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22 Articles on Malaysian Politics : DJZ could (and should) wipe out MCA *AND* DAP With Independent Candidates, MCA/Johor UMNO Drama to misdirect from ending APARTHEID, DAP Making Lots of Drama but not a single bad law changed or any nearer to ending APARTHEID, Weak Attack on Najib by PAS, Jenna’s Maserati Rental Spat Says Malaysia’s Too Expensive, Corporate Raiding Pot Calls Kettle Black – Fettes the PAP Junta, Demogoguery or Skewed Worldview of the Privileged, Take Aim At The Right People Activists!, Malaysia Uses Subtle Terror Against Citizens, UN’s Skewed Awarding Criteria, 1 Stolen Can of Milk Leads to Near 50,000 in costs – 100s of Manhours of Enforcement and Judiciary, Environmental Pollution in Raub Covered Up By BN and PR, BN is a Stagnant Coalition Stuck in the Race Riot Era, Womenfolk (of which one is a TERM LIMITLESS Betty Chew) Issues in Both MCA and DAP But Not a Word On Ending Apartheid, Malaysia’s Biggest crypto-Colonial Strawman Speaks for BN, UMNO’s Rare (also Flawed) Gem Politicians, Likely A Title Based NLP Bodek by Malaysian Chronicle, Shameless-Destructive Nepotism and Family Blocs in BN, GLC-Proxy Collusion Asian Style, Bunking the Un-educatedness of Lim Guan Eng, The Pathetic State of Land Surveying and the Pathological Land Surveying ‘Professional’ in Malaysia (Original) – reposted by AgreeToDisagree – 3rd July 2012 Updated on 15th July 2012

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ARTICLE 1

MCA condemns Dong Zong – Posted on 1 July 2012

They hope the Chinese will not support us. – Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek

(The Star) – MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has condemned the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) for bringing up an alleged agreement in the 1960s between the party and the Government to limit the number of Chinese independent schools.

“Dong Zong talks about this issue to frighten the Chinese community so they will hate the MCA and Barisan Nasional.

“They hope the Chinese will not support us,” he said.

He said that although MCA was not perfect, it was undeniable that the party was doing its best for Chinese education.

Citing an example, Dr Chua said Malaysia was the only country in the region that had a complete Chinese education system from primary to university level.

He was speaking to reporters after a ground-breaking ceremony for a double-storey building with 12 classrooms at SJK (C) Karas here yesterday.

Also present at the event were Labis MP and Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Deputy Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong and Johor exco member Tan Kok Hong.

Dr Chua said whether or not the agreement existed in the 1960s was not important anymore as it had become history.

“The country needs more trilingual talent to increase its trade volume and the trade volume between Malaysia and countries that use Chinese as their main language is about 20% of the total.

“That’s why we need to train more people to have good English, Bahasa Melayu and Mandarin,” he said.

“Today, Malaysia has a good relationship with China and the trade volume between the two countries has reached US$100bil (RM318bil),” he added.

On another matter, Dr Chua said Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had failed to answer if Pakatan Rakyat was going to build more Chinese primary schools, Chinese independent schools, institutionalise allocations for Chinese schools and recognise the Unified Examination Certificate should Pakatan take over Putrajaya.

“I have been waiting for the answer for the past two weeks,” he said. Dr Chua said Dong Zong should get the answer for the sake of Chinese education.

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Dong Jiao Zhong if running on the below issues :

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)

;could provide REAL organic independent candidates (possibly funded by most righteous businessmen – M.R.B.) from the powerful and experienced YET non-plutocratic teachers of DJZ’s ranks to displace MCA’s term limitless lapdogs. I’d vote for a DJZ candidate ANY DAY over MCA (lapdog, plutocrat) or even DAP (nepotistic abusive, undemocratic like Singapore). DJZ how about fielding candidates from retired teachers IN EVERY MCA and even EVERY DAP constituency with clear intent to leave after 2 terms and address the immense collusion by both MCA and DAP sacrificing ending apartheid and the entire minority community for a mere few undemocratic political careerists to parasite off MP and Assemblyman salaries and extreme plutocrat businessmen? Ethics is lacking in MCA and DAP, DJZ needs to do some TEACHING – grassroots style!

Any other plutocrats in BN you cowards! Billions worth enough to hire armies of thugs and guards and not a word against apartheid? Against a backdrop of homelands 100s of times larger and more powerful than the wrong minded racists to be taken as lapdogs by a handful of racists? Undemocratic and term limitless but no attempt to end apartheid? Let DJZ take over ALL Chinese majority constituencies! MCA lapdogs and DAP careerist undemocratic nepotists have had their chance and FAILED . . . lead 3rd Force, DJZ, perhaps with Tunku Aziz which DAP idiotically sacked, might lead the minorities to grant the above 3 items with DJZ . . .

ARTICLE 2

Soi Lek flays Johor Umno rep over hudud proposal – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Monday, 02 July 2012 Super Admin

(The Malaysian Insider) – MCA will never agree to any implementation of hudud for non-Muslims, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has said.

The MCA president was responding to a Johor Umno state assemblyman’s recent proposal that the Islamic penal law be implemented to cover all residents in the state.

“The Johor Umno Adun must have run out of ideas and out of his mind 2 propose hudud in Johor including non-Muslims. MCA will definitely object it,” Dr Chua said on micro-blogging site Twitter last night.

Umno’s Kemelah state assemblyman Ayub Rahmat was quoted by online news portal Malaysiakini as saying he wished to see Johor to become the first state to implement “true hudud law”, which he claimed would differ from PAS’s version.

Ayub said his version of hudud law would be non-discriminatory as the adherents of all religions would be subjected to it in Johor.

“The Syariah Criminal Code (II) 1993 State of Kelantan does not reflect the true requirements of Islam. It creates discrimination in terms of execution (among Muslims and non-Muslims),” Ayub had said.

The Umno assemblyman, who made the proposal on the June 20 sitting of the Johor state assembly, said his proposal would help non-Muslims understand the implementation of hudud law, while accusing PAS of having failed to do so.

Hudud is a contentious issue in multicultural and multireligious Malaysia. It is often used as fodder by political parties either to engender support or attack ideological opponents.

So divisive is the topic that it even pits close allies against one another.

Within the Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact, PAS leaders have publicly stated their support for the implementation of such laws, while the DAP has argued that it went against the spirit of the Federal Constitution.


written by Voice of Reason, July 02, 2012 21:01:35
It was only a matter of time when certain educated Malays were going to ask “What makes you so special that you get to escape from hudud and we have no choice but to suffer?” and demands it be implemented on everyone or no one..


written by j lee, July 02, 2012 19:25:59
Surely that can be challenged, right up to the International Courts of Justice, if need be. This is just and ignorant’s view, just ignore him. Unless it is a plan to create a non-issue so that MCA can then be seen like a champion of the people.

written by Bean, July 02, 2012 17:02:59
If they implement hudud for all races in Johore, BN sure to lose. The chinese girls like to wear hot pants, mini skirts, have very short hair and men like to go to pub to drink. Chinese girls will not wear the tudung. What about eating pork? Even if BN will to win, the chinese will start migrating to other states, and the economy of Johore will decline.

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See the above sandiwara and no mention of END OF APARTHEID? Read below and understand that they have the mandate but will not use the mandate to end apartheid :

Troll Jousting

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2012/03/troll-jousting_30.html

Troll Jousting is the act of retorting comments on blogs that have been placed by trolls, or paid commentators who place comments to support a particular vested interest. The Troll Jouster places comments that show the falseness of the Troll

Wow nice Troll Jousting dude, you really bitch slapped that Troll.

Yeah, thanks eh brah! I couldn’t believe that Pro Nuke Troll was actually saying that radiation can be beneficial to your health. I had to slap ’em back in case some innocent bystander saw that Troll comment and believed it.

Well, good work dude, keep up the Troll jousting on that blog, and remember, there are NO innocent bystanders.

BN is unvotable and now stages ‘Troll Jousting’ drama to misdirect from the BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID ISSUE so that UMNO and MCA and even MIC or whatever member party gets to continue parasiting off the Rakyat.

ARTICLE 3

When all else fails, will Umno turn to ASSASSINATION: Perkasa physically attacks Guan Eng

The failure by police to immediately arrest Perkasa members involved in violence not just against members of the public and reporters but also make direct threats against my personal safety has only confirmed fears that Perkasa can do no wrong because they are supported by UMNO and BN.

Police should review their hands-off approach towards Perkasa to avoid public perception that they condone the violent tactics by Perkasa to intimidate PR leaders.

Yesterday’s incident in Teluk Bahang market, where Perkasa members were allowed to conduct a demonstration and throw anti-Lim Guan Eng posters close to me, only shows that whilst there was police presence the police just stood by and watched.

The inaction by the police probably emboldened a Perkasa member to suddenly charge up behind me and succeeded in brushing hard against me. Even though the Perkasa member had brushed hard against me, I escaped injury.

But if not for a PR local leader bravely dragging the Perkasa member away, I could have been injured. Dragging the Perkasa member away from threatening my safety should have been the duty and responsibility of the police, not PR local leaders.

No arrests – why?

The failure of the police to offer adequate protection was followed by the failure of the police to immediately arrest the Perkasa member involved. Just imagine how harsh police reaction would have been if this had involved the Prime Minister and not the Chinese PR Chief Minister.

This unfortunate incident had happened even though the Speaker of the Penang State Assembly, Dato Abdul Halim bin Hussain had informed police of the demonstration by Perkasa and ask for adequate protection and stern action.

However despite a record of serial violence against the public, reporters and even PR leaders by Perkasa, Perkasa can still behave in a violent manner without fear of punishment.

Despite recording the second highest reduction in crime index as at May 2012(a reduction of 23%), police have been under scrutiny in Penang due to several high profile crime incidents in Penang in the heritage, tourist and some housing areas.

The failure to even adequately protect the Chief Minister will not lend public confidence in the ability of the police to ensure public safety when they can not act quickly against those who threaten the safety of the Chief Minister.

Lim Guan Eng is the Penang Chief Minister and DAP sec-gen (Brought to you by Carls Jr.)

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Politicians who fail to keep election promises have already assassinated themselves politically. Just baiting for the physical assassination when they keep pretending campaign promises were kept and abusing by-laws that should be amended but do not. The Rakyat will move on to politicians that can keep their word and not miss those who committed political suicide by failing to keep election promises. The dirty work of physical assassination is but an after thought, like failed beneficiaries of nepotism that destroy democracy and put down the general public, refuse to amend laws and claim credit for the good works of others by being self serving parrots. Lets hope PERKASA moves faster so that the next generation of 2 term politicians have space to move into politics. take out the nepotistic political blocs PERKASA, and be sure to know that BN’s own nepotists and failed apartheid politicians will also suffer the same fate as ‘refuse to amend law’, ‘become CM without quorum’, ‘lie about declaring MP asset’, ‘fail to keep promise for local election’, etc.. trash politician here.

2 terms and nothing done, means no longer viable! And on the back of quorumless nepotism! GTFO of the Dewan! And at least in this case, cheers for PERKASA! Maybe Lim Guan Eng is expressing a subconscious desire to have a dramatic end, or more likely perhaps is just indulging in more ‘Funeral Demogoguery’ AGAIN, where 750K requests for funerals failed and were met with sh1t cakes on the trail of failed campaign promises . . .

ARTICLE 4

Polls delay or not, Najib is ‘in a mess’ – Monday, 02 July 2012 19:43

PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has described the delay in general election as a morale booster for Pakatan Rakyat.

Saying he was not sure the reason behind the continued reluctance by prime minister Najib Razak (left) to dissolve the parliament, Nik Aziz said the UMNO president was “in a mess”.

“One thing we are sure is that Najib is in a mess,” he said, adding that Najib’s fear could be due to growing opposition strength in UMNO bastion Johor as was seen during PAS’s Green Rally to Putrajaya in the state last Friday.

“In Johor, we have never witnessed before so many people. This proves awareness among people there and the existence of a wave of change,” added the Kelantan Menteri Besar.

PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar meanwhile reminded Najib that the five-year mandate given to Barisan Nasional at the Federal level was under his predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

As such, Mahfuz said it was wrong to suggest that Najib was ‘honouring’ the mandate from the people by going for a full term.

Najib had earlier argued that holding snap elections was “shortening the period given by the people” to BN.

“For us, what is important is to show our ability to continue to champion the people,” Najib said.

In an about-turn, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had advised Najib to hold polls after the fasting month, has agreed to the delay.

Prior to this, Najib had hinted that the elections could be called during the Hajj season, when some 30,000 Malaysians on their pilgrimage to Makkah could not vote.

-Harakahdaily

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All Najib needs to do is to grant :

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

;and PAS because of Hudud (Why the advocacy of irrevocable limb hacking violence for the immatured, impulsive or poor, Tok Guru??? Those limbs will not grow back when those punished by Hudud grow up . . . ) stance, PKR because of nepotism and clique politics, DAP for nepotism and Singaporean term limitless ‘Junta-mindedness’ will be ‘in a mess’.PM Najib, will BN not use that mandate to grant the above? 3rd Force ready to put down these 2 dinosaur coalitions otherwise? BN will always be able to use that mandate (currently not using and angering the voters immensely, with the occasional death fueling more flames to never vote for BN again . . . ) to grant the above 3 items as a final ditch defense to ensure a BN win, so don’t say BN is in a mess, BN can yet survive albeit only by the above 3 items.
ARTICLE 5

Jenna Jameson Sued : Give Our Maserati Back!!! Exclusive

Jenna Jameson is currently driving around in a stolen Maserati — this according to the company that leased it to her … and now, it’s suing to get the car back.

Maserati Financial Services filed the lawsuit against Jenna in Orange County Superior Court, claiming it leased a Maserati Quattroporte S to the porn legend back in 2010 for $2,299 a month — but Jenna stopped paying in January.

MFS says it’s been trying to repossess the car to no avail — so now it’s going after Jenna in court, demanding she return the vehicle ASAP … AND pay $107,000 in damages.

Calls to Jenna’s people were not returned.

Jenna Jameson

Maserati Quattroporte S

http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/01/jenna-jameson-maserati-lawsuit/

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Thats around RM7000 a month or RM233 a day (USD$70 therabouts – keep in mind US citizens earn USD$ . . . so Malaysia should also be RM70) for a supercar. Consider in Malaysia where a mid-tier car not even a fraction of the value of a Maserati (not even a low end luxury vehicle) rents at 100-500 a day (with low end luxury or sports vehicles up to 1000 a day much less RM7000 for 1 month) and understand that Malaysia is a RIP-OFF country compounded by the crony favouring Vehicular-AP system and near 300% taxes on ALL vehicles. The smallest vehicles in Malaysia are near 15K USD, while in USA that can get you a medium sized vehicle. In India the prices are about HALF of the above.

So any MP that will not REMOVE Vehicular AP or lower import taxes to 10 times less that what currently is in Malaysia DOES NOT deserve to be voted. Ask your MP if they will lower those import duties and road tax. If they seem unsure or uncertain or do not comment, understand that the MP is unvotable and profiteering off the collusion with vehicle companies. Meanwhile pornstars like Jenna get to enjoy fabulous rental prices in USA, a country that is equally as bankrupt as Malaysia! Too damn high!

See response to article 4 on below link for a look at what our TERM LIMITLESS nepotist and racist satrap politicians have been up to :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/3-articles-on-freedom-to-modify-ones-own-property-vehicles-homes-specificaly-various-sources-14th-november-2011/

Vote only for MPs who will forward and ratify a bill to lower import duties and road tax! Also remember :

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)

More telling comments below :

A Bentley Mulsanne will cost USD 285,000 (RM 962,588) when it arrives on U.S. shores next year. By the time it reaches Malaysia, the price tag would balloon to RM 3.17 million, according to the 329 percent of duties imposed on a car in this category.  Chauffer courses in the USA range from USD$99, in Malaysia such courses can easily begin at USD$300. And guess who is at fault? The 222 MPs (which the idiot voter keep voting that also impose crony benefiting Vehicular-AP on top of that) who refuse to lower tax duties or even bother to ABOLISH road taxes (USA has no road tax, though has road toll concessionaires in some money grubbing states . . . ) :

@shawn says:

January 19th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I know this is old but I can’t resist from posting this. Import Cars = Sells for a much higher price than overseas (yes even after conversion it is more than 2:1 difference)

Gas Price = Producers My Ass
Toll = Overkill
Road Tax = Overkill

Other countries like USA do not have road tax. The price of gas covers road tax. If you have no idea about how the system works in other countries dont blog about it. Malaysia taxes for import cars, road use and fuel. Other country chooses 1 out of the 3 or maximum 2 out of the 3 charge. Malaysia has all 3 + an impossible amount of tax + horrible road conditions. If you have not been overseas and lived there and/or researched their terms of funding. Don’t blog about it. You’re making urself look stupid. (F— @shawn for snarking about going overseas to live there . . . that is NOT NECESSSARY for ‘research’, but stand for election as a 3rd Force independent candidate @shawn, independent candidates are needed to end this money grubbing farce or colluding plutocrats we call government . . .)

