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Friday, January 30, 2009

MACC versus UMNO

Like my Malay friends will say "Apa benda ni?".

It was reported in Bernama that 30 members of the Youth and Putera wings of UMNO handed a memorandum of protest to the party leadership on the intervention by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

I don't understand what these idiots are harping about. Maybe corruption and money politics are rooted so much and deep into their system that they don't wish for a cleaning-up in UMNO. They should in fact welcome the investigation and intervention of the MACC and start cleaning the dirt in UMNO.

Though there may be report of MACC brutality made against an UMNO member, let the investigation take place and if found to be true, that officer must be charged in court and trialed. However if the report turn out to be false, then that UMNO member must be charged for lodging a false report. Period.

MACC investigation cannot stop it has to go on.

----- Taken from the Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — About 30 members of the Youth and Putera wings of Umno tonight handed a memorandum of protest to the party leadership on the intervention by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in party matters.

In the memorandum, the members also protested against the proposal by the chairman of the Umno Diciplinary Board, Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail that the party’s wings be dissolved to curb money politics.

The memorandum was handed to Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Razak and members of the Supreme Council (MT) before they began their their MT meeting at the Umno headquarters.

A spokesman for the group, Zuraidi Abdul Rahim said the establishment of the MACC had resulted in more party members being detained on corruption charges and members of the commission frequently adopted harsh tactics when questioning suspects.

“The formation of the MACC is not to beat suspects when questioning them. Thirty-nine people have been called up for questioning, the number of those remanded is uncertain but two or three people have lodged police reports. We have proof of the incidents through a copy of the police report lodged by a party member which is attached to the memorandum,” he told reporters at the Menara Tun Hussein Onn lobby here.

The police report dated Jan 28, lodged at the Damansara Police Station by an Umno member from Pahang, claimed that he was beaten on the head, kicked on the ribs by an officer, and was forced to strip and roll over on the floor. Zuraidi said he represented about 2,500 party members throughout the country who hoped there would be no intervention by outsiders especially from the MACC on party matters so that the freedom of expression by party members could be revived. Earlier, they had gathered at the lobby to express their protest against the suggestion by Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen and the establishment of the MACC. — Bernama

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bye Bye Khalid

Bye Bye Khalid. Serve you right Mister. People like you do not deserve to be in the force. Giving the good police force a bad name. People like you don't deserve to call DATUK.

Liar liar pants on fire

Now the police should investigate the matter fully without cover ups.

------ from the Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — The Member of Parliament for Kapar, S. Manikavasagam, today lodged a police report against Selangor police chief, Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar who claimed that two deputy ministers and the family of car theft suspect, A.Kugan, had barged into the Serdang Hospital mortuary on Jan 20.

Manikavasagam and lawyer N.Surendran lodged the report at the Brickfields District Police Headquarters at 12.10 pm.

“We not only lodged a police report, we also handed over a CD recording to the police to prove that the allegation that the two deputy ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator T. Murugiah and Datuk S.K. Devamany, and the victim’s family had barged into the hospital mortuary was totally incorrect,” he said.

Manikavasam said the CD recording clearly showed that the two deputy ministers concerned were not at the scene when the people entered the mortuary, and were only present several hours later.

“The police allegation that the victim’s family had trespassed into the mortuary was also not true because the recording showed that the staff at the mortuary had allowed all family members of the victim to come into the room,” he said.

Manikavasagam said that as such, action should be taken against the Selangor Police Chief for making a false statement.

Kugan, 23, who had been detained on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang, was found dead while in custody at the lock-up of the Subang USJ Police Station.

Brickfields OCPD, ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Talib, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed receiving the report at 2.20 pm.

Khalid, when contacted by Bernama, declined to comment on the police report lodged against him. — Bernama

You are wrong Datuk Seri Syed Hamid

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar's statement below is unwarranted and a shallow. As a former lawyer he should very well know that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof is not on them. More so if the prosecution alleged that a criminal situation had taken place, proved it. He who alleged MUST prove that is the basis of our criminal justice system.

As such Kugan's death or any other person detained and died during detention is nothing short but criminal wrong committed by the police. So should the police be seen as a hero in allowing brutality in their own back yard? I don't think so.

The public such as I includeed, am not happy with the attitude and the conduct of some police officers in taking the law into their own hand. Why can't they just follow procedures as laid down under the law.

