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Monday, 28 April 2008

CONGRATS TO SABAH DUO

CONGRATULATIONS to Pandikar and Kiandee, both are from Sabah. I rubbed shoulders with them soon after the Parliament session today. Off course the House was packed so I have to be contended by following the proceeding at the Parliament cafe while chit-chatting with some friends and enjoying black coffee!!

Dewan Rakyat Convenes First Meeting, Pandikar Amin Sworn In As Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28, 2008 (Bernama) -- The first meeting of the first session of the 12th parliament began today, with the swearing-in of the 222 members of parliament led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Before the MPs were sworn in, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, a veteran Sabah politician, took the oath of office and was proclaimed the Dewan Rakyat speaker.
His appointment, under Article 57 of the Federal Constitution, was proposed by Abdullah, who had nominated only Pandikar Amin's name to the Dewan Rakyat secretary, Rosmee Hamzah, in a letter dated April 10.
Pandikar Amin's appointment was seconded by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Before being sworn in, Rosmee and his aides helped Pandikar Amin, 53, the Barisan Nasional's (BN) sole nominee for the post, put on the speaker's regalia.
Pandikar Amin, of Kota Belud, Sabah, and former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, served as a senator before and was president of the now defunct Angkatan Keadilan Rakyat (Akar Bersatu).
Santubong MP Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Beluran MP Datuk Ronald Kiandee were elected deputy speakers through ballot voting after three names were proposed for the post.
Wan Junaidi of Sarawak and Ronald from Sabah were proposed by the prime minister while DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who is also Ipoh Timur MP, nominated Kepong MP and DAP deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw.
Wan Junaidi polled 157 votes, Ronald 140 and Dr Tan, a dermatologist, managed only 81.
The sitting was adjourned to tomorrow after the deputy speakers' election. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, will open the Parliament session Tuesday.
The Dewan Rakyat will be in session for 16 days until May 27.
The 12th general election on March 8 saw the Barisan Nasional (BN) securing a simple majority to form the government, winning 140 of the 222 parliamentary seats, while the Opposition won 82.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) romped home 31 seats, DAP (28) and PAS (23).
For the first time, the first 30 minutes of the question-and-answer session will be telecast live by RTM from Wednesday.-- BERNAMA

SABAH MORE POWER

I HAPPENED to attend the SAPP congress - because my boss was there. And what can I say? If it is good for Sabah....


Yong: Give states more powers

KOTA KINABALU,, Monday April 28, 2008 - Barisan Nasional should restructure itself to give political autonomy to the states, said Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
He said that there was a need for Barisan to give more autonomy to the states in terms of the appointment of chief ministers and mentris besar by the respective state authorities, instead of the current system where the national leadership would make the decision.
He noted that this was necessary in view of what had transpired in Perlis and Terengganu where their Heads of State had rejected the Barisan-Umno’s leadership nominees.
He said that the experience in the two states showed that the appointment of chief ministers and mentris besar came under the jurisdiction of the Head of State and not the central political leadership.
He said the current Barisan system of federal-state relationship replicates that of the federal parties such as Umno, MCA and MIC with all liaison committees appointed by their respective central leadership.
“By virtue of this, such a federal party political system supplants the nation’s Federal Constitution where chief executives of the state were politically appointed by the federal leadership instead of being appointed by the Head of State or sultan) based on the composition of the legislature,” he said in his keynote address at the 13th SAPP delegates conference.
Yong, a former Chief Minister, also said that the many requests by Sabah Barisan leaders to Kuala Lumpur were progressing “too slowly,” with little done towards resolving the state’s problems on a range of issues.
”Why are we still being left out? The Prime Minister has announced the Judicial Appointment Commission and the ACA Commission. What is so difficult about a Commission on illegal immigrants or closing the federal development department in Sabah,” said Yong.
He said Sabah and Sarawak had always been at the periphery of federal politics but there was a window of opportunity now with the two states delivering 54 of the Barisan’s 140 seats in Parliament.
“Although Barisan has been the key to development, what Sabah wants now is the master key that will give the Sabah Government the strength and people’s backing to pursue matters of interest to Sabah.
“But this window of opportunity will not last forever. Every opportunity must have a time limit. Is Sabah ready?” he asked at the congress. - The Star

Sunday, 27 April 2008

ALLAH AGAIN

HERE I rest my case. Allah bless us all!

Archbishop Cries Foul Over Allah Word
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Saturday, 26 April 2008

The government Friday (25 Apr) opposed the suit filed by the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur regarding the use of the word “Allah” but has asked for the case to be adjourned to next Tuesday (29 Apr) to give its reasons.

However, it is not objecting to the Archbishop’s application for leave to pursue the matter. The court allowed the postponement.

In his application before Madam Justice Lau Bee Lan, Archbishop Datuk Murphy Pakiam contends that the Minister of Internal Security and the Federal Government are wrong in law for not allowing the Bahasa section of Herald-The Catholic Weekly to use the word “Allah.” He is represented by Porres Royan, Leonard Teoh, S. Selvarajah, and Annou Xavier while the respondents are represented by senior Federal Counsel Suzanna Atan. The current minister is Syed Hamid Albar who has taken over this portfolio from Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi recently.

