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Khamis, 13 Jun 2013

Khamis, Jun 13, 2013

Congratulations YB Dato Jelani Hamdan (N.4 Matunggung)

1. The recently concluded PRU-13 was an important moment in my life. For the first time in my life, I spent so much time, energy and some money to help someone to win the elections.

2. So I took a week off days from work to go around the villages meeting many people and telling them not to vote for Barisan Nasional (BN) but and give their vote for PKR. I told the people it was important for them to vote for someone who is willing to help and defend the native land not to fall in the hand of outsider. It was a tiring days, working from morning up until midnight every days from village to village, house to house visit.

3. In the villages where many people knew me, they asked why I took the trouble to get involved this time. Some of them was having some thought that I probably did that because of some monetary, positions or work contracts rewards if the person I support win the election.

4. But  I think most of them got it wrong. I was not looking at monetary, position or work contracts. I was doing that for the people. I want to see a YB who are willing to go defending the native land for the people. That is all I care about. I have been talking about this issue for quite sometimes already.

5. So I went on campaigning, spending time, energy and money and eventually the candidate won. I was happy and hoping that this person will walk his talk and defend the people lands so it remains intact in the hand of the local.

6. I received many phone call, asking me what is next for me. I really don't have the answer for those question as I was not expecting for anything nor going to get anything from the YB.

7. In fact the day after the election I was already trying to distanced myself from the YB, not even attended his offer for dinner, as I don't want to be seen as someone trying to secure something for personal benefits from YB.

8. And today here I am, still doing my job and quite happy for it. 

9. I heard that today is the "Majlis Angkat Sumpah" for YB in Sabah at the Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sabah. To the YB for N.4 Matunggung, I wish to take this opportunity to say this "CONGRATULATION YB, MAY THE LORD WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS IN EXECUTING YOUR DUTIES FOR THE PEOPLE OF N.4 MATUNGGUNG" 

10. Genuinely hoping that the people wishes are properly taken care this time.

Sabtu, 24 November 2012

Sabtu, November 24, 2012

Double Standard?

A while ago in a forum, Nurul Izzah Anwar said something about freedom in religion and that is also for the Malay. Within 24 hours, she received many criticism especially from Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians.

Some of which asking for the religious authority for Islam to take action on her and there are many more. I personally do not think what Nurul Izza said is wrong. She was simply repeating what was already written in the Malaysia Constitution.

So I visited several other blogs and found some pictures. I put down the pictures above. I let you judge it.  

Sabtu, 28 Julai 2012

Sabtu, Julai 28, 2012

(Video)Hitler marah Logo Kemerdekaan Ke-55

Kerana logo Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia Ke-55 yang begitu teruk mengundang banyak kritikan daripada orang ramai. Hitler sendiri begitu marah dengan logo tersebut. 


Ha ha ha
Ha ha

Silakan tonton video di bawah Hitler marah Logo Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-55
Sabtu, Julai 28, 2012

(Video & Lirik) 'Janji Ditepati' Lagu tema sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan 2012

Apa dah sengkek idea sangat ke nak cari tema sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan negara sehingga slogan kempen Barisan Nasional 'Janji ditepati' dijadikan tema untuk sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan.

Cuba anda tengok baris ke 10 dalam lagu 'Janji ditepati' ni. Barisan Nasional siap minta rakyat 'Balas Budi'. Hehhh siapa balas budi siapa nie?  Hampehhh!!!

Sambutan Hari kemerdekaan ini ialah untuk semua rakyat tidak patut diheret ke dalam agenda politik Barisan Nasional.

Perkara ini sedikit sebanyak memusnahkan semangat rakyat untuk menyertai dan menghayati perayaan besar negara ini.



Ha ha ha ha Lawak giler kerajaan Barisan Nasional (Be End) nie.

Sumber: AmenoWorld

Jumaat, 27 Julai 2012

Jumaat, Julai 27, 2012

Bugis mohon diistihar status bumiputera

1. Baru-baru ini kita ada mendengar isu rakyat Malaysia dari etnik Bugis yang bermastautin di Malaysia memohon pengistiharan status bumiputera.

2. Nampaknya selepas ini tidak lama lagi kita juga akan mendengar orang India dan Cina memohon status bumiputera.

3. Kita boleh faham mengapa etnik Bugis begitu tergesa-gesa memohon pengiktirafan ini.

4. Tidak lama dahulu Perdana Menteri kita pernah berkunjung ke Sulawesi dan mengaku Gowa adalah kampung halamannya dan bahawa dirinya adalah putera Gowa di sana. Sila rujuk sini  Ada banyak sumber di internet yang ada menyiarkan Najib Razak mendakwa dirinya ialah putera Gowa, Indonesia.

Di bawah adalah petikan kata-kata Najib Razak setibanya di Sulawesi selatan di halaman Rumah Jabatan Bupati Gowa.

" Saya adalah Anak Gowa, Saya keturunan langsung Raja Gowa dan Hari ini saya Balik ke Gowa Bukan untuk Merampas Tahta Raja Gowa, Melainkan untuk menjalin semangat kekeluargaan yang sebenarnya tidak putus....,Saya adalah Anak Gowa yang merantau 11 (sebelas) Generasi lamanya".

5. Najib Razak yang berketurunan Bugis dari Gowa, Indonesia ini sudah tentu menyemarakkan keinginan etnik Bugis di Malaysia untuk diiktiraf sebagai bumiputera.

6. Persoalannya adakah etnik Bugis yang berasal dari Indonesia patut diberikan pengiktirafan itu? Bagaimana pula dengan Najib Razak? Persoalan ini patut diteliti dan diperhalusi dengan baik agar tidak menyinggung perasaan etnik bumiputera yang lain.

7. Harapan kita, kerajaan jangan tergesa-gesa iktiraf sini, iktiraf sana perkara-perkara sensitif yang melibatkan isu perkauman ini walaupun dalam keghairahan memancing undi untuk menang pilihanraya.

Khamis, 26 Julai 2012

Khamis, Julai 26, 2012

"Jangan beritahu media' rayu Datuk Justin Guka

1. Muka surat 4 di Daily Express semalam (26th July 2012) memaparkan Datuk Justin Guka ADUN Bingkor merayu agar orang awam tidak melaporkan kepada media projek-projek kerajaan yang terbengkalai.

2. Kita merasa hairan mengapa beliau mengeluarkan kenyataan sedemikian sedangkan orang awam telah membantu kerja beliau dengan memaklumkan kepada media projek-projek kerajaan yang terbengkalai agar tindakan sewajarnya dapat diambil

3. Mungkin beliau tidak mahu heboh-heboh dan menyelesaikan perkara itu diam-diam.

4. Malangnya rakyat maklum yang beliau memang sibuk dan bukan senang berjumpa beliau secara bersemuka. Media pula lebih cepat membantu. Saya tidak melihat apa-apa yang salah mengenai tindakan rakyat melaporkan projek terbengkalai ini.

5. Beliau patut berterima kasih kerena kena bagi 'alert' mengenai projek-projek tak siap ini.

6. Atau ini adalah cubaan menjaga nama agar kelihatan harum tanpa ada laporan media mengenai projek-projek terbengkalai berkenaan.

7. Tapi Datuk, rakyat juga sibuk cari makan. Tak adalah begitu banyak masa untuk mencari masa 'compile' maklumat semua itu dan berjumpa datuk.

8. JKKK yang Datuk lantik mungkin kena kerja keras sedikit.

9. Apa pun mungkin kita perlu perhebatkan membuat jemputan kepada media untuk membuat hebahan projek-projek terbengkalai ini bukan sahaja di Bingkor tetapi di seluruh Sabah.

10. Harapan kita Datuk rajin-rajin berjalan melawat kawasan ke serata ceruk kawasan yang di wakili oleh Datuk.

Khamis, 21 Jun 2012

Khamis, Jun 21, 2012

Rakyat Indonesia sanggup berperang kerana Tarian dan Gendang Mandailing?

