Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pray for Nepal

            

Almost 4,000 died, 2,000 still missing, thousands more injured.

While Malaysia will deploy 30 SMART personnel in Kathmandu, aids and assistance keep pouring in from many parts of the world.

Let's pray for them.

Also read Michelle Yeoh and hubby stranded in earthquake

Monday, April 27, 2015

Anwar cannot vote

Anwar is not allowed to vote, and that is final!

It was not the decision of the government, Home Ministry of the Election Commission but the Federal Constitution states it clear enough.

If Anwar is allowed to cast his vote in Permatang Pauh on May 7, I believe there are other prisoners from the same parliamentary constituency who should be given equal treatment.
PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has lost his right to vote in the upcoming Permatang Pauh by-election, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof as reported in a local news portal.
Despite calls from Anwar’s party for the government to follow up on their previous plans to allow prisoners to vote, Aziz said the Federal Constitution did not allow for Anwar to cast his ballot.
"(He is) not qualified according to Article 119(3)(a) of the Federal Constitution," he told the news portal.
Article 119(3)(a) of the Federal Constitution states that "a person is disqualified for being a elector in any election to the House of Representatives or the Legislative Assembly if on the qualifying date he is detained as a person of unsound mind or is serving a sentence of imprisonment”.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar yesterday proposed that Anwar, who is currently serving a five-year sentence in the Sungai Buloh prison, be allowed to vote in the coming by-election.

This she said would be a follow-up on the Home Ministry’s plan in June 2013 to allow convicts to exercise their rights to vote.

"Isn't the more than one year period enough to find a legal mechanism that is in-line with the Prison Act and Federal Constitution?" the Lembah Pantai MP said.

The plan in 2013, I believe needs thorough study involving the EC, Attorney-General Chambers (AGC) and other parties, including the Bar Council. If agreed upon, the Article 119(3)(a) must be amended.

It is a good proposal by Zahid but people like Nurul must wait. If it wants to be implemented, it must not consider the right of one prisoner but each and every eligible Malaysian in our prisons.

Are we still against POTA?

The arrest of 12 suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) militants, together with chemicals and devices believed to produce explosive, is a warning to Malaysians that this people are determined to run down the country.

They are everywhere, in our society.


Imagine explosive devices are planted at schools and universities or public places like the KLCC, KL Tower and shopping complexes.

And why are the Opposition, Suaram, Suhakam, Bar Council and human rights groups are against the only law to thwart them? They politicise POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) to the extreme!
PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested 12 suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) militants who were planning attacks in the Klang Valley, according to Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on Sunday.
In a two-day crackdown, the Inspector-General of Police said the 12 men, aged between 17 and 41, had planned to launch attacks on "strategic" and “high-value targets”.
“On Saturday and Sunday, the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in an operation in Hulu Langat, Selangor and Cheras arrested members of a terror cell suspected to have links to the IS.
“The plan was a response to a call by the IS central leadership in Syria to attack high-value targets of importance to secular Islamic nations which they claim to be their enemies," said Khalid.
Chemicals used in explosives were also seized. It included about 20kg of ammonium nitrate and a similar amount of potassium nitrate.
Other items seized were an IS flag, two remote control units, alarm motors, wiring, four nine-volt batteries, a digital scale, two measuring cups, and three pieces of PVC piping.

Khalid said the men had been arrested for offences under the Penal Code and would be investigated under the provisions of the Special Offences (Security Measures) Act.

The Opposition and its allies, I think would prefer to let bombs explode and kill hundreds of people first before the police are allowed to take action!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Is 'lack of understanding' equals to 'stupid'?

The saga continues. Dr Mahathir against Najib's regime. No sign of retreating.

Latest, Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan has chided the former PM over the latter's 'lack of understanding' about the Good and Services Tax (GST) when Dr Mahathir suggested that the government cancels it and revert to the old taxation system (SST).
“I think the people around him did not give him the proper explanation about GST. The GST percentage is much lower than SST. So, how can he say its better for the government to cancel GST?,” Ahmad said when contacted.
Commenting on Dr Mahathir’s comment on Saturday, Ahmad urged those close to the former premier to offer him the right perspective of GST.

READ: Just scrap GST, Dr M says

When asked if Ahmad will spend some time to explain to Dr Mahathir on how the new tax system works, this is what he said:
“I think there is no need for that. He can understand it himself. I think the people around him can offer better proper explanation without being influenced by the negative comments of the opposition on the GST and its implementation,” he added.
Ahmad was earlier reported saying that he would continue to offer explanation on GST and its implementation although several quarters have urged him to stop talking about the topic.

“Some had asked me to stop talking about GST. If I listen to them, then the Opposition will win with their lies and facts distortion which can affect the people’s minds,” he said.

