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Monday, December 31, 2007

Good News Does Not Herald a Bright Future.....

malaysiakini welcomes the news with "Gov't backs down, Herald gets new permit" but if we consider how the problem was created by the authorities it does not augur well for our progress towards a more open democratic nation.

You see newspapers editors have to constantly walk a narrow path that does not venture into criticising government leaders and policies too much or they can run foul of the printing laws that require your publication to renew the annual printing permit.

So this so-called backdown by the authorities is not good for the following reasons:

1. It allows the so-called mini-tyrants holding power to create mischief by placing unjust conditions on your permit.
2. It creates really unnecessary work for the top leaders who should be using their energy on more important issues.

Unless our top leaders really need this kind of problem that allows them to appear "as heroes", we should practise a more sensible application of these laws as follows:

1. The PM should be advised by the appropriate minister only if any new conditions are to be imposed on publications long before it becomes an issue.

2. Permits should be granted for at least 2 years as publications can still be persecuted if they run foul of any law.

As we herald in the New Year let us pray that the spirit of enlightenment will enable our leaders to realise that they need to reduce this type of unnecessary aggravations to the national fabric that already has many tatters.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

A Different View from malaysiakini on Things that Mattered in 2007....

Of course we do have serious challenges to overcome in the near future if Malaysia is not to become a nation like Pakistan where even campaigning in elections is a dangerous activity.

Our Judiciary has become infested with judges who may be influenced and the RCI formed has been tasked to tread warily lest the institution of government is weakened further. malaysiakini has a good write-up on all the issues so I will not repeat the same.

To me the most poignant story was the Chinese girl who got a new heart from a Malay boy. It spoke wonders about the kind of kinship Malaysians feel as ordinary folks who live humdrum lives and have to tolerate all kinds of hardships that the authorities do not bother to take seriously.

The second happening story were the non-violent marches (until the police fired) that ordinary folks took part in, defying the might of the police. It shows that more Malaysians are waking up to the fact that they need to do something to get Malaysia get to the proper path of integrity and transparency in government matters.

So 2007 is the Year of the Common Man or Woman. May he or she grow wiser and help Malaysia grow strong. ALLAH help us all.

That is my wish for 2008.

malaysiakini Describes the Effects of the Subashini Judgement.....

The Federal Court has made its decision but in all fairness the woman who brought her case to the courts has not received the best decision as she still has to deal with a broken family caused by a person who seems to have a convenient means to escape a failed marriage by converting to Islam.

If we had more judges with a secular outlook to adjudicate on our Federal Constitution, the man should not have been allowed to impose his will on the children under Islamic law until all details of the divorce had been settled in the civil courts.

The last MALAYSIAWATCH POLL for 2007 therefore seeks your opinion on the matter with the question -

"How Can We Improve the Quality of the High Court Judges?"

IPCMC Cannot Be Replaced with a MakeOver...

You have to admire the police for their gall.
They have been able to hoodwink or convince their political masters that the IPCMC is not a good idea and were able to delay the IPCMC for more then 2 years while the AG's officers or law students created another body the SCC so that ALL government officers are covered.

But if one studies the differences between the IPCMC, it is like comparing a ten-year old Proton with a Porsche.
That is why "Activists to form coalition against watered-down SCC" according to a malaysiakini article.

Now to add insult and insolence to their adamant refusal to the IPCMC, the police propose "to get PR makeover" according to this NST article.

It is similar to sending your poorly operating Proton for a paint job when what it sorely needs is a major overhaul.

Friday, December 28, 2007

malaysiakini's News Maker for 2007

Some would consider this choice to be in poor taste as it portrayed a person conniving to place judges who were compromised in our courts.

So it is appropriate to consider the results of MALAYSIAWATCH POLL 31 that asked the question -

"What Do You Consider to be the Most Important Function of the Royal Commission with Respect to the Tapes?"

