- [GEMPAR] Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah K.Terengganu Terbakar
- MACC probes NFC: From NFC probe to NFA case?
- Kereta Proton Waja Ketua Srikandi PKR Dicuri
- Good Thoughts
- TURKEY: Erdogan's religious acrobatics: Nicaea council church back to being a mosque
- Dulu aku jalan balik rumah lepas sejam bas tak tiba
- "Tolong, Jangan Rogol Anak Aku"
- First they came for the Rohingyas..Bengalis..Indians and at last all the Muslims
- Uzbekistan Connection !
- ans et année
- SAMM: BERS✔H 3.0 Dilancar Bila-bila Masa. Tarikh Sudah Dipilih
- Whack a pinata: Say 'NO' to Lynas! Save Malaysia!
- Waikiki"s 15th Anniversary - Tribute to Kindness for Thomas Cross.
- Lobby group fast-tracking ‘apartheid’ case to US Congress
- [Bergambar] Saksikan Senarai Tujuh Keajaiban Alam Sekitar Dunia Yang Terkini
- CAN UMNO/BN SURVIVE THE NFC FIASCO?
- Tahniah Selangor - Budget 2012
- Even more shocking, NFC paid for Shahrizat's RM10mil luxury Bangsar condo
- 5 reasons why Penang won't go to the polls this year if Najib dissolves Parliament
- Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia: House brand, sales puff or sub-standard goods
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 09:01 AM PST
Kuala Terengganu — Pesakit dan kakitangan Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) di sini hari ini, gempar apabila bangunan hospital yang masih dalam pembinaan terbakar berikutan berlakunya asap tebal.
Akibat kejadian itu beratus-ratus pesakit yang berada dalam wad di bangunan bersebelahan terpaksa dipindahkan ke tingkat bawah hospital berkenaan bagi mengelakkan kejadian yang tidak diingini berlaku.
Turut dipindahkan ibu dan bayi yang baru dilahirkan, pesakit lain serta orang ramai yang menjaga pesakit turut keluar dari bangunan wad hospital itu.
Jurutera Kanan Kawalan Kualiti Projek, Yassin Sidek berkata, kejadian berlaku kira-kira pukul 4 petang tadi apabila dua pekerja menyalakan obor kerana keadaan gelap bagi melakukan kerja-kerja penyambungan paip di blok utama wad bersalin yang dalam proses pembinaan itu.
Bagaimanapun ketika sampai di pintu masuk bangunan wad itu, api tersebut terus menyambar gam PVC yang berada berhampiran pintu tersebut.
"Dalam beberapa saat sahaja bangunan itu mengeluarkan asap tebal dan hampir separuh saluran pendingin hawa bangunan tersebut terbakar," katanya kepada pemberita di tempat kejadian.
Beliau berkata, semasa kejadian kira-kira 237 pekerja sedang menjalankan kerja-kerja pembinaan hospital baru itu setinggi enam tingkat, yang mula dibina September 2008 dan dijangka siap pada April tahun depan.
Sementara itu, Ketua Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Jalan Kota, Azmi Salleh berkata, kejadian itu menyebabkan empat peratus bahagian tingkat bawah bangunan tersebut rosak.
Katanya punca sebenar kejadian dan anggaran kerugian masih disiasat, bagaimanapun tiada kecederaan dilaporkan dan percaya asap itu berpunca daripada cecair penyejat yang dikenali PU Foam yang menyejat air dalam pendingin hawa menyebabkan ia mengeluarkan asap tebal. — Bernama Foto: tokobakso
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 09:12 AM PST
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 07:37 AM PST
Shah Alam, 13 Nov: Kereta milik Ketua Srikandi Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Siti Aisyah Shikh Ismail hilang dipercayai dicuri awal pagi ini.
Kereta jenis Proton Waja berwarna perak dengan nombor pendaftaran WJS 7349 itu disedari hilang jam 7 pagi ini setelah diletakkan di hadapan rumah abangnya di Jalan Kecawi 8/11, Kota Damansara.
"Kereta tersebut saya letak di hadapan rumah abang saya yang hampir dengan Balai Polis Trafik Petaling Jaya dan saya mula sedar kehilangan kereta itu pada jam 7 pagi tadi.
"Laporan yang saya perolehi dari PLUS mengatakan kereta tersebut dilihat berada di Tol Jalan Duta pada pukul 8 pagi," jelasnya ketika dihubungi Harakahdaily.
Ekoran itu satu laporan polis telah dibuat di Balai Polis Trafik Petaling Jaya.
"Apa yang menjadi kemuskilan saya adalah bagaimana kereta tersebut boleh hilang sedangkan di hadapan dan belakang kereta saya mempunyai kereta iaitu milik abang ipar dan juga abang saya.
"Selain itu juga kereta tersebut memiliki sistem pengera yang tinggi kualitinya dan saya memasang sistem tersebut kerana memikirkan banyak dokumen penting berkaitan dengan parti di simpan di dalam kerete tersebut," katanya yang tidak mahu menuduh sesiapa.
Namun ujarnya, kehilangan itu menimbulkan tanda tanya, kenapa pencuri begitu berani mengambilnya sedangkan ia hampir dengan balai polis.
Beberapa dokumen penting khususnya berkaitan parti juga katanya hilang bersama kereta tersebut.
Sehubungan itu, beliau akan membuat satu lagi laporan polis berhubung kehilangan dokumen-dokumen penting tersebut.