@jo says:

January 27th, 2010 at 11:54 am
you are so right Shawn Bro,,,,Malaysia is taking its own people as guinea pig…..

On top of the abusive tax system which our unvotable MP’s refuse to address, Malaysians are not even allowed to tint their cars for privacy or from the extreme tropical heat, and also not allowed to modify our vehicles which are PRIVATE PROPERTY. So idiot citizens of Malaysia who vote BN or even PR who’s MPs look set to continue APARTHEID or implement hudud, disallow tinting, please run for election as independent 3rd Forcers if you can afford to on the above issues. If 222 independent MPs who decide to abolish Firced Military Conscriptions, Road Tax, Toll Concessionaires AND allow extreme Car Modding (much less merely even tinting), the highways at least would have been freed.

By the second term, the 222 independent MPs would have made Malaysia into the best place in the world to migrate to (abolish road tolls, forced conscriptions, has allodial titles, abolishes eminent domain, end vehicular AP, allows extreme car-modding, . . . so DO NOT VOTE BN (racist and stagnant) or PR (nepotist), and finally remember, kick ALL MPs (even 3rd Forec MPs) out of power after 2 terms! Vote 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 6

Corruption blocking Malaysia’s leap into higher-income status, says Nazir Razak – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Monday, 02 July 2012 Super Admin

(The Malaysian Insider) – Malaysia must overcome corruption and carry out more market-oriented reforms if it is to move up from being a middle-income economy, CIMB Group chief Datuk Seri Nazir Razak and younger brother to the prime minister has told Financial Times (FT).

The youngest son of the country’s second prime minister, Tun Razak Hussein, also told the FT that his eldest brother had “a hell of a task” because “worldwide, no one has really been able to reform from incumbency”.

Nazir’s elder brother and the country’s sixth PM, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has been sprearheading a slew of governmental, economic and social reforms to transform the country, but Malaysia’s top banker seemed to suggest that it was not enough in an interview published in the international business paper today.

“(Corruption) remains a problem and it is something that needs to be combated,” he told FT.

Nazir (picture) told the paper that Malaysia could consider granting an amnesty for those involved in minor corruption, as has been done in Hong Kong and other countries, an idea that the Najib administration has resisted.

“You could argue that when you do that, you will get a lot less resistance from the vested interests, which is always the problem; then say, the past is the past and we all start from scratch. I still believe that’s what is needed,” Nazir was quoted as saying.

He highlighted that there was “still a need to strengthen market forces in general and that is about rolling back government in business, both in terms of bureaucracies but also in terms of its direct involvement.”

Nazir told the paper Putrajaya must push reforms that give more free rein to market forces and roll back government ownership of business through privatisations, such as the public listing of Malaysian palm oil giant Felda Global Ventures Holdings last week, which would also draw in major world business players like Axiata.

The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government, which Najib heads, has repeatedly come under fire for its less-than-transparent and lavish spending on government procurement projects in areas ranging from agriculture to defence, resulting in scandals such as the RM250 million National Feedlot Centre that failed to cut the country’s beef imports and the multibillion ringgit spent on buying submarines and naval patrol boats.

Malaysia’s score in Transparency International’s corruption perception index has slipping for the fourth year running; on a 10-point scale, where 10 represents no corruption, Malaysia dropped from 5.1 in 2008 to 4.5 in 2009, 4.4 in 2010 and 4.3 in 2011.

The country’s ranking also fell to 60 out of 183 countries — between Saudi Arabia and Cuba — from 56 out of 178 last year.

Malaysia remained the third-least corrupt nation in Asean after Singapore (9.2) and Brunei (5.2), with Thailand (3.4) and Indonesia (3.0) following in fourth and fifth places respectively.

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True, but NEPOTISM and being a beneficiary of nepotism is part of corruption as well, Mr.Brother of the PM. Then read the below comment :


written by uxzee, July 02, 2012 14:25:57
“worldwide, no one has really been able to reform from incumbency”.
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Nazir does not understand what he is talking about and is blindly defending his brother Najib. People like Nazir are the corrupted cronies who sweep all the lucrative mega contracts for his CIMB. Will Nazir or CIMB dare to compete strictly on merits and in an open market ? Then we can really see how incompetent Nazir is. It is really sick to give stupid advise when Nazir is in the position of a favoured crony and taking full advantage of it.

And I think Nazir has a skewed view. No need to look worldwide – just look at our neighbour Singapore which has reformed and transformed into a thriving economy and is the largest investor in Malaysia and in most South East Asian countries.

Talk about high-income status, reduce corruption, improve standard of education, improve efficiency, meritocracy, ? – go learn from Singapore. Don’t be shy.

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Singapore is no different from Malaysia with relatives everywhere and family blocs as well. The citizens are suffering from parasite oligarch families turning democracies into satrapies and feudal business monopolies. Singapore is a MILITARY BASE which USA has invested in. Singapore is of no value (more so when the Ithsmus of Kra Canal – Devil they designated this your ‘neck’, but Lucifer surely spans all Creation, presumptuous to claim an Ithsmus as his neck???) otherwise but IS a pretext location for US state linked businessmen to justify a strategic military base in ASEAN.

Reformed and transformed? More like colluded and media spun, with the lame excuse of a supposed benevolent dictator . . . USA needs to re-examine their principles and REMOVE term limitless oligarch politicians for REAL love of the increasingly wise world at large. No more are world citizens east european borats, sand niggers, pakees and gooks, the 99% is ready to kick anyone’s ass for lying or overstepping fair authority or throwing fiat scrip at ‘poor countries’ . . .

ARTICLE 7

Spread of deviant religious teachings worries Selangor Sultan – July 02, 2012

PUTRAJAYA, July 2 — The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has called on Muslims to raise their level of knowledge, understanding and imbibing of Islamic teachings to protect themselves from being influenced by deviant religious teachings.

The Sultan (picture) said deviant religious teachings were actively being spread by certain groups in the country who regarded Prophet Muhammad’s companions as infidels and their religious teachers as prophets, and approved acts that were contrary to true Islamic teachings.

“This is worrying me as the deviant teachings are being insidiously disseminated through certain organisations.

“As the head of Islamic religion in the state, I do not want deviant religious teachings to influence the minds of the young in schools and higher learning institutions, as well as the community at large.

“Therefore, I hope the fatwa (edicts) that have been gazetted can be effectively enforced, taking into consideration the existing syariah legal provisions,” the Sultan said in his speech in conjunction with the Pemier Islamic Forum at Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS) in Bandar Baru Bangi near here tonight.

The Sultan said he wanted issues like lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT), apostasy, religious pluralism, insulting and criticising Islam and other acts which could create conflicts and chaos to be immediately but decorously dealt with.

Sultan Sharafuddin said based on studies carried out, more and more Muslims were involved in LGBT activities which received the support of several non-governmental organisations and through the Internet and social media like Facebook as a medium for communication and interaction.

“I do not want to see the Muslim community divided and weak.

“I urge the Muslim community, particularly the Malays, to be united in protecting the sanctity and position of Islam as the official religion of the federation, so that it will continue to be respected and held in high esteem by all,” he said.

The Sultan also urged Muslims to maintain good relations with the other communities in the country so that peace, harmony and prosperity could prevail.

“The turbulence in some countries of late shows us that disunity will

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Single track minds are a luxury (if not cynical use as tools of control of already generally respectful populations) to behold . . .

This is a genetic issue not a social or religious issue. Nature (or Allah for the Muslims) has designed all of these expressions of humanity both to show us what is wrong and right, and even allows the state of apostasy as is Man’s right to free will that Malaysian Syariah Law ignores – ask the Al Azhar Islamic Universirt at Cairo if denying right to apostasy is correct or reasonable by any country that is supposed to be a Muslim country. Man not state has no right to demand any other to follow and children who have not reached maturity to CHOOSE to be Muslims can hardly be fairly considered Muslims as they would have to reach adulthood first BEFORE choosing to be Muslim, consider facing the prophet or if no real Muslim at all, there is no point.

Though any parents could bring any children up as Muslims, the  choice of these children MUST NOT be  taken from them – sad to say too many Muslims in Malaysia are of the former sort who have never been given a chance to choose , worse still are those being lured with the opportunity to oppress non-Muslims instead of choosing of free will and out of love of Islam per se. Their reasons for being Muslims are to abuse non-Muslims not because they are pious or fear Allah!

The sanctity and position of Islam as the official religion of the federation will always be viable in those who want to follow. Those who do not or cannot have nothing to do with Islam’s sanctity and hudud or violence must never be used against them! What would the gentle Prophet have done? Hudud is inapplicable, know the difference between REAL Muslims and those who lack the will to challenge a flawed system that entices with evil minded and disenfranchising, racist paradigms.

Shame on those who call themselves pious or Muslim but do not understand or consider the above! No good Muslim or even world citizen will deny any other :

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)

ARTICLE 8

Britain blamed for Indian Malaysians’ ‘plight’ in ex-colony IANS | Jun 30, 2012, 08.00PM IST

LONDON: An exiled Indian Malaysian human rights lawyer plans to file a lawsuit against the British government for failing to provide adequate safety to the community under the rule of Malay-Muslim majority when independence was granted to the former colony.

London-based Waytha Moorthy claims that the then British Harold MacMillian’s government failed to provide protection to Indian Malaysians when independence was granted to the former colony in 1957.

The 46-year-old lawyer was expected to re-issue a class action lawsuit at the High Court Monday. He is claiming a sum of $1 million in compensation for each one of Malaysia’s 1.8 million Indians.

Originally launched in 2007, but never heard and now out of time, Moorthy’s claim is on behalf of Indian Malaysians who he said face human rights abuses and live unprotected and in “continuous colonisation”.

The then British government gave the Muslim population special rights and privileges, effectively establishing a system of apartheid ever since, he said in a statement.

“In India, at the time of partition, the British government gave rights to minorities.

“In Malaysia, minority racial and religious groups were hung out to dry. The result is that 45 percent of the population is still being marginalised, humiliated and discriminated against when it comes to jobs, education and finance,” said Moorthy, chair of

HINDRAF, an NGO advocating equal rights for Indian Malaysians.

The organisation is banned in Malaysia and Moorthy has been jailed on numerous occasions in that country.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/other-news/Britain-blamed-for-Indian-Malaysians-plight-in-ex-colony/articleshow/14531751.cms

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Another strawman? The Malaysian government cannot be left out of this kind of lawsuit even as the English are no longer responsible though the English did initiate the Special Privileges via the Reid Commission which clearly stated only a 15 year period before review for abolishment of what has now become APARTHEID. The Malaysian MPs of whatever race or party who have kept the special privileges in place here the actual offenders. The Malaysian MPs who refuse to bring up or ratify a bill abolishing apartheid are at fault, not the English. Conversely, the English could speak ON Moorthy’s side at this angle condemning Malaysian MPs who refuse to remove apartheid privileges applicable only for 15 years. At the same time, Moorthy could fairly also demand that the ‘Eye of Brahma’ Black Diamond (currently in 3 parts, amongst other stolen treasures held by England) be returned to India.

The true criminals are the Malaysian MPs, also appropriate Ministerial portfolio members of cabinet, (of all races and faiths) who refuse to give or address or acknowledge :

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)

That has led to feelings of disenfranchisement that have led to emotional distress and social persecution of those politically aware as well as political activists in Malaysia who should be compensated for any suffering they were made to endure during the entire period of the ILLEGAL (after 1976 at any rate) Special Privileges. Could the UN, Human Rights Council (which Malaysia is unsuitably a member of)  and also Sunnite Islam’s highest authority (on the issue of Asabiya) please arbitrate and order that the obviously ILLEGAL and APARTHEID Special Privileges be ended immediately as well?

ARTICLE 9

S’gor water: Game of chicken is scaring residents? – Thursday, 05 July 2012 08:26

BN VIEWPOINT THERE is so much news of an impending water problem in the Klang Valley that it got me worried. I am not sure if it will be due to less rain, more development or politics — or all of the above.

In the Klang Valley the threat of water shortage began in 2008 when the Pakatan Rakyat government decided to take on the water companies, alleging they were inefficient and were getting sweetheart deals from the federal and previous state governments.

While the current state government is not responsible for higher water consumption, it nevertheless can be taking us to a water crisis in a hand basket.

The decision by the Selangor government to give free water soon after getting sworn into office in 2008 was the beginning of the politicising of water, just as some would politicise religion or education.

The desire of Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to impress the people of Selangor, and score political points, too, with benevolence is understandable. What better way to do so than with free water.

Khalid often claims that the free water does not see an increase in usage. That may be true, but he misses the point, entirely.

Water is a finite and valuable resource. Even if we can afford to give it away for free, we must not, since it will lessen its value to some people. Furthermore, it costs money to treat and make water potable, and people must know so.

An irony in the Selangor free water initiative is that many of those living in low-cost flats, for example, do not benefit from it, while those who can afford homes, do.

The standoff with the water companies and the Federal Government has a populist ring to it and would of course be politically rewarding. Selangor also put on hold several water-related projects on the premise of protecting the state from unfair deals.

It has been four years of relative inactivity, water-wise. At the same time the Klang Valley has expanded by dramatic proportions. Puchong, for instance, has turned into a major residential and commercial area, rivalling Subang Jaya, which is also expanding. Everywhere, new residential, commercial and industrial developments have, and are taking place.

As a result, the carrying capacity of the greater Klang Valley, with a population some estimate to be close to eight million, that is the heartbeat of the nation, is being stretched.

For water especially, this can already be felt by long-time residents who are experiencing lower water pressure these days. Some reports suggest if the margin of reserve is as thin as it is now, and if drought were to hit us, then we would be in trouble. The massive water shortage of the late 1990s is also fresh in our minds.

Khalid and his supporters on the other hand claim that there is no such thing as a water problem in Selangor and that the scaremongering is the work of political opponents. The claim that the Klang Valley would have a water crisis by 2014 is also a cry wolf.

Regardless, logic has it that if demand keeps increasing and supply were to remain the same, at some point, we would be in trouble.

At the moment I do not really care who is right or wrong. The state’s steadfastness over the issue is no longer admirable, but is verging on foolhardiness.

Stop politicising water. Klang Valley residents should not have to pay for political grandstanding, by anyone. This high-stake game of chicken, waiting for who will blink first is getting close to ridiculous — especially with the prospect of dry taps for millions of people.

– New Straits Times

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Knowing what rubbish Malaysia can degenerate into, there can be no harm in buying a week or few worth of water and food supplies for future use. That way water ‘threats’ won’t be effective in swaying votes. And don’t use plastic bottles or tanks as your ‘private reservoir’ – plastic sloughs off into the water. If anyone in Dewan has half a mind to riot to cause a lockdown or ‘Emergency’, the citizens will be ready to hold out until the ASEAN or NATO Peacekeepers get here.

On a side note incidentally, for all the farcical harm Mahathir Mohammed has caused Malaysia via Vehicular AP and Toll Both System, stolen lives and lands from Orang Asli indigenous peoples, racism against the Indians and Chinese, how could the UN even give that nepotistic old dictator (who bailed out childrens’ shipping failures) an award – Rafik Hariri UN-Habitat Memorial award, for ‘accomplishments in areas that include leadership (dictatorship is not leadership); statesmanship and good governance (Ops Lallang and Judicial Crisis are massivce failures that UN can hardly ignore); construction and reconstructions of settlements and communities (destructionof Orang Asli habitats – alienations of OrangAsli lands and forced resettlement without choice is NOT construction) ; and human resource development (breeding cronyism and corruption – ask ANY Malaysia EVEN the cynical UMNO party the old creep Mahathir is from – for any idea on how Malaysia feels about Mahathir . . . .’ SOCIAL development?

