Friday, September 26, 2008

18m For A Website??



Cost of Internet TV too high, says Guan Eng

PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng has criticised the Tourism Ministry’s RM18mil move to start Internet TV to attract tourists as being too costly and a waste of public funds.

“All you need is a good video camera. Malaysiakini (news portal) can do their Web TV for RM20,000, why do you need RM18mil?” he said.

Lim said he was also made to understand that the cost took into account 100 documentaries that would be produced about the country.

“Why do you need to produce so many? Do you think the tourists want to see so many?” he said.

On Tuesday, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said an initial RM6mil would be spent mostly on content and the ministry had initially requested for RM36mil for the project.

Lim criticised Malaysia’s drop in ranking on the Transparency Inter-national Malaysia’s Corruption Per­ceptions Index from 43 (out of 179 countries) in 2007 to 47 (180 countries) in 2008.

“It has worsened and is a slap in the face for anti-corruption efforts by the Prime Minister. He must admit that corruption is a serious problem in this country and not be in denial,” he said after introducing two new members of the DAP think tank, Teh Chi-Chang and Leong Joo Ti.

Teh was appointed Lim’s economic adviser, replacing PJ Utara MP Tony Pua, while Leong was appointed to assist Lim in strategy and implementation of policies.

Teh, 37, had previously worked in a string of corporate finance companies and brings with him 15 years of experience in investment appraisal, management and corporate finan-ce.

Pua has been promoted as the party’s national publicity secretary.

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*What?? 18m for website?? Cmon la Azalina, aku dah involve dalam web design and development including video editing, streaming apa semua dah lebih 10 tahun, aku rasa total cost nak buat ni tak sampai 1m pun dengan development, day to day operation, web marketing campaign dengan campur contents acquisition sekali. 18m?? Perghhh ntah berapa juta la masuk poket.

Aku dulu buat Berita e-UMNO (the original UMNO news website back in year 2000, now known as UMNO TV) team 2 orang je, aku dgn Izal (now known as Joe Bleed, lead singer of Pure Vibracion) dengan Boss kitaorang Encik Shariff, hari-hari pun ada content baru ada video and audio interview dgn all the leaders (Nak gi interview Pak Lah kereta boss aku accident terbalik, benjol baek punya kepala aku kena steering, siap concussion lagi). Masa tu siap boleh cover 2 by-election di Sanggang dan di Teluk Kemang, cover Perhimpunan Agung UMNO (An article about our team and Berita e-UMNO was published by Berita Harian for their coverage of Perhimpunan Agung with our picture accompanying the article), hey I was there at Perak MB residence in Ipoh to cover the news for Berita e-UMNO for the one and only UMNO Supreme Council meeting outside PWTC when Tun Dr Mahathir first appointed Azalina to the Supreme Council. We did an interview with you right after that annnoucement remember???

Ni ntah company crony mana la yang propose dan dapat project ni. 18m??? DAMN!!! Gile tak puas hati aku macam ni.

Tangguh Lagi

Pemilihan Umno ditangguh hingga Mac
Jimadie Shah Othman | Sep 26, 08 12:11pm

kemaskini 2:04pm Majlis Tertinggi Umno memutuskan hari ini untuk menangguhkan perhimpunan agung serta pemilihan parti dari Disember ke Mac tahun depan.

Penundaan ini bertujuan memastikan proses peralihan kuasa berjalan lebih awal - yang dilihat sebagai usaha untuk mendesak Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menyerahkan kuasa kepada Timbalannya, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak lebih awal.

Sebelum, Abdullah - dalam pelan peralihan kuasanya - bersetuju untuk menyerah kuasa kepada Najib pada pertengahan 2010.

Bagaimanapun, pemimpin akar umbi Umno tidak sekata mengenai tarikh tersebut dan ramai yang mendesak supaya tarikh itu dipercepatkan lagi.

Abdullah yang juga presiden Umno bagaimanapun enggan mengulas lanjut tentang peralihan kuasa.

pak lah umno supreme council special meeting 260809 02"Apa juga yang diperlukan, peraturan-peraturan, apa yang hendak saya laksanakan nanti, apa juga, akan diputuskan (bersama) antara saya dan (timbalan presiden) Datuk Seri Najib (Razak),” katanya.

Pemilihan pucuk pimpinan Umno sebelum ini dijadualkan pada 16 hingga 21 Disember depan.

Abdullah turut menafikan mendapat tekanan suapaya peralihan kuasa itu disegerakan, sebaliknya perkara itu, menurutnya, “berkaitan dengan kerjanya” sebagai presiden Umno.

Hubungan baik

“Tidak ada kena mengena dengan semua itu (tekanan). Ia berhubung kait dengan kerja saya. Apabila kerja habis, habislah.”

Perkara itu juga, tambah Abdullah, tidak ditimbulkan dalam mesyuarat tergempar pagi ini.

“Tidak ada apa-apa. Pada hari ini tidak ada langsung (bincang) tentang perkara itu. Mungkin ada dua, tiga orang yang kata begitu. Tetapi tidak ada satu-satu sebab hendak tekan, sebab mereka tahu hubungan saya dengan Najib baik.

“Dalam apa-apa perkara pun, kami mempunyai persefahaman yang baik. Tidak ada masalah patut timbul dalam perkara ini,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun, mesyuarat perwakilan Umno bahagian akan diteruskan seperti yang dijadualkan mulai 9 Oktober hingga 9 November depan.

Perkara itu diputuskan kerana perubahan tarikh mesyuarat di peringkat itu “tidak membawa kepada apa-apa kebaikan tambahan” kepada parti, tegas Abdullah.

Putuskan sebelum 9 Okt

Keputusan itu disifatkan sebagai “bukan sesuatu yang menyusahkan” bahagian dan telah diterima ahli MT.

Abdullah juga berkata, belum memutuskan sama ada akan mempertahankan jawatan presiden.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, beliau akan membuat keputusan mengenainya sebelum mesyuarat bahagian bermula 9 Oktober depan.

“Apa-apa keputusan saya akan buat sebelum mesyuarat bahagian,” katanya.

“Bertanding atau tidak, (itu) keputusan saya. Kamu boleh terus meneka tetapi keputusannya milik saya.”

Abdullah memberitahu demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas mesyuarat tergempar MT selama sejam di ibu pejabat Umno pagi tadi.

pak lah umno supreme council special meeting 260809 03Sebelum itu, Abdullah mengadakan pertemuan empat mata selama setengah jam dengan timbalannya sebelum mesyuarat MT bermula kira-kira jam 11 pagi tadi.

Mesyuarat MT ini merupakan pertemuan kedua pada bulan ini, selepas mesyuarat bulanannya pada 18 September.

Tidak akan bercuti

Kebiasaannya, mesyuarat MT hari ini juga diadakan pada sebelah petang tetapi kali ini ia diadakan pada sebelah pagi.

Ditanya sama ada beliau akan bercuti, Abdullah menjawab: "Ada banyak kerja nak buat."

Beliau juga tidak berniat meninggalkan Umno dan perkara itu dibuktikan dengan rekodnya bersama parti itu yang "bersih".

“Saya cintakan parti saya. Walaupun pada masa yang sukar saya tidak tinggalkan. Saya tidak pernah menyertai mana-mana parti lain.

"Saya tidak pernah berada atas landasan pembangkang. Tidak ada rekod saya yang menentang parti pun, pada bila-bila masa pun,” katanya ketika ditanya sama ada beliau akan meninggalkan parti itu.

Najib berada di sisi kanan Abdullah sepanjang sidang akhbar tersebut.

