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Saturday, 30 August 2008

BUDGET 2009

I WAS in Parliament when the Prime Minister read the Budget 09. My first impression? It is very good. (For want of a better label, I had put this one under General Election)
Badawi unveils A Caring Government Budget 2009
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 29, 2008): As if to salve the pain from fuel-driven inflation, the prime minister today expectedly tabled a national budget for next year that provided a social safety net for the poor, helped middle-income earners get a bigger disposable income and improved public transport for all.
Along the way, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who also holds the Finance portfolio, also addressed pressing issues of human capital development, strengthening national resilience and further provided for the development corridors' progress to boost national wealth in the years ahead.

These were his proposals in his Budget speech themed "A Caring Government": CLICK HERE FOR MORE


PALIN - ANOTHER HILLARY CLINTON?

I WOKE up this morning and was bombarded with one name - SARAH PALIN. Am still trying to digest the event. Frankly, I do not yet have a comfortable opinion yet about the Republican choice of Palin. I can identify myself with her in one thing though. Like her, I am also 44years old.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - She rose to prominence in Alaskan politics through her courageous willingness to expose ethics violations within her own State Party. She is pro-life, pro-marriage and family, and pro-freedom. She is a happily married wife and mother of five children, the most recent of whom is especially beloved, a son with Down syndrome. She is beautiful, well liked in her home State (80% approval rating), articulate and according to those who know her well, she is what she appears to be, a warm loving wife and mother.


But she is also a tough political reformer and hard working campaigner who has now joined Senator John McCain as his Vice Presidential nominee. Her feisty delivery in her acceptance speech on Friday in Dayton, Ohio points to what will now most definitely be a very interesting vice presidential debate and a hard fought and exciting general election campaign.

The suspense over the announcement was unlike anything I have experienced in all my years of political participation and activism. However, when all was said and done, Senator John McCain managed to keep his surprise choice almost completely secret, at least until the last moment when Fox News confirmed the story. His campaign then put out a release which read “A Maverick has picked another maverick; a Reformer has picked another Reformer.” After listening to Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, they appear to be correct. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Friday, 29 August 2008

MOVING TARGET

I SURF the net and was bemused when I saw this piece on the New Straits Time web page. It is a good read. But it is rather lengthy. Go ahead, savour it if you can afford the time. I like one of the things said there. Moving target...

After Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in this morning as MP for Permatang Pauh and immediately assumed the position of Parliament Opposition Leader, a depressing scenario may have confronted the Barisan Nasional MPs, Government and backbenchers alike, especially the ones with immense loathing molded on their faces the moment Anwar comfortably eased himself into the custodial seat reserved for an elected representative like him: how do you contain a radioactive moving target? CLICK HERE FOR MORE

YES. NO. YES. NO

NOTHING happens by chance. Everything is interconnected, somehow. May be am reading too much mystery book stories. I better see Mickey Mouse programme on TV....or Tom and Jerry


Sabah MPs reject loyalty pledge

By Ruben Sario, The STAR

KOTA KINABALU: Many of the 24 Sabah Barisan Nasional MPs are rejecting a move to get them to sign a loyalty pledge to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
State Barisan Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Anifah Aman said the move proposed by Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal was an insult to the Sabah MPs. He added that the pledge should instead be signed by all Barisan MPs nationwide.
He said various Sabah MPs including himself had repeatedly voiced their loyalty to the Barisan leadership and pledged that they had no intention of crossing over to join the opposition.
“We did this during the Permatang Pauh campaign, on television and again in Kota Kinabalu. Is the frequency of denial equivalent to our loyalty?” said Anifah, the Kimanis MP and Kimanis Umno chief.
He said many Sabah Barisan backbenchers had called him asking about the pledge and some had said they felt that they were being treated like “cattle.”
Anifah questioned Shafie's real intentions for proposing the loyalty pledge and wondered whether it was aimed at scoring “political points” in his bid for the Umno vice-president's post in the party polls.
On Thursday, Shafie had said that Sabah and Sarawak MPs would be submitting a pledge declaring their loyalty to the Prime Minister by Friday or Saturday. He had said the MPs from both states would never quit the coalition despite the various rumours about them.
Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh said the loyalty pledge seemed to infer that Sabah MPs could not be trusted.
Saying he would not be signing any such pledge, Ghapur, the Kalabakan Umno chief, said the Sabah MPs had been vocal about issues affecting the state as they felt that these problems had to be resolved.
“But this should never be misconstrued as us being disloyal to the leadership,” he added.
Karambunai MP Datuk Eric Majimbun, the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president, said neither he nor fellow SAPP MP Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui of Tawau would be signing such a pledge.
“What is the point of such a pledge? This so-called pledge doesn't make sense,” he said. THE STAR

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER

FOR the first time, a leader (and a former PM at that) said publicly, anybody could be ruling the country if they have tonnes of money. It is sad, really. Really really sad.....(by the way, Anwar will be sworned in tomorrow - Thursday)


Mahathir doubts Anwar could be next PM
PUTRAJAYA, 27 August 2008:
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad doubts that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim could be the next prime minister despite winning the Permatang Pauh by-election yesterday.