UN whats wrong with you? I propose that the entire awards committee or vetting panel for the Rafik Hariri UN-Habitat Memorial award BE SACKED, and all others ‘awards vetters’ be audited for potential BRIBERY and corruption. UN is fast becoming redundant when awards can be given to the most criminal of people who did the exact opposite of what the worst most unstatesmen like 3rd world cults of personality for awards like the above. One even begins to wonder if Rafik Hariri was another criminal to begin with now! NAM and BRICS or ASEAN or UNASUR will indeed have to play UN’s role in ‘counter-vetting’ now. Lets see what the above non-UN organisations say about the award to determine what the above non-UN organisations are worth. Perhaps USA would like to comment? After all UN HQ is currently in the USA, and if USA concur with the Rafik Hariri UN-Habitat Memorial award being correctly awarded to one of the worst people in ASEAN, then USA is as bad as the person disgracefully awarded . . . just shocking . . .

Mini-Article 9.5

Dr M gets UN-Habitat award for contributions – Saturday July 7, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/7/nation/11617749&sec=nation

Contributions? More like Reductions and value deductions against Malaysian citizens . . .

ARTICLE 10

A sentencing guide? – Posted on 3 July 2012 – 09:22pm – Last updated on 3 July 2012 – 09:29pm – R. Nadeswaran

MORE than three decades ago, I sat in the public gallery at the magistrate’s court as a pregnant woman was brought in to the dock with her hands cuffed behind her back. The interpreter read the charge to her and asked: Mengaku salah atau tidak?

“She pleads guilty, your honour,” the interpreter said and asked her if she had anything to say in mitigation. “Saya ambil susu itu untuk anak saya.” (I took the milk for my child.) For shoplifting a tin of powdered milk and some other items, she was sent to the slammer for six months.

Two days later, before another magistrate, a 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to committing criminal breach of trust of RM20,000 belonging to his employer. After pleading guilty, his counsel stood up and mitigated, playing up his client’s good values and how his client ended up in wrong company and was forced to steal from his employer. He was bound over on a good behaviour bond.

In the month that followed, my then colleague Au Foong Yee, who was covering the PJ courts reported about a man who caused injury to a victim while committing robbery. He was bound over but the minor report did not escape the eyes of Justice N. H. Chan who was a sitting High Court judge. He called up the case for review and imposed a custodial sentence.

In the years that followed, I continued to read about the rich and famous getting away with slaps on their wrists but yet could do nothing, especially cases involving white collar crimes. These two incidents, though, left me pondering over what I perceived as unfair and unequal sentences. On more than one occasion, I had used the pregnant woman’s sentence in this column. Very much later, in the university library in England, I came across a publication called Sentencing Guidelines.

The foreword was compelling reading. Sentencing, it says, is a complex and difficult exercise. It can never be a rigid, mechanistic or scientific process. Consistency of approach by sentencers is essential to maintain public confidence. But perfect consistency in outcome is impossible to achieve because of the infinite variety of circumstances with which, even in relation to one kind of offence, the courts are presented.

“In choosing a fair and just sentence in a particular case, judges and magistrates, within the parameters established by Parliament, must have regard to the gravity of the offence, its impact on the victim, the circumstances of the offender and the wider public interest. In relation to all these matters they must exercise judgment and discretion,” wrote Lord Justice Rose, vice-president, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the deputy chairman, Sentencing Guidelines Council.

That was seven years ago and sentencing is still a fascination and court reports are closely followed. Last week, there was cause to have reason to be happy because a seldom-heard-of custodial sentence was imposed by the Court of Appeal for a white collar crime.

Even the Securities Commission called it a landmark decision as a former Fountain View Development Bhd company director, Datuk Chin Chan Leong, was sent to prison to serve a 12-month jail sentence for a share manipulation offence in Bursa Malaysia committed between 2003 and 2004.

Chin, who pleaded guilty to shares manipulation two years ago, was initially given a one-day jail sentence and RM1.3 million fine for the offence. A three-member Appeals Court panel enhanced (Chin’s) custodial sentence to 12 months’ jail after ruling that the one-day jail imposed by the sessions court did not reflect the seriousness of the offence.

We are often reminded that laws are sets of moral codes which have been put on paper for ease of enforcement. Hence, those who commit crimes against fellow citizens, must be appropriately punished. So, can we expect a set of guidelines for magistrates and judges to use?

R. Nadeswaran is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun and can be reached at: citizen-nades@thesundaily.com

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Try the one in the ‘Gambier Threat’ where the laws are not amended and fines imposed on everyone FOR offenses committed on their own private property. the amount of suffering created and fines imposed far outstrips 1 can of powdered milk. At the police level after reporting, a simple talk with the/a local Ombudsman and a gifting of another can of milk by the local list of billionaires or millionaires (in turn so that the pain will be shared – one can of milk is nothing to too many of us) should be where this ends. Not wasting more resources and then allowing the prison contractor system to profit AGAIN.

The court magistrate or who knows even the arresting officer should be offended enough to dismiss the case instantly, (after gifting the woman money for milk? Who will take care of the woman’s child?) and not even waste the taxpayer’s time and funds much less punish the woman at 1000s of times the cost to taxpayers for 1 can of milk – inquitable and wasteful hence unjust. Where are the days when the local big shot or state apparatus would just distribute milk so that people who do need to steal like this won’t have to and just turn up at the ‘food stamp centre’ every month instead? The planet’s English based modern legal and punishments system is the most inefficient system in nature and any civilisation in this universe. We civilised persons aware, should be ashamed at the greed and selfishness plutocrats and the punitive nature of judgements which burden society and taxpayer. Magnanimity and wasteful lack of creative treatment of problems typifies Malaysians.

ARTICLE 12

Poison of Cyanide in Bukit Koman, Raub, Pahang – Monday, June 16, 2008

Bukit Koman a small village situated in the district of Raub, Pahang became famous over a hundred years ago because of its godl mine. There are about 400 households and a population of about 3,000. Life was peaceful and serene until early August, 2006 when the issue of “Cyanide” brought fear and anxiety.

August 21st, last year, the London listed company known as Peninsular Gold Limited wholly own subsidiary, Australian Gold Mining Sdn. Bhd., has obtained the written approval from the Mineral and Geosains of Pahang to mine gold using Cyanide at the vicinity of the gold mining site in Bukit Koman without the knowledge of the villagers. It is known that they have built up the infracture for gold mining already.

Cyanide (CN) is the most toxic chemical, that can stop human cells from consuming exygen. Anyone who inhales concentrated Hydrogen Cyanide Gas ould drop dead instantly. In using Cyanide to extract gold, the yield is high as 97% which made the venture very attractive. Since 1960, the use of Cyanide in gold mining becama very common.

In october 1st 2006, the Gold Mining Company disclosed the approval letter for Cyanide gold mining form the State Government to the Bukit koman Committee members over lunch in one of the Raub Restaurant. They claimed that it is safe and the health of the villages will not be affected. After the Bukit Koman Committee members broke the news to the villagers, some went online to find out more about Cyanide. It is confirmed that the Cyanide is a deadly chemical. The villagers decided to from a committee to protect themselves. They seek the assistance of “Sahabat Alam Malaysia” (SAM) and with its help, an Anti-Cyanide Committee was formed. An all residents Anti-Cyanide compaign were mobilized.

As Bukit Koman New Village is situated just right at the side of the gold mine, the villages are very unhappy that the Pahang Mine And Geology Department has surreptitiously approved the use of Cyanide in gold mining without deu considerations.

Our Malaysia Government and Environmental Minister has always stressed the importance of relocating the small, medium and big industries with either smoke or non-smoke to be at least 5 km away from town area and all the environmental wastes must be treated very carefully. All the villagers, young and old alike are frightened and anxious and angry at the total disregard to their health and well being.

The nearest house, No. 74-A in Bukit Koman is only two meters away from the mining site and most of the houses in the village are only separated by a village road.

Question being asked, how and why did The Pahang Mine and Geology Department able to grant and approve the use of Cyanide in the mining of gold here when there are houses and small industries (Mee, Tau Foo, Groundnuts) so close to the mine.

There is a river flowing through the mining site. If the river overflows during floods, the water will seep into the gold mining infrastructure and can lead to Cyanide leadage and resulting in disastrous conssequences.

This has already happened in advanced and developed countries that used Cyanide to extract gold. Should that happen here, not only Bukit Koman villagers are danger but also the whole Raub population as well.

River pollution will definetely lead to “The Raub Oil Mill” and Oil Palm plantations by the Koman River. The mill uses the water for the manufacturing of Palm Oil products. These products are meant for markets both locals and overseas.

Polluted water will definitely lead to Lipis District also because the water flows to Sungai Dong and there on to Sungai Lipis and on and on.

A resident by the name of Gan Chew Yen, presently doing her Master Degree in Chemistry, pointed out that when Cyanide solution is slightly Acidic, it can turn to Cyanide Gas which is extreamely toxic and when Cyanide solution is Alkaline, the Cyanide will not break down. So either in the air or water, this chemical is extremely toxic to the environment.

Robert Moran, a Geo-Chemical expert, has found Cyanide contaminated sediments at a Cobalt-Nickel mine in Missouri that contained many milligrams per kilogram of total Cyanide more than 25 years after all processing had ceased. Samples of bricks, concrete palster and mortar from buildings at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps collected 45 years after all use of Cyanide ceased still showed detectable concentrations of Cyanide, presumably as Iron Cyanides.

History of accidents did happen; Cyanide and heavy metal leaks from the Summitville gold mine killed all aquatic life along a 27 kilometer stretch of the Alamosa River in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. By the time the fold mine was shut down in December 1992, the total clean-up costs have exceeded US$150 million.

In North-Western state of Montana, November 3, 1998, banned the use of Cyanide to extract gold. After years of suffering and dozens toxic leaks from the local mines, the indigenous assiniboine and Gros Ventre peoples had to battle for years in court to force Pegasus, a Canadian gold mining company, to clean-up Cyanide Waste on the Fort Belknap reservation in the Little Rocky Mountains of Montana. Although the community won the lawsuit in 1996, the company declared bankruptcy the following year thwarting clean-up efforts.

The community of Bergama, Turkey, was the first to win a legal ban on Cyanide. In May, 1997, the highest Turkish administrative court overturned approval given by the Department of Environment for the proposed Eurogold project after a rally by 10,000 local poeple with 1,000 tractors occupied the mine site. The judgement was based on the Turkish Constitution and its guarantee of a healthy and intact environment. The court found that the Cyanide based mining technology was at odds with these constitutional rights.

There were “seven wells” left behind by the Raub Australian Gold Mining company when they mined gold underground many years ago. The Australian started mining gold in Raub and Bukit Koman since 1898 to 1963. These seven wells are situated along a straight line from “Raub Well” near the present Chung Ching Secondary School in Raub to the “Malacca Well” in Bukit Koman at the present gold mining area. The depths of these wells range from 600 ft. to 1,200 ft. underground. These wells are accessible by underground tunnels, which included the three wells now under the waste mining lake (tailings).

If the waste tailings and water containing Cyanide seeps into ground and into the waste mining lake, the whole of Raub District will be Cyanide contaminated by way of the underground water, interconnected by these tunnels.

Pollution would not only have a serious repervussion on the 3,000 villages of Bukit Koman but the whole population of Raub District.

The villagers have been very sincere in asking The Pahang State Government, Parliment and State Assemblyman to consider their humble request and look into their plight. It is the villagers hope that the “Letter of Authority To Mine” No. Phg. 14/2006 dated 21/8/2006 using Cyanide / Carbon In-Leach by the Mineral and Geosains of Pahang, on the study that was based some 10 years ago be revoked from the gold mining company. Last but not least we would like the Government of the day to treat this matter with urgency and not to one gold mining company that overrides the population of Raub.
Posted by Choong Siew onn at Monday, June 16, 2008
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Typical. 1 comment and DAP sees fit to remove. Malaysia Chronicle a pro-DAP outfit also does the same, did that so much I stopped posting more or less there. This being the MP’s site, doesn’t surprise at all. Would Raub citizens want to field an independent candidate who will shut all gold mines immediately? Consider one of those retirees who will also stand for :

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)

The local MP is probably on the take from RAGM and pretending to be sending samples and what not. A really decisive MP would have shut down the whole area by declaring the whole constituency ‘Agriculture and Residential only’. Would the voters in Raub want to vote for a candidate that would be able to not be tempted by gold or buyoffs and just shut every offending mine down as is the MP’s power and right to represent the locals rather than collude against the locals? Independent candidates and 3rd Forcers, activists, want to write 1 law (which is more than that CM of Penang character did) for the entire 1st term stint which abolishes use of cyanide or any dangerous chemical ENTIRELY in all gold mining operations at least? Voters should know who has the mind to do that . . .

ARTICLE 13

‘Umno does not own BN’ – Wednesday, 04 July 2012 Super Admin

A MIC leader says the the days of the ‘Big Brother’ syndrome is over and component parties should not quit BN if it disagreed with Umno.

(FMT) – Barisan Nasional is made up of various partners founded on the principle of power sharing and no party can claim to be the sole proprietor of the coalition, said a MIC leader.

Therefore, S Vell Paari stressed that if Umno crossed the line then the other parties should come together to discuss the matter and find a solution.

In the past, he said Umno leaders had called for the withdrawal of component parties from BN whenever it was deemed that the line was not toed.

“So why is it that whenever a controversial issue arises concerning Umno it is the component parties which threaten to quit BN? This should not be the case.

“No one party has a monopoly in BN and decisions are based on consensus. Gone are the days of the ‘Big Brother’ syndrome,” he told FMT.

The MIC central working committee member also disagreed with the description of Umno being the backbone of BN, saying that the title belonged to the people.

The son of former MIC president S Samy Vellu was responding to the warning from MCA’s Young Professionals Bureau head Chua Tee Yong.

Tee Yong, the son of MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, said his party would quit BN if Umno attempted to implement the Islamic hudud law.

He was reacting to Johor Umno state assemblyman Ayub Rahmat who suggested that hudud be implemented in the state to cover all races.

Ayub had put MCA in a spot as the hudud issue had been one of the Chinese-based party’s most potent weapon against its Chinese-predominated rival DAP over the latter’s association with the Islamic PAS.

Time to be more aggressive

Meanwhile, Vell Paari was confident that Umno would not push for the implementation of hudud but stated that the controversy necessitated certain points to be made clear.

He said MIC and MCA’s problem with Umno in the past was that its previous leaderships refused to acknowledge or even compromise with the two parties.

This, he noted, led to the inequality between the races, which in turn bred the resentment of the Chinese and Indian communities towards BN.

“I am not against the development of the majority but at the same time, the minorities should not have been left out in terms of education, employment and so forth,” he said.

However, Vell Paari said the situation was different now under the stewardship of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

“He is a prime minister who is willing to listen and he even had the courage to apologise for the coalition’s past mistake. Whatever said and done, I respect the man for that,” he said.

On the same note, Vell Paari said MIC and MCA must be more aggressive in fighting for the rights of the communities which the parties represented.

“The hard and cold fact is that our respective communities chose to turn their backs on us because we were seen as toothless tigers. And true enough, we were bullied into a corner.

“We must make a stand to show that we are not second or third fiddle in BN and our leaders are not there to attend functions and savour the kuih alone,” he said.

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Don’t talk and use the mandate BN already has to grant :

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

There is nothing BN can offer the Rakyat now, and all BN MPs are millionaires and billionaires already. Who needs this sort of MPs or inequality? Use that mandate to grant the above 3 items and stop expecting the citizens to vote for BN! Why should anyone vote for a coalition that does not use the mandate they already have to end apartheid?

ARTICLE 14

Battle of scandals: Guan Eng vs Soi Lek – Wednesday, 04 July 2012 Super Admin – RK Anand, FMT

In declaring his fidelity and denying his wife assaulted him or the other woman, the DAP leader slips in an attack against the MCA president, who then retaliates.

In the latest chapter of the tussle between DAP and MCA, Lim Guan Eng has been accused of sharing an intimate relationship with a former staff and thus earning the wrath of his wife. His enraged wife Kota Laksamana (Malacca) assemblywoman Betty Chew, alluded MCA, had then assaulted both Lim and the woman, who had since been transferred. In a media statement this afternoon, the DAP secretary-general denied the allegation that his wife had beaten him or the woman.

Launching a vitriolic salvo against his opponents, Lim, who denied indulging in an extra-marital affair, also seized the opportunity to revisit MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek’s scandalous past.

He dared Malacca MCA chairman Gan Tian Loo, who raised the matter in the state assembly on Monday, to repeat his claim outside the House without hiding behind the cloak of immunity.

Lim said this would allow his wife and him to drag Gan to court and prove that he (Lim) was not like the MCA president.

“DAP never indulges in gutter politics,” he pointed out.

