Wednesday, December 31, 2008

D-Day!

Well, this is it. The culmination that started since November ends tomorrow to see whether the team gets the reprieve or the team goes out as the first part of the product will be vetted for the last time...

We're all pretty worried, stressed, tired, overworked 160%. Originally the number of people was at 25, but with 7 gone in the space of 6 months, the number of manpower is reduced to just 18, which is about 30% drop. How I wish things would be better rather than spending unnecessary time to finish of what we started. Many told me that it was not me to be blamed for the mess, the ones that left are, since they came in about nine months before me.

Had they really stayed for an extra mile, things will get better. But I learnt that the seven who left are mainly because of how they are treated for what they have contributed - peers or by Vasem.

I was pretty scared and I really do not want things to end prematurely. Otherwise, it's just the repeat of January 2008. I made calls to my parents to make myself calm down. I pitied the others. If we're out, the others had to go back to India. And well, it's another 1-2 months looking for another one but I usually leave on my own terms.

I would love to see things work out fine than going bad, so reprieve is something I only want as a New Year's give.

I see great things coming later, and we need God to help us through....please!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Blue Men Visting PJ Vigil, For What?

The night before the weekly vigil, I have been reliably told that the police will be paying a visit to the weekly vigil at the PJ municipal council building. From what I heard and say so-s, I got information of three possibilities that of why the police decides to visit the place yesterday.

The first possibility is that the police are apparently unhappy that the last half of the twelve conditions are mostly ignored by those participants. If you notice that almost every week, people would bring candles and sometimes show their solidarity by wearing the black, orange, and red shirts that shows no to ISA message. Many have found that the last six conditions are ridiculous and this is what Haris called it as unacceptable.

The second possibility could stem from last week. During the 11th edition of the vigil, councilor Richard Yeoh had told the audience in gathering that he had applied the permit as usual but on that week itself, he had yet to get a quick reply by the PJ district police. The one who issued the letter is of Supt. Shukor, but we have no idea whether the application was replied or otherwise. Technically, the permit did not reach in time last week.

The third possibility could be personally motivated. There has been word going around that CPO Khalid Bakar was very pissed off of a certain petition to the Sultan (to be submitted after New Year) calling for help in the removal from his post. Currently, the petition, if checked has approximately 5200 signatures already.

Earlier on, we knew of their presence and to play safe, we told everyone not to wear any of those three forbidden color shirts. According to an account by Stephen, the vigil was in silence and dispersed after 40 minutes. The main road of Jalan Yong Shook Lin was sealed off by cops and in the gathering the number of Special Branch plain-clothes personnel doubled. Most of the people identified a female SB (with a tudung) taking pictures of people all around, which raises attention and knowledge to people.

First of all, the police watching line has been blurred. The activity is held in private grounds, meaning that the police cannot simply go in to the place without permission of the city council. This also applies to people that they cannot simply go to people's house without permission or so. So are they really instructed to clamp down on anything that is not UMNO approved?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

400 Million Campaign Money, RM 300 Per Ang Pau

Certain quarters in Terengganu have mentioned that BN is allocating RM 400 million (originally as RM 1.3 billion) of the wang ehsan contributed to the federal government for the election campaign to have their candidate Wan Farid Salleh winning the by-election.

Note that since there are approximately 8000-9000 Chinese voters there, RM 2.4-3 million will be spent on giving red packets to those people to get them to vote for BN. Each red packet will contain RM 300 each.

I could not recall the source, however, but I am sure that this was part of 'threatening' people to vote for BN.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Getting The Math Right For MCA and MIC

The other day, MCA's Chew Mei Fun said that should Pakatan Rakyat takes over the country, hudud laws would be replacing the existing secular laws. And so does Samy Vellu who said that it
is against the sensitivities of the multi-racial community in Malaysia.

MCA president Ong Tee Keat has asked opposition DAP to boycott the Kuala Terengganu by-election campaign as a matter of principle if it is really against PAS' plan. Mr Ong said if DAP chose to help campaign for PAS' candidate in Kuala Terengganu, then it would mean that the party supported public whipping, amputation and stoning for criminal offences under hudud laws.

'Mere words objecting to PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa's statement on the issue would not suffice if not demonstrated by action,' Mr Ong said in his latest posting in his blog.

From The Electric New Paper

From what I look that the statement simply says two things which is implying that MCA and MIC are saying that the Malays are their enemies. But that is too harsh but MCA and MIC should look at the whole point mathematically.

In the last general election, PAS only fielded 60 candidates, which is not even 30% of the 222 Parliamentary seats that are available in Malaysia. In the end, they won only less than half while the remaining of the 82 seats were won by PKR and DAP. Admittedly, Husam Musa said that Hudud laws is not possible to be implemented at national level.

MCA just runs their mouth on behalf of UMNO, and they are helping UMNO to use that sentiment to stir up trouble in the upcoming Kuala Terengganu by-election. If I remember back in 1999, when PAS took over Terengganu, the state government showed an excellent state of racial harmony, opening discussion with their non-Malay minority community there. This also mirrors what Kelantan did. When PAS took over since 1990, the first issue was to address the non-Malays, with Nik Aziz surprised them asking whether they want the permit to build a Hindu temple there. Before 1990, BN would definitely refused outright a permit to build a temple there.

So coming back to the point, MCA and MIC should not be just saying that but should consider the math. There is no way that Hudud laws can be implemented nationwide as there is a check and balance team of PKR, the liberal Malays, and of course the DAP as well as the Indian Malaysian community.

In order to change to hudud laws, there must be a change to the Constitution. If PAS wants to do that, PAS must have 148 of their own MPs alone or including some who agreed to it to change it. Since PAS fielded less than 100 candidates in general-elections, how can MCA / MIC say that they could be implementing hudud laws in Malaysia?

The scenario can also be a double-edge sword. A possible scenario could be that suppose if there are 148 UMNO MPs while others are composed of BN allies / opposition, and if UMNO could do the hudud thing, regardless of the opposition from others.

Samy, Ong, and Chew, first get the math right before you open your mouth!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Here's A Belated Christmas


pic by bodohland

Unfortunately yesterday's connection is pretty bad, so I had no choice but to greet a belated Merry Christmas to all other bloggers and readers out there.

Boy, yesterday, I've enjoyed a whole variety of food including roast beef, lamb, sausages, salad and etc with my relatives in P.J.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

PJ Vigil Round 11







It's already 11 times the PJ vigil is held and the numbers are consistently at around 150 to 200 each time we gather at the City Hall. Apart from the bloggers, there are some new faces who turned up to see what it is at the gathering.


This week, two foreign people came over, including Penny (Gobloking) and John from Sydney.

The vigil has been turned into a speakers corner as someone said as many would like to share their views and came up to the stage to state whatever they would like to say. That day was the second time I decided to go up to the stage to present my views - showing the parallels of Archimedes's immortal line - "Give me a lever, and I will move the world."

And of course, the main course for tonight, which is the appearance by Pete Kamaruddin - which we saved it for the last. Of course, I was told that a few people spotted some SBs in plainclothes which includes one female but we spotted one whom we think there's something worth of him.


