Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
"In our view, this is a very important case, it's an opportunity for the court to make a decision and say what exactly is termed 'free and fair' elections."
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
According to the story, Vasugi Singaram has raised her problems to the government to close to 30 years on lack of basic amenities in her village. Until today, her problems were not solved.
"I have raised the matter [to the government] since 1982, but to this day I have never been given any electricity," said Vasugi, who has been forced to rely on coconut oil and candles for her lighting.BN candidate Kamalanathan visited the area with a promise of 'taking care of everything' but as of today, there has been no response or comment in reply by the supposedly MP:
"During the [Hulu Selangor] by-election, we received a visit from [MP] P Kamalanathan, who told us that our needs would be met, and that everything would be taken care of," said Vasugi. Since then, there has been no word from the MP. "I used to have water, but now I don't."
And it ends with this:
"We love the BN government, but how can we keep on loving it when they treat us like this?"
Amah, there's your mistake. You have picked the wrong person. You can make a choice to break out of the conventions if you know that you are not getting what you want despite repeated calls many times. Vasugi has the chance of ending 30 years of wait by making the other choice, but in the end decided against it. Now, it is a little late to voice frustrations.
She could have done that right choice and thing on 25 April 2010 but took the wrong one.
And there's the consequence. One of them.
Amah, there's your mistake.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
“Wee Choo Keong’s problem is more complicating. It involves two mistresses and one who has just given birth and Umno has threatened to expose this scandal. He also has this RM35 million legal problem with Ambank and if this can be settled ‘out of court’ then Wee will certainly become another ‘independent’ Member of Parliament.”
My late grandfather was obviously disappointed and angry that his ex-colleague and friend, the late Datuk Harun Idris was primarily responsible (on the ground) for inciting that in Kampung Baru. In that period, politicians fed people, particularly their own kind with bullshit - things that seem nonsense. Everyone was told the perfect lie. Rich chinese whack them...powerful Malay politicians giving the poor chinese hardship etc..
That was pure bullshit. Kita telah dibohong pada masa itu. Now, not anymore.
The common myth that is spoken is often said as "Kalau kita tidak bersatu, orang Cina akan membunuh kita." The obvious argument is seen as the number of people winning are more non-Malays vs Malays, more opposition vs Parti Perikatan
The riot was not racial per se. It was sparked off by the poor Malays being told by Malay politicians that the rich Chinese caused them the economic suffering, and the poor Chinese being told by Chinese politicians that the powerful Malays in the government caused them their hardship.
The riot was triggered off by the then massive suffering of many poor Malays and poor Chinese, both having reached the extreme intolerable level of economic and financial hardship. The intense manipulative racial stroking by irresponsible politicians of the already tense environment during the campaign for the May 10 general election detonated the already ticking racial timebomb.
Britain's election results have definitely shown how important is to treat your opponents with respect. The Liberals have become a perfect example of having the third force crucial in forming a government.
Whatever news that the TV and the newspapers give is not entirely accurate. It is partially a lie meant to get people believe that opposition are enemies, what they do are right and etc. Look at how silent Robert Jr has been recently in Sibu campaign, hoping that the big machinery from the peninsular would come there just to help out. Can that tell you of a potential Longkang MP?
IMO, if you keep voting for BN, it shows that you are still willing to be cheated by them. No basic needs in villages in Sibu, no basic amenities etc..they were not addressed or they were ignored. I thought Sarawak is the richest country in Malaysia given of its natural resources?
If Sarawak is poor now, who's to blame really?
Coming back to May 13 rememberance, I just thought that if people are smart enough, they could have seen the ploy that BN politicians do keep in power. A lot of money, people's money approximately $200 million were poured into both by-elections. The thing is, I didn't give you permission of you to use my money. I want my money back!
Grow up, smart up, wise up to the bullshit. I am sad that there are youths today that are kaki bodeks who don't even know the thing.
As Hisham Rais said, "Selamatkan Sarawak Dari Keluarga Taib Mahmud"
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Youths Being Instigated To Hate Cops- CPOWhatever Khalid Bakar said about inciting youngsters to hate the police is not entirely correct. And he is shooting at the wrong target. The big part of the blame should be on the police itself, not the public. The police though enforced the rules, at times have indeed crossed the fine line that defines good cop and bad cop. There are a few bad apples in the force that when they commit those acts beyond their limits, gives overall perception to the public that the entire police force has gone wrong with those things.
