Johor still a “shining pillar” for Umno-BN, says Muhyiddin – Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:28
KULAIJAYA– Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today he is confident that Johor would continue to remain as a “shining pillar” of Umno and a fortress of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming general election (GE) despite faced with a stiffer challenge from the Opposition.
Muhyiddin, who is also BN deputy chairman and Umno deputy president, said he was of the opinion that voter sentiment in Johor for the BN presently was still positive.
He told this to reporters after holding a “meet-the-people” session and opening the Kulaijaya district education office in Bandar Indrapura, Kulaijaya here today.
Also present was Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
Earlier, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, had held a closed-door meeting with the top leadership of the BN and Umno in Johor.
On the meeting, Muhyiddin said Abdul Ghani, the Johor Umno and BN liaison chief, had updated him on the coalition’s preparation for the GE.
He said Abdul Ghani had been going down the ground tirelessly towards ensuring support among the grassroots for the BN remained intact.
“I am satisfied with the preparations being done in Johor. Nevertheless, we cannot take things for granted and become complacent. We ask each Umno and BN division to focus on their respective areas and spruce up election machinery besides strengthening unity among members,” he said.
The voter, he said, was very important and that no effort should be spared to ensure their interests be it welfare, education or the economy and the like was well looked after as the BN had always done.
“We are confident they (voters) will understand when making the decision (when voting),” he said.
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Change the word Pillar to Path, then invite a CPPCC Governor into Johor. Then we’ll see ‘shining’. Chaiman Mao would approve. And who knows Malaysia could prosper due to an ‘administrative’ takeover’.
Malaysia Does Not Need A Revolutionary Programme
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:26
KUALA LUMPUR — Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia does not need a revolutionary programme but instead needed leaders committed to change who the people could trust.
The prime minister said this year promised to be a year of robust political discourse in Malaysia and hoped it would be one where more and more of the politicians addressed the real choices Malaysians faced.
“Ultimately it is the people who will determine the future. That is what our freedom from colonial rule was all about, that is what we preserved from the moment of Merdeka and we should all be proud of: a Malaysia where Malaysians decide,” he said.
Najib said this in his latest entry titled “1Malaysia Is A Commitment To Transformation” in his blog http://www.1malaysia.com.my on Tuesday.
He drew attention on those opposing the 1Malaysia concept, categorising them in two groups, the die-hards who say there should be no change from the approach of 1971 and the first wave of the New Economic Policy and those demanding revolutionary change.
As for the first group, Najib said: “I can understand why some are fearful: many of the historic imbalances in our society still need addressing; – and we will.
“But we must also have an approach that encourages all who can contribute to Malaysia to stay here and also we must recognise that widening ownership of the economy will not, of itself, fight poverty at root.”
To those who feared 1Malaysia for these reasons, Najib advised them to be calm and patient as 1Malaysia was about a dynamic strategy to fight poverty in the country.
“And I believe, (1Malaysia) will achieve much more than if we refuse to change,” he said.
The prime minister said it was the second group of opponents of 1Malaysia who worried him more.
“They dismiss anything and everything we have done as being not enough and instead demand a revolutionary programme of change. To different audiences they say different things: motivated only by a lust for power and what seems like congenital need to provoke more and more controversy.”
“Of course, taken together their programme is a mess: one cannot promise to abolish road tolls, write off RM40 billion in National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loans and cut the budget deficit all at once: very quickly one of these promises would fall apart leaving a lot of angry people and an economy in free fall,” he said.
Nevertheless, despite his fears, Najib said he was an optimist.
“Stocking up anger at the alleged failure of the current government to implement such a crazed programme will, I believe, only fail in the end, because the more such a dangerous mix of impossible promises is exposed to public scrutiny, the less and less credible those who seek to stir things up will be,” he added.
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How about a Communist Revolutionary Party of Malaysia if not revival of the CPM under a reformed and normalized Chin Peng (peaceful of course and in due respect to mulitiracial Malaysia, open to all races?). Malaysia has yet to keep a promise on pardons to the former members of CPM that could bring Malaysian and Chinese to a better level instead not keeping word on pardons and continuance of BN’s institutionalised apartheid.
Ling Ordered To Enter Defence – Friday, 09 March 2012 15:03
KUALA LUMPUR — The High Court here today ordered former transport minister Dr Ling Liong Sik to enter his defence on the charge of cheating the Malaysian government RM1.08 billion over the Port Klang Free Zone project (PKFZ).
Judge Ahmadi Asnawi made the order after he concluded that the prosecution had successfully established a prima facie case against Dr Ling.
