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5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : 2 Articles on the Possibility of New Trend in Pakatan : Pakatan Attack on APs, LGE’s wife Betty Lim, may not run for election in GE13 . . . 3 Articles on the Impossibility of New Trend in DAP and failure of education, Tay a pro-DAP (hence anti-Rakyat) propagandist or simply not thinking out of box? – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 18th April 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Constitution does not guarantee AP privileges for Bumis, says Pakatan – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – April 18, 2012

Nurul Izzah said Pekema lacked the metrics to proclaim the AP system as beneficial to Bumiputeras. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — Putrajaya must do away with the current approved permit (AP) system for imported cars as it only benefited a small, select group of politically-connected Bumiputeras, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers said today.

They pointed out that no area of the Federal Constitution expressly grants to Bumiputeras AP licensing rights, and that such claims were a “complete stretch of the imagination.”

Bumiputera car dealers association Pekema as well as Malay rights lobby Perkasa have demanded that the government maintain Malaysia’s controversial permit system for imported cars, saying that the current system benefited Bumiputera businesses.

Both groups maintain that the privileges under the AP system was a guaranteed Bumiputera constitutional right, and came under the purview of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,

“Pekema is talking [nonsense]. Find me the clause in the Constitution that says cars must have APs. And (that) whatever APs must be for Bumis. It takes a complete stretch of the imagination to interpret any clause on the special position of Malays to mean constitutionally guaranteed AP privileges,” DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua told The Malaysian Insider.

Pua said that associations such as Pekema were only speaking for themselves in wanting to maintain the “rent-seeking” practices of the AP system.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP added that the AP system served no other purpose than to make its beneficiaries “instant millionaires.”

Pua said Article 153 was being twisted to extend to APs.
According to Pua, the onus was on the government to ensure that APs were put on open tender so that only genuine and qualified business operators would secure the licences to import cars, instead of “middlemen seeking instant profits.”

“The taxpayers loses more than a billion ringgit a year as a result of the giving away of APs to selected cronies instead of being sold via auction to all businesses or interested parties.”

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar advised Pekema to demand from the government a disclosure of the recipients of APs since the programme’s inception before extolling its success.

“Without such data, how would we ascertain its usefulness for the majority of Bumiputeras?

“As it is, the majority of the recipients are ‘Umnoputras’ — and they are gaining profit at the expense of the country’s wealth,” she told The Malaysian Insider.

The Lembah Pantai MP said PR’s position was for a gradual “phasing out” of the AP system, and to assist poor Malays and Bumiputeras through a targeted subsidy programme as well as overall improvement on “education/employment and social [progress] opportunities.”

Pekema and Perkasa have demanded that the government prioritise Bumiputera interests before conforming to set international trade agreements such as the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta).

Pekema president Datuk Zainuddin Abd Rahman said on Monday that the association is seeking royal intervention to block the Najib administration’s plans to phase out the AP system for imported cars by 2015.

“The only ones who can cancel the AP are the Agong and the Malay Rulers, so it cannot be cancelled,” said Zainuddin.

“The AP is included as part of permits, permits under Article 153 of the Constitution, which guarantees Malay and Bumiputera rights along with reserve land, scholarships, government posts.”

He said that the AP system was the “most successful” system for Bumiputeras, touting it as one of the main accomplishments of the New Economic Policy (NEP).

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Oh great, family bloc Nurul is back, but at least on something meaningful. (lets hope PAS has not gotten all soft on Tolls, the Prophet would definitely not have tolerated Tolls while he wandered the deserts in the past, there were no cars, but beasts of burden and only highway robbers and bandits would demand cash for merely travelling). How about addressing the 2 systems of citizenship for equality Nurul? AP is more tolerable than APARTHEID !

ARTICLE 2

See newspaper clipping . . .

Nepotism being addressed? Or just a feel good lie to defuse voter anger toward the horribly nepotistic and closed to 'outsiders' DAP political party?

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One lynchpin less out of a score of family blocs is no victory but worthy of mention. 1 out of 222 MPs less a family bloc is good news anyday – Lim Guan Eng’s (that parachute nepotistsm beneficiary ‘CM of Penang’ character who doesn’t condemn apartheid for what apartheid is . . . ) wife may not run for GE13. Lets see if this is another false flag) much like the failed declaration of MP assets, the failed quorums on supposedly free EXCO Local Council Elections (we taxpayers are paying the salaries of the unvoted EXCOs as of now by the way) and other abuses of power by DAP.

ARTICLE 3

Lim Guan Eng Insist on Staying in Tax-Payers Paid Bungalow – Posted on April 10, 2012 by editor

The Penang Chief Minister has been staying in a rented bungalow – all paid for by taxpayers – claiming that the official residence Seri Teratai is termite infested and leaking.

But that was three years ago when he first moved in after being appointed as the Chief Minister.

He had then told the people that it would only be on a temporary basis and that he would move back once the renovations and repairs were carried out. Well, this portal would like to remind the DAP zombies that he has lied.

He is still staying in the same rented bungalow. All paid for by taxpayers! Is it because all the expenses-paid bungalow is more comfortable than the official residence?

So far, he has avoided questions about his residence, evading questions about the expenses.

The bungalow at affluent Pinhorn Road at the Green Lane area, which the CM is staying, is worth RM2.5million and that was the valuation in 2009.

By now, it’s probably worth over RM3million, so do your maths and figure out how much the rentals would run to!

Stop The Lies has been informed that the renovation work was carried out in February 2009 which cost RM1.5million. It is surprising that the owner would spend so much to renovate the bungalow.

Guan Eng moved out from the official residence in Macalister Road in June 2009 when the renovations were in full progress, promising to move back but we all know how often DAP leaders lied. It’s already three years and our dear leader hasn’t move back.

We are told the reason why Guan Eng has refused to move back is because the bungalow belongs to a middle-aged woman from Malacca, who is said to be a crony of Betty Chew, the wife of the CM.

The RM8,000 monthly rental is paid for by the rakyat and that excludes his electricity, water and Astro bills!

Guan Eng should explain to the people why is he still staying in the bungalow after three years. How long must the people pay for his luxury?

We also know that his “fly economy class” image is a stunt. He flies economy class between Penang and Kuala Lumpur but he is not telling the DAP zombies that he prefers First Class when he goes overseas!

He also travels to Hong Kong monthly, according to our records, supposedly to meet businessmen! To collect what????

He has claimed he is “upgraded” by MAS! Come on, if he often travel Economy Class as he claims, he wouldn’t be able to chalk up enough points to be upgraded to business class.

Stop bullshitting!

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So imagine the outcry for suggesting 750K in funeral funds by LGE for LGE, by asking the BN (PR’s supposed sworn enemies) to ratify the 750K funeral bill. How greedy can LGE get?

ARTICLE 4

Loose Lips Sink Ships – Posted on April 13, 2012 by editor

LGE should learn to do this more often

There is a saying “loose lips sink ships”. Perhaps Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should better start being acquainted with the phrase.

The idiom definition for the phrase says to have loose lips means to have a big mouth, susceptible to talking about everything and everyone.

Sinking ships refers to anything from small acquaintances to long and hearty relationships (with friends or a significant other). So when one says loose lips sink ships, one is basically saying if you can’t shut up, you are going to end hurting people, usually psychologically or emotionally.

And that was exactly what has happened when Guan Eng threatened to stop allocations for schools which subscribe to Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian.

This is a serious remark, coming from the head of the state, and it is no joke or laughing matter to utter those words and then claim either you have been misquoted or that it was made in jest.

Guan Eng must remind himself that he is no longer the Opposition head when he makes remarks or comments on issues as he is now the Chief Minister.

After the March 2008 general election, he is still caught in a “transitional” problem of adjusting himself to be the administrator of a state and no longer a mere leader of a political party.

The DAP secretary-general was quoted by Sin Chew Daily as saying that schools in Penang should not continue subscribing the two Malay dailies, otherwise the state government would stop allocating funds to them.

He made the remark when speaking to 84 representatives from various schools.

He was quoted as saying “Schools must not subscribe to Utusan Malaysia. If they insist on doing so, there will be no allocation for you all next year.”

“I am serious. Do not subscribe to Utusan and Berita Harian,” he was quoted as saying.

It is very obvious that Guan Eng’s remarks tantamount to threatening the schools concerned.

The threats are uncalled for. It smacks of racism and high handedness. It is unbecoming as a Chief Minister to hurl threats to schools who subscribes to the two newspapers of their choice.

Just because he is the Chief Minister, he can’t go around imposing his likes and dislikes onto others.

Perhaps he should sponsor copies of other Malays newspapers he deemed fit rather than to threaten schools into submitting to his request.

If he has any issues with the two newspapers, he should fight his own battle, and not get schools involved. This is getting a bit way too far.

He should leave politics within the perimeters of the political front and not politicize issues and bringing it to the doorsteps of the education arena.

Politics should be set aside for the larger interest of education and it should not be allowed to fester within the educational premises.

Guan Eng’s threats run contrary to the freedom of speech as advocated by the Opposition.

In disbursing government allocation, Guan Eng should be sincere about it and not use it to force the political ideologies on schools.

It is worse still and unacceptable when he threatens schools into submitting to his wishes and fancies.

Disbursing of funds should be carried out in all sincerity without imposing conditions or using strong arm tactics.

Guan Eng, it is no joke or laughing matter when you open your mouth and say that you would stop allocation to schools.

Buck up and grow up.

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The CM of supposedly Chinese Penang has only 1 thing to do. End Apartheid. Not host dinners, fly around to Australia and prevent would be politicians from entering DAP or local politics because they’ve got a nepotism and shameless term limitless family bloc Xian fundo b.s. thing going on there. Detestable little men tend to not use nepotism granted CM’s mandates to end APARTHEID, but do ask for 750K funerals from their sworn enemies who put their fathers into Kamunting instead are unprincipled and shamelessly thick skinned! They had half a mind to kill these 2 nepotistic term limitless DAP 4th world style ‘family-business style politicians’, and now they are in the Dewan asking for 750K funeral funds which the taxpayer paid? How 2-faced can a politician get? How can anyone who thinks this way be trusted? And then look at the massive failures to keep campaign promises that helped them win. All forgotten? Go flying around on taxpayers fund now while disregarding Bumi-Apartheid?

ARTICLE 5

An open letter to our young undergrads — Tay Tian Yan – April 18, 2012

APRIL 18 — Dear undergrads,

I saw you occupy Dataran Merdeka and could feel your high-spirited youthfulness.

I have no objection to your “occupy” campaign. From Wall Street to Jalan Sultan, indeed young people should step out of their classrooms to taste the sunshine and rain.

It doesn’t have to be that tough, after all. With an iPhone or iPad in your hands, you could stay in touch on Twitter or Facebook, sharing with your followers or friends the amazing nasi kandar you’ve savoured just across the street from Dataran Merdeka or perhaps a photo you snapped with some curious tourists.

So, I will never worry that you would get bored or exhausted at the Dataran Merdeka.

But I just wonder what the real significance of occupying the Dataran is.

I did not hear any anti-Lynas or anti-corruption slogans, or anything against UiTM’s rejection of non-Bumiputera students nor about the pathetic academic standards of our universities today.

All you wanted is free tertiary education and the writing off of PTPTN arrears.

I even saw a “PTPTN, the big loan shark” placard hoisted under the sultry sun over the Dataran.

I couldn’t help but laugh: All that you want is just so simple.

But have you ever thought about this: If everything is free of charge, where does the money come from? And if you can default on your loans, who would extend the loans to you?

Since you are all university students, I assume you have learned some economics before, right? Don’t you remember there is something called “costing” in economics? For anything offered free of charge to you, someone else have to foot the bill.

Your lecturer could have told you, and economics guru Milton Friedman most definitely said it before, that nothing comes free under the sun.

And this costing concept applies very well to all of you.

Tuition fees at the country’s government universities have been heavily subsidised and are among the cheapest in this world.

Your RM7,000 to RM8,000 annual tuition fees are just about a third of private college tuition fees here, a fifth of those in Australia’s public universities, one-sixth of America’s, and one-eighth of Britain’s.

Your parents should take delight in the fact that some other people are helping them pay the tuition fees so that they can keep their retirement funds largely intact.

What I am trying to say is that the cheap tuition fees are most definitely not a Godsend. The government has to dig into taxpayers’ pockets to subsidise your education, including mine.

If you come from a poor family, sure enough, I am more than willing to contribute my part to help. But there are so many of you who come from well-to-do families and yet enjoy the heavily slashed tuition fees.

Not to mention the PTPTN loans, where our government has been excessively generous by offering full loans at a mere one per cent interest rate. (If this is what you call loan shark, I would love to take a loan from you).

Given the fact that Bank Negara’s overnight lending rate is three per cent, the remaining two per cent (could be a lot more if we factor in the inflation) has to be sourced from somewhere (the government? not really, but the generously taxed uncles and aunties).

I don’t mind contributing that two per cent. I see it as my national obligation. But you refuse to pay up when you graduate from school someday in the future, and the PTPTN cannot just close shop this way. So, we taxpayers are once again come under the axe.

You are actually well aware that university education is never free, even in cash-rich Western countries. Many students there have to take up part-time jobs or bank loans before they can attend their classes.

You don’t need a part-time job or a bank loan to finance your studies here. You don’t even need to step into the lecture hall; just sit at the Dataran to protest against “I don’t know what”!

Perhaps the Dataran should be occupied by the uncles and aunties who subsidise your studies. We have a whole lot more valid reasons to occupy the square. — mysinchew.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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Dear me Tay Tian. Degrees ARE free, especially those not in ‘technical fields’. ALL degrees numbering scores to hundreds from Sociology type degrees, all languages and various paperwork based fields DO NOT NEED a single cent to teach or learn (though a minimum wage from government would be good). See the Democracy Tree in Malaysia? See the Bodhi Tree where Buddha gained enlightenment and gave sermons (no gold plated statues or donation boxes for ‘building temples’ there, just alms bowls)? Even the quasi fundo Luddites taking classes on ‘Animal Husbandry’ in their barns could subsume the Veterinary degree which costs a few 100Ks – a child on the right farm, could deliver or treat any animal just as well . . . without spending a cent on education. ALL EDUCATION of the non-technical sort (i.e. needing advanced equipment) is FREE. So don’t pretend MOST education costs anything – especially contractors and suppliers and manufacturers dependent on HANDOUTS of taxpayer monies for their living at extremely inflated prices that feed a large number of middlemen (shame on you contractors and law writers that cause parasitic loopholes in laws that are never amended).

How costly can holding a class under a tree or perhaps a scenic spot be now? NOTHING AT ALL. Maybe hundreds of people could be taught in a single session, to get a ‘degree’ because of microphones which cost very little. Even MEDICINE could be taught in such places. Do we need to pay anything for unneeded buildings?  The odd plaque or monument? The security guards and gardeners and drivers ON taxpayer paid salaries? Uniforms? The free transport AND meal subsidies which AGAIN taxpayers have to pay? I’d rather have no building and free degree than a building and a degree that costs half a lifetime of work to return – ON INTEREST to boot . . .

**THAT METHOD OF EDUCATION IS NOT WEALTH CREATION, THAT IS WEALTH RE-DISTRIBUTION IN THE WRONG MANNER THAT ENRICHES SOME CITIZENS OVER OTHERS!!!**

Admit the fact that a degree is a mere toll booth or protection fee to *be allowed to work* in an cubicle or office, and stop being aq shill for government collusion to defraud the citizens from what should be free. All a government needs to do is to assign empty land, grow some shady trees, recognize the lecturer FOR FREE, then register all students who attend the class. Or hold those classes in the car park during work hours . . . Work place conditions will be entirely unrelated anyway so the degree doesn’t matter, what the lecturers teach matters more – and we do not need super-duper-POOPER scale salaries to glorify Senior Lecturers, ‘Deans’ and all manner of Chancellor Emeritus hierarcies *AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE* WITH fat pensions on the taxpayers backs AGAIN. Voters, if you are not working in government, make sure you vote for an MP who at least is even able to understand the above or YOUR tax monies will enrich some glorified crony or relative who will be promoted due to nepotism, no matter how distant the relation.

The whole point of Uni or school is to SOCIALIZE the people into being able to work in close quarters and in a team. NOTHING else. Skills can be LEARNT even by children. Want to see a 7 year old mechanic? Want to see a 10 year old surgeon? 5 year old pharmacy dispenser? These ‘jobs’ do not need ‘degrees’. These skills are FREE to learn.

A degree does not cost the price of 1-10 units of low cost housing. Heck better rather buy a handful of these units and become a slumlord or some land estate owner that produces REAL GOODS, than enrich the government’s crony contractors to *validate* with a piece of paper called a degree in a jobs market (after getting paid to build useless – and not necessarily stable – buildings on the taxpayer’s funds) as biased and uncertain as this when master slave mentality typifies employer employee relations. Call this civilisation?

We call this creating a financial trap to enrich the bankers WITH so-called ‘education’ as bait. Not a cent or work hour for the plutocracy. And redistribute the wealth or the extreme plutocrats or extreme quantum landowners. We do not need half a lifetime to pay for a degree, and another half to pay for a glorified pigeoncoop condo or rabbit-hutch terrace, or a ‘duplex’ (half -a-house) which leaves the next generation in another cycle where inflation lowers both earnings and quality of life to the social immobility and inflation nations they call modern living that ultimately only enriches the banking cartels and IMF world bank type Freemason cultists or other Fundo faithers. Tay Tian wants to dampen high-spirited youthfulness more like, by protecting the failure of an ‘establishment’, in this case the educational profiteering establishment.

One of the protesters with debt-condemning placard at the anti-PTPTN protests. Tertiary education is a human right and should be free. MPs, do not betray our youth to the banksters and Ministry debt slave machines, or we will vote you out by GE13!

Voters, in this sort of case, make sure that your MP candidate or incumbent will make education free. Ask and find out if your MP wants to make education free. Otherwise no votes for that MP. If there is no MP that will do this, run for election instead. Vote wisely young voters (and also don’t over populate – 2.1 is best for maintenance without increasing population density . . . ) :

BN  Inequality and corruption forever.
PR = Chance at equality but much Nepotism.
3rd Force = Very likely Equality (there is nothing for 3rd Force to run on except Equality and anti-Nepotism).

Vote only for candidates who endorse and intend 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)

;amongst a few other things like religious, neutral and entertainment zonings.

Of course PM Najib only has to use that mandate he ALREADY has from the Rakyat 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 the Opposition will likely be scattered.

This pic remind of anyone?

BN, don’t be a dingus use that mandate and end the Apartheid of Bumiputera . . . also if peaceful Tibetans burn themselves to protest apartheid, guess what warlike Mongols do to to people who blow up their kin – PM Najib needs that Pmship more than the Rakyat does IMHO, so how about making Malaysia a first world, UNHCR compliant nation that best applies the tenets of Islam Surah An Nisa 4:75 at least ( . . . and saving Najib who will be vulnerable without the time and protection of a PMship . . . )?

This is just equality . . .

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5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : The Price of Pakatan’s Non-Stance om the items, PAS needs to think geopolitically (with Hudud on mind no way), More (hopefully not) Hegelian Dialectic by Pakatan, Red Tape to COunter Red Tape : Hey Bar Council, remove bad or unequal portions of Law and Constitution, not complicate with more regulations to counter existing bad regulations, Treachery via religious agenda against the Rakyat and polytheistic minorities by ‘Spiritual Fifth Columnists’ – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree 5th April 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Anwar refused to resolve Chinese school issue in 1987, says Soi Lek – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Tuesday, 03 April 2012 Super Admin

(The Malaysian Insider) – Chinese voters should not trust Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to resolve the Chinese school issue as the pact’s leader refused to fix the problem when he was education minister, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said today.

The MCA president said that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had refused to budge on the government’s appointment of non-Mandarin educated principals and senior assistants to vernacular schools in 1987, despite strident protests from Chinese educationists.

By doing so, Anwar, who now leads the opposition, caused Operasi Lalang that same year, he added.

“You must remember that in 1987, Ops Lalang was because of Anwar,” he told reporters at Wisma MCA here after a party presidential council meeting.

“He refused to do anything… So if the Chinese have so much confidence in Anwar, then we should have second thoughts.”

Operasi Lalang saw the arrest of 106 opposition leaders, Umno politicians and Chinese educationists under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The crackdown — which the government has described as necessary to head-off growing racial tension between the Malays and the Chinese — also saw the printing permits for four papers revoked.

Dr Chua also pointed out that during his time as opposition leader, Anwar “has not said a word” about Chinese education, and claimed the opposition has hijacked the issue for political mileage.

He charged that Chinese education has not been given prominence in PR’s Buku Jingga manifesto, with the exception of some “motherhood statements”.

