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Monday, 30 June 2008

SPAIN WIN

AHHH... see my team win
Spain, the Euro 2008 champions
Of course they are my don't know what number on my list
Coz, am a good fan of England - but they didn't qualify
So I picked Holland. They too lost midway
Then Portugal. Also beaten
Either France or Italy
Both shown the exit way
So, any team except Germany
See. My team won. Spain victorious
Yes! Am good with my choices...

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HAHAHAHA

JOKES. Life is short. Take it seriously. Do everything. Including laughing. And smiling...

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10 Office Rules:

10. Never walk without a document -- People with documents look like hardworking employees headed to important meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they're headed for the cafeteria. People with a newspaper in their hand look like they're headed for the toilet. Above all, make sure you carry loads of stuff home with you at night, thus generating the false impression that you work longer hours than you really do.

9. Use computers to look busy -- Any time you use a computer, it looks like "work" to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal e-mail, chat and have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work. These aren't exactly the societal benefits that the proponents of the computer revolution would like to talk about, but they're not bad either. When you get caught by your boss -- and you will get caught -- your best defense is to claim you're teaching yourself to use new software, thus saving valuable training dollars.

HOW IS THE NEW JOB?

I HAVE been in my 'new job' for a month or so
Some asked: How is the new job
Honestly? I feel I am 'still' the press secretary
The new job: Well... its a new job hahahahaha
Easier? Harder? Are you still based in KL? In KK?
To set the record straight, yes I am still based in Putrajaya
Work-wise, I am doing pretty much the Parliament thing
Whatever that means
And whatever things given to me by my boss
New job? Not really. Just a new designation
I have been doing it the last four years
I will miss being press secretary
Surely....

DOMPOK ON JOBS

EAST Malaysia. West Malaysia. Two nations? Two siblings? Lesser citizens? Try being a Sarawakian or Sabahan for just a week. The answer will be very forthcoming....
Dompok: Implementation unit should employ more local officers
MIRI: More officers from Sabah and Sarawak must be appointed to the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Prime Minister's Department to better address development issues faced by Kadazandusuns and Dayaks, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said on Saturday.

The minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the unit had not been doing much to help the two major tribes, especially in business development, because of the officers' lack of understanding about issues in the two states.
"They're not familiar yet with the business playing field of the Kadazandusuns and Dayaks."
The minister was speaking at a joint Gawai Dayak and Tadau Kaamatan Festival hosted by the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry.c
Dompok said the mission by the two chambers to promote successful enterprises among Kadazandusuns and Dayaks was crucial to realise national goals -- to ensure no race lags behind as the country progressed.
With reference to issues raised by the chambers' members of not being given a "level playing field" to compete in business at national level, he said they should raise this and be heard at federal level.
"They talked about their playing field being full of potholes and no one should be blamed for raising it up. To me, as a minister, it is music to my ears as I could bring it up with our prime minister," he said.
Meanwhile, Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Tan Sri Leo Moggie said assistance for Dayaks and Kadazandusuns in business ventures had become more acute with the surge in fuel prices and materials.
He said the government should consider reviewing contracts awarded to Dayak and Kadazandusun entrepreneurs who were facing financial difficulties because of market pressure and who risked abandoning their projects.
Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Frederick Lojingki said members should also take stock of the situation following expectations that the economic growth would slow down in the next few months. -- Bernama

DOMPOK ON OIL

OIL and gas. These are luxuries. Sabah is an oil-producing State. And all we have are pipes, pipes and more pipes. See if the pipes burst....

Monday June 30, 2008 MYT 3:49:38 PM

Dompok: Scrap Petronas gas pipeline plan

By RUBEN SARIO


KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah Barisan Nasional component party wants the state government to insist that Petronas abandon a planned 480km pipeline to channel gas from Kimanis to Bintulu in Sarawak.

United Pasok Momogun Kadazan Murut Organisation (Upko) also wants an increase in oil royalties for Sabah and suggests that a hike of five percentage points, from the current 5% to 10%, was “doable”.

Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the pipeline project should be stopped to encourage the downstream processing of gas pumped from offshore fields on Sabah’s west coast.

“We realise that the gas pumped from Sabah may be too little to develop a liquefied natural gas sector but there are other alternative industries such as urea and plastic manufacturing,” he told reporters after a seminar on the oil and gas industry organised by Upko Youth here on Monday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had reportedly told Sabah Barisan Nasional component party leaders at a meeting here on May 31 that the Petronas gas pipeline from Kimanis near here to Bintulu would be stopped.

On June 11, however, Petronas vice-president of gas business Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin was quoted as saying that the RM390mil pipeline project would proceed and was due for completion by March 2011.

