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Posted by ErnieJean on March 11, 2009
So, it has finally happened……..after months of denying till their faces are blue, what the rest of us ordinary Malaysians have known since last year, our dear Finance-Minister-cum-Incoming-UMNO-Tai-Kor and his 2nd Finance Minister have admitted that they can no longer pull wool over our eyes about the inevitable recession…..
And then, just like that, they somehow waved a “magic wand” and lo and behold!!!! We have RM60 BILLION !!!!!???? Where on earth did the Finance Ministry dig those figures from!!!???
Mr. Rosmah, who is already smelling the fragrance of the nation’s PMship, called his “baby” “unprecedented in the nation’s history“…….Well, I totally agree with him. It’s “unprecedented” alright…….but IN WHAT SENSE!!!???
Remember when Najib unvieled his 1st Economic Stimulus Package of RM7 billion on November 4 and he issued this statement?
On November 4, I introduced a 7 billion ringgit ($1.93 billion) pro-growth stimulus package to implement projects with high multiplier effects, building on the previously announced 5 billion ringgit allocation of existing investment capital to ValueCap, Malaysia’s asset management company.
The stimulus package as a whole is designed to enhance domestic growth and improve market confidence. This package ensures that a larger segment of the population will realize the benefit of productive expenditure from the government.
We anticipate no additional expenditure in implementing these measures. The larger stimulus package is entirely funded by savings on subsidies as a result of falling global oil prices. ValueCap will enhance existing assets and multiply the benefit the Employees Provident Fund already provides Malaysian workers.
To address your suggestion that parts of the stimulus package might be inappropriately managed, all measures, including ValueCap, will be supervised by Malaysia’s Project Monitoring Unit. They will report directly to me, the Minister of Finance, and I will provide regular updates and, I suspect, receive candid assessment by an active political opposition, the public and the press. (Well, obviously this Malaysia’s Project Monitoring Unit is sleeping on the job!!!!)
Malaysia is no stranger to this sort of scrutiny. During the last crisis, our “unorthodox” stimulus initiatives were loudly criticized and largely condemned. The current crisis, however, has reinvigorated interest in and, apparently, the validity of those initiatives.
Malaysia is well positioned for the coming economic challenge. Our financial sector is in a much healthier position today than 10 years ago. The capital adequacy ratio of banks at 8% is much higher than the minimum international requirement. Non-performing loans of all banks are at an average of 2.5%. Financial institutions have ample capital liquidity. Foreign reserves are high at $100.2 billion. The current account surplus is 15% of GDP.
All I wanna know is what happened to that RM7 Billion announced to be injected to save our country from further despair? If the government agencies can’t even handle RM7 billion, how are they expected to handle EFFICIENTLY an amount that’s 10 times larger!!???
Maybe it’s too early to judge the success (or failure??) of this package……maybe we shuld give Najib and his team the benefit of the doubt and see where we end up after a couple of months…..and hopefully, Malaysia does not end up in the dog house by then…………
Let’s have a quick look at the following salient points in the mini-budget announced by Najib, courtesy of Malaysiakini
GDP growth is expected to be in the range of –1% to 1% for 2009. Without the two stimulus packages, the economy faces the prospect of a deep recession.
RM60 billion stimulus package – RM15 billion is fiscal injection, RM25 billion Guarantee Funds, RM10 billion equity investments, RM7 billion private finance initiative (PFI) and off-budget projects, as well as RM3 billion in tax incentives.
According to the government, the budget deficit, which shoots up from 4.8 percent to 7.6 percent in 2009, can be financed from domestic sources. It added that the financing of the deficit will not crowd out the private sector in sourcing funds. (Pray tell us in detail, what are the domestic sources??? Our EPF again!!!???)
The RM60 billion is allocated to achieve four aims:
1. Reducing unemployment, increasing employment – RM2 billion
2. Easing the burden of the rakyat, especially vulnerable groups – RM10 billion
3. Assisting the private sector – RM29 billion
4. Building capacity for the future – RM19 billion
RM2 bil to reduce unemployment, increase employment
To create a total of 163,000 training and job placement opportunities in the public and private sectors
To establish 22 JobsMalaysia Centres and upgrade 109 existing centres to facilitate access for workers and employers to obtain job placements, career counselling and information on training opportunities
Employers who employ workers retrenched from July 1 2008 be given double tax deduction on the amount of remuneration paid. (What about the majority of us wage earners who got our salaries cut!!?? Why are the Employers the ones enjoying tax breaks whilst the employees have conveniently been side-stepped!!??)
Government to recruit 63,000 staff to fill vacancies and serve as contract officers in various government agencies. (As it is, aren’t our civil service departments already filled to the brim with non-productive leeches?)
To encourage more Malaysians to pursue Masters and PhD by financing tuition fees and research grants up to RM20,000 for student pursuing PhDs locally and RM10,000 for those taking Masters programme. (What are the criterias for one to be qualified to apply? If all unemployed undergraduates are eligible for these grants, would our local universities be capable of handling such huge intakes?)
