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Monday, June 30, 2008

Sodomy the 'In Thing" or words to that nature....

First you have this :

"A police report has been lodged against PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly sodomosing one of his aides - the second time that such an accusation had been made in over 10 years.

The report was lodged by the 23-year-old victim at the Jalan Travers police station at 6pm.

KL police chief DCP Muhammad Sabtu Osman has confirmed that the report had been made.

It is learnt that Anwar met with a number of party leaders at an emergency meeting late tonight.

At 11.15pm, PKR sent out an SMS message stating that the police had detained Anwar’s special aide Saiful Bahari this afternoon and forced him to lodge a police report about being sodomised by his boss.

It added that the police are expected to arrest Anwar soon."

Then you have this :
And now this :

KUALA TERENGGANU: Two police lance corporals have lodged reports alleging that their chief, an OCPD of a rural district in Terengganu, attempted to sodomise them, on two separate occasions.

In the first report made on Thursday, the 22-year-old cop claimed that he was sleeping at the OCPD’s house in mid-May when someone grabbed him from the back.

In his report, the cop alleged that the OCPD embraced and kissed him at about 3am.

The lance corporal also alleged that the senior officer dragged his boxer shorts down and attempted to sodomise him.

The subordinate claimed that he fled and hid in one of the rooms before deciding to lodge the police report.

The second report against the OCPD was made at 5.15pm on the same day by another 21-year-old cop who claimed that his chief had ordered him to accompany the OCPD to a bedroom on the second floor of a rest house here, early in March.

The policeman claimed the OCPD also tried to molest and sodomise him.

Both the reports were lodged at the Kelantan police headquarters in Kota Baru.

Senior police officials confirmed that the reports were lodged, adding that the two lance corporals had been transferred out of the district to facilitate investigations.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sodomy Again?

The 10 years cycle and it happened to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. A police report was lodge by an aide of DSAI. The below is reported by Malaysiakini.

"A police report has been lodged against PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly sodomosing one of his aides - the second time that such an accusation had been made in over 10 years.

The report was lodged by the 23-year-old victim at the Jalan Travers police station at 6pm.

KL police chief DCP Muhammad Sabtu Osman has confirmed that the report had been made.

It is learnt that Anwar met with a number of party leaders at an emergency meeting late tonight.

At 11.15pm, PKR sent out an SMS message stating that the police had detained Anwar’s special aide Saiful Bahari this afternoon and forced him to lodge a police report about being sodomised by his boss.

It added that the police are expected to arrest Anwar soon."

Below is the press statement by DSAI stating that the report lodged was a complete fabrication which I now reproduced here.

June 29, 2008, SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA

The police report lodged against me earlier today is a complete fabrication. I believe we are witnessing a repeat of the methods used against me in 1998 when false allegations were made under duress. This is clearly a desperate attempt by the Barisan Nasional regime to arrest the movement of the Malaysian people towards freedom, democracy and justice.

The report has been organized by interested parties to attack me in retaliation for evidence I have recently obtained implicating IGP Musa Hassan and the AG Gani Patail in misconduct including fabrication of evidence in the cases launched against me in 1998-1999. This vile attack will not prevent me from releasing this dossier to the public.

I urge the Malaysian people to stand against the repressive forces that will be unleashed by the government in the coming days and weeks. We expect the media, the judiciary and the police force to all come under the direct and unchecked control of the executive.

My fellow Malaysians - we took a bold step forward on March 8th towards a new dawn for freedom and justice for all of our citizens. This people’s movement for change must go on with all of our strength and conviction.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Saturday, June 28, 2008

This Is So Racist...

I read the below excerpts from the Star with very mixed negative feelings. Reading it make me feel sad, angry and completely sick with the racist UMNO. And worst still when it comes from a state assemblywoman from racist UMNO. This is what she says...

"One by Hamidah Osman (BN-Sungai Rapat) particularly earned the wrath of the Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen when she asked whether Sivakumar “agreed to disagree” with the well-known fable of whether a snake or a man from a certain racial community should be killed first.

Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Pantai Remis) and other Pakatan assemblymen demanded Hamidah retract her words but she maintained she was merely asking if Sivakumar “agreed to disagree” with it.

Sivakumar let her off with a warning and told her not to bring up anything sensitive."

Now a state assemblyman, is elected in that seat by everyone and that includes those not from her race. I think she has to apologise to all Malaysians for her very stupid remark or so called question. The words that was uttered by her is nothing more than disparaging remarks aimed at a particular race.

What an IDIOT.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Voting Along Party Lines vs Voting Along Your Conscience

Datuk Shahrir Samad's motion got an AYE with 129 voting for and 78 voting against it. This vote also reflects a vote of confidence on the Prime Minister (as well as the Government) when the BN won with the difference of 51 votes. After all the hue and cry on whether Sabah and Sarawak MPs will vote against the motion as a result of SAPP's threat on the vote of confidence motion.

But what I am more surprise is how are MPs are to vote. This is a dilemma especially by BN MPs. Should they vote against the motion, they will be subjected to Party Whips and will be disciplined like how school discipline teacher will act with a whip. In our history of events in Parliament maverick MPs are either suspended or forgiven, depending on time and space. Some were forgiven like Bung Mokhtar, some resigned from their position like Datuk Shahrir or some got suspended like 'you know who' all because of voting against the party.

Love or hate the motion, vote according to your party's instruction. Do you have a choice? Nope, not at all. Of course Party Whip will say "spirit of Barisan Nasional". Now I wonder, what spirit are we talking about? Maybe I should ask, what ghost is the Party Whip talking about? I find it hard to chew . Especially when motions such as allowing a price increase that affects day to day consumption like petrol, food and papers and what-have-you.

Everybody I have spoken to is suffering. Today, I met almost 9 people in my office and all told me that they cannot stand any longer. The increased is almost everything all started with the increase in petrol prices to RM2.70. As a result of that Malaysians all over facing a domino effect. You and I will see food increased such as rice. Developers will increased on their house prices by 30%. Raw materials such as aluminium and iron will definitely faced a sharp increased. Transportation is definitely. Grocery items are coming up for sure, that includes rice, eggs, flour.

My office boy is asking for an increase....
Crime will shoot up....and that is definite. And these MPs (not asking our consent) supporting the price increase!

What does our conscience says?

Honestly I am still not ready since the 1998 economic crisis. And I believe everybody shares the same view as I am. Is Malaysian ready? But what the government says, CHANGE LIFESTYLE.

But for heaven sake, will the country be ready for change? I think the government is just started thinking about having good public transportation or Hybrid cars or Cars using gas or whatever why not increase local ventures such as local food product to increase our revenue instead of relying on imports. I thought we are oil producers and I always thought that we are rich. Look at our land rich in agricultural products. This is God's gift to us.

Simply put, we just have bad and hopeless managers managing and administering our country.

We pay taxes and this is what we got. How sad.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Party Loyalist -vs- Worker Orientation

I read this article from Kickdafella's "So UMNO Ma" with much surprised. My jaw dropped suddenly. Guess what? I must warned my party and Malaccan as a whole about putting me a candidate again and should I ever win and be the Chief Minister Malacca (konon saja) party loyalist will not be appointed as local councillor members unless and until they possesses professional qualification and are well respected people who have the highest of integrity. These are the people who deserved the job entrust onto them by the state government and the Rakyat.

