Sunday, March 1, 2015

Leaders with guts!

Sunday afternoon, let's talk a little bit about 'guts'.

Some leaders have it, some don't.

I don't want to pick any Malaysian leaders with such 'guts' (do we have any?) but we should take a look at a few cases - one who dares 'insult' US, another telling the whites to stop dictating others and a new leader who stands by his country's law.

CASE 1:
Venezuela issued a travel ban on Saturday for prominent US politicians as it also cracked down on US diplomats in the South American nation that has long had a strained relationship with the United States.
President Nicolas Maduro said the travel ban that included former president George W Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney, former CIA director George Tenet and several congressmen came in response to a US travel ban on Venezuelan officials.
He also said authorities had arrested a US pilot in south-western Venezuela for alleged “covert” activities. He did not provide further details.
Maduro alleged that US officials were involved in a coup attempt.
He also called for a reduction in staff at the US embassy in Caracas from 100 to 17, to mirror staffing levels at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. He said all US citizens wishing to travel to Venezuela would require visas.
The US targeted several Venezuelan officials with visa bans in early February for human rights abuses and corruption, but did not name those affected.

CASE 2:
WHITE farmers still occupying pieces of land in the country must brace for more farm seizures after President Robert Mugabe revealed Saturday his government was investigating how many of them survived the violent and anti-white land seizures since 2000.
"We don't need a white man to continue to guide us. No. We are now equipped with skills," Mugabe told thousands of guests to the lavish celebrations for his 91st birthday held at Victoria Falls on Saturday.
The veteran leader further said his government may consider reducing the size of some farms owned by black beneficiaries to benefit upcoming generations of youths who need to go into farming.
Mugabe singled out ousted Zanu PF Mashonaland East chair Ray Kaukonde for allegedly harbouring more than 160 white farmers in the agriculturally rich province.
This, he said, was revealed to him by the lands minister last Thursday, adding that the probe was spreading to the entire country.
"In Goromonzi alone there are still 40; from Goromonzi to Mutoko, Murehwa further there; 123 mind you, this is Mashonaland East," President Mugabe in a speech which was televised live on national television.
"Some of our leaders were hiding them in farms and saying the farms had been given, so l said let's stop here, 40 and a hundred and twenty three in just a small district of our country.
"...they (whites) are still in the farms hiding. How many farms are those; a hundred and twenty three farms plus 40 that is a hundred and sixty three farms that were being hidden by the likes of Kaukonde."

CASE 3:
Indonesia's president Joko Widodo has vowed he will not buckle to foreign pressure on the executions of two Australians, in his first comments since his telephone call with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday.
According to the business newspaper Kontan, which interviewed Mr Joko on Friday, the Indonesian leader disputed Mr Abbott's observation that he was "carefully considering" his position on the killings of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, members of the so-called Bali nine.
'Our position is clear, our laws can't be interfered with," Kontan quoted Mr Joko in an online excerpt from a lengthier interview that ran in print.
The remark comes after Indonesian parliamentarians and nationalist commentators had urged Mr Joko to clarify what happened when he spoke to Mr Abbott.
Revealing the conversation on Thursday morning, the Australian prime minister cautioned against optimism but appeared to suggest Mr Joko, known as Jokowi, was reviewing his hardline stance.
"The President absolutely understands our position, absolutely understands our position and I think he is carefully considering Indonesia's position," he told reporters at Old Parliament House in Canberra.
Mr Abbott said he did not want to "raise hopes that might turn out to be dashed" and described the President as a "friend".
The Australian government has lobbied hard for Mr Joko to show clemency to the pair. Last week, Mr Abbott caused a firestorm of protest in Indonesia when he linked Australia's mercy plea with the $1 billion in aid provided after the Boxing Day tsunami.
Mr Abbott asked Indonesia to "reciprocate".
This was interpreted as a "threat" by Indonesia, even though Mr Abbott did not say that the aid would be withdrawn, or future aid cut.

NOTE: Do we have them here?

