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Posted: 04 Dec 2012 09:01 AM PST
Mungkin ironis bunyinya, bekas Ketua polis Musa Hassan mendakwa bahawa beliau kini diekori oleh pegawai cawangan khas.
Ia adalah susulan kepada sidang akhbar kontroversi minggu lepas, di mana beliau mendakwa bahawa unsur-unsur jenayah telah menyusup dalam unit polis dan mendedahkan bahawa ahli-ahli politik campur tangan dalam siasatan.
Selain dari beliau, Musa berkata bahawa R Sri Sanjeevan dari NGO Watch yang menganjurkan sidang akhbar saya juga turut diekori. Musa adalah penaung NGO Watch yang baru ditubuhkan.
"Bagi saya ia lucu lah. Mengapa anda mesti meletakkan saya di bawah pengawasan? Seolah-olah saya satu ancaman kepada keselamatan.
"Saya ingin menasihatkan mereka supaya tidak mengekori saya lah. Saya tidak akan memusnahkan negara, itulah nombor satu. Nombor dua, saya fikir anda ada kerja yang lebih baik untuk dilakukan , seperti mengekori penjenayah , yang benar-benar menjejaskan keselamatan orang awam," bekas KPN memberitahu FMT.
"Jadi saya fikir adalah suatu kebodohan mereka [untuk mengikuti kami], membazirkan wang rakyat. Jika anda mahu apa-apa hanya hubungi saya, saya akan memberitahu anda segala-galanya, "katanya.
Mengenai bagaimana dia mengetahui bahawa dirinya diekori, Musa berkata: "Sudah tentu saya tahu siapa yang mengikuti saya tetapi saya tidak mahu untuk besemuka dengan mereka. Tidak mahu memalukan mereka. Sudah tentu mereka akan melarikan diri apabila mereka melihat saya."
Ditanya mengapa dia diekori, Musa mengangkat bahu lalu menjawab: "Saya tidak tahu, mungkin arahan dari orang atas. Mungkin KPN sendiri, saya tidak tahu. "
Musa berkata bahawa walaupun pada masa lalu beliau telah diekori oleh ahli sindiket dan tonto "banyak kali", ini adalah kali pertama beliau diekori oleh seorang anggota polis.
"Tidak pernah sekali pun diekori oleh polis, tetapi oleh sindiket dan tonto, anda tahu, yang ingin tahu pergerakan saya. Saya masih ingat ketika saya berada di unit dadah. Itulah sebabnya apabila saya keluar dari rumah, saya tidak akan mengikuti laluan yang sama kerana khuatir orang mungkin akan; sama ada ikut saya atau serangan hendap saya. Kita mesti sedar akan persekitaran saya, sebagai seorang pegawai polis yang terlatih, anda tahu, "katanya.
Walaupun Musa berkata beliau tidak berasa terancam, Sanjeevan mengakui bahawa dia sedikit bingung.
"Sejak mengadakan sidang akhbar, kita telah diekori. Wajah yang sama, kereta yang sama di sekitar sini. Bunyi keretakan pada telefon saya ...., "katanya.
Sanjeevan berkata bahawa tidak ada sebab bagi polis untuk menggunakan taktik "mengganggu" kerana MyWatch adalah semata-mata sebuah NGO yang mengambil berat tentang kebajikan negara.
"Saya rasa ia adalah satu pelanggaran hak asasi manusia, ini adalah penyalahgunaan kuasa dan diarahkan oleh pihak di tahap yang lebih tinggi. Persoalannya, kami tiada apa-apa yang hendak disembunyikan. Kami hanya bimbang kerana jenayah yang berlaku dan ia bukan politik, ia (jenayah) tidak peduli siapa kita.
"Jika anda mahu, hanya hubungi kami, rekodkan kenyataan kami. Tolong jangan gunakan SB (special branch) ke atas orang-orang yang cuba untuk membantu anda berubah, "katanya.
Sanjeevan mengulangi seruan supaya KPN Ismail Omar bertemu dengan mereka secara peribadi supaya dapat bekerjasama dan berkongsi maklumat.-GeloraHatiMuda.- diterjemah dari berita FMT
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Posted: 04 Dec 2012 06:21 AM PST
According to Professor William Schabas, until recently President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the findings of an Al Jazeera documentary reveal that "we're moving into a zone where the word can be used".
In June, Myanmar state media reported 78 deaths during sectarian violence between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities. The Al Jazeera team discovered that official statements provided only a small part of what took place.
Instead, Rohingya testify suffering systematic torture, ethnic cleansing and execution-style killings. The program found evidence of at least two mass graves and the deliberate murder of minors, some of whom were burnt alive. The program includes eyewitness accounts of the extra-judicial killings of more than 200 people during five days in June.
The Hidden Genocide also provides compelling evidence that the killings were at times carried out with the support and participation of the Myanmar military, state security forces and local government officials.
Amongst the findings are:
The Hidden Genocide discovers a secret memorandum written in 1988 by Rakhine nationalists. It sets out policies aimed at restricting the ability of the Rohingya to travel freely, to prevent their access to tertiary education and for controlling their birth rate. There are today obstacles to prevent marriage within the ethnic group, including the requirement of a large payment to allow a legal marriage or be threatened with five years' imprisonment.
The election in 2010 of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) has placed in the state government a leadership that denies the existence of the Rohingya as an ethnic group. The party leader, Dr Aye Maung, has repeatedly said that the people who call themselves Rohingya should be deported from the land of their birth to third countries.
Dr Aye Chan, a Rakhine historian based in Japan has returned for the first time to Myanmar since 1988 and is at the forefront of a body of quasi-academic material that denies the existence of the Rohingya race, claiming they are 'a fabricated people'.
According to Prof. Schabas, one of the foremost experts on international criminal law, "We're moving into a zone where the word can be used (in the case of the Rohingya). When you see measures preventing births, trying to deny the identity of the people, hoping to see that they really are eventually, that they no longer exist, denying their history, denying the legitimacy of the right to live where they live, these are all warning signs that mean that it's not frivolous to envisage the use of the term genocide."
