Sunday, December 9, 2012

Chua is stupid and devoid of intelligence!

Chua is stupid and devoid of intelligence!

Chua is stupid and devoid of intelligence!

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 10:46 AM PST

PKR vice-president Chua Jui Meng has again shot at the wrong foot when he claimed that the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) has not even been set up to secure the future of Malaysians when the oil wells run dry.

His claim did not only reflect his shallow knowledge on the issue that he intended to raise to rally support or at present prevent the declining support his party and the opposition are facing but made him look like a fool.

Chua had questioned the existence of such fund in Free Malaysia Today (FMT) on Nov 7, claiming further that only the Prime Minister is privy to PETRONAS accounts.

In fact, his claims, made probably with the purpose to divert the heavy onslaught the oppositions are facing with the revelations of their weaknesses, has made him look 'stupid', given the fact he was a former Cabinet minister.

Reliable sources revealed that the National Trust Fund (NTF) or also known as Kumpulan Wang Amanah Negara (KWAN) was established on 19 February, 1988, under the National Trust Fund Act 1988 (Act 339). The Act was enacted by Yang Dipertuan Agong with the advice and consent of Dewan Negara and Dewan Rakyat.

Its objectives, amongst others is to ensure optimum utilisation of the depleting natural resources of the country with the view to provide a continuous source of revenue for the benefit of future generations.

"Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has been entrusted to manage and administer the NTF to ensure that it is properly managed and invested. Under the Act, contribution to the NTF is not only made by PETRONAS but amongst others, also by any State in Malaysia which derives any form of royalty from exploitation of petroleum or other depleting resources," one of them said.

Since the establishment of the NTF, PETRONAS has been the only contributor to the NTF and until 2010, has been contributing RM100 million per annum into the NTF. The national oil company had recently raised the bar and made a commitment for its onward contribution until 2020 on a formula based on Weighted Average Realised Price of Oil.

Based on this, Petronas' contribution in 2011 (paid in March 2012) was RM1 billion. Thus far, NTF's total asset has been derived entirely from Petronas. Information pertaining to the NTF has been publically made known via Petronas media releases and similar explanations have been given as response to a parliamentary question in June 2011.

On claims that only the Prime Minister is privy to Petronas' accounts and finances, Chua has again made himself looked like he is ignorant of government procedures and access to information.

As a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1965, Petronas is required to prepare its financial reports in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia.

These financial reports are audited by internationally accredited auditors and prepared based on global accounting standards. Petronas also publishes its financial reports annually and these reports are made available on its website and could be downloaded by members of the public.

In addition, Petronas also announces its quarterly financial results to the media, which then gets reported in all major dailies and financial newspapers. And all these are also available on the websites.

About the claim of giving away two oil fields to Brunei, for Chua's and public's information,  the "2 oil fields" referred to are in actual fact two exploration blocks which then were disputed between Malaysia and Brunei.

The matter has been resolved between the two countries in an Exchange of Letters, which include a mutually beneficial commercial arrangement.

Note: Thanks to 'ZE'

Flying High? Nope!

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 08:55 AM PST

Over the past two years, I have never ceased to be amazed at the 'wonderful' renovation works at the Penang International Airport. Last week, I took the following photos at the departure hall.

Photo taken in early December at Departure Hall, Penang International Airport

I noticed the cracks/patterns in the ceiling and asked the ground staff for more information. To my horror, they said 'dah biasa' and pointed out the following leakages at the ventilation holes.

                  Photo taken in early December at Departure Hall, Penang International Airport

Another staff member told me about the leaking in the men's restroom and was supposed to have sent me the images but somehow, I never received it. He also showed me his collection of photos which showed the flooding outside the arrival hall. Sadly, I received none of those photos he promised to send me.

Those who have frequented the airport would also be aware that the floor tiles are very slippery. It is especially dangerous at the baggage carousel as when jerking the luggage off the carousel, one might slip and hit one;s head on the floor or side of the carousel. Why the authorities approved the use of such tiles is a mystery to me. As I stood there waiting for my luggage to appear, a group of elderly Penangites who had just returned from a tour of Central and South Vietnam were complaining about the tiles to another member who obviously had connections to voice the complaints. They emphasized how she had to escalate this issue to higher levels.

I did a search for more pics/articles on the airport which can make it for some sort of world record for the length of time taken for the upgrading works and the bizarre occurrences of late.

Note the following:

1. This article from The Malaysian Insider says the first phase of the BLIA upgrading project was expected to be completed in January 2012.

2. This article from Malaysia Airports says Malaysia Airports seeks the public's cooperation and understanding during the construction period of the Penang International Airport (PIA) major upgrade. The PIA will be featuring superior infrastructure and facilities when the development and expansion project is completed in June 2012. 

3. On Oct 15th this year, The Malaysian Insider reported HERE that parts of the plaster ceiling at the arrival hall of the Penang International Airport came crashing down early this morning, injuring an employee. 

4. On Oct 22nd this year, Business Times featured a report HERE which said: 
Leaky roofs and flooding at the Penang International Airport are anything but new to air travellers, who have had to endure endless discomfort and inconvenience since the RM250 million upgrade work began. 
MAHB has been on the receiving end of tirades from all parties, ranging from politicians to airlines, for not only running into "overtime" in completing the renovation job but also for the lack of attention to many details and settling for less than satisfactory standards for the job carried out so far. 
Dripping roofs and ceilings have been a common sight to those arriving and departing from the Penang airport in recent months. Plastic pails and buckets in certain spots at the airport's departure area have become part of the "landscape" whenever it rains.  
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, whose litany of complaints on the progress of the airport's facelift work has been endless, was spot-on last week when he described the continuous leaks at the airport as "shameful".
As the pressure mounts on MAHB to expedite the renovations on the airport, they should not compromise on the quality of work done by the appointed contractors and settle for sub-standard amenities at what is meant to be an international-standard airport. 
Of greater importance is to ensure that the safety of travellers and airport workers is not compromised.
5. Most interesting would be the comments from international travellers at THIS SITE. Every single commenter gave the Penang International Airport X for recommendation! Most shameful! Please visit THIS LINK to see the comments.

Finally, if you want some shocking news about airlines, *gulps*, please visit THIS LINK and read as much as you can, especially the November 22nd post. Be shocked beyond words.

Flying high? I think not!


Posted: 09 Dec 2012 05:43 AM PST


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Posted: 09 Dec 2012 05:14 AM PST

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un
My brother Maungmaung Skw wrote:

ဘၾကဴးၾကာၾကာ (U Aung Thein, Retired Engineer Burma Railways) သမီး ရိုဇီမာ ဒီေန႔ည၉နာရီ (08-12-12) ေလာက္ကဆံုးသြားတယ္။မနက္ဖန္ဇဟိုရ္ နမားဇ္အၿပီးမွာ  ၾကာနီကန္ ကဘရ္စတန္မွာ  ဒဖြနာမွာျဖစ္တယ္။
လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့၂လ၃လေလာက္ထဲက ခ်ိဳတူးၾကာၾကာက သူ႔အိမ္မွာေခၚထားတာ။ မိသားစုလိုက္မႏၲေလးေရာက္ေနၾကတာ။

U Aung Thein is my late father's younger brother.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 05:02 AM PST

This is the CLASSIC a spontaneous flash mob, of course well rehearsed. I enjoyed this, I hope you too as much as I did!!!!

