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Monday, 29 September 2008

NUMBERS GAME

I USED to love mathematics. This was especially so in the 70s. But later on, our teacher failed us, and together with him, my aptitude for the subject (sometimes I regretted not being taught properly by that teacher!!!). Following is an article that has a lot to do with numbers. I read it twice. My conclusion? I regretted having that teacher as our mathematics teacher when we were in Form One to Form Three!!!!

PM quick draw of goodwill

SEPT 29 — Long after Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi leaves office in March 2009, political pundits and historians will dissect his years as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and examine how he squandered a reservoir of goodwill over 48 months.

A few of them will point fingers at his young advisors — better known as the Fourth Floor boys — for wrong strategies and misplaced priorities. For doing too good a job of shaping his public image as a reformer in the run-up to the 2004 elections, a role he had difficulty living up to.

A few of them will allege that the interference by his son, Kamaludin and son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin alienated his supporters in the party and left Mr Clean of Malaysia's politics exposed to charges of abdicating his responsibility to kin.

Many will argue that his inability to act decisively and with firmness curdled the hope and respect many Malaysians invested in him.

Many more will say that by being a prisoner to the Umno psyche, it was only inevitable that he lost touch with the rest of the needs and aspirations of the world outside the ruling party. MORE

Sunday, 28 September 2008

UPLIFTING

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LKS PROPOSAL

I DON'T want to say too much this time. So, happy reading....

Lim Kit Siang proposal

He suggested two further options apart from Abdullah's current options.

"Advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong for a dissolution of Parliament for the holding of fresh general election to end the seven-month political uncertainty in the country in the past seven months since the 12th general election on March 8, so as to give the Malaysian electorate an opportunity to decide whether they want a continuation of the Barisan Nasional government or a new Pakatan Rakyat federal government.

"Or co-operate with Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a change of federal government so that the country can end seven months of drift and lack of direction, which have compounded the multiple crisis of confidence afflicting the country," he said. MORE

GERAKAN QUITTING?

Upko is having its delegates conference from 10-12 Oct. That's a day after the beginning of the Umno divisional meetings. Gerakan will also have theirs around that time. MCA too not too long from now. Then the Umno meeting which was postponed from December to March next year.... so a lot of soul searching. Me? I have to think how to win a seat at the Upko Supreme Council. Frankly, I don't have a specific campaign strategy yet. Any suggestion? You can email me at abingkasan@yahoo.com

Gerakan mulls quitting BN

Dr Koh said the party was examining how the political scenario in the country would continue to change, and had been getting feedback from the grassroots.

“If you go on sentiments alone, I would say more than 60% (want us to leave), but we are taking a lot of factors into consideration, and a decision cannot be based just on sentiments.

“It’s a very trying time, and there is need for a lot of rational, objective analysis. It cannot be a straightforward simplistic decision,” he said. MORE

Saturday, 27 September 2008

VOICING UP

Ahhh, the never ending problem. Its true, what my deputy president says. Well, I believe after this outburst, the lady will get her identity back. But why must this piece meal treatment continues? Should not the government have a policy on such matter?

Upko wants NRD to rectify mistake

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Upko is threatening to review its position in the Barisan Nasional if the National Registration Department fails to rectify its mistake of making an elderly bumiputra citizen into a permanent resident.

Upko deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing said that taking away the citizenship of a locally-born bumiputra and forcing them to take permanent resident status was a shocking display of incompetence from a department rigged with controversies.

“This action by the NRD infringes the basic rights of Malaysians in Sabah and if it is not rectified, Upko must seriously review its position in Barisan,” he said. MORE

Friday, 26 September 2008

ANSWERS

SEPT 26 - The decision by the Umno Supreme Council to postpone the party polls till March next year will have a major impact on many of the big players in the party. Below is the Malaysian Insider's take on who benefits from it and who loses big time.

WINNERS

• Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak:

After Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi does the inevitable and announces that he will not seek re-election as party president, nearly all 191 nominations from the divisions will flow to Najib.

This new transition plan works for the Deputy Prime Minister like a dream. By persuading Abdullah to accept the March transition plan, he has managed to remove the two impediments to the top job in the party – the possibility of him having to face the wrath of the ground by continuing to stay with Abdullah or the possibility of having to confront Abdullah in a no-holds barred contest.

Not too shabby for someone who only a few months ago was having to defend himself against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Opposition leader implicated Najib in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shariibuu and accused him of benefiting in several defence deals while Dr Mahathir accused him of being a coward by not forcing Abdullah out of office after Election 2008.

With Abdullah all but gone, Dr Mahathir will probably rejoin Umno, team up with Najib and fight Anwar. Najib will inherit a united Umno. MORE

Thursday, 25 September 2008

NEW PM TWIST

WHAT'S cooking? Obviously the answer is: Wait for tomorrow....:-)

UMNO special Supreme Council meeting Friday

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The top leaders of Malaysia's beleaguered ruling party will meet Friday _ possibly to decide whether the prime minister should step down amid growing discord within the government and opposition threats to seize power.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will chair a "special meeting" of the United Malays National Organization party's policy-making council, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, Abdullah's likely successor, said Thursday.

Najib declined to say if a transfer of power plan would be discussed.

Abdullah is battling dissent from party officials who want him to resign amid growing disenchantment with his leadership.

Abdullah has said he will defend his position as the ruling party's chief in December party elections and that he wants to remain in office until mid-2010 _ though he has said he could retire earlier. MORE

DOMPOK PRESIDENT

CONGRATS my boss! Am proud to be associated with you. Congrats too to my uncle in law, Bumburing. And all those elected unopposed. By the way, yours sincerely tried calling a few friends and guess what, they actually helped. So this time, this humble kampung boy from Kionsom is among 31 aspirants for the 16 elected Upko Supreme Council seats. Wish me luck....

Dompok elected unopposed

KOTA KINABALU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok will continue to helm his United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) after being returned unopposed for the party’s president’s post.

Dompok’s deputy, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, also won uncontested after the nominations for the Upko elections closed on Wednesday.

Party secretary general Datuk Wilfred Tangau said contests were shaping up for the five vice-president posts with former Wanita chief Datuk Christine Vanhouten taking on incumbents Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh, Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, Senator Maijol Mahap and Datuk Wences Anggang.

