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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Racist Militia Slaughter 12 "Black" Libyans

Racist Militia Slaughter 12 "Black" LibyansThe death toll from yesterday’s attack by the Misrata brigade on a refugee camp in Tripoli has reached 12.

Doctors and locals report that two of the dead were women and one elderly man. The exact number of injured is unknown although many videos have emerged online and in mainstream western and GCC media of wounded victims.

Inhabitants in the camp in the Janzour area are from the town of Tawergha, whose entire and predominantly Black Libyan population of about 35,000 were forced to flee from relentless attack by NATO and the Misrata rebels.

The attack began when a heavily armed rebel militia from Misrata entered the squalid camp situated in a naval base firing anti-aircraft guns mounted on pick up trucks in the air to scare the inhabitants. This was followed by some of the rebels opening fire  on the inhabitants.

Following the attack, Tawerghans took to the streets in protest. This could be seen on an Al Jazeera English video (which is now notated as "private.") However, the AJE report omits any mention of the inherent racism of the rebels that has been exposed by their systematic persecution of Black Libyans and migrants from other countries on the continent since the beginning of the crisis in Libya. It also omits that the channel has been at the forefront of aggravating racist attacks as a result of its relentless an unsubstantiated claims of a systematic policy by the Jamahiriyah government of hiring “African mercenaries” - racist terminology in itself which implies a separation between Libyans from Africa despite that the nation is African.

Reuters  reported that Abdelhafid Suleiman, head of the military council of Janzour, claimed that the inhabitants were armed with “sticks and knives”. But locals and doctors have insisted the inhabitants were unarmed and critics have stressed that this accusation contains racist language in line with the well documented racism of the Misrata rebels.

Elsewhere, reports have cited a statement released by locals in Janzour the Wershafana people of Libya pledging to arm the people of Tawergha so that they could defend themselves.

"Speaking Truth To Empower."

Father held for killing infant


BEHRAMPORE: A man allegedly hurled his one-and-half- month-old daughter at Mangaljone Mathpara in Raghunathgunj on Sunday night. Manoyara Khatun's forehead was badly injured and she died of heavy bleeding. As the news spread, the villagers informed the police.

Majibar Rahman was had been upset with his wife for having giving birth to a girl. Kohinoor Bibi, the baby's grandmother said, "When he came yesterday with some medicines and baby food, we forgave him. How could we suspect that he would kill his own child? Such cruelty is unacceptable to us and even to Allah! Allah would surely punish him."

Abusing his wife for having given birth to a daughter, on Sunday,he snatched Manoyara and hurled her to the ground. He had allegedly also killed his first child.

"As I gave birth to a daughter, my husband was annoyed with me. We are poor and thus he wanted a son. He accused me regularly and did not even come to my father's house to see the baby. But I could not imagine that he could kill his own daughter. I demand exemplary punishment," said the baby's mother.

Annappa E, additional SP of Murshidabad, said, "Police have started inquiry. Majibar was absconding at first but we finally arrested him from Raghunathgunj."

In another incident, police found the body of a newborn at Ghatbandar on the banks of Bhagirathi in Behrampore on Monday noon. "The parents probably had brought the baby in a bag and left it there. The baby's head was smeared with blood," said police.

Batu Caves: Temple of Garbage

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 -- Once again Batu Caves has turned into a sea of garbage on Thaipusam where dustbins were hard to locate like kids lost in the crowd and if you are lucky enough to find one,  you will be greatly disappointed as these bins will be extremely overflowing. The corrupted temple management is unable to solve this problem year after year.
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Many assigned to serve drinks but none assigned to remove the trash
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Festive air fills Batu Caves
KUALA LUMPUR -- An air of festivity filled Batu Caves as thousands of Hindus, tourists and traders thronged the famed Thaipusam spot today ahead of the festival tomorrow. Devotees flooded the Sri Subramaniyar Swami Temple as early as 8am, heads shaven before climbing up 272 steps to the temple, carrying the pal kudam, or milk pots, to fulfill their vows.
A businessman from Ipoh, Dhilip Kumar, 23, said he was stunned by the beauty of Batu Caves and the festivity at the location.
"This is my first time to Batu Caves, I did not expect that many Hindus to come each year. There were thousands today and perhaps by tomorrow the number will exceed a million," he told Bernama.
Traffic in the area was under control by police and the Federal Reserve Unit.
At mid-day, the route to Batu Caves was slow-moving, especially along the Middle Ring Road II (MRR2), to allow devotees cross the road to the temple.
Karmalanita, 29, a lawyer from Melaka, said she brought a milk pot to be presented to Lord Murugan as she prayed for the peaceful departure of her husband, who passed away in an accident in November.
A trader, P Gunaseelan, 59, from Gombak, came with his wife to make a vow for his child's successful heart bypass operation on Feb 23.
Also known as Thaipooyam, or Thaippooyam in Malayalam, the festival observes the birthday of Lord Murugan, as well as commemorating his destruction of an evil power named Soorapadman.
As in previous years, the festival in Batu Caves attracted thousands of tourists.
Martin Nick, 59, an engineer from Denmark said, "This is my first time here, I'm surprised to see the big statue of Lord Murugan here, the biggest I have ever seen."
Edvard Lambert, 38, a photographer from Scotland had his head shaved along with other Hindu devotees in Batu Caves to fulfill his vow to have a daughter after eight years.
The festival was also an opportunity for traders at the Batu Caves, offering various items from food to clothes. -- Bernama


