- Thai Buddhist monks criticized for lavish behavior
- Asean ministers to discuss haze problem
- Eroded moral values – children not to blame
- The Opposition’s new mandate
- Election law amendments top Private Member's Bill proposals
- Pakatan's seats allocation conundrum
- Listen! Listen! Listen! ; MCA, MIC and Gerakan parliamentarians
- ROS wants proof of vote counting mistake during DAP polls
- TMI staff leave to start new venture
- Federal Court blow to Kayveas, wife
- Dr M: The posts of president and deputy president in Umno should not be contested
- Numbers game in Ku Li as PM plot
- Indonesia’s SBY concerned about Malaysia’s alleged electoral fraud, says Anwar
- In search of a successor (UPDATED with Chinese translation)
- Anwar denies meeting Najib secretly
- Golongan muda Cina tidak hormat Melayu sebab rasuah, kata Musa Hassan
- New system for Umno polls
- PKR needs new strategies?
- Anwar mengadu kepincangan p’raya kepada Presiden Indonesia
- Penganalisis: Tindakan Anwar tidak wajar
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:15 PM PDT
(WKRN) - The images from the video contrasted with the abbot's message on the temple's homepage that read: "The true core of those who preach Buddha's teachings is to not to own any objects at all."
Thailand's Buddhism body said it is monitoring monks nationwide for any inappropriate behavior after a video showed monks using luxurious personal items while flying on a private jet.
The YouTube video showed one of the monks was wearing stylish aviator sunglasses, carrying a luxury brand travel bag and sporting a pair of modern-looking wireless headphones. It attracted criticism from Buddhists nationwide.
Office of National Buddhism director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said Monday that the agency saw the video early this year and had warned the monks from a monastery in Thailand's northeast not to repeat the lavish behavior.
A country with the world's largest Buddhist population, Thailand has attempted to help Buddha's 2,600-year-old doctrine stand the test of time through a variety of means, including banning the sale of alcohol on religious holidays. The efforts, however, are sometimes tainted by the Buddhist monks themselves.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:03 PM PDT
(The Star) - Ministers from several Asean countries will meet here to discuss ways to tackle the return of the haze to the region and the likelihood of it worsening due to the hot and dry weather.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivelsaid he would chair a meeting on Aug 20 with his counterparts from Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and Thailand.
"We will also study several proposals on early fire detection mechanisms through satellite technology and a fire danger rating system," he said yesterday.
He said the National Haze Action Plan would come into action where key departments and agencies would move to handle the fires depending on the different alert levels based on the Air Pollutant Index (API).
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin said the ministry was mulling over cloud seeding if dry weather persisted.
Satellite images from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre revealed that hot spots in Sumatra had increased from 46 on Friday to 136 on Sunday, while 113 were recorded as of 8.30am yesterday.
The air quality in Malaysia, however, has improved slightly, with four places recording unhealthy levels yesterday compared with six on Sunday.
The API readings showed unhealthy levels for Balok Baru (110) in Pahang and Kemaman (121) in Terengganu with other parts of the country reading good to mode- rate levels.
Under the air quality index, readings of between 0 and 50 are classified as Good, 51 to 100 (Moderate) 101 to 200 (Unhealthy), 201 to 300 (Very Unhealthy) and 300 and above (Hazardous).
In Kuala Terengganu, the levels in Paka were 92 and Kuala Terengganu at 70.
In Nusajaya, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state government would keep the people posted on the matter if the situation worsens.
In Penang, state Environment Department director Datuk Hassan Matsaid the API levels on the is-land was 53 yesterday, while visibility in Bayan Lepas, Prai and Butterworth stood at between 9km and 10km.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:45 PM PDT
Children are exposed to a lot of negative inputs and need more vigilance on the part of the adults responsible for their upbringing and education, but the opposite is happening.
Ravinder Singh, FMT
If you do not teach a child to know right from wrong from a very young age, the child will absorb whatever is around him as he simply does not know right from wrong. He does not have a built-in filtration system that will keep the bad out and allow only the good to pass through and be absorbed. Repeatedly practicing what he has picked up, be it language or physical behaviour, internalizes it in him. Once internalised, it is very difficult to change. So the bad must be recognised by the adults as soon as the child starts showing it and removed immediately, even if need be by a smack or two. The adults who should do this are the parents and teachers.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:28 PM PDT
In moments like these, it is easy to hate the arbitrary nature and high-handedness of the ruling government too. This is all the more the case when the ruling establishment, once again, is showing signs of attempting to remain in power on the sly.
