Friday, 31 December 2010

Selamat Tahun Baru <> Happy New Year 2011

To All My Friends
Selamat Tahun Baru
Happy New Year

Don't Drive if you Drink
Berhati-hati di Jalan Raya

Thursday, 30 December 2010

PM Najib attacked by religious talibans?

Amidst the nation's euphoria of a great soccer victory over Indonesia in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, a victory that came after a long 14 years wait, we have this divisive surely always looking for political points politicians like DAP Kok, PAS Khalid Samad and PKR Nazmi behaving macam lebih sudu dari kuah:

PM owes Christians an apology for aides’ Christmas blunder, says PR

Ya right troublemakers, I don't hear any report that the Archbishop objected to the request do you, Kok or Khalid or Nazmi? Hidung tak mancung, pipi tersorong soronglah you all.

Blogger Pisau had this to say about these self appointed spokespersons of the Archbishop:

DEC 30
Ekstremis Kristian Serang Najib
Filed Under ( Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Teresa Kok ) by pisau on 30.12.10

Tiba tiba Ds Najib diserang kononnya ada pegawai dari pejabat beliau tidak sensitif terhadap agama kristian.Sambutan hari krismas yang dihadiri oleh PM di rumah ketua biskop gereja katolik di Kuala Lumpur.

Ds Najib diserang pula kononnya tidak menghayati semangat 1Malaysia oleh Teresa Kok,Khalid Gereja dan Nik Nazmi.

Teresa Kok yang terkenal dengan imej ekstrimis kristian banyak menghentam kerajaan didalam gereja,manakala Khalid Gereja pula dikenali mempertahankan agar nama Allah boleh dipakai oleh golongan kristian dan Nik Nazmi menyerang perjuangan PAS yang mahukan pemerintahan Islam dan Hudud.

Teresa Kok yang terkenal dengan imej anti azan,malah Koks ini lah yang menuduh kononnya wanita cina dibogelkan Polis .Rasis ini terus mendiamkan diri apabila wanita tersebut didapati adalah seorang melayu.

Dakwaan mereka terhadap Najib bertujuan untuk menjatuhkan imej dan semangat 1Malaysia yang amat ditekankan oleh PM. Mereka kelihatan sudah terdesak hingga kembali terpaksa memainkan sentimen agama untuk menyerang Najib dan BN

Politik rasis,membakar sentimen agama adalah taktik biasa yang diamalkan oleh gerembolan pakatan.Modus operandinya adalah politik benci. Mereka mahu rakyat berasa benci barulah senang ditohmah dan menimbulkan keresahan.

Negara yang tidak harmoni menjadi modal untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan,semahu mahunya mereka mahu negara ini berlaku konflik perkauman agar memudahkan pereka pecah dan perintah.

Menyerang Najib dengan menyatakan beliau tidak menghayati 1Malaysia bermakna mereka sendiri mengiktiraf 1Malaysia?

Pisau kata " teresa kok tak hormat Islam,masjid negara dijadikan macam tandas awam" 

Read more here.

Strange is it not, but I have never ever heard Theresa Kok or Khalid Samad or Nazmi ever coming out publicly to condemn the vandalisation of a surau in Seremban in August 2010

I suppose they do not have PM Najib or Barisan Nasional as the people to blame for that incident at that time. Their arrogance and selective criticism offends many balance thinking Malaysians of that I am sure.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

The new State Secretary issue, If the Selangor MB takes the exPerak MB advise then chaos will result

The ex-MB of Perak has been mostly absent from the mainstream news since his attempt to regain the Perak Government was finally dismissed by the Federal Court on 9 March 2010 of course you will still find Nizar at the mandatory ceramahs organised by PAS/DAP/PKR all over the country.

If not for that Ex-MB Nizar will forever be remembered as the convenient PAS Adun from Perak appointed to be MB because the Perak DAP do not have a Malay Adun to become MB as stipulated in the Perak State Constitution.

His 10 month reign as MB was not impressive, rather controversial and some even divisive, notably the issuance of 999 years lease to Chinese New Village folks which even PAS leaders outside of Perak questioning its application.

