Friday, January 30, 2009

Gimme proofs on projects for Putera-Puteri!

So, Paklah has decided to keep Putera and Puteri Umno.

Yes, it was Tun Dr Mahathir's idea to form the two wings but they were doing many good things during his tenure as Umno President.

However, sad to note they became irrelevant under the current regime. They got more individualistic.

I am calling on all Malaysians who got proof about any projects given out to Putera and Puteri Umno, to come forward by leaving comment on this posting or e-mail me. Let us do it together if what you said about Putera and Puteri getting too many government projects, is true.

I heard the same thing while attending to Kuala Terengganu by-election on January 17. Too much rumors...

You, friends out there... gimme all the proofs!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Yeap! Disband Putera and Puteri Umno

I am in support of what Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen said on Wednesday, that Putera and Puteri Umno should be disbanded. Why? To check on money politics and to ensure that our younger generation will pay more attention towards nation-building and not to be engrossed in politics.

Umno should look into this. As too many party positions are at stake, money politics get more rampant.

What's the purpose of having Putera and Puteri, anyway if their role is merely put to subjudice? Some described Puteri and Putera Umno members as 'GROs' to the seniors, having to become 'chaperons' at all party functions.

Now that there was a call for Barisan Nasional to become a Malaysian party instead of its each and every single component to fly their own flags and banners each time a general elections or a by-election takes place, Umno should also forego its Wanita wing.

Just make it Umno. All levels of position should be open to contest, both to men and women and youth. Those with high popularity and positive charismatic leadership talent will find out that money politics wont take a hand no more.

Less wings means lesser positions for contest. Money politics would be easier to monitor. Only then will the party regain its altitude.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Welcome Obama, farewell Bush!

Gone is the Satan's Love Child, George Bush!

The world today greets American newly-elect President Barack Obama with new hopes and fresh expectations. All over the globe, more than 4 billion people watch this 'colored' head of state takes his galore.

However, will the US foreign policy change under Obama?

Being the first 'black' or 'colored' president in the history of the America, hopes can be fulfilled or dashed. Ever since George Washington called a ban on slavery, the trade still took place until 1910 while communal tension between the whites and blacks ravaged on.

Even today, the blacks are still looked down as second-class citizens. White domination in many aspects of life still thrives.

If guns can be easily obtained at any store without licence, can Obama control the flow of guns and ammunition supplies to Israel? As Bush openly admitted his mistakes in Iraq, will Obama bring all US troops home?

What set of foreign policy will he introduce? What kind of economic packages will he announce for the poor countries irrespective of their political and diplomatic detente?

What will be his stance towards North Korea, Palestine, Cuba and other 'hardcore' nations? What happens if Obama continue to adopt to Bush-way of dictating the United Nations?

Questions and many more. It is too early to praise or to judge him. Only time will tell. His first speech as the President will give us some insights but what happens next, only God knows.

What if there's another attack on US interest like Sept 11, 2001? How will he react to it?
We can just pin our hope for a better world under him.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

They wanted you to lose, Farid!

I was trying my best to support Wan Farid. However, he lost, BN lost, Paklah lost, Najib lost, Ahmad Said too...

A simple conclusion - they wanted you to lose!

On the eve of polling, the Terengganu State Stadium were closed to members of the media. Why? Najib, Hishamuddin, KJ and a handul of Umno senior leaders were enjoying their Pentarama concert.

Among the artistes were Saleem, Amir Spring and Anis Suraya. The pre-defeat celebration also saw hundreds of Puteri and Putera Umno members enjoying a fiesta of songs and dance with about 3,000 others. The organiser was the Information Dept.

What a gala! No wonder the Press were denied entry because they were treated of 'NO CLASS'. Even the Press Centre situated at Jalan Pejabat (facing Wisma Darul Aman) didnt get much visit from BN leaders. Farid came once, and so did Ahmad Said.

Outside the stadium, PAS party workers were still roaming the city with their flags and banners, wooing supporters. Not many BN workers were on sight as most of them were at the stadium or hotel lobbies with their clingy attitude.

Gosh! I am an Umno member, too. I went to Kuala Terengganu on January 5th at the invitation to help manage the State Govt's election buletin, GANUkita. My partner was Razali Yahaya, former editor of Harian Metro/Ahad, a polific political writer and analyst.