Nurul Izzah Anwar
Thousands of Malaysians voted abroad during the 13th general election. Many more returned from Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, London and Taiwan, traditionally places with large numbers of Malaysians, to exercise their right to suffrage on May 5th.
This is a peculiar phenomenon.
Why do Malaysians who have found greener pastures abroad feel compelled to return to the country to cast their ballot? This certainly goes against the thesis of Albert O. Hirshman — who argued in a famous treatise in 1970 that when people have the chance to leave, they will, especially if they have found the entity to be increasingly dysfunctional and inefficient.
Malaysia, or rather its government, over the last few decades, has certainly manifested such features.
And that is where Malaysia draws its greatest pride from — Malaysians and their sense of belonging, of camaraderie.
Like the 51 per cent of the people in Malaysia, they chose to throw their lot with Pakatan Rakyat, this despite the fact that Pakatan Rakyat did not have any offices or representatives outside the country.
In fact, one may even wonder if they did so purely to register their disgust with Barisan National, rather than due to any objective attachment to Pakatan Rakyat; a trend that was discernible across all racial groups in urban areas from 2008 onwards.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:26 PM PDT
(fz.com) - Pakatan Rakyat parliamentarians have lined up a series of Private Members' Bills on various matters including reforming the Election Commission (EC).
The first session of the 13th Parliament which convenes on June 24 is expected to see a number of Private Members' Bills on electoral reform and custodial deaths tabled.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:18 PM PDT
Forming a single unit of Pakatan campaign managers is crucial for the pact to remedy what had happened prior to GE13 on matters of seat allocations.
Kuo Yong Kooi
What has clearly emanate through before GE-13 to a political observer was that the component parties of Pakatan Rakyat were squabbling over their "territorial seats". Once the seats were allocated to that particular component party, the task of allocating the right candidates for the squabbled seats were then given to their own party boss(es).
Kuo Yong Kooi
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:16 PM PDT
Reference : This may be your last chance to stay relevant.
Your political parties are now gasping for some extra oxygen and are lying on the death bed. All dying souls have to go through the process of flashes of images of our past experiences in this life. Our conscience will come and haunt us, we will be asking many questions; "Have I lived a good life?". "Why there are so many people abandoning me in my hour of need?" or "What have I done to deserve this?"
If I were in your shoes, I will act according to my conscience to redeem myself so that I can die a good death with a clear conscience. What is the best thing that I can do now to revive my fortunes? Is there anything that I can do for the national interests, instead of personal interest?.
Yes MCA, MIC and Gerakan parliamentarians this is probably your last big chance to stay relevant. When the parliament convenes, you can cross the floor of our Parliament and support or help the "rebel" East Malaysians block in tabling a motion of no confidence on the current Prime Minister Najib Razak. If there is no motion of no confidence tabled, initiate one and you might be a hero. This is the only way to teach the Najib administration to put a lid on UMNO's mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia and Perkasa's Ibrahim Ali, Mahathir Mohammad and Zul Nordin. Their racial slurs have gone too far and for too long.
The Najib administration will start to take you seriously if you decide to vote according to your conscience on bills tabled on the parliament. They will have to consult you and will start to give you some respect.
You might be able to change your fortunes if you are willing to cross the floor and support the opposition on some matters. The community you represent will be happy to see that you've finally turned over a new leaf. They might even come back to vote for you in the next general election.
Central committee MCA member Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan was quoted to have said "Since we are aiming to change and win back the support of the younger generation, we should elect younger party leaders who can better connect with them".
Mr Ong is barking at the wrong tree. Getting support back from the younger generation by electing younger party leaders does not necessarily give new life to MCA. If you behave the same way as before you might as well consult a Taoist priest to set a funeral date for MCA.
Doing the right thing for the national interest is one possible way to salvage the party from oblivion.
MCA Young Professional bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong has been quoted, "I urge all the NGOs and parties to stop making accusations and snide remarks. All of us should work together with the Government in its efforts to enhance nation-building and reconciliation plans. Education should not be used as a weapon for one's political interests."
You guys with big job titles have always been saying the right thing ever since I was old enough to read newspapers. Listen! Listen! Listen!.....my head has gone bald now, when are you going to do the right thing for the national interest? Najib Razak has been saying the right thing on national reconciliation and one Malaysia for the last four years. Has he done anything on national reconciliation yet?
Make some gutsy moves in the parliament. If after the motion of no confidence on Najib Razak sails through, support the motion to elect Tengku Razaleigh as the Prime Minister. Listen! Listen! Listen! that is the definition of "doing" the right thing for the national interest.