With tons of love from me. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Mankind on the birth of Our Lord and Saviour

Syrian Rebels Tied to Al Qaeda Play Key Role in War

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 05:01 AM PST

BAGHDAD — The lone Syrian rebel group with an explicit stamp of approval from Al Qaeda has become one of the uprising's most effective fighting forces, posing a stark challenge to the United States and other countries that want to support the rebels but not Islamic extremists. Money flows to the group, the Nusra Front, from like-minded donors abroad. Its fighters, a small minority of the rebels, have the boldness and skill to storm fortified positions and lead other battalions to capture military bases and oil fields. As their successes mount, they gather more weapons and attract more fighters. 

The group is a direct offshoot of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Iraqi officials and former Iraqi insurgents say, which has contributed veteran fighters and weapons. "This is just a simple way of returning the favor to our Syrian brothers that fought with us on the lands of Iraq," said a veteran of Al Qaeda in Iraq, who said he helped lead the Nusra Front's efforts in Syria. The United States, sensing that time may be running out for Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, hopes to isolate the group to prevent it from inheriting Syria or fighting on after Mr. Assad's fall to pursue its goal of an Islamic state. 

As the United States pushes the Syrian opposition to organize a viable alternative government, it plans to blacklist the Nusra Front as a terrorist organization, making it illegal for Americans to have financial dealings with the group and most likely prompting similar sanctions from Europe. The hope is to remove one of the biggest obstacles to increasing Western support for the rebellion: the fear that money and arms could flow to a jihadi group that could further destabilize Syria and harm Western interests. 

When rebel commanders met Friday in Turkey to form a unified command structure at the behest of the United States and its allies, jihadi groups were not invited. The Nusra Front's ally, Al Qaeda in Iraq, is the Sunni insurgent group that killed numerous American troops in Iraq and sowed widespread sectarian strife with suicide bombings against Shiites and other religious and ideological opponents. The Iraqi group played an active role in founding the Nusra Front and provides it with money, expertise and fighters, said Maj. Faisal al-Issawi, an Iraqi security official who tracks jihadi activities in Iraq's Anbar Province.  

But blacklisting the Nusra Front could backfire. It would pit the United States against some of the best fighters in the insurgency that it aims to support. While some Syrian rebels fear the group's growing power, others work closely with it and admire it — or, at least, its military achievements — and are loath to end their cooperation. Leaders of the Free Syrian Army, the loose-knit rebel umbrella group that the United States seeks to bolster, expressed exasperation that the United States, which has refused to provide weapons throughout the conflict that has killed more than 40,000 people, is now opposing a group they see as a vital ally. 

The Nusra Front "defends civilians in Syria, whereas America didn't do anything," said Mosaab Abu Qatada, a rebel spokesman. "They stand by and watch; they look at the blood and the crimes and brag. Then they say that Nusra Front are terrorists." He added, "America just wants a pretext to intervene in Syrian affairs after the revolution." The United States has been reluctant to supply weapons to rebels that could end up in the hands of anti-Western jihadis, as did weapons that Qatar supplied to Libyan rebels with American approval. Critics of the Obama administration's Syria policy counter that its failure to support the rebels helped create the opening that Islamic militants have seized in Syria. 

The Nusra Front's appeals to Syrian fighters seem to be working. At a recent meeting in Damascus, Abu Hussein al-Afghani, a veteran of insurgencies in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, addressed frustrated young rebels. They lacked money, weapons and training, so they listened attentively. He told them he was a leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, now working with a Qaeda branch in Syria, and by joining him, they could make their mark. One fighter recalled his resonant question: "Who is hearing your voice today?" 

On Friday, demonstrators in several Syrian cities raised banners with slogans like, "No to American intervention, for we are all Jebhat al-Nusra," referring to the group's full name, Ansar al-Jebhat al-Nusra li-Ahl al-Sham, or Supporters of the Front for Victory of the People of Syria. One rebel battalion, the Ahrar, or Free Men, asked on its Facebook page why the United States did not blacklist Mr. Assad's "terrorist" militias. Another jihadist faction, the Sahaba Army in the Levant, even congratulated the group on the "great honor" of being deemed terrorists by the United States.

Lagi Kes Wanita Indonesia Dakwa Dirogol Polis, Kali Ini Dalam Kereta Peronda

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:04 AM PST

Bukit Mertajam: Polis Pulau Pinang hari ini menyanggah laporan seorang wanita Indonesia yang mendakwa dirogol dua anggota polis di Taman Limau Manis, Bukit Tengah, semalam. Gambar hiasan

Timbalan Ketua Polis Pulau Pinang Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar berkata pemeriksaan perubatan dan siasatan awal mendapati wanita berusia 26 tahun itu bukan sahaja tidak dirogol dan dipukul, bahkan tiada anggota polis yang digambarkannya bertugas pada waktu kejadian.

"Saya menafikan kejadian itu dan ini adalah satu tohmahan kepada pasukan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) terutama kepada anggota saya di Pulau Pinang," katanya kepada Bernama, di sini.

Beliau mengulas laporan sebuah akhbar berbahasa Inggeris hari ini yang antara lain menyatakan seorang wanita Indonesia mendakwa dirogol dan dipukul dua anggota polis peronda dalam kejadian pukul 12.30 tengah malam itu.

Wanita itu mendakwa teksi yang dinaikinya ditahan sebuah kereta peronda polis dan dia ditahan kerana hanya membawa salinan pasport. Dakwanya lagi, dia turut dipukul sehingga pengsan selama dua jam.

Dia kemudian membuat pemeriksaan kesihatan di sebuah klinik swasta di Bayan lepas dan memaklumkan dirogol serta dipukul kepada doktor di klinik tersebut sebelum kesnya dirujuk kepada polis.

Mengulas lanjut, Abdul Rahim berkata siasatan lanjut terhadap wanita berkenaan juga mendapati banyak keraguan dalam keterangannya.

"Semalam kita bawa dia ke tempat-tempat yang didakwanya berlaku kejadian terbabit dan mendapati beberapa dakwaan dia menimbulkan keraguan dan tidak sama dengan dakwaan awal.

"Wanita itu juga memberi keterangan yang meragukan termasuklah lokasi dia dirogol kerana lokasi berkenaan didapati berada di kawasan tumpuan orang ramai dan kawasan itu juga dikawal oleh pasukan Skim Rondaan Sukarela sepanjang masa," katanya.

Selain itu katanya, polis turut membuat pemeriksaan terhadap anggota peronda polis yang bertugas pada waktu kejadian dan mendapati tiada yang menepati gambaran yang diberi wanita tersebut selain dia juga gagal mengenal pasti siapa yang merogolnya.

