Friday, August 29, 2008

Why must you block Malaysia Today?

I don’t agree at all with Home Ministry's decision to impose an Internet blackout on Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s website, Malaysia Today. Such an action only reflects how the government practices what we describe as a ‘corporate and legalistic entity’ approach – that whatever our leaders say, rule!

You don’t simply instruct 21 Internet providers in the country to block a website deemed to carry only ‘slanderous’ articles without taking into account the political atmosphere of the country at this very moment.

Just like the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) enforcement officers who love going around the country, hunting for ‘small fish’ and leaving the sharks on prey, Syed Hamid is just as similar – leaving other major publications which are more slanderous than that of RPK’s.

What are we looking at, actually? This country is not free for speech and expression anymore. While RPK is only hitting out at politicians, some publishers who are well-known to the Cabinet members are toying around with racial and religions sentiments.

These people are free to say anything. Just look at the Bar Council. Seeing the ‘sikap pengecut’ (cowardness) of the Home Ministry to take action after organising an open forum on ‘Kontrak Sosial’, they got more daring by confronting the government with their ‘Embrace Islam’ forum. Still, NO ACTION!

Some newspapers, too, are simply provoking the government with baseless and unfounded allegation but not even a single warning was issued by the Home Ministry.

Is the government anti-bloggers or what, we don’t really know but the action against Malaysia Today is something beyond comprehension. If RPK - who is already facing sedition and defamation charges – is wrong, bring him to court, pass out the verdict… and that’s it but DONT block his website.

You may do that, alright. Just block any website or weblog but it is not going to end. If you block a porno website at home, your kids will go to any cyber café and download it from there. You block a website today, more will come tomorrow and day after tomorrow.

Of course Malaysia cannot subscribe to a 100 per cent of Free Press when it comes to race, religion and culture. We bloggers understand that and will not incite anything to shatter the social and racial harmony in the country.Should the Home Ministry feels discontented with any postings, we are ready for any dialogue.

Yes, we admit there are ‘silly’ and irresponsible bloggers out there but as far as socio-politics is concerned, we are not too many. Strong, good and distinguished bloggers only care for the country and the future of its generations. We live on that common morale, remember?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

How safe are our airports?

ANOTHER heist at a Malaysian airport. This time, Penang Airport was considered lucky when the robbers fled off only with a bag of cakes instead of RM1.9 million in cash yesterday.However, a money changer was shot and wounded.


It was the second robbery to hit Malaysian airports this year. In Wednesday incident, two masked gunmen fired 10 shots at a money changer at the airport.

The thieves sped off in a getaway car with the bags, one of which contained mooncakes, according to reports.

In April, thieves escaped with more than one million dollars after attacking two money changers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

How safe is our airports these days? Who to blame… the security company employed by Malaysian Airports Berhad or the lack of surveillance at the airport itself?

Malaysian airports are listed as one of the most sophisticated and well-kept airports in this region. If the level of security can still be put to question, something needs to be done about it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

If Anwar is PM, media heads will roll...

An aide of Anwar Ibrahim, whom I met today said, "Among the first things Anwar will do if he becomes prime minister is to get rid of all the managing editors, editor-in-chief and editors of pro-BN media..."
Gulp! This means the New Straits Times, Utusan Malaysia, RTM, Berita Harian, Harian Metro, The Star, TV3 group and few more....
ALAMAK!
Anyway, hasnt that been a practice in the past BN rule... that some heads must roll? Under PR, it could be worse, I suppose!
Whatever it is, why worry? All of them are just political appointees, right?

Anwar is back, Pak Lah!

Congratulations to Anwar Ibrahim. After a decade of being booted out of the Parliament over sodomy and bribery cases, his popularity remains high.

However, my observation is that, Anwar wins the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election for some good reasons:

* As his kampung Cherok Tok Kun is in Permatang Pauh itself, Anwar is very much local to the voters as he grew up there.

* During his tenure as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Anwar has made tremendous impacts, developing not only his constituency but also many parts of Penang.

* The kind of smearing campaign by the Barisan Nasional over the last 10 days was not easily accepted by the voters, prompting some BN supporters to give away their votes of sympathy to Anwar.

* Anwar's pledge to become a Prime Minister on Sept 16 has somehow doctrined the minds of Permatang Pauh voters to contemplate on such a revolution.

