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Monday, March 16, 2009

Wakil rakyat DAP digantung tugas setahun isu Najib-Altantuya - Malaysiakini

kemaskini 12.50pm Usul yang dibentangkan oleh Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz untuk menggantung ahli parlimen Puchong, Gobind Singh Deo selama setahun diluluskan oleh Dewan Rakyat hari ini.

Usul tersebut diluluskan melalui undi mulut selepas dibahas selama kira-kira 40 minit. Sewaktu pengundian dijalankan, kesemua ahli parlimen pembangkang bertindak keluar dewan sebagai membantah.

Usul tersebut dibentangkan pada kira-kira jam 11.30 pagi di hadapan Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

Pembentangan usul tersebut dibantah keras oleh pembangkang, sehingga menimbulkan kebuntuan hampir satu jam.

Pandikar hanya dapat mengawal keadaan pada kira-kira 12.30 tengahari dan membenarkan ahli parlimen membahaskan usul tersebut.

Usul dibentangkan terhadap Gobind kerana dianggap menghina dewan berhubung tuduhannya terhadap Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak terlibat dalam pembunuhan Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Minggu lepas anak lelaki Pengerusi DAP Karpal Singh digantung sehari.

Teks lengkap usul seperti berikut:

1. Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri akan mencadangkan:

Bahawa pada 12 Mac 2009, Yang Berhormat Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, ahli parlimen kawasan Puchong semasa perbahasan peringkat
Jawatankuasa Rang Undang-undang Perbekalan Tambahan (2009) 2009 telah mengeluarkan kenyataan-kenyataan yang mendakwa YAB timbalan perdana menteri, ahli parlimen kawasan Pekan terlibat dalam kes pembunuhan.

Bahawa Yang Berhormat ahli parlimen kawasan Puchong juga telah
mengeluarkan kenyataan-kenyataan yang menghina Timbalan Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat setelah diperintah keluar Dewan.

Dan bahawa kenyataan-kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Yang Berhormat ahli parlimen kawasan Puchong adalah merupakan satu dakwaan yang sangat serius dan menyalahi hak dan keistimewaan sebagai ahli parlimen serta merupakan satu penghinaan kepada Dewan ini.

Maka inilah dipersetujui bahawa Yang Berhormat ahli parlimen
kawasan Puchong hendaklah digantung tugas dari jawatannya sebagai ahli parlimen selama dua belas (12) bulan dari tarikh keputusan usul ini diluluskan.

Dalam masa penggantungan ini Yang Berhormat ahli parlimen
kawasan Puchong tidak akan dibayar kesemua bayaran elaun dan
kemudahan sebagai seorang Ahli Parlimen.

Federal Court to decide if Speaker has final say

From The Malaysian Insider
IPOH, March 16 – The High Court here decided today to refer to the Federal Court in Putrajaya a question on whether it is the state assembly Speaker or the Election Commission which has the final say in determining the vacancy of a seat.

The High Court made the decision while hearing the suit filed by Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Captain (Rtd) Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu and Hee Yit Foong, the elected state assemblymen for Behrang, Changkat Jering and Jelapang respectively against Perak Speaker V. Sivakumar.

The three claim they did not quit from their posts and are suing Sivakumar for falsely declaring their state seats vacant.

Judicial Commisioner (JC) Ridwan Ibrahim dismissed a request from Sivakumar’s lawyers to stay the referral.

Instead, Ridwan ordered the lawyers for the three elected representatives to draft the questions to be referred to the Federal Court and submit it to the High Court later this afternoon.

The date on referral will be fixed by the Federal Court later.

The decision was made in court behind closed doors. Reporters and members of the public were denied entry.

A policeman on duty reported he had received instructions from the sitting judge to bar the public and reporters from hearing the matter.

A similar referral to the apex court was made recently by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in another matter related to the Perak constitutional crisis.

Judge Lau Bee Lan of the Appellate and Special Powers division of the High Court postponed hearing the suit filed by Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who maintains he is the lawful mentri besar of Perak against the de facto MB Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir, pending the Federal Court’s answer to four constitutional questions.

The Federal Court is due to hear the matter on Friday.

Jamaluddin and Mohd Osman had contested in the general elections last year under the PKR banner while Hee, who is also the deputy speaker of the assembly, ran on a DAP ticket. All three have since publicly declared themselves as independents “friendly” to the Barisan Nasional (BN).

However, Speaker Sivakumar has filed a counter suit against the three as well as the Election Commission at the KL High Court.

His case has been fixed to be heard in court on Mar 23.

'Democracy tree' plaque vandalised'

Convert allowed to renounce Islam

GEORGETOWN, March 16 – A Malaysian religious appeal court in Penang on Monday granted a woman’s wish to formally renounce Islam, in a rare case where Muslims are allowed to leave the faith.

Siti Fatimah, an ethnic Chinese woman formerly known as Tan Ean Huang, had converted to Islam in 1998 in order to marry her Muslim lover. In Malaysia, a majority Muslim country, non-Muslims must convert to Islam before they can legally marry a Muslim.

“It is clear from the evidence that she converted to Islam just for the sake of marrying an Iranian man,” Penang Syariah Appeal Court judge Ibrahim Lembut said in his ruling.

“She has never followed any aspect of the Islamic teachings and has been living a non-Muslim lifestyle right from the day of her conversion. This shows the conversion itself is doubtful,” he said.

