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Friday, 28 November 2008

WHEN I WAS YOUNG


When I was young
Still green, full of sap
Was in Bogor, West Java
Getting close to earth
Meditating others' culture
Eating tempe (soya bean product)
Drinking jahe (ginger)
The world waiting to be known
When I was young
(The pictures is courtesy of my SPMA Negeri Bogor classmate
Didiet Pursadin. Don't know where he obtain my photo
but am glad now to get a copy here. Tks Diet!)



Tuesday, 25 November 2008

YOGA YOGA

YOGA is banned. Frankly, I do not know too much about yoga, except that some of those who practise it are said to be able to stand on their heads. Well, it is always good to fall back on commonsense. Am sure the authorities meant well when they made the decision. Am sure too that those practising it have very good reasons doing so....


JAKIM EXPLAINS

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25, 2008: The Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) says the last word on the yoga fatwa is with the Malay Rulers.

The various states can choose to either accept or reject the National Fatwa Council's decision to ban yoga for Muslims.

The statement comes amid confusion caused by separate statements from the Sultan of Selangor, a Perak state official and other groups following the National Fatwa Council's announcement last week of a ban on Muslims practising yoga.

The decision to ban yoga for Muslims has sparked a roiling debate among various conservative and liberal Muslim groups as well as criticisms from non-Muslims.

Jakim director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz explained today just how a fatwa by the National Fatwa Council is implemented, or even rejected.

He said the council's decision will now be discussed at state-level fatwa committees who answer and report to their respective Rulers.

"Once it is agreed upon, any decision will then be presented to the various state religious councils who then in turn bring the decision to the Sultans for consent," he said in Ipoh today.

The Sultan of Selangor has said that the fatwa would not come into force in the state yet as the Selangor Fatwa Committee would have to first discuss the matter.

Perlis Mufti Dr Asri Zainal Abidin had also spoken out against the fatwa, arguing that yoga with unIslamic elements removed should be allowed.

Commenting on the intense debate surrounding the fatwa on yoga, Jakim's Wan Mohamad said it showed Malaysians in general appeared to be interested in understanding Islam.

"It is good and bad. It is good that we can explain the beauty of Islam to non-Muslims.

"As we live in a multi-religious country, it is good for our religious authorities to share information and knowledge with one another," he said.

But he reminded the public to give due respect to Islam as the country's official religion. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Thursday, 20 November 2008

RAZAK BAGINDA SAYS

ALTANTUYA. Yeah, we all know her. And Razak Baginda. He was acquitted recently. Following is his statement read during a press conference today. Try read between the lines. And yes, I label this, yet again under General Election.....

Razak Baginda: I am innocent

Court of public opinion believing he is still implicated:

"I can't really be responsible for that. When you say public opinion I really wonder who you have in mind. When you talk about people's power, you look at Thailand, you say, wow the people are against the government. A hundred thousand, 500,000, the media blows it out of proportion. But hang on a minute, is that democracy?

If you talk about 500 people going out in the streets as opposed to a population of 100 million is that reflective of democracy? If I have money and pay everyone RM10 and get 100,000 people out today in the streets and protest against the government is that people's power? Is that public opinion?

Blimey, that's not public opinion, that's just manipulation. So you talk about public opinion as if it is a coherent, consistent consensus and I don't think there is a consensus.

So I don't want to pander to the so-called public opinion and I'd like to ask you who is the public opinion? Can a blogger reflect the public opinion? Blimey, if that is the case, I can run you down as well, mate, and say this is the public opinion.

If we descend to a level where a taxi driver, for example, someone who doesn't know the facts, writes, and that becomes public opinion then I feel sorry for society.

Just one individual, two individuals, one blogger, two bloggers can form an opinion and that becomes public opinion? Come on, give me a break." MORE

AMONG EQUALS WHAT

THE Nut Graph comes up with the following article. It is about relationship among the Barisan Nasional component parties. It is self explanatory...


BN's POWER PLAY


As an example, he points to the memorandum submitted by nine non-Muslim cabinet ministers in January 2006 calling for a review of laws to resolve religious disputes that affect the non-Muslims. After Umno leaders objected, eight of the ministers subsequently withdrew their endorsement of the memo. Only Dompok, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, had the guts to refuse.

A year later, Dompok once again broke ranks with his cabinet colleagues by speaking out against Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's remark about Malaysia being an Islamic state. The fact that he still remains in the cabinet is proof that some amount of criticism at least is tolerated within the BN.

