Friday, October 31, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 31/10/08 (5)

31/10: Umno supreme council today decided that the party's annual general assembly as well as the party polls will be held on March 24-28./MKINI

Bernama SMS 31/10/08 (2)

Kl31/10: The government will announce measures to mitigate financial crisis on November 4/BERNAMA

Bernama SMS 31/10/08

Kl31/10: The government today announced a 15 sen reduction in petrol price from tomorrow - the fourth downward revision since August/BERNAMA

MalaysiaKini SMS 31/10/08 (4)

31/10: Petrol prices cut 15 sen across the board effective midnight. RON97 petrol now RM2.15 per litre, RON92 - RM2.05, diesel - RM2.05./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 31/10/08 (3)

31/10: Ex-law minister Zaid Ibrahim: The Ketuanan Melayu model has failed and resulted in 'waste of crucial resources, energy and time'./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 31/10/08 (2)

31/10: Sodomy trial: Court to hear submissions from Anwar Ibrahim's lawyers on why the case should not be transferred to High Court./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 31/10/08

31/10: Altantuya murder trial: Court acquitted Abdul Razak Baginda, but ordered Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar to enter defence./MKINI

Thursday, October 30, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 30/10/08 (3)

30/10: Parliament speaker put off to Mon his decision on emergency motion by Anwar Ibrahim to form royal commission on 3 'mega projects'./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 30/10/08 (2)

30/10: Justice Ian Chin, who made explosive claims that ex-PM Mahathir had threatened judges, has tendered his resignation, Parliament told./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 30/10/08

30/10: Federal Court threw out appeal by Munawar A Anees for his sodomy charge be remitted to the High Court so that he can argue his case./MKINI


I agree with the Government's plans of imposing a price floor for cigarettes and putting picture warnings on cigarette boxes. This will cause both financial and psychological impacts on young and adult smokers. I started smoking since I was 18 years old. I stopped at aged 30. I was able to go without a cigarette for 4 years. Sadly, this year has been so challenging that I went back smoking for awhile. Once on March and recently on September-October. It has been almost 2 weeks I am without a cigarette. My wife said nowadays I only smoke when I get really stressed and when things are fine the cigarettes disappear.

Anyway I've always thought that the 'Tak Nak' campaign from a few years ago is pretty lame. A visual of a smoldering cigarette on a billboard simply increases the desire to run and get another pack. Some group made lots of money during the campaign, no doubt about that.

If they had put up billboards of picture warnings like a blackened and tarred lungs and a person without a throat etc, then the campaign will be success. People needs to be graphically convinced before they can consider quitting cigarettes. It was during my last trip to Singapore when I decided to kick the habit. I bought a pack which had a picture of a man's mouth/tongue that's ravaged by cancer. It looked so awful that I had to rip the picture out or else I would not enjoy my smoking at that time.

I hope our government succeeds in helping to end our cigarette addiction.

Government Plans Price Floor For Cigarettes
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 29 (Bernama) -- The government plans to impose a price floor for all cigarettes as part of efforts to check smoking habits especially among youths.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said all quarters including the industry and the Cabinet in its meeting on Sept 17 had agreed to the introduction of the minimum price.

He told reporters here today that the ministry was in the final stage of drafting the Control of Tobacco Products (Sale of Tobacco Products) Regulations 2008 to implement it.

"According to a study by the World Bank, taxes on tobacco and the price of cigarettes in the market are the most effective strategy in controlling the use of tobacco especially by the younger generation, namely children, youths and low-income earners.

"For the sake of children and youths, to keep them off cigarette addiction and probably the risk of drug abuse, the government is very committed to protecting the younger generation by reducing their accessibility to cigarettes," he said.

Liow said the minimum price would be determined by taking into account all taxes imposed by the government and the profit made by the cigarette industry -- probably not less than 30 sen per stick by year end.

The minimum price would be adjusted each time there is a change in taxes, he added.

Under the regulations, retailers found guilty of selling cigarettes below the minimum price could be fined up to RM10,000 or sentenced to jail not exceeding two years or both, he said.

From January next year, cigarettes sold in Malaysia must have picture warnings, information on cigarette content, statement on the prohibition of sale to people below 18, the name and address of the manufacturer or importer, date of manufacture and the number of sticks per pack following the gazetting of the Control of Tobacco Products (Amendment) Regulations 2008 on Sept 15, he said.

"By June 1, cigarettes which do not have the all these must be withdrawn from the market," he said.

Following the amendment also, the use of false, confusing and deceptive descriptors and terms which could create misconception such as "low tar", "light", "ultra-light" and "mild" is prohibited with immediate effect, Liow said.

The new regulations also saw National Service training centres being turned into no smoking areas and this is applicable to all trainees, staff and visitors.

Meanwhile, the no smoking areas at shopping complexes now include five foot ways around the building.

"The amendments are made to fulfil the government's commitment to the provisions in the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which Malaysia is a party since December 2005," Liow said.

He said those found breaking the regulations would be fined up to RM10,000 or sentenced to jail not exceeding two years or both.

So far this year, 2,622 smokers had been slapped with compound fines totalling RM564,000 while 1,946 cases had been brought to court, he said.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fatwa On Yoga?

First of all I would like to say that I respect any form of religious beliefs on this earth. I am okay with Islam being the main religion of Malaysia due to the fact that the Islamic population are more than the other religions combined. As far as I am concerned, since they are the majority it is only fair that they get to accommodate their needs first.

But to impose a fatwa on Muslims who practice yoga? Yes I can see the National Fatwa Council's point of view that the elements of yoga has its roots in Hinduism. This will of course stir up questions regarding the differences between the 2 religious beliefs.

However I fail to understand the need in forcing Muslims to give up yoga. Naturally by imposing a sentence this drastic will cause a back-fire... People would definitely be doing yoga in secret anyway if such ruling ever does occur. They would definitely would feel so disenchanted with their own religion's rigidity.

Anyway I don't want to say a lot. 

I want to end this post by saying that in order for us to be developed as a first world country, we need to have freedom to experiment and innovate. We can never achieve this status if we are too rigid in our beliefs. Everybody needs to loosen up once in a while.

Okay, I'm done...

Don't get me started about fatwas on girls that digs boys' clothing....

Coming Soon: Fatwa On Yoga
Malaysia Kini, October 29, 2008

The National Fatwa Council could be issuing a ruling relating to ancient practise of yoga, which some argued that the popular exercise contains Hindu 'religious elements'.

An announcement on the matter is expected to be made soon by the fatwa council's chairperson Prof Dr Abdul Shukor Husin.

This was revealed by the deputy director-general of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Othman Mustapha, reported 
Bernama today.

Yesterday, UKM lecturer Prof Zakaria Stapa advised Muslims who have taken up yoga - a widely popular exercise which has its roots to India and Hinduism - to stop practising it for fear that it could deviate them from their belief.

"Yoga originated from the Hindu community and it combines spiritual as well as their religious aspects. They believe it brings them closer to their god," he was reported as saying in 
Berita Harian today.

Zakaria was reported to have said that more Muslims were resorting to yoga exercise to find a balance in their hectic lifestyle.

