Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Must we rake the past?

History is for us to keep. Whatever happened in the past is dead. Yes, there are things to emulate but some are to be kept as guidance.

However, raking the past about communal tension, atrocity and oppression will only raise discomfort to many. In our (Malaysia) case, it could widen the already thickened prejudice between race; between the Malays and Chinese.

Had we continuously condemned Japan for causing extreme grief during its ruthless occupation of Malaya, we wouldn't have established a beneficially two-way relations with them. China and South Korea are still showing that askance toward the Japanese but diplomacy has fast overshadowed it.

If the Jews still cling to the bad episode with the Nazi, Germany will not flourish from its bulky trade relations with Israel and the US.

So, what's our reason for this?
PUTRAJAYA, April 22 — The country’s interracial tension especially between the Malays and the Chinese traces back to the latter group’s “cruel rule” during the pre-independence period, former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar claimed today.
Haniff explained that this purported hostility between the communities did not exist before then, saying it was only sparked during a brief spell in 1945 when the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) declared itself to be in control.
Pertempuran (clashes) between races never happened from zaman ke zaman (era to era) until the Chinese ruled cruelly part of the Malaya peninsular through the Malayan Communist Party (CPM) and Kuomintang in August, September 1945.
“Since then, Peninsular (Malaysia) has racial problems,” the retired policeman said during a luncheon talk titled “Cabaran Keselamatan Awam Masa Kini” (Today’s Public Security Challenges).
Pointing to the Chinese community’s presence here that traced back to the Malacca Sultanate without issue, the former police chief said race had never been a problem until that point in 1945.
Before independence, Peninsular Malaysia was carved up into the Federated Malay states, Unfederated Malay states and Straits Settlement — all under British rule.
History cannot be changed. Its fact remains.

However, reliving it will only bring back the ghost of the past. Had we not learned our lesson?

Saddam Hussein made a big mistake by claiming Kuwait as part of Iraq's territories in the early 1990. Remember what happened after that?

Let's move forward!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PKR lambasts Obama

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was 'disheartened' by Barack Obama's snub against Anwar Ibrahim!

Just because the president had made it clear that he will not have any meeting whatsoever with the Opposition Leader during his visit to Malaysia on April 28, PKR has questioned the US' commitment towards democracy, freedom and justice.

The PKR man is Saifuddin Nasution Ismail who said the US would lose its credibility if Obama fails to meet Anwar.

PETALING JAYA, April 22 — President Barack Obama’s decision not to meet with Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim here this weekend raises questions over the United States’ commitment towards democracy, freedom and justice, PKR claimed today.
The party’s outgoing secretary-general, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, further asserted that the Americans are well aware that the opposition Pakatan Rakyat pact led by Anwar was defeated by allegedly unfair practices in last year’s national polls despite getting 52 per cent of the popular vote.
“This should have been taken into consideration by the Obama administration, that the majority support in Malaysia is for Pakatan Rakyat,” he said at a press conference at the party headquarters here.
Saifuddin acknowledged that Obama is bound by the principle of non-interference in the affairs of a sovereign nation like Malaysia, but insisted that there are bigger issues of injustice that the world superpower cannot ignore.
The senior PKR leader said Malaysia has long suffered from malapportioned  constituencies and gerrymandering, and the alleged abuse of the judiciary to politically persecute Anwar, of which the US are well aware.
The party's outgoing strategy director, Rafizi Ramli, admitted that they did not request for a meeting between the two leaders, but stressed that they should not have had to, given the circumstances surrounding the US' push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
He claimed that he had, dutring a meeting with an official from the US Department of State, expressed in the “strongest terms that the US credibility in common Malaysians will plunge” if the controversial trade pact is made an overwhelming priority.
“At the rate things are going, obviously more and more Malaysians feel that the interest of the TPPA on the part of the Obama administration will be seen by the public to override any other democratic principles by Malaysia,” he said.
It was reported last week that Obama has no plans to meet with Anwar, despite Washington's concerns that the opposition leader's ongoing Sodomy II case is part of a string of politically motivated charges to take him out of Malaysian politics.
National security advisor Susan Rice confirmed that the US president is “not likely” to meet with Anwar, though she indicated that there could be other engagements at other levels.
Obama will be the first sitting US president to visit Malaysia in nearly 50 years when he arrives on April 26, at the tail end of a weeklong tour of Asia which will include Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

What rubbish was he talking? Obama is a world leader, a US President la! And who is Anwar to the Americans?

And what makes you think that Washington will lose its credibility over Obama's refusal not to see Anwar?

Obama knows all about Anwar, and that's why he decided not to see him, understand? Don't talk credibility when you don't have it!

Merdeka 'otak tak' Center!

Merdeka Center keeps to all its bulls and lies. In defending a crap survey that 54 per cent of 1,029 respondents it interviewed believed the government was not being transparent in handling the MH370 issue, they failed to admit the biggest error and 'temberang'.

