Monday, September 29, 2008

Hari raya falls on October 1

Hari raya falls on October 1
The Malaysian Insider

"KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 - Hari Raya Puasa will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct 1, the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal announced today.

'As ordered by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, after obtaining the consent of the Rulers, the Keeper of the Malaysian Rulers' Seal has declared that Hari Raya Puasa for all states in Malaysia will fall on Wednesday, Oct 1, 2008,' said a statement released by the Office of the Rulers' Seal,

Malaysia. - Bernama"

Abdullah's quick draw of goodwill

Abdullah's quick draw of goodwill:

 "SEPT 29 — Long after Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi leaves office in March 2009, political pundits and historians will dissect his years as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and examine how he squandered a reservoir of goodwill over 48 months.

A few of them will point fingers at his young advisors — better known as the Fourth Floor boys — for wrong strategies and misplaced priorities. For doing too good a job of shaping his public image as a reformer in the run-up to the 2004 elections, a role he had difficulty living up to.

A few of them will allege that the interference by his son, Kamaludin and son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin alienated his supporters in the party and left Mr Clean of Malaysia's politics exposed to charges of abdicating his responsibility to kin." MORE in The Malaysian Insider

BN Is Still A Strong Coalition, Says Musa Aman

BN Is Still A Strong Coalition, Says Musa Aman
KOTA KINABALU, Sept 29 (Bernama) -- Unity within the Barisan Nasional (BN) is still strong, despite one party leaving it, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said today.

Although some leaders of other component parties had voiced their opinions of the governments services in public, they remained strong with BN, he said .

"The only party that is no longer with us is the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP). But even though they have left BN, some of the partys leaders and members still want to be with BN. This is a good indication.

"That is why their deputy president, Datuk Raymond Tan (who is deputy chief minister) is still in the state cabinet because he has said that he does not agree with his party president," Musa told reporters during his inspection of the state cabinets Aidilfitri open house preparation at the Likas Sports Complex near here.

Musa, who is also state BN chairman, was asked to comment on whether the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) would also leave BN after threatening to review its position in the coalition.

The bold statement by its deputy president, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, was made last week after it was unhappy with the National Registration Department for issuing a red identity card (IC) as a replacement to a 78-year-old local woman who had lost her blue IC.

The red IC indicates the the holder is a permanent resident of the country instead of a national citizen.

Musa gave an assurance that the woman's case would be looked into.

The state open house, to be held from 11am to 3pm on the first day of Aidilfitri, is expected to draw a crowd of more than 10,000.

"We hope everybody, near and far, can come to celebrate Aidilfitri. The more the merrier. We are very fortunate that we can do this not just with the Muslim people, but also with those of different races, religion sand cultures," he said.


Political Corruption: Nine Umno Members Suspended, One Given Warning

Political Corruption: Nine Umno Members Suspended, One Given Warning

 "KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 (Bernama) -- The Umno Disciplinary Board has suspended the membership of nine Umno members after finding them guilty of political corruption and sabotaging the party.

In a statement, the board's chairman, Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail said another member was given a warning.

He said the suspension was for a period of three years or one term, effective Sept 22.

He said the decision was made at the board's meeting from Sept 22-24.

The 10 were from Kota Tinggi, Rantau Panjang and Tanah Merah divisions, he added.


Who makes a better PM?

Who makes a better PM?: "Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was the more popular choice to become the next prime minister than Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, according to a Merdeka Centre survey."
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz, MalaysiaKini

'Musical chairs' in Umno transition plan

'MalaysiaKini : Musical chairs' in Umno transition plan: "Embattled Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has just nine more days to decide whether he will resign or defend his post in the postponed party polls next March.

Last Friday, a special meeting made the decision to move the party polls from December ot “facilitate an early transition” by Abdullah to his deputy Najib Abdul Razak. 

Abdullah has remained non-committal as to whether he will defend his party post, and would only say that he will reveal his plan before the Umno divisional meetings start at Oct 9.

The premier was compelled to bring forward his original June 2010 transition deadline after reportedly coming under heavy pressure to quit early."

MalaysiaKini SMS 29/09/08 (3)

Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim says that the allegations against state exco Teresa Kok are baseless.

MalaysiaKini SMS 29/09/08 (2)

MCA VP Donald Lim Siang Chai will contest the party deputy president post, against Dr Chua Soi Lek and Ong Ka Chuan.

MalaysiaKini SMS 29/09/08

The start of work on a RM3B dam in Murum, Sarawak has put the spotlight on the controversial scheme to build 12 dams in the state.

Two Divisions To Nominate Najib, Muhyiddin For Top Posts

Two Divisions To Nominate Najib, Muhyiddin For Top Posts
The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 - Days after the power transition deal was torn up, the Umno divisions in Cheras and Titiwangsa' have decided to nominate Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the top two posts in the March party elections.