Kedutaan Malaysia kena serang oleh rakyat Indonesia - Salahkan RAIS YATIM sebelum salahkan Indonesians.

Seme neh pasal Rais Yatim. Korang baca dulu kat bawah neh punca kenapa Indonesia meroyan marahkan kita lagi. Aku dah tak ingat berapa kali dah si indonesia meroyan bagai atas isu remeh temeh tetapi aku betul2 bengkek dengan sikap Rais Yatim yang cuai nak mampos.

Bukan lah perkara baru bagi kita seme bahawa rakyat indonesia neh majoritinya kebudak2kan. Boleh dibuktikan melalui tingkah laku mereka di facebook. Islam sana islam sini lepas tue dok maki hamun orang.

Yang aku bengkek sangat tue, dah tahu budaya tue orang sana punya yang ko sibuk nak ambik kenapa? Dah sengkek budaya ke apa di malaysia neh? Dah takde ke budaya kita yang boleh dijadikan warisan ek? Hey, kita ada beratus jenis budaya lah. Promote jek mana2 yang memang sah milik kita.

Buat apa kita amek orang punya? Dah takde maruah ke selepas kena keji, maki dan hina berkali2? Tak rasa malu ke ko Rais Yatim? Awat tak daftar sekali poco2 kesayangan rosmah mansur tue sekali? Register sekali dengan dangdut. Confirm berperang dua negara neh.

Almaklumlah pasal tarian dan budaya pun orang sana boleh melompat2 nak lancar perang kan. Benda remeh cam neh pun kecoh siap nak berjihad bagai. Ada ke orang nak berjihad pasal perebutan tarian? Tak pernah aku dengar pun. Bodoh gile.

Sebenarnya bukanlah aku tak patriotik apa seme. Aku pun bengang dan marah gak bila geng2 indonesia mai meroyan kat seme page2 pro malaysia. Tapi ikut situasi gak lah kan. Dalam kes neh terbukti di rais yatim cari pasal dulu. Sama macam kes tourism malaysia. Cari pasal sebab tak fikir sensitiviti orang lain.

Kerajaan bien dah pernah buat salah sekali itu. Under tourism malaysia. Time tue kita dah terlebih2 patut be alerted. Tapi nampaknya BN tak belajar apa2 pun dari kesilapan yang lepas. Depa buat lagi kali neh.

Walaupun kita dah minta maaf, tapi kemon larh. Sikap buruk media depa di samping perangai kebudak2kan orang sana, jangan hadap depa nak maafkan kerajaan bien sama macam kes dulu. Kali neh dorang bertambah satu lagi sebab nak mengelar2 kita maling. Eeeee geram betul aku.

Tak dinafikan disebabkan tue aku agak annoying dengan sikap rakyat indonesia yang suka berkira. Orang dah minta maaf pun nak mengamok sakan lagi. Cam buat salah besar plak. Celaka betul.

Lepas tue kan, bila dorang yang buat salah, then kita dakwa ikut undang2, kerajaan depa punya lah paksa kerajaan kita suruh lepaskan nelayan2 depa yang menceroboh masuk ke perairan kita.

Dalam keterpaksaan akhirnya kerajaan kita akur dan langgar undang2 sendiri. Aku memang pandang rendah pada kelembikkan bien. Terus terang aku cakap. Dalam pada dok kutuk2 indonesia mundur apa seme tapi bila kena gertak sikit terus jek ko akur. Ini ko nak banggakan sangat ka bien?

Dan bila nelayan2 kita tak menceroboh pun perairan depa kan, nelayan2 kita kena tangkap apa seme. Siap minta wang pembebasan lagi. Bagi aku itu namanya wang tebusan. Kerajaan indonesia main kotor dan balas dendam dengan cara yang amat biadap dan keji.

Macam tue nak respect kerajaan indonesia? Toksah lah weh. Respect orang pun ada limit nya. Takan sampai kena pijak kepala pula kan? Cam takde maruah pula kita disini. Sebab tue aku seboleh2 malas nak layan bab2 indonesia neh. Dorang ajek nak menang. Tak pernah nak mengaku salah dan silap.

Dah tahu perangai dorang macam tue ennn ehh.. boleh plak rais yatim cuit emosi dorang lagi? Lainkali siasat dulu arh. Jangan main meroyan jek cakap itu neh. Disebabkan mulut ko lah kami kena maki lagi. Kalau direct maki ko jek aku satusen tak heran.

Tapi aku fack gile bila maki2 sebut nama malaysia sebagai maling. Payah nak bertempur dengan depa kat dunia online sebab dorang ramai. Tengoklah bilangan penduduk mereka berapa kan. Memang tak terlawan dari segi jumlah bilangan larh kan.

Dan semalam website FAM kena hack. Atas isu neh larh. Oleh kerana Rais Yatim yang buat pasey, maka dia larh yang kena selesaikan. Meskipun kerajaan kita dah tarikbalik kenyataan tersebut, depa bukan minta maaf. Depa nafikan gitu jek walhal berita bernama terang2 tulis rais yatim nak amek budaya tersebut.

Gile keji. Dah buat salah lepas tue taknak mengaku plak. Mengaku je lah. Minta maaf. Senang sket aku nak bambu indonesia yang emosi tak tentu pasey. Lepas ko minta maaf baru rasa ada maruah nak balon puak2 yang suka melompat atas isu remeh temeh. Cam gud2 plak tarian tue.

Sebenarnya aku tak hadap pun tarian tue. Usah kata tarian tue bahkan aku menyokong andai kerajaan kita haramkan kemasukkan apa2 jenis indonesia kat malaysia neh. Total. Baik tarian, lagu, buku serta filem. Kalau tak bersedia nak berkongsi budaya, so sila berambos. Duduk je terperuk dalam negara ko tue. Habis citer.

Ameno : Pasal tarian pun mao perang ka? -AmenoWorld.blogspot.com

Rabu, 6 Jun 2012

Rabu, Jun 06, 2012

SAPP pledges a new beginning for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) became the first political party to unveil its 13th general election manifesto.

Among the 17 pledges made by the party should it form the government is a Sabah Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants and a Sabah Identity Card (Sabah IC) for Malaysians of Sabah origin.

The manifesto was tabled by Mohd Noor Mansoor who headed the party’s manifesto committee and later approved by delegates during its biennial delegates’ conference on Sunday.

Mohd Noor said that despite the announcement by the prime minister on the setting up of the royal commission of inquiry (RCI), SAPP was not convinced that it would be able to resolve the problem that had been affecting the people of Sabah for so long.

“How can you say you are setting up the RCI but only investigate the illegal immigrants? What about the PATAI or Pendatang Asing Tapi Ada IC (foreigners but with IC)?” he asked.

He said injustices have been done to the bona fide Malaysians by the presence of illegal immigrants who have been sharing their resources and facilities and also threatening their safety and security.

“SAPP will pursue the setting up of a Sabah Commission of Inquiry on the illegal immigrants by invoking the Inquiry Commissions Enactment 1981 so that the sovereignty of the state and the rights of legitimate Sabahans are upheld,” he said.

Mohd Noor also said that the once SAPP formed the state government, it promised to issue Sabah IC to qualified Malaysians in Sabah and a department would be set up for the purpose.

He said this was in order to safeguard the identity rights of genuine Malaysians of Sabah origin and to differentiate from the dubious document holders.

He said this was entirely within the constitutions of Sabah and Malaysia and that the Sabah IC holders will be entitled to land ownership within the state, trading license, state scholarships, social welfare and other benefits from the state government or its agencies.

Borneonisation, judiciary, scholarships

SAPP also pledged to Malaysians with Sabah IC that it would provide assistance directly to the target groups to eliminate hardcore poverty; to the disabled, elderly, single parents and orphans; while Sabah House in Kuala Lumpur would take on the additional responsibility of providing assistance and counseling to Sabahans working or studying or residing in Peninsular Malaysia.

