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10 Articles on Malaysian Politics : More Meaningless Point Scoring and ‘abuse of power’ mindset by DAP Lim Oligarch Family, Astro the Indicator of Bad Society and Bad Politics, Bar Council can Defend Foreign Funds But Refuses to Challenge Apartheid, Sex Starved And Unthinking Bureaucrats, DAP’s Propagandists, Aliran a Hudud Accepting NGO that Does not Even Try To End Apartheid – Does Not Deserve ECOSOC Status, 3rd Force The Only Choice?, RPK’s Demanding Website Rules, Erma Turns Propagandist – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 3rd October 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, Apartheid, cult of personality, Democracy, democratisation, demogoguery, Ethics, flawed judgments, franchise, freedom of choice, Malaysia, meaningless platitudes, media tricks, Nepotism, Pakatan Rakyat Coalition, sex negativism, strawman NGOs on October 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

ARTICLE 1

BN abusing school exams to force on students its propaganda – by  Lim Kit Siang – Friday, 28 September 2012 14:04

Would the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his two deputies, Puad Zarkashi and Datuk Wee Ka Siong give their tacit approval or close their eyes and shut their ears if any of the following questions had appeared in a SPM trial examination paper for Moral Education:

Is it appropriate for the police to use tear-gas or chemically-laced water cannon or used physical violence against peaceful demonstrators comprising all races, religions, age and gender who merely wanted to send a clear and unmistakable to the government that they want free, fair and clean elections?

Is it appropriate for any government to misuse public funds for political party purposes especially in the run-up to a general election?

Is it appropriate for voters in a general election to support candidates from a political coalition which is responsible for Malaysia having the lowest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index ranking of No. 60 as well as lowest CPI score of 4.3 in 2012?

Is it appropriate for any Minister or MP to go against national unity efforts as publicly dissociating from the 1Malaysia policy, declaring that he or she is Malay first and Malaysian second?

Up to the ‘rakyat’ when it suits them!

Of course not. There can be no shadow of doubt that if such questions had appeared in any school SPM trial examination paper, there would be an orchestrated howl of protest and condemnation in the mainstream mass media of Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, Berita Harian and the Star as well as on government/Barisan Nasional radio and television channels, followed by a witch-hunt to expose, penalise and even criminalise those responsible for setting the questions.

Surely, Puad would not say: “As long as it does not affect the racial or religious sensitivities or malign any individual, I feel (the question) is not a problem…It is up to the rakyat to decide”.

This is what Puad said when commenting on a question in a school SPM trial examination on Moral Education in Johore Baru, which featured two photographs of the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, and asked: “Is it appropriate for a citizen to participate in an illegal assembly?”

A photograph of the question referring to the Bersih 3.0 rally from a an SPM trial examination paper at a school in Johore Baru appeared on Facebook, which showed that the answer given by the student – “tidak wajar (not appropriate)” – was ticked as correct.

Citizenship revoked

Would Muhyiddin, Puad and Wee take the position that there is nothing wrong with the setting of questions like the four above for students, just as they now strike the posture that its “not a problem” for such a Bersih question to be posed in the SPM school trial examination?

In fact, in another trial examination for STPM General Paper in a school in Johore Baru, there is a clear insinuation that those who supported the Opposition could have their citizenship revoked?

Would Muhyiddin, Puad and Wee agree and approve if STPM General Paper school trial examination poses the question whether a person who supported corrupt political leaders have failed their citizenship responsibilities?

Clearly the politicisation of education has reached a new low with the Education Minister and his two deputy Ministers failing to condemn in the strongest possible terms the setting of these tendentious and misguided questions – which amounts no less to an irresponsible attempt to indoctrinate and brainwash schoolchildren to parrot the views of the ruling coalition.

With such continued politicization of education, there can be very little public confidence that under continued UMNO/Barisan Nasional government, the education system could unite rather than divide Malaysians or that the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 recently launched by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak would be able to make any fundamental difference to the problems of politicisation and deterioration of educational standards in Malaysia.

Lim Kit Siang is the DAP adviser & MP for Ipoh Timur

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Repeat the below 3 items at the Dewan then talk :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Why does smiling and smug big mouth Kit Siang feel so pleased here? Dare not say APARTHEID to the faces of the racists and keep arguing about non-issues? Can propaganda be quantified? Senile already? Apartheid is worse than unquantifiable propaganda. Picking an argument that cannot be made into policy or anything useful for the Rakyat. Term limitless nepotist who is also a COWARD.

