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7 Articles on Malaysia : Israel to Malaysia, Unhelpful demands of DAP, Cautious pullbacks of NH Chan (again no address of APARTHEID), UMNO Apologism by Malay writers, LGBT and Malays, Spinning the Reid Commission – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 12th February 2012

In 3rd Force, Abuse of Power, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, Constitution, critical discourse, criticism, Law, Malaysia, Native Rights, Nepotism, Reid Commission, unprofessional behaviour, vested interest on February 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

ARTICLE 1

‘Haram’ to accept Israel, says Hadi – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – February 12, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — PAS will not accept any efforts to recognise Israel as a sovereign state as its very existence is “haram” (illegal), Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has said.

The PAS president charged that the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, an initiative accepted by the Arab world, Malaysia as well as the Islamist party’s ally PKR went against Islamic principles.

PAS, along with PKR and DAP make up Malaysia’s opposition coalition.

“It is haram to accept the existence of a haram nation (Israel.) PAS, a party founded on Islamic principles reject the two-state solution, one for Palestine and one for Israel for the Zionist Jews.

“For us, only one country has rights and that is Palestine,” he said in a blog posting which was picked up by Umno daily Utusan Malaysia.

Abdul Hadi’s remarks are directly opposed to PKR defacto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who had during a recent Wall Street Journal interview expressed support for “all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel.”

Anwar has clarified his remarks by saying he was referring to a “two-state solution”, and that his support was also contingent on Israel respecting the aspirations of Palestinians.

Abdul Hadi (picture) said today that Palestine, being one of the three holy lands for Muslims, did not just belong to the Palestinians, and that all Muslims had a religious duty to ensure the state’s sovereignty and independence.

“The country named Israel did not exist when Allah created this earth. It was created illegally after World War Two… this country is by Islamic law and by international law illegal, as it pillages land from its original people and ousts them from their home,” he said.

“For Muslims, it is a duty to free Palestine and to champion the oppressed,” added the Marang MP.

Anwar came under heavy fire from Umno and its media after his statement was published by the Wall Street Journal.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed labelled Anwar a Jewish sympathiser and a leader who disregarded the plight of the Palestinians for making such remarks.

The opposition leader was forced to defend himself by stressing that his remarks in the newspaper meant that he supported a two-state solution, which he said was mentioned by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman when the latter addressed the United Nations General Assembly in September last year.

But Anifah responded by saying Anwar’s interview “clearly shows full support for all actions taken by Israel to protect its security, unless he is accusing the Wall Street Journal of making a mistake.”

Muslim-majority Malaysia is a staunch supporter of Palestine and has no diplomatic ties with Israel.

Muslim politicians have long vied for support from Malays by denouncing what they say are inhumane acts of aggression by Israel towards its neighbour.

Anwar has previously been attacked as a supporter of the Zionist movement due to his interaction with prominent Jewish figures in the West.

But the opposition leader turned the tables on Umno and Barisan Nasional in 2010 when he claimed public relations firm APCO Worldwide, then contracted by Putrajaya, was responsible for both the 1 Malaysia and 1 Israel campaigns.

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Israel may not have been created by Allah but Israel is a functioning country with (after a reasonable pullback of some unenable areas controlled) a distinct culture and people and language. Take Aboriginese Australia or Maori New Zealand for example. Surely Hadi cannot say because there was no mention in the Quran of these countries that they have no right to exist? Israel though having commited much abuse and taken much land beyond the earlier UN 1949 brokered deal, still cannot be considered Haram though a word-breaker. In that case, all countries not mentioned in the Quran are Haram. Does that mean all Muslims have to attack and colonise all the Quran un-mentioned (hence Haram) countries?

That would mean it is necessary for all non-Muslim countries unmentioned in the Quran to immediately make plans to defend against Muslims. Yet Saudi Arabia where the Islamic Cube of Kabaa stands under the purview of the House of Saud, UAE, Yemen, Oman, others including Iran (a very powerful country in the region), have met with many obviously non-Quran mentioned nations and recognizes these non-Quran states, what does this mean? That they did not take the opportunity to demand that those states be abolished?

Hadi needs to examine the common sense fact that 1400 years ago not all geography was accurate and that many countries were formed fairly late after WW1. Hadi surely cannot be recommending that ALL these countries be destroyed or unrecognized by Muslim countries? What would the prophet do? He’d ask them to be left alone and for Israel keep it’s word, stick to the 1949 peace deal by pulling back any land acquisitions to contracted agreements. This is where PAS fails occasionally. Hadi’s suggestion is out of context when considered against the 1949 UN Armistice and the fact that many nations are not mentioned in the Quran – lets put it this way the Prophet could not update the Quran but that does not mean that all nations not in the Quran do not exist by Allah’s will either. Why the lack of logic here Hadi?

ARTICLE 2

Apologise for paid-for interviews, Guan Eng tells PMO – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – February 12, 2012

Lim said the PMO should take BBC’s lead and express regret over paying for the interviews. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — Lim Guan Eng today demanded the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) apologise for paying RM84 million to a UK publicity firm to polish the Najib administration’s image through news programmes.

“Datuk Seri Najib Razak should direct his Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to apologise for paying RM84 million to burnish the Najib administration’s image… just as the BBC is apologising for accepting payments in exchange for a positive image for countries with a poor record of democratic practices and corruption,” said the DAP secretary-general in a statement here.

The BCC has pledged to apologise for airing paid-for programmes that were favourable to some countries, including Malaysia.

UK daily The Independent reported yesterday the BBC will apologise to an estimated 74 million people around the world for a news-fixing scandal in which it aired as documentaries programmes that had been paid for in a deal with London-based publicity firm, FBC Media.

According to The Independent, the global apology by BBC is expected to read: “A small number of programmes broadcast on BBC World News between February 2009 and July 2011 broke BBC rules aimed at protecting our editorial integrity.

“These rules ensure that programmes are free, and are seen to be free, from commercial or other outside pressures.”

Making a direct reference to the FBC documentaries, it will say: “In the case of eight other programmes, all of which featured Malaysia, we found that the production company which made the programmes appeared to have a financial relationship with the Malaysian government.

The BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee carried out an investigation into BBC World News in November and uncovered 15 breaches of editorial guidelines.

Eight of the breaches related to FBC programmes made about Malaysia due to an apparent “financial relationship” between the government and FBC Media, the TV production company.

The Independent pointed out that FBC Media made eight pieces for the BBC about Malaysia while failing to declare it was paid £17million (RM84 million) by the Malaysian government for “global strategic communications” that included positive coverage of Malaysia’s controversial palm oil industry.

The apology will be broadcast worldwide on the BBC’s World News channel to an estimated 295 million homes, 1.7 million hotel rooms, 81 cruise ships, 46 airlines and on 35 mobile phone platforms at four different times, staged in order to reach audiences in different time zones, the paper reported.

“This has also been confirmed by PM Najib Razak who last year admitted in a written parliamentary reply that the government had paid RM83.8 million to media consultancy company FBC Media for the duration of three years from 2007 for ‘consultancy services, advice and management of a communication campaign’.

“This was as part of a contract between the Prime Minister’s Office and FBC Media that was signed in 2007 and renewed twice,” added Lim today, who said that news of Malaysia’s involvement in the matter had “embarrassed” the country.

FBC Media and its parent company, FBC Group, went into administration last year — a legal term that allows a company facing bankruptcy to carry on business — following reports it accepted £17million from Putrajaya to burnish the Najib administration’s image on global broadcast networks.

FBC was set up in 1998 by award-winning US journalist Alan Friedman and other prominent media individuals who built a network of blue-chip clients that included the governments of Greece, Italy and Zambia, with contracts to promote tourism in Malaysia, Indonesia and Hungary.

FBC has been exposed to have also doubled up as a publicity firm for the Najib government and was paid millions of pounds to conduct a “global strategic communications campaign”.

But Putrajaya ended its RM96 million contract with FBC, which started in 2009, after it was revealed Malaysian government leaders regularly appeared in paid-for-TV programmes.

The Malaysian Insider has reported of PM Najib contracting a series of public relations strategists, including APCO Worldwide, to polish his personal image and his government’s locally and worldwide.

