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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.

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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!

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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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Ban Cyanide-Mining in Bukit Koman

Ong Jing Cheng
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Penang Branch Coordinator,
63B-01-07, University Heights,
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11700 Penang.
Tel / Fax: +6 04-6582285
Mobile phone: +6 012 7583 779
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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!

‘Cheap shot’ shows Soi Lek not secure, says Tee Keat – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 19, 2012

In Bumiputera Apartheid, Democracy, Malaysia on February 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has described jibes by his successor, Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek, as a sign of “insecurity” from a leader who oversaw the party’s worst ever electoral defeat.

Ong said Dr Chua should explain to MCA members why popular support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party has plummeted instead of taking “cheap shots” at someone who could not defend himself.

“He should ask why the party has no support as he is the president now,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

During his debate with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng yesterday, Dr Chua remarked that MCA had rejected Ong because he turned the party from one that took “leftovers” from Umno to one which subsisted only on “crumbs”.

But Ong yesterday refused to comment further on the “unethical” swipe by Dr Chua, who wrested the party presidency from the former in March 2010, saying he did not wish to bother responding to such statements.

“Personally, I just brushed it off. I choose to disdain this kind of cheap shot. I was not there to have my say,” he said firmly.

“He may call me anything because he won the (party) election, but under his leadership support for the party has nosedived.”

Ong (picture) added that both debaters had failed to delve into the topic – “Chinese at the Crossroads: Is the Two-Party System Becoming a Two-Race System?” — and merely talked at each other for an hour.

“They talked about what they wanted (to talk about). In a way, it was more like party propaganda,” he said.

Yesterday’s debate between Dr Chua and Lim was organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) and MCA’s Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP).

The highly anticipated debate — only the second such exchange between senior BN and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders since opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s debate with then-information minister Datuk Seri Shabeery Cheek — was broadcast live on Astro.

Political analysts have criticised the Mandarin debate for veering greatly off-topic and descending into mere political posturing.

Both Dr Chua and Lim said yesterday they would organised another debate on another topic in Malay and English soon.

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Anyone in a coalition that tacitly accepts APARTHEID will not be secure – INCLUDING OTK himself. Work on ethics is admirable OTK, but you too are no more secure being part of MCA which is in BN coalition that continues APARTHEID. As mentioned before, how about if MCA/MIC/Gerakan/PPP/SUPP/(the few best of UMNO who does not believe in APARTHEID?)  LEAVE BN to form a swing vote party LEADING 3rd Force to grant the below 3 items that could destroy the nepotists in Pakatan) :

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

To the minorities even OTK is unacceptable because of his presence in MCA which is in BN alludes the acceptance of APARTHEID. Will OTK make a stand for Article 1 of the UNHCR? OTK has no business saying CSL is insecure because – all MCA members and MCA MPs are insecure – by the implict acceptance of APARTHEID due to MCA remaining in BN.

This is how DAP despite the severe nepotism problem in DAP may be more secure than any MCA MP. 3rd Force indies of course have a further advantage over DAP being non-nepotists. So OTK, make clear your own stand on apartheid and consider the above suggestion towards EQUALITY/EMANCIPATION for MINORITIES from BUMI-APARTHEID! Where’s that Commissar, so many apartheid accepters in the MCA’s ranks!

2 Articles on Hitting Women and respect of men/faith – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 20th February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, Democracy, dhimmi, dhimmitude, halal zone, halal zones, misplaced adoration, Muslims, neutral spaces, nudism, public spaces, social freedoms, spiritual abuse, subtle insults, unprofessional behaviour on February 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

ARTICLE 1

Where I come from, beating up on a woman is never okay:’ Miranda Lambert continues to wage her war against Chris Brown during concert performance – by Laura Schreffler Last updated at 3:36 AM on 18th February 2012

With songs about burning down a cheating boyfriend’s house and women planning to shoot her abusive husband, it would perhaps take a brave soul to mess with Miranda Lambert.

That said, country music’s resident tough girl is coming after Chris Brown for a second time – and she hopes he receives her message.

The 28-year-old wasn’t shy in the slightest about holding up a fan-made sign during her concert at UMass Amherst last night that read ‘Take Notes Chris Brown’.

The battle continues: Miranda Lambert carries on her war of words against Chris Brown during a concert last night in Massachusetts

The Southern blonde held up the sign high and told her fans: ‘Get a good picture now, put it on Twitter.

‘I’ve been in a world of hurt with Chris Brown fans lately…but, see, I just have to speak my mind because where I come from, beating up a woman is never OK’.

She then sang her 2008 single Gunpowder and Lead, about a woman who plans on shooting her abusive ex-husband after his release from jail.

Rage face? Not so much. Chris Brown seemed to be having a blast on Miami Beach today

For his part, the 22-year-old singer doesn’t seem to care. He tweeted earlier today: ‘Let them be mad!!! We make music. Don’t like it, don’t listen!

‘Turn up the music remix is coming too! Guess who’s on it?’

He’s hinting not so subtly that ex-girlfriend Rihanna might appear on the track.
No sweat off my back! The 22-year-old R&B singer is unfazed that Lambert and others have been hating on him

No sweat off my back! The 22-year-old R&B singer is unfazed that Lambert and others have been hating on him

But several fans are unhappy due to his arrest on Grammy night three years ago for assaulting the Bajan beauty.

His arrest and conviction is the reason why Lambert has waged a verbal war against the R&B singer.

She doesn’t believe he should be rewarded for his behaviour, as he not only made his comeback at the Grammys earlier this month, but also won an accolade for Best R&B album.

Fury: Miranda Lambert has taken to Twitter to blast Chris Brown after his appearance at the Grammys

Displeased: Miranda Lambert took to her Twitter account to show her fury at the singer

While his superstar ex, 23, also performed and seemed unfazed by the presence of her former flame, Chris’s presence was unacceptable for some of the other celebrity attendees.

Blake Shelton’s other half was especially candid in her blasting of the star, as she took to Twitter to fume about his appearance at the bash, also sniping at the length of Nicki Minaj’s performance.

She wrote: ‘How dang long did they give Nicki Minaj to do whatever that was? Strange. And Chris Brown twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl…’
Comeback: Chris Brown returned to the Grammys after he was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009

Biting her tongue: Songstress Michelle Branch found it hard to keep her feelings quiet

In agreement: The View host Sherri Shepherd also did her best to repress her feelings towards the singer

Not happy: Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet made a joke about producers allowing Chris Brown to be there

She went on to post: ‘Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys.’

Bling: Meanwhile, Miranda posted a picture on her WhoSay account of a ring she got from husband Blake Shelton as a Valentine’s Day gift

The singer, 28, who is married to fellow country star Blake Shelton, was referring to one of her hits songs.

Gunpowder and Lead, which was released in 2007, conveys the story of a woman who prepares to kill her abusive husband when he is released from jail.

Miranda sings the lyrics: ‘He slap my face and he shook me like a rag doll, don’t that sound like a real man.

‘I’m going to show him what a little girl’s made of – gunpowder and lead.’

And the country crooner was not alone in thinking Chris should not have been invited to the ceremony as a host of other celebrities spoke of their fury over Twitter.

Songstress Michelle Branch wrote: ‘Trying not to go off on a rant but…Chris Brown…*bites tongue* have we forgiven him? #Grammys’

Bad move?: Some celebrities slammed Chris Brown after he performed twice at the awards ceremony

Making his return: As well as performing at the bash, Chris scooped the award for Best R&B album

Sharing in her view was The View host Sherri Shepherd, who also seemed to be repressing her anger and wrote: ‘Looks like all is forgiven w Chris Brown. That’s all I’ll say.’

Meanwhile Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet quipped: ‘Are Chris brown’s mom and dad CBS and Grammy Brown?’

Chris performed his new single Turn Up The Muisc along with his collaborative effort with Benny Bennassi, Beautiful People.

Victim: Chris was arrested for assaulting Rihanna and a restraining order was lifted last year

He then took to the stage again to perform I Can Only Imagine alongside David Guetta.

Meanwhile Rihanna sang her hit record We Found Love, before taking the stage to duet with Coldplay’s Chris Brown.

Chris has shied away from the Grammys since the domestic violence incident against Rihanna in 2009, which happened on the eve of the awards ceremony.

Putting the past behind her: Rihanna seemed unfazed by the presence of her former flame as she also performed at the ceremony

Duet: After performing solo, Rihanna took to the stage to sing alongside Coldplay’s Chris Martin

The pair were both due to perform at the bash the following day and were forced to pull out of their respective appearances.

A judge eased a restraining order last February after an attorney for Rihanna said she didn’t object to removing the stay-away provisions.

