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Monday, June 14, 2010

Nik Aziz: Being likened to Gandhi is ok, head of PR not ok

KOTA BARU: PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat does not want to be the No 1 leader of the opposition coalition should it win the general election.

He said that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Anwar Ibrahim is the one most suitable for the job.

"I don't want to be the No 1 man although someone has have proposed it. I've always said that Anwar is the most suitable person because he has passed the physical and moral tests.

"If people appoint me, I will give it to him," he told reporters after opening the 11th symposium of the Malaysian Society of Applied Biology here.

He was asked to comment on a call by a delegate at the PAS muktamar last week that he be appointed Pakatan Rakyat spiritual leader because of his integrity and success in helming Kelantan for 20 years.

On the remark by a delegate that the Indian community likened him to India's revered leader, Mahatma Gandhi, Nik Aziz said that was alright but he could not accept the post of supreme leader of the opposition coalition.

- Bernama

Prove RM2m claim or zip up, Anwar told

By Rahmah Ghazali - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Former PKR MP Zahrain Mohamed Hashim today challenged Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to show evidence that those who deserted PKR received RM2 million.

Interrupting Anwar's speech on the 10th Malaysia Plan in Parliament, Zahrain likened the issue to Anwar's failed promise to take over the government on Sept 16, 2008, with the help of defections.

"This is the first time that I am challenging Permatang Pauh (Anwar) to show evidence that we received RM2 million each to resign from the party. If you think you want to be a hero, please prove it," he said.

During the PKR congress in Kota Bharu two weeks ago, Anwar had alleged that the PKR MPs who quit the party and turned independent had been paid RM2 million by Barisan Nasional.

However, Zahrain and the other ex-PKR MPs such as Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal), Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (Bagan Serai) and Wee Choo Keong (Wangsa Maju) had cited lack of confidence in Anwar's leadership as one of the main reasons for quitting.

Meanwhile, another independent Zulkifli Noordin (Kulim Bandar Baru) was sacked from the party for refusing toe the line.

Anwar: I'll do it at the right time

Despite Zahrain's attack, Anwar remained calm and maintained that he had documents to back his claim.

"I don't need to answer this, Mr Speaker. However, I would like to congratulate Bayan Baru (Zahrain) now that he has a nice house and a new car.

“The whole of Penang knows about this, everyone knows," he said.

An irate Zahrain reiterated that the opposition leader furnish proof, but the latter replied that he would do so when the time is right.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the other ex-PKR MPs later, Zahrain said: "If he does not have proof, he should shut up.”

Former MIED CEO ordered to surrender passport

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court today ordered former Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) chief executive officer P Chithirakala, who faces three cheating charges, to surrender her passport to the court pending disposal of the case.

Judge Azizah Mahamud made the order after hearing submissions from deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Chithirakala, 39, who represented herself.

Azizah said the decision was made on the ground that the MACC had received a report from the investigating officer, Fikri Abdul Rahim, that Chithirakala had intention to abscond and evade trial.

She said the prosecution had succeeded in proving that Chithirakala had intention to jump bail based on the affidavits and reports filed earlier. However, she said, the court could still consider it if the mother of two applied for the return of the passport to go overseas.

Chithirakala, 39, is charged with cheating former MIC secretary-general M Mahalingam, 74, who was a director and signatory of MIED Sdn Bhd, by deceiving him into signing three cheques for a total of RM4 million on Jan 9 and 30 and May 3, 2007.

Each offence carries a maximum 10 years jail and whipping and liability of a fine on conviction.

Azizah also fixed June 28 for mention to enable her to engage counsel after her three counsel - Saseedharan Menon, Prem Shandar and B.Muralidharan - discharged themselves.

Chithirakala was later seen handing over her passport to the court interpreter.

- Bernama

New palace: Direct contracts due to 'safety'

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid - Free Malaysia Today

FULL REPORT KUALA LUMPUR: The contracts to build the nation's new palace worth RM811 million were awarded directly to three companies, said Deputy Works Minister Yong Khoon Seng.

He told Parliament today that after "consulting the private sector", the government had decided to award the contracts to the three companies.

Yong cited "safety" reasons for the decision to award the contracts directly.

This runs contrary to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's vow to award government contracts through an open tender process under his New Economic Model.

The new palace construction in Jalan Duta is currently underway.

Yong said the construction was divided into three categories: the main complex, the public space including parking lots, and road upgrades around the palace

The contract for the main complex and the public space worth RM650 million had been awarded to a company named Maya Maju Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile the sub-contract to upgrade roads worth RM130 million and RM32.5 million were awarded directly to Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd and Kejuruteraan Kenari Sdn Bhd.

Taiping DAP parliamentarian Nga Kor Ming blasted the government for the lack of transparency when awarding the contracts.

He also demanded to know why the cost had ballooned by 100 percent since it was announced by then Works Minister S Samy Vellu in 2006.

100 percent cost inflation

In a statement issued immediately after the announcement, the first-term MP questioned the rationale behind the direct awarding of the contract.

"According to the Treasury rules, any award or procurement of government contracts worth more than RM200,00 must undergo an open tender system. The contracts to build the new palace did not meet this criteria," said Nga.

Nga also said he was shocked by the 100 percent cost inflation within five years.

But Yong in his reply defended the move to award the contracts through direct negotiations because the construction of the new palace was "special".

He also said the cost of the new palace was cheaper compared to other palaces as the land on which the new palace is to be built on was cheaper.

"The land cost RM670 per square feet, whereas it was sold at RM1,000 per square feet in other states like Selangor, Kedah and others where the palaces are situated," he said.

MIED 'can be sued' for alleged mismanagement

The Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) can now go ahead and sue its chairperson and eight trustees for alleged mismanagement, resulting in financial losses.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court judicial c ommissioner Mah Weng Kwai allowed ex-MIC Youth chief A Vigneswaran's application to name MIED as the plaintiff in his proposed suit.

Vigneswaran, who is an MIED member, had sought leave under Section 181A of the Companies Act 1965, which stipulates that parties that want to be named on behalf of the company as plaintiff in a suit can only institute it with the leave of the court.

On April 14, the court rejected the MIED's preliminary objection to Vigneswaran's application for leave to commence the suit.

His counsel, A Vasanthi, told reporters that the court allowed Vigneswaran's application on the grounds that there was a prima facie case against the MIED's trustees and other wrongdoers.

She said her client had 30 days to file the writ of summons.

In his proposed suit, Vigneswaran named the MIED, the party's educational arm, as the plaintiff and its chairperson and eight trustees as the defendants.

- Bernama

Malaysia upgraded in human trafficking report

Hishammuddin commended his ministry’s officials for the status improvement. — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Malaysia has been upgraded to Tier 2 from Tier 3 in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2010 to be released this evening by the US Department of States.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today he was informed of the new ranking in a letter from the US Embassy.

“This is recognition to all our efforts. I would like to congratulate KDN (home ministry) officials and our secretary-general,” he told reporters in Parliament.

Malaysia was downgraded to Tier 3 from Tier 2 in the same report last year.

It resulted in the strict enforcement of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act in 2007 to prosecute traffickers, and protect and rehabilitate the victims to improve Malaysia’s status.

Under the TIP, Tier 1 countries are those whose governments fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards, while Tier 2 countries are countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

There are also those who are on the Tier 2 watch list, where they are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards and:

a) The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing or;

b) There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year or;

c) The determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional future steps over the next year.

Tier 3 countries are whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.

Mahathir: Only cowards sue critics

By G Vinod
PETALING JAYA: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has taken a swipe at politicians who file legal suits against critics, calling them cowards.
In his latest blog posting, he says he will not sue author Barry Wain, who in his book 'Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times' writes that he misappropriated public funds when he was prime minister.
“I am leery of politicians who sue their critics,” he said.
“I suspect that what they want is to make the issue sub judice so as to prevent the critics from attacking them on the issue. This is a cowardly move and in fact proves that the criticisms are fully justified.”
He urges the public to be cautious of such politicians, saying they are prone to abusing their power.
He said a politician should be able to fend of criticisms without going to court if he is innocent.
Mahathir, during whose years in power a number of publications had their licences suspended or cancelled, says politicians who use the legal process to muzzle criticism are no better than a government that shuts down publications which are critical of it.

PAS steps on friends' toes with new wing

By Zainal Epi - The Malaysian Insider

COMMENT KOTA BARU: Things do not look rosy for Pakatan Raktyat in the next general election now that PAS has officially opened its doors to non-Muslims.

By establishing a PAS Supporters Congress, the party has given disgruntled Chinese and Indians who need a platform, a chance to continue their political struggles.

