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Sunday, May 2, 2010

HINDRAF/HRP: Unscrupulous enforcement officers chased away at Hindu festival at Teluk Intan.

Our prediction that the Maika Holdings repayment of a Ringgit for a Ringgit is a lie is proving itself out now . Today is 2nd of May 2010 – where is the buyout offer by the White Knight? No signs of it at all.

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We made the following prediction on the 23rd of April 2010 about the lie of GT resources/MIC/and their puppetmaster UMNO that GT resources making the buyout offer of all the Maika shares by the 1st of May 2010 in the article titled “Hulu S’gor: Why does GT resources have to bail out MAIKA Holdings, why not the BN Government themselves as in all the previous bailouts like the Deposit Taking Co-operatives,Bank Rakyat, MAS, Syarikat Perkapalan.Bank Bumi, Renong etc. And why is there no written commitment about any of the offer yet – why only press statements” -April 23, 2010 in these same columns.

Let me quote the pertinent section from that article:

“In any case, we do not think that the GT resources will make the offer on the 1st of May 2010 to buy back the shares from MAIKA shareholders. This is a Hulu Selangor Election gimmick. Just you wait and see. This is no more than gimmick. If this is not so, then can they issue a legally binding document to this effect, but they do not. Either the MAIKA Holding Management to its shareholders and put it up on the website or from GT resources to MAIKA holdings and put it out on the MAIKA website. They will surely not do this as we see this as just a pre-election gimmick.

Also we do not think that the shareholders will get their cheques by the 31st of July 2010 as Gnanalingam is assuring . All this is just to simply delude. There is no firm commitment to any of these schedules. This is exactly what we have seen all these 52 years from the MIC/UMNO/BN politicians. Just the same theatrics.”

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Today is the 2nd of May 2010 and what do we have – a deafening silence – that’s all. Where is the buyout offer so promised by GT resources. I am sure they will have some silly excuse . Here is yet another prediction, today the 2nd of May 2010, we predict that if the MIC/UMNO colluding combine ever do come out with an offer, there will be another breach of their promise of a Ringgit for a Ringgit buyout, the repayment to the shareholders will be less than a Ringgit, and the cheques will not reach the shareholders by the 31st of July 2010 that they have promised.

Again the MIC/UMNO combine cheats the poor Indians. This seems to be an unending saga. Only the Indians themselves can end this treachery, by booting UMNO/MIC completely out of power.

Naragan

Racist mainstream and alternative Malaysian print and electronic media refuse to cover Indian victims shot dead by police and critical Indian problems deemed because not newsworthy.

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All the newspapers hereinbelow rightly carried in their headlines today on the 15 year old school boy Aminul rasyid shot dead and killed by police as follows:-

1. Back to cops (NST 1/5/10)
2. Ready for inquest (star 1/5/10)
3. Musa,tinjau lokasi tembakan (UM 1/5/10)
4. Kertas siasatan ditolak (BH 1/5/10)
5. Inkues (SH 1/5/10)

Our condolences to Aminnul rasyid’s family We mean no disrespect to the grieving family.

These print and electronic media including the alternative media Malaysiakini.com, Malaysia today and bloggers should stop being racist and should also cover Indian victims shot dead killed in police lock ups the other atrocities on the Indian victims and the critical indian problems as the Indians too are Malaysians.

Malaysia is about the only country in the world where racism involving even the media takes place to this extent.We can only say that UMNOs’ racism has spilled over to these mainstream and also the alternative media including “our” Malaysiakini.com.Coverage or news worthiness on an injustice has evolved to become race based but which rightly should have been based on the gravity and severity of the injustices or the victimization.

Just three weeks ago two Indian brothers were shot dead by the Police Special Action Force shoot to kill squad in Taiping Perak and there are at least three eye witnesses to this police murder but the pin drop silence both the mainstream and also the alternative media.The Malaysiakini.com reporter was present at the protest funeral a la Gaza but their editors refused to carry the news as the victims were “merely” the indians.

