Monday, March 31, 2008

PTAs say non-BN elected reps should be allowed at school functions

S.Tamarai Chelvi
PETALING JAYA (March 30, 2008): Members of Parliament (MPs) and assemblymen from non-Barisan Nasional (BN) parties should be allowed to attend and officiate at school events, said National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Associate Professor Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan.

"As long as the politician does not politicise or use the school premise for political objectives, then they should be allowed. There are bound to be a 'grey areas' and that the Education Ministry should come up with a guidelines soon.

"They can be allowed because they are elected representatives of the people," Mohamad Ali said, adding that MPs should not be deprived to attend official school functions.

"MPs are peoples' representatives of constituencies and schools are a part of the system," said Mohamad Ali, who is also Transparency International Malaysia deputy president. "MPs are part and parcel of activities conducted in constituencies, including schools."

"What's wrong with MPs attending school functions. There should not be any 'double standards'."
Mohamad Ali: "We are waiting for the ministry to issue the guidelines. I am hoping the guidelines are issued soonest, to be fair to all."

Last week, acting Penang education director Ibrahim Mohamad told theSun schools in the five states controlled by non-BN parties have been verbally adviced to take a neutral stand in inviting executive councillors or assemblyman for official functions, for the time being.
He said the directive was issued by the department after being advised by the Education Ministry.

Deputy Penang Chief Minister II Prof Dr. P. Ramasamy said there were rumours schools were given verbal instructions not to invite state executive councillors for functions. He said he had asked State Secretary Datuk Jamaludin Hasan to investigate whether such a directive existed.
In Selangor, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has sent a letter to the state Education Department asking for a full explanation on the matter.

Today, it was reported that Education's Ministry director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom was asked whether schools had been told not to invite or have dealings with politicians who were not from BN.

Alimuddin said an approval had to come from the state education director and the approval is subject to the discretion of the director, when asked if all politicians, including the Mentri Besar or Chief Ministers would no longer be allowed to officiate at school functions.

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=21226

seals: Hmmm so the only clean politicians are the BN? Is this another game to make BN believe that they are still in power?

Penang gets its shadow exco

PENANG:

State Barisan Nasional chief Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has announced his "shadow" executive councillors -- 11 Umno state assemblyman -- who will "monitor the performance" of the new state government.

Koh said each shadow executive councillor would head a committee with representatives from all component parties.

The committee members are former Barisan candidates who were experienced and interested in the various fields under their portfolios.

"They will meet regularly and frequently with related non-governmental organisations and the public to reflect the views and thoughts of all people," he told a press conference after chairing a Barisan Nasional meeting on Sunday.

He said opposition leader Datuk Azhar Ibrahim would head the shadow executive council.
Azhar was recently criticised for participating in an illegal assembly on March 14 to protest statements made by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, and also for asking the Federal Government to scrap mega-projects in the state.

Dr Koh said Barisan wanted to be a strong coalition that does not only work together during the general election, but functions at all times.

"We want to continue to be an effective coalition that represents all the different races in the state.

"All the component party leaders and members had shown their commitment in continuing to serve and work for the people despite the downfall in the election," he said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/30/nation/20080330185251&sec=nation

seals: wake up BN, you have lost the last election. You lost the election because you fail to do your job, the job that was trusted to you without much question for 50 years and you failed to uphold it and keep the trust and the job.

How come you the "failure" can say we formed a "shadow executive councillor"? How come a team that failed for past 50 years can do any good now? You are rotten...rotten things are good for nothing and its place is in the rubbish bin.

Wake up!!!!! This thing that you are doing make me and the rakyat feel like a "thief has formed a committee to keep an eye on the police if they are doing a good job". This is a joke for me.

Muka tak malu!!!! People told you many times, you were rude and full of ego and even said "show it at ballot paper". And now even Samy Velu can change camp and call for the HINDRAF5 to be released.

Friday, March 28, 2008

This is what true love mean ……




WOW!!! this is incredible.... 1 in a million....I'm proud of this
guy...wish him & the girl good luck both [hysically and spiritually


This is what true love mean ……


College romances are meant to be fun, laughter and companionship. But
for 23-year-old Sunny Pawar, companionship has assumed a new meaning.
His girlfriend, Aarti Macwan, met with a serious accident a
year-and-a-half ago and has been in coma ever since.

Sunny says Aarti - his girlfriend of of two-and-a-half years - was a
cheerful, independent girl. But now she needs to be cared for 24
hours a day.
"I spent 15 months with Aarti before the accident and 15 months
after. It's those 15 months that have forced me, motivated me and
given me the determination to go on," says Sunny.
Sunny was a student before the accident but he has now given up his
studies to take care of Aarti. He feeds her, keeps her clean, talks
to her and takes care of all her daily needs.

Aarti's mother Bharati Macwan can only marvel at this young boy whose
role has transcended way beyond the regular boyfriend.
"He is a male member and taking care of my daughter and serving her
like anything even before marriage. He's her boyfriend, he's her
father," she says.

Struggling with financial difficulties and the inevitable
depression, Sunny pins up poems and positive messages on the wall
opposite Aarti's bed.

And even though this unique couple isn't bound in a marriage, they
are already living their vows - together in sickness and in health,
till death do them apart.

seals: It is easy to die for love like Romeo & Juliet, and they got the name but it is difficult to live for love and to face the challenge for the love. They are greater souls then the Romeo & Juliet that Shakespeare portrayed.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Temple of Fine Arts - Food/Fun Fare 2008

(click on the picture to see about 45 more pictures)

Took this pictures at the first Bollywood Song that was presented by the dancers from ToFA. More pictures will be posted in next few postings.
(please comment)

Khir to MB, exco: Declare assets

Andrew Ong Mar 27, 08 3:05pm

Former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has challenged his successor Khalid Ibrahim and his state executive councillors to declare their assets.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/80470

seals: Did BN did it properly when BN was in power? Or even now, has BN declared clear and clean? If you have not then dont ask others......

Schools in 5 states told to be neutral

Regina William

PENANG (March 26, 2008): Schools in the five states controlled by the opposition coalition have been verbally adviced to take a neutral stance in inviting executive councillors or state assemblyman for official functions.

And this is being interpreted to mean that the schools should refrain from inviting executive councillors or assemblymen from opposition parties, at least until further notice.

Following a statement by Deputy Penang Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy that there were rumours schools were issued verbal instructions not to invite state executive councillors for functions, theSun checked with the Penang education department and confirmed that there was such a move.

Acting state education director Ibrahim Mohamad said schools have been verbally told to take a neutral stand for the time being.

"For now, the ministry has adviced that schools should invite government officials and not anyone from any political parties as we do not want to offend any party," Ibrahim said in a telephone interview.

He said the directive was issued by the department after being advised by the Education Ministry to take a neutral stand.

Ibrahim said he understood that the same directive was issued to education departments in all five states governed by the opposition.

"For now, we have been asked to take this stand until further instructions from the ministry," he said.

Earlier, Ramasamy said State Secretary Datuk Jamaludin Hasan has been asked to investigate whether such a directive existed.

Ramasamy, who is also education committee chairman, said he had heard about verbal directives being issued to schools but there was no written instruction to that effect.

"I heard about this a few days ago when I went to visit a Tamil school which was in a poor condition. However, I did not go into the compound and stayed outside.

"I have not verified this and to be fair, it is not right for me to say anything since we do not know if this is just a rumour. I will give them the benefit of the doubt as it might not be true and we have to clarify this.

"We have asked Jamaludin to check on this and get back to us," Ramasamy said after a press conference chaired by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He said so far, no official invitations had been extended to the state government by schools. "If they invite us, we are obliged to go and no one should stop schools from inviting us."

When contacted, a school in Petaling Jaya said they had enquired about this but were told to wait for a directive before doing anything.