The former order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from 23-year-old Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music industry event.
In the audience: Miranda Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton (R) were sat next to an ornately dressed Lady Gaga

In the audience: Miranda Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton (R) were sat next to an ornately dressed Lady Gaga

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Get Rihanna to beat Chris Brown back or anyone on behalf of Rihanna then. Chris did not hold placards and try to destroy Rihanna’s career at the concert, also the beating was in private and we do know that in private people can be very different, so to be fair and equitable, the beat-back could be done in private as well. This public attack via placard is unprincipled and has nothing to do with what happened. Attention whoring on the back of Rihanna and Chris Brown’s spat perhaps?

‘beating up a woman is never OK’. Fine and well. But what happened to the equality thing? Beating anyone up is never OK. It’s not just women this ‘adage’ applies to. So get Rihanna and Chris together in a private setting as ask Rihanna to beat Chris back. End of story.

ARTICLE 2

Arab man hits two women over peck on cheek – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 20, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — An Arab visitor allegedly attacked two women at a Kota Kinabalu backpackers’ lodge after flying into a rage over a kiss.

The man is said to have blown his top after witnessing Canadian tourist Daniel Gunn kiss his girlfriend on the cheek out in the hall area, The Star reported today.

Gunn, 30, told the daily efforts to calm the man failed, following which lodge receptionist Dewina Jolilin stepped in to try and defuse the situation.

Her intervention, however, incensed the Arab man further as he reckoned that Dewina, who is also Muslim, should have been equally angry about the public show of affection.

He then reportedly hit the 22-year-old in the face with a plastic bag, prompting Gunn and his local girlfriend to come to the receptionist’s aid.

“My girlfriend told him that he cannot attack a woman. And then, she was also attacked,” said Gunn, who recorded the incident that took place at around 6.30pm on February 9.

The man then stormed out of the lodge and left in a taxi, without settling his bill.

Dewina lodged a police report over the alleged assault immediately after. City police are now looking for the suspect.

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Arab Islamic faithers do act as if Malaysia, much less Orang Asli Malay East Malaysia is their ‘spiritual’ colony (Nusantaran Animism being the local faith system especially in East Malaysia). The Arab likely filled with the ‘spiritual colonialist’ pathos was not ready to allow other non-Muslims to express themselves in what was after all neutral space for all faiths and expressions. It is not chivalrous to hit women you Arabs, though some women have indeed become very disrespectful to the point of unprofessionalism and used feminism to disregard faith-sensitivity issues.

Hitting the woman was wrong and a complaint and report should have been made by the Arab for outrage of Muslim sensitivity at most (this is however East Malaysia and NOT a religious place), even while the condescension of Arabs towards their ‘faith based colonies’, was probably the first punch thrown and the self inflicted sanctimony to a right to feel outraged inappropriate. Clash of civilisations happened here.

Arabs have to understand that the world does not revolve around their race or faith and that people in obviously neutral space have the right to express themselves. Those who are religiously sensitive perhaps could demand Halal Zones where no-kissing rules apply, or no Muslims are allowed but this is a private establishment so no controls or expectations much less with violence can be applied.

The Canadian though could have been intentionally flaunting this fact of neutral space, and the Arab not wanting to be ‘outdone’ in right of action in space, decided to go all fisticuffs on the Canadian. Still wrong when provoked though wrong to provoke – if intentionally kissing, the first non-physical punch was thrown by the Canadian. If the Canadian was minding his own business and incidentally was kissing, the Arab is in the wrong, doubly so for using physical force.

What would happen if a Nudist AND Islamist neutral zone where BOTH social types was created? The very most enlightened of Muslims would not care and do their prayers among the Naturists. But would less neutral minded Muslims go around beating up as many people as possible? Violence is not the solution, but clearly delineated spaces should be created for high tourist zones and clearly zoned so that misunderstandings will not occur. By the Arab’s logic, the Malaysian police would have to arrest all non-Muslims kissing in public, that wouldn’t work now would it?

Maybe in a holy city or inside a Mosque or on halllowed ground, but this is a tourist area for boisterous and amorous couples unwinding from urban life, the Arab has not been reasonable. I suggest that the Arab read the above post and settle the issue with an apology out of court and compensate for hitting the women and attempting to dominate the Canadian’s neutral space rights.

2 Articles on China in Military Geopolitics reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 1st February 2012

In Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, Iran, Justice, Law, spirit of the law, USA, War on January 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

ARTICLE 1

Chinese General Rattles Sabre – by John Garnaut – 23rd May 2011

General Liu Yuan, a RISING star of the People’s Liberation Army has called for China to rediscover its ”military culture”, while challenging unnamed Communist Party leaders for betraying their revolutionary heritage. General Liu Yuan displays sympathy for Osama bin Laden, says war is a natural extension of economics and politics and claims that ”man cannot survive without killing”.

His essay, written as a preface to a friend’s book, says ”history is written by blood and slaughter” and describes the nation-state as ”a power machine made of violence”. General Liu’s public glorification of what he sees as an innate but previously suppressed Chinese military culture reveals an undercurrent that is driving the Communist Party’s increasing assertiveness at home and abroad. His essay emerges at an awkward time internationally, after Army Chief of Staff Chen Bingde last week travelled to Washington with reassurances about China’s peaceful intentions. Chinese President Hu Jintao promoted General Liu this year to be Political Commissar of the PLA’s General Logistics Department, after making him a full general in 2009, and some expect he will receive a two-stage promotion into the Central Military Commission, the military’s top leadership body.

General Liu is also an important leader among the dozens of ”princelings” whose parents founded the People’s Republic and are now claiming dominant positions in politics, business and rising through the military. His father was Liu Shaoqi, who was Mao Zedong’s anointed successor until Mao’s Red Guards threw him in jail and left him to die. General Liu was purged with his family during the Cultural Revolution and then left Beijing to begin his career as a grassroots official in the countryside in the early 1980s, in parallel with the current boss of Chongqing city, Bo Xilai, and China’s likely next president, Xi Jinping.

”Military culture is the oldest and most important wisdom of humanity,” writes General Liu, inverting a traditional Chinese formulation that military affairs are subordinate to civilian culture. ”Without war, where would grand unity come from? Without force, how could fusion of the nation, the race, the culture, the south and the north be achieved?” While overtones of 1930s Japanese and German militarism will be internationally disconcerting, the essay also opens a window into the institutional, ideological and personal struggles that are intensifying before next year’s leadership transition. It is effectively a clarion call for the true heirs of the communist revolution to rediscover their fighting spirit and reinvent a rationale for their existence.

”No-surrender Communist Party members,” writes General Liu. ”Let’s start again.” Pointedly, General Liu distinguishes ”no-surrender” cadres from unnamed top leaders who he says have sold out to foreign interests and ideologies. ”Actually, the party has been repeatedly betrayed by general secretaries, both in and outside the country, recently and in the past,” he writes. The essay is written as a preface to a collection of political essays, Changing Our View of Culture and History, by left-leaning intellectual Zhang Musheng, whose father was also a senior cadre. General Liu backs Mr Zhang’s call to save the Communist Party by turning the ideological clock back by more than 60 years, to ”new democracy”.

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Well General Liu, there IS a certain apartheid state oppressing minorities that needs a strong word or two, maybe get your bad cop North Korea to remind them where they stand in the region of 2 super powers, 2 Greater states in formation backed by a ‘restive’ Superpower.

MCA and Gerakan, SUPP, still so frightened? . . . our local ‘leaders’ also need some reminding on what they need to do, politically at least. We won’t need to fire a single shot unless ‘they’ bring it upon themselves. How obvious must I get. These BN coalition guys are so cowardly in the ethical or equality and human rights department.

Perhaps a personal note or call from a minion or few of the Commissar will help galvanise these unethical weaklings in BN, if not a ‘bullet’ in the form of new leadership to remove these cowards, so these cowards cannot harm locals further, not that supposed local ‘rescuers’ are any less deserving of the same bullet but merely useful. It’s just equality and granting of what are after all UNHCR rights, not an invasion.

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

Sultans and right minded Malays, what say you? Shall we end the APARTHEID as per the UNHCR Article 1 and the prevention of the Sin of Asabiya in Islam? Or will the wider world have to ‘remind’ . . .

ARTICLE 2

Iran Stands Firm! Posted on 16. Jul, 2011 by Kourosh Ziabari in Interviews

Israeli leaders understand the futility of military adventurism against Iran: An Interview with Abolghasem Bayyenat – by Kourosh Ziabari

Abolghasem Bayyenat is an independent political analyst writing mainly on Iran’s foreign policy developments. Over the past decade, his political commentaries and articles have appeared in numerous popular media and online journals, including Foreign Policy Journal, Foreign Policy In Focus, Monthly Review, Eurasia Review, AntiWar.com, Tehran Times, Middle East Online, San Francisco Chronicle, Online Opinion, American Chronicle, and a number of other national newspapers and online journals across the world. He has also published a number of book chapters and articles in academic journals. Besides academic studies in political science and international relations, he has also practical experience in international diplomacy. In the past, he has worked for several years as international trade expert and researcher in Iran, as part of which he was involved in various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations between Iran and its trade partners around the world.