Continue to give unconditional support to your political master UMNO will hasten your death. That was the main reason why you are near your death bed in the first place. Giving conditional support might be a possible avenue for you to turn the situation around.
You are to head towards a possible electoral annihilation anyway come GE14. You might as well leave with a bang or would you prefer to leave where people come out to celebrate your passing?
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Kuo Yong Kooi
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:06 AM PDT
(Bernama) - The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has asked DAP to present proof of mistake during vote counting at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections.
Registrar Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman said this was to determine whether it was due to a computer glitch or cheating.
"We are still investigating and one of the major issue is the votes received by candidates in the party elections," he said in a statement on Monday.
DAP reportedly admitted that a mistake was made during vote counting for CEC elections last December and blamed it on technical error.
Abdul Rahman said ROS had to issue a statement to inform the public on the progress of investigation to avoid manipulation of facts such as contents of the ROS letter dated April 17, 2013.
"This act is unethical. ROS must investigate more carefully to avoid the manipulation of facts," he added.
On April 18, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed he received a letter from the ROS dated April 17 that DAP was not empowered to issue appointment letters to party candidates using the rocket symbol at the general election as the ROS decided not to recognise the election of CEC members.Abdul Rahman said all members interviewed wanted DAP to hold fresh elections, adding that the ROS had no intention of cancelling DAP's registration.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 10:25 PM PDT
(fz.com) - Nearly 26 staff, including managing editor Joan Lau and executive editor Leslie Lau have left The Malaysian Insider (TMI), Marketing-Interactive.com's Advertising and Marketing (A+M) portal reported today.
This confirmed a report by fz.com on June 12 that TMI staff were walking out on the five-year-old news website to start a company that will run the rival web portal of The Malay Mail newspaper.
Sources had told fz.com then that the move, was triggered by increasing differences between the TMI editorial team and its financiers on its editorial direction, especially during the run up to the May 5 general election.
This, combined with very persistent wooing by the people behind The Malay Mail group, finally led to the collective decision to leave. The news was first reported by www.fz.com on April 23.
When contacted by A+M, TMI editor and CEO Jahabar Sadiq confirmed the departures.
"They left to pursue better opportunities and TMI is in the process of finding replacements. The editorial direction however remains the same," he said.
Joan, who served her last day on June 14, told A+M: "We had different editorial opinions and direction. Rest assured we'll remain non-partisan in news reporting."
Leslie, commented about the departure on Twitter saying, "All the editors of @tm_insider had planned our departure but one decided to stay at the last moment. I wish him all the best."
Joan then explained about the company she has set up with her brother Leslie.
"Leslie and I set up an independent company called the Trinity Diligent and we secured an outsource contract to manage and provide editorial content for The Malay Mail online. My team (other 25 staff and three freelancers) will be working on that from now on," said Joan.
She also denied the speculation that the staff walked out on their last day.
"I wouldn't call it walking out as Friday was already our last day," added Joan, who started her career at TMI when the commenced operations in February 2008, just before the 12th Malaysian general election.
Joan said operations in The Malay Mail online would kick off June 17.
Meanwhile, TMI is left with one sales person and five staff in editorial.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 08:04 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Lawyers Datuk Seri M. Kayveas and his diplomat wife lost their appeal at the Federal Court in Putrajaya today to set aside an Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board's decision which found them guilty of misconduct and fined them RM5,000 each.
A five-member panel led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria unanimously dismissed their appeal and upheld the board's decision.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 07:12 PM PDT
(The Mole) - Former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Umno's top two posts should not be contested to avoid internal party squabbles.
Dr Mahathir, who is also the nation's fourth prime minister said even though the president and deputy president post should be contested in the spirit of democracy, Malaysians do not really understand democracy.
"If (they) lose, they will withdraw themselves and form another party which will break Umno. I support contests but if there is a contest, Umno will break into two," he was by Utusan Malaysia.
Dr Mahathir said currently there are three Malay-based parties and it may be four if Umno splits into two up, before it eventually breaks up.
"Other posts can be put up for contest but there is no need for the top posts to be so," he said after launching a book called The Prisoners' Diaries by Puan Sri Norma Hashim at Perdana Leadership Foundation on Monday.
Prior to this a blog post at Another Brick in The Wall have stated that having the top two posts not to be contested in Umno will only be seen as a cheap attempt at self preservation of power.
The Mole had previously reported political analysts have described that the proposals by some Umno leaders that the posts of the president and its deputy are not contested, is not reflecting the party's spirit of democracy.
Several Umno leaders have said that the position of president and his deputy, currently held by Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin respectively, should not be contested.