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=21191

seals: Offend any party or BN ? BN come to the real world, the are the local government, they have all the rights....! Then it should be the same in other states....they should not invite any one from any political parties...include BN.

I think the state government should start replacing the state pengarah and government officials who work form the local government not for BN.

My Guard


This fellow will actually walks around the garden and car porch almost every day, he has his hiding place. So cute!

It is merely an amnesty, says Karpal

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP chairman Karpal Singh has come to the defence of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Perak Menteri Besar Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin over the waiver of compound notices and summonses relating to illegal hawking and parking.

He said the leaders had merely given an amnesty."An amnesty is given to those who may be guilty and is usually granted by the Executive."Therefore, the Penang chief minister and Perak menteri besar, being heads of the Executive of these two states, had the right to announce the amnesty," Karpal said in a statement yesterday.

"Various quarters, including lawyers, have criticised the move without appreciating the actual position." Both the Penang and Perak governments announced the one-time waiver of summonses to thank voters for supporting DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pas in the 12th general election.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/National/2197031/Article/index_html

seals: anything that is not done by BN is wrong.

Places of worship and schools to pay only RM1

By WANI MUTHIAH and EDWARD RAJENDRA
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

SHAH ALAM: All registered places of worship and schools in Selangor will soon no longer pay quit rent and assessment rates. Instead, they will be charged a token annual fee of RM1.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said this would allow places of worship to channel funds for their own activities while schools would no longer be bogged down by fund-raising work.
The decision was made at the state exco meeting yesterday.
Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo had three months ago waived close to RM500,000 in quit rent arrears owed by vernacular schools, to allow them to concentrate on education activities.
Klang Valley Taoism Association chairman Yeoh Choo Beng, 59, said the RM1 nominal fee for places of worship showed the caring approach of the new government.
Former Sree Selvavinayagar Temple chairman N.P. Raman lauded the move, while proposing that 100-year-old Hindu temples be gazetted as heritage buildings.
On the state's deal with Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd, Khalid said that such a privatisation exercise must ideally relieve the state of financial burden and commitment of managing utility services.
“And at the same time, it must be advantageous to the users, but if any one of these positions is not attainable, I think the rakyat has the right to find other ways to resolve the issue,” Khalid said.
On the eve of polling day, an agreement was signed between the previous state government and Puncak Niaga for the operation, management and maintenance of a raw water collection and treatment plant in Sungai Sireh, Tanjung Karang.
Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said on Monday that the Federal Government regarded the contract as being valid as long as the National Water Services Commission did not object to it.
Khalid said that if the agreement was not fair, the state government would ask Selangor residents to write to Shaziman that it was not done in the best interests of the state and its residents.
Asked how the state was going to resolve the problem, given that the Federal Government was also involved, Khalid said: “You will see. I come from the corporate world and we understand the word ‘restructure’.”
“The last time the calculations were done, it did not include consumers,” said Khalid, adding that all agreements made by the previous government would be reviewed.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/27/nation/20760843&sec=nation

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage?

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage? His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him. If you liked this story, pass it on. If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.

Moral of the story
Just because you cannot see God, doesn't mean he is not there. We need to walk by faith, not by sight.

seals: You don't see GOD but you may experience HIS presence in many ways in their own ways. GOD is personal, GOD is UNIVERSAL, GOD is ABSOLUTE. Your understanding is the depth.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cup of Tea Anyone?

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old and had just recovered from an accident.

Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a get-well gift and it was one of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought Daddy a little cup of "tea", which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was "just the cutest thing!" My Mom waited, and sure enough, I walked down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watched him drink it up.

Then she says, (as only a mother would know... :) "Did it ever occur to you that the only place that your daughter can reach to get water is the toilet?"

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Helmet Tudung



The child leg is just enough to the leg rest, she cannot hold to the father tight (she has hands just to hold the pants) and the main point is she is not wearing a helmet. Can the scarf safe her?

Selangor exco sworn in

Selangor exco sworn in
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor executive council members were sworn in on Monday.
They were Teresa Kok (DAP), Datuk Dr Hassan Ali (PAS), Yaakob Sapari (PKR), Rodziah Ismail (PKR), Dr Xavier Jayakumar (PKR), Dr Halimah Ali (PAS), Iskandar Abdul Samad (PAS), Ronnie Liu (DAP), Elizabeth Wong (PKR) and Ean Yong Hian Wah (DAP).

The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Istana Bukit Kayangan here.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, announcing the portfolios to be held by the exco members, said that he would handle the Land Development, Finance, Economic Planning Council, and the Youth and Sports portfolios

Other portfolios accorded are:
Teresa Kok Suh Sim – Investment, Industry and Commerce

Datuk Dr Hassan Mohamed Ali – Islamic Affairs, Malay Culture, Infrastructure and Public Amenities

Yaakob Sapari - Modern Agriculture Methods, Natural Resources and Entrepreneurship Development

Rodziah Ismail – Welfare, Women Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation

Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar – Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government

Dr Halimah Ali – Education, Higher Education and Human Development

Iskandar Abdul Samad – Housing, Building Structure Administration and Squatters

Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew – Local Government, Study and Research

Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping – Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment

Ean Yong Hian Wah – New Village Development and Solution for Unlicensed Factories

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/24/nation/20080324114402&sec=nation

seals: good luck and do a good job for the the people, with the people..... we want you back at next elections...and you have been given the mandate to prove you can do it better then BN. Let then see it...!

Where are the ink smugglers?

Where are the ink smugglers?
Athi Veeranggan Mar 24, 08 5:11pm

Several NGOs in Penang want the Attorney General to charge the four suspects, who were allegedly arrested with illegal possession of smuggled indelible ink during the recent general election campaign, in court immediately.Malaysian Voters Union coordinator BK Ong said that the police should not conveniently forget about the case and sweep it under the carpet just because the election was over and the people were not talking about it.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/80307

More Kids At Gombak River...




Sliding between the rocks.....

One of the sliding heroes....


hmmm scary? No, it is just the tunnel, above is the Karak Highway

Kids Playing at Gombak River




Kids enjoying the water :)
A Shaggy Dog?

Monday, March 24, 2008

MART tunnel closed until further notice

SMART tunnel closed until further notice

PETALING JAYA: The SMART Tunnel has been closed since 6pm Saturday for flood-mitigation works because of heavy rains, and its management is unsure when it will be re-opened.

Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel Sdn Bhd experts will meet Monday to determine when the tunnel can be reopened, a spokesman told The Star.

The company is a joint venture between Gamuda Bhd and Malaysian Mining Corporation Bhd.

Call 1300-88-7188 for further information.

seals: will be interesting to know cost of restoration

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ahmad may face disciplinary action

PUTRAJAYA: Kijal Assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said may be slapped with disciplinary action if he accepts the post of Terengganu Menteri Besar.

He could receive a warning, a suspension or even be sacked.

Ahmad is scheduled to be sworn in today at Istana Tamu.Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Ahmad had to abide by the decision of the party president that former menteri besar, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, be re-appointed.

Ahmad was also warned to put the interests of the party above his own or prepare to face the disciplinary board.

"The party president has already given the appointment letter to Idris to be the MB, so why do others have to lobby?"He (Ahmad) has to abide by the party president's decision. As a party member, he should be aware of what he may be in for if he goes ahead with it."Tengku Adnan said this when asked to comment on the announcement by the Terengganu palace that Ahmad had been appointed to the post.

Tengku Adnan reminded Ahmad that as Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had already issued Idris the letter of appointment as MB. He (Ahmad) would be going against the president's directive if he were to be sworn in."

It does not matter what the outcome is, but once a decision is made, it must be followed by all members." Meanwhile, constitutional law expert Prof Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi said it was possible that the new menteri besar might face a vote of no confidence when the state as sembly was called to session.