He is currently completing his Ph. D studies in political science at Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His latest articles can also be read on his own blog at Iran Diplomacy Watch .

What follows is the complete text of my in-depth interview with Mr. Bayyenat in which we discussed the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, the prospect of Iran-West relations and the politics of Israel’s nuclear activities.

Kourosh Ziabari: The past decade has been witness to unending and unremitting clash between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program. The West has constantly accused Iran of trying to build nuclear bombs while Tehran has persistently denied the allegation. What do you think about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program? Why has it become so controversial and contentious? We already know that there are four nations in the world, who are not signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but nobody in the international community pressures them to halt their nuclear program and nobody investigates their nuclear arsenals. Why Iran is being singled out?

Abolghasem Bayyenat: Iran’s nuclear program is driven by two major factors. The most important factor is genuine domestic need for electric power generation. Iran’s fossil fuel reserves have been fast depleting over the past few decades in light of the growing domestic consumption caused by population growth, ongoing industrialization and economic development in Iran. The prospect of full depletion of fossil fuel reserves motivated Iranian leaders to seek alternative sources of energy. Nuclear power presented itself as the most reliable alternative source of energy for Iran, given its sustainability and tested performance in developed countries.

The second important factor is that developing nuclear power and harnessing nuclear energy represents an advanced scientific realm and progress in that front serves as a source of national pride for Iran. A limited number of nations in the world have been able to master the full nuclear fuel cycle. Development of an indigenous nuclear fuel cycle capacity along with progress in other advanced scientific realms such as space program and stem cell research can thus positively influence Iran’s national self-image and elevate its international prestige.

The reasons why Iran’s nuclear program has become controversial are twofold. First, Iran’s decision to materialize its rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to develop peaceful applications of nuclear technology and nuclear fuel cycle in particular; what can make this controversial in the eyes of Western powers is the dual use of nuclear technology. Possessing full nuclear fuel cycle technology enables states to produce the material needed for ultimate use in nuclear weapons. Building nuclear bombs of course requires much more than just possessing sufficient stock of highly-enriched uranium or plutonium, but mastering this technology enables such states to make the essential ingredients for a bomb and thus become closer to building nuclear warheads.

One may rightly argue that the safeguards mechanisms of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) makes it every thing but feasible for the member states of the NPT to proceed to producing weapons-grade material for nuclear bombs. The main rejoinder to this argument is that states arguably always have the option to withdraw from the NPT under certain circumstances and terminate IAEA inspections on their nuclear facilities, if they are willing to face the consequences of such an action.

In a nutshell, possessing nuclear fuel cycle technology or seeking nuclear threshold status can pose risks for nuclear proliferation in the world, even though the NPT grants this right to its member states.

While a necessary condition, this factor however is not a sufficient cause for Iran’s nuclear issue becoming controversial. After all there are a number of other nuclear threshold countries in the world, not to mention nuclear-armed states, whose nuclear programs have not drawn any international controversy. What makes Iran’s nuclear program controversial is Iran’s political identity as a state or who Iran is or what it stands for. The combination of seeking nuclear threshold status and

Iran’s political identity has turned Iran’s nuclear program into a controversial issue. Speaking in the language of social sciences methodology, there is an interactive effect between these two variables in the sense that each of these two variables is significant only in combination with the other variable or its effect is intensified in interaction with the other. Iran’s political ideology as practiced in its foreign policy, especially in regard to the Middle East region and the United States, largely represents Iran’s political identity.

The reason why Iran is being singled out while there are other countries in the region and beyond which are not parties to the NPT and have weaponized their nuclear programs with impunity is the same as above. On the surface, it is all a legal issue in that those countries which are not signatories to the NPT are not bound by its rules, including the IAEA safeguards mechanisms, and have thus been able to nuclearize with impunity. However, if this were so, those countries which withdraw from the NPT and are thus no longer bound by its regulations should enjoy the same privileges as those outside the NPT, as notifications of withdrawal from the NPT automatically come into force after three months without any need for approval by other contracting parties. There are conflicting interpretations of paragraph 1 of Article X of the NPT though. Yet the reality is that this is not the case and states may face harsh punitive measures by hegemonic powers even if they are not subject to the NPT regulations, as the experience of the withdrawal of North Korea from the NPT demonstrates.

In sum, the reason why Iran is being singled out while some aggressive nuclear-armed states in the region enjoy impunity is primarily political rather than legal.

Iran’s political identity, as shaped by its official ideology and the history of its relationship with the United States and European powers, has put its foreign policy at odds with the interests of imperial powers in the region. The international controversy over Iran’s nuclear issue can thus be understood in this context.

KZ: Over the past years, the United Nations Security Council, under the pressure of the United States and its European allies, imposed four rounds of crippling economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. These sanctions targeted Iran’s oil and gas sector, aviation industry, health and medicine sector, consular affairs and in a nutshell, every aspect of the daily life of the Iranian citizens who had been trying to rise from the ashes of the devastating war with Iraq in 1980s. What do you think about these sanctions and their impact on the life of the Iranian citizens? Don’t these sanctions resemble some kind of human rights violation? Iranian people are deprived of having access to the most essential commodities of their daily life as a result of these sanctions. What’s your take on that?

AB: The sanctions against Iran have publicly been represented by Western powers as selective and targeted measures with the aim of only pressuring the Iranian government to reconsider its position on its nuclear issue. This public image has been promoted to avoid a public opinion backlash against Western governments. The experience of the U.S. sanctions against Iraq in the 1990s, which contributed to a humanitarian catastrophe in that country whereby hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children reportedly perished as a result of malnutrition and shortage of medicines and other medical supplies exacerbated by the U.S. sanctions, had created public aversion to the use of sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy. Despite Western governments’ rejection of any analogy between their current sanctions against Iran and those imposed on Iraq in the 1990s, the reality is that Western governments have set their feet on the same path especially by introducing unilateral sanctions against Iran.

Many of the measures adopted against Iran, such as those targeting Iran’s energy sector, civil aviation and maritime transportation, among others, are indiscriminate by nature and have impacts much wider than that publicly advertised by Western governments. They are designed to inflict collective punishment on the whole country with the ostensible aim of pressuring the Iranian government. As such, they are contrary to international law and international moral principles as established and advocated by Western governments themselves.

To have a better sense of the impact of the Western sanctions on the general population of Iran, we can take a look at the sanctions imposed against Iran’s energy sector as an example. The stated goal of these measures is to deprive Iran from its principal source of revenue over time by prohibiting foreign investments in its oil and natural gas sectors and disrupting Iran’s international financial transactions in these products. Western governments justify these measures by arguing that revenues emanating from oil exports and the sale of other energy products help Iran finance its nuclear program. However, the reality is that while a fraction of Iran’s foreign exchange revenues may also be channeled to finance Iran’s nuclear program, Western governments tend to ignore the fact that these same revenues also account for the bulk of Iran’s public budget which helps finance public health services, public education, subsidized food for the poor and many other social services programs.

Around 80 percent of Iran’s foreign exchange revenues come from the export of energy products and any long-term disruption of such revenues can seriously hamper the Iranian government’s capacity to provide public services to its people. Western governments may rejoice at this prospect but they would be disappointed to find out that this will have minimal impact on the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue. The Iranian government will be able to continue financing its nuclear program as it does not constitute a substantial item on the government budget and the public anger at the disruption of social services will also be directed at the West rather than the Iranian government. Other Western sanctions against Iran such as those targeting civil aviation and maritime transportation sectors also have the effect of inflicting a collective punishment upon the general population of Iran without making any meaningful contribution to the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue.

KZ: With their sophisticated intelligence apparatus, the United States and its European allies should have come to the conclusion that Iran does not have the intention of building nuclear bombs nor does it have the capability to build one. Iran has repeatedly stated that it will publicly announce once it decides to build an atomic bomb because it is afraid of nobody. Is the pressure on Iran over its nuclear program part of an agenda to derail Iran’s status as a regional superpower and isolate it internationally, or is it really a matter of ignorance and unawareness on the side of the West?

AB: As I explained in my answer to your first question, gaining nuclear threshold status is not equivalent to having the capacity to manufacture a nuclear bomb but it enables the states possessing such capacity to produce the essential ingredients for ultimate use in a bomb, should they choose to terminate their membership in the NPT. A number of American and also European political and intelligence officials have publicly acknowledged that Iran does not have the political will to manufacture nuclear weapons but they insist that they cannot predict Iran’s future intentions.

