Saturday, June 28, 2008
But this Noh Omar guy is in a class of its own. He probably learned Finance 101 - Bumiputra Loans in Uni, which lead him to call for loan defaulters to get more loans to pay for those that they have defaulted on! I have many Bumi friends, and they have no grudge in paying their loans. Those who don't pay don't have the intention to. If they are in financial difficulty, how are they going to pay the 2nd loan? How does this work? Even after having regularised our loan accounts, we can't get any further credit. No cards. No loans, everything we need we have to buy in cash, hence we have to forget about applying for any kinds of loans. Did we have the intention to pay, yes. Could we? then, no. Now? Yes. Yet we can't get any loans. Not that I am asking for one, but it beats the hell out of me (and all my economic sense, as well as my financial know-what, whatever little there is...) how the Minister of Entrepreneur Development can even think about this!
Which is why it compounds my thinking more that the Government has been mucking around with our cash all these 50 years!..........
She was reported to have said these words (The Star, 28th June 2008), when posing a question to the State Assembly Speaker, Tronoh DUN, V Sivakumar "Who do you kill first, a snake or A person of a certain race?". I have never heard the question asked with a Malay person being the 'person of a certain race' or even a Sikh, Chinese, Eurasian, etc.....but I have heard it asked if it was a person from the Indian race! It reeks Racial...period! I bet you she tells her own children these things too.... I bet you she learnt it from her parents too...!
Is this what you want from a 'community leader'? Just last week, a former Head Prefect of a school in Subang Jaya was banned from a school gathering of current and past head prefects...simply because she is a Pakatan Rakyat Assembly person. If she was BN, ok!
But if these are the traits of BN ADUN's then I say, lets kick them out, not only from their seats, but lets kick them out from this country!
I have friends, colour don't even come to the picture when I choose them.......and I certainly will have to alot of damage control where my kids are concerned! Too much damage in the school system.........but what choice do I have?
PLEASE, STOP THIS RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IMMEDIATELY! LET'S LYNCH ALL THESE RACIST AND HATE SOWING PEOPLE FROM OUR COUNTRY!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
What is it about the Malaysian Government and their reaction? Not proactive but reactive...definitely. How else can one explain this kind of proposed action? Right after the threat of 'motion of no confidence' by Yong Teck Lee of SAPP, and among his reasons given was the inaction of the Barisan Nasional led government on their failure to act and protect Sabah from Illegal immigrants, BN announced that a 'massive Ops to flush out illegal immigrants in Sabah.
Why Sabah only? I know of countless people who have one way or another dealt with an illegal.
I have heard of accounts by taxi drivers who claim their passenger was hauled out of their taxis by policemen who later send the cabbie away empty handed whilst 'emptying' the illegal!
How difficult is it and more importantly how sensitive is the issue? Is it sensitive because the government hopes that they can neutralise the illegals by giving them citizenship which they hope can turn to votes? I hope not. Don't the government realise how much money is flowing out of the country? I even know of 3rd generation Malaysians of Indian descent sending 'home' to India millions of ringgit to 'own' a village! Beat that! (but isn't home Malaysia where this person was born and raised? Beats me.... I never once thought of China being my home country! Heck, during the Thomas cup finals, I routed for...the Home team...Malaysia of course!
If the government was serious about eliminating corruption and ridding the country of illegals, please assign a YB Adun with the operations and have that person report back to the state government on the progress! Ensure that the cops or rela or whoever else do not have the right to catch and release! And for goodness sake, please make sure the government servants are not included in this, otherwise they might find a reason to work their second job!
Its really not difficult if they have the mindset to do it. No IC? Then to KEMTAH. The send them back on KD this and KD that...then bill the nation that they came from.....the end!
Monday, June 23, 2008
But this kind of mentality is still prevalent in the government service. I have heard of disaster aid being channeled away to 'UMNO' supporter's home only (from friends delivering disaster aid to villagers) but I took it with a pinch of salt. Until recently, I actually heard a directive from a Minister informing that monetary allocations will now be sent to newly created positions instead of Pakatan held states committees.
So, it comes as no surprise that school teachers are also guilty of showing this kind of immaturity by giving instructions to students! And as I said before, how does one undo the damage that is being done in schools? 13 years of damage to the young minds of our children?
Read this to come to grips with reality in and around us as we come face to face with the many years of damage done by the government! Read here of a person's account!
Then tell me yours! Let's learn from our mistakes and move on for the sake of our children's future and not of our parent's past!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
We have heard that tagline used so often by the Tourism Ministry. But if you really look around, you don't really feel it. Ever so often, the BN led government go on their rhetorics about how racially united we are yet the leading component party goes about the need of supremacy of one particular race!