“DAP never abused parliamentary privilege and proceedings to attack the MCA president when he was caught in a video tape having an extra-marital affair with another woman,” he added.

Lim regretted that while DAP chose to exercise restraint, MCA was willing to stoop low.

Taking another swipe at the MCA president, the Penang chief minister said he would not ask Chua to direct Gan to repeat his allegation outside the House since the former had no moral authority to do so given his own scandal.

Instead, he wanted Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to issue the order.

Training his guns on Gan, Lim said if the latter failed to repeat his allegation, it would prove that he was a coward who was unfit to be a leader.

“Worse, he will show himself unworthy to be a husband and father… who can make false allegations against another to destroy not just his political career but also the family’s happiness.

“What kind of leader is Gan when he is willing to be used as a lackey of Umno to play such gutter politics?” he asked.

Chua: I have courage, you don’t

Retaliating, the MCA president agreed that Lim was not like him as there was a stark difference between the two, which was courage.

“I have the courage to be responsible and bear the consequences [for my actions],” he said in a media statement.

Chua asked if Lim would be brave enough to admit his mistake, apologise and resign from his posts as he did.

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The Rakyat does not care who sleeps with who in DAP and MCA or if DAP and MCA has orgies every weekend with their political interns. Thats for the wife or husband to sue. The Rakyat only cares about having :

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

;and that TERM LIMITS are respected, that democracy and equality is upheld. Morality is NOT the same as good policy writing or conscientious amendments to bad laws or ending apartheid. Have orgies all you want DAP and MCA, but not use a mandate to end apartheid or use those legislative powers to amend laws, and the Rakyat will have no further use for any political party, BOTH Lim Guan Eng and Chua Soi Lek will be useless to the voter if they talk about their sex lives instead of amending laws and ending apartheid. 2 terms, AND equality, then GTFO of Dewan for the other citizens to participate in bettering the nation instead of talking about whos sleeping with who. Focus on the issue and use those 2 term limited powers!

ARTICLE 16

To understand today you need to know yesterday – Wednesday, 04 July 2012 Super Admin – by John Roberts, WSWS.ORG

Many of you were not in the scene back in 1997/1998 when Malaysia was hit by a financial crisis and Anwar Ibrahim made his move to oust Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It was a classic case of the hunter becoming the hunted and how Dr Mahathir turned a losing hand into a winning hand. It may be time to revisit what happened 14-15 years ago considering that many of these players are now re-emerging as the power-brokers for the coming general election.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Malaysian government instigates a politically motivated ‘anti-corruption’ drive

Malaysian economic regulatory authorities—the Securities Commission and the central bank, Bank Negara—have initiated an extensive crackdown in the corporate sector in the name of ending corrupt practices. However, questions have been raised by opposition figures and in financial circles about the selective, political nature of the measures that have targeted businessmen connected to opponents of the Malaysian government.

On August 12, the Malaysia’s Sun newspaper reported that the Securities Commission had handed the Immigration Department a list of 70 names of businessmen and their senior advisors to prevent them from leaving Malaysia. The Securities Commission admitted taking the action, claiming only that the number was lower.

Among those already arrested and facing charges are some of the most prominent figures in the country’s corporate sector. On April 30, Ismail Zakariah, a former chief executive of the Sime Bank, a major Malaysian bank, was charged with breaking lending guidelines under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act by lending $M175 million ($US46 million) against the instructions of the bank’s board.

On July 24, KFC managing director Ishak Ismail and Abrar Corporation executive chairman Wan Hasni Wan Sulaiman were charged with offences under the Securities Act. The KFC director, who became a major corporate figure after gaining control of Idris Hydraulic in 1991, is charged with providing false information in 1996 when submitting a plan for Securities Commission approval. Wan Hasni Wan Sulaiman has been charged over allegedly using a plan to cheat investors in 1997.

On August 4, Datuk Tony Thiah Thee Kian, executive of TA Securities, the country’s largest retail brokerage firm, and his sister-in-law, Kimmy Khoo Poh Kim, the company secretary, were charged with aiding the political and business figure John Soh Chee Wen in defrauding the now defunct Omega Securities of $M424.9 million. If convicted Tiah and Khoo could face jail sentences of up to 10 years and fines of up to $M1million. The authorities have initiated an international manhunt for Soh.

Opposition figures have accused Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of directing the crackdown against businessmen connected to the deposed and jailed former deputy prime minister and financial minister Anwar Ibrahim. Similar concerns have been voiced by bankers and businessmen quoted in Hong Kong and Singapore-based newspapers.

Members of Parti Keadilan Nasional (National Justice Party), established this year by Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah, have denounced the measures saying they are aimed at smearing and intimidating opposition supporters in the lead-up to the national elections. One of the government’s aims, they say, is to cut off funds for opposition parties.

The poll is due to be held by the middle of next year, but there is widespread speculation in the press that Mahathir will call an early election.

The government claims the crackdown is not politically motivated but has been initiated by the Securities Commission in response to calls from foreign investors, fund managers, business and the media for moves against corrupt business practices. Mahathir said the regulating authorities were acting independently of the government. Securities Commission chairman Ali Abdul Kadir commented: “We are not concentrating on any particular sector, party, of friends of anybody.”

Mahathir’s assertions appear to be rather hollow, as a number of those facing charges are well known for their connections to Anwar.

For 10 years until 1991, Datuk Ishak Ismail was secretary of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) division of Permatang Pauh—Anwar’s constituency in Penang. After 1991 he remained a committee member. His political closeness to Anwar is apparent from an interview in which he said Anwar “is my mentor and I learnt a lot from him. I felt privileged to serve under him in his division. I have great respect for him. He is a leader of high integrity.”

Wan Hasni Wan Sulaiman was also a strong Anwar supporter. He was deputy chief of the UMNO young organisation in Kelantan until Anwar was deposed in last September. In October, he was expelled from UMNO for “anti-UMNO activities” as part of a purge of 300 to 400 Anwar supporters.

Ismail Zakaria was known to be close to both Mahathir and Anwar when the latter was Finance Minister. He was being considered as a future governor of the Bank Negara.

Furthermore, the roundup of Anwar supporters comes in the aftermath of fresh allegations by the jailed Anwar of corrupt practices by close supporters of Mahathir. In the course of July, he lodged police reports accompanied by supporting documents alleging that:

* Mahathir, in collaboration with the attorney-general’s chambers, blocked the criminal prosecution of international trade and industry minister Rafidah Aziz over charges that she had favoured her son-in-law in an allocation of shares.

* Mahathir, and not managing director Eric Chia, was largely responsible for $M3 billion in losses at the state-owned steel corporation Perwaja.

* Present Finance Minister and business tycoon Daim Zainuddin received money and shares from three prominent businessmen — Halim Saad, controlling shareholder of the giant Renong corporation; Tajudin Ramli, Malaysian Airlines chairman and principal shareholder; and Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, chairman of the property group Land & General. Daim is one of Mahathir’s closest political associates.

While Anwar’s allegations have received little publicity and are unlikely to be pursued by the police, they appear to have rattled the Mahathir government. “The Anwar reports have put the government back on the defensive. They seem to be in a bind on how to react,” Jomo Sundaram, an economics professor, commented.

The crackdown by the Securities Commission is part of Mahathir’s answer as he considers whether to call an early election. The UMNO general assembly, held from June 18 to 20, was used by the party leadership as a virtual election rally. Claiming that the government’s regulatory policies were working, Mahathir and Daim branded the IMF’s policies as moves by the “ethnic Europeans” to recolonise Malaysia, and Anwar and his supporters as the lackeys of foreign capital.

The government has also put Anwar on trial for a second time, on charges of sodomy. He is already serving a six-year sentence on corruption charges. The trial has proceeded despite evidence that witness statements against Anwar were coerced by the police. The police have just admitted this week that they rewrote the charges when it was discovered that the apartment block in which the offenses were supposed to have taken place had not even been built at the time.

As well as the publicity surrounding the trial, Mahathir is counting on an improved economy to assist him winning an early election. But the so-called recovery in Malaysia has largely been fueled by government spending and is rather shaky. There has been little foreign investment in the country. Export growth in April and increased foreign reserves occurred against the backdrop of an economic contraction of 7.5 percent last year. Banks have refused to increase lending by the 8 percent demanded by the government.

Anwar’s expulsion last year and his subsequent jailing were not simply the product of a personal falling-out between the prime minister and his former deputy, but reflected deep rifts in ruling circles in the wake of the Asian economic crisis. Anwar demanded that the UMNO-led government respond by adopting the economic policies required by the IMF, a process he had begun as finance minister. He was seeking to further open up the economy to foreign investment and maintained a high interest rate regime, which was threatening to bring down major Malaysian corporations, including some closely allied to Mahathir and Daim.

Last September Mahathir responded by sacking the Bank Negara head and implemented a series of capital and currency controls including the suspension of offshore trading of the Malaysian ringgit, a fixed exchange rate and restrictions on the repatriation of profits by foreigners in share trading. When Anwar refused to accept the changes and refused to resign, Mahathir sacked and then expelled him from UMNO. After Anwar launched a nationwide campaign calling for Mahathir’s removal, he was arrested under the Internal Security Act and then finally changed with corruption and sexual misconduct.

The bitter dispute first surfaced in the June 1998 at the general assembly of UMNO. Anwar tried to appeal to the resentment of smaller Malay business interests who were going to the wall, while those close to UMNO were being bailed out by government money. He and his supporters called for the government to “cleanse society of collusion, corruption and nepotism”.

Mahathir responded at the time by producing a list of business interests connected to Anwar, who had benefited from state largesse. The message was clear: pursue this anti-corruption campaign and you will end up being investigated for financial malpractice. A little over a year later, the Mahathir government seems to be carrying out the threat.

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Re-emerging RPK says? What a joke. 2 terms over? A plutocrat from being in politics? NO RE-EMERGENCE then. GTFO of Dewan you term limitless nepotists plutocrats! Will the independent candidates step forward and remove al;l these -re-emergers? The last thing we need is pre-1997 politicians taking the stand AGAIN. 1990s where the MOST UMNO dominated, least transparent era of nepotist Mahathir and Kris waving Home Ministers . . . RPK really has lost his mind. How could RPK fette deadwood from a dead era who are so wealthy and term limitless over young Malaysians who are not complicit on not challenging the apartheid system in Malaysia, but tacit approval and n ot challenging the apartheid special privileges which are also anathema in Islam?

Re-emerging politicians? No thanks. The nasi lemak or kuih seller (who does not believe in apartheid), sweeper or petty trader at the roadside has a better chance than any billionaire or even millionaire plutocrat much less the term limitless nepotist MPs trying to become plutocrats by stealing from the other citizens the rights to award contracts for the better of the country – NOT themselves to become plutocrats with. We’d rather such politicians NEVER re-emerge and be crushed by society (not voting them or keeping 2 term limits in place by dropping candidates after 2 terms) for the harm they have done with their bodeking and corrupt or racist behaviour, floundering on ending apartheid.

All Najib needs to do is to grant :

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

;and we don’t need to hear about who’s f—ing who in MCA or DAP or RPK’s b.s. here . . .

ARTICLE 17

Umno lost its way under Najib, says Tamrin Ghafar – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Saturday, 07 July 2012 Super Admin

(The Malaysian Insider) – Already facing possible expulsion, Tamrin Ghafar, the son of former deputy prime minister and Umno strongman Tun Ghafar Baba, has again criticised the party’s leadership for straying from its “original struggle”.

The former Bukit Berendam MP told The Malaysian Insider last night that, under Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership, Umno has been trampling on the rights of Malaysians instead of defending them.

“Umno has strayed from the original struggle of its forefathers, who had prioritised the people more.

“Under Najib, Umno has stolen its people’s rights, instead of defended it,” he said.

He expressed disappointment that, since Najib succeeded Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2009, both the directions of Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno have changed drastically.

Tamrin, who has recently been active on Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) political stage, confirmed he had received a show-cause letter from Umno’s disciplinary committee on June 26 demanding he explain his criticisms against Najib’s leadership.

He has declined to reply, however, saying he would prefer to meet with the committee to explain his reasons “face to face”.

“I’ve been given 14 days to respond. But I refuse to do so in writing. Instead, I am seeking to meet with the committee to explain my actions to them personally,” he said, despite acknowledging that this may result in his sacking.

When asked of his plans to join other parties should he be sacked, Tamrin said he was yet to make a decision.

“Let’s wait for the committee’s decision first. I have not thought about joining other parties yet,” he added.

Tamrin first made an appearance in an opposition-backed event during a pre-Bersih 3.0 rally held in April at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kampung Baru here.

Since then, the leader has been an active participant of PR events, and has even written to Najib to air his views on how Umno could recapture public support.

Tamrin’s father, Ghafar, had been deputy prime minister during the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration and had served under four prime ministers, including Tun Abdul Razak, who is Najib’s father.

The late Ghafar had also been the Malacca chief minister for some eight years from 1959 to 1967 although he had originally declined the post offered to him by Tunku Abdul Rahman.

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Here’s one of those very rare UMNO guys with the ethical or reform mindset of Semangat 46. Shahrir Samad (indepnendant minded enough to throw away UMNO’s style of politics, but formerly indulged in at least 1 or 2 corrupt acts), Tengku Razaleigh (glacial action on apartheid and crony politics in the past, talking about lots of embroyonic stuff but nothing concrete – Kuli is not exactly young and have been term limitless, how about doing something for this term or GTFO of Dewan for a more pro-active Tunku!) and Tamrin Ghafar (a man can turn down a CM’s post is exceptional indeed – deserves a Tunship but since Tamrin is too proud to lobby Tamrin probably got nothing . . . , Ghafar is a true STATESMAN not a mere political animal clinging to power) could well form the core of a new BN, with the likes of reform minded but (thus far) unable to speak up on APARTHEID types like Ong Tee Keat.

ARTICLE 18

Mahathir, a racist and Malay chauvinist – TRUE OR FALSE? – Written by Christopher Fernandez, Malaysia Chronicle – Friday, 06 July 2012 09:14

The nation of Malaysia has reached the crossroads after years of suffering much anguish and pain in the hands of being ruled by Barisan Nasional. The extent of anguish and pain that Malaysians have suffered in the hands of BN cannot be fully quantified or assessed as yet.

However, what is certain is the way and manner of governing Malaysia since the days of the establishment of the Mahathir regime which has definitely witnessed a major blow and setback for democracy and race relations.

The real “pengkhianat Bangsa Melayu”?

It is an undeniable fact that while Mahathir governed Malaysia with impunity, he was also guilty of being a racist and a Malay chauvinist.

By often calling upon and using the racial card, he caused gullible and unsuspecting Malays and other bumiputras to believe that their common enemy is the non-bumiputras especially the Chinese and Indians.

But the blow to his racial ploy was only apparent with the return of globalisation to the fore.

When the world decided to go global, Mahathir’s racial ploys backfired and blew up in his face. The Malays were found not to have the competitive edge in being able to compete in a globalised environment as they were rendered weak by being fully dependent on the BN government for assistance and aid.

By causing Malays and bumiputras to become soft in their belly, an underclass society actually, it is really Mahathir Mohammad who is truly the “pengkhianat Bangsa Melayu” (the traitor to the Malays), and not Anwar Ibrahim, which Perkasa should take note.

Played his cards badly

Many Malays after this went into a dither, upon globalisation taking place, and if they are managing today, it is because of the continued and able support being given by non-bumiputras to them.

In reality, the Chinese and the Indians are pragmatic and wise in seeing that if the Malays and bumiputras become unbalanced economically there will be chaos in the country.

Mahathir however played his cards very badly. He instilled in Malays and bumiputras a fear that the real threat to their well being are the Chinese and Indians who are out to rob them of their share of the economic pie.

This caused race relations to go back to the dark ages with Mahathir behaving more Malay than the Malays themselves in wanting to seemingly safeguard and defend them.

Created a situation where he did not have to answer to anyone

Mahathir went out of his way to dispel any notion that he has links with Indian ancestry in an attempt to be seen as the sole champion and custodian of Malay rights. In doing so, he used the Chinese and Indians as the bogeys to frighten the Malays and bumiputras.

By promoting racism and Malay chauvinism, Mahathir was able to secure the Malay vote bank and win general elections over the years of his rule with commanding victories.

However, the fallout with his deputy, Anwar Ibrahim, over the devaluation of the Malaysian ringgit because of Mahathir gambling with funds obtained from Bank Negara Malaysia in the currency market spelt the beginning of the end of his so-called legacy.

