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Thursday, 31 July 2008

PAIRIN TOUCHED

PAIRIN. It is a household name. He was Chief Minister for Sabah for nine years. And as the story below said, he had been president of PBS for 23 years. May be it was the political tsunami that happened during the March 8 general elections. It could be that party members are now expecting more. Kiulu started the ball rolling. In which court is the ball now?

Call for Pairin to quit
By Ruben Sario.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan appears to be facing dissent within the party he founded 23 years ago with a division chief calling for him to step down from the post.
Other senior PBS officials however quickly dismissed the call by Kiulu division chief Sindin Ranggongon saying that “there was no hurry” for a leadership change in the party.
“There is no reason for Pairin to make way as yet. And I'm sure the various leaders can wait for their turn at the helm,” said PBS Information Chief Johnny Mositun.
He said Pairin's leadership was still needed in the party “and this is the status until Pairin feels otherwise.”
Sindin was quoted in a local newspaper here as saying that Pairin, the Huguan Siou or Kadazandusun paramount leader, should make way for others who had more energy, calibre and charisma.
He said Pairin's obvious successor was PBS deputy president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.
He said this was the general sentiment among the Kiulu PBS division members at their recent meeting.
Sindin said a leadership change in PBS was needed as support for the party had been diminishing which was indicated in a decline in the number of votes the party's candidates had received in the March 2008 polls which also saw two candidates being defeated.
He also alleged that Pairin, a Deputy Chief Minister and Rural Development Minister, practised favouritism such as in choices of the party's candidates and appointments to key government posts.
Pairin set up PBS in March 1985 soon after being nudged out of the then ruling Parti Berjaya. He became Sabah's seventh chief minister after PBS defeated Berjaya in the same year.
Just before the 1990 general election, Pairin made the decision to pull PBS out of Barisan Nasional paving the way for Umno's entry into Sabah. Four years later, PBS lost the reins of the state government to Barisan.
In 2002, the party was re-admitted into the ruling coalition. THE STAR

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

EXPRESSIONS

FACES. Of children
Innocent. Exposed
Let them grow well
Its up to you. And me
Faces. We were once them

(It seems taking photographs is so much
harder for me nowadays because
the camera I was using is now
passed on to the new press secretary.
Time to buy my own.
Help! Help! Help!)

Sunday, 27 July 2008

ANWAR SET FOR KULIM BY-POLL

THE Pakatan Rakyat de-factor leader Anwar Ibrahim declared publicly on Sunday that he is set to return into active politics by contesting in a Parliamentary by-election, possibly for the Kulim seat in Kedah. My gut feeling? I will let you all know on August 20.... hahahahaha
Anwar eyes Kulim by-election
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysia's opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim said Sunday that he aims to return to parliament for the first time in a decade later this year if a court orders a by-election near his home town.
A high court in Kedah state will hear a challenge on August 19 asking it to invalidate the result in a seat that was won by his Keadilan party in March 8 general elections.
Anwar told AFP that if the court declares the result null and void he will contest the ensuing by-election.

"My plan is to contest in the Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat. I am optimistic of victory," he told AFP.

"The constituency neighbours my hometown of Permatang Pauh in Penang. I am familiar with the locals there."

A return to parliament would be a next step in the political rehabilitation of Anwar, who was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 and later jailed on sodomy and corruption charges.

The sex conviction was overturned but the corruption count barred him from public office until April.

Anwar, who was considered the heir apparent to then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad when he was fired, was to formally announce his plan at a party rally in the constituency later Sunday.

However, he admitted that new sodomy allegations levelled against him by a 23-year-old male former aide had put an "additional burden" on his family and his return to politics.

He said the claims were fabricated to prevent him seizing power and showed he posed a serious threat to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's coalition, which has ruled Malaysia for more than 50 years.

The opposition parties -- Keadilan, the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) -- humbled the governing Barisan Nasional coalition with unprecedented gains in the March elections.

Rallied by Anwar, the parties won more than a third of parliamentary seats and five of the 13 states in the general election, delivering Barisan Nasional its worst result since 1969.

In April, they announced a strategic alliance, and Anwar said that PAS and DAP leaders had promised to mobilise their supporters for a by-election. - AFP

Friday, 25 July 2008

THE TRUTH. WHAT IS THE TRUTH?

