Monday, October 31, 2011

Our innovation is only to win international award, Mr PM!

I just read Datuk Seri Najib's jottings about 'innovation' (here) on his blog. Interesting and very stimulating.

However, I have to write a few lines about innovation and our achievement thus far in 'exploring and innovating' our products and resources. And I personally don't see much success in such efforts, except a few.

Fifty-four years after Independence, we can be proud of our achievement in research and development (R & D) and specific innovation, except that our allocation for R & D is only about 5 per cent of the GDP as compared to 15 per cent in Singapore, 18 per cent in Japan and more than 10 per cent in China, South Korea and the Western nations.

Yes, we are proud that our innovation has won many awards and accolades in many international competition. Our scientists and researchers did well in putting Malaysia on the world innovation map. Impressive, isn't it? How many trophies have we collected so far?

However, what happened to most of the researches? And what is the point of competing and winning if the results of such researches fail to improve our product, diversify our production capability and most important in seeing its positive impact on the livelihood of the rakyat?

Except for high-end products and in advanced-technological industries, other sectors seem to run on similar basic procedures, most of which are slow and and can be perceived as conservatively ill-managed.

What happened to many 'winning trophies' won by Mardi, Majuikan (LKIM), RRI, UPM, Felda, Felcra, USM, MTIB and others? Most of the 'award-winning' research are not made to good use. In other words, research is only for competition!

Fifty-four years after Independence, such researches still fail to make us a self-reliance nation. We keep on importing most items that we should and could source it locally. While the government gives strong emphasis on exports, we at the same time enjoy large imports of unnecessary goods.

Fifty-four years after Independence, our rice production is still not sufficient for local consumption. The acreage of padi plantation has not increased and our quality of rice has never improved since the 'Malinja' and 'Mahsuri' breed were introduced more than 35 years ago. We still make comparison to Thai's fragrance rice and India's bashmati when our soil and climate are compatible to that of Thailand and India. What happened to our 'award-winning' researches?

Fifty-four years after Independence, our dairy and meat production is still about 15 per cent of domestic demand. We keep on importing dairy product and beef from Australia, New Zealand, India and other countries. Our research even fails to improve local production. Had we make an effort to increase it by 1 per cent a year since Independence, our local production must has reached and astonishing 50 per cent by now, and a lot of money can be saved on imports.

Fifty-four years after Independence, we keep on importing tropical fruits while exporting ours to Singapore, only to be re-sold as 'Produce of Singapore'. Our fruits which are Singapore-produced are popular in most of the Arab countries. Some years ago, the UAE and Saudi Arabia did offer Malaysia to supply 10 tonnes of tropical fruits to them. Unfortunately, we had to turn down the offer because we didn't have the capacity. Instead, Singapore voluntarily offered its service!

Fifty-four years after Independence, our supply of protein from the deep sea is still very unsatisfactory. We have to multiply its imports. Sadly, most of our fishermen are still using small fishing boats that can only take them a few nautical miles off the shores. As a result, foreign fishermen in big boats are sweeping away our resources.

Fifty-four years after Independence, we still import toothpicks, toothbrushes and combs. My God!

There are many other instances but I hope the govt (and Datuk Seri Najib) read this. Our innovation may works well in hi-tech industry but still lacks when it comes to improving some sectors of the peoples' economy. Yes, we have good ideas about something but most of it fail to contribute to national progress as a whole.

Do I have to write more?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

ICC wants Saif Gaddafi... but where are Bush and Blair?

The US-controlled International Criminal Court is worried if Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam flees justice for the 'crime' he and his late father committed. Although no evidence has yet to be established to bring him to the Court, Washington and its Nato were quick enough to apply pressure on the ICC (here) for Saif to be penalised.

US military and government representatives even went extra miles by holding security talks in neighbouring Niger with local officials in Agadez, which has been a way station for other Libyan fugitives, including another son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi upon hearing rumors that Saif was planning to escape to an African country.

The American too is more than willing to launch a 'search and arrest' operation against Gaddafi's intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.

I personally believe the US, under Barack Obama's directive, has plans to killed each and every one of Gaddafi's family and close aides, just like what they did to Saddam Hussein and his senior government officials after George Bush and Tony Blair formed a cahoot to attack the innocent Iraqis and killed about a million of them since 2003.

And coming back to the ICC, I think it is proper to put Bush and Blair on trial first. Saif and others could come later. Bush-Blair crime is considered the most brutal after Hitler in World War II and as such, they deserve a severe punishment.

The ICC should not exercise double standards when it comes to picking up who and who should face the music first. The US has the most unreasonable policy to protect its citizens - that none of them can face trial outside the country and none should be put behind bars elsewhere on the planet. Absurd!

Come November 19-22, the trial of Bush and Blair will be held here, in Kuala Lumpur. This is the first time that war crimes charges will be heard against the two former heads of state in compliance with proper legal process.

Charges are being brought against the accused by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission following the due process of the law (here). The Commission, having received complaints from war victims in Iraq in 2009, proceeded to conduct a painstaking and an in-depth investigation for close to two years and in 2011, constituted formal charges on war crimes against Bush, Blair and their associates.

The first charge against George W Bush and Anthony L Blair is for Crimes Against Peace wherein:

"The Accused persons had committed Crimes against Peace, in that the Accused persons planned, prepared and invaded the sovereign state of Iraq on 19 March 2003 in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law."

The second charge is for Crime of Torture and War Crimes against eight citizens of the United States and they are namely George W Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo.

In June this year, Belgium received lawsuits against Bush and Blair (here)under war crimes law but it said it had forwarded the cases to the defendants' countries, reducing their chances of reaching a court.

Belgium has come under harsh criticism especially from the United States for the law, which empowers its courts to try foreigners for serious war and human rights crimes no matter where they were committed.

In an effort to discourage so-called 'propaganda' cases, it reformed the law to allow a lawsuit to be sent to a defendant's country if that country were democratic with a legal system that could handle it properly.

