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5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : MCA Critique, PAS Critique, BN Corruption and Refutation, PAS courts the Minorities, Strawman Ministries – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th March 2012

In Abuse of Power, critical discourse, criticism, Ethics, Malaysia, Nepotism, Orwellian, Political Fat Cats, politics, quorum, vested interest on March 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

ARTICLE 1

MCA, Chua Soi Lek brave? Ha! Ha! Ha! – by  Jackson Ng – Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:32

AS FAR as I know, former Finance Minister and Umno Treasurer Daim Zainuddin recently granted an interview with the racist Mingguan Malaysia/Utusan Malaysia and the Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly China Press.

Daim had before the March 2008 political tsunami accurately predicted that BN would lose at least five states in the 12th General Election.

Naturally, with the 13th national polls around the corner, what Daim has to say would attract more attention than his preview in 2008 when many from BN had unkindly labelled him as “senile”.

How moronic!

The publication of the interview by the two media groups also attracted translations by the English mainstream print media who unashamedly rushed to spin it to BN’s favour.

I am not sure whether the published interviews and translations were accurate, inaccurate or intentionally spun to give BN the edge, if any.

However, it is obvious that the interview was used by the BN-friendly mainstream print media to spin. If not, how else do you explain the various versions and difference in content?

However, I would like to zoom in on how the MCA-owned The Star spun the interview to project the morally-tainted MCA president Chua Soi Lek as a brave Chinese leader.

How moronic can it be to claim that Chua is a hero just because he dared to debate with DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Timid boot-lickers in real life

We need not look far to see how timid the Umno-bootlicking MCA is. It cannot even defend the dignity of the Chinese community against the racist Ibrahim “Perkasa” Ali who, till today, has yet to apologise for distributing pak kam (white gold or white packets) to the Chinese community in the recent Lunar Year of the Dragon celebration.

(In Chinese custom, the giving out of pak kam is for bereavement.)

Chua even had the gall to openly support Perkasa by announcing that MCA would not ban MCA members from attending Perkasa functions.

Which is behaving worse, PAS or Umno-Perkasa?

Then, on corruption and Ling Liong Sik-Chan Kong Choy

On corruption, has MCA or Chua displayed any bravery by condemning Umno Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her family over the now globally infamous Cowgate Scandal?

This reminds me of the multi-billion ringgit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) financial scandal.

To date, former MCA president Ling Liong Sik and former MCA deputy president Chan Kong Choy have been charged. Does any Malaysian or anyone sane believe that only these two are suspected of looting the country’s wealth (read taxpayers’ monies).

The cases against Ling and Chan are ongoing, so it will be subjudice to dwell into the details of the charges.

But what about other allegations of corruption and mismanagement in PKFZ that are not related to the cases against Ling and Chan?

The PKFZ financial fiasco is so complex, with so many beneficiaries, that one can be forgiven for not understanding fully or remembering the facts.

Let me give a short chronology:

>  On May 28, 2009, the then Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat received the Pricewaterhousecoopers’ full audit report on the PKFZ (google “Pricewaterhousecoopers PKFZ” and you will get all the details you need); and

>  Ong on June 10, 2009, then commissioned an independent panel of professionals to study the report, giving it two months to recommend actions.

The panel’s report and recommendations included an unaccounted mismanagement of RM1.64 billion purportedly for piling work.

The report was then submitted to the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), with a copy extended to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Almost immediately after this, MCA leaders, with support from outsiders, engineered the removal of Ong as MCA president and thereby as a Cabinet minister.

Ong’s successor, Chua’s bumbling Kong Cho Ha, to date has not uttered a word about the report and has apparently swept everything PKFZ under the carpet.

You call that bravery?

Jackson Ng is a Retired Journalist

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Soi Lek and other Chinese BN based leaders are extreme cowards because with the kind of wealth these MCA apartheid accepters have, they could simply do anything they wanted, namely pull MCA out of BN and fight on the platform of :

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.

Any racists in UMNO would not be able to act in time politically, short of murdering the lot pf their own BN MPs, which would create an international outcry like the one that toppled the Arab Spring states all the same, and open the door to China and India having the excuse of ‘protecting’ their fellow ‘Jews’ – USA and Russia in this event probably would pretend not to notice given the apartheid state of the laws and constitutions and massive human rights abuses littering Malaysia’s record. Want to see Malaysia turn into Palestine? I don’t think even the UMNO bunch would dare because their lives would be equally forfeit.

Meanwhile though the Chinese leaders in MCA and Gerakan are indeed extreme cowards. Grant the 3 items above, MCA can already strongarm UMNO into granting equality but the leadership is so weak (short of a light huff-and-puff or two, see below article – once again indirect complaints but NEVER addressing APARTHEID and Article 1 of the UNHCR) despite the wealth, MCA does not act at all.

ARTICLE 2

Attire Policing For European Visitors Discourages Tourism – by Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen – Wednesday, 07 March 2012 15:58

It is bad enough that Kelantan remains the poorest state in Malaysia in view that the PAS-led administration’s policies have failed to generate much needed foreign direct investment to revive the east coast state’s economy, worse still is that the hardline state government is relentless in its pursuit of attire policy, with foreign tourists being the latest target.

