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A vague but useful term

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 01:35 PM PDT


But it is too easy to get carried away with this idea of national security and use it to the extent that it becomes a tool not only for the suppression of legitimate rights, but worse still the legitimising of truly unlawful behaviour which should be deemed the true threat to national security.

Azmi Sharom, The Star 

National security can be invoked for any number of reasons because it can mean many things to different people.

AH, national security. It is such a wonderful phrase; two words that has such deep implications and evokes such powerful feelings.

For example, feelings of fear, paranoia and of being under siege. Mention it to me and I envision manly men, biceps bulging as they heft mighty machine guns ready to do battle to defend us from evil invading armies.

But that is just me. Obviously it means other things to other people. It is after all a vague concept.

It is precisely that vagueness which makes it such a useful term. It can be invoked for any number of reasons.

If some people demand the protection of human rights, you can always say "Hey, we would love to do it, but we can't because, you know… national security".

It sounds so noble doesn't it? Sacrificing one's rights for the greater good. But is that the way it should be? Perhaps in some situations, the answer should be a resounding yes.

In the United Kingdom for example there is a system called the D Notice. This is where in extremely rare cases the government would request the newspapers not to publish certain information which could result in danger whether to the nation or to individuals.

Normally such information would be regarding military matters or regarding highly sensitive installations like nuclear reactors.

The system however is voluntary and newspaper editors can choose to ignore it. By and large however, they do not. In such situations, I am sure that it is felt that national security trumps the newspapers right to expression and the public's right to know.

But it is too easy to get carried away with this idea of national security and use it to the extent that it becomes a tool not only for the suppression of legitimate rights, but worse still the legitimising of truly unlawful behaviour which should be deemed the true threat to national security.

Let's look at another example; the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Now, it can be safe to say that not everybody in the US during this period was in favour of equal rights for all peoples regardless of colour.

It was common during that time to have segregated public facilities. Universities in the Southern States for example were often segregated.

This was until James Meredith, a black ex Air Force serviceman enrolled in the University of Mississippi which up till that point was for whites only.

The Supreme Court had passed a judgment that no public university could practice segregation and the newly elected President Kennedy had made an inaugural speech espousing the values of freedom and equality.

Meredith was going to put the law and the President's words to the test.

The enrolment of one single student caused such uproar that there were actual riots.

In some people's views riots are surely a cause of concern and are a matter of national security. What then should be done about it?

There are two possible actions really. You can take the warped and cowardly way out and prevent Meredith from going to the college of his choice or you can stand up to the bigots and defend his right to be treated equally.

Fortunately the American government chose the latter.

(As a side note, the Kennedy administration was not always so fearless.

For example, it took significant international and domestic political pressure before they made a firm policy stand against segregation.

The activities of the Freedom Riders, activist who travelled in the segregated south to ensure that the laws on equality were enforced and who faced extremely violent reactions from racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and even state law enforcement, were initially frowned upon by government of the time).

My point is this; there will always be extremists, those who will not hesitate to use force, or threaten to use force against those they disagree with; even when their "enemies" are merely living according to their inherent human rights.

It is ridiculous in the extreme to victimise the victims of such fanatical groups even further by restricting their rights in order to appease the extremists.

In effect what this means is that extremism is not seen as the threat to national security, which it is, but instead in some twisted way human right is seen as the threat to national security.

This is ridiculous not only in its patently absurd logic, but also because it sets precedence where those who advocate violence, the very ones who should be shunned and pushed to the fringes where they belong, can effectively hold a country to ransom. 

Khalid-Azmin tussle for real

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 01:31 PM PDT


(MM) - The tussle between two Parti Keadilan Rakyat strongmen — Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and deputy party president Azmin Ali — is for real despite attempts to play it down and the straight-faced denials by both of them.

Khalid's administrative style, dubbed "stingy" by quarters close to Azmin, is said to be the crux of the problem, which is compounded by Azmin's hard-nosed style of politicking and support-gathering.  

