Monday, June 30, 2008
I am issuing this statement from within the embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Kuala Lumpur.
I was transported to the embassy earlier this morning fearing that my personal safety was in danger. I thank all those who offered to assist me in this time of need and am grateful to the Turkish Ambassador for extending an invitation to seek refuge within the Embassy.
Since the March 8th elections, numerous credible sources from within the government and military intelligence have advised me that certain agents from within Barisan Nasional leadership have initiated plots to cause harm to me or my family or my supporters. I have been told that my assassination has not been ruled out as means to subvert the people’s will and bring an end to the transformational changes taking place in Malaysia. Notwithstanding the threats which are intended to silence my voice, I intend make public new evidence implicating that the Inspector General of the Police Musa Hassan and the Attorney General Gani Patail engaged in criminal acts of fabricating evidence in cases launched against me in 1998.
The allegations that have been made against me on Saturday are nothing more than a replay of the events which transpired in 1998 when I was sacked from the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, jailed and beaten, and then charged and convicted by a kangaroo court for crimes which I never committed. This charade was orchestrated by a corrupt Barisan Nasional leadership which made use of the entire apparatus of the state power including its control of the judiciary, the police force, and its grip on the mainstream media. These actions are being repeated today to undermine the forces of reform and renewal which were unleashed in the March 2008 elections.
I would like to assure my family, friends and supporters in Malaysia that I am safe and remain committed as ever before to continuing the struggle for a free and just Malaysia.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional has been urged to take disciplinary action against Sungai Rapat assemblyman Hamidah Osman for insulting the Indian community at the Perak state assembly on Friday.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, in making the call, said the party condemned the state assemblyman’s action.
“We urge the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council to take action against her,” he said in a statement here.
Hamidah was reported to have asked Speaker V. Sivakumar if he agreed to disagree with the well-known fable of whether a snake or a man from a certain racial community should be killed first.
However, she retracted her words when Barisan whip Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali (BN – Pengkalan Hulu) asked her to do so.
“I want her to make a public apology to the Indian community. What she did is most humiliating and not acceptable,” Samy Vellu said, adding that her remarks had angered Indians.
In IPOH, a Tamil cultural group lashed out at Hamidah for uttering racist remarks.
“It’s uncalled for when we are talking about forging a Malaysian Malaysia,” Tamilar Thirunal group adviser M. Mathialagan, 58, said after lodging a police report over the remarks at the district police headquarters yesterday.
Meanwhile, Hindu Action Rights Force (Hindraf) national coordinator R. S. Thanenthiran said the state assembly was the wrong platform for Hamidah if she wanted to act like a “super heroine”.
“We know she’s a very pretty lady but if she wants to be a super heroine, she should go act in a drama instead.
“There is no such idiom anywhere in the dictionary. We ask her, please don’t trouble the Prime Minister with your remarks. He has enough headaches already,” he added.
When contacted, Hamidah apologised unreservedly to the Indian community, saying she did not mean to insult them.
“It’s an old Malay proverb which simply means to not twist one’s words around. I was misinterpreted and it got out of hand,” she said.
seals: just that? "When contacted, Hamidah apologised unreservedly " I think she should make a press statement on this......!!!!!
By V.P. SUJATA
PUTRAJAYA: Parti Keadilan Raykat leaders decided Sunday morning that the party's de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stay at the Turkish Embassy for his safety after he received death threats.
His family visited him at the Embassy at Jalan U Thant Sunday evening, PKR vice-president Azmin Ali said.
At a press conference earlier Sunday, Anwar's wife and PKR president Satin Seri Wan Azizah Ismail said the death threats had come less than a day after an aide of Anwar's had lodged a police report alleging he was sodomised by the one-time deputy prime minister.
She said PKR had released pictures of the aide showing him with cabinet ministers and their high-ranking staff, which she claimed was evidence of political assassination.
Anwar was was sacked by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over similar allegations in 1998.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin said the police would conduct a thorough and fair investigation into the sodomy allegations.
They will also investigate the allegations before taking a statement from Anwar, he said.
Earlier Sunday, Current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi reiterated that the Barisan Nasional Government was not behind the latest allegation of sodomy against Anwar.
