Friday, 30 October 2009
EEBOT: I too feel so sad about the tragedy. And also because someone I know well in my village passed away three days ago. She was laid to rest today.
MINNIE: Who is she? Your relative? What did she died of?
BUDDY: Why is it that when somebody passed away, we want to know the how, where, when, what, who of things? Somebody had passed on, that's it.
MINNIE: It is wrong to ask?
EEBOT: Its ok Buddy, Minnie. We are only human. By nature we are inquisitive. Well, she was a very close friend of my late beloved mother. She was a friend, relative, family, all rolled into one. I feel bad I could not pay my last respect. I did whisper a prayer for her, and the family.
MINNIE: Death is a sad topic. Can we talk about something else?
BUDDY: Its you who started it.
MINNIE: What happened to you today, Buddy? So moody?
BUDDY: Am I not always like this?
EEBOT: There are some things in life which we cannot but face them head on. No matter how painful it is, even if it feels it is the end of the world, we just have to move on and live with it. It is easier said than done, though.
BUDDY: Better drink our coffee-lah. At least it is hot, think, black and with a unique aroma....
Thursday, 29 October 2009
AZIZAH: NOT ALL IS WELL WITH PKR
29 Oct 2009: RECENT changes to the leadership in Keadilan have caused confusion and consternation among some. I recognize that not everyone will be pleased with decisions made by the party’s leadership and not everyone will appreciate the difficulty we face in seeking to accommodate all views, including those of the divisions and branches which make up the backbone of the party, while striving to guide our party towards achieving its goals.
As our party grows in number and transforms into a national organization we have struggled at times to identify right strategy and mix of leadership that will carry us to the next level. Along the way we have encountered great challenges and have also uncovered promising new talent. Our task remains a work in progress and the announcements made this week are based on consensus and consultation within the party to work towards a better future.
Keadilan was established with a mission to be a unifying force for Malaysians of all races and religions and restore the integrity of the principles enshrined in the Federal Constitution. This mission carries unprecedented import and its pursuit confronts us with unparalleled challenges.
Over the years many have poured scorn on our aspirations for a brighter future and have derided our belief in an end to racial politics and rampant corruption. And yet we, with our partners in the Pakatan Rakyat, made historic progress towards restoring democracy, freedom and the Rule of Law. We have done so despite a hostile media and the relentless attacks on us by the institutions of the government and the unlimited resources of the UMNO-led BN coalition.
I acknowledge the setbacks that we have faced since the March elections. Political parties are complex organisms and political coalitions are neither crystallized overnight nor even in a fortnight. The frustrations which have been expressed by some colleagues within the party and by some supporters are valid and I remain open to engaging all parties on the principle of mutual respect, understanding and an unrelenting commitment to the principles of justice and fairness.
The future of the nation does not lie in the hands of any one individual nor does our party nor does this coalition. I continue to ask the ongoing faith and patience of the people in supporting the mission of Keadilan and of Pakatan Rakyat.
WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
The truth is that when Obama has played it tough, it has usually been in ways almost designed to infuriate the conservatives who call him lily-livered. He fired the CEO of General Motors earlier his year before bailing the company out and, just last week, his administration took extraordinary steps to force banks and lending institutions to scale back previously outrageous pay deals for their executives. Both things were bold and in-your-face. But they also represent severe cases of interfering in the private market, which the right abhors.
Obama knows he is still on probation. In his speech in Hackensack, he asked the crowd "to cast aside the cynics and the sceptics and prove to all Americans that leaders who do what's right and who do what's hard will be rewarded and not rejected". It was meant as an appeal to Jersey voters to show mercy to Corzine and give him back his job. But, with the Nov 3 polls being seen by some as the first verdict on Obama's infant presidency, he might too have been asking for a little understanding for himself. MUCH MORE
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
KOTA KINABALU: One out of every six people in Sabah is a foreigner.