Pray to find peace and good health

He said involved "chanting mantras while in various positions".

"Why should we look for other alternatives to exercise and search for peace? Yoga could cause (Muslims) to stray from their faith because its movements are according to the style and traditions of Hinduism," he said.

Zakaria added that Muslims should instead apply the Islamic teachings such as prayers to find peace and good health.

"If the Muslims want a healthy body, prayers are the right choice... why must we find alternate ways... a single mistake can deviate our teachings as yoga movements follow the style and tradition of Hinduism," he was reported as saying.

Harussani Zakaria , a controversial cleric Perak, said the government-backed fatwa council would soon release a decree that would decide if Muslims were allowed to practise yoga.

"If it involves any faith or religious elements it is definitely not permissible but if it is just a form of exercise that is all right," Harussani told AFP.

"Muslims cannot practice yoga in its original form because it involves another religion," he said in response to a call to ban Muslims from engaging in yoga.

The practice of yoga, a popular stress-buster in Kuala Lumpur, dates back thousands of years in India, where it was a favourite of holy men before becoming hugely popular internationally.

Ban on tomboys

The perils of yoga to the Muslims is reported to have been discussed at the recently held fatwa council meeting in Kota Baru, Kelantan.

At the fatwa council meeting, the religious scholars have also decided to issue a fatwa
against females from dressing or behaving like men and engaging in lesbian sex.

Council chairperson Abdul Shukor had said that many young women admired the way men dress, behave and socialise, violating human nature and denying their feminity.

"It is unacceptable to see women who love the male lifestyle including dressing in the clothes men wear," Abdul Shukor was quoted as saying.

MalaysiaKini SMS 29/10/08 (3)

29/10: PAS Youth warned MCA not to gain political mileage by calling for abolition of 30% bumiputera equity in public-listed companies./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 29/10/08 (2)

29/10: KL mayor Ab Hakim Borhan confirmed no change of name for Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang, a lane globally renowned for its hawkers food./MKINI

Bernama SMS 29/10/08 (2)

Kl29/10: RHB Banking Group is investing RM9 million to reengineer its back office processes for its regional trade services centres/BERNAMA

Bernama SMS 29/10/08

KL 29/10: ACCCIM urges palm oil producers M'sia, Indonesia and Thailand, to reduce their stocks to 5-5.5 mln tonnes from 6.5 mln tonnes/BERNAMA

MalaysiaKini SMS 29/10/08

29/10: PKFZ chief: Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has begun auditing the govt's RM4.6 bil 'soft loan' to Port Klang Free Zone./MKINI

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 28/10/08 (3)

28/10: PM announced RM1.7 bil deal to buy 12 military helicopters has been suspended indefinitely until the economy is in better shape./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 28/10/08 (2)

28/10: Share prices shed 5.95% as investors continue to be spooked by global economic outlook. At 12.30pm, KLCI at 807.95, down 51.16 pts./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 28/10/08

28/10: Another Parti Rakyat Sarawak division leader claimed dominant Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu is 'bullying' state component parties./MKINI

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Deepavali

Wishing everybody a pleasant Deepavali!

Shine on!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dr Munawar Ahmad Anees

"They wanted to fix details and asked me to choose a month. I could not because there had never been any homosexual relationship between me and Anwar. There was nothing for me to choose." 
Dr Munawar Ahmad Anees, The Gestapos of Mahathir's Empire

I was reading about Dr. Munawar Ahmad Anees' experiences with the ISA in 1998. I am truly disturbed about the whole thing. Again, I want to express my disgust and now my fear about the brutal tactics of the ISA. 

After reading the 10 part article, I don't think I will have the courage to endure the dehumanization that Dr. Munawar went through. I can only wish him to have inner peace after that humiliating incident. 

I have included the entire 10 part article's links below. I admit that I haven't yet finished reading Dr. Munawar's recollections. Maybe I will once after I psyched myself up. 

Meanwhile, this is RPK's 44th day at Kamunting.

MalaysiaKini SMS 26/10/08 (2)

26/10: Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar becomes the 5th candidate to qualify for Umno vice-president race after bagging his 20th nomination./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 26/10/08

26/10: Ex-Selangor MB Mohd Khir Toyo has made the Umno Youth chief contest a 3-way battle after bagging his 39th nomination today./MKINI

Saturday, October 25, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 25/10/08

25/10: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) division leader Beginda Minda has described Umno and Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) as 'bullies'./MKINI

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Night Movie 1 - Iron Man

I just bought the Iron Man DVD today! This is the best film of 2008 to me. I like it particularly because the story-line is faithful to its comic book original. Marvel Comics apparently financed this movie so that it can control the direction of their characters. They want to avoid fiascos like Ang Lee's Hulk and other shows like Daredevil ( Ben Affleck? C'mon!) Ghost Rider and Elektra.

Robert Downey Jr's portrayal as billionaire-inventor Tony Stark is superb! He is exactly how the comic book character is suppose to be. To me, this show is da bomb!


After I'm done with this, I'm gonna watch The Incredible Hulk next!

Bernama SMS 24/10/08

Kl24/10: Bank Negara Malaysia decided to leave the Overnight Policy Rate unchanged at 3.50 percent/BERNAMA

MalaysiaKini SMS 24/10/08 (3)

24/10: 10 alleged Hindraf members arrested yesterday have been remanded for 3 days to Sunday enabling them to celebrate Deepavali on Mon./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 24/10/08 (2)

24/10: 10 alleged Hindraf members arrested yesterday taken to court. Police ask for 2-week remand. Magistrate to decide this afternoon./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 24/10/08

24/10: P Vwaishhnnavi, 6, and her mother K Shanti freed after a night at Putrajaya police station following arrest of 12 'Hindraf' members./MKINI

Power Blackout 3

The blackout occurred at approximately 12 PM.
The power came back on at 12:30 PM

Thursday, October 23, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 23/10/08 (3)

23/10: Hindraf chief P Uthayakumar's 6-year-old niece was among 12 held while trying to hand over letter to PM for release of ISA detainees./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 23/10/08 (2)

23/10: Only one BN MP has signed an opposition-initiated petition calling for parliamentary debate on ISA, said Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 23/10/08

23/10: Cuepacs revealed about 50,000 contract employees in the civil service are facing the possibility of being retrenched by year-end./MKINI

Bernama SMS 23/10/08 (2)

Shah Alam 23/10: PNB to continue invest in local bourse as fundamentals still strong, will invest selectively to add portfolio, says group CEO/BERNAMA

Bernama SMS 23/10/08

KL 23/20: Petronas Cargali awarded 15 contracts worth RM2.8 bln to five fabricators to undertake projects in four upstream oil & gas development/BERNAMA

Robin Williams On Ellen Degeneres

Today has started off great because the bank has finally approved our long awaited loan application! Now we can start moving the company again! In fact I'm feeling so happy and glad that I'm posting another Robin Williams video this time of his interview with Ellen Degeneres.

Take a break and grab a laugh!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Whose Line is it Anyway? Featuring Robin Williams

Robin Williams is one of my all-time favourite comedian/actors. I thought I should include this as all of us deserve a few good laughs during these trying times. I hope you guys enjoy this as much I do.