Lawfully, the menteri besar does not have to call the state assembly to session for at least 90 days after the date of its dissolution to pave the way for the general election.

In this case, the state assembly was dissolved on Feb 13. Therefore, the menteri besar does not have to face the assemblymen until May 13 at the earliest. "What we have now is a right royal constitutional crisis," Shad said.

He added that until the situation was resolved, Idris could continue to play the role of the state government's caretaker leader.

source: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Sunday/Frontpage/2193694/Article/index_html

seals: If UMNO can appoint even before the Sultan appoints, where is the jurisdiction? Or is it a double standard when it comes to PERAK?

Sultan's choice of MB stripped of Umno membership

Sultan's choice of MB stripped of Umno membership
By R.S.N. MURALI

KUALA TERENGGANU: Kijal assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said, who was supposed to have been sworn in as Terengganu Mentri Besar Sunday, has been stripped of his Umno membership for disobeying the party's leadership, a state Umno official confirmed Sunday morning.
The office of the Sultan of Terengganu announced Saturday that Ahmad Said would be the new Mentri Besar of Terengganu instead of Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, ending 14 days of uncertainty.

The swearing-in ceremony was scheduled to have taken place at Istana Tamu at 10am today but was likely to have been boycotted by 22 state assemblymen who are supporting Idris, the former Mentri Besar. They were planning a protest walk from Seri Iman, the MB’s official residence, to Istana Tamu, about 500m away at 7.30am.

“In accordance with Clause 14 Paragraph (2) (a) of the Terengganu State Constitution (Chapter 2), the Regency Advisory Council, in undertaking the function on behalf of the Regent, hereby appoints Datuk Ahmad Said as the Mentri Besar of Terengganu to head the Terengganu State Executive Council,” said the palace statement released to Bernama at 3.30pm.
It is learnt that 51-year-old Ahmad, a former exco member in the Idris-led state government, had the support of seven of the eight Umno division leaders in the state who lobbied for his appointment at the last moment.

At 3pm Saturday, the state Umno Youth and Wanita wings held emergency meetings and unanimously pledged their support for Idris half an hour later. All the assemblymen, except for Ahmad, gathered at Idris’ official residence here for a meeting at 5pm.

At 5.45pm, state Umno liaison secretary Datuk Rosol Wahid said the assemblymen who attended the meeting would boycott the swearing-in ceremony if Idris, who is also Terengganu Umno liaison chairman, was not appointed the Mentri Besar. He said some of the elected representatives concerned were willing to resign if someone else was appointed Mentri Besar.
Rosol, who is the assemblyman for Ajil, also warned that the assemblymen concerned would pass a vote of no confidence at the State Legislative Assembly if Idris was not reappointed Mentri Besar.

He said the assemblymen concerned had signed a letter stating their support for Idris which would be forwarded to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the Terengganu Regency Advisory Council today.

Asked whether the move could be construed as an act of revolt, he said it was not because Idris had received the letter of appointment as Mentri Besar from the Prime Minister.
“We don’t believe it is an act of revolt because we unanimously represent the people and respect the decision of the (Umno) president. We were elected as the people’s representatives because we were appointed and given the mandate by the (Umno) president,” he said.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said in Putrajaya yesterday that Ahmad should obey the Umno president’s directive or face disciplinary action.
He said Ahmad should realise the consequences of his action should he go against the president’s decision.

On Friday, the 22 assemblymen sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister to retain Idris as the Mentri Besar after rumours spread that he may be dropped following the purported fallout between Idris and the palace.

State Umno Youth information chief Razali Idris said the wing hoped that there would be no change in the appointment of Mentri Besar.
“We have waited for a long time, 13 days is very long time in politics, Datuk Seri (Idris) has been patient all this while.

“If there are any changes, it should be done at a much earlier stage. Everyone waited for such a long time and we don’t want to hear any upsetting news now,” he said.
The standoff over the Mentri Besar’s post began soon after the last-minute postponement of the swearing-in ceremony scheduled for March 10.

Numerous meetings were held between the assemblymen and the Regency Advisory Council and the Prime Minister last week to find a solution to the problem.

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/23/nation/20730032&sec=nation

seals: If BN has the power to appoint going against Sultans selection, why BN was protesting against Lim KS over perak matter? BN going back against their own words?

I also consider this as challanging the Sultan's power to appoint. This clearly exihibts the attitude of BN/UMNO

Hishammuddin: Umno Youth not behind demos

Hishammuddin: Umno Youth not behind demos
Pauline Puah

PUTRAJAYA (March 21, 2008):Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today denied that the wing was behind the demonstrations staged against the new state governments recently.

“I don’t know whether they (Youth members) were involved in the rallies. ... definitely it’s not planned by me or Umno Youth,” he said in a press conference after the first post-cabinet meeting of the 12th government's Education Ministry.

Hishammuddin said he has been very consistent in not supporting activities that run foul of the law and threaten the security of the country.

“But I am hoping those in the Oppositions who are now ruling the states be responsible. You raise issues on race and religions, you have to face the anger and reaction,” he said.

Recently, there were rallies in Penang and Selangor against the new state governments, apparently involving Umno state leaders.

Hishammuddin said the directive from the wing was that its state heads have to go to the ground and study what contributed to the setbacks (losses of BN) in the March 8 general election.

He said Umno and BN Youth would also make sure that the people did not react emotionally over the polls results.

He also questioned the intention of Gua Musang Umno chief Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for calling the party to hold a special general meeting to discuss the party's poor performance in the election.

“In this situation, we need to give support to our leadership to strengthen the party and renew the spirit of the members ... this raises the question whether his intention is sincere or (is he) taking advantage of the situation,” he said.

“We have not gone into the stage of recovery, so I don’t think it’s appropriate (to hold the meeting).”

Asked if Razaleigh’s move would cause a split in the party, he said: “This I don’t know. You have to ask him.”

On the election results reflecting that the Chinese and Indians did not support BN government’s education policy on the vernacular schools, Hishammuddin said: "The problem is not only confined to vernacular but also national, religious and private schools."

"A holistic study is therefore needed to find out why the BN had lost (significant) support among the people. We will study if there are any contradictory statements on polices between the five new state governments (under the Opposition rule)."

Asked if he had any strategies to check on the new state governments’ inconsistency in policies, he said: “I don’t have to.The public is not stupid. People always accuse BN of thinking the public and voters are stupid. But they do understand. Without me highlighting it, the public is already coming to me complaining about the incosnsitencies between the states.

“With the new political landscape, you cannot fool the people all the time. You can fool all the people sometime, you cannot fool all the people all the time,” he added.

source: http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=21142

seals:

1."A holistic study is therefore needed to find out why the BN had lost (significant) support among the people. We will study if there are any contradictory statements on polices between the five new state governments (under the Opposition rule)." - As per BN's request : "show the people's power in the ballot box" not on streets (http://selians.blogspot.com/2007/11/hindraf-rally-report-al-jazera.html)

So, I think they have shown it....then why worry? You asked for it and people have show in the ballot box. You don't have to ask why BN fall? You have to ask how to listen to people and work for the people.

2. "Without me highlighting it, the public is already coming to me complaining about the inconsistencies between the states." - Sure, UMNOPUTRA surely will complain to you. Why did not they go to PM? Public will go to the new government. When BN said 50,000 people is insignificant .... 1,000 UMNOPUTRA in Penang is "just a mosquito"

3. "You can fool all the people sometime, you cannot fool all the people all the time,” - This is for BN, you fooled all for sometime ....but not all the time

Thursday, March 20, 2008

psst ...2

Who should resign before asking Pak Lah to do so:

Ali Rustam, the self-proclaimed ‘Senior Vice President’ of Umno:

http://selians.blogspot.com/2007/10/even-god-himself-cant-sink-umno-like-he.html

"Umno has ruled Malaysia for 50 years, said Ali Rustam, and they can rule for another 50 years more. And Umno does not need PPP, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, Sabah, Sarawak or anyone else to do this. Yes; and even God Himself can’t sink Umno like He could not sink the Titanic.Ali Rustam should not tempt God or fate or whatever it is that he believes in.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is fond of relating the story of the mistake he made in 1969 when he told the Chinese he does not need their votes. 3,000 Chinese swung to PAS, said Mahathir. And Yusuf Rawa won that seat while the Grand Old Man of Malaysian politics was sent into temporary retirement.


Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein:

http://selians.blogspot.com/2007/11/chia-dont-be-misled-by-sms-out-to.html

The SMS purportedly quoted Hishammuddin talking about Indian and Chinese voter support.

He should have clarified at that time that he did not make such statement, but it was others who "clarified" for him. It made others believe he made the statement. Again correct me if I am wrong.

I am sure the above has done more damages to BN then any other. The first score is Ali Rustams statement. Thanks to him. Pak Lah's fault here was, that he did not take action on him.

More @ Gombak Forest










Men In BLACK

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PM announces new Cabinet

PM announces new Cabinet
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced his new administration on Tuesday, trimming his Cabinet from 32 to 27 seats, of which more than half featured new faces.

He also scrapped the post of parliamentary secretary and dropped big guns such as Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz (former International Trade and Industry Minister), Datuk Azmi Khalid (Home Affairs Minister) and Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis (Science, Technology and Innovations Minister).

He also merged the Home Affairs and Internal Security ministries, saying that they had many overlapping functions, and named former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar as its minister.

The full list:

Prime MinisterDatuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Deputy Prime MinisterDatuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz

Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department
Datuk Johari Baharom
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
Datuk K. Devamany
Datuk Hassan Malik

FinanceMinister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Second Finance Minister - Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Deputies - Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Datuk Kong Cho Ha

DefenceMinister - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Deputy - Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop

Internal Security and Home AffairsMinister - Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Deputies - Datuk Chor Chee Heong, Senator Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh

Housing and Local GovernmentMinister -Datuk Ong Ka Chuan
Deputies - Datuk Robert Lau , Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin

Works MinisterMinister - Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad
Deputy- Datuk Yong Khoon Seng

Energy, Water and CommunicationsMinister - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Deputy- Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum

Agriculture and Agro-based IndustryMinister - Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputy - Datin Paduka Rohani Abdul Karim

International Trade and IndustryMinister -Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies- Loh Wei Keong, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan

Foreign AffairsMinister -Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputy- Tunku Azlan Abu Bakar

EducationMinister -Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies -Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Razali Ismail

Higher EducationMinister - Datuk Khaled Nordin
Deputies - Khoo Kok Choong, Datuk Idris Harun

Transport - Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Deputy - Anifah Aman

Human Resources -Datuk S. Subramaniam
Deputy- Datuk Noraini Ahmad

Women, Family and Community DevelopmentMinister-Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen
Deputy- Noriah Kasnon

National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister- Datuk Shafie Apdal
Deputy-Datuk Teng Boon Soon

Science, Technology and InnovationMinister- Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy- Fadilah Yusof

Entrepreneurial and Cooperative DevelopmentMinister - Datuk Noh Omar
Deputy- Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah

Natural Resources and EnvironmentMinister - Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas
Deputy - Datuk Abu Ghapur Salleh

Rural and Regional DevelopmentMinister - Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib
Deputy- Tan Sri Joseph Kurup

Domestic Trade and Consumer AffairsMinister - Datuk Shahrir Samad
Deputy - Jelaing Mersat

Plantation Industries and CommoditiesMinister - Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy- Senator A. Kohilan

Youth and SportsMinister - Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob
Deputy - Wee Jack Seng

HealthMinister - Datuk Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy- Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad

InformationMinister - Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Deputy- Datuk Tan Lian Hoe

TourismMinister - Datuk Azalina Othman
Deputy - Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abu Taib

FTMinister - Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique
Deputy- M. Saravanan

Samy: Time not ripe for Barisan to be a single party

Monday March 17, 2008MYT 6:50:07 PM
Samy: Time not ripe for Barisan to be a single party

KUALA LUMPUR: The time is not right for a Barisan Nasional to become a single party as suggested by Gerakan, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
“In today’s political situation, such an action will dilute the rights of the Indian community,” he said.
Samy Vellu said the smaller communities like the Indians still had to fight for their rights and this could only be done through MIC.

He was commenting on Perak Gerakan chief Datuk Chang Ko Youn's call to Barisan Nasional component parties to consider amending their constitutions to accept members of all races.
He said the results of the just-concluded general election showed that the electorate did not vote according to the racial background of the candidates.

Chang, who is also Gerakan national vice-president, said it was time for Barisan to study the composition of its coalition and the ideologies of the respective political parties.
“Component members of the Barisan must be open to all races and not only to one race. This is the first step and it should include Umno, MCA and the MIC,” he said.

Chang, the former Jalong assemblyman, lost his bid for the Beruas parliamentary seat against DAP’s Ngeh Koo Ham, the Perak DAP chief.

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/election/story.asp?file=/2008/3/17/election2008/20080317165447&sec=election2008

seals: as usual. Lets see PKR and DAP how they will do it.

Kit Siang urged to say sorry openly

2008/03/17
Kit Siang urged to say sorry openlyBy : Shahrul Hafeez

IPOH: Some 50 people took part in an illegal rally at the Ipoh Padang here to show their support for the Sultan of Perak.

They also urged DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to make an open apology to the Regent, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, instead of merely via a statement on his blog.The group carried several placards listing their demands. They also read out a memorandum, an oath of loyalty to Sultan Azlan Shah and sang patriotic songs.

Former Gerik member of parliament Datuk Dr Wan Hashim Wan Teh, who was among those present, said they did not intend to threaten public safety but wanted to defend Malay rights.Wan Hashim, who was not chosen to contest in the general election, said the memorandum would also be sent to Istana Iskandariah so that the people's voices could be conveyed to Sultan Azlan Shah.

Last week, Lim had protested the choice of Pasir Panjang state assemblyman Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the new menteri besar.In his apology, posted last Wednesday, Lim said the statement was based on the party's position at the time and not made out of disrespect to the regent whom he held in the highest regard.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Azisdman Alias said action would be taken against the organisers as the rally did not have a police permit.The protesters had planned to converge at the popular Sultan Abdul Aziz recreational park but a heavy police presence saw them changing the location.Azisdman said the crowd dispersed after about 90 minutes.

source: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/2188592/Article/index_html

seals: Should Pak Lah do the same in relation to Perlis MB?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Women NGOs urge Sultan to delay MB swearing-in, consider BN minority government

Women NGOs urge Sultan to delay MB swearing-in, consider BN minority government
IPOH, Sun:

Nine women NGOs have made an urgent plea for the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to postpone the swearing-in ceremony scheduled tomorrow and to consider instead the option of a minority BN government.

In a hastily called press conference leading to it being held at the coffee house of a hotel here, the group representatives said they were worried and had no confidence that the coalition government of DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and PAS would be able to achieve a stable state government.

The group, naming themselves the Perak Malay Women NGO Meeting, cited the much-publicised bickering of the three parties as a pointer to this assumption which they reached in a meeting on Saturday. The nine organisations are the districts Perak Women and Family Development Council, the (WI) Women Grouping, Gerakwanis Belia 4B, Perak Malaysian Muslim Women Welfare Body, Perak Women Cooperative, members of the Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK), Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK), the Henry Gurney Alumni and the women members of the Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS).

Menteri Besar-designate Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin declined comment.

