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15 Articles On Malaysian Politics : East Malaysia Needs to take West Malaysia To Task or Secede, Term Limitless MP Gobind’s Wrong Priorities, Term Limitless MP Anwar’s Wrong Priorities, Term Limitless MP Chua tee Yong’s Wrong Priorities, CPI’s Steve Oh’s Wrong Priorities, Pro-Allodial Anti-Eminent Domain MPs are the onl;y votable MPs, MYRM’s Shen Yee Aun’s Wrong Priorities, Good Democratic Point Made By Wrong Person, Plutocrat Politicians Means Corruption, BN Feel Good Propaganda Lies, LGBT Rights In Malaysia Still Not Granted – Contravenes UNHCR, 2 Terms Over Yet Nurul? Step Aside For The Rest of the Rakyat, Apartheid Accepting Lapdogs of A Different Stripe Are Still Apartheid Accepting Lapdogs, Nepotism and Oligarchy and Potential Crypto-Racism, Term Limitless and Meaningless MPs Change Nothing In People’s Lives (But Keep Taking Taxpayer Monies), Power Madness Instead of Impriving Policy – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th October 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, 2 term limits, 3rd Force, Allodial, best practices, Bumiputera Apartheid, Eminent Domain, meaningless platitudes, Nepotism, plutocrat politicians, political correctness, Political Fat Cats, politics, strawman NGOs, unprofessional behaviour, vested interest, voting methods, waste of mandate, Wealth distribution, wrong priority on October 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

ARTICLE 1

No quick fix for East Malaysia – October 03, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Erma turned against the people? Simple, just vote for anyone who is not GLC or political party linked that intends to ensure Sarawak and Sabah get their 100% due to disbursement (LGE offered only 15%!!! Shocking!) as well as all stolen lands returned, or secession will be started at the UN. And Erma goes all propagandist on the Orang Asli who deserve so much more. Malaysia can fall apart for all any of the right minded care, that wealth is not Peninsular Malaysia’s to disburse or those lands for anyone but the Orang Asli regardless of what illegal and farcical or UN non-compliant or non-commonsense laws applied against the Orang Asli by our LEGAL JUNTA Bar Council which has refused to address apartheid and refused to amend bad laws and constitutional articles.

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

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

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

Erma needs to do a lot better too, criticism based on selective or partial fact designates Erma as a (gasp!) pro-BN writer. Vote for 3rd Force, drop BOTH BN and Pakatan!

ARTICLE 2

STOP executions pending review of death sentences for drug offences – by  Gobind Singh Deo – Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:48

Minister in the Prime Ministers Department, Dato Seri Nazri Aziz should state if the government is prepared to temporarily halt all executions by hanging in cases where persons have been convicted for death penalty offences pending a review of our death penalty laws.

Singapore recently moved to abolish the mandatory death penalty for drug related offences and murder. The courts have now a discretion in the matter. Where for example, the offender in a drug case is shown to be a mere drug courier, and in a case involving homicide where the situation does not warrant the death penalty, the courts in Singapore will now have a discretion to mete out punishments of life imprisonment instead of the death penalty.

Following the announcement, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said in a statement that all executions that have become due since the review started since July 2011 had been deferred.

Malaysian AG quick to follow but all talk, no action

It is to be noted that the Malaysian Attorney General had in an interview with the Malay Mail published on 11 July 2012 said that his chambers was also working towards proposing an amendment to our Dangerous Drugs Act to give our judges a discretion in the matter of sentencing.

In the report he is quoted as saying “Since late last year, we have been doing research and studies , and one of the suggestions is that we want to allow those on death sentence to be resentenced. This means those on death row would be referred back to the courts, with legal representation to be resentenced.”

Our government should also defer executions if there are to be changes to these laws, especially where existing sentences of death will be reviewed as suggested.

The taking of ones life is a very serious matter. This is a sentence which is irreversible.

Dato Seri Nazri should also tell us what is the status of the reviews planned in respect of abolishing death penalty laws in our country. Will it only be confined to drug related offences or will it also extend to other areas and offences which carry the death penalty?

This, needless to say, is very significant as if other areas are included as well, then a moratorium in respect of all should be considered.

Home Minister Dato Seri Hishamuddin Hussein told Parliament earlier this year that according to statistics from the Prisons Department, as at February this year, a total of 860 persons have been sentenced to death for various offences such as murder, drug trafficking, firearms and kidnapping.

Given the large numbers involved, I also call upon the government to step up its efforts in reviewing the laws concerned. This is an area of review which to my mind, given the gravity of its nature, ought to be given top priority. It must be resolved without delay.

GOBIND SINGH DEO is the DAP MP for Puchong

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End apartheid for near 40% of the population first then bother about the 0.0001% death sentences. Whats the point in voting MPs who neglect the major issues but keep fooling around with non-issues? Waste of mandate granted by unthinking people who only see the personality but not the policy. Meanwhile the MP gets to be a ‘careerist’ and has the voters pay their salaries to do virtually nothing except appear on television and talk loudly – they love hearing the sound of their own voices but never amend a single law, never challenge apartheid, and prevent all other citizens from participating in law making! Vote for a new MP every 4 years and even then only 25 MPs would have sat on that seat in 100 years! how could anyone allow these farcical MPs to make Mubaraks or Gaddafis of themselves on their taxmonies?

ARTICLE 3

Anwar to SUARAM lawyers: Urgent need to update Parliament & verify authenticity of documents – by  Anwar Ibrahim – Thursday, 04 October 2012 17:24

Messieurs William Bourdon, Joseph Breham,

Briefing to the Malaysian Parliament on the ongoing judicial inquiry at the Tribunal De Grande Instance into the payment of alleged illegal and/or corrupt commissions for the purchase of two Scorpene submarines by the Government of Malaysia from the firms Direction des Construction Navales Services ( “DCNS” ), Thales and Armaris in 2002

I refer to the above ongoing judicial inquiry at the Tribunal De Grande Instance in Paris presided over by Judge Roger Le Loire and Judge Serge Tournaire into the complaint by SUARAM, a Malaysian human rights non-governmental organization alleging that corrupt and illegal payments were made by the French suppliers DCNS and Thales and their joint venture company Armaris to Malaysian citizens and officials in relation to the purchase of the submarines in 2002 which were at the material time authorized by the then Malaysian Defence Minister and current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, where payments of up to 700 milliom ringgit were received by companies ( Perimekar Sdn Bhd and Terasasi ) owned by his adviser and close associate, Abdul Razak Baginda.

As Leader of Opposition in Parliament, I write to request your presence as lawyers acting for SUARAM, a party to the ongoing inquiry, to deliver a briefing on the status and development of the inquiry to interested Malaysian Members of Parliament during this current session of the Malaysian Parliament which will run until 22″ November 2012. I propose to invite all members of the Malaysian Parliament to this briefing.

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I am informed that a delegation from SUARAM comprising board members Mr Kua Kia Soong, Ms Cynthia Gabriel and Ms Fadiah Nadwa Fikri on 19 April 2012 appeared before Judge Roger Le Loire represented by your goodselves and assisted the inquiry with documents and facts substantiating their complaint of corruption with regard to the Scorpene purchases at the Tribunal De Grande Instance.

I understand that Judge Le Loire, after having heard SUARAM’s testimony has accepted a list of seven proposed witnesses including Prime Minister Najib Razak, the current Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi and also Abdul Razak Baginda.

Many members of the Malaysian Parliament are following the ongoing inquiry closely. This inquiry is vital to shed light on many unanswered questions arising from the purchase of the submarines by the Government of Malaysia. For some years now questions in the Malaysian Parliament regarding the payment of 114 million Euro to Abdul Razak Baginda’s company Perimekar Sdn Bhd for so-called “logistical support for training” have not received satisfactory answers. Perimekar &in Bhd was known to the French suppliers as a company with no track record for such training support.

Tax-deductible ‘bribe’: More corrupt payment uncovered

Despite reports to the Malaysia Anti-Coruption Commission, no result has been achieved despite the obvious suspicious nature of the payments. I note that Gerard Phillippe iVtaneyas, former finance director for DCNS, has in fact claimed a tax deduction for 32 million Euros allegedly used to bribe Malaysian officials for the purchase of the Scorpenes using legal provisions prior to France adopting OECD anti-corruption procedures and rules in 2002.

Following the commencement of the inquiry on 16 March 2012, SUARAM, being a party to the inquiry, has gained full privileged access to 153 documents from the Public Prosecutor’s office and has made public some of the contents of the investigation papers in several media conferences. Based on the content of these documents, SUARAM has also exposed a hitherto unknown further large payment of about 30 million Euros from the French suppliers to a company called Terasasi in Hong Kong which is controlled by Abdul Razak Baginda.

I am informed that many, if not all of these 153 investigation papers can now be viewed on the Internet news portal called “Asia Sentinel” at http://www.asiasentinel.com. Based on the content of some of these documents, there are clear indications that the payment of 114 million Euros and 30 million Euros to Abdul Rank Baginda companies are in fact corrupt payments made to facilitate the purchases of the submarines.

Top secret Malaysian navy document seized during DCNS raid

I note that these documents contain references to the fact that a top secret document belonging to the Malaysian Royal Navy was in the files seized by the French Anti-Corruption authorities from DCNS which was sent to it by Terasasi (Hong Kong) Ltd. Again police reports and questions in Parliament have not led to revelation of how this serious breach of secrecy took place.

In light of the above, there exists an urgent need for interested members of the Malaysian Parliament to be kept abreast of the developments in the ongoing inquiry to enable us to pursue accountability for the illegal acts of corrupt payments that are believed to have taken place. We would also like to be advised on the authenticity of the documents available on the Asia Sentinel website and the implications of their contents.

My office would be pleased to have early confirmation of your arrival dates to make all the necessary arrangements. For your information, we have also invited Messieur Olivier Metzner who acts for DCNS to also attend the briefing. We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Anwar Ibrahim

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Anwar and Pakatan by extension is DETESTABLE for refusing to address and remove BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID and chase after Scorpene sub issues that hardly affect anyone except their political opponents. Ignoring near 40% of the population for personal political points is worthless for the Rakyat. Vote for 3rd force.

ARTICLE 4

‘Unisel and PNSB lost millions’ – by Chua Tee Yong – Friday, 05 October 2012 07:20

FISHY- Chua urges MACC to investigate why state firms got only RM10 each for RM478 million debts

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong has claimed that two Selangor-owned companies were paid only RM10 each in the Talam debt recovery exercise despite being owed millions of ringgit.

Speaking to reporters at the party headquarters yesterday, Chua said Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and Permodalan Negeri Selangor (PNSB) were only paid this amount based on two assignments of debt agreements in 2009.

The assignments, which were signed between the state government, Talam Corp Bhd and the state-owned companies noted that the debt-ridden company owed Unisel and PNSB RM248 million and RM230 million respectively.

The documents, dated Nov 3, 2009 reads: “Now therefore this agreement witnesses that in consideration of the premises and mutual promises, covenants, conditions, representations and warranties hereinafter contained and the sum of RM10 now paid by the Assignee to the Assignor”.

With this, Chua said that the previous state administration should not be blamed for being in financial trouble.

“Unisel’s financial condition has worsened as Unisel only received RM10 for the Talam debt collection exercise instead of RM248 million,” he said, adding that a RM36 million discount was also given to Talam although it did not fulfil a settlement agreement that expired in 2008.

“PNSB has received only RM10 and is now having a loan of RM230 million with interest and costs of RM86 million while Talam Corp saves RM24 million yearly.”

The Labis member of parliament also came up with new figures on the Talam debt recovery exercise, in a claim that the state government had overvalued the Talam land.

He said the assets acquired with apparent overvaluation amounted to RM676 million, with RM86 million total interest and costs borne by PNSB.

He also included RM36 million discount given to Talam, which brings a total estimated cost of RM798 million.

“Until today, the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government has not been able to give a clear answer on the issues raised.”

He added that the white paper on it was still not tabled despite their promises to do so.

“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should look into this.”

In July, Chua revealed a series of alleged misappropriation of funds by the Selangor government, claiming that the state had used RM1 billion to bail out Talam (now Trinity Corp) in the debt recovery exercise.

He claimed that the state government had done this through a RM392 supplementary budget passed in the legislative assembly in 2009, and the state subsequently bought an additional RM676 million worth of assets from Talam.

The Selangor government, however, denied the claims, saying that it had gone through proper channels and appointed independent audit firms in a show of transparency.

– New Straits Times

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Tee Yong and BN by extension is DETESTABLE for refusing to address and remove BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID and chase after Unisel issues that hardly affect anyone except their political opponents. Ignoring near 40% of the population for political points is worthless for the Rakyat. Vote for 3rd force.

ARTICLE 5

Malaysia is the most profitable business – Politics in Malaysia is the most profitable business – Saturday, 06 October 2012 Super Admin – Steve Oh, CPI

I am sure most Malaysians will agree with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in a recent speech that there is more to corruption than government abuses. What more is not conjecture as much of it is in the public domain.

Surely it must be evident from the various writings in Malaysiakini, CPI and other weblogs unless someone is so out of touch with the present reality and fails to recognise the angst and anger of many civic-minded Malaysians who see their country sliding down the slippery slope.

It is true what Najib said that “What is often neglected, however, is the fact that corruption and corrupt behaviour is entangled deep with the moral fabric of all societies.”

He went on to say, “It is critical, therefore, people in positions of power and authority to exemplify the values they wish their constituents would follow”.

But does Najib believe what he says?

And more importantly where is the walk besides the talk?

All we have seen seems to be in the contrary. We are wont to ask, “Where is the example from the people in positions of power and authority?”

Instead many blame successive BN administrations for the decrepit moral state of their country because of corruption and abuses of power, which Najib admits implicitly. And Najib has yet to shake off the ghost of Altantuya Shaaribuu whose murder still leaves the public with the question: “Who ordered the killing?”

The incumbent government has much to answer for its failure to inspire the rest of the nation to higher moral conduct when it fails to apply the rule of law objectively across the board and involves its politicians and proxies in unbecoming acts such as the publishing of ‘dirty videos’ and other acts of political subterfuge.

If inspiring is too much to ask, Najib will sound more convincing if he can stop his government from picking on Malaysians whose only crime is they want to see the greed he describes and the obsession with profit diminished.

Excuses, excuses

Najib’s suggestion that “in some countries where severe punishment was meted out for corruption, it has not proven entirely effective” may explain why his administration is coy about allegations of corruption by some of his cabinet colleagues and the Sarawak Chief Minister Mahmud Taib.

However I am not aware of the failure of strong measures to curb corruption that has not succeeded anywhere. Since Najib did not mention the countries, it is hard to substantiate the statement. However there is irrefutable and strong evidence we know that proves severe punishment works.

Singapore is one success story worth noting. Singapore did not become what it is today – among the top nations on the global corruption index for squeaky clean governance – by making flimsy excuses like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for not having the power to take corrupt politicians to court.

The Singapore no-nonsense approach has proven corruption does not pay, and where it is found it is dealt with harshly by the authorities and we have even seen a senior politician charged commit suicide.

Surely the MACC’s excuse of having no power in the light of much global evidence in the allegations of corruption by the political bigwig must send every anti-corruption agency around the globe scratching their heads.

The truth is countries ensure there are laws to plug legal loopholes and every ploy by anyone to evade prosecution. Those governments ensure no one is above the law or out of its reach. There is even Interpol to help countries catch their criminals across borders.

Let us not forget Dr Mahahtir Mohammed went to extreme lengths to change the country’s constitution to get what he wanted and members of the royal family came under the scope of the law when he made it possible for them to be taken to court over civil and criminal matters where once they enjoyed legal impunity from prosecution.

But if a government lacks the moral and political will, then it will give dishonest and lame excuses. And sadly that is the problem with the Najib administration that seems bent on punishing those who want to see improvements in the moral fibre of their politicians, and even a constructive group like Aliran is not spared from harassment.

It begins with govt and its actions

The government can’t shirk its role in having created a political culture and society that has seen national integrity decline because of its corruption. Abuses of power filter outside of Putrajaya into the corridors of power and into the streets where cops are seen collecting bribes from illegal migrants and errant motorists.

The people in their daily lives are confronted with corruption everywhere.

With such moral insight that Najib exhibits in his speech, he ought to use his office and inspire his cabinet colleagues to lead Malaysia onto higher moral ground. After all, he espouses the virtues that Malaysians want to see badly after observing their nation bastardized by successive BN administrations. Even one that was relatively decent under Pak Lah was damned by Dr Mahathir Mohammed as “rotten”.

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Not a word on apartheid? Foolish pandering. CPI in this article neither ‘Reconstructs Policies’ nor ‘Remakes Society’.

ARTICLE 6

Land grab, Malaysian-style – Saturday, 06 October 2012 admin-s

Before Act A804, land could only be acquired for public purposes or for public utilities like building of roads, schools, hospitals, pipelines, water or power plants, etc. With the addition of “…for any purpose which in the opinion of the State Authority is beneficial to the economic development of Malaysia”, no land is safe.

Thomas Fann

This is not a new issue, in fact it is 21 years old.

It all began when the Barisan Nasional government, with its overwhelming majority in Parliament, passed by 99 to 25 votes the 1991 Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, or Act A804. The rephrasing of sections of the Land Acquisition Act 1960 basically gave incontestable power to state governments to seize private land for development by private companies and individuals. Lands originally acquired for public purposes can also be used for private development.

Before Act A804, land could only be acquired for public purposes or for public utilities like building of roads, schools, hospitals, pipelines, water or power plants, etc. With the addition of “…for any purpose which in the opinion of the State Authority is beneficial to the economic development of Malaysia”, no land is safe.

The term “beneficial to the economic development of Malaysia” is as subjective as you can get. A piece of land can be acquired to build a posh five-star hotel, an amusement park or a golf resort because in the opinion of the government it would bring in the tourist dollar and create jobs for locals, not to mention enriching the private companies which would, of course, be paying taxes.

To really make the Land Acquisition Act water-tight for the acquirer, Section 68A says that acquisitions cannot be invalidated by reason of any kind of subsequent disposal or use (etc) of the acquired land.

This new provision aims at preventing the acquirer or the purported purpose from being challenged in court. You can only challenge the quantum of the compensation offered, the measurement of the land area, the person whom compensation is payable to, and the apportionment of the compensation.

The leader of the opposition then, Lim Kit Siang, in opposing Act A804, gave this dire warning: “When it becomes law, it will destroy the constitutional right to property enjoyed by Malaysians for 34 years since Merdeka, and become the mother of all corruption, abuses of power, conflicts-of-interest and unethical malpractices in Malaysia…”

Was Kit Siang just over-reacting or scare-mongering when he said that or is it a prophecy that was and is being fulfilled till today?

A new ball game

The impetus for the passing of Act A804 was for the acquisition of 33,000 acres of land in the Gelang Patah area for the construction of the second link with Singapore and the construction of a new township by UEM, wiping out 19 villages and displacing 10,000 people.

The Johor state government offered the affected smallholders compensation averaging RM26,000 per acre or 64 sen per sqe ft, far below the then market value of RM100,000 per acre for agricultural land.

In a subsequent civil suit by one of the affected landowners against the government of Johor in 1995, it was revealed that a subsidiary of Renong was offering the intended development for sale at RM17 per sq ft, a whopping 28 times more than what the original landowners got!

For a glimpse into some of the backroom wheeling and dealing that went on with these deals, one should read the court papers of cases like “Honan Plantations vs Govt of Johor’; and “Stamford Holdings vs Govt of Johor”. Names of notable personalities like Muhyiddin Yassin, Syed Mokhtar Albukhary and Yahya Talib in secret meetings were mentioned.

For the Second Link and the highway that linked it to the North-South Expressway to be built, the Land Acquisition Act was necessary. To be fair, compensation had to not only take into account the then prevailing market value but also the loss of livelihood for the people who used to live off the land.