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*Masuk ni dah 2 kali ditangguh Pemilihan Agung UMNO, mula-mula kasi alasan nak pilihanraya, kali ni pulak pasal Presiden takut tak dapat cukup pencalonan sebab grass root memang dah tak nak Pak Lah jadi Presiden lagi. Tak tau lah apa reaction ahli-ahli grass root ni. Macam-macam hal dia ni buat pasal nak still pegang kuasa. Najib berhati-hati lah, dari sekarang sampai March tahun depan macam-macam boleh jadi. Ntah-ntah Pak Lah tengah nak cari jalan nak kenakan Najib dgn kes Altantuya so that dia still boleh pegang jawatan Presiden tanpa perlu bertanding sekali pun dengan alasan untuk mengukuhkan parti.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

LRT Berlanggar?


LRT berlanggar, 4 cedera ringan
Sep 24, 08 10:17pm

Kira-kira 300 penumpang terselamat dalam satu insiden pelanggaran yang membabitkan dua tren Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan(LRT Star) kira-kira 200m dari Stesen LRT Bukit Jalil hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, empat penumpang cedera ringan dalam kejadian pukul 6.30 petang itu dan mereka kini dirawat di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) sebagai pesakit luar.

Ketua Polis Daerah Cheras, ACP Ahmad Amir Mohd Hashim berkata kejadian berlaku apabila sebuah gerabak LRT Star Aliran Ampang dari arah Sungai Besi secara tiba-tiba berhenti 200 meter daripada Stesen LRT Bukit Jalil, sebelum dirempuh sebuah lagi gerabak LRT dari arah belakang dalam trek yang sama., demikian menurut Bernama.

"Kira-kira 300 penumpang berada dalam kedua-dua tren namun kesemua penumpang berjaya dikeluarkan serta tiada kecederaan parah termasuk ke atas kedua-dua pemandu tren, kecuali tiga wanita dan seorang lelaki mengalami kecederaan ringan.

"Punca kejadiannya kita sedang siasat dan kita akan ambil keterangan kedua-dua pemandu LRT berkenaan yang berusia dalam lingkungan 30-an untuk mengetahui punca sebenar kejadian," katanya di tempat kejadian.

Beliau berkata kira-kira 20 anggota polis bersama dua buah ambulans bergegas ke tempat kejadian sejurus menerima maklumat dan menolong mengeluarkan mangsa yang terperangkap di dalam kedua-dua LRT tersebut.

Pegawai Eksekitif RapidKL, Suffian Baharuddin berkata kejadian mungkin berpunca daripada masalah teknikal namun punca sebenar hanya akan diketahui setelah siasatan polis dan pihak RapidKL selesai.

Beliau berkata akibat pelanggaran itu, aliran sistem LRT di kedua-dua hala stesen Star Sungai Besi, Bukit Jalil dan Seri Petaling ditutup untuk malam ini.

"Tren yang berlanggar masih berada di atas landasan dan kami berharap keadaan akan kembali seperti sediakala esok," katanya.

Salah seorang penumpang yang terselamat, Ecoo Abu Samad, 32, seorang pekerja pembinaan berkata ketika kejadian, tren yang dinaikinya secara tiba-tiba berhenti berdekatan stesen LRT Bukit Jalil sebelum dirempuh kuat oleh tren lain dan menyebabkan kesemua penumpang terjatuh.

"Ketika tren tersebut berhenti, saya nampak lampu isyarat di hadapan berwarna merah dan dalam beberapa minit, tren dirempuh dari arah belakang.

"Kejadian berlaku ketika waktu sibuk dan ketika itu penumpang memang ramai. Kami terperangkap di dalam tren kira-kira 25 minit sebelum diselamatkan pekerja stesen LRT tersebut," katanya.

Seorang petugas TNB yang menaiki sebuah lagi tren, R.Perumal, 48, berkata dalam sistem lampu dan penghawa dingin terputus diikuti dengan keadaan riuh-rendah para penumpang dan mereka terpaksa bertindak sendiri dengan membuka pintu tren untuk keluar.

"Ketika keluar dari tren tersebut, saya nampak beberapa yang cedera dibawa masuk ke dalam ambulans. Saya sendiri luka sedikit di bahagian kepala akibat terhantuk di tiang," katanya.

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*Apa la driver LRT tu buat berhenti tak sampai station lagi? Hallucinate kot tak perasan belum sampai.

Lady Of Justice Painted Green... Money Talking

Malaysia is at its most important turning point, says John Malott

September 21, 2008 (via e-mail), By John Malott*

Today Malaysia is at the most important turning point in its history. Ironically, the man who has the opportunity to decide which way Malaysia will go is the man who has been considered an ineffective if not a failed leader – Abdullah Badawi.

Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said it best in an interview with Malaysiakini:http://www.malaysia kini.com/ news/90022) "If Abdullah lets the democratic process take place and does not stifle the country with arrests and emergency rule, it will be his finest hour, and he will go down in history as the man who liberalised the democratic system in Malaysia. But if he reneges on his word to not invoke the ISA, then he would only be digging his own grave", Ramon said.

Although the attention of the world has turned to the financial crisis in the United States, interest in Malaysia has never been higher. The world is watching. Malaysia can redeem itself in the eyes of the world – or it can become an international pariah – all within the space of the next few weeks.

The Malaysian people should not underestimate the influence and impact that Anwar Ibrahim has overseas. The 18 months that he spent abroad after his release from prison allowed him not only to reestablish his old connections but also to develop new ones. He spoke widely throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and developed a new cadre of admirers. He is without question the most well-known and respected Malaysian in the world.

So when he again faces more sham charges of sodomy and is carried away by a SWAT team, or when he then pulls off one of the most stunning political comebacks ever, the world pays attention. But it is not up to the world to decide who should govern Malaysia, it is up to the Malaysian people.

What the international community does expect is that the contest should be fair. For too long the Malaysian Government and UMNO have relied not on the forces of democracy and persuasion but on the powers of intimidation — the ISA, the sedition laws, the denial of business contracts, spying by the Special Branch, financial "largesse," and propaganda and even outright falsehoods disseminated by government and party controlled media. They too often have ruled by fear. Ten years ago few people dared to speak up. But this time the people are not afraid. They know what is going on in their country, and now they want the right to decide their own future.

After Anwar was sacked from the Government ten years ago, the question was who would replace him. Mahathir had announced that he would be stepping down in the near future, so the new DPM was likely to become Prime Minister. I was having lunch with a newly-arrived High Commissioner from a Commonwealth country. We were speculating who might replace Anwar when I said, "No matter who it is, he will have a hard time. It is always hard to follow a strong, tough leader. Look at Morarji Desai after Indira Gandhi in India, or John Major after Thatcher, or Goh after Lee Kuan Yew."

Since he was newly arrived, I gave him my impressions of Badawi and Najib as potential successors, as I had dealt with both of them. I said that they were not as authoritarian as Mahathir, and they were more "hands off" in their leadership style. Neither of them were men of vision. So we were likely to see a kinder, gentler, but weaker leadership. My colleague told me that he had spent a lot of time in Africa, so don't count on it. Weak leaders are even more likely to rely on the secret police and internal security laws to stay in power, simply because they are weak.

So here we are, 10 years later. Was I right, or was he?

When you look at Badawi's record over the past five years, the verdict of history already seems clear.Race relations are worse than at any point since 1969. The economy is suffering. Corruption and scandals are rampant and even touch the highest offices in the land. The opposition has achieved its greatest electoral victory in history. The BN coalition is breaking apart, and UMNO's unity is shattered. By any measure, history seems ready to record that Abdullah Badawi was a failed leader.

But the Prime Minister still has a chance to turn this around. Tan Sri Ramon has framed Badawi's choice well. Dig your own grave, or turn this into your finest hour. The choice is Badawi's, but the verdict will belong to the Malaysian people – and to history.

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* John Malott, former Ambassador of the United States of America to Malaysia. Since returning to his country some years ago, John continued to take a deep personal interest in political and socio-economic developments of our country. He has many friends in Kuala Lumpur and around ASEAN. It is my privilege to know him, and we do engage in free and frank exchange of views on US-Malaysia relations and other matters of mutual academic interest. The views expressed here are entirely his own.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Anok Kelate

Statement by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
23 September 2008

I write this as a Malaysian, as someone who, over forty seven years of political life, has had the privilege of playing some small part in the formation our country, the building of its institutions, and our achievement of a degree of economic sufficiency. I write out of deep concern about the present state of our country.

