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7 Articles On Malaysia Politics LGE-CSL debates, JATI formation, Malaysia’s NHS copy-failure, Art Harun touches VERY lightly on apartheid, LKS’s unrealistic demands on NFL, Farish’s (non’contribution’ to ending apartheid – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 11th February 2011

In 3rd Force, Abuse of Power, Malaysia on February 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

ARTICLE 1

Don’t change debate topic, Guan Eng tells Soi Lek – UPDATED @ 03:34:26 PM 11-02-2012
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – February 11, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — The DAP’s Lim Guan Eng today accused foe Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek of altering their February 18 debate topic and limiting its scope to the Chinese community’s political future.

The DAP secretary-general pointed out the initial topic suggested by organisers, the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) together with the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP) was titled, “Is the two-party system becoming a two-race system?”

“It is wrong for Chua to change the topic on the merits and demerits of a two-party system or whether it is becoming a two-race system to one of “Malaysian Chinese-Quo Vadis?” Lim (picture) said in a statement.

The MCA president had reportedly said the debate would be on the future of the Chinese community in Malaysian politics.

Lim said he accepted the topic as it was in line with the DAP and the Penang state government’s commitment to fight for the rights of all Malaysians, not just one community.

“The debate…should see a contest of ideas, ideals and policies that benefits  democracy and also all Malaysians not just Chinese alone.

“Only when when there is respect of political rights, socio-economic justice and respect for each other’s human dignity are we Malaysians regardless whether we are Malay, Chinese, Indian, orang Asli, Iban or Kadazan,” added Lim.

Lim said the debate between him and Dr Chua will be in Mandarin, and will take place at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel in KL from 5 to 6pm. The debate will be carried live by Astro AEC.

Lim also said he was willing to debate in either English or Bahasa Malaysia if given another slot.

The debate will happen during one of the sessions during the “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads” forum, which will be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

All parties with Chinese membership, in and out of government, have been invited to speak at the event.

Other than politicians, representatives from non-governmental organisations are also slated to speak.

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If MCA and DAP were competing without UMNO, MCA wins because MCA is less nepotistic and it is more possible to climb the hierarchy. Look at DAP’s CC, disgraceful display of nepotism and dynastic politics, almost as bad as the situation in India. One culd say that India did not catch up with China because of nepotism itself. They were focusing on their own power, not bettering India and in Malaysia’s case DAP did not fight apartheid but did ensure all their relatives were in power.

That is why UMNO fell apart internally in Malaysia ecven though Pak Lah was a potential winner, nepotism by a certain keris handling relative who was favoured tremendously made so many UMNOites so jealous (along with dr.Evil’s kids just waiting to strike) that the mass defections that recvived Keadilan occured. That is why Keadilan exists today – no chance of promotion due to extreme nepotism in UMNO.

If MCA drops out of BN, MCA will be a better choice than DAP, but until then DAP might still be viable though voters should really drop ALL *term limitless family blocs* (think Gadaffi and sons in Libya) in the nepotistic outfit so that other people can at least have their 2 terms of power at whatever level.

ARTICLE 2 (2 JATI related articles)

Hasan Ali to form politically-neutral Jati Published: Tuesday January 31, 2012 MYT 2:53:00 PM Updated: Tuesday January 31, 2012 MYT 5:12:26 PM

SHAH ALAM: Datuk Dr Hasan Ali will set up a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Jati to fight for Islam, Malay rights and the Malay rulers.

The former Selangor executive councillor rejected speculation that he would join other political parties following his sacking by PAS on Jan 8.

“People asked whether I will join Umno or PKR. I will not join other political parties but will join an NGO called Jati,” he told reporters.

Hasan admitted that he still loved PAS and would try to rid the party of “parasites” out to destroy its original struggle.

He said that if he was still a member of PAS, he would like cleric Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to continue to lead the party.

On Jati, he said the NGO will be launched on Feb 21 and urged other NGOs to merge to form a “third force” that would offset Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition parties PAS, PKR and DAP at 13th general election.

“We need a middle force that will determine who will form the next government.”

Asked whether the “third force” will oppose or support the government, Hasan said he is still thinking about the direction to be taken by Jati.

“We are the “third force” and will contest on this premise and are not bothered whether we compete with or against political parties,” he added. BERNAMA

Non-Muslims Not Marginalised By Jati – Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:31

KUALA LUMPUR – The non-Muslim community should not feel marginalised by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Jati that will be officially formed on Feb 21.

