Heat over satellite dish crackdown in Sabah – Azman Habu – December 7, 2011
Astro’s monopoly and recent seizure of parabolic satellite dishes has come under attack in Sabah.
TAWAU: The seizure of 193 satellite dishes around Sabah by the Customs Department has drawn into the spotlight the federal government’s continued bias towards KL-based satellite service provider Astro and its victimizing of Sabahans.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Yee Moh Chai as well as several senior opposition leaders, in voicing their shock, have also branded the seizures as “ridiculous”.
“After all we are subscribing to the Prime Minister’s ‘People First Performance Now’ dictum,” he said after making known his unhappiness with federal government’s continued policy of not allowing people to use parabolic satellite dishes.
The state Customs Department announced over the weekend it had launched crackdown on the use of unapproved satellite dishes last month under Customs Act 1967.
Those caught in possession are liable to a fine of not less than 10 times the value of the seized items or imprisonment of up to three years or both.
A total of 64 dishes were confiscated from residences in the districts of Beaufort, Papar, Kota Kinabalu, 76 in Keningau and Tambunan and 48 in Tawau, department deputy director Hamzah Sundang said on Saturday.
Each dish costs between RM300 to RM500 making the total seizures worth about RM200,000.
Yee, who is also Sabah Resource Development and Information Technology Minister, said it was absurd that the use of such dishes was still banned in a borderless world.
“We should accept the fact that the world is getting smaller. For a runner, for example, they cannot be asked to use only one type of shoes. We cannot allow a monopoly,” he told the reporters here.
Astro monopoly criticized
He said preventing people from using any satellite dishes apart from those supplied by Astro did not make sense and was also a monopolistic exercise condoned by the government.
Yee said that the rational for not allowing the public to use such dishes in the past was because the federal government wanted to control information.
“But now people can access information from anywhere,” he said, adding that disallowing the use of satellite dishes “is like the ostrich burying its head in the sand … it is not tenable and against the interests of the nation.”
Sabah DAP leader Jimmy Wong also slammed the seizures as an affront to freedom of information.
He said there was nothing wrong in people buying parabolic dishes as they are doing what the government wants them to tap on more information to gain more knowledge and achieve the government’s vision of becoming a fully developed nation by 2020.
“Parabolic dishes are cheap and can help people gather three to four times more information than is available. In China there are more than 100 stations.
“The government should get rid of the policy prohibiting the people from using these dishes,” he said.
He also criticized the monopoly held by Astro.
“At the moment we are only limited to Astro … there is no competition, a total monopoly.
“If the government really means the words – ‘People First’ – the government should be open to other satellite channel providers, just like the many cellular phone companies.
“In Sabah, we have used parabolic dishes for the past 20 to 30 years without problems,” he said reminding the authorities that the devices were initially allowed in areas in Sabah and Sarawak where telecommunication services are spotty at best due to the terrain.
‘Yee sleeping on the job’
Earlier, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) took Yee to task for the brouhaha over the seizures, saying he had failed to improve Sabah’s information technology development despite being in charge for eight years.
SAPP information chief Chong Pit Fah said Yee was constantly blaming others for the poor broadband services in the state and now was finding fault with others for the seizures.
“He just woke up on the parabolic satellite disc issue. He is sleeping on the job. He should apologise to all the parabolic satellite disc owners,” Chong said in a statement this week.
“It is Yee who is ridiculous. He has been the minister in charge of the ICT in Sabah and only now he is seeing all this?”
Telecommunication services in both Sabah and Sarawak lag behind what is available in Peninsular Malaysia.
Most consumers in the two states look on in envy at high-tech services that are available in the peninsula first and only reach them months and even years later. (Continue with below related article, response follows.)
RM265,000 worth of banned Parabolic Dishes seized
Other than those of ASTRO’s, satellite dishes are prohibited by law in Malaysia. Many quarters have tried in the past, to get the government – including those that were initiated by NGOs and some leaders from ruling government – to lift the ban on the use of such dishes in order to receive transmissions of information from foreign countries.
Daily Express – 16.6.2012
Latest on the Customs Department’s crackdown on banned goods saw its officers confiscating 106 sets of parabolic satellite dishes worth RM180,000 and is the biggest such seizures in Sabah so far. According to current market price, the seized sets of dishes could worth RM265,000.
State Customs Deputy Director (Enforcement and Compliance), Hamzah Sundang told a media conference in Keningau Friday that the 2.20pm raid at a house in Jalan Masak here was made by a team lead by the District Customs Enforcement Officer, Michael Asik. He said the parabolic dish is a prohibited item listed under Schedule II of Custom Rule (Prohibition on Import) 2008 and would require an import permit from Sirim Berhad.
Those found in possession of a parabolic dish without valid permit could be charged under Section 135 (1)(d) of the Custom Act 1967, which provides a fine of not less than 10 times the value of the seized goods for the first offence and not more than 20 times the value of the goods or a jail term of not more than 3 years or both, if convicted.
Oppressed by Malaysian law :
Schedule II (Prohibition on Import) 2008 : Goods can be imported only with an Import License.
Apparatus or equipment to be attached to or connected to a Public Telecommunication network or system. Affected parties – all countries, SIRIM Berhad
Example: telephone sets, telephone sets for cellular network, base station, switching & routing apparatus, telephonic & telegraphic apparatus, walkie talkie, transceivers, radio telephonic receivers.
All radio communication apparatus capable of being used for telecommunication in the frequency band lower than 3000 GHz or their motherboards except for:
receiver that is designed for use in the broadcasting services; and
radio communication apparatus having a valid licence issued by the 26 Telecommunication Authority of any country or an International Automatic Roaming (IAR) card issued by a licensed operator
Affected parties: All countries, SIRIM Berhad
Examples: transmission apparatus & transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus, radar apparatus, radio navigational aid, radio remote control apparatus
Why the ban?
Looking at the Schedule II of the (Prohibition of Imports) Order 2008, the reason for the prohibition can be speculated as not having the import permit necessary to bring in the apparatus, and possible quality control issues. Nothing else.
I read the short presentation on THE CUSTOMS IMPORT PROHIBITION ORDER 2008:- THE ROLE & FUNCTION OF CUSTOMS by Sirim-QAS and found no specific reason for the prohibition other than possible interference in the local communication system by such telecommunication apparatus. If you can get SIRIM to check on the quality of these dishes, you should be permitted to get them imported.
TheGreenMechanics’ two cents:
The number of dishes and money involved in the latest crackdown gives us an impression that there could be more shipments of this popular household item that went undetected.
The monopolistic nature of ASTRO business model, coupled with the recent revision of fees/charges and the implementation of the 6% government service tax put ASTRO out of many people’s reach and hence, the difficulty in accessing information, especially to the rural folks. If people are hindered from their right to information, due to financial or legal reasons, they will find ways through the back door, as demonstrated by what is currently happening.
The key is ‘Import Permit’. Under certain conditions, the law permits you and me to bring in such dishes. So, why don’t we relax the conditions a little bit and allow the people access to information. After all, the Malaysian government has never put any restriction to internet access in the country.
