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17 Articles On Malaysia : Singapore-paganda, Tresspassing, NGO Cynicism – Never Attacks Apartheid, NGO Apologism, Local Council Elections in Russia Make Russia More Democratic Than Malaysia, Feminazi Fearful CJs?, Profiteering All the Way – Even For Sewage, Micro More Like Femto, MCA’s Chang Ming Thien Foundation, Incandescent Oppression, Najib Lacks Sincerity, Khairy Jamalluddin Remains Racist Behind Veneer of Nationalism?, DAP’s Undemocratic Culture Causes Discerning To Quit, CM Takes On the Role of NGO But Dares Not Challenge Apartheid, DAP Bullies Smokers- Write Extreme and Abusive Fines, Civil Lawsuit Against Bumiputra System?, – reposted by@AgreeToDisagree – 18th October 2012

In Apartheid, better laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, collusion, criticism, Democracy, dishonest academia, Equitable Distribution, equitable political power distribution, equitable wealth distribution, feminist saboteurs, if not contrived, intent, intentional omissions, media, media collusion, non-Muslim rights, non-Muslim Rights in a Muslim country, Russia, technofascism, word of the law, wrong priority on October 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

ARTICLE 1

The fault line of values — Eugene K.B. Tan – October 15, 2012

OCT 15 — Amy Cheong’s racially-charged post is not the first and, it is probably safe to say given the ubiquity of social media, will not be the last either.

Writing on his Facebook page, Singapore Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said that the incident “confirms what I had long suspected and said: There are deep fault lines in our society, based on race/religion … Her comments reflect a deep seated racist attitude coupled with contempt for those who are less well off, or who wish to spend less”.

Race and religion will remain fault lines in our society for a long time to come, and new fault lines, such as the divide between locals and foreigners, will arise. However, I am not so pessimistic that these fault lines are deep.

Since 1965, ethnic relations in Singapore have improved, and the threat of overt ethnic conflict has lessened.

Occasionally, racial and religious tensions have gone up a notch or two — as was the case with the discovery of the homegrown Jemaah Islamiyah cell back in 2001-2002. Singaporeans must not be complacent. But it is also important not to treat our diversity as something to be feared.

The growth and development of the Singaporean identity has helped to reduce race and religion as primary identities of Singaporeans.

Inchoate as it may be, we must endeavour to do more to nurture this civic identity as our primary identity marker — with our racial, religious and other identities being secondary. Each of us has multiple identities, and that is what makes multiracial living possible, harmonious and dynamic here.

VALUES AT ODDS

For me, the Amy Cheong episode underscores a new fault line — that of values.

At one level, Cheong’s vitriol at the Malay practice of hosting wedding receptions at the void decks of HDB estates was couched in racial terms. But I would argue that her views, distilled to the core, stemmed from her severe lack of appreciation of and respect for the values of the Malays.

The sense of community at work, the gotong royong spirit evident, and the very open nature of such wedding receptions speak volumes of the Malay community, and the values that are important to them.

It is always easier to resort to the categories of race and religion to rationalise a group’s behaviour.

Cheong, in attempting to make sense of what it was that irritated her that weekend, explained away their behaviour as being “Malay” and what she perceived as at odds with her own values and, perhaps, that of the non-Malays generally.

Shanmugam alludes to this values gap when he observed that she evinced “contempt for those who are less well off, or who wish to spend less”.

This values gap is not necessarily only denominated in economic terms — it is also about outlook towards life and what truly matters to a person or a community.

It is also this values gap that helps to explain why local-born and foreign-born Chinese, as well as Singaporean-born and foreign-born Indians, may not get along although they are ostensibly of the same race.

MORAL PANIC NOT THE WAY

Shanmugam, in a memorable 2002 parliamentary speech as a backbencher, had said: “I think, it was ingrained in the psyche of many, though not all, non-Muslim Singaporeans that somehow our Muslim Singaporeans were less competitive, and less able.

“These feelings and reactions were reinforced by the relative insularity of the lives which many Singaporeans lead. Those who were involved in community work and had to reach across racial lines could overcome such reactions. But not many had such opportunities.

“Our Muslim Singaporeans, of course, picked up on those feelings. And our Muslim Singapore society stood feeling that it was not adequately respected by sections of Singaporean society. I would add that these are only my personal views, and others may well disagree. We cannot prove or disprove these things. We can only look straight into our hearts and minds.’’

We need to manage sensitively these fault lines, yet also in an enlightened manner.

Yes, we should be concerned about racial and religious differences and keep a watchful eye on anything that undermines the ethnic stability we have. But we should avoid being paranoid about it. A moral panic is not the way to deal with fault lines; if anything, this is more likely to make matters worse.

AIM FOR DEEPER CHANGE

The “solution”, if there is one, is by way of a process, not a “security patch”.

Clamping down on racists posts like Cheong’s deals only with the symptoms. They remove what could be clear and present danger to racial harmony. But they do not ensure that we learn valuable lessons from it or grow in deeper understanding of our differences.

How then do we engage the Amy Cheongs out there who continue to harbour racist views?

We need to challenge these one-sided views on various fronts — from education, to counselling, to self-regulation, to regulation and — occasionally — compliance through the use of coercive law.

But regulation by the state tends to be about using hard law and enforcement action. They can be described as “quick fixes” which may not result in deep-seated behavioural change.

As a society, we still have a long way to go in terms of being truly multiracial.

Of fundamental importance is the need for Singaporeans to appreciate not only why such baseless remarks have no place in our multiracial society — but also why we need to go beyond tolerance to understanding, appreciating and respecting the inherent diversity that is quintessentially Singapore. — Today

* Eugene K.B. Tan is assistant professor of law at the Singapore Management University School of Law, and a Nominated Member of Parliament.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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. . . that is quintessentially NOT Singapore . . . The laws in Singapore are right, but in heart there is no way when 6 million people down south in Singapore are reminded by 26 million up north in Malaysia. . . of the continuous and UN illegal APARTHEID OF BUMIPUTRA. That compounded by the term limitless satrapy forming nepotists.

ARTICLE 2

Malaysia’s elections: Should the international community care? — Ambiga Sreenevasan – October 15, 2012

OCT 15 — Those in the international community may be forgiven for saying, “Is there a problem with the democratic process in Malaysia?”

In the international arena, our leaders portray Malaysia as a moderate Islamic nation that is built on the democratic principles that are enshrined in our Federal Constitution. The fundamental rights of freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, the right to life and a fair electoral process, are indeed guaranteed under our Federal Constitution.

The reality is, however, far less idyllic. There are serious questions whether these rights are respected and upheld by those in power.

Since before the 1990’s, Malaysians have been pushing for a reform of the system of governance. There has been growing discontent over issues like rampant corruption, abuse of power, deaths in custody and selective prosecution (or persecution), to name but a few of the grouses.

We are increasingly alarmed by the use of race and religion by politicians to divide the people for political gain, with no regard whatsoever for the possible long term consequences of this conduct.

We note with disgust our mainstream media descending to the lowest depths of junk journalism. We are appalled at the growing instances of political violence.

In the clearest example of how low we have sunk, human rights defenders and civil society who are seen as opposing the government are facing ruthless attacks by the government of the day. SUARAM, established in 1989 and who has in the past year been exposing possible corruption by Malaysians in high places in the purchase of Scorpene submarines from France, is suddenly facing investigation by several government agencies.

The mainstream media is once again playing its role in showing no regard whatsoever for presenting the whole truth. In a front page news story, preposterous claims were made that NGOs like SUARAM and BERSIH were funded by organisations like National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Open Society Institute (OSI) for the purpose of overthrowing the government. Directors of SUARAM have been hauled up by enforcement agencies for their expose on the corruption, yet our anti- corruption agency fails to even begin to investigate the claims of SUARAM that a huge commission of RM500 million had been received by a Malaysian entity in the Scorpene deal.

Civil society is now continuously portrayed in the media as the enemy who is seeking to overthrow the government at the behest of foreign powers. These accusations have also been hurled at BERSIH, more so since July last year when we had a successful rally of more than 50,000 people on the streets of KL, clamouring for clean and fair elections. Another rally was held in April this year when more than 200,000 people were on the streets, again asking for electoral reform.

Malaysians do not easily take to the streets. The numbers must mean that there were good reasons why they did.

I will not go into more details of the attacks that human rights defenders have had to face by those in authority or those who had the tacit approval of the authorities. Suffice it to say they have been sustained and relentless.

When asked, our leaders will say that this government is reforming because of the replacement of many oppressive laws, and the apparent move to greater democracy. They will say that after the BERSIH rally last year, a parliamentary select committee for electoral reform was set up and a report issued.

What they don’t go on to explain is what replaces these oppressive laws and what they are doing to effectively implement the PSC recommendations. In my view, the new legislation just does not go far enough, and the important recommendations of the PSC report are largely ignored or poorly implemented.

BERSIH also continues to receive reports of electoral malpractices and the integrity of the electoral roll leaves much to be desired. Our Election Commission does not enjoy public confidence and is not seen by many as independent. This together with all the other issues that plague our system of governance leads to the inevitable conclusion that the next crucial general elections will be seriously flawed.

All the so-called reforms are like attempting to varnish a table that is ridden with termites. It is difficult to fix a system that is fundamentally flawed by building on the same rotten foundation. That is, even if there is real political will to reform.

The Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security which is headed by Mr. Kofi Annan and which has many distinguished members including H.E Dr Ernesto Zedillo former President of Mexico, Dr Madeleine K. Albright and Professor Amartya Sen, issued a ground-breaking report on clean and fair elections dated September 2012.

In his foreword, Kofi Annan states, “The spread of democracy across the world has been one of the most dramatic changes I have witnessed over the course of my career. In country after country, people have risked their lives to call for free elections, democratic accountability, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Elections are the indispensable root of democracy…..”

I make no apologies for quoting from this report at length for I cannot say it better. The report clearly outlines that clean and fair elections are not just about choosing leaders, but are about building a solid framework for a democracy that works for the people. After studies, the following were some of the conclusions arrived at:

1. “Elections with integrity are important to values that we hold dear — human rights and democratic principles. Elections give life to rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, including freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, the right to take part in the government of one’s country through freely elected representatives, the right of equal access to public service in one’s country, and the recognition that the authority of government derives from the will of the people, expressed in “genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot.

2. Elections are fundamental to the ethos and principles of democracy…..

3. Citizens lose confidence in democratic processes when elections are not inclusive, transparent, and accountable. When elections have integrity, they bolster democracy, respect fundamental rights, and produce elected officials who are more likely to represent their citizens’ interests.

4. But in addition to promoting democratic values and human rights, elections with integrity can also yield other tangible benefits for citizens. Evidence from around the world suggests that elections with integrity matter for empowering women, fighting corruption, delivering services to the poor, improving governance, and ending civil wars…….

5. Electoral accountability, in turn, is associated with lessening government corruption…….

6. Electoral accountability, in turn, has direct benefits for improving representation of the poor……..

7. Even in countries emerging from civil wars — the most difficult of contexts for building democracy — research now shows that when the termination of the war is accompanied by elections in which former combatants run for office and campaign for votes, countries are less likely to revert to civil war. At the same time, however, other studies note that fraudulent elections are correlated with societal violence and political instability…….”

In an interview after the presentation of the report, Stephen Stedman, director of the Global Commission and a political scientist from Stanford was asked what the motivation was for the report.

In speaking of the chairman Kofi Annan, he said that Annan was “driven by his experience of having to deal with several elections in Africa that had become violent and had gone off the rails. And there is a frustration he feels about how little attention had been paid to those places before they blew up”. (The emphasis is mine)

Let us be clear. Malaysia is not facing the problems or the hopelessness that gave rise to the Arab Spring. We are blessed with an abundance of resources and talent. But to assume that all is well and that there is no need to scrutinise the democratic processes, would be a mistake.

We want change before things do blow up in our faces. We do not want an Arab Spring. We want to choose our leaders in clean and fair elections. If there is to be change, we want to do it through the ballot box.

If the government is willing to overlook, and in fact tacitly support, corruption and abuse of power, and promote racism and religious bigotry for its own ends, how can we trust that the elections will be clean and fair?

There is even an admission of malpractices in the past. A Royal Commission of Inquiry has been set up by the government in the state of Sabah in respect of a large number of foreigners having been given citizenships in exchange for votes for more than 20 years. BERSIH has received reports that this practice continues and even in West Malaysia.

Why is this happening? It is because the party that has been in power for 55 years is now feeling vulnerable. As Aung Sang Suu Kyi has famously said, “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

So why should one country be bothered about electoral processes in another?

We know that if any such suggestion is made, the immediate diplomatic response is that there will be no interference by one country into such domestic matters of another country. Not that this is entirely true in fact.

As observed of the international community in the commission report “While their rhetorical support for elections with integrity may be constant, their record of responding to flawed elections is not. In some cases, their interest lies in bolstering a preferred candidate, not in an election with integrity per se.

Too often, democratic governments have turned a blind eye to electoral malpractice by regimes and incumbents with whom they have friendly relations”.

And the best answer to why everyone should be interested in clean and fair elections everywhere is stated in the report thus:

“We still live in a world in which states act on their strategic interests. The key lies in reminding democratic governments that their strategic interest is best served by supporting elections with integrity. Not only do democratic governments share an interest in the spread of democracy as a bulwark for international peace, but they must also learn that their bilateral relations are strengthened when their partners have democratic legitimacy earned through genuine elections.”

Malaysia is a member of many important regional and international organisations and appears to enjoy the confidence of its neighbours. We can set valuable examples in the region. We have what it takes to be a role model.

But we can only be that if the example we set is one of a truly democratic system of governance borne out of clean and fair elections. And if we are to be valuable contributors to the global community, then it is in everyone’s interests that our elections are clean and fair.

* Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan is co-chair of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH).

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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Not a word on apartheid? Perhaps that citizen’s lawsuit will have to go ahead without Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Suaram or Suhakam’s presence after all . . . wish the non-connected citizens and non-connected activists luck in honesty reaching the highest powers of the world (and beyond?) to put an end to the APARTHEID OF BUMIPUTRA (and lapdog liar citizens that cannot say the word APARTHEID).

ARTICLE 3

Animal lovers slam local councils’ move to enter houses and remove dogs – Monday, 15 October 2012 Super Admin

(The Star) – Animal rights groups here are upset with local councils for engaging private companies that apparently trespass homes to catch pets.

The discussion among representatives from about 15 groups, including PAWS, KL Pooch Rescue and SPCA, became animated when they voiced their displeasure against such actions, usually instigated by complaints from neighbours of dog owners.

“This is a disturbing trend,” said Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) founder Wani Muthiah during a press conference here.

“When you’re not at home, the local councils’ dog-catchers, as well as those from private companies employed by them, cannot remove your dogs,” she pointed out.

“Now, owners have become paranoid. They have to lock their dogs inside their houses when they go out to work,” she said.

Wani said the authorities should instead take up the complaints with the house owner, and not capture the dogs. “And, certainly not when the owners aren’t home.”

Shown at the conference was a YouTube clip that was uploaded on Sept 27, showing several men, believed to be dog-catchers subcontracted by the Ampang City Council (MPAJ), entering a house compound and removing several dogs there.

Wani said she had compiled about 50 police reports made after the video went online since Wednesday. It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwqnI88boFs.

However, MPAJ deputy president Abd Hamid Hussain said it was all a misunderstanding.

“In the video, the contractors were actually trying to remove stray dogs which had wandered into the house,” he said.

“We had permission from the owner to remove them.”

Yesterday, G. Darwin, 27, and his wife Cynthia Moey, 26, from Kota Kemuning, related how the local authority had removed their dogs.

“I returned from work at about 8pm, and found my porch in a mess,” said Moey.

“I thought someone had broken into my home. I found my dogs missing,” she said. “My neighbour told me that she had called the council to come and take away my dogs.

“The council had actually trespassed my home using my neighbour’s house to jump inside.”

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Man’s home is their castle. If they want to harbour ‘criminals’, get a court order, otherwise no illegal entries!

ARTICLE 4

Human rights situation in Malaysia — Simon Sipaun – October 15, 2012

OCT 15 — Based on the annual reports prepared by Suhakam, Suaram and the US Department of State and information available from newspaper reports, the human rights situation does not appear to be improving in Malaysia. In some ways it has deteriorated especially in respect of political and civil rights.

According to Suaram, the state of human rights in 2011 was worse than in 2010. Twenty-seven people were detained without trial in 2011. The number was 25 in 2010. There were 25 cases of custodial deaths in 2011 compared to 18 in 2010.

Overcrowding in prisons and places of detention continue to persist. In 2010, the country’s 31 prisons held about 38,387 prisoners designed to hold about 32,600. In August 2010, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Home Affairs acknowledged deficiencies in detention centres as well as their failure to meet international standards.

By August 2011 RELA membership reached 2,690,000. There is great concern that they are not suitably trained and experienced to perform their duties in a professional manner often leading to human rights violations of people they are supposed to protect.

Religious freedom concerns

Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution, which reads “The courts referred to in clause 1 (i.e. the two High Courts of Malaya and Sabah and Sarawak and the inferior courts provided by federal law) shall have no jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts.”

The Article does not specify what is within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts. It also does not mention that the syariah courts have been elevated to the same status as the civil High Court. Before Article 121(1A) came into existence the decisions of the syariah courts could be reviewed by the civil High Courts. Problems as experienced now did not arise.

Now we see non-Muslims being left in a situation with no legal remedy. Reference is now being made to Malaysia as an Islamic state but this is not provided for in the constitution. Unusually strict conditions are imposed on building plans for non-Muslim places of worship. More often than not approval takes a long time to be issued.

In Sabah, the approval for the construction of a mazu statue was withdrawn after it was approved by the approving authority and the construction was already in an advanced stage. It was not even a place of worship.

Suhakam reports

Suhakam has now prepared and submitted to Parliament 11 annual reports but so far none has been debated in Parliament. This is indicative of the priority given to the promotion and protection of human rights by the government.

Political rights

During the last three to four years there are indications that people generally are showing greater interest and awareness of their political and civil rights. This being the case, they are now more assertive than ever before in their effort to prevent the authorities from denying them of their rights.

The Bersih 3 rally attracted a multi-racial crowd of about 250,000 people on April 28, 2012. Bersih 3 represents a civil society organisation which promotes clean, free and fair elections. It is therefore most surprising that the government saw it fit to declare it as an illegal organisation. A government which subscribes to and practises good governance would surely support any move towards such noble objectives unless, of course, the survival of the government depends on deceits and cheating during elections.

What Bersih 3 stands for represents universal basic democratic values and attributes. Some on the government side accuse it of being infiltrated by communists without providing hard evidence, identifying them or clarifying their understanding of communists. If communists are bad, why is the government having diplomatic relations with communist countries? Others claim that Bersih 3 is trying to overthrow the democratically elected government by force but again without providing any evidence. In any case, how could it be possible when all they had were water bottles and facing a strong police force armed to the teeth.

A Peaceful Assembly Act was quickly approved by Parliament. Under this Act there is no necessity to obtain police permit prior to holding a peaceful assembly. However it imposes very stringent conditions and as expected the people were very unhappy and showed plenty of reservations. Some of the conditions include street protests being disallowed for non-Malaysians and those below 15 years of age. If you are below 21 years of age you are not allowed to organise a protest.

Electoral roll

As the 13th general election draws near, one of the most important tasks at hand is the spring cleaning of the electoral rolls. This task could be farmed out to a suitably qualified, experienced and independent body. It is common knowledge that the electoral roll is tainted. This has been acknowledged by a High Court judge in the case of the Likas state seat of Datuk Yong Teck Lee. The High Court ordered Yong to vacate his seat, ruling that he won it in 1999 with the help of phantom voters. The judge found out that the 1998 electoral roll for the constituency was illegal and the election held in March 1999 was null and void. The judge further observed that it was just the tip of the iceberg. This prompted Parliament to amend the Election Act, whereby the electoral roll once gazetted cannot be challenged in any court of law. This is not right and bad law.

Ratification of core human rights instruments

To date, Malaysia has not signed and ratified the following core international human rights instruments:

? The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);

? The International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights (ICSECR);

? The Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;

? The International Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Some positive human rights developments

There have been some positive developments. On November 24, 2011 the Emergency Proclamations were revoked. The ISA was repealed. Unfortunately it was replaced by the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 which many feel is just as draconian. Human rights activists feel that the ISA should not have been replaced as there are enough laws available to prosecute all types of offences.

National human rights action plan

Soon after the inception of Suhakam in 2000, it recommended, in 2001, to the government that it should develop and formulate a National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP). After more than 10 years the government finally agreed. Such a plan will help to improve and strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights by placing human rights in the proper context of public policy. It is hoped that quick action will be expedited towards the realisation of the NHRAP.

Land rights of indigenous peoples (IP)

Since Suhakam became operational on April 24, 2000 it has been receiving many complaints in the form of letters, memorandum and in persons related to land issues from the Orang Asli and Orang Asal of Sabah and Sarawak. As the problems did not show any indication of being resolved any time soon, Suhakam decided for the first time to hold a national inquiry into the land rights of the IP of Malaysia.

More than 6,500 IP attended the consultation exercise held throughout the country. A total of 892 statements were recorded and 43 public submissions were received. Suhakam in now in the process of finalising the report which includes recommendations to the relevant authorities.

The IP of Sabah and Sarawak continue to be marginalised and experience being displaced from their traditional territories. When the land which they have been living for generations become accessible to modern infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity supply their land naturally become commercially attractive. That is the time when their existence is very threatened. When the original land occupiers apply for the land, more often than not they do not get any response or if they do it will be one of rejection. Very often the same piece of land is alienated to others who have better influence and connection with people in position of authority.

Another category of IP is usually accused by the authorities of encroaching on forest reserves. Some have had their houses burnt by enforcement personnel. Many IP claim they were there before the area was gazetted as forest reserve.

The majority of IP in Sabah and Sarawak still live in the rural areas, mostly surviving as subsistence farmers. It is also in the rural areas where poverty is rampant and access to educational, medical and health facilities is either limited or non-existent.

There is another very important factor which affects Sabah especially, and that is the unusually large population of illegal immigrants who have now outnumbered Malaysians of Sabah origin. They are quickly changing the social, economic, cultural and political landscape of the state. The UNDP and the World Bank have described Sabah as the poorest state in the country and that at least 50 per cent of the total number of poor people in the country are in Sabah. That is the bottom line. No amount of adjectives could cover such sad state of affairs.

* Presented as input by the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) to the UN Human Rights and Development Theme Group as NGO input for the UPR process. The report was adopted by Proham members at its meeting held on September 29, 2012

* Tan Sri Simon Sipaun is the chairman of Proham.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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Regards the article above, only 1 thing to say. Not a word on apartheid? Perhaps that citizen’s lawsuit will have to go ahead without Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Suaram or Suhakam’s presence after all . . . wish the non-connected citizens and non-connected activists luck in honesty reaching the highest powers of the world (and beyond?) to put an end to the APARTHEID OF BUMIPUTRA (and lapdog liar citizens that cannot say the word APARTHEID).

ARTICLE 5

Malaysia’s elections: Should the international community care? — Ambiga Sreenevasan
October 15, 2012

OCT 15 — Those in the international community may be forgiven for saying, “Is there a problem with the democratic process in Malaysia?”

In the international arena, our leaders portray Malaysia as a moderate Islamic nation that is built on the democratic principles that are enshrined in our Federal Constitution. The fundamental rights of freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, the right to life and a fair electoral process, are indeed guaranteed under our Federal Constitution.

The reality is, however, far less idyllic. There are serious questions whether these rights are respected and upheld by those in power.

Since before the 1990’s, Malaysians have been pushing for a reform of the system of governance. There has been growing discontent over issues like rampant corruption, abuse of power, deaths in custody and selective prosecution (or persecution), to name but a few of the grouses.

We are increasingly alarmed by the use of race and religion by politicians to divide the people for political gain, with no regard whatsoever for the possible long term consequences of this conduct.

We note with disgust our mainstream media descending to the lowest depths of junk journalism. We are appalled at the growing instances of political violence.

In the clearest example of how low we have sunk, human rights defenders and civil society who are seen as opposing the government are facing ruthless attacks by the government of the day. SUARAM, established in 1989 and who has in the past year been exposing possible corruption by Malaysians in high places in the purchase of Scorpene submarines from France, is suddenly facing investigation by several government agencies.

The mainstream media is once again playing its role in showing no regard whatsoever for presenting the whole truth. In a front page news story, preposterous claims were made that NGOs like SUARAM and BERSIH were funded by organisations like National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Open Society Institute (OSI) for the purpose of overthrowing the government. Directors of SUARAM have been hauled up by enforcement agencies for their expose on the corruption, yet our anti- corruption agency fails to even begin to investigate the claims of SUARAM that a huge commission of RM500 million had been received by a Malaysian entity in the Scorpene deal.

Civil society is now continuously portrayed in the media as the enemy who is seeking to overthrow the government at the behest of foreign powers. These accusations have also been hurled at BERSIH, more so since July last year when we had a successful rally of more than 50,000 people on the streets of KL, clamouring for clean and fair elections. Another rally was held in April this year when more than 200,000 people were on the streets, again asking for electoral reform.

Malaysians do not easily take to the streets. The numbers must mean that there were good reasons why they did.

I will not go into more details of the attacks that human rights defenders have had to face by those in authority or those who had the tacit approval of the authorities. Suffice it to say they have been sustained and relentless.

When asked, our leaders will say that this government is reforming because of the replacement of many oppressive laws, and the apparent move to greater democracy. They will say that after the BERSIH rally last year, a parliamentary select committee for electoral reform was set up and a report issued.

What they don’t go on to explain is what replaces these oppressive laws and what they are doing to effectively implement the PSC recommendations. In my view, the new legislation just does not go far enough, and the important recommendations of the PSC report are largely ignored or poorly implemented.

BERSIH also continues to receive reports of electoral malpractices and the integrity of the electoral roll leaves much to be desired. Our Election Commission does not enjoy public confidence and is not seen by many as independent. This together with all the other issues that plague our system of governance leads to the inevitable conclusion that the next crucial general elections will be seriously flawed.

All the so-called reforms are like attempting to varnish a table that is ridden with termites. It is difficult to fix a system that is fundamentally flawed by building on the same rotten foundation. That is, even if there is real political will to reform.

The Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security which is headed by Mr. Kofi Annan and which has many distinguished members including H.E Dr Ernesto Zedillo former President of Mexico, Dr Madeleine K. Albright and Professor Amartya Sen, issued a ground-breaking report on clean and fair elections dated September 2012.

In his foreword, Kofi Annan states, “The spread of democracy across the world has been one of the most dramatic changes I have witnessed over the course of my career. In country after country, people have risked their lives to call for free elections, democratic accountability, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Elections are the indispensable root of democracy…..”

I make no apologies for quoting from this report at length for I cannot say it better. The report clearly outlines that clean and fair elections are not just about choosing leaders, but are about building a solid framework for a democracy that works for the people. After studies, the following were some of the conclusions arrived at:

1. “Elections with integrity are important to values that we hold dear — human rights and democratic principles. Elections give life to rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, including freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, the right to take part in the government of one’s country through freely elected representatives, the right of equal access to public service in one’s country, and the recognition that the authority of government derives from the will of the people, expressed in “genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot.

2. Elections are fundamental to the ethos and principles of democracy…..

3. Citizens lose confidence in democratic processes when elections are not inclusive, transparent, and accountable. When elections have integrity, they bolster democracy, respect fundamental rights, and produce elected officials who are more likely to represent their citizens’ interests.

4. But in addition to promoting democratic values and human rights, elections with integrity can also yield other tangible benefits for citizens. Evidence from around the world suggests that elections with integrity matter for empowering women, fighting corruption, delivering services to the poor, improving governance, and ending civil wars…….

5. Electoral accountability, in turn, is associated with lessening government corruption…….

6. Electoral accountability, in turn, has direct benefits for improving representation of the poor……..

7. Even in countries emerging from civil wars — the most difficult of contexts for building democracy — research now shows that when the termination of the war is accompanied by elections in which former combatants run for office and campaign for votes, countries are less likely to revert to civil war. At the same time, however, other studies note that fraudulent elections are correlated with societal violence and political instability…….”

In an interview after the presentation of the report, Stephen Stedman, director of the Global Commission and a political scientist from Stanford was asked what the motivation was for the report.

In speaking of the chairman Kofi Annan, he said that Annan was “driven by his experience of having to deal with several elections in Africa that had become violent and had gone off the rails. And there is a frustration he feels about how little attention had been paid to those places before they blew up”. (The emphasis is mine)

Let us be clear. Malaysia is not facing the problems or the hopelessness that gave rise to the Arab Spring. We are blessed with an abundance of resources and talent. But to assume that all is well and that there is no need to scrutinise the democratic processes, would be a mistake.

We want change before things do blow up in our faces. We do not want an Arab Spring. We want to choose our leaders in clean and fair elections. If there is to be change, we want to do it through the ballot box.

If the government is willing to overlook, and in fact tacitly support, corruption and abuse of power, and promote racism and religious bigotry for its own ends, how can we trust that the elections will be clean and fair?

There is even an admission of malpractices in the past. A Royal Commission of Inquiry has been set up by the government in the state of Sabah in respect of a large number of foreigners having been given citizenships in exchange for votes for more than 20 years. BERSIH has received reports that this practice continues and even in West Malaysia.

Why is this happening? It is because the party that has been in power for 55 years is now feeling vulnerable. As Aung Sang Suu Kyi has famously said, “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

So why should one country be bothered about electoral processes in another?

We know that if any such suggestion is made, the immediate diplomatic response is that there will be no interference by one country into such domestic matters of another country. Not that this is entirely true in fact.

As observed of the international community in the commission report “While their rhetorical support for elections with integrity may be constant, their record of responding to flawed elections is not. In some cases, their interest lies in bolstering a preferred candidate, not in an1 election with integrity per se.

Too often, democratic governments have turned a blind eye to electoral malpractice by regimes and incumbents with whom they have friendly relations”.

And the best answer to why everyone should be interested in clean and fair elections everywhere is stated in the report thus:

“We still live in a world in which states act on their strategic interests. The key lies in reminding democratic governments that their strategic interest is best served by supporting elections with integrity. Not only do democratic governments share an interest in the spread of democracy as a bulwark for international peace, but they must also learn that their bilateral relations are strengthened when their partners have democratic legitimacy earned through genuine elections.”

Malaysia is a member of many important regional and international organisations and appears to enjoy the confidence of its neighbours. We can set valuable examples in the region. We have what it takes to be a role model.

But we can only be that if the example we set is one of a truly democratic system of governance borne out of clean and fair elections. And if we are to be valuable contributors to the global community, then it is in everyone’s interests that our elections are clean and fair.

* Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan is co-chair of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH).

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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Regards the 2 articles above. Not a word on apartheid? Perhaps that citizen’s lawsuit will have to go ahead without Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Suaram or Suhakam’s presence after all . . . wish the non-connected citizens and non-connected activists luck in honesty reaching the highest powers of the world (and beyond?) to put an end to the APARTHEID OF BUMIPUTRA (and lapdog liar citizens that cannot say the word APARTHEID). The biggest termites at the table are the ones accepting or causing apartheid by keeping silent about apartheid or  being threatening about attempts to remove apartheid.

GE13: Should the global community care? GUEST COLUMNISTS Tuesday, 16 October 2012 : All the so-called reforms are like attempting to varnish a table that is ridden with termites. by S Ambiga, FMT

Those in the international community may be forgiven for saying… “is there a problem with the democratic process in Malaysia?”.

Ambiga is a BIG termite eating the Rakyat!

ARTICLE 6

Human rights situation in M’sia: One word – SAD! – Written by  Simon Sipaun – Monday, 15 October 2012 18:14

Based on the annual reports prepared by Suhakam, Suaram and the US Department of State and information available from newspaper reports, the human rights situation does not appear to be improving in Malaysia. In some ways it has deteriorated especially in respect of political and civil rights.

According to Suaram, the state of human rights in 2011 was worse than in 2010. Twenty-seven people were detained without trial in 2011. The number was 25 in 2010. There were 25 cases of custodial deaths in 2011 compared to 18 in 2010.

Overcrowding in prisons and places of detention continue to persist. In 2010, the country’s 31 prisons held about 38,387 prisoners designed to hold about 32,600. In August 2010, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Home Affairs acknowledged deficiencies in detention centres as well as their failure to meet international standards.

By August 2011 RELA membership reached 2,690,000. There is great concern that they are not suitably trained and experienced to perform their duties in a professional manner often leading to human rights violations of people they are supposed to protect.

Religious freedom concerns

Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution, which reads “The courts referred to in clause 1 (i.e. the two High Courts of Malaya and Sabah and Sarawak and the inferior courts provided by federal law) shall have no jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts.”

The Article does not specify what is within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts. It also does not mention that the syariah courts have been elevated to the same status as the civil High Court. Before Article 121(1A) came into existence the decisions of the syariah courts could be reviewed by the civil High Courts. Problems as experienced now did not arise.

Now we see non-Muslims being left in a situation with no legal remedy. Reference is now being made to Malaysia as an Islamic state but this is not provided for in the constitution. Unusually strict conditions are imposed on building plans for non-Muslim places of worship. More often than not approval takes a long time to be issued.

In Sabah, the approval for the construction of a mazu statue was withdrawn after it was approved by the approving authority and the construction was already in an advanced stage. It was not even a place of worship.

Suhakam reports

Suhakam has now prepared and submitted to Parliament 11 annual reports but so far none has been debated in Parliament. This is indicative of the priority given to the promotion and protection of human rights by the government.

Political rights

During the last three to four years there are indications that people generally are showing greater interest and awareness of their political and civil rights. This being the case, they are now more assertive than ever before in their effort to prevent the authorities from denying them of their rights.

The Bersih 3 rally attracted a multi-racial crowd of about 250,000 people on April 28, 2012. Bersih 3 represents a civil society organisation which promotes clean, free and fair elections. It is therefore most surprising that the government saw it fit to declare it as an illegal organisation. A government which subscribes to and practises good governance would surely support any move towards such noble objectives unless, of course, the survival of the government depends on deceits and cheating during elections.

What Bersih 3 stands for represents universal basic democratic values and attributes. Some on the government side accuse it of being infiltrated by communists without providing hard evidence, identifying them or clarifying their understanding of communists. If communists are bad, why is the government having diplomatic relations with communist countries? Others claim that Bersih 3 is trying to overthrow the democratically elected government by force but again without providing any evidence. In any case, how could it be possible when all they had were water bottles and facing a strong police force armed to the teeth.

A Peaceful Assembly Act was quickly approved by Parliament. Under this Act there is no necessity to obtain police permit prior to holding a peaceful assembly. However it imposes very stringent conditions and as expected the people were very unhappy and showed plenty of reservations. Some of the conditions include street protests being disallowed for non-Malaysians and those below 15 years of age. If you are below 21 years of age you are not allowed to organise a protest.

Electoral roll

As the 13th general election draws near, one of the most important tasks at hand is the spring cleaning of the electoral rolls. This task could be farmed out to a suitably qualified, experienced and independent body. It is common knowledge that the electoral roll is tainted. This has been acknowledged by a High Court judge in the case of the Likas state seat of Datuk Yong Teck Lee. The High Court ordered Yong to vacate his seat, ruling that he won it in 1999 with the help of phantom voters. The judge found out that the 1998 electoral roll for the constituency was illegal and the election held in March 1999 was null and void. The judge further observed that it was just the tip of the iceberg. This prompted Parliament to amend the Election Act, whereby the electoral roll once gazetted cannot be challenged in any court of law. This is not right and bad law.

Ratification of core human rights instruments

To date, Malaysia has not signed and ratified the following core international human rights instruments:

? The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);

? The International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights (ICSECR);

? The Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;

? The International Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Some positive human rights developments

There have been some positive developments. On November 24, 2011 the Emergency Proclamations were revoked. The ISA was repealed. Unfortunately it was replaced by the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 which many feel is just as draconian. Human rights activists feel that the ISA should not have been replaced as there are enough laws available to prosecute all types of offences.

National human rights action plan

Soon after the inception of Suhakam in 2000, it recommended, in 2001, to the government that it should develop and formulate a National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP). After more than 10 years the government finally agreed. Such a plan will help to improve and strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights by placing human rights in the proper context of public policy. It is hoped that quick action will be expedited towards the realisation of the NHRAP.

Land rights of indigenous peoples (IP)

Since Suhakam became operational on April 24, 2000 it has been receiving many complaints in the form of letters, memorandum and in persons related to land issues from the Orang Asli and Orang Asal of Sabah and Sarawak. As the problems did not show any indication of being resolved any time soon, Suhakam decided for the first time to hold a national inquiry into the land rights of the IP of Malaysia.

More than 6,500 IP attended the consultation exercise held throughout the country. A total of 892 statements were recorded and 43 public submissions were received. Suhakam in now in the process of finalising the report which includes recommendations to the relevant authorities.

The IP of Sabah and Sarawak continue to be marginalised and experience being displaced from their traditional territories. When the land which they have been living for generations become accessible to modern infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity supply their land naturally become commercially attractive. That is the time when their existence is very threatened. When the original land occupiers apply for the land, more often than not they do not get any response or if they do it will be one of rejection. Very often the same piece of land is alienated to others who have better influence and connection with people in position of authority.

Another category of IP is usually accused by the authorities of encroaching on forest reserves. Some have had their houses burnt by enforcement personnel. Many IP claim they were there before the area was gazetted as forest reserve.

The majority of IP in Sabah and Sarawak still live in the rural areas, mostly surviving as subsistence farmers. It is also in the rural areas where poverty is rampant and access to educational, medical and health facilities is either limited or non-existent.