To commemorate the loss of Shukree who died suddenly last week, there was a minute of silence in memoriam. Our special guest, The Malay Male delivered a 'sajak' in memory of him. Shukree wanted to follow the team of bloggers to cover the KT by-election but sadly could not do so.


Since this week is Christmas week, pastor Sivin Kit led a group of people to sing O-Holy Night.

Chris, whom I met at the Wharf on Friday night was surprised of me taking photos in black and white, so this week, I shot half of photos in black and white while the remaining in color. Fellow blogger, DelCapo was also interested with some of the photos, so let's move on with the photos.

You have to forgive me though as putting up here at night is pretty slow than in the morning :)

Nanda, and DelCapo

Jude, Chris' young son.

Haris, Richard and DelCapo


Serena, Audrey and Jennifer


update 8:30 - additional photos

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Khalid Caught Lying Again

If you read what Khalid Bakar said, I think it could be a spin by the UMNO-BN to make people think of that.

PETALING JAYA, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has expressed concerns over the use of children in campaigns organised by certain groups and individuals in pursuit of their personal interests.

The Ruler conveyed his concern to Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar prior to his departure overseas last Friday.

"The Sultan is disappointed with the actions by some irresponsible people for exploiting children in their campaigns or demonstrations.

"He has expressed concern on the matter and wants the police to take stern action against those involved," Khalid told reporters here Saturday.

As such, he said, police would not hesitate to take action against anyone who used children in unlawful activities.

On the Bar Council's tendencies to be critical of the actions taken by the police, Khalid said, as a respectable body, the council should have acted in the interests of the law and not otherwise.

He also said that police were preparing investigation papers with a view of charging Sungai Siput member of parliament Dr D. Jeyakumar, who was detained in Rawang, for using children in the "Cycling for Change" campaign organised by Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) or the Oppressed People Network.

In the Dec 15 incident, 58 people, including 28 who were below the age of 18, were detained for participating in an illegal gathering.
Or is it? From what it was said, the state governments of Penang, Perak and Selangor gave their seal of approval to let the cyclists cycle at these states. But the irony is that the state governments are Pakatan Rakyat governments. UMNO is the opposition front of these three states and but the coalition that rules the state government has the right to endorse or otherwise.

Look carefully at the Malaysiakini summary on this matter:
The Selangor police chief says the sultan was disappointed that some irresponsible quarters had recently used children to legitimise their struggles
Did the Sultan said it on his word or Khalid Bakar said on his behalf?

Raja Petra Kamaruddin has another thing to say of using the palace for leverage:

I was identified as the dalang (puppet master) behind this ‘conspiracy to trigger a clash between the government and the palace’ and Umno Youth subsequently ousted me from the Malay Chamber of Commerce. The Umno Youth personalities were Wan Hisham (brother of Wan Farid, the candidate for the 17 January 2009 Kuala Terengganu by-election), Wan Bakri, Nasir Ibrahim Fikri, etc., and led, of course, by Wan Mokhtar, the Menteri Besar and head of the Wan clan of Terengganu.

We found out later that the palace had, indeed, not issued any ‘yellow letter’ and that Wan Mokhtar was, in fact, the partner of these three Datuks. The palace had been used to siphon out more than RM100 million worth of government money, which, at today’s prices, could easily be five times that amount.
And in this situation, did the palace issue a yellow letter on this or it's just a make up to convince people that the Sultan said it?

The Pinocchio by the name of Khalid Bakar has its nose growing more and more. If you have read the child's story, you'd find that someday a woodpecker would peck the nose.

I also concurred with the last paragraph:
It has become the habit for the government and police to clamp down on those not aligned to Umno while using the palace as the excuse for doing so. “We are just doing what the Sultan ordered,” would be the normal argument. They even use the Sultan’s name to rob us of billions of the rakyat’s money. Podah, we no longer fall for that crap. And we are going to send a petition to the Sultan to protest what the police did. So, please sign the petition and let us get as many signatures as possible. We are going to fight back with a vengeance.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Kick That Fella!

Hey, it's not Kickdefella here, but there has been an initiative is to kick Khalid Bakar out of Selangor. Today, my blog buddy Haris started the idea of calling the Sultan of Selangor to kick that idiot out.

He has lied to the public thrice.

He claimed that the police did it to save under-age cyclists.

He claimed that no way rescuers will loot collapsed houses of victims.

He says that the people who attended the vigil in November were warned many times.

Cut that crap, Khalid. I support the initiative to kick him out.

Remember Team Musa vs Team Ramli? It's on!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Boleh Atau Tak Boleh Masuk?

I bet that there will be massive road blocks on the main road leading in and out of Kuala Lumpur, particularly the one heading towards Parliament building. Even if the police said okay but with no convoys.

But it's a convoy that poses no physical harm to people, why a massive force deployed on them?

In the recent year or so, the police is under public scrutiny and critcism from people, and NGOs

Excerpt from a letter to Malaysiakini:

The PDRM has deployed hundreds of policemen at road blocks to intimidate, bully, harass, arrest, abuse and manhandle a tiny group of committed individuals who are campaigning for a better Malaysia through peaceful, lawful and respectful means.

Does the PDRM have any evidence that these Jerit activists are out to embark on some mass nationwide criminal activity? If so, they need to make this evidence public and take them to court.

If not, the PDRM is duty bound to uphold the laws of Malaysia which allow peaceful expression (including cycling for a cause) and get on with its real job of fighting crime, which the PDRM has not been terribly good at.

Instead, the PDRM makes wild allegations and resorts to stale and crude scare mongering tactics to try and both turn public opinion against the campaign and stop the cyclists in their tracks.

As the campaign now enters the final stretch after more than two weeks, the PDRM is the obvious loser by acting increasingly desperate, reckless and highhanded as witnessed in Rawang.

The Jerit cyclists and activists have already won resoundingly even if they do not make it to Parliament on December 18. They have caught the nation’s imagination, won widespread public support and displayed tremendous courage and fortitude in fighting for the rights of every Malaysian.


I remembered back last year, the police is split between Team Musa and Team Ramli - the CCID chief who is trying to do the right thing. But he and his men were under persecution from Team Musa and the gang of underworld kingpins. Now, it's a different ground with the government, particularly the Home Ministry ordering the police to spy on dissenters and opposition parties.

Let's see how this would play out tomorrow. If people are very angry because of arriving at office late, like the July 14 episode, Syed Hamid and the police are going to get slapped left and right. JERIT from what I searched through is a NGO. Basically, there is no underground group or we'll have your balls.....

Don't Bullshit People Khalid!

State CPO Khalid Bakar is under fire again from many quarters in what is to be a blatant lying to the public of 27 underaged among the 57 JERIT campaigners arrested in Rawang.

This is not the only time in the space of two months that Bakar is whacked left and right from all quarters. In the recent Bukit Antarabangsa episode, people accused him for not paying serious attention into victim claims that salvagers loot the houses following the landslide disaster.

In November, he was also under fire from many NGOs for leading a group of FRUs and SBs to stop the Bersih / anti-ISA gathering that left many bloodied and 23 arrested.

