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Friday, February 18, 2011

Raucous supporters rally around Libyan leader after day of violence

(CNN) -- Raucous pro-government demonstrators took to the streets of Libya's capital overnight Thursday, state television reported, hours after at least seven were killed in clashes between security forces and those opposed to the North African nation's longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Images from state television, labeled as "live" at what would be early Friday morning, featured men chanting pro-Gadhafi slogans, waving flags and singing around the Libyan leader's limousine as it crept through Tripoli.

Scores of supportive demonstrators packed the roadway and held up pictures of their leader, in power for four decades, as fireworks occasionally dotted the night sky. At multiple points, Gadhafi playfully popped up from his vehicle's sun roof to acknowledge the support.

That positive scene -- as well as reports out Thursday that Libya had released 110 political prisoners and would convene a committee to examine major changes to its government -- appeared a far cry from what had happened earlier in the day in Benghazi. There, in Libya's second largest city, human rights groups and protesters themselves claimed they were attacked by pro-government security forces.

Demonstrations also took place elsewhere in Libya following calls posted on websites for a "Day of Rage" on Thursday, the five-year anniversary of an incident in which security forces killed at least 12 protesters.

Over the last several days, confrontations between anti-government factions and security forces have contributed to at least 21 deaths in the North African nation -- a figure that CNN, which does not have journalists in Libya, could not independently confirm. Officials at international human rights groups have said that they fear that death toll may be too low.

Despite movement in recent years toward free expression, information is still difficult to get out of Libya. Moammar Gadhafi's government retains control over most of the nation's media and monitors and censors the fledgling private media outlets.

Ahmed Elgasir, a researcher at the Geneva, Switzerland-based Libyan Human Rights Solidarity, said that serious clashes between protesters and security forces occurred Thursday in Benghazi, located on Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast.

Citing an unnamed security source, the pro-Gadhafi publication Quryna reported that seven people were killed and "a number" of others wounded when security forces used live ammunition after demonstrators became "violent."

The report claimed that protesters targeted government buildings, burned police stations and inflicted other damage around Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city.

A protester told CNN by phone that about 3,000 people gathered after midday prayers at the seaside corniche and marched toward the courthouse. The demonstrator, whose name has been withheld for safety reasons, said police -- some without uniforms and others in riot gear -- wielded knives and fired live ammunition to disperse the crowds.

The protester said that the crowds, angered by state television's portrayal of previous pro-Gadhafi demonstrations, grew to the thousands. They chanted anti-Gadhafi slogans and "Peace!"

Mohammed Ali Abdallah of the opposition National Front for the Salvation of Libya said that, as night fell Thursday, he still was receiving reports from his sources of ongoing clashes in Benghazi. That included reports, he said, of snipers targeting protesters.

The day before, at least 38 people were injured when police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse crowds in Benghazi, Quryna said

Novelist Idris al-Mismari told the Al-Jazeera network that plainclothes security officers used tear gas, batons and hot water on the crowds. During his live interview, the line went dead. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that he was arrested then.

One of the protesters likened the situation in Libya to Egypt, telling Human Rights Watch that "they are sending baltaqiyyas (thugs) to beat us."

Abdallah also reported protests in other towns across Libya -- Darna, Ijdadia, Kufra, Zintan and Al-Bayda. Medical sources told him five people died in Albeyda, he said.

Abdulla Darrat, spokesman for Enough Gaddafi, an anti-Gadhafi Libyan exile group in the United States, told CNN that hospitals in Al-Bayda were inundated and that doctors were running out of medical supplies to treat the injured.

Elgasir, of Libyan Human Rights Solidarity, said his group's sources on the ground said 10 people were killed in Al-Bayda on Thursday and that the city was surrounded by security forces. He said he was unable to contact people in Al-Bayda on Thursday because the internet and cell phone text messaging had been shut down.

He said his own group's website has been hacked since last November last year, after it presented a report on Libya to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The agency has not been able to get its site back up, he said.

Elgasir also said demonstrations were taking place in Zentan, south of Tripoli.

Human Rights Watch reported that security forces had arrested at least 14 Libyans in connection with the demonstrations. Among them were human rights activists, journalists, lawyers and two key members of the families of people involved in an alleged 1996 massacre at the Abu Salim jail.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Libya should listen to its people.

And U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had made clear that "countries across the region have the same kind of challenge in terms of the demographics, the aspirations of their people, the need for reform," he said.

"And we encourage these countries to take specific actions that address the aspirations and the needs and hopes of their people," Crowley said in a news briefing Wednesday. "Libya certainly would be in that same category."

In fact, an independent source told CNN that Gadhafi is acutely aware of discontent with the government and has been moving to address popular grievances before they surfaced on the streets.

Libya, like many of its Arab neighbors, is suffering from economic hardship and a lack of political reform. Unemployment rates among the nation's youth are high.

Gadhafi has spoken with groups of students, lawyers and journalists in the past few weeks, the source told CNN.

On one occasion, the longtime ruler appointed an outspoken member of the lawyers' union as its leader, removing the syndicate's old guard, according to the source. He also promised action to address the country's housing crisis.

On Thursday, state television reported that 110 members of Al-jam'a Al-libyia Al-Muqatila, also known as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, were let out of prison Thursday, part of a planned release coordinated by a charity led by Moammar Gadhafi's son Saif.

Quryna reported on the same day that a government group, dubbed the Secretary Committee of the People's Conference, plans to make major changes to Libya's government.

The committee's reforms will affect executive branches of government and also include moves aimed at better supporting local government administrators, Quryna reported.

The highly placed Libyan source close to the government sought to downplay the reports of unrest. The source asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

"There is nothing serious here," the source said Wednesday. "These are just young people fighting each other."

Libya, he said, is not Egypt.

Palanivel makes sweeping changes in MIC

Newly appointed MIC chief makes a drastic move by appointing S Murugesan as party secretary-general and V Mogan of Negri Sembilan as MIC information chief.

Newly appointed MIC president G Palanivel has made sweeping changes to the party national line-up, including re-appointing S Murugesan as party secretary-general.

Murugesan, a lawyer-cum-politician, was removed from the post early last year by the then president S Samy Vellu after the former criticised him for sacking several national leaders.

Palanivel, who took the helm of the party late last year, had appointed Murugesan as party information chief barely three weeks ago.

He has also appointed V Mogan, the Negri Sembilan MIC chief, as the party information chief in place of Murugesan.

The current secretary-general T Rajagopalu will take over Mogan’s place as the Negri Sembilan MIC chief.

All these changes were endorsed by the party’s central working committee (CWC).

“The decision was following a brainstorming meeting with CWC members so that each and every member can give their views and ideas freely without fear or favour . The meeting took place in Kelab Darul Ehsan in Ampang,” sources told FMT.

While the news of the appointments has made an appearance on Twitter as well as SMS, there is no official confirmation on it from the party headquarters.

Senators to serve out last term

“At the meeting, the president also announced that all five senators in the party would serve their term and that their term would not be extended,” said a MIC CWC member, who declined to be named.

MIC has six senators, including Palanivel. Palanivel was made senator last year before he was appointed deputy minister by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

The remaining five senators were Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T Murugiah, Dalgit Singh Dalliwal, MIC Puteri chief J Usha Nandhini, Tapah MIC division chief S Malasingham and Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur MIC deputy head Chandrasekhar Suppiah.

Murugiah’s senatorship term is expected to expire in April this year. However, it is unclear when the terms of the other senators were expiring but sources say all five MIC senators would vacate their positions in stages.

Malasingham’s senate will end in mid-2012 while the rest, Usha, Dalgit and Chandrasekar’s term would end in stages before October this year.

“Murugesan will not be appointed senator. A veteran will be appointed instead. Usha’s senate seat will go to the Wanita wing, Chandrasekar’s place will be taken-up by the Youth wing while Dalgit’s will go to Jaspal Singh (the MIC treasurer general).

“All senate appointments will only be for one term from now on so that as many party members can serve in the senate. This one term senate ruling was made by Samy Vellu last year during a CWC meeting and it was endorsed by the CWC,” said sources.

Settlers claim ‘unfair’ land distribution

Some 139 families in the Batu Caves Settlement are unhappy with Gombak MP Azmin Ali's handling of their land issue.

SHAH ALAM: Disgruntled residents from the country’s last remaining Indian settlement are demanding that Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim step in and resolve the “unfair” distribution of land parcels in the area.

