Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tenang: Appreciation to fellow bloggers

BN retains Tenang state seat with an improved majority of 3,707 votes compared with 2,492 in the 2008 national poll.

Its Umno candidate Azahar Ibrahim secures 6,699 votes while Pas' Normala Sudirman gets 2,992. Voters turnout was 71.71 per cent compared with 73.52 per cent previously.

Congratulations to BN workers and volunteers for the good and hard work.

However, my salute and appreciation are for the new media team comprising pro-govt bloggers and news portal for round-the-clock updates and reporting. They braved heavy rain and flood to feed readers with the latest news.

Not forgetting my team from Malaysia Aktif for their true dedication in all assignments. Next will be Merlimau state seat by-election on March 6.

Its time to go home and I just wonder whether the roads in Labis are clear for our exodus. I really miss my 4-year old darling... and....

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Will the Chinese vote for BN?

Political campaigns for Tenang state seat by-election cease at midnight today. Last ditch effort by contesting parties entered more personal yesterday when speakers, especially from the Opposition lost a little bit of their balance by launching massive character assassination on PM Najib, its Cabinet and policies.

Calls for both sides to have a 'clean' one-week campaign went unheeded as the same speakers for previous 'delicate by-elections' such as Galas, Bukit Gantang, Kuala Terengganu and Bukit Selambau were brought in.

Since Johor had not seen any by-elections since 1989, the people in Tenang were never exposed to massive character assassinations and carpet bombings. Tension was high at several places amid tight security by the police, Rela and the FRU. However, no untoward incident took place except for some verbal abuse at an Umno ceramah near Labis last night.

The cyber-war by bloggers, notably those of pro-govt is also heating up the solemn look of Labis when some of them published a series of harsh attacks on Anwar Ibrahim, Kit Siang, Guang Eng, Karpal, Nik Aziz and their candidate.

With the rakyat to decide on whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat should take control of Tenang tomorrow, attention is centered at the 5,766 Chinese voters, who represent 39.08 per cent of the total 14.753 registered voters.

"It looks like Chinese all for DAP (a component in PR). In the last national poll, they were not very supportive of BN. As the nation gets older, the Malaysian Chinese are becoming anti-government," said a senior government official whom I met in Segamat.

"Its not like the Perikatan days when they fully supported the government," he added.

Even the 7,014 registered Malay voters (47.54 per cent) will not going to be 'all for BN'. Pas, another component of PR is much alive in Labis. Its candidate Normala Sudirman, 38 is also a well-known and respected teacher in the constituency.

Azahar Ibrahim, 39 or BN (Umno) is undoubtedly the favorite to win the by-election, thus making Normala the underdog. Since Umno has a strong base in Labis and Tenang, confidence is high at the BN camp that retaining the seat is 'kacang'.

However, Deputy PM Muhyiddin challenge for BN to secure about 5,000 majority votes (2,492 in the last general election) is quite impossible to attain. It all depends on whether the Chinese would vote for the ruling party.

The 1,780 Indian voters (12.07 per cent) are almost all for BN as had been the case in previous election but they too could have a change of mind as their initial request for an Indian candidate for Galas was turned down by the leadership.

As at today, reports and feedback from various groups predicted that BN would win by a majority of 2,800 votes, 2,200 less than Muhyiddin's target and only about 300 better than 2008 national poll. However, some conservative estimates put the majority to notch 3,600 if BN party workers multiply effort on the eve of polling to woo supporters.

Its a daunting task for BN. A win is secured but the majority could take a sharp decline should voters turn blase with bias media reporting and nauseating postings by pro-BN bloggers. As voters in Tenang are not used to such a 'dirty' game, we can expect some sympathy votes to go to Normala.

And again, the Chinese voters hold the key to BN's victory. As to whether most of them will opt for BN or PR depends much on how they absorb themselves to national development and the achievement of Najib's government thus far.

For my personal observation, only 15 per cent of the Chinese votes will go for BN. And by taking into account other factors such as sympathy votes, the PR strength, candidates' personality, blogs and on-the-fence voters, BN can only retain Tenang seat. Majority votes will not move much.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ummi Hafilda suing 2 papers, 2 bloggers

Ummi Hafilda lodged a report at Bukit Aman today (why Bukit Aman?) against two newspapers and a few bloggers for 'defaming' her.

Blogger Shila of Asam Pedas wrote: "Setahu saya, laporan polis hanya boleh dibuat di balai polis biasa. Bukit Aman hanya buat follow-up kes yang sudah dilaporkan. Tetapi kes Ummi ini special pula. Saya tanya dia kenapa buat laporan di situ, dia kata dia dah beritahu Datuk Bakri (Zinin). Wah! Dahsyat kabel Ummi ya!"

There is also a U-Tube showing Ummi giving statement to members of the media, immediately after making the reports.

The newspapers are Harakahdaily and the newly-lanched Media Rakyat for its headline 'Kisah Dalam Kain Diselak' about two weeks ago. Apart from suing the two papers, Ummi will also file a libel suit against bloggers Tukar Tiub and Tranungkite.

Bloggosphere is getting more interesting. I just cant wait for bloggers to sue each other over issues like... for instance 'intellect and mosquito bloggers'.

