Jumaat, 11 November 2011

R Sivarasa - Ahli Parlimen Subang

R Sivarasa - Ahli Parlimen Subang

Press Release by R Sivarasa & N Surendran

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 07:08 AM PST

11 NOVEMBER 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Drop new politically motivated investigation against Anwar Ibrahim 
We are disturbed and appalled that the police have commenced a new criminal investigation against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The federal opposition leader has been ordered to report for police interrogation at the Kepong police station for an investigation under s.182 of the Penal Code. This is a new and desperate attempt to prosecute and imprison Anwar Ibrahim, halt the movement for national political and economic reform and prevent Pakatan Rakyat from winning federal power in the coming general elections. Instead of engaging in legitimate political debate and discourse with the opposition, UMNO/BN is once again unlawfully using the police to fabricate criminal charges against Anwar Ibrahim. In previous unsuccesful attempts to silence Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 and 2008, UMNO/BN had also fabricated baseless criminal charges against Anwar Ibrahim with the complicity of the top police leadership and the Attorney General's chambers. In this regard, we have no confidence that Attorney General Gani Patail will exercise his powers fairly and impartially; serious allegations of fabrication of evidence by the AG against Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 made by former top cop Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim remain unanswered. This political persecution of the national opposition leader by the corrupt use of law enforcement agencies is doing immense damage to Malaysia's international reputation; UMNO/BN is bringing our country down to the level of Assad's Syria or Egypt under Mubarak. We call upon the BN government, the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General to immediately drop this latest politically-motivated investigation and cease all police and prosecutorial harassment and intimidation of the the opposition leader.
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Hannah Yeoh

Hannah Yeoh

My tribute to the late OCPD

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 11:41 AM PST

A few months ago, YB Gobind Singh Deo (Member of Parliament for Puchong) and I had a conversation about town hall meetings and co-operation with the police. Naturally, we touched on the issue of application for police permits for such meetings and the person in charge of considering such applications – the late OCPD Tuan Zainal Rashid. When his name was mentioned, YB Gobind's description of him stayed in my head until today: "A good man".

A good man. That's him. Our Tuan Zainal. Ever since I was elected the State Assemblyman of Subang Jaya, I have attended 3 funerals for police officers at USJ 8 Balai. His is my third. When I received news of his sudden death from MPSJ councillor Rajiv Rishyakaran, I was stunned. I could not believe the sms I saw. I wanted to just delete it and pretend that I never saw it.

Just a few days before his death, I hosted a thanksgiving dinner for rescue workers of the explosion at Empire, namely the policemen and the firemen. Tuan Zainal sat next to me at the dinner table and we had an interesting conversation. He gave me slimming tips when we started chatting about the weight I put on during pregnancy. We talked about my caesarean surgery. He spoke about the importance of "urut" to get back into shape. I wanted to stay back a little longer to chat with him and now regret for failure to obey that tugging at my heart. I didn't know that that would be the last time I saw him.

The last time I saw him - photo courtesy of SJ Echo

In the course of performing my duties as the State Assemblyman of Subang Jaya, I have met many police officers but Tuan Zainal stood out like a star. He was always down to earth and made me feel very comfortable around him. Always patient to explain procedures to me (he did the same at the Empire explosion site at 5am!). He had invited me to his house before for Hari Raya gathering and had the pleasure of meeting his wife. Sadly, I missed the chance to buka puasa with him at the new surau in IPD Subang Jaya this year.

Our karaoke session together

I will never forget meeting him at the first function organised by USJ RA in 3K. I was called out to sing a P. Ramlee duet with Tuan Zainal. I was nervous, firstly I'm a lousy singer and secondly, having to belt out a P. Ramlee song gave me double anxiety. Again, Tuan Zainal did what he knew best – making people around him feel comfortable and I did not just survive the song, I actually enjoyed it!

My colleagues in politics have often complained about the difficulty of securing police permits for their events. I did not share the same fate, simply because Tuan Zainal was a fair man. I count meeting him, knowing him and having fellowshipped with him as one of the great joys of serving as the ADUN of Subang Jaya.

He will be greatly missed! - photo courtesy of SJ Echo

Some days I still go to his Facebook page and see his photos. His sudden passing is a great loss to the community of Subang Jaya. I know he will be greatly missed by his family and those who love him. A tribute article like this cannot do justice to the nice man that he was. But this is the least I can do, to let Subang Jaya residents know what a fine man we had in our late OCPD. A good man indeed.

Giving credit when it is due

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 11:26 AM PST

Giving Credit When It Is Due

Ever since I became the state assemblyman for Subang Jaya, sleeping late has been a norm. Some days I get to go to bed early yet still remain awake till early morning pre occupied with so many thoughts. September 28 was no different. I happened to be awake at about 3am and was reading tweets on my phone when I received a tweet from a resident in SS17 informing me of a loud explosion coming from Empire Shopping Gallery. I immediately rang the police from SS17 police station and they told me they were already at the site. After notifying the MPSJ engineer, I rushed to the site too.