The Batu Caves Indian settlement, with 183 families, has been around for over 60 years and majority of the residents have been there for over 30 years.

Earlier today, 50 members of the community carrying placards staged a protest outside Khalid’s office urging him to resolve the issue of their “landlessness”.

A spokesman for the protesting residents, N Maniarasan, said that they were unhappy with the way Gombak MP Azmin Ali and Batu Caves assemblyman Amiruddin Shari and land office had divided the land allocated by the state government for the Indian settlement.

According to him, only 77 families have been allocated the land lots which cover 20 acreas.

“How come only 77 families got the land? There are 183 families in the settlement; 45 families already have TOL (temporary occupation licence).

“We are 139 families left without land. How can Azmin distribute 20 acres of land for only 77 families?

“What about the rest of us… don’t we qualify? Why didn’t they divide the lots equally among the 139 families?” he asked.

‘Azmin threatened us’

According to Maniarasan, during the 2008 general election, Azmin and Amiruddin had promised that everyone in the settlement will get a piece of land, but two years later only 77 families have been granted lots and that too with differing sizes.

“When we spoke to Azmin, he said the rest of the 56 families will get their land in the future.

“But there is no more land here. Where is the state government going to get the land from?” he asked.

Maniarasan also raised the issue of Azmin’s handling of the situation.

He said he could not understand why Azmin and Amiruddin were not listening to the residents and preferred to heed the advice of PKR and MIC members.

Explaining further, he said PKR’s Veeraya@Appu and MIC’s VS Maniam had manipulated the land lots among themselves and cronies.

He said Veeraya and Maniam, who are both residents, were recipients of 6,000 and 7,000 sq ft of land respectively.

“Maniam’s son does not live here but he also received 4,000 sq ft of land. The same thing happened to Veeraya’s mother-law. She also does not live here but had been given land,” he said.

Maniarasan said the residents met Azmin last week and asked him about these land lots.

“Azmin was angry with us. He threatened us and said if we don’t accept his plan no one will get any land,” he said.

Meanwhile, Khalid’s secretary Norzatonaim Mohd Kassim, when asked, said the state government will stop, temporarily, the issuance of the land for the 77 family until the issue is resolved.

Unity in diversity still a dream

Should BN continue with its discriminatory policies, the loss will solely be its in the 13th general election.

Unity in the country is under threat, no doubt about that. Too many instances where the Indians have been disrespected have occurred, be it the “Interlok” novel issue, the remark by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the Malays own this country and the insensitive mischief played on a Sikh male participant undergoing national service training.

In the case of “Interlok”, in spite of objections from the Indian community on the use of the book for Form Five Malay literature students, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, declared the novel safe to be read, provided alterations are done here and there to make it seem less offensive to the Indians.

Muhyiddin’s refusal to get the novel replaced has sent a clear message home to the Indians that they will continue to be taken for granted by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. That being the case, the ball then is in the court of the Indian community which has to carefully decide whether BN is worthy of their votes in the coming general election.

With Interlok depicting Indians in poor taste, the government, despite all the pleas from this community, decided it knows best. If this was the case, why fake concern and ask for input from the Indian community on the Interlok issue?

At no point did the Indians threaten or blackmail the government into removing the novel from the Form Five syllabus. The Indian representatives were diplomatic enough in requesting that Interlok not be made a literary subject due to the insensitivities found in the book.

Instead of understanding the anxieties of this community, the Malay rights umbrella group Malay Consultative Council (MPM) declared it will deny the Indian leaders support in the next general election because these leaders had bamboozled the government into making a decision on Interlok.

It is pathetic that MPM and National Writers’ Association (Pena) have shown how racist they are – accusing the Indian community representatives of distorting and pressuring the government to favour them where Interlok is concerned. This allegation is a clear lie and one that smacks of double standards.

Should MPM decide to withdraw support for Indian leaders like M Saravanan, who is Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Deputy Minister and P Kamalanathan, Hulu Selangor MP, it should be on the basis of the duo’s performances as the people’s representatives – “people” here encompassing all races, not solely the Indians.

If both Saravanan and Kamalanathan have not served the people, then by all means they do not deserve to be people’s representatives in the future.

1Malaysia not sincerely applied

When there is no sincerity in undertaking a task, the result will be disastrous. And this is happening with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia branding which, in all truthfulness, is nothing but his bait at winning public votes.

The fact that Muhyiddin failed to empathise with the Indians has given rise to the worry that there is no place for the Indians to turn to for help. The government’s refusal to compromise has put it in a bad light as far as the Indians are concerned.

Would the government have reacted in the same way if the issue concerned the Malays? The answer is obvious. But what remains unanswered is, why discriminate the Indians of this country time and again?

Najib goes about saying 1Malaysia is all about unity in diversity. He, however, has failed to translate this textbook theory into reality. Unity between people of different races in this country is still a dream, one which requires sincere hard work to turn it into reality.

To make sure people of various races in this country are united, the government has to stop playing politics and focus on its responsibility of governing this country without any prejudice. Do not disrespect the non-Malays by treating them as outsiders and blatantly ignoring their basic right to lead a life free from biasness.

Recently, Mahathir told an audience that the non-Malays must swallow the fact that Malaysia belongs to the Malays. His justification was that since this country was once called Tanah Melayu, its rightful owners are the Malays. A warped way of trying to stake claim over this land and a highly irresponsible allegation coming from a former leader of a nation.

Mahathir claims this country belongs to the Malays. Article 153 of the Federal Constitution assures the Bumiputera of their privileges. Those who question Malay rights will be dealt with severely. In short, there is nothing in this country that makes the non-Malays feel welcomed, yet the Indians and Chinese call it their home. Mahathir should take the trouble to ponder why.

Diverse and divided


Malaysia is home to a diverse race of people. At the same time, its people are also divided, with the Malays going about threatening the Indians and Chinese should the non-Malays question Malay rights and privileges. The special treatment accorded by Article 153 has divided Malaysians, with the Malays become arrogant and the non-Malays angry at the second-class treatment accorded them.

In this light, the government’s move to keep Interlok a literary subject has raised questions as to its agenda for doing so. There is no denying the fact that the Indian community’s plight has been dismissed by Muhyiddin and this has irked the Indians.

The government has also shown no concern over an incident last month where the hair of a male Sikh participant at the national service camp in Penang was snipped while he was asleep. Neither Najib nor Muhyiddin viewed this incident with grave concern and made no effort to apologise to the boy’s family and to the Sikh community.

Too many insults have been heaped upon the Indian community. The Indians were humiliated when a group of angry Malays killed a cow and severed its head which they later spat and stepped on. The Malays are well aware that the cow is considered sacred by the Hindus yet they went ahead and behaved in such a crude manner.

What made it all the worse was when Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein defended the actions of these Malays when he knew they had insulted the Indian community.

If this is how the BN has decided to behave with the non-Malays, it is not wrong to assume that come the 13th general election, the BN does not deserve the Indian community’s votes. BN will reap what it sowed.

Indeed, it is Najb’s folly if he thinks the RM35 million investment to “make over” Brickfields, the “Little India” of Kuala Lumpur, will endear him to the Indians. It is also a mistake for Najib to feel assured of support from the Indian community through his promise of providing a cable car facility at the Hindu temple in Batu Caves.

Where the Indian community is concerned, they want to be heard, not seen. They also want BN to stop taking them for granted, faking interest just to grab the Indian votes.

There is a saying that “you can fool some people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time” and should BN continue with its discriminating attitude, the loss will solely be its. After all, there is only so much and so far the BN government can fool the Indian community and take it for a ride.

Mahathir's Post-Mortem

written by John Doe

We all look forward to the day we don't have to rebut Mahathir anymore. And that day, is coming soon. But as long as he still breathes, then people like me have to undo the damage which this mouldy-fossil creates. And we certainly look forward to the day when we do not have to rebut him anymore.
Uncle Fossil decided to use Corazon and Thaksin as examples to "illustrate" and "legitimze" his own Kerala roots to justify himself changing into a "Malay". He assumes that people like us do not know any better. He assumes that just because there is BTN, that people like us would have attended it, and would have, and should have been brainwashed by BTN. No such chance.

