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They don’t really care about us!!

Posted by ella-mae on August 8, 2009

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Black Thursday (7th May)

Posted by Cherubim on May 6, 2009

I received an email that calls out for everyone to wear black to express our dissatisfaction concerning the constitutional issue in Perak. Us Dandies propose, do wear black if you believe that the ruckus in Perak’s downright malicious and a nuisance (and I don’t mean one-sided, I mean on both sides of the issue). I certainly do. =)

Oh, we might prowl around with a camera capturing people wearing black, or not. How about everyone publishes pics of themselves (faces conveniently photoshopped out of course) wearing black together?

See ya!

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, Bersih, today called on Malaysians to protest the power grab in Perak and put on a show of civil disobedience by wearing black on May 7 in conjunction with the sitting of the state assembly.

In a press conference today, Bersih accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of orchestrating the political coup in Perak and lambasted him for allegedly failing to keep his promise made under his 1Malaysia philosophy which puts people first, saying that putting people first would mean giving the voters of Perak the chance to determine the state government.

Taking a leaf from other civil obedience movements such as those organised by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and even Umno’s “berkabung” movement to oppose the Malayan Union, Wong Chin Huat, a spokesman for Bersih, urged Malaysians who oppose the power grab to “let everyone see a sea of black walking into an office, market, mosque, temple, church, college, park, bus… let us be united in one black colour to show the world that the 1Malaysia under Najib Razak is 1BlackMalaysia living in darkness.”

Bersih also criticised the BN for practising “old politics” and trying to clamp down on media coverage and peaceful gatherings.

The Perak government had initially allowed only selected media to cover the assembly sitting. However, the decision was later reversed by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir.

The police have also warned political parties against organising mass gatherings in front of the state secretariat.

Teo Nie Ching, DAP’s federal legislator from Serdang, says that she was queried by the Police Special Branch after she tried to organise a bus to ferry supporters to Ipoh and expressed her disappointment with the Special Branch.

“Why stop us from going to witness the assembly?” she told reporters.

Lim Teck Ghee, who represented the Centre for Policy Initiatives, urged solidarity despite “a propaganda war” to tar dissenting views as unpatriotic and treasonous.

“It is the duty of Malaysians to oppose illegal and unconstitutional acts of power grabbing,” he declared. “We are the patriotic ones.”

Lim was referring to accusations from BN that Nizar was committing treason by going against the Sultan of Perak’s wishes that he resign as mentri besar.

The political crisis in Perak was triggered by the defection of four state representatives from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to BN earlier this year, giving BN an edge in numbers over PR in the state assembly.

The Perak state assembly speaker however, claimed that three of the representatives who defected had resigned but this was disputed by the latter, who got the backing of the Election Commission.

Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, who maintains he is the rightful mentri besar, then sought permission from the Sultan of Perak to dissolve the state assembly to pave the way for a state election but his request was rejected and he was told to resign instead.

Nizar refused to resign but at the same time, Zambry was sworn in as the new mentri besar by the Sultan on February 6.

Since then, PR and BN have been locked in a struggle over who is the legitimate government of Perak and whether or not to dissolve the state assembly.

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Sourced from MalaysianInsider.com

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Hamidah Osman, The Indian and The Snake!

Posted by ella-mae on February 10, 2009

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Barisan Nasional ADUN from Sungei Rapat, Hamidah Osman was sworn in this morning as a Perak EXCO member.

Malaysian Insider had earlier reported Hamidah Osman was not too happy with Zambry’s appointment because she had great expectations to be the country’s first female Menteri Besar.

She was probably not made the MB because Hamidah Osman prefers a certain type of reptile more than some of her constituents.

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Remember this???

Noooo…Hamidah Osman did not mean our Feather-Indian friend here…

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Let’s reminisce together…

Hamidah says ‘sorry’ for racial slur – MalaysiaKini

Ahti Veeranggan | Jun 28, 08 6:55pm

Sungai Rapat state assemblyperson Hamidah Osman, who caused a furore in the Perak legislative assembly on Friday with her racial slur, has publicly apologised for hurting the Indian community.

At a packed press conference in the Ipoh Country Club this morning, the Barisan Nasional elected representative issued the public apology before newsmen, saying that it was not her intention to hurt the Indian community with a racial slur.

“I have already retracted my statement in the House and now, I am  offering my humble and sincere apology here to all Indians for uttering the racist remarks in the heat of the moment.

“I regret for saying that and promise not to repeat it anywhere anymore,” said a visibly moved Hamidah, who plans to embark on a ‘constituency road-show’ to explain and apologise over the incident to electorates in Gopeng, which encompasses Sungai Rapat.

Her apology came in the wake of several police reports lodged by Perak Indian-based public interests groups such as cultural-based organisation Ipoh Tamilar Tirunaal (ITT) organising committee, which has 30 Indian NGO affiliates.

Remarks spark furore

ITT advisor M Mathialagan, a lawyer, lodged the report condemning Hamidah’s racial slur and called upon her to openly apologise to all Indian Malaysians.

