Archive for October, 2012

31
Oct
12

Change your Lifestyle – choose a new Government!

As you watch the above video, please think about what we have heard of so many times. The PM and his ministers go around the country telling people to change lifestyle. What they don’t know or looked the other way, the people have no style. We have a life, but no style. Ministers and their wives have life and style. The above video reflects this statement.

Only in Malaysia, can the PM , missus and ministers and their concubines revel in a soiree and gleefully sing aku orang miskin, blissfully forgetting the misery with which the people have to put with . Yes the political aristocrats have both a life and style.

We the people? Most of us have only a life to live through. And the life the people are living through is getting more expensive by the day.

The PM speaks from the immoral bully pulpit. He asks the people to spend wisely when being given RM500 or RM1000 but can’t reconcile the fact the missus is owner of one RM 74 million ring bought from Messrs. Jacob of New York. He and his cabal of ministers beseeched people to spend wisely on receipt of RM 500, but the wives parade around with RM400k Birkin Hermes bags. After 55 years of brainwashing Malays especially with the Agama, Bangsa dan Negara agenda , those who received RM500 mustn’t forget the government values him at 2.49 sen a year. The ex-servicemen who gets RM 1000 after 55 years, is valued at 5 sen a year! And would we want to still support a government consisting of rapacious looters and thieves?

Just over 10 years ago, a kilo of Tenggiri cost RM 14. Now, it costs the people RM 40. You get a kilo to feed 5 members of the family, by dinner time you don’t have fish to feed on any more. 10 years ago, a kilo of kembong fish costs you RM 7, now, in some places, Kembong fish, costs you RM 17 per kilo. Every essential item and every article of daily living is going up in prices. Electricity tariffs? The price of fuel? Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon!

So we will tell our ministers, we want to indeed change our lifestyle- from living under parasitic UMNO/BN to Pakatan Rakyat. Yes indeed let’s not change our grind of daily lives, lets change the government!

Ah- PaKatan Rakyat will be the same once they are in power, so the common knee jerk responses say. But how can you prejudge them even before they are in power? It’s like Najib haughtily and in the full glory of condescension tells people that the Pakatan Rakyat Budget isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. On almost every count the Pakatan Budget is superior to the BN Budget. Najib does not even have the courage to defend his own budget. And then we see the stupid MP from Kota Belud declaring that he had 2 options; to debate the Pakatan Budget or the BN Budget. In order to debate the Pakatan Budget, it MUST first be presented in parliament! So how do you debate?

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Change your Lifestyle- choose a new Government!
22 October 2012 – sakmongkol.blogspot.com

30
Oct
12

Felda – A picture is worth a thousand words

Felda
(courtesy: Zunar)

30
Oct
12

Sarawak CM’s son spent RM750,000 on just one credit card, says ex-wife

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 ? Shahnaz Abdul Majid gave an insight today into the spending habits of her ex-husband, when she said the son of the Sarawak chief minister charged more than RM750,000 to just one of his credit cards for the first six months of this year, as she testified in a Syariah court here to press her claim for RM400 million in their divorce settlement.

Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib had charged RM782,520.55 from January until June on his American Express Platinum card while on a spending spree mainly in Europe, said Shahnaz today.

Two weeks ago, she had told the same court that Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s son is worth more than RM1 billion.

She is demanding RM100 million as mutaah (Islamic conciliatory payment) following their recent divorce, and a RM300 million share of joint matrimonial assets.

The couple had finalised their divorce in May 2011, after a long-drawn court battle in which Shahnaz is claiming a total of RM400 million as compensation.

During today’s hearing, she produced documents on her ex-husband’s expenditure through receipts issued by Maybank on the American Express Platinum card.

Among the locations where the card was used was Barcelona and London.

The documents produced in court showed that among the places he had charged the card were luxury department store Harrod’s and a Ferrari dealership in London.

Shahnaz also told the court today that Mahmud Abu Bekir had deposits of RM5 million in a savings account in a CIMB branch in Kuching and another RM3 million account in CIMB Private Banking.

