Friday, September 30, 2011

Anwar Ibrahim and the matter of Hudud Part 2

Continuing from the earlier post, that pronouncement, is bewildering many.

I had also given one possible scenario, that it is all shadow play, wayang kulit.

With "Pakatan: Hudud only if all parties agree" one might conclude that it is so, dramatics of the highest order.

However this,
"Why must PAS be denied the right to articulate their views We cannot deny the right of any party to bring forward any view PR respects PAS’s initiative and aspiration but we have to reach a consensus ” the former deputy prime minister said.
and this,
"The Permatang Pauh MP also said that the hudud enactments that were passed in PAS-ruled Kelantan and Terengganu in 1993 and 2003 respectively were done before PR had been formed."
shows that Anwar is in direct conflict with Karpal Singh and the DAP.
"Karpal also said the fear among non-Muslims that the implementation of hudud law was a step forward in the creation of an Islamic state was justified.

He said the implementation of hudud law would also contravene the Federal Constitution.

Karpal also said the rekindling of the hudud issue ran contrary to PAS' resolve during the recent muktamar to push for a welfare state."
Whether staged or not damage has been done.

Either way, like the elusive phantom voters, this affair will come to haunt Pakatan Rakyat in the next General Elections, campaign ammunition for the theatrics as well as divisive ideologies waiting to explode at any time.

Worst still, as a genuine faux pas statement, Anwar will not find himself in Christian and liberal voters' good books.

With that, PKR is a lost cause, as it was when it was born and more so now.

Damage control perhaps?

His die-hard bunch of neocon supporters like Wolfowitz and the interfereing John Malott will be running to the toilet to puke.

Blogger also has info on Thor Halvorssen Mendoza, founder of Human Rights Foundation, neocon link but that is for another day or appropriate moment.

Coming back, as I said in the first part of this post, diplomatic ties with the Holy See has mollified the Christian crusaders of DAP in the East.

There is no way Anwar can realise his dream to be Prime Minister without the Sabah/Sarawak bloc.

With his support for Hudud his dream has just turned into a nightmare.

Makes no sense right?

Anwar sometimes does things irrational when caught in a tight corner.

Recall the flight to the Turkish Embassy when charged with the present Sodomy II.

Sodomy II is not going very well with his star witness' credibility being questioned in and exposed out of court.

There is now murmurs of another alleged Anwar sextape swirling round.

The sudden stance taken by Anwar is another act of irrationality. His thought process must have been impaired.

But Anwar is a political animal.
"This points to a trap waiting to catch the silver-tongued Mr Anwar, who deftly tells different audiences—religious or secular—what they like to hear."
Not this time but Anwar will no doubt capitalise on his blunder.

I will now look forward to Sodomy II proceedings. Not the trial in itself which I have not much interest but the attorney and client relationship behaviour.

Finally, why did Anwar Ibrahim come out with an open support of Hudud?

To stay relevant.

With PAS, Anwar fights and runs away will live and hopes to fight another day.

Lim Guan Eng Apologises - What The Fuck!

Newsportal The Mole reported and BigDog carried the story in detail. Then a setting the record straight.

Guan Eng now apologises to the DYMM Sultan of Johore.

Mr Chief Minister why the need to apologise to His Royal Highness if you had done nothing wrong?

Blogger Believes

Blogger has faith in his Church and hopes his Church would put faith in the flock.

Blogger believes in the Catholic Church and wait for those to cast the first stone on blogger.

Blogger believes in being decent when going to church and being decent when going to Govt Depts.

Blogger also believes no one should decide what is decent and what is not.

Blogger believes if you go to court for the faithful you must also go to court for the unfaithful.

Blogger believes those who use religion for politics is a fool and those who use politics for religion is an even bigger fool.

Of course I Believe and I Believe,

I believe for every drop of rain that falls,
A flower grows,
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night,
A candle glows.
I believe for everyone who goes astray,
Someone will come to show the way.
I believe,
I believe.

I believe above the storm the smallest prayer,
Will still be heard.
I believe that someone in the great somewhere,
Hears every word.
Every time I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky.
Then I know why,
I believe.

Every time I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky.
Then I know why,
I believe.

Blogger notes:

Post inspired by a hymn sung last Sunday at church. The hymn is a cover version of a popular song. The original song, a single by Hank Williams in 1953, I thought was antithesis to the hymn. I Believe, a hit song by Frankie Laine coincidentally in 1953, then came to mind.

Yes, and also recent events made it meaningful to do so.

Of Nice Racists and....Nice Supremacists

Referring to two prominent bloggers in particular OutSyed The Box, blogsite Shuzheng posted today, "OutSyed-the-Box: How to be a Nice Racist"

I had wanted to post a comment but the comment window was closed. Thinking it was my PC problem I used my tablet, same thing no comment window.

On any Shuzheng page you will find this message,
"We'll listen to the comments, but we'll do so using our own judgement."
I guess "They'll" rather not.