**UPDATE** – Another 90 satellite dishes worth RM225,000 were seized by Sabah Customs in Keningau on Monday. This makes a total of 196 confiscated parabola set. Total market worth is now RM490,000. (Source: Daily Express, 19-06-2012, page 4).
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Vote properly citizens, against MONOPOLY and oppression of communications. Ask your MP if they will remove the ban and make satellite dishes legal. If your MP does not want to, then do not vote for that MP because they are colluding with Astro for monopoly over YOUR CASH. If there is no MP that is running as candidate that will, run for election yourself with the intention of ratifying legalisation. There are more people being extorted via monopoly than those on the take, THAT is the power of democracy as much as the right for th electrosensitive to demand White Zones or even compensation for being affected as per the rights of a minority group – Malaysia unfortunately does not protect or even give equality to the minorities of non-Malays and non-Muslims who seem to somehow think that EQUALITY is unfair to them. A skewed sense of entitlement inculpated by racists and apartheid accepting lapdogs for decades by BN!
If 222 MPs or actually 130 MPs run for election the Satellite dishes will become legal and Astro’s monopoly will end. No need to fight with the police or do illegal stuff! The police will then also be happier because they too will not have to pay Astro, which is incidentally owned by a non-Malay.
Then consider solar panels to end electricity monopoly as well. Local solar panel producers will be happy instead! And with enough independent persons, satellite phones as well which can be trasnparent to ensure no neurotech infiltrations which I strongly believe Astro has been applying against the citizens of Malaysia with. Most police and army are Joe Public level wealth types, for certain they should see the value in such actions. The 1% type ‘Putras’ or term limitless Oligarchs colluding should be taken out of the system as quicly as possible. Will the voters wake up? 1% of people will be unhappy that they cannot get EVEN MORE millions, but 99% of the people will see all of the above bills drop to ZERO. Vote properly or offer yourself as candidates! Make C-band Satellite dishes and decoders legal by becoming MPs! Also any right minded Malays could climb over Pakatan AND BN by securing for themselves as a 3rd Force by running as independent candidates by endorsing with intention to grant via statuary declaration :
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)
Then realise that neurotech can eventually end all freedom as well . . .
What’s keeping Malaysia’s Opposition together? – Bridget Welsh (Malaysian Insider) – Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Pakatan Rakyat is an alliance of profoundly different backgrounds, with secularists, theocrats, conservatives and progressives working together.
What keeps the Malaysian opposition Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) together? The quick answer often given is the common search of political power.
While power frames the relationships between three disparate political parties – Islamist PAS, secular-committed Democratic Action Party and the umbrella reform-oriented PKR of Mr Anwar Ibrahim – it is not the glue of the opposition alliance. Were this the case, PAS would have left the coalition when UMNO floated the offer of joining the government in 2008 and intense jockeying took place within PAS.
The answer lies in the three parties’ shared moral compact. Pakatan Rakyat is an alliance of profoundly different backgrounds, with secularists, theocrats, conservatives and progressives working together. In a world wracked with tensions over religion and misunderstandings, Malaysia’s opposition stands out in bucking international trends of difference.
CORRUPTION IN EVERYDAY LFE
Three common principles bind the Opposition together. The first is deep concern with endemic corruption.
The problem of corruption is not new, and while Malaysia’s practices are assessed above many in Asia, including Indonesia, what has become increasingly apparent is that it has crossed the line of acceptability for many Malaysians. Survey results show that an overwhelming majority view their officials as corrupt and believe that their officials do not abide by the law.
Scandal after scandal, from the National Feedlot Corporation and Scorpene, to the recent revelations about the extension of the Ampang LRT, has inundated citizens. While there are many civil servants who work hard to deliver services, there are pressures within the system to conform to predatory practices.
Malaysian corruption was initially concentrated among the elite through the practice of “money politics”. But more and more, it is extending into everyday issues such as school fees, crime prevention and service provision.
Most basic food items, such as sugar and rice, are tied to non-transparent deals of politically-aligned businessmen, as are bigger items such as cars through Approved Permit licence allocations.
These weaknesses in governance share a common moral thread – a privileged minority using the system to their advantage, and this is hurting the majority and widening inequality.
FAIRNESS AND THE PLAYING FIELD
This leads to the second shared principle – fairness. The three political parties each have a different take on what is fair, but there are areas of similarity: Namely, everyone should have a seat at the table; everyone should be treated fairly in a court of law; and social and economic inequalities should be minimised.
This shared view of fairness extends into the outrage over unfair legal decisions and deep-seated concerns about poverty and displacement of many Malaysians. Pakatan’s conception of citizenship has evolved into one in which all Malaysians are exactly that — Malaysians. It is a modern view of citizenship, in which everyone has rights and the government is to respond to the people, not the other way round.
The Opposition’s moral compact is also driven by a mutual interest in expanding democratic governance to level the political playing field.
Calls for the removal of the Internal Security Act (which was suspended and replaced by the more benign but less tested Security Offences Act earlier this year), electoral reform, freedoms of assembly, religion and speech, among other things, all fall under the umbrella of expanding political space and rights.
Ever since the reformasi movement of 1999, opposition activists have joined forces in highlighting democratic deficits and showcasing reasons for an expansion of democracy. Each protest and political crisis has brought the opposition together – from Bersih 1.0 in 2007, to the defections and subsequent takeover of the Perak state government in 2009. The bonds forged by protesting together are strong.
Since 2008, there have been significant efforts to rupture the Opposition’s moral compact on multiple fronts. The charges of sodomy and corruption have been tied to attempts to discredit opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and raise doubts about his moral calibre to lead. The introduction of issues such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual (LGBT) rights puts pressure on the relationship between the liberals and others within the Pakatan Rakyat.
The sensitive “Allah” issue that rose to the fore in 2010 tested the Islamists’ position. The push for Malay rights under the rubric “Ketuanan Melayu” reflects efforts to reinforce ethnic supremacy over shared humanity and equality, to reimpose the social contract of the past.
Each of these issues has not broken the ties between the opposition actors, and it is in part due to the prominence of the underlying principles that bring them together.
THE PROBLEM OF HUDUD
This is not a moral compact without problems, however. The biggest challenge for the Opposition lies within. It has to do with an issue being negotiated throughout the Muslim world: The place and form of Islamic law, notably hudud.
Globally, Islamist political parties from AKP in Turkey to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are grappling with how to bring about Islamic governance while maintaining rights. For liberals, the introduction of measures such as hudud violates the shared democratic ideals, as there remains deep mistrust of Islamists in office.
For secularists, hudud violates their view of governance. Doubts persist in some quarters about whether the Islamists will continue to hold to the ideals in office, respect different religious rights and, importantly, tolerate difference within their own community.
Detractors point to Algeria and Iran as testimony to a potential violation of trust. Others more open-minded highlight the negotiated paths of Turkey and Morocco.
For Malaysia, the hudud issue remains on the agenda, unresolved and unlikely to be so before polls. In public remarks, Mr Anwar has stressed the centrality of dialogue and principle of consensus. There appears to be a working agreement to agree to disagree.
