Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Remember Camp Musa vs Camp Ramli?

Although this was first reported back in 2007, the split in the police force still remains there, although the crack is not visible to the public's eye. Following Commercial Crimes division chief Ramli Yusuff's acquittal for his corruption charges, the DPP office has decided to appeal against the judge's decision of acquittal.

The reasoning is simple. If Ramli is back to resume his duties following his acquittal, the police force internally will be in trouble again particularly those within camp Musa Hassan. If you remember, Ramli has made significant findings of corruption, firstly the MAS scandal, where Tajuddin Ramli is heavily involved in and secondly, his subordinates, particularly ASP Hong and a few others have made discoveries and it was documented in their respective S.Ds that underworld figures are in collusion with camp Musa - particularly the much talked BK Tan. Although it is a mainly a business relationship, but it gives a picture to some people and namely opposition figures that the police is in collusion with underworld figures. They have also made findings of the rackets, gambling and betting syndicates in Tangkak, Muar, as according to this letter by then Deputy Minister Johari Baharom to Ramli.

Johari was then setup for a $5 million bribe accusation by his own people.

The much talked about Automated Enforcement System was traced back to be developed by a company - Web Power - connected to BK with the denominator between the developers and the police being a PDRM man Datuk Othman Talib. One question out here is why Web Power and not a open tender at that time?

Musa Hassan was given a two year extension back in 2007 but in all avenues he failed. Deaths of detainees, Altantuya, child rape and murder, street crimes and etc went up instead of going down. The problem is that there is not much improvement at all and things are going one step backwards. A round table was held today by the Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers and they have demanded that the King and the Police commission not to give the second extension to Musa. They should know that things will not go well given of the collusion with underworld figures.

The police people particularly those in the lower levels of the hierachy are facing a problem. They want to protect the people, do the job and do it according to the proper rule of law. But then they are given illogical orders by the top brass against the moral conscience. The "Do As I Say Or You're Transferred" Problem syndrome is showing its teeth. Refusal to do so means insubordination and being transferred elsewhere. I remembered that in BERSIH rally, some of them told me that the police themselves find it troublesome to be on station for something that is nothing or did not like themselves being ordered to be high-handed in their citizen handling routine there.

I find that at Saturday's anti-ISA people from outside are going to be very angry at the police because as according to DCP Mohd Sabtu Osman, deployment of personnel at most part of KL two days prior to the event. Well, there are two things for certain - people will find it very hard to go to the city because of police road block, not people converging to the palace and secondly, the police personnel there, will have to be called for duty for something unnecessary to be used for (read: people's money). People should know now that there is a split in the force and there are some who share the sentiment that the police force has gone way out of its greatness it achieved way back before the mid-90s.

Let's say and imagine if 10000 people are arrested on that day itself for carrying nothing that poses a threat (guns, knifes, machetes) but to come and voice their opinion of either saying yes or no to the ISA - and the news hits the world in Europe, America, other parts of Asia and otherwise, Malaysia is going to get very embarassed. And people being arrested in the Police Act for nothing. If it happens anyhow, the police better be ready to pay heavy damages and compensation in case people get acquitted over nothing.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Needle Can Save A Life

I wonder if this method is used on Yasmin Ahmad, she would not have been rushed to the hospital and ends with her passing yesterday. See, this chinese method has proven to be an effective first-aid measure against stroke.

Read on.

This is amazing. Please keep this handy.. Excellent tips. Do take a minute to read this. You never know.....someone's life may depend on you one day!!
Keep a syringe or needle in your home to do this... It's amazing and an unconventional way of recovering from stroke, read it through.

'My father was paralyzed and later died from the result of a stroke. I wish I knew about this first aid before today. When stroke strikes, the capillaries in the brain will gradually burst.'(Irene Liu)

When witness a stroke occurring, stay calm. No matter where the victim is, do not move him/her. Because, if moved, the capillaries will burst. Gently help the victim to sit up. Prevent him from falling over again, and then the bloodletting can begin. If you have in your home an injection syringe that would be the best, otherwise, a sewing needle or a straight pin will do.

1. Place the needle/pin over fire to sterilize it, and then use it to prick the tip of all 10 fingers.

2. There are no specific acupuncture points, just prick about a mm from the fingernail.

3. Prick till blood comes out.

4. If blood does not start to drip, then squeeze with your fingers.

5. When all 10 digits is bleeding, wait a few minutes then the victim will regain consciousness.

6. If the victim's mouth is crooked, then pull on his ears until they are red.

7. Then prick each ear lobe twice until two drops of blood comes from each ear lobe. After a few minutes the victim should regain consciousness.

Wait till the victim regain his normal state without any abnormal symptoms then take him to the hospital, otherwise, if he was taken in the ambulance in a hurry to the hospital, the bumpy trip will cause all the capillaries in his brain to burst. If he could save his life, barely managing to walk, then it is by the grace of his ancestors.

