Saturday, April 19, 2014

Obama refuses Anwar

It was wise of US President Barack Obama not to have any meeting nor discussion with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim when he starts his official visit to Malaysia next week.

Although the Pakatan Rakyat leader had recently announced about the possibility of meeting Obama, the White House today made it stand that it will not going to take place.

Wouldn't it be frustrating for Anwar and 'old buddy' former US ambassador to Malaysia John Malott?
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule out a lower-level meeting.
Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century when he touches down in the country on April 26.
Asked whether Obama would make time during his schedule in Malaysia, which includes a state dinner and talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak, national security advisor Susan Rice indicated he would not.
"I think that the president is not likely to have that meeting - there may be other engagements at other levels," said Rice.
Obama will however hold a town hall meeting with what he calls young leaders from all over Southeast Asia and will also meet civil society representatives in Kuala Lumpur.
Obama's trip, which begins in Japan, also includes stops in South Korea and the Philippines. – AFP
I guess Obama, whose administration was fond of tying knots with the opposition of many countries, had realised what Pakatan Rakyat's politics are all about!

'Convicting Anwar was done in public interest'

It is safe for the court to convict Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on the charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan as there was ample evidence which could be confirmed and proved, ruled the Court of Appeal.

The court said, even assuming there was no corroboration to support Mohd Saiful's evidence on the factum of penetration, it was safe to convict the respondent (Anwar).

The Court of Appeal three-member panel of judges led by Justice Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi in an 85-page written judgement dated April 11, said there were also other evidence from which elements of the charge could be confirmed and proved.

In the judgement released to the press yesterday, the court held that the issue of contamination and possible tampering of DNA samples taken from Mohd Saiful by the case's investigation officer Superintendent Jude Blacious Pereira were also not proven.
"In our considered opinion the contention that the investigation officer had tampered with the exhibits (the samples) is devoid of any merit. We do not see how the learned trial judge could be faulted in his findings," said the judges.
On the insinuation by the defence that Jude had tampered with the exhibits, they said, the court did not find that his act of cutting open the exhibits amounted to tampering of the exhibits.
The coram said they noted the explanation given by Jude that in doing so, he had merely complied with the Inspector-General of Police Standing Order.
The other judges who heard the appeal were justices Datuk Aziah Ali and Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh.
On March 7, the Court of Appeal overturned the Jan 9, 2012 High Court's decision acquitting Anwar of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 26, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
The panel also said they found no ground to disturb the findings of the trial judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah on the issue of credibility of Mohd Saiful and there was nothing improbable about his evidence.
"It is trite law that credibility of witnesses is domain of the trial judge. We are satisfied that the learned trial judge had sufficiently considered and appreciated the evidence of first prosecution witness (Mohd Saiful)," said the panel.
They said the court had scrutinised the evidence of Mohd Saiful carefully and the coram were in full agreement with the High Court Judge when he found that it was not difficult to understand why Mohd Saiful had acted in the way despite insisting he did not consent to Anwar's act.
The Bench said the court also agreed with the finding of the High Court Judge on the credibility of Mohd Saiful and there was nothing improbable about his evidence.
They also held that the delay in lodging the police report over the sodomy allegations was not fatal by itself to the prosecution's case as long as there was cogent and acceptable explanation offered for the delay.
Mohd Saiful had lodged the police report on June 28, 2008, two days after the incident.
On the issue of identification of "Male Y," the court also held that the evidence of chemist Nor Aidora Saedon attached to the Chemistry Department of Malaysia was essential.
The judges said Nor Aidora developed the DNA profiles of "Male Y" from exhibits of a white toothbrush, a "Good Morning" towel and an empty mineral water plastic bottle obtained from the lock-up cell in which Anwar was the sole occupant.
"After having conducted her analysis, Nor Aidora found that "Male Y" is the same contributor of the DNA retrieved from the exhibits recovered from the lock-up and she came to the conclusion that the contributor of the DNA and "Male Y" is from the same source.
The Bench further held that the law would fail to protect the community if it admitted fanciful possibilities to deflect the course of justice.
Anwar was released on RM10,000 bail with one surety pending his appeal at the Federal Court against this ruling.
He was represented by counsels the late Karpal Singh, Ramkarpal Singh, Sangeet Kaur while the prosecution was led by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
What does this mean?