He said there would also be contests for the Upko Youth chief post with incumbent Datuk Donald Mojuntin being taken on by his deputy Arthur Sen.

The Wanita chief post was won uncontested by Datin Dr Jaina Sintian, said Tangau, adding that the Upko triennial congress would be held from Oct 10-12. THE STAR

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

RPK DETAINED 2 YEARS

I REST my case.... really, I rest my case. My prayers for Marina and the family. And for the country....

RPK detained two years under ISA
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23: A prominent political blogger was jailed for two years under a strict security law that can keep him in prison indefinitely, a lawyer said today.

Online commentator Raja Petra Kamarudin, known for his anti-government views, was already in police custody and was served a detention order last night, said his lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar. MORE

Monday, 22 September 2008

NOT A NORMAL SITUATION

THE end justifies the means? Or the means justify the end? My position from Day One: Let's do what is best for the people. Reading this piece, which is rather long-winded, somewhat clouded further "what is good for the people".....

Cross over crossovers
“Forming a government by crossovers is not a normal situation, nor a precedent we want to set; that is why we say we are ‘cautiously optimistic’. Our qualifier is that the crossovers must be for better human rights, better governance, a better Malaysia,” he says.

As such, the statement reads: “In order for the crossover to command long-term respect and legitimacy... (it) must be done for the right reasons — reasons that are ethical and consistent with the demands of democratic, nation-building and human rights ideals.” MORE

916 MALAYSIA DAY

Sept 16, 1963. That is the day when the world saw the birth of a new country, Malaysia. Still, after 45 years, many of its so-called citizens are not too sure about its history. My boss puts this to rest in this article, written by BERNAMA! (I know, I should have posted this earlier but it went missing for a while from my file....sorry)

Dompok: Malaysians still divided on the birth of Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- Malaysians are still divided on the date of birth of the nation but the bottom line is, the facts of history cannot be distorted, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
Opening a seminar on "The Formation of Malaysia and Constitutional Rights of the States of Sabah and Sarawak"
Sabah and Sarawak" today, Dompok said the issue had caused some Malaysians calling other Malaysians 'unpatriotic' for insisting on the date of Sept 16, 1963, which was when Sabah and Sarawak officially joined (we did not join the new country, we FORMED Malaysia. Abingkasan!) Malaysia.
"Malaysians in the peninsula are quite oblivious to Sept 16 while in Sabah and Sarawak, most people are adamant that this is the date Malaysia was born.
"My answer is, let us not distort history. It is because we love our country that we want the proper date....I think Sabahans and Sarawakans are zealous about safeguarding their date of independence," he said.
Based on history, Dompok said Sept 16, 1963 should be considered as Malaysia Day as it was the real date for the birth of Malaysia.

"We know of course that there was no Malaysia before Sept 16, 1963. What existed then was the Federation of Malaya. If we had joined Malaya then, the legitimate date would be Aug 31, 1957, but we did not.

"These are facts of history and I don't think we should change that. That is my point of view ... Aug 31 is independence day for Peninsular Malaysia and probably in the context of Sabah and Sarawak, Aug 31 can still be considered independence day, but Malaysia Day and the birth of Malaysia was on Sept 16."

On another note, he said that after 45 years of Malaysia's formation, the people today must feel proud that the country had developed by leaps and bounds.
"Disparities do exist, but by and large we have not suffered the plight of the African states which had similarly gained independence from their colonial masters," he added.
Speaking to reporters later, Dompok said Petronas' representatives had come to see him recently to explain the issue of the 500km gas pipeline from Kimanis in Sabah to Bintulu in Sarawak, of which the status of operations had caused doubts among Sabahans.

Asked if Petronas had confirmed or clarified about continuing the project, he said: "I don't know (about their decision). When they met me, I gave them a piece of my mind and I left it at that.

"But this is not the last of it. I am standing by what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had informed the people."
Dompok said it was a serious issue for the integrity of the prime minister to be questioned by a government-linked company.
In May, Abdullah announced during his visit to Sabah that the gas pipeline project had been scrapped, but it was reported that Petronas had disregarded the announcement and many local leaders had voiced their unhappiness over this, saying that it would not benefit Sabah. -- BERNAMA

Sunday, 21 September 2008

DOMPOK AND SAPP

Dompok: SAPP effect is not little
Kota Kinabalu, 19 Sept 2008: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) President Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the party respects Sabah Progressive Party's (SAPP) decision to leave the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Dompok, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said this showed democracy was very much alive in the country.

"It is democracy in action... people are free to form a party or form an association. SAPP chose to be out of BN and what is happening is an exercise of this democratic right.

"It is SAPP's right to do what they want to do," he said here, Thursday.

Asked whether the SAPP's decision would affect the BN's strength, Dompok said, "Well I am not going to be arrogant to say that we are not affected at all when any member of our family ditches us".

"As far as we are concerned, the effect is not 'little'," he said.

On the statement by certain leaders in BN that SAPP was just a nuisance, Dompok said, "If people follow blindly what big component parties dictate, it is not good, not only for the BN but also for the country".BERNAMA

Saturday, 20 September 2008

THERESA FREED


AM joining every right thinking people who rejoice in the release of Theresa from ISA detention. Her story reminds me of the saying: Don't believe everything that you read

Theresa Kok's press statement on ISA

I have been released after being detained in solitary confinement in a 6ft by 8ft holding cell for seven days under the Internal Security Act. I was informed by the police that they detained me under Section 73(1) of Internal Security Act 1960, which means I have incited racial and religious tension and conflict.

After being detained for seven days under the guise of so-called investigations, the police failed to produce any evidence or proof of me being involved in the activities of causing racial and religious tension. They were only able to ask me few questions based entirely on the false and malicious article written by Zaini Hassan under the topic "Azan, jawi, JAIS, Uitm dan ba-alif-ba-ya" that was published in Utusan Malaysia on Sept 10, 2008. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Thursday, 18 September 2008

SECOND STEP

IS THIS the second step? I will not say too much. Happy reading....

Anwar wants Parliament to meet before Sept 23

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims he sent a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday requesting him to call an emergency Parliament session no later that Sept 23 to deliberate on a vote of no-confidence against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s leadership.