Umno Cheras division chief Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee and Umno Titiwangsa chief Datuk Suleiman Mohamad announced their decision at a breaking fast function in Cheras last night, the website reported today.

Among those at the function were Muhyiddin, Heritage Minister and Umno supreme council member Datuk Shafie Apdal, Umno Batu chief Datuk Yusof Hamid and several other KL leaders.

Umno Cheras is due to convene its meeting on Oct 12 while Umno Titiwangsa will meet six days later on Oct 18, party officials said.

"With the supreme council's decision to defer the polls, it goes without saying that the transition of power will happen. Our decision is in line with the supreme council's decision although Pak Lah has yet to announce his decision conclusively," Syed Ali was quoted as saying.

Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced the postment last Friday, but said he would only disclose his decision whether to contest or not by Oct 9, when the divisional meetings begin.

"We think we don't have to wait for his announcement as the scenario is quite clear," Syed Ali added.

Syed Ali also dismissed the possibility that Abdullah could decide to defend his presidency. "How can that be... the situation will be complex and chaotic in Umno then," he said, adding the Prime Minister would not defend his post as the polls would otherwise not have been postponed.

Suleiman said Umno Titiwangsa had decided on the Najib-Muhyiddin team at a recent divisional meeting, adding he hoped the new leadership would strengthen the Ketuanan Melayu ideal.

The first Umno division to meet is Besut on Oct 11 while. Apart from Cheras, the others meeting on Oct 12 are Machang, Pontian, Pagoh, Batu Pahat, Kuantan, Shah Alam, Subang and Buki Gelugor and their nominations are eagerly awaited by all as an indication of the party's new leadership.

Only Gua Musang division chief Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has openly said he will contest the party presidency if he gets the required number of nominations. The Kelantan prince, who was Umno vice president and narrowly lost to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the presidency in the 1987 party polls that led to its deregistration, has criticised the transition deal and postponement of the elections.

Muhyiddin defended the supreme council's decision to defer the general assembly and polls, saying it was their right to do so under the party constitution.

He said all quarters have to put the postponement in the context of solving the problems of leadership change which led to the consensus of deferring the polls and general assembly.

Malaysia Handover, Snap Polls?

Malaysia Handover, Snap Polls?
My World
Here's an excerpt of the piece, do enjoy!
"Now we know that Japan has a new Prime Minister, in Malaysia it is still not clear. While many had said in the western world democracy, Barisan Nasional led by PM Pak Lah still did well in the last GE12, the behaviour of BN seems to be a government under siege. With the mistakes of not heeding the sentiment of the people.
BN actually sowed the seed of discontentment when they increased the price of fuel in the country. That had actually caused the rise in prices of everything with the earning income of the people remaining the same. It is not being help eveytime the people see a chaffeured driven government vehicles while they had to save hard on their fuel consumption." MORE

Power Blackout 2

The power cut occurred again yesterday afternoon (Sunday 28). Between 1:30PM to 4:30PM. 

Investigate 'Loss Of Citizenship' Claim: Ewon

Investigate 'Loss Of Citizenship' Claim : Ewon

KOTA KINABALU: United Pasok Momogun Kadazndusun Murut Organisation (Upko) has urged the National Registration Department to investigate a claim by an elderly woman who lost her citizenship after losing her MyKad last year.

Its vice president Datuk Ewon Ebin said the incident came as a shock to him as the woman deserved a MyKad regardless of her age.

“This saddens me as a local is denied of citizenship and given the permanent resident status, while there are many claims that foreigners are given the luxury of owning MyKads,” said the Industrial Development Minister.

He was responding to the statement of Yong Lee Hua @ Piang Lin, who claimed to have lost her Malaysian citizenship after her purse, containing her MyKad, cash, a gold necklace, a gold-plated locket, two golden crosses and a set of car keys, were stolen while shopping at a hypermall in Penampang in February last year.

The 78-year-old Sino-Kadazan, who was born at Kampung Mahandoi, had also lost access to her Amanah Saham Nasional and Alliance Bank accounts, and now is unable to renew her international passport, which expired this year.

She stressed that life had been difficult, stressing that: “I am ashamed to take out the MyPR (a red-coloured card issued to permanent residents) and would normally use my driving licence for identification purposes.”

She also disclosed she had gone voting in the March 8 General Election using her driving licence.

Yong said that they had brought the matter up to the National Registration Department (NRD) office, bringing along supporting documents such as her Native Certificate issued by the Native Court on September 24, 1963, previous copies of her High Quality Identification Card and MyKad, bank books, and passport, but was told that the MyPR card was given to elderly applicants who applied for MyKads.