In the lives of nations as of individuals, there come moments of profound possibility, when the potential for self-transcendence and for self-destruction are simultaneously present.

As before some critical examination in our youth, we come to the daunting realization that we hold our future in our hands, when how we will fare many years hence, and whether we shall flourish or languish, will depend on how we conduct ourselves now, in this small window of
time.

We are in a political impasse that threatens to metastasize into a Constitutional crisis. Political crises come and go, but the present crisis might well be the beginning of a cascade of failures leading to long-term instability and destruction.

1. Our impasse occurs at a time of heightened economic, political and security challenges. The global economy faces the prospect of a meltdown on a scale last seen in the Great Depression of the last century. As a trading nation, we are strongly exposed to its effects. Meanwhile, while we seem to have slept, the global economy is undergoing an epic transformation that we must either adapt to or are marginalized by.

2. This year's ground-shfiting General Election result signaled a public sentiment that cannot be ignored. Malaysians want fundamental change, and they want it now, whether from within the ruling coalition or from outside it. The Malaysian demographic has changed dramatically over the last fifty years. We have seen the birth of a more sophisticated, demanding electorate that has rightly lost patience with incompetence and dishonesty.

3. The grievances of Sabah and Sarawak, which found only partial expression in the General Elections, remain unaddressed. This risks the very integrity of our Federation.

4. Misunderstandings over race and religion are ripe for political exploitation, with potentially disastrous consequences. Post election promises notwithstanding however, the government now
commands even less confidence than it did post March 8.

The public is in near despair over the prospects for change from within the ruling party. Rather than share the public's sense of urgency, our present office-holders have redoubled efforts to
frustrate renewal, cut off reform, and silence criticism. These efforts only underscore the weakness of the administration and its will to change.

We can no longer deny that in its present form, and under present leadership, the government, led by the party to which I have given my life, is now structurally and inherently incapable of providing the direction and confidence that the country needs, whether over the long or short term. The indications are there for all to see:

1. The government has been unable to respond to the economic crisis with even a basic plan of action. Business confidence has plummeted as capital flees the country. Our economic policy remains as uncoordinated and directionless as it has been in since the beginning of this administration.

2. The recommendations of two Royal Commissions of Inquiry have been ignored or watered down into insignificance.

3. In this context, Umno's constitutional provision for the renewal of its leadership by triennial elections might have been expected to provide some hope of renewal. Instead of embracing this opportunity, however, the leadership of the party has retreated into the fantasy world of a "transition plan" which rides roughshod over the party's constitution and the rights of its members. This risible attempt to treat public office and party trust as a private bequest between two individuals, one of whom wishes to hold office beyond his democratic mandate and the other to ascend without one, and the continuing effort to force feed the country with this notion, fools no one. Instead, and against background of rampant money politics, it kills the public's hope of national renewal via Umno. Behind the babble about a "transition plan" the Prime Minister continues to be subverted by members of his own cabinet and subjected to thinly cloaked power plays to force his resignation.

This resort to a "transition plan" betrays a disturbing failure to grasp the meaning and purpose of public office. In the more mature society into which we aspire to grow, persons who demonstrate and moreover propagate such disregard for constitutional and democratic process would long ago have been disqualified from public life, let alone from national leadership. The news appears not to have sunk in that the public rejects leaders who shun the open light of democratic contest in favour of staged plays and backroom plots.

Given Umno's core role in national politics, this is a dangerous state of affairs. Meanwhile the Opposition has made undeniable gains in the number of parliamentarians it commands. Beyond the hype and inflation, and regardless of whether Pakatan Rakyat now has "the numbers" to
command a majority, what we cannot doubt is that support for the governing majority continues to erode, and that this erosion continues so long as there is no hope of real change in the type of leadership Umno provides. There is now a credible threat that the present government may at some time fall by a vote of no confidence, or by some otherwise constitutionally legitimate demonstration of parliamentary majority. After fifty-one years of rule by a single party, this is not a possibility that is well understood. It is justifiably viewed with trepidation. Neither sheer denial on the one hand, or inflated claims on the other, help the situation.

To all appearances, we are beginning to lose grip of the rule of law. The use of the Internal Security Act and of Sedition Laws to target particular individuals further erodes the credibility of the government. Our actions exacerbate rather than calm the fear that stokes civil and racial strife. In the present context of a leadership struggle within Umno and against a strong Opposition it is impossible to dispel the notion that these extreme measures are calculated to
maintain certain individuals in power rather than to address verifiable threats to national security. Nothing does more to undermine the legitimacy of a government than plainly unjust acts. The ridiculous justifications given for some of these detentions has further undermined public confidence that the awesome powers of state are in safe hands.

We cannot afford to allow these disturbing trends to play out their destructive course while we suffer a de facto leadership vacuum, and while the rule of law is uncertain and the Constitution not upheld.

Against this background I appeal to all parties to come together in humility, beyond party politics, to hold an honest discussion, in the spirit of shared citizenship and with the gravest attitude of common responsibility towards a longsuffering rakyat, about what is happening to our country and how we might agree together on a peaceful way beyond our impasse. We need to come together to find unity and direction out of this dangerous situation. In doing so, we might turn our crisis into an opportunity and renew our unity and sense of direction as Malaysia.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
31 Jalan Langgak Golf
55000 Kuala Lumpur

*Maybe Kelantanese were born to be rebels. This is the only guys in UMNO who i believe can truly reform the party and take it forward. Good luck in the party election Ku Li

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Salam Aidilfitri 2008

Justice For RPK



Petra ditahan 2 tahun di Kamunting
Sep 23, 08 10:36am

Raja Petra Kamaruddin dihantar ke Kem Tahanan Kamunting hari ini untuk menjalani tahanan selama dua tahun bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), kata peguamnya.

raja petra and internal security actMenteri Dalam Negeri telah menandatangani perintah tahanannya malam tadi mengikut seksyen 8 akta tersebut, yang membolehkan beliau ditahan tanpa bicara.

Mengikut akta tersebut, perintah tahanan ke atas Raja Petra itu boleh disambung setiap dua tahun.

"Tindakan menteri berkenaan menandatanganinya mengikut seksyen 8 semalam, tidak boleh diterima sama sekali," kata peguam Malik Imtiaz yang mewakili Raja Petra.

Menteri Dalam Negeri mengesahkan pengendali laman web Malaysia Today ditahan selama dua tahun di Taiping.

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar berkata beliau sendiri menandatangani perintah penahanan Raja Petra untuk tempoh itu, lapor Bernama.

"Semalam, saya telah menandatangani penahanan Raja Petra untuk dua tahun ke Kamunting setelah berpuas hati dengan alasan yang cukup untuk menahannya," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata.

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini mendengar permohonan habeas corpus yang difailkan oleh peguam Raja Petra untuk membatalkan penahanan blogger tersebut.

bm version internal security act section 73 bracket 1 and 8 bracket 1 230908Habeas corpus adalah permohonan supaya tahanan di bawah ke mahkamah untuk menentukan sama ada berlaku kecacatan dalam perintah tahanan tersebut, yang menjadikannya tidak sah.

Hakim Suraya Othman meminta peguambela mengemukakan hujah berhubung kes tersebut pada 28 Oktober.

Awal pagi ini, isteri Raja Petra, Marina Abdullah mengesahkan bahawa polis telah memaklumkan kepadanya bahawa perintah tahanan tersebut, telah dikeluarkan oleh menteri berkenaan semalam.

"Polis berkata, suami saya telah dihantar ke Kamunting pagi ini dan beliau akan ditahan di sana selama dua tahun tanpa bicara. Ini adalah berita paling buruk yang saya boleh terima, tetapi kami akan terus berusaha untuk membebaskannya," kata Marina dalam keadaan sebak.