Dompok, who is a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, noted that Petronas appeared to be defying the Prime Minister.

He noted that unlike other states with oil and gas reserves, namely Sarawak and Terengganu, which had related industries, there was none in Sabah.

“The only thing Sabah has is the gas pipeline ending at Gayang in Tuaran and that too is for an independent power producer. It is understandable for Sabah to feel left out in this regard,” Dompok said.

On the petroleum royalty increase, he said his party was not objecting to the 20% requested by the Sabah Progressive Party but felt that 10% was more practical for now.

He said the five-point increase would be achievable if the Federal Government was willing to forego its share of the royalty as stipulated in the petroleum sharing agreement. THE STAR

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Sunday, 29 June 2008

DOMPOK SAYS

MY BOSS, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok spoke to Aniza Damis of the New Strait Times recently on the illegal immigrant issues and political situation in Sabah. I leave it to you to digest what was said...

Spotlight: Sabah winds pick up strength
Q: Upko has said it is sympathetic to SAPP. Why?

A:
All these issues are the same. All the things that we have brought up, such as development and immigration, have also been brought up by them.

We cannot deny that we do not concur on basic issues that we feel should be solved. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

SEE, I TOLD YOU. ITS NOT TRUE

AS always, I put both sides of the coin in my blog. It makes for interesting reading. And speculation. And hope. Maybe


Wednesday, 25 June 2008 - THE STAR

Najib on Raja Petra claims: Total lies

By SHAHANAAZ HABIB

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak has dismissed Raja Petra Kamarudin’s statutory declaration implicating his wife as having had a hand in the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaaribuu as “total lies, fabrication and total garbage.”
The Deputy Prime Minister said the allegations in the statutory declaration were a “desperate and pathetic attempt to discredit and taint my political image.”
He said his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, had already given her statement to the police.
The Prime Minister too would be making his recorded statement to the police.
“I welcome the police investigation and hope they would be concluded soon,” he told reporters on Wednesday after chairing a Cabinet committee meeting on illegal immigrants.
Raja Petra, editor of online news portal and aggregator Malaysia Today, filed his explosive statutory declarationon June 18 with the KL High Court, claiming to have been "reliably informed" that three other persons were present during the murder of Altantuya on Oct 19, 2006.
He accused Najib’s wife, Rosmah, acting Colonel Aziz Buyong and Aziz’s wife Norhayati who is also Rosmah’s aide, as being present at the crime scene and alleged that Col Aziz Buyong was the person who placed the C4 explosive on Altantuya’s body and blew it up.
He also claimed that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad was in the know as the Prime Minister had received a written military report on the murder that was then handed over to his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin for “safe-keeping.”
Raja Petra was charged for sedition last month for implying the deputy prime minister was involved in Altantuya’s murder.
On Tuesday, Abdullah said he had not received any such military intelligence report and that it was unacceptable for Raja Petra to have made such a claim,
When reporters asked Najib about it at Wednesday's press conference, he said: “Why are you interested in garbage? Why comment when everything is total lies, fabrication and total garbage.”
Asked Raja Petra’s motive for making such a claim, Najib said: "I don’t know. You better ask him. Why ask me?”
“I have no conclusion except it’s a desperate and pathetic attempt to discredit and taint my political image.”
Asked if he believed it was political motivated, Najib said: “I can’t see any other reason.” - THE STAR

Monday, 23 June 2008

ANOTHER HOT NEWS?

MAY BE this is the hottest news piece today. Really? You mean after all that is said and done, this MP, a friend of mine I would say, is actually not saying what everybody thought? Real politics, this is. You gain some, you lose some, its a game of give and take. But why?

SAPP Sepanggar MP refutes reports that he will support ‘no confidence’ motion
By : Joniston Bangkuai


KOTA KINABALU, MONDAY, 23 June 2008:

THE Sabah Progressive Party Member of Parliament for Sepanggar Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun has refuted reports that he will support a parliament motion of no confidence against the prime minister.

"I have lost confidence in the leadership but I never said I will support a vote of confidence (against the prime minister)," he told the New Straits Times.

Majimbun said his statement issued on June 18 when party president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee held a press conference to announce the vote of no confidence against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made no mention about supporting such a move.

"If you read my statement carefully, I only stated that I have lost confidence in the leadership," said Majimbun who was not present at the June 18 press conference and at the Sapp supreme council meeting on June 20.

Majimbun, who returned here from an official visit to Europe last Saturday, said he will be meeting Yong to find out more about the party's decision to endorse the no confidence motion.
Yong had announced that Majimbun and the party's other MP Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui will support the vote of confidence when it is tabled in parliament and that one of them may even table the motion. THE NEW STRAITS TIMES

HOT NEWS? NO HOT NEWS?