Meaning, between Party Loyalist and Worker Orientated, I am all for the person who is appointed to do the job expediently and efficiency without fear and favour from anybody. So if I ever be a Chief Minister, that is my stand and I believe the right stand made by the Menteri Besar of Selangor and the Chief Minister of Penang.

Appointments of such positions including Investment Arms of GLCs or state owned companies must be people who are not kaki bodek but people who are deserving armed with respected qualification and who are upright people in their various professional fields. We cannot have dungus sitting in these high and important seats deciding and advising local council issues or issues on investments and economy as such it is not and never based on party loyalty braving through water cannon, police beatings etc.

As such to not accuse simply the Menteri Besar and Chief Minister, the best and only method is restoring Local Council elections. That save the hassle in explaining one by one to everybody.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Another Reason Mengapa Minyak Tak Perlu NAIK

I got permission to cut-paste this superb article by Humble Voice on the recent petrol hike. Reading this, all the more petrol/oil/diesel price should not go up.

THE RM56 BILLION RINGGIT QUESTION

(Also posted in Malaysia-Today)

I am referring to the article in Malaysiakini: Pump price at 'market levels by August'.

First of all lets get some basic facts right.

Firstly Malaysia is a net exporter of crude oil. So the government did NOT subsidize our petrol. The RM56 billion ‘subsidy’ per year is the extra amount that the government would have earned if it had exported all of our oil production. There is no 'spiralling bill', the government did not lose any money because it is our own oil and we are not paying anybody for our oil supply.

Secondly – when the government scrapes the so called ‘subsidy’ that it did not pay any money for in the first place – it is forcing the rakyat to buy back our own resources at a much higher price. Each and every one of us will suffer because of this, especially the poor.

The hike in oil prices has not caused hardships to our government. On the contrary it has already earned record profits for Petronas. And now our government is going to squeeze even more profits by squeezing the rakyat. Put it bluntly, the Barisan Nasional government will get filthy rich form the blood money of the rakyat.

Now the 56 billion ringgit question. What will the Barisan Nasional government do with the RM56 billion windfall per year? We already suffered a price hike on our petrol almost a year back, and have we seen any accounting on what has been done with the extra money that the government collected? I remembered that there were some talks of using the money to improve our public transport system. But so far I have only heard about the ailing KTM, failing bus companies and government cutting subsidry to Rapid KL.

Don’t you feel suspicious of what is going to happen to this hefty sum of money? RM56 billion is a mind boggling sum of money, it is almost enough to build 5 Putrajaya according to the official figure. The last thing I want to see is for the money to end up in political machines and lining the pockets of politicians and their cronies. I hope our Pakatan Rakyat representatives will see to it that every sen of it is accounted for.

I am not against raising the price of petrol. It is a matter of urgency that we cut our dependency on fossil fuels now as it is the main source of green house gas that is causing havoc in our weather patterns and ecosystems.

Even if global warming and destruction of our ecosystems is not your concern, you still have to consider the fact that crude oil price is not going to come down. Some analysts even projected that crude oil may reach USD 200 per barrel by 2012. Have you asked what is going to happen to our economy when our oil reserves run out in 5 years time?

Don’t you find it amazing that nobody is talking about these pressing issues now? This whole issue about oil subsidy is completely beside the point. The way it was phrased as if it was costing our government a hefty sum of money was completely misleading. The more pertinent point is really how we can best make use of the last of our rapidly depleting resource to safeguard our future. I have not seen any sensible policies regarding this from the Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat camps as yet. It is already sparking riots in many parts of the world, including our close neighbors, and yet nobody here seems to think that we have a problem.

I don’t think we can look towards our government for answers. Our so called ‘leaders’ are engrossed in fighting and bringing each other down, unscrupulously stirring up racial sentiments for their survivals. They never have the track records of putting the interest of the rakyat in the forefront anyway. The whole political scene is simply disgusting and depressing beyond words.

This is the time that ordinary people like you and I have to come forward and take charge. Count ourselves lucky that we have a 5 years grace period to get ready for the end of cheap oil. But we need to make sure that every ounce of our resources is used wisely for the survival of our future generations. That can only happen if we, the rakyat, unite as one single voice to demand for the right things to be done.

There are a lot we can do together, and we are not isolated either. There are already over a million environmental and social justice organizations around the world that we can work with right now. The fisrt step is to realize that we have a problem in hand. This is not just any ordinary problem. What we are facing is a problem of epic proportion that is going to require the cooperation of the whole world.

Ali Oh Ali why LAH...

A good summary written by my Saudara Sofi Wahab in his blog. A simple analysis on Ali's 100 days as Chief Minister of Melaka. I must say his 12 point is non exhaustive, there are more and more to come. Just to add a little to Saudara's point which I will list below. Here goes...

(a) Non payment or delay in payment of construction work under Ali's crony causing sub contractors to suffer
(b) Massive flood especially in the city area as well as in Masjid Tanah and the failure to adhere to flood mitigation just because of wanting to beautify the Melaka River
(c) The many telco towers in neighbourhoods
(d) The ultra enforcement of MBMB on small traders and restaurant owners in Taman Melaka Raya without due notice
(e) Failure to conserve and preserve existing historical sites or the buffer zones
(f) Misrepresenting to the Malacca people for UNESCO approval for Bukit Cina
(g) Making Malacca a mini DISNEYLAND thus will cause more jam and unnecessary spending
(h) 6 times blackout in Dun Duyong ever since general election
(i) Building a mega city centre in MITC that covers three districts.
(j) Continuing building unnecessary projects that lead to GAJAH PUTIH
(k) and many more....

----- from Sofi's blog

Setelah Datuk Seri memerintah selama 100 hari selepas Pilihanraya Umum ke -12 :-

1) Datuk Seri menghadapi saman RM10 juta yang akan dibicarakan pada 30 dan 31 Julai ini

2) Datuk Seri bertindak zalim ke atas PASTI ....mengapa Datuk Seri tidak arahkan pendakwaannya di gugurkan

3) Datuk Seri terus mengamalkan pemerintahan yang suka membazir...Eye On RM40 juta dan lain-lain

4) Datuk Seri menipu rakyat menyatakan jumlah orang miskin di Melaka sedikit sahaja sedangkan golongan miskin di Melaka terus meningkat akibat kenaikan harga minyak dan harga barang

5) Datuk Seri terus mengamalkan tindakan yang tidak demokratik menafikan peruntukan untuk ADUN Pakatan Rakyat Melaka

6) Datuk Seri terus melantik kroni Datuk Seri menjadi Datuk Bandar, Speaker dan lain-lain bukannya atas dasar kelayakan ...

7) Datuk Seri terus menambahkan hutang kerajaan negeri Melaka sehingga mencecah lebih RM1 bilion.

8) Datuk Seri terus menyiksa rakyat dengan menggali bijih di Kuala Sungai Baru menyebabkan nelayan di sana susah untuk cari makan

9) Datuk Seri terus menjadi pembodek nombor wahid (satu) terhadap kepimpinan Pak Lah sedangkan Pak Lah adalah pemimpin yang lembap dan lemah.