Dompok: Tide Against The BN In Sabah

I meant to post this earlier however I was caught up in a series of events that I let it slide. Yesterday when I came across this article, I then decide to post this anyway for completion sake. This article is about UPKO's decision in staying put in Barisan Nasional to act as its conscience. The party head, Bernard Dompok, also made some strong statements about his party's stand on the illegal immigrants, Borneonisation of the civil service, religious freedom and Petronas' arrogance plus more. The religious freedom may have struck a cord to some religious sensitives that they are demanding a police investigation on Dompok's speech. 

After having the read the article, I felt sick in the stomach. For I believe that we shouldn't forcibly impose our religious beliefs upon an unwilling neighbour, whether it is constitutionally correct or not. To me anything relating to loss or abuse of personal freedom is a sin of the highest degree.

Anyway, that is only my own opinion. You are entitled to yours. 


Sunday, October 12th 2008

Upko president Bernard Giluk Dompok has pledged to remain with the Barisan Nasional as the “the coalition’s conscience” for now, although he warns the tide in Sabah, as elsewhere in Malaysia, is very much against the ruling coalition.

He made the pledge in a 21-page keynote policy address which set the tone for his party’s three-day 12th triennial meeting which ends today.

“Without your commitment, we would not have been able to rise against the onslaught of the opposition at an election (the March  national polls) where the tide against the BN was very much evident in Sabah but perhaps not as strong compared to the semenanjung (peninsula) states,” admitted Dompok.

Upko has four MPs, six members in the state legislature and a senator.

The Upko president chartered three salient points to illustrate the party’s role in the wake of the March political tsunami whereby the BN lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament, four states, one Federal Territory and failed to wrest back Kelantan despite all the earlier pre-poll predictions.

First, the results of the March general election changed dramatically the political landscape of the nation, ushering in an emerging trend of a discerning electorate willing to look beyond the comfort of a government that has a proven track record of bringing post-independence development.

Second, the electorate of today seems to say that there are very serious neglects in our national life which growth rates at the national level alone will not be able to address.

Third, for the BN, the time has come to take stock of the situation; to identify these neglects and offer remedies that will rekindle the trust and the high esteem that we were once held in the hearts of those who had given us dizzying majorities in previous elections.

Sabah and Sarawak now vital

However, there was a strong note of disappointment and frustration in Dompok’s address when he pointed out that many issues raised by the party during previous meets remained unresolved at the community level, the state level and the national level although these have been raised through various meetings and dialogues.

 “National issues, those that are directly under the purview of the national government, were the major cause for the big swing towards the opposition as the biggest casualties came from the national parties,” said Dompok.

“Today, the BN would not be able to form the national government without the members of Parliament from Sabah and Sarawak. It is to no one’s surprise therefore that the people of East Malaysia now want the Federal Government to pay serious attention to the many grouses which have been brought to their attention and which so far has received unsatisfactory responses from them.”

Dompok directed much of his party’s wrath at the long festering problem of illegals in Sabah and other issues - including what he said was gross under-representation in the federal cabinet - which has been conveyed to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when he took a fact-finding trip to Sabah and Sarawak recently “to ascertain the views and the unhappiness of the two states”.

He reiterated his party’s long-standing call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the state National Registration Department, its complete revamp, and the issuance of ICs in Sabah including to illegal migrants as a result of lax administration.

“We have informed the prime minister that action on the problems faced by Sabah with regards to illegal immigration is long overdue and the government must now muster the political will to finally address this subject,” said Dompok. “Indeed, we are not alone in asking for urgent action. The sentiment is shared by all component parties of the Barisan Nasional.”

Local issues unsolved

Relating his unhappy experience as chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity, Dompok again raised the issue of departments under the Home Ministry being directed not to attend his committee’s meetings.

The ministry's officials admitted during previous meetings that “all was not well at the state NRD and Immigration Departments”, among others.

Elsewhere, Dompok touched on the question of religious freedom, Borneonisation of the civil service, and Petronas’ “arrogance and disrespect” for even the prime minister who had earlier made certain decisions in favour of Sabah despite the national oil corporation ruling against “the interest of the state”.

“On May 13 this year, the prime minister promised before a gathering of BN leaders in Kota Kinabalu that Petronas will stop plans to ship gas from Kimanis in Sabah to Bintulu in Sarawak,” said Dompok.

“Despite the prime minister’s pledge, Petronas melawan the perdana menteri and is going ahead with its gas shipment plans. It was a big mistake for Sabah to have agreed to yield to Petronas the rights to petroleum in the 70s and to accept in return only five per cent as royalty payment.”

Dompok decried the fact that although Sabah is potentially the biggest supplier of crude oil with known reserves of 2.2 billion barrels out of 5.4 billion barrels and 11.6 tscf gas reserves, “we have nothing to show for it unlike Terengganu, Sarawak, Pahang, Johore, Kedah and Malacca. Labuan has a methanol plant”.

“After more than 30 years, can’t we produce even one Sabahan to occupy even one of the senior positions in Petronas and its subsidiaries?” queried Dompok.

Among his concluding remarks, Dompok pointed out the tussle between the civil and syariah courts in matters involving non-Muslims.

“Natives of Sabah who have Muslim-sounding names and ascribed a religion (wrongfully in their IC) can have a hard time making the necessary correction. Some have been advised to go to the Syariah Court to clear their religious status. How can someone who has never been a Muslim be subjected to the Syariah?” asked Dompok.

In concluding, Dompok thanked Abdullah who is on his way out for his services to the nation and warned that while “we can work for BN even in the most difficult circumstances, we are prepared to lose elections in protecting something right. We cannot go against our conscience or become apologists for other people”.

Harris Turns Tables On Pairin Over Bullying Claim

Now this looks interesting! Harris Salleh, Sabah Former Chief Minister, has lashed back at Joseph Pairin Kitingan over the bullying claim. Harris has always been known to be one of Dr Mahathir Mohamed's staunchest allies. So it is only natural that Harris would defend Dr M.

However, PBS might rebut Harris' statement with the 1984 By-election where Pairin won his Tambunan constituency as an Independent candidate. After the win, the Berjaya government decided to 'bully' Tambunan by cutting it off from the State Government's development plan. This is to show the Tambunan constituents the importance of voting a government candidate. The scheme backfired and cost Berjaya the State Government when PBS won the General Election of 1985.

All of these events happened because of the word "bully". We'll see how PBS will respond to this in tomorrow's news.
Daily Express

Wednesday, 22nd October 2008

Kota Kinabalu: Former Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh said it was Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan And Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) that bullied former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed as well the people of Sabah when it was running the State Government.

"Not only it is not true, but it is also irresponsible and vexatious," he said in refuting Pairin's earlier remark that PBS was bullied by Dr Mahathir's UMNO-led Barisan Nasional.

Pairin's remark on Monday about bullying by Dr Mahathir was in response to a statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that UMNO never bullied its Barisan Nasional partners.

Harris said in his statement, Tuesday, that one instance of bullying by PBS was when it pulled out of the ruling coalition just a few weeks before the General Election in 1990.