SHAH ALAM: There seems to be a concerted effort by certain quarters to get children and youths to hate the police, Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar claimed.
He alleged that posting on Facebook and comments on certain blogs indicated that there were irresponsible people urging youths to criticise, hate and defy the police.
"Here we are trying our very best to build bridges with the public and getting them to assist us in crime prevention, but on the other hand, there are people out there instigating youths, especially teenagers, to hate us," he said when contacted Wednesday.
DCP Khalid said parents must teach their children to respect and not break the law.
He said parents must be responsible for their children's actions and must know who they were with and what they were doing at all times.
He also said parents and guardians should not neglect their responsibility or shift the blame on others if something were to happen.
"Although we have been criticised and attacked by all quarters, I want to assure the public that we will not let such attacks demoralise us.
"We have a job to do and it is our responsibility to ensure peace and security continues to prevail at all times," he added.
DCP Khalid also slammed an online news portal for distorting his statement about not wanting to apologise to the family of Aminulrasyid Amzah, the 14-year-old student who was fatally shot by police on April 26.
He said at no time did the police accuse Amimulrasyid of being a suspected criminal.
He said what his officers had stated at the time of the incident was that the policemen in the patrol car acted in the manner they did because they thought the people in the car they were chasing were suspected to be criminals.
"How were we to know at that time of the chase that the people in the car who defied orders from our men to stop were 14-year-old boys?
"My men acted because they thought only criminals would behave in such a manner," he said, adding that he saw no reason why he should apologise to the family when there was no direct reference made to Aminulrasyid or his friend Azamuddin Omar, who was also in the car.
He said at no time did he state to the portal's reporter that they gave chase to the schoolboys who were suspected criminals.
"As I have said, how could we have known at that time they were schoolboys?" he added. - The Star 12 May 2010
No need to elaborate further that people's current perception of 'hate the cops's' simply stems out of several case scenarios like:
1. Apparent murder of people during interrogation / lockup (3rd degree interrogation)
2. Police simply going in to arrest people that carries no objects of violence that gather simply the presence simply states that it violates Section 27(5) of the Police Act
3. Lawyers are not sparred. Whoever ordered the arrest in Brickfields was at fault.
4. If it's a NGO or Pakatan that organizes a gathering, they were seen coming down like hawks whereas if there is a gathering organized by those connected to BN are given a loose around. It gives the feeling of having those from the mob exclusive license.
5. Crime rates are still at a margin not acceptable
No force in the world, even the police force is omnipotent. That is why the IPCMC could have been implemented back in 2005 having been recommended to do a necessary check of balance in the police force. Abdullah Badawi tried to do it, but many of the warlords, particularly those from the Mahathir camp opposed to this idea. Even Musa also opposed to this idea simply because the act is believed to restrict the capabilities and duties that a policeman can render. Instead, those good men and women in the force who sees the real problems and evils are instead cast out into frozen storage
And right now, whatever happens is simply the penalty that Musa and others faced for ignorance and refusing to accept the stark reality of having something to check their control.
So it is actually wrong to say that youngsters are being incited by certain quarters to hate the police. Wrong. What the police do and it is their conduct to the public on the field that the youngsters see will give them the perception of whether they respect the force or they will say podah whenever they see a man in the blue uniform. People and those below the mid-age are nowadays not stupid, (unless you get cheated and dibodohkan of course) to see what goes beyond the uniform.
How can people respect police when they perceived an unacceptable / unprofessional behavior of the policemen?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Election Offenses Act 1954 Article 19:
19. (1) Subject to such exception as may be allowed in pursuance of this Act, no sum shall be paid and no expense shall be incurred by a candidate at an election or by his election agent, after the date of publication of the notice of the election in the Gazette, during or after an election, on account of or in respect of the conduct or management of such election, in excess of—
- (a) two hundred thousand ringgit in the case of an election to the Dewan Rakyat;
- (b) one hundred thousand ringgit in the case of an election to a Legislative Assembly;
- (c) ten thousand ringgit in the case of an election to a local authority other than a local council;
- (d) three thousand ringgit in the case of an election to a local council:Provided that paragraphs (c) and (d) shall have no application in Sabah and Sarawak.
(2) Any candidate or election agent who knowingly acts in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an illegal practice.
