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Posted: 28 Jan 2012 09:24 AM PST
Read Anwar's interview with WSJ properly, every line and every single word he said. No where in the story did he speak of the 'two state solution', a reference to Israel and Palestine.
He even said what he told WSJ journalist is in line with Malaysia's and UN policy with regards to recognising the state of Israel and Palestine.
He lied again. This is NOT in the WSJ story. Now that he is under attacks, he is changing his stand.
He claimed on Saturday, "I stressed that the needs and rights of the Palestinian people must be guarded and that includes the right to their country and not to be victimised. I also stated that if this is met then Israel's rights should be respected".
"I stressed that the needs and rights of the Palestinian people must be guarded and that includes the right to their own country and to not be victimised. I also stated that if this is met then Israel's rights should also be respected," he said in a statement after some parties lambasted him.
Earlier Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister and Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin demanded Anwar clarify his words as reported in the WSJ, saying the latter's remarks ignored the plight of the Palestinians.
"Is this the stand of the the opposition Pakatan coalition, when the government does not even have diplomatic relations with Israel," he said, adding that Barisan Nasional regrets what Anwar had said.
The Malaysian government, he said, was also very disappointed that the peace talks between Israel and Palestine had yet to bear fruit although they had been going on for a long time.
Before that, Umno Youth accused Anwar of defending 'Israel's Zionist regime' over his reported comments, saying it was Palestinians who needed protection, defending and humanitarian aid after being oppressed by Israel.
Umno Youth's international bureau chief Ahmad Zaki Zahid said the PKR de facto leader's comments reflected 'his efforts to support certain friends who stand firmly behind the Zionist regime'.
I have read the WSJ story, not once but a few times but found nothing about the 'two state solution'.
Let's hear more from him...
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 10:43 AM PST
Semalam blog ini telah memetik tulisan dari sebuah blog rakan yang menyatakan Anwar tidak berada di Bangkok pada tarikh video seks II yang dikatakan dirakam pada 12 & 13 Januari tahun lepas.
Blog tersebut mendakwa Anwar berada di Indonesia. Namun ia tidak dapat memberikan butiran lanjut.
Namun selepas di semak semula, sebenarnya, Anwar tidak berada di Bangkok maupun di Indonesia pada tarikh berkenaan tetapi berada di Kuala Lumpur.
Berikut ialah pendedahan dari wikimalay yang memetik sumber asalnya dari activist901.com:
Nah sekarang apa lagi? Semuanya telah terbarai.
Kita yakin video seks itu dikeluarkan oleh "Datuk T Production" adalah kerana hati mereka terlalu sakit ekoran fitnah video seks I tidak berjaya dan sementelah lagi Anwar telah dibebaskan oleh mahkamah di atas tuduhan liwat tempohari.
Kerja-kerja rakaman video seks tersebut adalah agenda paling jijik dan jahat kumpulan Datuk T yang mendapat restu UMNO itu. Memang binatang sungguh kerja mereka itu.
Kita berdoa agar bala paling dasyat ditimpakan ke atas pemfitnah, pereka, dan sesiapa juga yang terlibat menghasilkan dan menyebarkan video seks berkenaan.
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 06:30 AM PST
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 07:50 AM PST
PAS: 'Lupakan Hasan Ali, fokus PRU-13'
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Jan — PAS meminta pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat agar "melupakan" Datuk Dr Hasan Ali dan memberikan tumpuan kepada persiapan pilihan raya umum ke-13 yang bakal diadakan tidak lama lagi.
Ketua Penerangan PAS Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man menegaskan Hasan, bekas Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor sudah tiada kaitan dengan parti Islam itu dan segala tindakan pemimpin kontroversi itu tidak akan dipedulikan.
"Bagi kita beliau (Hasan) bukan ahli PAS, jadi ikut beliau mahu lakukan apa...beliau boleh adakan siri jelajah, ia tidak kaitan dengan kita.
"Lebih baik tumpu kepada perkara yang lebih besar iaitu pilihan raya ke-13 dan juga isu-isu yang melibatkan kepentingan awam bukan isu Hasan Ali...kita juga tidak akan beri komen tentang beliau," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.
Hasan, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Gombak Setia dipecat daripada PAS awal bulan ini kerana mengeluarkan kenyataan-kenyataan yang bertentangan dengan dasar parti.
Sehari selepas dipecat Hasan mendakwa pemecatannya berpunca daripada Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Malah Hasan mengambil inisiatif untuk mengadakan siri jelajah untuk memberi penjelasan tentang pemecatannya dan mendedahkan "parasit" di dalam parti Islam itu.
Sejak itu Hasan dikritik pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat, terbaru Timbalan Presiden PKR Azmin Ali menegaskan, disebalik dakwaan terdapatnya "parasit" di dalam parti perikatan oleh Hasan, Azmin menegaskan Hasan adalah parasit dan merupakan musuh dalam selimut yang sebenar dalam gabungan tiga parti komponen itu.
Tambah Tuan Ibrahim, walaupun dihimpit dengan isu pemecatan Hasan namun segala persiapan pilihan raya tetap berjalan.
"Kita fokus kepada pilihan raya kerana ia semakin hampir dan ia adalah medan sebenar yang kita harus bersiap sedia untuk menghadapinya," katanya.
Jelas beliau, bagi PAS gerak kerja pilihan raya sudah bermula dan bersedia menghadapinya pada bila-bila masa.
"Saya lihat semua negeri sudah berada di tahap maksima, gerak kerja juga sudah mula bergerak," katanya. -TMI
Setelah sekian lama isu Hassan Ali dibincangkan, kini Hassan Ali itu sudah pun tiada lagi di dalam jemaah PAS. Maka sewajarnya kita tidak hiraukan lagi sekalipun ada saki baki pengikutnya yang masih bersimpati terhadap nasibnya.
Sebenarnya, bagi mereka yang mengikut tulisan-tulisan GB selama ini, GB telah lama membuka kisah Hassan Ali ini - seawal 21 Nov 2009 apabila GB menulis, mengenai kisah Ikan Berkepala Buaya - Ada Bersama Kita
GB, seperti sebahagian sahabat-sahabat semua, suka merenung tentang "hakikat" sesuatu yang tersurat.
Tetapi tidak ramai yang mampu "membaca" petunjuk Ilahi itu. Ayat "manzurah" adalah untuk orang yang tajam mata hatinya melalui "ainul-basirah" kurniaanNya bagimengetahui rahsia di sebalik setiap sesuatu yang didedahkan di atas permukaan bumi ini.
GB tidak mahu mengaku GB mengetahui kesemuanya, dan tidak pula mahu bersikap sombong dan takbur namun hakikatnya bahawa apa yang GB telah tuliskan hampir 3 tahun lalu adalah benar.
Kemudian oleh kerana GB agak sedikit kecewa kerana tiada apa yang dilakukan oleh pimpinan PAS terhadap manusia yang bernama Hassan Ali itu, maka pada 29 Nov 2009, GB telah terbitkan satu munajat kepada Allah agar memberikan bantuan untuk dibersihkan parti kita dari "kepala parasit" itu. Memperingatkan Pimpinan PAS : Doa Seorang Hamba Yang Da'if. Petikan munajat:
Ya Allah Ya Tuhan kami
Dan syukur kepada Allah akhirnya pada 8 Januari 2012, Hassan Ali secara rasminya dipecat.
Maka dengan ini GB sekali lagi merafakkan kesyukuran kepada Allah yang telah memakbulkan doa dan munajat hambaNya ini dan lantaran itu, isu Hassan Ali dengan ini dikuburkan dengan rasminya.
GB juga bersyukur kepada Allah yang "telah mengembalikan" beberapa orang pimpinan tertinggi kepada saf perjuangan kita walaupun satu ketika tindakan-tindakan mereka amat menggusarkan kita seperti Mustafa Ali, Nasharuddin Mat Isa dan Tuan Ibrahim sendiri. Rahmat Allah menyebabkan mereka masih berhak untuk diberikan kemaafan dan terus berada di dalam jemaah kita.
Dan kita serahkan kepada Allah untuk mentarbiyah saki-baki mereka yang masih seperti Hassan Ali sifat dan sikapnya yang masih berlegar di dalam parti kita. Tak usah GB sebutkan nama mereka tetapi cukuplah mereka yang sedar itu bertaubat dan memberhentikan kerja-kerja jahat mereka sebelum menerima pukulan dasyat Allah seperti yang Hassan Ali sudah terima.
Yang utama selepas ini kita akan memohon kepada Allah memperkuatkan saf perjuangan kita untuk kita hancurkan UMNO BN sehancur-hancurnya dan untuk kita tawan Putrajaya!
GB amat yakin Allah akan perkenan juga doa kita. Hanya menunggu detik dan masa yang bersejarah itu adanya. Marilah bersama GB untuk yakin dengan bantuan dari Allah ini.
Mungkin sdra-sdri ingin membacanya semula. GB berikan pautan-pautannya:
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Posted: 28 Jan 2012 05:21 AM PST
Pas: 'Hukum' MB Kedah tak timbul, fokus mansuh Auku
Naib Presiden Pas Salahuddin Ayub (gambar) berkata, gesaan Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari agar kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) mengambil tindakan ke atas Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak berhubung isu Kolej Universiti Insaniah (Kuin) tidak timbul dan ia juga bukan formula penyelesaian.
Sebaliknya menurut beliau, PR perlu memberi tumpuan untuk memansuhkan Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti (Auku) dengan membentuk kerajaan peringkat persekutuan pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.
"Pakatan akan mengambil tindakan maksimum untuk memansuhkan Auku," kata beliau ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian Online.
Salahuddin berkata, semua pihak perlu melihat bahawa masalah semasa ini berpunca daripada kewujudan Auku itu sendiri.
"Seharusnya jangan kita mengalihkan senapang, tembakan ke arah pihak (kumpulan sasaran) yang salah. Apa yang penting, kita memaksimumkan serangan ke arah BN (Barisan Nasional), tindakan untuk memastikan Auku ini dihapuskan," kata Salahuddin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kubang Kerian.
Sehubungan itu, Salahuddin berkata, pendekatan mengambil tindakan ke atas Azizan tidak akan menyelesaikan kontroversi semasa, sebaliknya isu yang timbul memerlukan penyelesaian menyeluruh dengan memansuhkan Auku.
"Saya tidak fikir ia akan menyelesaikan masalah (dengan mengambil tindakan ke atas Menteri Besar)," katanya.
Ditanya sama ada PR akan membincangkan perkara itu, Salahuddin berkata, "tidak dalam keadaan untuk dibincangkan."
Dalam temu bual dengan Sinar Harian semalam, Menteri Besar Kedah berkata, orang luar tidak perlu masuk campur urusan pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri termasuk isu Kuin kerana pihaknya lebih tahu situasi yang berlaku berbanding pihak-pihak lain.
Mengulas gesaan Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, Azizan yang juga Pesuruhjaya Pas Kedah berkata, pakar perlembagaan itu sepatutnya lebih mengetahui selok-belok undang-undang dan keputusan mahkamah dan oleh itu, tokoh akademik berkenaan tidak sepatutnya mempersoalkan tindakan pengurusan Kuin menggantung lima pelajarnya.
"Kita tidak akan layan segala desakan untuk menarik balik keputusan yang sudah dibuat. Lagipun isu ini sudah lama," kata beliau.
Azizan mencadangkan PR agar mengambil tindakan terhadap Azizan kerana menggunakan Auku untuk menggantung enam pelajarnya sedangkan perikatan itu mendesak akta tersebut dimansuhkan.
