Thursday, December 1, 2011

End of a dream: Money politics, dirty politics and Dr M

End of a dream: Money politics, dirty politics and Dr M


End of a dream: Money politics, dirty politics and Dr M

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 11:12 AM PST

REPRINT Unless the name on the cover is Mahathir or Badawi, ministerial memoirs would usually be greeted with bated breath.

But the book by Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat that was released on Oct 12 has been causing quite a stir.

He was, after all, the person who controlled for more than a decade what the Malaysian public saw and heard on Government TV and radio channels as Information Minister from 1987 to 1999.

Now, aged 71 and suffering from diabetes and cancer, Tok Mat, as he is known, freely admits that his job was really as a Propaganda Minister.

In his political memoirs, Umno: Akhir Sebuah Impian (Umno: The End of a Dream), he explains how his ministrys campaigns, such as Setia (Loyalty), were actually a response to the Team A versus Team B split in Umno in 1987.

I had to bring Malay loyalty back to Umno. And I had to raise a presumption that anybody who supported (Team B led by Tengku Razaleigh then) was not loyal. I went all out in this psychological warfare,he writes.

The Malays were numb to political arguments ... I needed something that penetrated the heart. I needed a song.

So he wrote one himself: the famous Setia song with its supposedly patriotic lyrics (Demi negara yang tercinta, or For our beloved country, goes the first line) that was broadcast for years especially via the Governments RTM (Radio Televisyen Malaysia) stations.

Toppling PAS
Tok Mat admits in his book that he first used Information Ministry staff in 1977 on a mission to topple the PAS State Government of Kelantan.

He reveals that later, in 1995, during the Sabah state elections, he sent 500 ministry staff members to campaign for Umno against PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah, which was controlling the state government then).

The officers went to the ground,he explains in fluent English at a recent interview. They rented rooms in villages, they slept and ate like the locals, they gathered information and persuaded the people. This silent propaganda works very well.

Since government machinery is supposed to be neutral, I ask Tok Mat if he considers what he did an abuse of power.

He replies: You could say I abused radio and TV, but it was a privilege I had. I could not depend on TV3, (The New) Straits Times, Berita Harian or Utusan Malaysia because they were then controlled by Anwar Ibrahims boys. I had no choice but to use RTM.

I was asked to bring PBS down. I shut the media off, there were no reports. People didn't know what the Sabah Government was doing, so it looked like they were doing nothing. It was a very dirty tactic,he now admits.

Propaganda King
Tok Mat had his secondary school education at Johor Baru's English College before doing a Bachelor of Arts at Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta.

He tells me that he learnt the basics of propaganda when he was a script writer for Filem Negara (the National Film Board) in the mid 1960s. There was no TV then, so that was the Governments only (way to generate) propaganda,he recalls.

He honed his innate musical ability there and picked up film editing skills too. He later went on to personally devise the melody and lyrics of various songs, including Setia, Syukur and Sejahtera Malaysia, that were used for his nation-building campaigns.

Tok Mat has always had a fondness for oldies by Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, and once even made it to the quarter finals of Radio Singapores talentime singing contest in the 1950s.

Tan Sri can sing and he can play the piano by ear, chips in his wife, Puan Sri Salbiah A. Hamid, who is also at the interview. And he can write. I still keep all his love letters from when we met as teenagers,she smiles.

With these skills, Tok Mat became the chief loyalist and cheerleader for then Prime Minister Datuk Seri (now Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whose political rivals included Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh and, later, Anwar.

He claims that most Umno people were hedging their bets then: Everybody was half leg here, half leg there, very few were working (100%) for Dr Mahathir. I was totally devoted to him.

I took the fall for Dr M

But then again, he has a chapter in his book that declares I Am Not a Yes Man. In it, he cites how the developers of the Second Link to Singapore, who were Dr Mahathir's friends , were trying to acquire the land of villagers in his constituency at 80 sen per sq ft (psf) so they could resell it at RM17.80 psf! He claims that he spoke up despite Dr Mahathirs anger with him, and helped the villagers secure a better deal.

When the Setia campaign was not sufficient to bring back Malay support to Umno, Tok Mat says his ministry then launched the Semarak campaign in 1988, during which Dr Mahathir had massive meet the people sessions.

I told the police chief, says Tok Mat, I don't want to see any police uniforms around Mahathir, because that looks like we live in a police state. Instead, I gave the policemen Setia T-shirts to wear, so it looked like he was surrounded by the public.

Tok Mats promotion of Dr Mahathir "who certainly had his critics, even in those days" indirectly made him the most hated man in Malaysia , he says.

In his book, he even acknowledges that people called him the barking dog of the government: When the people hated Dr Mahathir, I became the face of the Government for them to hurl abuse at,he writes.

Better than the expensive foreign consultants

But he took all this as a sign of success because it meant that he had managed to penetrate peoples minds to provoke anger: In the art of propaganda, touching a nerve is very important,he explains.

Tok Mat claims that a sign of Setia's success was that he has personally heard even non-Malays singing the song. As for the Semarak campaign, he says the crowds at Dr M's meet-the-people sessions ranged from 30,000 up to 100,000.

Were civil servants pressured into attending such events?

No,he asserts, nor did we provide transport or give out free T-shirts.

His propaganda might have been successful, but the Government still hired a PR and advertising firm during his tenure to advise on winning popular support. Now in hindsight, he is critical of the move.

I think I was more effective because I understand the culture better. I had 1,000 officers working on the ground giving me feedback. Even Pak Lah (former PM Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) used these foreigners. But what results did these PR people get?

Mistakes

Tok Mats detractors say one of his career missteps took place in May 1999 when many Malays were angry at Umno over the Anwar Ibrahim saga.

Tok Mat alienated non-Malay voters (who were to play a crucial role in returning Barisan Nasional to power in the general elections later that year) with his infamous remark that Anwar's wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, was unfit for leadership as she had been educated in Singapore and had darah cap naga (dragon brand blood), an euphemism for Chinese blood or lineage.

No, it wasn't a mistake,says Tok Mat now. Because Anwar wanted Azizah to become Prime Minister. By the way, I am also cap naga. My mother is a Chinese (who was adopted by Malays). So I can talk. I can scold the Chinese and the Malays because I am one of them.

Whether by coincidence or not, Tok Mat was relieved of his ministers post in May 1999 too. However, he writes that this was because forked tongues whispered to Dr Mahathir that he was a secret Anwar supporter.

What I can't forget is the way Dr Mahathir dropped me without any hati budi (grace and gratitude), he writes in the chapter entitled Habis Madu Sepah Dibuang (When the Sweetness is Finished, the Tasteless Part is Thrown Away).

Since then, he has become more critical of his former political master. For instance: We know that Dr Mahathir blamed Pak Lah in all aspects even though the initial problems were caused by he himself. This is the expertise of Dr Mahathir,writes Tok Mat sardonically.

Despite his rather caustic tone, Tok Mat says to me, It may sound like it lah ... but I don't hate Dr Mahathir. I'm not angry with him. I still consider him a great leader of the country.

Money politics became a cancer during Dr M's era
In fact, he leaps to Dr Mahathir's defence when I ask him about other controversial episodes when Dr M was PM.

However, he adds that money politics really became a cancer within Umno during Dr Mahathir's era.

In the old days, the corruption was smaller. If an Umno branch leader did not get a taxi permit, he would dissolve his branch. Now many Umno leaders are busy looking for big projects. That's the success of the NEP (New Economic Policy),he laughs.

More seriously, his book concludes, Umno has jeopardised its image with power grabbing, money politics, bribery and excessive racism by certain leaders.... Umno must reform or I fear the End of the Dream (for the party) will really happen.





The Star


Police 'whitewash' of NFC and Shahrizat is unacceptable - Surendran

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 10:37 AM PST

Police 'whitewash' of NFC and Shahrizat is unacceptable - SurendranI refer to the statement today by Deputy IGP Datuk Khalid Bakar that police investigations have so far not revealed any criminal breach of trust elements in the management of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC). The NFC is managed by Cabinet Minister and Wanita UMNO chief Shahrizat Jalil's husband and three children.

This is a transparent attempt by the national police leadership to perform 'damage control' on behalf of the ruling UMNO party. Why issue such a statement when investigations are still continiuing? It makes no sense for the police to state their conclusions before the end of the investigation. And why make such a statement all of a sudden, just as the high profile UMNO AGM gets underway?

Also surprisingly, the police have confirmed that they have still not recorded any statement from Minister Shahrizat, who is a key figure in NFC controversy. Why are the police avoiding calling in the Minister?

Unprofessional of police not to quizz Shahrizat
Significantly, this blatant police attempt at white-washing NFC and Shahrizat comes just as further embarassing revelations have been made about the NFC fiasco. Yesterday, PKR revealed that NFC had purchased prime Putrajaya land and a luxury car using the RM 250 million loan from public funds.