Converting is a sensitive topic in this Southeast Asian country of 27 million people and Islamic courts rarely allow Muslims to convert to other religions. Often, they prescribe counselling or sometimes even fine them for apostasy.

The country’s best known Christian convert, Lina Joy, lost a battle two years ago to have the word “Islam” removed from her identity card.

Tan, 39, will have to get the details on her identity card changed but in the meantime is to offer prayers in a Buddhist temple.

“I intend to go home and offer thanksgiving prayers to a temple in Nibong Tebal,” said Tan after the hearing, referring to her hometown in mainland Penang state. – Reuters

House suspends Gobind for one year

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 – The Dewan Rakyat today suspended DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo for one year for calling Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak a murderer and insulting the House Deputy Speaker last week.

The motion to suspend the Puchong MP for a year without Parliamentary pay and privileges was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz this morning and was supported by all Barisan Nasional Backbenchers.

The decision to move a motion to suspend the first term MP was criticised by Lim Kit Siang, who said that it is against the Standing Order.

On Thursday, Gobind was asked to leave the House by Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee after he shouted: “Answer me you murderer!” to Najib as the latter was leaving the House.

Couple charged with posting offensive comments on sultan

KUALA TERENGGANU, 16 March 2009: A couple was charged in the Sessions Court here today with two counts of posting unsavoury comments to the website of the Sultan of Perak's office with intention to offend others.

Businessman Fuad Ariff Abdul Rashid, 35, and his wife, Fatimah Maisurah Abdullah, 34, a lawyer, were alleged to have knowingly posted the comments on which has links with the website of the sultan's office at

They allegedly committed the offences at No 1206, Kampung Tok Kaya, Chabang Tiga, here at 7.57am and 8.01am on 14 Feb.

Each offence under section 233(1)(a) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a jail term not exceeding a year, or both, on conviction.

Judge Mohamad Khalid Abdul Karim fixed 20 April for mention and allowed bail of RM6,000 with one surety each.

They were represented by counsel Wan Zainuddin Wan Musa while deputy public prosecutor Datuk Azmi Ariffin appeared for the prosecution.

Wan Zainuddin told reporters outside the courtroom that he would make a representation to the Attorney-General's chambers to reconsider the charges against both his clients and to drop the charges against Fatimah.

On 13 March, a school laboratory assistant was fined RM10,000 in default five months' jail by the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur for posting comments insulting the Sultan of Perak on a website, the first such case in the country. — Bernama

The world according to Musa - The Nut Graph

By Shanon Shah

INSPECTOR General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, on the release of tear gas against hundreds who demonstrated on 7 Mar 2009 against the English for Teaching Mathematics and Science (ETeMS) policy.

The police say they also detained 124 individuals for questioning. (Source: Cops foil march to Istana, The Star, 8 Mar 2009)

Musa, when commenting the use of water canons by the police to disperse a crowd of 300 at the Brickfields police station on 28 Feb 2009.

The gathering was to lodge a police report against the alleged mistreatment of Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee and Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar. (Source: Cops use water cannons to disperse 300-strong crowd, The Star, 1 Mar 2009)

Musa again, this time training his gaze on Perak. This was his warning to Pakatan Rakyat supporters not to hold any public assemblies protesting the takeover of the Perak government by the Barisan Nasional in February. (Source: IGP urges Pakatan supporters not to hold illegal gatherings, The Star, 5 Feb 2009)

Musa, this time focusing on cyclists. The police arrested 111 individuals — adults and children — involved in the Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) Cycling for Change campaign in December 2008.

The campaign called for the abolition of the ISA, passage of a Minimum Wage Act, and the restoration of local government elections, among other things. It culminated in the handover of a memorandum to Parliament on 18 Dec 2008. (Source: Police have duty to protect children, The Star, 25 Dec 2008)

Musa, last but not least, defending Islam. This time he was referring to public protests against the National Fatwa Council's fatwa banning tomboys, or pengkid, in November 2008. The protests were organised by youth collectives Katagender and Food Not Bombs, which consist of Muslim and non-Muslim Malaysian men and women. (Source: IGP warns NGOs against challenging fatwa, The Nut Graph, 13 Nov 2008)

The tussle in Perak

N.H. Chan has penned two pieces relating to the events that have been unfolding in Perak.

Click here to read "How to judge the Judge", which looks at whether the Perak State Assembly speaker has the right to be represented by counsel of his choice.

Click here to read "The pretended power of dispensing with the law by regal authority as perceived in the tussle between the Sultan of Perak and the Mentri Besar".

Rosmah: Najib’s biggest political liability? “Destiny,” mega conferences, nangka & loving yourself

pre-script: There are a few things I fear in life, and this woman is one of them. Datin Seri, please don’t hurt me! (ps- has anyone seen what was written by the 6 charged for insulting the Perak Sultan yet?)

Ah, the storied Rosmah.

You know, I think many people don’t like Najib, and wouldn’t trust him further than they could throw him.

But in all honesty, I doubt that his is a face that inspires higher emotions like hate. Who would bother to hate someone so limp, lacklustre, soft and… pudgy, is a word that comes to mind.

Now, his wife on the other hand.

I start with a simple question: have you ever heard someone sincerely and heartfelt genuinely (ie, not making some fat profit of her) say anything like - “I love Rosmah, she’s so nice!” Anything positive or good at all? (haha, maybe watch as soon they start coming out all over the place)

I could be wrong, but I think a mix of fear and loathing is more likely what you’d encounter.