2 brothers died near Batu Caves
NST, 07/02.12
OMBAK: A trash truck with faulty brakes rammed into a motorcycle, killing two brothers, here near the Batu Caves roundabout.
BATU CAVES ACCIDENT Pix by Fahirul N. Ramli
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Farouk Nor Shaharuddin, 18, and Norshahrizal Shaharuddin, 22,  were on their way to Ulu Yam recreational park with five other friends when they met with the accident.
In the 1.25pm incident opposite the Batu Caves temple, the truck which was on MRR2 heading north, also hit a lorry, car and a bus before it halted.
Police who were on standby for Ops Palu at the temple came immediately and sent the victims to Selayang Hospital.
At 2pm, a firetruck came to clean the blood off the road.

Why yet to question Shahrizat, Kit Siang asks MACC

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — The DAP’s Lim Kit Siang is demanding answers as to why Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has not been interrogated over the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal when she is due to resume ministerial duties tomorrow.

The DAP advisor pointed out that the purpose of Shahrizat’s three-week leave was to allow investigators to determine the extent of her alleged involvement in the NFC and in order to do so, her statement would be central to the case.

Lim said the first thing Shahrizat should have done when commencing her leave was to give a full
The DAP advisor, in a statement today, said Shahrizat appears more “combative and truculent” since returning from her three-week leave. — file pic
statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to enable them to clear her name.

“And if Shahrizat did not volunteer to give a statement to MACC, why didn’t MACC call her up so that it could clear Shahrizat of any corrupt wrongdoing in the NFC scandal?”

“It would appear that Shahrizat’s three-week leave is nothing but a charade,” the Ipoh Timor MP said in a statement here.

Lim, who yesterday urged the federal government to extend Shahrizat’s leave pending completion of investigations, also expressed disgust at the minister for purportedly returning from her leave more triumphant than chastened.

He said from Shahrizat’s more “combative and truculent” behaviour, it appeared as if the latter was indirectly challenging both the Opposition and her detractors within Umno to a “battle royale” to force her into resignation.

Lim drew links between Shahrizat’s confidence and a recent statement she made when commenting on the scandal — “which Umno leader does not have a problem”.

Describing Shahrizat’s words as “defiant but eloquent”, Lim said the minister was likely feeling triumphant as she felt she was in safe company and would enjoy immunity and impunity for her role in the NFC.

“Can every Cabinet minister publicly declare that he or she does not have similar problems as Shahrizat and does not have any next-of-kin, whether husband, wife, son or daughter, who has taken massive government loans for whatever projects which were misused for purposes completely unrelated to the loan disbursement,” he asked.

Lim said tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting would be crucial to Shahrizat’s fate as ministers should decide whether to extend her leave as well as how to explain the NFC scandal.

He asked: “Is there any Cabinet minister tomorrow who dares to ask Shahrizat to fully clear herself of any wrongdoing, whether abuse of power or conflict of interest, in the NFC scandal before she resumes her duty as Minister for Women, Family and Community Development?”

Behave or face the music, Palani told

Branch leader threatens MIC chief with a Gerakan-Anti Palanivel if he continues to abuse his position for political mileage.

KLANG: MIC president G Palanivel has been warned against usurping incumbents from their current constituencies. If he insists on pursuing this path, then an anti-Palani campaign will be mooted, said a branch chairman.

