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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Datuk conned of RM2.8m: Sisters, lawyer among 7 held


By S Rutra - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested seven people, including two sisters and a lawyer, over a land scam which resulted in a Penang-based Datuk losing RM2.8 million.

A team from the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Division started investigating the case after the businessman filed a report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters here late last year.

According to a police source, the businessman, who wanted to purchase a plot of land in Shah Alam, was approached by the lawyer, a land broker, an accountant and a bank officer.

The suspects were said to have struck a deal using the name of a genuine company which owned land in Shah Alam.

“Satisfied with the paperwork, the businessman paid the money. However, he later suspected something was amiss and checked with the company concerned.

“The company told him that it was unaware of such a deal, and the businessman knew then that he had been conned,” the source told FMT.

Two-day remand

The police had its first break when it was discovered that the bank officer had authorised the withdrawal of RM800,000 to one of the other suspects.

Following this, police investigation showed that the accountant had RM1.7 million in her bank account.

The sisters were picked up in Sungai Petani, Kedah, the broker in Tanjung Karang and the bank officer at her workplace in Old Klang Road.

The rest were detained at several locations in the Klang Valley. All the arrests took place yesterday.

The suspects have been remanded for two days to facilitate further investigation and are being held at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

FMT learnt that the police are also looking for two more individuals, including another lawyer.

Teen shooting: Two-sides of the same story - Malaysiakini


The statement by Azamuddin Omar who was in the car driven by Aminulrasyid Amzah when he was shot dead by police on Apr 26 has put into dispute the police version of what had transpired.

khalid abu bakar selangor police chiefSelangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar (left), who told reporters the police side of the story, has described the boy's move to speak to the media as "unethical".

Likewise, the Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan has also deemed it inappropriate.

Malaysiakini compared the police's immediate statement on the day of the shooting with that of several witnesses, including 15-year-old Azamuddin's.

THE CHASE

Police version: Khalid (left) told Utusan Malaysia that two police officers spotted a "suspicious" Proton Iswara at Section 14 of Shah Alam.

He said that the driver of the car ignored the police signal to stop, and sped off instead, upon which the officers gave chase, with the assistance of two other officers in another patrol car.

New Straits Times reported that the police managed to corner the car after beating several red lights.

The panel headed by Deputy Home Minister Abu Seman Yusop yesterday traced back what they claimed to be a 6km car chase from Section 7 to Section 11.

Witness version: At the press conference Azamuddin claimed that they were on the way to restaurant Ali Corner in Section 7 Shah Alam to help a friend whose motorcycle had a flat tyre.

azlan"But on the way they grazed another car, causing Aminulrasyid to panic. He wanted to go back to Section 11 (where the boy lived)," he said.

He added that a few men on motorcycles, presumably friends of the owner of the car they grazed, pursued them.

In his police report lodged the night after the incident, the witness said that one of the motorcyclists attempted to overtake the car near Bulatan Kayangan at Section 12.

Instead the motorcyclist knocked the back of the Iswara and fell off his machine.

"Aminulrasyid grew more frightened and sped up without caring about our own or the public's safety," he said in the report.

He told reporters that they had "gone around in circles" during the chase.

THE SHOOTING

Police: "When we arrived at the scene of the incident the officers fired at the tyres to force the car to stop. The car then crashed onto the side of the road," Khalid said.

He added that only one officer opened fire and only four shots were discharged, one of which hit Aminulrasyid on the head.

NONEWitness: Yesterday, the police called Azamuddin (right) for the third time and asked him to confirm if the last shot was fired before or after the crash.

"The police pursued us until the Caltex petrol station and started firing," Azamuddin said.

He added that they managed to shoot the tyres of the car at the corner of Jalan Tarian and Jalan Wau, some 500 metres from the deceased's home, causing the vehicle to swerve uncontrollably.

One of the bullets fired hit the 14-year-old driver's head.

"His body fell onto my lap but his foot was still on the accelerator so the car continued to move and we crashed into a wall," he said, causing police to continue shooting.

However, in his police report the Form Three student said: "The last shot I heard hit Aminulrasyid in the head...and I saw there was a hole oozing blood at the back of his head."

When asked by police on yesterday, Azamuddin said that the last shot was fired when the car was still moving.

The New Straits Times reported that a source familiar with the case said that there were 10 bullet casings found along the alleged 6km chase, with most hitting the bottom of the car.

THE CRASH

Police: "After the crash, (Aminulrasyid)'s friend opened the door of the car and ran off while chased by two patrol officers" said Khalid, of the incident which took place around at 2am.

The other two officers proceeded to inspect the condition of the driver when he attempted to reverse onto them.

"Caught by surprise by the suspect's move to defend himself, the police officers shot in his direction," he told Utusan Malaysia.

NONEWitness: Azamuddin told the Aminulrasyid's family lawyer Karpal Singh that he had climbed out of the back passenger window to surrender after the crash, which took place about 200 metres from Aminulrasyid's home.

"The window was shattered from the crash," he told Karpal, adding that at that point the officers had trained their firearms on him.

"One of them kicked me in the head and they started beating me up," he said, adding that there were about five or six officers involved.

He, however, managed to break free in the struggle and ran in the direction of his home, passing through his school.

Eye witness Zafrullah Ahmad Zainal Abidin in his police report said: "I rushed out of the house and saw someone running in the opposite direction (from the car crash site) and the police were shouting for the person to stop. I saw two or three policemen in uniform with one holding a gun.

"Then, I saw one of the police cars making a U-turn to pursue the person who was (fleeing) the scene. After that, five or six more police cars arrived and cordoned off the scene," he added.

WEAPONS

Police: Khalid told the New Straits Times that the officers found a long parang in the car, believed to have been used in robberies.

Initial reports of the shooting by the Star also noted that the boy was believed to be a part of a robbery gang.

Witness: In his statement to the police in Sunday, Azamuddin claimed that there was no parang in the car.

The owner of the car, Aminulrasyid's sister Tuty Shaninza Anon Amzah and the boy's brother-in-law, Muzafar Mahali also said that no parang was kept in the family car.

Sibu polls a litmus test for Sarawak BN

By FMT Team
SIBU: The Sibu by-election will be the litmus test for the Sarawak state election which must be held before June 2011, according to Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong.

For a start, it will be a benchmark of the support the opposition has gained since the last election.
A win will give DAP the confidence that urban Chinese Sarawakians will be on their side in the coming state election.
“The numbers will also tell of Barisan Nasional’s strength. A change of leadership here will spread like wind and set the tone for the state election,” Yong said.
The DAP is focused on winning over the youths, women and natives.
Women make up 53% of voters in Sibu while natives Melanau, Iban and others make up some 20%. Malays occupy another 20% of the demographics.
“We’re aiming for the young. We’re asking all those working outside of Sibu to return home to cast their votes.
“We need them here because they normally vote for DAP,” she said.
She said it was also important for this group to show the BN that they were being “forced” out of their hometown to seek a living elsewhere because there are no opportunities in Sibu or in Sarawak for that matter.
She accused the BN of failing to prevent the brain drain in the state.
DAP strategy
On the DAP strategy, Yong said the people were concerned about the frequent floodings in the constituency.
Despite flood mitigation programme, the problem persists.
Other matters would be the controversial Sarawak United College issue and the long wait for a university.
The Sibu by-election is set for May 16 with nominations fixed for May 8.
Currently, three candidates have picked up their nominations papers from the Election Commission.
However, speculations are rife that it will be a straight fight between the Sarawak United People’s Party and DAP.
Five-term Sibu MP Robert Lau of SUPP died on April 9 and thus necessitating a by-election.
In his last face-off, Lau battled it out in a three-cornered fight with DAP and PKR. He won with a 3,323 vote majority.
Both party’s have announced their candidates.
SUPP will be fielding Lau’s nephew, also called Robert Lau Lau Hui Yew. DAP has named its candidate, Wong Ho Leng, who is also Bukit Assek assemblyman.
Sibu's 54,695 voters comprise 67% Chinese, 22% Ibans, and 10% Malays.