As for Bush-Blair 'trial' in Kuala Lumpur, many have cast doubts if the case can reach the ICC as the US will do everything to protect Bush. If the Court finds him and Blair guilty, American foreign policy could be put to question by the rest of the international community.

However, the ICC must pursue the matter whether preliminary trials are held in Malaysia, Belgium or elsewhere.

Focusing on Saif and Gaddafi's remnants shows how the ICC is being managed, as how the United Nations has to bow to Washington each time a decision is made to condemn Israel's atrocity on the Palestinians.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Anwar's economic reform is a bluff

I have not seen many foreign reports on Malaysia undermined efforts made by the Opposition to introduce 'improvements' to the economy and make changes to the BN approach in dealing with the national development.

However, this article is written fairly by its economic-journalist. Fair in the sense that the government's economic program is lauded although it may contain some crackers. As for the Opposition, the writer didn't see any true and viable idea to challenge the government's ongoing plans and implementations.


"The Economic Agenda of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat has not offered any alternative. As Anwar Ibrahim, a leading opposition politician, stated in a recent report in the Wall Street Journal that he could only suggest “to focus on weeding out corruption and waste to make the country more efficient, and educate Malaysians about what is going on so they can prepare”. This demonstrates that the Pakatan Rakyat political agenda is merely to defeat the UMNO/BN government by any means but without genuine alternatives to correct the society and the economic conditions of the working class and poor as well as the youth, who will be the first to suffer if the economy worsens.

"The Malaysian economy is entering one of its most difficult periods, and it could further dramatically worsen if there is a sharp slowdown in China, on top of the economic crisis in the US and Europe persisting for any length of time. At present, social demands are kept under control only by subsidies, a relatively low level of inflation and unemployment, and a 4 to 5% GDP growth. But a further slowdown of the economy would burden the working class and youth, and this could enrage them against the government policy. They have demonstrated this anger in the 2008 General election, and this could be repeated in the next general election.

"Malaysian workers and youth have been observing the economic and political conflicts that have been unfolding in the Middle East, the US and Europe. They see young people and the working class in those countries beginning to look for an alternative to the crisis of capitalism. Similar situations could emerge in Malaysia if the economy is further affected by the world crisis..."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Come on lah, Guan Eng!

LGE gives Umno Online 48 hours to stop producing any article and comment about his son. Otherwise, he will lodge a police report against the news portal (here).

Alamak! Why complicate matters, Mr Chief Minister? If you want to lodge a police report, ensure that it covers all those 'pro-Umno bloggers' whom you claimed of accusing your son of 'that thing' lor!

Umno Online is not the only one. There are other news portal sharing the same view as Umno Online. You must consider of taking action against them too. And not to forget the bloggers.

Another thing, I don't know the truth about you son's case. He could be innocent or wrong. The best thing is for you to ask the police investigate the matter. Don't simply be outraged by the reports and allegations.

If you son is in the class of pedigrees, you should proof it and tell those who 'attack' him that he is a good egg. Then, I think everybody would stop talking and writing about it. And in turn, you could sue all of them.

Do something to stop this dissension... once and for all!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

'Human rights society like communism'

Former IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor, best remembered for his stinging punch that blue-blackened Anwar Ibrahim's eye in 1998, today dropped a bombshell to the rise of human rights groups in the country, likening them to communism.

Such a trend, he said would lead to the questioning of “accepted truths” like the social contract.

“Every century has its wave... and we cannot avoid being hit by this wave... Now, it’s the human rights wave... Before that, it was the wave of Marxism, Socialism,” he said after officiating the 2nd Perkasa general assembly at Dewan Centrum in KL.

Calling the human rights movement a new religion, Rahim warned that civil liberties activists saw the US and UK as their spiritual home and drew parallels to how the Comintern had engineered the global spread of communism from its Moscow base.

“Now we see many things being questioned because of the human rights wave. They question the self-evident [social contract], as though they’re trivialising what was agreed upon.”

He added that many leftist Malay leaders during the post-World War II period had been tricked into thinking the communists had their interests at heart but realised later that they were being used by “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.

I tend to agree with him.

Human rights group and some NGOs are acting like 'rulers and legislators of the governments', attacking any country to their whim and fancy. Those who sit at the helm of such organisations are usually agents of the Opposition.

In Malaysia, some groups get foreign fundings, including from the radical groups in the US, many of which are linked to Israel.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Deepavali... (avoid that RM170/kg sugar)

Deepavali is our national celebration.

I have fond memories celebrating it with my Hindu friends at the Sungai Baru Estate, just a 10 minutes walk from our house. There were Chandra, Ramu, Loga, Suresh and others. We went to the same primary school, Masjid Tanah English School.

No problems then. The Malays in our kampung Moncino Bosa (known as the High Chapparal then), the Indians at the Estate and the Chinese knew each other very well. We were like a big family, helping each other and enjoyed a harmonious life.

But those were the days. As development and modernisation wrap us up, we tend to forget where we used to belong... and how we got started.

To peace-loving Malaysians, HAPPY DIWALI... and don't end up buying a RM170 per kg sugar (here). Its bloody expensive... heh heh!

(To Ramu and Loga who are still there in the Estate, check my facebook... our childhood photos are there)

Amanah Ikhtiar - the biggest 'ah long'...

I remember attending the launching of Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) in September 1987, as a reporter. It was a concerted effort by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YaPEIM), the Selangor State Government and Asia-Pacific Center for Development.

It's main objective is to provide micro loans to the poor to generate income from any economic activity.

Modeled after a Bangladeshi's millionaire Mohd Yunus method of helping the poor and destitute in his country, we embarked on similar module, turning it into one of the many 'noble' ways of alleviating poverty.

(At the time of its launch, there were already words that Mohd Yunus resorted to 'ah long' ways of retrieving the small loans on time, thus making the poor becoming more poorer).

Yes, about 99 per cent (here) of those who took AIM loan pay their dues on time. Why? If you fail to pay your weekly installment, their agents will come harassing you at home. Worse still, they will sue you after a certain duration, thus blacklisting you for just a few thousand ringgit you faulted.