In his affidavit, Pakiam said, “ I am advised by my solicitors that I have a legal right to use the word “Allah” in the Herald-The Catholic Weekly- (published by him) and this legal right stems from the right to freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution and from the right to profess and practice the Christian faith as enshrined in Article 11 of the Federal Constitution which includes and is not limited to propagating the faith amongst the non-English speaking faithful in Malaysia especially the Indonesians and the Arabic-speaking of the Christian faith.”

He said the word “Allah” is the correct Bahasa Malaysia word for “God” and in the Bahasa Malaysia translation of the Bible, “God” is translated as “Allah” and “Lord” is translated as “Tuhan”.

He added that for fifteen centuries, Christians and Muslims in Arabic-speaking countries have been using the word “Allah” in reference to the One God. The Catholic Church in Malaysia and Indonesia and the great majority of other Christian denominations hold that “Allah” is the legitimate word for “God” in Bahasa Malaysia.

“Therefore state that it has now been universally accepted that the word ‘Allah’ is not exclusive to the religion of Islam both as a matter of faith and as a matter of the use of language,” he said.

Pakiam also complained that he is constantly harassed by the minister and government to cease to use the word “Allah” in the Herald and the numerous threats to him to either suspend or revoke the Herald’s publication permit over the use of the word “Allah” has infringed his legal right and has caused him much apprehension, anxiety and uneasiness.

He added that it is unfair, unreasonable and irrational for the respondents to classify and to continue to classify the use of the word “Allah” as a security issue which is purportedly causing much confusion and which threatens and endangers peace, public order and security when in fact in the thirteen years of the Herald’s publication, there has never been any untoward incident arising as a result of the use of the word “Allah” in the Herald.

The Herald’s publishing permit for this year was subject to a condition dated 12 Feb 2008 which prohibits the use of the word “Allah” in the Herald.

“I am advised by my solicitors and verily believe that the Respondents in making the decision dated 12.2.2008 acted in breach of the rules of natural justice, procedural and substantive fairness and the duty to act fairly,’ he said.

He added that they had acted irrationally and unreasonably by prohibiting the Applicant from using the word “Allah” or directly quoting the word “Allah” from the Al-Kitab.”

In doing so, they have created a state of affairs which endangers his right to publish the Herald which serves to disseminate news and information weekly on the Catholic Church in Malaysia and elsewhere to a wide readership, Pakiam said. Hearing continues 29 April. (MySinchew)

Saturday, 26 April 2008

MUSIC HEALS

YOU want me to sing what I think about this posting? Not necessary. Your heart will understand it, somehow.

Pope Praises Music as Healing
4/24/2008

Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org)

Concert Marks 3rd Anniversary of Pontificate

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 24, 2008 (Zenit.org).- There is a kinship between music and hope, between song and eternal life, said Benedict XVI at the end of a concert offered in his honor today.
The concert was a gift from the president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, to mark the third anniversary of Benedict XVI's pontificate. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected April 19, 2005, and began his petrine ministry April 24.
The Holy Father attended the concert, held in Paul VI Hall, accompanied by the president. The Pope's older brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, was also there.
Milan's Giuseppe Verdi orchestra and symphonic choir, directed by Oleg Caetani and Erina Gambarini, respectively, interpreted musical compositions from Luciano Berio, Luigi Boccherini, Brahms and Beethoven.
In an address after the concert, the Pope referred to the "spiritual value of musical art, called in a particular way to instill hope in the human spirit wounded by the earthly experience."
According to the Pontiff, there is "a kinship between music and hope, between song and eternal life," and for this reason, "the Christian tradition represents the souls of the blessed in a choir."
Benedict XVI said he thinks that new generations can find new inspiration by approaching the "universal value of the artistic patrimony," thus making it easier to build a society "open to the values of the spirit."
Before the concert, the Pope and the president had a meeting in the study of Paul VI Hall.

Friday, 25 April 2008

ALIEN IN OUR OWN LAND

I WAS privileged enough to join many meetings of the Malaysian's Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity (PSCI) when my boss, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok was still chairman. One of the issues they tried very hard to tackle was the Project IC. My boss eventually quit the panel. It is interesting the issue is now in Wikipedia!

Project IC
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Friday, 25 April 2008
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Project IC is a term used in Malaysia to describe the allegation of systematic granting of citizenship to immigrants (whether illegal or legal immigrants) by giving them identity documents known as IC (identity card), and subsequently, MyKad.

The alleged practice is centered in the state of Sabah in East Malaysia. The term is used mainly by opposition politicians and the media. Another term used is Project M, where "M" stood for Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia due to him being allegedly involved in the spearheading of this project.
The project, in its widespread and intensive form, is suspected to have begun in the early 1990s after the entry of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) into Sabah politics, however there were also evidence of mass naturalization of immigrants in the 1970s under the United Sabah National Organization (USNO) government, and in the early 1980s under BERJAYA government.
On a nationwide scale, illegal immigration is a major social issue. The problem is linked with alleged phantom voters also seen in other parts of Malaysia during elections.