Open letter to Najib


COMMENT Below is an open letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, penned by Amnesty International Canada's coordinator for Malaysia and Singapore, Margaret John. She expresses concern over Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial.
Dear Prime Minister,
I write with respect in order to inform you about high-level concern in Canada regarding Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and to request your urgent intervention.

As you must be aware, there is worldwide concern about events relating to this prominent opposition leader’s current situation, thus putting a critical spotlight on Malaysia. As prime minister, you are undoubtedly concerned, for example, that the respected Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) recently declared that Anwar’s current trial on a charge of sodomy is riddled with defects.

The IPU has now made a decision to send an observer to the coming court hearings. The United States of America expressed its intention to continue to scrutinise this controversial trial.

Hundreds of participants, including former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell, at the World Movement for Democracy, signed a petition calling for a fair trial as well as for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar . Further, some 50 Australian parliamentarians recently signed a letter calling for an end to the ongoing sodomy trial.

Joining the international outcry, concern is increasingly expressed at a high level in Canada . Please see enclosed documents. In brief:

Officers of the Canadian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur remain in private and public contact with Anwar and have observed the trial proceedings with great interest.

In a Globe and Mail article, former Canadian Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin called for the charges to be dropped to enable Anwar Ibrahim to “pursue his vision of a democratic Malaysia, properly respectful of human rights”.

Opposition Liberal Party Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Bob Rae MP, called on Canada’s Parliament to take note of continuing political and legal harassment of Anwar, who has “long been a compelling spokesperson for democracy and for human rights in his country, and despite an unjustified prison sentence continues to speak out with courage and with determination”.

Forty-four Bloc Quebecois Party Members of Parliament signed a letter petitioning you “avec respect et amitie pour la Malaisie”, and declaring “ Nous sommes preoccupes par les accusations de sodomie portees contre Anwar” (with respect and amity for Malaysia ….We are concerned about the charges of sodomy against Anwar).

Twenty-eight New Democratic Party Members of Parliament have signed the enclosed petition, acknowledging the longstanding friendly relationship between Malaysia and Canada, referring to the damage to Malaysia ’s reputation with Anwar’s previous imprisonment and urging that current charges be dropped.

Amnesty International has repeatedly called for the protection and promotion of human rights in Malaysia - a call that was a clear focus of the United Nations’ 2009 Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia and strongly supported by Canada’s representatives.

Prime Minister, is it not time for Malaysia to become a truly progressive state in the area of human rights?

As evident from the widespread concern about Anwar, your leadership into a new 21st century era of human rights progress in Malaysia would be welcomed worldwide as a historic, major step forward. I urge for such a new beginning the ensuring of treatment of Anwar according to international human rights standards.

Yours respectfully,
Margaret John
Coordinator for Singapore and Malaysia

Ezam's next move: Umno Youth chief post?

By Zainal Epi - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Senator Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor may go for the Umno Youth chief's post in the next party election, says former Batu Berendam MP Tamrin Ghafar.

He said Ezam needed a strong platform to climb up the party ladder.

“This is my reading of Ezam’s next move in politics. Handpicked by party president Najib Tun Razak to be a senator, he may feel he is capable of taking the Youth movement to a higher level.

“I will not be surprised if he is appointed a deputy minister in the next Cabinet reshuffle,” he added.

“I think he will be more interested in taking over Umno Youth than in contesting for a seat in the supreme council,” said Tamrin, the son of former deputy prime minister and deputy Umno president Ghafar Baba.

Ezam and two others – Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman, executive chairman of Rahim & Co, and Noriah Mahat, Pagoh Wanita Umno chief – were appointed senators last Monday.

Ezam left PKR in 2007 and formed the Anti-Corruption Movement (Gerak) and later set up Yayasan Generasi Baru Nusantara, with its headquarters in Jakarta.

Tamrin said Umno members should not resent Ezam’s appointment to the senatorship as “he has been working very hard to bring credibility to the party”.

“He has worked hard in every by-election, harder than those members who have been in Umno for so long. Besides, he is still committed to fighting corruption.

“He should be rewarded,” he added.

Indian Pakatan leaders to focus on community’s woes


By B Nantha Kumar - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Several Indian leaders in the Pakatan Rakyat are proposing to set up a body within the system to address pressing issues in the community.

PKR's Kapar MP S Manikavasagam said the body will incorporate representatives from the grassroots as well as parliamentarians, assemblymen and local councillors.

“We admit there have been shortcomings on the part of Pakatan in dealing with Indian issues. We realised this in Hulu Selangor,” he told FMT.

He said the body will not be just another thinktank but will instead “focus on understanding their problem and implementing ground-level solutions”.

“We have gone back to the drawing board and are currently drafting out several strategies to win back the Indian community’s support. The main aim is to focus on solutions to the Indian problems at the grassroots,” he said.

In relation to this, Manikavasagam, who is also a PKR supreme council member, will be meeting PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim today.

PKR had failed to secure a full Indian support during the recent Hulu Selangor by-election which saw its candidate Zaid Ibrahim being defeated by BN's P Kamalanathan.

“We’ll have to work hard to win back the Indian community’s support. Of course we’ve make a lot of mistakes. But it doesn't mean we have lost in the battle.

“Hulu Selangor was not a lesson to learn from, it was a wake up call. We lost about seven percent of the community’s support. In 2008 we managed to get about 47 percents of the Indian votes, but this fell down to 41 percent in this by-election,” said Manikavasagam.

He said in the last general election, people supported the Pakatan because “they felt we could make the change”.

“If we don’t help them, they will neglect us. That’s what happened in Hulu Selangor,” he said.

The arrogance of police power

NEW A week after schoolboy Aminulrasyid Amzah's death by police shooting, Malaysians have been treated to the ghastly spectacle of a government withdrawing into itself in the face of public outrage, and seemingly intent only on finding grounds for justifying its actions.
Left in abeyance is the fact that governments exist in democratic nations to ensure the safety of all its citizens, and to ensure equal justice for all, no matter what their station in life.
Aminul is dead, at the age of 15, after a late-night caper. Under normal circumstances, he would have faced punishment from his parents. Instead he was, in effect, served the death penalty in appallingly suspicious circumstances.

The Malaysian public is justifiably angry and upset. Justice must be served in dealing with how Aminul died — not just for his sake, but also for the sake of all citizens who need reassurance, in no uncertain terms, that they are safe from their own guardians.

It is at times like these that a democratically-elected government rises to the occasion and acts in the larger interests of everyone.

Instead, for the past week, the image that emerged is of an uncaring police force intent on protecting its reputation and its manliless, aggresively demanding that its word is accepted at face value without question.

If that is not the image they sought to build, the Inspector-General of Police and the Selangor police chief only have themselves to blame.
Musa Hassan made a childish threat to keep the police force in barracks, aggresively showed he expected unquestioning acceptance of the policemen's own accounts, then tried to pin on a dead boy and his family any responsibility for the circumstances that led to his death, in between keeping up a plaintive pleading for the public to be fair to his men.

It is no wonder that many demanded that he leave immediately and not wait for his contract to expire.

Khalid Abu Bakar also insisted that the public should believe his policemen's story and showed a callous willingness to label a schoolboy a criminal on the unproven assertion that a parang was found in his car, and arrogantly threatened politicians who took up the issue and questioned  police accounts.

It is no wonder that questions are asked whether he considers himself a policeman, an officer of the law, or is really a politician.

Politicians in the administration did not help matters much, either.

Hishammuddin Tun Hussein did himself no favours by acting tough, and demanding as the IGP did that the public must be fair to the police. His deputy, Abu Seman Yusop, leading a home ministry inquiry panel, has tried to pass it off as a "powerful" panel. But the panel is essentially conducting an internal inquiry, with no powers under law to investigate, hold public hearings or compel witnesses to testify. There is little public about what it does, save the public statements he makes and the way they are seen in public.

