgunakan wang rakyat untuk kemudahannya pergi bercuti peribadi; agensi berita nasional Bernama melakukan beberapa kerja PR yang mewah untuknya.

Pada hari Ahad, Bernama mendakwa Najib telah pergi ke Perth untuk menghabiskan Hari Raya bersama pelajar Malaysia di sana. Ini berlaku pada hari Sabtu, Hari Raya telah jatuh pada hari Selasa dan beliau berangkat pada hari Rabu, iaitu pada Hari Kebangsaan.

Perkara itu menjadi lebih teruk, apabila Bernama berkeras mendakwa pelajar di Perth telah menemui beliau dan mengatakan bahawa ucapan Najib 'menjadi sumber inspirasi' mereka.

"Sangat hebat mendengar Perdana Menteri kita berucap, dan beliau sangat mengagumkan," Bernama melaporkan seorang pelajar Curtin, Lim Jian Min, dari Kedah berkata. "Dia menaikkan semangat kita dan memberikan jawapan yang baik kepada semua persoalan kami."

Bernama juga memetik beberapa pelajar lain yang memuji PM. Dalam ucapannya, Najib telah menjelaskan konsep 1Malaysia yang tidak berfungsi itu lagi dan faedah kepada negara dan rakyatnya. Beliau juga berjanji bahawa akan ada beribu-ribu pekerjaan yang menunggu mereka apabila mereka pulang ke tanah air.

"1Malaysia bertujuan untuk menyatukan negara kita dan untuk membawa semua bangsa bersama-sama mencapai kemajuan dan kemakmuran. Sebahagian daripada anda mungkin mahu untuk tinggal disini selepas tamat pengajian untuk mendapatkan pengalaman bekerja di Australia. Itu tidak mengapa. Tetapi sila kembali ke Malaysia kerana kita akan memerlukan anda, " kata Najib.

Dusta lagi!

Tetapi semua usaha-usaha untuk menyelamatkan Najib sia-sia belaka.

Seorang pelajar Malaysia yang juga merupakan pegawai kerajaan yang menghadiri majlis makan malam Najib telah menafikan yang dia telah memuji ucapan Perdana Menteri. Malah, beliau mendakwa bahawa Bernama telah memutarbelitkan kata-kata nya.

Semasa dihubungi, pelajar berikut terkejut dengan laporan itu kerana pelajar tersebut sebenarnya telah membuat komen itu sebelum ucapan Najib.

"Mereka benar-benar telah mengubah dan menokok tambah apa yang kita kata kerana saya tidak pernah berkata seperti yang telah dilaporkan. Segala-galanya telah dilakukan sebelum ucapan dan bukan selepas ucapan itu. Saya rasa ia tindakan bodoh dan tidak perlu," Malaysiakini melaporkan pelajar tersebut sebagai berkata.

"Mereka dimasukkan benda-benda yang kita tidak penah ucapkan dan mengubah kata-kata kami. Kami tidak berkata apa-apa yang buruk, jadi saya tidak nampak mengapa mereka perlu berbuat demikian.
"

Apabila diminta untuk memberi komen, pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat hanya mampu menggelengkan kepala dan ketawa. Mereka menegaskan selepas dimalukan di pentas antarabangsa baru-baru ini apabila Najib didakwa membayar RM58 juta wang rakyat Malaysia kepada perunding FBC Media UK bagi mereke laporan palsu yang menggambarkan imej positif dirinya, pentadbirannya dan projek-projek mereka kepada penonton seluruh dunia.

Pihak berkuasa UK sedang menyiapkan siasatan terhadap FBC Media dan boleh melancarkan enkuiri awam besar-besaran kerana FBC telah menjual berita palsu kepada rangkaian seperti CNN, CNBC dan juga BBC. Najib dan FBC diselar kerana cuba untuk 'menipu' penonton global, manakala pemimpin pembangkang Malaysia telah berjanji untuk bertanya kepada beliau di Parlimen mengenai jumlah sebenar yang dihabiskan untuk publisiti palsu tersebut.

"Ini jelas menunjukkan sebuah rejim yang berada di ambang kehancuran. Apabila anda mendengar kata-kata seperti 'hebat' dikaitkan dengan Najib, anda benar-benar cenderung untuk merasionalkan apa jua laporan tersebut" naib presiden PKR Tian Chua memberitahu Malaysia Chronicle. -Malaysia Chronicle


Malaysia - Part 2

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 09:01 AM PDT

The following is Part II of Tunku Abdul Rahman's article on  Malaysia: Key Area in Southeast Asia (Part 1) by Tunku Abdul Rahman which was written in 1965. Part I was posted at this link a few hours ago and will be posting Part III at 6.15 am.

Malaysia: Key Area in Southeast Asia (Part 1I) by Tunku Abdul Rahman



Part II

In the past two years of Malaysian independence we have maintained and upheld the practice and principles of democracy. All Malaysians have come to feel they have a part to play and a responsibility to share in the national well-being. The reasons for our success can be found in the Malaysian Constitution, in which all the fundamental freedoms-such as equality, freedom of speech and freedom of association-are protected. One typical section of the Constitution reads, "All persons are equal before the law and are entitled to the equal protection of the law." Another states, "There shall be no discrimination against citizens on the grounds only of religion, race, descent or place of birth in any law." Although Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, every Malaysian has the right to practice the creed of his own choice.

The Constitution also provides for parity among the various racial groups. It was obviously necessary in the general interest to do away with economic and educational handicaps affecting the Malays and other indigenous peoples. By common consent, scholarships and opportunities were made more readily available to the indigenous peoples, the least advanced group economically, to provide an incentive for personal achievement. They were also given easier access into government service. Our aim to establish a system of parity, not only politically but economically, would leave no one out or unable to compete in the forward march of the new Malaysia. The omissions of the past have to be rectified in the cause of future progress.

An American magazine recently stated that Malaysia was a democracy in all respects save one, meaning the "special privileges for the Malays." I must point out that although the Constitution provides for a special position for the indigenous peoples at present, it also provides for periodic review of the position when necessary. Ultimately the time will come when it will be possible by legislative action to amend the Constitution because this special position will no longer be needed.

There are still some persons, however, who wish to upset this carefully planned system of ensuring that all races have a fair share in economic progress. They are out of touch with general feeling and reveal a sorry lack of understanding of the importance of good will and coöperation in a multiracial nation. It would be foolish, however, to hasten the day of revision of these constitutional rights prematurely; to do so would defeat the whole purpose of this particular aspect of our economic planning.

Any nation which is an association of states with a federal structure has problems between the central and state governments. One has only to look at the United States or Canada or Australia to realize that even after years of federation such problems do arise. Fortunately for Malaysia, our Constitution has drawn on the experience of other federated nations, and in addition the eleven states of the former Federation of Malaya had had six successful years of working under the federal system.

The Alliance Party is in power in all the states of Malaysia except Kelantan and Singapore. The Pan-Malayan Islamic Party is in control in Kelantan, and has been since 1959. For four years they showed reluctance to coöperate with the Federal Government, but in the past year or so they have come to realize that their state was falling behind in the general march of progress. Today they are coöperating closely with the Alliance Government and the results are already becoming evident.