Dr Ling, 69, who was transport minister for 17 years since 1986, is charged with cheating the government by not disclosing to the Cabinet an additional interest rate of 7.5 per cent per annum on the purchase price of the land for the PKFZ project, which had been fixed at RM1,088,456,000 by the Valuation and Property Services Department, based on RM25 per sq ft, inclusive of the coupon/interest rate.
He also faces two alternative (amended) charges, of cheating and intentionally not disclosing to the Cabinet that the 7.5 per cent per annum was an additional interest rate on the land price.
Dr Ling, represented by counsel Wong Khian Keong, is charged with committing the offences at the fourth floor of the Prime Minister’s Office, Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya, between Sept 25 and Nov 6, 2002.
The first charge, under Section 418 of the Penal Code, carries a penalty of up to seven years jail, or a fine, or both, upon conviction while the two alternative (amended) charges, under Section 417 of the Penal Code, carry a penalty of up to five years jail, or a fine, or both, upon conviction.
Dr Ling was charged on July 29 2010 and the trial proceeded for three months starting Aug 1 last year.
The prosecution, led by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, called on 25 witnesses throughout the trial, including Cabinet ministers and senior officers of the valuation department.
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LLS should seek political asylum in China and reveal all those ugly truths there like RPK ran away to England. If Tun Ling is Chinese, he should immediately apply for political asylum then trash the people who have been hateful and racist.
ASEAN has right stuff to be world market leader, says Guan Eng
March 09, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Southeast Asia has the edge to be a powerhouse if the countries in the region band together and work to free up their politics and economies, Lim Guan Eng said today.
The Penang chief minister that the region is the natural choice to grow into the next major consumer market due to its strategic geographic location between rising giants India and China, its 600 million-strong population and with the old model of the US, Europe and Japan engines of growth on the wane due to their existing debt crisis and long-term jobless situation.
“The potential for this to happen is certainly real, but we must be aware that such a situation can only be achieved if our people become stronger consumers, which means that they need to have more money in their pockets.
“In other words, economic democratisation must first occur in order to facilitate the growth of a strong consumer market in the region,” Lim told an ASEAN Democracy and Economic Development forum in George Town today.
A copy of his speech at the event was made available to the media.
Lim (picture) said for ASEAN to be a key market driver, it needed a strategy that will collectively raise income levels, especially those at the bottom levels of the economy, and step-up the skills to automatically increase worker productivity.
“In other words, if we can increase the purchasing power of our people, especially amongst the lower-income groups, we will be sure to create a great consumer market,” the trained accountant said.
But he cautioned that care be taken to produce greater political and economic democratisation and decentralisation in the region and does not result in a wider income gap.
“Democratisation is a key factor for the continued growth of our region, and the fate of Myanmar is our biggest test,” Lim said, pointing to the much-talked about nation that is making the transition from a military regime to a democracy and long considered ASEAN’s collective responsibility.
He said it was ASEAN’s duty to ensure that the democratisation of Myanmar is carried out peacefully and will result in it becoming a meaningful partner of growth.
Lim added that decentralisation of power is also another key issue in ASEAN due to the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural make-up in each country here and that it needed to be handled due to its close links with problems of political identity.
He said that by giving states more power, the central government can then focus on national policies.
The DAP MP for Bagan pointed to Penang to back up his arguments, saying his government had taken steps to democratise the state with new policies that are based on what the public really want and not what it thinks they want.
“Only by listening to the people, doing the people’s work and focusing on the people, can we hope to catch the fourth wave of democracy,” he said, pointing to the series of reforms enveloping entire nations worldwide.
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. . . right stuff blah blah blah . . . Hey mr. useless soundbites, when is APARTHEID going to be addressed and ended? Give over that CM’s post to someone who will file lawsuit with the UN over Malaysia’s apartheid laws and apartheid constitutions MLK style, instead of wasting that CM’s ethos on platitudes. We don’t need platitudes, but we do have DJs and Propaganda sellouts like Chandra Mustafa for that. This beneficiary of nepotism LGE is totally unqualified to lead any Chinese community. Not using that CM’s post to any good use at all. If all Chinese thought like LGE, we’d be forever be under term limitless Mubarak (and Sons) and Gaddafi (and Sons) style authoritarian nepotists like LKS, asking for meaningless apologies from UMNO to look good (so what if UMNO apologises? No policy changes at all! Hegelian dialect nonsense if anything . . . ), writing 750K funerals for themselves (even asking BN to support Pakatan in this worse of all), and threatening to tear down awnings on private property instead of amending laws, and never acting on ending APARTHEID. LKS says ‘unite the people’. Unite the people? Sure even will the people unite AGAINST :
Lim Kit Siang/Thomas Lee *OR* MahathirKutty/Chandar Muzaffar – ‘Master-Lapdog’ type Politician-Journo symbiotism (term limitless to boot) which is extremely dangerous to citizen sovereignty much like what happened in Singapore’s PAP, much like Goh Chok Tong was the ‘interim’ PM before Lee Hsien Loong took the PM’s post.