The former prime minister believes that Anwar will not be able to get at least 30 Members of Parliament from Barisan Nasional to cross over to the opposition to form a simple-majority government.
“He (Anwar) may think that he can buy them but other bidders may have more money,” he told reporters at Perdana Leadership Foundation here today.
Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on Anwar’s return to Parliament after defeating BN candidate Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah with a majority of 15,671 votes in the by-election.
He said the government should take note of the message sent by the voters this time, five months after the general election.
“Parti Keadilan Rakyat did not win the by-election but BN lost the by-election,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said he was afraid that the decreasing BN popularity within five months after the general election occurred not in Permatang Pauh only but was a trend in other constituencies as well.
He reiterated his call for his successor Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down following this decline. THE NEW STRAITS TIMES

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

ANWAR GETS BIGGER MAJORITY



I WAS invited by friends to join an impromptu gathering at a coffee shop near my rented house in Penampang yesterday evening.
When I reached that humble outlet, I was pleasantly surprise to see that on the table was a gallon of bahar or coconut wine.
So, I enjoyed the bahar plus a cigar called Balmoral Corona Tubos that I bought sometime ago.
The occasion: Coffee shop talk while waiting for the by-election result. Naturally, the discussion was very intense, considering we were all 'political experts' especially after one too many bahar. And in my case the cheap cigar.
The conclusion: Its written by Bernama as I post it below. And the fact that the Anwar victory could be the beginning of a lot more political twists and drama, mainly agaist him, in the following days. Who knows what the tides will bring....

BUKIT MERTAJAM, 26 Aug 2008: Parti Keadilan advisor Datuk Seri Anwar secured 31,195 votes while Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah obtained 15,524 votes.
Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia's Hanafi Mamat secured only 92 votes and lost his RM15,000 deposit.
The result was announced by returning officer Roslan Yahaya at 10.02pm at

the Aminuddin Baki Hall of the Tuanku Bainun Teacher's Institute here.
The by-election was held following the resignation of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the constituency's MP to make way for her husband, Anwar, to contest the seat.
In the 8 March general election, Wan Azizah won the seat by a 13,398 majority. – Bernama

CLICK HERE ON HOW FOREIGN PRESS LOOKS AT IT


THE STAR newspaper wrote:

"This is the people's victory," Anwar said in a victory speech.

"Permatang Pauh has given a clear signal to the leadership of this country. We demand change. We want freedom. We don't want to live with corruption and oppression.

"We want an independent judiciary, we want the economy to benefit the vast majority not the corrupt few," he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the result was proof that democracy was still alive in the country and there was no manipulation involved. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Saturday, 23 August 2008

LOWER PRICE

THE Prime Minister announced the reduction of petrol and diesel prices on Friday. Many of my friends contacted me to ask, WHY? In the course of my work, I have seen my boss, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok answering such question by saying: That is not for me to say. You better ask the relevant authorities. Today, I say to you, my friends: You better ask the relevant authorities.... and in this case, who better to answer it than the man himself! .... will continue to buy 'just enough' petrol, regardless

BACHOK, Aug 23 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi denied allegations that the reduction in the prices of petrol and diesel announced by the government Friday was linked to the Permatang Pauh by-election.


"It has nothing to do with it. It is for all the people of Malaysia not just for PermatangPauh. Each time I meet reporters I keep getting asked when the prices will be reduced, now I have done it. And now still more questions. The reduction in petrol prices is the best deal," he told reporters after opening the kenaf collection, processing, packaging and distribution centre in Beris Lalang here.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Oppss, sorry, I accidently label this under General Election!

DEBATE POINTERS

DEBATE. This is the second one aired by national television in recent times. I watched the one where the Information Minister debated with an opposition leader. Earlier this week, two leaders also took to the stand for a similar programme. I never participated in a debate, a public one especially. But, I don't mind debating things especially on issues I feel very strongly about. And yes, my debate happens mainly, mainly, in a real public venue, such as coffee shops....

There are three conditions to participate in a debate:

Firstly, do your homework. Secondly, do it properly. Thirdly, fine tune it to do it very properly. This is my conclusion after being a debate judge for many years.

After watching the debate between Lim Guan Eng and Dr Koh Tsu Koon, I would like to add one more condition: Fourthly, do not be opportunistic. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

DOMPOK: STUDY UITM PROPOSAL

I KNOW. This posting is in Bahasa Malaysia. My apology to those who could not understand the language. Will post the English version the soonest possible. I put this in because my boss is the first government leader (that I know) who came out publicly to "support" the proposal by the Selangor MB late last week for UiTM to open its doors to non-Bumiputera. My personal feeling: It is only ten percent ....

Kenyataan Akhbar – Isnin, 18 Ogos 2008 – YB Tan Sri Bernard Dompok – Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri/Presiden UPKO/MP Penampang

INSTITUSI PENDIDIKAN BERASASKAN INTEGRITI NASIONAL WAJAR DIPERLUASKAN

PENAMPANG: Cadangan untuk membuka UITM kepada pelajara bukan Bumiputera mempunyai merit untuk dikaji secara mendalam.

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok berkata perincian itu boleh dilakukan kerana institusi pendidikan yang berasaskan kepada prinsip penyatuan rakyat dan integrasi nasional wajar diperluaskan di seluruh negara.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri menegaskan bahawa institusi pendidikan merupakan tempat di mana integrasi kaum dapat dipupuk dan seterusnya dapat menjalinkan perpaduan di kalangan masyarakat majmuk di negara ini.

“Berdasarkan kepada prinsip yang betul ini, maka saya menyokong agar cadangan untuk membuka UITM kepada pelajar bukan Bumiputera dibincangkan dengan lebih teliti oleh pihak-pihak yang berkenaann,” ujar beliau.