The state of Singapore is under the control of another opposition group, the People's Action Party, led by its Premier, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore has had no previous experience of working in a federal nation, and due to the fact of being the "New York" of Malaysia it probably feels that its position is far more important than that of the rest of Malaysia. Some of the state's leaders do not realize the great benefit Singapore is already enjoying as a result of being part of Malaysia, and are rather inclined to attribute the successes to themselves. They are quick to criticize the central government at every opportunity, principally because their own state government is run by an opposition party. This seems to arouse undue apprehension in the minds of some foreign observers, who shake their heads and talk pessimistically about the future of Malaysia. Oddly enough, some of these critics come from federal nations themselves. I myself have no doubt that as Singapore continues to make further progress in Malaysia and adapts itself more readily through experience and understanding of the coöperation necessary in a federal structure, these pangs of local pride and wishes for dominance will slowly pass away. Federation cannot work on the basis of only taking but not giving. The national interest must be the prime over-all concern. The progress of Singapore is important to Malaysia, but by the same token, the progress of Malaysia is equally vital to Singapore. I am confident that whatever little differences exist at present between the central government and the state government will work out satisfactorily.

Every developing nation has its problems, but few have tackled them more constructively than has Malaysia. Great developments have occurred in the rural sector of our economy. Industrialization is making rapid progress. New construction can be seen everywhere-roads, dams, schools, hospitals, universities, office buildings, national institutions, housing, mosques, churches and temples, and, most strikingly, new industrial estates. Development of electric power already exceeds requirements, with practical plans already being made for years ahead. New wharves are going up in the ports, new airports are being completed. Malaysia possesses one of the finest systems of telecommunications this side of Europe. In every field- industrial, commercial, agricultural, educational, social-striking progress is visible.

Malaysia has the second highest standard of living in the East, following only that of Japan. Its economy is sound and stable. Its foreign exchange and reserves total $1 billion. New investment, both local and foreign, is pouring in. Hardly a day goes by without the opening of some new factory or the announcement of some new company. The total volume of trade expands with every passing year. All these achievements are due to a healthy spirit of free enterprise and the successful working of our democracy owing to the tolerance, good will and efforts of our people of many racial origins.

To be continued....


Tangguh Cukai 6%: Sandiwara Kerajaan-Telco Menjelang PRU13

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 08:55 AM PDT

PAS menyifatkan penangguhan kutipan cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus ke atas pengguna talian telefon prabayar oleh kerajaan hanya sekadar permainan politik BN menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) ke-13.

Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata, ianya tidak lebih sekadar sandiwara kerajaan Umno BN, bagi meredakan kemarahan rakyat yang terbeban dengan kos hidup dibawah pemerintahan mereka.

"Ini hanya satu sandiwara untuk meredakan kemarahan rakyat menjelang PRU ke-13 nanti.

"Sedangkan, pihak Telco hanya menguatkuasakan apa yang dibentangkan Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) dalam Bajet 2011 tahun lalu," katanya.

Beliau yang juga pengerusi Kempen Protes Barang Naik (Protes BN) berkata demikian sebagai respon terhadap kenyataan Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim hari ini yang mengumumkan bahawa kerajaan dan semua syarikat telekomunikasi (telco) bersetuju menangguhkan kutipan cukai berkenaan yang sepatutnya bermula 15 September ini.

Penangguhan itu katanya sehingga perbincangan semula dengan Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM).

Sebelum ini, Najib dalam pembentangan Bajet 2011 didakwa telah memasukkan kutipan cukai enam peratus tersebut dan Telco hanya melaksanakannya.

Baru-baru ini, telco telah mengumumkan akan mengenakan cukai kerajaan sebanyak enam peratus dalam semua jualan kad pra bayarnya mulai 15 September ini.

Ini bermakna, setiap RM10 nilai kad pra bayar, harganya akan menjadi RM10.60 di mana 60 sen adalah cukai yang dikenakan kerajaan melalui Telco kepada penggunanya.

Jumlah 60 sen setiap RM10 ini akan dibayar oleh Telco kepada kerajaan.

Kerajaan dijangka akan memperolehi pendapatan sebanyak RM750 juta hasil melalui cukai ini untuk tahun ini sahaja.

Namun begitu, jumlah ini tidak sebanyak mana jika dibandingkan dengan pendapatan yang akan diperolehi kerajaan jika menarik balik subsidi kepada enam Pengeluar Tenaga Bebas (IPP) iaitu sebanyak RM17 bilion setahun.

Mengulas lanjut, Mahfuz yang juga ahli parlimen Pokok Sena menyeru kepada seluruh pengguna prabayar agar tidak termakan sandiwara itu.

Katanya, tiada sebarang jaminan oleh kerajaan bahawa cas enam peratus itu tidak akan dikenakan selepas pilihan raya umum.

"Saya minta kepada pengguna prabayar agar terus memberi tekanan kepada kerajaan agar cukai ini dimansuhkan terus.

"Guna telefon prabayar anda untuk memastikan BN ditolak pada PRU ke-13 nanti
," katanya.

Najib bentang cukai kerajaan 6% pra bayar

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Sept: Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak didakwa berpura-pura lupa atau sememangnya tidak tahu apa-apa dengan cukai enam peratus cukai pra bayar kerana ia telah dimasukkan dalam Bajet 2010 lalu oleh beliau.

"Pihak Telco hanya melaksanakan Bajet yang telah dibentangkan oleh Najib menjelang tahun 2010 lalu dan telah diluluskan oleh kerajaan.

"Kini apabila mereka hanya ingin melaksanakannya, Najib menyalahkan Telco pula, seolah-olah beliau pemimpin yang prihatin menjelang pilihan raya ini," kata Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan PAS (PPP).

Bagi Dr Dzulkefly, Najib jelas lupa bahawa cukai hanya boleh dikuatkuasakan oleh kerajaan bukannya mana-mana pihak swasta termasuk Telco.

Baru-baru ini, syarikat telekomunikai di Malaysia telah mengumumkan akan mengenakan cukai kerajaan sebanyak enam peratus dalam semua jualan kad pra bayarnya mulai 15 September ini.

Ini bermakna, setiap RM10 nilai kad pra bayar, harganya akan menjadi RM10.60 di mana 60 sen adalah cukai yang dikenakan kerajaan melalui Telco kepada penggunanya.

Jumlah 60 sen setiap RM10 ini akan dibayar oleh Telco kepada kerajaan.

Kerajaan dijangka akan memperolehi pendapatan sebanyak RM750 juta hasil melalui cukai ini untuk tahun ini sahaja.

Namun begitu, jumlah ini tidak sebanyak mana jika dibandingkan dengan pendapatan yang akan diperolehi kerajaan jika menarik balik subsidi kepada enam Pengeluar Tenaga Bebas (IPP) iaitu sebanyak RM17 bilion setahun.

"Persoalan ini membuat kita tertanya-tanya, siapa sebenarnya yang ditakuti dan disayangi oleh Najib?" soal Dr Dzulkefly yang juga AJK PAS Pusat dan anggota Parlimen Kuala Selangor.

Kesan teruk

Langkah mengenakan cukai ini memberikan tekanan teruk kepada golongan berpendapatan rendah terutama remaja, pelajar dan pekerja kilang kerana mereka golongan paling banyak menggunakan perkhidmatan pra bayar ini.

Golongan yang mempunyai pekerjaan tetap dan berada biasanya menggunakan khidmat post paid atau menggunakan bil penggunaan.

Harakahdaily difahamkan, terdapat 26 juta nombor prepaid yang dikeluarkan oleh Telco di negara ini.

Ekoran pengumuman Telco untuk melaksanakan cukai ini, pelbagai pihak khasnya golongan remaja membuat bantahan terhadapnya melalui laman sosial dan media baru yang kebanyakannya dikuasai mereka.

Ekoran itu, Perdana Menteri Najib menyalahkan Telco kerana mengenakan cukai ini padahal ia telah dikemukakan beliau melalui Bajet 2011 dan pihak Telco hanya melaksanakan keputusan itu sahaja.