' I learned about letting blood to save life from Chinese traditional doctor Ha Bu-Ting who lives in Sun-Juke. Furthermore, I had practical experience with it. Therefore I can say this method is 100% effective.In 1979, I was teaching inFung-Gaap College in Tai-Chung. One afternoon I was teaching class when another teacher came running to my class room and said in panting, 'Ms. Liu, come quick, our supervisor has had a stroke!'

I immediately went to the 3rd floor. When I saw our supervisor, Mr.Chen Fu-Tien, his color was off, his speech was slurred, his mouth was crooked-all the symptoms of a stroke. I immediately asked one of the practicum students to go to the pharmacy outside the school to buy a syringe, which I used to prick Mr. Chen's 10 fingers tips. When all 10 fingers were bleeding (each with a pea-sized drop of blood), after a few minutes, Mr. Chen's face regained its color and his eyes' spirit returned, too. But his mouth was still crooked. So I pulled on his ears to fill them with blood. When his ears became red, I pricked his right earlobe twice to let out 2 drops of blood. When both earlobes had two drops of blood each, a miracle happened. Within 3-5 minutes the shape of his mouth returned to normal and his speech became clear. We let him rest for a while and have a cup of hot tea, then we helped him go down the stairs, drove him to Wei-Wah Hospital . He rested one night and was released the next day to return to school to teach.

Everything worked normally. There were no ill after-effects. On the other hand, the usual stroke victim usually suffers irreparable bursting of the brain capillaries on the way to the hospital. As a result, these victims never recover.- ' (Irene Liu)

Therefore stroke is the second cause of death. The lucky ones will stay alive but can remain paralyzed for life. It is such a horrible thing to happen in one's life. If we can all remember this bloodletting method and start the life-saving process immediately, in a short time, the victim will be revived and regain 100% normality.

If possible, please forward this after reading. You never know as it may help save a life one day...

An Eulogy of Yasmin Ahmad

In the morning, the radio news mentioned of the passing of acclaimed local filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad due to a stroke on Saturday night.

I had significant recollection of Yasmin which was I think there was a Q&A thing that happened in Yahoo answers back in 2007. I wrote an answer to the question and in the end, my answer was selected as the best. The others is sometimes watching a 3-5 minute ad by Petronas that is no doubt directed by her during festive periods.

If Yusof Haslam did well in the 90s, the Yasmin was somewhat a figure of attention in the local cinema at this decade. There was one exception though that she could have venture to other genres except sticking to just the conventional humane drama. Local entertainment news could have been 'Yasmin making a horror movie..' Yasmin this and that.... and whatever titles they can call about.

But the payoff is that there are people joining the Malaysian cinema bandwagon and now that she is no longer there, who would be seen as the influence in this current age? Malaysia will have to set up a special fund / store where people are able to access equipment and lighting equipment if they are to able to make movies that can attract Hollywood and the value.

When I read of how she was taken to the hospital following the collapse in Sri Pentas, I find that they could have save her life if they had follow a method - Chinese first-aid method on dealing with people that has stroke. They could have but her in a sitting position, poke the 10 fingers and the ear lobes with a sterilized needle and let it bleed down as to help make a person conscious. Putting her into a ambulance makes it riskier since you tend to wobble when the ambulance is moving on the road.

This last three / four months, many famous people die within this week like Michael Jackson and someother people. I'm wondering if for some reason if that week is Death's favorite time of claiming the lives of people?


Friday, July 24, 2009

Will Daddy's Recipe Be Used on The 1st?

A friend of mine has constantly remind me to watch out for the worst thing to come again since the May 13 1969. The one sign of having everyone to be very extra vigilant is the anti-ISA gathering in the capital on the first or next week. According to Malaysiakini, it could be a collision course between the anti-ISA supporters against the pro-ISA supporters. Of course, we all know the reasons why the GMI and the people want to have that act dropped and replaced with something else, whereas the pro and the Perwaris people said that it is to protect Malay rights - obviously that doesn't make sense.

Excerpt from Malaysiakini:
Two groups - one for the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the other against it - are set for a collision course, as both will be holding mass processions towards the Palace next Saturday. GMI, a coalition of NGOs and opposition parties, plans to rally in Kuala Lumpur before marching to the palace to hand over a memorandum to the King.
When May 13 1969 incident happened, the declassified records and event from the words of Tunku Abdul Rahman revealed that Tun Razak was behind the whole thing. Since the event brings forth the possibility of anti vs pro, or collision course. this could be a testing platform to use 'daddy's recipe.'