The Chinese should not be hoodwinked into saying the Chinese education issue is because of MCA. — Chua Soi Lek

The former health minister also hit out at rival party DAP for “hijacking” a rally held on March 25 to protest the shortage of qualified Chinese school teachers in the national education system.

DAP was using the issue to create “hate politics”, he said, which ultimately led to the alleged assault of deputy education minister and MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong by a protester at the rally.

“We condemn the violence and abuse directed at Wee Ka Siong. You may not like it but Wee Ka Siong was selected by the government to head the panel to resolve this issue.

“The Chinese should not be hoodwinked into saying the Chinese education issue is because of MCA,” he said.

Dr Chua added that while education is a federal issue, state governments could still extend their help to Chinese schools by giving land and subsidies for temporary teachers as well as electricity.

He also questioned why opposition-led states have not done more in this regard.

“Why have none of them done that? They only give RM5 million, RM3 million and talk around the whole world,” he said.

“MCA has given more than the Penang government… but we didn’t shout about it because we feel it is our responsibility to do so,” he said.

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Anwar needs to endorse the below 3 items FIRST then the Chinese school issue in 1987 can be forgotten. But because Anwar has not endorsed with intent to grant, Chua Soi Lek and BN can still attack Anwar. if PM Najib endorses the 3 items though, Pakatan would be put at severe disadvantage.

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

ARTICLE 2

Malaysia fast turning into US lackey, slams PAS – Harakahdaily – Wednesday, 04 April 2012 07:45

Malaysia’s decision to stop oil imports from Iran has been described as yet another sign of the country fast moving towards becoming a US lackey, said PAS secretary general Mustafa Ali.

Describing the US-led sanction against Iran as part of Israel’s effort to destroy the Islamic republic, Mustafa questioned the present administration’s policy of bowing to US demands.

Must Malaysia acquiesce to every demand from United States?” he asked.

Reuters earlier reported that national oil company Petronas scurried to stop oil imports from Iran to avoid being punished by Washington. Prime minister Najib Razak, described by political analysts as the most pro-American prime minister the country ever had, had dismissed the impact of the decision saying the 50,000-60,000 barrels it used to buy daily were only “a small amount”.

Mustafa asked if Najib was “forever clinging to American tail coat”.

He recalled that during the premiership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the country had been known as an outspoken member of the Non-Aligned Movement and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation,

and praised for its stance on issues affecting the developing world.

Although Mustafa strongly disagreed with Mahathir’s domestic policies, he said the latter’s courage to speak out against American foreign policy was commendable.

“I would implore our prime minister to take a leaf from Tun’s stewardship in facing the political hegemony of the world superpowers,” said the veteran PAS leader.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg quoted Petronas CEO Shamsul Azhar Abbas as saying that it was struggling to find alternative sources for its South African refinery.

Petronas’s Engen unit, which operates South Africa’s second-biggest refinery, is getting about 65,000 barrels a day of crude from Iran, he added.

-Harakahdaily

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Since UMNO Malays dislike Chinese and Indians enough to keep the Bumi system (even after the Reid Commission expired after 15 years and was not even reviewed), Malaysia needs a military backer that doesn’t like China too much. Russia is China’s friend, Indonesia dislikes Malaysia in many ways due to the maid abuse cases etc., Thailand has half a mind to reconquer Malaysia but lacks the go ahead from USA and has to watch it’s back where Cambodia etc. might take advantage of any Thai invasion . . . so who else but USA who is also China’s biggest trading partner?

Even the Sunni Saudis are close to USA enough to keep quiet if a ‘fellow Muslim state’ Iran gets attacked by Israel. PAS doesn’t know this?

ARTICLE 3

Are you ready – Bersih 3.0 on April 28 at 2pm! – by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle – Wednesday, 04 April 2012 11:18

Free and fair elections movement Bersih 2.0 will hold its third rally on April 28 at numerous locations spread across the nation and also the world to enable the Malaysian diaspora to participate in the protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government for refusing to clean up the electoral system before calling for polls.

Najib is widely expected to dissolve Parliament and hold snap general elections soon.

Bersih 3.0 will be held at 2pm and will be themed “Duduk Bantah” or sit-in protest. The Bersih organizers plan to make 8 reform demands as it did in its landmark July 9, 2011 rally.

Act of arrogance

The reform demands are a cleaning of the electoral roll, reforms to postal voting, the use of indelible ink, free and fair access to media, a minimum 21-day campaign period, the strengthening of public institutions, a stop to political corruption, and an end to ‘dirty’ politics.

Just a day ago, Najib’s Umno-BN coalition hammered through Parliament a heavily-watered down proposal from a special elections review committee, but refused to table a minority report expressing strong reservations for the recommendations.

“This is clearly an act of arrogance, denying space for us to explain and bowing to Umno’s demand. The minority report has shown that the Election Commission failed to guarantee rightful voters,” Anwar told reporters at the parliament lobby on Tuesday.

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Hey idiot voters, no matter how loud you shout and or long you march or how many MPs and Assemblymen you beat up, nothing changes if your MP or Assemblyman has no intention of granting :

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. (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)

;or is corrupt, nepotistic and intends to be term limitless, if you the voter are undiscerning enough to just march and shout but ar e unclear on what policy your MP or assemblyman wants to write or amend for you, nothing will change even by BERSIH 10.0.

If you the marcher and voter will not become an independent candidate to prevent MPs or Assemblymen of the above bad types who refuse to UNAMBIGUOUSLY endorse with intent to grant the above 3 items in a reasonable timeframe, , nothing will change even by BERSIH 10.0.

Don’t bother to March, save your energy, identify what kind of person your MP or Assemblyman is and run for election yourself if your assemblyman or MP is not going to grant the above 3 items or has the bad qualities of nepotism, corruption etc..

Which MPs have voted against the electoral reforms? Vote out that MP. Which cabinet ministers have placed the bureaucrats who have prevented the electoral reforms? Vote out that Minister from their MP’s seat.

And from this voting method, eventually know that MPs do not make good Ministers, wrong academic training, and beholden to political party ‘lines’ make them UNVOTABLE. If refuses to amend bad laws, unable to keep campaign promises, nepotistic and corrupt, even worse.

Run for candidacy, not run around marching . . .

Smiling broadly is fine (well not so fine, as this march may end quite badly for those who get jailed – maybe this lot are smiling because they know the limelight on the backs of the suffering of those imprisoned will be to their benefit, that as high profile figures they will be well treated so they won’t care. This is cynical to say but recall what happened to MB Nizar . . . ), but if this lot has no intentions for the 3 items or qualms about the abuses, instead pretending to be saviours while putting marchers into harms way, then don’t waste time voters. All pictured above should instead be on a high profile delegation to the UN or NAM, or even the highest authority of Sunni Islam, the Islamic University of al-Azhar in Cairo – to demand the 3 items above listed on behalf of all Malaysians.

What is this uncivilised method of marching behind crocodiles that play all sides, that claim credit of on the backs of the efforts of others working in the background making the critical connections? Marching only gives them a chance to arrest voters with the stomach to march but without the smarts to run as candidates. Voting intelligently or challenging the MP for their seat is as important as if not better than marching.

BN = Racism and Corruption, some Nepotism

PR = Corruption and MORE Nepotism

3rd Force = Less Corruption only?(Best Choice)

Potential 3rd Force Parties are :

KITA, JATI, ABU, 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 maybe SUPP if SUPP wakes up (much like MCA/MIC and Gerakan will not) and perhaps SAPP and LDP . . .

And any independent candidates as in the list below who can CLEARLY take up the above 3 items (not like mealy mouthed Pakatan who looks preferring to keep the entire term limitless, apartheid system in place to benefit themselves, while refusing to amend abusive by-laws) . . . :

1) Maimun Yusuf http://www.worldbulletin.net/index.php?aType=haberArchive&ArticleID=19162

and potential wolves/turncoats in the making :

2) Koon Yew Yin (the plutocrat Civil Engineer who cannot commit to candidacy though suitable),

3) Ummi Hafilda (PKR hater at odds with PKR VP Azmin)

4) Another Auntie Bersih 2.0 the high profile one Ambiga Sreenevasan (who struck down rightful Perak MB Nizar while Bar Council President during BN’s 11th term)

5) Another Auntie Bersih 2.0 Annie Ooi Siew Lan (. . . basking in limelight for being old but not yet running for candidacy, is there a Malay and also Orang Asli Auntie Bersih as well who believes in the 3 items? Step forth and let the equality minded citizens of all races vote . . . )

6) Nobel Laureate Dr. Said Samad (who said he did not want to die useless but can’t find the inclination to run for candidacy at 76 . . . how much better off you are to not commit to offering the people a choice of independent candidate – educated, well loved, comfortably well off, lots of spare time . . . see candidate 1 Pak Samad and think . . .)

7) any plutocrats out there with a conscience ready to fund some 99%ters (especially Malays) to run on the above 3 items .

ARTICLE 4

Race Relations Bill: Public Consultative Process Needed, Consider Equality Commission – 03-Apr-12 10:30 – Current Affairs Podcasts

Last month, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that discussions on the fate of the Race Relations Bill, along with other bills set to replace the ISA,  are likely to take place this month. This follows after years of flip-flopping on decision of tabling the Race Relations Bill in recent years.

In the following interview, Lim Chee Wee, president of the Malaysian Bar Council discusses:

– the government’s flip-flopping in pushing the Bill through since 2008

– whether the Race Relations Bill will be able to reconcile with Article 153

– how Bumiputera policies will be affected if the Bill is passed

– lessons to learn from the UK’s implementation of the Race Relations Act 1976 and its more recent Equality Act 2010, and how these lessons can be implemented in Malaysia

– whether the Race Relations Bill has the potential of being abused

– possible hurdles should the Bill be tabled

– whether legislation is the best way to deal with race relations issues in the country

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Bumiputra and Special Privileges should be entirely removed. We all know that the whole system is a crony enrichment system. After all citizens are equal, and if removed, there will not even be a ‘Race Relations Act’ needed since eveyone will be equal with the poorest (regardless of race or faith) gaining benefits and special privileges. The taxpayers are not going to pay the MPs and Assemblymen salaries to write bills for equality that are already implicit in Malaysia’s being a signatory of the Human Rights Charter and Human Rights Council.

UNHCR Article 1

All human beings are born *free* and *equal* in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Surah An Nisa 4:75

And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a *protector* and appoint for us from Yourself a *helper*?” And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a *protector* and appoint for us from Yourself a *helper*?”

ARTICLE 5

MCA returns fire : Stop Boasting Teresa, you hampered construction of a Chinese school – Wednesday, 04 April 2012 18:26 – written by  Chong Sin Woon

Selangor exco Teresa Kok is incapable of fulfilling her responsibility because while she can boast about Pakatan Rakyat state government’s contributions in helping Chinese schools, yet Chinese schools still face many difficulties, including the lack of coordination between the state government and local authorities where she had announced the allocation of land to SJKC Keng Chee.

However, the construction committee of SJKC Kheng Chee were issued a stop-work order form the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), thus preventing the construction progress of the school.

S’gor turned a blind eye

To make things more difficult for the SJKC Kheng Chee construction committee, the state government had turned a blind eye to this problem. The state government had only announced how concerned they were over the issue of Chinese education, leaving the school committee, parents, children and the construction committee in a dilemma as the project is still unable to proceed as scheduled.

Not only has Teresa Kok disregarded the construction of SJKC Kheng Chee by making things difficult for them through the Subang Jaya Municipal Council, she had also attended the 325 Chinese education rally and had asked the crowd to support DAP, which is prohibited by the rally’s organizers, and had incited the crowd there to humiliate Deputy Minister of Education Datuk Dr Ir Wee Ka Siong, thus causing the rally to not reach its objectives.

Insincere

Chinese education is an important issue to the Chinese community, and Teresa Kok’s actions in politicizing this issue has caused the people to worry about the future of Chinese education.

Although DAP continuously promises to protect the rights of Chinese education, their behaviour during the 325 rally, such as waving political banners and shouting and showing the thumbs-down sign, and calling for the downfall of Barisan Nasional shows that their words are only a scam to secure the votes from the public.

If DAP manages to win the votes of the public, they had better be sincere and determined to solve the problems on Chinese education, because if they do not then the future of Chinese education will be ruined, and if this does happen it will prove to be an expensive mistake for the country.

Chong Sin Woon
MCA Youth Education Bureau chairman

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By now we should all be clear that Polytheism (i.e. Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism etc..) is the antithesis of Monotheistic religions like Islam (PAS), Xianity (DAP) and Judaism.

Now Terasa being a JEWISH Chinese person (and likely the equivalent of the USA’s Jewish lobby in Malaysia – not that Israel should not exist, but being funded by such groups causes Terasa to become a cultic/Monotheist FIFTH COLUMNIST, something the Ruler’s Colleective shuld be very aware of . . . some citizens in Malaysia are parasiting off the populace – BN, others are 3rd Force neutral, yet others intend to proselytise and subvert – PR . . . ), will (if not openly) not want POLYTHEISTIC Chinese culture and Chinese language to dominate and hence try to prevent Polytheism from dominating the faith choice of the minority Malaysians by suppressing Chinese education which is heavily infused with Chinese culture.

Consider deeper that the Hindus who are polytheistic and mostly Indian have ALSO been sidelined wherever possible by Pakatan. In the culture department MCA has the correct mindset, probably much more polytheistic than Pakatan, though in the lapdog-minority-autonomy department, MCA loses out because having benefited from UMNO for decades, MCA somehow feels beholden to UMNO’s apartheid. MCA, this is just equality don;t confuse with money, least of all corrupt money which has no hold over anyone – how about demanding, along with MIC the right to Article 1 of the UNHCR from UMNO to grant the below 3 items :

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

;so that the minorities will not end up as a colony of the USA and possibly the Israeli and Monotheistic group instead? This is just equality but PR is waging a religious war of proselytization, and a cultural propaganda war on behalf of the monotheists and Masonic type NWO groups . . . any NORMAL Malaysian want an agenda free political coalition instead of the Hegelian dialectic traitors on either side will vote 3rd Force.

BN = Racism and Corruption, some Nepotism

PR = Corruption and MORE Nepotism

3rd Force = Less Corruption only? (Best Choice)

Of course PM Najib could grant the above 3 items with the mandate BN currently has, and put a stop to all this b.s. . . .

4 Articles on Malaysia : MCA’s failure to represent, Orwell Speak in (semi) Orwell Colony by a potential Fifth Columnist, Najib to the (temporary) Rescue (but apartheid still continues so BN is still unvotable), Bar Council the Khakistocracy Fashionista (but not a word on ending Apartheid) – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 27th March 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Apartheid, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, criticism, dishonest academia, Eminent Domain, Fat Cats, Freedom of Expression, Land Acquisition Act in Malaysia, Law, Legal Junta, Malaysia, MPs have not declared assets, non-Muslim rights, non-Muslim Rights in a Muslim country, political correctness, Political Fat Cats, racism, separation of powers, social freedoms, spirit of the law, strawman NGOs, unkept campaign promises, unprofessional behaviour, vested interest, waste of mandate, wrong priority on March 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

ARTICLE 1

Not fair, Pakatan should have stopped crowd from attacking Wee – Mah – by Mah Hang Soo – Monday, 26 March 2012 22:57

While I respect the right of the audience who had gathered at New Era College on 25 March 2012 or better known by its acronym “325 assembly” organised by the United Chinese School Commitees Association (Dong Zong) to rally against shortage of Chinese-educated teachers for Chinese schools, I wish to point out that restraint must be practised at all times, no matter how emotional speeches maybe, or the atmosphere leading up to and during the event.

Newspaper headlines and online news portals have reported that one protestor had even thrown a punch against the Deputy Minister of Education cum MCA Youth chairman Datuk Dr Ir Wee Ka Siong.

The supporters may voice their grievances. They have every right to a differing opinion from that of the federal government or the Education Ministry or Barisan Nasional. But they should never resort to harassment and getting physical against any individual. To do so, is to completely abuse freedom of expression, and disrespecting the rights of individuals to personal safety.

Situation could have spiraled out of control

Dr Wee and the police and bodyguards should be commended for not reacting against the assailant but remaining composed at all times. The situation could have grown out of hand with more damage incurred if there were any on-the-spot retaliation.

Pakatan’s hypocrisy

More than a dozen Pakatan Rakyat leaders like PKR Secretary General Saifudin Nasution and lawmakers and excos like Tian Chua and Teresa Kok present at the protest should be condemned for not appealing to the crowd to exercise physical control and restraint. Indirectly, they have contributed to the heckling and attempted physical assault against Dr Wee.

Todate, why is there still no criticism by Pakatan legislators against the action of physical intimation by the protestor? If they do not accept heckling from the audience, why did Pakatan leaders in attendance not address the crowds advising them to be rational and behave calmly?

Sheer hypocrisy radiates from Pakatan leaders who on one hand preach the right to freedom of expression, right to assembly, but do nothing to ensure the right to personal security or to respect a differing opinion.

Pakatan Rakyat pattern to condone heckling against BN leaders

It appears to be a trend for Pakatan leaders to condone public jeering, verbal abuse where physical safety of any BN leader is put at stake. Only about 10 days ago where a discourse on women’s issues was held in Penang to which Wanita MCA Penang chief Sdri Tan Cheng Liang was subject to loud taunts from the audience thereby interrupting her presentation, Wanita DAP’s Chong Eng did not rebuke nor appeal to the audience not to be disruptive or rude.

Commendable of MCA Youth leaders to be present

Recognition must be given to Dr Wee as well as MCA Youth Education Bureau chief Sdr Chong Sin Woon for attending the rally despite the partisan fervour of the audience. If they were absent from the rally, Pakatan leaders would have had a field day deriding MCA as snubbing the event. Their presence despite the highly-charged atmosphere indicates that MCA Youth listens to grouses from the ground irrespective of political affiliation. MCA Youth is with the masses.

Instead of merely jeering Dr Wee, the audience should allow time and opportunity for the 8-point formula prepared by the Education Ministry’s committee on addressing teacher shortage in Chinese schools headed by Dr Wee to work. To be dismissive of the measures undertaken by the Education Ministry without even giving time to see the results means one is already clouded with biasedness and will fault-find no matter how much effort is initiated.

Mah Hang Soon is the MCA Youth National Deputy Chairman & MCA Youth Perak Chairman

State Assemblymen for Chenderiang

Perak Executive Councillor for Health, Local Government and Environment

COmmentator Responses :

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:51 posted by F. O.

MCA, how much more time do you want to be given to solve the issue? You have been given 54 years, and you let the standard of facilities and extent of govt, support for Chinese and Tamil schools to be deteriorated year after year. What more time do yo want.?? Enough is enough. Get out come this GE 13th.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:03 posted by Agent Orange

“It appears to be a trend for Pakatan leaders to condone public jeering, verbal abuse where physical safety of any BN leader is put at stake.”

Mah you fcuking idiot, wah, BN leader so important? All of you are just dirty crooked politicians. Many people are extremely happy with the unexpected cold reception your Wee hypocrite received and deserved. You still don’t get it, do you? After GE12, you arrogant assholes at MCA still don’t get it, isn’t it? You never will, I guess.

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Why was MCA and Wee attacked? MCA has attacked ALL the minorities by encouraging continuance of apartheid from remaining in BN. Wee and MCA is a symbol of apartheid – ‘si mata sepet’ versions of  ‘Uncle Toms’ if anything. Shouldn’t such symbols know what they are? Some of these grassroots don’t communicate well, the hazards of taking bad political decisions (staying in BN instead of leaving apartheid BN and leading 3rd Force despite having so much wealth . . . ) are exactly as expressed by these angry citizens. Minorities races in Malaysia and worldwide seek :

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

ARTICLE 2

Home to a rules-based Penang, says CM – By K.C. Boey – March 27, 2012

Malaysians and former Malaysians listen to Lim at the Chinese Association of Victoria on March 25, 2012. — Pictures by K.C. Boey
MELBOURNE, March 27 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng returned home today assured of the attractiveness of the state as a destination for investors, and of the mood for change among Malaysians in Melbourne.

Lim was in Melbourne from Friday leading a delegation to promote Penang as an investment and tourist destination, and on a drive to recruit talent among Malaysian professionals and business.

He inaugurated Penang Festival as a strategic partner of Fiesta Malaysia as officials of InvestPenang and its Career Assistance and Training (CAT) Centre updated students, professionals, and Australian and Malaysian business on developments and the thrust of industrial strategies in Penang.

“Business in Victoria were receptive to the prospects of linkages between them and industry in Penang,” Lim summed up his three-day visit to The Malaysian Insider.

Among the indications to him was participation at a business briefing he presented, co-hosted by the Victorian Department of Business and Innovation and the Australia Malaysia Business Council (AMBC) Victoria.

Victoria Governor Alex Chernov hosted a dinner attended by government and industry leaders. Present were Victorian Minister for Technology and Minister responsible for Aviation Gordon Rich-Phillips, and head of Linfox logistics group Lindsay Fox.