APCO’s time in Malaysia was marked by controversy after the opposition alleged the public relations firm was linked to Israel.

The most recent hire are members of the team behind former British PM Tony Blair’s “New Labour” campaign, who were reported to have started work to reinvent Najib as a moderate reformist.

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Lim Guan Eng is a vexatious red-taper making meaningless demands of the coalition that can use this as an excuse to remove him from the Dewan. What good does an apology from PM Najib do for the Rakyat? Are you insulting the intelligence of the Cabinet and the voters? Who needs an apology when APARTHEID conditions are so bad, when social freedoms are not very certain?

Ask for equality instead you nepotistic parachute CM . . . in a one-man one-vote system LGE never have gotten the CM’s seat being PLACED there by his own father instead of being voted in – even against general dissent from Penang DAP (excepting Penang DAP lapdogs willing to be sidelined as per the 3rd world family/clique political party paradigm). The taxpayers and your voters did not vote you to demand MEANINGLESS apologies from the PM, we voted for MPs and Assemblymen who will help lower taxes, ease laws and end apartheid. Not ask for apologies to make yourself look good and Najib look bad. We don’t care about making Najib look bad only you do. END THE APARTHEID. To hell with this demand for this moron apology.

Guan Eng has effectively RAISED TAXES, WORSENED LAWS, and allowed APARTHEID to continue and even toyed with Hudud law while asking for special funeral funds, raises, displaced Buah Pala type residents, disallowed building on private property and worse. Being likely PAP funded AND a potential Xian-fundo alongside PAS’s own brand of fundamentalism, even the non-Xian Chinese might be in danger, much less the not-so-fundo Malays. There are votable people in DAP but the Lim and Singh dynasties, also PKR Anwar family bloc should just leave after their display of limitless terms and undemocratic nepotism. Gaddafi and sons (unless Libya takes up on my suggestion earlier on), Mubarak and sons (unless Egypt takes up on my suggestion earlier on), could do no worse, the people do not see how that coffeshop owner might be a better man for the job. Asking Najib to apologise is to give DAP face, but the voters do not need a DAP with lots of face, the voters need :

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.

Drop both BN and Pakatan’s nepotist family blocs and vote for 3rd Force Coalition where the empty seats are : KITA, JATI, MCLM (whats left of it, but homophobes could find it a good party that has 20 candidates), PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP/Hindraf and PSM to grant the above 3 items. Look at the below form as well and choose your candidates who will end all toll concessions and make all citizens equal.


(errata on the pic, GDP should read national average wage)

ARTICLE 3

NH Chan: I’ll call a spade a spade – Chan does not believe he was challenging the judiciary- by Debra Chong – 12th March 2010

KUALA LUMPUR — Retired judge Datuk NH Chan today denied he was challenging the judiciary, but said he would not be cowed into keeping mum on judgments which twist the law.

“I’m not challenging them but I will criticise them when they make wrong judgments,” Chan told The Malaysian Insider.

The former Court of Appeal judge was responding to a recent essay by social activist, Martin Jalleh, under the headline “Charge NH Chan for contempt or resign, CJ?”

Jalleh had questioned Chief Justice (CJ) Tun Zaki Azmi’s silence in the face of Chan’s increasingly “blistering” criticism against the Bench and dared the top judge to take legal action to protect the reputation of the judiciary.

In the article dated March 10, Jalleh wrote: “NH Chan’s comments on members of the judiciary have no doubt been bold, blunt and blistering. He has accused judges of being blind, biased and being a bunch of ‘idiots’ and ‘fools’. He has thrown the gauntlet down.

“If the CJ disagrees with NH Chan’s criticisms he should haul the former Court of Appeal judge into court and demand that the latter shows cause for why he should not be cited for contempt! Does Zaki have the guts to take up the gauntlet or will he prefer to allow the judicial circus to go on?”

Chan, 74, disagreed with the writer’s view that he was “challenging” the judiciary.

“Martin Jalleh has challenged. I personally will never challenge. I’m a person who will not do anything stupid,” the ex-judge said.

“If you put your hand in a lion’s mouth, you may think you are brave, but the lion may close its mouth. What then? You may lose your hand,” he added.

The acerbic author of two books, most recently “How to Judge the Judges”, said he has never been afraid to speak his mind and was prepared for any action the judiciary may decide to take against him.

Asked if the CJ could have him charged for contempt of court, Chan replied: “They can do what they like because they have done it before.”

But Chan vowed to continue speaking up on issues that he feels have perverted the law, drawing attention to the inconsistencies in the grounds of judgments delivered by the Federal Court and the Court of Appeal in the last two years, most notably the Perak controversy over the sacking of its mentri besar.

“I’ll call a spade a spade,” said the retiree, who now lives in Ipoh.

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Try calling a apartheid political party an apartheid political party. BN has gone down that drain but not oe joker in the pack of cards has ‘called a spade a spade’. Also try calling a term limitless undemocratic nepotist party, a term limitless undemocratic nepotist party. Pakatan is going down that drain, even though APARTHEID has not ended yet.

ARTICLE 4

Flawed but Umno still protects the Malays – by Syed Jaymal Zahiid – 13 Mar 2010

KUALA LUMPUR — Loud protests and vociferous demands from right-wing groups for the nation’s largest party to ensure Malay dominance through its policies is not an indication of Umno’s failure to do so, observers noted.

The Najib Administration’s proposed New Economic Model (NEM), aimed at healing and propelling the country’s ailing economy by opening it up and abolishing subsidies, has drawn flak from Malay nationalist groups like Perkasa and the umbrella grouping Malay Consultative Council (MPM).

Perkasa, a member of MPM, is worried that the NEM will increase the monopoly of the country’s economy by the Chinese community.

But despite the glaring discontent, Perkasa president and MPM ideologue Datuk Ibrahim Ali said Umno have done well in preserving Malay interest.

“What we have today is the product of the governance of Umno and the Alliance it led,” the independent Pasir Mas MP told The Malaysian Insider.

The former Umno strongman also said it was wrong to conclude that the demands made by his group and the MPM indicate Umno’s failure to safeguard the interest of the country’s majority race.

However, opposition leaders have come to question the purpose of Perkasa and MPM’s existence.

It is a contradiction that the groups feel the necessity to make such demands but back Umno’s ability to fulfill the demands said some Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

“Just like any other party, Umno has got its strength and weaknesses but I wouldn’t look at it from that angle. Perkasa has got nothing to do with Umno. We are an NGO and we have the right to express ourselves just like other race-based NGOs,” Ibrahim said.

Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan, in defence of his party, said Umno have been doing nothing but protect Malay interest and dismissed accusations that the Malay-based party have been short on delivering the goods.

“In fact we have been over-protecting Malay interests for so long that what we do, the opposition are capitalising on the issue and use it against us,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

“You can see the overwhelming presence of Malays in the public and private sectors,” he said further, adding that all this can be attributed to Umno’s blood and sweat.

But Nur Jazlan stressed that the likes of Perkasa and its “extreme demands” should not be entertained by an Umno led by a leader, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is bidding for lost non-Malay support through merit and not race-based policies.

UKM-based political scientist, Professor Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff, too believes that it was inaccurate to interpret the demands made by Perkasa and MPM as Umno’s failure to safeguard Malay interest.

“What these two have is a complementary relationship. Umno is still strong in its fight to uphold Malay interest. The sentiment is still very strong within the party,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

But the pressure coming from Perkasa said Mohammad Agus is not withstanding the intrinsic fact that it needs Umno to actualise their demands.

Hence, Umno, is now placed in a difficult spot of having manoeuvre between maintaining its core Malay base while avoiding alienating the much needed support of non-Malays.

The political scientist, however, questioned the motive and relevance of groups like Perkasa in the context of a multi-racial nation and the government’s own wish to appear moderate while being obstructed by the hawkish elements from within.

“These demands are only regressive which will only make it difficult for things to change,” he lamented.

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“Flawed *but* Umno still protects the Malays”

But?!? An apologist stance if any. Protecting any group does not absolve a political party of it’s INTOLERABLE and INNUMEROUS flaws. Protecting any group is not the job of a an unbiased political party. Protecting any group instead of citizens in disregard of faith or ethnicity is the only acceptable type of political party in the First World.