Dompok berkata demikian ketika ditanya oleh wartawan selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Agung Tritahunan Upko Bahagian Kepayan, di sini pada Ahad lalu.

Presiden Upko itu menyatakan bahawa cadangan Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar Selangor supaya sepuluh peratus pengambilan pelajar UITM dibuka kepada bukan Bumiputera harus dilihat dalam konteks yang lebih luas.

“Ia hanya satu cadangan, bukanpun satu polisi. Justeru, ia boleh dikaji dengan lebih mendalam,” ujar beliau ketika ditanya mengenai bantahan di kalangan pelbagai pihak termasuk perarakan oleh pelajar-pelajar UITM bagi membantah cadangan tersebut.

Dompok yang juga Ahli Parlimen Penampang menyatakan bahawa Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM), sebuah institusi kerajaan yang ditubuhkan khusus untuk pelajar Bumiputera juga sudahpun menerima pelajar bukan Bumiputera.

Beliau juga berkata, sekolah-sekolah Cina di Malaysia sudah membuka pintu mereka kepada pelajar bukan Cina sejak berpuluh tahun yang lalu.

“Di Penampang, contohnya, ada beberapa sekolah Cina yang mempunyai sehingga 60 peratus pelajar Bumiputera. Di Semenanjung, ada sekolah Cina yang menerima pelajar daripada kaum Melayu dan India,” tambah beliau.

“Menjelang tahun 2020, kita seharusnya dapat mewujudkan bangsa Malaysia sepertimana yang termaktub dalam Wawasan 2020. Institusi pendidikan seharusnya menjadi pemangkin kepada cita-cita ini,” ujar beliau.

Monday, 18 August 2008

CHONG WEI BEATEN


I WAS rooting for Chong Wei. But he failed to match Lin Dan. Am sad. For Chong Wei, for Malaysia. But we have Nicol David. Squash is not an Olympic event, so nothing much we can do about it. But Nicol is WORLD NUMBER ONE for many months now.... aaahhh, not so sad now!!!

Chong Wei conceded that it was his easiest defeat ever to Lin Dan after more than a dozen meetings.
"I felt some pressure but that was not a factor. I lost and I have no excuses. Lin Dan played very well tonight," said the 26-year-old Chong Wei, who is the first Malaysian singles to enter the Olympics final.

"I could not match his speed and I could not get around him no matter how. Coach asked to me speed up the game but I just couldn't," he said when asked what instructions he got from coach Misbun Sidek during the break.

Chong Wei's second finishing raises Malaysia's Olympic medal tally to two silvers and two bronzes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

SYARIAH RULES HE IS NOT MUSLIM

THIS case reminds me of many other crises concerning religion or rather the lack of religion in the country. Am happy for Jeffrey. Am happy for the Syariah High Court. Hope our basic human rights, such as a right to practice one's belief is respected to the fullest....


KUANTAN: The Syariah High Court here has allowed an application by a Muslim convert to declare himself as a non-Muslim.

Jeffrey also known as Abdullah and Or Boon Hua, 36, made the application on the grounds that he had not practised the Islamic teachings since converting to the religion 14 years ago.

Judge Datuk A. Rahman Yunus, said in his judgment on Monday that based on the testimonies of four witnesses, it was clear that Jeffrey was not a Muslim, having not practised the Islamic teachings since his conversion to the religion.

"As such, the court finds that the applicant is no longer a Muslim," he added. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

LAWYERS ON RELIGION

Ultimately, the interpretation of what constitutes religious matters should be left to the leaders and adherents of the faith in question. The Home Ministry is not in a position to dictate to Catholics (or for that matter, the proponents of any other faith) the scope of their religion.

The Catholic Lawyers’ Society of Kuala Lumpur calls on the Home Ministry to withdraw its warning and “show cause” letters and maintain the Herald’s publishing permit. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

KEPERCAYAAN kepada Tuhan. Belief in God. That is enshrined in the Federal Constitution as a law safeguarding freedom of religion in this country of ours. I rest my case...

Saturday, 16 August 2008

USAIN BOLT FASTEST MAN


IT WAS a real drama, the Beijing Olympics 2008 final of the 100m. I was almost in disbelief when the hot favourite Usain Bolt of Jamaica became the fastest man on earth in a very casual way. Running the century in 9.69sec?
C'mon man. You on drugs or what?
No, am not sour grape. Or pessimistic.
But to run and win like that?
The picture on the right was him celebrating even before crossing the line. What is this?
It reminds me of former greats like Jo Flo, Carl Lewis, Marion Jones (drugged!!!) and Malaysian own Rabuan Pit.
More to come from Usain. He is a 200m specialist,
And he strolls to win the 100m?
C'mon man!!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE

HERE TOO... THIS ONE IS BETTER

OLD IS GOLD


CALL me emotional
Or very patriotic
Honestly, I found it hard trying to withhold my tears
Zhang Ning - Chinese national
I know. But she the oldest shuttler
She retains her Olympic badminton gold
Yeah. I shed tears
She showed me. Old is gold
Congrats, old people!

CLICK HERE FOR ZHANG STORY

Friday, 15 August 2008

DOMPOK ON HERALD

I JUST arrived in Kota Kinabalu, you know, the routine trip back to Sabah to accompany my boss to serve his constituents in Penampang. Earlier today, while in Putrajaya, reporters asked him about several issues including the government's action towards Herald, the request for higher oil royalty and the Permatang Pauh by-election. Come to think of it, in this job (politics), one has to be prepared for anything. Lets be vigilant.... (and yes, I label this under General Election hehehehehe)

Why all the fuss now, asks Dompok

PUTRAJAYA: The Catholic newsletter Herald had been running religious and non-religious articles but there was no action by the Government in the past, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.

