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

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, better laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, collusion, colonialism, Democracy, democratisation, dhimmi, dhimmitude, domestic terrorists in the political sphere, flawed judgments, gambling, intent, intentional omissions, Invasive Laws, Law, Malaysia, media sabotage, media tricks, misrepresentation of data, misrepresentation of facts, neutral spaces, non-Muslim rights, non-Muslim Rights in a Muslim country, Orwellian, PDRM, police, politics, Property, spirit of the law, unreasonable fines, vested interest, word of the law on March 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

ARTICLE 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Koon Yew Yin reads The Malaysian Insider.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTICLE 2

20 gamblers arrested at mini casino – 03 March 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All of them paid the fine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 10

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

ARTICLE 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTICLE 4

Indonesia’s ‘tree of life’

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

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

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

Rotinese-The lontar palm- sugar plants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1,000 uses and counting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, advice, amendments to law needed, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, better laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, criticism, Democracy, democratisation, Equality, Freedom of Expression, Invasive Laws, Malaysia, media traps, misplaced adoration, neutral spaces, one level up, Pakatan Rakyat Coalition, political correctness, profiteering off fines, separation of powers, social freedoms, unreasonable fines on February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

ARTICLE 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTICLE 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where is the outrage?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saved by expediency?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Justinian is a pseudonym

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

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

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

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

ARTICLE 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-REUTERS
Commentator comments :

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:52 posted by Disgusted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTICLE 4

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

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

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

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

“Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh”

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

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

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

Speech disrupted

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

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

Journalist hurt trying to protect me

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

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

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

Hit and spit at my car

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

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

Yet Umno and Gerakan condone such violence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the 3 items below?

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

See the 13 point plan below?

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

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

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

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

This article ends with  (conspicuously in all caps) :

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

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

Mediocrity and now, Idiocracy . . .

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

Joe: “Why do you keep saying that?”

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

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

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


 

ARTICLE 5

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

PENANG DECLARATION

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

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

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

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

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

Solemnly adopt the Penang Declaration, as follows:

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

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

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

2 Articles on Collusion and Profiteering off Taxpayer Monies between Councils and Crony Businesses – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 22nd February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, collusion, criticism, Invasive Laws, spirit of the law, unprofessional behaviour, unreasonable fines on February 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

ARTICLE 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

The comments below have not been moderated.

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

– wrinkly reader, devon., 21/2/2012 09:34
Rating   1

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

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

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

– Chris, Newton le Willows, 21/2/2012 09:33
Rating   1

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

– Tammy, Lytham St Annes, 21/2/2012 09:32
Rating   2

They were quick enough to hand over bottles of wine to tommy when being liberated…..

– david, england, 21/2/2012 09:31
Rating   1

Sail to Ostend/Zeebrugge instead. Avoid France.

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

– David Bourke, Rochester, Kent, 21/2/2012 09:28
Rating   2

Good ideas – lets do it here.

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

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

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

ARTICLE 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Care home orders grieving daughter to pay £3,000… because she didn’t give 28 days’ notice of her father’s DEATH
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‘That was after 25 years of so-called progress, so I guess I should not be surprised at what we are faced with  for the Diamond Jubilee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorset County Council:

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

Denbigshire County Council:

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

Surrey County Council:

A request must be accompanied by the following essential information:

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

One council that simplified the paperwork

Hampshire County Council:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even cowgirls go nude, apparently: Police arrest woman, 18, wearing only cowboy boots after low-speed chase – by Daily Mail Reporter – Last updated at 5:04 PM on 14th February 2012

In Abuse of Power, better judgments, England, Law, overkill, profiteering off fines, spirit of the law, too damn high, unreasonable fines on February 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Taylor Burnham

Naked cowgirl: Taylor Burnham, 18, fled when she saw police

Taylor Burnham, 18, was arrested on drunk driving charges after she was spotted wearing only cowboy boots in Corpus Christie, Texas, and then led police on a low-speed chase in her Jeep Wrangler.

Police were called to an alley behind homes in one of the city’s subdivisions about 3.30am Sunday.