Marina menyifatkannya sebagai satu taktik kotor kerajaan kerana "mereka tahu kami dalam proses untuk mendapatkan pembebasannya di mahkamah, tetapi saya sudah menjangkanya".

Menurut para wartawan yang menunggu di Kamunting, Raja Petra tiba di kem tahanan itu pada jam 11.50 pagi dengan menaiki sebuah van putih yang bercermin gelap.

Bekas menteri turut hadir

Turut hadir di mahkamah pagi ini ialah bekas menteri di jabatan perdana menteri, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim yang duduk di sebelah Marina dalam dewan mahkamah.

raja petra habeas corpus court 230908 03Raja Petra, 58, yang ditahan bersama dua orang lagi minggu lalu, kini ditahan di lokasi yang tidak diketahui.

Dua orang lagi - wartawan kanan Sin Chew Daily, Tan Hoon Cheng, 33, dan exco kerajaan Selangor, Teresa Kok, 43 - telah dibebaskan.

Tan dibebaskan 18 jam selepas dia ditahan, manakala Teresa dibebaskan tujuh hari kemudiannya.

Mengikut peguam J Chandra, Raja Petra ditahan kerana menyiarkan artikel dalam lamanwebnya yang mencemarkan kepimpinan negara dan menghina Islam.

Beliau sebelum ini telahpun dihadapkan ke mahkamah atas tuduhan menghasut dan fitnah selepas mengaitkan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan isterinya, dengan kes pembunuhan wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibu.

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*THE EMPIRE STRIKES AGAIN. JUSTICE FOR RPK!

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Man Of Principles

Zaid Ibrahim quits
By SHAILA KOSHY

KUALA LUMPUR: De facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has submitted his resignation letter to the Prime Minister.

However, it is known yet whether Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has accepted Zaid's resignation.

According to sources, the senator tendered his letter of resignation to the Prime Minister's office just before 2pm on Monday.

Zaid could not be reached for confirmation.

The former Kota Baru MP was not fielded to stand in the March 8 general election.

Following the general election, however, Abdullah appointed him a Senator and a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

In announcing his new Cabinet on March 18, Abdullah said that Zaid would be responsible for legal matters and take on the role to reform the judiciary.

It was only last Tuesday that Zaid said he might soon become a full-blown Law Minister with the requisite authority and responsibility to help him effect legal reform.

“In fact, my own position will be reviewed to Minister of Law to give me more authority but that will take time. You can’t have responsibility without authority,” he had said then.

However on Sunday, Zaid broke from rank to say that the use of the Internal Security Act against civilians was wrong, adding that he was prepared to resign over the issue.

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*Akhirnya ada jugak orang UMNO yang berpegang kepada prinsip dan bukannya ikut perut. Wish more of them are like Zaid. Syabas Dato'

Sunday, September 14, 2008

He's No Commie!!

Wrong use of ISA: De facto law minister
By IAN McINTYRE

KOTA BARU: The Internal Security Act (ISA) should not be used against civilians, de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said.

The Act should only be used against terrorists or those trying to topple the Government by force, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said at a press conference at his home here on Sunday.

He was commenting on the arrests of three people -- Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kama­rudin and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng -- under the ISA.

Tan has since been released.

“I will seek a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to have a frank discussion about this issue to seek his views as soon as possible,” he told reporters.

“I know I am breaking rank here ... I am prepared to face the consequences. If I am told to resign, I will do so.

"I am not a trouble maker and I don't want to cause any trouble for the Prime Minister, but I have my principles and will always be a vocal critic of the use of the ISA.

"I joined his administration to make changes and everybody knows, I am also for a more open form of media reporting," he added.

Zaid said it was time for the Federal Government to revert to the original spirit of the ISA, which was enacted to curb Communism and today should be used only on armed terrorists or those out to topple the Government by force.

“I am not calling for a repeal of the ISA, but it should only be use when there is a real threat to national security, such as armed terrorists, and not on civilians,” he said.

He said by using the ISA randomly, the Government was sending out a message that it does not trust the capabilities of its own enforcement agencies, such as the police, in maintaining peace.

There are ample punitive legislations such as the Penal Code, Sedition Act and criminal defamation to take against those who break the law or are involved in activities which may destabilise the Government, without having to invoke the ISA, Zaid said.

He said the use of the ISA also gives the impression of “selective prosecution” as the Government cannot incarcerate everybody.

“In this latest episode, we (the Government) have generated an impression of selective prosecution since no action was taken against the person who allegedly uttered seditious remarks.

“We are saying that we are only acting against those who are disloyal to us.”

“The Government needs to change and Cabinet members need to realise this -- we have to be progressive.”

Asked whether the ISA was likely used because of strained “race relations” which may undermine national stability, Zaid said that while he placed paramount importance on national stability, the role of the Government was to find solutions, not to make matters worse.

“I agree we have many issues and sensitivities to address but for me, racial disharmony is a seasonal thing in Malaysia. We must engage in open dialogues and discussions to resolve these issues,” he said.

On whether the ISA was used because the court process may be too long, Zaid noted that the Government never even attempted to use the court system first -- instead, it simply went ahead with using the ISA first.

“If our court system is too slow, we must ... make it more efficient by hiring more prosecutors, while the police must conduct proper investigation to acquire credible evidence,” he said.

Source

*Finally ada jugak Minister dari UMNO yang berani bersuara. Tahniah Datuk Zaih. Tapi tunggu lah lepas dia jumpa Pak Lah, tengok lah kalau dia still maintain dengan stand ni.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

UMNO Bodoh Stupid Bagero Nate Bewok... NIAMAH!!!

Sin Chew reporter released
By CHRISTINA CHIN

GEORGE TOWN: Sin Chew Daily News reporter Tan Hoon Cheng has been released. Penang state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakub said Tan was sent to her house in Bukit Mertajam at 4.15pm.

She was released Saturday after a one-day detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

On Saturday morning, she was sent to the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters in a black Kia Sorenta vehicle which was escorted by a Proton Waja car.

The journalist, who was arrested under Section 73(1) of the Internal Security Act 1960 at her home in Bukit Mertajam on Friday night, was allowed to see her parents for about 15 minutes Saturday morning.

She told her parents that she was fine and that they need not worry.

Her parents, Tan Booi Siam and Khor Ah Heok, arrived with their son Weng Khian at the headquarters in Penang Road at about 7am.

Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, state PKR chief Datuk Zahrain Mohd Hashim and several state executive councillors arrived soon after.

Also present were the Chinese daily’s management staff.

Only Tan’s father and mother were allowed to see her. They had brought some dumplings for her breakfast.

Khor, who looked calm despite her red, puffy eyes, said she told her 32-year-old daughter that her family, colleagues in the media and society were strongly supporting her.

“I was happy to see her. She told us not to worry and that she had been treated well while under detention.”

Her brother Weng Khian, 35, said his sister was “brave” and that the family would stand by her.

Source

* Suddenly the stupid gov realized they made a mistake by detaining the jounalist. Shooting the messenger eh? What a stupid move. And they think people will be afraid and keep quiet just because they invoked ISA. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid! What's the point of detaining here under ISA and released her the next day? You stupid government can just call he or remand her or whatever and ask all your stupid questions.

Ops Lalang Part Deux


Sin Chew reporter arrested under the ISA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 - Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, the person who first reported on Bukit Bendera MP Ahmad Ismail's racial remarks, was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) tonight.

Tan was picked up from her home in Bukit Mertajam at 8.30 tonight.

Deputy IGP Ismail Omar has confirmed Tan is being detained under ISA. Reporters and activists in Penang are crowding the Penang police contingent headquarters to get details and provide moral support to her.

The arrest tonight comes on the same day as the detention of prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, also under the ISA.
Both arrests followed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi's warning this week that the ISA would be used to calm rising racial tensions in the country.

