Saturday, May 31, 2008

Lorenzo Odone, R.I.P and His Oil, Project Myelin

When I was around 14/15, one of the films that I watched was Lorenzo's Oil, the oil which tends to battle the ALD disease, an unusual disease caused by a flawed genetic chromosome.

For some reason, it attracted me, I got immersed in watching it whenever the show was broadcast over network television.

The doctors said that Lorenzo Odone, at the time of diagnosis, could only last for another two years, but he managed to hold on until he reached 30 two days ago. Then he was dead, one day after that. The boy remain incapacitated, unable to walk or talk but could eat and blink. But the syndrome he had is the opposite and more severe than Jean-Dominque Bauby's. Bauby could think but could not convey his speech.

A tip to the hat for this incredible man (R.I.P) who fought that long to inspire Project Myelin.
WASHINGTON, May 31 — The man whose parents' battle to save him from a nerve disease was told in the movie "Lorenzo's Oil" died yesterday at his home in Virginia, having lived more than 20 years longer than doctors had predicted.

Lorenzo Odone, who doctors had predicted would die in childhood, died one day after his 30th birthday, said his father Augusto Odone.

Lorenzo Odone had come down with aspiration pneumonia recently after getting food stuck in his lungs, his father said. He began bleeding heavily, and before an ambulance reached their home his son was dead, Augusto said.

"He could not see or communicate, but he was still with us," Augusto said yesterday. "He did not suffer. ... That's the important thing."

Lorenzo was found at age 6 to have adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. His doctors told his parents the disease — caused by a genetic mutation that causes the neurological system to break down — would lead to death in two years.

The disease leads to the accumulation of substances called very long chain fatty acids in cells, which damages the material that coats nerve fibres in the brain.

Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte starred as Michaela and Augusto Odone in 1992's "Lorenzo's Oil," which recounted their efforts to formulate the oil they said helped their son fight the neurological disease, despite lacking scientific backgrounds.

Sarandon earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance.

A study published in 2005, based on research with 84 boys, showed that a treatment made from olive and rapeseed oils — patented by Augusto — can prevent onset of the disease's symptoms for most boys who receive an ALD diagnosis.

Augusto plans to take his son's ashes to New York to mix them with those of his wife, who died in 2000. Then, Odone said, he will sell his home in Fairfax, Virginia, and move back to his native Italy.

Augusto also plans to write a book memorialising his son, "to tell the story of Lorenzo as a way to make him live on." — AP

Police: We're Are Always Right And....

we can do things that you people are not qualified for...but at what price? In the last few days, the police are accused by the people for doing double standards. Take an instance where Haris was taken to the police station but later found that he was not arrested but got harassed. When UMNO Penang went crazy following the loss of the state to the opposition, what did the police do? Nothing, they just leave them to their own devices but if the case is the other way round, the police would swarm Komtar complex and catch the dissidents there.

Good God, I was horrified to see that a guy got beaten by the FRU (a sub of the police) for doing nothing. He was just an expendable bystander who got mistaken by the FRU as an anarchist and was beaten up for nothing. The next day, this Chor fella said that it was not the police's fault. Syed Hamid was calling anyone to come out and provide proof that the police did not do anything. Just a question: how come there's no police controlling another police from an out-of-the-book procedure? The blue-uniform guys could have stopped it but they can't stop another more armed officer whereas they can easily stop a normal citizen for having an opposing view or dissent?

(scratches head..)

That would be a wrong statement that is to be mentioned and a wrong footing to move with, Mr. Chor! Perhaps you should be issuing the compensation to the guy from your own pocket, you smart aleck!

Anyhow, later in the afternoon the Star paper reported that the planned walk was scrapped in favor of going straight to the NPC club this Sunday. Police kata tak boleh jalan ke? I thought, there's something not right with the police. Definition of that and that is no longer recognized by them. All those who are participating in the possible walk, if planned are professionals, not stupid idiots like you cops have no brains! It could be that there are some officers do not know that higher-ranking officers might be affiliated to political parties and were ordered to do so or face the sack...maybe. I remembered RPK said that those go against the people walking the corridors of power risks being transferred elsewhere.

I actually stumbled upon a page on the essay by David Icke on his book called 'Tales of The Time Loop' in which certain governments like USA and Malaysia as well as Myanmar perceived those who do not agree or object to certain government policies and go dissent are deemed as 'extremists and anarchists.' So this could explain why the police go very brutal on normal citizens who dissent against government points despite having a clear-cut reason of doing so!

Here's a bet to the police: I bet that this Sunday, there is not going to be any incidents where it happened in Batu Buruk by stopping by Merdeka Square first before going to NPC. If I win, you pay $2000, excuse, better than that, the police should compensate that bloke whom you whacked at BMC!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Feeding Bullshit To The People

Barisan Nasional is indeed pressing the panic button. They knew that their days of leading Malaysia could be over anytime soon. Either this week, or next week, as long it is before 16 September. And so they turned into playing their remaining cards in hand, most of them are race-face cards.

Samy Vellu, scorned by his fellow Indians followed suit of what Mr. Mahathir said by declaring that MIC is the sole representative of Indians. Indirectly he means that MIC protects the rights of Indians from other races and they are telling them that non-Indians are enemies to them.

Mr. Mahathir said back in Johor that the position of the Malays are threatened and if they do not do so, they will be 'extinct'. That is almost similar to what was uttered by ultra-nationalists back in 1969. The more 'threatening' variation to the statement is that if the Malays do not stand together or do something, the Chinese and the Indians will kill them. That's a lie to create the sense of fear in them. Biro Tatanegara also has this bullshit that tells the Malay people to 'fear the non-Malays'. For what? Being better than you? But then, the major difference at that time was that there was no Internet! So that's where they were fed the bullshit by UMNO. But then fast forward to 2008, there is not likely going to be a repeat because of Internet. UMNO is trying to feed bullshit to the people that the position of Malays are threatened. They have been going all around Malaysia to tell that such thing.

The Barisan Nasional are now monitoring of the timing of a crossover and the number of people going over. If the crossover happens, they will see how many Malay MPs including PR coalition vs the non-Malay MPs. If the non-Malay MPs are more than them, then they will start making noise and say that their rights have been threatened by the non-Malay MPs. That is bullshit to me. The one way for the crossover to happen successfully to the eyes of Malays is if there is at least 10 UMNO MPs crossing over from Peninsular Malaysia. And now, they are trying to do a snap poll. To prevent defections to the opposition, of course. But chances, there is no way for them to do a snap poll because they ran out of money since much of it was spent on the election campaign. Secondly, the King has the final say of either yes or no. If the King says no, then too bad, Dollah must resign.

Look what happened today from the pressing of the panic button when they nearly lost the $16 billion Supplementary bill since not many BN MPs turned up today. Everyone wants to see how BN's demise looks like and right now, they will do anything, especially feeding the bullshit.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

In This Time of Problem, You Need Either Michael Moore, Mr. Payback or a Leftist

I was watching CNN while going for my gym exercise a few hours ago and saw news on CNN that UK lorry drivers are preparing to protest over high fuel prices ($10 USD per gallon for diesel) and demanded Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his government to act. Likewise, fishermen from Portugal and Belgium are prepared to start a protest over the fuel that they have to pay per barrel. On the other hand, Sarkozy is suggesting to the EU to implement a tax cap limit since nations are getting a lot of tax money from every liter of oil paid.

Yes, in Europe, prices are higher and a big portion of it is including of taxes that you pay to the government. This was far in contrast of Venenzuela were people paid only 12 cents per gallon.