* Along the campaigning period, Anwar was defenseless to the attacks from BN, especially his new sodomy allegation by Saiful, the RM60 million bribe accusation by Nalakarupan and Ariff Shah's boasting of being much better than Anwar in many aspects. This caused a lot of voters to give hearts to him.

So, will Anwar become our new Prime Minister on September 16? Only God knows.

As for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a lot need to be done to Umno, especially in Penang. The bigger majority registered by Anwar in the by-election should ring some bells.

The true fact here, again, is --- many Umno and BN votes went to Anwar. WHY?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Please fly the Jalur Gemilang...

I had a long drive on the weekend (KL-Penang, Penang-Kota Bharu, Kota Bharu-Melaka and back to the capital city), mostly attending to weddings and visiting the sicks.

Frankly, I am sad to note that along the way, only a few cars flew the national flag. Not many buildings or residences hoisted the Jalur Gemilang.

Merdeka Day celebration is only 6 days away but I couldnt sense the excitement among Malaysians. I dont see the spirit of patriotism in them, not like we used to share during the 80s and 90s. Where are the frenzy citizens who once enjoyed the countdown to August 31 each year?

I may not be among the best citizen of the country and I dont know whether I have contributed anything. But this is my country. I was born and brought up here. I grew with each and every progress the country has recorded.

Yes, I was born few years after 1957 Independence. I have lived under all Agongs and Prime Ministers - Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Mahathir and now Pak Lah. I have observed how the country has moved forward in tandem with global developments.

I have shaken hands with all the Prime Ministers (except Tun Razak) who did nothing except leading the country and its rakyat to be at par with others. They did their best, of course, to tackle whatever problems plaguing its march to progress.

When I first shook hands with Tunku (that was the first and last) at his residence in Bukit Tunku in the early 80s, I couldnt believe my eyes that 'this is the man who fought for our Independence with his friends.... if not, we would still remain under colonial rules'.

However, I met him when he was ailing and wheelchaired. My heart almost broke when I could hardly understand what he tried to utter, not the manner he shouted that famous 'Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!' on radio and television.

I cried when he passed away 3 weeks later, realising how much we have lost the Father of Independence, a warrior and a warrior of peace.

That taught me a lot about nationalism, about respect and about freedom.

I have been to 73 countries, including that of the developed and poor nations... but nothing is like breathing the air here! I am not such patriotic but when it comes to defending its dignity and integrity, Malaysia is second to nothing!

That's why I am quite emotional when people burned the Jalur Gemilang or tried to fly it upside down. What's wrong with our flag? What is so bad about our country?

I remember during our 40th Merdeka celebration in 1997, the government invited about 80 veterans aged 70 and above to watch the parade at Dataran Merdeka. I was so touched by their courage to stand to Negaraku although some were not that healthy enough. I wonder if they are still around...

You know what? That was the only time that they step foot on Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Some came from the hinterland of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, almost all lived in hardship.

They were among the heroes of our Independence but never had a bit of opportunity to taste the results of their struggle more than five decades ago. Many were so poor that they never left their kampung after Tunku declared the Independence. They only heard in on radio.

Please... dont blame anything on the country, its flag, its national anthem or its Constitution. This is a lovely country which already becoming a heaven to 1.7 million foreigners. Why do we need them to show appreciation to our own motherland? Why cant we?

A few years ago when the government decided to change the rythm of Negaraku, I was again saddened. I did write something opposing it for the newspaper but my editor didnt send it to print.

Again, this is my country. I live here and I want to die here. I dont blame the country for any unpleasant thing that happens. Those who dont like being Malaysians may choose any country they want to be.

This is your country, friends. Let us share the pride and love for this nation. A flag for your car costs you only RM0.90 at any wholesale marts. Or are you ashamed of it? If you dont like your leaders, dont punish the country. Dont give away the pride of being a Malaysian.

I am a crazy person in many ways but I would never let anyone to take away my freedom and my Independence.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

First, Saiful... then Najib...next, you can swear on the Bible, Taurat and Zabur...

First, Saiful did it. He set the precedent. Then, it was Najib who swore in Masjid Jamek Guar Perahu in Permatang Pauh, Penang yesterday.