When I arrived, I was greeted by Tuan Ariffin from the SS17 police station and then Chief Inspector Sulaiman. As I walked closer to the site of the explosion, I noticed the firemen led by Deputy Supt Tuan Khairi bin Daud of the SS17 balai were already at work. Soon after, I met our OCPD Tuan Zainal who was also there at 5am. This article is not to talk about the explosion (which you can read from other news reports). I want to talk about the brave men involved in the rescue and inspection works.

This was the first time I had ever experienced a large scale emergency incident. Seeing the rubble in front of my very eyes was a numbing experience. I have been to Empire to have family meals and my immediate thought was "what if we were in there when this happened? My husband, my baby, my parents, sisters, brothers, friends and etc?" The next question that came to mind "wow, rubble, broken glass – do I dare to walk in to have a look if they allow me to?". I didn't have the answer.

And then I looked up and saw the bomba officers walking in and out of the building, looking unwavering and without doubt about their own safety. Something shifted inside me. I knew it was the "underestimated the risks involved" mindset when assessing the performance of some of our men in orange and blue. 

When I tweeted about how impressed I was with them, someone replied commenting that I should not praise them for what is expected of them to do (their job). You see – it takes a lot of courage to walk towards the rubble and into the building to inspect (not knowing the cause of the explosion and whether or not it was going to explode again?!). 

What if they don't walk out alive? What about their loved ones? I couldn't find it within me the same courage they had and for that, they deserve my praise! I hope in today's pessimistic society, we can be more generous with our praise and encouragement when credit is due. After all, it doesn't cost much to say thank you for being brave!



Karpal: AG's probe of Saiful-Farah link improper

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 07:37 PM PST

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar


Posted: 11 Nov 2011 03:58 PM PST

Philosophy Politics Economics

Philosophy Politics Economics

KR1M v Carrefour: A Comparison

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 11:26 PM PST

Below is a sample basket comparison between products from Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) and Carrefour. So who's "cheaper"? Can you see the supposed 30% to 50% savings from RM40 million subsidized KR1M?  You be the judge:

Click image for a larger view.

Read also write up on the above here.

Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia - Not Cheap At All

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 11:25 PM PST

Barisan Nasional leaders should stop propagating misleading claims and making false advertisements promoting how cheap Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) products are when they are not.
"Items at Kedai Rakyat are markedly cheaper than those in supermarkets and hypermarkets and helps families cut down on their expenses without losing out on quality." The first Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in June offering goods at 30 to 50 per cent lower than the market prices of similar products. (Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, New Straits Times 27/8/2011)

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the first of many 1Malaysia shops in the country, designed to help bring down the prices of goods and ease the burden of the common man… Najib said the shop retailed 250 grocery items under the brand name "Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia" at prices 30% to 40% lower than market prices… He said it would also allow the Government to get basic necessities at the cheapest prices from Mydin whenever there were disasters like flood. (The Star 23 June 2011)

Semua kedai koperasi sekolah dan kedai runcit koperasi disaran menjual produk 'Coop 1Malaysia' (Coop 1M) bagi membantu kerajaan mengekang masalah kenaikan harga barang. Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob berkata, melalui langkah itu, warga sekolah dan ibu bapa mempunyai satu lagi alternatif untuk mendapatkan barangan keperluan dengan harga berpatutan. (Utusan Malaysia 3 November 2011)
Sample product advertisements on KR1M website:

A shopping trip to a local hypermarket such as Carrefour buying products ranging from condensed creamer to canned sardines to dishwashing liquid will immediately show that the truth is far from the outrageous claims made by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister and the Prime Minister.

While some products are indeed cheaper in the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M), the price differential is far less than the claims of 30% to 50% for most products. For example, KR1M claim to sell a 425gm can of sardines for RM2.99 "saving" the consumer a whopping 51%. However, a check in Carrefour showed that a 425gm of sardines (Double Swallow brand) sells for RM2.49 or 20% cheaper than in KR1M!

For a 1 litre bottle of 1Malaysia bleach, KR1M will charge you RM1.90, claiming huge savings of 36%. However, one can easily purchase 1 litre of Carrefour or Tesco branded bleach for only RM1.29 or a massive 47% cheaper than in KR1M!

Even when the 1Malaysia products are indeed cheaper, they are nowhere the claimed "savings". For example, for a 400gm packet of frozen minced beef, it would cost RM4.89 in KR1M. In Carrefour, the Ramly branded packet will cost RM5.29 or only 8% more, instead of the claimed 18% "savings".

Based on a basket of 23 common daily household goods and food items compiled per the attachment, it showed that if the same items are bought in Carrefour, a consumer will actually save 8%, paying RM120.53 instead of RM130.49 in KR1M. See full product list here.

The manner which KR1M and the Barisan Nasional cabinet ministers have been going to town telling the rakyat how ridiculously cheap the products sold in KR1M is completely irresponsible and misleading. In fact, the Ministers and KR1M should be investigated for breaching the Malaysian Code of Advertising Practice (MCAP). For example, the code says that

"Advertisements should not contain any statements or visual presentation which directly or by implication, omission, ambiguity, or exaggerated claim, is likely to mislead the consumer about the product advertised, the advertiser, or about any other product or advertiser, in particular with regard to… value or total price actually to be paid."
In fact it is the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry which is responsible for regulating the industry and ensuring that consumers are not cheated by misleading claims under the Consumer Protection Act 1999. However, when the Ministry itself is guilty of such offences as a result of the Barisan Nasional government's vested interest in KR1M, then it becomes a gross breach of its responsibility to the rakyat.