Why should anyone vote this old Mubarak Lim farce again and again? 2 terms over so GFTO of Dewan old man! And take your dumb kid installed without quorum CM with yer! The whole of UN accessible to this illogical farcical and argumentive idiot but not a peep on apartheid? Whats the MP’s seat for? So that the taxpayers can fund lame non-amendment careerist lifestyle to argue semantics at Dewan? Voters kick out this USELESS MP for someone ready to challenge APARTHEID!

ARTICLE 2

Me, corrupt? Apologize or I’ll sue – Guan Eng tells Gerakan Youth leader – Monday, 01 October 2012 22:02

GEORGE TOWN – Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has sent a legal notice to state Gerakan Youth deputy chairman H’ng Khoon Leng for allegedly calling him corrupt.

Lim’s political secretary, Ng Wei Aik, said the notice to H’ng was sent through Karpal Singh and Co on Sept 26 calling for H’ng to retract his statement and apologise within seven days.

“The retraction and apology, of course, must contain words to be approved by us and must be published prominently in the electronic and mass media, including the internet,” Ng said.

The legal notice was issued after H’ng on Sept 24 accused Lim of being corrupt in connection with his rented house in Jalan Pinhorn here.

When contacted, H’ng said he had yet to receive the letter.

-thesundaily

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Me me me huh? Moron of a quorumless and nepotistically INSTALLED CM. Asking for 750K funds off the taxpayers is a corrupted mindset. Enuff said. No need for apologies Gerakan! Lim Guan Eng the nepotist, fail to keep campaign promises DAP liar, and term limitless intended MP, is unforgivably CORRUPTED! Corrupt! Corrupt! Corrupt! NO APOLOGIES! There yer go yer DAP loser!

. . . must contain words to be approved by us and must be published prominently in the electronic and mass media, including the internet,” Ng said. . . .

Apologies MAY NOT be pre-scripted as per any democracy, this desire to even script an apology which is already undeserved and unreasonably demanded, displays a pontificating dictator’s mindset. Finally unscripted statements are not even admissable in court, this ‘demand’ of ‘must contain words to be approved by us‘ shows total ignorance of ethical principles, democratic practices in communication between persons in court cases (apology is a form of communication that cannot be scripted), and disregard of civilisational principles. Non convenit scriptum in consequenza! (Original latinic ‘quasi legalism’ by moi . . . )

Pakatan GTFO Dewan! Unvotable and very dangerous to have in politics considering the farcical DAP is considering Hudud! If only Gerakan would get BN to grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;and prevent the Rayat from voting the ugliest political coalition in the history of mankind. Such is the cost of Gerakan’s ambivalence and choice to be an apartheid accepting lapdog that inflicts such choices on the Rakyat. Well, there is always 3rd Force . . .

ARTICLE 3

Astro institutional offer 20 times oversubscribed-sources – Friday, 28 September 2012 16:29

KUALA LUMPUR – The institutional offer of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s US$1.5 billion initial share sale has been oversubscribed by more than 20 times, two sources with knowledge of the deal said on Friday.

The institutional offering of up to 315.75 million shares, or 20.8% of the total offering, has been mostly subscribed at the higher end of an indicative price range of RM2.70-RM3 per share, the sources said.

Based on the indicative range, the total 1.52 billion shares offered could be worth RM4.1 billion to RM4.56 billion, according to Reuters calculations. The institutional book is expected to close on Oct 3, with listing scheduled on Oct 19, according to its prospectus.

Astro is controlled by Malaysia’s second-richest man Ananda Krishnan, who has investments in telecom and energy assets.

The deal is being handled by CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malayan Banking Bhd and RHB Capital Bhd. Several foreign banks are also advisers, including UBS AG, Credit Suisse Group AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

– Reuters

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Hey idiot consumers and voters, one doesn’t need to pay monthly protection money style cash to Astro, then have Astro pretend to give that same money back later via stock options later. If Satellite dishes are legalized by the collusive farce MPs, there will be no paying of anyone at all or handing back of money via stocks and still the peopke will have limitless access to Satellite TV channels WORLDWIDE. Vote properly by studying the response to the wordpress Article 18 (don’t confuse with Article 18 of the UNHRC) in the link below :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/6-articles-on-malaysian-politics-guan-engs-b-s-rpks-b-s-rpks-indirect-apology-to-lgbts-potential-anti-intelligensia-alert-anwars-intent-to-continue-institutionalized-bribery-and-racis/

Who needs to pay a single cent to Astro or even apply to Astro’s stock options?