Even a loudly-proclaimed promise to make its findings public has now become conditional on the agreement of the home minister.
As for the prime minister, it was a week before he came out for a free, open and transparent inquiry and to warn against any cover-up. And that was while he was campaigning in Sibu. Why did it take him so long, after the IGP and the home minister had been cavorting with the facts in the face of increasing public anger?

Is anyone really in charge? Does anything matter except to win elections?

The home ministry panel has now begun its work with the late inclusion of Tun Hanif Omar, the former Inspector-General and probably the last to command any measure of wide public respect. The home ministry clearly hopes that public respect for Hanif will spill over into respect for the panel and its findings. That is very much doubtful, given that an internal investigation falls far short of a proper public inquiry that the people and the circumstances demand.

What is at stake is not merely a matter of sorting out standard operating procedures, or of training of policemen, or of adherence to standards, or of how teenagers should be brought up.

Aminul's death by shooting is only one incident in a whole string of events that leave the reputation and authority of the entire police force and its leadership under question.

What is really under scrutiny, what really needs to be questioned, is the basis of how the whole police force is managed, how it operates, how it is led, what it regards as its priorities, and how it regards its role in Malaysian society.

Musa Hassan and Khalid Abu Bakar's public statements, and their attitudes to the public and to politicians, leave little doubt that a strong streak of arrogance permeates the police force.

That arrogance led to the scuttling of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, sabotaged by police intransigence and fear of being exposed.

Twenty years ago, the IGP then, Rahim Noor, ruined a professional career by beating up deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in the dungeons of Bukit Aman; the prime minister at the time, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, staunchly defending his man, even suggested that the resulting black eye could have been self-inflicted by Anwar. Had it not been for unrelenting public pressure and public scorn of Mahathir's arrogant and facile explanations, that IGP might have almost got away with it.

For the sake of Malaysian society and the future of all our children, this IGP and his cohort must be called to account. They must not be allowed to get away. - Free Malaysia Today

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): UNHCR (Malaysia) must avoid discrimination

BDC
05 May 2010

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) today calls for UNHCR (Malaysia) to respect human rights and to avoid discrimination dealing with Burmese refugees from Burma.

Burma is make up with Burmese (Bamar), Kachin, Kayar, Karean, Chin, Mon, Arakan and Shan. Burmese refugees fled from Burma due to military regime’s extreme repression. People of Burma voted for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as their leader and they don’t agree with junta illegitimate rule in Burma. Military regime sees no difference in oppressing people of Burma and always uses ultimate force to crush all the opposition regardless of religion, race or ethnicity.

There are more than 70, 000 Burmese refugees in Malaysia according to the official figures. Since Malaysia is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its Protocol, refugees are vulnerable to detention and deportation.

While we applaud the UNHCR tireless efforts helping refugees but we also have reports that UNHCR office in Malaysia is not fair in dealing with Burmese refugees issues. Addition, some of the officers at the UNHCR (Malaysia) office is creating climate of discrimination with regard to dealing with Burmese refugees.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is very concerned on the reports that some UNHCR (Malaysia) officers have misunderstood that the ruling Burmese military junta does not suppress ethnic Burmese people in Burma because they are the majority ethnic group and Buddhist.

Based on unreasonable assumption which is totally wrong, most of the Burmese applying for refugees at the UNHCR (Malaysia) offices are mostly turned down.

“I am surprised to learn some UNHCR (Malaysia) officers’ misconception towards refugees from Burma. These vulnerable refugees had suffered enough at the hand of brutal military regime and they don’t deserve the injustice again especially applying for the refugee at the one of the world’s most respected humanitarian organisation, UNHCR. Mr António Guterres should addresses this matter in the matter of urgency unless it would tarnish UNHCR’s long track record of good reputation”, said Myo Thein, the Director at the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC).

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr António Guterres to investigate fully and take timely action to avoid further discrimination.

For more information please contact Myo Thein at 00-44-78 7788 2386 or 00-44-20 8493 9137.

We Are Dead!

Wow! We are going to have a nuclear plant.

If we were still in school, this will be 'like super cool, man!'. It's 'like so futuristic'. And so advance.

But we are no longer in school. And we know the ugly truth about Malaysia. Verdict: We Are Dead!

We are talking about the very realistic Malaysia that you and me know. The Malaysia that cannot even efficiently maintain the mini Tenaga sub-stations at our housing areas. We are talking about the Malaysia who cannot provide clean water to the people even when easy and efficient technology is in use. The Malaysia who cannot even dispose off our garbage in a manner that is not harmful to the environment. The Malaysia who even with computers and technology assistance cannot get trains to arrive and depart on time.

And yet we are going to have a matha-farking nuclear plant!

I hope that the plant is built far away. Maybe Sabah or Sarawak. Sorry folks, I need the South China Sea to act as a barrier.

Hmmm... Maybe they can build it in Sabah near the coal-fired plant. If we are talking about environmental damage and loss of human life, we might as well reduce the area and bring down the headcount. Better that than everyone dying, ain't it? (I was told that it is human nature to be selfish. I was also told that I can't beat the government.)

A nuclear plant? What the...?

What the hell to we need a nuclear plant for? We are a kuchi-rat country with 28 million jokers leaving in it. How much efficient energy do we consume? How desperate is our need for such enormous amount of energy? How many energy zapping factories do we have in this country? Dude, this is no Command & Conquer. This is real life death-threatening technology we are talking about. Plus, to be managed by some dumb-wits.

I tell you, this has all got to do with blardie money again. I think UMNO has gone too far this time. The thing with UMNO is they are getting extremely greedy. They are no longer satisfied with reaping money on the smaller scale by the millions and tens of millions per project. Everything nowadays has got to benefit them in terms of hundreds of millions or billions. But to put the life of every Malaysian at risk just to satisfy their lust for money?

Eh come on lah, stop fucking around with people's lives.

Even that they want to do it on a larger scale. Previously, the Malaysian government is happy killing the people (mostly Indians it would seem) on a small scale of a couple of thousand per year. Nowadays, they are talking about killing the mass population. What's with this apa nama UMNO? They got possessed by the Satan is it? Have they gone fucking nuts?

Allow me to frighten you a little with some Chernobyl stats. Did you know that the Chernobyl disaster released 400 times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima atomic bombing? Did you know that the contamination of the Chernobyl accident was felt up to more than 1,000 km away?

Let's put that to perspective. Peninsular Malaysia from the tip of Perlis to the bottom end of Johor is approximately 750 km. Simply put it, wherever this nuclear thing is built in Peninsular Malaysia, you are fried the moment a very likely Malaysian style disaster takes place at the said plant.

You may not die if you are further away. But you will quite likely die of some kind of cancer. That's if you don't already decide to kill yourself when your nervous system involuntarily makes you shout out Rosmah's name every exact 38 seconds. And of course, be assured that your newborn baby will look very adorable with her 3 eyes and a limb sticking out of her chest.

This is so brilliant. By the way, I wage 50 bucks that by the time the plant is in operation, 20,000 folks leaving nearby would have already have taugehs growing from the top of their heads. And another 1,000 may have grown a second dick. Failed tests. Drums of radioactives 'accidentally' falling into the nearby river. Accidents of trucks ferrying radioactive materials on their way to the plant. The usual stuffs. But of course you won't read these in the papers. Shhhhh...

Malaysia is so boleh! Damn I love this country.


Note to Singaporeans: Hey, you guys are pretty nearby I last checked.

http://saltpepperandalittlekicap.blogspot.com/2010/05/we-are-dead.html

Voting and race

thenutgraph.com
ORANG Cina Malaysia, apa lagi yang anda mahu? queried the headline of an Utusan Malaysia editorial last week following the 25 April 2010 Hulu Selangor by-election. Indeed, Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians are trying to understand just what it is that will make Chinese Malaysian voters return to the BN's fold.
Not all Chinese Malaysians voted for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). For certain, no group is homogenous. There have also been times when BN won handsomely on the back of Chinese Malaysian votes, like in 1999. But since 2008, the trend among Chinese Malaysians in supporting the opposition has been consistent. And today, both Umno and MCA politicians blame each other for this loss of support.
What makes voters think and feel the way they do? Are they really that different according to racial lines?