I have been to Kelantan and Sabah before, and religion aside, these communities truly live in unity. The past 4 days I spent with members of the National Press Club in Kota Kinablau affirmed that further. In fact, we had some help from the Ministry of Information which lent is logistics department to help move us around, members of the media and media practitioners from Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. One of the MOI staff (who hails from Datuk Keramat, KL) even told me that he was glad he got posted over to Sabah, where he really feels 'at home'. No external pressures from certain Departments, no peer pressure from his same 'kind', he said he truly felt at peace with community! Everywhere I went, the people were really friendly and helpful.
A few of us climbed up Mount Kinabalu, and it seems people who are at a certain altitude seem to be even friendlier!..and helpful too! On the ascend to the rest house, I suffered some cramps and as ill prepared as I was, proceeded to ask for some dehydration salts from other climbers.
One guy who thought that he had none offered me his last packet. Ruben, is a Liverpool fan, and as we spoke, he told me he was the brother in law of Bala (of fer fook's sake fame)! That helped me lots! (Ruben, come and claim your drinks at the NPC!) All along the way we chatted with those who were making their descend. The next morning when we attempted to summit the peak, whilst struggling I met Ming and Aichin, and thanks to them, had two snicker bars, a mars bar (which did good for Dino!) and a box of Ligo Raisins! (These Army guys sure know how to ration!) We spoke a bit, and I found out that they had planned the trip a while back (or did I get my facts wrong??) See? Malaysians are such nice people.....
I made it up the peak finally and thanks mainly to my climbing buddy, Dino who encouraged me all the way, this despite him having to push himself! Bob and Siva made it too, and the three of us were the last ones of the 212 that summited that day! The trip down was somewhat lonely, as I made my way hoping to catch up with Haslin, Hilary, Woon, Lum and Arnaz (his take here). Dino, Siva and Bob (Bob's take on his climb here) made their way down later.
We got back to KK by about 6.00pm, and it was off to the Kaamatan dinner hosted by Shell.
People chatted like old friends despite meeting for the first time. Thanks to Eddie of NST who introduced me to Mr Lihing!
Met up with 'Hantu Laut' and Mrs and Miss too! Like I said, here they did not care if you were yellow, white or black, or red for that matter! What mattered most was that you were there!
and for that I'll be back for sure!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
It was on. Although OCPD of Taiping, Raja Musa had warned that any or all participants of the Vigil against ISA organised by Gabungan Mansuhkan ISA, GMI would be arrested, Haris, Zorro and I would not let it stand in our way to support the call to repeal this barbaric act. 74 of these brothers and sisters of our land, Malaysia has been held without trial for whatever charges alleged to have been committed by them. I abhor this very act of detainment without trial for it destroys the very fabric of society that we all care for, family.
Take for instance what this man did for he had no family, albeit having a family, he chose to distant himself to the point that he thought he was lower than trash, for trash could be recycled. But back home, here in Malaysia, the government which is still in power chose to hold these 74 men and women without trial.
And so we made our way to Taiping, stopping first to pick up Mohd Noor, who had so often stood up for his rights and his famnily's as well as for fellow anak anak bangsa Malaysia. On getting in to Kamunting, we had decided to stop to ask for deirections only to find a fellow anak Bangsa Malaysia waiting to march together with those who had heeded the call from GMI. And he led us to a mosque compund, and despite the Maghrib, true anak anak bangsa Malaysia gathered in the compund waiting for the clarion call to march. No colour, no religion, in fact it was so touching to see two young chinese girls holding the hands of a younger Malay girl of no more than 7, presumably the daughter of Mat Sab Mat Shabry, a detainee of six years. Those who had gathered at the mosque all seem to agree that ISA is not an act that they would want seen or heard or used against ANYONE! Having heard the account of a detainee through the wive, I would not even wish my enemies this!
The walk was not that long, no more than 3km from the mosque to the entrance of the detention center. En route, walking along the road shoulder, and often on the unlit road side, we passed through two police raod blocks, presumably set up to deter would be participants of the march.
We stopped about 1.5km from the center and almost all lit up their candles in solidarity. It almost brought tears to my eyes, seeing that those who did walk, feared no one to lend support to the many families affected by the continued detention of these fellow Malaysians.