In November 2009,five months ago five Indian youths were similarly shot dead by the police in Klang S elangor.In one family home alone there were three coffins lying side by side.Imagine the parents and families grief .But the mainstream and alternative media did not care to report these injustices let alone giving the same headlines coverage.

The fourth victim’s sister could not bear the pain of the grief and commited suicide by consuming paraquat. Luckily her four young children who were also given paraquat survived but are most likely to suffer kidney failure and other medical complication etc in the near future.But in both these and hundreds of such serious human rights violations concerning the Indian they do not catch even the by lines let alone the headlines.Why?

But again the mainstream media and the so called alternative media including Malaysiakini.com refuse to cover based on the gravity and seriousness basis as the victims are “merely”the Indians.

The western media on the contrary in fact bends backwards to aggressively cover their minorities as the majority would will somehow be taken care of.

Ever noticed the large number of Indian reporters from both side of the local media divide but who also choose”conveniently” to side step atrocities against Indian victims as they too have to play to the Chinese,malay and native “gallery”!

But when we point out all this racism,we in turn get labelled as racist,extremist and ethno centric.While the mainstream media preaches One Malay-sia ,the alternative media claims to be multi racial!

This mainstream and alternative media omission has caused this disproportionate 95% of the police shot dead and being killed in police custody(local) victims to be Indians in the years 2009/2010 when they only form only 8% of the population and the scores of other atrocities against the Indians who are seen as soft targets by the UMNO regime.

The spin off of this media racism is the opposition parties PKR,DAP and PAS top leaders,their MPs’ and ADUNS’ including their Indian Mandores also side step these critical Indian issue as they do not get to play to the majoritarian Malay,Chinese and natives political gallery who form 92% of the voters.

No or very little media coverage they get on even the most serious Indian issues turns out to be “no incentive” for them to champion the critical Indian problems though they otherwise swear to be supposedly multi-racial or one Malay-Sian.They losing Malay votes may be another factor!

Karuna Nithi@compasionate rate justice

MIC deputy mandores more empty promises wayang kulit of kg Railway Indian settlers problem solved

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MIC deputy mandores more empty promises wayang kulit of kg Railway Indian settlers problem solved (see UM 1/5/10 at page 27)
We have heard, read and noted these sort of promises many many times before on the same issue but nothing substantial forthcoming. Let us see what happens on this latest dateline of 16/05/2010.
Previously this very same MIC Indian mandore deputy minister has complained that (even) the YTL developer had refused to meet him when he is supposed to be the Deputy Wilayah Minister.
Because YTL knows that this MIC mandore deputy minister is a mere mandore without powers and that only UMNO Minister and Deputy Minister have the real powers.
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PKR,DAP and PAS Selangor gets highest industrial projects in Malaysia but abandons Indians (SH 1/5/10 at page S3)

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PKR, DAP and PAS Selangor refuse to solve Tamil School basic flood problem.

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PKR, DAP and PAS Selangor refuse to solve Tamil School basic flood problem.
But media propaganda otherwise. (See SH 1/5/10 at page S19

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Indian denied Council shop lots.

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Indian denied Council shop lots, HRP Padang Serai Chief Siva leads protest.
(See Makkal Osai 1/5/10 page 20)
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Indian deaths during WW2

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/130683

It has been estimated by historians that approximately 40,000 Indians died fighting during WW2 in Malaya, and in building the Death Railway to Myanmar. 18,000 Indian Malayans and a few hundred Malays were part of the Indian National Army to overthrow the British alongside 30,000 Indian PoWs who joined the INA too. Their tale is also forgotton. Only the Umno tale is remembered and paraded by their politicians as ‘history’ to augment their positions and claims.

Another approximately 30,000 Indians died due to disease and starvation throughout Malaya. Another 30,000 Chinese died due to Japanese killings and starvation in Malaya and Singapore, and 2,000 Chinese died fighting just before the fall of Singapore.