Among Islamists there has been a global trend towards greater accommodation of difference and an appreciation of constitutional frameworks for governance. Many in the PAS old guard, nevertheless, are tied to the vision of a religious theocracy that is increasingly becoming outmoded, even in Egypt where the President comes from one of the historically strongest advocates of these measures, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Islamists the world over are having to reprioritise their principles in order to govern societies, and PAS will have to as well. What is important is that it will need to do this on its own terms, rather than respond to ultimatums from allies and opponents alike.
Hudud will remain salient to this campaign, because at its core, it puts pressure on Malaysia’s Opposition to reassess, reaffirm and reinforce their common moral priorities. It is this common ground however, that is Pakatan’s moral compact — and for now it is on firm ground. — Today
Bridget Welsh is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Management University.
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Not a word on apartheid? Oh we forget that Singapore and Malaysia’s term limitless dictators gain so much from apartheid. LKY is a farce for not briniging up Malaysia’s Bumiputra apartheid at the UN despite all those US links. So what does that make Bridget Welsh’s selective comments and place in academia worth? Cynical sellout article from a cynical sellout institution. What’s keeping Malaysia’s Opposition together? Self interest. As in the refusal to legalise Satellite dishes to end Astro type monopolies and support of keeping the Vehicular AP system in place, or even keeping Bumiputra Apartheid in place to PROFIT OFF racial disunity.
Battle for MB post eclipses polls – Sunday, 14 October 2012 Super Admin
The rivalry between Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Azmin Ali for the Selangor Mentri Besar post has overshadowed the battle for control of the state.
But while Azmin has control over his party, he has problems getting the support of the coalition. DAP’s Karpal Singh reminded him that the MB post is a consensus decision while PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said he was “too ambitious”.
Joceline Tan, The Star
THE exchange of fire between loyalists of Azmin Ali and Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim last week was not the first but it was the fiercest to date.
The stakes have increased as the general election draws near and there is no denying that the two PKR leaders are doing what it takes to be in the cushy seat of Selangor Mentri Besar (MB). The Azmin-Khalid feud has reached a new level of intensity.
But politicians are such natural actors. When Khalid walked into the House shortly before the Dewan Rakyat session began on Monday, Azmin leapt to his feet with outstretched arms. There was no man-hug that would have been over-acting but they smiled like they were in a toothpaste advertisement as they shook hands, knowing that all eyes were on them.
Anyone looking at the pair last week would have been puzzled, even confused, as to whether they are rivals or buddies. The two adversaries are, quite ironically, seated next to each other Khalid as the Bandar Tun Razak MP and Azmin as Gombak MP.
Azmin immediately launched into an earnest explanation about his interview in a Malay daily that had sparked off the latest rounds of attacks, saying that the reaction generated was not fair to both of them.
Faekah: The petite but fierce political secretary has taken the bullets for Khalid. Faekah: The petite but fierce political secretary has taken the bullets for Khalid.
Khalid was quite blas about it and told him: “No problem, there’s no need to apologise. In fact, I just told reporters outside: Thank you to Azmin for saying that I am federal material.’”
The pair even left the House together a couple of hours later Khalid to attend a meeting and Azmin to visit one of his party workers in hospital. In the afternoon, they were together again, this time at a PKNS meeting in Shah Alam. Again, there were lots of smiles and jovial exchanges, with Azmin praising Khalid’s handling of Selangor’s financial affairs.
It was not exactly Oscar-winning stuff but it was a good show. Beneath the civil smiles and pleasantries lie a simmering rivalry that is centred around the post of Selangor MB. The two men are savvy enough to leave all that I-say-you and the you-say-me attacks to their machais.
They are well-matched to take on each other. Khalid is the MB, but Azmin pulls the strings in PKR as the deputy president, Selangor chief and party election director.
Azmin is not only a political animal but a smooth operator. Khalid, on the other hand, is not as naive as some imagine. Behind that absent-minded professor demeanour is a man determined to hold on to what he has.
Khalid has often been described as an accidental politician. That is not really the case because he has been interested in politics since his days as CEO of Guthrie Bhd. He had even vied for a division post in Umno. The MB’s office is a dream come true for him and he is not going to let go without a fight.
The latest attack began with a front page interview in Sinar Harian where Azmin praised Khalid’s achievements in Selangor and declared that Khalid’s corporate experience would be needed at the federal level if Pakatan takes Putrajaya.
The headline the next day was: MB Baru Selepas PRU13 (new MB after general election). That was when the bullets started flying between supporters of both sides.
In the corporate world, that would be known as being “kicked upstairs” removed without losing too much face.
Zuraidah: She walks and talks like a man but is a fierce defender of Azmin. Zuraidah: She walks and talks like a man but is a fierce defender of Azmin.
Azmin has often told those who claim that he wants to take over from Khalid that, “I am eyeing Putrajaya, not Selangor”. But he is well aware that Pakatan’s hopes of winning the federal government are getting slimmer by the day and the coalition is more likely to hold on to Selangor than arrive in Putrajaya. Hence, his move to close in on the MB post.
Khalid’s chief defender has been his loyal political secretary Faekah Husin. She did not mince her words about Azmin’s interview; as a result she has been severely criticised by Azmin’s camp.
The petite lawyer admitted with a laugh, “there are bullet holes all over my body.”
Azmin’s boys joke that Faekah is the “First Lady of Selangor”. They go for her because she is an easier target to hit than Khalid and there are now renewed calls to sack her for criticising Azmin.
But sacked from what and for what? Faekah is only an ordinary party member, she does not have a party post and her remarks about Azmin were rather mundane.
Moreover, the only person who can sack her is Khalid and he trusts her implicitly; that is what makes her so powerful in Selangor.
Faekah is Khalid’s spokeswoman, and during the launch of his book Fearless: From Kampung Boy to CEO, he singled her out for mention. Going by the video that was aired during the launch, it is quite clear that she is central to Khalid’s politics and work.
Her power status goes up another notch if one considers that she was the former political secretary to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and they are still very close. Azmin’s boys know they will have to take Faekah down before they can get Khalid, hence the periodic calls for her removal.
In June this year, a group using the Twitter handle @PecatFaekah had agitated for Faekah’s resignation. The group has not given up and has since extended their scope to @PecatFaekah/Arfah, the latter being Khalid’s press secretary.
While Khalid relies on Faekah to check Azmin, Azmin uses Ampang MP Zuraidah Kamaruddin to poke at Khalid. They are Alpha females who do not mind taking the heat for their men.
Zuraidah, who is Azmin’s No. 2 in Selangor, ticked off Khalid a few months ago when he declined to defend Azmin over some compromising photographs of a couple in a toilet. More recently, she lectured Faekah for “jumping the gun” and told her to improve her communication skills with party leaders.
Azmin’s supporters maintain that the MB post should have gone to him instead of Khalid. Azmin was in the lead to be the MB when Selangor fell in 2008.
But in the early hours of March 9, Khalid’s name overtook Azmin’s and by the time the sun came up, Khalid was confirmed as the choice of MB. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had opted for Khalid because he was a big corporate name and also because he thought that Khalid would be easier to control than Azmin; he was wrong on the second count.