Disenfranchisement is disunifying and causes rifts within society. Lapdoggery insults entire minority demographic. A FLAWED political party that is incapable of seeing it’s wrongs has no business in government at all. PR Coalition hence has arisen and will take over where IF term limitless nepotists within the party are dropped from candidacy . . . otherwise vote for 3rd Force.

ARTICLE 5

Dump the NEP – Suflan Shamsuddin – Dump the NEP – 13th March 2010

In 1970, Bumiputras held 1.5 per cent of the country’s wealth. Today they hold 19 per cent, out of which 16 per cent is held by trust institutions and funds.

This means that over the life of the NEP, despite everything, individual Bumiputra wealth has grown from 1.5 to 3 per cent.

Hardly anything to be proud of. And what has been the costs of this meagre achievement?

Well there is of course the actual cost of making all of these opportunities available in the first place, whether in relation to business and entrepreneurship, education and scholarships, concessions, discounts, pink-slips, property ownership, etc. But that is not all.

Think of the cost to the country for retaining a feudalistic patronage based system that enlarges the socio-economic divide between rich and poor, because the former are the ones who mostly profit from this arrangement.

Think of the sickening and crippling effect that Ketuanan Melayu has had on the mentality and attitudes of many Malays who are conditioned to be dependent on crutches and to embrace short-termism, and who now struggle with issues of self-confidence and self-reliance in a challenging global market place.

What about the cost of having countless businessmen (many of whom were Malays, I might add) who have been wiped out, not by non-Malay competition, but by other Malay businessmen who so happens to have the right ‘connections’ to those in power and pedigree. What about the costs associated with having hundreds of thousands of Malay graduates who have a degree but can’t get good jobs because their qualifications have no market or industry value.

All of these things have a cost to the Malays and everyone in Malaysia.

Let’s not forget the costs associated with the fact that millions of poor and needy non-Malay Malaysians have had no effective social welfare net to rely on so that they remain in squalor. Think also of the costs associated with how disunited we as are, by splitting society into those who are ‘princes of the soil’, and those who aren’t.

We would need to add to this, the costs of having weakened and ineffective institutions of government, across all of its branches, whether it is the legislature, the judiciary or the executive. That would of course include the costs of a bloated and inefficient government beauracracy which has had to absorb countless numbers of Malay graduates that might not find employment elsewhere.

We would also need to take account of the substandard education that our children are getting, and the cost that propaganda and brainwashing has had on making Malays inept to take on the challenges to survive in a meritocratic environment.

The total costs of the NEP would also need to include the very high cost of bailouts and fixing things that have gone wrong because of misused opportunities.

What about the cost of market distortions from lost productivity and competitiveness when competing for business, talent and foreign direct investment and the consequential cost (including for example, brain drain) that follows?

And what of the cost of corruption, that is a necessary bi-product of maintaining a system that lives off of patronage? All these costs must be computed and added to the total NEP bill.

If you try to monetize the aggregate cost of the NEP (or whatever its current incarnation is called), it must run into the hundreds of billions of ringgits, if not more. The NEP has cost the country a mountain of money, and its achievements are at best shoddy and patchy, especially for the Malays themselves.

On top of that, it has created a warped sense of values that are totally inconsistent with universal and Islamic values. With depleted financial resources not being replaced, the socio-economic landscape not changing in the way it was intended, and value systems remaining warped, it is only a matter of time before we become like Zimbabwe.

And there are those who have the audacity to ask that it remains in place?

It’s time to dump the NEP. But that’s not to say that we no longer need affirmative action programmes. We do. But we need these programmes to undergo a ‘game-changing’ re-design to become much more effective.

For the sake of the Malays and everyone else. And to do this we need to take some bold changes.

Firstly, affirmative action programmes must be designed to benefit those who need such support across all races. By definition this means that those who can now stand on their own two feet to realise the opportunity being offered, regardless of what race they are, must be excluded.

But determining who needs what support must however take account, not just of how smart, how financially needy, and how hard working the person seeking such support is, but his/her background and social circumstances. The more such a person is unaccustomed to the rigours of operating in a free market, the more deserving should he be of the programme.

The more that help offered to him is likely to have a major positive impact on him and those around him, the more deserving should he be of the program.

Secondly, the programme cannot be limited to giving opportunities alone. It needs to deliver a life-transforming behavioural change. It needs the beneficiary to come away from having being given this opportunity with the willingness to embrace the challenges of an open and competitive society. This is true whether it relates to opening or building a new business, furthering his education, or sharpening his professional skills.

Finally such programmes must be run professionally, independently and free from political interference. The programmes must not be run by those who are beholden to any set of political beliefs or party system. This is because that would create an irreconcilable conflict of interest as a result of which the program will suffer from the ill effects of poor governance, as has been the case with the NEP.

By developing colour-blind affirmative action programmes along this philosophy, you immediately remove the notion that opportunities are associated with the race to which you belong, even though the bulk of the beneficiaries, given the demographics and their social condition, are likely to still be Malays anyway. A beneficiary is given this break, not because it is his right, but because he is proven to have a need, and society desires to help him meet that need, both for his own sake and for the sake of society itself.

And because of this, the beneficiary is less likely to abuse this gift.

In addition, you remove from the potential list of beneficiaries, anyone that ought to be able to get on without any crutches. By having these programmes run independently and professionally, you also stop rewarding those who are linked to a party or a leader with opportunities.

It is this group that is the biggest strain on the system. It is this group’s greed that keeps elitism and cronyism alive and kicking. We need to stop letting this lot drain the system. By doing so, all the wonton wastage can be put to better use where it is really needed.

Focus on those that are disadvantaged, and leave those who have their own means to get on to compete on their own two feet. With such a shift in emphasis, we are more likely to sustain such effective social engineering programmes over a much longer time horizon, focus on alleviating the conditions of those who are in the most need for help (the bulk of whom, as I said, will remain the Malays), whilst creating a society that is built on the sharing of common universal values of integrity, hard work, respect, tolerance, and compassion.

The only thing that is preventing the above approach from being supported and succeeding is the middle-class Malay’s fear of failure, and the voices of the ultra-Malays.

To the latter I say, we must quell them for being criminally or recklessly irresponsible and ignorant. They are the ones who are causing the Malays to remain backward. To the former I can only quote FDR’s saying, ‘The only thing we have to fear is Fear itself’.

If we can overcome this fear, then God-willing, we can deliver our own salvation and turn this country around to fulfil all of its promises, for everyone.

If you wish to contribute your ideas on how we can help develop a Malay mindset that is built on universal and Islamic values, without having to rely on any concept of Malay supremacy or dominance, or Ketuanan Melayu, or you support this objective, please join and participate in the Facebook Group Tabung Idea Mengukuh Martabat Melayu.

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Great article, and a potential 3rd Force or independent candidate implying a belief 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.

Just one thing though :

” . . . to those in power and *pedigree*.”

The selection of adjectives must not ally itself to confusion of intended usage, even inadvertently, or the writer’s intent becomes suspect. *Pedigree* is a word that does no justice describing what is largely base NEPOTISM and also to a lesser extent CRONYISM or at worst though the the title’s intent does speak against RACISM. This usage of the last 3 detailed adjectives is almost salutary and thus inappropriate! To reinforce this point about appropriateness of hand-me-down PMs, Ministers, MP-ships, assemblymen posts and even EXCO posts, please see the below link :

ARTICLE 6

Of Hujan and homophobia – by Hafidz Baharom – 17 Mar 2010

I’m pretty secure about my sexuality, and I hope most people by their 20s are the same.

Unfortunately, that’s never the case in Malaysia where guys can somehow get married and then find themselves a transsexual on the street, or even continue to frequent gay clubs.

Seriously, straight people, unless the gay fellow is hitting on you, who are you to judge? Just mind your own business and move on with your life. I say the same thing about adulterers, apostates, drug users and even women who have had an abortion.

But when an indie band like Hujan decides to come out at a concert stating that they don’t approve of alcohol, or allegedly telling people at a gig that they don’t like “lelaki lembut”, then we certainly have a problem.