The gossip and stories that surround this woman, her purported arrogance, extravagance, appetite for wanting to be involved in everything, etc, is voluminous. Luckily, this is not a gossip blog :P

As stated before, I also don’t believe in smearing the families of politicians, except wherein it affects the conduct of said politician.

One of the most persistently said things about Rosmah is exactly the manner in which she interferes with politics at the highest levels.

Her recent comments on destiny (o.m.g., *rolls eyes*), is but the first of what I think will be many public indicators of this. She complains of scrutiny, but launching oneself into the media exposes oneself to just that.

I’ll be perfectly honest though, it’s not without some trepidation that I blog about her.

I’ve said before that while Najib may have TDM’s lack of morals, he probably does not quite have the same level of TDM’s appetite for viciousness.

Now Rosmah on the other hand. Well, let’s say that wits are probably not what what she inherited from TDM :P

Believing in destiny is not uncommon among politicians, I know some on the Pakatan side who take such things quite seriously and pursue their ‘destiny’ relentlessly.

But is it just me, or is there something about the way Rosmah is articulating herself that speaks of a mad thirst for power?

For now, I write here only of personal impressions and speculations, with no intention to defame :P (let me say again: please don’t hurt me, Datin Seri!) But yeah, is there something in her eyes that suggests a proclivity to wield said power like a huge war club, crushing everything that pisses her off?

Let’s say I completely randomly and unrelatedly felt like pasting out the legend of Wan Anum:

Its legend is written in the book, Tuhfat al-Nafis. It has been told that in 1699, during the reign of Sultan Mahmud Shah II, pirates were storming the shores of southern Johor, from Mersing to Pulau Penyengat and Riau. Laksamana (Admiral) Megat Seri Rama, known as Laksamana Bentan, named after his origin, Bintan Island, was ordered to stop the menace. He left his beloved wife, Wan Anum who was heavily pregnant behind while he went to stop the pirate attacks.

His absence presented an opportunity to a former palace officer, who was jealous of Megat Seri Rama, to plot against him. Wan Anum eagerly craves a piece of jackfruit, taken from the palace orchard, that was on its way to be presented to the Sultan. The penghulu or the head of a sub-district, who was sending the fruit to the palace sympathised with Wan Anum. He stole a piece of jackfruit and gave it to Wan Anum. The Sultan, who noticed that the fruit had been cut, before he tasted the fruit, was so angered with the penghulu’s action. His thoughts were also poisoned by the jealous palace officer who said that Wan Anum’s action had obviously brought shame to the Sultan, leaving the Sultan to eat the rest of the fruit after her. The sultan ordered the women to the palace for punishment. Desperate for her life and the child she bore in her belly, Wan Anum told the sultan that the fruit that she ate was for her child. The Sultan asked for proof and the woman’s belly was cut, and the child was seen with the piece of the jackfruit.

Well, let’s hope Malaysia will never be cursed with such vicious rulers again.

Two quick notes. First, her first instinct to improve early childhood care and education is, somewhat predictably, to hold a mega international conference :|

I love these conferences. Super expensive hotels and hotel rooms, plane tickets, speakers fees, gala gourmet meals, oh how the list goes on and on.

Anyone want to guess how many millions will be spent? Perhaps via contracts to certain connected individuals? And the money will come from where again?

The biggest beneficiary? Oh, I’m sure it’ll be the needy children of Malaysia :|

Second, I couldn’t resist highlighting this quote:

“What’s important is your conscience, that when you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror, are you able to look at yourself and love yourself, and ask yourself whether you’ve done the right thing.”

Besides the fact that she did inherit TDM’s penchant for self-delusion, for my money, I’m sure our friend has *absolutely* no problem doing at least one of the items boldedlah :P :)


I might not call Najib a murderer to his face, to give him just the slightest benefit of the doubt, but a year-long suspension of Gobind would be just ridiculous.

Does it just need a simple majority to pass? If so, easylah, to just suspend the whole opposition bit by bit, how very convenient.

I’m sure people are (rightfully, I reckon) drawing analogies between Parliament and the Perak state assembly. The height of double standards here are mind boggling.

I wonder what it all reflects? A paranoia about the Altantuya case? A kiss ass show of loyalty? (I remember Nazri, who is tabling the bill, featured strongly in the cat vs. dog style loyalty back in the days of the Abdullah-Mahathir spat. I believe Nazri played the cat, who is loyal to whoever leads the house, vs. the dog, who is loyal to the master, regardless of the house).

How unhappy would it be, for Gobind to be suspended, while the likes of Bung Mokhtar go free, while a wheelchair bound man can be assaulted without repercussions in the lobby of the august house.

Well, if the suspension goes through, I think it will be time for all of us to scream bloody murder.







Rosmah: I'm a human being too - Malaysiakini

Malaysia's next first lady Rosmah Mansor has said she was "shocked" by attacks from political opponents who have attempted to link her and her husband to a sensational murder.


But the wife of deputy premier Najib Razak, who is to be installed as prime minister later this month, dismissed suggestions the accusations could overshadow his premiership and said the experience had made them stronger.

"When I heard these unpleasant things it shocked me, I can't imagine that somebody like that could exist on this earth and not feel guilty about making other people's lives miserable," she told AFP in a recent interview.