Do you remember the announcement by Zahid Hamidi to have 300 army personnel in a platoon for each of the 222 parliamentary areas? That's a possible hint to suggest of bringing back the haunting moment 40 years ago by mobilizing in each area. Another hint is that since Najib is being pressed from all sides even from Mahathir, the daddy's recipe would be something he could resort too, if pushed too far. Hisham and Zahid could be on standby and the one that would influence could be Big Mama.

There could be agent provocateurs on that day itself nesting in either side that could spark off a disaster..

My first assessment of the jokers like Perwaris is that they are clinging on the relics of the past that is irrelevant in the current scenario and the age. There's only one reasoning why: if that thing goes off, they lose power and prestige that they held dear. It's not power that corrupts people, it's the fear of losing the power.

Ku Li, Okay Not To Join, But Walk Out.

Tengku Razaleigh has gently declined the invitation by Zaid Ibrahim to join PKR not mainly because of the hope of saving UMNO but the original cause and principles are lost and needs to be reminded / upheld.

I am not in Umno because I “harbour hope of saving Umno” in its present incarnation. I remain because the cause for which Umno was formed, and the principles which guided its promotion, has not gone away just because we have lost our way 60 years later, and they need to be upheld.

The high principle of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Ismail, their devotion to nationbuilding, their incorruptibility, their sense of fair play and their devotion to duty, exemplified for me as a young man the meaning of this cause, and how it could be both Malay and Malaysian, nationalist and cosmopolitan, traditional and contemporary, at one and the same time.

The Malay cause was not premised on an eternal zero sum game between the native and the immigrant. We meant to build a nation united by a prosperous, confident and enlightened Malay community, not a permanent state of divide and rule by political lowlife. We meant to foster Malay leadership worthy of national leadership, and we looked to our common future as Malaysia rather than to our past as people accidentally brought together by colonial history.

So much is ideal. Yet it is important that we hold up ideals in today’s moral chaos. The future of our political system lies in a healthy, competitive democracy. If so, whether or not it looks realistic right now, we shall need a reformed incarnation of this nation’s most important political party. The Umno ideal which I embraced half a century ago has a role to play in the future we hope for.

A second reason I shall not be accepting Zaid’s kind offer is that things have deteriorated to the point that party affiliation is really not the issue anymore. The issue is how we are to save our country.

In a real case, leftist writer John Reed (being the only American buried in the Kremlin walls), energized by the wave of change in Russia by its Bolshevik Revolution attempted to make the same wave of change and remained clinging of hope that America could be the same of Russia. What happened in Russia will never and ever happened in America because of the opposite pole of ideologies.

In the case for Ku Li, the real problem would be that although he wishes to do so, he is still clinging to UMNO. As my friend, a close associate of his said, it is very hard for him not to go out of UMNO to do the change. Previously, when he offered himself to become the party president, he only garnered one nomination out of the quota required. It would now take require UMNO to sack him out to start the ball rolling.

Ku Li should walk out of the party to send a message to the other UMNO top brass that UMNO has gone out of control, and deviating from its original objectives. Yes, walk out, but he's right not to join PKR. He can become someone who can start a third force move that many of us are mooting about.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Beng Hock's Solidarity Gathering

Approximately 3000 to 7000 people gathered today to vent their anger at the MACC over the death of Teoh Beng Hock while in MACC custody. From 4.30 to 7.15 p.m, a few number of speakers, most them from the Selangor MPs and assemblymen gave a few words. Also special guests include Guan Eng and Husam Musa.

A few of us bloggers went there to cover the event. But some could not attend following Capt. Yusof's passing.

Highlights from the speakers:

1. Nik Nazmi - Plan to destroy the state government by MACC an entity of UMNO/BN
2. Tunku Aziz - We will not sacrifice for One Malaysia but we are willing to die for a democratic Malaysia
3. William Leong - We cannot trust the police, judges and SPRM. We can only trust the people.
4. Xavier Jeyakumar - MACC is a tool of UMNO. All lies have to be stopped and MACC can only resume their investigations once the Teoh case has been investigated completely.
5. Husam - Please answer immediately why and how an Anak Malaysia is dead. Cabinet should immediately convene and a royal commission should be formed otherwise people will not accept an explaination, and Ahmad Said Hamdan should resign.
6. Lim Kit Siang - Teo's death = Anwar's black eye; all high profile cases of MACC cannot be trusted; MACC has unoffically declared war on Selangor PR; anyone who says no to forming a royal commission should resign (a warning to Mat Sembab Muhyiddin)
7. Guan Eng - Musa Hassan should resign; "Teoh Beng Hock was pushed off the building."

Khalid was the last speaker and the event was brought to a close by Karpal Singh.

Towards the end of the event, a group of people burned copies of Berita Mingguan and Mingguan Malaysia for the biased reporting over the Teoh's death case.