Even our media industry is already all 'lite up' with Rocky's Bru against NSTP ex-4...

Thanks a lot, Shila of Agendadaily.com

'Dont corrupt people of Tenang!'

I like what Home Minister Hisham said in Labis on Tuesday that politic of racism, hatred and division is not accepted in Johor. Johorians, irrespective of race and religion will never advocate themselves to such a politic.

In a statement prior to Tenang by-election on Jan 30, he said nobody should be allowed to sow the seeds of hatred in the state because Johorians will not accept it.

Frankly, I admire how the people in Tenang are still one despite subscribing to different political ideology. The Malays, Chinese and Indians observe mutual respect and will not do anything to provoke each other into an argument or confrontation.

And Hisham is right. Johor politics differ from that of other states. I think its unique in the sense that their politicians do not really go for personal attacks or character assassination during campaigning. They normally go after professional arguments. It is only of late that one of two 'growing up' politicians have subscribed to unpleasant tactics.

I believe in what Hisham said. A few days in Tenang proved it. The unity demonstrated by its people is not similar with that of other places. The people not only know each other but also can tell one's house. The Malays, Chinese, Indians and others bump into each other mostly everyday at the 'pasar tani' and the wet market.

Some say such a social environment is attainable because Tenang is a small area. I agree but there are many other smaller constituencies in Malaysia where the people are not only politically divided but 'they screw each other' (the best to describe it,I guess!).

In Tenang, you can be a member of Umno, Pas, PKR, DAP, MCA, Gerakan and other parties but they always meet at coffee shops and other places. Members of Umno, Pas and PKR usually meet at suraus and mosques and they can talk for hours without offending one another.

Members of MCA and DAP share the same 'house of God' and meet up regularly to discuss social and political issues but they never land a fist on each other's face.

For years, this people have observed mutual understanding and respect. For outsiders who came to Tenang for the by-election, they too should recognise the fact that Tenang's unity is not easy to be rattled. Badmouth campaigning should be avoided as the people, irrespective of politics, do not like it.

In fact, both candidates Azahar (BN) and Normala (PR) are not aliens in Tenang and Labis. Both are well respected and recognised for their contribution to the constituents.

As how Hisham puts it - dont corrupt the people of Tenang with bad politics! Let's have a clean one...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

US, Israel try to rob Lebanon's oil & gas

When the US-British allies invaded Iraq in 2003, the oil-rich nation was ripped to pieces. Saddam Hussein was hanged together with his close aides, the country's economy took a nosedive while more than a million people died.

Four years after the internationally-condemned invasion, the US and British oil conglomerates went to Iraq to rebuild the oil & gas industry, and today they monopolise it. They have taken over what is supposed to belong to the Iraqis.

In the late 1990s, the US bombed Khartoum, the capital of Sudan for invalid reasons. And today, the US, British and French oil companies thronged the country's oil-rich south and eastern regions, also trying to take control of its oil & gas production.

So, it was not Saddam who bombed or propagated the Sept 11 1991. However, the US attacked Iraq on the pretext of combating terrorism, with actual intention of boring a big door to the country's oil domination. And the succeeded, except in Sudan.

And now, the are trying it on Lebanon, a fast developing nation touted as having potential to emerge as one of the world's largest oil & gas in the coming years.

Israel, with the help of US energy companies, is trying to exploit one of the world's largest gas fields, which mainly belongs to Lebanon. However, since Israel is ahead in the race to develop these energy resources, politicians, especially Lebanon's head of Parliament Nabih Berri, have called for a quick adoption of the law.

Last month, US oil and gas producer Noble Energy announced that it has discovered two enormous natural gas fields, containing as much as 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, off the Mediterranean coastline.

The largest part of the discovery is the Leviathan gas field, which is believed to contain 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (valued at more than USD 95 billion) and, 4.2 billion barrels of oil. The field is located in the joint regional waters between Lebanon and northern Palestine. Lebanon contends that it owns a major part of Leviathan.

Earlier this month, Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, stressing Lebanon's right to its energy wealth which lies within its exclusive economic zone.

Shami condemned Israeli exploitation of Lebanon's potential wealth as a blatant violation of international laws and an assault against Lebanese sovereignty. Lebanon's parliament in August last year approved a law to carry out offshore oil and gas exploration projects in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time.

So, that is how the US, Israel and its Western allies carry out their oppressive foreign policy. They are not really into combating terrorism but to terrorise the economy of other countries deemed to threaten them.

By the way, they are still struggling in Afghanistan, another country rich with oil, gas, uranium, plutonium and gold. Do you see my point?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

'Wakil rakyat' nominees must undergo IQ test too!

A week before Tenang nomination day (Jan 22), I was talking to blogger Jebat Berkokok about covering the 14th by-election. On the 20th, Merlimau state seat also fell vacant when its assemblyman died, making it (possibly) the 15th by-election in about less than three years.

I told him the government should regulate that all nominees for the general election should undergo a thorough medical test to ensure they are fit to be called State Assemblymen or Members of Parliament.

Of course, our lives are in His hands but we need to ensure our health condition enables us to shoulder such a big responsibility for the rakyat. If we cant attend any meeting or assembly due to health reason, we cannot expedite our duty well to the rakyat who voted for us.