Now I’m sure they were trying to make a statement more about themselves than about the 28 million populous, of which 10 per cent is theoretically LGBT, but honestly, take it off the record.

But then, in the 90s there was even a dikir barat telling of the dangers of AIDS and Aedes mosquitoes. I’m not even sure what the lyrics of the then music fad were. Did it contain homophobic insinuations?

It’s enough that the gay community of Malaysia gets lambasted by Utusan, Berita Harian and even the news agency Bernama passing off blogs as national news stating gay sex leads to swine flu; do we really need to have a successful indie band going around spewing homophobia?

Music shouldn’t be divisive, nor should it preach hatred for a certain race, religion or a person’s sex and sexual orientation. If such messages get into music, then perhaps we’re no longer the united people I thought we were as indie music lovers.

To all those singers, songwriters, and even indie bands in Malaysia, do you honestly think being exclusive by being homophobic, gender biased or even being spokespeople for anti-alcoholism is the way to go with your fan base?

Of course, then the argument would be whether or not I believe in the freedom of speech. I don’t. Not totally.

I don’t believe in the need for total freedom of speech in this nation until hate laws are revamped to include anti discrimination for all communities and the entirety of the Malaysian population, gay, straight, Muslim, Hindu, Malay, Chinese et cetera.

In the case of Hujan, the freedom of speech is definitely being abused not only by their Raingers that now have a license to be homophobic in support of Hujan, but their detractors and competition as well who can use it as a spin to take attention away from their talent, and instead focus on their social stances.

And Malaysians are not truly homophobic at all. I refuse to believe it.

Insofar, I honestly think Malaysians are merely apathetic about the issue. In fact, we react more to people making fun in Parliament about Fong Po Kuan’s menstruation than Ahmad Puad Zarkashi’s comment about how the Malaysian Football Team play like “pondans”.

In fact, even PKR, which is supposed to be liberal, labelled UMNO “pondans” in the Penanti by-election for not contesting.

Now if any Malaysian out there knows a homosexual, you will know that there’s only one fear most of them have and that is their family finding out about them being gay.

Other than that, they are perhaps the most confident courageous, open-minded, truthful people you will ever meet in this country. And trust me; you have never heard yourself being formally insulted until you’ve pissed off a queen.

I would like to actually see a rather camp, effeminate gay man in Parliament just to see how the MPs would address him as well as to get the ball rolling to note that the nation does in fact have a gay population.

Perhaps an elected Senator in the Dewan Negara.

I personally believe that such a day will come when it will be regarded as not so much a matter of state’s interest to persecute how people have sex, or even what people wear. And I do believe that this can only be achieved through politics.

On July 8, 2009, I actually posted a poll in The Star’s Citizen Blog just to test the waters. Would Malaysians accept a gay politician?

The results were mind boggling; 24 yes’, three no’s and two spoilt votes.

I honestly think those results speak for themselves, but since this is an English newspaper, I will not even consider it a post representing the thoughts of the masses but it’s truly a start.

However, it’s a start towards an open Malaysia that truly will represent what we are, a diverse nation where people can embrace what others truly are.

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Non-partisanship is such a drag? But an openly LGBT Senator, especially a Malay one (watch out for Section 377 and Syariah Courts though) could help tremendously here. Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.

Freedom of religion and freedom of sexuality for Malays at the moment is non-existent if you look at laws. How about running for candidacy on an equality basis under various 3rd Force political parties Hafidz?

ARTICLE 7

Article 153 on ‘special position’ of the Malays and other natives: The way forward – written by Art Harun – Wednesday, 17 March 2010 11:12

In my article, Visiting the Malay ‘Rights’ (the Bahasa Malaysia version can be read here), I had commented on article 153 of the Federal Constitution. I stated that under its provisions, the Malays in fact do not possess any special ‘rights’.

There is only the special ‘position’ of the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak. In general, this special position does not confer any right which is recognised by law to the Malays.

Specifically, what is contained in article 153 is the power vested in His Majesty the Yang di Pertuan Agong to ensure that places in the civil service and institutions of higher learning are reserved for the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak as His Majesty deems reasonable.

Additionally, His Majesty is also given the power to reserve a quota for the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak in the allocation of scholarships, and permits or licences required for business and trade. This power is similarly to be exercised by His Majesty as His Majesty deems reasonable.

A few fundamental premises should be examined and borne in mind regarding the provisions contained in article 153. They are:

* They do not confer any rights to the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak. For example, article 153 does not state that the Malays are entitled (as a matter of rights) to 30% or 50% of scholarships disbursed by the government every year;
* The special position is not only conferred to the  Malays but also the natives of Sabah and Sarawak;
* The power (enabling the quotas) belongs to His Majesty the Yang di Pertuan Agong;
*  His Majesty is to exercise the powers under article 153 as His majesty deems reasonable.  This means the power cannot be exercised arbitrarily.

The injection of  the element of ‘reasonableness’ in article 153 brings an element of dynamism in the  implementation of the powers under article 153.  This is because what was reasonable back in 1969, for instance, may no longer be fitting in 2010 and so forth.

A starting point towards dissipating the dissatisfaction currently felt by all parties (whether the Malays or non-Malays) over article 153 is, I believe, to commence a rational discussion to determine what is held to be ‘reasonable’ at this point.

Thereafter, I feel, the implementation of those facets of article 153 can then be carefully planned by incorporating whatever equitable formula guaranteeing the element of ‘reasonableness’  in time to come.

In this way, there will be no need for all of us to have shouting matches, wield the keris and to ready the arena for a silat fight here and there every time there is doubt that the economic balance between the races falls short of the ideal in our country.

Malaysia has our fair share of the intelligentsia and learned economists. Dr Jomo Sundram, for example, is a senior official the United Nations secretariat. We even have our very own astronaut. We have submarines in our naval fleet. Why don’t we just employ the wisdom and expertise which we possess to resolve this matter of article 153?

Lately, the issue has raised a lot of hackles and even been distorted by those who appear to be ignorant of its provisions. The trite rhetoric daily purveyed by the mass media is bereft of academic credentials and far from factual. The cheap politicking and parochialism emanating from this rhetoric is so pungent as to be nauseating.

One of the popular assertions is that article 153 cannot be amended. This claim is, in my humble opinion, very confusing and merely reflects ignorance of the Federal Constitution.

According to article 159 of the Federal Constitution, article 153 can in fact be amended on the condition that the amendment is supported by two-thirds of the members of the Lower and Upper Houses in its second and third reading. If this support is obtained, the amendment may only take effect after it is approved by the Council of Rulers.

Therefore, if there is anyone who insists article 153 cannot be amended,  I would be glad to be proven otherwise.
We as Malaysians should be more sensitive to any efforts made to gain a deeper understanding of various matters because it is only through knowledge can we arrive at the truth. Don’t simply swallow wholesale what people say. On the subject of article 153, there is a lot we can learn from history.

So let’s revisit history on it. It is common knowledge that a commission was established to draft our constitution. This commission is known as the Reid Commission (named after its head, a renowned English judge, Lord Reid).

In drawing up the Federal Constitution, the Reid Commission was assigned the task to ensure that the position of the Malays was safeguarded. Its report says:

    “Our terms of reference require that provision should be made in the Constitution for the ‘safeguarding of the special position of the Malays and the legitimate interests of other Communities’.”

Nonetheless, the commission found it difficult to give a special preference to any single race permanently because such a special preference is contrary to the principle of equality in the eyes of the law. The Reid Commission reported:

    “We found it difficult, therefore, to reconcile the terms of reference if the protection of the special position of the Malays signified the granting of special privileges, permanently, to one community only and not to the others.

The Alliance front led by Tunku Abdul Rahman had also wanted independent Malaya to confer equal rights, privileges, and equal opportunities to all its citizens regardless of race or religion. Additionally, the Council of Rulers had hoped too that the concept of communalism would be eventually eradicated from the country’s political and economic spheres. In relation to this, the Reid Commission reported:

    “The difficulty of giving one community a permanent advantage over the others was realised by the Alliance Party, representatives of which, led by the Chief Minister, submitted that in an independent Malaya all nationals should be accorded equal rights, privileges and opportunities and there must not be discrimination on grounds of race and creed …’ The same view was expressed by their Highnesses in their memorandum, in which they said that they ‘look forward to a time not too remote when it will become possible to eliminate Communalism as a force in the political and economic life of the country’.”