Thomas or Chandra are BOTH n3rd5 who have been bound up by the oligarch minded, ageing and undemocratic junta style political bullies (with unhealthy nepotistic and term limitless tendencies). Take a closer look at the ‘phenotype imprinting’ issue to understand. Lee is just LKS’s b1tch, and phenotypically that shows on Lee’s face. Look These two’d be better off looking like their own fathers (still kinda sick, who needs to be a carbon copy even of their own father . . . ) but every Politician as a harem of b1tch3s willing or inadvertent . . .
Ask for equality and end of apartheid instead you nepotistic parachute CM, file a lawsuit with the Penang CMships ethos at the UN, with the USA, with India and China, with Russia . . . the CMship was not given to LGE for fun, LGE is supposed to use that CMship (Much likes so many MCA ministers have not made a peep on ending APARTHEID) as a tool to ensure Article 1 of the UNHCR not go ‘Hurr durr, I can haz 750K funeral from the taxpayers . . . ‘ . . . 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 DAP to demand MEANINGLESS apologies from the PM and then turn on the people by fining instead of making amendments to abusive and undemocratic laws. We voted for MPs and Assemblymen who will help lower taxes, ease laws and end apartheid.
;if Pakatan becomes as bad as BN (PR is quite like BN in many ways) and has not even granted :
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.
;though Pakatan has merely ‘alluded’ to the above 3 items more than BN has, this could mean that 3rd Force is the only way forward to an equal citizen free from apartheid. 3rd Force should be a coalition of : KITA (if UMNO doesn’t swamp KITA or pretend to hide behind KITA via political proxies as UMNO loses the people’s vote), 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.
Try the below comment from : @anon — March 9, 2012 @ 11:48 AM
DAP PROPOSAL IS A BIT ODD
The rural poor deserve to get the development they were promised by UMNO but failed to get with “independence in Malaysia” since 1963. UMNO failed totally to keep its side of the bargain but abused the trust the people who enticed and compelled to place their faith and trust in its hand when the British handed colonial powers to Malaya in the process of denying us real independence.
However, one would question why we need such a “trust fund” as proposed by DAP. All the money derived from Sarawak resources are in a sense trust money which a responsible and transparent government of the day hold in trust to be spent wisely for its citizens. What we have is that under the name of development UMNO breached our trust and stole our oil and gas in the region of $50 trillions and billions by its local support PBB BN gangsters and land thieves after over 40 years. If an honest government could be elected there is no need for a trust fund. All it needs to do is to honestly implement the development plans for the people’s benefit. The first thing such a government should do is to embark on a Sarawak wide provision of aid relief to the desperately poor and to freeze price rise of essential goods and necessities for a period.
Villagers protest at police station – 2012-03-06 12:13
GEORGETOWN, March 5 (Bernama) — More than a hundred villagers protested at a police station in Teluk Bahang, here last night after being upset with the police who were carrying out their duty to eradicate ‘mat rempit’ activities.
In the incident, at about 6.30pm, more than a hundred villagers believed to be parents of a group of mat rempit threw stones at the police station and shook the station fence.
“A policeman was believed to have thrown his helmet at the mat rempit causing one of them to be seriously injured and had to be brought to the hospital,” a resident told Bernama when met in the kampung, here today.
He said the protest lasted about four hours in the presence of about 50 police officers and men with 13 patrol cars from the state police headquarters.
The protest ended after a discussion between police officers and resident representatives.
Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin when contacted by Bernama confirmed the incident which he said was a misunderstanding between the residents and police. Police are investigating the incident.
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Professionalism please. Probably all are from the same neighbourhood with the newly minted coper deciding to ride roughshod over the villagers. Maybe allow only the much older persons to be police? Throwing a helmet when one is a policeman probably shows that the policeman was not very focused or self aware or professional. Throwing helmets is for the bad guys! But much respects for nailing 5 motorcyclists at one go. Yahtzee! One more reason for Israel to fear Malaysia eh?