In Hulu Selangor the amount of expenses for Kamalanathan's win alone by the BN machinery was pretty astronomical of RM100 million plus ang pow money, with only one objective: to win back at all costs. Of course, this violates the cap spending limit a candidate will allow and if this is played fairly, Kamal would have been disqualified, and BN will be charged for violating the act. And there is either a rematch or declare Zaid Ibrahim the winner.
But I don't think so and the EC is not turning an eye towards it. I have a notion that there are some people in the agency that is possessing party membership card - of the mob group - hey, it's the feeling that why there is no action at all. Or the guys are living in fear that the employers, the Barisan Nasional could be after their asses if they try to play straight and fair.
But let's look back at the Sibu by-election. 246 families, with ang pow of RM 600 each, which means that Robert Lau Jr's spending cap is already 75% to full, at RM 153000. But this does not include the other expenses to be incurred, right? With 4 more days to go before polling day, if we see more news items of BN splashing this and that, it means that by default and involuntarily, Robert Jr has violated Section 19 of this act and could have been disqualified, leaving the fight between DAP and the independent man.
But UMNO is desparate already. If I am reckoning right, They are telling EC, like puppets to turn away from the law for the sake of winning like a child's game..
Barisan approves RM600 each for 246 families
SIBU: Barisan Nasional approved an immediate one-off allocation of RM600 for each of the 246 families living in an under-developed region in Sungai Igan, some 30 mins by road from Sibu town.
Sarawak Chief Minister and State Barisan chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the financial assistance was from the federal government.
''The Prime Minister has just informed me that he has approved RM600 as assistance for each of the 246 families from all the 12 longhouses in this kampung.
''The Barisan Nasional is concerned about all people regardless of where they are living. Over the past 20 years, I have been visiting longhouses in the state, but still it is not possible for me to visit everyone of them.
''There is a lot of work still to do and the longhouse people must continue to remain loyal to Barisan,'' he told the folks of Rumah Daniel, Tanjung Penasu located along Sungai Igan, a sub-urban district not far from the town centre.
Taib said the Government does not help people based on consideration of race, religion or locality. He said in the eyes of Barisan, all people are equal and deserve equal treatment.
However, those who are weaker needs more help, he stressed.
''Our commitment is to help everybody so that they will one day be able to enjoy the same standard of life, whether they are from the rural areas or the urban areas,'' he said.
Taib also promised the people of other longhouses there that he would give them generator sets if they did not have any electricity supply as yet.
He, however, told them that the state government did not have enough funds to allocate to every settlements and that these development funds need to be channeled in stages.
During his visit, the longhouse elders told Taib that their settlements are badly affected by floods every year.
The roads there were in bad shape and needed repair and upgrading urgently, they said, adding that other basic amenities like water supply and electricity were still lacking in some more interior pockets.
Monday, May 10, 2010
As of last month the Central Bank's official record of reserves stood at $391 billion ringgit or $122 billion USD. Which means that the amount of reserves is only approximately 1/5th of the reserves that Singapore has in hand. The current debts last recorded is at $338 billion ringgit and if there are still Ketuanan Melayu rhetorics, then Malaysia will go bankrupt, and the fault is not on Anwar Ibrahim as what Najib said back in New Year's eve 2007.
Anyhow, read the analysis of why Greece gets bankrupt and you see that it's similar to Malaysia right now. Forget about NEP and those Perkasa ramblings. Those things is not going to work in this time round.
Bureaucracy: Greece's bureaucracy is famous in the whole of Europe ! To open a cafe or pub there are 25 processes to go through !! This is a country of rules and regulations.
Bloated civil service: There are 1.05 milliion civil servants (excluding police and armed forces) . The population of Greece is only 10 million !! More than 10% are govt servants !! Salary increases every year and benefit for civil servants in Greece is one of the best in Europe !! More and more money is needed to upkeep this bloated civil servants . The retirement age is 62 yrs old.
Corruption: Greece is the most corrupted nation in the Eurozone. Citizens pay "under table " money to:
admit into a public hospital
# pass a driving licence
# to enter public service
# renovate your business premises or your home
# avoid income tax
Every govt project is awarded to political cronies and at hugely inflated prices ! Transparency International compared the prices of the construction costs of stadiums built for the Athens Olympics recently with similar structures in China --500% more expensive than the Chinese , compared to Los Angeles and Sydney -- 50 % more expensive !!! All these with tax payers money ! and borrowings !!!