Surf the site and get my drift.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Anwar Ibrahim and the matter of Hudud

I will bet my last ringgit and say, almost all if not everyone will consider Datuk Seri Anwar, to the shock and awe of everyone, coming out to say that he supported implementing Hudud law in Kelantan, is puzzling at the least.

I have to admit that Tun Mahathir had broached the issue first but it was directed at Tok Guru Nik Aziz.

By not minding his own business, Anwar had got his senior partner in the Pakatan, the DAP's all up in arms.

Who could blame them.

Anwar is the bridge to that great divide between the two older partners, ideology.

Christian led DAP is secular, Muslim led PAS is religious.

Lim Kit Siang, Guan Eng and Co will take this to mean Anwar has openly thrown his lot with PAS.

Not only has Anwar taken a position going against the grain of the secularist party, the bridge will be seen by everyone in or out of the Pakatan, to have collapsed.

Any conclusion you draw will not fit the puzzle. It defies logic. Nobody gains.

I offer this.

DAP wins "big" in Sarawak State Elections 2011. Issue? No need to mention.

Malaysia establishes ties with the Holy See.

Bye bye Sabah. Bye bye Sarawak. Bye bye Putrajaya. Bye bye Prime Minister designate.

Hello Penang. Hello Kedah. Hello Kelantan.

Clue:

Penang State assembly - 21 Simple majority
PKR State assemblymen - Tan Hock Leong, Ong Chin Wen, Law Choo Kiang, Ong Khan Lee, V.S. Raveenthran, Sim Tze Tzin 6. DAP 19.

Kedah State assembly - 19 simple majority
PAS/PKR Assemblymen 21. DAP 1.

Kelantan State assembly - Total 45
PAS Assemblymen 38, PKR 1. DAP 0.

Establish Parliament Select committee and abolish ISA. We'll meet in Selangor and see you in Perak.

Cannot be PM, where would Anwar rather be?

To be continued.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bishop Paul Tan tells non-Muslims to support hudud in Kelantan

The above was the headlines in opposition portal Harakah Daily.

I have always maintained that the opposition supporters had infiltrated my Church and exerting it's influence, contributing to a confrontational stand by the Church when before it would seek dialogue to resolve issues affecting the faithful.

That his statement mirrors Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, shocking his Christian and liberal supporters in PKR, and reported the very next day by the opposition portal, strengthens my posit.

Whether it is his personal view or officially of the Church is a question that comes to mind but it certainly shows a neglect of the Federal Constitution on the part of the holy father, intentionally or otherwise.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tan Sri Datuk Zarinah Anwar Doing A Datuk Seri Wan Azizah



Rocky's Bru posts Zarinah's internal Memo as Securities Commission Chairperson.

Business Times reported the next day.

Stepping aside but absolving her husband's E&O Bhd share purchases at the same time.

A few months after those share puchases, Sime Darby took a 30% stake in E&O Bhd at a premium, making it a very Happy Hari Raya indeed for Datuk Azizan Abd Rahman, who is also chairman of E&O.
"The second issue of course relates to my husband's purchase of shares in E&O. He has been the chairman and shareholder of E&O since 2002 and has purchased shares in the company since then.

"The latest acquisition is just part of his normal acquisition, with all purchases made in the open and duly reported to Bursa. Naturally he had no knowledge of the Sime Darby purchase at the time as this is a sale by the major shareholders and the board was not told of the negotiations until later"
Yes, yes, Tan Sri Datuk Zarinah. Be like Datuk Seri Wan Azizah. Stand By Your Man.

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman
Giving all your love to just one man
You'll have bad times
And he'll have good times
Doin things that you don't understand
But if you love him
You'll forgive him
Even though he's hard to understand
And if you love him
Oh, be proud of him
Cause after all he's just a man

Stand by your man
Give him two arms to cling to
And something warm to come to
when nights are cold and lonely

Stand by your man
And show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can
Stand by your man

Stand by your man
And show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you caaaaan
Stand by your maaaaaannn


The Mole comments in the businesss section, "Should Zarinah take a leave of absence?"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Malaysian Insider Supports Hudud Law

The same day my take on the Hudud law in the high stakes poker game to win the next genereal elections (not due till 2013) was posted, The Malaysian Insider came out with this editorial "The hudud hysteria — The Malaysian Insider"

That TMI editorial headline serves two purpose 1) It suggests fear and panic arising out of the Hudud issue and 2) the portal's stand on the same issue.

TMI is a magnet for rabid opposition supporters and that is where, as an alternative media, it maintains it's popularity.

No surprise then, it's op ed pieces as with it's "bapa borek anak rintik" reports, skews along opposition lines to pander that rabid bunch of readers.

The subject matter of my post is no different and as always another TMI hogwash piece of meshuga diatribe.

