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Sunday, 31 May 2009

PENANTI FOR PKR

MOST of us know about the Penanti saga. And the revelation by Aminah who proudly told the world she was offered RM80k not to contest (in an election where the authorities allowed one to spend about RM200k). The by-election, as expected, went to PKR. What happen next is anybody's guess. Of course this is not in Perak, where the two chief ministers are still awaiting court final decision on how or who should lead the state. Just in case we forget, there is another by-election coming, in Manek Urai....
PKR GETS IT DCM
PENANTI, May 31 —Dr. Mansor Othman is the new state representative of Penanti and Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) of Penang after winning today's by-election, a whopping 6,052 out of the total of 7,100 votes.

His closest rival was Nai Khan Ari, an independent who received just 494 votes while Aminah Abdullah took 392 votes.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that Mansor would be sworn in on Wednesday morning so that he can attend the weekly state executive council meeting.

A lower turnout and missing names from electoral rolls marked the sure PR victory at the close of a by-election campaign called ‘uninspiring’ due to Barisan Nasional’s (BN) absence.

But ultimately PKR and PR were the winners as it has now successfully removed a troublesome politician in Fairus Khairuddin who was forced to quit as assemblyman and deputy chief minister because of graft allegations.

The lower voter turnout today showed however that clearly by-election fatigue had set in.

The final turn out today was 7,100 voters. The reduced interest in voting is likely due to BN supporters not coming out to vote in the by-election as their party is not contesting.

BN leaders have called the by-election frivolous and part of a political game and can now use the low turnout as ammunition to say that it is a sign of protest from the voters.

Fairus won 7,346 votes in his electoral debut in Election 2008, winning by a majority of 2,219 against BN’s Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid.

The double Masters lawmaker said he resign ed to further his studies, prompting BN to boycott what it called an uncalled-for by-election. MORE

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

NUCLEAR IN MALAYSIA

I WAS in my boss delegation to a palm oil plantation in Sandakan on Monday and Tuesday. Apart from the obvious crude palm oil, the magic tree is also becoming more and more a popular choice to become component of biodiesel. This is despite the food or oil debate in recent years. In the USA, they are talking about green energy. In my home state, the government wanted to set up a coal mine. Now, some people are talking about nuclear plants in Malaysia. Hey, the Bakun Dam in Sarawak in East Malaysia will eventually have be channelled with under-sea cables to West Malaysia, thats over 1000 kilometres away. Aahh... these are becoming too complex for my simple mind...

DR M: RETHINK NUCLEAR ENERGY PLANTS
KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged the authorities to rethink the idea of using nuclear plants to generate cheap energy by 2020.

On Monday, it was reported that the head of Tenaga Nasional's nuclear unit, Mohamad Zamzam Jaafar, said that the national utility intended to hire Korea Electric Power Corporation to help it prepare a preliminary feasibility study for what would become Malaysia's first nuclear plant. He said an agreement was likely to be signed next month.

“Korea has about 20 plants,” Zamzam reportedly said. “They should be a good teacher for us.” Even so, the Cabinet has not officially agreed to allow nuclear energy but Tenaga believes it is not only feasible but desirable by 2025 because much of Malaysia's gas reserves would have been exhausted by then.

Sixty per cent of Malaysia's power needs is currently met by burning gas. Nuclear energy, according to the utility, is also the cheapest option. Tenaga wants the government to agree by 2013 as it would take that long to get a reactor up and running by 2020.

Dr Mahathir appeared to want to head the utility off by posing the question: why did his administration expressly exclude nuclear energy as an option and allow only a mix of fuel oil, gas, coal or hydro power instead?

The former premier listed Russia's Chernobyl disaster as an example. “Despite thousands of tonnes of concrete being poured into the site, the power plant is still emitting dangerous radiation,” he noted.

And he posed the question of what to do with the radioactive waste. “The waste cannot be disposed of anywhere — not by burial in the ground nor dumping in the sea,” Dr Mahathir wrote in his blog yesterday. “It can be reprocessed by certain countries only. This requires the dangerous material to be transported in special lead containers and carried by special ships. Most ports do not allow such ships to be berthed at their facilities.”