Norani
Still on bread and butter
Unfortunately, that is the way national politics has been conducted. Why voters respond differently by race — not exclusively but going by percentages in vote swings — is due to decades of political socialisation.
Umno and MCA leaders have pointed out the differences between Malay and Chinese Malaysian voters. Malay Malaysians are still concerned with bread-and-butter issues, while Chinese Malaysians have moved beyond and are more concerned with national issues.
What accounts for this difference? The quick answers would be economic status and the popular reference to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. While true, the deeper question is, what perpetuates the situation?

Puthucheary
"When you say that Malay [Malaysians] are still marginalised, then one should really ask, who is responsible for that? If Umno has been in power for so long, and they claim to champion Malay rights, then why has this situation persisted?" asks political observer and former academic Dr Mavis Puthucheary.
Don't underestimate either the "dominance and deep impact of Umno's political culture", adds political sociologist Prof Dr Norani Othman of the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (Ikmas) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
"It's what two generations of Malay [Malaysians] have been exposed to for the last 30 years — a political culture which emphasises special privileges and a sense of entitlement, protected by Umno and perpetuated by the Malay press," says Norani in a phone interview.
Indeed, race rhetoric has become entrenched enough so that many Malay Malaysians "are not convinced that the poor of other races should have the same right to assistance as they do," Puthucheary tells The Nut Graph in a phone interview.
For Puthucheary, this political culture explains why a sizeable number of Malay Malaysians appear to respond positively to BN's by-election incentives, and why they are less concerned with democratic issues. For one, the government is seen as a benefactor. Secondly, their rights are less impinged on compared to other communities. Democratisation and a larger Malaysian identity thus take a backseat to Malay nationalistic sentiments.
Self-reliant

Abdul Rahman
Umno is tapping into this psychology to its advantage, notes Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Embong, also of UKM's Ikmas. Malay Malaysian support for Umno and PAS is traditionally split down the middle with Umno having the edge. But in the Hulu Selangor by-election, Umno got 60% of the Malay Malaysian vote compared to 55% in 2008.
But Umno may have failed to appreciate how the Chinese Malaysian psyche has developed differently. This community's political awareness is shaped by vernacular newspapers which are more critical, by clan guilds and associations. It is also honed by neglect experienced at the personal and localised level, Abdul Rahman says in an interview.
"Chinese new villages have had problems with basic amenities for a long time. These local problems become meshed with national concerns and they want long-term solutions instead of piecemeal assistance. Many [too] feel hurt by insensitive remarks made by top Malay [Malaysian] politicians, despite the prime minister's espousal of 1Malaysia," he adds.
For example, right-wing Malay Malaysian diatribes against Chinese-language education is felt in the lack of government funding for vernacular schools. It is also felt in the scarcity of government scholarships for non-Malay Malaysians which then drives Chinese Malaysians to slog to fund their children's overseas or private education.

Hence, when the BN does give assistance, it's not necessarily reciprocated with votes because "Chinese [Malaysians] see it as something they should have received before", observes Puthucheary. Contrary to Umno's thinking that voters should be grateful, Chinese Malaysians feel that their success or survival was because they worked for it.
"A big part of the political socialisation of rural and working-class Chinese Malaysians is that if you're not self-reliant, there's no one else to help you. Life is hard and the government doesn't help, so they help themselves. After two generations of this, [it] affects their sense of personal justice," says Norani.
Party realpolitik
There are Umno leaders who understand such sentiments and know that dishing out election goodies is unsustainable.

Nur Jazlan
"The last two generations since Merdeka could see and feel the tangible benefits of government development. But now for the young, development is a given," says Umno Pulai Member of Parliament Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.
He feels that instead of making promises to non-Malay Malaysians, like giving money to vernacular schools, the government needs to assist based on meritocracy. For example, ensuring top-scoring non-bumiputera students receive scholarships. "We need to give young voters hope that they do have a future here. Youth without hope will kill the nation by abandoning the country."
Indeed, that is already happening. But retaining young non-Malay Malaysians without touching bumiputra quotas remains problematic.
Nur Jazlan agrees that Umno's culture has been one of creating dependency by being "a benevolent party and government" that throws money instead of addressing an issue. "This has to stop," he says.
And yet, without this culture, can BN contest confidently in coming elections? Nur Jazlan expects that the current political reality is that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will continue to use what he can to win big to obtain the mandate for another term.
"After that, I hope he will be more aggressive in changing political culture," Nur Jazlan adds.
Can PKR, on the other hand, be a force strong enough to educate voters? Is it even interested in challenging Umno's political culture of dependency with one that empowers citizens economically and politically?
Despite its multiracial message, recent defections suggest that PKR is still struggling to change its own political culture of patronage and personality-based politics among its Malay Malaysian constituency.
What hope then can there be for a more mature political landscape if neither political parties nor voters are willing to look beyond hand-outs and political benevolence?

Will IGP and Selangor CPO apologise for starting the trial by media and defaming Aminulrasyid and Azamuddin and their families when the two boys were called “criminals”?

By Lim Kit Siang,

The Cabinet yesterday belatedly expressed its distress and condolences to the family of Aminulrasyid Amzah, 14, who was killed by trigger-happy police about 100 metres from his Shah Alam house in the early hours (2 am) of Monday, April 26, 2010 when trying to flee home driving his sister’s car.

The first question that comes to mind for Malaysians is why the Cabinet did not express its distress and condolences at last Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, which met more than 48 hours after the fatal shooting and killing of Aminulrasyid.

Is it because the Cabinet had relied on the first public account of the heinous police killing by the Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar who said Aminulrasyid was shot dead “while reversing his car in an attempt to run over several policemen”, describing the Form III student as a “criminal”?

In his first statement which appeared in Tuesday’s papers, Khalid said the policemen were on patrol in two cars when they spotted two men behaving suspiciously inside a car.

The police signaled for the driver to pull over for inspection, but the driver sped off, resulting in a police chase.

Khalid said that after beating several red-lights, the patrol cars managed ‘to corner the suspects’ car”.

Khalid said: “A male passenger jumped out and escaped on foot while the driver reversed his car and tried to run over the policemen, forcing them to open fire.”

Khalid said one of the policemen fired four shots at the tyres of the car but one of the bullets is believed to have hit the boy, killing him instantly. He said police found a parang inside the car which is believed to have been used in robberies.

Investigations into Aminulrasyid’s death had not been completed, as the Attorney-General Chambers had returned the police investigation papers last Friday for more investigations to be conducted.

What then is the basis of the Cabinet’s expression of distress and condolences to the bereaved family? Is it because the Cabinet has come to realize that the Selangor police chief’s account was a false and spurious one?

The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan also publicly endorsed and joined in Khalid’s trial by media of Aminulrasyid in painting the Form III student as a criminal – with the insinuation that the parang in the car had been used in robberies!

Musa even compounded the trial by media against Aminulrasyid by publicly postulating that “A speeding vehicle which can be used to plough into policemen is also a dangerous weapon” which could endanger the lives of enforcement officers and other roadusers.

The clear picture emerging in the past ten days is eye-witness account that Aminulrasyid was fleeing for home and had never tried to reverse to ram policemen to justify the firing of over 15 shots, one of which hit him at the back of his head and killed him while at the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree, a retaining wall and into a drain!

With the Cabinet’s expression of distress and condolences to the bereaved family, will the IGP and the Selangor CPO themselves apologise to Aminulrasyid and his family as well as to Azamuddin and his family for falsely describing them as “criminals”.

The Selangor CPO and IGP were the first to start the trial by media defaming Aminulrasyid and Azamuddin Omar and their families saying that the two boys were suspected to be “criminals”? In fact, Azamuddin’s father is a police officer himself.