When officers arrived and spotted Burnham, she was standing stark naked — except for a pair of cowboy boots — near her Jeep.

Instead of stopping, Burnham climbed into her vehicle and drove off.

She proceeded to lead police on a low-speed chase, never exceeding 30 miles per hour.

Burnham drove through a neighboring subdivision before stopping after she ran up on a sidewalk.

A police report says a female officer helped her dress herself before police administered a breathalyzer and a field sobriety test.

It’s unclear why she was naked except for her cowboy boots.

She was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving, as well as evading arrest, a felony.

Burnham was released from jail after posting $3,500 bail.
Mystery: It’s unknown why Burnham was wearing cowboy boots and nothing else

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Naked Cowgirl for President! 3500 fine for nakedness? Are English now Taliban? They could ignore her as she was in her car – a private space obviously then people should not be looking into. Only if outside in the public space, they should issue a warning and only fine not more than $10-$50 on the second and subsequent offences. It’s about public order, not profiteering off fines. Also there should be some nudist colonies or nudist districts she could be referred to.

Probate Court: The Largest Business in the World – by Danny Tate on November 3, 2011 *AND* General Pricing Problems with the 1% Oriented, 99% Neglecting Legal System and a ‘Salary Based Charges’ Solution – 6th March 2012 by – by @AgreeToDisagree