Although the members of this congress have no right to vote nor have a say in PAS policies, the platform is seen as a way out for them to show their displeasure for their former parties.

In setting up the wing, PAS aims to widen its support base, a move it first attempted in the 1980s but fizzled out due to lack of support and its image as an Islamic fundamentalist.

However, it has undergone a transformation. Ulamaks with skull caps and green robes have taken a backseat to young intellectuals wearing neckties, eating in hotel coffee-houses and speaking eloquent English.

Portraying a moderate face of Islam seemed to have paid off handsomely for PAS as in the 2008 general election, even non-Muslims carried the party’s flags on campaign rounds.

Given the change in the political landscape, and with the ruling Barisan Nasional component parties losing influence and credibility, the new wing is a judicious move.

By establishing this supporters; congress, PAS is now also seen as attempting to be the dominant force in three-party coalition of PAS, PKR and DAP that make up Pakatan Raktyat

It reaches out to ‘dissatisfied’ members of the partner-parties, especially when the seemingly dominant PKR is embroiled in a ‘credibility crisis’ from within.

The Indians in PKR have openly voiced their dissatisfaction at the party leadership and they are now looking for an alternative platform to continue their political struggle.

The Chinese in PKR, though not that many, are also having similar thoughts, and with PAS making available a platform, may just jump over without being accused of ‘selling out to BN'.

Tolerant face of Islam

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said members of the wing could contest the general election under the PAS ticket. This will not only benefit the individuals but more so to PAS.

The move is likely to affect unity and reduce the support base of PKR and even DAP as ‘quite a number of party members are angry at father-son hold on the party’.

DAP is worried PAS' open policies would erode its support from the Chinese while PKR also worries its influence among them would decline, and Indian support reduced drastically.

PAS, in its eagerness to widen its support base, is stepping on its friends’ toes but this is just a coincidence, and not a deliberate move.

Like PAS Youth central committee member Nik Abdul Nik Abdul Aziz said, the move was inevitable and competing for the non-Muslim vote was perfectly normal.

“By allowing a non-Muslim to contest under PAS' banner goes a long way to show Islam is tolerant,” he said.

Abdul Hadi, in leading the move, has also chosen to stay ‘silent’ this time around on PAS’ objective of setting up an Islamic state which it has been pursuing since its formation in 1955.

After all, as some say, politics is a game of the impossible and PAS is proving the adage right.

Khairy wants press law abolished

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
FMT ALERT KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today called for the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) to be repealed, breaking the ranks in the government's stand on the issue.
The Rembau MP said the powers to decide on media matters should be within the jurisdiction of the government proposed National Media Council.
The media council idea was mooted in 2000 under the then premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi government. It was meant to identify the weaknesses in the media and to ensure accurate reporting.

SAPP asks Musa to explain MACC probe

By Queville To - Free Malaysia Today

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman has been urged to explain reports that several persons allegedly linked to him have been questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to facilitate investigations into money-laundering activities.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) information chief Chong Pit Fah said the party had received many calls from both the concerned public as well as members of the state Barisan Nasional about a recent news reports on the matter.

Chong said the state government and Chief Minister Musa should give an explanation to clear the air. He also queried if the money laundering case was related to a RM500 million bond issued by the state government.

Chong said it was troubling to note that a huge sum of money was involved in the ongoing investigations when Sabah is known to be the poorest state in the country.

Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau on its June 11 report reported that eight people allegedly linked to Musa had been detained by MACC to facilitate investigations into cases tied to the high profile case of a businessman linked to Sabah Umno who was apprehended at the Hong Kong International Airport on Aug 18, 2006 with RM16 million in cash.

Another report suggested that the MACC had taken into custody a senior lawyer and others here in an operation last week.

Many myths of the Mahathir mafia

by uppercaise

Seeking might out of rights

Myth-making gets a new stage today when the postponed intimidatory May 13 rally organised by a devout idoliser of Mahathir Mohamad is held in Kuala Terengganu. The Mamak or Mamak Kutty (as he is widely and vulgarly known) will be there with a so-called keynote address, ready to clothe intimidation with cloying references to the uplifting of Malay society.
Postponed or not, there can be no mistaking the nexus between the original choice of date and that day of blood-letting in 1969 when Umno Malay political hegemony seemed to have shattered.
Nor can one overlook the nexus between the rally and Dr Mahathir, the person around whom this has been organised (the continuing references to his preferably-forgotten-ancestry aside) and his long-established politics of race-baiting.
That racist attitudes lie deep in Malaysian society is undeniable, as in the occasional flare-ups over Banggali, the now-forgotten suit to banish Mamak from the Kamus Dewan, and the all-too-frequent blarddy Chinaman or Oi Keling spoken in anger or annoyance. But these are of informal, personal, use and over time have begun to lose their pejorative sting.
Mamak stall is, indeed, idiomatic Malaysian English now; ma’chan and bhai might soon be, and Ah Long we would rather not encounter, whether in a dark alley or in daylight.

Privileges turned into rights

It is the formalised and institutionalised form of racism that should be of concern; to describe “special privileges” as a form of racism might be too uncomfortable, but use of the anodyne “affirmative action” cannot mask the institutions, systems and procedures set in place to discriminate on the basis of race — the essence of racism.
A constitutional provision that allowed 10 years of “special privileges” — from 1957 to 1967 — and constitutional recognition of the special position of the Malay people has been distorted through the 1971 New Economic Policy into 30 years of special privileges; in the aftermath of the NEP it has become a self-perpetuating form of self-proclaimed Malay rights.
Today’s rally by the Gertak movement is fundamentally about preserving and perpetuating those self-proclaimed rights. And at the head of that baying pack — a self-proclaimed Malay.
In essence both are myths, the self-proclaimed “rights” and the self-proclaimed “Malay”. Both have wellsprings in the constitution.
“Malay rights” was never part of the constitution, which speaks only of “special privileges” for the Malay people.
The myth of Mahathir the ethnic Malay rests on how the constitution defines a Malay person, and the inherent conflict with how our polyglot society accepts ethnicity, usually on patrilineal terms. Ikut bapa in other words.
Mahathir the constitutionally defined Malay is thus only a notional Malay to many, who prefer to view him as a Mamak or more accurately, a Kaka interloper.

(This is not to make light of the constitutional definition. After all, another constitutional provision at the stroke of a pen turned into citizens those born a subject of His Majesty King George VI or Her Majesty the Queen in the Straits Settlements or in northern Borneo.)
These myths might be largely ignored when the faithful gather to rally under the slogan Melayu Bangkit which could be translated as “Malays Arise” or more provocatively stated as a Malay Uprising.
The call for Malays to arise, the choice of May 13 on which to hold a rally, leaves little room to doubt that these were deliberate, and meant to be provocative, especially in the context of the current government’s stated aim to end race-based policies and racial quotas.
The organiser, Razali Idris, has dismissed such notions. He now says the date was a coincidence. He had also previously said it was the only date Mahathir was free. And also that it was Mahathir himself who chose the date.
Mahathir Mohamad is not a man to forego symbolism, or to ignore the significance of the date. Certainly not a man who was at the centre of events before and after May 13, 1969, and most certainly not the politician so often fond of reminding the non-Malay communities, at around May 13, that the country “did not want another May 13″.
Razali Idris thus sounds very much like one who prefers myth-making.
Especially when he now states that his organisation’s name, abbreviated as Gertak, only means a “connecting bridge” — in Terengganu Malay dialect — rather than the commonly-known meanings of “to frighten, to scare, or to intimidate”.

Chimera of ‘Malay unity’

He stretches credulity to its limits when he states that the 20,000 people he hopes to gather before Mahathir the constitutionally-defined Malay, under the slogan Malays Arise, are not an intimidating prospect and are only there to discuss “Malay unity”.
This fabled “Malay unity”, too, is a myth, a chimera, a beast of many portions that does not exist. Twelve general elections have proven that Malay people, like all people, hold different views and support a group, a party, or a team of their own choice, whether in politics or in football.
The reality is that Mahathir and his stooges seek only to perpetuate the myth that Umno is the only organisation of and for Malay people and by doing so continue a political hegemony based on race, institutionalised racism, and divide-and-rule-by-race.
Strip away all their myths and all that remains is a gathering of a minority of Malay people determined by sheer weight of numbers to force their views on public policy in the name of all the Malay people.
By choosing the bloody date of May 13, their protestations of innocence notwithstanding, they have stripped bare the myths of Malay power: that behind the myths lies merely a tawdry gathering of bullies, led by a grand bully himself, Mahathir the notional but constitutionally-defined Malay, swaggering pathetically as bullies do.
The boasting and the bombast cannot hide their faith in might, not right. For they are merely bullies. And that, too, is a meaning of Gertak.
© 2010 uppercaise

Ban Toto, Magnum as well, 'hypocrite' told

By Athi Shankar

BUTTERWORTH: Penang opposition leader Azhar Ibrahim has accused the Pakatan Rakyat state government of being a “hypocrite” over its ban on sports betting.

