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Kit Siang wants RCI for Umno foreign funding

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 07:06 PM PDT

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

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Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Hujan Membahagikan Banjir Ke Berlainan Lokasi - Kini Di Pekan Bangi

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 04:52 PM PDT

Philosophy Politics Economics

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Philosophy Politics Economics

Home Ministry Hides Crime Stats

Posted: 11 Oct 2012 09:12 AM PDT

'Not suitable' to reveal detailed crime stats, says Home Ministry
By Clara Chooi October 11, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Putrajaya has refused a lawmaker's request to release to Parliament a breakdown of the country's crime statistics, saying it was "not suitable" to disclose details according to the various crime categories.

In a written reply released today to a question from DAP MP Tony Pua yesterday, the Home Ministry told the lawmaker that it was "more relevant" to reveal details of the country's index crime cases as it has a more significant impact on public safety.

"For your information, there are hundreds of different categories of crimes recorded under the Royal Malaysian Police's (RMP) statistics annually, which include both index and non-index crimes.

"Therefore, the ministry is of the view that it is not plausible to present the detailed statistics for each crime category according to the various districts in Selangor and all states," the ministry said.

Pua had asked Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to state the reasons why his ministry was yet to disclose a detailed schedule on annual crime statistics according to crime categories and districts in Selangor and all states.

"It is more relevant to release the number of index crime cases as they have a more significant impact on public safety.

"The number of index crime cases for Selangor and the country were released to Yang Berhormat through written reply in the first parliamentary meeting this year," the ministry replied.

Speaking at a press conference here, Pua railed against the ministry for its reply, saying the government was duty bound to release the details to any parliamentarian.

"This is clearly a show of disrespect to the Dewan Rakyat," he said.

"Even if I had asked for the number of cows there are in the country, they should furnish a reply if they have the details."

The DAP publicity secretary repeated accusations by fellow opposition lawmakers that the government was attempting to paint a false picture of the country's crime rate, hoping to calm public fears.

"This shows they are hiding something. The government has been claiming that index crime statistics show that the rate has dipped over the past three years... but then again, non-index crime has increased.

"This is what I wanted to prove but I wanted the detailed statistics."

For the full story on The Malaysian Insider, click here.

Why EU-banned Lion Air Given License in Malaysia?

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 03:04 AM PDT

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday announced the setting up of a new low-cost airline known as Malindo Airways.

Najib had said that the airline was "borne out of a collaboration between National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) and Indonesia's PT Lion Group", and would begin operations on May 1 next year and be based in KLIA 2.

We would like to question the basis the Prime Minister for awarding the the airline license to Malindo, given the many questionable circumstances surrounding both the joint-venture partners of the airlines.

Firstly, as exposed earlier, Nadi has not even filed their audited accounts since December 2007. On that basis alone, the any application for an airline license must be rejected outright as no company who has failed to file their accounts could possibly be trusted to securely finance a capital intensive airline company.

Secondly, any airline before being granted license must have been thoroughly vetted to ensure that they have complied with the most stringent global safety requirements.

Given that Nadi have zero experience in operating an airline, we can only assume that the main airline operating partner is PT Lion Group which runs Lion Mentari Air in Indonesia and the latter is seeking to expand its presence into Malaysia.

Is the Prime Minister aware that Lion Mentari Air is subject to a complete ban in the European Union because of "safety concerns due to alleged poor maintenance and regulatory oversight standards on the part of the EU, preventing them from entering the airspace of any member state".  [The complete list of globally banned airlines are available here]

In fact, Lion Air ran into numerous problems with the Indonesian government regularly over safety issues.

As recent as early this year, many Lion Air pilots were caught for drug use. In January 2012, the Indonesian Transportation Ministry said that it sanctioned Lion Air because some of its pilots and crew members were found in recent months to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine.

In late 2011 Muhammad Nasri along with two other co-pilots were arrested at a party in Tangerang; and in early 2012 a pilot was caught in possession of crystal meth in Makassar. On 4 February 2012, another pilot of Lion Air was arrested following an positive urinalysis test for use of methamphetamine.

In July 2011, Lion Air had to ground 13 planes due to sanction caused by bad on-time performance (OTP). The Indonesian transportation ministry recorded that Lion Air's OTP of 66.45 percent was the worst of six airlines in an assessment conducted from January to April 2011 at 24 airports in Indonesia.

Lion Air also had numerous accidents before that –

  • November 2010, Lion Air Flight 712 overran the runway on landing at Supadio Airport, Pontianak, coming to rest on its belly and sustaining damage to its nose gear.  
  • December 2006, Lion Air Flight 792 landed hard and skidded along the runway causing the right main landing gear to detach, the left gear to protrude through the wing and some of the aircraft fuselage to be wrinkled. No one was killed but the aircraft was written off.
  • March 2006, Lion Air Flight 8987, crashed after landing at Juanda International Airport.

All of the above incidents and many more before that are publicly available information from Aviation Safety Network.

We are completely for a more competitive airline industry in Malaysia. We strongly believe that with real competition, the ultimate beneficiaries are the Malaysians at large, who will receive better quality services at significantly lower prices.

The question is whether the Prime Minister had done his due diligence in awarding the new airline license to Malindo.  There is genuine concern over the financial integrity and credibility of a company which has failed to submit audited accounts over the past 5 years as well as the operational credibility of Lion Air in ensuring an efficient and most importantly safety of our passengers.

Hence the Prime Minister must explain why was the license awarded to Malindo in such haste, and what was the basis of the award.

KLIA2 Cost Now RM4 billion

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 08:41 PM PDT

No guarantee KLIA2 cost won't balloon further
Nigel Aw 4:43PM Oct 8, 2012

Despite the massive cost overruns and delays to the new low cost terminal KLIA2, the Transport Ministry today did not provide assurance that the project would be finished on time, and without further cost.

"At the end of last year the cost was RM3.6 billion to RM3.9 billion, now it has clearly exceeded this at RM4 billion.

"Even the deputy minister (of transport Abdul Rahim Bakri) did not appear confident that it will be completed on time at the estimated cost," Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua (left) told a press conference at the Parliament lobby this morning.

Pua was commenting on Abdul Rahim's reply to his question in the house earlier on whether KLIA2 will be completed on time.

Abdul Rahim, in his response, said the latest estimated cost of KLIA2 now stood at RM4 billion from the initial estimated of RM1.7billion when the project commenced in 2009.

"For now, based on the commitment given by the contractors - this information is given to me by the MAHB (Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad), so if they give me this I must accept as it is because I'm representing the government - they said they can complete it according to schedule," Abdul Rahim said.

He added that the project was ahead of time at 61.9 percent completion compared to the 56.9 percent required in the schedule.

'Delayed, but ahead of time'

At this, Pua took the deputy minister to task for misleading statements.