We call upon the Ministers and KR1M to stop misleading the rakyat with false advertising and make claims which can only be substantiated with comparisons with products of equivalent quality.

We are very happy if the Government can promote quality products which are cheaper to the rakyat but such promotions should apply to any company capable of delivering cheaper prices and not completely biased support towards 1 company who may or may not offer cheaper prices.

In fact we note with trepidation that the Government is taking the opportunity to force various government-related agencies to take and offer KR1M products – such as the announcement on Coop 1Malaysia in schools and the setup of Kedai Rakyat Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP). We fear that the measures will end up only profiting certain business entities instead of offering real quality products at the cheapest possible prices to the man on the street.

UMNO Hypocrites Over Civil Service

Posted: 08 Nov 2011 11:09 PM PST

The racist reactions by Umno politicians to proposals to improve the efficiency of our civil service and government expenditure prove that the Party prioritises only its bigoted political interests and marginalises the needs of the nation

I am almost amused by the "shock and fury" expressed by Umno politicians, the far-right Perkasa and Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia on a straightforward comment which I had made in a forum in Johor Bahru on 30th October 2011, in response to a question posed by a member of the audience.

I had presented at the Budget 2012 forum the rising Government operating expenditure and the fact that the largest and fastest rising component of the expenditure is the allocation for "Emoluments, Pensions and Gratuities". I had shown the chart below which clearly highlights the rise of the Government's total wage bill:

 The chart shows that our total civil service wage bill has increased from RM20.9 billion in 10 years ago in 2001 to RM30.2 billion 5 years ago in 2006 to a massive RM64.1 billion expected next year in 2012.

The member of the audience had asked, what could be done to resolve the issue. I said that this matter will be one which is highly sensitive and a very difficult issue to deal with. I had specifically emphasized that the civil service cannot be reduced overnight and any rationalisation of the civil service has to be conducted over the long term. I had offered certain suggestions such as the termination of civil servants who have failed to perform their responsibilities as well as offering optional early retirement programmes for those who are interested.

However, the reaction from the UMNO chauvinists clearly showed that they are not interested in solving the problem but are more interested in inflaming racial sentiments and making irresponsible wild allegations with the sole purpose of creating racial hatred.

It was perhaps most disappointing to hear the widely respected and normally rational, MP for Johor Bahru, Datuk Shahrir Samad stooping so low as to turn a healthy discussion on the size of the civil service into a racial issue. He has said that "Motif mereka hanyalah mahu menaikkan sentiment rasis dan bukannya berasaskan ekonomi."

The reaction by the Johor Bahru MP, other Umno politicians and Perkasa is completely hypocritical for it was the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself who has proposed a new civil service scheme for the government workforce.

In his Budget 2012 speech, the Prime Minister himself had proposed that "a flexible remuneration system will be introduced to retain or terminate civil servants based on performance. Civil servants must accept this challenge and be prepared to change. Hence, the Government will introduce the New Civil Service Remuneration Scheme or SBPA [will] introduce an exit policy for underperforming civil servants and for those who opt to leave the service".

Why is it that these very critics and race-champions have not raised a single note of objection to the Datuk Seri Najib Razak's proposal but when the same issue is raised by an opposition politician, then all hell breaks loose.

In fact, even the Chief Secretary, Tan Sri Sidek Hassan has said the same when questioned by reports the day after the Budget speech where "…he insisted that the "exit policy" announced in Budget 2012 would be strictly enforced."

"If you want to go out, we will allow you to go out. When we think that it is better off for you for a civil servant to be outside the public service, then we will allow them to go out. When they misbehave, and we think they should go out, we'll ask them to go out," he said.

Therefore Datuk Shahrir and all other shameless critics should focus on the task at hand as put forth by the Prime Minister and the Chief Secretary themselves and stop playing racial politics with the sole purpose of inciting racial hatred among Malaysians for the purposes of shoring up declining support for an UMNO that is bankrupt of ideas.

UUCA Appeal Defies "Political Transformation Programme"

Posted: 05 Nov 2011 11:40 PM PDT

The decision by the Cabinet to allow the appeal of the Court of Appeal judgement that Section 15.(5)(a) of the University and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA) is unconstitutional flies in the face of the Prime Minister's "political transformation programme"

After a series of calls for the Government to not appeal the Court of Appeal judgement that Section 15.(5)(a) of the UUCA is made by top politicians from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat, hopes were high that the Cabinet will abide by and accept the Court's decision.

The UMNO Youth Chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, Deputy Higher Education Minister, Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah and MCA Youth Chief, Datuk Wee Ka Siong have made a show of openly supported the Court's position that the relevant section of the UUCA is unconstitutional and the UUCA should be amended accordingly.