Sebelum ini, dalam perbicaraan pada 25 Mei lalu, enam pelajar kolej universiti itu digantung pengajian dan seorang dikehendaki membayar denda.
Mohd Faiz Mohd Arshad digantung dua semester manakala Muhamad Aiman Che Abd Razak, Zukhilatif Marzuki, Mohd Azlan Mat Zain dan Ahmad Remi Mohd Arof digantung satu semester dan diberi surat amaran.
Seorang lagi, Mohamad Farhan Mohamad Baharin juga diberi surat amaran dan didenda RM100.
Mereka didakwa mengikut kesalahan di bawah Auku kerana menyertai demonstrasi, memberi ucapan di hadapan orang ramai menggunakan pembesar suara di sudut pidato dan mengadakan sidang media.
Mereka didapati terlibat dalam demonstrasi bertujuan menyatakan bantahan terhadap pembinaan Sekolah Insan Bestari.
Azizan yang juga Pengerusi Kuin turut menganggap kes enam pelajar terbabit selesai setelah mereka dikenakan tindakan tata tertib termasuk digantung pengajian manakala seorang lagi dikehendaki membayar denda.
Dalam pada itu, ketika bercakap kepada Sinar Harian di Padang Besar hari ini, Salahuddin berkata, mana-mana pihak termasuk tokoh akademik tidak wajar menuding jari terhadap Azizan yang menyokong tindakan Kuin menggunakan Auku untuk menggantung lima pelajarnya dalam perbicaraan 25 Mac lalu. -SH
Azizan sedia dipecat jika bersalah dalam isu KUIN
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Posted: 28 Jan 2012 02:58 AM PST
i should really be blogging again, shouldn't i?
I mean, it's free, isn't it!
Probably should, and hopefully would.
Filed under: just because
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 03:36 AM PST
Rosmah Jejas Persiapan PRU-13 Najib?
Isu kemewahan hidup isteri Perdana Menteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor hangat kembali dan terkini isu perbelanjaan mewah Rosmah semasa di Sydney, Australia didedah akhbar negara itu.
Meskipun sebelum ini, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sedang giat dalam program turun padangnya ke negeri-negeri bagi mempersiapkan jentera pilihan raya, namun pendedahan Sydney Morning Herald menjejaskan imej Najib.
Satu artikel dalam akhbar Australia Sydney Morning Herald tulis kolumnis Andrew Hornery yang menggelar Rosmah sebagai "First Lady of Shopping' kerana dikatakan telah membelanjakan RM300,000 membeli-belah di butik mewah pereka fesyen di Sydney, Carl Kapp.
Kolumnis itu dalam satu kenyataanya mempertahankan dakwaannya bahawa Rosmah membelanjakan lebih RM300,000 semasa lawatannya ke Australia.
"FLOM (wanita pertama Malaysia) dakwa saya membesar-besarkan secara liar lawatan sambil membeli-belahnya di Sydney?
"Saya tetap pertahankan setiap kata-kata saya. Sumber saya amat kukuh," kata Hornery dalam Twitternya.
Selain perbelanjaan A$100,000 (RM325,000) di sebuah butik, Hornery juga mendakwa Rosmah dan suami menginap di emper (penthouse) bernilai A$20,000 (RM65,100) semalam, meminta "parkir valet untuk limousinnya" dan menerbangkan pereka fesyen ke Malaysia untuk mengenakan pakaian yang ditempahnya.
Sebelum ini, Rosmah ada menyatakan penafiannya tentang dakwaan itu dan menggelarkan dakwaan itu sebagai satu tuduhan liar.
Rosmah mendapat perhatian masyarakat sejak Najib menjadi Perdana Menteri.Kehidupan mewahnya diperkatakan khalayak selain didakwa banyak mempengaruhi keputusan yang dibuat Najib dalam isu-isu dasar kerajaan.
Ramai yang tidak senang dengan kelibat Rosmah selaku wanita pertama yang dilihat terlalu menonjol bukan dengan imej positif, sebaliknya dengan imej yang menggoyahkan imej Najib.
Isu perbelanjaan mewahnya semasa menginap disebuah hotel di Dubai seperti yang didedahkan Timbalan Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KeADILan), Azmin Ali turut menjadi bualan umum.
Azmin mendakwa, kos penginapan Najib dan Rosmah di hotel mewah Atlantis di Dubai lebih RM100,000 hanya untuk semalaman.
Rakyat turut dimaklumkan, jumlah perbelanjaan lawatan rasmi Perdana Menteri dan isterinya dari tahun 2008 hingga 2011 iaitu dimana mereka membelanjakan RM 1,739,332.85 (2008), RM 4,811,837.48 (2009) RM 5,140,307.99 (2010) dan RM 5,427,172.26 sehingga Jun 2011.
Memetik keratan sebuah akhbar Australia pula, seorang wanita Pertama yang tidak dinamakan turut membelanjakan A$150,000 (RM487,000) bagi membeli mutiara di gedung mewah di sana.
Kesempatan membeli belah itu diambil ketika Najib dan isterinya, yang juga menggelarkan dirinya 'Wanita Pertama Malaysia' berlepas ke Perth untuk mengetuai delegasi Malaysia ke Mesyuarat Ketua-Ketua Kerajaan Komanwel (CHOGM).
Antara yang turut serta dalam delegasi berkenaan ialah Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz, Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Mashitah Ibrahim dan Presiden PPP, Datuk M Kayveas.
Ekoran daripada itu, Najib dan isterinya, Rosmah Mansor yang sebelum ini dikatakan membeli cincin berlian berharga RM24 juta, terus menerima kritikan.
Dalam pada itu, pada 31 Ogos lalu, Najib dilaporkan sebuah akhbar telah bercuti ke Perth (Australia) dengan menaiki pesawat rasmi Kerajaan Malaysia nombor pendaftaran 9M-NAA.
Menurut laporan tersebut, pesawat tersebut yang berlogokan 1Malaysia dimiliki oleh Jet Premier One (M) Sdn Bhd, anak Syarikat Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (MAS) iaitu sebuah entiti milik Kerajaan Malaysia melalui pegangan saham oleh Khazanah Nasional Bhd.
Jumlah kos penyewaan sebuah pesawat Airbus A319 yang digunakan oleh Najib sewaktu percutiannya di Perth, Australia pada Hari Kemerdekaan, tahun ini berjumlah RM9.1 juta.
Dalam jawapan bertulis kepada soalan yang dikemukakan oleh ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz berkata kekerapan penggunaan pesawat itu adalah meliputi 155 sektor di dalam dan luar negara.
Katanya, kos penggunaan berjumlah RM9.1 juta itu meliputi kos bahan api pesawat, caj tempat dan kendali, sajian serta logistik krew pesawat."
Rosmah juga sebelum ini pernah dikaitkan dengan kemasukan cincin buatan Jacob & Co pada harga RM24 juta.
Kemasukan barangan diatasa nama Rosmah Mansor itu didedahkan oleh Pengerusi Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Badrul Hisham Shaharim yang katanya mendapat maklumat daripada sumber Kastam.
Rosmah menafikan pembelian cincin itu dan menyatakan ianya sekadar untuk pameran sulit di suatu lokasi yang dirahsiakan dan telahpun dihantar ke Singapura.
Walaupun Rosmah menafikannya, namun hingga kini perisytiharan keluarnya barangan itu kononnya ke Singapura masih menjadi tandatanya.
Selain itu, Ketua Wanita KeADILan, Zuraida Kamaruddin pula ada mendedahkan dakwaan kononnya Rosmah memperoleh wang bagi membeli sekurang-kurangnya 11 beg tangan mewah jenama Birkin.
Zuraida berkata, sekiranya anggaran kasar, Rosmah membelanjakan minima RM638,000 hingga maksima RM5,192,000 untuk membeli beg tangan berkenaan.
Kini nama Rosmah meniti semula dibibir masyarakat selepas Shahrizat 'remuk' dibelasah kerana skandal kelemahan projek NFC yang dikendalikan oleh suaminya, Dato' Seri Mohammad Salleh.
Rosmah dilihat sukar berperang dengan akhbar luar negara apabila setiap dakwaan yang dihadapinya hanya mampu dinafikan tanpa mengambil tindakan undang-undang ke atas akhbar berpengkalan di Sydney itu.
Apakah sebenarnya yang berlaku, pastinya tindakan 'penafian' tidak cukup untuk menggambarkan Rosmah benar-benar tidak melakukan apa yang didakwa akhbar Sydney itu.
Sebaliknya seperti kata Naib Presiden PAS, Dato' Mahfuz Omar, Rosmah harus mengambil tindakan undang-undang ke atas akhbar berkenaan, dan sekiranya tidak, ia mendatangkan interpretasi bahawa dakwaan akhbar itu benar.
Lebih penting lagi, apakah serangan ke atas Rosmah ini sebenarnya menggugat 'nama baik' yang sedang dirintis Najib bagi menghadapi pilihan raya umum, ramai veteran Umno-BN melihatnya sebagai suatu 'beban' kepada Presiden Umno itu.
Rakyat sedang menantikan tindakan Rosmah mahupun Najib, dan ramai yang mahu agar isu itu bukan sekadar dibiarkan berlalu begitu sahaja tanpa siasatan pihak berkuasa seperti Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).
Jika gagal diatasi, ianya pasti boleh merencatkan keghairahan Najib dalam menentukan tarikh pilihan raya umum ke-13. -HD
SU Agung: BN tidak terdesak panggil PRU
Sebelum ini hangat diperkatakan bahawa Najib Tun Razak akan membubarkan parlimen pada awal bulan Februari dan memanggil pilihanraya umum ke 13 pada Mac 11.
Tetapid engan pelbagai isu yang melanda angkara Rosmah seperti pendedahan perbelanjaan besarnya di Sydney dan kewujudan permainan "Aku Jimat", diberitakan tarikh pilihanraya terpaksa dianjakkan.
Maklumat dari pembekal barangan untuk kempen BN juga menyatakan bahawa berlaku penundaan tarikh sebenar pilihanraya.
Walau apa dan bila pun tarikh PRU13, yang utama rakyat perlu bersiap sedia menghadapinya bila-bila masa.
Ingat: kerajaan telah pun menaburkan pemberian one-offnya. Jika tidak ada apa-apa masakan tempua bersarang rendah....
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Posted: 28 Jan 2012 02:00 AM PST
Let's remind ourselves of what UMNO/BN has cheated the rakyat of:
1. PKFZ RM12bill
2. Submarine RM500mil
3. Sime Darby RM964mil
4. Paya Indah Westland RM88mil
5. Posmalaysia (transmile) RM230mil lost
6. Eurocopter deal RM1bil waste?
7. Terengganu Stadium Collapsed RM292mil
8. MRR2 repair cost RM70mil
9. Maybank Overpay for BII RM4bil
10. Tourism - NYY kickback RM10mil
11. 3 paintings bought by MAS - RM 1.5M
12. Overpayment by Sport Ministry -RM 8.4M
13. London's white elephant sports complex — RM 70M
14. MRR2 Repairs - RM 70M
15. MATRADE repairs — RM 120M
16. Cost of new plane used by PM - RM 200M
17. InventQ irrecoverable debt - RM 228M
18. Compensation for killing crooked bridge — RM 257M
20. Lost in selling Augusta — RM 510M
21. Worth of AP given out in a year - RM 1.8B
22. Submarines (future Muzium Negara artifacts)- RM 4.1B
23. PSC Naval dockyard - RM 6.75B
24. The Bank Bumiputra twin scandals in the early 1980s saw US$1
billion (RM3.2 billion in 2008 ringgit)
25. The Maminco attempt to corner the world tin market in the 1980s is
believed to have cost some US$500 million. (RM1.6 billion)
26. Betting in foreign exchange futures cost Bank Negara Malaysia RM30
billion in the 1990s.
