- Will the Malays change?
- Poor police force
- Mat Sabu: Ulamas in politics must stop rhetoric of theology
- A principled stand for Malaysia
- Google Malaysia Site DNS Hacked, Credit Claimed By ‘Team Madleets’ Hacker 1337
- The Ten Most Expensive Places To Buy A Car
- Cars in Malaysia are cheaper than in other countries
- As ‘Allah’ appeal nears, Borneo churches say ban violates Malaysia Agreement
- Press Release: Appalling Statements by the Minister of Home Affairs Brings Disrepute to Malaysia
- When it’s an old story
- Umno Youth Chief aspirant Akhramsyah: Tony Pua a "DAP dog" for barking up wrong tree
- Umno polls last chance to save party, says ex-NST chief
- Assange slams WikiLeaks film in letter to actor Cumberbatch
- Analysts: Trumping up race card 'usual' ahead of Umno polls
- Malaysians becoming more racist, threatening country’s foundation, says Dr Mahathir
- Dr M: If the suspect has a gun, shoot first
- Cries of the boys in blue
- Goh: Other DAP leaders have praised BN, too
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 01:21 PM PDT
Because there are.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 01:04 PM PDT
(FMT) - Despite millions for the force, its officers have been coughing up funds from their own pockets for fuel, repairs bills, office equipment and other essentials
Another officer from different police station said that he prefers to use his own money to repair the patrol car. He added that it would take three to four months for the patrol car to be repaired if he sends it to the district police workshop.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:52 PM PDT
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:50 PM PDT
WISDOM: Despite shortcomings that are yet to be overcome and expectations yet to be fulfilled, Sarawak's decision in 1963 to be part of the Malaysian federation is right
John Teo, NST
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:45 PM PDT
(Tech Crunch) - Security is just an illusion. It does not exist. We have no political intentions whatsoever.
Google's Malaysian site has been hacked and replaced with a splash screen giving credit to a group called "Team Madleets." The normal site has been offline for several hours as of late Thursday afternoon and the page lists a series of handles that are ostensibly part of the team responsible. Updated with brief statement from the hackers below.
The attack appears to have been of the DNS poisoning variety, in which a hacker gained access to the Malaysia Network Information Center and changed the DNS records of Google's site to Madleets-controlled servers. So no information appears to have been changed on Google's servers at this time, as this is a redirect attack of sorts.
The stamp at the top says '[!] Struck by 1337′, which is apparently a reference to an individual hacker within the group called 1337, who has recently (allegedly) performed hacks on domain registrars of several countries. A message on 1337′s Facebook page says "Google Malaysia Stamped By 1337″ and references the google.com.my and google.my domains. The only other indicator about who the group could be is a reference to them being Pakistani in origin.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:35 PM PDT
(Jalopnik) - Some of you think Americans have it bad when it comes to buying a car. With low car prices, cheap gas and a great road network, I say you're one of the lucky ones. Don't believe me? Just check out how much it costs to buy a Prius or FR-S in one of these countries.
9) North Korea
Kim Jong-un must really like you to get a car, and you better keep it that way, because it's not only your ride that's always on the edge.
North Korea! If you're really, really lucky and reach a good position in the party hierarchy you might be able to get something like this:
That's not a real Merc. It's the glorious Pyongyang 4.10, from a factory that used to make GAZ-51 clones (a prewar Soviet light truck). They might share the same engine, so there may well be some running on the same wood-gas conversion that's popular in North Korean trucks because supplies of conventional fuel are patchy. Build quality is abysmal, but it's better than trying to buy some old imported Volga since nobody's been able to import spare parts in the last twenty years.
Most people can't actually buy a car. And the car market is pretty much subject to government whims - good luck with fuel rationing and travel permits. One day Kim Jong-Il got so irritated by having to wait behind a Japanese car (in what must be the only traffic congestion ever experienced in the gloriously smooth-running republic) that heordered all Japanese cars confiscated.
I want a Pyongyang 4.10 2.5 Evo 2, now!
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:30 PM PDT
(Astro Awani) - The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) has rubbished a report by popular car news portal,Jalopnik, that ranked Malaysia as the second most expensive place in the world to buy a car.
MAI CEO, Mohamad Madani Sahari said the report was unfair as it was based on only one car model, the Scion Fr-S.