Our duty was to write some good and positive things about the state's economic development. One of my articles was about the unity among the Malays of Kuala Terengganu, whom irrespective of their political ideology, remain very cooperative in many aspects of life.

Jan 6 was nomination day. About 10,000 BN members from all over the country were in the city. Putera, Puteri, Wanita and Youth. The very next day, half of them were gone. On the 3rd day of campaign, another half of the remaining half, left too.

Putera and Puteri members clad themselves at separate camps. They didnt move much, except on certain days when Najib and Paklah were here. They followed wherever Najib and Paklah went.

The lobbies of leading hotels where senior leaders put up, were flocked with Wanita, Pemuda, Puteri and Putera personnels. They came with big envelopes containing letters of application for certain jobs. As the ministers were there, they found it timely to get signatures for contracts on the pretext of 'ini untuk Wanita', 'ini untuk Puteri' and 'ini untuk Putera'.

At State Umno level, there was no sight of Datuk Rosol Wahid and the rest of his gang who teamed up to defend Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh as the Mentri Besar after the 12th general elections last year.

Around town, they jamned up the streets and parking lots with their Mercedez Benz, BMWs, Jaguars, Alphards and other luxury cars. A clear signal that party officials are made of well-off and rich members.

You dont find these people carrying under their armpits posters or flyers to distribute. Neither can you find them at warungs or gerai to have tea with the grassroots.

On the opposition camp, university professors, doctors, lawyers and other professionals joined forces with party workers to walk some kilometers to hang up posters and distribute election pamphlets. They didnt mind the sweat. Will any BN or Umno lawyer work in similar condition?

Most of the party workers were youth aged between 16 and 25 who carried out their duties without proper logistic and facilities. However, they were happy managing their operation centres round the clock. On BN side, you couldnt see them after 11pm or after midnight.

Some BN workers were complaining about not being paid as promised. I heard the State Umno allocated about RM5 million for the by-election. Central BN and Umno headquarters must have allocated some too.

PAS strategy served them well. Their ceramah started immediately after Subuh prayer while Umno chose after Maghrib when it was cooler. Still, PAS ceramahs won the hearts of many.

As for BN, the attendance of sourgrapes like Ezam Mohd Nor and Roslan Kasim was seen as spoilts. Their disparaging and harsh statements about the opposition were backfired. Character assassination didnt impress the Malays of Kuala Terengganu, including some Umno members.

KJ did a good job as he spent plenty of time on his house-to-house visit with his team. However, too many Youth members and 'ball-carriers' accompanied him for their own motives and hidden personal agendas.

Wan Farid himself talked too much when he was already given a pre-empt advise not to take part in so many ceramah. He should leave it to others.

However, he was also too busy tailing Paklah, Najib, Hisham and other BN leaders. When almost everybody in BN and Umno camps were at the butts of their leaders, the battle field were left open to the onslaught of the opposition propaganda machinery.

That's what I meant. Dont you believe me? I wish to write some more but I am worn out!

However, let's have another Pentarama...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

You are a born loser, Farid!

As the PAS supporters took to the streets of Kuala Terengganu with their victory parade, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was making preparation for his trip to Qatar.

I have to congratulate PAS for their victory. Their did one hell of a good job. The party workers were all over the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary constituency.

What differed them from BN (especially Umno party workers) was that, they manned their posts round the clock.

As for the BN, their booths were left unattended after 10 or 11pm. Last nite, on the eve of polling, some BN leaders and party workers were flocked together at the State Stadium over a 'Pentarama' program, which was closed to the Press.

We could hear singings and 'dancing-like things' from outside the stadium when the opposition workers were still busy wooing supporters. What were they doing inside the stadium that it had to shoo away journalists? Karaoke? Or 'Joget Lambak'?

In the end, the result was damaging, not only to Wan Farid who 'lost everything' but mostly to Umno president-elect Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. As for Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said, it was 1-down for him.

Again, congrats Wahid Endut for that thumping victory. To me, the win got nothing to do with Anwar Ibrahim or Pakatan Rakyat. PAS has its own strength.

PAS - 32,883
BN - 30,252
Bebas - 193
Majority - 2,636
Spoilt - 665

Farid, do you wanna know why you lost? Read my next posting in the morning. I just wanna have a cup of tea and a roti canai for the embarrasment...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Catch me LIVE on TV1 today

Catch me LIVE on RTM Blog@1 today, Friday 16 at 9.30pm.