With Act A804, the government seized a lot more land than was required for the custom and immigration complex and the highway. We can safely say it seized almost 24,000 acres more for a private corporation, UEM, albeit it is a GLC (government-linked corporation).

Today, UEM Land, as the master developer of the 23,875-acre Nusajaya (as the acquired land is now called) boasts of its enormous landbank and potential billions in profit from its development. We want to ask this simple poignant question: whose lands were these originally, and what about the 10,000 over affected villagers? Shouldn’t these people be beneficiaries of development and not its victims? Perhaps some of the villagers are now working in Legoland, who knows?

While some of the people behind the scenes went on to achieve high office and some made it to the top 10 billionaires list, thousands of other nameless Malaysians are without land and opportunities.

Land grab is non-discriminatory: Malaysians from all racial, religious and social strata are affected.

Gelang Patah was just the precursor to a new ball game called Land Grab and the same modus operandi was used for Seremban 2, Bandar Aman Jaya in Sungai Petani, Pantai Kundor/Pantai Tanah Merah and Paya Mengkuang in Melaka, Kerpan in Kedah, Sepang in Selangor, lands acquired for the MRT project, Jalan Sultan, native customary lands in the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak, and many, many more.

Of course, not all compulsory acquisitions are unjust or not justifiable; but there should be a fair and unskewed avenue for aggrieved landowners through the justice system to question certain acquisitions.

The courts now are somewhat constrained by Act A804, and in almost all cases such acquisitions are not reversed.

The Pengerang grab

Twenty years on, the same script is being acted out in Johor again (a BN stronghold), this time to the east in Pengerang.

A total of 22,500 acres of land are being acquired for the development of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC). The anchor project in this proposal is Petronas’ RAPID project which requires a sizeable 6,424 acres.

Smallholders and plantations are being offered between RM1.80 psf and RM8 psf for their land.

Can Pengerang be called Gelang Patah 2.0 where again, on the pretext of development, a huge tract of land is being taken from their original landowners and placed in the hands of one or a few wealthy individuals and corporations? Is the PIPC the main play or is property speculation the main play?

Would the same prime minister who mooted the Third Link to Singapore in 2009 make the announcement again after all the land has been acquired? Who are the direct beneficiaries of such development?

All these are so “legal” that one government official after another is spewing out that it is done properly under the terms of the Land Acquisition Act 1960. It may be legal, but is it moral?

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak made a statement during the launch of the sixth International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities Conference in Kuala Lumpur on the Oct 4, 2012: “Is the unbridled and ruthless pursuit of extraordinary profits a form of corruption? I believe that if we see corruption as fundamentally a moral problem, therefore anything that promotes selfish interest at the expense of the well-being of others is morally wrong. It was vapid [tasteless] self-interest and greed that was truly at the heart of corruption. ”

Mr Prime Minister, I could not agree with you more.

How much is enough for the greedy? How many more poor and defenseless villagers must be forcibly displaced and robbed of the fruits of development to satisfy the insatiable appetites of the greedy who uses the Land Acquisition Act to enrich themselves? Who will speak up for the thousands who will be landless and many without a means of livelihood?

It is evil when a law is crafted to take away land from the poor without their consent, fair compensation or share in its benefits so that a few might make it to Forbes’ list of billionaires. We should all be foaming at our mouth with anger at this injustice but instead we just thank God daily that it is not our land they have come to take, at least not yet.

Thomas Fann blogs at http://www.newmalaysia.org

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An Allodial Title is untouchable and even a  highway will need to bend around the landowner’s property as in ‘Nail Houses’ in China. Vote only for MPs who will ratify ALLODIAL TITLES. Any MP who does not want to ratify Allodial Titles must not be voted in. Also vote for MPs on the basis if certain aspects Eminent Domain Powers of the State will be removed from law. If the MP will not/does not want to sign a statuary declaration that after GE13 they will ratify removal of Eminent Domain or promise in a Statuary Declaration on penalty of vacating the MP’s seat if failing to forward and ratify the bill, then that MP must not be voted in because they do not want your land to be protected, in fact Pakatan had caused the ‘Gambier Threat’ fracas as well by threatening to tear down privately built awnings on private property. Man’s home is their castle, we cannot allow politicians that dare use taxpayer paid enforcement to thrash people’s homes because nobody cared about unreasonable and abusive by-laws!

ARTICLE 7

Malaysian Youth Right Movement Urge Malaysian Youth To Reject Pakatan Rakyat Extremism – Saturday, 06 October 2012 admin-s

Dearest Malaysian Youth, beware of voting for Pakatan Rakyat into power. I am pretty sure you do not want to live another 4 or 5 years with all our freedom, rights and choices to be restricted by them. All Freedom and personal lifestyle liberty existed all this while because of Barisan Nasional Government and I am sure none of you would like to end up living the lifestyle like Pakatan Rakyat Islamic Kelantan and Kedah.

Shen Yee Aun,
President, Malaysian Youth Rights Movement

PAS Youth has demanded the immediate withdrawal of a permit given to an international modelling agency to hold a bikini fashion show in Malaysia. Selangor PAS Youth chief Hasbullah Mohd Ridzuan said holding a bikini show in an Islamic country was a major insult, referring to the planned Bello Model Management bikini fashion event at the Grand Millennium Hotel on Saturday.

What is both DAP’s and PKR’s stand regarding this issue? Pakatan Rakyat had many times deceived our Malaysian public that PAS’ Islamic agenda and cause will only affect the Muslim community. In this issue, the modeling agency is an International Agency and the their models only cater to all non-Muslim models. Both the organizer (agency) and models are not Muslims and why has Pakatan Rakyat’s PAS urged and asked our authorities to stop giving the license and permission to operate the fashion show?

What does a Fashion Show have to do with immoral activities? What is there in a fashion show that will harm our community? Malaysian Youth Voters believe that DAP and PKR will never stand up for you all as in this issue none of them came out to stand up for our rights and personal liberty. We have said that PAS does not need to have 2/3 majority in Parliament to actually start to sell and promote their Islamic Cause where now before they even take over Federal Power they are already very harsh in going against Fashion Shows.

No 1 : They are restricting the Freedom to Organize An Event
No 2 : They are restricting the Freedom for the choice of Dress Code
No 3 : They are trying to implement an Islamic Cause even into the non-Muslim Community
No 4 : They are restricting the FREEDOM OF CHOICE OF MODELING PROFESSION
No 5 : They are restricting the Establishment of Modeling Agencies in Malaysia
No 6 : They are restricting our Youth Personal Liberty and Lifestyle

Dearest Malaysian Youth, beware of voting for Pakatan Rakyat into power. I am pretty sure you do not want to live another 4 or 5 years with all our freedom, rights and choices to be restricted by them. All Freedom and personal lifestyle liberty existed all this while because of Barisan Nasional Government and I am sure none of you would like to end up living the lifestyle like Pakatan Rakyat Islamic Kelantan and Kedah.

A vote for DAP and PKR is a vote for PAS and a vote for PAS is a vote to lock yourself in a dark cage. Think wisely before you vote. For those who strive for personal freedom and liberty then at all cost they should reject Pakatan Rakyat Extremism. Voting for Pakatan Rakyat means all the Modeling Agencies in the entire Malaysia Will Be Shut Down. All the Event Companies, Fashion Shows and Pageant Organizers will be Shut Down from their Operation. All the women (non-Muslims) will be banned from wearing Bikinis. All the ENTIRE MODELS in Malaysia will lose their job. Those photographers and every profession that are related to fashion, modeling and events will be badly affected. Seriously, these are not a good choice of Change. You seriously want those types of Changes then please vote for them.

Sources : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/5/nation/12128997&sec=nation
: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/malaysias-islamic-party-seeks-ban-bikini-show-20121004
: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/4/nation/12120958&sec=nation

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If Mr.Shen cannot convince BN to grant IMMEDIATELY with the mandate that BN has the below 3 items :

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)

;Mr. Shen should go bury Malaysian Youth Right Movement under a pile of UMNO’s bumiputra apartheid abuse and the money Shen has been taking to dare speak when BN has not granted the above 3 items. Shen is a coward and the above are hardly freedoms but a norm. Set up non-4D gambling, RLDs in major city areas and remove Section 377B as well if all about freedom. Don’t pretend! Incidentally Anwar probably is gay as hell but pretending to be straight to be able to get the PM’s seat.

ARTICLE 8

Shahrizat joins bandwagon, slams Anwar for practising nepotism by Md Izwan – October 07, 2012

Shahrizat says Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was a leader who had no integrity for practising nepotism. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 — Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has joined the chorus slamming Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for seemingly practising nepotism in the recently announced Pakatan Rakyat (PR) shadow cabinet which lists his wife and daughter as ministers.

The media reports Anwar will be prime minister while his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be a minister in the prime minister’s office and Nurul Izzah Anwar would be Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Planning.

PR has denied the cabinet list.

“For such a long time after leaving Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN), he was always criticising nepotism,” the Wanita Umno chief was reported saying today by Mingguan Malaysia.

“But since he formed the opposition, all of them practice nepotism.”

Shahrizat told the Umno-owned Malay daily that Anwar was a leader who had no integrity for practising nepotism, an act he had severely criticised before.

She also questioned PAS’ stance since the Islamic party had been promised the prime minister post should PR win the upcoming general election.

“How was PAS initially listed and Anwar become PM?” asked the former minister for women, family and community development.

Shahrizat lost her Cabinet post in March following allegations that her family had misused federal funds for the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) worth RM250 million through their holding company National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp).

NFCorp attracted scrutiny when last year’s Auditor General Annual Report saod the cattle rearing project had failed to meet its targets.

Since then, PR headed by PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli have made several exposures of funds being abused for the project for items which were irrelevant to the cattle rearing industry.

This includes the purchase of luxury condominiums in Bangsar and Singapore and a plot of land in Putrajaya.

Shahrizat was appointed Minister for the Development of Women, Family and Community in 2001 and was retained even after losing the in the 2008 general election by being made a senator.

She was briefly made an advisor to the prime minister regarding issues concerning women’s welfare and social development before continuing in her ministerial portfolio.

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Coudn’t BN get someone who did not practice corruption or nepotism as well, to condemn nepotism in Pakatan? Also BN has no critics of the lack of :

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)

;even though BN has the mandate to grant the above. Good to point out Pakatan’s undemocratic nature, but Shahrizat being scandalised by recent condo/feed-lot issues, is a weak frontman to use against nepotistic Anwar.

ARTICLE 9

Sarawak CM’s son worth more than RM1 billion, says ex-wife – UPDATED @ 09:18:53 PM 02-10-2012 – October 02, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s son is worth more than RM1 billion, his former daughter-in-law told a Syariah court here today, when justifying her claims for RM400 million in their divorce settlement.

Shahnaz Abdul Majid, who was married to Taib’s son, Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib, is demanding RM100 million as mutaah (Islamic conciliatory payment) following their recent divorce, and a RM300 million share of joint matrimonial assets.

The couple had finalised their divorce in May 2011, after a long-drawn court battle in which Shahnaz is claiming a total of RM400 million as compensation.

Taib’s former daughter-in-law, Shahnaz Abdul Majid, is claiming that he has personal accounts in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Switzerland. — File picture
“He has personal accounts in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Switzerland,” Shahnaz was quoted by news portal Malaysiakini as saying today during the Islamic court proceeding, referring to Taib’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir.

“My claim of RM100 million in mutaah is small as he is worth in excess of RM1 billion. The RM100 million can be said to be worth 10 sen to him,” she was reported as adding.

Shahnaz, the sister of jazz queen Datuk Sheila Majid, was also reported to have said that her former husband has an estimated RM700 million deposited in 111 banking accounts worldwide.

She told the court that Mahmud Abu Bekir had squirreled away US$25 million (RM76.3 million) in two personal accounts in Luxembourg’s Edmond de Rothschild bank.

Her ex-husband also has several accounts with the same European bank in Switzerland with deposits of US$31 million, Shahnaz was reported saying.

Mahmud Abu Bekir also had several accounts with British banking giant HSBC — two in Jersey with US$34 million in deposits and one in Hong Kong with deposits of US$9.6 million in his name.

All these accounts have a combined value of US$100 million in deposits.

The divorce settlement proceedings are once again shining a light on the purported wealth of the Sarawak chief minister’s family at a time of growing scrutiny ahead of national polls.

In court papers filed during her divorce application, Shahnaz had sought to have Mahmud Abu Bekir’s assets — among which she listed seven luxury cars, thousands of hectares of land in Sarawak and shares in 15 companies — declared as joint property and for it be halved.

Shahnaz, who holds an MBA in Finance and was at one time a director of the family-owned CMSB, had previously said she wanted to end their marriage under the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 because her ex-husband had not given her “nafkah batin” since 2001.

The 49-year-old also accused Mahmud Abu Bekir of punching her in the head, face and eyes; kicking her in the ribs; and throttling her — in addition to verbally abusing her with derogatory words, and thereby causing emotional and mental stress.

The couple married on January 9, 1992 and have a son, Raden Murya Abdul Taib Mahmud, 18.

The case before Federal Territory Syariah High Court judge, Mohamad Abdullah, resumes on October 24.

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If BN would 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)

;with the existing mandate BN has, the people might be busy enough celebrating than trying to replace BN for at least 1 term. But BN would rather keep the abusive policies in place and have the people kick BN out and PR will ensure BN goes to court and gets sued etc.. BN is a failure if BN does not grant the above 3 items with immediate effect.

ARTICLE 10

More find fight against corruption effective – 08 October 2012 | last updated at 08:42AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s war against corruption is showing positive and tangible results, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.

He said a survey conducted by Transparency International last year found that 49 per cent of Malaysians felt that the government’s efforts in fighting corruption was effective compared with 29 per cent in 2009.

“I am certain that given time, Malaysia will be successful in its war against corruption and further improving public perception on the government’s anti-corruption efforts,” he said in his closing speech to more than 900 delegates at the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities conference and general meeting here.

Muhyiddin noted that in the nation’s aspiration for attaining developed status by 2020, fighting corruption would always be one of the main agendas.

“Addressing corruption is one of the seven National Key Result Areas.

“We believe that corruption must be eliminated to remove inefficiencies in the system, which will severely limit the country’s economic transformation and growth.”

He added that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Education Ministry had begun efforts to include a module on integrity and corruption prevention in schools.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said that creating awareness on graft in the younger generation would serve the country well and would go a long way in promoting economic prosperity and social wellbeing.

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More propaganda. Look at any Minister’s background then compare with anyone with similar backgrounds and educations that did not take up politics, then compare personal net worth today. Theres your corruption. That is why even MPs and Assemblymen cannot be allowed to hold seats for more than 1 term. War against corruption? More like propaganda war against Rakyat to keep the Rakyat in the dark about why Ministers are so rich (unlike Tunku Abdul Rahman) and everyone else has to work.

We cannot allow anyone to sit in power too long or they will become plutocrats and nepotists that write abusive and tax payer killing policy. All that bs about education is a lie. Every single Minister has enough to start their own University. From the taxpayer MONEY, Education-Financiar-Student-Debt Complex and compound interest on debt rather than a pay off loan as you earn (meaning the jobless beneficiaries of degrees do not pay or incur interest if they are not working – perhaps the University can be allowed to collect a flat 20% directly off the student’s paycheck by contacting the employer via new laws) AT 0% INTEREST, or even FREE EDUCATION which some of our greedier MPs have tried to prevent so as to protect the Education-Financiar-Student-Debt Complex and profit off the people. Tertiary education is free in MANY countries but not in Malaysia.

ARTICLE 11

Seeking the Right to Be Female in Malaysia – Saturday, 06 October 2012 admin-s

Adam Shazrul Bin Mohammad Yusoff dressed in her room in Seremban, Malaysia.

(The New York Times) – Nisha Ayub was jailed for three months after her first arrest for dressing as a woman 14 years ago. Ms. Nisha, who was 20 at the time, said prison wardens forced her to walk naked in front of the male inmates.

“It’s something I can’t forget until today,” she said.

The feminine figure dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, makeup carefully applied, drew little attention from other customers at the fast-food restaurant in Seremban, a city about an hour’s drive south of Kuala Lumpur.

The 26-year-old began wearing women’s clothing at age 13. Thanks to plastic surgery in neighboring Thailand, a daily dose of hormones and a feminine nickname, she is able to present herself as female to the outside world.

But her official identification card — which Malaysians must produce in dealings like job interviews — declares that her name is Adam Shazrul Bin Mohammad Yusoff and that she is male.

The discrepancy between her appearance and her officially recognized gender presents much more than just awkward moments in Malaysia, where Shariah, or Islamic law, bans Muslim men from dressing or posing as women.

Penalties differ in individual states, but in Negri Sembilan, where the 26-year-old lives, convicted offenders may be sentenced to up to six months in prison, fined as much as 1,000 ringgit, about $325, or both.

Tired of living in fear of prosecution, the 26-year-old — who has been arrested twice and was once fined 900 ringgit — and three other transgender people are challenging the law in the secular courts, arguing that it violates the Malaysian Constitution, which bans discrimination based on gender and protects freedom of expression.

A verdict in their case — the first time anyone has sought to overturn the law — is expected next Thursday.

“It’s for freedom — to be like everybody else, to wear what we like,” said the 26-year-old, explaining why she is taking part in the case. “This shouldn’t happen. It’s an unjust law. We are just human beings. We are not doing anything wrong.”

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/06/world/asia/seeking-the-right-to-be-female-in-malaysia.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

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How about another 4 more articles : Seeking the Right to Be “Shemale”(or Transgender), “Lesbian”, “Bisexual” and “Gay” in Malaysia. All of these 4 groups ARE NOT WOMEN though post-operative Transexuals should indeed be considered women.

ARTICLE 12

A tough battle in Lembah Pantai – Sunday, 07 October 2012 Super Admin

SHOWDOWN: Barisan Nasional is going all out to wrest the hottest urban seat in Kuala Lumpur back from the opposition, which it won by a narrow margin in the 2008 general election, writes Carisma Kapoor
LEMBAH Pantai, a constituency in Kuala Lumpur held by Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, is considered one of the hot seats in the next  general election. Barisan Nasional will be fighting hard to win it back.

In the 2008 general election, Nurul defeated BN’s Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who had held the seat since 1995, by a relatively narrow margin of 2,895 votes.

Nurul, a first-time elected representative, is expected to defend the constituency with some 56,000 voters, and will likely face Lembah Pantai Umno chief and Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

In a recent report, Raja Nong Chik conveyed his intention to contest the Lembah Pantai seat if he was among the candidates selected by BN.

Asked whether it would be a challenge to face Nurul, he said it would be but only because she was an incumbent member of parliament.

As someone who had grown up in the area, Raja Nong Chik, however, welcomed the challenge.

“I am confident of winning the seat based on my service record and relationships established over the past 25 years in the area, starting from my early days as an Umno Youth member,” he said.

His years of involvement in the local politics and issues of Lembah Pantai had helped him to understand better the needs of residents.

“I’m contesting so that I can serve the people, not for other interests. I walk the talk, unlike the opposition which criticises and walks away without offering any solutions,” he said, adding that even though he was not selected as a candidate in the 2004 general election, he had continued serving the Lembah Pantai residents.

Raja Nong Chik stressed that he had stated several times that the only seat he would like to contest was Lembah Pantai. This, despite being cautioned by some that the seat was “not safe for a minister”.

Raja Nong Chik’s game plan would include working hard, turun padang (going to the ground), listening to the people’s problems, resolving outstanding problems as well as facilitating better living and working conditions for people within and outside Lembah Pantai.

“More importantly, I will try to assist those in the area who have been left behind in developments,” he said, referring to the disabled, single mothers, pensioners, traders, low- and medium-cost flat dwellers, the sick and students.

On Nurul’s supporters who had spoken out about their preference that she contest in Permatang Pauh, Raja Nong Chik said the suggestion had come about because Nurul had not served her constituency for some time.