SAPP also proposed the setting up of a peoples’ welfare trust with the name Amanah Progresif Rakyat Sabah (APRS), which source of funding comes from the oil and gas sector and other sources.

He said citizens of Malaysia who have attained 21 years of age, registered voters residing in Sabah and hold “Sabah ICs” are eligible to receive the cash distribution as and when declared by the Board of Trustees.

SAPP promised that the Anti-Hopping Law would be formulated to deter elected members of the legislative assembly and parliament from switching parties after being elected.

The anti-hop principle was that any elected member who changes party shall be required to resign his/her seat.

The member may submit to the electors by re-contesting the seat concerned. This principle will require amendments to both the state and federal constitutions which SAPP shall pursue, he said.

Other promises were on Borneonisation, review of state-federal relationship and laws, the setting up of a Legislation and Judiciary Native Affairs Department, a RM300 million revolving fund for first-time house buyer (with Sabah IC) and grant lower land premium for developers building low-cost houses.

Under the One-Country-Two-System policy, a SAPP government pledges to allow schools in Sabah to choose to adopt the PPSMI (teaching of science and mathematics in English) and to address the problems relating to the service of the temporary teachers and the shortages of teachers in the vernacular schools.

It also pledged to intensify Yayasan Sabah’s effort in bridging the social disparity by extending assistance in the form of providing hostels in the rural areas especially the remote villages.

It further pledged to disburse scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance for deposits offered by the state government and also Yayasan Sabah fairly and justly to all qualified Malaysians with Sabah ICs among others.

Labuan should be returned

SAPP also proposed that Labuan be returned to Sabah and governed as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) and to be represented by three elected state assemblymen at the Sabah state legislative assembly to complement the existing member of parliament in the federal legislature.

The international financial hub status of Labuan would be maintained and self-administered to enhance its autonomy as an International Offshore Financial Centre (IOFC) while 20% of total oil royalty received by Sabah would be given to Labuan for its self-governance.

He said a SAPP government would also pursue the construction of the Labuan bridge linking Sabah mainland to the island.

Other pledges were on the Social Development, Youth Empowerment, Sabah Heritage, Environment and Sustainability, Sports Development, Women Empowerment, ICT Development and the setting up of a Gaming Commission.

The party also promised that a SAPP government would also push for the setting up of foreign consulates in Sabah such as the Philippine Consulate, the China Consulate and others, he said.

In order to fulfil these promises, he said the Sabah would have to be autonomous through the implementation of a One-Country-Two-Systems rule.- www.freemalaysiatoday.com

Khamis, 24 Mei 2012

Khamis, Mei 24, 2012

PNG deputy PM storms court demanding resignation of Chief Justice

EDMOND ROY: In Papua New Guinea where the government and judiciary have been thrown into fresh turmoil this afternoon after the country's deputy prime minister stormed into the Supreme Court and demanded the arrest of the nation's chief justice.

Police have surrounded the court where the chief justice, Sir Salamo, is holed up in council chambers.

The crisis came to a head when on Monday, Sir Salamo and two other judges ruled for the second time that Sir Michael Somare was the nation's constitutional prime minister.

The government of Peter O'Neill has repeatedly tried to suspend Sir Salamo, whom it accuses of being biased.

I spoke with our PNG correspondent Liam Fox.

Liam what's the latest?

LIAM FOX: The latest is that Sir Salamo is still inside his chambers. There have been negotiations with police for about two hours and the result of that is that police are now prepared to interview him in his chambers rather than arresting him and taking him to a police station.

We were able to speak to Sir Salamo a short time ago; he says he's yet to decide whether he'll partake in that interview. He also said that he fears for his safety; he also fears for democracy in PNG - that what has happened today sets a terrible precedent for PNG in the years to come.

He also said that today's actions with Belden Namah clearly directing police to arrest him shows that the police aren't independent; they're not acting under the command of the police commissioner, but directly under the command of the deputy prime minister Belden Namah.

EDMOND ROY: So do they still recognise him as the chief justice?

LIAM FOX: They do recognise him as the chief justice; they're now trying to remove him. They have attempted to remove him several times over the last six or seven months by formally removing him from office, going through processes in Parliament; they have been stopped by the Supreme Court through stay orders.

At one stage they charged him with perverting the course of justice. The Supreme Court again stayed those proceedings. And these tensions came to a head again following the Supreme Court decision on Monday.

EDMOND ROY: I suppose the heart of it of course is the problem between Michael Somare and Peter O'Neill. Can this be resolved without that problem being resolved in the first place?

LIAM FOX: It's not clear how that could happen. This tension between them, this disagreement over who's the legitimate prime minister has gone on since August last year and it's unlikely, nigh on impossible to see those two getting together and sorting it out.

But what most people in PNG are hoping is that we will now, because the general election is due to be held in late June, that ultimately the people of Papua New Guinea will sort this out.

EDMOND ROY: What are the chances of this spilling out into a wider fight say between the judiciary, the military, the police and so on - which has happened before in PNG?

LIAM FOX: There's certainly a possibility of that happening. It seems at this stage that the majority of the police and the military are behind Peter O'Neill, so it's not apparent that there's any kind of split at the moment, though of course there was a split back in December when this first issue came to a head when the Supreme Court handed down its original decision.

So, as I said it's possible but at this stage unlikely that that could rapidly change in PNG.

EDMOND ROY: Liam Fox speaking from Port Moresby.

EDMOND ROY: Staying in PNG, our reporter Meredith Griffiths managed to speak with Justice Nicholas Kerriwom, in whose chambers the chief justice is now locked in.

NICHOLAS KERRIWOM: We are actually locked up in my chambers here in Port Moresby in the court house with chief justice and myself as we await police arresting officer to arrive and we'll be snapped up to interview the chief justice and to arrest him for sedition.

As of last night at 6 o'clock we were given 16 hours by the deputy prime minister to resign or face the consequences and he executed that this afternoon at about 1:30, or 2 o'clock when chief justice was (inaudible) in court. And he stormed in there with a couple of policemen, probably one other minister and started screaming at the chief justice and calling him names and ordering the police to arrest the chief justice.

And as the police headed towards the chief justice who was sitting on the bench he was forced to escape outside, get out of the court room while the associate barricaded the doorway and they chased him all the way to my chambers.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: So who is currently in the chambers with you; who is there?

NICHOLAS KERRIWOM: The chief justice and our lawyers.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: And what's the scene outside; do you know how many people are in the court or are near the offices? Do you know what's going on outside your doors?

NICHOLAS KERRIWOM: There must be something going on outside; can't be sure - let me see. There was army and police out there - yes they're still out there.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: How many people are outside?

NICHOLAS KERRIWOM: I'm not quite sure, I haven't actually stepped out but there was probably over 40 or 50 policemen and defence force personnel with high powered firearms.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: So how is the chief justice, is he okay at the moment?

NICHOLAS KERRIWOM: Yes he's okay now, he just finished an interview with the local media and he's now talking with the lawyers waiting for the arresting officer to arrive from the police station. So at least we were able to get the interview done here in the court premises rather than going down to the police station, which we feared very much, cos you don't know what's going to happen down there.

So, the commissioner was kind enough to allow the chief justice to be interviewed in his office by the arresting officer and that's what's happening, so we're waiting for the arresting officer to arrive.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: So are you afraid to leave the chambers at the moment?

NICHOLAS KERRIWOM: Well we're actually waiting for lawyers who are checking on things before they can tell us it's safe to move - so at the moment we're still stuck in the chambers.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: What does the chief justice say to the deputy prime minister who is calling for him to resign; what's the chief justice's reaction to that?

NICHOLAS KERRIWOM: We're currently appealing to the deputy prime minister to respect the constitution and allow the courts to function and discharge our constitutional responsibilities without fear or favour.

EDMOND ROY: Justice Nicholas Kerriwom speaking to Meredith Griffiths from his chambers at Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court.- ABC

Selasa, 7 Februari 2012

Selasa, Februari 07, 2012

We want 100% oil ownership to Sabah, NOT only 5%!