Shahnaz, the sister of jazz queen Datuk Sheila Majid, had previously testified that her former husband has an estimated RM700 million deposited in 111 banking accounts worldwide.

She told the court previously that Mahmud Abu Bekir had squirreled away US$25 million (RM76.3 million) in two personal accounts in Luxembourg’s Edmond de Rothschild bank.

Her ex-husband also has several accounts with the same European bank in Switzerland with deposits of US$31 million, Shahnaz had said.

Mahmud Abu Bekir also had several accounts with British banking giant HSBC — two in Jersey with US$34 million in deposits and one in Hong Kong with deposits of US$9.6 million in his name.

All these accounts have a combined value of US$100 million in deposits.

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Sarawak CM’s son spent RM750,000 on just one credit card, says ex-wife
October 24, 2012 – TMI

30
Oct
12

Life’s a chicken coop for Penan with kids in school

EXCLUSIVE For the sake of their children’s education, a group of Penan parents have decided to hang up their hunting tools and set up home in an abandoned chicken coop.

These Penan parents made their heart-wrenching decision to move away from their longhouse in the interior of Murum in the Belaga district of Sarawak’s Kapit division, because there is no primary or secondary school there.

Labang Paneh, 35, said he initially made the daily two-and-a-half hour journey with his children to the school in Kapit dvision’s sub-district of Sungai Asap, but the travel proved to be too much.

Met by Malaysiakini at Sungai Asap earlier this month, Labang (right) said he then decided quit as a hunter-gatherer in the Murum forest and moved to Sungai Asap, where he took up odd jobs to support his family.

Three of his children now attend SK Batu Keling and SMK Bakun, a kilometre walk from their new home. Two others are in residential schools in Kuching.

Labang’s family is one of 22 families living in a re-configured chicken coop, believed to belong to former Belaga assemblyperson Tajang Laing.

Tajang is said to have allowed the families to stay after realising their steely resolve to secure their children’s future.

“When SMK Bakun (was built) we asked to stay here even though it was a chicken coop. It’s difficult, but we cannot just leave our children here. They won’t be here if their parents aren’t,” Labang said.

Now, 106 people share the re-configured coop, where flimsy plywood riddled with holes separate each family’s living quarters, and they all share a common bathroom.

Their new home stands on stilts and from inside, one can see the ground through the inch-wide gaps between the floor planks. The planks are also about an inch wide.

“It’s is a chicken coop but we don’t mind. We are thankful to God for blessing us with shelter,” said Labang, one of the first to move there back in January 2006.

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Life’s a chicken coop for Penan with kids in school
Oct 24, 2012 – Malaysiakini

29
Oct
12

‘Forest reserve illegally transferred to BN leaders’

PKR claimed today that 487.3 hectares of the Jeram Padang Selatan forest reserve in Jempol, Negri Sembilan, were “illegally” excised for logging activities.

The Town and Country Planning Act 1976 was breached when the area was excised to “benefit companies connected to the Negri Sembilan BN leadership” in 2004, PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli said.

“Suffice to say, land was transferred to companies or individuals… and we will expose this.

“Some (politicians) were clever to use frontmen but others have direct ownership of the companies,” Rafizi (left in photo) told reporters.

In the first of what he promises to be a string of exposes implicating top leaders, he claimed the move had not only left the state shortchanged, but also led to massive floods in the surrounding area of Pekan Jelai after logging was carried out in 2009.

Rafizi said that the excision of the Jeram Padang Selatan forest reserve area, first gazetted in 1918, breaches Section 18(1) of the Act which states no land can be used if the usage goes against the local plan.

According to the Jempol District draft plan 2002-2015, the Jeram Padang Selatan forest reserve area is marked as an environmentally safe area (ESA) level one, which means no development is allowed.

The Negri Sembilan Structural Plan 2010-2011 notes that all areas marked as ESA “must be conserved…to maintain environmental balance” and is “not suitable for development”.