Among issues to be discussed are the Israeli extermination of Gaza Strip and, of course the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election.

The programme will be conducted in Kuala Terengganu itself.

"Menang jadi arang, kalah jadi abu" in KT

Come Saturday, the fate of 3 candidates for Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election will be known.

Focus is, of course, centered on BN's Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid and Haji Wahid Endut of Pas. Independent's Azharudin Mamat should be a write-off.

The result which is expected to be announced by 8.30 pm Saturday will depend much on the decision by more than 80,000 voters in the constituency. Should it be neck-to-neck, recounting is unavoidable.

However, after almost 2 weeks in Kuala Terengganu, I would like to forecast the outcome by borrowing a Malay proverb - "Yang Memang Jadi Arang, Yang Kalah Jadi Abu".

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

TOTAL HOLOCAUST!

Its nowhere safe in Gaza Strip, according to the United Nations. The Israeli soldiers are everywhere, conducting what was described by an International Red Cross worker as 'extermination of Gaza'.

With more than 1,100 people killed and almost 5,000 injured in less than two weeks, the massacre was worst ever since the Israel-Falangist stormed Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Lebanon more than 25 years ago.
"This is total holocaust. They shoot everyone on sight," she said.

Israel launched its military offensive on December 27 to the dismay of international community.

Last Friday, a United Nations resolution called for both warring parties, Israel and Hamas, to work on a ceasefire and join a peace talk. However, US (represented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) abstained from voting.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rice cooked!

She helped preparing Security Council’s draft resolution to call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. However, when the resolution was passed on Friday, she couldn’t help but felt embarrassed when President Bush asked her to abstain.

US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was ordered to back down from voting for it.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert revealed on Monday that Rice did not end up voting for Resolution 1860, thanks to a phone conversation he held with Bush shortly before the vote.

Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution - viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns - Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia.

Bush interrupted his lecture to answer Olmert's call.


“America cannot vote in favor of such a resolution,” Olmert told Bush. Soon afterwards, Rice abstained when votes were counted at the United Nations.

Bujai's note: I think the conflict will stop when there is no more Palestinian left to kill...

Monday, January 12, 2009

No sign of British and US envoys

As expected, British and US envoys in Kuala Lumpur did not attend the special session on Palestine held at the Parliament today. They did not even despatch a representative.

However, 81 ambassadors, high commissioners and charge d'affairs took part in the session. It was part of Malaysia initiatives to call for the end of Israel atrocities in Gaza, which to date has killed about 800 and injured 3,000 more.

The session adopted a resolution calling the United Nations to set up a tribunal to put to trial any Israeli leaders accused of launching mass killings and illegal cross-border activities on Palestine territories.

British was the main broker of Balfour Declaration 1917 which allowed the establishment of a Jewish state on Palestine homeland.

The United States - Israeli best friend - has all the while stood firm behind Tel Aviv in the Middle East conflict as its major supplier of weapons and protecting Israel interest at the United Nations by shooting down each and every resolution condemning its agression on the Palestinians.

Unify Hamas and Fatah first!

The special Parliament session today should also call for Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to close ranks as it will facilitate international effort to find amicable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Unification of the Palestine is essential before any further steps can be taken to bring Tel Aviv and Hamas to the round table.

Diplomats in Kuala Lumpur said, there are three essentials for progress. Firstly, an Israeli government, elected in February's general election, that is committed to new negotiations on the creation of a Palestinian state.

Secondly, there is an obvious urgent need for meaningful Palestinian unity between Fatah and Hamas. The current split not only weakens the Palestinian voice but also makes it impossible for negotiations to deliver a comprehensive peace.

Thirdly, the United States remains the only power able to provide the security guarantees that will be needed to underpin any settlement.

Barack Obama's presidency, with no White House elections due for four years, offers an unprecedented opportunity for a major initiative that would put real pressure on Israelis and Palestinians.

The tragedy in Gaza may, inadvertently, help on delivering each of these requirements. The conflict has boosted the popularity of the Israeli government at the expense of opposition leader, Binyamin Netanyahu, who is resolutely against a Palestinian state.

While Palestinians might, understandably, see all Israeli politicians as bellicose Zionists, reality is that Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak have concluded that a Palestinian state and withdrawal from most of the West Bank is in Israel's interests as well as that of the Palestinians.