There were no compensation and care for the dead and their families. Many of the dependents of those who died were left destitude and many led the life of beggars all though the 50s, 60s, 70s, which beggars we have all seen, and by the early 80s they all died. Today there are hardly Indian beggars on the streets.

It is quite correct to state that the Indians and Chinese led in the fight for independence, taking up arms first against the Japanese, then the British. It was at this time during the war that the MIC was established, before the MCA and Umno. It was later that the Malays ‘struggled’ against the British in ‘demanding terms’, which intransigence that really led to postponement of independence to 1957, when we could have obtained it in 1946. Malay struggle really began shortly before the Malayan Union, in 1946. Prior to that it was restricted to social upliftment activist societies, not really a ‘rebellion’, neither against the Japanese nor the British. Whereas the Chinese and Indians did the fighting and killing of the Japanese and British during WW2. There is no record of Malay uprisings against the Japanese and British during this period except for the Malays who served in the Malayan Communist Party and the Indian National Army which was formed in Malaya. Those Malays were the other real freedom fighters and heroes.

This entire episode of our history was not only forgotton but the postwar lamentable condition of the Indians were sneered at. The Indian community was neglected and handicapped right from the end of WW2. And then for a second time again after 1957 where they were discriminated against and marginalised when the saving provisions in the constitution were ignored, and later hastened by the NEP.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_National_Army

“There were 45,000 Indian troops from Malaya captured and assembled in Singapore when the Japanese captured it. Of these, about 5,000 refused to join the First INA. The INA at this time had 40,000 recruits. The Japanese were prepared to arm 16,000. When the “first INA” collapsed, about 4,000 withdrew. The Second INA, commanded by Subhash Chandra Bose, started with 12,000 troops. Further recruitment of ex-Indian army personnel added about 8,000-10,000. About 18,000 Indian civilians enlisted during this time. In 1945, at the end of the INA, it consisted of about 40,000 soldiers.[15]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Railway

“About 180,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway. Of these, around 90,000 Asian labourers and 16,000 Allied POWs died as a direct result of the project. The dead POWs included 6,318 British personnel, 2,815 Australians, 2,490 Dutch, about 356 Americans and a smaller number of Canadians.[1]“

Saya tak berniat nak jadi Timbalan Presiden PKR

By Zaid Ibrahim,

Tulisan Syed Jaymal Zahiid dalam The Malaysian Insider tentang kononnya saya akan bertanding merebut jawatan Timbalan Presiden PKR adalah tidak benar sama sekali.

Seperti yang saya katakan tahun lalu, misi politik saya hanyalah setakat memperkukuhkan Pakatan Rakyat dan membantu pihak pembangkang pusat dalam membentuk dan menghurai soal-soal dasar bersama.

Adalah menjadi harapan saya supaya keyakinan rakyat akan bertambah terhadap Pakatan Rakyat dalam usaha kita untuk mengambil alih teraju pemerintahan negara.

Soal dalaman PKR dan soal siapa memegang jawatan-jawatan penting dalam parti bukanlah perkara yang penting kepada saya. Cuma kalau PKR menjadi kucar-kacir, misalnya, dan ini pula akan menjejaskan Pakatan Rakyat, maka sudah tentu ia menjadi perkara penting untuk kita semua fikirkan dan mengambil berat.

Tetapi jika keadaan seperti itu berlaku sekali pun, ia tetap menjadi soal kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang perlu diambil kira oleh para pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dan bukan soal peribadi untuk saya tentukan.

Saya ulangi sekali lagi bahawa saya tidak akan bertanding apa-apa jawatan penting dalam PKR. Saya hanya bersedia membantu dan menolong PKR pada bila-bila masa selagi bantuan dan pertolongan saya diperlukan.

Ingatlah, usaha paling penting buat kita semua sekarang ialah meyakinkan rakyat bahawa Pakatan Rakyat adalah alternatif yang lebih baik daripada Barisan Nasional dalam usaha memulihkan kembali segala kelemahan dan kepincangan yang ada dalam sistem kerajaan kita.

