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7 Articles on Malaysian Politics : More Dreaminess of the Apex Class, So called ‘Minority Leader’ LGE is easily distracted or playing a cynical game against his own community, Malay Exceptionalism-lite by another Apex Classer (still not clear enough . . . ), RPK confirms that RPK is out of touch, Nepotistic fundos favouring certain religions make bad leaders, Pakatan’s lapdogs tacitly normalising undemocratic practices, Was this (‘unfavouritable’ article) written by what is probably Malaysia’s favourite Apex Classer? – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 2nd April 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, dishonest academia, equitable political power distribution, Fat Cats, flawed judgments, Malaysia, media traps, media tricks, social freedoms, Uncategorized, waste of mandate on April 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

ARTICLE 1

Impressions of a non-Old Boy – Friday, 30 March 2012 Super Admin

In Perak’s picturesque royal town, the MCKK shows physical signs of ageing, and some licks of paint would do much to improve the first impression.

TUNKU ‘ABIDIN MUHRIZ, The Star

Obviously, some Malay College Old Boys read this column because I received about a dozen messages of curiosity after I wrote that I’d describe my trip to the Malay College of Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), fulfilling an invitation by the headmaster.

One old boy of the Sixties predicted that I would be scathing, lamenting dejectedly: “If you want to see how much the Malaysian education system has deteriorated over the years, just look at MCKK. It is a perfect symbol of how things have gone wrong.”

Coming from an old boy, that was instructively candid.

Certainly when I arrived at the school, nestled in Perak’s picturesque royal town, there were physical signs of ageing, and some licks of paint would do much to improve the first impression.

Immediately in the entrance lobby are signs of the school’s illustrious history: plaques commemorating events from generations ago that probably enhance the self-confidence of the teachers and students who walk through it.

An adjacent waiting room has shelves crammed with trophies, shields and mementoes of equally ancient provenance.

In a classroom, I saw the fruit of the international relationships that the MCKK has cultivated, including youth summits and sports fixtures; they have a particularly special relationship with Vajiravudh College in Bangkok.

I was shown a dormitory of the Mohd Shah house, named after the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan who co-founded the school in 1905. The other three houses are named after Sultans of the other Federated Malay States.

In the old days, princes were not allowed to be in the house corresponding to their state, presumably to prevent overzealous expressions of state patriotism and to instead inculcate loyalty to the school.

Today, the school enjoys the patronage of all nine Rulers.

After meeting the relaxed senior boy charged with the heavy responsibility of overseeing the dormitory, I joined the Form Ones for lunch.

Their discipline was impressive: after synchronised seating and prayers, barely any clanging was heard from hundreds of forks and spoons against the metallic dishes as ravenous appetites were appeased before an afternoon of activities and further studying.

I informed the students that I had come to the school having met many illustrious alumni, and that they should be mindful of this institution’s role in the life of the nation.

Headmaster Anand Baharuddin is working to ensure the school continues to play a leading role.

New developments include the International Baccalaureate wing: so far, the only other school offering this in the government system is Tunku Kurshiah College, mirroring the anecdotal propensity that MCKK old boys end up marrying TKC old girls who produce offspring who repeat the cycle.

Next month, the school will for the very first time in its 107-year-old history participate in an international competition outside Asia, courtesy of its new Robotics Club who will be sending a team to the VEX Robotics World Championship in California.

However, the headmaster is also inspired by history on campus.

Astoundingly there are two courts for Eton Fives, which he says he wants to restore – but who they will play against is baffling, as there are probably no other courts within a four-hour flying radius.

I spotted a dilapidated, probably once gorgeous house nearby – Norton’s House, they call it – but as so often is the case with decaying buildings in this country, it has proven difficult to find sufficient interest and money to restore it.

I have seen this mismatch of ambition with resources in so many schools I’ve been to recently, whether or not they have a historical legacy.

Of course, the nation’s coffers cannot endow every school with the funding that the elite private schools enjoy, but empowering teachers and parents to make decisions without recourse to the ministry is something more easily done.

Indeed, in Malaysia today, the depth of concern from parents about their children’s education can be seen across ethnic and class lines: from the numerous petitions of the umpteen pro-PPSMI groups to the incident involving Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong on Sunday.

> Tunku ’Abidin Muhriz is President of Ideas Malaysia.

Tunku Abidin Muhriz

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Won’t say anything here. Tunku ’Abidin Muhriz can extrapolate from my response to ARTICLE 4 response on below article link :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/4-articles-on-malaysia-mcas-failure-to-represent-orwell-speak-in-semi-orwell-colony-by-a-potential-fifth-columnist-najib-to-the-temporary-rescue-but-apartheid-still-continues-so-bn-is-still/

Malaysia is in trouble. A rare word from a ‘progressive’ Tunku and all the Rakyat get is an article on a coat of paint?!? Eyes up and bodies about apex classers, the PEOPLE first please (leave the ‘coat of paint’ issues to the fund raising teachers who probably would consider such details beneath them busy politicking) . . . end the apartheid and Asabiya let Malaysia join the First World.

Speaking truthfully and with a conscience? Or did Tunku Abidin end up abiding? A Royal can mince no words when admonishing wayward civil servants! The people will be aware of the truth of this matter and judge any and all on the basis, every wrongful retraction weakens the Royal Institution . . .

http://malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/newscommentaries/45450-tunku-abidin-muhriz-apologises-for-leeches-comment

IDEAS must be ethical support and demand that all Malaysian lawmakers abide by Article 1 of UNHCR or withdraw as a signatory of the Human Rights Charter. The current state of affairs in Malaysia’s 2 citizenship system is untenable!

(NLP name? Abidin – Abiding . . . Or pre-NLP’d? Well the potential for NLP certainly is there, just informing the unwary in case . . . ).

ARTICLE 2

Guan Eng calls Muhyiddin’s education claim ‘preposterous’ – by Yow Hong Chieh – April 01, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Lim Guan Eng has ridiculed the deputy prime minister’s claim that the standard of local education is superior to that of Britain, the United States and Germany, calling the statement so “preposterous” that “even a primary school student won’t believe” it.

The Penang chief minister pointed out that while British, American and German universities are widely acknowledged to be among the best in the world, not a single Malaysian university had made it into the top 200 global rankings.

Lim today said the DPM is in denial over the problems that exist in the local education system. — file pic
“I don’t know on what basis he is saying that our education system is better than the UK, US and Germany’s…,” he told reporters in George Town today.

“If that is the case, why are all our students going to the UK, US and Germany to study? Why is it no students from the UK, US and Germany are coming to Malaysia to study?”

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should take steps to improve sliding academic standards rather than remain in denial.

“If you deny there are problems, then no action will be taken… and there are real problems,” the Bagan MP stressed.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said yesterday a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) stated that Malaysian students were getting a better education than their counterparts in Britain, the US and Germany.

He pointed out that the WEF’s 2011/12 Global Competitiveness Report ranked Malaysia 14th among 142 countries in terms of quality of education.

The deputy prime minister was quoting findings in the Executive Opinion Survey portion of the report, which polled top business figures on the competitiveness of various sectors and institutions.

According to the survey, the number of executives polled for Malaysia was 87.

The respondents were asked to rank how well the Malaysian education system met the needs of a competitive economy on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being “not well at all” and 7 being “very well” but they were not asked to rank the country in comparison to others.

Malaysia achieved a weighted average score of 5.1, as did Australia, Lebanon and Barbados.

Switzerland, Singapore and Finland led the rankings after each secured a rating of 5.9.

Germany placed 17th with a score of 4.9, Britain came in 20th with 4.8 and the US took the 26th spot with a 4.7 rating.

Despite Malaysia placing 14th, the WEF report said in its summary for Malaysia that as the country becomes increasingly innovation-driven, “it will need to improve its performance in education and technological readiness”.

“In terms of higher education and training (38th), improving access remains a priority in light of low enrollment rates of 69 per cent (101st) and 36 per cent (66th) for secondary and tertiary education, respectively,” it said.

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Even more preposterous is the strawman debate that LGE wllingly wades into instead of attacking apartheid. The government could END all funding for schools in exchange for ending apartheid via the  below items and the people would be happier. LGE is still not using that mandate.

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (UNHCR Article 1)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (UNHCR Article 18)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (UNHCR Article 1)

Pretending to argue with Muhyiddin is almost as good as colluding with BN to continue apartheid. File that lawsuit against the Federal Government for Article 1 of the UNHCR at least if no Malay leaders are willing to file for UNHCR Article 18. Waste of mandate and mutual distraction between BN and PR to keep the minorities pre-occupied with unimportant rubbish! Give over that CM’s post to a real minority leader who will file suit and then resign in disgust THEN act like Dalai Llama and go to India or China to seek asylum from persecution. LGE is a fool playing the part of lapdog when LGE refuses to act as above suggested. Give over that CM’s post to the right man and then see how apartheid ends, not argue about ‘education’ endlessly. This is a sandiwara of the worst kind!

As for the minorities, boycott national schools and stop wasting time watching LGE ‘play drama’ with DPM Muddy. Set up your own private schools. Accredit yourselves with foreign boards or individuals working on foreign boards. Work with private companies using those non-Malaysian MOE recognized qualifications. Suggest starting accreditation efforts with advice and oversight from China and Taiwan and Indian also Brazil and Russia and South Africa. With a little work minorities could even get the BRICS to DE-RECOGNIZE Malaysian degrees.

ARTICLE 3

Support for NEP coming from ‘captive minds’, says Ku Li – by Shannon Teoh – April 01, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah resumed his attack on the New Economic Policy (NEP) today, stating that “captive minds” continue to support it despite Malaysia moving further from its objective of redistributing wealth through pro-Bumiputera policies.

The Umno veteran said there has been “no intellectual inquiry” into why “despite many years of implementing the NEP, inequitable distribution of income continues to plague the people” as “we have become incapable of devising an analytical method independent of current stereotypes about Malays, Chinese, Indians and others.”

Ku Li today said, “…The NEP…has produced results that are diametrically opposed to the original intention of bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots.” — file pic
“If the doctor keeps on prescribing the same medicine which produces opposite results, then something must be wrong with the doctor, and something more serious must be wrong with the patient who keeps on trusting the same doctor.