Coming in the midst of their last AGM before the 13th General Election, these new revelations are a massive blow to UMNO. The police whitewash of NFC is all the more shocking considering the scale of mismanagement and abuse of public funds that has thus far been exposed.

It seems DIGP Khalid Bakar expects the public to believe that there is no criminal wrongdoing by any person, despite public funds being used to purchase luxury condos, overseas trips, luxury cars and prime land.

This shameful statement of Khalid Bakar is further proof of the complete lack of independence and pro-BN stance of the police leadership. We call upon the police leadership, and also the MACC and Attorney General, to bear in mind that they exist to serve the rakyat, and we demand that they discharge their duties professionally and independently.






N Surendran is the PKR vice president and a prominent human rights lawyer


Umno blames DAP for May 13: Another bid to scare the Chinese into voting BN?

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 10:32 AM PST

Umno blames DAP for May 13: Another bid to scare the Chinese into voting BN?
It gets worse by the day. As Prime Minister Najib Razak's Umno party tries to claw for a lifeline ahead of snap polls in which they are expected to under-perform, its leaders have now turned around and accused the DAP of starting the May 13 racial riots.

Coming hot on the heels of Najib's warning during his speech to the Umno assembly this morning, where he told Malays not to be complacent as "among leaders of the opposition are those who incited slogans to insult Malays that led to the May 13 tragedy," there is suspicion that he was either trying to scare the Chinese into voting BN or plotting a reprisal to cling to power in case his party lost the coming general election.

In fact, May 13 has often been blamed on Najib's father, the second prime minister Abdul Razak, who in a power tussle with first premier Tunku Abdul Rahman had allegedly seized the opportunity to foment a riot in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Till now, analysts point out that the killings were suspiciously limited to Kuala Lumpur, while it should have been natiowide if Razak's claims were true that it was a pent-up outbreak of Malay unhappiness with the Chinese over the perception the Chinese had a bigger share of the economic pie and were always bullying the Malays.

Very afraid of the Pakatan
Najib is widely expected to dissolve Parliament on December 9 and hold snap polls in January. Already, the odds are stacked against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's Pakatan Rakyat with widespread phantom voters and vote-rigging processes reported almost on a daily basis. Nonetheless, despite the odds, a major swing is expected in the Pakatan's favour.

At Parliament on Thursday, the ruckus broke out when Umno MP for Lenggong Shamsul Anuar Nasarah objected to criticism from DAP MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang. Kit Siang had rebuked Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin for racist remarks in a "hate speech" made during the Umno annual congress a day ago. Kit Siang also flayed Muhyiddin for accusing DAP of being anti-Muslim.

Quick as shot, Shamsul tried to launch a stinging defense. He accused the DAP of instigating the May 13 incident, where thousands of Chinese were killed by parang-wielding Umno Youth members.

“It is true. May 13, who moved it? May 13, Ipoh Timor. Who moved on May 13?†shrieked Shamsul.

However, he soon ran out of words and began a mantra instead, repeatedly shouting May 13, Ipoh Timor and DAP racist. His words were soon picked up by his BN colleagues. They then accused the DAP of cheating the Malays and lambasted PAS for being under the DAP's thumb.

Umno, a basket case - destroyed by its own leaders
But not only was Umno factually inaccurate, the boorish and uncouth manner in which it hurled its accusations shocked Malaysians.

"They are a gone case, a basket case. The calibre of the Umno MPs is really shocking. How can they be MPs when they are so devoid of the ability to handle intelligent or civil debate," Eddie Wong, a Pakatan Rakyat watcher, told Malaysia Chronicle.

"AS for Najib, he too is beyond redemption. His legacy will be one of being forked tongue, two-faced, duplicitous, tin kosong (empty vessel), saying one thing and doing another and so forth. The recent Assembly Bill is the best example of his hypocrisy."

The Peaceful Assembly Bill was rammed through earlier this week, and though Najib proclaimed it was "revolutionary" and a "giant leap", local civil society inclduing the Bar Council have condemned it. Foreign watchdogs such as LawAsia, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also slammed the Bill as being contrary to democracy.






Malaysia Chronicle


Najib disappoints with self-praising speech: Pakatan bashing, hints again of GE-13

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 10:10 AM PST


Najib disappoints with self-praising speech: Pakatan bashing, hints again of GE-13
As expected, Prime Minister Najib Razak had little to offer but bombast and bluster during his policy speech for his ruling Umno party. The 2011 Umno general assembly is regarded as a watershed meeting as Najib is expected to call for snap national elections early next year, but even so, all he could do was to bash the Pakatan Rakyat led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and insist that Umno was the most democratic party in the country.

Najin, the Umno president, repeated his hint that the 13th general election would be held soon, but again failed to give any concrete indication of when Malaysians could expect to go to the polls. His insistence on not giving any advance notice to the opposition is against democratic norms and would be looked at with scorn and contempt in developed democracies.

"It is a disappointing speech, it gives no direction for Umno and only underscores little Umno has changed under Najib. In fact, it is worse now than even under Abdullah Badawi. Or Mahathir Mohamad, where at the very least, there was some underlying economic growth to offset the plunging civil liberties . Now in 2011, Malaysia is not stagnant but actually declining in economic growth and Najib is resorting to blatant lies. How much reform has Umno undertaken, you tell me," PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.

Malaysia now the worst-off country in ASEAN for freedom of assembly

Jui Meng was referring the centre-piece of Najib's sadly-hollow speech, where he insisted Umno was more democratic than the opposition parties PKR, PAS and DAP.

Ironically, just days ago, Najib went down in history as the leader who turned Malaysia into the worst nation in Southeast Asia by ramming through a controversial Assembly Bill that effectively clamps down on citizens' rights to peaceful gathering to express a point of view. Apart from local politicians, the Bar Council, civil society, international bodies including LawAsia, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch have condemned the bill as oppressive, against human rights and contrary to democracy.

Yet Najib - in his trademark fashion - completely ignored all these factors, insisting that Malaysia was on track to becoming the world's best democracy thanks to Umno and his administration.

We allow many people in Umno to choose their leaders and Umno is not a party that is afraid of democracy, compared with our competitors. We are not like the opposition parties. In fact, Umno embraces democracy as in the English saying, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, he told the 2011 Umno AGM held at the Putra World Trade Centre on Thursday.

“We have never dominated or intended to dominate other component parties. We are not a racist party, but work towards national development. Furthermore, in PKR, the party president is the wife of the de-facto leader and their eldest daughter becomes the vice-president. We do not need to say anything.

Having walloped his nemesis, Anwar's PKR party, he then took a swipe at the DAP and PAS.

Is it democratic when only branch delegates choose 20 central committee members and then they in turn select the party leaders? Certainly, this is not representing the will of the members," said Najib, referring to DAP.

"This person (mursyidul am) is more powerful than the president, he added, referring to PAS.

Back-biting bluster

Many Malaysians found it strange that with Malaysia on the cusp of either a new beginning or a major implosion, Najib would choose to focus on what happened in his opponents' parties, compounding the view that he had run out of ideas and had no more room to move. As such, the haste to push through the Assembly Bill to deter street protests should his BN coalition be seen to falsely claim victory at the GE-13.

"It is a shock that at such a critical time, Najib wants to compare his party with ours. Either he is feeling very insecure or he knows a lot of Umno members have been signalling their wish to come on board Pakatan. But to answer him, how can Umno be more democratic than PKR? We have a one-member one-vote system, whereas only a miniscule percentage of Umno members get to vote directly for their leaders. They have to go through delegates who will surely take advantage of money politics and vote the way the elite wants," chided Jui Meng.

"As for PAS' Nik Aziz, their internal structure is that the Spiritual Adviser is higher than the party president. So what is Najib talking about? As Umno president and PM, he should be telling his party how they will pull Malaysia out of the economic rut, how they will clean the party from corruption and not defend corruption. He will tell all of Malaysia what a grand party Umno is by envisioning a future of real democracy and hope for all the people especially the poor and down-trodden. Not back-bite and bitch!"

Game changers or mere verbose?

Najib also resorted to fancy terms like "game changers" but gave little explanation of what it really meant or entailed, other than that it included the new media, new political reality and new thinking amongst voters.

However, as he defended Umno's ways in the same breath, his comments were waved off as mere verbose intended to sound nice but not meant to be acted on. It was indeed telling while Najib urged 'unpopular' candidates not to cling onto their seats, he did not once touch on core issues that have wrecked Umno - corruption and power in the hands of the elite.