He said if Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was honest about wanting to ban gambling, then he should come down hard on all such activities in the state.

He added that while the state government has banned sports betting, other forms of gambling and vice continue to thrive in Penang.

“Why has the state government not banned Sports Toto, Magnum and Big Sweep? This is sheer hypocrisy,” he told FMT today.

Penang banned sport betting outlets following the federal government's decision in May to grant a sports betting licence to Ascot Sports, a company linked to influential tycoon Vincent Tan.

521 new licences for entertainment outlets

Meanwhile, Azhar said he once mentioned in the state assembly that Penang has become the country’s hub for vice activities.

Last year alone, he added, the state authorities issued 521 operational licences for new entertainment outlets.

Azhar claimed that these outlets encouraged vice activities, and this was evident when the police or other enforcement agencies conducted their checks.

“Many China and Indonesian dolls are detained in these raids. Drug processing laboratories are frequently uncovered and Penang also has gay clubs,” he said.

The opposition leader and Penaga assemblyman also took a swipe at the Persatuan Ulama Pulau Pinang, which called on Pakatan state governments to ban gambling.

Azhar, who is against gambling himself, asked why the association only raised this issue but remained silent on the new entertainment outlets which have mushroomed in the state.

“Gambling is bad. All religions prohibit it. But why just pick on this? If the ulama are serious about preaching religious values, they should call for a ban on all vices,” said the Penang Umno secretary.

PKR Allegation Of Crossover By Three Umno Elected Reps A Lie - Perak MB

(Bernama) Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir Sunday dismissed as a lie an opposition claim that three Perak Umno state assemblymen would join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) soon.

Dr Zambry, who is chairman of the Perak Umno Liaison Committee, said the allegation was designed to cause disunity in the state Umno which was gaining strength.

"They (the opposition) are trying to create issues at a time when their leaders are leaving the party one by one," he said when contacted by Bernama.

Dr Zambry was asked to comment on the statement today by Perak PKR Information chief Zulkifli Ibrahim that Perak Umno was facing a severe internal crisis which would result in three elected representatives to leave the party and join PKR soon.

However, Zulkifli had declined to identify the three assemblymen, saying discussions were still ongoing for their eventual admission into the opposition party.

Zambry "advised" Zulkifli to focus on harnessing humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza instead of trying to disunite the people in Perak.

Zulkifli had also said that the alleged crossover of the Umno assemblymen was expected to be announced by the PKR leadership at the right time.

"The three assemblymen are dissatisfied with Dr Zambry's style of leadership as he (Dr Zambry) gives priority to former PKR members who have joined the Barisan Nasional (BN)," he said.

He said the assemblymen had claimed to have had several meetings on the alleged crossover and had contacted PKR prior to the PKR congress last month.

“Is Chinese penis really that good?”

By Shanon Shah - The Nut Graph
Nabila Nasir (pic courtesy of Nabila Nasir)
Nabila Nasir (pic courtesy of Nabila Nasir)
IN part two of stories about those who have encountered the religious police, freelance writer Nabila Nasir, 25, recounts the harassment and extortion she and a now ex-boyfriend experienced at the hands of moral guardians in mid-2007.

The KL-born and raised Nabila says that until today, she has no proof that the man who claimed to be a religious enforcer was really one at all. Eventually, though, Nabila and her then boyfriend were allowed to go free without any charges. In this exclusive phone interview with The Nut Graph on 26 May 2010, she gives a blow by blow account of what happened.
The Nut Graph: Tell us what you were doing before the authorities showed up.
Nabila Nasir: Back then I was dating a Chinese [Malaysian] guy, who was studying in Sydney and came back during his break. He came over to my house one weekday, in Subang, to watch a movie on DVD. After the movie, we went out to have ice cream in Taipan. We were dressed very casually – I didn’t even bring my handphone or IC with me. After ice cream, we drove around and stopped at a park. We kissed a bit, and after five minutes a police car pulled up behind us. This was around 7pm, I guess.
In the car were three men — two in police uniform and one plainclothes. All three were Malay [Malaysian]. The plainclothes man said he was from the jabatan agama. When we got out of the car and I asked for his ID, all three said, “You are in the wrong now, so it’s not your place to ask for his ID.”

What did you say to that?
I said, “I know my rights.” When I said that, they asked my ex-boyfriend to order me to go back into our car. I didn’t want to, but I eventually did. They ended up taking my ex-boyfriend’s IC. I could overhear them telling him, “This is khalwat. Your girlfriend could be charged, and you would also have to go to court and angkat sumpah. Do you want to go to court?” Then they asked him for RM300.
I shouted from inside the car, “No bloody way!” I told my ex-boyfriend, “If anyone is going to get charged for khalwat, it’s going to be me and not you, so don’t listen to them!”
Caught off guard…
Caught off guard…
I couldn’t call any of my lawyer friends because I didn’t bring my phone with me. So I demanded to use my ex-boyfriend’s phone to call my friends and tell them what was happening. But then I realised I had not memorised any of their numbers. I pretended to dial the phone anyway. I could sense the officers getting scared when they saw me doing this and they continued telling him, “You don’t want to go to court and face the hassle.”
I was really losing my temper, but my ex-boyfriend kept telling me not to lose it, because he didn’t want to get into more trouble. The three men then refused to give him back his IC and asked us to go to the police station. I was like, “For what?” But I went eventually with my ex-boyfriend.

Why did your ex-boyfriend follow them, and why did you choose to follow them as well?
The thing is, they acted rough with my ex-boyfriend every time I started kicking up a fuss. I really didn’t want to go along, but I didn’t have my wallet on me, or my handphone, or my IC.

Which police station did they bring you to? Did they tell you if you were under arrest?
Bersih, cekap, amanah…?
Bersih, cekap, amanah…?
It was the USJ8 police station, and no, they didn’t tell us we were under arrest. At the police station, they then asked us for RM500 so that we could settle the issue right there and walk away. I said, “We are not paying you RM500.” But then my ex-boyfriend agreed to pay. But we didn’t have any money on us at that time. That’s when they asked me for my home address, and I said, “No bloody way.” My ex-boyfriend then decided to call his friend to borrow the money. I said, “No bloody way! That’s not the point!”
But then the officers all started threatening him again, telling him he couldn’t go back to Sydney, that they could do things to withhold his visa to re-enter Australia. In the end, my ex-boyfriend caved in and called his friend.

Did his friend come?
Not a fan, then? (Sepet poster depicting interracial couple)
Not a fan, then? (Sepet poster depicting interracial couple; source: Wiki Commons)
Yes, it took about 20 minutes for his friend to come to the station. While waiting for his friend, the officers started harassing my ex-boyfriend. They said things like, “Are you serious about going out with her?”, “Getting married soon?”, “You’re not scared of getting circumcised?”, and “Don’t you want to convert to Islam?”
Then my ex-boyfriend had to go to the bathroom and they started harassing me instead. They said, “Oh, your boyfriend is lucky to have a girlfriend with big breasts.” And then they said, “There’s no more shame in this world when Malay [Malaysian] girls can stoop to dating Chinese [Malaysian] men.” And then they asked me, “Is Chinese penis really that good?”

How did you respond to this?
I glared at the religious enforcer and said, “Yes, it’s delicious and I love it!”

And what did he say to that?
He was shocked into silence.
Then my ex-boyfriend returned from the bathroom and everyone was quiet for a while. He signalled at me not to make a scene. Then his friend arrived with the money, and he paid them off. They didn’t give us a receipt or anything, and told us we were free to go. As we were leaving, the religious enforcer said, “Don’t forget to invite us to your wedding.” I said, “Don’t forget to bring a RM500 ang pow.”

Has this experience affected you in any way?
It does make me a bit wary about where and who I hang out with now. I mean, I live in a condo in Bangsar now, and I’m always having dinner parties and some of my guests include men. But if any enforcers tried to intrude, I’d probably still try to fight them off.

The 10th Malaysia Five Year Plan : Old Wine in New Bottles – Part 3

Unlearnt Lessons from the Past: Where have we come from?

A brief review is in order to understand how the nation got to the precarious point best amplified by a Minister sternly warning that Malaysia is heading towards bankruptcy by the end of the decade.