Azmin was deeply disappointed and one of those at Anwar’s house that morning recalled witnessing how the de facto leader tried to placate Azmin for almost an hour.
“Azmin’s face was white with anger if you had cut it with a knife, there would have been no blood,” said an insider.
Anwar’s pitch at that time was that Putrajaya was within arm’s reach and he needed Azmin to be in charge. The younger man was sucked into the Sept 16 fairy tale along with many other Malaysians. He is older and wiser and going for the realistic option this time around.
In that sense, Azmin’s remarks in Sinar Harian were very much about about staking his territory and preparing everyone for his ascent.
But while Azmin has control over his party, he has problems getting the support of the coalition. DAP’s Karpal Singh reminded him that the MB post is a consensus decision while PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said he was “too ambitious”.
Khalid’s situation is the reverse he is the preferred choice of Pakatan but he does not seem to have the backing of his party. His other problem is that his state seat in Ijok is said to be quite vulnerable and he will have to work hard to do well there.
There has also been talk about positioning Nurul Izzah as the next MB, and Taman Medan, a state seat in Selangor, has been named as a possible constituency for her. It is not an implausible scenario because Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo was only slightly older than her when he was plucked from obscurity for the post.
The Lembah Pantai MP and party vice-president has popular appeal and there is still that wow-factor surrounding her.
But her problem is that, intellectually, she has not measured up to her generational peers like Rafizi Ramli or Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin. She has not shone in Parliament compared to several other first-time MPs. Without her father’s name, she would be just another pretty and ambitious politician.
Her other problem is that she seems to be modelling herself after the eccentric Batu MP Tian Chua whom not many people take seriously these days. They like to pursue sensational and gimmicky issues without proper research and when proven wrong, they simply move on to a new issue. Over time, such incidents affect one’s credibility.
For instance, Nurul Izzah went to town about the Defence Ministry submarine that could not dive. She got loads of publicity but when the submarine dived in the sea off Sabah with no less than the King on board, she behaved as though she had never talked about it.
Nurul Izzah is a good ceramah speaker but has yet to show that she can think and argue factually in a debate. She has a lot of catching up to do and Azmin will see to it that she stays in Lembah Pantai.
Nurul Izzah and Dr Wan Azizah have made statements to the effect of siding Khalid but Anwar has been silent on the feud but it should not be read as impartiality. The de facto leader holds the veto decision and he will use it when the time comes.
In the meantime, the feud will simmer on. Azmin and Khalid will continue to smile and say lovely things about each other in public while the knives are sharpened behind the scenes.
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written by sa.tombs, October 14, 2012 15:33:43
Azmin back off. You come from a a family which is treacherous and senile. They say blood is thicker than water. How do we know what plot you are hatching ?? After al we know that Molayus are never loyal and move on the side of who pays them more. You have been known to be greedy unlike the present MB. So please FCUK Off and take over Melaka or Johor or Trengganu or even Negri 9. Leave our Tan Sri alone.
Ans : Who cares what anyone thinks? Majority vote at 66.6% quorums (of the whole party), then term limits.
written by Ling Joo Hien, October 14, 2012 14:47:04
I know what Karpal Singh said and what the Secretary of PAS said. What I want to know is what Anwar Ibrahim says
Ans : Who cares what Anwar says? 2 terms over? GTFO then. The is a democratic political party not a family business. Who cares what the Secretary General of PAS says? If the majority votes at 66.6.% quorums, then Azmin wins. What Anwar or the Secretary General of PAS says should not matter at all.
Here is Karpal exposing his assent of apartheid the ‘politics of consensus’ by using the hated word. Traitor to the Indian community that does not challenge apartheid. Azmin could ask the Selangor PKR to vote at 66.6% quorums for him. If Azmin fails then the better challenger wins. Nothing to do with Karpal or ‘consensus’. THIS IS DEMOCRACY, not bullsh1t consensus. Azmin should give this method a shot. That way Azmin won’t have people from DAP telling them about ‘consensus’. There is no such thing, only quorums and majority choices of ALL party members preferably AND then term limits.
These Supreme Council types are NOT a monarchy and stunt democracy in PKR. PKR should swith to a 1 man 1 vote system, then all the so called personalities can shut up and allow the members to choose – AT 66.6% quorums!
Even if Azmin wins, Azmin only has a right to be President for 2 terms. Right Azmin? Or will we have a second Anwar in the form of Azmin? 2 terms only then GTFO! That goes for all MPs as well!
Court ruling on Muslim transsexuals raises alarm over Islam ‘superseding’ Constitution – UPDATED @ 03:02:30 PM 12-10-2012 0 By Debra Chong – Assistant News Editor – October 12, 2012
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and residents took part in the annual “Marcha de la diversidad” (diversity demonstration) in downtown Montevideo September 28, 2012. A Malaysian High Court ruling against Muslim transexuals has sparked concerns that Islamic law is now supplanting the Federal Constitution, say legal experts. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — A High Court ruling against Muslim transsexuals in Negri Sembilan yesterday is raising concerns that Islamic law is now supplanting the Federal Constitution as the country’s supreme law, legal experts have said.
Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan and law lecturer Azmi Sharom told The Malaysian Insider that there is a worrying trend that the judiciary has been putting Islamic law above all other laws in Malaysia’s dual-track court system – pointing to yesterday’s judgment as an example of an erosion of the Federal Constitution.
“There is a worrying trend in which the judiciary appears to place Islamic enactments on a higher pedestal than the Constitution.
“Islam is the religion of the Federation, but that does not mean that ‘Islam’, or what the authorities deem as ‘Islam’, supersedes other Constitutional provisions,” Syahredzan said.
High Court judge Datuk Siti Mariah Ahmad had dismissed a challenge by a group of Muslim transsexuals to an Islamic legal provision barring men from wearing women’s clothes or dressing up as females, saying Muslims cannot be exempted from Syariah legal provisions.
The judge had also ruled that Part II of the Federal Constitution – which guarantees Malaysians fundamental liberties such as equality before the law, freedom of religion, and which prohibits slavery and enforced labour among others – is exempted by section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Enactment 1992, according to lawyer Aston Paiva, who represented the transsexuals.
He said the judge had relied on the religious opinion on the Negri Sembilan mufti to justify section 66 in making her oral ruling. He added that the written judgment of the case was not yet available and the judge had not indicated when it would be released.
Section 66 of the state’s Islamic criminal code states that “any male person who, in any public place wears a woman’s attire or poses as a woman shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding RM1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.”
Syahredzan said the Seremban High Court ruling followed an earlier Federal Court decision in which it was held that Islam must be protected “at all costs”.
“The Supreme Court in the case of Che Omar Che Soh is clear on this; provisions relating to Islam must receive secular fiats to become law,” he said, adding that it meant the proposed laws must be passed by Parliament or the State Legislative Assemblies. “It also means that laws enacted, regardless of whether they are Syariah enactments or Acts of Parliament must be subjected to and consistent with the Constitution,” he said.
Azmi, an associate professor at Universiti Malaya’s (UM) law faculty, went a step further.