"It is not fair to make a comparison solely based on a single model, and this model is a high-end sports car not meant for the masses," he told Astro AWANI.
He defended the prices of locally-made cars, saying that some local cars were among the cheapest in Asia.
"MAI has conducted an overall car price comparison in Asia. Car prices in Singapore and Vietnam are generally higher than in Malaysia.
"Models like Proton Saga SV is sold at RM33,438 in Malaysia while the same model is sold at RM40,581 in Thailand, RM40,246 in Indonesia and RM81,823 in Singapore.
"Malaysia has the cheapest car price among other countries that are selling the Perodua Viva 660 BX.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 10:17 PM PDT
Boo Su-Lyn, The Malay Mail
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — With the courts just days from deciding on the "Allah" appeal, the churches of Sabah and Sarawak banded together today to insist that prohibiting Christians from calling their god "Allah" violates the 1963 Malaysia Agreement upon which the country was founded
Ahead of the Monday ruling by the Court of Appeal on whether the Christian Church can use the Arabic word, the East Malaysian churches stressed that it was "completely unacceptable" to bar such usage that has been their common practice for centuries.
"This is abhorrent, wholly unacceptable and a flagrant betrayal of the Malaysia Agreement which guarantees the inalienable rights of non-Muslims in Sarawak and Sabah to religious freedom," Datuk Bolly Lapok, chairman of the Association of Churches in Sarawak, said in a statement today.
"The Bumiputera church will continue to use the Bahasa Malaysia Alkitab, together with the word 'Allah', both of which are fundamental to all aspects of the profession and practice of the Christian faith," he added.
Bishop Datuk Dr Thomas Tsen, president of the Sabah Council of Churches, pointed out in an accompanying statement that two-thirds of Christians in Malaysia are Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak, numbering at 1.6 million, who use Bahasa Malaysia and indigenous languages in their prayer services.
"With the greatest respect to the governing authorities, whether they are the legislative, executive or judicial arms of government, we ask that religious bigotry, racism and extremism should not be perpetuated and allowed to fester and poison our Malaysian nation," said Tsen.
"Specifically with regard to the use of the word 'Allah', proscribing the use of the word 'Allah' would instantly turn these native Bumiputera into law-breakers in the very land of which they are the sons of the soil," he added.
The appellate court in August ruled in favour of allowing the government's appeal against the 2009 High Court decision, which has been at the centre of frosty interfaith ties in the country over the last three years.
The 2009 High Court decision, which upheld the Catholic Church's constitutional right to use the word "Allah" in its weekly publication The Herald, had shocked Malaysian Muslims who considered the word to be exclusive to Islam.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 10:12 PM PDT
The Malaysian Bar is shocked and appalled by recent revelations in the media with respect to what was said by Dato' Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, Minister of Home Affairs, at a speech delivered at the Malacca International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh, Malacca, on 5 October 2013.
The Minister of Home Affairs was reported to have stated in effect that:
The Minister of Home Affairs is also reported to have said that the majority of gangsters were Malaysians of Indian descent, that the victims were of another race, and that there was therefore nothing wrong in arresting or shooting them. The Minister of Home Affairs is further reported to have said that a criminal group known as Tiga Line, which has been declared unlawful by the Ministry of Home Affairs, to be benevolent gangsters and had encouraged them to continue with their activities.
The Malaysian Bar deplores and condemns the statements by the Minister of Home Affairs because they reveal his complete disregard for the rule of law, his indifference to human rights, and his utter lack of respect for debate and argument in Parliament. His statements could be interpreted to support extra-judicial killings by the Police.
The Minister's scant regard for the views of fellow Parliamentarians demonstrates that any talk about considering the views and proposals of others, including non-governmental organisations and civil society, is a charade.
It should be remembered that the Minister of Home Affairs promised to produce data and statistics to Parliament and the public to justify his statement that the spike in serious crime was due to the repeal of the Internal Security Act 1960 and the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969. He has failed to provide an iota of evidence to support his contention. Instead, it is reported that he resorted to collusion with the Inspector General of Police and the Minister in charge of Parliamentary Affairs in the push for the amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959.
The Minister of Home Affairs has also apparently threatened reporters from reporting on what was said at the event in Malacca and gone on to threaten to shut down newspapers. This attempt to silence the media is indicative that he appreciates the wrongness of his statements. It is outrageous for the Minister of Home Affairs to threaten to use his official position in an attempt to cow the media and shield himself.