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has warned foreign governments not to meddle with the country’s policy of executing death-row drug convicts, which he said, was a necessary move to curb rampant drug abuse in the country.
- See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/25/jokowi-warns-foreign-govts-not-interfere-with-ri-s-execution-plan.html#sthash.zzN0nL6V.dpuf
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has warned foreign governments not to meddle with the country’s policy of executing death-row drug convicts, which he said, was a necessary move to curb rampant drug abuse in the country.
- See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/25/jokowi-warns-foreign-govts-not-interfere-with-ri-s-execution-plan.html#sthash.zzN0nL6V.dpuf
JAKARTA - An Australian journalist has been deported from Indonesia for reporting without a proper visa as she covered two Australian drug traffickers on death row, an immigration official said Saturday.
Candace Sutton, a reporter for the Daily Mail, was taken in for questioning by immigration officials on Wednesday as she interviewed a relative of one of the Australian convicts in the coastal town of Cilacap.
The town is close to Nusakambangan prison island where the traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are to be put to death by firing squad, in a ruling that has drawn fierce protest from Canberra.
"We have deported last night the journalist back to Australia with Qantas," immigration official Yan Wely Wiguna told AFP.
The immigration department said earlier that Sutton "failed to show a journalist visa" and had violated immigration laws by working on a tourist visa that she bought on arrival in Indonesia.
The Australians are among a group of foreigners, which also includes a Frenchman and a Brazilian, who Indonesia has said will be executed soon.
- See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-deports-australian-journalist-visa-violations#sthash.KlDQWouS.dpuf
JAKARTA - An Australian journalist has been deported from Indonesia for reporting without a proper visa as she covered two Australian drug traffickers on death row, an immigration official said Saturday.
Candace Sutton, a reporter for the Daily Mail, was taken in for questioning by immigration officials on Wednesday as she interviewed a relative of one of the Australian convicts in the coastal town of Cilacap.
The town is close to Nusakambangan prison island where the traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are to be put to death by firing squad, in a ruling that has drawn fierce protest from Canberra.
"We have deported last night the journalist back to Australia with Qantas," immigration official Yan Wely Wiguna told AFP.
The immigration department said earlier that Sutton "failed to show a journalist visa" and had violated immigration laws by working on a tourist visa that she bought on arrival in Indonesia.
The Australians are among a group of foreigners, which also includes a Frenchman and a Brazilian, who Indonesia has said will be executed soon.
- See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-deports-australian-journalist-visa-violations#sthash.KlDQWouS.dpuf

Sacked!

Umno has sacked Khairuddin Abu Hassan as the party's Batu Kawan division vice-chairman.

The party's Penang state secretary Musa Sheikh Fadzir said Saturday he had received a copy of the letter from Umno headquarters, which decided to sack Khairuddin, who had lodged two police reports against 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
“His sacking is in accordance with the Umno Constitution and Umno Conference Regulations.
“It is also in accordance with the Section 9A(1)(d) of the Societies Act 1966, which states that an undischarged bankrupt cannot hold positions in an organisation.
“Khairuddin was declared bankrupt by the court on May 24 last year (2014), and a report on his bankruptcy was sent to the Umno headquarters,” Musa said in a statement.
Musa, however, added that Khairuddin was still an Umno member and was eligible to attend the annual party branch conference where he was registered as a party member.

Khairuddin who is also Anwar Ibrahim's cousin has been among 1MDB's biggest critics since he first lodged the first police report against it in December last year, and another in January.

Let's wait for his comment when he returns from 'umrah' in two weeks time.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fuel prices up again - stop complaining!

Our fuel prices go up again.

Please do not complaint. The world price takes effect here and everywhere, and stop blaming the government.
KUALA LUMPUR: The price of RON95, RON97 and diesel will increase by 25 sen as of 12.01am tonight.The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, in a statement Saturday, said with the increase, the price of both RON95 and diesel is RM1.95 per litre while RON97 is priced at RM2.25 per litre.Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek, said the price was determined based on the average cost price of the product during February 2015 and currency exchange rates.He said the government will monitor the market price development of the products' costs and currency exchange rates every time to set the retail price of petrol and diesel for the following months.
The 'classic' argument that we should lower our prices because we also produce petroleum contains no logic.

Even Petronas - like other oil and gas conglomerates worldwide - is reeling for the slipping prices.