27. Perwaja Steel resulted in losses of US$800 million (RM2.56
28. Use of RM10 billion public funds in the Valuecap Sdn. Bhd.
operation to shore up the stock market
29. Banking scandal of RM700 million losses in Bank Islam
30. The sale of M.V. Agusta by Proton for one Euro making a loss of
€75.99 million (RM 348 million)
31. Wang Ehsan from oil royalty on Terengganu RM7.4 billion from 2004
32. Philharmonic Orchestra has swallowed a total of RM500 million.
Hiring a kwai-lo CEO with salary of more than RM1 M per annum !
33. Advisors Fees: Mahathir was paid RM180,000, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
(women and social development affairs) RM404,726 and Abdul HamidOthman
(religious) RM549,675 per annum
34. The government has spent a total of RM3.2 billion in PPSMIover the
past five. Out of the amount, the government paid a whopping RM2.21
billion for the purchase of information and computer technology (ICT)
equipments which it is unable to give a breakdown. Govt paid more than
RM6k per notebook vs per market price of less than RM3k through some
new consortiums that setup just to transact the notebook deal. There
was no math & science content for the teachers and the notebooks are
all with the teachers' children now.
35. The commission paid for purchase of jets and submarines to two
private companies Perimeker Sdn Bhd and IMT Defence Sdn Bhd amounted
to RM910 million.
36. RM300 million to compensate Gerbang Perdana for the RM1.1 billion
"Crooked Scenic Half-Bridge"
37.RM1.3 billion have been wasted building the white elephant Customs,
Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities on cancellation of the
Malaysia-Singapore scenic bridge
38. RM 100 million on renovation of Parliament building and leaks
39. National Astronaut Programme – RM 40 million (what happened to the
experiment our Space Tourist was supposed to have carried out?)
40. National Service Training Programme – yearly an estimate of RM 500
41. Eye on Malaysia – RM 30 million and another RM5.7 million of free
42. RM 2.4 million on indelible ink
43. Samy announced in September 2006 that the government paid
compensation amounting to RM 38.5 billion to 20 highway companies.
RM380 million windfalls for 9 toll concessionaires earned solely from
the toll hike in 2008 alone.
44. RM32 million timber export kickbacks involving companies connected
to Sarawak Chief Minister and his family.
45. Two bailouts of Malaysia Airline System RM7.9 billion. At a time
when MAS incurring losses every year, RM1.55 million used to buy three
paintings to decorate its chairman's (Munir) office.
46. Putra transport system bailout which cost RM4.486 billion.
47. STAR-LRT bailout costing RM3.256 billion.
48. National Sewerage System bailout costing RM192.54 million.
49. Seremban-Port Dickson Highway bailout costing RM142 million.
50. Kuching Prison bailout costing RM135 million.
51. Kajian Makanan dan Gunaan Orang Islam bailout costing RM8.3
52. Le Tour de Langkawi bailout costing RM 3.5 Million.
53. Wholesale distribution of tens of millions of shares in
BursaMalaysia under guise of NEP to cronies, children and relatives of
BN leaders and Ministers worth billions of ringgits.
54. Alienation of tens of thousands of hectares of commercial lands
and forestry concessions to children and relatives of BN leaders and
Ministers worth tens of billions of ringgits
55. Since 1997, Petronas has handed out a staggering 30 billion
ringgit in natural gas subsidies to IPPs who were making huge
profits.In addition, there were much wastages and forward trading of
Petronas oil in the 1990s based on the low price of oil then. Since
the accounts of Petronas are for the eyes of Prime Minister only, we
have absolutely no idea of the amount.
56. RM5700 for a car jack worth RM50
57. Government-owned vehicle consumed a tank of petrol worth RM113
within a few minutes
58. A pole platform that cost RM990 was bought for RM30,000
59. A thumbdrive that cost RM90 was bought for RM480
60. A cabinet that cost RM1,500 was bought for RM13,500
61. A flashlight that cost RM35 was bought for RM143
62. Expenses for 1 Malaysia campaign paid to APCO?
63. RM17 billion subsidy to IPP
64. USD24 million diamond ring for Ro$mah — cancellation of order —
how much compensation???
65. Cattle/Cow gate by family of Sharizat RM250 million
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:41 AM PST
With Sodomy II out of the way, look forward to March polls -- maybe or maybe not
With the Sodomy II trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim now out of the way, it is probably time to start thinking seriously about Malaysia's 13th general election, which most observers -- but not all -- believe will be called in March, during school holidays when the classrooms are empty.
Despite euphoria on the part of the three-party opposition coalition, the end of the trial doesn't mean that Anwar's troubles are over. One political observer in Kuala Lumpur told Asia Sentinel that the United Malays National Organization, the lead party in the ruling national coalition, will probably do its best to discredit him in other ways.
Although he was declared not guilty, the image of the opposition leader as a sexual deviant has probably been planted in a lot of Malaysian minds. Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Anwar's accuser, appears to have no intention of going away. He has asked the attorney general to appeal the acquittal and is tweeting and texting his outrage and innocence to anyone who will read them. UMNO could well put him on the trail to demand denied justice at every campaign stop.
However, Umno and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak carry plenty of baggage of their own. A long series of scandals within the party bear the hallmarks of being pushed by various Umno factions to cripple each other. That isn't to say the snap poll won't come off. But there are headwinds. The party held its annual general assembly in December and was expected to come out fighting. There was plenty of harsh rhetoric that made it sound as if Umno is besieged on all sides by threatening foes from both inside and outside the country – particularly from Christians, and particularly Chinese ones.
Najib himself concluded the conclave by pounding the war drums in stark terms, outlining a dark future if the opposition were to win, saying that: "This is the fate that will befall us if Umno loses power. Who will uphold the symbol of Islam? Who is capable of protecting the rights and agenda of the Malays? Who will continue to honour our Malay rulers?"
Massive scandal derails party conclave
Almost simultaneously with the annual general assembly, however, Umno found itself in a massive scandal involving the family of Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, the head of Wanita Umno, the women's wing of the party and minister for Women, Welfare and Community Development. It has been impossible to wish the scandal away as a ploy by the opposition because it was exposed in September by Malaysia's Auditor General.
As some observers have pointed out, it is also damaging because it involves agriculture, and particularly cattle – something Umno's rural constituency can understand in all of its ominous implications. The matter involves the National Feedlot Corporation, which was given RM250 million (US80 million) in a government soft loan and was established to slaughter as many as 60,000 cattle a year by halal, or religiously accepted, methods. However, NFC has never slaughtered 10 percent of the projected total and has since scaled back its target to 8,000 head but hasn't been able to meet that target either. The agreement to establish the company, made when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister, was okayed by Muhyiddin Yassin, the agriculture minister at the time and now the deputy prime minister.
None of Shahrizat's family had any experience in cattle production or beef supply prior to the establishment of the company. It appears that much of the money—as much as RM131 million -- was poured into things that had nothing to do with feeding cattle but instead into cars, condos and travel, among other things.
The matter has been seized upon with a good deal of glee by the opposition. One Malay businessman source said "there may be other revelations as to how the money for cattle was used which may implicate the number 2 guy." That is Muhyiddin Yassin, the deputy prime minister. "This thing has been a lifeline for the opposition who are sitting on a thumb drive full of info which they are revealing in bits and pieces," he said.
Intermixed with this are reports that both Muhyiddin's and Najib's private secretaries have been accepting funds of at least RM10,000 per month from private parties for reasons that are unclear. The allegations against each – complete with pictures of checks -- are suspected of having been leaked by the Muhyiddin and Najib factions against each other. There reportedly is yet another massive scandal waiting in the wings, involving hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with the Iskandar project in Johor across the strait from Singapore. Documents are believed to have been made available to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission that are said to implicate former lieutenants of former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Some sources have said the Shahrizat matter and shortcomings by other ministers argues for a cabinet reshuffle prior to any election. Certainly, Shahrizat is expected to be dropped as a candidate in the next election, whenever it is to be held, and that probably her husband will be charged at some point.
Continuing allegations of corruption have cost the country four places in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, dropping it to a still relatively respectable 60th. But it is the third straight year the country has slipped in the perceptions index – all three occurring on Najib's watch. Although the mainstream media, all of which are owned by the component parties of the Barisan have tended to downplay the corruption reports, it is estimated that 41 percent of Malaysians now have access to the Internet – and a huge flock of opposition bloggers and websites, some of which, such as Malaysian Insider and Malaysiakini, are very professionally produced, and which pull no punches on reporting corruption and government mismanagement.
Part of the problem for Umno, a party source says, is getting divisional warlords to make way for winnable candidates in races that have become competitive now that the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition has become a genuine movement rather than a ragtag group of parties cobbled together by Anwar. These are old hands that refuse to give away to younger, more attractive and educated candidates.
It is a longstanding problem borne out by the fact that Rais Yatim, the information minister and an Umno Supreme Council member, said after the December conclave that those not selected must refrain from sabotaging the party. It is significant enough that the Mahathir wing of the party is contemplating demanding that party members sign a loyalty oath. A Penang district member, Musa Sheikh Fadzir, proposed the establishment of a General Election Disciplinary Committee to take action against those who go against the party in the upcoming polls.
Added to this are concerns that the party isn't appealing strongly enough to young, urban Malays, turned off by infighting and corruption, who have been drifting towards Parti Islam se-Malaysia, or PAS, which has rebranded itself as a secular party, and to a lesser extent to Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
According to the Neilsen rating agency, Malaysia's highest Internet usage is recorded among the young -- of people aged 20-24: 57 percent use the Internet regularly, spending an average of 22.3 hours online per week. Despite considerable publicity in recent weeks over a demand that the party return to its Islamic roots by former executive committee member Hasan Ali and his confederate, Nasharudin Mat Isa, a former PAS deputy president who was supplanted by the new moderate team, other sources say the party remains perhaps the most disciplined in the three-party opposition.
The biggest of the three opposition parties, PAS is continuing to work to appeal to urban voters. It is a dramatic illustration of the change in Malaysian society. According to the CIA World Factbook, 72 percent of the country's 28.7 million people are now living in cities. Although Malays make up the preponderance of the other 28 percent, the rural roots of both Umno and PAS are vanishing – at an annual rate of 2.4 percent. Agriculture now comprises only 13 percent of the workforce, with industry, 36 percent, and services, 51 percent, making up the rest.
As evidence of the racial divisions in the country, a poll by the Merdeka Centre taken last year said 61 percent of ethnic Malays believe the country is going in the right direction as opposed to only 31 percent of Chinese. Ethnic Indian approval of the way the country is going, at a high of 66 percent, has fallen dramatically as well, to 39 percent despite Najib's assiduous efforts to woo Indians back to the fold.
Najib, Rais Yatim and others have pointed to the decision to acquit Anwar as evidence of the Malaysian judiciary's independence, which is probably stretching the truth considerably. However, Umno and its leaders have been touting reforms of the hated colonial-era Internal Security Act, which allows for the indeterminate jailing of anyone the attorney general considers to be subversive, amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications Act and election law cleanup as well as other liberalizations as a step towards a new Malaysia.