Possessing nuclear threshold status or even developing nuclear arms is not a sufficient cause for international controversy over a state’s nuclear program. As I mentioned earlier, Iran’s political identity interacts with its nuclear threshold capacity to turn its nuclear program into a matter of concern for the West. When it comes to the motives of Western countries in their confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program, we should note that the West is not a monolithic and united front. Both the United States and major European powers have an interest in preventing Iran from maintaining nuclear threshold status. But the role of political identity of Iran is more determining in its relations with the United States than with most European powers as the latter maintained largely normal commercial and political relations with Iran before its nuclear program came into the spotlight.

In contrast, Iran’s problems with the United States will not come to an end with the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue and the relations of the two countries will continue to be strained due to the long-standing crisis in their relationship. As in the past, other contentious issues will emerge in the relations of the two countries thus serving as a pretext for sustaining the deep-seated hostility between the two countries. Given the largely conflicting political identity of the two governments which in most contexts has defined conflicting foreign policy interests for the two countries , the United States views its relations with Iran as a zero-sum game and will thus struggle to contain Iran’s growing power and influence in the region, even if this would mean swimming against the tide and creating unnecessary costs for its foreign policy in the region.

KZ: Israel is said to be the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. With a declared policy of deliberate ambiguity, it has prevented the international community from investigating its arsenals, and the global organizations such as the UNSC in turn have shown little interest in focusing on Israel’s dossier. Why can Israel enjoy immunity from international law and be exempted from being held accountable before the public opinion?

AB: As you indicated, it is an open secret that Israel possesses a formidable nuclear weapons arsenal. There are multiple reasons why Israel has escaped international scrutiny over its nuclear program. The apparent reason is legal. Israel has refused to become a member of the NPT and is thus not bound by its rules.

This has in part provided a shelter for Israel from international criticism over its nuclear program. As you have also brought up, Israel’s policy of strategic ambiguity with regard to its nuclear weapons program has also contributed to this immunity from international scrutiny. Unlike India and Pakistan, Israel has not openly tested any nuclear device for various reasons and this has also helped its nuclear weapons program go largely unnoticed.

But above all, the unconditional and unwavering U.S. support for Israel at the UN Security Council and other international forums has effectively blocked international calls for investigation into Israel’s nuclear program. There is no hope for introducing any resolution in the UNSC on this matter as the United States stands too ready to veto any resolution which happens to be slightly critical of Israel. The fact that Israel is not a member of the NPT has also facilitated the task of the United States in preventing the issue of Israel’s nuclear arsenals from appearing on the agenda of relevant international organizations by supplying it with a convenient legal justification.

Despite this prospect, any call for international probe into Israel’s nuclear program should primarily come from Israel’s neighboring countries as, more than any other country in the world they are endangered by Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal. However, autocratic Arab rulers have historically placed the survival of their regimes above their national interests and popular preferences. Given the lack of democratic accountability in the Arab world, conservative authoritarian Arab regimes have refrained from seriously pushing for international scrutiny into Israel’s nuclear weapons program and calling for nuclear disarmament in the Middle East region, as demanded by their publics. These regimes have instead defined their interests in close harmony with Israeli and U.S. interests in the region by calling for international pressure on Iran’s IAEA-monitored nuclear program.

KZ: During the recent years, Israel has been incessantly threatening Iran against a nuclear strike and a preemptive war. The United States also has repeated the same slogans with a different frequency. Don’t these threats exemplify violation of the UN Charter and Geneva Convention? Do you take seriously these threats? Overall, do you think that either of these two stalwart allies will finally attack Iran?

AB: As you have also suggested, issuing unprovoked military threats against a sovereign state constitutes a breach of various instruments of international law governing peace and security. These threats should be taken seriously and condemned by the international community as they set a dangerous precedent in international relations. Yet they do not represent a genuine military threat against Iran and remain largely as a propaganda tactic. Israeli leaders understand both the risks and futility of any such military adventures against Iran. There are several factors which discourage the execution of such military threats against Iran. First, there is the feasibility problem in the sense that there are serious challenges for Israel in executing such a military threat against Iran. The long distance between the two countries poses various obstacles for carrying out such a military adventure, including flying over unfriendly countries, refueling problem for attacking aircrafts, Iran’s effective air defense and so on.

Second, any such military attacks against Iran’s nuclear facilities will largely be ineffective and futile. Most nuclear facilities of Iran are protected with passive defense arrangements, since they are buried deep in mountains or under ground and are also scattered all over the country. Under the best circumstances, any hypothetical attack by Israel on Iran’s nuclear facilities will only exert minimal damage on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and thus delaying its nuclear progress for only a short time. Iran has achieved self-sufficiency in most elements of its nuclear program and will be able to rebuild its nuclear facilities within a reasonable amount of time drawing on its indigenous capacities.

Third, the fallouts from such a military adventure will be unbearable for Israel. Iran will definitely retaliate against Israel with full force in the event of such an attack on its nuclear facilities. Iran’s regional allies will also play their own part in carrying out such a retaliation against Israel. This in turn will raise the prospect of an all-out regional war and Israeli is all but willing to endure such costs. Cool-headed Israeli politicians grasp the extent of calamities that such a military adventure against Iran would unleash for Israel and have thus strongly warned in public against considering such an option.

Other fallouts from such a military adventure may include Iran’s withdrawal form the NPT and terminating the IAEA inspections on its nuclear facilities. This would not necessarily mean that Iran will revise its attitude towards nuclear weapons and would rush to build atomic bombs, even though it might be forced to go down that path in the aftermath of such an attack, but would largely signify Iran’s frustration with international organizations to guarantee the security of its peaceful nuclear activities. Taking these consequences into account, I think as long as rationality guides national security decision-making in Israel, such military threats will never materialize against Iran.

The United States is even more averse to considering a military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities than Israel. The United States is already bugged down in two wars in the neighborhood of Iran and is well aware of its vulnerabilities in these countries , should Iran decide to seriously challenge it in those arenas. To this, one should add a host of domestic problems facing the U.S. government and a public weary of military adventures abroad. For similar reasons, U.S. policy-makers are also convinced of the futility and ineffectiveness of a military option against Iran.

Despite these realities, Israeli politicians tend to repeat their military threats against Iran in part to pressure the United States and other Western powers to intensify their pressure on Iran and in part to divert international attention form their own nuclear weapons arsenal and their continued occupation of the Palestinian lands and their other atrocities against Palestinians.

KZ: Some critics of the foreign policy of President Ahmadinejad administration believe that he isolated Iran in the international stage with his radical policies toward the West. They also say that he failed to direct Iran’s nuclear program in the right path and thus lost many opportunities including a cordial and amiable relation with the United States and Europe. Do you agree with them?

AB: I personally do not think some of President Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric in foreign policy are helpful but I do not attribute the current standoff between Iran and Western powers to that. I have already explained in my answers to your previous questions what I consider to be the root causes of the crisis in Iran-Western relations.

The existing crisis in Iran-Western relations obviously predates the election of President Ahmadinejad. Iran was branded as part of ‘the Axis of Evil’ and further demonized by former U.S. President George Bush at a time when actually a reformist president was in power in Iran, who had promoted dialogue between Islam and the Western civilization and had advocated détente in Iran’s foreign policy with the West. Under former Iranian President Khatami, Iran had also extended practical cooperation to the United States in its fight against terrorism after the September 11, 2001, but only to be rewarded with more hostility by the United States.

Having said this, there is no doubt that Iran became subject to more pressure by Western powers since Ahmadinejad came to office. Ahmadinejad’s risk-taking behavior in relation to Iran’s nuclear policy has provoked further hostile reactions by Western powers against Iran. But no gain in foreign policy comes without its due costs. Iran has also gained significant technological achievements in its nuclear program and has considerably developed its domestic capacity in various areas of nuclear activities.

Even if Iran was forthcoming on the nuclear issue as during President Khatami’s tenure, U.S. antagonistic policies towards Iran would persist in new forms. Given that even Khatami’s reformist government was not willing to extend the temporary suspension of Iran’s nuclear activities, which was adopted as a temporary confidence-building measure, I believe more ore less the same level of Western confrontation with Iran would have been inevitable even if a reformist government was still in power in Iran

KZ: What do you think of the prospect of Iran’s nuclear standoff? Will the upcoming U.S. Presidential elections have a serious impact on the course of events related to Iran’s nuclear program? Some critics of Iran’s foreign policy believe that Iran was lucky that Barack Obama won the 2008 elections because every other candidate would certainly attack Iran if won the elections. What’s your viewpoint?

AB: It does not appear that the United States is genuinely interested in having Iran’s nuclear issue resolved in any reasonable manner as its current strategy is solely geared to inflicting utmost pain on Iran. Western powers’ insistence on unrealistic preconditions for negotiations and not showing due flexibility to recognize Iran’s core legitimate interests has allowed no room for optimism for the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue any time soon. The hard-line position of the United States has already drawn the sharp criticism of top American foreign policy experts and veteran Western diplomats who command close knowledge of the issue.