Considering it a waste of time, I will make an exception this time to dissect, sans filtering all the rubbish, para by para this op ed obfuscation, with this document specifically about Malaysian elections "Trends in Malaysia:Election Assessment".

Readers will note that these were papers presented in 1999, 9 years after the 1990 elections. This is significant, to rebut the first two para of the miserable piece of tripe, conceived 21 years later. My response in italics.

"It is a no-brainer why Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dredged up the issue of PAS’s pursuit of hudud law in Kelantan."

"In sports parlance, this has been the “go to” issue for Barisan Nasional (BN) since it lost control of the state in 1990, whipping up hate and fear among non-Muslims towards the Islamist party and creating anxiety about the green tide and the chopping off hands."

In the document Prof Khoo Kay Kim says,

"UMNO was able to convince the Malays that Malay hegemony was under threat."

It's a no-brainer, that dredging Hudud "whipping up hate and fear among non-Muslims towards the Islamist party" and then obstructing an Islamic law was "able to convince the Malays that Malay hegemony was under threat" at the same time, be logical.

The next hysterical TMI para carries on,

"In the 1999 elections he used it to save his government after the Malay vote deserted Umno following the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim a year earlier Then the non-Muslims worried about Malaysia falling into the hands of "religious extremists" and concerned that Umno's poor standing could let PAS in through the backdoor voted in large numbers for BN."

While Prof Zakaria's finding supports the above,

"Malay support for UMNO is also not assured, although UMNO or the BN’s success was due to non-Malay votes and BN’s steadfast position in the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak."

Prof Khoo submits,

"The assumption that non-Malay voters gave full support to BN candidates needs qualification. Most of the constituencies where MCA, MIC and Gerakan candidates won had either a small Malay majority or, if not, a sizable number of Malay voters. Had the Malays refrained from voting for non-Malay BN candidates, the results might well have been very different."

TMI goes on,

"And making PAS the extremists by misrepresenting what hudud is has been Dr Mahathir's favourite tactic aided by the mainstream media."

True. Even though that statement was just meant to be a PAS not being extremist. And Tun MM had never misrepresented Hudud.

Prof Zakaria,

"If anything, the results of the 1999 elections only displayed the growing specter of the Islamic element in Malay and Malaysian politics, which could plausibly in the long run unravel the role of moderation that had been a factor for the country’s stability."


More explicitly Dr Funston,

"Numerous foreign journalists have also been quick to identify Islamic extremism as the new danger facing Malaysia, following gains made by the “fundamentalist” PAS."

TMI attempts to justify impending hysteria,

"So with the Chinese not enamoured by the Najib administration and Umno or particularly impressed with the mediocrity of the MCA leadership Dr Mahathir went to his favourite topic PAS and hudud. This move would receive blanket coverage in the Chinese press and is aimed at scaring the Chinese back into supporting the BN."


Bravo! Correct but not in the way TMI would like to have us believe. Chinese news media Sin Chew in agreeing,

"Mahathir was never a perfect leader, but at least in that particular instance he made the most appropriate decision to keep the hudud law at bay."


Taking a pot shot at UMNO and the present Govt, TMI could not help,

"The shortcoming of this strategy these days is that a growing number of Malaysians especially urban folk believe that Umno is more radical and extreme than PAS With the breakdown of the system the corruption and decaying institutions just what is there to trumpet about the present system."

TMI pressing panic buttons! Is it because of this.

Running out of ideas TMI goes cock-a-hoop,

'The idea of tarring PAS as an extremist party worked when BN had a monopoly of the airwaves. It no longer does."

Why bother writing this balderdash then?

And finally, in gracious support for the new moderate PAS,

"Now a significant number of non-Muslims know that people like Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Dr Dzulkelfy Ahmad Khalid Samad, Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, Mohamad Sabu and others are not the ogres painted by the mainstream media.

They are reasonable people Malaysians like you and me. In fact in the last 24 months their politicians have stood up for Christians and other non-Muslims more than any Umno leader.

So demonising them as extremists may not be as successful as in times past But be assured that the likes of the mainstream media will not be daunted."

Oh really?

So much so that in the last 27 months PAS needs reminding by Lim Kit Siang in this posting, "Another Lesson in PAS History: The Malaysian Public Does’nt Like Extremists"

"Fast-forward to 2002 and we see a similar scenario in the off-ing. In the wake of PAS’s victory at the elections of 1999, an over-confident PAS took it upon itself to once again play the role of the ‘defenders of Islam’. In 2002 Muslim writers, academics and NGOs (including Sisters in Islam) were once again attacked and accused of all manner of things. In the same year, PAS declared its support for the Taliban in the most blatant manner when PAS members demonstrated in front of the US embassy with posters and banners that read “Taliban are our brothers”.

The rest of the Malaysian electorate, however, was not inclined to think of the Taliban as their brothers, and once again PAS was badly damaged at the elections of 2004."