They argued that it would bring disunity among members.
Kedah Umno had also reportedly supporting the proposal that the top two posts in the party should not be contested in the elections this year.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 07:00 PM PDT
In 2008, DAP and PAS committed their support for Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to be PM, only Anwar Ibrahim and some BN MPs stood in the way.
Former Umno vice-president Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah did not initiate the discussions between him and several MPs from Sabah and Sarawak.
In fact, according to "individuals privy to the proceedings", it was the MPs who mooted the meeting. They formed an informal delegation to seek advise from the veteran Umno leader.
It was "just a chit-chat" veered towards the possibility of combining resources to impress upon other MPs that time is ripe for a leadership change.
A breakaway from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat styled politics was also seen as necessary to ensure the country regains its path as a progressive nation.
The "individuals" said Tengku Razaleigh is seen as an eminent statesman regardless of what his critics may say about the 78-year old Kelantan Prince.
It is therefore only natural for some politicians to seek his input on how the country's future is shaping up, especially those from Sabah and Sarawak who feel slighted that their states were overlooked in the federal cabinet line-up.
The "individuals" who declined to be named due to the "sensitive" nature of the issue, confirmed that among the matters discussed was the filing of a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak when the 13th Parliament session begins its first sitting next week.
This is where the numbers game come in.
It is uncertain if Tengku Razaleigh can muster the magical number of 35 MPs from Barisan Nasional to join him.
It is also uncertain if he is able to coax the 89 MPs from Pakatan Rakyat to agree to such a proposal.
'Drama' a warning?
If Tengku Razaleigh has 124 MPs behind him then the motion could be filed, debated and put to vote in Parliament as it quantifies more than half of the House.
There are 222 elected parliamentarians in Dewan Rakyat and BN under Najib have 133 MPs in the house.
Some insiders opined that the whole 'drama' could just be a signal from some MPs for Najib to re-evaluate the current political scenario and to govern better.
They said it "may not" represent a concerted effort to oust Najib.
Among the issues raised is Najib's ability to lead.
The many concessions given to the Chinese and their rounded rejection of BN in the recently concluded general election, corruption, raciasm as well as lagging development in Sabah and Sarawak has left observers mulling over his leadership ability now seen as "weak".
Then there are also references to the young voters (aged 40 and below) who will soon become the bulk of the voters in the nation's electoral list before 2020.
Tengku Razaleigh's aides meanwhile are pessimistic over any bid to move a no confidence motion against Najib.
They believe most Umno MPs may not support the no-confidence proposal, as many did not want their party further weakened when it already has to deal with a frail BN.
Neither, is there a clear signal from Pakatan on whether they will support it.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 06:42 PM PDT
(MSN News) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed concern about the alleged fraud in the Malaysian general elections and the impact of Saturday's Black 505 rally on the country, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said last night.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed concern about the alleged fraud in the Malaysian general elections and the impact of Saturday's Black 505 rally on the country, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said last night.
The PKR leader told the Black 505 rally in Batu Pahat, Johor, that Yudhoyono (commonly referred to as SBY) had invited him for a briefing and confirmed he did not meet Datuk Seri Najib Razak who was also in Jakarta this past weekend. "There was no previous communication between me and President SBY and I took care to watch the Malaysian government's 'face'. I know TV3 and Utusan will spin a story about me being a foreign stooge," Anwar told the crowd that packed the rally.
"But what is important is that President SBY wanted to know what was happening in Malaysia and issued the invitation due to the increased coverage by the Indonesian media. The feeling there is that the electoral fraud committed was excessive and if it had happened in Indonesia, there would have been a revolt," he added.
The opposition leader also pointed out that other international groups were also concerned about the results of the May 5 general elections where Najib's Barisan Nasional won 133 seats, seven less than in Election 2008. Anwar's Pakatan Rakyat took 89 seats in the 222- seat Dewan Rakyat.
"The European Parliament has passed a resolution to put off signing a Free Trade Agreement with the Malaysian government until all the fraud allegations have been investigated. "Turkey fails to understand why Pakatan which won 51 per cent of total votes cannot form the federal government."
"And President SBY, wants to know how did the fraud take place. Where can our leaders hide their faces," Anwar said.
He also said the Indonesians also wanted to know what would happen on June 22 when the Black 505 rally takes place in Padang Merbok in the heart of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. "June 22 is very critical. Everyone, from orang kampong (village folk), to fishermen, farmers and most important of all young Malaysians must come.
"The world, just like Indonesia, is watching.