A ceasefire in Gaza that prevents missiles from being smuggled into the territory in future and the substantial damage that has been done to Hamas's infrastructure may be sufficient to justify the conflict in Israeli eyes and secure Livni and Barak electoral victory.

The past few weeks has also demonstrated the disunity of the Palestinians caused by the Fatah-Hamas split. The Egyptian, Saudi and Jordanian governments loathe Hamas.

The conflict has distracted attention from the Saudi peace plan of King Abdullah. It offers a comprehensive peace in the region and has attracted favourable comment from Israeli President Shimon Peres and other leaders in Jerusalem.

While many might assume that Israel favours Palestinian disunity on the principle of ‘divide and rule’, the reality is that it has been a disaster from the point of view of anyone who wants a negotiated peace leading to a Palestinian state. Hamas continuing to rule in Gaza would mean a three-state problem, not a two-state solution.

The Obama presidency, combined with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, offers an extraordinary opportunity for real progress.

Although Obama will be well disposed towards Israel, because of his personal beliefs and political necessity, we are likely to see, for the first time for many years, an American president prepared to put real pressure on the Israelis to concede a Palestinian state with territorial integrity and economic viability.

A former top ranking official of Fatah, Marwan Barghouthi (picture) said yesterday now is the time for complete national reconciliation. "This is for the sake of the blood of those killed,” he said from an Israeli jail. "We have no time to waste in the restoration of the homeland, the people and the authority," he stressed.

Meanwhile, a high-ranking Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official has voiced a similar tone calling for an urgent meeting among rival Palestinian factions to discuss the situation in Gaza.

The Secretary of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said that Palestinians must unite and overcome their internal conflicts, and that Hamas and Islamic Jihad should be also included in PLO meetings, although they are not members of the PLO.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Shift the UN to a neutral ground?

During an interview with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on 18 Jan 1987 - a few months after the US bombarded the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi - the Colonel suggested for the United Nations be shifted to a 'neutral' zone.

(The US attacked Libya over what was said to be Libyan agents' involvement in Lockerbie's bombing of a Pan-Am Boeing 747 jetliner 5 years earlier which killed about 400 people. In 2006, the agents were put to trial which saw President Bush re-established US diplomatic relations with the Mediterranean state).

The interview in Tripoli (approved after I shuttled between the capital city and Algiers three times), evolved international issues, mainly the Middle East conflict.

"It will be good if the UN shifts to a neutral zone. It was runned by the Americans and its allies. No way that small countries like us would be heard.

"The UN cannot survive without the US dolar and British pound. However, if member countries contribute constantly to the world body... I prefer the rich members, only then can we see the UN finds its balance."

His opinion gained support from leaders like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Lech Walesa of Poland, Kim Young-sam of South Korea, India's Rajiv Gandhi, Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega, Fidel Castro of Cuba and others.

"We can never find justice at the UN. The Palestinian problems which underscore the weaknesses of the world body, the Arab League, the OIC and other world bodies, will go on without any solution.

"The US is very good at orchestrating its peace initiative for the Palestine-Israel conflict but Israel will remain as winner. There is no such thing as diplomatic initiative to resolve the issue as the US listens to nobody," Gaddafi said.

The name 'United Nations', coined by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was first used in the Declaration by United Nationsc of 1 January 1942, during the Second World War, when representatives of 26 nations pledged their governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers.

States first established international organisations to cooperate on specific matters. The International Telecommunication Union was founded in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union, and the Universal Postal Union was established in 1874. Both are now United Nations specialised agencies.

In 1899, the first International Peace Conference was held in The Hague to elaborate instruments for settling crises peacefully, preventing wars and codifying rules of warfare. It adopted the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes and established the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which began work in 1902.

The forerunner of the United Nations was the League of Nations, an organisation conceived in similar circumstances during the First World War, and established in 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles 'to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security'.

The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories.

Gaddafi used to lambast the Security Council for its ineffectiveness in attending to international conflicts.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ezzam 'not-welcomed' in Kuala Terengganu

It seems that Ezzam Mohd Nor is not 'welcomed' much to help the BN campaign for Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election.

Some BN and Umno members dont find Ezzam the right person to woo voters but will 'chase away' those on the fence and new voters, instead.

Ezzam has been slotted to give his 'ceramah' today at Kampung Kolam near the city.