And please read Tun Faisal's blog entry 1MDB: Antara fakta dan auta Tun M, questioning the motive behind attacks on 1MDB and Najib, and the possibility of Dr M cooperating with the Opposition to chase foreign investors away (what?)
Adakah portal berita pro-pembangkang dan Tun M 'bekerjasama' merosakkan keyakinan pelabur terhadap ekonomi Malaysia?
1. Dulu Tun M kata dia tidak menuduh Datuk Seri Najib tetapi hanya bertanya. Tun M juga kata dia tidak menyuruh Najib meletak jawatan dan digantikan, tetapi hanya bertanya. Tun M terbukti berbohong apabila ada video yang mengesahkan dia tidak bertanya, sebaliknya membuat kenyataan mahu Najib digantikan kerana kononnya Najib mempunyai terlalu banyak skandal.

2. Dulu Tun M mendakwa duit 1MDB yang 'lesap' adalah RM42 bilion. Tun M bertanya ke mana wang ini pergi dan mempersoal sama ada 1MDB benar-benar mempunyai aset dan tanah? Sekarang 'wahyu' terbaru Tun M menyebut jumlah yang 'lesap' bukan RM 42 bilion tetapi hanya RM27 bilion. Tun M turut membantu menyenarai dan menganggar nilai aset 1MDB walaupun dulu didakwa kononnya 1MDB tiada aset.

3. Blogger dan cybertrooper pro Tun M pula sudah semakin keliru. Walaupun tidak faham kisah sebenar 1MDB mereka terpaksa mengubah skrip untuk disesuaikan dengan 'wahyu' terbaru Tun M.
No need for me to translate it, I believe Malaysians can read and speak Bahasa well.

Just asking Tun Faisal, who are the 'pro-Mahathir' cybertroopers?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PKR's ugly political stunt!

For the sake of wooing votes and support from PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was left with no choice but to kiss Hadi Awang's hands when they staged an ugly political stunt on nomination day for Permatang Pauh by-election.

They did not only nominate Anwar Ibrahim's wife Wan Azizah as candidate for the parliamentary seat but also issued an apology to the Islamic party over its stand on 'hudud' law in Kelantan.

On April 15, Permatang Pauh PAS warned PKR against fielding Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail or her other family members as the candidate in the by-election. It has also reminded PKR to ensure that speakers at their by-election ceramah steer clear of hudud.

However, its easy to understand. Permatang Pauh was never a PKR stronghold, even during Anwar's Ibrahim era with the Cabinet. It has always been PAS'!
BUKIT MERTAJAM: MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has expressed shock that PKR has apologised to PAS over the hudud issue.
He said this proved that PKR is unprincipled and had betrayed the people’s trust in them.
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali had reiterated on April 19 that his party had no plans to withdraw its statement against PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang over the hudud issue although Permatang Pauh PAS insists on using it as a condition for cooperation in Permatang Pauh by-election, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
"This shows that PKR would do anything to earn votes," he said at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) in Berapit here on Saturday where the nominations for the Permatang Pauh by-election was held.
It was reported in an English daily that PKR had tendered a private apology to PAS as well as an explanation over their statement on PAS’ private members bill on hudud.

"They claimed they are against hudud but internally they apologised to PAS," Liow said.


The nomination of Wan Azizah also is a proof that PKR only believes and fights for Anwar's family, and not for the rakyat or its allies in Pakatan Rakyat.

Azizah has been categorised as a recycled politician and her nomination as the PKR candidate for the Permatang Pauh by-election was expected by Federal Territory Umno Youth chief Mohd Razlan Muhammad Rafii.
He said she looked like a candidate that did not possess a good political record for as long as she has been serving, including as the Kajang assemblyman.
“She was more known as the woman who had failed to lead the people. If you look at her old political records, it would lack any great accomplishment, especially here in Permatang Pauh.
“More critical was the fact that she did not possess any good record in Kajang as she often went missing, especially when the people there needed her the most. Her candidacy there was just a party move and not to bring any benefit to the people of Kajang,” he said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur.
However, it doesn't matter. All is expected.

And for Barisan Nasional, especially Umno, it will be an uphill task. With proper strategy, it is not impossible to wrest the seat from the Opposition.

BN's campaign director for Permatang Pauh Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, I believe knows best how to move in.
BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 25 (Bernama) -- UMNO deputy president Tan Sri Muhyidddin Yassin said the challenges Barisan Nasional (BN) have to face in the Permatang Pauh by-election will be as difficult as climbing a mountain.
However, he said victory was not impossible for BN candidate Suhaimi Sabudin as BN is moving as a united team.
"I know it is no easy job...we are the underdog, as the people said and as the underdog we know our task is like surmounting a mountain.
"But I am confident because BN is working together as a team, no split in UMNO division or from any movement nor were there disagreement over the candidate. We know we can operate team," he told reporters after the nomination of candidates at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN), here Saturday.
In the by-election on May 7, BN candidate Suhaimi will face PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Salleh Ishak (Independent) and Azman Shah Othman of Parti Rakyat Malaysia.

Muhyiddin said the party machinery this time was very committed to the success of BN's candidate and the unity of the entire BN team this time was far better than previous attempts.