“Nurul has only become active recently because the election is coming.”

As for BN Lembah Pantai, he said members would fight any opposition candidate and thereafter join their colleagues to help Federal Territories and the rest of the country.

Raja Nong Chik, however, said it was up to the BN leadership to decide on whether to field him.

Nurul claimed that she was not only confident of retaining the Lembah Pantai seat but was also certain that the opposition would take control of Putrajaya.

She said the Election Commission had yet to implement the suggestions by the opposition and their allies for a free and fair election.

Nonetheless, Nurul said, the opposition would continue to participate in the election, highlight abuses and work towards getting at least 75 per cent voter turnout.

Nurul said “phantom busters” had been trained by the opposition to use cameraphones to take note of suspicious voters for legal action.

“We are advocating for international observers to view our electoral process.”

On her efforts to “win over” voters in the area, Nurul said apart from relating to the people, she represented their voices in a “new culture of politics”, where issues and not individuals drove legislation.

Responding to supporters who had preferred her to contest in Permatang Pauh, a seat held by her father, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the 32-year-old said she would obey her party even though she had indicated that she would like to remain with her supporters in Lembah Pantai. — (NST)

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1 term left, prepare to GTFO of Dewan in 2016. No useful policy ratified so far. . . . the 32-year-old said she would obey her party . . . Party? Nurul means, Father rather? Pakatan Rakyat politics runs like a family business. No statesmen there in Pakatan Rakyat, vote 3rd Force instead!

ARTICLE 13

Nurul Izzah questions 135% hike in cost for KLIA2 – Wednesday, 10 October 2012 07:18

More questions have been raised on the ever-ballooning construction cost of low-cost carrier terminal or KLIA2, after the price shot up by 135 percent or RM4 billion from the original RM1.7 billion.

Lembah Pantai member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar said the Transport ministry’s refusal to come clean on the matter strengthened the perception that the planning and execution of KLIA2 had not been transparent.

KLIA2 has also over its Traffic Modernization Programme (ATMOP) for air traffic control, which according Nurul, has been awarded to ENAV S.p.A, a consultant and air traffic control system supplier company.

“The major concern lies in SELEX (Selex Sistemi Integrati) and ENAV relationship,” said Nurul.

The PKR vice president had earlier disclosed that the faulty radar MIP-2 system was jointly developed by Advanced Air Traffic System (M) Sdn Bhd (AAT) and SELEX at the National Air Traffic Control Centre (NATCC) in Subang airport.

“Is it not conflict of interest as (ENAV’s partner) SELEX is also a supplier to air traffic control system?” she asked, citing clauses 29.1 and 33.1 of the agreement between ENAV and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Under 29.1 and 33.1, a consultant must obey all Malaysian laws including procurement and must not be directly involved in any business.

Due to this, Nurul said ENAV and SELEX were prone to bias in its procurement selection and questioned whether ENAV was clearly absolved from any business activities.

She also revealed that the ceiling price of ATMOP was RM27 million as specified under clause 1.4. However, ENAV had announced the project would cost RM40 million (10 million euro).

“So which is true?” she asked.

Prior to this, AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes had hit out at the escalating construction cost of KLIA2.

-Harakahdaily

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Political parties must not only be whistle blowers which any investigative journalist can do, but also end apartheid. Nurul could be a crypto-racist that is great at being a whistleblower (ending corruption is good but keeping the apartheid of bumiputra in place is bad), meaning 40% of the nation still cannot vote for Nurul (despite corruption which is intended to end but probably will not end). Does Nurul believe in :

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)

Equality espousing MPs and 2 term limited MPs only, no more Ketuanan! Crypto-racism is a crime against Humanity!
ARTICLE 14

DAP’s Karpal chides ‘presumptuous’ PKR deputy president – Monday, 08 October 2012 Super Admin

(The Star) – The feud between Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his party boss Azmin Ali has worsened with more Pakatan Rakyat leaders joining in the fray to chide the PKR deputy president.

The latest Pakatan leader to do so is DAP chairman Karpal Singh who reminded Azmin that he was not in any position to unilaterally announce anything affecting the coalition, including on who should be the Selangor mentri besar if the coalition retained power in the state.

“Azmin has exceeded the bounds of opinion, because this matter is beyond PKR. It involves the Pakatan Rakyat leadership,” Karpal said yesterday.

Karpal was asked to comment on Azmin’s recent statement in a Malay daily that implied that Khalid would not be re-appointed as Mentri Besar should Pakatan retain power in Selangor.

Azmin had said that Khalid’s services were needed at the federal level if Pakatan succeeded in capturing Putrajaya.

Karpal said it was not proper for Azmin to express such an opinion because the decision was not in the hands of PKR alone.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali also affirmed that the matter was never discussed at the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meetings.

He had described Azmin as “over ambitious” for making such a statement.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s former private secretary, Annuar Shaari also said the feud between Azmin and Khalid had always been an “open secret” within the party circle.

“Azmin had wanted the mentri besar’s post in 2008, but he kept silent after Anwar convinced him they could take over Putrajaya in 2009,” he said.

He said it was also known that PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was not in favour of Azmin, while her husband Anwar favoured him.

Khalid’s political secretary Faekah Husin said Azmin had prematurely dropped the bomb.

She said Khalid had laughed off the matter because he did not mind whether he was fielded or dropped from the list of candidates in the next elections.

In an unrelated development, Khalid admitted that some PKR members still found fault with the party and doubted the viability of Pakatan.

“This is happening because the members are more concerned about their own interests. This is not right. We should show more maturity towards attaining the party’s goals,” he said at the opening of the party’s Kuala Selangor division’s annual general meeting in Ijok yesterday.

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Better this form of non-in-family politics than the presumptuousness in  family bloc politics that Karpal has caused and thinks the Rakyat do not notice. Want to be a Maharaja? They are all in INDIA and probably ashamed of Karpal for not speaking against apartheid. GTFO of Dewan, 2 terms over for Karpal family who dares not challenge the apartheid of bumiputra but prevents REAL MPs from taking power (2 term limits!) to change laws!

ARTICLE 15

‘Spat proves Azmin wants total control of Selangor’ – PKR turncoat – Wednesday, 10 October 2012 16:14

INFIGHTING- Began since Azmin took over as state PKR liaison head, says ex-Anwar aide

THE ongoing ‘spat’ between Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy president Azmin Ali and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim proves that the former wants “total control” over the administration of the state.

Former private secretary to PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Anuar Shaari said this became evident when Azmin took over Khalid’s position as the state’s PKR liaison chairman two years ago.

“Therefore, I am not surprised with this infighting that has been going on in the Selangor PKR. This is no longer a secret,” he said in a statement.

“How could they govern the country when even at the state level they are already fighting over positions? The ‘people’s supremacy’ they claim to champion is a slogan of hypocrisy.”

The controversy first started when a Malay daily reported Azmin as saying that the Selangor menteri besar could be replaced and Khalid would be appointed as federal minister if opposition coalition won the next general election.

The war of words then escalated when Khalid’s political secretary, Faekah Husin made a statement in an online portal, saying that Azmin did not have the authority to decide on Khalid’s post.

“Who is Azmin to make such a deduction? I don’t know what drove him to come up with that statement,” she was reported as saying.

Azmin, who is said to be vying for the position of Selangor menteri besar, however accused the Malay daily of “misreporting”, but this was later denied by the newspaper.

However, the focus was shifted to Faekah, when Selangor National Leadership Council deputy president Zuraida Kamaruddin criticised Faekah for her “disparaging” comments against Azmin.

Zuraidah, who is a known Azmin ally was reported last Saturday to have said that she was “very disappointed” over the “unnecessary comments” and suggested that Faekah break the communication wall between her and Azmin over the matter.

“As an effective political secretary to the MB, Faekah should concentrate on improving the political relationship between the MB and party leaders and not cause instability by unnecessarily jumping the gun,” said Zuraidah.

However, former PKR leader Zamil Ibrahim was of the opinion that Faekah was made a “scapegoat” and that she should not be blamed for making such a statement.

He claimed that the clash had always been between Azmin and PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, instead of Khalid.

He explained that it was Wan Azizah who positioned Faekah as the political secretary to “spy” on Azmin as the Gombak member of parliament “never received the blessings from the party president”.

“Faekah used to work with Wan Azizah, and she was put there for a purpose as the president didn’t want Azmin to have control over the state.”

Zamil added that it was known within the party that Khalid would not be in the PKR’s election candidates list as he held no top position in PKR Selangor, except as a Kuala Selangor division chief.

He also said Zuraida should not question Faekah over her statement as it was akin to questioning the president’s choices.

– New Straits Times

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2 terms then GTFO of Dewan. Control, especially in politics is an illusion. This is politics, as in a political party with disposable 2 term limited candidates, not a Sultanate. 90% of Pakatan’s Campaign Promises Still Unkept. GTFO of Dewan and stop fighting on the taxpayer’s monthly funding! Anyone up to a no-confidence motion to remove MPs who LIED and did not keep campaign promises?

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18 Articles : 2 Articles on Muslims – A Better Tunisia and a supposed Salafist Lobby in USA (there such a thing? are they dangerous?), Tuareg in Need of Help, Israel Subsumes Deathcamp Chic, 2 Articles on Migration, Victimising the Aggressor is not Equitable or Just, Declarations and Thoughts on Homosexuality, Disorganized India, Whatever Obamacare Levies – No Taxes OR Penalties Or Else No Votes!, Raw Deals In Raw Food Laws, How Industrialisation (Handphones Brainscanners For AI to Replace Humanity?) Will Destroy All Jobs, Introducing the Vassal Dominion of Englishstan, Romney Is **NOT** Joe Everyman, Eniment Domain And Allodial Revisited, Citizen’s Resistance Against Wealth Sequestering Corporations, Hollande As of 2012 July, Punk Subculture Trailings, 2 mini-articles on Guns and Fireworks – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 3rd July 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Marzouki at Oasis: Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists, all brothers in Tunisia – by Bernardo Cervellera – 06/20/2012 14:50
The Tunisian president reiterates the point that freedom of conscience is the basis of the Jasmine Revolution in his country. This means the right to change religion or have none at all. The transition is difficult in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Arabian Peninsula and Morocco. In such places, conversion and baptism are prevented by fear of what consequences they might entail. However, the Arab revolution has changed people’s mindset, carving greater space for the individual rather than the ‘Ummah’. The West has failed to understand what is taking place.

Tunis (AsiaNews) – The “destiny” of the Arab Tunisian revolution is to welcome “Muslims, Christians, Jews and atheists” as “brothers”, everyone with full citizenship. This is the pledge Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki made at the meeting of the Scientific Committee of Oasis currently underway in the Tunisian capital. Marzouki, who was himself a prisoner and an exile because of his activism in the field of human rights, returned home from France at the time the Jasmine Revolution. Last December, he was elected president with a huge majority. Upon hearing about the Oasis meeting, he decided to meet the representatives of the Committee to reassure them that the Arab revolution is not driven by Islamic fanaticism, but by democracy and a desire to integrate the religious rights of communities and the rights of individuals. “Freedom of conscience” would be protected, including the right to change religion or have no religion at all.

Towards freedom of conscience

What the Tunisian president said challenges a (pessimistic) view that is widespread in the West, namely that the Arab revolution is inevitably moving towards the Islamisation of North Africa and the Middle East. Marzouki was critical of this (Islamophobic and neo-colonialist) stereotype that is prevalent in Western media.

Still, some months ago the president did defend the conviction of two men who had been accused of “insulting the sacred” by posting images deemed offensive of Muhammad online. At the same time, he slammed the conviction on “blasphemy” charges of the makers and actors of the movie Persepolis in which God is shown reciting like any other actor.

For Marzouki, such dithering is inevitable in a country negotiating a path towards a certain “balance”. From this point of view, Tunisia’s journey is no different than that of other countries, torn by conflict over the place to be given to the sacred in society.

To illustrate his point, he mentioned the debate in the United States about Article 1 of the constitution (which mentions God the Creator that some would like to remove), abortion and homosexuality, a demonstration by French Catholics against an offensive show, and tensions in Italy over the presence of crucifixes in public places.

As he received a round of applause from those present at the meeting, the president reiterated that the foundations of his country must be freedom of conscience and that religious affiliation is no business of the state.

Social problems in Egypt and Libya

The situation is more contradictory in other countries stirred by the Arab revolution, Egypt above all. Here, a political majority constituted by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists is engaged in a power struggle with the military and economic power of the Armed Forces.

Various witness who spoke at the conference, including the spokesman of the Egyptian Catholic Church Fr Rafic Greiche and Dominican Fr Jean-Jacques Perennes, noted that many of the promises that came out of Tahrir Square (full citizenship for Christians and Muslims, freedom to build places of worship, an end to discrimination) did not materialise.

Fr Samir Khalil pointed out that in Egypt people voted for Islamic parties because they have no point of reference to decide other than their religious affiliation. What is more, 40 per cent of the population is illiterate.

Nevertheless, speakers said that among Egyptians, people are increasingly wary of “religious” discussions (on what is lawful or unlawful, on anti-Christian bias or morality). A majority of them would like to see political leaders, Muslim included, work to solve problems like unemployment, housing, public transit and education.

Unlike Tunisia, the revolution in Egypt has not moved forward by much. The country is in a stalemate with the military and the Muslim Brotherhood involved in a power struggle.

The same is true about Libya. After the fall of Gaddafi, the country has been affected by low-intensity chaos. Promises of freedom by the National Transitional Council have not yet brought security and peace to Christian communities, constituted mostly by foreign workers, often exploited and without union protection.

The Arabian Peninsula and Morocco

The sorest situation is in the Arabian Peninsula. In places like Saudi Arabia, the revolution was stopped in its track by sticks (repression) and carrots (financial handouts to the population). In the United Arab Emirates, the secret services engaged in “discrete but effective” controls, nipping in the bud any potential demonstration.

The situation of the area’s Christians, all foreigners from India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, etc, is well known. In Saudi Arabia, they are denied freedom of worship. In the Emirates, they can celebrate Mass, but are denied any public expression of their Christian faith.

Out of fear that even this modest right might be taken away, Christian communities dare not baptise Muslims who might want to join the Catholic Church.

The same is true in Morocco where the Arab Revolution was pre-empted by King Mohammed VI’s attempt at reforms. Under the new constitution, Christians are guaranteed freedom of worship, but here too it would be unthinkable to have Muslims baptised and become Christian. Conversely, in the words of Mgr Vincent Landed, bishop of Rabat, Catholics in the North African country do try to be close to every initiative coming from youth, women and men in search of “peace, justice and reconciliation” in society.

No Syrian representative came to this year’s Oasis meeting, perhaps due to that country’s tense political and humanitarian situation.

For Mgr Philippe Brizard, a former director of Oeuvre d’Orient, the revolution in that country was hijacked by the Gulf States and the West, whose goal is to remove Syria from the Iranian and (Shia) sphere of influence. This has turned the region into an arena for “big power” politics.

Some shared features

The ‘Jasmine Revolution’ has unfolded differently according to the countries it has affected. Results have thus been different, yet they share some features.

Prof Olivier Roy, from the European University in Florence, tried to list a few, noting their stable nature, from which “it is impossible to go back”.

1)      First of all, the Arab revolts represent the end of politics centred on a charismatic leader, the saviour of the fatherland;

2)      They mark the end of Islamist and pan-Arabist ideologies;

3)      Although Islamic groups do exist, the demands for justice, jobs and a good economy have put to an end the slogan ‘Islam is the solution to everything’;

4)      A certain patriotism (but not nationalism) has been encouraged and the rhetoric about the Ummah (the world’s Muslim community as a single entity) has been waning;

5)      The Palestinian cause has taken a backseat, almost disappearing from slogans;

6)      Democracy is seen as “possible”;

7)      Islamic societies are undergoing secularisation and there is a growing awareness of the individual (Salafism is a perturbed reaction to this discovery).

For Olivier Roy, the West has failed to understand the Arab revolution. It did not expect it, even though it was entirely predictable in light of the underlying conditions developing in those societies (better educated youth without jobs, better-educated women without rights, a desire for justice against corruption, and more).

Fr Samir Khalil noted that the Arab world also rejects the West, for its alleged irreligiosity and immorality and its “atheistic” separation of religion and state.

Nevertheless, for the Jesuit clergyman, the future of these countries lies in a model of society based on the values of equality (gender, race, social conditions, and religion), solidarity among all citizens, openness to the contributions of all cultures, and a capacity to guarantee tolerance and mutual respect for differences.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Marzouki-at-Oasis:-Christians,-Muslims,-Jews-and-atheists,-all-brothers-in-Tunisia-25073.html

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An article of hope for a better, more inclusive tolerant Muslim! Just as the Prophet intended. Meanwhile though Islam DOES NOT punish apostasy or disallow non-Muslims from their haram entertainments.

ARTICLE 2

A Clean Break – Posted on June 28, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a clean break.

Here’s a nice little quote from a recent article based on the work of the most excellent Grant Smith of IRmep.

Material obtained under FOIA by IRmep reveals that during the same time period Jonathan Pollard was active; American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials obtained and used stolen classified US confidential business information passed by an Israeli diplomat. Although industry groups such as the US Bromine Alliance filed formal complaints and the FBI investigated, no action was ever taken. Israeli spy-master Rafael Eitan—mentioned in the DIA video— earlier infiltrated the NUMEC facility in Apollo, Pennsylvania at the invitation of its owner Zalman Shapiro. Although FBI investigators obtained eyewitness affidavits of the mass diversion of weapons-grade uranium from the site, presumably into the Israeli nuclear weapons program, a 1978 GAO report concluded no bona fide effort was ever made to properly prosecute Israel’s US based operatives. Victims of NUMEC toxic pollution are currently filing hundreds of millions in health claims as the US Army Corps of Engineers struggles to manage a toxic cleanup that could cost taxpayers up to half a billion dollars.

Israeli espionage against the United States is long-standing, wide-spread, deeply penetrated into both the public and private sector and inimical to the interests of the citizens of the United States. This espionage activity is often discovered and then covered up.  That espionage includes Israel’s getting its hands on nuclear weapons materials to include, but not limited to, uranium – weapons-grade uranium.

Add to that the Lavon Affair and the attack on the USS Liberty and you have not only espionage and theft of nuclear technology but actual military and terrorist attacks.

If Mike Piper is right, you can add to that Israeli participation in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

And lately a very steady and fact-based researcher and writer has been expressing views on at least a couple of interviews he has done recently that Israeli might have had just a bit more than just some foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks.  If this person is starting to go in that direction, well, I just find that quite interesting.

Now let’s also add to this witch’s brew the fact of the Israeli lobby’s virtual death grip on both houses of Congress and both parties and its deep infiltration of the executive branch at the very highest levels.

Fortunately, the major media outlets, Hollywood and the US financial sector are controlled by Salafists. Imagine if the same elements who have done and continue to do all of the things mentioned above – imagine if they exercised overwhelming control of our media, entertainment and financial industries. We’d really be fucked the, wouldn’t we?

Now as many of you are aware, IRmep has just obtained a Defense Intelligence Agency video about the threat Jonathan Pollard represented to the interests of the United States. That video is on youtube and on the IRmep site.

Here is another quote from a recent Smith article that in my view shows you exactly how pernicious Israeli infiltration into the Obama administration is.  Red highlighting is mine.

Less widely known is that Israeli front company Telogy was caught in the summer of 2010 illegally shipping nuclear weapons components out of California to Israel.  When such crimes occurred in the past — such as in the case of MILCO smuggling nuclear triggers out of California to Israel — the US at least criminally investigated Israel’s US operatives even while carefully steering around the true masterminds such as Arnon Milchan and high Israeli intelligence officials.  In the case of Telogy, the Obama administration simply leaked tidbits of the export violations to friendly press, helpfully allowing Telogy to quickly roll up its illegal US operations.