Stating that he was shocked on hearing the police report lodged by an aide of Anwar on Saturday night, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would leave the police to conduct investigations on the allegations and to take the necessary action.
He said he or the Government did not instruct the police to take any action.
On Anwar's statement that the allegations were a complete fabrication to kill his political career, as in 1998 when he was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister, Abdullah said the Government had nothing to do with the police report.
"We are not (involved). Umno and Barisan Nasional did not plan to trouble, disturb or accuse him.
"I believe even my friends like (Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) did not have any intention to do such a thing to him," he told reporters here on Sunday after launching the Bumi Hijau programme.
Abdullah said the alleged victim has the right to lodge a police report if it had really happened.
When asked if Anwar would be arrested following the latest allegation, Abdullah said he did not want to speculate on the matter and would leave the matter to the police.
Meanwhile the aide, who had started working at PKR about three months ago to help in the 12th general election, had lodged a police report alleging sodomy by the PKR leader at about 5.45pm on Saturday.
The man, in his 20s, is being treated at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
Anwar called for an urgent press conference at 1.20am Sunday morning to deny the allegations.
In a statement read out by PKR vice-president Sivarasa Rasiah at a hotel in Shah Alam, he described the allegations as “total fabrication”.
The statement, which was also faxed to media offices, said: “The police report lodged against me today is a complete fabrication. I believe we are witnessing a repeat of the methods used against me in 1998 when false allegations were made under duress.”
Sources said police were waiting for the medical report from the hospital before proceeding with investigations.
They also said Anwar was expected to be called up by the police to have his statement recorded.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang posted in his blog early Sunday morning that he had spoken to Anwar over the phone and "he is expecting the worst."
"SMS and phone calls have been flying around of imminent police action against Anwar Ibrahim.
"I have spoken to Anwar over the phone and he is expecting the worst," Lim said.
Anwar and his adopted brother Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja were found guilty by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Aug 8, 2000 on the charge of sodomising Anwar's former family driver, Azizan Abu Bakar, at Sukma's apartment in Tivoli Villa, Bangsar, between January and March 1993.
Anwar was sentenced to nine years' jail while Sukma received six years and ordered to be given four strokes of the rotan. Sukma was also convicted by the High Court on a charge of abetting Anwar in the commission of the offence.
In 2003, the Court of Appeal dismissed their appeals.
Anwar was first convicted for corruption on April 14, 1999 and was jailed for six years.
He should have been released on April 14, 2003 after a one-third remission but had to start serving his sentence for the sodomy offence, which the court ordered to be served consecutively.
Anwar was freed in 2004 after the Federal Court acquitted him of the charge of sodomising his former family driver.
The three-person Federal Court bench reached a 2-1 majority decision when they allowed the former deputy prime minister's appeal and overturned the conviction and nine-year jail term six years after his sacking as deputy prime minister.
The panel headed by Federal Court judge Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad also allowed Sukma’s appeal.
Court of Appeal judge Tengku Baharuddin Shah Tengku Mahmud concurred with Justice Abdul Hamid while Federal Court judge Justice Rahmah Hussain dissented.
Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad held that from the record of appeal, he found evidence that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and was inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did occur.
However, he said the Federal Court could only convict Anwar and Sukma if the prosecution had successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt the alleged offences stated in the charges based on admissible evidence and in accordance with established principles of law.
"We may be convinced in our minds of the guilt or innocence of the appellants but our decision must only be based on the evidence adduced and nothing else," he said.
seals: can clearly see the fear of BN.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
By M. KRISHNAMOORTHY
For between Malaysia and India, the fuel surcharge for one-way will increase from RM288 to RM406; Malaysia and Australia/New Zealand, from RM457 to RM643; and Malaysia and Britain (from RM575 to RM771).
A few days ago, MAS had forewarned that it would be a “very tough” ride ahead.
MAS managing director Datuk Seri Idris Jala had said the increase in fuel surcharge would be “competitive”.
Fuel accounts for 40% of an airline’s total cost and jet fuel hit a record US$173.55 (RM560.56) a barrel on May 27 before falling to US$161.85 (RM522.77) in Singapore last Friday.