Private secretary to the Sultan of Perak, Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Nor had earlier during the day announced that Perak Regent Raja Dr Nazrin Shah had consented to the swearing-in of Mohammad Nizar as the Menteri Besar at the Istana Iskandariah tomorrow. The group’s chairman Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim, who is also Wanita Umno Exco member, said the respective organisations undertake to submit their individual memorandum on the matter to the Sultan Azlan Shah as soon as possible.

They also agreed to submit written legal submissions from both lawyers and constitutional experts to Sultan Azlan Shah on the matter of the minority state government proposal.

"The coalition government of DAP, PKR and PAS is a mere marriage of convenience simply set up to form the state government. The important fact here is there for that BN had won 28 seats and needing only another three seats to form the majority while the other three had contested individually," she said.Kamilia said this could well lead to problems later as the respective partners may not be suitable.

"Although the law states that with the majority, they could form the government but there are provisions in the State Constitution for the Ruler has the discretion to decide that a minority government led by BN is instead formed," she said.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Sunday/Frontpage/20080316210935/Article

seals: shall we request for same for federal gov?

Perak’s PAS MB sworn in amidst calls for a BN govt (update)

Perak’s PAS MB sworn in amidst calls for a BN govt (update)
By CHRISTINA KOH

IPOH: As the new Perak Mentri Besar was being sworn in, several groups continued to call for Barisan Nasional to be recognised as the legitimate state government.

Perak PAS secretary and Pasir Panjang assemblyman Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was sworn-in as Mentri Besar, taking the oath of office before the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar at 11.45am on Monday.

However, individuals and members of several non-governmental organisations had started gathering at Istana Kinta in Ipoh as early as 8am.

The organisations’ representatives presented letters to the palace at about 10am, pledging support for a Barisan minority government.

Former Perak Barisan elected representatives council (Mubarak) secretary Datuk Dr Dzulkarnain Abdul Rahman said Barisan had the more legitimate claim as it held 28 seats.

“We are only here to give the memorandums to the Sultan of Perak, not to stage a protest,” said Dr Dzulkarnain, who is also Perak Umno Veteran vice chairman.

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/election/story.asp?file=/2008/3/17/election2008/20080317121359&sec=election2008

seals: HINDRAF gathered to give memorandums to to the British QUEEN, not to protest and water cannon and tear gas was used. What is the difference? I heard BN said before elections "Opposition is making noise now saying that and this is not right, knowing that they will loose the elections. But see now who is doing it?

Kedah official papers missing

Monday March 17, 2008
Kedah official papers missing
By SIRA HABIBU
sira@thestar.com.my

ALOR STAR: All documents from the offices of the Mentri Besar and executive councillors in Kedah have gone missing.
The PAS-led government which took office after 12th general election on March 8 will lodge a police report based on the findings of an internal investigation.
Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to investigate the case of the missing documents.
“Phahrolrazi will investigate what happened.
“I do not want to accuse people without proof,” said Azizan who found that the Mentri Besar’s office was void of documents after the swearing-in ceremony last Sunday.
The newly appointed executive councillors, who were sworn in on Wednesday, found out the next day that their offices were also empty.
“There is not a single paper left in all the offices. We view this very seriously because the documents belong to the executive council, not to any individual,” said Phahrolrazi.
He said most of the documents were classified.
“We are questioning the government officers on duty. No one has a right to transfer the documents without permission,” he said.
Phahrolrazi said the former executive councillors did not have the right to enter the offices without permission.
“We need the minutes of the meetings to check the progress of projects and other matters that were discussed at the executive council meetings,” he said.

source: http://www.thestar.com.my/election/story.asp?file=/2008/3/17/election2008/20668461&sec=election2008

seals: wow ... the MB's hiding something? PERAK, SELANGOR....next? The gentleman was Dr Kho Tsu Khoon...he/GERAKAN had nothing to hide and it was a clean handover...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Should Internal Security Act detainee M. Manoharan, who won a state seat in Selangor, be sworn in as soon as possible?

While Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is of the opinion that the swearing-in of the Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman could wait, the Bar Council begs to differ.

There appears to be a precedent in the matter when two ISA detainees took their oath in the Kamunting detention camp in 1978.

Chian Heng Kai and Chan Kok Kit, who won the Batu Gajah and Sungai Besi parliamentary seats respectively on a DAP ticket, did so in the presence of the speaker of the Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Dr Syed Nasir Ismail, the secretary of the Dewan Rakyat and camp authorities.

Khalid said there was no urgency as Manoharan had not been picked as a state executive councillor. He said the oath-taking could wait until after Manoharan's release. "For now, there is nothing we can do. His detention is a political issue."

On the ISA, he said the opposition at the federal level would seek its repeal in parliament soon.

Bar Council vice-president Ragunath Kesavan said the federal government was duty-bound to allow Manoharan to be sworn in as he was an elected representative. "The power to allow Manoharan to be sworn in as the wakil rakyat lies with the internal security minister.

Chian, 68, who was detained under the ISA in November 1976, said the DAP picked him to stand in the Batu Gajah seat in 1978."I won by a majority of more than 6,000 votes against the MCA candidate," he said.

Chian, who was released in July 1981, went on to contest the Tanjung parliamentary seat in Penang but lost to former Penang chief minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon.

He soldiered on and contested in the Bukit Mertajam parliamentary constituency in 1986, winning it and retaining it in 1990 before quitting politics in 1995. On his swearing-in, Chian said the camp authorities informed him a few days earlier that it would take place at the camp.

"It was a very meaningful event. Even though the whole process was short, it made my detention less painful," he said.

source:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/National/2187399/Article/index_html

seals: if the minister says now, then he should be given a trial in court.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

PM: Recommendation letter handed to Shahidan

PUTRAJAYA: The letter of recommendation was only meant for Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim to be made the Mentri Besar of Perlis, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Abdullah said yesterday he had handed the letter enabling Shahidan to be appointed as the Mentri Besar of Perlis and the formation of the state executive council.

“I handed the letter of appointment to Shahidan, who is the chairman of the Perlis Barisan Nasional liaison committee, who had won (in the recent general election).

“The letter of appointment had to be presented to His Royal Highness the Raja of Perlis so that he (Shahidan) can be appointed as the mentri besar and form the Perlis state government,” he told Bernama in an interview at Seri Perdana, the prime minister’s official residence.

Abdullah said this when asked to comment on the announcement by the Raja of Perlis’ private secretary Moh Adib Zakaria yesterday that the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, had given his consent for the appointment of Bintong state assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as the Mentri Besar of Perlis.

The decision of the Raja of Perlis has raised questions among the people of the state because the Barisan wanted another person to be made the mentri besar.

Asked about a statement by Shahidan yesterday that he did not dismiss the possibility of being in the Opposition with the state government helmed by Md Isa, Abdullah said: “I did not hear of Shahidan saying that. I was just on the telephone with him and he did not mention anything (to that effect).”

Shahidan had also said that the appointment of Md Isa did not have the recognition of the Barisan government led by Abdullah. – Bernama

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/15/nation/20658083&sec=nation

seals: "Shahidan had also said that the appointment of Md Isa did not have the recognition of the Barisan government led by Abdullah." When LKS said media made a big issue out of it, this is the same words now. It looks like PM has the say in appointments when it comes to BN. It looks like the opposition follows the law.

Ruler picks Md Isa as Perlis MB

Reports by SIRA HABIBU, MANJIT KAUR, RAPHAEL WONG, R.S.N. MURALI and TEH ENG HOCK

KUALA LUMPUR: The Raja of Perlis Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail has named Bintong assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as the new Perlis Mentri Besar.
Md Isa's appointment came as a surprise because Perlis Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim had received the letter of appointment to be mentri besar from Barisan chief Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In a statement, the Ruler said Md Isa's appointment was in accordance with Article 39(2) of the Laws of the Constitution of Perlis which required him to appoint someone who commanded the trust of the majority of the members of the state assembly to become Mentri Besar and head the state executive council.