Levy on foreign workers will be doubled for all sectors except construction, plantation and for domestic maids; the levy will be paid by the employers and not by the workers.
RM10 bil to ease the burden of the rakyat
To assist oil palm and rubber smallholders whose incomes have been affected due to declining commodity prices.
RM674 million in subsidies to be allocated to avert price increases of necessities, such as sugar, bread and wheat flour.
To provide RM480 million to ensure that toll rates are not increased. With these above measures, the government will allocate a sum of RM27.9 billion for subsidies in 2009. (Why are we still putting our hard earned money into these cronies’ pockets!!!???)
House buyers be given tax relief on interest paid on housing loans up to RM10,000 a year for three years.
RM200 million to repair and maintain drains and roads. (So, what happened to the RM500 million allocated in the 1st Stimulus plan for this purpose?????? This road and drainage repair works never seem to end, don’t you think so?? And we all know why that is so…….)
RM150 million for renovation, maintenance and repairs of welfare homes, fire and rescue stations and quarters, as well as public toilets in mosques, surau and tourist spots. (Isn’t this a little too much for renovation works? Do you smell “Happy Class F Contractors” with the fondness of marking up 100% on their contract sum, here?? !!!???)
RM1.95 billion to build and improve facilities in 752 schools, particularly in rural areas as well as Sabah and Sarawak, with RM300 million to be used to improve facilities in government-aided religious schools, national-type Chinese and Tamil schools as well as mission schools. (Do you notice Sabah and Sawarak seems to be getting a lot of allocation during budget announcements but they never seem to receive the actual amount at the end of the day?? Anyone care to tell where those money get channelled to???)
RM230 million will be provided to increase the coverage of electricity and water supply in rural areas, particularly in Sabah and Sarawak. (After 50 years, there’s still a need to increase coverage of these basic amenities!!!??? )
RM350 million will be provided for the construction of rural roads. (Once again, didn’t they already allocated RM500 million form the 1st stimulus plan for this purpose??? SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!)
RM1.2 billion to be allocated in Sarawak and Sabah. This include the expansion of Sibu Airport, deepening works at Miri Port, repair and improve infrastructure damaged by floods, upgrading of schools as well as construction of Lawas Training Centre, Kota Samarahan Industrial Estate and tourism facilities.
In Sabah, among the main programmes and projects to be implemented include building of Giat Mara centres, Kota Kinabalu Electricity Transmission System, as well as upgrading of schools, roads and bridges. The government to take action to resolve issues related to health services in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah.
Existing tax exemption of RM6,000 given on retrenchment benefits be increased to RM10,000 for each completed year of service. Banks to allow retrenched workers defer the repayment of their housing loans for one year.
RM29 bil to assist the private sector
RM5 billion to provide working capital to companies with shareholder equity below RM20 million. The government to provide guarantee in the ratio of 80:20, that is 80% will be guaranteed by the government and 20% by the financial institutions.
To set up an Industry Restructuring Guarantee Fund Scheme totalling RM5 billion for loans to increase productivity and value-added activities, as well as the application of green technology.
Securities Commission to implement additional measures to reduce time-to-market to enable companies to raise funds in the capital market in a more efficient and cost-effective manner including doing away with approvals for rights issues by listed companies.
A new programme where permanent resident status would be considered for high-net-worth individuals bringing more than US$2 million for investments or savings in Malaysia.
RM5,000 discount to be given to car owners, who trade in their cars which are at least 10 years old, for the purchase of new Proton and Perodua cars. (HEY!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROMISED IMPROVEMENTS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!!!!!!!!?????)
RM2 billion for a new LCCT at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is expected to be ready in 2011.
A rebate of 50% on landing charges will be given for a period of two years effective 1 April 2009 to all airlines that operate from Malaysia. Likely to result in lower air fares.
Company’s current year losses be allowed to be carried back to the immediate preceding year.
An Accelerated Capital Allowance to encourage companies to renovate and refurbish their business premises. The allowance is capped at RM100,000.
RM200 million to upgrade infrastructure in tourist spots, diversify tourism products, organise more international conferences and exhibitions in Malaysia as well as improve the homestay programme.
RM19 bil to build capacity for the future
To promote domestic private investments, the investment funds of Khazanah Nasional Berhad will be increased by RM10 billion.
Khazanah to invest RM3 billion in the telecommunications sector, which among others, will facilitate its subsidiary to improve broadband infrastructure.
RM1.7 billion of Khazanah’s investment to go into Iskandar project for the building of infrastructure, hotels, theme parks as well as universities.
RM5 billion for 23 projects implemented on off-budget basis, including LCCT at KLIA and the expansion of Pulau Pinang Airport at an estimated cost of RM2 billion and RM250 million.
RM2.4 billion for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to improve telecommunication infrastructure.
RM100 million to build sky bridges and covered walkways between buildings, especially in the Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur.
RM2 billion for private finance initiative (PFI) and public-private partnerships.
RM20 million for Radio Televisyen Malaysia to implement several projects to develop the local music industry.