I am reminded the cases in UK such as Birmingham Six or Maguire Seven or Guilford Four where the it caused the Home Secretary to set up a Royal Commission on Criminal Justice in 1991 which led to the Criminal Appeal Act of 1995 and the establishment of the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 1997.

So like our country, there is a need to form such commission to correct and strengthen the reputation of the police force. Those who are involved in the beating of detainees (or any wrong doing) should be terminated and charged by the court of law. There should not be any cover ups and due compensation should be given to the family of the loss.

I am sure Kugan and the others that have died prematurely including their family are not seeking for glory or being called a HERO but merely seeking that JUSTICE prevailed.

----- Taken from The Malaysian Insider

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 28 — The people should not regard criminals as heroes and the police who enforce the law as demons, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said today.

Speaking in general terms, he said no one was above the law and added that action would be taken against those who broke the law, even if it was the police.

“We will not conceal the facts,” he told reporters at his office here.

Syed Hamid said he was not linking his statement, made in general terms, with the death of car theft suspect A. Kugan who had died while in police custody at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya on Jan 20.

“I am not pinpointing anybody,” the minister stressed.

He explained that police had detained three suspects including Kugan following investigations into 19 cases of vehicle theft and armed robbery.

The minister also asked the people not to politicise the investigation into Kugan’s death, saying it would make the police task more difficult.

“They must talk of the case based on facts and not assumptions,” he said.

Kugan, 22, who was detained on Jan 15 at the Taipan police station on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang, had died while being questioned.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had said a post-mortem found that Kugan had died due to fluid in his lungs but Kugan’s family sought a second post mortem, insisting that Kugan had died of injuries.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said later that Kugan’s death had been classified as murder. A second post-mortem on Kugan has been done since.

The police are investigating Kugan’s death and the results are expected to be known soon.

Kugan’s funeral was held today. — Bernama

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kugan's death - Pewaris and Selangor CPO - Just shut up and repent

I agree with the views by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that Kugan's death is NOT A RACIAL issue but a Malaysian issue. Kugan is innocent until proven otherwise and this insane act of police brutality should not had happen in the first place.

I believe Malaysian of all walks condemned this insane act as well as the flip flop statements by the Chief Police Officer (Selangor) Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar in covering up police brutality in the force. Now with the second autopsy report confirming external injuries caused by blunt force trauma, the police force and the Malaysian government owed not only the family of the late Kugan but all Malaysian an unconditional apology and a right to demonstrate against the coward act of the police.

Though I welcomed the Attorney General classification the case as murder and that the 11 policemen from the Subang USJ Taipan police station have been reassigned to desk duty pending investigations, the Malaysian government should convene and Independent Commission to investigate not only this case but the many others related cases involving police brutality and death in police detention and those that caused the wrong should not onlly be suspended but be charged and trialed under our legal system.

Enough said.

And as for Pewaris that this procession was inadvisable as it might offend the sensitivities of others, maybe I should asked Pewaris, on whose sensativities? Police? And also the coward statement of Selangor CPO issuing a warning. How can the people accept police brutality and death in police lock-up. Such unlawful act is so wrong going against all laws of this land. Pewaris should know that this act of questionable conduct of the police is unbecoming of the police force and making it a mockery of the legal and enforcement system which is violation of basic human right and the police lock up rules. In fact Pewaris should denounce such despicable act AND the Selangor CPO should apologised to all.

------ Taken from the Malaysian Insider

Muslim NGO echoes police warning for Kugan’s funeral

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 — Pewaris, a non-governmental Muslim advocacy group, today appealed to MIC president Datuk Seri Samy Vellu to urge the Indian community not to get involved in any protest demonstrations during tomorrow's funeral procession for A Kugan, a suspect in a car theft case who died while in police custody.

Pewaris deputy chairman II Rahimuddin Md Harun told a press conference here that any protest during the procession

Yesterday, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar issued a warning that police would take stern action if the procession was used to stage illegal protest demonstrations.

Kugan's remains will be brought from the University Malaya Medical Centre near here to the Batu 14 Puchong crematorium for final rites before being cremated.

Kugan, 22, was arrested on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars.

He died on Jan 20 while detained at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya. The case has been classified as murder. — Bernama

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Class Act of Ali Last Term

Yes, I am speaking about the not-so-clever-on-the-race-of-Deputy President Ali Rustam. Hearing him speaking English over the rostrum is hilarious. Friends in UMNO call him Ali Last Term. I hope they are correct.