Both Wee and Dompok note that the coalition is slowly responding to criticism about being overly dominated by Umno, and that some changes, such as regular surpreme council meetings, are under way. But Umno must do more to accommodate its smaller partners.

"US now has the first black president, but our country is still talking about ketuanan Melayu. In Sabah we don't have 'tuan'. The last 'tuan' left in 1963," Dompok says. MORE

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

ANWAR STORY

ITS been eight months after Marc 8. Many things have passed. 916 among others. What happened? To refresh our minds, if u like, I posted here an article I stumbled upon in Malaysia Today. Its a good read. Correct or not, that's another story. Happy reading...


Anwar fails?


Nevertheless, pressure is mounting on the Umno to prove that it can seal the various races into a nation and failing to do so will impede its chances of a quick recovery in the next general elections (GE). With these elements in his favor, Anwar Ibrahim should be able to cause more damages to the Umno and the BN in a future GE but it is not certain whether the Umno will tumble and fall this time around. It is also not certain whether the PAS will continue to play second fiddle to the PKR in the future as the party is facing internal pressure to advance further in its agenda of becoming a national party rather than remain a 'Malay' belt party. The PAS has a great need to win more Parliamentary seats in order to influence the course of the nation's future. Winning 20 seats will not help it contain the largely non-Muslim supporters and their agendas for a more secular Malaysia to emerge after the downfall of the BN.

With Sabah now calm and the possibility of a massive cross-over dimmed, the Anwar Ibrahim plan to seize power must now focus on the Umno and its supporters and MP's. Why? The Umno remains the largest political organization in the country. The attempts at chipping away the BN with the wooing of non-Muslim parties to leave the coalition having failed, the Umno is the most attractive and lucrative target for Anwar Ibrahim and the PKR. And that would include, though with limited chances, a return of Anwar Ibrahim to the Umno! MORE

Monday, 17 November 2008

PETRONAS SAYS...

SEE, I told you. The announcement by my boss on the gas pipeline is not the last words on the issue. I post here Daily Express and New Straits Times exclusive interview with Petronas chief Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Merican. My say: The truth will prevail. And I stand by my boss....

Petronas chief: Gas is national resource

Q: Are you saying it is unfair for certain quarters to portray that the State Government led by Datuk Seri Musa was hardly involved?

A: What I can say is that they have been fully involved since the time we discussed and presented the concept to them in 2006. It was not out of thin air. Like I said from the beginning, I am not a politician but a technocrat. I can give you facts, the history and how we've done it. The rest you interpret whichever way you want it.

Q: It is fair to say then that in the case of the State Government, the Chief Minister, himself, was aggressively involved in the petrochemical plant project, contrary to the perception that has been created?

A: Yes. I think it is fair comment. And also together with him (Musa) we even discussed this with the national leaders, both the Number One and Number Two since 2006.

The only thing is people always criticise Petronas. They say we keep things quiet. But in this industry, this is how to do it. MORE

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

MALAYSIAN OBAMA

THIS piece, from The Nut Graph, was written by a person I know, Tricia. Happy reading...

US-Malaysia political parallels

Many Malaysians desire the same sort of change. The same obstacles faced by those driving "change" in the US also encumber those in Malaysia. Ridding a political system of corruption, cronyism, and patronage is just the tip of the iceberg. The more difficult task is to overcome barriers of prejudice, superiority complexes, racism, and exclusivity.

Someone from the I-VOTE programme asked if it was possible for "anyone" to become Malaysia's prime minister. After all, we had just witnessed firsthand the rise of an African American to lead the US, just 40 years after the Civil Rights Act 1968 was passed. I shook my head and sadly answered that the basic criteria is still that the person is Malay, Muslim and male. Only time will tell whether US-Malaysia parallels can be stretched to include diverse possibilities of leadership.
MORE

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

UMNO NOMINATIONS

President
(58 nominations
to qualify)

1

Datuk Seri Najib Razak

185
2

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

1
Deputy President
(39 nominations
to qualify)

1 Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin 92
2 Datuk Seri Mohd. Ali Rustam
48
3 Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib 45
4 Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad
1
Wanita Umno Chief
(39 nominations
to qualify)

1 Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz 116
2 Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil 74

Deputy
Wanita Umno Chief

(29 nominations
to qualify)