Wondering what was causing a lot of attention this time around, he said he was told that the article in question was a prayer for the Permatang Pauh by-election.

"Reading the Herald, I know they carried lots of articles involving social issues and even events that took place in the rest of the world, but all this while (there was) no action by the Government to show cause," he said.

He, however, said since he had not read the editorial in question, it would be unfair to comment but added that he would put his comments down in writing later. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

BERNAMA STORY ON THE SAME ISSUE HERE

ALUMNI

THESE are my classmates in 1982
at the Sekolah Pertanian Menengah Atas (SPMA)
Negeri Bogor, Jawa Barat, Indonesia.
They had a reunion on Aug 8-9, 2008
Twelve of my Sabah classmates were there too
I didn't make it
These pictures are courtesy of Saeful
Its a pity, I cannot remember most of them
Angkatan (Class) 82
Thank you for touching my life



Thursday, 14 August 2008

THURSDAYS WITH...

MINNIE: Hoi... have you been watching the Olympics?
BUDDY: Of course. The opening ceremony was the best ever. The swimmer Phelps is now a legend. I believe more exciting sporting history are coming.
MINNIE: But the opening fireworks being pre-recorded for the television audience and the little girl that was only miming somebody else voice...
BUDDY: Am not too happy too about those things. But then again, it was decided by the organising committee long before the event. To be fair, they have the right to do what they want, rightly or wrongly.
EEBOT: For me, the lasting scene on my mind so far is a picture of our woman shuttler Wong Mew Choo battling to bring her quarterfinal game into a rubber set. It didn't happened but for once I was rooting for a fellow Malaysian to win. She should be applauded for her fighting quality!
BUDDY: That is an interesting observation bro. For me its the fact that Mew Choo boyfriend Lee Chong Wei is still in contention for a medal.
EEBOT: Honestly, am jittery over Chong Wei. He did look good but we can never tell. Hopefully, Mew Choo's fighting spirit had rubbed on him.
MINNIE: Now that you said it, Chong Wei and Mew Choo could possibly be a millionaire couple by this weekend.
EEBOT: Perhaps that is the problem. If you focus only on the RM1million carrot the government is dangling for a gold medal, you will lose focus. Whatever it is, I hope Chong Wei can prove me wrong by emerging the first Olympic champion for Malaysia!
BUDDY: Am rooting for Chong Wei. Minnie too.
EEBOT: Well, some of our athletes had broken several national records. May be that is the best that we could hope for.
MINNIE: Chong Wei is the best bet so far to win a medal. Am hoping it will be gold. But, other athletes could spring a surprise. The cyclists may be.
EEBOT: As I said, I hope they will surprise me with medals. Never mind the colour.
MINNIE: You are not very supportive of our athletes, aren't you Eebot?
BUDDY: May be you care to explain?
EEBOT: You see, our athletes are.... aaahhhh never mind. Let us just wait and see.

OLYMPICS LEGEND

SWIMMING. It is a craze for most people. I too love swimming. The human body is 80 percent water, I was told. No wonder! The on-going Olympics in Beijing saw a USA swimmer Michael Fred Phelps becoming a legend with the most number of gold medals at that level. You and me... we will enjoy swimming in our own way...
(BEIJING August 13) -- Where else can we start with a review of day five of Beijing 2008 than with a living legend? The name Michael Fred Phelps was etched into Olympic record books today as the man with more gold medals to his name than any other person in sporting history.
Having drawn level with the four other folks who have won nine overall Olympic gold medals yesterday, Phelps didn't just nudge ahead by winning the Men's 200m Butterfly for his landmark 10th overall Olympic gold – and fourth of Beijing 2008 (it almost goes without saying that it was in a new world record of 1:52.03), but an hour later he then swam the lead-off leg as the United States Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team of Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay, completely obliterating the world record to seize gold -- Phelps's 11th gold overall – in a breathtaking time of 6:58.56, to shave an unbelievable 4.68 seconds off the previous record.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

BEYOND EARTH

This photo, released by NASA and the European Space Agency to commemorate the Hubble Space Telescope completing its 100,000th orbit around the Earth in its 18th year of exploration and discovery, scientists have aimed Hubble to take a snapshot of a dazzling region of celestial birth and renewal. Hubble peered into a small portion of the nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074, top, on Sunday,Aug.10, 2008. The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, perhaps triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. It lies about 170 000 light-years away near the Tarantula nebula, one of the most active star-forming regions in our local group of galaxies. In this representative color image, red shows emission from sulphur atoms, green from glowing hydrogen, and blue from glowing oxygen.

(AP Photo/NASA-ESA)

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

PROGRESS

BY-ELECTION does wonders. This is an article by Bernama, a government news agency. Ahhh, how I wish we have more by-elections, especially in Sabah. Then, there will be an opportunity for the government to focus on the areas and bring in development. Whatever is good for the people, bring it on! From the people, by the people, for the people.... or something like that.

BN development plan for Permatang Pauh
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Barisan Nasional (BN) will have to wrest Permatang Pauh from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in this upcoming by-election as this parliamentary constituency is in dire need of proper infrastructure and development.