Looks like no 'escape' for Anwar! He will have to go to jail...

Friday, April 18, 2014

'Dua Melayu' squabble over Karpal

Please la Khairy Jamaluddin and Zulkifli Noordin. Stop squabbling over Karpal Singh's death!

Whoever started it, doesn't matter. You 'Melayu' should bury the hatchet and start working on the common agenda agreed upon - help the Malays enhance their economic standing and ensure a bigger win for Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

Work together to pin down our common enemy, Pakatan Rakyat.

Malaysia Insider
Karpal is no more with us. We sympathise for his family and friends but who will show sympathy for 'Melayu' like us if we keep on bashing each other over a 'titty' matter like this?

Unless you want to see 'Melayu' drifting apart.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Malott's bad breath!

Former US ambassador to Malaysia John Malott is at it again - his malodorous stigmatisation on Malaysia has made him even more restless after an announcement by the White House that President Barack Obama will visit Malaysia soon.

His hostile perception on Malaysia was so unbearable to the extent that he wished Obama would cancel the trip to 'an already tarnished nation'.

Speaking to Asia Sentinel, the old 'macaw and diplomat' said:
I don't have any problem with Obama visiting Malaysia, provided he reaches out to Malaysians on both sides of the aisle and all sectors of society, including the Christian community, whose rights are being trampled on by their government,” said John Malott, a former career foreign service officer who served as ambassador to Malaysia from 1996 to 1998 and who has emerged as Malaysian government's severest western critic. “But this has to be a visit that is based on the reality of what kind of country Malaysia really is today – and not to believe the talking points that Malaysia is still a tolerant multi-racial, multi-religious, harmonious, moderate Islamic nation, an economic success story, and a role model for others. It no longer is.”
He calls himself a diplomat?

Malott was never a diplomat and neither was him an ambassador. He came to Malaysia to spy the country, its system and the administration, getting more closer to the opposition than to the legitimate government, incited hatred among Americans and the foreign media toward the country and helped painted a bad picture about US-Malaysia relations.

He mocked at our judiciary and the Constitution and tried to help the Opposition run down the democratically-elected government.

Given the power and position, I believe he would advise Obama not to come to Malaysia, the host nation that treated him well when he was ambassador. 
“So the issue is -- how can you talk about establishing a ‘strategic partnership’ with such a government?” Malott asked. “Maybe that is what will have to be downplayed or even canned for this visit. To me, the idea of a declaring a strategic partnership with a government whose faults have now been revealed to the world, day after day, seems politically unwise.”
Malott also questioned what strategic benefits the US can obtain from Malaysia.
“What strategic value does Malaysia have that it warrants America to hold its nose and ignore the trampling of democracy and political freedom, not to mention the corruption and cronyism that hurt American business interests there?” he asked. “And with Mahathir, the great anti-American, increasingly calling the political shots and Najib's popularity the lowest of any Prime Minister in polling history, will a ‘strategic partnership’ with the US survive Najib's departure?”
Read about his comment on MH370 and other matters, hoping Malaysia will meet the fate of a few Middle East nation namely Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Algeria - the countries that US had part in its downfall and economic falter.

Malott also questioned what strategic benefits the US can obtain from Malaysia. 
“What strategic value does Malaysia have that it warrants America to hold its nose and ignore the trampling of democracy and political freedom, not to mention the corruption and cronyism that hurt American business interests there?” he asked. “And with Mahathir, the great anti-American, increasingly calling the political shots and Najib's popularity the lowest of any Prime Minister in polling history, will a ‘strategic partnership’ with the US survive Najib's departure?

Karpal Singh dies in accident

Utusan Online reports that DAP veteran, lawyer and Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament, Karpal Singh died in a road accident in Tapah early this morning.