Former Selangor PAS commissioner Dr Hasan Ali said although Jati’s struggle focuses on upholding Islam, the Malays and Rulers (IMR), the rights of non-Muslims are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

“Non-Muslims must not feel marginalised. Under the constitution, not a single person is left out or not given the space, comfort and rights in this country.

“Don’t worry, Islam and the Malays don’t marginalise others. The rulers are the point of solidarity, togetherness and convergence,” he said in an exclusive interview with Bernama and Bernama TV here recently.

Hasan who was sacked from PAS on Jan 9 said Jati’s formation is eagerly awaited by the Muslim community claiming that thousands of people are keen to join the NGO.

“People have been asking me where to get the forms, has it been formed, its website and so on. Alhamdulillah.”

Hasan who was PAS vice-president for five years said Jati’s structure is being created and will be led by a president though it is not a political body.

“There is no pressure as the button is being pushed by itself. Our forte is the Islamic faith and Malays who reflect the purity of Islam.”

Although Jati is not politically motivated, members will not be prevented from joining up or individually become candidates at the next general election.

Asked whether it would compose of big names, he said it depends on views of individuals but most are activists.

Hasan stressed that Jati is not another Islam-based political party.

(Bernama)

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We need as many 3rd Forcer parties and independent as possible because BN (corrupt, nepotistic, racist, does not want to end apartheid) and PR (corrupt, nepotistic, self serving in a non-corrupt manner, does not want to end apartheid) are a let down in so many ways.

1) the rights of non-Muslims are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution

Not exactly in the below form of 3 items? IF the below form is acceptable and unambiguously endorsed, then JATI is worth taking a look.

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

2) “Non-Muslims must not feel marginalised. Under the constitution, not a single person is left out or not given the space, comfort and rights in this country.

Try allowing ALL forms of gambling in what are currently 4D outlets first. And a legalised RLD (adult services district)in Penang and KL for a start. On rights for all races, how about adding that abstention clause to Forced Military Conscription?

3) “There is no pressure as the button is being pushed by itself.

Freedom? NLP with neurotech has indeed tormented and left some of us bereft of dignity privacy affords and loss of trust in humanity. Hope this is a friendly one . . .

4) Our (JATI’s) forte is the Islamic faith and Malays who reflect the purity of Islam.

How about something more all encompasing? This is kinda ‘Asabiya’? Perhaps a non-Muslim branch with equal voting rights that has a forte of Inter-Faith and Non-Malays?

5) Asked whether it would compose of big names, he said it depends on views of individuals but most are activists.

Big names are useless if the policy they write is oppressive and self serving, they might as well be small names that write the same bad policy. Activists tend to be very independent. How about getting them to switch off the electronic collars nationwide first and consider making reasonable amounts of space for EVERYTHING?

6) Hasan stressed that Jati is not another Islam-based political party.

What is JATI based on then? Ideals? UNHCR ideals? The citizens can only hope, if JATI addresses the above in fullest form and keeps everything oven-raced or open-faithed, even non-faithed and transparent, JATI could be a great 3rd Forcer.

Hasan Ali tells why he won’t appeal sacking Thursday, February 9, 2012 – 11:50 by Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Former PAS vice-president Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, who was sacked from the party on Jan 9, has given five reasons why he would not file an appeal on the sacking.

In an exclusive interview with Bernama, Hasan laid out the reasons.

* PAS has abandoned its original struggle to form an Islamic state and replaced it with a concept of a welfare state, which can be implemented in any secular country with any system or political practice.

* PAS has lost its respectable stand and firmness, and thus often taken for granted by its partners in the opposition pact, especially DAP, which has gone to the extent of boldly rejecting PAS’s Islamic state concept.

* PAS is too eager to take over Putrajaya to the extent of sacrificing Islam and collaborating with DAP which is clearly “an enemy of Islam”.

* The minds of ulama have been corrupted by the presence of 70 per cent of “parasites” in its top leadership with political interests other than, and different from, the original PAS’s vision.

* The loyalty of PAS elected representatives in Parliament is more towards Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, by giving huge attention to the opposition leader when he speaks in Parliament but the same level of attention has not been accorded to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Hasan said PAS had deviated from its original struggle and would continue to be deviated if it continued to stay in the opposition pact with DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

“If the opposition pact wins the election with the existing component configuration, there will be no Islamic state, no hudud law and no Islamic elements in economic, social, agriculture and foreign policies.