Malaysia is more integrated into the global economy than many other countries of a similar size and at a comparable stage of development. Globalization is a fact of life. It has contributed both positively and negatively to Malaysian development. On the upside, integration with the global economy permitted the nation to prosper through trade and flows of FDI in the years prior to the East Asian Crisis of 1997. There was rapid economic growth, rising income levels, declining poverty and unemployment and a somewhat more egalitarian distribution of wealth. A contributing factor was the fact that Malaysia was blessed with a rich resource base – its forests and oil and gas. It had reasonably well functioning institutions in the form of an established public service, a modestly independent judiciary and institutions that measured well against those in other developing countries. The nation progressed despite creeping corruption, growing race polarization, authoritarianism and a general deterioration in the delivery of public services. The early 1990s saw a degree of deregulation and the privatization that gave momentum to modest reforms. The economic fundamentals were essentially sound with the budget largely balanced, and low inflation and robust growth. These outcomes occurred despite the constraints and distortions imposed by the NEP.

The 1997 East Asia crisis provided a rude awakening. Absence of accountability, lack of transparency and the growing cronyism, nepotism and the megalomaniac obsession with mega projects contributed to the creation of conditions that left Malaysia vulnerable to external forces. Capital flows that had sustained Malaysian growth reversed; the currency plummeted; the banking system was near collapse because of the portfolio of bad loans; confidence in the Government fell. The markets recognized these flaws and punished Malaysia. Compounding these factors was the adoption of authoritarian measures to silence dissent. The show trials of Anwar Ibrahim resulted in increasing the loss of confidence, both globally and domestically. The abuse of human rights and the destruction of judicial independence earned Malaysia the odium of the global community, to the extent that the Government had to resort to getting the private sector to bribe unscrupulous lobbyists in Washington DC to “buy” an entry ticket for the Prime Minister to visit the White House in an attempt to gain respectability. To boot, payments were made to third rate columnists to write op-ed pieces to create a synthetic image for Malaysia. Confidence declined and FDI flows began to plummet.

Malaysia survived and partially recovered from the East Asian crisis. Much of this was at a heavy cost. That cost included the adoption of an exchange rate that carried the seeds for the loss of competitiveness and the eventual importation of inflation to Malaysian shores. It included massive bail outs, a resort to unsustainable fiscal deficits, a growing debt burden for future generations to bear, and the diversion of resources away from the provision of public services and the effort to reduce poverty to feather the nests of a band of robber barons. To the extent that economic growth returned, credit must be given to the favorable trading environment. Yet the favorable circumstances were dissipated: Malaysia lost competitiveness over the past decade; FDI flows were reduced to a trickle; the stock market has under-performed virtually every other stock exchange in the region. Capital flight has reached levels that cause alarm. Outward FDI from Malaysia was RM 50.2 billion in 2008 and RM 27.9 billion in 2009 far exceeding the inflows. These numbers only reflect part of the capital flight. In addition to these, the sizable errors and omissions figure in the Balance of Payments incorporates an element of other parts of capital flight. The Human capital stock has been eroded as thousands upon thousands of Malaysian youths have left these shores to seek a living in distant lands in the face of discriminatory employment policies in both the public and private sectors. Paradoxically, while Malaysia is in need of a better skilled labor force to sustain growth, it is losing talent.

This then is the lost decade of the opening years of the new millennium. The rather bleak portrait painted above is not in dispute. There is some belated acknowledgement of these adverse trends on the part of the Government. Nor are the remedies difficult to find. What is wholly lacking is the political will to seek solutions by moving away from the distorting effects of the NEP. The Plan misses an opportunity to put right past missteps and to change course from the policies set in place by Tun Dr Mahathir in the aftermath of the East Asia crisis of the late 1990s.

The poisoned chalice that Tun Abdullah Badawi inherited when he took office in 2003 as the fifth Prime Minister has been passed on to Datuk Najib. It is disheartening that he is unable and unwilling to discard failed policies by matching his rhetoric to bold new policies. The launch of the 10th Five Year Plan is a missed opportunity. It is tragic that he has demonstrated his inability to exercise true leadership and to move the nation forward.

MCA Presidential Council To Submit Proposal To Protect Party's Assets

SANDAKAN, June 14 (Bernama) -- MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said MCA Presidential Council may soon come out with a proposal, to monitor and protect party's assets, to avoid being misused by any leader.

Dr Chua said two members from the Presidential Council, namely Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn and Chua Tee Yong, were tasked to study the implementation of such a proposal two months ago.

"This is to ensure the party's assets are not misused by any leader since the assets belong the party and not any individual," he told reporters after opening the Sandakan, Libaran, Beluran and Batu Sapi MCA Division's Annual meeting here last night.

He added that Dr Fong and Chua would table the proposal that would outline ways to monitor and protect the assets professionally, at the Presidential Council meeting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Dr Chua said Sabah currently had 35,000 MCA members and that the figure showed a positive acceptance level by the Chinese community in Sabah.

He added that with an increase in membership, he would meet Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, to appeal for more MCA representation in district and town councils.

Perak Crossovers, Internet Access

Over the next few days little to no internet access :( sorry guys. But will be back home soon.
In the meantime, crossovers in Perak? I have to concur w/commentors at MK. If we do gain a majority, better to dissolve the whole State Assembly. Even I a bit jelak of this katak2 :P :)
I’ll see you soon, Malaysia :)

Slovenia sneak win to go top

The Slovenian team celebrates
Robert Koren's 79th-minute goal handed Slovenia a 1-0 win over 10-man Algeria on Sunday in Polokwane for their first-ever FIFA World Cup™ victory. Following the US and England's 1-1 draw the night before in Rustenburg, the Slovenians jumped to the top of Group C at a boisterous Peter Mokaba Stadium, which also witnessed second-half substitute Abdelkader Ghezzal sent off after just 15 minutes on the pitch.
A mostly cagey but hard-fought affair was settled by the West Bromwich Albion man from a seemingly innocuous shot that bounded past the out-of-sorts Algerian goalkeeper, Faouzi Chaouchi. The two teams packed their midfields and looked to hit on the counter-attack or via dead-ball situations, but Algeria's Nadir Belhadj was the main instigator of attacking football from his left back position. In just the third minute, the Portsmouth player unleashed one of his trademark free-kicks, which seemed destined to dip under the crossbar, but goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was able to punch the 20-yard blast over his bar.
The sides continued to feel each other out until around the half-hour mark when the north Africans seemed to gain in confidence, spurred on by the majority of travelling supporters and the South Africans in attendance as well. In the 34th minute, Belhadj won a free-kick down the left and then sent in a dangerous cross. From the resulting corner, which was sent in well by Karim Ziani, Rafik Halliche rose highest and looked certain to score, but he headed agonisingly wide.
However, Slovenia's Valter Birsa had perhaps the best chance of the opening period just before the break. But his 25-yard rocket after a quick turn was acrobatically tipped over the crossbar by Chaouchi.
After the half-time interval, the two teams continued to battle it out in the middle of the park, but Andraz Kirm looked like opening the accounts just after the hour mark. He found himself alone on the left side of the box after some nice build-up, but his shot was right at the goalkeeper.
Algeria brought on Ghezzal for the tiring Rafik Djebbour, but a quick yellow card set him up for disaster as he received another caution in the 73rd minute for bringing down the ball in the box with his arm. Despite going down to 10 men, Algeria almost took the lead when Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was too lax with a pass and slid it straight into the path of Ziani. But the Udinese netminder scrambled to cover the ball bravely at his feet.
In the end, the extra man did not do much for Slovenia, but Budweiser Man of the Match Koren hit his shot well from the edge of the area. Chaouchi seemed to be well-placed to save the shot, but to the shock of the colourful supporters from Algeria, the ball bulged the back of the net.
Slovenia next meet USA in Johannesburg's Ellis Park on 18 June, while Algeria will try to rebound against group favourites England the same day in Cape Town.