The 2011 AGM comes as Wanita chief Shahrizat Jalil is accused of abuse of power and her family of corruption in the RM250 million NFC debacle. Yet a day ago, Umno Youth was urged to defend Shahrizat, rather than advise her to undergo a complete probe to clear her name. That Umno was resorting to abusing the institutions especially the police was clear, when Deputy IGP Khalid Bakar suddenly issued a statement this morning that there were no 'elements' of corruption in the police probe on NFC so far, prompting cynicism that Khalid was just being a lackey for Najib to save face for Umno.

Not a word on corruption as M'sia sinks on graft index
Critics said it was also strange that while Najib professes a desire for a new and better Malaysia, for his own party, he does dare to even mention the 'C' word - referring to corruption.

Meanwhile, to underscore how much damage the rot in Umno is causing the country is news that Malaysia had plummeted again in the internationally-followed Corruption Perception Index to 60 from 56 last year. This is the 3rd straight year Malaysia was rated as being more corrupt than the past year.

"We must realise, if Umno still fails to understand and appreciate the factors that become the 'game changers'... and not take steps to re-frame the 'game plan', which is our planned movement, then we will become tragedy. If Umno does not understand the new realities of the national political landscape, how are Umno and BN going to succeed? Secondly, the new media," said Najib.

"Like it or not, Umno should take control of the new media because today, at this moment, it can determine victory or defeat. It can level out the playing field as well as make a battle unequal. Thirdly, Umno should also appreciate that there is new thought among all segments of the electorate, so we must attract their support. Umno cannot have the attitude or be seen as insolent and arrogant, or else the voters and the people will shun us."

Not racist or crowning hypocrisy

But perhaps Najib's 'crowning' hypocrisy was when he declared to the Umno assembly that Umno was not racist. This, when he did not even rebuke his information chief Ahmad Maslan, who just days ago had uttered some of the most racist comments so far for this year.

Umno is in reality a catalyst of the co-operative spirit between races which finally created social stability and brought about national harmony,Najib said. Umno was willing (even) back then to vote candidates not from their own race, for a bigger purpose, for winning elections, forming a government and then independence."

Ahmad Maslan, a deputy minister in Najib's department and the Pontian MP, had lamented the loss of political space to non-Malay leaders as unacceptable. He especially picked on the Chinese and warned that should the Pakatan do well enough in GE-13 to force a 'hung' Parliament, Malays stood to loose their language rights and Islam would be sidelined by the Christians.

Critics hit Najib hard for "daring to make such a thick-skinned claim" that Umno was not racist.

"This must be the biggest joke of all. No wonder Umno has to cheat at the polls. They keep twisting and turning the truth rather admit and correct their wrongdoings. It gets worse and worse each year," said Jui Meng.

"It is no point talking about 'game changers' or using fancy jargon. Just go back to basics. Serve the people well, listen to what they want, recognize it's what the people and not what the Umno elite wants that counts. Sweep out corruption although it may be a bit too late. It will engulf us and bankrupt us. Punish racists in Umno including Muhyiddin Yassin and Mahathir Mohamad before insisting that Umno is not racist. Then we will say, you are not a hypocrite!"






Malaysia Chronicle.com


Blood Tests, KUB Ultrasound and ECG for November 2011

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 07:45 AM PST

I went for my schedule medical checkup at the University Malaya Medical Centre Spinal Rehabilitation Clinic on Wednesday. The good news is that the renal and liver profiles did not show significant changes. Serum creatinine has gone down to 272 umol/L from 291 umol/L in July 2011.

Renal profile for November 18, 2011

Sodium 139 mmol/L
Potassium 4.8 mmol/L
Chloride 105 mmol/L
Total CO2 26.0 mmol/L
Anion Gap 13 mmol/L
Urea 7.8 mmol/L
Creatinine 272 umol/L

Liver profile for November 18, 2011

Total Protein 76 g/L
Albumin 38 g/L
Globulin 37 g/L
Total Bilirubin 8 umol/L
Conjugated Bilirubin 2 umol/L
Alk Phosphatase 86 IU/L
ALT (GPT) 17 IU/L
AST (GOT) 15 IU/L
Gamma GT 12 IU/L

The cholesterol levels are not too encouraging though, especially when there is a history of heart problem in the family. My father passed away from congestive heart failure. I was advised to go on the lowest dosage of Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) which is 10mg to keep the cholesterol levels in check.

Lipid profile for November 18, 2011

Triglyceride 1.4 mmol/L
Total cholesterol 4.7 mmol/L
HDL 0.97 mmol/L
LDL 33.09 mmol/L

The ultrasound of the kidneys, ureters and bladder report is somewhat similar although the length of the left kidney size was measured at 8.9cm this time as compared to 9.1cm in December 2010 and 6.89cm in February 2004.

KUB Ultrasound Report for November 18, 2011

Findings

Comparisons made previous ultrasound dated 27.12.10
Both kidneys are normal insize but with increased echogenicity
The right kidney measures 9.5cm in BPL and 0.6cm in cortical thickness
The left kidney measures 8.9cm in BPL and 0.5cm in cortical thickness
There is a small cyst seen in the uppor pole of the left kidney measuring 1.0cm
The bladder wall is trabeculated
Prostate is normal in size with smooth outline

Impressions
Renal parenchymal disease
Left renal cyst
Trabeculated bladder secondary to neurogenic bladder

Electrocardiograph (ECG) for November 30, 2011
Electrocardiograph (ECG) for November 30, 2011.
Photo by Wuan with Samsung Galaxy S II.

I also had an electrocardiogram (ECG) done on the same day as the checkup. According to the doctors, the results did not show any problem which is a relief.

ECG figures for November 20, 2011

Rate 88

PR 152
QRSD 94
QT 380
QTC 460

AXIS
P 62
QRS 90
T 67

Overall, I am happy with the blood test results except for my cholesterol levels. Renal and liver profile tests will be done two months after I have started on Lipitor to check whether these organs are effected by it. A urodynamics study is also scheduled in the first quarter of next year to determine the pressure in my bladder. It was last done in 2008 at Subang Jaya Medical Centre.

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Posted: 01 Dec 2011 07:31 AM PST

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Debate: Edmund Bon Vs Tan Keng Liang

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 07:16 AM PST

It all started when Gerakan Youth leader Tan Keng Liang twitted about Public Assembly Bill 2011 and many, including Steven Aroki and Edmund Bon, were engaging him in the exchange. His tweets were very well written and there were some who alleged it was scripted. As such, Steven jumped at the chance to issue a challenge to Tan Keng Liang and Edmund, knowing full well that Edmund would take up the challenge.

             Edmund Bon                                                                                  Tan Keng Liang


Surprise, surprise! Tan Keng Liang also accepted the challenge!

The debate will be on 11th December, 2011 at 2.30p.m. @ Pusat Rakyat. Location map is AT THIS LINK.

This debate will be moderated by Wan Saiful from Ideas. Please come to this event and listen to the battle of minds on the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011!

You can follow this thread on twitter and RT #edmundbondebatestankengliang #pa2011

Tan Keng Liang shot to 'fame' for his remark about expectant mothers who are ADUNs.

In a press release early this year, MP Teresa Kok said:

I am appalled by Kedah Gerakan Youth Chief Tan Keng Liang's snide and sexist remark that Hannah Yeoh, ADUN for Subang Jaya, who is currently pregnant, will become unfit to serve as ADUN.


At 5.18pm today, he wrote on his Twitter, "Would u choose @jezlai or @hannahyeoh which will be on maternity leave soon (as the ADUN for Subang Jaya in the upcoming elections)?" Source: http://twitter.com/tankengliang/status/21495574247251968


His remarks are an insult to women and mothers everywhere and most disgraceful coming from a Gerakan leader at that.


Despite having been told off by dozens of Malaysians on Twitter, Tan remains pigheaded and continues to defend his statement, which is telling of how intensely chauvinistic he is towards women.


He had better remember that women make up 49% of Malaysia's population. Should he aspire to be an elected representative, he has the moral duty to serve male and female constituents equally and without prejudice.
On 5th January, NST carried a report which said:

BUTTERWORTH: Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said he had clarified the alleged "sexist message" he made on Twitter with Hannah Yeoh, the pregnant DAP Subang Jaya assemblyman almost immediately.

He will therefore not entertain demands from Pakatan Rakyat politicians to apologise over the Sunday tweet.

Edmund Bon is a well-known lawyer cum activist and a prime mover of UndiMalaysia. Edmund has been elected to the Bar Council on three occasions now. His passion and industry in all his duties both in his profession and activism is an inspiration to many.

He served as Chair of the National Young Lawyers Committee (NYLC) for two terms (2006-2008), and is in his second term as Chair of the Human Rights Committee (HRC). As the Chairman of the Bar Council's Human Rights Committee, Edmund Bon was arrested after stopping some officers from the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) from removing banners and placards hung on the premises of the Bar Council Secretariat in December 2007.

