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Friday, May 14, 2010

Zaid: The change starts here

Hindraf’s P.Uthayakumar fights and wins unprecedented judgment for Malay in police custody death

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Victim – Mohd Anuar bin Sharip

Case – K.L High Court Civil Suit (SI-21-61-2000)

Place & date of death – Police lock up in Rawang – 19.8.1999

Date of Judgment – 20.10.2009

Lawyer for victim – P. Uthayakumar of HINDRAF/HRP

Judgment – see annexed document.

After 10 years of waging a war against death in police custody, P. Uthayakumar, the counsel for Anuar Sharip was able to obtain a judgment in favor of a Malay, irrespective of what most would brush aside and state that it is one off for the much maligned human rights lawyer, in his cause against death in police custody.

Anuar was a PKR member died after ten days in detention. His wife, Suzana Aris, an oppressed Malay who works as a cleaner, and son, wanted justice and approached P. Uthayakumar who took up the case on a pro bono basis. That Anuar was a PKR member did not deter Hindraf as an injustice is an injustice, and that they will fight for justice for all Malaysians.

It is an unprecedented case and it took a good ten years for a lawyer who have been subjected to such criticism for his battle in highlighting police custody deaths, Indian issues and dilemma on the basis of racism, yet here he battled for a Malay and his family.

Over the ten years that this case lasted, the Suzana Aris attended all court hearings, the 7 year old son has grown up and is now 17 years old, and the grandmother unfortunately passed away without seeing that justice has been obtained.

Over the years too the wife has become an exemplary victim of oppression, and attended several Hindraf protests and court hearings of Indians killed in custody to show her support. Today Anuar’s family is thankful that there was someone who she could turn to when in need when all others shunned her!

In fact this is the very first police custody death case handled by P. Uthayakumar. No Malay lawyer, PKR lawyer or NGO took up this case. We have to ask why! The family approached Hindraf as a last resort since there were no takers.

The second custody death case taken up by Hindraf was the second post mortem of Ho Kwai See, a coconut seller, who died after 8 days in detention. We have to ask, has been been any Malay or Chinese lawyers who took up case of Indians who died in police custody? Who is the racist now?

And this case is also unprecedented in the fact that for the very first time the courts have awarded compensation for the police custody death, setting a precedent. Syabas to the judge!

Only now over the last couple of years everyone has been so gung ho about deaths in custody, became self reflective on the sliding scale of the institutional governance, yet it continues to serve only as “kopi kedai” gossip, as deaths at present are of the worthless Malaysian Indians with their branding as gangster, kaki botol, vagrant and any negative connotation possible that can be justified within our purported multicultural society.

Whenever an Indian issue is raised it is classified as racist and not as a community issue, even when it is the truth and reality. Indian issues are ‘parochial and racist issues’ whereas Malay and Chinese issues are ‘national issues’ warranting continuous coverage by the media and politicians alike. Arguments and petty justification such as why only Indians and not other races is a mundane affair if one cannot recognize the reality for the Malaysian Indians in the ground, and spelling out those facts would be an insult to a common Malaysian.

The tenacity and arduous battle that started over 10 years against an oppressive government is above race, religion or color as seen above but rather depicts that the battle is fought for the truth and unfortunately it just appears that that someone have to fight for the poor and poverty stricken Malaysian Indians as there is no one there to fight for them other than for a political will as seen by both the UMNO government and the opposition.

R. Shan

(Human Being)
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Najib: No help for 'easy buck' Malay businessmen

By Muda Mohd Noor - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today issued a stern reminder to Malay entrepreneurs that his administration would only help those willing to work hard, and not those looking to make an easy buck.

He said non-Malay businessmen will be upset if the government take away their rights because they had worked hard for it.

However, he said these businessmen would not be angered if the government helps the Malays based on merit.

“This is why the government helps companies with the potential to succeed and also capable entrepreneurs. We must help those who deserve it.

“Through the New Economic Model, we have helped based on merit and this has proven to be effective,” he said at the opening of the 2010 Malay Entrepreneurs Convention.

The convention, organised by the Malaysian Malay Chamber of Commerce, is being held at the Putra World Trade Centre here.

Stressing the importance of reputation and business acumen, Najib said there were Malay entrepreneurs who get government contracts, but pass them on to others.

“We give contracts for football fields and community halls, but the kampung folk complain to me that it is a shoddy job,” he said, adding that reputation must take precedence over profit.

134 AP applications

The prime minister also revealed that 134 Malay entrepreneurs had applied for APs (approved permits) to import vehicles even after stipulated time frame.

Najib said that some of these applications were sent to the Prime Minister's Office as well.

“It is very easy to become rich in the AP business as one AP can net you a profit of RM30,000. Some do the business in the right way, and others don't... there is not even a showroom,” he added.

The prime minister also advised the Malays not to venture into an overcrowded business sector, pointing out that Malaysia now has 30,000 Class F contractors, the highest in the world.

“The problem is giving out projects... the government allocation is limited, we may be able to do it for a year or two due to the stimulus packages...but after that?” he asked.

He said as entrepreneurs, it was incumbent upon them to hone their business skills and enhance their knowledge.

"Lack of knowledge and business skills is not only prevalent among the Malays but also among the non-Malays; sometimes even family-run businesses can collapse upon reaching the second generation.

"And there are government-linked companies (GLCs) suffering massive losses. Meaning, it's not just about the individuals.

“We must look at such weaknesses in terms of the need to enhance business and entrepreneurial skills. Please equip yourself with these skills," he said.

Dr M says No to nuclear and Sibu

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad is against the setting up of nuclear power plants in the country.

The 84-year-old former premier said he is opposed to anything involving nuclear energy, except for medical use.

“This is because scientists have not fully understood the power of nuclear material... it will be there for about a million years, so once you activate uranium or whatever, you cannot deactivate.

“So we have the problem with nuclear waste. In America, they paid the Red Indians (native Americans) to bury nuclear waste in their reserves.

“And in Malaysia, we do have nuclear waste, and perhaps the public is not quite aware of this... we had to bury the 'amang' by-product from tin-mining... we buried it very deep in Perak with concrete but the place is still not safe,” he said.

Responding to a question, the former premier said he did not know the exact location.

“Maybe it's a national secret but I know for a fact that they had to bury this activated material,” he said.

However, Mahathir said he would not be able to stop the present government if it insisted on constructing a nuclear power plant.

“During my time, I stipulated no nuclear power plants to be built in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mahathir also told reporters that he would not be campaigning for Barisan Nasional in the Sibu by-election, because he is “useless in Sarawak”.

“I don't think I have much influence there. Here I have some. That's why I went to Hulu Selangor. But not Sarawak, I'm useless there,” he said.