1 Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil 113
2 Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim
54
3 Datuk Seri Azalina Othman 19
4 Datuk Halimah Sadique 2
5 Datuk Dr Norraesah Mohamad
1
6
Datuk Maznah Mazlan
2
Umno Youth Chief
(39 nominations
to qualify)

1 Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir 74
2 Datuk Seri Dr. Mohamad Khir Toyo 61
3 Khairy Jamaluddin 52
4 Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin 1
Deputy Umno Youth Chief
(29 nominations
to qualify)

1 Razali Ibrahim 98
2 Datuk Reezal Merican Naina Merican 74
3 Bahrul Razha Chuprat
4
4 Faizal Abdullah
1
5
Marzuki Yahaya
1
6
Khairy Jamaluddin 1

THIS table is courtesy of The Malaysian Insider. Am posting it just to show what is happening in Umno, the so-called backbone party of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. The election will be held in March 2009....

LETS LEARN

IT IS transition time. From Pak Lah to Najib. Oppsss... I mean from Bush to Obama. It is never too late to learn. Read on my friends and lets learn how the DEVELOPED nation goes about things such as transition....

In the end, Bush the stateman emerges

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 - No matter how people remember President George W. Bush’s time in office, let there be no doubt about how he wants to end it: gracefully.

Never mind that Democrat Barack Obama spent all that time during the presidential campaign deriding Bush for “failed policies,” or mocking him for hiding in an “undisclosed location” because he was too unpopular to show up with his Republican Party’s own candidate, John McCain. This is transition time. Outgoing presidents support the new guy.

And on that front, Bush is going well beyond the minimum. He has embraced the role of statesman with such gusto that it has been hard to miss.

The result is that Bush’s last image at the White House will be one of a magnanimous leader. Whether it will improve his legacy is another matter. MORE

Monday, 10 November 2008

I HOLD YOU TO YOUR WORDS

HEY, did I say something to this effect before? That this Zaid is my kind of a leader? The harakiri kind? Two years ago, my boss Tan Sri Bernard Dompok resigned from being chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity based on principle. That's something isn't it?

Zaid: A minister's word should mean something

Kuala Lumpur, November 10 - Former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim took a swipe at his successor Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for disclosing the amount of ex gratia paid to six former Supreme Court judges.

He pointed out that a "word of a minister should mean something," in referring to his promise to the judges that the amount paid out would not be revealed.

The former minister, who quit the Cabinet because he felt there was a lack of support for his reform measures, also pointed out that the PM had agreed to not disclosing the ex gratia amount.

Nazri had said in Parliament last week that requests from MPs, especially the opposition, had forced the government to go back on a promise made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi's Cabinet to keep the amount a secret.

Zaid told a press conference today: "I remember I said, well if the Cabinet said that I should divulge I would because I was bound by the government's decisions, but I would not cave in to the opposition because my word to the judges means more and the opposition should accept that."

He explained that it was the request of the judges that the amount should not be disclosed and he believed that it was a fair request since they never asked for the payment.

"But I don't think they announced it because the pressure was from the DAP. I think the pressure comes from somewhere else," he added.

Datuk Seri Nazri had also contended that the judges were not sacked as they were being paid their pensions.

This has been refuted by both Zaid and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has been blamed for instigating the removal of the judges.

Zaid argued that if the pension was paid it does not imply that they were not fired and if it is due to early retirement then other judges could also request for it.

He said that the sacking is the basis of the ex gratia.

The payment was made by the government because there was a miscarriage of justice, he said.

He pointed out that the judges not only experienced financial losses but also had to face attacks on their dignity and reputation.

Zaid believes that his issue should not be politicized because "this will disrupt our good intentions and our Prime Minister's good will." THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

CATHOLIC-MUSLIM DOCUMENT

TO BE honest, I have yet to readc the declaration. But the introduction alone looks good. Will certainly read it in full when I could afford the time. In the meantime, this reminds me of the inter-faith committee which was proposed to be set up in our country... it met a dead end long before it was even studied properly. Wonder why...