"It was through its connection on the Mamut Copper Mine, that it formed a pact with Gerakan to pull out of the BN. However, Gerakan chickened out at the last minute.

"Pairin became desperate to get back into BN and lobbied a few prominent people, including the late Tan Sri Wee Boon Ping, who managed to persuade Dr Mahathir to bring PBS eventually back into the Barisan," he claimed. Harris said another time when Pairin acted like a bully when he ignored the commitment and contract signed between the Berjaya Government and 60,000 smallholders."

He claimed that Pairin had insisted then that it (the contract) "was not binding because there was in fact no land available and that the Berjaya Government was simply bluffing the  smallholders."

He said what the PBS Government then did was to alienate most of the 906,300 acres reserved by the Berjaya Government to cronies and the PBS government supporters who then sold these lands to peninsula companies.

Harris further claimed that as a result, more than 90 percent of these lands in Sabah today are now owned by peninsula companies and that Tan Sri Joseph Kurup's statements in the Land Office would confirm this.

He also accused Pairin and PBS leaders of having "perfected the art of twisting facts", as well as the Labuan issue. "The so-called privatisation of government properties, the alienation of land reserved by developers for car parks, children's playgrounds in the City and town areas of Sabah were mostly alienated by PBS to its supporters and cronies.

"PBS bullied the people of Sabah into electing it again and again," he said, and lamented also the actions and decisions of the Federal leadership, including Dr Mahathir, would prefer and want people to be in their win-win club.

"You win we will be with you. You lose, bye-bye. These have been the established attitude and practice until these days by the UMNO leadership," he said.

Harris added that favouritism in awarding negotiated contracts is a big factor. He said any leader of the component parties could argue and challenge the BN leadership to put things right.

"However, since most of the component party leaders are obliged to curry favour and give support because of expected favours, the moral question of right or wrong is normally and usually thrown overboard."

Harris said his statement were based on facts and was prepared to have a public debate with any leaders, especially Pairin and the PBS leaders, on the subject of bullies, wrongdoings, ICs and so on.

Bernama SMS 22/10/08

KL 22/10: Foreign workers in Malaysia send home RM9.124 bln for 1st 6 months, says DPM Najib. Estimates for this year at RM18.1 bln/BERNAMA

MalaysiaKini SMS 22/10/08

22/10: DPM Najib Razak said he was satisfied with apology from Malaysiakini over report on a manifesto which was wrongly attributed to him./MKINI

Khairy's political fortunes have plunged; now he is fighting for votes

After reading this article, 2 things went through my mind; 1) He is finally accepting reality as it is  2) He is willing to go down fighting. It is always a challenge for anybody to gauge power at such frightening heights. No matter how intelligent and articulate one may be but whenever it comes to power, it will always be a struggle to remain centred. That's why it is important that leaders should practice humility as it will help the leader to make insightful decisions. He had his chances and screwed up big time. 

However, after having said all that, Khairy Jamaluddin still has a lot to answer for his actions once upon a time when he was the most powerful man in the country...

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 - It would be an understatement to say Khairy Jamaluddin, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, has had a rough few weeks.

His political fortunes have plummeted from dizzying heights and the unthinkable has happened. He is struggling to qualify to contest the Umno Youth presidency when, not so long ago, it would have been his for the taking.

More than half the 191 Umno divisions have met to nominate the candidates and Khairy has picked up just 36 nominations. His nemesis Mukhriz Mahathir, son of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has sped ahead with 64 nominations.

Khairy needs another three to qualify to run for the post, and he will get them. But it is startling how fast his star has faded. "Clearly, it appears as though I am the underdog candidate. It seems that Mukhriz is the favourite candidate now. I am going to persevere," he said, without betraying any hint of anxiety.

Indeed, he was surprisingly relaxed, and happy to talk about his year-old son Jibreil Ali Jamaluddin Abu Bakar whose photographs are displayed everywhere in his elegant office in the swanky Damansara Heights

He is married to Nori Abdullah, PM Abdullah's only daughter, whom he met seven years ago when they worked at a think-tank in Kuala Lumpur. They are expecting their second son in January.

Even before his marriage, Khairy had entered the innermost circle of PM Abdullah, and tales of his alleged influence, exact and exaggerated, spread far and wide. He became a caricature. Today, he is paying the
price for that reputation.

"If you look at the overall political situation now, that's one of the reasons why I find myself the underdog today," he said.

He is, of course, referring to the tidal wave of anger against his father-in-law, whom Umno blames for its poor performance at the March general election. Abdullah has decided not to contest the Umno presidency, and will retire by March next year.

"As much as I tried to divorce this entire thing from the Prime Minister, obviously that sentiment still remains. I won't say that it's a disadvantage but it's a political reality that I have to live with and overcome," said Khairy.

Saying that he has been made the "most convenient scapegoat" for the election losses, he hopes to salvage his fortunes over the next few months.

Political observers have not written him off. Khairy, 32, is among a rare breed of politicians who have a talent for clear thinking and sharp strategising. The Oxford-educated politician is acknowledged even by his critics as highly intelligent and articulate.

Further, he is young, by any measure, for the role that he aspires to. And it is not the premiership. He smiles when asked about the persistent rumour that he wants to be premier by 40.

"I've never said it, I've never written it down and, actually, I've never even thought it until somebody said it. It's just one of those things that people have ascribed to me. Of course not," he said.

Still, the Umno Youth chief is a senior-enough post, and usually comes with a senior government post. The current Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein is Education Minister.

Khairy is mindful of this and, in fact, stresses many times that the party election has implications not just for Umno, but also for the country.

He points out that while Umno Youth has 700,000 members, there are five million voters under 40. "At some stage, we are going to be a maturing democracy where party membership will be very small. And there are going to be a lot more people out there who are going to be undecided voters, party-less voters. We must change our outlook," he said.

This is why he is taking a bold, some say foolhardy, move to base his campaign on a platform of multiracialism and government reforms.

One of the biggest issues at the moment, he says, is the pro-Malay affirmative action programmes of the New Economic Policy (NEP).

"I've said from the beginning that although the NEP-type policy is still necessary, we have to reform it so that it does not enrich just a very small segment of the Malay population."

He added: "That's why young Malays run away from us today - they think the NEP is being abused. It's not a never-ending story. Some day, we have to go out on our own."

These are not traditional Umno issues. Its grassroots have little interest in national matters, and are resistant to reforms perceived as diluting Malay dominance."I've gone out on a limb to say that I'm contesting this
Umno leadership not as a Malay, but as a Malaysian. I want the Umno Youth to understand that they cannot be in isolation anymore," Khairy said.

"If we continue to be an incestuous organisation, and care only about ourselves, what change are we talking about?" he asked.

It's not typical Umno talk but it makes for astute positioning. It marks him out as more visionary than his two likely contenders for the post - Mukhriz and former Selangor mentri besar Khir Toyo. Both are also
championing change, but stop short of taking a multiracial line.

Khairy runs up against two obstacles: Umno's resistance and his own image as a Malay ultra.