All government procurements will be made through open tenders or restricted tenders, except for specific cases. (This additional clause of “Specific Cases” totally freaks me out!!!!!)
I dont know about you guys……….but this 2nd Stimulus Package is definitely what I had anticipated……A COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT for the ordinary folks like me………
Like how an accountant friend quite aptly put it, insteadof spending on non-productive matters such as upgrading and increasing job placement centers and beautifying firemen’s quarters, the government could have implemented more people-friendly measures such as abolishing personal income taxes for individuals, quit rents and assessment rents for 2 years. This should be the true spirit of the stimulus plan, which is to help the rakyat get back on their feet. Instead, what we are seeing now is that it looks very much like the AMNO cronies and businessmen will be getting the bulk of the money.
Penang CM Lim Guan End also couldn’t have sum this up any better when he said;
“To stimulate the economy, the government should give the money to Malaysians, like what Singapore, Taiwan and even Thailand are doing.
“For the next two years, things are going to get bad.
“We need to help the poor families in order for them to have money for their day to day life.
“Currently, there is no direct financial aid to all Malaysians,”
Posted in BN, Budget, Economy, erniejean, government, Malaysia, malaysiakini, Najib Tun Razak, Observations, Opinions | Tagged: Malaysia's 1st Stimulus Package, Malaysia's 2nd Stimulus Package, malaysiakini, Najib Tun Razak, recession, UMNO cronies | 5 Comments »
Posted by barbie on February 18, 2009
Tempe King, Khir Toyo is a botox-ed face hypocrite!
The REAL face before tempe and botox treatment
On Eli’s Wong nude photos:
KLANG: Selangor Opposition chief and former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has called for Pakatan Rakyat state executive councillor Elizabeth Wong to resign on moral grounds.
He said Malaysians were not ready to accept leaders who were embroiled in scandals.
Given this, he said Wong must relinquish all her positions.
“This is a moral issue and Malaysians cannot accept leaders with moral issues and so she must vacate her State Assembly seat.
And after Eli offered to resign, the morally constipated Khir Toyo said this:
Selangor opposition chief Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo commended her for offering to resign, saying it was the right thing to do.
Dr Mohd Khir said that it was an unfortunate turn of events but said he appreciated Wong’s move to immediately resign.
“It is good that there is a trend in Malaysia now whereby embattled elected representatives readily resign from their posts,” he said.
But, Khir Toyo.. what you said when photos of your representatives clearly in a compromising position were leaked out?
Posted by ErnieJean on February 16, 2009
You know what?
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!
ENOUGH with all these low-life tactics to politically assassinate one’s opponent. For once, can’t these people pppplllleeeeaaaasssseeee come up with something that has more substance than some cheap nauseating thrills!!??
Nude photos: Politician lodges police report
Malaysiakini – Feb 16, 09 9:45am
A top Selangor assemblywoman, whose nude photographs are being circulated in public, has made a report urging the police to investigate the matter.
According to the assemblywoman, she lodged the report late last night at Damansara police station in Petaling Jaya at about 11pm.
It is believed that the photographs were taken without her consent, most likely by a former boyfriend, while she was sleeping.
Malaysiakini has seen a couple of the photos, one of which shows her asleep naked in bed.
The politician, who is from the ruling Pakatan Rakyat coalition in Selangor, has been severely traumatised by the release of the photos.
She told Malaysiakini that it was a gross invasion of her privacy.
“I’m a little speechless and at loss of words,” she said, adding that she would leave to the police to find the culprit who circulated the photos.
The photos have been sent to a number of newspapers, including The Sun and Malay Mail, which today ran reports on the matter.
According to one of her supporters, the release of the photos is aimed at casting aspersions on her and Pakatan ahead of two crucial by-elections in April, in Kedah and Perak.
The assemblywoman, who is in her late 30s and single, is expected to release a statement later today.
From what I gathered, these are basically photos taken of Eli Wong sleeping in nude/almost nude, without her consent mind you……….I mean, COME ON!!! Im’ very sure there’s many of us out there, men included, who has slept in their “birthday-suits” before, so WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL!!!???
These photos are neither controversial nor are they sexy!! What they are, are basically a gross violation of one’s personal boundaries!!!! Nothing more and nothing less!!
To use private photos of another person in order to embarrass him/her is not only criminal but TRULY TRULY DESPICABLE!!!
And you know what……I somehow suspect that the source of this “despicability” has the stinky trademark scent of some mastermind from a particular racist and corrupted political party that promotes and approves of such of behaviour………and for anyone to not know which party I’m referring to, must have been a hermit in some limestone caves……….
No, I have not seen the photos, nor will I ever be interested in viewing them……because by doing so would only give whoever posted those photos the publicity he/she so crave.
As far as I’m concerned, Elizabeth Wong is one great assemblywoman and the work that she has done for the people (even way before she was elected) certainly outweighs all that Toyol and his goons have done in their entire political career!!!