Such was the hope and good intentions of our forefathers in their common struggle to obtain independence from British colonialism. The Federal Constitution was formulated in cognizance of these intentions and aspirations.

This notwithstanding, the Reid Commission was presented with yet another difficulty. What was in actuality the special position of the Malays that was to be preserved? Where was the special position to be found? What guidelines should they have used to determine and establish this special position?

Their search ended when it was discovered that the Malays had always enjoyed a special position even from the start of British colonisation. This special position was already affirmed by the British in their earlier treaties with the Malay rulers. This culminated in the recognition of the said special position in clause 19(1) (d) of the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1948. It was explained as below:

    “When we came to determine what is ‘the special position of the Malays’ we found that as a result of the original treaties with the Malay States, reaffirmed from time to time, the special position of the Malays has always been recognised. This recognition was continued by the provisions of cl 19(1)(d) of the Federation Agreement, 1948, which made the High Commissioner responsible for safeguarding the special position of the Malays and the legitimate interests of other communities.”

They found that the Malays had always enjoyed a special position in four areas:

* Reserve land,
* Quota in the civil service,
* Quota in permits and trading licences, and
* Quota in scholarships and education.

When they visited Tanah Melayu to solicit the views of the various parties before proceeding to draft our constitution, the Reid Commission did not meet with any objections from any parties for this special position to remain although there were some quarters that objected to it being extended for a long period of time.

After studying the special position of the Malays and the circumstances of the Malays who at that time were lagging behind the other races in the economic and education sectors, the Reid Commission decided to retain the Malay special position in the constitution that they drafted. This is the background and rationale behind article 153 that we have with us today. The question now is whether it is true that the provisions of article 153 were meant to be maintained for perpetuity.

But what was said in the British Parliament about this? What was the wish of our Father of Independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman?

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The article writer needs to read (probably has) and include the parts of the Reid Commission . . . perhaps intentionally? (. . . lets hope this is not crypto-racism . . . ) omitted. Important omitted portions of the Reid Commission left out by Art Harun below :

However, “in due course the present preferences should be reduced and should ultimately cease.” The Commission suggested that these provisions be revisited in 15 years, and that a report should be presented to the appropriate legislature (currently the Parliament of Malaysia) and that the “legislature should then determine either to retain or to reduce any quota or to discontinue it entirely.”

Originally there was no reference made to other indigenous peoples of Malaysia (then Malaya) such as the Orang Asli, but with the union of Malaya with Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak in 1963, the Constitution was amended so as to provide similar privileges for the indigenous peoples of East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), grouping them with the Malays as Bumiputra. The scope of Article 153 is limited by Article 136, which requires that civil servants be treated impartially regardless of race. (this could well imply that civil servants and Orang Asli were supposed to have access to Special Malays Privileges in full entirety as well.)

After 15 years after 1948 and EVERY 15 years later, a review of ALL privileges was to be made. There should have been as many as 4 reviews by now, there have been none. Hence the Social Constract does not hold and as per the UNHCR Article 1 which Malaysia is a signatory of, there is no reason that Special Privileges can be continued after 4 missed reviews and 4 times the period beyond 15 years as per the Reid Commission. BN skimmed over the above facts (much like Art Harun omitted the same . . . ), and even kept the Emergency and ISA laws. Hence BN fails. BN’s minority political parties fail. That is why Pakatan (nepotism fail there), and 3rd Force are existent today.

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. . . . amongst other things.

5 Malaysia related Mini-Articles : EPF Monies Spent w/o Rakyat approval (though MPs may approve), Vice Demogoguery, Uncontrolled Meaningless Point Scoring by DAP, Differentiating types of Hokkiens, Rosmah’s Honorary Curtin Doctorate – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 12 February 2011

In Apartheid, Malaysia, Nepotism on February 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

ARTICLE 1

Govt taking burden of risk, says KJ Thursday, February 9, 2012 – 17:00 by Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

PUTRAJAYA: The government will have to bear the credit risk in the RM1.5 billion low-cost housing loan scheme channelled from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), said BN Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Rembau MP said although the loan scheme would use EPF’s monies, he pointed out the government would still have to pay the social security institution if home buyers default on their loans.

“It is the government that is making ‘subprime’ loans, not EPF. It is the government that is exposing itself to unsecured loans, not EPF,” he said.

“As an MP and custodian of my voters’ trust, I want to know what the process for vetting loan applications under this scheme would be.

“What risk management processes would the government institute undertake before giving out these loans? If borrowers are those that would otherwise be rejected by commercial banks, what criteria will the government use to approve a loan application?”

Khairy also questioned the collateral that the government was providing for the EPF funds.

“What is the value of the collateral in relation to the loan? Will the government also be required to secure the loan with some cash?

“Given that this is an EPF loan to the government, I am assuming it will be adequately secured with good collateral. But details would be good for the comfort of EPF contributors.”

He said the government’s response to the controversy had been “substandard”.

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It is easy to take a ‘risk’ with the taxpayer’s money. Government has NADA without the taxpayer money. If the citizens decide this won’t work (though housing people is certainly very positive) because alot of corruption and wastage in middleman fees FROM taxpayer moneis will be lost, then the project will not go forward. How transparent will the project be? If everything is top secret, the people will not want to enrich more cronies. If accounts will not be open, then the project is automatically a crony enrichment exercise.

 

 

ARTICLE 2

Shah Alam not a ‘city of sin’, says PAS MP – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
February 09, 2012

SHAH ALAM, Feb 9 — PAS’s Khalid Samad today denied allegations that Shah Alam had become a “morally decadent” city under Pakatan Rakyat (PR), saying that the Selangor government had taken all steps to combat prostitution and the open sale of alcohol.

The Selangor PAS deputy commissioner was responding to remarks made by former Selangor PAS executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali, who had alleged that the sanctity of Islam and the Malays was not looked after in Selangor.

“It is not just about alcohol, gambling, massage parlours… it is also about corruption, slander, lies… and we have changed this when we took over, but he does not see this,” Khalid (picture) told a news conference here.

The Shah Alam MP explained that the issue of convenience stores selling alcohol in some housing areas had been resolved without “confrontation or drama” and that it was Hasan himself who caused unnecessary trouble when he got involved in the issue some time back.

“Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in Shah Alam no longer have the problem of alcohol being sold in 7-Eleven outlets, or other stores… when the Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA) renewed their licence they told the store owners not to sell alcohol in those areas.

“The reason was simple… they were Malay-majority areas and alcohol sales only made up two per cent of their total earnings,” said Khalid, who said that Hasan did not discuss with PAS or the state government when he decided to get involved in the confiscation of alcohol in some 7-Eleven outlets.

“When you say Shah Alam is a city of sin, you are not attacking me, but also the mayor, MBSA… if it is true, tell us where? Where are the places for prostitution? Hotel Carlton? Bluewave? Goodhope?

“Most of these economy hotels are owned by Malays… and they are equipped with suraus, Qiblat signs,” said Khalid.

He added that weekly inspections were carried out by officials at these premises, and there was no proof to allegations of vice.

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Any city which is international enough should have a legalised sin district for passing travellers’ ‘relief’, though the ‘city of sin’ epithet is unlikely to ‘grace’ any town entirely, especially when most cities in Malaysia have large numbers of Muslims in many districts. Though many Muslims are less than pious and do indulge in ‘personal sins’ which in either case are not punishable in the prophet’s view, non-Muslims could have dedicated haram districts. Meanwhile legalize gambling outlets to offer roulette, card, dice, domino and other gambling games instead of just 4D.

 

 

ARTICLE 3

DAP’s Provocations Have Ruined CNY Festivities – Tee Siew Kiong – Wednesday, 08 February 2012 11:27

While MCA tries its best to perform for the sake of the Chinese community, DAP on the other hand prefers to start verbal fights, proving that they do not put in effort nor do they know how to work properly, thus earning the moniker the “Democratic Action-less Party”.