ARTICLE 4

‘Nothing wrong with receiving foreign funds’ – Bar Council – Wednesday, 26 September 2012 16:47

KUALA LUMPUR- Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee said there was nothing wrong to receive funding from abroad.

Malaysia government, he pointed out, had received foreign funding before and Malaysian individuals as well as organisations had also given money abroad.

“So long, it complies with the law of the country. It is as simple as that.

“Today, there is no legislation prohibits foreign funding…there is nothing sinister about foreign funding,” he said at the launch of the 2012 Malaysia International Law Conference today.

Lim was also asked on Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan’s claim the media reports alleging that civil society groups were receiving foreign funding in a plot to destabilise the government could be a prelude to a crackdown on them.

In respond, he said the government should encourage the growth of civil society, so long they acted within the confine of the laws as a registered company or society.

On the status of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Lim said he was aware of it as a registered company (known as Suara Initiatif Sdn Bhd).

Lim also urged the government to consider forming a permanent and independent law reform commission tasked to undertake research and advise Parliament on law reform.

Lim said, the commission, which would be accountable to Parliament and the public, must engage in inclusive, open and transparent consultation.

“Commission should be drawn from judges, lawyers (both private and government), academics and members of the civil society, in order to provide the necessary depth of knowledge and experience.

“The law reform commission can and should obtain assistance from the International Centre for Law and Legal Studies, which is undertaking excellent research at the moment,” he said at the launch of the 2012 Malaysia International Law Conference yesterday.

He also urged the government to improve the present nominal sum paid to the National Legal Aid Foundation (NLAF) volunteers so that it could attract more lawyers.

– New Straits Times

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Taking money is easy but doing the right thing is difficult. So Bar Council gets money, yet ignores apartheid. Does Bar Council deserve the money then? The foreign embassy might as well fund independent political parties to end the apartheid or fundos here instead of wasting funds of Bar Council. ‘Nothing wrong with receiving foreign funds‘ – Bar Council. BUT something very wrong to not file lawsuit against the Fed Gov to END APARTHEID. Whats the use of the Bar Council if Bar Council can’t even end apartheid?

ARTICLE 5

Oral sex on 4 occasions to get deals worth $ 640k – Wednesday, 26 September 2012 16:35

SINGAPORE – IT manager Ms Cecilia Sue Siew Nang allegedly performed oral sex on former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay on four occasions in exchange for $640k worth of deals.

Shin Min Daily News reported today that while Ms Sue’s company did not engage directly with the CNB in these deals, her company did profit from the sales of computer systems to CNB by another company System Integrator.

Ms Sue was hired by Sun Microsystems for her experience in dealing with government agencies. She had first met Ng in 2009, before she joined the company in 2010.

On March 3 , 2011, Ng authorised the purchase of computer systems through an official online government purchase system.

13 days later, CNB purchased the tendered computer systems from National Computer Systems for $320k.

Six months later, Ng again authorised the purchase of more computer software from a company called Jardine for another $320k.

Contemplated suicide

The Chinese daily also said that Ms Sue contemplated suicide on the day Ng was charged in court. She allegedly sought medical help for her mental conditions for six months.

She reportedly told investigators that she loved Ng and was willing to divorce her husband for him.

However, Ng’s lawyers pointed out that she later changed her story, saying that what happened between the two of them was merely business and that there was no true love between them.

-AsiaOne

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What an idiot. With 640K, one could support at 1 personal mistress like a movie star, or 2 personal mistresses with a pleasant relaxed life, who could give blowjobs or sex all year round for a lifetime or a decade at very least. Who needs to risk job and future to give some lame deals for just 4 lousy blowjobs?

ARTICLE 6

Are they forcing us to like them? — Chris Lee – September 27, 2012

SEPT 27 — It saddens me that politics in Malaysia has descended to a point that it has become an international joke these days. The antics of the ruling coalition have reached a point that it is difficult for any logical or sane person to comprehend their motives. The politics of fear employed by the ruling coalition seems to now border on the “if we can’t win, no one will!” school of thought, and that is akin to uncivilized politics.

On Friday the 14th of September, the DAP Penang headquarters was splattered with red paint along with the service centres of Jagdeep Singh, Koay Teng Hai and our Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. The Parti KeADILan Rakyat (PKR) bus was also splattered with red paint and rocks were hurled at them as the party’s leaders embarked on a nationwide tour of the country. What is the justification of doing all these things, may I ask?