I have seen some friends involved in the scheme failed to uplift their standard of living but keep busy finding money to pay the macro loan. They took RM3,000 (upon approval, the amount given was less than that) and are made to pay a weekly installment of RM150 for 30 months.

By simple math, they have to pay RM4,500 for the RM3,000 loan, an extra RM1,500 or 50 per cent of the principle amount taken!

You must keep on paying until AIM gets that RM1,500 profit from the RM3,000 loan. And you are also made to attend an every Tuesday briefing for one to two hours at the AIM office. This is compulsory, failing which will subject you to some 'actions'.

Yes, it's quite easy to apply for the loan. No guarantor, no pay slip and no nothing. Just proof that you are into any kind of small business, for instance producing 'kerepek pisang' at home, and you will get that 'lessened RM3,000 loan'.

So, how much can you earn from a small 'kerepek pisang' home-business? Maybe between RM100-RM200 per week. You don't have the right machinery and equipment to produce it in a larger scale. What machine or equipment can you buy with that RM3,000?

In the end, your small business is just to furnish the weekly installment to AIM, leaving you with nothing. If you employ one or two assistants, you won't be able to pay their daily wage but if you do, you may end up closing your small family business, which gets more difficult to sustain. You will start having sleepless night, and eventually you get more poorer than before.

I think the government has to review the whole procedures. I don't know about Tekun scheme but I heard it also gives a lot of problems to recipients. There must be other approach in dealing with such schemes.

Eradicating poverty is the thrust of the New Economic Policy and the Economic Transformation Program. However, if we make more people become poorer, something is amiss there.

If programs like AIM and Tekun are introduced to manipulate and exploit the poor, we better reconsider its mechanisms before issues like this explode in our face. We have lost a few States in the previous election...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

New blog, new entry and fresh ideas.

That's what Stopthelies is all about. I find it rather amusing. The owner/writer is obviously a professional, judging from the style and composition.

Its latest entry Gay Elton John cannot, but Bisexual Anwar OK laments Pahang PAS Youth for declaring its protest against Elton John’s Greatest Hits Tour, scheduled for Nov 22 in Genting Highlands, describing the performance by the “gay singer” as “incompatible” with Malaysian culture.


"What a pathetic joke! What hypocrisy! Gay Elton John cannot but bisexual-adulterer Anwar Ibrahim is good enough to be our Prime Minister!," says Stopthelies, which traffic is increasing rapidly since its 'inception' about three months ago.

You may find it interesting, too. Continue reading...

Soccer and politics

Man U 1, Man C 6

Manchester United ate humble pie at home, the grand Old Trafford. By record, that was its worst home defeat in decades.

However, many (including me) feel Man U is still far better than Man C. The only thing is, that Sunday was not Man U lucky day. Everything went wrong (here).

PM Najib and other Man U fans who watched the Big Sunday game at his residence in Putrajaya yesterday could feel the frustration. Being routed by an 'underdog' was not an easy fact to accept. But that's what sports (soccer) is all about.

I guess the rule applies to politics as well. Being a strong and hard-to-defeat is not a guarantee to win a general election. Just like soccer, if we field wrong players, adopting to ineffective tactics and undermining the team we are taking on, we could end up paying a big price.

So, we need to choose the right players, apply the best tactic and don't boast of being a 'champion of all times'.

There are many lesson to be learnt from other countries (and other football teams)...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

'Novandri chickens out; Utusan keeps mum...'


Read this comment by an Anon to my earlier posting The 'susu' issue: Guan Eng should 'sue-sue' the bloggers'. I find it rather interesting. I am not for the Opposition but the comment carries some logic and fairness.

"There must be some calculated move as to why he (LGE) has yet to lodge a police report - not necessarily because his son might (be) guilty of misconduct. He is not that naive not to know what his rights are.

"Meanwhile I am amazed that Utusan Malaysia has been rather quiet on this issue knowing fully well it is always at forefront seizing any little opportunity to attack, discredit and demonise the oppositions. Fear of civil suit as warned by LGE?

"I am equally amazed as to why that Novandari who started it all does not follow through if he is so sure of his facts. Has he chickened out ?

"Bukan peminat PTD tetapi keadilan semua pihak."

Some comments, please!

The 'susu' issue: Guan Eng should 'sue-sue' the bloggers!

Lim Guan Eng has strongly denied that his son played the 'susu'. The Penang Chief Minister has made one denial after another without doing anything to really 'clear' his and his son's name. At least, lodge a police report and 'sue-sue' the bloggers whom he accused of making up the stories.

Sue them lar, YAB! Don't give them any more room to badmouth you. The pro-Umno bloggers are attacking not only you but your son and family as well.

So, why wait? If you claim that your son is innocent, do something to protect his name and dignity. He is still a boy (a 16-year old boy is also not fully-protected by the law if he commits crime).

Weird! Even your partners in DAP such as the big time lawyer Karpal Singh, your dad Lim Kit Siang, Teresa Kok and others had so far issued statements to back you up, without saying a word about making a police report or suing the bloggers for libel.

I thought Karpal will take up the case against the bloggers - not one but quite a number of them. Drag them to court so that both sides can justify their claims.

DPM Muhyiddin Yassin also commented on the issue yesterday (here). He said Lim Guan Eng denying sexual harassment claims against his son was inadequate, and that if the chief minister “thinks it is important to correct the information, then he has to come up with a strong statement."

“Mere denial is not enough,” Muhyiddin said.

And please stop condemning Shahrizat Jalil for not making any statement about the issue, and for her silence over Khairy Jamaluddin's 'disparaging' tweet the other day. No point taking her to task.

If you have strong points against the bloggers and whoever you feel are involved in defaming your son, do not let them off the hook. Sue them... repeat, sue them!

I pity your son...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lee's salary the highest, Najib's among world's lowest (he deserves slightly more...)

"Leaders of advanced economies earn very similar salaries to each other, and those countries tend to be less corrupt and more democratic. While Lee Hsien Loong (of Singapore) may earn 38 times the average resident of Singapore, his country is considered a good place to do business even if it is not fully democratic.