The letter was jointly signed by him as PKR leader, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP parliament leader Lim Kit Siang, he said at a press conference at the PKR headquarters here Thursday afternoon.

“We will convene an emergency meeting if there is no response from the Prime Minister.

“And we won’t reveal the 31 names (of the MPs crossing over) unless the Prime Minister categorically assures that MPs are given their chance to appear (in Parliament) next Tuesday (Sept 23) to give their vote in the motion of ‘no-confidence’ against the PM,” he added.

The Opposition leader and Permatang Pauh MP also told reporters that he has been in touch with SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

ALSO FIRST STEP

THIS is another beginning. Not in the same manner as what SAPP did but perhaps also a step towards something better. So the government and the opposition are moving. Who knows what the tides will bring.......
PM, DPM swap portfolios
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 17 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today swapped the finance and defence portfolios between them.


With this, Abdullah now handles the Defence Ministry while Najib takes care of the Finance Ministry.

Both leaders also stay committed to the transfer of power in 2010 as planned, which means that Abdullah will defend his Umno president post and Najib, the deputy president post, in the December party elections.

Najib taking over the finance portfolio was part of the power transition process between the two leaders by giving him (Najib) more roles, said Abdullah at a news conference at his office here Wednesday, with Najib also present.

Abdullah said the finance portolio was important, taking into consideration the current economic situation in the country and uncertain world economic climate.

He believed that Najib would shoulder his responsibility in his new portfolio well, especially in ensuring that the economy remained strong to face the challenges.

Abdullah said with Najib as finance minister now, he (Najib) could play a more important role when in New York for the United Nations General Assembly next week.

This was because Najib would get to meet the foreign investors and fund managers while in New York in his new capacity, he added.

The prime minister also announced that Najib would now assume the post of deputy chairman of Khazanah Nasional, the investment holding arm of the government, in line with his position as finance minister. The post was previously held by Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Najib said Abdullah's decision to appoint him finance minister showed his sincerity that he (Najib) would be his successor.

"This also reflects the prime minister's confidence in me, and I will always discuss and refer matters to him, particularly on the economy, its direction and priorities, so that the policies appear clearer and precise," he said.

Abdullah, when asked about the drop in the world crude oil price, said: "The more it comes down, the better."

The world crude oil price dropped to US$92 a barrel yesterday.

However, Abdullah said the price decline would also cause a drop in Petronas' revenue.

Asked whether the petrol and diesel pump prices would be reduced, he said: "Wait lah...next time." -- BERNAMA

FIRST STEP

A JOURNEY of a thousand miles begins with the first step. SAPP believes they are making that first step. The president had been shouting 'the window of opportunity' for Sabah and Sarawak to be given its due right could end soon unless something is done....

SAPP pulls out of BN

KOTA KINABALU: Finally rebellious Sabah Progressive Party has pulled out of Barisan Nasional after a four-hour supreme council meeting.

Except for two opposing the move, 30 of the 32 who attended Wednesday’s meeting backed party chief Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

Yong said his party will remain independent but will work with anyone and be in consultation with various parties including Pakatan Rakyat.

“We are not applying to join Pakatan Rakyat until the time comes when SAPP is ready to be back in government,” he told reporters Wednesday after chairing the meeting at the party’s headquarters in Luyang here. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

LATEST

OPSS may be I was wrong. This is the latest. I don't know. There are just too much information on the Internet. Just read it for reading sake, the new thing here. Find it out yourself.

Anwar: We are ready to take over

By Shannon Teoh and Debra Chong – The Malaysian Insider

PETALING JAYA, Sept 15 - Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed tonight that his Pakatan Rakyat alliance is ready to form the government in the next 24 hours, but pointed out that the opposition was, however, prepared to delay the formation.

Speaking at PR's Malaysia Day celebrations at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya, he reiterated that the opposition coalition had the numbers in hand to form the next government.

While Anwar made his claim, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi scoffed at the suggestion at a separate function tonight that the opposition was on the verge of forming the government.

Anwar, however, also suggested the change of government may not happen within the next day.

"Why are we not changing tomorrow? We don't want to do it by force. To go to Putrajaya and drag them out. So, we want to negotiate with the prime minister to see if he wants one week or two weeks.

"But our promise is that we will not follow the rule of the jungle. There will be no witch-hunting - what is done is done. What we want is to rule without corruption, detention without trial or theft of the people's resources."

The opposition leader also told the crowd that he had already sent a delegation to Abdullah with a letter from the leaders of its three component parties seeking to discuss a peaceful transition of power.

"Tomorrow is D-Day. We are ready to form the government. We have enough numbers and tomorrow we will make our stand clear," he said to over 10,000 gathered at the stadium.

He spent much of his speech criticising the Barisan Nasional government especially with regards to the recent ISA arrests.

He also made a raft of guarantees - to free all ISA detainees, reduce the cost of living immediately after taking his oath of office as prime minister.

"Once I take the oath of office, we will free all the ISA detainees," he told the cheering crowd.

Anwar also mocked Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for suggesting Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested to protect her from threats to her life.

"When they arrested me they even asked me to take off my underwear. What kind of protection is that?" he said.

Earlier, Anwar made a dramatic entrance to the music from the Terminator 2 soundtrack to deafening cheers from the crowd.

He started his speech by quoting from the famous "date with destiny" speech made by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, pointing out that "the appointed day has come... yet the turning point is past, and history begins anew for us."

"This is also Malaysia's date with destiny," he said. The Malaysian Insider

916 - PM: NO. ANWAR: YES

ACCORDING to the time on my laptop, it is now 00.39 on 916, 2008. And the posting below is about the latest I could get from the Internet, this one being from The Star. What can I say? Just to refresh, this 916 is about Anwar wanting to take over the Federal Government leadership. De facto law minister Zaid is expected to call a press conference over his request to resign. Then on Wednesday, SAPP will have its meeting. The next day, the Umno Supreme Council meeting - just when a call by Muhyiddin is still fresh for the PM to hand over power the soonest possible. As for me, well, let me sleep over it ... who knows what the tides will bring

Anwar claims the number, PM says 'not'

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim once again claimed that Pakatan Rakyat "has the numbers" and is ready to take over the Federal Government on Tuesday, Sept 16.

He added that Sept 16 will mark a “clear and concrete movement towards a change in the Federal Government.”