The accident occured at Kilometer 301.6 of the PLUS highway north-bound near Gua Tempurung at about 1.30am.
TAPAH 17 April - Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor, Karpal Singh maut dalam satu kemalangan ngeri di kilometer 301.6, Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan menghala arah utara berhampiran Gua Tempurung pada kira-kira pukul 1.30 pagi ini.
Turut terkorban dalam kemalangan berkenaan ialah pembantu peribadi beliau, Michael Cornandez.
Karpal yang dipercayai dalam perjalanan dari Kuala Lumpur ke Pulau Pinang kerana perlu menghadiri satu kes mahkamah mati di tempat kejadian akibat cedera parah.
Kemalangan berlaku apabila kenderaan jenis Toyota Alphard yang dinaiki Karpal melanggar sebuah lori yang cuba menukar laluan tanpa memberi isyarat. - UTUSAN ONLINE

I've known him in person ever since I started reporting from the Parliament in the early 80s. It saddens me.

Although he was with DAP, I looked up at him as a great politician, how he added colors to Malaysian politics.

My sympathy and condolence to his family.

'Shut down PDRM!'

DAP's P Ramasamy should burn down his house if one of the walls crack. And if the Penang deputy chief minister owns a rubber tree estate, I believe he will chop each and every tree if he finds one which is not productive.

This is the kind of mentality he has. So pathetic!

How could a Malaysian politician ask for the 'shutting down' of Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) over a custody dispute involving a Hindu woman and her Muslim convert ex-husband?

Did he realise that the authority was trying to sort out the problem as both courts - Seremban High Court and the Syariah Court - gave equal right to both of them, respectively? It wouldn't be nice to label Ramasamy as a 'racist' but he only cared for the rights of the mother and not the father, who is a Muslim.

And for that reason, he got the chick to label Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar as 'thugs'! What is he? 'Kepala gangster?'
Seeing red with the men in blue, Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy has suggested that the police department be closed down. 

"If the police cannot protect the victim, they might as well shut down the police department," Ramasamy told a press conference today.
The DAP leader was responding to Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar's justification of police inaction in the custody dispute involving a Hindu woman and her Muslim convert ex-husband.
 S Deepa was granted custody of her two children by the Seremban High Court last Monday. But two days later, her ex-husband Izwan Abdullah snatched their six-year-old son and allegedly assaulted the 30-year-old clerk when she attempted to stop him from driving away.
Despite a police report being lodged, Khalid said no action would be taken because the syariah court had granted Izwan custody as well. 
Ramasamy also took Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to task for defending the police chief over this matter.
Grow up, please, and be a true Malaysian politician! There must be a legal solution to the 'family matter', unless Rama wants to turn it into a 'religious fury'. 
And who is he to say Zahid and Khalid were unfit for their posts when he himself is a 'lousy politician' for failing to help Penang Indians uplift their living standard! If Zahid and Khalid were 'thugs' for allowing cases of custodial deaths to continue, he himself is a 'coward Indian leader' for failing his own people!
The death of laborer Murugan Muniandy, 37, at the Seberang Jaya Hospital on April 13 is regretted (our condolence and sympathy for his family) but Rama's allegations that the the police was behind it, is more regrettable because investigation was still in progress.
"We respect the police and we want to work closely with the force but we cannot tolerate deaths in custody, we want those responsible to be hauled up for action.
"Those who die in custody are often the poor and marginalised, whose families have no one to turn to and have no proper safety net or protection," Ramasamy added.
Please check your tongue! You wanted PDRM to close down but now you said you wanted to work closely with them.

How many tongues have you got?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The end of Abu Ghraib

Iraq announced on Tuesday that it has closed the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, amid security concerns following the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gained control of a strategically important dam on the Euphrates River south of Fallujah earlier this month.

ISIS, which remains in control of large areas of Iraq’s western Anbar province, blocked off the flow of water through the dam earlier this week, strategically flooding areas between Fallujah and Baghdad, including Abu Ghraib, in order to stall the advance of government troops.