Opponents regard these changes as cosmetic. The ISA is likely to be replaced by something akin to the Patriot Act, which was jammed through a panicked US Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
The government appears to have shot itself in the foot with the passage by the Dewan Rakyat, or parliament, of a Peaceful Assembly Act that opposition lawmakers, human rights activists and the country's lawyers say was about as bad as the law it replaces as it bans street demonstrations and requires assemblies, meetings and processions to be held only on designated compounds.
Whatever strength Najib has within Umno and whatever hold Umno has on the ethnic Malay electorate, the Barisan Nasional appears almost certain to have to simply write off the Chinese vote, and perhaps an unknown portion of the urban Malay and Indian vote as well. According to one analysis, overall 50 percent of parliamentary seats are Malay majority, 25 percent are Chinese majority and mixed seats i.e. seats in which no ethnic group has a majority, 25 percent are from the east Malaysia states of Sabah and Sarawak. To win Putrajaya, either the Barisan or Pakatan Rakyat must secure at least half of Malay majority seats -- 25 percent of the total parliamentary seats. For the Barisan, the winning formula is: 25 percent Malay majority seats, 5 percent Chinese or mixed seats and 20 percent from Sabah and Sarawak. For Pakatan, the winning formula is: 25 percent Malay majority seats, 20 percent Chinese or mixed seats and 5 percent from Sabah and Sarawak.
The other Barisan component parties are in considerably worse shape than Umno. The nearly moribund Malaysian Chinese Association is enmeshed in a scandal over the development of the Port Klang multimodal port facility, which has the potential to cost the country RM13 billion if all loan commitments are to be met. There is also hand-to-hand combat among leadership factions. In addition Chua Soi Lek, the head of the party, has been repeatedly taken to task by Malay supremacists such as Ibrahim Ali and his NGO Perkasa, which has the tacit backing of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, further disenchanting ethnic Chinese, who make up 23.7 percent of the population. They appear to have abandoned the party wholesale for the Democratic Action Party, which has been termed a Chinese chauvinist party.
Although East Malaysia appears solidly in the Barisan camp, if the state election held in Sarawak held on April 16 is any harbinger, the results indicate a clear abandonment of the Barisan by Chinese voters. The Chinese-based opposition Democratic Action Party won 12 of the 15 seats it contested, doubling its share of seats in Sarawak since the 2006 state elections. Parti Keadilan Rakyat, led by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, won three seats, including a rural one.
Thus the outcome appears to depend on how much PAS, having abandoned its Islamic goals, can make inroads among the Malay population, and particularly the urban Malay population. That 72 percent urban preponderance starts to look interesting indeed.
Many observers believe the most likely scenario is a Barisan win, but the historic two-thirds majority in parliament, which allowed the Barisan to dictate the country's political and governmental agenda, is likely gone for good.
That doesn't mean the opposition is faring much better. Pakatan Rakyat coalition continues to be beset with defections and arguments between the three component parties.
One of the things militating for an early election is increasingly dour economic forecasts. Second-half gross domestic product growth edged lower to 4.0 percent year-on-year as domestic demand weakened. By sector, according to the Malaysia Economic Institute of Research, services (6.3 percent growth) and manufacturing (2.1 percent) were the main growth engines. MEIR expects growth momentum to moderate as exports weaken on lacklustre performance by its main export partners, principally the United States. For 2012, MIER has revised its GDP growth forecast downward to 5.0 percent. Other research analysts, more pessimistic, put growth at 4.4 percent.
Although inflation seems relatively tame at a forecast 3 percent, Malaysia's tripartite growth model, two segments of which are manufacturing and commodities and both directed for export, will be hit by what appears to be an almost certain 2012 economic downturn in Europe and sub-par growth in the United States barring some miracle. That leaves just fiscal pump-priming and the public sector economy to maintain growth. Federal government net borrowing is already forecast at RM45.1 billion for the full year of 2011 and RM43.6 billion in 2012. Najib has produced an election budget with some goodies for everybody but particularly the country's ethnic Malays, including 1.3 million civil servants, one of the highest civil servants-to-population ratios in the world – the preponderance of them ethnic Malays. Civil servants will be offered tuition assistance for part-time studies
Other goodies include abolishment of payments for primary and secondary education, a "commercialisation innovation fund" to help out SMEs, a RM2 billion "shariah-compliant" financing fund for SMEs to be managed by selected Islamic banks – another bone thrown to Malay businessmen – as well as a review of capital gains taxes on property to stabilise the property market.
Najib and his troops have been hitting the campaign trail assiduously. But whether that means an election is imminent remains to be seen. Mahathir, the party's stormy petrel, counsels waiting until all of the ducks are lined up. But he also counsels that the Barisan keep up the pressure to make the opposition believe the national polls could happen sooner – forcing them to spend money, time and energy to try to keep up with the government parties.
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:29 AM PST
THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE The polls are looming and Malaysia is gearing up for the most hotly-contested general election ever. Unlucky 13 may be the one that finally breaks the Barisan Nasional's 50-year dominance over Malaysian politics and welcomes the Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya.
With all things in the balance, it is only right that the people of Malaysia test the ability of its two prospective prime ministers on a public stage to discuss public policies. Yes, it's high time we see a Najib Razak - Anwar Ibrahim debate.
For the record, the Republican Presidential candidates in the United States have already had 20 debates; which has helped narrow the field down to only 4 candidates. The debate floor is a great place to gauge each candidates stand on such things as immigration laws, English as the official language of America and setting up more jobs for unemployed Americans.
So why can't Malaysia have a debate between Najib and Anwar?
Even Mahathir is worried Najib will lose
It is also telling that former premier Mahathir Mohamad has openly advised Najib not to debate Anwar. It immediately sparked talk that Mahathir was afraid the technically less competent Najib would disgrace himself in such a debate.
Indeed, the reason Mahathir trotted out defied logic, insisting that a 'debate' made sense only if Anwar shared the current the BN's views.
"What's the point of debating when everyone knows his stand, and the debate won't change this. It's a different case if Anwar shares the government's opinion on matters raised," the government media reported Mahathir as saying.
At the root of the BN's problems is that Najib Razak is merely caretaker prime minister, one who was appointed to the post by his party after an internal power struggle that ousted former premier Abdullah Badawi. Najib should have immediately called for snap general elections to win his own mandate from the people, but he chickened out, knowing that he was likely to perform worse than Badawi. Only one year remains of the BN's 5-year mandate now, with Parliament due to automatically dissolve in April 2013 regardless of whether Najib calls for polls.
On the other hand, Anwar has been prime minister in waiting for too long. Anwar Ibrahim is now the leader of the opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat, and if it wins more of the 222 seats in Parliament than BN, Anwar will finally become PM. Back in 90s, Anwar was already the hottest Malay leader in town. Then he was the Umno deputy president and even Mahathir feared him, so much so that sodomy charges were fabricated to bring down and jail Anwar.
At that time, Najib was nowhere in the radar, unable to command a following of his own.
In fact, he claimed to be one of Anwar's biggest supporters then. And so did others like current Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Defense minister Zahid Hamidi. With Anwar released only from jail in 2004, it is not surprising that these men switched their allegiance to Mahathir, and now, they are keeping an eye on premiership for themselves. As for Mahathir, sure he would rush for the chance to be PM again - if Malaysians would vote for him that is - but basically, his efforts are now focused on getting his son Mukhriz to take over Umno and the premiership in the round after GE-13.
Paranoia only confirms Anwar's legitimacy to be PM
This is why since 1998, the BN government has gone to incredible lengths to keep denying Anwar his shot at the premiership. In fact, the change in the Malaysian political scene can be traced back to his detention under the dreaded Internal Security Act in 1999. This was the event that galvanised the opposition movement in Malaysia. And every political move the Umno-led BN has made since has been designed to keep Anwar out of the race for prime minister.
So silly is this thinking that many pundits say it is because of this very paranoia of Anwar, that Mahathir and gang have actually trapped themselves now. Always worried that justice will finally come and they will be made to answer for their misdeeds, they have helped themselves to huge chunks of the national wealth resulting in RM888 billion in illicit outflows to overseas accounts. They have also neglected their duties, the economy and the weak governance of the country have chased away massive foreign investment. At the same time, by their sheer insistence to 'shoot at sight' Anwar and his Pakatan cohorts, they have unwittingly confirmed Anwar's legitimacy as challenger for the Malaysian premiership.
So, barring other candidates who feel that they can garner the confidence of the Parliament as prime minister, these two gentlemen are Malaysia's heavy-weights for the main contest. And should there be other candidates, they too should be allowed their chance to debate so that Malaysians as a whole benefit and get to choose the leader they believe can best deliver the job.
What does the Constitution say
Article 43 (2) states - The Cabinet shall be appointed as follows, that is to say: (a) the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall first appoint as Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House;
The key to being prime minister in Malaysia is that a member of the House of Representatives command the confidence of the majority of the members of that house. Malaysians vote in fellow citizens as members of the House of Representative and 'pass on' the responsibility of choosing the Prime Minister to these elected representatives. Trust is passed onto these reps to make the wisest choice to benefit all. Whether these reps betray their countrymen and instead vote based on instructions from 'higher authority' in their party or in line with bribes taken will determine whether they are re-elected in the next round.
So the people must keep tabs and do not take for granted their reps will not betray their trust. But how can the people of Malaysia gauge the capabilities of whom will best fit the role of Prime Minister? A public debate would do fine.
But Malaysians still think MPs are their bosses!
A public debate is a medium by which the public can see and gauge for themselves the candidates with aspirations to lead the nation. Any reservations can then be voiced out to their respective Members of Parliament and the voice of the people must then be taken into account when choosing the person that would command the confidence of the House of Representatives to be PM. It is a process by which the people of Malaysia can be and should be part of. How difficult it this? Is this not a hall-mark of a progressive and mature democracy?
Sad to say, in many parts of the country, the people feel beholden to the reps. They feel their MPs are their bosses and not the other way around. But allocations given to the MP to distributes to the needy are actually money belonging to the nation - the Malaysian people as a whole. The elected rep is just a person chosen to undertake this task and the basis for choosing him or her should be trust.
The MP's constituents chose him because they trust him. So he has to do right by them and not behave as if they owe him and need to thank him and be grateful to him. This is the problem with Malaysia and only a government that will not take advantage of the rural people and instead educate them on their rights should be elected in GE-13.
This is 2012 and Malaysia is already very late in the people awareness and empowerment game.
Cannot function without a script written out for him
Yet in true BN government-knows-best form, Najib Razak will not take part in a public debate. And Mahathir supports this fully, although the older man's reasons may be less flattering to Najib than the younger man realizes!
But why won't Najib take on Anwar. At 58, Najib should possess greater fire and derring-do than the 64-year-old Anwar.
Perhaps, it is because in a public debate, Najib Razak's most obvious flaw will be on show. He is a 'scripted' man - and in a volatile environment of a public debate where scripts are written on the spot by oneself as one speaks - he would simply be dumbfounded. Yes, the cat is out of the bag. Without scriptwriters, Najib will have nothing to say. Unaided, Najib would fail miserably against Anwar Ibrahim, a man who has been tried, tested and tempered through all temperatures on the most public of forums including the two Umno-instigated sodomy trials.
Bear in mind, Anwar has been defending himself in since 1999. He was not only the fastest-rising and most popular Finance minister of the Southeast Asian region, but he has borne the brunt of all sorts of attacks against his sexuality, morality, character and personality. Both in the public sphere and in the courts of law.
Winner is obvious, and there may be sniggers but ...
In an immediate face-off the winner is obvious. But Najib should not be so vain and shallow as to refuse a debate because he knows, like the rest of the nation, he will surely lose. He must adopt a more gung-ho attitude and not just roll over and die. Style is not really that important, neither is articulation. Facts and substance are.