Harakahdaily difahamkan, selama ini cukai hanya diserap oleh Telco melalui keuntungan jualan pre paid mereka namun ia tidak mampu lagi berbuat demikian sedangkan duit itu dibayarkan kepada kerajaan dan bukannya diperolehi mereka.

Ekoran itu, semua Telco, terutama tiga yang utama iaitu Celcom, Digi dan Mexis akan mula mengenakannya kepada pengguna pra bayar.

Difahamkan, pengguna terbesar pra bayar adalah pengguna Digi.

Najib baru-baru ini mengarahkan syarikat-syarikat telekomunikasi mengkaji semula langkah mengenakan cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus ke atas kad prabayar sambil menegaskan ia sukar untuk diterima dalam situasi kenaikan kos sara hidup sekarang.

Perdana Menteri menegaskan cukai itu dikuatkuasakan ketika kerajaan pula sedang berusaha untuk mengurangkan beban di sebalik kenaikan kadar inflasi sejak beberapa bulan yang lalu.

"Reaksi dan maklum balas daripada orang awam ialah langkah Telco, tidak popular dan sukar untuk diterima," kata beliau.

"Jadi, saya berharap Telco akan mengkaji semula langkah ini memandangkan kita sedang cuba mengurangkan beban ke atas orang ramai yang perlu menanggung kenaikan kos harga barang," kata beliau kepada pemberita di sini hari ini.

Najib juga menafikan Telco telah menerima kelulusan Kementerian Kewangan, sebaliknya menjelaskan keputusan itu dibuat oleh syarikat-syarikat telekomunikasi sendiri.

Pelbagai parti politik dan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan sejak semalam berkata pihaknya kesal dengan keputusan syarikat telekomunikasi yang mengumumkan pengenalan cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus ke atas pembelian tambah nilai prabayar dan pek atau kad SIM berkuat kuasa pada 15 September ini. -HD


Ulasan GB

Sebentar tadi GB sudah pun membuat ulasan terhadap perkara ini. Petikan:


Tangguhkan? Sehingga bila? Sehingga selepas pilihanraya umum untuk BN mendapat sokongan rakyat semasa pilihanraya?

Rakyat tidak mudah ditipu lagi dengan permainan sebegini. Kerja "kong kali kong" di antara kerajaan dan syarikat telco ini wajar ditamatkan.

Berapa besar lagi keuntungan yang mahu dikaut secara mudah oleh syarikat telco dengan mengalihkan cukai perkhidmatan kepada pengguna?

Sepatutnya kadar caj hendaklah dikurangkan untuk pengguna yang menggunakan perkhidmatan prabayar, bukan dengan menambahkan caj cukai yang dilihat memerangkap pengguna-pengguna perkhidmatan telco yang mereka tahu jumlahnya semakin bertambah semata-mata untuk mengaut keuntungan yang lebih besar.




Malaysia - Part 1

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 07:29 AM PDT

I have the utmost respect for our first Prime Minister - Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, AC, CH (February 8, 1903 – December 6, 1990) who was Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya from 1955, and the country's first Prime Minister from independence in 1957. He remained as the Prime Minister after Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore joined the federation in 1963 to form Malaysia. He is widely known simply as "Tunku" or "The Tunku" (a princely title in Malaysia) and also called Bapa Kemerdekaan (Father of Independence) or Bapa Malaysia (Father of Malaysia). You can read more about him at this link.



In the light of the recent furore over history - and what is or is not history, I thought I'd repost the following article written by Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1965. As it is a very long article, it will be published in three parts. Part 2 will be posted at 12 midnight and part 3 at 6.15a.m. tomorrow.

Malaysia: Key Area in Southeast Asia (Part 1) by Tunku Abdul Rahman

If one studies the map of Southeast Asia it is clear at once that Malaysia is the natural focus of the whole region. It is the only country that is both part of mainland Asia and at the same time part of the vast archipelago stretching westward from the Philippines and New Guinea to Sumatra. Thus Malaysia is not only a bridge between continental and island Asia but also the gateway between the China Sea and the Indian Ocean. By virtue of this position Malaysia is of vital importance to both Southeast Asia and the world. Add to this the fact that although Malaysia is a small nation of only 10,000,000 people, its economic significance is out of all proportion to its size and population. It is the world's leading producer of both natural rubber and tin. For this reason, if none other, the peace and prosperity, security and stability of Malaysia are of key concern both regionally and internationally.

To understand the evolution of Malaysia as a free nation and the spirit of national unity that inspires and guides the ideals and outlook of this country of many races, creeds and cultures, we must glance briefly at postwar history. The peoples of Malaya, Singapore and Borneo endured in common privation and suffering during the Japanese Occupation. When the war ended the nine states of mainland Malaya and Sarawak were British Protectorates; the islands of Singapore and Penang and the Malacca area were Crown Colonies; and North Borneo (as Sabah was then known) was the domain of a chartered company. Constitutional changes were inevitable, especially in view of the rising wave of liberation which began to sweep across Asia. Within three years the nine Malay states together with Penang and Malacca merged into the Federation of Malaya but still under the British rule. This was the first time in the history of the Malay peninsula that all these states had achieved a common central government. In the meantime, both Sabah and Sarawak became Crown Colonies, and Singapore began to take its first step towards internal self-government.

The Federation of Malaya Agreement was signed in February 1948 in Kuala Lumpur. Within four months the Malayan Communist Party launched an armed revolt to secure power. Communist terrorism erupted all over Malaya; the country came under a state of national Emergency, which was destined to last for another 12 years. Communist terrorism reached its climax in 1951 with the assassination of the British High Commissioner, Sir Henry Gurney. Field-Marshal Sir Gerald Templer who succeeded him managed to make considerable inroads into the Communist strength. Much, however, remained to be done, the situation being so dangerous that it seemed the Communists would be able to hold out indefinitely.

With the growth of nationalism the desire for independence had already developed in Malaya to such a pitch that unless this fervor was released and expressed in terms of democracy, Communism, with its strong anticolonial overtone, would triumph and all hopes for freedom and independence would be lost.

The British Colonial Secretary, Mr. Lennox Boyd, visited Kuala Lumpur in 1955. As leader of the Alliance Party, I had talks with him and informed him that no amount of British arms would by itself ever rid Malaya of the menace of Communism. The solution could not come about by military means alone; it was essential to win the minds and hearts of the people, to satisfy their aspirations, and thus draw them away from the enticements of Communism, which uses freedom and independence as its battle cry. The people of Malaya, I said, wanted independence for their own country; if this could be achieved, they would be responsible for the fight against Communism, and they would win. Any delay in achieving independence could only benefit the Communists, as Communism thrived and flourished on colonialism.

In order to test the genuineness of the people's aspirations for independence, I said, we must have national elections on the issue; and if the Alliance Party won, immediate negotiations would be carried out with the British Government for Malaya's independence. We swept to victory, winning 51 out of 52 seats contested, and I became the Chief Minister and Minister for Home Affairs.

The first important thing I did was to arrange a talk with the Communist leader, Chin Peng, which was held on December 28, 1955, The result of that talk showed clearly that the intention of the Communists was not to liberate Malaya but to subject it completely to Communist domination. Therefore I did not hesitate to tell the people that independence could be achieved only by them and through democratic means.

It is worthy of note that from the time negotiations for independence for Malaya were initiated, the support given by elements of the civilian population to the Communist terrorists rapidly began to decrease, with the result that the police and the security forces found their tasks of subduing the Communists made much easier. What had seemed to be overwhelmingly difficult for the British, the people of Malaya, inspired and encouraged by the prospect of independence, and later by its actual achievement, were able to accomplish. On July 31, 1960, the Emergency was declared over and ended. The Malayan people had now a free hand to concentrate their energies and resources on the task of nation-building.