“It is going to give a carte blanche to state legislative assemblies, Islamic religious departments and muftis to make any laws that go against the Constitution simply by saying it is Islamic and circumnavigating the Constitution.
“If you do not respect this basic rule, then what safety net do we have as citizens?” he asked.
The four transsexuals identified by their birth names – Muhamad Juzaili Mohd Khamis, Shukor Jani, Wan Farol Wan Ismail and Adam Shazrul Mohd Yusoff – who have all been previously arrested and convicted under Islamic criminal laws had initiated the suit last year against the Negri Sembilan government and the state Islamic affairs department to end the “persecution”, which they claimed to be a violation of their constitutional rights.
Paiva told The Malaysian Insider that his clients, who have been medically diagnosed to have a gender identity disorder, only wanted the court to declare that Section 66 “does not apply to anyone with a gender identity disorder.”
He said they were distraught and were considering appealing the ruling.
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NO. However, going apostate in Malaysia is particularly difficult, effectively illegal, and also non-Muslims even Malays, not to mention all citizens not Malay and not Muslim are severely discriminated and disenfranchised against if they are not Muslims. This ruling by itself is correct (LGBT cannot be Muslim, though apostataes can), but the underlying related rulings are wrong (cannot go apostate in malaysia, when not a Muslim even if Malaysian, are not treated equally as per the constitution).
Jangan shiok sendiri – Wednesday, 10 October 2012
And this is what happens when you close your mind and refuse to look at the bigger picture. You are just one person with one vote. You may even be amongst four million like-minded people. But then 10 million people will be coming out to vote in the 13th General Election. And how many of these 10 million are following the TV news every night? And how many of these 10 million have been swayed by what they saw on TV?
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
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Minority of one is a bastion of democratic principles. The articles of UNHCR of which Malaysia is a failed signatory of, is another. Democracy negativist article from a so-called modern Muslim! We all know what this makes RPK . . .
The Rise and Rapid Fall of Suaram’s Cynthia Gabriel – FROM AROUND THE BLOGS – Friday, 12 October 2012 Super Admin
Just days ago Cynthia Gabriel was set to be a key figure in the GE13 election campaign. Suaram, of which she is a board member and key spokesperson, was strutting the Malaysian political stage on the back of the Scorpene submarine issue and they thought they had BN on the run.
After all, at the height of the Scorpene saga it was suggested mysteriously that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was set to be whisked off to France to testify at a trial. If he didn’t go, said Suaram’s media friends, our trade with the European Union would suffer. It was total fiction but for Suaram and Pakatan Rakyat they were happy days as the story dominated the media. They went on with their spin and stories.
Except as we now know, there is not and never has been any trial.
A visiting French lawyer Yves Charpenel, who also happens to be a former French prosecutor, torpedoed that story in a five minute press conference in Kuala Lumpur this week.
This has left Suaram reeling. Far more than the revelations about the web of foreign interests that funds this politicised and Pakatan-backed “human rights” group, the “no trial” revelation harmed Suaram because it struck at the heart of its integrity.
NGOs say Suaram misrepresented itself as plaintiff in Scorpene inquiry – NEWS/COMMENTARIES Thursday, Ida Lim, The Malaysian Insider – 11th October 2012
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) had misrepresented itself as a plaintiff to a French inquiry of the multi-billion Scorpene submarine deal, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) alleged today.
“We view the claim that SUARAM has been accepted or recognised as ‘civil party’ (plaintiff) as a biggest lie in the country’s political history…” Dzulkarnain Taib, president of the Young Journalists Club, said at a press conference today.
“This means that the case by Suaram in relation to Scorpene has been thrown out by the French court since March 2012,” he claimed.
Dzulkarnain pointed to a court document dated March 13 this year, signed by the French judiciary, purportedly rejecting SUARAM as plaintiff for the Scorpene inquiry as proof.
He claimed that SUARAM’s lawyers had applied for the human rights watchdog to be made a “joint civil party” (joint plaintiff) together with the International Federation for Human Rights, based on a court document dated March 16 this year.
But Dzulkarnain said the French judiciary have yet to decide on whether to allow SUARAM to be a joint plaintiff over the inquiry into the Scorpene deal.
He declined to show the two court documents to reporters, saying that it will be revealed at an “opportune time”.
He gave the court reference number for the documents instead, with the first being “No du Parquet:1115196025 and No Instruction: 2292/12/4” and the second being “No Parquet: 1115106025 and No Instruction: 20F/11/52”.
Other NGOs present at the press conference include the Muslims Consumers Association of Malaysia, Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia and Malays Consultative Council.
CCM resubmits investigation paper on Suaram-linked firm to A-G – NEWS/COMMENTARIES Super Admin – Ida Lim, The Malaysian Insider
he Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) has resubmitted the investigation paper on a company linked to Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) for misleading accounts to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
“CCM has submitted completed investigation paper to A-G last week. Now is up to A-G on his further action,” the domestic trade, co-operative and consumerism minister told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.
He confirmed that the investigation paper was still for “misleading accounts” by the human rights watchdog’s company Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd.
He said there was “nothing from A-G yet” when asked if the A-G’s Chambers had decided to bring charges against Suara Inisiatif.
Two weeks ago, Ismail reportedly said CCM was gathering the additional information required before resubmitting the investigation paper on Suara Inisiatif to the A-G’s Chambers.
It was previously reported that the A-G’s Chambers had returned the investigation paper to CCM on September 19 as it could not draft charges based on the incomplete paper.
Suaram has been at the forefront of exposing alleged corruption in the multibillion ringgit Scorpene submarine deal this past year but has in turn been the subject of investigation into its funding, along with several other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and news portal Malaysiakini.
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Worse case of point scoring quangocrat in Malaysian history ever. I have contacted Suaram about Bumiputra Apartheid before. Not a word or sound from the supposedly UN ECOSOC compliant NGO.
Anwar gets into PAS’ bad books – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Ida Lim – Friday, 12 October 2012 Super Admin
(The Star) – PAS Youth has joined the fray in denouncing a book launched by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that suggests Islam is not a good basis to set up a nation.
Its chief Nasrudin Hassan said the wing fully supported the statement by the party’s deputy spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din, who criticised the book and the Opposition leader for associating himself with the book’s author, former Indian MP Mubasyar Jawid Akbar.
Mubasyar in the book Tinder Box: The Past and The Future of Pakistan suggests that Islam is only a basis to form a brotherhood and not a basis to form a country.
Nasrudin said the wing supported Haron’s statement that the development of an Islamic nation should centre around Islamic principles and teachings.
He was responding to Haron’s recent criticism against Anwar for launching Mubasyar’s book at the Royal Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur.
The book launch was also attended by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Haron expressed regret that PKR had given Mubasyar the opportunity to present his liberal views in Malaysia.
Denouncing Mubasyar’s book, Nasrudin said Islam should not be limited as a basis to forge ties between the ummah.
PAS rejected such liberal Islamic doctrines, said Nasrudin, stressing that Islam could even be used as a guide to resolve national woes.
“Islam complements all aspects of life including the establishment and administration of a nation.”