At the AMBC briefing, Lim was reminded of the state of industry in Victoria, reliant on upscaling its manufacturing in the two-speed economy of Australia against states endowed with mineral resources.

Lim, a graduate of economics and accountancy from Melbourne’s Monash University, sympathised with the needs of the Victorian economy, raising the prospects for complementarity between the two states.

Lim and Mohamad Rameez (right) at the AMBC briefing.
Penang, as with Victoria, lacked natural resources. Both had to build on their human talent to be competitive to better internationalise in engaging globally. There were prospects to strengthen the value chain in the respective economies by building on global supply chain, without either having to relocate industry.

Victoria had strengths in research and development in high-level manufacturing sectors such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and solar energy that lent themselves to collaborative partnerships.

Lim cited the success of American industry Honeywell developing avionics in Penang for Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft.

Penang is the most active among Pakatan-ruled states to look outwards for investment. With six per cent of Malaysia’s population, it accounts for 36 per cent of foreign direct investment.

Penang has been successful in winning investment from Singapore, and Lim is encouraged by response from Hong Kong, with the increasing number of daily direct flights between Hong Kong and Penang.

Lim speaking to Malaysians at the Chinese Association of Victoria.
Lim said the aim was to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city. Just as Melbourne was the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, Penang was likewise in Malaysia.

Among those on the Governor’s dinner guest list was Penny Hutchinson, director of Arts Victoria. On Lim’s itinerary was an afternoon with Parks Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne, where he was given an overview of parks and garden management.

At each of his stops, Lim spoke about Penang’s green credentials. He hoped to initiate exchanges with Parks Victoria that would help support the Penang Botanic Gardens and facilitate a greener and cleaner Penang.

Of his visits abroad, Lim, who is secretary-general of DAP, acknowledged the co-operation of federal agencies in their foreign postings such as those from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra).

Turning to Consul-General in Melbourne Dr Mohamad Rameez Yahaya, who was with Lim at the AMBC briefing as well as at Fiesta Malaysia, he said: “When we are outside the country, we are all Malaysians.”

At a meeting with more than 200 Malaysians last night, Lim shared Pakatan’s vision of rules-based governance, and allayed them of any concerns.

“It is time to stop racial and religious division,” he said. “At heart, we are all Malaysians.”

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Rules (laws and constitution) which are undemocratic or reduce Human Rights are meant to be broken (or legally challenged), and those amendments to bad and oft abused by-laws have not been implemented by DAP while DAP uses the same bad laws to abuse the people with. And not a word on apartheid? “It is time to stop racial and religious division,” is far too oblique for any racist to hear. Foolish and petty minded nepotist. At 66.6% quorums LGE would never have been CM. This man’s presence is an insult to democracy and the  voters, who had no choice in deciding who should be CM.

The detected mood for change is that from DAP’s abuses and neglect of real issues. Any 2 bit factory owner or local assembly level politician can organize such a sit in. But glory hog here wants to meet the Bunyips. A real CM would be filing lawsuits or leading MLK style marches against APARTHEID. Use that CM’s mandate LKS (LGE’s father)  nepotistically gave LGE ! This CM is a total fail in democracy, not much different from KTK who was not nepotistic but ‘totally lapdog’ instead. If the minorities wanted a business investment company CEO we wouldn’t need DAP to host such stupid meetings. Waste of political mandate. And lowers the standard of what CMs should do.

On Lim’s itinerary was an afternoon with Parks Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne, where he was given an overview of parks and garden management.

LGE thinks he’s white now? Well along with England and the other colonies, much change will be arriving in the form of 3rd Force (barring the lack of guts). PAP is rubbish, DAP is less than rubbish. Where are the real minority leaders that will ask for equality? Step forth and depose this product of nepotism! Trading in business populism, not even political populism, instead of common sense. Here’s your Malaysian yellow ‘Uncle Tom’ (to foreign powers in this case) much like LKY has typified the part for decades . . . keep partying in Australia on taxpayer funds while APARTHEID exists and keep abusing powers instead of amending laws, what happened to Wee should happen to LGE next . . . politicians are supposed to make life easier for the Rakyat then bow out after 2 terms, not parachute in because of nepotism. Unvotable and undemocratic!

Vote 3rd Force instead! : 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 maybe SUPP if SUPP wakes up (much like MCA/MIC and Gerakan will not) and perhaps SAPP and LDP . . . and any independent candidates as in the list below who can CLEARLY take up the above 3 items (not like mealy mouthed Pakatan who looks preferring to keep the entire term limitless, apartheid system ion place to benefit themselves) . . . :

1) Maimun Yusuf http://www.worldbulletin.net/index.php?aType=haberArchive&ArticleID=19162

and potential wolves/turncoats in the making :

2) Koon Yew Yin (the plutocrat Civil Engineer who cannot commit to candidacy though suitable),

3) Ummi Hafilda (PKR hater at odds with PKR VP Azmin)

4) Auntie Bersih 2.0 Annie Ooi Siew Lan (so far basking in limelight for being old but not yet running for candidacy)

5) Another Auntie Bersih 2.0 the high profile one Ambiga Sreenevasan (who struck down rightful Perak MB Nizar while Bar Council President during BN’s 11th term)

6) any plutocrats out there with a conscience ready to fund some 99%ters (especially Malays) to run on the above 3 items .

Of course PM Najib could make things easy for himself and everyone by granting the above 3 items and finish that 2nd term as PM. Otherwise run for candidacy as 3rd force independents.

ARTICLE 3

Najib says ready to declare Jalan Sultan shoplots as heritage sites UPDATED @ 05:17:51 PM 22-03-2012 – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – March 22, 2012

PETALING JAYA, March 22 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today the government is prepared to declare buildings in Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur as heritage sites, assuring owners that their shophouses will not be affected by the planned Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).

He said as prime minister he was aware of the need to have a balance between urban development and heritage, and that Malaysians needed both.

“For us to have development in Kuala Lumpur, efficient public transport necessary; it’s not a choice… the only way forward is MRT.

“We are prepared to declare as heritage buildings… (It is) important for us to preserve history, legacy but (it) should not impede progress… then you are not moving with the times,” Najib told Chinese-language radio station 988FM in an interview this morning.

“Jalan Sultan (landowners) not against MRT but they want assurance that their shophouses not affected. (We have) given assurance,” he added.

The dispute over the tunnelling along Jalan Sultan erupted after landowners were informed by the government that their properties would be acquired for the MRT project.

MRT Corp subsequently made an offer for Jalan Sultan property owners to vacate their premises for six months, and guaranteeing there would be no land acquisition, that any damage will be repaired and loss of income compensated.

Nineteen of the 23 owners along Jalan Sultan have so far said that they will pursue the offer, with another two willing to have their lots bought out by MRT Corp. A further two are still holding out.

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Less about heritage and more about property rights please. Is this to say that unless a property is heritage, that there are no property rights at all? Section 8 of the Land Act must be abolished. Eminent Domain Laws must be abolished. Allodial Property titles must be allowed to citizens. Any MP or Assembly person who does not concur with this intention of the Rakyat must immediately be considered unvotable.

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/5-articles-on-malaysian-politics-chinatown-under-pakatans-political-strongarming-cynical-retirement-of-a-would-be-champion-of-gaming-gambling-other-than-4d-debunking-nep-by-potential-tacit-appro/

Stop gap measure, and quick popularity boost by PM Najib that benefits a iconic area’s citizen protections. This should remind Pakatan NOT to abuse the Rakyat’s property rights for mere profit. Chinatown might be saved now, but the problem of Secton 8 of the Land Act’s presence is a potential loophole for abuse by the Federal and also State Government. All MPs must be made to sign under penalty of resignation of their MP seat to initiate actions that will AMEND the Land Act to remove abusive Section 8. Meanwhile the LEGAL JUNTA – Bar Council and Judiciary, has remained silent AGAIN on the issue of serious issues like these much less address :

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

ARTICLE 4

‘It can lead to mistaken identities’ – by Andrew Sagayam – Monday, March 26, 2012 – 14:50

KUALA LUMPUR: If all enforcement agencies donned the dark blue uniform used by the police, it would lead to much misunderstanding and mistaken identities.

The one-uniform system may have a negative public impact if an enforcement officer’s service falls short due to dealing with problems not within his expertise, said Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah.

With only removable badges to differentiate the agencies, the system will pose a high risk of misrepresentation.

“Imagine a snatch theft or robbery happening and witnesses call out to a nearby officer in blue. Unless he is a trained policeman, the officer would not be able to help much,” he said.

Muhammad Sha’ani said that the scenario was likely as a standard uniform would not allow the public to distinguish the various agencies.

The new uniform system might also kill the pride of policemen, he said.

Malaysian Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said that the identification of enforcement officers was crucial for public satisfaction in knowing which agency they would be dealing with.

“A common uniform for all enforcement agencies may not achieve this.

“There must be wide and prolonged awareness campaigns to educate the public, and standard operating procedures for officers to produce their authority card bearing their name, rank and number.”

“The cost may not justify the change in policy. And without such campaigns, there will surely be confusion and abuse,” he said.

For Tenaganita executive director Irene Fernandez, the new system would only result in more extortion of foreign workers by bogus officers.

“Every day, at least one such worker is extorted. If Malaysians are going to find it difficult to identify the officers, imagine how would it be for foreigners,” she said.

She said that the public is already confused with current enforcement methods and calls the idea “crazy”.

Asked if a vest or a sticker on the uniform would help, Fernandez said it would not.

“They can be easily removed. All donning the same colour will not help enhance the identity of the agencies,” she said.

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While apartheid continues unabated, the Bar Council president talks about uniform colours. No better than Nero playing violin while Rome burns. WHAT IS THE BAR COUNCIL FOR?!? To tacitly approve the wrongdoing throughout the entire system? When are those laws going to be updated? when will the apartheid constitution be amended? The people have a mood for change but only from DAP’s unkept election promises, abuses of power and whitewashes, as well as Bar Council’s neglect of the REAL ISSUE below :

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

Will the overseas Universities who deemed Malaysia’s Bar Council and Judiciary based LEGAL JUNTA ‘legal professional graduates’, withdraw all the degrees of these mindlessly pro-establishment seat warmers that refuse to amend laws, to give the people of Malaysia a proper stand  against the oppressive apartheid government and these colluding NGOs registered with the biased ROS? These groups are not doing their jobs at all.

5 Articles on Malaysian Politics – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – DPM Muddy Muddies, NLP recidivism aka Ill Treatment of Media Portals against online readers, LKS Strawmans a Strawman (NEVER mentioning ending APARTHEID and still in Gaddfi/Mubarak/Assad/BenAli-esque term limitlessness), MCA (while still ‘lapdog unvotable’) reminds on DAP’s lies, Royalty (In a world of their own or complicit to Malaysian malaise?) – 5th March 2012

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ARTICLE 1

No need to bring up BN’s past mistakes, says Muhyiddin – by Melissa Chi – March 04, 2012

BN has brought development to the country despite past missteps, said Muhyiddin. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said although the prime minister admitted Barisan Nasional’s (BN) mistakes, “there is no need to list out our weaknesses; that is in the past”.

“What is more important is in front, in the next 10, 20 years and as the prime minister said, we are ready to improve ourselves and improve on what we have already accomplished such as the national transformation programmes, which includes the economy, government, politics, rural issues and new measures taken by the prime minister and the government, which have an effective impact.

“The people have accepted the concept of 1 Malaysia and there is a new feeling of confidence in Barisan Nasional among the people,” Muhyiddin told reporters after the launch of the World Kidney Day here at Dataran Merdeka.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak apologised yesterday for BN’s past mistakes, which led to the loss of its two-thirds parliamentary majority and four states in 2008, recognising the groundswell against the ruling coalition remains ahead of a general election that must be held by next year.

“I believe that we should not be arrogant. In a parliamentary democracy, we have to subject ourselves to the power of the people. We must have made mistakes for the people to have rejected us,” Najib was quoted as saying in Kedah yesterday by Bernama Online.

“We apologise for our past mistakes. The victors apologise, as do the losers.”

The prime minister said the BN would rectify the mistakes and make up by serving the people as best as it could.

The voters’ rejection of the BN, like in Kedah, was in a way due to the mistakes made by the coalition, Najib said during a day-long visit to the state.

Today, his deputy said that the prime minister’s apology was an act of humility.

“We, as humans, of course have weaknesses; nobody is perfect and the Barisan Nasional government is aware of our weaknesses and may have made some mistakes.

“However, in the past 54 years, nobody can deny the fact that, even with our weaknesses, we have succeeded with major developments in economy, social, culture, education, international relations and many more,” Muhyiddin said.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the latest Umno surveys show that there could be a repeat of the Election 2008 results but with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) getting at least 87 federal seats, five more than in 2008.

Among the issues blighting BN’s efforts to garner more support include a civil service pay revamp that has gone awry, the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal involving a minister’s family, and the Lynas Corp rare earth refinery operations which has seen growing opposition to its plan to keep radioactive waste in the country.

BN won 140 seats in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat with the remainder going to PR but a series of defections has seen the opposition dropping to 76 seats. It also lost Perak to BN in 2009 after three PR lawmakers quit to be independents supporting the federal coalition.

PR now holds Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Selangor but a brewing leadership crisis in Kedah could tilt the rice-bowl state back to BN in the next election, which must be called before May next year.

Speculation has been rife that the 13th national polls will be called soon.

But Najib has yet to indicate when he will dissolve Parliament, which will start its 2012 sitting next week.

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If BN wants to correct 3 very glaring mistakes first, all the smaller mistakes might even be forgotten. How about granting (since BN has 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.

Otherwise BN has no value to near 40% of the population (or even more by item 2, many Malays might want to choose a different religion or have no religion at all, a 20-30% figure means BN would be wiped out by sheer neglect to affirm UNHCR Article 18 . . . ) at all. Not-so-religious or non-Muslim Malay, Orang Asli, Indians, Chinese, will vote for BN only if the above 3 items are allowed.

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

ARTICLE 2

Forgive and forget, the Umno Way — Gomen Man – March 04, 2012

MARCH 4 — This is the Umno way: Forget all debts and don’t bring up mistakes. And this enlightening statement is coming from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the then-agriculture minister who approved the now-infamous National Feedlot Centre project.

This is a most self-serving and irresponsible statement, not to mention dangerous.

Is this what we are supposed to teach our children? Just say sorry and all will be forgiven. There is no need to show remorse, make restitution or pay a price for breaking the law.

How about the common Malaysian? Just say sorry and there will be no need to be punished for cheating, theft, robbery, murder, criminal breach of trust, etc.

Muhyiddin’s statement is very much in keeping with the ridiculous stuff that we keep having to put up with. Don’t bring up my past transgressions even though I have not owned up to it because it is in the past.

OK, let’s for a minute accept his ridiculous proposition. Let’s not bring up the RM250 million fiasco called the NFC or implicate Shahrizat Jalil’s family in it.

Stop talking about the RM850 million court judgment that, because of the government’s intervention, Tajuddin Ramli does not have to pay to Danaharta.

Don’t make fun of the government transformation programme and ETP just because the figures used by Pemandu are intellectually dishonest.

Stop going on a witch hunt for the people behind the RM2.5 billion losses just suffered by MAS and the cost escalation to nearly RM5 billion for a low cost terminal in KLIA.

Don’t bring up the RM500 million commission paid to certain individuals for the Scorpene submarine deal.

And since we are in such a forgiving mood, we should also include the rakyat and not hold anyone accountable for any transgression. As long as they give a blanket apology, everything is OK.

This, in essence, is what Muhyiddin Yassin said.

* Gomen Man reads The Malaysian Insider.

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Gomen??? Is that you Gomes? Weirdos . . . How about Forgo and Forgone, the UMNO Way? More NLP titles eh? Sick.

If DPM Muddy would 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.

;and stop being a cryptoracist (if DPM actually is at all . . . by all accounts and non-MSM opinions he would appear so . . . ), allow ALL races to join UMNO, I’d vote for UMNO without issue, the corruption and other issues would determine the pecking order in a new UMNO that has the 3 items in it’s constitution and the new leaders (DPM Muddy and PM Najib, are you up to this?) will be those who granted the above 3 items.

ARTICLE 3

Vague apology doesn’t wipe slate clean, Kit Siang tells Najib – by Melissa Chi – March 04, 2012

Lim asked if Najib’s apology meant he was now shouldering the mistakes of previous prime ministers. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — DAP leader Lim Kit Siang challenged Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to list his Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s mistakes to prove that his apology was not a “blank cheque” for the transgressions of previous administrations.

“Is Najib apologising for [Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s] 22-year premiership [that] was dogged by a catalogue of financial scandals costing an estimated loss of RM100 billion to the country?

“Up to now, Malaysians are still paying for these financial scandals, as in the third and latest RM840 million bailout of former Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chairman Tajudin Ramli with his out-of-court settlement with Danaharta and GLCs (government-linked companies),” the veteran opposition lawmaker said in a statement.

Lim said the prime minister should be given an opportunity to enumerate the past BN mistakes for which he is extending an apology and promise not to repeat them, so that Malaysians can decide whether Najib’s admission was sincere or otherwise.

The Ipoh Timor MP said Najib’s apology should be accepted if it is genuine, but added that it could be “just election gimmickry”.

Najib, who is chairman of the 13-member ruling coalition, apologised yesterday for BN’s past mistakes that caused it to lose its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament and four states in 2008.

The apology appeared to be recognition of the groundswell against the ruling coalition ahead of a general election that must be held by next year.

“I believe that we should not be arrogant. In a parliamentary democracy, we have to subject ourselves to the power of the people. We must have made mistakes for the people to have rejected us.

“We apologise for our past mistakes. The victors apologise, as do the losers,” he said at a meet-the-people session at the Kuala Ketil public field, Baling, according to a Bernama Online report.

The prime minister said the BN would rectify the mistakes and make up by serving the people as best as it can.

The voters’ rejection of the BN, like in Kedah, was in a way due to the mistakes made by the coalition, Najib said during a day-long visit to the state.

Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said although the prime minister admitted that BN made mistakes, “there is no need to list out our weaknesses; that is in the past”.

“What is more important is in front, in the next 10, 20 years and as the prime minister said, we are ready to improve ourselves and improve on what we have already accomplished such as the national transformation programmes, which includes the economy, government, politics, rural issues and new measures taken by the prime minister and the government, which have an effective impact,” Najib’s deputy told reporters after the launch of the World Kidney Day at Dataran Merdeka.

Today, Lim said one should ask whether Najib has issued a “blank cheque” apology, “signifying nothing as to enable all the past BN mistakes of abuses of power, corruption and lack of accountability to be repeated in even worse magnitude”.

“In the past three decades, the independence, impartiality, integrity and professionalism of major national institutions, whether civil service, judiciary, police, elections commission or anti-corruption agency, were seriously compromised by executive interference and usurpation,” he said.

Lim pointed out the “abysmal failure” in the fight against corruption under the 1 Malaysia Government Transformation Programme (GTP), noting the score for the corruption perception index (CPI) has plunged to a lowest-ever 4.3 and the worst ranking so far of No. 60 in the 2011 Transparency International CPI.

The DAP advisor asked if Najib was apologising for Malaysia becoming “increasingly corrupt” under the administration of the fourth and fifth prime ministers, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Badawi respectively.

He also demanded if Najib will apologise for the “illegal power grab” in Perak, which saw the elected Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government headed by Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin [[[ *** Psst, legalize Psychedelic Organics and call yourself Jah-luddin and who knows PM-ship from sheer coolness could result . . . Ambiga was at fault there . . . *** ]]] being ousted from office after several state lawmakers jumped ship 11 months into its mandate.

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Instead of demanding more apologies (much like LGE did in tat failure of a DAP-MCA Debate), LKS needs to apologise for DAP’s FAILURE to keep it’s 12th GE promises as follows :

a) Local Council Elections at Quorum of 66.6% in each district.
b) Asset declarations of **MPs** NOT EXCOs. Changing the fine print is DISHONESTY. Not keeping word means DAP and LKS is UNTRUSTWORTHY. And the Rakyat won’t believe any excuses about not knowing what DAP is doing, LKS runs DAP like a family business, only the stupidest or authoritarian inclined politicians would tolerate that sort of b.s..
c) Various abuse of power cases still pending and uncompensated thus far.
d) Teo Beng Hock’s cynical death, which I believe if an audit of LKS’s sick mind is done will reveal the worst fears about, that DAP SENT Teo Beng Hock to his death.
e) For ‘dropping’ parachute minister on Penang without ANY vote of any sort. NEPOTISM at it’s worst is why we have LGE as Chief Minister today. In a truly democratic political party (i.e. at 66.6% quorums or a one-man one-vote for all Penangites system (like USA’s presidential elections), no way would LGE be Chief Minister.