More picture of this event can be seen here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

RIP Capt. Yusof / Ancient Mariner

I was told by a good friend today that Capt. Yusof / Ancient Mariner passed away in his sleep today. It's just 4 days after another personal tragedy of his.

I didn't have the chance to meet more often over drinks / food, but it is a privilege of knowing him.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Interrogation Methods Reality Check

In the light of the sudden death of Teoh Beng Hock, we had been shown of revelations of how MACC employs brutal interrogation methods on its witnesses it intends to interrogate. For instance the Kajang Municipal councillor revealed of how he gets threatened by interrogators of the MACC.

Quote from The Malaysian Insider:
"They called me a stupid Chinese... Are you from China? You can't speak Malay?” said Tan Boon Wah.

Tan was called in by the MACC as part of the investigation into the alleged misuse of public funds by state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Tan, who is also a businessman, had last year supplied flags worth RM2,400 for Ean Yong's constituency of Seri Kembangan.

“They asked whether I supplied flags. I said yes but then I was forced to admit that I did not supply the flags,” said Tan.

He added that he could not furnish the MACC with details of the transaction during the investigation because he needed time to look for the documents.

Tan, who went to the MACC office on Wednesday evening, also claimed that he was subjected to torture and was threatened that he would be beaten if he refused to admit to allegations made by the investigators.

“I was shouted at: 'This is my place, you better believe that I can hit you',” said Tan.

“I was then asked to stand and look straight. I was not allowed to rest my head. I was made to stand for four hours,” he added.

Tan said the MACC officials also threatened to arrest his wife and detain his children .

The methods they deployed is very similar to the Executive Order 13440 signed by Bush that was rescinded by Obama in the first few days after taking over the Oval Office. Executive Order 13440 is a few steps short of the Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention whereby interrogation practices as practiced in the army manual can be used against convicts except for those considered as enemies of the state including Al-Qaeda, Taliban, etc.. What it means here is that interrogation practices don't work on them and it allows interrogators to use brutal methods against suspects.

So it means that MACC interrogators were responsible for Teoh's death. MACC is covering thing up a.la the Apartheid men did during Steve Biko's apparent death. Reading that excerpt below, I find that this is the actual story behind the whole picture:
But he could not talk. He could not talk because there was nothing to talk about. The MACC wanted him to finger his comrades in the opposition. They wanted him to implicate his friends in the opposition for various crimes that the MACC alleges had been committed by those in the opposition.

He tried to explain that he is not being stubborn. He tried to explain that no crime had been committed. He tried to explain that he could not possibly implicate his comrades in the opposition for various crimes if these crimes are merely a figment of the MACC’s imagination.

So they continued to torture him. And he could no longer stand the torture. After all, he is not the macho type of man. He is but a gentle man who only wanted to get married this weekend. That was all that he wanted.

They threatened to kill him if he refuses to talk. With tears running down his cheeks he begged for mercy and pleaded with them not to harm him. They threatened to throw him off the top floor if he refuses to talk. Sobbing like a baby he went down on his knees and begged for his life.

They dragged him across the room and opened the window. Then something went terribly wrong. It was supposed to be just a threat. They just wanted to put fear in him. They did not really want to throw him off the top floor. They just wanted him to see what the ground floor looks like from the top floor.

The unfortunate young man panicked. He went ballistic when he saw the distance he would have to travel before hitting the ground floor. He struggled. They could not hold onto him. Gravity took over and the life of this young man was prematurely snuffed out.

MACC apparently doesn't have a standard book of interrogation practices like a normal police force or a military do. But we've heard of the police going out of the line in its interrogation practices. This casts an impression to people who have read the news that detention of people, particularly people who have contrasting opinion of the government. What is done shows that there is no reality check on law enforcement interrogation methods and when people knows how this happens, Malaysia has starting to employ the Abu Ghraib style of detention on those who are arrested. Maybe paranoia is a factor, assuming everyone as terrorist level people.

We learned that there is no way suicide was the factor of Teoh's death. Instead it is how they interrogate a person who is merely a witness. They threaten witnesses with beating of their family members. Even police officers are not spared. As some of you recalled, the power of the MACC director is one level above the Inspector General, and this case, he can circumvent the rights of the IGP. This means that they can threaten a police officer to reveal information and even sometimes for their own agenda, in this case the three underworld figures who have proof and testimony of connections of IGP the Tengku's circle..
The MACC has been a tool of those who walk in the corridors of power for a long, long time. Officially, Barisan Nasional has 14 component members with Umno as the lead partner. Unofficially, Barisan Nasional has seventeen component members. The Election Commission is the fifteenth component member of Barisan Nasional, the Malaysian police the sixteenth, and the MACC the seventeenth. They all serve the interests of Umno and the Prime Minister.
The desire of making MACC as par as ICAC can be thrown off the window if the agency cannot be independent (that is still being an unofficial entity of UMNO), and Ahmad Said Hamdan's son also linked by international media as being arrested for carrying porn material (a pilot). Plus being unable to prosecute those people who have strong links and bad corruption practices.