Petronas posted net losses of RM7.3bil in the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2014 due to significant assets impairment losses recognised as a result of reduced crude oil price forecasts as well as lower revenue generated for the quarter.

This was the first quarterly loss for the national oil corporation since it adopted the quarterly reporting format five years ago.

Petronas said on Friday the impairments totalled RM22.6b, which was a non-cashflow item, due to value of assets changing.

Petronas said its revenue for Q4 of FY14 was RM79.4bil, a decline of 6% from the RM84.8bil in 2013.

“The decrease in the current revenue was primarily due to lower average realised prices for all products in line with the downward trend of benchmark crude oil price. Dated Brent in the current quarter, negated by higher crude oil, liquefied natural gas and petrochemical products sales volume,” it said.

For the financial year ended Dec 31, 2014, Petronas posted lower net profit of RM47.6bil, down 27% from RM65.6bil in FY13, primarily due to the significantly higher assets impairment losses recognised and higher net depreciation and amortisation expenses in 2014. EBITDA for the year was RM125.3bil, an increase by RM1.9bil compared to 2013.

However, its revenue was higher at RM329bil compared with RM317.3bil in FY13. It said the higher revenue was mainly due to higher crude oil production volume from Iraq and domestic fields, higher LNG and processed gas sales volume and coupled with the effect of the favourable US dollar exchange rate movement against the ringgit, partially offset by lower average realised prices for most products.

So, my advice to those critics out there: do acquire some knowledge before hitting out at anything!

Who gets the contract?

Before the Opposition starts firing at Putrajaya, let me start by asking some 'stupid questions'.

(Yes, we need to boost national security, especially in ESScom region). However, the government must make it clear:


- who gets the contract?
- which company and is it related to any minister or their family members and friends?
- what's the value of purchase?
- how much is the kickback and commission (if any)?
- when is the first delivery?
- was it tendered out?
- the type/make and cost per unit, delivery and other cost
- why did we choose the US when other countries produce better boats?
SANDAKAN, Feb 28 (Bernama) -- The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) would be getting 12 boats from the United States of America to boost its asset strength.
Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the contribution followed a number of agreements signed between Malaysia and the U.S. last year.
The agreements were signed during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the country, he told reporters after visiting the Pulau Berhala army camp near here, Saturday.
He said the boats were currently being modified according to the specifications required by ESSCom.
Abdul Rahim, who is also Kudat member of parliament, said a proposal to build an army camp in Kudat, under the 11th Malaysia Plan, was also being considered.
"Hopefully, we can secure an allocation for it, and further reinforce ESSCom's defence," he said.
I'm not offending anybody, right?

However, I was told that it costs almost RM1 billion and we could have saved half of it had we placed an order from other countries.

I'm just trying to 'safe' the government by posting this. So, please be transparent!

MH370: Framing Putin?

So many prophecies, too many theories. But no substance.

From South China Sea to south Vietnam, from Diego Garcia to Andaman, southern Hindi Ocean to the Antartica and latest from Israel to Kazakhstan.


Those making such claims are aviation experts, aviation journalists, retired pilots and even some shamans.

Which one? Almost a year after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, we keep getting more of these 'nonsense', none of which carries tangible proof. All are mind simulation.

And latest, Russian President Vladimir Putin came into the picture - that he ordered the plane to be hijacked and flown to Kazakhstan.
Vladimir Putin ordered Russian special forces to hijack Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and fly it to a spaceport in Kazakhstan, an aviation expert who appeared on CNN has claimed.Jeff Wise, a private pilot and science writer, became a familiar face during the US news channel’s coverage of the plane’s disappearance last year and continues his research into the mystery.He has extensively blogged on the subject and wrote a book called The Plane That Wasn't There outlining his theories.Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation declared the plane’s fate an “accident” last month, saying everyone on board had died when it crashed into the sea after running out of fuel.Although British satellite company Inmarsat’s data concluded that the Boeing 777 went down in the Indian Ocean, Mr Wise contends that the navigation data was “spooked” to disguise the fact it few north.READ MORE: MH370 DISAPPEARANCE DECLARED AN 'ACCIDENT'17 POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT HAPPENED TO MISSING PLANENINE THINGS WE MAY NEVER KNOW ABOUT MH370He admits he has “no idea” why the Russian President would want to “steal a Malaysian passenger plane?”“Maybe he wanted to demonstrate to the United States, which had imposed the first punitive sanctions on Russia the day before, that he could hurt the West and its allies anywhere in the world,” he wrote in New York Magazine.
More and more madness!