Dayaks upset over being continuously overlooked

By Pushparani Thilaganathan - Free Malaysia Today

SIBU: Cabbie Randi was angry. “RM18 million for Chinese schools? They don’t need it, they are rich and they don’t care,” he spewed, adding that the Iban loyalty had never been valued as much.
“We have 110 longhouses, most don’t have piped water or electricity. Giving them RM18 million would guarantee a lifetime of loyalty,“ said Randi in reference to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s announcement on Wednesday of financial aid for 67 schools in the Sibu parliamentary constituency.
They included RM10 million for 60 national-type Chinese schools, RM5 million for five private Chinese secondary schools, RM2 million for Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sacred Heart and RM1 million for Sekolah Kebangsaan St Mary.
An Iban from Kanowit, Randi is both amazed and angry at Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat’s obsession with gaining Chinese votes.
“I cannot understand this obsession. Even from (late) Robert Lau’s days, he only won because of the Malay and Iban support.
“SUPP (Sarawak United People’s Party) and DAP knows this. They have admitted this,” said Randi, a father of four and a former farmer.
The Chinese make up 66.7 percent of Sibu's 54,695 voting population. The Malay/Melanaus, Iban, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulus make up the rest.
While the Dayaks (collective word for Ibans, Bidayuhs ands Orang Ulus) have been touted as kingmakers, their worth in the eyes of the political leaders pale in comparison to the Chinese here.
“If we are the deciders than all SUPP and DAP need to do is look after us well.. Both they don’t. Elections come and go but we don’t exist,” added Randi.
“Some Ibans are very, very poor compared to the Chinese, yet they don’t see us,“ he said adding that he did not expect Najib’s visit to the RH Sebastian Onggoh’s longhouse in Rejang valley yesterday to bring any immediate change.
“He gave the schools RM18 million... but pledged development under the 10th Malaysia Plan for the longhouses which currently have no proper roads, water or electricity,” he added.
This sentiment is shared by almost most Dayaks whom FMT spoke to yesterday.
A close race predicted
Najib was recently on a two day visit to Sibu with the hope of swinging Chinese votes. The Sibu by-election on May 16 remains unpredictable at this point.
The by-election sees a three-cornered fight between BN's Robert Lau Hui Yew, DAP's Wong Ho Leng and independent Narawi Haron, a retired serviceman.
A quick poll of opinions among cabbies and traders along Jalan Lanang here last night showed a 50:50 possibility of a win for either party.
A teacher, who was among about 100 people at a DAP ceramah last night went so far as to say that it could be anything between 1,500-2,000 votes margin going either way.
“It’s not much at a loss. If DAP losses with this kind of a margin, it is something to celebrate,” he said.

Mix and match: An amalgamation

mirror-says-2AT the recent Barisan Nasional retreat at Janda Baik in Pahang, the Sungei Besar Umno chief, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, claimed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak ordered all Umno leaders to attend activities organised by races other than their own. The aim was purportedly to win support for the coalition, principally from the Chinese community and also to prevent leaders from being confined along racial lines but to allow mixing and matching.
Unfortunately, this directive has given the impression that thus far, few of the leaders have practised positive integration. Many will be asking whether after 53 years of independence, we are more fragmented than before.
Others will be appalled to know that leaders have to be 'told' to 'attend activities organised by other races'. This surely is a sad indictment that past policies have failed to achieve what they set out to do – the interaction of the various races that make up multicultural Malaysia.
Perhaps it is also time to ask: are the Umno leaders unable to think and act on their own, to reach out to other members of the community who aren't Malay? Can they be so helpless?
najib-khirtoyo-umnoWhen we elect our leaders, we do expect them to act in our best interests and for the good of this country. We anticipate leaders who are proactive, not ones who have to be mollycoddled or those who have to be instructed to integrate. One would have thought that in a country such as ours, the need to know your neighbour and your fellow citizen would come naturally, and is uppermost in our minds to promote community spirit.
Fortunately, many Malaysians already practise integration of their own – Malays, Chinese, Indians and the other races do happily exist as neighbours, friends or work-colleagues. But sometimes, it is the hand of politics that causes much anguish as more walls are put up between various races in the name of religion or education.
So were Umno leaders misled or did their own spin of being the superior race exclude them from others? It is a bitter pill to swallow for the coalition to discover that Malaysians believe Umno is above reproach and their leaders are inaccessible. It is worse to find this out the hard way, through the results of a by-election.
The losers are the citizens of this country. After 53 years of independence, we still do not know the meaning of being 'one'. We started off united against the British but have ended up fighting amongst ourselves. This is not the legacy the Tunku left us.
However, it is never too late to salvage our nation. So if the prime minister has to instruct our leaders to be more inclusive, then so be it. In the final analysis, it is Malaysia that is more important.

The Battle of the Boing (Boyne)

By batsman

An ancient battle was fought in Ireland a long time ago in which the English roundheads whacked the Catholics. In modern times, this rubbery battle was re-fought every year by a celebratory march of the descendants of the victors through the neighborhoods of the descendants of the vanquished in a cruel rubbing of virtual salt into the virtual wounds.

So it is that blood continued to be spilled for nearly 800 long years because the wounds refuse to heal.

This practice of the celebratory march in Ireland was only stopped recently and apparently the violence has slowed to a trickle as a result. Hopefully, it will stop altogether in the near future.

But the story does not end here. Apparently, half a world away, an attempt to revive this practice of celebrating massacres was tried. Maybe it is because we learn so much from the English. Our own devilish satans owe such a great debt to devilish English satans.

Had they succeeded, the rubbery battle would have bounced all the way from Ireland to Malaysia – boing, boing, boing, boing, boing - making Malaysia which is full of rubber trees its true home!

Luckily, a combination of factors including sensitive by-elections made the rubbery bounce a dull dud. So it is that the lucky citizens of Malaysia owe a huge debt to elections and to the people giving voice against conspiracies of violence.

Apparently, the appointed organizers of such copycat celebrations of massacre got instructions to cancel the whole thing at the last minute. So it looks like a conspiracy after all with powerful mysterious figures pulling the strings. It was all set to go – only the timing was lousy.

So if there is a lesson to be learnt from this sorry episode, it is that people should value elections and value their vote. A second lesson is that people should be courageous enough to give voice against violent conspiracies.

Having said that, I think people should at the same time not respond to provocation. Had the celebration of massacre gone ahead and people responded badly to such provocation – who knows – 800 years of hatred against each other may yet be our inheritance for learning from the English?

Perhaps Malaysians are already well aware and my pessimism is uncalled for. After all, Malaysians did not respond badly to provocations such as burning of the churches, vandalism against mosques and Sikh temples, trigger happy cops, etc. Still, it may be expected that as each provocation fails, the conspirators will resort to more and more provocative acts at the same time accusing some ill-defined “others” as extremists.

I think it is time to stop them before they introduce madness into Malaysia – all because these mysterious figures want to cling to power and enjoy ill-gotten gains. Vote them and their prostitutes and drunkards out please!

May 13 rally: Perkasa boss slams 'racist' Soi Lek

By Rahmah Ghazali

PETALING JAYA: Malay pressure group Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali is disappointed that the May 13 “Melayu Bangkit” (Rise up Malays) gathering in Kuala Terengannu has been postponed.

The independent Pasir Mas MP also singled out MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek as topping the list of “selfish” politicians who have blown the issue out of proportion.

Speaking to FMT, Ibrahim said the objective of the rally, which was slated to see the presence of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad as well, has been misinterpreted.

“It was to be held in a stadium and the speakers were supposed to present their papers. Besides, Mahathir was to make the keynote address, focusing on various Malay issues.

“This was meant to be a peaceful event and had nothing to do with racial riots,” he added.

The rally was called off following criticisms from both sides of the political divide on the ground that it would coincide with the 41st anniversary of the May 13, 1969 racial riots.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim accused the MCA president of being a “racist” for urging Umno leaders not to attend the rally as it went against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia concept.

"It is those who make such statement who are racists. Look at Chua, he has been meeting Chinese NGOs and making all kinds of demands. But when others do the same, they are considered racists," he said.

The salvo against Chua did not stop there, as Ibrahim accused the MCA leader of attempting to win over the Chinese community with such tactics to overshadow his “moral issues”.

Previously, Ibrahim had told FMT in an exclusive interview that Chua, who was embroiled in a sex scandal, should quit as he is morally unfit to lead the party.

Ibrahim also saw nothing wrong with the initial plan to hold the rally on May 13 (yesterday).

"What is wrong with that? If the event intends to unite the Malays because they are the majority in the country, why not?" he asked, adding that “dark episodes” are commemorated in other countries as well in order to serve as a deterrent.

"Some countries commemorate the Nazi massacre, Israel's invasion of Palestine or the Serb's attack against Yugoslavia. They commemorate the dates so that such things do not happen again," he said.

Mahathir to give it a skip?

Meanwhile, Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat (Gertak), the main organiser of the rally, will meet next week to decide on a new date and venue for the event.

The movement's president Razali Idris said Gertak prefers to keep a low-profile on the issue for now since there was so much “fitnah” (slander) regarding it.

"The Malays were upset and angry when the event was postponed and Mahathir said he might not come. Actually, the politicians (who are against the event) have ignited the racial fire," he told FMT.