Saiful took the swear on the holy al-Quran at Masjid Jalan Duta to defend his accusation of being sodomised by Anwar Ibrahim.

Najib (minus the al-Quran) did it to defend his statement that he did not know or had any connection with Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaaribuu who was murdered in 2006 in Puncak Alam, Selangor.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he was making the swearing although it was not an offical swearing made on the Quran.

"Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watallahi (With Allah as my witness) I swear I do not know or have any connection with the Mongolian woman," he said at the end of his speech at a ceremony to give aid of RM1.4 million at the mosque.

"I do not know if others want to swear or not but I know I did no wrong. This is between me and God," he said.

Najib also made the same swearing by repeating the same words when he visited the Barisan Nasional (BN) operations room in Guar Perahu.

Also yesterday, Umno deputy youth head Khairy Jamaludin put up a challenge to Anwar Ibrahim to make a similar swear if he dares, as to defend himself from the accusation of sodomising Saiful.

Who’s next to take a swear on the al-Quran? It could be a new way in Malaysia should anybody wants to defend his or her name from any accusation of wrongdoings.

Sooner or later, the Malaysian courts will have to take into consideration such swears, and sooner or later, the non-Muslim will take a swear on the Bible, Taurat, Zabur or any other holy books.

MAIN-MAIN KA…?

So... Avril Lavigne show is on

So, Avril Lavigne will finally make it to Malaysia for her concert on August 29. After so much protest from PAS and other Islamic institutions, the Canadian singer was given a permit to perform by the Sports and Youth Ministry.

Her planned concert was met with criticism by the Islamic party last month for her 'sexy' appearance on stage.

However, many others didnt think so. With millions of fans in the country, Avril Lavigne knows what to do, as she said in a press conference back home yesterday.

Well, Avril's fans. You know you will get the best from her. Stay away from unhealthy behaviour during the show...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Who actually owns gambling dens?


Najib said Anwar used to apply for a gambling licence for a Sabahan company when he was deputy premier.

Well, nothing shocking as many people, including VIPs are doing just that - Magnum 4D, Toto and PMP licences.

If Najib made such a revealation to swing votes for Anwar during the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election, I dont think it will work.

Just like Ezam's statement that Anwar had awarded projects to some companies during his tenure as Finance Minister.

Look! There are members of the Parliament known to be good gamblers. Please refer to Osu Sukam case, for instance. If they dont go to casino, they will at least 'play' numbers or participating in any horse race.

I dont take side in this issue but hammering Anwar for this gambling licence issue is not proper.

There are lots of gambling dens in Malaysia. The Ministry of Finance is the one responsible in issuing such licences. I dont mean the 4D, Toto and PMP alone.

In most major Malaysian cities and towns, including Keningau, private clubs (which are also open to non-members) are abundant. Slot and jackpot machines can be found anywhere.

Who are the owners of this clubs? If you can do a little bit of 'diggings' and investigation, the truth would be shocking enough.

So, what's wrong with Anwar then?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Congrats, Datuk Chong Wei

Badminton hero Lee Chong Wei will received his RM300,000 for bagging the Olympic silver medal in Beijing recently.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will hand over the cheque to him in Penang later today. He will also receive a pension of RM3,000 per month beginning September.

Another good news for our hero is that, the Penang State Government will confer him with a 'Datukship'.

Wow! He will be second after Datuk Nicol Ann David to receive the honour this year from the Penang Government.

Parents... encourage your kids in sports! Who knows, one of them could be a Datuk at the age of 18!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Avril Lavigne too SEXY?

Avril Lavigne's concert, her first ever in Malaysia on August 29 will not happen. Too many protest and so many conditions.

I love music, so do others.

Saying that Avril is TOO SEXY to be allowed on stage, is an excuse to contest. If you talk about being sexy, look.... what about a few 'dangdut' singers from Indonesia who had performed in Malaysia?

To me, 'dangdut' singers sometimes may get sexier with their dances, attires and performances.

And what about a few local artistes who are dubbed as being 'sexy', too? I dont see Avril as being sexy either!

Do you watch Hindi movies on television? Most Hindi movies feature sexy dances, most of it are too revealing. I believe many Malaysians watch such movies, including those of PAS members. Any complaints so far about the sexy elements such movies carry?