The issue has been around since last year when talk surfaced that Azmin, the state assemblyman for Bukit Antarabangsa, might take over the helm in Selangor.

He is known to be loyal to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and is understood to be getting directives from the PKR de facto leader, although Anwar has denied this.

Anwar, who is Selangor economic adviser, also has anr "eye" in the menteri besar's office as he had appointed party secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution as the state government's political liaision officer.

It is understood that it was through this that Anwar came out to make strong comments regarding Khalid's administration which failed to spend more on state development from the estimated RM2.8 billion resources available.

Read more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/khalid-azmin-tussle-for-real 

New Act allows Government to tap our phones

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 01:27 PM PDT


(fz.com) - Alarmingly, section 6(6) treads directly on Article 5 of the Federal Constitution no less - which deals with the fundamental liberty of a person – by asserting that it is to have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent with Article 5. 

While the European Union (EU) raged against the US last week following revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped the phones of 70 million people across the continent, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, back home, the Government is trying to sneak in laws that will allow it to spy on its own citizens legally.

On Oct 23, the country saw the tabling in Parliament of the amendments to the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

While, on the surface at least, the amended clauses that were tabled may not seem major, they are said to highlight a significant threat to privacy through the wielding of SOSMA, a legislation instituted to replace the Internal Security Act (ISA) which was repealed in April 2012.

Under the bill, two small amendments are to be made to sections 6 and 30 of the act's Malay language text, so as to be consistent with its English language text.

One needs to read just the heading of section 6 to understand its implication.

Titled "Power to intercept communication", Section 6 gives the Public Prosecutor the power to authorise any police officer to intercept any postal article, as well as any message or conversation being transmitted by any means at all, if he or she deems it to contain information relating to a "security offence".

It also gives the Public prosecutor the power to similarly require a communications service provider like telecommunications companies to intercept and retain a specified communication, if he or she considers that it is likely to contain any information related to "the communication of a security offence."

Additionally, it vests the Public Prosecutor with the power to authorise a police officer to enter any premises to install any device "for the interception and retention of a specified communication or communications."

Possible tapping on detractors

SUCH a scope of what the government can do in terms of intercepting people's messages is troubling – at least to those who understand its implication.

In particular, there are those who are anxious that it can be used to tap on detractors and political opponents.  

"Due to the vagueness and broadness of the ground for executing interception, this provision is surely open to abuse especially against political dissent," said Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim.

Stressing that the act does not provide any guidelines on the "interception", he added: "The government can legally 'bug' any private communication using any method, including through trespassing to implement the bugging device and there is not stipulated time frame such invasion of privacy is allowed".

"If that is not enough, service providers such as telcos and internet service providers are compelled by Section 6(2)(a) - which is now being amended to give a wider scope of meaning - to cooperate in the act of interception."

'BN's Watergate in the making'

SIM has even described the move as the ruling Barisan Nasional's own "Watergate" in the making - in reference to the infamous American scandal of the 70s in which phone lines of political opponents of then president Richard Nixon were actively wire-tapped with the complicity of the White House.

Alarmingly, section 6(6) treads directly on Article 5 of the Federal Constitution no less - which deals with the fundamental liberty of a person – by asserting that it is to have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent with Article 5. 

Sim also pointed to Section 24 of SOSMA, which exempts the police or any person from answering questions regarding the interception, including its methods.

"This would definitely jeopardise the interests of the accused who is not able to challenge the authenticity of the evidence obtained through interception," he said.

Should we tell our local ghosts to migrate?

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 01:16 PM PDT


Local ghosts may interpret Halloween celebrations in Malaysia as a statement that they are not good enough, falling so short of expectations that people turn to foreign ghosts as replacements. Their egos take a hit. 

Khairie Hisyam Aliman, The Malay Mail

One of the wonders of Facebook is that we sometimes find interesting questions to ponder if we spare a few minutes to consider them. One that comes to mind this week is: If Malaysians celebrate Halloween and put on costumes as Western ghosts, would our local ghosts be offended?