"Is there going to be a protest. Is it true the people want to clean up the electoral system. Is it true they want to plug up all the weaknesses?
"If we succeed, then God willing, I am sure June 22 will mark a turning point in Malaysia's cruel political landscape," the 64-year-old former deputy prime minister said.
Anwar also told the Malaysia Chronicle portal that he did not meet Najib or had communicated through "messengers". The Malaysian Insider reported that both leaders were in Jakarta for the weekend after plans were made for a possible meeting for national reconciliation.
Anwar insisted there could be no reconciliation until concrete steps were taken by Najib to clean up the system.
"I told President SBY we are not virgins, we know the importance of stability to national security and to the economy but to wait until the next general election to push for change... we might as well wait till Judgment Day as there is no way for any party to mount a fair challenge and win, not with the current Election Commission (chiefs), who are not deserving of their high office," Anwar added.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 05:49 PM PDT
Therefore, for all intents and purposes, it was Dr Mahathir who appointed Najib as the Deputy Prime Minister and not Pak Lah who did so. Pak Lah did not 'confirm' Dr Mahathir's announcement until the following day. Pak Lah really had no choice in the matter after Dr Mahathir had publicly 'thanked' him for 'agreeing' to appoint Najib as the Deputy Prime Minister.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
It appears like we will not be seeing a contest for 'number one' and 'number two' this coming Umno general assembly. Of course, this is not the first time this has happened. Since the historic 'Team A' versus 'Team B' tussle of 26 years ago -- when the Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah-Musa Hitam team took on the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad-Ghafar Baba team -- Umno has not tolerated any contest for the top two posts.
This is mainly because of two reasons. Firstly, the 1987 contest split Umno into two and resulted in Umno getting deregistered (followed by the fall of Kelantan in the 1990 general election). Secondly, the President and Deputy President of Umno will become Malaysia's Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister respectively. Hence Umno would not just be choosing its top two party leaders but the top two leaders of the country as well.
No doubt this 'no contest' ruling can be considered as technically illegal because all party posts should be open for contest. But then Umno's 'system' allows for the party's supreme council to make rulings that are final and that cannot be challenged in court or overridden by the Registrar of Societies. Therefore democracy can be suspended for the sake of 'stability'.
This may appear strange and even undemocratic to the uninitiated. However, Malaysia is full of contradictions and these contradictions have been accepted as necessary for the sake of 'peace and stability'. I mean, while the Federal Constitution says that there is freedom of assembly, the police can still arrest you for organising and attending an 'illegal assembly'. And while the Constitution says you cannot be detained without being informed of your crime and that you must be brought before a magistrate or released within 24 hours, you can still be detained without trial and without legal representation for an indefinite period of time.
Many say that Malaysia does not allow freedom of speech or freedom of assembly and so on. I would disagree with that, though. Malaysia does allow freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. It is freedom AFTER speech and freedom AFTER assembly that you do not have. Hence you do have freedom to do what you want to do. It is whether you will still enjoy this freedom after you do it that is the issue.
Anyway, many think that the 'no contest for number one and number two' is aimed at saving Najib Tun Razak. They think that to allow a contest would mean that Najib might be challenged and would possibly be ousted. I have a deep suspicion that this is not about saving Najib but about saving Muhyiddin Yassin.
If there is a contest for number one and number two, two things may happen. One would be that Muhyiddin takes on Najib. Muhyiddin might win or he might lose. However, taking Malay sentiments into consideration where challenging the boss is seen as biadap (insolent), the chance of Muhyiddin losing is stronger than the chance of him winning.
The second scenario would be that no one might challenge Najib but someone might challenge Muhyiddin instead. And if Muhyiddin loses, then Najib would be very secure and unshakable -- as the only alternative for successor, Muhyiddin, would now be out in the cold.
That is a risk they would not like to take. And you cannot say that the number one post is open to challenge while the number two is not. Either both posts are open to challenge or both are not. So better they do not open any of the posts to a challenge, just in case.
Their main worry is not so much about Muhyiddin taking on Najib (in fact, many are hoping he would). If Muhyiddin does take on Najib that would mean the number two post would now be 'vacant' (since Muhyiddin is going for number one) and it would be open season for the number two post.
Let's say Muhyiddin takes on Najib and wins. Najib would now be out and Muhyiddin would become the new Prime Minister. That would mean Malaysia no longer has a Deputy Prime Minister. But who is going to become the new Deputy Prime Minister, one of the three Vice Presidents? Bloody hell, you know who they are, right?