So, when Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said on Saturday that MPs should not only go for annual medical check-ups (here) but should also be trained on stress management, I feel glad. At least, I have similar view.

However, I am of the opinion that the reps should undergo medical test NOT after winning the polls but before contesting. At least, they should get 'a certificate of fitness' to stand in general election of any by-election. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, leukemia and others should stand as a 'deterrence', depending on its level.

By the way, do you happen to know a rep with epileptic problem? Better find it out yourself!

Anyway, I also did tell Jebat that all potential election candidates should undergo another check-up - IQ test!

Why? Some assemblymen and MPs are only fit to be called 'the dumb and dumber'!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tenang: Who got the extra card...

Its nomination day for Tenang state seat by-election. Irrespective of how many candidates are taking on Barisan's Azhar Ibrahim, the party workers must bear in mind that its a new 'war game' this time around.

After 21 years without any by-election in Johor, dont take for granted that the political scenario is similar to what we had back in the 1980s. The playground is getting bigger, the players have multiplied while the modus operandi gets more sophisticated.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin has threw a challenge for BN to chalk 'at least 5,000 majority' victory on January 30 poll, almost double from the 2,492 votes registered in the 2008 general election. Who would translate that challenge into reality?

The party workers will have to bear such a big responsibility. Confidence in winning is there - knowing Johor is BN's strongest stronghold - but the figure can either be enhanced or reduce significantly.

I just want to see BN workers start working in the morning and not to wait until the sun is down, unlike the Opposition party workers (especially Pas) who are accustomed to start wooing voters after the Subuh prayer.

I have covered almost all general elections and by-elections since 1981 and I noticed how Pas campaign machinery start cracking in the morning while the government supporters taking their sweet time before getting on the job.

When Pas party workers have already distributed about 10,000 pamphlets, the BN workers were just about to begin!

As both candidates, including Pas' Normala Sudirman are known to be fully-respected by the people in Tenang, character assassination is expected not to be part of campaigning issues. Even locals are not used to such 'dirty tactic' and badmouthing, thus sending a signal to both sides (including bloggers) not to start one.

Tenang folks are also united in so many ways. As to whether they are members of Umno, Pas, MCA, PKR or what, they dont mind sharing the same coffee table and chat as friends. Their political ideology may differ but not their line of friendship.

So, bloggers and journalists alike, you need to be more careful as this is not Kuala Terengganu, Bukit Gantang or Galas. There is almost no major issue in Tenang.

The only issue is to display our extra cards in wooing their support for BN. Do we have that?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thaipusam is dead in Singapore

'Thaipusam and the fire walking ceremony in Singapore this year is dead. This is because the PAP government thinks that Indians here pray to demons and devils...'

I am proud to be a Malaysian. I can enjoy its well-diverse culture and heritage. We have the rights to our religions, schools, languages and believe. I swear, never did it cross my mind to be a Singaporean (or any other nations) although I enjoyed visiting relatives and friends during my school days.

Yesterday was Thaipusam in Malaysia. As usual, Batu Caves, Penang and other Hindu worship places throughout the country held similar ceremony and procession. Tourists flock it every year for its colorful and unusual event.

Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the guest of honor in Batu Caves to symbolise how Malaysians from all walks of life have recognised Thaipusam as a national event and celebration.

I feel sorry for our Hindu friends in the Republic. An article here explains everything.

'Looking at the Hindus walking down the road at midnight with no fanfare at all is like looking at zombies roaming from Serangoon Road to Tank Road...'

To our Malaysian Hindus, appreciate what we have. We may encounter some minor problems from time to time but everything can be resolved. There is no need to vent our anger by asking the Indian Government to severe all trade ties with Malaysia or things like that...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tenang is Umno Johor private affairs!

'Other states should stay away this time around. Let it be Umno Johor private affairs. We dont want too many people coming to Tenang'.

I heard this from a govt official. Later on, I checked it out with 3 friends who serve different ministers. And they confirmed it.

There was a 'directive' from Johor State Umno Liaison Committee to other states not to take part (or interfere) in Tenang state seat by-election to be held on January 30. I wouldnt believe it if it comes from one source but I think this people whom I met and called are not liars.

Unlike Galas state seat by-election, Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election and all previous by-elections which saw participation from all Umno states, Tenang is an 'all-Johor affairs'. I dont know how its chief Ghani Osman had arrived at the decision.

I think Prime Minister Najib, his deputy Muhyiddin (from Johor), Hisham (from Johor too), Khalid (another Johorian) are aware of it. To me, Johor is over-confident. Otherwise, they wouldnt have 'chased away' friends from other states.

Who's instruction was it? The MB? Or DPM?

I am of the opinion that it was quite unbecoming of Umno Johor to ignore assistance from other states. What is so supreme about Umno Johor that they have to turn away their friends from the same party?

I just hope they can secure a win and a bigger majority in Tenang.

I do not wish to comment any further as I could be accused of trying to provide ammo to the Opposition. Nevertheless, I just want to say one thing - Umno does not belong to a single state or a single leader!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Khazanah should learn from Temasek's greed

Khazanah's boss Azman Mokhtar was cautious about further investments and acquisitions, saying it would be silly if the entity fails to recognise the high risk of spreading its empire.