Three newspapers ~ Suara Keadilan, Sin Chew Daily and The Sun ~ were also issued show cause letters by the Home Ministry today.Racial tensions have been on the rise since Ahmad's controversial comments that the Chinese in Malaysia were squatters, was made during the recent Permatang Pauh by election campaign.

Ahmad's comments and subsequent defiance of his party president Abdullah has also happened amid instability within Umno, with renewed calls for Abdullah to leave office ahead of 2010, the year in which he has promised to hand over power to deputy Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Today's arrests also happened ahead of September 16, the day in which Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance would topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Earlier today, Raja Petra was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA for being a threat to security, peace and public order.
Under the detention orders, he will be detained for 60 days. The Home Minister can extend the detention order at the end of that period.

Teresa Kok joins ISA list

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 - DAP leader Teresa Kok has been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA)' tonight, joining Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin held earlier today.

The Selangor senior executive councillor was arrested some time after Tan was picked up from her home in Bukit Mertajam at 8.30 tonight.

No othee details are available at this point but intelligence sources said more arrests are likely.

Tan was the person who first reported on Bukit Bendera MP Ahmad Ismail's racial remarks, was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) tonight.

Deputy IGP Ismail Omar has confirmed Tan is being detained under ISA. Reporters and activists in Penang are crowding the Penang police contingent headquarters to get details and provide moral support to her.

The arrest tonight comes on the same day as the detention of prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, also under the ISA.

Both arrests followed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi's warning this week that the ISA would be used to calm rising racial tensions in the country.

Three newspapers ~ Suara Keadilan, Sin Chew Daily and The Sun ~ were also issued show cause letters by the Home Ministry today.Racial tensions have been on the rise since Ahmad's controversial comments that the Chinese in Malaysia were squatters, was made during the recent Permatang Pauh by election campaign.

Ahmad's comments and subsequent defiance of his party president Abdullah has also happened amid instability within Umno, with renewed calls for Abdullah to leave office ahead of 2010, the year in which he has promised to hand over power to deputy Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Today's arrests also happened ahead of September 16, the day in which Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance would topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Earlier today, Raja Petra was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA for being a threat to security and peace of the country

Source 1, Source 2
*Another Ops Lalang in the making. 3 so far, who's next? That racist Ahmad Ismail should' have been the first one to be detained but because his an UMNO fella he got away with just a 3 years suspension from the party. He's the one who started this shit! As usual the government practised double standard when it comes to their own racist kind.

Friday, September 12, 2008

ISA Again

RPK arrested under ISA

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested Friday afternoon under the Internal Security Act.

Three Malaysian newspapers - Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan - were also issued show cause letters by the Home Ministry.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told The Star Raja Petra was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA as he was deemed a threat to security, peace and public order.

He said that under Section 73 (1) Raja Petra would be detained for 60 days.

“The police will do an assessment during this period and if they feel he should be held more than 60 days, the police will then refer to me,” he said.

Syed Hamid also confirmed that Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan were issued show cause letters.

"They have been given a week to reply," he added.

Raja Petra's wife Marina Lee Abdullah said the blogger was arrested at 1.10pm at their home in Sg Buloh by a team of 10 police officers.

She told The Star that Raja Petra was taken away from their house by the police about 1.50pm.

"But I don't know where they are taking him," she added.

She said that the police officers also took some tapes and a computer from her room.

PKR Information Chief Tian Chua told The Star before leaving for Taiwan that he was informed of Raja Petra’s arrest by party colleagues.

“RPK’s daughter sent a SMS to say that her father was arrested about 1.10pm (Friday),” he said when contacted before he boarded China Airlines flight CI 0656, which was scheduled to depart KLIA at 2.20pm Friday.

Raja Petra’s arrest comes a day after the Cabinet ordered the Multimedia and Communications Commission (MCMC) to re­instate access to all blocked websites, including the controversial Malaysia Today.

Energy, Water and Com­mu­nications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said on Thursday the order was made because there were other “harsher” laws in the country, under which authorities could take action against the owners of blogs and websites, instead of blocking it.

“The Cabinet has asked the ministry to direct MCMC to reinstate access to any blocked website with immediate effect.

“At the same time, it is asking MCMC to closely cooperate with the police, the Attorney-General’s Office and the Home Minister to monitor any website or blog to ensure that this does not contain seditious, racist or religiously insensitive remarks.

“Instead of blocking access to offensive websites, the Cabinet wants authorities to investigate and act quickly against the owners of these sites,” he said in Putrajaya.

Source

*ISA again for RPK. Dont worry it wont be long. 16 Sept is less than a week away. Justice for RPK

Mana Hilang Seringgit?

Ada 3 orang member, Anwar, Abdullah dan Najib pegi holiday di Taiwan. Sampai kat tempat holiday diaorang cari la chalet nak duduk kat sana. Sebab Abdullah dgn Najib ni selalu flip-flop buat keputusan, Anwar pun pegi lah tanya tuan punya chalet.

Anwar : Dik berapa sewa chalet ni satu malam?

KJ : Call me KJ. RM30 je bang

Anwar : Boleh lah, kitaorang nak booking untuk satu malam

KJ : Ok jap saya uruskan

Anwar pun pegi la balik jumpa Abdullah dan Najib.

Anwar : Chalet RM30 la. Kita tong-tong la RM10 sorang

Abdullah & Najib : Ok dude

So diaorang pun bayar la sewa chalet tu dan pegi ke chalet yang telah disewa. Lepas diaorang dah blah tu baru KJ tu perasan..

KJ : Alamak hari ni hari Selasa 16 Sept, ada discount RM5 ni. Takpe aku panggil bell boy gi pulang balik duit.

KJ pun panggil bell boy dia.

KJ : Samy, ko tolong kasi ini balance RM5 kat 3 org yg sewa chalet tadi.

Samy : Wokey boss!

Sambil jalan tu Samy terfikir

Samy : Ish itu worang ada 3 worang, macam mana mau bahagi ini duit. Baik aku pau RM2 nanti sinang itu orang mau bahagi-bahagi ini duit

Samy pun pau la dua ringgit.

Sampai di chalet tersebut Samy pun kasi la balik duit kat Najib sebab Anwar dgn Abdullah tgh arm wrestling.

So soalannya. Now Anwar, Abdullah dan Najib end up bayar RM9 sorang untuk chalet tu. selepas discount RM2 Samy dah ambik. So 9 x 3 = 27 + 2 yang samy ambik baru RM29. Bukan tadi diaorang bayar RM30 ke?

MANA HILANG LAGI SERINGGIT??

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kim Jong il is ill?

North Korea denies Kim is ill

Kim was absent from Tuesday's 60th anniversary celebrations [AFP]

Senior North Korean officials have rejected suggestions that the country's leader, Kim Jong-il, is seriously ill amid mounting international speculation over his health.

Kim has not been seen in public for several weeks and was absent from a key ceremony on Tuesday marking the 60th anniversary of the North Korean state.

His absence has fuelled speculation that the 66-year-old leader is unwell, with senior US officials saying on Tuesday that intelligence reports indicated Kim may have suffered a stroke.

But on Wednesday Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's number two leader, as saying that there was "no problem" with Kim Jong-il.

Kyodo gave no further details although it also quoted Song Il-ho, a senior North Korean diplomat, as saying that any reports Kim was unwell were "not true" and "worthless".

'Conspiracy'

Song, who oversees North Korea's relations with Japan, said such speculation was seen as a "conspiracy plot".

"I believe the aim is to form a public opinion on something that is not true," Kyodo reported him as saying. "Western media have reported falsehood before."

Kim has long been rumoured to suffer from diabetes and heart problems [AFP]
An earlier report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed South Korean official as saying that Kim appeared to have "collapsed" and was ill, but still alive.

On Wednesday, South Korea's president, Lee Myung-bak, convened an emergency meeting in Seoul with senior aides to discuss the situation.