Yes, you heard it. We Sabahan want 100% oil revenue and ownership  NOT 5%.  Give back what is belong to us Sabahan. Stop robbing oil from Sabah. I agree with this article from Raja Petra Kamarudin of www.malaysia-today.net

Stop robbing oil from the states
By Raja Petra Kamarudin

Give or take, give and take, they are both four letter words, just as Umno is (pun intended). Nevertheless, we can expect Umno to be confused about when to use the word “give” and when to use “take”. However, Pakatan Rakyat too?

As Julius Caesar said, “Et tu Brute?”

I am talking about the 5% oil royalty “given” to Sabah and Sarawak (and, of course, to Terengganu, as well as to all the other states as well: in the event that they too have oil and gas).

Yes, both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat are currently discussing how much royalty should be “given” to those states that have oil and gas.

How do you “give” them something that already belongs to them in the first place? Should not the word we use be “take”? We should instead be discussing how much we should “take” from them, not how much we should “give” them.

Let me explain the history of this entire thing.

The oil and gas already belongs to the states. This is what the Malaysia Agreement and the earlier Federation Agreement was all about. And, in that agreement, it was agreed that all natural resources would be the property of the states.

No doubt, some things such as defence, security, foreign policy, etc., were federalised. But religion and natural resources are supposed to be the prerogative and property of the states.

Water, timber, land, sand, minerals, etc., all belong to the states. As do oil and gas. These are what we call natural resources. Hence they belong 100% to the states, not 5% or 20% or 50% or whatever.

Now, Umno is, of course, misleading us. They are talking as if all natural resources, except oil and gas, belong to the states and that oil and gas belong to the federal government. That is not true. And to suggest otherwise is a violation of the Malaysia Agreement.

And I would expect better from the opposition. Why is the opposition sounding like Barisan Nasional and talking about how much oil royalty to “give” to the states?

Discovery of oil

Oil was first rumoured to have been discovered in Terengganu even before 1972, during the time that Nik Hassan Wan Abdul Rahman was the Menteri Besar of Terengganu and Tun Abdul Razak Hussein the Prime Minister of Malaysia. And I said rumoured because the discovery of oil was never officially announced but was something that was being whispered in the corridors of power.

Why the hush-hush? Well, because the government had to first sort out some “loose ends” before announcing the discovery of oil.

So they did not want anyone to know about it until the federal government could ensure that the oil was “transferred” to the federal government. If not, 100% of the oil revenue would go to the state of Terengganu.

In the meantime, they secretly sold the oil to foreign buyers. The oil was transferred from the oil rigs to the ships in the middle of the sea and was exported. Only some people knew about it, the Petronas officers being some of those people.

Lim Kit Siang came to find out about this secret arrangement and there was a hue and cry when he revealed that the oil was being stolen from Terengganu. It seems a Deep Throat in Petronas had told him about it. Exxon, in collaboration with Petronas, were fingered as the chief conspirators.

A crisis was about to explode. There were rumours that all the documents in the Exxon office in Kuala Lumpur suddenly disappeared and reappeared in Singapore the following day.

Then, suddenly, the whole thing mysteriously died down and nothing more was said about the matter. No denial or rebuttal was ever issued.

Soon after that, the Menteri Besar went into conflict with the Sultan and was forced to resign. He was also exiled from Terengganu and was not allowed to ever set foot on Terengganu soil again as long as the Sultan was still alive. He never returned to Terengganu until the Sultan died.

The tense moment in that entire episode was when the Sultan’s brother stormed the Menteri Besar’s office and pointed a gun at the Menteri Besar’s head. The Sultan’s brother too was exiled to Pahang and only returned to Terengganu to attend the Sultan’s funeral.

The BN oil plan

Meanwhile, Tun Razak came out with a plan on how to bring PAS into the federal government. PAS had to be neutralised if the federal government wanted to grab Terengganu’s oil.

The idea to form Barisan Nasional was mooted and all the opposition parties such as PAS, PPP, Gerakan, etc., were invited to join Barisan Nasional.

In 1973, BN was launched and PAS became part of the federal government. In 1974, the new ruling coalition in Parliament (where all the opposition parties except DAP were now members of) passed the Petroleum Development Act and the oil and gas were transferred from the states to the federal government, meaning Petronas.

To keep the states quiet, they were given 5% as a token “oil royalty”.

This was like the whites taking away the Native American lands (then called Red Indians) by giving them worthless beads as payment.

Now, if the federal government had power over oil and gas, why the need to pass the Petroleum Development Act in Parliament? Just take it! But they couldn’t just take it. Oil and gas are the property of the states. So they needed to pass an Act of Parliament to legalise the illegal takeover of state property.

There was, of course, some resistance to this move, in particular from Sabah. But all resistance was silenced when the dissenters died in a mysterious plane crash that has never been properly explained until today.

Pakatan should stop talking about how much oil royalty to “give” the states and whether it should be increased from the current 5% to 20% or 50% or whatever. That is BN type of talk.

Correcting the injustice

The federal government is actually taking what belongs to the states. Therefore, you should be talking about how much you should take: whether 95% like now, or whether you reduce what you take down to 80% or 50%.

If we go by the spirit of the Federation Agreement, then you should take nothing. You should return 100% to the states. The most you can do is to levy a tax, like the timber export tax, palm oil tax, etc. That is all the federal government can earn. Even if the tax is 35% or 45%, never mind. But it has to be tax on the profit of the sales or a form of export tax or sales tax, whether you make a profit on the sale or not.

We always talk about Rule of Law and not Rule by Law. The Petroleum Development Act is a classic example of Rule by Law. They passed a law to legalise something illegal: meaning, nationalising state property.

We must now correct this injustice and call a spade a spade. The federal government has been robbing the states of their oil for the last 40 years and has been giving them a mere 5% of the proceeds when it should be 100%. That is the reality of the situation.

Lim Kit Siang of DAP knows about this. He was the one who revealed what was going on even before most people knew that oil was being extracted from Terengganu.

And Tun Salleh Abas of PAS also knows about this. He was the “architect” who drafted the Petroleum Development Act.

So no more talk about how much to give the states. We must now talk about what we are taking from the states.

Raja Petra Kamarudin is a popular blogger based in Manchester, UK.

Isnin, 6 Februari 2012

Isnin, Februari 06, 2012

PM Najib's Messege For Thaipusam 2012

We can, once again, appreciate our diverse culture as Malaysian Hindus mark the auspicious day of Thaipusam. Hindus mark this day by offering their thanks and sacrifice at temples throughout the country.

Many will also be making vows and praying for a better life and a secure happy future for their children. It is a basic human wish to improve and progress towards a better quality of life for one’s self and ones loved ones.

The Government knows and understands this instinct for progress and calls upon Malaysian Hindus to continue to place their ‘nambikei’ in Government. With this trust, the Government will be able to effectively engage with and help the community overcome your challenges and achieve your personal visions for a better life. We remain committed to fulfilling all our promises to the community and we will do what is needed to help people achieve their dreams.

I take this opportunity to extend my greetings to all Hindus in Malaysia as they observe Thaipusam and mark this important meaningful day.

Khamis, 6 Oktober 2011

Khamis, Oktober 06, 2011

Tambatuon Dam rejected by Villagers

It is clear that the people of Kampung Tambatuon has rejected the proposed dam to be built in their village. And the government must listen to this. There are so many ways how to improve water supply to the people as well as for the agriculture purposes. Why must this government never listen to the people. Trying to bribe the people with money and a tour is not right. 


The villagers of Kampung Tambatuon in Kota Belud unanimously rejected the state government’s offer of an “annual gratuity” of RM500,000 as well as a study tour to Kedah as an inducement to make way for the construction of a dam in their village.

The mostly farming community, who have been battling the government relocation, plan pointed out that they are already earning far more from their agriculture activities which include padi and rubber plantations as well as orchards.

