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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hudud, my OPINION.

Recently there has been a lot of hue and cry regarding the issue of implementing Hudud & Qisas in Malaysia by the Pakatan Government should Pakatan form the Federal Government. It all started from the recent forum where the infamous KJ (SIL) provoked the unprepared Husam Musa on issues of Hudud, of which Husam Musa replied that should Pakatan formed the Federal government, Hudud will be implemented.

That statement proved to be a time bomb within Pakatan members. Of course, my Party stand is "NO to Hudud or Islamic State". Kit gave a press conference on it explaining the Party stand on the matter and it is not Pakatan's policy. PKR de facto is still (as at to date) silence about it. A lot of other members of Pakatan trying to explain one way or another. Subsequent of course, Husam Musa back-tracted his statement albeit making some people not be too happy about it and worst still it will be a gala time for Beeend to politicise it during the Kuala Terengganu by-election. Read here for Husam's about turn.

MCA and MIC is definitely in a political fiesta mood about it. It is undeniable a time bomb for Pakatan.

So what is Hudud? Now on a quick search in wikipedia. Hudud offenses are defined as "claims of God," and therefore the sovereign was held to have a responsibility to punish them. All other offenses were defined as "claims of [His] servants," and responsibility for prosecution rested on the victim. This includes murder, which was treated as a private dispute between the murderer and the victim's heirs. The heirs had the right to compensation and to demand execution of the murderer like Qisas (retaliation), but they could also choose to forgive.

It is known that Hudud offenses include: drinking alcohol, highway robbery, illegal sexual intercourse, false accusation of zina, Rebellion and Apostasy (Unlike the five offenses listed above, not all jurists consider apostasy to be a hudud offense). Accordingly, in traditional Islamic legal systems, there were very exacting standards of proof that had to be met if hudud punishments were to be implemented.

The punishments vary according to the status of the offender - Muslims generally receive harsher punishments than non-Muslims, free people receive harsher punishments than slaves, and in the case of zina', married people receive harsher punishments than unmarried.

In brief, the punishments include:

  • Capital punishments - by sword/crucifixion (for highway robbery with homicide), by stoning (for zina' when the offenders are mature, married Muslims)
  • Amputation of hands or feet (for theft and highway robbery without homicide)
  • Flogging with a varying number of strokes (for drinking, zina' when the offenders are unmarried or not Muslims, and false accusations of zina')
That is in short what Hudud would mean.

My opinion is simply this, should there be implementation in the future, I think there must be long term and constant discussion and debate on the matter. Non Muslim (the majority) are relatively ignorant of it including myself. It is like implementing a piece of legislation which forcing non Muslims to NOT do like the consumption of alcoholic drinks.

I think Biblical laws through the mosaic laws in the Bible especially in Leviticus is much harsher and comparably the same. So as for me, Hudud or not, it's all about the best marketing skill PAS needed to convince their friends and foes. And it all subject to whether Non Muslim especially is comfortable with such implementation. And should the Non Muslim feel comfortable with it then who knows Hudud and Qisas will be accepted by Malaysians.

On a lighter note, maybe I would like to suggest an amputation of the hand for those guilty of corruption and just imagine when you walk in the streets in KL and found those with limbs amputated, hmmmm, then we probably know that he is either a Division Head or higher in a political party that practices 'politik wang'. Haha.

What say you NAJIB?

I did a cut and paste press statement from YB Ngeh regarding the recent statement by the DPM on the issue of whether the Perak State Government is permitted to convert leasehold titles into freehold titles.

So Najib, what is your say now?

Press Statement by Ngeh Khoo Ham in Perak on Wednesday, 24th December 2008:


It is reported in the media on 24-12-2008 that the DPM Datok Seri Najib Bin Tun Razak said that State Governments cannot make decision on land ownership without referring to the National Land Council. According to the press the DPM was commenting on the Perak Government’s proposal to issue title in perpetuity to the New Villages and Kampung Tersusun land.

To examine the legal validity of DPM’s comments it would be necessary to refer to the relevant constitutional provisions that govern the relations between the Federation and the States as encapsulated in Part VI of the Federal Constitution. In this connection Article 74 (1) and (2) of the Federal Constitution read as follows:

74(1) Without prejudice to any power to make laws conferred on it by any other Article, Parliament may make laws with respect to any of the matters enumerated in the Federal List or the Concurrent List (that is to say, the First or Third List set out in the Ninth Schedule).
(2) Without prejudice to any power to make laws conferred on it by any other Articles, the Legislature of a State may make laws with respect to any of the matters enumerated in the State List (that is to say, the Second List set out in the Nineth Schedule) or the Concurrent List.

It is pertinent to note that “land” falls under the Second List of the 9th Schedule to the Federal Constitution. Consequently the jurisdiction over land belongs to the State Government.

As for the National Land Council its establishment is provided under Article 91 of the Federal Constitution. The composition of the NLC is as follows: a minister as chairman; one representative from each of the States and a maximum of 10 representatives of the Federal Government.

The National Land Council appears to have no legislative powers. According to Article 91(5) of the Federal Constitution it shall be the duty of the National Land Council to formulate from time to time in consultation with the Federal Government, the State Governments and the National Finance Council a national policy for the promotion and control of the utilization of land throughout the Federation for mining, agriculture, forestry or any other purpose, and for the administration of any laws relating thereto; and the Federal and State Governments shall follow the policy so formulated.

To amend and consolidate the laws relating to inter alia land and land tenure Parliament has enacted the National Land Code (Act 56 of 1965) in pursuance of Article 76(4) of the Federal Constitution (hereinafter called “the NLC”). By virtue of LN 474/1965 the National Land Code came into force in each state on 1-1-1966.

On reading Section 76 of the National Land Code and the definition of “alienate” in Section 5 of the NLC (which means “to dispose of State land in perpetuity or for a term of years in consideration of rent and otherwise in accordance with the provisions of Section 76), it is clear that the State Government is empowered under Section 76(aa)(iii) of the NLC and at liberty to implement the aforesaid proposed conversion without the necessity of having to wait for any decision of the National Land Council on the matter as stated by the DPM. The action of the Perak State Government does not contravene any statutory provision. In this connection Section 76(aa)(iii) of the NLC expressly stipulates as follows:

76 “The alienation of State land under this Act shall consist of its disposal by the State Authority:-

(a) for a term not exceeding ninety-nine years;
(aa) in perpetuity –
(iii) where the State Authority is satisfied that there are special circumstances which render it appropriate it to do so”

The NLC contains no definition whatsoever on the meaning of “special circumstances”. It would appear from a plain reading of Section 76 (aa)(iii) that Parliament has left to it to the wisdom and discretion of the State Authority to determine the contents of “special circumstances”. It is the satisfaction of the State Authority rather than the National Land Council that is of paramount importance; it is for the State Authority to decide whether the alienation of the State land should in a given situation be in perpetuity or a leasehold. In other words the body that is duly vested with powers to decide whether a leasehold or freehold title should be issued is a State Authority and not the National Land Council.