The findings are the result of a four-month investigation into events in western Myanmar this June 2012. It is produced by British filmmaker Phil Rees and will be broadcast at the following times:
Al Jazeera English (GMT)
Al Jazeera Arabic (AST)
To request a review copy of the documentary please email the Al Jazeera Press Office
Stills and clips from the film are also available on request
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 06:18 AM PST
သတင္း – RB News (ေက်ာ္စြာ၀င္း)။ ဒီဇင္ဘာ (၃)၊ ၂၀၁၂
ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္မွာေရွးႏွစ္ေပါင္း မ်ားစြာကေနထုိင္လာတဲ့ ေဒသခံရုိဟင္ဂ်ာ မြတ္စလင္ေတြကုိ အစုလုိက္အၿပဳံ လိုက္သတ္ျဖတ္တာေတြ ျဖစ္ေပၚခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အခုအခ်ိန္ထိလည္းေဆး၀ါး ကုသမႈမရ၊ အာဟာရခ်ဳိ႕တဲ့မႈေတြ ေၾကာင့္ေန႔စဥ္နဲ႔အမွ်ေသဆုံးေတြ ဆက္တုိက္ျဖစ္ေနပါတယ္။
ကာတာႏုိင္ငံအေျခစုိက္နာမည္ႀကီးအယ္လ္ဂ်ဇီးရားသတင္းဌာနက ဒီဇင္ဘာလ (၈) ရက္ေန႔ကစၿပီး (၁၃) ရက္ေန႔ထိ The Hidden Genocide လုိ႔ေခါင္းစဥ္တပ္ထားတဲ့ မွတ္တမ္းဗီဒီယုိတစ္ခုကုိ ျပသေတာ့မယ္လုိ႔ သိရပါတယ္။
ဒီမွတ္တမ္းနဲ႔ပတ္သက္လုိ႔ လူမ်ဳိးတုန္းသတ္ျဖတ္မႈ (Genocide) လုိ႔ေခါင္းစဥ္ တပ္လုိ႔ရတဲ့ေနရာကုိ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ေရာက္ေနၿပီလို႔ ႏုိင္ငံတကာ လူမ်ဳိးတုန္းသတ္ျဖတ္မႈနဲ႔ပတ္သက္တဲ့ပညာရွင္မ်ားအသင္း ဥကၠဌ ပါေမာကၡ William Schabas ကေျပာပါတယ္။
အယ္လ္ဂ်ဇီးရားရဲ့စာနယ္ဇင္းရုံးကေတာ့ ဇြန္လအတြင္းမွာ ၇၈ ေယာက္ေသဆုံးတယ္လုိ႔ျမန္မာအစုိးရက သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္တာက ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္မွာသတ္ျဖတ္ခံ ရတဲ့ေနရာေတြထဲက အစိတ္အပုိင္းတစ္ေနရာက သတင္းဘဲျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ ဆုိပါတယ္။
အခုျပသမယ့္ မွတ္တမ္းဗီဒီယုိမွာ ဇြန္လအတြင္းမွာ လူေပါင္း ၂၀၀ ေက်ာ္ကုိ ငါးရက္အတြင္း သတ္ျဖတ္ခဲ့တာ၊ က်င္းအႀကီးႀကီးႏွစ္ခုထဲမွာ ျမွပ္ခဲ့တာေတြကုိ သက္ေသခံမွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
၁၉၈၈ ခုႏွစ္ကစၿပီး ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာမြတ္စလင္ေတြကုိ လူမ်ဳိးတုန္းသုတ္သင္ဖုိ႔ ရခုိင္အစြန္းေရာက္ေတြစီစဥ္ခဲ့တာ ကုိ ဒီမွတ္တမ္းမွာျပသမွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
အယ္လ္ဂ်ဇီးရားရဲ့အဂၤလိပ္နဲ႔အရဗီအစီအစဥ္မွာ ဒီဇင္ဘာလ (၈) ရက္ေန႔ကစၿပီး (၁၃) ရက္ေန႔ထိ ေန႔စဥ္ ျပသမွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 07:30 AM PST
Menyedari amaran keras yang diberikan Kerajaan Selangor terhadap pemasangan kamera Sistem Penguatkuasaan Automatik (AES) yang mendapat bantahan rakyat seluruh negara, hari ini kontraktor yang dilantik Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) akhirnya menurunkan sebuah kamera yang dipasang di Lebuhraya Lembah Klang Selatan (SKVE) sebentar tadi.
Exco kerajaan negeri, Ronnie Liu yang memberi amaran tersebut mewakili menteri besar, Abdul Khalid Ibrahim masih belum dapat dihubungi bagi memberi komen susulan daripada tindakan tersebut.
Kerajaan negeri memberi tempoh sehingga Isnin lalu bagi kementerian pengangkutan menurunkan kamera kontroversi itu atau berdepan dengan tindakan daripada pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) yang diarah bersiap sedia sekiranya kementerian gagal berbuat demikian.
Malah sebuah pertubuhan NGO, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) juga berhasrat untuk berbuat demikian dan hanya menunggu lampu hijau dari kerajaan negeri untuk menurunkannya tanpa menggunakan sesenpun wang pembayar cukai.
Kira-kira 50 orang pengguna jalan raya yang lalu di kawasan terbabit memperlahankan kenderaan masing-masing melihat operasi tersebut dijalankan tanpa kehadiran pihak polis seperti kebiasaannya.
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, sebanyak 256,899 saman telah dikeluarkan sejak AES beroprasi dari 23 September sehingga 26 November lalu.
Dari jumlah itu, Selangor mencatatkan jumlah tertinggi iaitu 142,809 saman dikuti Perak sebanyak 81,00, Putrajaya 22,876 dan Kuala Lumpur sebanyak 10,213 saman.