ARTICLE 4

DAP’s Boo Is All Talk – Monday, 05 March 2012 13:43 – Tee Siew Kiong

DAP Johor Chairman Boo Cheng Hao only knows how to play political tricks and talk nonsense, and has underestimated the wisdom of the voters by continuing to use the same tricks in an attempt to fool the voters.

This statement is made in reaction to Boo’s motion to the state’s legislative assembly seating to request for a debate on toll charges during the assembly which begins on March 15.

MCA has always maintained good relationships with Chinese societies and associations.

Regardless of whether or not we are a part of the state government, we start to work to figure out this problem and MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek has also met with ministers and the federal government to discuss this issue.

Boo has no experience in government administration work, and I sympathize and feel sorry for him as he is facing internal conflicts, so he is unable to carry out his responsibilities as a state assemblyman during the meetings of the state’s legislative assembly.

If he was indeed worried about toll charges, then he should have personally asked Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng to abolish the Sungai Nyior Toll and Penang Bridge tolls as these promises were made by DAP to the people should they take over the state government.

If DAP is unable to solve their own state’s toll problems, then they should not continue to pay lip service to the public by making all kinds of promises in order to mislead the people.

DAP never make their stand clear on PAS’s goal of establishing an Islamic theocratic state. MCA on the other hand, has always advocated people-oriented policies, and works hard to convey the views of the Chinese community to the government and to implement policies efficiently as a gift to the people based on their feedback to us.

TEE SIEW KIONG is MCA National Organising Secretary

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You know what BN? Between the Tolls and Ending Apartheid, doubtless anyone can see that ending apartheid is more important. So guess why BN is unvotable? This toll thing is a very low priority issue compared to apartheid.

Many thanks to MCA for keeping tabs on what DAP lied. But MCA, do you know that by remaining in BN you are tacitly accepting APARTHEID for the minorities and thus are as unvotable as DAP? How about asking PM Najib 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.

;and make things easy for the voters? Even PAS has become an international standard party without race specific criteria, what does that make UMNO and by extension MCA who still cannot make clear on the above 3 items? The mandate is with BN, why does BN not grant the above 3 items? How can anyone vote for BN then? We don’t like Pakatan, but BN’s non-use of the mandate to grant the above 3 items makes BN unvotable. Grant the abiove 3 items and allow us to not vote for Pakatan nd Pakatan’s lies! Until then BN is still finished.

ARTICLE 5

‘Don’t involve sultans in political games’ – Rulers are the protectors of the Constitution and should be left alone, says Tengku Azlan – by Terence Fernandez and Azril Annuar – March 05, 2012 – 17:32

TENGKU AZLAN: ‘Although I’m the brother of the Sultan of Pahang, when I contest, I’m just another wakil rakyat’ — Pic: Arif Kartono

In the final part of our interview with Tan Sri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar, he reminds both politicians and the Royal Houses that there is a clear demarcation of roles.

Terence Fernandez and Azril Annuar ask the questions to the straight-talking Jerantut MP.

MM: What is wrong with our country apart from the politics? We’re sure we rakyat have to blame ourselves …

TA: Too much politics! That’s why I’m very frustrated. Everything is politics. You can’t run a country by just politicking. It’s wrong.

Once you are a government, you are a government of the people. There’s no party there. Our PM is the PM for everyone — even the Opposition, when they see the PM they have to give him due respect because he’s the PM of the country. It doesn’t matter what your political belief is. When I go to Penang, Lim Guan Eng is the chief minister.

He is the government there. I am there as opposition. That is not the opposition government, that’s the people’s government. So we must respect the choice of the Penang people.

With you representing the royal house of Pahang, the last time the royal houses were brought into the fray of politics pre-2008 was when we headed for independence. Since the last elections, there has been an unprecedented involvement of the royal houses, especially in Selangor and Perak.

I think the rulers know their function. The rulers are the protectors of the Constitution. They should be above politics. Obviously politicians should not use the royal household for their political schemes.

I think they should be left alone. The ruler should be a unifiying figure. Through the Constitution all races are protected. The rulers are not rulers for Malays only, they rule everyone.

I hope all rulers will be like (his older brother) Tuanku Pahang who goes to the ground especially when the rakyat is facing an emergency. If all rulers can play this role, it’s very good for the country because the rakyat will see they have a last resort.

If politicians cannot solve their problems, they have their sultans. I can speak about only Pahang because I know what my brother has done. He’s the people’s ruler. He takes care of everyone, not just the Malays and Tuanku Sultan Ahmad Shah is an approachable person.

What about some politicians who alienate the royal household by disrespecting protocol?

I cannot say it’s the majority. There are bound to be a few who think otherwise or are a bit radical in their thinking or outlook on the monarchy. Whether we like it or not, we need the monarchy to unite the races.

But there are perceptions that some rulers are aligned to a certain political power. Shouldn’t they be neutral?

Take Kelantan, PAS is the government, the ruler has to support the government of the people. In Pahang, BN is the government, Tuanku Pahang has to support the government of the day. If people chose otherwise, he’ll support that.

Despite your intention not to re-contest, surely Umno is trying to persuade you to stand in Jerantut. Perhaps, certain aspects of your constituency are neglected by the government because they say Jerantut is a fixed deposit because who is going to vote against the sultan’s brother because the rural folk revere the sultan?

If people think that way, that means they haven’t learned anything. You must not forget, although I’m the brother of the Sultan of Pahang, when I contest, I’m just another wakil rakyat.

But these are rural areas. Urban areas are different, if they put you in Lembah Pantai, no disrespect, but you may lose. But in your hometown, rural folk, 90 per cent Malays, definitely they’ll vote for a member of the royal house. A vote against Tengku Azlan is a vote against the sultan.

I think the people in Jerantut are wise enough to know. I don’t want them to vote me because I’m the sultan’s brother, I want them to vote me for what I’ve done. I told them, if you want me I’m around, if not, I’m out. I think the people of Jerantut should look at that. Vote for a wakil rakyat who performs.

Even if I don’t contest there, if Umno … you see we have 19,000 or 20,000 Umno members in Jerantut. If every Umno member votes for a BN candidate, there’s no way Jerantut will lose to the Opposition.

But the problem is the disloyal Umno members, they are voting against BN today and it’s happening all over the country. Umno may have enough members to get their candidates to win any particular constituency. But it’s the disloyal opportunists who don’t vote for Umno when they don’t get something.

What about the loyalists who are frustrated with where Umno is heading? They vote against Umno to teach it a lesson. So Umno might go back to what it once was?

Well, if they’re not happy with the party, definitely they’re voting against Umno. If I’m dissatisfied, I’ll vote against Umno. So what? After all, Umno is just a party. But then, if you maintain quality in Umno, why would anybody want to vote for someone else?

But today, is Umno a quality party? Does Umno consist of quality leaders or members? If you look at DAP, they don’t have many members but people look at DAP as a quality party. A very well-organised party, that’s why they vote DAP, especially the Chinese.

Look at the MIC under Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam and Tun V.T. Sambanthan. MIC was solid because of the leaders. It was strong. Same with Tun Tan Siew Sin. He took care of our money as finance minister. Not just the Chinese respected him, even the Malays.

The problem is we’re not getting that kind of leaders anymore, I don’t know why.

Because Umno kills off its own leaders. They see anyone with potential, willingness to serve and (with) ambition, they kill them off.

I agree! They see someone with potential, they kill them right from the start. In the long run, Umno will lose. In life, you must have principles.

Principle also means being accountable and taking responsibility. What do you say about those who are guilty by association albeit through no fault of theirs?

I think I know who you are talking about. She made some mistakes in the sense that she responded on the wrong platform. So what she should have done is withdraw herself, temporarily and come back. One step backward to win two, three steps in the future.

And don’t say too much. In politics, politicians here like to talk when they see the microphone. There are certain things about good politics. That’s the beauty of Tun Mahathir. Sometimes he doesn’t say much or anything but he does a lot of thinking. So talk less, think more.

When you think more, you tend to get the real input in the sense of how to go about a certain issue and are able to articulate better, because your mouth is very dangerous and can turn against you because you’re talking without thinking. Emotions are the same. So always think before you want to react to a certain issue.

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If Tengku is to be an ordinary ‘wakil rakyat’, Tengku should please let the rulers know that Malaysia is an embarrassment because of the Constitution. As internationally and by UN considerations, even in proper application of Islam, with many of the laws and constitutional articles of Malaysia are outdated (even poorly written) and amount to a display of human rights abuse. If the citizens do not act,the citizens will continue to suffer, so when citizens act it is not out of inclination to disruptiveness but a seeking of justice.

And seeing what has occurred in the Arab Spring, shouldn’t the rulers stop (indirectly by inaction many untenable aspects of Malaysian life continue unaddressed) protecting the severely outdated and unfair portions of the constitution, and study which parts of the constitution are failures that need changing then correct the inapplicable portions of law and constitution instead? This failure by extension alludes much that I will not mention here that would doubtless fall foul on probably much coddled ears and likely even more insular minds.

Incidentally, as a defacto ruler by relation, Tengku best prevents conflict of interest between the state itself and the royal institution by considering the following. Politics is for certain beneath royalty, though seemingly the current neglect of the Royal institution’s duties to the exclusion of human rights and fallacies within constitution and law makes the already if not great distance between what is internationally applicable and not, causes much loss of trust and closeness between the 2. The people have moved on, and to refuse to engage in reasoned and fair minded reviews will only result the loss of what makes for rulers’ expected exceptionalism, what does not end up as a form of being out of touch in any case. Being unable to understand the need 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.

;does not bode well for Malaysia and could indicate a slide into, or stand of, a form of absolutism that will not help Malaysia or the reputation of the Court Institution nor foster respect among the people. These are no political games but a sincere aspiration for equality and Malaysia’s standing as an equality minded nation with considerate monarchs that would not want any portion of the populace to be disenfranchised in any manner as per the prevention of the Sin of Asabiya and of course to ensure the viability and fairness of the Rulers.

After all, Umno is just a party?’ Not just but more so when they brandish the royal titles bestowed, hiding behind the same like a bogeyman who’s hand is stayed only by their corrupted manipulations and immense pathos. By their power to ensure the above 3 items, the Rulers are tied to the fate of the nation (unless developments in the world are to be ignored or the rulers remove aspects of the constitution for responsibility to determine the state of equality of the people), by proxy. The nation must not look upon the Rulers as a force of oppression even in the endorsement and granting such simple and fair items above.

This condemnation of evidently racist UMNO though, is a positive development and could possibly be taken to indicate a (unfortunately glacial) step in the right direction.  The people can even if need be, indeed move ahead of the Rulers and the failed constitution (ask around in any international groupings the constitution is institutionalized Apartheid back with more Apartheid laws), but that will be a sad day and hopefully one that does not result in so many unstable region’s actions, that the powers that be, may be too late to correct, only to suffer social and reputational consequences for later . . . against such reasonable demands of normal world citizens too unfortunately!

This is for the ‘Wakil Rakyat’ Tengku acts in the capacity of –  to say that ‘a vote against Tengku Azlan is a vote against the Sultan.’ sounds particularly undemocratic (even threatening?) quite feudal, and somewhat Asabiya. Though to concede this point, the ‘rural-est’ and also Royal Township areas should be left as Malay and/or Islamic as the ruler wishes (the rulers should be aware that they may or may not profess any faith other than the official one, as well, by the UN charter? This could well be an issue of unwanted sovereign-to-subject, subject-to-sovereign peer pressure . . . will not go further into this, as the topic is indeed sensitive – but do not expect ANY Malaysian academic, courtier or politician much less non-Muslim politician, perhaps only non-Malaysians quite close to the Royals? to broach this point.), being a core cultural point of sorts.

I believe that the tipping point had already occurred sometime back and any apologism for absolutism and authoritarianism cannot preclude social development not enmired in the worst aspects of feudality. Being just another wakil rakyat, how does the above 3 items sound to Tengku and since Tengku has access to the Royal Malay Court for certain, Tengku should make these most reasonable 3 items a given rather than indicating that the rulers are not to be disturbed. None are interested in disturbing rulers, but rather the apartheid portions of the nature of the constitution. All world citizens expect a certain amount of fairness. Will the Rulers not act as in :

Article 1 of the Human Rights Charter
” . . . reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. . . . ” as “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with . . . ” the same?

For there is nothing else in life (barring the immense world spiritual world of emanation in which Royals could well be mere gnats compared to the Djinn and Devas who even then in turn are below the cultivated among faithful, even as Earth is a grain of sand in the Universe, and such inaction is particularly unacceptable and incongruous to the noble spirit (and consideration to the subject citizens) that should typify royalty worldwide. How could any citizen be raised above another in this manner in the material world and with flawed laws? Spiritually untenable.

The article read fine, then Tengku threw the following at the readers. ‘That’s the beauty of Tun Mahathir.‘?!? If Tengku has no idea how much harm was caused by policy written by, or mere presence of this man via cult of personality effect, negative influence via culture of patronage effect, out of touch is indeed the word for this ‘wakil Rakyat’. If this post if offensive, please inform, I will remove this post the next time I update the site.

3 Articles on Local Malaysian News, 1 Article on Indonesian Survivability/Innovation from a Spartan Landscape (among the highes rates of deforestration) : KYY’s Back and Forth (Commit to candidacy already . . . BN and PR in some districts are horrible . . . ), Abuse of Gambling Rights in Malaysia, Dr.Mahathir’s Disinfo and More Platitudes, 1 Acre Can Support 1000-4000 People If Need Be – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 4th March 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Can Malaysia’s leaders emulate Myanmar’s political reform? — Koon Yew Yin – March 02, 2012

MARCH 2 — One of the leading papers in the region, The Nation, recently conducted an interview with Myanmar President Thein Sein’s chief political adviser, Ko Ko Hlaing. In that exclusive interview, Ko Ko Hlaing told the Bangkok paper that Myanmar’s political reform is “irreversible” because of the president’s strong will.

He stressed that the specific constitutional provision towards democracy, the Myanmar people’s taste of newfound freedom, and the need for the country to follow the international trend ensured that the reforms would have to proceed.

In the interview, he also gave an insider’s glimpse into the thinking and philosophy of the former strongman who ran of Myanmar for close to 20 years. According to him, Senior General Than Shwe, following his resignation as head of state in 2011, was not running the country from behind the scenes as commonly alleged and would not be making a comeback.

“As a Buddhist, you can understand the mentality of an elderly Buddhist. You should understand also the mind of an old soldier — which is always the desire to accomplish his mission. After the mission is accomplished, he can take a rest.

“[Than Shwe] had undertaken the responsibilities of the state for a long time, and there were many hardships, pressures and difficulties… He also laid down the conditions of democratic reform — the seven-step roadmap. He is now enjoying his retirement with his grandchildren.”

What was also striking to me was the way that Ko Ko Hlaing responded to the question of whether the military strongman was afraid to be taken to trial by a civilian government.

Ko Ko Hlaing said: “This is a Buddhist country. Forgiveness is our principle. Also, Aung San Suu Kyi and the other opposition leaders, young and old, have talked about forgiving and forgetting the past, and trying to do the best for the nation.”

It may be necessary for me to explain why I am focusing on the subject of Myanmar’s political reform road map. In a few weeks, on April 1, my own road map for Malaysia contained in my book “Malaysia: Road Map for Achieving Vision 2020” will be launched in Ipoh. The book details can be viewed at the publisher’s website shortly.

At the time that I wrote my book I did not refer to it as the Myanmar reform process was still evolving. I also did not understand the situation in Myanmar as I was an outsider with little contact with its system of government.

During the last few months, that situation has changed dramatically for me. Arising from several visits to the country and my involvement in a development-cum-philanthropic undertaking I am pursuing there, I have been in personal contact with some of Myanmar’s top leaders and have been impressed by the remarkable progress of their political reform process compared with Malaysia’s.

Now that I also have the benefit of this remarkable interview to draw upon in addition to my own personal experience in interacting with Myanmar’s leaders, I would encourage all Malaysians, especially our political leaders, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister Najib Razak and the opposition leaders to read carefully the interview and distil from it the lessons that are necessary for our own political reform process to have any chance of success.

To sum up, some of the lessons from Myanmar for us to follow are:

– Reform must come from both a top-down as well as a bottom-up process.

– Old leaders should give up trying to retain power or maintain influence after leaving office.

– The ruling party must abide by and not undermine the constitutional provisions to a democracy

– Media freedom and the end to censorship need to be placed in the forefront of the political reform agenda.

– Lastly and most importantly, the nation’s interests should come ahead of individual or group interest.

In Buddhist philosophy, the feeling of a separate “I” which we call ego consciousness is directly related to the strength of ignorance, greed, and hatred.

The deepest meaning of ignorance is the believing in, identifying with and clinging to the ego, which is nothing but an illusionary mental phenomenon. But because of this strong clinging to ego-consciousness, attachment/desire, anger/hatred arise and repeatedly gain strength.

This ego and self-interest manifested in the material greed and weakness of leaders needs to be conquered if our country is to survive well.

* Koon Yew Yin reads The Malaysian Insider.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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Who is a leader?!? WHO DARES CLAIM LEADERSHIP OVER ANOTHER FELLOW CITIZEN?!? The ‘leader-follower’ era is over, especially for term limitless family bloc types. Equal citizens only, especially more so between races. I say, 2 TERMS only. There are no leaders. There are only administrators, who will ensure the wishes of *as many citizens as humanly possible* get what they want in a manner that does not harm any other citizen. Laws, constitution, the UNHCR, nominally religions, Zones, dristricst etc.. can be employed to ensure this.

KYY said “Lastly and most importantly, the nation’s interests should come ahead of individual or group interest.

‘Humanly possible’ when viewed in a proposed separate district paradigm (where all preferred items of a group can be included), also including ‘all inclusive’ neutral (for everyone) district areas where all clashing items are dropped for harmony (less expression but neutral space), ANY GROUP or INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS, can be esconced in any specialised district in ANY nation.

Frankly in a single multistorey builing alone this is already even possible, i.e. grd flr NEUTRAL, flr 1 halal, flr 2 haram, flr 3 atheist, flr 4 satanist, flr 5 organics drugs, flr 6 RLD for ALL races, flr 7 RLD for specific race 1, flr 8 RLD fir specific eace 2 etc. etc.. they don’t even see each other and separate lifts could even be installed . . . to be even more separate, keep the floor between types of floors EMPTY as well), see how zoning specialised districts can even be done in a single building? Now . . . KYY’s **the nation’s interests** as reads here, hopefully is not an Orwellian/Authoritarian streak KYY is displaying.

When are you standing as a candidate for the below 3 items KYY? Or is that one Y too many . . . no harm running when you can afford it Koon (not the Koh Tsu type . . . ). Sigh, all these old folks sure as hell talk and talk (yeah you KYY!) authoritatively or otherwise hang on to the people’s mandate like hell (term limitless hell), but don’t act or use that  mandate when needed and gtfo of the way for the next generation . . . people? Know which MPs to kick out yet? Nepotists, plutocrats, term limitless supremos . . . Though we are full of hope for KYY to be among the best indies in 3rd Force IF KYY doesn’t turn out to be a KY only. Run for candidacy or fund proxies KYY, otherwise end up as ‘KY’ as Ambiga who leads a Bersih 2.0 for the limelight but refuses to run for election when already aware that so few 3rd Force candidates are available . . .

Missing one Y in KYY will result in KY . . . no authoritarians and Orwellians - they belong where the sun don't shine.

ARTICLE 2

20 gamblers arrested at mini casino – 03 March 2012

SHAH ALAM: Operating behind a facade of a palm oil association in Taman Selatan, Klang, police raided a week-old mini casino on Thursday night and arrested 20 gamblers.
Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah showing the gambling paraphernalia and cash seized at a mini casino in Taman Selatan, Klang, on Thursday.

They seized RM103,261 and a cheque for RM56,000 in the raid. They also confiscated various gambling paraphernalia, including chips, calculators and dice.

Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the 19 punters and one operator had pleaded guilty at the Klang magistrate’s court yesterday and were fined RM1,000 each.

Following a tip-off on gaming activities in the area, state Anti-Vice, Gaming and Secret Society Division head Deputy Superintendent Izwan Abdul Karim led a team and raided the shophouse in Jalan Rengas at 7pm.

When the team entered the premises, they found 20 people in a gambling frenzy, betting thousands of ringgit on each round. The punters were later found to be rich businessmen and traders.

The gamblers, aged between 39 and 59, were believed to have regularly frequented the mini casino since it started operations about a week ago. They were taken back to the state police headquarters to have their statements recorded.

The 20 were charged under Section 6(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 at the Klang magistrate’s court.

All of them paid the fine.

This was a second mini casino busted by Selangor police this year. Two weeks ago, 15 punters and an operator were arrested in Tanjung Karang.