Excerpt from Malaysiakini:

“We detained them for (taking part in an) illegal procession. Later when we checked their details, 28 were found to be under the age of 18…clearly this violates the Child Act as some are only 15 years old,” said Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar.

khalid abu bakar selangor cpo“When giving their statements, these children said they did not know why they were asked to participate in the cycling event,” he told reporters at the Rawang police station last night.

“As for the children, we have actually saved them from being misused and exploited by irresponsible people… we did not arrest them.”

He also said the police had contacted their parents to take them home and would investigate whether the children had received permission to take part in the event.

Another 29 cyclists were arrested and investigated under the Police Act for illegal procession, and under the Child Act for abusing children.

jerit ride for change rawang police protest 161208 01Among them were Rawang assemblywoman Gan Pei Nie of PKR and Sungai Siput member of Parliament Dr D Jeyakumar of PSM (photo: with loudhailer).

Khalid also told reporters that the teenagers were confused about the purpose of the expedition.

“We will call their parents to take them (home). We will also call the child service unit to discuss details of returning the children to their parents.”

‘No permit issued’

Khalid said Gan had not applied for a permit to allow the cyclists to ride pass through Rawang, denying her claim that she had reached a verbal understanding with the Rawang police chief.

jerit ride for change rawang police protest 161208 11Khalid dismissed this, saying “there is no such thing as a verbal agreement”.

“Permits must be written. I was informed by the police chief that no application was made,” he added.

The teenagers were kept at the Rawang police station overnight, and are expected to be released to their parents today





*******

I'm not very sure whether to laugh or get angry. But yes, the answer is both. I am laughing because Khalid Bakar is talking bullshit out to hoodwink people into thinking that police is doing the right thing. But I am angry at the same time because Khalid Bakar is lying to the people and in the capacity of the a high-rank police man, that warrants some serious implications to public perception.

A few months ago, Dad fired an employee of his working in the Klang office. I heard him talking over the phone to his other colleagues reporting of a missing money and the employee attempting to take the money out. I am convinced that what he did was born out of a desperation
maybe because of owing people money or what, I don't know.

One night at dinner Dad showed me a list of message between him and the employee that he fired. It was about the notebook that was given to him by the company. There were too many excuses, unsure whether he lost it, it was damaged or so. But the final message from Dad to him was "I'm not born yesterday" - if I am not mistaken.

Yes, many of us are not born yesterday. Reading that piece again for a few times, and reading JERIT's statement, that means that Khalid Bakar is a 'pembohong' and is ought to be sacked. And yes, the Sultan has been told of a matter pertaining of the police misusing their power and something of deviating their purpose of reducing crime rates.

Going after people under Police Act is somewhat a lower priority whereas the real priority is looking for criminals. Kingpins, criminals, scums, killings in Klang, etc..Khalid you should go there and pay more attention to that instead of JERIT.

Say, do you notice of him really look like Reezal Merican? I see some resemblance there...perhaps that's the hunch that I have in my mind?

Or, not only me but other citizens will fire you on the spot. So don't bullshit people, that's thrice already!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

BN Could Splash RM 1.3 Billion in KT By-Election

A little while ago, when I was drinking with some friends, a friend told me of something that was pretty interesting. Though it could never come out in the MSM, it was said that a notable minister had revealed to someone that BN is splashing $1.3 Billion ringgit alone of WANG EHSAN just for the Kuala Terengganu by-election.

Barisan Nasional has only one objective: make sure that KT remains with BN at all costs.

There was a joke out of it where money paid to the voters could be in bundles of RM5 since RM 5 is green in color which is almost close to the color of the PAS logo.

But it came as a shocking revelation of how bad money politics has become in Malaysia and showing this means BN is preparing to play dirty.....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Spare Me The Embarassment, Azian!

From Bernama via Nut Graph:

IPOH, 8 Dec 2008: Ipoh Timur Umno today expressed opposition to a proposal by Canning state assemblyperson Wong Kah Woh to have the road signs in Taman Cempaka here replaced with multilingual signs.

Ipoh Timur Umno head Datuk Azian Osman said Wong's suggestion was contrary to the Federal Constitution and showed disrespect for Bahasa Malaysia as the national language.

"Ipoh Timur Umno strongly opposes the proposal. We feel intimidated by his arbitrary action without consideration for the sensitivities of the people," he told reporters after attending an Aidil Adha sacrificial slaughter ceremony in Kampung Tok Cendang.

Wong was reported to have said that Taman Cempaka would be the first area in Perak to have signs in Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, Tamil and Jawi.

Azian said the multilingual signs were unnecessary because Taman Cempaka was not a tourist attraction.

He said the residents of the housing estate were locals who have no problems with the existing Bahasa Malaysia road signs.

Azian also questioned a statement by Perak senior state executive councillor Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, also from the DAP, who had said that the issue should not be politicised as language was a communication tool and that the move to have multilingual signs was a private sector initiative.

"I ask the menteri besar (Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin) and the state government to be level-headed and respect the Federal Constitution," he said.
I don't know what is wrong with you saying that putting multilingual road signs is somewhat not respecting Bahasa Malaysia. Hey..there is in Chinese, Arabic, English and of course Malay. So what is wrong of having multilingual road names like in Penang and in KL?

During the times of my parents being at around 17 or so, they remember streets by their English names. For instance, Jalan Pasar, in old town, where my mother grew up, it was called Market Street, running across the road, was Leech Street which comprises of the famous stalls and shops there.

Isn't the measure also helps to improve historical value of Ipoh? For people mostly born in the early 90s, many do not know what is the original name of a road. Most know for instance, just the Malay name like Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, but do not know the actual name of Brewster Road. Try asking someone who has been in Ipoh for more than 50 years about this name and most remembered well of the name Brewster for instance.

The statement by this UMNO joker called Azian Osman shows that:

1. You want people to become like Mike Tyson Taib that 'don't speak Engrish'? You want people to be stuck in the past?

2. Real work in world demands good English and if you say that , it means you don't your own kind to excel well in the working life or Hard Knox university.

3. Think fool, what is Bahasa Malaysia language value on global scale? No 1, no 2 or what?

5. Are you indirectly trying to say that the non-Malays are your enemies? Defend the Malay rights against something that is morally correct to everyone?

4. Even your fellow Malay man Hisham Rais is laughing at you! His comment:

kah kah kah…. tukarlaaah dulu nama UNITED MALAYS NATIONAL ORGANISATION … ini bukan dalam bahasa melayu…. cakap nak berjuang untuk melayu…. nama gerombolan pun tak pakai nama melayu…. kah kah kah…

kah kah kah… asik asik nama jalan…. asik asik hina bahasa melayu … kah kah kah

kah kah kah…. tak kan tak nampak berselirat iklan besar besar dalam bahasa inggeris… tak kan mata rabun… janganlaa buat tak sedar…kah kah kah…

…depan pejabat dewan bahasa dan petaka tu ada iklan dalam bahasa inggeris … terpampang… tak kan tak nampak….