For the past 10 years, Permatang Pauh has not seen much progress except for Seberang Jaya, which boasts a well-integrated township initiated by the Barisan Nasional government to boost the administrative, residential, industrial and commercial sectors of Malaysia's northern region.
At the centre of Seberang Jaya's development is Sunway City, and there's also the Seberang Jaya Industrial Park at Jerawat, Seberang Jaya Hospital and Bandar Perda, which will develop into a smart city equipped with modern facilities by 2010 like the Penang Wawasan Trade Centre (PWTC).
Seberang Jaya has come a long way from a sleepy cowboy town to what it is today -- a bustling, developing giant compared to its two neighbours, Penanti and Permatang Pasir. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Monday, 11 August 2008

FOOD FOR THOUGHTS

MANY faiths, one nation. That was the theme for the MCCBCHST dinner in Kuala Lumpur recently, graced by the Prime Minister. It was a vegetarian dinner, and I enjoyed it very much. But the speech was even more filling. Do take the trouble to read it in full....


We are grateful at your continued reassurances that you are the Prime Minister for all Malaysians, and your commitment to work together with all parties in order to resolve the many difficulties that we as a nation face in forging a united and developed nation.

It is thus with a heavy heart that I must report to you that many non Muslims feel marginalised in today's Malaysia.

There is growing discomfort with the rapid Islamization of our society. Universal values of ethical conduct and good governance, values which are shared by all religions, are appropriated by some to be only "Islamic". CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Saturday, 9 August 2008

080808 LET OLYMPICS BEGINS

I MISSED the live telecast of the opening of Beijing Olympics. I did see the replay after midnight. Am very impressed. I am sure, the next three weeks or so will be a historic occasion for humankind. Syabas to China. May be we will get to see our Malaysian athletes winning the gold and the promised RM1million reward each from the government.

CHINA STUNS WORLD

BEIJING, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- Dazzling fireworks soared above the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium and the rest of Beijing stretching to the Great Wall on its northwest as China stunned with a spectacular show under sweltering heat to raise the curtains on the 29th Olympic Games.

In the most tightly guarded secret of the ceremony, China's former gymnastics all-great Li Ning, a triple gold medallist in the 1984 Olympics, was hoisted up to the roof of the stadium and tipped the Games torch to a wire linked to the roof-high cauldron to light up the flames that will burn throughout the Games until Aug 24.

But now, before he "ran" a lap around the canopy, the crowd below watched in awe at the former athlete who was voted the best athletes of the 20th century.

If at all, the well-choreographed show underscored determination of the host in gearing themselves up for the next stage, the battle for as many pieces of the 302 gold at stake and threaten the long-held top spot by the United States. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

FORUM STOPS EARLY

I AM posting this at the KLIA. Yes, am on the way to Sabah. My boss went back on Thursday but I didn't because I wanted to attend the forum. It was quite an experience. Am sure a lot will be written about it. I don't want to comment further. Suffice to say, it had enriched me and encouraged me to stay put in my political struggle.... whatever that means


Protests stop Bar Council Conversion Forum

Several hundred protesters demonstrated outside the Bar Council forum on conversions to Islam this morning, with some forcing their way into the hall as police called on the organisers to wrap up proceedings by 10am.

Witnesses said several protesters entered the building escorted by police, stood in the middle of the hall and stared at the several hundred participants attending the "Conversion to Islam: Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution, Subashini & Shamala Revisited" forum.

The protesters had gathered since 8am and brought out banners criticising and condemning the forum which has received objections from both government and opposition leaders.

At 9.25am, Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan interrupted the forum to say the police have advised them to wrap it up by 10am as protest still going on outside the building. The forum began at 8.45am.

Ambiga closed the forum 3 minutes before 10am deadline. Protesters still trying to barge in. Pas Unit Amal members standing between them and the police, trying to stop them.

Protesters are leaving but some are trying to chase and harass participants coming out. Bar Council members are seen seeking the help of the police to prevent this.

THIS REPORT IS FROM HERE

Thursday, 7 August 2008

ANWAR PLEADED NOT GUILTY

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pleaded not guilty to sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan over a month ago.

The party's de facto leader is accused of committing the offence at Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

ANWAR POSSIBILITY

Deputy Speaker: Anwar may return to Parliament by month's end
PETALING JAYA: If PKR Advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wins the 26th August by-election in Permatang Pauh, he may be sworn in during the parliamentary session on 27th or 28th this month.

If everything goes smoothly, the former deputy prime minister may even be able to participate in the tabling of the 2009 Budget by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his capacity as the Finance Minister, on 29th August (Friday).

However, this will have to depend on when the Election Commission releases the election results to the Dewan Rakyat, so that the Speaker can make arrangements for the swearing-in of the new MP.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told Sin Chew Daily in an exclusive interview Wednesday that once the letter of notification is received by the Dewan Rakyat, the Speaker will make arrangements for the swearing-in of the newly elected MP.

"Generally speaking, if the Election Commission officially announces the results, and releases the letter of notification to the Parliament on the election day itself, the elected MP can be sworn in on the following day (provided that it is during the parliamentary session).

Wan Junaidi added, since the by-election involves only one single seat, the swearing-in ceremony should be a simple one, and can be arranged on any day of the parliamentary session.

He emphasised that no other special procedures will be involved.

"Looking at the current situation, the parliamentary session will resume on 18th August. If the notice is received after 26th August, the Speaker can arrange for the swearing-in ceremony, which can be held at the beginning of any day's session."