There is another very important factor which affects Sabah especially, and that is the unusually large population of illegal immigrants who have now outnumbered Malaysians of Sabah origin. They are quickly changing the social, economic, cultural and political landscape of the state. The UNDP and the World Bank have described Sabah as the poorest state in the country and that at least 50 per cent of the total number of poor people in the country are in Sabah. That is the bottom line. No amount of adjectives could cover such sad state of affairs.

* Presented as input by the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) to the UN Human Rights and Development Theme Group as NGO input for the UPR process. The report was adopted by Proham members at its meeting held on September 29, 2012

* Tan Sri Simon Sipaun is the chairman of Proham.

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National human rights action plan – Soon after the inception of Suhakam in 2000 . . . this is a joke that never materialised, no point mentioning as if this ‘action’ that never saw anyone taken to task for the Rakyat occured, was something worth listing.

Suhakam and Suaram are the tightest lipped whenever addressing citizen inequality due to Bumiputra.

If Proham was worth anything Proham would have filed a lawsuit against Bumiputra system or for not having signed and ratified the listed core international human rights instruments by now.

This lack of legal perhaps at the UN against Bumiputra action shows that Suhakam, Suaram and Proham, have not been doing their duty as NGOs.

Bersih 3 should not even be mentioned. Shameless apologism for hooliganism of Bersih in this article. We want LAWSUITS against all racist MPs that keep the Bumiputra based 2 citizenship system in in Malaysia and racist political parties as well. Not this support of Bersih cronies that cannot even say ‘apartheid’.

ARTICLE 7

Russian leaders hail local election results – 10-16-2012 11:27 BJT

Early results show Russian President Vladimir Putin’s loyalists sweeping to victory in most local election races across the country.

The Central Election Commission’s results show Kremlin-backed candidates and incumbent governors winning all five races for governors held on Sunday. Putin’s United Russia party also dominates mayoral races and those for local legislatures held in 77 of Russia’s 83 regions.

Putin says the results confirm voters’ intention of supporting the existing authorities. And Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is the chairman of the party, also hailed the results.

Dmitry Medvedev said, “Everybody expected a fiasco for the party after the December elections, let’s be honest about it. And this was not because the party did extremely badly then, still everybody kept saying about the downward trend and that the situation is getting out of control. Nothing of this kind took place. Secondly, more parties took part in the elections, but the result is better. This is a fact. This means we are not afraid of democracy. We need it, in order to make our party strong.”

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Whats this? Russia has Local Council Elections but Malaysia under Pakatan which promised but failed to hold Local Council Elections doesn’t?

ARTICLE 8

Published: Tuesday October 16, 2012 MYT 7:20:00 PM
Penalty for rape of underage girls should be determined by court, says ex-chief justice

KUALA LUMPUR: The sentence to be meted out for rape of underage girls (below 16 years) should remain at the discretion of the court, former chief justice Tun Zaki Tun Azmi said on Tuesday.

He said it was inappropriate to set the penalty for the offence as there were several factors, such as the facts of the case, before a sentence could be imposed on an offender.

“In a case of an older man raping an underage girl, he deserves to be given a heavy sentence, which is imprisonment and whipping. There is no question about that.

“But, in a case involving young couples, is the girl not at fault at all?

“I say that both of them are guilty, and is it fair if only the man is penalised?” he asked reporters after a dialogue by the Special Commission To Study Transformation of the Public Service at the Craft Complex here.

In such cases, he said, normally police reports were lodged after the girls’ parents found out.

On the proposal to amend Section 376 of the Penal Code pertaining to penalty for rape of an underage girl, he said a comprehensive study should be conducted to avoid injustice.

He said injustice could also happen in cases involving incest, if only the man was to be punished as there had been cases involving women.

“This matter has to be looked into from a wider aspect. To me, the best solution is to ensure youngsters don’t have sexual relationships until they are married,” he added.

He said this when asked to comment on a statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday, that the government had given permission for the Attorney-General’s Chambers to amend Section 376 of the Penal Code to provide for a mandatory jail sentence on those convicted of raping an underage girl. – Bernama

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I strongly believe that in all instances rape here means ‘statuary rape’ as in ‘sama suka sama’ despite the age. The judge should consider this and the ex-CJ should not fear demogoguery or the coterie of rabid feminists who cannot tell the difference between ‘technicality or ‘word of law’ CONSENSUAL sex *considered* statuary rape and actual non-consensual rape. The calendar based age is hardly a fair manner in which to base a judgment on and is not biological age, and in the case of consensual sex between individuals (regardless of age – AGEISM is as bad as racism, sex between older and younger or young and young persons does not discriminate between calendar age at the heat of the actual biological age moment though the disciplined of mind can certainly resist . . . but what? Society’s bias? Someone is a viable mate biologically though not calendarically?

ARTICLE 9

Published: Tuesday October 16, 2012 MYT 8:49:00 PM
A-G’s Report: IWK should raise sewerage tariff to stay afloat

KUALA LUMPUR: THE Auditor-General said national sewerage company Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK), had suffered net losses over three consecutive years largely due to its low tariff – which has not been raised since 1994.

IWK accumulated losses of RM888.81mil between 2008 and 2010, which is also partly due to rising operational costs and loss of income due to various decisions by the Federal Government.

Based on its audited financial statements, the company’s revenue was eclipsed by its operational costs in 2008 (RM555.04mil revenue, RM596.34mil operational costs) and 2010 (RM607.14mil revenue, RM669.11mil operational costs).

The company saw its revenue top its operational expenditure in 2009 (RM713.30mil revenue, RM647.07mil operational costs) but still ended up with RM33.11mil in losses after tax that year.

The report pointed out that the company’s revenue took hits from the Government’s 2004 decision to lower the commercial sewerage tariff, and the 2008 implementation of the Water Services Industry Act 2006 which no longer required IWK to handle scheduled management of individual and communal septic tanks.

To ensure its rate is compatible with the current situation, the A-G said the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, Finance Ministry and the National Water Services Commission should support IWK’s application to increase the country’s sewerage tariff.

In response, IWK said it had put forward a proposal to increase the sewerage tariff based on water usage to the ministries concerned and the National Water Services Commission through the Company Business Plan 2009.

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Rubbish. How about the Rakyat vote for MPs that will lower all Ministerial salaries and top level bureaucrat pensions to average annual wage levels instead of accepting this suggestion for passing the burden to the Rakyat?

ARTICLE 10

1MCA Micro Credit Loan Scheme for Youth

The details of the framework are as follows:

1. Who can apply?

Malaysian citizen over age 21 to 45 years. The applicant is required to be a member of KOJADI with RM110 initial shares and Membership entrance fees.

2. Purpose of micro credit?

i)  For expansion of business.

ii)  As start up cost of new business venture.

3. Tenure of the micro credit?

From 1 year to maximum 5 years.

4. What is the loan ceiling?

Maximum of RM20,000.

5. What is the amount of processing fee?

Payment of loan processing fees RM200.00 will be deducted from the approved loan

6. What is the rate of interest chargeable in respect of the loan?

4.0% flat interest rate per annum with fixed monthly installments ( as shown in table given below )

7. How does a borrower make monthly repayment?

Payment can be made monthly at KOJADI office or to pay into a KOJADI designated account with a specific bank.

8. Must borrower provide a guarantor and what is the qualification of the guarantor?

i)  Yes. Guarantor is preferably be immediate or next of kin of the family members of applicant.

ii)   Guarantor must be a Malaysian citizen aged between 21 to 55 years with minimum monthly income of RM1,500.00 or above.

9. Can joint business owners apply?

Application may come from joint business owners or individuals.

(However no corporation be it a limited company or firm may apply as only individual members of KOJADI are qualified)

10. Can MCA members or single parents involved in business apply?

Yes! Extra marks will be given to MCA Members / NGO Leaders / Single Parents during credit evaluation on their application.

11. What are the application procedures?

i)   Complete Micro Credit Application Form and KOJADI Membership Application Form

ii)    Submit 2 copies of identification card of the applicant and guarantor.

iii)   Submit 1 passport-size photograph of the applicant and guarantor.

iv)   Submit a recent copy of the applicant’s home & office telephone, electricity & water bills.

v)    A copy of the applicant’s business registration certificate

vi)   Submit a copy of Guarantor’s proof of income (latest Income Tax Borang B/BE or EA Form or EPF Statement).

vii)  Application form preferably with endorsement by any MCA Division / Branch / Other relevant Chinese Youth Organizations.

12. Can applicants already in the “blacklist” of CTOS or CCRIS still apply for the micro credit loan?

Yes. However their credit risk rating shall be further assessed by the approving committee. Undischarged bankrupts will not be considered.

13. Where can applicants get the application form?

Click to download application form or KOJADI Official Website at http://www.kojadi.my

14. Where the application should be submitted?

自立合作社
Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia Berhad (KOJADI)
11th Floor, Wisma MCA,
163 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur. Road Map

Tel      : 03 – 2161 6499
Fax     : 03 – 2161 2840

Email  : microcredit@kojadi.com.my

15.Once a borrower has paid off the loan, can he or she apply for second loan?

Yes.

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While less than bank interest, and safer than some loan sharks, MCA is profiteering still. To be really helpful, the loan interest should match the bank’s interest rate which is no more than 2% for all deposits. That way MCA can say, they are not making anything at all from the loans. And this is per Annum and at compound levels if I’m not mistaken. Not very sincere.

ARTICLE 11

Chang Ming Thien Foundation

When the Foundation officially commenced its operations in 2004,a total of RM 3 million was allocated for the first batch of 240 students for higher education in local and overseas institutions of higher learning. Due to good response, the foundation approved interest-free study loans for 301 students in 2005 totaling RM3.82 million. Each successful applicant was given a loan of RM4,000 per year. They are to repay the loan after 4 months of their graduation for the term of 5 years.

Being an apolitical establishment, the criteria guideline for the loan application of the fund are students from the poor families with good results regardless of race to undertake further studies abroad such as Taiwan, Ukraine, Russia, China, Australia, Singapore, USA, Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand etc.

Eligibility

An applicant shall be a Malaysian citizen of 18 years or above;
An applicant shall have gained admission into a local or overseas institution of higher learning approved and recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, the National Accreditation Board (LAN), the Public Services Department, or the Foundation to pursue an undergraduate course or above approved by the Foundation; and
The Application shall be supported by relevant documents including proof of financial constraints.

Application

The application shall be made in the form prescribed by the Foundation and subject to its Regulations.  The application form and procedures can be obtained from the Foundation’s Secretariat at MCA Headquarters, 9th Floor, Wisma MCA, 163 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. Tel : 03-2161 6517, Fax : 03-2164 4227, E-mail : doris@kojadi.com.my or choonghj@kojadi.com.my.
The duly completed application form together with the requisite documents shall be submitted to the Board Secretariat on or before 15 August 2012.

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3 million only?!? MCA’s top term limitless MPs are worth BILLIONS or hundreds of millions individually and I’ll almost wager at least the top 30% of MCA wealthiest drink at least 3 million in fine wines or liquor yearly, and food every year or travel or support mistresses at that sort of expenditure! How many bottles of Hennesy or Louis 13 do MCA members buy in total? More than 3 million per annum for sure! Meanwhile MCA does not make a sound about apartheid! Cynical levels of ‘investment’. Thats barely 800 4K loans MCA expects to give out to the millions of Chinese citizens! You’d think a foundation that featured so strongly on MCA’s website would at least be 300 million. Guess what? Koon Yew Yin a single individual under the ‘KOON YEW YIN SCHOLARSHIP’  has set aside 30 million for loans! And this mere 3 million needs a board of trustees? Horrendous! In the same breath though, Koon, has also been equally ‘delicate’ about addressing apartheid in any honest fashion.

Perhaps us third forcer activists of far less means would make a deeper impression on ending apartheid in Malaysia than these gret personalities with so much cash but so incapable of ending apartheid . . . Guess what, 30 million behind a certain activist individual’s access would easily topple all so-called selfish term limitless Chinese MPs via a simple plan of proxy candidates to end apartheid most courageously as opposed to this tiptoeing around by MCA and DAP via 3rd Force. Koon what say you to this 3rd Force plan? Have the age, the ethos, the charisma and respect but dare not move? Cynical again if so!

Now back to trying to shut out the uncouth loud mouth voices of the idiot P** 8007 neighbours who seem unhealthily interested in the toilet habits and sleeping habits of those around them (. . . no . . . no . . . good girl/b1tch . . . hoo hoo ha ha . . . cackle snark . . . shrieking children . . . ) on cue no less, probably have a hidden cam somewhere trained on my backyard, perhaps a nice lawsuit for being rowdies . . . Under BN-UMNO’s pro-apartheid employ? Traitors to UN Human Rights principles then who need to be done away with . . . ) idiot 3rd worlders in high density neighbourhoods need to get a life and learn to shut up so that a semblance of civilisation can at least dignify the bastardy of some neighbourhoods.

“The tort of nuisance, for example, involves strict liability for a neighbor who interferes with another’s enjoyment of his real property.” 8007’s loudmouths are interfering.

“Trespass allows owners to sue for entrances by a person (or his structure, such as an overhanging building) on their land.”

There was a fat b1tch neighbour with a child who entered illegally someone’s home if I recall . . .

Seen some of the dog attack cases? Word . . . maybe if we’re lucky, the ground will open up and swallow up these sorts (we can’t count on packs of wild animals now can we? Maybe pigeons could flash mob like Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Birds’ or Noodle’s Afredo’s ‘Rats’ (undated) along with the racists and term limitless politicians or even NGOs and that never address the Apartheid of Bumiputra.

That or a landslide puts an end to the noise and stupidity, doesn’t take a ‘tolerant Karadzic’ (aka the ‘Beast of Bosnia’ . . . Rabban Harkonnen anyone?) to understand why defense against genocide takes on the nature of genocide.

Scum does not deserve a place in society but the fiat system and fractitious educational, political and enforcement system has made it possible for hooting/hollering mob-minded pariahs and cavemen to climb over the heads of their intellectual, ethical and civilisational superiors . . . now back to some hobbies and later fapping to some fav/b porn, then planning for 3rd Force to toppple oppressive governmennts while the cynical farts of extreme wealth and reputation dance shamelessly around the Bumiputra Apartheid issue and Malaysia’s lack of (despite BN’s mandate and ability to immediately grant but doesn’t) :

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

Vote for 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 12

Spiritual Petititon Against Removal of Incandescent Bulbs (Amongst Other Things Like ‘Bell’ Phones and Non-Electronic Engines In Cars)

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Guess what, the 1% will be the only ones to have their own last incandescent bulbs in the world (probably from private manufacturing technologies) while no one else can have any to sequester spirits by a theory. The warm light of incandescents are attractive to certain spirit portions of a human being’s spirits under a certain theory called “Ghost in the Machine”, and these will congregate at the last places on Earth with incandescents, or at least spirits to iunhabit any machines or AI. Do not vote for the MPs who ratify the bill and consider those who support ending of incandescents very evil people who want to bar access to certain applications of  incandescents (candles and oil lamps are superior but not durable on long distance or rough  applications).

Continuation of GITM/GITS theory : These spirits are borne by the third gender hermaphrodites IMHO who produce spirit progeny that some governments now breed via a form of psychic rape and insertion of the bodiless spirits into cehicles phones and other technology that grant longevity. That is also another reason for complex nuclear weapon or complex missile stockpiles that may never be used. The spirits of humanity (which are self replicating in the 3rd gender effectively) are tied to these machines and weapons which will be dismantled, and when the original human owner dies, the machines/weapons will sequester the eternal soul of that human (fully formed or not) for all eternity if properly maintained, and this is a form of SPIRITUAL IMPRISONMENT which physical prisons inculpate into humans while they are living. Sinister but SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT is going on these days.

That is why the violent and poor dispositions of the spiritually weaker citizens, the disruptive and destructive policies of politicians who hate society (they may smile but their hearts are evil by the policy they write, the high fines, the refusal to redistribute unused state land to the homeless, the abuse of by-laws that impinge on sovereign rights of landowners, leasing rather than selling land, refusing to share the wealth of the nation equitably but enriching only a handful of cronies even though that wealth belongs to all citizens, being term limitless and killing democracy to become Satraps and Feudal rather than stepping down in 2 terms, even refusing to introduce term limits to MP’s or Assemblyman’s seats – the PM or President’s seat is usually term limited in most nations but MPs and Senators and Givernors form a severe barrier to political power and hence wealth distribution . . . is a sign of  an evil and power mad souls that need to be ‘Gaddafied’ and ‘Mubarak-ed’ or ‘Ben-Ali-ed’ etc..)  because society has taken their ‘soul’, the binge drinking, the taking of drugs to alter consciousness of the lower classes are thus more attempts to recall lost souls that crass matter has swallowed up via consumerism due to social conditioning. Spirituality lowered into material things, especially offensive are technology that in many ways are a mockery of organic and sentient life that I strongly believe Christians are fond of binding into! Governments and religions which prohibit drugs or alcohol are harvesting the citizens’ souls and need to be removed.

How do we identify these governments or MPs or Governers at a glance?

Just look for the MPs, Governors who refuse to distribute unused state land, or ratify Allodial titles or introduce Term Limits, and you will find your Imprisoners of Souls . . . because by denying access to living space and food security via refusal to amend wealth and land distribution laws, they drive the souls of citizens to gross matter (and disruptive behaviour) instead. Those who ratify the bill intend to oppress the people spiritually if not, are inadvertently on the wrong side. This level of consciousness of souls I speak of is very rare from life experience in studying the science of politics and then APPLYING what I learnt . . . and those who do know the spiritual theory behind the logic of this supposedly energy saving action, will never vote for any MP or Governor who ratify this, rather than ratify distribution of land under Allodial titles or ending fiat.

What is to stop people from powering their own incandescent bulbs via solar power or independent source? Don’t use the energy saving nonsense as an excuse especially for those who use independent sources to power such bulbs. This is a form of psychic oppression that perhaps Electronic White Zones and ending of all prohibitions on any and all activities or any and all objects like incandescents or even older technologies like 286 or earlier computers (which can be produced . . . I think my 586’s soul was stolen by a local computer repair shop if not lost somehow, probably will recall that particular soul when repaired, but that will be a lost skill by the time some of us learn of what is going on in society – then considering the convoluted paths such souls take, for sure, do expect a destructive Earthquake or Solar Flare when the wrongfully lost ones are reunited with the rightful owners . . . but I digress, so back to the subject.

Remember to never vote for politicians ready to ratify ending of incandescents ever again! Do however demand that your MP or Governor, Congressman, Assebmblyman sign statuary declarations for ratifications of Allodial Titles, removal of Eminent Domain and to redistribute national wealth like minerals, oil or platations on penalty of vacating the political seat. Get the Judiciary to hold these statuary declarations as weapons to ensure equitable resource distribution. The whole country belongs to everyone not a handful of cronies – so long as there are poor people around, there is no tolerance for ANY GLC linked or bureaucrat or Cabinet multi-millionaires and billionaires. Do not presume that a plutocrat politician works harder than the menials or 99%ters. ‘Trickle down’ doesn’t work. Entire portions of the populace are disenfranchised by term limitless politicians who have sat in power for decades that will not and have never ratified unused state land distribution. Vote anyone who has sat in any seat for more than 2 terms out. That way they will try to make a difference, not try to prolong the voters’ effective financial support of these parasites who willingly introduce VAT and GST or raise fines, but never distribute unused state land or the mineral or plantation wealth of the nation.

As for lightbulbs, circadian rhythm disruption is primarily caused by the wrong timing of light in reference to the circadian phase. It can also be affected by too much light, too little light, or incorrect spectral composition of light. This effect is driven by stimulus (or lack of stimulus) to photosensitive ganglion cells in the retina. The “time of day”, the circadian phase, is signalled to the pineal gland, the body’s photometer, by the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Bright light in the evening or in the early morning or certain types of light (non-incandescent unrecognisable as light) shifts the phase of the production of melatonin (see phase response curve). An out-of-sync melatonin rhythm can worsen cardiac arrhythmias and increase oxidized lipids in the ischemic heart. Melatonin also reduces superoxide production and myeloperoxide (an enzyme in neutrophils which produces hypochlorous acid) during ischemia-reperfusion. Guess what effects on the ether this has? Boom . . .

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Speak Malay, PM tells Chinese community – UPDATED @ 07:56:24 PM 17-10-2012 – by Zurairi AR – October 17, 2012

Najib said people have taken the country’s adoption of the Chinese education system for granted. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 ― The Chinese community should embrace Bahasa Malaysia as it is the country’s national language, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said this morning.

Speaking on Mandarin radio channel Melody FM, Najib also reassured listeners that Chinese education will be part of the exercise to improve quality of education under the National Education Blueprint.

Responding to demands by pressure group Dong Zong, the United Chinese School Committees Association, the premier reminded listeners that Malaysia has always recognised Chinese schools.

“We are the only country outside China which has Chinese education as part of the national system. We have recognised Chinese education in Malaysia, and I think that is of huge, great significance.

“Please see that in that context, in that perspective, that we have recognised Chinese education as part of the national system,” he said.

Najib also added, “I believe we don’t have any kind of stigma. My own son, Ashman, speaks fluent Mandarin.

“I believe it is good for the Malays to learn Mandarin just as it is important for Malaysian Chinese to be fluent in Bahasa (Malaysia) as Bahasa, of course, is our national language.”

He also revealed that the Cabinet is looking into implementing an eight-point plan to address the shortage of teachers for Chinese vernacular schools, drawn from roundtable meetings involving various stakeholders including Dong Zong.

The implementation will be overseen by one of the two deputy ministers from the Education Ministry.

In March, Deputy Education Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi had branded Chinese educationists “racist” for demanding that only qualified Mandarin-speaking teachers be allowed to teach in Chinese vernacular schools.

The group accused the Education Ministry earlier this year of “deliberately” creating a dearth of trained Mandarin-speaking teachers as part of a larger conspiracy to re-engineer the identities of vernacular schools.

Dong Zong had last month submitted a memorandum on the matter to the prime minister.

Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz later stated that the demands were reasonable, but this view was dismissed by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as “a personal one”.

In today’s talk show, Najib also revealed that the neighbourhood night patrols announced in Budget 2013 will be launched early this December.

Replying to a caller, the prime minister clarified that 1,000 police officers on motorcycles will be patrolling in pairs in select neighbourhoods, and that RM20 million was allocated for the programme.

During the #TanyaNajib event on YouTube earlier this month, Najib also told viewers that he was excited for the crime-fighting initiative as it was his idea.

Later in the radio programme, Najib, who is also finance minister, reiterated that only 1.7 million Malaysians out of 12 million workers were paying income tax.

In Budget 2013, Najib announced a 1 per cent tax cut for workers with taxable incomes of between RM2,500 and RM50,000. Analysts see the move as paving the way for the goods and services tax (GST) that the Najib administration has been weighing but was forced to delay due to fears of voter backlash.

Najib also insisted that middle class Malaysians do reap indirect benefits from government policies, through subsidies such as for RON95 petrol.

“Although we pay slightly more (for car purchases) initially, but because of the large amount of subsidies, you end up paying much less than your counterpart after five years of use,” he

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i)  Speak Malay, PM tells Chinese community

Be happy to. But first grant equality in citizenships via the below 3 items :

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

;and do remember that as per UN and worldwide legal rights of all groups, the right to not speak any language is a right of all citizens of the world. Just because a citizen happens to be staying in a certain geological/cultural/linguistic region does not mean that they have to speak any language or accept less than equal citizenships for being ethinically different or having a different faith or no faith at all. I think BN is going to lose the GE13 election given PM Najib’s refusal to endorse universal human rights values or admitting that the Apartheid of Bumiputra is very wrongful and illegal and instead telling the already oppressed second class citizenship afflicted minorities to ‘speak Malay’. People will speak Malay out of love of the language and the treatment they receive as citizens, not because a PM says to ‘speak Malay’. The minorities instead tell the PM to ‘End the Apartheid of Bumiputra’.

ii) The group accused the Education Ministry earlier this year of “deliberately” creating a dearth of trained Mandarin-speaking teachers as part of a larger conspiracy to re-engineer the identities of vernacular schools.

No smoke without fire. And there is a ver big fire in the form of Bumiputra Apartheid.

iii) In Budget 2013, Najib announced a 1 per cent tax cut for workers with taxable incomes of between RM2,500 and RM50,000. Analysts see the move as paving the way for the goods and services tax (GST) that the Najib administration has been weighing but was forced to delay due to fears of voter backlash.

Make moi PM and see a 50% cut in taxes to the same group, as well as a 50% cut in all  Minister, MP and assemblyman salaries.

iv) Najib also insisted that middle class Malaysians do reap indirect benefits from government policies, through subsidies such as for RON95 petrol.

RON95 fuel may be cheaper, but the amount of wealth that goes to the 99% of citizens is 1% of the fuel revenues. Just look at the wealth of the 1% of the population who are Oil related Ministers and Bureaucrats, or people working in oil companies as opposed to 99% of the Rakyat. I’d say Najib is not being honest at all in approaching the Rakyat with obviously skewed ‘feel good’ facts. I guess GE13 should be won by 3rd Force or Pakatan Rakyat (equally bad as BN but at least not entrenched – the Rakyat must prepare to kick out the nepotists and term limitless or fundos immediately or another BN-UMNO will arise by the time Pakatan consolidates power . . . ) if 3rd Force fails to organize in time.

v) In Budget 2013, Najib announced a 1 per cent tax cut for workers with taxable incomes of between RM2,500 and RM50,000.

1%? What kind of joke is this? The bank GIVES depositors 2% interest! Is the government worse than a bank now, chettiar par exellence? Make moi PM and see a 50% cut in taxes to the same group, as well as a 50% cut in all  Minister, MP and assemblyman salaries or to the level of National Average Annual Wage.

As for Malaysia being the only country outside China that recognises Chinese education, this ‘recogntion’ is due to the Apartheid of Bumiputra and the extreme racism by certain factions of the Muslim Malays against Chinese that necessitated ‘Chinese education’. This is a mark of shame for Malaysia not something to be proud of ‘Najib’. Perhaps President Hu Jintao of the PRC and the UN needs to make some things very clear to PM Najib about equality and fair treatment of citizens or at least about honesty in making statements. Whats the value of being a racist against races that are destined to rule the world? Might as well make peace by granting the above 3 items now than suffer millenia of extraction of debt at interest? The Chinese community demands equality, nothing more. If Najib does not understand this, GE13 will be lost and another PM would have failed the Malay people in dignifying the Malay people by treating all humans as equals and not afflicting with apartheid on the good citizens of different ethnicity and different faith out of fear and jealousy or simply out of what previous racist UMNO leaders (barring a failed Tun Hussein Onn PM from 1976 to 1981 who almost secularized Malaysia – Turkish style) did. The apartheid via Islam, and ethnicity racism problem extends to East Malaysia as well :

Sabah rights: ‘Stop lying, Najib’
http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/36247/

‘Ketuanan Melayu could erode non-Malay rights’ (here’s PAS being occasionally relevant but Hudud Agenda really spoils the party popularity)
http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/36204/

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I am Malaysian first, says Khairy – by Lee Wei Lian – October 18, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 — Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin was put on the defensive on the issue of race at a forum last night but deflected some criticism by acknowledging that race-based politics could hurt the country.

Khairy said in a response to questions about 1 Malaysia, which aimed to strengthen unity among the different ethnic groups in the country, that there was no conflict in having Malaysians adopt several identities but that a Malaysian identity should be the ultimate goal.

“If you put a gun to my head, I will answer I am Malaysian first,” he said at a forum on economic development organised by the Chevening Alumni of Malaysia here. “That is the aspiration.”

He also said in response to another question whether racial baggage will drag Malaysia down that Malaysia was “crying out” for a true multi-racial party.

“The more entrenched ethnic parties are in politics, the more ethnicity will figure in policy making,” he said.

Khairy added that while parties that are based on policies and ideologies were the way forward, the current dominance of race-based parties could reflect Malaysian society.

“It could also be how society looks at themselves,” he said.

Khairy found common ground on some racial issues with DAP lawmaker Tony Pua, who was also at the forum, and crossed swords on others.

The audience in rapt attention as Khairy delivers his talk at the forum on October 17, 2012.
Pua had said that government assistance should be based on need and not race as it mainly benefited the elite of the privileged race and led to the brain drain of those who felt discriminated against.

He also pointed out that the gap between the rich and poor was highest within the Bumiputera community as the Malay elites grew wealthy on government assistance.

“We must get out of the mindset of providing help based on race,” he said. “The more you define policies based on race, those who benefit are the elites who are in the best positioned to exploit the policies.”

Khairy said however that while he agreed that poverty eradication should be based on need, he saw a “gray area” where government assistance was required to nurture a Bumiputera business community.

“It’s about restructuring society,” said Khairy.

He added that he was against non-deserving Bumiputeras getting loans and contracts.

“When you talk about there being no non-Malay secretaries-general in the government, you’d also be hard pressed to find a Malay CEO of a non-Malay company,” he said. “There are silos and divisions in society.”

Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, who was also a speaker at the forum, said that the previous tactics of pitting non-Malays against Malays over economic issues will no longer work.

He noted that the government, which is controlled by Umno, was in charge of not only the federal budget but also GLCs (government-linked companies) which when combined accounted for between 60-65 per cent of the country’s GDP.

“Sixty to 65 per cent of Malaysia’s economy is controlled by the Malay elite,” said Jeyakumar. “The Malays in the kampungs are not stupid. They know it’s about bad governance and not about non-Malays.”

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Too little too late and the content of the discussion assures that racism appears very much alive in this character’s intent. All about political survival only? Meaningless person.

“If you put a gun to my head, I will answer I am Malaysian first,” he said at a forum on economic development organised by the Chevening Alumni of Malaysia here. “That is the aspiration.” Begone from the presence of the pure among us! Such foul intent in simple words. Why mention ‘gun’ at all?

*I* as minority people living here in Malaysia, are WORLD CITIZENS *NOT* Malaysians. Eventually world government will be formed if abuses as in Malaysia are a sign of what individual nation states promise to inflict on sovereign citizens. First will form EUs, ASEANs, AUs, then eventually when all the differences between people and cultures and religions have been given their own spaces and bridges or taboos or necessary silos created to ensure uniquness and diversity are done, the word ‘Malaysian’ will eventually disappear.

We are ALL ETHNIC minorities until the below 3 items are granted. The Malays are an ethnic minority in the context of the world. Small minded micro-view KJ can be a Malaysian under a Malay tempurong of selfish hatred and refusal to admit wrongs and harm done to many. The macro view citizens will never subscribe to being ‘merely’ Malaysian. Why not identify with the biggest and most powerful nation? Conversely, if small or weak nations are not petty minded, some measure of ‘Malaysian’ will survive. Do not subvert true aspirations with LIES.

Perhaps Malaysia will not even exist by 2020 or as soon as possible the next war in Asia – *that* may well be the aspiration for such an insulting, presumptuous and indirect address of minorities. ‘Malaysia first’ IS *NOT AND NEVER WILL BE* the aspiration. Unoriginal, and selfish being an aspiration is nonsense for all but racists and extreme Muslims. Malaysia will be LAST aspiration (if the sea levels do not swallow up the miserable place) if some term limitless beneficiary of nepotism people presume to speak for others. The ones with the right, will write a script that a certain racist kris bearer *bumiputra* who has not apologized to the minority communities to suffer for such presumption . . . Gun to who’s head? Is someome threatening violence against what the UN and brotherhood of nations agreed on after WW2? EQUALITY OF MAN.

The small minded fool children of thieves of the Rakyat’s monies, of thieves of the Rakyat’s stolen contracts and stolen business opportunities, the givers of lost Oil blocs who now dare threaten HUMAN EQUALITY and subvert high minded aspirations to equality with lame apartheid form Malaysian-ness?  The arrogant, the proud and the haughty the abusive while in power . . . will not and do not deserve to address the worthy minded among Rakyat who abhor apartheid and nepotism or crony contracts (which Khairy is famous for, and worryingly now Tony Pua who is cosying up to Khairy alot but not mentioning ending APARTHEID of BUMIPUTRA). Article 1 of the UN Human Rights Charter will not tolerate any metaphorical or real guns against any metaphorical or real head (either and both heads for the guys) and definitely *NOT* any aspiration that puts a broken political junta politician run country as Malaysia currently is or Malaysians first. 2 terms over so GTFO of the Dewan, shameless beneficiary of nepotism! The 3 items listed below are the ONLY ASPIRATION at this human level (to the Muslims Dunia’) for now at least :

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

The most democratic and powerful countries will be forever the FIRST. The apartheid countries, fundo countries, thieves and liars and enemies of the above true aspirations will be the very LAST. Fools who stand in the path of the righteous and the strong will be destroyed across all times and realities . . .  Since Khairy Jamaluddin is supposed to be a Muslim, enter that mosque the next time, with the dirt of Bumiputra Apartheid in the ether of lies and ill intent to the Rakyat and to the great among us working for a better (free tertiary education world) and hopefully whatever God resides there will see fit to correct this term limitless farce.

Since Khairy Jamaluddin is supposed to be a Muslim, let God (or Allah) be reminded to send Khairy Jamaluddin to the nineteen angels of Jahannam, aka Neraka at Neraka . . . along with all the evil souls in Malaysia who refuse to grant the above 3 items. Hellfires burn forever do they not? Retaliate on the physical plane with a gun threat thoughtless barbarian . . . 2 terms over GTFO of the Dewan, shameless beneficiary of nepotism! The other citizens especially non-racist Malays (I fairly must defer to correctly 3 item aspired Malays as having more right to be MP ahead of all minoriy races) who would prefer to aspire to the above 3 items rather than a vague meaningless Khairy Jamaluddin’s being ‘Malaysian with a gun to their head’ deserve to head Rembau’s MPship! The Jamalluddins have sequestered enough wealth to last 100 generations and given away 1000 times of the Rakyat’s National Oil Wealth in Oil Blocs just recently, GTFO of Dewan and enjoy what wealth of the Rakyat that will eventually be reclaimed by the poor ‘Malaysians’! If article is considered actionable, please warn, I will remove if requested. Crypto-racism is the same as intent to cause a Holocaust, and sitting with a Chinese lapdog from an opposition party who dares not declare assets is not the same as denouncing apartheid.

ARTICLE 14

I was disappointed with DAP’s unjust practice – ex grassroots member – Thursday, 18 October 2012 17:44

FALSELY ACCUSED- Former grassroots leader claims personal attacks drove him to quit the party

KAJANG: A former DAP grassroots leader yesterday claimed that he was a victim of the party’s unjust and corrupt practices, which led to his disillusionment and subsequent withdrawal from DAP in 2011.

Former DAP Damai Perdana branch chairman Tan Han Kuo said in 2009, he was falsely accused of exposing alleged irregularities over transactions involving a DAP local government councillor and the party.

“The reason I quit DAP was due to a run-in involving myself, (Kajang councillor) Lee Kee Hiong and her uncle, Lee Wye Wing.

“Three years ago, Kee Hiong accused me of leaking information about her uncle getting state government contracts.

“But I did not have any knowledge about it,” he said here on Tuesday.

Tan said Kee Hiong, who was previously DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang’s personal aide, had subsequently mounted personal attacks on him by calling party meetings to condemn Tan and accusing him of fabricating rumours.

“However, on Aug 30, 2010, online news portal Selangor Daily eventually published a story which implicated her in the alleged wrongdoing.

“Also, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the death of Teoh Beng Hock in June last year revealed that Wye Ying had in fact received such contracts.”

Teoh was the political aide of DAP’s Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah who was taken into the custody of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on July 15, 2009 for questioning about allegations of corruption. However, was found dead the next morning on the rooftop of a building adjacent to the MACC offices.

Tan said following the expose, he had decided to resign from all party positions in protest over Kee Hiong’s “unscrupulous defamation” attempts against him.

He also expressed deep disappointment in the DAP disciplinary committee for not acting against Kee Hiong.

“To rub salt into the wound, Kee Hiong was appointed DAP Selangor committee member in 2010 despite losing badly during that year’s state party election.

“The appointment was made against the will of the state party members and it was completely against the spirit of democracy.”

He recounted that last year, Kee Hiong had renewed her attacks by accusing him of receiving “a few hundred thousand ringgit” from the MCA to gather and divulge DAP’s secrets.

“I had immediately lodged a complaint with the DAP disciplinary committee to clear my name, but I was summarily ignored,” he added.

“I was very disappointed with the unjust and corrupt practices of DAP, so I chose to leave the party entirely later that year.”

Tan’s account of his experience in DAP comes after another former DAP grassroots leader, Tan Tuan Tat, left the party in August, declaring that “democracy is dead in the party”.

– New Straits Times

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MPs of Penang (yes even the term limitless who should be removed – feedback is important but don’t imagine the Rakyat will tolerate any MP more than 2 terms from hereon – EDUCATION thanks to moi has made the term limitless political junta glaringly obvious for the harm they cause . . . ), how about a ‘shadow vote’ of no confidence on who should be CM from ALL MPs and Assemblymen? For certain  Lim Guan Eng won’t even be anywhere on the list of nominees. Vote properly Rakyat! 2 terms only and always remember, democracy is the only thing that will protect your tax funds from ending up in a 750K funeral for beneficiaries of nepotism who think they can stay for more than 2 terms as CM. See what happend to Koh Tsu Koon? Too many terms and any politician becomes a target for racist among racist Muslims and corruptors among GLC false-plutocrats.

Heres another KTK in the form of LGE who will sellout all minorities just to sit on the CM’s seat as long as the quorumless or MP/Assemblyman un-voted creep can. Vote for 3rd Force and only tolerate 2 term CMs and 2 term MPs and 2 term assemblymen. meanwhile lets see if that ‘shadow vote’ of no-confidence (which could become official) can remove that cowardly beneficiary of nepotism who takes away the thunder of NGOs by blabbing about AES. Shameless, point scoring and unjust! Witness the Qlippoth (no not Quidditch, QLIPPOTH) cast off remnant of bad understanding of politics, and denounce this cowardly beneficiary of nepotism for REAL statemen who will address the 3 items above AND GTFO of Dewan after 2 terms!