"You can see markets started in 2011 in fairly buoyant fashion ... but we think one has to be nimble in this market," he said, adding that the government's investment agency was cognisant of factors beyond its control such as liquidity, investor sentiment and global events that could quickly sour the market (here).

"We need to increase our portfolio value, but the portfolio value is not just about the market price," he said about Khazanah Nasional which manages some RM112 billion in its portfolio.

And perhaps Khazanah should learn something from its 'carbon-copy' Temasek Holdings which has to pay a 15 billion Indonesian-rupiah (US$1.7 million) fine after Indonesia's Supreme Court again rejected its request for a review of a previous ruling that it breached antimonopoly laws.

"Temasek is disappointed that its application for Civil Review has been rejected as it has not contravened Indonesia's antimonopoly laws," Goh Yong Siang, Temasek's senior managing director of strategic relations, said (here).

Indonesia's Anti-Monopoly Commission, or KPPU, had previously ruled that Temasek violated the country's antitrust laws as it held indirect stakes in two cellular providers, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia and PT Indosat. Temasek appealed that ruling in May 2008, but it was turned down later that year.

And for Khazanah to consider investing abroad, they should take the cue from Temasek. After all, if Amok is appointed a minister in PM's Najib Cabinet, he wont leave behind a lump of manure behind...


Monday, January 17, 2011

Utusan is silly!

My first impression is absolute absurdity! The way Utusan Malaysia treated the president of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) by conducting an in-house interrogation and confining to 'house arrest' is unbelievable!

Just because Hata Wahari made an open-and-common statement about how mainstream newspapers are losing revenue from lower circulation as the result of playing too much politics, he is condemned like a traitor to the company and made a subject of domestic inquiry.

For Utusan to impose such a punitive action which many believe would lead to his sacking, the Umno-owned newspaper company is defying Hata's rights to voice out his concern over the dwindling newspaper circulation, reduced profit from advertisement and shrinking readership.

His concern was not only for Utusan but for other newspapers like Berita Harian, New Straits Times and others which, over the mushrooming of new newspapers and e-media tools have saw profit took a tumble. Too much of bias political news and politic-related substance, it seems, is shunning readers and advertisers.

Some people also accused Hata of inclining towards the Opposition but I personally dont think so. Although Lim Kit Siang and news portals such as Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today (which are very critical of the government) support what he said, what Hata said was very constructive.

Members of any organisation depend heavily on their respective unions to secure a better wage, benefit and other remunerations. So, when a union chief expressed something like that, it means he was worried about the future of Utusan should annual revenue keeps going down. This will directly give adverse impact on their salaries, promotion and other perks.

However, it is sad to note that rather than taking care of the business and ensuring its growth for the benefit of shareholders and workers, some newspaper companies today pull a lot of stunts in politics. Readers got easily blase.

They rather sell sentiment to meet the demand of certain politicians, and I think the government of Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak should realise that whether this pro-BN newspapers fill up their space with party news or not, they still support the legitimate government.

So, it is time for the government helps looking at their coffers as it will warranty their survival and the plight of their employees. Treating people like Hata in such a manner shows how much some employers are anti-union.

And believe it or not, I was one of NUJ office bearers during the early 1990s, during which some of my colleagues - no matter how outstanding there were in journalism - were sidelined and denied promotions for being active union committee members.

I also see the trend in Cuepacs and other unions. No, I am not accusing anybody of being anti-union but these are the facts that stay.

Many companies play politics too but not to the expense of their employees. For newspaper operators, its good to stay in the political stream as long as you dont have to sacrifice their rights to better wage and benefits. If the business goes down, not only will the workers have to face belt-tightening measures, their political master will also feel the pinch!

Big Dog under attack!

Blogger Zakhir the 'Big Dog' is under attack for his 'continuous attack' on Rais Yatim and for what he and a few 'top hit' bloggers have purportedly marginalised co-bloggers as one forming the ELITE group them while the rest are just 'nyamuk'.

The Gelombang Wangsa Maju team is getting fed up with such labeling, it seems. Posted under 'Big Dog running wild... or did ya have gone mad', the confrontation (I was made to understand) stemmed from a gathering at Shah Village, PJ a few months back.

"Perhaps ... the Ministry of Information should have given scope of work and an accurate description the duties, roles and responsibilities of a Minister of Information ... to this 'elite blogger'.

What exactly is 'their' problem with Rais Yatim? ...

Maybe ... there are misundertanding between these elite bloggers hence it is so damn difficult to forgive the sin committed by Rais Yatim?

Maybe ... Rais Yatim has blacklisted them from any event involving the Ministry of Information as a result of misunderstandings both sides.
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But what is this ELITE and 'NON-ELITE' bloggers? I dont really understand it.

Brothers, let us sit down and settle it once and for all. Not nice lor... after all, pro-govt blogger should remain united.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Israeli soldiers kill 1337 Palestinian children

I just couldnt sleep after receiving an e-mail from Reza al-Mehdi, a journalist friend in Ramallah who wrote:

"My bro, do you know that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Israeli settlers have killed 1337 Palestinian children since the Aqsa intifada in late September 2000 until late 2010? Its an alarming figure but the international community seems to ignore it. What have the children done to them?"