The OPEC cartel is actually right. The supply is adequate but the real fault of price hikes was due to speculators who are desperately cashing into this with the weak dollar. Last week, the US Congress grilled the Oil 5 people claiming that while they reaped the profits they did not help the public in their burden. I guess this is a solid proof where Fukuyama is made to eat his own words. Remember that he famously proclaimed that communism is dead. The thing is communism is not dead and it is taking another form that we shall see soon.

If there is a mass protest over petrol prices, perhaps you might need Mr. Payback. I remembered reading those Punisher comics, where the famous novel, Welcome Back Frank featured a copy-cat vigilante named Mr. Payback. Mr. Payback is obviously a reflection of famed leftist Michael Moore, a favorite hater of George Bush but put in overdrive. Remember the movie Falling Down starring Michael Douglas? That's another example of Mr. Payback movies, the belittle attempt a little man to take down the capitalist swine who enjoys profits from whatever they had.

Here's a great dialog line from Mr. Payback:
Payback for the misery you've caused! Payback for the communities you've destroyed. Worldwide Investment Corporation - the great and the good! A finger in every pie! Millions of dollars pass through your hands each day! Millions of gallons of blood are splashing on those same hands!

You invested in Larson Aircraft Corp. Built airliners with substandard engines. Losing a lawsuit would be cheaper than refitting the planes, you figured. 275 people died when Flight L-901 piled into the mountain - but you didn't care. You were wrong about the lawsuit. Closed down the factory in Fairville, Kentucky. Cost 3000 people their jobs. Fairville became a crime-ridden scum -- but you didn't care.

You set up a new factory in Taiwan. Your workers pay and safety standards are some of the lowest on the planet. You colluded with local authorities to combat unrest in the workforce. Over a hundred of union organizers were killed by police death squads -- but you didn't care.

You people are criminal scum! You sit here in your fancy boardroom with your thousand dollar suits on and you think your hands are clean -- but you are wrong! You are lower than the filthiest hood on the street! You are guilty! And now it's time for PAYBACK!
Gee, if Michael Moore said that, then every capitalist swine will sure come after him. But yes, the statement is coming back in reality to the current situation that we're facing now. But then, Mr. Payback killed some idiots who claimed that he talks bullshit and they were punished for their insolence. If you are a leftist, yes, the blood is now on the hands of rogue traders and speculators and you would really wish to give them a lesson they will not forget. That's just the precursor to the world financial crisis and the riots triggered by economic crisis. Perhaps it could also be the trigger for the 7-year Tribulation as what the Book of Revelations is all about?

America is about going to fall, but the question of when is circulating around. Since most oil is traded in dollars, nations would moving to trade in the alternative Euros if the price gets unbearable. When all nations trade petrol in Euros, bye-bye USA. Their money is just paper only.

Singapore has kick start in combating inflation by saying that they would really want the currency to appreciate against the dollar (currently at 1.36) to reduce the import rates. But what about Malaysia? Instead it has dropped to $3.24 and Dollah Badawi (read Dollah Kata Sekali Lagi - Ubah Gaya Hidup Anda) has bullshitted the US Treasury and experts report that ringgit is undervalued. It is true but he's not listening.

Now back to the point. If Mr. Payback is real, he's going to shoot the daylight robbers like Arnold did against the cops! (read: Shoot the Speculators!)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Why Men Are Never Depressed?

Some funny mail that I've got!

Men Are Just Happier People--

Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can never be pregnant.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

The world is your urinal.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Same work, more pay.

Wrinkles add character.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

You know stuff about tanks and engines.

A ten-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You can open all your own jars.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.

Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.

You never have strap problems in public.

You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

Everything on your face stays its original color.

The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.

One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.

You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rocky on TV1's BLOG

Fellow blogger Rocky is the guest of this week's edition of TV1's BLOG. Last week was Datuk Ruhanie 'Ron' Ahmad of Kuda Kepang.

In this episode, Rocky highlighted four main issues that were discussed on the show. The first quarter discusses about the current blog situation in Malaysia and the influence of social-political issues in the Malaysian society. The next part discusses of possible political alignment of certain blogs, e.g BigDog's.

The third issue was discussing on Rocky's decision of not allowing Anonymous comments in his blog anymore, something to reduce confusion when reading whose comment is that and etc. Finally, the last part discusses about All-Blogs which was setup in light of the lawsuit by NSTP against him and Jeff Ooi.

Somehow, close to 60 percent on the SMS survey believed that so-po blogs are given much freedom in Malaysia and still it's 20 minute time limit content makes it difficult to go through things that should be discussed and more time for info. Hence, if RTM is serious in this bloggers case, they might want to try to expand it by another 10 minutes.

DBKL 'Retailiation' in Setapak?

One day after the three demos in City Hall building in Kuala Lumpur, DBKL apparently did some 'retaliation' against those from Setapak who protested against the Planning Unit and the rogue agent Azlan Abdullah for the order of demolishing hawker stores despite a reprieve being issued.

There was an operation yesterday in Prima Setapak and the other sides where there was a van-load of City Hall officers went around in vicinity along the main road of Jalan Genting Klang, they apparently went around and issue summons on vehicles parking there. I knew, because I went to have breakfast but was had to cancel my plan for food there when I saw a squad those goons.

However, I am not very sure if there had gone around further up at Section 2 and did the same thing around, but given of the happenings just a day after the protest in KL the timing seems to be politically motivated.

If you guys were at Wangsa Maju or Setapak yesterday morning between 9 to 12 and saw those goons going around for that, please do let me know via comment to see if it is true or not.

Update 11:25 p.m: I just went to Section 2 for my late dinner and I was horrified to discover that my favorite 'fried pork-rib yee-mee' store was among those stalls demolished by DBKL and Azlan the rogue agent.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dollah Kata Sekali Lagi - Ubah Gaya Hidup Anda

But what about you BN politicians? Seating in a lavish house, shake your legs and call the shots while commoners struggle? You called MaChAi paper to show your statement, ah?

TOKYO: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has called on Malaysians to change their lifestyle to reduce the impact of rising inflation.

The Prime Minister said he would encourage Malaysians to save more and reduce wastage to ease their burden.

“Some people may not think it is important but a change of lifestyle a little bit in times of difficulty is important,” he said in an interview with the Japanese media after attending the Nikkei International Conference here yesterday.

Abdullah was responding to a question on the possible need for a strong ringgit to offset inflationary pressures.

He admitted that Malaysia was facing a lot of difficulties but the Government was implementing aggressive measures.

“We are developing measures to respond to the inflation we are now experiencing. We have to increase productivity and be more competitive.

“We are also seeking cooperation with other countries in strategic areas like food and agriculture,” he added.

Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, refuted a report by the US Treasury that the ringgit was undervalued.

“Our ringgit has established its true value. We do not intervene to make the ringgit go up or down, it has established a value which we believe to be realistic,” he said.

“There has been no serious fluctuations or volatility,” he added.

The Treasury report issued before last Friday’s market opened said “a persistently large current account surplus coupled with still-low domestic investment” was evidence that the ringgit was undervalued.

Abdullah also said that everyone, including economists, were free to express their opinions about currencies, including the ringgit.

Later, briefing Malaysian journalists accompanying him for his working visit to Japan, the Prime Minister said that during his meeting with his Japanese counterpart Yasuo Fukuda he spoke on food security and cooperation in agriculture in view of increasing food prices.

“We need to go high-tech where food production is concerned.

“I also said that it would be good if Japan can be involved in the halal food industry, apart from investment in plantation, aquaculture and manufacturing,” he said.

Fukuda, he said, responded positively by encouraging the private sector to participate.