During the Chinese New Year period, DAP Johor had continuously provoked others, thus destroying the harmonious atmosphere of the Chinese Lunar Year.

DAP keeps bragging that they will defend the Chinese culture but their provocations during the festive celebrations of Chinese New Year has undermined the celebrations, proving that DAP has been fraternizing with PAS for too long until they have become too attached to the theocratic ways of PAS, so much so that they have forgotten their traditional Chinese roots.

Johor MCA, under the leadership of MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek, had actively worked hard using the hands-on technique in order to protect the interests and secure the welfare of the Chinese community, including obtaining allocations for schools in the state, as well as getting the Chingay performance declared as a national cultural heritage by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture.

These results are obtained not from picking fights with others, or by simply issuing statements. If by quarrelling, DAP Johor can secure more benefits for the Chinese community, then they will not have wasted their valuable time and breath picking fights with MCA. However, in both Pakatan Rakyat states of Penang and Selangor, DAP has failed to grant lands to Chinese and Tamil schools, and to stop the Kedah PAS government from abolishing the sole pig abbatoir in the state as well as the 50% Bumiputra housing quota implemented by PAS.

TEE SIEW KIONG is MCA National Organising Secretary

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The attitude of self entitlement (750K funeral, refusal to amend by-laws) and Mubarak-ist nepotism kills DAP. But MCA’s acceptance of APARTHEID and refusal to fight for equality are making MCA as useless as KTK (Team Killer Koh). MCA has the wealth and holds some seats. How about demanding equality or leaving en masse with MIC, Gerakan and PPP? Don’t be weak minded MCA, it’s just equality . . . and DAP has the immense advantage simply by being independent of UMNO. MCA could sweep many seats if MCA drops out of BN.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

Expert lauds Malaysian Hokkiens – By R.S.N. MURALI murali@thestar.com.my – Monday February 6, 2012

MALACCA: The Hokkien culture and dialect in Malaysia is more vibrant than its birthplace – China.

French anthropologist Fiorella Allio noted that the Hokkiens in Malaysia had preserved their culture and language better and that they were similar to that in ancient China.

“There is not much distortion in the way the culture is preserved and the dialect spoken here is authentic.
Colourful minds: Allio (right) discussing with her student Aurelia Koop, 25, the tradition of the Hokkien people in Malaysia. Allio is in Malacca to record and conduct an in-depth research on the Wangkang festival.

“In China, the tradition of the Hokkien people is somewhat skewed due to various reasons, and this was brought to its pinnacle during the height of the Communist era,” she said at the Yong Chuan Tian Temple at Bandar Hilir here, yesterday.

The 49-year-old Allio is in Malacca to record and conduct an in-depth research on the age-old Wangkang festival.

The festival is a tradition of the Chinese Peranakan whose ancestors migrated to Malacca and other parts of South-East Asia from Fujian province during the 17th century.

The festival was organised to get rid of wandering souls and other negative elements on the streets of Malacca, thereby bringing health, peace and bliss to the local folks.

The first recorded Wangkang festival was held in Malacca in 1919 and the last was held in 2001.

Tomorrow, there will be a 20km procession before a 2m-high, RM80,000 wooden boat is scuttled along the coastline of Pulau Melaka together with “evil spirits”.

Allio, who speaks fluent Hokkien and is a Mandarin linguist, described the event as a once-in-a-lifetime experience that would greatly assist her research on the Hokkien community’s customs in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.

She said that from a young age, she had been fascinated by ancient cultures and that the Chinese culture preceded even the Egyptians.

She believes the Hokkien to be the most ancient of the various Chinese communities.

Allio, who is attached to the Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Marseille, France, said the information on the festival would be useful for her comparative study.

Allio has been interested in Chinese culture and religion since the 1980s when she called China and Taiwan home.

She added that part of her studies included comprehending the sub-cultural practices, social structures and religions of the communities outside Fujian province.

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Be a bit more accurate – make that ‘lauds Hokkiens *who are not in BN component political parties*’. BN component party Hokkiens have allowed apartheid and 2nd class citizenships for 50+ years.

 

 

ARTICLE 5

Curtin University confers Honorary Doctor of Letters on Rosmah – Sunday, February 12, 2012 – 15:12 – by Bernama

PERTH: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Malaysian prime minister, was today conferred the honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Australia’s Curtin University in recognition of her efforts in the development of education, particularly children’s education through the Permata Negara programme.

Chancellor of Curtin University Dr Jim Gill presented the doctorate to Rosmah at the institution’s convocation here on Saturday.

Also present at the event were Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Australia Datuk Salman Ahmad and Malaysia’s Consul General in Perth Hamidah Ashari.

More than 500 graduands of the university, a number of them Malaysians, also received their respective degrees at the convocation.

Rosmah, in her acceptance speech, expressed her deepest gratitude to the council members of Curtin University for the conferment.

Emphasising the importance of early education, Rosmah said many of the world’s social ills can be mitigated when education is made accessible to all, including rural people and the urban poor.

She also said that when the young are prepared from an early age, they would be mentally, emotionally and psychologically more adept in projecting the best of themselves by the time they reach tertiary education.

“It is proven that the formative years of a child, to at least five years of age, significantly determine his or her ability to succeed later in life. There could potentially be a lost opportunity if we do not invest in the right kind of early education for our children,” she added.

Rosmah said the setting of the Early Childhood Education and Care Programme or better known as ECEC, under the banner of Permata Negara, is to ensure that Malaysia’s education focuses on holistic human development from an early age, and also to ensure that the country can build profound human capital.

She said that it was with this conviction, and through intensive deliberations and discussions with a wide range of professionals and volunteers in Malaysia, that the programme was launched in 2007 and known as Permata, meaning jewel or gem in the Malay language and symbolising the young as invaluable assets of the country.

Rosmah said the Permata programme provides opportunities to children below five years of age from rural and urban families in the lower socio-economic group to experience a holistic learning environment.

“Learning is based on exploration, experience and experiment designed to instill and promote inquisitiveness and curiosity in a child. We benchmarked Permata to several high-performing programmes from around the world,” she said.

Rosmah said that in just five years, the Permata Negara programme has expanded from the first five pilot projects to more than 600 Permata childcare centres around Malaysia.

“Our work continues with further expansion to ensure that no child is left behind or deprived of quality education,” she said.

The Permata programme also encompasses four other programmes. A centre for the academically gifted and talented has a school for students aged 16 to 17 years attached to the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan).

“An annual camp for gifted children aged nine to 15 years is also conducted in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

“Permata also has programmes for children talented in the performing arts as well as in studies of the Quran and Sunnah.

“Under the same banner, we have also rolled out programmes to empower Youths-at-Risk,” she said.

Rosmah thanked her family, especially her husband and children, saying they have been the tower of her strength, enabling her to contribute to the country.

She congratulated Prof Jeanette Hacket, the vice-chancellor of Curtin University, for having been conferred the prestigious Member of the Order of Australia at the recent Australia Day ceremony.

Curtin University conferred an honorary doctorate in technology on former Malaysian prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006.

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Hold the fetting until the apartheid system has ended Australia. Do you know how oppressive the socio-political conditions here in Mlaysia are? Rosmah’s hsuband Najib is PM and can end APARTHEID but has not – the minorities can hope for now but will cast their votes against BN, I hope Curtin Uni knows what it is doing. How would Curtin Uni graduates like it if all Indian and Chinese companies worldwide paid 30% less to Curtin Uni grads who are Australian citizens? Tacit approval of APARTHEID if anything Curtin. Shame on Curtin University!

3 Articles on Better Judgments (II) – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 12th February 2012

In Abuse of Power, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, drugs, intent, Justice, Law, media, terrorists on February 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

ARTICLE 1

Thai Girl Sentenced to Death for Transporting Drugs Posted on February 11, 2012

Raveeploy Sangkam is a salesgirl from Thailand swallowed 83 pellets containing drugs. She was sentenced to death by a High Court in nearby Malaysia for trafficking in 765.9gm of cocaine.