Btw, I do wonder if it could also be because of her and the PR state government’s unwavering stand on many issues that has made them the darlings of the voters but hugely “unpopular” with the corrupted businessmen, who used to get their way with the previous Toyol government by just donating large amounts to some mysterious “Football Club”……….the illegal billboards and dangerous hillside developments instantly springs to mind……..hhhmmmmm…..
Quite frankly, I certainly DONT’ GIVE A DAMN what she wears to sleep, do you?
And just like Teresa Kok and her ISA detention, this incident of betrayal will not only ensure that the political career of Eli Wong will definitely live on, but she will find herself deluged with public support…….
Ultimately the BIG LOSER will NOT be the victim, but the perpertrator!!!!
Posted in Current Affairs, erniejean, Malaysia, malaysiakini, News, Observations, Pakan Rakyat, PKR, Politicians, politics | Tagged: Controversial Photos, Despicable Act, Elizabeth Wong, Khir Toyol, malaysiakini, Selangor, UMNO, Violation Of Personal Space | 33 Comments »
Posted by Oscar the Grouch on February 10, 2009
I must be getting old these days. A many number of times, I find myself grappling, trying hard to understand Malaysian politics. Or perhaps, it is Malaysian politics itself that has since gone warily unfathomable, rather than the sanity of my intellect.
Take, for example, the case of Karpal Singh. He wants to sue the Sultan of Perak. A whole load of people are unhappy with him for intending to do so. Numerous police reports have been lodged, at various places, all of which allege Karpal Singh as derhaka, kurang ajar, rebellious; some even asserting that he has committed acts of treason.
This is the part that I don’t quite understand. Why can’t Karpal sue the Sultan? It’s his right to do so. Of course, some of us may opine that he ought not to do so, given that it is the adat that a commoner should show subservient to the sovereign ruler.
But in these modern times, with contemporary progressive laws, the right of a citizen to task his leader to a court of justice is a fundamental liberty to be found contemporaneous in almost all jurisdictions in the world. If Karpal Singh has a bad case, his suit will be dismissed by the court, of which he would be liable for costs. In any event, it will be with the judiciary that lays the ultimate bastion of justice.
This comes to mind my other incomprehension. Why are certain sectors of the rakyat angry at Karpal Singh for wanting to sue the Sultan? I personally find this quite amusing. Karpal Singh has been suing the Sultans since time immemorial.
In 1986, he filed a civil suit against the Sultan of Johor, Tunku Mahmood Iskandar, who was then the Agong. The civil suit was filed on behalf of one Daeng Baha Ismail for damages of assault (Daeng Baha Ismail had been taken to the Johor Palace in handcuffs by police personnel and was punched and repeatedly hit by the Sultan in the presence of the Royal household). Karpal lost his case, and it was reported that the Sultan allegedly named one of his dogs after him (“A Malaysian Who Dared Sue a King” Far Eastern Economic Review, 20 May, 1993).
In 1995, Karpal filed a suit against the then King, Tuanku Jaafar Rahman, the Ruler of Negeri Sembilan. The complaint was that Tuanku Jaafar had cheated a businessman of a land deal in Port Dickson. Karpal also threaten to bring charges of criminal breach of trust and lodged a police report against Tuanku Jaafar. It was reported that Tuanku Jaafar then entered into a handsome out of court settlement thereafter.
In 1996, Karpal represented Faridah Begun bte Abdullah against the Sultan of Pahang in the Special Court. The case, however, was not successful on an issue of technicality.
So, why now, is everyone taking offence at Karpal Singh? I cannot help but wonder that this issue has been sinisterly politicized.
And I don’t at all empathize with all the police reports that have been lodged, claiming acts of treason against the sanctity of the Institusi Raja-raja Melayu. It seems that Malaysians, in general, forgets easily.
In 1983, it was the BN Government that introduced the constitutional amendment bill designed to remove the royal assent to legislation passed by Parliament.
In 1993, again it was the BN Government that passed the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 1993 to remove the immunity of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the other Rulers, who now can be sued for actions done in their personal capacity.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t these amendments to the law an indignant affront to the Sultans then, rather than what Karpal Singh is doing now? No one was complaining, or wildly lodging police reports then, even though the powers of the Institution of the Monarchy were being systematically wilted away by BN and UMNO at that time. Nobody had the gall to stage protest, complete with banners and signage for support; inclusive of the yellow-bands.
Now, we have one man threatening to sue the Sultan, and suddenly mayhem ensues. Umno Youth, in its usual hot air gibber, has predictably offered to take the lead to protect the sanctity of the Institution of the Sultan; the very establishment their umbrella party has ravaged against decades ago.
Tell me again why I don’t understand Malaysian politics.
p/s: Read Bahasa Malaysia version here. Thanks to Barbie!
Posted by barbie on November 14, 2008
Setiap kali tiba pilihanraya parti Umno, satu isu tidak akan basi dibangkitkan adalah isu politik wang. Saban kali jugalah pemimpin-pemimpin Umno akan sibuk ‘menasihatkan’ perwakilan dan mereka yang bertanding supaya menjauhi politik wang.