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AES concession holders stand to gain RM700m a year from traffic summons – October 14, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 — A controversial enforcement system introduced last month aimed at cutting down traffic offences has raised eyebrows over the huge profits, an estimated RM700 million a year, the two companies who won the coveted government concession will gain from the pool of settled summons.

ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, which won recently the contract for the Automated Enforcement System (AES), have also come under fire for claiming between RM600 million and RM800 million as cost to install 831 cameras in traffic hotspots nationwide.

“Does it cost RM600-800 million as claimed by both companies to install the 831 cameras which would cost RM722,000-RM962,000 per camera?” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng asked in a statement today.

He noted that the project was opposed when it was mooted nearly a decade ago due to the perception of unfair largesse to the concession holders through a three-tiered system paid out from a pool of settled summons.

Lim, a trained accountant who is also Penang chief minister, noted that the companies will gain RM16 for each of the first five million summons paid by traffic offenders in the first tier, resulting in a sum of RM80 million.

The two companies stand to gain up to RM270 million for the second tier, which awards them half of the revenue collected; and 7.5 per cent of the remaining revenue under tier 3, he said.

He had based his calculations on a fine of RM300 imposed on 170 million summons issued in one year, adopting the figures from recent news reports for the first eight days after the AES was launched on September 23.

English daily New Straits Times had reported that 63,558 traffic offences were captured on the AES within those eight days.

The Bagan MP demanded the Transport Ministry fully disclose if the government held an open tender for the concession before handing them out.

“Unless such issues are fully addressed, Malaysian motorists have a right to be angry that cronies of BN have once again benefited fully at the expense of ordinary Malaysians,” he said.

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This is something for CAP or a transparency watching NGO to handle, not a CM who was not even voted for at 51% quorum among all state MPs that has already used up 1.5 terms. A CM who was voted for however should be addressing Malaysia’s lack of :

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

;point scoring is the most un-statesmanlike and detestable type of politician, especially when a CM takes the role of a mere NGO but dares not challenge apartheid. This challenge of the AES by this beneficiary of nepotism is not a display of courage or consideration for the Rakyat, this is cowardice and point scoring to pretend to be active while too afrraid to challenge apartheid. A CM who was placed by their own father and through the ignorance of the local state MPs and Assemblymen of DEMOCRACY (1 man 1 vote style at 13 MPs + 40 assemblymen means 53 votes . . . THIS IS NOT true democracy though, but at 1.5 million Penang voters would be, this 53 vote thing is ONLY Representative Democracy) and 51% quorums for a right to be CM is no leader at all. Little wonder the cowardice, from having no moral or ethical much less popular right to be CM. Christians and their papacy minded, cult of personality oriented politics make the worst MPs.

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Penang to crack down on smoking next year – by Oppailyn Mok – October 19, 2012

Lighting up in the wrong area of Penang next year could set you back by up to RM10,000. — Reuters pic
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 19 ? Six zones in Penang have been gazetted as non-smoking areas and those who flout the regulation will be slapped with a fine or jail time starting next year.

State executive councillor for health, welfare, caring society and environment Phee Boon Poh said the city council together with the Health Department will adopt a soft enforcement approach this year.

“We will start by educating the public that these zones are now non-smoking zones by putting up banners and giving smokers warning if caught smoking in these places,” he said.

By next year, smokers caught lighting up in any of the designated zones will face a fine of up to RM10,000 or two years’ jail.

“There will not be any leniency from next year onwards,” he said.

The six zones identified are the Penang Municipal Park, Penang Botanic Gardens, Air Itam Dam, Teluk Bahang Dam, Linear Park in Ampang Jajar and Mengkuang Dam.

He also said ferries will also be made non-smoking areas due to safety concerns.

“In some ferries, passengers are given a smoking corner on the upper deck but there must be absolutely no smoking on the lower deck due to safety concerns,” he said.

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More DAP rubbish much like the Gambier Threat.

The fine of 10,000 is excessive and hence unconstitutional. People! Let us kick out the DAP and vote in 3rd force. I propose that 3rd force will only fine 1% of the salary or 1% of National Average monthly wage. That should be RM10.00 for a RM1000.00 earner. Very much more fair than profiteering off the Rakyat via fines. Lets prevent Phee Boon Poh and the DAP crony intalled (rather than via Local Council Election voted for) city council’s greed by fining them all the way out from Penang!

Lets kick out DAP! BN what say you to this format for fining? Want to implement ahead of Pakatan? Otherwise 3rd Force will do the same! Same thing with traffic offences too! 1% for minor offences, 3% for more serious stuff, ALL BASED ON SALARY. The bank only gives 2% in interest for deposits so why the hell should the Rakyat pay RM10,000 for such a minor issue as smoking, for by-laws they did not even approve or take part in writing? Stop voting for DAP! Lets vote 3rd Force instead! SMOKING citizens will crack down on DAP next year!

Smoking lightly in the open is a luxury that too many are missing. take up the hobby and understand that smoking does not mean obsessive waste or choking the air ALL THE TIME, but relaxing with the element of Fire during suitable times, much like a mini-firework even as fireworks already are banned as well by oppressive governments. Democracy is in the spirit of fining methods as proposed here, NOT DAP’s RM10,000 for a cigarette b.s.. If this is LKS being psychotic about Robocop II‘s (Irvin Kershner 1990) anti-smoking scene, just imagine the Hudud minded Christian fundamentalism the nepotistic and term limitless creep has in store for Malaysians . . . Vote for 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 17

A Consideration of Civil Suit Against the Federal Government of Malaysia (Any QC or Legal Eagle want to take up this cause, please contact this site, Legal beagles can go bury their heads in inactive and silent Malaysian Bar Council’s !@#$%^& . . . )

A tort, in common law jurisdictions, is a civil wrong.[1] Tort law deals with situations where a person’s behaviour has unfairly caused someone else to suffer loss or harm. A tort is not necessarily an illegal act but causes harm. The law allows anyone who is harmed to recover their loss. Tort law is different from criminal law, which deals with situations where a person’s actions cause harm to society in general. A claim in tort may be brought by anyone who has suffered loss after suing a civil law suit. Criminal cases tend to be brought by the state, although private prosecutions are possible.

Tort law is also differentiated from equity, in which a petitioner complains of a violation of some right. One who commits a tortious act is called a tortfeasor. The equivalent of tort in civil law jurisdictions is delict. Tort may be defined as a personal injury; or as “a civil action other than a breach of contract.”[2]

A person who suffers a tortious injury is entitled to receive compensation for “damages”, usually monetary, from the person or people responsible — or liable — for those injuries. Tort law defines what is a legal injury and, therefore, whether a person may be held liable for an injury they have caused. Legal injuries are not limited to physical injuries. They may also include emotional, economic, or reputational injuries as well as violations of privacy, property, or constitutional rights. Tort cases therefore comprise such varied topics as auto accidents, false imprisonment, defamation, product liability (for defective consumer products), copyright infringement, and environmental pollution (toxic torts), among many others.

In much of the common law world, the most prominent tort liability is negligence. If the injured party can prove that the person believed to have caused the injury acted negligently – that is, without taking reasonable care to avoid injuring others – tort law will allow compensation.

However, tort law also recognizes intentional torts, where a person has intentionally acted in a way that harms another, and “strict liability” or quasi-tort, which allows recovery under certain circumstances without the need to demonstrate negligence.

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i) A tort is not necessarily an illegal act but causes harm.

Bumiputra Apartheid has caused immense disenfranchisment and emotional harm.

ii) Tort law is also differentiated from equity, in which a petitioner complains of a violation of some right.

Bumiputra Apartheid violates UN Article 1 Rights.

iii) A person who suffers a tortious injury is entitled to receive compensation for “damages”, usually monetary, from the person or people responsible — or liable — for those injuries. Tort law defines what is a legal injury and, therefore, whether a person may be held liable for an injury they have caused.

The entire non-Muslim, and non-Malay community including Orang Asli is entitled to receive compensation for damages, preferably out of the pockets of the plutocrat billionaires who are racists or who have benefited from racism.

iv) Tort cases therefore comprise such varied topics as auto accidents, false imprisonment, defamation, product liability (for defective consumer products), copyright infringement, and environmental pollution (toxic torts), among many others.

All of the above have been inflicted various government agencies under BN oversight.

v) In much of the common law world, the most prominent tort liability is negligence. If the injured party can prove that the person believed to have caused the injury acted negligently – that is, without taking reasonable care to avoid injuring others – tort law will allow compensation.

All MPs racists and lapdogs who refuse to endorse and ratify :

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

;have caused the non-Muslim and non-Malay minorities injuries from negligence to ensure the 3 above items were granted as per the Reid Commission after the 15th year of Malay Special Privileges ending in the 1970s.

vi) If the injured party can prove that the person believed to have caused the injury acted negligently – that is, without taking reasonable care to avoid injuring others – tort law will allow compensation.

All complicit political parties and NGOs even the Bar Council have caused the injury of APARTHEID and acted negligently by inaction or tacit approval via silence and refusal to help citizens in need of equality.

vii) . . . tort law also recognizes intentional torts, where a person has intentionally acted in a way that harms another, and “strict liability” or quasi-tort, which allows recovery under certain circumstances without the need to demonstrate negligence.

All complicit ‘silent’ (Capitol Hill? Silent Hill?) political parties and NGOs even the Bar Council have caused by inaction or tacit approval via silence and refusal to help citizens in need of equality, caused the injury of APARTHEID and acted negligently and deserve to be among the defendents.

Well citizens and legal eagles (no legal beagles please, ‘Legal Junta Toad‘ has been holed up so quietly in that Bar Council Office there might as well be no Bar Council at all, Snoopy (also the weed policy promotionary cautious one) is useless here, we need lions and not the false ones from Jelutong that cannot say the word ‘Apartheid’ and ‘Bumiputra’ in the same sentence despite Parliamentary immunity . . . ) want to put together a UN level lawsuit based on the material posted here on this blog?

Otherwise an unknown blogger will feel inclined to steal the thunder from NGOs and political parties who preferred to parasite off fellow citizens for dirty wealth and childishly meaningless media spotlight than End the Apartheid of Bumiputra.

7 Articles On Democracy : Malaysia’s Own ‘Syrian’ Crisis-lite, LGBT Apartheid in Malaysia On Top of Socio-Political Apartheid, East Malaysians Lied To – No 100% is Granted – Might As Well Secede, RPK Coward Fearful to Run For MP – Full of NLPs, Big Deal About No Effort by Penang’s CM – Farcical and Cynical Self Praise, Mindless Arguing On Non-Issues By Equally Mindless Supporter of Nepotism Who Is Unfortunately An Wakil Parti MP, Lee-postism Hides Behind the ‘Ammah’ – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 23rd September 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, 2 term limits, Abuse of Power, amendments to law needed, asset declarations, best practices, Bumiputera Apartheid, criticism, Democracy, democratisation, dhimmi, dhimmitude, domestic terrorists in the political sphere, LGBT, LGBT Hate Groups, Nepotism, neurolinguistics, orang asli on September 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

ARTICLE 1

67th session of UNGA :World leaders to debate on Syrian crisis, terrorism – Un general assembly – 19 Sep 2012 12:05:47 PM IST – Last Updated : 19 Sep 2012 12:05:47 PM IST

The Syrian conflict ,peaceful resolution of international disputes and an efficient global coordinated response to terrorism were the important issues that will dominate the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that started on Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Vuk Jeremic, the former Serbian foreign minister who was elected president of the 67th UNGA session on June 8, said in an opening address that the General Assembly is “the only forum where all (UN) member states come together as sovereign equals to advance the aims of the UN Charter.

Jeremic said: “I look forward to engaging with all delegations, in furtherance of shared goals and objectives.”

“Having consulted widely on the matter, I have chosen bringing about adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means as the overarching theme for our work over the next 12 months,” he added.

Over a 100 world leaders and policy makers will arrive  next week for the annual general debate that will run through September 25 till October 1 and would focus on the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

“We are living through a period of unease. These are times of rising unemployment, rising inequality, rising temperatures  and rising intolerance,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks at the opening of the UNGA
session yesterday.

“We are also seeing incidents of intolerance and hatred that are then exploited by others. Voices of moderation and calm need to make themselves heard at this time. We all need to speak up in favour of mutual respect and understandingof the values and beliefs of others.

“The United Nations itself must rise to the moment,”Ban said. He said the UNGA faces a long and urgent agenda,where “the deteriorating situation in Syria will be foremost in our minds.”

Other important high-level meetings and initiatives on energy, women’s health, nutrition and education, peace and security challenges would also dominate the discussions of the world leaders.
“This organisation is being asked to do more than ever before. People want results in real time, not years.That is why we will also be working together during this session to deepen our efforts to strengthen and modernize the United Nations itself,” Ban said.

President of the 193-member body Vuk Jeremic, who took over from Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, outlined the main areas of focus for this year’s session, with the main theme being the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

“Peace and security is a prerequisite for the stability needed for global economic growth, sustainable development and social progress,” Jeremic said. Jeremic also highlighted the importance of making progress on arms control and disarmament, strengthening UN peacekeeping, improving a global coordinated response to terrorism, and promoting human rights in the international arena during the next 12 months.

He stressed that the Assembly should focus not just on achieving the eight anti-poverty targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also on the post-2015 agenda. In addition, he emphasized that the rule of law would remain one of the main priorities on the Assembly?s agenda.  “Close to 800 years after the Magna Carta was promulgated, many people around the world still do not enjoy the fundamental rights enshrined in that seminal documentrights that protect individuals, while enabling countries to
develop in peace and security, as sovereign equals,” he said.

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Domestic ‘political terrorists’ among MPs have seized power from near 40% of the population since the 1970s as well as East Malaysia’s Orang Asli, and hijacked Malaysia’s parliament by not granting :

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

Will the UN take action on this form of political terrorist by demanding of the Malaysian  government via blackballs or expulsions of pro-apartheid-Malays who refuse to CLEARLY STATE their denunciatuion via ‘Statuary Declaration’ from all world bodies linked to UN, to ensure the end of apartheid and free the people of Malaysia by granting the above 3 items? The Magna Carta does not allow the form of apartheid as the Malaysian regime today enforces by threat of fines and imprisonment and refusal to amend laws and constitution.

ARTICLE 2

Focus is on preventing, correcting homosexuality, says deputy minister – by Hafidz Baharom – September 20, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the government will push forward in educating parents on how to prevent, overcome and correct symptoms of homosexuality in children.

But he told The Malaysian Insider today that there will be no published guidelines to identify gay and lesbian traits, saying that the Education Ministry was not involved in hosting the “Parents Handling LGBT Issues” seminars including one he launched in Kedah earlier today.

Mohd Puad (picture) did not however elaborate on what the government would do to “correct” or “prevent” homosexuality.

Gender equality advocates have attacked Putrajaya for sending the wrong message about sexuality and social conformity by endorsing controversial “guidelines” aimed at helping parents recognise “symptoms” of homosexuality in children.

The groups had demanded the federal government retract its endorsement, saying the descriptions are misleading and may lead to discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) community.

Putrajaya had reportedly endorsed a list of identifiable gay and lesbian traits that was distributed to schools and parents, published by the Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd and Putrajaya Consultative Council of Parents and Teachers Associations.

The guidelines are ostensibly aimed at preventing the “spread” of the phenomenon among teenagers, especially students, according to media reports last week.

Education Ministry officials had subsequently denied endorsing the list, which says that gay men have muscular bodies and like to show off by wearing V-neck and sleeveless clothes, prefer tight and light-coloured clothing, are attracted to men and like to carry big handbags similar to those used by women.

Lesbians are said to be attracted to women, like to eat, sleep and hang out in the company of other women and have no affection for men.

“There are no such published guidelines and I was only invited to officiate these events by the non-government organisations involved,” said Mohd Puad today.

“We in the Ministry of Education look at this LGBT issue seriously, and all we wish to do is to educate people, parents especially, on how to overcome this issue, how to prevent it as well as early corrective measures,” he said.

He added that these seminars were “not an attack” on the LGBT community in Malaysia.

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Could the UN condemn and counter this abusive action by Puad and the PTA here? The UN needs to speak with a very clear voice to Malaysian or fundo state abusers, that abusive policies and discriminative policies that discriminate any and all persons will be disallowed. Which Universities have Alumnis or have awarded all APARTHEID persons in goverbnment in places like Malaysia? WITHDRAW all these abusers’ degrees and make these bullies jobless and bar all individuals from UN offices as persona non grata apartheid monkeys or pro-apartheid lapdogs.

Identify all Embassy workers for a start and begin expulsions of the same, not tacitly approve the LGBT APARTHEID promulgated by these nations by allowing them to have an Embassy presence. Bravo Canada for making clear on Iran, though a less obvious state that does not appear civilisationally at war with another would be better to target. How about expelling Malaysian Embassy from Canada after clarifying with the Education Ministry first Canada? Some of us do not even have the option to consider LGBT lifestyle regardless of our preference. Life is a jopurney of experience, no so-called ‘Education Ministry’ or ‘Religious/Moral

Police’ or ‘Fundo Religion’ (more like a NAZI style Propaganda ministry) has the right to decide how any person lives, or back the same illo treatment with jail terms and fines. Some of us have endured inhumane levels of abuse from society and psychiatric establishment chemical poisoning alongside religious fundamentalist actions to fight for any to have a right to have a choice, UN has the capacity and netwotrk to prevent the abusers from being affiliated with responsible Universities or having standing in the WHO and Pychiatric establishment at least. Will the UN not act for UN principles of Humanity and equality, end of APARTHEID?

United Nations Foundation – The Time Has Come for LGBT Rights (Then condemn and remove the offenders from civil and polite and educated society degreee holder lists as suggested above at once. End APARTHEID in Malaysia as well!)

http://www.unfoundation.org/blog/the-time-has-come-for-lgbt-rights.html

UN Report Calls for LGBT Rights Worldwide | Montreal Gazette
http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/12/16/un-report-calls-for-lgbt-rights-worldwide/

http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/home/index.html

I was unable to send through the UN site, so I am using this ‘anonymous mail’ service to inquiries2@un.org, Error message below :

Contact Us – Technical Questions

CDONTS.NewMail.1 error ‘80020009’

The application your are attempting to access is currently being reset. Please try your request again.

/apps/incNews/send_email.asp, line 22

BORN FREE AND EQUAL
United Nations Releases New Guidelines To Promote LGBT Safety And Equality

The United Nations Human Rights Office has released Born Free and Equal, a new publication outlining international human rights laws for LGBT people.  The 60-page booklet focuses on five core obligations requiring national attention:

protecting people from homophobic violence, preventing torture, decriminalizing homosexuality, prohibiting discrimination, and safeguarding LGBT people’s freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

Think Progress outlines the major policies:

– Protect people from homophobic and transphobic violence.

– Include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics in hate crime laws.

– Establish effective systems to record and report hate-motivated acts of violence.

– Ensure effective investigation and prosecution of perpetrators and redress for victims of such violence.

– Asylum laws and policies should recognize that persecution on account of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity may be a valid basis for an asylum claim.

– Prevent the torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of LGBT persons in detention by prohibiting and punishing such acts and ensuring that victims are provided with redress.

– Investigate all acts of mistreatment by State agents and bring those responsible to justice.

– Provide appropriate training to law enforcement officers and ensure effective monitoring of places of detention.

– Repeal laws criminalizing homosexuality, including all laws that prohibit private sexual conduct between consenting adults of the same sex.

– Ensure that individuals are not arrested or detained on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and are not subjected to baseless and degrading physical examinations intended to determine their sexual orientation.

– Prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

– Enact comprehensive laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds of discrimination. In particular, ensure non-discriminatory access to basic services, including in the context of employment and health care.

– Provide education and training to prevent discrimination and stigmatization of LGBT and intersex people.

– Safeguard freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly for LGBT and intersex people. Any limitations on these rights must be compatible with international law and must not be discriminatory.

– Protect individuals who exercise their rights to freedom of expression, association and freedom of assembly from acts of violence and intimidation by private parties.

While these guidelines are necessary steps toward inclusiveness of LGBT people, blogger Nancy Polikoff of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage, notes that there are no provisions for same-sex parents:

The UN report does have a chapter about discrimination (and says it is bad), but nothing in that chapter mentions discrimination in adoption or access to assited reproduction or child custody.  The report lists some areas of concern when it comes to discrimination, naming employment, health, and education.  There is mention that States need not allow same-sex marriage under international human rights law but that same-sex couples should prevail on anti-discrimination grounds when it comes to such matters as pensions, inheritance, and other partner circumstances.  This makes it especially odd that the report does not mention LGBT parenting when international human rights law definitely does contain a nondiscrimination principle in that area.

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/BornFreeAndEqualLowRes.pdf

ARTICLE 3

Sabah: Still a ‘fixed deposit’? – Friday, 21 September 2012 Super Admin

Sabah will be a focal point in the coming general election, especially after the defections of two BN MPs. If the opposition can avoid contesting three-cornered contests then Sabah’s status as a BN ‘fixed deposit’ state could hang in the balance, writes Arnold Puyok.

ALIRAN

The upcoming 13th General Election is sure to be a hotly contested election. It will be a litmus test for Prime Minister Najib Razak who is banking on his “transformational agenda” to return the BN to power.

Indeed, to restore the BN to a two-thirds majority. For PR, the election is seen as Anwar Ibrahim’s last chance to take over Putrajaya after the alleged September 16 coup failed. Even though many of the seats contested come from Peninsular Malaysia, the real battle will be in Sabah and Sarawak.

In the 2008 General Election, the 54 seats from East Malaysia ensured BN a simple majority win. Without the 54 seats, BN would have lost power to the opposition, in the event of party crossovers. Consequently Sabah and Sarawak are considered as BN’s “fixed deposits”.

This article is an attempt to look into the prospects and challenges of the 13th General Election in Sabah especially in light of the withdrawal of two Sabah leaders from BN – Wilfred Bumburing of UPKO (United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Association) and Lajim Ukin of Sabah UMNO (United Malays National Organisation).

With the persistent attacks on Sabah Chief Minister, Musa Aman for his alleged involvement in an international money laundering scandal and the Wilfred-Lajim factor, BN is expected to face a tough challenge from the opposition to retain Sabah. The article argues that if the opposition is able to form a strong alliance and avoid contesting against each other, it could affect Sabah’s fixed deposit status. Similarly, failure on BN’s part to address the perennial Sabah issues such as the illegal immigrant problems and state autonomy will affect its chances of returning to power.

Categorising the seats contested

For analytical purposes, all the 60 state and 25 parliamentary seats contested in Sabah will be divided into three categories: “safe” BN seats (where BN has more than an 80 percent chance of winning), “marginal” or “50-50” seats (where electoral support can go either to BN or the opposition) and “opposition” seats (where the opposition has more than an 80 percent chance of winning). This prospect is based on the following two factors: 1) Changes in the number of registered voters according to age and ethnicity and 2) Less multi-cornered but more one-to-one contests in the “marginal” areas. The opposition here refers to PR comprising PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat), DAP (Democratic Action Party), and PAS (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia). The other local-based opposition parties are STAR (State Reform Party) Sabah and SAPP (Sabah People’s Progressive Party).

The safe BN seats

There are 42 safe BN state seats and most are Muslim-majority. At the parliamentary level, there are nine safe BN seats with a large number of Muslim Bumiputera voters and they all belong to UMNO. (See Table 1 & 2) With the absence of alternative Muslim-based parties, the majority of the Muslim electorate will remain in UMNO. Among the weapons used by UMNO to maintain Muslim support are the persistent championing of Islam as a religion that unites the Muslims and the practice of on-the-spot development funds allocation.

The Muslim-majority areas will be BN’s key seats that will help maintain the party’s grip on power. PKR appears to fail to take the Muslim support from UMNO. One of the reasons is the lack of credible and popular Muslim leaders in the party. The present Sabah PKR chief, Ahmad Thamrin is not popular among the Muslim electorate while another well-known Muslim leader, Ansari Abdullah, does not have strong Muslim support beyond his base in Tuaran.

There is also the assumption that UMNO is falling apart due to the factions formed by supporters of Musa Aman and Federal Minister, Shafie Afdal. However, the so-called factions do not affect UMNO that much. So far, Musa has been able to keep the Muslim support in UMNO intact. Musa has also successfully defused the Bajau challenge led by Salleh Said, a former Chief Minister and currently Sabah UMNO deputy chief.

Despite the attacks on Musa for his alleged involvement in a financial scandal, Najib seems to be mindful not to pursue the case with intensive investigations. Najib knows that Musa has the clout to decide the fate of BN in Sabah.

Asking Musa to resign before the election would put Sabah BN at great risk. The question is, if Musa resigned, who will be the most likely candidate to replace him? Many people believe that Najib has an eye on Shafie, his loyal ally from Semporna, Sabah. But others have mentioned Salleh Said, Musa’s number two in Sabah UMNO. Salleh is considered more liberal, in tune with the times and therefore, potentially, acceptable to Najib. Another possible candidate is Hajiji Noor, a senior UMNO member in the Sabah Cabinet.

The marginal or 50-50 seats

There are 10 marginal or 50-50 seats at the state level. Of the 10 seats, three are currently held by Gerakan (Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia), two each by LDP (Liberal Democratic Party), PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah), and SAPP respectively,

and one by UPKO. The three seats currently held by Gerakan previously belonged to LDP (1) and SAPP (2) previously. After an internal party conflict, Peter Pang, Au Kam Wah and Raymond Tan left their parties and joined the Gerakan.

The three seats are considered as marginal as they were won under LDP and SAPP tickets. There is a high possibility that the voters might change their support to the opposition as a mark of protest over the decision of their leaders to join the peninsular-based Gerakan. The two state seats currently held by LDP, Tg. Kapor and Merotai, were won by Teo Chee Kang and Pang Yuk Ming after the opposition failed to agree on a one-to-one contest in 2008. The opposition’s chances of winning the two seats from BN are high in the upcoming election if it can avoid multi-cornered fights.

The other two marginal seats are in Tandek and Kadamaian. The PBS won the two seats in 2008 by marginal majorities. Grassroots sentiments in the two areas seem to indicate that the voters are unhappy with BN over its failure to address a number of local issues such as Native Customary Rights (NCR) land and poverty. The BN’s handling of the Tambatuon dam in Kadamaian has also been strongly criticised. Many people are also calling for the incumbent BN representatives to step down and to allow “winnable” candidates to take over. There are several lobby groups in Kadamaian that call for the incumbent Herbert Timbun Lagadan to make way for a younger candidate.

Likas and Luyang are regarded as marginal seats simply because both were won under SAPP when the party was still with BN. With SAPP now outside the ruling party, the opposition has raised its stakes in the two areas. The SAPP’s victory in the two areas in 2008 with marginal majorities shows that the opposition is highly popular there. In fact, had the DAP and PKR agreed to co-operate, SAPP would have lost in the 2008 election. The voters’ mood in the upcoming election will depend on SAPP’s next course of action.

So far, SAPP has not made any decision as to whether it would re-join BN or remain with the opposition. SAPP appears to have a “game” of its own. SAPP’s neither “here-nor-there” stance has not been well received by other local-based opposition parties even though its leaders could be seen attending political rallies organised by other opposition parties. SAPP’s future will depend on how well it can lobby to contest in Chinese and mixed areas. But again this will be difficult as DAP has strongly indicated its desire to contest in Chinese-majority areas. Unless SAPP and STAR Sabah are willing to compromise, they will have to contest against each other in mixed areas.

There are 13 marginal seats at the parliamentary level. Four of the seats are currently held by UPKO and UMNO, three by PBS, and two by SAPP. Most of the marginal parliamentary seats are non-Muslim Bumiputera-majority. The prospect of all 12 seats remaining with BN is dependent upon the reaction of the voters to the RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) to investigate the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah and leadership issues.

Three of the main parties representing the Kadazandusuns are PBS, UPKO and PBRS (Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah). Joseph Pairin Kitingan, the president of PBS, is now regarded by the Kadazandusuns as an ineffective leader who is not as aggressive as before in fighting for state rights and autonomy. Pairin has defended PBS’ “accommodative” and “census-building” approach but the Kadazandusuns see it as a sign of weak leadership.

Bernard Dompok, the president of UPKO is also in a dilemma after the withdrawal of his deputy, Wilfred Bumburing from BN. It is believed that more UPKO members will leave the party, if not sooner, then later. Dompok, who was previously praised for speaking against the banning of the word “Allah” in Catholic churches, is now slowly losing influence in Penampang. Joseph Kurup who leads another Kadazandusun-based party, PBRS, could lose his seat in

Pensiangan if he fails to address local sentiments there. He won the seat uncontested in 2008 after the candidacy of the opposition candidate was rejected on “technical grounds”.

The performance of the Kadazandusun-based BN parties will be seriously affected given the negative perception of the Kadazandusun electorate towards Kadazandusun leaders. The Kadazandusun voters have the habit of “kicking” their leaders out of office. This was evident in 1995 when many of the Kadazandusun leaders (for instance, Bernard Dompok and Jeffrey Kitingan) who left PBS in 1994 were voted out. In fact, BN lost in all the non-Muslim Bumiputera seats in 1995.

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Kadazandusun voters have the habit of “kicking” their leaders out of office.

A respectable and democracy enhancing trait if anything. Term limitless and nepotistic leaders lead to Libyas, Tunisias, Egypts and Syrias etc.. That is why dictatorships fail That is why elements of dictatorship like term limitlessness and nepotism harm democracy. That is why when DAP terms 20% as equality, Sabah and Sarawak might as well secede when Sabah and Sarawak should be given 100% to dispense as they see fit. Finally the non-Muslim AND genetically non-Malay ORANG ASLI of East Malaysia are not Bumiputra and have ceased being 1st class citizens since East Malaysia joing Malaysia. Any non-Muslim is not a 1st class citizen. this amounts to RELIGIOUS APARTHEID which is ILLEGAL in Islam and ILLEGAL by UN standards. Think and demand your right as EQUAL Humans as granted by UN signatorues and Islam, equality via the 3 items below Orang Asli, all non-Muslims and non-Malays in your own country Malaysia!

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

ARTICLE 4

Like a trapped animal (part 1) – THE CORRIDORS OF POWER – Saturday, 22 September 2012

My friends told me I was crazy. “What are you going to do if your prediction does not come true?” they asked me. “Well, I suppose I will quietly leave the country,” I joked. “Never fear, though,” I told them. “There is such a thing called a self-fulfilling prophecy. If enough people believe it, it will happen.”

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My friends told me I was crazy. . . (oh great, starts with a negative NLP . . . bravo RPK for more b.s.)

Didn’t even bother to read from this dis-affirmative paragraph . . . on believing in what is right no matter the odds and attempting to make a change for the better. Throughout history, numbers did not matter and still never do. Try MLK’s ending of slavery AND apartheid in USA. Try the Prophet Mohammad’s near destruction of almost all all unique faiths in the Middle East. Try China’s beating off of near half the world which had invaded China. Try Mahatma Gandhi’s ending of COLONIALISM in India. Try the Stonewall Club in USA for LGBTs! These were single men who started from nothing, even when RPK’s ‘enough people’ refused to think for something better but something worse. Still using that intellect to oppress and suppress LGBT indirectly? Dhimmify non-Muslims? This is why Islamophobia exists. When supposed educated Muslims like RPK slither around in this manner writing in this manner, the world will know that Islam is a faith of segregation and disenfranchisement, of narrow communalism.

Now when ‘RPKs’ and ‘NikAzizs” (2 sides of the good cop bad cop coin?) also promote limb hacking hudud as well, Islam’s credibility goes out the window frightening everyone who is even semi-civilised and even galvanises the world to put an end to what is Nazi-Zion type mindsets that must never be allowed in government or UN. Though private clubs and even city districts with majority for extreme Hudud Islam RPK/Nik Aziz style for certain are a ‘right’ – which so far in Malaysia are still a no go because Hudud and who knows even Islam hold no appeal to most modern Muslims and Malays, who are not even Muslims to begin with but are spiritually colonized by the Middle Eastern ‘centre of Islam’. Be fair and think fairly Muslims.

The above facts are logic and an indictment on Islam’s non-viability and somehow or other, fringe encouraging outlook cynically perhaps as Shiites would claim, Sunnite and Arab encouraged behaviour with the Iranians Zoroastrians originally while Arabs worshipped 1 god for every day of the year . . . RPK wants to say ‘If enough people believe it, it will happen.’ well the Prophet decided alone (with Spirit Jibril), that Islam was to replace every religion in the Middle East. So if  ‘If enough people DID NOT believe in Islam,’ WHY even speak in this manner? Bumiputra Apartheid must end if Malays are to raised to the status of an ‘equal’ race, and the issue is neither about enough people or a single person’s beliefs, but the logic behind the action – and logic behind LGBT liasons is that there is no difference between recreational sex between any or either genders. Procreational sex being the issue though the Quran does not state any prohibitions on the former. The way Malaysian Muslims think is akin to throwing sticks and stones at the faith they supposedly love so much. Every time RPK speaks, the shallowness of logic becomes even more evident. Islam is not a tool of control, and Malays have not appreciated the spirit of Islam, even as non-Muslims already understand what the Quran was teaching!

Instead of trying to end individualism and critical thought, try a more sincere and humanitarian approach to thinking first. Will shame Islam and Muslims less. RPK does not represent a good Muslim, but an authoritarian minded mob minded bombast (pun not intended, incidental). Is the animal a trap or is the trap an animal? RPK is certainly too busy sounding intelligent to nake any sense anymore.

ARTICLE 5

Penang CM pays for own house rent, says aide – by Ida Lim – September 22, 2012

Lim was paying 20 per cent of the rental using his salary, said Ng. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng partly pays for the rental of his house from “his own pocket”, political secretary Ng Wei Aik said today.

Gerakan had attacked the DAP secretary-general and claimed that he owns the property, Ng said.

Refuting Gerakan’s allegation, Ng said Lim was renting the “fully-furnished” house at the rate of RM5,000 a month.

“As CM (Chief Minister), he is entitled to RM4,000 housing allowance paid by the state government every month.

“It means that CM has to fork out another RM1,000 from his own pocket to pay the rental,” said Ng in an email today, adding that it “cannot be considered as luxury property as it has no swimming pool.”

“We have practised the highest degree of integrity all this while, even to the extent [of making] public the tenancy agreement even though this is only CM’s rented property,” he said, adding that the agreement was shown this morning.

Earlier today, Ng pointed out that leaders from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition need not to explain their purchase of houses, citing the former Selangor mentri besar Mohamad Khir Toyo as an example.

“On Gerakan’s attacks on CM’s rented house, it seems that Lim Guan Eng is the only CM or MB (mentri besar) in Malaysia who is asked to explain [his] renting a house to stay as compared to BN leaders who need not to explain, even though they buy houses, some like palace resort owned by Khir Toyo,” he said at a press conference.

Ng said that Lim had decided to rent the “fully-furnished” house three years ago after discovering that repairs to the chief minister’s official residence would cost an estimated RM500,000.

The official state residence, Sri Teratai, “was in a very bad condition and infested with termites,” the Komtar state assemblyman said.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) took over Penang from the BN component party Gerakan after Election 2008.

BN Penang has increasingly attacked Lim’s administration as the 13th general election draws near.

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So clever! (am being sarcastic, but thick skinned politicians would misrepresent anything, so here the clarification for the unwary or liars . . . ) Yeah right. Paying one’s own rent is nothing to be proud of. Pay that rent out of the MP’s salary that the taxpayers are already handing over this 750 CM moocher! All that money comes from taxpayer funds. All people barring certain government civil servants pay 100% of their own rent. Do the taxpayers even want to pay any of CM Lim Guan Eng’s rent at all? Does YM CM Lim Guan Eng ask the taxpayers if they preferred not to pay for the CM’s rent so as to make amendments to have any future CM pay out of his own pocket than presume to keep taking that money from the taxpayers?

1.5 terms up. Time for a 1 man 1 vote for who becomes the next CM as well as stopping payments from taxpayer monies to whatever future CM (mush less 750K funerals) Mr. Undemorcratic Beneficiary of Nepotism! GTFO of Dewan!

ARTICLE 6

Ngeh: Apology over Twitter remark enough, move on – by Ida Lim – September 22, 2012

Ngeh’s remark had led to hundreds of police reports being lodged against him. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said today he believes his apology should sufficiently calm Muslim anger over his recent tweet asking if the protests against the anti-Islam clip “Innocence of Muslims” were a waste of “time and energy”.

The prime minister had earlier questioned Ngeh’s sincerity, reportedly saying: “If it is that easy, we can also pass remarks, insult and ridicule other religions and later apologise.”

According to Bernama Online today, the police may investigate Ngeh for his remarks, which had sparked off protests among Muslim leaders here who accused the leader of being insensitive to Muslims worldwide.

But Ngeh told The Malaysian Insider today that it was time to bury the hatchet and move on to more important issues.

He had on Thursday said that he had not meant to hurt Muslim sensitivities or belittle Islam with the offending message on the Twitter microblogging site.

“Forget the past and focus on the future and other issues that are more important,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

“Because there are many other things like the economy, social problems and the difficulties faced by the people that I need to solve,” he said.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, an Umno minister, had yesterday called for the police to probe Ngeh over his remarks.

Yesterday, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should not be “uncharitable and small-minded” over Ngeh’s apology.

He pointed out that Ngeh’s apology and retraction yesterday proved that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders were more gracious and willing to admit to their mistakes or shortcomings, unlike the politicians in Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN).

Lim also told Najib to look at his own members in BN before passing any judgment against Ngeh, pointing out that many in the ruling coalition who made offensive statements in the past had not found it necessary to apologise later.