Of the 246 readers who took the poll, the breakdown is as follows:

126 or 51% chose "Restore the Judiciary to its Proper Status"

41 or 17% chose "Bring to Trial All Those Implicated in the Tape"

38 or 15% picked "Damage Control to the Government"

25 or 10% wanted to "Establish a Commission to Appoint Judges"

16 or 7% chose "Remove all Tainted Judges"

You will note that 85% readers wanted to improve the quality of the Malaysian Judiciary.

malaysiakini's Summary on the IPCMC and SCC

(click2 on table to see details)

The MSM appears to have avoided any critical assessment on the proposed SCC but I guess that should not surprise anyone.

So this article from malaysiakini entitled "SCC vs IPCMC: Check out the difference" gives an interesting comparison between the original IPCMC and the new SCC.

The basic result of the 2-year delay by the authorities appears to be a watered-down commission that gives some measure of a complaints bureau but provides more of a pressure-relief mechanism by which the PM can practise "political tai-chi".

I have done a simple comparison of the 2 commissions as follows:

Each of the main components has been allocated a weighed value percentage to make up 100% for the seven main features.
Each feature is then given a score based on a maximum score of 10 points. The higher the score the more effective the feature compared between the two commissions.
The score is then multiplied by the weightage to get a weighted score.
The scores are then added to obtain the final score at the bottom of the table.

This is not a claim to being right. You can do your own analysis to see if the authorities have improved on the IPCMC or simply doing some "window dressing".

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wishing You ......

Christmas Animated Gifs

Will be going to Ipoh for a few days for a family renunion.
Should be back on the blog possibly on the 28th December.

Meanwhile do ponder on how we can all work together to make Malaysia a better place as it seems we have lost much of the nation-building leadership and each group seems interested in only their own interests.

With our natural resources, all we need are good and honest leaders and Malaysia should be able to compete with Singapore in any field we choose.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

BEWARE! malaysiakini warns "The Iron Horse is Coming....."

I am sure many of you would have watched old cowboy movies in which the Red Indians would fight against the railroad owners as they knew that the railroad would spell the end of the type of life they led.

In those days the natives knew little about economics or what benefits the railroad would bring.

If what a malaysiakini reader's views make sense, it appears that some leaders in government are similar to the Red Indians - they do not understand the economics of the train - in this case a rather costly affair.

The main problems with this type of contract are:

No competitive tenders so the price looks suspicious
EPF will have to carry the burden as usual
The modified contract has such a generous cost escalation in 4 years.

If a private company undertakes this type of business transaction, the person responsible would be fired or reported to the police for CBT.

Funny how the authorities can continue to act in a manner that defies all logic. Maybe it is a means to create a new type of train - the Gravy Train.

Do You Think God Understands?

Whether you call Him Allah or Tuhan or The Almighty or the Great Spirit I am sure God will know what is deep in your heart or even before you think of it, God is eons ahead of us.

If you are a computer geek, just imagine God operates on super-computers that make our most powerful equipment pedestrian by nature.

So why are the mere mortals in the Interior Ministry trying to figure out what to call God as reported in malaysiakini and the blogs?

Don't these people have any other serious work to do? Like figuring out how to implement the IPCMC and reducing the crime rate in Malaysia.

There will be a small minority who will convert out of the religion they are born with but should not every human being be granted that most fundamental right? That of finding his own path to Allah or Tuhan.

Even if he decides that there is no God but money that is his right and I am sure God will know how to mould him.

Religious Persecution in Malaysia?

The article in malaysiakini on the restrictions being imposed on the Catholic newsletter does not augur well for religious freedom in Malaysia.

It appears that the authorities are trying to impose Islamic laws on all groups in Malaysia ever since Malaysia was unlawfully declared an "Islamic nation" by the former PM in order to garner more influence at the OIC meeting that was being held in KL.

He even had the Constitution amended so that judges in the secular courts routinely surrender the rights of civilians to the Islamic courts and we have already witnessed a few body snatching cases where the religion of the deceased is in doubt.