I WAS performing for the first time, so called, as Pegawai Tugas Tugas Khas, in Parliament today. Actually I just came back from there. The press was in full force, including foreign journalists. The reason, the public announcement by SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee last Wednesday that his two MPs would be tabling a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister. Well, it was not as hot as expected. Actually, it was an anticlimax, the reporters said. Because the two MPs did not turned up. But veteran opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang sprang a surprise. He tabled an emergency motion. What about: Its for you to decide. Read it for yourself... (well, so much for being first day on the job :-)

Rosmah at murder scene

Posted by Super Admin Saturday, 21 June 2008

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

"It's mindboggling!" - That's how Raja Petra Kamarudin's statutory declaration alleging that Deputy Prime Minister Najib's wife was at the murder scene of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu was described today.

An aide to Najib Abdul Razak also said they were aware of this latest claim made by Raja Petra, who also runs the 'Malaysia Today' website. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Saturday, 21 June 2008

REAL POLITICS

THE marathon SAPP meeting on Friday endorsed what was initially called "Yong personal view". It means SAPP will go ahead with the motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister on Monday. Yong said it is unanimous. One of his deputies said it is not. Then, suddenly, a bribery case came out of nowhere. Politics. Real politics....

Saturday June 21, 2008

Facing the axe

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) moved a step closer to being expelled from Barisan Nasional as it endorsed its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee’s call to support a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister.

The move virtually turns what was labelled Yong’s “personal view” to the official stand of the party, thus opening it up to disciplinary action from the coalition.
The reaction from the leaders of various Barisan component parties ranged from advising SAPP to voluntarily leave the coalition to outright calls for it to be expelled.
Other developments yesterday were:
> Barisan chief whip Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the two SAPP MPs will face action if they support a no-confidence vote,
> SAPP looks set for a split as one of its deputy presidents breaks ranks over the no-faith motion; and
> The Anti-Corruption Agency will investigate Yong for the alleged payment of RM5mil profit from the sale of shares in a state-owned company to his agents. THE STAR

Yong and deputy at odds over no-confidence motion

Yong under probe over RM5mil payout
SAPP endorses motion of no-confidence

Thursday, 19 June 2008

SAPP PRESIDENT SAYS

Q: Is SAPP still a member of Barisan?

Barisan is no more in Sabah. There is no spirit. Nevertheless, our status of membership in Barisan will be addressed at a supreme council meeting on June 20.

SO YOU people are really really interested in what is going on in the Malaysian political arena? Alright then, read this Q&A. Also THIS ARTICLE And THIS ONE.

YOU may also surf my brother's blog AKI MOMOGUN

ITS OK SAPP

THIS is how one of the national tabloids puts it. Also, click here if your are really really dying to get the whole picture (well almost). Happy reading....


Thursday June 19, 2008 MYT 7:56:02 PM

No decision yet on SAPP

KUALA LUMPUR: The Barisan Nasional Supreme Council came together to slam Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) for its no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, but stopped short of expelling its member party.
It has asked SAPP to explain party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee's actions and statements, after which a decision would be taken on whether to sack SAPP from the coalition.
SAPP's supreme council will meet on Friday to discuss the matter.
In a statement read out by Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor after an emergency meeting on Thursday, all 14 Barisan component parties also criticised SAPP's no-confidence motion as "unprincipled and unethical, and against the Barisan spirit."
The supreme council has also instructed all its Members of Parliament (MPs) to attend all sittings of Parliament while the issue remains unresolved, and to reject any no-confidence motion.
SAPP had earlier said it would support such a motion to be tabled in the next Parliament sitting on Monday, June 23. It had not decided if one of its two MPs -- Sepanggar MP Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun and Tawau MP Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui -- would table the motion, or whether MPs from another party would do it.
SAPP’s unprecedented move was announced on Wednesday by Yong, who said the no-confidence motion could spark off a groundswell within Barisan in the peninsula, Sarawak and Sabah.
Yong had also revealed that he had met Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor and de facto opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim twice.
Yong cited the “continued insensitive attitude of the Government towards serious issues in Sabah” as the main reason SAPP decided to move a motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister.
These issues included getting 20% oil royalties instead of the present 5%, the return of Labuan, poverty eradication, rural development, racial politics, illegal immigrants, crime and drugs.
He added that the people of Sabah were also suffering from high inflation because of recent “astronomical” and “unexpected” fuel price hikes, which was contrary to a Barisan election promise.
Not all SAPP members have agreed with Yong's action, most notably deputy president Datuk Raymond Tan who had said he was confused and embarrassed about the move.
Tan said that the party's supreme council had not been consulted on the matter, and he accused Yong of acting arbitrarily.
Reaction within Barisan ranks to SAPP’s announcement on Wednesday was varied. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the party can accommodate dissenting voices and didn’t think there was a need to expel SAPP from the coalition party.
“It’s their right to express their views,” he said.
However, other leaders came down hard, with Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam asking for SAPP’s expulsion, describing its motion as “undisciplined, undemocratic and irresponsible.”
The SAPP blog is also running two polls on the matter.
The first is on whether its no-confidence motion was relevant at all. At press time, 1,894 had voted, with 1,804(95%) saying yes.
The second, which began yesterday, was on whether SAPP should remain in Barisan. As at press time, 7,686 had voted, with an overwhelming majority (6,640 or 86%) saying it should leave Barisan and join the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance.
Only 238 or 3% urged it to stay with Barisan, while 808 (about 10%) wanted it to leave Barisan but remain unaligned. THE STAR