"Besides, the May 13 (riots) was not our main topic. We only wanted the Malays to reunite like the way we did before independence," he said, adding that the date was chosen "out of convenience".

"We have been wanting to hold the event since January and (Gertak and Mahathir) finally agreed to hold it on May 13," he explained.

Razali also defended Gertak's intention to unite the Malays, saying this had nothing to do with politics despite his position as the Marang Umno deputy chief.

"I even invited PAS state representatives in Terengganu. It is just a coincidence that I am an Umno member. Even some people in Umno don't agree with my action, arguing that this will scare the non-Malays.

"But the Chinese here (in Terengganu) were also interested in the programme and we would not have chased them away if they had wanted to take part," he said.

Women and the NEM
PETALING JAYA, 13 May 2010: The New Economic Model (NEM) needs a clearer focus on women if it is to meet its goals of making Malaysia a high-income, inclusive and sustainable economy, a Universiti Malaya gender studies lecturer said.
While the NEM mentions empowering women and investing in childcare, Assoc Prof Dr Shanthi Thambiah said there had to be more concrete measures for poorer women. These women, she said, comprised the bulk of low-wage workers earning less than RM1,500 a month.
"The bottom 40% of low-income households are largely women, single mothers or female heads of households whose husbands are in prison or on drugs. A lot of poor women would want to work but they can't because they can't afford childcare," Shanthi said.

The NEM notes that 80% of households earn less than RM3,000 a month. Of this, the bottom 40% earn less than RM1,500 a month.
Shanthi was speaking at a 12 May 2010 public forum organised by Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) and the LLG Cultural Development Centre on the NEM and its challenges.
She said if Malaysia were to be a high-income nation, it was logical to empower women by increasing their participation in the workforce. This could be done by investing more in childcare services, especially for the poor, and in better policies like longer maternity leave.
Empowered to work
"We should look at what other high-income nations have done for their women. These countries have households with dual income because the women are empowered to work. They have better maternity and childcare, and as a result have stronger participation in the labour force.
"Whereas here, the rate of women in the workforce has been relatively constant for almost 30 years," she said. Their participation was 45.7% in 2008, 47.2% in 2000, 47.8% in 1990, and 44.1% in 1980.
"If the government is serious about 6.5% growth, it must look at women as a growth factor," Shanti said.
The NEM targets an annual growth rate of 6.5% for the next 10 years to reach high-income status. Malaysia's growth has been at 3.2% yearly since 2006.
Citing research by both the World Bank and in the United Nations' Human Development Reports, Shanthi said a 20% increase in female labour participation can grow a country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 3% to 4%.
Shanthi observed that Indonesia, where economic growth is higher than Malaysia's, has more women in its workforce compared to  Malaysia.
Additionally, in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Index 2009, Malaysia dropped five places to 101, surpassed by Indonesia at 93. Malaysian women scored well in educational attainment, but low in economic and political participation.
"[Indonesian] women are actively creating wealth while we are suppressing ours, despite educating them in large numbers. We are not getting much returns from investing in their education because we don't see the links between their power to contribute economically and having strong policies on childcare and maternity," Shanti noted.
The panel at the forum
She said a lack of quality childcare was the main obstacle preventing more women from joining the workforce.
It was also time to integrate childcare with early education to develop children's intelligence at an early age, she stressed. She added that the focus should be on investing in childcare for poor families and not the rich.
"European countries are beginning to look at childcare models which integrate early childhood education, because studies have shown that intelligence in children is developed before the age of seven."
The benefits of quality and easily available childcare and early education would be two-fold. It would firstly encourage more women to work, and secondly, it builds future human capital, Shanthi said.
"There would be little use for affirmative action later on by giving a poor student a university placement if he [or she] finds it difficult to succeed because of being disadvantaged early in life.
"The poverty trap begins in the early years. If the government wants to address inequalities and build future talent, it should look at kids as young as three."
Shanthi noted that past government policies in expanding childcare services have not really taken off. She hoped more details on policies for women would be revealed in the next stage of the NEM's unveiling. So far, only the plan's framework has been made public.
Other speakers at the forum were Lee Chee Sung, executive director of the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC), which crafted the NEM, and Universiti Malaya's Prof Dr Edmund Terence Gomez. Also present was former Penang Gerakan state exco member Dr Toh Kin Woon, who now heads the Socio-Economic and Environment Research Institute and the LLG Cultural Development Centre.
Shanthi, Gomez and Toh felt that the NEM's 10-year timeframe to achieve high-income status was too short a period for structural reform. But they also said the plan was probably the first time the government had so openly allowed public admission of the many problems facing the economy. These included corruption, rent-seeking and political repercussions in removing ethnic-based quotas.
Speakers and comments from the floor also noted the lack of labour union perspectives in the NEAC. Concern was also expressed about whether the NEM's objectives could be realised without change in current political ideology or a total regime change.

Peguam Negara dan Pendakwaraya Berbohong


By Martin Jalleh

The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Sarawak’s oldest political party, knows that it would be in real political hot “supp” (soup) if it loses in the coming by-election in Sibu.

The PM who recently received a slap in the face by the Chinese community in Hulu Selangor will have to turn the other cheek if the Chinese who are the majority in the Sibu constituency fail to support SUPP.

This helps to explain why the second coming of Najib (to Sibu) which just took place was so necessary. The PM descended on Sibu like a savior determined to deliver its citizens from the evil Opposition by offering the Chinese a slew of expensive gifts.

You do not need to make an educated guess why Najib presented the Chinese educationists and others allocations totaling RM18 million.

Though it was not a very educated thought, many outside Sibu could not help but wish that the days of their own MPs on earth would be few so that they too can enjoy the PM’s saving grace.

The PM’s message was very simple: “You help me, I help you” or to be more accurate: “You help me, I will help you by giving you back your money!” In other words: “Please help me to bribe you with your own money!”

He also said: “”It won’t cost you anything to give us what we want. We will do what we should to give you what you want. And you know what I want.” It was yet another example of “education being ‘prostitutionalised’ in the name of political gains” (Dr Azly Rahman).

But in the BN where there is political gain, there is no shame!

Many in the audience were close to tears when they heard Najib’s motherly plea: “As prime minister, I want to deliver. And trust me, I shall definitely deliver (to the people of Sibu)!” For so long the Federal Government has treated East Malaysia as though it is not their baby. Will it abandon Sibu after Najib’s delivery?

Najib even starts his buy-election sojourn on a spiritual note by witnessing a procession (albeit only three minutes) which was held in honour of Tua Pek Kong, one of the major Chinese deities worshipped in Bolehland. The gods are watching, PM, but then Najib has gained deity status close to the God of Prosperity after giving away RM18 million.


Coming back to SUPP, with its very own political survival at stake, the party is bent on SUPPlanting (supplanting) the DAP’s growing popularity and scudding the soaring rocket! It has decided to follow Umno’s style of scare tactics, saber-rattling tricks and sinister theatrics.

It resurrects a silly and archaic ploy which even the MCA has shelved.

In order to achieve their strange “Don’t want change: Want Reform” objective, SUPP employs the BN mantra “One vote for DAP is one vote for PAS and an Islamic State”.
Ironically its candidate Robert Lau Jr proudly professes: “I belong to the new generation”!

Why does SUPP not wait close to polling day to bring out its secret “killer weapon”? According to Lim Kit Siang it is because SUPP strategists are panicking. One can only laugh as one traces the steps that lead to SUPP’s desperate efforts to SUPPvert (subvert) the DAP/PR campaign.

Sensing the sentiments of the predominantly Christian population in Sibu, DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng from the very start of his campaign revealed that one of his key issues which he would seek to address and try to solve if elected would be the ban on non-Muslims’ use of the word “Allah” by the BN government.

On 7 May, DAP leaders in Sibu held a closed-door dialogue with some 60 church officials from the constituency on issues such as the Allah ban, the printing and distribution of the Al-Kitab, and the impounding of bibles from Indonesia by the Customs Department.