The most glaring case of religious intolerance was the church of Divine Mercy in Shah Alam where a Catholic Church was forced to shift a building even though the foundations was laid after the site had been approved. It seems the church was too close to the state mosque.

In Bali, the Indonesian authorities plan so that major religious buildings are located close to one another.

Now the latest restrictions being imposed on the Herald can be considered a form of religious persecution and the Catholic Church should take the matter up to higher authorities rather than submit to blatant oppressive practices.

All We Want for Christmas......

Christmas is a time for goodwill but according to malaysiakini, the authorities want to do a Scrooge based on the article "Catholic weekly in quandary over permit".

No it is not about a protest march ala HINDRAF or BERSIH but a publishing permit that has to be renewed EACH year.

It appears from the article that the highly enlightened people that ponder on these permits do not like the Bahasa Malaysia section and want it removed altogether.

It seems the authorities are adopting the same approach taken during the Section 11 discussions that were disallowed by the authorities as if peaceful discussions between people of different religions will weaken one party or the other.

Just imagine that. Our national language is being banned as a language to write on religious matters.

The way we celebrate non-Islamic religious festivities also leaves much to be desired. Of course the "Open House" gatherings are organised by the authorities but the gathering is merely an excuse for the overeating of unhealthy food.
For example the state Tv stations will never telecast a non-Muslim religious service during the relevant festival.

Did someone mention Civilisational?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

IPCMC - from Roaring Lion to Squeaking Mouse.....

malaysiakini reports that members of the RCI for the Police are aghast at the manner in which the IPCMC proposals were morphed into a totally different creature with so little powers and independence that some sceptics think we could save some trees by not wasting the paper to print the bills.

My enthusiasm for the SCC is now zero as it seems it will have no powers of an independent commission but will rely on third parties to investigate.

It is good that MPs and society will be granted more time to discuss the bill. After all they took more than two years to produce this inferior product so let the debates begin.

Maybe get RTM to organise debates featuring opposition MPs against BN. Let the public decide on the merits of this new animal.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Quality of Justice is Strained in Malaysia.....

The following stories are featured in malaysiakini:

1.The utter disgust of those who sat on the RCI for the IPCMC with the proposed SCC.

2.The withdrawal of the attempted murder charge as the AG admits it is difficult to determine which of the 31 suspects actually threw the brick.

3.The special meetings between the PM and the Indian groups while some ministers still deny that Indians have been marginalised with the continuation of the NEP.

4.The detention of the HINDRAF leaders under the ISA, the most draconian of laws that allow suspects to be detained indefinitely at the pleasure of a minister.

While it is good that the PM seems to be listening to the plight of the Indians, it remains to be seen how he can deliver programs that allow this minority to share in the nation's wealth and progress.

As for the Attorney-General he appears to be wasting important resources by arresting people without proper justification and his grand appearance with the attempted murder charge is a farce at best and the abuse of power at worst.

What a pity he did not take a similar stance with the high profile corruption cases that have been frozen for years. Or even the Altuntaaya murder case that appears to be almost a non-newsworthy item now.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Did malaysiakini Record this Correctly?

(click2 to enlarge)

Under the feature headed "Ex-minister to Indians: What more do you need?" the former Information Minister was reported to have said
"They have become citizens and enjoy the same as what the Malays get, so what else is not right?”

Right. He infers that all Malaysians get equal treatment but we all know the cards are stacked so heavily against non-Bumis when it concerns entry to universities, scholarships, employment and promotions in government departments.

Maybe this guy has become so used to the propaganda created by his former ministry he has brainwashed himself with his own crap.

The Indices of Poverty published in the NST some days back to try and convince the public that Indians are doing well is interesting except that not much analysis was done and no more information was given.

Just providing the percentages can give a wrong picture and then policy makers will start programs that do not address the real issues.

Under ethnic groups, the category "Others" seems to be suspect.

The results are quite erratic with the Poverty Index going up and down like the KLSI!

The Chinese and Indian groups made steady progress and both were affected by the 1997crisis.