"Ahead of schedule is confusing, this project was supposed to be completed in 2011, then it became 2012 and now April 2013," he said.

Acknowledging this, Abdul Rahim (right) clarified that he meant "ahead of schedule" in terms of the revised time frame for KLIA2's completion for April 2013.

Abdul Rahim explained the drastic increase in cost was due to various upgrades to KLIA2 to meet future demands of the airline industry.

"These upgrades are for the comfort of passengers and to allow the low cost carrier industry to grow. When we do such infrastructure, it is not for the needs of today but for future needs," he said.

He added that despite the ballooning cost, it was not being paid by the government.

"This does not involve government money, MAHB is getting its own sukuk bond where they have to pay according to their revenue," he said.

For the full story on Malaysiakini, click here!

Why is RM386m exclusive for KR1M?

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 09:56 PM PDT

Datuk Ismail Sabri has yet to respond why the RM386 million allocated to reduce the prices of goods in Sabah and Sarawak is channelled exclusively to Mydin through the setting up of Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M)

The Prime Minister proudly announced that the Federal Government will allocate RM386 million to set up 57 Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) next year to "ensure the prices of essential goods in Sabah and Sarawak as well as in Labuan are sold at lower prices".

We have criticised the above plan as being extremely expensive costing a whopping RM6.77 million each store.  This is in contrast to the RM40 million allocated in the 2012 Budget in the previous year, which averages RM471,000 each of the 85 stores.

Ministers of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Datuk Ismail Sabri has responded last Friday that the government only allocated RM87 million to build the 57 shops in the three states [Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan].

The balance of the RM299 million allocated is to cover "the overall cost for the initiative, including the cost of delivery and distribution of products…. [taking] into consideration the price uniformity programme between the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak."

The replies by Datuk Ismail Sabri does not in any way reply the original questions as to why Mydin will receive exclusive benefits from the Budget 2013 amounting to RM386 million.

Firstly, the allocation of RM87 million to set up 57 shops till cost RM1.53 million for each store on average.  Why is the setting up of a retail store selling basic goods and necessities so expensive even after taking into account the higher cost involved in Sabah and Sarawak?  This is especially since we have previously alloacted only RM471,000 for each store.

Secondly, the balance of the RM299 million mean for the "cost of delivery and distribution" is essentially a subsidy on the goods to be sold in KR1M.  For 57 outlets, that works out to a whopping RM5.25 million of subsidies for each store!

In fact the RM299 million of subsidy to Mydin exceeds the RM278 million sugar subsidy budgeted for the entire country for 2013!

The question remains as to why is it that this benefit will not be extended to all other shops in Sabah and Sarawak offering these "basic necessities"?

In fact, since the RM386 million grant and/or subsidy is given only to Mydin, the Government is in effect killing off all of Mydin's competitors – from big hypermarkets to small mom-and-pop shops.  Mydin will have the monopolistic right to sell certain products at substantially cheaper prices than its competitors due to the exclusive RM386 million from the Federal Government.

We call upon the Government to make available the RM386 million all small retail outlets already in existence throughout Sabah and Sarawak to ensure that the maximum number of retailers and consumers will benefit from the programme to sell basic necessities at lower prices.  There is absolutely no need for the Government to sponsor its crony to open up new shops in these areas to compete unfairly and kill of local shop-owners.

We are in complete support of any measure by the Government to reduce the prices of goods and services in East Malaysia, especially over the longer term to ease the burden of Malaysians living in these states.

However, we are disgusted by the fact that even in a programme ostensibly designed to lower the cost of living of the poor, the Barisan Nasional Government chosen a mechanism to profit its cronies at the expense of the man-on-the-street. The approach taken by Datuk Seri Najib Razak is clearly designed to profit only Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd as the allocation goes direct to the company to set up these stores.

Dr Mahathir Senile or Scheming?

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 08:52 PM PDT

Pakatan: We don't even know George Soros
Nigel Aw
1:33PM Oct 8, 2012

Pakatan Rakyat MPs have rubbished former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's claim that a vote for the opposition would be akin to a vote for billionaire and former currency speculator George Soros.

"I don't want to involve the former premier because he is no longer relevant in our politics, but the words are those of someone who is senile,"  Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua told a press conference at the Parliament lobby this morning.

"We have no relationship whatsoever with George Soros. We don't know George Soros."

He said Pakatan has no Jewish agenda and that it, like the government, has always been supportive of the Palestinian struggle and against Israeli oppression of the state.

In a commentary published in the New Sunday Times yesterday, Mahathir had warned that voting for the opposition would be like voting for Soros, who he claimed was attempting to colonise Malaysia.

Pua also hit out at Mahathir for double standards on the matter.

"When Mahathir met Soros, he shook his hand and asked him to support his organisation (the Perdana Global Peace Foundation) to combat war crimes.

"When he asks for Soros' help, there was no problem. But when people vote for Pakatan, that's a 'vote for Soros' - there is no logic in this."

For the full story on Malaysiakini, click here.

Ismail Sabri Sleeping On The Job

Posted: 04 Oct 2012 09:47 PM PDT

Datuk Ismail Sabri, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister was approached by reporters on the fact that many Umno-linked companies have failed to file their accounts on a timely basis.

He responded that "Kita baru tahu dan kita akan siasat. Kita akan siasat jika menerima aduan. Kita tak pilih sesiapa (untuk jalankan siasatan)".

[We only know (about it) now and we will investigate. We will investigate if we receive a complaint. We do not choose anyone (in conducting investigations)]

This is the absolutely laziest answer from a Minister.

Firstly, it is not the job of the public to do his job on checking if every company on Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) have duly submitted their accounts on a timely basis.  It is the role of CCM to do so and to enforce the law in accordance to the Companies Act 1965.

Secondly, and more importantly, the entire CCM companies' database is electronic and has been so for many years.  This means that a complete list of companies who have not submitted their accounts on a timely basis can be obtain with the press of a computer button.  If even at such convenience the CCM has not done its job, and companies are allowed not to submit their accounts since 2006, then clearly the Minister and CCM are sleeping on the job.

What makes the entire situation worse is the fact that the Ministry has "received complaints" on Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd and hence is aggressively "investigating" the company.  However, the Minister until today has been unable to pinpoint not even a single irregularity with Suara Inisiatif's accounts!  The persecution of Suara Inisiatif is clearly political and a complete abuse of power.

We would like to remind the Minister that our allegations against the UMNO-linked companies are not based on some airy-fairy allegations like "misleading" or "confusing accounts".  It  is based on documents obtained directly from SSM itself which says that these companies have failed to submit their accounts for years.  The companies and their directors are listed here.