10)Datuk Seri membiarkan pelacuran berleluasa di Bandar Melaka sejak dari tahun 70-an lagi.

11) Datuk Seri terus menggalakkan program-program maksiat dan melalaikan seperti Pesta Melaka yang menyelitkan pertandingan ratu cantik, karaoke dan sebagainya ....
12) Datuk Seri ............oh........ Datuk Seri .......

Monday, June 23, 2008

YAB Lim Guan Eng has stated ..... Penang is not an Islamic State

I am disturbed when people of all walks came to me and demanding the stand of DAP regarding the recent call by PAS Youth that the Pakatan Rakyat states to push for Islamic states and what have you... That is PAS Youth Wing's right to call for an Islamic state and since I respect the right of free speech and democracy, so be it. I am not condemning PAS or even asking PAS to retract. That is their RIGHT. But as far as I am concerned, Malaysia is NOT an Islamic state.

YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang and DAP Secretary General spoke it loud and clear. As far as DAP stand is concern, Penang and Malaysia is NOT an Islamic State. Islam is the religion of the Federation (and we respect that) and all other religions are practised freely. This was stated in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution. Nothing in our constitution states that Malaysia is an Islamic state.

An Islamic state would mean like the Islamic republic of Pakistan which proclaimed Pakistan to be an Islamic Republic and that all existing laws shall be brought in conformity with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah and no law shall be enacted which is repugnant to such injunctions. Now having said that, and comparing Malaysia and Pakistan, nothing in our Constitution drafted in such a way as stating it's framework as ISLAMIC and that Article 4 explicitly declared that this Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation and any law passed after Merdeka Day which is inconsistent with this Constitution shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void. That in itself declared Malaysia is not an Islamic state. Though we may have Islamic banking or Islamic education or that the society lives in an Islamic environment that does not construed to be establishment of an Islamic state.

So as far as DAP is concerned, and insofar as our constitution is concerned, Malaysia is NOT an Islamic state. So whosoever declares anything to that effect would remain just a mere statement, void against the Constitution.

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©The Star (Used by permission)
by Nik Khusairi Ibrahim

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will allocate state funds fairly to all major religions to ensure that none is discriminated against or marginalised, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

He said the state government would treat all religions equally.

“We have also formed an inter-religious council called Majlis Silaturahim to promote goodwill and understanding among all religions,” he told newsmen after opening the National Maha Sanghika Dana 2008 at Penang International Sports Arena here yesterday.

“All religions are equal, according to Buddhist teaching,” he said.

He also reiterated that Penang would not become an Islamic state.

“Islam is the official religion of the country, but the freedom of worship is enshrined in our Federal Constitution.

“Nobody can take away this freedom and this right must be enjoyed by all of us forever,” he added.

The event is organised annually by the Malaysian Buddhist Youth Foundation to provide a platform for devotees to do good deeds.

Lim noted that Buddhism which has 370 million followers was the fourth largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

Earlier, at another function, he said the state government was promoting the “Faith, Hope and Love” concept to restore lost trust, to give hope to future generations and to create a loving environment.

“We want to restore the lost trust among the people. Government that comes from the people should serve the people.

“We also want to give hope to the young generation that there is a future in Penang where there will be equal opportunity for all to benefit from the growing economy,” he said.

He said the state was keen on promoting the loving culture to create a cohesive and harmonious society.

Lim said this after flagging off a convoy of luxury cars participating in an overland trip to Bangkok.

The event was organised by the Lions Club of Bayan Baru.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Demonstration Malacca Style...

the two chiefs (in their own right) discussing terms


YB Sim surrounded by members of the press and media


Malacca Opposition parties and members of the public were very upset with the recent hazy announcement made by the Prime Minister a couple of weeks ago regarding the rising cost of petrol to RM2.70 per litre. As a result of that, two demonstrations and protests were organised by the DAP and PAS separately. DAP had one two weeks ago (pictures above) whereas PAS had theirs today (21st June 2008) (below).

YB Sim and Saudara Sofi exchanged greetings after demonstration

the demo led by Saudara Sofi and Hasbullah

part of the passionate crowd

DAP team

The uniqueness of Pakatan Rakyat

The crowd organised by DAP had more than 100 people at Melaka Sentral excluding state DAP leaders. We were very organised and followed strictly the instruction by the police. We followed the timing of the police. 15 minutes means 15 minutes, no hailer, just a couple of chants and a couple of banner. In fact the police officers commended our very good discipline amongst us (hehe)

Where as today's crowd was more or less between 50-80 people including YB Sim Tong Him (MP Kota Melaka), YB Goh Leong San (ADUN Kesidang), YB Lim Jack Wong (ADUN Bachang), YB Tey Kok Kiew (ADUN Banda Hilir) and myself from the DAP. The rest are from PAS led by Saudara Sofi and Hasbullah Pit @ Sebol. A bit disorganise as we were not sure where the said demonstration were to take place. So it was more of a wait and see. So much so that YB Sim was a little late as he was waiting the other far end from the demonstrating place. Maybe there were lack of communication between everybody.

The difference between the one organised by DAP and PAS is simply this, though their number may be small compared to us in the earlier demonstrations, they (PAS) are definitely a voice that represents the larger majority who are against the recent petrol increase. Though I used to consider them as extremist, but knowing them after the election, they are not extremist but merely passionate like us (DAP).

So there were chants such as "Undur Pak Lah" and "Minyak Turun" amongst others chants with honking of the motorcars and motorcycles passing by us. Speeches were made by the organisers.

I never seen such enthusiast my friends and saudara from PAS. That I must take my hats off to them (Compare to us, one shout and only 10 followed the chants, the rest probably don't know what is going on). So, Good job and BRAVO to my friends from PAS.

I now wonder mana PKR ar....?

Oil Oh Oil...

An excellent piece of work by Humble Voice which I have cut and paste the whole works. Enjoy reading it and you will have at least a bird's eye view on how much oil money to the government. While reading it, I began to have curiosity in my mind as to "mana wang itu"

The Mystery of Our Vanishing Oil Money

When common folks talked about our oil revenues we usually think of Petronas and the government as being the same entity. That was my perception when I wrote my last article: The 56 billion ringgit questions, but little did I suspect that I would have to completely reconsider my understanding almost the moment I posted the article.

I posted the article on 3:45pm June 4, and moments later I received an SMS that petrol price is going to go up. I was about the chuck the SMS away until I logon to Malysiakini and confirmed that the news was true indeed.

I was shocked by the suddenness and quantum of the increase as Najib’s reassurance of no price hike was still fresh in memory, and Shahrir was only hinting of a price adjustment in August the day before. My first reaction was that Pak Lah has just hammered the last nail in his own coffin.

I am not an economist by any means, but I came from a poor family and I have been through the years where every cent counts. It was completely baffling to me why Pak Lah would make such a sharp increase in petrol prices while the whole country was still reeling from the pain of the recent hike in the prices of food and other essential items. The combined effects are going to cause so much hardship to so many people that I seriously doubt Pak Lah is going to survive the fallout of it. And it got me thinking hard...