In the "spirit" of the political transformation programme launched by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the eve of Malaysia Day where he announced the proposed repeal and amendment of various draconian Acts such as the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Printing Press and Publications Act (PPPA), Malaysians were expecting an enlightened decision by the Cabinet to finally remove the shackles of academic freedom at our institutions of higher learning.

However, the BN government has instead chosen to abdicate its responsibility to the Attorney General, purportedly to make a study of the "points of law". The excuse could not be more lame as regardless of the Court decision, the Cabinet could have taken opportunity to announce a proposed amendment of the UUCA, particularly the controversial Section 15.

In fact, the Cabinet should have taken the bold decision not only to amend Section 15.(5)(a), but the entire Section 15 of the Act which severely restricts the freedom of academics and students in our local universities.

Section 15.(1) states that students of the University, even if they are of voting age or PhD students, cannot be members of any political party, or any other organisation as determined by the Minister of Higher Education.

Section 15.(2) states that no University students' body shall have any association with any political party, or any organisation as determined by the Minister of Higher Education.

Section 15.(6)(a) states that students and academics will only have the "freedom" to make statements on their areas of study and research while 15.(6)(b) prohibits their participation in any seminar, symposium or event organised by any political party, even if it is within their area of expertise.

The above sections of the Act are obviously unreasonable and unconstitutional on so many grounds – such as the Article 8 which states that "all persons are equal before the law" forbidding discrimination against students and academics; and Article 10 which guarantees the "freedom of speech and expression" as well as "the right to form associations".

I have filed the proposed amendments to the above Sections of the Act during the sub-committee debate on the UUCA Amendment Bill in December 2008 arguing on its unconstitutionality. However, the motion was defeated unanimously by the BN members of Parliament.

We call upon the Cabinet not to make the same mistake twice, at the expense of not only the Prime Minister's "political transformation programme", but also the reputation and credibility of our institutions of higher learning. Without academic freedom, our universities will never be able to achieve our goals of becoming "world-class" institutions. Regardless of the final decision by the Attorney-General, Datuk Seri Najib Razak must retake the initiative and commence the process of removing all unconstitutional and unreasonable elements from the UUCA.

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Posted: 11 Nov 2011 06:36 AM PST

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i n t a n h i j a u


Posted: 11 Nov 2011 03:09 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti (AUKU) 1971, perlu segera dimansuhkan kerana ia dapat melahirkan generasi pelajar yang lebih berani dan bertanggungjawab pada masa hadapan, kata Pensyarah Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Prof Abdul Aziz Bari.

Aziz berkata kerajaan perlu segera memansuhkan akta berkenaan kerana mahasiswa pada hari ini wajar diberi ruang untuk melihat arena politik semasa kerana ia dapat mengembangkan pemikiran mereka apabila keluar dari universiti kelak.

"Pelajar hari ini perlu diberi ruang untuk libatkan diri mereka dengan politik supaya dapat lahir generasi yang berfikiran terbuka mindanya sekali gus dapat memajukan negara pada masa hadapan," katanya ketika dihubungi pada Jumaat.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas kenyataan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang dilaporkan berkata AUKU boleh dipinda atau dihapuskan sekiranya mahasiswa memberikan sepenuh perhatian terhadap pelajaran tanpa 'digagahi' oleh pihak lain.

Muhyiddin dipetik sebagai berkata kerajaan memperkenalkan AUKU pada 1971 disebabkan oleh beberapa insiden, dan pengenalan akta itu ialah supaya pelajar dapat menumpukan sepenuh masa dalam pelajaran di universiti serta kolej dan tidak 'diganggu' dengan kegiatan luar.

Mengulas lanjut, Aziz berkata penguatkuasaan AUKU akan hanya melahirkan generasi yang berfikiran sempit.

"Negara kita tidak akan maju dengan generasi seperti ini, mereka menjadi jumud dan mengamalkan pemikiran sempit dan ia tidak akan memberi sebarang manfaat kepada negara.

"AUKU hanya melahirkan golongan berfikiran tidak matang dalam menangani cabaran pada masa hadapan," ujarnya.

Justeru, beliau berkata institusi pengajian tinggi perlu menjadi tempat yang mampu membentuk mahasiswa menjadi pemimpin yang boeh dicontohi generasi akan datang.

"Universiti patut jadi tempat yang dapat menghasilkan golongan intelektual yang mampu memajukan negara. Tapi hari ini, universiti kita telah mengeluarkan ramai pelajar yang kurang berkualiti serta tidak mempunyai sifat kepimpinan," katanya.

Mahkamah Rayuan, pada 31 Oktober lalu, memutuskan Seksyen 15(5)(a) AUKU yang melarang pelajar menyatakan sokongan dan simpati atau bangkangan kepada mana-mana parti politik dalam dan luar negara, adalah tidak munasabah dan melanggar kebebasan bersuara.(mstaronline)

Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng

5 Reasons Why Penang Will Not Go To The Polls This Year If Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak Calls For Snap Elections.(en/bm/cn)

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 11:31 PM PST

As speculation rises whether Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak will call for snap elections on this auspicious date of 11 November 2011, there are 5 key reasons why Penang will not follow suit and hold concurrent elections with the federal parliamentary seats this year.