His statement supporting the use of excessive force in dealing with criminals in effect encourages a shoot-to-kill policy. This is extremely worrying and irresponsible conduct by the Minister of Home Affairs.
The Minister of Home Affairs appears to have overstepped the line and possibly committed an offence under the Sedition Act 1948. The statements by the Minister of Home Affairs are shameful and have brought the Government and the country into disrepute.
8 October 2013
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 06:41 PM PDT
Now, do you know what the 'TCT' is? Old cocks like me who are in their 50s and 60s would probably know what the 'TCT' is. Those of you who are too lazy to read would probably be ignorant of the 'TCT'. The 'TCT' stand for the 'Tan Chong Transfer'. Ex-military personnel reading this piece would be very aware of the 'Tan Chong Transfer'.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Someone commented that he has noticed I have not been writing much over the last fortnight or so. That is quite true and the reason is because all the latest 'hot issues' are actually very old stories that I have addressed back in the past. Hence if I talk about these issues I shall only be resurrecting old stories I have written about before.
It is puzzling as to why Malaysians take years to wake up. Then they blame the mainstream media that kept them in ignorance for so many years. But they also say they do not read the mainstream media any more or trust what the mainstream media says. So how can they have been kept in ignorance all these years if they do not read the mainstream media or trust what it says?
If they do not obtain their news from the mainstream media, where do they get their news from then?
One of the latest hot news is regarding the Auditor-General's report and the amount of government wastage plus the overpriced goods and services that Malaysia has to pay for -- at the expense of the taxpayer of course.
Has this not been ongoing for 40 years?
I remember back in the 1980s we talked about the 'TCT'. I even wrote about it 20 or 30 years ago and repeated this story back in the mid-1990s in my articles published on the Internet. That was more than 15 years ago. Did you not read about it? And if not, why?
Now, do you know what the 'TCT' is? Old cocks like me who are in their 50s and 60s would probably know what the 'TCT' is. Those of you who are too lazy to read would probably be ignorant of the 'TCT'. The 'TCT' stands for the 'Tan Chong Transfer'. Ex-military personnel reading this piece would be very aware of the 'Tan Chong Transfer'.
Tan Chong is that Chinese company that made it big selling Datsun cars along Jalan Ipoh. Unknown to many, Tan Chong was also in government contracts and sold food items to the various government departments and ministries, in particular the military. And they sold these food products at ten times the normal market price. And any military personally who protested that the Maggi Mee that Tan Chong sold to the military can be bought outside at only 10% what the government was paying would immediately be transferred at the behest of Tan Chong.
Hence the 'Tan Chong Transfer'.
No one dared protest even through everyone knew that Tan Chong was selling stuff to the military at ten times what it cost outside. And this was back in the 1970s and 1980s, long before many of you reading this were born.
So, today, we are outraged and perturbed that the government pays ten times what the products and services should cost. Did you just realise this? Have you just woken up? Where were you these last 30 or 40 years? Have you not been reading what we have been saying for so long? And you think this story is a latest hot issue? It is such an old story that I do not even want to write about it. That is why I have been quiet over the last fortnight or so.
Okay, what about the next latest hot issue about the 'shoot to kill' or 'shoot first and talk later' policy? Is this a latest hot issue for many of you? Again, where have you been all these years? Have you not been reading what we have been saying?
Do you remember the story I wrote about a Police Chief named Zakaria Chik? I wrote about this chap more than ten years ago and what I wrote was as follows.
Zakaria Chik used to be the Terengganu Police Chief when I first knew him back in the 1980s. He was then transferred to Pahang and eventually to Johor as the Police Chief for those states.
When he was the Police Chief for Johor many criminals were shot dead 'resisting arrest'. I once bumped into him at the airport and commended him on the success of the Johor Police in its tough action on criminals.
Zakaria Chik then told me that he had ordered his policemen to shoot to kill or shoot first and talk later. They are not to take any prisoners and those officers that do would be transferred and made to walk the beat.
The criminals also know this, said Zakaria Chik, so they too will never surrender. When cornered they will try to shoot their way out. Hence the police, too, would be forced to shoot and not attempt to apprehend them. It is mutual for both sides.