In my earlier posting, the said the survey was for the period from March 7 to 20. Whether it was a 'typo' or 'factual' error, they forgot that the plane went missing on March 8.

However, they started the survey a day earlier! Who are the people at Merdeka Center? Shamans?

Defense and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was right - that the survey was not reliable and did not reflect what Malaysians think about the whole issue. It was merely their deceitful way to dupe the people.
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has dismissed a recent survey which showed only a quarter of Malaysians believe that Putrajaya has been truthful about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, describing it as purely speculative and irresponsible.
He said the opinion poll was untrue and did not represent the views of the majority of Malaysians, adding that people wanted the federal government to continue “and we have done so with friends from all over the world”.
“There is a small group of people who may be cynical about how we are going to move forward, but the truth will always prevail. We have nothing to hide,” he said at a press conference today.
He was asked to comment on a survey carried out by the Merdeka Center, which found, among others, that 26% of respondents believed that the government was being truthful, while 54% said the government has been hiding the truth about flight MH370.
Out of the 1,029 respondents polled in the survey, 54% said Putrajaya was not transparent in releasing information about flight MH370 which vanished on March 8.
What a psychosomatic survey!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Najib signs US$400 billion with IMF!

No. Our prime minister did not do that!

However, this is the latest rumor to put the government in rickety. Worse, it was created by some high ranking government officials and senior ex-servicemen who are inclining toward the opposition. And when such a story hits the street, believers come aplenty!

Another simple logic why 'Najib signed the syndicated loan during his visit to Turkey' last week was that, Barisan Nasional government has spent almost all from our US$130.6 billion foreign reserves! (They should read what the IMF says about Malaysia)

"No sir! He (Najib) did not only sign the FTA with Turkey. Few IMF top guns were there, and they approved US$400 billion for Malaysia, making us the world's largest debtor. Najib is selling the country to the IMF and the US.

"For that reasons, Barack Obama has agreed to visit Malaysia (later this month)," according to this former deputy sec-gen of a ministry during a coffee table talk at a hotel last night. I was there to attend a wedding reception but the group of about 16 people (I know some of them) proceeded to the coffee house for some chats.

Among them were 'sidelined' Umno politicians, Pakatan Rakyat supporters, former senior journalists and academicians whom I believe are Anwar Ibrahim's supporters.

When I said no such signing took place in Ankara, they 'whacked' me by saying it was done in discreet. Again, I denied it by saying they were spewing lies about Najib with the intention to incite more people to hate the government.
ANKARA, April 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysian businesses should seize the opportunities to expand and flourish in Turkey to take advantage of the growing bilateral ties, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
At the same time, he said, Turkish businesses should reciprocate by increasing their investments and trade ties with Malaysia.
"The Prime Minister (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan) and I are both strongly committed to bilateral partnership, and there is no clearer example of this commitment than the Malaysia-Turkey Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which we will witness later today," he said in his keynote address at the Turkey-Malaysia business luncheon hosted by The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey here.
Also present were Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan, and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci.
Najib said he felt positive towards the two-way trade, adding that based on the current investment trend, Malaysia and Turkey were targeted to increase trade volume to US$5 billion in five years' time.
"In 2013, Malaysia's total trade with Turkey was over US$1 billion.
"Bilateral trade will increase significantly with the implementation of the Malaysia-Turkey FTA," he said.
The FTA would also strengthen economic and technical cooperation in areas such as small and medium enterprises, services, agriculture and food, healthcare, energy, e-commerce, research and development and the car sector, he said.
I showed them this news from Bernama but they said 'why must we sign FTA with a Turkey when the amount of trade was not significant? There was other reasons for the visit'!

Fed up and dejected, I left politely.

If lies like these go unchecked, it will definitely has heavy adverse impact on the people's trust in the government. While it is not shocking anymore to see some government officials joining the pool of liars and slanderers from Pakatan Rakyat, I think the PM's media team - especially those dealing with social media players - has been very incompetent since the last general election.

There is no need for us to borrow from the IMF, World Bank or other international financial institutions. Our economy and fundamentals are strong, much stronger than some of the developed nations (read Moody's report).
Moody’s said Malaysia’s capital market depth, large buffer of foreign exchange reserves (totalling US$130.6 billion in February 2014) and a favourable debt structure guard against a disruptive reversal of the non-resident accumulation of Malaysian government debt. - See more at:

The officers appointed to fend PM and the government did not do much to 'cushion the fall'. Their crisis management approach is of Class D. I don't want to say more about them but Najib MUST know, and it is not too late to revamp the team.

Similarly, it applies to Umno information bureau. PM should put a non-minister who is not busy with ministerial duties, to lead it.

Let's not talk about Information Department and JASA...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Obama refuses Anwar

It was wise of US President Barack Obama not to have any meeting nor discussion with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim when he starts his official visit to Malaysia next week.