VT Rajen, the Taman Mujur branch chairman, said that he would launch a Gerakan-Anti Palanivel (GAP) if the party chieftain continues to abuse his position for political mileage.

Rajen said that Palani had betrayed party members by holding a secret meeting with the Cameron Highlands Umno division chief, allegedly to topple incumbent SK Devamany.

“In the history of the party, no MIC chief has ever tried to surreptitiously do a number on his own men,” Rajen told FMT.

Devamany, who is also a MIC vice-president, is a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department’s Economic Planning Unit.

Palanivel was taken to task by Rajen for keeping mum when Cameron Highlands Umno leaders were criticising Devamany in the media the past week.

Cameron Highlands Umno Youth and its Puteri wing urged Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to drop Devamany from the resort district and to replace him with Palanivel.

“Irrespective of the prime minister’s decision, Palanivel must stand solidly behind Devamany and defend his man instead of letting others destroy him and tarnish MIC’s reputation.

“As party president, he should not allow outsiders to offer advice or dictate terms on the internal affairs of the MIC,” said Rajen.

‘Contest in Sungai Siput, Palani’

Rajen insisted that MIC must retain its incumbent MPs in their respective constituencies as it was the desire of members to see those who succeeded in the last election retained.

Besides Devamany, MIC holds three parliamentary seats, with party deputy president Dr S Subramaniam in Segamat, M Saravanan in Tapah and P Kamalanathan in Hulu Selangor.

Rajen also suggested that Palanivel contest in Sungai Siput if the latter really wants to prove his mettle in the next general election.

“Sungai Siput has always been a bastion of past MIC presidents like Tun Sambanthan and S Samy Vellu and Palanivel should maintain the tradition.”

Rumours have been rife since last year that Palanivel was keen on contesting in 13th general election despite speculation that Najib wanted the MIC president to stay out of the race.

Apart from Cameron Highlands, it is learnt that Palanivel is also eyeing the Padang Serai and Kuala Selangor Parliamentary seats.

Welfare Department blasted for Thaipusam gaffe

A message on the department's Facebook page extends Thaipusam greetings to Buddhists instead of Hindus.

PETALING JAYA: It is now the Social Welfare Department’s (JKMM) turn to become the object of ridicule among Malaysians following a cultural gaffe on its Facebook page.

The department’s Facebook status message yesterday read “Selamat Menyambut Thaipusam kpd mereka beragama Buddha” (HappyThaipusam to those who are Buddhists).

Thaipusam is celebrated by Hindus while Buddhists celebrate Wesak. The JKMM’s Facebook administrator realised the mistake and updated the status message to “Selamat Menyambut Thaipusam” (Happy Thaipusam) fifteen minutes later.

However the previous message was not removed leading to a flurry of indignant and incredulous comments from the public.

The department was slammed as “stupid”, “ignorant”, “an embarrassment” and “insensitive” with a number of commenters calling for an apology and a removal of the offending message.

“More than 50 years of independence and this is the sort of rubbish we get from a totally wasted and incompetent government,” wrote Krish Kumar.

“Perhaps (JKMM) needs to go back to school and learn which religious celebrations belong to which religion…this is seriously a disgusting display of ignorance,” said Suzanne Lazaroo.

“Ni bukan kata bodoh tapi jahil…JKM patut membuat permohonan maaf secara terbuka akibat kesilapan ni (This isn’t stupidity but ignorance…JKM should issue an open apology for this mistake),” stated Azhar Aris.

A few commenters also predicted that JKMM would follow in the footsteps of the Defence Ministry in blaming the mistake on “bad translation”.

The Defence Minstry recently found itself the laughing stock of Malaysians for blunders on its English site and pointed its finger at Google Translate.

JKMM’s faux pas comes just days after Putrajaya member of parliament, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, apologised for the Tamil translation and spelling errors on Thaipusam banners placed around the constituency.

The banners were taken down a day later.