That is the crux of the matter. Who is going to take over as Deputy Prime Minister if Muhyiddin takes over as Prime Minister? That is a thought that is sending shivers down the spine of the behind-the-scenes 'kingmakers'. Hence it is a risk they would not like to take.
They faced this same dilemma when Dr Mahathir handed the reins to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (Pak Lah) on 1st November 2003. For 15 months from mid-2002 Dr Mahathir and Pak Lah hammered out a deal on what will happen once Pak Lah takes over. And one of the terms of this deal was that Najib would be appointed the Deputy Prime Minister.
However, once Pak Lah took over, he dragged his feet and refused to confirm Najib as his Deputy. It was not until Dr Mahathir put a gun to Pak Lah's head that Najib was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister on 7th January 2004 -- more than two months after Pak Lah took over as Prime Minister.
Pak Lah's choice for Deputy was actually Muhyiddin and not Najib. Najib was Dr Mahathir's choice. But Dr Mahathir shoved Najib down Pak Lah's throat and he (Pak Lah) was powerless to say no mainly because the 'Old Man' publicly announced Najib's appointment even though Pak Lah had not said anything.
Therefore, for all intents and purposes, it was Dr Mahathir who appointed Najib as the Deputy Prime Minister and not Pak Lah who did so. Pak Lah did not 'confirm' Dr Mahathir's announcement until the following day. Pak Lah really had no choice in the matter after Dr Mahathir had publicly 'thanked' him for 'agreeing' to appoint Najib as the Deputy Prime Minister.
That was basically the beginning of the end for Pak Lah. Dr Mahathir realised that the 15 months of 'sorting out the issues' from mid-2002 to 1st November 2003 between him and Pak Lah was a deal gone sour. After that Pak Lah cancelled the Crooked Bridge, the Double-Tracking Project, and so on. That further infuriated Dr Mahathir.
The straw that broke the camel's back was on midnight of 2nd September 2004, a few hours after Anwar Ibrahim was released from jail on the charge of sodomy. Unknown to most, Pak Lah's son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddiin, sneaked into Anwar's house through the kitchen to meet Anwar. This meeting was arranged by the then PKR Youth Leader, Ezam Mohd Nor.
When I found out about this clandestine meeting I immediately wrote about it in Malaysia Today and the next morning there was a lot of brouhaha when Umno demanded an explanation. Pak Lah then explained that Khairy went to meet Anwar to hand him his international passport.
But Khairy was not the Minister of Home Affairs or the head of the Immigration Department. So why should he go to meet Anwar to hand him his passport? Nevertheless, Umno gave Pak Lah the benefit of the doubt, never mind how incredible the explanation may have sounded -- until the following day when The Star published a photograph of Anwar going to the Immigration office to collect his passport.
Pak Lah had lied. Khairy's midnight visit to Anwar's house was not to hand him his passport, as what Pak Lah had said. The Star had revealed this lie. Hence what was the purpose of Khairy's visit?
Later it was revealed that Pak Lah was in discussion with Anwar, through Khairy, for his (Anwar's) return to Umno. Pak Lah knew that Dr Mahathir was after his balls and he thought that an alliance with Anwar (if Anwar returns to Umno, of course) would be the sensible strategy to adopt.
Pak Lah admitted that there actually was such a negotiation. However, since Umno was bitterly opposed to this move, he had no choice but to abort the plan -- and Anwar went on to become the de facto head of PKR, and the Opposition Leader in Parliament in September 2008, four years after he was released from jail.
And is this why Najib allegedly met up with Anwar in Indonesia, a meeting that was allegedly arranged by Pak Lah (and a story that has been denied)? Does Najib know that his time is up and he, too, is seeking an alliance with Anwar to fend off any possible onslaught from Dr Mahathir?
Well, that issue will have to be addressed in part three of this series -- so stay tuned.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 03:45 PM PDT
(The Edge) - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has denied that he is in Indonesia for a secret meeting with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Sinar Harian reported.
The PKR de facto leader confirmed, however, that he met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss several matters including the May 5 Malaysian polls, the daily said.
The Malaysian Insider news portal had reported that a Najib-Anwar meeting had been in the pipeline over the past week, apparently as Najib was certain that his position as Umno president would be challenged in the party polls set to be held by year's end.
According to the report, Anwar's meeting with the prime minister was to have been arranged by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is seen as close to leaders from both sides of the political divide.
But Anwar denied that any such meeting had been arranged although Najib was also reportedly in Indonesia yesterday.
There have been reports of political manoeuverings against Najib with a few MPs from Sabah and Sarawak as well as others having approached veteran politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, complaining that they were unhappy with Najib's cabinet appointments and the administration's future.
Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, was said to be trying to get enough numbers to be elected the prime minister when parliament commences on June 24.
Sinar Harian quoted Ibrahim Suffian, executive director of pollster Merdeka Centre, as saying that Najib's position as prime minister is secure, especially after leading BN to victory in the May 5 election.
"With the people's trust in him, his position is difficult to be shaken," he said.
He added that it was unclear if Najib's popularity increased or decreased after the election. That however has marginal impact on his standing with the Malaysian public, he added.
The daily also quoted UKM political science professor Shamsul Abadi Mamat as saying that Najib (in comparison to Razaleigh) might be hard to push aside and has influence to be reckoned with.
"Ku Li is an Umno veteran but Najib has his own influence and he is young. Therefore, maybe he has better ideas for Umno," he said when elaborating about the possibility of Ku Li challenging Najib.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 03:34 PM PDT
Md Izwan, TMI
Bekas Ketua Polis Negara (KPN) Tan Sri Musa Hassan menyifatkan golongan muda masyarakat Cina tidak menghormati orang Melayu kerana mereka menerima rasuah, sambil menggesa Putrajaya supaya serius memerangi isu rasuah sekiranya mahu menghentikan sentimen tersebut berlarutan.
Musa dilaporkan oleh akhbar Utusan Malaysia berkata apabila orang Melayu terlibat dalam rasuah, masyarakat Cina akan melihatnya sebagai satu bentuk pengkhianatan kerana menjual hak kepada orang lain.
"Generasi muda Cina membenci rasuah.
"Apabila orang Melayu rasuah, mereka mengganggap seperti menjual hak kepada orang lain dan akibatnya mereka tidak menghormati orang Melayu," kata Musa yang dipetik berkata dalam Utusan Malaysia di "Forum Rakyat:Melayu Islam Bersatu?" hujung minggu lalu.
Isu rasuah merupakan perkara pokok yang sentiasa menjadi permasalahan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan pemerintah Barisan Nasional (BN), kedudukan Indeks Persepsi Rasuah Malaysia (CPI) menurun untuk beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini, walaupun kedudukan Malaysia bertambah baik pada tahun 2012 menjadi negara ke-54 di dunia, indeks antarabangsa masih meletakkan Malaysia di bawah negara-negara Afrika seperti Rwanda (50) dan Botswana (30).
Baru-baru ini, seorang wanita Cina telah ditahan Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) dengan kerjasama Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial PDRM kerana dikhuatiri telah menghina DYMM SPB Yang DiPertuan Agong di laman Facebook-nya.
Siasatan dijalankan di bawah Seksyen 233 Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 dan juga boleh didakwa dibawah Akta Hasutan 1948.
Keputusan pilihan raya umum ke-13 (PRU13) baru-baru ini juga turut dikaitkan dengan sokongan peningkatan sokongan pengundi Cina kepada pembangkang Pakatan Rakyat (PR) sehingga menyebabkan Barisan Nasional (BN) walaupun berjaya kekal sebagai kerajaan pusat, hanya memperoleh 133 kerusi Parlimen berbanding 140 pada Pilihan Raya 2008 lalu.
Malah, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak juga secara terbuka telah menyalahkan masyarakat Cina apabila menyifatkan keputusan PRU13 sebagai "Tsunami Cina" sejurus selepas berakhir pilihan raya.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 02:39 PM PDT
This is to ensure only eligible Umno members can elect grassroot committee and supreme council members.
(Bernama) - Umno will be using a card scanner system to determine the eligibility of party members in the election process this year.
Umno executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh said the system will be introduced at branch and divisional elections.
The system, he said was initially confined to the supreme council election during the Umno annual general assembly later this year but it would now be introduced at the grassroot level.
"This is the first time that the system will include the divisional and branch level following the amendment to the Umno constitution on the party election process.
"The system is to ensure that only members who are eligible can attend the meetings to elect the grassroots committee and supreme council members," he told reporters here yesterday.
According to him, the party would go on a roadshow to all the states to explain to members how the new system works.
Earlier, Abdul Rauf and Umno election committee chairman Tajol Rosli Ghazali gave a closed-door briefing on the new system to more than 5,000 Perak Umno members at Dewan Jubli Perak here.
Meanwhile, Perak Umno liaison chairman Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the encouraging turnout by members from 1,700 Umno branches was a good sign in preparation for the party's annual general assembly and branch and divisional elections.