“Our thinking is based completely on a racial world view when it comes to matters of politics, education, economics, planning, and so forth. Needless to say, we promote a racial world view that thrives on the policy of divide and rule,” the Kelantan prince said at a book launch in Ipoh this morning.

Tengku Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, had in February said “as a former finance minister, let me emphasise that it was never the intention of the NEP to create an incubated class of Malay capitalists.”

His statement further fuelled scrutiny of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s policies after the Najib administration decided to settle out of court the RM589 million debt owed by former Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) chief Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli.

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

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

Ku Li, one of the greatest critics of the NEP and Dr Mahathir’s handling of the policy, had challenged the long-serving prime minister for leadership of Umno in 1987, which he subsequently lost by a narrow margin.

He said in his speech today that the country’s education system does “not encourage the moral and intellectual reform of the mind” resulting in a lack of debate on major issues such as good governance, corruption and rule of law.

“To this very day, the electorate has not understood the implications of the NEP which has produced results that are diametrically opposed to the original intention of bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The longer we try the policy, the further we are from the original goal.

“The discrepancy between vision and reality has taken an alarming turn. It has gone far beyond economics into the realm of ethics and morality. In numerous instances it has taken the form of corruption and decadence which has pushed the economy further down the drain,” he said.

He said “wanton corruption and wasteful spending” had resulted in spiralling national debt that now amounts to RM456 billion or 53 per cent of the GDP, which “if we are not careful, it won’t take us long before we become another Greece

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Make yourself clear Tengku . . .

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (UNHCR Article 1)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (UNHCR Article 18)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (UNHCR Article 1)

ARTICLE 4

62 years and years well spent – NO HOLDS BARRED – Friday, 30 March 2012 Super Admin (RPK)

Maybe this is a dream, and a dream that can never come true. However, as the late Tun Ghafar said, we all must have dreams. Only dead people no longer have dreams, said Tun Ghafar. As long as are still alive then we shall certainly have dreams, Tun Ghafar argued. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream at a time when dogs had a higher status than African-Americans. And, today, that dream eventually saw a non-white become the President of the United States. Is it wrong, therefore, to dream of a Chinese Prime Minister of Malaysia?

NO HOLDS BARRED – Raja Petra Kamarudin

Another weekend will soon be upon us — a week gone and a week closer to our graves. Friends have told me that my articles of late have been very morbid. Actually, thinking about death remind us about the journey we have travelled and what awaits us at the end of that journey. It is good to reflect on whether we have achieved anything or whether we have wasted our entire life.

My first 21 years were wasted in trying to get an education. Yes, 21 good years wasted sitting in a boring classroom when I could have learned more on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. However, it was not a total loss. At age 11, I got caught up in the 1960s Revolution. Today, that era is known as The Sixties. It was the era when changes swept the world. I lived through that era. I was part of it. I experienced it. And that is probably why the spirit of change flows through my veins.

We had the Vietnam War. We had Woodstock. We had the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. We had the Cuban Missile Crisis. We had Marilyn Monroe and President Kennedy who brought glamour to the White House. We had Muhammad Ali who brought glamour to boxing and Islam and who was arrested for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. We had the anti-Vietnam War university student protests in the hundreds of thousands in the US, France, Germany and Italy. We had the India-Pakistan War. We had the Six Days War between the Arabs and Israel. We had the Cultural Revolution in China. We had the North Ireland conflict. We had Gay Rights Movements springing up all over the world, the result of the Stonewall riots in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York City. We had Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. We had the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. We had the March on Washington. We had Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. We had the construction of the Berlin Wall. We had British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan deliver his “Wind of Change” speech. We had the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and many more all over the world. We had the Hells Angels in the US. We had the Rockers in England. We had the Mersey side music revolution in Liverpool. We had Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendix, Joe Cocker, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk, Cream, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Bob Marley, Santana, Joan Baez, Ravi Shankar, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Yoko Ono, and many, many more.

Phew, my brain is bursting just trying to remember every significant event and person of the 1960s. I think I just managed to scratch the surface with my list above. Closer to home, we had the Pudu Jail demonstration and the first time I ever experienced the pain of tear gas (yeap, I was there). We had the demonstration in front of the USIS where one chap was shot dead. We saw Umno almost brought down. And, of course, we had May 13.

The 1960s was also when I met the first love of my life. Actually, to be honest, I had four loves in my life. The first was my wife Marina, who I met when she was 14 and I 17, and the other three were my Honda 350, Honda 450 and Yamaha 650 — not necessarily in that order of priority.

THE FOUR LOVES OF MY LIFE

The 1960s certainly moulded me into what I am today. Okay, I admit, I did not mould into a perfect human being. I mean, when I transferred my education from the classroom to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, I discovered that the Long Fu Tong was more exciting than the rugby team. I discovered that fistfights solved arguments better than debates and gang fights are more fun than track and field events. I discovered that if you can’t avoid a bike crash then smile as you go under and go out in style — I had 12 bike crashes in the 1960s and lost as many comrades due to bike crashes, all spectacular, I must add. Further to that, about ten or so comrades were murdered in gangland wars and ambushes.

I really don’t know how I survived the 1960s when, with my lifestyle, the odds of living past 21 were very slim. Anyway, enough talk about the events of the 1960s. Let’s move to the 1970s. That was when my father died and I was forced to wise up to the reality that life is not just about partying, fighting and racing at breakneck speed along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. With my father now gone I had to go out and earn a living and the following year Marina and I got married. Two years later, we moved to Kuala Terengganu to start our own business. And that was when my life changed — not sure whether for the better, though.

In Kuala Terengganu, I ‘discovered’ Islam and almost immediately became a Muslim fundamentalist. I aspired to see Malaysia turned into an Islamic State. I became the chairman of our local mosque in Kuala Ibai (I brought Bernard Khoo, Haris Ibrahim and the rest of the gang to visit that mosque in 2008 during the Kuala Terengganu by-election). I participated in the anti-Saudi-anti-American demonstration in Mecca. And, for the first time, I met the late Ustaz Fadzil Noor, the President of PAS (this was in Mecca together with Ustaz Hadi Awang, Mustafa Ali and a couple of other PAS leaders).

My Mecca trip and the meeting with Ustaz Fadzil were not long after Anwar Ibrahim joined Umno in 1982. Ustaz Fadzil and I spent hours talking into the wee hours of the morning about politics, Islam, and the ‘betrayal’ by Anwar Ibrahim. Surprisingly, Ustaz Fadzil was more tolerant about what I viewed as Anwar’s betrayal. Ustaz Fadzil said that there are many ways to fight. Some have to fight from the outside and some from the inside. And while we may want to fight from the outside, Anwar has chosen to fight from the inside. So we must give him the benefit of the doubt that he sincerely joined Umno to change Umno from the inside.

Ustaz Hadi and Mustafa were not that convinced, though. You can’t jump into the tong taik to clean the shit from the inside, they argued. Instead of cleaning the shit, you will get shit on you. Anwar will never be able to change Umno, they said. Instead, Umno will change him. I could see why Ustaz Hadi and Mustafa were considered the ‘Young Turks’ while Ustaz Fadzil was perceived as the diplomat.

Nevertheless, I had tremendous respect for Ustaz Fadzil and listened to what he said. Hence, as Ustaz Fadzil suggested, I was prepared to give Anwar the benefit of the doubt, and although I was with PAS and he with Umno, I supported him and campaigned for him when he contested the Umno Youth leadership. Actually there were three contests in all — twice against Suhaimi Kamaruddin and once against Syed Hamid Albar. Then, in 1993, Anwar challenged Tun Ghafar Baba for the Umno Deputy Presidency. After ten years of supporting Anwar, I decided to walk away. I felt it was wrong for Anwar to oust Ghafar. Our struggle was not about power but to try to change Umno, from the inside as what we were told. Now it appeared like it was all about seeking power.

The rest of my story has been told many times before so maybe I do not need to repeat it. Suffice to say, I kept searching for the right platform to seek change. The 1960s was a different era for me. It was an era of challenging authority, of opposing the establishment, the age of protest. The 1970s was about Islam. The 1980s was about making money and to hell with the world. The 1990s was about reforms and about seeing change in Malaysia (yes, we started our fight even before Anwar was kicked out of Umno and jailed in 1998). The 2000s was about challenging Umno and Barisan Nasional and about seeing a strong opposition and the emergence of a two-party system.

So now we come to the 2010s. What is the struggle of the 2010s to me? The 2010s is about peoples’ power. It is about taking back the fight for change from the hands of the politicians and giving it back to the people. It is about bringing the 2010s back to the era of the 1960s when the people made a difference and the people were that platform for change.

Maybe this is a dream, and a dream that can never come true. However, as the late Tun Ghafar said, we all must have dreams. Only dead people no longer have dreams, said Tun Ghafar. As long as are still alive then we shall certainly have dreams, Tun Ghafar argued. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream at a time when dogs had a higher status than African-Americans. And, today, that dream eventually saw a non-white become the President of the United States. Is it wrong, therefore, to dream of a Chinese Prime Minister of Malaysia?

I have reflected on the various stages of my journey in life — the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, and now the 2010s. I have changed course many times, I admit. I have changed platforms more than once. But my destination has never changed. From the 1960s till now, for almost 50 years, it has always been about challenging authority, about fighting the establishment, and about daring to be different.

I was the only Malay amongst hordes of Chinese running down Jalan Pudu to protest the hanging of the Chinese prisoners who had killed a Malay warder in Pudu Jail. I was the only Malaysian amongst 100,000 Iranians protesting against Saudi Arabia and the US along the main street of Mecca. I was also in the demonstration that protested the relocation of the Damansara Chinese school.

I liked to do what others would not do. And I am still doing what others would not do, and would not approve to boot. That’s me. And nothing is going to change the way I think and the way I do things. I am a product of the 1960s. I was moulded in the 1960s. We may have left the 1960s, but the 1960s has not left me. You can take me out of the 1960s but you can’t take the 1960s out of me. That is my 62 years and years well spent as far as I am concerned.