“When PAS collaborates with DAP and PKR, PAS cannot form the Islamic state. Anwar, who is PKR de facto leader, doesn’t seem to be interested.

“I spent 15 years in PAS. I joined the party because I want Islam and ulama leadership, as promoted in the party’s tagline. That’s the biggest reason I joined PAS, but ulama leadership is no longer dominant and the concept of Islamic state no longer exists in PAS. So, on what aspect should I hold on to?” he said.

Hasan said PAS leadership must improve themselves and make an “islah” or a reform as the current principles upheld by the party were simply wrong. “Although Putrajaya is very necessary, but to uphold the status of Islam, Malays and Malay rulers should be the final goal of our political struggle,” he said.

Hasan, who is also former Selangor PAS Commissioner, said the minds of ulama had been corrupted by the presence of 70 per cent of “parasites in its top leadership”.

“After ruling Selangor for three years and 10 months, the opposition should’ve reviewed its strength, weaknesses and chances. I can list out 20 of their weaknesses, but the opposition pact didn’t do that and didn’t dare to do that,” he said.

He also slammed Anwar for keeping on testing people’s reactions through demonstrations.

“Demonstrations can be good, but not all the time. The country will turn into anarchy if everybody comprehends things according to their own ways of thinking,” he said.

Hasan also claimed that there was an unwritten law in the opposition pact that every issue must be referred first and foremost to Anwar.

This would eventually lead to an autocratic leadership and PAS being totally manipulated and used by PKR and DAP, he said.

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I really hope JATI and Hasan will be real 3rd Force types and not UMNO saboteurs and UMNO moles. But when Hasan said – “If the opposition pact wins the election with the existing component configuration, there will be no Islamic state, no hudud law and no Islamic elements in economic, social, agriculture and foreign policies. – I wonder if UMNO was intentionally trying to radicalise PAS to frighten local minorites as well as cast doubts on PAS’s reputation internationally. Hudud is scary even to UMNO Malays and quite many PAS Malay it would seem, how can that be good for PAS?

PAS could have Hudud districts with property swop arrangements for Muslims who cannot live in such a strict manner at most. The best Hudud format would be for individual Muslims to sign contracts that allow them to be punished by Hudud if affected. To enforce nationwide though is not going to help PAS get more votes. Hasan sabotaging PAS by goading PAS to do something even Malays cannot generally handle? In all cases, 3rd force is the more neutral choice and it is best that Hasan be without any racist or UMNO agenda (dictator-like tendency, corruption and racism the worst things about UMNO) though JATI has yet to confirm on the 3 items :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

ARTICLE 3

Friday, 10 February 2012 09:00
1Care rip-off: Can’t choose doctor or when to see him, no refunds and cheapest medicine Written by  Jackson Ng

I HAVE been snooping around talking to experts in the insurance industry on the possibilities of 1Care Malaysia’s proposed modus operandi.

Whether what I have learnt is the actual modus operandi to legally rob taxpayers is anybody’s guess now as the Barisan Nasional (BN) government has refused to release details of its plan and intentions.

Big BN cronies will control NHFA

Experts say the government is expected to initially set up a National Healthcare Financing Authority (NHFA) for approval submission. Something like the NFC or National Feedlot Centre.

Upon approval, it will be structured into a government-linked company (GLC), owned by BN cronies.

Little birds say the NHFA will be controlled by some big fellas with nominees. It is also believed that a relative of one of those eyeing the multi-billion-ringgit gravy train had planned and structured the 1Care proposal.

The scheme will likely be underwritten by more than one local insurance company.

These local insurance companies will partially reinsure (maybe up to as much as 70%) with an overseas reinsurance company, through another “agent” who could be based in Labuan.

Commission allowable from local insurance companies (to NHFA) can be anything from 10% to 25% of premium depending on negotiations.

Commission allowable from reinsurance company to the “agent” is normally 3% to 5% and payable outside Malaysia into the “agent’s” account.

Mandatory

Health Ministry deputy director for the National Health Financing unit Dr Rozita Halina Hussein, amidst what the government terms as speculations and twisted facts, told the media yesterday (Feb 9, 2012) that 1Care would have to be made mandatory.

That is what we already know (or what the government accused us of speculation). However, what they are not telling is the quantum and limited benefits while Malaysian taxpayers pay through the nose.

They are also not telling who will benefit from the billions of ringgit, year in and year out!

Based on available information, every household will be made to pay up to 9.4% of gross household income for social health insurance. The payers will be the individual, the employer and the government via taxes, exact proportion still being worked out.