Menurut Abdul Rahim, hasil siasatan juga mendapati wanita itu bekerja sebagai pelayan pelanggan di sebuah premis hiburan di Seberang Jaya, bukan pekerja kilang seperti yang didakwa.

"Setakat ini kita dapati wanita berkenaan sengaja mereka-reka cerita kononnya dia dirogol oleh dua anggota polis, bagaimanapun polis tetap menjalankan siasatan dari pelbagai aspek.

"Polis juga tidak menolak kemungkinan akan mengambil tindakan terhadap wanita itu jika dia didapati sengaja mereka cerita dan membuat tohmahan kepada polis," katanya

Egypt, the Brotherhood is an enemy of Democracy by Andrew C. McCarthy

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 04:55 AM PST

As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, here's the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhood's major goal in America and Europe — its self-professed "grand jihad" — is "eliminating and destroying Western civilization," to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared as an "Islamophobe." That's the Islamophilic Left's code for "racist."

Nor is it just the Left. Like the transnational progressives who hold sway in Democratic circles, many of the neoconservative thinkers who have captured Republican foreign-policy making encourage "outreach" to "moderate Islamists" — a ludicrously self-contradictory term. The idea is to collaborate in the construction of "Islamic democracies." That's another nonsensical term — to borrow Michael Rubin's quote of a moderate Muslim academic piqued by the encroachments of Turkey's ruling Islamists, "We are a democracy. Islam has nothing to do with it." That is clearly right. Yet, to argue the chimerical folly of the sharia-democracy experiment is to be demagogued as an "isolationist." It is as if the Right can no longer fathom an engaged foreign policy that concentrates solely on vital U.S. interests and treats America's enemies as, well, enemies.

Of course, it is neither Islamophobic nor isolationist to observe that Islamic supremacism is derived from literal Muslim scripture; that it is a mainstream interpretation of Islam whose adherents, far from being limited to a "violent extremist" fringe, number in the hundreds of millions and include many of Islam's most influential thinkers and institutions. These are simply facts. Nor is it Islamophobic or isolationist to contend that any sensible engagement with Islamic supremacists — very much including the Muslim Brotherhood — ought to be aimed at their marginalization and defeat, not their cultivation and empowerment. This is not a popular view; opinions amply supported by unpleasant facts are rarely popular. But following it would strengthen pro-Western Muslims while promoting an American global engagement that is essential, effective, and affordable. That is the very antithesis of Islamophobia and isolationism.

The central contention here has been that the Muslim Brotherhood is an innately, incorrigibly Islamic-supremacist outfit. Wherever it establishes a presence, it seeks — as gradually as indigenous conditions require, and as rapidly as they allow — to implement its repressive construction of sharia. Wherever it gets the opportunity to rule, it uses its power to impose this sharia, despite resistance from the society's non-Islamist factions.

This is not a mere theory. Egypt, the world's most important Arab country, is violently convulsing before our eyes in direct reaction to the suffocation that is Islamist rule. So, will we finally take the lesson? Will we finally come to understand why democracy and Islamic supremacism cannot coexist? Western democracy has Judeo-Christian underpinnings. At its core is the equal dignity of every person. This sacred commitment, ironically, enables our bedrock secular guarantee: freedom of conscience. It is anathema to the Brotherhood. As their guiding jurist, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, teaches: "Secularism can never enjoy general acceptance in an Islamic society." This is because "the acceptance of secularism means abandonment of sharia." National Review
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Posted: 09 Dec 2012 04:02 AM PST

The Walk

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 02:38 AM PST

While most people were probably spending their Saturday night shopping, catching a movie, maybe even clubbing and collecting bottle caps, there I was doing the insane taking part in a 12 hour walk even in Putrajaya that started from 8pm to 8am the next morning.

It was my first ever walk event and though many may find walking to be a breeze, let me tell you otherwise. It was an extremely difficult event to complete and even then I decided to walk an entire marathon distance of 42.195km in a time of 7 hours and 18 minutes and call it quits seeing as how I already qualified for a medal a ways back.

By the end of the event, I was in horrible pain and decided that this would be my first and last walk event. I'll go back to running, which is so much easier. But overall I'm glad to have even done that much distance. A full report on the walk can be found here.

My well deserved, hard earned medal ...

Regim Di Penghujung Usia: AES Sebagai Paku Terakhir Keranda BN

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 03:58 AM PST

Fin de regime, dalam bahasa Perancis, mungkin boleh diterjemahkan sebagai "penghujung regim". Sebagaimana penggunaannya dalam fin de siècle, iaitu "di penghujung alaf", ia bermaksud zaman kemerosotan atau zaman penamat yang sukar dijelaskan.

Sudah sebanyak 250,000 saman AES dikeluarkan sejak bulan September dan ramai telah diheret ke mahkamah termasuk seorang wanita berusia 80 umur. Pelbagai drama melibatkan orang ramai.

Tertanyalah saya, adakah Kerajaan Barisan Nasional telah sampai hujung hayatnya sampai tidak terasa sentimen dan persepsi rakyat jelata?

Sistem Penguatkuasaan Automatik (AES) adalah manifestasi masalah struktur yang mendalam dan berjangka panjang, malah keruntuhan sesebuah sistem.

Saya melihat sekurang-kurangnya tiga persoalan timbul pada zaman penghujung regim ini, iaitu terasing dari realiti hidup rakyat, kekeliruan fungsi kerajaan dan aktiviti merentir (rent-seeking) atas nama dasar penswastaan.

Tanda-tanda keruntuhan sistem

Pada petang 21 November 2012, selepas bajet Kementerian Pengangkutan dan AES hangat diperbahaskan, Ahli-Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat meminta diadakan "undi belah bahagi", iaitu undi yang lebih sulit berbanding "undi suara" yang terbuka serta lumrah dilakukan.

Ketika Dewan berhenti bersidang tatkala undi dihitung, masing-masing mengambil gambar dengan kamera, termasuk Speaker. Untuk dua tahun kebelakangan ini, hampir setiap kali sebelum persidangan Dewan Rakyat ditangguh, masing-masing akan mengucapkan selamat tinggal, mengandaikan pilihan raya umum akan diadakan tidak lama lagi.

Situasi semestinya berbeza selepas PRU13. Ada yang menang, ada yang kalah. Barangkali tiada lagi persidangan selepas persidangan kali ini (walaupun kerajaan masih boleh mengadakan persidangan Parlimen pada Mac tahun depan.)

Ruang kekosongan semasa menunggu undi dihitung bagai upacara selamat tinggal. Tetapi pengundian belah bahagi lantaran pertikaian AES telah memahat istilah fin de regim dalam otak saya – sesebuah kerajaan yang telah sekian lama memerintah, tetapi melakukan kesilapan demi kesilapan pada penghujung zaman pemerintahannya, sehingga isu sekecil AES boleh menonjolkan kebobrokan regim tersebut.