The Iraqi Justice Ministry issued a statement confirming that a total of 2,400 prisoners being held in Abu Ghraib had been transferred to other prisons in central and northern Iraq, describing the move as a “precautionary measure."
The parliamentary Security and Defense Committee issued a statement saying that the closure of Abu Ghraib “sends the wrong message—that there is a lack of assurance [regarding the security situation]—and this will create a state of anxiety and panic among the Iraqi people regarding what is going to happen in the coming period."
A member of the parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, MP Hakim Al-Zamili, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Abu Ghraib prison is not fit to house prisoners and detainees. It is old, and there has been more than one incident of prison break. We have always called for an alternative to Abu Ghraib; however, the closure of the prison at this juncture is another matter. We warned against this, as it sends an alarming message regarding the situation that the country is passing through."
The decision to close the prison comes as Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for April 30 approach amid a security vacuum in the restive western Anbar province and political divisions engulfing Baghdad, with a number of prominent parties from across the political spectrum warning against a third term for sitting prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki. Maliki’s most prominent critics include the Sunni-dominated Mutahidoun bloc led by Iraqi Parliamentary Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi and the Sadrist Movement and its political wing, Al-Ahrar.
Zamili, an Al-Ahrar MP, said: “The decision to close the prison and transfer the prisoners sends an alarming message. Firstly to the Iraqi people who will be beset by anxiety and fear about what is happening, particularly with regards to the continued threats from terrorist groups like ISIS and others.
The second message is to the terrorists who will feel that they are beginning to force the authorities to take action and this could serve to raise their morale.”
He added: “The right solution would be for there to be a military force capable of retaking the territory [held by ISIS] and not allowing terrorists to expand their influence, and that includes expelling them from the Fallujah dam.” 
I visited Abu Ghraib in 1984 when it housed Iranian soldiers as prisoners of war (POW) during the Iran-Iraq War. When the war ended in 1986, it was turned into a 'political prison' by Saddam Hussein's regime.

Located about 30km west of Baghdad, it witnessed one of the most inhuman treatment ever served on inmates, including by the US soldiers after it occupied Iraq in 2003. There were torture, weekly executions, and vile living conditions.

As many as 20,000 people were jammed into Abu Ghraib at one time, in twelve-by-twelve-foot cells that were little more than human holding pits.

In 2004, the world reacted with anger when CBS television showed pictures and video footage of the US soldiers' notoriety in its '60 minutes 2' program. Among others, it showed leering G.I.s taunting naked Iraqi prisoners who are forced to assume humiliating poses.

Six suspects - Staff Sergeant Ivan L. Frederick II, known as Chip, who was the senior enlisted man; Specialist Charles A. Graner; Sergeant Javal Davis; Specialist Megan Ambuhl; Specialist Sabrina Harman; and Private Jeremy Sivits - were detained and faced with possible prosecution in Iraq, on charges that include conspiracy, dereliction of duty, cruelty toward prisoners, maltreatment, assault, and indecent acts.

A seventh suspect, Private Lynndie England, was reassigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after becoming pregnant.

As the international furor grew, senior military officers, and President Bush, insisted that the actions of a few did not reflect the conduct of the military as a whole. A Taguba’s Report, however, amounts to an unsparing study of collective wrongdoing and the failure of Army leadership at the highest levels.

The picture drawn was one in which army regulations and the Geneva conventions were routinely violated, and in which much of the day-to-day management of the prisoners was abdicated to army military-intelligence units and civilian contract employees. Interrogating prisoners and getting intelligence, including by intimidation and torture, was the priority.

Under the fourth Geneva Convention, an occupying power can jail civilians who pose an “imperative” security threat, but it must establish a regular procedure for insuring that only civilians who remain a genuine security threat be kept imprisoned.

Prisoners have the right to appeal any internment decision and have their cases reviewed. Human Rights Watch complained to then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that civilians in Iraq remained in custody month after month with no charges brought against them.

Abu Ghraib, during the US occupation of Iraq, had become, in effect, another Guantánamo!