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen



Malaysians in general, Malaysia Today readers included, do not appear to understand the meaning of democracy, equality, freedom, and the rights of man and of the citizens. That is why most look at rights from only one side of the coin. Before you scream about rights and respect of these rights, maybe you can read what was passed in France on 26 August 1789. Then start debating, or else you will appear very shallow and narrow-minded in your views.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789
The representatives of the French people, organized as a National Assembly, believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole cause of public calamities and of the corruption of governments, have determined to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural, unalienable, and sacred rights of man, in order that this declaration, being constantly before all the members of the Social body, shall remind them continually of their rights and duties; in order that the acts of the legislative power, as well as those of the executive power, may be compared at any moment with the objects and purposes of all political institutions and may thus be more respected, and, lastly, in order that the grievances of the citizens, based hereafter upon simple and incontestable principles, shall tend to the maintenance of the constitution and redound to the happiness of all.
Therefore the National Assembly recognizes and proclaims, in the presence and under the auspices of the Supreme Being, the following rights of man and of the citizen:
Articles:
  1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.
  2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.
  3. The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation. No body nor individual may exercise any authority which does not proceed directly from the nation.
  4. Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.
  5. Law can only prohibit such actions as are hurtful to society. Nothing may be prevented which is not forbidden by law, and no one may be forced to do anything not provided for by law.
  6. Law is the expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally, or through his representative, in its foundation. It must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes. All citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, are equally eligible to all dignities and to all public positions and occupations, according to their abilities, and without distinction except that of their virtues and talents.
  7. No person shall be accused, arrested, or imprisoned except in the cases and according to the forms prescribed by law. Any one soliciting, transmitting, executing, or causing to be executed, any arbitrary order, shall be punished. But any citizen summoned or arrested in virtue of the law shall submit without delay, as resistance constitutes an offense.
  8. The law shall provide for such punishments only as are strictly and obviously necessary, and no one shall suffer punishment except it be legally inflicted in virtue of a law passed and promulgated before the commission of the offense.
  9. As all persons are held innocent until they shall have been declared guilty, if arrest shall be deemed indispensable, all harshness not essential to the securing of the prisoner's person shall be severely repressed by law.
  10. No one shall be disquieted on account of his opinions, including his religious views, provided their manifestation does not disturb the public order established by law.
  11. The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.
  12. The security of the rights of man and of the citizen requires public military forces. These forces are, therefore, established for the good of all and not for the personal advantage of those to whom they shall be intrusted.
  13. A common contribution is essential for the maintenance of the public forces and for the cost of administration. This should be equitably distributed among all the citizens in proportion to their means.
  14. All the citizens have a right to decide, either personally or by their representatives, as to the necessity of the public contribution; to grant this freely; to know to what uses it is put; and to fix the proportion, the mode of assessment and of collection and the duration of the taxes.
  15. Society has the right to require of every public agent an account of his administration.
  16. A society in which the observance of the law is not assured, nor the separation of powers defined, has no constitution at all.
  17. Since property is an inviolable and sacred right, no one shall be deprived thereof except where public necessity, legally determined, shall clearly demand it, and then only on condition that the owner shall have been previously and equitably indemnified.
This document was written by The Marquis de Lafayette, with help from his friend and neighbor, American envoy to France, Thomas Jefferson.
Lifted from: http://www.marxists.org/history/france/revolution/rights-man.htm

India's Politicians Keep it in the Family


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We hardly know each other
Dynastic politics rule the day – across South Asia as well
Mayawati, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with 200 million people, has often ridiculed Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, calling him yuvaraj, Hindi for `prince’. The waspish reference is to the 41-year-old’s bloodline -- the Nehru-Gandhi lineage that has dominated the Indian political matrix for over five generations.

That is despite the fact that the 56-year-old Mayawati, who publicly professes anathema for dynastic politics, has herself fielded more kin and friends of her party -- the Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP -- than Congress itself. Many of her favored ministers’ relatives occupy high positions within the state

As the electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls in a series of staggered elections starting tomorrow -- gets increasingly clamorous, Rahul, son of the ruling UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and the Congress party’s future prime ministerial candidate, will be facing more such barbs spotlighting the politics of inheritance in the world’s largest democracy.

But the lottery of birth has become a serious determinant of political fortunes in India to the point where the country is often referred to as "a democracy of dynasties, for dynasties and by dynasties". The Gandhi family should know. It is probably the world's oldest democratic dynasty, producing a team of grandfather-daughter-grandson prime ministers that has ruled India for 37 of its 65 years as an independent state.

However, to be fair to the Gandhis and Mayawati, nepotism is well entrenched in the other Indian political parties as well, both at the state and national level. This fact has become more evident as five Indian states – UP, Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur – head for assembly polls this month.