There shall be no choice. Everyone has to pay. There is no opting out. We have to pay upfront. It will no longer be fee-for-service; it is fee-before-service.

There has been no information on exactly how this payment will have to be made or how the government will collect from self-employed people.

The government will be expected to contribute to the insurance premiums of government pensioners, civil servants and five dependents.

You can’t choose your doctor or when to see him and there is NO refund

But the problem is: 1Care does not cover all your medical expenses; only for a prescribed basic list of what “you can have” healthcare items. Anything more than basic you will have to pay your own.

Your long-serving independent family doctor will have to join the system or will not be allowed to see you under the 1Care scheme. The robust, cost- effective independent clinics serving the country will be replaced by 1Care clinics.

You cannot pick your own doctor. 1Care will allocate a doctor to you.

If you want to see a doctor of your choice, you’ll need to pay for that from your own pocket. Your allocated doctor will decide when and which specialist you can see if the need arises (a process called gate-keeping).

The NHFA will pay GPs RM60 (present proposal) for each patient as consultation fees. It does not include medicine.

Compare this with presently, for cough and cold visit, the GP would charge RM20 to RM30 for consultation and medicine. With 1Care: consultation for GP visit is RM60 and this does not include medicine.

You cannot see your doctor as and when you feel the need arises. There will be a rationing system in place as well. There will also be rationing for specialist care with the GP as the gate-keeper. Likewise if you wish to see the specialist of your choice or go to a hospital of your choice, unless referred by your allocated doctor, you will also have to pay out of your pocket.

Even if you only see the doctor once in a year, you will not get a refund from 1Care. Your medical costs are prepaid in advance irrespective of whether you become sick or not.

You are also expected to make an additional co-payment for your visit. This is to discourage you from seeing doctors too often.

Cheapest medicine

You will be prescribed only medicines from a standardised list of not-the-original medicines in keeping with WHO List of essential medications. This will save cost for 1Care and maximise profit for the insurance companies.

Insurance companies will have major say in the price and the range of this standardised medicine list. It will likely to be the cheapest medicine.

The doctor will only give you injections. You’ll need to get all other medicines from a pharmacist, even if it means hauling three sick children with high fever along a hot, dusty busy street looking for the nearest pharmacy.

If you do not like what is given to you, you can get alternative care by paying out of your own pocket.

For such a crappy deal, taxpayers would fork out about RM45 billion a year! So Malaysians, do you get the big picture now how the BN government loves to care for you!

Jackson Ng is a Retired Journalist

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A 3rd Force mindset that challenges the Hegelian Dialectic of a 2 coalition system if any. If Jackon is well thought of in society and interested in abolishing taxes or abolishing apartheid, please run for candidacy as a 3rd Force independent.

ARTICLE 4

Three kids and a flute — Art Harun

MARCH 1 — In exploring and demonstrating the idea that it is possible to have different reasons for justice, each of which would survive “critical scrutiny” but “yields divergent conclusions”, Amartya Sen in his “The Idea of Justice” brought us a delightful tale of three kids with a flute.

As the tale goes, there are three children, Anne, Bob and Carla. And there is one flute. All three kids make claim for the flute on different reasons and with distinct justification.

Anne makes claim to the flute based on the fact that she is the only one who can play the flute. This fact is admitted by the other two kids, who know next to bleeding nuts on how to even make a sound from the flute.

Bob, on the other hand, lays claim to the flute by being the most underprivileged of the three. Coming from a poor family he has no toys. Having the flute would very much make him happy and elevate his unhappy life. The other two children admit it as much that they are more privileged than Bob and that they have more toys than they need.

Carla, on the other hand, claims the flute due to the fact that the flute is the product of her hard labour. Yes. Carla actually was the one who made the flute. This fact is also admitted by the other two children.

Who should get the flute?

The socialist-economic egalitarian among us will make a plausible — and probably incontrovertible — argument that Bob the poor (as opposed to Bob the builder, I suppose) should get the flute. After all, Bob represents the sad face of the oppressed masses, the proletariat, so to speak. In the face of the bourgeoisie Anne and Carla, Bob should get the flute, argues the Marxist.

If the other facts are not available to us, we would even agree with the socialist-economic egalitarian.

The capitalist and probably the utilitarian among us would surely argue that Anne should get the flute. After all, only she alone can put the flute to really good use, namely, to make money out of it. She could perform in multiple concerts (full house, of course) and make money.