However, the parliamentary session will go into recess from 1st September to 12th October in conjunction with the Ramadan fasting month and Hari Raya celebrations. Therefore, if Anwar wins the by-election, but the Election Commission fails to submit the letter of notification to the Parliament by 28th August, he may have to wait until the parliamentary session resumes on 13th October before he can return to the Parliament. (Sin Chew Daily)

BN TO STUDY SAPP

NAJIB has a point. SAPP too. It is all a matter of timing. Timing. And timing. And when you are in power, you determine the rule of the game. Life is like that. It doesn't mean it is wrong or right. We will just have to take it at face value.

BN to study SAPP reply first
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council is to study in detail the points raised by component Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) before making a decision on the SAPP's reply to its show-cause letter over SAPP's stated intention to support any no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
BN deputy chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who chaired a meeting of the BN management committee today, said a decision would be made after the study had been completed and also whether it was appropriate or otherwise to respond to the SAPP.
"The (management) committee suggested to the (BN) supreme council that the points raised would be studied in detail," he told a news conference after a meeting of the BN Supreme Council chaired by Abdullah, here.
Najib said the committee had not postponed the matter on purpose.
"If necessary, we have to reply to the points in detail but we have to give a comprehensive reply and make a matured decision to the reply from the SAPP," he said.
Last month, the BN issued a show-cause letter to SAPP demanding an explanation on its stand to support a motion of no-confidence against Abdullah.
In its reply dated July 30, the SAPP had also urged the BN leadership to examine the reasons why the party would support such a motion.
Among the requests made in the partys eight-point declaration and endorsed by its supreme council was for Sabah to have political autonomy, an increase to 20 per cent in the states share of oil royalty, and Labuan to be brought under the state jurisdiction and governed as a special region.
Speaking to reporters later, BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said a decision on the matter was likely to be made at the next BN supreme council meeting which is likely to be after the Permatang Pauh by-election on Aug 26.
"There are eight points raised by the SAPP in the reply to the show-cause letter. We are looking into it," he said.
In KOTA KINABALU, SAPP expressed disappointment over the absence of a decision by the BN on the matter.
"What is so complicated that the BN needs to study it in detail?" SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said.
He said the SAPP's three-paragraph reply to the BN show-cause letter was so simple and clear because it was a mere reiteration of SAPP's loss of confidence in the prime minister, as announced on June 18 and endorsed by the (SAPP) Supreme Council two days later.
Yong said SAPP would forge ahead with "greater force and unity" in pursuit of its struggle for the people based on its declaration of the eight points and to fight "taxflation" and the rapid rise in the cost of living which has caused hardship for the people. -- BERNAMA

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

RIGHT CHOICE

LIFE is fragile. Especially when faced with hard times. A philospopher Alfred Whitehead once said, after making a decision, one is faced with countless other possibilities on the next step to be taken. So life is about making the right choice, every time. Bentacourt prayed for freedom. The Holy Spirit made it better...what's your choice?

Finally Mrs Bentancourt said why she had been so keen to visit the shrine of the Sacred Heart. "I was listening to Radio Maria [the international Catholic radio station] and I discovered that June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart... so I said this prayer: 'My Jesus, I have never asked anything of you, because I am so ashamed of your greatness, I am simply too ashamed to ask but now I am going to ask you for something very specific. I do not know exactly what it means to consecrate oneself to the Sacred Heart but if you tell me, during the month of June, I will be all yours." CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Monday, 4 August 2008

NEVERMIND-LAH

TO BE popular or to be unpopular? A man has got to do what he has to do. Nevermind the people perception. Afterall, at the end of the day, its what is being done that matters, not what one thinks.... something like that-lah

PM: Nevermind-lah

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was accepting of the drop in his approval rating as suggested by an opinion poll conducted by the Merdeka Centre recently.
"Nevermind-lah. That's the fate of politicians. Up and down. What's important is what you do before you leave," he said after a meeting with Wanita Umno leaders at the Putra World Trade Centre here on Monday.
The independent research centre polled 1,030 Malaysians from July 4-16 to gauge voters' perception of current issues, the state of the economy and the leadership.
The survey found that Abdullah's popularity had plunged to below 50% for the first time in his premiership, from a record high of 91% in late 2004 after he won his first term as Prime Minister. THE STAR

ANWAR NEEDS CASH

I DON'T know what to say. But I remember the so called Tok Guru Nik Aziz, if he goes around to campaign, at some time during the ceramah, hats would be passed round and the crowd would be glad to obliged....

ANWAR: Donate RM1 each for my campaign
On allegations that he was buying Barisan Nasional elected representatives to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar said he did not have the money to buy the politicians.
Anwar later appealed to the public to donate at least RM1 each for his election campaigns in Permatang Pauh. CLICK HERE FOR MORE




PROCEDURE?

THE Federal Government is going to start its ALL OUT WAR against foreign illegal immigrants especially in Sabah this month. The figure? Your guess is as good as mine. Some say there are at least 700,000 such people in Sabah. Others said over a million. Still another group said about 300,000. It depends, actually. There are proofs that many of them came to Sabah through the back door and became CITIZENS of Malaysia a few days or even a few hours later. NO. I am not bluffing. That is why, I posted the article below. Please do not make your own conclusion. Why? The conclusion has been there since the 70s. Go and try to make sense of what I said....

