Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Name the 40, Anwar!

Who are the 40, Anwar?

If you could single out Anifah Aman as one of Barisan Nasional MPs who sought your 'assistance' to join Pakatan Rakyat in 2008, naming the others is a small deal.

Just name them; we just want to see their reaction and comment. Otherwise, we can say that you lied!
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told the High Court today that he will not name the 40 Barisan Nasional MPs who were willing to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat in 2008, saying it would be unfair to reveal them now.
Under cross-examination by counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Anwar also denied the suggestion that he did not have the numbers he claimed he had to move a motion of no-confidence against former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in the September 16 move six years ago.
Anwar testified that he had written to the prime minister at that time asking him to convene a special parliamentary sitting to test if he commands the confidence of the majority of MPs.
Anwar was testifying in his defamation suit against Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
Anwar said Anifah had linked his name to an alleged offer of a top cabinet post during a news conference in Washington with former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Shafee: One of the methods you employed was to say you have got the numbers when in actual fact you did not?
Anwar: If I did not have the numbers, I would not have written to the prime minister asking him to convene a special parliamentary sitting.
Shafee: Another strategy you used was to make promises to leading BN MPs that if they crossed over, you can make them ministers and deputy prime minister?
Anwar: I do not agree.
Shafee: I put it to you that because your strategy was based on facts that did not exist, you kept postponing September 16 several times?
Anwar: I disagree.
No harm at all in naming them. We need to know who our 'enemies within' are. This is politics, Malaysian-style!

Hijab and no alcohol on MAS flights...

Its all about Islam and 'aurat' now.

After Kelantan state government 'haramise' males from a netball tournament next month, there were calls for Malaysia Airlines to regulate its Muslim flight stewardesses to wear 'tudung' or hijab.

Good...but no further comment (some people had said the two incidents, MH370 and MH17 were due to our 'negligence' in promoting Islamic service to the national carrier... what do you think? Macam-macam lah!)
KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim female flight attendants working with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) should be given the option to wear the hijab, suggested Umno Youth.
“Those who wish to cover their aurat should be allowed to do so,” said the movement’s head Khairy Jamaluddin while chairing an Umno Youth exco meeting yesterday.
A local daily reported that Umno Youth exco member Dazma Shah Daud had urged MAS to make it compulsory for Muslim female flight attendants to wear the hijab, and that the airline should stop serving alcohol.
Dazma, however, clarified his earlier statement, saying what he had meant was that those who want to wear the syariah compliant attire should be allowed to do so as some Muslim flight attendants were already donning the hijab when they were not flying.
He said the practice of banning the hijab for Muslim female flight attendants was discriminatory.
He also suggested that MAS alter the uniforms for Muslim female flight attendants so that they could wear the hijab with it.
Dazma also said Muslim flight attendants should be allowed to opt out of serving alcohol to passengers.
He said that the job of serving alcohol could be handled by non-Muslim flight attendants.
But what about alcohol?

I have flown many Arabs and Muslim carriers and they do serve alcohol as part of the service. It also attracts non-Muslims customers.

My good friend, Ghafar Abu Bakar, the chief steward who died in MH17 had been promoting 'non-alcohol flights' over the last 20 years. However, MAS and the government never paid any attention to his proposal.

What's wrong with non-alcohol flights, anyway!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

You can't watch this!

Kelantan state government has banned male officials, supporters and spectators from a netball tournament next month, drawing protest from politicians and sports organisers nationwide.