Saya merujuk kepada artikel Malaysiakini:
Calon tawar wang telah dikenalpasti di mana Pengerusi Lembaga Displin Umno Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail berkata bahawa pihaknya pihaknya sedang dalam proses menganalisis dan penyiasat secara serius dan terperinci, untuk mengumpulkan segala bahan bukti dan saksi bagi tujuan mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap mereka tanpa mengira sesiapapun.
“Jika sekiranya mereka yang terlibat ini akhirnya didapati bersalah, mereka akan hilang hak untuk bertanding atau sekiranya menang, kemenangan mereka boleh dibatalkan,” katanya dalam kenyataan hari ini.
Beliau seterusnya berkata:
“Dengan adanya ramai pemantau yang kami wujudkan sekarang di seluruh negara, pihak kami telahpun mengenal pasti calon-calon yang menyalahgunakan kuasa dan mengamalkan rasuah politik wang yang begitu hebat dan keterlaluan,” katanya.
Kita sering mendengar ulasan sebegini setiap kali pemilihan parti Umno diadakan, akan tetapi sehingga kini gejala politik wang masih berlaku di dalam Umno, malah situasi kini semakin parah dan ini diakui sendiri oleh Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail. Ini dikuatkan lagi dengan dakwaan Ku Li bahawa beliau kalah kerana politik wang.
Saya petik dari laporan yang sama:
“..beliau berkata kebelakangan ini, khususnya di peringkat pencalonan timbalan presiden dan naib presiden, pihaknya mendapati calon-calon yang menawarkan diri telah menggunakan ramai pengurus, perayu dan pelobi untuk mendapatkan pencalonan.”
Siapakah mereka yang menawarkan diri bertanding untuk timbalan presiden dan naib presiden? Sudah terang lagi bersuluh, kita boleh agak individu-individu yang mungkin terlibat dalam gejala politik wang ini. Apa lagi yang ditunggu oleh Lembaga Displin Umno sekiranya calon-calon yang menawarkan wang telahpun dikenalpasti?
Apakah ini cuma satu ‘fata morgana’ meminjam kata Presiden Umno Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ketika menggambarkan janji peralihan kuasa 16 September 16 Anwar Ibrahim yang kini tinggal fantasi? Tidakkah Umno serik menabur janji yang tidak ditunaikan? Rakyat umumnya, sudah muak dengan drama bersiri Umno memperkatakan isu politik wang yang tidak ada penghujungnya. Sejak zaman Tun Datuk Mahathir sehingga sekarang, politik wang bagaikan darah daging Umno dan tidak boleh dipisahkan setiap kali ada pertandingan jawatan dalam Umno.
Malah, dalam soal ini, seolah-olah ada layanan istimewa kepada ahli-ahli Umno, di mana suatu ketika dahulu seorang pemimpin Umno lantang menyatakan politik wang itu adalah urusan atau masalah dalaman parti dan Badan Pencegah Rasuah tidak perlu campur tangan dalam soal ini. Pemimpin yang sama juga menjilat ludahnya sendiri dengan kenyataan terbaru beliau bahawa Badan Pencegah Rasuah boleh bertindak menjalankan siasatan atas inisiatif sendiri sekira wujud politik wang dalam pemilihan parti Umno. Apakah Badan Pencegah Rasuah pengecut, kerana sehingga kini tiada apa tindakan diambil selain daripada menanam tebu di bibir dan memberikan peringatan kosong?
Kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Pengerusi Lembaga Displin Umno itu sendiri sudah cukup untuk Badan Pencegah Rasuah bertindak seiring dengan tugas yang dipertanggungjawab – mencegah rasuah. Kita masih menunggu apakah tindakan seterusnya yang akan dilakukan oleh Lembaga Displin Umno dan Badan Pencegah Rasuah. Peringatan tegas sahaja tidak cukup untuk mengekang politik wang.
Sudah lama tertangguh masa untuk Umno dan Badan Pencegah Rasuah serius mengambil tindakan kepada mereka yang terlibat dalam politik wang. Beranikah Umno? Mengapa Badan Pencegah Rasuah masih tidur lagi? Atau kita akan disajikan dengan episod yang sama pada pemilihan parti akan datang? Jalan cerita yang dan pelakon-pelakon yang sama, masa yang berlainan, sungguh jelik lagi memuakkan, ibarat siaran Astro yang sering berulang.
Posted by ella-mae on November 10, 2008
He said this to MalaysiaKini
Andrew Ong | Nov 10, 08 9:54am
Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has denied that the police moved in on participants at a candle-light vigil last night while they were singing the national anthem.
That is what they (participants) are claiming,” Khalid told reporters at the Petaling Jaya police district headquarters about midnight.
When told that there was a video recording of the police action, Khalid replied: “I am denying it.”
He had been asked to comment on the arrest of 23 individuals, including a Malaysiakini videographer Syukri Mohamad and a Catholic priest, in front of the Petaling Jaya civic centre.
All, except one, were released at 7am today on police bail. They are required to report to the PJ district police station on Nov 24.