Dollah, seriously you don't even know much of economics although you are holding the portfolio of Finance Minister no 1. When the report saying that Malaysian ringgit is undervalued, take heed or ignore it! Singapore is taking heed to improve the exchange rate to reduce the effect of inflation. Much of the inflation of the world is faulted on profiteers, oil speculators. Oil 5 has incurred the wrath of the Senate who grilled them for not helping the people while the reaped the big profits that saw oil prices going up by about 30 percent this year. Another reason is diverting the edible products for the production of biofuel. BUSH is wrong about this. When you say that the report is bullshit, you are screwing things badly. You are not fit to run the country anymore.

Inflation is a domino effect and if you, Dollah don't do that, there will be higher crime rates and there will be anarchy and chaos, as what the 2012 Tribulation is about to start and foretold. What kind of pathetic person are you actually? I think the video is enough to tell you what you're trying to tell to other Malaysians. If there is economic anarchy and chaos that will happen and when the rakyat discovers that UMNO has screwed everyone, UMNO is to become public enemy no 1 by the people soon and that will be the first word uttered by the people.

It's no wonder you and Najib were mentioned by Anwar Ibrahim that 'you tak tahu ekonomi'. Go back and study economics, lol!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Off She Goes To The Executioner's Block

Well, some people never learned after the March 8 thing. And this time, these people are playing the race card again and this time it involves 'brainwashing' the students in primary and secondary schools. From this piece by The Star:

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian group condemned the uniform worn by girls at government schools, saying it encouraged rape and pre-marital sex.

“The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.

“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of uniform policy so that it did not violate Islamic ideals.

In multicultural Malaysia, home to majority-Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, female students at government schools have a choice of wearing a white blouse with a knee-length skirt or pinafore.

They may also wear a “baju kurung” and a headscarf is optional for Malay students.

Munirah said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex.”

“This leads to babies born out of wedlock and, to an extent, even prostitution,” she said.

“Decent clothes which are not revealing can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations,” she said, suggesting that girls wear a blouse of a different colour or with an undergarment.

However, the girls themselves also came in for criticism, with the association saying that some used the white blouse to lure men.

“This is the source of the problem, where we can see that schoolgirls themselves are capable of using this to attract men to them,” Munirah said.

“This could see them getting molested, having premarital sex and all sorts of things.” – AFP

The main purpose of school uniforms is to establish the definition that whoever is wearing that is a student of a school or something. Establishing the definition is the secondary reason of having clothes. First reason is to keep you warm and covered. Religion does not take into account or whatsoever in school attire.

My dear Munirah, if your intention is to have every student, Muslim and non-Muslim to wear everything to cover for the sake of religion, you are wrong. This is not a country with four-seasons. Instead it is either a hot or a rainy day, and since every student is given the chance to participate in physical activities, you do need to wear those tight and covering clothes. Have you forgotten about basic health, to keep you body in a consistent temperature. Having that thing just for the sake of religion contributes indirectly to a person's health, that includes blood circulation, body temperature, and well a few things. As long as you are not naked or wearing something that is not supposed in school, then it's okay. Nothing more, and why do you need to make the fuzz.

According to my friend, Edmund from Jeremiah Blues, he told me that some non-Muslim female students in Johor were made by Little Napoleons teachers / HMs / principals to wear baju Melayu and tudung, physically appearing as a Muslim girl against their will. This is not an Islamic country and it never will be. In English schools, standard uniforms that school students wear is enough to establish the physical definition of a student. Sweaters are allowed especially if it's in the winter time, that is an exception. There could be a small number of liberal Malay students, I've seen one before back in school days BTW, that wear school uniforms like non-Muslim female students. What is wrong with that? Liberal minded people would say it is the comfort that is taken into account as well!

For too long, students have been shaped into ideals that are actually wrong against the current tune that the world sings. A perfect example is on language. While it is essential for everyone to have the understanding of the National language, English has taken a step back for that thing, and as a result, many could not speak English well or not as perfect. In multi-national companies or in working environment, English is the foremost language that you must be good in otherwise you can't work in big companies. The education policy is still misguided.

My dear Munirah, whatever you say here warrants the definition of walking one step backwards. In situations where someone is playing by the race card, that person most probably is going to lose in the long run. And if this time is World War II Russia, walking one step backwards means that Munirah has 'signed a death warrant' and has consented a Comimssar to shoot 'a traitor to the Motherland like her' on sight.

Let me remind you that other people and youngsters don't put too much stock into religion nowadays and they are not too straight or too zealous in this. They have been angered by the fact that another group similar to you has protested over the Beyonce concert. She could have performed here, but they believed conservative groups like you have blocked her appearance here. People are more liberal, having a good life with religion as a rough guide is good enough. If you are attempting to force ideals on people, it is another form of communism, just as attempting to force Islamization on everything in Malaysia, that is the new form of communism!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Here You Are, Guys and Girls, The Kings of Europe!

I was betting the score would be 2-1 with my colleague yesterday and we were discussing the starting lineups for both teams. I thought United will try to jam the midfield but they opted for the attack from the start while Chelsea decides to jam the midfield.

I actually remembered stumbling upon an article somewhere that said of a soothsayer in England's prediction that United will win since the astronomical signs showing of Capricorn and say that it will be all English final. But wait, the soothsayer initially said of a United vs Liverpool final. No, it didn't happen since Chelsea beat Liverpool in semis, but what he said correctly though is that the game goes to penalty kicks.

The soothsayer also said that luck was in United's favor and viola, they survived a few close calls with shots from Chelsea either being denied or hitting the goal posts.

In the end, United did it. Good riddance for Drogba who got red-carded.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Steamboat Dinner For Charity with Patrick Teoh

Through Zorro's post, I saw the call for steamboat dinner invitation at Damansara Village, which mum's friend Patrick Teoh owns. He bought the place + refurbishment at the price of $250K, BTW and last night there was dinner where all payments / proceeds will go through the Myanmar relieve fund / charity.

I came late and missed the first round of dinner since I finished late at office and there was a big jam at the main road. So I was the last person to come and in the end, 8 people were there, whereas the table was for 10. So I came in for the second round and ate whatever I had and then gobbled with our blogger friends around a total of up to 8 bottles of bear, drinks under Patrick's tab, of course.

There's me with the blogger buddies (From L-R, Ancient Mariner, Mr. and Mrs. Zorro, Mr. and Mrs. Fisherman's Wharf, and Benny Wong, Tony was taking a picture)

It's the meal that is what I enjoyed the most. Since that day was a special day, there were plenty of celebrity friends of Patrick there, which includes comedians like Harith Iskandar, Afdlin Shauki, and former Hitz FM VJ Xandria Ooi, whom Zorro knew for quite some time.

It was kind of a pretty nice place to have steamboat, but it is encouraged to take the package since according to the menu, ordering one dish of red snapper is much expensive than having with other ingredients of the steamboat.

I asked Patrick how often he comes here, told me it's about 2-3 times a month. Most of the time, her daughter Melanie and her husband runs the shop.

You can also see other posts, from Tony, and the other from Patrick himself, with a video interview at YEWTUBE. According to Tony, the final amount gathered was at $24632, which is over the target of $15K!

The UMNO Post-Resignation Cliffhanger

The events surrounding Malaysian politics becomes like a soap opera following Mr. Mahathir's resignation from UMNO on Monday, then followed by his oldest son Mokhzani (BTW, my mother's boss) today, while younger brother Mukhriz decides to stay within the party.

There will be an UMNO Supreme Council meeting later on and everyone is waiting in bated breath of what comes next of UMNO later on. Of course, if things get too hard, Mike Tyson Taib, being the party information head will attempt to spin things around for the media to take down. Of course he has the backing of the 4th floor boys.