The tournament, scheduled for September 6-October 25 in all Parliamentary constituencies in the state, must also free from females under 18.
Members of Parliament from Sabah and Sarawak are baffled by Kelantan’s decision to ban men from becoming spectators at an up-coming netball tournament.
Calling on the PAS-led state government to reconsider the decision, Santubong MP Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he could not understand the need for gender segregation in a sporting event.
“I’m from Sarawak. We have a different attitude towards things there. I don’t understand all this. What else are we going to segregate – shops, buses, railways, towns and islands? There is no end. Integration is happening everywhere and yet, we are not moving forward,” he said when contacted here yesterday.
Dr Wan Junaidi said there should be more focus on inculcating better religious values and understanding, rather than teaching people physical and ritual practices alone.
“There should be more focus on avoiding drugs, HIV, AIDS, smuggling and crime. Show good examples, accept and practise good universal values.
“People will then respect Islam more,” said the Deputy Home Minister.
Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan urged PAS to consider the fact that sports was a unifying factor which brought Malaysians together.
“We Malaysians are prone to bickering over just about anything but we all unite for sports. For instance, Kelantan people unite to cheer on their football team.
“I hope PAS will consider this factor before making the final decision,” he said.
I am still waiting for comments from Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin...

Did she lie?

             

I am not sure if she spoke the truth or whether it really 'happened' to her. She accused a Malaysia Airlines cabin crew of 'raping her with his finger' during a recent flight.

She told the TV station about it. However, netizens Down Under doubted her allegation, that it was a total 'made up' instead.
Social media users have lashed out at Laura Bushney, the Australian woman who went on TV, accusing a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chief steward of sexually assaulting her while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Paris on August 4, claiming that her story sounds far-fetched.
In comments retrieved from the Facebook page of Sunday Night – the programme on Australia's Channel 7 where Bushney had appeared in – many expressed doubts over her story, questioning how she had managed to record the act on her mobile phone.
"It's really rubbish. She did it for one thing. Money. Besides ruining the reputation of an innocent man," said Jessica Greenhill's comment, which was followed by more than 300 others in the Facebook page.
The 26-year-old Bushney had said in the programme that the steward had "begged me not to report the incident, while we were still in the air, as he had a wife and a child".
She said the steward took advantage of her fears about flying on MAS following the MH370 and MH17 incidents by sitting next to her and first massaging her legs, then placing her legs on the lap. She alleged that he was aroused at the time.
She doesn't have that 26-year old look, sorry to say.

However, give her the chance to substantiate her claims, and I believe MAS was investigating the case.

Phewwww!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

French government resigns over 'U-turn'


French President Francois Hollande asked his prime minister on Monday to form a new government, looking to impose his will on the cabinet after rebel leftist ministers had called for an economic policy U-turn.


The surprise move came the day after outspoken Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg had condemned what he called fiscal "austerity" and attacked euro zone powerhouse Germany's "obsession" with budgetary rigour.

In a terse statement, Hollande's office said Prime Minister Manuel Valls (pic) had handed in his government's resignation, opening the way for a reshuffle just four months after it took office.

"The head of state asked him to form a team that supports the objectives he has set out for the country," the statement said, suggesting Valls would continue trying to revive the euro zone's second largest economy with tax cuts for businesses while slowly reining in its public deficit by trimming spending.

France has lagged other euro zone economies in emerging from a recent slowdown, fuelling frustration over Hollande's leadership, both within his Socialist party and further afield.

The new cabinet will be announced on Tuesday and there was no immediate word on who would stay and who would go.

NOTE: PAS was making a U-turn in Selangor, forcing PKR and DAP to take another look at the plan to oust Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, who is expected to have an audience with the Sultan tomorrow.
 

Truth and lies, fool and wise...

Did Foreign Minister Anifah Aman really call Anwar Ibrahim in 2009 about his intention to join the Opposition?

I've heard about the unceasing rumors, about the 'Hong Kong Meet' and other 'offers and talks' between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional MPs on Anwar's 'September 16th' plan to takeover Putrajaya.