"On the other end of the spectrum, (Kenyan leader) Raila Odinga earns an incredible amount more than the people he governs, and presides over a country that Transparency International would consider one of the most corrupt around (ranked 154 out of 178 countries)," writes Brent Radcliffe of Investopedia.

Making comparison of 10 highest salaries of world leaders, the survey shows Lee deserves such a high pay, much higher than that of Barack Obama (US) and Yoshihiko Noda of Japan.

Top 10 Political Leader's Salary by Country (2010):

1. Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore): $2,183,516
2. Donald Tsang (Hong Kong): $513,245
3. Raila Odinga (Kenya): $427,886
4. Barack Obama (United States): $400,000
5. Nicolas Sarkozy (France): $302,435
6. Stephen Harper (Canada): $296,400
7. Mary McAleese (Ireland): $287,900
8. Julia Gillard (Australia): $286,752
9. Angela Merkel (Germany): $283,608
10. Yoshihiko Noda (Japan): $273,676

It also takes into account the leaders' income in comparison with their respective countries' GDP growth and base salary vs perks, that saw Raila Odinga getting 'more than what he should gets' as his country is among the most corrupt in the world.

It reminds me of PM Najib's Budget 2012, which among others proposed for a revised allowance for Members of Cabinet and Members of Parliament.

How much is Najib getting?

Don't compare his with Lee. I think his is among the lowest in the world. On that note, I believe he deserves slightly more... honest!

Kasi can laaaar!

Screwing KJ...

Of all the people (namely pro-BN bloggers), Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin got a 'well-done' fry. Everybody is pointing finger at him over Lim Guan Eng's 'boobs-son' saga. His tweet about it is drawing 'first blood' from every corner.

Malaysiakini, Karpal Singh and others. And latest, Sinchew labels KJ as 'foolish'.

"Should it be the words and deeds of a well educated politician graduated from the Oxford University? As the BN Youth chief, should he slander bully a 16-year-old boy? Spreading rumours and launching personal attacks on the Internet are flaws in the Internet age, as well as a cheap political weapon.

"Khairy used to be a victim himself. He was involved in a sex scandal spread online after he got married with Nori Abdullah..." according to an article by Tay Tian Yan titled A Foolish Move.

It also suggested KJ to apologise to LGE.

"The only way to make up is to apology to Lim's family, as well as the society. As for the mercenary team members behind the scene, would they learn a lesson and be watchful over their own deeds and words?"

However, while there are rebuttals, the 'confirmation' is still coming from a few bloggers.

Blogger The Flying Kick posted a new angle to the scandal. Under 'Guan Eng Mengamuk Sakan', he writes:

"Isu anak lelaki ramas tetek yang kononnya dimulakan oleh blogger pro-UMNO sebenarnya tidak lebih daripada helah agar isu SPICE yang melibatkan RM430 juta tidak dipedulikan.

Tony Pua dikesan cuba memanjangkan isu anak lelaki Guan Eng ramas tetek dengan bantuan Malaysian Insider dan Malaysiakini.

Namun sekali lagi mereka terkantoi apabila Pengetua SJKC membuat 'pengakuan' yang kemudian terbukti ada sesuatu yang diselindungi iaitu bantuan RM2 juta untuk sekolah tersebut..."

Looks like the scope of the story is getting wider, linking to so many other things.

While some bloggers are challenging LGE to sue them for libel and defamation, the Penang CM has yet to do anything to clear his name and his son's.

I believe more build ups are coming... and let's see who actually got the big BOOBS to stand up to the issue!

Friday, October 21, 2011

How LGE helps Penangites

This is how Lim Guan Eng's administration gets 'full support' from the Penangites.

1. Imposing a ban on water sports activities on the beaches, no jet-ski, not even a chance to have a boat ride. The reason given was to avoid any untoward incident. Picnickers are only allowed to sit on the beach and build sand castles or Rockets.

2. Demolishing stalls that provide extra income (in most cases, it's the only source of income) in the States, resulting in hundreds of people lost their business. It means the State Government encourages this people to resort to stealing and begging to make ends meet.

3. Disconnecting electricity and water supplies to poor households. Now they have to use candles to light up their homes, pick fire woods (is there any in Penang?) for cooking and and dig up wells for water. They government is teaching them a positive 'austerity' drive.

4. Barring the rakyat from coming to the Chief Minister's office. They must talk to their respective 'wakil rakyat' of the ruling party but this reps are not accessible. They are too busy playing 'balls'.

5. Telling Bloomberg that the Penangites are prospering more under Lim's administration, that he is responsible for developing the State. However, many Penangites are still living in poor condition, including on the island.

Aah! Impressive. Otherwise, there won't be any demo at the Masjid Negeri after the Friday prayers today to express their 'sincere gratitude' to Lim.

He is adorable, don't you think so?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gaddafi is dead

Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader whom I interviewed in Benghazi in 1984 has died, killed by his own countrymen, according to unconfirmed reports (here).

"We announce to the world that Gaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution,'' National Transitional Council (NTC) spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga said on Thursday in the eastern city of Benghazi.

"It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Gaddafi has met his fate,'' he added. Another NTC commander said one of Gaddafi's sons, Mutassim, was also killed in Sirte.

"We found him dead. We put his body and that of (former defence minister) Abu Bakr Yunis Jabar in an ambulance to take them to Misrata,'' said Mohamed Leith (here).

NTC fighters who had fought in the bloody seven-month conflict that toppled the veteran despot at a cost of more than 25,000 lives, erupted in jubilation at the news, which followed earlier reports that Gaddafi had been captured.

A photograph taken on a mobile phone appeared to show the 69-year-old Gaddafi, toppled by NTC fighters in August, heavily bloodied. In the poor-quality image, Gaddafi is seen with blood-soaked clothing and blood daubed across his face.

Gaddafi is a man of character. I remember during his 2009 visit to New York to address a meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), he delivered a stinging speech which could only be described as erratic. It was marked by a tearing of the UN charter.