She committed the offense in a bathroom of the Serdang Hospital in Sepang between 5-8 November, 2010.  Raveeploy was detained at the Kuala Lumpur  International Airport (Malaysia) upon arriving from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  This was a transit stop for her before taking a flight on to Bangkok.

The authorities found nothing in her bag but when they brought her to the hospital and did an X-ray examination, they found foreign objects in her body. 83 pellets were found (in her stool).

According to testimony in court, the accused had met an Argentinian man named Rado on the Internet.  Raveeploy then travelled to Argentina to meet Rado.  It was said that Rado had asked her to carry the drug pellets and promised her US$5,000 upon her arrival in Bangkok.

The accused swallowed the pellets 7 hours before her flight

This sentence is ludicrous, but the woman concerned is obviously pretty stupid as well. Killing people doesn’t deter those who are greedy, desperate or stupid – all it does is fuel the demand for the drug suppliers to find more people to run the risk.

It’s high time the entire approach to drugs changed, but in the meantime while we live in this barbaric world, stay away from any illegal substance in Asia.

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Though there was intent to distribute dangerous drugs, none were distributed and the offender did not harm anyone and does not need to lose her life. Save taxpayer on the applied hanging death (a circus of viciousness if anything) and kick the offender Raveeploy Sangkam out of the country you prison contractor enriching judges! Send them to the freest of the 3rd world or those drug legalized countries where they will be happy with the laws there, and can get stoned, grow psychedelics and hallucinate until the next Messiah arrives (this is up to Thailand to decide when of course – nabbing dealers and traffickers who would otherwise be salesmen and merchants and growers there will result in more rubbish). Give them a nice list of countries to choose from or just END PROHIBITION LAWS. But bar them from using passports after they reach their destination. Another drug addict or few in those areas will make no difference. The onus of prevention is upon the authorities. This is wasted manpower and funds when a simple solution as above can be used. Well send them to their fav place since none died, waste of money. Otherwise amend those laws and legalize with price controls and state controlled sales!

ARTICLE 2

Big Ben terror gang get shorter jail terms: Credit for early pleas that saved taxpayers £2.5m By Rebecca Camber Last updated at 8:01 AM on 10th February 2012

Ringleader: Mohammed Chowdhury was jailed for 13 years and eight months for his part in the plot

Nine men who plotted a Mumbai-style series of terror attacks on Britain had their sentences cut by a fifth yesterday after their guilty pleas prevented a £2.5million trial.

A judge ruled that the fanatics who plotted a Christmas bombing campaign with targets including the London Stock Exchange, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey should serve 20 per cent less time behind bars in exchange for the 11th-hour plea bargain.

Mr Justice Wilkie said the gang deserved double the 10 per cent credit usually given for a guilty plea because their high-security trial would have lasted five months, costing the taxpayer an estimated £2.5million.

The ruling means that the group’s ringleader Mohammed Chowdhury, 21, will walk free in less than six years.

Other members of the gang received even shorter terms, with one set to serve less than two years.

All nine defendants pleaded guilty last week on the eve of their trial following a so-called ‘Goodyear’ direction hearing, in which defence barristers received guidance from the judge about the length of sentence the defendants would expect if they admitted guilt.

Shah Rahman
Gurukanth Desai

Abdul Miah
Omar Latif

Usman Khan
Mohammed Shahjahan

Mohibur Rahman
Nazam Hussain

Guilty: (Top row and left on 2nd row) Shah Rahman, Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah, who were part of the quartet guilty of the most serious terror charges in the case. On the 2nd row, right, is Omar Latif, from Cardiff. Left to right on the third row are Usman Khan and Mohammed Shahjahan from Stoke and on the bottom row are Mohibur Rahman and Nazam Hussain, also from Stoke : THE SENTENCES IN FULL

Mohammed Chowdhury – extended sentence of 18 years and 8 months with a custodial element of 13 years and eight months.
Gurukanth Desai – extended sentence of 17 years with a custodial element of 12 years
Nazam Hussain – indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of eight years
Usman Khan – indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of eight years
Omar Latif – extended sentence of 15 years and four months with a 10 years and four months custodial element
Abdul Miah – extended sentence of 21 years and 10 months, with a 16 years and 10 months custodial element
Mohibur Rahman – five years in prison
Shah Rahman – extended sentence of 18 years with a custodial element of 12 years.
Mohammed Shahjahan – indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of eight years and ten months.

Yesterday Mr Justice Wilkie said: ‘In most cases a plea of guilty on the outset of the trial results in a discount against sentence of the order of 10  per cent.

‘This is a trial of unusual complexity and length. Had it [been] fought it was estimated that it could have lasted up to five months at huge further public expense.’

He added that because the defendants pleaded guilty to ‘very serious’ offences and exposed themselves to ‘lengthy’ prison sentences, ‘in my judgment the appropriate discount for a plea of guilty in this case is of the order of 20 per cent’.

Last night Tory MP Patrick Mercer questioned whether the cost of a trial should determine the tariff of terrorists who could have killed thousands.

Had they faced trial, the plotters could have expected sentences of about 20 years.

‘We have to ask if it’s right that cost overrules a serious and credible punishment,’ Mr Mercer said.

‘Whilst there is more to this than meets the eye, a light sentence like this has always got to be balanced against its deterrent effect. Six or so years seems remarkably lenient in respect of plans to murder huge numbers of people.’

Target: The group had lined up Big Ben (right) on their terror hitlist of iconic London landmarks

Target: The London Stock Exchange was on a list of terror targets found by police

Plot: The group planned to send a mail bomb to the American Embassy in London

Plot: The group planned to send a mail bomb to the American Embassy in London

Police arrested the Al-Qaeda-inspired radicals on December 20, 2010, four days before they planned to plant their first bomb in the toilets of the London Stock Exchange.

They found a handwritten list of targets which included the U.S. Embassy and the homes of London Mayor Boris Johnson, the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral and two rabbis.

Target: London Mayor Boris Johnson’s name and home address appeared on a handwritten list of targets found at Choudhury’s home by police

The gang also carried out surveillance of other possible targets including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye.

The group planned to send five bombs in the post to London synagogues and the Church of Scientology headquarters, as well as spreading panic in Stoke-on-Trent by planting bombs in pub and club toilets.

Their plot was foiled after the security services bugging their homes and cars heard discussions of a ‘Mumbai’ atrocity on the streets of Britain, mirroring the guerrilla-style 2008 attack in India.

Yesterday police released photographs of the gang holding a series of secret meetings after Chowdhury, of Tower Hamlets, and 29-year-old Shah Rahman, from Newham, travelled from east London to meet Cardiff plotters Omar Latif, 28, Gurukanth Desai, 30, and Abdul Miah, 25, in a country park in Wales.

There, they were met by another terror cell from Stoke-on-Trent comprising Usman Khan, 20, Mohammed Shahjahan, 27, Mohibur Rahman, 27, and Nazam Hussain, 26.

Mr Justice Wilkie said the discussions did not just relate to ‘a single imminent incident’ but ‘a range of possible types of attack and targets’, as well as a plan to ‘finance, construct and operate a terrorist training facility’ in Pakistan.

Surveillance: Chowdhury and Shah Rahman were both seen studying Westminster Abbey

Tourist attraction: The London Eye also came under surveillance

Urban beauty spot: Roath Park in Cardiff, where the gang first met

Chowdhury, Shah Rahman, Miah and Desai admitted preparing to commit an act of terrorism. Chowdhury was handed a 13 year and eight month sentence while Shah Rahman was jailed for at least 12 years, Miah for at least 16 years and 10 months and Desai for at least 12 years.

They will be eligible for release after serving half of their sentence, and are likely to spend even less time behind bars owing to time served on remand.

Of the Stoke-based cell, Shahjahan – described as a serious jihadist who once appeared in a BBC documentary talking about bringing Sharia law to the UK – was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of eight years and ten months.

Khan and Hussain were given indeterminate sentences with a minimum term of eight years. Mohibur Rahman was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possession of Al-Qaeda magazines featuring bomb-making instructions.

Latif was jailed for 10 years and four months for assisting the others to engage in acts of terrorism by attending two planning meetings.