When all the UMNO MPs said that they will stick to Dollah Badawi today, it means that they could be sinking together later on. Do you remember how foolish Tarkin decides to stay in the Death Star with the loyalists while some bailed out? Tarkin thought he could destroy Yavin 4 with the weapon but in the end, the Death Star blew up with those idiots in it thanks to a well placed shot into the core exhaust. UMNO is rotten and beyond repair, as what the Tun said, and yes, time to jump. If you are with Dollah Badawi who knows nothing...perhaps we could see the end of UMNO.

Mukhriz expendable? When Mukhriz decides to stay inside UMNO, some may think he's foolish and he's bound to get the heat from every quarter including Kerisman but there is a blessing of staying inside, although the risk is high. With Mukhriz in place, Mr. Mahathir can at least know what is happening inside UMNO through him and will decide what are the next moves he can do to oust Dollah Badawi. But it is a risk and if Mukhriz gets the kick and dust, Mahathir might not be able to judge things to help him do the next moves.

If the three choices are Najib, Muhiyiddin and Ku Li, Mahathir would want Najib over the two men. Let's say if Abdullah is out, as Mahathir wanted, there will be a three corner between the men, which means UMNO is split into another three camps. If Abdullah is not out, Ku Li and Muhiyiddin will have to team up and play tag match against Dollah and Najib.

Now, on to the meeting later on. The main agenda is addressing the fallout of Mahathir's resignation. Tengku Adnan, Mahathir's associate is considering to quit. If he quits, then it could be a gunfight / tag match. Or there could be a surprise and Najib will suddenly say 'motion of no-confidence' against Dollah - or turned against him. But Najib might not be able to do so since there is word that Dollah has a leverage on him over the Altantuya factor.

For now, we just wait and see how the cliffhanger at Wisma UMNO will play out.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dr. M Walks Out Of UMNO, Then What?

Late morning, according to Malaysiakini, Dr. Mahathir has announced that he has already walked out of UMNO (read: QUIT) until Dollah Badawi is replaced, citing motion of no-confidence and wants others to emulate him.

Comments made by Dollah Badawi via the Lingam tape report indicates that Dollah's camp wants to get Mahathir, but since Mahathir is one smart cookie, he's not likely to be taken in by them easily. So this leaves Tengku Adnan, one of his honchos to his own devices. Not to say that, perhaps delay it, most probably.

If you remember the previous piece that I've wrote entitled D-Day in Malaysia: June 6 2008? there are a few possible moves that could likely occur since he has withdrawn himself.

1. Najib follows suit of Mahathir and he declares motion of no-confidence and ousting against Dollah Badawi. But then, KJ, Dollah and his camp will do everything to make sure that Najib doesn't do that. Internal brewing in UMNO is getting bigger than ever. But it's said that Najib has only this week to do so.

2. A face off and another UMNO split if Najib could not do that. Dollah and Najib tag match against Ku Li and Muhiyiddin. A stalemate likely and Tengku Adnan is the 'decider / tie breaker'

In this two moves, Anwar Ibrahim most probably takes the advantage and declares that 43 sleepers have woken up (read: 43 MPs crossover) and becomes PM later on. Game Over for UMNO. Anyhow, in whatever case, it's the opposition that has the last laugh and people power winning over.

As They Play The Final Curtain

Saturday, May 17, 2008

D-Day in Malaysia: June 6 2008?

Barisan Nasional MPs, particularly those from Sabah have been making noises in newspapers and in the Parliament throughout the week, claiming that they were not given much chances of active participation in the federal government and they have not given enough attention from the central.

Statements from Anifah Aman, Ghapur Salleh, who said of crossover and resurrection of a defunct party together with Yong Teck Lee's ultimatum to Kuala Lumpur has given enough hints for everyone to say there could be a change of government anytime before September 16.

D-Day June 6?

An interesting line from the piece by Raja Petra has said that UMNO could run out of power by June. Then suddenly something clicked into place. It's just a suggestion and something that occured to me that given the scenario above, a change of government might happen on the first week of June, specifically on the 6th

Why do I call it June 6? Do you remember in World War II, on the same day, June 6 1944, the Allies launched Operation Overlord to attack the Nazi Germany from the Normandy beaches. Normandy is the insertion point of the Allies from Southampton in England and this clears the way of attack led by Montgomery from the North while Patton invades from the south via Messina as entry point.

The scenario is very similar. If you think that Barisan Nasional is as like the Nazis, then Pakatan Rakyat will have to be the equivalence of the Allies. Since June 6 is a Friday and the first Saturday is the Agong's birthday, it will be one good time that when there is a change of government on the 6th, on the 7th, the new government goes to Istana Negara to celebrate the Agong's birthday.

It's just a thought I came out, but don't put too much trust on this. Intelligence report indicates that Pakatan Rakyat MPs could balloon to 125 since 43 have said yes to crossover, add a few more, assuming they win the election petition against fraud, counting together with Chegubard and Anwar winning Parliamentary seats, we can see a count of 130+ PR MPs soon.

On UMNO, they are in trouble. Another split is happening, the third cycle. If 1988 is the first, 1998 is the second since Anwar's sacking, then 2008 is where Pak Lah's camp is against Mahathir's camp. But who will benefit from the clash? It's the people and the opposition, frankly.

Friday, May 16, 2008

4th Floor Want To Gaduh and Choke Ah?

It is actually no harm done for the mainstream press to release the findings of the Lingam tape report for the public to find out. After all, everybody is anxious to see what are the findings written and submitted by the Haidar commission. At least this time, Haidar and his team have done a non-partisan and an excellent job in doing this.

Basically, in school or in work, you are encouraged whenever possible to do additional things, in your ability without awaiting orders from your teacher / superior. Indirectly, you are also adding some extra effort or doing a few things in advance (assuming you are sure of how things are heading).

The press is also trying to do their part; following the World Media Press Freedom day two weeks ago and the call by some politicians with the fifth estate to gain more press freedom, the reporters and editors are given the chance to try and be more flexible in writing their stories and with truth, accuracy to the press as part to restore credibility.

Sometimes, if they really want to reach that point, there would be at times where will need to disregard directives from the 4th Floor Boys. Man, after reading a piece somewhere I felt that the 4th floor Boys are behaving like teachers while newspapers are their 'murid-murid' in a primary school. But it's not primary school. Just when they want to aim at going for press freedom, some idiot of from the 4th floor make police report over that paper reports ahead of them.

Bullshit. This department is trying to drag things down some more even people had call for a fix in Malaysian press freedom.

Whoever did this, I think it's one of the four boys out there that is ought to be shot like in Russia World War II. A commissar should shoot that asshole!

So She Finally Showed Her Face

I do not have to elaborate further than to say that it seems that we might have a good guess on who actually got smacked in the face over the 'Let's Send The Altantuya Murderers to Hell' piece or the Sedition Act report. It was a very interesting piece to read and we have a good inference from that.

And, wow, that person had the balls to scold a Sultan but worse than what Karpal Singh said.

If this is 18th century, that person could have been on the executioner's block for treason.

So, (it's a she) that ordered someone to file a Sedition Act report on our friend without getting her hands dirty. And those under her becomes her cannon fodder. And DPM is dragged under this mess until he has to tell the Parliament that there were no fees from the purchase of the military vehicles or involvement in Altantuya or the National Service irregularities - well trainees deaths and their blood are on his hands already.

But whatever it goes, the couple are unknowingly digging their graves already.