The Umno supreme council had earlier fixed July 15 until Aug 31 for the meetings at branch level while the dates for divisional meetings and the annual general assembly would be based on feedback received by the roadshow team.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 02:33 PM PDT
PKR must strive to consolidate its position and enlarge its membership base while it devises new plans on how to lead an assault on BN.
Amir Ali, FMT
One of the major tools used by Barisan Nasional in the recently concluded (or not) 13th general election was the government controlled media, so called the mainstream media (MSM) and it damaged Pakatan Rakyat's chances in remote areas.
What the citizens in townships and cities across Malaysia have is the internet as the alternative to the MSM, but that too has showed its limits to a certain extent, since it cannot reach those who are not virtually connected.
In the remote areas in Sabah, Sarawak and in the peninsular villages plus the areas where Pakatan is not allowed to campaign such as the Felda areas, the internet does not seem to be as popular as the local TV1, TV2 and TV3 plus the 4,5,6,7,8,9 and 14 which were also abused during the electoral period.
Then we have the penetration powers of Utusan Malaysia, the Star and other MSM newspapers which were in full support of BN, demonising Pakatan in the process and not giving the opposition any chance to present its criticism of the government or its projects for a better society.
All through 2012, the opposition had problems penetrating the villages in several states and it was an accepted fact among Pakatan elements that this would hurt their chances of gaining more seats in Parliament.
PKR was even more aware of the problem, knowing that it could not depend entirely on PAS and DAP was in an even worse situation with regard to Malay majority areas in the villages.
PAS, as it was proven during the 13th general election, was in competition with PKR and DAP in many seats and went to great lengths to ensure that some Pakatan candidates fail to get elected altogether.
The hope among these PAS elements was that by doing so, they would kill PKR-DAP's chances of getting more seats while they would help their party get more seats at the federal level.
With such an attitude, it is comprehensible that PKR elements on the ground in many areas felt difficult to penetrate some of the darkest and most pro-Umno territories.
PKR and Pakatan had little problems in getting the support of the urban folks and that they will do even better in 2013, but the real problem was how to get the message to the hardcore, fixed deposits and diehard Umno elements.
Some students, in their efforts to enlarge the scope of Pakatan' penetration, tried to enter the Felda and other kampung areas but were chased off by Umno reps. Their leaflets and Buku Jingga were seized.
At times, the authorities were roped in to stop the students and activists from distributing opposition literature in the remote areas, at least as claimed by Pakatan.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 02:28 PM PDT
Bagaimanapun, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Susilo mengatakan beliau tidak boleh mencampurin urusan dalam negeri Malaysia.
(FMT) - JAKARTA: Indonesia enggan campur tangan urusan pilihan raya di Malaysia yang didakwa pincang oleh Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Laman web viva.co.id melaporkan Presiden Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) mengatakan perkara ini dalam pertemuan dengan Anwar di Bali tiga hari lalu.
Anwar mendakwa beliau bertemu SBY atas undangan Presiden Indonesia itu selain turut bertemu bekas Timbalan Presiden Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla (JK).
SBY menyatakan kepada Anwar, (beliau) tidak boleh mencampuri urusan dalam negeri Malaysia.
"Saya beritahu Presiden (SBY) bahawa isu kecurangan belum selesai, tidak (boleh) dibiarkan begitu saja," kata Anwar dalam sidang media di Jakarta semalam.
SBY berterima kasih
Anwar menjelaskan SBY berterima kasih kepadanya kerana menjelaskan perkembangan pilihan raya umum di negaranya.
Bagaimanapun, Presiden Indonesia itu memberitahu Anwar ingin mendapat keterangan terkini berkait kecurangan besar pilihan raya umum itu.
"Ini sudah rahsia umum makanya saya jelaskan kepada beliau. Indonesia sahabat saya, dulu dan sekarang," ujarnya.
Anwar menjelaskan jika menjadi pemimpin di Malaysia, beliau akan membaiki hubungan dengan Indonesia.
Manakala dalam pertemuan dengan JK, Anwar menceritakan mengenai kesukaran yang dihadapinya selama ini.
Anwar mengatakan, sepanjang lima tahun menjadi Ketua Pembangkang di Parlmen, dia tidak diberi ruang satu minit pun untuk bercakap di depan media Malaysia.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 01:00 AM PDT
(Sinar Harian) - Tindakan Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengadu tentang 'kecurangan' PRU13 kepada Presiden Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) dan bekas naib presiden Indonesia Jusuf Kalla (JK) merupakan tindakan yang tidak wajar.
Menurut Profesor Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Prof Dr Ahmad Atory Hussain, tindakan Anwar tersebut hanya memperlihatkan ketidakmatangan beliau dalam berpolitik.
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