AYE AYE PM

THE SAPP land mine certainly became the coffee shop topic today. It warranted an emergency Barisan Nasional meeting which started at about 2.30pm. And this is what Prime Minister said....

Loyal MPs rally behind Malaysia PM after no-confidence move
AFP - Friday, June 20

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19, 2008 (AFP) - Loyal lawmakers rallied behind Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at an emergency meeting Thursday following a call for a no-confidence vote against the premier from within his coalition.

"Nobody (in the coalition) supports this motion. Everyone have rejected this and what has taken place is against the spirit of unity within the coalition.

"This is a collective decision of the Barisan Nasional supreme council," he told reporters after chairing a special meeting of top leaders from 13 of the 14 parties in the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee made the unprecedented no-confidence call on Wednesday in a serious blow to Abdullah, who has faced pressure to quit since disastrous general elections in March. The SAPP did not attend the gathering.

Abdullah said he would continue to lead the government despite the attempt to topple him.

"I cannot afford to be distracted by issues that keep coming up. I have to be focused with what I have to do. When things like this happen, we have to deal with it," he said.

Abdullah, who is also finance minister, said he would ensure the economy remained stable despite rising political uncertainties over his leadership.

"We have to manage the economy," he said. "This is not something new. I have to accept it. I have my responsibilities. If I keep thinking of people criticising me ... how can I carry out my work."

Malaysian share prices closed 1.3 percent lower Thursday and broke the 1,200 psychological support level due to heightened political risks and a rise in inflation, dealers said.

Analysts said the move for a no-confidence vote when parliament opens Monday could trigger a ripple effect of dissent within the ruling coalition.

SAPP, which has two members in parliament, said it would decide on Friday whether to quit the coalition. It left open the prospect of joining the opposition alliance led by former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim.

After the March polls that gave the opposition a third of parliamentary seats, Anwar needs to win over just 30 government lawmakers to enable him to form a new administration.

Anwar congratulated SAPP's "bravery," while in a brief response Abdullah said Yong was motivated by personal gain.

But some in Abdullah's dominant United Malays National Organisation said the vote would not "see the light of day" because of parliamentary rules that make it easy for the ruling party to block the motion. AFP

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

FIGHT FROM INSIDE

THIS is the political bomb. A bomb? May be a land mine? Its like fighting from inside. Wait and see... (by the way, I will be on duty in Parliament on Monday!!!)


Wednesday, 18 June 2008

SAPP's vote of no confidence against PM

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has lost confidence in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, it said at a press conference here Wednesday.

In the coming sitting of the Parliament session on Monday, its two Members of Parliament will support a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister, the party said.

Whether its MPs table the vote of no confidence, or whether other MPs will do it, would be determined in due course, it said in a statement.

SAPP’s two MPs are Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun (P171 Sepanggar) and Datuk Dr Chu Soon Bui (P190 Tawau).

The party also has four state representatives.

The statenment was read out by Dr Chu and signed by Majimbun, who was overseas on official duties. He will be back for the Parliament sitting next Monday, June 23.

The statement listed four areas of dissatisfaction with Abdullah's premiership:

1) That no concrete action had been taken on the issue of illegal immigrants, despite repeated requests by SAPP and other Barisan component parties;

2) That the government had offered no holistic economic solutions to cushion the blow of the sudden hike in fuel prices, which had greatly burdened the people and threatened further hardcore poverty;

3) That not enough attention had been paid to issues raised by the people of Sabah -- poor delivery systems, corruption, wastage, lack of transparency and accountability -- and that SAPP would have failed in its duty as elected representatives if these issues continued to be ignored; and

4) That the people have lost confidence in Abdullah, and that if he can't perform, he should step aside and make way for another leader to take over.