While the Malayan people grew prosperous and happy with their nationhood, the fact could not be ignored that Communism remained the prime menace to the peace of Asia. We had successfully overcome the internal threat of Communism in Malaya, but we were only too well aware of its insidious growth in neighboring areas. I noticed particularly, with growing and grave concern, the increasing influence of Communism in the British territories of Singapore, Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak. The same pattern of Communist exploitation of anticolonial feelings that we had experienced in Malaya was taking place in those areas. I felt that time was running out, and that the Communist menace had to be swiftly met, otherwise free Malaya would once again be in danger. Therefore, in May 1961 first announced my hope that the formation of Malaysia would enable the peoples of these states to achieve the independence they desired and at the same time put an end to colonialism in their part of the world.

The announcement had electrifying results. For the next two years the prospect of Malaysia was a daily subject of debate and discussion, and during this time negotiations took place among leaders of all the states concerned and with the British. With the exception of Brunei, all the states of Malaya joined Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak in a conviction that Malaysia was their future destiny. The achievement of union in September 1963 was an outstanding testimony to the will and wish of the peoples of the new nation to stand united, to achieve progress and prosperity, and to resist together the Communist bid for power.

To be continued....


Back to busy mode

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 07:29 AM PDT

I received a text message on Saturday from Fuzi's eldest daughter, Wina (using Fuzi's phone) asking if I could help buy a pendrive for her. She has got a free netbook from school but needs a pendrive to store her work. Wina is under our sponsorship programme, so buying something for school work is not a problem at all. At least she's using the computer for work, as compared to Sofie's eldest son Azlan who also got a free netbook for himself but his siblings seem to be using it only to play games.

So this morning I went to buy a pendrive for Wina and later in the afternoon I went to visit the family, my second Raya visit this year after visiting Zalia on Saturday.

The moment I got to Fuzi's house, I saw all her 3 boys playing outside. Hmmm… weren't 2 of the boys supposed to be in school? I found out from Fuzi later that Ijam, the one in primary school, has been given alternate days off this week in view of the UPSR exams. As for his older brother, Hafiz, who is in form one, he wasn't affected by the UPSR exams, but seeing that his brother got the day off, decided to ponteng. Ahh, no wonder he disappeared the moment he saw my car – he didn't want to hear my advise (read: nagging) about the importance of education bla bla bla…

Fuzi had always been "blackmailing" him, saying that if he got into any more trouble in school… "Nanti mama minta makcik Afizah hantar kamu pergi rumah anak yatim!"  So I guess today he decided to stay off my radar…

Anyway, Fuzi mentioned that the children had been pestering her, saying that they wanted to go jalan-jalan for Raya. Since they didn't have any other family nearby, Fuzi called up Sofie to ask if it was okay for her family to visit hers. Sofie welcomed the idea of course, since she herself couldn't afford to go back to her own kampong up north. Good to know that Fuzi and Sofie are taking the effort to visit/call each other. I hope my other clients too will follow up on one another after we introduce them during our family day outings or any other gatherings.

I myself have yet to visit Sofie's family after Raya. I don't think I'll be able to visit this week either as I already have other plans. I think I will visit her next week, bringing with me supply of groceries for this month.

Tomorrow I will be joining the organisers of an awareness programme at an Orang Asli village to recce the place before the event in early October. On Wednesday I will be on clinic duty. On Thursday I have some personal stuff to settle. And on Friday I will be going off for a short break during the 3 day weekend – away from the city and back to nature…


Patron of 'extremist' Perkasa blames ‘extremists’ for increased race strife!

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 07:21 AM PDT

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
September 12, 2011



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Posted: 12 Sep 2011 06:12 AM PDT




Isteri Tak Ikut Suami & Anak Beraya Di Kampung Dicekup Berasmara Dengan Bangla

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 07:25 AM PDT

Kemaruk cinta Shah Rukh Khan

GERIK: Kemaruk cinta lelaki Bangladesh persis wajah Shah Rukh Khan, seorang isteri muda sanggup menolak ajakan suaminya untuk pulang beraya di kampung mereka di Teluk Intan kelmarin semata-mata mahu memadu asmara dengan kekasih barunya itu. Gambar fail.

Lebih mengejutkan, wanita berusia 30 tahun itu tergamak menyuruh tiga anaknya mengikut bersama bapa mereka pulang ke kampung beberapa hari bagi membolehkannya membawa pulang 'kekasih gelap' berusia 20 an itu ke rumahnya di kuarters kerajaan di pekan ini.

Bagaimanapun, temberang wanita berkenaan berakhir apabila dia dicekup sepasukan penguat kuasa Pejabat Agama Daerah Gerik kira-kira jam 2 pagi kelmarin.

Dalam serbuan dijalankan itu, wanita berkenaan yang juga pekerja sebuah kedai makan di pekan ini ditemui dalam rumah bersama lelaki warga Bangladesh itu.

Penolong Penguatkuasa Pejabat Agama Daerah Gerik, Mohd Jonid Abdul Syukor berkata, empat pegawainya menyerbu rumah berkenaan selepas menerima maklumat orang awam mengenai perlakuan pasangan berkenaan kira-kira jam 1.30 pagi. -hm


Wajib cerai isteri

KUALA LUMPUR: "Suami wajib menceraikan isteri jika betul isterinya sudah tidak dapat diselamatkan (daripada melakukan dosa), apatah lagi nusyuz," kata Pensyarah Undang-Undang Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof Madya Datin Dr Noor Aziah Mohd Noor.

Beliau berkata, Islam menyebut isteri yang menggauli lelaki bukan suaminya adalah haram dan hukumnya berdosa besar, malah suami yang mengetahui kegiatan isteri itu wajib menceraikannya jika sudah tidak dapat diperbetulkan.

"Islam adalah agama syumul yang membenarkan perceraian berlaku walaupun Allah tidak menyukainya. Hukum cerai pun ada yang wajib, makruh dan haram tetapi dalam kes ini wajib kepada suami jika isterinya tak mahu bertaubat.

"Allah berkata perceraian boleh berlaku kerana tidak mahu nanti (jika perkahwinan itu masih dipertahankan) akan timbul pula kefasikan (berbuat perkara yang boleh menyebabkan terkeluar daripada ajaran Islam)," katanya ketika dihubungi di sini, semalam.

Beliau mengulas laporan Metro Ahad mengenai kisah beberapa isteri cantik yang mencari kebahagiaan di luar dengan lelaki bujang mahupun berkeluarga sebagai tempat memuaskan nafsu. -hm


Mid-Autumn festival

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 04:06 AM PDT

I didn't get many chances to buy or eat mooncakes this year. I could have shopped for them at the MidValley Megamall when I was there last month but I was too caught up with the chess tournament and gave a miss to all the stalls that had sprung up there.

Then after my return to Penang, I found a whole load of mooncakes being sold at the Pacific Megamall at Prai. Too many choices, in fact, which left me more determined not to succumb to the sweet temptation.

Well, today is the actual day of the festival itself. I went to the city this morning for the Mid-Autumn Festival prayers at the Swee Cheok Tong and came back with my share of this delicacy. A whole box of it, in fact. Four mooncakes. Didn't waste any time to slice up one of them to tuck in. Now I'm satisfied.