Yes, a few BN MPs, especially from Sabah did try to help Anwar but the plan fizzled out in the end, leaving the Opposition Leader biting at his shoes. 
Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim memberitahu Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur bahawa Menteri Luar Negara Datuk Seri Anifah Aman bersedia menyertainya untuk menukar kerajaan BN pada 2008 jika beliau (Anwar) mempunyai jumlah sokongan cukup.
Memberi keterangan dalam samannya terhadap Anifah, Anwar memberitahu mahkamah bahawa Anifah tidak berpuas hati dengan perdana menteri ketika itu Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi kerana tidak menjadikannya menteri penuh. 
“Beliau (Anifah) tidak berpuas hati dan kecewa. Anifah hanya ditawarkan kedudukan timbalan menteri pengangkutan, tetapi beliau menolak lantikan itu. Katanya, jika saya ada jumlah cukup, beliau berminat menyertainya,” kata Anwar.
 “Sebab itu beliau datang kepada kami kerana beliau fikir boleh pergi lebih jauh. Ramai anggota parlimen BN tidak puas hati dengan PM masa itu. Itu ketika 16 September (2008), rancangan itu mula menjadi. Mereka datang beramai-ramai untuk menyelamatkan kedudukan masing-masing.”
Anwar memberi keterangan dalam samannya terhadap Anifah kerana mendakwa Anwar menawarkannya kedudukan timbalan perdana menteri jika menyertainya dalam sidang media di Washington pada 2008 bersama Setiausaha Negara Amerika Syarikat Hilary Clinton.
That was about five years ago, after Abdullah Ahmad Badawi passed on the Federal administration to Najib Tun Razak.

Anwar was so convinced then that his Sept 16 plan would be successful when more and more MPs from Sabah - and also few from the Peninsula - 'showed' some support for him to become the prime minister.

In this court case, let's wait for the outcome.

I just want to know who the liar is!

He said Anifah had phoned him when the former was overseas in Hong Kong and said that he had heard there were large numbers from Sabah who wanted to join the opposition.
"He wanted me to confirm the names and numbers, he said if I had the numbers, he was keen to join.
"I did not make any offer to him and certainly did not consider him for the deputy prime minister's post. It is simply ridiculous to make an offer in one phone call, it was very presumptuous of the defendant," Anwar told the High Court today.
He added that it was Anifah who was disgruntled and disappointed with Abdullah for not making him a minister as he had only been offered the post of deputy transport minister but had refused the appointment.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anwar-tells-court-how-anifah-approached-him-to-join-opposition#sthash.y0XO8RUu.dpuf

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Friends?

After doing almost everything to oust Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Mentri Besar - including getting PKR to sack him - Anwar Ibrahim says the latter is still his 'close' friend.

'Close' means buddy. How could he still call Khalid a buddy when everybody is aware of his intention to replace him as mentri besar, which he failed. And now he wants his wife Wan Azizah to continue with that ambition.


How does Khalid take it after all the humiliation and bashings he received from PKR, Pakatan Rakyat and Anwar & The Gang? Anwar expects Khalid to hug and thank him?
PKR supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim will always be his friend despite the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from the party.
Stating that Abdul Khalid’s contributions to the state and party have been immense, Anwar called on party members not to criticise the now-Independent Abdul Khalid.
“Let us not deny his good deeds for Selangor and the party.
“Tan Sri (Abdul Khalid) is my friend and he was family. He is an excellent man, a good businessman who champions transparency in handling state and party affairs,” he said in his closing speech at the 10th PKR Congress, here, today.
Anwar claimed despite many calls from many including PKR deputy president Mohamad Azmin Ali to address Abdul Khalid on various state affairs, he continued to defend him.
Personally, I think Anwar is realising how the rakyat of Selangor, including those of Pakatan Rakyat,  are blase with his game.

And he is beginning to feel the dejection among Selangorians who want Khalid to dissolve the Dewan Undangan Negeri (with the consent of the Sultan) as the ultimate way to determine as to whether Azizah is fit to replace Khalid as mentri besar.

I believe Khalid is already singing 'Am I That Easy To Forget'... and whatever happens next will not be easy for Anwar to forget either!