What the Chinese want

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By Kee Thuan Chye

COMMENT Every time the Barisan Nasional gets less than the expected support from Chinese voters at an election, the question invariably pops up among the petty-minded: Why are the Chinese ungrateful? So now, after the Hulu Selangor by-election, it’s not surprising to read in Utusan Malaysia a piece that asks: “Orang Cina Malaysia, apa lagi yang anda mahu?” (Chinese of Malaysia, what more do you want?)

Normally, something intentionally provocative and propagandistic as this doesn’t deserve to be honoured with a reply. But even though I’m fed up of such disruptive and ethnocentric polemics, this time I feel obliged to reply – partly because the article has also been published, in an English translation, in the Straits Times of Singapore.

I wish to emphasise here that I am replying not as a Chinese Malaysian but, simply, as a Malaysian.

Let me say at the outset that the Chinese have got nothing more than what any citizen should get. So to ask “what more” it is they want, is misguided. A correct question would be “What do the Chinese want?”

All our lives, we Chinese have held to the belief that no one owes us a living. We have to work for it. Most of us have got where we are by the sweat of our brow, not by handouts or the policies of the government.

We have come to expect nothing – not awards, not accolades, not gifts from official sources. (Let’s not lump in Datukships, that’s a different ball game.) We know that no Chinese who writes in the Chinese language will ever be bestowed the title of Sasterawan Negara, unlike in Singapore where the literatures of all the main language streams are recognised and honoured with the Cultural Medallion, etc.

We have learned we can’t expect the government to grant us scholarships. Some will get those, but countless others won’t. We’ve learned to live with that and to work extra hard in order to support our children to attain higher education – because education is very important to us. We experience a lot of daily pressure to achieve that. Unfortunately, not many non-Chinese realise or understand that. In fact, many Chinese had no choice but to emigrate for the sake of their children’s further education. Or to accept scholarships from abroad, many from Singapore, which has inevitably led to a brain drain.

The writer of the Utusan article says the Chinese “account for most of the students” enrolled in “the best private colleges in Malaysia”. Even so, the Chinese still have to pay a lot of money to have their children study in these colleges. And to earn that money, the parents have to work very hard. The money does not fall from the sky.

The writer goes on to add: “The Malays can gain admission into only government-owned colleges of ordinary reputation.” That is utter nonsense. Some of these colleges are meant for the cream of the Malay crop of students and are endowed with the best facilities. They are given elite treatment.

The writer also fails to acknowledge that the Chinese are barred from being admitted to some of these colleges. As a result, the Chinese are forced to pay more money to go to private colleges. Furthermore, the Malays are also welcome to enrol in the private colleges, and many of them do. It’s, after all, a free enterprise.

Plain and simple reason
The writer claims that the Chinese live “in the lap of luxury” and lead lives that are “more than ordinary” whereas the Malays in Singapore, their minority-race counterparts there, lead “ordinary lives”. Such sweeping statements sound inane especially when they are not backed up by definitions of “lap of luxury” and “ordinary lives”. They sound hysterical, if not hilarious as well, when they are not backed up by evidence. It’s surprising that a national daily like Utusan Malaysia would publish something as idiosyncratic as that. And the Straits Times too.

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The writer quotes from a survey that said eight of the 10 richest people in Malaysia are Chinese. Well, if these people are where they are, it must have also come from hard work and prudent business sense. Is that something to be faulted?

If the writer had said that some of them achieved greater wealth through being given crony privileges and lucrative contracts by the government, there might be a point, but even then, it would still take hard work and business acumen to secure success. Certainly, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, who is one of the 10, would take exception if it were said that he has not worked hard and lacks business savvy.

Most important, it should be noted that the eight Chinese tycoons mentioned in the survey represent but a minuscule percentage of the wider Chinese Malaysian population. To extrapolate that because eight Chinese are filthy rich, the rest of the Chinese must therefore live in the lap of luxury and lead more than ordinary lives would be a mockery of the truth. The writer has obviously not met the vast numbers of very poor Chinese.