During a fiery state assembly meeting in Ipoh yesterday, Hamidah earned the wrath of Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons when she asked whether speaker Sivakumar (an Indian) ‘agreed to disagree’ with a well-known fable of whether a snake or a man from a certain racial community should be killed first.

Her ‘un-assembly-like’ question sparked a furore, prompting Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives led by executive councillor Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Pantai Remis) to demand that she retracts her words.

However, Hamidah maintained her innocence and said she was merely asking if Sivakumar “agreed to disagree” with it.

The speaker who is also DAP Tronoh assemblyperson instead let her off the hook with a mere warning of “not to repeat such sensitive remarks.”

She later retracted her words.

Hamidah was roundly criticised by elected representatives and public interests groups from inside and outside Perak for uttering racist remarks in the House.

DAP Buntong state assemblyperson A Sivasubramaniam did not mince his words, labeling her “a racist upholding BN tradition of racial brand politics”.

“It is ungainly graceless for a people’s representative to utter such racist remarks against the speaker and his community,” he said.

Playing with fire

Sivasubramaniam also said Hamidah’s remarks was proof that BN, particularly Umno, had yet to accept its electoral defeat and conform to the reality that “a speaker of Indian origin was presiding the House”.

“She and Umno are playing with fire by hurting the racial sentiment of others,” he told Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, Penang’s Datuk Keramat assemblyperson Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Perak assembly should have suspended Hamidah immediately and referred her to the Privileges Committee for disciplinary action.

Over the years, Jagdeep’s father, Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh has had in several instances clashed with Barisan MPs in Parliament over similar racist remarks that implicitly portrayed “the Indian community as more venomous than a snake”.

The Penang assemblyperson said Hamidah’s racial slur clearly showed BN had not learnt its lessons from the last general election.

He suggested that another round of elections would remind the coalition that “its racial brand politics no longer appeals to the majority of Malaysians”.

However, a Perak government insider said Hamidah was not referred to the Privilege Committee because she was deliberately left to “suffer public condemnation”.

“She could have become an Umno ‘heroine’ and evaded public humiliation since she would gain ‘immunity’ if referred to the committee.

“The game plan worked to force Hamidah to come out and openly apologise to Indians in Perak and the country as well,” the insider said.

Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise: the newly (I still cannot believe MY SULTAN DID THIS) installed Perak state government does not have a single Indian rep.

So with this new (I still cannot believe MY SULTAN DID THIS) state government in place, Hamidah Osman can no longer threaten to beat up anyone from the ruling (I still cannot believe MY SULTAN DID THIS) coalition.

Or can she still?

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The Prostitute of Jelapang

Posted by pervster on February 6, 2009

Have a good look a the picture below, ladies and gentlemen. This …. is the face of a prostitute.

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PoJ

She may not be the prettiest lass in town…..heck…who am I kidding…she gives all the other good looking people from Perak a bad name…She  just looks ugly.  But don’t let her …not so beautiful looks deceive you. She is…the Number 1 prostitute in Perak.

She…my friends…is the lady who I had voted for in the recent 2008 General Elections.

She goes by the name – Hee Yit Foong.

But, for the people of Jelapang, she’s currently fondly referred to as … the Prostitute of Jelapang.

No one knows what’s the exact amount she received, but the Prostitute of Jelapang  (PoJ for short) up there is rumoured to have received millions for her body…for her soul….making her..by far…the highest paid prostitute in Perak…Malaysia…South East Asia…and probably the world. One more thing Malaysians can be proud off. The highest paid prostitute in the World.

Malaysia Boleh!!!!!!

-perv

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2009………….Keeping Fingers Crossed…..

Posted by ErnieJean on December 30, 2008

Soon we’ll be saying our goodbyes to 2008 and welcoming 2009.

While most of us will be watching our budget when celebrating the coming new year, some will be looking forward to some “panty-less” party down south in the land of the cowboys and litter-happy moments in the shopping haven of Jalan Bukit Bintang……….sigh………

Since the March 2008 election, we’ve constantly talked and blogged about a “New Malaysia”. But seriously, I really wonder whether we’ll ever see that being realised.

For one, it looks like everything is remaining as “status quo” as far as our ruling coalition and all that is tied to their ankles are concerned…….and you can bet we’re talking about the entire web of civil service and the mainsetream media.

Question: How does one know if there is going to be a by-election held in Malaysia soon?

Answer: Check the Malaysian MSMs and you’ll have the stark differences screaming out.

1. Headlines higlighting troubles supposedly brewing in Pakatan Rakyat and grotesque distortion of statements made by PR politicians, while

2. UMNO is all “Love”, “Kindness” and “Maturity”…..everything’s all rosy and peachy in the ruling coalition’s camp……..who cares whether that the PJ UMNO chief is going to join PAS, right? Small issue only………

And another would be the startling drop of morality and civil-mindedness amongs Malaysians, in particular, our youths. The pictures of the streets of Bukit Bintang buried in rubbish on Christmas morning reveals so much about the attitude of our young folks todays…..It’s no longer society orientated but “Me, Myself & I”.