Husbands of Malaysian women have it even worse; so also we understand that Chinese spouses are not even allowed to apply for PR status. Many Malaysian with foreign spouses have left the country in sheer frustration. Many of us are highly educated and are professionals, and we cannot even get jobs here; so why would we undergo so much hardship for so many years? Only for our families. Stop treating us like criminals.
The Home Minister is the only approving authority for PR, and only few approvals are given per month. Is this a fair deal where there are a few thousand still waiting; something is very wrong in the system then. We also know that priority is given for those applying for the more lucrative "Malaysia my Second Home." So now it boils down to the fact that "only money talks" If in Sabah and Sarawak foreigners have easily been given ICs, why can't this be done for foreign spouses? CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Sunday, 3 August 2008

SABAH BOLEH


WE ALL know (I am presuming quite a bit here) that we Malaysians in Sabah really are a talented lot. We have a former resident professional who went to to become the world's Number One golfer in Vijay Singh. We also have links with Barack Obama. I also heard that one or two of the region's most wanted terrorist-linked persons are from Sabah. Well, this is another feather on our cap. Our women are now hot items in West Malaysia.... hikksss

23 'Sabahan' women held in raid

SEREMBAN, Sunday, August 3, 2008: Immigration officers detained 23 foreign women who had no valid travel documents and believed to be involved in immoral activities at an entertainment outlet in Rahang.
The women – 12 from China, seven Indonesians, two Vietnamese and two Filipinos – all in their 20s and 30s carried false Sabah identity cards.
Immigration director of enforcement Datuk Ishak Mohamad told reporters that a Malaysian man, in his 50s, and two Malaysian women, in their 30s and 40s, who were believed to be the pimps were also detained.
He said the department would recommend to the Seremban Municipal Council to revoke the licence of the entertainment outlet.
In Bukit Mertajam, 17 foreign women, all believed to be working as guest relations officers (GROs), were arrested when police raided an entertainment outlet in Jalan Prai Jaya on Friday.
The women, aged between 20 and 30, were from China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia. They had social visit passes.
Police also detained 20 customers at the outlet and had their urine sample taken. All of them were released after they were tested negative for drug. The outlet caretaker was also detained for questioning.
In Ipoh, four women from China and Hong Kong, also believed to be working as GROs at an entertainment outlet, were detained on Friday. THE STAR

UMNO V UMNO

WHAT is happening? First, the political tsunami, or so it was called the March 8 elections. Then hours after that, Umno-PAS supposedly unit talk. Next, SAPP being rapped for talking to Anwar. Later, all kinds of happenings similar to wrestling where every body jump onto the ring without knowing who their real opponents are (is it the royal rumble at WWF?). I post this one because this is Umno versus Umno. Malaysian politics at its best....

UMNO PJ division chief against PM, DPM
Speeches given by YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah and YAB Dato’ Seri Najib is a form of power misuse and it is clear to influence the UMNO division leaders and indirectly, the representatives that will attend the supreme divisional meeting and division representatives to the Supreme UMNO meeting.
In the context of Malaysia politics, offering of the position of President UMNO and Prime Minister by YAB Dato’s Seri Abdullah to YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib and agreeing on receiving the offer by YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib in the current situation is a form of political corruption “of the highest order”, despite any given reason. This is for sure that it is giving an advantage to YAB Dato’ SeriAbdullah, and some of the advantage to YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib as well. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Friday, 1 August 2008

10K MAN!!!

YES! Yes! Yes!
I am a 10K man
This Kionsom-Insight
Yours truly humble blog
10030. And counting. Man!
Alright. Tun Mahathir got a million in days
RPK not too far away
Still. Am happy, man
Achievement, you know
Let me revel on it-lah
10k man!
What? The picture above?
No. Its nothing
Just that I like it
So, put it out again-lah
10k man!

FUEL GO DOWN

THIS is good to the ear. I mean, wow! This yesterday, that tomorrow? I remember a fact in my younger days. I was selling langsat, a kind of fruit yellowish in colour (don't know what's the Englis name for it) at my work place and one of my regular customers said: Hey, how come your price is the same like last year, the year before and don't know when? You should up it lah... for better profit! Well, may be there was no reason for me to up it then. It was the seller-buyer relationships that counted, may be. Miss the old good days. Or it it the good old days?

Fuel prices to be lowered

PUTRAJAYA, 1 August, 2008: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi confirms that the Government will lower fuel prices but remained tight-lipped as to when this will take place.
Asking the public to "wait and be patient", the Premier said he would make an announcement or issue a statement on the matter soon.
"We have discussed the matter in a recent Cabinet meeting but a few details still need to be looked into before I announce it.
"I hope the trend of lower fuel prices in the global market will continue so that our price at the petrol pumps will be reduced naturally. I can't tell when the announcement is," he told reporters Friday after meeting with Brunei Crown Prince Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah at his office here.
On Wednesday, the Cabinet had mulled over the possibility of Malaysians paying less for fuel soon due to the global prices of fuel taking a stumble from a height of above US$140 per barrel.
Asked if such a decision now would be perceived as a political gimmick in view of the impending by-election in Permatang Pauh, Abdullah said this was discussed even before PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had announced her decision to step down as MP.
"Three Cabinet ministers have already mentioned it earlier," he said.
On a statement by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that the party would not cooperate or form a coalition government with Umno and that it would remain loyal to Pakatan Rakyat, Abdullah said the party had the right to make its own decision or action.
"Actually, in my previous meetings with the party leaders, we haven't even raised this issue. Our talks only focused on religion and because over 90% of Muslims are Malays, it touched on the Malays as well.
"It was in this context that we talked about lessening any dispute which may arise between Muslims. What form this took, whether it be muzakarah (dialogue) and muqabalah (discussions), it does not matter.
"The talks were held with sincere intentions. We did not talk about other matters," he said.
Abdullah also dismissed the bid for compensation by Penang state government for the Government's recent decision to postpone the monorail project on the island. THE STAR