Ghana snatch win as Serbia self-destruct

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana celebrates
An 83rd-minute Asamoah Gyan penalty snatched Ghana a deserved 1-0 victory over Serbia in their Group D opener at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. The Black Stars, despite having the better of the play, appeared en route to a goalless draw until the Beli Orlovi hit the self-destruct button late on, with Aleksandar Lukovic earning himself a red card before Zdravko Kuzmanovic’s needless handball presented the Africans with the spot-kick from which they seized the three points.
The game got off to a lively start, with Gyan firing a free-kick narrowly over from the edge of the box before Prince Tagoe shot wide. Ghana continued to press forward. Kwadwo Asamoah’s 18th-minute set-piece found the head of Mensah, who was unable to direct it on target, while Gyan, from six yards out, was just inches from connecting with Boateng’s teasing cross two minutes later when the slightest of touches would have surely broken the deadlock.
Serbia spurned a golden opportunity on 26 minutes. Milijas curled a set-piece into the path of Pantelic, who had cleverly spun and lost his marker to find space inside the penalty area. However, the Ajax forward’s control deserted him and the ball went out for a goal-kick. Soon after, Kolarov curled a firmly-stuck free-kick narrowly wide of the post.
Ghana emerged from the break in determined mood and proceeded to monopolise possession. The opportunities duly began to flow. Eight minutes after the restart, Tagoe curled a delightful ball to the back post, but the unmarked Ayew somehow failed to hit the target with a close-range header. With the half-hour mark approaching, Gyan stole in front of Vidic to head the ball against the post from five yards, and Tagoe then volleyed wide a difficult chance at the back post.
With 16 minutes remaining, Ghana gained a numerical advantage. Lukovic, who had already been booked, held back Gyan and was consequently given a second yellow card. This, curiously, spurred Serbia into life and when Marko Pantelic’s mishit shot fell inviting into the path of Krasic, the CSKA Moscow winger should have done better then shooting straight at goalkeeper Richard Kingson.
Milovan Rajevac’s side swiftly regained control, though, and got the reward they merited seven minutes from time. There appeared no danger when an overhit cross from the left travelled towards Kuzmanovic, but he inexplicably handled it to afford Ghana a glorious chance to clinch victory. And that Gyan did, thumping the ball down the middle and into the back of the net.

The scorer then hit the post late on, but that will have done little to dampen his delight on an afternoon when he walked away with the Budweiser Man of the Match Award, Ghana put three points on the board and Africa got its first victory of this FIFA World Cup.

German lessons for stunned Socceroos

Miroslav Klose (R) of Germany celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team mate Lukas Podolski
Any worries the Germans had about the loss of influential captain Michael Ballack were quickly put to rest in their 4-0 opening win against outgunned Australia in Durban. Richard Garcia provided an early scare for the three-time world champions in the nervy awkwardness of the opening exchanges, but it proved a false dawn as Germany were a goal to the good inside seven minutes of the Group D curtain raiser.
Miroslave Klose fired a warning shot after four minutes which was well dealt with by Mark Scharzer, but Australia’s Fulham-based net-minder could do nothing about what came just four minutes later. A diagonal ball from Messut Oezil sent Thomas Mueller rampaging through the right side of the area, and the Bayern Munich starlet crossed low for Lucas Podolski, a one-time Munich gem in his own right, who drilled home with his left foot past the despairing custodian, who did well just to get a hand to it.
The Australians were stunned by the early set-back and the heavy underdogs, labelled such by captain Lucas Neill in the build-up, had no luck grinding their way back into the contest. After 20 minutes, Garcia was again vaguely threatening, but his tame strike from the edge of the box failed to do justice to some clever approach work.
The Germans were eminently in the ascendancy, and threatening from both flanks. In the 24th minute, Miroslave Klose – so reliable on the world stage – fluffed an absolute sitter, woefully poking high and wide on the end of a brilliant cross out left from scorer Podolski, who was looking a new man after a horror season with FC Cologne.
It didn’t take long for Klose to go from goat to hero, rising high to head home from an inch-perfect cross – this time from the right – from captain Philipp Lahm , who recently made the apparently justifiable claim that this German team is the “best he’s ever played in,” after 26 minutes. Oezil had another golden chance on the half-hour mark, but his delicate chip over Schwarzer was booted clear by Neill, who was leading a rearguard in serious danger of total collapse as the halftime whistle, mercifully, blew an end to the opening stanza.
The second half began with Neill unceremoniously planting a knee into the back of danger-man Klose. That bit of impetuousness combined with a red card for Tim Cahill in the 56th minute for a tackle from behind on Bastian Schweinsteiger, as the full measure of Aussie resistance.
With a man advantage, the German juggernaut went into overdrive. Oezil and Podolski both went close to scoring from close range before the outstanding Mueller made it 3-0 with a sharp strike in off the post after a wily give-and-go with Podolski cut a swath through the despairing Australian defence in the 66th minute. 120 seconds later Cacau added a fourth and final goal with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute for Klose, slotting home the simplest of finishes from six yards out.
The Germans, on top of the group alongside Ghana, who beat Serbia earlier in the day, next face the Serbs on 18 June in Nelson Mandela Bay while Australia will look to rebound against a powerful Ghana one day later in Rustenburg.

Video: HINDRAF/ HRP wants standard varsity exams for all and abolish STPM


Sign our Petition here:
SPM 7 A’s above denied JPA Scholarship, Matriculation & University seats.
Urgent Public Petition Campaign to PM Najib Razak (Download, circulate &
return to us by 14/6/10
HINDRAF & Human Rights Party (HRP) urges all concerned citizens to protest
the injustices of the UMNO/BN led Malay-sian government denying top and
high achieving Indian students UP TO 13A’s JPA scholarships, Matriculation
and Public University seats locally and overseas. We call upon all
concerned citizens to support our “HINDRAF & HRP 10,000 signature campaign
Petition to PM.Najib Razak on Indian students being denied JPA
scholarships, Matriculation & Public University places especially in
critical courses and also for a Royal Commission of Enquiry to stop such
UMNO’s racial discrimination”.
Please avoid waiting until the last moment to sign and we urge you all to
access our website & to
sign our online petition or download our petition get it sign and return
the same to us.
You could also come to our HRP HQ at No.6, Jalan Abdullah, off Jalan
Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur (near to Klinik Pergigian Jalan Bangsar) and collect
the signature campaign petition and return it immediately or by 14/6/10 to
us by fax at 03 22825245 & Tel: 03 22825241 or email to
Please help this campaign in putting to a stop these 40 years of
injustices against the top and high achieving Indian students.
Please join us on 15/6/10 at 11.00am at the Parliament House in submitting
our Memorandum to Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Thank you.
Yours faithfully
HINDRAF & Human Rights Party (HRP)
Information Chief
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HINDRAF & HRP officially launch “Abolish STPM 1Pre-U 1Malaysia” logo & also Facebook Group “Abolish STPM 1Pre-U 1Malaysia”


HINDRAF & HRP officially launch “Abolish STPM 1Pre-U 1Malaysia” logo. Please join our campaign to Abolish STPM  1 Pre-U 1Malaysia. Please invite friends to join our campaign in Facebook Group “Abolish STPM 1Pre-U 1Malaysia
Thank you.
HINDRAF & Human Rights Party (HRP)

99% top SMC students denied government local and overseas scholarships and critical courses. Latest mandore Thambyrajah in exchange for DBKL Billboard contracts?


In the 28years of Sri Murugan centres existence they would have produced scores of thousand of top and high achieving Indian students but 99% of them have been blatantly and unfairly denied JPA, Mara, TNB, Khazanah , Sime Dharby ,Shell, Petronas ,13Yayasan negeri and scores of other government and private sector scholarship and places in local universities ,foriegn universities, matriculation courses and critical courses.
But in return for some peanuts DBKL billboard contracts ,this SMC chief and his top SMC leaders does not care and never questioned why this unfair racist and supremacist UMNO policies. Why not Thamby? becoming MIC No2?
Well you have just graduated to become the latest Indian mandore for tuan UMNO?
Karunai nithi

RM15,0000 wayang kulit kosong promise by PM Najib for 50 poor Indian students and denies them JPA, university,matriculation and critical course places.

Najib SMC
RM750,000 grant for 50 poor Indian students at 15,000 each. But only a SMC certificate was granted. Nobody will event know if these 50 students activally received the Rm15000 or not. But in meantime UMNO One Malay-sia Prime Minister had made his political mileage in the four main Tamil dailies , the print and electronic media.
Why not a Bankers Draft in their names to the 50 students as the RM 3 million given out to the Kuala Kubu Baru Chinese school during the Hulu Selangor by elections.
But what is the point of this kosong promise of RM15,000 when UMNO rejects these applications for JPA scholarship ,university and matriculation places specially in critical places.
Also denied Petronas, Shell, Mara, TNB, SimeDarby, Khazanah,
13 Yayasan negeri etc scholarships. We do not want peanuts RM15,000 kosong promises .We want equal rights to higher and to be part of the national mainstream higher education policy.

UMNO: 1 million free laptops for poor (Malay) kids. What about poor Indians kids?