Anyway while PKR score a victory in Perak where one of UMNO's ADUN leapfrog to Pakatan, our dear friend in Malacca had a cross-over of some 40 members of PAS from a non-listed PAS branch in PAS kawasan Bukit Katil. In fact my comrade, Saudara Sofi Wahab (PAS Info Chief), in his blog told us that this goon, is a former UMNO member who 'lompat' to PAS is now back to his UMNO home, and a non paying PAS member. Meaning technically, he has probably a non member of PAS. So basically he would seems to be a former member of PAS and UMNO joining back UMNO. What a joke.

Interestingly, there is no PAS branch in that area. And uninterestingly, this has become a news for UMNO led spoiler Utusan Meloya to just print out a story just to please the UMNO goons. Either Utusan has no more news to print or that their editors are just plain UMNO goons.


Ternyata tindakan Ketua Menteri Melaka, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam menggembar-gemburkan berita 41 orang ahli PAS dan seorang Ketua Cawangan PAS memperlihatkan ketidakcerdikan beliau. Di samping itu beliau cuba memperbodohkan rakyat Malaysia khasnya rakyat negeri Melaka.
Ali Rustam lupa bahawa rakyat Malaysia kecuali orang Umno sudah cukup faham dengan permainan media pengampu seperti Utusan Meloya (Utusan Malaysia).
Seperti yang saya postingkan di dalam Blog ini semalam, Ismail Tompang (Senin Tompang) adalah ahli PAS yang sudah lama keluar PAS dan berminat untuk menyertai Umno. Sudah bertahun-tahun beliau tidak membayar yuran, malah tindak-tinduknya juga sudah lama diketahui oleh PAS Kawasan Bukit Katil.Beliau adalah bekas ahli Umno yang mempunyai kepentingan diri. Sentiasa bertukar parti yang disokongnya semata-mata kerana mencari habuan. Beliau pernah cenderung kepada DAP dan PKR kemudian berpatah balik menyertai Umno.
Jadi tidak perlulah dirisaukan orang seperti ini tempat yang paling sesuai untuknya ialah bersama Ali Rustam. Jumlah 40 orang lagi ahli PAS yang ikut jejak langkah Ismail adalah tidak benar kerana ahli di cawangan yang sudah lama mati inipun tidak sampai seramai itu. Mungkin Ai Rustam mengirakan jumlah tersebut dengan bayang-bayang sekali. Kalau adapun 40 orang mungkin ianya bukan ahli PAS tetapi penyokong Umno atau orang yang tidak berparti.
Saya hairan bagaimana calon Timbalan Presiden Umno cuba memperbodohkan rakyat. Dalam sedar atau tidak sedar beliau memperlihatkan ketidakcerdikan beliau sendiri.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Umar ibn Abdul Aziz

"Rulers usually appoint people to watch over their subjects. I appoint you a watcher over me and my behaviour. If you find me at fault in word or action guide me and stop me from doing it."

One of Umar ibn Abdul Aziz quote that made him a great man. So what about this man that make him a great leader.

His works and words have widely quoted by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng. In many occasions including in one of his maiden speech in Parliament YAB Lim made mentioned of him. Even Ustaz Abdul Ghani, the homnourable Commissioner of PAS Melaka met me in the Court canteen one fine day spoke to me about the CM of Penang praised of this great leader and told me if I be CM* one day (haha, like I would) elaborate and follow this great leader, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz.

And so I am, learning and reading about this great leader.

Thanking the net, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz was an Umayyad caliph who ruled from 717 to 720. Umayyad caliph would mean the ruler from the Umayyad dynasty whom historically the second of the four Arab caliphates establish after the death of Muhammad the prophet. Caliphate would mean the Islamic form of government representing the political unity and leadership of the Muslim world. It is based on the notion of a successor to the Islamic prophet Muhammad's political authority.

As a leader, He is known to be estremely pious and is disdainful of luxuries. He preferred simplicity depositing all assets and finery meant for the caliph into the public treasury. He abandoned the caliphal palace to the family of Suleiman and instead preferred to live in modest dwellings. He wore rough linens instead of royal robes, and often went unrecognized.

