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Tuesday, 26 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - IN ACTION

I HAVE a confession to make.
Feb 18, 2008 - I was supposed to fly accompanying my boss to Kuala Lumpur
But that fateful morning,
I found out that I was down with chickenpok
high fever and what not.
Traditional medication. Plus modern technology.
The combination enables me to be up, alive and kicking in five days.
So yours truly (in black spectacle and an newly acquired long sleeve
to protect the recovering skin from the sun) is seen here
in the thick of action,
waving at my boss (who is busy with his handphone) vehicle
during the Feb 24 nomination day in Penampang.
Timing. Timing. Timing

Sunday, 24 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - MY BOSS


MY BOSS, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok being elevated by supporters
after the nomination papers were endorsed
earlier today at the Tun Fuad Stephens Hall, Penampang.
He is contesting for the Penampang Parliamentary
seat against three opponents - one from
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and two independents.
Upko Youth Chief Donald Peter Mojuntin (right) is contesting
for the Moyog State seat against a PKR and an independent.
The heat is on!


GENERAL ELECTION - DETERMINATION?

DEAR friends, if this is not determination, I do not know what is. It goes to show democracy is at work in Malaysia. Will try to post here her result on March 8.

89yr-old grandma steals the thunder

KUALA TERENGGANU: An 89-year-old grandmother stole the thunder from prominent politicians after she was officially announced as an independent candidate for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat.
Possibly the oldest candidate in the 12th general election, Maimun Yusuf caught the attention of newsmen and big political guns during nomination day on Sunday.

Eighty nine-year-old grandmother Maimun Yusuf is all smiles on her successful nomination for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary state seat. She is seen talking with PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu (in yellow), BN's Datuk Razali Ismail and Batu Burok BN candidate Nordiana Shafie (in blue).
The divorced grandmother of seven said she had attempted to stand for elections four times previously, but didn’t qualify because of technicalities and a lack of documentation.
Maimun will be facing seasoned politicians such as PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu and Barisan Nasional's Datuk Razali Ismail.
The two veteran politicians took the time to chat with Maimun, who appeared frail but zesty when approached by the duo.
Even Batu Burok BN candidate Nordiana Shafie wished Maimun well in the March 8 polls.
Maimun, who was dressed in a black headscarf and red baju kurung (traditional Malay outfit) told the press that she did not mind spending RM10,000 to register as a candidate.
This was in addition to the RM5,000 campaign deposit she had to fork out. C
"It's money well spent because I ‘boleh cakap dan mahu cakap’ (can talk and want to speak to the people)," said the resident of Kampung Pengadang Akar who runs a kain songket (traditional clothe) business.
"I want to right the wrongs and bring down the price of essentials,” she said in her thick Terengganu Malay accent. She was accompanied to the nomination centre by her close friends Sinah Ali, 67, and Semah Said, 53, who acted as seconder and proposer respectively. - THE STAR

Friday, 22 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - DOMPOK RETURNS HOME

IT MEANS if my boss still want me in his future posting, it will be closer to home. Penampang is adjacent to my hometown Inanam. If I am still employed.... IF