..depan angkasapuri ada berselirat iklan dalam bahasa inggeris… tak kan tak nampak…

… sepanjang lebuh raya perseketuan ada banyak iklan dalam bahasa inggeris… lebih besar dari nama jalan…. tak kan mata rabun….

kah kah kah….itu pasal orang cakap ZINA ZAIN DI HUJUNG LAUT NAMPAK….
BIK MAMA ATAS KATIL TAK NAMPAK…..
kah kah kah…

Please spare me the embarassment, Azian and gosh, you're a SPNB chairman!?..it's really ridiculous! Kan Malaysia multi-religion, multi-culture, etc...ini macam belit what you preach, man!

I maybe from Ipoh, I can remember major roads in their other names in English besides BM. Go and read Lat's Town Boy for start or ask Mr. Lat who's staying in Gunung Rapat to help you!

8th Candlelight Vigil in PJ






Apart from special appearances by Matthias Chang and Pete Kamaruddin, here are some pics for your pleasure. Yes, you should come to have fellowship with people there every Sunday.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kevin's Birthday


Yesterday is officially Kevin's birthday but since Monday was a public holiday, I called him out for some lunch at KLCC.

Well, he just turned 18 and told me that he reached Level 80 in playing WOW. I was shell-shocked when he said that he took one day to reached the level whereas when we had a holiday one week ago, he was at level 78.

He was in town on Saturday but did not call me because he thought I was too busy. Well I was indeed too busy in office, spending Saturday from 11.30 to 8.30 there to finish something important.

I took one photo but in black and white because dad thinks there's some IT in shooting B&W.

Must have been from watching Schindler's List black and white footage.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Candidate Selection Dilemma For KT By-Election

1. On the Kuala Terengganu by-election situation, the EC has set the nomination date to be on 6th of January and the polling date to be on 17th January. Both sides will have the problem of selecting the best man to run for the vacant Parliamentary seat.

2.On the BN camp, the possible candidates are narrowed to two. One of them is Zaid Embong. Of course Zaid is a Terengganu man but the risk of using him for the by-election is that he is one of the old-generation regime of UMNO and chances of winning could be in jeopardy since a lot of voters there are those new-generation of voters and those born after Merdeka.

3. The other choice is obviously Abdullah Badawi's political secretary and deputy Home Minister Wan Farid Salleh. But most of us note him and his brother Wan Hisham of being one of the few notable cronies. His brother Wan Hisham plays an active part on Monsoon Cup, while he himself handles the state's wang ehsan contribution to federal government - 12 billion in 8 years. But if you remember the Batu Buruk - he is believed to be responsible for setting up the provocation event since he met the police two hours before the event started.

4. Between the two, Wan Farid is the BN's best choice for he can capture the attention of the voters particularly those born after Merdeka man. He is a new generation educated person so that will help to add to the credentials. Mat Sabu kept mentioning that he is the one that orders the police to go hard on opposition ceramahs, protests, etc..

5. The voters in Terengganu would prefer to have a candidate from Terengganu itself. IN this case, they would prefer to have a candidate from Kuala Terengganu. In the recent general election, Mat Sabu lost by a margin of 685 votes since the spoilt was won by the 85-year old lady. Many observers are sure that PAS man Mat Sabu will contest again but the catch is he is not from Terengganu but from Penang and this could cast some doubt on some voters on whether to vote for him. A poll conducted shows that Mat Sabu is the popular choice to contest that election again.

6. The next obvious choice for PAS candidate is Mustafa Ali. Chances could be good since he is also an assemblyman of a state seat that falls under the KT parliamentary seat. But the one problem for Mustafa is that the relationship of him with the PKR-DAP allies is not in a very good situation and this could pose a problem for the Pakatan Rakyat leadership. There is also a risk of having a loose-canon that is him.

7. The 1999-2004 MP Dr. Syed Azman, also from PAS is a possible choice but in terms of situation and criteria, he fits the bill. He is a doctor in profession, able to get in touch with the new generation and of course being knowledgable in terms of education and etc. Since he's also a Terengganu man, this would of course fit the voters criteria of having a local to be an MP.

8. There are also two other people in PAS that could be selected.

9. It would be better if both camps instead select an unknown quantum person as a candidate. Not only it provides good competition from bird's eye view, it also gets the notable people from both camps to campaign for the unknown candidate. Also, this would get the voters to assess analytically from nomination day until polling day to determine who would be the best man to win the by-election.

10. The 11% of voters in KT are Chinese and both camps are desperate to get them for their votes could swing the decision in favor either party though they form the minority group.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Why Ali Rustam Will Win UMNO Deputy Presidency

Anyone can figure - with analysis that Ali Rustam will win the UMNO presidency.

1. Money is king. If you want to have votes, you need to give red packet to your voters. This also happens in Johor, prominently to gain respect from the kingmakers there. Many have claimed and believed that Muhyiddin as a 'stingy' or 'koo hon' person, similarly to Ku Li who doesn't offer money for votes. Since money politics is rampant, chances are those votes could go to either Mike Tyson Taib or Ali Rustam.

2. From experience, a potential Deputy Prime Minister must be able to speak English particularly on international duty. But everyone knows that Mike Tyson Taib "cannot speak Engrish" he had the problem of reading RPK's article where Mike Tyson lodged a complaint to the police station. In the time where economy is in recession and cost cutting is needed, hiring a translator for Mike Tyson could be costly.

3. From the two points above Ali Rustam falls between #1 and #2. And chances are votes could go to him.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Police: You Cannot Cycle Here, There, Everywhere...

I don't know why the police is so bent on stopping those moral-good rallies or campaigns like the JERIT cycling campaign. Malaysiakini reported that 50 bicycles were seized in Teluk Kumbar following a police road-block. However, the cops relented after three hours following talks by Sungai Siput MP Jeyakumar Devaraj. The eye-catching line?
“I told them, come on-lah, there are so many criminals around for you to deal with; just let our cyclists do their thing and they won’t cause any problem,” he said over the phone.

“If you want, you can send police to help us with the traffic, though even that won’t be necessary as we have our own marshals"
I have a gut feeling that whoever ordered the cops to clamp down is pretty stupid and bigot. And it shows one thing that the police are political UMNO lapdogs. See, on opposition campaigns, they come down very hard, probably on instruction from Home Ministry while on the PRO-ISA they couldn't do so because UMNO's PEKIDA gang is there to backup. If they try to go in, they risk the wrath of their paymen.

So who's the real bigot out there? Are you saying that I cannot cycle on the road?

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Payout Cheque By Nuffnang


For those of you who have signed up for Nuffnang but yet to get a paycheck at all, this is what you get.

For my case, it took me a little more than a month to receive the cheque. I requested for a cash out on 27 October. It took more than month to process, and finally the cheque was sent from Penang on the 2nd. It took three days to reach other states (according to postal rules) before it came here today. If the destination is within a state, it can reach in one day.

Behind the cheque, you can see a watermark to show that it is a real one, not a forgery.

This pay is the result of advertising for exactly one year. I've started the Nuffnang advertising in October 2007. The thing is that if you have more people visiting your blogs, chances are your pay would be higher.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Yesterday - By Beatles - New Remix

Yesterday,
All financial crisis seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I was rich just yesterday...


Suddenly,
I am half the net worth I used to be,
with the markets falling constantly,
Oh yesterday I was wealthy.