During my childhood days, my late grandma (who survived another 25 years after her head was hit by a 3kg durian from 15 metres above) used to say that a woman in a fitting, tight kebaya was also sexy... uh?

Do you realise that there are sooooo many sexy things in this country?

And by the way, how do you define SEXY?

Monday, August 18, 2008

UiTM: Khalid Ibrahim prefers the court

Selangor MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim prefers to go to court to defend his calls for Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to open its door to at least 10 per cent non-Bumi students.

Simultaneously, UiTM VC Prof Ibrahim Shah says the matter would be taken to court should Khalid refuses to apologise.

Last week, about 10,000 UiTM students in Shah Alam and elsewhere staged a peaceful demonstration to protest against Khalid.

Although Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said there's nothing Khalid could do to meet his 'demand', the Menteri Besar stood by his principle that the university should change its constitution to allow non-Malay students.

Khalid has been 'bashed-up' left and right over his calls, including from non-Malay organisations for what is termed as an effort 'to stir uneasiness among the Bumiputeras'.

So, he prefers the court. Let him be...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Let's pray for Lee Chong Wei


Friends,

Let us get away for a while from Permatang Pauh, 'sumpah Quran', politics and who wants to be a prime minister.

On this weekend, let us pray for our badminton hero Lee Chong Wei to produce the first ever Olympic gold medal in Beijing.

Let it be a gift for Malaysia prior to its Merdeka Day later this month.

Personally, I dont mind at all if he gets that RM1,000,000 reward for a gold medal, which remains elusive since our first participation in the Olympic.

GO CHONG WEI.... GO GOLD!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Scomi to takeover Proton in 2010?

Enjoying a late evening chat + coffee with some MPs (BN's and the oppostion's) made me feel like being one... sometimes.

And late yesterday, while chatting about Permatang Pauh and other topics (including how to get a 2nd wife discreetly), someone raised this topic: Scomi may take over Proton by the year 2010!

Huh! You must be joking, I told this BN MP from the East Coast.

"They are planning... what's wrong with it if they have the capability and thick purse! Apa la you ni, selalu pikir benda negatif je..."

A former senior editor who once served as a press secretary to a deputy prime minister, also confirmed the rumors. Hmmm....

Thursday, August 14, 2008

This is how they 'kill' a contractor

I didnt post anything on by blog yesterday as I was busy talking to a contractor friend from Penang. This is the story, friends... and please leave your comment accordingly:

He got a small government contract in Penang valued at RM3.9 million, not RM300 million. Before submitting his tender form, he estimated that the margin would be around 13 per cent or RM507,000.

Upon submission, he met a senior government officer working at the same ministry where the tender was called. So convinced that this officer could help him out in securing the contract, he gave him RM10,000 about 4 months ago.

While in waiting, he forked out another RM5,000 for the same purpose. Finally, he was called up to the ministry for a meeting last two weeks, during which he was told that his company has won the tender.

He was a happy man then.

However, when he went to the ministry on Monday to collect the Letter of Award (LA), a few senior officials told him that he got to allocate some RM for them. The amount is RM200,000.

After giving it a thought, he told me OK lah as there will still be some profits left. Then, he received a call from a former private secretary to a former deputy minister, telling him that he should also allocate another RM100,000 for his groups as he also lobbied for him.

Now, 15k + 200k + 100k is already RM315,000. Deducting from the forecast profit of 507,000, he will only chalk RM192,000. Still, there is no guarantee that he would make a profit as the cost of building materials have gone up of late.

Now he is in a dilemma. As he got to pay so many tolls, I advised him to go back to the ministry and return the LA. He was considering it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Zakat money must be disbursed correctly

PM's suggestion that zakat collections (endowment money) should be utilised to close the disparity gap between those living in urban and rural areas, was in fact something to be put into practice a long time ago.

So far, only Baitulmal Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur has really embarked on programmes to help the needfuls, notably single mothers and petty traders.

To some extent, they also help settle your house rental, give money to those involved in unhealty activities to start their own businesses, pay your children fees and even level with loan sharks.

This is what we describe as full utilisation of the zakat money. However, some zakat organisations just deposited the money in banks, acquire properties, etc.

To zakat institutions, please DO NOT JUST COLLECT BUT GIVE BACK...

A note to Khalid Ibrahim...