Dompok Returns To Home Turf Of Penampang
KOTA KINABALU, Feb 22 (Bernama) -- Tan Sri Bernard G. Dompok, the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) president, will contest the Penampang parliamentary seat, returning to his home turf after two terms in the Ranau parliamentary seat.
"I've been in Ranau for the last two terms and would like to thank the people there."It is time to give up (the Ranau seat) and give it back to another son of Ranau," said Dompok, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, in announcing the names of UPKO candidates for the March 8 general election.
Dompok will make way for party vice president Datuk Siringan Gubat who will give up his state seat.
Asked on the reaction of the people of Penampang, he said said: "I don't know how the homecoming will be ... I would like to find out, so far they seem to be happy."
UPKO will contest four parliamentary and six state seats under the Barisan Nasional (BN) banner.While there were no big shake-up in the line-up, the party has decided to switch the seats of several candidates and drop three incumbents.
Former Penampang member of Parliament Donald Peter Mojuntin would contest the Moyog state seat taking over from incumbent Philip B. Lasimbang, who has been dropped.UPKO deputy president Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred M. Bumburing would contest the Tuaran parliamentary seat taking over from incumbent Datuk Madius Tangau, who has been dropped.
Another named dropped was Johnny Intang, the incumbent for the Kuamut state seat. He would be replaced by a new face Masiung Banah, who is the Kuamut's youth chief.
The party has retained Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh for the Putatan parliamentary seat, Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin (Paginatan state seat), Justin Guka (Bingkor state seat) and Datuk Bobbey Ahfang Suan (Nabawan state seat).For the Kuala Penyu hot seat UPKO has nominated John Teo Mau Sing.
In 2004, UPKO vice-presidebnt Datuk Wences Angang lost the seat to independent candidate, John Ghani, who won by a majority of 2,018 votes. Teo, who is UPKO Kuala Penyu division assistant treasurer, said he was banking on support from all BN component parties to retain the seat.
c"Although I am new in the political arena, I believe that with the cooperation of component BN parties and the support of various races I am confident of winning the seat," he told reporters here Friday.Sabah has 60 state and 25 parliamentary seats.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - CANDIDATES

WHILE the other parties announced their list today, my boss Tan Sri Bernard Dompok will hold a press conference at 11am tomorrow, Friday 22 Feb 2008 at the Magellan Sutera Hotel in Kota Kinabalu. Time to fly....

Sabah: Umno drops 3 MPs, 11 state reps

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno has dropped three of its 13 MPs and 11 of its 32 state assembly representatives.
The MPs dropped are Parliament Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob (Sipitang), Entreprenural and Cooperative Development Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Samsu Baharom Abdul Rahman (Silam) and former Chief Minister Datuk Salleh Tun Said (Kota Belud).
Housing and Local Government Ministry Deputy Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (Beaufort) will move to the Klias state seat held by Datuk Lajim Ukin who will take over Azizah’s Beaufort seat.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Sapawi Ahmah is slotted for Dr Yusof's Sipitang seat.
Among the key figures dropped from the Umno state line-up are the son of Sabah founding father Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun, Datuk Amir Kahar Tun Mustapha (Banggi) and former Parti Akar president Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia (Tampasuk).
Also dropped are Sebatik assemblyman Datuk Dr Patawari Patawe and veteran politician Datuk Aklee Abbas (Sukau).
Sabah Umno chief Datuk Musa Aman, who will be defending his Sungai Sibuga state seat, announced the list at 12.30pm at the Sri Gaya official residence after returning from Kuala Lumpur at 9.45am.
Musa also announced the list of candidates for Parti Bersatu Sabah (four MPs and 13 for state) and Sabah Progressive Party (two MPs and four for state).
PBS has kept the status quo apart from naming two new candidates for the Kota Kinabalu and Tandek state seats. The Kota Kinabalu seat went to lawyer Chin Tet Ming. The seat was vacated by Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai who is contesting the Api Api state seat.
The Tandek state seat went to party division deputy chief Anita Baranting.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili is defending his Kota Marudu seat.
In the SAPP line-up a notable name left out was that of party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee who had hoped to contest the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat.
Also dropped from party's line-up was Tawau MP Shim Paw Fatt who was replaced by his predecessor Datuk Chua Soon Bui.
Musa also announced that incumbent Datuk Edward Khoo is defending his Kepayan state seat.
Musa said the names of Barisan's candidates from Upko (four MPs and five for state), the Liberal Democratic Party (one MP and three for state) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (one MP and one for state) would be made known Friday by the respective party presidents. THE STAR

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - DOMPOK COMMENT

PRESS RELEASE – Wednesday, 13 February 2008 – YB Tan Sri Bernard Dompok – Upko President/Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

“UPKO welcomes the announcement of the dissolution of Parliament as it puts to rest the endless speculation on the election date. This guessing game detracts the government and the Barisan Nasional from its real work of fulfilling the big mandate it received from the people.