The only way I see it, is that these actions are meant to intimidate the party members as well as the populace. Their modus operandi is that if they are unable to win the people’s hearts, they will then use fear to win the elections. Fear is, after all, what kept the populace voting for the ruling coalition throughout the years. The fear of racial clashes, the fear of being left behind, the fear of different religions and races are the exact reason why the current ruling coalition of Malaysia is the longest ruling elected government in the world.

In these times of political intimidation, we must remain calm. The ruling coalition is launching their attack in an attempt to divide us, a strategy that has kept them in power all this while. The 2008 elections blindsided the ruling coalition as we voted across racial lines, dealing them their biggest setback in our nation’s history.

This scenario makes one wonder about the priorities of a ruling party. Is the ruling coalition interested in actually serving the people or merely trying to retain and consolidate power? They know they are already unable to compete with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) governed states when it comes to performance (Penang has been hitting surpluses with high FDIs since PR took power). It seems that in their desperation, their motives are becoming clear; they are campaigning on selfish principles by attempting to cause racial division amongst the people. It seems that the welfare of the country and the unity of Malaysians as a whole are not at all considered.

Malaysians must not fall into their trap. Our peaceful coexistence and eventual unity must never be bartered for any short term gains. If we retaliate to their actions, we are already playing right into their hands. Desperation has gripped those who walk the corridors of Putrajaya and these acts of vandalism are the proof of that.

Our beloved nation has lost over a trillion ringgit through illicit cash outflows and our competitiveness is definitely going down due to rampant corruption. To hide the self-enrichment and the incompetency of the ruling coalition, the bogeyman of racial threats must be created as distraction. This bogeyman has succeeded in hoodwinking the populace into voting the ruling coalition in the past, while they plunder the nation dry.  Let us not fall into this trap again and save our beloved nation.

Chris Lee is a member of the DAP and currently serves as the Deputy Youth Chief of DAPSY Penang and DAPSY Bukit Bendera Division Chief.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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What is the justification of doing all these things, may I ask?

Ooo, disigenuous. I repeat as per the TRUTH ad nauseum. Want justification? How about DAP has failed to keep 90% of the campaign promises that won DAP GE12? No local council elections, no declaration fo MP assets, toying with t he idea of Hudud, perhaps the Rakyat and not BN or UMNO did that. The rudeness and ingrate-like behaviour of DAP is enough to cause this. Stop talking as if DAP were faultless, for pretending on DAP’s behalf, Chris Lee will be branded as a liar as well. What is the justification of doing all these things . . . idiot propagandist insulting the people by acting innocent.

It saddens me that politics in Malaysia has descended to a point that it has become an international joke these days.

So says the ‘politician’ or political coalition who wants to accept Hudud and cannot speak up against BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID (which is illegal in Islam as well . . . ).

Our so-called Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’was GIVEN the CM’s post – NEPOTISM par excellence style – without quorum nor vote and is asking for 750K funerals off the tax payers’ backs and terrorized small traders and even home owners, distributed tax funds without permission of the Rakyat to the poor and old insulting their sense of pride, when DAP should be changing laws to lower taxes that effectively does the same in a Rakyat dignity preserving manner than giving money like bribery to look good. I’d say DAP deserves what DAP gets and worse for this sort of corrupt and money throwing bribery instead of amendment of policy mindset.

Malaysians must not fall into Pakatan’s trap. Our peaceful coexistence and eventual unity must never be bartered for any short term gains that DAP and Pakatan offers. To hide the self-enrichment and the incompetency of the ruling coalition, of Penang and Selangor, they get a bare faced LIAR like Chris Lee to foul the articles readeers read on internet. Shame on you Chris! Uf you hate the Rakyat so much arte are so selfish that to lie in this manner, Pakatan only shows an ability to corrupt the morals of writers involved in DAP. Down with Pakatan and DAP, and do not vote for apartheid BN either! Vote for 3rd Force!

Deputy Youth Chief of DAPSY Penang and DAPSY Bukit Bendera Division Chief? More like propagandist in chief. The Rakyat wants 2 term people to amend laws not waste time and glorifying with taxpayer monies by goving taxpayer monies away. 1.5 terms up, Pakatan and DAP can GTFO of the Dewan and take along their corrupted and immoral propagandist liars that accept Hudud and Apartheid. Pakatan has not kept 90% of GE12 campaign promises but has taken tax monies to give out and look good like Santa Claus instead of amending a single policy.