There is a Tamil proverb that when a brinjal is ripe it will come to the market. Similarly when Indian poor kids receive these free laptops the market forces would know of it and it will be in the public domain and knowledge .
But we are yet to hear of a single Indian poor kid who has received any of this one million laptops (NST 31/5/10 at page 11 and The Star 31/5/2010 page N2).
And now that we mention it UMNO would get their MIC and PPP mandores to do the usual wayang kulit illusion of giving out laptops to a token five or six poor Indian kids and the rest of the 99% of the free laptops by the UMNO led Malay-sian government as usual would never reach the Indian poor in UMNO Prime Minister Najib Razak’s One Malay-sia.
And the racism by omission, ie, in failing to speak up against this level racism by the top leadership of PKR, DAP, PAS, top leadership NGOs’, Malayisakini, Bloggers, Indian elite etc., is appalling!
P. Uthayakumar
umno 2
umno 1

Top Indian students denied Government scholarships and university places.

(See The Star 31/5/2010 at page N 39)
Indian top

Why almost zero Indians in antique cars, big bikers, luxury sports and hotels?Poverty, if not lower income.

And because the Indians have been denied equal opportunities and equal upward mobility opportunities for decades. Large numbers of Indians live in at least 52 countries worldwide and are doing very well with equal opportunities. But only in Malaysia this level of racism, religious extremism and supremacy are fast reducing and downgrading them into the negros of Malaysia. Not because they are not prepared to work hard but because they are being oppressed, suppressed and regressed by the racist and supremacist UMNO regime in One Malay-sia!
Why almost zero Indians in antique cars
Why almost zero Indians 2

For a mere RM 200 an Indian slashes another Indian. Height of Indian poverty under 53 year UMNO regime

najib n muhyiddin Even as recent as some twenty years ago Indian gangsters and Indian crime as we know of today did not exist.
This Indian crime phenomena is a very new development and as a direct result of UMNO’s 53 year social engineering of excluding the Indians from the national mainstream development of Malaysia. They effect this by undertaking all programs designed for Malays only, non malays excluded, and some crumbs for the Chinese and Indians.
The Chinese gangsters even up to the 1980s have all been given licences for businesses and are no more gangsters today.
As an analogy, one must be given a fishing rod and taught how to fish, then one would be able to fish for himself. Here in Malaysia, a license is required to own a fishing rod, and a permit is required to fish in certain areas. In the case of the poor Indians they are denied the fishing rod license or the permit to fish, or both!
Give these Indians besi buruk and car wash licences, 10 acre land ownership schemes like in Felda, Felcra, Risda, Fama, Agropolition etc. Give them Petronas, KFC, Mc Donald, highway rest area food stalls. Give them petty trading licences and opportunities. Give them taxi, lorry, express and local bus permits.
In short give them equal upward mobility opportunities and there is no way they are going to slash or kill someone for a mere RM 200. This Indian man must be so desperate and deprived of opportunities in prosperous One Malay-sia with the world’s tallest twin towers for him to slash or kill for a mere RM 200.
Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice
for a mere

UMNO: Indians far from enjoying luxury sports, caught by basic necessity poverty problems

one-malaysia3 The luxury car, high cc motorcycle, yatch sailing, overland 4×4 land cruise competitions, etc are far far away from the reach of the Indians as they have been kept out of and excluded from the national mainstream development of Malay-sia.
To keep their minds away from higher education, business, trade, licences, permits etc, UMNO deliberately denies the Indians their very basic necessity identity cards, birth certificates, welfare help, socso claims, low cost housing and instead give them hampers, basic foodstuff hampers, one computer for one Tamil school, saree, etc.
there is noo way for the Indians to enjoy the wealth of UMNO’s One Malay-sia or venture into high end sports.
S. Jayathas
UMNO Indians

Hadi ends once-and-for-all talks of Umno-PAS tie

By Muda Mohd Noor and Teoh El Sen - Free Malaysia Today

PAS MUKTAMAR KOTA BARU: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang today reiterated that the Islamist party will not join forces with bitter rival Umno and at the same time warned disgruntled members against causing trouble.
“You are either with PAS or not. There are no two ways about this. Join the PAS ark but don’t complain that our sail is too slow for you.

“We are on track to Putrajaya. God willing we will wrest Putrajaya. We have begun our leadership journey to Putrajaya. This is our legitimate dream,” he told delegates in a  hard-hitting summation of the PAS 56th muktamar this evening.

Hadi then went on to rubbish claims of dispute within the party, saying that all that was happening was ‘a rearrangement of chairs and tables’.

He also stressed that there would be no unity talk or unity government with Umno, a point which he touched during his closing remarks and again at a press conference at the end of the muktamar.

“There will be no more talks on unity (with Umno). We will only champion unity in Islam because we are strong and safe and there is no need for cooperation with Umno.

“We reject altogether any cooperation with Umno because any talks or attempts to foster ties with Umno would be a lie,” he said.

He said Umno had betrayed the Malays and it was now PAS' responsibility to empower the community.

“Even the veteran leaders in Umno have admitted that the party is self-destructive and has no future. There is no reason for us to carry a terminally ill person (organisation),” he said.

Hadi said another reason PAS had rejected a liaison with Umno was because of its narrow racial perspectives.

“It would be difficult for us to engage in any discussions, because BN is too saturated with racial politics and corrupt practices.

“PAS has a different relationship with the non-Muslims. The formation of the DHPP (PAS Supporters Congress) was based on Islamic principles and different from the Umno’s cooperation with the its non-Muslim partners. Umno has compromised its principles,” he said.

A good muktamar, says president
Adding on, he said Umno and BN had now lost their two key pillars – the Chinese and Indian support.

“The two pillars which Umno leaned on have crumbled. Only the Malays are still supporting Umno. Umno is championing Malay rights using Islam. It is not defending the religion,” he said, adding that “it was not wrong to love your race,  but not to the point that race becomes more important that faith.”

“We have closed our doors on Umno,” he said.

Hadi said PAS members had a huge job ahead because they had to work hard to free the minds of the Malays who have been indoctrinated with Umno’s seeds of racism.

On the four-day muktamar proceedings Hadi told newsmen that he was satisfied with the process and the quality of the debates.

“The delegates were ready to discuss the issues raised and accepted the explanations. I was impressed with the quality and maturity of the debates and debaters.

“But more importantly this congress was good because there was a strong feeling of comradeship and brotherhood,” he said.

Nasha challenges Muhyiddin for debate on gambling

By Teoh El Sen - Free Malaysia Today

PAS MUKTAMAR KOTA BARU: Deputy PAS president Nasharuddin Mat Isa today challenged deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin to debate on the issue of sports betting.

Picking up on a suggestion made by a delegate yesterday Nasharuddin said: "I hereby challenge the Umno deputy president (Muhyiddin) to come onstage and debate the issue of sports betting to state his party's stand.

"We need to let people know the real concerns of PAS in this issue. We don’t want to leave the people confused,” he said.

He also backed calls by the PAS Supporters Congress (DHPP) for PAS MPs to champion vernacular schools issues.

“We will continue to raise issues that concern the people, irrespective of race. Whether it is religion or vernacular school issues, we will fight for them.” he said.

He reassured delegates that the DHPP’s formation was a collective decision and was supported by the party’s ulamak (scholars) wing.

"We have already explained, our struggle is not for one race. If it is merely for one race then for sure the Arabs will be ruling this party.

“The problem is that our newest wing has worried our enemies so much so they have come up with such statements. Their (Umno) job is to stop this wave.

"No matter, we will go down to the field to explain our stand until we meet them (Umno) again at the battlefield of general election," he said.

Nasharuddin also said the party would revive the council of leaders in all Pakatan Rakyat states and would issue a directive to the effect soon.

“The council is to discuss common issues raised among the Pakatan members,” he said in reference to a complaint by the Penang representative that the state Pakatan councils rarely meet.

2nd DPM post not discussed

Meanwhile PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali said the controversial issue of a second deputy prime minister, as proposed by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim last month, had never been discussed at the Pakatan supreme council meetings.

“The matter (second deputy prime minister) was never raised. All Pakatan policies must be agreed to by the coalition partners including PAS before it is implemented,” he said.

Mustafa also clarified a statement made by Shah Alam representative Khalid Samad yesterday that Malay support for PAS had risen dramatically after the 2008 general election.

“This is not entirely true. We did experience an increase in Malay support after 2008 elections but it was only a slight rise.

“But our acceptance among the non-Malay community after the 2008 election was significant,” he said.

[Additional reporting by Muda Mohd Noor]

Fishy Venture for Meat Production

Does the name Majuternak sound familiar anyone? Or Pahangbif/Darabif perhaps? For those who do not remember, these are colossal projects set up by the government for the same purpose as what was announced by Yusof Nor. Both have collapsed. More importantly, the public has forgotten about these failures.