The Catholic-Muslim joint declaration
VATICAN CITY (AsiaNews) - An important and demanding declaration was published today by the Vatican and by representatives of the 138 Muslim scholars who wrote the well-known letter to the pope and other Christian leaders.
Among other things, it affirms respect for life and for the dignity of each person, man or woman, which involves, among other things, respect for freedom of conscience and religion; the rejection of discrimination on account of faith; the importance of bearing witness through prayer to the transcendent dimension of life in an increasingly secularized world; an affirmation of the duty to give young people a solid moral, civil, and religious education, and teach them about the faith of others.
The declaration also speaks of the possibility of creating a permanent mixed committee, and announces a second forum to be held within two years, in a Muslim majority country. MORE

Friday, 7 November 2008

FULL-FLEDGED PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY

TO MY English-speaking friends, my apology. The posting below is my boss statement about the gas pipeline from Sabah to Sarawak. It will go on. But the Cabinet Meeting today, where he raised the issue, agreed to establish a full-fledged petrochemical industry in Sabah...congrats to the people of Sabah

Kenyataan Akhbar – Jumaat, 7 Nov 2008

YB Tan Sri Bernard Dompok

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri/Upko Presiden/MP Penampang

“Saya telah membangkitkan dalam mesyuarat Jemaah Menteri di Putrajaya hari ini mengenai isu pembinaan paip gas daripada Kimanis, Sabah ke Bintulu Sarawak oleh Petronas.

Kabinet Persekutuan kini bersetuju untuk mewujudkan ‘full-fledged petrochemical industry’ di Sabah menggunakan gas dan minyak dari Sabah.

Hanya lebihan gas (excess gas) akan disalurkan ke Sarawak kerana pembinaan paip gas dari Kimanis ke Bintulu akan turut diteruskan.

Ketetapan ini pasti mempelbagaikan lagi aktiviti ekonomi Sabah. Kilang seperti refinery itu nanti bakal menyuntik semangat dan menjadi pemangkin kepada Koridor Pembangunan Sabah (Sabah Development Corridor).

Saya bagi pihak Upko dan rakyat Sabah mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan di atas keprihatinan ini.

Akhirnya, Sabah, salah satu daripada hanya tiga negeri pengeluar minyak dan gas di Negara Malaysia kita ini boleh turut serta aktif dalam aktiviti hiliran industri gas dan minyak.

Pembinaan serentak petrochemical plant itu dan paip gas mampu membantu Sabah, yang selama ini ketinggalan dari segi pembangunan terutama industri gas dan minyak, untuk terus maju dan menikmati arus perdana pembangunan negara.”

Dikeluarkan oleh Ewon Benedick – Setiausaha Akhbar kepada YB Tan Sri Bernard Dompok – 019-5832009, 016-8235061

1000 WORDS...

OBAMA and his wife Michelle walked home
after his victorious
outing in the Nov 4th presidential election in the USA.

MUSLIMS in Pakistan took a ride home
after a religious ceremony on Nov 2.

You and me
Lets walk home too
any which way
be the best that we could be
!
(pix courtesy of time.com)

RPK FREED

IT was about 9.50am today that I came to know about RPK being freed. This certainly is good news. But, he could be re-arrested moments after he is freed. You know, for other charges....

SHAH ALAM, Nov 7 — The High Court today ordered that Raja Petra Kamarudin, editor of the popular news portal Malaysia Today, be released from detention after ruling that his arrest for allegedly causing racial tensions was unlawful.

High Court Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad ruled that the Home Minister acted outside his powers in having Raja Petra arrested on Sept 12, said the blogger’s lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar.

He quoted the judge as saying the grounds given for Raja Petra's detention were insufficient and that his arrest under the Internal Security Act was unlawful.

The ISA allows the government to detain anyone for an initial two-year period without charges, and to extend the detention indefinitely.

Raja Petra, who was accused of threatening public security and causing racial tension by publishing writings that ridiculed Islam, will be taken to court later today to be formally set free.

Malik said the order was a "historic ruling”.

It's not the first time that a court has ordered the release of ISA detainees, and the ruling also does not prevent the government from re-arresting him under the ISA. The government can also appeal the ruling.

Raja Petra, 58, has increasingly infuriated authorities by publishing numerous claims about alleged wrongdoing by government leaders on his highly popular site, Malaysia Today. The government has denounced most of Raja Petra's allegations as lies.

He is also on trial in a separate case, having been accused of sedition by implying that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was involved in the murder of a Mongolian woman. Raja Petra denies the allegation. If convicted, he faces up to three years in jail.

The detention came at a time when the government's popularity hit at an all-time low and is riven with factional fighting and faces the threat of being ousted by the opposition.

The ISA is a holdover from British colonial days, when it was used against communist insurgents. Independent Malaysia's post-colonial government has kept it in the statute books and has used it sparingly against political dissidents, ignoring calls from opposition groups and others to disband the law.