For sure, one can expect a lively debate at this event which is a good exposure for Pusat Rakyat and for member to get donations to keep the centre going in its endeavours. Remember - we have a date on 11th December, 2011 at 2.30pm @  Pusat Rakyat.

*This post was written based on email exchanges in UndiMalaysia.


She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for.

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 06:58 AM PST

The following video clip is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth.

It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network.

Content credit: The principal source for the footage was Yann Arthus-Bertrand's incredible film HOME . The music was by Armand Amar. Thank you too Greenpeace and Timescapes.

CLICK HERE to watch this fantastic video!


28112011 pantai kerachut之行

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 06:53 AM PST

7.30am 大新来我住处载我,之后在到他公司后面载妮妮一起去pantai kerachut 爬山~
路程都还好之少比monkey beach的路程较为挑战...
9点开始进山, 一直以来没有习惯在运动前做热身运动, 我和妮妮在大新老师的教导和监督下做了几个热身运动 XD
3个人路上,爬山+拍照+聊天,用了大概一个小时半~
去到海边,3人坐在树荫下聊天,看人玩游戏, 看人撒网捕鱼,钓鱼... 看小孩嬉水... 看人玩团康游戏~
就这样3个人在沙滩坐了近4个小时,因为肚子饿关系,所以打到回府...吃东西~
3个人做在树荫下都被"烘"黑了`


RUU Himpunan Aman Cepatkan Kejatuhan Kerajaan BN

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 08:55 AM PST

Tindakan tergesa-gesa Kerajaan Persekutuan meluluskan RUU Perhimpunan Aman (PA2011) dengan meminggirkan suara rakyat bukan sahaja mengecewakan rakyat malah tindakan itu ibarat bom jangka yang akan mempercepatkan kerajaan BN ditumbangkan oleh kuasa rakyat, jelas Ketua Penerangan Pas Pusat, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

"Istilah RUU perhimpunan Aman ini langsung tidak mencerminkan keamanan sebagai mana isi kandungan RUU itu.

"Kerajaan seharusnya mengambil iktibar apa yang berlaku di negara timur tengah, kejatuhan kerajaan lahir daripada kemarahan rakyat terhadap peraturan, akta dan keadilan,"katanya.

Tuan Ibrahim berkata pihaknya akan mengerakkan jenteranya bagi mengutip seramai mungkin suara dan pendapat rakyat bawahan untuk membantah akta zalim ini.

Sebelum ini, ribuan rakyat termasuk barisan peguam dan aktivis masyarakat menyertai perhimpunan membantah RUU di Parlimen menerusi perarakan 'Walk for Freedom to Walk'.

Presiden Majlis Peguam, Lim Chee Wee yang mengetuai perarakan itu mengemukan rang undang-undang alternatif untuk dipertimbangkan oleh kerajaan.

Namun, Disebabkan oleh ketakutan kebangkitan rakyat Kerajaan bertindak meluluskan RUU Perhimpunan Aman (PA2011) di Dewan Rakyat minggu lalu.

RUU Perhimpunan Aman mencetuskan kontroversi antaranya memendekkan notis untuk mengadakan perhimpunan daripada 30 hari kepada 10 hari kepada pihak polis.

Malah polis juga diberi kuasa membatalkan permit atau mengadakan sekatan ke atas sebarang perhimpunan dengan pelbagai sebab yang tidak boleh dipertikaikan kononnya supaya ketenteraman awam terjamin.

Sementera itu, Ahli Parlimen PKR, Johari Abdul berkata Pakatan Rakyat akan terus menyuarakan bantahan terhadap RUU tersebut selain memobilisasi jentera parti bagi mendampingi rakyat bawahan.

Mengulas lanjut, Johari berkata pihaknya akan menggunakan kesempatan penganjuran 'Himpunan Rapat Rakyat' hujung minggu ini sebagai medan penjelasan dan pendengaran keluh kesah rakyat berhubung akta zalim itu.

"Kita akan turun kebawah, kita akan selitkan isu ini dengan ceramah yang akan kita sampaikan, mereka (rakyat) ramai lagi yang kurang faham dengan apa yang sebenarnya berlaku,"jelasnya.

Sebelum ini, Ahli Parlimen Pakatan keluar dewan dan tidak mengambil bahagian di dalam perbahasan di Dewan Rakyat sebagai tanda membantah pengenalan akta zalim itu.

Dalam pada itu, Adun DAP, Ng Sue Lim berkata DAP telah menyusun langkah memberi taklimat penjelasan menerusi beberapa program bertemu rakyat seperti majlis makan malam di seluruh negara.

"Melalui platform itulah kita sebagai pemimpin untuk menyampaikan maklumat terus kepada rakyat mengapa kita perlu selamatkan Malaysia, jangan lagi kita mendokong kerajaan yang tidak menghormati prinsip demokrasi,"tegasnya. -tvsnewa




被遗忘的部落格

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 06:27 AM PST

曾经...当年...
曾经一时的部落格热潮,
好奇的, 注册了一个...
部落格热退了...
渐渐地把它放在心里好遥远好遥远的一个小小的角落~
差点就把它给忘了~

突然想起朋友- Janet Yap 和 Kitty Yap~
好想找他们聊天,但是年尾了Janet在公司的工作很多,有时候还得把工作带回家做~
至于Kitty嘛... paiseh啊~ 拨个电话给她,msn,fb message她,没有回复~ 我想她大概工作也很忙吧~~~


Kes Lembu NFC: PKR Pertikai Kenyataan Awal Polis "Bersihkan" Imej UMNO

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 06:03 AM PST

NFC: PKR pertikai kenyataan awal polis 'bersihkan' imej Umno

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Dis – PKR mendakwa polis bertindak membersihkan imej bagi pihak Umno ekoran kenyataan Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar tiada unsur pecah amanah dalam skandal projek ternakan lembu Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC) setakat ini.

"Mengapa mengeluarkan kenyataan (sedemikian) ketika siasatan masih dijalankan. Dan, ketika perhimpunan utama Umno sedang berlangsung?" kata Naib Presiden PKR N. Surendran dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Beliau mempersoalkan kenyataan Khalid itu sedangkan pihaknya masih belum memanggil Ketua Wanita Umno Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, yang keluarganya diberikan projek itu, untuk diambil kenyataan. -TMI

Setakat Ini Tiada Unsur Pecah Amanah Dalam NFC - TKPN

KUALA LUMPUR: Tiada unsur pecah amanah atau penyelewengan dalam isu dana Pusat Fidlot Nasional (NFC) dan pembelian sebuah kondominium mewah di ibu negara, kata Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Beliau berkata, siasatan masih dijalankan sambil memberi jaminan proses itu akan dilakukan secara telus tanpa melindungi mana-mana pihak.

"Siasatan polis setakat ini mendapati tiada elemen pecah amanah. Namun, kita masih menyiasat secara keseluruhannya kes ini termasuk ke mana wang atau dana NFC dibelanjakan.

"Kita sudah panggil 74 individu untuk diambil keterangan setakat ini," katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan Program Rondaan Bersama Polis Diraja Malaysia dan Angkatan Tentera Malaysia di bawah Strategi Gelombang Biru Kebangsaan di Taman Bukit Rahman Putra di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir Panglima Tentera Darat Jeneral Datuk Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, Ahli Exco Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia (MCPF) Tan Sri Robert Phang, Pengarah Keselamatan Dalam Negeri dan Ketenteraman Awam (KDNKA) Bukit Aman, Datuk Salleh Md Rashid.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Khalid berkata siasatan masih diteruskan berhubung penahanan 13 individu termasuk warga Filipina dan Indonesia di Tawau, Sabah baru-baru ini, yang disyaki cuba menghidupkan kegiatan militan di negeri berkenaan.

"Mereka masih disiasat, sebab itulah kita tahan mereka mengikut Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) kerana siasatan perlukan masa untuk mendapatkan maklumat lanjut mengenai kegiatan dan rangkaian mereka.