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The people will not move on, until DAP completes the 90% failed campaign promises that won DAP whatever seats in GE12. Until then expect every single tweet and twit in DAP to be hammered all the time. Where are the MP assset declarations. Where are the Local Council Elections (meanwhile the EXCO are taking taxpayer funds)? What happened to those small trader confiscated gas tanks? Have the amendments to failures in democracy within DAP’s nepotistic party and state laws been amended? No? Then NEVER ENOUGH until DAP falls in all states! Vote 3rd Force only! Ngeh has been around for more than 2 terms. Remove this oligarch who refuses to declare assets that is wasting the Rakyat’s time and money!

ARTICLE 7

LIFE WITH THE LEES: Nanny shares memories of working for Kuan Yew & family – by  enorth.com.cn – Saturday, 22 September 2012 10:52

94-year-old Ouyang Huan Yan, Yan Kou, from Shunde, worked for Singapore’s first family as a nanny for four decades.

Yan Kou, when she was 18, came to Singapore with her sister. She started work with famous overseas Chinese Tan Kah Kee’s family for nine years. After the war, Lee Kuan Yew’s mother employed her to work for the Lees.

After working for the Lees for 1 year, Lee Kuan Yew returned from his overseas studies in the UK.

Lee Kuan Yew wrote in his memoirs, his wife would go to office every day, his young children were taken care of by reliable Guangdong maids. Yan Kou is one of them. While with the Lees, Yan Kou started with doing the laundry, shopping and other chores. Yan Kou worked for the Lees for 40 years until 1986 when she and her sister returned to Shunde.

Recently, reporter Weng Shuxian visited Yan Kou to listen to her memories of working as a nanny for Singapore’s first family.

Simple wedding

Yan Kou also remembered that after Lee Kuan Yew became the Prime Minster, she would often bring the children to the Istana after school in the afternoon. Lee Kuan Yew would entertain foreign dignitaries at the Istana, but continued to live at his Oxley home with his family.

Yan Kou would often prepares a simple breakfast at the home, Lee Kuan Yew usually drank a glass of Ovaltine, ate 2 pieces of bread and 2 eggs. Mrs Lee worked in the day as a lawyer, but in the evening after work she continued to do house chores, take care of the children and prepare dinner.

When Yan Kou first met Lee Kuan Yew, he just came back from his oversea studies in the UK, he was not very well versed in Mandarin then. But in person, Lee Kuan Yew was not westernized, instead he was rather traditional. When Lee Hsien Loong was only a few years old, Lee Kuan Yew brought a set of long sleeves mandarin jacket for his son during the Chinese New year.

A strict dad

Yan Kou revealed that Lee Kuan Yew was strict with the children. The children were also obedient, humble and not proud unlike children from other well to do families.

When Lee Kuan Yew disciplined the children privately in his room, no one was allowed to enter, even Mrs Lee was not allowed to intervene, or enter. The children would not dare to talk back. Although Yan Kou and the workers have never seen how Lee Kuan Yew disciplined the children, they would know from the children’s expression when they came out.

Yan Kou remembered once Lee Hsien Loong was third in his class. Lee Kuan Yew was not satisfied with the result and called his son to his room. Then Lee Hsien Loong was frightened, Lee Kuan Yew told his son to get first next time.

Since then Lee Hsien Loong would get first almost every time. Lee Kuan Yew was equally strict with his daughter who scored 10As.

Lee Kuan Yew also forbade the nanny to accompany the children to school. When Lee Hsien Loong was in Primary 3, he asked to go to school in the school bus (instead of being driven). At first Yan Kou was concerned Lee Hsien Loong would not be able to keep up with the school bus, but Lee Hsien Loong told her that he would dash to catch the school bus once the school bell rang. Lee Kuan Yew respected Lee Hsien Loong’s decision, and let the children learn to adapt.

No airs

In addition, when the children turned 21, they were expected to be independent. Very often the children would ask the workers to buy stuff for them, Mrs Lee would insist the children pay for it themselves and would not pay on their behalf.

While working for the Lees, Yan Kou would address Lee Kuan Yew as Mr Lee even after he became the prime minister. His children were also very causal, and like their parents, have no airs. The workers would call the children by their names only.

Mr & Mrs Lee liked to drink coffee, eat beef, spicy dishes and curry, but that’s not to the liking of Yan Kou who likes fish and Chinese dishes. So Mrs Lee would let the workers prepare whatever food they liked too.

Yan Kou said working for the Lees, was like staying at home. She only needed to inform the Lees before she went out. Sometime, she also invited her friends to her work place. Mrs Lee treated the workers well. In the past, the employer and employee contributed equal share to the employee’s CPF. The Lees would pay for her share too.

When Yan Kou decided to leave the Lees, Mrs Lee requested for her to stay for some more years. Unfortunately Yan Kou’s sister was in poor health.

Her home town did not have any telephone, but Lee Wei Ling would write to Yan Kou to keep in contact. Lee Wei Ling also sent a photo of the “whole family” to Yan Kou. When Lee Wei Ling’s friend visited China, she would ask her friend to visit Yan Kou on her behalf.

Bad Lee! Bad Lee! Nepotism bad! Democracy good!

http://news.enorth.com.cn/

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Milkiing every bit of goodwill from even an aged family helper will do nothing to change the voter’s need for democracy or the reality of democracy that disallows a feudal style oligarchy of family blocs in Parliament! 2 terms over. GTFO of Parliament all nepotists. Voters in Singapore, know what to do? Which taxpayer wants to keep  paying that 4+ million salary of UN illegal posts? MM? SM? B.S. . . . democracy is the last thing Singapore is. ‘Google’ Nepotism images and the first person that appears will be LKY’s term limitless MP oligarch family.

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ARTICLE 1

What is Ramadan? — Muhammad Nazreen – July 21, 2012

JULY 21 — Recently, I read an article by Tariq Ramadhan entitled “What Ramadan teaches us”. It poses a very significant subject for us to contemplate. Does Ramadan empower Muslims to be respected in that sense of “holier than thou”? From the very beginning, we have failed to conceive that Ramadan is a pride of humility. From the pride of humility then comes faith. And Ramadan paves a magnanimous way for us to revamp our faith. Ramadan is not as a simple as abstaining ourselves from food and drinks. It teaches us to appreciate the value of humanity and to uphold dignity of man.

Ramadan should be respected as a commemoration of social struggles. As a month of fasting, Ramadan gives us insights on how to celebrate the marginalised, becomes a voice to the voiceless and a champion to the oppressed. These are the essences of the holy month of Ramadan. It is a journey of the mind that was predetermined by God to embrace commonalities between the privileged and the needy. By of all means, humanity is a true path to seek divine love. Without humanity, Ramadan is meaningless. Ramadan excites everyone of us to attain the profound command of spirituality as said by Mahatma Gandhi: “I learned from Husayn how to be wronged and be a winner, I learn from Husayn how to attain victory while being oppressed”.

Ramadan unveils vast meanings for us to share. First, the tradition of fasting is prescribed in many religions before and after Islam. Yet, the practices might be diversified but they entail the same meaning — virtue of wisdom. It compels every single of us to renegade the values of tolerance between us. It attributes ample evidence to transcend religious boundaries and brings a vivid and concise explanation of what religions should be respected. Of all differences, we resemble common things in embracing diversity as a universal norm.

Ramadan has created a stream consciousness for us to rethink the system. For instance, consumerism becomes a major hindrance for the development of the marginalised poor. So, Ramadan gives us chances to impose a radical structure on how we look at our society. Did we manage to capture the context of Ramadan? It juxtaposes us to sober up on how the poor are mistreated by the inequalities of the economic system. During this fasting month, we are encouraged to give more and get less. Perhaps, this might be an implicit message that we can learn from Ramadan. As economic repercussions loom everywhere, and capitalism marks its end, Ramadan bears a benevolent claim from society that we need a philanthropic nation.

Ramadan is a privilege for all of us to reaffirm our faith and belief, and disdain for our corrupted state of mind from overwhelming our conscience. It is proved in the verse below that the beauty of Ramadan is an authoritative consideration that was given by God to utilise our own reasoning. And Ramadan has never been an excuse for us to demand respect from others but it is how we build our own respect towards them. As the Quran speaks:

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days. Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him” (2: 185).

As the verse speaks, it clearly intends an egalitarian manner irrespective of identity and race. It bolsters feasible attempts to exert a strong understanding of its purpose to contrive the future challenges of modernity. As what Tariq Ramadhan said: “Human beings must undertake the fast in a spirit of seeking nearness to the Unique, of equality and nobility among their fellows, women and men alike, and in solidarity with the downtrodden. The core of life thus rediscovered is this: to return to our hearts, to reform ourselves in the light of what is essential, and celebrate life in solidarity.” And this might help us to redefine what is Ramadan.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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And yet the writer may espouse low minded apartheid. Speak for :

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

;to assuage doubts on the high mindedness of Islam. Speak clearly and then stand for election on the above if a sincere Muslim and a world citizen not intending to control non-Muslims by placing Islam above all other religions.

ARTICLE 2

Kit Siang asks why Hisham not aware of JI, communism threats – by Clara Chooi – July 21, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today labelled Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein the “lousiest” Home Minister in history for claiming ignorance when the police Special Branch unit had alleged of communist and terrorist elements in Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

The Ipoh Timor MP asked Hishammuddin how he could have been kept out of the loop of such information when the unit comes under the direct purview of his ministry.

“It is the most cowardly, craven and irresponsible response from Hishammuddin… Is Hishammuddin admitting he is the lousiest Home Minister in the nation’s 54-year history?” Lim (picture) said in a statement here.

Hishammuddin was quoted in the media yesterday as saying that he was unsure if Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorists and former communists have infiltrated PR parties PAS and DAP as claimed Special Branch chief assistant director of the E2(M) national social extremist threat division Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin on Thursday.

“I’ve not received any information so far, so I cannot say if it’s true and that’s all I can say for now.

“Because information below the radar is very sensitive and may come from international agencies, which we cannot share with the public until it is verified,” he was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.

Lim asked if the minister would have issued a similar response and claim ignorance if Mohd Sofian had made similar allegations against Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties like UMNO, MCA or MIC.

“Of course not!” the veteran politician said.

He reminded that apart from claiming of JI and communist elements in PR, Mohd Sofian had also told the media on Thursday that he has given some 300 talks exposing alleged security risks presented by PR parties.

“Imagine a Home Minister who does not know what his top Special  Branch officer had been doing in public talks for some two years?” Lim pointed out.

He added, however, it was highly unlikely that Mohd Sofian had acted independently when going public with his claims for this would then mean that the latter had committed a breach of civil discipline.

Lim said Mohd Sofian should be sacked from the Special Branch if he had not obtained clearance from his superiors in the government before issuing such press statements like “an unguided missile”.

PR lawmakers have since denied Mohd Sofian’s claim, saying the allegation was likely aimed at negating BN’s chances in the coming polls.

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Ingenuous pretences by creating (indirectly threatening) with non-existent threat means that Kit Siang who revelled in the 1969 riots is intending some seditious action. Being a participant of the last riots and an MP, and related and likely funded by PAP (which is why DAP MPs cannot declare assets – PAP also being likely a Communist sympathiser of some sort, though playing the US side for fools as well), Kit Siang needs to be taken in for questioning for raising and instigating violent Communists. I believe that Hishamuddin (doubtless with access to neurotech access) who knows what threats are in Malaysia, will want to find out what Kit Siang is talking about.

Just to remind all Malaysians though. Cuba, South Africa, China and Russia ARE Communist states although peaceful and semi-peaceful ones. Would BN’s MCA and Gerakan like to initiate better relations between mainland and Malaysian Chinese by the opening of CPCC clubs and PLA youth camps in Malaysia?

Multipolar World Order – Because hegemony of uncontrolled Capitalism results in wealth backed fundos, plutocrats and term limitless oligarchs and nepotists that destroy democracy.

ARTICLE 3

Hanif panel failed to ask: Who ordered the violence or did the police lose control – BERSIH – Written by  Bersih 2.0 – Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:55

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (BERSIH 2.0) views the recent statements by former chief of police Tun Hanif Omar in which he termed the allegations of police brutality as “unprofessional” as a weak response in the face of numerous eyewitness accounts of violence from the authorities during the 28 April peaceful assembly.

Hanif said that Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Officer Datuk Mohmad Salleh, who was observing through monitors in the Bukit Aman control centre, saw police handling the protesters in an unprofessional manner but does not acknowledge the brutal and excessive force used by the police as depicted in the medical reports of some protestors.

He also said that the police officers on duty had not been given specific instructions or SOPs on how to deal with the media and that the panel was trying to get the police to declare whether they received the three United Nations guidelines on treatment of the media and handling of crowds, among others.

Hanif should realise that the police surely receive their instructions from those higher up; thus, the IGP and Home Minister are also responsible.

Not merely about SOPs: Who is RESPONSIBLE for the violence

The response from IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar that SOPs for police handling of the media would be issued “soon” fails to concretely address the concerns of the public and international community who witnessed many instances of violence directed at the media during the gathering.

On Hanif’s renewed call for the BERSIH 2.0 steering committee to meet with his panel, BERSIH 2.0 reiterates its objections to the panel itself as well as to Hanif’s appointment as its chairman and will not engage with it due to the biasness and composition of the investigative panel.

We also wish to remind the authorities that the unanswered question still remains – who is responsible for the untold violence upon participants of the peaceful assembly that occurred after the first tear gas was fired?

Peaceful protesters were beaten repeatedly

As depicted in the on-going public inquiry by Suhakam, evidence based on medical reports of some who were detained by the police appears to show that some members of the police force were out to punish those who wore BERSIH 3.0 t-shirts, anti-Lynas t-shirts or any yellow t-shirts, by inflicting excessive and completely unjustified violence on them.

Some detainees were attacked at the time of arrest, when they were in shops dining, or about to board LRTs while others were attacked after arrest and despite the absence of struggle. Some were alleged to have been assaulted by over 30 police personnel. Many speak of having to “run the gauntlet” of police personnel and beaten repeatedly before being loaded onto police trucks.

Vengeance: Who gave the order or did the police lose control

The brutality suggests that a segment of the police force on duty that day had acted with vengeance against BERSIH 3.0 participants whether due to orders given to them or because they had lost control. There are too many reports of police officers who were wearing blue police uniforms but without their names and police identity numbers so as to prevent the victims of violence from identifying the perpetrators of police violence. This cannot be taken lightly by those in power.

In addition to BERSIH 3.0 participants, it must not be forgotten that more than 12 photographers and journalists were assaulted, intimidated or detained by police while reporting the rally, and cameras, memory cards and video equipment were taken away.

People are fed up with the government’s lip service

As such, it is disappointing to see the Home Minister merely repeating the government’s stance that the panel’s findings of police violence only supported the Government’s position on the need to have mass gatherings in a controlled environment such as a stadium. BERSIH 2.0 remains firm that those in power must remember their first duty is to protect the constitutional freedom of citizens to assemble peacefully.

Thus, BERSIH 2.0 wishes to repeat its call for the establishment of an independent police commission such as the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to investigate any allegations of police misconduct and violence in a manner that is credible and fair in the eyes of the Malaysian public.

Anything less than this will not be acceptable for a public that has grown weary of lip service and the people will not hesitate to make this clear during the next elections.

Keluar Mengundi, Lawan Penipuan!

Salam Bersih!

BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee

Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0)

The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0 comprises:

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson), Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson), Ahmad Shukri Abdul Razab, Andrew Khoo, Arul Prakkash, Arumugam K., Awang Abdillah (Kuching), Dominic Hii (Sibu), Dr Farouk Musa, Hishamuddin Rias, Liau Kok Fah, Mark Bujang (Miri), Maria Chin Abdullah, Niloh Ason (Kuching), Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh and Zaid Kamaruddin.

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The questions are irrelevant and cannot be answered. Why is BERSIH not challenging apartheid but disturbing the public like this? Who ordered violence can only be interrogated from rioters (who would be better off as private candidates instead of following BERSIH around like lost goats) and the police who were present. The Hanif panel cannot ask questions which cannot be answered here. BERSIH is being vexatious and pro-opposition, the whole strawman method has the stench of PR all over it. Is that all BERSIH can do? Antagonise the Hanif panel instead of engaging them? But not field a single candidate? BERSIH has hijacked :

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

;to become a self promotionary exercise that led by smiling crocodiles that accept apartheid and extreme religion. BERSIH IMHO as suspected, is more and more a STRAWMAN out to get innocent and brave Malaysians (who would be better off running AGAINST BOTH BN and PR as indie candidates) to expose themselves to possibility of injury and arrest in violent rallies led by strawmen NGOs.

Run for candidacy instead as private candidates for MP or Assemblymen instead. Ambiga was the one who killed Nizar’s MBship in Perak when Ambiga was Bar Council President, Samad who knows is a front for racism posing as a BERSIH person (note that Samad has yet to directly condemn apartheid or forced religion and say anything against any big timers on so many other money related crony enrichment related issues).

All this while they smile and slither avoiding the above 3 issues on the back of real efforts of real activists. Stop rallying with BERSIH and run for election or pool resources to field candidates INDEPENDENT of and not associated with listed strawmen who do not even want to run for MP or Assemblymen below :

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson), Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson), Ahmad Shukri Abdul Razab, Andrew Khoo, Arul Prakkash, Arumugam K., Awang Abdillah (Kuching), Dominic Hii (Sibu), Dr Farouk Musa, Hishamuddin Rias, Liau Kok Fah, Mark Bujang (Miri), Maria Chin Abdullah, Niloh Ason (Kuching), Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh and Zaid Kamaruddin.

The Rakyat can do without the above false flaggers and Hanif has shown enough patience with DAP’s self serving nonsense politics, term limitless and undemocratic nepotism . . . though Hanif is no saint for certain, for Hanif has not addressed apartheid in any honest manner either BERSIH issues notwithstanding.

ARTICLE 4

Going fishing? Wanna land a haul? Wear an ABU T-shirt! – Posted on July 10, 2012

Flew back from Labuan yesterday wearing my Asalkan Bukan UMNO t-shirt. Got dirty looks from some, the thumbs up from others.

Landed at the LCCT, headed home and had to immediately send the car to the workshop.

Sigh!

Another bill on the way!

Had to cab it back to the office.

Still wearing the ABU t-shirt.

Ten minutes into the drive, the cabbie, a Malay, whose age I later found out to be 55, had to ask.

“Encik tak sokong UMNO, ke?”.

I threw back a question.

“Encik sokong UMNO?”.

Saya bukanlah penyokong UMNO, tapi saya takut dengan pembangkang. Takut kuasa jatuh kat tangan Cina”, he replied.

Decided to run by him a reply to a similar situation I faced after an ABU ceramah in Kuala Terengganu earlier this year.

“Awak setuju, tak, rasuah di negara in sudah sampai tahap kritikal?”, I asked.

“Ala, kalau pembangkang jadi kerajaan pun sama. Semua orang politik, kan.”, he shot back.

“Tapi yang berkuasa sekian lama ini UMNO / BN, kan? Yang berasuah hingga kekayaan negara terus lesap, dan harga barang naik sehingga hampir 50% rakyat hidup susah UMNO / BN, kan?”, I asked.

He remained silent.

I asked his age and if he had any grand daughters.

Told me his age and said he had 2 grand daughters.

I asked how old the youngest was.

9 years old, he told me.

I then asked him if he remembered Noor Suzaily Mokhtar.

He said he did not.

I asked him if he remembered the case of a young Malay girl almost 10 years ago who was raped and murdered in a bus by the driver in the morning.

“Ingat. Kejam betul pemandu tu”, he said. shaking his head.

“Pemandu tu Melayu, kan? Bukan Cina, bukan India, kan?”, I asked.

Again, he was silent.

“Ok, saya nak tanya abang. Kalau cucu abang nak hantar sekolah dengan bas sekolah, sekarang ada dua pilihan. Pemandu bas sekolah Melayu yang disyakki ada tabiat pegang-pegang dan sentuh gadis muda, dan seorang pemandu lagi Cina agama Buddha yang tidak ada tabiat ini. Abang pilih mana?”, I asked.

Again, silence, and then he said, “Ok, saya faham”.

Sudah 40 tahun UMNO liwat dan rogol orang Melayu tak cukup, ke? Tak nak  selamatkan cucu kita daripada dirogol dan diliwat UMNO lagi?”, I asked.

Silence.

“Orang Melayu di Kuantan merayu supaya kilang Lynas dihentikan. Kerajaan UMNO hiraukan, ke? Tahi UMNO di Penang siapa yang bersihkan? Kerajaan pimpinan Guan Eng, kan? Sampai bila abang nak terus diperangkapkan dengan politik kaum UMNO?”, I pressed.

“Encik bila nak ambil kereta dari bengkel?, he asked.

I was caught off guard by his question, and asked him why.

“Stesyen teksi tadi selalu ramai pemandu tunggu nak ambil penumpang. Encik singgah sembang dengan mereka, boleh? Mereka perlu dengar ini. Boleh?”, he explained.

I am having lunch with a group of them tomorrow.

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Other than trying to sound clever, playing with words and allegorisms not even near half a sophism, People’s Parliament looks set to be the biggest non-entity in Malaysia despite the ‘educated state’ of the people AND followers. If People’s Parliament does not field at least 10 candidates for all the resources  People’s Parliament has,  People’s Parliament is but a sad clown spouting nonsense on the sidelines instead of picking a constituency or few to run in. Over qualified (probably rote study) strawmen poseurs with money based degrees and Phds. trying to be intelligensia. Critical thought and serious minded people would be PLANNING to remove BN and PR by now.

People’s Parliament  however only has smart alec comments trying to sell t-shirts. The foreign street worker probably does more in sales of t-shirts and real effects on society. Who knows the story-article isn’t even real and just made up by People’s Parliament people trying to sell tshirts! Defunct despite the resources and networks and for mere pennies and somewhat ineffective Orwellian minded advertising. Not a candidate by GE13? Then at least 1 blogger might potentially well be more effective than this entire so-called People’s Parliament . . .

ARTICLE 5

Munafiq, munafiq, munafiq! – Wednesday, 18 July 2012 RPK

The three Umno personalities who led the charge against the Rulers were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Ghafar even said that criticising the Rulers is allowed and is not considered sedition. It only becomes sedition if you ask to abolish the Monarchy and turn Malaysia into a Republic. Other than that it is allowed and is not sedition.

NGOs lodge reports against trio over insult

(THE STAR) – Some 50 members from two non-governmental organisations here have lodged police reports against three people alleged to have insulted the Johor Ruler recently.

The members from the Islamic Welfare and Sermon Organisation of Malaysia (Pekida) and Bukit Naning Youth Association also staged a peaceful protest at three locations in Bukit Naning yesterday.

The protests, which began at about 2pm, were held at Dataran Air Hitam in Bukit Naning, in Air Hitam and along the Air Hitam-Yong Peng road.

The members then marched to the Bakri police station where three of their members lodged reports against blogger Syed Abdullah Syed Hussein Al-Attas, Ahmad Shukri Kamaruddin and Haziq Abdul Aziz.

A representative of the groups, Abdul Aziz Sharip, said Johoreans could not accept what the three had written in their blogs, Facebook and Twitter about Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

He said the authorities should impose deterrent penalties on them to prevent others from insulting and disrespecting the Malay Rulers.

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I feel bloody sick in the stomach when these Melayu haprak start foaming at the mouth and make police reports, organise demonstrations and ‘pledges of loyalty’ sessions, etc., in defense of the Monarchy.

It is not that I am anti-Monarchy. On the contrary, I am pro-Monarchy — although I believe that the Rulers should be subjected to criticism when they do wrong. It is just that I am anti-munafiq (hypocrites). And do we have so many munafiq amongst these Malays who are allegedly upholding Islam.

If they are really upholding Islam then they will know that the Rulers can be tegur. Tegur is the Malay culture of pointing out the mistakes that you make, which comes under the doctrine of amar makruf nahi munkar, a very important principle of Islam — in fact, mandatory for all Muslims.

I suggest these Malays go study the kitab of Imam Ghazali. Sheesh, they got the cheek to tell me not to talk about Islam because I am not learned enough about Islam to talk about it. It is they who are jahil (ignorant) about Islam, not me.

Of course, tegur does not mean you can insult the Rulers. Not only should you not insult the Rulers, you should not insult anyone for the matter, the Rulers included. Insulting is not tegur, which many Malaysians do not seem to understand, Malaysia Today readers not exempted.

Around 30 years or so ago, it is these same Malays from Umno who launched a campaign to run down the Rulers. The non-Malays knew better than to join the Ruler-bashing frenzy, though. The non-Malays knew that bashing the Rulers would invite a backlash. So the non-Malays very wisely stayed neutral, although the Gerakan President, Lim Keng Yaik, joined in the Ruler-bashing frenzy, complete with saliva spraying from his mouth as he lambasted the Sultan of Pahang.

The issue is: the Umno Malays were not trying to tegur the Rulers to point out the mistakes they were making. They were spinning lies about the Rulers. That is the issue I was opposed to. If it were a genuine tegur then I would not have minded. But they were spinning downright lies about the Rulers.

The three Umno personalities who led the charge against the Rulers were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Ghafar even said that criticising the Rulers is allowed and is not considered sedition. It only becomes sedition if you ask to abolish the Monarchy and turn Malaysia into a Republic. Other than that it is allowed and is not sedition.

That was what happened in the 1980s. It was a Ruler-bashing fiesta. And Umno said this is not a crime. It is not wrong to criticise the Rulers when they do wrong. This is what Umno said. But they did not criticise the Rulers. They spun lies about the Rulers. And they said that this is allowed, nothing wrong in that.

Munafiq, munafiq, munafiq!

The TV stations showed footages of a Chinese towkay’s house in Batu Feringgi in Penang and said that this was His Highness the Sultan of Selangor’s lavish bungalow (His Highness was the Raja Muda then), paid for with the taxpayers’ money.

Lies!

The TV stations showed footages of Rumah Kedah in Northam Road (now called Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah) in Penang and said that this was His Highness the Sultan of Kedah’s lavish bungalow, paid for with the taxpayers’ money.

Lies!

Actually Rumah Kedah was an old run-down pre-war house (not at all lavish), which belonged to the (Umno-led) Kedah State Government for the use of the Kedah State Government officers who visit Penang.

Lim Keng Yaik, the Gerakan President, then went on TV to relate how ‘Tengku’ Wong and His Highness the Sultan of Pahang scammed hundreds of millions of Ringgit worth of timberland in the State of Pahang.

Lies!

‘Tengku’ Wong was actually the business partner of the Menteri Besar, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, currently the Governor of Melaka.

What happened was that Khalil gave loads of timberland to ‘Tengku’ Wong and he told the Pahang State EXCO that ‘Tengku’ Wong was the Sultan’s business partner and that the Sultan had instructed the land to be given to him. Of course, no one in the EXCO dared oppose it or dared question the Sultan about it. Hundreds of millions was scammed in this manner and the slime-ball is now the Governor of Melaka as ‘punishment’ for what he did.

Ghafar then revealed that more than RM116 million worth of various ‘negotiated’ contracts meant for Bumiputeras were given to ‘Tengku’ Yong of Terengganu, the business partner of His Highness the late Sultan of Terengganu. RM116 million was about 30 years ago so imagine how much that is worth today.

The Menteri Besar of Terengganu, Dato’ Seri Amar Di Raja Tan Sri Haji Wan Mokhtar Ahmad (S.S.M.T., P.S.M., S.P.M.T., D.A., D.P.M.J., K.M.N., J.P., P.J.K.), then revealed that he had received a ‘Surat Kuning’ (‘Yellow Letter’) from the Palace instructing him to give these contracts to ‘Tengku’ Yong’s company and that ‘Tengku’ Yong was His Highness the Sultan’s business partner.

Lies!

‘Tengku’ Yong was actually Wan Mokhtar’s business partner. Then, when this matter ‘exploded’ and we from the Terengganu Malay Chambers of Commerce confronted Wan Mokhtar, he denied he had said he had received a ‘Surat Kuning’ from the Palace. He then accused us of spreading lies and that this was an opposition conspiracy to defame him. After that, those who confronted him were targeted for ‘assassination’ and Umno told me to get out of Terengganu and go back to Selangor. (Yes, 30 years ago back in the 1980s I was already on Umno’s ‘death list’).

Then Anwar Ibrahim accused His Highness the Sultan of Kelantan of stealing a Lamborghini from the Customs warehouse in Subang and of importing cars without paying tax.

Lies!

Actually, Rulers have a quota of seven tax-free cars, while Raja Mudas have three, and His Highness the Sultan of Kelantan was still within his quota. Anwar then said that the Conference of Rulers had not approved his Highness the Sultan’s quota. Another lie. The quotas have nothing to do with the Conference of Rulers. The State Government approves these quotas and the State of Kelantan was then under Umno. Hence Umno had approved His Highness the Sultan of Kelantan’s quota.

See how they spun all these lies 30 years ago back in the 1980s? And the few cases I mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. There were many more cases. And they were all lies meant to make the Rulers look bad.

And do you know what? Because of these lies they spun about the Sultan of Kelantan, the voters of Kelantan took the side of the Sultan and in 1990 the Kelantanese voted for PAS-Semangat 46 and kicked Umno out. Until today Umno can’t take back Kelantan, and I hope they never will. I hope the people of Kelantan will remember what Umno did to their Sultan.

Hidup PAS!

And that is why most of the Rulers do not support Pakatan Rakyat, in particular PKR. The Rulers have never forgotten or forgiven Anwar and those ex-Umno people in PKR who went on a Ruler-bashing orgy 30 years ago. The Rulers do not trust Anwar and those Melayu from PKR who were once in Umno and who dragged the Rulers through the mud.

The Rulers have no issue with PAS, though. DAP did not whack the Rulers, no doubt. But they stood aside and enjoyed seeing Umno whack the Rulers. Hence, although DAP can claim to have stayed ‘neutral’, they did not protest the lies being spun about the Rulers. But PAS stood by the Rulers. Thus the Sultan told the voters to kick out Umno and give Kelantan to PAS.

So can we stop all this nonsense? Today, these Melayu are pretending to be defending the Rulers. Actually they were the ones who introduced the culture of lying about the Rulers. As I said, tegur is okay. That is the Islamic thing to do. But lying is certainly not on, not only for Islam but also for any religion for that matter. And these are all a bunch of lying hypocrites who should be shot.

Hidup Raja!

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Hidup PAS? Hidup Raja?

If in context, no problem. If taken out of context, and knowing what RPK is like, I’d say RPK was tacitly approving Hudud-Fundamentalism AND increasingly-looking-like Crypto-Apartheid in the last 2 ‘hidups’. Good info on all the monstruous nepotists, term limitless oligarchs, and racists but once again, RPK’s duplicity stinks of crypto-racism no end. Munafiq is supporting a political party that wants to implement limb hacking for stealing.

And if not for the way PAS is run, we might as well be talking to the Japanese gangster Yakuza who at worst (and even no longer practicing) only took the little finger at most, Hudud is extreme though any who are brainwashed enough to put on an explosive suicide belt would not think much of limb hacking, the mindset of Hudud is akin to terrorism, and Allah is supposed to be merciful, whats so merciful about removing people’s limbs or depending on terror to ensure good behaviour in society? This must come from one’s own voilition , not by fear of limbs being hacked off. Macabre though probably bloodthirsty enough for the Vampire/Zombie fan set. And RPK tacitly endorses PAS? Please don’t go ‘hidup’ without considering the implications and undue encouragement to people who are already incapable of introspection of their bloodthirsty natures . . .

ARTICLE 6

Malaysia owes development to ‘promises fulfilled’, says Najib – by Mohd Farhan Darwis – July 17, 2012

Najib proclaims “Merdeka” seven times as a symbolic nod to the upcoming independence celebrations.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said that the development now enjoyed by Malaysia is due to the Barisan Nasional (BN) government fulfilling its promises to Malaysians.

Najib said the BN government was also behind the country’s transformation from an agriculture-based economy to an industrial-based one with the aim of progressing towards a high-income, developed status.

“We are developed and successful because the government has kept its promises to the rakyat throughout its 55 years of rule.

“We promised a united country. We guaranteed transformation from agriculture to a country of industry, and now that of a developed high-income country,” said Najib in a speech at the launch of the “Kibar Jalur Gemilang” event in conjunction with Merdeka Day celebrations.

Despite the opposition’s claims that this year’s Merdeka theme smacked of political motives, Najib said the “Fulfilled Promises” theme was chosen as the BN government he helms had succeeded in delivering all its promises to Malaysians.

BN had also used the same slogan in its nationwide Fulfilled Promises Tour by focusing on the contributions and assistance extended to Malaysians.

“We made many promises to the rakyat, BR1M, Menu Rakyat 1 Malaysia, including the already-launched 1 Malaysia Textiles Store, and more,” he said as he officiated the programme held in conjunction with August 31 independence celebrations in Little India in Brickfields, an Indian-majority area.

Besides Brickfields, the programme will also be held at two locations important to the other two major races, namely Malay stronghold Kampung Baru and China Town on Jalan Petaling, a predominantly Chinese area.

“Under the 1 Malaysia banner, we need a single platform for all races. We have proved this, including for the Indian community. We have shown that most of the Indian community’s problems have been addressed.

“We will continue this fight, and what we find important for Indians and other races will be upheld by the government, “ said the prime minister.

On ending his speech, Najib loudly proclaimed “Merdeka” seven times as a symbolic nod to the upcoming independence celebrations.

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The promise to review Bumiputra Malays Special Privileges in 1972 was not kept 15 years from 1957 as per the Reid Commission. Development was only due to colonial legacies and infrastructure. Malaysia has fallen behind most of ASEAN. Apartheid is for LIARS who do not keep promises. Malaysia owes development to unaware export markets, NOT ‘promises fulfilled’, promises of BN (especially Reid Commission end of Bumiputra APARTHEID Privileges) have been left unkept instead.

ARTICLE 7

Migrant worker gets eight months’ jail for molest – July 16, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — A Pakistani security guard was jailed eight months by the magistrate’s court here today, on two counts of molesting a 55-year-old housewife last month.

Atif Shahzad, 29, was jailed six months on the first charge and eight months on the second charge for the offences committed at the highway project site at Blok 13, Flat Sri Johor, Cheras here between 9.50pm and 10.10pm on June 28, this year.

Magistrate Erry Shahriman Nor Aripin ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the date of arrest on June 29.

Atif Shahzad, however, claimed trial to a third similar charge on the victim at the same place, date and time.

The case was fixed for August 1 for mention.

S. Malini Anne was deputy public prosecutor while the accused was unrepresented.

In another court, a karaoke centre manager claimed trial to molesting an underage female student.

A. Alexender, 28, is accused of committing the offence on the 16-year-old at the Karaoke Song Box centre at Wangsa Walk Mall, Seksyen 5, Wangsa Maju, Sentul here at 4.30pm on May 30.

He also claimed trial to putting a 16-year-old boy in fear of injury when extorting him into surrendering his identity card and mobile phone at the same place, date and time.

Magistrate Parvin Hameedah Natchiar set August 13 for mention and allowed him bail of RM5,000 in one surety, with a restraining order against approaching the complainant. — Bernama

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The taxpayers do not need this burden on the prison contractor system. The police should get the molested woman to slap the worker in front of the police station (for purposes of embarrassing the molesting worker back) and then send all parties packing. The court need not even involve itself, the people should not even pay months of prison to enrich the ‘Prison-Contractor/Supplier Complex’. The worker molests the woman. Woman slaps the worker back. End of story. The boss or foreman at the construction site could even administer the justice here though preferably with police oversight. WHY should the Rakyat pay for the magistrate court hearing, or the prison system with their taxes for what foreign workers do which could be corrected with the above suggestion in a few minutes, old Western ‘Sheriff’ style???

ARTICLE 8

Opaque tender awards scaring away foreign investors, says PAS man – July 15, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — Putrajaya’s less-than-transparent system of awarding contracts for mega public projects appears to be putting off foreign firms from investing in Malaysia more than any street rally within the country could, PAS MP Dzulkefly Ahmad has warned.

The opposition lawmaker noted that international engineering firms were tempted by Malaysia’s burgeoning railway infrastructure projects worth up to RM160 billion that are up for grabs as announced recently by the Land Transport Commission but decided to hold back due to the deepening controversy over the nearly RM1 billion tender for light-rail transit (LRT) expansion works in the capital city.

“The case of the Ampang-LRT is now unfolding and the allegation that Najib and the MoF (Ministry of Finance) have a hand into this matter is now under serious scrutiny by all.

“Not the least is by the international bidders who have spent millions [of ringgit] to be partaking in what was earlier thought as a level-playing field for all,” Dzulkefly (picture) said in a statement to The Malaysian Insider this week.

The Kuala Selangor MP was referring to allegations that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also finance minister, had interfered in the tender and awarded the lucrative contract to a consortium of engineering companies led by local firm George Kent, one of three bidders that failed both the technical and commercial evaluations for the RM960 million contract.

The government was to announce the winning bid for the project last month but has delayed doing so.

Sources told The Malaysian Insider that only five of the eight bidders passed the technical and commercial evaluation stage but project owner SPNB finally recommended one of the two South Korean consortiums in the running — PDA Consortium — as the other consortiums were said to not have complied with all conditions.

“There are a lot more dealings shrouded in mystery than meet the eyes,” Dzulkefly, who heads PAS’ research unit, said.

He noted speculation was also rife that the contract for another LRT expansion project, on the Kelana Jaya line, will be given to a less-qualified company, bucking state-owned Syarikat Prasarana Nasional Bhd’s (SPNB) decision to award it to the Ingress-Balfour Beatty consortium, being the lowest bidder and the most technically-skilled.

SPNB is the government agency overseeing the rail projects.