This is how ill-advised Uncle Fossil is. While it is true that both Corazon and Thaksin have China blood in them, he forgot one extremely important issue. The Thailand which Thaksin comes from is clearly called "Land of the Thai's". This is in reference to the Tai. And whether spelled Tai or Thai, they mean the one and the same. All Tai/Thai's are yellow.

Perhaps Mahathir was hoping that it should have been called "Monland" instead. Well, the Mons are "Pendatangs" from Burma. And there is a State in Burma which is called...... "Mon State"! Surprise Surprise !!! And the Thai's, including the present hill-tribes come from China. Either way, they are both migrants. In fact the Thai language is but a Chinese dialect. I speak enough Thai, Lao, and some Chinese to be able to discern that the structure of the language are in fact 80% identical. Even the words themselves have strong similarities.

Here are the numbers spoken in Thai.
Nueng, Sawng, Sum, See, Ha, Hok, Chet, Pet, Kau, Sip.
Sip Et, Sip Sawng, Sip Sum, Sip See ..... Yi Sip.
Yi Sip Et, Yi Sip Sawng, and so on....

Hakka speakers would have jumped at the above and immediately recognized the above number-system.
Notice that I don't even have to put the numerical digits for anyone to understand which is which.

Now here come other words:
"Keng", is pronounced the exact same way as the Cantonese word Keng, and both mean "Terror" or "Fantastic".

"Sui" in Mandarin is said as "Suayyy" in Thai, to mean "Beautiful". This is not to be confused with the Hokkien "Suay", which means "bad luck".

The only differences being the tones, which would create a different meaning, and so on. Thus, "Ma", pronounced differently can mean either "Mother", or "Horse", and so on in Thai, or any Chinese Dialect. This amazing "Ma" word can also be brought to Vietnam and have the exact same meanings. Thus "Bak Ma Hotel" means exactly the same in Cantonese, AND Vietnamese.

How do you say "Advertising" in Vietnamese again? Shockingly, it is "Kwang Kau", which is again, identical to the Mandarin way of pronouncing. In fact if you went to a Vietnamese and said "Toong Num Sai Puck", they would understand it as "East, South, West, and North"; again, EXACTLY identical to the Cantonese way of pronouncing.

Coming back to the Thai Language, "Mai Pen Lai" means "No Problem" in English. The Lao equivalent is "Boh Penyang" They both mean the same. And what is the Cantonese equivalent? "Mo Mun Thai" Anyone notice the similarities yet? The "Boh" in the Lao "Boh Penyang" is used exactly like how the Hokkiens use the word "Boh". Which means either "No", or if attached in the anterior, becomes a "question mark" of sorts. Hence, "Sabaidee" means "Greetings" in Lao. It actually literally translates to "Healthy" in both Thai and Lao. Hence, in Thai, you could also say "Sabaidee Mai?" to mean "Are you healthy?" and you ask "Sabaidee Boh?" for to same and effect in Lao.

"Menam Chao Praya" is another interesting one. "it is actually spelled incorrectly. It should be "Mae Nam Chao Phraya" to translate as "Mother Water Chao Phraya". Just as "Mekong River" is another absurdity. It should be "Mae Nam Khong", both in the Thai Language as well as in Lao. Where "Mae" means mother (rhymes with Nightmare), and "Nam" means water. So looking at "Mekong" it should be correctly called "Khong River". because the "Mae" is the short way of calling "Mae Nam". Identically, you could call the "Chao Phraya" as just "Mae Chao Phraya", but this would be considered rather "impolite".

For future tourists to Kanchanaburi where the famous "Bridge on the river Kwai" is located, please, for heaven's sake get the correct name pronounced. This was such an erroneous spelling that every single Thai will snigger whenever you say "River Kwai". Why? it is supposed to be pronounced "Kwae" (just like "Square", without the letter "s") And why do the Thai's laugh? It's because "Kwai" mean "Water Buffalo". So "Water Buffalo River" is rib-tickling. No different from the statements which Uncle Fossil decides to make nowadays.

The Linguistic Breakdown of the Thai groups are as follows:
Tai Kradai,
Southwestern
Tai East Central
Chiang Saeng
Tai Dam

They all come from South China, in the region just north of Vietnam. By the way, do read up any Thai Primary School History textbook. It tells a lot about all the origins of the Thai's, and how they are all "Pendatangs" from China. That is one of the many reasons why the Thai's have always been so receptive to foreigners. Thai Tourism contributes to 7% of Thai economy. And this is excluding the "Dark Trades" which go unrecorded.

For the record, the Austro-Asiatic Languages are more "China" than the Austronesian Language. They imported many Sanskrit and Pali words, and even their script is vaguely Sanskrit and Pali-based. Present day Thai script is a development from the Cambodian Script. and the Lao Script is based on the older form of the Thai Script. The Vietnamese decided to use a Romanized script, primarily because of the French influence, and their spellings are reflective of the Latin Way of pronouncing. Thus, "My Son" is pronounced as "Mee Sern", "Nha Trang" is prnounced as "Na Chang" and so on.

So, for Uncle Fossil to say that Thaksin is part Chinese, and part Thai, is akin to saying that "someone" is part Hainanese, and part Chinese. Or that another individual is part Kerala, and part Indian.

Both statements are absurd!!!

He could have at least picked on Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, where one is VERY Yellow, while the masses are clearly Brown. But Khmer History remains for another day...

"Indian Chinese Malay Indian Chinese Malay".... SHUT UP !!

GAWD !!! There's a far larger world out there than "Indian Chinese Malay"... gosh.

No such thing as 'Malay dilemma' - Nik Aziz


"When we talk about the interests of a specific race, it would encroach into the sensitivity of the other race. When the interest of only the Malays is prioritised, the Chinese and Indians will definitely bear a grudge because they want equal treatment,” added Nik Aziz.

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PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has attacked race-based policies such as the New Economic Policy (NEP), saying that they were destined to fail, and rubbished any discussion of the so-called "Malay dilemma".

"There is no such thing as Malay dilemma in Islam. Islam has given sufficient ingredients to guide our life in achieving peace, security and prosperity in the world and hereafter,” he said, in an apparent response to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s latest accusation that the PAS chief's cooperation with PKR and DAP proved that he was not fighting for Islam.

On the NEP, Nik Aziz said its failure was well documented.

"The fact is it did not bring much change to the Bumiputera, except a select few," said Nik Aziz.

Saying the policy only managed to achieve 18 percent share of the economy for Bumiputera although it had aimed for 30 percent, Nik Aziz hinted that the person to blame was Mahathir.

"Why fail? Dr Mahathir as the then Prime Minister has the real answer. Why is he hiding the fact?” he said.

Mahathir, in a series of blog posting targeted at Nik Aziz, had earlier defended UMNO against Nik Aziz's criticisms that it was based on narrow nationalism devoid of Islam.

Praise for Ataturk

In his latest blog posting entitled "A

nswering Nik Aziz", Mahathir also praised Turkey's Mustafa Kemal, increasingly despised by a growing number of Turkish Muslims, saying he was successful in restoring Turkey's pride.

FATHER FIGURE?... Mahathir admires Mustafa Kemal of Turkey for "restoring Turkey's pride"

Mustafa Kemal, who forced secularism on Turkey after engineering the downfall of the Ottoman caliphate, was well known for his crass de-Islamisation campaign in Turkey in his eagerness to be accepted by Europe. Among his legacies was banishing any form of Islamic practice, including denying women the right to wear hijab, which until recently had still been in place in Turkey.

The Kelantan Menteri Besar however reminded that Islam strongly forbid preferential treatment for any race as it would create communal conflicts.

"Prophet Muhammad taught us not to emphasis on race.

"When we talk about the interests of a specific race, it would encroach into the sensitivity of the other race. When the interest of only the Malays is prioritised, the Chinese and Indians will definitely bear a grudge because they want equal treatment,” added Nik Aziz.

Nik Aziz pointed out that Islam prohibited any attempt to sow hatred or undermine dignity of other communities.

"Thus, there is no issue of any Malay dilemma or dilemma of any race, when the questions of race and struggle of any specific race are based on the teachings of Islam.

Nik Aziz said debates and anxiety about "Malay dilemma" were due to UMNO's race-centred struggle.

“In the end, it has misled its own race because their people no longer believe in the good brought by their own religion,” he stressed.