“The fact is that we do not know enough about radioactive nuclear material,” said Dr Mahathir. “I think the authorities should rethink the idea of nuclear power plants. Scientists do not know enough about dealing with nuclear waste. They do not know enough about nuclear accidents and how to deal with them. Until we do, it is far better if Malaysia avoids using nuclear power.”

Dr Mahathir's exhortations are likely to resonate among Malaysians, many of whom now display a keen sense of activism where the environment in their neighbourhoods is concerned.

Example: federal government plans for an industrial-sized incinerator slated for the village of Broga in Selangor were shelved after its residents protested and then threatened to sue, citing fears of environmental contamination. — Business Times Singapore

Monday, 18 May 2009

GREAT ANIFAH

ANIFAH. He is of course our - Malaysia - Foreign Minister. His first trip to a "major" country was to the USA. And he met one of my favourite leaders Clinton (sheeshhh... wish I was in that delegation). Anifah. Please, don't be too hard on him. He was appointed as Foreign Minister only a month ago. So give him the benefits of the doubt. He will be alright....
CLINTON AND ANIFAH REMARKS AFTER THEIR MEETING IN USA
FOREIGN MINISTER ANIFAH:
I’d like to address the comment on Anwar Ibrahim. You know, we have utmost faith in our judicial system. And recently, as late as a few days ago, the court has declared that the chief minister of a particular state which comes from the opposition as election of a chief minister which is a rulings against the government.

And insofar as Anwar Ibrahim is concerned, (inaudible) he – we know him very, very well. And he has – more or less, what he has said, especially overseas, most of the things are untrue; for example, like the involvement of our honorable prime minister and the murder of a Mongolian citizen. And he has repeatedly said before the elections that he will provide evidence and yet, until today, he has not given anything.

And also just for the information of the audience here that, you know, he also said that he will form a government on 16 September and he has changed the dates many time. And he was trying to entice the members of parliament.

And I was personally offered to jump into the oppositions and offered a very lucrative position, and also to be told it’s like a deputy prime minister. And these are not known to the world at large. And he has started, you know, trying to buy into other, you know, legislative members. And I think what he is doing – he has not accepted the result of what – the last elections.

And we have lost five states and we willingly and accept the people’s verdict. And all the time we leave it to the people to decide, and which, on the other hand has not been able to accept.
And it’s also my concern and that of our government that it is what he has been doing overseas to tarnish the image of Malaysia, which impinge trade and indirectly and directly, you know, bring hardship to the people of Malaysia, which he said he’s very, very concerned about.

And therefore, it is our wish and hope that he will respect the democratic system in Malaysia, which is very open and which, I think, we have conformed to the wish of the people. And we have repeatedly told him that if he believes that he is the rightful prime minister, or his party has been sidetracked, then it is – wait for the next election.

And he has continuously gave wrong impressions and accused all the government officials of being corrupted, which is part and parcel of the system (inaudible). And the people have rejected him in Malaysia, and is a proof that he has not been able to accept. MORE

Friday, 15 May 2009

ITS HERE

LET us all be very careful. Hope things are under control.

FIRST H1N1 FLU CASE

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 — Malaysia has reported its first influenza A(H1N1) case involving a student who returned from the United States two days ago.

This was confirmed by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai today.

“The student is now quarantined at the Sungai Buloh Hospital,” he told Bernama from London.

“The student returned to Malaysia on May 13 and the next day, he sought treatment when he felt unwell. The test confirmed that he has the H1N1 virus.”

Liow, enroute to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the World Health Organisation (WHO) General Assembly, was on transit in London.

He said health personnel were in the midst of tracking down all passengers on the student's flight and those who had come into contact with him since his return.

“This is urgent and all have to work together to prevent the spread of the disease in this country. We have initiated various preventive measures and the health department is working hard on the ground,” he said.

Liow also advised the public to be on high alert and immediately seek treatment if they feel unwell.