This is what Najib, at 58, should learn. He is no longer 18 and trying to show off to his girlfriend. He is Prime Minister of Malaysia and Malaysians want to hear what he has to say. How can he just drop his head and pretend it is not important. Not only will his critics in the Pakatan have a field day ridiculing his cowardice, even his own people in Umno will doubt him even more. Does Najib not think Mahathir would not in private sneer at him and perhaps tell common friends that 'Najib is so useless, I have to come out and help him to get out of it!' Isn't this a very likely reaction, even if not from Mahathir, others in Umno will surely say so.
Above all, Najib owes his countrymen. They already know him and they are entitled to know whether he has more to him than he has shown so far. Really, he should recognize their rights. Otherwise, he should talking about his dad, Abdul Razak who was the second premier, all the time as if being Razak's son means he would never do anything to harm Malaysia. But is not keeping Malaysia backwards and allowing ruthless opportunists like Mahathir to call the shots a slap in the face to the memory of his dad. One really wonders if Razak would approve of Mahathir or perhaps would have been even worse than Mahathir if he had ruled Malaysia longer.
Reclaim your rights
Malaysians should reclaim their rights and their nation. A public debate is the basic building block of a democracy. It is not an elocution or a beauty contest but a forum where the ideas and policies of two or more different quarters can be publicly evaluated, and the people can make up their minds. The prime minister's post is the highest executive job in the land. Malaysians have a right to gauge the potential of each candidate for themselves and not be curtailed by what the Umno-BN chooses because it is not to their disadvantage.
Finally, the prime minister can be anyone who is a member of the House of Representative and not limited to president of Umno. And to leave no room for doubt as to how the prime minister is chosen, all candidates must be made to lay out their plans and ideas and aspirations for Malaysians to vet through and to eventually approve of - whether at the ballot boxes on their own or through their reps in Parliament.
This is playing fair, this is playing fair according to the rules of democracy. This is the sign of a mature democratic country. If Najib or any other candidate in the future - whether from BN or Pakatan - refuses to debate in the run-up to any major election, he or she should not even be nominated to contest.
by Maclean Patrick & Wong Choon Mei
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:22 AM PST
"The world economy is slowing sharply, and the euro region headed for recession this year, the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday in a bleak update of global conditions. Overall, the world economy is expected to expand 3.25 percent in 2012 - down from the 4 percent projected by the IMF in the fall.
That figure includes 8.2 percent growth in China, still the world's most quickly expanding economy, and 7 percent in India. U.S. growth is forecast at 1.8 percent, the same as the fund projected in the fall. In those cases and for the rest of the world, growth was being crimped by what remains the world's major economic risk - the ongoing financial crisis in the euro zone. In a trio of reports released Tuesday morning, the IMF forecasts a "mild recession" for the 17-nation euro zone this year, and warns that matters could easily worsen".
The above is indeed a grim outlook from the world financial body and will definitely affect the Malaysian economy, but what is Prime Minister Najib Razak doing about it?
Well, it looks like he is going to do what he does best - NOTHING!
To understand the man, you need to know his background
Having been brought up with a silver spoon, the 58-year-old Najib is oblivious to the actual predicament and hardship faced by the people, both hardcore poor and those who can hardly make ends meet.
As he is constantly being surrounded by all the good things in life, he can never understand what the word poor means. There may not be a good correlation for such an inference but the fact is - Najib is not able to and does not care for the people.
His main concern now is to ensure that UMNO-BN wins the 13th general election so that he can remain the prime minister of Malaysia. It is a simple one-item priority.
The rest is of little concern to him as he seems to show no worry at all about the state of our economy. He continues to hand out more goodies to the people with the latest being the RM500 per household that earns less than RM3,000 per month. How caring can this be when it is a one-off aid meant to entice votes for GE-13?
Long list of flops
Then the award of Proton to DRB-Hicom, which immediately said they didn't have money but must borrow from Maybank, which in turn has to borrow from somewhere else. What if the whole exercise flops and Maybank ends up with a huge bad debt? By the way, if you have guessed that the Employee Provident Fund and PNB are among the biggest Maybank shareholders - which ultimately translates to the ordinary Malaysian worker and the poor Malay fishermen and farmers - then you are right.
The Ministry of Defence is also going to waste money on some exorbitantly expensive naval vessels, similar to the useless Scorpene submarines that Najib ordered in 2002 and allegedly received a RM570million kickback from. No wonder, current Defense minister Zahid Hamidi has had his eye on the Typhoon jet fighter for a while now. What a juicy piece of steak this must be for him!
MRT Corp, set up under the Ministry of Finance is expected to raise bonds soon for financing the RM50 billion Klang Valley MRT project. More money has to be borrowed and interest paid. Of course when the project starts there will be economic activities, but like all previous mega projects it is just a transient rise and will abruptly disappear once the money-making scheme is completed. Malaysians will then be treated to the same sour ending with the National Debt ballooning dangerously, while UMNO leaders and their cronies smile all the way to the bank, pockets bulging even more than ever.
The future is plain to see. The people will suffer from the poor service and with the maintenance of the KVMRT deteriorating so rapidly, the project will eventually need a bail out. No surprises for Malaysians used to this by now. With all due respect, history has shown that all the Malaysian LRT lines were bailed out because of bad planning and poor construction.
But for the KVMRT - the mother of all potential bailouts - this project is not going anywhere, and the completed structures will end up as white elephants, with the overall system only be partially completed. Due to its myriad problems, the entire system won't be able to work and function properly. The KVMRT is doomed from the start. Don't forget - you read it first here!
The Iskandar project in Johor has been hailed by UMNO as being a huge success. But sad to say, that is only on paper. UMNO has been on an advertisement propaganda to show the people that all is fine on the southern end. But basically, it is mere photo-shoots, nice photos, charts and statistics but Iskandar, like the KVMRT, will only benefit select contractors and be of limited economic reach because the project will hang halfway due to poor planning.
Not economic projects but money-making schemes
You see, only the 'first mile' is important. This is where the crony contractors and developers get their hands on the juicy government contracts. What doe they care if the entire project fails to integrate with both the local and national economy? After does Najib, the PM and also Finance minister care? No, he is even more busy than they are excavating the economy for his benefit and those of select UMNO allies.
UMNO and Najib have succeeded only in launching money-making schemes. This is why Malaysia is slowly but surely going bankrupt. The people are not getting richer. Only a certain group have become fabulously rich. This is the problem with all UMNO economic activities. Because of their short-term nature, there is no lasting effect and in the end they create more trouble and burden for the people.
The IPPs are milking TNB and Petronas dry and that directly hurts the people who have to pay high fuel and energy tariffs. The completed highways are still collecting the ever increasing tolls and the effect is hiking the cost of everything. Again, this is another example of the UMNO money-making schemes, the worst and most clumsily covered-up example being the RM12.5billion Port Klang Free Zone scandal.
Praised for doing nothing
So, what a joke it was when the World Chinese Economic Forum (WCEF) crowned Najib the Father of Modernisation and Transformation when he has not even completed a single term in office and he has not even won a mandate of his own to lead Malaysia.
Despite all that, MCA president Chua Soi Lek put on a great show of support, tapping contacts in the WCEF group to honor Najib. But the joke was on them because the WCEF actually gave Najib an award for doing nothing!
What an achievement indeed! Were they being sarcastic by awarding Najib such a "grand" accolade that even the mainstream media did not dare to play up for fear it might spark nationwide sarcasm and boomerang on the BN.
But if ridicule, empty promises, giving more burden to the people, leading Malaysia to the brink of bankruptcy, whitewashing financial debacles like the RM250mil Shahrizat-NFC scandal and indecisiveness are the basis for the award, then Najib truly deserves it. What say you?
by Nawawi Mohamad
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:13 AM PST
Di mana sahaja Najib pergi, beliau akan menegaskan sesuatu yang sama "sangat penting" untuk Umno dan BN diundi semula dalam pilihanraya akan datang supaya parti itu boleh menunaikan janji transformasi mereka.
"Saya sentiasa mengatakan bahawa bukan tidak penting untuk diundi semula. Ia sangat penting untuk diundi semula. Untuk kami menunaikan janji transformasi, kami perlu diundi semula," ujarnya dalam pelancaran pada "Politics of economics and Social Transformation in the Era of Global Crisis.
Tiada kuasa sebenar dari mula
Adakah beliau mengulang-ulang kata atau sebenarnya merayu kepada rakyat supaya memberi peluang sekali lagi kepada pakatan BN? Apa pun jua, rakyat seperti tidak peduli. Seolah-olah tidak mengendahkan beliau.
Di usia 58, Najib telah menjadi seperti si budak yang melaungkan pertolongan daripada serigala. Beliau sudah menipu dan bercakap kosong terlalu banyak. Mereka yang di kedai kopi sudah memanggil beliau PM yang cakap sampah (ada juga menggunakan perkataan yang lebih teruk).
Mengapa harus rakyat mendengar apa yang beliau cakapkan? Orang ini bukanlah yang mereka pilih sebagai PM tetapi dilantik parti UMNO selepas mereka menyingkirkan Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dalam satu pergolakkan kuasa.
Parti komponen BN sudah berputus asa terhadapnya
Parti komponen BN pun juga tidak lagi mendengar cakap beliau, terutamanya yang dari Sabah dan Sarawak. Mereka mempunyai masalah dalam parti mereka sendiri. Parti komponen dalam BN yang lain juga sedang mengalami pertelingkahan dalaman dengan ahli mereka yang tidak berpuas hati dan kecewa. Seperti tiada harapan untuk mereka. Nama BN, suatu ketika dahulu adalah wira sekarang sudah busuk dan merupakan yang paling payah untuk dibawa dalam pilihanraya akan datang. Kekalahan hampir pasti namun begitu, Najib hanya mampu bercakap perkara tidak masuk akal.
Di Semenanjung, Gerakan sudah hampir pupus. PPP sama seperti KITA –tidak relevan! MIC tiada perkembangan dan MCA telah jatuh standad di mata masyarakat Cina. Di Sarawak, Ketua Menteri Taib Mahmud masih lagi berkuasa sama ada membenarkan PBS kekal dalam BN atau tidak. Tiada apa-apa yang dapat dilakukan oleh Najib mengenai ini walaupun beliau sering bercakap dengan gahnya.
Di Sabah, LDP masih lagi menghadapi krisis kepimpinan; PBRS dan UPKO tidak mempunyai pengaruh terhadap keputusan PRU 13 kerana sudah ada UMNO di Sabah. UMNO Sabah juga sedang mengahadapi pergolakan dan tikam menikam dari belakang walaupun Najib sedang berhujah mengenai kepentingan kesederhanaan.
Bukan saja Najib sedang hidup dalam alam fantasi, beliau masih lagi mahu parti komponen BN yang lain mengorbankan kerusi boleh menang mereka untuk kepentingan UMNO! Tetapi dengan begitu besar yang telah diperjudikan, mengapa harus mereka berbuat demikian? Banyak yang sudahpun menunding jari kepada UMNO sebab sikap pembuli dan mementingkan diri mereka.
Sebagai contoh, Chua Soi Lek, presiden MCA telah pun merayu ahli parti itu untuk tidak melompat parti kepada pembangkang dan menjanjikan jawatan tinggi dan wang berjuta-juta. Tetapi tidak, kerana Najib sekarang berminat untuk mengumpul segala yang beliau rasakan boleh menang. Jadi, bagaimana untuk menghentikan penghijrahan?