It is an image hard to live down. Last week, a Malaysian Chinese Association Youth member demanded that  Khairy be arrested under the Internal Security Act for allegedly questioning the quota of scholarships
for non-Malays.

- The Straits Times

Dizzying Scent Of Power In UMNO Youth

From the moment PM Ahmad Abdullah Badawi announced that he won't be defending the UMNO Presidency, Khairy Jamaluddin support base plummeted. This is an interesting episode to watch as this shows that UMNO members only recognizes one thing: Power. Being in a political party in Malaysia is all about the power and money. That's why so many people are drawn towards politics. It's not about the welfare of the citizens but about boosting their own actualization/net profit whatchamaycallit.

I understand that the current PM is a gentleman. He knows he cannot stop the internal mutiny and rather than risking a split within the party, he opted out of the Presidential race. I don't know whether people would see it this way eventually. According to my politician relative, he finds that the PM is a good man who listens to the wrong advisors. Normally in a political organization, the sharks would strike upon the followers first before they sink their teeth upon the master. I think that's what happened with that Oxford graduate.

A friend of mine said to me few years ago that he encountered the PM through one of his people. My friend said he had to pay upfront money just to go and see him. He never disclosed the amount and I never asked. It appears that every businessmen are doing this.

What's my point in saying all this?

I'm saying whatever it is, the System we're in is so entrenched within that any proposed changes would be difficult to achieve. So in the future whether its Najib Razak or Anwar Ibrahim become the future Premier, nothing will change. For all we know, the March 8 Political Tsunami happened because Mahathir Mohamad so allowed it to...

The Malaysian Insider
Wed. October 22 2008
OCT 21 — The recent Umno Youth divisional meetings have seen nominations for the new Youth chief taking an unexpected turn. Exco member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has left his archrival and current Youth vice-chief Khairy Jamaluddin in his wake by leaping to the lead with 63 nominations whilst Khairy trails with 36. Supreme council member Datuk Khir Toyo is not far behind with 27 nominations and Perlis Umno deputy liaison chief Zahidi Zainul Abidin has only his own division Padang Besar as his sole nominator to be grateful for.

Two key events which unfolded in Umno within the space of a few months have influenced the race to replace the current Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein.

Firstly, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced on July 10 that he will hand over power to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Razak in June 2010 after massive rumblings and ramblings among the party rank-and-file following the results of the March 8 general election.

Many elements within and outside of Umno have blamed Abdullah and to a certain extent Khairy for the disastrous electoral performance suffered by Umno and the Barisan Nasional. Abdullah, in a magnanimous show of “leadership by example”, has gentlemanly offered to step down in a long drawn out transition plan. This has turned Khairy into unfortunate collateral damage in the political manoeuvres led by vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to unseat Abdullah. Umno Youth leaders have been distancing themselves from Khairy ever since.

Grassroots leaders in Umno do not want to be seen with anyone whom they view as living on borrowed time. When a leader loses power or is perceived to be on the wane, his or her supporters will jump off the bandwagon and exit at the next stop where they perceive power is heading to.

This happened to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah after he lost, albeit narrowly, in the party elections of 1987, as well as to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was unceremoniously dismissed in 1998, and Dr Mahathir too lost his core supporters within Umno after he stepped down in 2003. This time around it is Abdullah's time, and his so-called hardcore supporters are abandoning ship to jump on the trawler that bears the name Najib on it.

Secondly, Abdullah's announcement on Oct 8 that he will not be defending his presidency, indicating that he gave in to the groundswell of discontent among the Umno grassroots which was seemingly “created” by the political power play of Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir.

This was almost the killer blow that Dr Mahathir and his son Mukhriz had been eagerly awaiting for. To them, Khairy will not be able to withstand the tsunami within Umno and will be left out of the Youth race totally.

The outcome of the divisional meetings has shown an obvious trend and the herd mentality within Umno. President — Najib, deputy president — Muhyiddin, vice-president — Hishammuddin and to a certain extent Datuk Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Shafie Apdal; and the Youth chief — Mukhriz. This is Najib's “cai tan” — list of leaders aligned or perceived to be aligned to Najib.

Rightly or wrongly, many people perceive that with the fall of Abdullah, so goes Khairy. However, not everyone within the Youth wing is willing to give Mukhriz a blank cheque in his pursuit for the Youth chief's post. After some 120-plus Youth divisional meetings, Mukhriz has only managed to capture barely half of the nominations. In the face of the supposedly “winds of change” within Umno and the Youth wing, Khairy has been able to hold his own and is just a few nominations shy from breaching the threshold of 39 nominations to be eligible to run for the Youth chief's post. Nevertheless, Mukhriz has zoomed to the lead in the number of nominations at a ratio of around 2:1 to Khairy, with only 60-odd Youth divisional meetings to go.

It is indeed troubling that a Youth wing of an established political organisation in the country is evaluating and selecting a leader based on perception of power, and not on capacity or capability. Mukhriz has called for Umno Youth to go “back to basics” and to become a pressure group within Umno, while Khairy has called for Umno Youth to reach out to the mostly non-partisan youth and for an end to right-wing politics. Nobody really understands what Khir Toyo stands for except that he represents the views of a typical grassroots leader — which can be seen by the respectable number of nominations he has received thus far — while Zahid can be termed as just another “joker”, using Dr Mahathir's term of the candidates (apart from Muhyiddin) in the deputy presidency race.

Mukhriz's idea of Umno Youth returning to its heady days is a step backwards for the movement. His intention of turning the wing into a pressure group, to be far to the right, will turn off even more youths at the sight of Umno. In an era where inclusiveness and moderation stands tall, the voice calling for a return to the protective and nationalistic stance is very inward looking and will embolden further hatred for Umno. In short, what Mukhriz aspires for Umno Youth is not something revolutionary, in fact it is a very digressive stance and may turn Umno Youth into a very chauvinistic wing.

Khairy took a very bold step in denouncing right-wing politics, the exact type of politics that Mukhriz is in favour of. Khairy's intention to reach out to the youths who are not within the party structure is an important measure to stifle Pakatan's growing influence among this group. However, Khairy has some credibility issues of his own as he was a right-wing politician himself while Youth vice-chief. Some of his actions — in pushing for the re-introduction of the New Economic Policy, the numerous slip-of-the-tongue episodes that angered the non Malays including BN component parties — did little to boost his flagging credibility.

Umno Youth has a choice of two very similar leaders — western educated, affable and young — with two very different ideas on the path that the movement should take. One veers too far to the right and in turn will hardened the already Malay-centric Youth wing. While the other acknowledges the measures required for the party to regain the support of the youth even though he is fighting credibility issues. One thing is for sure, whoever inherits the throne of the Youth wing, grassroots leaders will flock to him as the scent of power is too alluring to resist.

To many leaders and supporters, the outgoing king is Abdullah, and the new kingmaker is Dr Mahathir. Those who have been kissing Abdullah and even Khairy's hand before this are now turning to Dr Mahathir and Mukhriz to kiss theirs. They better hope they are kissing the right pair of hands come March '09.