"Laporan ini dibuat bagi memastikan ia tidak akan didedahkan oleh pihak-pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab," jelasnya.
WASPADA kepada semua ahli/aktivis politik.
Setelah simbah cat merah, curi notebook, baling molotov coktail, kini terbaru - curi kereta.
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 06:25 AM PST
Heavy rains remind us of challenges in life. Never ask for a lighter rain. Just pray for a better umbrella. - That is attitude.
When flood comes, fish eat ants and flood recedes, ants eat fish. - Only time matters. Just hold on, God gives opportunity to everyone!
Life is not about finding the right person, but creating the right relationship, it's not how we care in the beginning, but how much we care till the very end.
Some people always throw stones in your path. It depends on what you make with them. A Wall or a Bridge? - Remember you are the architect of your life.
Search for a beautiful heart, but don't search for a beautiful face. Coz beautiful things are not always good, but good things are always beautiful.
It's not important to hold all the good cards in life. But it's important how well you play with the cards you hold.
Often when we lose all hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, 'relax dear it's just a bend, not the end.' - Have faith and have a successful life.
One of the basic differences between God and humans is, God gives, gives and forgives. But the human gets, gets, gets and forgets.
Be thankful in life....
*Thanks to Angela who sent me this list.
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 05:37 AM PST
by NAT da Polis
The church of Aghia Sophia in Nicaea (Izmit), in which the 787 Council was held, was used as a museum. A controversial decision by the Directorate General of Religious Affairs transforms it into a Muslim place of worship. Erdogan' contents Islamic sectors of society.
Istanbul (AsiaNews) - The specter of Aghia Sophia continues to plague the Islamic world of Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey. Not the most famous symbol of the church of Constantinople, but another church, Aghia Sophia in Nicaea (now Izmit), which predates the Constantinople church, having been built in the fourth century. It passed into history in 787 AD, when it was the last church to host a united Christendom drawn to discuss the iconoclastic question, in a truly ecumenical synod, before the fatal schism of 1024.
This Christian church, the Aghia Sophia in Nicaea (Izmit), was transformed into a mosque in 1331 by Orhan Gazi who led the Ottomans and which was later made a museum in 1920, has returned once again to being a mosque.
All that was needed was a directive from the Directorate General for Religious Affairs led by Mehmet Gormez, appointed by Erdogan instead of Ali Bardakoglu, the man behind the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey, since retired. The move has elicited several considerations in Turkey and abroad in a period in which much importance and emphasis is placed on religious freedom. It is also noted that this decision by the Directorate for Religious Affairs, made in accordance with the Directorate General of Religious Foundations, to which the church of Aghia Sophia in Izmit belongs, is in complete contrast with the decisions of the Ministry of Culture in Ankara, which granted permission for religious celebrations in Christian monuments that have since been transformed into museums.
The President of the Republic of Germany, Christian Wulf, in his recent visit to Turkey, made the request for permission for a mass to be celebrated at the Church of St. Paul in Tarsus, a request that was granted by the Turkish authorities . The same Patriarch Bartholomew I, 26 December 2000 celebrated a liturgy in the church of Aghia Sophia in Izmit on the anniversary of the second millennium of the birth of our Lord, as the church of Aghia Sophia in Izmit was counted, according to the Directive of the Ministry of Culture in Ankara, among those Christians monuments turned into museums.
Erdogan's decision is puzzling, but also brings to light lurking divisions within Turkish society. In recent times, especially after the 2007 elections, Erdogan's policy has been characterized by an opening towards non-Muslim religious minorities,. Thanks to these re-openings, religious communities have begun to breathe once again. In is enough to mention the recent decree that provides for the restitution of property illegally confiscated in the past, from the religious foundations, and the grant of permission to celebrate religious functions in Christian monuments that have since become museums. The most symbolic outcome was the celebration of the Mass officiated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2010 in the historic Monastery of Our Lady of Sumela on the Black Sea, the first after 80 years.
These initiatives by Erdogan have never been welcomed by his Islamic-nationalist followers, who are not only present in Bahceli's nationalist MHP party (which achieved about 14% in the last election), but they are also lurking in the ruling AKP party, under the wing of the Vice President Bulent Arinc, perhaps the most prominent politician in the Islamic conformist current within the ruling party. Arinc said during the inauguration the day before yesterday: "With this act we have regained the favor of our ancestors. The church of Aghia Sophia in Izmit is the result of conquest and as such, as it was used then, is right. A church can be transformed into a mosque. Both are places of prayer to God". Bulent Arinc concluded, "How many mosques have been transformed into our churches?".
There have however, been sstrong negative reactions within the Turkish intellectual world among which that of Professor. Selcuk Mulayim of Marmara University, who said that the church of Aghia Sophia in Izmit has played an important role in Christian history and as such should be considered as with the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople: a museum.
Istanbul's comment diplomatic circles mummer that Erdogan, making a symbolic and instrumental use of the name of Aghia Sofia, has tried to satisfy certain sectors of his party, and not only. Consenting to the transformation of the church of Aghia Sophia in Nicaea (Izmit) into a mosque, he has calculated that certain "targeted" concessions will lengthen his stay in power. Asia News.
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 09:12 AM PST
The Malaysian Insider today has a story about the same old woes of public transportation in Klang Valley.
Sadly, nothing much has changed over the years.
I will also tell you a true story of mine.
When I was still a teenager more than twenty years ago, there were 'Sri Jaya' buses.