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EAT LESS TO LIVE

RECENTLY, I blog something about rice (click here to see). Hey, I did that on purpose. I knew way before hand that there will be a price hike.... I can see the future, you know hahahahaha... On a serious note, basic necessities seem to be costing more. And the present 'storm' in a teacup or pail or swimming pool or ocean of politics does not help. Hope for the best.... and work on it

Rice price hits new high on global markets
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Friday, 25 April 2008

Local traders to ease impact, but warn of increases ahead

THE prices of rice in Thailand, the world's top exporter, surged to a record high above US$1,000 (S$1,360) a tonne yesterday as fears of a global shortage spread as far as the United States.
Thai 100 per cent B grade white rice, the world's benchmark for global trade, was quoted in a range of US$1,000 to US$1,080 per tonne.
This week's 5 per cent jump takes prices to nearly three times their level at the start of the year.
Rice futures in Chicago also rose above US$25 per 45kg on Wednesday, but eased slightly in early trading yesterday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Thursday, 24 April 2008

THURSDAYS WITH ...

EEBOT: Life is short.
MINNIE: Is that a question? Or a statement?
BUDDY: I think it is both a question and a statement.
EEBOT: Three days ago, I had to leave my office in Putrajaya for a function in Kuala Lumpur. As usual, I use the KLIA Transit, a train system, the best one at it at the moment. It was 7.05am and my oh my, it was filled to the brim. There must be over 200 of us on board.
MINNIE: What's your point dear Eebot?
BUDDY: I think Eebot is saying that the train business is a very good venture.
EEBOT: Yes, it is a very viable venture. But there is more to that experience of mine. When we reached the Kuala Lumpur Sentral, the last stop, we had to go up to the second floor, the exit. I was amused. People literally ran up the stairs and elevator. A few pregnant women were also dashing their way up.
MINNIE: Why? Their life is short?
EEBOT: When I reached the second floor, I understood their rush. The queues to the exiting points were very long.
BUDDY: So?
EEBOT: In our day-to-day routines, I hope we do not forget why we are on earth in the first place.
MINNIE: Ha ha ha to live is to eat?
BUDDY: Nope, to eat is to live!
EEBOT: Life is short. Let us live it to the full. While we can. Run. Shout. Fight. Retreat. Do what is best. When our times is up, let this be a better place for those who are still running up the elevators.

USNO REVIVED?

MY FIRST reaction was to laugh. I mean, reviving USNO is like resurrecting leaders such as Tun Mustapha Datu Harun. Mustapha who? Yeah, you know what I mean. A lot of what my friend (actually I would like to call him friend but we never meet each other) Raja Petra Kamarudin said do make sense. And yes, this posting is under the general elections, yet again. Don't blame me...


There are 60 Sabah State Assemblymen, 32 of them from Umno, and 25 Parliamentarians, 14 of them from Umno. Therefore Umno Sabah calls the shots. But if USNO replaces Umno Sabah, then even those from PBS and the other Barisan Nasional component members will leave and join the new party.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Anwar in Sabah but 'not to woo MPs'

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who arrived here yesterday, denied that his visit was aimed at wooing Sabah Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat.
The Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader said the question should not arise as those planning to cross over had made up their minds and were waiting for the right time.
"The purpose of my visit is to brief PKR members and supporters on the promises made in our election manifesto, such as the 20 per cent oil royalty pledge for Sabah.
"We are not here to make any sort of deal (with BN MPs)," he said at a hotel here.
He also explained that the press conference was called "to allay the concerns of some and to refute the unfounded allegation of others that we are here for a very unethical and immoral purpose to woo support from BN MPs". CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

NEW MALAYSIA DAY DO?

AHH... another claim. True or not? Can I use that favourite phrase? Here goes. Who knows what the tides will bring. Oh, just in case you did not notice, I blog this still on general elections! Rub it in brother....

Anwar: Pakatan Rakyat can take over Fed Govt by Sept 16

By MUGUNTAN VANAR

KOTA KINABALU:Wednesday, April 23, 2008 MYT 8:07:57 PM: The Pakatan Rakyat is in a position to form the Federal Government and it will be done no later then Malaysia Day on Sept 16, according to Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Reiterating that the three-party alliance had the numbers and was in no rush to replace Barisan Nasional, the former deputy prime minister said it would all be in the timing of the announcement.
“God willing we will be there. If not next month, the following month, if not June or July, on Merdeka (Aug 31) or Malaysia Day. I think we should not exceed beyond that,” he told reporters on arrival in Sabah on Wednesday.
As to when exactly the announcement will be made, Anwar said that discussions with the Pakatan parties were needed because Umno and Barisan were known to be rough on those intending to move.
“They are using threats and intimidation. I am for example being monitored more closely now,” said Anwar, adding that he would not be discussing with those Barisan MPs interested to move while he was in Sabah and Sarawak.
He said he had his way of discussing with Barisan MPs who had given their commitment to team up with Pakatan.
“My talks could be done in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong although it might sound like a joke,” added Anwar, who thanked the Barisan MPs for their commitment to crossover.
He said Pakatan was ready to take in political parties from Barisan if they subscribed to the opposition coalition's agenda for the country.
On Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman’s claim that all state leaders were loyal to Barisan, Anwar said: “ He (Musa) must know that he does not have all the members he claims to hold now. If he wants to know, I can meet him privately and tell him.”
He said Sabah and Sarawak MPs were keeping the Barisan afloat but was saddened that they were not given the due recognition with Umno dictating terms from Kuala Lumpur.
Anwar said that he was not making offers of anymonetary or personal positions for anyone crossing over as claimed by Barisan but was here to assure PKR’s commitment to Sabahans in addressing issues ranging from higher royalty to problems of illegal immigrants. - STAR

CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT


BEING in this part of the world
my staple food is rice
It did not strike me until recently
A friend of mine from Singapore pointed out
How come Sabah rice are available in different colours
I said, who cares what the rice colour is
As long as it can fill my tummy
Am happy....
Lets enjoy our meal.
(Am hearing my wife talking - watch those food!!!)