The figure was released by the Ahrar Research Center on Friday. The study said the children were killed in direct murder crimes or during shelling, random firing, confrontations, and targeting residential areas.

The biggest number of children killed was in Gaza (977) followed by Nablus (92) then Jenin (77).

The study also said that the IOF detained around 3300 Palestinian children in 2010 and around 11000 in the past three years, including 103 girls.

Fuad Al-Khafsh, director of the Ahrar center, held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for crimes committed against those Palestinian minors. He asked human rights groups and all concerned institutions to prosecute IOF leaders and Israeli security apparatuses for such crimes.

In a related development, IOF soldiers stormed Zabuba village west of Jenin on Friday night and took away a 16-year-old boy from his home.

Witnesses reported that the soldiers broke into several homes and questioned their owners after searching them.

Such a brutality on Palestinian children happens everyday in Gaza and other occupied territories. Why are the Israeli kidnapping or killing them? To avoid them from growing up to join intifadah!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Alamak... Tok Rais!

I am taking the cue from blogger Noor Hasilah Ismail (Asam Pedas). Again, its about Rais Yatim. Titled 'Penonton Malaysia Bodoh Ke?, she was startled with the minister's comment that Malaysian film and movie producers should stop making horror or ghost movies.

Why? Rais said, “Kementerian berpendapat filem, drama atau kandungan sedemikian tidak meningkatkan tamadun atau nilai hidup yang positif. Filem-filem hantu dan tahyul tersebut meskipun telah diluluskan oleh Lembaga Penapisan Filem (LPF), termasuk untuk tayangan di pawagam, namun ia tidak semestinya sesuai untuk siaran televisyen.”

He was commenting on producer Sheila Rusly's denial that her latest drama series 'Sakti Delima' carries elements which deviate from Islam. Although the movie was an adaptation of P Ramlee's 'Pancha Delima', TV3 has stopped airing in on the 4th episode.

Shila wrote 'perkembangan ini amat menghairankan kerana sebelum ini banyak drama Melayu serta Thai, Cina, Inggeris, Indonesia yang sarat dengan unsur berkenaan, dibenarkan ditayangkan bukan sahaja di TV3, tetapi juga TV2'.

Agree... but I better not comment on this. Read Shila's blog, will you?

However, I recall this. Sometimes early last year (in March, if I am not mistaken), the minister had 'tried' to issue a directive to local radio stations, including private-owned to stop or reduce offering foreign songs to the rakyat.

I immediately called a senior ministry's official and said: "You better ask Rais to regulate only dondang sayang, ghazal, langgam, joget, dikir barat, boria and local songs for the radio stations!"

So much for the 'Malaysia is truly Asia' slogan!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Be fair, MCMC!

I was told that about 800 telco transmission towers are for grab at the MCMC. If an average cost per tower is RM1.5 million, it means RM1.2 billion worth of project awaits local contractors holding the NSP license.

But as to how far is the truth that those in Sabah, Sarawak and Pahang are 'untouchable' because they are meant for Sabahans, Sarawakians and a 'royal' group in Pahang, has yet to be ascertained.

Its a common practice that government projects in Sabah and Sarawak are prioritised for locals. In Sarawak, for instant, Cahayamata is the master.

It is also understood that some have been awarded in Kedah and Johor while the rest is undergoing 'screening' at the MCMC.

I think I've seen an open tender last year calling on local contractors to bid for it. I know someone who offered the lowest price was booted out 'politically' although he was told by someone 'inside' that the a letter of award was ready.

Soon, there would be more calls for suc tenders. I believe the MCMC is a 'fair' government agency...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Biadab punya pegawai SSM!

I accompanied a friend to the SSM (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) yesterday, trying to get discounts for the penalty imposed. The company failed to submit its annual reports and statement for four years.

The compound was a few thousand ringgit, and I think my friend deserves it for negligence. Furthermore, he didnt get any project over the past five years.

However, the manner in which a lady officer treated us was rude. She was arrogant too.

"Kalau takda duit, tutup sajalah company ni! Menyusahkan orang je!"

So, that's how you attend to a customer. Eventually, my friend got to pay only half of the compound after meeting another officer.

Nice, isnt it? I believe other people had experienced similar ordeal with that lady. I just hope SSM board take back her seat or transfer here elsewhere. She is a nuisance to SSM good image.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Anwar challenges Najib for debate, KJ volunteers

Anwar cabar Najib debat ekonomi, KJ yang tawar diri!

Sounds interesting. In a press conference today, the Pakatan Rakyat de-facto leader threw a challenge to Prime Minister to enter a special debate on the economy.

As a prime minister, he said Najib should accept the challenge.

"I dont want to have a debate with his rep. He is the PM, so he should take up my challenge. A debate with PM is the best solution as he was the one who launched an open attack on us, that if our program is implemented, the whole nation will go bankrupt. So, its better for Najib himself to defend his statements and at the same time give us the opportunity to defend ours. Let the rakyat be the judge."

Read the story by Agendadaily.