If there are people in government calling for people to stop speculating, it's not likely given that people say it's not suicide while cops say that it's not foul play

If there is a call for Royal Commission to investigate this, as what KJ said, fine, go ahead.

What those guys did to Teoh is tantamount to 2nd degree murder and that warrants a life sentence in prison, if this is done in America.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This Is One Time I Agree With Dr. M on Nazri

Back in April do you remember of Dr. M said that Nazri Aziz and Joe Baharom are among the ministers that should be booted out of Najib's cabinet? Here's a quote from the Malaysian Insider:
However, when pressed further, he added: "Nazri was nasty to me, so of course I don't like him. And Johari Baharum, has this accusation against him for accepting RM5 million to release people. Of course he was cleared but some people still feel he should not be made deputy minister."

Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Aziz is Minister in the Prime Minister's department for law and parliament and Johari Baharum is deputy agriculture and agro based Industries minister.

And of course Nazri hits back at Dr. M:
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz has called Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “childish and lame” for saying he is among those whom the former prime minister thought was unfit to be a minister.

Speaking to The Malaysian Insider, Nazri, who is a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said he was surprised that he had been singled out by Dr Mahathir.

Following of the apparent suicide of Teoh Eng Hock today at the MACC building in Shah Alam, Nazri cautioned the people of pointing fingers of Teoh's mysterious death. If the hints leading up to the death is suffice to say that it's not suicide then there's something definitely wrong with Nazri. That's why Dr. M was right the last time he said that.

If that is not enough, Nazri made a few number of headlines with his childish remarks. Even it means of behaving like being in a grandfather's house given of his capacity of Parliamentary affairs. I'd love to see more of Dr. M hitting out at Nazri again someday soon..really.

2009 Joker of the Year

Question Marks on Suicide at MACC

There have been question marks over how a secretary to a state assemblymen could fell from top of a building to his death while he was in a good condition a day or two prior to that. What started is of course a blitz raid by the state Anti-Corruption commission then goes into the offices of two state assemblymen. According to a quote from Malaysiakini, Ean Yong the assemblyman said that he was in a normal condition.

What I understand is that this time the interrogation of Beng Hock is not the same pattern as the Abu Ghraib style of detention allegedly happen to Kugan and the other man in Damansara Utama.

Quote from The Star:

MACC director of investigation Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said Teoh -- a former journalist with Sin Chew Daily -- was released at about 3:45am on Thursday after his officers had finished recording his statement.

He said Teoh did not go back but was seen loitering in the building and had asked to rest for a while at the pantry.

“No one saw him after that until we were alerted that a body had been found on the fifth floor at about 1:30pm,” he said, adding that Teoh was a witness in the MACC investigation.

The question mark is whether it is a suicide or did someone throw him out like what happened to the Comedian in Watchmen? If a person commits suicide but in a sane manner, that person would definitely leave a note somewhere. But the man is in the vicinity of the MACC building, and it would fall under the organisation's responsiblity to ensure the safety of witnesses including those who were requested for testimony.

Didn’t lawyer Mano, who accompanied Teo to the MACC HQ, and who last saw him at 7pm yesterday, say that Teo “was happy and looked composed”

Since there was no mention of a suicide note somewhere in the building, it means to do with being thrown off. I have a fuzzy feeling that it could fall into that. A silent assasination, making us to think of it as a foul play whereas there was a hidden hand involved. If you are a video game fan and played Hitman: Blood Money, you would find similarities surrounding killing a target and what is written in the papers the next day.

It has been a desire of Abdullah Badawi and Ahmad Said Hamdan the director to have MACC to be as great as the ICAC since it was said of MACC aims to emulate the model of the Hong Kong counterpart. But given of a death and apparent suicide in the jurisdication of MACC, I find it hard to say that MACC has a failed startup given of the ability not to pursue further action despite strong evidence of corruption against MAS's Tajudin Ramli for example.

If MACC cannot go and prosecute the corrupt cronies and people despite a strong proof that shows of their misconduct, how would they be called as to combat corruption as people want?

Kenyataan tersebut dikeluarkan satelah menyaksikan betapa ghairah SPRM bertindak terhadap ADUN Pakatan Rakyat Selangor. Walhal rasuah yang melibatkan dana berbilion ringgit saperti skandal Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ), pembelian senjata, dan lain-lain cuba dilenyapkan!

Dan hari ini, akibat tindakan kasar terhadap petugas Pakatan Rakyat, menyaksikan tragedi kematian pembantu YB Ean Yong Hian Wah iaitu mendiang Teo Beng Hock.