Disrespectful to Islam? Porah!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lagi Satu Akibat Rakyat Diperbodohkan oleh Barisan Nasional!

Hindraf 5's habeas corpus application against the ISA was strike out by the Federal Court on the grounds that the signature of approval for 2 year detention by Dollah Badawi is legit.

But let's forget about the court decision and instead go back to the beginning.

First of all, who was the one that said Hindraf is linked to Tamil Tigers or terrorist link or whatsoever? Musa Hassan - with alleged links to the Underworld kingpins.

People asked of Musa of any physical evidence to support, Musa said wait and see.

According to procedures, the authorities have to find out whether the facts and accusations made by IGP, AG Patail and Dollah are right in the first 60 days before signing a 2-year detention. And there was no fact sheet out so far. Either this was overlooked or evidence was hidden from public.

In the end, the final decision was not made by Musa, but instead, it is Dollah Badawi, with ill-advice by his bad advisers including the Fourth Floor Boys.

One month before election, Anwar Ibrahim has repeatedly stated that he will demand that Musa release the Hindraf 5 in ONE HOUR or Musa is sacked if Pakatan Rakyat wins the election. However, Barisan won, albeit the two-third majority.

Now, reports have indicated, inside UMNO and Barisan Nasional, in ICU condition, not out of the blue and the warlords are pressing the panic button. Their glimmer of hope is expect some winnings in appeal of election results, possible crossover by state assemblymen in Perak, and hoping that there is no crossover by MPs in Sabah and Sarawak in particular. So there is no announcement of jump ship but we should see later on.

Rais Yatim has pointed the blame of the Sedition law and ISA on the English. The accusation is wrong. Barisan Nasional has SQUANDERED repeated calls to do so and some Johor warlords have so far refused to heed the demand to do so although we are out of the freaking past. Now that those 'ministers' refused to listen after they refuse to release the HINDRAF 5, HINDRAF and their makkal (people) will start more demos and protests against the federal government until:

1. Dollah Badawi has enough and starts to beat the 'tambis' up with FRUs and police.
2. Dollah Badawi decides to turn one eye away and do nothing as during his term OR
3. Dollah Badawi is out and Anwar Ibrahim goes in as PR government is formed.

In those cases above, the fault lies with you normal people out there especially those who think Barisan is their only choice. Why were you fooled by the promises of those BN politicians? Why did you listen to those fools when you know that with them in power, food and basic needs prices have gone up (read in Klang), mismanagement has resulted in rice supply short, forcing to cut your lifestyle to the point of nothing, eating grass instead of proper meals while the fools enjoyed lavishly with fat greed? There were 300 000 spoilt votes out there and those could add to the tally and add additional opposition MPs to the Parliament.

Selangor remains the first PR state to be constantly disturbed by UMNO following their dismal defeat in the election followed by Perak. This fools are trying to make a fuss out of a trivial matter and still keep playing the race card to say that Malays are 'slowly' going off and being threatened - that indeed is a lie. Harussani Zakaria, the Perak Mufti (who released a religious decree on Jom Heboh program) is saying again in a 'tone manner of a racist' that can be misinterpreted as what UMNO Youth would say 'do not question our Malay rights at all' - even if there must be a reason to do so and understand in process.

All and all above, this shows the akibat of the rakyat 'diperbodohkan oleh Barisan Nasional!"

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Harun Idris and The May 13 Incident

After the war, my grandfather started working in the Public Relations Department in Kuala Lumpur (then part of Selangor) until 1950 when he was assigned as a District Settlement Officer in Cameron Highlands. During his 5 year tenure at the PR department, his best colleague, being two years of his junior was none other than the future Selangor Menteri Besar, the late Datuk Harun Idris. Both men, had a very good relationship and I think being the senior rank but younger, Datuk Harun once jokingly told my grandfather to 'tutup satu mata' or close on eye on a matter, which I think Sri Gading MP Mohd Aziz used it sometime ago.

In Malaysian history, May 13 marks the bleakest chapter ever as the riots spurning from Kampung Baru swept across Kuala Lumpur like a wildfire and then across the country. The riots was triggered as a retaliation by the UMNO Malays against the apparent provocation by the other races. This was days after the general elections when the Alliance, pre-Barisan Nasional lost 2/3rds in the elections. On the night of the disaster, 44 were killed, 150 were injured with most of the bodies were the Chinese.

Everyone knows that the point of origin started at MB Harun's house in Kampung Baru. I've tried finding the house each time I go to Kampung Baru but no avail. When my grandfather learned that it was he who started the 1969 disaster alongside Tun Razak (who 'backstabbed' Tunku, as quoted in 1985) he went silent and refused to talk about it except recalling his friendship until Harun's death in October 2003. When I heard over the news of Harun's passing, I did ask my grandfather a question of why didn't he write a letter or so to Harun many years ago. True, he lost contact with Harun and did not where his whereabouts (read: address) after he moved to Cameron Highlands and finally to Ipoh, where he is until now.

Then later on, I was surprised to learn via Raja Petra's posting called "UMNO's losing the plot". It seems that after the 1969 disaster and when things were put back into order Harun Idris and Tun Razak had in mind to separate Kuala Lumpur out of Selangor and part of the new entity called 'Federal Territory'. The reasoning was because Kuala Lumpur is predominantly a Chinese territory at that time, at the separation was part of saving UMNO.

From the essay:

The Umno ‘masterminds’ appear lost. They faced this same problem in 1969 and they solved it then by redrawing the constituencies so that there would be no non-Malay majority areas. And where they can’t do much, like in Kuala Lumpur, they then remove Kuala Lumpur from Selangor. Selangor would then remain in Malay hands while Kuala Lumpur, which will fall into the hands of the non-Malays, can still be controlled through Dewan Bandaraya, the Datuk Bandar, the Minister of Federal Territory, etc. This means, even if all the seats in Kuala Lumpur fall to the opposition, the government will still be able to retain control -- like what is happening now even though 10 out of 11 seats are under opposition control. Another revelation of Fahmi Ibrahim was that the late Agong, who was then the Sultan of Selangor, cried as he signed over Kuala Lumpur to the federal government. This is actually true and most Malaysians saw this live on TV. The Sultan was terribly unhappy at having to hand over a big chunk of very valuable Selangor territory to the federal government. But there was really nothing much His Majesty could do. The federal government of Tun Razak and the Selangor State Government of Datuk Harun wanted to get rid of Kuala Lumpur so that Selangor could be ‘saved’. Almost 40 years on and they have discovered, much to their horror, that this plan worked for only one generation. One generation later and this senjata sudah makan tuan.

Back then in 1969, my paternal family was staying in Malacca from 1967-1970. The community there was quite peaceful, each housing estate, there is a mixture of Malays, Chinese, Indians and the Portuguese natives there. The spillover of the May 13 happened three days later on May 1969. My aunt Joyce was celebrating her 14th birthday on that day and there was some announcement via bullhorns telling that there was a curfew in place. Fortunately, at that time, nobody went out but they were all wondering what the hell happened back there.

Flash forward to 2008, the incident still lingers in the memory of older generations but the younger ones are learning from this incident that racial politics, the use of fear that other races kill one another are just crap and bullshit. There were many attempts to start a Bangsa Malaysia race but the attempt never got of to fruition because of some racist people and those who don't like the idea, for example, Tun Tan Siew Sin.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Man Utd: Champs Again!

Bite my shiny metal ass! (Bender's catchphrase)

Now that's what is called D-Day in Premier League, just as the recently concluded Dutch League! Before the game began, Man Utd and Chelsea were level on points following a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge last month. United came to Wigan for one thing: win at all costs.