One, BN has still not fulfilled its promise to repeal the Internal Security Act and disbursed RM 500 to all households earning below RM3,000 per month. Questions are raised as to whether BN will conduct a mere cosmetic exercise of repealing the ISA but replacing it with two ISA-like laws. resulting in Malaysians ending up with two ISAs instead of one.

The disbursement of RM100 to students this year when this measure is included in the budget is for 2012 and not 2011 raises questions of legality especially when the 2012 Budget has still not being passed in Parliament. Further if the RM100 is to be paid this year when it is not budgeted in this year 2011 budget, where is the Federal government getting the money from.

Lest we forget Malaysia recorded a budget deficit this year as has been a deficit for 15 years. The National Deficit for 2010 is RM43.27billion, for 2011 is RM45.51 billion whilst the 2012 projected deficit for is RM43billion. (4.7% out of RM918 billion nominal GDP projected). Where is the Federal government going to get the extra RM530 million for giving to school students RM100 this year when it is not budgeted for 2011 and will only increase the 2011 deficit further?

Two, holding general elections now would be unfair to those performing the haj as they will be denied their right to vote and determine the next government. The last batch of the Haj pilgrims are not expected back until Dec 11 and almost 30,000 Malaysians went to Mecca to perform their pilgrimage

Three, the failure and refusal by the BN government to explain the misappropriation of funds, gross irregularities and abuses of power as outlined in the 2010 Auditor-General's Report. The 2010 Auditor-General Report reminds Malaysians of everything that is wrong in the BN Federal government. Night-vision marine binoculars costing only RM 1,940 are bought at a price of RM56,350, a TV LCD and DVD player bought with a contract price of RM16,100 was supplied with an inferior brand valued at only RM195; RM770,000 was spent to supply electricity to one house.

The Auditor-General’s Report said nine ministries or departments had overspent their operating allocation for last year by a total of RM3.73 billion and even a Minister Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is involved when a RM73.6 million cattle-farming project is given to her family's company. Her husband is the Executive Chairman while her son is the CEO. The rest of her children, meanwhile, are executive directors.

Many questions remained unanswered about this National Feedlot Corporation project in Gemas, Negri Sembilan. Chief amongst its failures is its production of only 3,289 heads in 2010 or 41.1 per cent of its intended target of 8,000 heads. The AG’s report also cites poor management as a key factor and points to other failings such as its failure to train enough farmers, a 5,000-acre farmland that is overgrown and poor maintenance of its facilities.

Naturally, Malaysians are concerned about public money which includes an additional soft loan of RM250 million being used to fund this “family business”, especially when it is turning out to be a monumental failure. In addition, Sharizat has still to deny reports of how the funds were used on non-cow related purposes including an allegation by PKR that nearly RM10 million was spent to purchase a high-end condominium.

Four, the Parliamentary Select Committee of Electoral Reforms have still not completed its hearings to carry out reforms to ensure a free, fair and clean elections. Failure to do so would permit the dirtiest general elections in history with phantom voters and illegal immigrants being transformed magically to citizens and voters in a few hours. Would Malaysia's destiny be determined by Malaysian citizens or phantom voters and illegal immigrants?

Five, the national agenda for the end of this year should be focused on flood prevention and mitigation. Malaysians should learn from the horrors of floods in Thailand that has caused tragic loss of life and huge financial losses. To hold general elections now during the rainy monsoon season when flood victims are more bothered about surviving than voting, would be not only be a denial of their democratic right of choice but cruel and inhumane.

If Najib insists on calling snap polls this year, then the Penang Pakatan Rakyat will hold a special convention where a recommendation will be made not to hold the state election together with the federal parliament.

—–BM Translation———
Kenyataan Akhbar oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 11.11.2011

5 Sebab Kenapa Pulau Pinang Tidak Akan Mengadakan Pilihanraya Tahun Ini Jika Perdana Menteri Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak Memutuskan Untuk Mengadakan Pilihanraya Kilat.

Sementara spekulasi bertiup kencang bahawa Perdana Menteri Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak akan membubarkan Parlimen pada tanggal bertuah 11 November 2011, terdapat 5 sebab kenapa Pulau Pinang tidak akan mengikutinya jika pilihanraya diadakan pada tahun ini.

Pertama, BN masih belum lagi menyempurnakan janji untuk memansuhkan Akta Dalam Negeri (ISA) dan pengagihan RM500 kepada semua isi rumah yang berpendapatan kurang daripada RM3,000 sebulan. Soalan sedang ditimbulkan sama ada janji pemansuhan ISA ini merupakan wayang semata-mata, kerana pada masa yang sama kita diberitahu bahawa ISA itu akan digantikan dengan dua lagi undang-undang yang serupa. Jika itu berlaku, Malaysia bukan sahaja akan mempunyai satu ISA, tetapi dua.