The announcement was made at the Istana Siraj in Jalan Eaton here. Abdullah had given Shahidan his letter of appointment on Tuesday.
When contacted, Dr Md Isa said he had no idea of the decision prior to yesterday's announcement.

“It is a surprise, but a pleasant one. I am grateful, and it is an honour. I never lobbied for it. I never lobbied to be a state assemblyman, nor Mentri Besar, but I accept it,” he added.
At the Istana Siraj yesterday, Shahidan spent almost an hour with Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin. He arrived at 11.45am.

Shahidan then spoke to reporters for a few minutes before driving away.
Barely 10 minutes after Shahidan had left, Pauh assemblyman Datuk Seri Syed Razlan Syed Putra Jamalullail, arrived.

He spent about 30 minutes at the palace.

Syed Razlan, the younger brother of Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, was one of the names which had earlier been touted as being in contention for the post of mentri besar. He did not speak to reporters.

At 2.30pm, the Ruler’s private secretary Moh Adib Zakaria issued the announcement on Md Isa's appointment.

At the same time, after the Friday prayers, Shahidan entered the Prime Minister's office in Putrajaya and left two hours later, saying that he had to meet Abdullah at his residence later.
He entered the gates of Seri Perdana at 6.40pm and left about two hours after.
Later in Kangar, about 3,000 people gathered outside Shahidan's house to pledge their support for him.

The group signed a petition before they left.

source: http://thestar.com.my/election/story.asp?file=/2008/3/15/election2008/20653633&sec=Election2008

seals: BN one law Opposition one LAW?

Friday, March 14, 2008

pssst....

Thanks to Our PM to bring Balance to the "Daching" and balanced government in Malaysia. What it is a balance there will be check and balance for both side and that will benefit the people and will surely avoid any side tracks and misuse of power. We don't want Rm0.30 curry puff to be bought for RM3.00 again.

Blame Abdullah for the BN failure? You must be joking.... I will blame each and everyone in BN for the failure. Ask your self what have you done for the people you as a ADUN or MP or as a member in Cabinet. The PM gave freedom in many things but it was miss used. You bought things at about 5-10 times the actual price, you blame PM for that?

Some MP asked the rape victim to enjoy being raped, you blame the PM?

And maybe when PM ask "am I doing it right", you want to make PM happy and save your seat, you said "yes PM I support you and it is the best thing", you blame PM for that?

When a MP as a people's representative in the parliament raises what his people thinks, you say "YOU BREAK RANK" and make him say sorry. make it as though he represent the party in parliament not the people, you blame PM for that?

You said even GOD can't shake UMNO and you said we don't need others, you blame PM for that?

You linked HINDRAF to LTTE without any evidence and still arrested knowing they actually told what is happening, you blame PM for that?

The list can go on......I think it is every ones responsibility in BN, that made people change and loosing trust. It must have a toughest thing to do for the people to decide not to give 2/3 majority to BN. A trust that we had for past 50 years.

Don't just Blame PM, every one in BN should take responsibility over it. If you think PM is making a mistake, you should have addressed it in the meetings. But you kept quiet, are you to be blamed?

Now, rather then trying to make the new Local Government or the Opposition (MP) they are doing this and that to make them look bad, start to clean up and seriously change from Racial Based Parties and join up and work for people and listen to people.

We might select you again in next election. We (people has the say) we only elect the one who performs. If the current coalition performs, you have to perform better truthfully. If not the people might give the simple majority to the coalition in next election.

No one should have 2/3 majority.

Sultan, please listen to rakyat's voice

Edward Beruang Mar 13, 08 5:28pm

The Selangor sultan's reasons for wanting a Malay deputy mentri besar are, with due respect to His Highness, very disappointing. His private secretary said, on TV3's news, that it was because, "Sometimes when the MB is away, we need the deputy MB to officiate at functions like opening a mosque. If the deputy MB is a non-Malay, things could be difficult."

What is disappointing is that the sultan has built an image (in the media) of a progressive, enlightened, open-minded and fair man. He told the media that he wanted to limit the issuance of datukships to ensure ‘better quality’ datuks. He summoned the (late) Datuk Zakaria Deros to the istana (the real istana in Shah Alam and not the one built by Zakaria in Klang) to account for his misdeeds in Klang.

But now the sultan's private secretary has cited this perplexing reason. I mean, when the mentri besar is away, can't they find a single Muslim state exco member to officiate at mosque openings? What about the state mufti?

We already have a Malay mentri besar. Will it jeopardise the position of Malays if Chinese and Indian deputy MBs are appointed? Even PAS has appointed a non-Malay state exco member in Kedah despite that there are very few non-Malay state assemblymen there.
All this seems totally at odds with the image of the sultan himself. He is seen at high society events like the great Louis Vuitton bash, and cuts the figure of an urbane, educated man. Surely, His Highness has more substance and depth as a fair-minded man beyond the issue of datukships?

We earnestly hope that such reasons are not coming from him. Perhaps the sultan's private secretary was speaking in his personal capacity? We hope that His Highness can clarify this matter speedily, especially in these times of political uncertainty.

The people of Selangor have spoken loud and clear. We have voted in a multi-racial coalition for change. Penang has already appointed a deputy MB to include even an Indian, to indicate a sense of inclusiveness for all races. That, surely, is the progressive, forward-thinking thing to do?
We pray that the sultan can listen to the rakyat's voice in this respect. That he can really be a modern monarch that reflects the aspirations of the Selangor people. The alternative - being a feudal-type ruler who does not respect democratic decisions - is something that was supposed to wither away when we declared Merdeka in 1957.

We hope that he can be a ruler that is truly respected by all ethnic groups, a sultan for all the people of Selangor.

source: http://malaysiakini.com/letters/79775

Deal stitched, all systems go in Perak

Soon Li Tsin Mar 14, 08 12:04pm

PKR, DAP an PAS have successfully averted an impasse after party leaders reached an amicable decision to reallocate the composition of the Perak state executive council posts last night.
PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali confirmed that the new composition will be six DAP, three PKR and one PAS to form the 10-person Perak state executive council.
Yesterday, PKR threatened to pull out from the Perak state administration upon hearing that eight posts will go to DAP.

"In the spirit of sincere openness, we stress that the composition of the exco must reflect the composition of the population of Perak and represent the interests of all ethnic groups fairly," said Syed Husin in a statement yesterday.

However, he said PKR will honour its agreement to support the coalition government with its representatives being part of the governing coalition in the state assembly without taking up any exco posts.

Syed Husin pointed out that the compromise was reached after both Perak and central leaders concluded their discussions last night.

"(PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim, (DAP veteran) Lim Kit Siang and PAS secretary-general Kamaruddin Jaafar were in communication with each other to resolve the issue," he said.
Two deputy MBs

Syed Husin also said that a second deputy MB post will be allocated to PKR. It is expected that Perak will follow Penang's example of naming two deputy MBs.

On Wednesday, it was decided between the parties that DAP chairperson and Setiawan state assemblyperson Ngeh Khoo Ham would be made deputy menteri besar (1) while an Indian candidate would be made deputy menteri besar (2).

From the list of Perak states assemblyperson, the only Indian candidate from PKR would be S Kesavan who won the Hutan Melintang state seat.

Kesavan - who is PKR youth deputy secretary - had defeated MIC women’s deputy chief S Thangasvari by 1,721 votes.

Syed Husin also said the new state government will appoint a PKR representative to be one of its two senators.

However, Syed Husin stressed the finalised names will be announced after PAS’ Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is sworn in as the new MB at the Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar.

Contentious issue
The forming of the Perak state government has been a contentious issue since the general election ended last weekend.