At a Pakatan Rakyat gathering to commemorate the 45th Malaysia Day at the Kelana Jaya stadium here on Monday night, he urged his supporters to have faith.

Anwar's claim was immediately panned by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and other Barisan Nasional leaders.

Abdullah scoffed at the Opposition's plans, saying it was "a nuisance" and "preposterous."

He said the people had become very uneasy with this “naughty” speculation that the government would be toppled. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Monday, 15 September 2008

POLITICIAN AT ITS BEST


AAHH... Zaid, certainly a rare breed of true politician. Lets see what he has to say in his press conference tomorrow. But, I don't mind saying, he is my kind of guy....

Zaid: Resignation rejected

KUALA LUMPUR: Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (pic), who submitted a letter resigning as Minister, did not want to be a liability to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Umno.

He expressed this concern Monday in his letter of resignation, saying his views were often at odds with the those of the administration.

Abdullah confirmed in Terengganu last night that he had received the letter, rejected it and told Zaid to take off work for two weeks.

In his letter, Zaid expressed his concerns with how some of his more important recommendations had been received in Cabinet and with certain government actions, the latest being the arrests under the Internal Security Act last Friday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

DOMPOK SAYS...

DIDN'T I mentioned on Sunday that reading that piece by Zaid was like reading my boss' statement? Am in Kota Kinabalu while my boss is in Kuala Lumpur. And behold, this is what he told The Star earlier today! ....

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the arrests of reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin had put the Government in a bad light.

“For any arrest there must be a reason and it must be clearly explained to the public,” he said. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

ISA STORY

AM happy, Tan was released. My hope and prayer, RPK and Theresa Kok too will be accorded their due rights.....

My 18 hours under the ISA

I requested the female officer to keep the lights on. She told me not to worry, she will not switch off the lights. The police also informed me that I would be meeting my parents tomorrow morning at eight. I have spent a very long time, thinking of everything that I have to tell my parents. I have lost touch with the outside world this is my only opportunity, I must cherish it, to clearly explain everything to my parents.

After clearing my mind and organising my thoughts, I tried to sleep while lying on the wooden bed with the company of the mosquitoes and the noise of water dripping. I have no idea what tomorrow holds for me, but I know I have to be in my perfect condition to handle everything.

I have never suffered from insomnia and this very night, I finally experienced it. Deep down in my heart, I know that those who care about me, would also be experiencing the same, my heart wrenched thinking of that. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

MY PRAYERS WITH THEM

400 gather in spirited anti-ISA protest in Penang

This was a motivated crowd that included many first-timers

Some 400 people gathered in a spirited anti-ISA protest in Penang tonight. The event was held in an open space in front of the Dewan Sri Pinang facing Light Street and the Penang High Court buidling across the road. Many passing cars honked in support.

In the past, a similar vigil would have drawn perhaps 30-100 people, most of them the usual civil society “suspects”. This time about 400 turned up.

What was remarkable about this event - and it reflects how much Malaysian society has changed - was that there were many “first-timers” in the crowd. And they didn’t even look like activist-types. I met one mother, G, who had brought her daughter, a private college student, along for the vigil. “I want her to learn about larger issues,” said the mother.

I also ran into a group of three women, Cheryl and her two first-timer friends. And courageous blogger Daniel, who is battling cancer, and his partner.

READ MORE HERE: http://anilnetto.com/civil-society/400-gather-in-spirited-anti-isa-protest-in-penang/

916 REVISITED


DUE to my nature of work, I have been asked scores of times about 916. I have tried to answer them as best as I could. Well, 916 is tomorrow. But I title this posting as 916 REVISITED. Reason being, this piece by The Malaysian Insider kind of sum up my answer to friends and foes alike since Anwar floated the 916 idea. Who knows what the tides will bring....

What will Anwar do to become PM?
By Shannon Teoh

SEPT 15 ~ Over the past week PKR leaders have been nothing but evasive when it came to the question of defections and whether they will take power by tomorrow.

Answering the same questions for the umpteenth time a few days ago, PKR information chief Tian Chua would only say: "The issue does not arise. Barisan Nasional is collapsing.

"What we are talking about is opening a window of opportunity for MPs and parties to think outside the mode."

So the question is: will Barisan Nasional MPs cross over or not?

Journalists and the public at large have been trying to figure this out ever since opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim first made the bold declaration soon after the March general election that the opposition Pakatan Rakyat alliance would take power by Sept 16.

Or has the question of "morality" and "ethics" continuously posed by detractors forced a change of tack?

Early on, even PR leaders such as DAP chairman Karpal Singh called defections a betrayal of voters' trust.

PKR strategist Saifuddin Nasution insisted on Friday afternoon that "we never talked about defections, merely support-.

What he appears to be suggesting is PR is not lobbying for BN MPs to cross over but to show support for Anwar to form the new government.

Anwar has been getting more evasive over Sept 16 and the deadline is now being repackaged as the "beginning of a transformation-.

The official line from PKR is that Sept 16 will kick-start a change of government with only technical matters to be resolved after.

Saifuddin said it was also possible that BN or Umno MPs need not leave their party and simply told us to "study the Constitution and think outside the box-.

According to Article 43 (2) of the Federal Constitution, it is stated that "the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall first appoint as Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House-.

The three key words here are judgment, confidence and majority. Party allegiance is not mentioned.

According to Saifuddin's reasoning, MPs need to only give Anwar their "confidence" in forming a new administration. Since no defections are actually taking place, PR can spin it into a matter of "conscience" rather than "power-grabbing-.

Constitutional experts told The Malaysian Insider that hypothetically, if an MP can prove he has the backing of the majority regardless of party membership, he can be appointed prime minister by the King. This is because neither the Constitution nor the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat make mention of parties and coalitions.

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, a practising constitutional lawyer, said that any method that convinces the King that someone has the confidence of the majority will be sufficient. The most common would be a vote of confidence or no-confidence.

"But, say, next week, 56 MPs from BN say they are with Anwar, or he produces statutory declarations to that effect, then arguably, Anwar has the confidence of his 81 PR MPs and also the 56. But it is blurred and unprecedented and I don't think it's viable," he said due to the implications and practicalities of party politics.

He did state however that whatever the method of expressing their withdrawal of support for the Abdullah-led administration, they could exit BN and declare themselves independents who back Anwar.