Berita Harian(6 Mar 2012) reported that Menteri Besar Nik Aziz wants the state’s Tourism Information Center to pay attention to ensure that foreign tourists in particular those from Europe are attired in abidance with the dress codes of local authorities and in accordance with Islamic regulations.

As a Kelantan native, I cannot help but connect the latest recommendation (read “directive”) by the PAS spiritual leader as a continuation of the attire prohibitions list already permeating and irritatingly restricting the local Kelantanese population besides foreign tourists and investors on personal freedoms with regards to attire, for example:

1) June 2008: Kota Bharu Municipal Council directive to women not to apply lipstick or wear high heels as they could lead to immoral activities

2) June 2009: Tengku Anis Municipal Council signage at public park urge non-Muslim women park goers to cover up i.e. wear tops which are long enough to cover the waist, with sleeves and knee length trousers

3) January 2010: the Kota Bharu Municipal Council fined 10 Muslim female employees for donning short sleeves while working in Chinese shops

4) 21 June 2010: PAS Chetok assemblyman proposed holding a campaign to only dine at shops where the food attendants cover their aurat; thereby discriminating against outlets whose employee’s uniform comprise of polo t-shirts

5) 6 March 2011: Hair salon owner issued a summons for allowing employee to wear a three-quarter-sleeved blouse while on duty

MCA Kelantan holds that so long as the tourists and investors be they foreign or domestic, are decently clad, and not dressing immodestly, there should not be any more attire policing. Such attempts only rebuff visitors to our east coast state. The local authorities should focus on hygiene and cleanliness of a premises rather than judging and being punitive on the clothes people wear.

Snoop squads free of voyeurism & lustful thoughts?

When tourists come to Kelantan, besides desiring to be immersed in the rich and time-held cultures of native Kelantanese, they also want to enjoy our pristine beaches whose tourism potential has yet to be fully maximised. They may also want to experience the simplicity of kampong life via homestay.

To station moral enforcement officers ala snoop squads to be on the lookout for tourists who are properly or indecently attired at the beach or in townships or in the kampongs where they want to experience homestay, is none other than to encourage voyeurism.

What assurances do tourists and beachgoers have that the snoop squads are not scanning the silhouette of tourists with prurient thoughts running through their mind?

Tourists, beachgoers and homestayers want to enjoy our seaside, marine and coral life leisurely yet with privacy, without having to be conscious all the time that their walk along the shores, snorkel on the waters’ surface, dive underwater, or stroll around the kampong is being observed and monitored constantly by the authorities on patrol out to nab them or any form of bodily harm may befall them.

DR NG YEN YEN is MCA Kelantan Chairman

(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

http://www.malaysianmirror.com/media-buzz-detail/136-letters-to-the-editor/56913-attire-policing-for-european-visitors-discourages-tourism

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Kelantan and perhaps all PAS districts and maybe the traditional minded among Royal Townships should clearly declare themselves Hudud Zones with clear signages on what is disallowed. Conversely TOURIST zones (meaning international standards as well as no attire policing and snoop squads allowed) and HARAM activity areas like Gambling Zones and RLDs and OPZs should be set up in the most international districts of Malaysia’s main cities or where a sizable number of residents want to play games or have access to adult services. No mention of APARTHEID Minister Dr.Ng? How can MCA be voted if MCA cannot even denounce what is granted by Article 1 of the UNHCR?

ARTICLE 3

Shahrizat threatens to sue Nurul Izzah over KL Eco City claim – by Shannon Teoh – March 07, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil threatened tonight to sue Nurul Izzah Anwar for alleging that she used her position to help her family purchase eight office units in the RM6 billion KL Eco City project.

“To answer the slanderous allegation by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, I want to explain that I have nothing to do with the development of the KL Eco City in Lembah Pantai.

Shahrizat also said in a text message to The Malaysian Insider that Nurul Izzah should “refer all questions regarding the construction or purchase or property to the KL Eco City management.”
“I will not hesitate to take legal action against her or any other party that slanders or links me to KL Eco City,” the women, family and community development minister said in a text message sent to The Malaysian Insider by her press officer.

PKR vice president Nurul Izzah demanded earlier today that the Wanita Umno chief reveal if she had influenced the construction of the luxurious integrated urban city development in Bangsar to help her family procure the units the opposition party claims are worth RM12 million.

She had complained last year that the development had resulted in the unfair relocation of villagers and told a press conference today the project kicked off in 2007, when Shahrizat was still the MP for Lembah Pantai.

She drew links between Shahrizat and the development by pointing to PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli’s revelation today of bank documents allegedly showing that Shahrizat’s family members had used a RM250 million federal loan as leverage to obtain loans to purchase the units.

But Shahrizat told her successor to “refer all questions regarding the construction or purchase or property to the KL Eco City management.”

Shahrizat’s husband Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail and their three children own and sit on the board of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp), which was awarded the loan in 2006 to run the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) cattle farming scheme.