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

ADVOCADO

AAH... my favourite
Advocado
I learned to drink/eat this wonderful fruit
while in Bogor, Indonesia from 1979-1981
I did plant this somewhere near our Bingkasan family house
Will look into the tree in my next trip home
Happy healthy drinking

Monday, 21 April 2008

PRAYER

I GREW up knowing quite a bit about the former Pontiff, Pope John Paul II. As I mentioned elsewhere in this humble blog, I was part of a Malaysian delegation who attended the great person's funeral in the Vatican City, Rome in 2005. Pope Benedict celebrated his third anniversary as the head of the universal Catholic Church yesterday. Following is one of the reports of his trip to the United States over the weekend... LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

Pope Benedict Hits Home Run at Yankee Stadium

By Randy Sly
4/20/2008

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

His presence was uplifting and his words were powerful. Pope Benedict won the hearts of New Yorkers during His last official act - the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium.....

In his homily, the Pontiff referred to the readings for the Mass and talked of two words with which our contemporary culture has great difficulty – authority and obedience.
Citing that we live in an era of personal freedom, the Pope pointed to the Gospel reading as a hope of true freedom, where St. John writes that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He pointed to the fact that both authority and obedience are necessary for freedom.
“The Gospel teaches us that true freedom, the freedom of the children of God, is found only in the self-surrender which is part of the mystery of love,” the Pope shared. “Real freedom, then, is God's gracious gift, the fruit of conversion to his truth, the truth which makes us free.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE

ACA UPGRADE

THIS is good news. Check and balance is always a good thing. My boss once pursued the setting up of an ombudsman. It didn't happen. Now, the PM is making the ACA a better entity. There is hope for better things to come.....

ACA To Become Commission By Year-end
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Monday, 21 April 2008

(Bernama) -- The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) will be made a full-fledged commission by year-end, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced Monday.

The prime minister said this was one of the four key reform initiatives that would be carried out by the government in the move to address the public concerns on corruption in the country.
He said the commission, which would have to table an annual report and be subject to queries from a parliamentary committee on the prevention of corruption, would ensure that there would be an effective check and balance.
The government would also increase the commission's workforce to 5,000 officers over a period of five years, he said when launching the first Asean Integrity Dialogue 2008, here.
He said the government would also "introduce legislation to provide a comprehensive protection for whistle blowers and witnesess" in corruption cases.
The government would also take immediate steps to improve the public procurement process through measures targeted at addressing specific problems in the system, he added. - BERNAMA

RESOLUTION

IN the past week or so
my trousers seemed to be getting smaller
on the waist part, especially
On the plane yesterday
I find it rather difficult to be seated properly
Then the reality dawned on me
my tummy is growing!!!
Too much beer? Chivas? Tapai? Food?
Whatever the reason
A solution is in order
So
I want nothing now
but light food.
And lots of fruits
Water melon and all

(The picture was taken when my boss went round the wet market
in Penampang, campaigning in the (again) general election recently.
The fruits certainly looked fresh!!!)

Saturday, 19 April 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - STILL ON PM

AHHH... some close friends said I seemed to be putting nothing but General Election news in this humble blog. My apology. But I intend to continue doing this. Reason: I hate to see an unfinished job. Never mind what the end result is. Whatever.....

Badawi may bid early farewell
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Friday, 18 April 2008

By Jalil Hamid (REUTERS)

Malaysia’s premier may have thought he had bought some time to remain in power by putting off his party elections until December.
But a growing revolt within his United Malays National Organisation following last month’s poll disaster has fed speculation that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi may be forced to throw in the towel sooner rather than later.
Some UMNO leaders have told him to immediately unveil a succession plan, ignoring his protestations that he would not leave without a fight.
The chorus of calls for Abdullah’s resignation suggested he would not remain as prime minister for more than a few months, one Western diplomat said.
“If he goes, he goes early,” said James Chin, a political scientist at Monash University’s Malaysia campus. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

1000 WORDS - HOT & SPICY

EATING to live
To live is to eat
Either way, hot and spicy add to the taste
Bambangan pickles, tuhau and chili
Oh how I miss you
(Thank God I go back to Sabah every week!!!)

p.s: bambangan is a kind of fruit - in the yellowish container,
while tuhau is a plant of the palm species, I supposed. - A friend had since
pointed out that tuhau is from the ginger species.