Saman tertinggi adalah melibatkan kesalahan memandu melebihi had laju iaitu sebanyak 243,545 saman diikuti kesalahan melanggar lampu isyarat sebanyak 13,354 saman.
Perkara itu dijelaskan Timbalan Menteri Pengangkutan, Abdul Rahim Bakri di Dewan Negara semalam sebagai menjawab soalan yang dikemukakan oleh Senator Khairiah Mohamed.
Sehingga kini, AES telah dipasang di 14 lokasi di seluruh negara.
AES di kawasan 30km/j kekal
Selain jumlah itu, Khairiah juga turut mempersoalkan berhubung dengan kajian semula AES di kawasan had laju 30 kilometer sejam dan nortis amaran di lokasi-lokasi kamera AES.
Dalam jawapannya, timbalan menteri itu berkata, setakat ini kerajaan tidak bercadang untuk mengkaji semula cadangan menguatkuasakan AES di kawasan had laju 30 kilometer sejam.
Katanya, pemilihan lokasi tersebut adalah dibuat berdasarkan kriteria yang teratur dan lokasi ini merupakan kawasan-kawasan sekolah di mana terdapat keperluan untuk menyediakannya bagi melindungi kemalangan di kalangan murid-murid sekolah.
"Walau bagaimanapun, penguatkuasaan di kawasan ini akan mengguna pakai kamera mudah alih dan dijalankan hanya pada waktu persekolahan sahaja," jelasnya.
Berhubung notis amaran pula, timbalan menteri itu berkata, notis telah dipasang dalam lingkungan dua hingga tiga kilometer bagi mengesan kesalahan memandu melebihi had laju, manakala bagi mengesan kesalahan melanggar lampu isyarat pula, notis amaran dipasang dalam lingkungan 50 hingga 500 meter. -jalanpulang
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 04:38 AM PST
DATELINE BANDAR UTAMA, PETALING JAYA:
THE PETALING JAYA CITY COUNCIL or MBPJ is celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) this weekend.
The United Nations designated day which falls on December 3 each year will be observed by MBPJ on Saturday December 8th with the same theme: Removing barriers to create and inclusive and accessible society
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 04:35 AM PST
1. Sebanyak 35,807 telah mengundi dalam Sistem Undian Online R, dan terdapat 5,710 Undi Rosak/ Berulang tidak dikira dalam tempoh 24 jam ia dilancarkan pada 3 Disember 2012. – LUAR BIASA!!
2. Undian yang sah adalah 30,097 undian sahaja, 28,062 sokong dan 2,133 bantah.
3. Sebanyak 93% iaitu 28,062 undi pengguna Media Baru FACEBOOK DI Malaysia SOKONG Kerajaan Kelantan Mendapat Royalti Gas dan Minyak
4. Terdapat 2,133 undi yang membantah mewakili 7% daripada undian online tersebut.
5. Keputusan ini memberikan gambaran bahawa PENGUNDI MEDIA BARU yang majoritinya adalah ANAK MUDA lebih cenderung menyokong tuntutan royalti Kerajaan Kelantan berbanding dengan pihak yang menolak.
6. Strategi kempen NGO R dalam menggunakan media baru sebagai plafform kempen dan penerangan rasmi disamping sokongan media cetak adalah sangat berkesan bagi mendekati rakyat Kelantan.
7. Peningkatan pengguna internet negara ini dijangka meningkat daripada 47% kepada 73% menjelang akhir tahun ini hasil daripada kajian ERICSSON ConsumerLab adalah memberikan impak signifikan kepada kempen media baru yang lebih agresif.
Disediakan oleh: Biro Media Baru R
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 03:14 AM PST
Phase II of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's declaration of sweeping dictatorial powers was completed on Thursday night. That is when the "constituent assembly" hastily completed a draft constitution that would enshrine sharia principles as fundamental law.
Morsi grabbed the reins with a shrewd caveat: His dictatorship would end once the draft constitution was approved by Egyptians in a national referendum — which is to say, once the dictatorship had served its purpose. Nearly three months ago, in my e-book Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (which is about to be published in paperback), I explained that Morsi's agglomeration of power — which was already underway only weeks after his election — was just a placeholder. He is an Islamic-supremacist hardliner whose ultimate goal has always been to impose sharia, the real dictatorship.
Remember the Brotherhood's notorious motto, which includes the proclamation "the Koran is our law." It is about to be. In effect, Morsi has used the West's democracy fetish to put a gun to his population's head: Either democratically approve anti-democratic sharia or accept the sharia-compliant rule of your democratically elected Islamist despot. Some choice.
Naturally, secularists and religious minorities are grousing. This has the Western media, once again, in full spring-fever flush. For our intelligentsia, the Middle East is a wonderland where Islamists are imagined to be "moderate" (even "largely secular"!) and — to hedge their bets, on the off chance that the Islamists turn out to be, well, Islamists — the population is imagined to be teeming with freedom-loving Jamal al-Madisons who crave American-style civil rights. In reality, supremacist Islam is the predominant ideology of the region. The Muslim Brotherhood is strong because it is the avant-garde of the Islamic masses. Non-Islamist democrats are a decided minority.
Of course, in a place like Egypt, with its population of 80 million people, a decided minority can easily be masqueraded as the majority. The West's progressive media is good at that — ignoring tea-party throngs while lavishing coverage on five-person Occupy protests as if they were a groundswell. But, you see, the hocus-pocus works here only because we've ceded all the leading institutions of opinion to progressives for a half-century. Conditioned to see what they've been told to believe, half of our population no longer sees through the smoke and mirrors.
In contrast, the Islamists control and otherwise intimidate Egyptian society's influential institutions by vigorously enforcing sharia's repression of discussion and dissent. The public knows the tune is called by the likes of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood's powerhouse jurist, not by Wael Ghonim and the young, tech-savvy progressives beloved of the New York Times. In Egypt, the conspiracy theories run against the progressives. The public won't be snookered into seeing an Islamist uprising as a "democratic" upheaval. They'll leave that to us.