In that raid, police seized RM24,000 and various gambling paraphernalia as well. (Pic below : Persecution of minority right to gamble / refusal to license outlets among other things . . . )

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The aggrieved/accused Association must file a UN report citing illegal implementation of inapplicable laws in Malaysia, (alongside demands for the repatriation of fines paid, and appropriate compensation to the gamblers for exemplary damages etc..), unsuitable for non-Muslim citizens in a clearly no-Muslims allowed premises. This should start a precendent case that would easily propel any lawyer who takes on this critical issue as a Human Rights for non-Muslims in Malaysia, and Malaysian Constitutional Law expert. As there were no Muslims in the premises, and by the fact that laws on Gaming as currently stands are illegal (being discriminatory towards adult persons who are non-Muslims), and contrary to the UNHCR for non-Muslims.

The charges need to be overturned and Gaming laws amended. Also international required updates on local Malaysian laws (much like section 377B which applies only to non-Muslims tramples on the LGBT community right to sexual association) are also likely illegal in itself and could result in withdrawal of educational qualifications as well as blackballing of the the AG and Law Minister for refusing to do their job, which is to review and amend outdated or abusive laws.

If the above amendments are not done in reasonable timeframe and the case is not struck from the register with appropriate rreparations, the Law Minister and AG could be called up in a UN Tribunal, citing Human Rights Abuses in selective persecution of minorities, discrimination against non-Muslim gaming rights, as well as dereliction of Law Minister and AG’s duty to rights of local minority citizens, in this case to access a gambling venue which is not located at unreasonable distances from local city centres (there do exist gambling facilities but these are too far away to travel to reasonably, also the licensing has been selective and closed tender based, another actionable case in laws that affect minorities).

These charges being brought up are ILLEGAL as well. If the AG and Law Minister refuse to amend the laws as per Article 18 of the UNHCR, a display of vexatious refusal to update laws relevant to minority citizens, making a lawsuit is possible against the already unvotable BN Malaysian Federal Government. Malaysia needs to comply with the UNHCR otherwise the UN has a right to remove Malaysia as a signatory to the Human Rights Charter. The Selangor Miunicipality, or State Legislature, has no case against this gambling centre but has instead exposed their own wrong doing or lack of action to legalize appropriately and in an open and transparent manner.

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 10

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

ARTICLE 3

Malaysia (only) has appearance of developed nation – 03 March 2012 | Last updated at 10:22PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has assumed the appearance of a developed country and the vision for its development was enunciated, stage by stage, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said, although the Malaysian vision might not be suitable for all countries, there were elements which might be adopted by all who wished to become developed nations.

“I believe that one of the reasons for the uprising against governments in the Arab countries is the failure of the governments to look after the needs of the people,” he said in his speech titled, ‘Vision in the Development of a Nation’, at the OIC member countries 3rd Think Tank Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan today.

He said the greatest need was for jobs, for getting a steady income to support a decent life, and agriculture did not create enough jobs, but industry.

“One hectare of land for agriculture may support one person but it can house a factory of 500 workers.

“That was why Malaysia opted for labour intensive industries once land was no longer available for cultivation,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said a country was not considered developed simply because per capita income was high and most of the oil producing countries were not considered to be developed.

He explained, a developed country must have a good infrastructure, an educated and well-trained work force, a large middle class and good technological and industrial capacities.

He said the quality of the work must improve all the time and be aimed at achievements of world standards as befitting a developed country.

However, Dr Mahathir said, for a poor country, the development process would take time and the vision must be within the capacity of the country at any particular period.

He said the role of a leader was crucial to the success of a vision because without his passion and drive, even though the country had the means and potential to grow, it would not grow.

The former prime minister also pointed out, having a vision for development was essential but there must also be adequate knowledge of how it needed to be implemented for the country to be developed.

Citing China as an example, he said, Mao Tse Tung’s successor, Deng Xiao Peng, although a communist was a pragmatist and wanted China to develop, making the country what it is today — the second biggest economy in the world — as compared to 20 years ago when it was a Third World country.

“Clearly, the leader of a nation plays a very crucial role in the country’s development. His decision, as to how the country should be developed, is of critical importance.

“He must have passion for it. He must personally direct the implementation of his vision. He must also be well qualified in terms of knowledge in administration, in policies to follow, in finance and commerce. He must know something about the process of development which he has decided upon,” said Dr Mahathir.

He also said the leader needed to go on the ground, to oversee work being done, to overcome obstacles and constraints and to make sure the project was properly implemented as visits by the head of government at the site of construction motivated implementers at all levels.

“His ministers must also be hands-on. Like him, they must visit and hear briefings on the progress made in the implementation of the projects.” – Bernama

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By the above inaccurate fact regarding land use, Dr.Mahathir is perhaps in league with anti-land ownership, even depopulation agenda groups has chosen to spread ‘disinfo data’. One hectare of land SUPPORTS FAR MORE THAN 1 MAN. The figures given here are extremely inefficient and probably include kickbacks or what not, and completely ignore the 70% ocean EEZ a country bordered by ocean, can also contribute food source and pelagic living space as well. Earth’s liveable ground area of 148.93 million km2 can support 30 billion if re-distributed equally ‘as is’, because of the following facts sourced from various sites on crop yields an average fertility 0.4 hectare or 1 acre produces :

15kg(saffron)
50kg(venison/cardamon)
100kg(honey/cinnamon/pepper)
200kg(beef/cocoa/soy)
600kg(mutton/lamb/nutmeg/chilli)
600kg(wheat)
1000kg(vanilla)
1500kg(fish/fowl)
3000kg(rice/corn)
5000-10,000(various fruits)
10,000(rye)
25,000kg(potatoes/some nuts)

;of produce yearly for high density farming methods, low density figures are less than the above. Each person eats 300-500kg of a variety of food per year. 0.4 hectare (1 acre) can in fact support from 4-40 people depending on production density, or the quality of food required.

Don’t expect anyone to be able to eat 1 solid kg of meat every day either (not counting ongoing dairy produce – a single sheep/goat produces up to 2 litres daily, a cow produces up to 15 litres daily – or 1.5 kilos of cheese daily PER animal.)

When again considered against MULTI STOREY farming with massive ‘Planter Boxes’ of 1 acre per 5 storey high floor with a depth of 20 metres each, the upper limit of population can in fact reach 300 billion . . . see below Article 4 for how wrong it is to say that an acre of land can only support 1 person . . .

ARTICLE 4

Indonesia’s ‘tree of life’

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/indonesia-tree-1000-uses-419913

How an island community uses a single tree to do almost everything, from feeding their babies to making coffins – by Andrew Marshall 5 March, 2012

The lontar palm — or “tree of life” — is crucial for the people of Roti island in southern Indonesia, who use it for food, shelter and an array of everyday products.

Rotinese-The lontar palm- sugar plants

When you hear “tree of life” you may think of that strange Brad Pitt film that thankfully did not win an Oscar this year.

But for Alexander Haninuna of Indonesia’s Roti island, the juice from what he knows as the tree of life was his first meal. When he dies, he’ll be buried in a coffin made from the wood of the same tree.

All through his life he’ll be indebted to the lontar palm that grows in his backyard for everyday products such as mats, water containers, trays for winnowing rice, fans, umbrellas, belts, knife-sheaths, thatch, cigarette papers and even bags for transporting chickens to market.

Haninuna, 50, lives on Roti, the southernmost island of the Indonesian archipelago and home to thousands of lontar palms, one of the planet’s most efficient sugar-producing trees.

Roti has suffered from surface erosion for many years, and in a great example of ecological efficiency the Rotinese have learned to utilize the tens of thousands of hardy lontar palms that are one of the few plants to flourish here.

Climbing and tapping the lontar is strictly a male activity. Boys begin by practicing on shorter palms — the trees can eventually grow to 30 meters — at an early age.

From the age of 15 if they climb and work hard, boys can win the respect of their family and community, and in particular the adoration of the opposite sex.

The treasured juice from the palm is called tuak manis, and forms a staple for the Rotinese, especially when other foods are unavailable.

Two or three trees are enough to support a family — each tree can yield 200-400 liters of juice each year for up to 35 years.

Like most Rotinese men, Haninuna is an expert climber and has been scampering up and down these trees since he was a teenager.

Because of the lontar, Roti and nearby Savu are the only islands in eastern Nusa Tenggara that do not experience lapar biasa — the annual food shortage.

1,000 uses and counting

The leaves of the lontar palm are also used to make ceremonial hats. Tuak manis is the first nutrition that a newborn Rotinese baby receives, even before its mother’s milk. And when a Rotinese dies, he or she is buried in a coffin made from the hollowed-out trunk of the palm.

Tuak manis can also be cooked to produce gula lempeng — delicious biscuits of set brown sugar.

The leaves are never wasted. Houses are re-roofed every four to five years, and the old thatch is burnt in the garden to fertilize it.

The lontar is also used to make hats called tilangga for different occasions, ranging from everyday use to celebrations.

The lontar leaf also provides the Rotinese with a unique musical instrument called the sasando; the leaf is fashioned into a hemispherical sounding board into which a copper-stringed bamboo tube is inserted, producing a harp-like sound when plucked.

When the “tree of life” finally becomes old and unproductive, the trunk, which is stronger than coconut, can be shaped into house beams, posts and rafters or hollowed out for coffins or pig-feeding troughs.

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Consider the above as well : As two or three Indonesian lontar palms are enough to support a family (throw in a coconut tree for variety and cool looking 100% organic drinks) – each tree can yield 200-400 liters of juice each year for up to 35 years.’ Now a single acre of land at high density could plant up to a 1000 trees which means that a single acre of land planted entirely with Lontar Palms could actually support 500 families (1000 to 4000 persons), this is not considering low fruit bearing shrubs and small livestock at low density (larger species of rat which could be free range, quail, chickens, cats, dogs, even goats bred for meat etc..). How could anyone say 1 acre can only support 1 person?!? And we thought Malays and Indians were agrarian types, look at article 3’s disinfo claptrap !

5 Articles on Malaysian Politics, MRT spat continues, general Journo-exhortations, PC issues in Islam, Hagelian Dialectic where Apartheid continues no matter jow much arguing, Tripartite – and what about Apartheid? – repostedby @AgreeeToDisgree – 28th February 2012

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ARTICLE 1

We will stop MRT work, say Jalan Sultan owners – UPDATED @ 04:12:57 PM 27-02-2012 – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Jalan Sultan landowners said today they will resort to “physically” stopping construction of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) tunnel under the road if necessary.

Committee for the Preservation of Jalan Sultan chairman Stanley Yong said they would first stop the Klang Bus Stand, UDA Ocean and Plaza Warisan from being demolished as the three buildings were the “gateway” to the historic street.

“Physically, we have to stop it,” he told reporters at Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) here.

But he declined to elaborate on the plan, saying that details would be revealed in time.

Yong also refuted MRT Corp’s claim that all but two landowners have agreed to the mutual agreement proposed by the KVMRT project owner, noting that none of them had inked such an agreement.

MRT Corp chief executive Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said on Friday that only two landowners had turned down its mutual agreement.

The mutual agreement would allow the landowners to retain property rights but will require them to vacate their lots for six months to allow tunnelling work to be carried out.

Azhar (picture) had also warned that MRT Corp would have no choice but to allow the government to proceed with compulsory land acquisition of the affected lots in the bustling Chinatown area if owners did not sign the agreement by month’s end.

But Yong today stressed that the Lands and Mines Department (KPTG) should suspend its proposed acquisition of Jalan Sultan lots so that landowners will not feel pressured during talks with MRT Corp.

“If negotiations are to be fair and square, owners should not be subjected to fear or any kind of interference…,” he said.

“Every time they receive a document from KPTG to attend hearings, owners cannot even continue their normal lives.”

The KLSCAH secretary-general pointed out that the mutual agreement was “no different from acquisition” as owners will only be allowed to keep their properties if MRT Corp certifies them as being safe for occupancy.

Yong said Jalan Sultan landowners will present their case to the prime minister along with signatures collected by some 300 NGOs in the hope that Datuk Seri Najib Razak will agree to realign the KVMRT route.

The dispute over land acquisition began soon after landowners in Chinatown, Imbi and Bukit Bintang were informed in mid-2011 that the government would acquire lots above the KVMRT tunnel as owners’ rights extend to the centre of the earth under the law.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive Mohd Nur Kamal has said landowners could then apply for stratum titles but added there was no guarantee Putrajaya would re-alienate the surface land back to them.

Critics have questioned the need for compulsory acquisition of both surface and underground land as the National Land Code 1965 was amended in 1990 to allow underground land to be acquired without affecting surface rights.

Unhappy landowners have mounted a high-profile campaign marked by many protests, signature drives and claims that Putrajaya was conducting a “land grab” in order to defray project costs.

The multibillion ringgit MRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

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Get the UN and foreign media observers to watch and teach Pakatan a lesson. File UN complaints. BN of course is also apartheid, but this MRT b.s. is under Pakatan’s (indirectly the Lim Clan and Karpal Clan and Anwar Clan’s) watch. Eminent Domain laws under Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Actmust be abolished. Allodial Titles must be implemented for all Freehold property so that such abuses will never occur again. All MPs (especially Pakatan ones) who have a problem with affirmation on these 2 issues removal of Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act AND implementation of Allodial titles, or cannot promise in legally binding black and white (much like BN cannot end Apartheid in Malaysian law and constitution) to amend the laws, must be removed and voted out of power.

ARTICLE 2

The greater the crime, the greater the sentence should be — Justinian – February 27, 2012

FEB 27 — On December 23, 2011, former Selangor mentri besar Khir Toyo was sentenced to 12 months’ jail and forfeiture of his land and bungalow for “knowingly purchasing” these properties that cost about RM6.5 million for less than the price of its original value. The sentence was suspended pending appeal (The Star Online, December 23, 2011, “Khir Toyo gets 1 year jail for graft”).

On January 5, 2012, a small report appeared in a side column of theSun news daily that three RapidKL bus drivers were each charged with theft of RM150 of “Touch n’ Go” reloads in August 2011. All three claimed trial, i.e. pleaded not guilty. If convicted they could face a maximum of seven years in jail (theSun, January 5, 2012, “Bus drivers claim trial to T’NG reload theft”).

On January 4, 2012, the BBC News website reported that a 15-year-old youth was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for stealing a pair of sandals (slippers) in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Due to his being a minor, the court sent him home to his parents, instead of imposing the jail sentence (BBC News Asia, January 4, 2012, “Indonesia outrage at boy’s conviction for sandal theft”).

Looking at these three cases side by side, one wonders if justice is truly served. The millionaire ex-MB gets away with a light “smack” on the hand for graft amounting to RM3 million. Execution of the sentence, however, has been held back by the legal process.

Some have expressed doubt that he will be languishing in prison for 12 months, either by winning his appeal or by being allowed out on parole in a few months for “good behaviour”. Embezzlers and cheats are not usually violent criminals but “white collar criminals”.

Where is the outrage?

White collar crime robs the general public of millions and encourages corruption in its various forms. Is this disease less harmful to the country and its citizens than petty theft? What this sentence appears to indicate to the public is that cheating another and the public in general of large sums of money is not as bad as common petty theft of smaller amounts.

A minority of Malaysians thought that the court had come to its senses and had done the right thing by finding this Barisan Nasional politician guilty. They praised the court for its verdict and sentence. This looks like a small step in the right direction to curb corruption or it may merely be an effort to give the impression that Malaysia still has an impartial and independent judiciary.

In contrast, the possible sentence faced by the three bus drivers in the second case above is a maximum of seven years imprisonment for theft of a paltry RM150 in Touch n’ Go reloads. Bus drivers are economically disadvantaged when it comes to the legal process as they are not paid millions for driving buses. Still, they have families to support with whatever salary they are currently pulling.

All three accused drivers are in their 20s and early 30s, when most people are either newly married or have young families to support. This does not mean that they should escape paying for their alleged dishonesty if found guilty. But, in comparison to Khir Toyo’s case, does the punishment fit the crime?

Since the bus drivers case did not seem to warrant wide publicity, there has been no public comment over the prosecution of this petty theft and the possible maximum sentence it would attract should these accused be convicted. There will probably be no public outcry at all if these accused were convicted. Ordinary workers are seldom of any significance, having no prestige, financial or political influence and power. Even legal justice seems to be class sensitive. What then does equality before the law mean?

In contrast, the Indonesian public’s outrage at the conviction and sentence of five years imprisonment of the minor convicted of theft of a pair of sandals outside a police boarding house is something to be noted and lauded. A protest was staged by ordinary Indonesians placing thousands of pairs of used slippers outside police stations to signify their indignation against the leniency with which Indonesian courts seem to treat high-ranking officials convicted of corruption and the meting out of severe sentences for impoverished ordinary Indonesians convicted of petty theft (BBC News Asia, January 4, 2012). In mitigating this punishment, the court is seen to have acted with justice and mercy; yet this is no cure or excuse for the double standards treatment of the judiciary.

The injustice is inexcusable as the prosecution was reportedly made about six months after the alleged theft was committed and the minor claimed to have been slapped and beaten by a policeman with a piece of wood till he bled (BBC News Asia, 4 January 2012). No mention was made of any redress for this assault on the boy.

Saved by expediency?

On January 9, 2012, the Kuala Lumpur High Court made the decision to acquit and discharge Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim of his second sodomy charge in a protracted and controversial trial. This case drew wide public attention locally as well as overseas.

Despite the widespread criticism of the way in which the case was brought to trial on doubtful and ambiguous evidence, government leaders felt that this sudden acquittal showed that the judicial system in Malaysia was fair and independent (MySinchew.com, “Leaders praise independence of judiciary over court verdict”).

Malaysian NGOs including the Bar Council rightly hailed the High Court’s decision to acquit as a just verdict but did not go on to imply that this was an assurance that the judicial system as a whole would from now on wear the mantle of independence and impartiality.

Whether the current federal authorities will allow such reform, as the Barisan Nasional ministers boast, is doubted by many as the independence of the judiciary has been eroded to virtual nothingness for the past 54 years.

Moreover, local and foreign observers and human rights organisations have consistently condemned this sodomy trial as politically motivated. Justice could have been done earlier if the case had been dismissed the moment it became obvious that the charge made was baseless and could not be logically proven. Instead, a long drawn “sandiwara” ensued with the judiciary allowing the prosecution to continue till this crucial point in time, when a decision either way would be politically favourable to Anwar and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, in anticipation of a general election.

Anwar has been saved by political expediency and public interest (as he is a public figure in whom the electorate have placed much hope for reform and change in the country). Nevertheless, Malaysians should also begin to examine and question the way in which punishment is meted out here, just as the Indonesian public have begun to do.

If Malaysians continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that those lacking the financial capacity to engage the best legal representation in the country must accept heavy sentences or plead guilty for petty crimes while rich millionaires like Khir Toyo, convicted of serious corruption or white-collar crime affecting the national economy can get off with light sentences or go scot-free, any hope of justice being done by an independent and impartial judiciary would be squashed.

If nothing is done, our justice system would retain its two-tier, class-biased, partial and compromised character, moulded by decades of politically motivated abuse and prejudice against the poorer sections of society struggling to survive economically.

Like the Indonesian public, it is open to Malaysians to demand that justice be done and our constitutional right of equality before the law be honoured by our judiciary and the government of the day. — aliran.com

* Justinian is a pseudonym

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What do you call the lack of the below 3 items? :

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

A crime against humanity. I’d focus on ending APARTHEID first before muddling with corruption. As mentioned before, end CORRUPTION and 10 VIP people go to jail, maybe 1000 people get compensation, BUT end APARTHEID, and MILLIONS have improvements in their lives.

Incidentally, profiteering in strawman/false flag case, occurs in the West to enrich contrived equally false flag/strawman ‘victims’ as often too. Where tax payer monies are paid out by fatuous Judges in the inequitable tune of millions (sometimes in 100s of millions) for the most minor of infarctions or genuine social faux pas. How many of us strongly believe that 9-11 was an inside job, and that Osama was an inside man and that the whole event was created to ensure certain VIPs who worked at the Twin Towers died, as well as to justify a war in the Middle East to enrich colluding military contractors and military suppliers much like the prison contractor/supplier collusion issue where 40+ thousand a year per prisoner can be inflicted upon taxpayer funds for a petty theft worth less than a few hundred. The legal system is a farce in too many cases.

ARTICLE 3

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:36
The Star editors hauled up over singer’s ‘Allah’ tattoo

KUALA LUMPUR – The Home Ministry announced Monday that it had called up the chief news editor, managing editor and senior editor of newspaper The Star over an allegedly offensive photograph of R&B singer Erykah Badu, which depicted tattoos of the Arabic characters ‘Allah’.

In a statement made yesterday by Deputy Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, the ministry said they would be issuing a show-cause letter to The Star for a written explanation from the English daily within a week.