Fitnah II: Borang Sampel Bukti Tak Diterima Mahkamah

Dari Keadilan Daily

Perbicaraan kes Fitnah II bersambung hari ini apabila Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur mendengar keterangan pakar DNA, Ketua Unit Jenayah Berat Jabatan Kimia,Dr Seah Lay Hoong.

Dalam perbicaraan yang bermula pukul 8.54 pagi, Dr Seah berkata beliau menerima Borang POL 21 yang menyatakan tempat-tempat sampel DNA diambil di badan Saiful. Borang berkenaan didapati daripada Hospital Kuala Lumpur pada 30 Jun, 2008 iaitu dua hari selepas pemeriksaan dilakukan ke atas pengadu itu.

Beliau menerima satu bungkusan bertanda B12 daripada polis yang terdapat kesilapan tarikh pada bungkusan yang ditanda pada 28 Ogos 2008 sedangkan dokumen Seah bertanda 28 Jun. Justeru tandaan pada B12 terdapat perubahan.

Peguam Ram Karpal membantah permohonan supaya borang yang diubah tanda sebagai bukti berdasarkan Seksyen 51 Kanun Acara Jenayah. Ram berkata borang tersebut berbeza daripada borang yang diberikan pada peguam pada awal perbicaraan.

Pendakwa Raya Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden bagaimanapun berkata perkara itu tidak penting tetapi yang penting adalah perkara yang diperiksa. Ram pula berkata dokumen itu penting kerana ia menunjukkan urutan bukti.

Selepas memohon tempoh rehat, Hakim, Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah memutuskan borang tersebut yang disenarai sebagai bahan bukti tidak boleh ditanda sebagai eksibit.

Prosiding perbicaraan yang kini sedang berjalan dijangka mendengar lebih banyak keterangan mengejutkan dari saksi pendakwaan.

Semalam, mahkamah dikejutkan dengan laporan proforma yang ditulis doktor Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) yang menyatakan hanya ‘cubaan liwat’ dan ‘cubaan seks oral’ pada ketika Saiful berjumpa doktor.

Perkara itu didedahkan oleh Pakar Jagaan kecemasan HKL, Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan. Mahkamah juga dikejutkan dengan keterangan Pakar Forensik HKL, Dr Siew Sheue Feng yang tidak mengisi borang proforma berkaitan pemeriksaan di dubur Saiful, rektum dan sejarah perubatan pengadu.

Mahkamah semalam turut dikejutkan dengan kenyataan peguam Sankara Nair bahawa botol berisi sampel bahan bukti yang diambil dari tubuh Saiful mempunyai tanda-tanda telah diusik.

Prosiding perbicaraan yang kini sedang berjalan dijangka mendengar lebih banyak keterangan mengejutkan dari saksi pendakwaan.

People’s Call for Regime Change – Part 1

By NH Chan

(The People’s Judge reflects on the turmoil in the Middle East – a people’s revolution inspired by the power of the new media on the internet such as Facebook and Twitter – and the lessons for us in Malaysia. He ends with a personal note of his own political awakening, and a call to action for all of us who care for this country.- loyarburok.com)

The uprising in Egypt, the uprising in Tunisia,the uprising in Yemen and even in Jordan there are rumblings in the kingdom. The message is clear. The people do not want their dictators.

And what is the difference between kings, dictators and oligarchs? They are all totalitarian regimes – this means a system of government consisting of only one leader or party and having complete power and control over the people.

But the people do not want that kind of government; they want democracy – this word means a form of government in which the people have a say in who should hold power; they do not want despotism. And this wish of the people could only mean that they want a government of the people, by the people and for the people which is what a true democracy actually is.

In other words, they do not want repressive rule in any shape or form. They want human rights. They do not want draconian and oppressive laws.

In short, they do not want to live under a perennial state of emergency because all emergency laws are only excuses for tyranny. They also want freedom of speech and a free press.

In other words they want a government which is accountable to the people. They want change from authoritarian – this word, which is an adjective, means demanding strict obedience of authority – rule.

And what is the antithesis of totalitarianism? It is democracy, which is what the people really want. In a democracy, the people can choose their own representatives in government. If the people’s choice did not perform up to their expectations they could be replaced by the people.

In a true democracy, there will be no such thing as intervention from an illegitimate source to hijack the people’s choice of representatives in their government.
The foreboding of a dictatorship

What has happened in Egypt and in the Middle East was a people’s call for regime change. The dictators there who have clung to power should have seen the writing on the wall; it was time for them to leave. The people, especially the young people because they are educated and well informed, did not want them. They have overstayed their tenure.

They became corrupted by power; there is a well known adage which says power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Any dictatorship is tyrannical – the word means ‘using power in a cruel and oppressive way’ – as was seen in Egypt under Hosni Mubarak who had clung to power for 30 years. In recent events there, we have seen water cannons and tear gas being used on peaceful protestors by the regime. Mubarak’s Gestapo like police have tortured and killed dissenters: I saw a peaceful protestor exclaim on TV “They have shot me! What am I? The enemy?”

In this country we have been governed by the Barisan Nasional (BN) for some 53 years. This country is supposed to be a democracy. But it is not. Guided democracy is nothing more than an excuse for tyranny. We still have draconian laws. People are still being incarcerated under the ISA which is detention without trial. There is police brutality which seems to be endemic in the force. The people’s fundamental freedoms have been muzzled; they have even used the Sedition Act against the country’s citizens.

Respect cannot be forced. If you are good respect comes naturally. The people do not want their legitimately elected state government to be hijacked by the autocrats. What happened in Perak and in Selangor are the clearest examples of governmental wrongdoings. So that if these autocrats are not careful, the tyrannical happenings in this country could easily turn into a catalyst for change.

But we do not want to follow the trend as played out in the Middle East. It is necessary, therefore, that we earnestly take steps to make the change from the BN regime at the next general elections by replacing it with a democratic one.

We do not want autocrats – the word means ‘rulers or persons with absolute power who expect obedience’ – to tell us with supercilious arrogance what is good for us, for that is another excuse for tyranny.

We want our rulers to be answerable to us, the people. Despots are not needed to run this country because they will always be corrupted by power – that is the reason why the Prime Minister and members of his Cabinet should not be allowed to stay in office for more than two terms. The same should apply to the Menteri Besars and the Excos.

Animal Farm

If you have read Animal Farm -a novel by George Orwell, published in 1945 – you will know what I mean. The book is a satire in fable form. The pigs (whose leader is Napoleon) become corrupted by power and a new tyranny replaces the old. The ultimate slogan runs ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others‘.

The BN has been with us for 53 years and on each succession of the BN government a new tyranny replaces the old. I say this because nothing has changed since the BN came to power. We have the same repressive laws. But there is now a new tyranny. The new evil is the hijacking of a legitimately elected state government in Perak and this, in my estimation, is the last straw for the people of Perak to tolerate. For the rest of the country, remember this, if it can happen in Perak it could happen again elsewhere in this country.

This was mainly the reason that made me change my mind from being apolitical to decide to vote for the underdogs because what the BN had done to Perak was wickedly unfair and unjustifiable.

After reading the book Perak: A State of Crisis I realized that these people do not even know right from wrong. They even gloat in their wrongdoings. We do not want the oligarchy – this word means a country governed by a small group of people – to be more equal than us.

I don’t have to tell you who they are – even in the BN some ‘animals’ are more equal than others. Look at their opulence.

It is a good thing if every member of the Cabinet and every member of the Exco are investigated as to their financial status and assets before they can assume office. And when they leave office they are to be investigated again. They are to be accountable if they are found to be richer than what they could have earned while in office when they leave.

That is why democracy requires the representatives of the people to be accountable to the people. Look at Mr Lim Kit Siang, he has been in politics for as long as I can remember and his son is currently the Chief Minister of Penang. Another was the late Dr Lim Chong Eu. The Perakians and the Penangites know that they are not rich.

One should be in politics to serve the people, not to get rich.

NH Chan, a much respected former Court of Appeal Judge, is a gavel of justice that has no hesitation in pounding on Federal Court judges with wooden desks for heads. Retired from the Judiciary to become the People?s Judge. Wrote the explosive “Judging The Judges”, now in its 2nd edition as “How To Judge The Judges”. Once famously hinted at a possible “case match” between lawyer and judge by remarking that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (see Ayer Molek Rubber Company Berhad & Ors v Insas Berhad & Anor [1995] 3 CLJ 359). We need more people like NH Chan. That?s why you should buy PASOC and his book.