"Practically though, the King would have to order fresh elections," he said.

Although a successful vote of no-confidence, as was attempted by the opposition and pushed for by BN's Sabah Progressive Party earlier this year can signal the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, it does not necessarily mean Anwar will take over just yet. He would have to show that he commands the majority.

But if BN disintegrates due to a variety of reasons ~ infighting within Umno, pullouts by Gerakan and/or other components, a no-confidence vote - as suggested by Chua, then Anwar could ostensibly tell the King he has the largest non-fractious bloc without a single MP actually leaving his or her party.

"Majority here means the biggest single group. Most of the time it refers to the simple majority, but if there are more than two groups of MPs then the leader of the biggest one shall be appointed PM," explained Prof Abdul Aziz Bari, a constitutional academician from the International Islamic University.

"Our Constitution does not discriminate against the so-called minority government and it is at the discretion of the King and not subject to judicial review," he added.

It would be most likely, however, that Abdullah and the King would dissolve Parliament should it become unclear as to who actually commands it.

But given the ongoing momentum in PR's favour, a snap election would be just what it needs to cement the end of one of the world's longest-surviving governments.

PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa has already said that fresh elections would be held within six months to a year of PR gaining control of Parliament.

Whatever the case may be, it is clear that Anwar need only find a way to prove that he has the confidence of more MPs than anyone else for him to finally become PM. - THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Sunday, 14 September 2008

ZAID WILLING TO RESIGN

WHY is it that reading this, I thought I was reading a comment by my boss, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok? Actually, I had the honour of being neighbour to Datuk Zaid at the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya. I met him several times. Frankly speaking, his fan base is growing......

Zaid: ISA wronly used

KOTA BARU: The Internal Security Act (ISA) should not be used against civilians, de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said.

The Act should only be used against terrorists or those trying to topple the Government by force, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said at a press conference at his home here on Sunday.

He was commenting on the arrests of three people -- Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kama­rudin and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng -- under the ISA.

Tan has since been released.

“I will seek a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to have a frank discussion about this issue to seek his views as soon as possible,” he told reporters.

“I know I am breaking rank here ... I am prepared to face the consequences. If I am told to resign, I will do so.

"I am not a trouble maker and I don't want to cause any trouble for the Prime Minister, but I have my principles and will always be a vocal critic of the use of the ISA.

"I joined his administration to make changes and everybody knows, I am also for a more open form of media reporting," he added.

Zaid said it was time for the Federal Government to revert to the original spirit of the ISA, which was enacted to curb Communism and today should be used only on armed terrorists or those out to topple the Government by force.

“I am not calling for a repeal of the ISA, but it should only be use when there is a real threat to national security, such as armed terrorists, and not on civilians,” he said.

He said by using the ISA randomly, the Government was sending out a message that it does not trust the capabilities of its own enforcement agencies, such as the police, in maintaining peace.

There are ample punitive legislations such as the Penal Code, Sedition Act and criminal defamation to take against those who break the law or are involved in activities which may destabilise the Government, without having to invoke the ISA, Zaid said.

He said the use of the ISA also gives the impression of “selective prosecution” as the Government cannot incarcerate everybody.

“In this latest episode, we (the Government) have generated an impression of selective prosecution since no action was taken against the person who allegedly uttered seditious remarks.

“We are saying that we are only acting against those who are disloyal to us.”

“The Government needs to change and Cabinet members need to realise this -- we have to be progressive.”

Asked whether the ISA was likely used because of strained “race relations” which may undermine national stability, Zaid said that while he placed paramount importance on national stability, the role of the Government was to find solutions, not to make matters worse.

“I agree we have many issues and sensitivities to address but for me, racial disharmony is a seasonal thing in Malaysia. We must engage in open dialogues and discussions to resolve these issues,” he said.

On whether the ISA was used because the court process may be too long, Zaid noted that the Government never even attempted to use the court system first -- instead, it simply went ahead with using the ISA first.

“If our court system is too slow, we must ... make it more efficient by hiring more prosecutors, while the police must conduct proper investigation to acquire credible evidence,” he said. THE STAR

Saturday, 13 September 2008

AGRI GRADUATES

WELL, there is nothing like being refreshed. Now that the lawmakers are more equipped, I for one hope our land will be green with agricultural activities. For a greener world, or rather, Malaysia.....
Study tour to end
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) Back Benchers Club's agriculture study tour to Taiwan officially ended Friday and the BN members of parliament are expected to fly home over the next few days.
BNBBC chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing told Bernama the tour, which kicked off on Tuesday, had concluded but "I am unsure of the MPs returning home tomorrow".
"Today, we finished all the official scheduled tours. Whether they are staying back for the next few days or returning tomorrow is entirely up to the respective MPs," he said when contacted in Taipei.
He said a total of 52 MPs went on the tour, with some joining the main group of 41 MPs later.
Many also chose to follow the entire programme, he said.
Asked why the trip ended today after initial reports indicated that it would last until Sept 17, Tiong said the earlier programme was just a tentative one and subject to confirmation.
"I had explained this earlier to the media but this important fact was not published. When we departed, there were still some details of the programme which were not finalised. We mentioned that the programme was from Sept 7 to Sept 19. This was revised later to Sept 7 to Sept 17 but the official programme (actually) ends today," he added.
He said that though the initial itinerary was drawn up until Sept 17, some MPs had indicated that they wanted to spend a few extra days in Taiwan.
"We can't stop them from wanting some extra days here. They are paying for themselves anyway," said the Bintulu MP.
Although the BNBBC official programme ended today, five Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) office bearers led by its publicity chief, Tian Chua, left for Taipei today in an attempt to meet the BN MPs to entice the BN lawmakers to switch camps.
Last night, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), the informal opposition coalition, issued a statement saying that its plan to form a new government on Sept 16 could be delayed.
The statement was signed by PKR secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim, DAP's political education director Loke Siew Fook, and PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar.
In the statement, the leaders claimed that the delay was due to several reasons and one of them was the fact that some BN MPs had gone on a study tour to Taiwan.
Over the past few months, the opposition parties have been claiming that they could form the federal government on Sept 16 if they could get at least 30 BN MPs to cross over for a simple majority.
Out of the 222 parliamentary seats, BN currently has 139 compared with 82 for the Opposition. BN had 140 seats but Pensiangan in Sabah, which was won uncontested by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup in March this year, was declared vacant on Sept 9 by the Election Court.
Kurup, the deputy rural and regional development minister, is appealing against the decision.-- BERNAMA

Friday, 12 September 2008

RPK ARRESTED

UPDATED - Another person, a journalist, was arrested under ISA today. Remember Ahmad Ismail? That journalist who wrote about this "racist" was taken from her house.... CLICK HERE FOR MORE

I HAVE always been rather angry with the ISA. But who am I? Still, this piece from the Malaysia Today team shows that people on the street are a matured lot. Perhaps we should all read this vis-a-vis the posting on Muhyiddin about Pak Lah below. Again, let me echo MT team. Lets be sober.....