Talk had been rife Wednesday morning that SAPP was going to abandon the Barisan Nasional coalition and defect to the Pakatan Rakyat alliance.

The party is running a poll on its blog, asking members of the public whether it should stay on in Barisan, leave the coalition but remain independent, or join Pakatan.

At press time, there were 874 votes tallied, with 83% (728 votes) asking SAPP to join Pakatan. Only 2% (25 votes) urged it to stay on with Barisan. - THE STAR

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/84637

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/Frontpage/20080618142240/Article/index_html

Earlier story
:http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/6/18/nation/21580986&sec=nation

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

POLITICAL BOMB

I CUT and paste this piece from AKI MOMOGUN. Well, in the light of what I have been posting in this humble blog, this is but a progression, isn't it? This will also means a lot of other things might happen... the spin-offs sort of. Politics, the art of the impossible. For the good of the people...

SAPP BOMB
Sabah-based Barisan Nasional component party member, Sabah Progressive Party's (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee is scheduled to `drop a bombshell' during a Press conference at 2pm at the party's HQ in Luyang, Kota Kinabalu tomorrow.
A senior party official said an important announcement/declaration at the conference might lead to a drastic change of political scenario in Malaysia.
The official said whatever announcement to be made has been well thought out with the State and the people's interest in mind.
"SAPP will not be the `Lone Ranger' in this case," the official said.
Meanwhile, in another latest development, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) supreme council member Dr Chong Eng Leong today resigned from the party led by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
This is Ex-MP Dr Chong's second resignation from BN-PBS, having done so in 1990. He said he had lost confidence in the BN's leadership.

My Say:

Look like the political scenario is getting more interesting.

MOVING ON

WITH a rather heavy heart, I wrote this simple notification during lunch time today. We have to face reality. As much as I love being a press secretary, I too know we have to move on and hope to do our best. I thank my boss for his trust in me. Wish me luck...

TUESDAY, 7 June 2008

Dear Editors

Kopisanangan to one and all.

Please be informed that YB Tan Sri Bernard Dompok had appointed Mr Ewon Benedick (019-5832009, 016-8235061, ewon.benedick@yahoo.com) as his Press Secretary effective 1 June 2008.

It has also been agreed that the official press release from Mr Ewon will be in Bahasa Malaysia until further notice.

I am sure you will kindly give your generous cooperation to him as you did to me all these while, which I am so very grateful of.

I did try my best but being a human being, am sure there had been times when I failed to perform up to your high and professional expectations. Forgive me.

YB Tan Sri had asked me to move on and take up the challenge to become his Pegawai Tugas-Tugas Khas, mainly for Parliament. I do not even know yet the English name for it (some said Special Parliamentary Officer).

Once a journalist, always a journalist. So am only a phone call away. Please do feel free to call me anytime.

Forever grateful.

GOD BLESS US ALL


ALBERT BINGKASAN
Pegawai Tugas Tugas Khas to
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
3rd Floor, East Block, Perdana Putra Building, Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62502 Putrajaya, MALAYSIA

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Tel: +603 88883403, Fax: +603 88883100

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http://kionsom.blogspot.com


TOUGH LIFE AHEAD

THE fuel price hike recently is making life difficult. Or rather very difficult. I read an article on Monday which said a total income of RM3,000 per month is hardly enough for an average family of five. Then the following story. It makes me really sad. Am struggling too. The majority of us are (at least those whom I met). People with big vehicles are feeling the pinch. Now, even infants and toddlers are affected. My oh my. Quo vadis, Malaysia? I want to do something....


Pricey infant formula forces substitute feeding
Tuesday, 17 June 2008

BUTTERWORTH: Some poor parents are substituting pricey infant formula with diluted condensed milk, rock sugar water, black coffee and plain tea, to feed their infants and toddlers.
Malaysia Hindu Sangam (Penang) Social and Welfare Committee chairman P. Murugiah said parents with low income of under RM1,500 and with an average of three children, have reduced feeding infant formula from five times a day to only twice a day.
“They substitute the remaining feeding periods with other drinks,” he said.
He claimed that poor mothers could not produce breast milk as they were under nourished.
“The price of infant formula has gone up by about 80% in the last two years, with one brand rising from RM9 to RM16.50 per 650gm,” Murugiah said.
He said the sangam and a few other non-governmental organisations have been giving milk powder aid to at least 30 families since last year.
“We believe there are more families who need such aid,” he said.
Murugiah urged the Government to help set up a scheme to make infant milk more affordable to such families.
He said the plight of these families would worsen if the Government removed essential grocery items from its price control list.
“Basic items, such as rice, sugar and flour should be made affordable especially to this group of people.
“The Government should introduce a ration card system, such as is practised in India, to allow the lower income group to buy essential food items at reduced prices,” he said.- The Star

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1001 WORDS (OR HEADS)

IT IS all in the head
Whatever we do and say and hope for
I think therefore I am
Head. A bald head. Head
I wish I can have this head
Your head. My foot
Beauty is in the eyes ....