His modest lifestyle, gave me a finest impression of the lifestyle and mannerism of YAB Tok Guru Nik Aziz, the Kelantan Menteri Besar who lives in a modest kampung house in Jalan Melaka, whom I had the opportunity to visit two years go. In fact, my chinese and Christian friends in Kelantan was not only supportive but love their Menteri Besar who was and is seen not only pious but fair and just. That makes him "the big of a man".

Though Umar ibn Abdul Aziz had the people's overwhelming support, he went as far to publicly encouraged them to elect someone else if they were not satisfied with him but nevertheless no one ever took him up on. That equal check and balance and democracy of the state.

Historically, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz confiscated the estates seized by the Ummayad officials and redistributed them to the people, while making it a personal goal to attend to the needs of every person in his empire. This make him the people's leader. Understanding the need of the welfare of the people and seeing that the needs of the people is taken care of. The fighting of corruption and bribery was another area which Umar ibn Abdul Aziz practices by promptly depositing to the public treasury any gifts to him. This endears him amongst the people but at the same time, I believe, enemies within his courts.

He was not even encouraging war but prefered negotiations like when he faced Kharijite uprising and in fact, personally holding talks with two Kharijite envoys shortly before his death.

Interestingly, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz method of governing through Sharia, emphasizes the need to be fair, just, competent and with the full of integrity and accountability. YAB Lim Guan Eng had many time insists that the state government in Penang practices C. A. T. the acronym of Competency, Accountability and Transparency. But what about "Amanah Bersih dan Cekap" founded by the Barisan Nasional federal government in the 80s which dwindled to be of just lip services and words where corruption had become a core and a MUST in the civil service.

Anyway I am still having hopes with the recent enforcement and arrest by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) but then again what happen to the incident of alleged police brutality that caused suspects killed/murdered during police custody like Francis Udappayan and 21 years old Kugan and the many more. There are so many questionable conduct by those in authorities. What about our judiciary and it's legal system?

What about the hillslope projects that was authorised by the managers of our states? What about the extragavant expenditure of mega projects that cost millions of Malaysian ringgit? What about the failed EPF losses? Or what about the rise of our crime rates where cities like JB has become notorious for criminal activity. Or what about the simply arrest and later charged of those participating in so-called illegal assembly. Or in short what about our basic democracy and human rights? What about ISA and the other preventive and emergency laws that making a mockery of our constitution?

Or what about the standard of our educational system whether in our secondary schools or undergraduate universities which unfortunately we are no where close with our neighbour universities. What happen to the closing down of schools? What about the illegal immigrants in East Malaysia? What about the oil royalty to deserving Terengganu? What happen to dengue (denggi)? What about sexism by our ultras? What about racist and the keris factor? Or the racism of every race notwithstanding Malay, Chinese or Indian? What about Malay supremacy or ketuanan Melayu? What about Mat Rempit compare that to JERIT? What about the privatisation of government agencies?

Now, should there be a cry for Umar ibn Abdul Aziz core values in our system and administration. Remember, that Umar ibn Abdul Aziz was poisoned and murdered by a member of his court.

Blessed Moo Moo Year

A blessed and happy Mooo Mooo year to all.

I read the Star article (which I'll cut and paste below) with an open mind. "The Do's and Don't for the Ox". That was the title of the news article. Knowing that my sister was born in the year of the Ox in 1973-4 (Jan 10), I must agree that she is "SLOW, sure progress" (Haha. She reading this will probably smack me later on). Anyway, I will say that it will be a slow star but a sure progress for me.

As a Christian, I will always put my faith and trust on the one that saved me, Jesus.

Many will feel the pinch economically this year. Some may be retrenched, sack or otherwise receiving and maintaining low-pay jobs. Some probably engage in other part time activities for the need to survive. Many will be doing cost cutting and be economized. Well I am NO economics, but I know the value of "what's hitting me economically". SO my advised to everyone and anyone out there to save money and stay in your job. My prayer is that we all survive slowly but with sure progress.


Do’s and don’ts for the Ox

SLOW, sure progress is the rule for the Year of the Ox, predicts Ruth Q. Sun, author of the Asian Animal Zodiac.

Generally, the Year of the Ox will be good year. Difficulties can be overcome with patience, steady efforts and strength, she adds.

“People born in the Year of the Ox appear indecisive, deliberate and slow-moving. But they are patient and perservering. When they’ve set their minds on something, they won’t give up until they’ve attained their goals. Their steady, consistent effort ultimately brings them success.