Anyway according to a MI report on the Selangor Pakatan led Government refusal to accept the newly appointed State Secretary even though it is now made known that the DYMM Sultan has consented to the appointment, the ex-Perak MB had tweeted this:

“S,gor MB and Xcos, prevent Khusrin from entering SS office. Written instruction 4 him 2 stay at home. Get the SFO to assume/tanggong jawatn (Selangor MB, and state excos should prevent Khusrin from entering the state secretary office. Written instruction for him to stay at home. Get the State Financial Officer to assume his duties)” said Nizar in a message posted on popular micro-blogging site Twitter today.
Read the rest of MI Report here.

I think Nizar should not impose his brand of partisan school children style politics into the situation which is already starting to become quite hot. Not everyone had forgotten how Nizar and his Perak DAP controlled Government was lost to the Barisan Nasional, read here. I have long observed that it was Nizar and his DAP Excos ineptness which caused them the lost of the Perak Pakatan Government. Why? Lets put aside the legalities of the argument. 

Lets start with this facts first, On 9 March 2008, orang Perak woke up to a electoral upset :
BN 28 seats won (UMNO won 27 seats MCA 1 seat)
DAP 18 Seats Won
PKR 7 seats won
PAS 6 seats won

DAP/PAS and PKR then formed a coalition of 31 Aduns to convince the DYMM Sultan of Perak that they have a simple but tenuous majority of 3. Nizar was appointed to become MB and the rest is history. Anyway after 10 months, Nizar lost because he and his Government are a bunch of novice politicians who should have dissolved the Dewan Undangan Negeri the moment Pakatan Aduns go missing and incommunicado considering the slim majority they have at that time. 

Instead he bumbled and procrastinated until BN met with the DYMM Sultan and showed they have majority, only then Nizar made a move to see the DYMM Sultan to dissolve the Perak DUN, by which time it was too late as he has lost the right to do so. The rest is also history.

If Nizar and his Pakatan gang blame the BN politicians for staging a coup, then I have news for them, politics is a rough game, not for the weak hearted, if you cannot stand the heat get out of the kitchen, don't whine and complain or write a shameless syok sendiri self pity book about it. Be a man, take it on the chin, you let yourself down your leaders should have dissolved the Perak DUN when you had majority!

So really Nizar is not the best person to give advise. Nizar's advise is as careless and dangerous as it gets and if the Selangor Pakatan Government takes ex-MB Nizar's advise then I am afraid there will be an impasse, and the administration of the State of Selangor  will be paralysed. What good will that bring to the rakyat of Selangor?

Anyway, isn't there a law against people  instigating others to prevent and obstruct a Civil Servant from carrying out his official duties as New State Secretary and thereby defying the consent of the DYMM Sultan of Selangor. Enough is enough.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Netanyahu is sowing fear and Israel is harvesting hatred

An article from by Akiva Eldar, just goes to show that with political leaders, the likes of Netanyahu the current prime minister of Israel who plays and exploits the fear of the masses, the state of Israel will never be able to find real peace with its Palestinian, Arab and Iranian neigbours. Read on:

Published 02:38 27.12.10Latest update 02:38 27.12.10
Netanyahu is sowing fear and we are harvesting hatred
Instead of warning of the dangers of continuing the conflict, Netanyahu chooses to exploit the primitive fear of the other.

By Akiva Eldar

How frightening! Masses of Sudanese refugees are threatening to erode our achievements and corrode our existence as a Jewish and democratic state. How frightening!

Iran is threatening to destroy us, and the world is once again standing by. How frightening! If we get out of "Judea and Samaria," the Palestinians will fire anti-aircraft missiles at Ben-Gurion International Airport. How frightening!

The Palestinians are refusing to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, so as to flood the State of Israel with Arab refugees and rip out parts of the Galilee and the Negev. And those who wish to destroy Israel have begun a deligitimization campaign against the Jewish state within the 1948 borders. How frightening!

This is a collection of the nightmare scenarios of the Benjamin Netanyahu school of thought. One day Netanyahu - the scariest prime minister in the history of Israel - is complaining about the Palestinians refusing to speak with him about Nablus and Hebron, and the next day he's scaring the populace with statements about the Palestinians plot to take over Carmiel and Be'er Sheva.

In the morning Netanyahu gets his picture taken with Turkish pilots who came to fight the Carmel fire; in the evening, he's instilling fear with his implication that the world is once again standing by as the Jews are facing annihilation.

The common denominator of all the prime minister's frightening messages is that what the Jews do isn't important; what's important is that the goyim hate us. Even if we give the Arabs the Tel Aviv coast, they won't rest until they throw us into the sea.