GENERAL ELECTION - HOPES VS REALITY

Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said it was very easy to make claims that Pakatan Rakyat could take over the government. "Realising it is another matter," he said. THAT was what my boss said about the claim which I blog on Tuesday. Hopes versus reality? Who knows what the tides will bring.....

BN party chiefs scoff at Anwar's 'crazy claim'
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Wednesday, 16 April 2008

(NST) KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional component party leaders yesterday dismissed as an empty boast Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's claim of being able to form a new federal government.
Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the claim was mere "crazy talk".
Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr S. Vijayaratnam said it was wishful thinking on the part of Anwar.
There was no indication that BN MPs were wavering or wanting to join Pakatan Rakyat, he said.
He said MPs in Sabah and Sarawak as well as in the peninsula had indicated collectively and individually their continued support for the BN.
MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn described the claim of the Pakatan Rakyat to take over the reins of government as hype.
"I think it is also a distraction from the fact that all is not that well within the tripartite opposition coalition.
"I think it is better for them to resolve their differences, mainly Pas' agenda to form an Islamic state and DAP's fierce protest against it," he said.
Fong said the opposition tripartite coalition should focus on consolidating itself and behaving like a proper opposition.
"After all, the people have given the Barisan Nasional and not the opposition the legitimate mandate to form the federal government," he said.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said it would be better for the Pakatan Rakyat to join the BN.
"I think that is very much better," he said, adding that the MIC would not forsake the BN.
Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said it was very easy to make claims that Pakatan Rakyat could take over the government.
"Realising it is another matter," he said.
On Anwar's claim that he was "not in a hurry" to enter politics, Dompok said: "Well, that's him speaking to his party people.
"As to assertions that there are a lot of MPs from Sabah and Sarawak ready to cross over, he's the one who's saying it. Making claims is very easy," Dompok said.
Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said Anwar's claim was just a speculative statement. - NEW STRAITS TIMES

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - WOMAN PM?

I DON'T know. Claims and counter-claims. But I blog this because, out of the blue, suddenly there is a move for Malaysia to have it first woman Prime Minister. Possible? My hope is for the grassroots not to be short-changed... We should all progress together.

Anwar claims his alliance set to take over govt
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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

(The Malaysian Insider) - De facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim looked every inch the prime minister-in-waiting when he calmly announced that his Pakatan Rakyat has the numbers and is ready to form the federal government.
"Now I am saying for the first time that we are ready," Anwar told reporters after a 10,000-strong rally in the historic Sultan Sulaiman Club in central Kuala Lumpur celebrating his formal return to politics. He was barred from active politics until midnight April 14 after a corruption conviction in 1999.
Since 1993 when he won the Umno deputy presidency, veteran opposition leader and former nemesis-turned-ally Lim Kit Siang had tagged Anwar as a prime-minister-in-waiting – a tag he now assumes proudly as burly guards escorted him through the club after they led a convoy of big bikes to deliver him to the club premises in Kampung Baru.
He also said the Pakatan Rakyat (People's Alliance) could appoint his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail – the Parti Keadilan Rakyat president and Parliamentary Opposition leader – as Prime Minister, if he had yet to get a seat in parliament. However, he said the appointment would depend on consensus.
Asked if he would run for a parliament seat, Anwar replied that he would answer that question once the MPs are sworn in on April 28. "I want to build the coalition first. My personal interest comes later."
Anwar disclosed that his coalition had spoken to lawmakers from both Sarawak and Sabah who had requested for more development and also increased royalties from commodities extracted from both states.
"We will only enter if the majority is complete," he said, also implying the coalition had the necessary numbers to form the federal government.
Anwar's coalition won 82 seats in the 222-seat parliament, delivering a huge and historic blow to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's Barisan Nasional coalition which won 140 seats, eight short of two-third majority which the BN had always assumed as its right. The BN also lost control of four states apart from Kelantan.
Anwar, whose one-hour speech to the crowd was halted by police at 10.35pm, also lashed out at former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad - his one-time-mentor-turned-nemesis.
"I've refrained for a long time from responding to Dr Mahathir's vicious and venomous personal attacks. I consider his views obsolete. Unfortunately, he's getting crazier, he's never consistent and has a particular personal agenda to promote Najib and free him from all scandals."

Saturday, 12 April 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - A VOICE

PARDON me. But I am an Upko member. And proud of it!!! My wish? Hopes become reality. So Sabah, an oil-producing State must get more than one balairaya (mini multipurpose hall) and just being a landing point!

DOMPOK SPEAKS TO THE PRESS

Upko, Dompok said, had also proposed to the Prime Minister that the Federal Government look seriously into reviewing the oil royalty rates.
"We proposed that Petronas should look at Sabah with a view to ensure Sabah gets what the other oil producing states are getting.
"It was pointed out during the Cabinet meeting that in Terengganu there is a full-fledged petro-chemical plant in Kerteh, while in Kedah, Petronas has a university, in Melaka they have refineries, and of course the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
"In Sarawak there is the LNG plant in Bintulu but in Sabah at the moment there is only a landing point in Gayang for gas supply to an independent power plant, itu saja (only that), as well as one balairaya built for the people in Gayang."
Petronas plans to spend over RM1billion to bring gas overland from Sabah to Bintulu, which will again make Sabah just a transit point or landing point for gas in Kimanis to Bintulu. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

GENERAL ELECTION - WHO'S TO BLAME?