In 1% tricks and traps, 99%, bad laws, best practices, checks and balances, Equitable Distribution, equitable political power distribution, equitable wealth distribution, Invasive Laws, neutral spaces, opaque system, preventing vested interest, Socialism, spirit of the law, too damn high, unreasonable fines, vested interest, Wealth distribution on January 17, 2012 at 8:11 am
ARTICLE 1
The deepest, darkest, dirtiest, yet wealthiest secret of our government. Consider this, the probate court is the largest business in the world, for through its portals pass the entire wealth of the world, sooner or later. Now, pay close attention: In this post, I will mathematically prove this allegation. Though this well-kept secret does not appear in the Fortune 500’s list, the probate court trumps them all, including Wal-Mart, Wall Street, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet. These businesses and individuals are all dwarves compared to the probate court. Follow carefully, for this will help the reader understand and comprehend the magnitude of the “business of the court”, specifically the probate court. Now, before I lay out a hypothetical (ball-park) figure of the gross annual income of the probate court, you must understand that the probate court is the most unaccounted for court; for there is typically no jury, no oversight and a judge vested with an authority that is typically void of credibility to adjudicate the matters before their court. If they are not in possession of mathematical credentials and certification that surpass those of its practitioners, then what credentials must they possess to be qualified for the probate bench?
A superior knowledge of the law should be a given. Yet, with factoring in an almost unaccounted for court overseeing the largest business in the world, it invites corruption, and a subversion of the law becomes a rule as opposed to the exception. Let me interject here that in Davidson County, TN, where the 7th Circuit Court’s bench is occupied by a man who, from inside information, graduated in the lower half of his class from Nashville School of Law, Judge Randy Kennedy is not a scholar, but a politician, and this further invites and suggests lack of interest in the citizenry and favor towards its practitioners and all state agencies that do business in the court, including our Attorney General, Robert E. Cooper, Jr. (we will present evidence in a future post that puts Cooper and Kennedy “in bed” together, thus no accountability from our highest state law enforcement public servant). Judge Jim Everett, two probate judges back, committed suicide in the home of notorious organized corruption king-pin Jimmy Lewis’ home, when the TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) initiated investigations into his actions that are insignificant compared to the corruption Judge Randy Kennedy facilitates and cooperates in routinely. Judge Kennedy is tied directly to Jimmy Lewis, as is Paul Housch, Adam Dread, all one-time attorneys for Jimmy Lewis. There are other probate practitioners attached to this world of organized corruption. Judge Jim Everett Suicide–Nashville Scene, January 18, 1996 http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/desperately-seeking-the-news/Content?oid=1180198
Now I present the mathematical equation that represents the probate court as being the largest business in the world: In a discussion with respected journalist and probate blogger, Lou Ann Anderson, she represented the amount of money that passes through one probate court in Houston, TX, a county that has THREE probate courts, and this is from just ONE of those courts in one county. Lou Ann Anderson’s’ testimonial must start with her involuntarily thrust into the probate hell: “At a point, I traded in the PTO and Junior League for political activism and a‘concealed carry’ license. Who knew that EstateofDenial.com and learning more about quiet, stodgy, seemingly boring probate venues would expose a corrupt system of which the American public is largely unaware despite it posing a growing, unbridled threat to both their individual liberties and property rights.” She reports from Estate of Denial: In October 2006, Harris County (Houston) Probate Judge Mike Wood – a controversial figure in his own right – testified before the Texas Senate Committee on Jurisprudence and offered interesting insight to the “probate business.” He told of a 1995 analysis indicating that assets and inventories filed for his approval (and not necessarily including all independently administered estate assets which also he supervises) were approximately $750 million per quarter.
He said the $3 billion annual figure held true five years later. While this court was described as “probably one of the busiest probate courts in the nation,” that still is a staggering number and to extrapolate even a far-diminished dollar amount to the massive number of probate courts throughout this country helps illustrate the wealth controlled by this venue. Now, consider that Judge Randy Kennedy brags often of his court having “more conservatorships than any probate court in the state”, while Shelby County has a population of 1 million, far more populated than Davidson County. This approximate calculation of the wealth of the probate court was presented last year at Impeach Randy Kennedy, but in the light of recent activity, it’s important to bring this issue back up. Let’s assume every county has one probate court, though the county referred to in Estate of Denial has three probate courts. One probate court, our of three, does 3 billion/year in this county, so we’ll underestimate in our hypotheses.
According to Wikipedia, here’s the definition of a “county”, though they may have a different title in different states such as Louisiana and Alaska: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_(United_States) In the United States, a county is a geographic subdivision of a state (or federal territory), usually assigned some governmental authority. The term “county” is used in 48 of the 50 states; Louisiana is divided into parishes and Alaska into boroughs.[1] Parishes and boroughs are called “county-equivalents” by the U.S. Federal Government, as are certain independent cities which are not parts of counties. There are currently 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the United States; 3,141 according to Wolfram|Alpha knowledge base, 2011. Now, if one of three courts has a gross annual income of 3 Billion, that would suggest 9 Billion in one county annually, and these figures come from 1995. Now, let’s multiply that times 3,143 counties or “county-equivalents“. This would gross 28,287,000,000,000.00. Let me simplify by letting you know this figure is well in excess of $28 TRILLION dollars.
This figure dwarfs the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) $14.582 Trillion http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=ny_gdp_mktp_cd&idim=country%3AUSA&dl=en&hl=en&q=gross+domestic+product Not to mention the USA National Debt which exceeds $14 Trillion: http://www.usdebtclock.org/ According to this “ball-park” calculation based on numbers presented from one probate court in 1995, the gross annual income of the probate court equals the US National Debt and the Gross Domestic Product combined, approximately $28 Trillion. I believe we can assume this is a modest calculation, understating the fact. Based upon this calculation, the probate court is not only the largest business in the United States, but this would probably hold true for any country in the world that uses the probate court to liquidate and divide the wealth of their nation. Again, all the wealth of the world passes through probate, in a court virtually unaccounted for, benched by judges who are not certified accountants (typically), all bills are paid by the court, all attorneys are paid by the court, and the matters of the state in estate matters are adjudicated in the probate court. Reader, are you grasping what this is telegraphing loud and clear?