To answer the question, first we should consider what would likely cause offence to our local ghosts in such a scenario — the underlying implications of rejection.

Local ghosts may interpret Halloween celebrations in Malaysia as a statement that they are not good enough, falling so short of expectations that people turn to foreign ghosts as replacements. Their egos take a hit.

Or perhaps some of the local ghosts may be outraged, feeling anger that Malaysians are championing foreign ghosts when instead they should support local brands and culture. That Malaysians are forgetting their roots, forgetting their identities.

The pontianak may feel slighted that kids seem think Dracula is better-groomed, more refined and more classy, while our hantu pocong may be upset that kids seem to prefer Casper's cuteness over its hard-sell scare-mongering.

They may say: "You are Malaysian, so you should support Malaysian ghosts or get out!"

But what many overlook is that recognition and appreciation, as well as progress, growth and support, need not be a zero-sum game. One's forward movement need not be at the expense of another.

Just because Malaysians celebrate foreign ghosts and enjoy what they represent in popular culture, it does not necessarily mean that local ghosts would be neglected or pushed out of the picture by these foreign ghosts.

Sometimes, people turn to foreign ideals, role models and examples not because they reject what is available in their own country, but because they wish for improvement, for better and higher standards. They are trying to make things better.

And the sad disconnect that likely results is that one side, trying to connect and offer solutions by way of suggestions and criticism, would be spurned by the other side, who perceive hostility and aggression as underlying the criticism, oblivious to the faults they need to rectify.

Read more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/opinion/khairie-hisyam-aliman/article/should-we-tell-our-local-ghosts-to-migrate 

Police Refuse to Take Action

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 01:04 PM PDT


There are two different cameras known as CAM08 and CAM09. CAM08 is the location in lift area and CAM09 is a motorbike parking lot. Both are separated between small passages around 10 feet length. Compare both videos. More important is date and time - must compare both videow. These guys were the one had shifted the CCTV camera focus and put salt and fine sand mix with chemical in my motorbike engine oil. I had reported to police and no action was taken. I lost in material damages amounting MYR 6k for my two motorbikes and slight damage to the car.

Now details of CAM09.  (Hours:Minite:Seconds)
00:28:40    Four guys walking and the front guy name Azman (unit no: 1-17-11) carrying bag of salt.
00:29:11    All the guys walking towards lift lobby area.
00:30:01    Azman starring at my motorbike, never realized he was caught by camera then turn looking at camera.
00:30:04    Camera focus was shifted.
00:30:27    Camera focus readjusted as before but not in original position.


Now details of CAM08.  (Hours:Minite:Seconds)
00:28:38    Zawahil (1-5-4) was staring at notice board. Rizal (1-13-13) was waving hand at four guys coming to passage and coming to Zawahil.
00:29:08    Both wanted to meet the other four guys enter the passage.
00:29:14    Both reverse back because the other four already reach the lobby. All stand there and discuss.
00:29:41    Azman re-enter the passage. Followed by Rizal, Zawahil, Suhami (1-5-5), and security guard enter the passage. But Ah Boon (1-13-6) was smoking and pretends walking in the lobby. 
00:29:56    Security guard wearing in black stand back and watch by leaning to the wall. Also, Suhami wait at side and watching because his white shirt can be seen.
00:30:06    Zawahil return to lobby shows he never adjust the camera focusing. It must Rizal should have adjusted the camera. Zawahil followed Ah Boon went to left side to guard to see any other residents are watching.
00:30:29    Vandalism completed the guard came out from the passage followed by the other three. Azman taking the guard at front entrance to the mail box section. I believe the security guard was warned.
00:30:53    Rizal go to the side. 100% he had warned the security guard. He is the great trouble maker. Even now he is causing trouble with me. Some Malays informed me that these four Malays are three line gangsters or leaders recruiting members.
00:31:42     Everyone entering the lift to go to their home except the security guard went to the guard post.