One day, I was waiting at the end of the Chow Kit road, adjacent to the road leading to Pudu Raya.
After wating for more than an hour, I was pretty upset and decided to walk home all the way to Jalan Hang Tuah.
I guess that now at my present age, I won't be able to repeat this 'feat' anymore if I have to take the bus again.
What a shame! ;)
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 05:52 AM PST
Jempol: Seorang bapa yang tidak mampu bergerak kerana sakit buah pinggang hanya mampu merayu kepada penjenayah yang cuba merogol anaknya dalam kejadian di Ladang Gaddes, di sini. Gambar fail.
Dalam kejadian jam 7.30 pagi Jumaat minggu lalu, lelaki berusia 36 tahun itu datang ke rumah keluarga terbabit dan berpura-pura ingin memberitahu perkara penting.
Ketua Polis Daerah Seremban, Superintendan Mohd Sabri Muhamad berkata, ketika kejadian mangsa berusia 15 tahun berada bersama bapanya berusia 60-an manakala ibunya keluar bekerja.
Katanya, lelaki itu memberitahu ingin berjumpa mangsa, namun gadis itu dikatakan enggan membuka pintu kerana tidak mengenali suspek.
"Bagaimanapun, selepas terpedaya dengan tipu daya lelaki terbabit, mangsa akhirnya membuka pintu rumah sebelum suspek meluru ke arah mangsa dengan cuba memegang tangannya.
"Keadaan itu menyebabkan berlaku pergelutan dan gadis terbabit menolak suspek yang cuba merogolnya," katanya di sini, semalam.
Menurutnya, bapa remaja itu pula tidak dapat membantu kerana tidak boleh bergerak, bagaimanapun mangsa akhirnya dapat melepaskan diri selepas menjerit.
Mohd Sabri berkata, jeritan itu menyebabkan suspek melarikan diri dan mangsa membuat laporan tidak lama selepas kejadian.
"Polis giat mengesan suspek dan kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 354 Kanun Keseksaan kerana mencabul," katanya.-hm
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 04:20 AM PST
First they came for the communists,
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 09:24 AM PST
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 03:02 AM PST
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 04:19 AM PST
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) membayangkan perhimpunan Bersih 3.0 akan diadakan kerana mendakwa kerajaan tidak membuat apa-apa bagi menambak baik perjalanan pilihan raya.
Bersih 3.0 bertujuan untuk memberi kata dua kepada Perdana Menteri sama ada melakukan perubahan sistem pilihanraya terlebih dahulu sebelum PRU13 atau berdepan dengan satu lagi perhimpunan protes rakyat terbesar.
Bersih 3.0 akan turut memantau perjalanan PSC supaya ia tidak dilengah-lengahkan dengan sengaja di atas muslihat tertentu.
Pengerusi SAMM, Badrul Hisham Shaharim berkata, "Bersih 3.0 sedia dilancarkan bila-bila masa dari sekarang."
"Setakat ini, kerajaan melalui agensi SPR dilihat masih tidak membuat apa-apa pendekatan awal untuk baik-pulih sistem pilihanraya terutamanya dalam aspek tuntutan yang tidak memerlukan perubahan akta seperti penggunaan dakwat kekal.
"Justeru itu, Bersih 3.0 sedia dilancarkan bila-bila masa dari sekarang demi memastikan BN benar-benar menunaikan janjinya terlebih dahulu sebelum membubarkan parlimen.
"Tarikhnya sudah dipilih dan akan diumumkan dalam masa terdekat," kata Badrul Hisham yang lebih dikenali sebagai Chegu Bard.
Beliau menambah, timbul pelbagai spekulasi negatif terhadap SPR dan JPN dalam isu kewarganegaraan segera untuk membenarkan warga asing mengundi dan juga spekulasi memanjangkan penggunaan undi pos kepada anggota Rela dan penjawat awam selain polis dan tentera.
Katanya, Ini sama sekali bukan satu usaha baik-pulih sistem pilihanraya tetapi melacurkan sistem pilihan raya demi untuk terus berkuasa. -FMT
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 01:58 AM PST
Around 2,000 Kuantan citizens participated in an anti-Lynas gathering organised by the local anti-Lynas group 'Save Malaysia' committee at Taman Gelora in the Pahang capital this morning though the event, called '1311 for our family - whack a piñata' had been declared illegal and was monitored closely by the police.
Whacking the piñata was a symbolic way of saying 'no' to the radioactive rare earth refinery being set up close to their hometown.
Tan Bun Teet, the chairperson of the committee, said that the police were stationed at Taman Gelora before sunrise, to jot down the identity card numbers of every single person who went to the public park, and tell them not to join the illegal assembly.
"We felt honoured and extremely flattered," Tan quipped when contacted by Malaysiakini after the event.
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 01:50 AM PST
Dear readers - especially those in KL and PK, please try to attend this function if you can. Musicians often come together for musicians in need. This time it's for a sound engineer cum deejay. These people have near thankless jobs, getting blamed for bad sound but seldom getting thanked for the great jobs that they do. Thomas Alvin Cross is a great guy.He had his leg amputated and needs funds for a new prosthesis. The following event hopes to raise funds for his prosthesis. Those who wish to write out a cheque towards the fund, please address cheque to Thomas Alvin Cross (ic: 700123-08-6375) and pass it on to the cashier at Waikiki for safe keeping and tabulation. Many thanks! My son is a member of Juanophobia, one of the bands which are performing tonight. Try to be there if you can. Thanks!