There is no statutory provision in the Federal Constitution or the NLC which prohibits the above conversion exercise by the Perak State Government. There is no need for the Perak State Government to wait for any decision by the National Land Council on the matter.

In the absence of any legal impediment the Perak State Government can lawfully proceed to implement the proposed conversion of leasehold title into title inperpetuity and ignore the opinion of the DPM which is devoid of any statutory support. The opinion of the DPM that “Perak cannot implement this until decision is made by the Council is at best misconceived; in the words of Shakespeare it is “Much Ado About Nothing”. It is a pity that the BN Government is still obstructive rather than supportive of the said visionary exercise by the Pakatan Rakyat which the BN Government failed to do anything despite 51 years of rule

Friday, December 26, 2008

Blessed Christmas

I just want to wish my relatives, friends, readers and all a Blessed Christmas.

I like many of you would have received Christmas sms greetings. I received so much till it jammed by inbox. But nevertheless I want to thank all who had sms me and send those wonderful greetings. And of course I wish to thank those that have send me cards using snail mail, THANK YOU.

Honestly, I was not celebrating (or rather not in my usual scale) as my wife will be delivering anytime this week. So it was just a lot of anxiety in me, bringing her whatever I go just so afraid that she will bomb at anytime. There are many usual scare but Baby Pris seems not wanting to come out.

So what is Christmas to us? Me personally, it is not just what we usually see commercially in the shopping complexes. It is not Santa Clause. It is not Rudolph the Red Nose Raindeer. It is not Jingle Bells, Jinggle Bells. It is never about shopping or resting at home but it is about JESUS. It is about God's greatest gift for mankind. It is about gladtidings and good will towards men. Yes, salvation belongs to my Lord. And that is what Christmas is for me.

Therefore it is my desire to see peace and joy and goodwill towards men in this Christmas not only for myself but Malaysia and to the world at large.

How nice to see people respecting one another colour and creed and religion. How nice would it be for all of us to enjoy each other company and take care each other wellbeing. How nice if we can live with such genuine unity and harmony and not suspicious of one another.

I, for certain will be looking forward for a great year. And I am praying that there will be goodwill towards men regardless of creed, race and religion. I believe that one day all of us will disregard our race and the colour of our skin and simply call ourselves MALAYSIAN and be proud of it.

That is Christmas, that I so long for it for my country, Malaysia.

Blessed Christmas to You

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Making the Police STUPID

I read the Star this evening and found this latest entry on JERIT handling a memo to Senator T. Murugiah, the Minister in the PM's department and was amused with the logic given by the police during their cycling campaign. I must salute JERIT for their determination though 111 arrest, sexual harassment, police harassment, got their bicycle torched and flamed, persistently abused by pro establishments (u know what I mean, especially members of U Must Not Object members) and the many other old fashioned mathod of intimidation.

But nevertheless, I think I must applaud the Senator for receiving the memorandum and at the same time....

I feel 'bangga' that there are rakyat Malaysia who would just went all out not fearing intimidation of wanting to see CHANGE. Change to among other things discriminating policies and laws, requesting for the minimum wages acts, stop the privatisation of public facilities, control the prices of goods and restore local government elections. These are all warranted request that are good for the country and her people. So why not? deliberate it in Parliament and let our law makers debate it and fight it out.

But what is more embarassing, is our men in blue and the pro establishments chaps. Yes, included the police. Why the harassment? Why the insult and the abuse? Why the use of arbitrary force? Why the threat? It shows the acts and conducts of the police are inter alia:-

i) shallow and unintelligent. In short STUPID
ii) a poo poo undemocratic organisation
iii) insult to Malaysia and her people
iv) discriminating, what about the Rempits??
v) very unnecessary and uncalled for
vi) a waste of public funds
vii) abusive and ruckus
viii) questionable
and many more.....

Like Kit says, "“commended” the police for highlighting the campaign -- without the alleged police harrassment, the event would not have received so much attention locally and internationally"

A big thank you to them for making JERIT famous.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

JERIT....what is so wrong about it?

My patient is killing me.

Seeing the police or some 'people' with much enthusiast, either stopped, burned, detained or now arrested members or their children (oops error....protecting the children from being exploited) from cycling. Cycle for Change.... why not?

Now compare that to Mat Rempit menacing the city in KL and elsewhere. I am wondering why can't the police show some decency in arresting this menaces.

At least the cycling activity has an agenda that is beneficial to Malaysian society compare to the Mat Rempit who only endanger lives of people and that include the police. There are events that police officers were injured by these dare devils who couldn't care less for their own lives.

What so wrong about Cycle for Change? Just because they do not have permits?

I sincerely think it is a good agenda. A good and healthy environment for society. Instead of arresting their activity, it should be encouraged. An activity that attracts the young. Compare that to drug and alcohol abuse.

I think the police should just focus themselves and not be so selective in prosecuting.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Should She Be Charged?

I think the issue at hand is should this 16 years old girl be charged.

My view is that I think the law on attempting suicide should be revisited or reviewed with a view of protecting the life of those that attempt suicide. This is a psychological and emotional issue rather than the issue of guilt.

The government through Parliament should consider other area of psychological and emotional help rather than a head-on with emotions which may further attribute a real physical danger to the person.

©News Straits Times (Used by permission)


A 16-year-old girl was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with attempted suicide.

No plea was recorded after the charge was read out to her before court registrar Khairul’Anuar Ibrahim.

She was charged with attempting to jump off the roof of Hotel YT Midtown on Nov 21.

Khaurul Anuar allowed bail of RM2,500 with one surety and fixed Jan 22 for mention.

The charge carries a maximum one year’s jail or a fine, or both, on conviction. Insp Nelson Ensit appeared for the prosecution while the girl was not represented.

My Utmost Respect

The Sultan of Selangor has my utmost respect and I am humbled by His highness gesture and goodwill in awarding Miss Low Siew Moi who is as acting general manager of the state economic development corporation a 'Datukship'. It was unexpected but a show of endorsement whose appointment is marred by controversy.

His Highness' award shows off grace, granduer, dignity, integrity and magnificence of the Selangor royal household that surpasses ideology, race, politics and religion.

Daulat Tuanku!
Daulat Tuanku!
Daulat Tuanku!

----- Taken from the Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the Sultan of Selangor, has made an implicit endorsement of the recent appointment of Low Siew Moi as acting general manager of the state economic development corporation (PKNS), by awarding her a Datukship.

Low, whose appointment on Nov 1 sparked controversy following protests from politicians and other groups who argued a Malay should have been given the post, was one of just 20 people awarded Datukships on the occasion of the Sultan's birthday today.

By awarding her the Datukship, the controversy is likely to be put to rest as few groups would like to be seen to be challenging the appointment of someone who has just been awarded a state title.

Low, a 35-year veteran in PKNS, was awarded the Datuk Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (DSIS) (Second Class) award.