Note: Next day morning, I had found out my engine oil was mixed with salt because the remaining salt they throw all over my motorbike. Number plates and other things were broken. Management Malay supervisor was a nice guy but he was sacked because he had copied the vandalism images from CCTV camera. Police say, this video prove cannot be used in investigation. 

‘The Heat’ Hits Home

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 09:10 PM PDT


It's a news weekly that deals with Malaysian issues pertaining to politics, economics, culture, community, etc, the way a news organ should, by providing information and – as important – analysis. 

Kee Thuan Chye

"Don't pick a fight with the Culture and Tourism Minister – he may just kill you. … Seems like we now have a gangster in our Cabinet."

"Scholar Reza Aslan … said that Malaysia had become a laughing stock over the ['Allah'] decision he termed as 'stupid'. … 'The idea that Christians are not able to use the word but using the word is somehow a threat to Islam that if they hear a Christian use the word 'Allah' they will accidentally become Christian. The idiocy of that statement speaks for itself.'"

"… The Heat … found that of (Najib Razak's) 1.79 million followers (on Twitter), 63% or 1.13 million are fake and only 11% or 196,900 are genuine. … That gives Najib the dubious honour of being one of the world leaders with the highest proportion of fake Twitter followers."

Strong words. Unflattering statements about the Government. These are not what you would expect in the mainstream print media, but they are right there in The Heat.

Have you heard of The Heat? If not, do check it out.


It's a newsweekly that deals with Malaysian issues pertaining to politics, economics, culture, community, etc, the way a news organ should, by providing information and – as important – analysis. The Heat exhibits intelligent thinking on the state of the country and its governance, trends in society and technology, and it provides a platform for further conversation.

If you are a reader of English and want to know what the Government is thinking, you could read propaganda rags like New Straits Times and The Star. But if you want to know what discerning, sensible Malaysians are thinking, you should read The Heat.

Produced by HCK Media, it was launched just about two months ago, on September 7. In the short time since, it has won plaudits from readers. A friend of mine who lives in Penang told me he stumbled on it a few weeks ago and found it refreshing for its handling of topical issues and their wider implications. He has since been a regular buyer.

The Heat – ably helmed by Editor-in-Chief David Lee Boon Siew, a newsman and journalist of at least three decades' experience, supported by deputies Eddie Hoo Choon Huat and Yeoh Guan Jin – has a simple concept.

Its main body consists of newsfeatures that focus exclusively on social, political and economic developments in Malaysia. As it cannot be as current as a daily paper, it opts for the right editorial combination of reporting, analysing and commenting on the developments, so as to give readers a deeper insight into what's been happening and the issues involved. For people who have been too busy during the week to catch up on the latest, this is a welcome digest, with substantial material for them to mull over.

Apart from this, there is 'Heat+', a supplementary pullout that contains lifestyle stories encompassing health, food, the arts, human interest, etc. These are also entirely Malaysia-centric. And at the back of the paper are regular columns and opinion pieces giving voice to environment, business and other issues. None of the material in the entire publication is from syndicated sources; it is all generated by staff writers and contributors.

Looking at its current October 26-November 1 issue, I was particularly struck by the fair amount of boldness in the writing despite the also apparent attempt at exercising restraint and maintaining equanimity. The temperance between boldness and restraint reflects the voice of the middle ground, which The Heat manages to approximate. This is clearly a virtue, because it helps the newsweekly appeal more easily to its target readership while at the same time retaining a professional detachment.

Even so, it can still be critically piercing when it wants to be, as in the pages dedicated to 'Newsmakers'. Here, I marvelled at the craftiness – and the craft – of highlighting things said or done by politicians in order to show up their foibles. I've mentioned the bit about Nazri Aziz in my opening paragraph above. Here's one about Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan, who had received death threats and got the police to act, resulting in the arrest of three men and the conclusion that the threats could be related to the upcoming MIC party elections in November:

Despite the fact that the police have solved the case, he probably will not feel safe anyway, at least for a while. Imagine having to look over your shoulder all the time. On the other hand, how much can one gain by removing Kamalanathan from the scene? Is he such a political heavyweight that someone sees it fit to take him out of the picture first? He has not indicated yet if he will take on any of the top leaders in the MIC elections. Even if he does, how far can he go?