Conclusion, 25 September 10.45 am

While unashamedly accusing Tun MM misrepresented Hudud, TMI shamefully misrepresents by a disingenuous editorial headline.

TMI is in damage control mode.

Diverting attention from the actual Hudud hysteria, that of the politically ruinous* pronouncement by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, for it's implementation.

For all TMI's song and dance to mislead everyone by disparaging Tun Mahathir, all it's verbiage falls flat on it's face, because nowhere in "Trends in Malaysia:Election Assessment" is there any mention of Hudud. Not a single one.


* The Mole carries Karpal "Islamic state over my dead body" Singh's Press Statement.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Malaysia 13th General Election - High Stake Poker Game Part 2 Hudud Law

In my previous posting I said "I liken the next GE as a gamble in the literal sense. A real high stakes poker game."

That was my expressed view.

Why so?

Those decisions by PM Datuk Seri Najib were indeed gambles on slippery slope. I explain -

1. Ties with the Holy See could cause the loss of Muslim votes.

2. The Parliamentary Select Committee would be seen as bowing and weak leadership vis-a-vis fraudulent demands piggy backed by the opposition.

3. Abolishing the ISA alienates many who see the need for such laws in it's proper implementation.

Those gambles as I also said proved to be winning hands.

What is pertinent is that the opposing players in the first post can be seen to be the "secular" bodies eg fraudulent BERSIH, chauvinistic DAP and dishevelled PKR.

One important player still in the game but very much in low profile is the Islamic party, PAS.

Datuk Seri Anwar will soon be cashing out. Not by his sexual predicaments, more by his own doing, in his own party. That in itself is his biggest downfall. Too many have found out , though never too late, who Anwar Ibrahim really is.

In view of all this, yesterday Datuk Seri Anwar has put his chips "all in" by bringing up the "Hudud" issue and he is gonna lose, big time.

Where is Anwar's support base is a question that begets the reason for this big time loss. Not to mention irreparable damage to DAP ties and Chinese support.

PAS had no choice in this matter, Datuk Seri Anwer had played a hand which has been keeping PAS in the game long before they became a Pakatan.

Islamic PAS and secular DAP has already come out officially their stand on Hudud laws.

There is another possible scenario.

They are going their separate ways, officially. But unofficially they are still in coalition.

After the GE they will still cooperate to form the Govt, Federal or State.

This will be confirmed when they contest one on one with Barisan Nasional, not to split votes.

One can easily call their bluff.

If they really hold dearly to their totally diametrically contrasting issues in their political philosophies, I call upon,

The DAP to pass a no confidence motion against a PKR/PAS led Selangor State Assembly and PKR/PAS to pass the same motion in a DAP led Penang State Assembly.

Selangor State Assembly party representation:

DAP-14 PKR-13 PAS-8 BN-20

Penang State Assembly party representation:

DAP-19 PKR-9 PAS-1 BN-11

How about it Lim Guan Eng/Unker Lim/Karpal?

What say you Datuk Seri Anwar/Tok Guru Nik Aziz?

Another way to win poker....BLUFF.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sodomy II Win-Win For Anwar Ibrahim

Personally I don't give two hoots what Datuk Seri Anwar's sexual predilection real, imagined, fabricated etc is.

My disdain for the not exactly porn star material is his aiding of capitalist and hegemonist forces by his contemned IMF "remedies" during the currency crisis in the late 90s.
"This policy package mimicked IMF programs elsewhere, and was pushed through by Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim."
Travails to exculpate his sodomy II charge will drag onto the next general elections before any final verdict can be reached.

That is the real defence strategy.

Any political commenter can see why Karpal Singh who once accused his client of committing the first charge now defends a similar charge. It is not only Datuk Seri Anwar's but also the Pakatan Rakyat's political future which is at stake.
"Now Anwar at hand has to cater to both DAP and PAS widening disagreement between the two. We all know DAP publicly doesn’t approve of PAS proposal of the Hudud Law."
What would be the political fallout on a guilty or innocent verdict? Or even charges being withdrawn?

Already Datuk Seri Anwar has taken an opportunity using sodomy II as a platform for political expediency giving reason to this end.

What better forum, making a statement from the dock, for political propaganda rhetoric.

A guilty verdict will re energise the PKR plagued by defections, tainted party elections, allies turned enemies and more.

If found found innocent ditto above.

Albeit from his true nature,
As court moved to adjourn for lunch, Anwar Ibrahim shouted his objections to the bench claiming that each of them had been handpicked to find against him and that Dr Mahathir had virtually destroyed the judiciary by appointing people who would maintain his control over it. The judges ignored the outburst and left the court.

“…even though reading the appeal record, we find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen, sometime, this court, as a court of law, may only convict the appellants if the prosecution has successfully proved the alleged offences as stated in the charges, beyond reasonable doubt, on admissible evidence and in accordance with established principles of law."
to an Oscar winning performance,
Today Mr Anwar said he bore no ill will toward Dr Mahathir, who retired 10 months ago after 22 years in power. "I bear no malice against him. Let him retire," Mr Anwar said outside court.