ASTRO Switches Off Indonesian Service

In my opinion, this is very much an unfortunate aspect in Astro's business decison. The Indonesian channel is one of the most tuned on in the Astro programme especially for Indonesians working here. I can't speak for others but I know my kid will miss the nice shows. Me? I don't get to watch my Astro shows anymore since the kids started growing up. That's why I'm blogging... 

The Malaysian Insider

Wednesday October 22 2008

JAKARTA, Oct 21 — Malaysian satellite TV operator Astro All Asia Networks Plc (Astro) yesterday switched off all broadcasting services to its Indonesian pay-TV arm PT Direct Vision in the latest chapter of a spat between two of Southeast Asia's wealthiest tycoons, Malaysian T. Ananda Krishnan and Indonesian James Riady.

The pay-TV venture is one of two known to be in trouble with the other one being a feud over managing property and hotel company Overseas Union Enterprise, which both jointly control, that is now under arbitration.

In a notice to the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange yesterday, Astro said as no payments had been received from PT DV since 2006, Astro's board of directors had decided to cease all support and services and to terminate the trademark licence agreement.

"As Astro has never been compensated for any of the approximately 2.5 trillion rupiah (RM750 million) in support and services that it has provided to PT DV and given that there has been no attempt by the Lippo Group to find an acceptable alternative to the previously proposed joint venture, and that Astro is not and has never been a shareholder in PT DV, this is clearly a situation that cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely," Astro legal counsel Todung Mulya Lubis was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.

He added that Astro has yet to receive a single share in PT DV despite supporting the venture since February 2006 with the understanding that there will be arrangements to invest or being paid for support and services.

Astro had extended the cessation of services twice from Aug 30 to Sept 30. It was extended again to Oct 19, Astro said, adding it agreed to the extension as a gesture of goodwill.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mahathir Bullied PBS: Pairin

Hmmm. The Kadazandusun Paramount Leader finally made a stand. To me, he has been very quiet in the recent issues of illegal immigrants and Mykad ownerships. So now he has made a stand. But it is a personal stand against former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamed. To me, its a sign of desperation. PBS' return to BN occurred during the twilight of the Mahathir-era. It is a known fact that the 2 resented each other since the 1990 PBS pullout from the Barisan Nasional.

Since the Prime Minister's announcement of not defending the UMNO presidency, everybody is re-positioning themselves in the political landscape. The air is hot that Dr Mahathir will make a return to the national scene once Najib Razak's position as Prime Minister is secured. He could even be a 'minister mentor' in the new cabinet. So, if Dr M is back in power, then Pairin will have to find other avenues fast in order not to be swallowed alive in the 'cleansing' process that is certainly to be followed.

My money will be on PBS' pullout next year.

Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) said it was bullied by the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed was Prime Minister.

Its President Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said after attending the Rural Development Ministry Hari Raya open house in Sembulan, Monday.

"If I were to look back, during the time of Dr Mahathir, of course we were bullied."

He said the over the years, there have a number of cases where people have raised the issue of a BN component bullying its partners.

However, he said the most important is to sit down and discuss the issue in a roundtable meeting in the spirit of the BN.

He also said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had commented on the issue recently.

Abdullah said that Umno had never bullied its partners in the BN and blamed the opposition parties for coming up with such an accusation to deny the people's support for the ruling coalition.

He said that if Umno had bullied its partners, other component parties would have left the BN a long time ago. PBS left the BN in 1990 and rejoined the coalition a decade later.

Meanwhile, Pairin said MCA was only thinking of itself when it proposed two deputy chairman posts in Barisan Nasional (BN) with one of them filled by an MCA leader.

He said since the issue was brought up in the open, it meant that the MCA is using the subject as a political tool.

While the proposal is not an urgent issue, he felt other parties might demand similar recognition should the extra BN deputy chairman post be created.

"If you create an extra (post), why not another oneƉwhat about Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

He was asked to comment on a statement by former MCA Youth chief, Datuk Liow Tiong Lai at the MCA Youth delegates conference in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Liow had said that the extra post is necessary to reflect the position, importance and representation of all the component parties.

Pairin, who is Deputy Chief Minister cum Rural Development Minister, however said in the 50 years the BN has been operating, the system of one Chairman and one Deputy Chairman has been working very well.

Nevertheless, he said that such suggestion should be presented in a more formal manner through a working paper for consideration and discussion within the BN roundtable meeting.

However, he stressed that more pressing and important issues such as the implementation of various promises to complete unfinished development programmes should be given more priority.

"We all ought to try and be level-headed and to ensure that we do not bring ourselves and the country into a situation where we would find ourselves in difficulty to cope," he said.

He said that political parties which intend to be champions for the people would only make things worse if they terlanjur kata (go overboard in their statement).

"In the BN spirit, we all ought to sit down together and talk in a roundtableƉthis is a very sensible way.

"We must not fall into the trap of getting our emotion all worked up to the extent that we cannot think rationally," he said.

Pairin said that in all they do, they must think in the context of what is good for the country in general. He expressed hope that political leaders would help bring about a more sober situation to that the family spirit of the BN could be maintained.

Personally, he said that irrespective of whether an extra post for deputy chairman is created, the most important is power sharing.

"It's all a question of equitable sharing, fairness and justice and feeling of a win-win situation," he said.

He said by establishing another post, the government would have to fork out extra money when they are supposed to be prudent during the economically challenging period.

Also present were his assistant ministers Datuk Sairin Karno and Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar.

MalaysiaKini SMS 21/10/08 (3)

21/10: Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has issued legal letters demanding apology from an Umno division chief, a short story writer and Utusan Msia./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 21/10/08 (2)

21/10: A Transparency International survey of lawyers showed large-scale loss of confidence in judiciary with high perception of corruption./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 21/10/08

21/10: PM confirmed that the king had appointed Court of Appeal president Zaki Azmi as the new chief justice to replace Abdul Hamid Mohamad./MKINI

Bernama SMS 21/10/08

Kl21/10: AirAsia X, the low-cost long-haul affiliate of AirAsia, is set to take delivery of the first brand new Airbus A330/BERNAMA

Sabah PAS Seeks Action Against UPKO Head

Sabah police have been urged to study portions of the wide-ranging speech delivered by Bernard Giluk Dompok at United Pasokmomogun KadazanDusunMurut’s 12th triennial congress in Kota Kinabalu last week.

Two PAS Sabah leaders have taken issue with his remarks, alleging that these were “not sensitive to the Islamic 
ummah (faithful) in the nation in general and in Sabah in particular”.

Over the weekend, Sabah PAS deputy commissioner (1) Hamzah Abdullah lodged a report at the district police headquarters in Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu.

Utusan Borneo quoted Hamzah as describing portions of the speech by Dompok as “simply too much, irresponsible and carrying elements of agitation against Islam which is the official religion of Malaysia and Sabah”. 

Article 3 of the federal constitution states that ‘Islam is the religion of the federation but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the federation’.

“The Upko president’s speech can disrupt peace, security and public order in the state and the nation,” claimed Hamzah. 

“We made a police repor
t to enable the police to carry out investigations and take appropriate action against ... Dompok under the laws of this nation which have been breached.”

Hamzah labelled several portions of the speech as “offensive to Muslims, Islam, the (Agong) and the (Sabah) governor who are heads of the religion”.