That's a nice, snide smack on Kamalanathan's face, whether he realises it or not!

Most admirably, The Heat shows that it's not bothered about being reverent – and being reverent is unnecessary anyway, in my view – when it deals with political bigwigs. Well, truth is truth, after all, and the truth needs to be told, regardless of whom it is about. But the real test will be how irreverently critical it will be of Najib if he needs to be whacked. Perhaps in next week's issue, we can see how the newsweekly handles his stupid justification of the sugar subsidy cut by claiming it would be good for the libido.

For now, The Heat is gentle with him. Instead of saying that his administration sucks (which is true) and that he is weak for having said or done nothing to rein in the right-wingers (also true), it respectfully proposes four key areas for him to focus on in order to make Malaysia "a moderate and progressive nation".

Three other articles in the issue stood out for me. One reminds us of the right-wing 'sins' previously committed by the Umno reactionaries who won in the recent party elections, including Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Hishammuddin Hussein, Bung Mokhtar Radin, Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Mohd Puad Zarkashi, Abdul Aziz Kaprawi and Jamil Khir Baharom. Written by Pauline Wong – who moved fromtheSun to add fire to The Heat – it concludes in no uncertain terms that the party does not want to change.

Another focuses on the phenomenal comeback of Ahmad Ismail, the Penang Umno leader who achieved notoriety in 2008 by calling Chinese Malaysians pendatang (immigrants) and squatters. Contesting the recent party elections after taking a hiatus, he won the leadership of the Bukit Bendera Umno division by sweeping all the 135 votes, leaving none for his opponent. Clearly not a good sign for moderation and progressiveness.

The third is a two-page spread on DAP leader Lim Kit Siang headlined 'The man who never gave up'. This is something you will not get to see in mainstream print media although Lim deserves the coverage for all that he has sacrificed for Malaysian politics and democracy. So The Heat is to be commended for letting the man speak his mind, even if his thoughts on current issues are what we may well expect. More revealing is what he says about why he came back to Malaysia from Singapore, giving up journalism for politics, "in the midst of uncertainty", and why, after the 1969 elections and May 13, he did not stay away despite his family's urging to do so because if he were to return, he would be detained.

He decided to come back. "I was only just elected, I couldn't run away," he says. So, of course, he was detained.

This is the kind of resolve and integrity we need to see more of in our politicians. It is also what The Heat will have to maintain in the many weeks to come in order to accomplish what it sets out to do. I sense it wants to expose bullshit whenever it surfaces, and that is something close to my heart. So for that, it deserves unstinting support.

Meanwhile, what seems to be missing is just a page or two of letters from readers. Letting them have their say would help extend the conversations.


Denounce Perkasa, remember the German Nazis, Zaid tells PM

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 08:58 PM PDT


(MMO) - Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has called on Datuk Seri Najib Razak to openly denounce Perkasa, reminding the prime minister of Europe's "mistake" in the German Nazi era which had taken a world war to correct.

In a blog posting here, former Cabinet minister picked apart the Malay rights group's "lunatic" and "toxic ideas" and called them a "threat to security", saying the government needs to stop allowing the Malay rights group to run amok.

"The issues this group champions are just plain ridiculous, and there is nothing in Perkasa's struggle that merits serious consideration," wrote the former de facto law minister.

"It has continued to cause consternation and fear among both Malaysians and also potential investors, and the Prime Minister should categorically denounce Perkasa and its allies for its disruptive politics and warmongering."

Zaid also urged Putrajaya to not gift the group leeway in furthering their causes, even if it has a renowned patron, referring to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"The Government cannot maintain a cavalier attitude towards Perkasa, hoping that its toxic ideas will disappear and have no effect. Europe made the same mistake in the Nazi era and it took a World War to correct it," he said.