With that money, she could pay taxes. With that taxes, the state can help out Bob. Probably, the state can lend some money to Carla to build a flute-making enterprise and employ Bob. Bob’s financial position could then be elevated. The state could be richer and everyone could reap the benefit.

The capitalist would never ever waste this opportunity. That flute should never be wasted in the hands of Carla or Bob. Of course, if we do not know the other two arguments, we would agree with the capitalist.

The moralist-naturalist and probably also the libertarian among us would make a firm argument for the flute to be retained by Carla. A direct reference will of course be made to the fact that a person should be allowed to keep whatever he or she produces.

Without knowing the other two arguments, we would surely agree that Carla should keep the flute.

In Justice Is An Illusion, I have posited that all that we have is a notion of justice and not justice as a conceptual reality. Justice is presumed done when the law is applied to a set of facts and a determination of right or wrong is made together with an order by the adjudicator on how to redress the “injustice” or dispute.

That article brought a remark by a famous lawyer for me to re-read my Dias. For the uninitiated, Dias is an author of one of the most basic — and easily understandable — books on jurisprudence. Well, I do not know where I went wrong in that article and still, after re-reading Dias since then, I am none the wiser.

Allow me to explain my stand. A woman is raped and killed. And a man is found guilty of raping and killing her. He is sentenced to death by hanging. Justice is done?

The injustice here is the rape and murder. The application of the law makes the man guilty for rape and murder. And the order granting “redress” is that the man should be hanged to death. Following that, the resulting notion is that justice is done. But is it?

Let’s say the woman has two children. She is also survived by a husband who loves her. Her parents are also still alive. The woman lost her life. Her children lose the opportunity of enjoying her company, affection, love and guidance forever. Her parents and husband lose her company, affection and love forever. So do her friends. And her relatives. Her boss loses her as an employee. And so on and so forth.

Now, does the hanging to death of the man who raped and murdered her bring justice? Justice to who?

Okay, let’s look at another case. A man loses a hand in a car accident. The other man at fault is found liable and is ordered to pay the first man RM100,000 as compensation. The law is applied. Is justice done?

You tell me.

Back to the three kids and the flute. I don’t have an answer to the question on who should have the flute. And all of us could argue till all the cows are slaughtered and their head severed. No correct answer will ever come.

Yes. There would be arguments stronger than the others. And probably more acceptable than the others. But I doubt that there will be an answer acceptable to all and everyone of us.

Having said so, I can’t help but run wild with imagination on how corporate Malaysia would deal with this nice problem.

Firstly, there will be a declaration. 1 Flute. All three kids will be implored to live happily with each other and share the benefit of the 1 Flute. After all, there is only 1 Flute.

Then there will be a huge protest somewhere because the flute, apparently, is a western influence and owning it, let alone playing it, will be as bad as women not wearing their panties on Valentine’s Day. Some minister will then issue a statement that the 1 Flute is eroding our culture.

The Minister for Tourism will of course disagree. He or she will apply to the United Nations to declare that the 1 Flute is a world heritage coming from Malaysia. Indonesia will protest. They will assemble in front of a Balinese pub and start burning the Malaysian flag. Then someone will accidentally step on someone else’s feet. That will of course end in a bloodbath worthy of the next “Bravehearts” movie.

Brunei quietly obtains the heritage status.

Back in Malaysia Darul Boleh, suddenly there will be a huge outcry. Demonstrations are threatened. Cows are killed and their heads severed. A massive demonstration takes place in front of the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas where Anne was suppose to give a soulful rendition of M. Nasir’s first-ever concerto “Con — OPus 1” (in short) backed by the Pancaragam Polis Di Raja Malaysia, flute section.

Banners reading “Martabatkan Islam — lu sial pu%$mak” could be seen. Pictures of the 1 Flute are burnt and stomped on.

Eight-hundred-and-seventy-two Malay NGOs meet at the Bukit Jalil stadium, after the final Akademi Fantasia concert led by Mawi and some dolled-up Malay chicks, and declare their intent to protect Malay music. A further 456 NGOs meet at a Jom Heboh funfare to declare their support for the first 872 NGOs.

Meanwhile, the Companies Commission freezes new applications for the registration of NGOs. “There are too many NGOs and we are short of staff. All applicants are advised to form a sendirian berhad instead,” says a spokesperson who wishes to remain anonymous.

Opposition politicians call for a Malay counter-movement to fight for the right of all Malaysians to enjoy the 1 Flute.