Why the bubble burst, I don't know,
Leverage, they say.
Should I go short or long
It's gone wrong whichever way-ya-ya-ya. ..

Yesterday,
It was such as an easy game to play
Now I need a loan to pay my way,
Oh interest rates, please drop today

How I long for yesterday….

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

RM1.70 Tak Bolehkah? Dollah Kedekut!

Late last night I got news that the new petrol price would be at RM 1.90 instead of the max of RM 1.85. And there's a difference of just RM 2 for every 40 liters purchased.

According to Malaysiakini, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng chastised Abdullah Badawi for not reducing the prices further. He said that based on the price of $48 per barrel, the price should be as of August 2005 that is RM 1.52. Now then, earlier on, Shahrir Samad did admit that the current price in Malaysia is higher than the other nations for we pay 38 cents for tax.

That means that the actual price minus tax and operator / company commission is at RM 1.30.

Why not give them the price of RM 1.70 but with the taxes cut by half. Instead of 38, it's 19 cents per liter? Picture this, if we based price on RM 1.70 per liter, we stand to save another RM 8 for every 40 liters purchased. When Shahrir said that reduction is not more than 15 cents this round, it implies that Dollah Badawi and the cabinet is pretty kedekut. I remembered my grandfather always get chastised by my grandma for being kedekut and I see Dollah Badawi the same thing as well...

Also, whatever Dollah Badawi said of the economy outlook 2009, don't take it blindly for it may not be as what it seems. Everyone better buck up their seatbelts for the bumpy ride is to go at least for the first half of next year.

Subsidy For Dryer Machines Ah?

This is from The Star:

PUTRAJAYA: Those living in multilevel residences will no longer be allowed to dry their clothes in the open “where the whole world can see,” effective next year.

This follows a government decision to tackle the eye-sore problem once and for all, and to clean up the image of Malaysian cities by coming up with a guideline for both developers and residents of such buildings.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a guideline should be in place so that developers would be made responsible for preparing a special area or the proper facilities in its properties for drying clothes.

“We can see today that most people living in multilevel residences like flats, apartments and condominiums dry their clothes in the open. It is unsystematic and affects our efforts to portray a modern image for Malaysian cities.

“For the moment, we will have a guideline so that necessary action can be taken by parties concerned, including residents to have proper equipment and facilities so they need not expose their laundry,” he said after chairing the National Council on Local Government meeting on Tuesday.

The Deputy Prime Minister however said there was nothing punitive about the guideline as the aim was to encourage the public to be more sensitive about the issue.

“For the time being, it is more on making the moral switch. It it does not work, then we have to consider amending existing laws,” he said, adding a circular would be issued by the ministry next year to inform local authorities of the decision.

Najib said it would be the duty of local authorities and the Commissioner of Buildings to inform developers and managements of flats, apartments and condominiums to see to it that the guideline was followed.

****

My dear Najib, I don't know whose idea was it to raise this issue, I better hope it's not Rosie out there. If you say that you don't want hanging clothes outside, don't wait until those developers add in those special facilities. Instead, why not you offer subsidy for dryer machines so that everyone can buy one. Look at Singapore, buying a Bravia W series TV is much cheaper because Singapore offers subsidy. They are encouraging people to have TV in each household.

It's a pretty simple solution, isn't it?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Co-Pilot Syndrome in Malaysia

If you have seen the Malaysiakini video by Raja Petra yesterday at the Bar Council, yes, you have read the big portion of what I'm trying to say. Which you should do first before continuing.

The real problem right now and I pity is that most Malays right now have the co-pilot syndrome, which is they have trouble when they do not how to fish to feed themselves.

Tun Mahathir did the NEP and those affirmative-action initiatives to help the Malays to be on their own feet - to teach them how to do their own fishing when those who feed them are gone. Unfortunately, it has been misintepreted, many perceived Ketuanan Melayu as stamping on others, rather than it's actual objective - to become sirs of their own standard. Now the problem is still not solved, that is instead of sirs, there are still beggars (state of mind) still out there. People were brainwashed and taught to use this as a last resort when changes for the beter of the nation are favored by others but considered as a threat to the Malay race.

The other day, I got headband that said "Hidup Melayu Hidup Islam". Does that mean that if Melayu is gone Islam is gone? Try asking the real Arab scholars about this question. I bet that they will laugh on this thing. Islam exists way long before Melayu exists.

When you have this syndrome around, Malaysia can never be as great as Singapore. or other nations better than us in overall aspects They keep saying that some people who really call for changes are American agents, but they never questioned themselves whether they are really agen Amerika? What about sending police against ceramah's and vigils? Isn't that the Bush American prescription? Who is the real Agen Amerika? Those bigots who call themselves great or we the people?

Not Now For Reinstatement of Royal Immunity

There have been calls by certain royals to call upon the government to reinstate the royal immunity that has been removed since 1993.

I have a mixed bag of opinion of this issue.

I concur with what was written in the letter to Malaysiakini. Rulers have seem to forget their roles to the people. And I still remember of cases where members of royalty go and assault citizens for some small mistakes. Take the Douglas Gomez affair where he was assaulted for speaking up. In fact it was the royals who ordered the pullout of the BPSS from the MSSM Hockey games in 1992 in wake of the horrendous episode in Sukma 1992.

For now, I don't agree to have the reinstatement unless the rulers prove to the people that they do not misuse their privilege at normal people.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Commencement of Ipoh-KL Shuttle Services


From tomorrow onwards, the KL-Ipoh KTM commuter service will start. The service will run on weekdays basis, with five trips per direction daily. The estimated time of travel between this two towns would be at approximately three hours.

The newly refurbished Ipoh railway station has changed a lot and if I remembered properly, the underground passage that links Platform 1 to Platform 2 has been sealed off and replaced with an overhead passageway.

Here are some pics to show the refurbished state of the station.




This used to be the old entrance towards there. For better clarity, you might want to read Lat's Town Boy graphic novel.



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Now In Vacancy: Kuala Terengganu

The Deputy Education Minister dead after a game of badminton?

See the news piece below:

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Education Minister Datuk Razali Ismail died at the Aminuddin Baki Institute in Genting Highlands at about 6.30pm Friday.

This was confirmed by Education director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom when contacted by Bernama today.

It is believed that Razali, 59, who is the MP for Kuala Terengganu, collapsed while playing badminton at the institute.

Alimuddin said the body would be taken to Hospital Bentong, Pahang.

Razali leaves a wife, Datin Nooraini Lob Yusoff, and five children.

A staff of the institute said Razali had been playing badminton with several staff members when he collapsed.

"He did not have any specific function there. He had come for recreation," he said.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, when contacted, said Razali’s death was a great loss to the ministry.

"I’m deeply saddened. It’s a great loss," he said in a text message.

Hishammuddin said he was at the institute and was engaged with the funeral arrangements.
Anyhow, Kuala Terengganu seat is vacant and a by-election must be held in the next 60 days. Initial intelligence reveals that BN only had a 50-50 chance of winning that seat. At the general elections, Razali was facing stiff competition against Mat Sabu from PAS. So the only possible solution for them is to put in a nold lady as an independent candidate hoping to take away some votes so that. That worked out well as Maimun Yusuf polled 685 votes, enabling Razali to win by 628. Were Maimun did not compete, Mat Sabu could have won by a tiny margin of 57 votes.