The Times and the Brotherhood-smitten Obama administration won't tell you, but Spring Fever will: The constitution was always the prize. That is why the Brothers pursued it with their signature mendacity. The story goes back to the weeks immediately after Mubarak's fall in early 2011 — back to the most tellingly underreported and willfully misreported event in the "Arab Spring" saga: Egypt's first-ever free election.
With the trillion-plus dollars U.S. taxpayers have expended to promote "Islamic democracy" and its companion fantasy that elections equal democracy, you'd think you might have heard a bit more about the maiden voyage in Arabia's most important country. But no, the story barely registered. That is because the Islamists crushed the secular democrats. To grasp what happened on Thursday night, you need to understand why. That first election, zealously contested in sectarian terms, was precisely about Egypt's future constitution.
Technically, the referendum concerned amendments to the constitution in effect during Mubarak's reign. Despite the "Arab Spring" paeans you were hearing from Washington, Egyptian democrats knew they were weak. To have any hope of competing with the Brotherhood's vast, long-established, highly disciplined organization, they would need time. So they argued that before parliamentary and presidential elections could take place, a new constitution should be written. That would take a while and would put voting off into the distant future. The idea was that as long as no one had been elected yet — as long as the Islamists could not claim a popular mandate — the democrats would be in a better position both to influence the content of the constitution and to buy the time necessary to build party organizations that might contest elections effectively. National Review
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 03:00 AM PST
Psy says he's sick of 'Style'
December 04, 2012
Psy played down his chances of topping that chart. – Reuters pic
SEOUL, Dec 4 – South Korean pop music sensation Psy admitted on Saturday that he sometimes gets sick of his massive hit "Gangnam Style" but will continue performing the number that made him world-famous.
Speaking at a news conference in Singapore ahead of a free performance for fans, the 34-year-old —clad in a black suit and his trademark sunglasses — was modest about his fame and said he was just another person doing his job.
"Sometimes, honestly, yes I get tired or I get sick of it because I got so many requests to teach them, you know, like average let me say 50 requests per city, per country," said Psy, whose full name is Park Jae-Sang.
"I already taught the dance to so many people, so many times but still the dance makes me here, to make a press conference in Singapore, so of course sometimes I'm tired about it, but I got to do it, it's my job," he added.
He later performed the dance in front of cheering fans outside a Singapore landmark, the high-rise Marina Bay Sands casino complex.
But Psy said that despite the many times he has performed the number, "I really like the dance still."
The chubby K-pop veteran made his debut in South Korea in 2001 but it was only 11 years later that he shot to global fame with "Gangnam Style", which a week ago made history by becoming the most watched video on YouTube.
The video has so far notched up more than 860 million views, overtaking "Baby" by Canadian teen heart-throb Justin Bieber, on more than 807 million.
"Gangnam Style", which parodies the extravagant lifestyles of residents of an upmarket Seoul neighbourhood, has inspired thousands of online imitations, and flash mobs of tens of thousands in Paris, Rome and Milan.
The song has also earned Psy a nomination in the "People's Choice" category of Time magazine's "Person of the Year 2012" contest together with other newsmakers such as US President Barack Obama, China's Communist Party head Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
But Psy played down his chances of topping that chart.
"I feel really strange and weird why I'm there," he said.
"It's not going to happen, I think, and I don't deserve that much. I just did my job."
Psy is currently fourth in the online rankings out of 40 candidates.
The North Korean leader was well ahead in the poll on Saturday. – AFP-Relaxnews
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 02:13 AM PST
The Students Affairs Division (Bahagian Hal Ehwal Pelajar) of University of Malaya organised a 2-1/2 day Disability Equality Training (DET) workshop from 28th to 30th November for its Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs). This is a newly created position. The DLOs comprise principals and supervisors from all the residential colleges and academic staff. They are the resource persons on disability matters for students and staff of the university.
Peter Tan facilitating the Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at University of Malaya.
Photo by Wuan.
The objectives of this workshop were to identify and include good practices in their work following the Social Model of Disability and to develop a roadmap on implementation of inclusive facilities and services in campus. The fact that the participants already have a basic understanding of disability issues made my work as their facilitator easier.
University of Malaya Disability Liaison Officers at the Disability Equality Training Workshop.
Photo by Wuan.
The various DET modules reinforced and expanded the DLOs' existing knowledge about disability in a logical and easy to understand method. We covered topics like the Social Model of Disability and Medical Model of Disability, and examined the differences between impairment and disability, disabled person and person with disabilities, and worked on paradigm-changing exercises using the open box solution to solve problems. These are the crucial knowledge that the DLOs need when they deal with disability matters.
Group 2 presenting their action plan.
Photo by Wuan.
The workshop concluded with the DLOs coming out with feasible action plans to improve on the existing services and facilities for disabled students. These include coming out with a Standard Operating Procedures for DLOs, increasing the availability of documents in accessible formats and an accessibility map of the campus. These plans are a good start in making DLOs understand their roles and at the same time provide useful information to disabled students who may need them.
Group 3 presenting their action plan.
Photo by Wuan.
It was a privilege to be a facilitator to this faculty of academics, all of whom are experts on their respective fields of study. I would like to record my gratitude to Puan Halimaton Attan, Head Assistant Registrar, and Puan Maznah Azis, Psychology Officer of the Counseling, Career & Disability Section of the Division of Student Affairs, for initiating this workshop and their support in seeing it to a successful conclusion. I hope this will be the catalyst to make University of Malaya a fully accessible campus.
Group 1 presenting their action plan.
Photo by Wuan.
Group photo with Disability Liaison Officers of University of Malaya.
Photo by Wuan.
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 02:07 AM PST
AFTER about two months of hard work in Jelajah Konvensyen Upko Sepanggar 2012, turun padang, with a great team spirit with leaders Walter Galis, Wong Thien Fook, Christopher Motogil, Condrad Wong, Angela Kok and many more, the 18th November event at the Dewan Institut Latihan Perindustrian was a great success. There were several reports in the mass media. This is one of them. Credit goes to Upko Sepanggar as a whole. FBI bah ini, kihoiii. Upko style!