The crux of the writer’s article is that the Chinese are not grateful to the government by not voting for Barisan Nasional at the Hulu Selangor by-election. But this demonstrates the thinking of either a simple mind or a closed one.

Why did the Chinese by and large not vote for BN? Because it’s corrupt. Plain and simple. Let’s call a spade a spade. And BN showed how corrupt it was during the campaign by throwing bribes to the electorate, including promising RM3 million to the Chinese school in Rasa.

The Chinese were not alone in seeing this corruption. The figures are unofficial but one could assume that at least 40 per cent of Malays and 45 per cent of Indians who voted against BN in that by-election also had their eyes open.

So, what’s wrong with not supporting a government that is corrupt? If the government is corrupt, do we continue to support it?

To answer the question then, what do the Chinese want? They want a government that is not corrupt; that can govern well and proves to have done so; that tells the truth rather than lies; that follows the rule of law; that upholds rather than abuses the country’s sacred institutions. BN does not fit that description, so the Chinese don’t vote for it. This is not what only the Chinese want. It is something every sensible Malaysian, regardless of race, wants. Is that something that is too difficult to understand?

Some people think that the government is to be equated with the country, and therefore if someone does not support the government, they are being disloyal to the country. This is a complete fallacy. BN is not Malaysia. It is merely a political coalition that is the government of the day. Rejecting BN is not rejecting the country.

A sense of belonging
Let’s be clear about this important distinction. In America, the people sometimes vote for the Democrats and sometimes for the Republicans. Voting against the one that is in government at the time is not considered disloyalty to the country.

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Banner reads 'We are Malaysians too'
By the same token, voting against Umno is also voting against a party, not against a race. And if the Chinese or whoever criticise Umno, they are criticising the party; they are not criticising Malays. It just happens that Umno’s leaders are Malay.

It is time all Malaysians realised this so that we can once and for all dispel the confusion. Let us no more confuse country with government. We can love our country and at the same time hate the government. It is perfectly all right.

I should add here what the Chinese don’t want. We don’t want to be insulted, to be called pendatang, or told to be grateful for our citizenship. We have been loyal citizens; we duly and dutifully pay taxes; we respect the country’s constitution and its institutions. Our forefathers came to this country generations ago and helped it to prosper. We are continuing to contribute to the country's growth and development.

Would anyone like to be disparaged, made to feel unwelcome, unwanted? For the benefit of the writer of the Utusan article, what MCA president Chua Soi Lek means when he says the MCA needs to be more vocal is that it needs to speak up whenever the Chinese community is disparaged. For too long, the MCA has not spoken up strongly enough when Umno politicians and associates like Ahmad Ismail, Nasir Safar, Ahmad Noh and others before them insulted the Chinese and made them feel like they don’t belong. That’s why the Chinese have largely rejected the MCA.

You see, the Chinese, like all human beings, want self-respect. And a sense of belonging in this country they call home. That is all the Chinese want, and have always wanted. Nothing more.

Perkasa not racist, says Umno leader

Perkasa's chief Ibrahim Ali
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Supreme Council member and deputy minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi has come to the defence of Ibrahim Ali's movement Perkasa by stating that it was only defending what was enshrined in the federal constitution.
He said it was not fair to label the “nationalist movement” Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) as a racist organisation merely because it defends the sovereignty of the constitution.

Puad, also the deputy education minister, said what was being championed by the organisation was not aimed at bringing down or stealing the rights of any group but to uphold what had already been enshrined in the constitution.

"Perkasa is not a racist (organisation)...there is no such word as racist in the Malay culture, racist only exists in the West because we had never carried out any 'ethnic cleansing'.

"When Perkasa defended the Malay supremacy, it is actually a question of pride of the race and progress of the race," he said in his speech when launching the 'Jaguh Care Educational and Welfare Fund', last night.