I find it more than a little interesting that the article that the above quote is taken from is entitled “Why Obama Will Free Jonathan Pollard.”

It’s all about Pollard.

Last November I linked to the Amazon page of this book.

Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice

Here, Keith Johnson, working for AFP, interviews the author of that book, Ronald J. Olive, who describes Pollard as having stolen more secrets than any spy in US history. It’s a good short read and ends with a powerful quote by Mr. Oliver who was a key player in the investigation into Pollard’s crimes. Speaking about the many Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate who support Pollard, he says:

“They don’t know what the true story is,” said Olive. “I wrote my book to tell the story from the inside. It tells them everything they need to know. It’s the true story—not just what Jonathan Pollard is saying now. It’s who he really is, what he really did and the devastation that he caused.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a clean break.

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‘Fortunately, the major media outlets, Hollywood and the US financial sector are controlled by Salafists.’ WHAT?!? Hollywood controlled by Salafists?!? That might almost be worse than Zionists!

Could the govt. of the USA please show all fundos the door and keep the entertainment and finance industries free of all these self serving and biased groups? WHOS a Salafist or Zionist in Hollywood and the finance sector? Get rid of all these extraneous and agenda idiots out of the neutral spaces of the public sector! Proliferation and proselytization or infiltration by religionists is detestable and polluting!

Neutral spaces can only be useful to society and preserved by neutral workers. Identify all so called persons who are not dedicated to the job per se instead using work as a platform for religion or promotion of belief system (proselytization) and kick them out. This is public sphere not their home town backyard or at least demand any owners as well to make clear that the bank or production house is Salafist or Zionist aligned. Little wonder USA is bankrupt and the films are so propaganda like and manipulative. We the PEOPLE OF THE WORLD want agenda free banks and films!

ARTICLE 3

Mali : Islamists rout Tuareg from their own rebellion in north Mali – 6/29/12 10:52 AM

Mali – Separatist Tuareg rebels led the takeover of northern Mali but Islamists who fought alongside them have now dislodged the desert nomads from all key positions, scuppering their dream of independence. It was the Tuareg’s rebellion, one which they have waged several times in past decades in their bid to split northern Mali, which they call Azawad, from the south where the government in Bamako has long marginalised their community.
But this vast northern desert had also become the base of Al-Qaeda allies and Islamists, whose fighters appeared alongside the Tuareg as they seized the main cities and then planted their own black flag, laying down their strict Islamic laws.

“Today, you need a magnifying glass to find a trace of the MNLA fighters,” said Malian journalist Tiegoum Boubeye Maiga, referring to the Tuareg rebel movement, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad. The MNLA was formed in late 2011, including members of rebel groups who were active in the nineties. Boosted by the return of heavily armed Tuareg who had gone to fight for Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the rebels launched their rebellion in January and quickly overwhelmed a demoralised and poorly equipped Malian army.

Angry and frustrated, a group of low-ranking soldiers carried out a coup on March 22 against a government they said was incompetent in dealing with the rebellion. But the coup only worsened the situation as the unmanned north became easy prey and fell to the rebel groups in a matter of days. Alongside the main Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) backed by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) an offshoot of the also-present Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Tuareg were swiftly pushed aside. While they still maintained a presence, unilaterally declaring independence for Azawad, tensions grew between the two groups, erupting in bloody combat in the town of Gao on Wednesday where the Tuareg were chased from their headquarters.

MUJAO spokesman Adnan Abou Walid Sahraoui said it had “seized the governor’s palace and the residence of MNLA secretary general Bilal Ag Acherif who fled with his soldiers.” Some 20 people were reported killed by witnesses, and Ag Acherif was said to have fled, wounded, to a neighbouring country. While in former colonial power France the MNLA garnered certain sympathy, seen as a group which could counter the Islamist groups, and regularly given airtime to explain their struggle, the reality on the ground was different.

“While the Islamists were doing work on the ground, the Tuareg were talking to the media,” said Maiga.

The Islamists slowly moved their chessmen into place, first blocking the Tuareg from accessing the heavy weapons they had brought back from Libya and hidden in the AQIM-controlled mountains in north-eastern Mali, experts said. Then they won sympathy on the ground among the different tribes in the north, where Tuareg are a minority, by distributing basic goods and insisting they wanted to maintain the territorial integrity of Mali.

“When the mujahideen took Gao, they walked through the town brandishing the Malian flag, we liked that,” said Saly Toure who works for the Sahel Museum in Gao which has been closed since the beginning of the crisis. But to win “the Islamists also played the corruption card wholeheartedly,” said an African diplomat based in Bamako, on condition of anonymity. “A very influent leader of a citizens’ association in Gao was ‘bought’. Since then he turned his back on the Tuareg to support the Islamists.” He said the defeat of the MNLA would change the framework of negotiations with transition authorities who took over from the junta. Lacking money, abandoned by their supporters and riven by internal divisions, the Tuareg rebels have been sorely weakened, and only hold small towns such as Gossi, Menaka and Anderamboukane.

However the Islamists have not been welcomed with open arms and protests have broken out as many in the northern main cities – home to a hodgepodge of black African and Arab tribes – have no interest in the strict Islamic state sought by their occupiers.

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Where are the Americans when you need them? The Tuareg need help here. There are already too many Islamist countries. Send some mercs wrapped up in blankets to preted to be Tuaregs and also send funding and supplies to make sure the AFRICAN NOMAD Tuaraegs get their homeland. Whats going on USA? Diversity remember? And just look at what happend to the Sufi shrines just recently? Start emptying those US army bases back home filled with comfy whitebread kids and put those resources to good use, there is a FRIENDLY COUNTRY the CIA or FBI (maybe Russia and China should do that instead – for ‘humanitarian’ reasons, better the Red bloc than more strict shariah Islamists . . . ) or what not needs to carve out in North Africa where Gaddafi fell . . . airlift some ‘Tuareg’ to Mali pronto . . . heck put guns in the hands of ‘illegal immigrants’ (i.e. especially Latinos or others in the US military about to be thrown away . . . ) about to be deported, and send them there to garrison or be led by Tuareg commanders if USA can’t do anything else cleverer than send away trained and dedicated troops simply because they were not born in USA . . .

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Israel holds beauty pageant for Holocaust survivors – June 30, 2012

Hava Hershkovitz, 79, (2nd right), a Holocaust survivor and winner of a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide, stands with other contestants during a contest in the northern Israeli city of Haifa June 28, 2012. — Reuters pic
JERUSALEM, June 29 — A beauty contest for Holocaust survivors stirred deep emotions in Israel today, with organisers hailing it an affirmation of life and detractors calling it a macabre spectacle.

Fourteen women who survived the Nazi genocide took the pageant stage before a packed hall in the city of Haifa. Each of the contestants shared a bit of their personal stories before the capacity crowd.

The event touched a raw nerve with some Israelis who saw it as cheapening the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust during World War Two.

Others said it was a self-image boost for aging survivors, some of whom have fallen into poverty.

Shimon Sabag, director of Helping Hand, a private group that aids thousands of the estimated 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, said the contest held yesterday had been so successful he may hold a similar event next year.

“There were 1,000 survivors there who enjoyed the event,” Sabag told Reuters. “People don’t have to see Holocaust survivors mainly as a group of wheelchair-bound victims.”

Former Israeli lawmaker Colette Avital, who heads a survivors’ organisation, was quoted by local media as denouncing the competition as “macabre”.

The contest winner, silver-haired Romanian-born Hava Hershkovitz, 79, regaled with a blue and white sash as a tiara was placed on her head. She said the victory was “her revenge, showing how despite the horrors her family went through, her beauty and personality have endured,” according to Shabag.

“We should never forgive and forget what they went through, but I find this a very constructive way to show these people remain beautiful,” he added.

Hershkovitz, one of hundreds of survivors in an assisted living facility sponsored by Sabag’s group, won a family weekend at a resort and all 100 contestants were issued with electronic distress buttons. — Reuters

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Israel shows confidence and forward looking to do this. Death camp chic this is not, but being quite holocaust related does subsume the ‘Death camp chic’ meme and take the ball away from the aggressors among Nazis (Differentiate : there are Nazi ideologists that do not accept the worst aspects of Nazism . . . ). And Leviathan’s love of women-mountains cannot be balanced with skeletal crones who suffered so much . . . Israel is displaying a form of maturity most nations of the world could do with, though in practical application on the ground (i.e. Gaza, Palestine issues) where the issue of UN treaties and land, there needs to be much more work. A sign of good things though.

Holocaust Pageant

ARTICLE 5

Plumbing New Depths of Inanity in the Tea Party Crowd Sun, 07/01/2012 – 12:45 — Anonymous by:  Dave Lindorff

Let me preface this column by saying that I don’t think all conservatives and right-wingers are stupid. In fact I have some right-leaning friends of a libertarian bent who are really smart, and a lot of fun to argue with. They may have an unquestioning faith, bordering on religious zealotry, in the wonders of the “market,” but like Jesuit-trained Catholics defending the existence of God, debating that faith with them can be entertaining and even challenging.

Having said that, I have to say that the so called “rock-ribbed” conservative crowd — let’s change that to “rock-headed” — that serves as the foot-soldiers for the Koch-brothers-funded Tea Party “movement” are really low-wattage.

Back in 2008-2010, their incredibly inane rallying cry was: “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!”

Never mind that the Medicare these bozos were trying to protect is a government program.

Now, after the latest Supreme Court decision, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the four alleged “liberal” members of the court to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), the new cry from these dopes is that they want to move to Canada “because the US is too socialist.”

I kid you not!

Wally Weldon (@WallyWeldon), is a classic of the genre. In a Tweet, he declares, “I’m moving to Canada, the US is entirely too socialist.”

Van Summers (@VanSummers) chirps back, “Screw this commie country, I’m moving to Canada.”

Problem: Canada has what might best be described as socialized health care. Way back in 1947, Tommy Douglas, a social-democratic provincial leader of the prairie province of Saskatchewan, introduced the first public hospital insurance program in Canada. That plan was expanded nationwide in 1957 in the face of militant opposition from the Canadian Medical Association. In 1962, Saskatchewan broadened the program to cover all medical costs, making health care in that province fully funded for all by the government. A conservative Canadian national government expanded the program in Saskatchewan nationwide in 1966. Doctors fees were set buy the provinces, but doctors responded by adding on private charges called “extra billing.” That practice was banned in 1984, giving Canada the basic system it has to this day. It’s quality health care at half the cost in terms of share of GDP (10%) that it is in the US (20%).

Tea Party wackos see socialism in Obamacare (!) and in everything Obama the Democrats do.Against all logic, Tea Party wackos see “socialism” or even communism in Obamacare (!) and in everything Obama the Democrats do (if only!).

Canada’s Medicare-for-all program is not socialist in the way that the British National Health program is socialist–with UK hospitals owned by the government and UK doctors receiving state salaries. Doctors in Canada still are private entrepreneurs, but their fees for service are set by the provincial governments. Hospitals can also be private, but patients only pay a nominal charge for treatment in them. Their costs and their reimbursements are negotiated by governments.

Do these conservatives who want to flee to Canada to escape “socialist” Obamacare even know any of this?

It’s hard to believe they wouldn’t. Fox TV, the main “news” source for the ignorant and willfully ignorant, has run plenty of scare stories about a non-existent “wave” of Canadians allegedly pouring across the border to the good-ol’ capitalist USA to get medical treatment they are allegedly denied in “socialist” Canada. On investigation, most of these stories fall apart very quickly. But at least the viewers ought to get the picture that Canadians have socialized medical care.

Obamacare isn’t remotely socialist, meanwhile. Its crucial flaw, indeed, is precisely that it leaves the whole funding of American medical care in the hands of the private insurance industry (it caters shamelessly to most of the industries in the US medical-industrial complex, but especially to the insurance industry, which expects to clean up on the health insurance mandate). Canadians, meanwhile, effectively did away with private health insurance in their country when they introduced their Medicare program for all Canadians.

Meanwhile, these clowns who want to flee to Canada may be in for a rude surprise if they do more than yack on Twitter and actually try to flee Obamacare. Canada doesn’t provide its free medical care to outsiders, and it’s very hard on would-be immigrants who might want to get a free ride on their health care system. If you go to Canada and get sick or injured, you will get treated, but you’ll also get a hefty bill if you’re not Canadian. You should hope you have some kind of private US medical insurance to handle the bill or it could really set you back.

I had some friends in their late 50s who tried to immigrate to Canada from Alaska a few years ago. They both had lifetime insurance from the woman’s former job as a state worker in Alaska, but even so, they were denied landed immigrant status in Canada, and were told it was because the immigration authorities feared they would end up using (abusing) Canada’s health care system anyhow.

No surprise that, but it is a delicious case of “turnabout is fair play” (not for my two friends, who knew all about Canada’s health system and, with their lifetime retirement insurance plan, had no need or desire to freeload off it.) Conservatives in the US are always railing that Mexicans are coming across the border illegally to the US to get free Medicaid in this country. Now they want to go further north across the next border to freeload for health care themselves.

But it’s not going to work.

They’d do better to do a little research about Canada’s system of government-funded health care, and then, once they understand it, join the fight to get the US Medicare program they love so much, “socialist” as it may be, expanded to cover every American they way it works in Canada.

I’m not holding my breath for a new Tea Party cry of “Get the government’s hands to broaden their reach and extend my Medicare to cover my kids, my grandkids amd my neighbors!”

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They both had lifetime insurance from the woman’s former job as a state worker in Alaska, but even so, they were denied landed immigrant status in Canada, and were told it was because the immigration authorities feared they would end up using (abusing) Canada’s health care system anyhow.

They could simply be required to sign away their rights of access to Canada’s healthcare system then be allowed to move instead? This sort of thing shows where the hegelian dialect between governments is at work, they want to prevent immigration and hence force people to remain in countries that do not suit them through inflexible laws. Such people innvariably become disillusioned and disruptiv and end up in jail, enruiiching the Prison-Supplier/Contractor Complex.

In the real world before the passport was invented, people did move and passport laws are artificial and do not regard very reasonable reasons for moving, especially those from fundo countries that need the ‘first/free world’ to beat understanding of the UN Human Rights Charter into them or unseat the Dictators and their nepotistic family blocs.

In fact poor health (this is a spiritual or perhaps energic thing) could be very well due to NOT being allowed to migrate by governments which again causes more cost for all countries overall intentionally, making insurance and healthcare profiteering an industry off the people being disallowed to move to a suitable magnetic declination! Wanna have lots of earth quakes and senile aging people? Degradation of young minds? Keep disallowing migration and voting dictators and plutocrats!

ARTICLE 6

Chinese Father Disappears After Protesting Wife’s Forced Abortion – written by  Brian Koenig – Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:49

The man whose wife fell victim to the Chinese government’s strict one-child policy has gone missing after he posted photographs online of his wife and their aborted baby. Government officials had forcibly aborted the late-term pregnancy earlier this month, prompting an international outcry and, consequently, leading to the suspension of three officials in the Shaanxi province.

The abortion took place on June 2 (seven months into the pregnancy), provoked by the fact that Deng Jiyuan and his wife Feng Janmei could not pay the 40,000-yuan ($6,300) fine for having a second child. In protest of the horrific act, Deng Jiyuan published graphic photos of his dead baby online, attracting a flurry of international criticism and reigniting the debate over China’s controversial one-child policy.

Embittered over Deng’s public reaction, local officials coordinated a backlash against the family, branding them as traitors and setting them under government surveillance. “We are already heartbroken from losing the baby,” lamented Deng Jicai, a sister of Deng Jiyuan. “How did we become traitors?”

Deng Jicai has since condemned the government’s actions, asserting that guards have patrolled outside Feng’s hospital room and have even followed family members when they go to the restroom or leave the hospital. Deng also emphasized that her brother and sister-in-law initially refrained from notifying the media but spoke to German reporters who were traveling to the province after the government refused to deliver investigation results that had been promised.

“We did not make more out of the story,” Deng attested. “My sister-in-law mainly stated what she had experienced.”

Deng Jiyuan traveled to Beijing last week to meet with lawyers and journalists to discuss the incident. But, according to his sister, Mr. Deng was met with fierce resistance. “More than 100 people and a dozen of cars showed up to stop him, and a man suddenly appeared and kicked my brother in the stomach,” Deng Jicai said.

On Sunday, government officials purportedly urged local townspeople to unfold a banner near the hospital where Feng was located, which called the family “traitors” and ordered that they be excommunicated from the town. Meanwhile, photos were posted online displaying a red banner that reads, “severely beat the traitors and expel them.”

Ms. Deng responded on China’s popular Twitter-like service Sina Weibo, decrying the government’s effort to defame and incite violence on her family:

I feel like crying but have no tears. Where is justice? Zengjia Township, where I was born and brought up, how can I still love you? I just don’t understand in what way I have committed treason! I don’t know what you mean by calling me a ‘traitor.’ My lord, in what way I have sold the People’s Republic of China? I didn’t beg you for pity for my miserable sister-in-law. I didn’t ask you for even the slightest bit of sympathy. Just get lost! Let us go home!!!

Prompted by the family’s tragic story, 43-year-old Zhang Wen Fang has also risked government retribution as she reached out to the human rights organization All Girls Allowed to describe a similar incident that occurred four years ago. LifeSiteNews.com reported on the story:

According to Zhang, on May 23rd, 2008, when she was nine months pregnant, at least eleven Family Planning officials entered her home while her husband was away. Eight or nine men and three women dragged her into a van and took her to the People’s Hospital, where they induced labor despite her protests. At 8 p.m. they tried to inject an unknown chemical into her stomach, and Zhang resisted: “I pulled the needle out,” she said. “But then six men held me down so that they could give me the injection with a second needle.” Afterwards, they kept her in a room and did not let her family know where she was.

Two days later Zhang’s contractions began and then her water broke. “I was saying, ‘Help, help!’ but they ignored me and wouldn’t even let me out of the room,” she said. When she woke up the next day, after having lost consciousness, Zhang’s baby was gone. “When I asked the officials and doctors what happened to the baby, if it was alive or dead, they would not tell me,” she lamented.

“Some people think contacting the foreign media equals selling out the country,” says Liang Zhongtang, a retired social sciences research who now studies China’s family planning policy. In turn, Liang affirms, the Chinese government is pursuing physical recourse to silence media reports that may position the country’s social policy under an unfavorable spotlight.

Another Chinese couple (below), Yang Zhongchen, and his wife Jin Yani pose in their one bedroom home in Qianan, China, July 26, 2007. Seven years earlier, Yang’s heavily pregnant wife was dragged from her bed and taken to a clinic, where her baby was killed by injection while still inside her.

Yang Zhongchen and Jin Yani

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Instead of forced late term abortions, how about getting China to send the offending family to a country that would not mind a few more kids even if not ethnically local? There must be some international treaties to allow easy migration based on problem issues like these. UN? NAM? How about putting such parents in touch with countries that are ready to allow them to migrate to to avoid such terrible and dehumanizing treatment? China’s higher authorities have as of now punished the officials over late-term abortion case :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18605767
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Police officer in jail after allegedly forcing girl, 15, to strip naked for ‘sex exam’ in the backseat of a car – by Laura Cox – PUBLISHED: 20:22 GMT, 30 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 GMT, 30 June 2012

Unacceptable: Capt. Juan De los Rios was arrested after allegedly forcing a 15-year-old girl to get naked so that he could inspect her to make sure she hadn¿t been having sex

A Florida police captain was arrested after allegedly forcing a 15-year-old girl to get naked so that he could inspect her to make sure she hadn’t been having sex.

The girl was so mortified when Captain Juan De los Rios, a Miramar police force veteran of 28 years, told her to strip off that she complied, allowing him to carry out a ‘sex check’ on her.

De los Rios insisted that he inspect the girl’s private parts using his flashlight to look for signs of bruising when he came across her and a 19-year-old male friend talking in the backseat of a car.