The IGP and the Selangor CPO, as well as the Home Minister, had promised fair, independent and professional investigations into Aminulrasyid’s killing – which the trio failed to deliver as the police investigations were inadequate and unsatisfactory, which was why the police investigation papers submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers last Friday were remitted back to the police the same evening for further investigations to be conducted.

Aminulrasyid’s killing had been classified under “murder” during police investigations but the IGP is asking for an inquest. This is most extraordinary for it could only mean that as of now Musa rejects any charge of murder or homicide against the police personnel concerned!

What has shocked and outraged many is that the MCA leadership has decided to officially side with the IGP and the Selangor CPO despite rising anger over the Amirnulrasyid’s shooting death.

The MCA NGO liaison bureau chief Datuk Ti Lian Ker attacked the press conference by Azamuddin, the sole companion in Aminulrasyid’s car that fateful night, as an “unethical move” and “trial by media”, saying it “may influence public perception and judgment.

The MCA leadership were silent and subservient when the IGP and Selangor CPO conducted a trial by media against Aminulrasyid and Azamuddin immediately after the tragic killing.

No wonder the MCA cannot recapture the support not only of Chinese but also Malays, Indians, Ibans and Kadazans who constitute Najib’s 1Malaysia.

Lawyers: Cops did not let us see Sultan and consort

The Star
KOTA BARU: Two lawyers who claim to represent the Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Ismail Petra Sultan Yahya Petra and Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis Tengku Hamid said they have been prevented by police from seeing their clients.

Datuk Mohd Haaziq Pillay and Gobind Singh Deo said they went to Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian at about 4.35pm but were refused entry by the police.

The lawyers claimed they had reason to believe that both the Sultan and his consort were being held against their wishes.

Gobind said the meeting with their clients was crucial as they needed to get the facts from them to initiate legal proceedings.

“Details on what course of action to be taken would be revealed at a press conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

“I do not understand why we were refused entry by the police because all we wanted to do was meet our clients,” he said yesterday.

Even policemen on duty seemed to be in the dark and were just following orders not to allow anyone to meet the royal couple unless there was a green light from certain quarters, Gobind claimed.

On Tuesday, the Sultan of Kelantan was prevented from leaving for Singapore to receive further medical treatment when the private aircraft that was supposed to take him was not given permission to land at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport here.

The Sultan, who was waiting at the airport together with Tengku Anis, Tengku Temeng­gong Tengku Muhammad Fakhry and personal doctors, was instead rerouted by the police to Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital.

It was not immediately known who had prevented the Sultan from leaving.

Gobind said police actions in preventing him to meet his client was in violation of the rights of an individual to defend himself.

Sex slave girls face cruel justice in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- At one of Baghdad's two female juvenile prisons, the young Iraqi girls live in limbo, sadness and desperation permeating every aspect of their interrupted lives.

Some face punishment for prostitution. Others are charged with ties to terrorism. And then there are the victims, also behind bars.

Fifteen-year-old Zeina's sad journey to prison began two years ago when she says was sold into sex slavery. "My father came and took me to go visit my grandfather in Syria," says Zeina, "and I went with him."

The family trip turned out to be a cover story, and Zeina found herself faced with the most horrific possible reality. She says she was then forcefully taken from Syria to the United Arab Emirates and sold into sexual slavery.

But Zeina refused to surrender to such a horrendous fate. And when the opportunity presented itself, she ran away. "I'm proud of myself," explains Zeina. "I turned myself into the police and decided not to stay in that situation."

Authorities in Dubai helped her return to Iraq, but more cruelty awaited her in Baghdad. The only way Zeina could make it home was to travel on a forged passport -- a very serious crime in Iraq.

After escaping her ordeal, Zeina found herself being prosecuted, rather than being comforted. As punishment, she's now serving two years in jail. A prison official confirmed her story.

Iraqi women's rights activists are outraged. "She refused to accept that her body had been sold. So this is how they reward her?" said Dalal Rubaie with the Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq, "To put her in jail for two years? Where's the justice?"

Trafficking is a growing problem in Iraq. Some vulnerable women, desperate to support their families, are tricked into it by accepting fake marriage proposals. Many young girls, their parents facing dire economic circumstances, are just sold outright.

"In some ways, their fate is worse than death," explained Samer Muscati from Human Rights Watch. "Once they've been trafficked, there's a stigma even though they're the victims in this horrific situation. They've been exploited and they've been trafficked to another country with no real recourse."

According to Muscati, even if the girls do manage to escape the cruelty of their circumstances, it will be very difficult for them to escape the judgment of their families.

"When they do come back to Iraq, if the family does accept them it's very difficult because they've brought great shame to the family, they're subjected to honor crimes. And we've come across cases where young women have preferred to stay in prison or custody than to be released and to face tribal justice," Muscati said.

Rubaie puts it even more bluntly when discussing what little future awaits trafficked girls who manage to return home.

"I'm sure the girl's family won't take care of her," said Rubaie. "I'm sure that neighbors and relatives and society will judge her, they'll know that the girl had been a prisoner and the family will be ashamed of her.

"I'm sure they won't let her travel. I'm sure she won't be able to complete her education, if she had been studying. Or they will force her to marry a cousin so they can exert control over her. Any cousin. They'll end her life."

A sense of injustice pervaded every story told by the prisoners. Some inmates had actually discovered they were to be trafficked and tried to stop it.

When Fatin found out her father was attempting to sell her, she immediately sought help from the law.

"I ran away from Najaf and escaped to Baghdad where I found my mother and asked her if she knew what my father was planning," says 22-year-old inmate Fatin, "So she took me to court in Baghdad, we got a lawyer and brought a case against my father."

Months passed and the lawsuit was never heard. While awaiting justice, Fatin says her father raped her. After the attack, she killed him, was tried, and is currently serving the fifth year of a 15 year sentence.

Muscati, who's studied trafficking extensively in Iraq, can't understand why Iraqi officials aren't doing more to stop it.

"Why is the Iraqi government not prosecuting the traffickers?" Muscati asked. "There hasn't been a case of prosecution against a trafficker that we're aware of. Why is the Iraqi government not passing a law to make it more difficult for trafficking?"

At 22, Fatin, like several of her fellow inmates, is too old to remain in a juvenile facility. She'll soon have to serve out the rest of her term in a prison for adults, a much harsher environment.

Qassim Abdul Ameer, warden of the juvenile prison, is worried for Fatin and other inmates in the same situation. "Of course she will find it difficult there," Abdul Ameer says about Fatin, "because the environment will be difficult there. In the adult prisons, they usually take advantage of the younger girls."

Fatin does fear the transfer, but it's her eventual release still a decade away that she's even more afraid of.

"Yes, there is freedom outside," says Fatin, "but people don't forgive. They don't have mercy."

Angry Letter to our PM

Dear Prime Minister,

We refer to the email below from one of our members for your information.

Would you like to comment, please?

We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours respectfully,
Eddie Hwang
President
Unity Party WA

UnityPartyWA@westnet.com.au
www.unitywa.org 


Mahathir claimed that the Malays are under threat. Under threat from  whom?

Can the Malays be under threat:-
From a minority 35% of the population over the majority 65% which are made up of Malays?

From a less than 10% minority in the Police, Army, Judiciary, Attorney General Office and MACC which are predominantly filled by Malays?

From a minority of the Members of Parliament where Malays make up more than 60% the majority?

From a group who doesn't control the air, sea and land? These are controlled by UMNO and its cronies such as MAS, AirAsia, MISC, Toll Concessionaires, 
NAZA, Proton and Perodua.

From a group who doesn't control the supply of basic necessities such as food, water and utilities? These are monopolised by UMNO cronies such as Bernas (rice and flour), Water Concessionaires (SPAN, SYABAS, etc), Telekom (telephone), Tenaga (electricity) , etc

From a group who doesn't control the main stream media. The mass media are wholly controlled by UMNO and its cronies such as Utusan Melayu, Berita Harian, New Straits Times, The Star, The Sun, Media Prima (TV1, TV2, TV3, TV, TV8, TV9 and all the Radio Stations), ASTRO, etc? Lately even Harakah and Suara Keadilan have been banned !