AES zalim terhadap rakyat

Dalam tempoh sebulan ini, ketika bersua muka dengan Ahli-Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional di kafe, koridor mahupun bilik air, mereka akan merungut bahawa hanya kerajaan yang "bodoh" dan "gila" akan melancarkan AES.

Antaranya, Ahli Parlimen Sri Gading Mohamad Aziz paling keras membantah, malah ponteng semasa pengundian. Ketua Pemuda UMNO Khairy Jamaluddin (Rembau) yang sebelum ini secara terbuka membantah AES, juga tidak selesa dan senyap ketika mengundi.

Seandainya sejarah ditulis pada masa depan, barangkali AES adalah paku terakhir yang dipahat pada keranda atau final nail in the coffin untuk fin de regime ini.

Dari dahulu hinggalah sekarang, penguasa yang tidak mempedulikan keperitan rakyat, enggan mengambil tahu rintihan jelatanya, sehingga terasing dari realiti hidup rakyat – akhirnya bakal menjurus kepada keruntuhan sesebuah regim.

Ketika kerajaan mengagihkan BR1M bernilai RM500 kepada isi keluarga yang pendapatan bulanannya di bawah RM3,000, semestinya kerajaan ini sedar bahawa realiti hidup 60% isi keluarga yang serba kurang.

Bayangkan, sekeping saman berharga RM300 yang tiada ruang untuk rundingan diskaun, adalah 10% daripada pendapatan bulanan untuk 60% keluarga di Malaysia. Apakah ia tidak mencungkil kemarahan rakyat jelata?

Kerajaan BN makin keliru

Kekeliruan fungsi kerajaan adalah bibit zaman penghujung regim. Jawapan oleh seorang Menteri boleh dijadikan contoh kekeliruan, kekecohan dan tiada penyelarasan dalam kerajaan BN.

Ketika Menteri Pengangkutan Kong Cho Ha menjawab soalan di Parlimen – apabila isu Malaysia Airlines MAS) disentuh, maka dikatanya jawapan berada dalam lingkungan Kementerian Kewangan; ketika ditanya mengenai sistem pengangkutan awam, maka dikatakan pula ia adalah bidang kuasa Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) di bawah Jabatan Perdana Menteri; operasi pelabuhan juga di bawah Kementerian Kewangan.

Apa yang beliau cuba katakan ialah Kementerian Pengangkutan sekadar berperanan sebagai pengawalselia atau regulator, kononnya. Begitu juga dengan lapangan kapal terbang yang dikatakannya dikendalikan oleh syarikat di bawah Kementerian Kewangan.

Tanggungjawab kerajaan diserah kepada kroni swasta

Keselamatan pengangkutan awam adalah tanggungjawab Kementerian Pengangkutan, tetapi tugas pelaksanaan undang-undang ini diserah kepada institusi swasta untuk mengaut keuntungan.

Lebih-lebih lagi, AES bukan sistem baru yang menggantikan saman ekor oleh polis. Maka polis terus menyaman, kamera perangkap had laju polis juga terus menyaman. Dengan kata lain, polis terus dengan saman mereka, Kementerian Pengangkutan pula telah beri "sub-kontrak" saman mereka. Semua gembira saman-menyaman.

Demikianlah pencukaian oleh kerajaan BN dengan kaedah yang berbeza, dan rakyat didahulukan untuk merasai penderitaannya.

Malah, Kong Cho Ha cuba menggunakan Perlembagaan untuk memujuk agar kita menerima AES, kononnya AES dilancarkan kerana Perlembagaan menuntut kerajaan untuk menjamin keselamatan nyawa rakyat.

Tetapi, dua pertiga daripada lebih 6,000 mangsa yang diragut nyawanya lantaran kemalangan jalan raya, adalah penunggang motosikal. Apakah yang dilakukan Kementerian Pengangkutan untuk penunggang motosikal?

Adakah Kementerian Pengangkutan memastikan lorong motorsikal yang lebih selamat di sepanjang lebuh raya? Tidak, Kong Cho Ha akan memberi alasan, ini tanggungjawab Kementerian Kerja Raya.

Adakah Kementerian Pengangkutan menjamin kelancaran dan keberkesanan sistem pengangkutan awam? Kerana hanya dengan ini, golongan miskin dalam masyarakat tidak perlu bergantung kepada motosikal, sebaliknya boleh menggunakan kemudahan pengangkutan awam.

Jawapan Menteri semestinya berbunyi, pengangkutan awam di bawah bidang kuasa Jabatan Perdana Menteri. Negara manakah yang pengangkutan awamnya tidak di bawah bidang kuasa Kementerian Pengangkutan? Hanya Malaysia boleh.

Penyelewengan dasar

Akhirnya, hal sekecil AES juga menonjolkan penyelewengan dalam dasar penswastaan yang dilaksanakan Mahathir Mohamad sejak memegang tampuk kuasa pada awal tahun 1980-an.

Menteri Dalam Negeri berkata, polis telah membeli 124 buah kamera perangkap had laju sejak tahun 1995, dengan jumlah perbelanjaan RM23.5 juta. Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat mendakwa harganya 10 kali ganda lebih mahal berbanding kamera yang hampir sama di bandar Amerika Syarikat; Timbalan Menteri pula membela bahawa perbelanjaan ini termasuk "kos perkhidmatan" seperti latihan.

Kamera perangkap had laju polis pula lebih murah harganya berbanding AES. Sejauh manakah pelaburan kamera AES? Tiada orang yang mengetahuinya memandangkan kerajaan enggan mengumumkan kontrak.

Kong Cho Ha menyenaraikan dengan panjang lebar perkara yang dipertanggungjawabkan kepada syarikat kontraktor, untuk menjelaskan mengapa harganya melangit tingginya. Persoalannya, bukankah kaedah Bina-Kendali-Serah (BOT) dalam dasar penswastaan sepanjang 30 tahun ini menjelaskan kepada kita, harganya ditentukan syarikat swasta, yang membayar adalah rakyat? Istilah "fin de regime" kekal berlegar-legar dalam otak saya.

– Roketkini

Plenary On Disability Equality Training At 11th The Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN) Conference 2012

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 12:09 AM PST

On my last medical review at the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Dr. Nazirah, the organising chairman of the 11th Asian Spinal Cord network Conference, asked if I would like talk about my work on disability rights advocacy at the conference.

Peter Tan speaking about Disability Equality Training (DET) at the ASCoN 2012.
Photo by Wuan.

I thought that would be a good opportunity to promote Disability Equality Training (DET) to a wider audience, especially to doctors and therapists involved with rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury and people living with spinal cord injury as well.

Peter Tan with fellow plenary panelists at ASCoN.
Photo by Wuan.

The conference was to run from 29th November to 2nd December at the Hilton Petaling Jaya Hotel. At that time, I had already committed to facilitate a 2-1/2 day DET workshop at University of Malaya. Fortunately, Dr. Julia from the conference's Scientific Committee slotted me for a 30-minute plenary session on 1st December. This allowed me to ease nicely in just after the workshop.