Terpaksa guna semula muka lama dalam politik UMNO
Najib sebenarnya sedang mengaut pulangan daripada politik kotor BN ke atas rakyat. Ini adalah hasil daripada budaya yang telah lama dipupok dalam UMNO dan BN untuk sekian lamanya- budaya rasuah, politik wang, tikam belakang, perebutan jawatan tinggi dan wang. Wang sememangnya segalanya untuk UMNO-BN. Wang bukanlah untuk rakyat dan negara tetapi untuk keluarga mereka dan mereka sendiri. Demokrasi pula adalah perkataan yang tidak wujud dalam kamus hidup mereka.
Jadi inilah sebabnya mengapa tidak ada yang begitu mengendahkan Najib. Si budak yang melaung serigala atau Maharaja yang tidak berpakaian- Najib telah menggunakan taktik licik untuk membersihkan imej dirinya sendiri. Beliau terpaksa menyalahkan orang lain dan mengguna semula ahli politik bereputasi buruk. Pada dasarnya, tiada seorang pun yang mahu mengikut telunjuk beliau lagi.
Contohnya, Najib telah mengangkat Isa Samad sebagai pengerusi FELDA supaya bekas muridnya dan protégé dari Sekolah Dato Abdul Razak
di Seremban yang kini sudah menjadi menteri seperti Shaziman Abu Mansor (Menteri Kewangan II), Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Menteri Perdaganagn Dalam Negeri) danAbdul LAtiff Ahmad (Timbalan Menteri Pertahanan) akan kekal dalam UMNO.
Begitu juga dengan Trio Datuk T yang mendedahkan sex video yang memfitnah Anwar Ibrahim. Ini juga usaha mengguna semula orang lapuk dalam UMNO – Rahim Thamby Chik, bekas Ketua Menteri Melaka. Ini semua menemui kegagalan dan menjahanamkan terus reputasinya yang sudah sedia teruk itu.
Malaysia di zaman paling gelap dan lemah
Tetapi apa yang Najib telah pelajari? Nampaknya tiada apa-apa kerana sekarang beliau sedang mengharapkan Jamaluddin Jarjis, bekas menteri yang menjadi diplomat ke AS. JJ bukan sahaja terkenal dengan rasuah tetapi juga seorang playboy seperti Najib.
Sungguhpun begitu, Najib hanya mahu mereka ini bekerja untuk mengembalikan kuasa beliau. Tidak hairanlah jika tidak lama lagi Najib juga akan memanggil semula Muhammad Muhammad Taib, bekas MB Selangor yang tidak kurang keji masa silamnya.
Untuk semua ini Najib mahu parti komponen BN mengorbankan semua kerusi boleh menang kepadanya pada PRU 13. Mungkin beliau boleh saja buli MCA, MIC,
Gerakan dan semua yang kecil-kecil dalam BN. Namun begitu, pertelingkahan sudah wujud dalam UMNO dengan mereka-mereka yang tidak berpuas hati memikirkan mengapa mereka tidak singkir saja Najib?
Sebenarnya, mereka tidak salah. Yang sepatutnya beliau memulihkan situasi selepas Abdullah Badawi disingkirnya tetapi beliau telah menolak Malaysia untuk jatuh ke zaman paling gelap dan lemah.
Pemimpin UMNO kini begitu juga dengan calon yang dijangka boleh menang sudah tidak lagi mendengar kata Najib kerana tiada sesiapa pun yang dapat menjamin Najib akan kekal berkuasa selepas PRU 13.
Paling memalukan -Ah Jib Gor!
Najib juga berusaha untuk mendekati beliau dengan mengadakan Facebook "fan empire".Beliau telah mendirikan beberapa buah laman dan anda boleh sahaja keliru dengan ketulenannya. Hasilnya, usaha menaikkan nama sediri beliau itu gagal. Yang melucukan adalah laman "Ah Jib Gor" atau "Abang Najib".
Beliau sememangnya dicurigai orang Cina. Najib sudah pun dimalukan oleh beliau kaum Cina dan ada yang menulis di laman itu "DIAM LAH".
Jadi tiada yang mendengar cakap beliau lagi. Bagaimana dengan orang kampung? Adakah mereka mendengar cakap Najib? Ada juga ya dan kebanyakkannya tidak.
Mereka mempunyai anak dan anak mereka menasihatkan agar jangan mendengar atau percaya pada UMNO terutamanya Najib. " Ada yang tidak kena pada UMNO mungkin kerana Najib atau Mahathir. Tetapi UMNO sudah tidak boleh dipercayai", inilah yang dikatakan kepada mak dan ayah mereka apabila ditanya mengapa banyak sangat kekacauan kini?
Kepada negara dan dunia luar, Najib adalah pembohong bersiri. Beliau bukanlah seorang lelaki yang mengawal masa depannya sendiri dan tidak juga dapat mengawal isterinya Rosmah dari berbelanja besar. Apa lagi masa depan negara dan kemakmurannya?
by Nawawi Mohamad & Wong Choon Mei
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:12 AM PST
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:08 AM PST
The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is on the right track in declaring that it intends to raise the number of candidates from Malay-speaking communities in Peninsular Malaysia in a bid for more seats in Parliament.
This is an idea whose time has come nearly 50 years after the Peoples Action Party (PAP), its parent party, seized the reins of power down south across the causeway in Singapore. Even as the PAP's fortunes are on the wane in the island republic, the DAP's star is shining ever brightly than before in Malaysia across both sides of the South China Sea.
Spoilt for choice
Malays in their political maturity phase are now spoilt for choice after Umno which has consistently bludgeoned the Malay opposition into near extinction through defections, the Special Branch, the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Bankruptcy Act, the Income Tax Act and the like.
Initially, the Malays made for PAS over the years, and then entered the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) after the sacking of then Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim from the Umno Government. Visuals in 1998 of Anwar's blue-and-black eye – now the party symbol – after a savage beating at the hands of then Inspector-General of Police Rahim Noor, infuriated the masses like no other incident.
The Malays also realised that there was no more room for them in Umno, and with good reasons. The ruling party has since 1987 degenerated from a mass-based movement into a Holding Company of many 'Sdn Bhd' or branches virtually owned, managed and controlled by particular families of mini political dynasties – often the term warlord is used – and focused only on plundering the Public Treasury through opportunities created by the government and the system.
The Umno of today, in reality Mahathir's Umno Baru from 1987 after the old Umno was declared unlawful and deregistered, is no longer in touch with the masses, Malay and non-Malay alike. This is a party of robber barons living it up as if there's no tomorrow.
Witness Prime Minister Najib Razak's wife, Rosmah Majid's shopping sprees abroad. She continues to live in a state of denial, even when the foreign press have taken to dubbing her as the region's new 'Imelda Marcos' in a reference to the former Philippine dictator's wife famed for buying 3,000 pairs of shoes while the poor in the country lived near to starvation – and this is no exaggeration!
Why DAP but then again, why not DAP!
The question that arises within Umno circles is why any good Malay would be caught even dead in DAP when they can opt for the mass-based PAS or the PKR if unhappy with the ruling party? Umno no doubt still has pretensions of forming a Malay unity government - "let's share the loot" -- with PAS and forcing PKR to merge - read Sodomy II - with it. These are strategies the party cannot pursue if the Malays are in the highly-disciplined DAP as well in substantial numbers.
The DAP foray, or intended in-roads into Malay areas, comes close on the realization within PAS and PKR that the former has just about reached its zenith and natural potential based on its main Islamic theme. PKR meanwhile is still work in progress in organising the Malay and other grassroots. Although there are many talented Malays and non-Malays wanting to join Anwar's party, perhaps many folds more than PAS and DAP, PKR needs to work harder on its internal structures.
The DAP will not be eating into the Malay support behind PAS and PKR but will be seeking instead to woo the Malay fence-sitters in Umno areas. These prefer not to be with either PAS or PKR for reasons of their own.
Whatever the rationale, it is good to seen parties in the Pakatan – PKR and DAP at least – progressing beyond lip service in being multiracial parties.
PAS will get there soon, it is to be hoped, because race-based politics is something that will kill Malaysia sooner rather than later.
Assure the Malays of what is rightfully theirs
DAP will be able to woo Malays by pointing out the degeneration of Umno since 1987 and its continued degeneration under ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad, its unofficial Advisor, and its linkage with Perkasa from the right-wing fringe.
However, the DAP would also need to re-assure the Malays that Article 153 of the Federal Constitution and the New Economic Policy (NEP) would be maintained, albeit as envisaged in letter and spirit.
The DAP would also need to point out to the Malay-speaking communities that it would be in their long-term interest that the power over Article 153 be restored back to the King and that the deviations and distortions in the said clause and the NEP be ended once and for all for the benefit of the malays themselves and the nation at large.
There are no other issues that prevent the Malay-speaking communities in Peninsular Malaysia from flocking to the DAP or PKR and PAS in droves.
Malays should not put all their eggs in one basket
It would not be in the interest of the Malay-speaking communities in Peninsular Malaysia to put all their political eggs in one basket i.e. the decadent and degenerate Umno under a super duper corrupt leadership at every level of the party.
The more number of Malays in DAP, the more multiracial the party would eventually become in Parliament.
Hence, it wouldn't be surprising at all if the number of Malay legislators in DAP, perhaps as many as 35 MPs eventually, equal that of the party's non-Malay representatives in Parliament. This will reduce the number of Malays MPs from Umno to 35 including 13 from Sabah.
There are 10 Chinese MP seats for the DAP's taking in East Malaysia - Sabah (3) and Sarawak (7). That assumes that the party, in a worse case scenario, will not able to pick up any Dayak MP seats in Sarawak through its Dayak Task Force. In Sabah, it's unlikely that the DAP can pick up any Dusun – including Kadazan or urban Dusun and Murut – MP seats or any non-Dusun Muslim seats.
The DAP can pick up at least another 25 seats in Peninsular Malaysia from its Chinese and Indian candidates.
That is the best-case scenario that pundits are now calling. As we go closer to the 13th general election, this forecast can deteriorate or even improve. Whichever it is, Pakatan is expected to trounce BN.
The greatest worry though is that DAP turns traitor! Yes, talk is growing Umno has begun negotiations with DAP for an alliance post GE-13, whether BN or Pakatan wins. If true, Lim Guan Eng, the DAP secretary-general, will be committing suicide for his party. His dad, Lim Kit Siang, and DAP chairman Karpal Singh are bound to resist such a move but these men cannot live forever – legends though they are!
Even if DAP declines crossing over, the new members it picks up from Umno might do what Zahrain Hashim, Zaid Ibrahim and gang did to PKR. This has been a sensitive topic of discussion amongst the top Pakatan leadership. It is a real worry because Umno has the big bucks. The party itself may have little money but the Umno elite feature among the richest people in the world! What is several billion to them when they can rape the country for hundreds more if they get to cling on!
But the wheels of time wait for no one and Malaysians must be brave in facing the future. Malaysians must learn from the horror rule of Umno and BN never to depend on anyone or any party solely. They must stand up for themselves, their rights and the way they wish to live and be governed by.
Otherwise, we would go mad from the all betrayals – past, present and future. So take heart Malaysians and face GE-13 bravely. First step, get rid of Umno-BN. Then insist Pakatan carries out reforms immediately to protect the people from any form of political hegemony ever again.
That is the first order of the day, the most important to prevent us from ever losing our freedom again. Malaysians must reclaim their own rights before they can reclaim their nation.
by K Suresh & Wong Choon MeiMalaysia Chronicle
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:00 AM PST
This is not an article about Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial. But in case anyone is interested to hear my two-cents worth on the trial, I have two questions. How many people do we know who have actually been charged with sodomy? And do you think if Dato Seri Anwar will be charged if he were not an opposition leader?