Bayaran RM100 kepada setiap pelajar yang dilakukan pada tahun ini menimbulkan soalan kesahihan, terutamanya apabila Belanjawan 2012 belum lagi diluluskan oleh Parlimen. Dan jika pembayaran RM100 akan diberi pada tahun ini memandangkan ia tidak diperuntukkan dalam Belanjawan 2011, dari manakah datangnya duit yang ingin dibelanjakan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan ini?

Jangan kita lupa bahawa Malaysia telah mencatatkan defisit belanjawan pada tahun ini, sepertimana defisit telah dicatatkan untuk 15 tahun berturut-turut. Defisit negara bagi tahun 2010 adalah RM43.27 bilion, dan untuk tahun 2011 pula RM45.51 bilion, manakala unjuran defisit untuk 2012 adalah RM43 bilion (atau 4.7% daripada unjuran nominal KDNK RM918 bilion). Di manakah Kerajaan Persekutuan akan mendapat lebihan RM530 juta untuk pemberian RM100 kepada setiap pelajar sekolah tahun ini apabila ia tidak diperuntukkan dalam tahun 2011? Dan bukankah ini akan menambahkan defisit negara?

Kedua, adalah tidak adil untuk menafikan hak mengundi kepada jemaah Haji yang sedang menunaikan ibadah mereka jika pilihanraya umum diadakan sekarang. Kelompok terakhir jemaah Haji hanya dijangka kembali pada 11 Disember. Seramai 30,000 rakyat Malaysia telah ke Makkah untuk menunaikan ibadah Haji pada tahun ini.

Ketiga, kegagalan dan keengganan Kerajaan BN untuk menjelaskan penyelewengan dana, penyalahgunaan kuasa dan ketidakseimbangan yang nyata seperti yang telah digariskan dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010. Laporan tersebut telah mengingatkan rakyat Malaysia tentang segala kekurangan dan kesalahan dalam pentadbiran Kerajaan BN. Sepasang binokular marin 'visi malam' yang berharga RM1,940 telah dibeli pada harga RM56,350; set TV LCD dan pemain DVD telah dipesan dengan harga kontrak RM16,100 tetapi yang dibekalkan merupakan set jenama bermutu rendah yang berharga RM195; RM770,000 pula telah dibelanjakan untuk membekalkan tenaga elektrik kepada satu rumah.

Laporan Ketua Audit telah menyatakan bahawa 9 buah kementerian atau jabatan telah terlebih membelanjakan peruntukan dengan jumlah sebanyak RM3.73 bilion. Menteri Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil pula terlibat dengan skandal Pusat Fidlot Nasional (NFC) yang bernilai RM73.6 juta, apabila projek itu telah diberikan kepada keluarganya. Suami Datuk Shahrizat merupakan Pengerusi Eksekutif manakala anaknya menyandang jawatan Ketua Eksekutif (CEO). Anak-anak lainnya pula berjawatan Pengarah Eksekutif.

Banyak soalan belum dijawab tentang projek Fidlot di Gemas, Negri Sembilan, seperti pengeluaran lembu yang tidak mencapai sasaran, di mana 3,289 ekor telah dikeluarkan dalam tahun 2010, atau 41.1 peratus daripada 8,000 ekor yang disasarkan). Laporan Ketua Audit Negara juga telah menekankan pengurusan yang tidak cekap sebagai faktor utama untuk prestasi lemah yang dicapai, di samping mengemukakan kegagalan untuk melatih petani yang cukup, tanah 5,000 ekar yang bermensiang dan tidak terjaga serta penyenggaraan yang kurang memuaskan.

Oleh itu, rakyat Malaysia berasa bimbang dengan penggunaan wang rakyat, yang juga sekarang membabitkan pinjaman RM250 juta untuk membiayai "bisnes keluarga" ini, apatah lagi apabila projek ini nampaknya akan menjadi satu kegagalan yang besar. Tambahan pula, Shahrizat belum lagi menafikan laporan bahawa dana itu telah digunakan untuk tujuan lain seperti yang didakwa oleh PKR bahawa hampir RM10 juta telah digunakan untuk pembelian sebuah unit kondo mewah.

Keempat, Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Parlimen untuk reformasi pilihanraya masih belum lagi selesai dengan pendengaran awamnya untuk melakukan perubahan demi menzahirkan pilihanraya yang bebas, bersih dan adil. Kegagalan untuk melaksanakan perubahan ini akan membolehkan pilihanraya yang paling kotor dalam sejarah dengan pengundi hantu dan juga pengundi asing yang diberi kerakyatan secara pantas dan ajaib. Adakah nasib dan takdir Malaysia akan ditentukan oleh rakyat kita sendiri ataupun pengundi hantu dan pengundi asing?

Kelima, agenda kebangsaan menjelang akhir tahun ini patut ditumpukan kepada tindakan mitigasi dan pencegahan banjir. Malaysia harus belajar daripada kengerian banjir di Thailand yang telah mengakibatkan kehilangan nyawa yang tragis dan kerugian kewangan yang besar. Jika pilihanraya umum diadakan semasa musim tengkujuh, ia bukan sahaja akan menafikan hak demokratik mangsa-mangsa banjir tetapi juga bersifat tidak berperikamanusiaan.