The Bumiputeras were affected earlier than 1997; probably in 1996 and perhaps the results could be caused more by cultural practices than economic woes or perhaps it is a combination of these two factors.

For a start a Muslim can have more than one wife but most modern women do not want to welcome a second wife and hence divorce is quite common.

It would be good for such analysis to include figures for single-parent households with sub-divisions into widows and divorcees. Perhaps a percentage of the poor Bumiputera households are being created by the get-rich scheme of the NEP?

Fortunately as the numbers show, the Indices of Poverty for Bumis and Chinese are about the 1997 levels but for the Indians it has increased.

One caveat I would make about programs to eradicate poverty like the NEP. Is should never be used simply by looking at charts and percentages but the best allocation of resources.

For example it is not justified to deny better qualified students from entering universities just to achieve some quota. Every Malaysian citizen should have the right to be educated to the level of his or her competence so that he or she can enter the job market without much hassle.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Surely Malaysia is Better then the USA?

malaysiakini has this report entitled "Gov't rejects US criticism of detentions" in which the DPM has criticised the USA for holding terrorists without trial and daring to criticse the arrests of HINDRAF leaders under the ISA laws.

But why do we need to make such comparisons? Our actions should be based on conscionable thinking and we do not need to make references to any other state.

Otherwise it seems the authorities will deem it proper to justify any action by making a reference to the worst possible state.

After all the USA is officially a Godless nation whereas we are a self-proclaimed Civilisational Islamic nation.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Worse than Terrorism?.......

You can read the responses to the arrests of the HINDRAF Five in malaysiakini and also the justification for the ISA in the mainstream media.

HINDRAF leaders have been accused of links with outside terror groups like the Tamil Tigers but so far all their speeches and actions have been about peaceful demonstrations to highlight the plight of the marginalised in Malaysia.

Now if they have links with terror groups and the police have accused them of such activities, why not charge them in court and see if the police have done their jobs properly?

After all the police themselves have been accused by many of using illegal methods and even found guilty by a Malaysian court of using torture on an ISA detainee. And we know they have fought vigorously against the IPCMC.

Perhaps the ISA should have been used against a few police officers for resisting the implementation of the IPCMC for that was the rcommendation made by the special commission created by the government.

The government now appears to be unable to place the proper checks on the police and have failed the expectations of the public.
Meanwhile it is prepared to wield its draconian powers of the ISA that give unfettered authority for a few individuals to wreak havoc on the lives of innocent citizens.

Even without bullets being fired and bombs being exploded, the ISA's powers can be more destructive than those of terrorists.

Special Complaints Commission.....

According to malaysiakini, the SCC has been called a "A 'watered-down' IPCMC-type body" and this cannot be good for our progress.

Initially I had conceived such a body to be a sort of Ombudsman with a great deal of independence but looking at the people that form part of the proposed SCC like the IGP and the ACA, we are creating problems of own making.

We all know that the IPCMC was mainly about problems in the police so how does the IGP investigate perhaps his own faults in the SCC?

Maybe this SCC can still work if those with "a special seat" are temporarily excused if complaints are brought up about their own department.

One other matter is that all the recommendations of the IPCMC should also be tackled in a transparent manner and not left simply to be conveniently forgotten.

No far there has been no definitive debates in Parliament except for some inconclusive comments like "85% of the problems have been solved". Or our MPs also sleeping in Parliament?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Mother of All Draconian Laws.....

As reported in malaysiakini, the HINDRAF five are being detained under the ISA, the most draconian laws we allowed our MPs to pass in Parliament without much debate as usual.

Using the ISA to check the HINDRAF leaders is like using nuclear weapons to eliminate a rag and bones army and the fall-out will affect innocent lives.

It seems the top leaders are not thinking with much foresight and we know that the problems highlighted by the HINDRAF group have been known for some years. Ordinary Malaysians too must take some of the blame for perhaps many of us were too busy with our own problems to look at the problems facing other groups in our society.

Now it has come to the ISA something I feel should only be used with proper checks and balances. Our present laws would have made Saddam Hussein proud as it is really too powerful be be left unchecked in the hands of two or three men.

