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Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

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Dr Shafie Abu Bakar


Pukulan Terhadap Keyakinan Najib

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 04:24 PM PDT

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

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念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang


两民联议员收到猥亵短讯 张念群疑敌营图污蔑安华

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 08:54 PM PDT





距拿督T三人播放疑似国会反对党安华性爱短片一周年,坊间又再流传从性片截出的猥亵短片与照片。它们今回是透过手机短讯流传发给民众。

有2位国会议员也不幸中招,日前收到这些猥亵照片及短片,她们是行动党沙登区国会议员张念群及公正党关丹区国会议员傅芝雅。

张念群表示,她是在12小时内,收到3则题为“安华失德”(Anwar Tak Bermoral)及“安努华骗子”(Anuwar Pembohong)的多媒体短讯。

她说,第1则是在本月19日晚上10点28分收到,是一张题为“安华失德”的照片,第2则是一张题为“安努华骗子”的照片。

三则短讯来自同一手机

这名准妈妈议员续说,第3通短讯则是在次日,即本月20日早上7点52分收到,这是一封2秒的短片。

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Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud

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Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud


Menyantuni rakyat Marhen

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 07:12 AM PDT
















Bagi pihak Penganjur

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 06:50 AM PDT

Pusat Khidmat Wakil Rakyat DUN Ayer Hitam

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Pusat Khidmat Wakil Rakyat DUN Ayer Hitam


Wau : kembalikan nostagia zaman silam-YB Ust Ghani

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 09:10 AM PDT

25 Mac, UPU Matang Bonglai -
PKWR & Penyelaras MKK Jerlun menganjurkan pertandingan wau mulai 20 - 25 Mac 2012 di Dataran UPU Matang Bonglai. Seramai 34 peserta telah mengambil bahagian dengan 582 ekor wau dipertandingkan. Program ini sungguh meriah dan mendapat sambutan hangat daripada masyarakat setempat. Ada  di antara peserta yang datang daripada Perlis dan Pulau Pinang selain peserta tempatan. Program ini turut mendapat sokongan daripada Exco Kerajaan Negeri iaitu YB Dato Dr Hamdan B Mohd Khalib dan YB Ust Hj Abd Ghani B Hj Ahmad selaku ADUN Ayer Hitam.   


Sepanjang pertandingan wau tersebut berlangsung 5 hari, ramai peserta yang terlibat mengambil bahagian dalam banyak siri pertandingan dengan jumlah wau yang banyak meskipun harga setiap ekor wau didaftarkan dengan harga RM 5 sahaja. Ada yang bertanding 5 ekor, 15 ekor dan 25 ekor. Ini menunjukkan minat yang mendalam di kalangan mereka terutamanya golongan tua di mana pertandingan wau telah mengembalikan nostalgia di zaman silam ketika mereka muda remaja. Kelihatan YB Ust Ghani menyampaikan hadiah utama berupa TV Plasma 32 inci kepada Encik Abdullah daripada Kg Padang Lalang, Kepala 20.


Encik Abdullah juga turut memenangi tempat kedua pertandingan wau dengan hadiah sebuah basikal Pixcy. Bagi Encik Abdullah, beliau rasa gembira dan berbaloi dengan kos yang dikeluarkannya kerana kedua-dua hadiah yang dimenangi itu mencecah harga RM 1300 . Pihak Penganjur telah menyediakan hadiah yang lumayan kepada peserta yang berjaya seperti kipas angin, pembakar roti, pemanas air elektrik, dapor gas, set periuk serta hamper bagi cabutan bertuah. Hadiah cabutan bertuah yang disediakan oleh penganjur menarik minat kanak-kanak hingga mereka menunggu acara selesai.


        
Pihak penganjur dan urusetia pertandingan wau menunjukkan isyarat bagus selepas berakhirnya pertandingan wau tersebut. Bagi mereka masa yang dihabiskan selama 5 hari itu cukup mengembirakan kerana mendapat sambutan di luar dugaan. Purata kehadiran orang ramai menyaksikan pertandingan wau sekitar 800 - 1000 orang setiap hari. Pertandingan wau ini turut mendapat sokongan daripada Persatuan Pelayang Kedah yang pernah menjadi peserta di peringkat kebangsaan sejak 2008 hingga sekarang.  

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

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Comments for Wee Choo Keong


Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Roger Ponstan

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 09:07 AM PDT

I strongly feel the government is very much behind all this unsavoury moves.
The sandiwara goes on and on. All of us have been fooled.
All this “CREATIVE” manouvres were tailored to benefit the ruling quarters as
huge amount of cash would have been generated with each and every decision that is passed. The PM’s brother is also in the thickst of this action. This whole episode is about saving everybody else except MAS.
When Tony “acquired” AIRASIA, he first “Bought” all the the right people so as to be able to get his way around everything.

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Kunyit Hidup

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 07:15 AM PDT

Malaysian long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X said its decision to scrap unprofitable routes to Europe will not affect its orders of 10 Airbus A350 passenger planes, Chief executive Azran Osman Rani said. AAX is trying to lease out the grounded A340. (Reuters)

- Coincidentally MAS is replacing ageing aircraft

“It’s not just us,” said Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive of AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Malaysia-based AirAsia. “Even the full-service model is not working right now. It’s not about the low-cost model.” (The Straits Times)

- Should MAS proceed to emulate the failing low-cost model operations? If no, why MAS is paying PlaneConsult?