While the score is fated to end 0-0 at half-time, Wigan defender Emerson Boyce fouled Wayne Rooney at the box, giving Utd a penalty and Ronaldo converted one to make it 31 league goals of the season, tying with Alan Shearer who did the feat many years ago. At Steven's Corner in Setapak, the whole crowd went nervous when Andrei Schevchenko scored at Stamford Bridge.

Ryan Giggs tied with Sir Bobby Charlton's record of appearance of 758 by coming on as a sub for Park-Ji Sung and scored the winner, giving them a sure win for the club regardless of the outcome at Bridge. He will break the record of appearances if he appears in the European cup final in Moscow.

After the match, it was learned that Bolton striker Kevin Davies scored an injury-time equalizer to hold Chelsea and let United clinch the title, thus tying with Liverpool of 18 league titles. After the match, everyone was jubilating, some in relief for the match was critical in their quest of double (next one's the final vs Chelsea in Moscow). Also, everyone was cheering when John Terry had to be taken off following a three-man collision between Petr Cech, himself and Davies in the first 15 minutes.

Tension at the bottom:

At the same time, three teams are competing to beat the drop (read: relegation) alongside Derby County. They were Fulham, Birmingham and Reading. The grim situation is that Birmingham and Reading will be relegated regardless should Fulham win their away match at FA Cup finalists Portsmouth.

And they did, winning 1-0 with Danny Murphy scoring the goal. Reading and Birmingham also recorded big victories but the 1-0 win at Fratton Park was turned celebration to sorrow. I wonder whether they won because of the motivation of impressing Daniel Radcliffe being their own hometown folk hero? Note: according to the biography, he's from Fulham.

Sven's Final Song Not Good

If Sven Goran Eriksson is leaving the club, the match against Middlesbrough was showing Thaksin Shinawatra that the players and supporters are against the notion of Thaksin asking Sven to leave due to bad blood. Man City were mauled 8-1 by Middlesbrough because of Alfonso Alves hattrick and a Richard Dunne being red-carded - and the defence broken down badly.

Patrick Stewart was kind of crazy in the third act of the film Masterminds, tearing off his shirt to show a Man Utd t-shirt and was shouting "You Got It! You Got It"

One down, one more to go..."We are Champions!"

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Jump Ship - BN: 123, PR: 99 by Wednesday.

News portal Agenda Daily has reported that the first sign of MPs 'Jump Ship' will happen this Wednesday, May 14. The first sign shows that 17 MPs, mostly from Sabah will officially go to Pakatan Rakyat, most likely by an announcement.

Sabah has been complaining that their MPs are not given much opportunities as well as the economic management by the federal government. The state has been expressing their desire of self-management, or in other words, their own sub-camp. Among the demands in order to handle their sub-camp in the form of formation of USNO (united sabah), 20 percent oil royalty and some of their own agendas, in which Anwar Ibrahim has agreed to, particularly to the latter.

The first hint of 'jump ship' was mentioned last week by Anifah Aman, CM Musa Aman's brother which he said that of 'acceptance of political crossovers'. Anifah has repeatedly called for the review of oil royalty and has famously decline a deputy ministerial post.

Should this speculation is true on that day, it will add more blows to Barisan Nasional who is under fire for the March 8 disaster and of course from other things including a law suit over the death of NS trainee, the Lingam report, police brutality over protests, etc..

Suspend National Service

So far, it's 16 casualties in the 5-year old National Service. Last week, the 18-year-old Too Hui Min was found dead from colon problems. Initially, the camp authorities thought it was just a simple constipation and just gave her a quick remedy. Instead, it was only after persistent stomach problems that they took her to the hospital. How it became a colon problem is a mystery unless there is an accident where she accidentally took poison or something else.

That makes parents of future trainees fearful and skeptical of sending their children to the camp. And in that process, the will be forced to violate the National Service Act, liable to fine and prison sentence for refusal to send their children to National Service. Parents and opposition parties now have asked for the service to be scrapped or suspended.

Of course, having national service is a good thing since it's aim are defined in their objectives. And there is a big meaning between suspending and scrapping. I will definitely go for suspending it since they need to iron out all the problems and the workflow process. However, let me tell you a few things that not many know at National Service:

1. Did you know that the factory that manufactured the uniforms worn by the trainees is owned by Rosmah Mansor? For each year having 100 thousand + trainees, she stands to make about $5-10 million alone (cost + profits).

2. In the third module, national unity (if I am not mistaken), the trainees are indirectly taught that Barisan Nasional is the only party that they will have to rely on. It is nothing more than the Biro Tata Negara, which is worse than this. According to Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, Biro Tata Negara teaches the Malays to be fearful of the other races and another thing I recalled is that they are taught to hate the opposition and of course Anwar Ibrahim, since he was branded a 'traitor' to their race.

When Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai announced that the medical checkup system will have to be intensified, it is indeed wasting more of tax payer money for that thing and will do not good.

The whole process will have to be reviewed while suspending it. I think it suspension period should be for about a year or so.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Narrow Minds Kicking Up The Fuzz

In this entire week, there are many quarters that filed police reports against Karpal Singh for speaking up and commenting over Sultan Azlan Shah's decision to reinstate Jamry Sury as the state Islamic Religious Department director. Some actually knew that Jamry has been arrogant and refusing to cooperate with the state government and being selected by the previous UMNO-BN government.

Out of the number of reports filed, most of them are from UMNO, BN. And to some liberal minded people including myself, it is no longer a legal issue but instead whatever it is said, e.g Dollah Badawi instructing Conan Mansor to lodge a report is entirely racial motivated.

Do you people remember the few quotes that is always stated and shouted by UMNO bozos and assholes at the assembly? For instance:
  1. Don't mess with our rights! Time has come for us to act against those who question Malay special privileges!
  2. There is no religion above Islam, don't challenge us! Whatever is required for Malay development, we will push for it!
  3. Bangsa Malaysia is the Malaysians with Malay as the pivotal race!
  4. Malays are marginalised in Penang and they have the right to express their feelings!
  5. New Economy Policy (NEP) is the social contract, it will never end!
  6. Do not question and challenge the position of the Malays and Islam in this country
I think those guys still never wake up from the March 8 disaster. And even the UMNO lapdogs, like that Mr. Tiong (who screamed at PKFZ and was head of Kuala Dimensi) or those Malay NGOs would wiggle their tails in affirmation to UMNO.

Guys, the government in Malaysia is still not quite efficient and flexible enough because there are still many figureheads that are 'narrow-minded'! Let's take one example: remember ACP Zulkarnain Rahman? You judge him from the account of how Haris was taken away with a friend of him at his side and Zulkarnain asking the shots. Does that tell you how narrow-minded Zulkarnain is and this perhaps explain why he refused the BERSIH permit?

Leadership still remains week because of this mindset and lack the foresight. In this case, guys, please listen to those liberal and open-minded people like Penang CM who says that this fuzz is distracting the people from the actual truth of economic hardship. Or listen to this gentleman, who said that only 'narrow minded' people tend to make the fuzz and play the racial card.

Quote from the Star:

Penang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said only narrow-minded Malays would kick up a fuss about petty issues like the controversy surrounding DAP chairman Karpal Singh now,

Commenting on reports the Malay community was angry with Karpal Singh’s remarks, Abdul Malik said the “Malays” were not a single entity.

“Only narrow-minded Malays will create hype about this issue. The bigger group of Malays who are progressive are thinking more about the country’s future,” he said during a press conference at the Chief Minister’s office in Komtar yesterday.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Federal Government was creating an issue to distract attention from economic hardship faced by the people.