"But as far as I'm concerned, I'm not affected by all this because I know they will do anything to stop my husband from being (leader), and they chose the wrong way."

batu talam by election 220107 rosmahNajib was last year forced to deny having an affair with 28-year-old Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, who was murdered in 2006. Her remains were blown up with military-grade explosives in a jungle clearing.

The deputy premier's close adviser, who admitted having a relationship with the woman, was charged with abetting the murder but was later acquitted.

Two policemen from an elite unit that guards the prime minister and deputy prime minister are accused of carrying out the grisly slaying and are currently on trial.

Rosmah, who was herself linked to the crime by a prominent blogger who was slapped with sedition and defamation charges over the allegations, said the furore was part and parcel of political life.

najib and rosmah 250608 02"If they cannot get my husband, they get me, if they cannot get me they even go to the children... they will resort to anything at all," she said.

"But it doesn't matter, it makes us much wiser, it makes us much stronger, closer as a family, and more mature."

"What's important is your conscience, that when you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror, are you able to look at yourself and love yourself, and ask yourself whether you've done the right thing."

Reputation of being formidable

The new first lady, who has a reputation for being formidable and outspoken and is a subject of fascination for many Malaysians, portrayed her relationship with her husband as close and affectionate.

In a country where the mainstream media is tightly controlled, and where news websites and blogs are a popular source of information, she is one of Malaysia's most-discussed identities.

mahathir in ijn day two 101106 anna and rosmah"Like it or not, when you are the wife of a prominent leader, you will be watched, talked about, assessed and analysed all the time. But they fail to realise I am also a human being," she said.

Political analysts have said that Najib, who the opposition has also accused of corruption over massive military purchases, could be burdened by the Altantuya saga and that there should be an official probe to clear the air.

As part of the effort, Rosmah has given interviews to the media in recent days.

Ganesan confident he'll take the Bukit Selambau seat for BN

English policy reversal in primary schools on the cards

By Leslie Lau-The Malaysian Insider
Consultant Editor

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 – The government is likely to scrap the policy of using English to teach science and mathematics in primary schools while maintaining it for secondary schools.

Education Ministry sources told The Malaysian Insider today that the compromise in policy will be recommended to the Cabinet for a final decision soon in an effort to resolve a controversy which has been brewing for months.

But the compromise could ignite further controversy.

The decision is not likely to sit well with the significant number of Malaysians who want the policy to continue.

Those who want the policy scrapped completely will also not be fully appeased.

Under the compromise, all national primary schools will revert to teaching science and mathematics in Bahasa Melayu.

For vernacular schools, the instruction of science and mathematics will be either in Mandarin or Tamil.

However, it is unclear how the ministry plans to help pupils adapt to the change in the medium of instruction in secondary schools.

So far, ministry statistics suggest a majority of pupils are choosing to use English to answer examination questions for the two subjects.

There have also been little discernible differences in the results of students which could be attributed to the use of English.

The teaching of science and mathematics in English was introduced in 2003 by the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad administration.

It was introduced in stages, starting with Year One, Form One and Lower Six that year.

The first cohort to complete six years of primary schooling using English for the two subjects received their UPSR results last year.

This month, the SPM results also showed that instructing in English had also not affected the achievement of students.

Education ministry figures show 89.1% of 178,751 candidates opted to answer the Additional Mathematics Paper 1 fully in English.

For the Chemistry Papers 2 and 3, 71.3% and 76.8% of students respectively sat for their examinations in English.

For the Additional Mathematics Paper 2, the figure was 86.2%, while for Biology Paper 3 it was 81.5% and for Chemistry Paper 3 it stood at 76.8%.

Students can opt to answer Science and Mathematics papers in English or Bahasa Melayu, or in both languages.

Last week, thousands of protesters took to the streets here to protest the policy in a demonstration that turned violent.

Since then government leaders have come out strongly in defence of the policy, with a number of concerned parents also taking up the cause.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the man who pushed to teach students mathematics and science in English, also defended the decision, saying education was not about popularising a language but to acquire knowledge in various fields.

He also reserved his bitter criticism against those protesting the use of English, saying national policies should not be dictated by protesters as that would be detrimental to race and nation.

"It will get worse if those who demonstrated are orchestrated by opposition politics," Dr Mahathir wrote, using Bahasa Melayu, in his popular weblog.

He pointed out that acquiring knowledge was important for everyone's future no matter the language used.

"Let's not gamble their future because we are nationalists who love our mother tongue. Loving the mother tongue cannot exceed loving one's race. Those who love their race would like it to progress, have knowledge and be respected by the world.

"Only speaking in our own mother tongue won't make us a race that is respected and admired by people," said Dr Mahathir

Against a unity government

It is very clear that a pattern is being recycled over and over again, abusing the mantra of unity government or Malay unity whenever the axis of power is seen to be drifting away from Umno-BN towards the opposition (now in the form of Pakatan Rakyat).

Muaz Omar, The Malaysian Insider

It is a fact that too much politicking has affected governance in Malaysia with calls and demands for an establishment of a unity government growing louder by the day.

This was captured well by the full-page advertisement in The Star where businessman Anas Zubedy called for a political truce between both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat and asked them to concentrate on the business of governing.

This has been made more dire and dramatic with the deteriorating economic health of the country, where recession is almost inevitable.