"Kita mempunyai asas dan bukti yang kukuh untuk menahan mereka mengikut akta itu kerana membabitkan isu keselamatan negara dan rakyat," katanya. -mstar





Perbahasan Laporan Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Berhubung Dengan Penambahbaikan Proses Pilihanraya

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 04:25 AM PST

Perbahasan Laporan Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Berhubung Dengan Penambahbaikan Proses Pilihanraya

  • Terima kasih atas peluang diberikan kepada Lembah Pantai untuk turut serta dalam perbahasan yang begitu penting untuk memastikan hasrat rakyat terlaksana menerusi keputusan sistem pilihanraya yang telus dan adil – kerana mandat yang didapati menerusi sistem penuh penipuan dan manipulasi adalah penodaan kepada kepercayaan rakyat.
  • Justeru saya menyokong penuh usul yang dibawa oleh Ipoh Timur, dan juga Permatang Pauh dalam memastikan adanya had masa iaitu pada 1 Jan 2012 bagi seluruh jentera kerajaan, termasuk SPR melaksana semua cadangan yang diberikan oleh Jawatankuasa ini – selaku langkah awal.
  • Ucapan terima kasih patut diberikan kepada gabungan Bersih 2.0 –yang telah membawa kepada perhatian kita –tuntutan-tuntutan berikut:

i) Bersihkan senarai undi

ii) Mereformasikan undi pos

Iii) Gunakan dakwat kekal

  • Buat julung kalinya Perdana Menteri negara ini dipaksa menerima hakikat betapa tercemarnya sistem pilihanraya kita selama ini sehingga mewajibkan kita melaksana beberapa perubahan mendasar.
  • Saya pergi ke rekomendasi-rekomendasi jawatankuasa ini:

 

1. PENGGUNAAN DAKWAT KEKAL (INDELIBLE INK)

1.2 Jawatankuasa mengesyorkan penggunaan dakwat kekal (indelible ink) dalam proses pengundian bagi pilihan raya umum ke-13. Bagi syor ini, Jawatankuasa mendapati bahawa pindaan hanya perlu dibuat kepada peraturan berhubung dengan pilihan raya sahaja tanpa perlu meminda Perlembagaan Persekutuan. SPR perlu menyegerakan proses pindaan peraturan-peraturan yang berkaitan untuk kuatkuasa Penggunaan dakwat kekal semasa proses pilihan raya tidak perlu membabitkan pindaan kepada Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Sejarah 2008 dalam PRU 12 : SPR telah mencadangkan penggunaan dakwat kekal, tetapi tiga hari sebelum 8 Mac 2008, penggunaan itu diumumkan ditarik balik oleh bekas pengerusi SPR, Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.

Oleh itu, kita amat bimbang dengan pelaksanaannya nanti kerana penjelasan tentang kenapa dakwat kekal tidak digunapakai di dalam PRU ke 12 bercanggah dari segi kuasa dan kebebasan SPR.

Walau Menteri YB dari Padang Rengas menyatakan bahawa keputusan SPR untuk tidak menggunakan dakwat kekal pada 2008, jawapan Timbalan Pengerusi SPR kepada saya menyatakan sebaliknya. Beliau menyatakan kepada umum bahawa SPR memang terikat dengan arahan kabinet!

Untuk PRU13 –tidak ada sebab mengapa SPR boleh mengelak daripada melaksana tuntutan ini. Saya hanya mahu menambah pelaksanaan dakwat kekal – yang dibenar oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan kerana tidak mengandungi bahan-bahan najis yang diharamkan, tidak mendatangkan mudarat kepada kesihatan dan tidak menghalang air sampai ke kulit – harus digunakan setelah seorang pengundi selesai menunaikan tanggungjawab dalam proses pengundian.

Dakwat kekal dilaksanakan di 130 buah negara, dan kita perlu menggunakan tanda aras antarabangsa untuk memperbaiki tahap pelaksanaan sistem kita.

Kalau kerajaan boleh menggunkan kepakaran taraf antarabangsa, APCO dan FBC mengapa tidak mahu menggunakan contoh negara-negara lain dalam penggunaan dakwat kekal untuk menghapuskan penipuan pilihanraya yang melibatkan pengundian berulang kali.

2. PENGUNDIAN AWAL

2.3 Jawatankuasa mengesyorkan bahawa kategori pemilih yang dibenarkan mengundi awal adalah terdiri daripada golongan anggota tentera dan pasangan serta anggota polis.

2.4 Jawatankuasa mengesyorkan mana-mana anggota tentera dan polis tidak termasuk pasangan yang tidak dapat mengundi awal kerana bertugas di perbatasan dan lapangan hendaklah memohon untuk mengundi secara pos.

Persoalan saya : Pengundian dijalankan di dalam atau di luar kem? Mekanisme pelaksanaan harus memastikan wujudnya ruang bagi pengundi-pengundi awal melaksanakan tanggungjawab dengan tanpa tekanan.

SPR pada 28 Oktober 2011 bercadang membenarkan pemilih yang berkhidmat dalam beberapa sektor pekerjaan seperti media, perubatan, penerbangan dan cari gali minyak mengundi secara pos atau mengundi awal bersama polis dan tentera pada pilihan raya umum ke-13 (PRU-13).2

Cadangan saya : Pengiraan Undi dilakukan pada hari yang sama pembuangan undi dan disertakan di dalam Borang 13 pada hari yang sama.

3. PENGUNDI TIDAK HADIR LUAR NEGARA (absentee voters)

3.2 Jawatankuasa mengesyorkan SPR melaksanakan langkah-langkah yang perlu untuk meluaskan kategori pengundi tidak hadir luar negara kepada semua warganegara Malaysia yang layak.

Kes ;

Enam rakyat Malaysia yang bekerja di luar negara menfailkan permohonan kebenaran untuk semakan kehakiman bagi mendesak Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mendaftarkan mereka sebagai pengundi tidak hadir pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.3

Cadangan: Untuk memastikan pelaksanaan lancar, persediaan perlu dimulakan daripada sekarang kerana hakikatnya di konsulat-konsulat Malaysia seluruh dunia, tidak ada persediaan mencukupi untuk melunaskan proses bagi absentee voters.

4. PEMBERSIHAN DAFTAR PEMILIH

6.3 Jawatankuasa mengesyorkan supaya SPR melantik MIMOS Berhad untuk membuat verifikasi terhadap isu-isu berikut dan melaporkan balik penemuan kepada Jawatankuasa.

Cadangan: Kita memerlukan pihak ketiga untuk mengaudit kerja MIMOS kerana kaitannya dengan kerajaan.

6.4 Jawatankuasa ini juga mengesyorkan supaya SPR mengadakan pemerakuan semula senarai daftar pemilih di Sabah.

6.5 Jawatankuasa mengambil maklum permintaan dan desakan pelbagai pihak dari pendengaran awam di Kota Kinabalu supaya satu Suruhanjaya Diraja ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat dakwaan bahawa terdapat rakyat negara asing memperolehi status kewarganegaraan dan terlibat dalam proses pendaftaran pemilih khasnya di Sabah. Walaupun perkara ini adalah luas dan luar daripada terma rujukan utama Jawatankuasa ini, namun Jawatankuasa mengesyorkan supaya Suruhanjaya Diraja ditubuhkan sebagai langkah penyelesaian jangka panjang.

Projek IC di Sabah

Aktivis hak asasi dan masyarakat, Dr Chong Eng Leong berkata, menurut kajiannya sehingga 2005, seramai 600,000 pendatang tanpa izin mendapat status kewarganegaraan tetap melalui projek IC di Sabah.

Dr Chong mengupas tentang Projek IC bagi membawa pendatang tanpa izin ketika Malaysia di bawah pentadbiran bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sejak tahun 1980 an dan 1990 an.

Projek IC di Sabah merupakan projek rahsia dan tersusun yang membabitkan beberapa parti politik termasuk agensi kerajaan seperti Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia, Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara dan Jabatan Imigresen.

Dakwaan Dr Chong : penduduk tempatan yang dilahirkan di Sabah meningkat sebanyak kira-kira 120,000 antara 1951 dan 1960 tetapi bilangan pengundi dalam senarai daftar pemilih 1999 bagi mereka yang lahir antara 1952 dan 1960, meningkat sebanyak 150,000.

"Jika 80 peratus daripada 120,000 itu merupakan pengundi berdaftar, maka pengundi kelahiran Sabah adalah di bawah 100,000. Mengapa ada 150,000 ?"

Cadangan: Memandangkan masalah ini begitu serius, dan juga bermula di Semenanjung, saya cadangkan penubuhan RCI ini serta-merta tidak sekadar jangka masa panjang.

Akhir kalam, saya pinta agar dijamin pelaksanaan kesemua cadangan-cadangan jawatankuasa ini.

Kita tidak mahu sampai dikatakan bahawa kerajaan BN mempraktikkan Pendakwaan terpilih dengan izin 'selective persecution' – sekarang kita ada pembentangan rang undang-undang secara terpilih dengan izin 'selective legislation'- kalau dalam kita lihat PA 2011 diluluskan  empat jam – tanpa psc kita lihat kecekapan parlimen – soal reformasi pilihan raya mesti dibuat dengan tata cara yang sama.

Atas kerana itu, BN dilihat anti rakyat –kerana menekan suara-suara termasuk suara Bersih sehingga dipaksa dengan kehadiran Pakatan Rakyat untuk berubah.