Mahathir caused Anwar to be the scapegoat to cover for his misdeeds and acts of blatant corruption as he governed Malaysia without having to be answerable or accountable to anyone. He was governing Malaysia as a man above the law.

Cronyism and cronyism

During the tenure of his premiership, Mahathir established a BN-crony network to create the minority elite in this country while most Malays and bumiputras looked forward to a token value of financial progress.

Besides this, he staffed and employed most Malays by absorbing them into the civil service and offering them terms and conditions of service that were second-to-none despite a poor and low productivity rate and output by the civil service.

This was another of his ploys to curry favour with the Malays and to assure himself of their votes. As it stands, the racial composition of the staffing and employment of the overly-bloated civil service in this country is a blatant example and reflection of his acts of racism and chauvinism.

This is why more and more ordinary Malaysians have come to the realisation and recognition that Mahathir is perhaps more to be known as Bapa Rasuah (the father of corruption) than Bapa Pembangunan (the father of development).

A legacy of evil?

Mahathir’s skewering and tinkering with the politics and policies in this country has caused rising anger and resentment against him owing to numerous allegations of atrocities and abuses committed by him and his henchmen in the country.

Only by him and his cronies being brought before an international tribunal of justice can Malaysians be assured that the crimes he committed in this country towards Malaysians can come to the fore without people being fearful of reprisal.

While expecting justice and fair play by a competent court of justice in this country or even establishing a Royal Commission of Inquiry into his crimes and misdeeds might not lead to justice being seen to be done, Malaysians must bring him to book in an independent court abroad where his reach and influence is not there.

While Mahathir claims he does not fear death but evil, the evil he has spawned in this country is enough to convince and convict right-thinking Malaysians that his evil legacy is already in tatters for the coming generations to study as facts of history.

Malaysia Chronicle

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At this point of time, someone even asks ‘True of False’ about Malaysia’s worst confirmed dictator? Malaysia Chronicle has turned strawman . . . If not wrongly read, Christopher Fernandez should be ashamed to even attempt manipulative NLP (neurolinguistic programming) against the citizen readers via this article’s title – only the title is an NLP – the content of the article is just fine. Even on the 1 single count of Ops Lallang against Malaysians (not to mention Ops Lallang, Vehicular AP, Toll Concessions, Orang Asli Land Alienations, Crony Capitalism etc..) is Mahathir damned on ‘True False’ basis. Can’t ‘True False’ so obvious an offender! Selling soul to the media by disrespectfully throwing NLP at the public is not a way to earn a living ‘Chris’. Try apartheid and how Mahathir is the only Mamak in Malaysia who is a bumiputra, then know where you stand ‘Chris’ . . .

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)

Will PM Najib impose TERM LIMITS on MPs to remove all the nepotists and oligarchs and plutocrats, putting the RAMAN series of apartheid PM’s to a high end note, exhonerate UMNO and raise Malaysians to a state of equality? Use that mandate or BN is finished and PR might try to destroy BN’s ‘personalities’ after winning (including C4 users . . . ) End the Sin of Asabiya and comply with the UNHCR Articles. End the Apartheid of Bumiputra as a righteous PM might do so . . .

ARTICLE 19

SHOCKING parenting by Dr M: Tells Marina to behave herself and be sensitive to Mukhriz Featured Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle – Friday, 29 June 2012 17:21

Fresh from publicly endorsing his son Mukhriz for the Kedah chief minister’s seat, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad next trained his sights on his daughter – Marina.

Urging the sometimes outspoken Marina to be ‘sensitive’ of how her often liberal behavior could affect her brother’s political chances, the 86-year-old Mahathir revealed for the first time his parenting skills to the nation.

And it is clear, as far as the Mahathir family goes, politics come first.

“I do hope she will realise what she is doing is not good for herself, not good for the government party at least. She should also be sensitive about her brother who is contesting in the election,” Mahathir said during an interview with online television station The Malaysian Observer (MobTV).

He had been asked to comment on Marina, an AIDS/HIV activist and open supporter of the Bersih rallies for clean elections – two issues that Mahathir is openly and vehemently against but which Marina apparently endorses.

Drawing a line

Just a day ago, Mahathir warned that allowing the LGBT community rights would lead to the end of ‘mankind’.

Today, he publicly warned his daughter not to get carried away with her volunteer work and end up fighting for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender folk.

“She never said she supports this; I hope she doesn’t. She cared for this people but she has to draw a line between them and the idea that being homosexual is okay, or men marrying men is okay,” said Mahathir.

The former PM who ruled Malaysia for 22 years from 1981 to 2003 also let slip he did not like Marina to associate herself with Bersih, the movement for free and fair elections as he believed it had been hijacked by the opposition.

However, Mahathir skirted the issue of whether he supported the principle of clean polls. This is not surprising given that his critics have often accused him of massive gerrymandering and even offering citizenship to foreign workers if they voted to keep his Umno-BN coalition in power.

Typical big-mouth Asian dad?

And in reminding Marina to be ‘sensitive’ for Mukhriz’s sake, Mahathir revealed his own insensitivity not only by putting his daughter’s interests lower than her brother’s, but also by blaring to the public that she had “no ambition”.

“She doesn’t care about what people think. I care about what people think. If not, I won’t get anywhere,” said Mahathir.

“Maybe it’s because she has no ambition so she speaks her mind. I cannot agree with the things she is doing, but nowadays you cannot tell your children ‘please stop this, please stop that’; they have a mind of their own.”

Marina is Mahathir’s eldest child and despite his current obsession in making sure Mukhriz lands the Kedah chief minister’s post, it is well-known that she is his favorite offspring and their father-and-daughter relationship enviably strong.

Nonetheless, it would be interesting to ask Marina what she thinks of her dad’s latest comments – has his thinking become antiquated with age or is he just another Asian dad, cherishing the sons as serious business and the daughters – mere decoration!

Malaysia Chronicle

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False flag argument intended to ‘suck in’ those who fall for this nepotistic lot. Marina is playing ‘good cop’ for the Iskandar Kutty family. Mahathir Iskandar Kutty Jr plays bad cop. At the end of the day this is ANOTHER family bloc with Marina living comfortably off Mahathir’s corruption begotten wealth while the rest of the country struggles. Family is just that biased and this is why there are ethical concerns about family member infested parliaments – any family should know this and families in politics is just nonsense. Marina wins either way has already benefiteds off the taxpayers’ funds that Mahathir took –  AND if the readers read on any headings in this blog about Marina, the readers will find that Marina is a crypto-racist who has withheld commitment of any clear word against apartheid along side cynical though well informed ‘top blogger’ RPK.

ARTICLE 20

No Reason For KLIA2 To Cost RM5 Billion – Friday, 06 July 2012 00:09

KUALA LUMPUR — Suggestions that KLIA2, the new low-cost terminal at Sepang, near here, will cost RM5 billion because of cost overruns appear to be misguided, say sources close to the project.

They said that costs could rise to RM5 billion if certain parties dictated terms to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to build additional facilities not in the current plan.

“As of now, everything is under control and the cost of construction will remain at RM3.9 billion,” said one of the well-placed sources.

On claims that the airport would not be completed by its deadline of April 2013, the sources said that construction was on schedule and it was not a question of whether the airport would be ready on time but whether the operators of low-cost airlines could get their act together by then.

It is understood that certain systems for the check-in counters have yet to be submitted to MAHB although the deadline was June 15 this year.

In addition, there are also questions whether facilities undertaken by other parties (not MAHB) like hotels and office buildings would be ready by the second quarter of next year.

The sources said KLIA2 could have been completed this year if not for last-minute requests by certain quarters which consequently extended the schedule.

They said that the costs had also gone up from the original RM2 billion because of requests for additional facilities.

Originally, KLIA2 was to be only a two-storey high building, but this has been increased to an equivalent of nine storeys for a three-level terminal comprising separate departure, arrival and ground support equipment areas.

This meant that the gross floor area of the terminal building has been increased by 71 per cent to 257,000 sq metres from the original 150,000 sq metres.

The sources said the KLIA2 would be the world’s largest purpose-built low- cost terminal with a capacity to accommodate 45 million passengers annually.

They said it was also being built at the lowest cost per passenger with aerobridges and enhanced passenger convenience.

“With the aerobridges, passengers need not walk on the apron anymore,” they added.

They said although industry standards dictated that 55 boarding gates would be sufficient to handle 30 million pasengers annually, MAHB had accommodated requests to increase the number of boarding gates to 68.

MAHB had also made provisions for a fully automated baggage handling system although there had been earlier requests for a non-fully automated one.

To cater for higher passenger traffic, MAHB had even drew up plans to accommodate the superjumbo Airbus 380 aircraft as well as premium lounges for enhanced passenger comfort.

Under its current construction plan, MAHB had also provided for the construction of four hotels and a public shopping mall next to the terminal.

(Bernama)

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Greedy politicians and proxy middlemen, taking taxpayer monies to fill their pockets. And that terminal will not be of much more use because Malaysia is already not a very interesting place to visit and is also full of apartheid and occasional fundos. So please vote carefully for your MP and drop all the term limitless nepotists, rich businessmen or rich politicians and also fundos and apartheid racists who will continue stealing taxpayer’s money for themselves through crony contractors and use bumiputra apartheid to abuse citizens and control Malays with extreme Islam, oppress non-Malays with.

ARTICLE 21

Don’t Resort To Insults, Guan Eng! – by Tee Siew Kiong – Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:58

Lim Guan Eng’s description of MCA Duyong assemblyman Gan Tian Loo as “uneducated” as reported in Chinese dailies yesterday is regretful, as he is a representative of the people and is responsible for making inquiries on issue which need clarification in the state assembly. Obviously, the Penang Chief Minister was caught in a humiliating situation and is now confused and helpless.

DAP’s style has always been to criticise, create lies and to incite the people to be against the ruling party. MCA has never insulted the opposition party leaders by calling them “uneducated”. However, it is interesting the Guan Eng will label elected representatives who pose questions to him during the state assembly as “uneducated.”

DAP will always heavily publicise any events which are favourable to them by they themselves try to prevent others from questioning them and when an issue turns out to be bad for their publicity they will then impose gag orders. DAP constantly finds creative ways to ensure that they look good in the news, but never has MCA labeled them as uneducated.

Therefore, DAP’s double standard behaviour is such that when they bring up issues involving BN they will call it democratic, but when provoked by BN they will refer to us as uneducated.

In DAP’s eyes, MCA is always wrong. But within DAP itself, there have been dissatisfaction. One example is the resignation of Tunku Abdul Aziz, formerly DAP Vice-Chairman, who in a radio interview had said that Guan Eng had attempted to get him to stay with a new job with a RM50,000 salary. Tunku Aziz also claimed that he had found this move insulting and was the main factor as to why he had decided to resign as he is unable to work with Guan Eng anymore.

This so-called ‘uneducated’ person from DAP has now expressed disappointment with DAP, thus proving that MCA members have more restraint while Guan Eng and his fellow DAP comrades are quick to insult their own members who have left.

Guan Eng must be careful and not simply insult the elected representatives of the people who are only seeking the truth. The circumstances surrounding this incident must be clarified before the rumours will stop circulating.

TEE SIEW KIONG is MCA National Organising Secretary

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Uneducated is accepting a CM’s post without quorums that your father ‘gives’ you which rightfully belongs to the people and needs a quorum. Uneducated is accepting APARTHEID without demanding inequality. Uneducated is not keeping campaign promises. 3rd Force leads the way.

ARTICLE 22

Land Survey System Nonsense and Unprofessionalism in Malaysia

More sh1t cake responses for the sh1t eating CMs and the so-called professionals who want to partake of ‘the cake’ (Any ‘hungry’ professionals should insult PERKASA, maybe they will send sh1t cakes . . . ). This government has set such a bad example that the bottom feeders like the above types have a false sense of where they stand, and need to be taken out of the system. Perhaps I’d file a complaint, but will need to install a recording system on the phone (look out for future audio posts here online where first hand rudeness will be on display). Rude and greedy ‘professionals’ need to eat what they spew, and believe me, potty mouthed surveyors do not deserve business but probably would fawn and kiss a$$es of bigger sh1t eaters who expect this sort of ‘bodek’ thing . . . and we all know how fat and corrupted some of these shameless unethical ‘downlines’ can get. 2 tongues and attitudes, one for each wealth set, boycott the worst of the so-called ‘professionals’ . . .

Being a professional body, the ethics behind acceptance of all jobs profitable, or non-profitable (larger jobs have economy of scale but smaller jobs do not) IS professional conduct. Porfessionalism thus demands that service must be provided to all citizens especially for access to something as basic as land survey services – the system does not have recommended timeframes and fee structures based around the land value, so professionals are in fact licensed to profiteer rather than serve the people.

More mentally ill posing as sane behind uncontrolled systems that allow unreasonable fees badges of professionalism will be described today . . . an uncivil Mr. ‘Eat Sh1t K’ (a land surveyor who  – speaks ‘officious ‘slick/slimy” and was named after the cuss term . . . probably aligned to our Sh1t Eating CM who knows . . . keep saying that favourite word ‘K’ and maybe someday K too will get sh1tcakes, and without needing to ask for 750K funerals . . . ) who insisted that the system was corrupt, and that Land Surveyors do not serve professionally if your land plot is not large enough. maybe K wanted to eat sh1t on behalf of the real sh1t eaters so threw that corupted mentality dead weight behind the term limiteless nepotists . . .

There must be legal provisions (which appear to be missing in Malaysia’s incomplete laws on registered profesional bodies) to protect and ensure access to such services for small estate holders as if the Land Survey Office does not allow unlicensed surveying and greedy among private Land Surveyors or other professionals are only interested in large jobs, ) is not something that the Rakyat in general is aware of or even needs to or is able or even properly positioned in a suitable socially fetted position (Malaysian value system is skewed so that none with the proper values are fetted somehow) to teach a supposed professional about. Professional bodies should understand the ethics behind this. Consider that when a neutral party person contacts a professional they expect not the face of blind greed, polarized politics but PROFESSIONALISM.

Others (one S.U.A. initialed company) were polite enough to decline outright (again still unprofessional but at least not ‘sh1t eating’ rude, this is not about money but about service) and being part of society and the only people doing such work Land Surveyors need to have laws that require Land Surveyors to charge according to the value of the land (not more than 1-2% at most, much like sales commission – they are merely sureying the land not even selling the land for you . . . ) regardless of the size – THAT would be professionalism – sickening 3rd worlders do not understand, sadly nor does the government which has not placed such requirements (much less understand or think about possibly) of ‘professionals’ to end up with a society favouring only ‘large jobs’ and making small holder’s lives impossible. Anything more than a sales agent’s 1-2% sales fee for survey is excessive. If a piece of land is worth 100K, charging 3K to 10K for demarcation or boundary stone laying is excessive. Timeframes for responses in Malaysia’s land offices btw are 3 mths, timeframes for demarcation and stone laying should be no more than 2 weeks to be reasonable, but in Malaysia we have cases going back 20 years . . . truly 3rd world.

One must be aware that in the land survey industry there are professionals that are propping up the apartheid system, intent on frustratiung the public at large with their ill inclined natures while hiding behind a professional’s status. Let’s put the whole issue this way, Professionals get the bulk of the cash from big  player owners and by means of service and even at a loss provide the small owners the same service on cognizance that the profits from high paying large owners will outweigh the losses from (probably less cost effective, may not even be losses here) small owners overall. A professional does not pick and choose, a professional does ALL jobs and that is the basis for ‘professionalism’. Watch those little graduates who grow into the above nuisances that choke up society, identify the same and do not allow them to profit off the voters!

More ‘Malaysiana’, courtesy this time of the so-called ‘professionals’ among Malaysian Land Surveyors, no thanks to a Land Survey Office that does not survey so that the ‘professionals’ can abuse citizens with extreme fees and a lack of seperation of online and real life scenarios and behaviours . . . we learn more everyday, and again Malaysians and Malaysia does not fail to disappoint.

11 Articles from Around the World – Japan’s Cetacean Capers, Cuisine in ASEAN, The 99%’s Solution to ‘Agency’, ‘Big Society’ and Tax Expenditure, Barter vs. Gold, Clean Land vs. Nuclear Lobby, Nuclear Salarymen and Uncleanable Irradiation, Russia Could Take Over the World, 1st Amendment Denied or A New Downtrend in American Exceptionalism?, A Sovereign who is a Plutocrat fetting Plutocrats in Inappropriate Fields, China being Plagued by Parasites and Parasite Based Earnings, China’s Public Transport Too Expensive, Titanic (1997 by James Cameron) the Movie in China, CNN being rather undemocratic and un-American, Fox News potentially being rather undemocratic and un-American – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th May 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Japan ‘Cove’ town plans dolphin park – May 02, 2012

Taiji, Japan plans to open a marine safari park. – shutterstock.com
TOKYO, May 2 – The dolphin-hunting Japanese town of Taiji, made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove”, plans to open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with the creatures, a media report said.