Friday, 13 June 2008

NEW PM SOON?

Oh, the latest about the government. Ah, am tired trying to read between the lines...

We've Reached An Agreement On Leadership Change, Says Abdullah

KOTA BAHARU, June 13, 2008. 14.31hrs (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have reached an agreement on the right time for a leadership change, the prime minister said Friday.
Reiterating that he and Najib enjoyed good working relations, Abdullah said they have mutually agreed on the "best time" for a leadership transition.
Abdullah raised the issue as some people were still suspicious of the relationship between him and Najib including Kelantan Umno leaders who raised the matter at the Kelantan Umno liaison committee meeting chaired by the Umno President here, Friday.
"Datuk Seri Najib and I have decided on the right time for me to hand over the premiership to him. We've no problems and we enjoy good working relations.
"The leadership change will definitely take place at the right time," he said at a luncheon with senior government officials and community leaders.
Earlier, Abdullah chaired a two-hour Kelantan Umno meeting. Abdullah is in Kelantan for a one-day visit.
Najib said in London yesterday that he would not challenge Abdullah for power because as a "true Umno man" he would not risk destroying the party his father had built.
He described himself as a loyal party member who subscribed to an orderly leadership change, as has been the Umno convention. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

FRIDAY THE 13TH

THIRTEEN. 13. I like this number. May be because when I was younger, my jersey in football teams is always Number 13. Somehow, I like it. Inanam, where I am the Upko Deputy Divisional Chief is N 13. I heard the Prime Minister Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also has a penchant for the number 13. One of his official cars bears the plate number 13. What's yours? Read more about 13 in the Wikipedia below. Happy Friday the 13th....

Both the number thirteen and Friday have been considered unlucky:

  • In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve recognized signs of the zodiac, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve Apostles of Jesus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness.[2] There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Thursday, 12 June 2008

OPINION

HAPPY reading. I know, it is still about cross overs, bla bla bla bla... still, happy reading, again


Between reality and wishful thinking



Thursday, 12 June 2008
Raja Petra Kamarudin
RESULTS OF THE 8 MARCH 2008 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION
So, getting at least 30 Barisan Nasional MPs to cross over is not that difficult. The only thing is they will not personally cross over as such. They will remain in their parties and their parties will leave Barisan Nasional and join Pakatan Rakyat. The Umno Sabah MPs, in turn, will form a new party (or revive an old party) and their party too will join Pakatan Rakyat. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

THE VERDICT?

STILL no good news in sight? The truth will prevail....



Out Of Court Settlement In SIB Case Fails

PETALING JAYA: Hearing for the SIB case over the lawfulness of confiscation of their Christian publications containing the word “Allah” finally started at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Monday (9 June) under a new judge, Justice Datuk Abdul Kadir Musa, after futile attempts to settle the dispute out of court.

The hearing of the application by the Sidang Injil Borneo (Borneo Evangelical Church) Sabah for leave to sue the Internal Security Minister Syed Hamid Albar (previously Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) and the Federal government over the dispute was heard in chambers but was adjourned to 7 Aug. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

WHATS COOKING?








IT IS still very fresh in my mind
My beloved mum, God bless her wonderful soul
And my dad, who is keeping the tradition alive
Converging at the burning place (whatever you call it)
In the wee morning
Waiting for whatever is cooking
And keeping themselves warm
I swear, just by looking at them
I feel warm and nice and at peace

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

MOONLIGHTING

MOONLIGHTING. Well, I will be looking around for one. When there is a will, there is a way. Business is more likely. Wish me luck...

Wednesday June 11, 2008

Civil servants can now take up part-time jobs or businesses

BY IZATUN SHARI

KUALA LUMPUR: Civil servants can take up part-time weekend jobs or businesses to supplement their income in view of the rising cost of living following food and fuel price increases, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz.

He said the Government was encouraging all Malaysians to work harder over weekends, and was also looking at facilitating those who wanted casual part-time employment at teller or counter services in the public and private sectors.

“This is a long-term solution to the high cost of living we are experiencing,” said Amirsham, who also heads the Economic Planning Unit.

He was speaking reporters after opening the seventh East Asia Poverty Analysis and Data Initiative consultation meeting and regional workshop on “poverty monitoring and impact evaluation,” here yesterday.

