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DAP MPs want ministers with alleged fake degrees to resign

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 11:01 PM PDT

(The Sun Daily) - DAP MPs want two cabinet ministers who allegedly have fake degrees to resign.

They urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to call for the immediate resignation of Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot and Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Ebon Ewin, if their degrees are proven to be fake.

Ong Kian Ming (Serdang-DAP) said both ministers should clear the air on whether they have valid qualifications. He added that the information about their qualifications were obtained from the websites of the ministries they are attached to.

On Wednesday, Ong and Zairil Khir Johari (Bukit Bendera-DAP) told a press conference that the website of the Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that Riot obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Chartered Institute of Business Administration (Ireland), Teoranta in 1994 and Masters of Business Administration from Preston University in the United States.

"As of 11.52pm, June 26, 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affair's website still shows this entry although Richard Riot is no longer the Deputy Foreign Minister.

"We call upon the minister to explain why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was the Deputy Minister for a number of years in the previous Parliament, would list down his qualifications as such, rather than to state that the minister had obtained his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Human Resources from the University of Hertfordshire, as he claimed in numerous online media reports on Wednesday," Ong said today.

He also said the website of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry no longer shows the details of Ewon Ebin as of today.

Ong then distributed a previous screenshot of the ministry's website which shows that Ewon Ebin obtained his degree from Golden State University, Wyoming, USA.

"We call upon the Minister, Datuk 'Dr' Ewon Ebin to clarify whether or not he obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Commonwealth Open University and his Doctorate in Business Administration from Golden State University, Wyoming, USA," he said.

On Wednesday, Riot rebutted the allegation that he obtained his undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Human Resources from the University of Hertfordshire, London.


US anti-Islam activists banned from entering UK

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 10:54 PM PDT

(NST) - LONDON: Two American anti-Islam activists were banned Wednesday from entering Britain following reports they were planning to speak at a far-right rally this weekend.

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, who founded the organization Stop the Islamization of America, had been planning to attend an English Defense League march in London.  

The Home Office said in a statement that Speller and Geller were "subject to an exclusion decision" and would not be allowed to enter the U.K.  

"The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good," it said.  

According to the letter sent to Geller, the Home Secretary's exclusion decisions are reviewed every three to five years.  

Spencer and Geller were due to attend an EDL march Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day.

The march was set to finish in the London neighborhood where soldier Lee Rigby was killed last month by alleged Islamic extremists.  

Spencer said in an email that the Home Office's decision amounts to "craven capitulation."  

Matthew Collins, a spokesman from anti-racism campaigners Hope Not Hate, who had opposed Spencer and Geller entering the Britain, said his group was "absolutely delighted" by the Home Office's decision.  

"Free speech doesn't give you a right to incite hatred against people," Collins said.  

EDL leader Tommy Robinson tweeted his disappointment: "I am embarrassed of our country banning Geller and Spencer for daring to speak against Islam."  

Spencer and Geller are best known in the U.S. for their opposition to the construction of a mosque near the ground zero site in New York.

Selangor MB's ex-aide gets jail, whipping for cheating

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 10:48 PM PDT

(Bernama) - The High Court today sentenced Mohd Yahya Mat Sahri (pic), former special officer to Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, to two years in prison and two strokes of the whip for cheating the president of Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd, Datuk Abdul Karim Munisar five years ago.

Mohd Yahya, 44, was charged with cheating Abdul Karim Munisar, by deceiving him into believing that the Pakatan Rakyat secretariat was seeking sponsors for the party's 100th day celebration.

Judge Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah meted out the sentence after allowing the prosecution's appeal against the Sessions Court's verdict which acquitted and discharged Mohd Yahya, 46, of the charge in May 2011.

The judge however allowed a stay of execution pending Mohd Yahya's appeal at the Court of Appeal and set bail at RM15,000 with one surety.

On May 20 2011, Sessions Court Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh had acquitted and discharged Mohd Yahya on the basis that the prosecution had failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mohd Yahya faced a further charge of inducing Abdul Karim to hand over RM50,000 in sponsorship for the event at the Gardenia Coffee House, Quality Hotel, on June 4, 2008.