As what Daniel Plainview said, "I'm going to bury you underground!" This time, it is BN and Dollah Badawi that is digging their own graves and burying themselves sooner.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Police: This Candle Light Vigil Is Cancelled....Until We Say So!

Update at 1.55 a.m:

Haris told us that he indeed was picked up to but the police had a misunderstanding with him, perhaps with confusion over orders and mistaken identity, I suppose. However, I stumbled upon a photo shot by Augustine showing Haris at the middle of two poles, unfortunately it was blur.

The presence of the police force over this matter instead of paying attention over much more serious matters shows how corrupt some of the top brass be and going for the wrong objective instead of the proper one, which is in other words a waste personnel, resources and tax-payer's money. I was told that they had been waiting since in the morning here.

Marina came over to the press club at around 10.30 pm to have a talk with all of us. At the time of writing the first draft of the post, she was around at the club. And most of the bloggers like us gathered at there. For this occasion, Rikey had made 5 t-shirts containing 20000 threads that carve the words of RPK.

On the other hand, the one dozen photos that I had shot for this occasion can be viewed at Facebook via this URL.

Original post:

The people are awaiting for the impending release of Raja Petra tomorrow at 9.45 am after bail has been paid today by Marina Abdullah. Tonight is the second round of candle light vigil at the Merdeka Square after the previous one in the front gate of Sungai Buloh prison.

Together with Howsy and Wattahack with Galadriel coming in later, we attempted to enter the square grounds and the Royal Selangor Club but were barred from doing so with exception of the police, club members or the media. However, we could only take pictures from the barricade.

At one point, Batu MP Tian Chua with Hishamuddin Rais met with a high-ranking police officer and they were allowed to enter with a handful number of members of the public until two officers blocked the small path heading to the club.

Later on, we had learned that lawyer Haris Ibrahim had been taken away by the police to a police station and was released with help of Edmund Bon, and there has been an altercation between the police and the club members. The club management got into an interference where there were too many guests unregistered entered the club premises and there was not much of control on who came in. The bottom line was that police personnel were not allowed into the private premise.

A few people who managed to get into the grounds encountered policemen especially a few arrogant officers who were bragging and calling them 'playing the hero'. We also learned that the high-ranking police officer who had confronted some noted people including Haris and giving the orders at the vicinity of the Club is none other than ACP Zulkarnain Rahman, the very same police officer who stopped Anwar Ibrahim's speech at the Sultan Sulaiman club on Black 14.

The account of what happened at the club can be read at fellow blogger Tony Yew's blog.

At this time of writing, I am writing at the NPC club and there could more details surfacing up later on with photos, so please watch this space. Hopefully more will be up by tomorrow morning.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

RPK: It Can Be Suicide But An Impressive Move

A lot of people were quite surprised to hear from Marina that RPK refused bail, refused to meet anyone, not even family members and even refusing to eat meals except for having his spectacles.

I thought, hey he's trying to be a Mahatma Gandhi and going without meals but at the wrong time. Hey, it's not fasting month! I also initially felt that the guy must out of his mind, pulling a suicide stunt. But I think, being an intellectual middle-class man with penchant of telling tales of Malaysian politics that not many can hear, it seems that there is an intention from him.

I think he deliberately refuses to get out on bail (unless the case is dropped) and opt to stay until October because he intends to find out what will be his tormentors, (if you wish to call) or the asshole's next moves. If he surfaces in the papers with some unusual signs, that means the prison administrators have assaulted him. If he goes out on bail, there could be hidden, rogue figures that will try to fabricate evidence, creating excuses to be used against him so that he goes to prison.

Staying in has more pros that meets beyond the eye. We might see the crumbling end of BN sooner, we could see top brass leaders under pressure from both fronts, people starting to go against the corrupt irresponsible leaders and more things. People are getting unhappy over price increases, like myself. I was angry that a price of nasi lemak in my place went up 50 cents, where I paid only $4 last week, I recalled.

Well, later on, Najib was trying to deny that charging him was not politically motivated. So who actually wanted to charge him? It's either some shadow figures, (read: underworld kingpins) or some pro-Najib and UMNO supporters who blamed Malaysia Today for the BN's dismal performance, some stupid policemen from the cyber crimes department or some zealous people who do not like the liberal way of saying things that is Islam. Whoever decides to prosecute our friend there falls in either one of the four categories I've mentioned.

The police officers are pretty kind of dungos (read: stupid). Citizen Nades, whom I was driving in my car with him one night last week, told us of a story today where he and Terrence Fernandez were investigated over the comment of Balkis mismanagement of funds. The police wanted to know how he came into the documents or where he got the information or so. But given the way the officers are performing their duty, it seems that those snooping things are actually by those top brass officers, and in the same way, this is how our ex-CCID chief Ramli Yusuf and his 'kuncu-kuncu' got accused and setup by underworld kingpins.

The lower level hierarchy police officers, from what I've read and understand seems to be taking orders without maybe questioning the reason of doing or questioning whether the assignment is in conflict with the actual moral human conscience. Maybe it's one of the basic 11 orders (adapted from the military) that requires a low-level rank officer to perform orders from the above without question. But what good are they if they are ordered to behave as terrorists just like those two officers there?

Previous titles:

RPK: This Time, It's War
RPK: To Take Him Off The Board

BERNAMA Spins The Account The Other Way Round

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall was involved in a mess at Sentul Tuesday night following a raid by the enforcement department over a restaurant there and in Prima Setapak (where I used to go a night for dinner). But I was shocked to find that the account from the newly launched Malay Mail was in contrast to the one that Bernama wrote:

Bernama's account is:
Thugs harassed a team of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers and prevented them from sealing an errant 24-hour restaurant in Sentul Raya on Monday night.

The restaurant management had contravened regulations by placing tables and chairs on five-footways.

The DBKL officers were about to take action against the restaurant operator when about 10 men became aggressive and confronted the team.

The men prevented the enforcement officers from seizing the tables and chairs from the five-footways and hurled abuses.

However, the Malay Mail account is as follows:
Restaurant operators in Sentul alleged that City Hall officers were unnecessarily high-handed when conducting raids last night. Following the raid, six police reports were lodged by both the operators and customers.

The operators, as well as some customers, claimed that a group of 100 City Hall officers smashed several glass panes at the stalls, pulled out the electrical wires, damaged water pipes and even poured food all over the floor during the 11pm raid.

In the chaos, one customer had curry splashed on his clothes.

The officers’ alleged highhandedness had allegedly caused a near riot, claimed Batu MP Tian Chua, who was at the scene last night.
** Bernama people are just UMNO / BN lapdogs. The account is trying to cover up the image of DBKL where people are now angry over failure to jaga the people against the out-of-control developers. You try to spin the account as to mislead the people, ah!?

You be the judge, readers. Are you going to trust Bernama or the actual account?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

RPK: This Time, It's War

Yes, this is also the tag line used in James Cameron's movie, Aliens (1986) in which Ripley and a marine of soldiers are sent back to the planet Sulaco to investigate the point of origin of which the alien infiltrated the Nostromo. Cameron once stated that one of the film's main themes is mirroring the scenario of American soldiers facing the horrors in the Vietnam war (note that he co-wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II which is also a return to Vietnam story, similar to Aliens).
"We bloggers have declared war on the government. "
Yes, this is also a variation of the line that is uttered by Raja Petra this morning, who was charged under the 1948 Sedition Act over the Altantuya article in implies that Najib and Rosmah were involved in that murder. Of course, this sparks a furor by fellow Netizens and opposition MPs to say that freedom of speech is still not there in Malaysia and BN politicians are trying to clamp down even they got a beating in the elections. The corrupt ones are trying to silence those who speak the truth and in bold. The government admitted that they lost the cyber war against the people because of their mentality.