Upko is confident that this mandate will be repeated. For its part, Upko is proud to have served fully its mandate even if we were fully stretched with only four MPs and five Assemblymen.

There were times when the party took principled stand on issues bordering on the sensitive. Positions on such issues are unavoidable if Upko and the Barisan Nasional are to serve the mandate of the people and the principles upon which the party was formed.

We thank party members, our sympathisers and the general public for their encouragement and support during those times.

In this election, we pledge again to the people our commitment to serve them and to honour our mandate.”

Issued by Albert Bingkasan – Press Secretary to Tan Sri Bernard Dompok – 019-2277688, 019-8319995, 016-8330251

GENERAL ELECTION - NO. YES.

Parliament Dissolved Today For 12th General Election
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today announced the dissolution of Parliament to pave the way for the 12th general election.
The announcement was made at a media conference at his office here and telecast live on RTM1 at noon.
The prime minister also advised all the state governments, except Sarawak, to dissolve their state assemblies to enable the state elections to be held simultaneously.
He said he had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin this morning and had received his consent to dissolve the 11th Parliament.
The dissolution of this Parliament was made 15 months before the expiry of its five-year term on May 16, 2009.
The Election Commission (EC) is expected to meet soon to fix the dates for nominations and polling.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, who was present when the announcement was made, expressed the hope that the general election would run smoothly.
He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) hoped to retain the two-thirds majority that it received in the 11th general election in 2004.
He said the BN machinery was ready for the general election.
"The list of candidates has been fixed," he said, adding that the BN would field new faces as well as the old guard and would announce the names in a day or two.
Political observers had forecast that the polls would be held early next month, with nominations expected in the last week of February, based on the EC practice of fixing only 10 days for campaigning in several past elections.
Under Article 55(4) of the Federal Constitution, a general election must be held within 60 days of the dissolution of Parliament. However, the EC practice after 1969 has been to hold the election within 16 to 20 days of the dissolution.
The 11th general election was held on March 21, 2004, 17 days after the dissolution of Parliament.
A total of 222 parliamentary seats will be contested this time, three more than in the last election due to the new seats in Sarawak following the electoral delineation in 2006. At the state level, 505 seats will be contested.
Before today's dissolution, the BN held 199 seats in the Dewan Rakyat and the opposition 20, with the DAP holding 12, PAS six and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and an independent, one each.
Abdullah said the government dissolved parliament 15 months before the current mandate ended as it wanted a new mandate to continue its development programmes.
He hoped that voters would show strong support for the BN in the general election for their own benefit.
"I hope the voters understand the issues in the country, evaluate them objectively and give their votes to BN," he said.
Abdullah was confident that BN would win big based on the government's performance and its ability to fulfil its promises to the people.
Furthermore, he said, the programmes implemented had benefited the people.
Abdullah said BN's record was good as it had managed to continuously raise the living standard of the people.
"The BN government has also managed to improve on its successes, besides having the experience to effectively administer the country."
On his denial yesterday that parliament would be dissolved today, the prime minister said: "I could not give any clue to the date as I needed to get the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong first before I could make the announcement."
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong gave his consent to the dissolution of parliament this morning.
Abdullah said: "It is not wrong to dissolve parliament well before the current mandate ends on May 16, 2009."
The prime minister also said that the dissolution of parliament would not disrupt the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Asked on the significance of Feb 13 to dissolve parliament as No. 13 is also Abdullah's favourite number, he said: "Don't need to comment on this."
On BN's candidates for the general election, Abdullah who is also BN chairman, said he had not received the complete list.
According to the Election Commission (EC), the country has 10.9 million voters including about 700,000 new voters who can vote in the upcoming elections.
For the first time, the EC will introduce transparent ballot boxes and staining of voters' thumb with indelible ink in the voting process.
-- BERNAMA

WELL, well. No yesterday. Yes today. It is his prerogative. Busy next few weeks for me. Happy voting.