In 1996 the fear campaign against Palestinian terrorism and the danger that Shimon Peres would divide Jerusalem brought Netanyahu to power. In the absence of suicide bombers, and while Peres is dozing in the President's Residence, Netanyahu is finding, and inventing, new fears.

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook wrote more than a century ago that exaggerated fear is the source of all weakness - physical, ethical and intellectual. 

There is no doubt that from a cognitive perspective, the prime minister is aware of the heavy toll that Israel's current policies currently exact and will exact in the future. But he is overcome by the fear of tough decisions that entail necessary risks. For Netanyahu, the fear that freezing settlement construction will lead to a coalition crisis is greater than the fear that freezing negotiations will lead to a crisis over Israel's international standing.

But instead of warning of the dangers inherent in the continuation of the conflict, Netanyahu has chosen to exploit the primitive fear of the other. Instead of warning of Israel's increasing isolation, he is increasing the public's fear of the unknown. Those who are feared are hated and those who are hated are killed, Nelson Mandela has said.

Netanyahu is sowing fear, we are harvesting hatred, and our children are killing and being killed.

Read the article in full here.

Selangor Pakatan Government on a roll, last week ban 1Malaysia logo this week ban new State Secretary

I think the Selangor Pakatan Government is on a roll, last week they banned the 1Malaysia logo for business premises(not sure which clause of the Local Government by-law they quoted), yesterday they even want to ban the incoming new State Secretary appointed by the Public Service Commission(SPA), the appointment of which was consented by the DYMM Sultan of Selangor as stipulated under the Selangor State Constitution. The news here:

Tuesday December 28, 2010
Selangor and Federal governments at odds over new state secretary

KLANG: With the quarrel over the 1Malaysia logo still hot, fresh trouble is brewing between the Federal and Selangor governments – this time over the appointment of the new state secretary.

The new senior officer replaces Datuk Ramli Mahmud who retires on Friday.

Barely hours after Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan issued a statement yesterday announcing that Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) director Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi had been appointed to the position effective a day later, the state government countered with another statement refuting the appointment.

This is the latest in a series of major quarrels between the two governments over policy matters since the Pakatan Rakyat took over the state following the general election in 2008.

The country’s head civil servant also announced that Sabak Bernam District Officer Marzuki Hussin would take over the Jais director’s post. This appointment was also consented to by the Sultan.

At about 2.30pm, Khalid’s media secretariat issued a statement stating the appointment was “not final” because the Mentri Besar was not informed of Mohd Khusrin’s appointment.

Given this, added the statement, Khalid had written to the Sultan saying he had been kept in the dark about Mohd Khusrin’s appointment. The statement also said the state government had shortlisted three candidates and their names had been forwarded to the Sultan.

Khalid is scheduled to have an audience with the Sultan on Wednesday

Meanwhile, a retired top ranking civil servant said there was nothing wrong with the manner in which Mohd Khusrin’s appointment was made.

“Even the Selangor state constitution stipulates that the appointment is finalised by the Public Services Commission (PSC) which falls under the auspices of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. This means that the appointment is not a federal government appointment. The Chief Secretary to the Government is merely announcing the decision of the PSC,” he said.

The former civil servant also said Mohd Khusrin was on the list of eight names deliberated by the PSC for the appointment.

The responsibilities of the state secretary include to plan, formulate, coordinate and regulate policies, as well as implement state administrative and development machinery in accordance to state and federal government policies.

read the rest here.

I think the PKR leaders are too carried away by their internal elections last month where their party constitution was kept in a safe place never to be referred again. In PKR its OK to have a supremo which is not recognised by its own constitution. Basically they make up their own rules to suit their leader's fancy. Now the MB of Selangor had make up another rule and that the appointment of the State Secretary must be made known to him, like everything PKR it is blurred about whether the MB needs to approve the appointment made by the PSC.

So the clueless MB will meet the Sultan tomorrow to air his lost cause, it is best that the MB of Selangor and his office understand the Rukun Negara like any Real Malaysian before he/they meet the DYMM Sultan of Selangor:


If even the appointment of a State Secretary could be politicize by the Pakatan led Government in Selangor, I can just imagine how heavily politicized the Selangor Water Supply issue will be.