It began with the DAP leadership. Party stalwart Lim Kit Siang saying that the party had only agreed for a DAP or PKR menteri besar and objected Nizar’s appointment.

Lim later apologised over his objection after DAP was promised eight seats in the Perak state exco. Soon after PKR disagreed on the composition and declined to be part of the exco.
Drama ensured when the swearing-in ceremony for Nizar was called off due to some uncertainties as to whether the three parties will be able to work together to form a coalition, and a stable government, according to the royal palace.

The Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah subsequently ordered all 31 state assemblypersons from the three parties to sign a letter in support of the regent's decision to appoint Nizar.
It has been learnt that all the signatures were submitted last night to Perak Sultan Azlan Shah’s secretary at 10pm.

Source: http://malaysiakini.com/news/79810

seals: It was a unexpected change.. we have to give all some time go stabilise. Get moving guys the goal is the people. Get the government moving and working, you have lots of task to deliver.

Umno holds one-hour protest at Komtar

Mar 14, 08 2:58pm
Some 1,000 Umno members and supporters staged an one-hour protest outside the Penang state government office in Komtar this afternoon.

The crowd - which gathered there after Friday prayers around 2.30pm - chanted slogans such as 'Don’t sideline the Malays' and 'Do not abolish the NEP'.

The protest, led by Penang Umno secretary Azhar Ibrahim, to protest Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's declaration that the new DAP-led state government would do away with the New Economic Policy (NEP) policies.

Among those spoke at the rally included former deputy chief minister Abdul Rashid Abdullah, Sungai Dua state assemblyperson Jasmin Mohamed and Umno Bukit Mertajam chief Musa Sheikh Fadzir.

There were about 3,000 onlookers and most of the shops nearby inlcluding Maybank in Komtar were briefly closed.

About eight FRU trucks armed with water cannons were deployed and the crowd dispersed after the police gave the protestors a five-minute ultimatum. A number of banners and posters were seized but no arrests were made.

Earlier today, Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan had warned that the gathering in Komtar would be declared illegal and arrests would be made against the protestors.




http://malaysiakini.com/news/79822

seals: can see FRU smiling in the crowd, did anyone see such smile in BERSIH and HINDRAF Rally?

Penang Umno to recommend stopping all state mega projects

GEORGE TOWN, Thurs:
Penang Umno will recommend to the Federal Government to stop all proposed mega projects in the state, include those planned under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), the second Penang Bridge, the light monorail transit system, the Penang Outer Ring Road, the Penang Sentral and the RapidPenang bus service.

State Umno secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim said the previous Gerakan-led state government had worked together with the federal government to bring all sorts of development to Penang."Since the people have clearly rejected development and made their choice for a change, we will recommend to the federal government to cancel all such projects.

Don’t blame us for this," he said after a state liaison committee meeting here today.

In March 8 polls, Umno only won two parliamentary seats and 12 state seats.The meeting was chaired by the deputy state Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah. Also present were Umno division chiefs from all 13 divisions.Asked if this was Umno’s revenge, Azhar, who was appointed opposition chief, said: "This is not revenge…it is the new government's responsibility to bring development to the state. We have done so many things in the past but we were criticised…we were blamed for wasting this and wasting that.”

To another question if this would bring about any implications to the people, he said: "The people have chosen and they wanted a new leadership."

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/NewsBreak/20080313184754/Article/index_html

seals: I see it like revenge on the people..... I think Federal has responsibility for the people of MALAYSIA and Penang is part of Malaysia. If as he said let the Local Gov. develop Penang and federal is not involved, then Federal should not get involved in any other matters to... let Penang be on its own .... Negara Penang.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Deep In Gombak





Somewhere deep in the jungle from Gombak (near to Karak) .....there is this place to some level the nature is still preserved...............

Lim apologises, DAP reps to attend ceremony

Lim apologises, DAP reps to attend ceremony
Mar 13, 08 10:49am

The crisis which developed yesterday over the appointment of a PAS menteri besar in a DAP-led Perak state assembly seemed to have been resolved today.

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang who rejected the appointment of a PAS candidate today apologised for any offence caused to the Perak royalty over his statement.“My three-paragraph statement at 7pm last night that the DAP central executive committee emergency meeting on March 9 had not given approval for a PAS mentri besar to head a Perak coalition state government was not made out of disrespect to the Perak sultan and regent, both whom I have always held in the highest regard and I apologise for any offence caused," he said.

“The statement was on the party position at the time. There have been further discussions and developments on the matter in the hours after the statement. Announcements of the latest position will be made.”This was immediately followed by state DAP chairperson and Sitiawan state assemblyperson Ngeh Khoo Ham who told Malaysiakini that whatever misunderstanding that occurred over the matter has been clarified.

He also said that all DAP elected representatives will attend the swearing in ceremony before the Sultan of Perak in Kuala Kangsar today at 4pm.Yesterday, just hours after the Regent of Perak agreed to the appointment of Pasir Panjang state assemblyperson and Perak PAS secretary Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin as the menteri besar, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang threw a spanner in the works, stating that his party had not approved to the appointment.

Lim said that the party had only agreed to the appointment of a menteri besar from either the DAP or the PKR.He also said that all 18 DAP state representatives would stay away from the swearing-in ceremony for Perak mentri besar scheduled tomorrow.

Ngeh and PKR’s Behrang assemblyperson Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi were the other two candidates who were in the running for the menteri besar post.

Palace released letter
Yesterday, after meeting the regent, Nizar, Ngeh and Jamaluddin told reporters that the regent had agreed with the appointment of Nizar as the menteri besar and that Ngeh would be the deputy menteri besar (1) and an Indian candidate from PKR to be the second deputy menteri besar.

Late last night, soon after Lim's statement was released, the Perak palace released the letter which stated that all three parties, including the DAP, had agreed to the decision of the sultan.

Ngeh’s clarification today comes as a welcome relief to some who were worried that Lim’s stand would cause severe rift among the opposition not just in Perak but nationwide.

Of a total of 59 state seats, DAP controls 18 seats while PKR has seven and PAS six, making a total of 31. The remaining 28 are in the hands of BN.

seals: Thank GOD the coalition is moving on. Lets work together and make sure we deliver what we promise and we make sure the people will be happy with Malaysia.

pssst...... why not "Indian candidate from PKR " be there for the swearing in ceremony ?

No DAP CEC mandate for PAS Menteri Besar in Perak

No DAP CEC mandate for PAS Menteri Besar in Perak
March 12th, 2008

The decision to appoint a PAS Assemblyman Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin as Perak Mentri Besar has caused shock and consternation to DAP leaders, members and supporters.
The DAP Central Executive Committee, at its emergency meeting in Penang on Sunday, 9th March 2008, had given approval for the formation of a Perak coalition government comprising 18 DAP Assembly members, seven PKR Assemblymen and six PAS Assemblymen.
DAP is prepared to accept DAP chairman and Assemblyman for Sitiawan Ngeh Koo Ham or PKR Behrang Assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi as Perak Mentri Besar.
As the appointment of PAS Assemblyman for Pasir Panjang Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin as Perak Mentri Besar representing the third and smallest political party in the proposed coalition has not received the mandate of the CEC, DAP Perak Assemblymen will stay away from the swearing-in ceremony for Perak Mentri Besar scheduled tomorrow.

source: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2008/03/12/no-dap-cec-mandate-for-pas-menteri-besar-in-perak/

Hadi: Reject all inducements by BN

Hadi: Reject all inducements by BN
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz Mar 12, 08 7:29pm

PAS has called on elected representatives in the three opposition parties to reject any enticement to cross over to Barisan Nasional.

Rumours are flying that millions of ringgit have been offered to effect crossovers, particularly in Perak where the opposition parties hold only a three-seat majority over the BN’s 28 in the state legislature. In particular, the racial card is purportedly being played out among Malay elected representatives in PKR and PAS - including the spectre of racial conflict - as a way to convince them to join Umno.