Menjelang PRU 13 nanti, saya juga menggesa Perdana Menteri yang mencanangkan gagasan 1 Malaysia, bertanding di kawasan-kawasan pilihan raya 1 Malaysia yang mana komposisi pengundi dikalangan kaum di ngara ini adalah seimbang. Terdapat 115 kawasan parlimen 1 Malaysia yang mana komposisi pengundi adalah 30 peratus Melayu, 30 peratus Cina dan 30 peratus India.

Bukan sahaja Perdana Menteri ataupun Presiden UMNO sahaja yang patut untuk bertanding di kawasan 1 Malaysia ini, malahan Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang juga Timbalan Presiden, Naib Presiden.

Kerana pada masa ini, kalau kita lihat Presiden UMNO, Timbalan Presiden UMNO dan Naib Presiden bertanding di kawasan majoriti Melayu.

Kita lihat kawasan-kawasan parlimen ini:

Pekan kawasan Parlimen Presiden UMNO,  jumlah pengundi Melayu, 92.96 peratus, Cina sebanyak 0.91 peratus dan Lain-lain sebanyak 3.25 peratus.

P85 PEKAN

        Jumlah Pengundi: 58,217

Peratusan Kaum:M: 92.96% C: 2.88% I: 0.91% L: 3.25%

Pagoh kawasan Parlimen Timbalan Presiden UMNO , jumlah pengundi melayu 62.82 peratus, cina 32.29 peratus dan India sebanyak 4.21 peratus.

P143 PAGOH

        Jumlah Pengundi: 40,042

Peratusan Kaum:M: 62.82% C: 32.29% I: 4.21%

Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Rembau, jumlah pengundi Melayu ialah 68.9 peratus, Cina sebanyak 15.2 peratus dan India 15.8 peratus.

P131 REMBAU

        Jumlah Pengundi: 62,896

Peratusan Kaum:M: 68.9% C: 15.2% I: 15.8% L: 0.07%

Naib Presiden UMNO di kawasan Sembron pula dikatakan akan berpindah dikawasan lain kerana Parlimen itu adalah parlimen 1 Malaysia.

P153 SEMBRONG

        Jumlah Pengundi: 33,181

Peratusan Kaum:M: 54.09% C: 36.20% I: 9.63%

  • Mengenai Ketua Wanita UMNO, menegaskan beliau tidak terlibat dalam isu NFC, beliau berkata ia hanya  melibatkan suami dan anak-anak beliau.
  • Sehubungan itu memandangkan seluruh UMNO termasuk Presiden UMNO menyokong Ketua Wanita UMNO ini  mencabar Presiden UMNOZ  dalam perhimpunan agung yang sedang berlangsung kerana pucuk pimpinan umno yakin dan percaya bahawa ketua wanita tidak ada kena mengena atau tidak langsung berpengaruh, atau tidak mendapat manfaat daripada projek ini – maka saya mencabar meletakkan  ketua wanita itu calon pilihan raya mempertahanakn kuota kerusi wanita, meletakkan Senator Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil  di kawasan Lembah Pantai.
  • Wanita UMNO  jangan lepaskan kuota wanita di Lembah Pantai, sekiranya tidak mempertahankan kerusi lembah pantai bermakna Wanita UMNO telah dipinggirkan oleh kepimpinan.
  • Sekian, terima kasih atas peluang yang diberikan. Saya menyokong usul yang dibawa oleh jawatankuasa ini dan menggesa semuanya dilaksana menjelang PRU yang akan datang.


DAP: Serangan UMNO Untuk Alih Perhatian Dari Isu Rasuah

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 03:47 AM PST

Nyata semua ibu bapa di Malaysia akan berasa jijik dengan bahasa yang digunakan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO dalam Perhimpunan Agung Pemuda UMNO. Jelas perbuatan mereka mencerminkan cara pemikiran UMNO yang bukan sahaja ketandusan modal tetapi dipenuhi dengan fitnah, kebencian, permusuhan dan ketakutan. Ketua Pemuda UMNO Pulau Pinang Shaik Hussein Mydin adalah antara yang paling lantang sekali dengan kenyataannya bahawa PAS dan PKR sudah menjadi bapok dan pondan, di samping melabelkan semua penyokong DAP sebagai bangsat.

Untuk menyokong dakwaannya, Shaik menuduh Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang tidak membenarkan perarakan tahunan Maulidur Rasul serta mensasarkan tindakan terhadap peniaga-peniaga Melayu. Kedua-dua dakwaan ini adalah fitnah semata-mata. Statistik menunjukkan bahawa daripada semua tindakan penguatkuasaan majlis terhadap peniaga-peniaga, 70% daripada tindakan di Pulau dan 85% di Seberang Perai telah diambil ke atas peniaga-peniaga bukan Melayu. Shaik juga mungkin dapat menipu rakyat dari luar Pulau Pinang, tetapi warga Muslim di Pulau Pinang semua tahu bahawa perarakan Maulidur Rasul di Pulau Pinang bukan sahaja dibenarkan tetapi disambut dengan lebih meriah sekali oleh Kerajaan PR Pulau Pinang.

Dengan sikap tidak mempedulikan pilihan demokratik pengundi, Shaik telah berakhir dengan saranan supaya UMNO mengembalikan dominasi Melayu di Pulau Pinang. Sekali lagi, UMNO telah menunjukkan belang sebenarnya bahawa kuasa rakyat tidak penting dan 1Malaysia itu hanya slogan kosong untuk menipu rakyat Malaysia untuk menyokong BN dan UMNO.

Seorang rakan NGO telah memberitahu saya, serangan ganas UMNO di persada kebangsaan ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa kempen pilihan raya mereka tidak akan berdasarkan pertandingan idea tetapi satu perlumbaan berdasarkan isu-isu perkauman, seks, fitnah dan bahasa kotor. Mungkin aksi memalukan oleh wakil pemuda ini adalah gara-gara perangai Ketua Pemuda Khairy Jamaluddin, yang telah memangsakan anak saya yang berumur 15 tahun dengan "tweet"nya yang berbunyi: "Mungkin di roboh Kampung Buah Pala sebab nak ganti dengan Kampung Buah Dada", yang bertujuan untuk memfitnah anak saya bahawa kononnya dia telah mencabul rakan sekolahnya dan saya telah membayar RM200,000 sebagai sogokan untuk menutup skandal itu.

Penggunaan isu-isu perkauman, seks, fitnah dan bahasa kotor sebenarnya adalah untuk menyembunyikan kekurangan dan ketakutan UMNO. Bermula dengan Ketua Penerangan UMNO Datuk Ahmad Maslan dan diekori oleh Timbalan Presiden UMNO Muhyiddin dengan ucapan jihadnya, serangan-serangan ke atas sasaran mudah seperti Kristian, Cina, Pengerusi BERSIH S.Ambiga, DAP dan juga penyokong DAP adalah satu tindakan terdesak untuk mengalih perhatian umum daripada kegagalan UMNO untuk menangani masalah-masalah sebenar seperti rasuah, kronisme dan penyalahgunaan kuasa.

Langsung pula tidak disebut tentang skandal lembu dan kondo yang membabitkan keluarga seorang Menteri Persekutuan. Soalan patut ditanya kenapa pakcik biasa di kampung tidak pernah diberi peluang yang serupa? Tidak pula disoal kenapa duit daripada pinjaman RM250 juta boleh diberi dua tahun sebelum perjanjian ditandatangani oleh kedua-dua pihak. Semua hanya ingin menutup skandal di mana duit yang sepatutnya digunakan untuk penternakan lembu telah digunakan untuk membeli bukan sebuah tetapi dua buah kondominium mewah.

DAP tidak akan bertindak balas terhadap dasar perkauman, seks, fitnah dan bahasa kotor UMNO. DAP akan menumpukan perhatian terhadap reformasi pilihan raya, melawan rasuah melalui kepimpinan berintegriti, memupuk keadilan untuk semua dengan mendaulatkan undang-undang, menjunjung demokrasi dan hak asasi serta menggalakkan tatakelola pentadbiran yang baik berdasarkan kecekapan, kebertanggungjawapan dan ketelusan.

Prestasi 4 negeri Pakatan Rakyat adalah bukti yang paling jelas. Pulau Pinang, Kedah, Kelantan dan Selangor bukan sahaja sudah menjadi lebih bersih, hijau dan selamat, malah ekonomi pun telah bertumbuh. Pelaburan di keempat-empat negeri PR ini berjumlah 53% daripada jumlah pelaburan negara untuk tahun 2010, jauh melebihi pelaburan di 10 negeri BN.

Saya menggesa supaya penyokong DAP tidak bertindak keterlaluan dan tidak terganggu oleh provokasi dangkal lagi bebal daripada UMNO. Biar rakyat Malaysia yang menentukan nasib PR dan juga DAP berdasarkan prestasi, prinsip, dan idealisme, dan bukan berdasarkan keupayaan untuk menggunakan isu-isu perkauman, seks, fitnah dan bahasa kotor.