He was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction.

A total of 28 prosecution witnesses, including Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and eight defence witnesses testified throughout the proceedings.

Deputy public prosecutor Nor Azah Kasran appeared for the prosecution while Mohd Yahya was represented by lawyer Ahmad Nizam Hamid.


Snap polls best option for T’ganu?

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 08:37 PM PDT

However, Article 14(4) of the constitution says that the Sultan can exercise his discretionary power and "dispense with any provision in Article 10 restricting his choice of MB."

Leven Woon, FMT

Fresh elections would be the best option for Terengganu should the upcoming Kuala Besut by-election result in a hung state legislative assembly, legal experts said today.

An opposition victory in the by-election would result in Barisan Nasional and the current opposition each having 16 representatives in the assembly.

The experts said the situation could be resolved through defections or an agreement to form a bipartisan government or by seeking the advice of the Sultan. However, none of these options would guarantee the stability of the government, they added.

Prior to yesterday's death of Kuala Besut assemblyman Abdul Rahman Mokhtar of Umno, BN had 17 seats in the house. PAS has 14 and PKR one.

'Budget cannot be passed'

Edmund Bon, an official of the Malaysia Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, said a hung assembly would find it hard to pass bills tabled for debate.

"The most crucial bill will be the annual supply bill," he told FMT. "If they cannot pass it, then the state cannot run."

He said a way to resolve this would be for the two sides to negotiate to form a bi-partisan government which could try to reach consensus to pass certain laws on a case-by-case basis.

"But there is a danger of some elected reps crossing to the opposing side," he added. "There is also a possibility of the Menteri Besar facing a vote of no confidence."

Furthermore, he said, a bipartisan government would be hard to achieve in the current political scenario, with BN and PAS pursuing different ideals.

On the palace's role, Bon said that although it is assumed that the Sultan must accept the Menteri Besar's advice, the matter would not be as straight forward as when the position of the latter is indisputable.

"Even without a motion of no confidence, if a new leader brings a majority of the reps to see the Sultan, he can actually appoint that person as the new MB."

The constitution of Terengganu stipulates that the Sultan appoint a Menteri Besar who is a Malay and Muslim and commands the confidence of the majority members of the assembly.

However, Article 14(4) of the constitution says that the Sultan can exercise his discretionary power and "dispense with any provision in Article 10 restricting his choice of MB."



Activists say death toll in Syria now tops 100,000

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 08:26 PM PDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The civil war in Syria has now killed more than 100,000 people, a grim new estimate Wednesday that comes at a time when the conflict is spreading beyond its borders and hopes are fading for a settlement to end the bloodshed.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been tracking the death toll through a network of activists in the country, said most of the 100,191 killed in the last 27 months were combatants.

The regime losses were estimated at nearly 43,000, including pro-government militias and 169 fighters from the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group — a recent entrant in the conflict.

The Observatory said 36,661 of the dead are civilians. Recorded deaths among the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad reached more than 18,000, including 2,518 foreign fighters.

Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman said he suspected that the toll actually was higher, since neither side has been totally forthcoming about its losses.

The United Nations recently estimated that 93,000 people were killed between March 2011, when the crisis started, and the end of April 2013, concurring with Abdul-Rahman that the actual toll is likely much higher.

The Syrian government has not given a death toll. State media published the names of the government's dead in the first months of the crisis, but then stopped publishing its losses after the opposition became an armed insurgency.

Abdul-Rahman said that the group's tally of military deaths is based on information from medical sources, records obtained by the group from state agencies and activists' own count of funerals in government-held areas of the country. Other sources are the activist videos showing soldiers who were killed in rebel areas and later identified.

The new estimate comes at a time when hopes for peace talks are fading. The U.N.'s special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said Tuesday an international conference proposed by Russia and the U.S. will not take place until later in the summer, partly because of opposition disarray.

Regime forces are pushing into rebel-held areas in an attempt to secure the seat of Assad's power in the capital of Damascus and along the Mediterranean coast in the heartland of the Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which Assad belongs.