The vigil was nearing the end but riot police broke up the gathering while some 300 people were singing the national anthem with the intention of dispersing immediately after.
Following this, crowd members, including many senior citizens and women, were chased from the venue. Some of them suffered injuries while running away.
Asked why Syukri had detained when he was on duty, Khalid said “He was part of the illegal organisation.”
Khalid explained that a group wearing ‘Bersih’ and ‘RPK’ t-shirts had allegedly gathered illegally opposite the Amcorp Mall shopping centre.
“After repeated warnings by the police, the group was still degil (stubborn) and walked to a different area until 9.45pm when they gathered in front of MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council).
They were asked to disperse and the police arrested a few people. Among them was (Selangor exco member) Ronnie Liu (right) and two state elected reps,” he said.
The two state reps were Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua and Kampung Tunku state assemblyperson Lau Weng San.
Khalid confirmed that Liu was arrested at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters where he had gone to assist the detainees.
Fifth consecutive vigil
According to Khalid, a group had been gathering at the field opposite Amcorp Mall for four consecutive weeks and have not heeded police demands to apply for a permit.
“We have given them enough warnings,” he said.
Asked if the group had posed a danger to the public, Khalid replied “That doesn’t matter. The law says that a permit must be obtained.”
Asked if this amounted to double standards, since no action had been taken against pro-government groups such as those protesting against the appointment of a non-Malay to head PKNS (Selangor government investment arm).
Khalid denied this, and reiterated that the group had failed to heed demands to obtain a police permit for four weeks.
Previous candle-light vigils had been held by small groups of activists, many of whom were individuals who had attended Sunday mass. These were symbolic protests against the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Watch this video and you will see why I am calling the CPO a LIAR!
Posted by barbie on October 31, 2008
Zaid: Ketuanan Melayu has failed
Oct 31, 08 2:32pm
The ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ model has failed, declared former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim in an incisive speech at the LawAsia 2008 conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
“It has resulted in waste of crucial resources, energy and time and has distracted from the real issues confronting the country,” said Zaid, who criticised the race-based policy despite being a member of the ruling Umno party which was set up to safeguard Malay interests.
Zaid also noted that ‘deputy premier in waiting’ Muhyiddin Yassin had suggested the need for a closed-door forum for leaders of the Barisan Nasional (BN) to develop a common stand, a renewed national consensus grounded on the social contract.
“This is positive step but it should include all political leaders and be premised on the social contract that was the foundation of independence,” said the lawyer by training who was made senator and subsequently minister entrusted with the task of reforming the judiciary by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi following the March 8 general election.
He quit last month in protest against the arrest of three individuals under the Internal Security Act (ISA) which provides for detention without trial.
Zaid said March 8 was a clear indicator that the ruling BN coalition no longer exclusively speaks for the people.
He also underscored the importance of promoting discourse and dialogue so that Malaysians learn to talk and to listen to one another again.
“Communication and trust amongst the people must be re-established,” he said.
The former minister called on the BN government to abandon its ‘reworked’ concept of the social contract and embrace a fresh perspective borne out of discussions and agreements made in good faith with all the communities.
“It is time for us all to practise a more transparent and egalitarian form of democracy and to recognise and respect the rights and dignity of all the citizens of this country.”
Mukhriz singled out for criticism
Singling out Mukhriz Mahathir for criticism, Zaid said the Umno Youth chief aspirant typifies what is perceived as the kind of Umno leader who appeals to the right-wing of Malay politic.
Zaid also referred to the recent remarks made by the son of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad that there was no need for law and judicial reforms as it would not benefit the Malays,
“That he may be right is sad as it leads to the ossification of values that will only work against the interests of the party and the nation,” Zaid lamented in his 16-page speech.
“This type of thinking may pave the way to a suggestion in the future that we may as well do away with general elections altogether as they may not be good for the Malays for, if the justice that a revitalised rule of law would allow for is not to the benefit of the Malays, what is? More inefficiency, more corruption and a more authoritarian style of government perhaps.
“We are a deeply divided nation, adrift for our having abandoned democratic traditions and the rule of law in favour of a political ideology that serves no one save those who rule.”
According to Zaid, the obsession with the Ketuanan Melayu doctrine has destroyed something precious in Malaysians.
“It makes us lose our sense of balance and fairness. When a certain Chinese lady was appointed head of a state development corporation, having served in that corporation for 33 years, there were protests from Malay groups because she is Chinese,” he said referring to the controversy involving the appointment of Low Siew Moi as acting head of the Selangor Development Cooperation (PKNS).
“A new economic vision is necessary, one that is more forward looking in outlook and guided by positive values that would serve to enhance cooperation amongst the races. This will encourage change for the better, to develop new forms of behaviour and shifts of attitudes, to believe that only economic growth will serve social equity, to aspire to a higher standard of living for all regardless of race.
“We need to meaningfully acknowledge that wealth is based on insight, sophisticated human capital and attitude change. A new dynamics focused on cooperation and competition will spur innovation and creativity.