By Joseph Bingkasan
November 21, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: The United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is cranking up the pressure on the state Barisan Nasional leadership to contest the Sepanggar MP seat for the coalition in the coming general election.
In a less than subtle theatrics, Sepanggar Upko chief Steven Kutai offered the constituency to party president Bernard Dompok in place of their rising star Albert Bingkasan who is said to be eyeing the seat.
Dompok, who is Federal Plantation Industry and Commodities Minister, as expected, declined, saying that it was best to field a candidate from the Sepanggar Upko division and he would be defending his Penampang seat.
The byplay gave the party general convention that was held on Sunday the opportunity to unanimously adopt a motion to be presented to the state BN leadership for its leader to contest the Sepanggar seat.
Kutai, who spoke at the one-day convention, told the over 1,000 delegates that Sepanggar had been a BN stronghold with Upko having the largest number of members in the constituency, which encompasses the state seats of Inanam and Karambunai, compared to other BN components.
The two state seats make up the Sepanggar parliamentary seat. Inanam has 12 polling districts and Karambunai 11. The total number of voters, according to the latest electoral rolls, is 47,836.
Half of the polling districts are considered KDM (KadazanDusun Murut) areas.
The seat was won by BN through Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) in the 2004 and 2008 general elections but the Kadazandusun majority constituency is now in opposition hands after SAPP pulled out from BN on Sept 17, 2008.
Incumbent MP Eric Majimbun is deputy president of the party. He polled 16,884 votes against PKR's Mohd Ibrahim Abdullah 5,423 while Edward Ewol Mujie of DAP obtained 3,709 votes.
Though Kutai, as party chief in Sepanggar, should be the candidate by convention, he has said he would not be standing in the coming election and is proposing his deputy Bingkasan as the nominee for the post.
Everyone wants Sepanggar
Bingkasan, 48, who initially studied for the priesthood and worked for a few years in the media industry, is one of Dompok's senior aides in Parliament and in the ministry. He is married to Nelly Henry James and they have four children.
Addressing the delegates at its closing, the would-be freshman MP said the resolution adopted for Upko to contest Sepanggar was in line with the resolution by Upko 13th triennial delegates conference last year.
Dompok brushed aside murmurs that the party was not following BN protocol by overtly grasping for seats.
"It is not wrong to request because we are in a democracy. Requests are the norm when it is election time and there are times when even seats which are held by a component party will also be requested by another party.
"For instance, Upko seats that we have in our pocket are being requested for. But it is up to the BN central leadership to decide which party should get the seats, not only in Sepanggar but also in the other constituencies," he said.
The other BN component parties to have laid claim to the constituency are Umno, PBS, LDP and PBRS. Free Malaysia Today
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 01:34 AM PST
Posted on November 19, 2012, Monday
By Nancy Lai
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/11/19/sepanggar-putatan-seats-not-for-me-dompok/#ixzz2CjEDpJ9j
SEPANGGAR:United Pasokmomogun KadazanDusun Murut Organization (UPKO) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok has declined a suggestion that he contests the Sepanggar parliamentary seat in the 13th general election and also quashed rumours that he will contest the Putatan parliamentary seat.
"Today, UPKO Sepanggar division chief Datuk Steven Kutai suggested that I should stand in the parliamentary seat here in the coming election. I want to put this to rest and today I am saying that this request cannot be fulfilled because I 'belong to someone else'," the Penampang Member of Parliament said.
"The same goes to talk that I will be contesting the Putatan," Dompok said when officiating at UPKO Sepanggar delegates convention yesterday.
On the division's resolution that UPKO be given the opportunity to represent Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sepanggar in the 13th general election, Dompok said it is not wrong to make the request as Malaysia is a democratic country.
Sepanggar, according to the Plantation Industry and Commodities Minister, is a BN stronghold and many of the coalition's parties have indicated their interest to contest in the constituency.
"It is not wrong to request because we are in a democracy. Requests are the norm when it is election time and there are time even seats which are held by a component party will also be requested by another party.
"For instance, UPKO seats that we have in 'our pocket' are being requested for. But it is up to the BN central leadership to decide which party should get the seats, not only in Sepanggar but also the other constituencies," he said.
Among aspects the BN leadership must consider when making its decision is the involvement of a particular party in the area, he said, adding that from the aspect of support, UPKO is not wrong in requesting for the Sepanggar seat.
While asking UPKO Sepanggar members to be patient and to abide by whatever decision the BN central leadership makes, Dompok said the party must show the leadership and readiness to lead in the constituency.
In his speech, Dompok said he was glad to see the representatives from the BN component parties attending the opening ceremony as it speaks volumes of the unity in the coalition.
"This is what I have been telling the UPKO conventions I have officiated, that I want to see the cooperation between UPKO and its fellow members in BN to continue as it strengthens the coalition," he said.
Unity, he stressed, is important and it is BN's strength, adding that the opposition is doing its best to show that they are united in Pakatan Rakyat because there are factions there which do not agree with their leadership.
Dompok also spoke about the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah and how some quarters are already criticizing the Commission even though they have just started their work.
"My foray in politics started in the 80's and I noticed then the problem with the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah and the implications on the state's economy, culture and security among others.
"Do we want a continued situation where foreigners enter Sabah illegally and some of then become Malaysian citizens through dubious means? It is because we do not want this to continue that the Royal Commission of Inquiry was formed… to get to the bottom of the problem and to find a solution to resolve it once and for all.
"So I say, let the Commission finish its work and I also urge those who have proof of the negative implications the presence of illegal immigrants have on the state as well cases of foreigners getting citizenship through dubious means to come forward with their information to the Commission," he said.
He also urged the people not to belittle the Commission as it is appointed by the Agong and therefore is the highest authority in the country.