There were church leaders who still remained unconvinced with the government’s assurance that Christians in Sabah and Sarawak would be still be allowed to use the word “Allah”. This is understandable considering that the assurance came from Nazri Aziz (see “Martin Jalleh, Nazri Aziz – the Minister of Lies” on Google).

Only common sense would suffice for one to come to a simple conclusion that the “solution” to the Allah issue by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department is sheer stupidity! Can we have separate rules for Semenanjung and Sabah/Sarawak? It will reduce 1Malaysia further to one big joke!

Wong asked Robert Lau to make a stand on the Allah ban. Lau kept silent for a while and then sneered at Pakatan leaders for bringing ‘national issues’ into the by-election. The councilor of the Sibu Municipal Council must have forgotten he was campaigning to be a Member of Parliament!

Lau continued to sidestep the issue by sermonizing on religion being a personal thing (then why deprive the Christians of their personal right to worship God in the language they choose to?) and that the Allah row should not be brought into the campaign to avoid mixing politics and religion.

“Religion is personal relationship between yourself and God, let us not politicise that…Politics deals with human, social issue not so much about divinity… We don’t politicise religion, this has not happened in Sibu. Religion is divinity, politics is humanity.”

Alas, Lau makes a “lausy” (lousy) and lame Christian with his narrow, nebulous and naïve definition of religion. Whilst there are personal dimensions of faith, there are also social dimensions that require Christian believers to live and take their faith into the public and political arena.


Having failed to preach and promote their pietism, personalized salvation and faith being a purely private affair Lau and his cohorts resorted to pathetic attempts to portray the DAP and its partnership with PAS in a poor light, thereby contradicting themselves and stumbling over each other’s statements.

SUPP Sibu publicity secretary Daniel Ngieng who dramatically told the Opposition to “please leave religion out of politics” and not to try to apply “peninsula politics to poison Sarawak” contradicted himself by religiously challenging the DAP to either declare their support for (peninsula-based) PAS and their dreams of an Islamic state or leave
the Pakatan Rakyat!

Lau, who very ironically and proudly claimed that “I’m my own man” and “we cannot just harp on old issues” jumped on Ngieng’s bandwagon and parroted SUPP Sibu chief Wong Soon Koh’s declaration that a vote for Rocket and DAP/PR candidate is a vote for PAS and an Islamic State – which is not only an old issue but a non-issue!

SUPP president George Chan fell into his own trap when he accused the DAP and PR of playing a “very dangerous” game by mixing religion with politics. When questioned about SUPP’s campaign tactic in equating a vote for DAP with a vote for PAS and its vision of an Islamic state, he sidestepped the issue saying “it is unrelated”!

“We are not discussing a religious issue, we are just saying that we don’t want PAS or an Islamic state,” Chan continued to crow, clown and crap. What about the Islamic State which Najib had declared on 17 July 2007? It is an Islamic State which non-Muslims do not feel very safe in whether alive or dead!

Will Chan challenge the PM to state that Malaysia is a secular, and not an Islamic, state or will he continue to lead SUPP in supine and servile submission to Najib and Umno?

The truth be told, there is really no need to fear PAS. Many Christians (Catholics in particular) in Shah Alam voted for the PAS candidate Khalid Samad, who was overwhelming acknowledged when he visited the Church of the Divine Mercy in his constituency to thank the Catholics there for their support!

Further, PAS’ stance on the Allah issue has been clear, consistent and courageous. No party has engaged in inter-faith dialogue with the Christians as much as PAS. MP for Parit Buntar and PAS National Unity Committee chairman Dr. Mujahid Yusuf Rawa for example spoke to capacity crowds in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Penang), the
Church of the Immaculate Conception (Penang), the Church of the Nativity (Butterworth), Church of St Anne (Bukit Mertajam) and St Louis Church (Taiping).

The PAS/PR paranoia which SUPP is desperately promoting becomes even more preposterous when one considers the fact that in the Bukit Gantang by-election last year, 85% of the Chinese voters in Kuala Sepetang voted for the PAS candidate Nizar Jamaluddin and in the recent Hulu Selangor by-election, 82.5% of the Chinese voters in Rasa
voted in support of the PR candidate.

Could it be that SUPP’s soap opera is also a desperate way to deflect the attention of the rakyat in Sibu from the party’s internal bickering and infighting caused by factors such as the discontent of its Bidayuh members, problems related to the Engkilili and Dudong branch and the Lau Hieng Ding controversy which resulted in the Foochow community wanting to overthrow Chan?

It will only be a matter of time when the public discovers the reality of SUPP’s supposed unity. Will the people of Sibu “sup with the devil”? The SUPP (soap) opera continues for a few more days with the Police playing a SUPPortive (supportive) role!

'Biar mahkamah bela kematian'

Berita Harian

SHAH ALAM: “Saya tidak akan berkeras untuk terus menyuruh polis meminta maaf, lagi pun anak saya sudah tiada (mati),” rintih Norsiah Mohamad, 60, ibu kepada Aminulrasyid Amzah, 15, remaja yang mati terkena tembakan polis dalam satu kejadian di Seksyen 11, di sini, akhir bulan lalu.

Beliau menyerahkan kepada mahkamah untuk membela kematian Aminulrasyid, sekali gus membersihkan nama anaknya itu dari dilabel sebagai penjenayah.

“Sebagai ibu, saya ada hak membela kematiannya. Itu hak dia (polis) hendak cakap apa sekali pun, tetapi saya ada hak juga dan saya sudah buat apa yang patut dibuat.

“Bila saya tengok surat khabar, semua kenyataan polis menyakitkan hati. Apa lagi saya hendak buat dan saya tidak mahu cakap apa-apa lagi. Jadi kita serahkan kepada mahkamah untuk putuskan siapa benar, siapa salah,” katanya ketika ditemui di rumahnya di sini, semalam.

Kelmarin, Ketua Polis Selangor, Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar menegaskan pihaknya tidak perlu meminta maaf kepada keluarga remaja itu seperti diminta kerana polis tidak pernah melabelkan Aminulrasyid sebagai penjenayah seperti yang didakwa keluarganya.

Khalid sebaliknya berkata, polis mengesyaki mangsa melakukan jenayah ketika kereta dipandu remaja itu dikejar polis.

Ketua Polis Negara (KPN), Tan Sri Musa Hassan pula enggan melayan permintaan keluarga Aminulrasyid kerana khuatir mendatangkan implikasi dari segi perundangan berhubung kes itu.
Sebelum ini, keluarga Aminulrasyid memohon Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan Musa meminta maaf kepada mereka terutama ibu mangsa, atas apa yang berlaku.

Bapa saudara Aminulrasyid, Kamaruddin Hassan, berkata walaupun berterima kasih dengan pendakwaan terhadap seorang anggota polis peronda terbabit, keluarga mangsa meminta KDN dan Musa mencontohi tindakan Ketua Polis Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Osman Salleh, meminta maaf daripada seorang remaja berusia 17 tahun, Mohd Azizi Aziz, cedera diperut akibat ditembak polis apabila mangsa enggan memberhentikan motosikalnya, minggu lalu.

Keluarga Aminulrasyid juga merayu polis membersihkan nama Aminulrasyid daripada dilabel penjenayah.

Sementara itu, peguam keluarga itu, N Surendran berkata, permohonan maaf dari polis bukan perkara utama keluarga Aminulrasyid, sebaliknya mahu pihak berkuasa menyiasat dan meneliti beberapa kenyataan polis sebelum ini yang dilihat mengelirukan.

"Banyak kenyataan mengelirukan oleh polis seperti dakwaan Aminulrasyid ada undur kereta dan persoalan benar atau tidak terdapat parang dalam kereta yang dipandu oleh remaja itu," katanya.

Polis terus mainkan peranan sebagai agen Bn sabotaj jentera rakyat

Terbukti di Hulu Selangor bagaimana PDRM memainkan peranan cukup baik sebagai agen Bn untuk mensabotaj jentera kempen KEADILAN. Bahan kempen yang dicuri ditemui dalam balai polis. sila klik sini untuk baca lanjut.