Tan Sri,

Your calls for Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to open its door to non-Bumiputera students are good, except that it will oppose a one-way street.

Since its inception in 1956, ITM then and UiTM today has produced thousands of Bumiputera professionals in various disciplines - banking, journalism, estate management, architecture, engineering, etc.

However, your proposal is seen as politically-motivated. As you lead a state where DAP is also a member of the state assembly, you would like to please your partner with such an idea. It was good, indeed for your politics but not for the principles of UiTM set-up.

To have a multi-racial intake of students is a positive move in order to foster national unity and racial integration. We cannot separate mosques from churches, yes, but we cannot just simple revoke its standings before the community.

UiTM is a sentimental learning institute for the Malays and Bumiputeras. Let it just be like that forever, just like the Constitution. There are sound reasons why the founding fathers of UiTM wanted it to be that way. Dont you know why?

Now, let me suggest this to you. Please consider and give comments, agree or not. Let the readers judge my proposals to you:

* why not you propose that the Malays be stripped off their 2 per cent to 5 per cent discount for purchase of all types of houses;

* why not you propose for the end of the New Economic Policy so as to create a level-playing field for all Malaysians, and

* why dont you propose that the government stop giving any kind of subsidies to the Malays, and make them compete in the open market with others in enhancing their economic standing.

Dont you think its good for Pakatan Rakyat, Tan Sri? I believe it will soon come out from, if not your own mouth, from your friends in PR.


SALAM

LATEST : Paklah says Khalid has no rights to suggest on open quota system for UiTM, which will allow non-Bumi students to enrol.

LATEST: About 5,000 UiTM students held a demonstration at the Shah Alam campus entrance on Tuesday to protest against Tan Sri Khalid.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Vote-buying is rampant in Umno

Just four months to go before Umno party elections. At division and branch levels, meetings and elections are expected to complete by October.

At this levels, everything is heating up. Vice-President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's statement that vote-buying in the party is rampant, at least lend some supports to my earlier postings about some irregularities at branch and divisional elections.

Facts are facts, bro. This has been going on for years and years now and its getting from bad to worse (plse read my July 28 posting).

When many, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed gave opinions that Umno members are actually getting sick and tired of such a trend, the party top leadership seemed to deny it. What happened to Umno in the 12th general elections was a testimonial to this opinions.

However, we understand why no action is taken yet against anyone whose names were mentioned either in blogs, newspapers or direct reports to the President. Why? Because its getting so rampant that almost everybody is at it!

This is the tradition of Umno now. Whoever have the money will gain entry to positions like branch head, division head, delegates, Supreme Council members, Vice Presidents and so on. Remember what happened to Tan Sri Isa Samad and Datuk Zaid Ibrahim a few years ago?

So, how is Umno gonna take action against these wrongdoers if their senior office-bearers are also subscribing to such methods and tactis?

At least, Muhyiddin was so fair in his statement that this element may draw criticism from Umno members at the December General Assembly.

How to tackle this problems is up to the party Disciplinary Committee but are members of the committee are credibly trustworthy?

Umno is being treated like a cartel now. Those with money will get the power. How many of its Supreme Council members are just an ordinary person or in other words, came from a poor family?

Even at division level, the heads should at least be a Member of Parliament or a State Assemblyman. Those without this two position are chairman of at least 1 Federal or State-owned company.

Down the line, members who alligned themselves with this division head will gain support to sit at the branch committee, irrespective of whether the local members agree or not to their appointment through a 'fixed' branch election.

Furthermore, there are already dozens of police and ACA reports being lodged against party President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pertaining to his allegedly involvement in 'party graft'.

Where is Umno heading to?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What RM100 surcharge, PNB?

If you dont believe me, go to the banks tomorrow (Monday) if you are a subscriber of Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB).

As at last Thursday, the charge to change your ASB certificates to new ones only cost you RM2. A day later, it went up to RM100!

I asked the bank officer about it. He said, there was a circular from Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) to all participating banks to impose the new surcharge.

Why? "Dunno...maybe to offset Maybank's losses of RM470 million in deposit to acquire PT Bank Internasional Indonesia. PNB was hoping returns of about 60 per cent from Maybank should it secures the deal."

Really? But why must ASB investors are made to pay for the losses? Ridiculous!