“Ox Year people are alert. Although they are not given to talking much, they can inspire confidence in others. They are very dextrous and can do almost anything with their hands. They’re stubborn and hate to fail in anything they’ve undertaken,” she says.

“When opposed, they can be quite unpleasant. They are reserved in their emotions.”

In her book, Sun says that Ox people should avoid marriage with those born under the Chinese zodiac signs of Ram, Horse and Dog.

“They will find their best mates among those born under the zodiac signs of Snake, Rooster and Rat. Their second best choice of life partners are those born in the Year of the Ox, Dragon, Rabbit, Monkey and Boar,” Sun adds.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The 44th President of the United States' inaugural address

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I assumed it must be 'Amen' for the PAS supporters. Heard the word Tadbir many times during PAS ceramah especially when the crowd is in agreement with the speaker. I hope I am corrected by anybody reading this blog. But nevertheless I am happy with the PAS win in KT. I am happy that PAS win comfortably with a resounding majority of 2631. That is like three times more in 2008 Razali-Mat Sabu-Nenek fight.

My congratulation to PAS and YB Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, ADUN Wakaf Mempelam and Member of Parliament for Kuala Terengganu who garnered a total 32,883 votes.

In this election, I also saw two political parties of the far ends, the secular DAP and the Islamist PAS working together to destroy UMNO-BN. Seeing PAS in DAP ceramahs and vice versa is a sign of great unity and understanding between the two parties. I think both combined could be a lethel weapon in Pakatan to destroy the evil Barisan.

Good work YB Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, now is the hard work. Congratulations again. Takbir...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I beg to differ Mr. Education Minister

I find this piece in The Malaysian Insider under the titled "Security tightened around US firms as Gaza war worsens" disturbing. Disturbed not because of Malaysian going on a rampage and demonstrate or boycott American products of firms but for the Education Minister to mobilise 5 million school children and 360,000 teachers to protest against the Gaza offensive.

We can boycott and demonstrate all we want but please Mr. Eduction Minister, leave out our children. Leave out the 5 million or so school children. Nothing short of exploitation of school children.

It is unbecoming and unministerial for the Minister to encourage school children to protest. Maybe they should just do composition or 'karangan' about the bad and ugly about war and oppression instead of protesting in the open.

There are many reasons in differing the views of the Education Minister namely, school children are to be taught positive upbringing like making peace and not war. Secondly, would they able to understand or comprehend the purpose of demonstrating and protesting, remember these are young minds. Thirdly, there are better ways to educate school children by the Ministry.

In fact the Ministry should safeguard the school children's interest rather than to politicise this. I think we cannot use children for the benefit of our own agenda. Personally I am against the used of children in such manner be it a political rally or any form of demonstration. Young minds should be left out in the wars by the adult.

Please, let them concentrate on school and school alone.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Memorandum Against Majilis Bandaraya by Penduduk Pangsapuri Tun Sri Lanang On the Compulsory Acquisition

the project site
above is where I am standing on the Pangsapuri ground where
the pile is seen just right outside the fence of the Pangsapuri
below is the picture taken from the ground near the Lim Tian Puan Restaurant

above is the letter by MBMB confirming facts relating to the monorail

the marked place in the Pangsapuri ground

Residents complaining to Reporters

The below is a Memorandum by the residents in Pangsapuri Tun Sri Lanang (DUN Kota Laksamana) against the compulsory acquition by MBMB. This unfair acquisition of part of the land in the Pangsapuri is for the purpose of building a monorail train track that will run only 15km/per hour. Meaning it is for recreational under the so-called tourism feel good factor. The monorail train track will start from Pangkalan Rama right to the former Cathay.

The compulsory acquisition is effected by a Malacca State Gazette Notification No. 428 dated 3rd June 2008 stated as "Untuk Projek Laluan Monorail" wherein 668 square metres of land will be acquired.

The acquired propert will be severely affected whereby it deprived the river frontage of the pangsapuri. On top of that privacy and greenery will also be tremendously affected as fully matured trees presently on site as well as those lining the river. This will be cut down to make way for the monorail. As a result of that, the market value will never appreciate.