Dr. Julia Patrick Engkasan with Peter Tan at ASCoN 2012.
Photo by Wuan.

My work for the presentation was already half-done before the conference as I used the slides by Dr. Kenji Kuno of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the same subject. Those slides illustrated DET in an easy to understand way and yet gave a comprehensive picture of what it is all about. I could not have done any better had I attempted to make my own slides.

Dr. Nazirah Hasnan with Peter Tan at ASCoN 2012.
Photo by Wuan.

For many of the local and international delegates, that was the first time they have heard of DET although Dr. Kuno had conducted DET Training of Trainers workshops in 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America for the past several years. I am glad and honoured to be given this opportunity to share with them about DET and how it is changing the landscape in those countries to enable full participation of disabled people in society.

Al Jazeera : The Hidden Genocide

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 12:09 AM PST

Wartawan TheStar Penipu - Tiada Tangkapan Khalwat Ke Atas Bukan Islam Di Kelantan

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 01:22 AM PST

PAS pertimbangkan tindakan undang-undang atas laporan 'khalwat'

PAS menafikan empat orang bukan Islam ditangkap kerana berkhalwat di Kelantan dan mengatakan bahawa kerajaan negeri mempertimbangkan tindakan undang-undang terhadap akhbar The Star kerana laporan yang tidak berasas untuk mewujudkan rasa takut di kalangan orang-orang bukan Islam.

Parti Islam itu turut berkata, akhbar milik MCA itu mengeluarkan laporan sedemikian untuk tuan politik mereka oleh kerana pilihan raya umum (PRU) yang bakal diadakan tahun hadapan.

Setiausaha agung PAS, Datuk Mustafa Ali mengecam keras laporan dalam The Star semalam sebagai "tidak berasas" dan "penipuan yang jelas" dengan mendakwa akhbar tersebut hanya bekerja demi tuan politiknya.

"Tanpa sebarang bukti, The Star melaporkan berita membuta tuli dan saya percaya kerajaan negeri Kelantan mempunyai asas untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang ke atas akhbar tersebut," kata Mustafa kepada portal rasmi online PAS, Harakahdaily.

Beliau menjelaskan khalwat adalah kesalahan "yang hanya tertakluk dibawah pegawai penguatkuasa Islam dan perlu melalui mahkamah Syariah sebelum hukuman dijatuhkan", sambil menambah laporan saman dikenakan ke atas orang bukan Islam kerana berkhalwat menunjukkan "kejahilan" pengarang akhbar tersebut mengenai undang-undang di negara ini.

Akhbar Bahasa Inggeris itu melaporkan bahawa empat orang bukan Islam – dua lelaki yang tengah melihat pesawat berangkat serta satu pasangan yang bersiar-siar di sebuah taman di Kelantan – ditahan kerana "berkhalwat", satu jenayah di bawah undang-undang syariah.

PAS juga berkata mereka tidak menyokong amalan rasuah seperti didakwa dilakukan oleh pegawai penguatkuasa dengan menegaskan pesalah wajar dihukum.

Ahli parlimen Kuala Selangor Dr Dzukefly Ahmad menyifatkan kenyataan oleh pemuda MCA negeri Gan Han Chuan semalam sebagai "tuduhan tidak bertanggungjawab" kerana mengatakan PAS cuba untuk mengenakan undang-undang Islam kepada bukan Islam.

"Ini adalah kali pertama dalam sejarah apabila bukan Islam dikenakan saman kerana berkhalwat," Gan dilaporkan berkata oleh The Star semalam.

"Kenyataan itu sangat biadap dan cuba mewujudkan kekeliruan bukan Islam terhadap agama Islam," kata Dzulkefly.

"Saman ini adalah kerana kelakuan kurang sopan dan bukannya khalwat, persoalannya kenapa MCA mahu mengaitkan ia dengan undang-undang Islam?" soal beliau lagi.

Rakannya dari PAS, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud juga berkongsi pandangan dengan berkata: "Ini adalah cubaan untuk menakutkan bukan Islam dengan menunjukkan undang-undang Syariah akan dikenakan kepada mereka.

" Beliau menerangkan bahawa kesalahan kelakuan kurang sopan dikuatkuasakan oleh semua pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT), manakala khalwat pula hanya dikuatkuasakan ke atas orang Islam menerusi penguatkuasa agama.

"Kelakuan kurang sopan dikuatkuasakan oleh PBT dengan undang-undang. Malahan negara Barat juga mempunyai undang-undang ini. Ia adalah universal.

"Sila periksa semua undang-undang PBT di Malaysia. Semua ini mempunyai klausa melibatkan kelakuan kurang sopan.

"Khalwat adalah terma yang digunapakai ke atas muslim dan dikuatkuasakan oleh Jabatan Agama," kata ahli parlimen Kota Raja (PAS) itu kepada The Malaysian Insider semalam.

"Tapi jangan takutkan orang bukan Islam dengan menggunakan terma khalwat kerana ia hanya digunapakai dalam undang-undang Syariah kepada orang Islam. Jangan kelirukan orang ramai dengan menggunakan terma yang tidak terguna ke atas mereka," tambah beliau.

Menurut The Star, dua daripada mereka yang disaman mengadu pegawai penguatkuasa meminta RM500 daripada mereka "untuk menyelesaikan masalah".

Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng dalam satu kenyataan semalam menggesa PAS untuk mengambil tindakan segera ke atas penguatkuasa yang menyalahguna kuasa itu untuk membuktikan kerajaan negeri Kelantan tidak rasuah.

Dzulkefly berkata pengeluaran saman itu adalah dalam bidang kuasa PBT di bawah undang-undang, tetapi berkata adalah menjadi satu kesalahan untuk pegawai penguatkuasa meminta rasuah.

"Ia salah untuk penguatkuasa mengambil kesempatan meminta wang.

"Jadi, bagi memastikan keadilan kedua-dua belah pihak satu siasatan perlu dijalankan.

"Jika penguatkuasa itu bersalah, hukuman perlu dijalankan. Dan jika individu yang disaman itu bersalah, mereka juga perlu dihukum," kata beliau apabila dihubungi oleh The Malaysian Insider semalam.

Baru-baru ini, pendandan rambut bukan Islam di Kelantan dilaporkan disaman kerana mempunyai pelanggan jantina berlainan, melanggar undang-undang majlis tempatan pendandan rambut wanita daripada bekerja unruk lelaki dan sebaliknya - mencetuskan kekecohan berkenaan kedudukan undang-undang Islam itu.

Malaysia mengamalkan dua sistem mahkamah tetapi undang-undang syariah hanya boleh dikuatkuasakan ke atas orang Islam, bukan Islam dikecualikan.