Do you think the “powers that be” are going to let go of these purse strings without slinging mud, ruining lives and protecting themselves by “hook or crook”? You are a fool, or just indifferent, if you think otherwise. The probate court is the deep, dark, dirty secret of, not only our legal system, but our entire government, for in this unaccounted for court, passes the wealth of the world, houses the largest business in the world, and it can surely, and more often than not, invite corruption. How can this “business of the court” be wrangled into accountability? In my experience, here are the options: In Tennessee, apparently here is no hope for reform on a local or state level, for the agencies charged with investigating crimes are not inclined to take on the largest business in the world. Legislators are not going to bite the hand that feeds them. The Court of the Judiciary is not going to charge a judge for judicial misconduct when they’ve committed the same misconduct. Former Tennessee Governor Bredesen (refer to previous post) appointed Judge Randy Kennedy to run Davidson County’s largest business, so that suggests he might be in on the business of the court. Attorney General Robert E. Cooper does business in Judge Randy Kennedy’s Court (and they’ve got some side business we will reveal upcoming). Is there federal intervention that would save us from on high? I’m in Washington DC as I write, seeking federal intervention from the lack of integrity on a local and state level in Tennessee, but it’s hard for me to imagine that the feds are going to “bite the hand that feeds them”, though there has been traction here and I will return with a greater confidence that justice will be served.
With the constant bickering between the right and the left (hegelian dialectic), which is nothing but an instrument to distract “we, the people”, from all internal atrocities, and from the fact the probate court is looting our estates before we are in the grave, my case being a prime example, “Court-Ordered Hell” , the only reasonable conclusion might be that we must overtake our government, for the voice of “we, the people” is not represented at any level, state or federal, and this MUST be of “grave” concern (pun intended). The probate purse strings will not be let go of without a fight. And the probate practitioners are the bottom feeders of the legal system, right behind ambulance chasers. These are the culprits stealing our money.
WAKE UP!!! You do not want to wake up one day in this “court-ordered hell”, brought on by a protected, illegal, yet sanctioned ambush. Our Constitution provides the right to raise a militia, used to rise up against tyranny, perfectly represented in the probate courts of America. It is truly taxation without representation, for once you are in probate, you ARE NOT represented, for all attorneys are on the probate gravy train, having their outrageous and exaggerated fees paid by the probate court, not by the client. Are you following this line of reasoning? It may require a coup, a rising up of the patriotic spirit this nation was born from, “Don’t tread on me” “Give me liberty or give me death”. In closing, the entire legal and political system has kept us in the dark as to the largest business in the world, the probate court, and in order for us to take back the power and take control of this probate industry that our leaders have not, and apparently will not, protect us from, it obviously will and must require extreme measures, by any means necessary. I, for one, am ready to lead the charge. Who will follow? Are you an American of the patriotic spirit, or have you sold your soul to the era of thievery and greed spawned by our own “trusted” servants? Not me, not now, not ever. You can sit on the sidelines and be a spectator, but that will not do, not now, not at this point in time in American history. Now is the hour of truth.
I challenge you to rise up and exercise your Constitutional Rights, and lets strip our government of the tyranny that has taken over. Probate courts are Taxation Without Representation, the very movement that birthed our nation. Who will follow? As Jack Nicholson’s character stated as the theme in: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, ”At least I tried…” Here is our alter call. Who will rededicate their lives to the salvation of our individual liberties: “Where Have the Rebels All Gone” by: danny tate and john brannen (c) 1985 “Come on all you saints and sinners, refugees of life, Is there one among you with the heart to stand alone and fight Is there anyone in this land who isn’t tired and old I’m just looking for one misfit with a motorcycle soul Restless winds are blowing in the streets Who will rise above this crowd and challenge destiny….” While there is breath in me, I will fight for my individual liberties, which was paramount as our forefathers authored the Constitution. Stand with me, stand beside me, and let’s rise up against tyranny within our own land. Keep the faith….
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We, especially the general non-legal trained public, not qualified or aware enough over here and in MANY countries. Could a DVD investigating every individual process of the Probate Courts exposing abuses of the same, perhaps based around the events of a single or number of *relevant* and *interesting* cases be produced by a team of lawyers and then send around the world to ALL legal establishments in hopes of reaching reform minded people in the Legal profession who could be associated with in a ‘Ethical Legal Professionals Worldwide’ kind of INGO? It seems that legal professionals need to be reminded of their obligation to the public and be reminded that they do not serve the corrupt governments of the day where viably considered corrupt.
Finally (for now), I’d say that the fining system as well as taxation systems, legal fees applicable need to be matched to the earnings and assets of all offenders and taxpayers. Many a time for the poorer, fines and taxes, also legal fees (effectively making access to legal services impossible) easily eat up more than a week’s or month’s or few months wages. Lawyers should be obligated to charge fees matched to the earnings and assets of ALL citizens and not be picky about what clients they serve. Yes SERVE. The legal system and legal professional serve the public, but not more often than not, they merely are overgrown parasites or worse, colluders with governments of the day. Please put a section on the DVD as well on equitable charges which should not be more than a few percent of any and all salaries, or property value. Keep up the expositions !
ARTICLE 2
General Pricing Problems with the 1% Oriented, 99% Neglecting Legal System and a ‘Salary Based Charges’ Solution – by @AgreeToDisagree – 7th March 2012