Tax evasion: Officially 80% of its citizens are supposed to pay tax but only 37% are doing so. Big businessmen and corporations have refined tax evasion to a fine art ( or have the tax men taken some coffee money ? )
No transparency in governance: The politicians and bureaucrats falsified economic data and painted a rosy and manageable picture while the economy was rotting away .
Unabated borrowings: Meanwhile, the politicians and bureaucrats continue to issue govt bonds to keep afloat, series after series. They were trying to cover up the financial mess they have created creating one big hole to cover up the previous !!
Lacking political will power to reform: To keep hold on to political power, politicians are prepared to lie, commit economic and political fraud. If reforms were taken some five years ago , the country need not go bankrupt and its citizens need not suffer so much. Political expediency and greed to political power over-rides everything and hence Greece is now a bankrupt country. Luckily, it is part of the European Union and its currency is EUROs, otherwise Greeks will have to eat grass to survive !!
Laid back attitude: Tourism is THE ONLY industry in Greece and over the years the Greeks have had an easy time. Many flocked to see the historical sites. enjoy summer vacation on the islands. But they forgot that not many tourists will returned after visiting the sites --there are so many other tourists attractions in the world, maybe more exotic and perhaps cheaper !! So once tourism vanes and couple with higher costs of living --the Greeks could not and refused to adapt and transform --still partying and having a nice time -- maybe the Greek Gods will bless them !!! Greece have no natural resources, no electronics industry , no R & D --no anything !! They were so laid back --cannot see what is coming and crashing down on them. Even now, the civil servants refused to take a pay cut -- the world owes them a living !!
The producer of the documentary had hired a raxi driver to go around while doing this documentary. The taxi driver had studied economics for 4 years in US and this was his parting words:
"My biggest mistake was returning 15 years ago, I should have stayed back in US. My nationalist instinct made me returned. The politicians screwed me. I loved my country but my country did not love me !!!!
Friends, I can see a lot of similarity in Malaysia. I need not go into boring details, it is there for all to realise. Unless we transform politically and economically, sadly this day will surely come . It is not IF, but WHEN !!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Look, everyone knows that this is a two-page spread ad on the New York Times. That ad alone costs approximately $2 million USD alone and it was pointed out that an associate company in relation with Rosmah was footing the bill, not taxpayer's money as first perceived.
I'm not looking into the money thing but I see how Rosmah craves for publicity craving thing unlike the previous wives of Prime Ministers. But Constitution definition, the Raja Permaisuri is actually First Lady, not PM's wife.
How many occasions in papers and various media have we been seeing about Rosmah all the time? More than the number of times than I can imagine of.
Publicity craving as if she's damn great or so.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Previously, if V. K Lingam says his trademark "Correct correct correct," then wait no longer for Lingam's successor is Kevin Morais who now says "Tak tahu...tak tahu."
Having going through how Rosli Dahlan was unlawfully arrested, I surmised that Morais was the one who instigated the entire matter. The first mistake that Morais did was not to respond to the letter in which the victim unable to take appropriate action to the supposed response. The real reason why Rosli was arrested was simply because to show that a simpleton do not cross a person walking the corridors of power. Ramli Yusuff (ex CCID chief )was in fact proven, with help of Rosli as his attorney to be a victim of conspiracy setup by bigots including crime bosses.
There was a saying by a famous judge that the simple "I don't know" thing means you are likely to be lying in your teeth and by the end of the first day of trial, the MACC's building of case against Rosli is felling down like a straw and they just get whacked and lost outright. Enough to tell the judge that the prosecution failed to prove their case and enough to toss it out. And of course this forces change of tactics, dragging the trial to mid June due to prosecutor's absence.
Sure, this trial will never get to see the light in the papers because it is also considered additional damage to the MACC's reputation and there's fires to be doused in form of public relations exercise. If such event leaks out to foreign press, worse still. And in this case, the MACC has indeed would conceed at least two goals if this is a football match.
But netizens do know that this man known as Mr. Tak Tahu is a sleeping bedfellow with someone with same sex. And we now know all the bullshit that is put on the helpless Rosli.
Same was what the judge in Sabah called Musa Hassan as a liar, the presiding judge on this case should call Kevin Morais a liar too. Pants burning. End of sentence. And others can add up to it. If V.K Lingam's catchphrase has become a sensational ring tone, then why not this guy if we're tired with Lingam's?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
SHAH ALAM: British forensics expert Professor Dr Peter Vanezis testified at the coroner’s court yesterday that political aide Teoh Beng Hock was not unconscious when he plunged to his death.