Ubah Sekarang, Ubah Kerajaan Pakatan Selangor!
Bukan Bekerja, Sibuk Berpolitik

Monday, 27 December 2010

Wa caya lu lah, Chegubard

This PKR strongman has got balls, he declined the appointed post of Deputy Secretary General of "Parti Keadilan Rakyat":

Chegubard turns down deputy sec-gen post
By Yow Hong Chieh December 27, 2010(MI)

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — A PKR leader has turned down the key deputy secretary-general post, protesting still the alleged fraud during the party’s first direct election.

Former central committee member Badrul Hisham Shaharin, better known as Chegubard, said he was forced into the decision because the promised internal probe has shown no outcome. Read more here.

Chegubard your trust is misplaced, the internal probe in the PKR is just a sham to trick PKR members, it never happened. You were duped, a party that has a President becoming a shoe mat for the unelected self appointed Supremo of PKR will never deliver democracy and transparency to you or anybody else. People like you are wasted in PKR, just leave and be free of Anwar Ibrahim's political influence.

The great MRT project, if Gamuda's RM36 Billion estimate is factually wrong what is SPAD's estimate?

This is quite a long post but please bear with me. 

In July this year I wrote a post on the Greater KL MRT project here:

Well we Malaysians do not have to speculate any longer the Great MRT Project is now officially on:

Updated: Saturday December 18, 2010 MYT 2:52:19 PM
PM: Construction of RM36bil KL Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to begin July

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has approved the implementation of a mass rapid transit system for Kuala Lumpur, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak Saturday.

Construction of the RM36bil project will begin in July next year, he said.

The largest infrastructure project in Malaysia approved Friday in a Cabinet weekly meeting, is one of the economic entry points identified in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme.

Construction work is expected to begin in July 2011 and will take about five or six years to complete, Najib said. The MRT is expected to improve public transport in the Klang Valley and generate 130,000 jobs during its construction.

It is also expected to generate gross national income of between RM3bil and RM4bil per annum from 2011 to 2020 from direct construction and operations and another RM8bil and RM12bil as a result of its multiplier impact. The first line in MRT network will run between Sg Buloh and Kajang through the centre of Kuala Lumpur.

Why I left the word KL after Great is because the overall project would cost a whopping RM36 BILLION so it is only right that it is called the Great MRT project. While there is no doubt that this is a much needed project for the urban folks in the KL-Klang valley and it would obviously inject tons of much needed cash into the economy, and will provide scores of thousands of jobs for Malaysians. It appears that the total cost seemed to be on the higher side even for both layman and even technical people who are not familiar with MRT systems. After all what are the components of the MRT System which is only going to be about 150km long?

These are basically:

Traffic Management, Pavement Removals, Utility Relocation, Land /Building Compensation, Station Construction, Roadwork, Shoring, Tunneling, Street Lighting, Trackbed (at road level, above street level, underground structures), Track work, Traction Power, Power Distribution, Transformer Stations, Signalling System, Automated Vehicle Locator Systems (AVLS), Ticketing and Fare Collection Systems, Light Rail Transit Vehicles, Maintenance & Operations Facilities, Maintenance Equipment etc.

I think the representatives voices telling the Government to have a relook at the cost is sincere and their opinions needed to be heard:

Was Teh Tarik 18 Sen In 1998?

Well folks the MRT extension project is going to start soon, as early as April 2011. The estimated cost is about RM36.0 Billion. That is a lot of money. It is also an insane figure. Read the rest of Syed's arguments here.

MRT: putting the horse before the cart

It has already been announced that the Mass Rail Transit (MRT) construction will begin July next year, and we are told that the RM36 billion project (not including land acquisition cost) will generate more jobs and income for the nation. MRT has been touted as the magic bullet to solve congestion woes in Greater KL.

But we have not been told how the project can sustain itself financially and fulfil the needs of the rakyat equitably. I am having a hard time grasping how the most expensive transportation undertaking in the nation's history can proceed even before the endorsement of a public transport masterplan. Read the rest of the penetrating letter here.

I done a bit of a digging and a clicking myself and have this for comparison:

Data taken from The northern Electrified Double Track project Ipoh to Padang Besar is accessible by the public at the project official website here.

Main Contractor   :  MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture
Type of Contract   :  Design And Build
Cost : RM12.485 Billion
LoA: 13 December 2007
Site Possession: 8 January 2008

The northern Electrified Double Track project Ipoh to Padang Besar comprises the design and construction of the infrastructure and systems works for 329-km. Work involves the laying of two new parallel tracks to replace the existing single-track, including new stations, bridges, as well as modern electrification and signalling systems.