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by Tan Yi Liang

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 17, 2011): The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) investigating the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock has lost another participant – the Selangor government.

Today's withdrawal, which was announced in court by state government counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar follows in the heels of the Teoh family, who quit their participation in the RCI yesterday.

In his submissions, Malik said this was due to three factors, the first being that the RCI was not stayed until the completion of the revision of Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas’s Jan 5 open verdict in the inquest.

"The existence of this commission to continue in the face of the revision is of concern of us due to the possible multiplicity of findings," said Malik.

Malik pointed out that the High Court is a superior court to the RCI under the Commissions of Enquiries Act 1950.

He also raised the issue that three officers of the attorney-general (A-G) are aiding the RCI despite the fact the A-G is pressing for a verdict of suicide in the revision.

The three are deputy public prosecutors Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud and Kwan Li Sa and senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh. All three are to assist the RCI as conducting officers.

Malik said that the "issue of apparent bias" was not addressed by the panel, before questioning the decision of the RCI to recall the witnesses of the inquest which began on July 29, 2009.

He pointed out that witnesses had already testified under oath in the inquest, and that discrepancies could arise should testimonies differ.

Meanwhile RCI chairman Tan Sri James Foong had announced that the panel had unanimously decided that pathologists Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand and Dr Peter Vanezis would be called as witnesses to the RCI.

"The state government takes the position that the withdrawal of the family from these proceedings has given reason to question the value of these proceedings," said Malik.

This view was supported by Bar Council representative Christopher Leong, who described the two proceedings running side-by-side as something "wholly inconsistent".

"The Bar’s position is that the AGC (Attorney-General's Chambers) should either withdraw the revision or apply to postpone the revision until the conclusion of this inquiry," added Leong, calling on the A-G himself to appear.

"We ask that the A-G be directed to appear before this commission to state his position as to the revision that is pending in the High Court," said Leong, adding the A-G should not be involved "in any way or form in the machinery" of the RCI.

This position was refuted by Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) counsel Datuk Seri Mohd Shafee Abdullah, who argued that withdrawing the revision is out of the A-G’s hands.

Shafee said it is left in the hands of the High Court to decide the merits of a revision.

"It is a process of invocation of the powers of revision, it is never our right. So nobody can ask for a withdrawal of a revision because it is now with the court," said Shafee.

Shafee, who defended the independence of the three officers, pointed out that the parties which withdrew did so out of their own free will.

In further proceedings, the RCI heard testimony from three witnesses – the first being HwangDBS Investment Bank security guard Siti Zabedah Yahya.

In her testimony, the 43-year old testified that she had discovered Teoh’s body on July 16, 2009, when she saw a figure on the fifth floor landing as she was closing the window of her 19th floor office storeroom.

She said she dropped three screws and called Plaza Masalam maintenance technician Ridzuan Samsuri when the body did not react to the screws.

In his testimony, Ridzuan said that he saw Teoh’s face covered with blood when he arrived at the 5th floor landing with colleague Rosli Salleh.

He added that he had panicked when he saw the body and called security to take further action.

Meanwhile, Plaza Masalam security officer Mohd Khairul Izuan Nasir testified that he called the Section 11 police station when he saw Teoh’s body to report a "suspected suicide".

He said he was directed to cover the body in black plastic, which he weighted down with bricks, adding that this was the first time such an incident had happened in Plaza Masalam.

The final witness to take the stand today was police inspector Zulaimi Zubir, who testified that he was told by a MACC officer that the deceased was a witness.

He added that when he went to the 14th floor, where the Selangor branch of the MACC was at the time, he was handed an IC to check against the crime database.

Responding that the IC belonged to Teoh, Zulaimi added that the check turned up no criminal record and said he did not take down the details of the MACC officer who handed the IC to him.

He also testified that the investigating officer, ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal, reached the crime scene about 2.40pm.

Teoh, 30, aide to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16, 2009 after giving a statement to Selangor MACC at Level 14, Plaza Masalam in Seksyen 9 here.

This morning, members of the RCI visited the site of the incident at Plaza Masalam. Foong and four other members arrived at the building at 9.50am.

This was the first time that members of the commission visited the site since it began proceedings on Monday.

Other members of the Commission are former Federal Court judge Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman and former Appeals Court judge Datuk T. Selventhiranathan while the forensic experts comprised Forensic Pathology Consultant of the Penang Hospital's Forensic Medical Department Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh and Forensic Psychiatry Consultant and Dean of Medical Faculty of Kolej Universiti Sains Perubatan Cyberjaya Prof Dr Mohamed Hatta Shaharom. 

Death in police custody – Prakash Moses (Hang Tuah police station lock-up, 18 Feb 2003)

Eight years ago today, 40-year-old Prakash Moses reportedly died in the hospital following a fall during the registration process at the Hang Tuah police station lock-up.

Prakash Moses was arrested on 14 February 2003, brought to the hospital after the fall on the following day and was pronounced dead in the morning on 18 February.

An inquest was conducted into this custodial death as required by Chapter XXXII of the Criminal Procedure Code, and the coroner found that the death was caused by head injuries due to the fall.

Based on the Royal Malaysia Police’s statistics, 85 persons died in police custody between 2003 and 2007 alone.

We express our heartfelt condolences to Prakash Moses’s family and friends on this anniversary of his death.

Deadly 'day of rage' in Libya


Libyan protesters seeking to oust longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi have defied a crackdown and taken to the streets on what activists have dubbed a "day of rage".

There are reports that more than a dozen demonstrators have been killed in clashes with pro-government groups.

Opponents of Gaddafi, communicating anonymously online or working in exile, urged people to protest on Thursday to try to emulate popular uprisings which unseated long-serving rulers in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt.

"Today the Libyans broke the barrier or fear, it is a new dawn,'' Faiz Jibril, an opposition leader in exile, said.

Abdullah, an eyewitness in the country's second largest city of Benghazi, who spoke to Al Jazeera, said that he saw six unarmed protesters shot dead by police on Thursday.

He also said that the government had released 30 people from jail, paying and arming them to fight people in the street.

Opposition website Libya Al-Youm said four protesters were killed by snipers from the Internal Security Forces in the eastern city of al-Baida, which had protests on Wednesday and Thursday, AP news agency reported.

Sites monitored in Cyprus, and a Libyan human rights group based abroad, reported earlier that the protests in al-Baida had cost as many as 13 lives.

Increasing casualties

Mohammed Ali Abdellah, deputy leader of the exiled National Front for the Salvation of Libya, said that hospitals in al-Baida were experiencing a shortage of medical supplies, saying the government had refused to provide them to treat an increasing number of protesters.

Abdellah quoted hospital officials in the town as saying that about 70 people have been admitted since Wednesday night, about half of them critically injured by gunshot wounds.

The Quryna newspaper, which is close to Gaddafi's son, cited official sources and put the death toll at two. It traced the unrest to a police shutdown of local shops that had soon escalated.

The interior ministry fired the head of security in Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar province in the aftermath of the violence, in which protesters had torched "several police cars and citizens," the paper said on its website.

Several hundred supporters of Gaddafi also gathered in the capital, Tripoli, to counter calls for anti-government protests and they were joined by Gaddafi himself.

'Down with Gaddafi'

Clashes also broke out in the city of Zentan, southwest of the capital, in which a number of government buildings were torched.

Fathi al-Warfali, a Swiss-based activist and head of the Libyan Committee for Truth and Justice, said two more people were killed in Zentan on Thursday ,while one protester was killed in Rijban, a town about 120km southwest of Tripoli.

He said protesters on Thursday in the coastal city of Darnah were chanting "`the people want the ouster of the regime'' - a popular slogan from protests in Tunisia and Egypt - when thugs and police attacked them.

A video provided by al-Warfali of the scene in Zentan showed marchers chanting and holding a banner that read "Down with Gaddafi. Down with the regime.''

Another video showed protests by lawyers in Benghazi on Thursday demanding political and economic reform while a third depicted a demonstration in Shahat, a small town southwest of Benghazi.

Government warning

Libya has been tightly controlled for over 40 years by Gaddafi, who is now Africa's longest-serving leader.

Thursday is the anniversary of clashes that took place on February 17, 2006 in Benghazi, when security forces killed several protesters who were attacking the city's Italian consulate.