Kali ini di Sibu berlaku lagi. Secara terang Polis menyerbu dan mencuri sekurang kurangnya 200 keping VCD terbitan KOMAS yang secraa jelas dikeluarkan secara sah tetapi oleh kerana kandunganya tidak menguntungkan Bn maka PDRM telah mencurinya. Kenyataan Polis selepas mencuri VCD ini iaitu akan tengok dan siasat adalah sesuatu yang amat melucukan. Rampas dulu baru nak siasat ???? sila klik sini untuk baca 200 VCD di curi Polis.

Bakun claims 1.5 jobs, untold $$’s, a white elephant that will trample us all

It appears that one and a half people lost their jobs yesterday due to the Bakun Dam. I reckon DS Zubir of Sime Darby can take care of himself for now. What about the other one?
Remember Chou Z Lam? The guy who spoke up after Joshua Wong about political interference?
After clocking in to work this morning, Chou was told by RTM human resources director Mohd Shafiq Abdullah that his one-year contract with the government-owned TV station would be terminated effective today.
“Shafiq said that my contract was terminated immediately due to budget constraints. He was polite and thanked me for my contributions,” said Chou told Malaysiakini.
Following this, Chou said he had to surrender his RTM employee tag to Shafiq, who then instructed two police officers to escort him to collect his effects before showing him the door.
Seriously. Was there a need for two cops to escort Chou?
I would have been pissed as all hell, but Chou? Not only did he have nice things to say about his Shafiq, but:
Asked if his termination is related to his exposé over political interference, Chou replied: “I’m absolutely positive about it”.
It’s inspiring to see Mr. Chou walk out of there with his head held high, and more importantly – his integrity intact. I hope I would have the bravery to make those kinds of decisions.
In one of his neverending Tweets, the MP for Kota Belud (in response to Nik) talked about how we needed the power the Bakun Dam would generate.
I replied asking about all the excess power that YTL and other such IPPs generate, that NOBODY uses :P Somehow, I don’t think we’re short on power generators for now.
If so, why all this cost overruns on the Bakun Dam? Why pushing so hard for a project that will probably damage so many lives.
Already one job lost, another at stake over this project, but that pales in comparison to the many livelihoods in Sarawak that may be damaged due to this dam (the very subject of the documentary that got Chou fired)
, the environmental cost, and from what we’re seeing – the massive corruption that seems to be surrounding this project.


By Athi Shankar - Free Malaysia Today

GEORGE TOWN: A Penang-based NGO criticised the state government for embarking on populist schemes rather than implementing constructive policies for the people.

The Marginalised People’s Action Group committee member Md Salleh Yahaya accused the state government of being a Pakatan Rakyat administration without a people’s agenda.

“The Pakatan Rakyat state government is keen to score political points through populist schemes and politicking with BN.

"It seems not to be interested in carrying people-orientated programmes, especially for the marginalised communities,” alleged Md Salleh.

Md Salleh, who is also president of the Kampung Melayu Tanjung Tokong Residents Association, said the RM100 handout to senior citizens and setting up of a Public Speaker’s Square in Esplanade were examples of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's populist schemes.

Md Salleh alleged that Lim’s administration had thus far not implemented substantial and constructive policies to upgrade the standard of living of Penangites.

He said that the government could have focused on developing housing schemes for marginalised communities, especially Malays and Indians from the lower income bracket and should have implemented a better, reliable, efficient and affordable public transport system.

The government should have also upgraded public amenities and facilities, and infrastructure, and created more job and business opportunities.

Instead, said Md Salleh, it had been keen to approve high-rise apartments and condominiums and commercial projects, which would only benefit a few rich elite and their foreign workers.
'Penangites voted for change'

“Why do we need so much posh projects in Penang, like the proposed international convention centre. Such projects don’t benefit ordinary people,” said Md Salleh.

He said when Penangites voted for a change in the 2008 general election, they wanted a change in political approach, policies and attitude.

However, he lamented that two years on, Penangites see no difference between the current Pakatan government and the previous BN administration.

“Penangites wanted a change from a pro-corporate concept to a pro-people approach. But we have yet to see it,” said Md Salleh.

He said the flattening of Indian traditional village, Kampung Buah Pala, and the imminent demolishment of Tanjung Tokong Malay village as examples of Lim’s pro-corporate approach.
He said both cases demonstrated the state government’s incompetence in safeguarding the people’s rights, interests and benefits.

“Until today, the state government had failed to initiate constructive steps to resolve both issues amicably,” said Md Salleh.

He said he was disappointed with the performance of both Pakatan and BN representatives at the recently concluded assembly sitting.

He chided them for wasting public resources by engaging frequently in politicking rather than raising and debating issues affecting the people.

“It was a shame that both political sides regularly traded political jibes and even racial slurs that did not benefit the people at all,” said Md Salleh.

NGOs demand reconciliation commission

Red Shirt leader shot, protester killed as Thai unrest continues

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- Violence erupted during anti-government protests in Thailand Thursday as one demonstrator was killed and a key protest leader was shot in the head while being interviewed by journalists.

Tension soared amid the sound of explosions and gunfire and an anarchic mob atmosphere in downtown Bangkok's Lumpini Park, where protesters had massed.

Video footage showed one protester dead on the pavement. There was also footage of Red Shirt movement leader Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol lying on the ground, dressed in camouflage, as frantic protesters attempted to move him and get help.

Tom Fuller of the International Herald Tribune told CNN he was among those interviewing the renegade general -- better known as Seh Daeng, or Red Commander -- when he was shot.

One of the more radical leaders in Thailand's wide-ranging protest movement, Khattiya appeared to be bleeding from a head wound. Footage from the hospital showed medics covering his face as he was brought in on a stretcher amid a throng of media.

He was in critical condition, his guards said.

While it was unknown whether Thailand's military or government was behind the shooting, the government has previously made it clear it would shoot at what it called armed terrorists. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A policeman who saw Khattiya's wounds told CNN that he might have been shot by a sniper.

Khattiya's shooting increased volatility on the streets. More gunfire rang out afterward, according to witnesses. It was not immediately clear whether they stemmed from Red Shirt retaliation.

The Thai news agency MCOT said police reported 20 people were wounded Thursday.

The violence erupted after Thai authorities set a new deadline to seal off the Bangkok intersection where protesters have gathered by the thousands for the past month. Officials had said soldiers would seal off roads and shut down rail service leading to the Ratchaprasong intersection at 6 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) Thursday.

However, the road on the park's eastern border remained open as of about 8 p.m. A few soldiers were present.

The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the formal name of the Red Shirts, greeted the government's announcement with defiance.

"We want peace but they want war," said Weng Tojirakarn, a party leader. "We will fight with our bare hands. We will stay."

Authorities had initially threatened to shut off power, cut supplies and seal off the intersection at midnight Thursday. They postponed the plan because they wanted to limit the impact on area residents, said Panitan Wattanayakorn, the acting government spokesman.

The Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation in Bangkok said it has now asked businesses in the area to shut down until the situation is resolved.

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The government said it has been forced to take action after demonstrators disregarded an ultimatum by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to vacate the intersection by Wednesday.

The UDD has turned the posh commercial center into a fortress of tires and bamboo sticks as they continued to demand that Abhisit dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call new elections.

The Red Shirts support former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006.

Spokesman Panitan said continuing protests by Red Shirts would affect the proposed election date of November 14. He said Abhisit had mentioned that the proposed date for the new election had been made with the condition that the Red Shirts stop their protests. "He never said he withdrew his proposal," Panitan said.

More than two dozen civilians and military personnel have died in police-protester clashes in the ongoing unrest.

Over the weekend, two Thai police officers were killed and eight people wounded in violence that began Friday night and lasted into early Saturday.