What's their motive, anyway? To wedge a war between Malaysia and Russia or between Russia and the West?

With the US and its Western allies pointing fingers at Russia over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last year, Putin looks like the perfect 'scapegoat' to unravel the two biggest aviation mysteries.

The new theory is fast and well-supported by the West, notwithstanding its international and domestic diplomatic effect.

Friday, February 27, 2015

How is Lee Kuan Yew?

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s hardline first prime minister and the man widely credited with its economic success, was on mechanical ventilation in intensive care, the government said on Thursday.

Lee, who turned 91 last September, was admitted to hospital on 5 February with severe pneumonia.


“His doctors have restarted him on antibiotics and are continuing to monitor him closely,” the statement said.

Thursday’s statement came after rumours spread on social media on Wednesday night that Lee may have died.

Lee has receded from the public and political scene but his health is watched closely as he is still seen as an influential figure for the government of the current prime pinister, Lee Hsien Loong, his oldest son.

The government did not issue any statement overnight but the state-owned ChannelNewsAsia and the pro-government Straits Times newspaper published stories that the rumours were untrue.

The country’s manpower minister, Tan Chuan-Jin, posted on Facebook about the rumours. “Do continue to pray for his recovery,” he said late on Wednesday.

Lee, a Cambridge-educated lawyer, is widely credited with building Singapore into one of the world’s wealthiest nations on a per capita basis with a strong, pervasive role for the state and little patience for dissent.

He co-founded the People’s Action party, which has ruled Singapore since 1959 and led the newly born country when it separated from Malaysia in 1965.

In a book published in 2013 Lee said he felt weaker by the day and that he wanted a quick death.

NOTE: I met LKY 'one-on-one' twice in 1985 and 1989, in Singapore and Manila respectively, for interviews. He said nothing about the separation but more of hopes for our two nations to prosper together and forgetting the 'pain'. May he recover...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another stupid Malaysian dies

The escalating conflict between  Islamic State (IS) and the Syrian government has taken its sixth Malaysian life with the death of militant Abdul Samad Shukry Mohamad, 55, also known as Abu Aisyah.

Sorry to say, you choose to 'mati katak', so you die that way.

The world is against IS, Islam too has declared IS has nothing to do with the religion but there are still some morons who being duped into it, all because of 'mati syahid'.


According to The Star Online, Abu Aisyah, a former Jemaah Islamiyah member, died after sustaining injuries five months ago in a bombing attack by forces backing Syrian president Bashar Assad.

This comes in the wake of the death of fellow jihadist Mohd Lotfi Ariffin, 45, who died on September 9 after falling into a coma from injuries sustained during an ambush on rebels in east Hama.

Mohd Lotfi was a former member of Kedah PAS, but was sacked earlier last year for his involvement with militancy.

A fellow fighter who went by the name of Abu Talhah described Mohd Lotfi as a seasoned jihadist who had allegedly fought before in Tajikistan and the Maluku Islands.

Both former ISA detainees, Abu Aisyah and Mohd Lotfi were good friends, having arrived together in Syria on February 1 last year.

The government should step up surveillance on such activities and monitor the movement of some people going to the Middle East.

Cooperation with other countries, especially in Asean, could help filter such movements.

Malaysia and Indonesia today agreed to cooperate and share intelligence information, besides monitoring the movements of members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group who have fought in Syria and Iraq, as well as the social media.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia and Indonesia's role in this was important and critical as together, both countries had the biggest Muslim population in the Asean region.

"The IS threat is real and considering the current situation in Iraq, Syria and a few other countries, it's not impossible for the IS threat and ideology to spread in the region.

"This region has several hot spots that can be used to spread the IS ideology," he said at a news conference in conjunction with Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu's visit to the Malaysian Armed Forces' Wisma Perwira in Kuala Lumpur.