"It happened to Permatang Pauh. His hard speeches and personal attacks on the opposition candidate do not apply here. This will even make Umno members not to vote at all or choose the opposition, instead," said a spokesman to about 150 Umno Youth members gathering at the Umno Building in Kuala Terengganu.

Annapolis Summit: Is DSAI pro-Israel?

The Israel-Palestine issue has not only attracted various reactions but comments that are of beyond comprehension. Ketam who blogs as keep on bouncing sent me a long note about Anwar Ibrahim's involvement in the Annapolis Summit about 2 years ago which, among others, discussed the Hamas, Palestine and Israel. This comment is , of course, not mine but an interesting piece to read:

Berikut disiarkan petikan dari blog Anwar Ibrahim pertanyaan seorang pembaca mengenai penglibatan Anwar dalam 'Annapolis Summit.'

Munirah Hayati menanyakan: Saya berpendapat, selain dari sejarah keganasan Zionis yg sudah berzaman, mutakhir ini US & Israel merasa terancam kerana Hamas menjadi pilihan rakyat melalui pilihanraya di Palestin pada 2006 @ 2007 kalau saya tidak silap. US tidak mengiktiraf Hamas kerana katanya Hamas adalah pertubuhan ‘teroris’.

Now, based on history any reasonable and fair-minded person will realise, when they look beyond the propaganda line - the Zionists are a much much bigger ‘terrorist’ than Hamas, which is a small, very powerless group of people fighting for their own ‘right of return’ & ‘liberation of Al-Aqsa’. You, Anwar Ibrahim - has been part of the Annapolis Summit in November 2007 - clearly in support of America and their denouncement of Hamas. I wish i can understand why you decided to be part of that. News report from AlJazeera now link the current offensive (i call it genocide & massacre by terrorist Zionist) as a result of careful planning and years of “peaceful negotiation” by US and other countries in summits that are not attended by the legitimate government of the people of Palestine. I pray to Allah every hands that go into the planning of the current massacre will justly be cursed in this life & the next… wassalam.

JAWAPAN ANWAR MENYALAHKAN BTN. MENGAPA ANWAR TAKUT BTN? KATA BTN TAK HEBAT? ANWAR TAKUT BTN? PELIK....."Saudari Munirah, Saya kurang pasti siapa yang sasau menyebar dakyah sebegini dengan dendam kesumat sademikian. Mungkin hasil latihan fitnah BTN! Secara konsisten saya menggesa pengiktirafan ke atas HAMAS dan menegur pimpinan UMNO-BN kerana mengenepikan wakil HAMAS di Kuala Lumpur. Saya tidak pernah menyentuh apa lagi mendukung Annapolis Summit" - DSAI.

ULASAN PENULIS DALAM TRANUNGKITE - Kenapa Anwar ingin menyalahkan orang lain atau pun BTN tentang tindakkannya menandatangani perjanjian tersebut. Adakah hebat sangat BTN sehingga boleh mempengaruhi akhbar di luar negara untuk menyiarkan berita tersebut. Adakah Anwar sudah tersilap langkah hingga ingin menyalahkan orang lain.

STEVEN CLEMONS dalam The Washington Note mengesahkan ANWAR IBRAHIM, bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia turut sama menandatangani surat 'sokongan' deklarasi "Annapolis Summit" kepada Presiden George W. Bush dan Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, pada 10 October 2007.

ANWAR IBRAHIM dilaporkan telah menandatangani surat 'sokongan' deklarasi itu sebaris dengan JOHN McLAUGHLIN, bekas Timbalan Pengarah CIA; SHLOMO BEN-AMI, bekas Menteri Luar Negara Israel; HARRIET BABBITT bekas Pengarah NDI; JOHN MALOTT, bekas Duta US; CHRISTOPHER PATTEN, Co-Chair of ICG; STEVEN CLEMONS, Pengarah, New America Foundation dan lain-lain lagi.

Semua nama-nama itu merupakah bekas-bekas tokoh berpengaruh kerajaan Amerika dan tokoh luar negara yang pro Amerika. Sudah semestinya tokoh-tokoh Amerika itu sudah mengenali siapakah Anwar Ibrahim dan mengetahui atas alasan apa bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia turut dijemput menandatangani surat deklarasi itu.

Persoalan : 1. Anwar Ibrahim mewakili kepentingan pihak mana dalam menandatangani surat 'sokongan' deklarasi Annapolis Summit itu? Kepentingan Kerajaan AMERIKA atau Negara ISLAM?