The town intends to section off part of the cove and turn it into a place where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins, Jiji Press news agency reported, calling it “a marine safari park.”

The cove is the scene of an annual slaughter when the fishermen of Taiji corral dolphins, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks, and stab the rest to death for meat, turning the sea red.

The 2009 film “The Cove” brought Taiji to worldwide attention, winning an Oscar the following year, after showing the bloody slaughter. Activists continue to visit the town to protest the hunt.

Taiji, in western Wakayama prefecture, aims to officially launch the project within five years after negotiating with the prefectural government, which manages the bay, and with pearl farmers operating there, Jiji reported.

The plan, compiled by a panel of residents, calls for the creation of “a whale park” stretching roughly 28 hectares (69 acres) by putting up a net at the entrance to Moriura Bay in northwestern Taiji, it said.

Black whales and bottlenose dolphins caught in waters near the town would be released into the pool, which would be developed as a nature park that also includes beaches and mudflats, it said.

“We want to send out the message that the town is living together with whales,” Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen, was quoted as saying.

The local government will also study whether it is possible to raise large whales there, the agency said, adding it intends to use the park for therapy and ecological research.

The town caught 928 dolphins in 2011, according to Wakayama prefecture.

A town official, who declined to be named, said by telephone that the town “is no way going to stop” its annual dolphin hunt, adding local residents see no contradiction in both watching and eating dolphins. – AFP

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Hateful. Much like the Nomadic Tuareg of North Africa, or the Mongols and early nomadic era Khitans of East Asia, whales are NOMADIC. Whales travel 1000s of miles along the Earth’s ‘energy’ routes and ley lines, enclosing them in this tiny ‘park’ will be the death of them. They will suffer and feel the call to migrate and pine away in illness eventually no matter how ‘kind’ the Japanese are to them. This is a terrible idea and instead I advocate a small fleet of ‘anti-whalers’ (or cruise ships trailing known routes) that should instead accompany the great animals and the dolphin pods on their migrations (at a distance not to disturb them) to protect them as well as truly experience ‘whale lifestyle’, not trapping the pelagic and migratory animals from their natural patterns.

Worse still where the slaughter of so many occurred, the spirits of the dead whales would doubtless be present and thus upset the sensitive animals who could who knows well ‘see’ the deceased. Shame on you Japanese. To think the Japanese claim to study ‘Shinto’ and ‘Ki’ and what not b.s.. How could the Japanese behave like this? Would a Japanese who knew their grandparents were murdered in a certain place want to stay there? This is somewhat worse than saying that ‘Nanjing’ did not happen or that all, (I stress all – probably less than 10% who were that lasvicious or already in the sex work field), ‘Comfort Women’ (who still have not received apology or compensation – print some fiat why don’ the Japanese, bits of paper to allow some aged women who suffered the brutality of Japanese soldiers is no effort at all to the Japs and even then the sincereity would be in doubt, at least they had a chance to enjoy life abit though reparations never can count for what those who were not consensual lost . . . ) were consensual.

ARTICLE 2

Dog and cat meat consumption in Asia

In China and Korea enormous amounts of Dog –and Cat meat are being consumed.

Also in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar (former Soviet Union) dogs and cats are being used as food, but the consumption is a bit lower over there. Dog and Cat meat is an old cuisine. The assertion that it is a part of the traditional kitchen is nothing less than a publicity stunt of the food producing cartels. Dogs and Cats are simply an easy and inexpensive food source. In a lot of Asian countries the slaughtering of dogs and cats is practiced since time immemorial and will continue. Cats are mainly consumed in China, Korea and parts of Indonesia.

The estimated numbers of dogs that are used for consumption in 2008 lay between 13 and 16 million (source: Animal People); for Cats the numbers were about 4 million.
Dog meat is highly popular in non-Westernized conoisseurs in Hong Kong, South Korea, and the Philippines. Despite the popularity, the numbers of slaughtered dogs grow very little each year as these groups tend to be quite elite and do not mix with the Westerners.

The Dogs and Cats are purposely gruesomely mistreated before slaughter as the belief is that the suffering of the animals makes the meat taste better. Mistreatment is not intended, the killing methods are very painful. Sources in China reveal that Dogs and Cats are being stabbed in the neck, thrown in boiling water or electrocuted, hanged or beaten on the head with a plank while still conscious. There are a few contradicting myths about Dog meat.

In the summer Koreans eat Dog meat to cool themselves. In China they eat Dog meat to stay warm…

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Outlets where cooked dog or cat meat are purposely gruesomely mistreated before slaughter, should be boycotted entirely. Though finding out which of these practice the bad method of culling is another issue. Conversely do remember that those who do treat the animals as other domesticated livestock are treated and culled, should be allowed to continue.

Of course, those with the cash and access to technology for growing meat OF ANY KIND should begin initiatives so that these issues will not plague us. Or better yet, find ways to enable human beings to get energy and nutrition without eating at all! This again must be consensually applied to informed persons, one may not want to give up eating simply because the sense of life eating brings but that would mean a cyberneticisation of the person eventually, a NON-ORGANIC GMO type immortality and a lack of reason to procreate.

Maybe applicable after a few decades of normal organic life and then an option to procreate, age and die or to be turned into a machine? But the ‘humanity’ is lost and that is more precious than existence so only a few particularly insensitive types would opt for that. The rest though would still opt for the organic method, or die trying.

ARTICLE 3

Brazil’s secret fiscal weapon — the tax ‘lion’ – May 08, 2012

BRASILIA, May 8 — In Brazil, groups of armed agents fly around the country by helicopter, pounding on doors and instilling fear in the hearts of those who break the law.

They’re not the police — they’re from the tax agency.

The Federal Revenue Service, which has gained global renown for its tough and creative tactics, will be one of the most important keys to Brazil’s economic prospects in 2012.

President Dilma Rousseff (picture) is counting on the agency’s tax-collecting prowess to help her government meet ambitious budget targets without smothering the country’s suddenly brittle economy.

The agency, known as “The Lion” for its official emblem as well as its ferocious pursuit of tax dodgers, deploys everything from gun-toting operatives to meters on beer kegs in breweries to ensure that individuals and companies fully declare, and pay, their share to the government.

Recent operations have had names like “Black Panther” and “Delta” that are usually more associated with army special forces. The agency even uses helicopters to size up millionaires’ homes and make sure they are consistent with their tax returns.

No one is immune: Rousseff herself briefly came under scrutiny in 2009, when she was a minister in the previous government, because of what she said was an innocent mistake on her tax return.

The agency’s methods, as well as high and extremely complex taxes, have prompted grumbling among some Brazilians. They point to woeful infrastructure, education and other decrepit public services and say they are not getting nearly enough in return for the cash they contribute.

But others express admiration for a rare success story of tax collection in Latin America, a region where evasion often rivals football as a favourite pastime.

“When it comes to collecting taxes, Brazilians are really good. They are probably some of the best in the world,” said Italo Lombardi, an analyst with Standard Chartered in New York.

Rousseff will need every bit of the agency’s skill in what is proving to be a surprisingly tough year for Brazil’s economy.

Her government has committed to a key budget goal known as the primary budget surplus — revenues minus expenditures except debt payments — of about 139 billion reais (RM216 billion) this year.

The target is closely watched by investors as a sign of whether the government is pumping too much money into the economy. Falling short of the target could signal higher inflation, which in turn could jeopardise Rousseff’s entire agenda, including her drive to lower interest rates.

There are two ways to balance a budget, of course, and Rousseff can meet the target in part by limiting spending. But officials say she is wary of cutting too much, for fear of causing damage to an economy that has been stagnant since the middle of last year. In fact, Rousseff has announced some new tax cuts to try to revive activity.

That means that the burden of hitting the budget goal will depend primarily on another stellar performance by the Federal Revenue Service, which managed to increase tax collection by 10.1 per cent last year, when the economy grew just 2.7 per cent.

So far, so good. In the first three months of the year, the government was able to save nearly a third of its primary surplus target for the year. Tax revenues rose more than 7 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.

One of the secrets behind such performance, officials say, is the agency’s willingness to ignore social status and political connections in a country where both often grant the elite a degree of protection in courts and elsewhere.

In April, local media reported that police seized a sports car owned by Luis Fabiano — a football star for the popular Sao Paulo club. Fabiano, a former member of Brazil’s national team, denied the authorities’ allegation that he had failed to pay taxes on the Audi, which is worth nearly half a million reais.

“The role of the tax authority is to let taxpayers know that we are keeping an eye on them and that they should do the right thing,” Caio Candido, the agency’s undersecretary for inspection, said in an interview.

The agents themselves also have a good record of doing the right thing. Corruption cases are few and far between, a sharp contrast with the deluge of charges against officials in the police and other public institutions.

Officials from Chile, Tanzania and even China have come to Brazil to study what makes the agency so effective.

Several Latin American countries such as Mexico and Paraguay are believed to lose as much as half of potential tax revenues to evasion and lax enforcement. By contrast, evasion in Brazil is thought to be around 16 per cent of potential income, according to the Tax Planning Institute, a private Brazil-based group.

That rate is high when compared to some northern European countries, experts say, but much better than that of many emerging market peers.

Average tax evasion in Brazil from 2000-2009 was below that of China, India, Russia and South Africa — Brazil’s fellow members of the BRICS group of large emerging markets — according to data from Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based research group that advocates financial transparency.

More than 25 million Brazilians declare income tax. That is less than a quarter of the economically active population because most Brazilians make less than the US$8,300 (RM24,900)  a year, the level at which people have to start paying income tax.

The high-profile cases involving individuals grab the headlines, but the biggest money comes from closely monitoring companies, which make up more than half of Brazil’s tax revenue.

Here, technology and manpower play large roles. Teams of accountants and legal experts are deployed to monitor the books of companies year-round. Everardo Maciel, who helped modernise the tax agency in the 1990s, said the authority was one of the first in the world to fully embrace the Internet as a tool.

The agency has about 12,000 agents across Brazil and their tasks range from monitoring the tax receipts of millionaires to hunting for the smugglers of everything from cocaine to Chinese toys along its border.

The government has also managed to instil habits among Brazilians that help prevent evasion.

Cashiers at supermarkets and other retail outlets in big Brazilian cities constantly ask their customers: “Do you want your CPF on the receipt?” By consenting to enter their CPF, which is a personal tax identification number, consumers get a tax refund — and the government gets data that allows officials to better track a company’s sales.

Such measures helped the government demand a record 109 billion reais in unpaid taxes from individuals and companies last year. Some of those accused of underpaying are global giants like iron-ore miner Vale, which is partly owned by the government.

Most tax cases take years to be resolved in courts, but the tax agency was able to secure about 18 billion reais in back payments last year alone.

Some Brazilians see a less virtuous explanation for the tax agency’s efficiency — what they describe as their government’s all but insatiable appetite for money.

Tax revenues equal to about 35 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, well above emerging-market peers and more in line with European countries. But the services offered in return are hardly Europe-like, as Brazil’s roads, schools and police remain under-resourced even by Latin American standards.

Sixty-five per cent of Brazilians disapprove of the government’s tax policies, according to a CNI-Ibope poll released in April. Brazilian vent their anger on websites with names that, translated into English, mean “timetoact.com” or “bigtaxholiday.com.”

“Tax collection in this country is very high, but why is the application of that money not as efficient as collection?” said Gilberto Luiz do Amaral, head of studies at the Tax Planning Institute.

Amaral is the creator of the “taxmeter,” a website with real-time projections on how much the government is collecting, juxtaposed with headlines like “This could buy six million ambulances.”

Taxes are not only high but complex. Brazil ranks 150th out of 183 countries in terms of ease of paying taxes, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking. It takes nearly seven times longer for companies to prepare their taxes in Brazil than the average elsewhere in Latin America, the bank says.

The marginal tax rate for companies in Brazil averages about 34 per cent. Business owners often complain they are charged twice and sometimes even three times the same tax by municipalities and states.

Tax laws are complicated and fast-changing. Private lawyers estimate a new tax rule is created about every seven weeks.

Rousseff says she gets the message. She has vowed to improve the quality of spending and seek tax cuts.

“The government needs to use public resources efficiently and with honesty,” Rousseff said in a televised address last week, “so that people feel they are getting a good return for their taxes.” — Reuters

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Remember that overreaching all these agencies and government as well, is the fact that the voters can vote to abolish taxes or even the army or police entirely by choosing an MP who will do so. With enough MPs, the entire parasite system will no longer take up tax dollars. For example, when a MP says they will increase police number or military equipment, this does not mean crime is going down, what does happen is that instead of subsidies for poor, more taxes will be spent supporting that new recruits and maintaining equipment which doubtless will meet government crony middlemen along the way which will increase prices inflation, running costs etc.., for decades long periods of time!

The agency, uniformed group, and all employees are drawing on taxpayer funds, and without them, there would be less consumption of tax. Vote for people who will abolish GST, VAT and tax entirely. At least for those not earning massive amounts. Perhaps taxes could begin to be levied on upper scale earners only. To solve the police or army problem, make the whole uniformed group voluntary, to provide their own weapons, and still be bound by laws. To solve the military equipment problem, let the multi-millionaires or billionaires buy tanks, ships and planes.

If they wish to, they can also fund any barracks existing. The issue of bureaucracy can also be dealt with in the same manner. Voluntary and with responsibilities, the respect should not be for a fat salary but for the service provided which also needs to be limited to a certain number of terms to prevent political hegemony by groups of citizens in all areas in all fields. Democracy is not a parasite system, democracy means Socialism with Capitalist limits (not unlimited uncontrolled Capitalism), each pulling the weight they are able to. (i.e. poor and middle wealth do not pay tax, upper wealth and above pay, apex be required to support healthcare, education, the military and police etc.. instead of sequestering that wealth).

ARTICLE 4

Threatening Letters Containing White Powder Sent To Manhattan Banks – Given Reference To ‘May Day,’ NYPD Suspects Possible ‘Occupy’ Involvement – April 30, 2012 11:59 Threatening letters containing a white powder that turned out to be cornstarch were sent to multiple Wells Fargo locations around the city. (credit: Sonia Rincon, 1010 WINS) Updated at 12:26 a.m., May 1, 2012

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Envelopes containing white powder turned up at multiple banks in Manhattan on Monday, police told 1010 WINS.

Five of the envelopes were sent to Wells Fargo banks, one was sent to JP Morgan Chase headquarters and another was sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office and ended up in a mailroom on Gold Street.

The powder was determined to be cornstarch, police said.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon Hears From Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne

Hazmat teams and detectives were dispatched to banks all afternoon checking for possible threats, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.

The envelopes also contained notes that were nearly identical, containing references to “May Day,” which falls on May 1 and is a traditional rally day for labor movements.

The notes also included statements such as “You have 10 seconds to stop working,” “You are not in control” and “[Expletive] the banks.”

Occupy Wall Street is planning a big demonstration Tuesday in New York City, urging followers to block traffic at bridges and tunnels to make it hard for people to get to work.

That has the NYPD suspecting that there may be an Occupy Wall Street connection to the letters.

“I’m not aware of any unions who are actually striking, but the message seems to be connected to that, saying ‘Stop work, you have 10 seconds to do it,’” Browne told 1010 WINS’ Rincon.

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False flag to justify enriching hazmat or TSA suppliers and contractors. In fact, all terrorism might be strawmen events including 911 to generate massive profits based around ‘terror’ and ‘war against terror’ ala 10th crusade. How about looking for a ‘Clintonite’ who propagates good economics and good times, rather than the Bush era warmongering. There are better ways to educate populations about overpopulation WHILE humanity has a good time. We don’t care if the President has sex regularly in the oval office (though not at our expense), but we do care that life does not become a ‘Hazmat’ or ‘Fed Reserve’ justifying exercise which enriches extreme plutocrats and causes ‘collateral deaths’ that cause hatred worldwide for what used to be the better of nations. Oh and lets get some Native American peoples into government or at very least the UN Ambassadry for USA.