Death will be upon us all in due time. It is only a matter of when that time would be. We must not regret our deaths. What we must regret is how we lived our lives. Have we lived the life we wanted to live or have we lived the life that others expected of us? I do not live up to other peoples’ expectations, I know. But that is only because I do not wish to do so. What I wish is to live the life that pleases me. And what pleases me may not please others. Tough!

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RPK said : ‘I liked to do what others would not do. And I am still doing what others would not do, and would not approve to boot. That’s me. And nothing is going to change the way I think and the way I do things. I am a product of the 1960s. I was moulded in the 1960s. We may have left the 1960s, but the 1960s has not left me. You can take me out of the 1960s but you can’t take the 1960s out of me. That is my 62 years and years well spent as far as I am concerned.’

Like Bumi-Apartheid cannot be taken out of the system? RPK is indeed out of touch. So would any other Sultan’s kid from that era have these opportunities. No big deal. Not even mid 60s and when a old woman like Maimun at 86 can run for MP. RPK’s reminiscing and hiding in England is but a sad joke. Fund a few proxies and lead for the next 2 or even 3 decades (thats 5 GEs), not spew rubbish here and displaying a privileged side. Now if everyone else will step aside, there are empires that need raising . . .

Malaysia truly stagnant . . . if RPK ‘liked to do what others would not do’, then RPK should condemn Apartheid and lack of religious freedom in Malaysia. Being in England safe from persecution or legal retaliation, and comfortably funded, RPK sure says very little that is ‘what others would not do’. Toeing the line while pretending to be a rebel and ignoring UNHCR Article 1, UNHCR Article 18 and Section 377B, amongst others . . . just pitiful when already so powerfully backed.

Verdict? RPK = Strawman. Guess what the Wizard of Oz might recommend? RPK, please stop writing obvious rubbish propaganda and do something good for Malaysia.

ARTICLE 5

Temples Demolished But Guan Eng’s Eyes Remain Shut

Tee Siew Kiong
Saturday, 31 March 2012 15:54

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng does not practise what he preaches as he had promised that the Penang state government would look after the interest of the people by not allowing any places of worship to be demolished. However, the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) had demolished the Tua Pek Kong temple in Butterworth without facing any objections by the state government, contrary to what has been promised.

Besides Penang, other states under Pakatan Rakyat, such as Kedah and Selangor, are also responsible for demolishing Chinese and Hindu temples alike, thus causing discontent among the people towards the state governments.

On 29 Mar 12, Guan Eng informed that the state government would not allow land marked for schools and places of worship to disappear. However, we know his words don’t hold water.

Guan Eng hasn’t prevented mosque land from disappearing

Regarding the complaints by UMNO Youth that land for a mosque has been given away, Guan Eng had changed his words by saying that when the 102.6 acres of land was sold by open tender, there was no sub-division of title but the entire piece is to be sold. He also claimed that the developer will only do sub-division of title after submission of new plans to MPPP for approval.

As such, Guan Eng argues that since the proposal and the sub-division of the land title has not even been approved, UMNO Youth cannot claim that the mosque land has disappeared.

But if Guan Eng can claim that the land is not considered disappeared if it has not been sold, thus he can only be blamedafter the land has been sold. Guan Eng has not taken any action in preventing land marked as a place of worship from being transferred and can only give confirmation after the sale. Therefore, if the land can be sold, then there will not be any land reserved for places for place of worship.

If Guan Eng does not know how to be a good government, he should learn from Johor whereby the Barisan Nasional state government would specify clearly any land which is reserved for religious places of worship or schools in any housing development project.

As Penang Chief Minister, Guan Eng is insincere on preserving reserved lands and would only secretly learn from the BN government once people start complaining about his misleading actions.

Cases of temples destroyed under Pakatan govts

Besides Penang where the Tua Pek Kong temple in Butterworth was demolished, a Hindu temple and a Chinese temple was also torn down in Sungai Petani, Kedah. In Selangor, a Hindu temple which was demolished in Ampang had caused the Hindu community to demonstrate peacefully in front of the Selangor state government building.

Thus it can be seen that Pakatan Rakyat has been misleading the people by saying that the temple would be rebuilt as these promises are nothing more than an act.

TEE SIEW KIONG is MCA National Organising Secretary

(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

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If the MP or Assemblyman loves their faith too much, they will make terrible leaders (that may keep this fact hidden by smiling and acting in public) as their agenda will not be neutral, and will be slanted to their personal preferences. They will first favour their family (nepotists) then their faith (fundo) and will sacrifice every other citizen 9including their own coalition members – think Teo Beng Hock – think Karpal’s lawsuit against Anwar via very likely UN illegal Section 377B). Already unable to keep campaign promises like Local Council Elections, and declare MP and assemplyperson assets, and now not even able to address APARTHEID, the Rakyat should know that only NEUTRAL non-party candidates are a safe choice. As of now, 3rd Force is the best choice, BN is too racist and lapdog, Pakatan is too nepotistic and fundo. By unqualified reports, some of that faction’s people also are inclined to use DRUGS or LSD or other rubbish on the local population while posing as good ‘religious’ citizens, alongside contaminating the water with fluoride (they haven’t stopped) and perhaps use even psychotropic substances to control their supporters.

Potential 3rd Force Parties are :

KITA, JATI, ABU, MCLM (whats left of it, but homophobes could find it a good party that has 20 candidates), PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP/Hindraf and PSM maybe SUPP if SUPP wakes up (much like MCA/MIC and Gerakan will not) and perhaps SAPP and LDP . . .

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

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

and potential wolves/turncoats in the making :

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

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

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

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

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

PM Najib is inclined to use of apartheid and religion as a wealth stealing tool with religion as a political tool of control but are less fundo per se, though greedy and corrupt especially when politically strong. Of course PM Najib could make things easy for himself and everyone to decide how to vote and grant :

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

3rd Force probably is the only way to go.

ARTICLE 6

Pua: Short notice for 1 Care roadshow indicates ministry’s ‘insincerity’ –  by Clara Chooi – March 28, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — DAP MP Tony Pua today accused the Health Ministry of being insincere in its promise to explain “1 Care” to Malaysians, pointing to the four-day notice given for the first of its nationwide roadshow this Saturday.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP claimed that notices on the 10.30am event was just distributed to healthcare professionals today and offered little time to concerned stakeholders to arrange to be there.

If the notice was to be published in the newspapers tomorrow, the public would only have three days’ notice.

“I feel this is an insincere act by the ministry, because if they truly want to collect feedback from Malaysians and industry players, they need to give a longer notice,” he said at a press conference in Parliament today.

Pua said there would be “limited seating” for the event, to be held at the Healthcare Management Institution in Bangsar.

“From what I know, there are no more than 100 seats available there,” he said.

According to the notice, those interested to attend would have to register through email at daftarforum@moh.gov.my.

“I hope all concerned parties will attend this forum and record their opposition to 1 Care,” he said.

Dr Wan Azizah: Doctors concerned.

The ministry earlier this month said it would tour the country to explain and engage on healthcare plans after the opposition demanded it reveal details and the status of the 1 Care scheme.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail charged that the roadshow was an “afterthought”, mooted only after strong public opposition.

She said it was surprising Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had waited until after the issue hit the headlines before engaging the public. She questioned Liow’s sincerity.

“Like other BN pronouncements such as the SBPA (Public Service Remuneration Scheme), it seems consultation is only an afterthought,” Dr Wan Azizah said.

“We have received complaints from doctors involved in previous consultations on 1 Care that there was no true engagement or dialogue involved. The government is set to continue with 1 Care.”

Dr Wan Azizah, who served as a government doctor for 14 years before entering politics, urged Liow to end his silence on the opposition’s suggestion on what should be done to improve the healthcare system.

1 Care has come under fire from healthcare practitioners and the public, who claim that individuals and businesses will be forced to hand over 10 per cent of their earnings each month to the government-run insurance fund.

The scheme is expected to replace the current two-tier healthcare system with one that integrates private and government hospitals in the hope of ensuring more equitable healthcare for Malaysians of all classes.

Under the present system, patients can choose to be treated at private clinics or hospitals and pay out of their own pockets, or opt for government clinics or hospitals, paying a nominal fee for basic, federally subsidised healthcare.

The ministry has assured critics that the 1 Care scheme will not burden the public with undue costs. Talks are continuing on the financial arrangements and their impact on the government and taxpayers.

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Tony is no less insincere by keeping mum about unkept campaign promises (Local Council Elections, MP asset declarations, continuance of Bumi-Apartheid) by Pakatan Rakyat as if everything is fine and disparaging on comparatively non-issues like Healthcare compared to Bumi-Apartheid while ‘Family Bloc Azizah’ acts as if all citizens are equals this day.

Equality is not important, but arguing about healthcare is?

Points scorers are not MPs, more so family bloc MPs. Will someone from Tony Pua’s and Azizah’s constituency PLEASE challenge this political seat as an independent? Supporters of nepotism (PR’s family blocs) are as unpleasant as racists (BN’s unequal policy UNHCR Article 1 non-compliant maintainers). No self respecting politician will tolerate DAP’s term limitless and nepotistic behaviour and Tony Pua much like a Goh Chok Tong to LKY in PAP Singapore, is as lapdog (and ready to betray citizens by toeing party lines – DAP is not a democratic or ethical political party, nepotistic and term limitless, fails to keep campaign promises, abuses by-laws etc.. . . . ) as politicians go.

ARTICLE 7

Malaysia: The Future Is In Our Hands! – Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah – Monday, 02 April 2012 00:12

There are many interesting implications inherent in the topic of my address to you today: Malaysia: The Future is in Our Hands. The rakyat is reminded that he is master, and that he holds the key to the future of this land.

Ladies and gentlemen,

When I say the future is in your hands, I am not referring to the lines on your palm. I am saying the future is in your hands because it is with these hands that you are going to elect the people who will represent your best interest in the government.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Some people told me that we are poised on the cusp of change, and the choice that you make is significant, perhaps not so much for you as for your children, grand children and great-grand children. To put it another way, the future of innocent children yet unborn for generations to come is in your hands.

In other words, it is not the King who will decide the future for us, it is not what the Prime Ministers want that will be of any consequence. It is not the VVIPs or the so-called political analysts who are going to decide the future of our land. It is you, and here I include the ordinary citizens of the country, meaning the farmer, the teacher, the petty trader, stall keeper, the trishaw puller, the watchman, the bread man and even the unemployed vagrant who is going to decide the destiny of our children.