On Monday, Human Resources Minister Datuk S. Subramaniam asked PSD to study a proposal by Cuepacs to allow civil servants to work after office hours.

He said the move might affect productivity, and his deputy Datuk Noraini Ahmad was against the proposal.

Amirsham said the EPU, which jointly organised the three-day workshop with the Institute of Malaysia and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the World Bank Institute, was looking at medium and long-term solutions.

He also said the Government was confident of achieving its target of completely eradicating hardcore poverty by 2010, despite the increasing cost of living.

“In the long run, we need to give a group of people more opportunities for income generation, to get themselves out of the pressure of food price and cost of living increases.

“The Government is providing a conducive environment for the opportunity to raise income levels, but at the end of the day, it is up to the people to grab the opportunities,” he said.

Asked about the RM2bil the Government would save following its cost-cutting measures, he said the Government was doing a lot for the people, including allocating for food subsidies. The STAR

NOW FOR SARAWAK

MORE fund for less developed States like Sarawak. It is good. I think.

Wednesday June 11, 2008

Billions more for Sarawak

By JACK WONG and STEPHEN THEN

KUCHING: The Cabinet has approved an additional RM1bil to fund basic infrastructure projects in Sarawak.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who announced this here yesterday, said the fund would be administered directly by the Prime Minister’s Department.

Besides the fund, the Prime Minister said the Government had also allocated RM3.9bil for water and power supply projects for the rural schools in the state.

To help MPs reach out to their constituents in the interiors, Abdullah said the Federal Government will provide a RM15,000 monthly allowance for them to do so by helicopter.

“Issues related to basic infrastructure and lack of water and power supply in the rural areas will be discussed by the Cabinet Committee on Investment and Infrastructure chaired by Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) at its meeting on June 20,” he said at the Kuching International Airport after completing a working visit to Sarawak.

The Prime Minister said under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), the Federal Government’s total allocation for Sarawak had risen to almost RM12.4bil, the fourth biggest allocation to a state.

He said the state also received the second highest, or 13%, of the allocation given to the Education Ministry. The allocation totalled about RM3.02bil for 2,187 projects.

He said the Federal Government’s plans for rural development in Sarawak focussed on basic infrastructure, water and power supply and the building of roads.

Abdullah, who is the Finance Minister, also assured that Sarawak’s needs would be re-looked under the mid-term review of the 9MP to be finalised this month.

He said he had instructed the Rural and Regional Development Ministry to give special attention to Sabah and Sarawak in view of the topography and vastness of both states.

On the rice subsidy for Sarawak, the Prime Minister said the Federal Government had approved RM200,000 for the state, similar to what Sabah was getting. - THE STAR

Thursday, 5 June 2008

THURSDAYS WITH...

BUDDY: Oh my! Life is getting costly. I ordered coffee just now and the tauke (shop owner) said it is costing 40 percent more!
MINNIE: Yap! I agree. We will have to dig deeper into our pockets. This is not good.
BUDDY: Oil. Rice. Even car parks are more expensive now, effective today.
EEBOT: What can I say? It is a world phenomenon. Prices of goods are rising everywhere. And all these are mainly because of the rising fuel cost. But I am not too sure whether raising the price now is a good thing. Furthermore, we are an oil producing country.
MINNIE: According to newspaper reports, the government was doing away with fuel subsidy because it is depriving the government of good revenue.
BUDDY: What it means is the development of the country is now paid by us, the people on the street.
MINNIE: We have always been doing that through our income taxes, are not we? But why so much increase?
EEBOT: The government, through its subsidiary PETRONAS is handling the oil matter. Petronas is off course not spared the many criticism. In fact, according to friends, some 50 people took to the street today in Kuala Lumpur to protest the price hike. Some groups are even trying to gather 100,000 people for the same purpose this weekend. I think this is not that good.
MINNIE: I hope there will not be any untoward incident because of this.
BUDDY: But people are angry.
EEBOT: I came across an article. Yes, let us be angry. But for the right reason. You can read it if you want here.
BUDDY: Should we change our drinks to just plain water?
MINNIE: But water is also not spared the hike!!

COST CUTTING

I KNOW Sindu. I know he means it. Will I follow him? You?