There are also other issues that can happen long term i.e. sound and noice pollution, vibrations, operational safety requirements and other potential accident hazards during or even after the construction of the monorail. Worst still when the construction of the monorail is close to the apartment unit and in the event it is completed, the motorail will be even closer to the unit on the third floors which I believe as close as 15 to 20 feet touching the wall of the apartment.

Though I am in agreement with the developments of the state authority, building and constructing unnecessary projects at the expense of lives of people and public funds, this I must OBJECT. Such projects are simply unnecessary and waste of public funds which should be channel to the use of society in a more diligent way.


Merujuk kepada Warta Kerajaan Negeri Melaka No. 428 bertarikh 3.6.2008, No. Kontrak MBMB/PK/K/2008/04/10 dan juga kepada laporan tanah oleh Tetuan C H Williams Talhar & Wong bertarikh 8hb September 2008.

Kami selaku penduduk Pangsapuri Tun Sri Lanang membantah keras terhadap pengambilan secara paksa (compulsory acquisition) tanah pangsapuri kami yang telah dipersetujui secara peribadi di antara pihak Perbadanan Persatuan Penduduk Pangsapuri Tun Sri Lanang (sekarang dikenali sebagai Perbadanan tersebut) dengan Majilis Melaka Bandaraya Bersejarah (sekarang di kenali sebagai Majilis tersebut).

Pengambilan tanah secara paksa tersebut adalah tujuan untuk satu projek yang tidak mempunyai kesan positif kepada orang awam iaitu cadangan Membentuk, Membina dan Menyiapkan serta Menguji dan Mentauliahguna ‘Monorail Train’, ‘Roller Coaster Cyclone’ dan ‘Glider’ di persisiran Sungai Melaka Secara Design and Build.

Kami selaku Penduduk berkeras membantah kehadiran pihak Majilis, agen atau pekerja Majilis untuk memasukki kawasan Pangsapuri Tun Sri Lanang atas alasan bahawa
Alasan-alasan kami membantah adalah:-

(a) Kami tidak diberitahu tentang pengambilan tanah pangsapuri oleh pihak Perbadanan ataupun dari pihak Majilis

(b) Tidak ada apa-apa perjumpaan di antara kami sebagai penduduk dengan pihak Majilis

(c) Terdapat kesan mudarat (injurious effect) yang bakal akan berlaku sekiranya pengambilan secara paksa dilakukan

(d) Kesan mudarat yang dinyatakan adalah seperti berikut:-

(i) Pembinaan monorail adalah terlalu dekat dengan pangsapuri penduduk-penduduk
(ii) Pembinaan tersebut akan berlakunya retakkan pada blok-blok pangsapuri tersebut
(iii) Pembinaan tersebut akan menjejaskan persekeliling kawasan pangsapuri tersebut seperti ancaman pencemaran bunyi, pencemaran asap, ‘vibration’ dan kemungkinan akan berlaku kejadian yang tidak diingini
(iv) Pembinaan juga akan menjejas kehijauan (greenery) pangsapuri tersebut kerana pokok-pokok kawasan pangsapuri akan ditebang untuk laluan monorail tersebut.
(v) Pembinaan tersebut akan mempunyai juga kesan masa panjang kerana pimbinaan monorail tersebut adalah terlalu dekat dengan unit-unit pangsapuri-pangsapuri tersebut di mana ancaman privasi dan kehijauan kawasan tersebut
(vi) Pembinaan tersebut juga akan menjejaskan nilai pasaran pada unit-unit pangsapuri-pangsapuri tersebut

(e) Kawasan pangsapuri kami bukan satu ‘theme park’ maka ianya tidak sesuai dengan cadangan pihak Majilis mahupun kerajaan Negeri.

Walaupun terdapat akujanji-akujanji oleh pihak Majilis, ianya tidak memberi satu alasan yang munasabah untuk membina monorail pelancongan di kawasan penduduk.

Selain daripada Memorandum ini diserahkan kepada pihak Majilis, ianya akan ditujukan kepada kerajaan Negeri, Kementerian Alam Sekitar dan juga kepada Pejabat Perdana Menteri.

Oleh yang demikian, kami, di mana semua yang menandatangani Memorandum ini, MEMBANTAH KERAS TINDAKAN PIHAK MAJILIS ATAU AGEN ATAU PEKERJA MAJILIS atas alasan-alasan yang dikemukan di atas.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ban Supporters of Isrealis Product

As Israelis tanks roll into Gaza, Tun demand a boycott of US products. Why? Because United States is supporting Israel’s atrocities, says our former Prime Minister. Maybe we should also boycott UK product as well as they have similar supporting role in the conflict. So by and large, the only good thing that Malaysian can do is to support the boycott.