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Opening Our Skies to the Saudis? By Elise Jordan

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 04:06 AM PDT

The kingdom is still a blind spot of American foreign policy. In the ten years since the attacks on Sept. 11th, 2001, we've been at war with al-Qaeda, fighting the outfit in Afghanistan and Iraq, while keeping up the pressure on their networks with drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. (Libya remains a "humanitarian intervention," and al-Qaeda has yet to plant its flag there.) Those countries all have a long record of supporting terrorism, or harboring terrorists, or, as in the case of Iraq, becoming hotbeds for terrorism after we arrived. But there is one country conspicuously absent from the list of nations we've aggressively targeted — Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, home to 15 of the 19 al-Qaeda hijackers, has remained our friend and close ally. (Had 15 of the hijackers been from Iran, we'd have 150,000 troops celebrating Christmas in Tehran; had 15 of the 19 been from Iraq, we'd have been in Baghdad on September 12.) Osama bin Laden himself, of course, was a Saudi citizen whose prominent family had close ties with the royals. The Saudis, along with Pakistan, were just two of the three counties that recognized the Taliban government. Yet officially the country remained above reproach. In the past ten years, the Saudi government has never been even verbally attacked by the State Department or the White House. The most stinging rebuke, in fact, was from Rudy Giuliani, who famously rejected a $10 million gift from a Saudi prince — and he got away with it because our anger was still so raw after the attacks.

In respectable foreign-policy circles, bringing up Saudi Arabia immediately marks one out as something akin to a Truther or a Birther — it's just not a serious topic of discussion for serious people. It's not that anyone in government, in private, will deny the Saudi's government's active and well documented hostility towards the United States; nor will they deny the public and growing record of the Saudi's complicity in the September 11 attacks, or the jihad it supported against American troops in Iraq (the majority of foreign fighters in Iraq were Saudi citizens; Saudi citizens also provided critical funding for the Sunni insurgency in Iraq); or, as the Arab Spring has swept the region, the Saudis distinctly unspringlike form of government.

The Saudis seem to make up the glaring blind spot of American foreign policy.

There are still plenty of lingering questions surrounding the Kingdom's involvement in the most deadly attack on American soil – like the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 report. There's also the matter of Saudi Arabia's ongoing gender apartheid — women are excluded from public life and are required to have a male guardian for any movement outside the home. The 2010 World Economic Forum Global Gender Report ranks the status of women in the Kingdom at the bottom — 129 out of 134 nations.

The Saudis haven't been exactly friendly to U.S. interests lately, either. In June, former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Prince Turki al-Faisal published a strongly worded op-ed decrying American favoritism to Israel. "I'd hate to be around when [Israel] face their comeuppance," Turki al-Faisal wrote.

It was for all these reasons that an agreement the United States is negotiating with Saudi Arabia caught my eye. Last year, we approved $60 billion in arms sales to the Kingdom. This year, we're arranging something called an "Open Skies" agreement. On the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the words "Open Skies" and "Saudi Arabia" set off a few alarm bells — it sounded like some program to make it easier for Saudis to come to the United States (which it is in part, though not in the way I initially thought), something that I found particularly odd given Saudi underground support for terrorism and their very restrictive attitude toward visiting Americans. 1 | Continue to page 2 of the National Review | Next


Jika Tak Pernah Dijajah, Maka UMNO Bukanlah Pejuang "Kemerdekaan". Habis Cerita.

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 05:10 AM PDT

Mahathir: Malaysia tak dijajah, tapi penasihat British pemerintah sebenar

SERDANG, 12 Sept — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengakui bahawa Malaysia tidak pernah dijajah oleh British tetapi menegaskan, penasihat-penasihat mereka telah bertindak seolah-olah pihak itu adalah pemerintah yang sebenar berbanding Raja-raja Melayu.

Bekas perdana menteri berkata British telah bertindak seolah-olah "kita dijajah."

"Sultan-sultan telah memutuskan untuk mengundang British datang dan menasihati mereka bagaimana untuk mentadbir negara ini.

"Dari segi itu, kita tidak ditawan. Tetapi hakikatnya, apabila British berada di sini, mereka bertindak seolah-olah kita dijajah,"
kata Dr Mahathir.

"Dalam lain perkataan, British tidak beri nasihat, mereka beri arahan," kata beliau sambil menambah, penasihat memerintah dan pemerintah pula memberi nasihat.

Perdana menteri keempat ini bercakap kepada pemberita selepas majlis pelancaran Universiti Perdana di sini hari ini.

Laporan media hujung minggu lalu menyebut berdasarkan fakta sejarah, Tanah Melayu "tidak pernah terjajah", sebaliknya, hanya dinaungi atau dilindungi oleh British.

Kenyataan itu yang menyusul pandangan Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim mengundang kontroversi baru.

Menurut Profesor Datuk Dr Zainal Kling, "fakta sejarah menunjukkan Tanah Melayu tidak pernah terjajah (oleh British)."

"Ini mesti dibaiki dari sekarang oleh semua pihak sama ada pelajar, guru, ahli politik atau pentafsir politik," kata beliau.

Katanya lagi, sejak Perjanjian Pangkor ditandatangani pada 1874, tidak pernah tercatat dalam perjanjian itu bahawa negeri akan dijajah, sebaliknya hanya dilindungi atau dinaungi.

"Dinaungi tidak sama dengan kolonial... hanya tiga negeri sahaja yang merupakan tanah jajahan iaitu, Singapura, Melaka dan Pulau Pinang.

"(Negeri-negeri) yang lain adalah dinaungi (atau) dilindungi... sejak mula Tanah Melayu bukan tanah jajahan atau koloni. Ini fakta sejarah dan perspektif sejarah (itu) perlu diubah," kata beliau sambil berkata, "jangan kita sebut, kita terjajah selama 400 tahun."

"Itu adalah kesalahan yang amat besar," katanya.

Majlis Profesor Negara dalam kenyataannya berkata, zaman pentadbiran British yang disamakan dengan "penjajahan British" sebenarnya tidak sahih dan tidak wajar digunakan.

PKIPM dakwa Majlis Profesor 'iktiraf' British, mahu kenyataan ditarik balik

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Sept — Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKIPM) menggesa Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN) menarik balik kenyataan pihaknya minggu lalu bahawa negara ini tidak pernah dijajah oleh British dan ia seolah-olah mengiktiraf kehadiran kuasa itu di Tanah Melayu.

Presidennya Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Samsudin berkata, pihaknya berpandangan kenyataan akhbar MPN itu tidak boleh dipandang sebagai bernilai ilmiah dan wajar ditarik balik.

"Amatlah malang bagi negara ini sekiranya para ilmuwan kita gagal memahami metod penelitian sejarah secara objektif dan ilmiah.

"Sesuatu fakta sejarah haruslah melalui proses-proses penelitian seperti heuristik, verifikasi, interprestasi dan historiografi sepertimana lazimnya dilaksanakan oleh para ilmuwan dan pengkaji sejarah yang berwibawa," kata beliau sambil menambah, "justeru, mewakili golongan pelajar dan mahasiswa di Malaysia, PKPIM menuntut MPN untuk menarik balik kenyataan yang mengelirukan ini."

Dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini, Ahmad Fahmi berkata, PKPIM juga meminta semua pihak termasuklah ahli politik supaya berhati-hati dalam mengeluarkan kenyataan yang melibatkan fakta dan sejarah.

"Dalam kemeriahan semua pihak untuk menjuarai isu membincangkan tema sejarah tanah air yang pada dasarnya dilihat amat positif dalam proses pemahaman asas-asas kenegaraan, mereka juga harus bertanggungjawab di atas kenyataan yang dikeluarkan sekiranya menimbulkan keraguaan dan kekeliruan kepada masyarakat.