Take for example, the issue of an Living Will, and the requirements of stamp fees, and then access to the lower earning classes in the event of disputes between owners and beneficiaries. The costs of a ‘Chartered Accountant’ are well beyond the almost non-existent savings levels especially of the lower amd middle wealth persons so the concept of ‘Trust Deed’ is beyond almost all 99%ters. Ask how many low income people if they can afford to even spend 500 on legal fees for any purpose then ask if they can save 500 a year to begin with. 1% will be quite likely. People hardly can save anything, meanmwhile the Chartered Accountant and Lawyer have massive incomes not commensurate with Middle class professions such fields represent. Price controls hence sghould be considered as follows in the below paragraphs.

As mentioned earlier in the response to above article (Probate Court: The Largest Business in the World – by Danny Tate on November 3, 2011 – Judge Randy Kennedy https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/probate-court-the-largest-business-in-the-world-by-danny-tate-on-november-3-2011-judge-randy-kennedy/) , a lawyer is supposed to render a service of legal services to ALL people regardless of wealth level, and should only be allowed to charge what any and all citizens can afford – which is preferably no more than 10% of the yearly salary of the person, because that represents the entire savings capacity of most people in the lower and middle classes.

By allowed fixed prices, which are not necessarily affordable to too many lower earnings level citizens, legal services tend to impoverish the citizens and little is done by the legislators in terms of price controls.

If a legal fee that has recurrent levies reaches 10% of the yearly salary of the person, the case/service attending lawyer should not be allowed to charge any more until that case or legal service is completed. Why? As such levels of legal fees entirely take away all possibility of savings for that person for that year already (consider that *ONLY* 50 ITEMS of legal services could be done by ANY person during their lifetime, as per the 50 years of active life and active earning is also 50 years typically.

How can this be tenable? This means that professional fees of lawyers sequester away entire salaries of virtually ALL lower earning classes and far too much of middle earning classes which make up easil more than 50% of the population. A lawyer must at least not charge anything more than that 10% yearly salary limit until that year has passed. If a person had done 1 item of legal service per year (not unreasonable), they would have no savings at all, and would mean being dependant on the welfare system.

In fact in the event that a second or third or more legal services are required after the 10% yearly salary expenditure had been spent, the same person should be granted FREE ACCESS to legal services – people do not enjoy wasting time on legal services, though red tape is of course rather extreme as well, penalties for all kinds of inconsequential issues considered offenses or the unecessary need of lawyers in too many aspecst of lives (i.e. stamping and witnessing of many documents could be done at ALL post offices, government offices instead of just at lawyers offices only).

Note the extreme fees at 15% of value for Land Office charges for subdivision of land (Pejabat Tanah Galian) in Malaysia, too damn high as commpared to the sales agent’s 1-2% commission which is already excessive, being the government, this should be 0.1% at most. And time frames for same subdivision is disgraceful – ‘less than 2 years . . . (to repeat)’ . The loss of wealth in this manner is extreme and the MPs who allowed this to persist are unvotable. Why can the MPs, Governors, Bar Council not address and amend these extreme fees levied by the land office to 1% at maximum? Why can’t price controls be relegated to a sliding scale limited to the 10% earning’s limit as above suggested which will help in wealth distribution? Or at least consider that 1% of any individual’s savings at most?