Datuk Ismail Sabri was in such a hurry to have Suara Inisiatif charged by the Attorney-General, despite the fact that the investigations were incomplete as highlighted by the latter.  In the cases of these UMNO-linked companies, the proof is clear as broad daylight.  There's practically nothing else to investigate.  These companies have not filed their accounts in recent years, some since 2006.

We would like to repeat that if we fail to see immediate action against these companies and their directors under Companies Act 1965, we will file for a RM10 salary deduction motion against the Minister during the Budget 2013 debate supplementary stage.

Lim Guan Eng

Posted by Awanama | Posted on 4:07 PTG

Lim Guan Eng

Will BN Leaders Walk The Talk Of Fighting Corruption By Applying The 6 Tests Of Making A Public Declaration Of Assets, Implementing Open Competitive Tenders, Bar Family Members From Being Involved With Government Contracts, Remove BN Leaders With Extravagant Lifestyles, Protect Genuine Whistleblowers And Come Clean On Political Donations? (en/cn)

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 03:53 PM PDT

Speech By DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The DAP Sibu Dinner On 13.10.2012.

Will BN leaders walk the talk of fighting corruption by applying the 6 tests of making a public declaration of assets, implementing open competitive tenders, bar family members from being involved with government contracts, protect genuine whistleblowers, remove BN leaders with extravagant lifestyles and come clean on political donations?

Malaysians are shocked at the written Parliamentary reply by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz that the Attorney-General's Chambers had not found any element of corruption in the case of the Sabah timber trader Michael Chia, who was detained in Hong Kong for trying to smuggle out RM40 million in Singapore currency allegedly meant for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman. Nazri said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations revealed that the S$16 million(RM40 million) cash constituted political contributions to Sabah UMNO, and not Musa thereby to clearing Musa of charges of corruption and money laundering.

This is political donation of a huge sum of RM40 million not RM 40,000! How can MACC clear Musa or Sabah UMNO so lightly? MACC should be demanding that Sabagh UMNO come clean on political donations especially as to who and why is Sabah UMNO able to get RM40 million in cash donation or how much more donations is forthcoming for Sabah UMNO that goes unreported.

This brings to mind the question of the extent of extraordinary wealth of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud with allegations that his family is worth billions of ringgit. The enormity of Taib's family wealth is corroborated by the current divorce proceedings of his son Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, in which his ex-wife has revealed that Taib's son alone is worth at least RM1 billion, with 110 personal accounts in foreign banks all over the world.

Another case is the extravagant lifestyle of Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam, in which 130,000 guest were feted in an extravagant record-breaking celebration in Malaysia. Until today Ali Rustam has failed to explain who sponsored such a lavish wedding, which Ali Rustam claimed cost only RM600,000?

DAP proposes 6 steps to fight corruption. One, institutionalise public declaration of assets. This has been done in Penang where the Chief Minister and the entire State Exco has made a public declaration of assets that has even been certified by an international accounting firm. If Penang can do it, why can't the Prime Minister and his Federal Cabinet or the Sarawak Chief Minister and his EXCO members do the same?

Two, BN leaders with extravagant lifestyle owning luxury homes, cars and huge personal bank accounts in foreign countries must be dropped. Three, family members must also be barred from being involved in government business to avoid another RM 250 million "cows and condos" National Feedlot scandal. Four, those genuine whistleblowers who expose corruption cases leading to charges in court must be protected instead of being persecuted.

Five, BN must come clean on political donations such as the RM40 million political donation to Sabah UMNO. Finally, open competitive tenders must be implemented. Without open competitive tenders, public projects are directly negotiated and awarded to cronies causing loss of public revenue such as the cheap sale of the Sungai Besi Air Force Base land. Can the RM386 million for 57 KR1M stores in Sabah and Sarawak or RM6.7 million per store be justified? At RM6.7 million per store, are the KR1M stores selling basic necessities like sugar, salt and rice or luxury items like jewellery and designer handbags?

In Penang, open competitive tenders were implemented immediately after the change of government in 2008 and as a result the state government has been able to achieve surplus budgets every year since, with proceeds from the savings going back to the people annually in the form of an "anti-corruption dividend".

Unless action is taken against such unhealthy practices, Malaysia's Transparency International's(TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI) will not only drop further but Malaysia may go bankrupt. Malaysia's CPI dropped from No. 37 in 2003 to No. 60 in 2012, prompting TI Malaysia Deputy President Mohammad Ali to note that “elements of state" that facilitated "grand corruption" were still prevalent.

Even Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung admitted that corruption cost Malaysia RM26 billion every year. Worse is the Global Financial Integrity Report from Washington estimated that more RM1,077 million of illicit money flowed out illegally from Malaysia from 2000-9. How much more can Malaysians and Sarawakian lose to benefit just the few families?

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Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud

Posted by Awanama | Posted on 3:05 PTG

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud

Golongan muda cenderong "sinikal" pada politik

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 03:37 AM PDT

Struktur dan proses demokrasi negara perlu diperluas dan diperdalam bagi membolehkan generasi muda terlibat secara langsung dalam proses membuat keputusan, kata Timbalan Menteri Pengajian Tinggi Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Beliau berkata secara umum, generasi muda cenderung bersikap skeptikal dan sinikal terhadap politik, namun rata-ratanya masih mempunyai keyakinan kepada amalan demokrasi.

"Untuk mendapatkan keyakinan mereka, demokrasi perlu ditambah baik. Dalam banyak cara, lakukan transformasi terhadap proses dan struktur institusi demokrasi yang akan meletakkan kedudukan demokrasi pada tempatnya," katanya pada Forum Anak Muda dan Demokrasi Tempatan anjuran Penang Institute di George Town malam tadi.Forum yang dikendalikan Pengarah Akademi Pak Sako, Dr Afif Baharudin itu turut diambil bahagian anggota Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar dan aktivis anak muda dari Diskopi Group, Teo Lee Ken.

Saifuddin berkata golongan muda mempunyai kedudukan yang sangat penting dan mereka harus diletak sebagai komponen masyarakat yang bergerak bersama-sama kerajaan persekutuan, kerajaan negeri dan kerajaan tempatan dalam menggubal sesuatu dasar.

Beliau berkata penglibatan generasi muda dalam membuat keputusan tidak boleh diabaikan malah perlu ditegakkan kedudukannya.

"Saya fikir kita ada rentetan peristiwa dan sejarah yang menunjukkan ada masa dan ketikanya suara itu (suara generasi muda) didengar dan diterjemahkan sebagai dasar.

Sebagai contoh, kalau ikut kronologi bermula dengan mahasiswa minta supaya Bahasa Malaysia dijadikan bahasa pengantar di Universiti Malaya.

"Mahasiswa antara yang menuntut ditubuhkan sebuah universiti menggunakan bahasa kebangsaan, maka lahirlah Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Pelajar, antara yang paling vokal minta supaya dilahirkan Universiti Islam dan Bank Islam, dan itu sudah diwujudkan," katanya.