Dengan pilihan raya umum ke-13 semakin hampir, gabungan Barisan Nasional (BN) cuba untuk menakut-nakutkan pengundi bukan Islam daripada mengundi PR dengan mengatakan bahawa PAS akan melaksanakan kod keseksaan Islam, hudud, dan mewujudkan sebuah negara Islam. -TMI

Non-muslims nabbed for 'khalwat' in Kelantan

KOTA BARU: Four non-Muslims two men on a plane spotting outing and a couple in a park have been issued with summonses for khalwat, a first in the country.

The summonses were for "indecent behaviour" but the four have denied any wrongdoing, claiming instead that the municipal council's enforcement officers "were merely abusing their position".

State MCA Youth chief Gan Han Chuan said the officers "have gone crazy", trying to enforce hudud laws on non-Muslims.

"This is a first in history where non-Muslims have been issued summonses for khalwat," he said.

"It is unbelievable! What they do with their by-laws is now affecting the lives of even the non-Muslims," Gan said of the two cases which occurred recently.

The incidents came in the wake of a nationwide uproar over the fines imposed on salon operators who allowed their stylists to cut the hair of a customer of a different gender regardless of whether they were Muslims or not.

Most, if not all, of the salons affected were owned by non-Muslims.

In the latest incident, the two men in their 30s were in a car parked beside the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, watching aeroplanes land in the night, when they were issued with the summonses. The duo claimed that they were not doing anything indecent.

The other two were a 17-year-old male and a 15-year-old girl. They were at the Tengku Anis park in the town centre in the middle of the day when enforcement officers approached them and issued them with summonses for indecent behaviour.

The two incidents have riled up even the National PAS Supporters Congress chairman Hu Pang Chaw. Hu said the male victims had complained to him that the officers had even sought RM500 from the duo "to settle the matter".

"As far as I know, the council has no right to issue summonses to non-Muslims for close contact with their girlfriends in the dark or out in the open," he said.

"I believe this by-law only applies to Muslims. And, I cannot understand why the four were issued the summonses," Hu said, adding that the council cannot impose "khalwat" laws on non-Muslims.

The men have written a letter to council president Fauzi Mat.

Hu said: "This is a serious allegations that needs immediate attention"

Forrest Gump...A No Expiry Date Movie..

Posted: 08 Dec 2012 05:16 PM PST

Talk Therapy To Reduce Depression

Posted: 08 Dec 2012 09:25 PM PST

BBC ONLINE: 7 December 2012
Last updated at 00:40 GMT

Cognitive behavioural therapy 'can reduce depression'


behavioural therapy (CBT) can reduce symptoms of depression in people
who fail to respond to drug treatment, says a study in the Lancet.
CBT, a type of psychotherapy, was found to benefit nearly
half of the 234 patients who

Nightmare at the Airport *updated*

Posted: 08 Dec 2012 09:07 PM PST

I learnt one precious lesson over the past few days - Never fly during school holidays, especially on weekends.

Firstly, there is a high probability that flights will be delayed due to the heavy air traffic. Hence, ensure there is enough allowance of at least three hours between connecting flights to avoid any undesirable situations.

While waiting for my flight home (which had been delayed by initially 15 minutes, then half an hour and finally for one hour), I sat there looking at passengers disembarking. Some literally flew down the stairs and across the tarmac to the departure hall while others sauntered at a leisurely place. At one point, some passengers were running at such a breakneck speed that it seemed as though their cabin bags were moving a few inches off the ground. In between, there were so many announcements that each time a voice thundered through the P.A. system, the chattering diminished as many stopped what they were doing to listen carefully. Every now and then, someone would go up to the counter of each departure gate to enquire about the latest status. It was a good thing I had ample supply of nuts, reading material and water to keep myself busy.

Secondly, ensure you have masks to protect yourself. I had stupidly packed my masks in my luggage which had been checked in earlier. After boarding the plane, I was horrified that the lady making her way to the seat behind mine sneezed (without closing her mouth with her hand/handkerchief/tissue_ and baptised the person in front of her with her saliva. I was even more horrified that as she made her way to the centre seat behind my aisle seat, she sneezed again and I felt the droplets landing on my face.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew!!!! Hurriedly, I took out my hand sterilizer, poured some on my hand, rubbed it all over my face and hands, wiped it dry with a tissue and then wiped it again with my wet one.

Barely had I finished my cleansing ritual when another passenger on my right started coughing. It was as though there was a whole choir of coughers in that flight for lo and behold, the main soloist appeared - a baritone seated in the hot seat area. Boy oh boy, he led the cacophony of coughers from start to finish, even when disembarking.

Fortunately, I had a thick shawl with me. Gingerly, I took it out, covered my hair (to protect myself from flying droplets of saliva).

Thirdly, be very careful if you want to look around you because idle/irate/bored passengers waiting for their flights can actually partake in weird antics including:

  • digging for booger - I saw at least five passengers of various nationalities gloriously and ecstatically digging their noses 
  • digging their ears and examining specimens
  • taking off their shoes and examining their toes/nails/grime
  • sleeping/sitting in the oddest places and in the strangest positions/posture
  • displaying selfish habits such as placing their luggage on the seats instead of the floor and thus depriving fellow travellers of vacant seats
  • couples quarrelling
  • mothers scolding their children
  • mothers pretending to teach toddlers how to pronounce words/syllables in the most artificially created accents that made my hair stand!!!!
  • mothers scolding fathers for buying the wrong stuff
  • how some passengers lack presence of mind when packing. I saw a lady who checked in two pieces of luggage and five packages of various sizes which should have been re-packed in one big box so that these do not go astray in transit or at collection point

Fourthly, be prepared for the disgusting state of public toilets at the airport. I had the most horrible experience at one of the toilets after I disembarked. I could not believe my eyes when I entered the restroom and saw the dirty and smelly puddles of water on the floor. The next instance, a young boy rushed into the restroom and the same slimy dirty water sloshed around and landed on my legs, skirt, handbag and luggage. I was enraged and comforted myself by imagining that the same culprit was hung upside down and cleaning the floor, dirty water and all sloshing on his face! Needless to say, I spent considerable time cleaning up.

Fifthly, be prepared for the strange instructions given by personnel who lack fluency in English. For instance, after the check-point, the beep sounded because of my stainless steel magnetic bracelet which I wear for many reasons (including deflecting radiation particles from EMF or RF). The security personnel pointed at my left shoe and said, "Take off your shoe." Meekly, I removed my left shoe. Then he said, "One more time."

One more time?

I looked at him. I was not sure if he wanted me to take out my insole. He looked at me. He repeated, "One more time."

So I put on my left shoe and took it off again.

Then he said, "Tinggalkan sebelah."

Enough said.

Sixthly, you have to be a good interpreter because most of the time, announcements made over the P.A. system are largely in garbled language because of poor intonation or settings for the microphone.

Seventhly, be prepared for all kinds of rubbish overflowing from rubbish bins, or scattered on the floor, or half-eaten dishes left on the tables in various restaurants/fast-food joints and flies dancing all around in full appreciation for the wonderful 'buffet' spread for all and sundry in the insect kingdom.