Pemuda Umno Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin instead offered himself for the debate with Anwar, accusing the former deputy premier as distorting what Najib has said.

Its information chief Rezal Merican also urged Anwar to accept KJ's challenge while Senator Ezam told Najib and KJ not to 'entertain' Anwar's challenge as it would be 'a waste of time'.

Now that everybody can enter into debate to defend his or her case, why not Rais Yatim calls for a debate with a few bloggers? That would be more interesting, dont you think so, guys?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ban Hindraf, Najib... and strip Moorthy's citizenship!

None of the Malaysian Chinese, the second largest race in the country had never instigated Beijing to sever its trade or other bilateral ties with Malaysia. Yes, there were some mistreatment and things like that. They understand that no government is so perfect.

Neither MCA, Gerakan nor other Chinese associations or NGOs have ever requested mainland China to do so. They remain Malaysians.

However, Hindraf which represents a minority of Malaysian Indians went overboard by asking New Delhi to sever all trade relation with Malaysia. There only reason, 'ill-treatment of the Indians by Malaysian Government' (here).

The call was made based on Hindraf’s Malaysian Indian Minority and Human Rights Violations annual report 2010 which claimed that Malaysian Indians were suffering grave human rights violations committed by the Malaysian government. Hindraf activists had distributed copies of the report at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indians Conference) in New Delhi, which commenced yesterday last Friday.

(Former MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu was also there leading a 150-strong delegation but did not say anything to refute Hindraf's claim).

Based on news reports published by the Malaysian media, the Hindraf report alleged that 95 per cent of those killed by the Malaysian police were Indians, 90 per cent of custodial deaths and 80 per cent of those who experienced 'police harassment, unlawful arrests, frivolous and malicious prosecutions', were Malaysian Indians.

The report added that 48 per cent of prisoners in 28 prisons in Malaysia were ethnic Indians and in 2010 alone, 5,000 Indians were arrested and detained under the Emergency Ordinance, which allowed for detention without trial.

But a Human Ministry's report said about 200,000 Indian youths in Malaysia were involved in crime. About 100,000 ethnic Indian gangsters operate in Malaysia.

This gave Hindraf chairman's P Waythamoorthy (pic) the 'license' to ask the Indian government to issue a note of censure against its Malaysian counterpart in a language consistent with the serious and urgent nature of the problem.

I think Moorthy doesnt consider himself as a Malaysia, and so the rest of Hindraf members. They feel they are citizens of India. That's why they wanted to see the Malaysian economy takes a flop, hence giving room for its Indian gangsters to run an amok for survival.

This guy is a traitor. I commend former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for outlawing Hindraf during his tenancy but Najib legalised them.

People like Moorthy doesnt deserve to be a Malaysian and I personally would like the Home Minister to take up this matter. If there is a need to strip his citizenship, I believe many Indians would support the move!

Moorthy and his followers can leave Malaysia once they get their Indian citizenship!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

UFO and Rais - among the believers

One of Singapore's senior politician recently claimed that he saw UFO in 1999. In his article published on sgpolitics on 3 Jan, 2011, the secretary-general of National Solidarity Party (NSP) Goh Meng Seng said he has seen the alien craft and described it as “no human technology can explain or did what that object did” (here).

"Such image is still imprinted in my mind deeply. Just too bad I didn’t have any video camera back then to record the whole process. From then on, I always keep an open mind about UFO sightings. Some UFO sighting reports around the world coincide with my own witnessing experience… such objects just zip and zoom out of sight within seconds..."

Well, he believes in what he claimed he saw... at least.

And back home, many people still believe in what they didnt see. The same people who believe Rais Yatim did rape his Indonesian maid about 4 years ago although the latter has confessed that such an 'orchestrated incident' never took place.

This people are the same humans who believe in angels and devils but cant proof their existence. The same mouths who keep on telling others that Rais may have 'bought' his innocence by paying an amount of money to the maid. Still, they dont have anything to proof.

Someone who claimed that he/she saw the UFOs are described as nutty. However in Goh's case, he said he did see it although he produced no alibi. In Rais case, nobody saw him raping his maid but they stood by their theory that he actually did it.

Even after the maid's confession, they went on spinning the issue - that Rais or someone paid the amah to shut her up. And they do believe that money was involved in order to safe Rais' family and the government of all the blushes.

And to support their theory, they will keep on digging. They wont give up easily as they, too want at least a single tangible evidence to support their claim and safe them from the blush of being called 'liars'.

Well, what else should we dig apart from Rais case? Have they quit on the submarine commission issue, the actual story behind Ali Rustam and KJ found guilty of money politics, Malaysian politicians who have savings with Bank of Israel, Zarinah Anwar of the Securities Commission, Nor Mohd Yakcop and Kalimullah linkages, etc?

Or why not help the court to implicate Anwar Ibrahim in his 'everlasting' legal proceedings? How about the Altantuya murder case!

I used to write unpleasant things about an African nation in the mid 1990s, based on twisted Western foreign reports to belittle its government and people. However, my perception changed when I was there...

Huaarrrggghhh!!! Am really worn out and sleepy but I cant sleep. This nightmare of seeing Muhyiddin and Hishamuddin battling for the No.2 post in the next Umno elections keeps on coming... I didnt like it initially...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rais is innocent!