The amount offered by the state government works out to about RM500 for each of them annually. The village currently consists of 898 villagers.

According to Singkui B Tinggi, the former village chief of the picturesque and fertile village located at the foot of Mount Kinabalu, most villagers are currently earning between RM5,000 and RM10,000 per month.

He noted that a majority of the villagers there owned rubber plantations ranging from 10 acres to more than 20 acres, besides farms for other agriculture produce.

Two Barisan Nasional elected representatives have been pushing for the construction of a dam at the site which they said could generate RM500,000 for the villagers.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Singkui disclosed that the decision to reject the offer made by Kedamaian state assemblyman Herbert Timbun Lagadan in July this year was reached at an emergency meeting held by the Tambatuon Dam Action Committee (TDAC) at the village’s mini hall on Sept 11.

“We hereby reject all the offers made to us by Herbert and Abdul Rahman Dahlan (MP for Kota Belud). We do not wish to sell our village,” he said.

He reminded the two that the villagers voted for them in the last general election so that they could further improve the economy of the place, rather than threaten their livelihood and destroy their village.

Poor irrigation, not water shortage to blame

The Village Action Committee recently also submitted a memorandum on the matter to Chief Minister Musa Aman and his deputy Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Kampung Tambatuon is nestled on the banks of Sungai Kadamaian and Sungai Kilombon which are fed by waters running off Mt Kinabalu.

The place is popular with tourists who flock to the village to see the unique “tagal” practice in Sabah, a sustainable freshwater fishing practice that allows harvesting only once a year.

Since news of the proposed construction of the RM450 million dam first surfaced early last year, it has drawn strong protests and criticism from hundreds of villagers, environmentalists and academics.

Villagers said they would lose their homes, land and source of income if the project is to proceed while conservationists noted that it would affect the environment in the area, which is located near Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site.

The proposed dam would force the resettlement of around 600 villagers who have lived a relatively prosperous life without much government assistance.

However, Rahman is adamant that the village must make way for the dam to boost rice production in the Kota Belud plains, the rice bowl of Sabah, and avert a recurrence of the 2008 rice shortage.

He said that the construction of the Tambatuon dam would help to irrigate 25,000 hectares of unproductive paddy fields in Kota Belud.

Agriculture experts also questioned the cost of the project which is estimated to reach RM1 billion. They pointed out that poor irrigation rather than shortage of water is the main cause for the low yields from the area.

Suhakam’s 2010 report also criticised the government for failing to consult the villagers prior to proposing the dam.


When is this government ever listen to the people? We will have to kick them out. And this time we must kick them out of power for good. There is no two way about it. Any other option is not available. Kick the government out of power, replace them with new government, a government who works with the people.

Jumaat, 16 September 2011

Jumaat, September 16, 2011

Sept 16 is a black day for Sabah

Celebrating Malaysia Day on Sept 16 would be meaningless, hollow and empty unless the special rights and autonomy of Sabah and Sarawak as agreed, promised and assured by the Founding Fathers of Malaysia are fulfilled.

The Founding Fathers of Malaysia from the Borneo states took great risks to agree and to be pushed and rushed into the merger with Malaya and Singapore to the extent of denying themselves (the Borneo States) the opportunity to attain political maturity first and to enjoy the freedom and practice of self-rule as what is now enjoyed by Brunei.

This is despite the fact that opinions and assessments from various quarters involved in the negotiations gave a clear and mature signal to the merger.

For example, according to British documents released recently, Sir William Goode (last Governor of British North Borneo) and Waddle (British Representative in Singapore) insisted “that Borneo
is not ready for self-government, which they fear would turn out to be an unequal partnership between the Borneo Horse and the Malayan Rider.

They warned of dangers of “shotgun marriage.” “None of the territories (Sarawak, North Borneo and Brunei) would be ready for self-government earlier than 1970” and “All territories, Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak were ‘unfitted’ to enter Malaysia on the basis of popular representation”.

Sel Kirk (British High Commissioner based in Singapore) gave Sarawak about 10 years, and North Borneo at least 20 years before a clear cut electoral opinion would be given on this subject.

Lord Cobbold, Chairman of the Cobbold Commission, even warned that “It is necessary condition, from the outset, that Malaysia shall be regarded by all concerned as an association of partners combining in the common interest to create a new nation but retaining their own individualities.”

Even the United Nation (UN) Team sent to ascertain the feelings of the people of North Borneo and Sarawak also came back with an inconclusive report saying 2/3 are not convinced to the formation of Malaysia.

Tun Fuad Stephens (Donald Stephens) himself expressed his concerns in a letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman (before the formation of Malaysia) – “If we had been asked to join Malaysia at the time Malaya achieved independence and Britain made it possible for us, the story would have been a different one”.

“Now that ‘Merdeka’ has been Malaya’s for some years, and we are still struggling towards it, Malaya’s proposal that we join as the 12th, 13th and 14th states savours of imperialism, of a drive to turn us into Malayan colonies…. to join Malaya, while we are still colonies… the implication is to hand (ourselves) over to your control.”

Then, to the Straits Times, Tun Fuad wrote: “We are against joining Malaysia as individual states, and want the Borneo territories to get together, so that when we talk with Malaya, it will be as equal partners and not as vassals…, and if we join Malaya now, the people who will come and take most of the top jobs will be Malayan… the new expatriates…”

Tunku’s assurances

Doubts and concerns expressed by the Borneo leaders to the status of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation were subsequently addressed by Tunku Abdul Rahman and his team when they agreed to take into consideration the 20-Points conditions.

Tunku Abdul Rahman assured that “The granting of self-government too would enable Sabah to stand on its own feet as equal with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore”.

“The important aspects of the Malaysia Ideal, as I see it, is that it will enable the Borneo territories to transform their present colonial status to ‘self-government’ for themselves and absolute independence in Malaysia simultaneously..”

“The days of imperialism are gone and it is not the intention of Malaya to perpetuate or revive them. When the Borneo territories become part of Malaysia, they will cease to be colonies, they will be partners of equal status, no more or less than the other states.” (the ‘other states’ refer to the other states’ entities of Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak).

Thus what eventually convinced the Borneo states leaders to form Malaysia beside the question of security, were the assurances that the merger would be that of equal partnership of the signatory states (Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak) to the Malaysia Agreement, the autonomy and special rights accorded to Sabah and Sarawak under the 20-Points, Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report and the Malaysia Agreement itself.

Have all these Agreement, promises and assurances been fulfilled? Is Sabah now secure and enjoying “absolute independence” in Malaysia? Are we now in control of our economic resources, our political franchise and our future? If the answer is “NO” then what are we celebrating on the Sept 16?

We might as well regard Sept 16 as a ‘Sad Day’ to remember when we ended freedom and independence to be taken over and re-colonized by Malaya.

Ironically, on Aug 31, 1963 (two weeks before the formation of Malaysia), Sabah was granted independence from the British to which Sir William Goode declared – “Today is a historic day for Sabah. It marks the beginning of self-government and independence and the end of colonialism”.

If anything at all, let Sept 16 be an occasion to reflect and review our position in the Federation of Malaysia and find a solution to save a potentially fragile nation from breaking apart.

Our state political leaders should use this occasion to rise above partisan political interest, fighting for self-interest in the name of development to one committed to the larger interst of Sabah and Sarawak and for the future well-being of Sabahans and Sarawakians.

The time to do this is right and most appropriate as Sabah and Sarawak are not merely “fixed deposits” States but they are actually the “Kingmakers” the “Penentu” as to who goes to Putrajaya and who will fulfill the promises of Sept 16, 1963.

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday
By: Jeffrey Kitingan

Jeffrey Kitingan, a Harvard scholar, is a former ISA detainee under Dr Mahathir Mohamad regime, accused of purportedly wanting to take out Sabah from Malaysia. He was briefly vice-president of PKR before quitting the party accusing it of not listening to Sabah and Sarawak aspirations. He is currently leading United Borneo Front (UBF) which seeks a reinstatement of autonomy to Sabah.