According to reports on Twitter, the microblogging site, Libya's regime had been sending text messages to people warning them that live bullets will be fired if they join today's protests.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said that Libyan authorities had detained 14 activists, writers and protesters who had been preparing the anti-government demonstrations.

Al-Warfali said 11 protesters were killed in al-Baida on Wednesday night, and scores were wounded. He said the government dispatched army commandos to quell the uprising.

In a telephone interview with Al Jazeera on Wednesday, Idris Al-Mesmari, a Libyan novelist and writer, said that security officials in civilian clothes came and dispersed protesters in Benghazi using tear gas, batons and hot water.

Al-Mesmari was arrested hours after the interview.

Media blocked

Late on Wednesday evening, it was impossible to contact witnesses in Benghazi because telephone connections to the city appeared to be out of order.

Social media sites were reportedly blocked for several hours through the afternoon, but access was restored in the evening.

Al Jazeera is understood to have been taken off the state-owned cable TV network, but is still reportedly available on satellite networks.

Though some Libyans complain about unemployment, inequality and limits on political freedoms, analysts say that an Egypt-style revolt is unlikely because the government can use oil revenues to smooth over most social problems.

Libya accounts for about two per cent of the world's crude oil exports.

Companies including Shell, BP and Eni have invested billions of dollars in tapping its oil fields, home to the largest proven reserves in Africa.

If you are in Libya and have witnessed protests then send your pictures and videos to http://yourmedia.aljazeera.net

Source:Al Jazeera and agencies

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Mystery man's semen found on Saiful's briefs



Today could be a critical moment in the Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial as the head of the Serious Crime Unit from the Chemistry Department Dr Seah Lay Hong takes the stand.

NONEYesterday, Seah (right), who performed the DNA tests, was on the stand for less than five minutes before erratic power supply during the afternoon at the Kuala Lumpur High Court forced an adjournment.

The court had heard several surprising revelations yesterday, particularly that the pro-forma form used by doctors had stated the alleged incident involving sodomy complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan only involved “attempted sodomy” and “attempted oral sex”.

Although former Hospital Kuala Lumpur doctor Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan insisted that Saiful had claimed he was sodomised and was asked to perform oral sex, the defence led by Karpal Singh managed to raise doubts.

Also present in court today is a representative from the Australian Embassy. Other observers includes two Australian specialists Dr David Wells, a forensic pathologist, and Dr Brian McDonald, a DNA specialist, hired by Anwar's defence team.

LIVE REPORTS

8.40am: Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrive in court. Seats in the public gallery are still plentiful.

8.46am: Saiful's father Azlan Md Lazim arrives. He was absent yesterday.

8.53am: Hearing is now underway as Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah enters the courtroom. Johor PKR chief Chua Jui Meng joins the public gallery.
8.55pm: Witness Dr Seah Lay Hong tells the court about her background. She specialises in biological stains, DNA and biological stains in tissues.

She has a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, Masters in Medical Science and a doctorate in Forensic DNA. Seah has attended various conferences and seminars locally and abroad.
9.13am: Seah testifies she received a POL 21 Form (ID stand), which pin point the locations on Saiful's body where the DNA samples were obtained.

The form was provided by the Kuala Lumpur general hospital on June 30, 2008 two days after the examination on Saiful was performed.
9.20am: Seah says she received a package marked B12 from the police. There is an error on the date of th package. It reads Aug 28, 2008, while her documents state June 28. There are also amendments to the B12 marking.

Defence lawyer Ram Karpal objected to an application that the rectified form be marked as an exhibit as it was different from the one given to the defence at the start of the trial. Ram raises the protest under Section 51 a of the Criminal Procedure Code.
9.33am: Solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden in reply said what was important was not the document but the items inspected. He said there was a precedent when a document that was not provided to defence had been tendered as evidence.

Ram replied said it is important as it reveals the chain of evidence as what the defence obtains is different from what is being provided to them.

azlan9.39am: Justice Zabidin asks for break to decide on the objection. But Yusof asks that trial continue without marking the said disputed document.
10.08am: After a short break, Justice Zabidin rules in favour of the defence that the document (a second POL 21 form) which is in the list of exhibits submitted cannot be marked as anexhibit.

10.15am: Seah said she received the packages from DSP Jude Blacious Pereira and identifies the officer. She also identifies the packages.

10.27am: All envelopes marked B1 to B11 believed to contain the cotton swab where the sample was taken are marked as exhibits.
10.59am: Items are still being marked as exhibits. This includes a single strand of pubic hair.
11.02am: The defence team objects to the prosecution's suggestion that the hair was actually it is pubic hair.

“How would Dr Seah know?”, said defence counsel Sankara Nair.

DPP Noorin Badruddin said it is in her report.

Sankara said it should be called a “strand of hair”.

11.04am: A pair of black trousers, believed to belong to Saiful, was marked as an exhibit. Earlier witnesses said that semen stains were found on the trousers.
A Ralph Lauren brand shirt belonging to Saiful was also marked as an exhibit.
NONE11.14am: Saiful's Levi's brand underwear was identified. It had already been tendered as evidence.

At this juncture, Wan Azizah was seen bowing her head, while Anwar is reading some material while in the dock.
11.17am: Another grey underwear, believed to be Saiful's, is marked as an exhibit.

11.32am: A piece of carpet and a grey bed sheet are marked as exhibits.

Anwar is seen looking from the dock as the the envelope is opened.

Seah said the package arrived at her department sealed with the PDRM safety marking.

Once examinined , it is repackaged and sealed with the Chemistry Department tape and sealed.

11.37pm: DPP Noorin asks for a short break. Justice Zabidin asks court to resume at noon.
12.12pm: Court resumes.

Also present in court are former PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali and Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff.

12.17pm: Seah said the toxicology test was done by toxicology chemist AP Mohan.

12.20pm: All items excluding the carpet and the duvet were kept in a freezer.

The carpet and duvet kept in a cold room at the Chemistry Department.

12.23pm: Seah said she started DNA testing on July 1, 2008.

The second batch was tested on July 2, 2008.

Seah said the analysis was completed on July 5, 2008.

She said she found semen on swabs B5, B7, B8, B9.

These were earlier identified as samples taken from Saiful's peri-anal, lower and upper rectum.

Seminal stains were found on a pair of black trousers and grey underwear.

12.29pm: Seah said she is only aware of the location where the cotton swabs were taken based on the marking made.

Seah said B5 which was marked P36 is peri-anal region.

Cotton swab B7 marked P38 label high rectal swab.

Cotton swab B8 marked P39 is labelled high rectal swab.

Cotton swab B9 marked P40 is labelled low rectal swab.

12.34pm: Seah said two seminal stains were found inside the black trousers worn by Saiful. The seminal stains were spotted near the inner front zip area.

12.38pm: Seah found two seminal stains at the top front portion of Saiful's grey underwear and also the bottom part.

12.43pm: Seah said two tests were conducted on the B stain - the PSA test and the sperm isolation test.

Three tests conducted on the seminal stains were the acid phosphosate test, PSA and sperm isolation test.

1.04pm: Chemist's report marked as an exhibit.

Court adjourns and will continue at 2.30pm.
2.40pm: Hearing resumes with Seah on the witness stand. Examination in chief conducted by DPP Noordin Badruddin.

2.50pm: Seah said two seminal spots were found on Saiful's underwear. The first spot contained Saiful's DNA. The second spot contained DNA from two individuals - Saiful and an unknown male whom she labled as “Male Y”.
2.55pm: Seah said there is no DNA profile on swabs B, B1, B2, B3, B4 and B6.

3.00pm: Seah said from cotton bud B5 (peri annal) there is DNA from Saiful and a mixture of male DNA consisting Saiful's, Male Y and one other male contributor.
3.11pm: Seah said B5 is a non-sperm extract.

"As this is peri-anal swab, it is exposed to the anal exterior,” she said.

Seah said the mixed DNA could be as a result of contact DNA which would be attributed to the use of a toilet seat.

3.16pm: Seah said B7 has two male DNA one of which correspond to Saiful and the other is Male Y. B7 is the high rectal swab.

"There is also a sperm extract which is the dominant one is "Male Y".

3.35pm: Court stands down for the defence to compare the DNA chart.
4.10pm: Court adjourns till tomorrow after it was discovered the DNA chart provided to the defence was not complete.