The culture of dynastic politics permeates other political parties as well. Ramji Suman, Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary for instance, has procured a ticket for his son Ranjeet Singh from Jalesar in Etah while jailed former minister Amarmani Tripathi’s son Amanmani is the SP candidate from Nautanwa in Maharajganj district.

The culture of nepotism is prevalent within the country’s largest opposition party, the Hindu fundamentalist Bhartiya Janata Party, as well. Here, Lalji Tandon, party MP from Lucknow, one of the most significant political constituencies in the country, has secured a party ticket for his son Ashutosh Tandon from Lucknow North. Raj Kishore Verma, son- in- law of BJP spokesperson Ramnath Kovid, is a party candidate from Balamau in Hardoi. BJP MP Ramakant Yadav’s wife Ranjana Yadav is contesting from Nizamabad and his son Arun Yadav from Jalalpur

In India’s richest state of Punjab, dominated by the feudal Jat culture, politics has been a family affair since independence in 1947. Here, six powerful clans have presided over the state’s political fortunes. These include wealthy, landed Jat families like the Patiala Royals, Badals of Muktsar, Majithias of Amritsar, Kairons of Tarn Taran, Brars of Sarai Naga and Manns of Sangrur.

“Elections are merely a process of temporarily shifting the balance of power from one clan to the other. Inter-clan marriages have spawned political havens that ensure that no family is ever completely out of power,” wrote Asit Jolly in India Today magazine.

Analysts say fielding the kin of party veterans gained momentum during 2009 Lok Sabha (lower house) elections when relatives of several leaders from across the political spectrum jumped into the fray.

“The dynastic equation serves everybody well,” said sociologist Dr. Ashit Basu of Kolkata University. “The political party can cash in on a brand name while capitalizing on the political capital invested by the family in the state’s administrative/PR machinery. The electorate also seems to be more at ease with a candidate whose ancestors have been familiar faces in the political arena.”

It should be pointed out tht India is far from alone. American scholar Stephen Hess, who wrote America's Political Dynasties, talked of American political dynasties coming "in all sizes and flavors." Access to the political system in most countries is costly in terms of money and only those who can afford the time, money, resources and have the requisite connections find an entry into what is often “an exclusive, if not closed club”. “Political lineage buttressed by money helps facilitate that entry,” Hess wrote.

Democratic purists would do well to remember that such blatant partisanship exists all over the world. South Asia has been perhaps the most famous for such dynasties. Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal all have well-entrenched traditions. In Nepal, after the massacre of the entire royal family at the turn of the century, the king's brother took over. Prime Minister G.P. Koirala's two other brothers were prime ministers as well — the only instance of three brothers serving in such high elective office.

In Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Solomon Bandranaike's widow, Sirimavo Bandranaike, became prime minister followed by her daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunga as president. Bangladesh too, has seen two redoubtable women rule -- Sheikh Hasina, daughter of erstwhile President Mujibur Rahman, and Khaleda Zia, widow of President Ziaur Rahman.

In Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was prime minister during 1971- 1977 while his daughter Benazir was elected for two stints during the 1990s, the first woman from a Muslim state to head a government. In the Philippines, families have dominated politics for decades. Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia, Peron of Argentina, Hafez al Assad in Syria, Kim Il-Sung are some other examples from this near-monarchical tradition.

The election of George W. Bush as president eight years after his father left the White House, and Makiko Tanaka's induction as Japan's foreign minister some 25 years after her father was premier, prove that the First World isn’t immune. Although the Kennedys were the most famous Western political dynasty, the Bush election was the second instance in American history of a father-son presidency.

In fact dynastic participation in the world’s oldest democracy is quite common in American state and local politics. Former U.S. vice president Al Gore’s father was a senator while Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's son was a Cabinet official under Clinton and campaign manager for Gore.

As far as India is concerned, experts are hopeful that as Indians get increasingly enlightened about their democratic rights, they will hold their government accountable over corruption, economic performance, social benefits etc. “In such a scenario, bloodlines will matter less and will eventually pave way for something more openly contested and democratic,” predicts Basu.

Till then, however, Indian political candidates will continue to flex their dynastic muscle.

(Neeta Lal is a New Delhi-based senior journalist; neetalal@hotmail.com.)

PROTON CARS

1. I stopped using Proton cars after I stepped down. I wanted to enjoy the superior quality of the high-end European and Japanese cars.

2. Proton was known for its cheap cars. The assumption is that it can never produce cars of quality as represented by European, Japanese and even Korean cars.