Barisan seats are now reduced to a possible 136. The coalition now has only 138. The other 2 possible seats would be this one and the other one in Sabah where Kurup's seat is now declared vacant following the null and void order by the court.

I met Mat Sabu at Maju Curry house that day and I simply said "Uncle Mat - you should be the next Home Minister". Well, chances are I believed that Mat Sabu can contest that seat again and should he wins, becomes MP and when Pakatan takes over, - if true- then he could be the next Home Minister.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

"My Ass Is On The Line"!

That's what my manager admittedly said to one of my seniors today. I was still in nervous mood, because I was constantly reminded that if the reviews of tomorrow is negative, that's the end of everything, the sack and the project goes down the drain. Even the manager is not sparred from this as well. I was trying to get over this episode and hope that things would go well in the coming week, whereby the product is released, get good reviews and then keep working more towards the end. So far, only one main module is completed and out of the 21 people today, all except one to three were roped in to finish the most difficult module ever in the software.

I started to think as what my bud said as 'over-committing' - committing from the very beginning, very sure of the product delivered in time. I felt that it's like overkill because either the buffer time is insufficient or those guys on top keep pushing or so. Perhaps the new term 'when it's done will have to come though'. Throughout the whole day I was very nervous that I took a lot of water, going to the toilet for the leak.

In the evening it was raining heavily but not at this time of writing. I saw two possible outcomes, either if God or Heaven is in sympathy over our troubles or it's not going to end well tomorrow. I rather being proved wrong tomorrow but I see the signs show that it's the bad and the latter. Around 8.30, just before I left, everyone was asked of remaining leave (medical and annual) and number of days worked for this month of November excluding tomorrow. APAC HQ was asking for it, not Bombay (since it's closed due to the terrorist attack) and I was suspecting of leave freeze, leave deduction or maybe worse.

I overheard my manager berating me through a conversation with Ponvel that I felt very offended. He thought that I should be given a try in one segment instead of sticking my time in one segment. He did remark at one point, "Where's the fun?" I only went to another segment briefly before going back here. I was a scared. Vasem was never constantly in that angry mood but in the recent days given that he has more pressure and possibly faces the worst wrath ever, he may have to do this at screaming at the workers like myself.

I asked my local guy Hock Kee at lunch whether if whether he's ready to be fired. He said no problem. Go back up north for his holiday, sort of. When I started work today, I felt time was very slow today and since yesterday, measurement report was like having a bad feeling Vasem is going to berate me anytime for missing out things. It was a little unfair for an accidental mistake or maybe because the assignment is quite complex.

A big shot from APAC HQ came over for three days there. From Wednesday, adminstrative staff started going around and asking people why on being either a few minutes late or not wearing a tie. Imagine if the July 14 episode (where roads were blocked up by the police) happens again..then what? Yunus came a minute late and was asked for an explaination.

Somehow I observed that the work could have finished faster and earlier if BK, orByresh could have stayed longer here instead of going back to India. Maybe that could save a lot of time and covered Alfred and Arunbabu's ass. But the poor girl from India was around here less than three months but left abruptly because of allegedly she complained about sexual harrassment by Yunus or Ayyappa.

So it's D-Day tomorrow. God help us all.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Letter For Grandma

Dear Grandma,

It's already been two years.

I remembered last week when I was invited for dinner at the Wharf with some colorful guests. It was fish affair - steam fish, roast lamb, vegetables, curry fish and etc.. I thought for one moment I was at home, but the reality is that you were out there to remind me of the home cook food that I have not eaten for two years already.

I remembered the steam fish -it was like back home, where there's steam fish for dinner. I yearned to go back home for more than three weeks but the burden of work on the entire department forced me to postpone the trip to home three times.

Atmosphere in the department and office is pretty grim and sombre in the last few days. I was in a real nervous mood. The department had to work past normal hours, that's fine, but the grim warning is circling around: we had three policy components to deliver in good condition by end of grace period or the whole department gets fired. That even means me, my buddies and even my manager Vasem. I came back from toilet when he scolded my senior. I was freaked out. I had some chest pains probably because of overexerting myself. I was kicking myself hard, frantically trying to finish everything in time, but I look at it is unfair for everyone.

For a few times today I beg to either God or find a guy after work hours to help me through. But I wasn't happy or satisfied really. I don't what will happen in the next week or month or so. Losing a job at this point of time isn't right for all of us. We all felt the heat. I wasted a few hours over one problem whereas I wanted to use it to do something else that I am comfortable to handle with.

I could only turn to Ma for words in the last two days. I wanted to talk to someone close to me physically, not by phone, not by mail. And there was some feeling of anguish inside me for sometime. Apart from cousins or colleagues or friends, there's no one to turn to physically.

In one movie I watched, the protagonist said, "God does not speak to me, even on top where Christ was crucified." I was unsure whether I was put to this mess for my mistakes or there are things I do not want by was forced to do so. Look, I don't want to end as a recession casualty..the company has to reduce headcount because of the recession thing. On second thought I thought the Big Man was trying to tell me keep stocking my money. Forget about buying a desktop computer that I've waited for so long.

How I wish if God or you could speak to me and help me out. And yes, I am not speaking to you physically but instead I am speaking to a headstone in a temple where you are r.i.p. You were gone for two years already - things could be different if that is not the case.

It's pretty restless now. I only wish that tomorrow would be really better than today.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What A Bunch of Hypocrites!




What does an average Malaysian citizen expects out of a policeman? He / she expects them to help keep things under control in the streets at all times, helps the people in the dire need and make the world a safer place for all of us to leave.

But then, it seems that our perceptions of the police force is facing at:

A: Biased that acts brutally on innocent people and protecting the corrupt and racist scum
B: Instead of making an effort to reduce the crime rate, it keeps going high and police are looking at the wrong pole.
C: There are some who wants to do the morally right thing but were overruled by the executive or the chain of command.

Sum: I don't know whether to trust them or not.

Case In Point:

If you have seen the news where the police come in like gangsters and stop the anti-ISA gathering in Pandan Indah, you might want to compare with how pro-ISA march event that happened on Sunday afternoon. The police couldn't had the guts to stop them although both PERWARIS and GMI do the same peace marches. I was sure PERWARIS march went on because they had the PERKIDA (connected to UMNO) party to back them up.

You can reveal the two Malaysiakini videos (first link here is on the Ampang episode) and second link is on the PERWARIS.


If you remember last week, the police has issued several ridiculous conditions for the PJ anti-ISA vigil that includes no banners or t-shirts that says no to ISA. What about those PEWARIS jokers out there? What about the T-Shirts or those headbands that say Hidup Melayu?

If you just let the pro-government people do what they want but stamp on those other side who wants to do the same thing, then you are no more better than a lapdog, cannon fodder for the government. I can no longer have that level of trust at them anymore.