"Justeru, PKPIM mengingatkan kepada mereka yang berkenaan agar merujuk terlebih dahulu kepada mereka yang pakar dan berdasarkan sumber yang sahih dan tidak mengeluarkan kenyataan melulu dan songsang yang boleh menimbulkan polemik dan masalah runcitan," katanya lagi.

Ahmad Fahmi menambah, PKPIM mempersoalkan kesimpulan MPN menerusi kenyataan akhbarnya tentang Tanah Melayu yang tidak pernah dijajah oleh British.

Kenyataan akhbar tersebut dibuat oleh Ketua Kluster Sejarah Warisan dan Sosiobudanya, Prof. Datuk Zainal Kling pada sidang akhbar bersama Pengerusi MPN, Prof Emiritus Datuk Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid dan anggota-anggota jawatankuasa MPN pada 9 September lalu.

"Majlis Profesor Negara menegaskan Tanah Melayu tidak pernah dijajah, hanya dilindungi Inggeris dengan meletakkan negeri-negeri Melayu itu di bawah kekuasaan Pejabat Tanah Jajahan melalui penguasaan undang-undang Inggeris, pentadbiran bercorak Inggeris, dan ekonomi kapitalis cara Inggeris.

"Dalam kata lain, MPN berkesimpulan bahawa dasar 'protectorate' yang diamalkan Inggeris terhadap Tanah Melayu dengan meletakkan residen dan penasihat di negeri-negeri Melayu sebagai satu tujuan murni untuk melindungi dan membantu Tanah Melayu dan pemerintah Melayu untuk memerintah tanah air mereka," kata beliau lagi.

Ahmad Fahmi menambah, PKPIM juga mempersoalkan kenyataan MPN yang mendakwa dasar 'protectorate' Inggeris sebagai tidak mencabuli kedaulatan negeri-negeri Tanah Melayu.

Jelas beliau, PKPIM merasakan kenyataan MPN sebagai keliru dan tidak objektif apabila majlis itu dilihat gagal memberi tafsiran yang lengkap dan memuaskan tentang konsep "kedaulatan negara."


"Ini jelas dalam kenyataannya yang mendakwa bahawa walaupun hal ehwal Persekutuan Tanah Melayu terletak di bawah pentadbiran Pejabat Tanah Jajahan di Britain, tetapi kedaulatan Melayu tetap terpelihara.

"Malah, tesis baru MPN ini kelihatan seolah-olah mengiktiraf kerajaan kolonial Inggeris sebagai wira pelindung Tanah Melayu dan menafikan perjuangan rakyat dalam menuntut kemerdekaan tanah air sendiri daripada kerajaan kolonial Inggeris yang memang dikenali dunia sebagai antara kuasa besar penjajah ketika itu," katanya lagi.

Sehubungan itu kata beliau, PKPIM sangat bersetuju dengan Prof Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas yang menegaskan dalam karya ilmiah terbaru beliau berjudul "Historical Fact and Fiction" bahawa fakta sejarah seharusnya diteliti secara menyeluruh dengan mengambil kira nilai-nilai dan saling kaitan antara fakta sejarah sehingga membentuk satu rangkaian kesimpulan yang bermakna.

"PKPIM juga meyakini seseorang sejarawan bukan sekadar mampu mengutip fakta-fakta sejarah tetapi juga harus punya kekuatan akliyah bagi mentafsir bahan sejarah dengan mendalam dan tepat.

"PKPIM berpandangan kenyataan akhbar yang dibuat MPN itu tidak boleh dipandang sebagai bernilai ilmiah. Amatlah malang bagi negara ini sekiranya para ilmuwan kita gagal memahami metod penelitian sejarah secara objektif dan ilmiah," kata beliau yang turut menegaskan bahawa, "sesuatu fakta sejarah haruslah melalui proses-proses penelitian seperti heuristik, verifikasi, interprestasi dan historiografi sepertimana lazimnya dilaksanakan oleh para ilmuwan dan pengkaji sejarah yang berwibawa." -TMI


Ulasan GB

Hebat betul pemutaran fakta sejarah yang hendak dilakukan oleh golongan UMNO ini. Sehingga Sultan diheret sama dengan menuduh mereka yang bertanggungjawab "menjemput British".

Sekaligus, kenyataan Mahathir yang menyokong kenyataan Prof Zainal Kling dan Majlis Professor Negara tersebut JELAS menafikan juga peranan perjuangan rakyat dalam menuntut kemerdekaan tanah air sendiri daripada kerajaan kolonial Inggeris.

Jika demikian halnya, maka bererti UMNO tidak lagi boleh mendabik dada sebagai pejuang "kemerdekaan" sebenarnya. Jika dakwaan negara tidak pernah dijajah, maka keseluruhan perjuangan UMNO yang dirintisi oleh Datuk Onn Jaafar dengan sendirinya terbatal dan sanggupkah UMNO terima hakikat ia perlu dipadam segera dari sekalian buku sejarah?

Atau Mahathir maupun MPN hendak menyatakan bahawa perjuangan menuntut kemerdekaan oleh UMNO itu ialah perjuangan "menentang raja-raja yang menjemput British sebagai Penasihat" ataupun ia sebagai simbol protes UMNO terhadap Raja-raja Melayu?

Dan rakyat masih ingat bahawa Mahathirlah orangnya yang telah memandulkan kuasa Raja-raja sewaktu beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri.


Isu Cukai 6%. Rakyat Mahu Ia Dibatalkan Bukan Ditangguhkan

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 03:34 AM PDT

Telco setuju tangguh kutipan cukai prabayar

Semua syarikat telekomunikasi (telco) bersetuju menangguhkan kutipan cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus ke atas pengguna talian telefon prabayar sehingga perbincangan semula dengan Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM).

Khamis lalu, syarikat berkenaan mengumumkan mereka akan mula mengutip cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus untuk perkhidmatan prabayar mulai Jumaat ini

Keputusan menangguhkan kutipan cukai itu dibuat selepas mesyuarat dengan Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.

Katanya, antara cadangan yang dibincangkan bersama telco adalah caj enam peratus itu hanya dikenakan kepada pengguna yang membeli pek permulaan prabayar.

"Setakat ini, itu saja yang kita boleh beritahu.

"Kerajaan akan mengambil kira sumbangan RM6 bilion oleh TELCO kepada sumber pendapatan negara dari 1998 hingga kini sebelum membuat sebarang keputusan," katanya pada sidang media, di Angkasapuri, di Kuala Lumpur.

Hadir sama, wakil dari Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom), DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGiTel), Maxis Berhad, dan UMOBILE Sdn Bhd (U Mobile).
Cukai perkhidmatan 6 peratus yang dikenakan ke atas pelanggan diperuntukkan mengikut undang-undang negara.

Akta Perkhidmatan Cukai 1975 mensyaratkan syarikat telekomunikasi mengenakan cukai perkhidmatan, termasuk ke atas pengguna prabayar.

Bayaran ini sama dengan cukai perkhidmatan yang dikenakan bagi pembelian makanan dan minuman daripada restoran dan hotel.

Meskipun cukai perkhidmatan ke atas pengguna prabayar bukan baru, namun syarikat telco telah menyerap kos itu sejak perkhidmatan mereka diperkenalkan pada 1998. -mk


Syarikat telco sepatutnya kurangkan kadar caj - MTUC

PETALING JAYA: Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC) hari ini meminta syarikat-syarikat telekomunikasi (telco) untuk menaiktaraf perkhidmatan mereka serta menurunkan kadar caj yang dikenakan, bukannya membebankan rakyat dengan mengenakan cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus terhadap perkhidmatan telefon pra-bayar.