Will 2009 bring changes for the better? Wishful thinking?

I want to remain optimistic. I want to be able to hope for the better…..so that there is still that glimmer of hope that my children and their children will be able to inherit a beautiful land that nurtures, accepts and provides for them. That although it’ll be fat chance with how things are going on at the moment, politically speaking, I’d like to keep my fingers crossed for Malaysians will come to their sense and make changes for the better.

So, what would I wanna wish for 2009?

Here’s the Top 10 that I’d like to put up, in no particular order……..

1. More people-orientated and righteous politicians, civil servants and law-enforcers. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…..Yea, right!!)

2. Main stream media with a conscience. (Will we be seeing cows fly too?)

3. Freedom to voice our concerns as citizens of this country, including cycling and holding lighted candles and hands in public.

4. Abolishment of draconian laws….you and me know what I mean ya?

5. That the forecasted economic downturn for next year will be survivable and employers all over the country will have a heart and not retrench just for the sake of retrenching.

6. Someone in the Education Ministry finally do something about our pathetic education system.

7. Less Walk…..More Talk…….that applies to just about everyone.

8. Recognise and respect the individual’s religious rights, including access to religious books of whatever language.

9. Greater community-orientationess, civic-mindedness, respectfulness, thoughtfulness, etc

10. And for the final one…….for myself personally, to not procrastinate anymore with the “spring-cleaning” of, not only my closet-full of old and worn-out stuff but my personal life too. …..to treasure and focus on what’s important, which is family and close friends ;D

Anyway, to my dear dear Dandies and everyone reading this…….

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009 EVERYBODY!!!

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An interview with Zaid Ibrahim – Minister of Nothing Now

Posted by barbie on September 23, 2008

A reform is only complicated if you don’t want it, says senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. If you want reforms, make the Government more transparent, adopt meritocracy and a more equitable system; that’s not difficult.

PUTTING Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim in a Barisan Nasional Cabinet after the March 8 general election might have seemed to some like trying to force a square peg into a round hole.

“Will he fit in?” wondered his friends with concern while others reacted with consternation.

Tried as hard as he did for six months to fit in that hole, Zaid decided to call it quits after six months, when hit by the last straw – three civilians were arrested under the Internal Security Act on Sept 12. Sunday Star caught up with him shortly after his resignation and quizzed him on his time in the Cabinet, his political will and his next venture.

> In the short six months that you have been minister, can you tell us how Cabinet decisions are made?

It depends on the issue. For major issues, the structure is not so clear. It’s a difficult question to answer.

> Is a paper tabled in Cabinet first for major issues?

Yes. It can be approved as is or with some changes. It’s very fluid. With the more difficult ones and this is where I was not very good at – you probably need the Prime Minister and a few people to agree first before you submit a paper.

> Do Ministers ask for time to study the paper if they do not have expertise in the area, say for example in your paper on the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC)?

It’s very difficult to answer without revealing what happened in Cabinet. I can only talk about broad practices because I’m bound by an oath to secrecy.

> You can’t talk about the process?

It’s difficult because the process depends on the subject matter, it depends on who is the mover and who supports it and who doesn’t. It’s not something you can encapsulate simply.

> But people are curious about the process. They want to understand how after an announcement is made, for example, on JAC, Cabinet can decide to delay its setting up. Was it lobbied against? By whom? At what stage and in what form?

A responsible Government would take all views into consideration before coming to a decision. But there is no set rule for that before a paper is presented. Political will cannot be rendered by me alone.

> The public respects your decision to resign but who do the people speak to now?

They are supposed to tell their Member of Parliament, the party in power and the president of the party. Or they should change the government (if that doesn’t work). There’s only so much an individual can do. We all have to find alternative routes to get what we want.

They can try the new Minister (Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz) who’ll probably be more effective. Some say I’m not a team player, so maybe you need a team player. Some say I don’t know what collective responsibility means. All these are difficult concepts for me … I just wanted to do something I thought would be good and people would see that.

> What has been the most severe criticism levelled at you?

Not severe-lah, just irritating. That the reforms (for greater equality) don’t serve the Malays. It just shows their level of ignorance. Some said I’m not a team player, I don’t know how to convince people.

> The public were happy when the Prime Minister announced the setting up of a JAC. They understand it’s very complicated and the Government needs time but…

It is actually not a complicated thing. It’s only complicated if you don’t want it. The reform was meant to make the Government more transparent, employ a fairer and more equitable system, get the best people for the job, and to have meritocracy in place. That’s not difficult.

> So what was the difficulty, especially after March 8?

The difficulty is some people don’t want to change and as long as they are in power you have to live with it.

> Are you going to write a book about your six months in office?

No, I’m going to write a book about Malaysia.

> A re-hash of your past speeches?

No. That (In Good Faith) was my first book. This will be more of a story.

> You talked of setting up a foundation called MyFuture. What’s its mission?