She had been appointed to the post of acting general manager on a one-year contract by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who said a suitable Bumiputera replacement would be selected eventually to be her understudy.

It is understood that Low's appointment is part of efforts by the Pakatan Rakyat state government to revamp operations at the state agency, which is facing huge losses.

But Low's appointment as acting PKNS general manager drew objections from various quarters, including six PKNS unions, which claimed that it did not fulfil the aspirations of the establishment of PKNS which was to upgrade the socio-economic status of Bumiputeras.

Khalid remained adamant that Low would be the PKNS acting general manager until November 2009.

He argued the appointment of one non-Malay would not erode the rights of the Malays.

The controversy came as the volume of debate grew over race relations issues.

It also came amid the backdrop of unhappiness among some Malay nationalist groups who felt non-Malay communities were beginning to challenge and question Malay rights.

But the Selangor Sultan and some of the other Malay Rulers have made concerted efforts recently to step in and diffuse any racial rows.

In recent interviews, the Sultan has assured both the Malays and non-Malays that their rights were protected.

He has also refused to take the bait of appearing to supporting any group or political party. The Sultan has expressed unhappiness with politicians for exploiting race.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Macam Mana?

Zaid (left) kena sack

Aris Shah macam mana?

The man who shoot to fame by challenging his former mentor, DSAI in the Permatang Pauh is seen attending PKR's function. So will he be disciplined or rather sack as such as action according to the Prime Minister when commented on Zaid Ibrahim's conduct in attending Opposition function as going against the spirit of Barisan Nasional.

So Aris Shah, will he be sack....

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Malaysia belongs to ALL

"Malaysia belongs to all races, not just the Malays. The country is what it is today because of the contributions of all races and that is something we must acknowledge," said His Majesty, the Sultan of Selangor.

I found this in the Malaysia Insider and I am totally in support of His Highness exclamation.

Let the constitution prevailed in Malaysia.

Daulat Tuanku!
Daulat Tuanku
Daulat Tuanku

Selangor Sultan unhappy with politicians exploiting race

By Leslie Lau
Consultant Editor

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah says he is disappointed with the manner in which some politicians exploit racial issues for their own agenda.

Speaking to The Star newspaper in an interview published today, the Sultan's remarks comes amid a heated debate sparked by a raft of recent public comments about race relations and the concept of Malay Supremacy.

His comments are also the latest sign of a more vocal royalty which appears to be filling the vacuum left by a lack of political leadership.

The Sultan said he was disturbed by how some politicians preferred to dwell on what he called trivial issues instead of focusing on dealing with the economy.

"Malaysia belongs to all races, not just the Malays. The country is what it is today because of the contributions of all races and that is something we must acknowledge," he said.

He also acknowledged, however, that it was his initiative to have the recent Conference of Rulers issue a statement defending the social contract, which has also been the subject of roiling debate recently.

"People need to understand that the social contract is the primary basis for the formation of Malaysia. Let's not debate it because it is better for the rakyat to understand the history behind the social contract," he said.

He said the rights of the Malays were well protected and could not be taken away without the consent of the Rulers.

But he said the Rulers also felt that non-Malays should not feel apprehensive over their rights as these rights are also guaranteed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

GGMM Mohd Apis and lawyer ....You are so Wrong

Found this in Malaysia Insider and was a little surprised with the lawyer's understanding on the 'Ketuanan Melayu' issue. I must say that he fails to appreciate the constitution and that nothing in the constitution translated or gave strength to the word Malay Supremacy. I echo the views of Gerakan President to just change the words of Malay Supremacy or Ketuanan Melayu to that of 'hak keistimewaan orang Melayu' or Malay privileges. And I can assure Malaysians and Malays that Soi Lek had never in his wildest dream challenge Malay privileges. It was just Malay Supremacy.

And I reiterate here that I am not questioning the special position of the Malay, agama Islam or bahasa Malaysia.

In fact I will defend the constitution of this country and that would mean defending the special position of the Malay and the natives as stated in Art 153, Islam in Art 3, and the special position of Bahasa Malaysia in Art 152.

GGMM count me in and I will defend them.

I wish to further reiterate Article 8:
(1) All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.
(2) Except as expressly authorized by this Constitution, there shall be no discrimination against
citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent or place of birth in any law relating to the
acquisition, holding or disposition of property or the establishing

So please be clear Mr Mohd Apis and Mr. Lawyer for GGMM, you are so wrong.

Malay group wants Soi Lek to pay RM2 million for citizenships granted during Merdeka

By Adib Zalkapli

Dr Chua Soi Lek asked to pay RM2 million to group for remarks on Malay leadership and supremacy

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 - A Malay rights group is demanding MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek pay RM2 million in compensation for allegedly questioning the special position of the Malays.

Mohd Apis Johar from the Young Malay Graduates Movement (GGMM) said he was disturbed by remarks made by Dr Chua late last month, in which he said he accepted Malay leadership but not Malay supremacy.

"Before Merdeka, with a stroke of a pen, two million non-Malays were granted citizenship," the group's lawyer Khairul Azam Aziz told reporters.

MCA official Yap Chin Chin,partly hidden, receiving the letter of demand from lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam. Yap said that she would forward it to the party's leadership. - Picture by Choo Choy May

He added that the money would be donated to any organisation interested in the advancement of the Malay community.

In its notice of demand addressed to Dr Chua, the lawyer who acted on behalf of Mohd Apis, also urged the former Labis MP to retract his statement an issue a public apology.

"The statement of apology must be approved by us on behalf of our client before it is uploaded to your blog," said Khairul Azam in the notice.

He added that they would proceed with legal action if Dr Chua fails to comply with his demands.

GGMM also wants everyone to stop questioning Malay supremacy.

Its spokesperson Nik Rizman Sapian said the group is not linked to any political party but merely interested in defending Malay rights.

"For those who question Malay rights as stated in the constitution, we will not hesitate to take action," said Nik Rizman.

Earlier, the small group, who were outnumbered by members of the media, marched from the Ampang Park LRT station to Wisma MCA to hand over the notice.

The notice was received by MCA official Yap Chin Chin, who said that she would forward it to the party's leadership.

Dr Chua's remarks on Malay supremacy has drawn criticism from Malay leaders including Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein who reportedly said that it would be better for BN component parties to join the opposition if they continue harping on the issue.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has distanced himself from his deputy by saying the remark is not the party's stand.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Was it PEACEFUL? OR PEWARIS gave their piece

It was reported below in the Star that it was a peaceful gathering. I doubt that is so. Seeing a lady ran for her life and the kicking of her car in one of the news media would certainly show a 'piece' rather peace.

Anyway was wondering whether the gathering is an illegal gathering without a police permit. If it so I was also wondering will there be any arrest is made.

------ the Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Representatives from an umbrella body of Malay and Muslim non-governmental organisations lodged five police reports yesterday over several issues which they claimed would endanger Muslim and Malay unity.