Disclosing the latest statistics yesterday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said foreigners comprised 610,104 of Sabah’s 3.4 million population.He said the largest number comprised 317,837 undocumented migrant workers and their dependants while 230,000 more are working in the state legally. MORE
I could be totally wrong. But that was how I felt. And am entitled to how I feel.
Then I saw this ARTICLE and I said: Rubbish. But with more anger.
Real Sabahans will know how cronic the problem is.
And I and Upko will fight this problem as long as it takes...
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
'PUPILS WERE JUMPING, PLAYING ON BRIDGE'
KAMPAR, Tues: Between 30 and 50 pupils were on a newly built suspension bridge (photo) when it collapsed last night into the swift-flowing Kampar River at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Dipang near here, causing one pupil to drown and two more are still missing.A pupil, K. Mathivanan, 12, who held onto a rope and saved himself, said the bridge collapsed all of a sudden, about 10.30pm.
He said some of the pupils were crossing the bridge towards the school for their dinner, while others were returning to the campsite.
He said the bridge had swayed a lot before it collapsed as several of the pupils were jumping about and playing with one another.
"All of a sudden, we found ourselves thrown into the river. I managed to hold on to a rope. The current was swift but I managed to drag myself out of the water," he said.
Mathivanan said joy turned to panic as many of the pupils started screaming for help while others just cried. MORE
Friday, 23 October 2009
THIS is an excerpt of an article from the Malaysia Today. It comes after the recent announcement by the Prime Minister to declare 16 September as a national holiday to commemorate Malaysia Day. My two cents: We have to always be guided by the intention of our founding fathers. And be better...
THE 20 POINTS
Point 1: Religion
While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no State religion in North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to North Borneo.
Point 2: Language
a. Malay should be the national language of the Federation.
b. English should continue to be used for a period of 10 years after Malaysia Day.
c. English should be an official language of North Borneo for all purposes, State or Federal, without limitation of time.
Point 3: Constitution
Whilst accepting that the present Constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the Constitution of Malaysia, the Constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a Constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for North Borneo (Sabah) was of course essential.
Point 4: Head of Federation
The Head of State in North Borneo should not be eligible for election as Head of the Federation.
Point 5: Name of Federation
“Malaysia” but not “Melayu Raya”.
Point 6: Immigration
Control over immigration into any part of Malaysia from outside should rest with the Central Government but entry into North Borneo should also require the approval of the State Government. The Federal Government should not be able to veto the entry of persons into North Borneo for State Government purposes except on strictly security grounds. North Borneo should have unfettered control over the movements of persons other than those in Federal Government employ from other parts of Malaysia into North Borneo.
Point 7: Right of Secession
There should be no right to secede from the Federation.
Point 8: Borneanisation
Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.
Point 9: British Officers
Every effort should be made to encourage British Officers to remain in the public service until their places can be taken by suitably qualified people from North Borneo.
Point 10: Citizenship
The recommendation in paragraph 148(k) of the Report of the Cobbold Commission should govern the citizenship rights in the Federation of North Borneo subject to the following amendments:
a) sub-paragraph (i) should not contain the proviso as to five years residence.
b) in order to tie up with our law, sub-paragraph (ii)(a) should read “7 out of 10 years” instead of “8 out of 10 years”.
c) sub-paragraph (iii) should not contain any restriction tied to the citizenship of parents – a person born in North Borneo after Malaysia must be federal citizen.
Point 11: Tariffs and Finance
North Borneo should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.
Point 12: Special position of indigenous races
In principle, the indigenous races of North Borneo should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya, but the present Malays’ formula in this regard is not necessarily applicable in North Borneo.
Point 13: State Government
a) the Prime Minister should be elected by unofficial members of Legislative Council.
b) There should be a proper Ministerial system in North Borneo.
Point 14: Transitional period
This should be seven years and during such period legislative power must be left with the State of North Borneo by the Constitution and not be merely delegated to the State Government by the Federal Government.
Point 15: Education
The existing educational system of North Borneo should be maintained and for this reason it should be under state control.