Naib Presiden MTUC A. Balasubramaniam berkata, adalah tidak adil bagi syarikat-syarikat berkenaan mengenakan cukai itu kepada pengguna sedangkan mereka dengan mudah boleh menyerapnya dan masih mengaut keuntungan besar.

Beliau mengulas mengenai langkah syarikat telco untuk mengenakan cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus terhadap perkhidmatan telefon pra-bayar mulai Khamis ini.

Minggu lepas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata cadangan untuk mengenakan cukai itu tidak diluluskan oleh Kementerian Kewangan.

Balasubramaniam berkata cukai itu akan menjadi beban yang besar kepada pekerja biasa memandangkan mereka adalah golongan yang paling ramai menggunakan perkhidmatan telefon pra-bayar.

"Pekerja kini terbeban dengan kos sara hidup yang tinggi dan dengan upah yang murah, oleh itu cukai tambahan pasti akan menambah beban kepada mereka," katanya.

Beliau mencadangkan sebagai warga korporat yang baik, syarikat telco boleh mengurangkan beban masyarakat dengan menyediakan caj panggilan yang murah dan liputan yang lebih luas. - Bernama


Ulasan GB

Tangguhkan? Sehingga bila? Sehingga selepas pilihanraya umum untuk BN mendapat sokongan rakyat semasa pilihanraya?

Rakyat tidak mudah ditipu lagi dengan permainan sebegini. Kerja "kong kali kong" di antara kerajaan dan syarikat telco ini wajar ditamatkan.

Berapa besar lagi keuntungan yang mahu dikaut secara mudah oleh syarikat telco dengan mengalihkan cukai perkhidmatan kepada apengguna?

Sepatutnya kadar caj hendaklah dikurangkan untuk pengguna yang menggunakan perkhidmatan prabayar, bukan dengan menambahkan caj cukai yang dilihat memerangkap pengguna-pengguna perkhidmatan telco yang mereka tahu jumlahnya semakin bertambah semata-mata untuk mengaut keuntungan yang lebih besar.



Penggunaan Perlembagaan Suruhanjaya Reid Bukti Jelas Tanah Melayu Dijajah

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 01:36 AM PDT

Kalau benar Tanah Melayu tidak dijajah, sudah tentu kita tidak perlu kerajaan British merangka perlembagaan Tanah Melayu," kata Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Sarawak, Jofri Jaraiee.

Katanya, sedangkan Suruhanjaya Reid yang merupakan sebuah suruhanjaya bebas berperanan merangka Perlembagaan bagi Persekutuan Tanah Melayu sebelum Tanah Melayu memperoleh kemerdekaan daripada Britain pada 31 Ogos 1957.

Suruhanjaya itu dinamakan sempena nama pengerusinya iaitu seorang hakim Mahkamah Rayuan England, Lord William Reid.

Ahli Suruhanjaya Reid terdiri daripada Lord William Reid (pengerusi), Sir Ivor Jennings (Britain), Sir William McKell (Australia), Hakim B Malik (India) dan Hakim Abdul Hamid (Pakistan).

"Sekarang kita hendak tanya kepada profesor Zainal Kling dan pimpinan Umno kalau Tanah Melayu tidak pernah dijajah British buat apa perlembagaan tanah Melayu mesti dibincang di Parlimen British dan tidak diputus sendiri oleh kerajaan Tanah Melayu pada masa tersebut?" tanya Jofri dalam satu kenyataan di sini.

Menurutnya, kalau negara bebas daripada penjajah, sudah tentu merangka perlembagaan sendiri tanpa perlu campur tangan atau kelulusan dari negara luar.

"Mengapa Tanah Melayu dan Malaysia sekarang masih mengguna pakai perlembagaan Suruhanjaya Reid?

"Mengapa tidak dihapus sama sekali perlembagaan Reid dan kita rangka dan gunakan perlembagaan yang sesuai dengan adat resam dan budaya tanah Melayu/Malaysia sendiri atau sekarang kita rangka perlembagaan menurut syariah?" katanya yang juga Yang Dipertua PAS Miri.

Sedangkan, katanya semua ahli Suruhanjaya Reid dari negara luar, tidak ada yang dari kerajaan tempatan atau tanah Melayu.

"Inilah beberapa persoalan yang perlu dijawab dan difikir bersama kalau benar tanah Melayu tidak dijajah seharusnya kita sudah bebas menggunakan perlembagaan sendiri dan tidak bergantung dengan negara luar untuk merangka perlembagaan kita," ujarnya.

Jadi, katanya pemimpin Umno kena bersedia untuk menerima kenyataan yang negara ini memang pernah dijajah oleh British dan yang berjuang melawan kerajaan sebelum merdeka memang pejuang kemerdekaan. -HD


Hunger strike protester collapses

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 12:56 AM PDT

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/09/12/hunger-strike-protester-collapses/ (By Teoh El Sen, 12/9/2011)
One of 10 men from a logging company staging a hunger strike relay against the Pahang government collapsed this morning and had to be sent to the hospital here.
Shareholder Ramli Suleiman, 46, is the second person to have 'burnt out' after surviving only on liquids for five days. The first was 68-year-old John Chong who was sent home on Saturday morning after suffering from intense pain. A doctor diagnosed that Chong cannot continue the strike as the man's hernia had relapsed. Both men started the strike last Thursday.
Earlier today, Ramli was found in a weakened and incoherent state, lying in a makeshift tent in front of the Loke Hup temple in Segambut. Alerted to his condition, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng called for an ambulance to the scene. While being carried to the ambulance by medical personnel, Ramli was seen struggling and muttering: "Biar saya, biar saya (leave me alone)". He was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Two other men, shareholders Lim Ting Sin, 68, and Pang Chow Seng, 70, have now taken over to from the two continue the hunger strike. The 10 men, directors and shareholders of of logging firm Seruan Gemilang Makmur Sdn Bhd, want the Pahang government to abide by a court ruling to pay their company RM70 million.
'Pahang MB a lawless hooligan'
The company had in 2002 sued the state for breaching a logging contract and the Kuantan High Court ruled in their favour in May 2007. It ordered the Pahang government to pay them more than RM37 million plus interest of 8% per annum. The total came close to RM70 million. When they started the strike on Sept 8, the group said they would do it in pairs and if anyone of them collapsed, others would take their place, saying "death" was preferable to injustice.
Seruan Gemilang manager Lee Sin alleged today that Pahang menteri besar Adnan Yaakob had lied in a statement to the media yesterday concerning the case. "He said that the state was still looking at possible legal remedies, but we know for a fact that we've exhausted all available legal avenues," said Lee, who then threw a challenge to Adnan. "If it's true that we can still can appeal in court, we will stop the hunger strike. But if you're lying and we have no other way, then you should settle the debt immediately," he said.
"The menteri besar is a lawless hooligan," said Lee. "We are old and I'm retired now, so I'm doing this. As Malaysians and we should be abiding the law, especially the state government. "Even if they don't do anything, at least we are highligthing the matter and letting the public know what the state is doing," said current protester Lim, camped under a tree today.
Also read: 'Give us justice or death'


6% Cukai Prabayar: Kalau Berani Naiklah, Sejuta Rakyat Sedia Untuk Himpun & Protes

Posted: 12 Sep 2011 12:06 AM PDT

Cukai 6%: Kelab Protes BN himpun sejuta rakyat

GOMBAK, 12 Sept: PAS berpendapat pengenaan cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus kad prabayar oleh syarikat telekomunikasi (telco) kepada rakyat adalah satu tindakan yang didalangi Umno BN.