As I said, this is an old story that I told many years ago. So do you think what Zahid Hamidi said is something new? This is not something new. This is something very old. So why are you all so outraged and perturbed? Have you not been reading what we have been saying for so many years?
You people need to pay attention. This issue of the wastage and overpriced goods and services plus the take-no-prisoners issue are very old issues that we have been talking about since the 1970s and 1980s. It is just that you are not paying attention. And now you react as if all this suddenly happened and you have just discovered a secret.
Now you know why I malas nak tulis. Even if I write you do not pay attention. And you rant, rave and scream about issues that have been around for 30 or 40 years and treat them as if these are new issues that just cropped up today.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 05:47 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Umno Youth chief aspirant Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi regards DAP publicity chief Tony Pua as a "DAP dog" for "always barking" to cover up flaws in DAP by running down the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and Utusan Malaysia.
He said Pua acted that way to divert public attention from the weaknesses in DAP, particularly the opposition party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) election issue.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 05:41 PM PDT
(MM) - The Umno election this month is the party's last chance to redeem itself among Malays, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin said in his latest blog post.
Pundits have observed the results of Malaysia's last two general elections signal an increasing number of Malays from the younger age set and who live in towns are growing disenchanted with the grand old party's leadership and are throwing their vote behind the opposition's urban-based PKR and Islamic-focused PAS.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 05:07 PM PDT
(Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange penned an open letter to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Assange in an upcoming film, praising the actor's talents but slamming his involvement with the film and turning down the actor's invitation to meet in person.
Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, wrote a letter to Cumberbatch dated Jan. 15, 2013, that was published on Wednesday on the anti-secrecy website ahead of the Oct. 18 theatrical release of Walt Disney Co's DreamWorks film "The Fifth Estate."
In the letter, Assange tells Cumberbatch he is "fond" of the actor's previous work, and adds "I think I would enjoy meeting you," but urged the actor to drop his involvement in the film, saying "I do not believe it is going to be positive for me or the people I care about."
"I know the film intends to depict me and my work in a negative light. I believe it will distort events and subtract from public understanding. It does not seek to simplify, clarify or distil the truth, but rather it seeks to bury it. It will resurrect and amplify defamatory stories which were long ago shown to be false," Assange wrote.
The enigmatic WikiLeaks founder turned down Cumberbatch's invitation to meet ahead of shooting for the film, citing his issues with the film's angle of his own story.
"I believe you are well-intentioned, but surely you can see why it is a bad idea for me to meet with you. By meeting with you, I would validate this wretched film, and endorse the talented, but debauched, performance that the script will force you to give," Assange said.
Assange also noted that "the bond that develops between an actor and a living subject is significant," and that if Cumberbatch was to take the role, "we will forever be correlated in the public imagination. Our paths will be forever entwined."
A press release accompanying the letter on WikiLeaks on Wednesday said that Cumberbatch had replied to Assange with a "courteous and considered" email.
Cumberbatch, 37, plays the WikiLeaks founder as rude, awkward and unkempt in the film that chronicles the emergence of WikiLeaks, based in part on the 2011 book, "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website," by Assange's once-trusted lieutenant Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
Ecuador has given Assange political asylum in its embassy in London, where he sought refuge in June 2012, but he faces immediate arrest and extradition to Sweden to face accusations of rape and sexual assault if he leaves the embassy.
Assange criticized the film's source material, saying, "It is based on a deceitful book by someone who has a vendetta against me and my organisation."
At the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last month, director Bill Condon said "The Fifth Estate" was not a judgment about WikiLeaks or Assange, but rather a portrayal of the complex issues surrounding transparency, privacy and security.
"There is no takeaway or single right or wrong," Condon told Reuters at the film's premiere. "I hope people walk away and go to dinner to talk about it."
Cumberbatch also spoke to reporters in Toronto and said he was guessing Assange wouldn't like his portrayal in the film, even though the actor sees it as a celebration of the activist's achievements.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 04:55 PM PDT
(The Star) - Temperatures rise whenever one defends his race and religion publicly, especially in the run up to party elections.
In trying to win the hearts and minds of delegates, candidates become more vocal than other times in appearing to be fighting for the rights of their race.
This happens in every Umno election, as in other race-based parties.
And this time around as the polls draw closer, Umno candidates have resorted to not only championing the cause of the Malays, but also taking a hard-line stance on issues affecting them.