Warning that religious bigotry will affect Malaysia's international trade and tourism, Zaid has called on "progressive" Umno leaders to bring politics of moderation back, and stand up to Perkasa either in the Parliament or outside.

He gave the recent example of the Islamic animal slaughtering rituals—called "korban"—done in some school compounds in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, which have caused complaints from Hindu parents but were defended by Malay groups such as Perkasa.

"The Government allowed an MIC Deputy Minister to face down these racists on his own despite the fact that we have two Malay-Muslim Ministers-in-charge of Education," he said, referring to Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.

"I still do not understand why our top leaders are so terrified of Datuk Ibrahim Ali and Datuk Zulkifli Noordin. I really don't," he added, naming Perkasa's two most prominent leaders.



Masih adakah kesetiaan pada Umno jika tidak berkuasa?

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 08:53 PM PDT


Sebenarnya, isyarat yang diberikan kepada perwakilan Umno kepada barisan kepimpinan tertinggi adalah 'kami memilih kamu, disebabkan kamu masih berkuasa, jika tidak berkuasa, jangan harap kami akan memilih kamu.  Ia adalah hakikat dan kenyataan pahit  yang perlu ditelan semua pemimpin yang terpilih.

Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed

Saya sayangkan parti ini, allahyarham ayahanda saya, Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat menubuhkan semula Umno pada 1988 dengan keringat dan air mata dan tahun ini, genap 25 tahun, Umno dihidupkan semula selepas diharamkan.

Tahun ini juga pada 19 Oktober lalu, 146,500 perwakilan Umno membuat keputusan untuk memilih barisan kepimpinan parti melalui sistem baru pemilihan dikenali sebagai 'electoral college' dalam usaha membuktikan bahawa proses transformasi parti yang diusahakan Presiden parti, YAB Datuk Seri Najib Razak benar-benar berlaku.

Pemillihan sudah diadakan serta keputusan sudah diketahui dan walaupun, saya tidak terpilih dalam barisan 25 Ahli Majlis Teringgi (MT) yang bertanding, saya tetap bersyukur dengan jumlah undi yang diterima.

Saya juga tidak mahu mengulas mengenai perjalanan pemilihan baru ini, yang sebenarnya, masih memerlukan penambahbaikan ketara bagi memastikan ia tidak diketawakan pada masa akan datang.

Sebenarnya, usaha berani Datuk Seri Najib perlu dipuji dan sama ada ia berjaya diterjemahkan ke semua peringkat ahli Umno pada pemilihan kali ini, memerlukan 'post mortem' yang mendalam.

Namun, adakah barisan kepimpinan baru Umno ini, benar-benar bersedia untuk membawa dan menghadapi Pilihanraya Umum (PRU) ke 14, yang selewat-lewatnya perlu diadakan pada 2018, dua tahun sebelum 2020, wawasan yang diperkenalkan Presiden parti keempat, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

Sudah banyak analisis dan pemerhatian dilakukan terhadap barisan kepimpinan baru parti terbesar orang Melayu ini, jadi tidak perlulah saya mengupas lagi dengan panjang lebar.

Apa yang ingin saya katakan sebenarnya, diperkatakan ahli akar umbi parti atau masyarakat yang masih sayangkan Umno adalah 146,500 perwakilan yang memilih masih berfikiran seperti dahulu, tiada yang berubah.

Mereka masih memilih barisan kepimpinan yang memegang jawatan dalam kerajaan atau mempunyai tempat dalam Syarikat Berkaitan Kerajaan (GLC), tiada perubahan dalam 'status quo' parti.

Inikah dimahukan ahli akar umbi parti yang berjuang demi agama, bangsa dan negara dengan menjadi tulang belakang parti setiap Umno memasuki medan perang PRU.

Sebaik sahaja keputusan diumumkan pada 20 Oktober lalu, iaitu hari Ahad, seorang ahli akar umbi datang berjumpa saya dan dalam perbualan kami, beliau menyatakan kehairanan dengan pengekalan status quo dalam barisan kepimpinan parti.

