Archive for October, 2009


Barisan is arrogant and drunk on power

The most fundamental right — even more fundamental than the right to vote — is the right to fair and equal treatment under the law. That is why the Magna Carta is such an important document — it is the first codified instance of the rule of law. Nobody, not even the royalty or the Prime Minister, is above the law. Everyone is entitled to be treated as the law prescribes — nothing more, and nothing less.

It is fundamentally dictatorial and antithetical to democracy for people to be above the law. If someone were to murder or steal, it does not matter whether he is a prince or a pauper — he is wrong. It undermines everything about a democratic and constitutional state for the government to be above the laws imposed on the people it governs.

And yet, that is exactly what happened in Perak. Barisan could have waited for the Pakatan Rakyat speaker to convene the state assembly, pass a motion of no confidence in the government, and get on with business. It wouldn’t be particularly fair to the people of Perak, who voted for a Pakatan government, but at least it would be in accordance with the law.

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Umno’s penchant for disgraced lawmakers

Umno’s eager embrace of these tainted lawmakers says so much about the value system in the party. It fielded disbarred lawyer Rohaizat Othman in Permatang Pasir and lost, but won Bagan Pinang with disgraced party vice-president Tan Sri Isa Samad.

While Umno has reformed its party election rules to prevent corruption, people in the street will just look at these characters who are now in the party’s good books to wonder whether their next vote will help form a clean government.

Thus far, there is no reason to give Umno that vote.

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Lingamgate: Value of the rule of law

Well, it seems that the Commission’s proposal that these men be investigated under several laws (such as the Anti-Corruption Act) is not going to be taken to the logical conclusion of a trial, because the government has decided there is not enough evidence.

Bizarre, isn’t it?

You have a tape with serious implications about our judiciary and prima facie unsavoury activities authenticated by a Royal Commission, and they say there is not enough evidence.

Come on, just last week Tian Chua the Pakatan MP was found guilty of biting a policeman on, at least as reported in the press, little more evidence than the policeman in question basically saying “he bit me, honest he did, he bit me.”

How much evidence do you need?

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Flimsy suspension bridge

A wooden or concrete beam bridge instead of the suspension bridge that gave way over a river at Kuala Dipang, Kampar could have avoided the tragedy which left one student dead and two others missing.

Two civil engineers who were contacted by theSun and who have expertise in building bridges agreed that the suspension bridge which collapsed at Kuala Dipang was poorly engineered without safety in mind after viewing photos published in newspapers.

Although the authorities said the bridge was opened several weeks ago, villagers in the surrounding areas said it was barely a week since it was in use.

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The Perak farce

How long can we watch this farce continue between a palace-appointed state government and one popularly elected by the people in Election 2008. Do we have to suffer through more lockdowns in Ipoh and strange rules by a speaker whose validity is still questionable?

Events in Ipoh since the Perak putsch in February have clearly scuttled the well-crafted 1 Malaysia mantra spoken almost daily by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. He might have won the battle for Perak but retaining it in the next general election seems far-fetched now.

Najib recently launched the 1 Malaysia concept in Ipoh, appealing to all Perak folk to accept the Barisan government which he said was legal according to the law courts. All he needs to really do is to get Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir to advise the Perak Ruler to call for snap elections.

Otherwise, his 1 Malaysia. Rakyat First. Performance Now remains a joke spun off to include 1 Toilet in Terengganu, 1 MCA in Kuala Lumpur and 1 World at the Unesco meeting in Paris.

1 Malaysia has become the farce of the moment in Perak with its two mentris besars, two state government, two speakers and two sittings. And both sides are not making it any better.

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Weak reasons for dropping Lingam case

The anti-climactic resolution of the V.K. Lingam saga has not been getting a great deal of press time, even in the alternative media. It’s not a particularly sexy issue anymore, and the quiet whimper with which the government has dismissed it is enough to lull one into a false sense of complacency. But make no mistake about it: this is one of the most disastrous things to have ever happened in our country — so disastrous that once you fully understand its implications, you cannot see things in the same way ever again.

When the most powerful and intelligent Malaysians you can think of can’t even muster a mildly convincing defence to save their skins, you know something’s wrong. The Cabinet again had no choice but to approve the royal commission’s recommendations in investigating these six men for their potential crimes. And now, a year later, the Cabinet has quietly approved the dropping of all investigations, saying there’s just not enough proof.

You have the smoking gun — you have a top lawyer on the phone with a top judge, and they’re openly talking about how the whole government is rigged to ensure justice is done only for the highest bidder. You’d need an equally huge smoking gun to reject this evidence — and yet without any fanfare, the government has decided to drop the whole matter. Our administration of justice has been indicted of corruption to its very core, and the government can’t even care enough to explain what’s so compelling that they must drop the case. And people still wonder why I don’t believe in Barisan Nasional or 1Malaysia.

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1Wrong Malaysia: Lingamgate

I thought I was correct at that time. But obviously, I must have been wrong. Despite 2,000 of us who marched that day at Putrajaya, the thousands of comments and articles condemning the content of that Video and more importantly the damning hearing and eventual Report by the Royal Commission; our 1Government – through the 1 and only Public Prosecutor – have today announced that the VK Lingam case is closed and no prosecutions will be carried out.

So, now you can see what I said earlier, I made 1 too many wrong conclusions above. I must be wrong, wrong, wrong as I was clearly not correct, correct, correct.

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Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

The dawn of A Better Malaysia!
Rafidah Aziz, Hannah Yeoh, Ambiga at TTDI ceramah


Mahathir in Putrajaya ceramah


What happened to 1MDB’s money? – CNBC Video
Nuclear lessons for Malaysia (Part 1) (Part 2)
BN govt is directing attention to distant past and distant future, in order to distract people from present misdeeds and poor governance
Felda - A picture is worth a thousand words
How the 1MDB Scandal Spread Across the World (WSJ)
We cannot afford ridiculously expensive RM55 Billion ECRL!
All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?