Eighthly, be ready to witness disgruntled passengers cussing away when checking in or when dropping off their luggage. I actually heard a gentleman scolding the poor guy on duty and telling him a list of bizarre and horrid things he hopes will happen to the airport so that the authorities concerned can take the necessary steps to improve the situation.

Ninthly, be patient when you have inconsiderate passengers who persist in using their hand phones when the plane is taking off/landing/in-flight and be even more patient with flight attendants who are blase or non-vigilant when checking to see if passengers followed the captain's orders. Last night, I asked the stewardess if passengers are allowed to read their ebooks via Kindle. She said she did not know but she would check for me. Minutes later, she did not get back to me. After reminding her three times, she finally got back to me and said it is allowed. In the first place, should she not be taught what is and what is NOT allowed to ensure she can uphold safety guidelines?

This is what I found at THIS SITE:

Am I permitted to use any electronic items onboard the flight? 
For safety reasons, during take off and landing we forbid the operation of electronic equipment onboard our aircraft. Such items include but not limited to, cellular phones, smart phones and tablets, laptop computers, portable recorders, CD players, electronic games or transmitting devices such as radio-controlled toys and walkie talkies. Operation of hearing aids and heart pacemakers is permitted. You may use your laptop after the captain has completed take off, but for all other equipment please check with our friendly cabin crew if you are unsure.

Tenthly, be prepared for unreasonable passengers who will not hesitate to block your way with their hand-carry luggage so their girlfriends can exit easily even though they are seated in a disadvantaged position.

When the plane landed, I was in such a sleepy, drained and tired state that as I pulled my bag from the overhead compartment, I swung too hard and the bag hit my face :-(.

What a horrible journey! Having said that, I am glad to be home!

Oh - I have yet to write about the horrible Penang airport...More in the next post - with photographs!

Loyalists and disloyalists in Umno...

Posted: 08 Dec 2012 08:16 PM PST

About 300 joined and rejoined Umno in Penang yesterday during PM and Umno president's visit to the State. Among them is Independent MP Zahrain Hashim.

Good for Umno, a wise move by Zahrain and the others. Umno is still the best, most vibrant and a moderate party for the Malays and Bumiputras. Together with MCA, MIC, Gerakan and other component parties in BN, Umno puts national interest above all.

So, when these people joined Umno, I knew they made it right...except for the 'timing' chosen and the big publicity given by the media.

We don't really publicise when Umno members left the party. We took it for granted.

The biggest publicised news was way back in 1987 when Umno broke apart into two - the deregistered Umno, then renamed as Umno (baru) led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and its splinter group Semangat 46 led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah - made headlines.

And when Ku Li decided to dissolve his party about a decade later, the stories about 're-entry' into Umno were flashed again. Their main reason for rejoining was 'they realised only Umno is able to unite the Malays and the nation'.

The same line was uttered by Zahrain and the others Saturday. Fine...

I am also an Umno member. I sometimes criticise the party, its leadership and some policies introduced but I will never leave the party over some frustrations and later on apply to rejoin it after realising 'its the only party' I should be with!

Maybe as an ordinary member, like million others, the leaders will find it insignificant should a few thousand leave the party. Their main concern and worry is if an MP or a state assemblyman quits to join the opposition or become Independent.

Well understood - a seat reduced at the Dewan Rakyat and the State Assembly will be damaging to the party and BN.

Umno history has seen how disloyal politicians left and deserted the party, criticised and badmouthed the leadership openly, and some even avowed their despise at the party.

But many years later they 'realised Umno is the only party they should be with', hence they rejoined it, to the good words and open arms of its leaders.

Few of the ex and axed Umno politicians later on made it to the Cabinet as ministers, one of them even became a prime minister. Some were also given senior post at government agencies and corporations.

In fact, there are also Umno ex-loyalists, whom after getting the second chance to serve the party and proof loyalty, became 'sourgrapes' again by hitting out at the party and the government.

I am not sure how Umno grassroot members look at such politicians, and I dont want to know how Malaysians as a whole perceive them.

But I am sure their loyalty to the party and government will be put to question. I remember few cases when some members were expelled or penalised for criticising the part (but not amounting to 'derhaka kepada parti') but those who had left the party and 'spat' on it were treated otherwise.

Wish I can write more but I better stop here. My only hope is for Umno to stop being a political horse for the disloyalist. We had too many of too many!

Its good that they realised their mistakes for turning their back on the party and the government but we better pay attention and give opportunity to the 100 per cent loyalist as candidates in the upcoming general election!

Kaum Cina Mula Terima Lynas? KARUT!!!

Posted: 08 Dec 2012 10:05 PM PST

Aktivis bidas dakwaan MCA kaum Cina menerima loji Lynas

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Dis – Aktivis alam sekitar membidas dakwaan MCA yang mengatakan masyarakat Cina sudah menerima kilang nadir bumi kontroversi Lynas Corp di Kuantan dan menyifakan ia bermotif politik kerana pilihan raya umum (PRU) ke-13 semakin hampir.

Pengerusi Gabungan Henti Lynas (SLC), Andansura Rabu menggambarkan kenyataan sedemikian sebagai sebuah kenyataan politik dan "kempen" oleh MCA untuk mendapat undi daripada kaum Cina.

"Mereka tidak ada data untuk menyokong kenyataan mereka," kata beliau kepada The Malaysian Insider, sambil mengakui kebanyakkan kumpulan anti-Lynas adalah daripada masyarakat Cina.

Malahan Andansura berkata rata-rata peserta yang turun pada Himpunan Hijau di Dataran Merdeka bulan lalu majoritinya daripada masyarakat Cina.

Beliau merujuk kepada perhimpunan 25 November lalu semasa peserta berjalan daripada Kuantan ke ibu kota dengan jarak perjalanan 300km selama 13 hari.

"Ia bukti kaum Cina menentang Lynas, mereka tidak menerima," kata beliau dan menambah masyarakat Cina tempatan sering bertanya tentang langkah susulan selepas ini.

Selain beliau, pengerusi Selamatkan Malaysia Hentikan Lynas Tan Bun Teet menyuarakan pandangan serupa dengan mendakwa kenyataan tersebut "tidak berasas" sama sekali.

"Bagaimana mereka boleh buat kesimpulan begitu? Adakah terdapat referendum, pengundian, inkuiri orang awam yang dijalankan oleh badan bebas?" soal Tan.

Beliau berkata MCA sebelum ini menubuhkan satu kumpulan pemantau dalam isu Lynas yang dituduhnya sebagai cubaan memecahkan sokongan kaum Cina terhadap pergerakkan anti-Lynas tetapi mendakwa penduduk tdak akan melupakan "pengabaian" yang dilakukan oleh parti utama kaum Cina tersebut.

"Macam mana mereka boleh katakan masyarakat Cina beransur-ansur menyokong Lynas?" soal beliau, sambil menuduh parti MCA tersebut menubuhkan sebuah kumpulan pemantau yang tidak melakukan apa-apa.