Meaning, no Coke and Pepsi until further notice.

No Kellogg's Cornflakes. No Cadbury Daily Milk. No Mars. No Kraft. No Colgate.

No McDonald's. No Kentucky Fried Chicken. No Pizza Hut. No TGIF. No Starbucks. No Coffee Bean. No 7-11.

No TESCO. No Citibank. No Hilton.

No AIA. No. AIG. No Prudential. No Aviva. No HSBC.

No Nike. No Polo Ralph Lauren. No Santa Barbara.

No Johnson & Johonson. No Procter & Gamble. No most of their Pharmaceutical products like Pfizer.

No. Apple. No Dell. No HP.

No Shell. No Mobil.

No Time Warner. No HASBRO. No Steven Spielberg. No Hollywood.

No Wikipedia, No blogspot and blogsphere. No. Facebook. No Microsoft. No Norton.

I am so SAD. Life must be so boring.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Introducing the Bankrupt Party....MCA

MCA is definitely bankrupt party. Bankrupt for the fact that they have no issues to raise except challenging DAP on Hudud. First it came from their President advising DAP to boycott the by-election and nowTerengganu State MCA Chair, Toh Chin Yaw is challenging DAP stand on the matter. Simply bankrupt. Maybe DAP should just advised MCA to sack their political bereau chief for all the wrong advise.

MCA in fact should be more constructive in correcting the wrong that is long pending such as major issues of corruption and integrity. Especially so when BN major shareholder is seen as the most corrupt with money politics all over until police reports were lodged against their leaders. Maybe MCA should also go back into history when they supported the former Prime Minister's declaration that Malaysia is an Islamic State or Malay Supremacy coined by UMNO. Or maybe what happen to Amanah, Bersih dan Cekap. So if MCA fails to explain themselves on the issues mentioned therein, don't challenge the DAP with Hudud.

MCA's challenge is only a ploy or a political game to get votes from the Chinese. As far as I am concern, PAS will not implement Hudud at the Federal level. Husam Musa have retracted it and it ends there. As such Hudud is a non issue for now. If PAS intends to introduce it, there must be discussion and debate within their Pakatan partners and not unilaterally act upon it. We all know that PAS, alone with only 23 Parliamentarians cannot at any point adopt Hudud as Malaysia Criminal law. PAS need 2/3 to amend the constitution or pass a law by majority. So as far as Malaysia as it is now is concerned, still follows largely the Penal Code. As such, MCA's challenge is just a dog barking liken to be empty vassel making the loudest noise.

So as far as I am concern, the DAP will support PAS in this by-election without any second thought. The DAP will make sure a victory in PAS election come January 17, and of course, the next seat, Pesiangan, Sabah, and the year after that the fall of Sarawak and hopefully would see the down fall of the Barisan Nasional federal government. That would be a dream come true.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Let Us Welcome Baby Priscilla

All in the Family

Waiting patiently for her since Christmas 2008. In fact all of us had a false alarm yesterday (2.1.2009) due to Peggy's contraction. Her doc (Dr. Vishnu from Pantai Medical, Malacca) checked and asked us to go back.

monkeying around

I did not really sleep that night as my gut says Baby Pris will be arriving anytime the next day. And yes she did arrived. We rushed to Pantai Medical Centre at about 7am and upon examination, dilation was 5cm and by 8.45am, it went to 8-9cm. By 9am sharp and after three hard push, Baby Pris was born to this world.

the action

I tabik Staff Nurse Sister Santa (she is not Mrs Clause, and she is Chinese) for her experience hand and encouragement and of course the forever calm, Dr. Vishnu for a good job.

It was love at first sight for me seeing Baby Pris.

Immediately Sister Santa carried her to a room and I followed her. Her height and weight was measured. The details are:-

weight : 3.13kg
height : 53cm
Head diameter : 33cm
Hmmmm, there is something about the '3' and the '9' as she was born on the 3rd of January 2009 at 9am. (superstitious... Peggy birthday 9/3, Me - 31/3, Paul 23/1, so was it coincidence??)