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Malaysian

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 05:19 AM PDT

ya, MAS workers need to be united and go all out against them. If not, this will remain as ramblings only here. They wouldnt be scared if we only talk cock behind them.

And if this story is true, Mr Hii could be as an important witness for this accusation and could as well be used to kick the cronies out of MAS. Use the airline like his bapak punye company. F-ing angry man. Why the F the Gov still on the silent side?!

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Mohamed

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 05:04 AM PDT

It is indeed nauseating hearing all these con jobs perpetrated by cronies n their con sultans. Unless MAS really looks into operational changes by technical people in airlines operations, the con jobs of Amok & co will never succeed in turning around MAS!

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Saharudin MAS

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 04:30 AM PDT

No wonder Amok’s crony was thrown out from Maybank in 2010 then taken in into Khazanah by his master. Now he is literally running AAMOk in MAS. Trying to kill MAS asap. No wonder MAS first class is always empty but fill ed u with MAS cronies and Maid.

How can MAS be save by such inconsiderate consultant idiot. The Bina tiada otak nak Fikir. PTUI! to you and your family. So is Amok for creating all the nonsense in MAS.

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Mahadi dari MAS

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Ay! bloody cronies, tell us what was the designing fees for the blue MAS logo.

YB said rumor has it that it cost RM8 mil.

More often than not when YB said that it was a rumor. It turn out to be true. YB please post it as soon as possible because we want to crucify that Mr Pretender, Md Nor the WAU expert and the other crony especially Amok’s crony that Rashdan bullshitter. I really hope that he and the other crony will pay through their families and next generations for what they have done to MAS.

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Little Bird

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 03:06 AM PDT

with all the nonsense that this fler gets to do because he is TF’s crony, i wonder – if Danny is out of a job, will TF trust him enough to get his to lead any of his businesses? I THINK NOT!

Come to think of it, the same applies for all the other jokers oso…

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by weechookeong

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 02:37 AM PDT

Pascal and Sam

Sorry I have made a mistake to use Malaysian Ringgit. It should be Pound Sterling. I will try to amend when I have the time. Now I am preparing another posting on Firefly to be posted tonight. Another stupid and scandalous acts of the cronies.

Have a nice weekend.

With kindest regards

wee choo keong

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by hanana bt abdulla

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 02:23 AM PDT

::

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the mat-simpel ros-najib’s transformation

should read read like this:

‘…..kerana- kroni-dan-me-kami-kasi..’

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.
this is what bn does and ‘glokal’ the konsep

as a transformation.
.

.

This is akin to a burglar dato X stealing from the house

of mas kerusi , mat nor barua [ mnb] and then simply calling it

an ownership transformation from mnb to X !

.

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the nation-wide asset unbundling transformation

———————————————–

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.

so our ‘great’ bn leaders and the respective component

chiefs- madey, dolah and oxfart pirate of a sil,

ling- ling, sami and lai-lai tiong have all been in the

asset transformation bisnis like the dato X-

;

;unlike what shakepeare said of the rose,

shit by any other perfumed name is still shit..

.. inda water.. shit is shit .

.

sampah mat

Comment on AJ & Rashdan: “What Costing cutting?” Part 4 – Rashdan abused of Power by Pascal

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 01:34 AM PDT

The sponsorship was for RM 18 Million or 3.7 Million pounds.

Direct Free Kick

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Direct Free Kick


PUSAT KHIDMAT PARLIMEN TITIWANGSA TERUS MEMBERI KHIDMAT.

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 10:50 AM PDT

Pusat Khidmat Parlimen Titiwangsa telah terus memberi perkhidmatan cemerlang kepada rakyat di kawasan Parlimen itu.

Begitulah kata Iskandar A. Samad, Ahli Dewan Negeri Chempaka ketika merasmikan Hari Kesihatan 2012 anjuran pusat khidmat tersebut dengan kerjasama Yayasan Prihatin Titiwangsa dan Pusat Khidmat ADN Chempaka di Kg Perwira Jaya dan Kg Desa Pahlawan.

Kampung-kampung tersebut adalah unik kerana ia sebenarnya merupakan satu kampung di mana Kg Perwira Jaya terletak di dalam kawasan Dewan Negeri Chempaka, Selangor sementara Kg Desa Pahlawan di dalam kawasan Parlimen Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur.

Kedua-dua kampung itu berkongsi masjid yang sama.

Menurut Iskandar, pusat khidmat tersebut telah berjaya mengisi kekosongan setelah pemergian Allahyarhamah Dr. Lo' Lo' Dato' Haji Ghazali tahun lepas.

Katanya program-program telah dijalankan oleh pusat khidmat itu untuk memberikan perkhidmatan kepada rakyat di Titiwangsa.

Iskandar yang juga merupakan Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor berkata kerajaan negeri sentiasa berusaha untuk membantu rakyat melalui pelbagai program Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor atau MES.

"Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Negeri Selangor melaksanakan program-program membantu rakyat setelah menang pilihanraya dalam tahun 2008 tetapi Barisan Nasional melaksanakan program-program membantu rakyat setelah kalah di lima negeri", ujar beliau lagi - Chempaka Online

MB sahkan kos ubahsuai pejabat Hasan Ali berdasarkan prosedur.

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 10:10 PM PDT

Oleh Mohd Farhan Darwis, Malaysian Insider.

March 24, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Mac — Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim hari ini menolak untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Gombak Setia, Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali yang dituduh menggunakan kos yang tinggi untuk mengubahsuai pejabatnya ketika menjawat jawatan Exco Kerajaan Negeri.

Khalid (gambar) berkata, peruntukan hampir RM300,000 itu mengikut tatacara yang ditetapkan Perbendaharaan.

"Saya rasa tidak sebab untuk ambil tindakan terhadap perbelanjaan itu kerana ia mengikut tatacara Perbendaharaan.

Bagaimanapun menurut Khalid, sesiapa pun boleh mempersoalkan sama ada nilai berkenaan tinggi atau rendah.

"Boleh jadi Azmin hendak membandingkan pejabat Menteri Besar yang tidak diubahsuai, tetapi pejabat Hasan adalah pejabat baru," katanya lagi.

Semalan Timbalan Presiden PKR, Azmin Ali pada sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor berkata bekas exco yang bertanggungjawab terhadap hal ehwal agama Islam, adat Melayu, infrastruktur dan kemudahan awam itu membelanjakan RM300,000 untuk pengubahsuaian pejabat beliau.

Azmin yang juga Adun Bukit Antarabangsa berkata Hasan turut membelanjakan RM550,000 untuk menganjurkan persidangan Perbadanan Adat Melayu dan Warisan Negeri Selangor, yang mana jumlah itu lebih baik disalurkan kepada rakyat.

Hasan telah dilucut keanggotaan oleh PAS kerana mempunyai pendapat dan ideologi yang berbeza dengan kepimpinan parti.

Beliau kemudiannya menubuhkan pertubuhan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang diberi nama Jati demi mempertahankan maruah bangsa Melayu, agama Islam, dan institusi raja di negara ini.

Nurul Izzah Anwar

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Nurul Izzah Anwar


Politik Dunia Pertama atau Ketiga?

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 01:02 AM PDT

Acap kali kita dihidangkan impian pimpinan kerajaan supaya Malaysia terus berjaya menjadi negara maju, hingga bila kita tiba kepada tahun 2020, sasarannya adalah gaji per kapita (GNI) daripada RM23,700 kepada RM48,000, hampir seperti negara-negara dunia pertama lainnya.

Tetapi kita mesti beringat – sasaran apa pun yang dimahukan, tidak boleh tidak kerajaan wajib membudayakan kepimpinan terpuji dalam membangunkan negara tercinta ini. Bukankah kepimpinan itu menerusi teladan?

Justeru apa kata pimpinan bila berlakunya manipulasi pilihan raya, rasuah dan salah guna kuasa yang berleluasa, peningkatan penggunaan samseng atau pembuli politik dalam mengekang golongan yang dianggap musuh politik kerajaan sedia ada?

Apa kata Perdana Menteri apabila ahli-ahli partinya bertanggungjawab terhadap gangguan ceramah-ceramah pembangkang – dari Himpunan Hijau di Pulau Pinang ke Felda Lepar Hilir 1 di Pahang dan Padang Keluang di Johor dilakukan dengan dukungan ahli-ahli Umno dan kumpulan Perkasa yang sememangnya mendapat sokongan daripada pimpinan Umno.

Apa kata Perdana Menteri seandainya disamakan budaya samseng ini dengan halangan kebebasan demokratik di Congo pada pertengahan 90-an, atau belenggu pelanggaran hak asasi manusia di Zimbabwe ketika itu? Tentunya Perdana Menteri tidak mahu perbandingan dengan rejim komunis di Timur Eropah pada tahun 80-an yang menindas rakyat. Mahu tidak, ekologi budaya politik ketiga ini dipraktis banyak rejim yang takut kehilangan kuasanya.

Sebaliknya, jika Perdana Menteri berani menggandingkan permohonan maaf beliau dengan teguran membina terhadap serangan yang kini kian menggila terhadap semua aktiviti pembangkang, barulah boleh kita melihat pendirian tegas menuju ke arah 'budaya politik dunia pertama.'

Budaya politik dunia pertama akan membahaskan isu-isu penting mengenai ekonomi, kesejahteraan sosial dan tidak menjadikan agama dan bangsa sebagai tebusan retorik politik ketakutan yang hanya memecah-belah masyarakat.

Ekologi budaya politik dunia ketiga berpunca daripada sanubari dan mentaliti politikus yang hanya mahukan kuasa untuk harta dan bukan kuasa untuk rakyat. Masa depan negara terancam apabila kebanyakan negara-negara dunia ketiga sedang menatarkan reformasi politik contohnya di Myanmar baru-baru ini. Rejim junta itu secara menakjubkan memberi ruang liputan di rangkaian televisyen nasional negara kepada semua parti politik termasuk daripada pihak pembangkang! Bayangkan wajah ayu Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yang terpenjara berkali-kali selama 15 tahun lamanya kini dapat ditonton oleh penduduk Myanmar tanpa perlu berjalan jauh untuk bertemu srikandi mereka itu.