GENERAL ELECTION - NOT TODAY

Parliament Will Not Be Dissolved Tomorrow, Says Abdullah
BANGI, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- Parliament will not be dissolved tomorrow (Feb 13) to pave the way for the 12th general election, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today."No, not tomorrow," he told reporters.Asked whether tomorrow's Cabinet meeting would be the last before the dissolution of Parliament, he said: "What makes you think it's going to be the last Cabinet meeting.
"The Cabinet meeting will go on, go on and go on. You are the smart aleck, you all enjoy circulating the rumours," he said with a smile.
Speculation has been rife that Parliament would be dissolved soon. Political analysts and the media had predicted that the much-awaited dissolution would be tomorrow (Feb 13) because 13 is the prime minister's favourite number.
Asked on the performance of the Barisan Nasional (BN) elected representatives, Abdullah said he was very happy with their performance.
"Generally, they (elected representatives) had succeeded in discharging the responsibilities entrusted to them.
"The tasks they had carried out had also fulfilled the aspiration of the people and country," he said.
The Prime Minister said he was also satisfied with the implementation of projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) which was now progressing well.
"I find that the implementation of almost all the projects mentioned in the 9MP had started," he said.
He said the implementation was carried out in several stages and was progressing as scheduled.
On the statement by the Election Commission (EC) that recounting of votes would only be made when the difference in the votes was four per cent compared to two per cent previously, Abdullah said: "I will follow whatever the EC says."

Well, the decision is yours, YAB Prime Minister.
We abide.
Let us move forward. That's progress.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

ALLAH - ROOT WORD

HOW would it be possible to say Christians cannot say 'Allah' when Christ himself - who walked the face of the Earth six centuries before Prophet Muhammad did, and is accepted by Muslims as a prophet - would have said Alah, Elah or Alaha? MORE...

WELL, I didn't want to cut and paste another article about the word ALLAH. But I received an email about it again and attached was the article above. In a nutshell, it is one of the best written so far concerning the issue.
My opinion? What's in a name? There are scores of other people called Albert in this world. Palis palis (a Kadazandusun word for touch word), my namesakes and I are not confused people.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - MANIFESTO

THIS is what I have just read from the Malaysia Today blog. I rest my case. Happy thinking, fellow Malaysians!!!

Ask the candidates and the political parties they represent to adopt this DEKLARASI RAKYAT/PEOPLE'S DECLARATION as their election pledge and promise to the voters. Better still, ask them to agree that this will be the backbone or foundation of their Election Manifesto, which must be irrevocable and which must be implemented within 12 months of the new government taking office.


THE CORRIDORS OF POWER - DEKLARASI RAKYAT/PEOPLES' DECLARATION
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Monday, 4 Feb 2008
THE next general election will soon be upon us. Tomorrow, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be having an audience with His Majesty The Agong. This can only mean one thing, Abdullah is going to seek The Agong's consent to dissolve Parliament.
Parliament is expected to be dissolved on 12 February 2008 followed by Nomination Day on 21 February and Polling Day on Saturday,1 March 2008. On 1 March 2008, 10.6 million Malaysians will be able to vote in the government of their choice, although it is expected that three million Malaysians will just stay home and not bother to come out to vote, while another four million have not even registered to vote. MORE....

Monday, 4 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - USA


I BELIEVE Malaysia is heading for a general election real soon. The dates? Only the Prime Minister knows.
Half way accross the world, the biggest economy on earth, the United States of America will be choosing their new President this November.
Tomorrow is what they call Super Tuesday in the on-going primaries for the Democrates and Republicans to choose their candidates.
As the poll showed, Obama is fast approaching Hillary.
While I find Obama fascinating, my gut feeling is for Hillary to get the eventual nomination. She will most probably face McCain for the Presidency. I could be wrong.