SOMETIMES we just have to do what we have to do. The Deputy Prime Minister is doing his job. Saiful too. RPK also. Me? Like you and me, we are bystanders who are affected, and may I say affected deeply, with the political scenario in the country. Whatever it is, as they said, let the truth prevails...

Today, in the spirit of my fifth criminal charge, I am going to make another ‘seditious’ or ‘criminal defamation’ allegation against Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, in the spirit of what Anwar Ibrahim said to CNN last week (see the CNN report here: http://72.47.236.85/2008/content/view/10077/1/ ). And this allegation is that Najib met Saiful to discuss the sodomy allegation against Anwar and for no other reason other than that -- and certainly not to discuss the young man’s future career or scholarship.

This time I am going for broke. This time I am prepared to go to jail for a long, long time just to make sure that Najib is not going to become Prime Minister of Malaysia in June 2010. Yes, I know I am headed for a fall, but I am going to bring Najib down with me. We shall both hit the dirt and become history, side-by-side. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

1001 WORDS...

The new China Central Television headquarters building
is seen in Beijing Thursday July 17, 2008.
The building consists of two angled towers connected
at the top to form a continuous loop of horizontal and vertical sections.

The spectacular 230 meter (755 foot) building,
one of Beijing's tallest, will house more than 10,000 staff.
The building is one of a series of landmarks,
notable for their futuristic design,
that will greet visitors to the Olympics Games, which open Aug. 8

WHEN I saw this picture, my mind goes straight to
the many Ultraman 3 movies which my little Eebot
like so much.
Then, I saw the EARTH.
One is man-made
the other, natural, by the Almighty
Life is short. Let is make the best of it...

building landmarks in our own little ways


Monday, 21 July 2008

YOU HAVE POWER

POPE Benedict XVI was in Australia over the weekend for the World Youth Day. This was his homily during the Eucharistic celebration. We are an empowered people. But power without action is naught. So let us live our potential to the full...

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you" (Acts 1:8). We have seen this promise fulfilled! On the day of Pentecost, as we heard in the first reading, the Risen Lord, seated at the right hand of the Father, sent the Spirit upon the disciples gathered in the Upper Room.
In the power of that Spirit, Peter and the Apostles went forth to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. In every age, and in every language, the Church throughout the world continues to proclaim the marvels of God and to call all nations and peoples to faith, hope and new life in Christ.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE

UMNO-PAS PACT?

This is a self explanatory article.... don't read too much between the lines. Let it be.

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has admitted to having held three meetings, to date, with top Pas leaders on Islam and Malay unity.

The prime minister, who is also Umno president, declined to name who he had met, except to say that Pas spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat was not part of the talks.
Abdullah would not say when the meetings took place.
Speaking on the subject last week, he only said Umno "welcomed" Pas' willingness to hold such talks.
"I have actually held meetings, three times, if you want to know.
"They were with high-level party leaders, individuals who have the power to make decisions. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

SABAH ROOTS

SOMETIMES ago, I said: I like Obama but my gut feeling is that Hillary will get the nomination. Alright, I was wrong. But we never know. The presidency election will only be by year's end. This article shows how small the world is. I also remember an article not too long ago that former world number one, Vijay Singh was the pro-resident at the Keningau Golf Club. Ahhh... we in deed have world class elements!

Obama links with Sabahans

PETALING JAYA: Dr Konrad Ng is amused that his Malaysian roots got noticed halfway round the world, thanks to his link to Democrat candidate Barack Obama.

An assistant professor at the University of Hawaii in Manoa (UHM), Ng, whose family originally comes from Sabah, is married to Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro.

Maya and Obama have the same mother.

In an e-mail interview with The Star and his mother, Joan, in , Ng, 34, said that his father, Howard, was born in SandakanKudat. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Sunday, 20 July 2008

NAJIB FOR PRESIDENT

THERE is this advertisement on national radio about telecommunication company DIGI telling the world that Digi likes it simple. The Umno election, the present political situation, the Deja Vu Saga.... these are not getting any clearer. I am tired.