Bayangkan sebuah Malaysia yang mengamalkan budaya politik dunia pertama yang dengannya Kuasa Rakyat menjadi asas utama kerajaan, di mana "kuasa datang daripada rakyat untuk rakyat" menjadi tiang seri kenegaraan yang akan terus membangun dan maju, dilengkapi pula dengan keluhuran Perlembagaan Persekutuan sebagai asas pemerintahan yang adil lagi saksama.

Bayangkan pilihan raya umum yang bebas, bersih dan adil menjadi teras mandat sebenar pemilihan kerajaan memerintah. Daftar pengundi akan bersih daripada pengundi hantu, pengundi yang dibeli dengan kewarganegaraan dan pengundi yang berpeluang mengundi berbilang kali. Perhimpunan aman pula dibenarkan tanpa syarat yang membebankan. Waktu kempen pilihan raya yang munasabah dibenarkan sementara akses kepada media massa tidak terhad ataupun jelas berpihak. Politik yang berpandukan wang ringgit mesti diharamkan. Suasana sedemikian layak diberi sijil kerana pilihan rayanya mempamerkan cetusan suara pilihan rakyat yang tulen berasaskan persaingan idea yang sihat.

Bayangkan Parlimen yang berfungsi secara demokratik sehinggakan soalan Parlimen saya kepada Perdana Menteri – agar menyenaraikan projek-projek, termasuk jumlah geran pembiayaan atau pinjaman kerajaan yang melebihi RM5 juta yang diberikan kepada syarikat-syarikat yang dimiliki oleh ahli-ahli keluarga menteri dan timbalan menteri sejak tahun 2004 hingga 2011 – dijawab bukan ditolak.

Bayangkan kedudukan tahap tinggi Malaysia berbanding negara lain, bukan kedudukan rendah Laporan Perkembangan Dunia (UNDP 2010); di mana tahap perkembangan sumber manusia menempatkan Korea Selatan di tangga ke-12, Singapura (27), Brunei (37) dan Malaysia (51). Bila ditambah dengan prestasi pendidikan yang semakin merudum – di mana peratus rakyat Malaysia yang berjaya menamatkan pendidikan menengah pula adalah 68.7 peratus, berbanding Korea Selatan (96.4 peratus), Hong Kong (75.2 peratus) dan Brunei (88.2 peratus) – terus meyakinkan kita bahawa hanya pengamalan budaya politik dunia pertama yang dapat membebaskan rakyat daripada penjara kemunduran ini.

Bayangkan sebuah Malaysia yang lebih terbuka, lebih bersatu, lebih maju dan lebih sejahtera, berdiri sama tinggi, duduk sama rendah sebagai negara dunia pertama dalam semua segi – sosial, politik dan ekonomi – jika budaya politik berjaya ditransformasikan.

Apa kata Perdana Menteri?

(pertama kali disiarkan di Sinar Harian pada 20 Mac 2012)

Anwar Ibrahim

Posted by Unknown | Posted on 7:32 PG

Anwar Ibrahim


A Prelude to GE, Send in The Clowns

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 10:19 PM PDT

Malaysiakini

As the winds of war gather strength, political opportunists like Nallakaruppan are having a field day resorting to plying their infamous trade…

Nalla to Anwar: See you in court

Chuath: We have more important things to worry about – like corrupt police, wastage of public funds, illegal immigrants, graduates who are unemployable, etc, etc – than waiting with bated breath to see PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s private photos.

I wish they would use their money to plant more trees in Kuala Lumpur instead of putting up front-page advertisements for a character assassination campaign.

Anonymous: What a shame. I pay taxes to put scums like senators S Nallakaruppan, Ezam Mohd Nor and Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in Parliament. Najib, please return the tax money I have paid.

Trueglitter: As the winds of war gather strength on our horizon at the approach of the next GE, political opportunists like Nalla are having a field day resorting to plying their infamous trade, a profession Nalla is well adept at, by resorting to and indulging in character assassination of especially Anwar.

The embittered and treacherous turncoat is well-known for his ambitious greed for power and position, even when he was with Anwar, and it was mainly due to his inconsolable disappointment at not being given a high position in the party that had caused him to abandon ship, and hopefully in the process be courted by the BN and be Najib’s favourite lapdog.

Alongside with the obnoxious and much-despised Nalla, the rakyat will once again be treated to a tantalising floor show of sorts by the political harlot of Umno, Ummi Hafilda, who has promised to bare all – not her own bodily self though – but of Anwar’s alleged misdeeds upon the announcement of the election date by her political master, Najib.

Anonymous: The goal is to create doubt in the minds of Pakatan Rakyat supporters. Is it true? Is it not? But here’s a question we need to ponder – why are they not equally questioning the morally questionable leader of the corrupt and crony-infested Umno-BN?

So when these trio go about their poo-pooing, and the fact is that their agenda seems very personal and nothing to do about the nation, we who are in doubt, need to disregard them as ultimately, Najib’s and Anwar’s sexuality will not determine our economic and family’s future.

It’s corruption and cronyism that will destroy us.