TO Malaysia Today readers and commenters

Remember May 13. The government is trying to use the same methods to make people angry so that if we all take to the streets to protest, it will basically give them a free ticket to arrest more people. So we must be clear on what NOT to do. Let's not fall into their trap.

I am being told many political party leaders are now talking about what is proper to say in public, so when commenting please exercise the same restraint.

Next, we also need to know that RPK has not associated himself to any power or position. He is just like you and me except that he means well, can swear better and can talk louder. So, there is NOTHING for the government to gain by arresting him except to perpetuate their rule and to create the emotions to help them stay in control.

People are not stupid or ignorant anymore. Today, we have the internet and mobile phones. We can always alert each other on the progress. Unlike 1969, when you are thirsty for news, you may get angry and you would go to the streets. Not today.

So stay tuned to the developments as we bring them to you. But please stay cool, keep properly informed and do not over-react.

MT TEAM

MUHYIDDIN SAYS...

THIS is a self explanatory article (as many of what I posted are). And I thought these few weeks should be about 916. Perhaps this is part of 916. Let us all be sober and stay vigilant. Its uncertainty time.....

I did not mean to hurt Pak Lah: Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says he was being sincere and frank, and did not mean to hurt the Prime Minister’s feelings when he said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should rethink the transition plan for him to step down in 2010.

The Umno vice-president felt responsible to convey the concern expressed by many quarters that the timeframe for the transition was too long especially with the current position of Umno and Barisan Nasional.

He is also prepared to bear the risks of making the call and said he was not afraid if “heads would roll”.

Muhyiddin was quoted as saying in Singapore on Wednesday that the transition plan had “sunk away” and that people were not thinking about it anymore.

Speaking to reporters Friday at the opening of the China Guandong-Malaysia Business Conference, he said many felt that something had to be done to ensure Umno’s survival.

They felt that much had been done by the Government to regain the people’s faith but people were still not ready to accept it, as though Umno had lost its credibility.

“We are no longer able to convince the people, and this is a serious matter,” he said, adding that the obvious concern was that if this went on Umno and Barisan would lose in the next general election.

As such, he said one step to put things right was for Najib to take over earlier.

“He has the strength and capability, and with support from other leaders and Barisan we can make a proper plan to regain the people’s confidence,” he said.

Muhyiddin said he had no personal motive or self-interest. He said he did not intend to undermine the Prime Minister nor disrespect the supreme council’s endorsement of the plan.

“Whether it is well-received or not by him is up to him (Abdullah). What I am saying is legitimate although some may say it is harsh but it is better to accept reality,” he said.

“I feel responsible to voice this concern because no other person in Malaysia seems willing to talk openly about it and this is something that affects many of us,” he said, adding that it was up to the leadership to decide if he had committed a wrong.

“I only speak the truth. I am not a hypocrite. I have done my job and it is up to the leaders and party whether they feel it is in order or not.

“Most importantly what do the people feel about the plan? Do they think it is okay? I think many people think it is not okay,” he said. To a question he said he was willing to meet Abdullah. “Our relationship is fine,” he said.

On when Najib should take over as president and automatically as Prime Minister, he said the transfer of power should be decided by members and not the supreme council.

“More importantly it must be accepted by the people. It has to be in the interest of the people. If the people do not accept it, the plan means nothing to them and they will reject us and we will lose,” he said, pointing out that even Najib had just said the plan should be endorsed by delegates at the Umno division meetings.

The division meetings, Muhyiddin said, was the best time for members to think about the transfer of power, but he added that he would not “provoke them”.

On whether he was ready to take on the number two post, he said it was up to the delegates. “I want to build back the confidence of the people. I don’t know what I can do but the people are expecting something to happen. I am just trying to do what is best for the party.”

On Wednesday, Muhyiddin said Abdullah should rethink his transition plan to step down by 2010 as the timeframe was too long.

Muhyiddin was quoted as saying that the transition plan revealed by the Prime Minister two months ago had “sunk away” and that people were not thinking about it anymore.

Under the transition of power, Abdullah is to hand over the post of Prime Minister, the chairmanship of Barisan Nasional and the presidency of Umno to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in June 2010. THE STAR

Thursday, 11 September 2008

THURSDAYS WITH....

EEBOT: We have to be on our toes every second of our life.
BUDDY: Wow! What a saying. Why the sudden serious note, friend?
MINNIE: Yeah, why you sound like a pessimistic person Eebot?
BUDDY: Pessimistic? Now you too sound serious!
MINNIE: No, am not. Am just asking our friend here another question.
EEBOT: Frankly, the world as a whole, in the last few weeks had got me thinking about life. The hurricane in the USA, plane crash in Spain, earthquakes in Indonesia, protest in Mexico, resignation in Japan.... you name it, its all there. We seem to be heading for the drain.
MINNIE: Well, those natural disasters and what not are not new. They happened now and then. So what's the fuss?
EEBOT: I am also taken aback by events in our own country. Perhaps we all should go for a study tour to, I don't know, Taiwan may be and learn about natural disasters or agriculture or something like that.
BUDDY: Ha ha ha ha! How about limiting your study tour within the country? You could learn how to deface somebody's picture and be given a slap on the wrist for it!?
EEBOT: That too. We have to learn the art of it.
MINNIE: Now I am lost. Hey, you two better drink your coffee. Its getting cold you know.
EEBOT: May be it is good to let the coffee cool down first before drinking it.
BUDDY: By the way Eebot, standing on our toes is very tiring you know. Only ballet dancers can do that.
MINNIE: Toes? Disasters? Touch wood, let us all be well and live.
EEBOT: My prayer, exactly.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

916 DERAILED?

THIS post reminds me of a famous Bahasa Malaysia saying: Manusia merancang, Tuhan menentukan which literally translated goes something like this: human do the planning but God decides whats it gonna be. Well, allow me to use one of my favourite saying: Who knows what the tides will bring.....