3. The people at Proton are unhappy over this reputation. They feel it is wrong to think that they cannot produce high end cars. It is just that the company policy was to produce run-of-the-mill cars. The Malaysian public expect Malaysian cars to be cheap. Cheap cars just cannot have the quality and the features of the more costly imports.

4. Proton people want to show that given the support they can produce quality cars.

5. The other day I test drove their latest model on the test track at Shah Alam. I can verify and assure Proton customers and Malaysians generally that this new model can match any of the Japanese or European quality cars. It was such a pleasure to drive. A foreign friend who knows cars, tested the car and says it is up to the standard of the up-market cars from Europe.

6. This car uses hot press steel body which is stronger than cold press. It has a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine equal to a 2.0 liter engine power. The engine complies with Euro-five standards.

7. A whole list of feature has been incorporated. This includes Vehicle Seek Lamp, Wiper Auto Speed, Auto side door folding mirror, Push Button Start / Stop, Sensors for Automatic Wiper and Headlamp and GPS Antenna for Navigation System.

8. Additionally it has Impact Sensing Door Lock, Continuous Variable Transmission, Security Alarm System, Immobiliser and Central Locking.

9. The automatic version has Shift Lever with Tiptronic Mode and Paddle Shifter on Steering Wheel for seven gear changes. ABS to prevent skidding and BA (Brake Assist) to increase brake pedal force.

10. There are many others features which enhances the performance of the engine and driveability of the car.

11. There will be several models with less features than I describe. But they are all superior to the other Proton cars.

12. Naturally the price would be higher though probable cheaper than imports with similar features and quality.

13. I believe this is a great car and Proton can be proud of it. Malaysians can be proud of it too. The extra Ringgit you have to spend will be worth it.

14. The car will be available in three months time.

‘Trust’ Najib!

The Malaysian Insider — Sam Peh

FEB 7 — Why all this cynicism about Najib Razak’s “trust me and I can help you” statement? This is a man who can be “trusted”.

Let us examine the evidence since he became prime minister in 2009.

He can be “trusted” to keep silent when Perkasa bashes the Chinese and Indians and questions the loyalty of non-Malays.

He can be “trusted” to keep silent when supporters of Umno drag a cow head through the streets in protest against the construction of a temple in Shah Alam.

He can be “trusted” to pretend to be deaf when Umno politicians make all sorts of accusations against Christians and Christianity. (Note to PM: Not all Indians are Hindus)

He can be “trusted” to understand that it’s fine for ministers’ families to get government soft loans and use the money for better-yielding purchases.

He can be “trusted” to use 1 Malaysia as a sticker for any venture that basically gives money to voters in return for support.

He can be “trusted” to allow state companies to be sold to government cronies and even national projects awarded without open tenders.

He can be “trusted” to start a health insurance scheme where the people have to pay, although the government provides primary health-care.

Please “trust” Najib to do what it takes to keep power.

Become A Partner Based On Nambikei, Najib Urges Indian Community

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged the Indian community to become a partner to the government based on the nambikei concept (believe, trust, confidence and hope) to spur the transformation programme in charting the development towards a high-income economy.

The prime minister said as a partner under the 'nambikei concept, more could be done for the development of the people, including the Indian community.

"By embracing this concept, there is no problem that cannot be resolved. I trust you, you trust me," he said when addressing thousands of devotees attending the Thaipusam celebration at Batu Caves here Tuesday.

Present were the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Najib said all promises made by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, either to the Indian community or other races would be fulfilled.

He said how importance Thaipusam was to the Hindus as the day of making a vow and praying for a better life, the government was also striving to provide a more secure future and better quality of life to the people.

The prime minister said the government's undertaking to help the Indian community in all aspects, including education, economy, religion and nationality problem had a positive impact for the assistance rendered was greater than before.

"We have never broken our promises... if the BN government promises to do something, we will do it," he said.

Najib said besides improving the Indian community's education, the government would approve the construction of six more sekolah rendah jenis kebangsaan Tamil (SRJKT) in Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Johor as decided at a meeting with SRJKT teachers, recently.

He said 3,315 identity card and citizenship cases involving the Indian community had been solved since the launch of the MyDaftar programme 10 months ago.

Video: Khairy vs Rafizi debate


This good-humoured debate between Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin and PKR director of strategies Rafizi Ramli was held in the UK on 29 January.