Monday, 26 April 2010


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year, though he missed out an awards double as James Milner beat him to the PFA Young Player of the Year prize.

(THERE are only two games left for the EPL. Manchester United in a neck-to-neck race with Chelsea for the trophy. Perhaps even Arsenal will end up champions. May be it will be decided this weekend, that is if Chelsea lose to Liverpool in Anfield. Perhaps Rooney the great will inspire MU to defend its crown. Whatever it is, the long and short of it, football is just a game. Good to be "involved", yet there are more important things in life. Like drinking good Luwak coffee... hoping MU makes me enjoy coffee more.)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010


IN POLITICS, it is not always easy to say Yes or No. Thus, some say, ok ok, others prefer, may be may be, different people will say, yes and no, or simply, keep quiet with either a smile or frown or blank face expression. Lebih kurang are very safe words. And the phrase can means many things. Lebih kurang like that lah....


TOKYO, April 20 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants the Malaysian society to discard the “lebih kurang” attitude and try to emulate the Japanese and be a precision society in order to propel Malaysia to become a developed nation.

In his acceptance speech after being conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the Meiji University here today, Najib said, when he was asked what he thought was the most important quality of the Japanese society, the word “precision” came to his mind.

“The Japanese are a highly precise society,” he said, stressing that being precise was crucial to the advancement of science and technology and an important enduring value.

Citing the arrangement for his programmes here as an example, he said, “Everything is perfect, which is why I like Malaysians to also become a precision society.”

He pointed out an expression in Bahasa Malaysia “lebih kurang” which he said was “not synonymous with our desire to become a precision society.”

“It cannot be ‘lebih kurang’ (decidedly vague), we must be precise,” he said. — Bernama

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


"I expect to pass through life but once.
If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do for any fellow being,
let me do it now...
as I shall not pass this way again."
~ William Penn

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


CALL it what you like. Special committee. Inter-religious committee. Task force. Whatever. I do not really care. But if it can enhance Malaysians to be more 1Malaysia, I am all for it. This certainly is a move towards the right direction. The journey will be tedious, slow and even frustrating....but at least we finally have such committee. What is it call again?

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (Bernama) -- The Cabinet has decided to appoint former Kota Bharu MP Datuk Ilani Isahak to chair the inter-religious committee to promote mutual understanding and harmony among the religions.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the committee functioned under the National Unity and Integration Department as a secretariat and would report to him as minister in charge, before he submitted it to the Cabinet.

He said the committee, which was set up in February, this year, involved representatives from the Islamic Development Department, Institute of Islamic Understanding and Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism.

"They will sit together to exchange views and discuss issues, and prevent unnecessary misunderstanding and misinterpretation. This (committee) is not legal structure, is not rigid structure...this is framework to provide interaction for interchange of ideas.

"We (government) does not want to call it inter-faith panel, but a special committee to promote understanding and harmony among them," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here Tuesday.

Koh said, among issues discussed in the committee were those related to inter-marriage, conversion and child custody.

"These issues would be worked upon by the government through the various departments, in line with the various related laws and guidelines.

"So, these are the things we will get to look into, and also to let them exchange views to have better understanding," he added.

He said the committee was allowed to propose any recommendation on inter-religious issues to his department. -- BERNAMA

Monday, 5 April 2010


I ALWAYS admire historian. Or at least those who can tell me about what had happened in the past, simply because they were there at that point in time. Oil and gas have been a permanent election campaign issue. Was it 5 percent or more? This Ku Li story is but one of the stories about that fateful day....we learn


KOTA KINABALU: When it comes to Sabah's oil wealth, the question always is, where is it? It has all been smoke and mirrors so far. The federal government has it, they say, or it is with Petronas, the national oil corporation that took over control of the black gold and natural gas under Sabah's soil.

The questions and answers are not pointless. Thirty-four years after the oil rights of the state were handed over to Petornas, the issue continues to stir anger and despair in this poverty-stricken state where oil was found more than 100 years ago.

The architect of the agreement that made Sabah give up her rights to her mineral wealth, Tunku Razaleigh Hamzah, was here on Good Friday to explain what happened and to raise further questions of his own.

Sabah never disputed the 5% oil royalty in its June 14, 1976 agreement to hand over oil extraction rights to the federal government, Petronas' founding chairman told his audience of around 500 people from all walks of life eager to hear his side of the controversial deal.

Sabah's Parti Berjaya was acceptable to the formula that was already embraced by the Sarawak government under Tun Rahman Yakub, the then chief minister, he told a forum on issues of oil royalty organised by United Sabah Dusun Organisation at the Hongkod Koisaan hall of Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association here yesterday.

Razaleigh, who was also finance minister at the time, gave his perspective on the issues surrounding Sabah’s acquiescing to the oil deal with Petronas that, he agreed, was initially bogged down with refusals and the tragic death of then Sabah chief minister Tun Mohd Fuad Stephens in an air crash on June 6, 1976.

"Fuad was agreeable to signing the deal based on the Sarawak formula. There were no disagreements to the 5% royalty. He (Fuad) had told me that if Sarawak was okay with it, Sabah will not object to sign the deal,” Razaleigh said.

The Gua Musang MP said that after the Petroleum Development Act was passed in 1974, he was tasked with negotiatjng with the states, but Sabah under Chief Minister Tun Mustapha Harun refused to even meet him to talk about Petronas.

"I was told that Tun Mustapha was angry with the federal government over some loan he wanted for the state and he refused to meet me,” he said, adding that he held talks with Fuad in the run-up to the April 1976 state election where Fuad’s Berjaya party toppled Mustapha’s Usno.

'Fuad didn't disagree'

However, Razaleigh said a day before the signing of the oil agreement with federal government on April 7, 1976, Tun Fuad and 11 others, including his (Razaleigh’s) political secretary, were killed in an air crash on their way back from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu, the incident that came to be known as the “Double Six” tragedy.

"I was in the Nomad aircraft seated behind Fuad and next to me was Rahman Yaacob and we had already put on our seat belts when the deputy chief minister Datuk Harris Salleh asked me, Rahman and a Pahang official to fly to with him on another Nomad to Pulau Banggi to see a cattle farming project.

"So we got off and joined Harris,” he said, explaining that on arrival at Pulau Banggi they were informed of the crash that shocked the nation.

"Fuad at no time disagreed with the deal we were going to sign the next day (June 7) in Kota Kinabalu” he said.

The agreement was ultimately signed by the Sabah government on April 14, 1976, by Fuad’s successor Harris.

The agreement was to pay 5% royalty for oil extracted from the states and the royalty was a cash payment and there was provision for “wang ehsan” (compassionate payment).

Regarding his recent claim that Petronas had made a massive oil discovery and the oil company's immediate denial, Razaleigh said a geologist involved in prospecting told him about the discovery. ``If Petronas has denied, I don’t want to say anything further.” FREE MALAYSIA TODAY