I see race relations as a major problem in Malaysia. There are Malays who subscribe to ketuanan Melayu, special rights, special law and are fearful of the Chinese. They are fearful of accepting non-Malays in administration, high positions and in universities. There is too much ethno-centric and communitarian politics.

I want young people to be able to understand the other’s problems and fears so we can solve problems rather than “don’t talk about this, don’t talk about that”, “this is sensitive”, “you are threatening us” and “get out of the country if you don’t like it here.” It’s all symptomatic of a state of mind that is not confident. You can’t have reform then.

In a JAC, for example, with a more open process, you will end up having an Indian Chief Justice; you’d ask “how could that be? I can’t accept that.” That argument is racist in character. Or if you want a more equitable housing policy and if you perceive the act of redistribution of wealth or opportunity as benefiting one particular group you don’t like, then you say that is not on because it would endanger or violate your rights.

The whole spectrum of our national life cannot undergo reform if the Malays, Chinese and Indians are ridden with fear and chauvinistic views.

We should move beyond talk. It’s no point charging people with sedition here and there every other week. You have to address the fundamental problem.

It is compounded by the fact that we have two court (civil/syariah) systems. You must understand the issues and be willing to sit down and be trusting enough with one another to say how can we solve this problem.

We need a different approach for this. I hope this foundation can do that in a small way, based on the experiences and modules from other countries on how they deal with racial prejudices through cultural outreach programmes €” beyond eating and makan. We need to understand, for example, why Hindus build temples all over the place? What is the historical perspective? Can a church be next to a mosque? We have had that in Penang for over 100 years but can we do that now?

> You reckon they could build a multi-storey carpark next to the two places of worship to serve both communities, resolving the traffic/parking problem on Fridays at the mosque and Sundays at the church?

Yes (laughing). But you can effect reform only if people are trusting and don’t think that one violates another’s tenets.

We devote too much time on things like toll, double tracking when we should devote more time on Bangsa Malaysia, what kind of people we want to be.

I was told a person asked why a 9A’s student didn’t get a scholarship and the reply was that it was okay for one race but not another. I find that repugnant.
What kind of values are we teaching? We should teach our children not to fear another race or religion. We should recognise our differences and live as equal citizens in this country.

> Many Malaysians speak nostalgically about how race relations were better decades before. How will you erase years of racism and bigotry sown at home or in school?

We have the trappings of success but need to improve. I think the Malays are less fearful of the Chinese now but some people in my party think otherwise. I also know the Chinese in my constituency voted PAS.

> How will you woo parents who worry your programmes might “brainwash” their children into “liberals?”

There is a lot “brainwashing” here to start with, the brainwashing of civil servants and politicians. So if I do my brainwashing (laughing) what’s wrong with that? I am just sending a different message and countering theirs. I am willing to engage with these people that this is a flawed policy, this is not what makes us Malays proud.

> Do you think a JKKK (Village Development and Security Committee) would allow you to hold a programme in their village?

Why not? You need to engage with them. You can’t legislate, well you can but you have to do more. I’m not pretending I’m a great reformist in the area of values and beliefs but I would like another language, one more positive to be used.

If we can influence the young people, they will become decision makers every five years. That’s the one thing politicians are afraid of.

I used to go to Hindu temples in Kelantan. Nobody says anything there. When I saw the famous reclining Buddha I wondered about him. That started my interest in philosophy. Everything that you see stimulates your interest in something else.

We really need to get out of mediocrity and stereotype…I’m not so much interested in seminars and papers but in field activities involving young people. Then hopefully they will not grow up stopping forums and so forth; hopefully they will grow up willing to understand what the problem is.

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The Battle Has Begun!!!! And Hopefully, It’s Not The Riots This Time!!

Posted by ErnieJean on September 17, 2008

So, another UMNO fler has decided to jump on the bandwagon…perhaps he should have consulted his fellow racist bigot, the Toyol man himself about the effectiveness of gaining popularity through blogging propaganda crap (whether self or otherwise)…….after all Toyol’s blog has been receiving such “overwhelming” response that I can’t seem to locate the total number of hits todate on his blog…did he take it out?

(Bernama, 17 Sept 2008) Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has launched his personal website www.1Malaysia.com.my today.

In statement issued by the deputy prime minister’s office, the website is intended to be a forum for all Malaysians to exchange views on important issues, promote common goals and highlight the nation’s unique diversity. (Who is he trying to kid!!!??? ROTFL!!!!)

Najib in the statement said he was concerned that certain quarters were seeking to drive wedges between Malaysia’s communities for political and personal gain and http://www.1Malaysia.com.my was intended as a portal through which the public could directly engage in open and honest dialogue with him. (Which “certain quarters” would you be referring to? Trying to play “memory loss” here Mr. DPM? Open and honest dialogue? Don’t think you can take it………)

“I do not believe in the politics of “deceive, divide and rule”. Returning to our long held belief in unity and mutual respect is more important now than ever,- he said. (Sure you don’t believe in that sort of politicis? How about your own keris-dipping-in-blood waving incident years ago and your countless endorsements of the racist statements by members of your very own party?)