I don’t see how the upcoming U.S. presidential elections would contribute meaningfully to the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue. Past experience has shown that changing political circumstances may only effect tactical changes in U.S. policy towards Iran and as long as the root causes of the current stand-off are not addressed no permanent solution to the issue can be perceived.

I also don’t think that Iran was lucky Obama was elected as U.S. president. Because the Obama administration has played down the option of a military attack against Iran it has been more effective than the Bush Administration to bring European countries and, to some extent, China and Russia on board to exert some pressure on Iran. As soon as the threat of a military attack against Iran gains more currency within the U.S. administration, this fragile coalition would start to crumble down.

The record of Bush administration on Iran serves as an example for how far a hawkish Republican administration would achieve on the Iran front, had it won the U.S. elections. Besides, the first priority of every American administration would have been addressing domestic problems in light of the ongoing economic recession. Opening any new war front on top of Iraq and Afghanistan, much less one on the scale of a military confrontation with Iran, would have been a recipe for early retirement for any U.S. president under present circumstances.

KZ: Iran has invested a lot in its relationship with China and Russia and considers them its strategic allies; however, both of these countries showed green light to anti-Iranian sanctions in the Security Council and facilitated the imposition of resolutions against Iran in an undeniable complicity with the United States. In the other words, Russia and China flagrantly betrayed Iran in time of need. What do you think about Iran’s relations with China and Russia? Why has Iran trusted them several times despite the fact that it was cleared to Tehran that they’re not loyal friends?

AB: I would look at the situation somewhat differently. In international relations states are loyal only to their own interests. Realism is still the dominant discourse in international relations and states view their relations with each other largely in realist terms. National interests defined broadly in terms of maximizing their own military power and economic well-being vis-à-vis other states is the guiding principle of the foreign policy of states. Seasoned Iranian foreign policy makers also understand the limits of Iran’s bargaining power with regard to China and Russia, when other states, particularly Western powers, are competing with it for their loyalty.

While both China and Russia have important stakes in their relations with Iran, they also maintain by far larger interests in their relations with the United States and other Western powers. China and the United States are economically highly interdependent and the U.S. market serves as the single most important destination for
Chinese exports. Russia has similarly important economic and security interests in its relations with the West. Both countries have tried to strike a fine balance between their relations with Iran and the West in order to maximize their benefits and minimize their costs. While their actions in betraying Iran’s trust at some points may be morally and legally indefensible, it is not always possible for them to keep both parties to the conflict content and their interests may require that they sometimes lean toward one side at the expense of the other.

Both Russia and China have also significantly softened the language of the Security Council resolutions against Iran and have opposed certain harsh measures against it, a fact which shows that they still maintain important interests in their relations with Iran, which they are not willing to give up unless the West is prepared to pay the necessary price for that. This of course does not mean that Russia and China have no redlines in their foreign policies and are willing to prostitute out their loyalties to the highest bidder, but there are clear limits to the extent to which they can support their allies. The experience of Russian and Chinese inaction towards NATO strikes on Serbia and their no more than verbal opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq were enough to remind even the most optimistic Iranian policy makers that they cannot tie their hope to the support of these two countries under all circumstances.
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Read the comments by @Master C on the below link. The comments on 2nd Amendment and Sovereignty completely exhonerate and give Iran a right to build those nukes as a deterrent, though if Iran fires them first, the scenario would be very grim. I doubt Iran is that stupid in any case and also advocate them building and owning (let them build and waste money to maintain, if they use those doutless on Israel, the Middle East where they live) but not using nukes.

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/china%E2%80%99s-military-threatens-america-we-will-hurt-you/

Why I work and stay overseas — A Bumi – 19th May 2011 (Series of NLP Articles Attacking Minorities)

In Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, Democracy, Equality, non-Muslim rights, non-Muslim Rights in a Muslim country, social freedoms on January 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm

MAY 19 — I am a Malay working overseas. I find working in Malaysia unattractive due to the following reasons. I don’t want to belabour the points, so I list them down in point form: Chinese chauvinism/racism • Most private organisations including TMI are dominated by the Chinese and/or their political agenda.

• Chinese people have a tendency to assign negative stereotypes on other races (especially the Bumiputera races).
• They exhibit cliquish, insular, secretive and calculating behaviour.
• Chinese people favour fair-skinned people even though fair skin is disadvantageous in Malaysia’s sunny climate.
• They admire China’s achievements, despite China’s oppressive regime.
• Malaysian Chinese use the Chinese languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien etc.) to isolate their discussion from others while in their presence.
• The Chinese are not honest about failures of ethnic Chinese leaderships in Philippines and Thailand.
• Tokenism is rife in Chinese companies.
• Chinese will use changing criteria to judge people of other ethnicities; one day it is academic merit, another day it may be “character.”
• The Chinese favour their own kind over others, even when other kinds are of equal stature.
• Malays fear to voice out against Chinese for fear of repercussions especially with respect to their employment prospects in the private sector.
• The Chinese still hold strongly to their ethnic heritage.
• They diminish the achievement of other races, especially the Malays.
• Harp on Bumiputera affirmative action even though Chinese people still continue to succeed at all levels of Malaysian life (even government).
• Any Malay who has strong academic background is denounced as attaining it due to “Bumiputera privilege”, even though he graduated overseas with his own money.
• Use their overseas Chinese connection to gain unfair advantage, but pretend the advantage is minimal.
• The Chinese always make unfair comparisons of Malaysia with other non-Muslim, post-industrial countries.
• Chinese people don’t recognise the special position Islam has in Malaysia.
• Enjoy talking bad about Malaysia (even when working/living overseas) as if Malaysia is on the same level as Zimbabwe even though Malaysia is far from it.
• Highly critical of institutions that are Bumiputera-dominated (ie. government), but non-critical of institutions that are Chinese dominant (like gambling).
• Show no desire to partake in patriotic activities (e.g. serve in army), but cry foul when other people point out their lack of patriotism.
• Show lack of understanding about Islamic religion, but enjoy taking Quranic verses out of context to further their argument.
• If pushed to think “outside the box”, the Chinese would favour Western ideals above Islamic ideals.
• The Chinese show lack of respect toward Malay leaders, but accord unnecessary respect to their Chinese community leaders, even though they hold no significant position in government.
• Always speak about “brain drain” but still keep Malaysian passports.
• Willing to spread disingenuous claim that Bumis have already achieved economic parity with the Chinese.
• Use Indians who have achieved to further their claim that Indian community is ahead of the Malay community.
• Comments in support of Chinese chauvinistic agenda are allowed to be posted in TMI, while others are censored.

I can go on and on with more example, but I grow tired and annoyed. PAS religionists :

• Holds only their interpretation of Islam to be the truth.
• Willing to associate themselves with and be used by non-Muslims while creating enmity toward other Muslims.
• Use religion as a political tool to win arguments and foment discord.
• Ritualistic mentality.
• Have a simplistic idea/concept of the world and its affairs.

Umno nationalism

• Partake in bully politics.
• Enjoy seeing minor issues such as sexual improprieties take over the national discourse.
• Willing to give in to fervent Malay nationalism.
• Must “ampu” within Umno hierarchical structure to get to higher positions.
• Anti-intellectualism.
• Unwillingness to adapt and change to satisfy changing political climate.

Indian shiftiness

• Willing to change their allegiance due to changing political tide.
• Belief that Indian subcontinent will help them, like mainland China helps Malaysian Chinese.
• Dishonest about their caste and other internal problems.

Malaysian culture as a whole

• No proper understanding of logic and reason.
• Has not understood to segregate religious thinking from secular reasoning.
• Lost sensitivities towards other religions/races.
• Still admire Western culture, without studying their obvious weaknesses.
• Always sidetracked by minor issues rather than seeing bigger picture.
• Media not mature to show all sides of the story, media is all very partisan.
• Partisanship is being promoted at all levels from the family microcosm to the national level.

* A Bumi who chooses not to provide his identity, and who has worked in a China-man company as a token executive. * We asked readers who have migrated to tell us in their own words why they left. This is one of the stories.

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Good list of reasons why Malaysia fails. But :

Chinese chauvinism/racism – they did not throw the APARTHEID Constitution and APARTHEID Law punch first. I’d say that the Chinese were just returning the favour.

As for the rest of this crafted diatribe posed as reasoned judgment and justification of APARTHEID, I will let the readers decide whether this is a carefully crafted NLP article by the Info Ministry or if there was any ‘Bumi’ at all, as if ‘Bumi’ is an acceptable term at all, given it ensconces the acceptance of APARTHEID albeit subtly.