The setting up of the 'Kelab Jaguh' aims to give aid to the people of Pasir Mas, Kelantan who are residing outside the state, especially in terms of education and welfare.

Puad said there were also other non-governmental organisations fighting for their respective causes, but they were not labelled as racist by others.

Meanwhile at a media conference later, Puad said accusations hurled by certain quarters that Umno was a racist party and that it was one of the factors for the drop in the percentage of Chinese votes, was not right.

He said it happened because of racial issues raised by DAP.

"Perhaps because of the confusion, many Chinese voters opted for PKR," he added.

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May Day: Police arrest six anti-GST protesters

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Skandal Pembelian Kapal Selam

Dari Merdeka Review

Pakatan Rakyat memuji Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) kerana memulakan aduan rasuah di Mahkamah Perancis berhubung urus niaga bernilai RM 4.7 bilion di antara Kerajaan Malaysisa dan DCN, konglomerat senjata terbesar Perancis. Urus niaga ini melibatkan Razak Baginda, yang dikenali sebagai penasihat kepada Perdana Menteri Najib Razak sehinggalah berlakunya pembunuhan penterjemah Mongolia, Altantuya Shariibuu di Malaysia.

Sistem keadilan Malaysia, secara khususnya SPRM (Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia) gagal mengenal pasti isu-isu rasuah yang kini sedang dibawa SUARAM ke dalam sistem perundangan Perancis. Amat mengaibkan, rakyat Malaysia terpaksa pergi ke Perancis untuk mendapatkan penjelasan dan ketelusan terhadap rasuah yang membazirkan berbilion ringgit duit orang ramai.

Namun demikian, ia bukan hanya tentang kegagalan SPRM.

Pembunuhan Altantuya juga masih belum diselesaikan. Seluruh negara tahu bahawa dua orang anggota polis yang disabitkan kesalahan, Azilah Hadri dan Sirul Azhar hanyalah perkakas yang digunakan untuk membunuh Altantuya. Ibarat telah ada alat sepucuk pistol tetapi siapa yang menarik picu melepaskan peluru? Kesemua lembaga-lembaga negara kita – polis, Jabatan Peguam Negara dan Kehakiman telah gagal, secara sengaja atau akibat kecuaian untuk memberikan jawapan kepada soalan mustahak ini.

Beberapa soalan penting yang masib belum berjawab berkaitan dengan urus niaga kapal selam dan pembunuhan sensasi:

Apakah peranan Perdana Menteri Najib Razak dalam urus niaga kapal selam tersebut, hubungan dengan penasihatnya Razak Baginda yang membuat keuntungan luar biasa daripada urusniaga itu dan penglibatannya dalam pembunuhan Altantuya Shariibuu?

Apakah yang dimaksudkan dengan meminta bantuan yang dibuat Razak Baginda kepada Musa Safri, Ketua Pengawal Najib pada malam 19 Oktober 2006 melalui telefon selepas Sirul dan Azilah sampai dengan seorang anggota polis wanita, Lans Koperal Rohainaza serta membawa pergi Altantuya dari hadapan rumah Razak di Bukit Damansara dan tidak ditemukan lagi selepas itu? Siapa yang mengarahkan anggota polis terbabit ke sana?

Apakah yang dibuat pegawai khas Najib Tun Razak selama 20 tahun, Nasir Safar memandu kereta Proton merah yang muncul di hadapan rumah Razak, beberapa ketika sebelum anggota polis tersebut muncul dan membawa Altantuya pergi?

Apakah Nazim Razak menawarkan sejumlah wang yang besar kepada penyiasat persendirian Balasubramaniam (gambar kiri) dan juga mengancam keluarganya apabila dia bertemu Bala pada malam 3 Julai 2008 selepas Bala mengeluarkan pengakuan bersumpahnya yang pertama?

Apa pula penglibatan Deepak Jaikishan yang dikenal rapat dengan Rosmah Mansor dalam pembuatan akuan bersumpahnya yang kedua, serta peranannya dalam mengaturkan pertemuan di antara Nazim Razak dan Bala?