In a circular issued by MAS' regional general manager office, travel agents were notified of the revised surcharge via e-mail yesterday.
MAS' last fuel surcharge increase was three weeks ago.
I smelled lousy, the box was presentable but when I opened the box it put me off. I saw around me people was showing a "yucks" face as they open the box 9even for the one who got the "chicken & fish" as I heard the cabin crew offered) . Many did not eat the food, there was lots of wastage. When I asked the crew said this is brunch and it was 11.30am ...flying flight MH752
Next... on the same flight....
Hmmmm what is that cup doing up there? ............where?
Up at the air blower (air conditioner) in the toilet of the aeroplane....
Now it is clear....I was surprised to see it up there. It was B737-400, when I wet to toilet noticed a paper cup that is placed in the wash place was used as a cover to replace a (i guess) broken air vent. It was pushed out from inside and small holes was made on the bottom of the cup for the air to come out.
Below is the same cup that was placed at the wash area.
I propose all fly Air Asia where ever can. AirAsia I am waiting for your flight to India......almost 70% increase for India is stupid!!!!!
I guess this will be my last MAS flight...... changing to SIA/STAR ALLIANCE. I thought to drop it after I claim my points ...guess not worth.....for a company that made me eat chicken and insisted it was chicken. And served fish as appetizer.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
By SHAHANAAZ HABIB
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak has dismissed Raja Petra Kamarudin’s statutory declaration implicating his wife as having had a hand in the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaaribuu as “total lies, fabrication and total garbage.”
The Deputy Prime Minister said the allegations in the statutory declaration were a “desperate and pathetic attempt to discredit and taint my political image.”
He said his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, had already given her statement to the police.
The Prime Minister too would be making his recorded statement to the police.
“I welcome the police investigation and hope they would be concluded soon,” he told reporters on Wednesday after chairing a Cabinet committee meeting on illegal immigrants.
Raja Petra, editor of online news portal and aggregator Malaysia Today, filed his explosive statutory declarationon June 18 with the KL High Court, claiming to have been "reliably informed" that three other persons were present during the murder of Altantuya on Oct 19, 2006.
He accused Najib’s wife, Rosmah, acting Colonel Aziz Buyong and Aziz’s wife Norhayati who is also Rosmah’s aide, as being present at the crime scene and alleged that Col Aziz Buyong was the person who placed the C4 explosive on Altantuya’s body and blew it up.
He also claimed that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad was in the know as the Prime Minister had received a written military report on the murder that was then handed over to his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin for “safe-keeping.”
Raja Petra was charged for sedition last month for implying the deputy prime minister was involved in Altantuya’s murder.
On Tuesday, Abdullah said he had not received any such military intelligence report and that it was unacceptable for Raja Petra to have made such a claim.
When reporters asked Najib about it at Wednesday's press conference, he said: “Why are you interested in garbage? Why comment when everything is total lies, fabrication and total garbage.”
Asked Raja Petra’s motive for making such a claim, Najib said: "I don’t know. You better ask him. Why ask me?”
“I have no conclusion except it’s a desperate and pathetic attempt to discredit and taint my political image.”
Asked if he believed it was political motivated, Najib said: “I can’t see any other reason.”
Later on Wednesday, Khairy also denied ever having received such an intelligence report.
He said he had given his statement to the police on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
An average Malaysian, besides food and his silly car loan, spends the bulk of his money on education and health. However, in a country which is so rich in resources and wealth, I cannot see why the government is not building more hospitals and universities and actually providing free healthcare and free education.
In comparison, the UK has only double the population of Malaysia but it has hundreds of universities and hundreds of free hospitals.
After all, our government gets a lot of revenue from sources that other social state countries like the UK don't like high taxes from cars etc. Some writer did some calculations and estimated that since the inception of high car taxes, the taxes collected from the purchase of new cars alone would be some RM170 billion to date.
Malaysia is rich in resources. In fact, many say, Malaysia is one of the richest countries in the world with natural resources, for example, oil, gas, oil palm, rubber, tin, gold. The UK does not have all these luxuries. For a country that is so rich, why are there so few hospitals and universities?
We are fortunate to have oil revenue. For the financial year ended March 31, 2007 (FY07), Petronas alone posted a net profit of RM46.4bil (and that is the old oil price). This year how much? RM100 billion maybe?