ONE of the qualities of a true leader is the person's courage to admit one's mistake. Nobody's perfect. The Prime Minister has indeed shown a good example. Leadership by example. I just wonder whether this piece was used by the mainstream newspaper today...... Good morning one and all!!




Abdullah acknowledges he is a factor in BN's reduced votes

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Friday, 11 April 2008

By : Bernama & Hamidah Atan

(NST) JOHOR BARU, Fri: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today acknowledged that he was among the factors that had resulted in the reduced votes for the Barisan Nasional in the March 8 general election. Abdullah, who is also the Umno president, said that as such, he felt responsible for making the best efforts to rehabilitate BN and Umno.
I feel I am the reason for the spoilt votes for the Barisan Nasional. And I feel responsible to do what’s best to rehabilitate the BN and Umno,” he told reporters here today.
The Prime Minister said this to reporters after attending a meeting with the Johor Umno Liaison Body headed by Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is also the Johor Menteri Besar. CLICK HERE FOR MORE...

Friday, 11 April 2008

THURSDAYS WITH....

MINNIE: Do you know that today is Friday?
BUDDY: I know.
MINNIE: Yet here we are under the heading THURSDAYS WITH...
EEOBT: I know.
MINNIE: A friend told me the Prime Minister is more vocal the last few days.
BUDDY: I know.
MINNIE: I was also informed that several divisions and grassroot leaders are asking him to resign.
EEBOT: I know.
MINNIE: Another 'I know' answer and you two will get it from me....
BUDDY & EEBOT: We know.
MINNIE: Stop it will you... you are irritating me
BUDDY & EEBOT: We know.
EEBOT: Problem is knowing is not doing...
MINNIE: I don't know!

GENERAL ELECTION - TRANSITION?

WHEN? That was the first question that came to my mind. Just in case some of you might have forgotten, the general election was held 8 March 2008. It is now 11 April. And the label of this posting is still GENERAL ELECTION. Got it?


Abdullah To Discuss Power Transition With Najib

JOHOR BAHARU, April 11 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will discuss with his deputy, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, the transition of power to the latter, said Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Friday.
He said Abdullah had told the closed-door meeting with the Johor Umno Liaison Body here that he would discuss in detail the power transition plan with Najib, who is also Umno deputy president.
"The period of transition and so on were not mentioned in detail... matters such as when the transition will take place and so on will be discussed between him (Abdullah) and Datuk Seri Najib," Muhyiddin told reporters after attending the meeting at a hotel, here.
He said Abdullah had previously stated openly that Najib would succeed him as Prime Minister.
Abdullah, who is also the Umno president, had announced at the Briefing by the Umno President for the party's information machinery at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday that Najib would be his successor and he would hand over the post when it was time.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Pagoh Umno division head, said that at the meeting, Abdullah explained issues that were raised concerning the last general election such as the factors for the defeat, support of the non-Malay voters and the young voters.
"He said initiatives are being planned to tackle these problems so that the party will be stronger," he said.
He said Abdullah asked leaders at all levels to assist in this matter.
Meanwhile, Johor Puteri Umno head Nor Aslina Zainal Abidin said the Johor Umno Liaison Body had asked Abdullah whether he had prepared any plan for a power transition.
"We did not ask Pak Lah to step down but there were insinuations for example that during the time of (first prime minister, the late) Tunku Abdul Rahman the transition of power to (the late) Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had gone smoothly, similarly during the time of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the transition of power to Pak Lah also went smoothly."
Johor Umno information head Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, who is also Batu Pahat Umno chief, said that the power transition would answer questions raised by the people and boost support for the government.
Meanwhile, Johor Baharu Umno division head and Supreme Council member Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said Johor Umno did not call for Abdullah to step down as Prime Minister and Umno president.
He said the meeting, which was held very frankly, cordially and openly, only discussed the present and future political scenario of the party and Barisan Nasional.
“He knows. He has said it so many times. No call was made asking him to step down. Because he had already announced his own plans to sort it out together with Datuk (Seri) Najib,” he said.
“Abdullah will sort the matter out with (Datuk Seri) Najib after the Umno General Assembly. We will work together till the general assembly,” said the Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Minister.
Asked about Umno members in Kedah and Penang who had asked Abdullah to step down, Shahrir said reporters should be careful in the situation by not quoting media reports and must distinguish whether it was actually coming out as a consensus or merely views that were expressed by certain quarters only.
On whether the grassroots would accept Abdullah’s decision Shahrir replied: “Well my grassroots have no problem. Which grassroots are you talking about.”
Evidently and obviously, he said, Barisan Nasional candidates had suffered from the swing of the non-Malay votes in the last general election as was evident in the Johor Baharu parliamentary constituency.
His grassroots acknowledged the swing and would take action to overcome it.
On the conclusion of the meeting he said it would be announced by the party and the government from time to time. -- BERNAMA

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - BETTER TOMORROW?

PM Agrees To Consider Sabah, Sarawak Requests For More Ministers PDF Print E-mail
Posted by kasee
Monday, 07 April 2008

(Bernama) KOTA KINABALU, April 7 -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would consider the requests from the Sabah and Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) to increase the number of ministers from the two states in the federal cabinet but this may take some time.