Mr Anwar credited the new prime minister, Mr Abdullah, for not interfering with the judiciary. "You've got to recognise the fact that his predecessor wouldn't have made this judgment possible," Mr Anwar said.
not unlike a chameleon.

Dropping the charges would have the same effect.

The Govt loses on all counts.

No matter what the verdict,
it is a Win-Win situation for Datuk Seri Anwar.

No matter what the verdict,
what the conspiracy theorists and doubting Thomases on both sides of the political divide, must consider is this...

what if complainant is telling the truth.

The Mole reports a chink of the Sodomy II star defence witness.

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Newsflash : "Sodomy II: Defence adds Anwar’s spinal surgeon to list of witnesses"

Can the prosecution use the Datuk T Trio sex tape and/or call the experts authenticating same said tape to rebut an obvious defence team objective?

Added 6.45pm

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Malaysia 13th General Election - High Stake Poker Game

The next General Elections will be the biggest gamble for both the Barisan Nasional and the Pakatan Rakyat.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has until May 2013 to call for elections.

I expect it to be in 2013 as the Pakatan led State Govts have expressed going the full terms for their administrations.

The recent announcement by the PM to abolish the ISA and other preventive laws had caught the Opposition off guard and many Malaysians as well.

It did not repercuss nor move the earth for me. Maybe because I am a proponent of the ISA in it's proper use so there is no fear for me and those who do not engage in activities that undermine the security of the nation.

I can tell you those so called activists will be like kera mendapat bunga with these new found liberties. I digress.

I liken the next GE as a gamble in the literal sense. A real high stakes poker game.

That announcement was on the eve of Malaysia Day.

A date 3 years to the day, a certain porn star boasting he would be in Putrajaya, started the poker game with the previous flip-flopping PM.

In 2004 Tun Dol had odds of banker behind him. In 2008 he had lost all his winnings and was out of the game by 2009.

Enter new player Datuk Seri Najib to recoup the losses incurred by the "sleeping" (the author thinks not) Pak Lah and starts a reversal of BN fortunes with the bastard entity BERSIH upping the ante by announcing part deux not long after

However, Datuk Seri Najib did have a losing hand, the Sarawak State Elections in the Chinese dominant areas at least, inheriting the much DAP exploited Allah issue. An issue carried over from who else and not helped by some missteps on the part of Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin.

The same can be said in the handling of the illegitimate BERSIH affair.

Digressing again, Datuk Seri Najib should also allow street demos. I am all for it even though I deplore such actions. It will have a reverse effect in the long run for these kera jumpa bunga in the future. Making a nuisance, inconveniencing and generally disturbing peace and tranquility does not sit well with the general public. Not to mention the more serious matter of fatality.

Coming back, Datuk Seri Najib played a very good hand in the thorny Allah and dirty BERSIH matters.

Those opposition sycophants infesting the Protestant grouping in general and my Catholic Church in particular were stunned by the Malaysian Govt establishing formal ties with the Holy See.

Then, though I am inclined to disagree because BERSIH is a fraud, the PM announced a parliament select committee to reform and fine tune the election process.

Proof of the opposition in this case the DAP, piggy back riding fraud BERSIH demands - claims of tainted electoral rolls,


"The influx of voters was revealed today during a press conference called by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, attended by Abdul Malik and Deputy Chief Minister Mansor Othman" the loony Susan



and by the exclamation thru the Guan Eng headed Penang State Govt is obviously campaigning, is it not? What's with the BERSIH crap of short election campaign then and suspicious postal votes when in their Seremban case,


EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar urged Loke to file an official report at the nearest EC office as soon as possible.

“I appreciate Loke’s efforts. He can submit his official complaint at our office in Negri Sembilan. He can even approach me directly,” he said when contacted.



Curious how such serious allegations in a "press conference" and the other are only "reports" in Daddy And Progeny's blog and did DaddyAndProgeny take the EC's advise on both counts?

Then came the abolishment of the ISA which certainly knocked the wind out of the sails of the Opposition.

Three winning hand Aces in this high stake poker game with more to come.

And what of the opposition?

Well, there's another way to win in poker.

Like porn star's 916, BERSIH bullshit and DaddyAndProgeny above.....bluff.


Note:

Check out anak bapak's tweets on Portal Rasmi Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang @ http://cm.penang.gov.my/ for more election campaigning.

Added 6.40pm

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ode for Malaysia Day

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray to God my soul to keep
Should I die before I wake
I pray to God my soul to take

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray to God my country do success reap
Should I die before I wake
I pray to God a peaceful land my country make

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray to God my children's love for country deep
Should I die before I wake
I pray to God bless my country future generation's sake

Happy Malaysia day! Have a super Malaysian style weekend
.