Anwar: Sept 16 may not be achieved

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s targeted date of Sept 16 to capture the Government may not be achieved due to anticipated problems delaying the transition of power.

“After discussing with PAS and DAP, the date can be postponed even though our target was Sept 16 previously.

“However, I believe the present Government will find it difficult to quell the uproar of the rakyat,” Anwar said during his speech after a solat tawarikh and hajat ceremony at his home here last night.

The Pakatan Rakyat leader had initially proclaimed that his takeover would happen on Sept 16.

He added that detailed discussions would be held with Pakatan component parties PKR, PAS and DAP to study any possible consequences.

“The meeting on Pakatan’s preparations for Sept 16 will be held tomorrow evening or the following day,” Anwar said, adding that he had to follow court proceedings before that.

“We definitely have sufficient numbers (of MPs) but we would have to wait first as they are currently ‘enjoying Ramadan’ in Taiwan,” said Anwar sarcastically.

He said he had information that the MPs, who went on the Taiwan trip were not allowed to return before Sept 16 in order to thwart the Pakatan takeover. THE STAR

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

TUN M IS BACK

THERE is a lot of food for thoughts arising from this newspaper report. A clue: Read it vis-a-vis the prevailing political scenario in the country. Happy hunting....

Tun M to rejoin Umno

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been persuaded to rejoin Umno after three months out of the party.

However, he has also decided to support Gua Musang MP and his former nemesis Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for the post of Umno president in the party elections in December.

Former Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Sabaruddin Chik (pic), who disclosed this, said these were among the matters discussed at a private meeting at Dr Mahathir’s Cyberjaya residence last Saturday.

Besides Dr Mahathir and Sabaruddin, the meeting also involved Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Tengku Razaleigh and former secretary-general Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.

Sabaruddin said Muhyiddin’s role at the meeting was to invite Dr Mahathir to rejoin Umno.

He declined comment when asked whether the International Trade and Industry Minister’s presence at the meeting implied that he might be considering running with Tengku Razaleigh for the two top posts in Umno.

Dr Mahathir, who has been a vocal critic of his hand-picked successor Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, quit Umno in May, saying that he would only return to Umno when there was a leadership change.

“Why is it surprising that Dr Mahathir wishes to rejoin Umno? He only wants to save Umno and the Barisan Nasional.

However, the decision whether to reaccept Dr Mahathir into Umno rests with the supreme council. THE STAR

Monday, 8 September 2008

DOUBLE STANDARD?

DOUBLE standard. We have been hearing or using this phrase very often in our life. I believe, we are doing it even as a habit. Unconsciously, sort of. I find this a refreshing idea, and from an MP that I had met more than once. Happy reading....

UMNO Youth questions voices

KOTA KINABALU: Umno Youth has questioned the “deafening silence” from the Bar Council, NGOs and bloggers over plans by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to woo Barisan Nasional MPs.

Its secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said these groups, which claimed to defend the rights of the people, have remained silent over Anwar’s move to engineer defections, which he described as undemocratic and an act of stealing the mandate of the people.

“Where are the voices of NGOs, Bar Council and bloggers who had voiced loudly the need to protect the rights of people?” he asked here yesterday.

“Why are they not coming out to criticise Anwar and tell him it is morally wrong to grab power? Does their silence mean that they are being used by Anwar?”

Abdul Rahman said he was also surprised at the silence of the United States, which usually trumpeted the importance of democracy in the world.

The Kota Belud MP said the people of Malaysia voted for a two-party system in the last general election.

“Anwar should accept his role as Opposition Leader and carry out his duty of checks and balances,” he said.

“If Sept 16 does occur, it will not be a surprise if Barisan supporters go to the streets to challenge the legitimacy of a government formed through undemocratic means. And all this is because Anwar wants to be Prime Minister.”

In PETALING JAYA, Pasir Salak Umno Youth condemned remarks by former Federal Territory Gerakan chief Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, asking instead that he apologise to Umno.

Its vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun said Dr Tan’s remarks were uncalled for, provocative and personal in nature.

Dr Tan had, when announcing on Saturday that he was joining Parti Keadilan Rakyat, said Umno was now far removed from its original struggle and had become very proud of showing off material gains.

Khairul Azwan said Dr Tan had no right to criticise the party as he was not from Umno, and added that Dr Tan ought to provide specific evidence to back up his claims.

“We also want him to apologise for accusing Umno of making a rubber stamp of leaders of other component parties. We want him to retract it,” he said. -- The Star

Sunday, 7 September 2008

GERAKAN MOVES

A FRIEND of mine text me about Gerakan wanting to leave the Barisan Nasional. I was then in a function in Kiulu, a hilly village about an hour journey from Kota Kinabalu. Soon after I arrived home, I quickly look for news report about the text. And this is what I found. Now I understand what my friend also include in that text...."Gerakan is talking like Upko". I rest my case.....

Gerakan may quit BN

KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan will leave Barisan Nasional if it cannot play a "meaningful role" within the coalition, said acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

The party is now reviewing its role in Barisan, he said, just a day after he had declared Gerakan had no intention of quitting the coalition.

But that declaration had been tempered with the caution that Barisan must change to cope with the political reality and move away from race-based politics.

Dr Koh said it was only right for the party to question its role in the coalition.

He said a "meaningful role" meant having mutual respect, sharing ideas and consulting on major programmes and policies.

"We will remain in Barisan Nasional only in the context that we have a meaningful role to play.

"It's not unconditional, as was reported by one press, that Gerakan will always remain in Barisan, as if it were irrespective of whether we have a role (to play) or not.

Asked if this meant there was a possibility that Gerakan would leave the coalition, Dr Koh said:

"I don't know what else can I say. You want to write it like that, you go ahead."

He also reiterated that Gerakan was not a "yes-man" in the coalition but it would also not leave merely because another component party’s member attacked them.