Sunday, November 13 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Waikiki Bar, PJ CLICK HERE for directions.
The following is from THIS LINK.
How quickly time passes. Come Sunday 13 Nov 2011, Waikiki PJ will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Staying true to the "Tribute to Kindness" motto which was developed to give back to our society, this year's recipient will be our Music Man, Thomas Alvin Cross. We hope to be able to raise funds for him to get a prosthetic limb; expected to cost about RM20k.
Our musician community will once again come together for this very worthy cause...to help another brother in the name of music! Over 40 musicians (9 bands) will provide entertainment from 7pm onwards.
Entrance Fee : Rm 20 nett; includes one beer or soft drink
Beer : RM10 nett per mug (all nite long)
7pm - 7.30pm : Vocalholiqs
7.40pm - 8.10pm : Alphabeat
8.20pm - 8.50pm : Magnifico
9pm - 9.30pm : RetroEdge 5
9.50pm -10.20pm : Juanophobia
10.30pm - 11pm : Big Band
11.10pm - 11.40pm : Andy Peterson's Surprise!
11.50pm - 12.20am : Hydra
12.40am - 1.10am :Five and Dime
Organiser Tony Siew and Ivy of Waikiki PJ will host buffet dinner from 7pm -9pm for guests and donate all collection from entrance fees and beer sales to the fund for Thomas. A special shout out to Bala, our ever present MC and Ben Pius for the sound!
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 12:26 AM PST
Hindraf chief Waythamoorthy's current tour of US to highlight Malaysia's discriminatory policies, prompts powerful Hindu American Foundation to set up early date.
GEORGE TOWN: The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), an influential lobby group, is setting up a comprehensive US Congress briefing on the Malaysian government's marginalisation policies on minority communities, the organisation said in a statement today.
Hindraf Makkal Sakti supremo P Waythamoorthy's current briefing to various US departments and officials on the alleged 'Institutionalised Racism and Religious Discrimination in Malaysia' has prompted HAF to brief the US Congress sooner than later.
HAF indicated that US officials were convinced that Malaysia has hallmarks of a racist state which has been virtually overlooked by the international community.
HAF human rights coordinator Dr Ramesh Rao said the Malaysian government must amend policies that disadvantaged citizens economically due to race and religion if the country wished to be part of today's global economy.
He has also called on the US State Department and Congress to engage Malaysian counterparts to uphold democratic values.
"This is imperative if the US stance on freedom of religion and human rights is not to be jeopardised in Southeast Asia and to ensure that the seeds of religious extremism are not planted in Malaysia," said Ramesh.
Waythamoorthy, accompanied by HAF's associate director Jay Kansara and Ramesh, has thus far briefed representatives from 10 House and Senate offices, including key subcommittees, the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights and the US State Department.
Waythamoorthy also briefed senior officials of the American Jewish Committee. He also addressed a group of students, professors and ordinary people at a special forum organised by NGO, Sanatana Satsang, at the University of Maryland, College Park.
One briefing was held in the US House of Foreign Affairs Committee hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building which was attended by congressional staffers, think tank and human rights activists, and embassy officials.
Waythamoorthy is on a mision to generate awareness among US officials on human rights violations faced by Hindus, Christians, and other ethnic minority groups in Malaysia.
"I thank HAF for sponsoring and organising the congressional briefing and arranging meetings with staff members of strategic offices," Waythamoorthy told FMT.
If HAF succeeds in convincing the US Congress and the White House that the Umno-helmed Putrajaya administration was indeed practicing discriminative policies against minorities, Malaysia could be slapped with Washington-initiated economic sanction.
This may even lead to sanctions imposed by the European Community and economic powers.
Waythamoorthy received a death threat ahead of his briefing in the US on the deteriorating human rights condition, especially violations on the minority ethnic Indian community.
Article 153 of the Federal Constitution
HAF said Waythamoorthy told US officials that the state control of government administration, educational institutions, and economic programmes have all been designed to favour and enrich only the majority Malay-Muslim community.
The thrust of Waythamoorthy's briefings was that ethnic Indians and other minorities who have been living in Malaysia for generations before independence, should be treated as equals and be enabled to take part in mainstream Malaysian society.
HAF's recent annual human rights report prominently featured the discrimination faced by Malaysian Hindus in education, economic and social advancement opportunities.
A powerful US lobby group, HAF contended that the Malaysian government had sanctioned destruction of Hindu temples, monuments and settlements.
HAF also claimed that the Putrajaya administration has tolerated various acts of criminal intimidation, violence and death threats against minority communities.
HAF said Waythamoorthy briefed US officials on Bumiputera policies which provided overwhelming economic and social benefits to ethnic Malay-Muslim citizens, while discriminating against minorities vis-a-vis Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.
He had also highlighted that religious minorities were increasingly subjected to Islamic syariah laws despite the country having a parallel secular judicial system.
Waythamoorthy said countless ethnic Indians were denied citizenship and legal documents by the Malaysian government, in spite of their roots dating back several generations.
As a consequence, they have been unable to obtain driver's licenses or passports, acquire property, attend school, and seek medical care, rendering them virtually stateless.
"Article 153 is a deep-rooted racist provision in the Constitution which sanctions racist policies to the disadvantage of the minority non-Malay population," said Waythamoorthy.