The King and Sultan of Kedah have also joined the chorus and called for the people to be united in facing challenges that are threatening to tear the social fabric.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah proposed a unity government between Pakatan and BN to diffuse all the conflicts, and was seconded by Pas president Datuk Hadi Awang as well as several leading Umno figures like Agriculture Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.

However, will this “unity government” be the solution to ensure that the focus will be on governing the country and reduce politicking?

Following the 1969 general election, a unity government called Barisan Nasional was formed in 1972 replacing the Alliance (Perikatan) with the inclusion of Gerakan and Pas into the ruling coalition, albeit for a relatively short period.

Back then, the country had just come out of a bloodbath in the form of the May 13 riots and the heavy losses endured by the Alliance to the DAP and Pas.

The unity government, which was supposed to bring about a political ceasefire, didn’t stop the politicking.

In fact, it was for this reason that Pas was kicked out of BN due to accusations and counter-accusations between Umno and Pas trying to outmanoeuvre each other especially in Kelantan.

In 1977 the federal government time enforced emergency rule in Kelantan under the authority of Mageran for several years, which temporarily halted the Pas stranglehold on Kelantan for many years until a resurgent Pas came to the fore under the tutelage of Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

Closer to recent memory, after the 1999 general election where Umno lost many seats to Pas and the Barisan Alternatif coalition, a similar unity government model was espoused to ensure that the Malay voice stays united and not divided.

Umno, reeling from the aftermath of demonstrations and condemnation following the sacking and imprisonment of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, had to offer Pas the olive branch using the banner of Malay unity.

However, the whole notion of Malay unity totally subsided following BN and Umno’s landslide win in the general election of 2004.

It is very clear that a pattern is being recycled over and over again, abusing the mantra of unity government or Malay unity whenever the axis of power is seen to be drifting away from Umno-BN towards the opposition (now in the form of Pakatan Rakyat).

Whilst the slogan of unity government or Malay unity is being overplayed in the print and electronic media, subversive elements are attempting to revert power back to the old guards in order to retain hegemony.

This resulted in the current political impasse following the coup d’etat in Perak and currently making its way into Pakatan-ruled states like Selangor, Penang and Kedah.

The federal or state government and its institutions should be able to function regardless of anyone at the top.

The impartiality of these sacred institutions must be upheld with vigour and the observance of the rule of law must be strictly adhered to without the interference of partisan politics.

The confused state in Perak reflects an overwhelming interference of partisan politics in the running of these institutions, and civil servants playing the all-in-one role of judge, jury and executioner, like in Perak, may just repeat itself in Selangor, Penang and Kedah.

There is little justification and practically lesser need for a unity government as it will only breeds compromise and reduce political competition to provide the best service for the people.

While some exuberant politicians will try and pull apart society with their racially-charged rhetoric, it will also reveal their true colours and the voters will decide whether they deserve to be elected again.

However, which is of more urgency is that there needs to be a strict and sacred separation of powers between institutions of governance and partisan politics.

Only then will we see the politicians actually act as servants of the people rather than their current filthy state and greed for power.

Muaz Omar is a consultant with a regional stakeholders management firm based in Kuala Lumpur.

Consistency Of Purpose, Duty And Responsibility

by Tunku Abdul Aziz

Whenever I think of my friend Karpal Singh, I am reminded of my great headmaster, the late Dr. Frank J. Rawcliffe who taught us the importance of being consistent, even if meant sometimes upsetting some people.

You may say what you want about Karpal’s manner, his magisterial pronouncements often delivered with a great roar full of fiery passion, but you cannot accuse him of being inconsistent in the position he has taken over the years on matters involving both personal and public ethical principles.

While Karpal clearly recognises that there are, in politics, no permanent friends or foes, he believes devoutly in the importance of “permanent principles.”

Unprincipled politics as we have seen in Malaysia can very quickly degenerate into unmitigated disasters. The unsavoury Perak affair is a case in point.

I believe in, and will fight for, my right to say what I like within the law. I naturally accept willingly the accompanying responsibility that such rights impose on me.

I should expect to be free from threats of violence for my views, and I was, therefore, shocked to see on TV a disgraceful act of intolerance by a group of UMNO youth, and for a second or two I thought I was watching a familiar scene from a 1935 newsreel showing the storm troopers of the Third Reich pouncing on a hapless Jew in a wheel chair.

On this occasion, it was in the hallowed grounds of the national parliament, no less that the brave Malay warriors chose to flex their muscle. The only difference was that UMNO’s storm troopers were not wearing the dreaded brown shirts of their German counterparts of days gone by.

For UMNO youth, this was not their maiden foray into ugly confrontations against those whose ideas they find disagreeable. And naturally, as we have come to expect from these street wise gentlemen, they claimed they were blameless for the undignified affront visited on an honourable citizen and parliamentarian for speaking out in the chamber of the house.

They have every right to disagree with Karpal’s sentiments, but no one has the right to demand an apology except the speaker of the house or those on the government benches.

He expressed his views without fear or favour in the course of his duty. That is the essence of Karpal the man and politician. I would have been disappointed if he had apologised.

Since the Perak affair began, many of us have questioned the wisdom of the Sultan of Perak’s decision against dissolving the state assembly.

I am, like many of you, not trained in law but I am reasonably educated with a modicum of common sense. I do not believe I am going against any known law of the land by suggesting that the Sultan should have called for fresh elections which are what the people of Perak want judging from the sentiments on the ground.