The offending photograph was published yesterday with in The Star’s Star2 entertainment section, in an article about the Dallas-born singer.

Action has been taken in the past over the alleged misuse of the word ‘Allah’, or God, particularly by non-Muslims. In 2010, there was a controversy where Catholic weekly The Herald nearly lost its publishing license after using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’, evoking the Malaysian government to warn them that the word should only be used by Muslims. Tensions over the controversy were linked to several church attacks in January 2010.

Discontent over Badu and her tattoos have been welling in the last few months among Muslim groups, with several Malay entertainment blogs making posts demanding that the artiste not be allowed to perform in the country.

Badu, 41, has a live performance at KLCC Plenary Hall in Kuala Lumpur scheduled for tomorrow. She is a best-selling R&B, jazz and hip-hop singer popularly known as the “First Lady of Neo-Soul”. Her last album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) was launched in 2010.

-REUTERS
Commentator comments :

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:20 posted by Utusan Babi

Nothing will happen. Just wayang kulit. How can they take action against their kind – BN-MCA mouth piece. Don’t waste our time and space for such wayang kulit. The racist Utusan Malaysia should have been closed down long ago for spewing sensitive racial slurs.
Comment Link terence Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:45 posted by terence

Don’t just suspend the Star. Suspending is too lenient for this trash masquerading as a newspaper. Please close down the Star
Comment Link adam_786 Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:04 posted by adam_786

There is no loss for me if the Star is banned. The Star has lost its shine just as all the govt controlled TV stations reporting the daily news. Being MCA controlled the Star has been quite arrogant and has been unfair in its reporting of political scenes in Malaysia. It has already lost its integrity as a newspaper. This insensitivity to the Muslim is the culmination of this arrogance with a strong political backing. It should be banned as a lessons for the other newspaper.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:52 posted by Disgusted

When two Muslim reporters walk into a Church take part in a Catholic Sacred rite, spit it out, photograph it and publish an article on it in a magazine, that’s OK. What a Home Minister!!
So much for National Unity and Race relations.
Comment Link Tabloid bully Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:51 posted by Tabloid bully

Star belongs to second-class obseqiuous Chinese-based party Mca and lose out to religious fervour.

It is weak and will probably wag its tail and do what the master commands or lose its dog license.

This shows that the party is weak and cannot represent Chinese interests at all.

Malaysian Chinese should wake up to this fact and not support such a usedfool party.

Choose multi-ethnic parties that has the strength in its multi-ethnicness to stand up to such bullying.

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No need to be alarmed. It’s like a copyright lawsuit where if any star got ‘Starbucks’ tattooed without permission COULD be sued and required to remove the tattoo (they consider this advertising though). Muslims should not threaten with violence or even lawsuit on anything where nobody was physically or financially hurt either. In the various Quran burning cases for example, the killings of offenders were not justified. If the retaliating Muslims marched around confiscating an equal number of bibles from the local churches to burn in retaliation, that would have been better. You cannot kill people if no people have been killed you Muslims. Now Muslims have justified by the killings EVEN more burnings of qurans. A human being God’s creation in God’s image being killed, could easily forfeit 1 million Qurans for burning. Stop this at once or God will not protect Islam for killing ‘his’ image no matter how corrupted, because when if offending man dies from natural causes, the Earth herself will do the purification, those lives were not any Muslim’s to take, God (if you believe in that) will however punish as HE deems fit . . . NOT for a mob of killers under the auspices of Islam or any other religion. Civilisation is somthing Muslims need to work on.

ARTICLE 4

“Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh”, Guan Eng tells police of Perkasa-Umno attacks – written by  Lim Guan Eng – Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:28

Nearly two years ago, the Penang PR state government had set up a Speakers’ Square in Padang Kota Lama to permit not only freedom of speech but also freedom after speech. The Speakers’ Square upholds the spirit of, “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.   The Speakers’ Square is for the public to use to allow them to express themselves freely without threats or fear. For this reason the state government has rarely organised any events in Speakers’ corner.

On 26 February 2012, I arrived at 6.30 pm in Padang Kota Lama to attend a Himpunan Hijau 2.0 event organised by a Penang NGO Suaram to object to the Lynas rare earth processing plant in Kuantan. Before my arrival, Penang Senior EXCO member YB Chow Kon Yeow who was there at 6 pm, had informed me by phone of disruption of the peaceful rally by UMNO and Perkasa members.

YB Chow said that there were 1,000 people against Lynas as compared to 100 UMNO and Perkasa members supporting Lynas. He told me the UMNO and Perkasa members were behaving violently. The UMNO and Perkasa members were violently pushing the anti-Lynas people, forcibly trying to disperse them and force them to leave the field. Fortunately the anti-Lynas people did not retaliate to the UMNO and Perkasa members’ violent behaviour. They just sat down on the field, refusing to leave as ordered by UMNO and Perkasa.

“Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh”

I decided to proceed to the Himpunan Hijau 2.0 event and arrived at 6.30pm in my official car PG1. On arrival I became the target of the UMNO and Perkasa members’ violent behaviour. They used foul language, curse words and racial epithets such as “Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh, babi sokong Lim Guan Eng Ketua Menteri”.

The UMNO and Perkasa members surged forward, pointing their fists at me, again using racist language and threatening words like “you jaga”. If not for the members of public ringing me in protection, I believe they would have attacked me.

This violent conduct does not represent Malay culture or Malaysian spirit. I do not understand why they are so worked up in supporting Lynas which is an Australian company. They have a right to support Lynas but these UMNO and Perkasa members cannot prevent others from opposing Lynas.

Speech disrupted

I then went up to the stage to deliver my speech with YB Chow by my side. My speech against Lynas was repeatedly disrupted by the UMNO and Perkasa members who stood less than a meter from me.

In my speech I had stressed that the opposition to the Lynas plant is not a racial but an environmental issue affecting all regardless of race or religion. The processing of rare earth has radioactive negative effects. How serious these effects are can be seen by the fact that Lynas cannot even get approval from its own Australian government to build the plant in Australia. If Lynas plant explodes, then everyone will suffer – the Chinese will suffer, the Malays will suffer, the Indians will suffer, the Kadazans will suffer, the Ibans will suffer. We must not choose money over our health.

Journalist hurt trying to protect me

After my speech I went down the stage to greet the anti-Lynas people. There was a lot of pushing and shoving, the same abusive language and racial slurs as well as violent threats against me with fists pointed at me by the Perkasa and UMNO members. I did not witness the violent attacks by UMNO and Perkasa members on the two Kwong Wah Jit Poh journalists, Chew Seng Tung and Lee Hong Chun.

However I am grateful to Chew who was violently attacked by the UMNO and Perkasa members for preventing the UMNO members from attacking me. Chew had 8 stitches on his injured finger whilst Lee had a bruise on his head. I believe that there are more who were hit by the UMNO and Perkasa members.

This is not the first time that reporters have been injured by violent UMNO and Perkasa members. In an illegal demonstration in July last year, two reporters were injured in a demonstration attended by UMNO Senator Ezam Mohd Nor. To date no action has been taken by the police against those who assaulted the two reporters.

Hit and spit at my car

The UMNO and Perkasa members continued their violent behaviour towards me coming as close as 1 meter when I went to my car. Even after getting into my official car, they continued to hit my car, spit on it and refused to let my car leave. The anti-Lynas crowd showed restraint and did not retaliate against the UMNO and Perkasa violent behaviour.

Seeing their violent behaviour, I felt threatened by UMNO and Perkasa members nearly 2 days after the event. I am shocked that BN, especially Penang UMNO and Gerakan (Dato Musa Sheikh Fadzir and Dato Seri Teng Hock Nan) continues to support the violent behaviour of UMNO and Perkasa members towards the Kwong Jit Poh reporters and the anti-Lynas public. Instead of a public apology by BN for their UMNO and Perkasa’s violent behaviour, both of them try to blame me.

Yet Umno and Gerakan condone such violence

Clearly the injuries suffered by the reporters are not enough for UMNO and Gerakan to differentiate who are the criminals and who are the victims. I believe that these irresponsible comments by UMNO and Gerakan leaders are intended to justify the inexcusable violent behaviour of UMNO and Perkasa members.

When UMNO and Gerakan do not even condemn violent attacks by UMNO and Perkasa members on reporters covering the event, my personal safety is not guaranteed. Just like the two reporters, if I am violently attacked by UMNO and Perkasa members, I will always be wrong and instead the UMNO and Perkasa attackers will be the victims.

For my personal safety, I hereby lodge a police report against violent threats by UMNO and Perkasa members. Should anything happen to me, UMNO and Perkasa have to bear full responsibility. It is up to the police to show that they can perform their duties without fear of favour by acting not only against the UMNO and Perkasa members who assaulted the two reporters but also those who threatened me.

LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER

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Tsk, tsk, tsk. The Malays who actually go ‘Cina babi, cina bodoh.’ like that, are those who are benefiting from the Apartheid of Bumiputra or are in the position to get special privileges. They do not represent your lower and most of the middle echelon Malays or even Malay civil servants. Finally you don’t know how uneducated it sounds to everyone else when these sorts go ‘Cina babi, cina bodoh’. It’s worse than the mentality of playground kids from the less educated families.

“I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. TRY THIS ONE  below :

“I may disagree with HOW you LIVE but I will defend to the death your right to LIVE it”.

See the 3 items below?

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.

See the 13 point plan below?

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322

Practice what you preach. Nepotism and limitless terms are wrong and undemocratic. Tearing peoples’ awnings down or demanding private property owners ‘report to’ the local council is not – ‘ . . . defending to the death your right to LIVE it”. ‘

Heck it is not even the property of those who are making demands, so what does that feel like? Gangster protection rackets, courtesy of DAP – ‘ . . . didn’t pay protection (council fees) to we the DAP, so we will tear down your awning / private staircase / business stall, take away your gas tank / sue your journalist / confiscate squatter traders’ fruits, cheapo sunglasses or crappy ‘cincin batu’ set in tin alloy, or bottled and canned drinks? . . .

Amend those laws if you love the Rakyat, not threaten to storm into their houses and destroy what they built, take away their source of livilihood. Any 3rd Force MP wannbes ready to amend the above abusive laws?

This article ends with  (conspicuously in all caps) :

LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER

Ahem, **WE KNOW** LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. SO USE A LARGER FONT ON TOP OF THE CAPS WHEN SAYING LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. DON’T MISS THE Y.M. IN FRONT OF THE PARACHUTE NAME WHY DON’T YOU?

Mediocrity and now, Idiocracy . . .

Secretary of State : “I’m secretary of state. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”

Joe: “Why do you keep saying that?”

Secretary of State: “‘Cause they pay me every time I do. It’s a really good way of making money. You’re so smart, why don’t you know that?”

Some of us do what we do because we bother about the oppressiveness of the system and level of mob mindedness around us. Got the message Mr.Term Limitless Parachute YM Carl?

Lim Jr. IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. Brought to you by Malaysia Chronicle. This makes democracy poorer.


 

ARTICLE 5

Penang Declaration: Annual Tripartite Consultative Meeting 2011 – posted by Web Administrator – Monday, 27 February 2012 04:07pm

PENANG DECLARATION

Whereas we, the President of the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak, the President of the Sabah Law Association and the Chairman of the Bar Council,

Having convened in Penang on 16 September 2011 for the Annual Tripartite Consultative Meeting 2011,

Welcoming this annual opportunity to convene to confer on issues of mutual interest and concern,

Taking cognisance of the critical role that the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak, the Sabah Law Association and the Bar Council play, individually and collectively, in upholding the Rule of Law and the cause of justice, promoting human rights and defending the principles of democracy, in order to bring about a just and equitable society that is built on equality and free from discrimination,

Reaffirming our commitment to these objectives and resolving to strengthen our efforts towards the realisation of these goals,

Solemnly adopt the Penang Declaration, as follows:

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If Bumiputra Apartheid and Article 1 of the UNHCR is not mentioned during this ‘declaration’, in the context of the below 3 items :

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

; then if the above 3 items are not mentioned, Bar Council has confirmed itself to be a tool of the apartheid accepting regime (along with BN coalition lapdogs) and the meeting was but a farce.

5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : Chinatown Under Pakatan’s Political Strongarming, Cynical Retirement of a would be champion of Gaming-Gambling other than 4D, Debunking NEP by Potential Tacit Approver of Apartheid, Apologism for Nepotism (longshot guessing here), How Proton (car manufacturer) Fails – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 26th February 2012

In Abuse of Power, amendments to law needed, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, checks and balances, Eminent Domain, Land Acquisition Act in Malaysia, Malaysia, Media Neutrality, media traps, media tricks, Nepotism, oligarchy, opaque system, political correctness, politics, social freedoms, spirit of the law, vested interest, Wealth distribution, word of the law on February 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

ARTICLE 1

Month-end deadline for unhappy Chinatown traders – UPDATED @ 04:02:38 PM 24-02-2012 – by Clara Chooi – February 24, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Traders along the iconic Jalan Sultan here will have their properties acquired by next week if they persist in rejecting MRT Corporation’s proposal to strike a mutual agreement.

Under the mutual agreement, mooted by MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid (picture), the traders would continue to hold their property rights but would be required to vacate their premises for a six-month period to facilitate tunnelling work for the underground portion of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.

But without their consent to the agreement, said Azhar, MRT Corp would have no choice but to allow the government to proceed with the compulsory land acquisition process under section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act.

Speaking at a press conference today, he expressed disappointment that despite MRT Corp’s efforts to engage with all stakeholders in the area, the owners of two properties on the famous Chinatown street have continued to reject their offer.

“Now, we have no choice but to allow the (land acquisition) process to proceed.

“The feedback that we are getting is that it is just these two (property owners) who keep insisting on a realignment of the MRT…  we are talking to the lawyers of the rest, the rest understand the situation,” he said.

Today’s press conference was organised to clear confusion over concerns raised repeatedly by traders that their properties would be acquired despite MRT Corp’s mutual agreement proposal.

Azhar said the traders were spooked by letters from the Land and Mines Office regarding the compulsory acquisition process, fuelling fear that MRT Corp would renege on its promises.

“They are saying now that its a credibility issue. But it is not… these are two different processes,” he said, referring to the government’s land acquisition process and MRT Corp’s mutual agreement proposal.

Azhar explained that the government office was just following standard procedures and gave his assurance that once the traders consented to the mutual agreements, this would override the compulsory acquisition process.

“So the faster we can mutually agree, then we can tell the government — can you please withdraw this and stop sending letters to the traders,” he said.

Azhar noted however that he was running out time for the negotiation as the MRT project must be delivered by July 2017.

He said the mutual agreement proposed was a “winnable formula” for the traders as it would not only ensure they keep their property rights but would also see them fully compensated for any loss of income during the six-month period they are required to vacate their premises.

Azhar also gave his assurance that the period would not coincide with the Chinese New Year celebrations, noting that this was considered a peak period for businesses in Chinatown.

He went a step further by offering to help traders gazette the area as a heritage site.

“I’d be sincerely glad to help,” he said.

The Malaysian Insider reported in December that landowners in Imbi had agreed to surrender a portion of their underground land rights to MRT Corp for tunnelling work.

The agreement appeared to be a coup for Azhar, who is under pressure to resolve ongoing land acquisition issues which he has warned may delay the completion of the MRT by up to six months.

The dispute began soon after landowners in Chinatown, Imbi and Bukit Bintang were informed in mid-2011 that the government would acquire all lots lying above the MRT tunnel as owners’ rights extend to the centre of the earth under the law.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive Mohd Nur Kamal said landowners could then apply for stratum titles but added there was no guarantee Putrajaya would re-alienate the surface land back to them.

Critics have questioned the need for compulsory acquisition of both surface and underground land as the National Land Code 1965 was amended in 1990 to allow underground land to be acquired without affecting surface rights.

Unhappy landowners have mounted a high-profile campaign marked by numerous protests, signature drives and accusations that Putrajaya was conducting a “land grab” in order to defray project costs.

The multibillion ringgit MRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

The SBK line will cover a distance of 51km, of which 9.5km — including seven of the 31 stations — will be underground.

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Alright citizens time to vote ONLY for MPs that will ABOLISH section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act. The **MPs** and in fact MRT companies have instead given themselves their own deadline and unsuitability to deserve any MRT project here on. Spread the word and identify the MPs and Assemblymen who will not vote AGAINST abolition of section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act. All MPs and assemblymen not with the Rakyat to remove Eminent Domain powers under this Land Acquisition Act will be targeted for removal by GE13 – especially in Selangor. Let Selangor become an independent candidate run state instead of BN or PR which are both abusing the power the citizens gave them. Where is the Bar Council in all this? Selective cause taking again? Don’t ‘attack’ Gua Musang for destroying the Temiar Tribes lands under BN but ignore Pakatan Rakyat’s persecution of city folk. The Bar Council should be 3rd Force style NEUTRAL and protect ALL citizens. The Law is under Bar Council’s responsibility  to some degree, see the situation here? Stop being partisan if thats what you guys are doing, very unprofessional.

The action to identify and throw out MPs and Assemblymen who refuse to support abolition of the law from the Dewan will begin a new page in Malaysia’s history. MPs who refuse to cooperate with the voters and instead choose to oppress them with otherwise amendable laws are UNVOTABLE. Pakatan Rakyat is at the helm of this abuse and are using the mandate the voters have given them (much like PM Najib has not used his mandate to END APARTHEID). And BN’s pro-apartheid party or lapdogs are no more votable either. Next the voters can identify which MPs and Assemblymen do not support lowering of the election deposits from RM$15,000 to RM$15.00 next so that any and everyone as if democratically correct INSTEAD of just the rich can run for election.

It is best that the voters run for candidacy as independents to remove such laws including apartheid laws or join 3rd Force political parties like :

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.

BN                       Racist, Nepotistic, Corrupt
PR                       Nepotistic, Corrupt (also abusing Land Acquisition Act powers now . . .)
3rd Force        Corrupt only? Or potentially flawless.
Independent  Any single or combination of the above.

ARTICLE 2

Vincent Tan retires from Berjaya Corp – Written by Max Koh – Friday, 24 February 2012 11:49

KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya group founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan, one of Malaysia’s best known tycoons, has announced his retirement as chairman of Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp).

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, BCorp said Tan had decided to retire from an active corporate role to focus on social and charitable activities.

He had earlier handed over the CEO position to his son, Datuk Robin Tan, in January last year. Robin will hold the chairman’s post until the board finds a suitable candidate.

“My giving up of the chairmanship and active day-to-day involvement with the Berjaya group’s business will allow me to devote more of my time and energies to promoting more charitable and social programmes and initiatives,” said Tan, who turned 60 yesterday.

However, he noted that he would still be available to the management for consultation and advice. “I want to assure … that I am, and will remain, the controlling shareholder of BCorp and my commitment to the group, both financially and otherwise, is and will always be 100%,” he emphasised.

Tan is the founder and major shareholder of BCorp, which through various listed and unlisted companies, has businesses in property investment, gaming, direct selling, restaurant franchise, and retail.

Born in Batu Pahat in 1952, Tan’s journey to a tycoon is a classic rags-to-riches tale. Tan left school at the age of 16 and began his career as a bank clerk. He also sold insurance in the evenings, which later landed him a job as an agency supervisor for American International Assurance (AIA) at the ripe age of 21.

In a surprise move, self-made tycoon Tan is giving up the chairmanship of Berjaya Corp to devote hi energies to social and charitable works.

In the 1970s, Tan decided to start his own business and set up an insurance company via a joint venture with Tokyo Marine & Fire Insurance. However, his big break would come later when he secured the McDonald’s franchise for Malaysia in 1980.

He established Berjaya Group in 1984 when he acquired a major controlling stake in Berjaya Industrial Bhd from its founders, Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd and National Iron & Steel Mills.

In 1985, he secured a 70% stake in gaming outfit, Sports Toto, after it was privatised by then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Sports Toto was established in 1969 and was aimed at raising funds to develop sports, youth and cultural activities.

Sports Toto’s privatisation was highly criticised as it was done without an open tender and some had questioned Tan’s close relationship with Mahathir.

According to Lim Kit Siang in his Dewan Rakyat speech in 1987, Sports Toto made RM8 million in six months before it was privatised in June 1985. Tan bought the remaining stake in Sports Toto in 1992 and the company was renamed Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd a year later.

At the same time, Tan and Berjaya acquired a number of Malaysian real estate and leisure businesses, including a stake in the Bukit Tinggi Resort complex.

He expanded his Berjaya empire to include businesses in healthcare and beauty products, direct selling, properties, manufacturing and more food franchises.

In 1993, Tan acquired Cosway Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a leading direct selling marketing company in Malaysia. The company was injected into Berjaya Singer Bhd, which was later renamed Cosway Corp Bhd.