And mind you, that RM46.4 billion is net profit meaning that tens of billions have already been paid in tax to the government. This is just one company, what about the hundreds of companies listed on the Bursa which pays billions in taxes? Company tax is a very good source of revenue for the government.
Khazanah, the recent investment arm of the government, recently announced that its net worth now is RM53billion. Khazanah owns substantial stakes in companies. By holding large amounts of shares, I am sure it gets hundreds of millions in dividends.
The same with the EPF. The EPF invests the rakyat's money, besides giving an interest on our balance and it makes substantial profit.
I do not want to elaborate on sales tax though it is a substantial form of revenue but I would like to touch on stamp duty. I remember paying about RM20,000 in stamp duty when I bought my house recently.
And I am just one person. What about the thousands who transact property everyday? Thousands of sale and purchase agreements for properties are done daily.
Stamp duty alone is this formula:
i) for the 1st RM100,000.000 - 1% i.e. 1/100 x RM100,000.00 = RM1,000
ii) for the next RM400,000.00 or part thereof - 2% i.e. 2/100 x RM400,000.00=RM8,000
iii) above RM500,000.00 - 3% i.e. 3/100 x any sum above RM500,000
So,the government makes loads of money from just stamp duty on property alone. Maybe its high time to channel a substantial sum to building more universities and hospitals?
And don't forget personal income tax which also brings in billions. The list goes on, house assessment rates, quit rent, road tax etc.
Malaysia is blessed with little calamities. Unlike other countries where there are earthquakes and tornados which cause billions in damage, we don't have to fork out a lot of money to repair damaged infrastructure or in aid for victims of natural calamities.
Just where is all the government revenue going?
Lead prosecutor DPP Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah closed the case on Monday at the conclusion of the third and final trial-within-a-trial to determine the admissibility of a portion of evidence given by a police officer.
In doing so, the prosecutor also informed Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin that the prosecution was offering a total of 144 witnesses to the defence.
In the high profile case, Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) operatives C/Insp Azilah Hadri and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar are charged with murdering the 28-year-old Mongolian translator between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20 two years ago in Mukim Bukit Raja, here.
Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda is accused of abetting them in Kuala Lumpur between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 the same year.
Justice Mohd Zaki said he would begin hearing submissions from all parties on July 23 and would continue hearing the arguments until the end.
Both the prosecution and the defence will submit on five matters:
* The admissibility of part of Asst Supt Zulkarnain Samsudin's testimony alleging that Kpl Sirul Azhar had led police to recover Altantuya's jewellery from his Kota Damansara flat and had pointed at them there.
* The admissibility of part of the testimony given by C/Insp Koh Fei Cheow, who claimed he obtained information from C/Insp Azilah that led police to the crime scene in Puncak Alam.
* The impeachment proceeding against star witness L/Kpl Rohaniza Roslan, C/Insp Azilah's old flame, over contradictions between her testimony and the statement she gave police after she was detained for investigations.
* The impeachment proceeding against UTK Deputy Supt Mohd Yusri Hasan Basri over his testimony which contradicted his police statement.
* The main trial itself.
After hearing the submissions, Justice Mohd Zaki will then decide whether or not to order C/Insp Azilah, 32, Kpl Sirul Azhar, 37, and Abdul Razak, 48, to enter their defence.
The case, one of the most talked about in recent years, first captured the public's attention in early November 2006, when the press reported the gruesome killing in which the deceased's body was blown up using explosives.
Subsequently, the UTK operatives were charged with the murder on Nov 15, 2006 while the political analyst, who later admitted to have had an affair with the deceased, was charged a day later with abetment.
The deceased's father Dr Shaariibuu Setev was present in court on Monday.
Monday, June 23, 2008
By LOURDES CHARLES
KUALA LUMPUR: Police will be calling up Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin to investigate allegations in his recent statutory declaration on purported facts related to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the three individuals named in the document filed on June 18 would also be called up.
In the declaration, Raja Petra claimed that the trio – one of them a prominent woman – were present at the scene during the murder of the Mongolian translator in October 2006.
Copies of the two-paged declaration together with the identity of the trio have been posted on various blog sites.