The issue of choice is sacrosanct to human beings who have been endowed with free will. You are born to be free. It is not for the government or the opposition to decide whether you should be free or not. Remember, nobody can dictate your choice unless you let him.

Therefore, more sacrosanct than any other day is the day of election. It is a day when you will hold the country’s future in your hands. In fact, no other election has been so much talked about and anticipated with as much anxiety and expectations as the forthcoming elections. The coming election appears so important that it may be likened to the ‘battle of the century’ for our country.

There are many Malaysians who complain about the government but are not registered voters. They make loud comments but lack the will to make a difference. They do not commit themselves wholeheartedly to seek change and to exercise their voting rights to choose a better government.

Your future is in your hands and if you fail to treasure the right, and exercise the right with wisdom, then you and no one else is to blame for your own destiny. As the Qur’an says in chapter 13, verse 11:

“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in themselves”.

Now the next issue is, are we able to exercise our mind with wisdom?

Unfortunately, as a people and as a nation, we are not able to do so. We are born free, but our minds have become captive.

In our country, the problem of the captive mind has its origins in the race dilemma to an extent that we have become incapable of devising an analytical method independent of current stereotypes about Malays, Chinese, Indians and the others. Our thinking is based completely on a racial world view when it comes to matters of politics, education, economics, planning, and so forth.

Needless to say, we promote a racial world view that thrives on the policy of divide and rule.

The citizens of the land are exiting the country in large numbers, and the gap is filled, not by people with equivalent skills and potentials, but by unskilled labour from abroad. Public universities have no places for locals, but they are absorbing large numbers of foreign students. It is sad that our own people should be deprived of the benefits of a good education – a resource that has been described as the global currency of 21st century economies.

And yet education is seen as the best solution to the economic uncertainties of the times, as it enables our people to compete, collaborate and connect in a way that drives our economies forward. And today, we have the captive mind, the product largely of our education system, which has failed to generate its opposite, the creative mind. The captive mind feeds on trivia and fragmented knowledge, and students are not taught to be philosophical, universal or intercultural.

Our educational curricula do not encourage the moral and intellectual reform of the mind. If we look west, we find that the development of education took place as part and parcel of the evolution of society and civilization as a whole. But in our own case, the education system has failed to impart the fundamentals of scientific thinking and reasoning in relation to our own society.

Captive minds tend to avoid major issues such as the concept of good governance, meaning of development, the effect of corruption on society and the rule of law.

Again, as it stands today, in the area of economy, there is no honest intellectual inquiry to find out why, despite many years of implementing the New Economic Policy, inequitable distribution of income continues to plague the people, and why we are lagging behind countries that do not have as much resources.

To this very day, the electorate has not understood the implications of the New Economic Policy which has produced results that are diametrically opposed to the original intention of bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The longer we try the policy, the further we are from the original goal.

If the doctor keeps on prescribing the same medicine which produces opposite results, then something must be wrong with the doctor, and something more serious must be wrong with the patient who keeps on trusting the same doctor.

Today, the discrepancy between vision and reality has taken on an alarming turn. It has gone far beyond economics into the realm of ethics and morality. In numerous instances it has taken the form of corruption and decadence which has pushed the economy further down the drain.

Today, we are saddled with a spiraling national debt brought to exist by wanton corruption and wasteful spending. It is feared that in relation to Singapore which is free of foreign debts, if we are not careful, it won’t take us long before we become another Greece. The problem continues to escalate, despite being highlighted by the Auditor General year after year in his annual reports. It has been estimated that we can easily save RM25-30bn without changing any of the deliverables if only we can get rid of corruption and cronyism.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Professor Alatas once said that we have different types of governments such as democracy, autocracy, theocracy, and so forth, and now we need to describe our government as one that keeps the people ignorant. According to him, we need to use new terms such as “ignocracy” to describe a government that wants to keep the people ignorant.

And yet for a democracy to succeed it is of cardinal importance for us to make informed choices.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We have the power to cast away our misfortune by casting our votes for the right candidates. But our captive minds are unable to guide our hands in making the right choices for our future and the future of our children.

When I say that the future is in your hands, it is not merely a reference to your individual role as a voter. I must add that the future is in your hands in a larger collective sense. In those days, the duty to educate and inform was left to educators and writers, as well as the government. Today we can longer trust them to act as purveyors of truth.

It has become our responsibility to hold the future in our own hands. In this effort, we are thankful for the new technology which has flung open the doors of democracy, making it easier for us to organize and share information.

Therefore, through our efforts at educating and promoting political consciousness, let us hope that the people of this country, in the rural and urban areas alike, will cast away their slumber, and wake up to greet the dawn of a new day, as we did fifty five years ago when the Tunku called this nation into being in the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful, a nation that “ever seeks the welfare of its people”.

TENGKU RAZALEIGH HAMZAH
Speech at the “Road Map For Achieving Vision 2020” Book Launch Ceremony at Syuen Hotel, Ipoh on 1st April 2012

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Dyed in wool politician or some speech writer generalizing some feel good stuff again. Generalisations in a positive voice. But being in UMNO, well, one can barely hope and from among Malays and royals and determine who is votable, the choices are ever fewer . . . A personal consideration much needed or gentle remonstration is no end of apartheid, will not reach the thick and communal minded – unless also tacit approval of an untenable policy – AGAIN. Independent candidates without any party roots still look the best though, while Tengku Razaleigh and Ong Tee Keat appear to be the only people in BN who could CONDEMN the Apartheid of Bumiputra, lets not get our hopes too high for these 2 guys. Also the term limitless issue looms, yet will Tengku not use that mandate to best effect than merely holding political power without distribution the same by ending apartheid, updating laws, than fetting of ordinary and least educated citizens most uunsuited and disinclined to act against apartheid while casting aside the all important :

1) the Agong (King) who CAN denounce and revoke Special Malay Privileges as well as address the issue of Asabiya
2) the Prime Minister who can galvanise and use the mandate of so many lapdogs which constitutte a simple majority to END APARTHEID and allow UNHCR Article 18 (Malaysian Constitution Article 11)
3) the VVIPs who can sway opinion by adopting right minded stances and arbitrate via the powers they hold (i.e AG, Judiciary, Bar Council – the LEGAL JUNTA) to grant below listed 3 items, as well as MP VVIPS who can demand the end of apartheid or extreme religion
4) the so-called political analysts who can can sway opinion by adopting right minded stances and propagate the same via word and personal influence

;Freudian slip noticed anyone? Tengku, it would almost seem you speak with 2 tongues, promoting those unable to conceive what is wrong with the nation as the main deciders of fate (leading to stagnation) while disenfranchising those with wide powers and ethos to institute the logos of :

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

‘3 times ladies and gentlemen’ were used, but a platitude without substance and meaning, as the above reasons cannot displace the strength of universality of the 3 items above, even as Voltarian physical/spiritual rights can NEVER be challenged by a concept so poorly and mean (after the initial 15 years at least in any rate) as Bumiputera Apartheid, which is merely corporeal and base minded economics.

One can only hope that a man of Tengku’s age is flexible enough of understanding to comprehend the above, even as younger people like Raja Petra have already become purveyors of wrongful, un-Islamic and UNHCR incongrous stands. Try harder, and sad to say I recommend that the until Tengku is able to reconcile the issue of Humanity, existential angst at disenfranchisement via Bumiputra Apartheid, with tacit approval of apartheid policy, that the farmer, the teacher, the petty trader, stall keeper, the trishaw puller, the watchman, the bread man and even the unemployed vagrant DO NOT vote for Tengku until Tengku has reconsidered this possibly hasty (taking wrong stances . . . though so quietly) and guarded (against political assassins?) article.

Even if abstruse in promulgation, there can be no justification for this quietly pro-Bumi/Special Privileges (long expired by Reid Commission btw) stance Tengku. Speak to UN Sec.Gen. Ban Ki Moon, Martin Luther King III, or even Pres. Obama Hussein. Mankind needs for at least Malay Royals to display exceptionalism in this raising of Constitution and Law to that of full equality via removal of Special Privileges and Bumi-policy. Asabiya is indeed too entrenched in BN, though PR has little inclination but political survival. All above parties mentioned, study the UNHCR Article 1 and Surah An Nisa 75, then vote for the politicians that can abide by these 2 civilisational/religious value based laws that will make Malaysia a first world country.

‘Malaysia: The Future Is In Our Hands!’ hopefully is not an NLP somehow representative the Royal Collective’s stance via Tengku’s background, very disappointing otherwise.

And just after Malaysia and China jointly build a industrial park in Qinzhou, China with a sister park in Malaysia mooted . . . and Malays still want Special Privileges? Will Tengku say that this was an April Fool’s joke that was given to some PA to prepare? If so, will the false writer of this article own up and claim credit, (yes poor ghost writers if that is not Tengku writing as an April Fools joke?) otherwise another apex classer is displaying ‘out of touch’ again . . .

UNHCR Article 1

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

Surah An Nisa 4:75

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

Some help here PM Najib? The minorities need a *helper* to end the Apartheid of Bumiputera and grant Equality to all Malaysians . . . Allah would approve and only the PM of a Muslim country could gain the merit of acting in the capacity of a Quran mentioned (though not specific) Muslim (even to the benefit of non-Muslims as the Prophet PBUH would have doubtless done) . . .

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3 Articles highlighting RACISM and Freedom of Choice

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

ARTICLE 1 – Airline passenger arrested over saggy pants – by Associated Press – 19th June 2011
http://www2.oanow.com/news/2011/jun/19/airline-passenger-arrested-over-saggy-pants-ar-1997137/

SAN FRANCISCO — A University of New Mexico football player who was arrested after wearing saggy pants on a plane at the San Francisco airport insists in a video showing part of his exchange with authorities that his pants were up and he had done nothing wrong.

The San Francisco Chronicle obtained the video and a link to it was on the newspaper’s website Saturday.

“My pants are up sir,” a seated DeShon Marman tells the captain, who along with someone who appears to be a San Francisco police officer, is standing near his seat on the plane. “I’m not doing anything. I paid my fees, and I’m ready to go.”