June 05, 2008 15:20 PM

Sabah Consumers Association President To Take The Bus To Work

KOTA KINABALU, June 5 (Bernama) -- Sabah and Labuan Consumers Association (CASH) president Datuk Patrick Sindu is to take the bus to and from work to set an example for the people to change their lifestyle in view of the higher prices for petrol and diesel which came into effect today.
"I usually drive my Kancil car to and from work. From now on, you will see me taking the bus.
"I have to set an example for all consumers. I hope other people will emulate me. Practise thrift and buy only what you need," he said when commenting on the new subsidy scheme which saw petrol price rise to RM2.70 per litre and diesel to RM2.58 per litre from today.
Sindhu said consumers, particularly those from the low- and medium-income group, had no choice but to exercise thrift because the higher fuel prices would adversely affect purchasing power and the quality of life.
He said workers should carry with them to work food and drinks from home to change their habit of having breakfast and lunch at the canteen or in restaurants.
He also said he hoped that people would cultivate their own food crops to save on cost, adding that there was much idle land in Sabah, especially in Papar, Penampang and Kota Belud. -- BERNAMA

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

FUEL SAGA

I AM back in Kota Kinabalu. And as I switch on my handphone, it was inundated with text messages about fuel to cost more starting 5 June 2008. The pros and cons of the fuel saga, I post here. Its a good reading. Let's face tomorrow smiling........


Wednesday June 4, 2008 MYT 7:33:41 PM

Petrol to cost RM2.70 from midnight

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Wednesday announced price hikes for petrol, diesel and electricity.

He said the new price for petrol is RM2.70 a litre, effective midnight tonight. The price goes up by 78sen from the current RM1.92, a hike of 40%.

Abdullah also announced that the price of diesel would be increased by RM1 from RM1.58 to RM2.58.

He also said that Tenaga Nasional Bhd would be raising electricity rates by 18% for homes and 26% for business users.

The announcements are part of the new fuel subsidy plan.

Abdullah also announced a RM625 annual cash rebate per vehicle, for owners of private vehicles with engine capacities of up to 2,000cc, as well as pickup trucks and jeeps with engine capacities of up to 2,500cc.

Owners of private motorcycles with engine capacities of up to 250cc will receive RM150.

Payment will be made via Money Order upon renewal of road tax, from July 1.

For owners of private vehicles with engine capacities exceeding 2000cc, road tax will be reduced by RM200.

Owners of private motorcycles with engine capacities above 250 cc will get RM50 reduction in road tax. THE STAR

The 56 billion ringgit question PDF Print E-mail
Posted by labisman
Wednesday, 04 June 2008

Firstly - Malaysia is a net exporter of crude oil. So the government did NOT subsidize our petrol. The RM56 billion 'subsidy' per year is the extra amount that the government would have earned if it had exported all of our oil production. There is no 'spiralling bill', the government did not lose any money because it is our own oil and we are not paying anybody for our oil supply.

Secondly – when the government scrapes the so called 'subsidy' that it did not pay any money for in the first place – it is forcing the rakyat to buy back our own resources at a much higher price. Each and every one of us will suffer because of this, especially the poor.

The hike in oil prices has not caused hardships to our government. On the contrary it has already earned record profits for Petronas. And now our government is going to squeeze even more profits by squeezing the rakyat. Put it more blatantly, the Barisan Nasional government will get filthy rich form the blood money of the rakyat.

Now the 56 billion ringgit question....CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

BIRTHDAY BOY



MAY 30, 2008
Alexshandhro Eebot Bingkasan reaches three
Happy birthday my ULTRAMAN 3
You certainly added power to the family
Thanks to Mummy and your sisters and all
Thanks too to my boss for coming
God bless us all

WITH MY BOSS

ITS June already. How time flies. Following and the MySinchew link show a few interviews done by the on-line paper with boss late last month. Read and make your own conclusion....

MySinchew Interview With The UPKO President: I Have To Speak Out

In his interview with MySinchew, Bernard Dompok said his outspokenness as a Federal Minister was because,”I am not here permanently and there are things I regretted I didn’t say in the past when I had to say them. Now I want to say as much as I need to say, I want to put it on record. I don’t know how long more I will be here (as a Federal Minister).”

(Dompok was one of the nine non-Muslim ministers who submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006 over erosion of non-Muslim rights. All have since withdrawn the petition except for Dompok). CLICK HERE FOR MORE

A STEP FORWARD

AS I mentioned earlier, there seemed to be movement for the better.

JPPS is abolished

01 June, 2008, Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: The Federal State Development Department (JPPS) has been disbanded with immediate effect and its role taken over by the Sabah Development Office (SDO) that will be created under the Chief Minister's Department.

The scrapping of the JPPS was among six main good news for Sabah announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after meeting the State Government leaders and elected representatives, here, Saturday.

Others included the establishment of a high-powered special Cabinet committee to tackle the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah, additional special allocation to the elected representatives as well as additional RM1 billion allocation for Sabah. CLICK HERE FOR MORE