"They would like to see more ministers. I said (to them) I'm looking into it, but it may take some time.
The fact is that it (request) is recognised, I do recognise. That also applies to Sarawak," the prime minister told reporters after meeting Sabah BN leaders here today.
Abdullah said the appointment of ministers and deputy ministers from Sabah was the "dominant issue" at the meeting.
Asked on the creation of a special ministry for Sabah affairs, he said, it was also discussed at the meeting, but "we haven't put it into specifics yet."
"I've to study very carefully whether we need a ministry for Sabah affairs. If we have a ministry for Sabah affairs, it would become too general," he said.

GENERAL ELECTION - RAJA NAZRIN

AGAIN, as I surf the net, I saw this article. Bit long but worth reading it to get an insight or two about this beloved country, Malaysia and the goings on especially after the recent General Election. As I mentioned before, I hope at the end of the day, we will continue to progress as a nation - leaving no one behind, or worst, excluded from the main stream of national development....

Raja Nazrin: We are now at a critical time in our nation’s history

KUALA LUMPUR: The Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah says Malaysians are now at a critical time in their 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.

"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’." READ MORE HERE

GENERAL ELECTION - TRUE OR FALSE?




34 BN MPs Prepare To Turn To Pakatan Rakyat PDF Print E-mail
Posted by Raja Petra
Wednesday, 09 April 2008

According to sources, there were 34 members of Parliament preparing to turn to Pakatan Rakyat and they were waiting the "signal" from Parti Keadilan Rakyat Advisor Anwar Ibrahim.
It was believed that once Anwar Ibrahim's ban on active politics ended on April 15, everything would be clear.
"Most of the MPs are from East Malaysia, and half of them are from Peninsular Malaysia. It's about 80 percent that two UMNO MPs will turn to Pakatan Rakyat."
Sources told Sin Chew Daily that these two UMNO MPs would announce to turn to Pakatan Rakyat recently.
It was believed that some MPs from West Malaysia were not satisfied with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and they were at the cross junction.
They would either turned to Pakatan Rakyat or joined Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaliegh to confront with Abdullah.
"UMNO will collapse if these MPs join Pakatan Rakyat. If they turn to Tengku Razaleigh, UMNO will not collapse but Abdullah will be threatened."
BN holds 140 seats among 222 parliamentary seats. Meanwhile, Pakatan Rakyat owns 82 seats. (Sin Chew Daily)

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

VIRUS

GUESS what?
The broadband certainly is addictive
It had kept me awake till after midnight
My children also enjoyed it very much
But there is a catch
VIRUS
Yes, I accidentally say YES to one link the other day
And I don't know what my girls did
And there they are... 62 virus
So, not knowing what to do
I switched it off immediately
Wait for Monday (yesterday)
And asked my IT friend to de-VIRUS it
Better now
But am bracing for more attacks
So bear with me
Bear with me...

Sunday, 6 April 2008

THURSDAYS WITH....

OBBOT: A very good Sunday morning to you, Buddy and Minnie. This is such a wonderful day.
BUDDY: Now, that's new my friend. You sure are more alive today as compared with the previous days.
MINNIE: A blessed morning to my two boyfriends, the best buddies in my life...
BUDDY: Now, that is also news. Wonder why you are so positive today.
MINNIE: I am always positive Buddy. And yes, I have always treasure you both as my friends. Boyfriends if you like. Am proud to have known you.
BUDDY: Whatever was my dream last night.
OBBOT: I think this emotion is only natural. We have been 'away' so long. Distance makes the heart grow tender or something like that. So what have you been doing? What did I miss?
MINNIE: Didn't we all go through more or less the same routine? The general elections, the school holidays, the increasingly demanding jobs, bla bla bla bla...
BUDDY: Not to mention our personal life. Our family, our debts, our weekend invitations for wedding, birthdays, anniversaries. Even funerals.
OBBOT: It means we were not missing much. Except for this top secret meeting... here at this very coffee shop... hahaha
MINNIE: I am just glad that we are here now. It's Sunday, you know. Let us go pray.
OBBOT: As usual, you always have a good ending, Minnie. That'll do! That'll do....

Saturday, 5 April 2008

GENERAL ELECTION - MAHATHIR

AS I MENTIONED somewhere in this humble blog before (if my memory does not fail me, what with all the uncertainties we are experiencing in our day-to-day life), I am always fascinated by the 'other side of the coin' sort of story. We all know Mahathir. I believe he is one of only a few Malaysians who are known most by the world over. So when I saw this other-side-of-the-coin-kind-of-story... I simply could not resist the temptation to add it to this blog. I put this under General Election... may be for want of a better label. Happy thinking!

Forget about Mahathir. He is history. The future is not with Mahathir. Mahathir is about the past. The future lies in the hands of the present Prime Minister. Whether Abdullah stays in office or gets ousted will be what will decide our future. So let’s stay focused. Let’s see how to kick Abdullah out. CLICK HERE FOR MORE



Wednesday, 2 April 2008

BLACK BEAUTY

MY father's home in Kampung Kionsom is surrounded by nature
Last week, this black beauty scorpion suddenly came from nowhere
It looked so courageous, gorgeous
I wanted to take a close-up
But that tail stopped my admiration
After 'communicating' with it using a broom stick
I scooped it and left it at a banana tree
Black beauty
Looked so lovable
May be best to leave it with nature

GENERAL ELECTION - SABAH CRISIS?