Dr Vanezis, when cross-examined by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) legal affairs department head Datuk Abdul Razak Musa, said the distribution of injuries indicated that Teoh was fully conscious and orientated at the time.“None of the injuries show that he was killed by other means and thrown out of the window,” said Dr Vanezis, who was engaged by the MACC when a second post-mortem was carried out in November.
Teoh, 30, the political secretary to Selangor executive council member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead a day after he was taken to the state MACC office in Plaza Masalam here for questioning on July 15 last year over alleged irregularities in the disbursement of development funds.
Dr Vanezis said some of the injuries also indicated that Teoh had tried to break his fall by landing on his feet first with his hands out.
He said this was the natural reflex of a live person falling from height.
He said studies had shown that even those committing suicide by falling
from height had the same kind of reflex defensive injuries.
Dr Vanezis testifed that there was no evidence Teoh was manually strangled prior to his death plunge.
“The bruising of the neck region is part of the overall pattern of injury from the fall. The larynx and hyoid bone were intact,” he said, adding that there were no ligature marks, nail scratches or fingertip bruises there.
On the tear around the anal region, he said these were caused by pelvic injuries sustained in the fall.
Dr Vanezis said they resulted from the “free downward and upward movement of the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine) and coccyx (tailbone) which entirely dislocated from the ilium (the largest bone in the pelvis)”.
His testimony debunks renowned Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s contention that Teoh may have been manually strangled and was unconscious before his death.
Dr Pornthip had described the said lacerations as penetrative injuries.
Dr Vanezis told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that the photographs and post-mortem examinations refuted Dr Pornthip’s views.
He also refuted her suggestion that one of Teoh’s shoes, which had come off his feet, could have been thrown out of the window.
Dr Vanezis said a more logical explanation was that the shoe had come off on impact.
On whether Teoh had been shoved out of the window, he said he could not say yes categorically but thought it unlikely from the evidence.
Dr Vanezis did not comment on whether or not Teoh had been intimidated, resulting in his fall, saying “it is outside my area of expertise”.
Meanwhile, Teoh’s family counsel Gobind Singh Deo and lawyer appointed by the Selangor state government Malik Imtiaz Sarwar informed the coroner that they would only be addressing two issues: the injuries to Teoh’s neck and how his body impacted the ground.
The inquest resumes today.
The coroner will also rule on the family’s application to cite Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for contempt for calling Dr Pornthip a liar. - The Star, 27 April 2010
Teoh Lee Lan, the sister of the late political aide Teoh Beng Hock said that the family of the Beng Hock is disappointed with the final report produced by Dr Peter Vanezis, a renowned British pathologist who was hired by the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission). She told reporters that Dr Vaneizis’ report was ‘unprofessional and unethical’ and that the family did not accept his finding that Beng Hock was fully conscious when he fell down from Plaza Masalam. She said “He’s not correct as a professional. As a professional, I think anything you put in your final report should be fact based, not hearsay. Dr Vanezis’s decision not to probe deeper by asking questions of the MACC officials who had briefed him on the events leading to the fall reflected poorly on his credibility. He said he’s not a detective. But how can he just accept what they say like this?” - 27 April 2010
This was what was reported on the both sides of the coin in the case of Beng Hock's death. But what was never mentioned was the thing called "The Real Peter Vaneizis". It can be a little scary, but this e-mail comes from a little bird and somehow it shows the side of the doctor. Reading that, I felt like it's going to be another cover up to spare further embarassment of the MACC. Remember, the MACC's reputation has taken a severe beating since July 2009 and the beating still goes on with the organization's failure to go after the big fishes.
I immediately remembered of an anonymous letter that was circulated with the MACC's head. If the doctor's statement has proven to be inaccurate, then perhaps the letter means it is real.
But anyhow, is it real that this is to cover up again and spare further embarassment for MACC? Obviously this piece will never hit the newsstands in Malaysia.
Subject: : The True Dr. Vanezis
The pathologist in the Teoh Beng Hock case.
Read with an open mind!
Vanezis was Regius Professor in Forensics at Glasgow U between 1994 and 2000 something. And Glasgow is the preferred choice for training of both UKM and Health Ministry would-be-pathologists for various reasons then.
Glasgow was cheap although a dreary city. There was a substantial Kampong Melayu at Otago Street and around Kelvingrove park.