Beliau berkata lazimnya, generasi muda mempunyai tiga permintaan yang harus dipenuhi iaitu mereka mahu suara mereka didengar, peranan mereka diiktiraf dan isu-isu mereka diselesaikan dengan cara bersesuaian.

Justeru, Saifuddin berkata perkara yang penting dilakukan ialah bagaimana untuk memperkasa golongan muda bagi mengupayakan mereka berfikir dan bertindak sendiri.

Teo pula mencadangkan pihak yang memegang autoriti supaya mewujudkan rangkaian rasmi bagi melibatkan orang muda secara langsung dalam hal pentadbiran dan pembentukan dasar pada peringkat kerajaan negeri dan pusat.

"Jika dilihat terdapat layanan selektif diberi kepada anak muda. Penglibatan mereka lebih menonjol dalam aspek budaya dan hiburan tetapi dari segi ekonomi, sosial dan politik kumpulan ini dipinggirkan," katanya.

Beliau berkata pendidikan sangat penting terutamanya kepada golongan muda yang dilihat dapat membantu mereka untuk menyertai proses membuat keputusan di semua peringkat negara.

Teo turut menggesa generasi muda untuk berhenti mengamalkan corak pemikiran lapuk yang mengharapkan orang lain membuat keputusan bagi pihak mereka sebaliknya berusaha mengubah nasib sendiri.

Katanya demokrasi memerlukan penglibatan anak muda secara total kerana golongan inilah yang akan mewarisi apa sahaja yang ditinggalkan generasi sebelum mereka.- Bernama

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Comment on Questions Time 11 October 2012: “MOT tak pernah menerima maklumat rasmi AirAsia tidak akan berpindah ke KLIA2″ by 777

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 09:39 AM PDT

This free flying Tony Fernandes with British Football Club and Formulae 1 and AirAsia (AA) has placed Malaysia in possible meltdown mode ahead.
"….As of 31 March 2011, based on data from their 1st Quarter report, AA's capital commitments stood at RM 19 billion. With the above announcement, an additional RM 54 billion will be added as Capital Commitments as implied in this article:
the proposed CC of roughly 75 billion will be spread over a 15 year period ending 2026. In other words, AA has to ratchet up its earnings to an average of 5 billion per annum to meet its future dues. From 2006 to 2010. AA's revenue grew by 10 fold from 110 million to roughly 1.1billion, an average growth of RM 200 million per annum.
….Its cash trove rose 6 fold from approximately 300 million to 1.7 billion but its debts skyrocketed from 1.05 billion in 2006 to 7.7 billion in 2010, an increase of 700%. One gets the ghastly feeling that this is a debt burden that is spiraling out of control.
…To compound the issue, the world economy including Asia's will be into another maelstrom and air travel will invariably be hit.
Of course AA can cancel orders but contract penalties will be onerous. In any case, TF is betting on the assumption that being a big borrower will shield him from foreclosure as banks will be leery of bearing heavy losses! but then a sizeable chunk of those loans are being held by Malaysian banks and in the worst case scenario, the government and the taxpayer will have to pick the tab to avert a financial meltdown cascading down the AA slope…."
And on the outcome of the BN leaders letting bunch of airline industry novice British IVY League Khazanah boys toying in the airline industry with MAS.

A humongous financial fiasco is brewing. The share suap was an amateur devilish scheme to chain to a potentially massive bail out of both Air Asia and MAS is on the card. Who really are suckers – the pathetic Malaysian tax payers, the marginalized minority equity owners, the ignorant peasants and working class chained to EPF.

Comment on Questions Time 11 October 2012: “MOT tak pernah menerima maklumat rasmi AirAsia tidak akan berpindah ke KLIA2″ by adam schandler

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 09:37 AM PDT

YB, terima kasih.

Adakah Menteri Pengankutan MEMBELI “insuran nyawa” sama seperti Timbalan MEnteri yang menggunakan platform Malaysia Kini (agent Asing / Soros) untuk membuat pengunguman kepada rakyat Malaysia?

Ini bukan Napoleon YB !!!. Ini Menteri Bangsat. Kalau ini taraf nya jawapan menteri, baik bagi pada Tony Phua (Seorang Incompetent Singaporean businessman) !!!!

Harap PM Najib segerakan PRU 13. Kita dah berazam nak hapuskan once and for all kepada segala munafik (hypocrite) ini.

Comment on Questions Time 11 October 2012: “MOT tak pernah menerima maklumat rasmi AirAsia tidak akan berpindah ke KLIA2″ by IT.Sheiss

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 06:33 AM PDT

Dear YB. Wee,

In response to your blog on MAS A380 configuration and AirAsia, my Thai friend e-mailed me:-

“Thank you for information supplied. There is also a competition
between Thai Airways and AirAsia (Thai AirAsia). The same things hapened in M’sia also happened in Thailand. Thai AirAsia is, or was I am not so sure, a Thugsin’s brain-child. It was launched on a bed of roses, with many profitable routes taken away from Thai Airways. Phuket, Hatyai, Chiangmai, Chiangrai etc.

The not so much travelled routes are left for the National Airway (Thai) to cope. After all, the profit does not come directly to the share holders pockets. You can guess who are the share holders.”

So looks like similar “modus operandi” in other countries.

Is there more to why the Batavia Air acquisition did not go through, than it’s failure to meet due diligence criteria?

Comment on Questions Time 11 October 2012: “MOT tak pernah menerima maklumat rasmi AirAsia tidak akan berpindah ke KLIA2″ by Nik

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 06:05 AM PDT

No wonder that Red Indian is soft pedaling over KLIA2. MAHB and the Government shouldn’t entertain the Red Indian no more. He has taken the country for a ride for too long. MAS had to give up more that 90 routes for them.

After the share suap, MAS had to abandon Bandung, Surabaya, Dubai, additional Sydney and a few others for stupid reason – not profitable. Thank to the Nanny Danny, Md Nor and AJ.

Owed airport tax more than Rm120 million for donkey years and after being pressured to pay, the Slumber Jack government granted more than 30% discount when it should be paying interest for using the fund.

Now the Red Indian is going into all kinds of business. We must all be cautious. Expansion may not necessary be good! May be it is a case of 10 holes with 9 covers only.

Comment on Questions Time 11 October 2012: “MOT tak pernah menerima maklumat rasmi AirAsia tidak akan berpindah ke KLIA2″ by ANTI AMOK...

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 02:16 AM PDT

Air Asia batal ambil alih Batavia Air di saat akhir
Written by IPOH MALAY
Saturday, 13 October 2012 15:13

Air Asia membatalkan pengambilalihan Batavia Air setelah kajian pembelian memasuki peringkat akhir. Demikian lapor akhbar atas talian terpopular di Indonesia.