Inspektor Klueso: Firstly, the fact that Nalla chose to do the press conference at Perkasa’s HQ says it all. Secondly, his 'senatorship’ is the second giveaway as to his sponsorship.

Lastly, we don’t give a rats arse about Anwar’s sexuality, as long as he delivers justice, transparency and democracy to the long suffering rakyat.

Scandal-ridden BN on the ropes?

Kairos: To Neil Khor’s five problems, let me add two more.

Firstly, the constant harassment of Christians by religious Islamic zealots is counterproductive to the BN cause. The lack of rebuke and, in fact, the tacit support of some Umno top guns on the raids and the anti-Christian rallies send the message that the Christian vote is unimportant.

Secondly, the untimely emergence of interest in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case here and the forthcoming judicial enquiry in France is a huge headache to BN.

People are moved by the brutality of the murder and are of the opinion that there is as yet no just closure of the case in spite of the court judgment. People feel that somebody big is being protected here.

Blind Freddo: It is fine to talk about all these scandals as though BN’s loss is a foregone conclusion. But the author forgets that Malaysians are immune to scandal. They are exposed to a constant barrage of scandals and they know nothing will be done about them.

There is no clear evidence that Pakatan will do anything serious about addressing all these. You also can’t expect elected politicians to spend the next five years sniffing out the crimes of BN, although that seems to be all they are capable of doing.

The second point that is conveniently overlooked is that Umno/Islam have been working for generations to keep the Malays downtrodden, ignorant and dependent on the officers of Islam to tell them what to do, and those in turn will tell them what Umno wants to tell them.

Add to all that the tactics of the Elections Commission (EC) and you have an almost foregone guarantee that BN will win.

Plus it’s time someone started talking about what will happen if BN does lose and they fail to step down gracefully. BN leaders have been shown to have no regard for ethics or principles, and they have the police and the armed forces eating out of their hand.

On top of all that negativity, there is the most negative aspect of this campaign, that Pakatan has offered nothing to Malaysians to show what their future will be.

You commented that many people are surprised that Pakatan has held together so long. The answer is Malaysian greed and Malaysian lust for power. That’s all they are after and that’s why they have no philosophy, because they cannot agree on anything other than Anything But Umno (ABU).

A nation governed on that basis is guaranteed to fail. But Malaysians seem to be as unaware of that as they are unaware that they haven’t a clue and don’t care what they are voting for apart from ABU.

Not Convinced: So Blind Freddo, what’s your answer? Vote for more of the same? Didn’t someone say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

Yes, Pakatan is not perfect. But shouldn’t citizens be better served when there is real competition between political parties? We need a two-party system. And the only way to achieve that is to vote BN out of power, at least for one or two terms.

And should Pakatan fail to deliver, something which you are so certain of, we can always bring back BN.

Anwar: Najib Scared of Mahathir and Rosmah

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 10:09 PM PDT

Malaysiakini

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah became the butt of jokes by Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today in one of his many ceramahs in his home state of Penang.

He made a direct hit at arch rival Najib (right) accusing him of cowardice, when he said the prime minister was afraid of his wife, Rosmah Mansor.

The head of the family should be more fearless than his wife, said Anwar, likewise a village headman should be braver than the villagers.

“But the head of this country is afraid of former premier Mahathir Mohamad, USA President Barack Obama, and his own wife,” he added at a PKR event in Machang Bubok, drawing laughter and applause from the 300-odd crowd.

Anwar went on the say that a wife should not be feared but loved, as she is his life partner.

He then related how after 32 years, he managed to bring his spouse PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to Agra to see the famous icon of love, the Taj Mahal.

“Even though it’s 32 years late, we kept our pledge to visit the place in India, during my last trip there,” he said.

“But Umno, after 50 over years, have yet to fulfill many of its pledges to the people!” he stormed.

No response

Anwar was referring to Najib’s reluctance to debate with him.

The former deputy prime minister had recently invited Najib to the United Kingdom, to join him in a debate with rebel blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, in a Wikileaks forum arrange by its founder, Julian Assange.

However, Najib has yet to respond to Anwar’s invitation.

The Permatang Pauh MP is on a two-day visit to Penang and Kedah to meet with supporters and participate as a main speaker in various ceramah.

At the event today, Anwar charmed the crowd with his usual fiery and humorous style, and even abandoned the stage to speak on the ground where he could engage with the audience.

The multi-racial crowd easily warmed to him, and were in stitches, especially when he repeated “cow jokes”, directed at former federal minister and Wanita Umno chief Sharizat Abdul Jalil.

Sharizat (left), the former Lembah Pantai MP whose family is involved in the RM250 million National Feedlot Corporation controversy, will be giving up her minister’s post next month.

During the function, Anwar also launched the constituency’s election machinery which will involve 100 youths, and presented certificates of appointment to 34 voluntary corps members from Taman Alam Jaya.

Politics of conscience

Meanwhile, Anwar said this election, which may be called in June, would see Pakatan target MPs and state assemblypersons that are “with integrity, who are clean and virtuous, and practise politics of conscience”.

He related the example of Kelantan Menteri Besar and PAS spirtual advisor Nik Aziz Nik Mat, who had been in office for 20-odd years and yet were free of any whiff of corruption.

“Do you see him buying land? Do you see his children owning companies? Do you hear him involved in any scandals?” he queried with the crowd responding in the negative.