The group dubbed as Pewaris or Heritage Associations, Malay Cultural Organisations and Related Bodies Cooperation Network urged the Government to act against groups which sought to abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA).

It also asked for action against the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), Gerakan Wanita chief Datuk Tan Lian Hoe for her recent remarks on Malays and the criticism by the Sisters in Islam on the National Fatwa Council’s decision on pengkid or tomboys.

Pewaris spokesman Datuk Dr Maamor Osman told reporters that the group of 30 NGOs would form a coalition called Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah to counter criticism against the Malays and Islam.

Later, about 500 of the coalition’s members held a peaceful gathering outside their meeting place at Wisma Sejarah at Jalan Tun Razak before going to the Jalan Tun Razak police station to lodge the reports.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Shah Rukh Khan's Malaysian 'knighthood' postponed: official

Hmm looks like Datuk Shah Rukh Khan is not interested with the datukship...

Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan has postponed a controversial ceremony to award him a Malaysian "knighthood" because he is too busy, officials said Wednesday.

Khan is to be presented with an award from southern Malacca state which carries the title "Datuk", equivalent to a British knighthood, after a 2001 film set in Malacca boosted its profile as a tourist destination.

The award has proved contentious, with some questioning whether Khan is deserving or whether local artists and celebrities should be recognised instead.

"The ceremony has been postponed for now," a senior Malacca official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We wanted the ceremony to take place over a weekend but Shah Rukh's schedule was such that we could not agree on a date so we are now working on a new one that will keep everyone happy, but it hasn't been fixed yet," he said.

Since the filming of Khan's 2001 movie, "One 2 Ka 4" at a popular resort in Malacca, the number of tourists coming from India has increased significantly, state officials say.

The 42-year-old heart-throb was to have received his award on November 29, in a ceremony aired live on India's top entertainment channel, Zee TV.

"The postponement of the award shows just how ridiculous it is to give such an award to Shah Rukh as Malaysia and the award most probably does not even picture on his radar," opposition politician Lim Kit Siang told AFP.

Malaysia has become a popular location for Indian films, which have a huge following among ethnic Indians and the majority Muslim-Malays.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It sound like me BUT it's not me.

Checkmate Mr. Z.

Or it may be it sound like me but it's not me.

©The Sun (Used by permission)

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 18, 2008) : DAP chairman Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) says he is in possession of an audio recording of what what Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Azmi said in Kuching, and subsequently reported by the New Straits Times (NST) on Nov 8 under the heading "Stop it now, corrupt court staff warned".

The report quoted Zaki as saying :"It took me six months to be nice, to bribe each and every individual to get back into their good books before our files were being attended to".

Zaki subsequently denied what was reported and a clarification was carried in the NST on Nov 9.

Zaki’s clarification, published in NST on Nov 9, said: "Your reporter must have interpreted what I said, which is during that period, there was corruption in order to get things done at the court registry, as I myself having done it. I have never in my life bribed or received any bribe."

Karpal urged Zaki to step down from the judiciary's top post for making the statement in Kuching, Sarawak on Nov 7.

"Rest assured, there is an audio recording of what Zaki said," said Karpal.

Karpal gave Zaki seven days to step down, failing which he will move a motion against Zaki under Article 127 of the Federal Constitution for having misled the country with his clarification.

He said he was speaking in his capacity as chairman of the parliamentary caucus on the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary and urged members of the Barisan Nasional backbenchers club to forward the names of those interested in joining the caucus to make it more representative.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Why Obama?

I came back from Court this morning and found in my blog, my little sister asked me "y every post oso about Obama?".

"Change We Believe In" is phenomenal. It affects many like a good ole' flu. Not only the Americans are excited, but across the globe including hostile nations that are not to happy with the Bush administration. African and Asian loves him. Even a press report did mentioned if the world is to vote for the US Presidency, Obama will win definitely.

My answer to my sister was simply, "he subscribed to the value of change". I think not only that he value it but at the same time he believe and act upon it until this date. And I also foresee that the Obama administration will spearhead great changes in terms of its foreign and economic policy as well as it's internal administration. I know knocking at the doors of North Korea and Iran seems to be NOT PRESIDENTIAL, but nevertheless I think that is what American wants and as such prefering Obama as President over McCain.

His book, Audacity of Hope is a heart cry and a strong desire and willingness from his heart to see change in his country not divided by race or political belief or ideology but all embracing unity for a once divided state.

Following the footsteps of Lincoln by pulling in strong people in the administration who once against him like his running mate Joe Biden who once said that Obama is inexperience. And now (intending) to appoint Hillary Clinton (unless she refuse to join the administration) as Secretary of State, the third in line of succession to the presidency. Not only that but from sources he will also be appointing from the Grand ole Party (GOP) Republicans like Chuck Hagel as a probable Secretary of Defence. He will also be meeting his one time GOP contender Senator John McCain (today-Monday), of course I don't think Obama will be asking him to join the administration but probably talking about unifying the great divide and PLEASE remember that McCain received 58 million votes (Obama 66 million).

I think Mr. Obama was not only talking about it to gain support or votes, but as a minority figurehead in the almost white Senate, I believe he value change in a white America. In fact it is a similar echo amongst Opposition members whether it is in America, or Malaysia or Australia or even Taiwan. In Malaysia, the DAP had "Kai Pian" or "Berubah" which means change.

Many people talk about CHANGE but few would take it to the next level. And Obama did just that. And I also believe YAB Lim Guan Eng did almost that and same goes to YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim also did the same. Albeit in their own ways.

Of course to stretch a further, no way would the Prime Minister of Malaysia appointing a Deputy from another party. Or to stretch a little further, appoints a member of the Opposition as a Deputy Prime Minister. Pak Lah will not have guts to do that neither Najib later on. Look at Penang, when YAB Lim Guan Eng appointed Datuk Lee Kah Choon from Gerakan as director or something over PenangInvest, the whole BN adminsitration condemned him as though Datuk Lee betrayed their trust.

I think that is admirable for YAB Lim Guan Eng to do what other in the mainstream will NEVER do. Or like in Selangor where a chinese lady was appointed as Manager of PKNS. I think it will be bravo to the Khalid administration. Unlike some chaps in UMNO protesting just because she is a non Malay. I applaud the administration of the Pakatan State for daring enough to change for a better Malaysia.

I think Malaysia can continue to look forward one day, and cry out with all of our hearts that we are just Malaysians. And I am proud of it.

So to my sister, another post on Obama. Hehe.

Not Here Not Now

An interesting piece I want to share....

Barack Obama©New Sunday Times (Used by permission)
by Chok Suat Ling

Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election raises the question of whether someone from an ethnic minority can rise to the highest political office in Malaysia. However, for the moment, that would be an unrealistic expectation, writes Chok Suat Ling.

BARACK Obama's election as president of the United States sent people around the world onto the streets in celebration. From the plains of Kenya to the port of Obama, there was rapturous response to his promise to bring change at a time when it is direly expected and needed not just in the US, but everywhere else.