The Malaysian Insider - Back in the Top Slant of the Week Charts

Sometime back I conceived a top Slant of the Week especially for The Malaysian Insider for their skewed headlines relative to their reports.

More often than not, negatively connotated, for a specific target.

Following that post whether by coincidence, divine intervention or just plain common sense, I did notice a more leveheaded headline reporting.

After sometime out of the SLOW charts, TMI makes a comeback, with a monster hit albeit a cover version.

Without further ado, zooming to #1 on the SLOW charts, titled

"Dr M says ill-defined 1 Malaysia to blame for race problems"

of the original ........

Bajet 2012: Dr M harap Najib jaga hati ‘orang Melayu dan bukan Melayu'

Food for thought:

Why is it necessary for TMI to provide a credential for the reporter thus, "By G Manimaran, Bahasa Malaysia Editor"?

Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on the Three Branches of Government

COMMONWEALTH PRINCIPLES ON THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT

As agreed by Law Ministers and endorsed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Abuja, Nigeria, 2003

(Selected text)

I) The Three Branches of Government

Each Commonwealth country’s Parliaments, Executives and Judiciaries are the guarantors in their respective spheres of the rule of law, the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights and the entrenchment of good governance based on the highest standards of honesty, probity and accountability.

II) Parliament and the Judiciary

(a) Relations between parliament and the judiciary should be governed by respect for parliament’s primary responsibility for law making on the one hand and for the judiciary’s responsibility for the interpretation and application of the law on the other hand.

(b) Judiciaries and parliaments should fulfill their respective but critical roles in the promotion of the rule of law in a complementary and constructive manner.

III) Independence of Parliamentarians

(a) Parliamentarians must be able to carry out their legislative and constitutional functions in accordance with the Constitution, free from unlawful interference.

(b) Criminal and defamation laws should not be used to restrict legitimate criticism of Parliament; the offence of contempt of parliament should be narrowly drawn and reporting of the proceedings of parliament should not be unduly restricted by narrow application of the defence of qualified privilege.

IV) Independence of the Judiciary

An independent, impartial, honest and competent judiciary is integral to upholding the rule of law, engendering public confidence and dispensing justice.The function of the judiciary is to interpret and apply national constitutions and legislation, consistent with international human rights conventions and international law, to the extent permitted by the domestic law of each Commonwealth country.

To secure these aims:

(a) Judicial appointments should be made on the basis of clearly defined criteria and by a publicly declared process.The process should ensure:

equality of opportunity for all who are eligible for judicial office;

appointment on merit; and

that appropriate consideration is given to the need for the progressive attainment of gender equity and the removal of other historic factors of discrimination;


(b) Arrangements for appropriate security of tenure and protection of levels of remuneration must be in place;

(c) Adequate resources should be provided for the judicial system to operate effectively without any undue constraints which may hamper the independence sought;

(d) Interaction, if any, between the executive and the judiciary should not compromise judicial independence.

Judges should be subject to suspension or removal only for reasons of incapacity or misbehaviour that clearly renders them unfit to discharge their duties.

Full document text here.

Indelible Ink and I Won't Be Voting in the Next General Election Part 2


In my earlier post I registered my utter contempt to indelible ink use.

I had also distinctly referred to its fallibility before.












Hoodwink Demand 3) Use of indelible ink.

This is the most laughable demand. See Step 5 above. There is no way for anyone to vote twice or three times. All political parties have their election agents in the voting room to ensure that the person registered to vote casts his vote only once by striking his name off their list.

Also indelible ink is not so full proof after all.

"Larrazabal said the Comelec plans to put more nitrate solution due to complaints in the past elections that the indelible ink could be easily removed and allow erring voters to vote several times."

The SPR decided against its use for fear that the unscrupulous found a way round this mechanism and open to abuse.

No need reminding the suggestion to use and not use indelible ink came during whose administration, who else but the flip-flopping Pak Lah.

The use of indelible ink as demanded by a devious Ambiga is actually an intention to give a perception and paint Malaysia as being democratically backward.

I find this extremely insulting.


The Star reported yesterday, "Indelible ink can be easily removed, says firm"


Off it goes: Indelible ink used to mark voter’s fingers can be washed off with off-the-shelf detergents. Pic from the Star report.






The controversy over indelible ink is not new as its use was questioned in the Afghan presidential elections in 2004 and elections in Palestine in 2005.

“It was discovered in both elections that some voters managed to remove the ink and vote more than once,” the spokesman said.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sime Darby's E&O 30% Stake - Ada Fahtat Ada Bodoh

Ada main itu Sitok Maket ah?

Gua ada. Sikit sikit lah. Ikan bilis olang cakap.

Besar besar ah itu Siam Daby woh.

Beli, Ingelis cakap "30 per cent stake" sama itu E&O. Bukan Victoria Station punya stek ah. Hahaha.