There is no such thing as BUMI. All humans are sovereign citizens of the world. This article is  just **annoying**. Also just look at the other disgraceful NLP type titles on Malaysian Insider, just shameless and absolutely in need of retaliation against or debunking. Those with the networks and strength here please act.

DO YOU NOT SEE WHAT THEY DO TO THE MINORITIES non-Malay political parties in BN? ACT OR BE DAMNED AS COWARDS, ALL THE WEALTH AND POWER DOES NOTHING FOR COURAGE . . . Other bad ‘minority hate’, ‘demoralize the minority’ articles in Malaysian Insider worth taking a second look at :

Where is home? — GLB http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/where-is-home-glb

I am an unwanted step-child — Henry T. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/i-am-an-unwanted-step-child-henry-t

Those real Malay leaders who believe in citizen equality by ending BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID rather than being manipulative via the media, PLEASE step forward and make your intentions known. The Orang Asli, Indians and Chinese, UNHCR and real Muslims who do not want to sin from Asabiya just can’t wait to vote for you !

Is this Marina Mahathir? – by Stan Lee – 10 July 2011

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(Malaysia Chronicle) Is this really Marina Mahathir? Did the eldest daughter of despot Mahathir Mohamad really take part in the Bersih 2.0 rally for free and fair elections? This photo is making the rounds in Facebook. Recently, Marina – a patron of several local NGOs – condemned the Najib administration’s crackdown on Bersih supporters, saying only people with something to fear would behave in such an extreme way.
 
 
 
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Enough of this photo op or self promotion nonsense. I am concerned that while posing as one of the good guys, this daughter of one of the worst policy makers and dictators in history yet to be brought to book, has NEVER mentioned APARTHEID against the minorities in any direct manner very much the same way Tengku Dr. Harris and Raja Petra Kamaruddin of MCLM have yet to (Marina is a committe bearer in that outfit though). She has though mentioned feminism in an apartheid manner but never spoke out against the method of acquisition of the massive wealth of her parents or brothers either.
 
 
Shows that Nepotism triumphs over honesty to the people. One more reason never to vote for family blocs in government. They will not look after citizens’ interests, they will be looking after their own family interests. Nepotism is especially bad in the 3rd world with the people egging them on as well because they too are too selfish or uneducated to see the difference – as in Yingluck’s recent taking of te PM’s seat in Thailand.
 
 
Let’s put it another way, APARTHEID is APARTHEID and you might as well vote your own relative as MP or PM (followed by yourself upon their passing??? Think Nuruls and KJs . . . ) than anyone else’s relative. In which case you would be no better than these very same self serving people. NO to sequestration of political seats within 1 family ! Speak against APARTHEID unambiguously Marina, or endorse the 3 items.
 
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.
 
*** Commentary : This comment was not allowed on Malaysia Chronicle, removed minutes after posting. It would appear that Marina has Malaysia Chronicle in her pocket as well. Given that Pakatan Rakyat is also in on Malaysia Chronicle’s ‘protect’ list and the skewed nature of reporting, I fear that the 3 items will have difficulty materialising simply for political expedience, even though being a signatory of the Human Rights Charter, Malaysia is bound to comply with EQUALITY (which Bumiputra does not ensure and instead creates 2 classes of citizenship, one superior and one subordinate) : Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. ;and being a Muslim country has not yet applied : This sermon delivered on the Ninth day of Dhul al Hijjah 10 A.H. in the ‘Uranah valley of Mount Arafat. “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a White has no superiority over a Black nor a Black has any superiority over a White except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly.” There was never mention of a Bumiputra Race and there was no denunciation of Bumiputra and the obvious fostering of APARTHEID via the same thus far by Marina ‘Evil’ Mahathir.

3 Articles highlighting RACISM and Freedom of Choice – various sources – early July 2011

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm
ARTICLE 1
 
Airline passenger arrested over saggy pants – by Associated Press – 19th June 2011 http://www2.oanow.com/news/2011/jun/19/airline-passenger-arrested-over-saggy-pants-ar-1997137/ SAN FRANCISCO — A University of New Mexico football player who was arrested after wearing saggy pants on a plane at the San Francisco airport insists in a video showing part of his exchange with authorities that his pants were up and he had done nothing wrong. The San Francisco Chronicle obtained the video and a link to it was on the newspaper’s website Saturday. “My pants are up sir,” a seated DeShon Marman tells the captain, who along with someone who appears to be a San Francisco police officer, is standing near his seat on the plane. “I’m not doing anything. I paid my fees, and I’m ready to go.” The Chronicle said it obtained the three-minute video from a passenger who was sitting near Marman during Wednesday’s incident and did not wish to be identified. What the video does not show is Marman’s repeated refusal earlier to follow a boarding agent’s advice and pull up his pants, Elise Eberwein, a spokeswoman for US Airways, told The Associated Press on Saturday. “When he was asked by our employee at the Jetway to please pull them up, that employee was told to pull them up for him,” she said. “And that exchange continued to the door of the plane.” The 20-year-old’s pants were so low they were “exposing areas that most people would not want to see” and violating the airline’s expectation that customers won’t dress offensively, Eberwein said. Attempts by the AP to reach Marman were not successful. A call to his attorney’s office Saturday afternoon was not returned, and calls to listings for people with his mother’s name in San Francisco were not returned or went unanswered. News reports have identified his attorney as Joe O’Sullivan and his mother as Donna Doyle. Marman said in an interview with KGO-TV this week that his pants were slightly below his waist, and he was unable to lift them up because he had bags in his hands. In a statement released through the university Friday, he said he was “embarrassed at the negative attention” the incident had generated. “I believe in due time all the facts of the matter will come to light,” he said. He said any additional comment would come through his attorney. O’Sullivan told the Chronicle that nothing was visible once his client sat down. “The issue should have been over,” he said. Marman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after refusing to leave the plane on the captain’s orders, according to police. Police have also said he injured an officer while being taken into custody. “He’s refusing to get off,” Eberwein said. “The captain’s thinking, ‘What if he refuses something else in the air?'” Marman was released on bail Thursday. Prosecutors have until July 18 to file any charges against him.
 
ARTICLE 2
 
 
Fallout over scantily dressed man at airport – by Alicia E. Barrón – 23rd June 2011 PHOENIX – The college football player who was asked to leave a plane for wearing saggy pants is speaking out about a man who is allowed to travel wearing nothing but lingerie. Deshon Marman was asked to get off a flight for wearing saggy pants that he refused to pull up. He was arrested and later charged with suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after refusing to leave on captain’s orders. On the other hand, another male passenger is allowed to frequently fly to and from Phoenix on US Airways wearing nothing but undergarments. He has become a YouTube sensation but has many questioning if this is double standard. The scantily clad man has been seen and taped in numerous airports across the country. Jessica Malin has seen the man in lingerie at the airport. “I was pretty pumped to see this man in his lingerie,” she said. “It was kind of offensive but it was entertaining.” “I feel like if it was a rapper or a superstar walking on the airplane…sagging his pants, they would want his autograph,” Marman said. “They wouldn’t tell him, ‘Hey can you pull up your pants please?’” “Leads to only one conclusion, that because Mr. Marman is black, wearing dreads he was treated differently,” said Marman’s lawyer, Joe O’Sullivan. 3TV has learned the man in lingerie is a Phoenix resident and a frequent US Airways passenger. US Airways officials say they do not enforce a dress code as long as a person’s “private parts” are covered up.
 
ARTICLE 3
 
Man in women’s underwear allowed to fly – by Jennifer Thomas – 23rd June 2011 http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Crossdressing-man-allowed-to-board-plane-while-football-player-is-not-124399689.html PHOENIX – A college football player was asked to get off a US Airways flight due to his saggy clothing, but there was no issue when a scantily clad man boarded a plane to Phoenix. Deshon Marman, who plays for the University of New Mexico, was pulled off a plane at San Francisco International Airport last week after US Airways claims he refused to pull up his pants. He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing after police say he refused to leave the plane on captain’s orders. But just days before that incident, a man wearing women’s underwear and high heels had no trouble getting on board a US Airways flight to Phoenix. It wasn’t the cross-dresser’s first flight to Phoenix wearing women’s clothing. Several passengers snapped photos of the man, whose name has not been released. When shown pictures of the man, several people at Sky Harbor International Airport felt the attire was inappropriate. “I would call that indecent exposure, actually,” Heather Sisneros said. “They shouldn’t allow it,” Jennifer Dake said. “I’ve actually seen this guy come down the concourses,” Bill Machnick said. I’ve seen him in the airport numerous times.” A passenger on the man’s flight said several people complained, but US Airways told her that if a passenger is not exposing their private parts, they’re allowed to fly. In a statement, US Airways officials said the company does not have a dress code, but “our crew is authorized to use discretion to ensure the comfort and safety of all passengers.” Prosecutors have until July 18 to file charges against Marman.
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Meanwhile the hijab and burkha is banned in the most racist of countries. While nudism is allowd in some of these racist counbtries as well! Why the inconsistencies? The nation which allows BOTH nudist and burkha wearer, as well as crossdresser and saggy pant wearer (this is entirely moot actually, those boxers are far more clothed than the flimsy shorts or even sumo loin cloths or bikinis you can see being worn everywhere else. Why persecute Deshon or a consensual hijab wearer (ask to identify at most but a ban is simply excessive) ? This shows either RACISM or FUNDAMENTALISM, both undesirable in the contaxt of thoday’s modern era. Kudos to Phoenix Airport, I’m surprised that Arizona while having the worst laws on immigrants is aong the most LGBT friendly in USA. The contrasts in inconsistencies are amazing to say the least. How about being good guys all the way and removing the TSA as well?