Based on the article from the Star, these are the main points:

Under Section 73 (1) of the ISA, the police can detain any individual for up to 60 days without a warrant, trial and without access to legal counsel if he was suspected to have “acted or is about to act or is likely to act in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or any part thereof or to maintenance of essential services therein or to the economic life thereof."

After 60 days, the Minister of Home Affairs can extend the period of detention without trial for up to two years, without submitting any evidence for review by the courts, by issuing a detention order, which is renewable indefinitely.

You will note the following:
Police can detain you for 60 days without warrant, no access to a lawyer just based on a suspicion.

After 60 days detention, you can be detained for 2 years without trial just with the signature of the Minister without the courts knowing anything about your case. In other words, you become a prisoner of the Minister without any state institution even looking at the facts of the case.

Now comes the killer blow. The detention order can be renewed indefinitely.

It is a sobering to realise that we celebrate our 50th year of nationhood with the application of such a law.

Remember the Guildford four? They were imprisoned in the UK on suspicion of links with the Irish terrorists but were found innocent after many years. Maybe the HINDRAF five may become similar heroes in ASEAN.

I pray that we are not creating our own terrorists with the use of such draconian laws.

Interesting Story from malaysiakini

I like this article entitled

"IPCMC-style Special Complaints Commission Bill tabled" as I wrote about such a commission in 2005 here.

Perhaps I should not worry about seeing the RMP and NST among the visitors of my blog.

Another Royal Commission of Inquiry....

2007 will be remembered not as VMY but the Year of Royal Commissions with a second inquiry to probe the infamous tape on Judicial Fixing.

It is good that the government decided to do a proper inquiry after the 3-man panel probed for more than a month and then proposed the royal inquiry. As reported in malaysiakini, some people are not happy with the chairman and also the limited scope of the inquiry.

I wonder if it is appropriate for any member of that first panel to be included in the inquiry unless their reports recommended such an inquiry. We may never know as such appointments are clouded with great secrecy.

Unless the PM gives the reasons as to why these people were selected, the public can only guess at the selection process.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

malaysiakini Missed this Important Story...

It is about the deaths of 8 Malaysians who did not confront or attack the police. All they did was to enter a bus headed to disaster and they met a sudden death at a toll plaza; the infamous Jelapang toll that has so been the cause of more than 142 accidents and numerous deaths during the past 10 years.

As many buses and lorries are not maintained properly, the brakes will usually fail during the prolonged braking that is necessary on the long downhill after the tunnel before the toll plaza.

A few years ago, a gravel bed was constructed to arrest runaway vehicles but I just wonder how many drivers are aware of its existence and how many have actually been told how to use it.

Getting the new toll plaza ready in 6 months is simply not good enough.
I suggest that PLUS should set up a check-up station before the tunnel so that vehicles that are not road-worthy are not allowed to use the tunnel. This facility should be located so that these vehicles can bypass the dangerous section of the highway.

This should be done with the JPJ so that innocent lives are not put at risk and the offending vehicles can also be booked.
Or is that asking too much?

More Like Zimbabwee than a World Class Democracy....

There is no blood on the streets but the suppression of dissenting voices as reported in malaysiakini and the newspapers shows that the fragile flower of democracy is not blossoming but being denied a new growth even as we begin our 50th year as a sovereign nation.

Even the most peaceful and placid protester is being bundled into the police vans and even manhandled with unnecessary vigour. It appears that the police are getting some revenge back on those who called for the IPCMC to be implemented.

Even the bill to extend the tenure of the EC Chairman could be passed so quickly compared to the IPCMC that has been dragged on for more than two years now. Maybe the authorities believe that if anything is dragged on for long enough, the public will soon tire. Anyone here still bother to read the Altantuuya case in the papers? For all you know those two masked men brought to court could have been switched by now as no one has seen their faces.

Perhaps like the story "The Man in the Iron Mask" the two guys in those masks could even be some unrecorded criminals who could be prevented from speaking even after their conviction.