The Chronicle said it obtained the three-minute video from a passenger who was sitting near Marman during Wednesday’s incident and did not wish to be identified.

What the video does not show is Marman’s repeated refusal earlier to follow a boarding agent’s advice and pull up his pants, Elise Eberwein, a spokeswoman for US Airways, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

“When he was asked by our employee at the Jetway to please pull them up, that employee was told to pull them up for him,” she said. “And that exchange continued to the door of the plane.”

The 20-year-old’s pants were so low they were “exposing areas that most people would not want to see” and violating the airline’s expectation that customers won’t dress offensively, Eberwein said.

Attempts by the AP to reach Marman were not successful. A call to his attorney’s office Saturday afternoon was not returned, and calls to listings for people with his mother’s name in San Francisco were not returned or went unanswered.

News reports have identified his attorney as Joe O’Sullivan and his mother as Donna Doyle.

Marman said in an interview with KGO-TV this week that his pants were slightly below his waist, and he was unable to lift them up because he had bags in his hands. In a statement released through the university Friday, he said he was “embarrassed at the negative attention” the incident had generated.

“I believe in due time all the facts of the matter will come to light,” he said. He said any additional comment would come through his attorney.

O’Sullivan told the Chronicle that nothing was visible once his client sat down.

“The issue should have been over,” he said.

Marman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after refusing to leave the plane on the captain’s orders, according to police. Police have also said he injured an officer while being taken into custody.

“He’s refusing to get off,” Eberwein said. “The captain’s thinking, ‘What if he refuses something else in the air?'”

Marman was released on bail Thursday. Prosecutors have until July 18 to file any charges against him.

ARTICLE 2 – Man in women’s underwear allowed to fly

http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Crossdressing-man-allowed-to-board-plane-while-football-player-is-not-124399689.html

Fallout over scantily dressed man at airport – by Alicia E. Barrón – 23rd June 2011

PHOENIX – The college football player who was asked to leave a plane for wearing saggy pants is speaking out about a man who is allowed to travel wearing nothing but lingerie.

Deshon Marman was asked to get off a flight for wearing saggy pants that he refused to pull up. He was arrested and later charged with suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after refusing to leave on captain’s orders.

On the other hand, another male passenger is allowed to frequently fly to and from Phoenix on US Airways wearing nothing but undergarments. He has become a YouTube sensation but has many questioning if this is double standard.

The scantily clad man has been seen and taped in numerous airports across the country.

Jessica Malin has seen the man in lingerie at the airport.

“I was pretty pumped to see this man in his lingerie,” she said. “It was kind of offensive but it was entertaining.”

“I feel like if it was a rapper or a superstar walking on the airplane…sagging his pants, they would want his autograph,” Marman said. “They wouldn’t tell him, ‘Hey can you pull up your pants please?’”

“Leads to only one conclusion, that because Mr. Marman is black, wearing dreads he was treated differently,” said Marman’s lawyer, Joe O’Sullivan.

3TV has learned the man in lingerie is a Phoenix resident and a frequent US Airways passenger. US Airways officials say they do not enforce a dress code as long as a person’s “private parts” are covered up.

ARTICLE 3 – Man in women’s underwear allowed to fly – by Jennifer Thomas – 23rd June 2011

http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Crossdressing-man-allowed-to-board-plane-while-football-player-is-not-124399689.html

PHOENIX – A college football player was asked to get off a US Airways flight due to his saggy clothing, but there was no issue when a scantily clad man boarded a plane to Phoenix.

Deshon Marman, who plays for the University of New Mexico, was pulled off a plane at San Francisco International Airport last week after US Airways claims he refused to pull up his pants.

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing after police say he refused to leave the plane on captain’s orders.

But just days before that incident, a man wearing women’s underwear and high heels had no trouble getting on board a US Airways flight to Phoenix.

It wasn’t the cross-dresser’s first flight to Phoenix wearing women’s clothing. Several passengers snapped photos of the man, whose name has not been released.

When shown pictures of the man, several people at Sky Harbor International Airport felt the attire was inappropriate.

“I would call that indecent exposure, actually,” Heather Sisneros said.

“They shouldn’t allow it,” Jennifer Dake said.

“I’ve actually seen this guy come down the concourses,” Bill Machnick said. I’ve seen him in the airport numerous times.”

A passenger on the man’s flight said several people complained, but US Airways told her that if a passenger is not exposing their private parts, they’re allowed to fly.

In a statement, US Airways officials said the company does not have a dress code, but “our crew is authorized to use discretion to ensure the comfort and safety of all passengers.”

Prosecutors have until July 18 to file charges against Marman.

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Meanwhile the hijab and burkha is banned in the most racist of countries. While nudism is allowed in some of these racist counbtries as well! Why the inconsistencies? The nation which allows BOTH nudist and burkha wearer, as well as crossdresser and saggy pant wearer (this is entirely moot actually, those boxers are far more clothed than the flimsy shorts or even sumo loin cloths or bikinis you can see being worn everywhere else. Why persecute Deshon for saggy pants to expose no flesh or a consensual hijab wearer? (ask to identify at most but a ban is excessive).

This shows either RACISM or FUNDAMENTALISM, both undesirable in the contaxt of thoday’s modern era. Kudos to Phoenix Airport, I’m surprised that Arizona while having the worst laws on immigrants is aong the most LGBT friendly in USA. The contrasts in inconsistencies are amazing to say the least. How about being good guys all the way and removing the TSA as well?

Aid Destroyed Detroit – Is Your Town Next? – by Frosty Wooldridge – 26th May 2011

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

For 15 years, from the mid 1970’s to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan . I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards.Trash everywhere! Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps! With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars. A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ flourish in Detroit .

If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America , outside of Richard Daley in Chicago , rode Detroit down to its knees… He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, “I am the MFIC.” The IC meant “in charge”. You can figure out the rest Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans. As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state. Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan , but most work in Detroit . As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife!

Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America . Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan , paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC’s Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America . English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing. Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine’s October 4, 2009, “The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again,” I choked on the writer’s description of what happened. “If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we’d know a lot more about it,” said Daniel Okrent.

“If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we’d see it on the evening news every night.” Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice. But Detroit , once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country. Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making.” As Coleman Young’s corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city’s death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit . “By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit ‘s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services,” Okrent said. “The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans , unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit today, the unemployment rate is 28.9%.

That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent. At the end of Okrent’s report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, “That’s because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city’s collapse, it’s also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character ofAmerica in the 21st century. If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can’t find a way to get up, what does that say about America ‘s future?” As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner’s book,”$20 Per Gallon”, the auto industry won’t come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit , thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America . If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs. You have already seen it in Madrid , Spain , London , England and Paris , France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.

I PRAY EVERYONE THAT READS THIS REALIZES THAT IF WE DON’T STAND UP, AND SCREAM AT WASHINGTON , AND OUR STATE, CITY AND LOCAL LEADERS THIS IS WHAT AWAITS THE REST OF AMERICA . IF YOU THINK MEXICANS AND MUSLIMS AND OTHER FORIEGNERS WILL EVENTUALLY FIT RIGHT IN THEN YOU ARE AS BIG A PART OF THE PROBLEM AS THEY ARE. “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” — Benjamin Franklin

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It was high taxes or even mere assessments levied at non-profitable businesses that killed Detroit. The psychology and tolerance of any city or even person, will only take so much imposed on it. If these were not applied, at least some businesses would have stubbornly hung on still able to provide a trickle of jobs and production capability ready to come back on if needed.

Whats more, those zoning restrictions would if not applied have allowed SOME old factories into extended homes at least, but the way the law is enforced, against all commonsense (like the TSA) and without allowances for poverty or down turns, these buildings were abandoned. Rethink which sanctimonious awning or gazebo forbidding council or assemblyman you might vote in mind AND if they are ready to be as forgiving as the economy globally is not. If they need you to submit form and wait 6 mths for approvals through state sanctioned architecture companies to regulate the your PRIVATE plans for a simple awning inside your home, then better think twice.

They would never let you use the public space with any common sense and tax VERY IMPORTANT businesses that are hitting non-profitable patches even as they allow golden parachutes to stock companies making losses in open collusion right under your nose – with complaining people like Frosty not acting to remove them from power to boot ! If they will not allow a factory to be turned into an extended family home but rather let it rot, then woe betide your society. Or keep taxing non-profitable companies or competing and edging out the private sector ILLEGALLY via GLCs, justified by conflict of interest or vested interest laws, mcuh the way nepotists create oligarchies around them via political parties. Such places where voters do not act, will ALL be Detroit in 20 years or less, as cheaper to function in or less red tape type nations take over where USA become over-regulated so that no American was allowed to even use his own factory space or even buy an old school to at least plant crops to feed themselves and live in as a shelter.

VAT, GST, Toll Concessions and a myriad of blindly levied taxes destroy societies, act and vote against policy makers who will do nothing to roll back these things or be crushed by Big Government and Big Brother. This could be the last ‘free’ generation speaking, act to remove oligarchs, nepotists, crypto-racists, open racists, neurotech using technofascsists, NLP-using psychiatric establishment, colluding politicians, corrupt bureaucrats and whoever out to destroy the country you are from. That is the only thing the vote is for, not because someone smiled and kissed your kid or appeared to be a moral exemplar but later trashed the law and constitution to benefit themselves while remaining morally ‘perfect’.

Think before you vote and if all candidates stink WHERE IT MATTERS (i.e. writing good policies), run for election yourself, it is every citizen’s right.

Notes on Property Hoarding / Property Rent Laws – 18th June 2011 (original Article)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm

While travelling (forced to to an extent and still probably needing to travel even now . . . ) to have dictated to me on how much BN lapdogs and apartheid racists have subsumed the good citizens of Malaysia, I made some observations on the decaying property market, including massive shopping centres, factory and housing estates alonghside rows of partially completed but definitely salvageable sections of properties which were abandoned and came up with some suggestions below. These can also be applied with modifications to any nation with a decaying industry or property sector.

I see many plantations and lands or even buildings supposedly unusable that should be used, though citizens ‘using’ unused spaces MUST be prepared to at least register with the local authorities (Council for example) and depart at short notice should buyers appear on the scene.