Ubai nominates Najib for Umno Presidency

(The Malaysian Insider, 19 July 2008) - Until tonight, not many people outside Pekan would have heard of Kampung Ubai. But by nominating Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the Umno president's post, this little known branch in Pahang has guaranteed its position in the limelight and set tongues wagging.
Although the nomination may not carry much weight, as the actual decision can only be made at the divisional level meetings in October and November, the Kampung Ubai Umno branch has decided to ignore the top leadership's plea of retaining the status quo.
The branch — the first in Pahang to conduct its meeting — made its decision after realising that the 2010 transfer of power from Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to his deputy Najib was considered “too long”.
“(The decision made was also due to) the failure of the current leadership to resolve the issue on the price increases for petrol and food,” branch chief Mohammad Hanapi Salleh told Bernama today.
He also said the branch had also taken into consideration the defeat of Umno and Barisan Nasional in five states in the recent general election under Abdullah's leadership.
A total of 42 of the eligible 123 branch members attended last night's meeting. Pekan Umno division which has 139 branches is also the largest division in Pahang with some 32,000 members.
This might pose a problem for Najib, also Pekan MP, who has to answer a lot of questions, particularly on his capability to control the branches within his division.
Although it may be just one branch flexing its muscle, the signal sent out may not please the top Umno leadership, particularly when the 2010 transition plan has been agreed by all state liaison chiefs as well as division leaders.
If more branches are to follow suit, the expected smooth transition plan will have to go through rough edges.
Some 13,000 branches have begun to have their meetings in stages from yesterday which will go on until Aug 24. There will be a break during the fasting month and the Hari Raya festive season before Umno divisions hold their respective meeting from Oct 9 until Nov 9.
The Umno general assembly and party elections will be held in mid-December. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Friday, 18 July 2008

FORMER DPM SAYS...

HEY, am getting better at giving titles to my postings. EX-PM SAYS, PM SAYS, EX-DPM SAYS...I could actually look for an article DPM SAYS. In my mother tongue, I am tempted to say ARAMAI TI which literally translated means (hey, I have done this before I think) ITS SO ENTERTAINING. Whatever, go click and read more....

Anwar's lawyer press release
In 1998-1999 trials, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim experienced the phenomenon of fabrication of DNA evidence. We had SAC Rodwan illegally removing DNA samples from forensic custody. In cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses it was exposed that DNA taken from blood samples was planted on the infamous mattress.
When confronted with this fact the prosecution amended its charge and persuaded the judge, Augustine Paul, to expunge the entire DNA evidence from the record, preventing Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers from responding.

The persons who were implicated in the fabrication of evidence during Dato Seri Anwar’s 1998-1999 trials, namely Gani Patail, Musa Hassan, and Rodwan are the same players who are involved in the current case. Today they are in much more powerful positions within the law enforcement apparatus. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

PRESENT PM SAYS...

WE HAVE been reading, hearing and perhaps even believing so many things especially about politics since March 8. May be we should go back to the drawing board and put our priority correct. The nation is on a journey towards Vision 2020. That is short term goal. Let us get behind the PM. After all, he did say, work with me, not for me....


PM: There is no conspiracy against Anwar

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has stressed that there is no political conspiracy against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and has given his assurance for the safety of the PKR adviser.

The Prime Minister said no one should believe that there was a conspiracy or any plans by the Government to victimise the Opposition leader. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

EX-PM SAYS

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the country's former Prime Minister spoke (or rather blog) about the Anwar Debate. It does give some food for thoughts. Happy reading....

5. The last time it was I who was the prime mover. Dato' Seri Abdullah has denied he is involved this time, but the Western Press and the American friends of Anwar will not be convinced and will not let him get off the hook.

6. Yet can it be that the present Government is so stupid and unimaginative as to use the same "ploy", especially after it was so happy over the release of Anwar? Surely it could come up with another story which would be more credible if it is deliberately plotting or conspiring against Anwar. The probability is that the story is the same because it is genuine. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Thursday, 17 July 2008

HIS VERSION

THIS speaks for itself.

Anwar lashes out at cops

"Is it so that they can keep amending and amending and amending it to fit in with the statement that I have just given to the police. I gave my statement for five hours yesterday (Wednesday) and for another 30 minutes this morning.
"If they give the report to me now, how am I supposed to know that it is the original? Are they waiting to make up the 'perfect' police report (to fix me)," he said, adding that each time he asked the police for a copy of the report, he was told they had been instructed against giving him a copy.
"Who gave the instruction? The Deputy Prime Minister or his wife? The IGP or AG?" he asked. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

RPK ANTICS

I COULD be totally wrong. But why is RPK and Anwar visiting the police stations at almost the same time? Ahh.. I think it is only my imagination....