Do you know what a dhimmi is? – by Victor Sharpe – 17th August 2010

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Ask one hundred people in the United States what a dhimmi is and perhaps two or three might know. In Europe the number would be slightly higher because of latent memories of battles fought against invading Moslem armies over the span of hundreds of years. We now have the specter of triumphant Islam building a giant mosque mere yards from Ground Zero in New York City where Islamic fanatics, in the name of Allah, destroyed the World Trade Center and the two magnificent towers. The mosque will rise to thirteen or more stories and overlook the blasted hole in the ground that was once a symbol of America’s freedom and technical ingenuity. If this outrage is allowed to be built, it will not be a symbol of Muslim outreach to non-Moslems; it will be a sickening insult to the victims of Islamic barbarism and a tangible rallying cry to millions more jihadists who will see it as Islam’s victory over a vanquished United States of America.
 
This then will be the 21st century revenge of resurgent Islam over those who centuries ago beat back the many previous Islamic invasions and attempted Muslim conquests of Europe. In 732, Charles Martel led his Frankish forces at Tours to victory against an Islamic invasion of France, which nearly destroyed Christian Europe. Similarly, Islam was ousted from Spain in 1492 after an occupation of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moslems for hundreds of years. In Italy, Islamic power was brought to an end when the heavy Turkish galleys were defeated by Venetian galleasses at the great naval battle of Lepanto in 1571. And the Moslem Ottoman power, which at its height again threatened Europe, was barely turned back at the gates of Vienna on 11 September 1683 by a coalition of European armies. These were four major defeats by Europe of Islamic attempts of conquest and subjugation set against a history of victorious Moslem invasions and conquests that has been the hallmark of Islam since its founding in the seventh century. But what of the peoples and nations that fell under Islamic occupation? For them the story was one of forced conversions to Islam, slavery, death, and the Islamic institution of dhimmitude.
 
This is the word that describes the parlous state of those who refused to convert to Islam and became the subjugated non-Muslims who were forced to accept a restrictive and humiliating subordination to a superior Islamic power and live as second-class citizens in order to avoid enslavement or death. These peoples and populations were known as dhimmis, and if such a status was not humiliating enough, a special tax or tribute, called the jizya, was imposed upon them and upon all dhimmis. Dhimmitude is the direct outcome of jihad, which is the military conquest of non-Islamic territory mandated by Allah as a spiritual obligation for every individual Moslem and Moslem nation. From its beginnings in the seventh century, Islam spread through violent conquest of non-Moslem lands. In the eighth century, a formal set of rules to govern relationships between Moslems and non-Moslems was created based upon Moslem conquests of non-Moslem peoples. These rules were based upon jihad, which established how the Moslems would treat the conquered non-Moslems in terms of their submission to Islam. Jihad can be pursued through force or other means such as propaganda, writing, or subversion against the perceived enemy. The so-called enemies are those who oppose the establishment of Islamic law or its spread, mission, or sovereignty over them and their land. The building of mosques on or near the site of an Islamic victory against non-Moslems is a tangible expression of Islamic triumphalism.
 
The Al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem — built upon the very site of the two ancient Jewish Temples — is a stark example. The great Haggai Sophia church in Constantinople was converted into a mosque when the Ottoman Turks destroyed the city, renaming it Istanbul. Similarly, the Greek Catholic cathedral in Nicosia, Cyprus, was converted into a mosque when the Turks invaded northern Cyprus in 1974. They still remain in occupation. These are just three examples of the thousands of churches and synagogues converted into mosques over the centuries by victorious and triumphal Islam. Propaganda and subversion are the very means now being employed against the West and Judeo-Christian civilization, and Islamists have shown themselves to be brilliantly adept at manipulating the gullible and uninformed Western media in pursuit of their aims of world domination. As I have written in previous articles, non-Islamic lands are considered the dar al-harb, the “house of war,” until they submit to Islamic rule and enter the dar al-Islam. The perceived enemy of Islam by Moslem authorities fall into three categories: those who resist Islam with force, those living in a country that has a temporary truce with Islam, and those who have surrendered to Islam through the ultimate foolishness of exchanging land for a so-called peace.
 
The belief that Moslem Arab powers respond to overtures of peace by ending their aggression is but a mirage in the desert. This is proven time and again to be a delusion and is, in fact, a classic example of the mindset and behavior of the dhimmi. A non-Moslem community forced to accept dhimmitude is condemned to live in a system that will only protect it from jihad if it is subservient to the Moslem master. In return, it is guaranteed limited rights under a system of discriminations that it must accept, or face forced conversion, slavery, or death. In the early years of the Islamic conquests, the “tribute” or jizya was paid as a yearly poll tax, which symbolized the subordination of the dhimmi. Later, the inferior status of Jews and Christians was reinforced through a series of regulations that governed the behavior of the dhimmi. Jews and Christians were awarded a different status than other faiths. They were considered to be under protection as ‘people of the book.’ People of non-monotheistic faiths, pagans, or atheists were simply to be exterminated. According to Mitchell G. Bard, who has written extensively on the subject and produced the excellent rebuttal to Arab and pro-Arab propaganda in his book Myths and Facts writes: ” … dhimmis, on pain of death, were forbidden to mock or criticize the Koran, Islam or Muhammad, to proselytize among Moslems or to touch a Moslem woman (though a Moslem man could take a non-Moslem as a wife).” Dhimmis were excluded from public office and armed service, and were forbidden to bear arms. They were not allowed to ride horses or camels, to build synagogues or churches taller than mosques, to construct houses higher than those of Muslims or to drink wine in public. They were not allowed to pray or mourn in loud voices as that might offend the Moslems. The dhimmi had to show public deference toward Moslems, always yielding them the center of the road. The dhimmi was not allowed to give evidence in court against a Moslem, and his oath was unacceptable in an Islamic court. To defend himself, the dhimmi would have to purchase Moslem witnesses at great expense. This left the dhimmi with little legal recourse when harmed by a Moslem. Dhimmis were also forced to wear distinctive clothing. In the ninth century, for example, Baghdad’s Caliph al-Mutawakkil designated a yellow badge for Jews, setting a precedent that would be followed centuries later by Nazi Germany.
 
By the twentieth century, the status of the dhimmi in Moslem lands had not significantly improved. H.E.W. Young, British Vice-Consul in Mosul, wrote in 1909: “The attitude of the Muslims toward the Christians and the Jews is that of a master towards slaves, whom he treats with a certain lordly tolerance so long as they keep their place. Any sign of pretension to equality is promptly repressed.” The concept of jihad is not something now discarded by Islam as a quaint belief appropriate to the distant past. On the contrary, it is a cardinal belief in the 21st century for Moslems based upon Koranic injunctions. It is believed in by millions of Moslems around the Third world, as much as by Moslems living in America, Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. It is a belief, passionately held, that one day the entire world will become Islamic and accept completely the will of Allah. It is vital, therefore, that the general public in every non-Moslem country be made aware that Moslems consider themselves in a perpetual state of war with their non-Moslem neighbors. If Islamic armies are unable to defeat what they consider the infidels (that means you and me), then a period of “truce” exists, which has several conditions. These include allowing Islam to be propagated, the building of numerous mosques, and if a non-Moslem nation forbids it or rejects mass proselytizing to Islam, then that nation will be considered as subject to holy jihad. Sheikh Zayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaida’s second in command, recently invited America to embrace Islam. The invitation is always given, according to some experts, prior to a major assault upon the infidel nation, because any rejection is considered by Moslems as an empirical reason to wage war upon the non-Moslem state — in this case the United States of America. It is nearly impossible for sophisticated and secularized Western elites to understand or accept such medieval concepts, let alone the idea that a religious war is being waged against them. But their dismissal and amused disregard of what is taking place is as calamitous as that exemplified by the myopic politicians in Britain and America before the Second World War. The lone voice in the wilderness at that time, Winston Churchill, appealed in vain to the political leaders who had not the ears to hear or the eyes to see the growing fascist menace during the 1930s posed by Germany and Italy. He called one such British politician an epileptic corpse, and reached back through his prodigious memory to find a poem, which characterized the failure of the Baldwin government in 1935 to re-arm.
 