I believe the Sultan of Perak will be the first to admit that like all the rest of us he is not infallible. Lest I be accused of treason or derhaka against a Malay ruler, let me say here and now that I am by inclination a royalist, but not a blind one.

My loyalty, however, is to my own raja, the Sultan of Kedah, and that loyalty, however, is not unqualified. He has to earn it by acting in the best interests of his subjects. That to me is every ruler’s sole raison d’etre.

The French have another word, noblesse oblige, which is translated as those who enjoy the advantage of wealth and power have an obligation to protect those who do not have these advantages.

In this enlightened age, the only appeal to a person’s respect and loyalty that is likely to mean anything at all must be based on reason. It is no longer appropriate to invoke “lese majesty” as a form of legal sanction to secure the loyalty and affection of the people.

There has recently been a great deal of talk about social contract or compact in the context of the special rights of the Malays. I am not aware that any such contract exists, but I know that there is in universal terms an unwritten social compact between the government and the governed, and between the ruler and the ruled.

In effect, what this stipulates is that it is the duty of the government or the ruler to ensure that the will of the people must be allowed full rein under the constitution to exercise their rights. In return, the people agree among themselves to conduct their affairs in ways that benefit the community as a whole.

In a nutshell, we cannot have a prosperous and harmonious society by acting outside the constitutional parameters, and this injunction applies to both the ruler and the ruled.

It requires adjustments all round, and it is good to see that some rulers in performing their constitutional duties have tried to understand the mood of the people outside of the palace gate.

We the people of this country look up to our rulers to stand by us as we seek justice, when other avenues seem impenetrable. It is not too much to ask not to be let down in return for our devotion and loyalty to “king and country.”

Chitrakala: Police to Arrest Top MIED 0fficial?

The Traveler, Sunday, March 15, 2009

Rumors are rife that police will be arresting a top MIED official this week was reported by Tamil daily Makkal Osai today. No name as mentioned but the news report insinuation was pointing to suspended CEO, Chitrakala. How far this rumor is true? Raja Petra Kamaruddin , Malaysia Today editor, says 90% of rumors will become true in Malaysia. Let’s wait and see.

T Mohan, Will he abandon Chitrakala?

In the mean time, Traveler received more information regarding Chitrakala’s wheeling and dealing together with her business partner Mohan Thangarasu, MIC youth chairman and a relative of Samy Vellu.

T Mohan who initially was running a crane servicing & repair company rose to prominence in MIC politics when he replaced Vikneswaran as Youth Chairman. In the last general elections, he lost the Batu Caves state by 3,639 votes majority. Both Vikneswaran and T Mohan are partners running a National Service Training center in Semenyih, Selangor.

Now, coming back Chitrakala, her dealing with T Mohan started substantially after the March 2008 general elections centering mainly in Motor Industry business and National Service Training. In AIMST University, T Mohan has two other contracts: Canteen services and Security Services.

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MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and former MIED CEO P. Chitrakala Vasu during 'happier' times.

Traveler has no information on how he secured those contracts and whether Chitrakala has any interest or not.

But, Chitrakala and T Mohan are partners in two companies; Surya Setia Capital and Silver Line Sdn Bhd. where the hijacked 3.5 million has been transferred to purchase 50 acres of land in Sungkai, Perak. What are they going to do with land? It seems constructions are in progress for setting up a National Service Training Centre, a 100% guaranteed profitable business. Little wonder why Affin Bank provided 9.2 million loan to these companies.

Many Indians are struggling to get one single license, one contract and bank loans business but people like Chitrakala are getting them so easily and also end up in jobs that pay higher than Selangor Chief Minister Khalid Ibrahim.

The 5.2 million hijack is a tip of the iceberg. Chitrakala and gang have hijacked multi-million dollar worth of government licenses and contracts from the deserving poor Indians. T Mohan has washed his hands pleading innocence. Since Samy Vellu is not making any move on him, very likely T Mohan joining Samy Vellu to nail Chitrakala. Let’s see if the rumor becomes true.

Nik Aziz against idea of unity govt

KOTA BARU, 15 March 2009: Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today stressed he was against the idea of a Barisan Nasional (BN)-PAS unity government as mooted by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

"It's been tried before but did not work out. PAS was not appreciated in the coalition and I have many misgivings about this," he told reporters when met at the home of Nik Nur Madihah Nik Mohd Nor, 18, who scored 20 As in last year's Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination, in Kampung Parang Punting, near here.

However, Nik Aziz said he was only expressing his personal opinion and that the matter needed to be deliberated at PAS' Muktamar (annual general assembly) in June.

Following the suggestion for a unity government by Abdul Hadi, Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin asked PAS to outline in detail what it had in mind.

Yesterday, PAS Youth voiced its support for the move saying it was timely.

However, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng demanded that the PAS president explain what he meant by a unity government to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the DAP, which are PAS's allies in the opposition pact. — Bernam

Senior lawyers invited to be JCs

Sunday Star
by Shaila Koshy

KUALA LUMPUR: The Chief Justice has invited senior members of the Bar to step up for “national service” and become judicial commissioners for two years to help clear the backlog in commercial cases.

Newly elected Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan said the council was working with state Bar Committees to short list candidates.

“We are looking for about 20 experienced senior lawyers in semi-retirement because whoever takes up the offer would have to quit practice for the two years,” he said in an interview.

“If they are in a partnership, they will have to quit the partnership and if it is a sole proprietorship, that will have to close,” he said when asked what would happen to the lawyer’s practice.