If you follow CNN, there is a case on "water-boarding", a form of torture that is being investigated in the USA and if you watch the news clip, you will see protesters inside the building where the lawmen are questioning the general and the only thing that happens to the female protester with the placard is that she is led to the side so as not to obstruct the passage.

In our case, I would have directed the police to allow the BERSIH marchers access to the entrance to Parliament and allowed them to meet MPs who were prepared to see them. Surely feedback from citizens is a necessary tool for MPs check the sentiments on the ground?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Desperate Measures by the Authorities...

The arrest of 23 marchers on their way to Parliament as reported in malaysiakini is a sad day for democracy in Malaysia.

These people merely wanted to hand in a memorandum to their MPs protesting the passage of a bill to extend the term of the Elections Commission Chairman.

Instead of allowing a democratic process of petitioning and discussion to take place, the authorities are using a really heavy approach to handle small problems. Were they afraid the BN MPs would have kicked the bill out?

This episode show that the authorities are really desperate and only able to use brute force to crush dissent. It does not make for a healthy democracy.

As for those MPs who passed the bill, I hope some of you will not be returned to Parliament after the next elections.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Is There a Larger Conspiracy at Work?

malaysiakini has this article headed "EC chief: No other regime capable of running the country" and to me the sentiments expressed in the interview show that the EC Chairman is not really a fair person as far as conducting the general elections is concerned.

His tenure of office should not be extended under any circumstances and we should allow the person next in seniority to take over.

There have been complaints of phantom voters and other election scams and hopefully a new EC Chief will be able to address many of these problems.

Recently there was an uproar in the United Kingdom where millions of taxpayers' data was lost through negligence and this case in Malaysia also makes me wonder if there is a larger conspiracy at work.

A case like this shows how the Registration Department can create a "new person" while the original is asked to reapply for a new identity.
Is this how the Elections Commission can increase/decrease/shift voters in different constituencies so that there is no regime change?

We Live in Dangerous Times.......

Change in society is always fraught with danger and we can see that with the arrests of the laywers as reported in malaysiakini.

These were not mobs that ran about damaging cars and property but simply because they wanted to walk one kilometer to mark Human Rights Day.

So the police did arrest some of them and yes we surrendered them the powers when we allowed our MPs to approve draconian laws that required all to need to permit for something as innocent as a peaceful march.

Of course some people can get police approvals for demonstrations but it seems only those who support the government can get the permit.

The arrests of the lawyers during a peaceful march mark a watershed in the growth of the democratic awakening in Malaysia.

For too long we allowed the leaders to do the thinking and unfortunately too much wealth and opportunites have clouded the thinking process and we can see much of the problems in society.

There is this very interesting letter you can read for free here published in malaysiakini . If more Malays like Noor Aza Othman come forward and lead others we can all still make Malaysia the paradise it once was.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Can You Do a Little to Protect the Judiciary?

There is a new initiative here to improve the selection process to appoint judges.

Unlike the USA where the appointment of judges is vetted by special committees, here the PM is able to get his preferences subject only to the approval of the Agong.

This means that the PM can offer candidates that do not meet the highest standards that we the people wish for our nation.

So I encourage you to read the petition and if you agree, please send your full name and IC to


If you do not do a little now to help the judiciary your children will be able to do even less when the liberty of Malaysians are shackled more in the future.

Just watch the Lingam tapes and see how corruption can spread so far and wide. Ponder this question:

How high up do you think corruption in Malaysia has risen and how many institutions do you think are infected with the cancer?

Maybe an easier question would be:
Which institution/s do you think are corruption free and why do you think so?

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle.....

As reported in malaysiakini and the mainstream media, the HINDRAF protesters have been charged with very serious offences and even the sword of the ISA is being dangled over their heads.

I wonder how effective such threats are, given that those who are protesting may well be at the end of their rational limits. I think we should all realise that any group of citizens who have been marginalised will be not be deterred by any threats.