Coming back to the story, Anwar Ibrahim's statement against this incident is somewhat an answer to a blitz by the state MACC to question all of the 36 Pakatan assemblymen in Selangor. Which I thought of...is GERAK behind the accusation that the 36 of them misuse their funds while BN did nothing wrong?

Beng Hock is supposedly to get married tomorrow and it happens and there's really something wrong about the whole thing. The Taxi Man from Padang Rengas has shot off his big mouth was a remark that few would really agreed or concur with him. I had a feeling that there is a possibility of exposing an MCA assemblyman in connection with the underworld and Beng Hock could might have been silenced to prevent a leak...could it be?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Manek Urai - Make The Deal The Devil And You Lose

There is always a lesson to learn from the story of Faust who makes the pact with the Devil to gain what he needs most at the cost of his soul. He lost and eventually had serve the Devil. This classic story is somewhat akin to the decision making that is going to be done by the people in the one district in Kelantan.

Tomorrow is the Manek Urai by-election and the campaign was hot in the last two days or so. An interesting part of the campaign was the speech by the 'one-eye-jack' by the name of Muhyiddin Yassin that mentioned that if they vote for BN, they get the bridge. But I was told that the people are rejecting the deal somewhat similar to sweets offered by the devil. I was told that they wanted a bigger fish than the sweets, which is the $1 billion of oil royalties that have not been paid back for quite a long time by the Barisan Nasional.

It was pretty funny to hear Anwar in his speech as according to Malaysiakini - a phrase that translated into English as 'who does he (Muhyiddin) think - King Solomon?'. Anwar whacking Mat Sembab ...hmm. Earlier on , we do hear sometimes Muhyiddin preaching something that doesn't make sense in the religious context like voting BN will make you go to heaven. In truth, this doesn't exist in the religious vocabulary.

People in Kelantan are still bitter over the hostile takeover in the late 70s and gave Barisan a revenge that is not forgiven at all in 1990 onwards until now. I would still believe that PAS can win, but the cracks of what is happening in the loose coalition formed will have to be constantly be reminded to them so that they cannot be like another Barisan Nasional.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Muhyiddin Said This, Mahathir Said That

When the government has announced of reverting back to Bahasa Malaysia for teaching Maths and Science from 2012 onwards, I have noticed a stark contrast of statements to the press by the DPM Muhyiddin and Dr. M.

The Malaysian Insider has this excerpt that raises questions on whether it was a spin to the pressmen:

"We had a very long discussion, for more than three hours,” he added.

Muhyiddin said he explained to Dr Mahathir how the policy could not be implemented as intended.

Among the problems discussed, he said, was the huge gap between national schools and vernacular schools as well as teachers’ poor command of the English language.

“Me and my officers have clarified the progress and problems faced by those involved,” said Muhyiddin.

“Tun accepted our views,” he added.

However, Dr. M has a different view and this is what he said in his posting:
Although my views were sought, they are not reflected in the decision.

And Malaysiakini has pointed out that Dr. M is unhappy over the reverting of decision.

Dr. M is indeed correct in this point. What Muhyiddin did is to a one step backwards to help make Malaysians to be more intellectual. It is a sign of a slap in the face of Dr. M by the one -eye jack (hence his moniker of Mat Sembab). What are you if you initially go ahead with the proposal only to revert it back after a period or so?

That is wrong indeed. Or in other words, a flip-flop. It is remark to say that

Now then, this event, deliberately confusing the public of what Muhyiddin said against the real words of Dr. M seems to spark off another political game already. If Najib wants to promote 1 Malaysia seriously, then this decision by Muhyiddin is against 1 Malaysia. This subtly hints of Ketuanan Melayu again, and part of enticing Malay support at grass root level.

If Najib is losing support from his fellow Malay men from UMNO because of promoting 1 Malaysia, Muhyiddin is doing opposite.

All in all, Dr. M is, as I believe he's very unhappy at the DPM.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The "Do As I Say Or You're Transferred" Problem

1. This is the common problem in Malaysia that many civil servants particularly those in the lower level echelons are facing. They are ordered to follow orders by their superiors at any costs, irregardless of questions and doubts that could arise from executing the orders. Failure to do is, according to those who walk the corridors of power as insubordination, being defined as refusal to obey orders from those above the level lawfully. However, the exemption of being insubordinate, by logic is when the person who is to execute the order finds something that is illogical about the order, against the factual reality, against their judgement and wrong on moral grounds.

2. This is the problem that also applies to the judiciary and the law. Judges who are handling cases in public vs government (regardless of which court they are) are faced with this scenario and the order of "do as I say or you're transferred". The order usually comes from the government of delivering a verdict of a win for the government at any costs. In any of those cases, it is likely that they will have to bend the law to their own whim to secure the verdict for BN. Refusal to do so means being transferred to maybe another court at the federal level or to another state.

