Sunday, August 31, 2014

Arrested!


You challenged the authority, you got it!

More than 200 Penang volunteer patrol unit (PPS) members were arrested and hauled to the Beach Street police station after they marched in the Merdeka parade in Georgetown this morning.

In the 10am incident, the PPS members, clad in their signature purple vests, were one of the contingents participating in a march past for the Merdeka Day celebration parade at the Esplanade.

It is learnt that the group was escorted to the nearby police station immediately after they finished their march past.

Earlier this week, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police was investigating PPS under Section 41 of the Societies Act as it is not registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

He warned that the volunteers will be arrested if they continued with PPS activities.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has been advised not to challenge the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on the issue of the state’s Volunteer Patrol Teams (PPS), and to discuss it with the authorities instead.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said, as stated by the Registrar of Societies and the IGP, PPS was not a legal organisation as it had not been registered.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A prosperous and peaceful Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia for future generations was among the three Merdeka points outlined by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the continuity of the nation to be competitive on the international arena.

The Prime Minister outlines:

* First Merdeka Message: Strengthen the solidarity of Malaysians, including unity in greif, in the face of challenges and tests.

* Second Merdeka Message: Cultivate confidence that we can achieve any ambitions as a nation if there is unity.

* Third Merdeka Message: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia

In his speech at the 57th National Day celebrations at the Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman in the Malaysian Tourism Centre (Matic) here, he said solidarity among the people who united in grief, for instance, was witnessed during the ceremony to honour the victims of the MH17 tragedy, which was the highest honour never before accorded to civilians.

This was the first time Najib gave his National Day message live in front of an audience unlike in previous years, and it was telecast directly by radio and television stations.


SELAMAT HARI KEMERDEKAAN KE-57

Friday, August 29, 2014

'Gangster'

               

Penang is his. Anything he does, is in accordance with the state's law, he says.

Even Putrajaya cannot interfere, let alone PDRM.

He even challenged IGP Khalid Abu Bakar to 'try him', and that he and his 'army' will push PDRM and the authorities to the limit if they are provoked.

DAP, PKR 'kurang ajar'

His Majesty Sultan Selangor wanted Pakatan Rakyat to submit more names as candidates to replace Khalid Ibrahim as mentri besar, only PAS obliged.

PKR and DAP, however, 'toyed the Sultan around' by insisting on only PKR president Wan Azizah, who is also Anwar Ibrahim's wife.

What does that imply? Simple words - insolent and 'biadap!'
Several Selangor non-governmental organisations (NGO) regarded PKR and DAP's insistence on submitting only one name for the menteri besar post as an act of defiance against the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and should be dealt with accordingly by the palace.
Persatuan Anak Selangor Menyokong Menteri Besar (Pasmeb) president Mazli Saring said that those who were insolent and dared to defy the Sultan's decree should not be allowed to be in the state.
"Their action towards the sultan is utterly rude and unacceptable.
"It is even more disgraceful because the ones who are showing no respect to the Sultan are not even Selangorians themselves.
"These people need to realize that the highest institution in the state governance is the palace. I think they should know this themselves since their academic qualification proved that they are not supposed to be ignorant," said Mazli.
He was accompanied by representatives from other NGOs such as Angkatan Rakyat Sedar (ARAS).
Its president Abdul Rahim Abdul Wahab claimed that PKR and DAP should stop being arrogant towards the Sultan.
"When your boss is asking for two names and you are giving only one, what does that imply? The order is clear and you are still not following it. You are obviously being rude," he said.
I can't agree more. They were making fun of the Sultan and belittling him.

There was no sign that PKR and DAP will change their mind. It's still Wan Azizah. PAS has rejected her on grounds that she has had no experience in administration, let alone managing the richest state in Malaysia.

So, what now? No royal blood runs in me but I believe the Sultan is feeling dejected by such developments. He as some says in the admin but there were plans by Pakatan to reduce his power should Azizah or a candidate of their choice takes over Khalid's chair.

Something not right is up their sleeves!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A bit snobbish

“We know how to solve our problems ourselves. We do not need outsiders to come and dictate to us...” - Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem

I found the statement a bit 'snobbish'. As a senior politician and whose party forms part of Barisan Nasional, it reflected an 'anti-Peninsular' standpoint.