RPK charged, released

Raja Petra told magistrate Nazran Mohd Sham that he refused to record his plea on the grounds that the charges against him were both defective and mala fide (in bad faith).

"I do not want the prosecution to interpret it as I have pleaded not guilty. I am refusing to respond to a plea. How does the court interpret that? I have two grounds and if the court wishes to know I can explain," he said loudly when his charges were read to him at noon. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

ON POLICE BAIL

WELL, this is a follow up story of the 'Deja Vu Saga'. I hope to get an in depth story of the 2pm press conference. Till then, let us live to the fullest...


Anwar release on police bail

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was released on police bail Thursday morning after having his statement recorded the night before, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said.

He was safely back at his home in Bukit Segambut in Kuala Lumpur by 10.05am, and is expected to hold a press conference at 2pm.

Anwar's statement was taken down to facilitate police investigations into the report lodged on June 28 by his 23-year-old former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan alleging he had been sodomised by the PKR de facto leader.

"He was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) as he was a suspect, and his arrest was made in accordance with the law," Ismail said.

"Police followed every procedure and had even informed him and his lawyers that the warrant for his arrest had been obtained.

"He was treated fairly and according to due process of the law, which included allowing his wife (Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) to visit him at about midnight," he added.

Ismail said police would continue with their investigations.

He also appealed to the public not to speculate and to allow the police to investigate this case as they would any other case.

At a press conference at about 10am, Anwar's lawyers R. Sivarasa and Sankara Nair said that no charges had been levied on the former deputy prime minister at this time.

He will have to report to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on Aug 18 however.

They said that Anwar refused to give a DNA sample on Wednesday night because they feared there would be fabrication of evidence, which Anwar had alleged had taken place in the infamous "black eye" incident of nearly a decade ago.

At that time, Anwar was alleged to have committed sodomy too.

He lodged a police report against Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who were the investigating officer and chief prosecutor respectively in that case. THE STAR

DEJA VU

ONCE a journalist, always a journalist. So just before I go to sleep, I surf the net and found this. So, my posting today is complete, more or less. But this saga, a deja vu saga, is just only beginning. Open our eyes and ears. Am sure the authorities are only doing their duties.. now i rest my case. Good night, Malaysia.

PKR supremo detained overnight
Jul 16, 08
breaking news updated 11.25pm PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be spending the night in police custody. However it could be not be ascertained whether he would be held at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters or a different location. - MALAYSIA KINI

No DNA takenc
(Bernama) -- Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Wednesday night turned down a police request for him to voluntarily allow a DNA sample to be taken in connection with an investigation into a report that he had sodomised a former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Anwar's lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah said police also failed to get his client's permission to conduct a thorough medical examination while he was at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

"Datuk Seri Anwar turned down both the requests. No DNA sample was taken tonight," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters after he had accompanied Anwar there from the hospital.

Anwar, 61, was brought to the police headquarters at 10.34 pm after he had been at the hospital for about two hours.

Sivarasa said Anwar only underwent a basic medical examination at the hospital.

Sivarasa said police had rejected an appeal by Anwar's family to have him released Wednesday night and, as such, Anwar was expected to be held overnight at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.

Bernama understands that Anwar would be brought to the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court Thursday for police to get a remand order to enable them to conduct their investigation and obtain his statement over the sodomy report.

Meanwhile, about 500 supporters of Anwar gathered near the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters in the hope of obtaining the latest information on his detention.

Police, who had enforced strict control in the area, had closed Jalan Hang Tuah to all traffic as a security measure.

In PETALING JAYA, PKR Deputy President Dr Syed Hussein Ali called on party members to remain calm over the arrest of Anwar.

"I want the supporters and PKR members to remain calm and not to resort to any untoward behaviour that can lead to political unrest," he told a news conference at the PKR headquarters.

-- BERNAMA

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

WHY COPS ACTED

GUESS what. I received numerous calls moments ago. And they said, they are amused at what is happening. When somebody forwarded me this Malaysia Kini story, I too found myself smiling. I don't know. Ahhh, this is getting too complicated for my simple brain... you people sort it out lah

CID chief reveals why Anwar was arrested
The police were worried that PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim would not show up at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters by 2pm and therefore decided to arrest him.