So now its time to repeat the same act. Only this time it's on a grander scale.

By Nigel

FELDA’s announcement to invest RM688 million to venture into the business of meat production does smell fishy to those who understand and follow developments in the local livestock industry. The stated goal, according to its chairman, Yusof Nor is to establish the largest cattle rearing operation in South East Asia. Hows that for thinking outside the box?

The project is due to start in the third quarter of 2010.

Meanwhile, according to sources, the Minister of Agriculture is in Australia looking around for a farm to acquire – something his predecessor also tried to do. Of course Muhyiddin was promoted for his effort which (thank goodness!!) did not materialise.

Let me just explain why I think this is just an expensive ego trip at the expense of the FELDA settlers that will ultimately benefit no one except the foreign JV partners.

First, let us just look at what happened with previous efforts. Does the name Majuternak sound familiar anyone? Or Pahangbif/Darabif perhaps? For those who do not remember, these are colossal projects set up by the government for the same purpose as what was announced by Yusof Nor. Both have collapsed. More importantly, the public has forgotten about these failures.

So now its time to repeat the same act. Only this time it's on a grander scale.

Before I proceed, can anyone show me a livestock project undertaken by the government and its agencies in its 52 years in power that have not failed? They have ALL failed miserably. Absolutely no exception. The Majuternak land in Behrang is today the base for Proton City. The Darabif land in now an oil palm plantation.

Go back to your kampongs – you will hear something about the government schemes – chickens, goats, sheep, fish, cattle the works – they have all failed. And whilst you are there, just ask around. There is bound to be a farm owned by Jabatan Haiwan, RISDA, FELDA, FELCRA, LPP you name it that was set up to be the biggest in some form or another that has now been abandoned. And millions – possibly billions have gone down the drain in the last 52 years with nothing to show for.

Just drive down to Seremban and you will see the UPM farm on your right with nothing on it. Finally, DrM had to step in and UPM spent RM25 million to make it look “European” to tourists taking a train ride between KLIA to KL Sentral! Complete with Friesian dairy cattle which of course have now all died!!

Then there was PM Badawi who made the decision to start a goat breeding project in Kepala Batas – to produce Boer Goats. PERDA was given the task and a University professor – a goat expert was appointed the advisor. After spending a few million rakyat ringgits, the project has today also been abandoned. Mind you that was in Kepala Batas – Badawi’s own constituency.

Anyway, I leave the side stories for a later posting. Now, back to Yusof Nor and his announcement.

First, can anyone really believe this great tokoh Maal Hijrah is capable of fathoming the issues surrounding the livestock industry when coming face to face with the project’s Indian and Australian partners? And do you really believe he knows what it takes to set up this crazy idea of biggest project in SE Asia?

“I'm sure they have expertise to figure out the details” you might say. Sure they do. Look how many qualified vets were involved in ALL the livestock projects in Malaysia. The Jabatan Haiwan, MARDI, UPM, UM are all staffed by highly qualified experts in the field of animal husbandry. Just go to jabatan Haiwan and ask them to show you their farms. Go to UPM and MARDI Serdang and see for yourself how much have been achieved by these Veterinary experts. I can guarantee you they will be hard pressed to show you something.

Some will say chicken and pig farming have been very successful. Of course they are. And the simple reason for this? These same government experts I referred to are not involved!

Lets now look at FELDA’s partners in the venture.

First there is Allana & Sons, the Indian component of the JV. They are a Mumbai based company. They apparently will supply the animal feed. Which means there’s a guaranteed cashflow for them to ride on over the next few years - until the FELDA settlers’ RM688 million runs dry.

And for those who do not know, Allana & Sons are the biggest supplier of Indian buffalo meat to the Malaysian market. Of course the government refers to Indian buffalo meat as “Indian Beef”. It's cheap and basically a good source of protein. Good for the Malays especially those doing business in running food stalls. (You might wish to note however that even Indonesia does not want this meat!!) The Indians don’t eat beef. The Chinese will not touch Indian Beef.

So if you are a supplier of meat to the Malaysian market which Allana & Sons is, would you want your partner (FELDA) to be so successful as to one day replace you as the main supplier of meat to the Malaysian market? You figure out the answer.

Meanwhile, the government will continue to be on Allana’s side on the issue of whether or not Indian Beef is safe for consumption.

Next there's AAC, the Australian Agricultural Company Ltd. AAC is a big farming organization in Australia. Presumably they will provide the expertise as well as the animals for the project. How nice for AAC to be able to plan its export activities knowing fully well that there’s the settlers’ stash of RM688 million waiting to be drawn down as and when your animals leave the Australian port.

If you are AAC, will your objective be to help turn FELDA into the biggest cattle company in SE Asia and compete with you? Or would you rather focus n the RM688 million and further develop and expand your business in Australia? Again you figure it out.

In livestock, its not very difficult to subtly introduce problems without being discovered if and when you want the project to fail. For example, if I want you to lose money, I will supply you cattle that grow at 1 kg per day instead of one that grows at 2 kg a day. If FELDA ultimately finds out, blame the feeding, quality of feed, climate, hygiene, care - there’s just no end to the list.

And at the end of the day, there’s always the peneroka FELDA who can be blamed for the ultimate failure.

As for Yusof Nor, he does not have to worry. He is a tokoh Maal Hijrah – proven track record and therefore absolutely trustworthy. Never mind if he does not know what he is doing. Never mind if in the end, the project fails as it surely will. FELDA has done everything to help them. It's “takdir, tak ada rezeki … sabar”. Be grateful that they still have their land.
As for the AAC and Allana & Sons, they will no doubt be that much better off after the RM688 million is gone. Plus they get to continue with whatever business activities they have in Malaysia.