PNB... give us a good answer!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Qantas blames Malaysia Airlines

Just because one of its Boeing 737s registered 95 defects after an overseas maintenance, Qantas has decided not to send two others to Malaysia for heavy maintenance work.

Seemingly to putting the blame on Malaysia Airlines maintenance standards, the Australian claimed that its first B737 sent to Malaysia last month came back with defects.

Malaysia Airlines has denied it.


This has put the airline under scrutiny over the past few weeks after a series of incidents linked to the maintenance of its planes.

Qantas says both planes will now be serviced in Australia. Good… its not fair to put the blame on others.

Bar Council gets its leeway...

Are we too lenient? Too soft?

The Bar Council will proceed with its public forum on 'Conversion to Islam' today, belittling the warnings issued by Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar and others.

It was only last month that the Council caused a public uproar, especially among the Malays, when they organised a similar event on 'Social Contract'.

Where is our balance of law and order? When journalists or bloggers wrote something 'strong' about the government, they were taken in.

Are members of the Bar Council bear any immunity from prosecution? This two events are already seditious, inciting uneasiness among the Malays and Muslims, and could lead to public riot.

We had the bad experience of May 13, 1969. The communal riots has taught us how to respect each others' religion, race and tradition as strictly provisioned under the Constitution. Enough of that.

Why are we so tolerant when it comes to the conduct of the Council and not with the Press? The country has sufficient 'point of order' to execute the law on any individual or organisation trying to provoke racial and religious sentiments.

What is so great about the Bar Council when some of its members, too, have been proven guilty on various charges.

What's so great about being a lawyer when they are the ones 'who will walk first into hell'... as the saying goes...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Go ahead, MAKE MY DAY!

A state assemblyman's representative under the Masjid Tanah division has taken my July 28 posting, 'Now You Know Why Umno Is Losing Support', to legal task.

He called me up this morning, saying 'You tak patut tulis macam tu. You mempersendakan ketua bahagian dan kami semua..' I boleh saman you. (You shouldnt have written such. You made fun of the division head and us.. I can sue you).

I quickly made a few calls to confirm I've got good alibi and tangible evidence should they drag me to court.

Somehow, I am not worried... go ahead laaaar!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Its MAYBANGED!


Maybank's BOD is in hot soup over what was described by its minority shareholders as an effort 'not at all recommended' to acquire a majority stake in PT Bank Internasional Indonesia.

If not for Bank Negara's intervention to stop that move last week, Maybank is believed to incur losses worth billions of ringgit in 2 years.

Now that its minority shareholders have asked the board of directors to resign, wonder what will Bank Negara and the government do to address it.

Already losing its deposit of more than RM400 million for that 'mission', Maybank should at least be restructured, some parties said.

“Its our largest bank. Should we allow some punks to manage it, soon our banking system will collapse.

“At least, its a good lesson they gained from Temasek, Bapepam (Indon's capital-market regulator) and Kookmin Bank of South Korea.”

Put your money on 1626... Ooppss!

Its Wednesday. The Election Commission has just agreed to set the nomination date for Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election for August 16. Polling day is on August 26.

I have a strong believe that if you go to any Magnum 4D, PMP and Toto outlets today, the number 1626 or anything permutating the combination will be SOLD OUT!

Hey... I 'play' once in a while but never a big gambler like Wan Azizah or Anwar Ibrahim, or even like Pak Lah and the rest of the politicians.

Yes, politic is a gamble. The master usually loves playing chess, letting a few soldiers, bishops or horses to be killed first before he takes his opponent to his feet. He may also sacrifice his own queen on his road to victory.

People like Anwar may like to try tossing the dice first before setting up his own gambling den. Pak Lah is already a steady master, making everybody bow to his might.

Say no more. I know some people are already getting angry at me from the phone calls I received lately.

I like it, anyway. Life is already a gamble, rite?

Monday, August 4, 2008

RM2 per litre petrol or stability...

Friends have been asking me this question - do I opt for a RM2 per litre petrol or a stable country...

Its a trap question. Should I opt for the first, I will have to accept Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as my next prime minister. If I choose the 2nd, its already what we have now, except that it needs some balancings and allignments.

Lucky I dont belong to the Permatang Pauh constituency. Otherwise, I could have easily fall into either one.