Saya bertanya apakah maksud beliau itu?

Ahli Umno itu menyatakan "Adakah 146,500 perwakilan Umno sedar bahawa barisan kepimpinan yang baru dipilih itu, adalah barisan yang sama membawa Umno menghadapi PRU 13, dan mereka ini, mengakibatkan parti mendapat keputusan pilihan raya lebih buruk berbanding tahun 2008."

Sebenarnya, apabila diteliti pandangan beliau itu, ia tidaklah berapa tepat memandangkan parti Umno daripada segi statistik kerusi yang dimenangi dalam PRU 13, adalah lebih baik  daripada PRU 12, selepas berjaya mendapat 88 kerusi berbanding 77 kerusi..

Namun sebagai parti yang menjadi tulang belakang kepada Barisan Nasional (BN), Umno tetap perlu memikul tanggungjawab kerana prestasi yang buruk berbanding 2008, selain kalah dalam undi popular. 



Former IGP Musa Hassan apologized for his lies–WHY

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 08:35 PM PDT


So, now that the dominoes are falling for Musa Hassan and his cohorts, I suggest that Dato Ramli and Rosli Dahlan should now sue Musa Hassan and AG Gani Patail for what they did in 2007 to Dato Ramli and Rosli Dahlan.

Din Merican 

MalaysiaKini has been consistent in its follow through story about the Copgate Affair where, in 2007, former IGP Musa Hassan and AG Gani Patail with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had fixed up former Director of Commercial Crimes Investigations Dept, Dato Ramli Yusuff, on various trumped up false charges. Since then Dato Ramli has been vindicated of all these charges. The Court in Kota Kinabalu even branded Musa Hassan to be a Liar of the highest order.

After Musa Hassan was not given a further extension to be IGP, he started attacking the Government and also tried to run down his successor and former IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar. Then, nearing the last GE13, Musa Hassan tried to endear himself to Pakatan Rakyat by further criticising the government. Quite a lot of people were taken in by Musa Hassan's pretensions that he is now a repentant crime crusader.

But when Lawyer Rosli Dahlan was interviewed by FMT, Rosli did not mince his words in calling Musa A Liar and a Manipulator. Rosli said – "A leopard doesn't change its spots!". Despite such scathing remarks vs Musa Hassan, there was no defamation suit filed by Musa Hassan against Rosli. Not daring to taken on Rosli, Musa turned his attack on Dato Ramli Yusuff by name calling him in the "black knight vs white knight" altercation by also implicating Tan Sri Robert Phang. Both Tan Sri Robert Phang and Dato Ramli wasted no time in suing Musa Hassan for lying and defaming them.

This morning, Musa Hassan admitted before High Court Judge Prasad Abraham that all his remarks against Dato Ramli were lies and fabrications. Musa was treated like a delinquent schoolboy when Judge Prasad made him apologise personally to Dato Ramli. Musa was also ordered to pay legal cost of RM10,000/-. What a shameless man this Musa Hassan has become!

Read more at: https://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/former-igp-musa-hassan-apologized-for-his-lies-why/ 


Toleran atau Takut?

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 08:31 PM PDT

Negara kita tidak mempunyai sejarah menentang kezaliman yang epik. Kemerdekaan negara kita pun diperolehi melalui rundingan dan kompromi (tanpa pengorbanan yang banyak). Ada pun penentangan, gerakan-gerakan pembebasan itu berjaya ditewaskan dan kemudian dihina oleh pemerintah pada masanya. 
Secebis Kewarasan

Penyelewengan dan ketidakadilan berlaku secara berleluasa di negara kita. Pelbagai ketirisan diwartakan oleh Laporan Ketua Audit Negara, tanpa apa-apa tindakan . Banyak kes-kes rasuah dilaporkan, perasuah-perasuah bebas begitu sahaja. Keperluan asas rakyat menjadi lubuk mengaut untung para kroni melalui projek-projek penswastaan. Hasil-hasil bumi dibolot segelintir manusia. Pemberian tender-tender kerajaan, pembiayaan projek-projek mega dan intipati rundingan antarabangsa – semuanya rahsia. Kegawatan ekonomi dan kenaikkan kadar inflasi seperti tiada apa-apa. Diwaktu rakyat kesempitan, pemimpin-pemimpin negara boros berbelanja (wang rakyat).

