Archive for March, 2011


Can Sarawakians tolerate the scandals?

Despite an enormous series of scandals involving the long-serving Sarawak chief minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, the betting is that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, which the 73-year-old Taib heads, will once again dominate the state legislature, as Taib has done since 1981. In addition to serving as chief minister, Taib also heads the state finance and planning and resource management ministries.

Although an NGO, the Sarawak Report, has issued a devastating flock of documents delineating the Taib family’s wealth in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, the full impact of the extent to which the family has looted the state was brought home recently when Shahnaz Majid, the wife of Taib’s 48-year-old son, Abu Bekir Taib, filed suit for divorce in Kuala Lumpur and demanded RM400 million (US$132 million) as her share of assets the couple have amassed since their marriage in 1991. The couple, according to the suit, owns thousands of hectares of land in Sarawak, shares in 15 companies and seven luxury cars including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley and Maserati makes.

However, it’s uncertain what kind of impact that will have. Taib in particular has been flaunting his wealth in Sarawak for decades almost to the admiration of many of his constituents.

“The divorce feud, involving huge amounts of money, makes most people in Peninsular Malaysia livid, but the Sarawakians seem okay with all of it, that’s the irony or so it seems,” a source told Asia Sentinel.

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MRT proposal fails integration

“The proposed MRT system fails the integration test and poses the question as to whether the Gamuda-MMC driven project and designed alignment serves the interest of the public transport users or other hidden commercial interest,” said Pua in a press conference today.

He noted as an example that the Bandar Utama MRT station in Petaling Jaya, which is expected to serve 46,900 passengers daily, was not integrated with a growing bus hub located about 1km further west of the proposed station which is also near ample open land for expansion.

The outspoken DAP MP also claimed that the ability of the Bandar Utama station to achieve its expected passenger numbers is also severely compromised by the fact that there are no public parking facilities with the exception of those in the 1 Utama shopping mall and One World hotel which are not meant for MRT commuters.

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Stop Lynas! Save Malaysia

Thorium is the radioactive element found in nearly all rare earth deposits.

Howver Dr Jayabalan A. Thambyappa, the toxicologist who treated radiation victims linked to the Bukit Merah rare earth plant, has also dismissed claims there will be no health hazards from a renewed attempt to process the valuable metals in Gebeng.

He told The Malaysian Insider that “the issue of safe levels of radiation does not arise, carcinogens are carcinogens” and warned that the government was going down the same route as the Bukit Merah refinery that shut down in 1992.

Lynas is expecting to receive a preliminary operating licence from the AELB before September to begin refining the rare earth metals, used in such high-technology products as smartphones, hybrid cars and even bombs.

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BN’s fatal screw-up

The Malaysian government’s astonishing arrogance in insisting that it would proceed with plans to build nuclear power stations despite the waves of fear unleashed on the Japanese people by damage to four of its reactors could well, I believe, prove its long-deserved downfall.

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Sex video – A red herring

Umno has served up a red herring in the shape of a sex video which was meant to make us take our eyes off the ball. They wanted us to forget about Sarawak and its Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud.

The end game of the latest sex video is not an attempt by Umno to hide its failures or an attempt to bring down opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. The true intention of Umno is to preoccupy us and bombard us with the details of this sex scandal so that we lose our focus – Sarawak.

Umno’s attempts to discredit Anwar are getting clumsier and cruder by the day. It is a deliberate attempt at character assasination by people whose own reputations are themselves sullied.

Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik (centre in picture) is one of the people behind this sex video. He is allegedly a child rapist and child molester. He is sore that in 1994, his ticket to millions was cut short by his sexual indiscretions. Instead of being prosecuted, Umno kept him firmly in the fold, possibly as a “sleeper” to do its dirty work in the future. Perhaps this is what that sex video is all about.

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Damning book on Bakun


It is not only the political context in which the Bakun Dam contract was
awarded which raises questions of viability. More urgent questions
surround the very many factors and assumptions on which the
projections for Bakun’s viability rest. Why is Bakun necessary at all?
Why is it claimed that it will provide the cheapest electricity to
Peninsular Malaysians when the cost will be so much higher than any
other IPP production? What are the assumptions and factors relating
to the actual cost of the project, the generating capacity of the dam,
the potentially high environmental and social impacts, the costs to the
electricity companies and to the consumer, and the uncertain efficacy
of the undersea cables? Misplaced assumptions about any one of these
could render Bakun unviable. And should not public discussion and
debate on the place of Bakun in the National Energy Policy have been
encouraged, in order that the comparison of Bakun with alternatives
can truly be made?

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Bible Desecration Shows Puerile Insensitivity

This should be a warning to all of us that the Barisan Nasional government has been in power for much too long, so much so that they think they are not answerable to the people of this country. For sure this is definitely not a government for the people. They have shown by their deed in desecrating the Bible that they are a government for themselves only. It is so because of self-interest and it is also blatantly clear that they do not respect the feelings of others who are not of their ilk.

In the next election, the people will know what to do. For the sake of the country, so that we do not sink further into the abyss of a dictatorship, we must all do our duty – indeed it is our patriotic duty – to vote the Barisan National out of office thus removing the people’s mandate from such selfish despots to govern this nation, and to replace them with a government for the people. I am sure the opposition will gladly accede to the people’s request.

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BN’s bickering partners

The MCA today said it is “saddened” by Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s comments, which were published today in the Chinese daily, Nanyang Siang Pau, comparing the second largest party in the ruling coalition to a “grieved woman” who was “sexually abused” but refusing to divorce her husband, in this case, the Barisan Nasional (BN).

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MACC too busy looking for ikan bilis?

On Friday the Star newspaper said Telekom Malaysia had suspended the company from tenders and contracts for 12 months from January 5, while Axiata will impose the suspension from February 18.

Transparency International Malaysia welcomed the the decisions but described the 12-month punishment as “mild” by international standards.
The group’s president Paul Low urged anti-graft watchdog the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to hunt down and prosecute the “receivers” of the bribes, which the Star newspaper said amounted to $700,000.

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Taking a Risk for Rare Earths

For Malaysia and the world’s most advanced technology companies, the plant is a gamble that the processing can be done safely enough to make the local environmental risks worth the promised global rewards.

Once little known outside chemistry circles, rare earth metals have become increasingly vital to high-tech manufacturing. But as Malaysia learned the hard way a few decades ago, refining rare earth ore usually leaves thousands of tons of low-level radioactive waste behind.

So the world has largely left the dirty work to Chinese refineries — processing factories that are barely regulated and in some cases illegally operated, and have created vast toxic waste sites.

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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?