He said the website was for all Malaysians and he encouraged those who rely on the Internet for information, communication and community to join this discussion. (When the name, email add, phone no, postcode, etc is required in the comment box, and the knowledge of your goons monitoring our IP addresses, just how many honest opinions would you be expecting? Especially after the way you guys merrily detain any civilian under ISA based on your whims and fancies?)

“As I work to update my skills, I will need your input and response to let me know how I am doing. The insight of the online community increasingly reflects what is important to Malaysians and I am eager to gain that perspective. (Didn’t you people write off the relevance of the blogging community just recently? Speaking with a forked tongue again?)

“I hope this website will initiate an open and vital dialogue, exploring our Malaysian identity, purpose and direction. As a father of two teenagers, I am both familiar with and resigned to heated debate and disagreement. (Hhhmmm…makes one wonder if our future PM can’t even win a debate with his teenage girls, and I don’t think it’s about national or worldy issues ya, how is he expected to command the respect of the nation?)”

Let’s proceed as the extended family we are. Let’s practise courtesy in our discourse and make understanding the primary goal of our interaction,” he said. (Still can’t believe he actually thinks anyone will be falling for this “We are A Happy Family” crap!!”

Najib also encouraged people to join him in defining Malaysia and the role Malaysians must play in its future. (Najib’s definition? We work like donkeys while they go golfing in Taiwan)”

Each of us, despite our differences, shares a desire for a better tomorrow.’ Each of us wants opportunity, respect, friendship, and understanding.’ Each one of us, in our unique way, is Malaysian. -Together, we are One Malaysia. I hope we will keep this conversation going,” said Najib. (Coming from someone who absolutely has no credibility or integrity left, this rings utterly HOLLOW!!!)

Isn’t it just infuriating that some people have such thick skulls that they have yet to accept the reasons behind the rakyat’s rejection of their leadership…they still think it’s the faults of the bloggers and the only way to stay in power is to “counter these cyber liars”. It has yet to dawn upon them that their policies laced with corruption, oppression, croynism, racism, etc are the reasons for them being hit with one “tsunami” after another….sigh……..

I have always wondered what the BN government will be doing to cling on to power and fight this takeover by Pakatan Rakyat and DSAI. To be honest, I know many of us were and are still worried about the possibility of chaos and riots being created, but I’d like to believe today’s Malaysians are no longer as naive as they were in yesteryears, where riots were easily sparked. If you’ve seen photos of the gathering in Kelana Jaya Stadium two days ago, you’d know what I mean, that majority of Malaysians no longer view each other with contempt and suspicion, what more to raise daggers at each other……which is, by the way, exclusively reserved for UMNO politicians.

Then, it dawned on me, that UMNO is most probably using the entire might of their MSMs to confuse the steadfast supporters of Anwar, and the blogosphere to turn the tablesI!!!! Smart but not smart enough my friends!!

So what made me come up with a conclusion like that? Check out what’s been going on since Anwar’s 2pm “916” press conference……..

Counter Attack 1

Last nite, right after DSAI’s press conference, I received an sms, which I believe a lot of Malaysians have received too, about DSAI being a con-man and that this cross-over scheme is all one big con job and the joke’s on us….all because Lim Guan Eng was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying that the 916 strategy was that of a “psychological war”. Hello, of course lah it’s psychologicall! We all know the strategy involved making them piss in their pants!! Don’t twist this into something that meant playing a joke on the rakyat.

Counter Attack 2

RTM had a late night program yesterday about DSAI’s press conference where they called on viewers to sms their thoughts and opinions. Needless to say, all the smses were critical of DSAI and very pro-BN…..well…duh!!! It’s RTM people!!!

Counter Attack 3

DPM launching his “We Care. We One Big Happy Family” website. Have checked it out, by the way, out of curiousity, as our DPM is not exactly known to be a writer or witty for that matter. At the moment, there’s nothing there except for a very rosy and glossy introduction to who the “great” man is. *Gag*

I’m sure there’ll be more coming out at us the next following days and like RPK, I pray that Anwar moves fast, as this country really needs to get back on track. We’ve been cursed with a non-performing government since Badawi took over and as confirmed by the man of the hour, Zaid Ibrahim, the PM has basically lost the control and respect of his ministers and party members….which basically explains why this ship is sinking.

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A Year Ago on 916…

Posted by ella-mae on September 17, 2008

With all the excitement surrounding DSAI’s 916: How could I have forgotten what happened on September 16th last year? On 916 a year ago, Nurin Jazlin Jazimin’s lifeless body was found stuffed in a bag left in front of a shop. While her parents and loved ones mourn her lost, her killer is still out there: free to torture and kill more children.

How many more children do we have to lose before you begin doing your job, PDRM? How many more Sharlinies and Asmawis have to go missing before you start doing something? How many more Lai Ying Xins have to die before you stop serving your political masters and perform your duty as you have pledged to the people the people of Malaysia?