He said that the Malaysian government had wielded draconian laws like the Internal Security Act (ISA) to detain anyone, who questioned Article 153.
"The current Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers had openly threatened non-Malays with violence should this provision be questioned," the statement quoted Waythamoorthy as saying.
Athi Shankar - Free Malaysia Today
Posted: 13 Nov 2011 02:29 AM PST
Geneva - Hutan hujan Amazon, Halong Bay di Vietnam dan air terjun Iguazu, Argentina dinamakan sebagai antara tujuh keajaiban alam sekitar dunia yang baharu.
Empat lagi lokasi yang menerima pencalonan sama ialah Pulau Jeju, Korea Selatan; Komodo, Indonesia; sungai bawah tanah Puerto Princesa, Filipina dan Table Mountain di Afrika Selatan.
Penganjurnya, Yayasan New7Wonders menyatakan keputusan akhir akan diumumkan pada awal tahun 2012. Yayasan yang berpangkalan di Switzerland itu bagaimanapun menegaskan mungkin akan ada perubahan dalam senarai pemenang sementara dan senarai akhir tersebut.
Lokasi-lokasi yang gagal untuk disenaraikan termasuklah Gunung Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Laut Mati, Israel dan Grand Canyon di Amerika Syarikat (AS).
Undian yang dianjurkan oleh New7Wonders nyata menarik minat orang ramai. Ia turut melibatkan selebriti, misalnya bintang bola sepak Argentina, Lionel Messi yang mengajak para peminatnya supaya memilih air terjun Iguazu.
Keputusan akhir tersebut diperoleh selepas satu proses yang lama, bermula dari Disember 2007 hingga Julai 2009. Dalam tempoh itu, warga dunia diminta mengundi lokasi yang mereka fikir sebagai keajaiban alam sekitar.
Lebih satu juta undian diterima untuk menyenarai pendek 440 lokasi di 220 buah negara kepada 77 lokasi sahaja. Senarai itu kemudian dipendekkan kepada 28 finalis oleh satu panel pakar. - AFP
Hutan hujan Amazon
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Air Terjun Iguazu, Argentina
Pulau Jeju, Korea Selatan
Sungai Bawah Tanah Puerto Princesa, Filipina
Table Mountain, Afrika Selatan
Sesungguhnya penciptaan langit dan bumi lebih besar daripada penciptaan manusia akan tetapi kebanyakan manusia tiada beriman. Al-Mu'min: 57
Posted: 12 Nov 2011 11:59 PM PST
The National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) fiasco has created more liars and cheats from among the ruling elite, and the PM himself is no exception. I do not wish to comment on the denials made by the Agriculture Minister Noh Omar in defence of Shahrizat's failed family business, for the former is perpetually lost in his own job and ministry. And in fairness to Noh Omar, he should not be the person to speak out about something that he wasn't involved in. Rather, it is DPM Muhyiddin that should do all the explanation since it was during his tenure as the Agriculture Minister that the NFC project was approved. Sadly, Muhyiddin has not uttered a word and has left it to others to say their piece. Now we all know Muhyiddin i.e. a person who does not take responsibility for a failure of his own doing. And mind you, he is slated to be the next PM – a scary proposition.
One particular person who thinks he can correct something that is obviously wrong is UMNO Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin. People say that he is smart because he is a graduate of the prestigious Oxford University, but sometimes smart people can say stupid things as well. This is the dilemma that Khairy has for being proclaimed by his loyalist as being smart, and it is because of this that everything he does and say is subject to public scrutiny. Khairy is definitely unlike Noh Omar because the latter can say anything he wishes but gets very little or no attention. The reason is obvious i.e. Noh Omar does not have the 'credentials' of a smart person, and Selangoreans in particular does not think highly of him either.
Khairy Jamaluddin comments concerning the purchase of a RM9.8 million luxury condo at Bangsar by NFC has come under severe criticism from the opposition members and likeminded Malaysians. Khairy thinks that the purchase of the condo being part of NFC's investment is quite in order since the condo can bring home substantial returns in the future. But Khairy obviously has overlooked the terms and conditions' relating to the usage of the loan that I believe is only meant for NFC's related business ventures. But what has purchasing a condo got to do with NFC's related business ventures, unless the condo is meant to house the cows. I think Khairy knows this, but he thinks he can outsmart others with his mediocre and thoughtless comment. Former Health Minister Chua Jui Meng has this to say of Khairy's comment - "This is the most stupid thing I've ever heard from someone who is thought to be smart". And didn't I say that some smart people can also be saying stupid things? So you now know that Khairy is not that smart after all.
To date, only a handful of people have come forward in defence of the NFC i.e. PM Najib, Noh Omar, Khairy and Shahrizat herself. But one particular person that have till now remained silent (besides Muhyiddin) is the owner of NFC itself i.e. the husband of Shahrizat. My I ask – why is this so? Is he clinging on to his wife to take on the full brunt of public criticism? To remain silent is a confession of guilt. I am told that Shahrizat's husband has all the qualifications and credentials (including their children) to managed the NFC project successfully. So why this unexplained failure when a full disbursement of public funding has been made to NFC? Are we to believe that the AG report isn't correct and need to be redone? Here, we are talking about a RM200 million public funded project; not a 200 ringgit public funded project. And it is for this reason the public wants answers and they want to know what will be the fate of such huge losses.