For example if people are so distressed that they do not even know where the next meal is coming from or how to pay the next month's rent, a stint in the prison may be a welcome relief.

After all some of them are already resorting to serious crime.
What is upsetting about the publicity given to the IGP's claim of terror links is that the news is published right after those demonstrators were charged. Is not the matter sub judice and thus the IGP should not be trying to affect public opinion?

To me the first step for Malaysia should be to implement the IPCMC first before citizens will feel a little more comfortable with the free rein given to the police.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Some BN Politicians Say the Smartest Things...

But this is a rare occurrence so we should all take some note of the article in malaysiakini.

The article is headlined "PM told to overhaul his cabinet" and the politician is Kota Baru MP Zaid Ibrahim, a prominent lawyer.

Yes I agree the PM will be more effective if he does a major makeover on his cabinet soon or face a few major set-backs in the next elections.

Malaysians too need to wake up from their long slumber of 50 years and take a more active interest in current affairs and politics.

The middle class should realise that if problems like those articulated by HINDRAF are allowed to fester, being a compliant and trusting citizen does not mean you will not be affected.

We place the future of our children and grandchildren in the hands of politicians we elect. Let us make sure we empower people we can trust. Maybe, as someone once said, "Trust a politician as far as you can throw him or her."
And I don't mean down a 10-storey building.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Just to let you know my mother-in-law passed away at the age of 85 yesterday.
The funeral will be on Saturday in JB.

About a week ago, she lost all interest in eating and became bedridden and had to be fed liquids slowly by spoon. It seemed that her brain was shutting down her vital functions and in a way we are glad she did not suffer that stage for too long.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

One Possible Cause for Poverty among Malays?

I was pondering on the earlier article I wrote referring to malaysiakini report by the Deputy Minister that Malay households were poorer than Indian households.

Without any definitive data, I wondered how come the percentage of Malay households that is considered poor remained higher than the Indian household even after 38 years of NEP.

One possible cause is that non-Muslims are allowed to marry just one spouse whereas a Muslim is allowed four wives and hence divorce is quite common.
The most common result of a divorce is a single-parent household and hence this will increase the number of households that are considered poor.

Perhaps the ministry should provide more details of such poor families so that better remedies can be found to reduce the poor.
An effective solution may be to encourage Muslims to rein in their libido and focus on nurturing the children they already have instead on casting unchaste glances on buxom lasses.

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Malays too Should be Marching Soon.....

According to malaysiakini the Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Zainal Abidin Osman has claimed that "the monthly household income for Indians in 2004 was RM3,456, while it was RM2,711 for Malay households and RM4,437 for Chinese."

Now we know that HINDRAF has been asking for help as the Indian community has been sidelined with the NEP.

The Deputy Minister also states the "the poverty rate and hardcore poverty in 2004 among Indians was at 2.9 percent, 8.3 percent among Malays and 0.6 percent among the Chinese."

Before we get these disgruntled citizens all protesting vigorously in the streets of KL, we should be checking to see if the NEP is being properly used to target these hardcore families.

It would be good if the authorities also provided figures on the income levels and the progress numbers at the top end of the spectrum; ie the top money makers.

We should replace the NEP and start the NBP which stands for
NEEDS BASED PROGRAM that helps ALL the poor irrespective of race.

It is really so easy for the authorities to withdraw the NEP for the rich. They can start with the 10 to 15% housing discount for those who already own a property.

Three Dead but the Main Sentiment is "The Show Must Go On"

You can read about the paratrooper deaths in malaysiakini and the mainstream press.

I watch the PM on TV3 last night and got the following vibes:

The main expression was too bad some people had to die but we have a show to put on.
TV3 did a lousy job to edit the PM's speech so that it seems the LIMA was paramount and the deaths could not be helped.

He gave the impression that he was more concerned about the show than how those people died and about those who were injured.

In Malaysia it seems we get more Armed Forces personnel getting killed via helicopter crashes, vehicle accidents and training incidents like this.