Point 16: Constitutional safeguards
No amendment modification or withdrawal of any special safeguard granted to North Borneo should be made by the Central Government without the positive concurrence of the Government of the State of North Borneo.
The power of amending the Constitution of the State of North Borneo should belong exclusively to the people in the state. (Note: The United Party, The Democratic Party and the Pasok Momogun Party considered that a three-fourth majority would be required in order to effect any amendment to the Federal and State Constitutions whereas the UNKO and USNO considered a two-thirds majority would be sufficient).
Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament
This should take account not only of the population of North Borneo but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore.
Point 18: Name of Head of State
Yang di-Pertua Negara.
Point 19: Name of State
Point 20: Land, Forests, Local Government, etc.
The provisions in the Constitution of the Federation in respect of the powers of the National Land Council should not apply in North Borneo. Likewise, the National Council for Local Government should not apply in North Borneo.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Thursday, 11 September 2008
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.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Upko wants BN say in choosing PM
PENAMPANG, Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008: Barisan Nasional component parties should be involved in the election and appointment of the prime minister, an Upko leader said.
Albert Bingkasan of the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun and Murut Organisation said a mechanism should be developed for all BN component parties to have a say in the selection of the prime minister and his deputy.
Speaking at Upko's 12th Triennial Delegates Conference on Sunday, he said: "Why must the decision of who would be the prime minister and the deputy prime minister rest only with the delegates from 191 divisions of Umno?" said Albert, who represented the Inanam division.
"I believe this is something we need to look at in the future," said Bingkasan when contacted to elaborate on his comments.
The delegates conference ended with the passing of 10 resolutions, including the move to downsize the number of divisions from 60 to 25 according to the number of parliamentary seats in Sabah. Bingkasan was elected as a supreme council member.
Another resolution called for the government to set up a royal commission of inquiry to address the problems related to the huge presence of illegal immigrants.
Upko also called on the prime minister to be steadfast in his decision to scrap the 500km gas pipeline project between Kimanis and Sibu and the state government to ensure villages affected by the Forest Management Unit parcels were not alienated and its residents are provided with facilities for them to improve their standard of living.
UPKO'S CALL A POLITICAL SUGGESTION
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Oct 2008: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun and Murut Organisation's (Upko) suggestion that Barisan Nasional component parties be involved in the election and appointment of the prime minister has been described as a "political suggestion".
"The appointment is by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who believes that the person has substantial support from the Dewan Rakyat," he said in response to Albert Bingkasan's suggestion. Bingkasan said such a mechanism should be developed for all BN component parties to have a say in the selection of the prime minister and his deputy.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamid Albar said tradition should be left as it is, with the Umno president assuming the prime minister's post.THE NEW STRAITS TIMES
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
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Monday, 12 October 2009
THERE are always two sides of the coin. At least. And as in everything, there are countless ways to read an event. Well, dear coffee shop politicians, happy politiking ...
BN WINS BAGAN PINANG
But as long as Umno and PAS are battling for control over the country, Islam will continue being politicised on the stumps at every by-election or even general election in the near future. After all, if Islam could play such a big role in Bagan Pinang — a state seat where supposedly local issues predominated — it could happen anywhere else in the country.
Therefore, as sweet as Umno finds this victory, it is not going to be the panacea to national disillusionment that the BN has claimed it would be. In fact, it raises very difficult questions about the state of governance, corruption, voter awareness and political Islam in this country. MORE
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
APART from the seemingly continuous by-elections in the country, the Sarawak State election has long been a hot topic in coffee shops. Hopefully the article below will help give a better picture and thus more substantial politicking among expert street politicians, myself included ... hehehehe
By HAKIM JOE
Sarawak is considered one of the poorest and least developed states in Malaysia despite its abundance of natural resources including timber (world's largest exporters of tropical hardwood timber), LNG (world’s second largest exporters of LNG together with Sabah) and petroleum.