Arriving at the center, we were greeted by the many different members of the the Police. Namely, the FRU (Anti Riot team) LSF (light strike force - men in camouflage gear) Traffic Police, Special Branch, and scores of others. A water cannon mobile was also on site. I feared the worst, but as soon as the crowd moved to the road shoulder, the organisers and the Member of Parliament took over to negotiate the 'program'! The OCPD was then overheard to have told MP Ngeh Koo Ham to not behave like the opposition as he is now a representative of the State Government, to which Ngeh replied that indeed he was and was there to ensure that the rakyat who had marched was merely there to convey their message of dissastifaction over the continued detention of the ISA detainees! He asked and he got 15 minutes, and to the credit of the police, who seems to be more tolerant of the rakyat out of Kuala Lumpur, the organisers got around 25 minutes of uninterrupted air time!
As soon as Raja Musa moved in to end the speeches, the FRU personnel began pounding their batons! The organisers then dispersed the crowd before thanking the Police and all present!
I leave you these photos to remind you of what civil society will do to right the many wrongs, and hopefully you will also come out of your shell.
Zorro's account here, and Haris's here.
Friday, June 06, 2008
At MRT Tuesday last, Ruslani brought out a newspaper cutting with the title ‘Internal Security Act Author Hickling Dies, with his handwriting 28/02/07’. I quite enjoy the afternoons in Ruslani's and Maria’s house, for its part food, part company and nothing else. The potpourri of characters and topics is anything else but boring be it 3 or 4 or more. It was quite timely, the newspaper cutting, for there will bw a group of us heading out to Kamunting to lend our support to call for the abolishment of such tyrannical act. (Zorro has his piece here)
In his own words “I could not imagine then that the time would come, that the power of detention, carefully and deliberately interlocked with article 149 of the Constitution, would be used against Political Opponents, welfare workers and others dedicated to non-violent, peaceful activities”.
Reginald Hugh Hickling had single handedly crafted the Internal Security Act to detain communist insurgents without trial due to their fond nature of organized violence, however he noted that these days ‘a lot of people’ were detained had nothing to do with organized violence at all. Hickling also assisted the then Attorney General Tom Broddie to draft
I wonder if Hickling knew before he died that there are more people held under the ISA now then at the time he was interviewed. All I can say is if these people are thought to be guilty, charged them with the evidence. What right does the government and the Minister have to take away a man from his family? IF they did organize these perpetrated crimes, then they did it willfully, and should they be found guilty, let them serve their time in the prisons. But not like this.
Who are they? According to Aliran (obtained this list from their website) these are those detained under the ISA…
Detainee – Detention – Date of Arrest – Current Status
1.Ahmadi Asab - Alleged Syiah - Not known - Sent to KDC on 21 Dec 2000
2.Mohd Rashid Ismail, Electrical technician in
3.Yazid Sufaat -Businessman, Kedah - alleged JI member - 9 Dec 2001- Sent to KDC on 31 Jan 2002. Detention order extended in Jan 2004
4. Ashraf Barretto Kunting,Filipino national - alleged Abu Sayaf member - 14 Dec 2001 - Sent to KDC effective 14 Dec 2001
5. Suhaimi Mokhtar, Businessman,
6. Dr Abdullah Daud, Geo-info Lecturer, UTM Johor - alleged JI member - 3 Jan 2002Sent to KDC on 28 Feb 2002. Detention order extended by another two years in Feb 2006.
7. Abd Nasir Anuwarul, Director of Gulf Shores Sdn Bhd, Singaporean (Malaysian PR) - alleged JI member - 9 Jan 2002 - Sent to KDC on 9 Mar 2002. Detention order expires Mar 2006. Deported to
8. Shamsuddin Sulaiman, Asst. Accountant, Health Ministry; former ITM student - alleged JI member - 17 April 2002 - Sent to KDC on 14 June 2002; Habeas corpus rejected on 17 Feb 2004; transferred to an undisclosed police remand centre in KL on 11 June 2004; detention order renewed on 12 June 2004
9. Nasaruddin Nasir, Fish-monger, Ulu Langat, Selangor - alleged KMM member - 17 April 2002 -Sent to KDC effective 13 June 2002; freed by High Court on 8 Nov 2002; re-arrested on 9 Nov 2002; transferred to an undisclosed police remand centre in KL on 11 June 2004; detention order renewed on 12 June 2004
10. Mat Shah Mohd Satray, Technician, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka - originally alleged to be KMM member, later alleged to be JI member - 18 April 2002 - Sent to KDC on 14 June 2002; transferred to an undisclosed police remand centre in KL on 11 June 2004; detention order renewed on 12 June 2004; Federal Court rejects habeas corpus appeal on 2 Feb 2005: files habeas corpus application in Aug 2006.