On the 'hudud' law, Dompok said that although some people think it is a sensitive issue, he feels it is not wrong for him to talk about it because he has family members who are Muslim.
"And because we live in a multi religious and multi-racial country, what happens in when the 'hudud' is implemented will affect us all. Like what former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed said in the newspapers today, that this is an unfair system.
"To me what is really unfair is when it is enforced on those who are not Muslims but their MyKad says differently. I know some people who are not Muslims but because of technical problems, their Identity Cards says differently.
"So when an offence is committed by these individuals who are not Muslims, will they be punished according to the hudud law? If their hand is cut off as punishment and only after that it is confirmed that they are not Muslim how can you re-attach their hand?
"So to me this is not good and I object this as a system that is not good and is against the country's constitution," he stressed.
Dompok also said that there is no reason why Sabahans don't give BN the mandate to continue governing the country and that there is also no reason why constituents in Sepanggar do not continue to support UPKO which has proven that it is focused, sincere and brave in speaking out when things are not right.
UPKO leaders are very open and will tell it like it is if they feel that what is happening is not right or does not benefit the people, he said. The Borneo Post
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/11/19/sepanggar-putatan-seats-not-for-me-dompok/#ixzz2CjE39A49
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 03:19 AM PST
Kulim - Seorang pelajar perempuan berusia 14 tahun bersama rakannya ditahan berikutan penyalahgunaan dadah di sebuah rumah di sini, jam 2 pagi baru-baru ini.
Dia yang hanya mahu dikenali dengan nama Ima mula terlibat dalam penyalahgunaan dadah jenis methamphetamine ketika berusia 13 tahun.
Dari siasatan awal, Ima membuat pengakuan pernah dirogol lebih 20 remaja lelaki dan lima daripadanya merupakan murid sekolah berusia di antara 14 hingga 17 tahun.
Mangsa turut memberikan kerjasama dengan mencatat nama suspek yang pernah merogolnya.
Ima berkata, lebih malang, ada dalam kalangan mereka yang pernah cuba meliwatnya.
"Saya berkawan dengan mat rempit. Mereka membawa saya ke sebuah rumah dan saya dirogol beramai-ramai. Lama kelamaan perlakuan itu berlanjutan," katanya.
Menurutnya, kejadian terkini berlaku dua minggu lalu apabila dia dirogol lima remaja di sebuah rumah di jalan Kilang Lama. Suspek mengugut untuk mencederakannya sekiranya enggan melayani nafsu mereka.
"Selain rumah tinggal dan bengkel, saya pernah dirogol bergilir-gilir oleh beberapa remaja di tengah padang permainan," katanya.
Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah Kulim, Superintendan Ghuzlan Saleh berkata, polis akan menyiasat aduan dibuat oleh mangsa dan mencadangkan supaya mangsa dapat diletakkan di bawah penyeliaan rumah perlindungan.
"Melakukan hubungan seks dengan mana-mana remaja perempuan bawah umur diklasifikasikan sebagai rogol walaupun mangsa merelakan perlakuan itu dilakukan terhadap dirinya.
"Mangsa juga memaklumkan bahawa dia mengenali kesemua suspek yang merogolnya. Dengan senarai nama suspek yang ditulis oleh mangsa sendiri ini memudahkan polis mengesan kesemua suspek terlibat," katanya. -SH
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 12:55 AM PST
A few of my friends who are diabetic use artificial sweeteners. Some enlightened friends including Angela and Vivien, convinced me that any artificial sweetener is a definite no-no. In fact, Vivien was kind enough to give me a bottle of Stevia sweetener from US. It was only this afternoon that I really read up on the dangers of sweeteners. Truthfully, I am still reeling in shock.
I will present a balanced view and let you draw your own conclusions about whether it is safe to consume artificial sweeteners.
According to the official website of Aspartame HERE:
Discovered in 1965, aspartame is a low-calorie sweetener that is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose. Aspartame is unique among low-calorie sweeteners in that it is completely broken down by the body into its components – the amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, and a small amount of methanol. These components are found in much greater amounts in common foods, such as meat, milk, fruits, and vegetables, and are used by the body in the same ways whether they come from aspartame or common foods.
Aspartame is one of the most thoroughly studied food ingredients ever, with more than 200 scientific studies supporting its safety. In addition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization, the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Union (SCF), and regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries have reviewed aspartame and found it to be safe for use.
Consumer research shows that low- and reduced-calorie foods and beverages have become part of the lifestyle of millions of men and women who want to stay in better overall health, control their weight, or simply enjoy the many low- or reduced-calorie products available. Currently, aspartame is found in more than 6,000 products and is consumed by over 200 million people around the world. MORE HERE.
This is the assessment by the Food Standards Agency (UK):
Sweeteners and all other food additives are tightly regulated and may only be used once their safety has been rigorously assessed.
Aspartame was first approved in the UK in 1982 following the review of its safety by the UK's Committee on Toxicity, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT), a committee of independent experts that advises the Government on the safety of food chemicals. This was reaffirmed in 1988 by the European Commission's former Scientific Committee on Food (SCF).
Following the publication of a number of anecdotal reports, which cast doubt on the safety of this sweetener, the SCF reviewed more than 500 papers published in the scientific literature between 1988 and 2001 on the safety of aspartame, including studies supporting the safety of aspartame and others pointing to potential adverse effects, which concluded, in 2002, that there was no evidence to suggest a need to revise the outcome of their earlier risk assessment or the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) previously established for aspartame of 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day (40 mg/kg bw/day).
A study published by the Ramazzini Foundation in Bologna, Italy, in July 2005 claimed to have shown that rats given dosages of aspartame equivalent to the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) may develop tumours. EFSA assessed the study and raised a number of concerns regarding it. They concluded, that 'there is no need to further review the safety of aspartame nor to revise the previously established ADI'.