ARTICLE 5

Michael Krieger On The Rebirth Of Barter – Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/27/2012 17:46 -0400

The Final Act of the Uruguay Round, marking the conclusion of the most ambitious trade negotiation of our century, will give birth – in Morocco – to the World Trade Organization, the third pillar of the New World Order, along with the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund – Government of Morocco – April, 1994   Source: New York Times, full page ad by the government of Morocco

The Rebirth of Barter

One of the most important articles I have read this week comes from Forbes contributor Gordon Chang.  In it he states that China is preparing to avoid U.S. sanctions on Iran by paying for oil with gold.  Not only that but he also mentions that China has already been bartering with Iran to get a hold of petroleum.  He states:

So how can Beijing keep both Iran’s ayatollahs and President Obama happy at the same time?  Simple, the Chinese can avoid the U.S. sanctions through barter.  China has already been trading its produce for Iran’s petroleum, but there is only so much gai lan and bok choy the Iranians can eat.  That’s why Iran is also accepting, among other goods, Chinese washing machines, refrigerators, toys, clothes, cosmetics, and toiletries.

The barter trade works, but Iran needs cash too.  As it is being cut off from the global financial system, the next best thing is gold.  So we should not be surprised that in late February the Iranian central bank said it would accept that metal as payment for oil.   Last year, China imported $21.7 billion in Iranian oil and exported $14.8 billion in goods and services.  As the NDAA goes into effect, look for Beijing to ship gold to Iran to make up the difference.

Thus, the leadership in America in its infinite stupidity has actually accelerated the demise of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.  After its “kinetic action” in Libya succeeded in toppling the regime there, Washington’s geopolitical hubris grew and it has attempted to muscle Iran into a corner.  Instead, all it has done is alienated our “allies” that need Iranian oil to survive and in the process quickened a move away from the dollar to settle certain transactions.  Read Gordon’s article here.

In a similar move on a more micro level, the government of Spain in a similar desperation has banned the use of cash transactions above 2,500 euros (read this great article here on it).  How do you think citizens are going to respond to this?  People are already in the streets.  They are not pleased with what is going on.  Then the government is going to tell them they can’t use cash amongst themselves so that the authorities can track every single thing they do and bleed them with taxes until they are slaves on a banker plantation.  Everything is going to go black market and to a barter system.  It will happen country by country as governments get increasingly desperate and the authoritarian clamp down continues.  It will happen on an increasing level until all of these house of cards bureaucratic states fail and something new is reborn.  In case you haven’t seen it yet, this one town in Greece is already leading the way. This story outlines what will be a mega trend globally over the next decade.

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. . . look for Beijing to ship gold to Iran to make up the difference . . .

Joking? This article sounds like an attempt to sequester the only nano-femto-viable (alongside platinum perhaps) valuable commodity (for femto-circuitry probably) – whats the author trying to pull? Maybe goods for goods, but gold is the last resort item that the Indians and Chinese would even let go of. Seriously. Ask around. Labour and cheap goods yes.

But gold for oil that will be burnt energy? Forget it. The largest solar panel producer in the world China, will be going solar based electric soon, and Iran had better start saving cash and being a bit more popular, as in Persian popular. There is no long term paradigm for old energy technology based on coal, oil and gas. And fossil fuel once burnt stays burnt. GOLD LASTS FOREVER (in human terms at any rate). Also China and BRICS needs tht gold to introduce a GOLD STANDARD to destroy the fiat paper system (and all opponent economies) with. I’d rather go no further into this but focus on barter as a viable system instead.

1 Dinar is equal to 4.25 grams of weight at purity of 916. 1 Dinar could buy a goat during the time of prophet Muhammad.

But Gold cannot be produced by farming goats. Think deeply on this.

ARTICLE 6

NRC and the nuclear industry are attempting to whitewash Fukushima to relicense dangerous nuclear plants like Limerick. Myths and outright lies must be confronted to prevent more harm in Japan and a potential Limerick meltdown.

Fukushima’s GE reactors, similar to Limerick’s, were relicensed right before meltdowns. Just like us, Japan’s people were falsely assured meltdowns could never happen. So-called “redundant safety systems” failed. Fukushima was declared the worst nuclear disaster in history. Experts estimate radiation releases are 20 times Chernobyl’s, with three nuclear reactors and four nuclear fuel cores exposed. Dangerous radioactive plumes spread worldwide. Huge radioactive spills poured into the sea. Radiation levels 20,000 times above limits were detected. How anyone, let alone NRC, could call Fukushima doses “too low” to cause harm in the face of undeniable evidence is astounding. Such lies contradict reality, common sense, and scientific studies. It’s indefensible to dismiss Fukushima’s health consequences by inaccurately “claiming” radiation doses are “too low” and that there will be “no health harm.” Such ridiculous claims are political, not scientific. Fukushima, like Chernobyl, has the highest category on the International Nuclear Event Scale, meaning “A Major Release of Radiation With Widespread Health & Environmental Impact.” Russian scientists reported over a million additional deaths worldwide from Chernobyl. Many suffered a long list of health harms, including cancers. Children were born with heartbreaking deformities. For details: New York Academy of Science at nyas.org/annals. Chernobyl:”Consequences To People And The Environment”, compiles over 5,000 scientific studies.

If NRC heeded lessons from Japan, Limerick Nuclear Plant would be closed now. Instead:

• NRC gave Exelon until 2017 to comply with earthquake risk upgrades, even though Limerick is classified “high risk” (3rd in the nation) and earthquake risks are drastically increased from fracking in Pennsylvania.
• Limerick’s uncorrectable “design flaws” are ignored, such as faulty cement used for fuel pools, and substandard containment for reactors allowing more radiation to be released in a disaster.
• Also ignored, insufficient water to deal with a Limerick meltdown. There’s no endless water supply to keep cooling generators and fuel pools from an ocean. In fact, Limerick’s cooling towers have significantly depleted the Schuylkill River since 1985.
• Since 2010, GE’s warnings about Limerick’s flawed “key safety mechanism” to shut down reactors basically goes unaddressed.
• Limerick is run harder than design capacity through uprates, increasing risk of mechanical breakdown.
Exelon is complying with NRC’s weakened requirements for relicensing, but still failing to spend what is required to reduce Limerick’s unprecedented threats and harms to our region.
• Even though Limerick’s deadly “spent fuel” pools are packed and vulnerable, Exelon refuses to guard against terrorist air strikes or missiles.
• Only two back-up generators (for far too short a time) are insufficient for two reactors and two fuel pools.
• Fires can lead to meltdown, yet Limerick does not follow the safest fire safety regulations.
• There’s no filtration for toxics from Limerick’s Schuylkill River intake to reduce air pollution from cooling towers, or extraordinary toxic discharges into the river, or contaminated mine water pumping into the river to operate Limerick.
Enough lies and negligence for Exelon profits. An entire region faces becoming a dead zone, with residents losing their health, homes, and possessions. Clearly, Limerick must be closed to prevent a meltdown. If you agree, call ACE (610) 326-2387, or e-mail aceactivists@comcast.net. Leave your name, phone, and e-mail.
Limerick’s electric can be replaced. For details visit ACE’s new website at http://www.acereport.org.

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This is how a few hundred or thousand people dependent on their salaries from a nuclear plant end up holding millions, possibly the whole nation, even world hostage. If anything goes wrong, the same bunch end up jobless and irradiating tens to hundreds of square kilometres of land that would have been useful. Why not distribute that same land to these people (and even more people as well – for subsistence farming or whatever they want) instead, and be done with the risk of irradiation to the entire nation? An even bigger profit from organic grown food from that same land would be more useful.

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Russia’s 200 wealthiest worth some half trillion dollars – Forbes list – Published: 19 April, 2012, 12:04 – Edited: 19 April, 2012, 22:08 – Alisher Usmanov (Reuters / Denis Sinyakov)

Russian metals mogul Alisher Usmanov has become the richest person in Russia thanks to a shrewd investment in Facebook, according to the Forbes list of 200 wealthiest people in the country.

­With personal assets of $18.5 billion, the co-owner of the Metalinvest mining company knocked rival Vladimir Lisin, owner of the NLMK steel company, out of the top spot. Lisin, whose wealth is estimated at $15.9 billion, had topped the Forbes list for the last two years.

Severstal owner Alexey Mordashov was in third place with a fortune of $15.3 billion.

Usmanov’s wealth is believed to have been boosted by a 5.5% stake in Facebook, which has multiplied in value several times since 2010, when he purchased it through his Digital Sky Technologies Company (DST). The billionaire also owns stakes in Twitter Inc., Groupon Inc. and China’s internet portal Alibaba.
Just as Usmanov nicely upped his assets by $1.1 billion with his well-timed investment in internet companies, his arch-rivals Lisin and Mordashov lost $8.1 billion and $3.2 billion respectively, as the metal sector was blitzed by recession last year.

Vladimir Potanin, the president of Intrerros, took fourth place with $14.5 billion. He is followed by the head of Lukoil Vagit Alikperov ($13.5 billion) and Mikhail Fridman, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Alfa Group with $13.4 billion.

Former presidential candidate and ex-owner of ONEXIM Group Mikhail Prokhorov was in 7th – a step down from his enviable position as third richest last year. His wealth dropped from $18 to $13.2 billion.

The only lady on the list is Elena Baturina, owner of Inteco development company and wife of Moscow’s ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov. Her personal wealth is estimated around $1.1 billion.

The oldest Russian millionaire is Vladimir Tetukhin from the Avisma titanium monopoly, with $650 million, and the youngest, at just 16, is Deny Bazhaev – son of the late Zia Bazhaev, founder of Alliance Group, dealing in investment. He is the owner of around $750 million.

The total wealth of Russia’s 200 richest weighs in at $446.3 billion. 145 of them live in Moscow, and 13 in St. Petersburg.

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Russia could take over the world if Russian Plutocrats weren’t so un-Marxistly and un-Communistly SELFISH and sequestering of Russian Wealth (get India and China’s BILLIONAIRES – who are not so RED themselves – to form a fleet as well, and BRICS is already the new hegemon but BRICS doesn’t know the fact or is held back by the Plutocracy . . . )

So think ‘Letters of Marque’ for those plutocrats. That means 145 Aircraft Carriers at very least. Well selfish Russian billionaires? ready to build 446 air craft carriers and take over the world? I doubt Russia would care so long as any warlike actions could be countered even if only by citizens rather than state military! Stop being selfish about that sequestered wealth, Capitalism infected plutocratic fools!

Let Marxism show the way Comrades! Have the guts for ‘Private Enterprise’ warfare? Barring the nuke based M.A.D. scenario (Geneva Convention should require all Nukes/Chemical/Biological-weapons to be decomissioned to prevent world wide irradiation or poisoning, though Conventional warfare should still be allowed), or Satellite neurotech (just distribute those countering ELF/EMF frequency helmets), there are 50 states in the USA which can be divvied up among the chief funders of the new Soviet-BRICS-ALBA supercharged war machine, so which Russian Plutocrats are ready to do the right thing and lead by example?

Source : http://rt.com/business/news/russia-forbes-richest-people-430/

Equitable Wealth Distribution instead of Wealth Sequestration and ‘Tax Haven Culture’

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Marine discharged over online Obama comments – by the CNN Wire Staff – April 25, 2012 — Updated 2209 GMT (0609 HKT)

Marine ready to fight for free speech

Sgt. Gary Stein was given an “other-than-honorable” discharge, official says
On Facebook, Stein had called president a liar, suggested he would not follow some orders
Military board found Stein broke rules limiting political conduct, recommended discharge

Washington (CNN) — A Marine who used his Facebook page to criticize President Barack Obama has been discharged, a Marine Corps spokesman said Wednesday.

Sgt. Gary Stein was given an “other-than-honorable” discharge, said Capt. Brian Block, a spokesman for the Marines.

Among other comments posted to his Facebook page, Stein called Obama a liar and suggested he would not follow some orders issued by the president.

An other-than-honorable discharge is given to a Marine who commits a “serious offense” that significantly differs from conduct expected of a Marine, the Corps said.

A statement from the Marines said it approved the findings of a military board, which in March recommended the discharge.

The board found Stein violated rules limiting political conduct by service members.

The Facebook page for Stein’s Armed Forces Tea Party had a post Wednesday saying the discharge will be postponed until the results of a medical condition, with which he was diagnosed Monday, are returned and treatment is discussed.

“I have spent the last 9 years honorably serving this great nation and the Corps,” Stein wrote on his personal Facebook page. “Even though I will be discharged no one can take the title of Marine away from me. I thank my family and friends for their support and love. Today is just the start of the rest of my life. Semper Fi.”

Stein said earlier this month that the case against him was weak, based on personal opinion and not on legal aspects.
Marine has anti-Obama Facebook page

Stein, who is based at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California, called Obama a liar in a January 26 post to the Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page. Two days later, he said the president is “the ‘Domestic Enemy’ our oath speaks about.”

Opinion: Marine’s Facebook posts on Obama go too far

In a March 4 posting, Stein questioned Obama’s birth certificate. Another discussion on the site in March said Stein would refuse to obey orders given by Obama. He later clarified to say he meant illegal orders, which he has explained as orders such as sending the military to Syria without congressional approval.

“The allegations drummed up against me are no more than an agenda by the Marine Corps to use me as an example,” Stein previously said in a statement posted to his page. “If I am guilty of anything it would be that I am American, a freedom loving Conservative, hell bent on defending the constitution and preserving Americas greatness.”

While the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the free speech rights of ordinary citizens, a Defense Department rule prohibits service members from engaging in some forms of political activity.

Among the prohibited activities are publishing partisan political articles or serving in an official capacity with a partisan political club.

Stein has said that he carefully followed the Defense Department directive. The Facebook page notes that it does not represent and is not affiliated with the military or government.

Nearly 30,000 people “like” Stein’s Armed Forces Tea Party page.

Facebook members responding to news of Stein’s discharge Wednesday were largely supportive.

“You’ve got to be kidding me. OTH’s (other-than-honorable discharges) are given to Marines who grossly violate the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), as in drug use, excessive DUI’s, adultery, etc. This is a joke,” one wrote.

“So disappointed in the Corps. This is a poor decision,” wrote another.

Another Facebook member, however, said Stein’s punishment was expected.

“For any of you that thought that he was going to get anything but ‘Other than honorable’ … you really dont know jack about the military,” he wrote.

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Inequitable punishment and a black mark against 1st Amendment Rights. A public apology to the unit serving on, and a general ‘group’ for soldiers who do call the POTUS or other VIPs names should suffice. At the end of every year, Obama could address these ‘dissenters’ and ‘get a feel’ of whats wrong with the military, amend some laws instead of this ‘corporatised’/’recorded message laws’ treatment.

No need to discharge? American exceptionalism remember? How about Obama sit down with this Marine over a beer and let the world watch if the Marine repeats this to Obama’s face? 5 minutes at the White House for a quick beer, man to man . . . Obama is no ‘Mountaindew Comacho’ but this sort of televised meeting should gather much interest instead of the ‘hide behind rules’ feel of this case.

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It’s the Prince of Gales! Charles and Camilla have soggy forecast for the UK as they take to presenting the weather live on TV – by Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent – PUBLISHED: 14:21 GMT, 10 May 2012 | UPDATED: 19:07 GMT, 10 May 2012

One day he will reign over us. Today he just predicted it. Bucket loads in fact.

Despite the gloomy forecast, however, Prince Charles became something of an internet sensation when he decided to try his hand at reading the weather on a trip to BBC Scotland.

Dressed in a smart suit and tie, he was introduced live on air by presenter Sally Magnusson on the lunch-time news bulletin, Reporting Scotland.

Viewers of BBC Scotland’s lunchtime news were treated to a weather forecast delivered by Prince Charles

As he waited for his cue Charles looked quizzically at the button in his hand, but on hearing the words ‘Over to you, Your Royal Highness’, quickly warmed to his theme.

In fact, standing against the familiar backdrop of the BBC’s weather map, the prince proceeded to deliver an almost word-perfect reading of a specially-written script from his autocue.

The map itself had also undergone a little tweaking in honour of its special guest presenter, to include a number of places with links to the Royal Family north of the border including Balmoral, the Queen’s Highland home, the Castle of Mey, the former holiday home of the late Queen Mother, and Dumfries House, which was recently saved for the nation by a charitable consortium led by the prince.
After her husband had finished Camilla also tried her hand at presenting the weather

After her husband had finished Camilla also tried her hand at presenting the weather

Camilla looks on as Charles motions towards areas of low pressure

‘Well it’s an unsettled picture as we head towards the end of the week,’ Charles said confidently.