*Kenyataan media oleh Lim Guan Eng (gambar kanan) selaku Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang.


Reference: Six Hooligans to avoid (Sun December 1, 2011)

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 03:29 AM PST

From: thayabimbi@hotmail.com
To: letters@thesundaily.com
Subject: Reference: Six Hooligans to avoid (Sun December 1, 2011)
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 04:29:43 +0000

I refer to Six hooligans to avoid (Sun Dec 1) and see that UMNO Youth Chief, Mr. Khairy Jamlauddin is determined to carry on in the same ethnocentric disingenuous vein that characterizes the ruling UMNO led coalition. What follows is a brief opinion on the "Enam Jahanam" that Mr. Khairy points to as understood by an average member of the voting public.

(1) Destroying the democratic system. Mr. Khairy points to the fact that Pakatan Rakyat's inability to reach a consensus on the hudud law some how destroys the democratic and administrative system led by the Barisan National. However the reality is that only if UMNO and PAS join forces will the implementation of hudud become a reality. Non Muslim interest both in BN and Pakatan ensures that this reality never comes to fruition. As it is at this very moment PAS wants to implement hudud law but its ambitions are thwarted by the Barisan National, its component parties and certain Opposition parties. Has the democratic system been destroyed? How would it be any different under a Pakatan led government?

If anything under the BN, the democratic system be it the courts, law enforcement, the right to peaceful assembly have been eroded to the point of farce. Disparity of treatment between two opposing voices also destroys the democratic system of this country. For example, when we have a law professor who is demonized and sanctioned by the establishment for pointing out the factual errors in the administration of the country and a lecturer who teaches at a military college advocating that hudud law be forcefully implemented, his virulent racist rhetoric unchecked and not to mention his anti Semitic posting on his blog going unsanctioned, this destroys the democratic system.

(2) Destroying the system of administration. All Pakatan has done is point to the systemic corruption that plagues the current administration as evidenced by the Auditors Generals reports year in year out. If anything pointing out the shortcomings of any system of administration strengthens the system not weakens it. This is something that any ruling coalition should desire not fear.

(3) Destroying the country's dignity. Every time racists groups like Perkasa demonstrate (which is their God given right) in the name of Malay supremacy the country's dignity is destroyed. Every time a government official mishaves badly in a foreign country, the country's dignity is destroyed. Every time a government official is charged with mismanagement of public funds, the country's dignity is destroyed. Pointing out these facts does not destroy a country's dignity, in fact it strengthens it.

(4) Destroying the country's history. As has been pointed out numerous times, the ruling coalition has distorted our history to fit its ethnocentric agenda. Numerous non partisan scholars have pointed to the sinister diminishment of the role non Malays have played in the formation of this country. Less we forget that it is from the ruling coalition (Deputy Prime Minister) that this absurd notion that we were never colonized emanates from. If anyone has destroyed the country's history perhaps Mr.Khairy should look to his own party. "Bogus history fuels present day national delusion", as Polly Toynbee often reminds us.

(5) Destroying the ethnic identity. Whose identity has the opposition been destroying? We are told that we are IMalaysia and the multiethnic Pakatan seems to symbolize this spirit. The only party who sees their ethnic identity under threat is UMNO. The only party which coddles racist groups like Perkasa and Perkida is UMNO. And now a new addition, The Crazy Squad. The only party that instead of engaging in open dialogue but resorts to the race card is UMNO. I put it to Mr.Khairy that it is not an ethnic identity which is at stake but a culture cultivated by the Ruling coalition.

A culture which has had a deleterious effect on this country. One only has to refer to the sad history of Utusan Melayu and the great Said Zahari, perhaps the most overt symbols of ethnic identity to understand how the establishment has battered asunder any form of honest intellectual dialogue. History was repeated when Hata Wahari, was ingloriously kicked form his tenure from the once great newspaper.

(6) Destroying the country's economic prosperity. As far as the auditor general is concerned opposition states are being run very effectively with Penang taking pride of place. Perhaps what is destroying this country is the culture of corruption that has been uninvestigated for years. Perhaps what is destroying this country are the ethnic divisions perpetuated by a political system bent on dividing the population not embracing it. Perhaps what is destroying this country are the policies that favor one ethnic group over all others.

Mr.Khairy's response to his Pakatan counterpart about amending the constitution that only a Malay can be prime minister is both feeble and dishonest. As it is, it was Mr.Khairy who not too long ago was publicly pondering the change of Ketuanan Melayu to Kepimpinan Melayu. The Honorable gentlemen from Rembau should have the courage of his convictions and push for the necessary amendments to the constitution. Unless of course he has had a change of heart and believes anyone who is qualified should be able to be prime minister?

I'll end with an appropriate G.K Chesterton quote. "Cruelty is perhaps the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty."

S.Thayaparan
Commander (R)
Royal Malaysian Navy
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Perobohan Tempat Pemujaan di Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 02:20 AM PST

Saya telah melawat tapak pemujaan di Glenmarie, Shah Alam yang dirobohkan oleh pihak berkuasa baru-baru ini sebentar tadi.

Pimpinan KEADILAN lain – YB Sivarasa Rasiah (Ahli Parlimen Subang), YB Manikavasagam (Ahli Parlimen Kapar), YB Gwo-Burne Loh (Ahli Parlimen Kelana Jaya) turut hadir dan bertemu dengan persatuan yang mengendalikan tapak tersebut.

Saya telah menegaskan bahawa dakwaan bahawa perobohan tersebut berlaku atas arahan saya adalah tidak benar sama sekali. Saya telah dimaklumkan akhbar Malaysia Nanban telah melaporkan demikian. Saya meminta mereka membetulkan laporan tersebut segera untuk mengelakkan tindakan perundangan diambil.

Sebelum ini saya telah bertemu dengan Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar selepas beliau mendapat laporan Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam tentang perobohan tersebut.

Saya bersama pimpinan lain yang hadir telah meminta agar Kerajaan Negeri mengambil tindakan sesuai selari dengan siasatan yang dijalankan dan agar sebarang tindakan seperti ini dikendalikan secara sensitif selari dengan garispanduan Kerajaan Negeri bagi mengelakkan sebarang salah faham.


Shrine Demolition in Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 02:18 AM PST

Earlier today I visited the site of the shrine recently demolished by authorities.

Other KEADILAN leaders – YB Sivarasa Rasiah (Subang MP), YB Manikavasagam (Kapar MP), YB Gwo-Burne Loh (Kelana Jaya MP) attended and met with association that runs the shrine.

I have stated unequivocally that the allegation that the demolition took place on my instructions is untrue. I was informed that Malaysia Nanban reported it as such. I have asked them to correct the report to avoid me taking any legal action.

Before this I met with the Selangor State Exco, YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar after he received the MBSA report on the demolition.

We urge the State Government to take the necessary action in line with the enquiry conducted and that any action taken in the future must be held sensitively in line with State Government guidelines to avoid any misunderstanding.


Anggota Polis Direman 7 Hari Kerana Kes Rompakan Bersenjata

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 02:51 AM PST

Kuala Terengganu - Seorang anggota polis berpangkat Lans Koperal antara dua lelaki yang ditahan reman selama tujuh hari bermula semalam bagi membantu siasatan berhubung kes rompakan bersenjata di sebuah kedai emas di Jalan Kuala Terengganu ke Kuala Berang di Pekan Wakaf Tapai, Marang, Isnin lalu.

Perintah reman sehingga 6 Disember ini dikeluarkan oleh Pendaftar Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Terengganu, Rusli Ahmad mengikut Seksyen 117 Kanun Tatacara Jenayah.

Difahamkan, anggota polis berusia 20-an yang dipercayai bertugas di Ibu Pejabat Polis daerah (IPD) Hulu Terengganu bersama rakannya, orang awam juga berusia 20-an ditangkap petang kelmarin.

Sinar Harian keluaran Selasa lalu menyiarkan seorang pemilik kedai emas dan dua kanak-kanak nyaris terkena tembakan dalam satu keja-dian rompakan bersenjata di sebuah kedai emas di Jalan Kuala Terengganu ke Kuala Berang di Pekan Wakaf Tapai di sini.

Dalam kejadian jam 11.50 pagi, tembakan itu dipercayai ditujukan ke arah pemilik kedai emas terbabit, Fong Swee Heng, 48, namun tersasar dan mengenai cermin hadapan sebuah kereta yang diletakkan di hadapan kedai yang mana terdapat dua kanak-kanak berusia 9 dan 6 tahun di dalamnya.