Peggy was also doing fine. Though there were some pain due to the stitches but doc gave us the green light that she can be discharged from the hospital by 5.00pm.

with the grand moms

with her aunts

Thank God for the safe delivery for mother and daughter.

Priscilla Anna Yeo Xuan Ai

So why the name Priscilla Anna Yeo Xuan Ai? Well certainly not challenging Paul Elijah Yeo Shean Yeaw. Both have 22 alphabets. Surely will be angry with their parents when writing their names in the exam sheet.

(For Christians Only)

Priscilla - was also known as Prisca. Her meaning is literally ancient. According to Acts 18, Aquila (Husband) and Priscilla were tentmakers. Historically, Priscilla and Aquila had been among the Jews expelled from Rome by the Roman Emperor Claudius in the year 49. Priscilla and Aquila ended up in Corinth (Greece). It is known that the Apostle Paul lived with Priscilla and Aquila for approximately 18 months and later the couple started out to accompany Paul when he next went to Syria but stopped at Ephesus (in modern Turkey).

In Acts 18 : 24-28 both Priscilla and husband are one of the earliest known teachers of Christian theology. Interestingly during the time of persecutions of the Christians in the early century, in the readings of Romans 16 : 3-4, thought to have been written in AD 56 or 57, the Apostle Paul sends his greetings to Priscilla and Aquila and notes that both of them "risked their necks" to save Paul's life.

So in short, Priscilla was not only a teacher of the Word but at the same time, an Apostle

Anna - her name was mentioned in Luke 2 :36-38. She was described as elderly and that she prophesied about Jesus and offered prayers and praise to God for Jesus, and spoke to everyone there about Jesus and his role in the redemption of Israel. She was mentioned in the Bible as a devout woman who regularly prays and fast.

Xuan Ai - literally would mean, to declare the LOVE. Basically I'm praying that she will one day declare the Love of God to whosoever she meets.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another DAP Press Statement on Hudud

Kenyataan media oleh Lau Weng San di Petaling Jaya pada hari Sabtu, 27 Disember 2008:

Hukum Hudud – Jika UMNO tidak bersedia, mengapakah pula mencabar orang lain?

Desakan dan cabaran yang dilemparkan ke atas parti-parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat (PR) untuk menerangkan pendirian parti masing terhadap Hukum Hudud oleh parti-parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) merupakan sesuatu yang sangat ganjil dan tindakan hipokrit.

PAS dipaksa untuk menyatakan kedudukannya berkenaan dengan perkara ini oleh UMNO di mana kedudukan PAS ini bukan sesuatu yang baru dalam arena politik Malaysia.

Apa yang menghairankan ialah apabila UMNO mencabar PAS untuk menerangkan pendiriannya tentang Hukum Hudud, adakah UMNO sendiri juga ingin melaksanakan Hukum Hudud?

Jika UMNO sendiripun tidak bersedia untuk melaksanakannya, mengapakah UMNO pula mencabar pihak lain untuk melaksanakannya? Adakah ini bermakna UMNO sendiri akan melaksanakan dasar ini dan yakin dapat mendapat sokongan dan kepercayaan daripada parti-parti komponen yang lain di dalam BN?

Apa yang sepatutnya ialah parti-parti komponen BN harus bertanya kepada UMNO adakah Hukum Hudud akan menjadi sebahagian daripada dasar BN sehinggakan UMNO sanggup bertarung dan berlumba-lumba dengan PAS untuk melaksanakan dasar Hukum Hudud?

Oleh itu, cabaran dan desakan yang mereka lemparkan kepada parti-parti komponen PR merupakan satu tindakan hipokrit yang bertujuan untuk memesongkan perhatian rakyat terhadap isu sebenar yang terus meyelubungi tanahair kita seperti kemelesetan ekonomi yang bakal bertukar lebih teruk selepas bulan Februari 2009.

Sesuatu dasar itu tidak akan menjadi dasar PR melainkan mendapat persetujuan sebulat suara daripada kesemua parti komponen PR. Dalam kes ini, DAP berpendirian teguh bahawa Hukum Hudud tidak bersesuaian dengan masyarakat majmuk Malaysia dan oleh itu ianya tidak sesuai dilaksanakan di Malaysia.

* Setiausaha DAP Selangor, Ketua Pemuda Sosialis DAP (DAPSY) Bahagian Petaling Jaya Utara dan ADUN Kampung Tunku