She was even asked to re-apply for her citizenship, and would be given an answer within six months.

But it has been almost a year now and there is still no news on her application.

Yong fears that the matter would cause future complications to her eight children.

Efforts by The Borneo Post to contact state NRD director Abdul Rahman Md Noor failed as he was in Kuala Lumpur attending a meeting.

Let Sabahans Head Depts.

Let Sabahans Head Depts

Kota Kinabalu: Both BN component PBS and opposition PKR said the case of a Sabahan Bumiputra being downgraded to that of a Permanent Resident highlights the need for both the State NRD and Immigration to be headed by Sabahans.

Parti Bersatu Sabah Chief Information officer Johnny Mositun said PBS had been calling for Sabahans to lead the two Federal agencies since they would be more familiar with problems affecting the local population.

At the same time, he said PBS had been lodging so many reports to the police and Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and also included lists of dubious Identity Cards (ICs) issued to illegal immigrants via false Statutory Declarations.

He said PBS is baffled that the National Registration Department could conveniently do so to a genuine citizen but not to illegal immigrants holding MyKads.

"Nothing seems to be done but now we have our own citizen having her citizenship reviewed easily and judging from the news reports her plight was also taken lightly by the NRD," he said in a statement, Saturday.

Mositun, who is a Deputy Speaker, was commenting on the plight of 78-year-old Yong Lee Hua @ Piang Lin, a Sino-Kadazan who was issued with a red IC with the status of a PR when she replaced her blue IC that she lost in a supermarket in Penampang Baru last year.

It was also reported that when the woman enquired about the mix up she was asked to "apply for Malaysian citizenship", instead.

This is despite a Sijil Anak Negeri (SAN or Native Certificate) issued on Dec. 5, 1963, verifying Yong's status as a Sino-Kadazan.

"We find Yong's case as appalling and unacceptable. It reflects badly on the system of the NRD. To me the information given by Yong should have been sufficient for her to get her original blue IC back," said Mositun.

He said if it was a case of the NRD playing by the book then "it should not be difficult for the NRD to do the same to review and revoke all the Malaysian ICs that have been issued to illegal immigrants".

"We want the Government to seriously look into this and rectify the glaring weaknesses in the NRD system urgently to safeguard the interest of Sabahans better," he said.

Meanwhile, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah Deputy Chairperson Christina Liew also said both these posts should be replaced by Sabahans in view of what happened.

She said all Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties should also quit the coalition in protest over the manner in which genuine Malaysians in Sabah are being treated by the Department.

Liew believed what was done to Yong smacked of a hidden agenda as it is common knowledge that illegal immigrants entering Sabah through the back door can easily acquire Malaysian citizenship via the MyKad, IMM13 or PR status through authentic or dubious channels.

According to her, those illegals now in possession of the MyKad are in a privileged position such that they can secure Bumiputra status or apply for or buy NT land in Sabah.

Yong revealed her predicament at a press conference called by Resource Development and Information Technology Assistant Minister, datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin on Thursday.

Liew concurred with Mojuntin that there was no reasonable explanation from the JPN as to why Yong's citizenship was changed to the status of a PR.

It is understood that applicants for red IC normally have to wait for 9-12 months for the outcome but in Yong's case it took merely a few months.

Malaysia Today: Malaysia's Leadership A Trinket

Malaysia's Leadership A Trinket

The latest UMNO shenanigans effectively reduced the party's (and thus the country's) leadership to a Sunday market trinket, to be haggled between a desperate discredited seller trying to get the best possible deal, and a bankrupt buyer who has only his incumbency to offer as currency.


M. Bakri Musa

Tengku Razaleigh, in referring to the tussle between Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak, said, "… [W]e are embarrassed at the sight of two grown men playing this endless children's game of 'yours and mine' with the most important responsibility in the land, oblivious of the law, oblivious to the damage they are doing to the nation." The Prince's observation on the damage wrecked on Malaysia is spot on, declaring that Malaysia had been reduced to a banana republic and a laughing stock

What Abdullah and Najib do not realize is that the value of the trinket they are frantically bargaining over keeps dropping. While the two are consumed with striking a deal between them, they fail to notice that Anwar Ibrahim is on the sideline, ready and willing to take over, thus effectively reducing the two protagonists and their trinket to irrelevance.

Meanwhile the important business of running the country is neglected. They have been consumed with lobbying their followers, as well as engaging in hours of "four eyes only" meetings, haggling over when, how, and at what price the trinket would be handed over. They are oblivious to the nation's compounding problems, from the massive public health hazard of contaminated milk products imported from China to the American credit crunch that will soon spread around the world.