2. Atas kapasiti apa Anwar tandatangani surat itu? Diplomat Jemputan Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Ahli kehormat International Crisis Group (ICJ), United States Middle East Project (USMEP) atau bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia?

3. Dengan persetujuan menurunkan tandatangan deklarasi itu, bermakna Anwar telah mengiktiraf kewujudan NEGARA ISRAEL sebagai sebuah negara yang SAH?

4. Kenapa majoriti yang menandatangani deklarasi itu terdiri daripada tokoh-tokoh Amerika yang bukan beragama Islam? Hanya Anwar dan 4 lain beragama Islam sedangkan 77 orang pula bukan beragama Islam?

5. Kenapa deklarasi sokongan Annapolis Summit diketuai 8 tokoh yang berpengaruh di Amerika iaitu Zbigniew Brzezinski, Lee H. Hamilton, Carla Hills, Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, Thomas R. Pickering, Brent Scowcroft, Theodore C Sorenson dan Paul Volcker?

6. Kenapa nama Anwar dimasukkan sebagai senarai kedua bersama tokoh-tokoh badan perisikan, penajaan dan ejen iaitu Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), International Crisis Group (ICG), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), National Democratic Institute (NDI), United States Middle East Project (USMEP), The New American Foundation, Brookings Institution, Open Society Institute, National Intelligence Council, RAND Corporation dan National Security Council ?

7. Adakah badan-badan perisikan, penajaan dan ejen seperti yang disenaraikan di atas sebelum ini pernah terlibat secara langsung (overt) dan tidak langsung (covert) ke atas negara-negara Islam ?

8. Kenapa pula negara Syria dan HAMAS serta majoriti penduduk Palestin menentang 'pelan damai' itu yang dianggap sebagai sangat menguntungkan Israel ?

9. Benarkah dakwaan HAMAS mengatakan Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei (Iran) tidak bersetuju dengan Annapolis Summit dan menyeru dunia Arab memboikotnya.

10. Benarkah Anwar bersama empat orang Islam itu sangat pro-Amerika hingga sanggup membelakangkan kepentingan HAMAS dan majoriti penduduk Palestin yang beragama Islam?

11. Betulkah dakwaan laman web Moon of Alabama menuduh yayasan yang pernah dipegang oleh Anwar, (Foundation For The Future) merupakan grand design Amerika untuk bantu bekalkan senjata kepada kumpulan ABBAS (FATAH) menentang kumpulan HAMAS ? Kumpulan HAMAS dan majoriti penduduk Palestin menolak 'pelan damai' Annapolis Summit.

12. Kalau tuduhan laman web Moon of Alabama tidak benar, kenapakah STEVEN CLEMONS,(salah seorang penandatangan surat deklarasi Annapolis Summit 2007) dalam The Washington Note mengesahkan Foundation For The Future merupakan tajaan AMERIKA menjalankan operasi misteri yang hanya diketahui oleh Jabatan Negara Amerika ?

13. Kalau Foundation For The Future adalah tajaan AMERIKA, adakah Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) dan International Crisis Group (ICJ) yang dipegang oleh Anwar sekarang ini juga merupakan 'tajaan' AMERIKA ?

14. Bukankah usaha AMERIKA 'mendamaikan' antara Ehud Olmert (Israel) dan Abbas (Palestin) sebagai usaha untuk menafikan kemenangan kumpulan HAMAS yang pernah memenangi pilihanraya Palestin sebelum ini ?.

15. Bukankah 'perjanjian damai' antara Israel dan kumpulan Abbas bertujuan untuk menyemarakkan lagi rasa tidak puas hati kumpulan HAMAS kepada Abbas ?

16. Apakah bermaksud, dengan termenterai perjanjian ini, Israel boleh cuci tangan kerana peperangan akan terus berlarutan sesama Islam iaitu antara HAMAS dan FATAH.

17. Kalau begitu, betulkah dakwaan mengatakan "Abbas" merupakan Presiden Palestin, BONEKA Israel dan Amerika ?

18. Betulkah dakwaan Ahmadinejad, Presiden Iran mengatakan Annapolis Summit merupakan projek Amerika yang gagal dan sangat bahaya kepada dunia Islam ?

19. Kalau benar, Israel sudah mula 'angkat bendera putih' dan mahu berdamai dengan negara-negara Islam, kenapakah Israel hasut Amerika supaya serang Iran yang didakwa mempunyai senjata nuklear?