Pembelian penerbangan yang menanggung hutang yang tinggi itu merupakan usaha Air Asia Indonesia untuk mengembangkan sayapnya.

Jangan-jangan, Tony Fernandes akan kembali berpindah ke Kuala Lumpur selepas ini.

Ini Alasan Batalnya Pembelian Batavia Air
oleh AirAsia Feby Dwi Sutianto
– detikfinance
Sabtu, 13/10/2012 13:12 WIB

Jakarta – Rencana akuisisi maskapai lokal yaitu Batavia Air oleh AirAsia asal Malaysia dipastikan batal. Apa alasan di balik batalnya pengambilalihan Batavia Air oleh maskapai asal negeri jiran itu?

Direktur Komersial Batavia Air Sukirno Sukarna mengaku, terjadi proses yang alot saat penilaian akhir oleh AirAsia untuk membeli Batavia Air. Hal tersebut menurutnya sebagai penyebab utama batalnya pembelian 76,95% saham Batavia oleh AirAsia Berhard senilai US$ 80 juta.

“Mereka akan melakukan auditing, mungkin di auditing tidak ada kesepahaman,” kata Sukirno kepada detikFinance, Sabtu (13/10/2012).

Namun Sukirno menampik tudingan tingginya harga yang ditawarkan oleh Batavia yakni senilai US$ 80 juta atau sekitar Rp 720 miliar untuk pembelian 76,95% saham Batavia. “Enggak dong, kita jual dengan segini,” tambahnya.

Dihubungi secara terpisah, PresCom Indonesia Air Asia, Pin Haris mengaku porses akuisisi Batavia oleh AirAsia berjalan cukup alot. Menurutnya, belum ada keputusan final terkait rencana akuisisi 76,95% saham Batavia.

“Minggu depan sudah ada keputusannya,” tambahnya kepada detikFinance.

Terkait informasi batalnya rencana akuisisi Batavia, Haris menjelaskan, pihaknya belum mau berkomentar lebih jauh. “Belum, masih ada pembicaraan,” pungkasnya.

Comment on Expedia uses AirAsia Go Holiday’s IATA Accreditation Certificate to operate as online travel agency in Malaysia? by Zolkifli

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 08:19 PM PDT

It seemed that there are still a few Air Asia’s ghosts left in MAS. It would appear that top management of MAS is still following the pariah’s path. After re-branding by changing corporate color from red and blue to pale blue now appointing Expedia a partner of AirAsia.

Comment on Questions Time 11 October 2012: “MOT tak pernah menerima maklumat rasmi AirAsia tidak akan berpindah ke KLIA2″ by Anonymous

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 04:44 PM PDT

Close LCCT once KLIA2. Don’t bother about AirAsia. Give the ungrateful idiot a dose of his medicine. Lets hope MOT will use their heads on this matter.

Comment on YB Senator Datuk Idris Jala: Is this AirAsia/MAS share swap an indirect bailout? by angry pilot

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:15 PM PDT

hahaha!nice one!!

Comment on AJ’s “People Engagement Survey” should be supported by fs.

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 10:01 AM PDT

the company is good,but the poeple who run it are not. i hope the management people will read this shit. Cant stand work like a donkey but the end got unpleasant salary. “I reap what I sow”.

Comment on Questions Time 11 October 2012: “MOT tak pernah menerima maklumat rasmi AirAsia tidak akan berpindah ke KLIA2″ by Zain

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 06:38 AM PDT

Tutup LCCT tengok dia boleh buat apa! Nanti dia kena meletut aja. Malindo mulakan operasi kita semua support nak lihat si pariah hebat sampai tahap mana.

Direct Free Kick

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Direct Free Kick

13 Okt 2012 - Pesta Kebudayaan Tanglung DN Chempaka, Pandan di Pandan Jaya.

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 07:08 AM PDT

13 Okt 2012 - Pesta Kebudayaan Tanglung DN Chempaka, Pandan di Pandan Jaya.

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 07:03 AM PDT

Anwar Ibrahim

Posted by Awanama | Posted on 8:03 PG

Anwar Ibrahim

Tahaluf Siyasi PAS Bersama Pakatan Rakyat

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 12:38 AM PDT


Para ulama meriwayatkan bahawa Rasulullah S.A.W. bersabda :
(Sesungguhnya aku pernah menyaksikan di rumah Abdullah bin Jud'aan satu persefahaman, sekiranya aku diajak bersamanya dalam Islam nescaya aku menerimanya).

Peristiwa bersejarah ini berlaku dimasa jahiliyah, ketika Rasulullah S.A.W. belum dilantik menjadi Rasul dalam usia dua puluhan. Apabila  bapa-bapa saudara baginda  membawanya menyertai pertemuan khusus dikalangan pemimpin utama Makkah. Rasulullah S.A.W. diizinkan menyertai perjumpaan khas itu dalam usia yang dianggap terlalu muda dan mentah, tetapi  diakui kebijaksanaanya yang luar biasa dan akhlaknya yang sangat mulia.

Peristiwa ini berlaku apabila seorang pengunjung Makkah daripada Qabilah Zubaid  Yaman yang berniaga, dizalimi oleh seorang bangsawan Makkah  bernama Al 'Aas bin Waael. Pendatang yang dizalimi gagal mendapat pertolongan daripada rakan-rakan kenalannya, kerana kedudukan bangsawanan si zalim itu. Lalu mangsa kezaliman mendaki bukit Qubais berhampiran Kaabah melaungkan rayuan pertolongan dan mencabar bahawa kesucian Makkah dan keamanannya sudah tidak ada lagi.

Apabila seruannya didengari oleh para pemimpin Makkah yang sedang berkumpul, mereka merasa malu dan tercabar. Maka diadakan perjumpaan tergempar di rumah Abdullah bin Jud'aan dengan membuat keputusan satu muafakat yang dinamakan Half Al Fudul bagi menentang kezaliman dan membela sesiapa yang dizalimi.

Rasulullah S.A.W. bersabda  tersebut diatas dengan huraiannya : ( Kalaulah persefahaman ini diajak sekarang, ketika berada dalam  Islam pun nescaya aku menerima dan menyertainya).

Rasulullah S.A.W. juga bersabda secara umum:

(Kebijaksanaan adalah barang tercicir kepunyaan seseorang yang beriman, maka di mana sahaja dia mendapatinya, dialah yang berhak memungutnya).

Di atas konsep inilah maka Rasulullah S.A.W. menerima persefahaman  tersebut , walaupun mereka itu daripada  kalangan pemimpin jahiliyah. Banyak perkara baik daripada amalan zaman jahiliyah dan kalangan yang berperikemanusiaan  daripada berbagai bangsa bukan Islam, seperti melayan utusan daripada negara luar  termasuk negara musuh, perlindungan keselamatan terhadap para diplomat, menghormati perjanjian antarabangsa dalam perkara yang adil dan sebagainya diterima oleh Islam. Rasulullah S.A.W. juga menyatakan sempadan dengan sabdanya :

(Orang-orang Islam itu hendaklah bertanggungjawab diatas segala syarat yang mereka tetapkan, malainkan syarat yang mengharamkan yang halal dan menghalalkan yang haram).