11. Masran Arshad - Alleged JI member - 3 July 2002 - Sent to KDC effective 27 August 2002
12. Abdul Murad Sudin ,Trader (rental of agricultural equipment), Teluk Intan, Perak - alleged JI member - 16 Oct 2002 - Sent to KDC on 3 Dec 2002; Federal Court rejects habeas corpus appeal on 2 Feb 2005; files habeas corpus application in Aug 2006.
13. Nik Abdul Rahman Mustapha Afifi Self-employed; Studied religion in
14. Zaini Zakaria, Electrical engineer, ex-TNB and Malaysia Airports; helped set up Luqmanul Hakim religious school in Tanah Merah, Kelantan - alleged JI member - 8 Dec 2002 - Sent to Kamunting on 10 Feb 2003 - Detention no. 2580/03
15. Zainon Rashid - Alleged JI member - mid Dec 2002 - Sent to Kamunting on 10 Feb 2003 - Detention no. 2581/03
16. Mohidin Shaari ,Businessman running family business; Sandakan - Alleged JI member - 19 Dec 2002 - Alleged that he was stripped naked, beaten, kicked and verbally abused; Sent to Kamunting on 10 Feb 2003 - Detention no. 2582/03;
17. Abdul Razak Abd Hamid ,Islamic teacher; Sandakan - Alleged JI member - 19 Dec 2003 - Claims he was tortured and treated inhumanely; sent to KDC effective 2 Feb 2003
18. Abdul Hanif Mansor - Alleged JI member – 2003 - Sent to KDC effective 8 Mar 2003
19. Rezzal Shah Jamal Shah - Alleged JI member – 2003 - Sent to KDC effective 8 Mar 2003
20. Wan Amin Wan Hamat - Alleged JI member – 2003 - Sent to KDC effective 20 Mar 2003
21. Azman Hashim Businessman; Sandakan - Alleged JI member - 29 Feb 2003 - Alleged he was tortured and treated inhumanely; sent to KDC effective 17 April 2003
22. Mohd Fadhali Abdul Raof - Alleged JI member – 2003 - Sent to KDC effective 17 April 2003
23. Sulaiman Suramin ,Businessman,
24. Liew Ying Kit - Alleged counterfeiting – 2003 - Sent to KDC after April 2003
25. Low Thiam Chai - Alleged counterfeiting – 2003 - Sent to KDC after April 2003
26. Yap Siau Hin - Alleged counterfeiting – 2003 - Sent to KDC after April 2003
27. Looi Hing Boon - Alleged counterfeiting – 2003 - Sent to KDC after April 2003
28. Lee Nyok Pin - Alleged counterfeiting – 2003 - Sent to KDC after April 2003
29. Yeo Hock Cheong - Alleged counterfeiting – 2003 - Sent to KDC after April 2003
30. Noralwizah Lee Abdullah, Hambali's wife; arrested in Thailand - alleged JI involvement - Before 18 Aug 03 - Detention order from 10 Oct 03; detained in solitary confinement at Police Remand Centre in KL
31. Sufian bin Salih - Not known - 2003-2004 - Files habeas corpus application in Aug 2006
32. Khaider Khadran, Businessman, 38 - allegedly "a leader of JI" - 11 Jan 2004 - "Arrested under ISA but not detained under ISA"?!