Tan bought personal care manufacturers Unza Malaysia and Manufacturing Services Sdn Bhd (MSSB) and parked them under Cosway. He expanded Cosway’s manufacturing business by acquiring refrigeration and air-conditioning manufacturer Dunham-Bush Malaysia.

Tan expanded his food and beverage (F&B) empire via BCorp when he acquired the Kenny Rogers Roasters franchise for Malaysia in 1994. Tan later acquired the master franchise holder from US-based Nathan’s Famous Inc in 2008.

Kenny Rogers Roasters currently forms the backbone of Berjaya Food Bhd, the group’s F&B arm, which debuted in 2011.

Tan expanded the F&B business by securing the franchise licence for Starbucks Coffee in 1998, Wendy’s restaurants in 2007, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts restaurants and Papa John’s Pizza restaurants in 2008.

BCorp also obtained the rights to operate 7-Eleven convenience stores and to sub-franchise them in Malaysia and Brunei. The brand is currently parked under Berjaya Retail Bhd, alongside the Singer brand of home appliances.

Berjaya Retail was listed in 2010 but privatised by Tan barely seven months after listing.

As for the property development and investment business, BCorp has undertaken various projects in Vietnam, China, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, and operates and or owns over 15 four- and five-star hotels worldwide.

Tan also owns The Sun newspaper via Berjaya Media Bhd.

He was instrumental in setting up mobile communications in Malaysia. In 1995, he partnered Norwegian telco Telenor to set up Mutiara Swisscom (now known as DiGi.Com Bhd), the first in the country to offer a fully digital phone service.

He divested his 33% stake in DiGi and re-entered the mobile space when he launched U Mobile Sdn Bhd in 2008.

More recently, Tan grew his net worth when he bought social network Friendster in 2009 via MOL Global Pte Ltd for US$39.5 million (RM119.3 million). He later traded Friendster’s technology patent for 700,00 shares in Facebook.

His stake in Facebook has grown to 3.5 million shares following a five-for-one share split. Based on a post-IPO price of US$40 per share, Tan’s stake in Facebook is estimated to be worth US$140 million.

Tan was ranked Malaysia’s 9th richest billionaire in 2011 with a net worth of US$1.25 billion. This article appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, February 24, 2012.

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When Vincent Tan made a charity, the proceeds were to go to Vincent Tan’s own company and entirely Vincent Tan’s to dispose. When hVincent gave up the chairmanship, Vincent’s son took over the seating. Can you spell 3rd world? There is not a shred of corporate ethics at play here, but when people like Donald Trump in the 1st world are also practising nepotism rather than true corporate culture in business, could we expect any better from the 3rd world? In business this is somewhat ‘backwards’, but in politics especially nepotism becomes intolerable and shamelessly dictatorlike.

Vincent Tan should have stayed in power and fought for gaming options other than 4D in the thousands of gaming outlets on every street in Malaysia. 4D is dull, how about mahjong and roulette, jackpots, cards and dice or what not? Grd floor = low stakes games (spilling out into the street), 2nd flr = mid stakes games, top floor = high stakes games . . . but just 4D alone?!? DULL. Drab.

A political retreat if anything, even though so much moolah was given to you know which political party, you’d think Vincent Tan would have the guts to demand the above HUMAN RIGHTS so people can have a more interesting gaming selection – well the cybercafes will take up where Vincent Tan dares not, until 3rd Force comes to power and grants the licensing . . .

http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/7738788.html

ARTICLE 3

NEP was not designed to create Malay capitalists, says Ku Li – by Leslie Lau (Executive Editor) – February 24, 2012

Tengku Razaleigh said New Economic Policy was intended for all Malaysians, and not just for the Malays or Bumiputeras. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — The New Economic Policy (NEP) was never meant to create an incubated class of Malay capitalists, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the former Umno finance minister and veteran party leader, said today.

He also appeared to take a swipe at Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when he said “we have a leader who openly transgresses” the 1 Malaysia policy by declaring himself Malay first.

Tengku Razaleigh, or popularly known as Ku Li, made the remarks in his speech entitled “A Plea For Unity” at a “Breakfast Meeting” forum organised by Paddy Schubert Sdn Bhd this morning.

His speech appeared in part to be a warning to the Najib administration against emulating his old political rival Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s policies.

Ku Li is known to be one of the greatest critics of the NEP and Dr Mahathir’s handling of the policy.

Last week, Tengku Razaleigh charged that years of political patronage and the long-standing system of co-dependency between business and politics arising from the Mahathir era had led to neglect of the people’s “real socio-economic problems”.

The outspoken veteran Umno leader said that economic policies of the past, which kicked off from the 1980s onwards, had also widened inequality in Malaysia and would worsen if the present administration does not move to separate business from politics.

In his speech this morning, he stuck to the same theme.

“The New Economic Policy, which was conceived in 1971 not long after the Tunku had retired as prime minister, was primarily created to address poverty, and to raise the level of Malay participation in the economy. It was intended for all Malaysians, and not just for the Malays or Bumiputeras.

“As a former finance minister, let me emphasise that it was never the intention of the NEP to create an incubated class of Malay capitalists,” Tengku Razaleigh.

In recent weeks, Dr Mahathir’s policies have been the subject of scrutiny, after the Najib administration decided to settle out of court the debt owed by former Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) chief Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli.

The settlement sum was undisclosed, prompting intense public criticism and attacks from the opposition over the right of taxpayers to know how much of public funds had been recovered.

Tajudin, 65, had served as the airline’s executive chairman from 1994 to 2001 and was a poster boy of former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin’s now-discredited policy of nurturing a class of Malay corporate captains on government largesse during the Mahathir administration.

In his speech this morning, Ku Li also pointed out that the NEP had become a major source of disunity.

“If we visit government departments or universities, we wonder where all the non-Malays have gone. After 1969, suddenly there was this attempt to recruit mostly Malays into the civil service.

“It is tragic that the civil service does not reflect the racial composition of the Malaysian population, as the predominant presence of only one race tends to engender a sub-culture that is antithetical to the evolution of a dynamic and efficient civil administration in the country.”

While he did not name Muhyiddin, Tengku Razaleigh appeared to single out the deputy prime minister for symbolising a disdain for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia doctrine.

“We have an official document that explains the 1 Malaysia concept as a nation where every Malaysian perceives himself as Malaysian first, and by race second.

“However, we have a leader who openly transgresses his own official policy by declaring that he is ‘Malay first’ and ‘Malaysian second’.”

Ku Li pointed out that the statement was a severe blow not just to the concept of 1 Malaysia, but also a nullification of Jiwa Malaysia or the National Spirit that Tunku was trying hard to inculcate.

The veteran politician, who once challenged Dr Mahathir for the presidency of Umno but lost narrowly, said many people now did not feel as though they were fully Malaysian.

“It is strange that after 55 years of freedom, we have not learnt the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.

“The country’s source of strength is unity, and this source of strength has been slowly whittled away over the years. We have become a nation of strangers, as evidenced in the fields of politics, the economy, education and the civil service.”

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“However, we have a leader who openly transgresses his own official policy by declaring that he is ‘Malay first’ and ‘Malaysian second’.” HOW ABOUT (as well) “However, we have leaders who openly transgress this official policy by not mentioning the RACE BASED laws and constitutional articles affecting Malaysians differently. It bothers me very much that no politician has responded on ending APARTHEID.

ARTICLE 4

Freedom of expression should not be like that — Lim Mun Fah – February 25, 2012

FEB 25 — The rise of the Internet has given birth to social network mobs, which has become a worrying phenomenon.

How should we define a social network mob?

An article described: “Social network mobs are ‘knowledgeable’, but lack wisdom; they have ‘extremely high’ moral standards, but lack tolerance; they have ‘insight’ to see the truth, but do not recognise themselves; they are excellent in writing, but keep attacking with lingual violence; they are greatly united, but the purpose is to kill targeted strangers; they always wave the stick of law, but convict others without evidence; they turn themselves into heroes and warriors and keep telling stories of justice, but deeply hostile to all who are not categorised as friends.”

The article actually describes the situation in China. However, it is applicable to the situation in Malaysia, too!

These days, almost every issue is followed by various remarks posted online, attracting the participation of tens of thousands of netizens. From a positive point of view, it is a kind of concern and public power forming a kind of pressure. When a major issue is rationally questioned, responded and discussed, it can lead to a positive interactive culture and through such a way of communication, deeper problems would be discussed and studied, before a better solution is sought.

Unfortunately, many Internet users are actually repeating others’ ideas. They shout angrily, call names, slander, spread rumours and gain pleasure on stirring up trouble.

There are indeed many injustices in society, but are getting angry at everything, cursing till the end, humiliating, slandering and even involving those who are innocent the practice of fairness and justice in the pursuit of democracy? Are these netizens really rational and wise enough to face a democratic era?

The Internet should not become a space where only the paranoid can survive. Freedom of expression should not be like that. It allows you to criticise, but not unscrupulously insult and harm other people. The purpose of freedom of expression is to expel fear and restore truth, instead of creating more lies.

In the online world, we expect to see free airing of views rather than murders with unanimous, vicious and cruel remarks. It is horrible when you keep silent, they say that you have tacitly admitted your fault; when you fight back, they accuse you of blindly protecting your employer; and when you try to reason with them, they call you traitor. They turn the online world into a bloody pandemonium, causing others only to watch but not participate.

However, I still believe that the silent majority is rational. I sincerely hope that more rational Internet users will step forward and let public opinion move closer to the truth, while leading the use of Internet towards a more healthy and positive track and growth! — mysinchew.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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In the event the article somehow addresses moi, if not then ignore this response.

Lim Min said, “Freedom of expression should not be like that. It allows you to criticise, but not unscrupulously insult and harm other people. The purpose of freedom of expression is to expel fear and restore truth, instead of creating more lies.”

Ending extreme plutocracy, apartheid and nepotism, obviously glaring WRONGS is not paranoia or insulting and harming obviously millions worth and now greedy for power type people? Politics is for Joe Public grassroots. Unfortunately, many Internet users are actually repeating others’ ideas. Some also adopt to aid in identififcation of extreme plutocracy, apartheid and nepotism. Is that unfortunate? Expelling fear and restoring truth is done by ending extreme plutocracy, apartheid and nepotism. So probably this Lim Mun writer is not part of the social network mob, though this writer could be part of another more insidious mob, the party bodek mob IF addressing moi of course. Are you addresssing as considered Lim Mun?

Let’s hope Lim Mun’s not a mob minded false flag ‘supporter of ‘Freedom of expression”, that wants to keep oligarchies in power Lim Mun. However, Lim Mun still believes that the silent majority is rational. So we we all keep silent while oligarchs and nepotists run wild and destroy democracy with their family blocs, that makes us rational? I think sincere hopes that more rational Internet users will step forward and let public opinion move closer to the truth, while leading the use of Internet towards a more healthy and positive track and growth will not be in the form of potential mob-minded propaganda as posted here by Lim Mun!

But we do know about Malaysian Insider and other media portals’ refusal to allow discussions or comment posts, so I’ll just leave it to the reader to decide who’s mob minded eh? How How should we define a social network mob? Well there MIGHT be one whom I just MIGHT have responded to . . . Democracy should not be like that (full of nepotists).

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Dr M blames politics, under-declared imports for Proton’s malaise – by Shannon Teoh – February 24, 2012

Dr Mahathir described Proton’s past profitability as unusual among car companies. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today blamed Proton’s diving fortunes on political interference and car importers dodging import duties, a practice he says has “pushed Proton out of the market.”

The former prime minister, who launched the national carmaker in 1983, told Bloomberg TV in an interview today “there is nothing wrong with Proton but bad management has caused it to come down.”

“We have made money before but there was meddling by politicians and that’s why we failed. The CEO was making a lot of profits for the company but was dismissed to put some favourites there,” the Proton advisor said, in apparent reference to Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

Dr Mahathir had said early this month that Proton, which held a 60 per cent market share in 2002, had accumulated cash reserves of over RM4 billion under Tengku Mahaleel’s watch, allowing it to build its mammoth 150,000-unit capacity Tanjung Malim plant.

But Tengku Mahaleel left Proton in September 2005, with the carmaker’s board saying his contract was not renewed after more than nine years with the company.

This came after his criticism of the approved permit (AP) system to import vehicles, which he said was pushing Malaysia towards being an automobile assembly hub instead of having an automotive manufacturing industry.

It was reported early this month, however, that Tengku Mahaleel could return as chairman and replace Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, following DRB-HICOM’s takeover of Proton through its RM1.3 billion purchase of state investment arm Khazanah Nasional’s 42.7 per cent stake in January.

“There were times Proton was doing so well and making so much money it was able to build a huge facility costing RM1.8 billion through internally generated funds.

“Not borrowing or government money. It is unusual for any car company to generate such funds internally for expansion,” Dr Mahathir said in this evening’s interview.

He also said “the import of foreign-made cars that are under-declared” resulted in these makes being “able to push Proton out of the market.”

Proton now holds less than 30 per cent of the car market, despite tariff protections enforced by the government.

Dr Mahathir also insisted he has no regrets about launching Proton, stating that “it was the right way to approach engineering… the most important area for country which has aspirations to become developed.”

“A national car is not a need. We can buy cheaper if we just import. But the car or automotive industry generates a lot of engineering skills and can give birth to a lot of other services and manufacturing of components… that can go into cars and other things as well.”

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Proton sold cars at 15,000 or less when it started. The same car’s price has near tripled even though it is local. Foreign cars almost cost the same and are selling at 300% costlier than other nations in ASEAN. Guess why GREEDY Proton is a failure? This is to no small measure due to the APARTHEID (for minorities boycotting) and various grievances against cronyism (for Malays boycotting) in Proton Malaysia that as well. It is not just the car manufacturers here, Vietnam and North Korea were 30 years behind Malaysia at independence, Malaysia is now 30 years behind most of ASEAN now due to apartheid and will worsen until Malaysians have . . .

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.

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Now the French say holidaymakers have to carry a breathalyser kit in their car – By John Stevens Last updated at 9:39 AM on 21st February 2012

Fine for drivers who fail to carry the £2 kit
Rules in France already force drivers to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest
Critics brand latest measure a cash cow to make money out of foreign drivers

They have penalised British drivers for not carrying a warning triangle or a fluorescent safety vest.

Now French police have another weapon to wield against holidaymakers – a law insisting all motorists have a breathalyser kit in their cars.

The gadgets, designed so that drivers can test themselves to ensure they are under drink-drive limits, are the latest addition to a list of rules for driving on the other side of the Channel.

Bon voyage: Motorists travelling to France after July will be legally required to carry a breathalyser kit in the car

The measure, which will come into force in July, will apply to anyone travelling through France by car.

Critics however have cast doubt on the accuracy of the kits in being able to tell if a driver is over the limit. Others said it was simply another attempt to make money out of foreign drivers.

Motorists found with between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood can be fined 135 euros (£112) and lose six out of 12 points on their driving licence. Above that, a driver risks a fine of 4,500 euros (£3,744), losing their licence and being sent to prison for up to two years.

The French drink-driving limit of 50mg is much lower than in the UK where the limit is 80mg.
What you need to drive in France

Motorists are being urged to carry at least two of the single-use breathalysers so that if they have checked themselves with one they can still show police they have a ready-to-use kit if stopped.

Police, however, will use their own breathalysers to carry out any roadside test.

Those drivers caught without a kit will face a fine of 11 euros (£9) but the French have said there will be a period of grace till November before police start issuing the penalties.

The breathalyser kits cost between around £1 and £2 and will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings to France, but motoring groups have warned that many drivers will still forget to pack them in their car.

Andrew Howard, the AA’s head of road safety, explained that it takes time for alcohol to be absorbed into the blood, so early readings could be misleading.

He said: ‘After you have had your last swig of alcohol, your reading will continue to rise for the next 40 minutes because it takes time for alcohol to go down into your stomach and be taken into the bloodstream.’

He added: ‘Driving requirements in France are now quite complicated and the list of things you need to take is beginning to be quite a substantial extra charge to a holiday.’

Keith Peat of the Association of British Drivers said: ‘Some people will take the chance and not buy them, but many will simply not know about this latest requirement or just forget.

‘The whole idea of self-testing sounds like nonsense. It seems like another money spinner for the very profitable road safety industry.’

Police are expected to carry out random checks on drivers crossing into France via Calais to ensure that they understand the latest drink-driving rules.

Anyone driving in France is already required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest to use in an emergency.
The drink-drive limit in France is lower than it is in the UK

The drink-drive limit in France is lower than it is in the UK

Additionally British motorists must display a GB plate and have their headlights adjusted to the right.

But even if drivers have the full list of equipment they can still be caught out by the complexity of the rules.

If a motorist carries the luminous vest in their boot rather than the main section of the car they can still be fined.

Drivers are not obliged to carry a spare set of lights, but if one of their bulbs goes and they do not have a replacement ready they can be fined.

A fire extinguisher and first aid kit could also be required in the case of an emergency so not to fall foul of a law about assisting in the event of an accident.

Last month, the French introduced a new law banning satellite navigation systems that show the location of speed cameras.

Those caught can be fined 1,500 euros even if the device is not in use.

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As someone who has not consumed alcohol for the last 30 years, I hope the machines are accurate. I don’t mind carrying one but would be extremely worried if I tested positive!!!

– wrinkly reader, devon., 21/2/2012 09:34
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Sail to Ostend/Zeebrugge instead. Avoid France. – Astounded, Cam’s happy land (Formerly Brown’s Looneybin), 21/2/2012 10:29 <<<< /// so you’re advising to change your travel route because of 2 pounds ! The mind boggles …

– to the point, northern Germany, 21/2/2012 09:33
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and we went to war because???

– luke, london, 21/2/2012 09:33
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If I had my way the kits would be fitted to all cars and you would not be able to start the engine until you had given a sample of breath.

– Chris, Newton le Willows, 21/2/2012 09:33
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Yet another pointless piece of plastic junk and unnecessary expence. If you are stupid enough to drink drive, then this piece of junk isnt going to make you stop doing it. And if the French Police have to use their own calibrated equipment then what do any of us need one for? I wonder who manufactures/imports these gadgets? I bet someone in the French government has the exclusive importer contract and is rubbing their hands right now.

– Tammy, Lytham St Annes, 21/2/2012 09:32
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They were quick enough to hand over bottles of wine to tommy when being liberated…..

– david, england, 21/2/2012 09:31
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Sail to Ostend/Zeebrugge instead. Avoid France.

– Astounded, Cam’s happy land (Formerly Brown’s Looneybin), 21/2/2012 09:29
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Alan Hammond, Egham: “Going by the latest crash IN FRANCE I thInk THEY should PUT THEIR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER FIRST before telling other people what to do.– This is typical of THEM ALL mouth and trousers” – Eh? It was a British driver.

– David Bourke, Rochester, Kent, 21/2/2012 09:28
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Good ideas – lets do it here.

– Mikey, Ipswich, UK, 21/2/2012 09:28
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David 08,31 I asked a driving instructor about use of roundabouts in Spain. They are taught to ALWAYS drive in the outside lane no matter which exit they intend to use. This often results in UK drivers having accidents and they are usually at fault. Forgot to say, the inside lane is for…… wait for it ….OVERTAKING !!

– james, puerto del rosario, canary islands, 21/2/2012 09:27

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Collusion between French government and the supplier of these items, which obviously has kickbacks somewhere down the line. There is NO SUCH REQUIREMENT in the UNHCR that allows ANY government to fine or chareg anyone for not carrying such a device on them. This ‘requirement’ is ILLEGAL, shows profiteering by collusion, and needs to be challenged by the French Bar Council and all officials involved scrutinized for potential involvement corrupt government purchases kickbacks culture.

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How long is (the paperwork for) a piece of string? Killjoy councils demand Jubilee parties have £5m in insurance liability and are on call 24/7… if they hang up bunting – by Andrew Levy – Last updated at 12:09 AM on 22nd February 2012

Councils across Britain force Jubilee party organisers into costly, expensive structural surveys
The bunting must have liability insurance of £5m – and in some cases, £10m
Some councils demand someone is on call 24/7 in case of problems
Organisers say they are ‘dragged through the mire’ and begin to lose the ‘spirit of the event’

For most people celebrating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee 35 years ago, there was only one rule – enjoy yourself.

Today, it’s a different story, according to a mayor planning a series of parties for this year’s Diamond Jubilee.

Robert Needham, who also organised events in 1977, has claimed that a ‘mire of health and safety’ has  prevented him from putting up bunting – that is, until he has completed a survey to ensure the flags are ‘structurally safe’.

However, he is not alone. Most councils demand that organisers – usually community-minded volunteers – take out liability insurance of £5m or even £10m and have someone on call 24 hours a day.
How long (is the paperwork) for a piece of string? The traditional bunting has become a nightmare for Jubilee organisers

How long (is the paperwork) for a piece of string? The traditional bunting has become a nightmare for organisers

Mr Needham, 70, mayor of Wivenhoe, Essex, said: ‘I remember organising a street party in 1977 and  back then you just got on and did it – there were no restrictions.