However, what I have in mind and what I have experienced over the years, a political stability is most important. It opens the doors to many opportunities. It eases the inflow of foreign direct capitals (FDIs) and set the economy on a better and smoother growth.

But, are we very stable now? I dont think so. Our exports has hit its lowest in three months, our Composite Index (CI) doesnt look so promising while the inflation rate will take many more years to shrink from its 26-year high.

I have seen some governments changed hands - the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan and others. It brought about only minimal advantage to the country and its people. Some are still struggling to stand up.

Anyway, the choice is always the prerogative rights of the voters, right?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Rocky'sBru, DuniaTiger & New Malaysia got HACKED!!!

What happened to Rocky's Bru and Dunia Tiger? HACKED? Ooo no! Rocky's last posting was on Pak Lah. Tiger's was on Ku Nan. Who was responsible for this? Where is our freedom of speeches and journo?

Latest, Wong Chun Wai's New Malaysia, too!


Dear friends! Be with them!

Latest: DuniaTiger is back at 5pm

Proton's 3,000,000 production

Proton celebrates its 3,000,000th car today, more than 23 years after a humble start that saw the makes sprawling the streets of London and 13 other cities.

Its our national pride, of course. Our hats go to its founding father Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

To Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, thank you for giving some attentions toward reviving Proton's international image. Be more attentive, please!

Dont say that we are not Malaysians...

Friday, August 1, 2008

E-mail from Yasuo Fukuda's Cabinet

I have been receiving e-mails from the Japanese Cabinet and its Prime Minister – it started with Junichiro Koizumi 3 years ago – and now Yasuo Fukuda.

However, this latest mail really attracts my attention to the extent that I imagine it was written by Pak Lah instead, replacing the words Japan with Malaysia. Please read...

This is Yasuo Fukuda.

The rainy season has finally come to an end and the weather is heating up. This is the season when the rice paddies are a glistening green. Many students are parting ways for the summer holidays this week, but I am a little ahead of you this year, having taken my own summer holiday from the second half of last week.

About ten months have elapsed since September of last year, when I assumed the office of Prime Minister. The extraordinary Diet session went on past the year's end, and after its closing, there was only a brief, two-day interval before the opening of the ordinary Diet session.

After the enactment of the budget and the conclusion of the ordinary Diet session came the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. With all that, the days have rushed by.

I believe that the staff of the Prime Minister's Office enjoyed a good period of rest during my brief holiday. On some occasions over the past ten months, they have been sacrificing their own holidays in the cause of their work.

In my case, even though I was on holiday, I, quite frankly, could not sit still when I began thinking about how I should tackle the policy issues that directly affect the people's lives, including the surge in the prices of gasoline and other fuels, and of foodstuffs and other household necessities, as well as social security-related issues, such as the shortage of doctors.

Yet, I came out of my six-day summer holiday, which included the three-day weekend, reinvigorated; I immediately began responding to policy issues by implementing emergency measures to cope with the surge in the price of crude oil, compiling the Five-Point Reassurance Plan, and drawing up an action plan for achieving a low-carbon society, among other measures.

"Should this autumn bring rain or storm, I know not; my duty for today is to weed the paddy field."

These are the words of Ninomiya Sontoku, of the Edo Period, who dedicated himself to revitalizing farming villages.




Thank You.


Public confidence in Pak Lah dwindles - survey

Anwar Ibrahim will contest the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in a by-election, promising six weeks to move a motion of no-confidence against the government of Abdullah Badawi.

That doesnt matter at all. Its a normal thing, isnt it?

What's more interesting is, public confidence in Malaysia's political and economic future has dwindled dramatically in recent months, with the prime minister's popularity hitting an all-time low.

A survey by the independent Merdeka Center research firm found that only 28 per cent of registered voters polled in July felt encouraged by the country's direction, a severe fall from 68 per cent in late February.

The center said its nationwide survey of 1,030 adults was conducted by telephone July 4-14 and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage point.

Fifty-four per cent were displeased with Pak Lah's performance, compared with 42 per cent who were satisfied. This was Pak Lah's worst approval rating since he took office in 2003, said the center's director Ibrahim Suffian.

The results follow a public backlash over the government's decision to hike gasoline prices by 41 per cent in June and persistent uncertainties after BN lost its longtime political dominance in March general elections.