He said Gerakan would not act emotionally and the party would look at the overall picture, such as what the party could do for the people, for unity and for the economy.

Asked if Gerakan was happy with its current role in the coalition, Dr Koh said it was not happy, but it was also not unhappy enough to leave.

He said the party would not take too long to review its role but neither would it give itself a tight deadline.

"We are discussing the time frame now -- as I said, it has to be reasonable," he said.

He noted that Gerakan was a founding partner of Barisan and would not just leave because it was upset with some things.

Dr Koh had also earlier warned that Barisan may reach a “point of no return” if racist remarks and anti-social behaviour continued to tarnish its image, implicitly referring to Umno Bukit Bendera division chairman Datuk Ahmad Ismail’s alleged racist statements.

Ahmad was reported to have described Malaysian-Chinese as immigrants and squatters. He has denied the reports, saying journalists had quoted him out of context.

He has also refused to apologise for the alleged remarks, citing support from the 13 Umno divisions in Penang, and demanded that Dr Koh and Chinese community leaders apologise to him for asking him to express regret.

Ahmad also said that he was sure MCA would garner unanimous support from the Chinese if Gerakan broke away from Barisan, which saw Dr Koh accusing him of "trying to drive a wedge" between Gerakan and MCA. THE STAR

Friday, 5 September 2008

SORRY? NOT SORRY?

EXPLANATION clears the air. I admire Ahmad for sticking to his principle. But then again, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister had earlier apologised for his remark. Now, that's kind of throwing spanner to the works....

"When Malaya was under the British rule, they brought in Chinese and Indians to work in tin mines and rubber plantations," said Ahmad.

"The British built more schools at the mines and this unfairness led to the Chinese being more educated, although this is Tanah Melayu," he added referring to the Malay name of British Malaya.

"The Chinese were indeed squatters at that time," said Ahmad.

"I will not apologise. This is an undisputed political history," he added. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

916? WHAT 916?


THE PRIME Minister has spoken. Listen and let it rest. Aaahhhh.... I should have a good night rest tonight. Let tomorrow faces its own problem....

Sept 16 crossovers will not happen: PM
PUTRAJAYA: Friday, 5 Sept 2008 - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today no Barisan Nasional (BN) member of parliament would leave the coalition by Sept 16 to join the opposition in setting up a new government.
“I am sure (the government of) Sept 16 will not happen. Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is banking on our party members to leave us but our people will not desert us,” the prime minister said.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had repeatedly said that several BN members of parliament would join the opposition to enable PR to form the federal government by Sept 16.
“We will not give them the opportunity to set up government on Sept 16. No,” said Abdullah at a news conference after launching the Business Licensing Electronic Support System (BLESS) at the Prime Minister’s Department, here.
He said the opposition would not be able to set up government if it was depending solely on the crossover of BN members of parliament to the opposition to make it happen.
Abdullah said it would be more appropriate if the focus was turned towards efforts to boost the nation’s development.
“The government focuses on work and does not delve into something that may happen. The focus is on work... to elevate the country, step up productivity and effectiveness, and much more,” he said.
The prime minister also said that he had had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, to inform the king of all developments.
“I conveyed what was taking place. I also said the emphasis was on getting business to run as usual. We have done everything to enhance the effectiveness of the administration in its dealings with the people.
“The voters have sounded the warning on what they are unhappy about but they have also given adequate support for the (BN) formation of the government. We deliver what we have promised. His Majesty is happy with what we are doing,” he said.
On the announced study trip abroad by members of the BN Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) from Sept 7 to 15, Abdullah said it was unnecessary to link the programme with the intended formation of the PR government on Sept 16.
“If they want to go, just let them go. What is there to associate it with September. They are not people who want to cross over from the BN,” he said. - THE NEW STRAITS TIMES

MPs VACATION

Wow! I wish I am an MP... free trip for a week. How relaxing. I like what the PM said that this has nothing to do with what is now popularly called 916. Turn it around and it will still be 916. Numbers. Numbers. Numbers.

Let MPs go on the trip: Badawi

PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional MPs who have planned to go on an overseas study trip should be allowed to do so, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Stressing that he did not organise the trip, he added that the trip between Sept 9 and Sept 16 should not be connected with PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's threat that the Government would be toppled by Sept 16.

"If they want to go, let them go. Why connect their trip with the Sept 16 issue (of mass defection).

"For them (the MPs) it (Sept 16 issue) is not important. They are not the one planning to jump and leave the Barisan Nasional and work with the opposition," he told reporters Friday after launching Pemudah's new Business Licensing Electronic Support System (BLESS) here.

Abdullah also said that toppling the Government on Sept 16 would not happen and that BN members would not desert the party as widely speculated by opposition parties.

On whether there would be a seizure of power come Sept 16, Abdullah said it would not happen on the basis of BN MPs deserting the party.

"They are depending very much on our party people deserting us; our party people will not desert us to give advantage for them setting up their government on Sept 16," he said. THE STAR

When commenting on a circulated SMS on the chronology of events leading to the opposition forming the Federal Government on Sept 16, Abdullah said the BN Government had not lost and was still governing the country well.

When asked if the King was pleased with the political scenario and administration of the country, Abdullah said he briefed the Yang diPertuan Agong every week on the matter and that he (the King) was happy and wished him well.

Abdullah said the Government was concentrating on developing the country by increasing productivity and efficiency and was not wasting time speculating what would happen on Sept 16.

"There is a lot of work to do - that is the reality. BN is working," he said.

On the drop of Asian currencies on Thursday, Abdullah said the Government was observing the situation closely.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

USM APEX UNIVERSITY

CONGRATS USM. May be our younger generation will be inspired to reach for the star, now that the government is pouring money unto the higher institution... way to go!

PUTRAJAYA: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has been granted apex status and hundreds of millions of ringgit in additional funding to transform it into Malaysia's first world-class university.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that both quantitative and qualitative criteria were used to select USM under the accelerated programme for excellence (apex).

"The selection committee evaluated each university's state of readiness, transformation plan and preparedness for change.

"After a thorough evaluation, the committee decided that only one university truly met all the criteria, namely USM,'' said Khaled Wednesday in a press conference at his ministry. The Cabinet agreed to the decision at its meeting on Aug 27. CLICK HERE FOR MORE