"In the past, we have too many problems, there were cracks among us but this time we are solid, intact," he said.

Muhyiddin said BN has set a certain target for each voting district in the constituency.

"If we work hard, nothing is impossible," he said.

Friday, April 24, 2015

KJ's coolant

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is applying some coolants to the boiling Tun Dr Mahathir-Najib saga.

Smart of him, and it carries logic as well.

In Singapore yesterday, he said Malaysia remains keen on the prospect of a new bridge replacing the Causeway, and Malaysian Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin said he hoped the Prime Ministers of both countries will discuss the issue at the leaders’ retreat in 10 days’ time.

A new bridge would be a symbol for future bilateral relations, said Mr Khairy at a media interview before a talk on Singapore’s need to balance relations with its neighbours. The talk was organised by think tank Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) on Thursday (Apr 23).
“I think it’s an important symbol as well for future bilateral relations, that we’re no longer trapped by the whole notion of having to have that Causeway — we can demolish it and build something,” he said.
“And before we even talk about a rapid transit system between Johor and Singapore and the high-speed rail link, I think we should explore the possibility of whether we can have a bridge. It’ll be nice and I’m sure on both sides they’ll be happy to have the water flow through the Straits,” he added.
Khairy said a new bridge could provide a wider thoroughfare between Singapore and Malaysia, potentially reducing jams. But he was clear that the current Malaysian government is not pursuing the idea of the “crooked bridge” mooted by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
The “crooked bridge” project involves tearing down Malaysia’s side of the Causeway and replacing it with a six-lane bridge connected to Singapore. The Republic had opposed the work, arguing that it would be a costly affair that would bring few economic benefits.
The Causeway is jointly owned by both countries, and “if you want to replace the Causeway, you should replace it with a straight bridge where there’s agreement on both sides”, said Khairy. He added that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has raised the issue of a new bridge with his counterpart, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The crooked bridge is one of the issues recently raised by Dr Mahathir against Mr Najib. Asked about Dr Mahathir’s criticisms of Mr Najib and whether this has affected investor confidence in his country, Khairy pointed to the oversubscription of the Malaysian government’s US$1.5 billion Islamic bonds by six times.

Najib has the backing of the Malaysian Cabinet and the ruling party’s senior leadership, he said. Mr Najib has met with the women’s wing, youth wing, young women’s wing as well as the division chiefs of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the ruling party.

“We’ve all given our support to the Prime Minister and party president,” said Khairy.

He noted that every administration faces challenges, and that Dr Mahathir had also attacked former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.

The Cabinet decided not to respond to criticisms of a personal nature, but to address in detail matters of public interest, such as allegations about the government-owned investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
“I think people have been fed a lot of allegations in great detail, so we really have to ensure that each and every allegation is answered in a comprehensive way. That’s why we’ve asked for a (comprehensive) audit to be done ... on all the allegations from the PetroSaudi deal, to how the liabilities have accumulated,” said Khairy.
The audit will make its way to Parliament and to the public accounts committee made up of opposition and government lawmakers. Najib has said he would make sure that anyone found to have embezzled or committed criminal breach of trust would be punished.

Asked about his interest in taking the reins as Prime Minister, Khairy said: 
“Not all of us are trained and brought up in the party to be interested in the top job. We’re just interested in playing our part.”
Meanwhile, issues on ASEAN identity, geo-political rivalry between China and the United States, nationalism in Indonesia and Singapore-Malaysia ties going forward were discussed at the SIIA’s talk titled Future50: Connecting Singapore And Our Neighbours.

Khairy was joined by former Indonesian Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Dino Patti Djalal. SIIA’s executive director Nicholas Fang moderated and SIIA chairman Simon Tay provided additional comments.

NOTE: Hmmm...this young guy knows best how to move around, don't you think so?
 

They lie too!

I concur with PM Najib Razak that we have to evaluate news disseminated by the social media because not all carry truth and fact.

However, I also would like to tell 'news hunters' that not all reports by mainstream media contain truth because some are fabricated for 'cover ups'.

So, better leave it to readers and listeners to weigh what is actual truth, half truth or lies.
BANDUNG, April 23 (Bernama) -- Students and youths are advised against easily believing reports from social media because not all are true.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said said as an educated group, they should think rationally and seek correct and accurate information.
"Not all reports in the social media are correct, some are false, some are slanderous and some are half truths, and in the borderless world this (the spread of information in the social media) is the most challenging.
"If in the past we depended on newspapers, today the new generations no longer read newspapers," he said in his speech during a meeting with Malaysian Students in Indonesia, here, Thursday night.
Najib said, after obtaining information from social media on issues, they should evaluate rationally to determine if the information was true or slanderous.
I had the experience, and so do some of my fellow journalists and journo-bloggers.

We were told 'what to report and not to report' but we understood the reasons behind such instructions from the top.

The bottom line is - support the legitimate government. Hmmm....

NOTE: I was 'absent' for about a week working with a think-tank group for Permatang Pauh. The end result is, our findings were not appreciated! Will pen it later...