3. If there is a verdict that goes against the Barisan Nasional, they would definitely appeal and set aside the order delivered by the judge. If the verdict is in favor of them, although it is factually wrong, any appeals by the other side would be (by high chance dismissed). This pattern has been seen clearly by people vs government cases like the Kampung Buah Pala case, the Zambry vs Nizar appeal, etc.. The Zambry vs Nizar case has a unique appeal for it has been a public knowledge that Najib Razak gave a directive to the judges to deliver a win verdict for UMNO. No second guesses there. It was anticipated.

4. This also happens to those lawyers working for the AG's chambers. They too are not spared from such problem and dilemma. One example was the then DPP who initially prosecuting in the Raja Petra sedition trial in Petaling Jaya. It was publicly known and figured that there is no way that Raja Petra could be convicted with such tampering of evidence. When Gani Patail was told of the outcome, he flew in rage and sent that DPP to cold storage - or in other words, transferred to another court. This has implied that he was not going to appease his political masters if the judge outcome swings to Pete's favor.

5. The police officers, particularly in the lower levels too are not spared from this charade. The six Statutory of Declarations by the police officers in Johor that handles the illegal rackets and numbering reveal a damning fact that they are pressured to obey the orders of superiors, although they knew that there is something morally and logically wrong of the order received. They get transferred for what is branded as insubordination. So do the police personnel who had to be called in for their duty and being ordered to deal and arrest with people are deemed unruly, first without asking questions. Although it is clear that people who protested but carried nothing offensive and violent like weapons, they are ordered to go high-hand against them. This was noted through some of the pictures from the Perak May 7 fiasco. They have no choice but to do it otherwise, they'd be branded as insubordination.

5. The real fault in this problem lies in the irrational and illogical decision making by the top brass. These actions give the impression that what they do are merely to impress and appease the political masters. Either they know or do not know that what they do in the law enforcement and judiciary is merely to assist the Barisan retain their hegemony, just as the United States against the world. Anything that is the opposition element to the Barisan Nasional is like considered as opposing, ala 'enemy of the state' style.

6. This concept is already seen and demonstrated in what is called as the Icke's theorem. It rings similarly to the Bush Ultimatum - "Either You're With Us or Against Us."

7. One thing we knew for sure is that the police force and the judiciary are split apart. They are some very good judges and good police officers who are morally against such illogical elements and orders. They wish to serve their best for their country without bending to the whims of those who run in power. But they knew that they are in risk facing the wrath of being transferred because of them refusing to follow the directive of the letter.

8. This is a dilemma for people who are in these profession including believers of truth. How should we solve this dilemma when we have the knowledge of what we're told to do is in conflict of the actual work ethics of the profession we are in?

9. The government's real weakness is reacting and being arrogant on the public relations side. What it means is that when a foreign newspaper or a video of such event unknown to the world (example, Bersih, May 7, Altantuya...) publishes it online for worldwide viewers to see, they would go into fury. One example is the remarks of Deputy Speaker Wan Junaidi Jaafar reacting over a news in Malaysia reporting by the AFP recently. As the result, their PR partner were called in to fix the damage, although it is the truth is the damaging thing! My guessing is that the government is still facing the fear perception and opinion that the Malaysian public will not be able to handle the truth as in the 70s until now. The perception has long gone.

10. Now back to the case of Anwar's sodomy II. The government wanted a guilty verdict. It is always the intention of Najib to bump off his rival at all costs, seeing Anwar as a threat to Rosmah and Najib and the Barisan Nasional. It is publicly known, via medical reports and doctors' testimony that the sodomy never happened at all. It was designed to take out two people. The idea of such thing is too fool the people around, who still take what is written in the newspapers of such things going on. But this case is not going to be a something that will help Najib, but will drag Najib more and more into trouble.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Stop Playing Village Hero and Being Ketuanan Beggars!

Earlier Malaysiakini reports show that the Bukit Katil UMNO youth division started a night market rampage, destroying the PAS equipment there as PAS was doing a voter-registration drive. UMNO is believed to have made 8 reports, later claimed to be false by the state PAS Information chief.

It was pointed out that some of the people who carried out the voter registration drive carried authorized cards issued from the Election Commission. But seeing of the wreck of what UMNO did on that night prompted me to lament that these people are still playing the village hero, showing themselves as omnipotent and jaguh kampung whereas the time of showing that is over.

Yes, we have bigger problems to attend to and the problems in the economy, world disasters and etc doesn't know any bounds or races. In other words, everyone is hit. Playing more of a village hero tends to take our focus out of the actual bigger picture that has to be tended.