‘Collusion between businessmen and politicians’

A video of the Jeram Padang Selatan area shown by Rafizi revealed large bald spots on a hill, while a close-up showed that the green areas were not forest but undergrowth following the felling of trees.

“It’s a very vicious cycle which starts with a politician illegally and in collusion with businessmen conduct corrupt practices to transfer this land to become theirs.

“Then they reap the benefit from extensive logging, then commercialise the land by planting oil palm trees and after that it becomes a housing estate, and this leaves a deep impact as these areas are rain catchment areas,” he said.

Rafizi, who with PKR deputy secretary-general T Kumar studied the Negri Sembilan forest reserve area, said the Jeram Padang Selatan story is just one of many others in the state.

“Little do people know that while it is small, Negri Sembilan is the state that has excised the most forest reserves for logging in peninsular Malaysia,” he said.


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‘Forest reserve illegally transferred to BN leaders’
Oct 23, 2012 – Malaysiakini

29
Oct
12

Rompin MP’s family linked to Malindo Airways deal?

A company involved in the setting up of the country’s newest budget carrier, Malindo Airways, has links to Rompin MP Jamaluddin Jarjis, says Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.

Malindo Airways is 51 percent owned by National Aerospace and Defence Industries (Nadi), which in turn is owned by four entities.

One of these entities is DZJJ Sdn Bhd, in which Jamaluddin’s 27-year-old daughter Nur Anis and 25-year-old son Ikhwan Hafiz are directors, Pua revealed today.

Ikhwan Hafiz is also a significant stakeholder in Advanced Air Traffic Systems Sdn Bhd (AAT), which supplied equipment to the National Air Traffic Control Centre (NATCC).

DJZZ has a 10.5 percent stake in Nadi, which is controlled by a low profile businessman, Ahmad Johan, who also controls Airod Sdn Bhd, an aircraft repair and overhaul company operating at the Subang Airport.

The Finance Ministry holds a 5.7 percent stake in Nadi, which includes a golden share, while another 5.3 percent stake is held by PAB Nominee Sdn Bhd.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby today, Pua said the prime minister and the transport minister should explain Jamaluddin’s hand in the Malindo Airways deal.

Mounting issues over deal

Pua said an explanation was necessary in view of the mounting issues surrounding the deal.

Pua on Oct 1 revealed that Nadi could be in breach of the Companies Act 1965 for failing to file its audited accounts since Dec 31, 2007.

“I also want the prime minister and the Ministry of Transport to answer whether MOT gave Malindo Airways the licence because of JJ’s (Jamaluddin’s) connections.

“Despite Nadi failing to submit its audited accounts and Lion Air banned from flying in the European Union, why is Malindo Airways still able to obtain a licence?” Pua asked.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, who was also present at the press conference, queried how Jamaluddin’s two children were able to own so much equity at their age.

According to Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) documents provided by Pua, Nur Anis and Ikhwan Hafiz jointly owns 100 percent of DZJJ.

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DAP: JJ linked to Malindo Airways deal?
Oct 24, 2012 – Malaysiakini

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Oct
12

The Murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu

Altantuya

(source: NSTM)

Six years on, troubling questions remain about the Mongolian beauty’s death, and who ordered it

It will be six years tomorrow since bodyguards for now-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak dragged the Mongolian translator and party girl Altantuya Shaariibuu out of a car in a patch of jungle near the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Shah Alam. As she begged for her life and apparently that of her unborn child, they knocked her unconscious, then shot her twice in the head.

That was Oct. 19, 2006. According to court testimony, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, members of the elite Unit Tindakan Khas, both assigned to Najib’s office, then wrapped Altantuya’s body in C4 plastic explosives and blew her up, possibly to mangle her remains so badly that the fetus would be destroyed.