Let me be blunt with Shahrizat and her entire family members that what you all did is an act amounting to a criminal breach of trust (CBT). You claim to be Muslims and do you not know what the Koran say about someone who breaches 'Amanah'. You being in power today may escape the worldly punishment, but you will not escape questioning on the Day of Judgment.
I personally think the NFC's case is indefensible, and not only will this NFC fiasco hurt Shahrizat in her quest for a candidacy in the next GE, but this will also caused reasonable doubts on her position as the UMNO Wanita chief. Certainly, the weaker sex does not want a leader that is embroiled in 'scandals'. The nett effect of this NFC fiasco will be upon the shoulders of PM Najib who will have to defend UMNO/BN to survive the upcoming GE. I know this will be a daunting task for PM Najib.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted: 12 Nov 2011 11:50 PM PST
Keadilan mengalu-alukan Belanjawan Selangor 2012 yang bertemakan Selangorku: Hasil Negeri Untuk Rakyat yang dibentangkan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
Bagi pihak Kepimpinan Pusat Parti Keadilan Rakyat, saya mengucapkan tahniah kepada kerajaan pimpinan Tan Sri Khalid yang berjaya meningkatkan hasil negeri serta memastikan pengagihan khazanah negeri secara adil dan prihatin. Anggaran peningkatan hasil cukai (8.23%) dan hasil bukan cukai (40.12%) untuk tahun 2012 menampakkan pengurusan ekonomi negeri yang menjanakan pembangunan yang cukup pesat.
Dengan peningkatan hasil yang cukup baik ini, kerajaan negeri tidak bertindak berbelanja secara tidak wajar. Sebaliknya, simpanan tunai kerajaan Selangor kini telah mencecah RM 1.2 bilion - jumlah tertinggi sejak 28 tahun. Pengurusan wang yang beramanah ini adalah bukti komitmen Pakatan Rakyat terhadap pemerintahan berintegriti yang tidak berbelah bagi.
Jumlah simpanan wang ini harus dibandingkan dengan hutang kerajaan persekutuan yang telah mencecah RM 400 bilion. Jumlah hutang ini amat membimbangkan; tanpa reformasi yang mendalam, Malaysia mungkin akan menghadapi masalah yang sama dengan negara-negara Eropah yang berdepan dengan krisis ekonomi yang cukup parah.
Tidak seperti kerajaan sebelumnya, kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat pimpinan Tan Sri Khalid berjaya menghentikan ketirisan dan rasuah dahulu yang merugikan rakyat sehingga ratusan juta ringgit. Sebagai contoh, apabila Pakatan Rakyat mengambil alih pada Mac 2008, tiada sebarang rekod berkenaan hutang RM 391 juta Syarikat Talam kepada kerajaan Selangor. Walaubagaimanapun, pimpinan baru kerajaan negeri yang meneliti setiap aspek pengurusan wang rakyat berjaya mengenalpasti serta mengutip balik wang yang dihutang oleh pihak swasta kepada rakyat.
Hasil pembasmian ketirisan dan rasuah, ratusan juta ringgit berjaya dijimatkan dan dibelanjakan balik demi kebajikan rakyat. Bagi 2012, kerajaan Selangor akan menyambungkan segala inisiatif kebajikan di bawah program Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor, serta menambahkan lagi RM 300 juta (hampir 15% belanjawan sepenuhnya) di bawah Geran Selangorku untuk meningkatkan lagi dana untuk meringankan beban ekonomi rakyat.
Kita mengalu-alukan semua progam kebajikan ini yang memanfaatkan rakyat yang menghadapi cabaran ekonomi yang semakin perit. Sasaran bantuan negeri termasuk rakyat berpendapatan rendah di kawasan bandar dan luar bandar, golongan petani dan nelayan, serta orang kelainan upaya.
Program kebajikan kerajaan Selangor bersifat menghakupayakan rakyat supaya mampu berdikari, bukannya bersifat pertolongan 'one-off' sepertimana yang dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan persekutuan. Pendekatan ini menunjukkan komitmen Pakatan Rakyat untuk memastikan setiap rakyat berpeluang mencari pekerjaan bermaruah dan pendapatan yang mencukupi serta setara dengan kos sara hidup.
Keadilan mengucapkan tahniah kepada kerajaan negeri Selangor dan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid atas kejayaan dalam pengurusan hasil negeri untuk rakyat dan harap kerajaan persekutuan akan meneladani pendekatan yang memprioritikan rakyat ini.
Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail ia lah Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Posted: 12 Nov 2011 11:43 PM PST
This is one skirmish that Umno Senator Shahrizat Jalil is bound to lose.
Despite calling on her friends - Prime Minister Najib Razak, Agriculture minister Noh Omar and Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin - to counter the "political agenda" of the opposition that she alleges is aimed to weaken her Women's wing, all eyes are now how she will explain an RM10million super-luxury condo paid with funds from the NFC beef production project.
"They said the RM250 million loan for the project was in a tightly-controlled account. Is the condominium for cows to live in?" PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution told a press conference in the Parliament lobby on Thursday.
Cast-iron - it was a cash purchase
Saifuddin, who is also the Machang MP, Nasution said the luxury apartment at One Menerung, Bangsar was recorded by in the books of the NFC or National Feedlot Centre as part of a RM83 million "loan" to NMLC, which is controlled by Shahrizat's family.
The project aimed to raise local supply of beef to 40 per cent of consumption was awarded to Shahrizat's husband Mohamad Salleh Ismail and cher hildren to manage and oversee.