ARTICLE 7

How is govt’s military cooperation with the US ‘halal’? – Saturday, 29 September 2012 09:03

Penang-based Aliran Kesedaran Negara has questioned the accusations by the government that rights group Suaram was in cohorts with foreign powers to undermine the country.

Citing details on the website of the United States embassy in Malaysia, Aliran said it was ironic that the Barisan Nasional government talked about Western funding for pro-democracy projects when it had embraced US military cooperation.

Among others, Aliran said the US’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) alongside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the US Pacific Command, cooperate with the government to manage Foreign Military Sales cases for equipment, services and training, military exercises and conferences, as well as US military education and training programmes.

It noted that every year, ODC supported bilateral and multi-lateral exercises with the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysian Police “to promote interoperability and cooperation”, which included such exercises as Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), Cope Taufan, Keris Strike, Air Warrior, and Joint Combined Exchange Training.

“Perhaps those who are investigating and condemning Suaram might care to explain why such dealings with the US military are considered halal while Suaram’s relative minuscule foreign funding is deemed haram.

“Given the US military record in sponsoring dictators and intervention from Vietnam to Iraq, surely such military cooperation between the United States and Malaysia, which aspires to be a leader of the Third World, is indefensible,” said Aliran in a statement.

Suaram, Malaysia’s pioneer human rights group registered as Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd under the Company Act 1965, has come under attack from BN leaders and their media for receiving funds from Western think tanks to carry out its activities.

Leading the charge against the group, which spearheaded the ongoing French probe into alleged mass-scale corruption involving Malaysia’s purchase of the Scorpenes submarines, is Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who said investigation found that “something suspicious and confusing” about Suaram.

Aliran is among the groups who have joined a campaign called ‘Stand up for Suaram’, aimed at mobilising support for Suaram.

“What is the group’s real crime apart from the technicalities of operating as a registered company instead of as a society?” it asked.

Aliran added that there were more pressing matters affecting the country’s sovereignty.

“There is tremendous pressure on us to implement the EU-Asean FTA and to come on board the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could result in MNCs gaining the power to sue sovereign governments,” it said, referring to the heavily criticised US-led regional pact which Malaysia is part off. Critics argue that the pact would remove Malaysia’s ability to regulate cooperations within the country.

“Surely we should be more worried about these transnational flows and trends. Some of them might be unavoidable and even beneficial. Others we might be better off shunning e.g. the rare earth refinery,” Aliran added, pointing to Australian-based rare-earth refinery in Pahang which the government has defended despite strong protests.

-Harakahdaily

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Would Aliran prefer that Malaysia hang around with Islamist governments instead? Suaram is an apartheid accepting NGO and a fundo sympathiser with not real scruples of their own. ECOSOC really should delist Suaram – the self serving ‘power of the day toady’ that appears in a Hudud supporting online mag is a cynical outfit . . . the implications are of what Aliran could allow are shocking . . . , much like MCA/MIC/Gerakan/PPP have no compunction about not ending apartheid and preferring to stay in BN. Politicians in Malaysia are as detestable as the apartheid accepting NGOs that prop them up.

ARTICLE 8

Why the US prefers Najib to Pakatan – Friday, 28 September 2012 Super Admin – Raja Petra Kamarudin

Is the United States really supportive of democracy and fundamental rights or does America’s interests come first? In this 12th May 2008 secret communiqué between the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the Commander of the Seventh Fleet, it is clear why the United States prefers Najib Tun Razak rather than Pakatan Rakyat to lead Malaysia. And let this communiqué speak for itself.

Malaysia is hardly an ideal democracy, but it can still serve as a reference point for evolving Islamic societies elsewhere. The Malay people, traditionally known for their social tolerance, have become more religiously conservative in recent years, but Prime Minister Abdullah has enshrined the Malay political elite’s continued preference for moderation in his “Islam Hadhari” or “Civilizational Islam” policy. Abdullah’s key message is that Islam can become a leading world civilization again only if it embraces economic development, education, innovation and tolerance.

Observers are wary of a longer-term trend toward greater divisions between the Muslim Malay majority and other ethnic groups, and religious minorities increasingly complain of growing Islamization, as highlighted by the controversy surrounding Deputy Prime Minister Najib’s comments last year that Malaysia is an “Islamic state.” Nevertheless, Malaysia has kept inter-ethnic tensions well under control by regional and world standards for almost 40 years.

Malaysia is important to us because it is an economically successful, stable, predominantly Muslim country that, over the longer term, may be able to support us more strongly in places like the Middle East. It is strategically located on the Straits of Malacca, through which one quarter of the world’s trade flows, and it borders five of the other nine ASEAN countries.