It is time to make these two characters irrelevant. It is time to let this desperate drowning duo strangle each other and sink to the bottom of the cesspool they have created for themselves.

Our priority is to make sure that they do not drag the nation down with them. This responsibility falls heavily on those leaders of the opposition, in particular Anwar Ibrahim. He has to be ready to take over and make the necessary preparations now, especially with regards to policies and personnel.MORE

Flaws Detected in Woman's IC : NRD

Flaws Detected in Woman's IC: NRD 

Kota Kinabalu: The National Registration Department (NRD) said it detected some "flaws" in the blue Identity Card of Yong Lee Hua, from Penampang, issued by the Department in 1996, which prompted the issuance of a red Identity Card meant for Permanent Resident status.

Its public relations officer Janisah Mohd Noor said in a statement this was found out after scrutinising the document of the holder. She did not elaborate.

In this respect, Sabah NRD would conduct a thorough investigation into the case and the complainant would be informed in due course, she said. The department was responding to a report on the status of a Sabahan being changed to that of a permanent resident after she sought a replacement of her lost MyKad.

Yong claimed that her MyKad was lost after a pickpocket took away her purse while shopping at Penampang Baru.

Consequently, she was issued an identity card meant for Permanent Residence status. Upko deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing said the party would be seeking an explanation from the Sabah NRD Director.

Yong promises to win back Elopura, Tanjung Papat seats

The Borneo Post Online

Yong promises to win back Elopura, Tanjung Papat seats 

SANDAKAN: SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee promised to win back two seats lost when Au Kam Wah and Datuk Raymond Tan parted ways with the party.

“We lost Elopura and Tanjung Papat state seats. In the coming general elections, we will win them back,” he said in an interview with The Borneo Post at SAPP Sekong office in Taman Sibuga.

Yong was responding to a question as to whether SAPP has lost their ‘Fixed Deposits’ strongholds and ‘safe’ state seats when Tan and Au announced their decisions to be independent assemblymen after pulling out of the party.

“Sabah political leaders including Sabah Umno minister such as Datuk Masidi Manjun and others have given their views about the harmony and unity of our ethnic groups.

“Ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak have very good relations with one another. They are not beset by racial and religious polarisation as in Peninsular Malaysia,” said Yong on a proposed law which supposedly would be called ‘Race Relations Act’.

“Still, we worry that the increasing racial problems in the peninsula might get ‘imported’ to the east,” he said.

He recalled that in the 1970s and the 1980s, ‘Mr Opposition” Datuk Tan Chee Kun (now deceased), was one of the few leaders from the peninsula who openly said that in terms of harmony and unity, Peninsular Malaysians have a lot to learn from Sabah and Sarawak.

To him, this means that big political parties like Umno, MCA and MIC all behaved and functioned along racial lines.

“It would defeat the intentions of such a law,” he said.

“What SAPP proposes is non-racial politics where we consider the problems of other communities as our problems.

“The major parties should gradually abolish racial politics, which is much better than any race relations law.”

Earlier on, Yong joined directors and committee members of SRK Tai Tong in a earth-breaking ceremony for a school building.

Yong was on a two-day visit to meet his members in Sandakan, boosting up confidence after the pullout of Elopura and Tanjung Papat state assemblymen.

Alonso wins first F1 night race

Alonso wins first F1 night race


SINGAPORE, Sept 28 — Renault’s Fernando Alonso pulled off an extraordinary win in the Singapore Grand Prix tonight, while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton extended his Formula One championship lead.

Starting from 15th on the grid after a fuel pump failure in qualifying looked to have wrecked his weekend, Alonso benefited from an early safety car period that turned the race around.

The Spaniard won his first race since last year's Italian Grand Prix and the 20th of his career. Williams' Nico Rosberg was second – his best-ever grand prix finish – while Hamilton was third.

Hamilton extended his championship lead to seven points due to a remarkable turn of events that cost title rival Felipe Massa of Ferrari any points.

The Brazilian led the early part of the race from the pole position, but his race was ruined when he pitted after the end of a safety car period at the start of lap 20.

Massa pulled away from his stop prematurely, taking the fuel rig and hose with him up the pit lane, knocking over one of his mechanics – who was taken for medical treatment – and almost colliding with another car as he pulled away from the garage.

By the time the Ferrari crew was able to sprint the length of pit lane and wrestle the rig out of the waiting car, Massa had dropped from the lead to 18th and last.

He then incurred a drive-through penalty for an "unsafe release from a pit stop." Massa finished in 13th place.

It was a dismal race for Ferrari, with reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen crashing out on the 58th of 61 laps. The Italian team's pointless finish and Hamilton's third place lifted McLaren atop the constructors' standings by one point. MORE

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