PAS adalah Parti Islam yang berpaksi dan berpandukan hukum tertinggi mengikut undang-undang tubuhnya (Perlembagaan). Pelaksanaannya dikawal oleh Majlis Syura Ulama, sehingga boleh membatalkan segala keputusan dan langkah yang bertentangan  dengan ajaran Islam. Maka PAS tidak boleh disamakan dengan UMNO.
Begitu juga hubangan PAS dengan DAP dan kalangan bukan Islam, sangat berbeza dengan hubungan diantara komponen Barisan Nasional yang tidak berdasar dan berkonsepkan Islam daripada Al Quran dan Sunnah, Ijma' Ulama dan Qias.

Hubungan PAS dengan parti lain dalam Pakatan Rakyat adalah hubungan Tahaluf  yang berpandukan nas tersebut diatas. Pakatan Rakyat adalah satu muafakat politik dalam konsep Tahaluf  Siyasi  yang diluluskan oleh Majlis Syura Ulama dalam skop hukum Feqah politik Islam.
Bekerjasama dalam titik persamaan menentang kezaliman politik dan pentadbiran negara  yang dialami oleh seluruh rakyat, seperti  amalan demokrasi yang tempang, pentadbiran negara yang tempang, pengurusan ekonomi yang penuh dengan penyelewengan, mesyarakat yang jahil dengan kelemahan pendidikan dan undang-undang yang tidak ada kehebatan, menyebabkan krisis moral yang parah dengan kebanjiran maksiat dan jenayah.

Umno yang mewakili Melayu Islam dalam Barisan Nasional mencalarkan Islam dan merosakkan imejnya. Sangat malang bagi sesiapa yang tidak mebezakan diantara Islam dan Melayu, seperti Arab yang tidak membezakannya dengan Islam. Islam pernah memperkasakan Arab dan Arab tumbang setelah menjadikan  Islam hanya kebanggaan sejarah tanpa amalan yang sempurna, walaupun memiliki kekayaan melempah ruah.
Begitulah maknanya, tegakkan Islam bersama PAS Melayu selamat dan semua kaum selamat. Tegakkan Melayu bersama UMNO, Islam hanya menjadi jenama yang ditampal pada kotaknya sahaja, tanpa isinya yang sebenar. Samalah seperti meletakkan ubat batuk pada kotak yang berjenamakan ubat  gatal.

Cukuplah menegakkan Islam ala UMNO yang bergantung dengan politik wang, pangkat dan tawaran mewah bersamanya tanpa jati diri yang sebenar. Hanya menjadi penyakit yang memakan diri laksana pemelihara  hantu  yang menjadikan tuannya, makan tidak kenyang walau pun makan sebanyak-sebanyaknya.
Melayu yang perkasa bersama UMNO, hanya sekadar bertempik menghunus keris taming sari sesama sendiri sehingga negeri dijajah. Merekalah baka yang menyerah diri kepada penjajah dahulu  dan mewarisi kemerdekaan  yang diletak diatas dulang  emas dan menerimanya dengan melalui hamparan permaidani dan taburan bunga. Sejarah tetap tidak boleh dibohongi bagaimana golongan Islam bermandi darah dan air mata menentang penjajah walau pun disembunyikan dibawah tikar yang hina.

PAS ditubuhkan menjadi mata rantai kumpulan Islam terdahulu yang pernah diharamkan silih berganti. PAS tetap Istiqamah dengan Islamnya menyatakan Islam adil terhadap semua manusia. Bukan hanya Arab dan Melayu sahaja atau hanya penganut Islam sahaja. Islam adalah rahmat Allah kepada seluruh alam. PAS boleh bekerjasama dengan semua pihak dan tegas berpegang kepada dasarnya dan boleh bertasamuh mengikut batas-batas Allah.

PAS pernah bersama UMNO di tahun 70-an dan  menubuhkan Barisan Nasional bersama UMNO dan rakan-rakannya. Penyertaannya  dengan keputusan Muktamar Khas  supaya teguh membawa mesej Islam secara tahaluf siyasi. Ketika bersama UMNO, PAS memecat sesiapa kalangan ahlinya, termasuk  ahli parlimennya  yang berjoget dan minum arak bersama UMNO.
Kemudian PAS dihalau keluar daripada Barisan Nasional tahun 1978 dan selepas itu kerajaan PAS Kelantan dijatuhkan dengan perisytiharan darurat yang diluluskan oleh UMNO dan rakan-rakannya melalui sidang khas parlimen dan pilihanraya khas  selepas itu. Lalu PAS bersendirian mara ke hadapan dengan cita-cita Islamnya. PAS adalah tersendiri, tidak sama dengan UMNO.
Maka PAS tidak perlu berkiblat ke arah UMNO dan berimam mengikut arah kiblatnya, kerana kiblat politiknya salah. Tegasnya PAS tidak menghalang ahli DAP minum arak, makan babi, berjudi dan sebagainya. Tetapi PAS memecat kalau ahlinya melakukan perkara yang sama.

PAS pernah mengadakan tahaluf siyasi dengan Parti Melayu Semangat-46 yang berpecah daripada UMNO. Parti Semangat-46 pula mengadakan kerjasama dengan DAP.
Parti ini tidak ada lagi dan gagasan yang dinamakan Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah yang menggabungkan PAS, Parti Melayu Semangat-46, Berjasa dan Hamim sudah tamat. Akhirnya PAS mengadakan  tahaluf  siyasi bersama Parti Keadilan Nasional yang juga berpecah daripada UMNO. Kemudian diiikuti pula tahaluf siyasi dengan DAP.

PAS mengucapkan terima kasih kepada UMNO dan media yang menjadi khadamnya,  kerana sangat bersimpati terhadap PAS, kerana kononnya bimbang  PAS akan menjadi parti melukut ditepi gantang.
Percayalah orang Melayu Islam tidak akan hilang jati dirinya bersama- sama dengan PAS selagi PAS tidak meminda kedudukan Islam sebagai dasar dalam perlembagaannnya, seperti Melayu bersama UMNO sehingga tidak bermaya di Singapura, Pulau Pinang  dan lain-lain.
Kaum lain dikalangan bukan Islam pula jangan takut bersama PAS, kerana kumpulan dan gerombolan yang mengapi-apikan semangat perkauman dan fanatik buta agama berada dalam UMNO atau bersekongkol bersama UMNO.