Sirul Azhar was interrogated by police shortly after the murder was discovered. He was informed that anything he said could be held against him, in accordance with the law. In his cautioned statement, as his confession was called in Malaysia, he told authorities he and Azilah had been offered RM100,000 to kill the woman and her two companions, who were causing highly public embarrassment for Abdul Razak Baginda, Najib’s best friend. The 28-year-old Mongolian woman, in a letter found after her death, wrote that she was sorry she had been blackmailing Razak Baginda.

If French police records are to be believed, Razak Baginda was allegedly central to a massive bribery case in which a total of nearly €150 million in payments were steered to two Razak Baginda companies, Perimekar Sdn Bhd and Terasasi Hong Kong Ltd.

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The Murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu
John Berthelsen
18 October 2012 – Asia Sentinel

28
Oct
12

Altantuya murder appeal put off again – at last minute

The Court of Appeal has again put off hearing the appeal brought by two police personnel sentenced to death for the October 2006 murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The hearing slated to be heard in August had been put off as well in July, with the new hearing dates fixed for Oct 31 and Nov 1.

Hazman Ahmad, counsel for Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, when contacted yesterday said the postponement is indefinite, meaning that no fresh dates were fixed.

Hazman did not reply to Malaysiakini’s text message seeking the reason for the postponement.

When the earlier appeal hearing scheduled for Aug 27 was postponed in July, the defence lawyers speculated that this was done because of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

altantuya razak baginda murder 110707 sirul escortedAzilah and Lance Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar have been languishing in jail since late October 2006.

They were in April 2009 sentenced to death for the murder of Altantuya after a 159-day trial.

The written judgment was only released in March this year.

Yesterday’s sudden postponement of the appeal is seen as strange because only last week Sirul’s lawyers, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin and Hasnal Rezua Merican, confirmed that the hearing would go on as scheduled.

Hasnal also told Malaysiakini that the court had warned counsel then that no further postponement would be allowed.

At that time, Malaysiakini also sought a confirmation from a senior deputy public prosecutor involved in the case and he replied in the affirmative, saying that the Attorney-General’s Chambers was busy preparing for it.

The tell-all session that wasn’t

The postponement has added further intrigue into the murder case, which was recently compounded with an invitation posted on the website of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), announcing a press conference in Bangkok on Oct 22.

The mysterious invitation, titled ‘New revelations in the Altantuya murder’, said former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan would give the press conference.

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Altantuya murder appeal put off again – at last minute
Oct 25, 2012 – Malaysiakini

28
Oct
12

PKR wants assault probe on Nazri’s son reopened

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — PKR today demanded the Home Ministry reopen the assault case involving Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Aziz’s son, saying it was an offence to “amicably resolve” a criminal matter.

Party vice-president N. Surendran accused Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein of showing “blatant disregard” for the country’s legal system for declaring the matter closed via such a settlement.

“It is unprecedented for the home minister to personally approve of such ‘amicable settlements’, which are against public policy and the rule of law.

“If a crime is committed, the perpetrator must be brought to court and duly charged. Under our legal system, crimes cannot be ‘amicably settled’,” Surendran (picture) said in a statement.

He added that such a settlement could amount to an offence under section 214 of the Penal Code and by approving the settlement, Hishammuddin may have abetted the allegedly illegal act.

“Was the investigation compromised simply because the case involves the son of a senior Umno minister?

“Further, what are the terms of this illegal settlement and did the settlement involve the police, Nazri Aziz or Hishammuddin?” Surendran asked.

The Home Ministry had confirmed on Wednesday that Nazri’s son Mohamad Nedim has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the assault of a condominium security guard earlier this year, saying that the case was “settled amicably” by both sides.

In a written reply to Loh Gwo-Burne (PKR-Kelana Jaya), the ministry said it was Mohamad Nedim’s former bodyguard who had assaulted the security guard in the March 20 incident and the matter has been investigated by the police.

“For the information of YB and this Dewan Rakyat, the assault of a security guard in March 2012 was actually the fault of Mohamad Nedim Nazri Aziz’s former bodyguard, and this case has been investigated under section 160 of the Penal Code.