Race based mainstream and alternative media – ethnicity of victim matters in Malay-sia

For the 16th day in a row, both the main stream and alternative media kept pounding at the police shooting death of Aminulrasyid aminulAmzah and the injustices arising there from (See NST headlines 13/5/10 and The Star 13/5/2010 at page N 18), is the tip of the iceberg  of this media race bias.
This was almost the same scenario when Teoh Beng Hock was killed in the MACC custody. Such coverage is justified and we are happy for it.
But when the two Indian brothers were shot dead by the police sharp shooters in their shoot to kill policy as a means of reducing crime and when there were even eye witness that these were cold blooded killings, and the hundreds of such cases over the years, teoh beng hock both the mainstream and the alternative media may have at best given cursory coverage compared to given to Aminulrasyid and Teoh Beng Hock.
Why is this so? Pray tell us of one other country in the world which has media bias to this extent?
We can only deduce that the 53 years of UMNOs’ racism has spilled over to the media.
Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice
race 1 race 2
taiping brother taiping shot dead kugan 2

Maika Holdings shares: Government must bail out @ RM26.00 for every RM 1.00 shares @ RM1.00 increase per year.

In 1981 the Malaysian government granted PNB a favourable and low interest loan of RM200 Million for investments to uplift the living standards of poor Malays. (See Nmaika holdingsST 21/4/2008 at page 2).
1) PNB bought up land at token value, blue chip shares, golden chip shares and insider information based investment in land, banks, multi million ringgit giant Industries and Corporations Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMEs’) franchise industries etc.
2) PNB equity from RM540 Million in 1981 rose to RM76.7 Billion in 2008 today. PNB is the world’s largest and most successful unit trust that spread ownership to 8.9 Million Malay shareholders an increase to 10 times from 840,000 in 1981. PNB today controls Maybank, Sime Darby, MIDF, Island and Peninsula, UMW Holdings Since 1981,RM60 Billion was paid out to 8.9 Million Malay shareholders at an average of RM6,741.57 per shareholder(NST 21/04/2008 page2).
3) The net effect of this is the average of at least the sum of RM6,741.57 every year which is paid out per Malay shareholder.
4) In 1987 the government did a bailout on the 24 Chinese Deposit Taking Cooperatives (DTC) for 1.5 billion ringgit and paid out a ringgit for a ringgit to 588,000 members mostly Chinese within a snap of a finger.
5) Similarly Malay majority shareholding in BMF, Renong, MAS, Bank Bumiputera, Bank Rakyat, Syarikat Perkapalan, etc could all be bailed out for multi Billions on public policy grounds.
6) But why can’t MAIKA similarly be bailed out at RM26.00 per RM1.00 of the original shares 26 years ago.
In the circumstances we call upon the Malaysian government to bail out Maika holdings at RM26.00 per RM1.00 of the original share instead of the RM0.80 offer for the RM1.00 shares by Datuk Seri Nazir Razak. (See NST 13/5/2010 at page 4).
This is especially when about 80 percent of the investors held fewer than 6,500 shares each, indicating that the lower and middle income earners investment. In fact, thousand used their life savings, pawned their jewellery or took out loans to give Maika a sound start.
Secretary General (pro tem)


P.M Najib says “don’t look for excuses to hire foreign." But three million foreign workers bring down wages

url pm Prime Minister Najib says one thing but practices another. No serious effort is made to send home especially the illegal Indonesian workers (see Sunday Star 9/5/10 at page N 2). UMNO linked companies have millions and billions to lose if foreign workers are stopped from coming into Malaysia.
Further UMNO gets to make them citizens to increase the Malay muslim voting population and ‘ethnically cleanse”, especially the Indians, into oblivion.
Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice

PM Najib

Indian poverty leading to family tension further leads to high single parent rates

 url indian poverty
(See The Star 10/5/10 at page N 38).
The single parent rate among the Indians is 500% higher than in the Chinese community.
Instead of asking UMNO to create equal business, job and educational opportunities, MIC under UMNO’s directions diverts this issue by telling the Indians especially through the Tamil newspapers, Tamil Radio and TV 2 Tamil news, that Indians religious bodies must do something about the high single parent social problem. Not the UMNO government.
Would the Umno government tell the Malays to resolve their own drug problem?
“Dulu susah sekarang lagi susah”. Indian single parent and kids move from poverty to hardcore poverty
Poor but bright Indian girl’s ambition to be doctor, but unable to buy school workbook in prosperous Malaysia with world’s tallest Twin Towers.
S. Jayathas

Indian poverty

10 Indians families still denied piped water after 53 years of Independence

RM 120 million for Malay muslim MRSM, RM 3 million for Hulu Selangor Chinese school but only RM 5,000 by PKR for Tamil schools

URL 120 Yet again a PKR Indian Exco Mandore’s wayang kulit peanuts politics (SH 11/5/2010 at page 29).
Instead of piecemeal peanut grants, why not freehold land by this PKR Selangor state government for all the 98 Tamil schools in Selangor as the very first step? Allocation of land doesn’t cost a sen to the state budget as it is a off budget allocation.
End Mandorism
End Wayang Kulit politics
End peanuts politics
Stop insulting the Indians!
Hulu Selangor  KR Indian Exco Mandore’s RM 5, 326.00 per Tamil School. But RM 3 Million for one Chinese school. RM 120 Million for one Malay MRSM Trolak
UMNO-MIC illusion for failing to secure MRSM elite residential school for 817 7As’ scoring Indian students
UMNO: No MRSM for 825 Tamil school 7As’ high achievers but mere dictionaries given
Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice

 RM 120 million

UMNO cleans up Hindu cemetery, PAS demolishes Hindu cemetery.

URL UMNO CLEANS UP The UMNO Dengkil ADUN does a wayang kulit in cleaning up a Hindu cemetery but never gave it a permanent status by granting state land as was done for all muslim cemeteries, suraus and masjids.
But PAS which promised change in the 2008 March 8th general elections, but despite the residents and HRP’s strong protest, they demolished the Ladang Batu Pekaka, Kuala Ketil Hindu cemetery.
PAS for all muslims?
Hindu cemeteries are responsibility of UMNO and PKR state governments
Hulu Selangor Hindu Cemetary desecrated by PKR Selangor and PAS Kedah, but Chinese cemetery accomodated within UPM grounds
PAS to file more Indian mandores in next poll but demolishes hindu cemetary in the mean time
S’gor mandore MP: No land title for hindu cemetary from his “tuan” MB. No permanent solution. Only temporary reprieve.
P. Uthayakumar

umno cleans up

No Comment Because Facts Twisted, Says Samy

KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 (Bernama) -- MIC supremo Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu today refused to entertain questions from journalists over several thorny issues in the party, claiming that whatever he said would be twisted.

Samy Vellu's usual lively press conference was missing Thursday when he met the media after the party's monthly central working committee (CWC) meeting, and several queries from newsmen were met with a "no comment" reply.

nstead of firing on all cylinders, which is his usual style when answering questions from the media especially on touchy party matters, the former Works Minister opted to stay mum, raising eyebrows of the journalists, most of whom have been covering him for years.

"This is my new style. Because whatever I say is twisted. People draw all kinds of conclusion to whatever I reply. So, I have chosen to speak on important matters at the proper party forums.

"I am not against the media. I have always been known to be close to the media people. But when what I say is twisted by some, then I have to say the minimal and explain to MIC members what I want to tell them," he later told Bernama when met after the CWC meeting at the party headquarters here.

Earlier at the press conference, the long-serving MIC chief was asked for his reaction on the sacking of Petaling Jaya Selatan MIC division chief V. Subramaniam, popularly known as Barat Maniam.

"No comment," was his reply, starting off a series of similar replies to following questions.

Subramaniam was sacked by the party president yesterday for, among others, sending a nasty SMS to Samy Vellu telling him that the MIC did not belong to the MIC president or his family.

Then came the query about the proposed takeover of the party's debt-ridden investment arm Maika Holdings by port tycoon Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam, through a special purpose vehicle, G Team Resources and Holdings Sdn Bhd.

"No comment. This is a company's decision," was his short and stony reply, without even looking at the journalist who posed the question.

Yesterday, G Team Resources served a takeover notice to the Maika Holdings board of directors to acquire all its 125 million voting shares at 80 sen per share in cash.

Then came the cruncher from the reporter: "Will you step down in 2012?" Without even missing a beat, Samy Vellu fired back: "No comment".