Fair Use of Unused/Unusable Property – rental of ‘abandoned properties’ are to be based on demand application by citizens currently WITHOUT properties or business premises, and not those seeking to extend their businesses – citizens are permitted to rent such properties at :

50% (abandoned for 3 years) or
25% (leaking/broken walls) or
10% (decayed infrastructure-electricity-water)

;of standard market values depending on condition of unit or period of neglect, rent is to be paid to legal owners

Criteria For Enforced Rental (TOL) to Applying Citizens

Overgrown-neglected for period of time (3 years?) – ceiling collapsed-leaking (repair costs to be borne or ignored by renting citizen) – project abandoned partway – project condemned by government but not cleaned up or demolished in period – superstructure is stable (deemed not collapsible)

This way low wealth citizens (do distinguish from LC mentality) can perhaps form viable and liveable communities out of otherwise abandoned neighbourhoods that may eventually have a chance to regain value than becoming ‘Detriots’ to be bulldozed eventually.

The homeless could also be introduced to such properties to allow them to have a shelter over their heads and a sense of pride of existence as human beings as well WITHOUT officially using taxpayer funds for welfare homes. Vagrancy laws also need upgrading and be rewritten in relation to property laws as suggested here. A horrendous display of bad citizentry awaits those who dissent, but dissent is the only way, barring revolution that society may progress. There is no escaping the truth no matter how numerous or well coordinated bad citizens can get. And apartheid or status quo in bad laws and constitutions can never triumph over the righteous and just, no matter how earth shaking their revelations.

Genomic Sequencing at the Bedside – by Clyde A. Hutchison, III – June 2011

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Recent news reports on genetics shed light on the direction of DNA research. Reports from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) demonstrate significant genetic advances that may soon offer new opportunities and require thoughtful decisions from patients. In February the NHGRI reported that the cost of DNA sequencing – identification of each of the six billion base pairs in an individual’s genome – is rapidly declining: from $100 million in 2001 to $10,000 today. Noting this dramatic fall, a writer at Medgadget.com comments: At this rate it will not be long before a whole genome will go for less than 1,000 dollars. Yet despite these amazing advancements, adoption of genetic technologies in clinical practice still has not really caught on, but we are eagerly awaiting the day were [sic] we can run a whole genome sequence for each patient on our own in-office desktop sequencer. Clinical diagnosis and individualized treatment of disease based on a patient’s genetic makeup is NHGRI’s stated goal. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., director of NHGRI, says,

“While significant challenges remain to our understanding of how the genome operates in health and disease, there are enough examples to say with confidence that genomics research will lead to important advances in medicine.”

The NHGRI has also announced a new strategic plan for genomics research, “Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine from Base Pairs to Bedside.” The plan produced in consultation with the research community over the past two and a half years envisions five areas of research: understanding the structure of genomes, understanding the biology of genomes, understanding the biology of disease, advancing the science of medicine, and improving the effectiveness of health care. Consider a few facts. The human genome is around 3,000 Mb (megabase pairs).

According to NHGRI, it took 13 years for all the sequencing power in the world to produce the first sequence of a human genome. In 2003 it took 100 machines to sequence a human-sized genome in three months. In 2011 it takes only one machine just five days to complete the sequence. This stunning advance in speed results from changes in technology that began in January 2008. Current efficiency of DNA sequencing leads to lower costs. (See graph below.) The implications for patients are numerous, ranging from the potential for customized, gene-based care to major ethical and privacy dilemmas.

The NHGRI plan calls for low-cost and highly accurate tools to sequence data “at the point of care.” The NHGRI writes: The plan also calls for new technologies to measure the interaction between the environment, behavior and genes and for routine clinical applications of genomic tools such as newborn genetic screening and other types of diagnostic screening. It also calls for electronic medical records systems that integrate family histories and genomic data to generate personalized diagnoses, treatments, and prevention plans.

Health consumers will need to familiarize themselves with genomic medicine so they can understand their personal risks, participate in clinical decisions, make the best use of new therapeutics and, if they so choose, modify their behaviors in response to genome-based health information. Legislators and policymakers must craft policies that continue to promote the confidentiality of participation in genomics research.

Other policies will be needed to protect individual privacy and access to health coverage, and to encourage investment in genomic health technologies through intellectual property incentives. Dr. Green says, “Our base-pairs-to-bedside plan maps the next steps in the herculean endeavor not only to discover medical secrets hidden within the human genomes, but to bring those discoveries to the practitioner and patients.” From these advances emerge several questions the NHGRI press release does not address: What if the patient resists or refuses genomic sequencing for privacy or other reasons? Would physicians be allowed to discontinue care for the patient? To what degree could a patient be forced to change his or her behavior? Could the health insurer drop coverage or increase premiums if the patient refused sequencing? Who is liable if the genomic sequence “foretells” a future that never happens?

Sources: “DNA Sequencing Costs: Data from the NHGRI Large-Scale Genome Sequencing Program,” K. A. Wetterstrand, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, February 4, 2011, accessed May 24, 2011. “How Big Is the Human Genome?” Laurence A. Moran, Sandwalk:Strolling with a Skeptical Biochemist (blog), March 24, 2011. “DNA Sequencing Beating Moore’s Law,” Wouter Stomp, Medgadget.com, May 22, 2011 “NHGRI Charts Course for the Next Phase of Genomics Research” (Media Release), Jeannine Mjoseth, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, February 9, 2011. Source: National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health [Back to Contents] Testing Newborns for Future Criminality A Connecticut professor of law thinks newborns should be screened for inborn criminality. Jennifer Melien Brooks-Crozier at the University of Connecticut School of Law proposes such screening in her unpublished paper “The Case for Newborn Screening for the MAOA-Low Genotype and Intervention Services for MAOA-Low Children.” The paper’s abstract describes a 1993 study by Hans Brunner of the genetics of male members of “a large Dutch family who exhibited behaviors such as impulsive aggression, arson, and attempted rape….”

These males had a mutant copy of a particular gene, which accounted for a deficiency of the enzyme monoamine ozidase A (MAOA). Dr. Brunner concluded that low MAOA leads to abnormal aggressive behavior. However, the abstract continues, later studies determined that reduced MAOA through genetic mutation does not fully explain this aggressive behavior. Scientists in New Zealand found that childhood maltreatment combined with the mutant MAOA gene leads to violate aggression. On its own the gene mutation was insufficient. Ms. Brooks-Crozier proposes that newborn genetic screening of infants be expanded to include a screening test for the MAOA-low genotype. She argues that these research studies “can and should be used to prevent violent crime and to preserve the sense of peace an safety that is the foundation of free, civilized societies.”

Furthermore, the abstract states: The screening test would allow states to target a population of children at risk of criminal behavior. The intervention services – family education and counseling, home visits, parent support groups, and psychological and social work services – would prevent those at-risk children from suffering the maltreatment that would cause them to later develop aggressive, antisocial behavior. The author acknowledges that there would be constitutional and policy implications of such a proposal, presents a cost-benefit analysis, and “ultimately concludes that it would pass constitutional muster and be a cost-effective public policy.”

Source: ” The Case for Newborn Screening for the MAOA-Low Genotype and Intervention Services for MAOA-Low Children,” Jennifer Melien Brooks-Crozier, 2011. [Back to Contents] Health IT: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

The private sector has ventured into a controversial process that Congress set in motion. Last month GE Healthcare and Thomson Reuters announced “the ability to combine commonly used outcomes research data from the Thomson Reuters MarketScan Research Databases with electronic medical records data from GE Healthcare’s Centricity Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solutions… .”

In short these two large corporations have joined forces to track and analyze the treatment received by patients. Outcomes research has proven controversial. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or “economic stimulus”), passed in February 2009, requires and funds “comparative effectiveness research” (CER) on selected medical treatments. The law also established a panel of 15 presidential appointees – the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research – to determine which medical procedures to investigate for effectiveness. Under the federal health care reform law (“Obamacare”), Congress renamed the Council the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The CER requirement in the ARRA and the additional committees proposed by Obamacare may have led to the oft-cited August 7, 2009, “death panels” accusation made by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on her Facebook page.

Limits on treatment options appears to be one goal of the joint venture. GE Healthcare claims “researchers and physicians can now gain new insights into patient treatment protocols, better enabling them to determine the ideal course of treatment while avoiding expensive options that do not deliver results.” What classifies as a “result” is not known. Researchers and analysts may report results that meet their own biases and preferences. Such research is not new. For decades Thomson Reuters has provided de-identified insurance claims and prescription data to researchers to study the outcomes and effectiveness of medical treatments.

However, the media release notes: The addition of the de-identified patient data from GE Healthcare means a research study can link clams data that track the treatment received by a population of patients diagnosed with a condition such as hypertension, with clinical data on everything from a patient’s body mass index, blood pressure, symptoms and more. With this joint solution, the research provides more specific evidence about the effectiveness of treatments, allowing clinicians and patients to make more informed decisions. The companies have plans for extensive research using patient data. Just one year ago they demonstrated the broad linking of data at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

They combined clinical data collected on 30 million individuals by more than 9,000 system users. The data included health insurance claims data and prescription data. The companies plan to provide customers with detailed research and analytical services. Bill Marder, senior vice president at Thomason Reuters, says: We can now conduct studies that assess the effectiveness of medical treatments, prescription adherence, and disease management initiatives based on both a deep set of clinical data and extensive data on the complete healthcare experience of a patient.

This includes all hospitalizations and ambulatory visits as well as all filled prescriptions, costs, and reimbursements. Although outcomes research could lead to treatment restrictions, as Governor Palin warned – insurers and government agencies could refuse to reimburse doctors and hospitals for treatments classified as “ineffective” – the corporate news release made no mention of patient-consent requirements. The companies also assert “complete patient anonymity and privacy” with a claim that teams at both organizations “have developed an algorithm which enables the de-identification of patient data without loss of utility.” However, no definitions of “de-identification” or “anonymity” were provided.