Jika Najib berkeras untuk mengadakan pilihanraya kilat pada akhir tahun ini, Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang akan menganjurkan sebuah konvensyen khas di mana cadangan akan disyorkan supaya pilihanraya negeri tidak akan diadakan bersama dengan pilihanraya umum.

Lim Guan Eng

—— Mandarin Translation —-
















魏宗贤文打烟之声 Gwee Tong Hiang for Bentayan

魏宗贤文打烟之声 Gwee Tong Hiang for Bentayan

Melawat seorang pelajar yang cedera akibat terkena pukulan kipas angin dibilik darjah

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 12:29 AM PST

Direct Free Kick

Direct Free Kick

Tarbiyyah Haraki di Taman Melor bersama Ustaz Dzia Ul Haq pada 10/11/2011.

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 06:37 AM PST


Posted: 10 Nov 2011 11:57 PM PST

Skim Baikpulih Negeri Berkebajikan berkonsepkan perkongsian kos atau CERIA yang melibatkan pangsapuri kos rendah yang sedang dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan Negeri Selangor telah mendapat sambutan yang menggalakkan dari pemilik-pemilik pangsapuri.
Walau bagaimanapun skim CERIA akan menjadi sia-sia sekiranya kemudahan-kemudahan yang dibaikpulih tidak diselenggarakan dengan baik malah dirosakkan oleh mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab.
Oleh itu, Pejabat Exco Perumahan, Pengurusan Bangunan dan Setinggan dengan kerjasama Lembaga Perumahan & Hartanah Selangor akan melancarkan Kempen Anti Vandalisme di kawasan pangsapuri bertingkat sebagai kesinambungan kepada skim CERIA yang sedang berjalan.
Kempen ini juga akan melibatkan kerjasama pelbagai agensi kerajaan dan swasta untuk turut sama-sama turun padang.
Kempen ini akan dilancarkan oleh Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abdul Khalid bin Ibrahim sepertimana ketetapan berikut,
Tarikh - 13 November 2011 (Ahad)
Masa - 8.00 pagi hingga 1.30 petang
Tempat - Blok F5-F8, Flat Taman Puchong Permai, Jalan Permai 2/14, Taman Puchong Permai, 47150 Petaling Jaya.
Kempen ini akan berjalan secara berterusan dan akan dinilai tahap keberkesanannya setiap 3 bulan. Di antara aktiviti-aktiviti yang akan dilaksanakan sebagai sebahagian dari kempen ini adalah :
1.     Pengedaran risalah
2.     Senam Sihat Selangor
3.     Taklimat Keselamatan Dan Ceramah Motivasi
4.     Demonstrasi Kebakaran Dan Penyelamatan
5.     Mewujudkan kumpulan teras di pangsapuri-pangsapuri yang akan membantu membanteras vandalisme
Kerajaan Negeri berharap program ini akan dapat mewujudkan sikap kebertanggungjawaban terhadap hartabenda awam dan infrastuktur yang telah disediakan demi kesejahteraan bersama. Ianya diharap juga akan dapat mewujudkan "zero tolerance" terhadap tabiat anti-sosial seperti vandalisme ini.    
Wartawan Dan Jurufoto Dijemput Hadir Membuat Liputan  
Iskandar bin Abdul Samad
Exco Perumahan, Pengurusan Bangunan & Setinggan
Negeri Selangor
11 November 2011

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comment on Was Tony trying to spin again? by Ajay

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 05:47 AM PST

Whoaaa, eddy Leong dulu kutuk habis TF , Sikalang Sudah kena ….

Note: sorry for the minor edition to avoid unnecessary problems.

Comment on Was Tony trying to spin again? by Randy

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 04:37 AM PST

Flying in circles
Posted on 10 November 2011 – 10:27pm
Comment by
Kang Siew Li

TEN years ago, AirAsia took to the skies, bringing the no-frills airline model to Malaysia and breaking the near-monopoly that national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) had enjoyed on most routes within and out of the country.

Then, amidst the initial scepticism, many airline analysts and market observers believed that AirAsia’s entry would bring much-needed competition to the market, as well as substantial benefits to passengers from more choice and competitive fares.

AirAsia was also touted to have made it possible for people who could never afford to fly, and those who already do, to fly more frequently.

Then, in January 2007, AirAsia launched its long-haul budget arm AirAsia X, providing passengers with greater choices in long-haul air travel.

Three months later, the competition was further heightened with the entry of MAS’ unit Firefly, bringing air travellers here another alternative to low-cost travel.

Still, despite more competition, passenger traffic continued to grow and in fact, challenges the airlines to be innovative and efficient which in turn led to a continued decline in fares. Malaysia’s airline industry was deemed a perfect example of competition in the deregulated market, with passengers being the ultimate beneficiary.

Fast forward to now. As a result of the MAS-AirAsia pact in August, MAS now focuses on the premium segment, leaving the low-cost segment to AirAsia. Firefly is also being transformed into a full-service short-haul carrier.

While there are still four airlines operating, they now essentially share common shareholders — Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which controls MAS and Firefly, and Tune Air Sdn Bhd, which is the investment vehicle of AirAsia founders Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun. The share swap also enabled the airline bosses to have representation on each other’s board.