Raja Petra's arrest triggered widespread protests by civil society groups, lawyers and other online commentators.

Some of Malaysia's most popular blogs offer strong anti-government commentaries and present themselves as a substitute for mainstream media, which are controlled by political parties or closely linked to them. The government estimates there are more than 700 Malaysians who blog on social and political issues.— AP

Thursday, 6 November 2008

QUO VADIS

THE million dollar question is, what will Upko do? Leave BN? Join another bus? Stay put and fight from within? The cabinet meeting is tomorrow. My feeling? We will cross the bridge when we reach it.... hahahahahha

Upko determined to get Petronas gas pipeline scrapped

By Muguntan Vanar

KOTA KINABALU: Upko is keeping everyone guessing as to what it will do if it fails to get the controversial RM3bil Petronas gas pipeline project scrapped.

Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said that he wants to first bring up the issue of the proposed 500km pipeline from Kimanis in Sabah to Bintulu in Sarawak to the Cabinet.

“To be fair, we will cross that bridge when we come to it,” Dompok said when asked if Upko will get off the Barisan Nasional bus if it fails to get the pipeline project scrapped.

“We have to take things one at a time. I will be talking to the Cabinet about this on Friday and I want to pursue it,” he said when asked if Upko planned to leave Barisan if it fails to get the project scrapped.

On PKR’s call to Upko to quit Barisan, Dompok replied: “They are entitled to express whatever opinion they have. We are not beholden to any other party, our client is the rakyat.”

Dompok, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, told this to reporters Thursday after launching an integrated multi-agency mobile public complaints programme at Buhavan Square in Penampang here.

He said that the contention about the gas pipeline project is that Kimanis is only a natural gas landing point as the gas would be piped to Bintulu where it would be processed and exported as Liquefied Natural Gas.

“What we are saying is that the gas could be used here (in Sabah) as a pit stop for a lot of other downstream activities - urea, fertiliser and all this. The gas can be used for the generation of electricity, so that we can have energy security,” he explained.

He said the Gayang Independent Power Plant in Tuaran had about 20 years guaranteed supply and questioned what would happen after the gas ran out.

What we want to do is to explain the need for energy security for Sabah itself, he said, adding that the Prime Minister on May 31 had announced that the gas pipeline project was scrapped and a power plant would be built.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Saturday said the gas pipeline project was on and assured that the state government would be paid oil royalties while Petronas would build a narural gas-powered plant in Kimanis. THE STAR

THIS IS HOW DAILY EXPRESS USES IT, IF IT IS USED AT ALL

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

OBAMA DREAM

HAIL the President-elect of the United States of America, Senator Obama. Following is his maiden speech after the historic victory...


Obama: Yes, we can

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. MORE

GRACIOUS

I WAS following as much as possible the America Elections. Obama, a Democrat, won. Republican McCain lost and he conceded defeat. And my oh my, I wish we politicians in Malaysia are like them. Read the speech in full and you will know why...

McCain: Obama has achieved a great thing

My friends, we have -- we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly.

A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Sen. Barack Obama to congratulate him.

To congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.

This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight. MORE

SOURCE OF JOY


SHE 12, the other barely 14months
Allysha, Allyshearha
Sisters, further enriching
the princesses of Bingkasans
Yeah, we have many more
Silia, Juvita, Julitah
Mary, Nelly, Maireen
Rachel, Suzanne
Juvie, Debbie, Clarice, Jenny, Fifi
Allyshandhra, Alistrina
Thanks for being a family
And to Allyshearha my princess
the miracle baby
you light up my world
Praise God!



Tuesday, 4 November 2008

LOST IS LOST

THIS is what a Sabah State Minister said about the gas issue.... happy reading.


"Let's not cry over spilt milk but look into the future. Let's think about something which is still not done or undecided. Because crying over spilled milk does not solve our problem. It just shows that we are being childish.

"To me let's rationalise, meaning we have lost this one and it's okay. But we will see them and ask them what they can do to help Sabah É that should be the approach, as I always believe in practical solutions and not the emotional ones," said Masidi.

On the calls by certain Sabahan leaders for more allocation to be given to Sabah if Petronas is too tight with its oil and gas deals, Masidi said that is a good suggestion.