He ignored the girl’s protestations that the pair were not having sex and told her that he needed to ‘see inside’ to make sure she was telling the truth.

After he had finished with his ‘exam’, the disgraced officer told the teens to go home.

The humiliating crime happened back in January but the girl was so mortified by what had happened that she initially refused to report it, NBC Miami reported.

Charged: Capt. Juan De los Rios was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct involving a child for making the girl strip naked and is being held at the Broward County Main Jail

She confided in her sister who eventually managed to persuade her to tell their mum and dad.

The parents immediately contacted authorities and a warrant was issued for De los Rios’ arrest.

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He turned himself in at the Broward County Main Jail where he is being held on $30,000, charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious conduct on a child under age 16 by someone over age 18.

He has been suspended from the force and faces up to 15 years in prison as well as a $10,000 fine.

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Save the taxpayer money from the prison contractor or even courts system and also do not shame publicly like this. The expense of shame was off 1 person (victim) by 1 person (aggressor), not 1 person by the whole of society. At most make the policeman strip in front of as many relevant people of the girls choice as needed and be done with the whole thing.

The police man gets to keep the job, has been punished appropriately and equitably in sufficiently private settings so that continuation of work is possible, and can continue police work and life with whatever useful experience from so many years on the force. For a mistake of a few minutes, taking away all of the above and destroying a man’s life is an indictment on society. Shouldn’t there be some form of privacy applied here? How about a transfer instead? This cop should not be finished off like this, for a moment’s mistake, does the city have the right to throw away a decade or more of  work and value?

ARTICLE 8

Anderson Cooper : ‘The Fact Is, I’m Gay’ – 7/2/2012 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Anderson Cooper has revealed … he’s gay and he’s proud.

Cooper made the announcement in a letter to Andrew Sullivan, who was doing a story for TheDailyBeast.com about the social impact of famous people who come out as gay.

Sullivan reached out to Cooper for his thoughts, to which Anderson replied with a letter.

“There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand,” Cooper wrote.

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

“I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”

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Maybe being homosexual (gay or lesbian) typifies people with a sense of equilibrium and fair mindedness. Being gay to balance out the collective nature of man.

Sexual ‘society’ as is, is quite invasive as of now, perhaps the natural state of affairs would be bisexuality where attraction and entertainment is concerned.

Biologically mm/ff procreation can be viable due to technology so extinction of mankind is no longer a valid excuse to denounce. There needs though to be more bisexual people coming out as bisexual, and all existing homosexuals need to examine this line of thought before marrying and later divorcing which does hurt the case for sexual diversity.

Practicality, organic and cost wise, the heteros have the case (no need to use tech), but where awareness, abuse and other factors are considered, yes gays and lesbians are the frontline against oppression of sexual diversity and sexual choice. This was never taught in school, there needs to be a UN approved syllabus to prevent further gender wars and sidelining and abuse of LGBTs. Barring genetic basis preferences, in a civil and protected environment, perhaps there will be more bisexuals rather than homosexuals?

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As crops rot, millions go hungry in India – by Mayank Bhardwaj – NEW DELHI | Sun Jul 1, 2012 6:03pm EDT

(Reuters) – Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country.

It is an extraordinary paradox created by a rigid regime of subsidies for grain farmers, a woeful lack of storage facilities and an inefficient, corruption-plagued public distribution system that fails millions of impoverished people.

And it is an embarrassment for the government led by the Congress party, which returned to power in 2009 thanks in large part to pledges of welfare for the poor, who make up about 40 percent of the 1.2 billion population.

Quite why the authorities could not simply offload the mountains of grain for free to fill empty stomachs is puzzling, but the explanation lies in the complex regulations that govern procurement and distribution.

“This is a case of criminal neglect by the government,” said D. Raja, national secretary of the Communist Party of India, an opposition group. “The ruling party has been the worst manager of the demand-supply of food grains.”

Officials say that, in all, about 6 million tons of grain worth at least $1.5 billion could perish. Analysts say the losses could be far higher because more than 19 million tons are now lying in the open, exposed to searing summer heat and monsoon rains.

Saddomajra, a village in the bread-basket state of Punjab, is one of the dumping grounds for the record stockpile of wheat that has accumulated after half a decade of bumper harvests in the world’s second-largest producer of the grain.

Here there are thousands of sacks of decomposing wheat, occupying an area the size of a football field and towering in some places to the height of a house. Tarpaulins cover most of the mounds, but many of the bags are torn, spilling blackened grain blighted by fungus and insects.

“The wheat has been lying there for the past five years. It smells very bad,” said Hakkam Singh, who works as a watchman at the open field. “Nobody steals it, but people use it to feed fish and poultry farms.”

At another dump, on the outskirts of Punjab’s Amritsar city, locals told Reuters that officials sometimes dip into the sacks of rotting grain to mix it with fresh wheat for distribution to the poor who hold ration cards.

WHEAT STOCKS AT ALL-TIME HIGH

In India the government buys rice and wheat from farmers at a guaranteed price, a support system akin to the subsidies that led to Europe’s notorious butter mountains and milk lakes.

The government has raised the price it pays to buy wheat by more than 70 percent since 2007, which only encourages more production. As a result, stocks are now at an all-time high of about 50 million tons, 12 times more than the official target.

“It’s related to pure economic security for the farmers,” said Purnima Menon, a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in New Delhi. “They make a safe choice of crops.”

Rajiv Tandon, a senior adviser for health and nutrition at aid organization Save the Children in India, said that to diversify the country’s food basket farmers should be offered incentives to grow vegetables and other cash crops.

However, he said root-and-branch modernization is needed. The farm sector was transformed by the introduction of high-yielding seeds, fertilizers and irrigation during the Green Revolution nearly half a century ago, ending a dependence on imports, but it has seen only incremental reform ever since.

Storage is one of the biggest problems of all.

“For the last 25 years the storage capacity has not been upgraded at all,” Tandon said. “Part of the grain is officially stored outside store houses, where the chance of rotting is high. There are often not enough sacks and tarpaulins, and sometimes it is dumped by a graveyard or cremation centre.”

Grain stocks officially deemed as stored in government warehouses now stand at a record 82.4 million tons. However, that is about 20 million tons more than actual capacity, which means grain lying in the open is being passed off as “stored”.

WHO WILL BUY?

State-run Food Corp. of India (FCI), the main grain procurement agency, buys about one-third of total wheat output to run welfare programs and keep stocks for emergency needs.

What to do with the rest is a conundrum for the government, which is reluctant to sell wheat for less than the inflated support price it paid to farmers because it would put further strain on an already hefty fiscal deficit.

Recently it offered 6 million tons of rice and wheat to state administrations for the poor at cheaper rates, in addition to 55 million already earmarked for financial year 2012/13. But there were not many takers because state governments are grappling with budget overruns themselves.

Exporting wheat is not an attractive alternative.

After buying wheat from farmers and adding freight, storage and transport costs, the free on board (FOB) price is around $346 a ton. However, Indian wheat would only be competitive in the export market at around $260, which implies a loss – effectively a further subsidy, and this time to consumers in other countries – of $85-90 per ton for the government.

The brimming granaries forced India to lift a four-year-old ban on private exports last September, but lower global prices have scuppered those plans.

Traders say that even if India went all-out to export wheat it could at best sell 6-7 million tons a year because of transport bottlenecks and doubts about the quality of the grain.

New Delhi is considering the export of up to 3 million tons of wheat to sanctions-hit Iran, but traders say Tehran will not be falling over itself to buy because of concern that Indian grain may be tainted by fungal disease.

Last month the government decided to offer 3 million tons of wheat to local biscuit makers and flour millers at $205 a ton against the $225 it paid to farmers in 2012.

“Subsidizing our bread and biscuit makers is easier than subsidizing consumers of other countries,” said a senior government official, who did not wish to be identified due to political criticism of a solution to the surplus that benefits private companies rather than the poor.

In China, a large portion of wheat stocks are channeled into the country’s rapidly expanding animal feed sector, replacing more expensive corn. However, India has an exportable surplus of corn and its meat consumption is far lower, so there is little demand for wheat as a replacement for other grains.

“NATIONAL SHAME”

A government-supported survey published earlier this year found that 42 percent of India’s children under 5 are underweight, almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa. The finding led Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to admit that malnutrition was “a national shame”.

The cause of this widespread malnutrition cannot be tied mechanically to a lack of staples like rice and wheat.

Indeed, many families living on less than $2 a day are fuelled and filled by subsidized carbohydrate-rich food like wheat chapatis. These lack the much-needed protein and other nutrients that come in more expensive food. Poor hygiene and contaminated water are also to blame because they cause illnesses like diarrhoea, which prevents nutrient absorption.

Still, there are real grain shortages in the poorest states.

Here the problem is an inefficient and corruption-prone distribution system. Eighteen months ago investigators said millions of dollars worth of grain meant for poor families had been siphoned off and sold locally and abroad in a scam involving hundreds of government officials.

In 2010 the Supreme Court urged the government to distribute grain free to the hungry rather than let it go to waste in warehouses and open fields, but that hasn’t happened.

This is because state governments are reluctant to buy extra grain for distribution under the food welfare program and, even if they were, only people with under-the-poverty-line ration cards would be entitled to buy it in subsidized shops.

“The problem of rotting grains and the poor going hungry lies in the system itself,” said Biraj Patnaik, principal adviser on food issues to the court.

The government is now planning a food security scheme that will guarantee cheap grain to 63.5 percent of the population.

However, critics see this as political gimmickry. They doubt that the new scheme will be less corrupt, more efficient or better targeted than current programs, and they suspect that the government will not be able to afford a plan that may cost as much as $12 billion in additional subsidies a year.

(Writing by John Chalmers; Additional reporting by Ajay Verma in SADDOMAJRA, India, by John Chalmers, Satarupa Bhattacharjya and Ratnajyoti Dutta in NEW DELHI and by Naveen Thukral in SINGAPORE; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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Weekend volunteers with trucks could be given free fuel and maps to ferry grain that is fast deteriorating from warehouses to any area starving. The military (instead of sitting pretty in barracks) could be the first to get moving. India should use those manpower resources. Starving Indians probably would not care that the soldiers did not do their morning run or obstacle course on any day. The starving Indians would however certainly prefer that Indian soldiers bring grain about to rot from warehouses to their homes so that they wont starve while grain rots! This is akin to a national emergency! Taking things too easy India?

ARTICLE 10

Is it a tax or a penalty? Obama and Romney struggle to define aspect of healthcare law – by Calvin Woodward, Associated Press / July 3, 2012

Obama’s health care law is closely modeled on the universal-coverage plan Romney achieved as Massachusetts governor. That plan contains a penalty for noncompliance similar to the one in the federal law upheld by the court last week.

In 2012 file photos President Barack Obama talks to reporters in Washington on June 8 and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 14.

It looks like a tax, smells like a tax, and the Supreme Court says it must be a tax. But politicians in both parties are squirming over how to define the Thing in President Barack Obama’s health care law that requires people to pay up if they don’t get health insurance.
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The problem for Obama is that, if the Thing is indeed a tax, he is by definition a raiser of taxes on the middle class, which he promised not to be.

If that sounds like an opportunity for Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney, well, it’s not that simple.

Could you pass a US citizenship test?

Obama’s health care law is closely modeled on the universal-coverage plan Romney achieved as Massachusetts governor. That plan contains a penalty for noncompliance similar to the one in the federal law upheld by the court last week.

So if Obama is a raiser of taxes, so is Romney.

Contortions have ensued over what to call this health care Thing.

Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom strayed from Republican talking points when he told MSNBC that Romney agrees with Justice Antonin Scalia’s minority opinion that “very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.”

That position is at odds with congressional Republicans who are determined to portray the Thing as an Obamatax pure and simple.

“The American people do not want to go down this path,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “They do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don’t like it we’re going to tax you.”

As for the other side, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and some others have taken to calling it a “penalty for free riders.”

“This is a penalty on free riders,” echoed Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Just as everyone loves motherhood and apple pie, no one loves a free rider. Not Democrats. And not Republicans.

But Democrats didn’t make that up.

Some years back, Romney called his own Thing a penalty on “free riders.”

The whatever-it-is starts in 2014, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service and functions like a tax in that its amount is keyed to the income of those who must pay it.

The Obama administration always shied away from calling it a tax for the obvious reason that tax increases are political trouble. But, paradoxically, his health care law only stands today because the high court considered the insurance mandate part of Congress’ broad powers of taxation, therefore constitutional.

The court carefully parsed all of this in a migraine-inducing summary of Chief Justice John Roberts’ written decision.

“The Affordable Care Act describes the ‘shared responsibility payment’ as a ‘penalty,’ not a ‘tax,'” it says. “That label is fatal to the application of the Anti-Injunction Act. It does not, however, control whether an exaction is within Congress’ power to tax. In answering that constitutional question, this Court follows a functional approach, ‘disregarding the designation of the exaction, and viewing its substance and application.'”

In other words, the Thing is a tax.

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All Americans DO NOT CARE what hegelian dialectic terms are applied. call this Tax or call this Penalty, so long as the people PAY, this angers everyone – against BOTH Obama and Romney. NO PAYING, otherwise NO VOTE ! Also, opt outs for any not wanting to pay!

ARTICLE 11 (2 Related Articles)

Chef serves up raw meat protest in Windsor
Rino’s Kitchen will have lamb tartare and lambe Carpaccio on special this weekend
CBC News / Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:10 PM ET / Last Updated: Jun 29, 2012 9:28 AM ET

Rino Bortolin called the health unit’s decision to ban kibbeh culturally insensitive. Rino Bortolin called the health unit’s decision to ban kibbeh culturally insensitive. (Courtesy Courtney Renaud/Converged Citizen)

Health officials ban Lebanese dish from restaurants

(Note:CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.)

At least one Windsor chef plans to protest the local health unit’s crackdown on raw meat dishes.

Rino Bortolin will serve raw meat dishes lamb tartare and lamb Carpaccio this Canada Day weekend.

Other raw meat dishes : Steak Tartare, Carpaccio, Ceviche

“Until an inspector tells me to stop, I’ll keep serving it. And if they tell me to stop, I will probably still do it,” Bortolin said.

The decision flies in the face of the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, which has banned the raw beef dish kibbeh from a handful of Lebanese restaurants. It also told one restaurant to stop serving steak tartare in May.

Bortolin called the health unit “culturally insensitive” to “hard-working small businesses.”

“Certain preparations have been accepted for years and pose no harm when done properly. Those have been on menus for decades,” Bortolin said. “These meats and dishes have been prepared and eaten this way for centuries.”

Bortolin said the health unit has overreacted to an incident in Ottawa.

In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a media release warning customers to not consume finely ground beef sold at New Middleast Supermarket in Ottawa.

“The affected ground beef is a finely ground raw beef known to be used for Kebbeh,” the release said.

The release never mentioned a restaurant. In an email sent Wednesday, CBC News asked the CFIA why it made reference to a specific dish. The agency has not responded.

The owner of the New Middleast Supermarket told CBC News that he didn’t sell the beef to restaurants and that the meat in question was consumed by a customer.

“If it’s the source material, investigate that source and fix that problem,” Bortolin said.
Chef calls regulations into question

Chief medical officer Dr. Allen Heimann said beef must be cooked to an internal temperature of 71 C for 15 seconds before public consumption.

Bortolin contends the law does not prohibit him from serving raw meat, only that he must “be aware of susceptible segments of society,” such as children and the sick.

Bortolin said he hasn’t yet heard the reason behind the health unit’s sudden enforcement. He said he’s not aware of anyone in Windsor getting sick after eating kibbeh at a restaurant.

Heimann said that, to his knowledge, the local health unit never received a complaint about kibbeh being served at restaurants in Windsor.

“If they did, they would have used it as an example,” Bortolin said.

Heimann said inspectors are just enforcing rules already on the books.

Bortolin said the health unit should instead be educating the public on safe food preparation.

“You can easily use this as a teaching tool,” Bortolin said. “Instead of banning it outright, ask questions. We don’t need a government body telling us to eat here and eat this.”

He said before ordering, customers should ask when a restaurant’s meat arrived and where it came from.

“I welcome people asking questions,” he said. “All my meat comes fresh from Essex County. We do that for a reason.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/06/28/wdr-rinos-kitchen-raw-meat-health-unit.html

Japan raw liver lovers lament new food ban – Tuesday July 3, 2012 MYT 11:54:00 AM

TOKYO: Japan, the home of raw fish, has banned the serving of raw liver after a series of food poisoning cases last year in which five people died and 24 became seriously ill after consuming the dish at a major restaurant chain.

The dish, raw beef liver cut into bite-sized chunks and served with onions and sauce, was taken off restaurant menus indefinitely from July 1 by Japan’s Health Ministry.

“When you actually cook liver it’s a bit rough, but raw it’s very easy to eat,” said Yoshiko Miki, a 38-year-old who rushed to Kintan, a downtown Tokyo restaurant that specialised in the dish, before the ban came into effect.

“Especially the liver here is very nice and delicious. So when I think about the fact that I can’t eat it anymore, it’s quite sad.”

Food analyst Chiharu Saito, a member of the Japan Food Analyst Association, said there were a number of well-liked raw meat items on sale, but beef liver was the most popular.

“In terms of what has the most chance of causing food poisoning, I believe that’s why they chose to ban beef liver,” she said.

“It can be a star product for restaurants, and if they are suddenly unable to sell that then it will indeed affect sales and profits.”

Yuichi Kamata, management chief at Edge, the company that oversees the Kintan restaurant chain, said that probably 90 percent of customers had been coming specifically to eat raw liver, with a plate going for around 1,800 yen.

But despite the ban, it’s still far too early to count out the restaurant chain – or its star product. Kintan said it was looking into developing new products to circumvent the ban, including one in which the liver is partly cooked. – Reuters

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/3/business/20120703121105&sec=business

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This is a right and free choice of all citizens who raise domesticated animals or fresh seafood for meat (I’d advocate getting those petri-dish meat production labs up but until then, the Right to Serve and Eat/Order Raw Food issue should not be compromised on . . . ), process meat under government oversight/health inspections and also the eatery which is again checked by hygiene inspectors and as the above restauranteur says, ‘allows questions to be asked’. How Orwellian can a government get? Also the law in the first article also smacks of racism ever so vaguely.

Raw beef liver is as integral as some types of sushi or asian food (Lebanese example above)to the Japanese, how could Japan act against one of Japan’s strongest points? Raw Food culture can hardly be said to be over-proliferated and has been a tradition for centuries, and barring the rare occasional incident (which might well be sabotage on the suppliers’ part in collusion with local officials or saboteur-workers trying to be racist or Orwellian) chefs are well aware and do take pains to ensure cleanliness of the raw food served. This ban seems unconstitutional. If there is nothing to stop people from humanely culling food animals and serving raw food at home, there cannot fairly be such impositions upon eateries which are obviously cleaner due to government checks and personal reputations of the vendors/owners.

ARTICLE 12

John Henry (folklore) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_%28folklore%29

John Henry is an American folk hero and tall tale. Henry worked as a “steel-driver”—a man tasked with hammering and chiseling rock in the construction of tunnels for railroad tracks. In the legend, John Henry’s prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a steam powered hammer, which he won only to die in victory with his hammer in his hand. The story of John Henry has been the subject of numerous songs, stories, plays, and novels.[1][2]

The legend of John Henry has been compared to that of other American “Big Men”, such as Paul Bunyan[3] and Pecos Bill.[4] John Henry’s heroism is associated with several elements: his strength and grit as a working-class common man, his status as a hero to African American laborers, and his allegorical depiction of “the tragedy of man versus machine” and other aspects of modernization.[3][4]

There are many versions of John Henry’s story. In almost all versions of the story, John Henry is a black man of exceptional physical gifts, a former slave,[1] possibly born in Tennessee.[3] Henry becomes the greatest “steel-driver” in the mid-nineteenth-century push to expand railroads from the East Coast of the United States, across and through the mountains, to the frontier West. However, the owner of the railroad buys a steam-powered hammer to do the work of his mostly black steel-driving crew. To save his job and the jobs of his men, John Henry challenges the owner to a contest: Henry will race the steam-powered hammer. John Henry beats the machine, but exhausted, collapses and dies of a heart attack.