PKR has accused Shahrizat’s family of using the RM250 million loan to finance over RM62 million in land, property and expenses unrelated to cattle farming.

DAP has also cited NFCorp’s annual report for 2009 as showing that a total of RM81,324,745 was owed to the cattle-rearing firm by other companies associated with the company’s directors.

The NFC hit the headlines after it made it into the Auditor-General’s Report last year, and has continued to hog the limelight after it was linked to Shahrizat and her family.

Shahrizat applied for three weeks’ leave from her ministerial duties in January after new allegations of bribery surfaced and resumed work on February 8. She was called in for questioning by the MACC on the same day.

Bukit Aman recommended last month that the Attorney General charge NFCorp directors with criminal breach of trust (CBT), an opinion that was shared by de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

But the AG has since asked that the police conduct more investigations.

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Sharizat should also sue PKR through the ROS, over the 8% quorum in PKR’s elections where Nurul’s lack of quorum to qualify for that VP’s post, alongside all other committee post holders do not count. Nepotism stinks and all nepotists should be removed. Do something for the country Sharizat, even though you are part of the racist bunch, do something good as you leave politics for good, remove the next generation’s nepotists and make clear that Pakatan is not full of saints! But Sharizat’s party UMNO has no desire to grant as of now, even though they have the mandate :

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.

So Pakatan still has power in Malaysia, Pakatan’s power only ends when BN grants the above 3 items.

ARTICLE 4

PAS embraces pluralism, says Hadi – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – March 08, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — PAS is a party which upholds and defends the rights of all Malaysians regardless of their faith and not just Malays, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today.

The PAS president said that there was a misconception that the Islamist party had “abandoned” its Islamic principles by associating itself with PKR and Chinese-majority DAP, and accused PAS’ detractors of not fully understanding Islam itself.

He acknowledged the fact that many of PAS’ critics have questioned why the party have not pursued unity talks with Umno, but pointed out that the ideals and goals of both parties were vastly different.

“There are still many who are caught in not understanding Islamic principles, when they find it strange to see PAS working together with non-Muslim parties like DAP, who have been accused of being chauvinist.

“These same people conclude that PAS has sacrificed its principles by working with its partners in Pakatan Rakyat,” he said in a blog posting today.

Abdul Hadi (picture) stressed that Islam in itself was not a religion which was tied to any race or national identity, and that its basic tenets pushed for fairness for a “plural society” with people from different religions.

PAS he said embraced the idea of pluralism in a society and the need to care for all races using the principles of Islam as the main guideline.

“PAS’ approach based on Islam, with respect to its relationship with non-Muslims differs greatly from Umno whose secular nationalism supercedes Islam. Under Barisan Nasional, Islam is not at the forefront of the administration but below,” said the Marang MP.

“PAS upholds justice for all without forcing (our) beliefs, and ensuring all races are treated fairly and given the opportunity to build the nation.

“Malays have special qualities, so do the Chinese, Indians and others. If there is fairness for all races we can build a better country,” he added.

PAS unity bureau chief Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa told The Malaysian Insider the concept of “plurality” was deeply rooted within the party, and pointed out to the party’s formation and support for its non-Muslim wing.

“For PAS, plurality is necessary to be in a harmonious society,” said the Parit Buntar MP.

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If PAS is fairminded and plural as claimed here in the above article, then PAS needs to endorse with intent to grant :

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.

;all above 3 numbered items being UNHCR Article 1 required of a civilised 1st world nation, and also Islam required by not committing the Sin of Asabiya, along with minor items like non-loud speaker districts for majority non-Muslim areas, haram entertainment zones (i.e. RLDs, OPZs and full gamut of gaming other than 4D alone in appropriate districts.) Set an example of pluralism for the Muslim world that non-Muslims’ spaces will be respected or appropriate spaces made for them as suggested here in this response.

ARTICLE 5

Friday December 23, 2011
Ministry: We have no power to sack sports leaders
AT THE DEWAN NEGARA

THE Youth and Sports Ministry has no power to expel long-serving sports leaders, said minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said it was up to sports leaders to evaluate whether their performance and managerial expertise had brought success or otherwise to the associations that they helm.

“It’s up to each association, but sports leaders need to ask themselves honestly whether they should continue to hold office while the sports performance deteriorated.

“What the ministry can do is regulate financial assistance to sports associations that are saddled with problems,” he told Senator Mohd Khalid Ahmad.

To a suggestion from Senator Datuk Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff that former national athletes should be roped in to spearhead sports associations instead of politicians, Ahmad Shabery said there was no certainty that former athletes would make better sports leaders than politicians.

To a question from Senator Noriah Mahat that a mechanism be devised to unearth sporting talents from rural areas, Ahmad Shabery said it was being done with the cooperation of the Education Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry. — Bernama

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How do these people even become Mnisters at all? The Sports Ministry is not pro-active. Together with the MPs, the Sports Minister can INTRODUCE laws that require a quorum among sportsmen or within the sports association to determine who is to be a sports leader. Any MP who refuses to implement quorums is not votable and a term limitless dictator like Mubrak or Gaddafi. The Ministry is being very stagnating and unhelpful to democracy here.

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