"But let's not just make noise about a problem, let's solve the problem. One should not think of becoming a great person or a hero by making noise about a problem because finally the people will want to know if you solved the problem, I think that is the issue," he said.

"Yes, we can actually find a solution. Let's be part of a solution and not be part of the problem," he said. MORE

DOMPOK vs PETRONAS

SEE, I told you. The PM announcement on Nov 1 that the gas pipeline is on, will continue to be active. This is the latest incident where my boss is unhappy with the Federal Government... and they said its very risky.

Dompok to raise gas pipeline issue with PM

BY MAZWIN NIK ANIS

PUTRAJAYA: A Sabah Barisan Nasional component party is unhappy with the Federal Government’s decision to give Petronas the go-ahead to build a gas pipeline. Its president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok plans to bring this matter up with the Cabinet on Friday.

Dompok, who is United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president said the party is unhappy with the decision, claiming that a majority of Sabahans are unhappy too.

As he sits in at Cabinet meetings in his capacity as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Dompok said he would raise the issue with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Friday.

“I don’t see how the project will benefit Sabahans except for the landowners whose property are bought over to make way for the gas pipes.

“Sabah is an oil and gas producing state but there is no related activity whatsoever; there is no refinery, no university and no petrochemical or other related industry.

“The industry is good for the state’s economy which is overly dependent on oil palm plantation and tourism. We need to be more diverse. Oil and gas is right before us and we should capitalise on it,” he told reporters Tuesday after launching the Education Services Commission website.

On Nov 1, Abdullah confirmed that the Petronas gas pipeline from Sabah to Sarawak would go on, despite an earlier decision to scrap it.The 500km pipeline from Kimanis to Bintulu, worth RM1.5bil is expected to be operational in 2011.

Asked if he would be getting support from the Sabah government to “fight” this issue, Dompok said: “There is no support from the state government. As for my colleagues from other parties in Sabah, they should know what to do.

“Even though this matter has been decided upon, I will still bring it up with the Cabinet again,” he said of the project. THE STAR

THIS IS HOW BERNAMA WRITES THE SAME STORY

Monday, 3 November 2008

NAJIB SAYS

WE have now the sixth Prime Minister in waiting. It will be official in March 2009. May be its just me, but it just felt rather odd, the time between now and March. Transition period. Lame duck. Politics. On, off, on, off. Scores of phrases came to mind...

Najib vows to repay trust placed in him

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 - Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who won the Umno presidency unopposed today, has expressed his resolve to shoulder the trust placed in him by the Umno grassroots.

The Umno deputy president and deputy prime minister said he believed the nominations reflected the confidence of the grassroots in the transition plan he had formulated with Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“I resolve to shoulder this trust and responsibility to the best of my ability to tackle all the challenges faced by Umno and Barisan Nasional.

“I am thankful for and touched by the trust which has been translated into nominations by the 134 divisions signalling my victory unopposed as the president of Umno,” he said in his 1Malaysia.com.my website.

Najib said he hoped that the ongoing election process would proceed in a clean and orderly manner.

“Let’s work together to carry forward the noble struggle for the sake of religion, the people and nation,” he said. - Bernama

Sunday, 2 November 2008

FLIP FLOP

UPKO is against the project. In fact, PM announced on May 31 this year that it was scrapped. Now, its on. I believe this issue will drag on. On, off, on, off, on.... whatever happens to promises and words of the Chief Executive of the country!
PM: Kimanis-Bintulu gas pipeline on
KOTA KINABALU, Nov 1 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the project to build a gas pipeline from Kimanis, Sabah to Bintulu in Sarawak would be carried out.

"Yes the project is on," he told reporters after opening Parti Bersatu Sabah's annual assembly here today.

He said this when asked to comment the latest status on the project following calls from several quarters, including United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (UPKO) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok for it to be scrapped.

According to Dompok, the gas was more needed in Sabah for the implementation of development projects and downstream industries like urea and plastics manufacture apart from electricity generation.

Abdullah said Sabah would get its fair share of gas supply from Kimanis and that its electricity needs would be met.

He said fears that Sabah would lose out on revenue because of the shipping of gas from Kimanis to Sarawak were unfounded.

"If the resource is from Sabah...the state will get the revenue due to it," he said.

On prices of goods, he said the government's call to hypermarkets to reduce prices was only an initial step following the drop in world oil prices.

He said the people must also do their part by shopping wisely which will have the effect of more traders bringing their prices down. -- BERNAMA