The Mystery of Our Oil Money

Let’s get back to the mystery of our oil money. After many hours of research and considerations – I came to realize that the relationship between Petronas and the government is much more complicated that it looks on the surface. The two are not the same entity after all; and by some recent announcements I think there could even be open hostilities between them. Read:
One key understanding is that although Malaysia is a net exporter of crude oil, our products are of very high quality and are primarily for export while we consume lower grade oils that are mainly imported from the Middle East.

While the exploration, production and export our crude oil are handled almost exclusively by Petronas, the import side is a bit more complicated. The importing and retailing of petroleum products are carried out by companies like Shell, Exxon, Petronas, etc. These companies are mandated by the government to sell below cost, thus they are compensated for their losses by the Government in the form of subsidy.

Yes – our government does subsidize our petrol. But it also receives money from Petronas in the form of royalty, taxes and dividends. Petronas is reported to have contributed 52.3 billion ringgit to the government for the financial year ended March 2007.

Is that a fair contribution to the government? I will be eagerly waiting for Petronas supposedly full disclosure. I don’t give much hope that the full disclosure will reveal details like why some big shots get to live like a king with private jet and helicopters, but it should give some basis for some intelligent guess-analysis.

How much is the Government getting from Petronas?


The graph above shows Petronas contribution to the government over the past few years. I plotted it along with the yearly average crude oil price. The yearly contribution was obtained from Hassan Marican interview in RTM1 reported in Guang Ming Daily and the average oil price from EIA. As you can see Petronas contributions go up nicely with the price of crude oil, as most of us would expect.

What will be Petronas contribution for this year? That will be everybody’s guess. Would it be 70 billion? 80 billions? Whatever it is, it seems that Petronas is mightily reluctant to cough out its profits to the government.

How much is the petrol subsidy costing our government?

Our daily crude oil consumption is 501,000 barrels, or 183 million barrels per year. Each barrel is 158 liters, and typically yields 73.8 liters of petrol, diesel and other by products after refining (data from EIA).

Our yearly petroleum consumption is thus:
183 million barrels X 73.8 liters/barrels = 13.5 billion liters.

At the current crude oil price of 130 USD per barrel, the market price is RM 3 per liter for petrol (according to Shahrir).

Our government’s yearly subsidy on petroleum can be calculated as follows. For lack of data I will assume that the cost price of petrol and diesel is the same.

Before Price hike:
The average price of petrol and diesel =
(RM1.98 + RM1.52) /2 = RM 1.75

Subsidy per liter = RM 3 – RM 1.75 = RM 1.25
Total Subsidy = RM 1.25/liter X 13.5 billion liters = RM 16.9 billion

After Price hike:
Average price of petrol and diesel =
(RM 2.7 + RM 2.52) / 2 = RM 2.61
Subsidy per liter = RM 3 – RM 2.61 = RM 0.39
Total Subsidy = RM 0.39/liter X 13.5 billion liters = RM 4.0 billion


What do all these figures means?

Firstly, since Pak Lah took helm, Petronas has contributed RM 146.5 billion to the government. Petronas has been in operation since 1974 and contributed a total of RM 336 billion to the government. Pak Lah’s first 4 years in office received 43.6% of Petronas 35 years of total contributions. It is more than what Mahathir received in 20 years, inflation adjusted. And it does not even include this year’s contributions!

Is your reaction that of disbelieve? Are you wondering where have all these money gone to?

Mahathir is known for his opulence and extravagance and have created monsters like Twin Towers and F1 circuits to match his distorted ego. But what have Pak Lah done that is worthy of being mentioned? To give you a perspective, it costs RM 11 billion to build Putrajaya, and the order of RM 20 billion to build all our toll roads. Whatever happened to this mind boggling 147 billion ringgit? It seems to have just vanished in thin air. Something must be seriously wrong somewhere.

Now the 56 billions petrol subsidy quoted by Shahrir. My own calculations indicate that it should cost the government RM 16.9 billion. My calculations do not include subsidy for gas, but would it amounts to the RM 39 billions difference? Either my calculations are completely wrong or Shahrir is bullshitting. I would appreciate if somebody can verify my calculations.

My calculations show that with RM 52.3 billion contribution from Petronas the government should still be making a net profit of RM 30+ billions. And the recent price hike is going to bring extra RM 17 billions to Pak Lah’s coffer. Is it conscionable for the government to make such an obscene amount of money at the expense of such widespread suffering of the people?

I am shock beyond words by what I discovered today. The level of corruption and mismanagement by the Barisan Nasional government is way way beyond than my wildest imagination. It sickens and disgusts me to the point that I just want to cast the whole Barisan Nasional government to hell right away. Right now I will not hesitate for a moment to lend my support for Pakatan Rakyat to step in to take over the government.

Do I believe that Anwar is able to bring down the price of petrol and give Sabah and Sarawak 20% oil royalty? I have no doubt that he can, if he managed to gain back the control of the oil money. I do not agree with his oil policy, but that's a separate issue altogether. At least with Pakatan Rakyat there is hope that ordinary people like us is able to participate to bring about the right changes.

This is the time for us all to wake up. If the level of suffering and darkness of the current moment is not enough to wake you up, I don’t know what will.

Look who is suffering now? We all are. Does the 50 years of racial politics bring about the supremacy of any race? I hope our sad state of affairs is convincing enough to show us that racial politics can not work. It never will.

We have to forget about race, religion and other trivial differences and stand united as one. This is the time to exercise our collective power, our makal shakti, this is the only strength that we have to cast out the slime bag power mongers that are hell bent to destroy each other and bringing down the whole country with them.

Offer to Shut Up

SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee dropped another blow. First was on Wednesday that the SAPP will vote for a no confidence motion against the Prime Minister and today's Star Datuk Yong fires yet another salvo which he claimed that "the offer of Senator and envoy posts smacked of bribery". The letter of offer came in 17th June 2008 i.e. the day before the bombshell.

I was just thinking yesterday about it and wah-lah, Datuk Yong just answered my mischievous thought. Corruption in the highest level. An offer of a post to shut you up. I think the people in Sabah had enough of bull shit.

Too many promises made by Kuala Lumpur and I understand why the people in Sabah is not too happy with the happening around. From fuel price and oil royalty to illegal immigrants. These are long out standing issues. I was told that the reason Sabah local parties joined the Barisan was to settle those issues but in fact as at to date nothing was addressed. Talk to any Sabahans and that is the present feeling. As such the voices of the Sabah MPs in parliament recently are voices that must be adhered to. I know for sure that SAPP is not alone on this.

Anyway there is nothing for Datuk Yong to lose now. So wack LAH. Last Man Standing.

Whose next?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Do We All need This?

video

When everyone is saving money and be thrifty, Malacca State Government unfortunately 'TAK FAHAM' and is doing totally the opposite. All because of one man's vision, Mr. Ali Ketam. His vision is making Malacca a super theme park destroying every inch of green environment as well as the cultural and historical rich Malacca.