Dua penjenayah berkenaan yang memakai baju hujan serba hitam dan bertopi keledar melarikan diri dengan sebuah motosikal sejurus melepaskan tembakan kepada pemilik kedai tersebut serta sempat melarikan sebahagian kecil loket dan subang emas. -SH

Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas sebelum ini. Petikan:

Kejadian jenayah menjadi-jadi di kalangan anggota PDRM kerana menteri KDN sendiri yang membelanya - bahawa bilangan anggota polis yang melakukan jenayah adalah kecil berbanding jumlah anggota PDRM keseluruhannya.

Sindrom memberikan alasan sedemikian amat-amat tidak wajar kerana ia persis menggalakkan lagi perbuatan jenayah dan salahlaku polis yang sepatutnya bertindak membenteras jenayah - tetapi kini, mereka sebenarnya penjenayah.

Sekali lagi ingin GB tegaskan, kita tidak bermaksud untuk orang membenci polis, tetapi perbuatan polis itu sendiri mengundang kebencian rakyat terhadap mereka.



Penipuan Dalam Daftar Pemilih Dikesan Lagi, Nama Lelaki Jantina Perempuan

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 12:33 AM PST

Seorang lelaki terpaksa membatalkan hasratnya mendaftar sebagai pengundi buat sementara waktu apabila mendapati nombor kad pengenalannya telah didaftarkan sebagai seorang pengundi dengan menggunakan nama individu lain.

Walaupun lelaki berusia 38 tahun itu menetap di Petaling Jaya, Selangor, namun sema­kan menggunakan laman web rasmi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mendapati nombor kad pengenalannya telah didaftarkan sebagai pengundi di Kuala Krai, Kelantan.

Lebih aneh, apabila nama individu yang tertera dalam senarai berkenaan iaitu Zulkifly Mohamed Yusof dikategorikan sebagai berjantina perempuan.

Adun Ayer Keroh, Khoo Poay Tiong berkata, ia hanya disedari apabila lelaki terbabit ke DAP Melaka untuk mendaftar sebagai pe­ngundi baru.

Menurutnya, lelaki terbabit mendakwa tidak pernah menetap di Kelantan.

"Apabila mendapati nombor kad pengenalan barunya telah didaftarkan, kami memeriksa nombor kad pengenalan lamanya pula kerana memikirkan ia mungkin satu kesilapan.

"Bagaimanapun, nombor kad pengenalan lamanya turut didaftarkan atas nama orang berkenaan,"
katanya kepada media selepas membawa perkara itu untuk perhatian SPR Melaka di Menara Persekutuan, di sini, semalam.

Poay Tiong berkata, aduan rasmi telah dibuat semasa pertemuannya dengan pegawai SPR Melaka bagi membolehkan SPR menyiasat perkara berkenaan.

Sementara itu, seorang jurucakap SPR ketika mengesahkan laporan itu berkata, siasatan akan dijalankan sebelum tindakan susulan diambil. -SH

Lagi dakwaan penipuan dalam daftar pemilih

Seorang lelaki yang berhasrat untuk mendaftarkan namanya sebagai pengundi terkejut apabila mendapati nombor kad pengenalannya telah didaftarkan atas nama individu lain.

Lelaki berkenaan yang berusia 38 tahun dan kini menetap di Petaling Jaya, Selangor berkata, sebaik beliau melakukan semakan di laman web rasmi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mendapati nombor kad pengenalannya telah didaftarkan sebagai pengundi di Kuala Krai, Kelantan.

Lebih menimbulkan tanda tanya apabila nama individu yang tertera dalam senarai itu, dipaparkan sebagai Zulkifly Mohamed Yusof dan turut meletakkan status jantinanya sebagai perempuan.

Perkara berkenaan didedahkan ADUN Ayer Keroh, Khoo Poay Tiong, ekoran lelaki berkenaan ke Pejabat Pusat Perkhidmatan DAP Melaka berhubung masalah itu.

Menurut Khoo, ketika semakan pada laman rasmi SPR, didapati nombor kad pengenalan lelaki berkenaan didaftarkan sebagai seorang pengundi di Kuala Krai, Kelantan, dengan menggunakan nama 'Zulkifly Mohamed Yusof,' sedangkan lelaki itu mendakwa tidak pernah menetap di Kelantan.

"Apabila mendapati nombor kad pengenalan barunya telah didaftarkan, kami memeriksa nombor kad pengenalan lamanya pula kerana memikirkan ini mungkin satu kesilapan.

"Bagaimanapun, nombor kad pengenalan lamanya juga turut didaftarkan atas nama orang berkenaan," katanya.

Khoo berkata, satu aduan rasmi telah dibuat semasa pertemuannya dengan pegawai SPR Melaka bagi membolehkan SPR menyiasat perkara berkenaan.

"SPR perlu menyiasat dan memperjelaskan bagaimana perkara ini boleh berlaku.

"Pada masa sama, saya juga menyarankan kepada semua pengundi berdaftar supaya memeriksa daftar pemilih yang terbaru bagi memastikan nama mereka masih ada," katanya.

Sementara itu, seorang jurucakap SPR, ketika mengesahkan laporan berkenaan, berkata, satu siasatan akan dijalankan sebelum sebarang tindakan susulan diambil. -mk



A Cherishable Love

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 01:39 AM PST

Allah SWT answered my prayers..Alhamdulillah syukurnya.

I prayed to HIM for help.

Being far away in Kuantan, I cannot accompany Jannah.
She has to be at the hospital today to attend to her serious ankle injury..
5 torn ligaments I heard..
You can read her blog I-AM-CHEEKY KITTY on my blogroll.
She wrote of her agonising ankle predicament.

Anyway, who's to assist her?? **Pity2 her **
Who will send her and wait for her in her hour of need?

I was toying with the idea of sending Hannan over for a few days.
Hannan will be registering into her college in KL in early January 2012.

Luckily, Jannah's boyfiee has offered to help..
I didn't know until she told me this morning..thank God.

I presume he has taken leave from his busy schedule at his law firm.
What more can I say..I am so glad.
Alhamdulillah..thanks dear for being her loyal, best friend.

I love you guys very much.
The special friendship you all share is so romantic, beautiful and sweet..Alhamdulillah.

May Allah SWT Bless both your lives with lots of great health, piousness, happiness, success and may all your wishes come true..InsyaAllah.

Thank you Feezal..Thanks so much!
I am very touched and forever grateful to you..

O..Happy December too.
Please convey my salams and warmest regards to your parents.

p.s.
Yesterday evening, I drove Banun and Hannan to the vet's place.
Libby, Eva and her couple of 1 month old kits did not follow.
We brought Lady Yoda, Cashper, Momo and her 3 adorable now 5 month old kits, Rocky, Abby and Oscar.

They were all overdue for their vaccines.
Since we didn't follow the schedule, the older cats had to retake their jabs and restart their whole vaccine count all over again.
The previous incomplete vaccine cycle has all been wasted..our fault for taking them lightly.

It was rather expensive for the whole batch..but we had no other choice.
I paid the vet half and hutang the balance.

We have to bring Eva and her kits soon.
Libby completed hers and has been neutred because Fateen made sure of all those before she left for Oregon.

Anyway, we were there from 6pm till 7 something.
With my tasbih in hand to while the time, I switched off the car engine and dozed off intermittently.

Hannan and Banun patiently handled the cats' medical concerns inside the vet's shop..
a scan for Lady Yoda, the vaccinations, fungus problem etc..
There were so many cat lovers with their darling pets flowing in and out of the premises.

I hate to come home when maghrib is already on.
This rule of being at home before maghrib, has been staunchly practised only these few months.

There was a recent spooky, goose-pimples experience during one Maghrib drive at the East Coast Highway from KL to Kuantan, that brought me to abide this directive seriously.

My late mum has always told us to be indoors (not gallavanting around) if possible before the azan maghrib.
I never really bothered about this.
Now, see what has happened.. the result of being ignorant to old people's advice.

And so last night, Merlin, Simba and Eva had their eyes darting upwards and around my room many times..as though they saw something invisible.
Eva seemed to be annoyed and even made a few chases.

Merlin had a few tremblings and his eyes were a bit more alarmed than usual.
I was holding him and he kept looking elsewhere!
His eyes followed around, and even landed a few times on my left breast..eeekkks!


So there I was reading out loudly lots of Ayatul Kursi.
I even grabbed and read the Yasiin after Isyak.
Then I 'sembur' here and there after finishing my Quran recitations..Ya Allah!

Folks, during senja, try your best not to enter the house without at least washing your face and feet at the garden pipe outside, or from a bottle of mineral water.
And please, try to read a few simple Quran verses.
Something alien might possibly be following you home..Wallahhu'alam.

We had so many cats to carry into the house so none of us did.

We washed our faces only at the kitchen sink.
Still..Astaghfirullahhal'azeem.


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