“The details of this first case will be given by the Health Ministry at a press conference at 4pm today,” he added. — Bernama

Thursday, 14 May 2009

ALMOST THERE

MANCHESTER United hitman
Carlos Tevez on target again
Helped the champions fightback
This time against Bruce's Wigan
A point from two matches
They be champions again, back to back
Yet this man wants out
Much like 'weak' Ronaldo
Ah, don't care
We are champs yet again... almost

(Read MU-Wigan report here)


Wednesday, 13 May 2009

TWIST TWIST TWIST

SEE I told you. The Perak saga is by no means over. It can go left, it can go right or straight. I post the article below just to bring home my point that it is going to be a long long saga... pity us, the people

Muthu consults her lawyers. Her lawyers say a declaration cannot be stayed. How can a declaration be stayed? You can stay the execution of a judgement or order.
Meaning, if the Court gives an order saying Meenachi owes 1 million to Muthu, the Court can stay the execution of that order.
When that kind of stay is given, it means that Muthu cannot do anything to recover that 1 million until Meenachi's appeal is heard and decided upon. But in that case, it is still an accepted fact that Muthu is a holder of an order requiring Meenachi to pay 1 million to Muthu.
That order is not reversed. It is valid. The only thing is that Muthu cannot recover that 1 million just yet. Until Meenachi's appeal is heard and decided upon, that is. MORE

SABAH NEW DCM

SABAH Chief Minister makes a minor reshuffle to his State Cabinet line up today. The story below shows this well. I just want to point out that Upko, of which am a member, is represented by Ewon Ebin who is now Rural Devt Minister, Donald Mojuntin as Assistant Finance Minister and Bobby Suan as Assistant Agriculture Minister. Whatever it is, as is often said, the positions are there to help them serve better the people... (I could almost hear my friends commenting: Much like what is happening in Perak...)

PANG NEW SABAH DCM

KOTA KINABALU, May 13 — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman today announced a minor Cabinet reshuffle which, among others, saw Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah replaced as a deputy chief minister by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin but retained as a minister.

Tan, former deputy president of the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) which pulled out of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in September last year, was partyless for almost nine months until he joined Gerakan, a peninsula-based BN component, recently.

Musa said Tan, who had held the infrastructure development portfolio, would now be minister of industrial development, taking over from Datuk Ewon Ebin who has been appointed rural development minister.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who had held the rural development portfolio, has been appointed infrastructure development minister, Musa told reporters after chairing a meeting of the State Cabinet.

Musa also announced the appointment of Merotai state assemblyman Pang Yuk Ming as assistant minister of infrastructure development, replacing Datuk Michael Asang who has been appointed assistant minister of industrial development.

Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, who was assistant minister of industrial development, has been appointed assistant minister of resource development and information technology, taking over from Donald Peter Mojuntin who has been appointed assistant minister of finance.

The portfolios of the other ministers and assistant ministers remain unchanged. — Bernama

Monday, 11 May 2009

COURT AYE NIZAR


THE LAW is there for a reason. And today, its often forgotten (either consciously or otherwise) role was given a chance to take its rightful place. And the result: It is following the book. And Nizar gets his due. But don't open the champagne yet. It is still just only the beginning of another twist. Politics = the art of the impossible.....(was the"exit" of Sivakumar as photo right showed also an art of politics?)

HIGH COURT DECLARES NIZAR RIGHTFUL MB

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 May 2009: The Kuala Lumpur High Court today ruled that Datuk Seri Mohammed Nizar Jamaluddin is the rightful menteri besar of Perak.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers Division) judge Datuk Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim, said the menteri besar can only be dismissed by a no-confidence motion in the state legislative assembly.

"The stark fact is, there never was any vote of no-confidence taken in the legislative assembly.

"So how could one say that the applicant (Nizar) had ceased to command the majority confidence? Evidence as to the loss of confidence was taken from various sources and not a vote in the assembly," said Abdul Aziz.

Abdul Aziz, in his decision on the judicial review application filed by Nizar, also ruled that there was no vacancy in the menteri besar post.

"I am of the view that the office of the menteri besar of Perak has never become vacant or been vacated.

"Only in this manner (a vote of no-confidence) can the menteri besar be forced to resign."