Military-to-military cooperation is improving, with 9 US Navy ship visits to Malaysian ports thus far in 2008, 22 visits in 2007, and 23 in 2006. This is up from only five ship visits in 2003. Recently initiated engagement with the Royal Malaysian Navy’s developing submarine force has successfully forged a relationship in this critical warfare capability. Our security relationship also finds expression in regular high level visits and counterpart visits.

Behind the scenes, Malaysia has been a good partner in the war on terror. The overall tone in Malaysian-American relations has improved considerably since Abdullah Badawi became Prime Minister in late-2003, and we seek to translate this into substantive improvements. Bilateral relations eroded under Abdullah’s vituperative predecessor Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, but Abdullah brought with him a friendlier style and an interest in projecting a more moderate image, both for himself and for his country.

While the surprise results of the March 2008 election have remade Malaysia’s political landscape and severely shaken the ruling coalition, our bi-lateral relations have remained on an even keel. Malaysia is our sixteenth largest trading partner, and many major American companies have invested here. We have increased senior-level exchanges since Abdullah came aboard, for example conducting our first ever Senior Dialogue with the Foreign Ministry at the Assistant Secretary level in May 2005. Malaysia has acceded to the IAEA Additional Protocol, and participates as an observer in PSI exercises. Malaysia has played a positive role in helping to stabilize Aceh, Mindanao, and East Timor.

Malaysia’s traditional approach to global issues, which Abdullah has continued albeit at a lower decibel level, remains an impediment to closer bilateral cooperation. Malaysia actively participates in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), often adopting distinctly third-world positions on issues of importance to us.

Our public affairs environment is also challenging. The Malaysian public is strongly opposed to our policies in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. A strong “post-colonial overhang” also colours Malaysian attitudes toward the U.S. role in Southeast Asia. With Abdullah we have nevertheless been able to pursue a set of broad common interests, and pragmatism generally rules in bilateral security relations.

The bilateral military interaction remains strong; and we, along with Embassies in Jakarta and Manila, are implementing the Regional Security Initiative (RSI) concept through a maritime policymakers’ conference in Sabah. The objective is to encourage the three nations to share information, data and intelligence on a national interagency level and tri-laterally to create a common operational picture to enhance their effectiveness in maritime enforcement.

These visits, and the relationships developed, have fostered strong military-military cooperation between the United States and Malaysia, and have not been adversely impacted by recent leadership changes. Ship visits have significantly increased and received greater visibility. Security-related training sponsored by  the United States for military and law enforcement participants, including Malaysia’s new coast guard, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, has also been on the rise.

The Malaysian-initiated coordinated surface patrols and “Eyes in the Sky” program, a regional aerial monitoring of the Straits of Malacca, have been more effective in creating a perception of security than actual operational capability. Malaysia concluded a new 505 agreement in 2006 that will allow us to utilize 1206 funds to put CT equipment into the vulnerable Sulu and Sulawesi Seas border areas of Sabah where terrorists are known to transit. Congress has approved funds for building and installing coastal radars in eastern Sabah and the first sites have been identified and contracted.

A joint forces command and control center funded under 1206 is planned for this year to functionally link the various radar sites. Malaysia has not signed either a PSI or Article 98 agreement. In general, Malaysia remains open to bilateral cooperation that strengthens its own defense capacity, but the GOM will quickly raise the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity when discussing international security regimes and coordination, such as for the Straits of Malacca.

We have been pleased by the overwhelmingly positive media coverage our ship visits have received, in contrast to the quiet arrivals of past years. The flip side to this is that our visits could attract increased attention from ideological foes on the Islamist right (PAS), and from some mainstream politicians pandering to the conservative Islamic vote.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib has stoutly defended our cooperation before Parliament, and we do not see that our engagement is under threat. However, we do need to be cognizant of our increased military visibility and sensitive to GOM concerns, particularly with high tensions in the Middle East. The GOM cited concerns about the growing visibility of training in eastern Sabah and, in 2006, decided to review on a case basis proposed training events involving foreign military forces in that region.

In May 2007, Malaysia hosted the annual Bilateral Training and Consultative Group (BITACG) meeting in Port Dickson. BITACG is a forum used to promote and strengthen military-military relations through discussions of bilateral exercises, intelligence exchanges, C4 issues, logistics engagement, and defense cooperation. Malaysia also hosted a BITACG mid-year review in Kuala Lumpur in November 2007.