At a press conference today in party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said he wants them to “remain steadfast” and work towards strengthening the opposition-led state governments.“God-willing, we will walk together to carry out reforms in the administration of all these states to rid them of such negative practices as corruption, cronyism and nepotism which will lead to (other) injustice(s),”he said.

He was flanked by secretary-general Kamaruddin Jaafar and information chief Mahfuz Omar.

Asked if PAS leaders had been approached by Umno leaders to cross over, he replied cryptically: “PAS is me. They have never contacted me.”In the 12th general election concluded last Saturday, opposition parties wrested control of an unprecedented five state assemblies - Penang, Perak, Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan - and DAP, PKR and PAS have worked out varying arrangements for ‘coalition state governments’. Abdul Hadi also said those elected must remember that the votes came from all Malaysians, and should not see themselves as representing only one ethnic or religious group.“We hope these (racial or religious) issues are not invoked - as BN is currently doing - as it will only make matters worse,” he said. He further cautioned them against exacting “revenge”.

“Those who lost are our people, just as those who won are our people. Do not exact revenge. We have to demonstrate that we are fair to everyone.”

‘Ask BN leaders’
Asked about speculation that attempts are being made to break up the ‘alternative coalition’, Abdul Hadi said the question should be posed to BN leaders.

“What is important to us is to defend this alliance... we are not artistes to be (the subject of gossip)... The inspector-general of police has stated we should not believe in rumours,” he said.

On another issue, Hadi said only his office can issue any statement on any matter relating to the party, and that other comments or statements should be deemed as “unofficial”.

“Only I am tasked with issuing the official statements relating to the party until further notice,” he said, without elaborating.A source close to Abdul Hadi later explained that this was a general statement that was not aimed at any particular leader.

“Many party leaders have recently issued comments. He just meant to clarify matters to ensure that such comments were not mistaken as being the official line,” said the source.

Opposition parties also took 82 of the 222 parliamentary seats, its biggest gain in electoral history. PKR holds 31 seats to DAP’s 28 and PAS’ 23.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/79724

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

PAS' Nizar is new Perak MB

Mar 12, 08 5:49pm
Pasir Panjang state assemblyperson and Perak PAS secretary Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin was today confirmed as the new menteri besar of the state.

The decision was reached after the Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah met with the three nominees for the post this evening.

The other two candidates for the post were state DAP chairperson and Sitiawan state assemblyperson Ngeh Khoo Ham and PKR’s Behrang assemblyperson Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi.

Also decided today is that Ngeh would be made the deputy mentri besar (1) while an Indian candidate would be made deputy mentri besar (2). The new mentri besar will be sworn in at 4pm tomorrow.

Under the state constitution, the menteri besar has to be a Malay Muslim, but there is a provision that allows the sultan to waive the requirement.

Of a total of 59 state seats, DAP controls 18 seats while PKR has seven and PAS six, making a total of 31. The remaining 28 are in the hands of BN.

Nizar, Ngeh and Jamaluddin are presently holding a press conference.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/79710

Hishammuddin: SJK Damansara problem will be resolved

PETALING JAYA (March 11, 2008): Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said his ministry will keep its promise to resolve the long-standing problem of reopening the original SJK (C) Damansara which was closed in 2001.
He said although former Petaling Jaya Utara MP Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun lost in the election, he would honour the promise made to her and SJKC Damansara Save our School Committee (SOS Damansara) chief Yoong Yuk Sang before the general election.
Hishammuddin said in a statement on Monday that the Damansara school issue would be resolved soon, just as promised.
He also expressed his sympathies to Yoong's family over his death.
Yoong died on Monday following a short illness while waiting for his last wish - the reopening of the school - to be fulfilled.
The school, located in Damansara new village in Petaling Jaya, was closed in Januanry 2001 due to traffic congestion and the pupils were relocated to a new school of the same name in Tropicana.
However, some parents protested the relocation and have been sending their children to study in container classrooms set up next to a temple across the road from the old school while fighting for the re-opening of the old school.
Hishammddin met Chew and Yoong on Feb 19 and promised them the issue would be resolved soon.
He said he was impressed with Yoong's sincerity in resolving the problem and the sacrifices the latter made in fighting for his cause.

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=21033

seals: Education Minister? The cabinet is not even formed. How come is he the Education minister? Or the media is trying to make us believe it?

DAP and PAS support Khalid as Selangor

DAP and PAS support Khalid as Selangor MBMaria J. Dass
PETALING JAYA (March 11, 2008): DAP Selangor representative, Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok, today had audience with the Sultan of Selangor, during which she declared her party's support for PKR secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to be appointed Menteri Besar.
She told reporters after her hour-long audience with the ruler from 3pm that the party had issued a letter of consent on this matter to the Sultan.
Kok, who represented the DAP's 13 assemblymen, said the Sultan also wanted to know whether both parties could work together to form the state government.
The PKR won 15 seats, and PAS eight in the 12th general election. Together with DAP, the loose coalition wants to rule Selangor. Barisan Nasional (BN) has 20 seats in the 56-seat state assembly, and will become the opposition in a huge change of political fortune.
Asked if her audience with the Sultan meant that she was the deputy menteri besar-designate, as speculated in the vernacular newspapers today, the good-natured Kok said, with a chuckle: "An announcement will be made later."
Pressed on whether any decisions had been made on the exco positions, Kok said the three parties will sit together to iron out the details.
Asked if DAP was ready now to work together with PAS, Kok said: "We have already decided to form a government and with that we have to cooperate."
Asked if the Sultan had imposed any conditions during the meeting, Kok said: "He did express concern but he is not supposed to be involved in partisan politics.
"However, he wanted to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that we all (the three parties) can work together," said Kok, who is DAP's publicity secretary and also Seputeh MP.
After Kok left, three PAS representatives had an audience with the Sultan from 5.20pm to 7pm.
They were Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Mohd Ali, deputy president Nasaruddin Mat Isa and Terengganu commissioner Datuk Mustapha Ali, who is also election director.
After the meeting, they left the palace in a Mercedes Benz and a black 4-WD vehicle without speaking to a big group of waiting reporters and photographers.
It is learnt that both the DAP and PAS have agreed to support Khalid to be appointed as their Mentri Besar.

Two deputy CMs for Penang

Wednesday March 12, 2008MYT 11:25:18 AM
Two deputy CMs for Penang

PENANG: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has announced the appointment of two Deputy Chief Ministers for the state.
They are the Prai assemblyman from DAP, Prof. P Ramasamy, and Penanti assemblyman from PKR, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.
Lim has not yet named the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the state assembly, but said the two posts would also be filled by representatives from PKR.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Penang CM announces waivers, new policies (2nd update)

Penang CM announces waivers, new policies (2nd update)
PENANG: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Tuesday that the Penang Municipal Council and Seberang Perai Municipal Council will waive all summonses involving hawker licences and parking offences issued before March 11.
Lim made the announcement just hours after being sworn in as Chief Minister.
The government could not estimate how much this involved, but Lim said that the waiver would not affect the councils' operations as it was monies not collected yet.
The announcements are part of the new government's "agenda for change to re-establish rule by the people,'' he said in a statement.
He said it will also review the policy of political appointments in the councils, and would look towards restoring local government elections.
Lim also promised that open tenders will be held for all state government procurement and contracts, adding that an online portal will be set up where information on tender bids would be posted for all to see.
All state government members and civil servants will also be required to publicly declare their assets.
"This is a government that is based on democracy. This is also a government that believes in equal opportunity and social economic justice. We are here to build a dynamic Penang for all,'' he said in the statement.

http://thestar.com.my/election/story.asp?file=/2008/3/11/election2008/20080311122846&sec=Election2008