“It is really national service as the Chief Justice said; it must be those who don’t want the appointment renewed or expect it to be renewed.”

Ragunath said that they should have a list of names in about a month.

The appointment of such judicial commissioners would meet the needs of specialised Commercial courts proposed by Pemudah to improve the delivery system of the existing commercial division in the courts.

Pemudah co-chairman Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon said the proposal for a specialised court was well-received by the Chief Justice.

“When we briefed the Prime Minister recently about the proposal, he was very supportive and pledged assistance and resources to facilitate the process,” he said.

Yong, who is also the immediate past president of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers, said that lawyers taking up this specialised appointment would be allowed to bring their own secretaries.

“The addition of more specialised judicial commissioners serving in the Commercial courts would certainly lead to faster resolution of commercial cases, in a matter or months rather than years.

“We hope that many lawyers will step up to take up these positions,” he added.

Yong said Pemudah had engaged the Chief Justice on establishing specialised Commercial courts because of its importance in improving the efficiency of enforcing contracts.

“This would also have an impact on Malaysia’s World Bank ranking in terms of enforcing contracts (Malaysia ranked 81 in 2007 out of 183 countries and 60 in 2008).”

Yong said that among the principal complaints from the private sector was the delay in resolving commercial cases, some taking several years because of postponements.

“Pemudah was informed that 80% of the postponements in the High Court last year were caused by the parties themselves.

“A new system needs to be put in place that imposes some form of penalty on the party responsible for the postponement,” said Yong.

MIC Confident BN's Principles Will Triumph In Bukit Selambau

SUNGAI PETANI, March 15 (Bernama) -- The MIC are confident that the principles and unity among Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties would be the key to victory in the Bukit Selambau by-election on April 7.

MIC Secretary General Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said MIC does not face any problems with the Merbok Umno division although the division had earlier made a call to return the seat to Umno.

"I am thankful and grateful to the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak for giving MIC the seat and having total trust in the party's capability to represent BN in the state assembly seat," he told reporters after handing over cheques to 23 recipients of SOCSO's benefits, here today.

Although Merbok Umno division head Datuk Tajul Urus Mohd Zain had made the call earlier, Najib yesterday announced Kedah MIC deputy chairman and former Lunas state assemblyman Datuk S. Ganeson, 49, a lawyer, as BN's candidate for Bukit Selambau.

Najib had said that the selection of Dr Ganeson was made upon consensus from Kedah BN chief Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu recently.

Subramaniam also expressed confidence that the Merbok UMNO division would fully support MIC's efforts to recapture the Bukit Selambau seat from the opposition.

During the General Elections last year, V. Arumugam who stood as an independent candidate won the seat with 2,362-vote majority and joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) before deciding to resign on Feb 8, citing personal reasons.

Ganeson, state assemblyman for Lunas from 2004-2008 after beating PKR's Tian Chua in the 2004 General Elections, said he too was confident that BN can wrest the seat from the opposition.

"Voters sentiments during the last General Elections did not favour BN but the current situation is different as the people are disappointed with the opposition for not doing anything to develop Bukit Selambau since last March," said Ganeson.

Ganeson also expressed confidence that he would be received well by the people as he was a local, born in Ladang Sungai Division, Bukit Selambau and had vast experience in politics, especially after recapturing the Lunas seat from the opposition.

The nomination for the Bukit Selambau takes place on March 29 and polling has been fixed for April 7.

Politik cara keji berterusan....

By Chegubard,

Saya baru dapat email yang memberikan link

bila cheGuBard layari terkejut sungguh terpapar kononya gambar seorang menteri dan anaknya dalam pose yang berasingan dalam aksi yang agak jelek.

Ini satu lagi politik cara keji tolong hentikan !!!

Nak cepat bertolak ke Johor hari ini nanti malam nanti atau esok akan tulis penuh

STOP The Hypocrites: Keep Spreading The Pictures, Send Them To Everyone and Upload Them Everywhere You Can


Nazri is the biggest joke in Malaysia and it is spreading worldwide. Everyone is talking about him and his lust not to mention his hypocrisy.

Double Standards
Hypocrisy Double Standards Hypocrisy Double Standards is great when you don't believe what you preach! Yeah, they preach it but they don't follow their own preaching. They force the people to do one thing and they do the opposite. Punishment come fast when the people get caught but nothing happen when they are caught. What give them the moral authority with their double standards?

Hypocrite or Fake Muslim?

Surprise the blog is still here? Lets just say the hypocrite assholes ruling Malaysia are having difficulties blocking the and lets leave it at that.The idiots running Malaysia have not been able to knock this blog off the Internet for two days now and the Malaysian people keep on coming to see the pictures of the Double Standard politician. Since they have been unable to block the blog for almost two days now, the Malaysian government was forced to run an article on The Star Online news website in an attempt to cover up for Nazri. You just know this blog is just pissing them off like hell. And no, the authors of this blog were not killed in Malaysia. But the rumors of that are pretty funny. The corrupt Malaysian government is trying to use fear to shut up people in the country, thats the way they keep things under control when the lies fail.