This was an apparent reference to 10 paragraphs of the 21-page speech delivered at the meeting held from Oct 12-14. 

Making special reference to the situation in Sabah, Dompok mainly touched on the fear that freedom of religion is being eroded; issues linked to conversion to Islam; the predicament of those wishing to leave the religion; and the question of jurisdiction over cases taken to court.

“Converts of the 60s and 70s (in Sabah) who have not realised the seriousness of conversion and continued to lead their old life,” reads paragraph 7 of  the speech.

“The children... may feel that they have never been Muslims but their identity cards show otherwise. When they marry either under customary law or civil law, they encounter problems in registering the births of their children.”

Natives of Sabah who have Muslim-sounding names and who are ascribed a religion can have a hard time making the necessary correction, said Dompok, who is also a federal minister. 

“Some have been advised to go to the Syariah Court to clear their religion. How can someone who has never been a Muslim be subjected to Syariah (law)?”

“We plead to the authority for understanding on the predicaments of the local bumiputeras and to allow them to decide on their religion. I feel that Indonesia, a predominantly and easily the most populous Muslim country provides the best example for Malaysia in as far as religious practices are concerned.”

Reasons for complaint

In their police report, the two complainants pointed out that apostasy is not allowed by Islam and “is the very antithesis of the religion”.

“By raising the prospect of allowing 
murtad (apostasy), Dompok clearly has bad intentions,” said Sabah PAS Youth acting deputy chief Lahirul Latigu.

“This can create a tense situation among the people in the state and disrupt the racial harmony which has long prevailed (here).”

Both contended that Dompok has ignored advice by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, not to dispute or raise sensitive issues which touch on “Islam, Malay Rulers and the rights of the Malays”.

Dompok also pointed out in his remarks that he had raised “some of the prime concerns of a multiracial Malaysia in his speech at the Upko convention last year” which the premier had attended.

“These concerns were also in the 
memorandum that was sent to the prime minister (in January 2006) by nine (of the 10 non-Muslim) ministers. I was a signatory to this memorandum. Sadly, those who signed it were later asked to withdraw it,” added Dompok.

“I did not withdraw my signature because I felt that there was nothing improper in the memorandum. Indeed, the contents were very much consonant with the effort by the government to strive for a Malaysia that recognises the (special) position of Islam within the federation and the rights of others to practise the religion of their choice”.


The bio-movie of US President George W. Bush by Oliver Stone. It seems like an interesting show. I'm looking forward to watch it. I'm fascinated by the whole father and son thing. I always wonder if politician children can take after their politician parents and chart their own course.

For me, this is a good parallel of the current Malaysian politics where we have Najib Tun Razak will soon enough becomes the Prime Minister just like his father, Tun Abdul Razak, before him. Of course Najib is way more intelligent than W.

Interesting times are ahead.



As a student I knew of the horrors of the Holocaust and other human tragedies, but merely as a distant thunder: The violation of human rights and crimes against humanity were only an abstract notion.

That was all fated to change with my arrest under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. My crime? I had known Anwar Ibrahim, the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia, as a close personal friend for many years. We shared and strove for a vision of life firmly rooted in human dignity. We struggled for building an intellectual and political milieu for free expression. Together, we subscribed to the idea of economic prosperity, gender and racial equality and a civil society.

Alas, the Malaysian dictator, Mahathir, under the growing burden of corruption and cronyism, conspired to halt the march of freedom. In order to build his fraudulent case against Anwar, Mahathir himself ordered my arrest.

My kidnapping and detention by the infamous Malaysian Special Branch taught me how it feels to be forcibly separated from one’s wife and children. How it feels to be searched and seized, disallowed to make phone calls, handcuffed, blindfolded, stripped naked, driven in an animal cage, shaven bald, endlessly interrogated, humiliated, drugged, deprived of sleep, physically abused. What it’s like to be threatened, blackmailed, tormented by police lawyers, brutalized to make a totally false confession, hospitalized for a consequent heart ailment, and treated as a psychiatric patient with symptoms of Stockholm syndrome.

Monday, October 20, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 20/10/08

20/10: ISA detainee and Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar was in KL Sessions Court for sedition trial over a letter which he posted on a website./MKINI

Bernama SMS 20/10/08 (2)

KL 20/10: Najib : Govt will revise downward 2009's GDP growth forecast from 5.4 pct due to worsening external developments/BERNAMA

Bernama SMS 20/10/08

20/10 KL: Najib: Govt to provide additional funds of RM5 bln to double Valuecap's fund size to RM10.3 bln to invest in undervalued stocks/BERNAMA

Thursday, October 16, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 16/10/2008 (3)

16/10:Msian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) slashed its 2009 economic growth forecast to 3.4% and said there was a risk of recession./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 16/10/2008 (2)

16/10:DAP Youth files a police report against Utusan Malaysia over the fictional short story of a female Chinese MP being assassinated./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 16/10/2008

16/10:PAS sec-gen Kamaruddin Jaafar: Pakatan leaders condemned decision by Home Ministry to ban the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf)./MKINI

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 15/10/2008 (4)

15/10:4 Suhakam commissioners to travel to interiors of S'wak to probe allegations of sexual abuse of Penan women by logging firm workers./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 15/10/2008 (3)

15/10: MCA presidential candidate Chua Jui Meng ticked off party-owned Star for trying to discredit him in run-up to party polls this Sat. /MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 15/10/2008 (2)

15/10: PM Abdullah said he will meet with Defence Ministry sec-gen Abu Bakar Abdullah to seek clarification on helicopter deal controversy. /MKINI

Parliament: Not enough dialysis centres

I do hope that there will be a better way to deal with these shortages. Whenever I read anything relating to kidney end-stage failure I become sad. Not everybody can afford such treatment and the Health Ministry can't be everywhere at once.

I wonder how my friend is doing?

Parliament: Not enough dialysis centres


KUALA LUMPUR: The 132 dialysis centres under the Health Ministry are insufficient for 17,367 kidney patients diagnosed with end-stage failure who need to go for dialysis treatment, said deputy minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.

Replying to Liang Teck Meng (BN - Simpang Renggam) in Parliament, Dr Abdul Latiff said the 132 dialysis centres comprising 1,836 machines can only provide dialysis treatment to 5,000 patients.

Dr Abdul Latiff said the Government works with non-governmental organisations like the Lions Club, Rotary Club and others, as well as the private sector which has a total of 186 centres with 1,787 machines to provide dialysis treatment to 6,000 patients.

He said the ratio of dialysis machines to renal failure patients is currently one to five.

“Government hospitals also have portable dialysis machines for those who can’t be at the dialysis units,” he said.