In his speech, Gaddafi also wondered aloud whether swine flu was manufactured as a weapon and said that the Security Council should be renamed the 'terror council' and demanded investigations into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

The episode raised Gaddafi's profile in Western media and left many people eager to know more about who he was. In one instance, Gaddafi initially refused to have his picture taken for a US visa application. An aide suggested that the US consulate instead photograph one of the hundreds of billboards in Libya that featured his image and shrink it to fit its criteria.

Gaddafi was well-known for his carefully constructed photo ops and media events. His image was plastered on billboards and banners throughout Libya, often portraying him as a hero of the people. His face was also featured on commemorative stamps and state currency.

He even once presented Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state, with a locket that had his image engraved on the inside!

And now that he is gone (as many believe), the future of Libya is uncertain. The country may be torn apart into several groupings, especially between pro-Gaddafi supporters and the NTC faction which received strong support from Nato and Washington.

A new government will be installed. Would Libya be turned into another Iraq and Afghanistan - getting a new pro-Washington puppet regime?

During that 1984 interview, Gaddafi said the United Nations HQ should be shifted from New York to a no-man's land, abolish the veto power and stop the dictation of the US and other super powers on its administration.

By the way, how do our leaders react to the news?


Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah answers WSJ

The Wall Street Journal had on October 12 produced an editorial which mocked Malaysia's Economic Transformation Program as 'failing to follow through' on promises of reforms. Calling it 'Malaysia's Old Economic Model', it also belittled the government's effort to provide more jobs for the rakyat.

I believe many have read the article, which lacked information precision. The writer just couldn't write it pretty, afraid it won't be published.

In a letter to WSJ, Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah explained how the ETP is on track to create more than 370,000 new jobs, that the government has slashed red tape so that entrepreneurs can set up a company in just one day.

Malaysia too, he said have climbed well bove the likes of South Korea and the UAE to reach 21st place in the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index.

The letter reads:

You accuse the Malaysian government of "failing to follow through" on promises of economic reform ("Malaysia's Old Economic Model," editorial, Oct. 12). This could not be further from the truth.

Malaysia's Economic Transformation Program is on track to create more than 370,000 new jobs, we've slashed red tape so that entrepreneurs can set up a company in just one day, and we've climbed above the likes of South Korea and the UAE to reach 21st place in the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index.

Foreign direct investment in Malaysia is up 76 per cent year-on-year, we're the home of major new facilities for BAE, Cisco and AMD, and the IMF expects our economy to grow by more than five per cent not just this year but next year as well.

All this has been achieved by "following through" on our economic promises – and don't just take our word for it. Only last month Steve Forbes said: "It's one thing to make promises and another to work to make it all a reality. The Malaysian government has so far been delivering reality."

Alongside the ground-breaking political reforms announced back in September, these economic advances are further proof that Prime Minister Najib Razak is committed to delivering genuine and lasting change for all the people of Malaysia.

Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah

Second Minister of Finance

Note: Similarly, Bloomberg's writer Chong (in my previous posting) also fails to add some logic to his story about Penang which 'booms under Lim Guan Eng.

Slurp, slurp, slurp... Bloomberg licks Guan Eng's b--ls!

I am not comparing Penang under Lim Guan Eng and Koh Tsu Koon. I believe the late Lim Chong Eu was the the force behind the State's development, plus the Federal Government's policy in setting up the first FTZ on the island.

Tsu Koon continued with the development policy while Lim Guan Eng rides on the already booming economy. A simple picture.

However, Bloomberg seems to attribute Penang's growth to DAP and Lim's 'accountancy' scroll from Monash University, Australia. And in collaborating with that notion, Lim himself boasted about how his development policy has turnaround Penang as the most economically-developed, much better than Selangor and other States.

And Bloomberg's article 'Malaysia Losses From Racial Law Exposed' by its reporter Chong Pooi Koon also blamed the Federal for the 'lost time' Penang had under Barisan Nasional's administration.

Slurp, slurp, slurp... that's how Chong licks Lim's balls!

Nothing is envisaged about BN development policy which has steered the growth. No eulogy but asinine claims that it's all about DAP and Lim Guan Eng.

And the Chief Minister, in that interview, was singing his paean. Having sycophant people like Chong to interview him, Lim has lost his balance and kept on bragging about his success and unwittingly belittled the previous authority for all the 'failures' to develop Penang.

He has forgotten than the Federal has allocated more than RM1 billion to his administration, and such a fund is not given based on politics but more on development requirement. Just like Kelantan, Selangor dan Kedah, the Federal had never politicized anything when it comes to developing the nation and in ensuring national growth.

International conglomerates like Robert Bosch and Intel are already operating in Penang when Lim took over from Koh but Bloomberg's report said it was Lim who lured them to invest in the State. It's okay as I think the reporter was trying to play chummy with Lim and the Opposition. Well understood.

“Penang now has a chance to show that if you have good governance, and if you put fairness and justice as your main qualities, free of race considerations, that is actually the way to go for Malaysia," Bloomberg quoted a Ooi Kee Beng, Penang-born author of “Era of Transition: Malaysia after Mahathir” and a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Singapore? That's where Lim met Ooi and the others during which he made a detrimental remarks about Johor as being a 'notorious State'.

The reports may look superficial but after reading it through, it was politically-planted to please the Opposition and undermine the actual facts about Penang's growth and development history.

"Lim has managed to keep Penang attractive for international companies even as Najib focuses federal support on regions such as Johor and Sarawak, where his ruling coalition has among its biggest parliamentary-seat majorities," the reporter wrote.

However, we can understand why most Malaysian journalists who serve the foreign media and agencies turned into some macaws - if the story fails to tailor to the policy of their paymaster, it won't be published.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ong... ong... ong... oink!

If former MCA president Ong Tee Keat is seeking medicament from PKR, let him. Although his plan (if any) to join the Opposition is regretted, it is his call. Maybe Ong feels he is already a persona non grata to the party he once led.

So, it's true that Parti Keadilan Rakyat is a party for sour grapes like Ong and former MCA deputy president Chua Jui Meng. After holding senior Cabinet position for years, enjoying all the privileges and worked alongside with the other leaders of BN, they decided to burn down the bridges after losing their party seats.