Islam emphasised a trustworthy administration that was free from graft and leakage, and on the welfare of the rakyat, he said.
Wednesday. Asked why her organisation let everyone believe that the Scorpene submarine deal was the subject of a trial in France she answered weakly: “Suaram has no control on how (the) media are reporting this matter.”
But as The Choice has reminded her, this isn’t actually true. At any time Suaram could have corrected the false story doing the rounds but chose not to do so. Nor did it suit its friends in Pakatan Rakyat and the phalanx of foreign interests happy to see cleverly crafted untruths undermine our political independence.
Now that Gabriel has suffered such a painful come down her opponents are on the attack.
Without naming Suaram, Independent MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim told the Dewan Rakyat: “The people were hoodwinked by these group of people who collected donations from the public for the so-called trial.”
“I believe the government has a solid ground take up a defamation suit against the perpetrators.”
He also proposed a law to “monitor the activities of suspected foreign agents who interfere in the internal affairs of the country”. Again, he didn’t name anyone but he might as well have been carrying a photo of Suaram donor George Soros.
But another press briefing in KL definitely did name Suaram accusing it of the “biggest lie in the country’s political history.”
Young Journalists Club President Dzulkarnain Taib produced a court document from France showing that French judges Roger Le Loire and Serge Tournaire rejected Suaram as a plaintiff in the case on March 13 this year.
“This means that the case by Suaram in relation to Scorpene has been thrown out by the French court since March 2012,” he said.
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Anwar means THEOCRACY more than Islam. Who cares about PAS’s 1% of world population Hudud? If PAS wants to be insane, let them convince the whole of Kelantan and Terengganu at 66.6% quorum FIRST. PAS should not even talk about Malaysia at all till then. PAS is getting more and more like Al Shabab and Al Qaeda. Does PAS want to cause USA to bomb Malaysia? Malaysia is no Iraq and not even near SHIITE Iran in power or Saudi Arabia in influence.
Comments About Ommission of Comments – excerpt reposting by @AgreeToDisagree
Your experience is interesting/arresting. I used to contribute as a Blogger — I don’t anymore. Like RPK, the MC boss is just a user of people. You are given space WHEN YOU ARE USEFUL TO SERVE HER AGENDA; othervice, sorry 4U lah!:) Hey, come over to my space and I’ll assure I’l offer even tehtari’ on top of free space:) — Newsdog aka Desi
PS: WHY yr verification words so difficult wan?
KoSong Cafe said…
Thanks Desi for your comment. I have no idea about, let alone control over, the verification words set by Blogger.
There are many things which could contribute towards misunderstanding between website administrator and commentator. In the case of MC, my purpose of pointing out probable mistakes wasn’t out of malice but to help them improve. I was hoping it could be an acknowledgement without publishing my comment. At least then I would have known they have got the message. I have had lots of mistakes when posting in my own blog and often some words or spellings bothered me mentally and I had to review and amend them. It is a known fact that we need others to proof-read our own work and vice versa.
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‘OMG I experienced the same thing. The undemocratic ***** keeps removing comments and preventing discussions!
The Nut Graph is worse. They manipulate or omit portions of your comment to misrepresent the original intent of your comment to mean something else! If you 2 guys are up to it in terms of wealth, how about running for candidacy as the 3rd Force or ‘Fifth Estate’?
That way Choonmei will have a competing platform (which is Pakatan biased to the point of lies) that you 2 will be in the form of MPs.
Frankly I am considering the same as well but have been sabotaged so severely that I might have to rely on proxies instead.
Either of you could also setup a Malaysian Anti-Chronicle online mag same style that does allow comments without ommissions or removals and at least give neutral news to the readers as well. Here’s mine :
Almost decided not to post after seeing but decided to so as not to deny any of a learning curve regardless of age issues (old doesn’t mean we forgo the effort to educate or being younger to neglect the uneducated supposed ‘elder’. . . even if infiltrated and without privacy . . .)
KoSong wrote . . . To put it briefly, I am not against nepotism per se (paragraph 2 or 2nd heading in paragraph 1) . . . this is the same as saying to just rape an unwilling underaged kid ‘a little’.
Nepotism destroys opportunity for people to participate in nation building. When one person sits on a particular panel or post, mch less a law making post which has not been used for decades to change any law but to worsen laws, nepotism is indefensible. Nepotism has already proven harmful to all. The pattern of dictatorship and abuse of power is typical. That is why absolute monarchies fell, that is why nepotism is a sign of unintellectual and undemocratic failures. Old guys, run for election!
KoSong wrote . . . But the most incredible thing happened: after his release from prison, DAP routed Gerakan from Penang in the last General Election, and he became Chief Minister! . . .
That was WITHOUT people’s vote on a 66.6% quorum and no consultation among all MPs in Penang for a 51% majority at least. How could anyone call that ‘incredible’? Became Chief Ministrer? Ridiculous! LGE’s biological father LKS INSTALLED LGE as CM, an action that in fact the Federal Government could even challenge as being undemocratic under laws against nepotism or even UN consideration. One can’t INSTALL one’s own children as CM! Thats whats wrong with nepotism! Being a fan of a political party is one thing, being an unthinking fan is another, and KoSong is being a Kosong when something as terrible and undemocratic as this is called ‘incredible’. Incredulous!
Talk about 3rd world minded, uneducated voters! Democracy is not about family. democracy is about changeing laws and making life liveable. And LGE by not keeping 90% of campaign promises has leve everyone down compounded by the above facts against nepotism. talk about 3rd world mindedness! Tsk tsk tsk . . .
OFFENDING TERM LIMITLESS/NEPOTISM CLIQUES in PAKATAN
Three of the below limitless term MPs must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :
Lim Kit Siang (MP Ipoh Timur – Perak)
Lim Guan Eng (MP Air Puteh – Penang)
Chew Gek Cheng (Assemblyman Kota Laksamana – Malacca) Guan Eng’s wife
Lim Hui Ying Guan Eng’s sister (Vice-Chairman)
Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :
Karpal Singh (MP Jelutong – Penang)
Gobind Singh (MP Puchong – Selangor) Karpal’s son
Jagdeep Singh (Asssemblyman Dato Keramat – Penang) Karpal’s son
Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :
Anwar Ibrahim (MP Permatang Pauh, Seberang Prai)
Nurul Izzah Anwar(MP Lembah Pantai – Kuala Lumpur) Anwar’s Daughter who won only because (as per RPK’s report on article) only 7% of the voters in the constituency Nurul stood in turned up!
Also either Ngeh (Pantai Remis) or Nga (Sitiawan) must go to prevent 2nd degree nepotism and the kind of environment that caused DAP’s Kulasegaran to be kicked out possibly an act of racism but more likely at the order of the Lim family clique and their dogs like Chow Kon Yeow and Ng Wei Aik.