From a group whose mother tongue and religion aren't enshrined in the Federal Constitution where Malay is the official language and Islam is the official religion? Other groups can't even hold any interfaith dialogues and use of the word of Allah without being severely intimidated by protests, storming of conferences and warnings from UMNO !

From a group who can't be appointed the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Mentri Besars and a host of high positions in the Malay states as enshrined in the state constitution or decree by the Sultans where only Malays from UMNO can be appointed?

From a group who are ever subjected to intimidation of arrest under the flimsiest excuse using the ISA, the Police, MACC, etc and a myriad of repressive laws such as the Sedition Act, Multimedia Act and treason against the Sultans, etc? Of course UMNO are spared from such actions and above such laws. It is a blatant lie that the non-Malays can ever threaten the Malays...

Who is actually threatening the Malays? From the look of things, UMNO finger prints are everywhere - UMNO Malays are actually the ones threatening and stealing from the ordinary Malays and non-Malays.
Someone has to be the punching bag and scapegoat for UMNO's cling to power and thievery - hence putting the blame on non-Malays!

UMNO is a racist party and it is very clear that they are separating the Sultans from their subjects and the Malays from the non-Malays for their own selfish ends without a thought of the consequences and our economy !

Cops grill teen key witness for third time


Shot dead by police Home Ministry panel at work and media headlines. But zero for Indians victims.


url shot dead... Shot dead by police Home Ministry panel at work and media headlines. But zero for Indians victims.
The mainstream media and the alternative media led by the New Straits Times for the eight day in a row headlines, front page coverage, prime news and news perhaps in conjunction with the World Press Freedom Day is rightly reporting on the grave injustice involving the unconscionable murder of Aminulrasyid Amzah, 15, by Polis Raja Di Malaysia. A similar high profile inquest and media headlines and reporting for Teoh Beng Hock who was killed in the MACC detention.
But throughtout the history of Malaysia a similar Home Ministry Panel, Royal Commission of Inquiry, White paper in Parliament, emergency or other motions in Parliament or high profile headlines has never been done when the victim is an ethnic minority Malaysian Indian. Why?
These Indians are not human beings enough to deserve this level of care, attention and justice.
url shot deadHundreds if not thousands of Indians have been similarly and arbitrarily killed by the police but at best would have got 1% of the care and attention a Malay or Chinese victim gets (The exception being A. Kugan’s case because of the 5,000 strong Hindraf Makkal Sakthi forces at his funeral.)
This level of state sponsored racism, religious extremism supremacy, mainstream and alternative media discriminating against a poor and defenceless minority does not happen in any other part of the world except in Malaysia.
While the UMNO/BN state is guilty of this racism by commission, PKR, DAP, PAS, Malaysiakini.com, Malaysia Today, the elite Indians etc are guilty by ommission.url never
But when we raise these racist acts and cry racism, we are in turn accused of being racist by both sides of the political divide and both the mainstream and alternative media/bloggers NGOs’ etc with the view to silence us and keep us out of raising this critical level of state sponsored injustices.
Welcome to UMNOs’ “One Malay-sia” and PKR, DAP and PAS’ “multi-racialism”.
P.Uthayakumar.
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Never a P.R Parliamentary motion to debate Indian shot dead by police.


url never Never a P.R Parliamentary motion to debate Indian shot dead by police.
There are 14 Indian MP mandores from PKR, DAP, PAS and MIC, 78 from P.R but zero emergency motion was filed when two Indian brothers were shot dead and murdered in cold blood in Taiping by the Polis Raja Di Malaysia.
Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang yesterday rejected an emergency motion to debate the police shooting of 15 year old Aminulrasyid Amzah during a car chase in Shah Alam last week.
Abu Zahar said the motion by Senator Dr. S. Ramakrishnan met only two of the three criteria needed for a debate. (NST 5/5/2010 at page 15).
Hundreds if not thousands of Indians have been shot dead and murdered in police lock ups and prisons.url nver 2
But there is zero history of any emergency motions, MPs’ walking out, MPs’ getting suspended for championing this issue etc when the victims are of the ethnic minority Indian origin. Why?
Because the PKR, DAP , PAS and MIC/UMNO party policy excludes representing Indian victims.
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RM300 Million and RM500,000.00 for Malay University and Kindergarden. UMNOs’ water and electricity, PKR’s peanuts for Tamil schools.


url 300 million RM300 Million and RM500,000.00 for Malay University and Kindergarden. UMNOs’ water and electricity, PKR’s peanuts for Tamil schools.
RM300 million each (RM1.8 billion in total) 100% Malay Muslim only University campus (UM 5/5/10 at page 8), UMNO allows 10% foreign Muslims into UITM but never a single local Chinese or Indians.
Similarly in the estimated 99% Malay Muslim Permata Kindergarden, RM500,000.00 is allocated for one such Permata Kindergarden in Sungai Buaya (UM 5/5/10 at page 8).
This is UMNOs’ One Malay-sia and PKR, DAP and PAS’ “multi-racialsim. But when we cry racism, we in turn get accused of being racist.
P. Uthayakumar

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Penang DAP towkay’s Mandore launches hour long tirade against UMNO in Dewan. But never on Kg. Buah Pala.


url penang dap Penang DAP towkay’s Mandore launches hour long tirade against UMNO in Dewan. But never on Kg. Buah Pala.
This is the very same DAP mandore who is also the State Assemblyman for the Kg Buah Pala, the last traditional Indian village in Penang that was ruthlessly and unlawfully demolished by the UMNO and DAP axis. But he and the other 4 Indian ADUN mandores including the DCM II cum MP mandore and the other MP mandore has no history of even a one minute tirade in the Penang State Assembly on Kg Buah Pala or any other even basic necessity critical Indian problems, or for that matter seriously ventilated in Parliament.
P. Uthayakumar
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Permata kindergartens @ RM500,000 each 1,300 trained teachers @ 427 centers nationwide benefiting 17,000 Malay Muslim pupils. 36 children to 6 trained teachers but Indians excluded.


indian girl in school uniform Permata kindergartens @ RM500,000 each 1,300 trained teachers @ 427 centers nationwide benefiting 17,000 Malay Muslim pupils. 36 children to 6 trained teachers but Indians excluded.
Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife who is the Permata kindergarten chief also announced that (the government) would train a further 1,000 more teachers (at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris with Diplomas and degrees) for 8,400 more (almost all Malay muslim children) to benefit. Similarly thousands more kindergartens places being denied to Indians in the Kemas, Abim Tadika and Taska kindergartens government funded. (UM 5/5/2010 at page 3).
But to the contrary more than 90% of the students in Malaysia’s 523 Tamil schools do not go to kindergartens as their parents cannot afford to pay for the same. The National Key Results Area (NKRA) however targets 87% of the Malaysian pupils to attend pre schools. (The Star 15/3/10 at page N46).
Also 42% of standard one pupils in Tamil schools cannot read and write at all because they did not attend kindergarten as they cannot afford to pay for kindergartens (MO 10/3/10 at page 3).
Why this level of racism in Malaysia? And the pin drop silence by PKR, DAP and PAS.
If only PKR, DAP and PAS had accordingly raised these UMNOs’ racist policies, HRP would not have to do so.
But PKR, DAP and their elite Indians deliberately refuse to champion against these UMNOs’ injustices right up to the Hindu cemeteries demolished but when HRP does it, they accuse us of having a racist agenda.
UMNOs’ racism begins from kindergartens to the grave.
Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice

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The issue is PR’s delusion from arrogance not Hindraf’s arrogance from delusion.

This is my response to Kenny Gan’s article that was published in Malaysia Today, today 5th May 2010 titled “Hindraf’s arrogance from delusion”.

I say it again – Hulu Selangor was lost by PR because Zaid did not get the Indian votes. Kenny Gan is just using self serving shallow arguments to the contrary  – for he does not know, nor does anybody, the extent of the impact had HRP/Hindraf been involved on PRs side in that election. But the fact is HRP/Hindraf was not involved and BN got 54% of the Indian votes.To say that HRP/Hindraf’s involvement would have made no difference is in my opinion outright stupid and self serving .