The Agency supports the conclusions of these reviews and also reiterates that all approvals of food additives should be kept under review as and when new scientific information becomes available. As part of its systematic re-evaluation of all food additives mentioned above, EFSA has started to re-evaluate the safety of Aspartame (see link below for further information). As part of this, EFSA announced a call to all stakeholders requesting the submission of any available documentation on aspartame. MORE HERE.
For me, I like Dr. Mercola's article on aspartame where he argues that Aspartame is, by Far, the Most Dangerous Substance on the Market that is Added To Foods:
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," by James and Phyllis Balch, lists aspartame under the category of "chemical poison." As you shall see, that is exactly what it is.
What Is Aspartame Made Of?
Aspartic Acid (40 percent of Aspartame)
Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, recently published a book thoroughly detailing the damage that is caused by the ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame. Blaylock makes use of almost 500 scientific references to show how excess free excitatory amino acids such as aspartic acid and glutamic acid (about 99 percent of monosodium glutamate (MSG) is glutamic acid) in our food supply are causing serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.
How Aspartate (and Glutamate) Cause Damage
Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They "excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death. MORE HERE.
Finally, if you have time, please check out Dr Janet Starr Hull's site HERE where negative information about Aspartame has been listed clearly.
So, if you do take aspartame, take some time to plough through these articles and think carefully before you use any artificial sweetener.
As for me, it is less sugar or better still, stevia sweetener.
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 10:59 PM PST
All of us in BN..it doesn't matter if we're just an insignificant dot in the party.
It is our duty to make sure we contribute in making BN win extremely well in the coming PRU 13.
I'm appealing to each and everyone of us who supports the BN.
The Malays, Chinese, Indians and any other race; we must all step in and make an effort no matter how tiny and unimpressive looking.
We may not have the funds to help others.
We may not have the energy to even help physically.
But we can make a difference by doing our bit.
Just seize any possible opportunity to be genuinely nice to others for starters..blood-related or otherwise..it can be quite healing to the soul both ways.
There need not be any political conversation/debate at all.
The attentive ears, eyes and caring heart play an important role.
This morning, I chanced upon a blog about a sad incident.
Like this duda of 2 kids who hanged himself.
Unfortunately, there have been an increase of suicidal cases in our country.
Proper help did not reach them.
Thus, another unnecessary black day for our Malaysian society.
I wonder who on earth was the Tok 4, the Tok Penghulu or the YB there?
Were they not aware of the severe emotional condition of the deceased prior to this?
If his family were poor or having problems, couldn't they enlist some kind of help for the sorrow that the family were facing?
Was he left alone in his own lost, agonizing world?
How long was depression his best friend?
If we expect the PM or the MB or minister to worry about every single incident, then why on earth do we need to have so many posts of those entrusted with the duties, to be standing around.
Obviously, the services designated by the government have not been executed efficiently.
Such failure to go the rescue, lead to all sorts of unfair accusations as if the government don't care.
I get weepy very easily..
That is why I seldom read the newspapers.
I can't help crying a tear or two inside.
Especially if those are occurrences that could have been tackled and avoided.
Newspapers reports are informative but can be full of sobbing stories too.
The government has for years designed and prepared all sorts of assistance to be channeled to the rakyat.
And every year, new ideas are implemented.
That is also why we have state assemblymen and parliamentarians..they use these like an ironing equipment..
If the rakyat are unaware, the network empowered to help must pave the way and check...lead them to where government help is waiting.
They must not be aloof and must not make the affected person/family feel like beggars or ashamed.
Use words that are polite and understanding.
Never behave like sickening bullies.
They must function to improve the lives of all the rakyat for the better.
Government help must be speedily expedited.
Do not allow the allocated funds to grow moldy.
Otherwise, do it for the sake of Allah.
Good deeds are duly rewarded..sooner or later.
If we do not reap the rewards, our loved ones may be blessed with them one fine day.
The humble and considerate attitude must exist in all our BN people.
I cannot speak for the opposition.
I am reminding all of us in BN to be continuously kind-hearted to others in whatever way we can.
We want others to mellow and appreciate the fact that even though we may be of different political affiliations, we are not arrogant, never was, and have never belittled or despised each other.
We care and have much respect for all our fellow Malaysians..all the time.
Do not be discouraged if there are others who write more intelligently.
Just be comfortable with yourself and march on.
There is no right or wrong approach to things.
If the other perceived differently, it's okay.
Just be frank, honest but polite.
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:15 PM PST
I will write a short posting to campaign for BN as always..but a bit later.
There are a few household chores that I must attend to first.
I think a lot about my loved ones..now with my cucu, Mohd Umair..lagi lah.
*belum jengok2 kat dia lagi..Ya Allah*
It hurts when one cannot do things enough to show their affection for their precious-hearted people.
May Allah SWT bestow us all more time on this earth, keep as as healthy as possible and not only give us the strength and will to love our families deeply, but to help others who are in need as sincerely and as much as possible.
May Allah SWT bless our lovely families and our beautiful country.
Lagu video yang disukai ramai..^_^
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 11:32 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 11:28 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:31 PM PST
Apparently, someone from the Penang government did read the story and referred the incident to the Penang Island Municipal Council (otherwise known as the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, MPPP), requesting to know what had happened. As the writer of the story, I was of course informed.
Two weeks passed rather quickly without any further information from the other end. It so happened that this morning, I remembered my story and that someone was supposed to be looking into it. So I wrote in to ask for the results of their investigation. This was the attachment that I received through email:
To: "Farida-Hani M.Yacob"
From: Akbar Mustapha
Date: 11/20/2012 05:15PM
Cc: [six email addresses removed]
Subject: Re: Complaint from the public - Esplanade
Tidak ada sebarang kerja-kerja pemotongan pokok dijalankan di Esplanade, Padang Kota Lama sepertimana yang dilaporkan. Pekerja MPPP dar Bahagian Landskap hanya memangkas dan membawa turun daun-daun kering dari pokok Royal Palm di sepanjang Jalan berdekatan dengan padang Esplanade.