Children of the Shadows

(For All the Lost Children)

What sentinels watch over us, the lost,
who fly as shadows
What vengeful archangels take wing,
keeping account of everything,
While we are bound to life
between two earthly planes?
While only tragedy and emptiness remains?

What empty rhetoric has drowned the cost
in vapid shallows,
Simplistic terms for everything,
leaving the poison in the sting,
While our remembered life
still bears the bloody stains?
For sometimes justice lies, when love has severed veins.

Where were the ones who always cared for us-
when we were screaming?
The ones who kissed away our pain,
kept us amused through weeks of rain,
Taught us about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost?
Where did the grownups go, when we needed them most?

Where were the strong ones, who were there for us
when we were dreaming;
Who saved us when nightmares lashed the rein,
banished the monsters once again,
Who told us of guardian angels;
all the Heavenly Host?
And where is justice, when the world needs it the most?

Away with your rhetoric, and legends born to save.
No-one can help those crying out beyond the grave.

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The Merdeka Flag (A short story in conjunction with the Merdeka celebration)

Posted by Oscar the Grouch on August 31, 2008

This short story is written by The Construction Lawyer.

An exasperated Helen Chong manoeuvres her way out of the maddening crowd. Petaling Street was not what it used to be, she thinks to herself; apart from the jostling throng of people. The volatile weather condition, relatively clear about half-an hour ago, has its sunny skyline replaced with dark bellowing clouds. The strong breezy wind made its way towards Helen, as she hastens her footsteps. She has, on one hand, her oversized LV handbag; and on the other, a huge plastic bag; in it, container bags of fried pork.

She has just purchased the fried pork from the famous shop in Petaling Street – it is the place to get Chinese fried pork, especially if it is meant to be a cuisine gift for important clients. Helen Chong is a real estate negotiator, specializing in high-end office blocks. She has been in this industry for the past 15 years, making her one of the leading agents within the Klang Valley vicinity. It will be one of her corporate clients that she will be graciously offering the boxes of fried pork to.

Helen curses herself as a she feels the little droplets from the slight drizzle on her head. As it is, she is already late to fetch her daughter from school. Lavinia is 8, and is in Standard 2. At Helen’s insistence, Lavinia is enrolled in a private Chinese school – her one and only precious daughter will not be registered in a public school. Money is no objections; Lavinia must be educated exclusively in her mother-tongue. Helen will definitely be late, by which time Lavinia would have been waiting for some time. The thought of kidnappers taking captive of her offspring went through Helen’s mind. It is so rampant these days, in this country, thinks Helen to herself.

As she darts across the road, her mobile phone lets out a boisterous deafening ring. It is her husband, but Helen has not the luxury of time to answer his call, despite knowing that he is making the call from Shanghai. She knows that it is one of his daily buzz, just to report on his well-being, and to catch up on any newsworthy event out of the ordinary. She can always call on him at his hotel later. She knows her husband’s dreary routine – work, go back to the hotel and watch CNN. In any event, her husband would be flying back in two days time. His business in China has been moving along well, the trips there have now been a familiar fixture in their marriage routine, she misses him not now.

Despite the good income provided by her husband’s trading enterprise, coupled by her immoderate sales commissions, both Helen and her husband are still intent to migrate. Their documents are already in process, so says their immigration lawyers. If all goes well, an affirmative reply will be forthcoming in a few months. Helen has been toying with the choice of relocating to either Melbourne or Sydney – that is where most of her relatives and friends are, anyway. Helen has wanted to move away ever since Lavinia was born. Her self-assurance in the country is wanting – education, healthcare, quality of life, the hot weather, bribery and recently, the increase in urban crime rates. Helen wants the best for her daughter, and she fervently believes the unsurpassed offer lies across the seas.

Helen looks at the time, it shows 6.45 pm. The sky, already dark, and the drizzle begin to convert to a downpour. Unfortunately and untimely, she was unable to find a parking spot earlier on, and had to resort to putting her car in a far-flung car park. Helen is tired and hungry; the thought of walking in the rain disgusted her, when, almost immediately, she sees an alley. It would be a convenient short-cut to the car, she entices herself. Without even a brief consideration, she proceeds into the alley lane; her rush makes her somewhat oblivious to the lurking dangers of the dark unlit walkway.

The dim passageway is not the back lane of the shops, as initially thought by Helen. It is actually a pathway pavement to the little marketplace. Being a day market for the convenience of the locals there, the place is now gloomy and empty, apart from a few loitering vagrants, which added to the shadowy sinister atmosphere of the location. The stench is somewhat unbearable; it is a potpourri of pong of the slaughtered animals from the butchers, causing Helen to feel nauseatingly queasy. Seeing the light from the end of the market-alley cheered Helen.

As she reaches the last stall, a man jumps out on her, with a large butcher’s knife. Helen breaks out in a piercing scream. The robber points the razor-sharp knife at her, giving it a slight sway back and forth, indicating the macabre end if the mugging does not end in his favour. Helen is shaking all over, breaks of cold-sweat appears on her forehead. The robber directs to her costly-looking LV handbag. Helen quickly gives the bag to him, her hands trembling uncontrollably as she passes the purse to her assailant. As the bandit rummages through the bag, Helen notices that the man is a foreigner, judging by his physical looks; and young, perhaps no more over 25. Then Helen sees a passerby, a Chinese mother with her young daughter. The lady witnesses the larceny, but quickly turns away, hushing her daughter to safety. Helen’s heart sank.