There was a largely friendly Paki community. And for Malaysian scholarship holders there was Vanezis. To be a recognized pathologist in Malaysia you must
first pass your MRCPath and then do a substantial attachment with someone famous like Vanezis. But in true Ketuanan style, a shortcut m ust be found. Glasgow was one of those few places that ran an Msc Forensic Pathology course.
KKM and UKM sent their pathologists there and they come back and get it gazetted as a specialist qualification. As a policy maker (Jusa C and above), you can make your own rules, and get the government to recognize your qualifications. Simple huh. So Vanezis, has a constant flow of students, dungu that they maybe. But dungus pay £9000 a year for two years for an MSc course. The money flows to Glasgow U who are happy with Vanezis and our dungu pathologist are also happy because they get to come back home to be called forensic pathologists with a
fat pay and no on calls. But wait.
There is more money to be made. Dungu pathologists screw up or because they are half baked they dont know how to cover their asses or the govt’s asses. What to do? No problem. Call boss to come lahh. Sure come one. Otherwise constant supply of dungu students will stop. Somemore paying him buisness/first class air ticket with fat fees. He will not only come. But will use his reputation and clean up our mess.
So there you are, Peter Vanezis, the cikgu for our dumbo, unethical, cheats who got their pathology degrees via the back door – they have nothing to worry about. Their cikgu is here to clean up the mess.
I am surprised the PR fellas never did their homework. Vanezis was never and will never be an independant pathologist like Pornthip is.
The MACC should have called in an independent pathologist from the US under
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
2. Shut your mouth and say nothing against the stance.
3. Whack the opposition and Anwar till they drop.
4. You are not out until you are politically killed and stripped.
I suppose this is the perception of those who know very well people who view at politicians particularly those who don't really like BN as they are now. Well, this comes in light of how Ezam Noor and Palanviel were given senatorships. The timing alone can't fool people, unless you choose to be stupid.
Consider the timing in Hulu Selangor - Ezam comes in and whacks Anwar with boxes in ceramahs, Palanviel is moved aside and given position as compensation for being dropped. BN wins in Hulu Selangor. Both are involved. Ezam in middle, and Palanviel at start. Any idiot can really figure it out.
Do you see these are the machais we once talk about? The classic case of machai / coolies?
There you have it. You can talk about all these things, but the timing is enough to tell the story. Period.
Sibu, shall I say will be somewhat similar in terms of contest in areas like Ipoh Timur, Pandan and other parliamentary areas that are mostly consisted of non-Malay voters. Based on the statistics, I see that the fight will be pretty similar to Pandan, with the exception that the Chinese voters choice at that time are split between Robert Lau Sr and Ho Leng.
But in Ipoh Timur, the number of Chinese voters there are 20% more or 4/5ths of the total voters there, but the common thing that shares between voting in Sibu and Ipoh Timur is that the Chinese voters don't buy easily into goodies by either parties like those other people races as seen in Hulu Selangor recently. It is acknowledged that voters will examine more on what the candidate can deliver over taking the bait from ang pows. Remember, things in the Borneo are not the same as in Peninsular.
I see this is Ho Leng's rematch of the seat, that's where he is based and obviously the choice was a natural given of how close he is with the community there. Again, the closest I can compare of this upcoming by-election is like in Pandan. A mixed community there, with one top MCA man (Superman OTK) and the MTUC president, it was hot fight with OTK squeezing out with a 3000 vote majority. But from some people in Pandan that I once met, I was told that some of the majority votes come from those friends, relatives and powerful connectors in business in Pandan that are close to OTK. Thus, I can see a similar pattern that could happen in this fight with votes of support for Robert Lau Jr.
In the last two elections there, 2004 and 2008, Robert Sr won with a majority range of 3200 and 3300. If the DAP can instead show better ways and how to top over existing policies like NEM, and in other words improving all existing systems instead of whacking BN, then it could be a chance to get additional support.
I once remembered of stories of the press featuring police involvement in Ops Kenyalang where mobsters in the city are captured and jailed. Let's expect of possible intimidation to voters to vote for BN by people who fear that DAP winning could jeopardize their positions in the place as well.
The kingmakers of this fight are not the Malays but those natives of Sarawak. Like in Batang Ai, whoever they vote is depending on whether they can get assurances from the candidates of getting what they needed. And base on the past statistics with factors taking into consideration, I can say Robert Jr, could come in slightly head ahead by the approximate margin of majority as in Hulu Selangor, not because of liking BN, but more or less out of sympathy, reputation, family connection and respect of Robert Sr. This would be more or less like in Bagan Pinang or Permatang Pauh or in places where the candidate is more popular than the party.