Making Malacca a 'Disney' (He did say it proudly) at the expense of our money. With all the change including the mega million-million ringgit in beautifying the Melaka River, Eye of Malacca x 2 (seriously I am not joking there are two, one at Tun Ali and the other will be at Kota Laksamana), Menara Berputar and others billions SUDAH spend. His justification : TOURISM. I think the tourism industry can be strengthen by not making Malacca a Disneyland (with our money instead of Disney investing in Malacca) but strengthening Malacca uniqueness of it's historical and cultural richness.

There are many ways in strengthening tourism besides the above namely, Eco Tourism, Health Tourism, Education Hub tourism, Food Tourism and the many more. Making Disneyland using our money is spending unnecessary instead if he so desire a theme park, he should have lobbied for Disneyland to invest in Malacca. But of course in doing that there are many conditions for such huge player to have faith in our system such as a system that is free from corruption and nepotism and practices effectiveness and integrity in the administration. That in itself will automatically invite

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Interesting thought....

An interesting comment by greenarrow when he commented in RPK's blog titled "What are the chances of...". He gave simple yet entertaining thoughts on two Malay character that made difference in Malaya History namely IBRAHIM YAACOB and Lieutenant ADNAN Bin SAIDI. Here goes....

MALAYSIA 'does not' belongs to UMNO
MALAYSIA belongs to the SULTAN SULTAN..& everyone/every race & ethnic who were ORIGINALLy BORN here..

MALAYSIA for MALAYSIANs

Let us probe into some HISTORY

I saw 2 Characteristics of the MALAY
* IBRAHIM YAACOB type * Lieutenant ADNAN Bn SAIDI

Ibrahim Yaacob founded the Kesatuan Melayu Muda(Young Malay Union)in 1939
This Rascal Leader & his followers were radicals...they embraced the Nationalism of Indonesia..& were anti British

Yaacob received FUNDING from the Emperor of Japan...& he were told that the Japanese was able to help him to cast out the British ..totally out of MALAYA

Thousands of rakyat were killed...thousands more were been grisly tortured...economy of country thorn to wreck..when the JAPANESE invaded Malaya in 1941

IBRAHIM YAACOB ..a MALAY who sold his own country...a TRAITOR( Penderhaka Negara)

Another MALAY was born to defend MALAYA..he is Lt. ADNAN SAID (a soldier trained by the British)

Adnan's undying valour exemplified his strong belief in the Malay motto: "BIAR PUTIH TULANG , JANGAN PUTIH MATA " - death before dishonour

Adnan Saidi - a lieutenant of the Malay Regiment's 1st Battalion, died fighting the Japanese in one of the fiercest battles in Singapore during WW II ( "Battle of Opium Hill ")
...the Japanese faced a strong resistance..thousand of Jap soldiers were slaughtered... a bitter taste of real combat so much so when they captured him, as revenge, they tortured him before killing him

Many times I pondered - wether the MIND of UMNO is belonging to the Yaacob s character ..or Adnan Said s unselfish valor

ADNAN fought along with the Rakyat Precious Lives in his heart !!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pointing Fingers.... Samy Oh Samy

Well, what he uttered is SURELY RIGHT. But what can be MORE RIGHT will be HIM, MR. SAMY taking half of the blame as well, then it will be ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. So for him blaming TDM is like pot calling the kettle black. How silly can Mr. Samy really be where the whole wide world and the world wide web knows he just cannot deliver.

Being a Minister for over 20 years and President of the only party that represents the Indian community in the Barisan Nasional yet do so little for the them. As Minister and President he has all the connection in the hierarchy of Malaysia power base to lobby and answer the call of duty to protect his community BUT what he do, FAILED THEM MISERABLY. What did the Indian community do to deserve all this unfair treatment?

And so the pointing of fingers begin between two great friends now seen as foes.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did very little for the Indian community when he was prime minister, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said yesterday.

Samy Vellu said the Indians had to struggle on their own for more than 140 years and achieved success only through sheer hard work .

"Despite the MIC appealing again and again for help, he refused to budge," Samy Vellu said in response to Dr Mahathir's remarks during a talk in Teluk Intan on Saturday.

The former prime minister had said the Malays were willing to admit other races into the country and endowed them with rights.

He had also demolished the notion of a Bangsa Malaysia and said Malaysians must accept the fact that they were just too different to be known as one race.

Dr Mahathir's remarks have drawn flak from non-Malay groups, who felt that national unity was crucial for the country to meet its future challenges.

Samy Vellu said Dr Mahathir should not be taking a racist approach at a time when Malaysians were working hard towards unity. - NST

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Gloomy Day....

Below are articles taken from the Star, and are real life people trying hard to meet end's need for the family. Earning RM3,000.00 in big KL is a no joke. I was told that many now going back to their home town to work. Some depend on God, some depend on extra job, some cut cost, cut entertainment and food, cut extra curriculum activities, some probably cut college or university. So is that what the government is askingher rakyat to change it's lifestyle.

And sadly, the federal government is not doing what it preach. :(

A gloomy day ahead...

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PETALING JAYA: With three school-going children, housewife Joyce Tay is “depending on God” to make ends meet as her household income of RM3,000 is no longer sufficient.

Her children attend three different schools located distances apart in Penang, which adds to her burden.

The 47-year-old said her household expenses usually exceeded income, and her technician husband had to work extra hours to offset the rising cost of living.

“The last time petrol prices were increased we had to cut down on unnecessary items and be more thrifty. And with the latest increase in prices of fuel and foodstuff, there is nothing left for us to cut down on,” lamented Tay.

On average, Tay said she gave RM300 in monthly allowances to her children, with another RM500 or more spent on groceries and several hundred ringgit on utility bills.

As for petrol consumption, the family's previous usage amounted to RM500 per month, which has now increased drastically.

“We’ve cut down on usage of electricity and water, and even eating out now is rare.

“Sadly, I’m also forced to tell my children to cut down on their extra-curricular activities after school hours because we can’t afford to travel so often,” she added.

As for her eldest child who is in Upper Six, Tay expressed concern in not being able to finance her tertiary education.

“There is difficulty in managing the household income. My daughter will have to go to college or university soon.

“We truly have to depend on God to help us,” she said.

Inflation is also affecting insurance sales executive Nicholas Sage, who complained that there was “no quality of life” for his family.

“Whatever we earn, we are just spending it to run our lives. We are always in debt,” said the 37-year-old, adding that their monthly expenses worked out to almost RM9,000.

He and his bank executive wife, Tina Matthews, 35, who earn a combined income of RM6,000 per month, have three primary school-going children.


ANOTHER....

PETALING JAYA: At 5pm sharp every day, clerk Badrishah Bani, 43, rushes off from his office to start his second job – as a petrol station attendant.

Being the sole breadwinner of his family, Badrishah said he had no choice but to take up another job to make ends meet, following the increase in petrol prices.

The father of three said on average, the total household expenditure was RM100 or more per day.

“With RM3,000, how is it possible to pay for everything?” he said.

He said his previous RM500 expenditure on groceries per month had increased by at least 20%.

“Although essential items such as chicken and vegetables have gone up by only a couple of sen, it still accounts for a lot of money accumulatively,” said Badrishah.