20. Jadi, apa sebenarnya KONSPIRASI di sebalik tabir sedang dimainkan oleh Amerika, Israel dan Anwar Ibrahim yang turut membawa imejnya sebagai "Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia"?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Say no to Labu Airport!

Din of Sime Darby Watch is asking bloggers to display this logo to protest a plan to build another airport in Labu, Negeri Sembilan.

If you are against the plan, may as well display this logo.

The new airport, too, was lambasted by former premier and the founding father of KLIA, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Thanks Din.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

It's Hitler's fault, too...

This came from MUS as part of his comment on Balfour Declaration which led to the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. Thanks, bro...

This was what Adolf Hitler said to one of his senior officers sometime in 1939:

"If I am ever really in power, the destruction of the Jews will be my first and most important job. As soon as I have power, I shall have gallows after gallows erected, for example, in Munich on the Marienplatz-as many of them as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged one after another, and they will stay hanging until they stink. They will stay hanging as long as hygienically possible. As soon as they are untied, then the next group will follow and that will continue until the last Jew in Munich is exterminated. Exactly the same procedure will be followed in other cities until Germany is cleansed of the last Jew!"

But no thanks to Hitler, the New World Orde with the establishment of the United Nations, does not allow the Jews to be punished. Hitler had his own reasons.

However, justifications are very much needed. The UN and its Security Council have always been restricted in passing any resolution that condemns Israeli assault on the Palestinians. Tel Aviv, on the other hand, always act on its own perill.

From being offered a place to settle down in 1917, the Jews became conquerers after unilaterally declaring its independence in 1948. The agony of the Palestinians started immediately after that when the Jews gradually took their land by force.

The architects behind such moves - Britain and US - remain adament until now each time the plight of the oppressed Palestinians are brought up at the UN. Having vetoed so many resolutions, both were never serious with their words of helping to solve the conflict.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Balfour Declaration puts Palestinians to suffer

The Balfour Declaration 1917 which led to the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine was the root of all problems plaguing the Middle East.

The declaration was actually a 67-word statement contained within a brief letter attributed to Lord Arthur Balfour, the British foreign secretary, dated November 2, 1917, which recognised such plan.

In an agreement with America, England viewed with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and promised to use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of the project.

However, it was also clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.


Balfour addressed the letter to Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a British banker, zoologist and Zionist activist who, along with Zionist's Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, helped draft the declaration.

As such, the declaration was in line with European Zionist leaders' hopes and designs for a homeland in Palestine, Rothschild and others believed would be realised through intense immigration of Jews around the world to Palestine.

Balfour was part of the liberal government of Prime Minister David Lloyd George. British liberal public opinion believed that Jews had suffered historical injustices, that the West was to blame, and that, therefore, the West had a responsibility to enable a Jewish homeland.

The whole world knew by then that at the time of the Declaration, Palestinians - the 'non-Jewish communities in Palestine' - constituted 90 per cent of the population there.

Jews numbered about 50,000. By 1947, on the eve of Israel's declaration of independence, Jews numbered 600,000. By then, Jews were developing extensive quasi governmental institutions while provoking increasing resistance from the Palestinians as the saw the Jews 'acquiring' their land.

The Palestinians staged small uprisings in 1920, 1921, 1929 and 1933, and a major one from 1936 to 1939 but were quashed by the combination of Israel-British forces.

These are the facts that United Nations, England and the US tried to deny -- that they are the roots of this problems!

An acid test in Kuala Terengganu

Its nomination day for Kuala Terengganu Parliamentary by-election. BN candidate Wan Farid Wan Salleh is facing an uphill task to defend the Umno seat from his challengerMohd Abdul Wahid Endot of Pas.

That's what the general perception is. Difficult, 50-50 or tight contest can be expected when the two bank their political hopes, come polling day on January 17.

The environment in Kuala Terengganu is heating up. Late yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the BN taskforce centre before 5,000 BN supporters. The applause and cheers were encouraging enough but many agreed to the fact that victory may elude BN again, just like what happened in Permatang Pauh.

Why? Most attendees were not from Kuala Terengganu Umno. Many came from as far as Johor, Melaka, Selangor, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and other states. Together with members of MCA, MIC and other component parties, they filled up the roar and excitement.