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

They planned to terrorism and they DESERVE credit for saving the taxpayer money????? What planet do these judges live on?

– MS, England, 10/2/2012 06:47
Rating   15

A plea bargain for this type of attempted crime should be 20 years at least and serve the whole 20 years to avoid life without parole, but that would be in America.

– +Judy+, AMERICA, 10/2/2012 04:27
Rating   27

Once again we get the nonsense about “sentenced to 96 years” when the terrorist with the heaviest sentence will be out in six years.

– Stan Dupp, Letsbee Avenue, UK, 10/2/2012 03:58
Rating   33

Terrorism should = life with no parole!

– ExpatUSA, USA, 10/2/2012 02:57
Rating   34

These despicable, cowardly scumbags should have been sent down for life. Full life.

– Alan Rowley, Sa Kaeo, 10/2/2012 02:06
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I often wonder why the Press frequently give a total prison time as the sum of the number of individual sentences. In this case 94 years ? Gives false impression I think

– Trooper909, London, 10/2/2012 01:44
Rating   28

Well done to those who helped to stop this evil act. I feel sorry for the many genuine Muslims who are often victimised for their faith because of these twisted individuals.

– goodgirl, hull, uk, 10/2/2012 01:34
Rating   13

I can’t believe that people like this are actually walking the streets of Britain !! What a sad state of affairs the politicians of Great Britain have left this country in over the last 40 odd years !!

– Steve, Auck., NZ, 10/2/2012 01:08
Rating   26

Why can’t we have a law that if any person is convicted of terrorist acts or intent to commit terrorist acts, they must be given life sentences without parole? That would ensure that they would never be released, and they would rot away for ever in prison. I would suggest that a special prison be built for such people. Somewhere near the Falklands comes to mind.

– Toby, Salisbury, 10/2/2012 00:44
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6 years in jail for planning mass murder – Unbelievable.

– george, st Ives cambs, 10/2/2012 00:06

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Save on the jail terms and kick them out of the country you prison contractor enriching judges! Send them to the worst of the 3rd world or those fundo countries where they will be happy with the extreme faithers there, and can pray and tend camel herds and eat cactus until the next jihad occurs (this is up to England to decide when of course – sending troops theer will result in more rubbish). Give them a nice list to choose from. But bar them from using passports after they reach their destination. Another terrorist or few in those areas will make no difference. The onus of prevention is upon the authorities. This is wasted manpower and funds when a simple solution as above can be used. Well send them to their fav place since none died and the plot failed, waste of money.

 

 

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Mo. teen gets life with possible parole in killing Associated PressBy DAVID A. LIEB | Associated Press – 59 mins ago

FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2009 file photo, Alyssa Bustamante, 15, listens during a brief hearing where her attorney entered not guilty pleas on her behalf to charges of armed criminal action and first-degree murder in Cole County Circuit Court in Jefferson City, Mo. Bustamante, who admitted stabbing, strangling and slitting the throat of a young neighbor girl, wrote in her journal on the night of the killing that it was an “ahmazing” and “pretty enjoyable” experience — then headed off to church with a laugh. The words written by Bustamante were read aloud in court Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, as part of a sentencing hearing to determine whether she should get life in prison or something less for the October 2009 murder of her neighbor, 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, in a small town west of Jefferson City. (AP Photo/Kelley McCall, Pool, File)View Gallery

FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2009 file photo, Alyssa Bustamante, 15, listens during a brief …
This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 by the Cole County sheriff’s office shows Alyssa Bustamante. Bustamante, 18, who confessed to murdering a young neighbor girl, was described as a thrill killer by prosecutors and a mentally disturbed child by her defense attorneys as a judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or something less. (AP Photo/Cole County Sheriff’s Office)Enlarge Photo

Alyssa Bustamante, 18, murderess (young neighbor Elizabeth Olten was killed bu Alyssa in February 2012)

 

This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 by the Cole County sheriff’s office shows …

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri teenager who had described the slaying of a young neighbor girl as an “ahmazing” thrill made an emotional apology Wednesday to the girl’s family and was sentenced to a potential lifetime in prison.

Moments before her sentence was imposed, 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante rose from her chair — with shackles linking her ankles and holding her hands to her waist — and turned to face the family of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, whom she confessed to killing in October 2009.

“I really am extremely, very sorry for everything. I know words,” she said, pausing to take a deep breath and struggling to compose herself, “can never be enough, and they can never adequately describe how horribly I feel for all of this.”

She later added: “If I could give my life to get her back I would. I’m sorry.”

Elizabeth’s mother, Patty Preiss, who on the first day of Bustamante’s sentencing hearing called her an “evil monster” and declared “I hate her,” sat silently, staring forward as Bustamante’s finished her apology.

Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce then sentenced Bustamante to the maximum possible sentence for second-degree murder — life in prison with the possibility of parole. She ordered the teenager to serve a consecutive 30-year term for armed criminal action, a charge resulting from her use of a knife to slit the throat and stab Elizabeth after she had strangled her into unconsciousness.

Elizabeth’s family declined to comment about the sentencing, as did Bustamante’s family.

There were no immediate indications that Bustamante planned to appeal the sentence.

Bustamante originally had been charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty last month to the lesser charges to avoid a trial and the possibility of spending her life in an adult prison with no chance of release.

Bustamante was 15 years old at the time of Elizabeth’s murder in the small town of St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City. Evidence presented during her hearing revealed that Bustamante had dug a shallow grave in the woods several days in advance, then used her younger sister to lure Elizabeth out of her home with an invitation to play. Bustamante, who had hidden a knife in a backpack, said she had a surprise for Elizabeth in the forest. The surprise turned out to be her demise.

During her two-day sentencing hearing, prosecutors referred repeatedly to an entry Bustamante wrote in her journal on Oct. 21, 2009 — the night of Elizabeth’s death — in which she admitted to having just killed someone.

“I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they’re dead,” Bustamante wrote in her diary, which was read in court by a handwriting expert. “I don’t know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the ‘ohmygawd I can’t do this’ feeling, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now…lol.”

Bustamante then left for a youth dance at a Mormon church her family attended while hundreds of volunteers began a two-day hunt for the dead girl. Although she initially lied to authorities about Elizabeth’s whereabouts, Bustamante eventually confessed to police and led them to Elizabeth’s leaf-covered shallow grave.

Defenses attorneys had argued for leniency after presenting evidence from family members and mental health experts about Bustamante’s troubled childhood. Bustamante was born to teenage, drug-abusing parents; her father was imprisoned and her mother abandoned her, leaving her in the legal custody of her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt on Labor Day 2007 as she was starting eighth grade, Bustamante was prescribed the antidepressant Prozac. Her dosage had been increased just two weeks before Elizabeth’s death. A defense psychiatrist testified that the medication could have made Bustamante moodier and more violent and contributed to the murder — a theory rejected by a different psychiatrist testifying for prosecutors.

Charlie Moreland, one of Bustamante’s attorneys, described the sentence imposed Wednesday as “a harsh punishment.”

“This was a child who had been spiraling out of control, but has treatable conditions,” Moreland said.

Under Missouri guidelines, Bustamante would have to serve 35 years and 5 months in prison before she is eligible for parole, said Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Cline. It’s also possible that the more than two years Bustamante spent in jail while awaiting her sentencing could be counted toward that time.

After spending several weeks at a diagnostic prison, Bustamante could be placed in either one of Missouri’s two female prisons or sent out of state. Cline said department officials also would evaluate whether Bustamante should be kept separate from other adult woman inmates.

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Save those 40-60 years worth of taxpayer funds and offer the ‘A Life fer a Life’ Xian option. If none of the family take up the ‘killback’ then shoot, harvest and dispose (harvested parts returnable for final rites when receipients die – spiritual requirements). So many tax funds do not justify unless the work done in prison can offset the expense. Sounds like something spiritual here though . . . Bustamante looks abit like that Ruth Marx character from ‘The Net’ . . . Once again, where possible, all criminals should in the interest of saving tax monies spent on prison contractors, be sent to any country which will have them as regular citizens.

Actress Moutier Rafaèle who plays IT-terrorist/evil hacker-ess in 'The Net' (Irwin Winkler 1995)