Kenny Gan can speculate as much as he wants about Hindraf/HRP’s strength. What we do know is that HRP/Hindraf is the only organization in Malaysia that actually speaks up for the Indian poor today. All the negative elements who were interested in using the Indian votes  not for the interests of the poor but for their own selfish interest have shown their hands and have left . But the problems of the Indian poor have not gone away, not one bit, nor have Hindraf’s original policies changed to champion the issues and problems of the Indian poor.

Let him dispute that as well if he wants to . That will just add to his sordid picture of ignorance.


My comments on the 3 propositions he disputes in his supreme wisdom.
(1) Hindraf caused the 2008 political tsunami
(2) Hindraf speaks for the majority of Indians and
(3) PR will never reach Putrajaya without its help
PAKATAN RAKYAT He obviously cannot  read historico-political tendencies when he says that Hindraf did not cause the 2008 political Tsunami.  What we do say, and which is widely acknowledged is that Hindraf triggered the political tsunami. And if he wants to dispute that, just let him continue to, his hand will become clearer.
Hindraf does speak for the majority of the Indians. We do not show that by standing for and winning in this biased first past the post, majority orientated electoral system. We show that by the problems we champion of the majority of the Indians. We do speak for the majority, that is the raison d’etre for Hindraf/HRP.
When was the last time he or any one in the PR or BN spoke up for the Indian poor who are the majority in the Indian community. Only HRP and HIndraf have been consistently raising their issues.We only hear PR is multiracial – but multiracial and then zero change for the Indian poor. In fact negative change – look at the hounding PR is doing of the Indian poor in Kampung Buah Pala. PR’s multiracialism is just another ploy to delude the Indian poor into another spat of giving the votes away for free. only this time to PR.
Hulu Selangor is a key indicator of voting patterns in the country today, the facts speak for themselves. First Bagan Pinang and now Hulu Selangor. Hindraf/HRP was not involved in both those elections, one side or the other. Hulu Selangor was a PR seat, they lost it. How many seats are PR further going to lose like this in the 13th GE without a majority of the Indian votes on their side. Forget about PR capturing Putrajaya, they are not even going to maintain their current position. Hindraf/HRP’s involvement is even academic under these circumstances.
The issue therefore is not HRP/Hindraf’s arrogance from delusion, the issue really is PR’s delusion from arrogance.
PR you better wake up before you lose it for all those who seek change.

Kelantan Sultan's wife in hospital to evade police

The Malay Mail,
Her husband was also forcefully warded at the same hospital
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 13:45:00
Kelantan Royalty
KOTA BARU: The Raja Perempuan Kelantan Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid  (pic) has been holed up at a hospital here since last night to evade police arrest and to be by the side of her husband, the Sultan of Kelantan, Tuanku Ismail Petra, who was reportedly forcibly warded there.


She told The Malay Mail by telephone this morning that the Sultan was being held against his will and that the police had ignored his orders to take him back to the palace.
Tengku Anis, who spent most the night on the floor outside Royal Ward on Level 8 of the Universiti Sains Malaysia hospital, later managed to enter the ward and lock herself in.
Meanwhile, the Sultan's lawyers, Datuk Mohamed Haaziq Pillay and Gobind Singh Deo, arrived here this morning to seek the Sultan's release from hospital.
Haaziq said they will file a habeas corpus writ in the Kuala Lumpur High Court if they fail to get their client's release.
Tengku Anis, relating her ordeal last night, claimed that the police had allegedly abused her and "pulled me like a cow" in an attempt to take her to the police station last night.
She said in the incident about 7.45pm last night outside the Istana Mahkota in Kubang Kerian, heavily armed police's Special Action Squad (UTK) personnel in balaclavas stopped the entourage accompanying the Sultan to the Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa.
They were on their way to the airport in a second attempt yesterday to send the ruler for follow-up treatment in Singapore.
"We were all so frightened when the police confronted us," said Tengku Anis.
"UTK personnel stormed our car and forcibly tried to remove my husband which resulted in a scuffle.
"My husband kept telling me that he wanted to return to the palace, but they (police) whisked him away to the Universiti Sains Malaysia hospital.
"They dragged me out of the vehicle and pushed me all over the place, including at the hospital, when they shoved me into the lift as my husband was being taken to the ward."
She said she spent the night on the floor outside the royal ward. "They would not allow me to be with my husband despite my pleas that I fear for his safety.
"Furthermore, if I leave the hospital, they will arrest me."
"Asked why police wanted to quiz her, she said: "I don't know... I just don't know..."
Meanwhile, Tengku Temenggong, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, told The Malay Mail after being freed last night from a police station, that they did not inform him why he was being questioned.
He was at the police station for more than four hours, during which, police recorded his details without specifying why he was being held in the first place.
Tengku Fakhry, 32, said he also feared for his father's safety and that the family is looking at ways to be by his side.
He confirmed that his handgun and that of his bodyguard's were seized by the police at the palace earlier.
Police were not available for comment but sources said that the seizure of the weapons could be linked to the shooting of a palace guard by an unknown man at Kampung Sungai Nyior, Tumpat, early last Saturday.
The guard, Ramli Mohamed, 50, is being treated at the intensive care unit of the Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II here.
Tengku Fakhry said he find it difficult to understand why he had to be quizzed about a Press conference, an hour before detention, on the failure to send the Sultan to Singapore for medical check-up.
He had told reporters then that the charted aircraft to fly the Sultan to the republic was refused permission to land at the airport here, adding that the airport authorities issued the order to ban it from landing and picking up the ruler. It was scheduled to take off at 11.30am.
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Tengku Muhammad Faris
Following this, Tengku Fakhry had arranged to take his father on a commercial flight to the KLIA in Sepang and subsequently on another flight to Singapore.
The Sultan returned two months ago from a nine-month treatment for a heart ailment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
Besides Tengku Fakhry, police also detained the Sultan's two doctors, a physiotherapist and eight bodyguards. Till lunch time, they were still at the police station.
The doctors were identified as Kolonel Dr Mohamed Razin Kamarulzaman and Dr Lim Choon Hai, and the physiotherapist as Roslin Ngah.
Tengku Fakhry had been involved in a battle with his elder brother, the Regent of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Faris, after the former was dropped from the State Succession Council.
Last March, the ruler's private secretary, Datuk Wan Hashim Wan Daud, was briefly held by police over a statement that the Regent had been removed from his post.

Police: Guard knew of alleged plot to kill Regent
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Tengku Temenggong Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry
KUALA LUMPUR: Police believe the attempted murder on a Kelantan palace guard last Friday was part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kelantan Regent Tengku Muhammad Faris Ismail Petra.
The Malay Mail was informed that it was for this reason that police detained the Regent's younger brother, Tengku Temenggong Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, and his bodyguards outside Istana Mahkota in Kubang Kerian about 7.30pm yesterday.
Muhammad Fakhry and his bodyguards were released later but police seized firearms found on them.
The Malay Mail was also informed that investigations into the shooting of 50-year-old palace guard,Ramli Mohamed, revealed that he was targeted as he knew of the alleged assassination plot.
The former soldier was shot in the chest by two men in the midnight incident as he was riding home on his motorcycle near Tumpat after completing his shift. He is being treated at a hospital in Kota Baru.

Gobind barred from seeing Kelantan ruler for affidavit

KOTA BARU, May 5 — In the latest twist to the Kelantan palace crisis, lawyer Gobind Singh Deo (picture) was barred from meeting his client, the Sultan of Kelantan, for an affidavit.

The state Ruler, Tuanku Ismail Petra Tuanku Yahya Petra, is now warded at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Hospital in Kubang Kerian after he was prevented from leaving for Singapore yesterday for a medical check-up.

The sultan returned home last March after spending nine months at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in the island republic.

“I came here to meet my client to prepare an affidavit, I do not know what is needed to get permission from certain parties,” the lawyer told reporters here.