Historicity

The historicity of many aspects of the John Henry legend is subject to wide debate.[1][2] It is commonly stated that Henry’s rail work, including his race against the steam hammer, occurred while working along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.[3] In particular, Henry is claimed to have raced the steam hammer during the construction of Big Bend tunnel near Talcott, West Virginia between 1869 and 1871.[1][5][6] Talcott holds a yearly festival named for Henry and a statue and memorial plaque have been placed along a highway south of Talcott as it crosses over the Big Bend tunnel.[5]

In Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend, Scott Reynolds Nelson, an associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary, argues that John William Henry (prisoner #497 in the Virginia penitentiary, released by the warden to work on the C&O Railway in the 1870s) is the basis for the legendary John Henry.[7]:39 Nelson asserts that a steam drill race at the Big Bend Tunnel would have been impossible because railroad records do not indicate a steam drill being used there.[4] Instead, he believes the contest took place at the Lewis Tunnel, between Talcott and Millboro, Virginia, where prisoners worked beside steam drills.[8] Nelson also believes that an early version of the ballad that refers to John Henry’s grave as being at “the white house”, “in sand”, and somewhere that locomotives roar, indicates that Henry was buried at the Virginia penitentiary, where unmarked graves have been found.[9]

According to Nelson:

    …workers managed their labor by setting a “stint,” or pace, for it. Men who violated the stint were shunned…Here was a song that told you what happened to men who worked too fast: they died ugly deaths; their entrails fell on the ground. You sang the song slowly, you worked slowly, you guarded your life, or you died.[7]:32

Coosa Tunnel and tracks between Coosa Tunnel and neighboring Oak Mountain Tunnel, possible Alabama sites of John Henry legend.

Other research has placed Henry’s famous race near Leeds, Alabama. Retired chemistry professor and folklorist John Garst, of the University of Georgia, has argued that the contest instead happened at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus & Western Railway (now part of Norfolk Southern Railway) near Leeds on September 20, 1887. Based on documentation that corresponds with the account of C. C. Spencer, who claimed in the 1920s to have witnessed the contest, Garst speculates that John Henry may have been a man named Henry who was born a slave to P.A.L. Dabney, the father of the chief engineer of that railroad, in 1850.[10] Since 2007, the city of Leeds has honored John Henry’s legend during an annual September festival, held third weekend in September, called the Leeds Downtown Folk Festival & John Henry Celebration.[11]

Garst and Nelson have debated the merits of their divergent research conclusions.[12] Other claims have been made over the years that places Henry and his contest in Kentucky or Jamaica.[13]

Cultural references and influence

The tale of John Henry has been used as a symbol in many cultural movements, including labor movements[14] and the Civil Rights Movement.[15]
“     John Henry is a symbol of physical strength and endurance, of exploited labor, of the dignity of a human being against the degradations of the machine age, and of racial pride and solidarity. During World War II his image was used in U.S. government propaganda as a symbol of social tolerance and diversity.[16]     ”
Music

The story of John Henry is traditionally told through two types of songs: ballads, commonly referred to as “The Ballad of John Henry”, and work songs known as hammer songs, each with wide-ranging and varying lyrics.[2][13] Some songs, and some early folk historian research, conflate the songs about John Henry with those of John Hardy, a West Virginian outlaw.[13] Ballads about John Henry’s life typically contain four major components: a premonition by John Henry as a child that steel-driving would lead to his death, the lead-up to and the results of the race against the steam hammer, Henry’s death and burial, and the reaction of John Henry’s wife.[13]

Songs featuring the story of John Henry have been recorded by many blues, folk, and rock musicians of different ethnic backgrounds. Many notable musicians have recorded John Henry ballads, including: Furry Lewis,[2] Big Bill Broonzy,[2] Pink Anderson,[13] Fiddlin’ John Carson,[13] Uncle Dave Macon,[13] J. E. Mainer,[13] Leon Bibb,[13] Lead Belly,[13] Joe Bonamassa,[13] Woody Guthrie,[13] Paul Robeson,[16] Pete Seeger,[16] Van Morrison,[16] Bruce Springsteen,[16] Gillian Welch,[16] theDrive-By Truckers,[16] Ramblin’ Jack Elliott,[13] and Jerry Lee Lewis.[13]

Literature

Henry is the subject of the 1931 Roark Bradford novel John Henry, illustrated by noted woodcut artist J. J. Lankes. The novel was adapted into a stage musical in 1940, starring Paul Robeson in the title role.[2] According to Steven Carl Tracy, Bradford’s works were influential in broadly popularizing the John Henry legend beyond railroad and mining communities and outside of African American oral histories.[2] In a 1933 article published in The Journal of Negro Education, Bradford’s John Henry was criticized for “making over a folk-hero into a clown.”[17] A 1948 obituary for Bradford described John Henry as “a better piece of native folklore than Paul Bunyan.”[18]

Ezra Jack Keats’s John Henry: An American Legend, published in 1965, is a notable picture book chronicling the history of John Henry and portraying him as the “personification of the medieval Everyman who struggles against insurmountable odds and wins.”[15]

Colson Whitehead’s 2001 novel John Henry Days uses the John Henry myth as story background. Whitehead fictionalized the Talcott, West Virginia, John Henry Days festival and the release of the John Henry postage stamp in 1996.[19]
Other

In 1973, Nick Bosustow and David Adams co-produced an 11-minute animated short, The Legend of John Henry[20] for Paramount Pictures. In 1996, the U.S. Post Office issued a John Henry 32-cent postage stamp. It was part of a set honoring American folk heroes that included Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and Casey at the Bat.[21]

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Consider the fact that a smaller ‘mega’ drill of this sort costs 24 times 401K at 10 million (bigger ones costs far much more) with the factory equipment to build the machine costing perhaps up to 100 million. That means 24 or 240 people could retire for everyone of these machines produced and have jobs instead (which also need buildings to house and electricity and insurance, other cost adding factors . . . ). Industrialisation takes away jobs. Now if the 99% is smart, think what will happen when fully functional Androids are developed. Will the 99% demand an equal Socialist share in a nation that supposedly belongs to all but is sequestered by plutocrats or term limited politicians (who attempt to become plutocrats), or keep building their own destruction as technology develops to make humanity redundant?

Vote for 99% types and insist on amendments for term limits at all levels where policies can be ratified. The nation belongs to all citizens and cannot remain in the hands of a handful of people who have no intention of ensuring everyone has a space and an equal share but instead write laws that oppress disenfranchise, or legislate into conformity to their narrow visions of the real world which in nature would simply see the alpha males (i.e beer guzzling Johns or Joe Publics, the semi-rich who retired to study social issues as as form of intelligensia at 21 rather than spend money on the Education-Financier Complex, even the odd ‘Bull Dyke’ lesbian ‘male’ or ‘Camp-chic’ Gays, aware of such issues from the sheer sexuality oppression discrimination of the narrow in society, who would beat Mr.Nepotist’s or Mr.Political Oligarch’s ass if they saw them in public – much like wildlife conducting the occasional kill of humanity – how many of their species were imprisoned in zoos to be gawked at till they died?), of any local society rise up in rebellion (vote rebellion if not respected and honestly conducted will result in physical rebellion) to throw down (Bastille/Independence style) those who attempt oligarchies in feudal satrap style as seen in Mubarak or Gaddafi’s or Salleh’s cases.

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Tower about that? Chinese city builds its own version of the world-famous London landmark – by Tom Goodenough – PUBLISHED: 15:28 GMT, 5 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:28 GMT, 5 July 2012

China is well known for leading the world in exporting goods, but these pictures of its very own Tower Bridge show the country is not adverse to importing a historical monument or two.

To the untrained eye, visitors to Suzhou in the east of China may well believe they have ended up 9,000km away by mistake.

The city in the Jiangsu province now boasts its very own – almost identical – version of London’s most iconic bridge.
The cloned Tower Bridge in Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province, is an almost identical version of London’s landmark

As if that’s not enough to stave off homesickness for English visitors, the reproduction of the bridge also boasts a cafe at the top promising ‘English-style coffee’.

All that differs between the two replicas is that the Chinese version lacks a raising mechanism to allow boats to pass underneath.

The top floor of the building boasts a cafe promising ‘English-style coffee’ to guests

Unlike the version spanning the Thames, the replica Tower Bridge lacks a raising mechanism

And, of course, during the Olympics this summer, it also won’t boast the five rings currently adorning the version that spans the River Thames.

London is not the only city to have inspired builders in Suzhou, though.

Sitting about 200 miles north-west of Shanghai, the area has become well known for cloning other world-famous landmarks.

The river through the city also has its own Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as a copy-cat Alexandre III Bridge straight out of the French capital, Paris.

English, Dutch and French visitors to Suzhou can all feel at home in the city thanks to its replica landmarks
As well as being inspired by London’s landmark, the city also boasts its own Sydney Harbour Bridge

As well as being inspired by London’s landmark, the city also boasts its own Sydney Harbour Bridge
The original Tower Bridge, complete with Olympic rings, which will be illuminated every night during the Games

On top of that, the area boasts a Dutch town complete with windmill and Dutch-style housing.

Suzhou is often dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’ and has been an important hub of China’s silk industry for around a thousand years.

The original Tower Bridge dates back to 1896 when it was the only crossing point over the river Thames.

A colossal 11,000 tonnes of steel help provide the framework to the tower which, at the time it was built, was the product of 432 working over an eight year period.

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Abit disjointed. How about marking out and building on the very Western border of Central Inland Asian nations an exact replica of England right down to Buckingham Palace? This ‘New England’ project could take a century or few to build but might well be worth the effort. China after all is 73 (219 if only the Angle parts are considered) times the size of England . . . might as well make the best use of that space. After ‘New England’ is built, invite any number of ‘white’ people (including ‘hoodies’ and ‘chavs’ to hold yearly faux ‘Riots’) to live there. So whos going to be QEIII? A Camilla or Kate lookalike? Would draw the crowd in China for sure, (i.e. ‘lets visit the Queen of Englishstan in the Western Regions this holiday . . . ‘).

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Ann Romney: Obama’s whole campaign strategy is “let’s kill this guy” – by Jan Crawford – July 5, 2012 7:18 AM

(CBS News) On a mission to shatter the image of her husband as rigid and unrelatable, Ann Romney told CBS News she worries that President Obama’s entire campaign strategy is “kill Romney.”

“I feel like all he’s doing is saying, ‘Let’s kill this guy,” she said, seated next to her husband, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an exclusive interview with CBS News chief political correspondent Jan Crawford. “And I feel like that’s not really a very good campaign policy.

“I feel like Mitt’s got the answers to turn this country around,” she continued. “He’s the one that’s got to bring back hope for this country, which is what they ran on last time. But the truth is, this is the one that has the hope for the – for America.”

Romney: Roberts health care ruling not accurate

In August, some Democratic strategists let leak to the press that Obama’s top aides were looking at a massive character takedown of Romney in light of a deterring economy; “kill Romney” was a phrase used by one. “That was their memo that came out from their campaign,” Ann Romney said. “And it’s like, ‘not when I’m next to him you better not.”

(Watch more of the interview with Mitt and Ann Romney below.)

Mitt Romney’s image problem is perhaps the single most consistent aspect of his candidacy. The latest installment of his portrait as being unable to relate to the plight of the common man came Wednesday, with a report suggesting his already $250 million net worth, as estimated by his campaign, could be greater still with assets hidden offshore.

Ann Romney said it’s all part of a plan to portray her husband “in a light that is just completely wrong… they don’t’ get him at all.” Pressed by Crawford on what qualities in her husband she sees most misrepresented, she said, that “he’s not as approachable as I am or something like that. That’s like, really kind of funny to me because it’s all – it’s all backwards.”

“That’ll change,” Mitt Romney assured her. “That’ll come with time.”

One opening the pair has to usher in an “everyday” persona is their search for a running mate. Though Mitt Romney wouldn’t say where he is in the picking process, both he and Ann said they have a shortlist of favorites.

She said she’s been “giving [the veepstakes] a lot of thought actually,” and is convinced that “it’s gonna take someone else that’s gonna be there with Mitt, that Mitt will enjoy, with the same personality type that will enjoy spending time with them, and also competent, capable, and willing to serve this country.”

On their way to meet up with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who frequents the running mate shortlist chatter, at a July Fourth parade in Wolfeboro, N.H., Ann Romney said she and her husband “been looking at” the possibility of choosing a woman to run alongside him. “And I’d love that option as well,” she said.
© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.

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Everyday man? OK. Try this to prove the ‘Everyday Man-ness’ of Romney. Dish out 401K to the first 10 homeless, jobless US army veterans who approach Romney to retire on. AND KNOW THIS, veterans are NOT even everyday men, the who premise of the above already stinks of elitism, even though USA has somehow managed to allow these veterans to fall through the cracks. Thats 4.01 Million, but there is nothing ‘everyday’ about someone who has 250 million WHEN the country is at war and has returning injured veterans. Thats about 2% of the total wealth. For true respect drop 40.1 Million of there is so much in liquid assets. Without veterans the plutocrats should fully expect ‘Muslims’ to target them first among all Americans, more so politicians who are plutocrats. Think about these suggestions which will even then may not ‘everyman-ise’ Romney in the eyes of the US citizen. As said before injured veterans ARE NOT everyday men to even begin with. Helping ONLY veterans is already elitist to begin with and this might not even happen. So if 100s of millions worth people do not help the elite soldiers, guess what they think ordinary citizens deserve and if they deserve the ordinary citizens’ vote?

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California cities consider seizing mortgages – Published July 05, 2012 – The Wall Street Journal

A handful of local officials in California who say the housing bust is a public blight on their cities may invoke their eminent-domain powers to restructure mortgages as a way to help some borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.

Investors holding the current mortgages predict the move will backfire by driving up borrowing costs and further depress property values. “I don’t see how you could find it anything other than appalling,” said Scott Simon, a managing director at Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE.

Eminent domain allows a government to forcibly acquire property that is then reused in a way considered good for the public-new housing, roads, shopping centers and the like. Owners of the properties are entitled to compensation, which is usually determined by a court.

But instead of tearing down property, California’s San Bernardino County and two of its largest cities, Ontario and Fontana, want to put eminent domain to a highly unorthodox use to keep people in their homes.

The municipalities, about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles, would acquire underwater mortgages from investors and cut the loan principal to match the current property value. Then, they would resell the reduced mortgages to new investors.

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This is a good use of the power, though there are some aspects of Eminent Domain that must be entirely removed for Eminent Domain to be democratic, as well as recognition and allowing of Allodial Titles for citizens who do not want to be paying taxes forever. Perhaps the debt could have interest permanently capped on condition that heirs will take up on that debt? Compound interest is impossible to fairly apply DURING recession and should NEVER compound beyond 10-20% more to the value. There must be a limit to compound interest and late payment penalties that inflate pricing beyond a few times the actual market value.

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CCTV footage shows details of Microsoft firebomb attack in Greece (VIDEO) – Published: 05 July, 2012, 21:01

A security guard speaks on the phone following an attack on Microsoft’s Greek headquarters at Marousi suburb, north of Athens (REUTERS/John Kolesidis)

Greek police have released CCTV footage of the night a group of people drove a stolen van into the Microsoft office in the capital Athens and set fire to 150 liters of petrol there.

The video clearly shows the van busting through the glass doors after a few attempts. After it stops, petrol can be seen spilling from the vehicle as three people wearing motorcycle helmets emerge from the van.

The men can then be seen around the front of the van, closing doors and presumably lighting the fire, before leaving the building.

The incident happened on June 28th, after security guards were forced out at gunpoint by the attackers. As a result of the fire, the main entrance was almost completely burnt down.

Microsoft representatives said they had received no calls with threats or warnings before the attack happened.

A few days later, a little-known leftist militant group called the International Revolutionary Front claimed responsibility for the attack. Their statement, posted online, says they chose Microsoft because it “is one of the most powerful companies of the computer sector … which is now carrying capitalism on its shoulders.”

The International Revolutionary Front made its first appearance last year, carrying out arson attacks on the personal cars of Athens policemen, as well as on a branch of US fast-food chain McDonald’s.

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IRF should liase with uninfiltrated Anonymous members, local (good) gangs and act as a military arm for freedom of humanity which identifies people (such as fundos from any faith, paedophile priests unaccountable, oppressive law enforcement not legally actionable but who have harmed the citizens, oppressive makers, MPs who either propose or ratify oppressive laws) and organisations most dangerous to human freedom. Taking out a target every week or month ‘Fight Club’ (1999 David Fincher) style should encourage recruitment.

Megaupload’s Kim Schmitz looks like a foil for that ‘Bitch Tit’ Bob character if anything . . . ‘Death Machines’ (1994 Stephen Norrington) are better than lame-o flying drones Kim? Drones are also so Orwellian, do something more dramatic and Death Machine-esque. BTW Congress and the WH has lots of ‘fat sweaty psychos’ needing a claw through their shoulder . . .

Heres a LolKim : We Can Haz Deathmachines? Drones are costly and dull . . . Kim can also help save lives of future mass shooters, who needs to be a mass shooter when one can buy a remote controlled Death Machine from Kim? Set up ‘Chaank heavy Industries’ with that cash Kim! Flying Drones are boring!

ARTICLE 17 (2 Articles on 2012 France’s New PM Hollande) Legacy of Sarkozy’s Lap of luxury remains : A falcon 900 aircraft, as used by the president

‘Champagne socialist’ Francois Hollande under fire as he makes his first trip as French president…in a £12,000-an-hour private jet – By Ian Sparks – PUBLISHED: 14:23 GMT, 8 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:47 GMT, 8 May 2012

Francois Hollande has triggered accusations of hypocrisy by making his first trip as France’s newly elected socialist president in a £12,000-an-hour private jet.

The left-wing leader – who has promised massive tax hikes for the rich – was whisked into Paris in the luxurious Falcon 900 aircraft within hours of winning the election on Sunday night.

He made the 45-minute flight to address supporters at an open-air concert in the capital after spending the evening in his home town of Tulle, in central France.

He must be tempted…Sarkozy has kept up a dignified front in public, insisting he is not bitter about losing the presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande (left)

Second fiddle: Hollande stood by as Sarkozy took part in a ceremony marking the end of World War II

His lavish choice of transport came despite his insistence just a month ago that if he was elected, he would ‘travel by train’.

Twitter users were swift to attack the 57-year-old for ‘breaking his promise’ and being as keen on ‘bling’ as his luxury-loving predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

France’s Huffington Post online newspaper wrote: ‘The image of Francois Hollande taking a private jet to travel 300 miles between Tulle and Paris has clearly not gone down well.

‘Within hours of being elected, he is being called a hypocrite and compared to Nicolas Sarkozy.’

French actor and socialist supporter Gad Elmaleh posted on Twitter: ‘Private jet, open-air concert, new girlfriend – welcome to the world of show business.’

Others said he should have chosen between celebrating his victory in either Tulle or Paris, rather than taking the jet – which was paid for by the French socialist party and not by taxpayers. Entente cordiale? Sarkozy offered a ‘supportive’ arm to his former rival

Entente cordiale? Sarkozy offered a ‘supportive’ arm to his former rival

Showing the strain: Both men appeared tense while observing a minute’s silence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris

But Mr Hollande’s spokesman Bruno Le Roux said: ‘He had no choice. He wanted to make a speech in his home town as a mark of respect.

‘But there are no trains from Tulle to Paris after 10.30pm.

‘To go by car would have taken five hours, and he would not have got to Paris to thank his supporters there until 3.30am.’