ANWAR BLUFFING

THE PRIME MINISTER is speaking. Need I say more?.... happy reading (and yes, I label this under General Election)

Anwar Threats To Seize Power A Bluff, Says PM

Malaysia's leader on Thursday (31 July) dismissed his rival Anwar Ibrahim's threat to seize power as a "bluff," but ruled out imposing emergency measures if street violence breaks out to protest a sodomy accusation against the opposition figurehead.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also promised justice would be served in the sodomy case against Anwar, the second time he is facing such an accusation.
While denying any government conspiracy, Abdullah indicated that the complaint to police made by a 23-year-old former aide of being sodomized by Anwar would not be taken lightly.
"This man pleads for justice," Abdullah said. "We care about (Anwar) more than we care about this man? That is very odd. He needs justice; that is what he is crying for. We cannot ignore that."
The comment indicated that authorities would not be slowed down by a medical report by a doctor who examined the male aide on 28 June. The doctor found no evidence of sodomy, and sent the aide to a government hospital for a second opinion.
The result of the second examination is not known, but the aide made the police complaint the same day.
Anwar says the charges were fabricated to stop him from challenging the government. After leading the opposition to spectacular results in the March general elections, Anwar has been threatening to bring down the government with parliamentary defections.

Asked whether Anwar was bluffing, Abdullah said that "so far, it is going toward that direction."
"Whether he bluffs or not (it seems) he wants to keep his popularity afloat all the time like a stock market share," Abdullah added.
He ruled out imposing emergency rule if Anwar's supporters hold street protests to denounce the latest accusation.
"I don't think we are going down that road; definitely not," Abdullah said. "Why should (protests) get out of hand? That would be very unbecoming of the party that intends to be the government of Malaysia, to take laws into their own hands and demonstrate as they wish."
Abdullah said he believes Anwar is trying to bribe government lawmakers to defect.
"I've heard so much stories, many stories of his buying, tempting them with monetary offers to cross over to the opposition," said Abdullah, whose ruling coalition holds a slim 30-seat majority over Anwar's opposition alliance in the 222-member Parliament.
"If it were true that money were being offered, to me it would be the worst form of corruption," Abdullah said.
He claimed that a majority of ruling party member are loyal to him. Asked if he has the support of 80% to 90% of party bosses, he said: "Certainly around that area."
Anwar denies the bribery accusation.
The sodomy accusation has revived memories of how Anwar was ousted from the Cabinet in 1998 after serving as former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's deputy for five years. Anwar was then accused of sodomizing his family driver and abusing his power to cover up the deed.
Anwar was convicted of both charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison, despite his claim that he was framed to quash his challenge to Mahathir. Malaysia's highest court freed Anwar in 2004 when it overturned his sodomy conviction.
The corruption conviction, however, barred him from contesting the March elections. The ban expired in April, and he is expected to contest a by-election soon in a bid to return to Parliament. (By VIJAY JOSHI/ AP)

AZIZAH OUT, ANWAR TO COME IN

MY GUESS is that the great majority of you had heard or read about the latest political development in the country. I was at a coffee shop last night and, wow, there was nothing but talks about this. The general elections were on March 8. Yet we are still at it now. But they said, Anwar will be arrested these few days. What next?

DR Wan Azizah Wan Ismail gives way to her husband, Anwar

Thursday, 31 July 2008
After deliberating with my family, the Keadilan party leadership and our partners in the Pakatan Rakyat, I have officially submitted my resignation as Member of Parliament of Permatang Pauh to the Speaker of Parliament YB Tan Sri Datuk Pandikar Amin Bin Hj. Mulia today to make way for my husband, Anwar Ibrahim, to contest as a candidate for Pakatan Rakyat in a by-election as soon as possible.
This is consistent with our goals towards securing a Parliamentary majority and forming a new government within this year.
This decision is the right decision for Malaysia.
The nation now faces some of the greatest challenges it has encountered since gaining independence. The UMNO-led Barisan Nasional government has mismanaged the economy and steered the nation towards a catastrophe. It has allowed the integrity of the justice system to fall into deeper infamy. It has stroked the flames of racism and driven a wedge of mistrust between Malays, Chinese and Indians, while thoroughly neglecting the needs of the indigenous peoples of Sabah and Sarawak.
Anwar Ibrahim has articulated a vision for Malaysia that has brought hope to the people. He has the experience and intelligence to reinvigorate our economy, and the charisma and integrity to unite the Malaysian people and restore credibility to our institutions of governance.
I will continue to serve as president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat and as chairperson of the Yayasan Aman (Peace Foundation).
I whole-heartedly thank my supporters in Permatang Pauh who have stood by me in the most difficult of times since September 1998 and have shared in the joy of victory we all experienced on March 8th. The future of our nation lies in the dedication and commitment to justice and freedom that I have experienced as your representative in Parliament and I look forward to many more years of serving you with sincerity and with humility.


DATUK SERI WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL
President Parti Keadilan Rakyat