Ahad, 11 September 2011

Ahad, September 11, 2011

Borneo Alliance for greater autonomy

KOTA KINABALU: The Borneo Alliance, a coalition of political parties and NGOs, has roped-in the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) into its fold, and is expected to be formally launched next month, the United Borneo Front chairman Jeffrey Kintingan announced today.

In a statement here, Jeffrey said: “As a result of the continuous tea-parties the alliance has been holding all over Sabah, the people have been waiting eagerly for the movement to become a full-fledged political reality rather than merely an NGO.

“I have been asked all the time what political vehicle will be used for the Borneo Alliance which will move the Borneo Agenda,” he said.

He, however, revealed that the Borneo Alliance also known as Pakatan Borneo would “definitely be launched next month” although the date had yet to be confirmed.

Jeffrey also said he is in the final stages of joining a political party in which he is being offered a state leadership role.

He confirmed that he had reached an “arrangement” with SAPP president Yong Teck Lee on the matter and both parties are set to be the prime initial movers of the alliance.

He reiterated that the alliance’s principle was to unite parties and organisations in Sabah and Sarawak as they would be the ones who decide who would form the nation’s federal government after the next general election.

“We must have the autonomy to be kingmakers. This means local-based parties must take charge of the two states and stand for their rights within the federation.

“This cannot be done if we remain under the control of Peninsular Malaysia, or peninsular-based parties,” he said.

He said the Borneo Alliance was not looking for a drastic or radical change but only wanted “the rightful reinstatement of the original concept of Malaysia.”

“We were promised that Borneo states would be independent entities and the federal government would be a shared responsibility among the four merging entities.

“We need to create a new political and administrative system to replace the present one in which only one party is controlling all the others who are subservient,” he said.

Kitingan also hinted that he may lean in support of Pakatan Rakyat, the loosely formed opposition coalition comprising peninsular based PAS, DAP and PKR.

Isnin, 5 September 2011

Isnin, September 05, 2011

Malaysia Prime Minister (PM) Najib Razak Resign Tomorrow?

PM najib Razak resign tomorrowI'm about to sleep but when I refreshed my Facebook's wall just now, I saw this shocking news about Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak will resign from his post as Malaysia's prime minister by tomorrow.

Seriously I'm not sure whether or not this breaking news within the online community is true or not but this news sure will surprise everyone. So now everyone is waiting for tomorrow to confirm the news.

I read the more details news about Najib Razak will resign from this blog Tukang Lawan. It was reported in that blog about Najib Razak's intention to resign tomorrow and that his political appointed officers are busy cleaning their desk/table at the moment to move out tomorrow.

Personally, I don't think the news is true. It is because Najib Razak has never mentioned anything about resigning from his post so far and that he is preparing for the next Malaysia general election. Resigning now is not something he would do I believe.

So it is just a rumors. Until it is proven otherwise, I consider this is just a rumors spreading like a wild-fire through Short Message System (SMS) and blogs.

Anyway, let all wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow is eminent while this rumors is yet to be proven.

Selasa, 23 Ogos 2011

Selasa, Ogos 23, 2011

Libyan rebels seized Tripoli, Monday 22th August 2011

Finally a historic victory in the holy month of Ramadhan to the Libyan rebels. According to the latest report Libyan rebels seize Tripoli on Monday, 22nd August 2011, finally put an end to Gaddafi's 42 years regime in Libya.

Libya's leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. He rules Libya for 42 years!!!

This is a historic victory in the holy month of Ramadhan to the Libyan rebels.

Most of Tripoli's and most of Libya are now under their control in lightning advance, ending the 6 months old civil war in Libya and ending Gaddafi's 42 years iron fist rule.

Howver the whereabouts of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's long serving ruler or rather dictator is nowhere to be seen.

The Rebels celebrated the victory in Green Square, the symbolic heart of Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Gaddafi's defenders quickly melted away but pockets of resistance remained.

State TV broadcast Gaddafi's bitter pleas for Libyans to defend his regime.

Opposition fighters captured his son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, who along with his father faces charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. Another son was under house arrest.

Seif al-Islam, his father and Libya's intelligence chief were indicted earlier this year for allegedly ordering, planning and participating in illegal attacks on civilians in the early days of the violent crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

Another son, Mohammed, was under house arrest. Mohammed, who is in charge of Libyan telecommunications, appeared on the Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera, saying his house was surrounded by armed rebels.

"They have guaranteed my safety. I have always wanted good for all Libyans and was always on the side of God," he said. Close to the end of the interview, there was the sound of heavy gunfire and Mohammed said rebels had entered his house before the phone line cut off.

"It's over, frizz-head," chanted hundreds of jubilant men and women massed in Green Square late Sunday 21st August 2011, using a mocking nickname of the curly-haired Gaddafi.

The revelers fired shots in the air, clapped and waved the rebels' tricolor flag.

Some set fire to the green flag of Gaddafi's regime and shot holes in a poster with the leader's image.

The startling rebel breakthrough, after a long deadlock in Libya's 6-month-old civil war, was the culmination of a closely coordinated plan by rebels, NATO and anti-Gadhafi residents inside Tripoli.

Rebel fighters from the west swept over 20 miles (30 kilometers) in a matter of hours Sunday 21st August 2011, taking town after town and overwhelming a major military base as residents poured out to cheer them.

At the same time, Tripoli residents secretly armed by rebels rose up.

When rebels reached the gates of Tripoli, the special battalion entrusted by Gaddafi with guarding the capital promptly surrendered.

The reason: Its commander, whose brother had been executed by Gadhafi years ago, was secretly loyal to the rebellion.

United States President Barack Obama said Libya is "slipping from the grasp of a tyrant" and urged Gaddafi to relinquish power to prevent more bloodshed.

"The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people," Obama said in a statement from Martha's Vineyard, where he's vacationing. He promised to work closely with rebels.

By the early hours of Monday 22nd August 2011, opposition fighters controlled most of the capital.

The seizure of Green Square held profound symbolic value - the plaza was the scene of pro-Gadhafi rallies organized by the regime almost every night, and Gaddafi delivered speeches to his loyalists from the historic Red Fort that overlooks the square.

Rebels and Tripoli residents set up checkpoints around the city, though pockets of pro-Gadhafi fighters remained.

In one area, AP reporters with the rebels were stopped and told to take a different route because of regime snipers nearby.

In a series of angry and defiant audio messages broadcast on state television, definat and visibly angry Gadhafi called on his supporters to march in the streets of the capital and "purify it" of "the rats." He was not shown in the messages.

His defiance raised the possibility of a last-ditch fight over the capital, home to 2 million people.

But it seemed that significant parts of Gaddafi's regime and military were abandoning him.

His prime minister, Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi, fled to a hotel in the Tunisian city of Djerba.

It was a stunning reversal for Gadhafi, who earlier this month had seemed to have a firm grip on his stronghold in the western part of Libya, despite months of NATO airstrikes on his military which continues in the holy month of Ramadhan.

Rebels had been unable to make any advances for weeks, bogged down on the main fronts with regime troops in the east and center of the country.

Gadhafi is the Arab world's longest-ruling, most erratic, most grimly fascinating leader - presiding for 42 years over this North African desert nation with vast oil reserves and just 6 million people.

For years, he was an international pariah blamed for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people.

After years of denial, Gadhafi's Libya acknowledged responsibility, agreed to pay up to $10 million to relatives of each victim, and the Libyan rule declared he would dismantle his weapons of mass destruction program.

That eased him back into the international community.

But on February 22, 2011 days after the uprising against him began, Gadhafi gave a televised speech vowing to hunt down protesters "inch by inch, room by room, home by home, alleyway by alleyway."

The speech caused a furor that helped fuel the armed rebellion against him and it has been since mocked in songs and spoofs across the Arab world.

The rebels' leadership council, based in the eastern city of Benghazi, sent out mobile text messages to Tripoli residents, proclaiming, "Long live Free Libya" and urging them to protect public property.