“It is this and not Bersih or anti-Lynas (groups) that are chasing away foreign direct investments,” Dzulkefly was quoted as saying by his party’s paper, Harakah, in a similar report today.

Malaysia, which is seeking to break out of the middle-income trap and leap into the ranks of high-income economies, is targeting a foreign direct investment (FDI) of RM33 billion this year.

The Najib administration has gone on the offensive against several domestic movements including electoral reform lobbyist Bersih and a grassroots group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) that are seen by pro-establishment groups as jeopardising Malaysia’s draw as an investment hub.

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There is no open tender at all. BN is putting on a show so that Malaysia may appear democratic instead of crony led. BN is a disgrace where ethics or open economy is concerned. We might as well be in Soviet Era Russia where contracts were GIVEN instead of tendered for. There is NO OPEN TENDER in Malaysia, only crony GLCs and bad politics and bad laws on the back of Hudud and APARTHEID. Malaysia is a total failure but has adopted all the democratic trappings that are staged to con foreign investors into thinking well of Malaysia. There is no open tender at all! Just fronting to tale your deposits and generate some air traffic! PAS’s great flaw of Hudud cannot be balanced by ethics and prevention of nepotism though the latter 2 are very difficult to foster in all but the best secular parties. Still PAS does set an example, even as PAS fails completely on apartheid and fundamentalism issues. PR’s hegelian dialectic alongside BN! Vote 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 9

So how about a room where mums can breastfeed babies? – July 15, 2012

JULY 15 — These days where I shop is dictated by where the nearest nursing room is located. And lucky me, there seems to be a boom in baby-friendly businesses in town.

This city may not seem to welcome babies and it doesn’t on most counts. I leave my stroller at home because pavements are far too narrow and clogged with pedestrians. Loud noises and bright lights startle at every turn, as if to say NO BABIES ALLOWED.

Fluffy clouds and soft lighting make for a cosy nursing experience at Tiny Footprints.
I occasionally nurse out in the open and while I tend to go unnoticed, I often feel some try too hard to NOT look. Plus as baby gets older and more curious about its surroundings, incidents of accidental exposure increase. And before you say “nursing cover”, it is summer time and way too hot to be underneath one, even if it has a wired neckline to allow air to circulate.

These are reasons why I now sniff out nursing rooms like a hound.

When I nursed my older child four years ago, it was any Starbucks or Pacific Coffee, but at $30 (RM12) a pop and other patrons sharing my table, I would sometimes seek out the privacy of a bathroom stall which was far from ideal.

This time around, with baby number two, I am happy to report that the situation has improved.

Newer shopping malls usually have one dedicated nursing room per floor. Malls developed by MTR Corporation tend to be more family-friendly so one can expect a decent nursing room.

The facility in the Elements mall in Kowloon has a five-star hotel feel to it, with an open section for nappy changing and a cushioned bench as well as a separate room for breastfeeding. The bench is perfect for dads who wish to bottle feed their babies while affording other mums to breastfeed in privacy in the adjacent room. My only gripe was that it was freezing in there.

I’ve also checked out the facility at the Queen Mary Hospital (public hospital) and while sparse, ticks the boxes for comfort and privacy. It is located on the ground floor and anyone can walk in to use it.

Perhaps striking the perfect balance are the two latest baby boutiques on the scene, Baby Central in Aberdeen and Tiny Footprints in Central.

These boutiques have carved out the most charming and cosy nursing nooks within their store’s premises, ensuring mums who pop by to shop can also have a rest and feed bubs.

Baby Central’s Katherine Regan has noticed that Hong Kong retailers are becoming more aware of their customers’ needs and as such an increasing number of nursing rooms are being made available across the city.

Regan, a mother of two, found it virtually impossible to find a comfortable nursing room.

Sharing her experience, she said: “A few shopping malls now provide nursing rooms but they are quite basic and inside the toilets so it’s not the nicest experience. Others are just simply so small that you can feel claustrophobic. I used the hotels if I needed to breastfeed!”

Like Regan, Tiny Footprints owner Caroline Williams found it difficult to find a place to feed her daughter, unlike in Australia where she is originally from.

Naturally, this experience came in handy when conceptualising Tiny Footprints. “We pretty much built the store around the concept of somewhere quiet to feed in the heart of central, and tried to make a sanctuary for parents to relax and pick up essentials at the same time,” she said.

A separate area to change and wait, perfect for hands-on dads and a private nursing rooms (right) at the Elements mall.
Although there are new shopping malls popping up all the time (and hopefully with better nursing rooms) in Hong Kong, the problem is they tend to have only one nursing room per floor at best. Now what would happen on a weekend when families descend upon malls?

One mother found out the hard way when she found a long queue to use the nursing room. “On average each mum would take 15 minutes. If there are 10 mums ahead of me, my hungry baby would have to wait 150 minutes to be fed!”

When she did get into a room, there would always be someone banging the door, asking her to hurry up. She very quickly gave up using these rooms, opting instead to feed under a nursing cover.

“The people who design these facilities have to understand that babies can’t wait in line. Build more cubicles,” she suggested citing nursing rooms in Singapore malls that feature a row of cubicles.

La Leche League leader Therese Tee is all for new mothers using nursing rooms to gain confidence to breastfeed but stresses that nursing in public is legal in Hong Kong.

“At the end of the day, the more normal breastfeeding is perceived, meaning more mothers doing it and especially in public, the more ‘normal’ it becomes and if everyone is accustomed to seeing it, mothers may not feel like they need to run into a nursing room,” she said.

For nursing mums planning a trip to Hong Kong, view a list (http://chattybrain.com/index.php/hong-kong/changing-nursing-breastfeeding-facilities/) of the best nursing rooms in HK voted by Chatty Brains Hong Kong. (http://www.fhs.gov.hk/english/files/reports/babycare.pdf).
The Hong Kong International Airport website (http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/passenger/arrival/t1/airport-services-facilities/nursing-room.html) lists 32 nursery rooms equipped with changing and feeding facilities.

Basic baby care facilities are also available at government buildings. See here (http://www.fhs.gov.hk/english/files/reports/babycare.pdf).
Suggestions for a cosier nursing room experience, by Katherine Regan:1. It’s difficult feeding a baby on a hard plastic chair. Provide a comfortable armchair.

2. Keep the nursing room separate from the toilet. Keep them clean as well. There should be baby nappy change facilities in the same room and a basin for mum to wash her hands. A proper nappy bin should be provided to keep bad odours at bay.

3. Soft lighting instead of harsh bright light. Walls painted a soft pastel colour instead of bright white. Small things make a big difference.

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

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Ask for end of APARTHEID first then for breast feeding rooms. Women can be so short sighted and Human Rights unaware at times. (Hey Bloomberg, this one of yours?)

ARTICLE 10

Statement by Nicole Tan Lee Koon, Secretary of DAP Seremban Branch – LETTERS/SURAT – Sunday, 15 July 2012 Super Admin

Nicole Tan Lee Koon ???, Secretary of DAP Seremban Branch is saddened and disappointed  that a Chinese leader like Chua Soi Lek (CSL)  has shown contempt for the Malaysian voters’ democratic right to scrutinise leaders through open debates. Only in a Third-World-Malaysia can public debates and thus public scrutiny be ignored, denied and suppressed, especially before the general elections. By Athenian principles and John F. Kennedy’s standards, CSL has committed a crime !

CSL recently made statements on 8th of July, 2012 in The Star (http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/8/nation/20120708165703&sec=nation) and 11th of July, 2012 in Mysinchew and Bernama (http://www.mysinchew.com/node/75317) and The Star (http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/10/nation/20120710190053&sec=nation), respectively that he will not be debating Lim Guan Eng (LGE) again as it is “a waste of time” and that Najib need not debate with Anwar as “he is a proven leader”. CSL can only get away with these kind of utterances if he thinks Malaysians have Third World mentality like him.

Open debate is a platform for the Malaysian voters to judge whether the candidates are electable. John F. Kennedy quoted “No president should fear public scrutiny of his program, for from that scrutiny comes understanding, and from that understanding comes support or opposition; and both are necessary…  Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law makers once decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy”. Hence, CSL has shown contempt for the Malaysian voters’ democratic right to scrutinise leaders through open debates.

Elections of governments or wakil rakyats are part of  a country’s democratic process. To be a leader or Chief Executive Officer of a company one needs to have the proper qualifications and track record. Basically, a good Curriculum Vitae. What more to be a leader of a country? Hence, leaders/potential leaders need to be put under public scrutiny in terms of qualifications and track record.

Gone are the days of leader-centricism where the rakyats are supposed to be grateful to the leaders and follow the leaders blindly. Now, we need people-centric leaders, i.e leaders who are willing to be subjected to public scrutiny. Just look at the current Presidential Debates between Mitt Romney and Obama. It is opined that Najib as the PM of Malaysia (albeit without a mandate) should open himself to public scrutiny by debating with Anwar. Election is about trust and allowing the Rakyat to vote for the best candidate in terms of their character, knowledge and past deeds. By debating, we can judge whether they can articulate their policies well or not. The downside of an open debate is that ghosts of the past may come to haunt the debaters i.e their past misdeeds may come back to haunt them of which they do not have the answers. All the skeletons in their cupboard will be exposed and they have nowhere to hide. For example, CSL was dumbfounded when confronted by the questions about Nazri calling MCA “the battered wives” and the privatization of the Penang port.

CSL and Najib’s denial and suppression of open debates and public scrutiny will cause the Malaysian voters to speculate that they fear the raising of scandalous issues like Mongolia, Altantuya, Scorpene, PKFZ, Teoh Beng Hock, Ahmad Sarbani, Kugan, etc. Similarly, in Negeri Sembilan, the failure of Dr Yeow Chai Thiam to openly debate with Anthony Loke will raise much speculations that he fear the raising of embarrassing issues of his past record as the wakil rakyat in the Jimah constituency. Like the JE disaster; more than 100 people’s death; destruction of all pigs farms; termination of pig rearing activities; the JE trust funds and MCA Humanitarian Funds; repeated failure of election promises to reinstate pig farming; the failed integrated pig rearing centre; the plight of the pig farmers cum investors; and the location of Bukit Nanas near Bukit Pelandok as the sole national Toxic Waste Management Centre. The only way to avoid the unchallenged conclusions is for Dr Yeow willingly and happily, to  openly debate Anthony Loke without making silly and stupid excuses and conditions.

13th of July, 2012 (Friday)

Nicole Tan Lee Koon

Secretary of DAP Seremban Branch

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Shame on Nicole, and honest Malaysians are full of disgust for Nicole, I hope more incapable Malaysians like Nicole will not come out and sabotage the real 3rd Force leaders. The Rakyat is no longer so easily conned by DAP’s failed promises and lies of mouthpieces like Nicole Tan! RPK what is this LIAR doing on your website?

By Athenian principles and John F. Kennedy’s standards AND the failure of DAP to keep campaign promises, DAP and the term limitless family blocs in DAP have committed a crime ! Political activists have been compltely side lined, their ideas stolen, laws left unamended and a string of abuse of power instances typifies DAP. DO NOT support DAP, Malaysia voters! DAP also intends Hudud and TERM LIMITLESS feudal fiefs in government so long as the retain power – they sacrifice the minorities for PAS’s Hudud!

DAP has not kept almost 90% of campaign promises, refused to amend laws, shamelessly demanded in collusion with BN 750K in funeral funds, LIED about declarations of MP assets bait and switch style, lied about local council elections and placed DAP cronies as EXCO instead of quorum voted locals! This woman Nicole Tan fetting DAP is a political prostitute, who is betraying the Rakyat by speaking as if DAP has hounourably kept to the promises that won DAP the representation DAP has now that DAP has npt. DO NOT support DAP, Malaysia voters! Support 3rd Force which is made from the below coalition :

Proposed 3rd Force Coalition

ARTICLE 11

The road to inhumanity is paved with apathy — Tay Tian Yan – July 14, 2012

JULY 14 — The passerby showed up, telling the world what he saw on that day.

Why didn’t you offer a helping hand seeing the woman lying badly injured on the floor?

“I was afraid (that) if I moved a little closer, I would be seen as the culprit “

If you knew she was still alive, would you try to help?

“I didn’t have a cellphone with me, and there were no others around. No way I could help.”

Did you feel bad just walking away like that?

“No. I was really short of time then.”

The passerby’s answers portray his crude candidness and the astonishing indifference of our society.

Not offering a hand to avoid trouble and for fear of being misunderstood (as the killer snatch thief?).

Not offering a hand because of not knowing how to (not even how to shout “tolong,” or move the victim to the roadside, or use a public phone, or seek help from others, or slow down the hurried pace…).

Not feeling bad for ignoring the dying woman because of one’s own tight schedule (which is more important than another individual’s life).

If things have gone this far, what else can we say?

Perhaps it is not just that passerby who would think this way, or pretend not to see the urgent need to save a life, or not feel bad for not trying to help…

We don’t have to point all our fingers at that passerby (and that’s why his identity has been withheld here), as there are many others who will act the same way.

Given such cultural background, doing a good deed and saving a stranger’s life could be compromised and even obliterated if the same does not do us any good at all.

As if that is not enough, it doesn’t even have any moral implication and has absolutely nothing to do with our conscience, not anything that requires us to bow down our heads when walking in a public street and yet still affords us a peaceful sleep at night.

So then why should anyone offer a hand to help? Rightly so, but if we should allow humanity to be brought down to such pathetic levels at the expanse of personal interests, this society of ours is no longer “human.”

I believe the genes of benevolence and righteousness do have a place in human nature, which would mobilise us to help. That said, the overpowering selfishness and utilitarianism in our society have altered and distorted the value system of many.

Our society should be one that inspires people to do good and help.

We don’t need to act like Batman, though, putting on a mask while doing justice.

But if we live in Batman’s Gotham City, caring only about our own business and not appreciating what Batman has done, there wouldn’t be any who is keen to take on Batman’s role. — mysinchew.com

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Stand against apartheid with a clear voice if you can Tay. From what I remember, Tay has been unable to even speak against apartheid, much less help the dying. The simple stuff first remember?

ARTICLE 12

Politicians, not police, ‘damaging’ country, says ex-top cop – by Amin Iskandar – July 14, 2012

Musa said he had commissioned a third party to review crime statistics during his tenure as IGP.—File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 ? In the face of public fears over security, Tan Sri Musa Hassan turned the heat on politicians whom he said were damaging the country by unfairly accusing police intelligence of spying on citizens instead of fighting crime.

The former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) refuted PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s allegation last week that the police Special Branch (SB) was spending more effort to spy on the public than combating crime, which she based on parliamentary papers from two years back showing the unit had used its manpower to produce reports on the activities of more than 700,000 Malaysians.

“The police keep the peace and security of all and whoever takes care of national security, he has to monitor.

“That means monitoring has to be done not only on criminals but also on politicians who want to damage the country, and (those who) are always damaging the country are politicians,” the 60-year-old told The Malaysian Insider in an interview this week.

Musa, who spent 41 years in the force and retired as its top policeman in 2010, has been credited with capturing Mas Selamat Kastari, one of the region’s most wanted terrorists, who escaped Singapore’s maximum security Whitley Detention Centre in 2008 and remained at large for over a year until May 2009.

But Musa’s record has also been blemished by allegations of conspiring with the Attorney-General and fabricating evidence over PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s “black eye” incident in 1998 when the latter was sacked as deputy prime minister on twin charges of corruption and sodomy.

He has filed a defamation suit against Anwar, which is fixed to be heard on October 16.

The retired policeman stepped into the spotlight again this week and urged the federal government not to mask crime figures, as pressure over a recent spate of high-profile reports of kidnappings, assaults and robberies in public areas and in broad daylight have put the home minister, the current IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar and the government’s efficiency unit, Pemandu, on the defensive.

Musa pointed out that if crime were not on the rise, top-ranking officials and ministers would not need to hire bodyguards.

The ex-policeman had also suggested the government appoint a third party to conduct an independent review of the country’s crime rate and produce its own statistics, saying that he had roped in Universiti Sains Malaysia researchers to prepare crime statistics during his four years in office as IGP.

Last week, PKR had demanded the government redirect the SB towards fighting crime instead of spying on the public, telling a press conference on July 3 that the police intelligence unit had produced 382,000 reports on the political activities of Malaysian citizens and conducted 351,000 security clearance checks in 2010, based on the allocation for the force in Budget 2012.

The former IGP said politicians are not immune from the law, whether they are from the ruling party or the opposition.

“Her allegation is not right. Police monitor everything including politicians,” he said.

“If (the politician) does something that threatens national security, then we (the police) must act.

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Arrest all APARTHEID and TERM LIMITLESS and NEPOTISTIC politicians at once!

ARTICLE 13

Now in Selangor, ALL races can buy PKNS properties with 7% discount – Written by  Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle – Friday, 13 July 2012 09:47

Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have tabled a landmark motion allowing the Selangor Economic Development Corporation or PKNS to open up a 7% special discount reserved for Bumiputera to all races born in Selangor, who wished to buy homes built by the state-owned property developer.

According to a Bernama report on Thursday, Speaker Teng Chang Kim had announced the motion received majority support at the Selangor state assembly, where the Pakatan holds 33 seats, compared to the 20 held by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s BN coalition.

The motion was submitted by DAP assemblyman for Kota Alam Shah M Manoharan and supported by Lau Weng San, the DAP MP for Kampung Tunku, at the Selangor state assembly.

Malaysia Chronicle

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Better than nothing but this is NOT the same as :

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

Gratuituous lying, limitless terms and self praise here only shows how lame and 3rd world Malaysia is.

ARTICLE 14

Blame and hate politics widely practised in DAP, says Tunku Abdul Aziz – Sunday, 08 July 2012 Super Admin

(The Star) – Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has described the party’s politics as that of “blame and hate”.

He said his dramatic departure from politics had made him see clearly the futility of his trying to accommodate people whose values he was uncomfortable with.

“Taking a break from the politics of blame and hate was undoubtedly the best decision I ever made. I realised within two months of becoming a card-carrying party member that I had thrown in my lot with the wrong crowd,” he wrote in his weekly column in the New Straits Times.

“I felt a sense of blessed relief. I found myself released at last from the tyranny of DAP’s unfettered hypocrisy,” wrote Tunku Abdul Aziz.

Tunku Abdul Aziz wrote that he must have been “both absolutely mad and arrogant” to think that he could make “an impression on DAP’s thinly-disguised Chinese chauvinism.”

He said that after observing the party in all its subtleties for almost four years, there was little doubt over the party’s real interests.

“Malay voters have few misgivings about voting for MCA but they are not too sanguine about their future at the hands of what they see as a repressive and, in spite of noisy protestations to the contrary, an undemocratic party,” he wrote.

He said DAP could not be regarded as a multi-racial party as yet and urged Malays to be cautious of the party until it truly changes its outlook.

He said the Malays in the party were merely tools for DAP to push forth its sham multi-racial identity.

“DAP is a party caught in a time capsule and for all its public utterances, it cannot by any stretch of imagination be regarded as a multiracial party. The reality is that the role of top Malays in particular is purely intended to lend credence and legitimacy to its multiracial pretensions,” he added.

Tunku Abdul Aziz also narrated how DAP had tried to woo a prince into the party by promising to make him (the prince) a mentri besar.

However, he said he told the party the plan was a non-starter as the prince’s father was the Ruler of the state.

Apparently the party approached him directly and offered a federal post instead, which the prince declined.

Tunku Abdul Aziz described the episode “a shallow diabolical DAP plot at its best.”

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Lead the proposed 3rd Force Tunku Abdul Aziz, for the below 3 items. BN and PR are hopeless and littered with bad politics and bad politicians . . .

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

ARTICLE 15

May 13 WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN, 3rd Force proponent and CM of the REAL ISSUE (of ENDING APARTHEID) slams ‘low-class, irresponsible’ Kit Siang – Written by @AgreeToDisagree – Saturday, 21 July 2012 12:53

I challenge the DAP Term Limitless Oligarch and Nepotist Lim Kit Siang to prove he is a responsible political leader and Malaysian nationalist when raising the spectre of May 13 wanting to prevent any recurrence and not indulging in the low- class, irresponsible, unscrupulous and contemptible double politics of fear and race to preserve DAP / Pakatan Rakyat in power at all costs in the next general election.

It has been reported that at a national youth conference held in Parliament yesterday, Muhyiddin called on the young generation to be united in order to ensure the country remains stable and peaceful and to avoid a repeat of the May 13, 1969 trageedy.

Muhyiddin was quoted as declaring at the conference: “We don’t want May 13 repeated.”

3rd Force will do all it can to prevent recurrence

On behalf of 3rd Force, let me officially respond by declaring that we in 3rd Force do not want a repeat of the May 13 tragedy by DAP’s hand and we pledge to do all we can to prevent any such recurrence.

3rd Force offer to co-operate and work closely with UMNO and Barisan Nasional to ensure that there will be no repeat of May 13 in the next general election, and Malaysians are entitled to ask how there could be a repeat of the May 13 tragedy if both political coalitions – Barisan Nasional and 3rd Force – sincerely pledge to work together in the national interest to prevent any such recurrence?

I confess I am concerned at the way Lim Kit Siang raised the spectre of May 13, which had been used in the past decades to create fear among voters as part of the scare tactics to force voters to vote for UMNO and BN, as it raises the question whether the DAP Term Limitless Oligarch was giving an assurance that there would be no May 13 recurrence or he was subtly threatening that there could be another May 13 if DAP loses power!

Could there be another May 13 in the next general election? My answer would be a strong NO.

Without going into the debate as to who should be held responsible for the May 13 tragedy in 1969 (and there are diametrically conflicting accounts and versions of who should be held responsible and this is why right from the beginning after the May 13 riots, 3rd Force and I had called for an independent Royal Commission of Inquiry into its causes) the circumstances today are completely different from those prevailing 43 years ago in 1969.

The most important difference between 1969 and the 13th general election is the emergence of a multiracial multireligious naional coalition represented throughout the country to peacefully and democratically challenge DAP/Pakatan’s hold to power in Opposition State – as the 3rd Force coalition of KITA, JATI, MCLM (whats left of MCLM), PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP/Hindraf and PSM, ABU, PRS, STAR etc.. is a Malaysian coalition of all races, religions and regions in Malaysia unlike Christian-DAP or Hudud-PAS ore racist BN!

Only the most irrespnsible, anti-national and treacherous elements in our country can try to distort and misinterpret a 3rd Force victory in the 13GE as victory of one race against another, as to justify wild thoughts tinkering with the idea of anther May 13, when any victory for 3rd Force will be a Malaysian victory representing all races.

Is Lim Kit Siang sincere when he declared “We don’t want May 13 repeated”.

If so, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should break his silence and answer the question I had posed to him many times in the past three years – whether he would declare clearly and unequivocally that he would accept the verdict of the people in the 13GE, including the election of a 3rd Force government in ALL Pakatan Rakyat held states to replace the Pakatan Rakyat and that he would personally ensure and facilitate a peaceful transition of federal power for the first time in the nation’s history, to tell the world that Malaysia has becoome a normal democracy and even en route to become, in Najib’s own words, “the best demoracy in the world”!

Marah is the 3rd Force adviser & CM (of the REAL ISSUE of ENDING APARTHEID) . Let the voteres remove TERM LIMITLESS Nepotists and pro-APARTHEID racists and lapdogs by voting 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 16

LOW-COST housing: Teng refutes Guan Eng’s claim – Saturday, 21 July 2012 15:11

PROOF- State BN chief shows memo on building houses for the poor on 1.97ha in Jalan Burmah

NIBONG TEBAL- THE state Barisan Nasional has hit back at Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his claim that the previous administration did not make provision for low-cost housing to be built on the prime land at Taman Manggis in Jalan Burma, George Town.

Its chairman, Teng Chang Yeow, yesterday produced a copy of a 2003 memo from the then director of Housing and Local Government of the state secretary’s office to the then State Secretary to back his claim.

Teng said according to the memo, the initial plan was to build two blocks of People’s Housing Project (PPR) on a 1.97ha plot of land located at the junction of Jalan Zainal Abidin-Lorong Selamat in Jalan Burmah.

However, Teng said based on a standardised plan that was similarly adopted by the Federal Government, only one 18-storey block of flats could be built then, while the remaining plot of land was to be kept for future development.

“Based on the memo, the architect concerned had recommended that a 16-storey additional block could be built on the remaining piece,” Teng told reporters at former Bukit Tambun assemblyman Lai Chew Hock’s office in Simpang Ampat here yesterday.

He added that the matter was further discussed by the then Housing Committee in the state executive council on April 29, 2003 and June 24, 2003.

“The committee had subsequently agreed that a block of flats under the People’s Housing Project (PPR) with rental should be ideally developed there.

“So my original statement is true and I stand by it.”

Teng was commenting on Lim’s claim that that the previous administration had not made any provision for public housing to be built on the land which had since been sold to a private buyer by the DAP-led state government.

On Thursday, Lim alleged that the state BN’s claim was “completely untrue”. He was reported as saying: “The land was not reserved for public housing. Despite that, we have been looking at whether it can be used for affordable homes.”

Lim had claimed that his administration decided that the land was too small and not feasible for public housing and instead identified a 4.45ha site in Jalan S.P Chelliah to build affordable homes.

Teng had earlier said it was unbecoming for the current state government to scrap the original plan to build PPR homes at the site in favour of a 30-storey private medical specialist centre.

Teng said he had also discovered that the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) had received a planning permission application for the construction of a 30-storey building on Lots 305, 306, 313 and 314 at the Jalan Zainal Abidin-Lorong Selamat junction, Section 16, George Town.

“I found this after running an online search on the council’s One Stop Centre. So my question now, is whether the state government is willing to scrap the plan to build the 30-storey building?

“If the same plot of land is deemed as not feasible to build a 18-storey block of affordable homes, then how could it accommodate the proposed 30-storey building?” he asked.

Teng said the the state and MPPP should stop twisting facts.

– New Straits Times

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Either Gerakan or DAP is a LIAR here.

ARTICLE 17

WHAT SAY YOU: Hisham shaping up to be the “lousiest” Home Minister ever – Written by  Lim Kit Siang – Sunday, 22 July 2012 08:47

It is the most cowardly, craven and irresponsible response from Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein who is proving to be the lousiest Home Minister in the nation’s history.

How can a responsible Home Minister claim ignorance when a top Special Branch officer could go public to make the most damning allegations against Federal opposition parties as claiming that Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorists and communists are infiltrating PAS and DAP respectively to stand as candidates in the next general election when there is no basis whatsoever?

All that Hishammuddin has got to say on the serious allegations by Special Branch’s assistant director of the E2 (M) national social extremist threat division head Mohd Sofian Md Makin is that he was “not sure” about the alleged infiltration of Islamist terrorists and communists into Pakatan Rakyat, that “I don’t have the relevant information at the present moment.Therefore, I cannot say whether it is true or not. I can only say this much, this topic is very sensitive.”

Would this be Hishammuddin’s response if Sofian had publicly alleged that terrorists and communists have infiltrated into UMNO, MCA, Gerakan, MIC, and the BN Sabah and Sarawak parties to stand as candidates in the next general election?

Of course not!

How can Sofian proceed without Hisham’s OK

Is it conceivable that a responsible and diligent Home Minister would not have been informed or his approval sought before a top Special Branch officer go off on a rampage against the Federal opposition and that he would be completely clueless what Sofian was saying?

Was Sofian acting unilaterally and arbitrarily without getting clearance from the Inspector-General of Police and the Home Minister to make the “political attacks” on the Pakatan Rakyat? If so, Sofian had not only committed a gross breach of civil service discipline, he is guilty of an anti-national act and should be suspended immediately from his Special Branch position before he could do more mischief!

No sane or sensible person would believe that Sofian was acting independently on his own bat, like an unguided missile.

Brainwashing the public

This is confirmed when Sofian told the press that he had given some 300 talks exposing the security risks represented by Pakatan Rakayat parties which he accused of being ” anti-government”.

This would mean Sofian had been poisoning and brainwashing the minds particularly of the students and the young generation of Malaysians with his lies, falsehoods and ridiculous conspiracy theories for may be two years assuming he gives a talk an average if once in three days.

Sofian is the archtypical example of a “national social extremist threat” his division iss supposed to be monitoring!

Imagine a Home Minister who does not know what his top Special Brabch officer had been doing in public talks for some two years?

Is Hishammuddin admitting he is the lousiest Home Minister in the nation’s 54-year history?

Lim Kit Siang is the DAP adviser & MP for Ipoh Timur

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2 terms up so moot point. But Lim Kit Siang is the LEAST democratic and porbably LOUSIEST MP in Malaysia’s history 1 year longer than Mubarak in power, more than a decade more than Mahathir, PLACED own son Lim Guan Eng as CM without vote or quorum, and DAP is full of family blocs to boot!

In comparison of ‘worsts’ Lim Kit Siang could be doing as much harm to the nation and corrupting potentially goodly, non-nepotistic and ethical 10s of 1000s of Chinese/Christian voters’ mindsets democratically with the nepotism and politics of expedience, setting a bad example by not keeping campaign promises, than Hishamuddin might have done with the occasional murderous outburst or general racism against the population of non-Bumis here in Malaysia! One subverts and corrupts, is undemocratic, term limitless and power mongering, the other a racist who has clamped down on all races including his own. Who is worse indeed!

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

Any who do not accept or promote the above are UNVOTABLE. So that makes BN and PR unvotable as compared to fresh and term limir respecting, non racist 3rd Force.

ARTICLE 18

TRUE COLORS OF TUNKU AZIZ: Be man enough, he tells Guan Eng – Saturday, 21 July 2012 15:16

BE MAN ENOUGH- If innocent, the Penang chief minister should deny the allegation

THE latest tittle-tattle to surface, intended to titillate the imagination of the public, has thrown Lim Guan Eng, the stroppy chief minister of Penang, completely off balance.

He is, despite his carefully cultivated air of bravado, thoroughly devastated by the innuendos and sniggering goings-on everywhere in Penang’s normally staid society.

I am told he has become a changed person. Obviously it does not take much to penetrate the chink in his armour.

This is evident from his savage reaction to even a perfectly innocent press enquiry about the sudden departure of his special officer from the dizzy heights of the inner sanctum of power and prestige at Komtar.

There was never really any suggestion, by the press, of impropriety on his part but the man with never a hair out of place seems uncharacteristically flustered.

The fact of the matter is that he has lost his cool: getting hot and bothered under the collar at the mention of Ng Phaik Kheng’s name. This behaviour, unfortunately, lends credence to the age-old saying, “there is no smoke without fire”.

These days, the chief minister of Penang lives in a pressure cooker environment. It is not from choice, naturally. This is not the sort of place that someone as supremely confident of his power and infallibility would opt to be.

He is, apparently, savvy enough to know that even as he is taking on all comers, he is falling into the very pit that he is so good at digging for his unwary political opponents or, for that matter, anyone who disagrees with him.

He is acutely aware of what is politically at stake. He knows the score.

The question now is whether Lim would have the courage and integrity to do as Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek had done earlier. He took responsibility for his action. If Lim had not done what the rumours claim, then the Soi Lek ethical benchmark does not apply.

Life is unfair. We set impossibly high standards of behaviour for people occupying high elected political office that we would never dream of imposing on ourselves.

The reason for this is that the likes of Lim offer themselves as professionally and ethically suitable candidates to provide principled leadership.

Come to think of it, it is not an unreasonable expectation of the great unwashed and the chattering masses, like you and me. It is obvious where his duties lie.

It is about time that the highest elected political position reverted to the Penang-born and bred state chairman of the party.

It is ironic that Penang, which has produced thousands of talented men and women in every field, must depend on a politician who is part of a travelling family political circus.

Lim is generally credited with giving a new twist and a sharper edge to the ancient pastime of blame and hate, a black art form much in vogue within DAP, and at which he has become rather accomplished, with unlimited practice time from day one of succeeding the Gerakan-led administration.

The man’s natural propensity to adopt intransigent and provocative urban guerrilla tactics in dealing with the press has not endeared himself to them.

I notice that even the once sympathetic Chinese language papers have had enough of his belligerent, bullying behaviour. His familiar, “I will sue you if you print this” cuts no ice, no sir, not any more.

Lim says he puts great store by his CAT (Competency, Accountability and Transparency) governing principles and here is his chance to show that CAT is not a mere political slogan and that he intends to live as chief minister by the CAT principles of governance.

My advice to him is to be true to at least two of those principles that he has been hawking, namely, accountability and transparency.

I am told by a DAP insider that a highly placed leader has circulated to his central executive committee colleagues his view that it is better in all the circumstances for Lim to deny completely any involvement in the matter.

Lim, if you are totally innocent, by all means deny the press speculation but in the unlikely event you have had romantic links with the lady in question, admit it like an honourable man.

True leadership is about making hard choices when the natural temptation is to slink out through the tradesman’s entrance. A little undignified, I should think.

– New Straits Times

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End Apartheid or GTFO of Dewan! The Rakyat do not want to hear anymore stories about who’s f – – –  ing who! We have the best porn stars for that sort of thing, not the slack jawed f@99ots and their politico-hags!

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

Don’t encourage Lim Guan Eng or an endless back and forth by engaging in this sort of banter Tunku! Could someone from UMNO just bribe these Malaysian ‘Lewisnskis’ to do an expose so that LGE can be removed? Tedious funeral fund on back of taxpayers beneficiary of nepotism has not ended apartheid yet . . . Meanwhile Tunku Aziz could lead 3rd force and end the apartheid, who knows on the back of the above 3 items, the PM’s seat for Tunku could well be assured where all Malays including the well fed UMNO-putras with not a single need (they have everything), in the country are stricken with racism or indecision to modernise Malaysia by the 3 items . . . meanwhile also remind the Rakyat that MPs and CMs only have 2 terms and should GTFO of Dewan after that, not drag the country in meaningless back and forth discussing sex with interns at Dewan, female or male or inbetween . . . and all kinds of nonsense and low minded racism and corruption!

ARTICLE 19

Archaic Laws Will Not Lead To A Safer Society – Lim Chee Wee – Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:46

The Malaysian Bar is dismayed by the increasing attempts to blame the rise in the crime rate (in the state of Selangor and elsewhere) on the release of those detained under the now-revoked Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969 (“EPOPCO”, popularly referred to as the “EO”).

In recent times serious questions have arisen about the efficacy of the EPOPCO. There have been numerous complaints of its abuse, including the use – or threat of use – of the EPOPCO by the police as a means of extorting money from innocent victims. Wrong people were incarcerated or made subject to restricted residence under the EPOPCO, while those who were actually involved in crime remained free and mobile. The fact that those detained under the EPOPCO were not required to be formally produced before the courts of this land helped facilitate this abuse. While the press sometimes referred to those detained under the EPOPCO as “criminals”, it must be remembered that none of them was ever convicted in a court of law. Even when those involved in crime were in fact detained, invariably these were “small fry”; the “big fish” continued to elude and evade being apprehended.

Thus the effort to attribute the worsening (perceived or real) current environment to the release of the EPOPCO detainees is without sure foundation. Those who perpetuate and repeat such views, without the support of any actual evidence, are acting irresponsibly.

The simple truth remains: crime prevention requires solid policing. The existence of the EPOPCO for over 42 years has meant that inadequate and incomplete investigative practices and policing procedures have become prevalent.

A poor workman blames his tools. The police should not seek the excuse that because an unjust and unfair law that allowed for detention without trial and restricted residence is no longer at their disposal, criminal activities are perceived to be on the increase. And that consequently, the only way to address this negative development is to bring back repressive laws and slow the pace of law reform.

The Malaysian Bar totally disagrees with this view. The Malaysian Bar urges the Honourable Prime Minister to stay the course in respect of the path of law reform that he has undertaken, and to continue to remove outdated and unjust laws, and repeal unfair and prejudicial provisions of the criminal statutes.

The rule of law, together with proper policing and transparent law enforcement agencies, are the best way to tackle the issue of crime. Rather than nostalgically harking back to a bygone era and archaic legislation, law enforcement officials should focus on better training, greater responsiveness, and higher professionalism to make our streets and neighbourhoods safer. The Government must provide the necessary resources in order for the police force to have all necessary and legitimate resources at its disposal to battle crime.

LIM CHEE WEE is President of the Malaysian Bar

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Keep talking and doing nothing like strawmen? What is the law for when even the Reid Commission’s Special Privileges are somehow neglected or un-usable by Bar Council to end the APARTHEID of Bumiputra with? Lee shouldn’t whine and protest as if Bar Council was an unknown armchair blogger without the funding or legal power to stand against any bad MPs from either BN or PR. File lawsuit backed by the UN or world law bodies to abolish EPOPCO, and also file lawsuits for :

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

;or both President of the Bar Council and Bar Council Committee should step down for more proactive lawyers that will file the above lawsuits.

ARTICLE 20

WHAT SAY YOU: Hisham shaping up to be the “lousiest” Home Minister ever – Written by  Lim Kit Siang – Sunday, 22 July 2012 08:47

It is the most cowardly, craven and irresponsible response from Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein who is proving to be the lousiest Home Minister in the nation’s history.

How can a responsible Home Minister claim ignorance when a top Special Branch officer could go public to make the most damning allegations against Federal opposition parties as claiming that Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorists and communists are infiltrating PAS and DAP respectively to stand as candidates in the next general election when there is no basis whatsoever?

All that Hishammuddin has got to say on the serious allegations by Special Branch’s assistant director of the E2 (M) national social extremist threat division head Mohd Sofian Md Makin is that he was “not sure” about the alleged infiltration of Islamist terrorists and communists into Pakatan Rakyat, that “I don’t have the relevant information at the present moment.Therefore, I cannot say whether it is true or not. I can only say this much, this topic is very sensitive.”

Would this be Hishammuddin’s response if Sofian had publicly alleged that terrorists and communists have infiltrated into UMNO, MCA, Gerakan, MIC, and the BN Sabah and Sarawak parties to stand as candidates in the next general election?