But people were also jubilating over the ascendency of a man of colour to the most powerful seat in the world. Almost immediately, parallels were drawn and questions raised as to whether what happened in the US could also happen in other countries: could a person from an ethnic minority advance to the highest political post in the land?

Singapore has already answered in the negative, at least for the near future. Its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in remarks published last week, said he did not think a Malay would be able to become premier in the Chinese-majority city state any time soon.

In Malaysia, similar questions have also been raised in the wake of Obama's victory. Politicians and activists are among those who have commented about the significance of his victory to minorities and ethnic politics in Malaysia. They wonder whether a Chinese, Indian or non-Muslim Bumiputera, among others, could one day become prime minister.

The Federal Constitution, they stress, does not specify that the prime minister must be of any particular race.

Some recalled a statement by then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad which supported the possibility of a Chinese or Indian leading the country.

"There will come a day when Malaysians of Chinese or Indian descent are accepted by all races and then, the prime minister need not necessarily be a Malay. The process in this direction has already begun. Believe me, if we are sensitive to the needs of the Malaysian people, the issue of race and descent will no longer prevent any Malaysian from holding any post," he said when opening the 47th MCA general assembly in 2000.

But that was eight years ago. And while there have been sweeping changes in the political landscape, especially since the watershed date of March 8, the likelihood of a non-Malay assuming the post of prime minister remains remote, even implausible, for now.

Only the right candidate would be able to cross ethnic borders. This would have to be someone charismatic who appeals to all, irrespective of racial background.

Experts say the equivalent of Obama has yet to make an appearance on the public stage in Malaysia.

Obama would not have won if he were a Muslim instead of a Christian; or if he came across as speaking from the perspective of his race instead of his more inclusive language; or if he did not have the experience of growing up with his white grandparents and mother.

According to political analyst Ong Kian Ming, the Malaysian equivalent of Obama would be a Chinese Muslim who is fluent in Bahasa Malaysia, grew up with adopted Malay parents in Kelantan, obtained his undergraduate degree from a Malaysian public university and then went on to get his Masters' from Oxford or Cambridge.

He says those who tracked Obama's campaign also could not help but notice that he stayed purposefully away from issues of race.

Again, the equivalent of this in Malaysia is a non-Malay leader of a major party who does not use racially charged issues to advance his or her party's aspirations to be the leading party of the governing coalition.

That expectation is unrealistic at present, as is the prospect of a non-Malay prime minister, says Universiti Sains Malaysia senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Dr Sivamurugan Pandian.

"Beyond ethnicity is the issue of religion," he says. While this "requirement" is not explicitly spelt out, it is indubitably part of the social contract.

"There was a gentleman's agreement that with citizenship given to the non-Malays, the Malays would have special rights and that Islam would be the national religion. In this regard, the dominant group will not allow a non-Muslim to be prime minister. Whatever happens must be in line with all that has been agreed upon by our founding fathers."

He feels that whether or not a non-Malay can be prime minister depends on the extent to which the Malays are willing to let go of their special privileges.

Consequently, he is sure that a non-Malay will not become prime minister any time soon.

Professor James Chin of Monash University says: "It will not happen in Malaysia under the current political set-up. Large sections of Malay Muslims will not accept a non-Malay as prime minister."

There is one key difference between the US and Malaysia, Chin points out.

"In America, the constitution is followed to the word whereas here, many things which are not part of the constitution are followed as political tradition."

An example is that the prime minister must be from the majority race and religion, he says.

A non-Malay can only ascend to the post of prime minister when political parties in the country are no longer racially based and mobilised along religious lines, says Chin.

"When that happens, maybe there is a chance. But I definitely do not see it happening in my lifetime.

"Nobody takes this issue seriously anyway. People got caught up with it pursuant to Obama's win because they are sick of the racial and religious politics here.

"A more pertinent question would be whether an indigenous person, a Bumiputera from Sabah or Sarawak, can become the prime minister."

A non-Malay prime minister may be improbable but that is not to say that the Obama campaign does not hold valuable lessons for Malaysians and for Malaysian politics.

Ong says there are ideals espoused in this campaign which Malaysians can identify with and aim for.

"The vision of America as a place where every child, regardless of race or religion, can aspire to the highest office in the land is surely one which we can all support."

But for now, what the people can realistically hope for is a prime minister with a multiracial approach and who will take care of the interests of all, regardless of religion, ethnicity or gender.

It will certainly do the country much good if politicians and political parties can move away from racist rhetoric and debate policy differences based on more substantive grounds.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Audacity of Hope...

I was reading the President-elect NY best seller. The book that sourced from the keynote address he gave in the Democratic National Convention endorsing the then Democrat presidential contender, John Kerry in 2004. Barack Obama at that time was an Illinois State Senator who had just won the primary victory to the United States Senate and was then a junior United States Senator (Note : Mr. Obama resigned today -16th November 2008)

I was challenged to read his book recently by a member of the Malacca Bar. I bought it like six months ago after watching him closely neck to neck against Hillary Clinton, of course history war rewrote and now America has an African-American President hopefully uniting the United States of America.

In fact to this date, in the United States Senate of a hundred senators, there are only three Hispanics, two Asian Americans from Hawaii, and the famed Senator President-elect Barack Obama.

Further, all US Supreme Court Justices were white until the appointment of Thurgood Marshall in 1967. And after Marshall's appointment was succeeded by the current Clarence Thomas. Of the 110 justices that was appointed since Day-1, 108 have been white i.e. 98%. In fact it was since George J W Bush administration (the 42nd President), Hispanic judge was considered in the selection process.

It is also noted that President Bush Jr. appointed Colin Powell in 2001 as the first African American to be Secretary of State. And mind you that Mr. Powell was the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Desert Storm. And became the only African American holding that position.

This great nation has gone a long way since the Constitution was written and though in 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin by federal and state governments as well as some public places, the minorities were still in many ways discriminated and segregated through unwritten policies, conventions and characters and habits. Like ol’ Mick Jagger once sing “Old Habits Die Hard”.

For example, as stated in his book, the President-elect states that in today’s America such prejudices are far more loosely held than they once were – and hence subject to refutation. A black teenage boy walking down the street may elicit fear in a white couple, but if he turns out to be their son’s friend from school he may be invited over for dinner…

As such I was in fact very skeptical about whether the whites will vote for Obama as President. So I was watching closely, and deeply to my surprise, white males gave Obama about 44% of the total votes compare to McCain a 55%. Of course more than 98% African-American voted for Obama. So with white support, a landslide victory is inevitable.

Whatever said, the United States of America will experience a dream come true come 20th January 2009, when Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States. It will be a manifestation of a dream and a completion of strength of this great nation. As spoken by his truly that founded this book, Audacity of Hope, he declared in 2004,

"There's not a liberal America and a conservative America—there's the United States of America."

And he further emphasized…

"We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states, and yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."

Those words were emphatic and firmed. Those words change America in a right direction.

So what it is for Malaysia?