Sources: “GE Healthcare and Thomson Reuters Create Powerful, Precise Clinical Research Dataset,” GlideNews, May 23, 2011, Accessed June 8, 2011. “GE Healthcare and Thomson Reuters Create Powerful, Precise Clinical Research Dataset,” The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2011, Accessed June 8, 2011. “Palin: Obama’s ‘Death Panel’ Could Kill My Down Syndrome Baby,” Eric Kleefeld, TalkingPointsMemo, August 7, 2009. HITECH Act, Section 13001, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, February 17, 2009. Subtitle D, Section 6301, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, March 23, 2010. [Back to Contents] Health Freedom Watch is a monthly email newsletter published by the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (formerly Citizens’ Council on Health Care), a national nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to support patient and doctor freedom, medical innovation and the right to a confidential patient-doctor relationship. Health Freedom Watch provides reports on national and state policies that impact citizens’ freedom to choose their health-care treatments and practitioners, and to maintain their health privacy – including genetic privacy. Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is not affiliated with any other organization. © Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.

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The treatment of the issue and ultimate intent above are one sided and completely ignorant and neglectful of :

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law. (Consider the right to information about oneself and HOW one may retain on’es genetic material without non-consensual alteration . . . )

Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him. (Consider the right to retain original personal genetics)

Article 14. (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. (this includes GENETIC persecution as in the above article’s suggestion of summary imposition of genetic alteration) (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. (simply BEING cannot be a crime and one’s genetic state as naturally expressed should NEVER be considered a crime) Article 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers, to live in an areas without electronic encroachment. Zones or community areas for UNALTERED genes should be set up. Those with violent/aggressive genes should be fostered in supportive environments that can both accentuate (contact combat sports) *AND* also ‘counter’/’civilise’ (sports that emphasis empathy and perhaps intensive philosophical scenarios to civilise) the same impulses depending on the personal preference. That way both warrior/animal instincts and civilising individuals with FREE CHOICE have a chance to exist.

Self determinism is a critical component of free will and autonomy, both foundations of the UNHCR. Look upon these ‘zones’ as free range nature reserves for certain human genes. Frankly the urban environment is VERY unnatural to humanity, they don’t realise it but it is VERY unhealthy, especially the EMFs/ELFs and other electrosmog.

When do ‘perks’ become graft? – AsiaOne – Monday, 30 January 2012 14:12

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

‘John’ has wined and dined both existing and potential clients.

Sometimes, the outings are held in some of the best hotels in Singapore. Other times, these gatherings are conducted inside the confines of a KTV room with hostesses aplenty.

These affairs are done with only one thing in mind – to impress his clients and secure that deal.

“Entertaining clients is expensive but a necessary evil. Making clients happy is one of the priorities of my job,” admits John (not his real name), an executive in his 40s working in the advertising industry.

He insists that these “perks” are not kickbacks. Instead, they are just gifts to help “sweeten the deal”.

He could spend more than $2,000 at these outings.

“We take them out and show them a good time, all in the hope of landing that all important contract, so what is wrong with that?”

The practice of entertainment for business is now in the spotlight following the revelation earlier this week that two top civil servants are being investigated under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

It is believed that no money is involved in both cases.

However, the close relationship between Mr Peter Lim, former commissioner of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), and Mr Ng Boon Gay, the former director of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), and a female IT executive was a cause of concern.

Both men – currently out on bail – were arrested following allegations of “serious personal misconduct” and have since been replaced at their agencies.

The question now is – when does the business of entertainment cross into the domain of corruption?

Lawyers told The New Paper that the law on this is quite clear. Gratification also need not come in the form of cash or gifts, they added.

“If you put yourself in a position where favours can be obtained in exchange for a service,” then that can be classified as graft, said one lawyer who declined to be named.

This entertainment-for-business strategy is not one without controversy.

In 2003, The Sunday Times reported many doctors in the private and public sector were being targeted by drug companies out to compete for business, reward loyal customers or reel in new ones.

In most cases, these doctors would receive first-class air tickets and stay at five-star hotels overseas.

These perks raised questions about how much influence drug companies wield over doctors.

Executives TNP contacted deny any wrong-doing.

“These extras are what some customers have come to expect when sales people start pitching for business,” said one manager.

“If we don’t do it, our competitors will and we could lose the business as a result”.

But as lawyer and former district judge Edmond Pereira pointed out, civil servants are held by a different standard because “the civil service has a protocol for its officers to follow when dealing with vendors”.

“If a private sector employee is entertaining a civil servant over a tender issue for example, then that is questionable,” said Mr Pereira.

“If that happens, then there is a presumption (of impropriety) and the onus is on the officer to show to the authorities that he did not receive any benefit for corrupt purposes,” he added.

Code of conduct

According to the rules of the Singapore Public Service Commission (PSC), all civil servants are required to observe a code of conduct which covers – among other things – gifts and entertainment given to them.

Infringement of the code of conduct may lead to disciplinary action being taken against the civil servant. Disciplinary control of civil servants is exercised by the PSC, an independent body established under the Constitution which does not come under the purview of any Ministry.

The penalty arising from disciplinary action ranges from a reprimand to dismissal.

According to media reports, it is believed Mr Ng and Mr Lim have admitted during questioning that they had improper relationships with the woman implicated in the scandal.

The Straits Times had also reported that the woman is with an American multi-national company.

A source said her colleagues were always surprised the woman could secure these government contracts.

TNP also understands her supervisor is now under the spotlight for approving her expenditure when entertaining government servants.

-The New Paper

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Perks become graft when special extra-governmental posts beyond Prime Minister and President, like ‘Senior Minister’ and ‘Minister Mentor’ are created that give the post holders 4 million + in salaries, 10 times what Pres. Obama gets from USA. a country with GDP 100s of times greater than Singapore has.

Perks also become graft when government posts pay the highest salaries in the world 240 times average wage instaed of 10 to 30 times (30 times is already quite excessive) average wage at most . . . and the officials still need KTV trips as incentive even though salaries are already extreme.

See below chart for salaries :

The Temiar blockade, arrests in Gua Musang — Mustafa K. Anuar – January 30, 2012

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

JAN 30 — Aliran is appalled by the arrests of 13 Temiar protesters and a lawyer in Gua Musang yesterday over the local community’s attempted blockade to safeguard their community’s interests against the intrusion of loggers into their villages.

This stand-off came about in the wake of a long-standing dispute between the Temiar community and the Kelantan state government over the issue of their ancestral land, a portion of which has been ear-marked for an agricultural project dubbed the Ladang Rakyat programme.

This unpleasant incident is the latest in a number of skirmishes in the country between marginalised indigenous groups and those, including logging companies, trying to grab their land and deny them their cultural heritage. But what makes the Gua Musang confrontation different from most of the other conflicts is that it surprisingly happened in a Pakatan Rakyat-ruled state where concerned Malaysians expect compassion to prevail above everything else and respect for the right to ancestral land to be honoured as a matter of right. This Gua Musang conflict is something that cannot — and should not — happen in a Pakatan-controlled state.

The Temiar community and other indigenous groups in the country have as much right as any other Malaysians to their livelihood, culture, lifestyle and land. And their rights must be respected by all. But, unfortunately, the Orang Asli, the weakest community in our society, are powerless, without any influence, and easily exploited by the greedy and the avaricious

We call upon the Kelantan state government to come to the negotiating table with representatives of the Temiar community. Justice and dignity must be accorded to this marginalised group, who deserve to be treated as human beings protected by the Federal Constitution, which promises equal treatment under the law. — aliran.com

* Dr Mustafa K. Anuar is honorary secretary of Aliran

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

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I’ll quote Keeng Willy (Predator 1987 John McTiernan) here ‘ The spirit world maan!’

These Pakatan creeps are trying to displace spiritual barriers to Xianity if you ask me. I wasn’t there but I do know the mindset of Pakatan’s potentiality to be swayed by superstition nominally based on numerology and fundo Xianity, some Islam, and Buddhism b.s..

They are AFRAID of the Orang Asli, becuase Monotheism is WRONG in this Animist region (has not colonized the Orang Asli’s spirit) and perhaps even spiritually ILLEGAL in the Nusantaran Region (by higher spiritual laws which will not allow Monotheism to displace Animism?) as opposed to the original Animist faith of the native Orang Asli Malays (those who have not been or refused to be converted), which is Nusantaran Animism and deeply rooted in 1000s of years old (perhaps 10s of 1000s of Ancestral Lands that must never be disturbed.

2 Articles on Malaysia’s suppsedly beloved Tun Dr.Mahathir – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – late Feb 2012

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm

ARTICLE 1

Friday, 27 January 2012 18:02 Dr M conferred honarary doctorate in Thailand

BANGKOK — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was conferred the honorary doctorate in Political Science from Naresuan University, here, today.

Chairman of the Naresuan University Council Prof Dr Krasae Chanawongse in his citation said the award was in recognition of Dr Mahathir’s life-long commitment to the people of Malaysia to create a sense of national identity and pride in Malaysia.

It was also in recognition of his statue as an extraordinary leader in Southeast Asia, he said.

The university’s President Prof Dr Suhjin Jinahyon conferred the honorary doctorate on Dr Mahathir in a ceremony at a hotel, here, the first time the university with its main campus in Phitsanulok, conferred the award to a Malaysian.

The university is named after King Naresuan and started as the College of Education in 1967 and later became the Phitsanulok Campus of Srinakharinwirot University in 1974 before officially granted u university status on July 29, 1990.

Dr Mahathir in his acceptance speech expressed sincere appreciation to the university for conferring the award.

In commending the university’s vision and mission to transform the university as the beacon of knowledge, he said the culture of lifelong learning need to be nurtured in the minds and hearts of graduates as the world moved towards a knowledge-based economy.

“In today’s world, lifelong learning is essential because continuous research leads to new knowledge and discoveries,” he said.

He said with new knowledge comes innovation, agility and increased productivity that would eventually contribute directly to the nation building process.

“We have to learn from the examples set by Ibnu Sinna and Al-Khawarizmi in the fields of medicine and mathematics respectively and in more recent years, we should emulate the creativity and innovation displayed by Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs,” he said.

It was clear that education should be used as a vehicle for change, empowerment and emancipation, said the Malaysian fourth prime minister who took office from 1981 until his retirement in 2003.

Thomas Elva Edison, he said, who created light bulb was often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory in the 19th century.