Scope of work:

Route   : Overall Length – 329 Km
Sector 1: Kedah Line – 158 Km Bukit Mertajam–Padang Besar
Sector 2: Mainline – 171 Km (Butterworth – Ipoh)

Major – 7
Minor – 14
Halt – 10
Depot – 3

Tunnel: Bukit Berapit – 3.3km (Perak), Larut – 0.33km (Perak)

Depot: Padang Besar (Perlis), Prai (P.Pinang) and Bukit Mertajam (P.Pinang)

Road Over Bridge (ROB) – 66 No
Road Under Bridge (RUB) - 8 No
River Bridge (RB) – 75 No
Motorcycle/ Pedestrian Bridge – 45 No

Special Structure: Prai Swing Bridge – 282 m

Marine Viaduct (Bukit Merah) – 3.5km

KTMB Quarters: 220 Units


Signaling & Control Communication

Let's see now, 329km of double tracking complete with 2 tunnels one of which is the longest rail tunnel in South East Asia, bridges even a swing bridge and a marine viaduct, 7 major stations plus 24 minor stations plus 3 depots at 2007 price cost the country RM12.485 Billion. Now, the Government should not be annoyed if the people asked whether a 150km Great MRT line project complete with tunnels, bridges, stations, depot, land acquisition will cost that humongous money.

In fact I think it is necessary for the Government to come out with the details the budget for the Great MRT project before it becomes cannon fodder for the Opposition. 

The people do not want this kind of latest statement from SPAN which lack competency nor is it convincing enough:

Govt-funded MRT
27 Dec 2010
By Ooi Tee Ching

The government will set up a special vehicle company (SPV) to channel total funding for the proposed greater KL mass rapid transit (MRT) project.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal said the multi-billion ringgit project will not be undertaken on a turnkey basis and contractors need not seek financing.

"The greater KL MRT project is based on an international concept of project delivery partner, a hybrid of turnkey and project management consultancy," he told reporter at a briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Also present at the briefing was SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

"I read some newspaper headlines saying MMC-Gamuda bags RM36 billion MRT project. That is factually wrong," he said.

read more here.

OK Mr Smart CEO of SPAD while many will be happy that the tendering will follow international standards, BUT if Gamuda's estimate is factually wrong then what is SPAD's estimate then. We are all dying to know. Because the difference of the RMx Billions between SPAD's estimate and Gamuda's estimate could be used to fund other transport activities like maintenance dredging for small ports and jetties of river mouths in the peninsular and Sabah & Sarawak, extension of railway lines to Kuantan even Rompin etc.etc which will have a direct impact on everybody else in Malaysia outside the Klang Valley.

I think while the Government intention is good i.e to bring the best to the rakyat, but good intentions alone are not enough, the Government must explain in detail the cost involved as well, the rakyat must know as ultimately whether it is a BN Government or god forbid an alternative party, at the end of the day it is the ordinary people, our children and their children who will ultimately pay the cost of any Government decisions in the future.

Good luck to Selangor Pakatan Government Water Supply Plan just do not politicize the issue

For anybody interested in the Selangor water supply imbroglio, this following article is interesting, if the Selangor Pakatan Government intention is good and it claimed that it was crucial for it to take over the state’s entire water industry to ensure that the people received cheap and good quality water. 

Apparently if the Selangor state government did not take over the water concessionaires, there would be a 37% tariff increase followed by 25% and 20% increases within the next six years. If managed by the Selangor government, they promised that the tariff increase would only be an initial 12% followed by two 12% rises within the same time frame.

I have my misgivings, the Selangor Pakatan Government are very adept at making promises that they cannot keep, I hope they are not politicking and pulling wool over the eyes of consumers in Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. The supply of good quality water with affordable rates are vital for the domestic and industrial consumers in these three important population, administration and industrial areas. It is in the  national strategic interest that water supply not be politicized by all parties, be it Federal, State or the private water concessions. Read on:

Selangor’s water plan remains doubtful

Malaysia, December 21 - Despite the state government’s efforts to work out a new offer to take over the water concessionaires in Selangor, industry observers are still sceptical that such efforts will resolve the state’s water restructuring exercise any time soon.

It was reported recently that the Selangor government and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) would start negotiations again to solve the state water impasse.