Menurut Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar (gambar), rakyat tidak akan dipaksa menanggung beban bayaran cukai itu jika kerajaan tidak mengenakan cukai yang tinggi kepada telco.

Ekoran kos operasi kini meningkat, Mahfuz yang juga Pengerusi Kelab Protes Barang Naik (Protes BN) berkata, telco terpaksa mengalihkan beban cukai mereka terhadap kerajaan dengan mengenakan cukai enam peratus itu kepada rakyat pula.

"Pertama sekali Kelab Protes BN membantah cukai yang didalangi BN ini dikenakan kepada rakyat.

"Kita mintak supaya telco tarik balik dan kerajaan sendiri mesti hapuskan cukai ke atas syarikat telekomunikasi ini," katanya yang juga ahli parlimen Pokok Sena.

Beliau ditemui di majlis rumah tebuka hari raya anjuran PAS Pusat di Kolej Universiti Islam Dr Zulkifli Muhammad, semalam.

Ianya sebagai respons terhadap kenyataan syarikat industri telekomunikasi tempatan yang mengumumkan bahawa caj cukai perkhidmatan enam peratus yang sebelum ini diserap Telco akan dikenakan bagi pembelian tambah nilai dan pek permulaan kad sim bermula 15 September depan.

Menurut Mahfuz, jika ia dilaksanakan, golongan paling terkesan adalah golongan anak-anak muda, pelajar dan yang berpendapatan rendah yang menggunakan perkhidmatan prabayar.

Jumlahnya dianggarkan seramai 9 hingga 13 juta orang dengan jumlah penggunaan kad prabayar sebulan sebanyak 27 juta.

Sehubungan itu jelas Mahfuz, Kelab Protes BN memberi tempoh kepada kerajaan sehingga Rabu ini untuk menyelesaikan perkara itu sekaligus menghapuskan cukai tersebut.

"Kita bagi tempoh kepada kerajaan sampai Rabu ini. Kalau tidak, kita akan kumpul sejuta pengguna kad prabayar ini di seluruh negara untuk menyatakan bantahan," katanya.

Dalam pada itu, beliau menyeru kepada rakyat khususnya pengguna kad prabayar untuk menyatakan bantahan mereka berhubung perkara ini di laman Facebook Kelab Protes Barang Naik (Protes BN). -HD




Sambuatan Hari Malaysia Kerajaan Selangor 2011

Posted: 11 Sep 2011 11:09 PM PDT


Germany orders money-laundering probe on Taib. Is the end nigh for Taib?

Posted: 11 Sep 2011 10:33 PM PDT

Germany's Finance Ministry has ordered an investigation into business relations between the family of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and Deutsche Bank, for any element of money-laundering.

Swiss-based NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), which has been calling for the investigation, said the ministry's order came in response to its complaint and  the German Finance Ministry in a email reply stated it had 'requested the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority to clarify and check the situation you outlined in your letter to the Federal Chancellor from the money-laundering angle, insofar as this concerns a specific financial institution and, if the Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) considers it appropriate, to instigate supervisory measures'.

NONEThe ministry added that the BaFin, the supervisory authority for financial institutions under Germany's money laundering legislation, 'has already made a start on clarifying the situation'.

In a statement issued today, BMF said that it welcomed the investigation and is calling on the German federal government to freeze any assets held by Taib (right) in that country. Also, it was demanding complete transparency from Deutsche Bank with regard to its dealings with the Taib family and the termination of its business relations with the Malaysian potentate, who had gained a bad reputation worldwide.


Banjir Mula Landa Perlis, 300 Dipindahkan

Posted: 11 Sep 2011 10:59 PM PDT

Kangar – Hujan lebat berterusan dari petang kelmarin sehingga semalam menyebabkan beberapa kawasan di negeri ini dinaiki air.

Antara kawasan yang terjejas ialah sekitar Padang Besar membabitkan Titi Tinggi, Panggas dan Guar Medang Gatal. Selain itu, Kampung Syed Omar turut dinaiki air.

Maklumat dari bilik gerakan banjir Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) mendapati sehingga jam 6 petang semalam, tiga pusat pemindahan sudah dibuka.

Sebanyak 21 keluarga sudah dipindahkan ke Dewan Titi Tinggi Hilir, Dewan Kampung Panggas Besar dan Dewan Kampung Guar Medang Gatal.

Bilik Gerakan Banjir di Kompleks Dun juga dibuka mulai jam 12 tengah hari, semalam.

Pengarah Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) Perlis, Ir Nishad Mohamed Mohd Shaffy berkata, semua enam pintu pelepasan air di Empangan Timah Tasoh di sini, dibuka kerana paras air yang mencatat ketinggian 29.29 meter iaitu sudah melepasi paras normal.

Difahamkan, hujan akan melanda hingga awal pagi esok (hari ini) dan amaran hujan tahap jingga sudah dikeluarkan.

Jabatan Meteorologi juga mengeluarkan amaran tahap jingga terhadap dua sungai iaitu Sungai Pelarit dan Sungai Jekarum kerana paras air sudah melepasi paras bahaya.

Pasukan operasi dan menyelamat sudah ditempatkan di beberapa lokasi yang dilanda banjir bagi memberi bantuan segera kepada mangsa termasuk memindahkan mangsa ke tempat selamat. -SH

Mangsa banjir di Perlis naik kepada 300 orang

Keadaan banjir di Perlis bertambah buruk dengan jumlah penduduk yang dipindahkan meningkat kepada lebih 300 orang daripada lebih 90 buah keluarga berbanding 100 orang semalam.

Jurucakap Bilik Gerakan Banjir Perlis berkata, mereka ditempatkan di 11 pusat pemindahan banjir iaitu lima di kawasan Padang Besar, tiga di Kangar dan dua di Arau.
Sementara itu, dua buah sekolah ditutup hari ini akibat banjir iaitu Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Melangit dan Sekolah Kebangsaan Tengku Budriah.

Pengarah Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) Perlis, Nishad Mohamed berkata, hujan lebat luar biasa menyebabkan banjir sejak semalam.

Beliau berkata, masalah banjir di Perlis yang kerap berlaku boleh dikawal jika infrastruktur Empangan Timah Tasoh ditingkatkan selain mewujudkan lencongan Barat dan Timur bagi mengalirkan air ke laut.

Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail pula dijadualkan meninjau kawasan yang dilandar banjir hari ini serta bertemu mangsa-mangsa yang berada di pusat-pusat pemindahan.

Semalam, lebih 100 penduduk di beberapa kawasan rendah di Chuping, Titi Tinggi, Beseri dan Bintong telah dipindahkan ke pusat pemindahan banjir apabila rumah mereka dinaiki air akibat hujan berterusan sejak tiga hari lalu.

Menurut jurucakap bilik gerakan banjir Perlis, mereka adalah daripada 47 buah keluarga yang ditempatkan di tujuh buah pusat pemindahan yang dibuka setakat jam 9 malam tadi.

Pusat-pusat pemindahan itu ialah di Dewan Titi Tinggi Hilir, Dewan Panggas Besar, Dewan Guar Medang Gatal, Dewan Kampung Melayu Batu 15, Dewan Kampung Syed Omar, Surau Kampung Syed Omar dan Surau Panggas Kecil.

Paras air di Empangan Timah Tasoh sehingga pukul 6 petang semalam ialah 29.26m iaitu masih di bawah paras bahaya.

Dalam pada itu, jurucakap Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) Perlis, berkata sehingga kini enam pintu air telah dibuka bagi memastikan paras air di empangan itu sentiasa terkawal.

Menteri Besar Perlis, Datuk Seri Md Isa Sabu turut melawat kawasan-kawasan yang dilanda banjir. - Bernama/mk


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