“BN or Umno Menteri Besar will say Nik Aziz is stupid (for not accumulating any wealth),” he added, followed by laughter and beaming faces from the crowd- many of them senior citizens – who didn’t mind putting up with the scorching heat in the tent.

Umno Has Turned The EPF Into Its Private Cookie Jar

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 11:50 AM PDT

Malaysia Chronicle

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is one of the largest savings funds in the world which has accumulated more than RM 440.52 billion in 2011. And this represents the life savings of about 12 million Malaysians. Of course money kept under the pillow would not generate more income. It has to be invested prudently. The issue now is has the EPF under UMNO-led government invested the hard-earned savings of Malaysians judiciously. Until 2011 the government has already used 60 per cent of the people’s savings on various loans and investments.

The 12 million EPF contributors are not somewhat contented with the government. Many EPF contributors surveyed across the nation have the perception that they have been taken for a ride by the government. Their life-long savings is not giving them good returns. "The government is taking big loans from the EPF. Could this be the reason why the EPF is now getting employers to increase their mandatory contributions from 12% to 13%?" asked a 50-year-old single mother attached to a government-linked company (GLC).

Government still owed the EPF RM240 billion

On 23 June 2011, the EPF said that 60 per cent of its funds have been lent to or borrowed by the Malaysian government. As at Dec 2010 the government still owed the EPF about RM240 billion. In other words, the UMNO-led government has already spent or used 60 per cent of all the savings. The fact is it does not really have a good track record of how to manage the economy sensibly. 2012 will spot the 15th year of budget deficit by the Federal government with no sign of financial intelligences.

If money lent to the government is used for profitable business they are wondering why the dividend to the EPF contributors is so low – hovering around 4 to 5% before 2011. "They are paying us a paltry dividend. We are bearing the burden of diminishing returns," said a senior clerk attached to a chemical industry in Kemaman. "The paltry dividend only indicates that the EPF money is not invested in rewarding business but those with links to UMNO," she added.

"Even the latest 6% dividend came as no surprise to the contributors. This is a one-off affair that only happens when UMNO is facing a general election. All figures will normally go up during this time – dividends for PNB unit trusts (more than 7 per cent including bonus), Tabung Haji (6 per cent) and so on," she reproved.

High-risk – no-return investments

The EPF contributors are now worried that their money has gone into high-risk – no-return investments. The Auditor-General's Report 2010 indicated that the EPF had approved loans worth an astounding RM55.1 billion not backed by government guarantees. The 13 debtors however were not named. The Auditor-General's Report 2010 also found only one of the 13 debtors was qualified to obtain a loan without such a guarantee. That particular debtor was extended credit worth RM21.3 billion.

This form of lending must have obviously side-stepped good practices and apposite financial procedures. It also reflects on the lack of transparency and accountability on the government part.

"They are gambling with the people’s life savings for their retirement and old age. Things are never transparent and we don't actually know what's happening to our savings. A lot of things are hidden from us. What are the trade unions doing? The board of directors and the ministry of Finance?" chided a 43 year-old senior manager with a manufacturing company.

Instead of issuing bonds that has a better liquidity the borrowers find a short-cut to put their hands into the EPF's till. These are usually borrowers who cannot secure loans from the banks or from any international sources. Taking a huge loan from the EPF – usually with a very low interest rate – is one sure way of getting their business going regardless of its competitiveness. On this basis too the government is indebted to help if these companies fail in their business;

There will be massive financial implications to the country’s economy and the EPF when these companies were to default on their payments or go bankrupt. However, the EPF can give cheaper loans than commercial banks to GLCs and crony companies to save them from bankruptcy and in some cases make big profits from the people's hard-earned contributions.

"This is not money that belongs to the state. It’s the people’s pension fund. But it is being used and abused for chiefly political purposes," said a lecturer in a local private university.

How they can pay dividends

It is interesting to find out how the EPF can pay dividends of 4 to 5% when their returns from their huge loans are usually not more than 2 to 3%? They are practically not making much money out of these investments when the interests are charged at these figures. And when it comes to paying dividends this does not come from business profits but they have to sell some of their interests in the listed companies, or else nothing much could be paid to the workers.

"Or else how can the government pay a dividend of + or – 5 % when banks' FD rates are less than 3.5%, some trust funds are losing money, some GLC’s are also doing badly?" chided another 39-year-old bank executive

In other words, the EPF is actually not doing any viable business but assisting the government to help some UMNO-linked companies and the GLCs. When these businesses fail the government has again to bail them out and money from the EPF, among other sources, is used.

"The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) sold a whopping RM441.09mil worth of Malaysia-listed equities on March 7 alone, in line with its trend of active disposals over the last two weeks." reported a local daily.

"Bursa Malaysia filings showed that on March 7, the EPF along with its portfolio managers dumped a total 83.68 million shares on the open market, substantially more than the 7.4 million shares it had acquired the same day. The number of shares disposed of represents almost half the total volume traded that day, which stood at 173.14 million shares. Fund managers reckon that the fund was merely taking profit."

To the economists, the EPF needs the money to pay the "feel-good" pre-election dividend of 6% to the contributors.