Star Online quoted Federal CID director Bakri Zinin as saying that Anwar was supposed to have gone directly to the police headquarters immediately after giving his statement to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) in Putrajaya.

"However, we were informed that after he left the ACA headquarters in Putrajaya, he had changed his route and was heading back to his house in (Bukit) Segambut.

"He was arrested as we had reason to believe he was not going to show up. We wish to point out that Anwar had initially agreed to meet us on Monday but failed to keep his appointment."


Given an ultimatum yesterday

The politician had refused to go on Monday claiming that the police acted unprofessionally by 'intimidating and harassing' his staff and family while attempting to serve an order under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code on Sunday.

Yesterday, the police gave Anwar an ultimatum to be present at the police headquarters at 2pm or face the possibility of arrest. The PKR leader agreed to show up.

However, Anwar was arrested at about 12.55pm when he was on his way back to his house from Putrajaya. He is now being held at the police headquarters.

On June 28, Anwar’s 23-year-old former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan filed a police report accusing the politician of sodomising him.

The politician went to the ACA headquarters this morning for an interview concerning his police report alleging fabrication of evidence regarding his 'black eye' incident in 1999.

In the July 1 police report, Anwar accused police chief Musa Hassan and attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail of fabricating evidence in his trials 10 years ago. - MALAYSIA KINI

CLICK ALSO THIS ONE (IF YOU WANT TO SMILE MORE)

SPECULATION IS TRUTH?

THE speculation is now a reality. To quote my friend Jaxon: Malam ini debat pasal minyak, esok kena tangkap polis (Debate the fuel price tonight, get arrested tommorow). Wait and see...

Cops arrest Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived at the city police headquarters here at 1.15pm Wednesday in a white Pajero after being arrested by the police.

He was earlier arrested in front of his house in Bukit Segambut.

His lawyer Sankara Nair said the police told Anwar that he was being arrested for investigations under Section 377C of the Penal Code for alleged "carnal intercourse against the order of nature."

On June 28, his 23-year-old former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan had lodged a police report alleging that Anwar had sodomised him.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

ARRESTED

WELL. Malaysian politics at its best. But as they said, let the police do their work. Again. My hope. Let not the people, the ordinary people like me, suffer.

Anwar may be arrested
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim faces imminent arrest over a former aide's accusations of sodomy -- the same charge he was jailed for more than a decade ago -- his lawyer said Tuesday.

Sankara Nair said the investigating officer told him a warrant had been issued for Anwar's arrest, and that he could be taken into custody when he appears at Kuala Lumpur police headquarters for questioning on Wednesday.

"But I don't discount him being arrested earlier. It's a matter of execution," he told a press conference.

"After speaking to the investigating officer, I think Anwar will be arrested under the Sodomy Act," he said, adding that a team of lawyers was on standby to apply for bail if necessary.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE

1001 WORDS...

Vietnam, 14 July 2008 : 22-year-old Dayana Mendoza,
Miss Venezuela 2008,
during her winning run
through the 57th annual Miss Universe competition
at the Crown Convention Center
in Nha Trang, Vietnam, 14 July, 2008. EPA

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER
IN MY EYES TOO
NEVER MIND THE FACE
MY EYES ARE FIXED
THE DRESS
THE LEG
THE BEAUTY WITHIN
(If my friend Mel of Venezuela sees this post,
my heartiest congratulations to you
and your country
and Chavez
and our very able driver... Valdini?)

DIPLOMA FOR SALE

IDENTITY crisis? What's in a name? Well, it reminds me of a story I heard long time ago. The person's name is Badas bin Bigod. In literal translation, that would be Hit son of Throw. Or the common name of Abu Bakar, literally means Ash Burnt. My name? Albert is a Western name. Bingkasan is quite a story. Will tell in due time....
This birth cert not a valid document, says Dompok

Penampang: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the birth certificate purportedly issued by the so-called Sulu Sultanate is not a valid document.

According to him, he had not seen the document himself but he saw the news report on it quoting DAP Kota Kinabalu MP Dr Hiew King Cheu.

Dompok said he attended the district security committee meeting on Monday and he had asked the panel members who included the police and immigration among others about it and none of them had seen it before.

"Sabah is a state in a sovereign country and I think it's no longer a question (who Sabah belongs to)," he said.