PKR is truly a losers' pool.

I don't know what is pervading him (read here) but it seems that the former Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker has been on a silent mode since losing to Chua Soi Lek. And Chua himself has been lambasting Ong, describing him as being irrelevant to the party (here). War of words between the two could have been the cause.

I think many MCA leaders and members, and BN supporters do not like the idea of Ong's frogging. As general election is just around the corner, its repercussion on BN's prospect could be very adverse. Or is this what Ong actually want, for BN to lose?

Aahhh... Then many would question Tun Dr Mahathir's decision to leave Umno during Pak Lah's regime. It's different because he re-joined the party after Najib took over as Prime Minister and Umno President. It's not the case for Chua, and Ong too (if he leaves MCA) as they will not turn back.

The rumors are that, Ong has met Anwar recently. What transpired, only God and both of them know. Come to think about it, there is no reason whatsoever for Ong to meet the Opposition leader (whom he himself used to batter) unless for politic talks.

It's not a strange anymore for party leaders who lost their seat to turn their back on their own party. From someone who has been showing extreme fidelity towards the party, he would change to mangle it - just because he does not hold any senior position anymore.

And what do we call people like this? Political rogues! Once you turn your back on your own party, you will lose all the virtues. You have chosen to be an outcast.

So, look before you take the leap!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Self-proclaim Chairman... so vain!

I don't know why some people are so vain when it comes to status and designation. There are time when no official announcement or declaration is made, they are already telling around that they are now the big boss!

What an a--h-le! Ringing your own bell!

I remember when Renong was about to take over the NSTP Group in the late 1980s. Halim Saad had yet to make any official announcement on reshuffle and redesignation. However, a few editorial staffs who were closely aligned to the MCKK alumni were already walking around, declaring that they were the new bosses.

And yesterday, after reading Rocky's Bru, I called up a friend at a Commission under Rais Yatim to get some clarifications about someone already being made the new chairman.

"He is just an acting chairman under Article 14 of the Commission's Act. Ha ha ha... he must be very vain, bro. He asked his boys to inform the media that he is now our new chairman. If he gets it, it's okay but no official announcement or letter was issued thus far. He got to wait," he said.

Wah lan neh! There's a big different between 'acting' and 'appointed'. An acting Prime Minister will not necessary become a Prime Minister!

It reminds me of how Anwar Ibrahim proclaimed himself as the 'new Prime Minister, come September 16 2008'. Such a farce, isn't it?

And now, there are rumors that a high ranking official of the same Commission is under probe by the MACC for 'money laundering'. Could it be the same person? I am not sure.

However, some people are really power craze. It's well understood if some politicians and artistes are crazy for publicity but for a high position at a government's agency, we have to be more careful before opening up our mouth.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Chua Jui Meng talks through the hat

When Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle (here) that the country would go bankrupt if BN wins the next general election - and in referring to the Budget 2012 which he described as 'nonsense' - he was actually talking through his own hat.

Ever since joining the Opposition team about two years ago, nothing about the Malaysian economy and the way our government manages it, pleases him. Nothing about the country is right to him, not similar to his tenure as our longest-serving Health Minister from 1995-2004.

It's okay lor. Maybe we can understand why he joined the PKR. Not that he really wanted to but because of his own fumbles in MCA. That was his own fiasco but it is nor fair at all to vent his frustration on Barisan Nasional, the party he once served with Anwar Ibrahim and others.

He is showing an extreme detest towards the nation, the government and the people who once voted for him. The way he scorns the country is so upsurge, as if Malaysia is not his and hence does not deserve a single credit.

It's true that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recently revised its growth projection for the Malaysian economy from 5.5 per cent to 5.2 per cent for this year while the forecast for next year is around 5.1 per cent (here).

However, our economy is strongly supported by domestic demand. It's growth will be led by robust investment, which will offset the slowdown in export momentum.

One thing for sure, Malaysia don't need a 'Plan B' to stimulate the economy (here) even if the global economic climate worsens. The current plan that has been outlined by the government, including the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and political transformation were done in such a way that they were adjustable even in the worst case scenario.

Even in the worst case scenario when things go really bad, we already have an in-built system that can adjust itself.

Perhaps, Chua should read the sixth annual Report on Malaysia published by Oxford Business Group in partnership with the EPU, which came at an important juncture when the country was making every effort to transform itself into a high-income economy.

The Report provides unrivaled insights to investors, analysts and business community on the current state and future potential of the country's economy, and serves as a reference to future investors by combining accurate reporting with independent analysis and sharp insights.

Open up your mind, please. The government will not plan and implement anything that will jeopardise the future of the country and the rakyat. Such a virtue has been in the mind of our leaders, even before the Independence.

But his wrath reflects how pompous he is now. In other countries, the Opposition will sit down with representatives of the government in finding ways to enhance the economy and the peoples' standard of living. Unfortunately, Malaysia has never had a constructive Opposition but a team of politicians who only know how to make negative infers.

You are not an obtuse person, Chua. You are a lawyer, a professional one. So stop making bad disposition about your own country.

And do remember that you were never a DAP or PAS member. You were once the MCA deputy president! It is the same government you had served and upheld, and it is still the same one!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Beware of DAP 'IT tontos' - they will hack you!

Looks like DAP and its allies in Pakatan Rakyat are engaging 'IT tontos' to hack blogs exposing the truth about their lies, cheats and bluffs. The more you write about their weaknesses and stupidities, the more they put your blogs on their 'unwanted' list.

Stopthelies was hacked twice, if I'm not mistaken.

The blog is almost all about DAP political game, its rotten agenda and how it makes donkeys out of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and PAS. They ride on anything for the sake of political survival.

And for a party that self-proclaims as the champion of Press freedom and the rights of speech, it is showing a bad precedent. And what would they do should Pakatan Rakyat succeeds in taking over Putrajaya in the next general election?

If they don't like you, they will hack your blog. If they don't like your opposition towards them, I think they will re-enact the ISA for their own good use!