Controversial NFCorp

Unlike dealing with commercial banks dealing with the government or the EPF which is under government control the interests incurred would normally be around 2% or less for any loans given out. Take for instance the controversial NFCorp . It was given a soft loan of RM250 million from the government with only 2% interest rate and a five-year grace period before repayment. Even earning from this amount is quite controversial as in many cases they end up as non-performing loans and when payment is defaulted the lender will be in trouble. But in most cases the government will step in to bail the failed companies by using taxpayers' money, the EPF or Petronas dollars.

"Being an EPF contributor, I am not surprised. The EPF has been giving an average 4 to 5 % return over the past 10 years. Now we know with facts why they are giving only such low rate of return. Take in the unofficial inflation rate of 4%, this makes our real return at only 1 % or nil," quipped a 54 year-old-worker in a private firm.

Rightfully, workers should not be happy with 5% per cent dividends in this context. All savings will have to take into consideration of depreciated value of their savings due to inflation.

"Just imagine if the EPF welcomes the extension of retirement age to 60 then that contributors cannot withdraw their savings for another five years. This will only benefit the government more," said a 43 year-old lady executive with a local bank.

RM6.5 billion loan to Felda

RM6.5 billion loan was taken by Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF). It seems the EPF statement had stated that the company regarded the loan as an investment that could contribute to a "better dividend achievement" for its contributors. But if Felda, as claimed by the government is in sound financial shape why the RM6.5 billion loan from the EPF? Why not from the banks or other international lenders? Of course these lenders would look into Felda's risk rating and the interest rate will be higher. It cannot be a meagre 2% interest. Thus using the EPF money will be the most convenient for the government to avoid all these hassles.

Beyond that, if Felda has a healthy bank balance or cash reserves and claims to have assets worth more than RM19 billion why must it bother to take a huge loan from the EPF? And is the government transparent on all transactions involving the EPF – the amount of loans taken, who are those given the loans, their credentials and the profit and the loss incurred thus far? A senior manager of a company has this to say, "the EPF has not been transparent in its dealings, especially pertaining to its investments and “unrealised losses”.

Government debt stands at 53%

Government’s borrowing is not risk free. If the government borrows disproportionately in relation to its GDP and without exercising judiciousness on the projects it is financing, the long-term implication can be disastrous. The country's federal debt level reached RM456 billion at the end of 2011, which is a discernible 88.4 per cent increase from the RM242 billion in 2006. This debt level will further increase with more borrowings to develop more projects.

The Constitution of Malaysia caps government debt at 55 per cent of GDP. As of 30 June 2011, government debt stands at 53 per cent but this figure only includes government borrowing, not public borrowing. When both government and public borrowings are encompassed the figure may surpass far more than the 55 per cent cap. Seemingly when it touches 55 per cent, the BN government will officially be in crisis and the Constitution may need to be changed to increase borrowing or possibly it will require a bailout. But with all the uncertainties in the world economies, with less prudent financial management the Malaysian economy can crumble at any time due to this "financial crunch".

Unlike developed countries with strong fundamentals like the US, where debts and spending go more than savings a small country like Malaysia cannot sustain the pressure of a 'financial crunch". Foreigners will lose confidence in the Malaysian economy like what has happened to Greece. Printing more money will not resolve the problem as high inflation will set in and money will lose its value. This will affect local and international businesses.

It’s when rating agencies such as S&P’s or Moody downgrade Malaysia’s sovereign rating by 2 or 3 points will indicate the country has exceeded the limit. And this will cause an abrupt plunge of the ringgit. That’s what has happened to Greece where the government had to write off 50 per cent of their outstanding government loans. And if this happens to Malaysia, the EPF will be asked to take a 50 per cent cut of outstanding debt owed by the government. More than half of savers' EPF money will be lost and the UMNO-led government would then plead to the people to remain patient and be patriotic. And after more than 30 to 40 years of working hard worker's EPF savings would shrink. Dividends paid will totally diminish and even the money saved will become half the value. Printing more money is not going to help.

Refused to grant the funding

Venturing into any non-profitable housing scheme will undermine the interests of the EPF because the buyers will not be able to or will not repay the loan. The government has the SPNB (Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd) that was initiated in1997 to provide for affordable homes to the poor. Now comes PR1MA (Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia), which is supposed to be for 20 000 house buyers in one precinct under an UMNO leader using the EPF money.

The use of RM1.5bil from the EPF in a scheme offering home loans to those who cannot qualify for bank financing will be disadvantageous to the EPF contributors. The government is not safeguarding the EPF's interests again, as this deal cannot ensure secure financial returns for the EPF. But this is not UMNO's concern. UMNO is more interested in politics and its own survival in the next GE.

There is a big risk in this scheme, as the three banks approached by the government had refused to grant the funding to these 20,000 house buyers. Why must the government involve the EPF then? If the government wants to hold the responsibility of any default, then rightfully the government should be involved directly to finance this scheme. This is the right way to safeguard the interests of the EPF.

The EPF is not UMNO's cookie jar. The money belongs to the workers and should not be used to achieve a political goal. If this is a charity program as claimed by UMNO then it is the onus of the government to support such a project on its own.