Internet service returned to the capital for the first time in six months.

The day's first breakthrough came when hundreds of rebels fought their way into a major symbol of the Gadhafi regime - the base of the elite 32nd Brigade commanded by Gadhafi's son, Khamis. Fighters said they met little resistance. They were 16 miles from the big prize, Tripoli.

Hundreds of rebels cheered wildly and danced as they took over the compound filled with eucalyptus trees, raising their tricolor from the front gate and tearing down a large billboard of Gadhafi. From a huge warehouse, they loaded their trucks with hundreds of crates of rockets, artillery shells and large-caliber ammunition.

One group started up a tank, drove it out of the gate, crushing the median of the main highway and driving off toward Tripoli.

The rebels also freed more than 300 prisoners from a regime lockup, most of them arrested during the heavy crackdown on the uprising in towns west of Tripoli. The fighters and the prisoners - many looking weak and dazed and showing scars and bruises from beatings - embraced and wept with joy.

The uprising against Gadhafi broke out in mid-February, 2011 and anti-regime protests quickly spread. A brutal regime crackdown quickly transformed the protests into an armed rebellion.

Rebels seized Libya's east, setting up an internationally recognized transitional government there, and two pockets in the west, the port city of Misrata and the Nafusa mountain range.

Gadhafi clung to the remaining territory, and for months neither side had been able to break the other.

In early August, 2011 however, rebels launched an offensive from the Nafusa Mountains, intending to open a new, western front to break the deadlock.

They fought their way down to the Mediterranean coastal plain, backed by NATO airstrikes, and captured the strategic city of Zawiya.

Long Live Libya... Good Bye Gaddafi or Gadhafi.. Who cares. Yes, we care and hopefully this will be the begining for a better life for the Libyan people.

Sabtu, 20 Ogos 2011

Sabtu, Ogos 20, 2011

Rocky's Bru new blog

Rocky to lead media onslaught against Najib?
By Uppercaise

Word has been going around about what Rocky of Rocky’s Bru (Datuk Ahiruddin Atan) would do next, after leaving Redberry group at the end of his contract in May. Speculation was that that he would once again be involved in media as point man for a new political campaign.

He’s planning a new blog… he’s planning a new web site…

Now a new blog fingers Rocky as leading an online media onslaught against Najib Tun Razak, the Umno president, whose precarious hold on the prime ministership looks even more tenuous day by day.

Rocky had risen to prominence by using his blog and his network of blogger and journalist friends to campaign against the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi government and the New Straits Times.

When Abdullah was ousted and Najib took over a year later Rocky appeared to have become the voice of the new power establishment, with close ties to the new Najib appointees at the NSTP group.

He made a loudly proclaimed return to the Malay Mail where he had once worked (and supervised its collapse as a free afternoon paper) before being pushed upstairs as editorial adviser after Redberry, primarily an outdoor advertising company, took control of the Malay Mail, Malaysian Reserve, a financial daily, and Bernama TV media sales.

Now Rocky’s out on the loose — and some say he’s gunning for Najib.

Rabu, 3 Ogos 2011

Rabu, Ogos 03, 2011

Musa keeps Rosmah happy and Shafie out

LAHAD DATU: Musa Aman has ultimate control over the state’s economy, security and soil. He is Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Sabah Umno chairman.

It is a concentration of power, without oversight and unprecedented, in a state government. It was unheard of prior to the Umno-led Barisan Nasional’ s takeover of the state administration.

It also explains Musa’s controlling reach in the extraction and export of logs from Sabah’s forests. Timber was once Sabah’s goldmine.

According to timber industry insiders, there are no other “real” players anymore. There’s only Musa and his proxies.

According to these insiders, in the past there were timber producers like North Borneo Timber, Wallace Bay and Teck Heng Loong.

In 1966 Yayasan Sabah came along and became one of the players. But eventually under Musa’s guidance, Yayasan Sabah forced most of the major producers to fold up.

On the buyers’ end, among the big players were Sumitomo, Ataka, C. Itoh and Marubeni.

“But the good old days are long since over.

“The multiple companies and businessmen involved in the trade in the 70s and 80s are now all gone.

“There’s only one man controlling it all through proxies,” said an industry insider.

Lumberjack Musa

Speaking to FMT over dinner here recently, former chief minister Yong Teck Lee concurred with the views of the timber industry insiders.

“There is no other timber man in Sabah… only Musa.

“He knows the industry well… from top to bottom. From logging to export. He started off in the industry years ago and made his money from transporting logs to the ships.

“That was when Sabah’s economy depended on log exports. I still remember ‘Lumber Night’ when all the big shots in the timber industry from around the world turned up for a dinner at a hotel.

“It was hosted by the timber industry here. But now, no more,” said Yong, who himself knows the logging and timber industry very well.

He is also aware of the current state of the timber industry in Sabah and the dearth of logs. Over the past eight months, dozens of sawmills have been forced to shut down and hundreds of workers laid off.

But the exports of round logs continue and the extraction of the hard and soft wood found in Sabah’s jungle goes on unabated keeping Musa and Umno happy.

Not Sabah logs

It is widely known here that the best timber is feverishly being extracted from forest reserves including the famed Danum Valley and Maliau Basin where Sabah’s last remaining virgin forests stands.

Demand for logs from Sabah is booming and logging has seen an up-tick following the tsunami in Japan in March as well as China and South Korea.

The demand has been such that industry sources say the state authorities cannot justify the amount exported out of Sabah.

Export manifests often state that shipments are from Papua New Guinea. But in reality these logs are coming from Kalimantan in neighbouring Indonesia, said a timber industry source.

The Sabah government has said it expects annual revenue from timber production to be less than RM100 million a year over the next 20 years.

Extraction from natural forests is said to be about 200,000 cubic metres annually but timber industry sources are sceptical about these figures.

According to these insiders, the actual figures are double and the amount of earnings are undeclared.

In October last year, Musa told participants of an international business conference that over three decades of logging had “inevitably resulted in the reduction of productive capacity of forests”.

He admitted that “such dependence coupled with past practices that were not environment-friendly, illegal logging and forest fires, resulted in the degradation of our forests”.

Outflow of cash

While lauding his honesty and admission of the government’s poor management of its resources, industry insiders say illegal logging continues to be rampant in the state.

“It can be seen in many areas around the state.

“You can see it being openly done in mangrove areas and even in such places like Danum Valley, along the Kinabatangan (river) and even around Maliau Basin.

“There are even saw mills operating inside these protected areas. Don’t tell me the government does not know,” another timber source said.

He added that the flow of logs out from the state and their value did not correspond with the revenue that should be gained by the state.

“You’re talking about billions (of ringgit) here. The money certainly isn’t going into the state coffers or it would be reflected in the state budgets.

“Somewhere the money disappears. Maybe this is what people are talking about when they say hard cash is flowing out of Sabah to Kuala Lumpur every month,” he said.

Money laundering

Musa has already been officially linked to a money-laundering operation.

In fact, the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Anti Corruption (ICAC) is still investigating this money-laundering trail linked to him.

The investigation was exposed after a Sabah businessman was stopped at the Hong Kong International Airport with a bag of RM16 million in cash in late 2008.

The ICAC had been closely monitoring the account belonging to the businessman, who is alleged to be a proxy of Musa. Musa has, however, denied this.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) also launched its own investigation on the matter and hauled in several close associates of Musa, including a lawyer on the request of the ICAC.

Though little has been disclosed, it is learnt that the ICAC investigation is continuing.

The recent alleged purchases of jewellery worth millions of ringgit by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, have raised eyebrows and sparked speculation about the source of the money.

Some have pointed the finger at Sabah where Musa has been walking a tightrope to keep his position as chief minister in the face of a challenge from his arch-rival Shafie Apdal.

Shafie is a big gun in Najib’s circle. He is an Umno vice-president and Rural and Regional Development Minister.