The last posting by Stopthelies was about Silly Hannah (Yeoh), DAP assemblywoman for Subang Jaya and her habit of tweeting the silliest thing. It often showcase her lack of political maturity, and as such she got to learn more from others.

I wonder if more anti-DAP, anti-PKR, anti-PAS and anti-PR blogs will be hacked after this. So much of the freedom of speech that they 'bark' here and there!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Indonesian media not honest, not so sincere

I thought the Malaysian and Indonesian media had long established a good relationship based on cooperation, impartial news exchange and mutual understanding. It was just a few weeks ago that Info, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim co-chaired a 'Malindo' media meeting in Acheh to take such a relationship to a new height.

However, the media practitioners in Indonesia still find 'bash-up-Malaysia' as a selling point in their business. To them, any issue that can arouse anti-Malaysia sentiment across their 17,000 islands would add credence to their principles of journalism-for-business.

It is sad to note that the Camar Bulan and Tanjung Datu issue in west Kalimantan is best a spin. They are happy enough to incite their 'easy-to-provoke' citizens to stage a rowdy demonstration at the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta, threatening its diplomats and staffs and condemning Kuala Lumpur for a crime that never took place.

No matter how much assurances were made by their government - that Malaysia did not grab even a square foot of its land in that territory - its hardliner politicians are still continuing with their undiplomatic assault against Malaysia.

To make matters worse, the Indonesian media seemed to reject explanation given by their ministers and its army chief Laksamana Agus Suhartono on Friday that there was no land grab by Malaysia on any Indonesian region. To their media players, defusing the issue would mean their readers will condemn them as liars.

Ironically, they chose to be liars in protecting their business interest rather than submitting to the spirit of cooperation with their Malaysian counterparts. The code of journalism is not that important anymore.

Agus himself put a blame on the local media for unscrupulous reporting about the issue, that they were the ones who blew it out of context and toying it around to the discontentment of the people.

Not surprisingly, some of the 3 million Indonesians in Malaysia are beginning to show some signs of protest when they grouped up to provoke the locals in Sarawak and parts of the Peninsular. So, the Indonesian media will not be bothered at all should such a provocation turns ugly. Or, perhaps they would like to see both nations enter war!

I have been reading reports by some of the Indonesian media. Most of them did not try to defuse they tension from heightening. Their motive and agenda can be put to question. Where is their honesty and their spirit of Nusantara?

Here are some of their reports:

Tempo Interactive - The House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission I will monitor the border areas in Camar Bulan and Tanjung Datu... Commission head Mahfudz Siddiq said... that the Malaysia border marker had shifted by 3.3km.

Jakarta Globe - Tubagus Hasanudin, a deputy chairman of Commission I from the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), earlier claimed that border markers had been destroyed in Camar Bulan and Tanjung Datu subdistricts in West Kalimantan, and that 1,400 hectares of land could potentially be lost to Malaysia. Lawmakers also said they had received reports of Malaysian border patrol officers evicting Indonesians in the area and groups destroying boundary markers.

Republika - ... dari berbagai permasalahan yang terjadi di wilayah perbatasan yang ada di Kalbar, termasuk di Dusun Camar Bulan, Kabupaten Sambas, diharapkan pemerintah pusat bisa segera melakukan peninjauan kembali dan menolak hasil pengukuran bersama garis batas Negara Indonesia dengan Malaysia yang dibuat pada tahun 1975, serta memperbaharui peta-peta yang telah diukur bersama yang tidak sesuai dengan peta asli peninggalan pemerintah Inggris dan Belanda... Kami selaku pemerintah provinsi dan instansi terkait akan bekerja sama untuk tetap melakukan tindakan penguasaan efektif di OBP Tanjung Datu, Perairan Gosong Niger dan Camar Bulan sebagai wilayah NKRI yang selama ini menjadi polemik dengan Malaysia, agar kasus Simpadan dan Ligitan tidak terulang kembali...

Kompas -Seperti diberitakan, dugaan pencaplokan wilayah Indonesia pertama kali dilontarkan oleh Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR TB Hasanuddin. Mantan sekretaris militer itu menyebut wilayah Camar Bulan berkurang hampir 1.500 hektar dan wilayah Tanjung Datu sepanjang 800 meter garis pantai. Di sana, kata Hasanuddin, Malaysia sudah membangun taman nasional serta budidaya penyu

Liputan6 - Persoalan ini juga menyita perhatian mantan Presiden Megawati Sukarnoputri. Istri Ketua MPR Taufik Kiemas ini menyatakan sudah menjadi kewajiban pemerintah menutup semua batas wilayah Negara Kesatuan RI baik darat, laut, dan udara...

Kompas - Wakil Ketua Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR) Priyo Budi Santoso mengaku mendapat informasi bahwa tim negosiator yang dikirim untuk membicarakan batas wilayah di Kalimantan Barat mengalah dalam perundingan. Akibatnya, wilayah Indonesia di perbatasan berkurang.

These are only a few. What's more saddening is the fact that former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who once was dubbed a 'darling' in Malaysia-Indonesia relations, is turning her back on us.

And back to their media, I do not see their sincerity as a friend, not even in honoring their professionalism...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Find the demons!

Identify the demons who tried to derail our good relations with Indonesia. This is the warning issued by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (here) in Melaka yesterday.

Timely, indeed!

I have written about it on Wednesday (here) about the 'hidden Opposition hands' that help fueled the tension emanating from the border dispute between the two close neighbors. Some are in Indonesia while some are here in our own compound.

There is no need for us to go into details what happened in Kalimantan or elsewhere along our common borders but the burning issue here is why must there be Malaysians wanting to incite diplomatic row between our two countries?

We have heard about many visits to Indonesia by our politicians who tried to seek support from hardliners across the Straits of Malacca to turn Malaysia into a republic - just like Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Israel.

This is an issue for debate. I believe Najib himself is aware of the threats. Even His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the rest of the Malay Rulers must have heard about it - a Republic of Malaysia will lead to the demise of our monarchy!