Bagaimana dengan kewujudan gambar yang diperkatakan Burmaa OyunChinmeg, sepupu Altantuya, yang menunjukkan Najib, Razak dan Altantuya makan malam bersama di sebuah restoran di Paris? Kenapa Arnaud Dubus, wartawan Perancis, berkata bahawa bapa Altantuya memberikan gambar tersebut kepada bekas Konsul Kehormat Kedutaan Mongolia di Malaysia, Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshi dari Wisma Putra Malaysia. Abdul Rahman kemudiannya memberikan gambar tersebut kepada pihak polis yang akhirnya hilang selepas itu.

Kenapa syarikat yang baru ditubuhkan Razak Baginda, Perimekar terlibat dalam urus niaga kapal selam ini memandangkan ianya tidak memiliki keupayaan, kemampuan kewangan atau kepakaran untuk mendokong pemberian kontrak tersebut?

Mengapa kerajaan tidak berurusniaga secara langsung dengan konglomerat senjata Perancis tersebut?

Siapa yang memberi arahan untuk membunuh kerana dua orang pengawal tersebut tidak mempunyai motif untuk membunuh Altantuya?

Kenapa penyiasat persendirian Balasubramaniam yang membuat perakuan bersumpah dan dakwaan lainnya terhadap penglibatan Najib dan para pegawainya (Musa Safri dan Nasir Safar) lari dari Malaysia? Apakah yang perlu dilakukan bagi menjamin keselamatan Bala untuk ikut terlibat dalam penyiasatan ini?

Mengapakah pembantu Najib, Musa Safri dan Nasir Safar tidak dipanggil untuk memberi keterangan dalam perbicaraan?

Pakatan Rakyat amat menyokong penyiasatan ini dibuat atas kepentingan keadilan serta ketelusan. Pakatan Rakyat juga mendesak kerajaan dan institusi-institusi negara yang berkenaan untuk memberikan kerjasama sepenuhnya serta jujur dalam penyiasatan ini.

Not a single Human Rights Commissioner for more than a week an indictment of the cavalier and contemptuous attitude of Najib administration to democracy and human rights

By Lim Kit Siang,

The country has been without a Human Rights Commissioner for more than a week – which is an indictment of the cavalier and contemptuous attitude of the Najib administration to democracy and human rights.

The appointment of all the Suhakam Commissioners expired last Friday and the vacuum or even void in Suhakam for more than a week is not only a terrible reflection of inefficiency and incompetence of the Najib administration but it could not have come at a worse time as there were serious violations of human rights in this one-week period.

The most heinous human rights violation is undoubtedly the national furore over the trigger-happy police killing of 14-year-old Form III student Aminulrasyid Hamzah in the early hours of Monday some 100 metres from his Shah Alam Section 11 house and the shameful episode where the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan tried to hold the nation to ransom threatening to call off police off the streets and not to enforce the law in retaliation against widespread public criticisms over the Aminulrasyid killing.

The police is facing the worst crisis of public confidence its history – all because of police refusal to accept the key recommendation of the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commissionn in 2005 to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service.

If the IPCMC had been set up and had been able to command public confidence and support, the system of good governance for the police would have been put in place and the tragic case of the police shooting and killing of Aminulrasyid would be handled without causing an immediate plunge of public confidence – to the extent that Aminulrasyid’s neighbours shouted in protest against the trigger-happy police action: “This is not Manchester or Los Angeles, this is bloody Malaysia!”

Public confidence have plunged further with the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail sending back the police investigations papers on Aminulrasyid’s killing back to the police while the Inspector-General of Police is publicly canvassing for an inquest.

Why should there be an inquest when the PAS MP for Shah Alam Khalid Samad has produced a second witness on the trigger-happy police shooting of Aminulrasyid.

With the evidence quite clear-cut, why is there no immediate prosecution for murder or at least homicide charge?