33. Loo Pei Tu ,Chinese national married to Malaysian - alleged forgery of passports and travel documents for the use of foreigners - April 2004 - Sent to KDC on 13 June 2004
34. Buhary Syed Abu Tahir - Alleged middleman in a nuclear parts network run by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan - 28 May 2004 - In KDC detained for two-year period
35. Zakaria bin Samad - Alleged JI member; Indonesian national – 2004 - In KDC
36. Ahmad Zakaria - Alleged JI member; Indonesian national – 2004 - In KDC
37. Terhamid bin Dahalan - Alleged JI member; Indonesian national – 2004 - In KDC
38. Abdul Rahman Ahmad @ Deraman Koteh - Alleged militant separatist of Thailand; believed to be dual Thai-Malaysian citizen - 5 Jan 2005 - Detained at unknown location
39. Mahfudi Saifuddin - Alleged JI member; Indonesian national – 2005 - In KDC
40. Mulyadi - Alleged JI member; Indonesian national – 2005 - In KDC
41. Ariffin - Alleged JI member; Indonesian national – 2005 - In KDC
42. A Artas A Burhanuddin - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" from Tawau - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
43. Francis Indanan - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" from Tawau - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
44. Mohd Nazri Dollah - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" from Tawau - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
45. Mohd Arasad Patangari - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" from Tawau - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
46. Adzmi Pindatun - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah"from Tawau - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
47. Idris Lanama - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah"from Klang - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
48. Aboud Ghafar Shahril - Indonesian; Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
49. Zainuddin Suharno - Indonesian; Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
50. Jaki Hamid - Indonesian; Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
51. Jeknal Adil,Filipino - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" - 16 Mar - 3 Apr 2006 - Not known
52. Binsali Omar ,Filipino (Malaysian PR) - Alleged member of "Darul Islam Sabah" - 16 Mar -3 Apr 2006 - Not known
53. P Uthayakumar - Hindraf legal advisor; lawyer - 13 Dec 2007 - Sent to Kamunting Detention Centre on 13 Dec under two-year detention order
54. M Manoharan - Hindraf leader; lawyer - 13 Dec 2007 - Sent to Kamunting Detention Centre on 13 Dec under two-year detention order
55. R Kenghadharan - Hindraf leader; lawyer - 13 Dec 2007 - Sent to Kamunting Detention Centre on 13 Dec under two-year detention order
56. V Ganabatirau - Hindraf leader; lawyer - 13 Dec 2007 - Sent to Kamunting Detention Centre on 13 Dec under two-year detention order
57. T Vasanthakumar - Hindraf organising secretary; lawyer - 13 Dec 2007 - Sent to Kamunting Detention Centre on 13 Dec under two-year detention order
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
78 sens for Petrol and 1 RM for Diesel? How did they arrive to this? I guess because most people who use diesel voted for the opposition...at least that is what I think! How else did they come to the figure based on the removal of subsidies?
Could it be that Badawi had just lead him along to believe that he actually spoke on behalf of the govermnet, or was Najib hung out to dry? It really looks bad for the man whom some have touted to be a true challenger to AAB for the premiership.
I am F&%#^@* Pissed! And I guess if you did not do your part to vote out Barisan Nasional, you are to be blamed too! I sat in my car coming back from blog house to Subang, and it took me forever! I left blog house at 7.15pm and just got in at a 10.46pm. No thanks to the storm at first, and the floods that proceeded, but mainly due to the traffic jam that was caused by the many motorist who hoped to save at least RM30 by queuing up at the pump! I couldn't get out of Kelana Jaya, and finally decided to use the 'back way' to exit to Subang Old Airport road before I finally got back!
Had to cancel my plans to watch the P Ramlee Musical, courtesy of an invite by TV Smith!
OK, I should take some of the blame too, for leaving one and a half hours early!
And to top it off, That Bloody Sleepy head can say 'Godwilling, I hope Malaysians don't protest about the hike.....'. OI! You waste our money on some rainwater cup for fancy sailors, you waste our money on some fancy airplane, spent more money beautifying your official residence, use our taxpayers money to pay consortium's and concessionaires with lopsided agreements!
Allow your Menteri Besars to plunder from the
I will spit on you when I see you. You are not fit to lead this country, and you have brought on more hardship to the likes of me, what more my Malaysian brothers who are worse off.
Did he and his fellow economist whom we have purportedly gave our trust to lead this country ever think of the repercussions? Did they think that by spending and plundering all our money before this could not lead to anything worst? NOW WE ARE PAYING FOR THEIR FOOL HARDINESS!
If you did not notice.....
Price of RICE....Increased (Thanks to our BERNAS friends who gave up control of price by ditching the main players in Thailand.....More on this later!)
Price of FUEL.....up. FLOUR...up. ELECTRICITY...up. BEER...up. KUEH TEOW...up. CURRY MEE...up. NASI KANDAR...up. BAK KUT TEH...up.....EVERYTHING ELSE....will go up!
ENOUGH! There will be a revolt, and starting from today, I will do my part to ensure that you and your goons will not lay your hands on a single rakyat ringgit anymore!
PLEASE HELP YOURSELVES! STAND UP AND BE COUNTED! OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE!
A passing. May her soul rest in peace.
Human Rights Activist Zaiton Kassim passed away last night in her sleep. She was laid to rest around midday today. I met her only once, heard her speak about rights. She would have made it to Parliament without a doubt, but cancer stood in her way.
Yes, she was a part of what I would like to call, an endangered species. That she said and did so much for her fellow humankind speaks for itself. This group of people is indeed endangered.
I suggest you all take some time to pray for her, and pray that more will come out and speak and act for humankind.
Malaysia needs the restoration of the endagered species of this kind.
Toni, may Allah bless you and may you rest in peace. Al Fathihah.