“Some might say that this is a fantasy. I disagree. How do we go about transforming the culture and values of the bumiputeras so that their ability to create new economic wealth can be sustained?
“By changing our political and legal landscapes with freedom and democracy.”
On that note, Zaid said Mahathir was right to have asked the Malays to embrace modernity but the 82-year-old statesman fell short by only focusing on the physical aspects of modernity.
“He was mistaken to think all that was needed to change the Malay mindset was science and technology. He should have also promoted the values of freedom, human rights and the respect of the law.
“If affirmative action is truly benchmarked on the equitable sharing of wealth that is sustainable, then we must confront the truth and change our political paradigm, 40 years of discrimination and subsidy have not brought us closer. There is a huge economic dimension to the rule of law and democracy that this government must learn to appreciate.”
Conflicts of jurisdiction require resolution
Zaid conceded that relationship between Islam, the state, law and politics in Malaysia is complex.
“How do we manage legal pluralism in Malaysia? Can a cohesive united Bangsa Malaysia be built on a bifurcated foundation of Syariah and secular principles? Will non-Muslims have a say on the operation of Islamic law when it affects the general character and experience of the nation? This is a difficult challenge and the solution has to be found.”
He quoted leading Muslim legal scholar Abdullah Ahmad an-Na’im who believed that a distinction should be made between state and politics.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, he noted, believes that Islam can be the mediating instrument between state and politics through the principles and institutions of constitutionalism and the protection of equal human rights of all citizens.
“Whatever the formula, we can only devise a system that rejects absolutism and tyranny and allows for freedom and plurality if we are able to first agree that discourse and dialogue is vital. Democracy and respect for the rights and dignity of all Malaysians is the prerequisite to this approach.”
Zaid stressed that the conflicts of jurisdiction in Malaysia require resolution.
The civil courts, he said, are “denuded of jurisdiction” to deal with matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the Syariah court.
“No court has been given the jurisdiction and power to resolve issues that may arise in both the Syariah courts and the civil courts. The present separation of jurisdictions presupposes that
matters will fall nicely into one jurisdiction or the other.
However, human affairs are never that neat. What happens to the children of a marriage where one party converts to Islam and the other party seeks recourse in the civil court? Or when the Syariah Court pronounces that a deceased person was a Muslim despite his family contesting the conversion?
“Or where the receiver of a company is restrained from dealing with a property by a Syariah Court order arising out of a family dispute?
Where do the aggrieved parties go? I had suggested the establishment of the constitutional court, but that plea has fallen on deaf ears.”
Malays not under seige
The former minister had also touched on the use of draconian measures, which according to him have seen a marked increase in dealing with political and social tensions.
“Some people say that groups such as Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) advocate violence and therefore this justifies the use of such measures. They may have overlooked the fact that
violence begets violence.
“Was not the detention of Hindraf leaders under the ISA itself an act of aggression, especially to people who consider themselves marginalised and without recourse?
“It is time that the people running this country realise that we will not be able to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully if we ourselves do not value peaceful means in dealing with problems.”
Zaid argued that the situation had been aggravated by the absence of an even-handed approach in dealing with organisations such as Hindraf.
“While I applaud the prime minister for calling upon the Indian community to reject extremism, should not a similar call be made on the Malay community and (Malay daily) Utusan Malaysia?
I call on the prime minister, both the outgoing and the incoming, to deal with such issues fairly. Start by releasing the Hindraf leaders detained under the ISA. The release would create a window for constructive dialogue on underlying causes of resentment.
“I also appeal for the release of (Malaysia Today editor) Raja Petra (Kamarudin) from ISA detention. He is a champion of free speech. His writings, no matter how offensive they may be to some, cannot by any stretch of the imagination be seen as a threat to the national security of this country.”
The Malays, Zaid said, are now a clear majority in numbers and the fear of their being outnumbered is baseless.
“They are not under seige. The institutions of government are such that the Malays are effectively represented, and there is no way the interest of the Malays can be taken away other than through their own weakness and folly.”
For the last time, nobody is going to take away what already enshrined in the Constitution regardless of race, religion and political belief. How I wish there are more honest and rational politicians like Mr. Zaid Ibrahim, then this beautiful country definitely is going on the right track.
I wrote about a lengthy post on Ketuanan Melayu before, outlining how politicians used magic words ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, ‘Malay unity’ by creating unfounded fears among Malays that they are under siege by other races. If any of you noticed, Malay politicians (sorry to say) are the one often making every single words/opinions/things/events/(fill in the blank) into a ‘Malay’ or ‘Islam’ issue. I couldn’t help but to relate this as an inferior complex syndrome. Please, not every suggestions or things are done in spite of Malays.
For example issues like – adding other languages to the existing Malay road signs, hiring a Chinese to head a majority Malay owned company, using English language to teach Science and Mathematics, etc. – these things are not done PURPOSELY to create disadvantages for the Malays. 50 years living together, are they really going to believe that the ‘immigrants’ are plotting to overthrow the Malays? That is the biggest bull shit, fanned by irresponsible politicians. What good the ‘immigrants’ can achieve through this lurid imagination of plotting against the Malays? We need each other, that’s the reality. Is that so hard to understand?