I am back in Kota Kinabalu. That seems to be my routine these few days. Flying across over 1,600km of South China Sea. Thanks to the broadband, I read this news in the local paper in Sabah. Well, well. A storm in the tea cup of Sabah Umno, the backbone of the Barisan Nasional government in the State. But then again, what is new?

Bung slams Yahya

Kota Kinabalu, 2 April 2008: Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin said Tuesday that he and five other Sabah Umno leaders met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Putrajaya on March 29 on the latter's invitation.
"We were invited by the Prime Minister to convene at his residence last Saturday. But I went there in a personal capacity and was not representing Sabah Umno or the BN coalition," he said.
Apart from Bung, the other five were Kalabakan MP Datuk Ghapur Salleh who resigned as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Pantai Manis Assemblyman Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail and three others who were not re-nominated in the recent general election - Datuk Salleh Said, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin and Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.
"I do not know where Datuk Yahya got his information. Who is Yahya anyway? And why is he worried? He could have contacted me directly about this instead of making a statement in the media.
"But if he wants to see me now, I don't think I want to see him," said Bung Mokhtar, who is also Kinabatangan Umno Division Head.
"I think it is best Yahya only mind and take care of his own Ministry," he added.
Bung was responding to Yahya's statement Monday on the need for the six to meet the PM when Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had already met Abdullah during the Umno Supreme Council meeting.
Yahya, who is Sabah Umno Liasion Secretary, said many people had been asking the same because it gave the impression that the six were representing the official views of Sabah Umno or BN, which he said was not the case.
Besides, he said the PM was scheduled to come to Sabah anyway to hear the views and feelings on the political situation in Sabah.
On the meeting, Bung said they were scheduled to meet the PM at 10am and it lasted till 1pm. "We talked about issues in regards to politics, economy and strategies and overall development in the country including Sabah," he said.
Meanwhile, former CM Datuk Seri Salleh Said said the meeting with the PM was merely to convey their views on various current issues.
He said the issue of whether they represented Sabah Umno or Sabah BN did not arise as they met Abdullah in their personal capacity.
"What is important is that we've aired our views on various matters, including on the question of having a bigger role for Sabah leaders at the federal level," he said.
Salleh, who is former Kota Belud MP, said the meeting was a normal one which the PM held with Umno leaders throughout the country to listen to the feelings and sentiments from the grassroot.
"However it became the focus in the media, maybe because of the various developments in the Sabah political scenario lately," he said. He did not elaborate.
Salleh said he was grateful to Abdullah for the meeting as it enabled them to air their views on several current issues.
"We discussed, talked and exchanged views on many things.One of them is the current political scenario which is seeing many new developments in the aftermath of the last general election.
"Throughout the meeting, the PM not only listened to us but also took notes on his little notebook," he said. - DAILY EXPRESS

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

BETTER LINKED

AM a better person now. Yes, since yesterday. Remember, I have been giving excuses that I could not update this humble blog because I do not have internet link most of the times while in my home state Sabah.
Well, closing one eye (and with a special permission from my family - due to the tight budget), I finally bought a Vodafone Mobile Connect Modem yesterday.
It means, I will now be able to surf the www anytime anywhere (in Malaysia).
It also means, I will be challenged to update this site every day.
I hope to rise up to the challenge!
Wish me luck... (as if I believe in luck :-)

GENERAL ELECTION - A DREAM?

A FRIEND of mine alerted me to this article in THE SUN, the only free newspaper published in Peninsular Malaysia. I have been in my home state Sabah most of the time that I missed the interview done not too long ago but published on 24 March 2008. The opposition view. The government view. I for one am sad that this beloved country of mine is in the situation it is in. But I can see a light at the end of the tunnel... barely.

One foot in the door

R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez

Despite a bad back and fatigue from two weeks of criss-crossing the nation, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de-facto leader and former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is all smiles, following the alternative front’s unprecedented performance in the recent general election and his impending return to active politics. He tells R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez of the challenges in going into the polls and the even bigger tests ahead.

Nades: One of your biggest challenges was (prior to the elections) getting a cohesive team. You had three different parties with three different ideologies. How did you manage to unite and convince them on having straight fights?

Anwar: What’s so different about Umno, MCA and MIC? Or PBB or PBS or PBDS. One talks about ketuanan Melayu, one talks about Chinese survival, one wants Indian affairs resolved. It does not seem to be contentious as in practice they were able to show a cohesive stance. Similarly within Keadilan, PAS and DAP. Other than what’s perceived from outside … look at the manner they conducted the election campaign, they were together and worked well. We have Chinese voting for PAS, Malays voting for DAP. The people have spoken. They said: “Look, we want a cohesive Opposition, so today, so-called contentious issues of the past, like the Islamic State and Hudud have been resolved. It’s neither their (PAS’) manifesto nor their agenda anymore.” MORE HERE