Will Kita survive?

Political analysts say the party must emphasise its agenda on good governance and work with other movements.
PETALING JAYA: With Kita now opening its membership to non-Malays, analysts are saying that it needs more than just a multiracial character to survive as a political party.

Yesterday, the Registrar of Societies approved Kita’s application to accept non-Malays as members. Kita used to be Akim, a party splintered from PAS with its membership restricted to Muslims.

FMT talked to three political analysts and they agree that Kita is still seen as a Zaid Ibrahim party, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how he articulates the party’s ideals.

“Zaid is known for his stand on equality, freedom and respect for the constitution,” said Khoo Kay Peng, whose advice was that he should continue to champion those issues, but in Kita’s name.

For starters, he added, Kita should unveil its election manifesto to the public as soon as possible.
With heavy competition from other multi-racial parties, namely PKR, DAP, Gerakan and the People’s Progressive Party, one way Kita could rise above the fray is to emphasise its struggle to promote good governance, he said.

Khoo also reminded the party that while it was good to open its doors to non-Malays, it should understand that maintaining its membership would be another challenge altogether.

He cited the example of PKR, which despite being on the political scene for more than 10 years, was still having problems with defections.

“Unlike the more seasoned DAP and PAS, it will take time for a new party like PKR or Kita to prove its mettle,” he said.

Khoo cautioned Zaid not to use his party as a platform to attack others, for it might prove to be the young party’s undoing.

“If Zaid is going to use Kita to attack Anwar Ibrahim or PKR, it will fail because that would be getting too personal,” he said.

Influential movements
Another analyst, Ong Kian Meng, thinks Kita’s influence will be concentrated only in the constituency that Zaid will be contesting in the next election.

“The fact is Kita is still seen as a Zaid party and the latter’s reputation is somewhat tarnished with his resignation from PKR,” he said.

Zaid, who was vying for PKR’s deputy presidency, left the party last year after accusing the party of rigging its internal elections to ensure the victory of his rival, Azmin Ali.

Ong said Kita could survive only if it joined forces with other influential movements such as the United Borneo Front, the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement and Hindraf.

“It has to reach out to broader base,” he said.

Sivamurugan Pandian of Universiti Sains Malaysia agrees. He said working with other movements would help Kita strengthen its machinery.

“And the party should focus on urban areas for now as Zaid is more appealing to urban voters,” he said.
Commenting on Zaid’s statement that he was not concerned about the size of Kita’s membership,

Sivamurugan said the party needed a few thousand members in order to take its political message across Malaysia, “unless, of course, Zaid wishes to focus on limited areas only.”
Kita is said to have about 300 members.

Penyokong desak PAS rampas kerusi PKR

PETALING JAYA: Kini wujud desakan supaya PAS mahu mengambil semula kerusi-kerusinya yang ditandingi oleh calon PKR dalam pilihanraya umum lalu, kata sumber hari ini.

Ia susulan tuntutan yang dibuat oleh penyokong dan ahli parti di negeri terbabit yang mahu calon PAS bertanding.

Antara paling kuat menyuarakan hasrat tersebut ialah para penyokong PAS Kelantan dan Negeri Sembilan.

“Ini bermakna kerusi-kerusi PAS yang ditandingi oleh calon PKR dalam pilihanraya umum lalu akan ditandingi calon PAS.

“Ia termasuk kerusi PAS yang ditandingi oleh calon PKR di Kelantan seperti kerusi Parlimen Machang yang dimenangi Setiausaha Agung PKR, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

“Tetapi kerusi-kerusi lain juga tidak terlepas,” katanya.

Kerusi Parlimen Dungun ditandingi calon PKR, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin walaupun ia merupakan kerusi tradisi PAS.

Di Negeri Sembilan, PAS negeri itu mahu menuntut kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Ampangan dan Sikamat yang ditandingi calon PKR pada 2008.

“Ahli dan penyokong parti sudah menyuarakan perkara tersebut supaya PAS mengambil semula kerusi berkenaan. Sebahagian ahli yang lain pula mahu kerusi Serting dan Palong juga diambil dari PKR.

“Alasan mereka kerana tidak yakin dengan PKR yang diselubungi pergolakan demi pergolakan,” kata sumber itu.

Sementara itu, Exco PAS Pusat, Syed Azman Ahmad Nawawi ketika dihubungi berkata, perkara tersebut belum dibincangkan lagi dalam mesyuarat tertinggi Pakatan Rakyat.

Katanya, ini bermakna isu PAS mahu mengambil semula kerusinya yang sebelum ini ditandingi oleh calon PKR tidak timbul.

ISA repeal: Dr M says cops cuffed him

KUALA LUMPUR: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, during whose tenure the Internal Security Act (ISA) earned notoriety, has now blamed the police for the security law’s continued existence.

According to Mahathir, who was blamed for masterminding the biggest ISA dragnet in 1987, he had wanted to abolish the law, which was amended to remove the option for judicial review during his term, but the police had stopped him.

The 1989 amendment to the 1960 security law inherited from the British granted the home minister absolute discretion to determine detention time.

“ISA must be invoked when necessary, but when I was the prime minister I wanted to abolish the ISA but the police were against it,” Mahathir told a forum on parliamentary democracy here.

The former premier claimed that he had wanted to reduce the detention period from two years to one but was stalled by the police who “advised” him against it.

He said it was his prerogative to heed the advice given their position as national security advisers.

Previously, Mahathir had denied orchestrating the 1987 Operasi Lalang, which saw more than 100 people being arrested under the ISA. This included several opposition figures such as DAP stalwarts Lim Kit Siang, his son Guan Eng and Karpal Singh.

The former premier said that the police were behind the mass arrests, and his statement was backed by the then inspector-general of police Hanif Omar.

Former IGP: I was responsible

Speaking at the same forum this morning, Hanif admitted that he had stopped Mahathir and former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, a two-time ISA detainee himself, from scrapping the law.

Hanif, who served as police chief for 20 years until 1994, said the issue was first raised by Anwar at a security briefing prior to his retirement from the service.

“Anwar said we should abolish ISA, Dr Mahathir said okay,” he recounted, adding that it was him who pleaded with the two to consider carrying out just a review of the law.

“When he (Mahathir) became the prime minister, (former deputy premier) Musa Hitam told me ‘don’t invoke the ISA, Dr Mahathir will not like it’,” Hanif told the forum.

The former police chief also defended the 1987 crackdown, saying that it was done to avoid another racial riot.

“I gave the briefing together with Rahim Noor,” he said. Rahim was the then Special Branch director who later succeeded Hanif as IGP.

“The Special Branch was of the opinion that the situation was going out of control. If we did not take action, something more serious than May 13, 1969 would have taken place,” he said.

He later claimed responsibility for the entire operation, saying that despite Mahathir’s opposition to the crackdown, it was necessary.

‘Hanif has been consistent’

Meanwhile, one of those detained during the 1987 operation, prominent activist and academic Chandra Muzaffar, also believes that Operasi Lalang was entirely planned by the police.

Addressing the same forum, he said: “Based on my experience, I was transported from Penang to Kuala Lumpur where I met Hanif (Omar). During that meeting, he said it was a police operation and he has been very consistent.”

“The first 60 days of arrest was a police operation,” he added.

The former Universiti Malaya academic was once a fierce critic of Mahathir and staunch ally of Anwar when he was the Parti Keadilan Nasional (now PKR) deputy president in 1999.

Of pubic hair and underwears

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial continued this morning with the prosecution and defence splitting hairs.

The bone of contention was a single strand of hair, which the prosecution claimed was from the pubic region, while the defence argued against it.

“How would Dr Seah know (where the hair came from)?” asked defence counsel Sankara Nair.

According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Noordin Hasaan, the information was contained in the report furnished by Seah.

However, Sankara argued that the exhibit should be labelled as a “strand of hair” without being specific as to where it orginated from.

Dr Seah Lay Hong is the head of the Chemistry Department’s serious crime unit.

Apart from this, two pairs of underwears, a Ralph Lauren shirt and a pair of black trousers, which contained semen stains, were also tendered as exhibits.

The items are believed to belong to Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who has accused Anwar of sodomising him. Also in the list of exhibits were a carpet and a gray-coloured bedsheet.

The trial kicked off today with Seah taking the witness stand again.