On Facebook, a group called “Kami Golongan Benci Flute Dan Serunai” is started, gaining 155,000 members in three hours. Apparently, 149,999 of them are new Facebook members since the morning before the group was started.

Meanwhile, the group “All Malays and Malaysians Clueless Apathetic Liberals Who Don’t Mind The Flute As Long As We Are Not Killed Or Maimed” gains four members in the last seven days. A Malay left-right winged Umno member starts another group, “Kumpulan Melayu Yang Mahu DiMertabatkan Sebagai Melayu Yang DiMertabatkan.” It quickly gains 3,469 members in two days.

As a result of the planned concert at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, the chief of Petronas loses his job. A guy managing a shipping company replaces him.

Five people holding a candlelight vigil to mark the “death of music, flute or otherwise” are arrested and charged with sedition. On the way to court to meet their clients, 34 lawyers are also arrested, handcuffed and detained for a night.

The 30 people demonstrating in front of the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, who are arrested and interrogated for two minutes at nearby Nasi Kandar Pelita, KLCC outlet, are released. Latest. The AG Chambers say they are not going to be charged due to “massive public pleasure” (sic).

Tengku Razaleigh meanwhile calls for the 1 Flute to be shared equally among Malaysia’s 13 states. The federal government disagrees, saying the Tengku is being disloyal to Umno for suggesting as such.

Karpal Singh files a suit in court. Uproar in Parliament.

Anne manages to get a contract to play the 1 Flute in the United States. Much hoo haa was made of it in the media. A Datukship was offered to Anne. Three officials are sent to the US to do the promo. But only one manages to appear at a press conference there. Unfortunately, the press conference quickly becomes an off-the-record event.

The concert never happens. The 1 Flute was stolen.

Bob goes back to his rubber estate in Bukit Selambau. He still does not have any toy.

Carla leaves for Singapore. There she starts a small industry manufacturing flutes from recycled material. She has won a Nobel prize.

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Nice use of allegory and smooth reading at the start but :

(1) 3 Kids?

I’d say 4, did you forget Orang Asli? Maybe even 10, if you look at the classes of citizenship, mixed sub-groups and Lain-lain.

(2) And all of us could argue till all the cows are slaughtered and their head severed.

No cows here. All humans. I’m serious about not making voters into livestock. DON’T.

(3) That will of course end in a bloodbath worthy of the next “Bravehearts” movie.

Don’t give them ideas. It all started with Prima Noctis. Who’s getting the raw deal tho?

The rest of the article degenerates into a something that could be sung as a Malaysian version of : We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel.

Definitely worth more than a second look. And nice use of numbers throughout . . . do they mean you believe in :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

ARTICLE 5

Penang NGO Organises ‘Cover Aurat’ Campaign – Saturday, 11 February 2012 00:17

GEORGE TOWN — A group of ten non-governmental organisations in Penang, called “Pertubuhan Menangani Gejala Sosial Malaysia” (Malaysian Organisation to address social problems) or UNGGAS, is organising a campaign to encourage Muslim women to cover their ‘aurat” (parts of the body which Islam rules as not fit for public viewing).

Its secretary, Asti Toba, said the campaign would be held from today until Feb 14 to educate Muslims against celebrating Valentine’s Day.

During the campaign period, the NGO members will be at public places like Pantai Jerejak, Bayan Baru and the Pantai Bersih Rest Area at Bagan Ajam, Butterworth to encourage Muslims to cover their “aurat”, he added.

He said they would also distribute free scarves to Muslim women.

(Bernama)

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If their preference is not to, does that mean they are less Muslim? Maybe it’s the heat that makes them not want to cover aurat? If they have no choice to choose to go apostate, will the be a form of infringement on WOMEN’S RIGHTS? Somewhat controversial and a waste of manpower – more controversial if the groups are somehow getting paid while they do this . . .

ARTICLE 6

Convene Emergency PAC Meeting Or Resign

Lim Kit Siang
Friday, 10 February 2012 13:58

My statement on January 24 calling on Azmi Khalid to resign as Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman if he is not prepared to convene an emergency PAC meeting to investigate into the RM330 million National Feedlot Centre/National Feedlot Corporation (NFC/NFCorp) “cattle condo” scandal so as to be able to report to Parliament next month has been vindcated by none other than the NFCorp chief executive officer Wan Shahinur Izmir Salleh.