"Anonymous" people familiar with the politician say its not him so that is their prove. What a joke? Damn, this blog has anonymous people saying it is in fact him and these people have pictures backing up their words so the anonymous sources should cancel each other other but we still have the pictures. Maybe the pictures show his long lost identical twin brother in a compromising position with a hooker a few years back. Or better yet, it is his clone fighting with a time traveling witch on a bed in a cheap hotel room. These crazy Malaysian politician think people are going to believe anything they put in their state control media. But if you notice in the title of The Star Online article the "not Nazri" is in quotations. So you know the reporters being force to write the crap for the politicians did not believe what they were being told. Now if we only knew who they quoted. For sure it was a man with a gun. The Star Online itself is NOT saying its not him, The Star is quoting a unknown person. Here is the first draft of the article:

"Man in photo with woman ‘not Nazri’

KUALA LUMPUR: A photograph, posted on showing a man with a woman in a compromising position, is not that of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz as claimed by the foreign blog.

One of the other photographs is, however, that of Nazri, who is shown sitting on a couch at Parliament lobby.

The owner of the blog claimed that the photographs were sent by a contributor several months ago.

Nazri declined to comment when contacted but people familiar with the politician said it was not him."

Thanks for the link guys, we know for sure there are some good people being forced to do things at The Star Online. But a few hours later the link was removed because the idiot politicians caught on. Just think about it, why remove the link to the pictures in question if the pictures are not of Nazri Aziz. The best part is that "Nazri declined to comment when contacted" like a coward. The entire country is laughing at him and his family and he declined to comment. He lacks the courage to face the situation and the pictures that are bringing his honer in question. Lets just wonder who is the man of that family. My money is on the Heineken drinking big time player womanizing son. Nazri Aziz has some serious explaining to do to his son, one is sure that the son is not happy knowing that his father has been stepping out on his mother. And here is the final draft after several revisions of The Star Online article, this is after they remove the name and link to this website:

"Man in photo with woman ‘not Nazri’

KUALA LUMPUR: A photograph, posted on a website showing a man with a woman in a compromising position, is not that of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz as claimed by the foreign blog.

One of the other photographs is, however, that of Nazri, who is shown sitting on a couch at Parliament lobby.

The owner of the blog claimed that the photographs were sent by a contributor several months ago.

Nazri declined to comment when contacted but people familiar with the politician said it was not him."

Note, The Star Online got the number of pictures wrong. You can look for yourself and see more than "A photograph" was posted. By saying it was one picture, they are trying to make it sound less serious. Damn, you see mistakes were made in the first two words of the article. What else could they have gotten wrong? Do not blame the people at The Star Online, the guy writing the article might have a gun at his head whiling he was writing it.

Nazri has lost his moral authority. At this point his is just bring more shame to his party and family. His hypocrisy and his lack of strength in the wake of these picture bring in question his manhood. Elizabeth Wong is more of a man than Nazri because at least she faced the media. Nazri is in hiding, he hide like a little girl under her sheet because of the monsters in the closet. If he is not the person in these pictures, why not just say so?

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Under Sharia law unlawful sexual intercourse (outside marriage) and the drinking of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Sexual offenses can carry a penalty of stoning to death or flogging. Drinking of alcohol is defined as criminal offenses, they are often punishable by a prison.

Wouldn't you love to hear his stand on Sharia law right about now? What do you think he would say? Now that he has lost any moral authority to preach to the people of Malaysia. BTW, Why didn't the article mention the Double Standards for the son? Just look at the son of the man preaching Islam. Hey, go preach Islam to your son before you preach it to others:

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Suspend Gobind

By Jeff Ooi,

Tomorrow is big day for both MP Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) and governance of the Parliament.
Friday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abd Aziz said a motion will be tabled against Gobind to have him suspended from Parliament for a year for ( 1 ) alleging that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was involved in a murder case and for ( 2 ) contempt against the Speaker.

The motion will be made under Standing Order 27 (1) of the Dewan Rakyat, which is punitive by nature. If the motion is passed, and it surely will as BN holds the majority in the House, Gobind will be suspended, denying him allowances and privileges as an elected MP.


I am interested in the second part of the emotion, that Gobind has allegedly shown contempt against the Speaker of the House, who had directed him not to speak about the murder of Altantuya, on the basis that the matters were sub-judice”.

Hence the question: If the matters were sub-judice, as ruled by the Speaker, then can the motion be debated by other MPs in the House tomorrow?

According to lawyer-blogger Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, the Speaker "cannot limit the scope of debate by ruling that reference to the Altantuya case and its investigation is not permitted. This would be akin to the MP being asked to step into a boxing ring with his hands tied behind him". Quote:

If the Speaker allows full ventilation of the issue, it would not only be inconsistent with the ruling of the Deputy Speaker on 12th March and other prior rulings that have impeded the raising of the Altantuya matter in Parliament, it would also permit the Altantuya matter to be raised in Parliament.

"I am not certain who stands to lose more if the motion is permitted to be debated," Imtiaz aded.

Meanwhile, way before the Parliament sits, Umno leaders tainted or otherwise have started a trial by media against Gobind.

NIEZAM, Mingguan Malaysia

Read this Star report that mentioned my name, albeit cited in the light of a separate case dated March 4.

It all was triggered three days earlier, dated March 1, by a NIEZAM report in Mingguan Malaysia (the Sunday edition of Utusan Malaysia), and online commentaries in, March 1.

Little Birds told Screenshots that NIEZAM had a follow-up story in Mingguan Malaysia, March 8. The columnist asked if the religious authority had turned a blind eye on the amorous activities of a certain VIP and a TV personality, ambushed and caught by enforcement officers.