Tuesday's anniversary celebrations in North Korea had been closely scrutinised for any appearance by the country's reclusive leader following weeks of speculation over his health.

The celebrations included a massive military parade through the centre of Pyongyang – an event usually overseen by Kim, known to North Koreans as the "Dear Leader".

Succession question

Leonid Petrov, a North Korea expert at the Australian National University in Canberra, told Al Jazeera he believed poor health was the most likely explanation

"His health has not been well in recent months," Petrov said, noting that Kim had seemed increasingly unwell during his most recent recorded public appearances.

The question now, he said, was who could take over, whether it might be one of Kim's three sons or a member of the country's powerful armed forces.

Recent rumours, attributed to South Korean diplomats in Beijing, had suggested that Kim may have fallen ill several weeks ago, with a group of Chinese doctors dispatched to Pyongyang to treat him.

The North Korean leader is thought to have suffered for years from diabetes and heart problems.

On Tuesday a US intelligence official said reports indicated that Kim had "suffered a health setback, potentially a stroke".

She said there have been no signs of a change in governing power and that assessing whether Kim was still capable of governing would "call for a lot of speculation".

Source


*The last of eccentric madman dictator of this world

I Am Immortal


"Being in a rock band is just an excuse not to have a job. We're just trying to postpone mortality just a couple, five minutes, you know?"

-Billy Corgan 1993 -

Netphoria

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Matinya Seorang Patriot

Tan Sri A. Samad Ismail (1925-2008)
Al Fatihah

Monday, September 08, 2008

Once Upon A Time In Malaya





Got the pic from this blog. Hishamudin Hussien and wife once upon a time. It seems like they really like Anchor Beer in those days. Pakaian tahun 80-an gile hahahaha

Open Your Eyes UMNO Youth

Umno Youth questions ‘voices of the people’

KOTA KINABALU: Umno Youth has questioned the “deafening silence” from the Bar Council, NGOs and bloggers over plans by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to woo Barisan Nasional MPs.

Its secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said these groups, which claimed to defend the rights of the people, have remained silent over Anwar’s move to engineer defections, which he described as undemocratic and an act of stealing the mandate of the people.

“Where are the voices of NGOs, Bar Council and bloggers who had voiced loudly the need to protect the rights of people?” he asked here yesterday.

“Why are they not coming out to criticise Anwar and tell him it is morally wrong to grab power? Does their silence mean that they are being used by Anwar?”

Abdul Rahman said he was also surprised at the silence of the United States, which usually trumpeted the importance of democracy in the world.

The Kota Belud MP said the people of Malaysia voted for a two-party system in the last general election.

“Anwar should accept his role as Opposition Leader and carry out his duty of checks and balances,” he said.

“If Sept 16 does occur, it will not be a surprise if Barisan supporters go to the streets to challenge the legitimacy of a government formed through undemocratic means. And all this is because Anwar wants to be Prime Minister.”

In PETALING JAYA, Pasir Salak Umno Youth condemned remarks by former Federal Territory Gerakan chief Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, asking instead that he apologise to Umno.

Its vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun said Dr Tan’s remarks were uncalled for, provocative and personal in nature.

Dr Tan had, when announcing on Saturday that he was joining Parti Keadilan Rakyat, said Umno was now far removed from its original struggle and had become very proud of showing off material gains.

Khairul Azwan said Dr Tan had no right to criticise the party as he was not from Umno, and added that Dr Tan ought to provide specific evidence to back up his claims.

“We also want him to apologise for accusing Umno of making a rubber stamp of leaders of other component parties. We want him to retract it,” he said.

Source

*This UMNO fellas really dont learn anyhting. They start threatening people again. Street demo challenging legitimacy of the government? I thought when the opposition have their street demo you guys said it was not our culture bla bla bla. Double standard! The NGO, Bar Council etc are protecting the people from guys like you!! Can't you see it??

Coup D'etat On Sept 16?

It's awful quiet on Anwar's front regarding his Sept 16 plan. As the saying goes, the silence is deafening. Everybody is guessing weather it will happen and a lot of people (and i mean a lot!) wanting it to happen. Even BN is still guessing and have to sent their MP oversea for a suppose 'agriculture trip' to Taiwan and China to ward of the crossover.

I wonder what will happen on Sept 16. Will the BN government collapse and Anwar forming federal government the next day? Will Sept 16 only trigger flow of MP defections and Anwar forming government after Raya? Nobody knows, even some of PR MP is still guessing. What will happen to all the government agencies? Will the police, the AG office, all the DGs in government agencies stay loyal to BN government or the new government since most of them are political appointees?

One way or another it will be Coup de grĂ¢ce for BN and Sept 16 will finished off BN for good.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Inhale Exhale


Abolish Unethical Sin Taxes

My contention in writing this article is to bring to the attention of the government that it is wrong to use money from a sin industry for developmental purposes. Or is it really a sin industry? My firm belief is that it is not. It is a rightful, legal industry serving those who choose to use their products. This being the case, the industry should be subject to taxes as is normally charged on any other consumer product. You cannot on one hand say it is a sinful industry and then continue to enjoy the money derived from such so-called sinful activities to offset our national budget deficits or for other developmental activities.

For many I am sure, this article would be a shocker. However, it requires careful reading and understanding. The issue of cigarette smoking and its effects on human health is quite well understood. However, there are other aspects which seem to have been completely overlooked but which needs serious thought.

Cigarettes are derived from tobacco. Tobacco is a plant whose common name is Nicotiana tabacum.

1) It is one of the very few crops entering world trade entirely on a leaf basis;
2) It is the most widely grown commercial non-food plant in the world;
3) It holds high importance in financial and economic policies in many countries;
4) Consumption is by way of smoking, inhaling or chewing and is a habit forming narcotic, and although bans of its use have been attempted, its consumption marches steadily forward;
5) Originally having religious significance, subsequent claims of medicinal benefit have alternated with accusations of a positive danger to health.

When we talk of cigarette smoking, we think of the hazards of smoking and its harmful effects on human health. A packet of cigarettes in the market has the following warning:
"CIGARETTE SMOKING IS DANGEROUS TO HEALTH"

Let me now list some of the dangers of smoking to human health:
1) Tobacco is the leading avoidable cause of cancer and has been estimated to account for about 30% of cancer deaths in the United States. Smoking increases the risks of many types of cancer including cancer of the lung, throat, mouth, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix;

2) Smoking is also causally associated with many other diseases besides cancer, including coronary heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and bronchitis, as well as adverse outcomes of pregnancy. Well over 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year are attributable to cigarette smoking.

3) Smoking affects a person's health in many ways, having both immediate and long term ill-effects on your quality of life. It is a serious addiction, caused by the drug nicotine. Once inhaled, nicotine from smoking reaches the brain almost immediately (within seven seconds). Milligram for milligram, the nicotine contained in all cigarette smoke is more potent than heroin.

Nicotine causes an increase in your heart rate and blood pressure, and the air passages in your lungs constrict, making it more difficult for you to breathe. This is dangerous for even the healthiest person and can be disastrous to anyone with a medical illness. As small blood vessels constrict, your skin temperature may also decrease, causing your fingers, toes and skin to feel cold. Smoking dulls more than your social appeal, it decreases your senses; particularly your sense of smell and taste.

Finally, carcinogens, or cancer causing agents, and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, enter your blood. This can cause chest pain and disturbance of your heart rhythm during physical activity or exercise. The long-term effects of smoking are dangerous. Smoking contributes to various respiratory diseases, such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or a shortness of breath and eventual chronic cough leading to extreme breathing difficulties. Lung infections, including frequent colds, flu and pneumonia are much more common and severe in smokers.

In addition, smoking leads to cardiovascular illnesses such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease (clogged arteries). As arteries constrict, there is also a greater risk of stroke, which results in a disruption of the flow of blood carrying oxygen to the brain. In fact, studies show that smokers are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than non-smokers, and the risk of cardiovascular disease is highest for smokers with high blood pressure and relatively high for women who smoke and use oral contraceptives.