For even stronger consideration, I also list seats that HRP demands from the unethical Pakatan cliques, note that PAS is the least problematic party in Pakatan though more authoritarian and Islamically inclined (Hudud should be applied on a signatory by signatory basis, not summarily imposed, to not drive away Malay voters) :
1. Padang Serai (Incumbent: PKR – N Gobalakrishnan)
2. Batu Kawan (DAP – Ramasamy)
3. Sungei Siput (PSM – Dr D Jeyakumar)
4. Ipoh Barat (DAP – N Kulasegaran)
5. Bagan Datoh (BN – Ahmad Zahid Hamidi)
6. Cameron Highlands (BN – SK Devamany)
7. Hulu Selangor (BN – P Kamalanathan)
8. Kuala Selangor (PAS – Dzulkefy Ahmad)
9. Klang (DAP – Charles Santiago)
10. Kota Raja (PAS – Siti Mariah Mahmud)
11. Rasah (DAP – Anthony Loke)
12. Teluk Kemang (PKR – Kamarul Baharin Abbas)
13. Alor Gajah (BN – Fong Chan Onn)
14. Tebrau (BN – Teng Boon Soon)
15. Lembah Pantai (PKR – Nurul Izzah Anwar)
HRP might very well be aware of some things we are not aware of to list some surprising choices as well, do not discount their reasons.
Voters, BN is apartheid, corrupt and refuses to use that mandate to better Malaysia, PR is self serving non-pro-active, self glorifying, unable to keep their campaign promises, also very nepotistic, so vote instead for 3rd Force Parties such as : KITA, JATI, MCLM (whats left of MCLM), PCM, Borneo Front, MoCS Sarawak, Konsensus Bebas, HRP/Hindraf and PSM, ABU, PRS, STAR etc.. to END APARTHEID.
Do your own thinking KoSong, and heck why not run for MP instead of being a mindless or collusive hero worship kaki or follower, be a leader and an independent!
10 secrets couples will never reveal to each other – Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:14
So, your mother used to tell you that little girls were made of sugar and spice and all things nice; well boys, we’re sorry to say that your mother was wrong.
Even if you think your girlfriend is the purest of women, everyone keeps secrets and your girlfriend isn’t exempt.
Secrets and scandals are a part of everyone’s life and even if you think you and your boyfriend are immune from the scurrilous dramas that affect every other couple, you’d be wrong. Even the most honest men keep secrets.
One study found that 64 per cent of women would still prefer their men to earn more than them. She’ll never tell you that she wants you to be rich because it’s bad taste, so you’ll never know the truth.
And although most chick flicks depict all guys as being hopeless commitment-phobes, in reality it would seem that a lot of men actually announce those three killer words prematurely.
Did your man tell you he loved you too soon? If he did, it may not have been because he instantly fell in love with your pretty smile and sharp wit; he may just have said those three little words to get you in bed.
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Comment Link sugar and spice forever Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:43 posted by sugar and spice forever
‘Even if you think your girlfriend is the purest of women, everyone keeps secrets and your girlfriend isn’t exempt.’
Disgusting. Obviously an impure woman corrupting all women. (makes people want to revive stoning of adulterers / Greedy, high maintainence, manipulative, lustful, selfish . . . )
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. . . well boys, we’re sorry to say that your mother was wrong. . . . Boys? Barf . . . I can just imagine the haggard, faded harridan/femme fatale, disparaging the goodly among ‘boys’ and moms . . .
Heres an interesting piece on gender politics. The original can be read at below link at risk to your love of women. The first 2 sentences is where the embedded NLP is, which normalizes ‘male minded’ callous women and normalizes infidelity. The rest of the article is faultless and acceptable with a second NLP right at the end in closing. Analysis? Potentially indicative of a manipulative and sick minded woman who probably did not have a great time or experience with men. A writer who slips this sort of poison in the article is as much likely to . . . quidditch! Or was that qlippoth! As the Chinese would say – 君子動口不動手 – actually 動口 can be just as harmful but thats because most of us don’t have Legion behind us so feel entitled to ‘cheat’ . . . (see how frightful the above article writer is to inspire this sort of cautionary posting? Shiver . . . ) Rebut or refute don’t get more brittle or viciously plot downfalls to support failed arguments . . .
Amy Cheong is not Lee Kuan Yew — @FeedMeToTheFishes – October 12, 2012
OCT 12 — What Amy Cheong wrote in her Facebook denigrating my Malay/Muslim friends is wrong. It shows the contempt she has for others.
After her mindless act, PAP ministers and supporters alike went full throttle condemning her for her foolish insensitivity. Straits Times (October 9, 2012) on its front page stated, “NTUC fires exec over online racist remarks” with the following:
• The NTUC takes a serious view on racial harmony in Singapore,” said Lim Swee Say. “We will not accept and have zero tolerance towards any words used or actions taken by our staff that are racially offensive.”
• Law Minister K Shanmugum called Ms Cheong’s remarks shameful and unacceptable, adding that they confirm “deep fault lines in our society based on race and religion.”
• Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that Ms Cheong’s comments were “offensive not only to the Malay-Muslims, but all the rest of us who value Singapore’s multiracial spirit and who want to take it further.”
• Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said, “the reaction of some individuals does not reflect the values that the rest of us hold on to.”
• Writing on Facebook from New Zealand where he is on an official visit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was shocked to hear of the incident. “The comments were just wrong and totally unacceptable.”
• Grassroots leader Lionel de Sousa, who is the secretary of the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle in Hougang, filed a police report yesterday. He said he wanted to send a signal that racist remarks should not be tolerated.
The sense of righteousness of the gentlemen above in condemning Amy Cheong, though timely, appears to be a little hollow to me.
Gentlemen, just where were you when Lee Kuan Yew was onto the following:
• “… to persuade Malay parents to look after their daughters more carefully and not to have teenage pregnancies which leads to failed marriages, subsequent marriages also fail and delinquents…” Why he had to highlight the Malay-Muslim parent instead of Chinese or Indian is beyond me.
• Mr Lee: “Well, we make them say the national pledge and sing the national anthem but suppose we have a famine, will your Malay neighbour give you the last few grains of rice or will she share it with her family or fellow Muslim or vice versa? Why Malay as example again?
• Lee Kuan Yew’s take on Muslim integration in Singapore
• In his interview with Charlie Rose at 31:57, Lee Kuan Yew appeared to stand corrected again even after he stood corrected.
While every mother’s son in PAP is having an orgasm running down Amy Cheong for her “racist” post, I simply wonder where were they when LKY said things that (in my perception) were derogatory to my Malay-Muslim friends? Why were you not doing what you do now to Amy Cheong? Condemning racism!
In every race or community (religious or whatever), there are decent blokes, there are mean bastards and, worst of all, hypocrites! Please be fair — regardless of race, language, religion, gender and, most important of all, political status, position, power and wealth! ?Truth is Amy is not LKY. That is why she is paying and paying (PAP?) for a sin that may not be a sin to another who is powerful.
I guess power corrupts and absolute power corrupts beyond what our minds can comprehend.
Shame on those who practise double standards! — TR Emeritus
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
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An article in which the NLP is in the nick of the writer? Lets feed @FeedMeToTheFishes to the fishes . . .