Industry observers were reluctant to speculate on what the Selangor government had to offer to the state’s water concessionaires this time, but it was understood that the state government was looking at deploying an international arbiter to determine a fair price to buy up the companies.

There are four water companies operating in Selangor, including Syabas, which has the mandate to supply treated water to Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.

The other three are water treatment companies, namely, Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Holdings Bhd (Splash), Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd and Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd.

The state government had previously made two offers to the concessionaires: one for RM5.7bil in early 2009 that was rejected by all players and another in the middle of last year for RM9.4bil that was rejected by Syabas.

The Federal Government had also made an offer of RM10.3bil last year but it was turned down by Syabas.

Even Gamuda Bhd, which had a 40% interest in Splash, had in the early part of this year stepped in with a takeover proposal valued at RM10.8bil. But the offer was also rejected on the basis that it was not in line with the spirit of the reforms. It was understood that the Selangor government this time would seek the involvement of the Federal Government under its new offer to help break the deadlock.

The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry had earlier given the Selangor government a deadline up to end of this month to resolve the state’s water situation. With only two weeks remaining, it was very likely that the deadline would lapse again without a clear solution in sight. One of the main issues of the Selangor water restructuring had to do with the proposed tariff hike by Syabas, which had been deferred pending the restructuring talks. Syabas was supposed to raise tariffs by 37% in January 2009 as per the concession agreement, but that did not materialise as the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government claimed that Syabas did not fulfil certain criteria for that hike.

Selangor claimed it was crucial for it to take over the state’s entire water industry to ensure that the people received cheap and good quality water. It explained that if the state government did not take over the water concessionaires, there would be a 37% tariff increase followed by 25% and 20% increases within the next six years.

In contrast, if the water industry was managed by the Selangor government, the tariff increase would only be an initial 12% followed by two 12% rises within the same time frame. Read more here.

Please read MI take on the same subject here.

Also the Minister responsible for water supply, Peter Chin's view  here.

Anyway, let us all hope that the Selangor state government does not make the Masjid Negara a rally point to demonstrate again, if what they wanted do not materialize. Its so unbecoming of a State Government.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

1Malaysia logo ban in Selangor, wonder who will not have a chair to sit when the music stops

The ban on the 1Malaysia Logo have caused much controversy, this is a colorful view from the NST:

Pakatan vs the symbol of unity
By Rashid Yusof

PAKATAN Rakyat must be desperate for the year to end sooner. No such luck. Selangor executive councillor in charge of local government Ronnie Liu must have been inundated with media queries over the Parti Keadilan Rakyat-led Selangor government's move to ban all symbols and logos related to the 1Malaysia logo.

More bloopers and miscalculations are waiting to happen. It seems that political symbols must not appear on Selangor billboards and that 1Malaysia advertisements are deemed to be Barisan Nasional's political message.

Bewildering, considering that the public have not complained about such billboards, especially those extolling the virtues of unity and integration. Some of the voters who backed Pakatan during the March 2008 general election must have been swayed by its so-called colour-blind pursuits, only to be told that 1Malaysia is political.

Flip-flopping Pakatan propagandists should not acknowledge that it was spin that delivered Pakatan those impressive wins in 2008. And the propaganda war was crafted on a key message of depicting Umno as racist.

The keris episode was exploited shamelessly to drive home this point. The temple issue in Selangor was paraded as an evidence of racial and religious intolerance. Arrogant Umno! A bashing of ketuanan Melayu was the most comical. It had barely figured in the Umno mindset and yet ketuanan Melayu was being persecuted with zeal.

Clearly, this was done for a tactical reason. Pakatan must demonise something -- even if the subject of vilification is illusionary -- in order to proffer a solution. This panacea came in the form of ketuanan rakyat.

Juxtapose that -- ketuanan Melayu vs ketuanan rakyat. Ketuanan Melayu was bleeding in absentia, and the carrier, which was supposedly Umno, had to be punished.

The trouble was Pakatan failed to unseat BN to form the Federal Government. It had to make do with four and then three additional state governments, which had to be governed in a super-efficient manner.

A deluge of reforms in these Pakatan-ruled states would demonstrate to the voters that they could well do a better job at the centre.

Alas, the credo of new politics has been hollow, a stillborn.

Precisely the sentiments of Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang at last weekend's second Pakatan Rakyat convention in Kepala Batas, and that of fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who appeared to have masterminded some of Pakatan's successful strategies.