Selain masyarakat Cina, Tan juga menegaskan bahawa pergerakkan mereka mendapat sokongan daripada segenap masyarakat dengan mengatakan masyarakat bukan Cina juga menentang loji Lynas tersebut.

Kedua-dua Andansura dan Tan berkata kumpulan anti-Lynas diterajui oleh penduduk tempatan.

"Tapi penduduk tempatan masih peneraju utama dalam perjuangan menentang Lynas...." kata Andansura yang menyatakan bahawa perjuangan tersebut "diusahakan" dan "diketuai" oleh penduduk Kuantan.

Beliau juga mendapati isu tersebut sudah menjadi topik nasional dengan banyak warga daripada negeri lain menyertai mereka untuk memberikan kesedaran dan tekanan kepada kerajaan.

Tan bersetuju adalah perkara biasa apabila bukan penduduk tempatan menyokong isu nasional dan memberitahu The Malaysian Insider bahawa kumpulan utama SMSL adalah dari Kuantan.

Kenyataan Tan tersebut bertujuan membalas laporan oleh pengerusi MCA Kuantan Datuk Ti Lian Ker yang mendakwa masyarakat Cina telah diperdaya oleh pembangkang dan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang kebanyakkannya bukan berasal dari Kuantan.

"Suruh dia beri bukti yang katakan kami perdaya... kami boleh buat penilaian sendiri...." kata Tan, sambil mendakwa mereka yang menentang terdiri daripada golongan berpelajaran dan disokong menerusi kepakaran masing-masing.

Selain aktivis, ahli parlimen Kuantan Fuziah Salleh turut menyatakan bahawa masyarakat Cina masih lagi menentang loji Lynas tersebut.

UMNO Dulu Kini Dan Selamanya Parti RASUAH

Posted: 08 Dec 2012 06:55 PM PST

Baru-baru ini politik tanah air digegarkan lagi dengan satu siri skandal 'projek rembat tanah rakyat' oleh UMNO-BN di negeri Selangor.

Pendedahan itu dicetuskan oleh ADUN DAP Sekinchan, Ng Suee Lim ketika sesi Petrsidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor yang lalu. Beliau mendedahkan bahawa terdapat 24 bidang tanah 'dibeli' dengan harga murah oleh parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) di Selangor.

Kemudian, Ahli Parlimen DAP Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua, terus membongkar status tanah yang dijual dengan harga paling murah iaitu RM1 sekaki persegi yang kini dibangunkan dengan kondominium mewah yang dianggarkan bernilai ratusan juta ringgit.

Kita difahamkan, terdapat banyak lagi bukti membabitkan beberapa lot tanah yang akan didedahkan kepada umum, satu persatu.

Ketika ini UMNO sedang giat bertempik ke hulu ke hilir dengan slogan membela rakyat, slogan mendukung Islam dan memperjuangkan ekonomi rakyat. Rupa-rupanya dalam diam UMNO-BN Selangor selama ini membuat 'onar' kepada rakyat.

Keinginan UMNO nak berubah, nampaknya hanya omong kosong. Perangai salahguna kuasa, culas pada tanggungjawab dan tidak amanah masih menjadi amalan harian mereka.

Skandal ini ibarat petunjuk jelas kepada rakyat bahawa UMNO itu .. dulu.. kini dan selamanya akan terus bergelumang dengan rasuah dan salahguna kuasa.

Persoalan yang menarik di sini ialah; Bagaimana boleh tanah negeri (baca;rakyat) boleh diagih antara UMNO, MIC, MCA dan Gerakan sebegitu murah dan mudah? Mana pejabat tanah? Mana pejabat daerah? Adakah mereka juga bersengkongkol? atau terpaksa mengikut kehendak dan arahan UMNO-BN? Selepas diagih tanah berkenaan, ia dibangunkan (baca; jual kembali) dengan harga berlipat-lipat-lipat kali ganda. Siapa sebenarnya yang buat duit dengan projek itu?

Sudah berapa ratus juta mereka 'meratah' wang daripada hak rakyat ini?

Dan, ada berapa banyak tanahkan (projek sebegini) dikerjakan sejak UMNO-BN memerintah Selangor?

'Projek rembat tanah rakyat' UMNO-BN Selangor itu juga merupakan satu lagi bukti bagaimana kek ekonomi diagih megikut dasar politik UMNO. Ia juga menjadi indikasi bagaimana kek ekonomi negara dibahagikan kepada kroni masing-masing .

Menurut laporan, daripada 24 bidang tanah yang dirembat UMNO-BN Selangor itu, 15 bidang tanah dimiliki UMNO Selangor, MCA (lima), MIC (tiga) dan Gerakan (satu).

Inilah contoh dasar UMNO baik di peringkat negeri mahupun pusat. Beginilah UMNO memimpin parti komponen yang menjadi barua mereka selama ini dengan 'merasuah' MCA, MIC dan Gerakan. Itu belum kita lihat bagaimana UMNO merasuah parti di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Tanah yang dibeli oleh UMNO Subang contohnya, ia membeli dengan harga premium RM1 sekaki persegi dan kini tanah berkenaan bernilai tidak kurang daripada RM200 sekaki persegi, dan kini ia juga dibangunkan menjadi kondominium mewah.

Ini perniagaan apa ya? Adakah Donald Trump, usahawan hartanah di Amerika itu mampu membuat projek sebegini 'masyuk'?

Tak lain tak bukan, inilah perniagaan yang dirintis UMNO. Inilah cara UMNO buat duit selama ini. Inilah cara Tun M menswastakan harta rakyat (negara). Inilah cara UMNO bernafas selama ini. UMNO memang semua boleh, duit haram boleh projek haram pun tak salah.

Laporan Transpatrency International – Malaysia yang melaporkan baru-baru ini, ranking Malaysia sedikit meningkat tidak lain hanya membuktikan bahawa kerajaan BN sememangnya rasuah. Tidak ada apa-apa makna jika ranking naik tidak seberapa, bertempik pula ia hebat sedangkan tanah rakyat Selangor habis dirembat.

Rupa-rupanya dalam diam, UMNO menjadi dalang menghisap darah rakyat. Mereka melalaikan orang Melayu dengan slogan perkauman dan menipu umat Islam dengan memperalatkan Islam menggunakan slogan agama yang syumul.

Beginilah modus operandi mereka selama UMNO BN memerintah.

Siang bertempik nak membela nasib orang Melayu dan nak menegakkan Islam, tetapi ketika malam, habis diligannya semua harta dan hak rakyat. Inilah UMNO, dulu kini dan selamanya rasuah!

Tidak tahulah masih adakah rakyat yang boleh menerima perangai UMNO-BN macam itu dan sanggup lagi mengundi parti itu untuk terus memerintah negasra pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU-13) nanti.

Kalau ada pun mungkin kalangan ahli UMNO-BN yang mendapat bahagian sama 'merembat' hak rakyat terutama kroni yang mendapat projek mewah daripada kerajaan BN.

- Roketkini.

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