Walaupun penyewelengan, pembaziran melampau, kelesuan ekonomi dan ketegangan sosial begitu ketara – kehidupan rakyat rutin dan lazim sahaja. Pagi bangun tidur, berpusu-pusu ke tempat kerja, bekerja dengan tekun, balik kerja, makan, tonton televisyen, kemudian tidur. Untuk berehat, pergilah mereka bercuti untuk 4-5 hari setahun. Dari hari ke hari, dari tahun ke tahun, masyarakat kita tempuhi kitaran ini. Tak ubah seperti 'binatang-binatang ternak'. Walhal, hak-hak mereka dirompak dan dicabul didepan mata. Perompak-perompak harta negara bebas merompak – 'liwat' mereka sesuka hati.

Mengapa jadi begini? Adakah masyarakat kita begitu toleran? Atau, adakah kita takut untuk menentang kebobrokan ini? 

Masyarakat yang toleran?

Jika ingin dijelaskan fenomena di atas sebagai sikap toleran, ia adalah cerapan yang salah. Toleransi sebenar, dalam konteks bermasyarakat, adalah sikap tolak ansur diantara kumpulan-kumpulan yang berbeza budaya, agama dan status sosial. Ketinggian nilai toleransi sesebuah masyarakat diukur melalui keperihatinan masyarakat tersebut terhadap kumpulan-kumpulan minoriti. Apabila hak-hak dan kebajikan kumpulan minoriti diberi perhatian, maka tinggilah nilai toleransi sesebuah masyarakat.

Sebagai contoh, di negara kita, kaum india adalah kaum minoriti. Kita hanya boleh dianggap toleran apabila kaum ini merasakan bahawa hak-hak kebudayaan dan agama mereka dihormati, serta kebajikan sosial dan ekonomi mereka diurus dengan adil.

Dengan itu, istilah toleran bagi menjelaskan sifat tolak ansur masyarakat kita terhadap penyelewengan dan ketidakadilan adalah tidak tepat. Ia hanyalah sikap pasif dan permisif terhadap penyelewengan dan ketidakadilan. Noktah. Soalan seterusnya, mengapa kita begitu pasif dan permisif terhadap penyelewengan dan ketidakadilan?
Read more at: http://secebiswaras.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/toleran-atau-takut/ 

Former top cop Musa says sorry to ex-CID chief, suit withdrawn

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 05:56 PM PDT


By Jennifer Gomez, The Malaysian Insider

Former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Datuk Ramli Yusoff (pic) withdrew his suit against former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan after the latter tendered an apology in chambers today.


Shah Alam High Court judge Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham ordered Musa to pay RM10,000 in costs to Ramli.

According to Ramli's lawyer Harvinderjit Singh, the case was initially fixed for pre-trial today.

"The plaintiff has withdrawn the suit," said Harvinderjit, without elaborating further.

In the statement of claim filed earlier this year, Ramli alleged that Musa tarnished his reputation publicly with statements made at a news conference last year.

On December 10, 2012, Musa suggested that unnamed political figures were backing Ramli in the war of words between the two.

According to Musa, Ramli had been given the platform to criticise him  while painting a positive image of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

"It seems like he's the white knight, saviour of PDRM ... while I'm the black knight who is destroying PDRM," Musa had said at a press conference held by anti-crime organisation MyWatch, whose patron was Musa.

Musa was represented today by lawyers Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman and Sharuddin Ali.

Both he and Ramli smiled when they emerged from chambers, but did not reveal the terms of the settlement.

A source indicated, however, that Musa had apologised to Ramli in the judge's chambers.



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