Rubingah, the Indonesian maid who had served at Rais Yatim's residence from 1999 until 2007 has finally came out with a denial that should clear the minister's name of any rape allegation.

"I was never raped by Rais as reported by some parties," she said. Read her confession as reported by Gerakan Anti-PKR. Also read this Indonesian news portal here.

Her written statement reads, among others:

"...tidak pernah terjadi upaya pelecehan seksual oleh majikan saya selama bekerja di Malaysia. Saya bekerja selama delapan tahun di rumah Datuk Rais. Selama itu baik-baik saja, tidak pernah ada permasalahan, apalagi terkait perlakuan kasar serta tidak senonoh terhadap saya...".

Hope it helps clear the air, especially the 'row' between Rais and some bloggers who have been attacking him of late.

But still, it wasnt the bloggers who accused Rais. They wrote based on information from the Indonesian media and also Wikileaks.

So, what's next?


Najib is Malaysia's most dangerous man!

"This deliberate attempt by Putrajaya to cause turmoil in Selangor is reminiscent of the debacle that Najib engineered in Perak last year. The ousted Perak Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin who suffered at the hands of Najib has already warned Selangor of the fate that will befall them if they do not take precautions. If Najib was surprised at the way the rakyat reacted to his machinations, none was more surprised than the Sultan of Perak. His Royal Highness was taken aback at how Najib managed to galvanise the rakyat. In the end, evil may have triumphed but as they say, elephants never forget…..and others might even add, they never forgive either. Najib is desperate. And a desperate man will resort to desperate measures," - by MARIAM MOKHTAR, Malaysia Chronicle.

Holy Toledo! Read the rest of her story here. She really blasted the Prime Minister. However, knowing Malaysia Chronicle and on which side they are, it came as no surprise.

"This man is dangerous. He was not elected as Prime Minister and has no known credentials of being a leader. Being a career politician by piggy-backing on the name of his father is no real test of leadership. What true experience has he of the real world?

No leader blatantly offers the people of a town RM5 million in exchange for votes. No leader tries to influence voting by offering to repair schools. Broken-down schools should be repaired as a matter of course.

Najib’s cabinet is in disarray and tainted with known charges of corruption, sexual scandals including rape, and mismanagement of the public purse..."

I think Najib is already immune to it. There are so many of them now i.e Malaysiakini, Free Malaysia Today and others.

Where does this MARIAM stay? In Singapore? Or Australia? Or could it be China, Alaska or Vladivostok?


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

'I am not the rapist!'

Finally, Rais Yatim came up with a defensive statement, denying all accusation made against him and his family by bloggers and the Opposition on the Net.

So, he wasn't the 'VVIP' who raped his Indonesian maid some four years ago, and his family was not also in any kind of business purportedly 'created' by his political enemies and bloggers who are in a cahoot to bring him down.

Well, at least he has spoken out. Whether or not those with proofs linking him and his family to so many wrongdoings would stand up by their allegation, the least we can expect is the row between him and some bloggers would not end just like that... not for the time being.

I have been waiting for such a statement after my posting on The Minister and a Weakylicks Datuk on Dec 29, 2010. Of course he 'cannot tahan anymore'.

"I refute the allegations, whether they are about raping any individual four years ago (2007) or any other allegation, raised by bloggers on the Internet or by any political entity... I state readily that any report by anyone so far related to this matter should be investigated under the country's laws.

"All written material, reports, extracts and speculation, including illustrations and photographs, published in any blog or website on the Internet so far on the allegation of misconduct or rape of any individual are ill-favoured, malicious and libellous, having been fabricated without any valid legal basis," he said.

Let's wait for response by those who have been attacking him. I could sense the heat is building up! In this modern era, even alibis can be created!

continue reading his statement...

Will Karpal turn his back on Anwar?

According to the Parliament Hansard dated Oct 22, 1997, Karpal Singh had during debate claimed that he had documents to show Anwar's involvement in the sodomy case and urged the government to investigate the sodomy case.

That was when both of them were at odds, managing different houses. And now that Karpal and Anwar are buddies, having clad themselves together in the same pact, the lawyer didnt mention anything about it anymore. Why? He got to protect his ass.

However, there are things he cant protect forever. That statement in 1997 can be used against him during the legal proceeding of Anwar's sodomy case. Many people may have forgotten it but not a group of lawyers.

Yesterday, the Association of Muslim Lawyers (PPMM) president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said further investigations must be conducted on Karpal's views (here).

"For us in PPMM, when an issue like this crop up, our view is that it must be investigated. In a criminal case, there is no time frame unlike civil cases whereby investigations must be done within six years," he told Bernama when asked to comment on Bayan Baru Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim's claims on Monday.

Zahrain in his statement had urged the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail should look at the case more seriously and call up Karpal as Prosecution Witness over his views with regard to Anwar's sodomy case that he had raised in Dewan Rakyat back in 1997.

Zahrain was the fourth person to call for such an action after Wangsa Maju Member of Parliament Wee Choo Keong, Parti Keadilan Insan Tanah Air (KITA) president Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and Kulim Bandar Baru Member of Parliament Zulkifli Nordin, who had also questioned Karpal's motive to become Anwar's counsel in the current sodomy case.