Blame who? No one else but bigots like Mukhriz Mahathir. A famous dictator once said, the killing of this particular race was necessary, for the interest of another ‘great race’. See the parallel? We shall not let these kind of useless politicians lead us. Well, it is worrying, looking at the number of nominations he gathered, taking into account of his ‘capabilities’. Stop screwing up the nation by putting the interest of certain groups ahead of the rest. Ketuanan Melayu is a joke, years from now, just like the apartheid policy. What good it will do? It is making this country more divided, people getting suspicious of each other. . it is retarding the growth of the country. At what expense? A very few rich, fat cats and more retarded academicians (Nordin Kardi and that yoga guy from UKM came to mind) Sure something is wrong, after few decades of affirmative policy, the ‘data’ still show the Malays are still far behind. The policy must be flawed to the extent it should be replaced by a new approach.
Idiots choose idiot leaders. A proven universal theory. Politicians like Mukhriz Mahathir know shits but to parrot something stupid but surprisingly well accepted by some people that it is beyond explanation. How the hell are we going to progress forward with these kind of ‘kampung’ mentality? It is not only we are called ‘jaguh kampung’ in sporting events, but our politics also ‘politik kampung’, built on false promises and sweetened candies, much desired by gullible rakyat.
Check out Zaid’s full speech ‘Malaysia- A lost democracy’ in Malaysiakini.
Posted by ErnieJean on October 21, 2008
The Malaysiakini journalist, who wrote a news report that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had issued a manifesto to back his bid for the Umno presideny, has resigned.
A post on on the Internet news portal quoted journalist Wong Choon Mei as saying: “It is my fault and I stand ready to take full responsibility and resign.”
In the post, Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan said they were upset over the incident, adding the report should not have been published.
“It was a serious misjudgment on her part and we accept her resignation,” said Gan.
The post said that Wong conceded she had not verified the contents of the ‘manifesto’ with the Deputy Prime Minister’s. She had received it by e-mail on Sunday.
“We deeply regret the error,” said Gan.
And the article in question being……………..
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak wasted no time unveiling his manifesto for the Umno presidency, denouncing recent allegations made against him and vowing to defend till the last drop of his blood the supremacy of the Malay race.
“I will defend the supremacy of the Malays until the last drop of my blood if I win the mandate of the delegates to become the next Umno president at election to be held in March 2009,” Najib said. (Seriously, not that we’ve not heard that one before…….)
“This is the solemn promise I made to my late father before he died,” he added.
– Malaysiakini, Wong Choon Mei, Oct 19.
I’m not too sure about whether Choon Mei can kiss her career as a journalist goodbye after this incident, but her courage in facing judgement certainly speaks volume of her character. Kudos to the brave lass.
Everyone makes mistakes in their lives, no doubt about it, but not everybody would have the guts to own up and face it head-on like a “man” (of course, in this case, it does seem that being a “Man” doesn’t necessary mean that one has the balls to do what’s right…….).
An excellent example would, of course, be this certain journalist from a certain “garbage” news-daily, who continues to hide behind the skirts of a certain political powerhouse, and refusing to own up or even apologise, even after it’s been proven that there were no ounce of truth in his allegations………..now, who could that be?
How about a little clue……..this fler apparently has won numerous journalistic awards and he’s “abang-adik” with many top UMNO leaders……….
Azan, jawi, JAIS, Uitm dan ba-alif-ba-ya…
Oleh Zaini Hassan (Utusan Malaysia, 10 Sept 2008)
Janganlah anggap apa yang saya tulis ini sebagai rasis atau berunsur perkauman. Dalam suasana negara yang dipenuhi dengan isu sensitif perkauman sekarang, tulisan ini hanyalah sebagai satu ingatan kepada kita semua, terutamanya umat Islam.
Saya amat tertarik untuk merujuk kepada kenyataan bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Datuk Seri Dr. Khir Toyo yang membangkitkan mengenai “ada usaha oleh pihak tertentu (di Selangor) yang cuba menasihatkan pihak masjid dan surau supaya tidak menggunakan pembesar suara semasa melaungkan azan”.
Bagi saya petikan itu pelik bunyinya. Bagi saya ia juga amat serius. Tidak pernah dalam sejarah 51 tahun merdeka, rakyat Malaysia sedang menghadapi situasi seperti itu. Selama ini kita-Melayu, Cina, India, Sikh dan lain lain bangsa dan agama tidak pernah bercakap mengenai perkara itu. Kita hormat antara satu sama lain. Soal agama Islam terpelihara secara suci di dalam Perlembagaan negara. Justeru, petikan semacam itu tidak pernah terlintas langsung atau termimpi akan diucapkan.
So, what are the chances of this Zaini fella being utterly inspired by Ms. Wong and actually finding his balls, to step out of his hiding hole and bear full responsibility for what he wrote?
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