"We know very well that this type of documents are not valid, not legally binding and of no legal significance. It is like the diplomas that you can buy in the market or through the Internet," he said.

It was reported that a police report was lodged by Hiew urging the police to investigate the document due to the implication on the security of Sabah.

According to Hiew, the document was handed to his MP office.- Daily Express, Sabah

TOLL ON WHAT MATTERS

IT HAS been four months since the general elections. The coalition won. The opposition grew stronger. The country? By the people, from the people, for the people... or something like that. The bigger picture? Let us compare our nation with our neighbours. Or the whole wide world....

Messy politics taking a toll on economy

MALAYSIA'S troubled politics is taking a toll on the country's economy, undermining investor sentiment and distracting Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's administration away from implementing much-needed reforms.

What's more worrying is that the political fallout from the March general election is likely to get worse before the situation improves in Malaysia, analysts say.

'That's the view of most of our clients,' says the head of research for a foreign stockbroking firm who requested anonymity. 'The level of uncertainty is the highest it has been in a long time.' CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Friday, 11 July 2008

TURNS OF EVENTS

I post this because it gives a good chronological list of what had happened. So, its for album purposes, sort of. Thus a new 'reason' for this blog. An archive of kionsom-insight...

'There are several other factors to determine political stability in the country. The equation is not as simple as that.'
TWISTS and turns in Malaysia's political drama:
  • March 8, 2008: The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition fails to secure a two-thirds majority in Parliament in the general election. It loses five states in its worst election performance since independence. CLICK HERE FOR MORE
  • Thursday, 10 July 2008

    NO CONFIDENCE

    AH... the motion of no confidence. Now, this is interesting. Malaysia Kini has more details. But you have to subscribe to get it. So, I post this The Star report. It may come to nothing. We will see...

    Thursday July 10, 2008 MYT 4:21:58 PM

    Wan Azizah files motion of no confidence against PM

    By LEE YUK PENG

    KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail filed an emergency motion of no confidence against Prime Minister at the office of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker at about 3.45pm Thursday.
    After filing the motion, she said there would be no voting involved in the process, as Pakatan Rakyat was not seeking a no-confidence vote.
    "We are not hoping for a change in the government but to have our voices heard,'' she said at Parliament lobby.
    Asked why she was only doing it now, Dr Wan Azizah said because it was because the situation inthe country has worsened.
    "This motion is simply to seek a change within the existing situation,'' she said. THE STAR

    THURSDAYS WITH...

    BUDDY: When are we getting what is due to us?

    MINNIE: What is due to us?

    EEBOT: Yeah, what is due to us?

    MINNIE: Don’t say we have been short changed all these while? Then I will feel very bad.

    BUDDY: Well, our coffee for example. We are still paying RM1.50 for a cup, but don’t you notice the amount is shrinking? May be the amount of sugar or coffee are also decreasing.

    MINNIE: Oh… I thought you are talking about politics and what not, especially in the last two weeks or so.

    EEBOT: Actually, politics had been our favourite topics since March 8. What is due to us?

    BUDDY: I have a feeling SAPP is into bigger things. May be the rakyat as a whole are into bigger things. I could feel it but I do not actually know what it is.

    MINNIE: So what do we do? Wait and see?

    EEBOT: Tired of waiting and waiting and waiting. Not seeing anything at all. I better do something. Right now….

    MINNIE: Where are you going?

    EEBOT: I want to ask the tauke to make my coffee more kao (black) but still kurang manis (less sugar).

    BUDDY: What is due to us?

    IT TAKES TWO...

    DEMAND and supply. I mean, the world is getting smaller. The migration or movement of people is unavoidable. But this should not be a reason to trample the country's constitution. Be Malaysian citizens, by all means, but please do so through the proper channel and procedure. Buying a MyKad for RM10 is not the way. Yes. Penalise the buyer. Penalise the seller too.....

    Cane the locals also: Upko

    Kota Kinabalu: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun and Murut Organisation (Upko) wants the enforcement authorities to get tougher with illegal immigrants who sneak back as well as the local people harbouring them in Sabah.

    Its Secretary-General Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said since the country has a law providing for illegal immigrants and locals who harbour them to be caned, this should be made full use of as a deterrent.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE

    SWIMMING WITH SHARKS


    AGAIN. Politics, politics, p0litics. And Sabah (Malaysia?) politics at its best. What next? Well, don't be too angry but we will just have to wait and see... (picture on the right is my boss Tan Sri Bernard Dompok with Datuk Yong Teck Lee during the Tadau Kaamatan festival on May 30, 2008).