National Super Tuesday poll shows dramatic Democratic shift
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton is losing ground to Sen. Barack Obama in a national CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released on the eve of critical Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses.
The two are virtually tied in Monday's survey, which shows the New York senator has lost a comfortable national lead she's held for months over Obama and other rivals.
The survey also shows Arizona Sen. John McCain as the clear Republican front-runner. MORE

Sunday, 3 February 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - CONFIRMED! THIS YEAR


THANKS to The Star, I provide below the link to an interview between Wong Chun Wai and Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (photo) cwhich was published today, 3 Feb 2008.


Wong: There has been a sense of disquiet among some non-Malays and even Muslims about their place in the country. What is your assurance that there is a place for all Malaysians?

Abdullah: There is definitely a place for all Malaysians. More evident than before, we have corrected the social imbalance by providing better infrastructure, basic needs and quality of life. MORE....


Saturday, 2 February 2008

CHRISTIAN-ISLAM DIALOGUE

HARMONY. That's the magic word often used by the powers that be in discribing our country. That despite our diverse background, race and religion, Malaysians a united lot, living in peace and harmony. Sure, there had been hiccups. But we are not alone. The following story is proof that our experience has a global connotation. I remain hopeful.

The Factors that Divide the Pope from the Muslims
By Sandro Magister 2/1/2008
Chiesa (chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it)
ROMA, (Chiesa)- For the Vatican, the new year brings a meeting that cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the pontifical council for interreligious dialogue, has pre-announced as "historic," in an interview with "L'Osservatore Romano" on December 30. The meeting is scheduled for the spring. And it will take place between Benedict XVI and a delegation of the 138 Muslim authors of the open letter "A Common Word between Us and You" addressed to the pope and to other Christian leaders last October. ......
"The letter from Cardinal Bertone, dated November 19 and made public about ten days later, proposes three main topics of discussion: "effective respect of the dignity of every human person"; "objective awareness of the other's religion"; "'a common commitment to promoting mutual respect and acceptance among the younger generation." MORE

ITS FEBRUARY


FEBRUARY. We are already a month into 2008.
Today is Federal Territory Day and since Putrajaya is one of such areas, the others being Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, I have the privilege of enjoying a holiday.
So, I surf the net and what a source of knowledge it is.
Following is one of those stories that could easily be a subject of lengthy discussions.
Happy reading.

Sweet Revenge...
A little boy about 12 years old is walking down the street dragging a flattened frog on a string behind him. He came up to the doorstep of a house of ill repute and knocked on the door. When the Madam answered it, she saw the little boy and asked what he wanted.
He said, “I want to have sex with one of the women inside. I have the money to buy it, and I’m not leaving until I get it. “The Madam figured, why not, so she told him to come in. Once in, she told him to pick any of the girls he liked.
He asked, “Do any of the girls have any diseases?” Of course the Madam said “No”.He said, “I heard all the men talking about having to get shots after making love with Amber. THAT’S the girl I want.”
Since the little boy was so adamant and had the money to pay for it, the Madam told him to go to the first room on the right. He headed down the hall ragging the squashed frog behind him.
Ten minutes later he came back, still dragging the frog, paid the Madam, and headed out the door. The Madam stopped him and asked, “Why did you pick the only girl in the place with a disease, instead of one of the others?”
He said, “Well, if you must know, tonight when I get home, my parents are going out to a restaurant to eat, leaving me at home with a baby-sitter. After they leave, my baby-sitter will have sex with me because she just happens to be very fond of cute little boys. She will then get the disease that I just caught. When Mum and Dad get back, Dad will take the baby-sitter home. On the way, he’ll give her one in the car and he’ll catch the disease. Then when Dad gets home from the baby-sitter’s, he and Mum will go to bed and have sex, and Mum will catch it.
In the morning when Dad goes to work, the Milkman will deliver the milk, have a quickie with Mum and catch the disease, and HE’S the bastard who ran over my FROG!”
(The picture frog, I took from Wikipedia)