In the document, Raja Petra said he was “reliably informed” of these allegations.
Musa said the matter could be sub judice as the Altantuya murder case was still being heard.
He also said Raja Petra must be “brave enough to face the consequences if he is bold enough” to make the allegations.
Meanwhile, the Attorney-General’s Chambers has lodged a police report against Raja Petra over the statutory declaration.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said the allegations were “highly defamatory” and if found untrue, those making the allegations would have to face the consequences.
“We want to investigate because we want the truth. As far as I am concerned, we have to look at it seriously.”
“If it’s true, we will act accordingly. If not, the writer will be investigated,” he said, adding that the report was lodged in Putrajaya on Saturday.
Raja Petra said he expected to be called up.
He said he was bold enough to face the consequences.
Kit Siang calls for emergency motion on Altantuya case
By NG CHENG YEE
KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timor) has submitted a notice calling for an emergency motion to discuss allegations by online news portal Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin over the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.
In his notice, Lim said the credibility and legitimacy of the Government would suffer a mortal blow if the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and those named in the allegations remained silent on the matter.
Copies of the notice were distributed to reporters in the Parliament Lobby.
Lim repeated the statutory declaration by Raja Petra who claimed that he was reliably informed that three people were present at the scene when Altantuya's body was blown up.
"He (Raja Petra) said these three people have thus far not been implicated in the murder nor called as witnesses by the prosecution in the ongoing trial at the Shah Alam High Court.
"He was aware that it is a crime not to reveal evidence that may help the police in its investigation of the crime,” Lim said.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Azisman Alias said the first attempt by the bomb disposal unit at 10am only destroyed a part of the bomb.
“After the smoke had cleared from the site, we noticed it was still intact.
“In the second attempt 50mins later, we successfully destroy the bomb,” ACP Azisman told reporters near the blast site immediately after the operations on Saturday.
No one was injured and nothing had been damaged, he said.
ACP Azisman said the bomb was believed to have been made by the British during the war.
“It could have been dropped during the war to blow up the bridge in Tambun near here,” he said. The remaining pieces of the bomb would be kept at the Tambun police station as a souvenir, he said.
All roads leading into Tambun had been cordoned off by 7am on Saturday, while residents staying within a 500m radius were evacuated to two army camps and the Tambun Mosque.
All returned to normal at 12.30pm after ACP Azisman had given the green light.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Then called 87873678 (after I check in web), he gave me 87873587 as he only deal with out going taxis.
I called 87873587, the man there said no taxis available for booking. All taxis are booked.
And he hangup on me when I was demanding a taxi and when I call back no one answer.
Then I called 03-87762000, I complain to Mr Azmi b. Hafizan. He said he will talk to the supervisor of KLIA Limo.
At 1.29am Mr Mizi from KLIA Limo called and he did not know what was the problem and I told him. He said he can't do much as he arrange for out going taxis. Then he tried to help, he called me back as asked me to call back 03-87873030 that they will arrange a taxi. I called 03-87873030, again it was in .............."USER BUSY".
When I called back Mr Mizi @ 03-87873678 and told him it was still engage, he asked me to call 03-87873587. I called, I guess this was my bad luck that this line for now was engage.
The as i was drafting this report(1.55am), I got a call from 014-64442xx asking for details of locations to pickup.
How come you say no taxi when you control the taxi operations and even get the law to kick out the town taxis. You demand control but you cannot deliver?
What kind of Taxi service do you provide? Not answering calls, keep the line engage when it should be a call center for KLIA Limo..the first point where Malaysia is presented.
psst: I hope the taxi that called me don't sabotage me by delaying.....
Malaysia Oh Malaysia .... 2.00 am
Thursday, June 19, 2008
To my suprise to day I got a comment from Chris (https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=20518519&postID=8462783267318958840&page=1). He pointed me to David J. Pollay's blog, the author of Garbage Truck......
I think all should read his blog... http://davidjpollay.typepad.com/. And see if it can change you...
PUTRAJAYA, 12 Jun (Bernama) -- Kerajaan mungkin terpaksa menetapkan harga runcit bahan api yang lebih tinggi daripada RM2.70 bagi petrol dan RM2.58 bagi diesel berkuatkuasa Khamis lepas, jika ia tidak menstrukturkan sistem subsidi bahan bakar.