‘Then, by the time of the Golden Jubilee, I was involved with another street party and we had to get a street closure order, complete a risk assessment and get public liability insurance in place.

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‘That was after 25 years of so-called progress, so I guess I should not be surprised at what we are faced with  for the Diamond Jubilee.

‘We just took it for granted that we would be okay putting up bunting and didn’t give it any thought.

‘It is extra work we can do without. There is a lot of jumping through hoops that we will have to do in order to get the event to go ahead.
A dark – and mundane – danger awaits: Wivenhoe is a picturesque town, and could look better with bunting, but only if the inherent danger can be overcome

A dark – and mundane – danger awaits: Wivenhoe is a picturesque town, and could look better with bunting, but only if the inherent danger can be overcome

‘Applying to put up cloth and  plastic bunting seems to me  something we can well do without.

‘It’s very disappointing and does rather dampen the spirit of  the event.’
Despite the deadly potential of Union flag bunting, it can sometimes be displayed, such as in Regent Street, London for Royal Wedding celebrations

Despite the deadly potential of Union flag bunting, it can sometimes be displayed, such as in Regent Street, London for Royal Wedding celebrations

Wivenhoe Town Council learned of the health and safety rules when it announced plans to hang the red, white and blue plastic flags along streets and in a playing field between May 26 and June 5.

However, killjoys from Essex County Council insisted assessments would have to be carried out first to make sure telegraph poles and fences were strong enough to support the weight of the paper-thin bunting.

Mr Needham said the celebrations would go ahead with or without the decorations.

A spokesman for Essex Council said that all district, borough, town and parish councils needed to apply for permission to put bunting or other decorations in public areas.

Officers will then assess if the locations are ‘structurally safe in terms of positioning and weight’.

Tracey Chapman, county councillor responsible for highways, said: ‘We are looking forward to supporting local events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and would welcome decorations in the county to mark the occasion.

‘But the county council also has a duty to maintain public safety and must ensure decorations are health and safety compliant first.

‘The county council intends to make it as easy as possible for residents to celebrate this momentous event and will be issuing guidance to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions.’
PAPERWORK, INSURANCE, AND A 24/7 CONTACT

Dorset County Council:

‘…A number of conditions must be fulfilled and this includes a requirement for £5million public liability insurance, proof of which will be required with the application…’

Denbigshire County Council:

‘…Public liability insurance to the value of £5million is required. This can be covered by the contractor carrying out the work…’

Surrey County Council:

A request must be accompanied by the following essential information:

Proposed location of bunting
Date of installation and date of complete removal
Certified copy of current certificate of public liability insurance for £5 million
Description of type of bunting to be used
The contact details of the applicant, i.e. their fixed and mobile telephone numbers, e-mail address and postal address, so that they can be contacted 24 hours a day
Method statement for installation, maintenance and removal of bunting
Copy of written consent from the owner(s) of the fixing points to use them (where applicable)
Copy of the current structural adequacy certificate (obtained from owners of the fixing points)

One council that simplified the paperwork

Hampshire County Council:

While Hampshire is one of the councils that does require a £10million public liability insurance, they have also tried to simplify the party planning process:

A spokesman said: ‘Residents planning small scale street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be pleased to hear that Hampshire County Council has made arrangements to ensure they can do so with the minimum of fuss.

‘Provided the street is not a through road and no more than 500 people are attending, the County Council has agreed that the only permission it needs to be asked for is a licence to hang bunting from lamp posts.

‘This is so that there is a nominated organiser who can be relied on to organise the removal of the bunting after the event. People can apply online for a bunting licence to permit the hanging of bunting and flags on or over the highway.’

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber, commented: ‘We have built on the arrangements put in place for last year’s Royal Wedding.

‘I know that many people got into the celebratory spirit to hold street parties with neighbours, friends and relatives and we want to make sure they can do so all over again for the Diamond Jubilee with the minimum of bureaucracy.

‘Even more people may be spurred into organising a party in the street where they live if they know that they can do so without having to deal with a lot of ‘red tape’ and particularly as we are being given the gift of an extra bank holiday.’

 
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Profiteering collusion between insurance companies and the local council. Why do the English vote such people into power??? If the people say that this law is ILLEGAL (all likelihood it is by ethical considerations) then the law is illegal. Ask during Local Council Elections (in fact pose as salesmen for various rubbish/swag items) before you vote for your Councillor their views on such insurance purchases. If they all for this sort of CHEATING, then they AND their associates are unvotable. Certain types of insurances are reasonable provided there is no collusion of there are no casual or friendship contacts to prevent conflict of interest, but a 5 million insurance for bunting?!? Ethics alert! Fire the lot of profiteering parasites!

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Student, 20, arrested for ‘frying hamster in a pan for ‘laughs’ at wild house party’ – by David Baker – Last updated at 12:35 PM on 11th February 2012

Police have arrested a 20-year-old student who is alleged to have cooked a hamster in a frying pan when a raucous house party got out of control.

Officers were called to the flat in York and were left horrified to discover the pet rodent dead in a frying pan in the kitchen.

They had broken up the wild party after calls from neighbours complaining about the noise and it is thought an investigation will now hinge on whether or not the hamster was already dead before it was fried.

Cruel: A student allegedly cooked a pet hamster like this one in a frying pan at a house party in York (file picture)

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that a joint investigation has been launched with the RSPCA over the incident.

A spokesman said ‘A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

‘He has been released on bail while inquiries continue.’

According to the RSPCA someone in the UK dials their 24 hour cruelty line, on average, every 30 seconds.

last year they investigated 159,686 cruelty complaints and secured 2,441 convictions by private prosecution to protect animals against those who break the laws.

Last month, Paul Henry was sentenced to six months in jail after he cooked

Callous: Paul Owen Henry, 45, put a cat in a microwave and killed it

a pet cat to death in a microwave in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

Lincoln Magistrates Court heard how 45-year-old Henry had cooked his friend’s beloved black and white moggy ‘Suzie’ after he was left home alone at his flat.

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The cat’s owner Andrew Parsons, 38, returned from work to find the remains of the 18-month-old cat in the microwave oven and the words ‘Menu fried cat £1.20’ written on the kitchen wall of the flat.

District Judge John Stobart told Henry, that he was passing the maximum sentence the law allowed after describing it as the ‘worse case of animal cruelty’ he could imagine.

He told Henry the cat was killed in ‘the most brutal and sadistic way’ and added, ‘I can’t think of a worse case of animal cruelty.

‘When Andrews Parsons eventually returned home he was to find his TV broken, his light fitting destroyed and the cat dead in the microwave after suffering the most appalling death.

Prosecutions for animal cruelty have been enforced since 2007, when the Animal Welfare Act became law in England.

The Act places a legal obligation on owners and keepers of animals to care for them properly.

Sick: The writing on the wall found at Mr Parsons’ flat, reading ‘Menu Fried Cat £1.20’. Mr Parsons found Suzie’s body in the microwave

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Who’s going to pay for the jail term? Neither the student nor Henry intends to attack people so not need to imprison, at most get an injunction order against touching or handling cats at least. Sentence Henry to work at an Animal Welfare home at most. As this animal was not bred and intended as a food animal, there should be some outcry, but imprisoning does not make sense. At most microwave Henry (abit) to teach Henry about humane culling and send Henry to study a humane culling course for cats (I suggest Korea where a fine fine made from Cat has been the tradition for years). Henry though should learn the difference between food animals and pets. The mental makeup and socialisation of the 2 types of animals is entirely different, food animals probably being heavily drugged and not given oppoerunity to socialise with their own species. As for the hamster case, if humane culling occured, then no issue, but it is doubtful that humane culling is a skill among racuous teens.

 

 

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Fines for spitting? Council pushes for right to fine those caught in the act By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 1:17 AM on 11th February 2012

Action: Enfield Council are hoping to persuade Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to argue with their proposals to fine people for spitting

A council is hoping to become the first area in Britain to ban spitting in public.

Enfield Council in North London has asked Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to approve a bye-law, after huge local support

More than 3,000 residents signed a petition in favour of a ban.

However, just four  people raised objections during a consultation period.

If Mr Pickles gives the thumbs-up, the council aims to have the ban in place within a month.

Council enforcement officers would be empowered to hand out fixed penalty notices – expected to be around £80 – to anyone caught spitting.

Those refusing to pay could face prosecution and a potential fine of up to £5,000.

Although the borough’s CCTV cameras would not be used to detect incidents of spitting, it is thought that film could be brought in evidence in any court cases.

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Enfield councillor Chris Bond, environment member of the council’s cabinet, said: ‘Spitting is a truly disgusting habit and the vast majority of people are in favour of us banning it.

‘It is now up to the Government to decide whether or not we can ban spitting in this borough and I’d urge them to listen to the views of people living here and give us the ability to tackle this foul practice once and for all.’

Watch out: Anyone caught spitting in Enfield could be fined £80 should the proposals be accepted (Posed by models)

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So, no-one posting comments has ever had a bad cough? You’re walking along, cough, bring up a mouthful of green splodge, you don’t have a hankerchief and you can’t see a bin or a drain…what do you do…chew on it for a while? Impossible to enforce…another fat councillor inventing non-jobs to keep your council tax rolling in to his bank account.

– amanda, gloucester, 11/2/2012 10:45
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I though spitting was an offence I can remember signs saying £5 fine

– george, Hitchin, 11/2/2012 10:45
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Can we start with the Great game of football. Some of the players need an IQ test. They may have the cars money and WAGS but they need to be taught some manners.

– Toto Kubwa, Cyprus, 11/2/2012 10:43
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What next fined for breathing.They should fine bankers and politicians for ruining our lives and it should not be £80.

– cyril, bedford, 11/2/2012 10:38
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Not hard to see why it’s become popular watch any football match, some of our players could spit for England !

– Birdseye, Chepstow, 11/2/2012 10:37
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Being old I can remember when this was an offence – a finable offence – just about everywhere. Question is, who decided that this should be dropped? Some trendy maybe. I believe that the offence was a local by-law offence, not an offence against a Parliamentary Act. I suppose we’ll now see arguments over just who is responsible for enforcing this with the police telling us yet again it isn’t their job and that they are too busy doing other things more important. Interesting that there are never published figures showing the number of police actually on duty but in police stations (i.e. an hourly graph) as a comparison of those in the streets dealing or preventing offences.

– Norman Speight, London UK, 11/2/2012 10:34
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To right, on the spot fine or turn up at the police station to pay your fine. I’m thed up with seeing people spitting out there flem onto the pavement of which I walk upon. Some parts of Coventry are bad enough dodging all the dog mess but I have to keep my eyes on the pavement looking out for flem. It’s dirty and can spread all sorts of illness around.

– Paul, Coventry, 11/2/2012 10:34
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“A council is hoping to become the first area in Britain to ban spitting in public.” Spitting in public was illegal before WW II. I remember the notices on lamp posts forbidding it on pain of a £5 fine. More than a weeks wages at that time and there were more police around to enforce it.

– John, Surrey, 11/2/2012 10:34
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How will you get the youth of today to stop spitting when “sports men” set the example by doing it all the time. One of the prominent signs on buses used to be “No spitting” one reason for this was that it was considered to be a source of spreading TB which was rampant in the 40’s and 50’s. We are now faced with even deadlier TB so it now would be a good time to stamp out this filthy habit on the streets and on the play fields, start by fining the big earning football players.

– Bev, Gillingham Dorset, 11/2/2012 10:34
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What next? Farting in public. I don’t like spitting as much as the next person but feel this is going too far. I run long distance and when I do I produce overwhelming amounts of congested rubbish off my chest which is often black (I don’t smoke I live in a city). Do you really expect me to swallow that, or should I carry a spitoon?

– Nan, NY state, 11/2/2012 10:32

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Depends on where the spit actually goes (notwithstanding where it was intended to go – grassy knolls where people are not going to be sitting, drains, or down drain covers should be ignored) and the intention of the spitter or reason for spitting. No need to fine, an option to clean up the mess can be given in lieu of fining. Also a 80 sterling fine is too high. It’s a spit wad, and will not cost 80 sterling to clean up. Equitable remember? How about an 8 sterling fine instead? That is along the lines of 1-2 mins of cleaning work by any workers. In a high volume area in fact, the pedestrian traffic would render the fine meaningless, please use common sense. If someone was fined for farting it’d be similar. In less than a minute nothing would remain, so how could anyone expect to pay for that. You’d have all kinds of people accusing the police of being malicious and making up stories instead.

Word against word, that sort of thing – IF 80 sterling (because 80 sterling is too much) the sheer unfairness factor would doubtless result in challenges to the case and refusal to cooperate. As for 8 sterling, being fairly reasonable, would not meet such resistence because the fairness factor is there. But if they try to cut the civilian throats with cuthroat fines, doubtless the citizen will see fit to retaliate in whatever form, namely simple denials against the offensively high fine for an inconsequential offence. If the police lays a hand on the indignant person about to walk away, assault reports etc.. will result. Society will become less harmonious because a spit wad becomes a reason to fine heavily. Orwellian England strikes again!

 

 

ARTICLE 3

Dwarf left disabled after he was picked up and thrown to the ground blames England rugby team’s World Cup antics for copycat attack – by Emma Reynolds – Last updated at 3:29 PM on 16th January 2012

Career-ending: Martin Henderson was celebrating his birthday at a pub when he was picked up and dropped

A dwarf who is facing life in a wheelchair after being picked up and thrown to the ground has blamed England’s rugby team for giving his attacker the idea.

Martin Henderson suffered injuries to his back and legs after being dropped on to the hard ground as he had a cigarette outside a pub in Wincanton, Somerset.

The life-changing attack on the 37-year-old came shortly after the England players visited a ‘dwarf-tossing’ competition at the World Cup in New Zealand.

The stars, including Zara Phillips’s husband Mike Tindall, were disciplined for attending the event, as well as for other acts of bad behaviour on the tour.

Mr Henderson believes that the violence that has put an end to his promising acting career could have been inspired by the news story about the players’ night out in September.

‘The England players had been in trouble for going to a dwarf tossing event and this might have given this guy the idea,’ he said.

The rugby stars were seen downing shots as they partied in a Queenstown bar called Altitude, which was hosting a ‘Mad Midget Weekend’.

This was also the night that Tindall, newly married into the Royal Family, was captured on CCTV kissing ex-girlfriend Jessica Palmer.

The night out followed a disastrous opening match for the England team, setting the tone for their appalling performance on and off the field during the tournament.

Mr Henderson, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism and spinal stenosis, said his legs went numb after the callous attack.

He said: ‘I had surgery on my back in 2010 and was making really good progress and my surgeon was really happy with me.
Party time: Dan Cole and Steve Thompson were among the England players who were on a night out in the Altitude Bar in Queenstown

Party time: Dan Cole and Steve Thompson were among the England players who were on a night out in the Altitude Bar in Queenstown

‘But then this happened and it’s kicked it all off again. I keep falling over and I found out today that I have fractured my arm.

‘Every time I stand up I don’t know if I’m going to fall over. I will have to use a wheelchair and I won’t get any acting jobs.

Paralysed rugby player who thought he would never have a family defies doctors to walk, wed, and have a baby daughter

‘I just hope they catch him. I don’t usually have any trouble and I know that I have never upset anyone in Wincanton.’
Numb: Mr Henderson, 37, said he struggles to stay upright and often falls over following the attack

Numb: Mr Henderson, 37, said he struggles to stay upright and often falls over following the attack

Mr Henderson has made an allegation of assault and police have launched an investigation and issued a description of the offender.

The attack on the 4ft 2ins man from Milborne Port, near Yeovil, happened outside Wincanton’s White Horse pub.

Mr Henderson has appeared on TV’s Bigger Breakfast and as one of the seven dwarfs in the pantomime Snow White.

He also appeared alongside famous dwarf actor Warwick Davis in the TV mini-series 10th Kingdom – an adventure programme featuring Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Now he fears he will not be hired for any more acting jobs. ‘We were having a good night out to celebrate my birthday and there were a few of us drinking together in a corner of the pub,’ he said.

‘I went outside for a cigarette and the next thing I know I’m suddenly in the air and someone has got hold of me. I was then dropped on to my back on to the hard floor.

‘From what I remember, there was only one person involved but it was very  scary as I didn’t know what was going on.

‘I guess I was an easy target and the only reason I was picked on was because I am small.

‘People’s attitudes to me when I go out can be pretty cruel. Most are OK but you get the odd idiot who will make fun and start laughing at me.

‘You just have to ignore it but this is the first time I have been picked up and thrown about.’

Mr Henderson described the attacker as being white, about 5ft 8ins tall and of a slim build with dark hair and a hooded top.

A police spokesperson said: ‘Officers investigating would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the pub on the night of October 7.

‘It follows an incident in which a small person was picked up by an unknown person in the bar and dropped.’

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not debate this issue live on our message boards.

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

why use the term “a dwarf” ? Would “man” not suffice? At the end of the day a man of normal height would probably sustain injury in similar circumstances.

– facts, poundland, 13/1/2012 12:26
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What an incredibly cruel thing to do…but l think going to a commercial venue where they do so-called “dwarf tossing” is also horrible and if it was up to me l would punish the whole team for bringing the sport into disrepute. Just because the people being tossed are getting paid does not excuse such foul behaviour.

– Alien McWeirdo, Some Wild Abandoned Star, 13/1/2012 11:13
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I hope he has stopped smoking!!!

– facts, poundland, 13/1/2012 11:08
Rating   41

Dreadful but….”Mr Henderson believes that the violence that has put an end to his promising acting career ” (sic)…………….Oh please.

– J H , Bournemouth, 13/1/2012 10:53
Rating   38

Surely he should blame the ‘dwarf tossing’ competition organisers…dont hate the player, hate the game…

– jb, Glasgow, 13/1/2012 10:44
Rating   4

He should take them to a small claims court

– Kerry, Berkshire, 13/1/2012 10:15
Rating   8

Disgraceful. How could anyone stoop so low?

– Charles, Auckland, New Zealand, 13/1/2012 09:38
Rating   30

I sincerely hope they catch the brainless moron who did this and that he ends up in prison for a long time. However, I’m not holding my breath on either count.

– Scotty, Cambs., UK., 13/1/2012 08:44
Rating   37

Horrible and not right what happened to him. I’d quit smoking just to be safe if I was him.

– Cartman, Denver, USA, 13/1/2012 05:21
Rating   28

Laura, England What’s wrong with you?

– mew, england, 13/1/2012 01:47

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Another form of dehumanising objectification from mere difference leading to treatment as an object. Under the correct circumstances, the sheer difference and objectifiability gives the objectified person great power, the space between differences a source of energy no end, hence the popularity of/or the remarkable presence of LGBTs. However in a rowdy crowd filled with rough and uneducated (ineducable) people intolerant of differences in general suffering back home or at work or at school, we can see how enthusiasm for sport can become violence from sheer intolerance.

Too fat, too thin, too foreign, too short, too tall, too strange, and formerly in most of the first world too gay (effeminate or campily flouncing around doesn’t help though there  should be a place for that too) or too LGBT, (this is a severe problem in the 3rd world if you look at the laws and refusal of MPs to demand it’s change . . . ) all result in the closed minded, poorly traveled, or simply fundamentalistic mind/society intent on defending ‘comfort zones’ converting or beating into conformity, being too lazy to grow new neurons to form new views – ‘clinging to guns and religion’ as it were. They instead respond in the basest manner possible. Similarly the psyche establishment poisons and electrifies, implants, controls any who do not fit into a society to preserve ‘peace’ which actually is a form of stagnation.

Who needs to be so uniform? Only the conventional would be so uniform. In general the well read and upper crust types have more excess/neuronal energy at their command and are thus able to absorb and buffer against differences, in part media needs to present and normalise the strange and uncommon, the thought provoking, even jarring, though not too jarring and not too often while retaining ‘safe zone’ channels for the weak minded cowering in their own insularism. Meanwhile yob preferred sports venues, or some political parties with narrow views are not the best place to be different in. The comfort zone issue is insanely protected as all which are not human are objects. So they threw Henderson because of stupidity and lack of exposure to dwarfs. Suggest that tv programmes include HOURLY all sorts and varieties of people for a start, then later the more unique and strange and different the better. Insularism of a different sort, mental laziness, racism sliding into outright Nazi-ness, then Fundamentalism, finally APARTHEID and you know the rest ‘Aryans’ on crusade in ‘sand n1gg3r’ country . . . appreciate diversity don’t abuse diversity. Dwarves should form their own colonies and refine those genes by marrying the next healthiest dwarf. In the event that some virus wipes out entire populations but leaves dwarves alive, the next generation of humans could well be midgets only.

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.