However, he has refuses to cut down on his food bill, as he believed there should always be food on the table.

All entertainment and holidays for his family have been put on hold to ensure there was sufficient pocket money for his children, two of whom are studying.

On loan repayments for his car and house, Badrishah said this alone took up RM850, while another RM1,000 was spent on household utility bills.

Meanwhile, a single mother has resorted to setting up a stall selling breakfast near her house in Cheras since the fuel price increase.

The mother of three, who only wanted to be known as Mary, said she had to wake up at 4am to start preparing the food to be sold.

Her 25-year-old daughter, who earns RM800 a month working as a part-time waitress, helps her out at the stall.

Previously, Mary only relied on the RM680 from her husband’s pension.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

My New Toy

I took a blog holiday from blogging political-socio issues as I am busy with my new toy, a new pda hand phone, given to me by my wife for Father's Day. If you notice the picture below, it shows 1.56am. Can't sleep though. Hehe.

So what is it? A HTC TyTN II. Pronounce it as TyTen. This new toy of mine works using Microsoft® Office Mobile applications, including Outlook® Mobile 6, Word Mobile, Excel® Mobile, and PowerPoint® Mobile, PDF Viewer, with task, contacts and calendar. I have used a dopod 818 (not pro) before so it work just fine with me in terms of it's mobile application. You may one to ask me where is my dopod....I have donated to Renaissance (hilang lah).

It is indeed a powerful tool as I have used a Dopod, a Sony Ericsson P990i and a Nokia Communicator. This high technology gadget come with an internet connection via 3.5G HSDPA, which the HTC websites says nine times faster than 3G and that is so true, compare with my former tools.

The Home Application is superb which displays a large digital clock and notification for messages i.e. sms/mms and e-mails as well as miss calls. The Favourite People Application is like your speed dialling but here it gives me a cool display picture of my favourite people. Then you have the Weather application that give you real time weather updates, Launcher Application that gives me short cuts to my other applications or programmes installed in my TyTN II such as my Bible, Voice Recorder, Connectivity, Back Light, Lock, File Explorer, Bluetooth Explorer and so on. And lastly the Sound Application which allows me to vibrate and silence my TyTN II.

The interface, it has start browser which allows me to go into another programme with ease. On the corner left, it will display the battery life, the connectivity (wireless, GPRS, Bluetooth, EDGE) and of course a small button that says my recent documents or programme used. Down below the interface, you have Calendar and Contacts.

Work becomes more comfortable with the unique tilting touch screen and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This devise also have a Business Card scanner just like my Sony Eriksson though I have yet to try it.

This gadget also provide for GPS navigation with MAPKINGS software for your maps and not forgetting an auto focus 3.0 built in camera to capture wonderful moments

In all, this HTC TyTN II comes together with
(i) getting started disc
(ii) application disc, which includes MapKing (for GPS), GPRS Monitor, CE Star, Aprite Backup Tool, WorldCard Mobile
(iii) a pouch
(iv) a USB connectivity
(v) an additional stylus
(vi) a ear piece
(vii) 2GB a Micro SD and adapter
(viii) charger
(ix) bluetooth and charger

A superb TOY to date for me...FOR DADDY'S DAY :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Malaccan Is This Enough?

Found this in the Star...

"In Malacca, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the 10% cut in allowances would take effect this coming July 1 and would include the Speaker.

The Chief Minister’s entertainment would be cut from RM5,500 to RM4,950 while the Speaker and BN exco members will be slashed from RM1,000 to RM900 while BN elected representatives will be cut from RM250 to RM225."

Interesting? I just want to know more. Wait a minute after taking that 10% away, still there are other mega project in Malacca. Can we cut that too?

Lingamgate No 2 part 2

"Judge's stunning allegation in court". The Article below is taken from the NST online on the disclosure by YA Datuk Ian Chin on allegation of interference by the then Prime Minister. I think what YA did was above par. At least for that matter his Lordship cautioned everybody that he will not hesitate to dismiss or struck off the application if certain rules of procedure are not followed OR evidence not convincing enough or facts that are not substantiated. Meaning he will decide without fear or favour.

Subsequent to that he even went further to ask the parties whether the parties have any objection of him presiding as a judge. His Lordship even adjourned the matter for half an hour for parties to discuss. And guess what? "None, however, was made."

SIBU: A High Court judge here has alleged that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad threatened to punish the judiciary in 1997 for decisions he disliked.

Justice Datuk Ian Chin, 60, is the most senior of the 48 High Court judges in the country.

He made the stunning allegation at the start of proceedings on Monday when hearing an election petition filed by Wong Hus She, the defeated DAP candidate for the Sarikei parliamentary seat, the Borneo Post reported.

Anticipating a motion for his recusal, Chin took the "step to disclose what the parties and counsel may not be aware of but which they may later complain that I should have disclosed".

Wong lost the Sarikei seat to Barisan Nasional's Ding Kuong Hing by 51 votes.

Both sides did not object to Chin as the presiding judge, the Borneo Post reported.

He referred to two cases he had presided over in February 1997 - a libel suit and an election petition - the decisions with which the then prime minister was apparently displeased, he said.

He said Dr Mahathir had gone to the judges' conference about a month later "to issue a thinly veiled threat to remove judges by referring to the tribunal that was set up before".

From May 26 until 30, he was "packed off to boot camp" for lessons on taking the government line in judicial decisions.

Last month, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam video clip castigated Dr Mahathir for going against the Constitution in appointing judges and called for an investigation into Dr Mahathir.

According to the notes of proceedings made available to the New Straits Times, Chin said in the libel suit: "I distinguished M.G.G. Pillai v Tan Sri Datuk Vincent Tan Chee Yioun & Other Appeals (1995) 2 MLJ 493 and refused to give what I consider to be an astronomical award for damage to reputation in libel cases".

In the election petition, he had set aside the victory of BN's Mong Dagang in the 1996 state polls in the Bukit Begunan seat.

Chin said Dr Mahathir had "expressed unhappiness" over the decision.

"After he was done with issuing that threat, he then proceeded to express his view that people should pay heavily for libel.

"He managed to get a single response from a Court of Appeal judge who asked whether he would be happy with a sum of RM1 million as damages for libel.

"He approved of it and he later on made known his satisfaction by promoting this judge (since deceased) to the Federal Court over many others who were senior to him when a vacancy arose."

Chin said he was "devastated" by what went on but was consoled by fellow judges who remarked "the prime minister was too much".

"It will be recalled that the prime minister not long after he assumed office had said, in a much publicised campaign against corruption, that he will put the fear of God in man but this apparently, given his diatribe in that conference, changed to instilling a fear of him if any judgment is to his dislike."

He said the "boot camp" he attended with selected judges and judicial officers was "an attempt to indoctrinate those attending to hold the view that the government's interest" was "more important than all else when we are considering our judgments".

"Stating this devilish notion was no less a person than the president of the Court of Appeal," he said.

"The perversion of justice did not stop there. My brother judge (Datuk Muhammad) Kamil Awang was one morning looking for me after clocking in. We were both then serving in Kuching.