“There is something strange when a lawyer is prevented from meeting his clients, more so when they are the Sultan and Raja Perempuan for Kelantan,” Gobind said, drawing attention to the incident.

Gobind refused to state the purpose for the affidavit when asked, adding he would explain at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

Gobind, who is also Puchong MP, said he had made several attempts to meet the sultan and the Raja Perempuan to discuss the lawsuit but had been stopped by officials including the police at the hospital.

“All I know is Tuanku wants to return to the palace,” Gobind replied, sidestepping a question on the chances the Kelantan ruler would be allowed to go to Singapore.

The sultan’s youngest son, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, was briefly detained by police last night after he issued a media statement over the failure to send his father to Singapore.

It is understood police had also detained two doctors and five palace guards.

Raja Perempuan dilayan macam ‘lembu’, Gobind bawa ke Parlimen

KOTA BARU, 5 Mei — Dakwaan Raja Perempuan Kelantan, Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid, yang ditarik dari kereta seperti ‘lembu’ akan dibawa ke Dewan Rakyat, bulan depan.

Peguamnya, Gobind Singh Deo memberitahu perkara itu kepada The Malaysian Insider ketika dihubungi lewat petang ini.

“Ya… saya diberitahu tentang perkara itu, tapi sekarang ini saya tak boleh komen panjang mengenainya lagi sebab saya perlu tumpukan dulu pada tugas saya yang datang hari ini iaitu untuk sediakan afidavit,” katanya.

“Saya mesti kena jaga etika peguam,” katanya yang turut berada di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian mengulas laporan Malay Mail hari ini berhubung perkembangan krisis Istana semalam.

Sementara itu akhabar Utusan Malaysia pula melaporkan Tengku Anis dilayan seperti penjenayah ketika mereka menghalang baginda berdua daripada berlepas ke Singapura.

“Belum pernah sepanjang umur saya Tuanku dilayan semacam penjenayah. Mengapa mereka tergamak buat macam ini sehingga mengejutkan Tuanku sendiri?” katanya.

Kemuncak krisis istana semalam dilihat semakin meruncing apabila keberangkatan Sultan Kelantan ke Singapura untuk rawatan susulan kesihatannya dihalang dan hanya dibawa ke Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia Kubang Kerian.

Tengku Temenggong, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra pula dibawa ke Ibu Pejabat Polis Kelantan tetapi meninggalkan premis itu tiga jam kemudian.

Baginda berdua dipercayai ditahan oleh anggota polis dari Unit Tindakan Khas kira-kira 100 meter dari Istana Mahkota semasa dalam perjalan ke lapangan terbang untuk berangkat ke Singapura, lebih kurang pukul 7.30 petang semalam.

Sehubungan itu Gobind berkata selaku Ahli Parlimen beliau akan membawa isu itu ke sidang Dewan Rakyat.

“Saya akan bawa ini sebagai isu pada sidang dewan nanti.

“Dan kita akan minta Ketua Polis Negara, Menteri Kementerian Dalam Negeri ulas perkara ini, terangkan kepada rakyat apakah ini imej anggota di bawah jabatan atau kementerian berkenaan ketika melayan atau melakukan sesuatu tindakan.

“Tambahan pula, tindakan mereka itu adalah tindakan ataupun layanan ke atas kerabat diraja.

“Selain sebagai seorang peguam, saya juga sebagai wakil rakyat sudah semestinya harus peka terhadap perkara-perkara yang semacam ini yang melibatkan konsep kemanusiaan,” ujarnya.

Hari ini Gobind dihalang menghadap Sultan Kelantan dan Raja Perempuan untuk disediakan afidavit dipercayai ekoran isu semalam.

Nuke plant plan 'premature and unbalanced'

By FMT Staff
KUALA LUMPUR: Klang MP Charles Santiago has slammed the federal government's decision to approve a nuclear power plant in Malaysia.
He described the government’s decision as “premature and unbalanced”. He has also drawn attention to the fact that decision was made without public debate and consultation.
Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Peter Chin, when announcing the decision, was quoted in the media as saying that the government was not eager in debating (the issue) with critics.
Chin said the Economic Council had approved the nuclear power plant based on the fact that “Malaysia was too dependent on coal and gas and that although nuclear power could be costly at first, it will eventually provide more cost-and energy-efficient supply once operational”.
Chin also claimed that nuclear energy was renewable and the only long-term viable option, a view that Santiago dismissed.
“Actual renewable energy comes from the sun, wind, water and plants... the minister should stop believing that nuclear energy is 'renewable'.
“Also, Malaysia has several factories working on world-class solar panels. The government should focus on utilising this capacity from Malaysia.
“I call on the minister to have an open and forthright debate with me on this urgent matter of national interest,” he said.
According to Santiago, the nuclear industry had a tainted track record.
“It is extremely spotty on matters of safety, efficiency, cost and its environmental impact,” he said, adding that last year a top official in charge of British nuclear safety issues had admitted to a five-year cover-up involving regulators of a nuclear plant situated 50km from the centre of London, which had been leaking radioactive waste for 14 years.
“The Malaysian government still has a strong policy in terms of official secrecy, as such there is reasonable justification to fear the results of the combination of secrecy and poor safety culture,” he said.
TNB being irresponsible
On the astronomical start-up cost involved, Santiago said the government was distracting the public by telling them nuclear power plants had low operational costs.
“But nuclear plants incur massive cost for safe decommissioning and the disposal of waste. In fact, financing for decommissioning is often poor or non-existent even in the United States.”
He accused Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) of being irresponsible when it reportedly said last year that it was ready to operate a nuclear power plant despite not having a proper waste management plan.
“It is fundamentally irresponsible to go ahead with nuclear power without detailed assessment and discussion on the impact of nuclear waste.
“The people need to know where and how the waste will be disposed of.
“Malaysians have the right to know of the risks involved when dealing with nuclear energy, but the federal government has made all its decisions at the Cabinet level without consulting and debating the issue with the public,” he said.
He reminded the public of the Asian Rare Earth case in Perak, which reflected the federal government's lacklustre track record in dumping radioactive waste on poor communities.
Confusing signals
Santiago also lashed out at the government for sending a confusing message over the nuclear plant.

He said that while Chin had said that he had been given approval by the Economic Council to identify suitable locations, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak however stated that he wanted a comprehensive study on it.

“If a "comprehensive study" is required before embarking on nuclear, then why has the Economic Council given the go ahead,” asked Santiago.

“Either the prime minister and his ministers are operating on different policy blueprints or else this talk of comprehensive study is meant to assuage and distract the public when a policy decision has already been made,” he said.
Not in Selangor, says MB

In SHAH ALAM Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim said that Selangor will not support any move to set up a nuclear power plant in the state.

He said the state government has decided against the idea after weighing the pros and cons of such a move.

“We also studied other options. There are other alternatives to setting up a nuclear energy plant,” he said.

Khalid was of the opinion that the nation could for the time tap on existing energy resources, such as solar power.

“There is no need for the state to support any move to develop nuclear energy. We have also decided not to allow the construction of a nuclear power plant in Selangor.

“We don’t see a necessity for nuclear energy when we can draw on solar energy,” he said.

Najib wants feedback

Meanwhile, in another development, Najib said that he would like to find out public opinion on the future of electricity generation in the country, especially the use of nuclear energy.
"Are there alternatives not yet considered that could firmly establish Malaysia as a global green revolution leader?" he asked in his blog www.1malaysia.com.my.
Najib said that as such, the government was undertaking feasibility studies on nuclear energy use for electricity generation.
"I am eager to understand better and to know the findings. If we press ahead with nuclear (power), 12 to 15 years could elapse before energy is produced using small reactors," he said.
The prime minister said nuclear power was arguably efficient and cost effective, but the question was whether it was the right one for Malaysia.
"Of course, if we do go down the nuclear energy route, we would not be alone. And this is why we are looking around globally to learn from other countries and take note of the advancement in technology of this industry/sector," he said.