Do I need to say more?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Indon moratorium: It's time to train our local maids

There were suggestions for Malaysia to pull out of the Sea Games in Jakarta next month. Some even urged Malaysians to stop going to the Republic for the time being. The worst idea is to hold a demo in front of the Indonesian Embassy in Jalan Tun Razak as a tit-for-tat over the 'attacks' on our mission in the Indonesian capital yesterday.

Nope! I am against any of the provocative idea. Indonesia is our neighbor, one of our best. The Sea Games has been bridging us well, and all Asean members are looking forward to the meet.

It is also not wise and proper to stop Malaysians from visiting Indonesia - and vice versa - as the people-to-people bond is too strong and unbreakable. A demo at the Indonesian Embassy will only complicate matters as both governments are committed to finding a diplomatic solution to whatever disputes between us.

DPM Muhyiddin Yassin has also advised our students and Malaysians in Indonesia not to react to the incident as the 700 hardliners who stormed our embassy were actually trying to draw attention to local problems. I believe those who took part in the demonstration do realise that our border disputes are not a burden to our bilateral relations.

However, we can't rely too much on the Indonesians. We cannot depend heavily on their workers to help develop our projects. Most of all, we cannot be seen as being so hard up for their maids.

The Indonesian authority has yet to lift the moratorium on their maids imposed in October 2009. This left many Malaysians - especially those in the urban - in a difficult situation. While Indonesia is our major source, we are trying to reduce intakes from the Philippines. You know why!

Okay. To Human Resource Minister Subramaniam, please consider this.

What is the actual number of Indonesian maids working in the country. I believe they totaled to about 800,000, both legals and illegals. The 6P program has yet to show encouraging results and it looks like more problems would surface.

These maids remitted about RM1.2 billion to their country every year. Plus the rest of the 3 million Indonesians in Malaysia, the outflow of our ringgit is estimated at RM5 billion per annum. What a margin!

Are we being too dependent on the Indonesian maids? Why? Is there an alternative to the problem besides turning to other countries like Cambodia, Sri Lanka or the Philippines?

Why can't we train our local maids? Set up a special institute for them and make the profession as a semi-professional job. Instead of paying foreign maids between RM800-RM1,000 per month, may as well we give it to our own people.

We can always redefine and 're-design' the profession. I guess the hospitality courses offered by some learning centers can always include this aspect of services to those interested. The government can regulate it. Nurses and housekeeping are two professions 'at par' with maids, provided that we don't use the term' amah' or 'pembantu rumah' anymore. Think of a better designation.

Sounds impossible? If a local maid is paid about RM800-RM1,000 monthly - and fully-covered by EPF, Socso and other benefits - I think the profession will be attractive enough.

Think about it, sir!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Opposition's hand in M'sia-Indon disputes!

Border disputes between Malaysia and Indonesia are taking new turns. While both governments are advocating to diplomatic means to solve the problems, the Oppositions - at both sides - are collaborating to send our governments into turmoil.

While some Indonesian lawmakers are demanding their government to take a 'hard diplomacy' approach in dealing with Malaysia, our own lawmakers (from the Opposition) are trying to lucre from such a dispute by according their support for such a move.

I have heard about it, not once and not twice but several times at hotel lobbies, coffee house and even in a hospital about how proud the Indonesian lawmakers are for the kind of support they get from their 'friends' in Malaysia.

The Opposition would be happy enough to see both countries enter war, I suppose. And I wonder who were the Malaysian traitors during our Confrontation with Indonesia in the early 1960s!

The latest border issue is about the Indonesian accusation that Malaysia has snatched its territory in Camar Bulan and Tanjung Batu in Sambas, West Kalimantan.

It was only two days ago that Anifah Aman and his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa discussed the issue and agreed to look into it according to the diplomatic channels.

Marty has questioned the demand and rejected any unlawful and undiplomatic approach in dealing with the issue (here), adding that after the government's field investigation, the issue only amounted to a matter of a boundary marker being moved by abrasion and another one being damaged.

He also said the damaged and moved boundary markers shouldn't be a problem because the coordinates of the markers' original positions had been recorded. The Indonesian government would not discuss the territory-snatching allegation with the Malaysian authorities, but that the two countries were currently working together to fix the markers according to the previously agreed coordinates.

However, the pressure by the Indonesian lawmakers are being fueled by 'moral and diplomatic aids' provided by their politician friends in Malaysia.

So, the allegations that the Opposition plans to make Malaysia a republic is true after all. Some of them are so fond of going to Indonesia and hold 'serious talks' with the hardliners over there. The topic of discussion normally centers around 'the bad Malaysian administration' and ways to takeover Putrajaya.

"Benar pak. Mereka seringnya memohon bantuan tentang bagimana untuk berkuasa di Putrajaya... penyokong mereka di Indonesia bukan sedikit!"

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Malaysian Insider hails Chin Peng as 'warrior'

Chin Peng is a 'warrior' in the eyes of the Malaysian Insider. He is also a freedom fighter, according to an article written by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal.

The former leader of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) is reported to be very ill. Ong Boon Hua a.k.a Chin Peng is critically ill and was admitted to a top Bangkok private hospital on Wednesday. He turns 87 on October 21 (here).

It is understood that family members and close friends, including those from Malaysia, have been asked to visit him.

Ong, whose communist-given name once earned him infamy as the country’s “Public Enemy No. 1”, first filed to sue the ruling BN government in 2005 for making him out to be a ruthless villain, but lost in the High Court here in September 2009.

The High Court dismissed Ong’s case on grounds he was a member of an illegal party and could not take it to court. It ruled the case was not a breach of contract, as argued, but a defamation suit and the federal government had done no wrong by remarking on a historical event.

"The Court of Appeal struck out the ageing warrior’s bid on July 27, 2010," according to the Malaysian Insider.

PAS deputy-president Mat Sabu had recently become a subject of criticism for picturing the communist insurgents who attacked the Bukit Kepong police station during the Emergency as heroes.

The police has taken statements from him last week and charged him for criminal defamation.