Musa is said to be protected by Rosmah while Najib reportedly favours Shafie.

“Talk is that Musa knows how to handle the prime minister through his wife,” said Yong.

Yong was commenting on speculation over how Musa had managed to retain his chief minister’s post despite falling out of favour with Najib and others within the ruling coalition.

Even an open revolt and criticism of his leadership style by politicians within the ruling coalition have failed to dislodge him.

Political tussle

Shafie is said to have faced down Musa on several occasions when the chief minister had demanded that all federal funding for Sabah be placed at his disposal.

Shafie has taken his defiance a step further and opened an office in the state capital this year to oversee federal allocations to the state.

According to businessmen, the move came after allegations of cronyism were levelled at the state administration in the awarding of contracts for the Rural and Regional Development Ministry projects.

“Something is keeping him (Musa) there but at the same time he is definitely paying for it,” observers have commented.

Former Sabah chief minister Harris Salleh hinted recently at corrupt practices being rampant in the state when he said it was widely known that vast sums of cash were being withdrawn from Sabah banks every month and taken to Kuala Lumpur.

According to an accountant, attempts to hide money in overseas accounts without declaring where it is coming from is increasingly difficult and those who are smart use “hot money” to buy vast swaths of property locally which effectively launders the money.

“You take hot money and buy property… cash. It’s the easiest way to launder money,” he said.

One more term

According to an Umno observer in Kuala Lumpur, all Musa wants is one more term as chief minister.

“The prime minister has given him that assurance… ” said the observer.

That being the case, one term will be just enough time for anyone who is in power to mop up the remaining wealth of the state.

It also explains the sudden gush of support from various BN commentators on the Internet.

They have already begun campaigning and promoting Musa as the only person who can bring development to the state.

Musa certainly has the money and more of it is still buried in Sabah’s remaining forest.

These stand to keep Umno headquarters happy and Shafie, the Semporna MP, at bay.

-FreeMalaysiaToday.com

Isnin, 18 Julai 2011

Isnin, Julai 18, 2011

Queen wearing yellow when granting an audience to Najib was NOT a coincidence or a faux pas

Let me tell you why the Queen wearing yellow when granting an audience to Najib was NOT a coincidence or a faux pas.
By Being Vernon

Let me tell you why Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wearing yellow when granting an audience to our Prime Minister and his wife was not a coincidence or a faux pas. As much as UMNO would prefer to think otherwise.

Fact 1. The Queen, contrary to popular belief, is very much well-informed. She is constantly kept abreast of the latest developments and news pertaining to her realm and her government by her team of palace advisers, secretaries and civil servants. They, in turn, gather their information from various sources, including ministries, government departments, Scotland Yard, 10 Downing Street, and members of the press corp in the UK. (Scotland Yard, knowing that the Queen would be granting an audience to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, would have certainly informed the Palace of the many demonstrations in London by Bersih 2.0 supporters.)

When a visiting dignitary is scheduled to meet the Queen, she is always fully briefed on the background of her visitor, the current situation of her visitor's home country, and the DO's and DON'T's to observe. Particularly, she would be informed of developments in her own realm regarding the visitor. Scenes in London like the one in the photo below would not have escaped Her Majesty's team of advisers, who in turn would have briefed the Queen. So, to assume that she was not aware of Bersih 2.0 is untenable.

Fact 2. Royal wardrobe and fashion is strictly regulated, and the Queen and members of the Royal Family are always careful not to make any fashion faux pas or distress their guests. Her advisers would have advised her to stay away from wearing yellow, and explained the significance of the colour in present circumstances. As Sarawak Report suggests, “she MUST have been informed of the sensitivity of the colour yellow”.

My friend (and fashion writer) Sasha Bashir commented at my facebook, “I have read in several write ups about Princess Diana's wardrobe that English royals are always briefed on current issues and what colours should and should not be worn. One I can remember is that she visited some country where they had just lost an important football match and the whole country was upset about it. The baju she was going to wear at state formal dinner was same colour as flag of the other country, so she had to change her wardrobe plans. Kate Middleton is also following this kind of thing. On her trip to Canada recently, she wore white dress, red shoes and red maple leaf hat. Canada flag is red, white with maple leaf. The royals are not supposed to be fashion icons (even though people like Princess Di and Kate are), they are to be fashion diplomats. :)”

Fact 3. Besides attending public events, state dinners, receiving dignitaries and horse races, the Queen actually does paper work! Yes, Her Majesty, like many of us, has her daily duty of working at one of her many desks reading and signing state papers and official documents (often classified as secret). British fastidiousness with information and intelligence gathering is well-known. Her cache of papers would most definitely have included confidential dossiers on Najib Razak and Malaysia. And Bersih 2.0.

Fact 4. Besides official papers, she also reads the newspapers. Knowing that she would be meeting the Prime Minister of Malaysia, an article in The Guardian, a respected British newspaper, with the headline "Malaysia's Najib must abandon the Mubarak model", would surely have caught her eye.

Fact 5. The Queen meets her Prime Minister once a week, every week. It would have been incumbent upon David Cameron to apprise the Queen of Najib Razak and Malaysia, in view that he would be visiting the UK on an official trip. News of the Bersih 2.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur, being reported globally the same week the Queen had her weekly meeting with David Cameron, would most definitely have been a topic of conversation. It is also a practice for the British Prime Minister to advise the Monarch on how to appropriately respond to political situations of the day, since she is constitutionally apolitical.

Did Cameron therefore gently suggest that the Queen wear yellow as a message to our Prime Minister and also to the people of Malaysia? Where Cameron could not publicly chastise Najib, the Queen could, with regal aplomb, send a strong message?

Fact 6. The Queen is a politically astute woman who has seen twelve British prime ministers serve under her reign, the list starting with Winston Churchill, no less! Her vast experience in international relations and diplomacy is unchallenged and she would thoroughly understand the subtleties and symbolism attached to what one says and what one wears. To assume that Her Majesty has no political acumen is completely ludicrous.

Fact 7. Everything the Queen does is planned in advance and takes into consideration all factors. Everything has a reason, even right down to the colour of the flowers in her audience chamber! Nothing is coincidental, random or arbitrary where the Queen of the United Kingdom is concerned.

These seven facts alone allow us to reasonably conclude that the Queen was very much aware of Bersih 2.0 and the significance of the colour yellow, besides it being the royal colour for Malaysian royalty.

The question now is, knowing full well the sensitivity of the colour yellow, what was the reason behind Her Majesty deciding to wear yellow when meeting our Prime Minister and his lovely wife? The answer, dear reader, is yours to conclude.

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Isnin, 4 Julai 2011

Isnin, Julai 04, 2011

Police to investigate Ambiga’s foreign funds

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have begun investigations into an allegation that Bersih 2.0 chairman S Ambiga used a local bank account to receive funds from several foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said today the police would work together with Bank Negara to investigate the allegation.

“We will investigate anyone who has elements which indicate something that could jeopardise the public peace,” he told reporters after launching the Command Post Exercise for the police and the armed forces here.

A local newspaper today reported that the bank account, one of five belonging to Ambiga, a former Bar Council chairman, had received hundreds of thousands of ringgit, via foreign funds.

According to the report, the bank was chosen by Ambiga and foreign NGOs “to realise their plan to cause chaos to Malaysia” because a part of the bank’s shares was owned by an opposition leader.

Commenting on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s statement yesterday which reminded the people to ensure the demand for democracy would not bring destruction to the country, Ismail urged the public to abide by the statement.

“As Malaysian citizens, we must give attention to the Seri Paduka Baginda’s statement as a guidance to be followed to maintain the country’s peace and harmony,” he said.

Ismail said the police would take action against anyone who broke the law, especially involving the scheduled illegal assembly.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Deputy Director of Management (Public Relations) Assistant Commissioner Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the police had received 4,000 reports on the scheduled rally, so far.

He said, of the 220 people detained, 170 were released. The rest were remanded to facilitate investigations.

- Bernama