Of course not!

How can Sofian proceed without Hisham’s OK

Is it conceivable that a responsible and diligent Home Minister would not have been informed or his approval sought before a top Special Branch officer go off on a rampage against the Federal opposition and that he would be completely clueless what Sofian was saying?

Was Sofian acting unilaterally and arbitrarily without getting clearance from the Inspector-General of Police and the Home Minister to make the “political attacks” on the Pakatan Rakyat? If so, Sofian had not only committed a gross breach of civil service discipline, he is guilty of an anti-national act and should be suspended immediately from his Special Branch position before he could do more mischief!

No sane or sensible person would believe that Sofian was acting independently on his own bat, like an unguided missile.

Brainwashing the public

This is confirmed when Sofian told the press that he had given some 300 talks exposing the security risks represented by Pakatan Rakayat parties which he accused of being ” anti-government”.

This would mean Sofian had been poisoning and brainwashing the minds particularly of the students and the young generation of Malaysians with his lies, falsehoods and ridiculous conspiracy theories for may be two years assuming he gives a talk an average if once in three days.

Sofian is the archtypical example of a “national social extremist threat” his division iss supposed to be monitoring!

Imagine a Home Minister who does not know what his top Special Brabch officer had been doing in public talks for some two years?

Is Hishammuddin admitting he is the lousiest Home Minister in the nation’s 54-year history?

Lim Kit Siang is the DAP adviser & MP for Ipoh Timur

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2 terms up almost 5 times over, so moot point talking as if 90% of the campaign promises were kept. Lim Kit Siang is the LEAST democratic and porbably LOUSIEST MP in Malaysia’s history being 1 year longer than Mubarak in power, more than a decade more than Mahathir, PLACED own son Lim Guan Eng as CM without vote or quorum, and DAP is full of family blocs to boot!

In comparison of ‘worsts’, Lim Kit Siang could be doing more harm to the nation and corrupting potentially goodly, non-nepotistic and ethical 10s of 1000s of Chinese/Christian voters’ mindsets democratically than Hishamuddin might have done with the occasional murderous outburst or general racism against the population of non-Bumis here in Malaysia! One subverts and corrupts, is undemocratic, term limitless and power mongering, the other a racist who has clamped down on all races including their own. Who is worse indeed!

ARTICLE 21

The 222 idiots we have in Parliament – NO HOLDS BARRED – Raja Petra Kamarudin – Sunday, 22 July 2012 Super Admin

Is Communism a threat to Malaysia’s security? If so then why are we still friends with China, Cuba, etc., and why can their citizens come to Malaysia and our citizens go to their country? Is this not a threat to our national security? If the answer is no then what is wrong if Malaysians become Communists? We are friends with Communist countries. We can go to Communist countries and they too come to Malaysia. So where is the danger?

Okay, maybe we do not have 222 idiots in Parliament. Maybe we have only 200 idiots in Parliament while the rest are not idiots. But that is bad enough. The fact that almost two-thirds of the Members of Parliament are from Barisan Nasional and the rest from Pakatan Rakyat means that the idiots come from both sides of the political divide.

And this is what concerns me — that the stupidity is not confined to just those from the government.

While it is the ‘duty’ of the opposition to oppose anything and everything that the government does and says, and while it is the ‘duty’ of the government to do the same concerning the opposition — at least as far as Malaysians politicians are concerned in their very narrow-minded way of looking at things — there should be certain things that they agree on when it concerns the good of the nation. However, in the case of Malaysia’s Parliament, this can never be.

And this is a great disservice to the Malaysian voters who sent these people to Parliament.

Let us take the matter of haram (that which is forbidden by Islam). It is haram for Muslims to drink liquor. In fact, the ruling of haram is not only regarding the drinking of liquor but also serving, buying, keeping, profiteering from, giving as presents, etc. In short, Muslims cannot be associated with liquor in any way, not just from drinking it.

Hence the State and Federal Religious Departments conduct raids to arrest Muslims who drink plus to arrest Muslims who work in establishments that serve/sell liquor. Not only you can’t drink but you can’t work in such places that deal in liquor as well.

Considering, according to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, Islam is the religion of the Federation, and if this is the law, then I have no problems with that. Until such a time the Constitution is amended we shall have to live with that law, whether we consider that law a good law or a bad law. The law is the law, as they say. Of course, they also say that the law is an ass, but that would be another discussion for another time.

As I said, I have no problems with this if that is the law. But I do have problems with this when the law is applied to only the establishments owned/managed by non-Malays while the establishments owned/managed by Malays are exempted from this law.

For example, I have personally seen Malaysia’s national airlines, MAS, serving liquor to Muslims. And I saw this even during the month of Ramadhan when these Muslims are supposed to be fasting and should not be drinking water let alone liquor. And the MAS personnel who were serving these Muslim customers are Muslims as well.

So what do we have here? Muslims working in a Malay-managed and Malaysian government-owned airline serving Muslims liquor during the ‘holy’ month of Ramadhan. Is this double standard? What excuse can the government offer for the ‘exemption’ given to MAS that would never be given to a bar or pub owned by, say, a Chinese?

Can you see how confusing this is? And what are the 222 Members of Parliament doing about this? Nothing!

Next point. Malaysian Muslims are forbidden from following the Shia dogma. Many Malaysians who embraced Shi’ism have been arrested and sent for rehabilitation. It is a crime for a Malaysian Muslim to become a Shia.

But it is only a crime to become a Shia if you are a Malaysian. If you are a foreigner it is not a crime. Why is that? What is wrong with becoming a Shia? Is Shi’ism dangerous? Is it a deviant sect? If Shi’ism is forbidden then it should be a crime not only for Malaysians but also for everyone, non-Malaysians included.

I mean: Malaysia wants to ban gay entertainers from entering the country. If you are gay then you are not welcome to perform in Malaysia. A gay lifestyle is forbidden. Both the Malaysian Prime Minister and the Malaysian Opposition Leader agree on this (at least there is one thing that they agree on). So gays are not welcome in Malaysia as it ‘sends the wrong message’ to the Malaysian youth.

However, while gays are not welcome in Malaysia, Shias are not subjected to the same ban. We send Malaysian gays to prison. We send Malaysian Shias to prison. We ban foreigners who are gay. But we don’t ban foreigners who are Shia. This is the part that I do not understand.

Iran has an Embassy in Malaysia. Malaysia has an Embassy in Iran. Iranians who are Shias are allowed into Malaysia. Malaysians are allowed into Iran. But we arrest and jail Malaysians who become Shias. And we don’t arrest and jail Shias who are not Malaysians.

Can you see how confusing this is? And what are the 222 Members of Parliament doing about this? Nothing!

In May 1974, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who became Malaysia’s Second Prime Minister in September 1970, visited China. In December 1989, the Malaysian Government and the Communist Party of Malays (CPM) signed a Peace Treaty in Hat Yai, Thailand. Hence the ‘war’ (called ‘The Emergency’) officially ended.

In the past, Malaysians were forbidden from travelling to Israel, South Africa, Cuba, China and Russia. Now, Malaysians are only banned from travelling to Israel. South Africa, Cuba, China and Russia are now our friends. Only Israel is still our enemy.

But Cuba and China and still Communist. However, they are no longer our enemies. Tun Razak went to China in 1974 when the ‘war’ was still on. It was only 15 years later in 1989 that the ‘war’ officially ended.

Hence we became friends with China even while the ‘war’ was still on. But Communism was banned in Malaysia. However, we could become friends with Communist China even though we were still officially at war and even though China backed the ‘war’ and gave refuge or political asylum to the CPM leaders.

Then, 15 years later, a Peace Treaty was signed and hence ended the war. Malaysians can go to China and Chinese can come to Malaysia. Malaysia has an Embassy in China and China has an Embassy in Malaysia. But Communism is still banned in Malaysia until today.

Okay, so gays are enemies. Shias are enemies. Communists are enemies. And, in Malaysia, gays, Shias and Communists are arrested and jailed. But Iran and China are not enemies. Only Shias and Communists are.

Can you see how confusing this is? And what are the 222 Members of Parliament doing about this? Nothing!

Is Communism a threat to Malaysia’s security? If so then why are we still friends with China, Cuba, etc., and why can their citizens come to Malaysia and our citizens go to their country? Is this not a threat to our national security? If the answer is no then what is wrong if Malaysians become Communists? We are friends with Communist countries. We can go to Communist countries and they too come to Malaysia. So where is the danger?

The government makes it seem like Communism is only associated with the Malaysian Chinese or China. Actually there are many Communist countries or Communist governments/coalitions all over the world (China, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea, Cyprus, Nepal, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Ukraine, Uruguay, etc.). And we are friends with all of them.

And have a look at the picture below and see how many Malays are amongst the CPM leadership. The CPM is not a Chinese thing at all.

Abdullah CD third from left in a group photo with Chin Peng (centre) and members of the CPM’s 10th Regiment (from left) his wife Suriani, Rashid Maidin, Abu Samah Mohd Kassim, Ibrahim Chik and Abdullah Sudin.

It is time that we lifted the ban on Communism. Sure, the Communists were once our enemy and the ‘war’ in Malaysia took a heavy toll on members of Malaysia’s security forces/police plus on the civilian population. There were many victims of the The Emergency. But don’t forget, The Emergency was prolonged not just because of the CPM but also because of China and Vietnam who supported the CPM in their effort to topple the government. If we have forgiven China and Vietnam why is Communism still banned?

If the objection to unbanning Communism is because of the death and destruction that The Emergency brought to the country, then the Japanese too should be banned because the Japanese Occupation of Malaya brought more misery to the country compared to The Emergency. I can’t understand why the Japanese are not treated the same way that the Communists are. After all, did not the CPM help the British fight the Japanese during World War Two?

Can you see how confusing this is? And what are the 222 Members of Parliament doing about this? Nothing!

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Ex-police chief: Unfair to keep out Chin Peng

(Malaysiakini, 30 November 2009) – Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng, 85, has a right to return to Malaysia at least on a social visit, said former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Noor.

This, he said, is provided for in the Hatyai Peace Accord signed on Dec 2, 1989 between the CPM and Malaysian government to end some 40 years of communist insurgency.

“I go strictly by the spirit of the agreement. First of all, (it) covers all levels of CPM members from the bottom-most to the highest-most,” he said in an interview to mark the 20th anniversary of the treaty on Wednesday.

“If you consider Chin Peng as the highest leader in the hierarchy, then it covers (everyone from him) right to the bottom-most (personnel).”

Chin Peng, who real name is Ong Boon Hua, was born in Sitiawan, Perak, but now lives in southern Thailand. His recourse to the Malaysian courts to be allowed to return has failed, and the government has since reiterated that he is barred from doing so.

Abdul Rahim, 66, said the terms allow those born in then Malaya to return home if they chose to.

“But they had to give the government indication within 12 months from the date of the peace agreement, whether they (would) come back or not.

“Those who failed to do so, or (who) for some reason (felt) they didn’t want to come back (permanently), would still be allowed to come back any time on a social visit, but not for good to settle down in this country.

“I think it is on this basis of the agreement that a vast majority of them were allowed (to return), young and old.”

The peace treaty was signed by Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin (representing CPM) and Abdul Rahim and Megat Junid Megat Ayub (then deputy home minister) who represented the Malaysian government in Hatyai, Thailand.

Abdul Rahim expressed surprise at the government’s refusal of this right to Chin Peng, as well as the recent court decision to block his return.

“I don’t know if Ching Peng did apply to come back within the specified period of time – the 12 months effective from the time of the peace agreement.

“Assuming that he did not apply to come back within that period, based on the agreement he should (still) be allowed (in) on a social visit.”

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While informative on the whys of whats going on for some of us, RPK needs to read the UN Charter on LGBT rights and not tacitly endorse discrimination against this UN protected group. Old generation people (RPK is almost 70, don’t be fooled by that irreverence, RPK is not youth minded or oriented at all, looks more like cantankerousness . . . ) are so hateful. LGBTs mind their own business, here we have people like RPK (also Anwar who probably is ‘closeted’ but sacrifices LGBT for power madness) who probably indulged ‘something’ but pretends to be holier than thou and attack LGBT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_and_gender_identity_at_the_United_Nations

The tone of this article by RPK does not comply with UN requirements against crypto-discrimination in articles like these. Old people are such biased and narrow trouble makers. No holds barred? More like ‘all held up’ and ‘all bars surrounding’ with RPK’s not too subtle propaganda.

ARTICLE 22

It’s not about your stand but which direction you are moving – NO HOLDS BARRED – Wednesday, 25 July 2012 Super Admin

Hence, as I said, this is not about your stand but which direction you are moving. Followers will ask you about your stand. Leaders will ask you about which direction you are moving. And the fact that many ask me about what my stand is rather than in which direction I am moving shows that most are followers and not leaders. And leaders are too busy moving to waste their time explaining to followers the difference between taking a stand and moving.

People have asked me about where I stand. That is a very old-fashioned way of thinking. You should no longer be asking me about my stand. This is not about where I stand but about in which direction I am moving.

Standing is unproductive. You go nowhere if you merely stand. You have to move. Only by moving will you get to where you want to go. Furthermore, if you merely stand while others are moving that would mean you are moving backwards.

It is not that you are literally moving backwards. You are actually not moving at all. But since others are moving while you are standing still, that would mean you are moving backwards in a figure of speech sort of way.

Hence don’t worry about my stand. It is which direction I am moving that matters. And I know in which direction I am moving although it may not be too clear to you.

Other than the direction you are moving, the speed at which you move also counts. Some people stay behind. Others just follow the herd and move with the crowd. Then there are those who move ahead of all the others.

If you trail behind then you are lagging behind all the others. You become a spectator of history. If you move with the herd then most likely you are moving in the same direction and at the same speed as the others. This is the normal tendency when you move with the herd. Others dictate the direction and speed, not you. You merely become part of history. However, if you are moving ahead of the others, then you determine the speed and direction. In short, you become the trendsetter. You make history.

Trendsetters are normally the leaders. They set the pace and direction. Those who move with the herd have no mind of their own. They just follow what others do. And, of course, those who trail behind are people with no future. They do not even follow the herd. They play safe. They will go in only when it is proven safe and most likely there would be nothing left for them.

People who ask you where you stand would usually be people without any pioneering spirit. They stick to what is familiar to them. And when they see you moving in a direction that is alien to them, they will ask you where you stand.

They ask you this because they cannot understand that you are not standing but are moving. But because they are standing and you are not — you are moving — they confuse this as you taking a different stand from them. They do not realise that you are not standing at all but are moving. Hence your move is interpreted as a different stand to theirs.

People live in comfort zones. And comfort zones are those that you know and are familiar with. Moving out of this comfort zones is, well, uncomforting, for these types of people. They prefer to stand still and remain in their perceived comfort zone. So when you move they regard this as taking a different stand to theirs. It does not click that moving does not translate to taking a different stand.

A stand is what you begin with. It is where you start. Let us take religion as one example. Every human being has a stand when it comes to religion. You start with two possible stands. One would be you have a religion. The other would be you have no religion.

If you have no religion then there are, again, two possible stands. One would be you do not believe in God. Then your stand would be you are an Atheist. The other would be you do believe in God (or at least in some sort of higher power). Then your stand would be you are an Agnostic.

If you do have a religion then there would be many possible stands. For Malays this would be broken down into two stands. One, you believe in Islam and are a Muslim. Two, you do not believe in Islam. That means you are not a Muslim but are a Jew, Christian, Zoroastrian, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, etc. (there are numerous choices).

These are all stands. That is what you start with. But then, stands alone are not enough.

Let me give you another example:

Say, your stand is you do believe in God. And, say, your stand is you do have a religion. Then, say, your stand is you believe in Islam. So where do you go from there? You cannot just stand still. You need to move in a certain direction.

If you do not move and instead just stand still then you will be a Muslim in name only. You will not be a practicing Muslim or a learned Muslim. You are a Muslim who just stands still.

Hence, while your stand is clear — you are a Muslim who believes in God — you need to move in a certain direction and at a certain speed to define your Islam. You not only learn and try to understand what your religion represents but you also learn and try to understand how you and your religion can fit in to society so that you and your religion become compatible and relevant to this day and age.

If you do not do this then you and your religious beliefs would be left behind. You take a stand and you just stand there. But the world is moving in a certain direction and at a certain speed. How do you are your religion keep up? Better still, how do you and your religion chart the direction and set the pace so that it is ahead of everything? That is the stuff that pioneers are made of.

It is the same with politics. You take a stand and your stand is you are either pro-government or pro-opposition. But that, again, is just the start. Thereafter you need to move. You need to decide on the direction and the pace that you move. You either just follow the others or you try to move ahead of the others.

Pioneers will never follow the herd. They chart new territories. And because of this those with herd mentality will imagine that you are actually taking a different stand to theirs. They can’t comprehend that this is not about stands. You are not standing. You are moving.

Hence, as I said, this is not about your stand but which direction you are moving. Followers will ask you about your stand. Leaders will ask you about which direction you are moving. And the fact that many ask me about what my stand is rather than in which direction I am moving shows that most are followers and not leaders. And leaders are too busy moving to waste their time explaining to followers the difference between taking a stand and moving.

You can enlighten enlightened people. You cannot enlighten people who do not see the light. Hence it is a waste of time trying to explain to people who take a stand but do not move that taking a stand is moving backwards when others are moving but you only take a stand.

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Hey old man, WHOS a leader? Who dares claim leadership over a democracy of equality (much like Bumiputras or Islamists claiming supremacy over other races?) 2 terms and GTFO. Everyone is a leader. Lets remove those who are term limitless so that EVERYONE has a chance at being leader. In fact, the REAL LEADERS would not presume to think themselves leaders but, LEAD by example (which virtually no ‘leader’ in Malaysia has done BY stepping aside AFTER 2 terms at nmost so that other people can be leaders) by stepping aside after 2 terms or whenever something bad happens as in the flooding in Beijing recently saw the Mayor graciously vacate the post like  true gentleman ( . . . though a promotion after leaving the post seems absolutely inappropriate . . . )!

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2012/07/25/crisis-management-failure-as-beijing-mayor-resigns/

The current crop of ‘leaders’ in Malaysia though are so ‘term limitless needy’ and clinging on to power and worse still cannot change laws, cannot end apartheid and cannot help the people, that anyone who votes for such people musty be stupid or on the take. End the AP, learn that Forced Conscriptions are bad, know Crony Capitalism is bad, and know that asking for funeral funds is bad, and that term limitless family blocs in parliament DESTROY DEMOCRACY and hence TERM LIMITS should be applied.

A real leader would improve democracy not cling on to power like a Mubarak or raise Election Deposits so that a plutocracy forms, (indirectly they prevent the POOR people from running for election when they refuse to raise and ratify bills to LOWER ELECTION DEPOSITS (ideally there shoukd be a gaggle of candidates from all classes running every election at all levels, with 2 termers bowing out gracefull like gentlemen) – PREVENTING DEMOCRACY for the lower wealth classes or even minority groups (LEARN about Gandhi’s  ‘Minority of One’!), in collusion with banks and ratings agencies or commodities markets that inflate so that wealth levels cannot rise and on top of that even dare demand raises that are already many times above average wage! Wealth distribution and political paradigms as of now are failures.

There are no leaders in a TRUE DEMOCRACY, fette those who have contributed DURING their 2 terms could allow for non-participatory democracy but DO NOT ALLOW them any more powers via unlimited terms. A true leader would step aside for younger persons after 2 terms or in Ghafar Baba’s case step aside ENTIRELY instead of destroying democracy with limitless terms and family blocs and Vehicular AP or Toll Concessions, or National Service type laws.

ARTICLE 23

This is from the Peninsular Gold Ltd website:

Peninsular Gold Limited, a company incorporated in Jersey, is the holding company that owns via its two wholly-owned Malaysian subsidiaries namely, Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd (RAGM) and S.E.R.E.M Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SEREM), gold exploration rights and conducts mining activities in the Raub District of the State of Pahang, Malaysia. Raub is Malaysia’s most historic gold mining centre that has produced over 1million oz mostly from underground operations over the period 1889 till 2004.

The Group’s mining and exploration interests are all located in Malaysia’s Central Gold Belt, which hosts the majority of Peninsular Malaysia’s gold occurrences, including the Raub, Selinsing and Penjom gold mines in the State of Pahang.

Peninsular Gold Limited is the first Malaysian-controlled gold mining company that is listed on AIM (Alternative Investment Market), London. The Group is being led by Dato’ Andrew Kam Tai Yeow as its Chairman and Chief Executive.

Who is Andrew Kam?

Dato’ Andrew Tai Yeow Kam, a Malaysian citizen, was educated in England having attended Mill?eld School in Somerset and the University of Buckingham where he graduated with a law degree. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1988. He practices at Kam Woon Wah & Company, Kuala Lumpur. Apart from his legal practice, he has extensive entrepreneurial and management experience. In 1991 he was involved, as a founding director and shareholder in the development of a 440MW independent power plant in Port Dickson, Malaysia…. (Kam Woon Wah was secretary general of the MCA in the 1960s.)

And who are among the shareholders of Peninsular Gold?

Amongst the dignitaries who attended the formal Listing ceremony was Her Royal Highness, Princess of the State of Pahang, YAM Tengku Nong Fatimah Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, the daughter of the Sultan of Pahang. The Princess and family are also shareholders of Peninsular Gold Limited.

A company search of RAGM in 2007 revealed that among its directors was Muhammad Moiz, an ex son-in-law of the Sultan of Pahang.

What’s more, the company has been granted preferential tax status:

The Raub project has been awarded Pioneer Status by the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority, the Malaysian government’s principal agency for the promotion and coordination of industrial development in Malaysia. The Pioneer scheme provides tax incentives to selected companies, and is intended to encourage investment in Malaysia. Participation in the scheme will benefit the Raub project’s economics to a substantial degree.

They extract the gold and they are given a whole lot of tax relief while the communities around worry about the health risks. Neat. Who is subsidising whom?

Commentator Comments :

Antares says:  3 July 2012 at 11.33pm

@Stephanie… you mean the Racket Club surely? 🙂

Bukit Koman residents, with the help of environmental NGOs, have been fighting this hideous and highly polluting industry before it even began operations. There have been mysterious deaths surrounding this issue (at least two pioneer members of the Bukit Koman residents action committee have died since the campaign began, both were relatively young). PDRM, as usual, intimidated the protesters and SB have them under surveillance. Ng Yen Yen, the MP in charge of the area, has been abusive, elusive and arrogant towards the Bukit Koman protesters. Why is this project immune from public scrutiny and why have they been given tax-exempt status? …The same ugly pattern can be seen in the case of Lynas. Australian mining knowhow, local political connections … sickens one to the core to witness such unmitigated greed and insensitivity!

ARTICLE 25

Activist’s death sparks more fears in Bkt Koman – Andrew Ong & Kuek Ser Kuang Keng – 5:17PM May 2, 2009

The death of an environmental activist in Kampung Baru at Bukit Koman, Raub, has heightened residents’ fears over controversial gold mining activities taking place near this village in Pahang. Chong Sow Pin, 63, was found dead on Tuesday at his orchard some 8km from the village where about 300 families call home. He is among the founding member of the ad hoc Action Committee Against the Use of Cyanide in the mining operations.

Police Banned Green Shirts in Bukit Koman

Bukit Koman residents have been protesting for years against a gold mine using cyanide to mine gold. Recently the local police banned the residents from wearing green T-shirts which bear the campaign logo ” No Dirty Gold : Cyanide Membunuh “. Watch video here:

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In 2008, a U.S. expert in mining contamination had visited the area and concluded that the gold mine did not comply with international standards and could cause long-term contamination. The gold mine, uses the ‘carbon-in-leach’ method and consumes 400 tonnes of sodium cyanide a year when any other non-poisonous chemical methods could be used.

Koman Anti-Cyanide Protest

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Hey idiots voters. Stop voting for rich or connected people or refusing to field independent candidates, or running as private candidates for MP and assemblyman. Get the people to vote for an candidate that will end the mining.

ARTICLE 24

Malaysia’s Green Movement Goes Political – By Anil Netto

Joint rally for clean politics and clean environment in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Khim Pa/IPS

PENANG, Malaysia, Jul 21 2012 (IPS) – Three years ago, Sherly Hue lived the life of a typical career woman in Kuala Lumpur, working as a marketing executive promoting building materials. But one day, she received a phone call from her worried parents that would forever change her life.

Hue’s parents, who were looking after her four-month-old son in Bukit Koman, a small village of 300 families in Raub, in the central state of Pahang, requested that he be relocated to Kuala Lumpur. A gold mining company had started operations in Raub and her parents felt it was no longer safe for the baby to remain in the village.

In 2008, a U.S. expert in mining contamination had visited the area and concluded that the gold mine did not comply with international standards and could cause long-term contamination. The facility, only 200-300 m away from the village, uses the ‘carbon-in-leach’ method and consumes 400 tonnes of sodium cyanide a year.

In Kuala Lumpur, Hue sat up and took note. ”I searched on the Internet for cyanide in gold mining and found a lot of cases and accidents in many countries – even without spillages.”

Hue quickly relocated her son and her mother to Kuala Lumpur, while her father, a retired contractor-turned-smallholder, decided to remain in their village to tend to his plantation.

There was no turning back for Hue. “After I found that this project appeared harmful, I approached the secretary of the committee (opposing the gold mining operations).” She put her marketing experience to good use and proposed to the committee that it should print booklets for an awareness-raising campaign.

Hue, now 34, is vice-chairperson of the Pahang Raub Anti-Cyanide Gold Mining Committee and a key figure in Malaysia’s blossoming environmental movement.

On Oct. 9 last year, the group participated in a landmark gathering, dubbed Himpunan Hijau 1.0 (Green Gathering), at a beach in Kuantan, capital of Pahang, to endorse the ‘Earth Charter’.

A paragraph from the charter encapsulated the vision for the new green movement. “Let ours be the time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”

Among civil society groups and activists supporting the launch were those opposing a controversial Australian rare earth refinery run by Lynas Corporation in Kuantan and those opposing high tension power cables in Rawang, central Selangor state. Also  attending was the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) and a group of indigenous ‘Orang Asli’ people.

Four months later, on Feb. 26, a second gathering, Himpunan Hijau 2.0, was held, focusing largely on the campaign to oppose the Lynas Corporation refinery. This time, some 15,000 people from all over the country converged on a field in Kuantan in what was the largest environmental gathering in Malaysian history.

But even these large gatherings were topped by Himpunan Hijau 3.0, when some 20,000 ‘green shirts’ gathered on Apr. 28 in the shadow of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre towers in an event timed to coincide with the third Bersih rally to push for electoral reforms. The splash of Himpunan Hijau greenies in a sea of over 200,000 yellow-shirted Bersih supporters captured national attention.

The mammoth rally rattled the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Police responded with heavy handed action, including using military-grade razor wire to barricade a public square, firing numerous volleys of tear gas and chemically laced water into the crowds and even assaulting protesters.

At the Himpunan Hijau 3.0/Bersih 3.0 rally especially, it was evident that the environmental movement had come of age, touching a chord among many young people like Sherly Hue. How did this happen in a country where the green struggle was until last year, very much in its infancy?

Dr. Khim Pa, one of those spearheading the Penang-based People’s Green Coalition, a group of environmental activists that participated in Himpunan 3.0, marvels at the newfound awareness.

”Young people are more attuned to these environmental issues. They had been brought up on a constant diet in school on the need to recycle refuse and old newspapers. The conservation movement had also created general awareness. Young people were exposed to campaigns to plant trees, protect wildlife like the orang utans and tigers, and conserve rivers,” Pa said.

From here, young people simply made a logical leap in deduction, he believes: “They have made the connection – on the one hand there is a general movement to create awareness about the importance of conservation but on the other, you are allowing in toxic industry. The young people can make the link.”

Hue herself believes the Internet, especially social media networking sites like Facebook, played a major role. ‘Previously, youths were not interested and did not dare to come out (to protest); they were more interested in playing games and shopping,” she notes.

But Facebook disclosed a lot of information that young people could not read in the mainstream media. ”These issues caught their attention and worked on their emotions to pay closer attention to these social issues,” she says.

”But it was the anti-Lynas campaign that really grabbed attention, especially over the issue of radioactive waste,” she said.

The Himpunan Hijau and Bersih rallies have not escaped the attention of the authorities. A senior police ‘special branch’ assistant director was reported as saying the police were concerned over opposition parties and non-government organisations which “play up controversial issues and incite the public to hate the government before the general election”.

He said opposition parties were supporting the Bersih, green and other protests with one eye on the coming polls, which must be held by next June at the latest, though the prime minister may call a snap general election anytime.

Khim Pa said the green movement is now enmeshed with the yellow-shirted electoral reform push. “The whole country has woken up to this problem of environmental degradation.”

Toxic industries in the developed nations have found that they can move their dirty or toxic operations (such as aluminium smelters) to developing countries where environment standards or enforcement or both are lax, says Pa. A dermatologist by profession, Pa points to the high incidence of skin problems in Raub.

This relocation to developing countries is often facilitated by local intermediaries or cronies, or through the involvement of local partners. Pa believes that many Malaysians have now come to realise that without clean electoral rolls, they have no hope of voting in a new government that is responsive to their concerns.

Hue concurs: ”I believe our elected representatives play an important role in highlighting issues in Parliament. If the representative does not stand with the people, we have to replace the person. But if the electoral process is not clean, our right to vote becomes useless.”

Meanwhile, the marketing executive-turned-activist will no doubt be looking forward to Himpunan Hijau’s next major focal point on Sep. 2 in her hometown of Raub.

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Keep your own election records, street by street and let the records be available on internet (1 page for every voter with maps of entire streets if needed, perhaps vetted and backed by Commissioner of Oaths letters) so that whatever electoral process is used, there can be no cheating. There are 40K or less people in Raub. Shouldn’t be too difficult to organize a system like that. A group of 100 people could easily cover 40,000 signatures street by street, IC copy by IC copy if needed to remove any bad MPs. To be even safer, get UN or NAM monitors to oversee. The low tech method and transparent open vote method appears to be safest now.

An Idea for an Online Based “Constant State of Voting” System – Candidates can sign up for RM150, voters can shift or wothdraw votes at the post office any day, and everyone can check who the voted for or at least know who their neighbours voted for. Best of all number of terms (2 term limits!) can be clearly seen. The MP who sat there doing nothing will be quickly voted out, no need to wait for 4 years by which then damage has been done. For example an MP or Assemblyman chooses to destroy privately built awnings instead of amend by-laws, in an instant that MP or Assemblyman could be voted out by instant withdrawal of voters. No need to wait 4 years!

21 Articles on Malaysian Politics : BN’s Empty Spin, PR’s Empty Spin, PR’s Evasiveness, PR’s Petty Point Scoring, Another Wavering Politician unable to clearly Challenge Apartheid, Demogoguery Against PDRM, MCA Which Accepts Apartheid Warns Against Hudud, Education As A Smokescreen To Hide Apartheid With, Inability of BOTH BN and PR to Declare Assets, MCA Does Not Understand Equality or the Reid Commission’s Time Limits on Special Privileges, Freedom to Gamble In Small Outlets Disallowed Under BN, DAP’s False Sense of Entitlement Impacts Rakyat, Making Excuses for Crony Systems, YET Another Wavering Politician unable to clearly Challenge Apartheid, Cautious Spin With A Possibility Titled Premise on Obvious Issues, Racism Via Education, Another Mandate Holder Unwilling (can’t be unable?) to Act For All, Some Potential Fluff, Pot Calls Kettle Black, Pakatan’s ‘Promises’ That Lack Political Will To Even Say Clearly – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 14th June 2012

In Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, Equality, Equitable Distribution, equitable political power distribution, hegelian dialectic, Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat Coalition, Political Fat Cats, politics, racism on June 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

ARTICLE 1

Better Future In Store With BN At The Helm – Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:04

KUALA LUMPUR — Najib Tun Razak says Barisan Nasional (BN) is in the position to fulfil the aspirations of young people seeking further opportunities for advancement and better quality of life.

The prime minister said under the BN, a better future was in store for them and other Malaysians.

He noted that BN had proven that it could deliver what the people wanted for the country through the implementation of the government’s transformation agenda.

The level of trust and confidence of the people in the government hadincreased due to the success of the implementation of the national transformation policy, Najib said during a one-hour chat with members of the public via the NSTLive Chat Session on the NST website on Tuesday.

“I’m encouraged by the response that I can gauge directly from the rakyat, especially when I meet them during my countless visits throughout the country,” he said.

Asked when the general election would be held, Najib said he was looking at all possibilities before making a decision.

The prime minister pointed out that BN had to re-invigorate itself by choosing new talents with a view to striking a balance between the older and new generation of leaders.

He said there was a need to ensure continuity by maintaining a number of current leaders who were still popular with the people.

Asked on suggestions that it would be tough going for the BN to tackle urban areas, Najib said the government would continue its engagement with urban voters, including the Chinese community.

He said it was to make them understand that their future would be better with BN at the helm towards ensuring peace, stability, harmony and a more prosperous society.

On security, Najib said although the general crime rate had fallen, more could be done to ensure a safer environment for the people.

(Bernama)

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Use that mandate to grant :

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

;or there really is no reason to vote BN again. How can a coalition that does not use the people’s mandate to ensure equality or even update laws presume to say there will be a better future? Stagnation and unending apartheid is not a future.

ARTICLE 2

Why race and religion? Why not quality of PM? – Tuesday, 12 June 2012 Super Admin – From Jackson Yee CS, FMT

Karpal Singh has been quoted saying, “As long as I live, I will continue to fight for a non-Malay to be prime minister”. The Malaysian Federal Constitution under Article 43 (2) (a), “the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall first appoint as Prime Minister to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of representatives who in his judgement is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House;…”.

Dr Kua Kia Soong has written a commentary with regards to the statement made by the learned historian, Prof Emeritus Khoo Kay Kim. Khoo claimed that Malays were the natives of Tanah Melayu, Malaysia’s name before independence, and that the Malays formed the majority in the country.

Needless to say, the supreme law of the land in Malaysia is Federal Constitution. The law does not set down any qualification on the race of the Prime Minister. The convention of being a Malaysian Prime Minister has been a Malay and Muslim male. However, as a political realist, and not a strict legal positivist, and as a non Malay Malaysian, I’m of the view that they were both right.

Legally, anyone could be the Prime Minister of Malaysia as long as he is Malaysian and commands the confidence of majority of the members of the Parliament. Politically speaking, only a Malay could be the Prime Minister, considering Khoo’s historical point of view as per the current situation in Malaysia.

The hard truth that we must accept is, either you are a non Malay or Malay. Malaysia consists of approximately 22 million population, of which more than 60% of the population is of Malay-Muslim race. The human primordial instinct in addition to the general lack of advanced, critical liberation of thoughts, owed to the aggravated factors post-Mahathirism period, would never allow himself to choose someone out of his race.

We, as a Malaysian have been strongly poisoned by the effect of racial and religious segregation in the public society. The main issue should be – what quality the next Prime Minister, if there is a successor of Prime Minister Najib Razak should possess and be able to gain the confidence of majority of the Malaysians?

In view of all the issues of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc (factors to be discriminated upon an inborn cause), we, as a part of society, should have moved beyond this tribal instinct of categorisation when voting the Prime Minister.

There is a public duty for all eligible voters to be able to see through this and to choose only the capable, charismatic, confident, and upholds the rules of law, principle of justice, and common underlying values which enshrined through the unity of all the members of society.

I would urge the discussion on the qualification of Prime Minister move beyond race and religion and focus on the quality of a Prime Minister should possess.

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Why race and religion? Why not end of APARTHEID. Tuesday, 12 June 2012 from @AgreeToDisagree

Not-a-Turbanless-Sikh has been quoted saying, “As long as I live, I will continue to fight for the END OF APARTHEID”. The Malaysian Federal Constitution under Article (?) SPecial Privileges

Suhakam, Suaram and so many Human Rights oriented NGOs, have written commentary upon commentary or filed lawsuit upon lawsuit without regards to the statement made by so many unlearned historians of the Reid Commissions recommendatin that Special Privileges were to end after 15 years from 1969. Neither review nor action by so many term limitless politicians to address this has occured even after 4 times the allotted period has passed. And APARTHEID continues unabated in Malaysia.

Needless to say, while the supreme law of the land in Malaysia is Federal Constitution, the law DOES SET down any qualification on the period of SPECIAL PRIVILEGES (or Bumiputra Apartheid) in the REID COMMISSION which states a recommended 15 year limit on  SPECIAL PRIVILEGES. The convention of a Malaysian Prime Minister being a Malay and Muslim male is discriminative and disenfranchising though not an absolute necessity excepting the sense of insecurity of the lower classes and less educated.

This is fostered by racist and self serving factions in political parties using Bumiputra Apartheid to enrich themselves and not even the poor Malays!  However, as so many so called ‘political realists’, are unable to apply strict legal positivism and activism, so many non Malay Malaysians, have capitulated to the view that APARTHEID can be ignored.

Legally and by all agreements with the UN Charter as signed by Malaysia, anyone could be the Prime Minister of Malaysia as long as he is Malaysian and commands the confidence of majority of the members of the Parliament. Politically speaking, only a Malay could be the Prime Minister is simply APARTHEID. The system however does not allow a one-man, one-vote opportunity for the citizens to select who is to be Prime Minister and is sadly limited to ‘Representative Democracy’ where only 222 MPs can choose rather than ALL citizens, something almost no MPs wishes to broach or implement, being generally power mad and wishing to sequester those wide sweeping powers (which should be reduced) that the PM has. As of now under BN the PM holds several cabinet MInisters’ posts, which is untenable and causes conflict of interest no end with not a single MP addressing this fact. By the above issues (perhaps also the refusal to lower election deposits so that not only the rich can participate), BN and PR are the hegelian dialectic colluding against the citizentry that a 3rd Force is needed to displace by.