Samy Vellu's presidential term expires in 2012 and the pressure is on the 74-year-old who became party chief in 1989 to vacate the seat for his current deputy, Datuk G. Palanivel.

The MIC chief also declined to comment on the action of K.P. Samy, a CWC member, who just after the meeting told journalists that he would initiate a defamation case against MIC Youth chief T. Mohan for calling him "childish" during the meeting.

While Samy Vellu's intention to stick to his new "no comment" policy would stop the "twisting" of facts, it would on the other hand heighten speculation on certain party matters, especially the transition power, which needs to be explained to the 630,000 MIC members.


Najib promises better living for rural voters

SIBU: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak visited a longhouse in the Rejang valley near here today and gave an assurance that the Barisan Nasional government is committed to improving the living standard of rural people, especially in Sarawak and Sabah.
He said the government was aware that rural people needed help to improve their lives and that only the BN had the capability to do this.
"The people living outside Sibu need to make a wise choice as to who would be their best candidate to represent them in Sunday's by-election in the parliamentary constituency in order to protect their future," he said when visiting and mingling with Iban residents of the Rh Sebastian Onggoh longhouse in Pasai Besai, about a 30-minute land journey from here.
Also present were Deputy Chief Ministers Dr George Chan and Alfred Jabu, federal and state ministers as well as the BN candidate in the Sibu by-election, Robert Lau Hui Yew.
Hui Yew is facing the DAP's Wong Ho Leng and independent candidate Nawawi Haron in the by-election, which has been called following the death of the incumbent, Robert Lau Hoi Chew.
"This by-election gives an opportunity to us to choose someone we can trust to change our lives for the better," said Najib.
On the BN candidate, he said Hui Yew was a highly qualified person with a strong desire to help others, especially people in the rural areas.
"He is my representative. Not any other person but Robert Lau Hui Yew, who is the BN representative," he said while describing Hui Yew as a person who was committed to the cause of helping people to progress.
Better basic infrastructure
At the function, Najib also said Felcra (Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority) would develop 6,000 hectares of idle native customary land in the area on a commercial scale following requests from the 2,500 residents of the longhouse.
The people living in the Pasai Siong area would also be getting better basic infrastructure once upgrading of the access road there was carried out under the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015), which cost RM34 million, he said.
"The government is making deliberations on this project in view of the huge cost involved," he said.
Najib added that the BN government had outlined a well-structured plan for progress in rural areas in consultation with the various state governments to ensure a better life for those who had been left out of mainstream development.
The longhouse's headman, Sebastian Onggoh, who represented 19 other longhouse headmen, said Najib's visit showed that the prime minister truly cared about development in rural areas.
A resident of the longhouse, Junai Bali, 68, who has six grandchildren, said she was very happy and proud because it was the first time a prime minister had come to visit them.
She hoped the government would provide them piped-water, 24-hour electricity and better roads.
The prime minister later joined civil servants working in Sibu for lunch at a hotel here before returning to Kuala Lumpur.
- Bernama

Politics and mosques: Report filed over BN banner

By Stephanie Sta Maria - Free Malaysia Today

SHAH ALAM: Blogger Abdul Rahman Abdul Talib, better known as Tulang Besi, filed a complaint with the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) today over Umno's purported use of a mosque in Hulu Selangor for political purposes during the recent by-election.
Jais had banned PAS spiritual leader and Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat from holding lectures in Hulu Selangor mosques during the by-election.
The department claimed that the order was in line with the Sultan of Selangor's decree that mosques should not be used for political purposes.
Recently, Abdul Rahman had published a photograph of an election banner on his Malaysia Waves blog, asking the people of Hulu Selangor to attend a special prayer at the Al-Rahimah mosque for Barisan Nasional candidate P Kamalanathan's victory.
"This clearly goes against JAIS' enactment," he told a press conference here.
"If (Jais director) Khusrin Munawi can take proactive measures against Tok Guru (Nik Aziz), then he should do the same with BN and Umno by investigating this matter.
“If the mentioned event didn't take place, then Jais should seek clarification from BN and Umno on why they used the mosque's name. If the event did take place, then Jais should take appropriate action against BN and Umno,” he said.
Abdul Rahman speculated that the banner could have significantly contributed to BN's victory as many voters would have viewed it as the party's advocacy of Islam.
He also challenged Jais to ban the teachings from two Islamic holy books which he said contains chapters on politics and 'jihad'.
“If Jais is serious about separating politics and religion, then they should place a ban on anything concerning this matter and not just when it suits them,” he said.
Abdul Rahman confirmed that Jais has accepted his complaint and will be contacting him within the next week for follow-up action.
Jais boss comes under fire
The blogger also hit out at Khusrin personally saying that he has insulted the PAS spiritual leader and disrespected the Majlis Agama Islam Kelantan (MAIK) which acknowledges Nik Aziz's authority to hold talks in mosques.
“Is Islam in Kelantan different from Islam in Selangor?” he questioned. “And who is Khusrin to prevent Tok Guru from holding talks in Selangor? Khusrin should have more self-awareness in matters concerning religion and Tok Guru.”
Abdul Rahman went on to call Khusrin a henchman of Umno, saying that Umno started the fuss over this ban and the Jais director is further pushing their agenda.
“If Khusrin wants to help Umno, he should start drawing his salary from PWTC (Umno headquarters) instead of the Selangor state government. Khusrin should remember that he is a servant of the people, not a servant of Umno,” he said.

Sodomy, the sequel: Asia Malaysia's opposition leader on trial

Another tawdry court case for Anwar

Mr Saiful has told the court that he went to visit Mr Najib, then deputy prime minister, at his house on June 24th 2008—two days before the alleged incident—to talk with him about his own troubles. That an ordinary citizen should have been granted such access has stoked suspicions.

The Economist

PUTTING an opposition leader on trial inevitably carries a whiff of politics. When that leader is Anwar Ibrahim, and the charge is sodomy, the same accusation used in 1998 to wreck his political career and confine him to jail for six years, the whiff becomes a stink. Mr Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, is playing a familiar role in “Sodomy II”, as the newest case is known. He is in the dock again, but in the court of public opinion it is Malaysia’s judiciary and its political masters who face the judgment of a sceptical nation.

On May 10th the defence began its cross-examination of a former aide to Mr Anwar, Saiful Bukhari. In February he testified that Mr Anwar sodomised him in a borrowed flat on June 26th 2008. In Malaysia “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, even between consenting adults. A conviction would automatically bar Mr Anwar from politics for five years and send his parliamentary coalition into disarray.

Mr Saiful, now aged 25, is the prosecution’s star witness. Karpal Singh, the doughty chief defence lawyer and an opposition MP, began by asking about Mr Saiful’s acquaintance with the prime minister, Najib Razak. Mr Anwar’s team claims that a political conspiracy has been undertaken to discredit him. The government denies it strenuously. But the circumstances of Mr Saiful’s accusation remain murky.

Mr Saiful has told the court that he went to visit Mr Najib, then deputy prime minister, at his house on June 24th 2008—two days before the alleged incident—to talk with him about his own troubles. That an ordinary citizen should have been granted such access has stoked suspicions. On the very same day, Mr Saiful went to see a police officer who played a key role in “Sodomy I”. Later, according to Mr Saiful’s testimony, he spoke by phone with Malaysia’s senior cop. How did he get the number? asked Mr Singh. Overheard it from Mr Najib, came the rather feeble reply.

Other questions touched on the findings of the doctors who examined Mr Saiful. Two days after the alleged molestation, they found no sign of penetration. Another doctor wrote that the witness had inserted a plastic object into his backside. “Nothing wrong with your anus. Why all this fuss?” asked Mr Singh, crossly. Challenged over the medical reports, Mr Saiful protested that he could not see his own anus. The judge concurred.