“This case has been settled amicably by both parties,” the ministry had said.

Surendran, however, argued that the ministry’s reply was insufficient as it did not explain the outcome of the probe on Mohamad Nedim.

He pointed out that every citizen, regardless of social status, is equal before the law, saying that the assaulted security guard in this case has a right to impartial justice.

“We call upon the home minister to make a full and frank disclosure of the real facts of the case and to reopen the investigation into this assault case,” he said.

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PKR wants assault probe on Nazri’s son reopened
By Clara Chooi
October 19, 2012 – TMI

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Oct
12

Lest we forget – The autocratic Dr M

OCT 27 — The collective adversity suffered by the DAP, PAS and civil society leaders in 1987 ironically built the steely resolve for change and the deep camaraderie to see it through.

This day 25 years ago, October 27, 1987, was one of the darkest days in Malaysian history when 106 politicians and social activists were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Operation Lalang. Printing permits for three newspapers, namely The Star, Sinchew and Watan, were withdrawn.

The security crackdown that shocked the nation and marked the end of the boisterous, often mistaken as democratic, first phase of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership that began in 1981. Dr Mahathir succeeded Tun Hussein Oon with a weak base in Umno and virtually no one to trust.

By pitting Musa Hitam against Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah in Umno’s deputy presidential elections of 1981 and 1984, Dr Mahathir bought himself time and space. But the chickens came home to roost by 1987 when Tengku Razaleigh teamed up with Musa to challenge the Dr Mahathir-Ghafar Baba ticket.

The election on April 24 saw Tengku Razaleigh losing to Dr Mahathir by a mere 43 votes, allegedly after a suspicious blackout at the vote-counting centre.

Umno continued to flounder after the party polls with Dr Mahathir’s legitimacy seriously dented. The purging of Team B supporters such as Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Rais Yatim, Shahrir Samad and Radzi Sheikh Ahmad from the Cabinet and government further de-stabilised the situation.

While Dr Mahathir’s base was weak his style was anything but consultative. Further, the various ideas that he bulldozed were more often than not half-baked, resulting in multiple and major financial scandals in just a few years of his rule. Civil society activism emerged from the more discerning and critical urban populace.

The Islamic revival movement was birthed as the rallying point for those who frowned upon Umno-style get-rich-quick materialism.

Further, Dr Mahathir not only pitted Umno leaders against each other, he was manipulating ethnic sentiments against each other. In October 1987, the Chinese educationist cause mobilised against a policy of placing teachers who had no proficiency in Mandarin to head Chinese schools. Umno Youth was counter-mobilised to whip up Malay sentiment.

Between the April Umno election and October, the Mahathir government drifted purposelessly while his party opponents started a permanent campaign to remove Dr Mahathir in the next party election due in three years’ time.

The rift was felt. Mercury rose.

On October 18, one Private Adam ran amok in Chow Kit with an M16 rifle as Umno Youth was mobilising for a November 1 show of force.

Dr Mahathir seized the timely excuse. On October 27, Ops Lalang was launched to arrest his fiercest external critics including the then Leader of the Opposition Lim Kit Siang and 16 DAP elected reps. Not only Dr Mahathir did paralyse the opposition, he terrified the nation and, more importantly, his Umno opponents.

(In the same way on a smaller scale, the arrest of the Reformasi activists in April 2001 was meant to revive Dr Mahathir’s authority after his administration was shaken for half a year, if not longer, after the shocking defeat at the multiethnic Lunas by-election on November 29, 2000.)

A quarter of a century later, as we look back at Dr Mahathir’s mass detention camp of 1987 while on the cusp a possible change of government, there is a sense of poetic justice that Operation Lalang “united” Barisan Nasional’s opponents and gave them a steely resolve to oppose like never before.

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Twenty-five years later, camaraderie in adversity
Liew Chin Tong
October 27, 2012 – TMI





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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
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