Additionally, Malaysia co-hosted an annual conference for military intelligence chiefs in the Asia-Pacific region (APICC) held in September 2007. In September 2006, the U.S. Navy initiated annual Submarine Staff Talks, which have been successful in fostering a close relationship with the Royal Malaysian Navy as they develop their Scorpene submarine program.

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PM Najib is closer to to Judea, at least spiritually. Najib IS Netanyahu (in a very vague phenotypical/spiritual sense – they at least speak in the same manner like Jeffrey Tambor’s character Director Tom Manning – ‘Director of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense’ – Hellboy 2004 Guillermo del Toro . . . ), or to be less complimentary, compare the way the nation is run to Robocop 2’s ‘The Old Man’ OCP President though instead of Japan taking over, China has instead in the real world. While Pakatan is a bunch of uncharismatic, power mad fundos posing as democratic saviours that need a second stint in the ISA. Unfortunately USA needs to be and is not firm with apartheid in Malaysia and Najib’s faction, and that very unpleasant apartheid-streak in UMNO . . . yet, preferably before GE13. All achieved is a ‘neuteral ground’ handful of individuals less than 1% expected to run the gauntlet of insanity that 3rd world minded Malaysian society and the lunatic fringe among fundos and apartheid purveyors and acceptors have shown themselves to be.

Yet if BN granted with the mandate they currently have  :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

I’d actually vote for BN.

Unfortunately all we have is idiots and nepotists in PR who can’t even keep promises for Local Council Elections and are 3rd world minded as hell and undemocratic to the extreme, refusing to share the political arena with activists who are on their side because they are too greedy (and some out of touch grandees who should know how far back this puts Malays and Malaysia). Pakatan in this respect is the same as BN but for one difference, the appeal to Israel and deeper alliances to fundamentalism than corruption. USA prefers corrupt to fundo, and sadly/frightfully has not been too clear (unless the media is filtering) on demands to end apartheid . . . and with the ‘all mighty’ Israel factor thrown in, Pakatan with ‘Guan Eng’s nepotistic Christian-fundo par excellence Cat Stevens = Ahmadinejad’ and Anwar’s nonsensical attitude towards politics in Malaysia, PR becomes mere trash even as BN is unvotable because of apartheid. Let Malaysia vote for 3rd force instead.

Proposed 3rd Force Coalition that should endorse with intent to grant the above 3 items.

ARTICLE 9

This is how it works – Malaysia Today –  Tuesday, 02 October 2012

Now, if you want to whack Islam I have no problem with that. Just send me an e-mail with your details and I will register you to comment in Malaysia Today. Once you are registered your comment will automatically get published without needing to wait for the moderator to approve it. If you refuse to register then what more can I say? That would be your fault, would it not?

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

No. But this is how it works. So many websites do not need registration to comment. that includes CNN. So being far much smaller than CNN, Malaysia Today should not expect the effort from the readers. Some of us wouldn’t even waste time or energy to register to comment on CNN (CNN neeeds no registration for some sections at least), what makes RPK think we’re going to drop an iota of effort to register anything to merely comment? We’d be better off in vesting time and effort on our own blogs instead or posting comments that will not waste our time requiring regestration. Authoritarian and finicky web administrators get no comments. Take example from Malaysia Chronicle, though that online mag’s selective omitting of comments is just as bad as registration. Good article below though RPK, but being both Islamist Hudud supporter and Secular needs clarification. Turkey does not support Hudud, much like seculars cannot support oxymoronic hudud purveryors who claim secularism and may end up branded liars and being manipulative to no good end.

ARTICLE 10

No quick fix for East Malaysia – Malaysian Insider – October 03, 2012

OCT 3 ? “All you East Malaysians need to do is vote out BN!” I hear that time and time again from various people in Peninsular Malaysia and it’s getting frankly tiresome.

I apologise to Sarawakians in advance for having to explain things on your behalf, but I have lived in your state so am not totally clueless. Unlike the many who think that all that is needed is a Braveheart-like uprising where the united peoples of Sabah and Sarawak rise up against tyranny and all that jazz.

It’s not that simple. And that’s my biggest beef with opposition rhetoric. It oversimplifies things, forgetting context and ignoring the complexities of East Malaysia.

One challenge both Sabah and Sarawak have is geography. We’re far removed from West Malaysia, quite literally, and in some ways it has worked out for the best but has also made integration tricky. There are far too many assumptions on each side about the other and “getting to know” each other requires a two- to three-hour flight.