These are grave human rights issues which should engage the attention of the Human Rights Commission – but unfortunately, there is not a single Human Rights Commissioner for this period until now, and Suhakam can only operate for house-keeping purposes by its staff.

It is a great disappointment and even grave dereliction duty that Suhakam has been silent on the Aminulrasyid killing – and the Suhakam commissioners cannot be blamed because there is not a single one of them.

This is a shame and an outrage for which the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak must bear full responsibility.

The vacuum and void in Suhakam has happened at a time when there is gross violation of media freedom as in NTV7 and RTM, which should be subjects for Suhakam action and rectification.

At present, Suhakam is only an empty shell as there is nobody empowered in it to protect human rights of Malaysians from these violations.

Najib should explain whether he is going to continue the Suhakam vacuum and void for some time and if not, when the new appointments would be made.

Najib Tells Sibu Folks To Vote For BN For A Better Future

SIBU, May 2 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sunday delivered a simple but important message to the people of Sibu -- vote for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Sibu parliamentary by-election on May 16.

"The BN should be the choice for hope and better future," he said at a meet-the-people session in Sungai Merah town, here.

Accompanying him were the BN candidate Robert Lau Hoi Yew, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and BN component leaders.

Najib said he, Taib and all BN ministers and representatives would give the fullest support to Lau, who is fondly known among the people here as Robert Lau junior, in discharging his duties upon his election.

He also said that Sibu had the potentials to grow further owing to the entrepreneurial skills of its people.

Sibu by-election: Bloopers and blunders - Anil Netto

Politicians are already gearing up for the Sibu by-election, but if they think they can follow the same pattern of campaigning in Sarawak as they are accustomed to in the peninsula, they are mistaken.
Already some blunders and oversights are apparent and politicians and campaigners from the peninsula will do well to learn from them.
Ngu Ik Tien reports for Aliran after attending PKR and DAP dinners in Sibu:
I received a free ticket to attend ‘the DAP night’ from a friend of my friend working as a reporter with the local Chinese press. Some Chinese newspapers described the dinner as “a show of strength (造势大会)”. Another purpose of the dinner was to announce the candidate for the by-election of Sibu. Though Wong Ho Leng had mentioned to the press more than once that he recommended Alice Lau to be the candidate, the Sibu folks seemed to disregard the suggestion. “Must be him-lah,” they said.

The DAP dinner was held at the Good Happiness Restaurant,located in a relatively new shopping area of Sibu town and the restaurant was packed with about 2,000 diners. My friend told me that about 200 tables were sold and occupied. That surprised me as there were 210 tables laid out for PKR’s night which was held a week ago. I thought that the DAP would draw a bigger crowd. Full article here.

Star/Sharizat: “Parents, tell kids – don’t go out late, cops will shoot you”

By Nathaniel Tan,

The Star really has the most offensive, politically motivated and reprehensible headlines sometime.
This Sunday morning, I am treated to: “Wee Hours Kids” or some such nonsense:
The fatal shooting of 15-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah by police has now put in the limelight this growing phenomenon of teens staying out late.
This echoes that disgustozoid Sharizat, whose analysis of the ‘critical issues’ surrounding the shooting includes:
Staying up late into the wee hours, parents not being able to exercise authority on children, driving without licence etc.
Friends, the parents are not in the limelight here. Just like in the Nurin case, can you imagine the pain the parents are already going through, and here we politicians and their mainstream mouthiepces going on about how it is their fault.
What are parents supposed to say? “Don’t go out late at night.. The cops might shoot you”?!??!?!?!?!?!?
Is it just me or is there something wrong with that line of thought.
What should have been highlighted, if the parties involved were more attuned to the genuine concerns of ordinary Malaysians, is how the Malaysian police have gotten a little too trigger happy lately.
Yes, there are social ills surrounding staying out late, but any attempt to use that as a distraction against the fact that the cops shot an unarmed 14 year old boy to death is unacceptable!!!