So long as the constitution does not restrict the race of a Malaysian Prime Minister, a minority can be the Chief Executive. Of course like what Tun Mahatir says or is it Pak Lah, so long as the majority of people are happy that a minority be appointed as Prime Minister, then the Malaysian dream will be a reality or it will be just a fantasy due to Obama-mania.

Though the US election is gone and over, it will always strike a chord amongst Malaysians, bumiputra or non bumiputra. I believe since the March general election, Malays in the city and towns voted for a secular representative in DAP and the rural and city Chinese voted for PAS’ Islam for All, I see the audacity of hope in Malaysia. The Chinese and the Indians no more fear PAS and in fact, the support for PAS amongst the Indians are growing. Evidenced was when I was asked to ceramah with PAS representative in the rural of Malacca state, I found many Indians sitting around hearing us talking.

So will Malaysia allowed and welcome those change to seep into our system and not just immediately cry SENSATIVE or ISA the moment a discussion on race and religion is deliberated and openly discuss. I am all for the discussion of all issues to further understand and harmonized all Malaysians. But will this be anytime soon. Maybe not for another hundred years.

The Americans took 300 years to fulfill a dream that was once dreamt by a prominent Civil Right leader in the 60s.

I have a hope for Malaysia and that one day, a declaration similar to Obama, "There's not a secular Malaysia and a conservative Malaysia - there's a Malaysia.

source : Audacity of Hope, Wikipedia

Saturday, November 8, 2008

President-elect Barrack Obama first speech as CEO of the United States of America

source : AP

Text of President-elect Obama at a news conference Friday in Chicago, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:


OBAMA: Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you very much.

This morning, we woke up to more sobering news about the state of our economy. The 240,000 jobs lost in October marks the 10th consecutive month that our economy has shed jobs. In total, we've lost nearly 1.2 million jobs this year, and more than 10 million Americans are now unemployed.

Tens of millions of families are struggling to figure out how to pay the bills and stay in their homes. Their stories are an urgent reminder that we are facing the greatest economic challenge of our lifetime, and we're going to have to act swiftly to resolve it.

Now, the United States has only one government and one president at a time. And until January 20th of next year, that government is the current administration.

I've spoken to President Bush. I appreciate his commitment to ensuring that his economic policy team keeps us fully informed as developments unfold. And I'm also thankful for his invitation to the White House.

Immediately after I become president, I'm going to confront this economic crisis head on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hardworking families, and restore growth and prosperity.

And this morning, I met with members of my transition economic advisory board, who are standing behind me, alongside my vice president-elect, Joe Biden.

They will help to guide the work of my transition team, working with Rahm Emanuel, my chief of staff, in developing a strong set of policies to respond to this crisis. We discussed in the earlier meeting several of the most immediate challenges facing our economy and key priorities on which to focus in the days and weeks ahead.

First of all, we need a rescue plan for the middle class that invests in immediate efforts to create jobs and provide relief to families that are watching their paychecks shrink and their life savings disappear.

A particularly urgent priority is a further extension of unemployment insurance benefits for workers who cannot find work in the increasingly weak economy.

A fiscal stimulus plan that will jump-start economic growth is long overdue. I've talked about it throughout this — the last few months of the campaign. We should get it done.

Second, we have to address the spreading impact of the financial crisis on the other sectors of our economy: small businesses that are struggling to meet their payrolls and finance their holiday inventories; and state and municipal governments facing devastating budget cuts and tax increases.

We must also remember that the financial crisis is increasingly global and requires a global response.

The news coming out of the auto industry this week reminds us of the hardship it faces, hardship that goes far beyond individual auto companies to the countless suppliers, small businesses and communities throughout our nation who depend on a vibrant American auto industry.

The auto industry is the backbone of American manufacturing and a critical part of our attempt to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

I would like to see the administration do everything it can to accelerate the retooling assistance that Congress has already enacted. In addition, I have made it a high priority for my transition team to work on additional policy options to help the auto industry adjust, weather the financial crisis, and succeed in producing fuel-efficient cars here in the United States of America.

And I was glad to be joined today by Governor Jennifer Granholm, who obviously has great knowledge and great interest on this issue.

I've asked my team to explore what we can do under current law and whether additional legislation will be needed for this purpose.

Third, we will review the implementation of this administration's financial program to ensure that the government's efforts are achieving their central goal of stabilizing financial markets while protecting taxpayers, helping homeowners, and not unduly rewarding the management of financial firms that are receiving government assistance.

It is absolutely critical that the Treasury work closely with the FDIC, HUD, and other government agencies to use the substantial authority that they already have to help families avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.

Finally, as we monitor and address these immediate economic challenges, we will be moving forward in laying out a set of policies that will grow our middle class and strengthen our economy in the long term. We cannot afford to wait on moving forward on the key priorities that I identified during the campaign, including clean energy, health care, education and tax relief for middle-class families.

My transition team will be working on each of these priorities in the weeks ahead, and I intend to reconvene this advisory board to discuss the best ideas for responding to these immediate problems.

Let me close by saying this. I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead. We have taken some major action to date, and we will need further action during this transition and subsequent months.

Some of the choices that we make are going to be difficult. And I have said before and I will repeat again: It is not going to be quick, and it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in.

But America is a strong and resilient country. And I know we will succeed, if we put aside partisanship and politics and work together as one nation. That's what I intend to do.

With that, let me open it up for some questions. And I'm going to start right here with you.

Q: Thank you, Mr. President-elect. I wonder what you think any president can accomplish during their first 100 days in office to turn the economy around? How far can you go? And what will be your priorities on day one?

OBAMA: Well, I think that a new president can do an enormous amount to restore confidence, to move an agenda forward that speaks to the needs of the economy and the needs of middle-class families all across the country.

I've outlined during the course of the campaign some critical issues that I intend to work on.

We have a current financial crisis that is spilling out into rest of the economy, and we have taken some action so far. More action is undoubtedly going to be needed. My transition team is going to be monitoring very closely what happens over the course of the next several months.

The one thing I can say with certainty is that we are going to need to see a stimulus package passed either before or after inauguration.

We are going to have to focus on jobs, because the hemorrhaging of jobs has an impact, obviously, on consumer confidence and the ability of people to ... buy goods and services and can have enormous spillover effects.

And I think it's going to be very important for us to provide the kinds of assistance to state and local governments to make sure that they don't compound some of the problems that are already out there by having to initiate major layoffs or initiate tax increases.

So there are some things that we know we're going to have to do, but I'm confident that a new president can have an enormous impact. That's why I ran for president.

Q: (OFF-MIKE) from House Democrats that the stimulus package may be in trouble, that it's going to be a hard time getting out of a lame-duck session. Are you still confident that you would be able to get something done before you actually take office?

OBAMA: I want to see a stimulus package sooner rather than later. If it does not get done in the lame-duck session, it will be the first thing I get done as president of the United States.