It is not surprising for them to do that, said Umno experts, as this approach has been used by candidates in the past party elections to shore up support that would eventually translate to votes for them.
"They have to do it, otherwise they will be accused of deviating from the Malay cause," said History, Heritage and Socio-culture Cluster of the National Professors Council head Prof Datuk Dr Zainal Kling.
He said history had taught the candidates a lesson, when former law minister and Umno division chief Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was booted out from the party for being "liberal".
"And look at where he is now, his views have cost him his position in Umno," he said.
Zainal also explained that these candidates usually capitalised on the interest of the Malays to keep the momentum among the grassroots alive.
"This is because the top leaders, such as the president and deputy president, can no longer appear to be seen as hardliners as they already hold the highest positions in leading the country.
"So someone else has to take over the role from them," he added.
The same stunt, he said, has been around since the party's inception but it was never blown out of proportions until the emergence of the most powerful tool of information - the Internet and social media.
"Everything has been exaggerated just to influence the minds of the people, especially the youths," said Zainal.
Meanwhile, Universiti Perlis Malaysia Prof Datuk Dr Ramlah Adam said it was unfair to brand these Umno leaders as racists as they were merely speaking up for the Malay cause.
She was referring to incidents of incumbent vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein waving and kissing a keris when he was the party's Youth chief during the party's general assembly in 2007.
The same applies to the recent controversial statements by vice-presidential candidates Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Ali Rustam, who also haven't escaped from public criticism.
"They are making these statements in an Umno context, and not on the national platform. When Hishammuddin kissed the keris, he just wanted to lift up the spirits of the Malay people.
"It is a tradition and a symbol of Malay leadership," she said, adding the other races should not feel threatened by such actions.
She also believed that trumping up the race card would not affect the 1Malaysia unity concept initiated by the Prime Minister.
"They are speaking strictly on the Umno platform. They are fighting for the Malays and it is definitely unfair if they are called racists," she said.
Former Padang Besar Umno MP Tan Sri Azmi Khalid agreed, saying that other race-based parties also tended to play with similar sentiments.
"They are not against other races, they are just defending the interests of the Malays, especially in the wake of the previous general election when they lost the non-Malay votes to the Opposition," he said when contacted.
He added it was not uncommon for party leaders to make such statements in order to gain support from members.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 04:48 PM PDT
Yiswaree Palansamy, TMI
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) today said Malaysians were becoming more racist than ever by making demands that he said could threaten the country's foundation.
"I read reports in the papers this morning saying that now Datuk Seri Najib is going backwards towards the day of favouring the Bumiputeras.
"It is not a case of favoring Bumiputeras, but creating a society where wealth is evenly distributed among all people," Dr Mahathir said, in defending Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the recently announced Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Plan (BEEP).
He said the critics forgot that in the past, resentment of the rich by the poor had resulted in people rebelling against the government.
This, he said, gave birth to such ideologies as socialism and communism.
"If the poor is related to race, the potential for violence is much greater. We want to correct that disparity," Dr Mahathir said during a visit to the MMC-Gamuda MRT construction site in Kuala Lumpur today.
"Each race has got its own extremist and they make demands which disrupt the stability of the country.
"So it is better to make a little sacrifice to correct imbalances within our society so that every race can have a share from all that is going on in this country."
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 04:41 PM PDT
(MM) - Police should be allowed to open fire on armed criminal suspects, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today, backing Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's controversial "shoot first" approach that have triggered a human rights storm.
The former prime minister added that the police should refrain from pulling the trigger if the suspect was unarmed.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 04:33 PM PDT
Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT
The men in blue have been criticised unendingly by various entities almost on a daily basis, and to top it all that they face constant danger with the rise of gun related crimes.
But there is another picture on the other side of their story. Police officers have for long suffered their own internal problems as they face shortage of funds in their respective departments.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 04:24 PM PDT
Leven Woon, FMT
Embattled Malacca DAP chief Goh Leong San, who quit as the state opposition leader on Tuesday after coming under criticism from state DAP leaders for praising the chief minister, showed proof that others in the party have done so to other Barisan Nasional leaders before.
Citing news reports on March 27, 2011, Goh said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had praised the then Minister in the Prime Minister Department Nazri Aziz as being a serving MP, and that the party had no problem accepting the Umno leader.
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