The Alliance/BN has politically controlled the state since its inception in 1963. The first Chief Minister is of course the famous Datuk Amar Stephen Kalong Ningkan (from SNAP) until he was ousted in 1966 to be replaced by Datuk Penghulu Tawi Sli (former SNAP secretary) of Pesaka. Tun Abdul Rahman Ya'kub became the third CM in 1970 and governed Sarawak until he stepped down and was subsequently appointed as the Governor in 1981. The vacant CM seat then fell to the new president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud (nephew of Tun Abdul Rahman Ya'kub). The rest is history.
The demographics of Sarawakians are something we should take note of. The majority of Ibans (Sea Dayaks) are Christians, so are the Bidayuhs (Land Dayaks), Kayans, Kelabits and Penans. The Melanaus are Muslims. So, in terms of segregating the religious faiths, it can be said that the majority of Sarawakians are non-Muslims and owing to its diversified mixture of different races and indigenous people, religious and racial tones are never employed during the political campaigning here.
Currently the four Sarawak political parties aligned to BN are Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Sarawak People's Party (PRS). The Sarawak National Party (SNAP) was expelled from BN in 2004.
The last time Sarawak held a state election was in 2006 where BN won 62 of the 71 contested seats. In 2001, BN won 60 of the 62 contested seats. The next state elections will be held before the 24th of April 2011. Let us analyse the results:
For BN, PBB won 35 seats, SUPP won 11 seats, SPDP won 8 seats and PRS also won 8 seats. For the opposition, PKR won 1 seat, SNAP won 1 seat, DAP won 6 seats and 1 seat went to an independent.
Of the 69 contested seats (2 were won uncontested by BN), 18 seats saw a winning majority increase for BN while 51 seats saw a swing to non-BN contestants. Meradong (N40) had the largest swing of 43.8% where DAP beat 4 other contestants while Satok (N8) recorded the lowest swing of a mere 0.5%. On the average, all the contested seats saw an average swing of 8.2% towards non-BN contestants.
Analysis shows that this event was precipitated by a swing of the Chinese votes from SUPP to other non-BN parties. Of the 9 seats that BN lost, 6 were SUPP incumbents. This election also witnessed BN fielding 15 Chinese contestants of which 6 lost. Of the remaining 9 seats which BN won, the declining majority exhibit a swing of 16.9% away from them. Overall, seats where BN nominated Chinese candidates showed a swing of 18.8% to the opposition.
What does this all mean? It means that even with an overall average swing of 8.2% to the opposition, BN still won 62 seats or 87.3% of the 71 seats. To have won the 9th state election on a simple majority, the opposition must have an average minimum swing of 12.9% (where 28 of the least majority BN won seats are instead won by the opposition by 1 or two votes) and the Chinese swing from 18.8% to 20.3%. Is this a lot? The required (minimum) 4.7% increase amounts to only 29,491 votes, or 12,746 BN voters changing allegiance.
Sarawak can be won over by the opposition and that is a fact as exhibited by the figures above. The 30% Iban voters holds the key to this goal. 10 seats which BN won were decided on a majority less than 1,000 votes (19 BN seats if less than 2,000 votes). 2011 is not that far a time in the future that Pakatan can dally until a later date before taking action to counter the BN monopoly.
At the very least, Pakatan can attempt to win enough seats (24 seats) to stop BN commanding a two-thirds majority in the Sarawak state assembly. MALAYSIA TODAY
Monday, 5 October 2009
After a (short) two-week holiday in Sabah and overseas
I had to go back to work in Putrajaya
Was sleepy. But Henry Wanyoike (right) woke me up
This athlete, a Kenyan, made me speechless
Blind. Running with the help from childhood friend
Joseph Kibunja (second from right)
And they (or rather Henry) had tasted victories. At World events!
Gold. More than gold is in order
Or even HERE
We should be ashamed of our "able" selves...
(Its a real pity, I could not get the wonderful
article about Henry, in the October's
MAS Going Places in-flight magazine)