Then out of nowhere, a fat elderly Malay lady appears at the scene, shouting at the robber, startling him in the process. The robber turns around and starts to wave the knife violently. Almost at that instance, a burly man appears, to defend his wife. The hefty Pakcik swings his shopping back to thwart the attack. The Makcik joins the fray, oblivious to the dangers. Seeing the engage, the robber becomes more violent, now more intent to injure anyone who can foil his livelihood. The Pakcik caught sight of a Malaysia flag on one of the vegetable stall, complete with a big pole stick; it was one of the many pole-flag put up for the Merdeka celebration. Quickly, the Pakcik pulls out the flag and uses it as his weapon. It becomes an uncanny bludgeon stick. In a swoosh, the long stick-cane hits the robber on the head, the cloth-flag draping over him, making him fall flat on the dirty market ground; in the process, he loses grip of the knife – it flings to one corner before lodging itself into the side-drain in a loud cling. Seeing the robber clumsily wrapped the Makcik runs up and gives him a strong kick in the stomach; ending the battle. The Pakcik has to hold on to his feisty wife from hurling further physical abuses. The robber, sensing he is beaten, runs away, whilst trying to free himself from the entangled flag.

The Pakcik and the Makcik then looks at Helen, with an assuring smile. The Pakcik picks up the LV bag, passing it to Helen. No words came out from Helen; she is still badly-shaken. The Makcik gives Helen a squeeze on her shoulder, as if telling her it’s all over.

Helen’s heart is still thumping swiftly as she sees the valiant elderly Malay couple walks off.

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Taking Back Our Country: Petition to Restore the Judiciary!

Posted by Cherubim on August 30, 2008

Haris Ibrahim of The People’s Parliament started the ball rolling for this petition quite some time ago. RPK promoted it. Currently ithe petition received 14109 signatures.

Although I admit a certain amount of skepticism over the Sultan’s ability to actually make it happen, I realized that the true worth of a signed petition is not in its influence to make one person, one man to do something for you. It is the sheer numbers of those who signed it. It’s perfectly common and relatively harmless to complain at a mamak stall, but when you pool all those voices together in a signed petition, it amounts to something that’s important and no one can ignore.

They can’t possibly off the whole lot of us, y’know. Please sign here. Contents of the petition is republished below;

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Explanatory note : The petition displayed here does not include the requisite court language befitting the presentation of the people’s appeal to His Majesty, the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang DiPertuan Agong.This will be undertaken by a specialist at a later date for the final document to be presented to His Majesty.

If you agree to support this petition, you are required to submit your name and identity card number. Names unaccompanied with their identity card numbers, or accompanied by incorrect identity card numbers, will be deleted. Names of those supporting this petition will not be displayed here.

On 18th April, 2008, the Prime Minister, Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, gave the following commitment to the rakyat :

‘…No nation can call itself fair and just without an efficient and trusted judiciary. By “trusted”, I mean a judiciary that delivers justice and is seen to deliver justice…the fact is, we can no longer leave such an important institution to hope and chance. The system must have built-in safeguards to prevent potential abuse and it must have a process that will convincingly identify the best legal minds in the country to join the judiciary…Therefore, the Government proposes a change to make the process of nominating, appointing and promoting judges more transparent and representative…’

At pages 174 and 175 of its report presented to Your Majesty on 9th May, 2008, the Royal Commission of Inquiry mandated to look into the matter of the VK Lingam video, in recommending the formation of a Judicial Appointments Commission, observed as follows:

‘…there is cause for concern about how judges in the upper echelons of the judiciary were appointed and the selection criteria employed. More specifically the evidence has disclosed inherent flaws and weaknesses regarding the process of appointment and promotion of High Court judges as well as the Chief Judge Malaya, President Court of Appeal and the Chief Justice of the Federal Court…Having heard the evidence presented to the Commission in relation to the video clip it would seem clear that the appointment and promotion of judges of the higher judiciary is open to interference and manipulation by the Executive and other extrinsic forces including private citizens…the inherent weaknesses in the process of appointment of judges and its vulnerability to interference and manipulation could result in extreme damage to the independence of the judiciary in particular and to the country in general’.

We, the rakyat, have been very anxious that the requisite reforms to the Judiciary be given effect to so as to restore the same as a truly independent arm of government, free from any sort of interference from Executive so that the former could perform its constitutional role as the defender of the rakyat. We were as such gratified with the media reports that the Law Minister, Dato Zaid Ibrahim, was treating the matter of the establishment of a Judicial Appointments Commission as a matter of priority.