Socialist party treasurer Regis Juanico added: ‘This is ridiculous. In money terms, this plane cost relatively little.

‘Nicolas Sarkozy used a £6,000-an-hour plane during his campaign and hardly ever travelled by train.

‘But Francois Hollande only once took a private plane between Metz and Perigueux, and otherwise used the train on almost every trip.’

Today Sarkozy and Hollande met in public for the first time since the election as they marked the 67th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The former rivals laid a wreath at the tomb of the untold soldier, beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Despite winning their bitter contest, Hollande looked almost as strained as the outgoing president.

Sarkozy is facing an uncertain future – his poor English means he is unlikely to be able to make money on the lucrative US lecture circuit, and he has ruled out any return to politics.

He has said that he would to retire, adding: ‘I am not bitter.’

France Raises Taxes on Wealthy, Companies to Narrow Budget Gap – Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012 06:35 AM

France’s two-week-old Socialist government unveiled 7.2 billion euros ($9 billion) of tax increases to meet deficit-reduction goals and avoid bond-market punishment.

The 2012 measures, approved at a Cabinet meeting today, presage even larger tax increases and spending cuts next year in an economy that’s barely expanding.

The largest new levy will be a one-time surcharge on wealthy individuals’ assets to raise 2.3 billion euros. Another 898 million euros will be reaped by ending a payroll-tax holiday. Other steps include surcharges for oil and financial companies, each raising an additional 550 million euros, and a levy on dividends and stock options.

“We face an extremely difficult financial and economic situation,” Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said at a press conference today in Paris. “The wealthiest households, the big companies, will be asked to contribute. In 2012 and 2013, the effort will be particularly large.”

France’s national auditor said July 2 that the government needs between 6 billion euros and 10 billion euros in savings this year to meet its 2012 target of a deficit equal to 4.5 percent of economic output. For next year, it needs to find 33 billion euros in savings to achieve its aim of 3 percent. President Francois Hollande has delayed the goal of a balanced budget to 2017 from the 2016 target set by previous president Nicolas Sarkozy.

France pays about 2.51 percent to borrow for 10 years, compared with 6.21 percent for Spain and 5.61 percent for Italy. The spread between French and German bond yields is at about 101 basis points, down from more than 140 points in mid-May.

Reverses Sarkozy

Today’s mid-year corrective budget reverses measures pushed through by Sarkozy. Sarkozy had cut wealth taxes, saying it would encourage wealthy French to stay home, and eliminated the payroll tax on overtime hours to boost purchasing power and circumvent the 35-hour work week.

Hollande has said the 2013 budget will restore the pre- Sarkozy wealth tax rates on people with assets of more than 1.3 million euros. A one-time contribution is being imposed this year ahead of an overhaul of the levy.

French companies with 250 million euros or more in revenue will be asked to pay a portion of their corporate taxes early. Companies will pay a 30 percent tax on stock options, up from 14 percent. Executives receiving the options will be levied at 10 percent, from 8 percent now.

Another Sarkozy measure being rolled back is that French residents abroad will be tested on their means before sending their children for free to French state schools.

Among the measures that will be in the 2013 budget will be a 75-percent tax rate for income of more than 1 million euros.

Spending Freeze

The government has signaled that spending cuts are also coming. For its 2013-2015 budget, it plans to reduce the number of civil-service jobs by 2.5 percent annually and reduce operating costs — including car fleets — by 10 percent next year, Le Figaro reported last month.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has issued orders to all ministries except education and justice to cut spending by 2.5 percent immediately.

Hollande cut salaries for himself and for ministers by a third at his first cabinet meeting, fulfilling an election promise. French ministers will now be paid 9,940 euros a month instead of the 14,200 euros under the previous president.

Moscovici said that that taxes as a percentage of economic output will rise to 46.5 percent in 2016 and 2017 from 43.9 percent last year. Government spending will be 56.2 percent of output this year, before declining every year to 53.4 percent in 2017. Government debt is estimated peak at 90.6 percent of the economy next year, declining to 79.6 percent in 2017.

The government’s budget is counting on the economy expanding 0.3 percent this year, 1.2 percent in 2013, and 2 to 2.5 percent annually from 2014 to 2017.

© Copyright 2012 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

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But for what looked like an earlier near slide into flagrant waste in the first article, an exceptional man. Unlike the nepotistic, term limitless trash politicians in Malaysia asking for 2 lifetimes of 401K for their own funerals . . . Lets hope Hollande does alot of good during his 2 terms in office, including sidelining all those who believe in uncontrolled Capitalism and nepotism so that the next crop of French leaders may eventually be able to set an example to the world.

Deflation results in pay cuts! GDP drops result in pay cuts! Unlike the rest of the idiots, who stupidly raise salaries when GDP rises and inflation occurs, Hollande lowers salaries. Not bad. Another good reform to institute would also be to only issue token checques to politicians worth more than 20 million individually. They must be there for their 2 terms to better the country, amend some bad laws instead of taking salaries that they don’t really need.

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Hardcore punk rockers slashed with hunting knife in dressing room before gig ‘by former band member’ by Leon Watson – PUBLISHED: 10:48 GMT, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:12 GMT, 7 July 2012

A raging punk rocker stormed into a dressing room and slashed two members of his former band with a hunting knife before a gig, it emerged today.

Tattooed skinhead Harley Flanagan, 42, caused chaos when he knifed the pair – one of whom he also bit – at the Cro-Mags concert in New York.

The band, who have a strong cult following, was about to take the stage at Webster Hall, East Village, around 8.15pm when Flanagan burst in.
Former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan stormed into a dressing room before a gig and slashed two members of his former band in New York

The band’s former bassist, and one of its founders, had forced his way through the venue’s VIP section before unleashing his attack.

Law enforcement sources and witnesses told the New York Post that nearly 30 guests on the balcony were sent into a frenzy.

Security guards then jumped on the Jiu-Jitsu expert, who suffered a broken leg, before police handcuffed him to a chair.

Witness Dave Gustav said: ‘Someone was yelling, “Get his hands, get his hands, he’s got a knife!”‘

Another witness told the Horns Up Rocks website: ‘I talked to him outside minutes before it happened and I knew something was going to go down.
Handcuffed and reportedly suffering from a broken leg, Harley Flanagan is taken out of Webster Hall by an emergency worker

The attack occurred last night at Webster Hall in Manhattan, New York before the band the ‘Cro Mags’ were due to take to the stage

‘He was like a lunatic outside. Next thing I know he’s in the VIP area stabbing people!’

Eyewitness Justin Brannan said: ‘People started booing him and throwing stuff at him. His hands were handcuffed but he still gave everyone the finger.’

Bandmember William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek, the New York Post reported.

Michael Couls, 33 – the band’s current bassist, who is known in the hardcore world as ‘The Gook’ – was cut on his arm and stomach.
Police are visible outside Webster Hall after Harley Flanagan disrupted a ‘Cro Mags’ gig last night in New York City

Police are visible outside Webster Hall after Harley Flanagan disrupted a ‘Cro Mags’ gig last night in New York City

Both members of Cro-Mags were taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital with non life-threatening wounds.

Flanagan, from New York, was also taken to the hospital. He was charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault and weapons charges.

The show, which was part of the CBGB Festival and also featured the band Sick of It All, was cancelled

According to the New York Post, Cro-Mags lead singer John Joseph McGowan told the crowd: ‘You can all thank Harley Flanagan for ruining the night for everyone.’
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An organic punk for sure! Not like all those gentrified OBE faux-attitude types who wear 1000s of dollars worth leather jackets or accessories, spend time in (or buying their way into) ballroom awards ceremonies, rolling in millions and such. Real punks are all cuts and bruises and burns, bad hair partial shaves, drugs, tattoos piercings, swearing, being chavs and beer swilling (because wine and anything costing more than a sterling is too toff, moonshine though is quite punk . . . ) louts, driving highly modified wrecks (as in the movie ‘Doomsday’ 2008 Neil Marshall – though the end is quite bad where a Bentley driving military woman takes over the Punks, YEAH RIIIGHT . . . real punks would eat Rhona Mitra for killing Craig Conway and Viper (Lee-Anne Liebenberg), or make Mitra a replacement for the ‘Gimp’ character . . . ) etc..

Punk is a lifestyle not everyone and mostly only the young or the older with a good constitution (and anyone with pain tolerance) can follow. The survivors of their youth punk phase tend to be burnt out vagrants with the lucky ones supported by their music. As for FEMEN or Pussy Riot type punk girls, Pussy Riot is very punk but they are definitely not aiming at the right target. Chaos for chaos sake? Pussy Riot needs to target specifics or will get little support or make little sense. Pure anarchy is pure punk, but at this level, the ‘commonsenseless’ reason and impact are lost on the mainstream. Think abit! And Russia and the Orthodox Church should after a stern conversation live on TV or radio or at Church rather than meaningless and costly jailterm, should let them off – religious people sure are merciless huh? The punishment of jail for civilian actions is excessive, and Putin being the ‘hardman’ Putin is supposed to be, could dismiss any charges in a show of being a ‘bigman’ as well – anto-Putin punks are no threat to Putin. BTW Putin . . . 2 terms only! Love those ‘In Soviet Russia’ captions though . . . Socialism is better than uncontrolled Capitalism.

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Politician Pulls Gun On Man During TV Show – A television debate in Jordan descends into chaos when an angry politician brandishes a firearm at an activist. 2:59pm UK, Saturday 07 July 2012

A Jordanian member of parliament flipped out during a row on TV – and pulled a gun on his debating opponent.

MP Mohammad Shawabka was debating with political activist Mansour Sayf al Din Murad on the private satellite channel Jo Sat, discussing Jordanian politics.

In a video of the incident posted on YouTube, both men accused the other of various crimes.

“You’re a Mossad agent,” said the activist, to which the other replied, “You’re a big crook.”

The MP then stood up and began shouting at the activist. The host, Mohammad Habashneh, who was sitting between them, urged his guests to “calm down”.

Instead, the MP continued shouting at the activist. He then took off his right shoe and threw it, before pulling out a silver pistol from his waistband and pointing it toward the activist.

The opponents then left their seats, confronting one another, while the host tried to calm them down.

The two men continued to struggle as the programme ended and the credits ran.

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This isn’t Pastor Richards from GTA? “Evil doer! DIE DEVIL DIE!!! *boom*” Pastor Richards

“….. there’s blood and pubic hair all over the place!” Maurice Chavez

What did you Jordanian guys do to the Pastor huh? Where IS Barry Stark too? Weekly nude subway days! We still advocate guns for politicians in their own offices!

Flavor Flav : I Will NEVER Stop Blowing Things Up – Early July

Flavor Flav has a dilemma — he loves fireworks, he hates jail, but he REALLY wants to throw another insane 4th of July party next year … despite the warning he got from police.

Flav dodged a bullet earlier this week … when the Las Vegas PD shut down the incredibly awesome, incredibly illegal homemade fireworks display in front of the rapper’s home … and let Flav off with a warning.

Despite the close call, Flav tells TMZ … he vows to throw ANOTHER explosive rager in 2013 … explaining, “There’s a way you do it with respect … If I don’t follow their rules I can go to jail … so I’ll be more careful next year.”

Fun Fact — Flav says he dropped a couple grand on the fireworks display this year … but says it was worth it to see the entire neighborhood come together. In fact, he says everyone pitched in the next day to clean up the mess.

Yeah Boyyyeee!

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Run for candidacy at whatever level needed to remove laws that allow police to put anyone in jail for fireworks (excepting when damage is actually done and the offender does not have the cash to compensate injured or damaged property). Got the money, got the popularity, but don’t know how to exercise citizen rights to get into politics to change policy (remember to leave office after 2 terms F.F., we don’t need Mugabe or Idi Amin in USA . . . set an example to the term limitless dictators in government!)?

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.

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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 : 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).

ARTICLE 5

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.

6 Articles On Malaysia – featuring DAP-MCA debate, Chinese Mentri Besars, Spa Raid, PAS’s First Bureaucratic Interference and Najib’s Out of Touchedness – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 19th February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Bumiputera Apartheid, candidacy, checks and balances, conflict of interest, Eminent Domain, lack of focus, Malaysia, media tricks, misplaced adoration, politics, racism, Sexuality, vested interest, voting methods, voting strategy on February 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

ARTICLE 1

People the winner in Chinese debate, says Soi Lek – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 18, 2012

Lim (left) and Dr Chua greet each other warmly at the end of their debate. — Picture by Jack Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has called his debate with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng this evening a victory for the public, who got to hear views from both sides of the political divide.

The MCA president, whose hour-long debate in Mandarin with Lim was shown live on Astro, stressed that the public should not see the event as a “school debate” with winners and losers but a chance to better understand the two parties.

“The winner is the people, and not Lim Guan Eng or Chua Soi Lek, because they are the ones who know the true position of the parties,” he told reporters after the debate at the “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads” conference here.

Dr Chua hoped the debate held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel here would serve as starting point for similar events between the MCA and DAP in future, but said that it would be up to individual politicians to decide if they wanted to do so.

Lim also said today’s debate on the two-party system in Malaysia had benefited the people as such exchanges were part and parcel of a healthy democracy.

This was because debates helped to air advice and dissent, which is crucial to building consensus through a process of public consultation, he explained.

He wished to see other leaders from Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) take part in such debates, singling out Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“We hope this small step will be followed by a big one, that is (a debate) between Datuk Seri Najib and opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” Lim said, joking that the public would get bored if only he and Dr Chua debated each other.

Najib has baulked at several offers from Anwar to debate on policy issues, which the PKR de facto leader has said would let voters decide for themselves if the opposition pact’s plans for the country had merit.

The Umno president had previously demurred by saying debates were not necessary as political parties were more important than individuals in Malaysia’s parliamentary democracy.

Both Dr Chua and Lim said they would debate each other again soon in Bahasa Malaysia and English on another topic.

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If the below 3 items are not granted by either MCA or DAP, the people will not be the winner of everything no matter how many times DAP and MCA debate. We did not vote for MCA or DAP to debate, we voted for MCA or DAP 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.

Debate among yourselves for what? 3rd Force Chinese parties, are you ready tp trounce these 2 hegelian dialectic parties? As long as APARTHEID persists, the people (especially minorities or persecuted Malays who are not ‘Muslim enough’ – it is actually true that Malays wishing to counter the fundo mentality here in some quarters are depending on the Orang Asli, Indians and Chinese to ensure UNHCR Article 1 and by extension UNHCR Article 18 will be assured in Malaysia) are the loser. So end the APARTHEID before saying anyone won, it is the MPs who won, since they get to keep the salaries that taxpayers pay for. End APARTHEID and stop debating! File lawsuits. refer to the Reid Commission or the UNHCR Article 1. Contact the UN about apartheid. Contact the homelands India and China to send a Commissar to help MCA and DAP think clearly, it’s just equality not destruction of the Malay race we ask for DAP and MCA to do!

 

 

ARTICLE 2

No point addressing lies, says Guan Eng – by Shannon Teoh – February 19, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Lim Guan Eng dismissed today criticisms that he failed to reply to questions from the floor in yesterday’s debate with political rival Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, saying he does not respond to lies.

The Penang chief minister told reporters in the island that he did not touch on whether the state government had increased local assessment fees; why DAP supported hudud; and if land was allocated to Chinese vernacular schools as the allegations made were untrue.

“Did we increase?” the DAP secretary general asked local Penang reporters. “Chua Soi Lek said we support hudud. We have already said many times we oppose hudud and that is why you don’t have it in Penang. You know and I know.”

“If you want to reply to lies, you will have no time to present your policies,” the Bagan MP said.

The highly anticipated debate saw Lim attacking Dr Chua’s MCA for being unable to stop graft within the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

But the former health minister took DAP to task for being “a slave” to PAS, the Islamic party in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact.

The debate, themed “Chinese at a Crossroads. Is the 2 Party System Becoming a 2 Race System?” was also screened on Astro in Mandarin with Malay translation provided.

The floor largely backed a stern-looking Dr Chua whose opponent smiled throughout most of the debate despite enduring heavy fire from questions by the audience.

Lim added today that as the debate was organised by MCA, “eight or nine out of the 10 questions” were directed towards him instead of the MCA president.

“You get six minutes of questions but only three minutes to answer. Even Chua Soi Lek agreed there was no time. A debate should not be a forum to spew lies and personal attacks,” he said.

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No point addressing lies? Heres a huge lie in the making by an inwrd looking slip in the language by LGE. Waddya mean *in Penang* LGE? We are interested in the assurance of protection of all minorities in the whole of Malaysia. If DAP’s reach is only *in Penang* then MCA or any 3rd Force party has already won. LGE said *in Penang* there are minorities ALL over Malaysia. Is this how far DAP aspires for equality *in Penang*. A satrapy under the Lim Clan? That is why the 3rd Force or indie candidates will form the backbone of Malaysia’s minorties’ future.

 

 

ARTICLE 3

And now for the truth about Tee Keat: It’s a red herring! Impossible for non-Malay to be MB Featured – written by  Jackson Ng (retired ?streetpounding? journalist), Malaysia Chronicle – Tuesday, 14 February 2012 03:33

And now for the truth about Tee Keat: It’s a red herring! Impossible for non-Malay to be MB

I READ with amusement the Malaysia Chronicle (MC) report titled “Tee Keat to be the first ever Chinese ‘Mentri Besar’ of Selangor?”

At the point of writing, the report attracted 275 comments from MC readers, testimony of the interest and excitement over such an appointment coming true.

Also, at the same time, I have also yet to come across any news report of a response from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, or Pandan MP Ong Tee Keat.

I also note the maturity of the majority of MC readers in expressing their disbelief of such an appointment being realised.

Red herring

Why is it unbelievable? Section 51 of the Selangor Constitution is the reason:

…no person shall be appointed to be Menteri Besar unless he is of the Malay Race and professes the Muslim Religion. So, is it a wonder that both Najib and Ong have yet to respond or any follow-up from the mainstream media?

It is just too unbelievable and too stupid to respond. It is obvious the speculation was generated as a red herring to lure Tee Keat out of Pandan where he had served as MP since January 1989 or 23 years.

The work of Tee Keat’s enemies – MCA is certain

Speculation is swirling on both sides of the political divide that Tee Keat, a former MCA president, will be made the first Chinese Mentri Besar or chief minister of Selangor, if the Umno-BN coalition manages to retake the state in the coming 13th general election.

It is clear the speculation is the work of people who don’t want Tee Keat to defend Pandan but to go for a state assembly nomination. Who are they? MCA is certain or perhaps Umno or both?

One thing is almost certain. After 23 years in politics, Tee Keat cannot be that stupid to take such bait when Section 51 of the Selangor Constitution is so clear on the appointment of a Mentri Besar.

It looks and more and more like Tee Keat is in the wrong coalition!


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We do not care who is the MB. It is more important to 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.

If the WHOLE cabinet and dewan were Malay and the above 3 items with a few other freedoms assured, Malaysia would be more perfect than it is with a Chinese lapdog in every MB seat but without the above 3 items.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

Bukit Aman storms ‘stubborn’ spa – by Aizat Sharif – Wednesday, February 15, 2012 – 14:57

NABBED: Foreign masseuses were arrested during a raid at a massage centre yesterday. The centre is believed have been operating body-to-body massage as an extra service for its client

KUALA LUMPUR: A health centre in Desa Hartamas must have a “stubborn streak” in it for continuing to operate illegally as a massage parlour despite being raided by state and district police several times last year.

On Monday night, the Federal anti-vice police turned up at its doors on the first floor of a shoplot in Jalan 20/70A at 10.45pm.

The raiding party, led by Chief Inspector Wiryanti Abdul Wahid, nabbed a local man suspected to be the operator and four foreign women.

Three customers, who were also detained, were released after their statements were recorded.

“The place, believed to be operating for the past six months, had been raided several times by the state and district police last year,” said Wiryanti.

She said from now on, police and City Hall would monitor the premises to ensure it would not revert to its illicit business.