"You must choose between the two - the owner or the master of one side or the dependent and coolie on the other" - Excerpt 1915 - Charles Brooke's final meeting with the chiefs of the Council
So here's the dilemma. With that line in mind, is Sibu continuing to bend to the mob or choose to establish their own sub-camp, stand up as dictated in the 20 point agreement to the formation of Malaysia? It's like being the owner or being the coolie of BN.
Then comes the big bullet from Nik Aziz, in which one line was pretty interesting:
"Jenis bodoh susah nak ajar", note that the word bodoh is on dungus who think they are smart alek on whatever they claim to be good at.
Now that's one good line to "tibai" from Nik Aziz..:D
Even Hisham Rais was saying one word...."BODOH"
No, I find it was something to laugh about because those things reveal who the imbeciles are.
Of course, much has been elaborated in this FMT article but in this case, it's nice to see Palanviel and Samy slugging and fighting again. And this really reminds me of those Tamil movies. You can name a few, like Mudhalvan, and Sivaji The Boss with both men fighting to the death, except that this death that we're talking about is political death, political assassination.
I say that it's more than 30 years in helm and Samy remains the only man in the Mahathir years to remain. All the others like Ling, Lim and others have made way for young blood but not him. But I could see the fighting that is coming is going to make MIC going from bad to worse and it could make the win of Hulu Selangor useless.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I didn't really have a choice but to come and work. I was insisting of leaving that night at around 7.30 to attend my cousin's engagement and the next day coming facing the problem of foregoing weekend enjoyment and work until 11 p.m. At times I was wondering how lucky others are when they get to enjoy good time off. I was also in mind wondering whether this violates the 10 commandments of violating Sundays.
The real not so feat was breaking my own record of staying that long. In fact, I didn't go back home on Monday night. I ended up finishing work until 4.30 a.m and had a nap in the conference room until 7.30 a.m...Previously, my record was until 1.30 a.m in which I managed to go home for some sleep.
When I recall that, I thought of Markus - a kid around my age, active in UNICEF but tragically found dead days after. The one thing I knew was that he had been working under the same condition like this over the last few days with lack of sleep and rest. That's in fact very bad for health and I wonder there should be control for each person as not to go beyond the maximum permissive.
I was thinking, well, whoever asks this is a little loon and crazy of doing that, but in the daily meetings after that, there has been some criticism of having things cropped up in last minute that needs to be done, something that was never anticipated earlier in planning. Maybe there the problem of deadlines set that went awry. But somehow, whatever we did ended up with an advance follow-up of interest on what we did...pretty satisfying by the end of Tuesday.
Obviously a response to the criticism of the police in light of the 15-year old boy shooting incident. How could an Inspector General of Police said that when people know how bad the police has been in the public eyes over the last few years? They have to answer themselves a few questions of why they would go for the small fish but not the big fish.
1.Why would you go for those who felt the right to dissent whereas there still criminal scum, thugs, killers and so forth elsewhere that they didn't catch?
2. Why were the police prioritizing themselves wrongly?
3. Why were the allocation of personnel are more on non-essential departments like logistics, finance, whereas there is a much need in criminal investigation, narcotics?
4. And finally, why were some of the best cops were moved cold storage?
These are some of the questions that Musa will have to think and answer before going and swinging at the critics at that above. I don't recall neither his excellent predecessors like Hanif or Bakri Omar said that. Only him. I suppose that is the result of manipulating and screwing the whole police system. The latter point - some cops moving to cold storage is something that he should not have done.
This means that he should quit immediately. And the extension period that was given to him was a waste in the end.
Eventually, though not published to the press, most of us know what are the things that he do which goes against the law. No wonder he is one of those opponents of the IPCMC commission that does the checks against the police force. No force and organization in the world is omnipotent. I guess that's why Pete is one of Musa's hated persons that he was so bent of sending him off the jail because of the expose.
We do know of somethings like:
1. Obvious connections to the underworld
2. Moving officers to cold storage in attempt to cover misdeeds.
3. MACC Negeri Sembilan caught him with secret stash of money in his home.
4. Acknowledging that of infiltration of Israeli intelligence into PDRM.
Indeed the Chinese press was setup to send the false story to cover #2.
Obviously I think it's better for him to quit immediately and spare us the embarssment.