"When I met him in his chambers, he was distraught and he told me about receiving a telephone call the night before from the chief justice asking him to dismiss the election petition that he was going to hear in Kota Kinabalu.

"He sought my opinion as to what to do about the telephone call.

"We went into the possibility of making a police report or of writing to the chief justice a letter to record what he had said over the telephone but in the end, he decided against it since it would be his word against that of the chief justice," Chin said.

"I was happy to learn later on that he did not bow to the pressure by the chief justice and went on to hear the petition and thereafter, making a decision based on the law and evidence."

Chin also declared that he had twice stood unsuccessfully for election as a BN candidate in the 1980s, in one of which he lost to the DAP. He had also heard other election petitions.

"Now, though no longer the prime minister and so no longer able to carry out his threat to remove judges which should, therefore, dispel any fear which any judge may have of him, if ever there was such fear, nevertheless the coalition party that he led is still around and the second respondent won on a ticket of that coalition party and it may cross someone's mind that I may have an axe to grind against the party concerned or any member thereof.

"The petitioner in this case may also have a similar view with regard to my defeat by a candidate standing on the ticket of the party to which he belongs.

"So I wish to hear from the parties as to whether they entertain any such notion and whether they wish to apply for my recusal so that, if any, I can make a decision thereon.

"After this disclosure, litigants who were affected by the hundreds of judgments that I handed down since those infamous days may justifiably worry as to whether any of my judgments were in any way influenced by this attempt to hang the Sword of Damocles over my head.

"No amount of words from me would assuage you of your worry; you will have to read my judgments as to whether they are according to the evidence and the law or whether they were influenced by threat."

Chin then adjourned for half an hour to let the parties consider an application for his recusal.

None, however, was made.

Lingamgate No. 2

After the VK Lingam's videotape episode, there came another shocking revelation (I am not shocked though, as I have expected) : A confession (disclosure) of a Judge on the interference of the Executive in the Judiciary.

YA Ian Chin disclosure put shock waves across the east and west of Malaysia and I believed also beyond the shores of Malaysia. Boot camp for selected judges for brainwashing session? I think this is an act of betrayal of trust by the former Prime Minister. This is an acceptable.

I echoed the opinion by my President, Miss Ambiga Sreenevasan, that this event must be investigated. She also noted the case of Harris Mohd Salleh -v- The Returning Officer, Ismail Majin & Ors (2001) 3 CLJ 161, the dicta by YA Mohammad Kamil (former High Court judge) which corroborates YA Ian Chin's disclosure where his Lordship stated, “The only guide to a man is his conscience, the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and the sincerity of his action... In my view, it is an insult to one’s intelligence to be given a directive over the phone that these petitions should be struck off without a hearing, and above all, it is with prescience conscience that I heard these petitions.’’

This is definitely a brave act of a judge and with judges like that, Malaysians applaud and respect as the dignity of the judiciary is restored and corrected. Syabas to YA Mohammad Kamil and YA Ian Chin.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Will there be Cost Cutting in Malacca?

Terengganu EXCO did just that, i.e. cost cutting (read here). Federal Government also did that albeit only 10%, I now wonder whether Malacca State EXCO will just do that. It's only 10%. It does not pinch either.

But then again, Malacca is spending lots of money for all type of construction namely, Eye of Malaysia oops Malacca, Theme Park somewhere in Klebang, Menara Berputar, Beautifying Malacca River, so call Medical Hub (I believe this is at 'perancangan' stage), Go Kart (somewhere out there), and lots more... all what I call at projek Melaka Mega. And yes not forgetting some Putrajaya type of construction that will cover a huge area in MITC. Here goes the million and million of ringgit.

Two issues I wonder:-

(a) Whether our State Government do likewise to heed the call by the Federal Government.
(b) How much is our state debt as at to date?

Any answers?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Melaka Bandaraya Unfair

Looks like the Eye is really coming to Melaka. It was reported in the Star today, a ground breaking ceremony performed none other than Ketua Menteri.

How much?
I was informed that it will cost about RM43 million.

Whose money?
You and I, not Ketua Menteri.

Where will it be located?
At Kota Laksamana, kawasan DAP pulak. PutLAH at your own constituency in Bukit Baru.

Further to that, there will be a mariner close by that cost about RM24 million project. Not forgetting the Menara Berputar that cost a walloping over RM20 million of our money.

With all the attractions, Malacca will one day change to Melaka Bandaraya Unfair. Not funfair. I seriously don't know what is our Ketua Menteri is up to, changing Historical Malacca to a major theme park. I think what our state government should do is to preserve and conserve the historical site instead of making it a laughing piece for all. Why don't make Malacca rich by preserving it's historical and cultural richness for all to see. Malacca is indeed blessed by who and what we are. And nobody can change that.

So why don't the state government used the money to improve the roads, drainage, public transport and mitigate flood that is very rampant in little Malacca.

I thought that the Federal Government intending to curb expenditure, but this little Malacca state government never seems to understand.

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By MARTIN CARVALHO

MALACCA: The state’s RM40mil Eye on Malaysia project will include several features to make it a one of its kind tourist attraction.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said besides the ferris wheel, there would also be a 90m water screen and entertainment rides.

He said the project was being carried out under a 60-40 joint-venture between Kumpulan Melaka Berhad (KMB) and current operators of the Eye On Malaysia, MST AD Suria Sdn Bhd.

"The 60m ferris wheel is scheduled to arrive here in September and operational by Oct 18,” he told reporters after officiating the groundbreaking ceremony here on Monday.

Mohd Ali said a month of festivities along the Malacca River would be held to announce the Eye’s move from Taman Tasik Titiwangsa to its permanent home at a 2ha site at the Kota Laksamana coastline next to a RM24mil marina project.

Once operational, he said the ferris wheel is expected to attract 700,000 visitors in a year.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Daulat Tuanku


Like all birthdays we celebrate with much happiness and peace. Tomorrow, 7th June 2008, is the birthday of our beloved King, DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong. Following Betel Nut Chronicles, I also put up a flash presentation on my blog for that glorious purpose for the whole week.

Though the role of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is largely ceremonial in Malaysia's constitutional monarchy, His Majesty symbolises the fountain of justice and peace that harmonises all races and religions for the construction of peace and harmony, hope and joy of beautiful and glorious Malaysia.

I must agree with Betel Nut that His Majesty Tuanku Mizan is indeed an exemplary Supreme Ruler who is fair and steadfast in his views, His Majesty has indeed shown us that his heart belongs to the people of Malaysia.

Like Betel Nut Chronicles, I want to encourage all to do the same in showing our utmost respect to His Majesty by introducing the colour yellow in our blog headers for a week.

Daulat Tuanku!
Daulat Tuanku!
Daulat Tuanku!

How to Change Our Ways

I received an e-mail here from a friend. Though I have read this earlier, I thought I may want to post it here. IT seems hilarious but it is true. An average income of each family is RM3,000.00. That depends on whether one is working and the other is not OR a combine salary of all both husband and wife of RM3,000.00. Mind you, that many families monthly income does not even reach RM3,000.00.

"Okay, let's start rolling with a family which has
Papa, Mama, 1 daughter and 1 son. Ngam-ngam ....