Itu Siam Daby ah beli saham tujuh latus anam puluh anam juta lingit. Olang ada cakap mahal loh.

Gua tak tahu apa itu cakap ah "irredeemable convertible secured loan stocks, realisable net asset, value price to book value" macam macam hoh.

Kepala pusing.

Itu 3 punya olang jual itu E&O saham ah satu kali ada untung dikat dikat 300 latus juta linggit.

"Their gains over the market price alone would have amounted to a massive RM283mil."

Ini gua ada paham.

Waaaaaaah fahtaaaaat.

Itu Siam Daby ah saya ingat bodoh lah. Mana boleh. Pakai wang dapat untung itu kampeni 1.5 sen lipas tahun. Paling manyak 4 sen satu tahun kasi satu saham. Lugi pun ada.

Itu latus latus libu juta mahu dapat balik ah.

Nanti ah gua kila dulu ah.

Kasi chan 333,000,000 kali 4 sen ada dapat satu tahun 13,320,000 linggit. Luit keluar 766,000,000 linggit.

Waaaaaaah mahu dapat wang balik ah 58 tahun woh.

Lu mahu tahu ah kasi 1.5 sen satu saham mahu dapat balik ah 153 tahun.

Hahahahaha

Itu macam niaga mesti mati lah. Pigang saham punya olang pun sudah mati mahu dapat wang balik.

Aiyah ini macam ah kasi itu Siam Daby jadi ah long ah lu tahu bilapa boleh untung ah.

Hahahahahaha bodoh punya olang.

E&O 2011 Annual Report here and here.

PS at 1.20pm
I do not gamble nor partake in the KLSE though I can tell you stories of the early 90s heydays of the stock market riot.

Update 2.35pm
If Sime Darby rationalises the E&O stake purchase with such glowing appraisals, my question..why then are the 3 parties disposing such substantial stakes and "the E&O block has been on the market for a while"?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bye Bye BN

There is now a controversial deal involving Sime Darby Bhd and E&O Bhd as reported by the Star

Bloggers A Voice latest, BigDog today and Rocky's Bru have all broached this contentious issue.

What do I see in this? Who needs BERSIH or DSAI. BN will just implode.

With this dubious transaction, you do not have to read Voice, BigDog or Datuk Rocky if they are not up your alley, you decide after reading the aforementioned Star report.

I am getting sick and tired of all these goings on. My post yesterday was genuine protest of the Govt bending over, oftentimes it would seem.

I will just sit and watch how this Slime Darby shit pans out.

Having engaged the other side of the fence and I can tell you they are more passionate than pro-BNers, I publish this email I sent to a retired Colonel in response to his,

Hi Xxxxx, can you please forward this email to your brother Freddie. For his reading pleasure. In my last meeting with him, he tried to impress upon me that Bersih's objectives were all part of a fraud, and basically, there's nothing wrong with our elections. Hopefully, this article may give him some reasons for reconsideration. Thank you

My reply,
Dear Uncle Xxx,

I most sincerely wish to thank you for taking time to revisit and address the matter of BERSIH in which we had a spirited discourse and your corresponding e-mail which Xxxxx has forwarded to me.

Firstly, in that very lively deliberation I did mention that as in anything close to our hearts, difference in opinions and views prevail and when all things are said and done, that we agree to disagree.

The common thread we share is that we are both passionate in our decided sentiments.

Surely then I will not attempt to impress any further how and why I arrived at my belief and conclusion on the BERSIH subjective.

You mentioned many scholars and have appended excerpts from selected scholars. I have read or come across some of these scholars notably Bridget Walsh, Ibrahim Suffian, Andrew Aeria and Willam F. Case because I could recall links and articles attributed to them.

I will not delve why these scholars take such interest and position in the political situation of countries in general and Malaysia in particular. Everyone, academicians, scholars, activists et al have their own particular intentions including experienced people like yourself, Uncle Xxx.

I do not have prerequisites to consider myself as such.

Your interest and position is well intentioned, I know that for a fact. I cannot say the same, with such confidence, for others you mention.

Suffice only to append two links for your kind perusal.

In the matter of Ms Bridget and company of the co-authored report, it's own survey does not justify any or all the criticism it sees fit to hurl at Malaysia. http://www.asianbarometer.org/newenglish/publications/workingpapers/no.46.pdf

Please Uncle Xxx, see the tables for yourself. Of particular and pertinent note is "Two governing institutions, the police and the Electoral Commission, however, did not have quite the same high level of trust. This reflects the considerable public criticism both institutions have faced for performance in the past few years." but the EC has a 61% high trust!

As for Mr Case, he himself states, "With respect to electoral contestation, the government has scrupulously dissolved parliament within the five-year time span specified by the constitution and has broadly enfranchised society. Secret balloting and vote counting have also been carried out, and the results have been accurately reported." http://polisci.osu.edu/faculty/mcooper/ps744readings/case.pdf

You thus see why I do not give any preponderance to these people.