Anwar, 63, is charged with sodomising Saiful, 25, at Unit 11-5-1 of the Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

Yesterday, Seah, who performed the DNA tests in the case, was on the stand for less than five minutes before erratic power supply during the afternoon at the Kuala Lumpur High Court forced an adjournment.

Seah said she started the DNA testing on July 1, 2008 and the analysis was completed on July 5.

She said she found semen on swabs B5, B7, B8, B9.

These were earlier identified as samples taken from the peri-anal, lower and upper rectum of Saiful.

Seah also told the court of the presence of semen belonging to “male Y” from one of two seminal stains lifted from an underwear belonging to Saiful, according to a Bernama report.

She confirmed the presence of semen belonging to “male Y” on the four swabs with the first swab from the para-anal region, two from high rectal areas and one at low rectal area of the complainant.

She, however, did not name or identify the “male Y” in her report.

She said no seminal stains of “male Y” were found on the multi-coloured carpet and a duvet seized from the room of a condominium unit where the alleged offence was committed.

Crucial role

During examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorin Badaruddin, Seah said she also carried out tests on two long-sleeved shirts and a dark blue underwear on the request of investigation officer DSP Judy Blaucious Pereira.

The fifth prosecution witness told the court results from the exhibits were negative, indicating that semen belonging to “male Y” was not present.

“However, two seminal stains found on a pair of black trousers belonging to Saiful, confirmed it belongs to the owner,” said Seah.

The chemistry report tendered as exhibit also revealed that sample B5 taken from para-anal area consisted of male DNA of Saiful, male Y and another unidentified male contributor.

When asked to explain the scientific method she carried out before preparing her report, Seah explained in detail on the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing using the multiplex polymerase chain technique.

Questioned further by Noorin on how long seminal stain specifically spermatazoa could remain to facilitate DNA testing, Seah said humidity played a crucial role.

“If it is exposed to dry and cool weather, then it is possible to remain for a considerable time,” said the chemist.

To another question by Noorin on how long semen could remain in the body in case of sodomy, Seah said that it was not her expertise since her work was more confined to carrying out laboratory examination.

Earlier, she said that she first received 12 envelopes containing 12 exhibits marked B to B11 on June 30, 2008 from Pereira and followed by six more envelopes and two packages on July 1 2008.

Australian DNA expert Dr Brian Mcdonald was present in court to assist the defence team.

Hearing before Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah resumes tomorrow.

Dr M welcomes eight-year term for PM

(Bernama) - KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he welcomed a suggestion to limit the term of a prime minister to eight years.

He said the suggestion should be considered but if someone had given the best service and had not committed anything which could be detrimental to the country, an extension would be appropriate.

“For example, if we limit the period of power to a term, it will not enable a leader to perform his duties efficiently and will fail to carry out what has been planned,” he said.

Dr Mahathir, who held the position for 22 years from 1981 until 2003, said this during a question-and-answer session at a forum entitled “Current Challenges of Democracy System and Malaysian Constitution Towards Achieving Vision 2020” here today.

He said this in response to a suggestion by Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali who proposed that a person holding the post of a prime minister be limited to only eight years.

Dr Mahathir said the duration was relevant as normally after taking over the country’s leadership, the person has to first learn about it.

“The first year is the year to start learning the intricacies of governing, the second year to plan and set out various programmes while the third year is the year for him to implement what he has planned.

“The fourth year comes the general election. So where he has the time to carry out what he had planned to do,” he said.

On the Internal Security Act, Dr Mahathir said the Act was good but should not be misused.

“ISA is not a necessity and I also had suggested that ISA be abolished. However, after getting advice from my adviser, namely the police, ISA was not abolished.

“This ISA is good for us, look at Ibrahim, after he was in and out, he became good,” Dr Mahathir added. — Bernama

Auditor-General rues unchecked spending in GLCs

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Hundreds of government-linked companies (GLCs) have been established in Malaysia, but their performances have been mediocre.

So declared Auditor-General Ambrin Buang, who added, “sometimes, I question if they (these companies) are even relevant in the 20th century”.

Speaking at forum on public governance in Putrajaya today, Ambrin (right) said GLCs could do well to adopt the private sector’s code of governance, since it was in these public companies where much of the public funds were wasted.

“It is this sphere of government that is very loose, where people are awarded for not doing anything,” he told the audience of about 80 people, made up mostly of academicians.

Mismanagement in GLCs have featured prominently in the many reports of the auditor-general. In 2009, for example, the report to Parliament highlighted RM1.45 billion in losses incurred by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd.

In 2005, his office ticked off the Treasury for guaranteeing loans amounting to RM47.5 billion for GLCs without sufficient supervision on how the money is to be repaid.

Stop rewarding the crooks

However, Ambrin said today that it is “not fair” to say the government wasn’t doing much to curb excessive spending, particularly in GLCs, as the cabinet had instructed that all those responsible be brought to task.

“But action by the heads of department has been lacking. (They) condone or kesian (feel pity) because they are retiring, etc. That must change,” he said.

Panelist and Umno disciplinary board member Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas, said the size of the bureaucracy made corruption difficult to police.

“We have one federal government, 13 state governments and more than 100 local governments. We have too much government that is becoming ungovernable. There are many layers of power, overlapping half of the time,” Megat Najmuddin said.

However, good public governance, the former Kelana Jaya assemblyperson said, could not take place without political governance.

“Funding for political parties is totally opaque and this is where the problem starts, it creates corruption… Our political system is built for corruption,” he said.

Megat Najmuddin added that Malaysia’s system of reward and punishment was “upside down, for we punish the good and reward the crooks”.

“That is the general view, if you look at who gets a datukship or becomes a Tan Sri,” he said.

Safeguards are weak

Agreeing with him, UiTM professor of law Shad Saleem Faruqi said corruption in Malaysia had become “institutionalised”.

“The tender system, for example, is the mother of all corruption… The electoral system, too, limits the amount spent on individual candidates, but not that spent by the (political) party.

“(The government) tries to solve problems using populist measures, like in education, where we shave the mountain instead of preparing students so they can mount the peak,” Shad Faruqi (right) said.

In a speech he made earlier, he noted that several instutitional safeguards of good governance in Malaysia were weak, including the judiciary, which he described as “having become part of the problem”.

Federalism, which aimed at limiting power and areas of corruption, Shad Faruqi said was “not working very well” as Malaysia practised a “quasified system”, as had been evident in the appointment of Selangor state secretary Mohd Khusrin Munawi without the menteri besar’s consent.

“Surely, the chief executive (of the state) should have a say. That adheres to the spirit of federalism. There may be legality (in the appointment), but there is no legitimacy,” he added.

Do Not Allow Any Obstacle To Hinder Development - Muhyiddin

MIRI, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- Do not allow any obstacle to hinder the process of bringing better social, education and health services to the people, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said as such the people of Sarawak should return the Barisan Nasional (BN) to power in the coming 10th state by-election to ensure uninterrupted development strides in the state.

Speaking at the 1Malaysia Chap Goh Mei celebration at Batu Niah, about 100km from here Thursday, he said he was happy to notice the "feel good" atmosphere during his visit to the state.

He said the big turnout at the Chap Goh Mei celebration showed the strong support of the people towards the BN and their confidence in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's leadership.

The prime minister has introduced comprehensive development strategies, which leave no stone unturned however insignificant or small they may be as long as they affected the people, he added.

He said under Najib's stewardship, the country recorded a stunning economic recovery and growth.

At the function, Muhyiddin announced a RM56.24 million allocation under the first rolling plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan for the Sibuti parliamentary constituency here.

He also announced another RM2 million allocation for the implementation of small projects.

Speaking to reporters later, Muhyiddin said the local Chinese community should always be part of the government as it adopted a pro-business attitude.

"We have come out with clear and firm policies to further enhance the country's business growth," he said.

He called on the Chinese community to bring up their problems to the state and federal government which would help iron them out.

Sound of freedom reaches Bahrain

Pro-democracy fervour is sweeping the North African and West Asian region. First Tunisia. Then Egypt. Now the people of Bahrain are rising.

This is the most popular song to emerge from the Egyptian pro-democracy uprising and vividly captures the mood of freedom and hope that is ripening in the region. (Click ‘cc’ on bottom right of the video box for English subtitles.)
People are also demanding freedom, justice and democracy in Libya, Yemen and Iran.