Di sepanjang kerjasama PAS dalam tahaluf siyasi tidak pernah rugi. Walau pun ditendang dan dipandang lekeh. Kerjesama PAS dalam BN di awal tahun 70-an dan sehingga akhirnya tidak rugi dengan kehilangan Kelantan setelah PAS ditendang keluar.
Pengaruh PAS dalam kerajaan berjaya masuk ke dalam jasad jentera kerajaan dan institusi pengajian dalam negara dan luar negara dan bertunjang sehingga hari ini dan mereka adalah bakal menjadi jentera pentadbiran PAS dalam Pakatan Rakyat sekiranya berjaya.
Kerjasama PAS bersama Angkatan perpaduan Ummah (Parti Melayu Semangat-46 dan DAP) tahun Sembilan puluhan berjaya menawan Kelantan sehingga hari ini. Kerjasama PAS dengan Barisan Alternatif dan kemudiannya Pakatan Rakyat berjaya menawan Terengganu pada tahun 1999 walaupun hanya satu penggal kerana ditumbangkan dengan zalim.
Tahun 2008 pula berjaya menawan lima negeri dan PAS memimpin tiga negeri iaitu Kelantan, Kedah dan Perak. Manakala Selangor dipimpin  Parti Keadilan Rakyat dan DAP memimpin Pulau Pinang. Walau pun dijatuhkan begitu rupa di Perak. Inilah sinario tahaluf siyasi yang dilaksanakan selama ini.

Kerjasama tahaluf siyasi mutakhir ini berjaya memecahkan tembok yang melindungi pandangan bukan Islam terhadap Islam. Usaha media berbagai bahasa termasuk bahasa Melayu beragama Islam bagi mengelirukan menemui kegagalan.
Sehingga akhirnya mendedahkan kepura-puraan UMNO berjuang menegakkan hukum Hudud  laksana ayam jantan kukuk berderai  pada hal ekornya bergelimang tahi sejak lebih lima puluh tahun. Sebenarnya UMNO lah penghalang besar kepada perlaksanaan Islam kerana telah berkuasa diperingkat negeri dan pusat.

Ketahuilah bahawa pengajian politik bukan sahaja tersurat dalam tulisan buku dan pengajian akademik di bilik kuliah. Terpenting  juga ialah ijtihad dengan Istiqamah ditengah medan perjuangan. PAS mempunyai semua aspek ini dengan beristiqamah kepada ajaran Islam yang menjadi akidah dan teras kepada semua amalannya.

Negeri Kelantan adalah satu-satunya negeri paling lama diperintah oleh PAS sejak tahun 1959 sehingga 1977 dan kali kedua 1990 sehingga kini adalah penyumbang besar kepada kejayaan Melayu Muslim dalam bidang pendidikan, perkhidamatan awam, keselamatan  dan ekonomi.
Diikuti pula Terengganu Tahun 1959 sehingga 1961 dan kali kedua 1999 sehingga 2004 dan Kedah 2008 sehingga kini. Apabila giliran PAS dikurniakan kemenangan di negeri-negeri ini maka secara automatik  menjadi sasaran UMNO bagi melemah dan menjatuhkannya diatas nama Melayu dan Islam. Paling malang menggunakan kedudukannya menguasai kerajaan pusat dan melanggar konsep demokrasi dan federalisma.
Mengepung media dan menyusahkan pentadbiran dan kewangan negeri-negeri ini, sehinggalah merampas royalti petroleum di Terengganu dan menafikan hak Kelantan. Namun perkara ini  tidak pernah dilakukan kepada Singapura ketika dalam Malaysia, Pulau Pinang di bawah Parti Gerakan sebelum BN dan Sabah dibawah PBS. Inilah hakikat UMNO dengan Melayu dan Islam anutannya.

Kepada semua pihak yang bersimpati dengan PAS, saya tegaskan, percayalah kepada kami dengan semua pengalaman yang  tersebut dan hilangkan khurafat beriman kepada UMNO parti Maha Esa.
Kepada ahli dan penyokong PAS saya nasihatkan supaya merujuk kepada sumber ilmu Islam yang ada dalam PAS, bukannya belajar melalui media yang bersukan dengan Islam dan berniaga dengan politik. PAS tetap berpegang bahawa politik adalah amanah terbesar daripada Allah. Bahagialah mereka yang menunaikannya dengan istiqamah dan celakalah mereka yang mengkhinatinya. Pikul amanah ini secara berjamaah jangan berseorang diri dan memencilkan diri.
Pesanan Rasulullah S.A.W.  "sesiapa yang memencilkan  diri daripada jamaah  akan ditawan syaitan, laksana serigala yang menawan kambing yang terpencil daripada kawanannya." Maka amat bodoh kalau ditipu oleh syaitan yang dikenali.

*Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang, Presiden PAS

Tinderbox By MJ Akbar

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 12:19 AM PDT

Speech by Anwar Ibrahim at the launching of MJ Akbar's Tinderbox, on 2nd October 2012, The Royal Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur

MJ Akbar is an outstanding author and journalist; albeit piercing, critical and controversial. I recount Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remark to me about MJ’s sharp rebuke against the government and that I’m fortunate to be kindly treated by him.

I would like to place in record my appreciation to him and India Today for inviting me to participate in the prestigious India Conclave International Conference in Delhi early this year.
First, let me just say that there is never a dull moment when reading MJ Akbar. He can be diplomatic if he wants to, but most of the time he doesn't tolerate fools. So, he will call a Taliban, a Taliban – and not some 'turbaned fundamentalist of salafist persuasion', or by some other apologetic description.
Reviewing MJ Akbar's books is, however, a different kettle of fish. Yes, he's never dull but because he seems to have so much to say, speed reading him is quite a futile exercise. Just keeping up with his thought processes sometimes requires mental energy of herculean proportions.
Most mortals will consider themselves very fortunate to have one of two talents: one, to have the gift of the gab but lacking in writing skill; and the other, the more common one I should say, writes well but for some reason or other, somewhat challenged in the verbal skills department. MJ Akbar is blessed with both: well, certainly no question he is a superb writer but give him the microphone, and he'll talk until the cows come home. (My apologies, I forgot that since the breaking of that scandal, any reference to 'cows, beef or even butter' may be considered seditious!)
So, I'm very much relieved today that I am not here to review his works. Indeed, it is such an honour for me that MJ has asked me to launch Tinderbox. And having declared my incapacity to review his writings, I therefore now exercise my severe limitations merely to share some thoughts about his works.