Although the Pakatan Rakyat leader had recently announced about the possibility of meeting Obama, the White House today made it stand that it will not going to take place.

Wouldn't it be frustrating for Anwar and 'old buddy' former US ambassador to Malaysia John Malott?
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule out a lower-level meeting.
Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century when he touches down in the country on April 26.
Asked whether Obama would make time during his schedule in Malaysia, which includes a state dinner and talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak, national security advisor Susan Rice indicated he would not.
"I think that the president is not likely to have that meeting - there may be other engagements at other levels," said Rice.
Obama will however hold a town hall meeting with what he calls young leaders from all over Southeast Asia and will also meet civil society representatives in Kuala Lumpur.
Obama's trip, which begins in Japan, also includes stops in South Korea and the Philippines. – AFP
I guess Obama, whose administration was fond of tying knots with the opposition of many countries, had realised what Pakatan Rakyat's politics are all about!

'Convicting Anwar was done in public interest'

It is safe for the court to convict Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on the charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan as there was ample evidence which could be confirmed and proved, ruled the Court of Appeal.

The court said, even assuming there was no corroboration to support Mohd Saiful's evidence on the factum of penetration, it was safe to convict the respondent (Anwar).

The Court of Appeal three-member panel of judges led by Justice Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi in an 85-page written judgement dated April 11, said there were also other evidence from which elements of the charge could be confirmed and proved.

In the judgement released to the press yesterday, the court held that the issue of contamination and possible tampering of DNA samples taken from Mohd Saiful by the case's investigation officer Superintendent Jude Blacious Pereira were also not proven.
"In our considered opinion the contention that the investigation officer had tampered with the exhibits (the samples) is devoid of any merit. We do not see how the learned trial judge could be faulted in his findings," said the judges.
On the insinuation by the defence that Jude had tampered with the exhibits, they said, the court did not find that his act of cutting open the exhibits amounted to tampering of the exhibits.
The coram said they noted the explanation given by Jude that in doing so, he had merely complied with the Inspector-General of Police Standing Order.
The other judges who heard the appeal were justices Datuk Aziah Ali and Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh.
On March 7, the Court of Appeal overturned the Jan 9, 2012 High Court's decision acquitting Anwar of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 26, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
The panel also said they found no ground to disturb the findings of the trial judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah on the issue of credibility of Mohd Saiful and there was nothing improbable about his evidence.
"It is trite law that credibility of witnesses is domain of the trial judge. We are satisfied that the learned trial judge had sufficiently considered and appreciated the evidence of first prosecution witness (Mohd Saiful)," said the panel.
They said the court had scrutinised the evidence of Mohd Saiful carefully and the coram were in full agreement with the High Court Judge when he found that it was not difficult to understand why Mohd Saiful had acted in the way despite insisting he did not consent to Anwar's act.
The Bench said the court also agreed with the finding of the High Court Judge on the credibility of Mohd Saiful and there was nothing improbable about his evidence.
They also held that the delay in lodging the police report over the sodomy allegations was not fatal by itself to the prosecution's case as long as there was cogent and acceptable explanation offered for the delay.
Mohd Saiful had lodged the police report on June 28, 2008, two days after the incident.
On the issue of identification of "Male Y," the court also held that the evidence of chemist Nor Aidora Saedon attached to the Chemistry Department of Malaysia was essential.
The judges said Nor Aidora developed the DNA profiles of "Male Y" from exhibits of a white toothbrush, a "Good Morning" towel and an empty mineral water plastic bottle obtained from the lock-up cell in which Anwar was the sole occupant.
"After having conducted her analysis, Nor Aidora found that "Male Y" is the same contributor of the DNA retrieved from the exhibits recovered from the lock-up and she came to the conclusion that the contributor of the DNA and "Male Y" is from the same source.
The Bench further held that the law would fail to protect the community if it admitted fanciful possibilities to deflect the course of justice.
Anwar was released on RM10,000 bail with one surety pending his appeal at the Federal Court against this ruling.
He was represented by counsels the late Karpal Singh, Ramkarpal Singh, Sangeet Kaur while the prosecution was led by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
What does this mean?

Looks like no 'escape' for Anwar! He will have to go to jail...

Friday, April 18, 2014

'Dua Melayu' squabble over Karpal

Please la Khairy Jamaluddin and Zulkifli Noordin. Stop squabbling over Karpal Singh's death!

Whoever started it, doesn't matter. You 'Melayu' should bury the hatchet and start working on the common agenda agreed upon - help the Malays enhance their economic standing and ensure a bigger win for Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

Work together to pin down our common enemy, Pakatan Rakyat.

Malaysia Insider
Karpal is no more with us. We sympathise for his family and friends but who will show sympathy for 'Melayu' like us if we keep on bashing each other over a 'titty' matter like this?

Unless you want to see 'Melayu' drifting apart.