Well, you guys be the judge. If I am the PM, I'd sack the entire top brass of PDRM.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Weekly PJ Anti-ISA Vigil




Despite the rain, roughly 200 managed (almost the same as last week) to show up at the vigil in front of the City Council office. Emceeing the event is councillor Richard Yeoh. He also repeated the conditions given by the police for the permit there and make one significant breakthrough announcement: the Vigil and the activity for people to express has caught the attention of Sultan of Selangor that his Majesty has given an aye towards the notion of another Hyde Park.


Apart from the usual crowd that includes bloggers, the special guests on this edition's vigil includes MPs Sivarasa (see above) and Dzukefly Ahmad with Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San. The PR has constantly reiterated of the forthwith to abolish ISA the moment they take over the government. Some are about to learn of what is happening tomorrow when those detained would be reporting to the police station. From hearsays, those from Penang who were caught were not required to come as what the IO said.

This round features a call to youngsters to show up and express themselves. There was a police car around the compound with some plain-clothes policemen there. The crowd was waiting with anticipation of the situation on the other side of town where GMI is supposedly throwing an anti-ISA campaign.


As usual, the event ends at 9.45 p.m with the singing of the national anthem. We were updated with news that the GMI was dispersed with the police given them 5 minutes. The traffic to Pandan Indah was bad with many roads sealed off by the police. But my constant believe is that the rain this evening means the wrath of God on the corrupt and the scum.

Star columnist Kee Thuan Chye. I complemented him for the March 8 book.

Professor Azmi Sharom



That's Vivec - the guy who's providing on the ground report on the P.P by-election

Apparently this series of vigils here have sparked the inspiration of throwing another one in Klang and in Ampang. So far, from this event alone, this event has been held in other states including Penang, Ipoh and Seremban. Klang and Ampang is about to start soon, but it depends on the help and effort of MPs and people there as well.

Update: According to Malaysiakini, there were three people arrested at the GMI event in Ampang. PAS man Mat Sabu was about to kick start the event when the FRU started moving in. Crowd was less than 100, Jalan Pandan was sealed off. See more on the link above.

Stapa's Alleged Point Behind The Yoga Ban


First, here's a shot of the very man suggesting that Yoga to be banned for all Muslims in this country.

Last month, my friend Edmund wrote to me a comment in regards of fatwa on Yoga. He remarked:
Actually Yoga is something to prepare you to DIE. Ask any really honest Yogi and Swami. It is the art of dying, of being annihilated with the awakening of the Serpent of the Spine (the Kundalini Force). It is not a neutral, non-religious breathing exercise. For once, the Muslim Authorities got it right.
I supposed, though not revealed, that this could be the one main reason why our dear Professor Stapa started the motion of banning this for the Muslims. Read this piece "Is Yoga Serpent Worship?" here.

It's The Paranoia!

I had the notion that the Royal Police Force is in the state of paranoia over the two latest matters.

Video Tampering

I have reviewed the Malaysiakini video that was shot on the night the vigil went wrong on the 9th. If you look properly at the two sections that were tampered with, I just have one or two hypothesis about why the video was tampered with. Especially the one part where there is a shot of the cupboard or so on.



My hypothesis / guessing would be:

1. A plain-clothes officer, or a commander or Khalid Bakar himself is terrified that what was caught on the video by Shukri in an accident that could be giving an embarassinng reputation individually or collectively that he was desperate in the need to make sure no concrete evidence is up if this material is used in court cases. But IMO, I have the feeling that SB who whacked assemblyman Lau Weng San could be the one. But who would be the officer that was the the insert shot in the car?

2. While reviewing the footage shot at the police division, the officers involved could accidentally splice those footage and overriding it into the existing footage.

Chances are, hypothesis #1 is likely the thing. But whoever did it was too foolish to fool the people. Well, as the saying goes, we're not born yesterday, right?

Anyhow, the conclusion is that the Selangor state police force will be accused by the people of doing another Gani Patail cliche, that is evidence tampering as what Anwar Ibrahim is accusing about.

GMI Permit Refusal

The next issue that shows police paranoia is the police refusal to issue a permit for the anti-ISA launch. Accoring to the Bernama, they have applied for the permit and the results was negative. ACP Jalil Hassan rejected the permit on grounds of public order disruption and noise congestion in the area. But then, was that taken into account that Unit Amal would be helping out together with the place held in the MPAJ hall?

Someone who stayed in the area claimed that many in the Pandan Indah are those who not really as educated as other people do and they drop the chips at the first sign of huge unusual activity there.

I spoke to some people asking them about the permit refusal and many had the opinion that there are some in the police force, particularly those who are responsible for permit issue think that given of the non-violence posed by them and a few other factors, that should be okay to issue a permit. Howver, many claimed that the fault lies from the top-level chain of command of the police (e.g Musa and those under the same hierachy). Allegedly, the top-level chain of command has given orders to refuse any permit outright for those not pro-government. Some like ACP Jalil have no choice but to follow or they could risk being transferred or demoted - despite the fact that it is in line with the moral grounds.

That day, I reproduced the translated version of the permit letter issued to Richard and the last half of the conditions shows the level of paranoia shown by the police against ordinary people who pose no harm to others. I am not surprised that many could not think far further ahead.

This are not only the cases that shows government paranoia on the people there are more and countless of it, well you can judge it for yourselves if you happen to see a news piece of the same scenario. Speaking of the GMI thing, there will be unnecessary arrests tonight, wasting of tax payers money by Khalid Bakar and his gang, BAR council lawyers called in, etc..you name it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Not Santa, But It's Recession Is Coming To Town!

X'mas song this year has changed - the lyrics are more "down to earth" . . . .

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town.

It's hitting you once,
It's hitting you twice
It doesn't care if you've been careful and wise
Recession is coming to town

It's worthless if you've got shares
It's worthless if you've got bonds
It's safe when you've got cash in hand
So keep cash for goodness sake, HEY

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town!

Finance products are confusing
Finance products are so vague
The banks make you bear the cost of risk
So keep out for goodness sake, OH

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tax Money And A Woman's Potential Misuse


Chart By Malaysiakini

Aren't we all surprised to see that government is no longer paying subsidy money for petrol since 1st of the month? And do most of you know the fact is that 40% of a liter goes as tax paying money? Shahrir Samad today let loose of the breakdown of how a price of a liter of petrol goes.

Assuming that a liter is at $1.92:

1. 12 cents goes to a petrol station operator.
2. 19 cents goes to the petrol company.

Fine, that's okay and there's the remaining $1.61. Out of that 64 cents is tax money which leaves the balance at 97 cents. So if I am to buy 40 liters of petrol per week, I'm paying $25.60 per week as tax. That is almost one month of my tax contribution, except I'm paying quadruple, of $103 per month.

And what's the point of paying a lot if the government is noted by many people to misuse tax money, the money I paid to the government for some wrong activities like police going at the wrong end, paying compensations to failed projects, for some lavish vacations as part of government trips and etc? That's indeed using for the wrong end.

Also look at other taxes that we paid as part of the cost. I go watch a movie, I pay 25% of entertainment tax, a company pays 25 percent corporate tax per year, an employee pays 15% income tax, misc taxes and what else? I thought it's to help development but it's being misused badly already. Given of this situation maybe it's time people start paying less by telling them in the face 'not all unless you do exactly as I say because I put you there'.