The hard truth that Malaysians must accept is, either we are UNHCR compliant or not (in which case Malaysia is no longer a signatory of the UNHCR). Malaysia consists of approximately 22 million population, of which more than 60% of the population is of Malay-Muslim race. The human primordial instinct in addition to the general lack of advanced, critical liberation of thoughts, owed to the aggravated factors post-Human Rights Council membership period, would never allow Malaysia to allow continuance of APARTHEID.

We, as Malaysians have been strongly poisoned by the effect of racial and religious segregation in the public society by MPs who contravene the Human Rights Charter Article 1. The main issue should be – what compliance of Malaysian Laws and Malaysian Constitution, if APARTHEID is to end to be able to gain the confidence of majority of the WORLD’s non-apartheid states?

In view of all the issues of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc (factors to be discriminated upon an inborn cause), we, as a part of society, should have moved beyond this tribal instinct of categorisation when accepting Laws and Constitution, especially more so for our MPs.

There is a public duty for all incumbent MPs to be able to see past this and to choose and allow only the Human Rights Charter compliant Laws and Constitution (amending the all outdated and apartheid laws and articles of constitution), and upholds the rules of EQUALITY, principle of justice, and common underlying values which enshrined through the unity of all the NATIONS OF THE WOLRD.

I would urge the discussion on the continuation of APARTHEID LAWS and APARTHEID ASPECTS OF CONSTITUTION, move beyond race and religion and focus on the needs basis of citizens who are poor and impoversihed to have special privileges rather than on the basis of race and religion. Who the PM is does not matter, that APARTHEID continues means Malaysia is a FAILED STATE where Human Rights are concerned. The articler above this one, focuses on the lameness of cults of personality, a REAL STATESMAN ONLY focuses on the ISSUE. And *THE  ISSUE* is APARTHEID.

ARTICLE 3

Courts, not minister, should decide Penang local government elections, says MP – by Clara Chooi – June 13, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Penang today disagreed with Putrajaya’s claim that a recent state-passed enactment to restore local government elections was invalid, saying that only the courts could decide such a matter.

State executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow told the housing and local government minister to respect Penang’s jurisdiction in the matter, adding that the latter should be helping the state restore local elections instead of the contrary.

“I wish to remind the minister that, it is for the court — and not for him — to decide whether the Penang Local Government Elections Enactment is constitutional and valid.

“He has acted wildly beyond his jurisdiction and once again shows just how little respect the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government has for the wishes of the people,” Chow said in a statement here.

Chor had told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday that the enactment, passed by the Penang legislative assembly last month, contravenes Section 15 of the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171), which states that local government elections “shall cease to have force or effect”.

But Chow refuted this, insisting that in the first place, Section 15 of the Act was ultra vires the Federal Constitution.

Articles 113 and 114 of the Federal Constitution states that the Election Commission (EC) is responsible for conducting elections.

As such, said Chow, the Constitutional provisions should still apply.

“Further to that, the Penang government, through a Gazette notification, had exempted all the local authorities within Penang from applying Section 15 of the Local Government Act.

“This would result in Section 15 not being applicable in Penang and is the first step towards seeking a court declaration to compel the EC to conduct local government elections,” he said.

But Chow also noted that in a letter to the Penang government dated March 23, 2010, the EC had rejected the state’s request to restore local government elections.

“The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Penang government through various attempts had written to the ministry as well as the EC to restore and conduct local elections; however, both the ministry and EC ignored Penang’s request,” he complained.

Chow added that the state had even written to the National Council for Local Government (NCLG) in July 2009, requesting that the topic of local government elections be brought up but this was rejected.

Faced with these hindrances, the Tanjong MP said the state assembly went ahead to pass the Local Government Elections Enactment (Penang Island and Province Wellesley) 2012 on May 9 this year.

He insisted that Chor, as minister, and the Attorney-General could not arbitrarily decide that the enactment was invalid.

“They have no jurisdiction over the matter. It is up to the court to decide whether the Enactment is constitutional, and Penang is ready to defend the right of her citizens in an independent court of law.

“If Penang’s citizens want free and fair elections to decide who represents their interest in local government, the federal government, much less Chor, have no business in forcing upon us an unreasonable decision that cannot be justified any longer,” he said

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. . . and Penang is ready to defend the right of her citizens in an independent court of law. . . .

Once again, ad nauseum. Do a properly conducted unofficial unrecognized election in an official manner, THEN APPOINT the councillors the people chose in this EC unrecognized election. Stop writing to the Federal government run EC, while knowing there is no way there will be any amendment or cooperation, then using that refusal as an excuse to refuser the Rakyat Local Council Elections (in fact the CM’s and MB’s post, also Mayors in other towns, should be also on a one-man-one-vote basis like the USA President’s Election, not because Lim Guan Eng’s father seats Lim Guan Eng as CM in a blatant display of undemocratic NEPOTISM . . . ).

No need to involve the Federal government or write to the EC. There is enough power to APPOINT after conducting informal elections. Also instead of wasting tax monies on bribes to old folk then mothers (both groups should be offended by the offer) offer amendment of laws, waiver fines, lower utility bills or challenge nepotism politics. We want democracy, not bribery and pretentions!

Same old broken record of lame excuses. Read my older comments, PR idiots.

See response to Article 9 on link below on how the DAP can already informally hold Local Council Elections and apply the power they have instead if hiding behind technicalities :

ARTICLE 9 : Hanif pledges to be impartial as Bersih 3.0 panel chief – By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – May 11, 2012

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/9-articles-on-malaysian-politics-spying-neurotech-or-occultism-a-potential-3rd-forcer-mp-candidate-more-ngo-flounder-a-potential-neurotech-cover-up-best-practices-while-being-racist-does-not-a/

BTW 1 term as CM already up. We look forward to our NEW CM voted via a one-man-one-vote system that will prohibit nepotism and enhance democracy.

ARTICLE 4

SECRET IS OUT: Najib has no evidence at all Bersih 3.0 was a Pakatan plot – Kit Siang – by  Lim Kit Siang – Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:24

Question No. 4 during Question Time in Parliament today was the star attraction of the day as I had asked the Prime Minister to substantiate his allegation more than a month ago that Bersih 3.0 rally was a coup attempt by the Opposition to overthrow the government.

MPs from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat were expecting some “shocking” revelations to substantiate the very serious allegation by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Gua Musang on 4th May and which had the immediate support of three former Inspectors-General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, Tan Sri Rahim Noor and Tan Sri Musa Hassan that the Bersih 3.0 rally was a coup d’etat attempt by Pakatan Rakyat to overthrow the Najib government  on April 28 itself!

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who replied on behalf of Najib, was however a total disappointment as he could not give even an iota of evidence to substantiate Najib’s allegation and went completely off tangent into a tirade against Bersih 3.0 and Pakatan Rakyat.

Nazri is entitled to his jaundiced views about Bersih 3.0 and Pakatan Rakyat but they do not constitute evidence that the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 was a coup attempt by Pakatan Rakyat to topple the Barisan Nasional government by force on April 28.

As I countered Nazri during my supplementary question, is the Najib government so weak that “salt and water bottles” (which was  all that some of the peaceful Bersih 3.0 protestors were armed that day to defend themselves against any police tear gas and chemically-laced water cannons) could even topple it?

Nazri was deadly serious in his reply, saying “Don’t underrate salt and water bottles” saying that in Tunisia, the government was  toppled by handphones when it did not have the support of the people.

No evidence at all!

The secret is now out – the Prime Minister and the three former IGPs have absolutely no evidence whatsoever to back the wild and reckless allegation that Bersih 3.0 rally was a coup attempt to topple the government by force, but the Najib government is mortally afraid of “salt and water bottles” because they can topple governments which have lost support of the people.

The challenge to Najib is to find out why despite all the big talk of transformations in various aspects of national life in the past three years, he is losing rather than gaining popular support.

As I repeated in Parliament this morning, the government’s misjudgment and mishandling of Bersih 3.0 and continuing demonization of Bersih 3.0 organisers and Pakatan Rakyat is an even  bigger public relations disaster than the government’s initial misjudgment and mishandling of Bersih 2.0 rally of July 9, 2011.

For a start, Najib and three former IGPs Hanif, Rahim and Musa should have the decency to publicly apologise for the  baseless allegation that Bersih 3.0 was a coup attempt by Opposition to topple the government by force.

Secondly, the government should dissolve the Hanif “independent advisory panel” inquiring into Bersih 3.0 violence and brutality, unless the panel’s has a secret agenda and term of reference  – to come out  with a finding that Bersih 3.0 rally was a coup attempt by the Opposition to topple the government by force.

Instead, the government should give full support to the Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0 to find out what went wrong on April 28 to result in the violence and brutality which marred a peaceful and momentous  gathering of hundreds of thousands of Malaysians regardless of race, religion, class, region, age or gender in support of a common national cause – a clean election!

Lim Kit Siang is the DAP adviser and MP for Ipoh Timur

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Hegelian eclectic puppet. Asking for apologies AGAIN instead of amending laws. Apologies have no effect on the way the country is run. Voters do you know what this nepotistic and term limitless MP has caused the nation under guise of ‘leadership’? In asking for apologies which people may never give even under extreme torture in some cases, means nothing in policy or law and a wastee of taxpayer monies by demanding apologies on your cash time. Another self aggrandizement oriented media circus, courtesy of nepotistic family bloc DAP.

ARTICLE 5

Shahrir: It’s the candidate that counts in winning an election – Monday, 11 June 2012 Super Admin

(The Star) – It is not the symbol but the candidate that counts in winning an election, says Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

The Johor Baru MP, who once contested and won on an Independent ticket, said he chose the “three keys” symbol during a by-election for the seat.

“The reason was because almost everybody had keys. It was something anyone could relate to,” he said, when interviewed by The Star.

Shahrir added that his “keys” were red against a bright yellow background.

“The colours were outstanding as none of the other parties competing at that time had used the bright combination,” he said.

He added, however, that the symbol was not the key to his success in that 1988 by-election.

Shahrir said he promoted his symbol through stickers and pamphlets as well as when going door-to-door.

“I then left it to the voters to decide who would be most suitable to represent them.”

Shahrir, who won the Johor Baru seat as a Barisan Nasional candidate in 1978, said his success as an Independent was purely due to his bond with the people in the constituency.

He was sacked from Umno in the events leading to the Malaysian constitutional crisis and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s challenge to then prime minister and party president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He then resigned from the seat and ran for re-election in the resulting by-election as an Independent. A year later, he returned to Umno.

Shahrir, who was Federal Territory minister before his sacking, said many politicians and political parties would blame “the whole world” if the electorate rejected them.

He said these disgruntled people would also blame the police and the Election Commission for their failure.

“They should never belittle voters. I believe that if you work hard and build a heart-to-heart connection with the people, there is no reason why you should not win,” said Shahrir, who was also once a Welfare, Youth and Sports minister and a deputy Trade and Industry minister.

He added: “No matter how many posters you put up, or how attractive your symbol may be, the people will vote for the person who they believe has the essence of leadership.”

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Does Samad believe in EQUALITY and ENDING APARTHEID? Only candidates that believe in in EQUALITY and ENDING APARTHEID count in an election.

ARTICLE 6

WHERE ARE THE POLICE WHEN U NEED THEM: Bersih’s Chin Huat attacked by bikers – Saturday, 09 June 2012 16:35

KUALA LUMPUR- Bersih steering committee member Wong Chin Huat accused police today of focusing on quashing protests instead of crime after he was left with a bloodied face from being mugged by a group of bikers this morning.

The Monash University lecturer wrote on social media platform Facebook that he was jogging near his home in Section 18, Petaling Jaya at 7.40am when he was surrounded by a group of as least five young men who attacked him when he tried to flee.

“I had been a victim of police violence. Today I become a victim of police failure in deterring crime. No, it was not politically motivated. They were only after money.

“But rising crime rate is political. Was told another man was robbed recently in that neighbourhood. Where are the police when we are not demonstrating?” he wrote, referring to clashes between police and supporters of Bersih’s April 28 rally for free and fair elections.

Wong has just been discharged from Universiti Malaya Medical Centre after an X-ray.

Police turned on the people at Bersih 3.0

Bersih’s planned sit-in at Dataran Merdeka had descended into chaos after some protestors tried to enter the historic square which the court had barred to the public and the past month has seen authorities and those backing the rally blaming each other for the violence that resulted.

Several dozen members of the public have come forward with allegations of police brutality while the police and Home Ministry insist they have evidence that some who attended the rally wanted bloodshed and even death.

The government has set up a panel to investigate the April 28 violence, but the choice of former police chief Tun Hanif Omar has been widely criticised after he compared the movement to communism and accused the organisers of an attempted coup.

The April 28 rally that saw tens of thousands gather at six different locations before heading to Dataran Merdeka was peaceful until about 2.30pm when Bersih leader Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan asked the crowd to disperse.

But her announcement was not heard by most of the crowd who persisted to linger around the historic square which the court had already barred to the public over the weekend.

Just before 3pm, some protestors breached the barricade surrounding the landmark, leading police to disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannons.

Police then continued to pursue rally-goers down several streets amid chaotic scenes which saw violence from both sides over the next four hours.

Several dozen demonstrators have claimed that they were assaulted by groups of over 10 policemen at a time and visual evidence appears to back their claim but police also point to violence from rally-goers who also attacked a police car.

The police car then crashed into a building before some protestors flipped it on its side.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali have been accused of ordering the breach and are currently awaiting trial under the Peaceful Assembly Act for participating in an illegal street assembly.

–The Malaysian Insider

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Wong Chin Huat accused police today of focusing on quashing protests instead of crime AFTER he was left with a bloodied face from being mugged by a group of bikers this morning.

After?!? The 2 events are completely unrelated. What kind of reporting is this? – DISLIKE

. . . was jogging near his home in Section 18, Petaling Jaya at 7.40am when he was surrounded by a group of as least five young men who attacked him when he tried to flee. “I had been a victim of police violence.

AHEM? Those were bikers right? How did they turn into police?  – DISLIKE MORE

Today I become a victim of police failure in deterring crime.

Only this this line makes sense. LIKE

No, it was not politically motivated. They were only after money.

THEN WHY MENTION THE POLICE AT ALL??? DISLIKE

“But rising crime rate is political. Was told another man was robbed recently in that neighbourhood.”

But rising crime rate is political. Eh? Rising crime rate is ECONOMIC. Are you sure this is a Monash grad? The moron can’t even think straight. DISLIKE

Was told another man was robbed recently in that neighbourhood. Rating 0

Robbery is due to poverty, upbringing or religious teaching, not politics. In any case, only those who are brimming with wealth (or are by nature so greedy) should be concerned. How many homes does ‘Monash Chin’ have? Run for election, not talk rubbish here. Chin looks abit like Chua Soi Lek btw.

ARTICLE 7

DAP Fears Resisting PAS On State Enactment In Kedah – Chew Lee Giok – Saturday, 09 June 2012 00:08

The Bar Council’s view that the insertion of Section 22A to the Mufti and Fatwa (Kedah Darul Aman) Enactment 2008 which was passed by the Kedah state legislative assembly on 17 April 2012 is unconstitutional must be supported. DAP’s failure to comment on the matter indicates the Rocket is avoiding the issue, hoping that it will gradually fade away.

While the Bar Council’s response to this change in the state Enactment maybe somewhat delayed, but at least, it reflects the ground’s objection against this unconstitutional regulation and is anytime better than the muted response by Rocket leaders who dare not utter a sound. This shows DAP does not attach importance to the Federal Constitution, and dares not resist or question any moves by PAS.

The Rocket always claims to fight for the rights of the people, but does not do so. When it comes to non-Muslim rights, the people wonder if Kedah DAP state representatives had consented to the adoption of the Mufti and Fatwa (Kedah Darul Aman) Enactment 2008 and are sad that the only response DAP gave was that it was too late for them to oppose.

The insertion to this Enactment provides that a fatwa decided by a mufti or a fatwa committee, “whether gazetted or not, cannot be challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questions” in any civil or Syariah court despite any written law or rule to the contrary, is unfair against everybody.

Not living up to sworn oath

Kedah state assemblymen had sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution as it is the supreme law in Malaysia. This amendment cannot be considered a legislation for Kedah because it violates the oath. However, the Pakatan state legislators allowed this Clause to be inserted – contrary to the trust and support that the electorates placed in them.

Court jurisdiction & Separation of powers ousted

The amendment is unconstitutional as it removes the jurisdiction of the Courts. Article 121 of the Federal Constitution does not empower any state legislative assembly the legislative power to enact laws that exclude the jurisdiction of the Courts.

I also support the Bar Council’s stand on the separation of powers in a democratic framework which is theraison d’être to establish a system of checks and balances between the three branches of Government i.e. the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary which each has its own role to avoid power abuse.

The ruling by the state legislature by Pakatan partners and religion-based regulations in Kedah have erroneously taken on a supreme authority and violates the doctrine of separation of powers which should be applied to all laws, Parliament Acts of state Enactments.

DAP leaders are not brave to disagree with PAS nor fight for the rights of all Malaysians. Such non-actions rendering everyone to be subjected to PAS is not conducive.

CHEW LEE GIOK is Wanita MCA Secretary General

(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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This is not the only thing DAP has bee pretending will go away. The 90% of unkept campaign promises are a reminder of why DAP only won 1 term in Penang in the 1990s.

ARTICLE 8

Education the most divisive issue in Malaysia, says Anwar – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – June 09, 2012

PETALING JAYA, June 9 — Unequal access to education is causing division among the different races in the country, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today, stressing the need for his Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) free higher education policy to be implemented.

“Education is the most divisive, contentious issue in the country.

“I think once and for all everyone should be offered free education, allowance, boarding… then it will no longer a racial issue, or a question of (whether) Chinese and Indians get access as everyone will get access,” he told about 1,000 who attended an economic dialogue.

Anwar (picture) said this could be achieved by abolishing the need for repayment of National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loans to students.

“It’s not a populist policy to abolish PTPTN, we have the means.

“RM6 billion per year (is what we need). (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) said RM43 billion. I dispute that figure RM30 billion is what we need (to finance PTPTN repayment for students),” he said.

“The issue is not free education, it is democratisation of access to quality education.

“It is a question of policies and programmes that benefit the people. If we can understand this we won’t be lulled into complacency or incessant propaganda by mainstream media,” Anwar added.

Through careful and prudent spending of the country’s annual budget, Anwar claimed PR would be able to save RM37 billion a year.

RM24 billion from that amount, he said could be used to aid the needy.

The clash between PR and the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) over the PTPTN loan scheme climaxed this week when loans to new students at Selangor-owned universities were frozen.

But the loans to Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and Selangor Islamic University College (Kuis) were restored on Friday following widespread condemnation from lawmakers on both sides of the divide and student activists.

But Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin insisted today Unisel’s appeal for PTPTN loans to be restored showed that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) could not deliver its promise of free education.

This was despite the PR-governed state announcing it would sell land owned by the university to raise RM30 million to help finance those being denied access to the student loans.

But Anwar said the move to freeze loans to universities owned by the state government his PKR controls was “a big mistake which angered people.”

“How can you threaten people like that? It was done out of sheer arrogance, and reversed because of (public) outrage.”

The federal government’s reversal yesterday was done after it drew fierce criticism from PR politicians who were joined by some Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders fearing a political backlash.

It came just days after the freeze was first announced and a day after Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin defended as a “fair test” the move which was clearly aimed at laying bare PR’s campaign for free university education.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah also criticised the move early yesterday after Selangor had announced it would help those who could not access PTPTN loans.

PTPTN had confirmed earlier yesterday newly enrolled students at the Selangor Islamic University College (Kuis) were to join those in Unisel in being denied student loans.

But Saifuddin wrote on Twitter that “the Kuis rector has met me and I have informed the minister of his appeal that PTPTN loans not be frozen for his students. Kuis’ official letter will be sent shortly.”

The Temerloh MP also told The Malaysian Insider that he was awaiting a reply from Khaled after “informing him the freeze is being widely and strongly objected and seeks his good office to rescind it.”

The uproar over the freeze also led to BN Youth leaders voicing their disagreement, pointing out that the “test” was unnecessary as “it is clear Selangor cannot give free education.”

But these protests from members of the ruling coalition came after Selangor decided to raise RM30 million by selling land owned by Unisel to provide financial assistance to students who have been denied the loans.

An Umno leader told The Malaysian Insider that if Selangor were to succeed in funding the affected students, “it would mean they have passed the test” set by Muhyiddin.

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NO . . . writer for Mr.NEPOTISTIC LIAR closet bisexual. **APARTHEID** and extreme religion is the most divisive issue. PTPTN can close down for all the rest of the country’s citizens care, but to allow extreme religion, nepotism, oligarchy and apartheid to continue means PR is no better than BN.

Strike 2. If Anwar attempts to hide apartheid again by sweeping apartheid issues via ‘education demogoguery’ Anwar might as well not run for election . . . undemocratic spinner chameleon. Apartheid will end, or Malaysia can quit the Human Rights Council and remove Malaysia’s name from the UNHCR list of signatories to properly signal Malaysia’s 3rd world status and damn all politicians who allowed 3rd World APARTHEID to persist. I am sure there are conscientious Malays or good Muslims who will ensure equality for non-Muslims in Malaysia, Anwar being a pretentious freak here, does not deserve a single vote along with DAP’s dhimmis or PAS’s undemocratic huded lovers.

ARTICLE 9

Anwar says will reveal bank accounts if Muhyiddin does the same – Sunday, 10 June 2012 Super Admin

(The Malaysian Insider) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said he is prepared to open all the accounts he owns only if Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin does likewise.

“If there’s a case he should have charged me. This shows how desperate Muhyiddin is.

“I challenge him open up every single case. I will open up every single account and Muhyiddin must do likewise,” he told reporters here.

“I challenge Muhyiddin to be investigated, I am prepared to submit everything,” said the PKR de facto leader.

The deputy prime minister had demanded Anwar clarify an allegation by ex-Bank Negara Assistant Governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid that the opposition leader owns 20 master accounts worth RM3 billion.

Muhyiddin said the allegation was not a small matter, and the former deputy prime minister must be responsible in promptly explaining the matter to the people.

“The figure (RM3 billion) mentioned is big. So, it is the duty of the opposition leader to clarify it. It is true or not. If not true, answer…the people want to know…the NGOs which are making the demands for an explanation also represent a large number of people.

“If untrue, Anwar must take action against the parties making the allegation, including the ex-Bank Negara Assistant Governor,” he told reporters after launching a State-level ‘Love Gardeners’ Programme at Dataran Sarang Buaya, here, today.

Muhyiddin who is also education minister, said Anwar’s authority and integrity would be affected if he did not clarify the allegation.

Last Tuesday, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali was reported to have raised the status of the investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Abdul Murad’s allegation made almost 13 years ago.

Ibrahim said that the exposure by the Bank Negara Assistant Governor, among others, alleged that Anwar (picture) controlled 20 master accounts involving assets, shares and money worth RM3 billion, which were obtained when he was Finance Minister towards the end of the 1990s.

Newspapers today reported that several NGOs also urged MACC to speed up investigations in the claim as the matter was of public interest.

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Shut up the both of these overgrown parasistes of the Rakyat. The Rakyat demands that BOTH creeps reveal cash and property assets in 1 week or no votes. In fact ALL MPs who do not reveal assets should no longer be voted. Anwar to Muhyiddin: ‘If you show me your bank accounts, I’ll show you mine . . . ‘ – ALL MPS will show ALL assets to the voters or else NO VOTES!!! Anwar could simply declare assets THEN have one up against Muhyiddin, instead Anwar engages in the nonsense that insults the voters on taxpayer funded Dewan time! We didn’t vote MPs to hear them play homosexual innuendo off the MP’s lack of accountability!

ARTICLE 10

SUNDAY INTERVIEW: ‘I have a vision for developing Penang’ – Sunday, 10 June 2012 Super Admin

MAN ON A MISSION: Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow has been given the task of leading the Barisan Nasional charge to penetrate fortress DAP in Penang. The mission may be tough, many think it may be impossible. But Teng tells Sharanjit Singh how Penang under Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is being administered aimlessly

Question:  How tough is it for Barisan Nasional to win back the hearts and minds of the people of Penang?

Answer:  Public perception of BN has not changed much since we lost the state in 2008.

However, I believe we will be able to convince the people that we are a better team. We will put up a good, sincere plan and make a concerted effort to explain in detail what we have in store for Penang.

Question: The thing is, people have a perception that everything that has gone wrong for Penang was caused by the previous state government. How are you tackling this?

Answer: That is the kind of accusation and perception that Pakatan Rakyat leaders have created in the minds of the people.

However, you have to realise that the leaders of the past are no longer in our new team. It is a new ball game now and we have a new approach.

We have a committed team that is looking into Penang development from a whole new perspective compared with the previous leadership. The previous leadership has laid the foundation and we will build on it.

Question: Whatever you say, people are still talking about how previous chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon messed up. What is your take on this?

Answer: People were angry with Koh’s leadership style. It was not about his development vision and projects for the state. The record of the number of projects that he brought in is there for everyone to see.

It is not my intention to protect him by saying this but I have to state the facts. Yes, people are critical and disappointed with his leadership style, but he built the foundation for Penang. He was the one who came up with the concept of low- and middle-cost housing, which was then something new for the whole country as well. Developers were not willing to build RM25,000 homes but he overcame that.

He was also responsible for connecting the whole of Penang to a central sewage treatment plant. This has created a cleaner discharge into the sea.

Koh was also responsible for the two national parks that we have in land-scarce Penang.

Question: People are angry with Koh’s leadership style as he was seen as too accommodative. How is your leadership going to be different?

Answer: In a leadership situation, you can be accommodative and you must be accommodative. Otherwise you will be accused of being too authoritarian.

However, one cannot be seen as too accommodative to the extent that one is seen as giving in to every demand. My style is that I am willing to listen but I will put my foot down when I have to.

I am prepared to listen and alter my decision but once it’s made, we have to implement it and get things moving.

Question: Immediately after your appointment as the state BN chief, DAP jumped and accused you of being an Umno stooge. What do you have to say about that?

Answer: It is the DAP game. They do it to weaken the image and standing of a particular leader, especially those from Gerakan and MCA, in the eyes of the Chinese.

Lim Guan Eng was heaping praises on Chong Eu (the late former Penang chief minister Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu) after becoming the chief minister. His father (Lim Kit Siang) on the other hand condemned Chong Eu to kingdom come when he contested in the 1990 general election.

Now is the son slapping the father or did Kit Siang make a grave mistake by doing a disfavour to Chong Eu back in 1990? Let us not forget this part of history.

Of course, there is no shortage of the negative things they said about Koh Tsu Koon. So, whoever is appointed to this position in their eyes, is a stooge of Umno.

Question: Lim Guan Eng continues to play the blame game. The latest is on the issue of hillslope development, where he has washed his hands and said it was all approved by the previous state government. You are the former state executive councillor for environmental protection. Is this true?

Answer: The state government should declassify all the files and minutes of exco meetings to see what decisions were taken and the basis of us making the decisions.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think we approved those projects in question at that point in time. The best thing for him to do is declassify the files and show people what we had approved and what has been approved after 2008.

The thing is, they are in power now and they can do something about it. Remember how the approvals for four high-rise projects in the heritage zone were revoked? Why is the state government not doing the same thing for hillside projects?

Question: Lim has accused the BN of being the darling of developers.

Answer: Yes, he said developers found it easier to work with us than him.

Why don’t you ask any developer in town who they prefer to work with? The answer is they prefer to work with the DAP government now because he (Lim Guan Eng) has allowed the increase in density anywhere in Penang.

In our case, we never allowed that and developers were unhappy with us. The best example is how the Low Yatt group packed their bags and left Penang. Now they are coming back and so are many other developers from Kuala Lumpur.

So, what is the basis of his claim? It has never been easier for developers in Penang. We were blamed by developers of taking too long to approve a plan.

It took three or four years during our time but today plans are approved much faster. It would be crazy for developers to prefer us over the present government.

Question: The state government is citing the increase in stop work orders to show how tough it has become for developers.Answer: What is the use of a stop work order issued today and lifted tomorrow? Have we seen any developer blacklisted or charged in court? The Gurney Paragon developer was slapped with a stop work order, but for how long? The project has been completed well within schedule.

Question: There seems to be confusion on your announcement on the free port status for Penang. Is it for the whole island or is it a plan to have a duty free area on the mainland?

Answer: It is the whole island. The duty free area on 3,000 acres of land by Penang Port Sdn Bhd on the mainland will complement the duty free status of the island.

We need both or we will be accused of having one state with two systems — a free port on the island and nothing on the mainland. What is there for them (the state government) to jump on?

They are just trying to confuse the people by saying that the free port proposal is no more and that I have compromised it for a duty free area on the mainland.

Question: You have a tough task ahead to fight Pakatan in Penang. How do you plan to do it?

Answer: It is a battle that we need to fight with competence, good strategy and a detailed war plan.

No one will go into battle without thinking of winning. Any general who has led a war will have this in mind.

I am leading a team of BN candidates into battle hoping to win. I don’t want to rate the chances but we must have a positive mindset.

When the DAP was badly beaten in the 1995, 1999 and 2004 general elections, Lim Kit Siang still had the fighting spirit. We may disagree with his style but he had the fighting spirit.

Question: Penang DAP leaders are saying that you are all thunder but no rain. How do you respond to that?

Answer: I thank them for paying so much attention to what I want to do but it is about time they start working on their own plans.

It shows how concerned they have become with what I want to do for Penang that they are having almost daily press conferences attacking me.

All I have done so far is to reveal plans that are implementable and they are already sweating.

Question: Are you saying they are rattled?

Answer: I don’t know but obviously they have not come up with anything after four years.

The direction of the state is actually aimless. They don’t have any policy or blueprint for Penang.

Lim shelved their own blueprint and adopted what Pemandu (Performance Management and Delivery Unit) planned for Penang.

How can you say you have a vision but allow others to spearhead their plans?

If we are the ones in this position we will tell Pemandu, “You have to adjust or modify your ideas for Penang to suit our plans. It is not we who will suit your plan. We are the ones who call the shots here not you Pemandu”.

On other fronts, we are also seeing a decline in sports. We have not seen the state team performing well in Sukma. What has gone wrong?

Everything is politicised and you just don’t see any social development programmes being undertaken by the current administration. – (NST)

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Equality and end of apartheid first. Otherwise MCA will get no votes.

ARTICLE 11

Cash-rich Genting hungry for new gaming markets – June 08, 2012

A man walks past a Genting signboard at Genting Highlands July 27, 2009. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — Genting Berhad sits on more cash than any other gaming operator in the world, yet it is raising additional billions on the debt market, fuelling speculation that its stake purchase in Australia’s Echo Entertainment is just the beginning of an acquisition spree.

Genting, competing with Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts to dominate the Asian casino market, may target assets in Japan, South Korea and Mongolia, analysts said.

Of those markets, Japan may be the most attractive, according to Michael Paladino, a New York-based gaming analyst at Fitch Ratings.

“It could have the potential to be a larger scale (development) because of the size of the economy and the fact that it is a destination in itself, more so than other markets,” Paladino said.

With limited growth at home and a lagging share price, Asia’s second-largest gaming group by market capitalisation is looking to expand its global footprint.

The company, best known for its Genting Highlands casino complex and Singapore’s Resorts World at Sentosa, has invested in the Philippines and Vietnam after missing out on a concession in Macau more than a decade ago.

Genting Berhad is the investment holding company of the Genting Group, which comprises listed companies such as Genting Singapore, Genting Plantations and Genting Malaysia.

Genting Singapore said today it had acquired a small stake in Echo, sparking talk of a takeover of the US$3 billion (RM9 billion) Australia casino firm.

Genting Berhad was sitting on RM17.4 billion in cash and equivalents as of the end of March, so it could conceivably pay for a deal of that size without borrowing.

Last month, Genting said it got approval to raise US$636 million through a 20-year bond programme, after Genting Singapore raised a total of S$2.3 billion through perpetual securities in March and April.

Still, the company’s debt financing is more manageable compared to its peers. Genting Berhad’s debt-to-equity ratio was 0.57 versus 1.12 for Las Vegas Sands and 2.27 for MGM Resorts, according to Thomson Reuters data.

“It is in Genting’s interest to speed up the acquisition process,” said Loke Wei Wern, an analyst with CIMB Research. “They are paying out interest on their loans and that’s quite a lot of money.”

Although Genting’s casino properties in Malaysia and Singapore are highly profitable, growth is limited compared with the booming global gaming industry, putting the company under pressure to seek out more promising options.

Genting’s shares have fallen about 13 per cent so far this year, compared with a 0.6 per cent gain in the Thomson Reuters Asia Pacific Casinos & Gaming Index.

In Singapore, the government restricts casinos from marketing to locals, and junket operators are not allowed to provide credit to VIP players, which limits their appeal with high rollers.

“With (Sentosa) getting close to the end of its development phase, it’s the right time for the group to start looking at what could be coming up in future,” said Grace Ho, a fund manager at Lion Global Investors who covers Asian equities. — Reuters

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Penny ante gaming from neighbourhood 4D outlets with private licences. No more of this mega casino in an inaccessible location with ‘highly trained’ croupier b.s. with ‘memory training’ advantage. Some of us are here to enjoy the atmosphere, not waste mega bucks a few times a year against extreme opponents, while trying to win a free meal or at most the month’s rent.

Ridiculous and unrealistic outlet paradigm. Of course again, no Muslims allowed for localized outlets, and this will be on a salary or asset based limit of 30% monthly salary limit or yearly asset 10% limit (i.e. salaried may lose up to 30% of salary monthly before beung barred entry, salaried may lose up to 10% of asset yearly before beung barred entry). This way people get to gamble reasonably and the casino does not end up bankrupting people, and licences are distributed to many people in easily accessible outlets.

ARTICLE 12

DAP men get council posts – Friday, 08 June 2012 Super Admin

(The Star) – Three of the five DAP leaders who were in the dark since March over their nomination to local council seats have received letters confirming their appointments.

Klang Parliamentary Liaison Committee chairman Ivan Ho has been dropped while two-term Sepang councillor Titus Gladwyn Gomez said he was still waiting for the letter.

K. Yogasigamany, who had served as a councillor in Shah Alam last year, has been appointed to the Selayang council this time.

“I received a call on Tuesday from the Selayang council asking me to collect the letter and to submit my particulars,” he said.

Their appointment comes after state DAP chairman Teresa Kok ticked off fellow state executive councillor Ronnie Liu in March for amending the list of nominees without the knowledge of the state DAP.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang chaired an emergency meeting on March 7 and ordered the list submitted by the state DAP to be followed and despatched a letter to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

It is believed that Liu had removed six names as they were aligned to Selangor state legislative assembly speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim. One of them, Tan Tuan Tatt later withdrew.

Another councillor, Chandran Subramaniam 52, also received his appointment letter and took his oath of office in Hulu Selangor yesterday.

He said he was informed of his reappointment when the councillors’ list was released in February but only received the letter on Tuesday.

Chandran had earlier claimed that two state DAP leaders had conspired to drop his name from the list of council nominees.

First-time councillor Nadasan Subramaniam said he had received a call confirming that he had been appointed to the Kuala Langat Council and would be sworn in on June 27.

Meanwhile Khalid, when contacted, confirmed that vacancies for 25 councillors were approved three weeks ago.

“The various councils are taking steps to fill them,” he said.

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Much like the one for one vote of USA’s president, these posts belong to to NEUTRAL members of the public, and NOT partisan and corrupt members, nepotists, of any political party. These posts should be voted for by the local constituency’s residents and should be subject to limited terms. Also only appropriate members of the public with appropriate experience in planning, at most retired bureaucrats from appropriate departments who are also not to be members of any political party.

ARTICLE 13

Why PTPTN cannot be abolished – Friday, 08 June 2012 Super Admin

(The Star) – The Government cannot afford to abolish the National Higher Education Corporation Fund (PTPTN) as doing so now will result in RM43bil uncollected loans.

This money, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, could be used for many important causes to help the rakyat.

“Within education itself, the setting up of technical universities offering free education requires significant resources.

“Also bear in mind that a good degree is a stepping stone to higher earnings, and that the taxes of some of the lower income households in our society contribute to that stepping stone,” he said in his latest posting on PTPTN in his 1malaysia.com.my website.

Najib admitted that PTPTN, which was first introduced 15 years ago, had not been without criticism.

“There have been calls to replace the system with free tertiary education for all as a measure of lessening the repayment burden on students.

“We have weighed the pros and cons of this. While abolishment does offer an instant respite to students still repaying their loans under PTPTN, there are other factors to consider,” he added.

As of now, he said, between 85% and 95% of tuition costs were already being subsidised by the Government, and student living expenses were factored into the PTPTN loans.

Furthermore, he said, the very principle of 100% subsidy of college and university fees was one that few countries had followed.

However, he said, the Government recognised that debt was an issue of concern to Malaysians, especially fresh graduates and that was why they were only required to start paying their loans after they found full employment.

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Yes the government can. Hand the record of bad debt over to the police or local magistrates for each district to handle, and let the PTPTN close down and stop draining tax payer funds on top of losses in loans.

ARTICLE 14

Is Ikatan a platform for Ku Li? – RJ Rajah, FMT – Friday, 08 June 2012

Former Umno strongman Kadir Sheikh Fadzir has launched his new party, but is he merely babysitting it for Kelantan prince?

Months of speculation on the next move of former Umno minister and former MP for Kulim Bandar Baru, Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, comes to an end yesterday as he formed a new party, Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan).

Everyone thought that the flamboyant Umno politician has retired for good when he was dropped as the candidate for the Kulim Bandar Baru parliamentary seat in Kedah in the 2008 general election.