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The offensive, along with new reports that Assad has used chemical weapons in 10 different incidents in the conflict, also prompted Washington and its allies to declare they have decided to arm the rebels.

On Wednesday, the Observatory said the regime drove rebels out of the town of Talkalakh, along the border with Lebanon. The town, which had a predominantly Sunni population of about 70,000 before the conflict, is surrounded by 12 Alawite villages located within walking distance of the Lebanon border.

The government takeover will likely affect the rebels' ability to bring supplies, fighters and weapons from Lebanon.

The town also lies on the highway that links the city of Homs to Tartus, in the coastal Alawite enclave that is home to one of Syria's two main seaports.

Syrian state TV showed soldiers patrolling the streets of Talkalakh, inspecting underground tunnels and displaying weapons seized from the opposition.

The governor of Homs, Ahmed Munir, told the private Lebanese broadcaster al-Mayadeen that some rebels in Talkalakh handed their weapons over to authorities. He said the town was a major area for infiltrators from Lebanon.

"Talkalakh is clear of weapons," Munir said.

Southeast of Talkalakh, government forces also took control of the village of Quarayaten on a highway that links the rebels to another supply route from Iraq, according to an activist who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.

The regime victories are likely to help it advance on rebel-held areas of the city of Homs, he said. The activist, who is connected to rebels in Homs, spoke by Skype.

The main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, urged the U.N. to help civilians in Talkalakh open routes to facilitate the rescue of women, children, the elderly and the wounded.

The fighting has increasingly taken on sectarian overtones. Sunni Muslims dominate the rebel ranks while Assad's regime is dominated by Alawites, and has been backed by Hezbollah fighters, particularly in towns near the Lebanese borders.

The conflict has also polarized the region. Several Gulf states, including Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia, back the rebels. Shiite powerhouse Iran is a major Assad supporter.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi lashed out at Saudi Arabia after that country condemned Damascus for enlisting fighters from its Lebanese ally in its struggle with rebels.

The remarks by al-Zoubi were carried late Tuesday by the state agency SANA after Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jiddah and condemned Assad for bolstering his army with fighters from Hezbollah. Prince Saud charged that Syria faces a "foreign invasion."

Al-Zoubi fired back, saying Saudi diplomats have blood on their hands and are "trembling in fear of the victories of the Syrian army."


Zahid to answer assault suit

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 02:35 PM PDT

Amir Bazli claimed he suffered permanent injuries to his head and has lost sight in his left eye.

(Kuala Lumour Post) - Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has exhausted all legal avenues to stop a suit against him from being heard in court.

The Federal court this morning dismissed the home minister's application for leave to appeal against the lower courts' decision that the suit should go to trial.

The suit was filed by businessman Amir Bazli Abdullah against Ahmad Zahid for allegedly punching him in the face on Jan 16, 2006 at the Country Heights recreational club in Kajang, Selangor.

Amir Bazli suffered a nasal bone fracture and a swollen eye. A five-man Court of Appeal bench led by judge Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif said the law was settled.

"The High Court ruled that the case should go to trial and Court of Appeal is of the same view," the judge said.

"Let this be tried in court and let the court make a finding. He will have avenues to appeal later." Md Raud then dismissed the application with RM5,000 cost.

Amir Bazli filed the suit on July 4, 2007.

At that time, Ahmad Zahid was the then deputy information minister.

In his statement of claim,  Amir Bazli  said at about 10pm on Jan 16, 2006, he was at a petrol station in Bangi when the defendant's agents approached him and threatened him.

They took him forcefully to the CountryHeights recreational club in Kajang.

There, the plaintiff saw Ahmad Zahid with his son-in-law, Hisham and his son, identified only as KK.

There were also others with them. He said the defendant then punched him in the face, fracturing his nose and causing his left eye to be swollen.

Amir Bazli said the others also had assaulted him.

He alleged the defendant had also threatened him by repeatedly saying: "You'll be buried".

Hisham had also threatened to kill him. Amir Bazli alleged he was held in wrongful confinement at the defendant's home in CountryHeights until 2am the next day.

The businessman is now claiming special damages, general and aggravated damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

Ahmad Zahid, however, denied the allegations and claimed that Amir Bazli had concocted the whole story.