Kerja-kerja ini adalah kerja penyelenggaraan pokok dari masa ke semasa bagi menjamin keselamatan orang ramai.
Sekian, terima kasih.
There is no chopping of trees at Esplanade as reported. MPPP staffs had just cleared the dried branches and leaves from the Royal Palm trees along the road side at Esplanade.
This is the normal maintainace of road side trees by the MPPP Landscape Department.
"There is no chopping of trees at Esplanade as reported." I (almost) rubbed my eyes when I read this. Despite the photographic evidence, this was the reply that was forwarded to me. Any right-thinking citizen would think that the MPPP, especially its Landscaping Department, are being run by a bunch of dolts who speak without thinking. So I wrote back to the Chief Minister's confidential secretary as follows:
Posted: 04 Dec 2012 12:27 AM PST
.Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Pahang (DPPNP) hari ini membuat laporan polis di sini berhubung kenyataan Ketua Pergerakan Wanita Umno Malaysia, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil di perhimpunan agung parti itu yang didakwa bersifat hasutan.
Dalam laporan polis oleh ketuanya, Shahril Azman Abdul Halim, mahu polis memulakan siasatan ke atas Shahrizat berdasarkan peruntukan Kanun Keseksaan ekoran ucapan menghasut beliau ketika merasmikan perhimpunan sayap parti berkenaan di PWTC pada 28 November itu.
Memetik laporan tersebut yang turut disebarkan oleh media-media cetak dan elektronik, Shahrizat berkata jika Umno atau BN tidak lagi berada di tampuk kuasa kestabilan politik (negara ini) akan goyang seterusnya mungkin akan membawa kepada ketegangan kaum yang boleh mengundang kembali tragedi 13 Mei 1969.
Dalam laporan polis itu, Shahril sebagai seorang warganegara Malaysia, berasa sangat terganggu dengan ucapan tersebut dan berpendapat bahawa ia adalah berniat jahat bagi tujuan mendatangkan rasa takut, rasa tidak selamat, tidak tenteram, ugutan, menghasut dan seterusnya mendatangkan khianat kepada ketenteraman awam.
Justeru beliau membuat laporan bagi polis memulakan siasatan ke atas Shahrizat di bawah mana-mana peruntukan seksyen 500, 503, 504, 505 dan 506 atau mana-man peruntukan undang-undang lain yang relevan atas alasan mengeluarkan kenyataan jahat yang mendatangkan khianat awam serta menggugat ketenteraman ekoran kenyataan beliau.
Sementara itu, Shahril dalam sidang medianya selepas itu menganggap kenyataan bekas menteri yang pernah terpalit dengan skandal lembu kondo itu, sebagai tuduhan melampau dan andaian jahat jika Pakatan Rakyat (PR) menang.
"Walhal PR telah buktikan negeri yang dikuasai selepas pilihan raya lalu bukan saja aman tanpa rusuhan kaum, malah terus maju sehingga diiktiraf oleh Ketua Audit Negara.
"Sebab itu bagi Pemuda PAS, ugutan Shahrizat ini melambangkan ketakutan parti pemerintah berhadapan pilihan raya akan datang kerana bimbang dihukum rakyat lalu mengugutnya dengan tragedi berdarah 13 Mei," tegasnya.
Katanya, pada hari ini Pemuda PAS negeri-negeri membuat laporan polis seluruh negara terhadap isu yang sama. -HD
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 09:20 PM PST
Lately there has been public outcry over the rising electric bills due to the replacement of old analog meters with electronic meters. In Kelana Jaya alone, KEADILAN has received 22 complaints in the last few weeks from the public. Many claim that their electric bills have increased by 20% to 50%. Due to the public outcry with elections coming soon, the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Dato' Sri Peter Chin ordered a halt to the replacement exercise.
In addition, TNB and the Minister have explained that any hike in electricity usage after the replacement is due to the better and more accurate readings from the new electronic meters. This may or may not be the case, but that explanation is not a sufficient answer to the potential size of the financial burden to all TNB consumers.
Today, KEADILAN will expose that the meter replacement exercise is in fact a massive financial undertaking by TNB and the extra financial burden to consumers are potentially in the billions.
Our research shows that there are currently 8.03 million TNB consumers in Malaysia. We estimate the average price of the new electronic meters to be at RM250 each. Therefore the whole replacement exercise could potentially cost TNB 8.03 million units x RM250 = RM2 billion.
For the financial year 2012 TNB's revenue from all consumers was RM34.4 billion If these new electronic meters results in a very conservative increase of 2% in all electric bills, the total extra burden on consumers will be a staggering RM688 million per year. Since the new electronic meters have a life span of 10 years, consumers will eventually pay an extra RM6.88 billion to TNB over a period of 10 years.
• RM2 billion in supplier contracts.
• Potential cost to consumers: RM6.88 billion of additional electric bills over 10 years.
In the above and proper context, this issue is no longer a simple case of a few irate consumers with 50% increase in their electricity bills. This matter should be viewed as a national interest matter with billions of ringgit at stake.
Therefore today, KEADILAN calls for greater accountability and transparency in the whole TNB replacement exercise. Specifically, the public has a right to know the following:
1. Who are the suppliers of these new electronic meters to TNB?
Our research shows that TNB currently has five suppliers. One of the five companies, Malaysian Intelligence Meters Sdn Bhd is partly owned by relatives of former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
2. What are the prices paid for the new meters? Are the pricing competitive to local and global standards?
Our research shows that the average price of the one phase and three phase electronic meters is RM250 each.
3. Are the supply tenders done through an open tender process or via negotiated tenders? Full and transparent details should be provided by TNB.
In addition to answering the above questions, KEADILAN is of the view that since the potential increase in charges to consumers could be in the billions, the government must set up a sizeable and truly independent body to investigate consumer complaints. The body should be properly empowered to test the new meters as arbitrators and make independent findings that binds TNB and consumers. This should be fully funded by TNB which ultimately stands to make billions from the replacement exercise.
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