    YONG: Govt out to split SAPP
    In stating that he wanted to put things in the right perspective, Yong said he had informed Dr Chua to be “extremely careful when dealing with some KL leaders; it is like swimming with the sharks.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE

    WOMAN BISHOP

    WHAT can I say? Belief in God is a personal thing, a relationship between a person and the Almighty. But we do need somebody to organise or govern things, thus the Church. I am Catholic. I have friends who are of different denominations. I also have friends from other faith. At the end of the day, what matters is the fact that all religions teach us to be good. I posted this because it could perhaps provoke thinking...

    Vatican condemns Anglicans on women bishops

    The Vatican on Tuesday strongly criticised the Church of England's plan to ordain women bishops, describing it as a historic break from Christian doctrine that will drive Anglicans and Catholics further apart.

    Christian Today Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 23:10 (BST)

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Tuesday strongly criticised the Church of England's plan to ordain women bishops, describing it as a historic break from Christian doctrine that will drive Anglicans and Catholics further apart.

    The governing body of the Church of England, the mother Church of world Anglicanism, confirmed on Monday it will ordain women to the powerful rank of bishop -- albeit with compromise measures to appease traditionalists in its own ranks.

    As in the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican bishops have the ability to ordain priests.

    The decision widens the divide between Catholic and Anglican Churches, which had been making efforts to advance dialogue in recent years despite thorny issues such as gay Anglican clergy.

    "For the future, this decision will have consequences for dialogue, which until now had borne much fruit," the Vatican office for promoting Christian unity said in a statement.

    "Such a decision is a break with apostolic tradition maintained in all of the Churches in the first millennium, and is therefore a further obstacle for reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Church of England."

    The Roman Catholic Church says women cannot enter the priesthood because Christ chose only men as his apostles -- a point it drove home in May with a decree punishing attempts to ordain women priests with automatic excommunication.

    But the Church of England approved ordination of women priests in 1992 and today one in six of England's parish priests is a woman. Liberals say it is insulting now not to admit them to positions of power, and point to Anglicans in Canada, the United States and New Zealand, who already have women bishops.

    The decision by the Anglican hierarchy still must be confirmed through a long, complex process.

    But if the compromise wins full acceptance in further synod meetings and the scheduled timetable is mapped out by 2012, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams may one day be succeeded by a woman as spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans.

    The Churches have been split since England's King Henry VIII broke with Rome in the 16th century. Today, the Anglican Communion has about 77 million members, compared with the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.

    Williams will be tested again this month as he struggles to keep warring factions united when hosting the Lambeth Conference, the 10-yearly meeting of Anglican bishops from around the world.

    The conference faces mass defections by conservatives, mainly from Africa, Asia and South America, who were vehemently opposed to the ordination of openly gay U.S. Bishop Gene Robinson and the blessing of same-sex marriages in Canada.


    Wednesday, 9 July 2008

    HARD LIFE

    AM not much of an economist. The following report, for instance, is Greek to me. But I do know that life is very much affected by the present economy, or the lack of it. I have dug deep into ALL my pockets... and it is just only 9 July. My oh my...

    Inflation to exceed 6% in June, says Zeti

    KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia expects the consumer price inflation to exceed 6% in June, following the adjustment in petrol prices by 40.6% and diesel prices by 63.3%, says Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

    “While domestic inflation is expected to remain elevated for the remaining part of this year and early next year, it is expected to moderate in the second half of 2009,” she said Wednesday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

    SABAH FORMED MALAYSIA

    EVER wonder why people joined politics? Because some people keep on saying: When Sabah joined Malaysia. I know. It is a long walk. It is even a dirty job (sometimes). But somebody has to do it. May be am one of them....

    Master-servant mentality must go, says Yong

    "Before we can better understand the current political situation in the country, we first need to understand the formation of Malaysia back in 1963. Sabah did not join Malaysia, we formed Malaysia!