Ini kerana harga minyak mentah global meningkat kepada AS$138 setong dua hari selepas itu.Tanpa sistem subsidi baru yang ditetapkan pada 30 sen, kerajaan mungkin terpaksa menetapkan harga pada RM3.15 seliter untuk petrol, kata Menteri Kewangan Kedua Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.
Menurut beliau semasa kerajaan mengumumkan harga baru petrol, harga tanpa subsidi ialah RM3.00 seliter dan dengan subsidi harganya RM2.70 seliter iaitu kurang 30 sen.Pada 4 Jun, kerajaan mengumumkan harga petrol dan diesel masing-masing meningkat 78 sen dan RM1 seliter."Namun pada Jumaat, dua hari selepas pengumuman harga baru, harga dipasaran naik sehingga US$178 setong.
Berasaskan pada harga itu, harga tanpa subsidi sekarang ialah 3.45 sen," katanya pada taklimat media mengenai Bajet 2009 hari Khamis."Harga dah naik, jadi kalau kita tidak buat apa-apa dan kekalkan sistem subsidi.
Hujung bulan kita terpaksa umumkan harga minyak pada RM3.15 sen seliter," katanya sambil menambah jumlah subsidi akan meningkat ketahap RM33 bilion.
Nor Mohamed berkata tanpa penstrukturan semula, kerajaan mengunjurkan jumlah subsidi dari Jun hingga Disember 2008 sebanyak RM10 bilion, manakala bagi lima bulan pertama 2008, jumlah subsidi meningkat kepada RM8 bilion.
Menurutnya jumlah hasil kerajaan dari semua sumber hanya RM147 bilion dan daripada jumlah itu, RM33 bilion harus dikeluarkan daripada bajet untuk memberi subsidi kepada syarikat-syarikat minyak kerana mereka telah diminta menjual minyak pada tahap yang rendah.
seals: why not we talk about the impact of the price increase to our export of malaysian petrol ?
SHAH ALAM (June 18, 2008): Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim says the Registrar of Societies (ROS) has not approved the dissolution of the Wives of Selangor MPs and Assemblymen Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis).
"The state government received a letter from the ROS about a week ago confirming the status of Balkis," he told reporters in a post weekly state exco meeting media briefing today.
"The letter states that Balkis has not been dissolved. We are still collating information on land ownership and management of its assets, like the building (they operated in), to be given to the ROS.
"These serve as an explanation to the ROS as it is important for it to inform those involved in the handling of these assets, should the dissolution be approved.
So there will not be losses or destruction of the assets that were entrusted (to Balkis) to carry out activities for the benefit of the people in Selangor," he said.
Khalid said: "Whatever happens, our activities will continue. I don’t know about a new society but all our welfare activities will continue."
He affirmed that the wives of assemblymen and MPs as well as women elected representatives in the state have held discussions to continue with providing welfare and social services to the people.
Balkis hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons soon after the March 8 general election when the Barisan Nasional (BN) Selangor government was toppled and the wives of former elected representatives quickly "dissolved" Balkis and transferred some RM10 million to Bakti (the national body of wives of Ministers).
On a separate matter, Khalid also announced that the state government has finalised the list of municipal councillors for Selangor.
However, he said a statement will issued today on the breakdown of representation, their professions, their affiliations, the districts and all the local councils.
When met by reporters later, Selangor Local Government, Research and Development Committee chairman Ronnie Liu said the selected individuals were "10-times better than the previous batch".
"They are not corrupt and are willing to try and are willing to serve. We will be providing them with training and guidance," Liu said.
To kick off part of Pakatan Rakyat (PR)'s concern for the poor, Selangor Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government Committee chairman Dr Xavier Jeyakumar said beginning tomorrow, families with monthly incomes of lower than RM1,500 will each receive 5kg of rice, and 1kg of sugar and milk.
"Each (PR) assemblymen will receive between 700 and 800 bags of rice of 5kg and sugar and milk weighing 1kg each in their offices to be distributed to the people in their area," he said.
Asked what his vision was for the next 100 days of his administration, Khalid said: "The test for us is to see how much we provided value to the people of Selangor.