Sarawak is a huge state and its terrain makes traversing it prohibitively expensive. The Penans and other interior-dwelling folk have it worse; they are forced to trek hours to the nearest transport stop to get to the nearest city. They do not have ready access to the things we city dwellers take for granted: piped water, electronic and physical media, hospitals and decent schools.

Even on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, there are schools that are little more than glorified shacks with crowded classrooms and malnourished children. Don’t get me started on the West Malaysian teachers who refuse their postings to Sabah and Sarawak or clamour to be sent home as soon as possible.

Racial tolerance is more pronounced here. Yet, the reality is that despite the “peace” between the various races in East Malaysia, it isn’t easy to get them on the same page politically.

Sabah, for instance, has various splinter parties that are also quite clearly delineated by race. SUPP is predominantly Chinese, PBS is mostly Sabah Bumiputera with a few Chinese people, the Muslim Bumiputeras once mostly congregated in USNO, but the BN-friendly now are in Umno.

It’s not much different in Sarawak. The various communities may get along better but dig down and their politics is the same old selfish Malaysian politics. It’s never about what’s best for the state or the country; it’s about what’s best for their own communities. Let the Penans rot in the jungles so long as my community gets first pick of lucrative contracts.

That is the reality of the Malaysian mindset; the preoccupation with what’s best for your own kind to the detriment of everyone else. Malaysians don’t seem to believe in “win-win.” It’s “I take everything and everyone else can go die-lah.” Which explains our love for monopolies.

PKR’s already shot itself in the foot by refusing to co-operate with local parties in Sabah and Sarawak. How am I, as a native from Sabah, supposed to place trust in a party that made Azmin Ali Sabah PKR chief? How am I supposed to believe that Anwar Ibrahim and his cohort won’t do the same thing and just hand out division chief titles to people from the peninsula as “rewards” to the faithful once the state is won?

What Pakatan Rakyat should be doing is forming alliances with local opposition parties. Instead, it intends to compete against them. Of course, BN will probably end up winning because of split votes.

Don’t get me started on people harping on about how Sarawakians should all unite and toss its current chief minister out. Here’s news for you: The reason he’s still in power is because the people who have benefitted from his position like him where he is. Ponder that for a moment.

It took Bruno Manser to come in and unite the various Penan tribes. It will take more than a well-meaning Swiss to unite the various factions in the two states. Sadly the people trying to play catalyst are not altruistic crusaders but those with an eye on Putrajaya.

By the way, because I have to keep reminding you, Sabah did vote against BN. But BN “convinced” PBS MPs to jump ship in the biggest “frog” incident in Malaysian history. Back in the day, Anwar Ibrahim was proud to be seen as “delivering” the state back to BN.

It’s not that simple; it was never that simple; it will never be that simple. So word of advice to Pakatan: When three words can sum up your campaign (“BN is bad!”), you need to do a lot better.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Erma turned against the people? Simple, just vote for anyone who is not GLC or political party linked that intends to ensure Sarawak and Sabah get their 100% due to disbursement as well as all stolen lands returned, or secession will be started at the UN. And Erma goes all propagandist on the Orang Asli who deserve so much more. Malaysia can fall apart for all any of the right minded care, that wealth is not Peninsular Malaysia’s to disburse or those lands for anyone but the Orang Asli regardless of what illegal and farcical or UN non-compliant or non-commonsense laws applied against the Orang Asli by our LEGAL JUNTA Bar Council which has refused to address apartheid and refused to amend bad laws and constitutional articles.

It’s not that simple; it was never that simple; it will never be that simple. . . .

BECAUSE of Pakatan’s own unpleasant nature even as BN is worse. Orang Asli had better think clearly and demand FULL EQUAL CITIZENSHIPS as well as 100% disbursement rights of any wealth from East Malaysia. Otherwise no point being part of Malaysia when even Native land is being given away or Orang Asli proselytized to disregarding their native faith. No more ‘harsh apologism’ propaganda for Pakatan ok Erma? O really lost alot of respect for you in your article – Malaysian Insider is consistent and professional BUT wrong minded and obstructive, pro-BN’s wrong values and all about expediency much like BN is. Smoke screens that disregard the facts as above mean nothing in real policy and real vote (well barring the ‘dumbed down’ or ‘on the take’ voters).

So word of advice to Pakatan: When three words can sum up your campaign (“BN is bad!”), you need to do a lot better.

Erma need to do a lot better too, criticism based on partial fact designates Erma as a (gasp!) pro-BN writer.

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