About a kilometre away from the Convention Hall of the Islamic Civilisation Centre, about 50 opposition members were busy with their banners and posters, not perturbed by the function which was also attended by Ali Rustam, Muhammad Muhd Taib, Rafidah Aziz, Koh Tsu Koon, Ong Tee Keat and other BN senior leaders.

Its going to be more colorful today. Should there be no 3rd candidate, it will be a one-to-one contest between BN and Pas.

More foreign journalists are coming this way, too. As this is an acid test for Mentri Besar Ahmad Said, it will also determine Najib's political strength before taking over from Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi in March.

As the Malays make up the majority in the constituency, they will have to chart their own political journey into the next general elections. This will set the parameter as to how popular BN is, not only in Terengganu but nationwide.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Here's a comment...

Among a few visitors who posted their comments on No New Year's Day to celebrate..., one of them was a Palestinian, Son of Palestine who wrote this:

Your friend Tareeq is among thousands, if not millions of palestinians who lost at least a member of their family since the war in 1967. Since then, the world just stood still and abided to the American way of trying to settle it.

NO! The Americans are Israelis best friend. How could Washington make any decision that will lead to the lost on Israel?

I am also a Palestinian living in Malaysia. Maybe I know this Tareeq. I am from West Bank which also comes under Israel non-stop aggression.

What can a country like Malaysia contribute to the peace in Palestine and Middle East? Pardon me, even during your chairmanship of the OIC, nothing much was done to assist us.

Dr Mahathir was just becoming its chairman when he had to step down. He was the only Muslim leader who dared to confront the superpower and Israel with his words. Unfortunately, we dont have another Mahathir after that.

The United Nations, too, is in the hands of America. Any draft resolution to condemn such attacks on the Palestinian soil will go down the drain when US representative applies the veto power.

What is the function of the Security Council then? Just becoming a watchdog for the American interest. When there are troubles in other parts of the world, they were fast to act by denouncing the aggresor and called for multinational forces to be deployed.

In Palestine case, the UN is afraid to act as it receives million of dolars from Washington every year. The question now - is the UN still relevant when it comes to protecting the rights of the Palestinians?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

No New Year's day to celebrate...

Thank you co-blogger Nuraina Samad, for reminding me that it was already New Year and I have yet to update my weblog.

As Stevie Wonder's 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' song goes ...'no New Year's Day, to celebrate...' (I sang this number to qualify for the finals of NST talentime in 1987), I was beside an ailing friend at Pantai Cheras Medical Centre on the eve of January 1, 2009.

Palestinian businessman, Tareq, 51, lost his wife and 2 lovely daughters during a raid by the Israelis on Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza, in 1991. That dawn raid on August 12 also took away his younger brother and a few friends.

Devastated, he went to Jeddah in November and operated a small grocery store until an Indonesian managed to persuade him to migrate to Jakarta in 1996. During the students demonstration in 1999, his bazaar was burn down.

He came to Penang in January 2000. I came to know him when former Palestine Ambassador to Malaysia, Ahmad Al-Faraa invited me to a dinner at J W Marriott in 2001. That's how we became friends.

I remember Jabaliya well enough during my trip to Gaza Strip in 1985, about two years after the massacre at Sabra and Shatila. It was worse than that reported.

Tareq suffers from kidney problem.

"I dont mind if Allah calls me to rest, brother Jelani. I have tried to live a life without being haunted by the past... but I am just a human being. Losing your loved ones is most shattering. What have I done to deserve this?

"Nobody knows how long this war will go on. I dont know what happened to my relatives in Gaza and other parts of Palestine... I hope they are fine. The last time I spoke to my good friend in Jabaliya was on Christmas eve... two days later the line was cut."

Amid prolonged frustration and the agony of watching his homeland being reduced to rubbles, Tareq has a good heart.

"I hope the Palestinians and the Jews can end this war. We dont need the superpowers to broker the peace. We, the people of both countries had wanted peace a long time ago but some leaders were against it.

"Do you know that most Israelis, too are against this confrontation? No matter what their regime had done to me and other Palestinians, I hope we will live in peace somedays. If its not for me, its for the future generations."

I stayed on with him until the fireworks around KL came to an end. Back home, I went through my e-mails, some of which sent by friends from overseas and also from the United Nations News Centre.

Again, I was taken aback reading about more than two million people suffering from hunger in many parts of Africa.

What was there to celebrate... I asked myself.