The seat was then given to his younger brother Abd Aziz but he lost it to PKR candidate Zulkifli Noordin. Zulkifli eventually became a thorn in the flesh for PKR and later left the party.

In recent months, Kadir became a newsmaker once again when he came out in the open to criticise Umno and joined together with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to form a new NGO, Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah).

Kadir left Umno in March and was expected to join one of the Pakatan Rakyat parties but now has announced the formation of a new political party. It is also speculated that Kadir could be the new Pakatan candidate for Kulim Bandar Baru.

With the formation of a new party, Kadir has once against raised speculations that he is forming the new party and “parking” it for Tengku Razaleigh in the event the latter decides to leave Umno.

Tengku Razaleigh’s dilemma

During the recent visit of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to Kelantan, Tengku Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, was prominently featured with him in the mainstream media suggesting that both of them enjoyed a good relationship.

However, as the general election nears, Umno circles are eagerly waiting whether Tengku Razaleigh would be fielded again for the Gua Musang seat in Kelantan which he has held for decades, both when he was in Umno or the opposition.

Najib is expected to retain Tengku Razaleigh as the Umno candidate for Gua Musang and Tengku Razaleigh himself has indicated that he would continue with Umno and has no intention of leaving the party.

At the same time, it is also clear that Tengku Razaleigh could easily win Gua Musang whether he is in Umno or not as he has proven in several general elections before.

In the general election held in 1990 and 1995, Tengku Razaleigh comfortably retained Gua Musang even as a candidate from Semangat 46, then joining with PAS.

Najib faces a dilemma when it comes to Tengku Razaleigh. If he drops him as a candidate, it is as good as a seat lost for Umno since Tengku Razaleigh would contest as an independent and even PKR and PAS may support him.

If Najib retains Tengku Razaleigh, there is a fear among Umno circles that Tengku Razaleigh may lead a faction from Umno to support Pakatan to form the next federal government.

If the results of the 13th general election lead to a hung Parliament, then Tengku Razaleigh, as an elected MP, may play a crucial role in deciding which political group should form the next federal government.

Being a royalty himself, his influence among the rulers would also be a crucial factor in deciding the next federal government.

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Glacial. Anytime befor the next ice age Kuli. End apartheid, this ’embroyonic’ b.s. thing has been going on since the last election – slow moving old men and limitless terms hanging around apartheid political parties! Look elsewhere voters!

ARTICLE 15

Political dynasty: Bane or boon? – by  Khoo Ying Hooi – Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:51

In a recent interview with a news portal, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said he was against the practice of dynasty politics in the country.

Though he “defended” Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s family members (wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter Nurul Izzah are respectively the party’s president and vice president) whom he said were democratically elected to their posts, he warned PKR not to fall into the trap of “nepotism and cronyism” as in the case of Umno.

The practice of dynasty politics exists in both the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR). Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the son of the second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak; Mukhriz Mahathir is the son of former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad; DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is the son of senior advisor Lim Kit Siang; Karpal Singh’s sons, Gobind Singh and Jagdeep Singh, are both elected representatives; PAS Youth deputy chairman Nik Abduh is the son of PAS Spiritual Advisor Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat, and the list goes on.

All over Asia

We have dynasty politics everywhere, although it is most apparent in Asia. For generations, political dynasties have dominated politics and governance in Asia, particularly in South Asia. Like the Nehru-Gandhi family in India, the Bhuttos of Pakistan are one of the world’s most famous political dynasties.

From the United States, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh in South Asia, to Japan and China in East Asia and Singapore, Philippines in South-east Asia, prominent family background has proved to be a central factor for one’s ascendancy to the pinnacles of power. This phenomenon takes place regardless of the independent levels of economic development, cultural differences, and types of political systems.

A brief list includes: in the United States, former President George W. Bush (son of former President George Bush); in Argentina, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (wife of former President Nestor Kirchner); in Japan, former Prime Minister of Japan Yukia Hatoyama (grandson of former Prime Minister Ichiro Hatoyama); in Thailand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra); and in the Philippines, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal).

In the Philippines, for example, dynasty politics is very pervasive. Each time there’s an election, it serves as a regular reminder of the roles that feudal instincts and the family name play in that nation’s politics. The current president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is the son of the former president Corazon Aquino.

According to Raymond “Mong” Palatino, a former civil society academic turned Congressman who blogs about Filipino politics, Aquino belongs to the most prominent family in the Philippines today – in fact to the most powerful political family in the past half century.

Shouldn’t there be safeguards

While dynasty politics continues to conquer the Senate and Congressional contests and political dynasties continue to dominate local politics so much that, there have even been demands for laws against these dynasties. Although Filipino law limits incumbents to three consecutive terms of three years each, families find a way to maintain their power through a loophole that allows relatives to run for the same office.

Such dominance, however, has grown more extensive in recent years. In a political landscape populated by family names, the prominence of so many dynastic elites makes it seem like a family business. Children of the dynasties seem to own a “licence” regarding their political power and positions while ordinary citizens can only accept the arrangement as destined.

So what are the possible consequences of the dynasty politics? Apart from contributing to corruption, the inequality in the distribution of political power may re?ect imperfections in democratic representation. The dominance of dynasties anticipates the expansion of political participation and empowerment of people. There are more fundamental problems, too.

They are also in a way preventing new talent, new ideas or literally, new blood from entering politics. A senior fellow at the Tokyo Foundation, Sota Kato, said, “it takes a blood test to get elected these days”. With dynasty politics, politics becomes about personalities alone and name recognition places a much more important role than the competence.

The Kennedys were the most famous Western political dynasty, while the Bush election as the second instance in American history of a father-son presidency ascertains that dynastic politics do not just happen in Third World democracies and dictator regimes.

So are we ready for another political dynasty?

-Khoo Ying Hooi

Commentator Response :

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:57 posted by FUCKBOLEHLAND

It is the practice of PARASITIC DYNASTY POLITIC in any country will typically sucks and inflicts gangrenous Hippocratic diseases to its people! So let the arguments be more objective, after all we aren’t the idiotic bunch that can’t differentiate in the complacency in between the grey areas?

Most developing and third world countries are suckers for this PARASITIC DYNASTY POLITIC syndrome and precisely this is WYSIWYG in the context of Malaysian Politics.

Isn’t it true, all this while we Malaysians are so engulfed with subscriptions to crazy political bigotry issues, divide and rule politics that we had forgotten that very common denominator that we are all wearing our pants that have transparent massive holes that expose our buttocks? That is the precisely the reason these PARASITIC DYNASTY POLITICAL syndrome naturally sodomize (excuse me- but its no shame its umeno favorite word) and castrated our balls that we are fucked up that we have no more voices to be heard. The moment we perceive a political leader as “the one that knows all” – we are all dead meat! The Malay proverb is precise “Bertuan tak Bertempat” – The old fucking Hang Tuah shitty crappy stuff is all nothing but all fucked up mess. All citizens must be the modern Hang Jebat that demands Transparency of Governance whoever rules the day!

So what is this fucking Hang Tuah shitty crappy stuff? Citizen’s NUMB SKULL Attitude! So WHAT do we have? Instead of the Prime Minister that works for its people and Malaysia – we have the PRIME MINISTER OF A PARTY! Instead of a Wakil Rakyat –We have a WAKIL PARTY! All the while these parasites are busy building mandates for their families, little empires and little napoleon mobs and cronies polluting the political agendas of the very votes that put them in office.

High time we Malaysians debunk our thinking about politics – Any government of the day that deviates from the aspirations of the context of the Constituency of Malaysia deserves to be shown to the backdoor exit!

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2 term limits, no family blocs and no ‘continuity within family’ are the only rules for all tax payer paid for posts. This is a neutral public post, not a family business.

ARTICLE 16

AGREE OR NOT? Make English a compulsory pass in SPM and a credit to get Grade 1 – by  Lim Guan Eng – Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:36

To improve the standard of English to maintain our international competitiveness, the Education Ministry should consider to make it compulsory to pass the English language paper in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) and that a credit is essential to obtain Grade 1 in SPM.

The widely acknowledged weakening of the English language proficiency in Malaysia continues to weaken our global competitiveness in science, technology and the economy. The Ministry of Education’s latest attempt to improve English language proficiency is the policy to “Uphold Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthen the English Language” (MBMMBI), which serves to replace and reverse the policy of the“Teaching of Science and Mathematics in English” (PPSMI).

MBMMBI aims to increase the quality of both Bahasa Malaysia and the English language. Strategies include increasing the numbers of hours for the teaching and learning of both languages, encouraging teachers of respective languages to attend enhancement courses, strengthening the respective language curriculum, and using information technology via relevant software and internet portals to facilitate the teaching and learning of both languages.

Disparity remains

However, there continues to be a disparity between both languages as students must achieve at least a passing grade in Bahasa Malaysia in order to receive their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and to enter public institutions of higher learning, but there is no requirement to pass the English language at any level of the Malaysian school system.

MBMMBI cannot arrest the weakening of English language proficiency if the Ministry of Education does not also make a passing grade in the English language as a pre-requisite to qualify for SPM. Requirements for SPM will be increased from the year 2013 with students needing to pass both Bahasa Malaysia and History to qualify. However, a passing grade in the English language is still not compulsory.

Global language

In its National Education Policy, the Ministry of Education has acknowledged that English is the global language of communication and language of knowledge that Malaysians must master in order to compete nationally and globally. However, this is not reflected in the allocation of teaching hours and the Ministry does not give incentive for students to improve their command of the English language.

Currently, National Schools are allowed an allocation of up to 360 minutes per week for the teaching and learning of Bahasa Malaysia and up to 300 minutes per week for the teaching and learning of the English language, whilst National-type Schools are allowed an allocation of up to 300 minutes per week for the teaching and learning of Bahasa Malaysia and up to 150 minutes per week for the teaching and learning of the English language. Making a passing grade in the English language compulsory to qualify for SPM and that a credit is required for Grade 1, would give students the incentive to put in extra effort to improve their English language proficiency.

Creating this incentive for students is necessary if the Ministry of Education is committed to strengthening English language proficiency. Or else Malaysia will lose out in future competitiveness with deteriorating standards in English when other countries are improving theirs.

Lim Guan Eng is the DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister

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Aiming at target demographic is good, but certainly long term, but method as opposed to going to the UN is bad and will definitely not pass the Education Ministry’s watch. Just going to make them more racist and defensive. This dirty trick mentality, irritate voter format, really is part of LGE’s sick make up! Giving the Chinese a bad name! Is winning everything? Not by irritating the host race with arbitrary law methods while ignoring amending of bad laws. Everyone should have a choice in what language whether they pass SPM or not. If they don’t know English, there will be no difference, this is middle school level b.s.. And racist as hell.

How about using the legal and fair method repeated ad nauseum to those mostly deaf ears, and forgetful mind where cnmapaign promises are concerned. Ethics is not something easy to learn, and this nepotistic feller here has 1 term left . . . after which if the Malays pull a Mubarak on ‘Beloved CM and Fam’ even some Chinese and for certain Indians will not hesitate to pull a Tahrir on DAP. 2 TERMS ONLY, don’t propose 2 decade plans (i.e. exclusion via education) so as to justify limitless terms, we can all see where this is going. How about the Malays get a Malay to challenge Guan Eng on the below 3 items :

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

1 term as CM up Mr.Beneficiary of Nepotism, and too many terms as MP long up as well (could the courts or Bar Council apply new laws placing 2 term limits on all MPs?) . . . Had 15 mins (2 terms) ? so GTFO of the Dewan with the rest of your relatives!

ARTICLE 17

Understanding the powers of the King – Saturday, 02 June 2012 Super Admin

In a situation where there is no clear majority, the King can call on two opposing prime ministers-in-waiting to submit their lists of supporters within a specified amount of time, and it is up to the King to vet the lists in whatever way he sees fit as the Constitution is silent on the methodology. And because the claim of a majority must satisfy the Agong, the final decision rests in his hands alone, Dr Shad Saleem said. And this is the situation where the Agong can exercise his greatest power.

Joseph Sipalan, The Star

MALAYSIANS celebrate the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s official birthday today as the first Saturday of June is mandated by the Malaysian constitution as His Majesty’s birthday.

To most Malaysians, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is a celebrated figurehead at the helm of a unique system of government that recognises a constitutional monarchy and a functioning parliamentary democracy.

Unique, because unlike most other countries that recognise one royal family, we see a new lineage elected to the throne every five years from among the nine existing royal families in Peninsular Malaysia.

When the term figurehead is mentioned, the common assumption is that the King’s role is purely ceremonial and carries very little clout in terms of actual powers to dictate how the country is run.

This assumption is not entirely correct. The King’s powers are divided into five categories that cover the entire spectrum of his dominion – executive functions, legislative functions, judicial functions, other important duties and appointment of persons to important posts.

For the most part, the various clauses and sub-clauses that make up the categories require the King to act on the advice of the Prime Minister, and in certain cases from other people as well.

But there are instances where the King could be the one man who decides the future of not just aspiring prime ministers, but the entire country.

Constitutional law expert Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi explained that the King is bound by a clear set of guidelines when appointing a Prime Minister.

A prime minister in-waiting must first belong to the Dewan Rakyat, and secondly, in the opinion of the Agong, command the majority of the Lower House – which in this case would be the Dewan Rakyat.

This would be straightforward when the winning party in a general election commands a clear majority in the Lower House.

The King’s true powers however, only emerge in the case of a hung Parliament.

In a situation where there is no clear majority, the King can call on two opposing prime ministers-in-waiting to submit their lists of supporters within a specified amount of time, and it is up to the King to vet the lists in whatever way he sees fit as the Constitution is silent on the methodology. And because the claim of a majority must satisfy the Agong, the final decision rests in his hands alone, Dr Shad Saleem said. And this is the situation where the Agong can exercise his greatest power.

The Agong has even more discretion in deciding whether or not to grant a request to dissolve Parliament, as the Constitution does not state any specific grounds to justify the King’s decision to withhold consent.

While this clause allows a lot of leeway for interpretation, Dr Shad Saleem said, there were three conceivable scenarios where the King could freely exercise his right to not grant consent.

The first is when the ruling Government decides to call for snap polls immediately after losing a general election.

Unless the Agong feels that the winning party can form a strong and stable Government, the request can be denied.

The King can also say no if he believes a round of polls will be prejudicial to national interests such as the health of the economy, and likewise if the prime minister is using the polls to subvert the constitution, by gaining an unfair advantage over his opponents in his own party, for example.

It must be noted that while the monarch can refuse to allow a dissolution (of Parliament), he cannot directly call for one.

“That is the prerogative of the Prime Minister,” Dr Shad Saleem said.

The Agong can also refuse to give his assent to any Bill passed by both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, if he finds that the Bill in question is unconstitutional.

Commentator Comments :

written by Ocassey, June 02, 2012 22:14:22
Ampun Tuanku,

The greater majority of the rakyat for the period since 1957 and after the formation of a greater
Malaya called Malaysia to date have been taken for a ride all these while and their minds and mentality have been replaced with the thoughts, wishes, schemes, assumptions and voices of the national leadership who continue to claim to that they are all in the interest of the well-beings of the rakyat in general . And any conflicting voices are only definitely from those who are trying to derail the good deeds and efforts of the government of the day with the intentions of trying to divide the rakyat ! The real culprits are none other than the ruling elites and all their cronies and government vehicles . The Education System have constantly been manipulated to deceive the voting rakyat with the major focus to undermine and stunt the progress of the younger generations and after more than 55 years at least three generations are glaringly now victims of a despotic government which will soon be upgraded to a police state on par to D.R. Korea ! Meanwhile the majority rakyat , voiceless and helpless , have been depending on the few political parties like Pas, DAP and PKR to defend their rights and amplify their voices which in the end will end up as usual to be bulldozed and neutralized by the bodies set up as vehicles of the government . Special NGOs and action groups set up specifically to vilify and demonize Pakatan Rakyat at the slightest sign of so-call dissent will face unending antagonizing disturbances and countless police reports to purposely keep such rakyat’s guardians endlessly going in and out of the courts to answer to police charges .

Where art thou , Majesties ,when the ordinary “majority” rakyat need you to protect them ? Rulers and the Monarch have forsaken the majority rakyat who consist of all races and religions . There was loud deafening silence from our kings when churches were touched , graves desecrated, cow-head paraded , pig head tossed into mosque and bodies popping off government building windows ? Where art thou when the defenseless rakyat marched in unison to your palace to hand you their petitions only to be halted , attacked, blasted with water-cannons ,tear-gassed and detained with all sorts of threats ,all in full view under the Malaysian skies ? You are the kings , and rakyat of all creeds and colors are your subjects . Every elected Adun and MP from all political parties including individual independent ones are clearly part of your government . We the rakyat have high expectation to be treated equally by our kings . 250,000 or more “Bersih” supporters peacefully walking to congregate at Dataran Merdeka cannot be misguided, erred , disruptive nor aggressive despite being cordoned off ,restricted ,intimidated by razor-blade wires and the police forces’ presence who had all the advantages of the upper hands of authority , weaponry and stealth tactics !

Ampun Tuanku .

+17

written by Loyal Malaysian, June 02, 2012 18:58:39
I believe we can use the unscrupulous and immoral power grab in Perak as a guideline as to what will happen in the scenario discussed!!

+9

written by upsidedown119, June 02, 2012 17:08:28
The grey area is the Agong’s opinion as to who commands the confidence of the majority in Parliament after the election. Remember the fiasco in Sabah when Pairin first won the state election? The point is whether his opinion is to be gauged objectively or subjectively? If subjectively, the Agong could appoint as PM an MP who does not have a majority immediately after the election but who have enough resources to subsequently ‘win’ over the confidence of the majority.

+4

written by bpchan, June 02, 2012 16:32:16
The King’s power…

What does power do, and Why? Who gave the power? Where the power came from where? What is power? can it be seen ? be touched?

Power is perception.

+7

written by Padayappa, June 02, 2012 15:45:53
Be careful what u say Kaneeneh, the Perak political crisis, downfall of Nizar goverment is actually part of monarchy hand play His function under constitution, not as ceremonial concept as you said. But up to situation.

+13

written by eloofk, June 02, 2012 15:39:13
Can the Agong not listen to the advice from a Prime Minister who has not obtained a mandate from the rakyat or if the Prime Minister is of dubious character, unfit to give sound advice for the benefit of a multi-relious and multi-racial society or if he is of unscrupulous hehaviour in his role as a minister or Prime MInister for that matter ???

+14

written by Kaneeneh, June 02, 2012 15:12:02

Monarchy, in whatever form, is ceremonial and an archaic concept. It drains a country’s resources to provide for the reign and is susceptible to wanton bribery for titles and connections.

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The Agong cannot fairly ignore UNHCR or Asabiya issues which are the basic rights of ALL Humanity. In either case the Agong’s authority is not more (and also no civilsed person can accept such unrighteous laws and constitutional articles) than the UN or HRC, both of which Malaysia is part of AND cannot fairly support apartheid in Malaysia’s laws nd Constitution.

Tacitly endorsing this by keeping silent all this time does no wonders for Malaysia’s reputation. Bumiputra Apartheid and any who support bumiputra apartheid, are a social drain and disenfranchising psychic blight on citizens. Neglect of a serious nation harming issue and meaningless immobility mistaken as pride at the expense of the citizens is not the ‘Malaysian’ way. UNHCR or Asabiya issues are universally accepted and may not be negotiated about – especially when the issue is centered around exploitative disenfranchisement and erosion of integrity of society’s different groups for the benefit of a single race or faith. As per Adat, a host is gracious and does not devour their guests. Do the Malays in India and China get treated like the Indians and Chinese in Malaysia? Civilisation and respect for humanity, not Asabiya . . .

ARTICLE 18

When the mouth moves faster than the brain – Thursday, 31 May 2012 Super Admin

I know that many readers of Malaysia Today are young Malaysians, probably born after Merdeka or around that time. This means you do not know what happened in the 1940s and 1950s and how a formula for peaceful coexistence was hammered out between the Malays and the non-Malays. Hence it is good we reflect on the history of our country. And if we can understand and honour the spirit of the Merdeka Social Contract, then a lot of conflict can be avoided.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

The ‘Social Contract’ is not a written document, said one-time Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It is a verbal contract, explained Dr Mahathir. A verbal contract is not worth the paper it is written on, most lawyers would tell you (and I bet many Malaysia Today readers would not get the ‘punch line’ to this statement).

Anyway, verbal contracts are binding in certain situations. In Islam, a verbal contract is binding as long as there are witnesses of good standing (meaning, who have never been proven to have lied in the past) who can testify as to the existence of that verbal contract. Nevertheless, Islam encourages that all contacts be committed to paper to avoid possible disputes in future. After all, witness can lie or they might die.

Whatever it may be, does such a Social Contract exist? I am talking, of course, about the ‘contract’ between the Malays and the non-Malays when Merdeka was being negotiated with the British. Dr Mahathir says it is a verbal and not a written contract.

Okay, maybe there was no real ‘signing ceremony’, if that is what Dr Mahathir meant. I mean, when we launched ‘The People’s Declaration’ at the Blog House in the run-up to the March 2008 General Election, it was done in a proper and official ceremony. Six political parties including PKR, DAP and PAS turned up to ‘sign’ the Declaration. And each of the six party representatives gave speeches, not only to endorse ‘The People’s Declaration’ but also promising that if they won the election they would deliver on their promises.

Nevertheless, that was more than four years ago. And although these six political parties, three of them now in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, did not win the federal government, Pakatan Rakyat did win five state governments, now down to four. But they do not want to fulfil their promise made pre-March 2008 in front of more than 100 people in the ceremony to launch ‘The People’s Declaration’.

In fact, I raised this matter with Anwar Ibrahim, Tian Chua and Tunku Aziz Ibrahim when they came to the UK on 2nd October 2010. You can see the three videos below. Then, not long after that, Anwar went to Australia and whacked me for what I said in London.

Is Anwar saying that we, the members of the civil society movements, do not have a ‘Social Contract’ with the six political parties not from the Barisan Nasional coalition? Of course we do. And it is more than just a verbal contract that Dr Mahathir is talking about.

So, a short while later, also in 2010, when we launched the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM), why such hostility? Why declare the MCLM as the enemy of Pakatan Rakyat? And now that you have declared us the enemy and we act like an enemy you are not happy about it. Was it we or was it you who declared war?

Anyway, that is not what I really want to talk about. As usual, I am just digressing. What I want to talk about is the Merdeka Social Contract, the so-called verbal contract that is the brunt of so much conflict and racial posturing.

Actually, it is not a verbal contract. It is a written contract. And it is written in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. Hence Dr Mahathir, Ibrahim Ali, etc., are all wrong. Those born in Malaysia are Malaysians. They are not Chinese, Indians, pendatang, immigrants, or whatever. That was the agreed terms of the Merdeka Social Contract, which is part of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

It is wrong to refer to non-Malays as pendatang or immigrants. It is also wrong to treat them as such. They are as Malaysian as any other person born in Malaysia. No two ways about it.

Okay, and what else is in that Merdeka Social Contract? Well, one thing was that the Straits Settlements, the Federated Malay States and the Unfederated Malay States would no longer exist and they would all be merged into the Federation of Malaya or Persekutuan Tanah Melayu (later renamed the Federation of Malaysia).

In that same spirit, the institution of the Monarchy would be retained but the Rulers would be reduced from Absolute Monarchs to Constitutional Monarchs and governance would be transferred from the Palace to the elected/appointed Houses (Parliament and Senate) and the State Assemblies.

Furthermore, Islam would be the religion of the Federation and Malay would be the National Language. And in some states, mainly those with Rulers and not Governors, only a Malay/Muslim can be appointed the Menteri Besar.

Yes, that was the ‘Contract’ made between the Malays and the non-Malays in the run-up to Merdeka. And, in exchange for that, all non-Malays born in India, China, etc., would be given citizenship while those born in Malaya after Merdeka would get automatic citizenship. They would not be classified as foreigners or need to apply for citizenship.

And that is why, today, all of you who are not Malays are Malaysians and not Chinese, Indian, etc., nationals — unless you wish to give up your Malaysian citizenship and migrate. That is you right — to automatic citizenship. And no one can take away that right, not even Ibrahim Ali or Perkasa, because that was the Merdeka Social Contract that the Malays and non-Malays agreed on.

However, just as your citizenship cannot be taken away, as per the terms of the Merdeka Social Contract, you too must honour the other terms of that Contract. And those terms are, other than Islam being the religion of the Federation and Malay being the National Language, is that Malaysia would retain a Constitutional Monarchy. That was agreed in the Merdeka Social Contract.

Hence it is imprudent for you to question whether Malaysia should just abolish the Monarchy and change into a Republic (or question Islam as the religion of the Federation or Malay as the National Language). Doing so would mean you want to terminate the Merdeka Social Contract. And terminating the Merdeka Social Contract is dangerous because those who are not Malays would not receive automatic Malaysian citizenship.

I would vote in favour of retaining the Merdeka Social Contract. That would create lesser problems for all of us. Then Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa cannot demand that anyone’s citizenship be withdrawn. Your citizenship would be your right. Without the Merdeka Social Contract you would not be protected and would not automatically be granted Malaysian citizenship.

However, this would also mean we should not demand that Islam be removed as the religion of the Federation or Malay as the National Language. We cannot also demand that the Monarchy be abolished and for Malaysia to be turned into a Republic. That would be seditious, just as seditious as asking for Malaysian-born Chinese and Indians to be sent back to China and/or India.

I know that many readers of Malaysia Today are young Malaysians, probably born after Merdeka or around that time. This means you do not know what happened in the 1940s and 1950s and how a formula for peaceful coexistence was hammered out between the Malays and the non-Malays. Hence it is good we reflect on the history of our country. And if we can understand and honour the spirit of the Merdeka Social Contract, then a lot of conflict can be avoided.

So let us not allow a minor thing such as a car registration number spoil everything. Was His Highness the Sultan of Johor acting out of conduct (misconduct) when he tendered for ‘WWW 1’? Was there an element of fraud or corruption? Has there been fair play in His Highness winning the bid?

Do we question a Chinese towkay who wants to pay an exorbitant sum of money for a number ‘8’? What if Chua Soi Lek pays RM500,000 for ‘CSL 1’ to put on his car? Would we demand that Parliament be abolished because a Member of Parliament wasted RM500,000 of his own money on a car registration number?

Yes, I know, Raja Petra Kamarudin is saying all this because he is from the royal family so he wants to defend the Sultan, some of you are going to comment. So what if I want to defend the Sultans when they are right? Have I not whacked the Sultans many times when they are wrong? Have I not whacked the Perak Sultan for toppling the Pakatan Rakyat state government until my own family disowned me?

I have paid my dues. Hence I have earned my right to defend the Sultans when they do nothing wrong because I have whacked them when they are wrong. In that same spirit, if you can spend some time to view the three videos below, you can also see that I have earned the right to whack Pakatan Rakyat for not delivering on its promises.

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i) This means you do not know what happened in the 1940s and 1950s and how a formula for peaceful coexistence was hammered out between the Malays and the non-Malays.

BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID **IS NOT** a formula for peaceful coexistence. There is a differnce between those who rioted and killed, the descendants of those who rioted AND those who did not riot as well as the descendants of those who did not riot at all. There is no such thing as Malays and non-Malays, therer is only the citizen who rioted or killed and the citizen who did not. Thos who did not WILL NEVER ACCEPT APARTHEID because they had nothing to do with the race riots. Recommend that ALL (but not even their descendants can be fairly targeted though perhaps just the immediate generation after – i.e. Lim Kit Siang being of that generation and participated and even revelled in the violence and child Lim Guan Eng  (nepotist beneficiary without quorum CM) would be subject to Bumiputra Apartheid but the next generation of these Lims would not) who did not take part in the violence are not to be subject to BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID and that even the Malays who took part in the riots be stripped of their bumiputra status. Everyone else who did not raise a fist or weapon against the government or in general Malays (much less Islam – which incidentally is not even Malaysia’s native faith of Nusantaran Animism), demands as per the UNHCR Article 1 and the Asabiya Prohibition in the Quran – NOT be subject to apartheid.

ii) Do we question a Chinese towkay who wants to pay an exorbitant sum of money for a number ‘8’?

A Chinese towkay is not a ruler or symbol of the country. So nothing to bother about. Exceptionalism is expected of rulers, NOT plutocrat towkays that is why there were no criticisms. People expect nothing from towkays. But rulers are for everyone.

iii) . . . because that was the Merdeka Social Contract that the Malays and non-Malays agreed on. . . .

That included the Reid Commission’s recommendation that Malay Special Privileges were only supposed to last for 15 years after which they were to [otentially end after a review. Near 4 times that period has paseed, and the Malays have reneged on their side of the agreement which was to REVIEW after 15 years. So the Merdeka Social Contract is BROKEN and Malaysia’s signatory status of the Human Rights Charter signatory means Special Privileges contravene Article 1 of the HRC. On top of that Islam’s ‘Official Status’ means the Sin of Asabiya cannot be allowed by the politicians or any Muslim, which obviously included the rulers who likely come under the purview of Sunnite Islam’s highest authority at the Al Azhar University at Cairo. THERE IS NO CASE FOR BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID!

iv) I would vote in favour of retaining the Merdeka Social Contract. That would create lesser problems for all of us. Then Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa cannot demand that anyone’s citizenship be withdrawn. Your citizenship would be your right.

With the facts above, ANY Malays who votes in favour of retaining the so-called Merdeka Social Contract is a potential crypto-racist and potential war criminal capable of carrying out or even quietly assenting of what happened at Nazi Auswictz.

v) Without the Merdeka Social Contract you would not be protected and would not automatically be granted Malaysian citizenship.

ONLY if the review as per the Reid Commission, which the writer has selectively neglected to mention, is brought into consideration. The so-called ‘Merdeka Social Contract’ precludes the Reid Commission’s recommendations that the writer has again neglected to mention or put in historical context with. I strongly believe that Raja Petra Kamarudin is a crypto-racist posing as a refugee from the Malay Court. Very disappointing Raja Petra Kamarudin! Not a very Raja minded mindset you are exposing there by promoting a skewed version of history and inirectly apartheid as well. Thus falls another strawman of the UMNO racist (majority?) faction. At times like these PAS seems honest enough, at least they spew what they want to allow others to reject them, not lie, twist and turn and corrupt the minds of Malays with Asabiya and selective amnesia like this.

Malaysia is less than 1% of the Earths surface, no false flag drivel of any personae will make the greatest of nations of this and all future day accept a country that does not have :

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

The lowest common denominator posing as an intellectual. The title Raja (Indian origin btw) is shamed, and the name Petra shames the great city of the Middle East, with Kamaruddin, is not even a Malay name to begin with. How many Malays remember their REAL names? And with the half-blood issues considered as well compounding the terrible wrongs promulgated above in the guise of studied politics, what we have here is a non-entity of personality in all spheres. If this paragraph offends someone who ‘ran away’ from Malaysia, do tell, I will remove . . . not so cool now? Thats for throwing 3rd world politics about in a world that will never accept BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID, via the pretense of the ‘so-called’ Merdeka Social Contract. Go away, put of touch racist old man. The citizens of today are no longer interested in racist diatribe, only beneficiaries with access would want to keep the ‘so-called’ Merdeka Social Contract that has kept even ordinary Malays from accessing wealth due them.

Finally Islam as official religion or any religion as official worldwide is just hot air. Unless a theocracy is intended, just leave religion alone to free choice. Saying a religion is official and then not having theocratic powers means there is no point making the religion official. Conversely, theorcacy if applied is just plain abuse of humanity or social freedoms. Citizens on an individual by individual basis could instead assent to being governed by any theocratic laws, official or not is a moot point.

ARTICLE 19

Blaming Dr Mahathir again – FROM AROUND THE BLOGS – Tuesday, 29 May 2012 Super Admin – by KTEMOC KONSIDERS

Most of us like to blame Dr Mahathir wakakaka. Well, here’s another item for you to blame him 😉

Were you aware that Azmin Ali was brought up by the Mahathir family – not the Doctor himself but I heard by his (Dr M’s) sister or aunt (can anyone help me here?).

So when Azmin reached working age, guess who recommended him for employment? Of course Uncle Mahathir!

And guess who Uncle Mahathir asked to employ Azmin Ali?

Wakakaka!

Yup, his deputy and then DPM manmanlai wakakaka!

Dr M would have said: “Anwar matey (wakakaka), ni Azmin, see if you can find him a job!”

And as they say, the rest is history.

But why should we blame Dr M for bringing these two inseparables together?

When I read RPK’s  MACC ‘Deep Throat’ comes out of the closet I knew the MMM (know what M-cube stands for? wakakaka) would deny the revelation or give all sorts of excuses or accuse RPK of being an UMNO paid mole – yes, the very same MMM who would praise Yang Mulia RPK (wakakaka) for his amazing courage, assets and resources had he exposed instead Najib or Shahrizat or Mahathir’s corruption wakakaka.

But then, consolation prize, wouldn’t it be considered Dr M’s fault for bringing the two together as an inseparable pair? wakakaka. Go on, blame the old man wakakaka.

RPK also wrote:

One interesting document in that file is regarding the RM15,000 a month that Vincent Tan was paying Azmin Ali. It seems Vincent Tan not only financed the fall of Perak but is also financing the ‘other side’ as well. And, according to my ex-MACC Deep Throat, this is still going on. I suppose that is what most Chinese tycoons would do: hedge your bets by placing your money on all the horses in the race.

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Tasty! Now lets hope one of the propaganda spinners makes a fluff piece out of this. Kutty and the Jambu (no prizes for guessing if ‘Dr’ gets thrown out of UMNO somehow – guess who the pairing would involve (some of us are LGBT supportive but this disgusts the hell out of me, well some connoisseur of Malay political gossip should be able to take up the challenge) . . . . Imagine the scandal . . . Anwar Sodomy Trial 3.0! In fact we dare UMNO (though UMNO is hated for racism and corruption, this should be quite a challenge to spin . . . ) to match every Bersih with a Sodomy trial (just gave Ambiga a chance to make lots of cash . . . )! Best of all, who knows this could lead to greater democracy for the Muslims interested in these issues . . .

ARTICLE 20

Let’s jointly condemn political violence – Tuesday, 29 May 2012 Super Admin – Nurul Izzah Anwar

Raja Nong Chik’s response to the “Night of Bloodshed in Lembah Pantai” reveals an attempt to distract and distort the facts of the incident.

The fact is that violence did take place which caused injuries to an elderly man and a young girl, both who rightly should be respected and protected by society. Unfortunately, it was not only an attack on innocent citizens but also an attack on democracy.

Firstly, the violence that occurred was fostered through the Lembah Pantai Umno-created climate of intimidation and political thuggery, clearly seen by several incidences on the night and prior to it as well. (In the cases of 1. Pekida protest at Masjid al-Ikhlasiah, Pantai Dalam; 2. the punching of Adam Adli at Flat PKNS 4 Tingkat Kampung Kerinchi by known Lembah Pantai Umn members; 3. TIBAI-Umno-organised ceramahs such as the one in Kampung Kerinchi recently.)

Secondly, the feeble attempt to distract the public’s attention by speculating and blaming KEADILAN for inviting outsiders to what he claims is local politics is demeaning to democracy and a disservice to the people of Lembah Pantai.

As the member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai I have always welcomed a long list of national leaders such as Najib Razak, Muhyiddin Yassin, Daim Zainuddin and other Cabinet ministers who have graced Lembah Pantai over the past few months. I do not see this as Umno inviting outsiders into local politics but rather as a recognition that KEADILAN is doing something right to deserve such attention.

Furthermore, the disproportionate attention and funds lavished on Lembah Pantai compared to other Kuala Lumpur constituencies by Raja Nong Chik as Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister, along with an unelected mayor, is proof that the government needs to work doubly hard when the majority of support in Kuala Lumpur is with Pakatan Rakyat.

Thirdly, with regards to the claim that there is lack of proof of those responsible, I invite Raja Nong Chik to jointly declare with me to condemn all forms of political violence and to jointly invite both the police and Suhakam to investigate fairly on this Thursday.

Finally, in the spirit of setting a healthy democratic example and to demonstrate that political violence is unacceptable, I wish to once again reaffirm my acceptance of Raja Nong Chik’s invitation to a public debate in two weeks’ time at the same location, Pantai Permai. I shall be there and wait for him to translate words into deeds as he appears to believe that all politics is local.

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Family blocs in politics is a form of political violence far worse and more subversive and corrupting than physical violence. Nurul was saying? Some people think that the voters are only stupid enough to understand PHYSICAL VIOLENCE and not POLITICAL VIOLENCE, the most violent thing in politics in fact is the term limitless fanily bloc that GROWS and subsumes the entire political scene to the demise of democracy. Nurul has not spoken or directly endorsed :

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

ARTICLE 21

PR Proposes Scrapping 30 Pct Bumi Equity Target – Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:09

KUALA LUMPUR — Pakatan Rakyat has proposed a radical policy shift from attaining the 30 per cent equity target for bumiputeras to a minimum household income of RM4,000 for each family, says Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

In a statement on Wednesday, he claimed that the 30 per cent equity target policy had been hijacked by cronies and special interests to enrich themselves at the expense of the general public.

He also claimed that the disparity between rich and poor had widened significantly as a result of abuses done in the name of achieving the 30 per cent equity target.

(Bernama)

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This is not exactly an overhaul to ensure :

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

;but is very close though without fine tuned details like Vehicular-AP, Forced Conscriptions and Toll Booths and amendment of some laws. The Opposition still has meaning then, but like so many flashes on the pan to divert and strawman so far, we’ll see where this No.1 issue heads in a month or so. Very rare to hear about end of the apartheid system but better than none at all. Could some UN types advise Anwar on the Human Rights Article 1 aspect of governance? Otherwise 3rd Force only.