Maybe I think the revised amount of tax we should pay is:

1. Corporate - 20 percent.
2. Income - 12 percent. It's better than reducing it in EPF.
3. Entertainment - 10 percent - Azalina and the relevant ministers should consider it.
4. Service tax - 7 percent from 10.
5. Petrol - 20 percent or another 30 cent subsidy. Both have the same effect.

Back to petrol I think the price could go lower. If we based on the current price of $2:

1. 31 cents goes to operators and petrol company
2. 68 cents goes to government
3. $1.01 is the fuel price.

Therefore, we should be paying approximately RM 1.67 per liter instead of RM 2. Which is at the August 2005 price, considering that petrol tax is half. I feel we have been asked to pay more but we get less back. People are angry that although they pay tax, the get things less worthy for the money they paid.

Case in point: There is a buzz around cyberspace that Rosmah, although accompanying Najib to Peru for the economic summit might not be staying in Peru but instead will head to Washington first and Najib will meet her there two days later to spend 5 days there. You bet that there will be lavish spending of many things - hotels, cars, and, etc from tax payers money and if converted to ringgit that is going to cost more than a million ringgit for every $300K USD spend in that week.

I started to question myself whether I should pay only half of the tax payer money to show I'm not happy with how people's money is used by the BN government. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get the same quality as if you would buy at somewhere else at a half-price, don't you?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Double The Pleasure, Double The Pain

I am aware that RPK was asked to make a statement to the police in the evening in regards to the complaints by the Islamic religious authorities. But then, even before he went to the police station, he pointed out that this is the same report by the four organizations that ended up with his detention in the ISA.

After release, he was summoned over the same thing. But it is the duplicity of the thing that is making things a little cuckoo. Is it defined as different by Gani Patail? Was the whole thing deliberately intended to be double the pleasure for Islamic authorities and double the pain for Pete? I think it is.

Before going for the statement, since he was summoned over the same matter in a loop, Pete hit back by filing a report at Jakim. According to the Malaysiakini video, and the excerpt:

“The officers at Kamunting also informed the detainees that the Mufti of Perak told them detainees need not perform Friday prayers,” he said.

The blogger also said he was given five religious classes on Oct 28 while in detention where an ustaz from Jakim claimed that all other religions were false and only Islam was the right religion.

“The ustaz also said all other Holy books except the Quran are false,” he said, adding he felt compel to lodge the police report because of this.


That's why there has been a question of which Islam version to follow, whether it's the Malaysian version of Islam or the real Arabic version of Islam that is indeed the accurate one. The problem is that there are some who tries to be holier than thou by declaring that I am right you are wrong. But if the person is wrong then what?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ridiculous Permit Conditions Couldn't Stop Them

It was a much better gathering there at the Civic Centre in Petaling Jaya than last week. Roughly 100-300 people turned up there and everyone was in good spirits, undeterred by the last week's police brutality.

Before the event began, MBPJ Councilor Richard Yeoh held a copy of the police permit that is required to hold the vigil. Given that it is in the private grounds that is under the purview of the City Council, I find it absurd when the permit features a dozen of ridiculous conditions that Haris and the people find it unacceptable.

The Permit

Below here is the letter of reply - minus headings - by the police in regards to the permission to hold the vigil. I let you judge for yourselves. First thing though is that the original text is in Malay language. But for the sake of our English readers and international readers, I'll provide the translation of the letter. This letter is a reply to Richard.

Ref: FTMT PJ 489/2008 Dlm 16/17
Date: 14 Nov 2008

Subject: Appl. For Permit to Hold People's Vigil

2. This office has made a study on the application and we're pleased to inform you that our people have no objections to the application below:

Date: 16 November 2008
Time: 8.30 - 11.30 p.m
Place: MBPJ Civic Centre Parking Lot

3. However, the following conditions have to be observed:

3.1 Safety of visitors is under the organizer's responsibility.
3.2 Permission / Approval to use the place is the organizer's responsibility.
3.3 No overflows until it causes traffic disruptions.
3.4 No political / racial speeches are allowed
3.5 No burning of fireworks or explosives unless there's permission from the appropriate party.
3.6 Dangerous weapons are not allowed.
3.7 Only allowed to be at the fixed time and place.

3.8 Organizers are not allowed to burn any candles to show objection to the ISA.
3.9 Organizers are to ensure that audience do not wear any clothes that shows support against the abolishment of the ISA.
3.10 Organizers are not allowed to hold any activities that show sympathy to the ISA detainees.
3.11 No hanging of any banners or distribution of leaflets in regards to the pushing for the abolishment of the ISA.
3.12 The police reserves the right to do audio and video recording throughout the period of the activity.

4. You are asked to obey all conditions are mentioned in paragraph 3. The police has the right to cancel the permit / approval if the organizers fail to obey the set of rules and conditions given

Thank you.

Signed,

Supt. Mohd Shukor Bin Sulong
Deputy District Police Chief, Petaling Jaya

Read the last half of paragraph 3. Don't you find it pretty absurd? If use your common sense, don't you find it unnecessary? I find it that those things are like schoolboy rules. Come on, this is a public location, not a school. Most of the people who were there aren't schoolboys! School holidays just got started since yesterday...

We're not born yesterday! And this is like bullshit.

The Vigil

All the permit mumbo-jumbo, conditions and crap failed to dampen the spirit of people coming in to show their solidarity for the ISA detainees. Sorry, but I did not carry the camera this round.

There was a concurrent event held at the civic centre so the vigil was moved to an adjacent location next to the centre. As predicted more than 200 people showed. Notable people who were there including Din Merican, MPs Charles Santiago, Loh Gwo Burne and Teresa Kok. Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh was there, and her assistant Edward Ling gave a rousing speech to close off the event.

We held a minute of silence in respect for Penang organizer Paula Khoo who was arrested in yesterday's vigil. Pete Kamaruddin gave a very amusing talk that said of support for Abdullah Badawi and his last five months in power. As more MPs showing up at the Civic Centre, more were stood up to give their opinions of attending the vigil, be it the first time or the sixth time.

Notable speeches were given by Din Merican and Teresa. Teresa noted that an European diplomat called Malaysia a crisis country because of this. Excerpt from Malaysiakini:
Earlier, Kok told the crowd that it was wise for the police not to interfere with the gathering.

She said that a diplomat had recently told her that Malaysia was labelled by the European Union as a ‘crisis country' because of its use of the ISA.

This, she said, would have a negative impact on foreign investment.

"I have also filed for a motion in the Parliament to propose a RM10 pay cut against Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar and Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan," she said.
There's a lot of video footage taken, both non-press and press with Malaysiakini taking the lead in capturing the footage. Of course there were a few SBs there as well. Thankfully, it was not as bad as the last week. A much detailed account can be read at Anil's blog. But since I do not have the pictures, you may have to find at other blogs that could post pictures and videos.

So the next time you want to come, viola - you are in a safe ground, but I leave it to you guys to have your say and decide on dealing with the absurd conditions.

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