We, the rakyat, are now gravely disappointed with recent media reports that several Cabinet ministers, notably from UMNO, have rejected the proposal by the Law Minister for the establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission and that the Law Minister had recently confirmed that there would now not be sufficient time during the present sitting of Parliament to table a bill for the purposes of establishing the Judicial Appointments Commission.

We, the rakyat, also note and endorse the concerns of the Law Minister that the appointment to the post of Chief Justice, which falls vacant on 18th October, 2008 upon the retirement of the present Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, should ideally be done as transparently as might have been had the Judicial Appointments Commission been set up and entrusted with that task.

We, the rakyat, note that in September last year, the Prime Minister had recommended and Your Majesty had consented to the appointment of Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki Tun Azmi directly to the Federal Court, by-passing several senior judges of the Court of Appeal.

Then in December last year, whilst Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki had barely completed three months into his appointment as a judge of the Federal Court, the Prime Minister had again recommended and Your Majesty had consented to the appointment of Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki to the position of President of the Court of Appeal, this time bypassing several far more senior judges of the Federal Court.

We, the rakyat, note with concern that the rapid rise of Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki through the judiciary, inexplicably over the heads of many more senior members, is reminiscent of the episode in which Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim bypassed the more senior late Tan Sri Malek Ahmed to the position of President of the Court of Appeal, an episode that became the subject-matter of scrutiny by the Royal Commission of Inquiry earlier this year.

We, the rakyat, also note with concern the following of and concerning Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki :

1.Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki is the most junior judge amongst all judges of the High
Courts, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court;

2.Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki is the most junior amongst the 8 Federal Court judges,
and his selection as President of the Court of Appeal would most unfairly
have raised questions about the competence of the other 7 very much more
senior judges of the Federal Court ;

3.Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki has been very intimately involved in UMNO, having at
one time held the position of chairman of the party’s election committee,
deputy chairman of its disciplinary board of appeal and party legal
adviser. It is unclear if he is still a card carrying member of UMNO or if
he has ceased to be one, when he ceased to be one;

4.Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki has been linked to financial scandals involving UMNO
that were allegedly bailed out by the government;

5.Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki has been very intimately involved in the corporate
world as a major shareholder and / or director in several corporate
entities, many of which were known to have business dealings with the
government; and

6.Tan Sri Dato’ Zaki had previously been embroiled in a personal scandal that
implicated him in the destruction of documentary evidence, thus laying him
open to questions of his integrity.

We, the rakyat, in writing to Your Majesty now, are guided by the following wise words of HRH Raja Nazrin Shah on 9th April, 2008 :

‘We are now at a critical time in our nation’s history, one where the institutions of state – indeed, the foundations of our democracy – which we have built up since Independence, are under scrutiny. The just concluded 12th General Elections has ushered in a host of changes. Among other things, it has introduced a greater degree of contestation in policy-making, legislation and administration than many would previously have thought possible. Some of these changes may be transient. Others could well be permanent. Whatever the case, the new political realities have proven to be and will continue to be challenging. They send a clear message that we cannot continue on a course of ‘business-as-usual’. It goes without saying that recent revelations of improprieties in the judiciary have been extremely damaging, not least by eroding the public’s image of, and confidence in, the system of justice in this country. We must be committed to working through our current problems and to emerge the stronger and better for them. In order to do so, we must be prepared to deal with the facts as they are, and not as we would like them to be. In this respect, it is most encouraging that YAA Dato’ Abdul Hamid has himself set the tone for us in his appointment speech in December last year. In that speech, which has been described as “a breath of fresh air”, he openly addressed concerns about the impartiality of judicial decisions, the appointment and promotion of judges, and their commitment to carrying out their work. He wisely pointed out that whether or not these perceptions were founded was immaterial. The mere fact that they exist is enough to do damage and warrant firm action’.

Given that it is unlikely that the Judicial Appointments Commission would have been set up by the time the present Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad retires on 18th October, 2008, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the proposed new Chief Justice will be recommended by the Prime Minister to Your Majesty for Your Majesty’s consent, without the attendant transparent procedures that the anticipated Judicial Appointments Commission would have introduced.

We, the rakyat, again guided by the recent wise words of HRH Raja Nazrin Shah, that when the advice given to the Malay Rulers contradicts the spirit of the constitution, sanctity of the law and the basic principle of justice, the Malay Rulers should not feel pressured to give their assent and that the constitutional monarch system involves a sharing of power between the Rulers and the people and the Rulers are often the “source of reference” whenever there was a crisis among the rakyat, now pray that Your Majesty may be so moved, with a view to begin the process of restoring the confidence of the rakyat in the Judiciary :

1.to require that the senior most judge of the Federal Court, such seniority
measured by the years of service in the apex court, be appointed as the
next Chief Justice upon the retirement of the present Chief Justice Tun
Abdul Hamid Mohamad retires on 18th October, 2008; and

2.pending the establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission, to
require that promotions to the Court of Appeal and to the Federal Court
shall be from the senior most judges of the High Courts and Court of Appeal
respectively. Again, seniority must be assessed by the years of service in
the High Courts and Court of Appeal respectively.

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