An open letter from Dr. Tan Kee Kwong : Jibby bankrupted Felda

Yang berikut adalah terjemahan surat terbuka oleh Dr. Tan Kee Kwong yang menuduh Najib mufliskan Felda.
Terjemahan ini telah dibuat dengan menggunakan kemudahan Google Translate.
Saya menulis surat ini dengan hati yang sangat berat.
Supaya perspektif difahami,  selepas jiwa saya lama mencari, saya telah menyertai parti Keadilan pada bulan Ogos 2008.
Dari tahun 1999 hingga tahun 2004, saya adalah Timbalan Menteri Tanah dan Koperasi kerajaan Barisan Nasional.
Menteri saya, Tan Sri Kasitah Gadam, utuskan saya untuk bertanggung jawab menjawab pertanyaan di Parlimen mengenai semua hal Felda.
Pada tahun 2004, sebelum Najib mula mencampuri urusan Felda, Felda adalah kebanggaan industri kelapa sawit. Ia mempunyai 75 kilang kelapa sawit, aset bernilai RM 7 Bilion dan wang simpanan berjumlah RM 4,5 Bilion.
Apa yang saya baru saja mendengar amat mengeciwakan.
Secara terbuka saya menuduh Najib tunggal sendirian menghancurkan Felda!
Setakat ini, dari jumlah wang simpanan RM 4.5 Bilion itu, hanya baki  RM 200 Milion yang ada.  Bahkan sebenarnya dengan catatan harga CPO selama beberapa tahun terakhir, Felda, jika dikelola dengan baik, mesti mempunyai resab wang tunai sebanyak RM 6 Bilion.  Sebaliknya telah berlaku dan sekarang Felda hanya memiliki jumlah yang memalukan.
Ketika Najib menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri, ia menempatkan diri bertanggung jawab atas Felda. Dia memberikan alasan mengarut bahawa arwah ayahnya Tun Razak yang mulakan Felda, maka Najib harus meneruskan tradisi keluarga menjaga Felda.
Bahkan jika arwah Tun Razak tahu apa Najib telah buat terhadap, arwah akan berpaling dalam kuburnya.
Begitu juga dengan bekas Ketua Felda, Tan Sri Raja Alias. Tan Sri Raja Alias melakukan pekerjaan yang sangat baik dalam menjaga Felda.
Alasan sebenarnya mengapa Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang sangat sibuk ingin menguruskan Felda sendiri sekarang sangat jelas.
Dia ingin mempunyai akses kepada simpanan wang Felda yang besar itu.
Apa memakan masa 40 tahun panjang untuk membina, Najib hancurkan dalam 5 tahun yang singkat.
Rujuk kepada perkara lain, saya baru mendengar di NTV 7 berita bahawa kerajaan BN akan membeli 3 kapal luar biasa untuk Tentera Laut berharga RM 2.2 Bilion! Hanya beberapa hari lalu Dato Idris Jala mengumumkan bahawa jika kita tidak waspada, kita akan menjadi seperti Greece dalam lingkungan masa 9 tahun. Jika keadaan sekarang pun sudah begitu teruk, bagaimana Kerajaan boleh menjustifikasikan menghabiskan begitu banyak wang untuk membeli kapal, sedangkan Dato Idris Jala tegaskan kita tidak punyai wang itu?
Jadi sangat jelas bahawa Pakatan Rakyat HARUS mengambil alih Kerajaan Persekutuan di Putrajaya dalam Pemilihan Umum akan datang. Ini adalah keutamaan kami untuk menyelamatkan negara. Jika Pakatan mengambil alih dalam masa 20 tahun itu akan terlalu terlambat, kerana negara sudahpun muflis. Jadi Rakyat Malaysia buka mata anda untuk melihat bagaimana negara ini dihancurkan oleh tokoh-tokoh politik yang tamak dan korup dari UMNO / BN. Buang mereka keluar dari Putrajaya! Mendaftar sebagai pengundi sekarang!
I write this letter with a very heavy heart.
Just to put things in perspective, after much soul searching, I joined Keadilan in August 2008.
From 1999 to 2004 I was Barisan National Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperatives.
My Minister, Tan Sri Kasitah Gadam,  put me in charge of answering questions in Parliament regarding all Felda matters.
In 2004, before Najib began meddling in Felda affairs, Felda was the pride of the oilpalm industry. It had 75 oil palm mills, assets of  RM 7 Billion and a cash hoard of RM 4.5 Billion.
What I just heard upset me so much.
I publicly accuse Najib of single handedly destroying Felda!
As of now out of the huge cash hoard of RM 4.5 Billion, only RM 200 Million is left. In actual fact with the record price of CPO for the past few years, Felda, if managed properly, should have cash reserves of RM 6 Billion!  The reverse has happened and now it has only a pathetic sum left.
When Najib became Deputy Prime Minister, he put himself in charge of Felda. He gave the lame excuse that his late father Tun Razak started Felda, he should continue the family tradition of looking after Felda.
In fact if the late Tun Razak khows what Najib has done to Felda , Tun Razak will turn in his grave.
The same goes for the former Chairman of Felda, Tan Sri Raja Alias. Tan Sri Raja Alias did an excellent job in looking after Felda.
The real reason why a very busy Deputy Prime Minister wants to micro manage Felda is now very clear.
He wanted to have access to the huge cash hoard of Felda.
What took 40 long years to build up, Najib destroyed in 5 short years.
On another note, I just heard on NTV 7 news that the BN government is going to buy 3 special ships for our Navy costing RM 2.2 Billion! Just a few days ago Dato Idris Jala announced that if we do not watch out, we will be like Greece in 9 years time. If things are so bad  how can the Government justify spending so much money to buy ships, money that Dato Idris Jala says we do not have?
So it is very clear that the Pakatan Rakyat MUST take over the Federal Government in Putrajaya in the next General Election. This is our priority to save the country. If the Pakatan takes over in 20 years time it will be too late, the country will really be bankrupt. So fellow Malaysians open your eyes to see how this country is destroyed by the greedy and corrupt politicains from UMNO/BN. Kick them out of Putrajaya! Register as a voter now!

Who own the constituencies? Political parties or the rakyat?

“…I must say that as a citizen of the country, we are only given that choice once in every 5 years to cast that 1 or 2 votes. However, the choice of candidates may it be from the ruling coalition or the opposition is not ours but that of the competing political party. For better or worse, our choice is dependent and limited to the decision of the respective political parties in choosing and fielding the candidates.
The way I see it, the onus is on the political parties to ensure that the candidates they field are credible, accountable and responsible. Of course as voters, we can also choose not to vote or spoil the votes if none of the candidates meet our expectation…”
I have reproduced above an excerpt from a comment to my ‘Understanding abuse of power and the ultimate perpetrators’ post.
The parts in red are what I would like to touch on in this post.
Are we really at the mercy of the political parties?
Are we confined in our choice of elected representatives to candidates from both sides of the present poltical divide, regardless of how incompetent they are for the task at hand?
And if, indeed, candidates offered by the political parties are an insult to both parliament and the state assemblies, are we, the ones entrusted with the responsibility of choosing our law makers, left with no choice other than to pick one of the these misfits, or spoil our votes as the only alternative?
Share your thoughts.

Grand plan or grand illusion?

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said that to ensure Malaysia could compete globally, it needs proper implementation, co-ordination and execution.

He said that to achieve that, all Malaysians must be united and work together while embracing the 1 Malaysia concept, where people are given priority in any of the government’s programmes.

The prime minister said this when opening the Seri Murugan Centre (SMC) at the Vivekananda Secondary School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

“When I took over as the prime minister in April last year, I decided to build a new Malaysia on the spirit of 1 Malaysia where we must be united and be part of a large family and combine the best of each community,” Najib said.

“This will enable each Malaysian, irrespective of ethnic background, to realise his or her maximum potential as a Malaysian,” he said.

“That is why we have undertaken this change, this transformation, this journey towards transforming our country to be a new Malaysia that is stronger, more prosperous — a new Malaysia that is not only confined to physical intellectual boundaries but one that can meet global challenges,” Najib said.

“We must not have any fear and instead possess a great sense of confidence to become a great nation. And this can be done if we are united.”

Great words indeed!

While I appreciate and applaud the prime minister for his vision and vitality in wanting to transform the country into a united, prosperous and globally competitive nation as encapsulated in the 10th Malaysia Plan, I cannot help but lament the fact that the current socio-political scenario in the country is such that any grand plan to move the nation forward at this juncture is almost certain to result in excruciating failure and frustration.

This is simply because, lately there has emerged an exceptionally extreme form of racialism propagated and promoted by certain reactionary non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that is causing uneasiness and jittery among the people.

The highly vigorous, vocal and visible NGOs led by some very agitated and angry characters, including a veteran MP, have been vehemently hurling accusations on the purported economic deprivation of their race and the alleged depredation or plundering of what is supposed to rightly belong to their race.

It is surely a sad and sorry situation that after more than half a century of being an independent nation, with its people living and co-existing in peace and harmony, a small group of insecure, insensitive and intolerable individuals are now throwing a racial spanner into the otherwise harmonious and progressive machine of growth.

If Najib sincerely wants his dream of Malaysia becoming a great nation to be realised, he must first of all deactivate this racial time-bomb and immediately nip the rousing racist campaign in the bud. He should not compromise with the racist elements in his efforts to eliminate racial exclusivism in his effort to build a one Malaysia.

It is no point offering a grand plan for the growth and development of the nation if no positive concrete action is taken to unite the multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-linguistic population.

Perhaps, Najib may not be aware that the current high brain drain rate to other countries is a direct result of the fear of the emerging repulsive racism. Many of those who left, or are planning to leave, love Malaysia and are loyal to the nation, but the prevailing wind of racism they perceive made them uncomfortable and unhappy in the land of their birth.

The voting pattern of the March 8, 2008 general election and the subsequent by-elections is a clear indication that everything is surely not right on the racial front. The perceived inequality, discrimination, injustice, unfairness, whether real or not, of the people should not be ignored and dismissed by Najib, but should be carefully, prudently and critically studied, reflected, analysed and evaluated, with concrete constructive measures taken to resolve them.

Obviously, Najib has been and is being frustrated by the many unnecessary political obstacles and unwarrantable bureaucratic procedures in his attempt to accelerate the country’s economic engine.

At the level of public service, it has been an accepted reality that the “little Napoleons” of the civil have been giving the average person real hard times, even in dealing with very simple matters. This has alienated the government from the people. This is so obvious when it comes to complaints about various matters. The people go to Michael Chong instead of the government complaints bureau!

Truly, the prime minister faces a real uphill drive, with the many political potholes along the path, made worse by the administrative red tapes putting the brakes on his dream trip to fulfil his vision of a one great Malaysia.

He has to deal with both the racist characters and his own party warlords on the political front and, with the deadwood civil servants in his own administrative backyard which is still engulfed in a complicated bureaucratic culture.

So, Datuk Seri Najib, if you truly and sincerely want to transform the country into a great nation of excellence and prosperity, then your first task is to restore the people’s confidence and let them know that they have a real equal stake in this land they are born, breed and brought up.

You need to take a firm uncompromising stand against the racist characters and, at the same time, start cracking the whip on the little Napoleans who have been bullying the little people under your care.

Ultimately, your vision can either be a Grand Plan or a Grand Illusion, depending on your commitment and courage to take the brave and bold measures to eliminate the weed from the wheat. —