PKR has been sounding the alarm bells on the project, but was snubbed in Parliament by the BN MPs. However, a recently released Auditor General's report for 2010 confirmed PKR's allegation. The AG said the project was in a "mess" and had fallen far short of its production target.
On Tuesday, PKR revealed that more than RM83 million was siphoned off from NFC to companies controlled by Shahrizat's husband, such as NMLC and RPC. It also questioned the RM3million discount granted to RPC, which in turn owns Meatworks, a fine-dining outlet also owned by Shahrizat's family.
Saifuddin told reporters today that RM9,758,140 was transferred from NFC's CIMB account in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Raya Developments Berhad on December 2, 2009 as full payment for the One Menerung condo.
"It was not from a special trust account. So the Umno Youth chief and minister's explanations are false. If strict monitoring had occurred, surely RM9.8 million cannot be transferred to buy a luxury condo that has nothing to do with cattle farming. This is a clear breach of trust by Shahrizat's family," said Saifuddin.
Khairy the most two-faced?
Just Wednesday evening, Khairy - whose supporters claim the Oxford-graduate is now a 'transformed' and 'cleansed' Umno leader - insisted that the soft loan could only be disbursed after the NFC tabled a working paper and the transaction was approved by the Finance ministry.
Noh had also said that only RM135 million had been drawn by the NFC as the funds have been placed in an escrow account. Najib, the Finance minister, too denied the government soft loan had already been fully disbursed to NFC.
"Khairy's justification of the inter-company balance of RM83 million owed by National Meat and Livestocks Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC) is the weakest," PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli had said in a statement.
"If his claim that there were proper authorization procedures in place before a withdrawal from the "escrow account which is not an escrow account" can be made is true, there should not have been personal expenses charged as inter-company transactions. Unfortunately, our scrutiny of the bank accounts points to numerous personal transactions unrelated to the meat business that should not have been authorised for withdrawals."
Using brains to bluff rather than defend the people
According to Rafizi, if NFC and RFC have to rely on public subsidies in order to remain commercially competitive, then the whole "grand design of a national feedlot project should not have been approved from the onset as it is clearly not commercially viable".
If the whole point of spending RM250 million of public funds on this national feedlot project is to cut reliance on imported meats, it is common sense that the locally produced meat must be cheaper than imported ones! But it is not, Rafizi added.
Meanwhile, PKR Women's chief Zuraida Kamaruddin has called on Shahrizat to resign and prove that "women have more integrity than the others in BN".
But it highly unlikely that Shahrizat, who is well-known for her 'baggage', will heed her advice.
"The honourable thing for her to do is to resign from government and leave politics given that there will be more exposés on this scandalous project. Only her resignation can save the honour of Wanita Umno members who have become embroiled in this scandal," said Zuraida, who was also at the press conference with Saifuddin.
"She should be above the rest of her Barisan Nasional and show that women have more credibility and integrity."
Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle
Posted: 12 Nov 2011 11:39 PM PST
As speculation rises whether Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak will call for snap elections on this auspicious date of 11 November 2011, there are 5 key reasons why Penang will not follow suit and hold concurrent elections with the federal parliamentary seats this year.
One, BN has still not fulfilled its promise to repeal the Internal Security Act and disbursed RM 500 to all households earning below RM3,000 per month. Questions are raised as to whether BN will conduct a mere cosmetic exercise of repealing the ISA but replacing it with two ISA-like laws. resulting in Malaysians ending up with two ISAs instead of one.
The disbursement of RM100 to students this year when this measure is included in the budget is for 2012 and not 2011 raises questions of legality especially when the 2012 Budget has still not being passed in Parliament. Further if the RM100 is to be paid this year when it is not budgeted in this year 2011 budget, where is the Federal government getting the money from.
Lest we forget Malaysia recorded a budget deficit this year as has been a deficit for 15 years. The National Deficit for 2010 is RM43.27billion, for 2011 is RM45.51 billion whilst the 2012 projected deficit for is RM43billion. (4.7% out of RM918 billion nominal GDP projected). Where is the Federal government going to get the extra RM530 million for giving to school students RM100 this year when it is not budgeted for 2011 and will only increase the 2011 deficit further?
Two, holding general elections now would be unfair to those performing the haj as they will be denied their right to vote and determine the next government. The last batch of the Haj pilgrims are not expected back until Dec 11 and almost 30,000 Malaysians went to Mecca to perform their pilgrimage
Three, the failure and refusal by the BN government to explain the misappropriation of funds, gross irregularities and abuses of power as outlined in the 2010 Auditor-General's Report. The 2010 Auditor-General Report reminds Malaysians of everything that is wrong in the BN Federal government. Night-vision marine binoculars costing only RM 1,940 are bought at a price of RM56,350, a TV LCD and DVD player bought with a contract price of RM16,100 was supplied with an inferior brand valued at only RM195; RM770,000 was spent to supply electricity to one house.
The Auditor-General's Report said nine ministries or departments had overspent their operating allocation for last year by a total of RM3.73 billion and even a Minister Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is involved when a RM73.6 million cattle-farming project is given to her family's company. Her husband is the Executive Chairman while her son is the CEO. The rest of her children, meanwhile, are executive directors.
Many questions remained unanswered about this National Feedlot Corporation project in Gemas, Negri Sembilan. Chief amongst its failures is its production of only 3,289 heads in 2010 or 41.1 per cent of its intended target of 8,000 heads. The AG's report also cites poor management as a key factor and points to other failings such as its failure to train enough farmers, a 5,000-acre farmland that is overgrown and poor maintenance of its facilities.