Umno had and will never set foot in Sarawak, unlike Pakatan Rakyat's DAP, PKR and PAS. Only DAP has had a long establishment in the state although it was a Peninsula political party. Sarawak will forever remain for Sarawakians, just like 'Sabah for Sabahans'.

So, why make a big issue out of it? Putrajaya government is Umno-led, the same government Adenan's administration is working with. Ditto... no need to avow it every now and then about rejecting Umno, whose leaders had many times reassured Sarawakians that there will be no Umno in the state.
Tan Sri Adenan Satem said he supported Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen’s call for Sarawak’s Barisan Nasional component parties to work with the opposition and keep Umno out of the state.
However, the Sarawak chief minister said it was conditional support.
Chong , Adenan said, needed to add DAP and its coalition partners in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) – PAS and PKR – to the list of parties to be banned from the state.
He was referring to Chong's call last February for a formal understanding when speaking of political interference from the peninsula in the Sarawak assembly.
“I'll wholeheartedly support (Chong's suggestion for a formal agreement on the ban) to keep Umno out of Sarawak, provided PKR is banned, PAS is banned and DAP is also banned, together with Umno,” he said at the Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak (Sarawak Malay Cultural Foundation and Charitable Trust) raya gathering in Kuching last night.
“That I doubt he would agree on.”
Sarawak, Adenan said, “doesn't need political parties from the peninsula, and that included Umno”.
“We know how to solve our problems ourselves. We do not need outsiders to come and dictate to us,” he added.
He said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the main component party in the state BN coalition and which he leads, could do a better job looking after the needs of the Malays in the state than Umno.
The four-party state BN coalition consists of PBB; Dayak-majority parties, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP); and the Chinese-based Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP).
I can't help but questioning the motives behind all these Umno-and-Peninsula bashing. And I suddenly remember a drive motivated by a few Sarawakian NGOs and politicians who said Sarawak should leave Malaysia, and that the 1965 Agreement does not hold any legal standing.

And then came allegations how Putrajaya has been 'robbing' Sarawak of its oil revenue and assets.

'Where' is Sarawak, actually?

Thank you, Ping!

Not many people, especially foreigners would defend our national carrier Malaysia Airlines from 'badmouthing varieties'.

After two incidents (MH370 and MH17) that almost sunk the company, we kept reading and listening to negative reporting and prophecy about its future. Even some Malaysians would like to see the demise of the national carrier.

Yes, good hearts are hard to come by these days. There are, a few.


We found a 'darling' in 2014 Masterchef UK winner Ping Coombes, whose photo onboard a MAS flight was adversely-manipulated by a few news portals to give the impression that 'nobody wanted to fly with the airlines'.
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Airlines (MAS) have today come out to express their gratitude to 2014 Masterchef UK winner Ping Coombes for defending them against attacks by the media.
Ping originally posted a photo to Twitter on 18 August after her flight was upgraded by MAS. She wrote:
“Omg! We got upgraded on @MAS. I was excited now I’m beyond ecstatic!”
The specific photo was captioned:
“Thank you @MAS it is an amazing surprise!”
However a few news portals had used the photo to report that the national airliner is facing mass losses in revenue by pointing out the empty seats as shown in the photo.
Ping responded to the reports via her Instagram posting, explaining that the picture was taken before other passengers had boarded the flight.
“Woke up to this picture in the media! For anyone who has been on a plane knows, Family with children get boarded first, the flight was not empty, it was in fact full.”
She added:
“It’s really sad that a thank you on a kind upgrade that I was offered is being used to attack an airline which has had such a difficult time. We should be offering support and compassion.”
When contacted, MAS reacted to the news reports by saying there are always two sides to every story. “Our way of telling the story is by encouraging our passengers to share their photos on board MAS flights via our social media platform. The results have been very encouraging.”
They also thanked Ping for her defence of the airline. “MAS appreciates that Ms. Coombes has come out to defend us. It is unfortunate that her photo was misused by others to create untruths about MAS. We thank her for taking time to set the record straight. MAS feels very touched for the ongoing support of our loyal guests.”
MAS also stressed that they strive to provide world-class service via their warm hospitality and through this experience they believe will create loyalty among their respected guests.
The actual passenger number on board on that particular flight was 464. It was MH01 from London to KL on 17 Aug 2014.
Thank you, Ping.

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!