My answers are 1 and NO
Furthermore, for those paying attention during the VK Lingam video, would have heard Anwar's case being mentioned. What does it mean? It means the BN government would go to great length to ascertain that Anwar will be put behind bar until his political carrier expires, if not for his entire life.
On that fateful day Lingam revealed to my father and myself that Mahathir and his political cronies had planned an Umno led coalition be cemented in power as long as time could be projected, and in the name of Malaysian prosperity and peace, Anwar must be destroyed. In this conspiracy all sectors of government including the civil service, judiciary, and police will be under their direct or indirect control and influence! The reach of this conspiracy even extends its reach into the private sector.
The financial system in the country be manned by trusted cronies, Petronas and its agents guarded by friends and family, the private power suppliers, utilities, media, trading companies, precious little was spared. One man stood to threaten the conspiracy, so he must be destroyed.
And what will happen on the 9th of January? I think all the cards are with the conspirators. If recent trends are any indication, then I think Anwar will be found not guilty, to buy some good will. Instead moving the grounds of execution will be moved to the court of Appeal (probably after the elections). But all the cards are with the conspirators, we can but wait.
With that out of the way, I want to talk about my observations about one of the most remarkable person I have had the pleasure to encounter and spend time with. He is my boss, but I will try to be objective. So let's make it clear that Anwar is by no means perfect, only Umno Barisan Nasioanl is perfect and does no wrong, so Anwar from time to time makes mistakes. The important thing is that he admits it.
The first time I met Anwar Ibrahim was about 4 years ago together with my father. I was never an Anwar fan, also I am a skeptic by nature making me someone quite difficult to convince. I have lost all hope for Malaysia, and like many Malaysians have decided to move abroad. I was in a very good place in my life. Anwar struck me with his warmth and modesty. He spoke at length on his beliefs and his political vision for Malaysia. He spoke about his views regarding race relations and international relations of Malaysia. He spoke at length about his mistakes and what he learnt during his ordeals. When I left the meeting I left with a change of heart. I left the meeting loving Malaysia more.
For the first time in my life I felt hope for Malaysia. I realised that there is something worth fighting for. Suddenly I started to see everyone as Malaysians instead of just Malay, Indian, Chinese, Dayak, etc. I was inspired to see hope for our nation and its people... Anwar inspires. Anwar inspired with his sincerity and conviction. Anwar inspired with his vision. And directly and indirectly millions were inspired. Just five years ago, who believed that our nation was standing on the verge of change? Who would believe that the mighty Umno would need to start listening to the rakyat?
Of course Anwar was not the only source of inspiration. But at a time where some tremble at the sight of the moon on a green flag, and others who hurl insults at the sight of a rocket. He more than anyone else was the glue to bind us all together. He more than anyone else led us to each other, and today together we stand at the brink of a regime change in Malaysia. Without Anwar, how many would have believed we would have even got this far?
The remarkable thing about the survey which registered 51% liked our prime minister, while 39% likes Anwar. A friend commented that PR should be worried since Najib apparently was more popular than Anwar. But I offered a reversed conclusion that it is BN who should be concerned. Why?
Simple. For four years you have all the kings' horses and men, all the newspapers, radio, cybertroopers attack one man. You went so far as to dig out the old play book and charge him with sodomy. You even have a crony get his own brother to impersonate this man in a porno production. All these while, all the mainstream media treats everyday as "denitrify our prime minster day". Even going as far as to issue official national sermons for friday prayers telling all good muslims to offer undivided loyalty and obedience to our great Prime Minister and friends. After four years of this and you find you are only 10% ahead, wouldn't you be worried?
In other words we need to appreciate one thing. Anwar is extremely resilient. Anyone else subjected to this intensity of abuse would have thrown in the towel long ago, anyone else would have fallen ages ago. Yet, Anwar still stands tall and strong.
In fact through the waves of onslaughts directed at Anwar, I have never seen him visibly affected. Except during Zahrain's fallout. For the first time I could see Anwar visibly sad, more from the loss of an old friend I sensed. Despite the unrelenting assaults, which would have crippled entire armies, Anwar still stands tall and strong, "this is because of the hard work and support from all of you" he would say. But in truth is we are the ones that should be thankful.
Not only because he continues to give us hope and inspiration, he also provides us shelter and protection. Imagine if there is no Anwar to draw the waves and waves of onslaught by the powers that be.
Imagine if all the PR leaders and YBs are subjected to what Anwar has to face every day, how many more of us would have fallen? How many more would have thrown in the towel? He stood there and drew the majority of heat upon himself, so the rest of us can collectively work towards the goal of a better nation.
Sometimes a nation produces a person who is destined to shine not only within their nation, but on the international stage as well. Someone that will make our nation shine that much more brightly (Some might try, some might imitate, but you can't pretend to be Princess Diana).
We in Malaysia are fortunate to have produced such a remarkable person. But it is also unfortunate that we choose to allow him to be shackled and weighed down. Or should I say that it is unfortunate that so many of us decide to stand by and allow him to be shackled.
But remarkably Anwar remains firm on his love of Malaysia and its people, remains determined to spend his life and blood in building the nation into the great nation we know we can become. He believes we can, I believe we need to.
Today our nation remains rooted unable to break free from being decidedly mediocre, but the truth is we are mediocre by choice rather than due to any disability. To a large extend this is where our Government has decided is the best place to be. And for 55 years there have been nothing the people could have done about it.
In a way we chose where we wanted to be. When the BN government was bulldozing the so called "peaceful" assembly bill through parliament, in spite of the widespread objections from the people, a BN YB said that the Barisan Nasional is passing this bill with the mandate of the people and if you don't like it then take over the government in the next elections if you can.
The Remarkable Mr. Anwar Ibrahim says we can, do you hear him?
PKR MP for Kelana Jaya
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 12:53 AM PST
Penang hopes that the RM4 billion high-tech and solar energy investment by Ibiden and Robert Bosch Solar will be included in the 2011 December investment figures.
So whilst the statement made by International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir of a drop in investment compared to last year is correct, the final analysis can only be made when the December investment figure are tabulated.
RM12.2bil in 2010, should be RM10bil in 2011
In May 2011, the Penang State Government announced that Penang is targeting to achieve RM6.1 billion investments for 2011. Penang recorded its highest ever investment figures of RM 12.2 billion in 2010 topping the investment charts for the first time in history in Malaysia. A lower figure has been set to attract high value-added, high-tech, knowledge based companies that engender high-income, technology transfer and innovative industries.
Up to November 2011, Penang stood at RM6 billion in investments achieving the target of RM6.1 billion set. At the same time, there is a need to "digest" (consolidate) the record investments in 2010 so that the workers and skills shortage engendered does not overspill and damage the industry.
Penang hopes that the RM4 billion high-tech and solar energy investments by Ibiden and Robert Bosch Solar will be included into last year's investment figures which will then put Penang's investment at RM10 billion.
According to the recent report by investment and research firm Tholons on the 2012 Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations in the world, Penang has moved up 2 notches from 79 to 77 in ranking. The state government hopes to attract more of BPO and other preferred industries such medical, aerospace, LED and photovoltaic into Penang for 2012.
Lim Guan Eng
Chief Minister of Penang and the DAP secretary-general
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 12:51 AM PST
For the past six decades UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) have failed to uplift the standard of living among all the marginalised ethnic groups in the country and this includes the Indians, Malays, Chinese and the Indigenous. The gulf of disparity between the rich and the poor is ceaselessly widening. This poverty gap has made many poor Malaysians become tangential to the national economic pie.
About 70 percent of ethnic Indians in the country are in the poor or hardcore-poor cohort but receives the least attention from the UMNO-led government, as the poor Indians do not have much political clout in a country of about 28.5 million people. UMNO-friendly political parties representing the minority Indians in BN have not achieved much in trying to help this marginalised group of Indians.
They may have enriched a few cronies among them for the past six decades but the downtrodden among the Indians are left to live on crumbs. The norm has always been that Barisan Nasional (BN) with UMNO as its backbone party would make ostentatious promises before elections to help the marginalised Indians. All these syrupy promises would, more often than not, conk out just after the elections.
Those political parties in BN and other Indian-based political parties friendly to BN espoused to help the poor Indians would be quietened down by UMNO with all the 'bullying' tactics. Nevertheless, UMNO leaders have never been short of grandiose rhetorical phrases to 'mesmerise' the timorous and poor ethnic Indians:
"In view of the low level of corporate equity ownership among Indians, attention will be given to increase their participation during the OPP3 period."
"Efforts will thus be undertaken to increase Indian equity ownership to 3 per cent by 2010."
" At the same time, a study to review the status of the Indian participation in the economy will be undertaken to formulate 'appropriate strategies and programmes' to help the Indians."
"A 'high-powered' task committee will be formed, headed by MIC President, to find out the plights of the Indian community."
"More allocations will be given to uplift the standard of living of Indians in the country."
"RM200 million will be allocated to assist poor students to continue with their education."
"Najib came out with a statement asking Tamil educationist to come out with a blueprint on how to take Tamil schools forward."
"Najib vows to address Indian 'legacy issues'."
These are only a few of the many superfluous and flamboyant rhetorical phrases used to lull the poor ethnic Indians. All these gimmicks, however, have remained rhetorical and hollow in substance. Nothing much has got off the ground since the country's independence to sincerely help the poor Indians and they have not benefitted much from any of these bare promises. In fact, not even 2 percent of the poor ethnic Indians have benefited from all these 'grand plans' for them. These are mere political publicity stunt to dupe the poor Indians. It has only given the poor Indians in the country a false hope in life.
Favours a single ethnic group
Malaysia's affirmative social and economic policies favour a single ethnic group more than the poor among other races. The poor Indians, Chinese and the Indigenous are far left behind since the implementation of the NEP (New Economic Policy) in 1971 even when a prong of the economic policy clearly indicates that the eradication of poverty is irrespective of race. Apparently, poor ethnic Indians are among the most neglected since the implementation of the NEP.
The Indian community is still trapped in the trough of poverty when the NEP was not extended to help those in the estates and those displaced after the estates were taken over for development. While the NEP helped the Malays and the Indigenous out of poverty and managed to create a group of middle class among them, it obviously ignored the needs of the displaced poor ethnic Indians. In reality, this composite of Indians are as poor as the Malays and the Indigenous, if not more. The failure of the NEP to support the Indians below the poverty line has attributed to the community being marginalised until today. MIC and other Indian leaders politically aligned to UMNO have done little to resolve the problem of poverty among ethnic Indians despite helming the nation under the former Alliance and later the BN coalition for almost six decades.
About 20 percent of ethnic Indian families are earning a meagre RM 516 and below per month. Another 20 percent earn less than RM1000 and below per month. Ninety percent of this ethnic group do not own any land or shelter of their own. Many in the urban areas live in squalid slums and they form 60 percent of urban squatters. They are among those having the lowest per capita income – earning only about 8 percent of the national average.
When plantation lands were developed into other viable projects after the nation's independence this had resulted in the plantation workers being displaced and forced to become squatters in urban areas. With no proper education and financial means, they left for the urban areas in search of a new life. They lived in squatter colonies that were gradually demolished to make way for development with no or little alternative housing for them. Depriving of everything from income and permanent shelter they have become urban 'nomads' who are continuously being forced to live under squalid conditions and constantly being evicted or harassed by the authorities.