In addition to causing lung cancer, smoking has been linked to other forms of cancer including cancer of the throat (or voice box), cancer of the mouth, larynx and esophagus; and cancer of the kidneys, pancreas, stomach and bladder.
Pregnant women who smoke have a greater chance of giving birth to stillborn, low-birth weight or premature babies, or of having a miscarriage .

Benefits of Tobacco

The benefits of tobacco are evident for the farmers who use their land for tobacco growing. Often, the earnings from the sale of tobacco are their only source of income for the feeding and clothing of these families.

The benefits of tobacco can be seen in its natural production of a neurotoxin named alkaloid nicotine. This neurotoxin, when combined with other ingredients used in pesticides, is quite effective for the eradication and control of pests.

Another benefit of tobacco has been discovered by scientists. A by-product of cigarette smoke is carbon-dioxide which in high doses is lethal. However, scientists have discovered that in low dosages, carbon-dioxide in a person's bloodstream prevents blood from "clotting". Blood-clots in the bloodstream is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.

Most nations benefit from tobacco via the Billions of tax dollars generated every year through the production and sale of tobacco.

Can there be anything good in cigarettes?

There are some which many have never heard of. However, don't get me wrong. I am not advocating cigarette smoking but this could be interesting reading. Let me list the following:

The benefits of smoking tobacco have been known since ancient times. Reliable scientific research has turned up the shocking news that tobacco smoke can be good for your health. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Tourette's Syndrome, even schizophrenia and cocaine addiction are disorders that are alleviated by tobacco. There is even evidence that tobacco helps prevent colon and prostate cancers. You will be surprised that the news media have simply not been reporting the research presenting the good side of a food or herb that is not politically correct. BUT EVEN CIGARETTES, if smoked in moderation have been proven harmless.

The web site: http://www.forces.org/evidence/evid/therap.htm lists the therapeutic effects of smoking.

The web site www.tobaccoharmreduction.org does give some explanations on how to reduce the harm caused by cigarette smoking. This could be interesting reading.

Having said the above, both on the hazards of smoking as well as the benefits to some people, we certainly CANNOT discount the fact that the tobacco industry is a legal industry permitted by law. There are thousands of Malaysians employed in this industry through which they maintain their entire families. Their tobacco imports are legal and so are the manufacturing processes that strictly adhere to good manufacturing practices. Their large network includes sales managers, sales executives, marketing personnel, research officers, salesmen, sales agents, distributors, retailers - all are direct beneficiaries of this industry.

How can this industry be classified a 'sinful industry' that calls for extremely huge 'sin' taxes year in and year out at every budget session delivered in parliament? Any legal business that is fully supported by the government cannot by any yardstick be classified as sinful business that calls for persistent levy of sin taxes. I call this outrageous and sheer exploitation.

The government levy of taxes on cigarettes manufactured by local companies are huge, exceeding 100% and this has been going on for the last few decades. The money derived from these sin taxes on cigarettes run into hundreds of millions of ringgit. This is the same sin money that is used to build mosques, schools, hospitals, colleges and other development programs in the country.

My contention in writing this article is to bring to the attention of the government that it is wrong to use money from a sin industry for developmental purposes. Or is it really a sin industry? My firm belief is that it is not. It is a rightful, legal industry serving those who choose to use their products. This being the case, the industry should be subject to taxes as is normally charged on any other consumer product. You cannot on one hand say it is a sinful industry and then continue to enjoy the money derived from such so-called sinful activities to offset our national budget deficits or for other developmental activities.

If, on the other hand, it is not a sinful industry as it is a legal and lawful activity, then these sin taxes should be abolished and be subject to normal tax levies as any other consumer product. I reckon there should be certain fairness on this. If cigarette taxes are used to offset budget deficits or to provide healthcare to the Malaysian public, then it would appear that every time my neighbor lights his heavily-taxed cigarette, I am a direct beneficiary of his personal expenditure. That should not be the case.

I would also reckon that the government of the day is actually encouraging all loyal citizens to go out and buy cigarettes so the government can maintain itself in managing its economy through its excessive taxes imposed on cigarettes. Come on, this is sinful thinking and must stop. Please find better ways of raising revenue through proper political, economic and social management.

Further more, I propose that the so called sin taxes which are mischievously misleading be abolished and be replaced with the normal consumer taxes as is levied on any other consumer product. Even so, the tax collected from cigarette products should be channeled exclusively for the healthcare of smokers and nothing else. You could use the funds for educational purposes so that more people are made aware of the hazards of smoking and a caring government could probably give out anti-smoking remedies cost-free. In this way will you be helping the so-called smoking community.

Tax free sales of cigarettes:

Cigarettes are available 100% tax free at Langkawi and all international airports in Malaysia. If the government is deeply concerned about sinful activity then why have tax-free sales of cigarettes in the country at all. Why have double standards for different segments of the population? It sounds rather dubious with dubious intentions.

I would consider sinful activities as abortion, consumption of anti-pregnancy drugs (contraceptive pills) where young, unmarried women can easily be involved in promiscuous activities without getting pregnant or which can promote prostitution activities in society. Can the government seriously consider imposing sin taxes on these activities? That would be appreciated.

Multiple taxes on the same product

I would also like the government of the day to look at the unfair practices as far as cigarettes are concerned. Firstly, the tobacco itself is subject to taxes in the form of customs duties. There is then the huge direct taxation which is something more than 100% of the cost of manufacturing cigarettes itself. The direct taxes are what we see at every national budget speech in parliament. It is this humongous cigarette tax that is used to partly offset budget deficits and for national development. This is what I call sinful actions of the government of the day that needs correction.

Dr Mathew
Petaling Jaya

Source

*Tiap tahun semasa pembentangan Belanjawan di Parlimen, semua perokok-perokok seluruh Malaysia akan menunggu berapa sen lagi nak naik harga rokok. Beberapa tahun kebelakangan ni mmg melampau naik, 40 sen 60 sen 80 sen. Kalau dulu zaman Mahathir naik pun 10/20 sen. Yang jadi masalahnya kata Belanjawan prihatin untuk rakyat. Tapi rakyat dibebankan dengan cukai yang melampau untuk rokok. Harap kerajaan boleh keluarkan kenyataan berapa juta setahun pendapatan dari cukai rokok dan bagaimana wang tersebut dibelanjakan.

Mimpi je lah kot kerajaan nak buat cam tu

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Something Different From MSM

Making of our own Malaysia
CERITALAH
By KARIM RASLAN

Change can't always be smooth and seamless. The more openly the people discuss the nation's progress, the stronger our national consensus will be, going forward. There is a need for more, not less debate, especially over “sensitive” issues.

MALAYSIA, my Malaysia... I know this is going to sound faintly ludicrous, but the Malaysia that has emerged after the March 8 elections is still better than the one that existed before.

It’s more open, more diverse and infinitely more lively; in short it’s less “Barisan” and more Malaysian – because (surprise, surprise) the two are not one and the same.

The coalition and its leading party Umno are no longer the dominant voices they once were. Instead, they have been reduced and sidelined by other infinitely more energetic, impassioned and exciting voices.

Of course the liveliness also has its costs. Businessmen and women are concerned at the disruption caused by the incessant political chatter and melodrama, most notably the storm surrounding Anwar Ibrahim.

The allegations against him have cast an extremely dark shadow over the nation as people try to figure out the difference between prosecution and persecution.

Perhaps we despair too quickly, however. We can’t, after all expect change to be smooth and seamless. This is not the time to roll back on the openness of the days after the last general election.

The more we as a people discuss – and openly – the “what”, “where” and “how” of the nation’s progress the stronger our national consensus will be, going forward. We need more, not less debate, especially over “sensitive” issues.

Malaysians are definitely ready for this – it’s just a shame that the politicians are not.

We now have the makings of a Malaysia that is of our own making – however imperfect, and not the one carved out for us by our masters.