The Ketuanan Melayu social experiment has indeed deviated off from its original goals and intention. All this 30% requirement thing has now become a sick joke and it's like asking a cut for what they did not do with sweat and tears. They are instead better be branded as Ketuanan Beggars. It is already too late to improve the economy and it could have been done earlier, but Bedol Napoleon didn't really see it from the beginning.

1 Malaysia, as what Najib wanted to do will end up nothing like Islam Hadhari if such mentality persists. To my fellow Malay citizens, please stop being hoodwinked by bunch of jokers by believing what they claim to say.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Do What Make Sense To Make All Malaysians Having A Competitive Edge

Do what make sense to make all Malaysians having competitive advantage
by Sabarudin
I was born 48 years ago and I was the last batch to sit for LCE,MCE and HSC and prior to that those that are now above 55 years sat for the Malaysian Cambridge education and those born after 62 was just unlucky to sit for SRP, SPM and STPM. Speaking English doesn't make you less Malay , less Chinese , less Indian or less Malaysian for that matter. I am a better person today thanks to the LORD and because of my parents though they are "kais pagi makan pagi" but they eventually sent me to English medium school although they received lots of negative remarks from many who just don't want to see progress. My elder siblings who got better opportunities for Cambridge education speaks perfect English and for most of them in that age group too.
It was so depressing when I met many local graduates having hard times to express themselves in English which hindered them in many job and also promotion opportunities. I believe absolutely that they can express themselves better in Malay or Chinese or even Indian but not in the international arena where English is still the required form of communication/ language especially if you want to work and excel in an American or European company. It would be better still if you could master a few more languages like Mandarin, Japanese or even Spanish.
I was given an international assignment the last 6 years in Shenzhen, China working for an American company just because I am able to communicate in English with foreign customers and visitors. I regretted a lot that I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese that will make it more easier to survive and compete in the unknown situations here locally.
Therefore I hope all the leaders that the Malaysians entrusted during the last GE make the change with clear, conscience mind and with open heart ...for the sake and the future of all Malaysians.
Malaysian will have been on par if not, better and should be enjoying the competitive advantage if we had stuck to the LCE, MCE and HSC at least and having all the local universities utilizing English as the communication medium too.
Another compelling issue is when the Thais, Singaporeans, Indians ( from India) and Indonesian colleagues don't have to worry accepting any oversea assignment because they can bring along their family as they can put them into international schools when abroad and there's no issue to return home at the end of their assignment period because their kids can enter and go into any schools as they still having English medium back home but not the case of us Malaysians as putting our kids into international schools back home will burn our pockets. As a result, many Malaysians turned down the oversea assignment/ opportunity or some decided to go alone in fulfilling their careers & dreams and aspirations leaving behind their family back home which created a lot of set backs and family issues... What kind of temptation a lonely husband can face in a foreign land or for a missing and sad wives and kids when they don't/ can't see their dad when in need. We are not walking our talk on Masyarakat Penyayang and so on as we don't support and think how to help the situation and most importantly to fix the root cause....which our education system needs to totally revamp so that our future generations can be accepted worldwide moving forward.
I am not going to continue to tell everyone sad stories and keep nagging & bitching about it. I am here to share my vision on how to make all Malaysians have the competitive advantage if I am today the President, Prime Minister or the Education Minister of Malaysia.
  • Start at the grass root level - kindergarten where all Malaysian kids above 3 and below 6 must enter Malaysian Boleh kindy where the focus will be mainly in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and Tamil or Hindi languages. Children at this age picks up languages extremely fast.
  • All TV channels makes it compulsory to have advertisements on all the above main languages.
  • There is only 1 school system from 6 years old onwards... Malaysian Boleh education system where English is the medium for all subjects but with compulsory few credit hours for Bahasa Malaysia , Mandarin, Tamil languages.
  • Remove the History and Geography subjects and consolidate them as cultural study to make them more street smart.
  • This above compulsory subjects will take the kids for 6 hrs ( from 8 am to 2pm).
  • Then comes the optional language as everyone must take on 1 more of either Arabic, Japanese, Hindi or Spanish that will extend them till 3pm.
  • They must play games or exercise for 1 hr between 5 to 7pm to make them fit and healthy
  • Any religious class will start at 7 pm thru 9pm ( Islamic study, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity) due to religious backgrounds/ teachings
  • They will have from 9pm to 10 pm to build rapport with their parents and family for Masyarakat Penyayang
  • They go to bed at 10 and wake up the next morning at 6am ( they have solid 8 hrs rest for the next day)
And only then can the future Malaysia be in the competitive advantage to survive anywhere and anytime and will be only one Bangsa Malaysia as everyone understands everyone's language whilst living in harmony, mutual respect and above all, be respected in the globe or Malaysians will continue lagging and left behind as Jaguh Kampung where we should be in the world stage today.... My 2 cents worth !
Wassalam and Regards


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