Q: Senator, for the first time since the Iranian revolution, the president of Iran sent a congratulations note to a new U.S. president. I'm wondering if, first of all, if you responded to President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad's note of congratulations and, second of all, and more importantly, how soon do you plan on sending low-level envoys to countries such as Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, to see if a presidential-level talk would be productive?

OBAMA: I am aware that the letter was sent. Let me state ... repeat what I stated during the course of the campaign.

Iran's development of a nuclear weapon I believe is unacceptable. And we have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening.

Iran's support of terrorist organizations I think is something that has to cease.

I will be reviewing the letter from President Ahmadinejad, and we will respond appropriately. It's only been three days since the election. Obviously, how we approach and deal with a country like Iran is not something that we should, you know, simply do in a knee-jerk fashion. I think we've got to think it through.

But I have to reiterate once again that we only have one president at a time. And I want to be very careful that we are sending the right signals to the world as a whole that I am not the president and I won't be until January 20th.

Q: Picking up what we were just talking about, your meeting with President Bush on Monday. When — he is still the decider, obviously, stating the obvious. When you disagree with decisions he makes, will you defer? Will you challenge? Will you confront? And if it becomes confrontational, could that rattle the markets even more?

OBAMA: Well, President Bush graciously invited Michelle and I to — to meet with him and first lady Laura Bush. We are gratified by the invitation. I'm sure that, in addition to taking a tour of the White House, there's going to be a substantive conversation between myself and the president.

I'm not going to anticipate problems. I'm going to go in there with a spirit of bipartisanship and a sense that both the president and various leaders in Congress all recognize the severity of the situation right now and want to get stuff done.

And, you know, undoubtedly there may end up being differences between not just members of different parties, but between people within the same party.

The critical point and I think the critical tone that has to be struck by all of us involved right now is the American people need help. This economy is in bad shape. And we have just completed one of the longest election cycles in recorded history.

Now is a good time for us to set politics aside for a while and think practically about what will actually work to move the economy forward. And it's in that spirit that I'll have the conversation with the president.

Q: Thank you, Mr. President-elect. With the country facing two wars and a financial crisis, do you think it's important for you to move especially quickly to fill key cabinet posts, such as treasury secretary and secretary of state?

OBAMA: When we have an announcement about cabinet appointments, we will make them. There is no doubt that I think people want to know who's going to make up our team.

And I want to move with all deliberate haste, but I want to emphasize deliberate as well as haste. I'm proud of the choice I made of vice president, partly because we did it right. I'm proud of the choice of chief of staff, because we thought it through.

And I think it's very important, in all these key positions, both in the economic team and the national security team, to ... to get it right and not to be so rushed that you end up making mistakes.

I'm confident that we're going to have an outstanding team, and we will be rolling that out in subsequent weeks.

Q: Yes, sir. To what extent — to what extent are you planning to use your probably pretty great influence in determining the successor for your Senate seat? And what sort of criteria should the governor be looking at in filling that position?

OBAMA: This is the governor's decision; it is not my decision.

And I think that the criteria that I would have for my successor would be the same criteria that I'd have if I were a voter: somebody who is capable; somebody who is passionate about helping working families in Illinois meet their ... meet their dreams.

And I think there are going to be a lot of good choices out there, but it is the governor's decision to make, not mine.

Lynn Sweet?

Q: Mr. President-elect...

OBAMA: What happened to your arm, Lynn?

Q: I cracked my shoulder running to your speech on election night.

OBAMA: Oh, no.


Q: (inaudible)

OBAMA: I think that was the only major incident during the ... the entire Grant Park celebration.

Q: Thank you for asking. Here's my question. I'm wondering what you're doing to get ready. Have you spoken to any living ex-presidents, what books you might be reading?

Everyone wants to know, what kind of dog are you going to buy for your girls? Have you decided on a private or public school for your daughters?

OBAMA: Let ... let me list those off.

In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living. Obviously, President Clinton — I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances.

I have reread some of Lincoln's writings, who's always an extraordinary inspiration.

And, by the way, President Carter, President Bush, Sr., as well as the current president have all been very gracious and offered to provide any help that they can in this transition process.

With respect to the dog, this is a major issue. I think it's generated more interest on our Web site than just about anything.

We have ... we have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic.

On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So ... so whether we're going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household.

And with respect to schools, Michelle will be — will be scouting out some schools. We'll be making a decision about that in the future.

Q: You are now privy to a lot of intelligence that you haven't had access to before, in fact, much of what the president sees, I'm sure all of it.

First of all, do you — what do you think about the state of U.S. intelligence, whether you think it needs beefing up, whether you think there's enough interaction between the various agencies?

And, second of all, has anything that you've heard given you pause about anything you've talked about on the campaign trail?

OBAMA: Well, as you know, if ... if there was something I had heard, I couldn't tell you. But...


OBAMA: I have received intelligence briefings. And I will make just a general statement: Our intelligence process can always improve. I think it has gotten better. And, you know, beyond that, I don't think I should comment on the nature of the intelligence briefings. That was a two-parter. Was there another aspect to that?

Q: Well, just whether — you know, absent what you've heard...

OBAMA: OK, I get you.

Q: ... whether anything has given you pause.

OBAMA: I'm going to skip that.

Q: Mr. President-elect, do you still intend to seek income tax increases for upper-income Americans? And if so, should these Americans expect to pay higher taxes in 2009?

OBAMA: The ... my tax plan represented a net tax cut. It provided for substantial middle-class tax cuts; 95 percent of working Americans would receive them.

It also provided for cuts in capital gains for small businesses, additional tax credits. All of it is designed for job growth.

My priority is going to be, how do we grow the economy? How do we create more jobs?

I think that the plan that we've put forward is the right one, but, obviously, over the next several weeks and months, we're going to be continuing to take a look at the data and see what's taking place in the economy as a whole.

But, understand, the goal of my plan is to provide tax relief to families that are struggling, but also to boost the capacity of the economy to grow from the bottom up.

All right. Thank you very much, guys.

Friday, November 7, 2008

RPK freed....YES

A welcomed decision of the High Court to release RPK.

©The Star (Used by permission)

SHAH ALAM: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin is to be freed Friday.

He succeeded Friday in his bid to obtain a release order from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) via his habeas corpus application.

The judge ruled that the Home Minister had acted outside his jurisdiction when he issued the two-year detention order under Section 8(1) of the ISA.

The High Court here also allowed Raja Petra to be brought to court to be released today.

He was detained for a second time under the ISA on Sept 12.

On April 11, 2001, Raja Petra along with 10 other activists were detained under the ISA for allegedly plotting to overthrow former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Raja Petra was released 52 days later.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Full Text of President-Elect Barrack Obama's victory speech

The full text of President-Elect Barrack Obama's victory speech, I have taken from the Malaysian Bar Website

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, Chicago, Illinois: Text of President-elect Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago on Tuesday, as released by his campaign:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation's next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House. And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

Text of Obama's victory speech

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn't do this just to win an election and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor's bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection." And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

Text of Obama's victory speech

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Suddenly, the Government berjiwa Rakyat

Suddenly the government became thoughtful of the Rakyat.
Suddenly the government is listening to the plights of the Rakyat.
Suddenly the Rakyat became a concern of the government.
And what do the Government say.....berjiwa rakyat.