Pakatan's discomfort with 1Malaysia -- first it was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's attempt to make an outlandish link between 1Malaysia and One Israel and now this billboard ban -- is wholly tactical and political.

1Malaysia should effectively preclude any further attempt to dismiss Umno as racist.

There may be no winter of discontent in the Malaysian political context, yet the harrowing past few months for the loose grouping must have troubled its leaders, hence the clumsy reactions and pronouncements.

Now that the Jewish conspiracy of sorts has been pretty much demolished, should we expect more frivolous spins to match that story about Malaysian Special Branch dictating the thought processes of the intelligence agencies of the First World?

Read more: Pakatan vs the symbol of unity here.

Even Koh Tsu Koon had finally come up with something to say:

and here is a timid response by Selangor Pakatan State on what is turning into a huge blooper by YB Ronnie Liu State Exco also ordinary member of DAP since he lost in the DAP State Election, but no matter how the DAP wants to spin it:

I believe that comrade Ronnie will not have a chair to sit on when the music stops.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

APCO - Still waiting for Anwar to reveal his evidence

Not just YB Nazri is waiting, perhaps everybody is waiting including those poor DAP, PAS and PKR MPs who walkout with Anwar from our Parliament last session.

Still waiting for APCO evidence from Anwar, says Nazri Aziz

KUALA KANGSAR, Dec 25 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said he will wait for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s disclosure on proof linking APCO Worldwide and the 1 Malaysia concept, although the Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament has been suspended from attending Dewan Rakyat sittings for six months. 
Mohamed Nazri said he had asked Anwar a while back to present evidence on the allegations made in the Dewan Rakyat, but the opposition leader had yet to do so. 
“I had asked Anwar to prove me wrong but he has not come up with anything. Instead, we continue to hear lies from his supporters and Malaysians know that Anwar himself has repeatedly lied at the Dewan Rakyat,” he told reporters at a Christmas and New Year’s Open House in Kampung Baru Sauk, here today. 
He said the letter from APCO was prima facie evidence and strong proof for him to propose Anwar’s suspension from the Dewan Rakyat.
“Give us proof. Don’t say APCO was bought because I have shown proof that Anwar lied,” he added.
Last Wednesday, APCO Worldwide stated that a new affidavit issued had refuted its involvement in the One Israel programme, while another affidavit from a political consultant involved in One Israel verified that Anwar’s allegations were false. 
On the same day, Mohamed Nazri said a letter dated Aug 19 sent by APCO Worldwide to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee denied its involvement in the creation of the 1 Malaysia slogan, and at the same time proved Anwar’s allegations wrong. — Bernama
Something tells me that we would not get any evidence from Anwar on APCO. So don't wait up friends it will just be another waste of time. Macam tunggu kerajaan Pakatan 16 Sept 2008 dulu tu.

Two Malaysian Leaders Christmas Messages, Two poles apart

This man is Malaysia's 6th Prime Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he took over from former PM Tun Lah last year after the unprecedented tsunami in March 2008. He is a cool cat even under pressure  and, he have made many transformation since he became PM. 

Much of it needs time to bear fruits (please don't listen to the fiction nonsense by Anwar's Pakatan to change Malaysia in 100days) and we should all support DS Najib especially the message of 1Malaysia, Rakyat didahulukan, Pencapaian diutamakan. In a multiracial and multi religious country we certainly need unity and a sense of purpose. I believe DS Najib will give us that. I think this man knows his onions.

This year PM Najib gave what I thought was a good message for Christmas for Malaysians:

Mutual Respect and Acceptance Contribute to Harmony

December 25, 2010, Saturday(Bernama)
KUALA LUMPUR: The spirit of mutual respect and acceptance between the various races in this country is key to maintaining national harmony, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said such traits had been the country’s saviour in the incident where a small group had opposed the Christian community early this year.
“Although earlier this year our country was rocked by extreme acts committed by a minority against the Christian community, we have successfully restored a sense of peace and harmony.
“This is the spirit of 1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now,” he said in his Christmas message in his blog, here yesterday.
Najib said every cultural or religious occasion celebrated in Malaysia served as a joyous reminder of the wealth and strength in diversity possessed by the nation.
“While only 9.1 per cent of Malaysians follow the Christian faith and therefore celebrate Christmas, the commercial and cultural aspects of the season and particularly in gift-giving has been embraced by so many more,” he said.
It was his sincere hope that the community continued giving each other this precious gift of goodwill and acceptance not just during this holiday season, but unceasingly throughout the years.
“To all Malaysians celebrating, I wish you a Merry Christmas, and hope that Malaysia’s prosperity and national unity are in your prayers,” he said. — Bernama
Now this here is YB Lim Kit Siang the Supremo for life of the Democratic Action Party also known as an off shoot of the ruling Singapore People's Action Party. Uncle Lim has been the only  Opposition Leader of Parliament many Malaysians had ever known until Anwar Ibrahim came along. Anyway that is another story for another time. Uncle Lim has a son, Lim Guan Eng, who is DAP Secretary General and being the son of DAP Supremo, the DAP controlled world is his oyster. Upon taking over the Pulau Pinang State Government, guess who appointed Guan Eng as Ketua Menteri over many long serving and competent DAP orang Penang.
Well its not easy to become a Chief Minister of a state in Malaysia especially if you  have been convicted and jailed for a an offence. In Lim's case for spreading false news and sedition, no, no its not as bad as the Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim sentencing for abuse of power. 
YAB Lim Guan Eng did pull it off though, many thanks to Daddy who is also the DAP Supremo Numero Uno. Anyway since becoming Chief Minister, Guan Eng has certainly made waves, unfortunately not the progressive kind rather calling people who do not agree with him with many names. For sure he is not very popular with many ordinary rakyat in Pulau Pinang.
In fact he is now so engrossed with his position as Chief Minister of Penang he even called Malaysians who do not agree with him as pseudo-Malaysians in a Christmas Message no less:

2010 Christmas Day Message

Can you believe the sheer arrogance of this guy calling for unity on one one hand but labelling other Malaysians who do not agree politically with him as fake-Malaysians on the other. I am deeply offended by Guan Eng's Christmas message. No wonder Guan Eng  gets these black cakes for his recent birthday:

Perhaps  Lim Guan Eng ought to learn from Good leaders like our Prime Minister on how to write a Message for any religious festivities that highlights efforts towards unity without being divisive and calling other Malaysians uncalled for names.
By the way Guan Eng,  I don't know about pseudo-Malaysianlah but I think REAL Malaysians are those who subcribe to our Rukun Negara:
Maka kami rakyat Malaysia berikrar akan menumpukan seluruh tenaga dan usaha kami untuk mencapai cita-cita tersebut berdasarkan atas prinsip-prinsip yang berikut:
Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan
Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara
Keluhuran Perlembagaan
Kedaulatan Undang-undang
Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan

Friday, 24 December 2010

1Malaysia, Rakyat diutamakan Pencapaian didahulukan

Rakyat diutamakan Pencapaian didahulukan

[People first Performance now] a lot better meaning and hope for Malaysian then Ubah Sekarang, Change Now for what? Super promises that Pakatan knows they can never keep.

A Pakatan trinity DAP/PKR/PAS which have: 
  • totally different political objectives between them,
  • cannot even agree on a unified Pakatan Logo,
  • lets not talk about PAS's Islamic state and Hudud Law, 
  • cannot even agree on a proper shadow Cabinet, 
  • not even who to become Prime Minister or Deputy prime Minister among them, 
  • They cannot even deliver the reforms they promised before March 2008, that was two years ago, now they produce a Buku Jingga with more promises that they know they cannot keep. In fact their books and manifestos for change/reform deserve a place in the fiction book section of any local book store.
Of course the only promise they would keep is to blame Barisan Nasional or everybody else if things do not go their way. Pakatan Leaders who talks divisive politics cannot make a good Government not even a good Opposition who can debate rationally with facts and figures without the need to quote standing orders after standing orders designed to delay real progressive debates in Parliament.

We should Ubah Sekarang alright, Ubah Kerajaan Pakatan Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Kedah dan Kelantan for a better more inclusive Malaysia.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Selamat Tinggal Pahlawan Melayu, Allahyarham General Ibrahim Ismail


 Former Chief of Defence Forces Gen (Rtd) Tun Ibrahim Ismail died today at the Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital here at 4.40am. 

He was 88. 

Allahyarham were laid laid to rest at the Heroes Mausoleum at the National Mosque after "Asar" prayers this afternoon.

Selamat Tinggal Pahlawan Melayu, Patriot Negara.