He said there was no threat and denied even touching the plaintiff.

In turn, he filed a counter-claim against Amir Bazli claiming to have suffered humiliation and emotional trauma as a result of the accusation.

The minister further alleged of libel within media reports of the incident.

In Amir Bazli's affidavit in response, he said he Ahmad Zahid's daughter, Nurul Hidayah who was then a divorcee.

They knew each other since September 2005 and were in a relationship.

Amir Bazli claimed he was threatened and assaulted because the defendant claimed he had abducted his daughter.

Ahmad Zahid had filed an application to strike out the suit against him but was dismissed by the High Court and Court of Appeal in April 2010 and March 2012, respectively.

The case will now be tried at the Shah Alam High court on Aug 26 and 27.

Counsel Datuk Shamsul Bahrai Ibrahim represented Ahmad Zahid, while lawyers Karpal Singh, Sangeet Kaur Deo and Gobind Singh Deo appeared for Amir Bazli.

Speaking to reporters after proceedings today, Amir Bazli claimed he suffered permanent injuries to his head and has lost sight in his left eye.


All posts open for contest in Umno polls, says Tengku Adnan

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 02:12 PM PDT

(The Star) -  Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirms that all supreme council member posts will be contested in the coming Umno polls.

He said that Umno briefings to the respective divisions will end on Friday with Umno Sabah being the last division to be briefed on new format

"Anybody who wants to contest for the top posts from the president posts right down to supreme council member can register themselves as a full candidate," said Tengku Adnan on Thursday.

He said an estimated 148,000 to 150,000 branch delegates from 199 divisions will cast their ballots for the respective candidates who are contesting in the party polls under the new format.


Indonesia is not afraid of Malaysia or Singapore, says its president

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 02:07 PM PDT

Yudhoyono told the media in a press conference yesterday that he monitored social media after he apologised to the Malaysian and Singaporean governments and noticed that people thought Indonesia was afraid of its neighbours.

(TMI) - There is a new haze being generated by Indonesia – on whether it's sorry.

First Indonesian ministers talked tough to Malaysia and Singapore, the two countries most hurt by the haze, with the harshest words aimed at their smallest neighbour.

One minister said there would be no apology to then hard-hit Singapore and another even called Singapore "childish".

Then in a surprise turn of events, the President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono apologised to Malaysia and Singapore, which went down well with his neighbours, but in his own country, not so much.

The latest, tough words again. This time from the President himself, quoted in the Jakarta Post headline yesterday, "Indonesia is not afraid of Malaysia or Singapore."

All in the space of seven days.

Yudhoyono told the media in a press conference yesterday that he monitored social media after he apologised to the Malaysian and Singaporean governments and noticed that people thought Indonesia was afraid of its neighbours.

The influential national daily quoted his response to this: "There is no any sovereign state that should be afraid of other countries."

It was quite a different tone when Yudhoyono apologised to the neighbours on Monday evening, when he said: "For what has happened, as President, I say sorry and seek the understanding of our relatives in Singapore and Malaysia.

"Indonesia had no intention to cause this. And we will continue to bear responsibility to overcome what has happened."

That sparked an uproar in the media with Republika daily saying he had "hurt the people", and another, Media Indonesia, saying he had "dragged down national pride".

Politicians and the public decried the Indonesian head's apology as submissive.

The president's Monday apology followed strong words from his Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa on Friday, who insisted Indonesia will not apologise to Singapore. The minister was quoted on Friday by, "The Singaporean government must be aware that we have done all we can to tackle this haze problem. Indonesia has been dealing with this for years and improvements have been made."



Questions over Article 48 of federal constitution

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 01:53 PM PDT

Batu MP Tian Chua's status as parliamentarian is under question following a preliminary objection raised by his GE13 polls opponent over a 2009 court ruling involving the former. 

(Bernama) - The Barisan Nasional (BN) will seek the Federal Court's interpretation of Article 48(1)(e)of the Federal Constitution to facilitate its election petition to challenge the result for the Batu parliamentary constituency in the last general election.