Thirty percent of them are squatters or live on TOL (Temporary Occupation Licence Land). Poverty has made their life acutely miserable. Suicides became too common among desperate parents and the meagre bread winners among them. Poverty has forced many of these poor Indians to commit suicide and 40 percent of all suicide cases in the country involve poor Indians. The majority of orphanages and old folks homes are also filled up with members of this minority ethnic Indian community.
Education opportunities for this community has been decreasing since. Only about 1 percent of intakes by government education institutes in the country and opportunities overseas funded by the government are allocated for ethnic Indians. There was a 10 percent quota for ethnic Indians before 1970 and this was reduced to about 5 percent in the 80s and further reduced to less than 3 percent in the past decade. The so-called 'meritocracy' system introduced in 2004 shrivelled the percentage of ethnic Indians' opportunity for tertiary education.
The double-standard examinations used for university entrance – matriculation and STPM – deprived many ethnic Indians making it to tertiary education in government universities and the chances of getting scholarships for overseas' education. The poor ethnic Indians were those who were affected most because of this politically twisted system. The poor Indians are naturally discriminated against by a lopsided education system.
Low sense of worth
The over 500 Tamil schools in the country is no remedy to the plight of this ethnic group. Most of this schools are dilapidated and not fully-aided government schools. Over 80 percent of ethnic Indian children end up becoming dropouts at the primary school level, when they enter secondary schools and before they have finished 11 years of education. They are ill-equipped with literacy skills to cope with studies beyond the elementary stage. Access to even the lowest level skills training Institutions are deprived for this community resulting in most of them remaining unemployed or unskilled workers
After about six decades years of independence, there are thousands of ethnic minority Indians left being undocumented – without birth certificates, identity cards or marriage certificates. This has deprived them of even basic education. Without these legal documents they cannot go to school, obtain licences to do business or secure employment.
Indian participation in the civil service has been reduced to less than 2 percent in 2010. Seventy percent (70%) of ethnic Indians have been doomed into becoming labourers, IMG (Industrial Manual Group workers, office boys, security guards, public toilet cleaners, general workers and road sweepers. Sixty percent (60%) of ethnic Indians are lower income earners and 85 percent of Indian workers in the manufacturing sector are low level workers. Sixty percent (65%) of Malaysian Indians work as plantation or urban underpaid labourers
Despair, poverty and lack of opportunities and UMNO-led BN lopsided policies have led to high Indian involvement in crime arising out of poverty. beggars, squatters, criminals and gangsters. A significant number of Indian youth have become social delinquents due to their low sense of worth.
Beyond that, ethnic Indians have been deprived of business licenses permits, business loans and opportunities for small businesses or commercial licenses for them to run businesses – resulting in less than 1 percent Indian participation in the country's economic wealth.
Justice for all
UMNO-led BN have been promising the poor ethnic Indians heaven when they cannot even deliver scraps to them. Disappointingly, the government has not kept to their promises.
The poor Indians are still languishing in poverty with not much hope in sight for a better life under the present government.
UMNO-led BN has failed to honour their 'gracious pledge' to help the poor Indians but have craftily made use of their hollow rhetoric to win votes and stay in power. A few ringgit doled out to the poor just before elections is not going to bring votes to UMNO or BN.
What's more, the poor on their part are not too ambitious to become filthy rich. Neither are they interested in going for a multi-thousand ringgit shopping spree or spending nights in posh hotels at the expense of tax-payers' money. They are only seeking for the basic needs in life – food on the table, education for their children, a reasonable income to make ends meet and a decent shelter to live in.
In this country of opportunity not only the poor Indians who are marginalised. The poor Malays, Chinese and the Indigenous of this country – who have by design or default made this country their home – are equally been marginalised under the UMNO-led BN government. A responsible government has to see the rights and positions of all citizens irrespective of race, creed or religion honoured. This is clearly ordained in the constitution.
Since those who are marginalised are not confined to one community alone, it is time for every Malaysian to rise above racial politics, thrust aside racial parties, liberate this nation from endemic corruption and injustice at every level and cherish together for a Malaysia where the people can perceive themselves as less Malay, Chinese, Indian or Indigenous. The people should long for a government that is 'colour blind' – that helps all the poor irrespective of their race, creed or religion.
The voting pattern will swing when there are ethnic groups that are deprived of these basic needs and have come to understand that they are being discriminated against. Mere rhetoric and promises to win elections are not going to influence the enlightened poor to vote for the incumbent government. The voting trend will definitely change in the coming general election.
by Moaz NairMalaysia Chronicle
Posted: 28 Jan 2012 01:26 AM PST
SKMM, hentikan sikap dwi-standard'
PETALING JAYA: Sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO), mengecam sikap dwi-standard Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multi Media (SKMM) kerana cepat bertindak menahan seoang blogger pro Pakatan Rakyat dan diserahkan kepada polis.
"Itulah kerja pantas SKMM dan pihak polis, memberkas hanya blogger-blogger yang selama ini menjadi nadi penting kepada Pakatan," kata Pengarah Propaganda Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Edy Noor Reduan dalam satu kenyataan media hari ini.
Beliau merujuk kepada tindakan SKMM menahan Faizal, pemilik blog Pulakdah.blogspot.com. dan kemudian diserahkan kepada pihak polis untuk siasatan lanjut.
Kata Edy Noor, tindakan SKMM membuat serbuan ke rumah beliau dan merampas barang-peribadi beliau termasuk dua laptop, dua desktop, sebuah handphone dan sebuah modem adalah satu tindakan yang biadap.
"Ini jelas satu cubaan melumpuhkan terus aktiviti blog pulakdah.blogspot yang banyak membuat pendedahan terhadap kepincangan kerajaan pemerintah. Blog Pulakdah juga merupakan antara blog ranking tertinggi dari kalangan blog Pakatan Rakyat.
Beliau berkata, pihak SKMM dan polis begitu pantas bertindak ke atas 'gagasan resistance cyber' Pakatan tetapi tidak bertindak sewajarnya terhadap blogger-blogger pro Umno dan kerajaan pusat.
"Sebelum ini bertimbun-timbun fitnah yang dilempar oleh blogger cybertrooper Umno.
Ini termasuklah penghinaan terhadap mahkamah dalam isu pembebasan Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
"Namun tiada tindakan susulan daripada pihak SKMM dan polis walaupun terdapat berpuluh laporan polis dibuat," terang beliau. -FMT
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 10:55 PM PST
I'm feeling a little sorry for Pebbles right now. We just took her to the vets and she's now sporting a nice little 'lamp shade' over her head. She's not at all used to it and is far from happy with having to have it around her cute little head that she practically doesn't want to move at all. She's just sitting there in one place so afraid to move.
As much as I hate to see her with that neck cone, I have no choice but to make sure she has it on for at least a week. A few days ago, she was gnawing at this little spot on her left side and kept on biting, scratching and licking it until it became a wound, which has now spread to two more spots.
She's done this before, biting and scratching at a certain spot and we had to take her to the vet once before but that wasn't as serious as this one. She kept on biting it and licking it and it just wasn't getting a chance to heal naturally.
This morning after going through some webhosting sites for some info on websites, the wife and me decided to take her to the vets and it's a good thing we did cos the diagnosis is, she's down with ring worms and because she was biting that open wound, it's spread to two more sections around the wound. The vet says the ring worm is nothing serious and she just needs some medication and stuff but cos she's licking and biting her present wound, it'll just spread further which is why she's got her own personal 'lamp shade' attached to her.
She's not too happy about it and she'll letting her displeasure show by giving the wife and me the eye ... LOL! She's really not used to it and when she's not used to anything, she won't budge much. I'm ending up carrying her around the house. I'm just going to leave her and she'll eventually have to move if she's hungry or thirsty or needs to use the toilet.
I don't know how she contracted the ring worms cos she's always inside the house. We hardly let her go outside for fear of her contracting stuff like this so it's really a big question mark on how she got this. One probably cause is she got it at the groomers or maybe from the back of the kitchen area, cos that's the only side where she likes to sneak out and stray cats hang out there.
Anyways, at least she's now on medication and we'll have to shave her totally clean once the wound dries up in a day or so to cater to the ring worm healing process, which should take about 3 weeks or so, according to the vet. I'm more concerned about getting her wounds healed cos then we can take out her 'lamp shade' which I'm sure is totally uncomfortable. But it's for her own good, I suppose.
Maybe in a day or so she'll get used to it and will be back to her naught mischievous self instead of sitting here at my feet moping away. I'm definitely going to be feeding her by hand the next couple of days cos I need to spike her food with the anti-biotics tablets that she has to take. Hope she'll recover fast though.
The cost of her consultation and medication is not exactly cheap though. We took her to Healing Rooms, just a few minutes drive away from our place. Her regular vet in Puchong was still closed for the CNY holidays and I didn't want to wait for it to open next week. The vet was pretty thorough and very professional about her work though it didn't come cheap. My medication when I was sick was soooooo much cheaper than hers. I suppose being a vet these days must be a pretty lucrative business.
Now that all that is done, I can go back to looking for website hosting companies to host our company's website. So far I've narrowed it down to either of these two sites, Webhosting Hub or Go Daddy. Hopefully I'll be able to decide which one to go to by the end of today. I can be pretty fickle minded at times :D
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 11:14 PM PST
Penguat kuasa MBMB parah ditikam
DUYONG – Sekumpulan samseng bertindak kurang ajar apabila menyerang anggota penguat kuasa Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) yang sedang melakukan operasi di sebuah kafe siber dekat Taman Seri Duyung, di sini malam tadi.
Dalam kejadian kira-kira 11.45 malam itu, kumpulan seramai hampir 30 orang itu dipercayai tonto dan rakan kepada pengusaha siber kafe yang disyaki menjalankan kegiatan perjudian berkomputer tanpa lesen sejak empat hari lalu.
Akibat serangan itu, empat anggota penguat kuasa cedera dibelasah termasuk seorang daripadanya parah akibat ditikam di lengan.
Mangsa yang parah dikenali sebagai Azizan Abbas, 26, yang mengalami luka sepanjang kira-kira 12.7 sentimeter di lengan kanannya selepas ditikam menggunakan pisau Rambo oleh seorang suspek.
Mangsa dikejarkan ke Hospital Melaka, di sini dan kini dirawat manakala, empat lagi anggota penguat kuasa yang cedera mendapat rawatan pesakit luar.
Akibat serangan itu juga, anggota penguat kuasa terpaksa mengeluarkan kembali sejumlah komputer yang disita dan diletakkan di dalam van penguat kuasa untuk mengelak tindakan lebih ganas.
Difahamkan, sebuah van MBMB yang digunakan dalam operasi berkenaan turut dipecah suspek.
Sementara itu, Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Negeri, Asisten Komisioner Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah berkata, semasa kejadian, pergelutan berlaku selepas kesemua penguat kuasa terbabit selesai menyita komputer dan membawa keluar dari premis berkenaan.
"Polis sudah mengenal pasti kumpulan yang terbabit dalam kejadian itu dan siasatan serta tindakan lanjut akan diambil," katanya kepada pemberita di Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontijen (IPK) Negeri, di Bukit Beruang, dekat sini, hari ini.
Beliau berkata, Kes terbabit kini disiasat di bawah Seksyen 324 Kanun Keseksaan kerana menyerang menggunakan senjata.
"Polis nasihatkan supaya mana-mana Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) yang ingin menjalankan operasi supaya mendapatkan kerjasama serta bantuan polis untuk keselamatan mereka," katanya . -SH
Judi: Ada Kelab Eksklusif Di DUN Ketua Menteri Melaka
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