Not be used as a cash cow

Billions of ringgit from The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) today has been used to rescue failing companies listed on the Malaysian stock Exchange. Although the EPF is one of the biggest pension funds in the world, the workers feel that it should not be used as a cash cow to bail out financially troubled Government agencies or companies. "The workers must not be left in the dark. Every decision made by the EPF must be above board. If they can prove that after investing the money in a proper way, they still cannot get good returns, that is fine, we can accept it," commented a senior bank manager.

But taking the EPF funds for political reasons, to bail out failing companies or to lend the money out to UMNO crony companies is undeserved. This becomes a political agenda and not business. UMNO-BN cronies and their patron political select are actually feathering their own nests to the impairment of national interests and the rightful owners of that pension fund.

Ramli: My Men Disappointed With Tribunal Rejection

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 11:29 AM PDT

Malaysiakini

As the police force celebrates its 205th anniversary today, the sadness felt by a senior police officer and his men was strongly felt when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak last night rejected their calls for a tribunal to probe attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail and former IGP Musa Hassan.

The group of police officers had their rank, promotion, and wages suspended after they were allegedly wrongly charged over an investigation that then Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum had ordered, on directions of the cabinet.

They had ended up being implicated in the investigation, that was meant to curb the illegal loanshark and syndicate menace that unfortunately is still plaguing Johor today.

As a result of being charged with fabrication, these police officers have had difficulty making ends meet; some had to secretly moonlight as taxi drivers at night just to earn enough to support their families, as their wages had been suspended by half.

Following Najib's rejection for a tribunal yesterday, former Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Ramli Yusuff (right) told Malaysiakini in an immediate response that henceforth, the police force, and possibly the army too, will work in constant fear knowing that certain quarters are being protected by powerful individuals.

"The police and the army are supposed to be neutral and take care of the security of the country without fear or favour. They will now think twice about making a decision or using their discretion, even though the orders come from the higher-ups,” said the former top cop.

"Why should they follow their bosses' instructions if they are going to end up being charged for abuse, or in this instance for fabrication?

"This stigma will affect enforcement agencies. My boys and I have spent quite a lot to clear our names. Some have to drive a taxi at night (discreetly) in order to make ends meet," he said.

‘All of us cleared of all charges’

Ramli lamented that no one had lifted a finger to help them, not even the government.

"My pension and my gratuity is still being withheld since 2008. At this age, I still have to work hard,” said Ramli, who has just turned 60.

"All of us had been cleared of all the charges against us without our defence being called. I was acquitted and discharged by nine different judges.

"The charges were trumped-up, and there was no basis for them to charge my boys and I," he told Malaysiakini almost in tears.

Six of Ramli's men were charged by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) for fabricating evidence in 2007.

Ramli who was once labelled the RM27 million cop, faced several charges by the ACA in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur that same year.

Besides Ramli, then army general Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamad Yasin Yahya, who was allegedly taken by Ramli on a Royal Malaysian Police Cessna Caravan aircraft for a aerial surveillance of two lots of land in Ulu Tungku, Lahad Datu, Sabah, had to face a perjury charge in the Sabah trial but he was later acquitted.

During the judgment in Ramli’s Sabah case for alleged abuse of power, the Sessions judge rejected Musa’s testimony as untrustworthy.

My officers have suffered

Ramli had been acquitted of all charges by the Court of Appeal without his defence being called.

"From the beginning, I have said I have been fixed and since then, I have been cleared by all the courts in the country from the Sessions Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

"If Abdul Gani and Musa (right) face what I had faced in court or in a tribunal, can they confidently say they can be equally cleared?

“Is it because there is no guarantee they will be cleared that that is why the system (tribunal) is being circumvented?” he asked.

Ramli said following his men being charged, he had also helped support them financially and get them lawyers to defend themselves.

He said it was on his conscience that his officers had to suffer over his instructions to tackle the crime syndicates.

"I want to show that we are responsible officers protecting their junior officers.

“One day, it may happen that a general cannot control his subordinates and this would create a situation of a general without an army, because the chain of command is not being followed.

“The present IGP (Ismail Omar), DIGP (Khalid Abu Bakar) and most of the directors had worked with me before, and they know my style (of leadership)," he said.

Why Najib’s reluctance?

It has been reported that during the course of the investigation into the syndicates, Ramli had stumbled upon the alleged involvement of his boss, then IGP Musa, with underworld kingpin Goh Cheng Poh or Tengku Goh.

Questions remain as to why the police task force headed by Ramli was subsquently suspended and its members charged, while Musa and deputy internal security minister Johari were cleared.

During the course of Tengku Goh’s habeas corpus application, the attorney-general did not defend Ramli and his men, including Johari. The latter group had to seek a lawyer’s service to draft the necessary affidavits in reply.

Najib (left in photo) had yesterday rejected the call for a tribunal, saying there was insufficient evidence in the matter.

Questions remain regarding Najib’s decision, especially when both Abdul Gani and Musa are faced with such serious allegations.

Perhaps former Kuala Lumpur CID (Criminal Investigation Department) chief Mat Zain Ibrahim, who is another individual willing to testify over Abdul Gani and Musa’s alleged misconduct, hit the nail on the head.

He said Najib’s answer was expected as the PM does not want a tribunal lest other information held by the two former top cops be exposed in the process.

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