Counsel Mohd Hafarizam Harun (picture), who represented the Batu BN candidate Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, told reporters he would also raise a preliminary objection on Batu MP Tian Chua's status pending the outcome of the application for the Apex court to interpret the article.

Article 48(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution states that an MP is disqualified if sentenced to jail for a term of not less than one year or is fined not less than RM2 000 and has not received a pardon.

In 2009, the Magistrate's Court sentenced Chua Tian Chang, better known as Tian Chua, to six months' jail and fined him RM3,000 for injuring a policeman in 2007.

However, the PKR MP succeeded in his appeal to the High Court to reduce the fine to RM2,000.

Lau, in his petition filed on June 11, claimed that Tian Chua was ineligible to contest in the election as he had been fined RM2,000 and that the returning officer had failed to reject his nomination papers.

He claimed that the returning officer had breached Regulation 7(1)(c) of the Elections (Conduct of Elections) Regulations 1981.

In the general election, Tian Chua defeated Lau by a majority of 13,284 votes.

In a related development, Election Judge Zabariah Mohd Yusoff set July 9 for further case management in three other cases of election petition, for the Setiawangsa, Titiwangsa and Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituencies.


By-election in Kuala Besut crucial as it will decide fate of Terengganu

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 09:36 AM PDT 

(The Star) - The vacancy in the Kuala Besut state seat has left Terengganu Barisan Nasional in a precarious position because failure to retain the seat will result in a hung legislative assembly.

Should that happen, the state legislative assembly may have to be dissolved to make way for fresh state elections.

In the 13th general election, Barisan was returned to power, forming the state government with 17 seats in the assembly a mere two-seat advantage over Pakatan Rakyat's 15.

With the death of Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar (pic), a by-election needs to be held, and the battle for Kuala Besut will be a do-or-die outing for Barisan since Pakatan would want to seize the opportunity to shake the ruling government.

Political analyst Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said in the event that the by-election result is not in Barisan's favour, Terengganu would be left with a hung state assembly, with the coalition and Pakatan having 16 seats each.

"If this happens, the Sultan may give the opportunity to Barisan, which is the present ruling administration, to form the government by getting the majority support from the state assemblymen.

"If they fail, the Ruler will then give a similar opportunity to Pakatan. But if both fail, the state legislative assembly will have to be dissolved and a fresh round of elections will have to be held for the state.

"In other words, the Kuala Besut by-election is very crucial as it will decide the fate of Terengganu," he said.

In the May 5 elections, Dr Rahman polled 8,809 votes to PAS' Napisah Ismail's 6,375 for a winning majority of 2,434. There were 144 spoilt votes. The constituency has 17,713 voters.

Prof Dr Mohamed, who is National Council of Professors head of Politics, Security and International Affairs cluster, said a hung assembly would result in crisis as neither party could claim it has the mandate to run the state.

He said what was certain was that Pakatan would put up a good fight and Barisan had better be prepared to defend the seat.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Umno information chief Datuk Razif Abdul Rahman said Barisan would do all it could to prevent a hung state assembly.

"Kuala Besut is a known Umno stronghold, but we will not take things easy.

"A hung state assembly will be a tragedy, thus we must do all we can to ensure a convincing win," he said when contacted.

Razif said the candidate chosen for the by-election would be of the same calibre as Dr Rahman.

"Taking things for granted is out of the question as there is too much at stake. Ample preparation must be made to honour the memory of Dr Rahman," he said. 


PJ mayor says family responsible for child's death

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 09:20 AM PDT

Alinah (2nd left) listening to Johari (right) on the death of Thinasraj. Also present is Bukit Gasing state assembly member Rajiv Rishyakaran.