Malaysians have grown used to such smut in the courtroom. Mr Anwar’s first trial featured a crusty mattress that the prosecution said was stained with his semen, proof of sodomy. Mr Anwar was released in 2004 only after it was ruled that testimony against him had been coerced. Four years later, as Mr Anwar prepared to stand for office again, with hopes of toppling a shaky government, Mr Saiful joined his campaign as a volunteer. Whatever the merits of his complaint, it is hard not to suspect a political hand at work. Mr Singh seems determined to reveal whose.

The trial has proved a distraction for Mr Anwar. His party has suffered a string of defections and lost a recent by-election. Another by-election looms in the important state of Sarawak on May 16th. The trial has forced Mr Anwar to cut short his campaigning. He has managed to keep up his foreign jaunts though, staying on the international stage, and chiding Mr Najib’s government for having hired an American lobbying firm to raise Malaysia’s profile.

In 1998, when Mr Anwar was first taken down, his supporters thronged the streets. Reactions this time have been more muted. Foreign governments took a dim view of Sodomy I; America’s vice president at the time, Al Gore, said it “mocked international standards of justice”. Twelve years ago Malaysia was teetering on the brink of financial ruin, and nervous foreign investors looked to Mr Anwar as a safer pair of hands. Fearing a power grab, the prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, sacked his uppity deputy and imposed capital controls. This time Malaysia’s finances are in fairly good shape and it is the rich world that is fretting over deficits. It may find less to say about Sodomy II.

Sodomy III : How Mahathir screwed the Sabahans!

By Haris Ibrahim,

First, go read what straits-mongrel has to say HERE.
Let me quote straits-mongrel.
“Project IC, or more pointedly Project M, refers to the “allegation of systematic granting of citizenship to immigrants (whether illegal or legal immigrants) by giving them identity documents known as IC (identity card), and subsequently, MyKad” (Wikipedia). It is alleged to be a covert exercise with its roots in the early 1990s to alter the demographics of Sabah to make it more favorable to the ruling government and certain political parties…If true, Project IC is not merely about the story of a power-crazed government pulling all the stops to retain its position. It is about the social repercussions which hurt the state and the very people who were invited inside our borders…And it is not a Sabah problem, hermetically speaking. It is a Malaysian one. With a MyKad in hand, any person can enter Semenanjung. No New Economic Model is going to be far-sighted enough to handle that situation. We’ll be seeing the effects of all this in less than a generation”
Oi, straits-mongrel, quit larking about and say it like it is.
Foreigners in Sabah were given citizenship by BN under the stewardship of Mahathir to create a bank of voters for UMNO.
Ex-ISA detainee Hassnar Ebrahim,
Photo from Mkini
in an interview reported in BERNAMA, exposed a Malaysian identification card (IC) scam known as Project IC in Sabah.
Malaysiakini reported that the powerful KadazanDusunMurut (KDM) Task Force in Sabah want “Hassnar  to be held accountable for his admitted role – which he “regrets” – in placing 15,000 illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls after 1985″.
Malaysiakini also reports that Hassnar has also publicly alleged several times that other operatives committed the same offence for 135,000 illegal immigrants between 1970 and 1985.
Two days ago, Malaysiakini reported that Dr. Chong Eng Leong, who has been fighting a lonely battle to ‘shame the federal government into admitting that MyKads have been issued to illegal immigrants in Sabah’, has given up.
“The federal government continues to hide behind blanket denials. My successful court battle in Likas in 1999 – and book, Lest we forget’, are a matter of public record.”, Dr. Chong is reported to have said.
Notes of proceedings in the Likas election petition case that went before the High Court in Kota Kinabalu
That court battle that Dr. Chong speaks of culminated in a decision by Justice Muhammad Kamil Awang, declaring the Likas election in 1999 null and void. For those of you who would care to read the judgment in full, the same, in PDF, is linked below.
Likas case
I would urge you to take time to read this judgment in full as it is a damning testimony of the absolute travesty that the Elections Commission has become.
If you do not have the stamina to plough through the entire judgment, at least read in entirety from pages 172 to 181.
One of the grounds raised in the petition in court, in disputing the Likas election results of 1999, was that the Election Rolls 1998 which were used in the state election in March 1999 for the Likas Constituency was illegal as it contained the names of non-citizens and persons who had been convicted for possession of fake identity cards.
Let me share with you some telling findings by the learned judge,excerpted from his judgment.
“It is public knowledge that the presence of a large number of illegal immigrants in Sabah has been for quite some years, and that there are numerous cases of illegal immigrants who have been registered in the electoral roll as voters using fake identity cards or identity cards illegally obtained. This is of grave concern to the Sabahans in particular, and in general to all Malaysian citizens” – paragraph d at page 173 of the judgment.
“The SPR has to face the truth. The 4,585 objections in List A were cases of persons having dubious identity cards or persons who had been convicted of having fake identity cards. The people who raised the objections were exercising their rights as citizens, and it is unthinkable that the SPR should shut-off the objections in List A without a public inquiry. It is a constitutional wrong for SPR to have rejected the objections outright. More importantly, it is wrong for SPR to allow non-citizens and disqualified persons to be on the electoral roll as voters. It appears that the certification of the electoral roll for the 1998 Likas Constituency by SPR ultra vires the Constitution and is in fact illegal” – paragraph g at page 175
“How easily many of the immigrants, Filipinos and Indonesians, had obtained citizenships in this maner, ie, through their applications for identity cards, was well illustrated by the testimony of Asainar b. Ibrahim @ Hassan, (PW11), a former District Chief for Bandar Sandakan from 1982-1985″ – paragraph f at page 177
“The instances of non-citizens and phantom voters in the electoral roll as disclosed at this trial may well be the tip of the iceberg. “Phantom”, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, 9th edn, means a form without substance or reality; a ghost; a specter, and in the context of a phantom voter, it means that the voter is a non-citizen who is in an electoral roll by virtue of a fake identity card or identity card obtained illegally. It cannot be denied that the registration of voters in the Likas electoral roll was in contravention of the law. No one, including the government department or institution, is above the law” – paragraph h at page 178
“It appears that the SPR had deliberately or knowingly sent those letters (exh. P21 and P22) that prohibit the holding of a public inquiry (except in cases of death or loss of eligibility). No one knows the reason or the rationale for doing so, this is best known only to the SPR. It is obvious that the SPR’s lack of action in holding a public inquiry in the face of the objections is unacceptable. Therefore the certification in December 1998 of the electoral roll for Likas Constituency was not bona fide. The failure of SPR to maintain an electoral roll in accordance with the law makes the electoral roll illegal. Such is the case in the 1998 electoral roll for Likas Constituency (N13). I would in the circumstances, uphold the petitioner’s petition that the 1998 electoral roll for Likas Constituency (N13) was illegal” – paragraphs c, d and e at page 179
Dr Chong also said that ‘former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in particular had a lot of explaining to do on the matter but chose to remain silent despite his name cropping up regularly in court cases, books and media reports’.
“…Dr Mahathir is very vocal on many issues but when it comes to the issuance of MyKads in Sabah, he’s petrified to the point of complete silence. Dr Mahathir is the key to this whole MyKad puzzle in Sabah involving illegal immigrants and the extraordinary population increase in the state.”
Dr. Chong’s suggested solution : kick BN out in the next elections so that a new state government can initiate a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the issuance of MyKads to illegal immigrants.
This low-life of a former Prime Minister almost lost the UMNO elections in 1986-1987 ( some say he in fact lost but, in true Mahathir fashion, cheated and pulled through with a margin 0f 43 votes ) and decided that his political survival, henceforth, was never to be left to chance.
So with the birth of UMNO Baru, the party constitution was set so that practically no one could garner enough nominations to ever challenge him again.
His presidency in UMNO secure, he now had to make sure that his Prime Ministership and UMNO’s reign could be secured by an unassailable bank of voters.
And Sabahans today must pay the price for this man’s insane quest to hold power!
I was told, when I was in Kota Kinabalu for the SABM forum in March, that many Sabahans fear that today they are outnumbered by Mykad-holding foreigners.
Yes, thanks to Mahathir, these Mykad-holding foreigners will now have a greater say in who runs the state and, through their representation in Parliament, the fate of our nation.