Bail was set at $5000, and in less than 5 hours after the charges was announced, the amount of close to $35000 came in, donations from thousands of people. At this time, it was stopped because it was far over the intended target of mere $5000. The question now is whether he'll be out, after bail is paid or he keeps sitting in the detention center until October.

I already told you that our friend has been a target of corrupt politicians, some UMNO warlords, some top brass figures and the underworld kingpins because whatever he says exposes their dirty things and they were caught pants down. Let's take the example in one of the corrupt ones, one called Azim Zabidi, who just lost in the general elections.

Looking back at the source article "Let's Send The Altantuya Murderers to Hell", it was quoted today that 9 paragraphs were marked by the prosecution as seditious (Speaking of which, the prosecutor is Nordin Hassan, the man who was also involved in the VK Lingam Commission as well, being the lead prosecutor besides the other band of lawyers involved in querying the witnesses !), but I would like to highlight two of them:
“Even pigs can be cute,” my wife who was driving the car butted in and I repeated what she said. “Yes, even pigs are cute. These people are not even the same level as pigs. They are lower than pigs. Melayu babi, the whole lot of them.”
It's either that whoever filed the complaint doesn't understand English well or got the wrong meaning of 'wishful thinking'. It's just a personal discretion of whether to accept it or not. Whoever makes takes an exception on that matter is either too much straight on religion. I already told that religion is only a form of guide to living, the most important thing is to have a good life, a life refraining from committing acts of evil and sinning, doing the right thing. I hope it's not Mike Tyson. Must be some police officer who was instructed to withheld the report as to say 'no report but complaint'.

The other one says of:
It seems the Affidavit also reveals that Altantuya was camped outside Razak’s house and this caused him to panic. He then went running to Najib, and Rosmah summoned Najib’s ADC, Musa Safri, and instructed him to solve Razak’s problem. Musa then summoned the two police officers currently on trial. So, it appears like Razak and the two police officers are not the only ones involved. Najib, Rosmah and Musa have also been implicated in this entire thing. And why the need for the police officer to declare that he had already killed six people before this if murder was not what was on everyone’s mind?
I supposed this is the part that made the guys pressing the panic button. The part where all eyes were upon Najib and Rosmah. Solve the problem, but does it mean 'whatever it takes?'. Change of judge and prosecution team coupled with the sudden Lingam tape inquiry, of course that purpose could possibly attempt to cover the guilty before the trace could be picked up by an unsuspecting snooper.

Someone from UMNO PJ Utara had been screaming for Pete to be arrested. Or someone, seeing that Najib is an important asset to that person wants him to be protected for future purposes.

Anyhow, I am pretty sure with that amount of money, bail could be posted, extra can be given to charity or getting a new computer / laptop for Pete or something else. I was debating with my friend, whether he'd be out in a day or two as Kak Ena said or he chooses to stay inside the center until October.

Dollah Badawi is facing two new waves of external pressures tomorrow. First of all, the MTUC, representing workers from the private sector are planning to hold an assembly in front of the Parliament building tomorow to protest over Dollah's refusal to see yes to imposing the minimum wage of $1200 per worker. Secondly, there will be a press conference tomorrow at the Chinese Assembly Hall where civil societies will be issuing a statement in light of the arrest. In addition to those, he now faces a renewed pressure from everyone over the clamping down of Raja Petra. Unofficially, this scenario could get the Selangor royal family involved since Pete is related to the family. And there has been a suspicion that Dollah is covering Najib, which is something that is possible

The news has spread to the international news channels including CNN and the Associated Press. The heat is now on Najib and Rosmah. Whatever the situation is now it seems that BN and Najib are 'digging their own grave deeper, maybe beyond 6 feet.' The latest case sparked upset among the citizens who grow unrest with food prices increasing. Some are angered when Dollah told them to eat dust rather than rice in the form of 'Change Your Lifestyle'.

My dear Dollah, if you say change lifestyle, many will be forced to resort into crime because they need money badly. They cannot survive without money. And you have promised from day one to reduce crime rates but it's still not working!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Dollah: Ubah Gaya Hidup

If you remember back during the pre-general election period, you could have seen this video shot by the Youth 4 Change NGO.

The video title indeed mirrors what Dollah Badawi was saying yesterday:

From Bernama:

Consumers must change their lifestyle by being prudent and spending within their means at a time when the world is facing food supply shortage, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday.

The prime minister advised them to avoid food wastage, especially when hosting feasts, serving guests with excessive food.

They should also play a role to help law enforcers to monitor prices of goods, he said.

The public should report to enforcement agencies if they had information on smuggling, hoarding and cheating of prices, he said when addressing staff of the Prime Minister's Department at the monthly assembly.

Abdullah said people having land are encouraged to plant vegetables and fruits.

Abdullah said these efforts may be seen as trivial but it would have a major positive impact if all consumers changed their lifestyle.

He said the government had taken appropriate measures to mitigate the food supply shortage problem by making available a RM4 billion allocation to ensure adequate food supply for the people.

The allocation had already been given to the ministry and the department concerned to help boost the nation's food production, said Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister.

The government had also set up a rice stockpile while a bigger stockpile to meet the food demand is being initiated, he said.

"Though prices of goods in the country have gone up but they are still relatively low when compared to prices in neighbouring countries and this had resulted in smuggling," he said.

He described food smugglers as the "people's traitors" for indulging in such activities when "our own people are facing food supply shortage."

Ah...have you forgotten that middlemen too are responsible for this? Profiteering. Changing lifestyle, as if Dollah was claiming has to be involving you politicians too, not just the normal folk! See what they tried to tell you, you vote for Barisan Nasional you get this....! Bodoh!

RPK: To Take Him Off The Board

After finishing a meal with some other bloggers there, I came back home and was expecting Raja Petra to be charged under the Sedition Act 1948 over the 'Let's Send the Altantuya Murderers to Hell' article. But I was surprised to hear that this happened before the day was over.

I was trying to look at various possibilities that there are some people at the corridors of power are trying to take him off the game board. To them, he has been a thorn in their side and he exposes information that has never been seen before. They intend to send the message that nobody crosses the people who walk the corridors of power.

Raja Petra has once been labeled as a menace to some people like politicians, for instance BSN CEO Azim Zabidi who was implicated and found to be connected with the PKFZ scandal and connection with the Underworld. See "Zul Rafique and Azim Zabidi Go To Hell!" Come again , what about Mike Tyson Taib who reported with no solid proof of insulting Islam or the King?

Teresa Kok has been asking a question of Web Power Sdn Bhd, the company who won the contract of building the AES (Automated Enforcement System) project for the government, well, it is him who did expose that Web Power is connected to the underworld, that has connections with the police and the AG.

I won't go that far, but on this matter, there is someone trying to take him out, or somewhere out there, there are politicians involved in the murder who are pressing the panic button and used their privilege to take him out of the equation, while walking away scott free. Some news by other bloggers said that he will be required to be in present of the Magistrate Court in KL tomorrow morning at 9.30 a.m to hear the charges. But I remembered reading his account that the police officers in duty told him that there was no written report although it was claimed that a police officer filed a report against him.

Just who is that officer in the higher rank that decided to charge him? And who ordered that cop?

Press Freedom has dropped badly from last year. Politicians are making it from bad to worst. Fools walking the corridors are in the panic mode already. If this goes on and on the worst case, we might see (soon) BN government falling and torn apart. And yes, here's another so called punishment for voting for a half-past six Barisan Nasional government!


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