The apt poem was “The Clattering Train,” which could equally be applied to the later appeasement of Hitler by Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax and today’s appeasement of Islam. Those in charge of the clattering train, the axles creak and the couplings strain. The pace is hot and the points are near and sleep has deadened the driver’s air. The signals flash in the night in vain, for death is in charge of the clattering train. Western notions of peaceful co-existence between states, of human rights and democracy, are all alien to the bin-Ladens and Zawahiris of the Islamic world. Hezbollah, Iran’s fanatical president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hamas, Al Qaida, ad nauseum, all reject Judeo-Christian civilization as being in theological error.
 
For them, the entire human race must (no way, no thanks) embrace Allah’s faith system, and the Moslem believer is the divine instrument to bring about the “Umma” (worldwide Moslem community) in whatever way possible, including warfare and terror. Jihad has reappeared as a way of wiping out the humiliation the Arab and Moslem world has felt as Western power became ascendant, especially after the defeat of the Ottoman Turkish Empire at the end of the First World War. With a fabulous and never ending flow of petrodollars pouring into Arab and Moslem coffers, the belief among Moslems is that the time is now right for Islam to reassert itself in dominating the world and bringing it to Allah through all-out war, including nuclear war, if necessary. The corollary to jihad is dhimmitude. This is what appeasement by non-Moslems to Islamist threats, demands, and terror leads to. Winston Churchill would have been shocked but not surprised at the craven appeasement displayed by today’s elitists in the Western political echelons and, sadly, among too many U.S. politicians and leaders. Today, America is seduced by the unholy trinity of political correctness, multiculturalism, and diversity. These idiocies hobble the minds of too many officials and politicians so that they are incapable or unwilling to prevent the pernicious introduction into America of stealth Islamic Sharia law or win effectively on the battlefield against jihadists in the Middle East, Afghanistan, or wherever this terrifying struggle may take us. It is in marked contrast to the manner in which an earlier existential Islamic threat to Europe hundreds of years ago was defeated decisively at Tours, Sicily, Iberia (Spain and Portugal), Lepanto, and Vienna. But without a similarly decisive defeat of present day Islamist aggression and Islamo-fascism, we may all be faced, sooner than we might think, with the choice of forced conversion to Islam or subservience and wretchedness as dhimmis. Better, therefore, for us all to be aware of the facts and not be dummies. © Victor Sharpe
 
 
 
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A DHIMMITUDE-lite (APARTHEID ‘Minor Offense’ by UNHCR standards with Dhimmi-full being a ‘Major Felony’ ???) is applied against minorities in Malaysia (with shameful assent of turncoat/lapdog minority leaders in first tier sham political parties like MCA and MIC or second tier sham political parties Gerakan and PPP and SUPP or LDP) as well. It is called Bumiputra I hope any who read this, will help to highlight the plight of those who have been persecuted for seeking equality among Muslims in Malaysia and the rest of South East Asia and the world as well. These 6 sham parties above should gather together and demand equality for all Malaysian citizens.
 
CONSIDER : In many parts of the United States, a convicted felon can face long-term legal consequences persisting after the end of their imprisonment, including: Disenfranchisement (which the Supreme Court interpreted to be permitted by the Fourteenth Amendment) Exclusion from obtaining certain licences, such as a visa, or professional licenses required in order to legally operate (making many vocations off-limits to felons) Exclusion from purchase and possession of firearms, ammunition and body armor Ineligibility for serving on a jury Ineligibility for government assistance or welfare, including being barred from federally funded housing Deportation (if the criminal is not a citizen) In Malaysia MOST of the above (prohibition from buying land, being denied Class F Contractorships, being barred access to Zakat type welfare services etc..) apply to minority citizens, meaning by their ethnicity they are considered QUASI-felon by the APARTHEID Bumiputra system of citizenship as administered by Barisan Nasional Coalition.
 
I advocate the below 3 items as a remedy to be applied to any unequal treatment when Pakatan Rakyat or any 3rd Force Coalition takes over from BN :
 
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

Ku Li’s Amanah – NGO or embryonic political party – by Maclean Patrick – 23rd July 2011

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(Malaysia Chronicle) The Malaysian political landscape is getting rather crowded, with not only political parties but also various NGOs that are slanted in different political directions. Somehow, one cannot but get the feeling that some of these newly-established NGOs are actually foetal political parties. But rather than having the gumption to say it right out and from the beginning, the people behind them appear to be using the NGO platform as a trial balloon for public support. If it is promising enough, the next step would be to apply to become a fully-fledged polticial party like Kita and Makkal Sakti, two of the newest kids on the block. Another reason for sudden springing-up of these NGOs is that the leaders do not want to cut all ties with their political parties – yet. After all, there are clear examples from Perkasa and MCLM, which despite professing non-interest in becoming political parties have failed to shake off the suspicion that they are covertly eyeing such a target. The latest NGO to hit the local scene is Angkatan Amanah Merdeka or Amanah.
 
But with the likes of Perkasa already destabilising Malaysian society, it makes one wonder if we need another high-profile NGO, especially one with a rather starry personality as the head. Expressing alarm at the country’s increasingly fractious politics, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah or Ku Li has together with veteran and young leaders from all sides of the political divide formed Amanah for racial unity, good governance and respect for the constitution. The purpose and function of Amanah, according to a statement sent to media organisations is to “to reaffirm, to inculcate and to re-ignite the sense of togetherness and true family spirit that prevailed among all Malaysians during the time of our common struggle for national independence.” Amanah central committee member Wan Saiful Wan Jan said that the non-governmental organisation (NGO) wants to ensure that politics in the country “strictly observe and respect” the country’s federal constitution. Razaleigh has already lent his support for Bersih, a move which would have ruffled a few feathers in UMNO and with the formation of Amanah, UMNO may start paying close attention to what his next move would be.
 
Razaleigh said Bersih’s demand for 21 days of campaigning for the general election was reasonable because the current 7 days campaign period was too short and as such the people could not make an informed decision before going to the polls. “If it’s seven days, it’s not enough, so how can we say it is fair when one side is not allowed to appear on radio and television. “Hence the demand that all parties are given fair amount of time to give their comments or views on certain matters on television and mainstream media controlled by the government,” added Razaleigh. The former Finance minister also condemned the police action during Bersih’s massive rally in the capital on July 9, describing the actions as violation of human rights. “How can we say we are developed when our mentality is not developed? Control here and control there … we should not do this. It is against human rights,” he added. A different tune Ku Li is singing a totally different tune to the one UMNO sings. But would Amanah be merely a critic of UMNO?
 
Is it placing itself as the guardian of good governance in the country? What sort of influence would Amanah have in making sure politics of the day do not undermine the federal constitution? For the biggest abuser of the federal constitution has been UMNO itself. In the 50 years that UMNO has been in power, the federal constitution has seen 650 amendments made to it. The current document is but a mere shadow of the original federal constitution drawn up by the country’s founding fathers. Are we then, going to see the federal constitution being brought back to its former state? But this would go against all the things UMNO has been working on. Indeed, Amanah is destined to go head to head with UMNO and their leaders. Ku Li is still an UMNO member and it would need to prove that his influence would be able to accord change to the current system. Yet, Amanah can be the most neutral ground for young leaders from both sides of the political divide to gather and voice out their concerns for change. Expect Khairy Jamaluddin to make his presense felt in Amanah, for of late, Khairy seems to be speaking along a different script than UMNO. And this alone would be enough to worry those within the ruling UMNO elite. For all it has been saying, Amanah certainly has big aspirations and but it needs to prove that in a crowded playing field like Malaysia, it is a game-changer that it says it is.
 
 
 
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” . . . the sense of togetherness and true family spirit . . . among all Malaysians . . . ” ;can only exist with the endorsement of the 3 items for *equality* OR perpetually deluded and uneducated and corruptible citizens as is currently the case in BN. Would Amanah make it’s stand clear on :
 
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.
 
Remaining in BN without condemnation of Bumiputra APARTHEID and update of antiquated Emergency or Section377B and non-Muslim entertainment relevant laws does not set Amanah apart from any other BN related NGO or Party. Lambast BN’s racists or leave BN to make clear your stand Tengku! If anyone has the independence of mind to endorse the 3 items, it should be the apex classes or those with such pedigree that Asabiya and APARTHEID or socialized oppression is beneath their dignity to tacitly much less overtly be part of !
 
Over to you Ku Li . . . a ‘rather starry personality as the head of Amanah’, can do no less and make clear the stand on the 3 items !