Wan Shahinur Izran came out with a most shocking assertion yesterday when he said in a statement:

“The issue of NFC managing its loan monies amounting to RM250 million is the company’s responsibility to administer and utilise. NFC retains the prerogative to invest the funds in the best interests of the company.”

Can this shocking claim be true, that NFCorp has been given a completely blank cheque to do what it likes with the RM250 million loan from the Finance Ministry although completely unrelated to the “high impact” NFC economic project to promote beef self-sufficiency in the country?

If true, then the “political masters” responsible for this decision at the relevant time, whether Abdullah, who was the Prime Minister when the project and loan was approved, Najib Razak, the Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on “High Impact Projects” or Muhyiddin Yasin the Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries should be hauled up before the PAC for the whole truth to be told.

If untrue, it is the responsibility of PAC to get to the bottom of the matter and report to Parliament when it reconvenes on March 12.

An emergency meeting of PAC is all the more imperative now as PAC member and MP for PJ Utara, Tony Pua in his statement today said PAC at its meeting in November had been told by the Finance Ministry that there was no provision that permits the NFCorp to use its federal loan to purchase property.

As a senior Ministry of Finance official had been “very specific” informing the PAC that the NFC loan could not be used for purposes other than what had been specified, that the purpose of each drawdown must be clearly stated and that the ministry had never received an application from NFCorp to purchase property, PAC must be convened to have sight and verify of the RM250 million loan agreement and the relevant documentation so as to be able to submit an accurate and satisfactory report on the issue to Parliament by March 12.

Azmi should decide whether he is going to discharge his duty as PAC Chairman to conduct a proper investigation into the RM330 million “cattle condo” scandal so that a PAC report on the issue could be presented to all MPs to assist in the parliamentary debate on the matter, or whether he would step down as PAC Chairman to allow the PAC Deputy Chairman, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw (MP for Kepong) to carry on the investigations affecting the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her family without any impediment.

There may be reasons why Wan Shahinur Ismir is to courageous in claiming that it is the “prerogative” of NFCorp to “invest the funds in the best interests of the company” to the extent that NFCorp posted this claim on my twitter last night – the first day NFCorp went on an “offensive” on the social media.

I had responded on my twitter to NFCorp last night with Five Questions on the RM330 million “cattle condo” scandal, viz:

1. Do you admit to public responsibility? Make public loan agreement to prove you can do what you like with NFC loan.

2. You deny Shahrizat family members paid princely sum of RM215k monthly. Specify actual salaries/perks drawn by each member monthly.

3. What is your response to each one of allegations re luxury condos, land, family holidays expenses and credit card payments. Why evade?

4. Do you agree you have plunged Najib govt to 2new credibility crisis? Would you fully support a Royal Commission of Inquiry into NFC?

5. Does “prerogative to invest in e best interests of the company” include the right to trample on public/national interests?

I believe all Malaysians, and not just myself, are waiting for answers from NFCorp to these five questions on the “cattle condo” scandal.

If the NFCorp continuse to evade these five questions, then let the PAC provide some answers when Parliament reconvenes on March 12.

LIM KIT SIANG

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

Absolutely entrancing LKS’s smiling face =D, actually *BARF*, but on a more serious note . . . asking people to resign is absolutely stupid (who is going to listen to this stupid suggestion to sack someone without any authority?) and a waste of tax payer’s time in Parliament and taxpayer money.

File a constitutional lawsuit not provoke useless arguments – what are you a blogger without an MP’s post held for unlimited terms? Unless LKS has no intention of ending apartheid he should have been filing a lawsuit since the missed review as recommended by the Reid Commission was missed in 1975. Losing edge or losing mind? Or just double-talk without results. The general nature  of all questions cannot lead to any change in any law, why even mention at all? File a lawsuit based on Article 1 of the UNHCR and be done with it. DAP is a waste of time.

Too many terms, and closed party system, it’s a wonder anyone joins DAP at all.

ARTICLE 7

The road to Malaysia is sometimes paved with grammatical errors — Farish A. Noor
February 07, 2012

FEB 7 — There are times when I can only assume that Malaysians have so much free time on their hands that they don’t know what to do with it. Today, as I was marking my students’ book reviews, I chanced upon an item on Facebook that caught my attention: A minor kerfuffle had erupted thanks to a naive and well-meaning, though poorly executed, attempt at political correctness and inclusivity. The JKMM Facebook page had announced a Happy Thaipusam, but to Buddhists instead of Hindus. Almost immediately scores of irate Malaysians wrote on the page, accusing the JKMM FB page administrators of being stupid and insensitive.