I have followed MJ Akbar's books as a continuum – from Byline, then Nehru: The Making of India, and Kashmir: Behind the Vale, just to name a few. Notice that I used the word 'followed', and not 'read'.
And I believe herein lies a significant difference. One may have 'read' a book or be a 'reader' and yet may not be keen to read another one, while one who has 'followed' wears the badge of loyalty to the writer – as far as his books are concerned.
He displays it prominently in his library, proudly proclaiming that he is in the know about such and such a book. When a new one comes up, he will be among the first to tell his friends about it and ask whether they know that a new book is out. He has 'read' it, of course, – but not necessarily 'read it through'. He visits the tome as and when the occasion arises.
He takes it with him in his travels. Now, speaking of travelling, it depends on where one is going. For instance, if you plan to visit the leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan then for heaven's sake don't take Tinderbox with you.  The Jamaat must be given credit for their call for political legitimacy for democratic rule; Islamic awareness and societal reform
Now, this book: I'm not sure if the reading leads us to the dark conclusion that Pakistan is in self-destruct mode. But I'm sure that not everyone will agree that Pakistan is simply beyond repair. The failure of corrupt political leaders and poor governance must not necessarily be attributed to the State or its citizens! Nevertheless, I believe it is legitimate to explore answers to the question: why is Pakistan in the situation it is today? What is the situation really? Well, that is the question discoursed in the book, among other things.
The book is said to be controversial. But as we know, controversy is not something a writer worth his salt ought to be shy of. The title obviously gives quite a bit away. It's not for me to talk too much about this book, but suffice it to say that whether you call it time bomb, powder keg or tinderbox, there is some explosive stuff being talked about.
So for those who are thinking of a light and easy read, this is probably not for them. It is neither fiction nor drama where poetic license allows the writer to spice things up and we are prepared to engage in some suspension of disbelief. To my mind, it is a political treatise on a subject by someone well versed in its history and divergent ideologies. And as T.S. Eliot says, "History may be servitude, History may be freedom."
And speaking of freedom, I would of course be remiss if I didn't mention Pakistan's great leader (Quaid-i-Azam), Muhammad Ali Jinnah who is without doubt universally acclaimed as pivotal in the creation of Pakistan. Just about six months before he passed on, he said: "The story of Pakistan, its struggle and its achievement, is the very story of great human ideals, struggling to survive in the face of great odds and difficulties." This is relevant to encapsulate the spirit of the struggle for Pakistan.
Now, this latest outing by MJ Akbar will put him in the cross hairs of quite a few people and be that as it may, I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions. But make no mistake: if you need an intellectual wakeup call on an issue that not only impacts the sub-continent but the entire region, this is your book.
Thank you.

What Does “Moderate” Mean in Malaysia?

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 12:07 AM PDT

From The Huffington Post
By Azeem Ibrahim

There have been a lot of loose definitions of “moderate” Islam in the media recently and in the wake of violent protests throughout the Muslim world, the word is starting to mean simply — non-violent. The deaths in Libya and many other Muslim countries have been a disturbing counterpoint to the hopes aroused by the Arab Spring movement. Peaceful protests have achieved so much more change in the last two years than all the decades of violence in the past, yet extremists still believe they can achieve their agenda by continuing to murder innocent civilians. Violence is their only way of remaining relevant as they have nothing else to offer.

Malaysia is often referred to as a moderate Islamic country, as it is mainly peaceful, prosperous and law-abiding. A predominantly Muslim country with vocal and distinct minority populations of Indian and Chinese origin, peaceful change has taken place over the last twenty years without violent extremism. It may be because the government has kept a tight hold on the country with the emergency law and regulations adopted in 1957 to maintain political order and stability when Malaysia was emerging from the communist insurgency. These laws stayed in place until very recently and have been used to respond to any movement that was considered prejudicial to national security. Today, the question arises of whether such laws provide security or whether they have become a liability. In September, 2011 the increasingly controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) of 1960 was repealed and in November, 2011, the government finally lifted three existing emergency proclamations, rendering void the unpopular Emergency Public Order and Prevention of Crime Ordinance of 1969.

However, civil rights groups are expressing dissatisfaction with the new legislation which replaces the archaic repealed laws; Hasmy Agam, the Chief Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia has spoken out against the new legislation for failing to meet international human rights standards. Many see the proposed Peaceful Assembly Bill as placing further curbs on civil liberties by restricting street demonstrations and the new Security Offences Act is simply “the New ISA.” The much vaunted relaxation of media restrictions is also being criticized as an inadequate half-measure.

Another reform that many see as long overdue is Malaysia’s affirmative action policy, where Malays have been given preference over the decades. Very successful at bringing education and economic opportunity to ethnic Muslim Malaysians, the policy is now being seen as culturally divisive and open to corruption. The present government has rejected calls for reform as the policy has helped maintain their electoral advantage for over twenty years.

Malaysia is ranked in 20th position in the 2012 Global Peace Index issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The second highest Muslim nation in the ranking, outdone only by Qatar, Malaysia’s tranquility has been achieved by a stable though autocratic democracy. If Malaysia has indeed truly achieved maturity, the challenge now is to grant more civil rights and freedoms to a diverse population where 40 percent are non-Muslim. Malaysia’s Constitution calls for the rights of all to practice their faith in peace and harmony but, increasingly, today the ideal of religious tolerance is being threatened by what many see as the “Arabization” of Malaysian Islam.

Malaysia has traditionally been pragmatic and even liberal about such issues as apostasy, and viewed Sharia courts as dealing with a narrow range of family matters for Muslims, and not having the power to dictate a citizen’s relationship to the state. But recent surveys of Malay attitudes show that a majority think of themselves as Muslims first and Malaysians second and want the state to become more Islamic.

This, in turn, is threatening the concept of Malaysian nationalism and national unity, which Prime Minister Razak is attempting to achieve through his 1Malaysia concept. It will be just window-dressing if conservative views are protected and racial relations and religious liberties are sabotaged by extremism.

Najib Razak presents himself as a reformer on a mission to modernize Malaysia. But the reality is that Malaysians want more than window dressing as the time gets closer to the next election. With the country going into full campaign mode, the rifts in philosophy are becoming clearer, the dirty tricks dirtier and the opposition party under Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership is becoming more popular.

Malaysia will always be a multi-cultural, multi-religious country and, hopefully, its Muslim population will always practice a moderate and non-violent form of Islam. Increasingly, it looks as if Anwar Ibrahim will be the visionary and principled leader Malaysia needs to safeguard this for the future.

Kekuatan Rakyat, Kebangkitan Rakyat Boleh Buat Perubahan

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 07:54 PM PDT

(Newsflash) Keningau Sabah 12/10/2012

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 07:42 PM PDT

France : Audio of Press Conference Dr. Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 08:02 AM PDT


Press Conference Dr. Anwar Ibrahim

Beddy Ebnou presentation is in French, as well as the intervention of Ambassador Pierre Lafrance.
As for the main intervention, of Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, it is in English:

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AMSS UK 2010 Lifetime Achivement Award Formally to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 07:57 AM PDT