    "This is not something that is proclaimed by me. This is clearly stated in the Federal Constitution and the Malaysia Agreement. We are not a branch of the Federal Government. Sabah is a partner to the Federation of Malaysia," he pointed out. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

    Tuesday, 8 July 2008

    I AM RAFAEL NADAL

    CAN you blame me?
    On Sunday night, I changed
    I was Rafael Nadal
    True. I am serious. I was he
    Yes. We have nothing in common
    He is a left hander
    I am right
    He plays tennis
    I play table tennis
    He won. After an epic Wimbledon final
    I won. Somehow
    Life is such a wonderful thing

    CLICK HERE FOR NADAL POWER

    YES? NO?

    POLITICS = the art of the impossible. You want me to use one of my favourite phrases? Who knows what the tides will bring!!!!

    SAPP CHANGES STANCE?

    July 8, 2008 - THE STAR
    Dr Chua said the party was not taking up the no-confidence motion issue at the moment but refused to discount this same possibility in the future.

    "It depends on the political scenario. Can you tell me what is going to happen next week with all the things which are coming out?" she said, referring to the recent spate of allegations and counter claims between members of the Opposition and the Government.

    Dr Chua also stressed that SAPP had never discussed leaving the coalition and that she had never heard of such a thing. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

    THEORY

    Hi. I know, its been four days since I last posted. My reason (or alibi?), my broadband went kaput... because I apparently did not pay enough. But, I was at the background, doing my job and listening attentively to the surrounding. Now, this should be an interesting read. Funny, I was talking to a few friends about this over the weekend.... hey, am not bad uuhhh?

    AND THE WINNER IS....

    Yes, this looks bad for Najib, as well as for Anwar. And it certainly looks like Najib is behind the second SD as well as the sodomy allegation against Anwar -- while Anwar, in turn, is seen as behind the first SD that links Najib to Altantuya.

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

    Raja Petra Kamarudin

    I said in an earlier article in this same column that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should be out of office by Christmas. And his successor, I predicted, could either be Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, aspirant Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, or opposition head honcho Anwar Ibrahim. I have also always said that seven days is a long time in politics. What more seven months. And the fact that political fortunes change, subject to both internal as well as external factors beyond your control, means that the situation is always very fluid indeed.
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE

    Thursday, 3 July 2008

    HAPPENINGS

    Try read between the lines. Lots of happenings today. True or untrue? Only time will tell. Will update later... and yes, this is labelled General Election.

    BURSA Continues To Be Suspended at 2.30 PM As Technical Problem Unresolved

    By Tengku Noor Shamsiah

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 (Bernama) -- Equities trading on Bursa Malaysia will not resume trading at 2.30 pm as notified earlier, Bursa Malaysia announced here Thursday.

    It said that it will continue to update with notifications to the market as soon as it has any updates.

    Earlier, during the lunch break, Bursa Malaysia said that trading will resume at 2.30 pm from its back-up system at its alternate trading site.

    Meanwhile, Malaysian Investors' Association President Datuk PHS Lim said the exchange must have a back-up system that prevents technical failures in the trading system which could lead to the closure of the stock market and thus avoid misconceptions on the country's financial system.

    "Such glitches would give the perception to investors that it could be due to political, economic or social uncertainties," he told Bernama here today.

    Dr Lim called on investors, especially foreign investors, not to have a misconception that the suspension was due to any factor other than the failure in the computer system.

    -- BERNAMA

    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    JOURNEY

    JOURNEY of a thousand miles
    On two feet
    North South East West
    At the end of the day
    We cross our legs
    And be satisfied
    Otherwise
    Let's walk again
    Learning is a life long process
    My foot. Endure

    THEORY VS PRACTICAL

    A FRIEND email this joke to me today. It is a good read. I read it before but, hey, no harm refreshing our aging mind what is going on in the world, isn't it? You see, laughter is the best medicine.... we should all.... whatever. This is a joke :-)

    M.B.A Student (vs) B.E Student


    This particular joke won an award for the best joke in a competition organized in Britain..... .


    A MBA and a BE student go on a camping trip,

    set up their tent, and fell asleep.

    Some hours later, the BE wakes his MBA friend and says:

    "Look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

    The MBA replies, "I see millions of stars."

    The BE asks, "What does that tell you?"

    The MBA ponders for a minute.

    "Astronomically speaking,

    it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

    Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.

    Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three.

    Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.

    Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

    What does it tell you?"

    The BE is silent for a moment, then speaks.

    "Practically. ..Someone has stolen our tent".