MalaysiaKini SMS 15/10/2008

15/10: Kit Siang claimed in Parliament high-level probe confirmed AG A Gani Patail of fabricating evidence in Anwar's trials 10 years ago. /MKINI

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 14/10/2008 (4)

14/10: Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has banned live telecast of debate between 2 MCA dep president candidates tonight./MKINI

Bernama SMS 14/10/2008 (2)

14/10 KL: Price of petrol RON97 cut by 15 sen to RM2.30 from tomorrow, petrol RON92 down 10 sen to RM2.20 & diesel down 20 sen to RM2.20/BERNAMA

Bernama SMS 14/10/2008

14/10 KL: Mulai esok, harga petrol RON97 turun 15 sen kpd RM2.30 sen, petrol RON92 turun 10 sen kpd RM2.20, diesel turun 20 sen kpd RM2.20/BERNAMA

MalaysiaKini SMS 14/10/2008 (2)

14/10: MCA president aspirant Ong Tee Keat lodged a police report against a poison-pen letter alleging him of amassing RM21 mil of assets. /MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 14/10/2008

14/10: PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim dismissed speculations that Kulim-Bandar Baru (Kedah) MP Zulkifli Nordin would soon be defecting to Umno. /MKINI

Monday, October 13, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 13/10/2008 (4)

13/10: MCA nominations: Ong Tee Keat vs Chua Jui Meng (president). Unopposed: Wee Ka Siong (Youth chief), Chew Mei Fun (Wanita chief). /MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 13/10/2008 (3)

13/10: The sedition trial of popular blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin has been postponed to Nov 10-13 as judge Rozina Ayob is on medical leave. /MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 13/10/2008 (2)

13/10:Parliament: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim called on Finance Minister Najib Razak to table new Budget due to global financial crisis./MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 13/10/2008

13/10: No by-election in Kulim-Bandar Baru: A sudden decision by BN to withdraw its petition resulted in the court to strike out the case. /MKINI

Friday, October 10, 2008

Malaysia Kini SMS 10/10/2008 (2)

Gerakan Youth deputy chief Lim Si Pin, who is the son of ex-president Lim Keng Yaik, has been elected the party's Youth chief today.

MalaysiaKini SMS 10/10/2008

Umno VP Muhyiddin Yassin announced this morning that he would be contesting for deputy president post in the party polls next March. /MKINI

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Bernama SMS 09/10/2008 (4)

German robotics specialist, KUKA Robot Group has selected M'sia as its regional office & technical support centre for Asia/BERNAMA

MalaysiaKini SMS 09/10/2008 (3)

DPM Najib Razak announced he will be contesting Umno's No 1 post. Meanwhile, party info chief Muhd Muhd Taib is gunning for No 2. /MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 09/10/2008 (2)

Court lifted a gag order against publishing details of AG's alleged involvement in tampering evidence in Anwar's trials 10 years ago. /MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 09/10/2008

PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim slammed PM-designate Najib Razak for his silence on reforms of judiciary, free media and democracy. /MKINI

Bernama SMS 09/10/2008 (3)

Msia wil not really be affected by the current U.S. credit crisis as the country's export markets are well diversified/BERNAMA

Bernama SMS 09/10/2008 (2)

Dubai 9/10: Msia's growth target for 2009 needs to be recalculated following the impact of the U.S. and European financial crisis/BERNAMA

Bernama SMS 09/10/2008

Dubai 9/10: Iskandar Investment Bhd may sign a deal with a theme park operator in Iskandar Malaysia within the next 6-12 months/BERNAMA

Power Blackout 4

The power cut has happened again now at 11:15 AM. Great job SESB! Well done!


UPDATE: The power came back on at approximately 12:30 PM after a complaint was being placed.

Pak Lah Surrenders?

"Shut up."

So Pak Lah finally made the final plunge. Yesterday I have posted the MalaysiaKini SMS pertaining to Pak Lah's decision to contest in the UMNO party polls as president. Then later, he changed his mind again and decided to back-off after all.

I read many articles relating to Pak Lah's 'shock' announcement. The whole net has been busy buzzing about the whole thing. So there was almost nothing here where I could insert my 2 sens worth of thought. Finally I happened on The Malaysian Insider and Lim Kit Siang's blog.

I hope Pak Lah will not do anything drastic and start changing his mind again. Or even worse, he would say 'Oh, I meant that I'm letting go of the party presidential post only, NOT the premiership...'

Hey, it can happen! I've learned to expect and accept that whatever Pak Lah says, just think of the opposite! 

Anyway, since Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang both accepted this latest spectacle as the real deal, then I too am cool about it. 

I hope the country can recover after this. The economy is badly in need of attention. 

It is wearing all of us out. 
UPDATE:- I've included this article by Charles Hector, Prime Minister need not be UMNO President. This reflects the same idea that I posted here earlier, what if Pak Lah decides to cease becoming UMNO President only to continue on as Prime Minister? Charles has posted some noteworthy points. 

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

MalaysiaKini SMS 08/10/2008 (3)

PM Badawi has decided not to defend his Umno presidency and will quit in March next year when the ruling party meets. /MKINI

MalaysiaKini SMS 08/10/2008 (2)

Scores of PM's supporters have gathered outside PWTC in KL as Abdullah meets with BN leaders to brief them about the transition plan. /MKINI

Pak Lah Defending UMNO Presidency?

According to the breaking news, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, would be announcing his intention in defending the UMNO Presidency come March 2009, at 3 PM today.

If this does come to pass, then we should start counting down the beginning of the end of Barisan Nasional.

Why is he so stupid?

Please read articles here; MalaysiaKini, Chedet and NST Online

MalaysiaKini SMS 08/10/2008

Umno leader Ruhanie Ahmad: Abdullah has decided to defend his party post after a 3-hour meeting with his supporters late last night. /MKINI

Stephan George - Malaysian Citizen with Red IC Ref.No.12071011-20080227-114402

Stephan George, Red IC Holder Malaysian Citizen,Daily Express, 07/10/2008

This man's story is a classic case of how negligent the National Registration Department can be. The government don't seem interested in looking out for the welfare of its citizen. When I read Stephan George's story, I couldn't help feeling hopeless and angry at the same time. Imagine his father tried since 1975 to register his Malaysian citizenship to no avail. Imagine being considered a Permanent resident in your own country.

From what I've read from Stephan's story, since 1975 until today, the response that he got from politicians and government departments alike are just these few words; "still under process" without been given any clue when the matter can be resolved. Stephan has been given the same excuses for the past 33 years. He is now 52 years old.

My disappointment with the government is tremendous to the point that I have no more faith in it. Why can't the Malaysian government be like the Australian government where the citizens are enjoying the benefits from paying their taxes to the establishment? Why is it always Malay first and other bumiputras last? Right now, Sabah is so infested with illegal immigrants with Blue ICs that it makes me feel so sick in the gut. 

Everybody knows that the current state government is in control of the Illegal immigrants. The powers-that-be uses these illegals to prolong their grip on power. That is why the opposition in Sabah kept on losing over and over again despite winning the popular vote. Everyone knows this. 

Where is the justice?

The situation is getting worse in Sabah and I hope the leaders would do something about it.

With due respect to Bernard Dompok, who'll bring this matter up in the cabinet, I doubt the present government would even care to listen to him. They simply won't care. Sadly he's fighting a lonely battle over at the federal level.

UMNO and BN is pushing Sabah closer and closer towards its breaking point.

Anyway, read all about Stephan's story here :- NST Online,  Malaysia Today, and Audie61's Weblog

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