Nizar was ousted after Barisan Nasional (BN)'s Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir was sworn in as Perak menteri besar on 6 Feb following the BN takeover of the state government. This happened after the Pakatan Rakyat lost its majority in the state assembly when three of its assemblypersons opted to become BN-friendly independents. MORE

Thursday, 7 May 2009

BY HOOK OR

THE Perak government
Not sure
Perak = Malaysia
Not sure
Survival of the fittest
Probably
By hook and by crook
I rest my case :-(

READ HERE FOR MORE

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

RAYMOND JOINS GERAKAN

AHHH... its been a long time since a posted an article under the label General Election. Politics certainly is the art of the impossible. Yesterday, Gerakan what? It is a BN-component party but without any elected representative. Out of the blue, it has two and both are, at least right now, holding positions in the State cabinet. My oh my. Am sad though. Again, we fall onto the trap (am not sure if its a trap, actually) of the perennial 'divide and rule' political strategy. Whatever.... lah

RAYMOND JOINS GERAKAN
KOTA KINABALU, May 5 — Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan will join Gerakan, a peninsula-based party, after being partyless for almost nine months.

Gerakan national chairman Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon made the announcement minutes before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s arrival for the meet-the-people session at Padang Merdeka here today.

Former Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth chief and state assemblyman for Elopura, Au Kam Wah also made a similar commitment.

Dr Koh thanked Tan and Au for choosing Gerakan as the political platform to continue their struggle with the Barisan Nasional (BN) and said that both would hand over their application forms to Gerakan soon.

“We welcome their commitment to join Gerakan. Raymond and Au have been my friends and Gerakan’s friends for over 15 years and have jointly struggled for Sabahans and Malaysians in general within the BN,” he said.

He said their decision was apt and understandable as Gerakan was a multiracial party and its door was always open to Malaysians.

He said Najib, as BN chairman, and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had been informed of Tan and Au’s decision and had given their blessing.

Asked whether Tan, former deputy president of SAPP, would be given a post in Gerakan, Dr Koh said that he would make the announcement at the appropriate time.

Speaking to reporters later, Tan said: “I have chosen Gerakan because Gerakan is a safe home and it is the home that I have been looking for”.

“I didn’t do it just because I picked what I like. I think it’s more of what the grassroots want. It doesn’t matter what happens to me. What is important is the people who have been with me and I told that I would find them a home.

“It’s not easy because we have to talk to so many component party leaders and all of them are very supportive of me. I think this is the time that I have to make a decision and Tan Sri (Koh Tsu Koon) is no stranger to us for many years,” he said.

Asked on the call for him to relinquish his deputy chief minister’s post, he said: “These people who make statements against me or who are angry with me will probably continue to do but it doesn't matter. I understand their feelings but it's more important that they understand me”.

Tan, who is also state Infrastructure Development minister, became partyless after SAPP left the BN coalition on Sept 17 last year.

Prior to this, several parties had called on Tan to quit his posts as deputy chief minister and Infrastructure Development minister.

Even Umno leaders like Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh had hinted that the BN had never agreed to have independent BN supporters.

At the same time, the option of forming a new party raised objections from the same component parties who were not in favour of Tan being retained in the cabinet, leaving him with very few political options. – Bernama

Friday, 1 May 2009

FLU FLU GO AWAY

SARS. Birds flu. Nipah flu. Now swine flu. Already, about 200 people died in Mexico because of that swine flu. Today, being Labour Day, it would be good if we all thank ALLAH because we are still able to "celebrate" another day. I actually ate a heavy breakfast with swine or pork.... Swine flu, makes me wonder why the usually ordinary flu could actually strike so much fear on the supposedly very advanced human sapien... wish the flu away

MEXICO ENCOURAGED BY DROP IN NEW FLU CASES

MEXICO CITY, May 1 — Mexico started to get a handle on the scope of its outbreak of a new and dangerous flu virus, with Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova saying he was heartened by a drop in hospital admissions of patients with flu symptoms.

US officials said yesterday they had sent tests to Mexico to allow scientists there to screen patients more quickly for the new strain of H1N1 swine flu, instead of sending tests to labs in Atlanta or Winnipeg in Canada and waiting to hear back.

Cordova said public hospitals that treat roughly half the country admitted 46 patients with severe flu symptoms yesterday, down from 212 patients on April 20.

“This is encouraging,” Cordova said late yesterday.

Cordova said tests in laboratories in the United States, Canada and Mexico have only confirmed 12 out of 176 deaths blamed on the H1N1 swine flu virus. “The number of confirmed fatalities will probably rise,” he told reporters. MORE