As you have provided some excerpts, allow me to provide a link, which is a declassified US FOIA document, of Malaysia.
http://www.governmentattic.org/3docs/Malaysia%20SSG.pdf and the author http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/sodhyp/?PageTemplateID=125 Nowhere does it state or suggest any election malfeasance.

Uncle Xxx, I thank you again and have my deepest respect.

At the end of the day we share the same desire. To live and die happily and a future for our coming generations. The course we take may differ but the destination remains the same.

Yours very truly,
Freddie

A Voice had in 2007 posted on the related ECM Libra issue but what stands out is this prophetic comment and hope the Voice does not mind me publishing it in full.

Hi A Voice,
We live in a parliamentary system. I won't use the word "democracy". The bottom line is the only real pressure which can be brought on Badawi & company to change its game is the possibility of losing Parliamentary or State seats.
Everything else, including what you and I write in blogs, is just idle commentary. That's the harsh reality of it. As Tun Mahathir once arrogantly, but accurately, said when he was PM - "If you don't like our policies, you can always try to convince the voters to change the government at the next elections". Of course that's not going to happen, but shrinking the BN's majority is within the realm of the possible.

The possibility of reforming BN and UMNO from the inside is remote. The only case in the Westminster system I can recall where a PM with a powerful majority in Parliament had to step down is Margaret Thatcher in 1990. Her Conservative Party had a big majority, but she personally had grown so unpopular, the other leaders forced her to resign. Very rare case.
Tunku Abdul Rahman's resignation was linked to the unhappy events in 1969, and no right thinking Malaysian ever wants to see that happen again.

I'm not an Opposition supporter, and the weaknesses of all the opposition parties and their leaders are quite obvious. But the logical conclusion I have to draw is the only incentive Badawi has to change his policies & actions or start reining in his sidekicks is if he starts losing some seats at elections. Everything else is "Sembang Kedai Kopi"


We all know what happened after that ECM Libra debacle.

The biggest mistake any Govt will make is underestimating the common folk, the silent majority and those like me.

There is a limit to everything.

Update 1.50 pm

Related subject matter.

E&O aims to begin reclamation work for RM12bil Penang project.
"In a filing with Bursa Malaysia on Tuesday, E&O said while the in-principle approval was a vital step towards being able to reclaim the balance concession area, there were other steps still to be undertaken and approvals to be obtained before reclamation works could actually commence."
Unker Lim's son can now hold Slime Darby by the balls. Also here.

More balls squeezing
"Meanwhile, investment bankers said that there was nothing to stop another party from making a general offer at a price lower than what Sime Darby offered. “Since the other shareholders are not entitled to Sime Darby's offer, they could be tempted to sell to a new offeror if the price is right, even if it's less than the RM2.30 per share offered (by Sime Darby),” said one banker. If that happened, Sime Darby would be in a tough spot, considering that another party could assume control over E&O."
And what about the other covert matters?
"The Securities Commission (SC) is “examining the circumstances of the transaction” involving Sime Darby Bhd buying a 30% stake in Eastern & Oriental Bhd (E&O), the regulator said in an email reply to questions from StarBiz."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Indelible Ink and I Won't Be Voting in the Next General Election


Whatever the outcome of any electoral reforms that may arrive out of a proposed parliamentary select committee, whether out of pressure from the discredited BERSIH or not, one thing is for sure.

I WILL NOT VOTE IF THE USE OF INDELIBLE INK IS IMPLEMENTED.

It is an affront to the dignity of Malaysia, which has carried out uninterrupted General Elections since independence, free and fair, despite claims to the contrary by vested interests even with gains in the last election that could have toppled the ruling BN Govt.

No, I am not going sully any part of my anatomy by a procedure that is "widely used in third world countries where citizens' identification document is not standardized or institutionalized; which then renders voters verification redundant."

Is the Govt afraid that it may end up like Egypt or Libya?

Or Syria next?

Executive Order 13572, April 29, 2011
I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13338 of May 11, 2004, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13399 of April 25, 2006, and in Executive Order 13460 of February 13, 2008, finding that the Government of Syria's human rights abuses, including those related to the repression of the people of Syria, manifested most recently by the use of violence and torture against, and arbitrary arrests and detentions of, peaceful protestors by police, security forces, and other entities that have engaged in human rights abuses, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby order.....

Yes, these traitorous bastards have no compunction to group us with the likes of Egypt, Libya or Syria as seen by the Western hegemonists.

Traitorous bastards who don't mind branding our growing democracy as third world for their selfish agenda.

Let's assume indelible ink gets parliamentary blessing, would that be the end of any "doubts"?

Fat hopes.

These bastards will still cry election fraud on account of "phantom" voters, claims of supporters "inked" out of voting or persons voting twice, make that five times, before they were marked as having voted.

As Karpal so famously said,

OVER MY DEAD BODY.