( - "If we fix it, are you sure this won't happen?" she told the group gathered at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ). "The family should be responsible. You cannot leave everything to the government," she added.
In the face of a child's death after rusty railings gave way at the Section 8 low-cost flats in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said today the family should take responsibility over the incident.
Last Friday, five-year-old M Thinasraj fell to his death from the 14th floor of Block D of the flats while playing, after rusty guard railings gave way.
While receiving a memorandum from community groups and Thinasraj's family, Alinah said the family should have been on their guard on the whereabouts of the child.
"If we fix it, are you sure this won't happen?" she told the group gathered at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
"The family should be responsible. You cannot leave everything to the government," she added.
After listening to an explanation from flats chairman Johari Nander, Alinah said she would take note of the complaints and the requests from the groups to carry out much-needed maintenance and upgrade of facilities at the flats.
After the meeting, Johari said this is not the first time such an incident occurred at the flats.
"Five years ago, a child died at the same place after the railings gave way," he said.
Community group Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD) and Johari have alterted the local authorities on the poor condition of the flats over the past three years.

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Indelible ink was actually food colouring, Shahidan tells MP

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 09:16 AM PDT 

(TMI) - Food colouring, not chemicals, was in the indelible ink used in the general election, the Election Commission (EC) admitted today in the Dewan Rakyat.

"No chemical was used in the ink but it was instead replaced with permitted food colouring," said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim in his reply to Segambut Member of Parliament Lim Lip Eng.

His statement was in stark contrast with the EC's claim that it used silver nitrate in the ink. He said the absence of the required chemical was the reason the ink was easily washed off.

Shahidan also said that the expiry date of the ink was four months from the date it was issued but blamed voters for purposely trying to wash off the ink as the reason why it was not permanent.

"How long the ink remains depends on the individual and the efforts put in to wash it off."

In a written response, Shahidan also told the Dewan Rakyat that RM6.9 million had been spent on the ink, with an additional RM200,000 spent on transportation, packaging and storage, bringing the total expenditure to RM7.1 million.

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Gillard demisesown in unforgiven Rudd coup that hurt trust

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 09:15 AM PDT 

(Businessweek) - The seeds of Julia Gillard's demise were sown the night she became Australia's first female leader in June 2010. Just days after vowing not to challenge Kevin Rudd, the deputy leader ousted him in a backroom party coup.

The removal of Rudd, who swept the Labor party to a landslide win in 2007 after 11 years out of office, allowed the Liberal-National opposition to paint her as untrustworthy. When an election three months later resulted in the first hung parliament since World War II, Gillard, 51, won Greens Party support to form a minority government by breaking a pledge not to introduce a carbon tax. Support in polls never recovered.

Attacks by the Tony Abbott-led coalition helped erode the legitimacy of her office, culminating in a series of sexist and personal remarks in the weeks before her downfall, from inappropriate radio shock-jock comments to students throwing food at her. Her defeat yesterday came hours after she won parliamentary backing for education reforms, adding to legislative accomplishments including increased funding for the disabled that failed to translate into public support.

"Gillard's time as prime minister will be remembered for progressive policy initiatives balanced with a failure to communicate her message," said Andrew Hughes, who conducts political-marketing research at the Australian National University in Canberra. "Her days were numbered when voters, disillusioned with how she won the job and the constant questions over her trustworthiness, turned against her."

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The 10 Reasons Why Generation-Y Is Soft

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 09:12 AM PDT 

(Elite Daily) - It's about damn time that our generation takes a look at itself and actually realizes that it's time to grow up. We are the most coddled generation in history and it is apparent in both our work ethic and our outlook on life. We expect things to be hand delivered to us and we love attention and praise for doing what is required of us.

We are easily one of the softest generations in history and it is time we address this issue now before it gets too out of hand. If we want to change the way things are moving for our generation, we have to break old habits that are keeping us down. Sometimes these habits and thoughts were put into our minds by our parents and our society, but we've got to man up and to take initiative before we develop into a bunch of soft whine-y babies. Here are the 10 reasons why this generation is soft:

We are used to being spoon fed everything.

Everything is too convenient for our generation, our parents are not the only ones at fault in this situation, society is the culprit as well. We understand that our parents wanted to give us the life they never had, but that may just be the problem. We have been coddled from birth in this perfect bubble where we get what we want, when we want.

It's time we wake up and realize the real world doesn't spoon feed anyone. It's a rough place and once you leave the confines of your college dorm or your parents home, you will have a rough adjustment if you think everything is going to be as easy as living at home.

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