He experimented more than a thousand times before he could eventually perfect his creation.

“But in his own assessment, he did not fail in his experiments for he learnt a thousand wrong ways to create light bulbs. That is truly the spirit that is much needed in this modern time which will without doubt benefit mankind as a whole,” he said.

Dr Mahathir’s wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain also attended the ceremony.

— BERNAMA

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Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:38 posted by @Worthless title
What national identity? Up till today we are still identified and treated differently based on race and religion. What national pride? What ever little pride thats left of the nation has been tattered and torn apart by lies and fabricated charges of sexual misconduct of his deputy. Malaysia is now a laughing stock due to absurd tales of sex and lies, spreading cancerous corruptions at the highest levels, which seem never ending.

Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:16 posted by @Azizi
In fact this was arranged by fatty ros. will post the original letter later on so that this will become a laughing stock. Mamak is so proud but compare to LKY …..HE WAS AWARDED WITH A LINCOLN DOCTORATE FROM US. So mamak apanama lupa lagi.

@Ignorant professor Friday, 27 January 2012 23:59
Chairman of the Naresuan University Council Prof Dr Krasae Chanawongse must be a cock-eyed person and short on hearing to have seen and recognised Mahathir’s evil shadow in good light! Someone in Thailand should take over the professor’s chairmanship of the U soon to avoid continued embarrassments in future over making very poor award judgements!

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Am worried about Chairman of the Naresuan University Council Prof Dr Krasae Chanawongse and Thailand by extension due to this action. Maybe it’s just a faction rather than the country? No respectable person much less an academic can associate with dr.Evil due to the massive amount of unconstitutional (try the Vehicular AP) and often illegal and opaque laws (ISA, OSA, University, Printing Presses act), bills and self enriching, nation harming actions (massive alienations of land, giving away of citizenships – http://www.jstor.org/pss/3693626) that occurred during dr.Evil’s multiple term (2 or 3 terms flat would be ok, but this is just Oligarchy) 20+ year (dictatorship) tenure, Ops Lallang being the worst most Gestapo-like event that dr.Evil approved.

ARTICLE 2

Anwar backs Palestinian genocide, says Dr M’s peace group
January 31, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — The Perdana Global Peace Foundation today accused Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of supporting directly Israel’s racial killings against Palestinians.

The global movement founded by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was responding to the opposition leader’s reported remarks on the Middle East state in the Wall Street Journal last week.

“To the PGPF, anyone who wants to ‘support all efforts to protect the security of Israel’ is abetting, if not outrightly supporting, Israel’s continued genocide of Palestinians and undermining all the efforts of Malaysians to support the Palestinians struggle for sovereignty,” it said in a statement.

Anwar, who has been under heavy fire from various groups including Umno and its media following the report, has clarified he agreed to a two-state solution for the troubled Middle East region that Malaysia’s foreign affairs had raised in the UN General Assembly in September last year.

Muslim-majority Malaysia is a staunch supporter of Palestine and has no diplomatic ties with Israel.

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PGPF does not need to like or support Anwar, to understand the difference between Jews, Israelis and Zionists (much like the difference to ‘mind own business LGBTs’ and ‘destroy all religions or non-LGBT people LGBTs’ and vice versa. Dr M’s peace group is a subversive Zionist funded (guess why Malaysian citizens are allowed to travel anywhere on their passport except Israel?) group on BN’s last fund wasting support.

Mind-reading scientists predict what a person is going to do before they do it – by Daily Mail Reporter – 1st July 2011

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm
It has long been a dream of both scientists and law enforcement officials alike. Researchers monitoring brain activity can now determine what action a person is planning before he carries it out. Although it is currently only possible to know what someone is going to do just moments before it happens, the implications of the breakthrough are huge. Scroll down for video Breakthrough: Researchers monitoring brain activity can now determine what action a person is planning before he carries it out Breakthrough: Researchers monitoring brain activity can now determine what action a person is planning before he carries it out Police, for example, would love to know what a criminal is intending to do during a tense armed stand-off. Lead researcher Jason Gallivan, of the University of Western Ontario, said: ‘This is a considerable step forward in our understanding of how the human brain plans actions.’
 
Over the course of a one-year study, volunteers had their brain activity scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while they performed one of three hand movements – grasping the top of an object, grasping the bottom of the object, or simply reaching out and touching the object. The scientists found that by using the signals from many brain regions, they could predict, better than chance, which of the actions the volunteer was merely intending to do, seconds later. One day soon? Christopher Walken in the 1983 sci-fi film Brainstorm, which follows a team of scientists who record their thoughts
 
One day soon? Christopher Walken in the 1983 sci-fi film Brainstorm, which follows a team of scientists who record their thoughts
 
Co-author Jody Culham said: ‘Neuro-imaging allows us to look at how action planning unfolds within human brain areas without having to insert electrodes directly into the human brain. ‘This is obviously far less intrusive.’ The new findings could also have important clinical implications. Mr Gallivan said: ‘Being able to predict a human’s desired movements using brain signals takes us one step closer to using those signals to control prosthetic limbs in movement-impaired patient populations, like those who suffer from spinal cord injuries or locked-in syndrome.’ The findings are published in the Journal of Neuroscience. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2010245/Mind-reading-scientists-predict-person-going-it.html
 
 
 
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As formal a Confirmation of existence of Neurotech as any. Combine this with Telecoms technology like the wirless cellphone and the Orwellian surveillance society is impossible to escape. Run for elections free minded citizens wherever you are with or without a political party backing you or set up one – the Mental Autonomy / Mentral Privacy Party along side or within your Green Parties.Pass bills and laws that prohibit such technologies, or freedom as we know it, will have ended.

The Half-There House – by Ellen Gamerman, WSJ.com – 29th Jun 2011

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm
A 6,400-square foot home is half-buried in a grassy slope in East Hampton, NY. When Bob Stansel and Tammy Marek were planning their new luxury home here, they didn’t want to overwhelm the neighbors. So they buried half of it. Except for its arching corrugated metal roof, the unadorned modern structure built of concrete and glass barely rises higher than the grassy slope into which it’s built. More than 3,200 of the four-bedroom home’s roughly 6,400 square feet are located in a lower level, making the house appear more than twice as big from the side as it does from the front. Using subterranean construction to avoid restrictive building codes is a popular option in places like California’s Napa Valley, where home owners burrow underground for more space. But the couple here said their decision wasn’t driven by regulations; instead it was their own desire for a pared-down aesthetic. “I don’t think I’d want people thinking that was my dream of retirement, to build some monster,” said Mr. Stansel, a 65-year-old former mortgage banker who moved into the East Hampton home with his wife this winter.
 
“We didn’t want a bunch of expensive decorations on the outside.” On the property, Japanese maple and copper beech trees sit near a planted flat-roofed garage and grass driveway whose wide-set cobblestones look like part of the landscaping. Mr. Stansel took a 1,200-pound glacial rock, which he bought for $2,000 after becoming intrigued by its Alaska history, and trucked it from storage in Portland, Ore. to use outside as a garden feature. The owners filled the home with pieces chosen by an interior decorator. The interior is simple, reflecting the desires of Ms. Marek, a 52-year-old day trader and horse lover—the couple has four horses that are boarded away from home in Connecticut and Holland. “It’s more like a loft,” she said. The front door leads to an open plan living area with flooring made of Oregon black walnut and white Bulgarian limestone. A concrete slab marks the staircase, which is held up with a harpsichord-like row of steel cables. Arched glass walls surround the modern living room and lacquered wood kitchen, hugging the curve of the roof. Downstairs, a sitting area and den are lit by three pairs of 9-foot tall glass French doors around a lower courtyard. Mr. Stansel’s study and a general storage area, however, are in rooms without any direct light.
 
Architects are seeing more houses with unassuming façades that explode in size when viewed from the back, or homes split into multiple buildings so they’ll look less massive, or even homes that New York architect Lee Skolnick calls “McRanchions”—1950s ranch houses given luxury makeovers. “There’s a trend we’re seeing—it’s called ‘perceived thrift,'” said Chris Rose, an architect based in Charleston, S.C. “It’s kind of like the ladies going to Bergdorf’s and still buying stuff, but putting it in a brown bag.” Mr. Stansel had his fill when it came to towering properties: In 2009, he and Ms. Marek bought Canterbury Castle, a 1930s landmark in Portland, Ore. with a moat, drawbridge and turret, for about $290,000. They were already living in the house next door and bought the site as an investment. The city had deemed the crumbling edifice structurally unsound, clearing the way for the couple to raze it. Some locals were opposed, but the couple considered it unsafe and an eye sore. At the same time, Mr. Stansel and Ms. Marek were beginning construction on the Long Island house.
 
East Hampton-based architect Maziar Behrooz had come up with a design for the land’s previous owner, who was inspired by a photo of an F-16 fighter jet nosing out of an airplane hangar for the building’s shape. Mr. Behrooz dubbed it the Arc House, after the curve of the galvanized aluminum roof. Mr. Stansel was drawn to the home’s low-slung profile. The couple paid $1.25 million for the property down a long road lined with tall pines, and another $2.2 million for the building, Mr. Stansel said. Nearby, in a subdivision with meadows and fields for polo matches, a home is on the market for $2.9 million. The couple moved to New York because they thought it would make it easier to travel to Europe in their retirement, though they are considering spending the winters in Portland if they don’t find a buyer for their property there. Outside their Long Island home, a memento from their Portland past is now set into the ground. Two heavy stones serve as steps to a soon-to-be-built Zen garden—pieces of the castle they once owned.
 
 
 
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Isn’t this America land of the free? Why should there be a need for ‘ using subterranean construction to avoid restrictive building codes ‘ ? Which idiots write and ratify these codes? By the way in a certain 3rd world country the below abuse of residents is occurring : http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/1378/gambier1.jpg Vote them out and rewrite those codes! If you don’t have a good candidate, run for candidacy on the ticket of rewriting restrictive building codes ! Do not let them tell you what to do or how to build on your private land! Want lower taxes? Property assessments? Freedom from apartheid? Run for candidacy or find out which MP cannot be voted due to their oppressive social or political beliefs and unvotable desire to impose restrictive building (in some places DRESS – allow Burkha! Allow Nudism!) codes !