Calculation starts...

Electricity and water bill: RM100 (not forgetting that electricity tariff will be up soon)
(No air-con, No home theatre, No water heater ... ok?)

Phone bill (Telekom): RM50

Meals for a happy family: RM775 (maybe got to be lesser)
(3 meals on RM25/day, RM25 for 4 persons...?)

Car repayment: RM400 (that is because it is a Proton)
(A proton saga aeroback, 7 years repayment)

Petrol (living in city, traffic-jam): RM300 (that is because it is a Proton)
(go to work, bring son to school, only can afford one car running)

Insurance: RM650
(kids, wife and myself)

House repayment: RM750
(low cost housing repayment for 30 yrs,retired still have to work to pay!)

Tuition: RM80
(got that cheap meh? i don't think so)

Older children pocket money @ school: RM20
(RM1/day, eat bread?)

School fees: RM30
(enough ah?)

School books and etc: RM100
(always got extra to pay in school)

Younger children milk powder: RM50
(cannot have the DHA, BHA, PHA one, expensive)

Miscellaneous: RM100
(shampoo, rice, sauce, toilet paper)

Oh wait!!! I have to stop here, so...
No Astro, no movie @ cinema,
no DVD, no CD,
no broadband,
cannot KFC, cannot McDonald,
cannot go Park walk during weekend (petrol expensive),
no chit chat on phone with grandparents, and etc...

Let's use a calculator to total up... WALAO EH! Shit! RM3,405 already...
EPF belum potong, income tax lagi........

How to survive lah tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian ???
Our Deputy Prime Minister asked us to change lifestyle?
How to change? Don't eat? Don't work? Don't send children to school and study?

Besides that, I believe in Malaysia population, there are millions of rakyat Malaysia which still don't earn RM3,000/month! !!

What is this? Inilah Malaysia Boleh... sorry .... it should be Malaysians Boleh because we're still alive and kicking!!

Our politicians must be mad!!!! "
Please forward and comment boleh or tak boleh. No wonder so many Ah Loong around lah....

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Who Sould We Compare, Singapore or Saudi Arabia?

I cut and paste from the Star the comment by Opposition Leader, Datin Sri Dr Wan Azizah regarding the recent fuel hike. She did a good one by comparing the difference of petrol prices
of exporting country such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) where the price is RM1.19 per litre, Egypt (RM1.03), Kuwait (67sen), Saudi Arabia (38sen), Nigeria (32sen) and Venezuela (16sen).

She also say that the government is ridiculous in comparing with non exporting countries like Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

She also commented that the fuel price hike is "disappointing and unacceptable"and the effects of the increase would be seen in the increase of consumer goods.

Well I am not just worried about consumer goods, what about the rise in diesel of RM1.00 more. This certainly has an impact on raw materials such as the building industry.

And what can the government do? Asking us to change our lifestyle. What? Maybe we should all cycle bicycles.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Not August Meh?

This is what happen when you have a sudden announcement on the petrol hike in Malaysia. Adakah Kerajaan ini berjiwa RAKYAT? And I damn thought that it was in August. Thank God that I ignorantly pumped full tank this afternoon.

this one at Petronas in Cheng. Jauh lagi, at least a kilometre.

this one is Caltex

Can you see the shell logo? Cars queuing for petrol

welcome to Shell


Sometimes I wonder why are we so stupid in voting Barang Naik every time when the general election is called. CORRECTION, half of MALAYSIANS are so stupid. So much so that because of this half, it affects the majority.

AND what you have BARANG NAIK.

So to all Malaysians, CONGRATULATIONS FOR VOTING BARISAN NASIONAL.

There are more to come...

Price Hike in August? Part 2

Twinkle, twinkle, Malaysia,
How I wonder how you are!
Up and above RM2.70 so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
Twinkle, twinkle, Malaysia,
How I wonder how you are!
Nah it is all wrong. 5th June 2008 12am. The day where all are waiting and it has come to past. The rise is 0.80 cents and that totalled to RM2.70.

What we have campaigned during the election is true. I wonder why can't the Government through Petronas do something for a better Malaysia. I mean logically, if price went up, do you think at the end of the day Petronas will continue to profit.

Parliamentarian Clowing

Though I may agree with the writer, Miss Jenny Chow regarding the behaviour of some of our wakil rakyat, I may also may want to reply (not to rebut) her letter.

As for me, there are certain actions which I feel some attention are needed to be stressed. The celebration of a birthday of an ISA detainee, for me, is a symbolic gesture of a daughter desire to celebrate the birthday of the father who is illegally and unlawfully detained without trial under the Internal Security Act.

That gesture is not a cheap publicity stunt by a little girl but basically a cry out from her heart in wanting to see her father release unconditionally. That is her right to express. As such coming to parliament to express that expression is something all Malaysians must take note of. AND not just push aside and say "it's funny" or some may say "security of parliament" and whatever reasons anybody and everybody will find. More often than not ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS and the message is send across.

On the other hand, giving red hard-boiled eggs to newsmen to mark their first month in the Dewan, is something 'should not be done'. Nevertheless, give them the benefit of a doubt that probably it was just after the mudslinging session in the Dewan that the two MPs here are just intending to take a 'kit kat' from the heaviness attachment of the Honourable Dewan. Sometimes to clown around is such a stress reliever.

Now I also heard from almost everybody that there are such waste of time by our parliamentarians. Besides the name calling like Bigfoot and 'Monyet', the Standing Orders are there to be followed. As such I hope sincerely our parliamentarians follow strictly the Orders. The Standing Orders are rules of parliamentary procedures which all parliamentarian must know and follow. The Speaker of the House must ensure that strict application of the Orders are to be adhered to. Unfortunately, our Parliamentarians be that from BN or Pakatan, failed to follow. This make it a junk house instead of the Honourable House.

The Standing Orders or in malay, Peraturan Mesyuarat, gives order to the House. With that order, motion are debated, statements made are explained, arguments are raised. So parliamentarians follow the Order please. As such when YB Karpal or Uncle Kit invoke the Standing Orders, it simply means to their opposing side, follow the Order. Simple as that.

My two cents opinion.....

Just get on with the job you were elected to do©New Straits Times (Letters Section) (Used by permission)
by Jenny Chow, Alor Star

I WAS amazed to see a picture of two MPs distributing red hard-boiled eggs to newsmen at the Parliament to mark their first month in the Dewan Rakyat.

Not long ago, it was a whole group of Opposition MPs celebrating the birthday of the daughter of an Internal Security Act detainee.

It looks really funny, as in my opinion, the Dewan Rakyat is supposed to be a place where MPs have their meetings, debate and all that important stuff.

Before this, I always thought highly of the Dewan Rakyat and the important issues.

Unfortunately, when I look at the Dewan Rakyat now, all I see is a bunch of people trying new stuff to "impress" the rakyat who voted for them.

Sometimes, some of the MPs also like to debate over trivial issues and waste the Dewan's time. It's annoying to see these people putting up all these acts.

To me, there is no need to over-react and MPs should only debate important matters.

With MPs celebrating birthdays and distributing red hard-boiled eggs, I wonder what else will happen in the future.