After kena left right and center then only the government put on hold the RM1.7 billion purchase of the Cougar EC 725 helicopters. Only when the Opposition, NGO and the public voice their concern, only then the government reacted.

And there they go again to say "Kerajaan Barisan Nasional berjiwa rakyat". What can I say, "berjiwa rakyat" my foot.

According to source in wikipedia, the EC 725 was developed to meet a French Air Force requirement for a specialist helicopter for Combat Search & Rescue. It was never tested during real combat or battle except for minor operation by the French Air Force such as to evacuate people from Lebanon during Operation Baliste in 2006 and the war in Afghanistant to support the coalition force. Well that is the only battle operation stated and Malaysia literally intended to buy not three or four but 12 units of untested battlefield helicopters.

Maybe I may want to ask the government whatever for? Oh yes maybe for peacekeeping under the UN banner. Whatever it is RM1.7 billion is not in our league and means. That money can be used for many many things for the Rakyat. In fact the government should not even consider it at the first place. Not even 2011.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Deepavali

While Deepavali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant spiritual meaning is "the new year of luck and wealth". As such I wish all Hindus in Malaysia a new year of luck and wealth.

Though Malaysians all over is horrified with the recent arrest of the supporters of Hindraf-5, my prayer is for those who are arrested under the notorious Internal Security Act to continue to be strong and firm in their believe. They will be remembered by the people especially the weak not only Indians. I truly admire their courage and strength though they may be in the minority. But alone shaped Malaysia agenda in the recent 12th general election shifting the support of the Indian towards MIC and BN. I must say, they are not alone in their fight.

It is in my prayer that their hope be vindicated and our friends released from the ISA.

Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali is the celebration of this Inner Light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (source : wikipedia). With the realization of the Atman comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things and this brings Ananda (Inner Joy or Peace).

Here, I concur with DAP Sec-Gen and Chief Minister of Penang who says, “We must insist that any government should show love for its people based on human dignity, compassion and a caring society.” He went further to say, “Together we shall continue to fight on a moral and ethical ground towards achieving equal opportunities, level playing field and social justice."

I now wish all Hindus, members and supporters, friends and colleagues, a blessed and happy Deepavali.

GO DAP... welcome Teh Chi-Chang


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — In a comfortably worn blue-collared T-shirt, beige slacks and a hefty backpack slung over one scrawny shoulder, Teh Chi-Chang looked more like your average University Malaya economics undergraduate than the mighty economics consultant that he most assuredly is.

At only 37, the Ipoh-born, taichi-loving Teh is the new economics advisor to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, replacing Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua who now has his hands full dealing with national publicity.

Teh's responsibilities are two-fold: to advise the secretary-general on macro-economic policies; and to act as a human resource centre to the party on all economic matters.

Two weeks ago, he conducted a workshop to brief the DAP MPs on the current global economic situation and how it translates to the domestic scene. It was sort of an Economics 101.

"They come from different backgrounds. Most don't have a good grasp of economic terms. Being able to communicate concepts clearly is key to the success of an economic policy as well," he said.

He said: "You can have sensible ideas but if you cannot convince the people, there is no point," and added: "Hopefully it will lead to better policies that enable us to go forward."

Asked if he thought poor communication was one of the reasons for the government's failure to promote economic growth, Teh snorted. "I don't think they are even trying. They are avoiding the issues completely."

Invariably, the discussion turned to the current heated 2009 Budget being debated in Parliament. The former financial analyst, a graduate from the University of Warwick and Cambridge University, was full of criticism against the government's proposed Budget. As expected of a professional, he remained cool-headed and was able to express his objections in a clear and precise manner.

"As analysts, we also start our estimations based on the most current information available," he said.

"The Budget debate is academic," Teh stated. "The government needs to go back and revise on the oil prices."

To sum up Teh's argument: The government's main source of revenue is based on its oil and oil-related exports. If the cost per barrel is high, then the pile of money in its account would be great. However, the price of oil has dropped drastically since the Budget was released 1½ months ago, effectively reducing the amount of income available for spending.

"The problem is the government is practising an expansionary fiscal policy just like they did during the good times," he sighed.

He likened the current gloomy economic situation to a person who has just lost his job.

"There is no more income and you have to rely on your savings. At that point, you have to prioritise your expenditure. What are the necessities and what are the luxuries?" he asked.

Teh suggests that the government focuses on plans that improve on local infrastructure such as drainage and roads and postpone extravagant projects for example the high-speed broadband and overpriced military purchases such as the RM2.3 billion Eurocopters.

"You can postpone it three, four years. While defence is a very important aspect of a nation's security, I highly doubt that anyone is going to invade Malaysia any time soon," he remarked drily.

He urged the government to encourage domestic spending rather than rely on foreign spending. With the entire world hit by an economic glacier, he was doubtful that foreign investors would bother coming in at the moment. They too had to prioritise their survival.

At any rate, what foreign investors looked for are political stability and an efficient government, Teh emphasised.

"Don't get caught up in Anwar's politics," he cautioned the Barisan Nasional government. He pointed out that the BN seemed to forget it only needs eight seats to get a two-thirds majority in Parliament while the opposition Pakatan Rakyat needs 30 more to claim a simple majority.

"It's simple mathematics," he laughed.

He also advised the government to show reason and competence.

"Competency is not shown when the Home Minister says a person was arrested for her own 'protection'," he said, referring to Datuk Syed Hamid Albar's explanation over the recent detention of a Chinese press reporter under the pre-emptive Internal Security Act.

Teh started his new job in September. Prior to that, he was the Asia-Pacific equity research director for utilities and media at Citigroup, one of the world's leading financial institutions. Before that, he was head of equity research for Malaysia. And before that, the executive director and country head of research at Hwang-DBS Vickers Research.

It makes one wonder, what on earth had happened to compel this wonder boy to give up a lucrative career for a position in an opposition political party.

Teh shrugged. He had been an analyst for 15 years. No matter how attractive the promotion, in the end, the work was the same.

"You only have one life and there are so many things to do," he remarked.

As an analyst and a taxpayer, he had been appalled by the government's reckless handling of the economy. The results of the March 8 general election had shown him that others felt the same. He wanted to play a role in bringing about a change.

He contacted Tony Pua and was impressed by the latter's grasp of economics despite being a lay person. Likewise, Pua was impressed by Teh's "impeccable credentials" and urged him to take an active position in the party.

Teh resisted. He wanted to help improve the economy, not play politics. It was not until he met party workers, especially the staff at DAP's headquarters that he was inspired and humbled.

"What struck me was how dedicated the people were at DAP. It was an eye-opener. You know they are not doing it for the money. They are doing it for a cause and a belief."