However, all these changes are merely the beginnings of a process to really open up the system. And as the post-Merdeka social contract slowly unravels we will have to create a new, deeper and more dynamic understanding both across the racial chasm and also increasingly across the “class” divide.

We cannot afford to let our political masters control this process. We must not be passive on-lookers. We can’t fall back on our old cynicism.

A Malaysia that refuses to vote, think and speak out simply because politics is “dirty” or because “no one can really make a difference” is the sort of country that the reactionaries want. Apathy will roll back the changes that have been taking place in our country.

Malaysians must be committed, bold and determined. The age of strongman leaders has to give way to that of an engaged and virtuous citizenry holding up the nation. But this doesn’t mean a rejection of politics.

We need it more than ever, in fact. Why? Well, both sides of the political spectrum have their own agendas and we need the different contending voices to balance one another out.

On the one hand, the Barisan will try to curb the reform agenda whilst on the other hand; PAS from the Pakatan side will wish to impose their at times harsh and narrow view of the world on the rest of us.

Barisan will certainly resist reform in certain critical areas – most notably the ISA, the judiciary (look at how the Judicial Appointments Committee has been stalled), press freedoms and other civil liberties.

They’ll be wrong to do so and those who advocate the old-ways – I’ve termed them the “conservatives” – will be punished by the voters in the next election.

Some would have us believe that the people in the kampungs and your average Malaysian salaried man don’t care about such things. It is they who are mistaken. Time and our evolving demographics are on the side of change.

Another word of warning, this time to the members of our esteemed Cabinet. Remember, just as you’re watching us, the nervous “scribblers” in the newspapers and Internet – rest assured that we’re watching you and more importantly, judging you.

You have been weighed, measured and found wanting, as a matter of fact. You can silence individual bloggers or columnists, for example but the media is like a multi-headed hydra – chop off one head and 10 new ones will sprout.

The desire to write and comment on our own world is now firmly lodged within the public experience. Freedom of expression is something we demand. It cannot be extinguished and people no longer fear the long arm of the law as they once did.

But as we move forward one of the most important challenges will be for the Malays, in particular to learn to accept and live with the diversity within the community. There’s going to be enormous pressure from PAS for example to assert a particular spectrum of morality and behaviour.

In this respect, the ulama-led PAS possesses the same will to dominate that Umno currently exhibits.

Whilst many PAS leaders are genuinely incorruptible and deserve credit for this, their self-righteous moralising is unacceptable and we need to defend our public space from them. We will regret the day that one set of tyranny has been exchanged for another.

Part of the subtext of what’s been happening over the past few months has been the way Malaysians has asserting their individual identities – declaring their independence from the widely disseminated “truths” of nation building.

I’d like to end by recounting a personal anecdote. Back in 2002, I published my third book. It was a second collection of articles and essays called Ceritalah Two: Journeys Through Southeast Asia. Rereading the preface now, is a slightly disturbing experience.

Back then I was just coming to terms with what I called “the ugliness and injustice of Anwar Ibrahim’s case”. Despite being a confirmed Anwar sceptic, the events of 1998 – the selectiveness of it all has haunted me. I never quite got over the idea that Malaysia – my Malaysia – could be such an unjust and evil place.

We can’t avoid viewing political events through the prism of our own personal experiences and the last Anwar debacle was to shake me very soundly.

I resolved not to be dependent on Malaysia for my livelihood. As it happened, Indonesia was to become my second home and workplace. Indeed, Indonesia has been very good to me and I am forever indebted to this magnificent country for its welcome.

However, home is still Malaysia for me. I cannot deny my childhood years. I cannot reject my emotional, familial DNA. For all its infuriating flaws and foibles, it is home.

We often hear how Malaysians denigrate their country compared to other places like Australia and (God knows why) Singapore. Listen closely and you will hear frustrated love rather than disdain.

We only hurt the things we love. We complain because we care.

The “turmoil” that our country is undergoing is a sign of how deeply invested all sides are in its future, which makes the anxiety we feel perfectly natural. If it feels like we need to battle, then it is because this country is definitely worth fighting for.

Still as the dark cloud extends further and further across the nation and as the “conservatives” secure their power many of us may well chose to move away once again. We cannot let that happen, as it would mean letting them win.

I hear too many stories and I see too many things. Gross abuses of justice, leaders who are little better than street thugs, men and women who delight in devising ways of ripping off the exchequer.

We are surrounded by those who feel no shame in abusing the system to their own ends.

We have to take back Malaysia for the people. We have to set the agenda. We must speak for ourselves, as one nation. The Bar Council demonstrations. The teacher who racially abused her students. Those are not the faces of the real Malaysia. We are.

Malaysia will not become a “failed state” despite the prophets of doom. But only if we stand up and say, enough is enough; it is time we move forward.

The people of Malaysia will get the country they deserve. Many people groan at this, but I think of the long way we have come, the opportunities that lie ahead – and think otherwise. I believe in the rakyat. I believe in Malaysia.

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*A sobering thought for BN from one of the best writer in MSM. If MSM writers can come out with piece like this and the editorial approved it, then there must be something really wrong with our current government. To Barisan, take a good look in the mirror and evaluate yourself. To Pakatan Rakyat, yeah you guys can say whatever u want before you have the power. The real challenge starts when you hold the absolute power. As the saying goes, absolute power corrupts.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bushido Code


Beleaguered Japanese PM resigns

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, whose popularity plummeted after his government introduced a much-criticized medical plan for the elderly, has announced his resignation, according to media reports.

No-confidence motion was a stinging rebuke for Yasuo Fakuda, analysts said.

Fukuda, who has been in office lass than a year, made his announcement at a press conference Monday night, the Kyodo National News Agency said.

The 72-year-old prime minister said he made his decision last week, and was stepping to down because of the difficulties he has had in carrying out policies, Kyodo said.

"It is necessary to try to implement measures under a new framework," Fukuda said, according to the news agency. "I thought now is the best time (to resign) to avoid a political vacuum."

It was not immediately clear when the resignation would take effect.

Fukuda said he had asked his party, the Liberal Democratic Party, to hold an election to pick his successor.

Fukuda took office less than a year ago after his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, resigned after just 12 months in the job.

The medical plan, introduced in April, raises premiums for people over age 75 and deducts health-care expenses from pension payments.

The government has said the plan is unavoidable in a country with one of the world's largest aging populations. Opposition parties have criticized it for its effect on one of the most vulnerable segments of society.

In June, Japan's opposition-controlled upper house of parliament approved a motion of no-confidence in Fukuda.

It was the first time a chamber of parliament has passed such a censure in the country's post-war history, but the motion was non-binding and largely symbolic.

No-confidence motions only count in Japan when approved by the lower house, which is currently controlled by Fukuda's political party.

Still, analysts said the no-confidence motion was a stinging rebuke for the prime minister.

A slowing economy added to Fukuda's sagging political clout.

In order to boost his approval rating, he reshuffled his Cabinet over the summer and unveiled a stimulus package last week.

Neither move helped boost his popularity.

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*PM Jepun resign sebab ada sikit controversy berbanding PM kita yang macam-macam controversy tapi tak nak bertanggungjawab dan masih beranggapan beliau mempunyai sokongan yang padu dari rakyat. Memang Pak Lah tido tak bangun-bangun ni. Maybe dia tgh bermimpi lagi yang dia ni masih PM yang berkuasa. Resign lah Pak Lah... Ambil pengajaran dari PM Jepun ni yang buat an honorable thing. Maybe kalau zaman zamurai dulu PM Jepun ni dah commit seppuku (Harakiri) dah.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Damn! 9 buck???

Just bought a pack of Dunhill Lights 20's and it cost me 9 buck! Damn... I thought cigarette price only up by 60 cent like what Pak Lah said during Budget 2009, it's 80 cent damn it. Pak Lah menipu lagi. Still remember years ago when a pack of ciggy only cost me not more than RM2.50