Sure as hell Amy is not LKY. LKY or LSL would have slapped the other party. Remember the polytechnique student with LKY AND the Minister case with LSL? Both LKY and LSL nepotists term limitless would slap if they lost the argument. And nepotism is not a policy
Following is the extract from page 150 of Ross Worthington’s book, “Governance in Singapore” (Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc, Dec 2002):
In 1990, an incident occurred in a pre-cabinet meeting which was the beginning of entrenching further among the many in the core executive, resistance to Lee Hsien Loong’s long term ambitions for prime ministership. Prior to this meeting Lee Hsien Loong had gone to the office of Richard Hu, the Minister of Finance, and removed a number of files without Hu’s permission. At that time Lee’s office was on the 48th floor of what is now Temasek Tower and Hu’s was on the 50th floor.
At the pre-cabinet meeting Hu took Lee to task for doing this and was supported by Tony Tan. Lee’s response was aggressive and insulting, he directly insulted Tan and Hu, a man of his father’s age. This was a double insult to Hu, who was Lee’s superior in cabinet and a person of an age who should of itself deserve respect in Chinese society. Suppiah Dhanabalan intervened and chastised Lee for his behaviour, demanding that he apologise to Hu, withdraw his remarks and not interfere in other minister’s portfolios. A heated exchange occurred into which a number of other issues intruded and eventually Lee lost his temper, and reportedly reached across the table and slapped Dhanabalan across the face.
This caused an uproar in the cabinet and Lee was severely chastised by Goh Chok Tong. Dhanabalan stormed out of the room and did not return for some time. Lee, in response to a demand from Goh, subsequently apologised to Dhanabalan, Hu and Tan. Hu, Dhanabalan and Tan all initially stated that they would leave the cabinet as a result of this incident. Goh later took up the matter with Lee Kuan Yew who reportedly verbally thrashed his son over the matter.
This was apparently followed by a more sober, educational but equally critical assessment from Lee Hsien Loong’s mother, a talented though background political adviser. Lee Kuan Yew reportedly met later that day with Hu, Tan and Dhanabalan, apologised for his son’s behaviour and requested that they not resign, supported by a similar request from Goh Chok Tong.
All held out for some time, but eventually Hu agreed to stay, but Dhanabalan and Tan both resolved to leave. This they did the following August 1991 elections, all without a public word against Lee Hsien Loong, continuing to subscribe to the tenet of all secrets staying within the PAP family.
The polytechnique student slapping case (LKY lost a live debate AT A POLYTECHNIC and was so angry that LKY dashed to slap the student on the spot) however has been removed from virtually all reports. Fortunately there are people from my generation who do remember what LKY was up to earlier on. Fisticuff Lees are the redneck tyrants and ‘Junta Family’ of ASEAN. What they do to their perceived opponents is quite inconceivable and cruel, and no gentlemen in civil society or democracy should tolerate the presence or behaviour of such coarse people who do not respect civilisation but do corrupt and bribe as well as sacrifice fellow citizens so they can stay ‘in power’. Anyone who votes PAP are complicit in the damning of Asia. Unforgivable and must be punished at equal measure, all that springs from this particular Lee family of the State of Singapore holding the PMs and MM’s posts is foul and poisonous! A 1000 lifetimes at the dregs of society would not be enough for all the damage the Lees have caused the world, the familes destroyed, the people killed – indirectly of course via direct or spiritual means but certainly by the hand and intent of the Lees. Voters/sentients of the universe, do you know what to do to such people and those who support them? More ‘dirt’ on the Lees below . . .
Singapore’s lack of a free press, repulsive. – Gopalan Nair (Attorney at Law – Fremont, California) – Thursday, June 7, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The one principle factor in Singapore which makes life boring, uninteresting and thoroughly disagreeable in their lack of a free press. The Lee Ruling Family’s subjects are forced to read only what is printed in their state controlled newspapers. The island does not allow independent news media of any sort.
This is the case as far as domestic news is concerned.
Knowing this you can imagine why life there is shunned by many (or at least out of having no choice). Every newspaper has to be licensed by the government, which means you can only publish if willing to tow the government line. They decide what you are allowed to read on a daily basis. News which does not further the government interests is not published. Each day you know that you are being treated like a child who is told what he should read and what he shouldn’t.
And this is the result.
You will never know that Lee Kuan Yew’s son the Prime Minister had raped 2 women in broad daylight along Singapore’s Bugis Street in full view of 4 Bangaldesis last week. This news is not published because it will ruin the Prime Ministers reputation.
You will never know that the Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean had assaulted 2 bouncers at the Flying Pig Bar at No. 3 Boat Quay at 3 am in the morning dead drunk. This too is suppressed because it is once again not in the government’s interest for you to know.
Did you know that only yesterday Lee Kuan Yew had ordered his minions at Temasek Holdings, the state wealth fund to divert $3.5 million dollars into his bank account in Geneva? This is a crime. But once again you will not be told about it because it is not in their interest for this to be made public.
I am not sure if any of the above is true or they are not. Frankly it does not matter because we will never know one way or the other.
A state which censors and suppresses news, tells lies and half truths or even outright lies such as that of Singapore in the end suppresses wisdom and keeps the people ignorant, and makes them fools. It insults the people and makes them dwarfs, not men.
Which is why Singaporeans flee from their island abroad, one of whom is Gopalan Nair, the writer of this article.
Gopalan Nair can be contacted at : Tel 510 657 6107 or 510 491 4375
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I can’ believe this article’s authenticity, but anyone who has the cash, should call the states should contact this lawyer and make this fact known to the voters if true and not a propaganda article . . . any women (or men? Sex workers?) wearing strap-on-dildos in public over there Gopalan? Just asking to provoke some thoughts/debate on public-nudity/normalising the presence of erect phalluses in public, or the dildo owner’s right to display their toys in public. If 2nd Amendment is respected, then the organic version which has been around since man began walking upright should be no issue though ‘non-districts’ as always need to be designated even as ‘pro-districts’ are the limit – Guns out and cocked! . . . PM Lee a public sex/dogger fan? Well, well, well maybe not such a bad guy . . . though rape is still reprehensible. Is Gopalan sure those weren’t sex workers of the type who didn’t mind being raped in public in a RLD?
Give me $ 4k or I’ll show sex video of your sis – man extorts brother – Friday, 12 October 2012 17:05
SINGAPORE- A 26-year-old man has been charged with extorting money through a sex video recording.
Mohamed Rayzal Shah bin Hood was believed to have a video recording of himself, engaged in sex acts with a woman. He then allegedly approached the woman’s 36-year-old brother with it.
Rayzal allegedly threatened to make public the video unless the man gave him S$4,000.
The alleged extortion took place in Yishun, on October 9 at about 12.45am.
If found guilty, Rayzal faces up to five years’ jail and caning.
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This blackmail attempt is meaningless. Technology can fake anyone’s image this days. Everything is 3D super realistic and CGI based. This blackmail thing is a failure especially when so many porn lookalikes are also everywhere. Add plastic surgery as well and there is no end. I’d say ignore the threat and threaten back to make a similar video based on this sort of tech of the person if the post anything. Frankly too many people are having fun ‘pornising’ themselves and others as well. Blackmail via porn ended in the early 1990s when internet porn and photoshop proliferated . . .