‘Ahh, this afternoon it will be cold, wet and windy across most of Scotland. We are under the influence of, err, low pressure and this weather front pushing northwards is bringing clouds and outbreaks of rain. The rain, of course, will be heaviest over the borders and, err, around Edinburgh, where it could lead to difficult conditions on the roads

‘In the west rain will be lighter and patchier with maybe a few drier interludes over Dumfries House in Ayrshire.’

At this he point he turned to the camera and gave a cheery ‘ah-ha!’ at the sneaky reference to his pet project.

He continued: ‘There will be snow for the higher ground of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire. There will be the potential for a few flurries over Balmoral’ before exploding into giggles and asking: ‘Who the hell wrote this script!’

He concluded: ‘The best of the drier and brighter weather will, of course, be over the far northern isles and far north of the mainland. So a little hazy sunshine for the Castle of Mey and Caithness. But a cold day everywhere with temperatures of eight celcius and a brisk north easterly wind.

More rain on the way: Prince Charles became something of an internet sensation when he decided to try his hand at reading the weather

Prince Charles

Complete with waving hands, Charles seized the opportunity to step in front of the camera

‘Thank God it isn’t a bank holiday!’

His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, also gave the forecasting a go but it was her husband who clearly stole the show.

Indeed his famously expressive hand gestures made him an entirely natural weatherman.

The couple, who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, were visiting the BBC studios in Pacific Quay, Glasgow, as part of their annual Holyrood week and to celebrate sixty years of BBC Scotland Television.

The unlikely scenario sent national News at One presenter Sophie Raworth into fits of laughter. She Tweeted: ‘Something I never thought I’d say – watch Prince Charles and Camilla have a go at being weather presenters.’

Later on air she turned to her weatherman, Nick Miller, and joked: ‘You might have some competition.’

After Charles had finished, Miller congratulated the royal on getting it spot on, adding: ‘That’s proof that even the royals can’t give us dry weather, because he’s absolutely right.’

A Clarence House spokeswoman said: ‘The prince entered into the spirit of the occasion and did very well, we think. He spends a lot of time in Scotland so he’s very interested in the weather there.’

The Duchess of Rothesay, as she is known in Scotland, mastered her presenting technique
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall met BBC newsreader Sally Magnusson during their visit

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall later visited the BBC studio set of quiz show Eggheads, where they met contestants and panellists

Charles had a brief chat with Eggheads presenter Jeremy Vine afterbeing introduced during his tour of set of the popular general knowledge quiz show

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OMG totally out  of touch. This is where Julie Andrews from ‘Sound of Music’ goes ‘You’re incorrigible.’ to Werner von Trap. And thats to put things VERY mildly, though an aging Prince still unable to take up the Crown and brought up through WWI and WWII could hardly be expected to understand such 99%ter issues (. . . wealth cannot buy breeding, breeding also cannot buy wealth . . . ). More riots anyone? No canapes served later . . .

Solidarity with the plutocrat reporter! 1%ter type attitude. Guess what, Prince Charles is a ‘Plutocrat Nazi’ (i.e. blindly supports pluocrats). For every Scotsman who is working for future a Sovereign Scottish Kingdom (perhaps with a Scottish King) with a Scottish seat at the UN, that might yet not one day be disappointed with a parallel in Tibet-like politics (though not necessarily violence and theocracy), the world goes, ‘Shame on you Prince Charles for taking sides with the wrong peope!’, and this is nothing new! Bou! Bou!

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/richard-quests-world-worsts-by-doug-lansky-27th-may-2009/

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China faces a tough year in attracting foreign investment
By Cui Peng (People’s Daily)
16:41, April 19, 2012

Edited and translated by People’s Daily Online

The outlook for foreign investment in China is grim this year, said Shen Danyang, a spokesperson for the country’s Ministry of Commerce, on Tuesday.

“Internationally speaking, the European sovereign debt crisis continues unabated, resulting in a steady decline in Europe’s outbound investment,” Shen Danyang said at a regular news conference. “The U.S. government is struggling to revive the country’s manufacturing sector, and has launched a series of campaigns to encourage capital backflow. Other developing countries have strengthened efforts to attract foreign capital.”

Shen added that U.S. companies are taking advantage of the European debt crisis to increase investment on the continent, and emerging economies such as India, Brazil, and Russia are becoming a new focus of investment by multinational corporations. All these factors will lead to changes in global foreign direct investment flows.

Domestically speaking, foreign companies are becoming less willing to increase investment in China amid rising labor costs, increasing shortage of land and other resources, and escalating financing problems, said Shen.

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What kind of investment? REAL GOODS non-polluting investors? Or shipping and air freight colluders that add cost to goods – also cause outflow of funds, hot money type of investment that destabilises currency, speculators that lock up commodities and inflate prices that may never come down making life difficult for the poorer Chinese, or property invester-hoarders cause housing price inflation? Maybe what looks like a tough year is a blessing in disguise, and that previous years should recalculate based on removal of the above examples of REAL investment vs. non-sustainable investment. REAL EARNINGS and REAL GDP is not based around the above mentioned issues.

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Prices cut for costliest high-speed rail tickets
(Shanghai Daily)
13:43, May 08, 2012

Some tickets on high-speed rail services between Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou have been cut.

But only the more expensive business and parlor seats will qualify for discounts of up to 30 percent. Other cheaper seats are not included, the Shanghai Railway Bureau said yesterday.

The discounts will cover 116 train services along the Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou lines from May 18 until June 20, said the bureau.

“In the future the ticket prices will be adjusted based on market demand and transport seasons,” railway officials said of the first price cuts to be introduced since the high-speed lines came into operation in 2010.

The lines are among the busiest in the region with bullet trains leaving Shanghai railway stations for neighboring cities every five minutes during peak periods.

Qian Guifeng, the general manager with the Shanghai-Hangzhou railway passenger transport company, the regional operator, said yesterday the low take-up of the more expensive seats played a part in the price cuts.

A Shanghai Daily investigation found that by the time some bullet trains were about to leave Shanghai, the majority of business seats remained unsold.

On the railway operator’s ticket buying website, only one or two tickets for business carriages had been sold. Each bullet train has about 28 business seats available.

Business seats see the biggest price reductions. On the Shanghai-Nanjing line, a ticket that used to be 438 yuan (US$69.4) is now 307 yuan.

Discounts range from 10 to 30 percent on the business and parlor seats but the operator says they can vary depending on the time of purchase.

“It means little to a passenger like me,” said a man surnamed Zhu, who travels to the Yangtze River delta region on business.

Zhu said he usually bought a second-class, or ordinary seat ticket.

He said he hoped to see prices for second-class seats lowered too.

Meanwhile, an air-rail combined service began receiving passengers in Shanghai over the weekend.

The service allows passengers to transfer between domestic or international flights and a train with a single ticket which is cheaper than separate tickets.

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Use the below method to calculate and to limit train ticket charges :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/beijing-shanghai-high-speed-train-makes-debut-30th-jun-2011/

Use the below to limit toll charges :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/high-toll-charges-for-new-highway-earns-the-publics-wrath-by-nelson-benjamin-and-tresa-gasper-nelsonthestar-com-my-desireethestar-com-my-6th-february-2012/

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Titanic returns minus nude scene – by Deng Jingyin (Global Times) – 09:21, April 11, 2012

Chinese moviegoers seeking to re-experience the romance of blockbuster Titanic from 14 years ago through the latest 3D version have been complaining about excessive censoring of nude scenes.

The 3D version of James Cameron’s epic returned to cinema screens in China Tuesday, but audiences looking forward to the scene of Jack drawing a nude portrait of Rose were disappointed to find it had been completely removed.

Xiao Fei, a resident of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province who booked tickets two days before the movie was released, expressed her disappointment about the cut after watching it Tuesday afternoon.

“I was a student in a primary school when I watched Titanic many years ago, but it was deeply ingrained in my memory, including the nude scene. It wasn’t deleted 14 years ago, and I don’t know why it was deleted this time,” she told the Global Times Tuesday.

The epic was released to incredibly high acclaim in China, with its heart-rending storyline winning over young Chinese viewers.

The original Titanic stormed to 360 million yuan ($57 million) in Chinese box office takings in 1998 and remained the country’s top earner for 10 years until 2009.

“I didn’t wait so many years to see a three-dimensional iceberg,” Xiao Fei said.

Insiders pointed out that the removal of the nude scene damaged the classic work, and also spoiled fans’ memories.

Zhang Jiangnan, the director of Midnight Taxi, told the Global Times that Titanic was the first movie he went to watch with a girl.

“This move (to cut the nude scene) went against the trend of the times and indicated the censorship system has failed to comply with the marketization of the film industry,” said Zhang.” I think we should pay attention to this change since this trend may be applied to other films yet to be shown or affect new productions.”

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Broadcast could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but some rumors circulated online that authorities decided to remove the scene out of concern that viewers may attempt to reach out and touch the screen during the scene and hit the heads of viewers sitting in front of them.

Despite the complaints from some audience members, Chinese fans were still largely enthusiastic about the release.

Since last week, cinemas in many cities have begun selling tickets for this movie and the IMAX 3D screenings are proving particularly popular.

“We can’t disclose the box office takings now, but the number of people watching Titanic is apparently larger than that for all other films,” director of the publicity department of Wanda Cinemas in Beijing, told the Global Times Tuesday.

According to sohu.com, the box office revenue of its debut show at midnight is estimated to reach 5 million yuan in China.

Commentator Comments :

@Daniel Templeton at 2012-04-1374.221.157.*

To edit the nude scene in Titanic is unfortunate. The government does not understand the intelligence of the Chinese people when this content is included in an artistic movie.

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I concur with Daniel Templeton, but not in the same manner. I’d say Titanic was all about the woman posing in the nude and the relationship with a poor guy who had to die because of poverty and the sick fascination of poor society with the ‘cuckold factor’ affecting wealthy men (reminder to at least be fair to homemakers for the mistress crazy guys). The ship takes an obvious back seat. Come to think, maybe a more ship oriented script should be rewritten instead. Titanic 1997 (James Cameron) is a romance film, not a ship film, with elements of greed and classist commentary thrown in (love the bland polished look of the rich kid, you can’t get any blander or more stereotypical), and some philosophy via a nice big fat gemstone being thrown into the sea by a decades later depicted haglike female star, to get the mind reflecting. Nope, not about the ship, even with the nude scene edited out. Note the ‘black heart’ pendant the actress was wearing during the nude scene. Any NPP (neuro-pictorial programming) intended?

Remind anyone of soft porn? NLP!

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Backpage.com defiant over sex trade ads – May 7th, 2012 – 01:05 PM ET

Backpage.com, a small ads website, is not backing away from a small but profitable corner of the internet that is accused of being a marketplace for pimps to peddle prostitution and exploit young women.

The company says there’s nothing illegal about it, even though 51 attorneys general want to shut it down.

Watch Liz McDougall, from Village Voice Media, defend Backpage.com
http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/05/05/ac-pkg-feyericks-online-pimps.cnn

But New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris argue Backpage is a marketplace for human trafficking.

http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/07/backpage-com-defiant-over-sex-trade-ads/#comment-31281

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Backpage is just a website for crying out loud. It’s MEDIA, might as well be fantasy. Also this is not an issue as so long as both parties are consensual and non-abusive, they are free to communicate and exchange whatever they want. What so many websites do is make specific what any person is looking for and to allow another to find them. Is what anyone does any of our business at all to begin with? Voltaire would fight for the right to think and say what one wanted (1st Amendment), try now to fight for the right to LIVE how one wants. Trafficking is bad, but consensual prostitution is not. What the authorities should do is to send i plainclothes to ferret out those who were coerced or trafficked, those who are infectedwith disease to get treatment, and to leave EVERYONE ELSE alone.

‘If you saw your daughter . . . ‘ Liz McDougall

Demogoguery. If common sense is applied rather than law (see Note 1), we all do know that whats illegal is only illegal to anyone on a case by case basis and not specifically by the written law of the majority that tends to ignore the  minority. And the essence of civilisation as opposed to MOB RULE (or rule by mob numbers in implemented laws) means that ALL and sundry will be allowed their spaces so long as all parties are consensual. In many cases prostitution is NOT coerced and simply viewed as either a form of entertainment or income, or a form of social interaction where money is involved (much like betting at golf or checkers), even in some cases ’empowerment’ via affirmation of the right to do as one will with one’s own body (regardless of male, female or inbetween)! Think the ‘minority of 1‘ rule that Mahatma Gandhi coined.

Even if a single soul, a single person wanted prostitution to be legal, their right would be inalienable because the world is large enough to have space for them. They may not be allowed to coerce anyone to participate by in the same light, but in turn  cannot be forced to concur with what everyone else or a majority wants becauase they are not affecting anyone (save by the mental weakness of busybody people who make attempts to know what others do, which is again none of anyone else’s business), especially if assigned areas and zones are estalished. That is the essence of democracy and civilisation, the basis of American exceptionalism, not this rule by mob mentality shown here on CNN, which is frankly very un-American.

This is not necessarily about money or poverty, this is also about lifestyle. Without these websites, there will be absolutely no way or even electronic record of what and who happened. Meanwhile consider legalising RLDs (red light districts – think Singapore (Geylang), Mexico (Zona de Tolerancia etc..)) and OPZs (Organic Psychedelics Zones – think Amsterdam, Bolivia etc..) in ALL cities and towns, via enclosed zones at perhaps at the size of 1 dedicated street for every 100,000 people and a main road for every 1 million population. This way monitoring can be done at the checkpoint instead of everywhere unnecessary, resulting in unecesssary costs and Orwellian big society.

For more ideas, do look up under the tags RLD or prostitution, responses on – https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/

Proposed RLD and OPZ for State of Selangor (research on suitable RLDs and OPZs for other States will be posted when general research and feedback complete.) ‘Nuevo Laredo Zona’ from Mexico shown for comparison.

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Reporter claims she was fired for being a stripper May 12, 2012 – 5:26 – Debate over woman’s legal case

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A specialist reporter holding 1 job would be better but since there was no contract to only hold 1 job, or not be involved in adult work, there was no right to fire at all. Moral discrimination occurred here. ‘Uncomfortable’ watchers need to get over this, though unless particularly nosy, or from the immediate community who knows the reporter personally, none would know or even bother (unless from the moral lunatic fringe) what the reporter does in her free time. It’s not like shes a member of their family, in which case she’d still have a right to continue what she does, though the immediate family members could have a limited right to say something though not at a level amounting to mental torture or invasions of privacy (much less neighbours).

A law to prevent even contracts limiting an employee to 1 job (especially if the job does not pay particularly alot, applicable only to salaries USD$5000 monthly and below???) could allow and employer to justify applying the ‘1 job only rule’. (i.e. the job pays so much that there is no need for a second job). Only way above middle class salary payouts could be allowed to enforce the 1 job rule.

In fact adult services jobs should be treated like any other job unless a network declares their news as specifically child friendly, specially for a religious community or for a specifically extra-P.C. (easily offended upper class?) target demographic. The government could consider pensions for all registered sex workers, perhaps at a rate of 1 year worth of pension for every 3000 clients services and recorded or logged in. This in fact could help prevent spread of disease when detected (i.e. if detected, tracebacks could be done etc..).

As for the right to fire issue, an example : if a news network has featured any beauty contests with bikini clad women, firing BASED on private out of employment time in adult services jobs is not justifiable. If said news network refuses to feature anyone wearing anything above the knees, disallows cleavage or disallows images of bare chested men, THEN could the firing on such a basis be justified, though such a news network would be the territory of, and appeal to, the ‘moral lunatic fringe’ demographoc. Which fringe does Fox belong to? The demogogue fringe part of the time for certain, but not the moral lunatic as well? Better get out those burkhas . . . (if Fox disallows Burkhas then we’d have to use the hypocrite label for Fox News as well . . . ).

Note 1 : For example, a person smashes a police car’s window and gets a few month’s prison at cost to your tax money. Would you not prefer that the same person simply be required to repair the vehicle at cost to their own finances (or be put on community service for hours of work equitable to the cost of damage caused) and not be imprisoned at cost to the citizens’ tax monies, while the same person wrongfully lose their job (caused damage so pay for damage, the person did not cause loss of jobs so should not lose their job by being imprisoned). Meanwhile society loses access to their tax contributions, loses their presence and work they do (remember this person’s issue is against the single police car, not even the police, hardly society -jailing is etirely unrelated for purposes of re-education or pubishment) and inconveniences their boss who has to retrain a staff for the period of imprisonment? From this paragraph, we learn that LAW does not apply COMMON SENSE. Therefore most laws and criminal codes for punishment need to be re-written.