She said the foreigners, an Indonesian and three Thai nationals, aged 20 to 30, did not possess any identification documents.

“We also found out the premises to be operating illegally and a local operator, in his 30s, was also detained. The masseuses are also believed to provide extra services, like ‘body-to-body’ massage and sex, for clients.” she said.

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This is getting tedious. Legalise the adult services outlet or districts and just make sure no Muslims are allowed to use the services. It is a human right for both the non-Muslim client and the sex worker. Malaysia cannot take away non-Muslim rights to a legalized adult industry without falling afoul of the UNHCR especially for outlets that stick strictly to non-Muslims.

 

 

ARTICLE 5

PAS Sacks Religious Teacher Who Joined PPP – 19 February 2012 00:19

KOTA BAHARU — The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is disappointed over the Kelantan Government’s decision to sack a religious teacher after she and her husband joined the PPP in Pasir Puteh, four days ago.

PPP vice-president Nik Sapeia Nik Yusoff said the PAS action was unprofessional and was tantamount to practising political revenge, which did not reflect upon an Islamic-based party.

“I urge Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat to take this matter seriously.

“Barisan Nasional (BN) does not sack those who do not support the coalition. This is evidence of PAS despotism,” he told a media conference here on Saturday.

Eighty PAS members in Wakaf Village, Pasir Puteh, including the religious teacher, Siti Rokiah Mohd Zain, 53, quit the party and joined PPP.

Nik Sapeia said, after joining PPP, a PAS leader had informed Siti Rokiah that she was sacked from her position as religious teacher and not eligible to receive her monthly allowance of RM200.

The PAS’ high-handed decision has upset Siti Rokiah.

“I have been teaching Islam since 2004. I am not really concerned about the allowance, but this small amount was withdrawn because I joined the PPP,” she said.

Nevertheless, Nik Sapeia disclosed, PPP would help Siti Rokiah receive a similar allowance, beginning this month, and urged her to continue teaching the residents.

He also handed over RM1,200 to Siti Rokiah as six-month allowance.

(Bernama)

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After the string of successes in ethics, a very bad and unethical move by PAS. Firings must not be politically motivated and citizen choice of political party cannot be used as a weapon or to sideline citizens by. This is a democracy, not the jaguh kampung’s backyard. Firings can be done on meritocracy but this firing smacks of Theocracvy and politicised Islam. Islam is not to be sullied by politics. Reinstate the religious teacher but make sure Siti does not talk politics in religion class either.

 

 

ARTICLE 6

Billionaires Became Rich Because Of Our Policy – Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:12

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian billionaires became rich bacause of the country’s policy and stability, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

“I looked at (Friday’s) newspapers… the list of Malaysian billionaires. I studied each one of them. Maybe some in this room today. Every one of them became rich because of our policy,” he said when opening the one-day “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads” conference jointly organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute and the MCA think-tank, Insap, here yesterday.

Najib said these billionaires either hold concessions or were in the right place and at the right time.

He said that the billionaires benefited from the stability of Malaysia and the government would continue to ensure growth and create more and more opportunities.

According to Najib, the Malaysian Chinese are more entrepreneurial compared to the Bumiputeras and the government would continue to make Malaysia a better place to do business.

“Even if they don’t get concessions, they have to be in the right place and at the right time. They benefited from our policy, they benefited from the fact that we give stability to this country.

“We will continue to ensure that the nation will grow and will create more and more opportunities,” he said.

Najib also said that the government would continue to listen to the problems of the Malaysian Chinese.

“We will make sure there are more opportunities for them to advance in this country,” he added.

(Bernama)

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Najib said these billionaires either hold (were selectively given) concessions or were in the right place (political families) and at the right time (political alliances currently in power). Thats not meritocracy, but political cronyism . . . Najib shouldn’t hire speech writers then talk as if he believes in the material he’s reading, a sense of doom for the country darkens the political scene when articles about statments like these appear. Does the Royal Collective of Malay rulers know that the nation of Malaysia’s helm is on autopilot? What IS Najib doing??? Probably still thinks hes the Defence Minister during dr.Evil’s time . . . end the apartheid at least if you can’t focus Najib, the country could at least attribute something worthwhile to your Premiership, the next generation of BN leaders looks very uninspiring overall especially if apartheid still cannot end . . . PM shows the ‘out of touch’, ”pre-scripted’ side of himself here . . .

The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom – by Peter Oborne – 11th August 2011

In Abuse of Power, Eminent Domain, Informed Consent, Invasive Laws, Wealth distribution on January 29, 2012 at 11:11 am
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and the entire British political class came together yesterday to denounce the rioters. They were of course right to say that the actions of these looters, arsonists and muggers were abhorrent and criminal, and that the police should be given more support. But there was also something very phony and hypocritical about all the shock and outrage expressed in parliament. MPs spoke about the week’s dreadful events as if they were nothing to do with them. I cannot accept that this is the case. Indeed, I believe that the criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite. It has become acceptable for our politicians to lie and to cheat. An almost universal culture of selfishness and greed has grown up. It is not just the feral youth of Tottenham who have forgotten they have duties as well as rights. So have the feral rich of Chelsea and Kensington. A few years ago, my wife and I went to a dinner party in a large house in west London. A security guard prowled along the street outside, and there was much talk of the “north-south divide”, which I took literally for a while until I realised that my hosts were facetiously referring to the difference between those who lived north and south of Kensington High Street. Most of the people in this very expensive street were every bit as deracinated and cut off from the rest of Britain as the young, unemployed men and women who have caused such terrible damage over the last few days.
For them, the repellent Financial Times magazine How to Spend It is a bible. I’d guess that few of them bother to pay British tax if they can avoid it, and that fewer still feel the sense of obligation to society that only a few decades ago came naturally to the wealthy and better off. Yet we celebrate people who live empty lives like this. A few weeks ago, I noticed an item in a newspaper saying that the business tycoon Sir Richard Branson was thinking of moving his headquarters to Switzerland. This move was represented as a potential blow to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, because it meant less tax revenue. I couldn’t help thinking that in a sane and decent world such a move would be a blow to Sir Richard, not the Chancellor. People would note that a prominent and wealthy businessman was avoiding British tax and think less of him. Instead, he has a knighthood and is widely feted. The same is true of the brilliant retailer Sir Philip Green. Sir Philip’s businesses could never survive but for Britain’s famous social and political stability, our transport system to shift his goods and our schools to educate his workers. Yet Sir Philip, who a few years ago sent an extraordinary £1 billion dividend offshore, seems to have little intention of paying for much of this. Why does nobody get angry or hold him culpable? I know that he employs expensive tax lawyers and that everything he does is legal, but he surely faces ethical and moral questions just as much as does a young thug who breaks into one of Sir Philip’s shops and steals from it? Our politicians – standing sanctimoniously on their hind legs in the Commons yesterday – are just as bad.
They have shown themselves prepared to ignore common decency and, in some cases, to break the law. David Cameron is happy to have some of the worst offenders in his Cabinet. Take the example of Francis Maude, who is charged with tackling public sector waste – which trade unions say is a euphemism for waging war on low-paid workers. Yet Mr Maude made tens of thousands of pounds by breaching the spirit, though not the law, surrounding MPs’ allowances. A great deal has been made over the past few days of the greed of the rioters for consumer goods, not least by Rotherham MP Denis MacShane who accurately remarked, “What the looters wanted was for a few minutes to enter the world of Sloane Street consumption.” This from a man who notoriously claimed £5,900 for eight laptops. Of course, as an MP he obtained these laptops legally through his expenses. Yesterday, the veteran Labour MP Gerald Kaufman asked the Prime Minister to consider how these rioters can be “reclaimed” by society. Yes, this is indeed the same Gerald Kaufman who submitted a claim for three months’ expenses totalling £14,301.60, which included £8,865 for a Bang & Olufsen television. Or take the Salford MP Hazel Blears, who has been loudly calling for draconian action against the looters. I find it very hard to make any kind of ethical distinction between Blears’s expense cheating and tax avoidance, and the straight robbery carried out by the looters. The Prime Minister showed no sign that he understood that something stank about yesterday’s Commons debate. He spoke of morality, but only as something which applies to the very poor: “We will restore a stronger sense of morality and responsibility – in every town, in every street and in every estate.” He appeared not to grasp that this should apply to the rich and powerful as well. The tragic truth is that Mr Cameron is himself guilty of failing this test. It is scarcely six weeks since he jauntily turned up at the News International summer party, even though the media group was at the time subject to not one but two police investigations.
Even more notoriously, he awarded a senior Downing Street job to the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, even though he knew at the time that Coulson had resigned after criminal acts were committed under his editorship. The Prime Minister excused his wretched judgment by proclaiming that “everybody deserves a second chance”. It was very telling yesterday that he did not talk of second chances as he pledged exemplary punishment for the rioters and looters. These double standards from Downing Street are symptomatic of widespread double standards at the very top of our society. It should be stressed that most people (including, I know, Telegraph readers) continue to believe in honesty, decency, hard work, and putting back into society at least as much as they take out. But there are those who do not. Certainly, the so-called feral youth seem oblivious to decency and morality. But so are the venal rich and powerful – too many of our bankers, footballers, wealthy businessmen and politicians. Of course, most of them are smart and wealthy enough to make sure that they obey the law. That cannot be said of the sad young men and women, without hope or aspiration, who have caused such mayhem and chaos over the past few days. But the rioters have this defence: they are just following the example set by senior and respected figures in society. Let’s bear in mind that many of the youths in our inner cities have never been trained in decent values. All they have ever known is barbarism. Our politicians and bankers, in sharp contrast, tend to have been to good schools and universities and to have been given every opportunity in life. Something has gone horribly wrong in Britain. If we are ever to confront the problems which have been exposed in the past week, it is essential to bear in mind that they do not only exist in inner-city housing estates. The culture of greed and impunity we are witnessing on our TV screens stretches right up into corporate boardrooms and the Cabinet. It embraces the police and large parts of our media. It is not just its damaged youth, but Britain itself that needs a moral reformation. Peter Oborne is the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator.
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Make sure the material aspects are covered – this was done in one of the best welfare states though selective assignments have tainted it English welfare severely. Maybe there were insufficient contact type sports, or physicality oriented venues and outlets for the more boisterous among the youths especially and more robust among citizens. But England has not made sure there is equitable wealth distribution. Thus anger resulted despite how well fed, well housed or well educated – or even well jobbed. The taxpayer is not here to enrich a class of bureaucrats or politicians and these same groups have impoverieshed the entire ‘West’ even as their mentality is starting to afflict freshly ‘re-minted’ countries like India and China. All mankind as individuals can’t be, will not be allowed to be – by their fellow man extremely rich and powerful via patronage or nepotism (honest business is good but sequester for no purpose or worse, to invest outside of the country – and anger is inspired again), or hand down your councillor or minister’s or MP’s or Assemblyman’s post, then expect an equally intelligent person to accept your presence in government.
They (even rioters) ARE society and nation itself (no people means no nation) and will kick your a$$ and amend laws and constitutions to counter these groups no matter how hard it is to do or how much pain can be expected from doing so. Herein lies the Spirit of the War of Independence, the Spirit of the French Revolution, the Spirit of Marxism-Socialism, the Spirit of the Statue of Liberty (make a Mecha out of that one and say thanks to the French – the Lady Liberty MK I)!

3 Articles on MRT in Malaysia and abuse of Eminent Domain Powers – posted by @AgreeToDisagree – late February 2012

In 3rd Force, Abuse of Power, Allodial, Eminent Domain, Equality, Ethics, Informed Consent, Invasive Laws, Malaysia, Property, social freedoms on January 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

ARTICLE 1

Prasarana shortlists 28 companies for MRT project – by Malaysia Chronicle – 11 August 2011

KUALA LUMPUR – Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) has shortlisted 28 individual and joint venture (JV) companies that are eligible to bid for various elevated civil works, stations and depot packages under the multi-billion ringgit My Rapid Transit (MRT) infrastructure project. Prasarana in a statement today said the tenders comprising works packages for elevated civil works (eight packages), stations (eight packages) and depots (two packages) would be called in stages, beginning next month until December 2012. “The tender for the first stage, which involves two civil works packages will be issued early next month,” said Prasarana group managing director, Shahril Mokhtar. He said the two packages are a 5.4 km stretch from Taman Bukit Ria to Plaza Phoenix in Cheras and the other covering a 5.2km stretch from Taman Suntex to Bandar Tun Hussein Onn. Shahril said the 18 works packages were divided into two categories — open and Bumiputera — and applicants were evaluated based on several aspects, including financial capabilities, track record, experiences and health and environment practices.

For the JV submissions, he said technical and financial evaluations were carried out on the individual companies, with the total score of their technical and financial points combined based on their equity percentage. He said the 28 shortlisted companies were chosen from among 195 who submitted applications, following two public advertisements. Among the companies shortlisted for all three type of packages (elevated civil works, stations and depots) in the open category are Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd, Muhibbah Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd, IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, Gadang Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd and Loh & Loh Construction Sdn Bhd, he added. Meanwhile, in the Bumiputera category, Naim Engineering Sdn Bhd, Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd, TSR Bina Sdn Bhd, Ahmad Zaki Sdn Bhd, HRA Teguh Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Muhibah Perniagaan & Pembinaan Sdn Bhd were shortlisted for all three type of packages. Tenders for the other works packages will be announced in due course.

Considered the country’s biggest infrastructure project as part of the Greater Klang Valley Master Plan, the MRT will provide the backbone service to the existing public transportation system, and be integrated with the existing LRT, KL Monorail and KTM services. Cutting through the city centre from Sungai Buloh to Kajang, the new MRT will run for approximately 51 km. This includes 9.5 km through underground tunnels and be serviced by 27 elevated stations, seven stations underground and depots at Sungai Buloh and Kajang. – Bernama

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I believe that there is enough space for ALL 28 companies to be included in building of the 27 stations and adjoining tracks. Who says a single or a handful of companies must take the entire contract? That way the fastest and most efficient and ‘least damaged section of tract after a few years’ company can be gauged or penalized. Share building plan costs then build cooperatively. Share the wealth via fair distribution of contracts or just admit you are not fair minded enough to be a good government. Meanwhile remember to vote for MPs who will ensure : 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. Vote only for Joe Publics who are worth no more than 200K and able to pledge the items in the questionairre below as well : http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1914864390044&set=o.318515515322&type=1&theater

Learn  these 2 terms EMINENT DOMAIN and ALLODIAL and vote only for MPs who will abolish the first and implement the second. Otherwise run for candidacy on the issues of these 2 terms. Will be a sure winner!

 

ARTICLE 2

For development’s sake, Jalan Sultan shops must go, says Prasarana – by Yow Hong Chieh – 11th August 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — Sacrifices must be made in the name of development, the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project owner told Jalan Sultan landowners whose properties will be acquired to allow for underground tunnelling works. Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) project development director Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff said today it was necessary to tunnel underneath Jalan Sultan as it represented the optimum alignment between the fixed points of KL Sentral and Permodalan Nasional Bhd’s (PNB) Merdeka development. A section of those who turned up for the Prasarana briefing on August 11, 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi “We understand this place has been there for more than 100 years but I think all of us must realise that there must be sacrifices for development,” he told some 30 landowners at a briefing here today. “It’s not that we want to purposely acquire your land. The alignment has to go somewhere. This is for the rakyat.”

Zulkifli pointed out that Kampung Baru land had been similarly acquired for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and other areas along the proposed Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) KVMRT line will also face compulsory acquisition. “Jalan Sultan is not the only place. We have land in Kajang, land in Kota Damansara. Everyone is affected,” he said. He was responding to Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who expressed concern over the “great impact” acquisition and demolishment of part of the historic Chinatown enclave will have on the nation’s cultural heritage and tourism. Zulkifli stressed that unless the KVMRT optimised ridership by linking key fixed points that coincided with existing transport infrastructure, commercial areas and future developments, traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur would continue worsen. “We don’t want Kuala Lumpur to be like Bangkok or Jakarta where the roads are like a parking lot [and] your car doesn’t move,” he said. The SBK line will cover a distance of 51km, of which 9.5km will be underground. Seven of the 31 stations will also be underground, including one under the existing Klang Bus Stand near Chinatown. SPNB has to acquire the land above the stations and tunnel before any subsurface work can begin as section 44 of the National Land Code 1965 states that property owners not only have the right to the plot itself but also the air above and ground below.

Zulkifli also revealed today that SPNB had spent “three to four months” in talks with the Attorney-General’s Chambers to see if it was possible to tunnel underneath existing properties without having to acquire them but was told it could not be done. “We had months of discussion with the Attorney-General’s Chambers on how we can have the tunnel underneath and the buildings remain… but under the current law, there is no such provision,” he said, adding that similar talks were held when planning the LRT. This prompted Fong to pledge he would table a motion in Parliament to amend the National Land Code to allow underground construction without the need for surface acquisition, to claps from those present. The Land Office will hold hearings with Jalan Sultan landowners starting August 15 to decide on the compensation to be paid to each. Owners may appeal the quantum by obtaining their own valuations.

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We will sacrifice the MP or the political coalition instead. Recall the below :

General Overview on Malaysian Politics – circa late April 2011 (Original)

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=318515515322&topic=17369

What the people want the people must get. This is a subtle show of power. It is not inconceivable that the line can be bulit in another manner.

ARTICLE 3

11 Government Reserve Land To Be Developed Nationwide – Malay Mirror – 16 July 2011
KUALA LUMPUR — Government reserve land at 11 locations nationwide will be developed through a collaboration between the Defence Ministry and Greencity Development Sdn.Bhd (GCDSB). An agreement to that effect was signed today by Deputy Defence Minister, Dr.Abdul Latiff Ahmad, on behalf of the Defence Ministry, and GCDSB, which was represented by its chief executive officer, Mohamad Khairuddin Taha. Speaking to reporters later, Abdul Latiff said that under the agreement, the land, covering 30 hectares, would be leased to the company for 30 years for development, including for building of petrol stations, integrated vehicle service centres and other automobile-related activities. “This is a good collaboration to avoid the land from being left idle and will also provide the government with RM7 million in revenue a year for 30 years,” he added. Abdul Latiff said implementation of the projects would also provide employment opportunities for army retirees. “We will ensure 35 per cent of the jobs that will created from these projects will be given to army retirees,” he added. (Bernama) [[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]] Who owns Green City? 30% Bumi of nation = 30% 30% army(uniformed would be better?) within of 30% Bumi = 9% 30% of female 30% army(uniformed would be better?) within of 30% Bumi = 3% Total = 42% NON ORDINARY Malays, not including rest of country as well. How can this be fair? Muslim Malay voters, better end this system of patronage and favouring of civili servants. Not only are they supported lavishly by government, now they will be further favoured? How about raising salaries instead of doing something with this GLC which would likely by another full 30% (pocketed ‘commission’) OVER this 42% that does not include ordinary Muslim Malays. I don’t think the honest among the army or uniformed would even want to be involved in this.

Try the below too from oathkeepers USA you uniformed guys :

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.
2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people
3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.
4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.
5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control.”
9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances. Love the Rakyat and challenge anything corrupt about to be fostered via Green City.

You are military men, dealers of death to invaders (army) and protectors of citizens (police), and NOT thieves stealing from the Rakyat by colluding with anyone. PAS ready to formalize the figures and breakdowns on this raiding of reserve lands already disenfranchising the minorities? Consider the sin of Asabiya then think about Reserve land and 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.

The Rakyat of all races would absolutely love a ex-police or ex-army who will run on the above 3 items. Any ex-uniformed personnel who endorses the above 3 items could very well have a shot at PM, the regular politicians are too rich and involved in GLCs for their own and the Rakyat’s good. Just plutocrats, nepotists and racists, the dross of humanity as opposed to honourably discharged Muslim ex-army who denounce corruption via collusion against the Rakyat and the sin of Asabiya.