Of course soldiers should be prepared to face action under adverse conditions but how much training did these paratroopers have before this?

How were the weather conditions like and was it justified for the paratroopers to be endangered thus?

Was there a sudden change in wind patterns between the time the plane took off and the time?

How ready were the emergency and rescue operations and how soon did they arrive at the scene of the landing?

Our soldiers need better consideration for if we do not bother about their welfare they would be hard pressed to defend the nation when it really matters.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

No Truth to Claims of Indians?

For once malaysiakini and the main stream media have a common story about our PM's wrath against the claims of "ethnic cleansing".

There is even a call by a MB to revoke the citizenship of the leaders of the movement.

Instead of trying to find out what caused the group of usually compliant citizens to rebel against authority, it seems the iron glove is being shown.

It shows that the 50 years of power and authority have left the national leaders incapable of seeking workable solutions except to threaten all with fire and brimstone.

The NEP was for a fixed period and during those long years of deprivation and sacrifice by the non-Bumis, the Bumi leaders were basically given a blank cheque to solve the imbalance problems.

We can see the result in Malaysian society:

I estimate the government service is not composed of about 90% Bumis,well beyond the population ratio.
The percentage in the police and the armed forces will not be much different.
Houses still need to be provided with 10% to 15% discount even for those who already own a house.

Perhaps "ethnic cleansing" is too strong a word for that implies being forced from one's home and into exile as a refugee if you escape the death squads.
But we have a different type of discrimination formulated during the past 38 years of the NEP.

These include:
Barriers to enter university.
No access to the civil service.
Difficulties to secure business deals.

No one wants to hear any preaching about religious duties or convictions but just make sure your actions match your words.

Do remember the saying.
"What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying".

Saturday, December 1, 2007

More Like a Problematic 2008 Ahead....

malaysiakini has this article headed "Uneasy December ahead" but I feel the whole of 2008 will be unsettled untill the next general elections are held in a free and fair manner.

It seems that more Malaysians have woken up to the fact that they have been cheated of so many things like:

the right to information
the right to disagree
the right to improve their status in life

on account of draconian laws like the OSA, the ISA and the blood-sucking policy of the NEP that has created a multitude of self-seeking politicians and their cronies and done little to help the really poor people of all races.

The photo was emailed to me by a friend and apparently there was an incident at the IOI Mall(in Puchong?) one or two days ago after the new toll rates were announced.

We all know that oil prices may not be controlled by anyone as it is a function of supply and demand.

But toll prices and agreements were fixed under a blanket of the greatest secrecy. It seems that it was done under cover of darkness; just like how you go about planning a bank heist.

I mean we have already paid so much toll and all that is proposed is that we keep paying for more extended periods just because they rate goes up by 10% instead of the agreed 20%.

To me this is the Archilles heel of the toll program. It is noted that the toll at the Causeway is going up by 11.5% come 2008.
The basic question is the Causeway should not be included in the Ever Increasing hikes as it was built and paid for before PLUS was formed.

Any collection here should reflect the maintenance cost of the 1km Causeway unless the JB City leaders become smart enough and reclaim what is rightfully the city's gateway.

Malaysia's Price is Right.......

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No one expects prices to stagnate especially since the government gave the over-bloated civil service a hefty pay rise.

Then we had the increase in petrol prices that ultimately gets worked into the price of daily goods.

Now malaysini has an article that we "must brace for gas and electricity price hikes".

Of course we all know that the oil price has reached almost US$100 a barrel and we also know that Malaysia will soon become a net importer of oil.

However the authorities too have shown that often they simply can't be bothered by the wanton wastage as shown in these few examples:

1.The blanket secrecy on the toll agreements.
2.The wasteful purchase/lease of the new executive jet.
3.The massive bleeding of funds into the PKFZ
4.The refusal to disclose how we are paying for a burnt-out shell of a space capsule.

The price of oil is well known and most people can understand that but the authorities have too many financial skeletons hidden in the closet.

It is time we demanded that all non-sensitive information be made public.