In retrospect, it looks like Malaysia’s airline industry is going back to the days when all routes within and out of the country were served mainly by a single carrier.

As airlines around the world move and adjust from a controlled to a deregulated market, is Malaysia going back to square one?

These are but some of the questions that have come up following the MAS-AirAsia collaboration.

As an airline executive pointed out: “How is it possible for the government to allow four airline operating licences (MAS, Firefly, AirAsia and AirAsia X) to be held by the same shareholders? What happened to a deregulated airline industry that brings more competition and greater pricing freedom?”

Apart from these four airlines, the only other passenger airline in the country is Berjaya Air, which offers limited domestic scheduled and charter services, mainly to its own resorts.

While MAS and AirAsia bosses have vehemently denied that the tie-up will result in monopolistic practices and that fares will go up, we will have to take their word for it for now.

But already, some passengers have complained of less choice of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah and Sarawak following the discontinuation of Firefly’s jet services from last month.

Comment on Was Tony trying to spin again? by Penumpang Geram

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 03:30 AM PST

TF is trying to teach Malaysian and i wanna know is he trying to fool YB Wee like what he has done to the Malay idiots in MAS and MASEUS???

lets put down MASUES because they do nothing…kekadang fikir…lebih baik takde union…adakah mereka2 diatas MASEUS telah mendapat sogokan seperti projek dan hal2 lain hanya untuk menutup mulut???

well said Rakyat Prihatin…dont talk about Malaysia if TF (mengaku sebagai orang Malaysia) cant even speak Malay…jangan rompak harta Malaysia bawa keluar…why dont you sponsored national team and buy national team rather if you wanna talk taht you are truly Malaysian and everything you do is because of Malaysia..dulu mungkin you do it for Malaysia…now???i dont think so…the fares is getting increase by charging unacceptable charges such fuel, conv. fees,counter check-in fees (RM10 per person is definitely ‘CEKIK DARAH’) and ect.

be gentle by competing Firefly.Firefly is doing well because they know what Malaysian want…Aerobridge, low fares (with all the taxes still lower than AK),genuine passion of cabin crews [professional than AK crews (AK crews use to speak English everytime including to elderly)]…

just change yourself rather than trying to help/chage others…jangan jaga tepi kain orang…

Comment on Was Tony trying to spin again? by Smart Dugong

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 02:33 AM PST

Yeehaaaa. Toni sudah kena spinned by himself.

AA – 9000 staff – revenue per annum RM 4 Billions
MAS – 18000 staff – revenue p.a RM 14 Billions.

So siapa pandai berniaga, siapa pandai goreng sampai hangus.

Comment on YB Tan Sri Nor Yakob and Md Nor: How much did MAS sell the 70% of MAS Catering? by Anonymous II

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 02:31 AM PST

YB, let me share some facts – bodohwi is seen wearing pampers and having employed personal physician to care for his health after swallowing rakyat’s blood and sweat. His physician carries a physician kit worth RM50k wherever bodohwi travels to. It’s very clear bodohwi needs huge income to cover his medical and travelling expenses. Having said he does wear pampers, it could due to retribution from god for his sins whilst he was the powerful. I hope other would not be next leader to receive the curses from god.

note: sorry for the slight edition just to avoid unnecessary problems.

Comment on Was Tony trying to spin again? by Anonymous III

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 02:24 AM PST

Hahahahahha…well said Smart Dugong. And Rakyat Prihatian – memang dia tu tak ada telur. Kalau kan ada, dia akan buat LIVE TURUN PADANG.

Comment on Was Tony trying to spin again? by Smart Dugong

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 01:54 AM PST

TF said “Azran, Kamarudin and I are at your disposal.”

Ha, ha, ha, now TF knows who is the Boss.

TF, do you think YB will come to your place to be bought.
If you want, meet him at a neutral place lah.

Haiya, ini pun Dugong kena ajar.

Comment on Was Tony trying to spin again? by rakyat kebanyakan yang prihatin

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 11:38 PM PST

Comment on Questions time 9-11-2011: MAS sold 70% of MAS Catering & signed a 25 year exclusive contract by rakyat kebanyakan yang prihatin

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 11:12 PM PST

Comment on Questions time 9-11-2011: MAS sold 70% of MAS Catering & signed a 25 year exclusive contract by Jason

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 10:37 PM PST

The selling of 70% of MAS Catering was the job of Md Nor, Rashdan and Azman Mokhtar. Kumpulan Gubahan is the company controlled by Datuk Ibrahim Hj Ahmad Badawi. Now Anbdullah Badawi is the Advisor of MAS. Ptui! Ptui!Ptui!

Remember Gubahan then sold 51% of its 70% in MAS Catering to Tamadam for RM130 million and the remaining 49% to LSG skychef. the selling price to LSG must be in the region of RM100 million if we were to go by the selling price to Tamadam. Bought 70% for RM175 million. Not a bad deal after all. Then a better deal of a 25 years exclusive contract with MAS. This was how these idiot save MAS.

That was why the Advisor is so quiet about the share swap.