Naturally, Malaysians are concerned about public money which includes an additional soft loan of RM250 million being used to fund this "family business", especially when it is turning out to be a monumental failure. In addition, Sharizat has still to deny reports of how the funds were used on non-cow related purposes including an allegation by PKR that nearly RM10 million was spent to purchase a high-end condominium.
Four, the Parliamentary Select Committee of Electoral Reforms have still not completed its hearings to carry out reforms to ensure a free, fair and clean elections. Failure to do so would permit the dirtiest general elections in history with phantom voters and illegal immigrants being transformed magically to citizens and voters in a few hours. Would Malaysia's destiny be determined by Malaysian citizens or phantom voters and illegal immigrants?
Five, the national agenda for the end of this year should be focused on flood prevention and mitigation. Malaysians should learn from the horrors of floods in Thailand that has caused tragic loss of life and huge financial losses. To hold general elections now during the rainy monsoon season when flood victims are more bothered about surviving than voting, would be not only be a denial of their democratic right of choice but cruel and inhumane.
If Najib insists on calling snap polls this year, then the Penang Pakatan Rakyat will hold a special convention where a recommendation will be made not to hold the state election together with the federal parliament.
Lim Guan Eng is the Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general
Posted: 12 Nov 2011 11:35 PM PST
I was personally very flattered to read that my first article as a columnist for the Malaysia Chronicle, "Who is the one short-changing Malaysians - BN or Pakatan", had garnered a response from Mohd Zain, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism. This is the fastest I've seen the civil service react to anything I've put out, so once again let me express my gratitude.
What the Secretary-General has completely missed is the entire context of my comments about Kedai 1Malaysia (KR1M). First of all, for the Minister Ismail Zabri to mention that some items were "up to 50%" cheaper, is misleading in itself. This is a common ploy used by supermarkets and video stores. You can go up to a pile of DVDs which say "up to 70% off" but find the ones actually worth watching only 10% off.
Again, the penchant for public relations or sales puff
When the Minister and the Prime Minister had announced the entire KR1M concept which would aggressively combat against rising costs, and mentioned that they would have 250 products available, naturally one would assume that we would be able to save a couple of bucks. However, by coming out and trying to 'clarify' the nature of the comments, I would submit that the Minister has misled the public with his "up to 50%" comment.
Furthermore, the statement failed to actually cite examples as to the products which were actually 50% off! What is more puzzling is that there was no attempt to establish what the benchmark prices are in the first place. Could it be that discounts are based on Recommend Retail Prices (RRP) of certain products? Is the Minister unaware that hypermarkets and supermarkets offer discounts of RRP items on a daily basis? If so, how are the 'discounted' prices found in KR1M any different?
Must be comparable to other house brands
Let's talk about his claim that KR1M products have to be compared against similar branded products, but not house brands. So then, what's the point? I can buy Dettol if I could afford it rather than house brand disinfectant. Or I could buy Coca-cola rather than Tesco cola. This is on the basis that I have a choice as a consumer to purchase items as according to my budget.
But isn't the point of KR1M to save money? How then can your KR1M brand, which is obviously a house brand, not be compared to other house brands? This in itself defies logic. Who defines 'similar branded items' anyway? Is there any assurance that the quality of the KR1M brand is better or exceeded the other so-called 'similar branded items'?
Don't stuff the public with sub-standard poor quality goods
It has just been reported that items found in KR1M are suspect for quality. Tony Pua, who was one of those responsible for uncovering the scandal in the first place, today announced that fresh milk had been sold at the stores contained E. Coli, and was backed up by Dzulkefly Ahmad. Furthermore 8 items out of the 250 had been found to contravene the Food Act 1983 and the Food Regulations 1985. How can the Minister defend this, especially as the Ministry is supposed to overlook the operations of KR1M directly?
Lastly, the RM40 million subsidy paid for CAPEX purposes for refurbishment and upgrade of the premises. Let's look at the numbers. According to their website, there are currently six KR1M stores in operation, with the latest one opening in Melaka.
With an announcement of 22 more stores on the way, this brings it up to 28 stores. With a RM40 million subsidy, the cost of renovation for each store would be RM1.4 million worth of renovation for each store. I'm sure the crony-contractors would be rubbing their hands with glee. Having been to the KR1M located at the Kelana Jaya LRT station, I can confidently say that the renovation would certainly not cost that much. This is the Ministry, once again, pulling a fast one on us.
Other matters including Khairy Jamaluddin
Since I have the government's attention, and they are so keen to read my columns, can the Defence ministry explain about the Skudai land deal? Can the MACC let us know why they are so keen to investigate Petronas but not the National Feedlot Centre? Or get the right people from the Port Klang Free Zone? Can the Ministries give explanations about the sheer incompetence in procurement, as the MACC has declared there was no corruption involved?
Khairy Jamaluddin has fed us with a true cock-and-bull story today, by saying that the Rakyat's money is well spent when invested into a RM10 million condominium. If it was such a good investment, why didn't they proudly shout about it before?
Stop being so bitter about the opposition holding press conferences to talk about their achievements when it is clear that Barisan Nasional is doing very little to do things right. While you're at it, stop trying to feed us lame excuses by calling them clarifications.
Douglas Tan is a DAP member and a Malaysia Chronicle columnist
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