The question here is, will Karpal turn his back on Anwar?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Who gets Alcatel's cash-for-info?

MACC goes global. The had cancelled a London trip to interrogate PI Bala last year. Now they will go to Paris in effort to find evidence linking Alcatel to giving out bribes worth millions of ringgit to few Malaysians in a tender which they finally won (here).

Hebat MACC ni! That's the way to go but dont waste too much money on it by bringing a big entourage and staying in a 5-star hotel for a month (sorry bro!).

Alcatel was alleged to have paid for confidential information as an advantage to win the public tender sometimes between Dec 2001 and June 2006.

I wonder who are the businessmen (and few politicians, likely) involved in accepting Alcatel's money. There are also reports that the company gave bribes to officials in a few countries as a 'professional fee' in assisting them to win public contracts worth billions of dollar.

In related development, Alcatel-Lucent SA has agreed to pay more than US$137 million to settle charges brought against it by the US government (here).

The Securities and Exchange Commission in New York yesterday accused the Paris-based maker of telecommunications gear of paying bribes to foreign government officials to illegally win business in Latin America and Asia.

Alcatel, a top supplier to US and European phone companies, agreed to pay more than US$45 million to settle the SEC's charges. It will pay an additional $92 million to settle separate criminal charges announced by the Justice Department.

The SEC's complaint said Alcatel's bribes went to government officials in Costa Rica, Honduras, Malaysia and Taiwan between December 2001 and June 2006. Alcatel bought US-based Lucent Technologies at the end of 2006.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mainstream papers MUST carry balls, bro!

The mainstream newspapers are 'government's propaganda tool'. They belong to the ruling party and its components. New Straits Times, The Star, Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian and others, name it. Just like Harakah, Suara Keadilan and Rocket playing 'tools' to Pas, PKR and DAP propaganda.

My advise to National Union of Journalists (NUJ) of Malaysia president Hata Wahari, dont tell them what to do. I mean our mainstream papers - the group editors or editor-in-chief and their managing editors are political appointees. They have to play dumb and obey all instruction from the top or out they go.

Since 1980, I have seen many changes to the helm of each newspaper companies, especially when a new leader took over the government. Each prime minister would like to install a new team who could safeguard and protect the interest of the government.

You yourself have seen a few, bro. I am not disputing what you said Sunday that Malaysian newspapers should stop becoming 'propaganda tools' for the government. You were damn right about it but you missed something - that this mainstream papers either belong to Umno, MCA, MIC or other BN component parties.

The only different is in their trend. During the 1980 and 1990s, they were business-driven. They competed among each other to win high readership and big revenues from advertisements. However, they turned into politically-driven since the era of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Most of them begun to lose to new media and new newspapers.

Why? The 'play balls' too much. The editor-in-chief are merely puppets to top politicians. They are the best 'yes-men' the country ever had. If not for sports and entertainment pages, the whole content of their newspapers would be attributed to party and individual news. So much so, readers got fed up and stop buying and reading.

Aaahhh!!! This is what our newspapers are all about, bro! Asked NUJ former president Yazid Othman about it, or any other senior journalists, including those who have retired. Its a fair game as the two groups got their own masters to support and protect.

However, I salute your guts in making such statements, i.e "The union also asks editors of mainstream media especially Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, Berita Harian and the The Star to play the role of disseminating information to the public and not as propaganda machinery of the government, political parties, or any individual.”

It was a frank and open statement. But please remember, being frank sometimes doesnt pay...


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Gone! Money for RTM extra channel

On February 10, 2006 Kadir Sheikh Fadzir announced that Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) would have another TV channel by September that year. It would serve Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Klang and Seremban before going nationwide (read here).

However, nothing happened. No extra channel, not extra announcement, even after Kadir resigned and Ahmad Shabery Chik took over the portfolio.

The Finance Ministry was said to have pumped in about RM80 million for the purpose, hoping RTM to be more competitive with the private TV operators.

Although the new digital channel was again mentioned during Shabery's era (and Pak Lah's), it fell short of expectation. Again, nothing happened and nobody knew where the money had gone to.

And under Datuk Rais Yatim, few of his officers told me the money was no more there. Where did it go? Back to Treasury or being siphoned to other Info Ministry's projects?

Who should answer this - Kadir, Shabery or Rais? (I dont think Rais knows about it...)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The year of TRUTH


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011

I received 176 New Year wishes on my mobile, SMS and MMS. However, I didnt reply to any (as a pre-paid user, you understand laaa). Anyway, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to family members, friends, fellow bloggers and blog readers for your kind words.

Azam baru? Nothing in particular except to continue working for my family. Age is catching up fast, dont you feel it?

I will go on blogging, hoping 2011 will provide us with some truths to some burning questions that hovered us in 2010. Things like did Anwar really bugger Saiful, will BN win Tenang state seat by-election, will the 'rapist' minister be brought to court, Sarawak state election, will there be a major Cabinet reshuffle, etc

Also, will local TV station give more space to our Prime Minister's wife (unlike other First Ladies... we hardly read or watch Obama's wife on TV).

And there are few snakes I would like to catch, too... with your help, of course!