From now on, we are evaluating ourselves to see if we can add value added services to the investment and growth opportunities for the state."
On Selangor Sultan's threat to call off the Sultan of Selangor Cup’s football match should PAS Youth proceed with their protest against the concert due to be held before the July 6 match, Khalid said he met with the state ruler who has agreed to meet the PAS Youth wing for a discussion on their reservations and concerns on the concert.
"I do not think we want to stop the diplomatic friendly games between Selangor and Singapore but I think now it is a good idea for PAS Youth to get an audience with the Sultan for a discussion," he said, adding that it would be organised before the month's end.
Updated: 07:46PM Wed, 18 Jun 2008
seals: well done MB
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A small Malaysian political party called a media briefing on Wednesday amid speculation it could quit the ruling coalition, highlighting simmering tensions that could eventually unseat Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's government.
Sabah Progressive Party, which has two lawmakers in the ruling coalition, will hold the briefing at 0600 GMT in the party's base in the eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island, a spokesman said.
"There will be a press conference at 2 p.m.," said Chong Pit Sah, the party's deputy information chief. "The party president is now in a meeting with two MPs."
He did not have further details.
Sabah Progressive president Yong Teck Lee was recently quoted as saying the party was ready to quit the ruling coalition if its demands were not met.
"All the flip-flop, the indecisiveness and the changes going on give people the impression that they (government and leaders) don't seem to know what is happening and what they are going to do about it," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
Lawmakers from Sabah and neighbouring Sarawak state, a sprawling area rich in oil and timber, have long grumbled that they have been given a raw deal by the federal government.
The two largely rural and poor states have complained about a lack of representation in the federal government, the token hiring of locals in federal government service and poor budget allocation handed out to them.
Abdullah recently visited the two states, pledging extra spending and plans to tackle the problem of illegal immigrants in an attempt to placate unhappy lawmakers.
Analysts have said that any defections from the ruling coalition could spark a wave of resignations that could topple Abdullah's government.
Lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak account for about a third of the total seats held by the ruling coalition.
The opposition alliance needs just 30 more seats to win a simple majority and form the government. It won a record 82 seats in the 222-seat lower house of parliament in the March general election. The remaining seats are held by the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled the country since independence.
De facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been wooing ruling coalition lawmakers and says that he has enough support to form a new government by September.
This comes as Abdullah is grappling with a challenge to his leadership and public anger against the rising cost of living.
Abdullah's coalition suffered its worst electoral setback in 50 years in the March poll, losing its two-thirds parliamentary majority and surrendering five states to the opposition.
seals: When the MP/MLA's fail to remember that they are people's representative before calling them self as LAWMAKERS. They should always listen to people and make the law for THE PEOPLE, FOR PEOPLE, BY PEOPLE.
Monday, June 16, 2008
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed theother car by just inches!
The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.
And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.
'He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the street.
The bottom line is that successful people don't let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...
'Love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don't.'
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Today I bought SIGMA MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG
for RM1550.00 and a HOYA UV filter.
Now I have more work to do. :)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
"The commission is proposing to the member states the adoption of two draft decisions suspending imports of fisheries products and live fish, except tropical ornamental fish, from Malaysia," a commission official said on condition of anonymity.
"These imports should be suspended due the bad outcome of a recent commission inspection that indicated these commodities may be of concern for the community public and animal health," the official added.
However, the official did not know when the decision on the ban would be taken.
In anticipation of EU action, Malaysia's frozen seafood industry urged the European Union to hold off on banning its multi-billion-dollar exports.
"A ban will be devastating for us as Europe is one of our major markets and it would result in many of us going out of business," Ch'ng Chin Hooi, chairman of the Malaysian Frozen Foods Processors Association, told AFP in Kuala Lumpur.
The ban would come after EU food and veterinary officials found during a visit to the country in April 2007 that six out of nine local seafood companies exporting to Europe did not meet EU health standards.
Ch'ng said that most of his association's 20 food processing members have adopted EU standards and that they were planning to get European importers to help lobby against the ban.
But he admitted that there were "some fishing vessels, landing ports and aquaculture ponds that did not meet EU standards."