Now allow me to contribute my two cents’ worth here (I’m paid in Singaporean dollars now, so my two cents are worth five sen ok, don’t play-play … )

I find it difficult, if not impossible, to believe that anyone at the offices of the JKMM would deliberately set out to insult Hindus on the page of the JKMM. That would be so insanely counter-productive as to beggar belief. True there might be racists anywhere and everywhere (even in academia) but they seldom use official channels to insult others, what more in such a case where anyone responsible can be tracked down and eventually identified.

I can only assume that this was an unfortunate and embarrassing instance of well-meaning individuals treading on deep water, and perhaps the poor fellow got out of his/her depth in this instance. Look, for heaven’s sake, it’s not as if the political temperature of the country was not hot enough at this point, can we not put things into context. The statement was, after all, wishing people Happy Thaipusam — though in this case, it was being wished upon the wrong confessional community. At worse, it was an embarrassing thing to do which could be easily rectified with a simple explanation and/or apology.

But this has made me ask myself another related question, about our sensitivities and where they may lie. Recall that in the late 1960s another well-meaning Malay-Muslim politician had himself photographed in a Mandarin costume and his wife in a cheongsam, that was then affixed on a Chinese New Year card and sent out to constituents. It was also a well-intentioned gesture, done presumably in the spirit of goodwill to fellow Malaysians. There was nothing that compelled the Malay politician to dress in Mandarin garb. Heck, there was nothing that compelled him to even wish his Chinese constituents a Happy Chinese New Year.

But as a result of this act, he was condemned by several quarters, including those who accused him of being a ‘race traitor’ etc etc. (You know the script by now)

It just shows that sometimes people blunder though they mean well. Over the past 10 years, I’ve grown rather tired and jaded with this country, and fed up with Malaysians who don’t want to look at the real geo-strategic and macro economic picture, to see that we are standing on the precipice of a serious economic and political crisis across all of Asia. Perhaps the reaction to the JKMM posting is symptomatic of how Malaysians are now on the edge, or have been pushed to the brink by the pyrotechnics we see in the political discourse of our country. But this is, after all, OUR nation — warts and all, and if some of us blunder, we need to rise above it and place things in context. At the very worse all that can be said about the JKMM posting was that it was misdirected. It was not racist. It was not inflammatory. It was not hate-laced with threats to anyone.

As I grow older and my eyesight fails me, my blunders grow in number, frequency and proportion too. (If you don’t believe me, go ask my long-suffering students).

If this was a case of an official making a mistake because of how he was taught (or not taught) about cultural and religious differences in school; then let us deal with something concrete like the teaching of multiculturalism and religious pluralism in our curriculum instead. But for heaven’s sake, my fellow Malaysians — (and I don’t believe I’m using phrases like this from teen-speak) — do chill out. We have enough demagogues and hate-mongers in our midst, let us deal with some real problems, one nuisance at a time.

* Dr Farish A. Noor is a Senior Fellow at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

Not a word on apartheid and littered with petty comebacks? Heres my impression of Farish the academic which might well be wrong but I am doubtful my reading will be too far off. Address the content of the material in an honest and proper light. I though Farish cared about equality and democracy more than grammar than being taken up by out of context issues. Now Farish indulges in, or is, – rubbish.

Farish shows the mentality of the PAP estabishment, authoritarian and refusing to engage, prideful and distant – all trademarks of a failed authoritarian academic, a dictator. I’m glad some of us have committed to never spending a cent of ed*f*ucation that funds salaries of people like Farish which allows their worthless presence to disgust the citizens while so manu Farishes pontificate ‘judgments’.

Oh and here are the NLPs which Farish would wish upon others right back at Farish – “As Farish grows older and Farish’s eyesight fails Farish, Farish’s blunders grow in number, frequency and proportion too. (If the people don’t believe Farish, go ask Farishs’ long-suffering teachers . . . )” Heres an NLP – See R***ish? I*nore.

Vicious and self serving older generation academics plaguing us all, if in Malaysia doubtless RACIST as well . . . some of us may not have the luxury of validation of expensive educations or the establishment, but we do know though what people like these represent and how to boycott the educational establishment. Not a cent or work hour for education. Education should be FREE.

Citizens, be presented with the response from the ‘elite uncaring face’ of Singaporean academics (nominally crypto-racist Malays in Singapore? Do some articles posted here towards equality inspire those NLPs?) and act/vote accordingly.

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