Thursday, March 31, 2011

Satellite images refute Taib's claim that forest intact
Mar 31, 11 4:29pm
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An environmental news website has alleged that satellite images of Sarawak do not match claims by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud that 70 percent of the state's forests are intact.

The Google Earth satellite images collected and published by portal shows that the forests in Sarawak is much more sparse compared to that in neighbouring Kalimantan, Indonesia and Brunei.

NONEAccording to the website, which has also been cited by Yale University publication environment360 on the same topic, the images were sourced from GeoEye, TerraMetrics, Tele Atlas, Europa Technologies and other satellite programs.

“(The images) show logging roads snaking across Sarawak's forest areas. Forests across international borders are substantially less impacted,” it reported.

When accessed by Malaysiakini, the publicly available Google Earth application corresponds with Mongabay's assertions.

Taib's government has off late sustained heated attacks from advocacy groups, which claim that satellite images show that only about 10 percent of the virgin rain forests are still intact.

NONEThese groups include the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), which was founded in the memory of environmentalist Bruno Manser, one of the Sarawak government's most vocal critics until he mysteriously disappeared in 2000.

In insisting that 70 percent of the forests have not been touched, Taib told the Borneo Post that his government is open to accept international inspection.

This was, however, met with doubts by BMF, which was quoted by Mongabay as saying that Taib has consistently refused inspection from the International Tropical Timber Organisation since 1991.

Mongabay was founded by mathematician-economist Rhett A Butler, who turned environmentalist after a first-hand experience of a forest razing in Sabah.

The website receives about 1 million hits a month and was named one of Time Magazine's fifteen top green websites in its April 2008 edition.


seals: And still no MACC visiting the office ...but only the PM and DPM visiting.... uh!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

10 things to learn from Japan

As our Boleh Land is busy with sex videos, finger pointing and political attacks, wonder if we have learned anything from the Japanese the last 2 weeks?


Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.


Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.


The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.


People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.


No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.


Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?


Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.


The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.


They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.


When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly

One CNN reporter mentioned he interviewed an elderly lady who had lost her house and everything but still offered him some candy during the interview.  May god shower his blessings on them.

seals:  ........................

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Porn show okay, but not Anwar's ceramah

Porn show okay, but not Anwar's ceramah
'Why should any speaker be allocated time by the police? I find this restriction absurd. Does the PM and other ministers also get restricted like this?'

Anwar's ceramah disrupted by FRU, 3 arrested

Habib RAK: The gathering was peaceful and the large crowd was listening to the explanation given by PKR leaders Azmin Ali and Anwar Ibrahim. Suddenly this changed when the police rudely stormed in to stop Anwar from speaking further.

The police instigated the chaos and angered the crowd. Even my polite enquiry to the police as to why they were raiding the ceramah venue was rudely dismissed, and I was ordered to leave immediately.

Nicholas Lim: In the first place, why did the police seal the many roads leading to the area, when in fact these are public roads? Not a road block, I mean totally blocked. Plus they randomly harassed people to show their IC while they were taking a walk in Melawati town.

This event could have gone on peacefully but as usual the heavy-handed police approach only made matters worse.

The thing that is ringing in my mind is why the police did not take similar actions against various pro-Umno/anti-Pakatan Rakyat gatherings including the infamous cow-head incident, and the demonstrations organised against the Penang and Selangor state governments, etc.

Anonymous_4135: I do not condone violence but what PRK supporters did last night, I believe, shows the people's sentiments. Enough of being bullied. Enough of being victimised, enough of these underhand tactics, and more than anything, they have had enough of this government.

It is not the fault of the police or FRU personnel on the ground. The blame should go to the leaders who ordered them to disrupt the ceramah.

Geronimo: Umno is pushing their luck a little too far and when push comes to shove, this is how people will react. For all you know, Gombak could have been the starting point of a people's revolt.

Dev: It's amazing how the government is so afraid of one man. And PDRM, shame on you. Porn show in public, you do nothing about it, but a single man speaking more than 15 minutes is considered a national safety hazard.

To all supporters of DSAI who were there, hats off to you. You are brave men, all of you. and mark my word, one day justice will be served.

Malaysiawatch4.blogspot: Why should any speaker be allocated time by the police? I find this restriction absurd. Does the PM and other ministers also get restricted like this?

Much ado over a sex video few have seen

Kgen: If someone has an authentic tape of Anwar Ibrahim having sex with a prostitute and is intend on political blackmail, he would have undoubtedly sent a copy to Anwar with the appropriate threats and not show it to the media.

The way it is being done show that these Umno goons have nothing and are only out to blacken Anwar's name. As for a RCI (royal commission of inquiry), they know it will never be set up.

As for Zaid Ibrahim, he speaks and sounds like an Umno man, to throw a red herring by calling for foreign investigation. It's not a question of whether the tape was tampered with but whether the person in the video is Anwar, and foreigners are useless in this regard.

I'm ashamed to have supported Zaid previously. Those in the PKR inner circle warned me about him but I chose to disbelieve them. Now I see that they are right. He paints himself as a liberal but is an Umno man inside. One day, we will see him return to Umno. Just wait for it.

Ben_403f: When Zaid left Umno for PKR, I had wondered whether he was really a person of integrity and righteousness. My mates used to argue with me over him. Now I am vindicated as it has proven that Zaid was actually a Trojan horse tasked by Umno/BN to break up Pakatan Rakyat from within.

As for the three Datuk Ts, it was so silly of them to have wasted so much effort to "trap" Anwar. They could have called the religious department immediately and Anwar would be caught red-handed.

Anonymous_3f1f: Zaid asked why all PKR members and MPs protect DSAI when they have not even seen the video. I would like to ask Zaid, what will he do if he is still in PKR? He will sing the same tune like the others in PKR. That is only normal.

Go asked those in Umno and your own party if anyone is allegedly caught with their pants down, what would be their first reaction.

Rahim, Eskay both deny arrest

Onyourtoes: See how they created confusion: arrested; no, not arrested, Kak Wan (Azizah Wan Ismail) wanted to watch the tape; no, Kak Wan did not want to watch. The tape is authentic; no, the tape is not authentic.

Now the PM is talking about a sin was committed. Do we care? No, I don't care. The country's leaders are already behaving and living like we have no law, so why talk about sins?

I doubt very much we fear punishment after life when we have no fear of immediate punishment by men. We are a hypocrite nation - a nation filled with religiosity, but with depraved and evil hearts.

Sentinel: When the police arrested Anwar for alleged sodomy, they sent in the commandos in balaclava and sub-machine guns with the media in tow. That tells you the double standards they practise in Bolehland. And I am supposed to pay my taxes before April 30.

Docs: Rahim and Eskay are Umno boys. Umno is above the law. How can they be arrested? Maybe the police called them in under the pretext for questioning, fed them some nasi lemak and teh tarik, and let them off to give the impression that the police were actually doing some work.

Louis: What is the police doing? Those three porno-managers should have been jailed long ago. Let me ask the police: if the porno-managers happened to be from DAP, PAS and PKR and the actor in the film was a top Umno leader, would the three opposition porno-managers be arrested right away?

'Eskay sore with Anwar over crooked bridge'

Truth: The important issue now is, is Anwar the man in the video? The rest are irrelevant. Even if Eskay is furious with Anwar, if the video is genuine, Eskay - though for his self-interest - would have saved the people of Malaysia from a sex maniac.

Abil: Anwar was out of the government way back in 1998. The bridge project was the brainchild of PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad and was stalled by the former PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Anyway, RM20 million commission for doing nothing has become a norm in government projects that prides in transparency and accountability.

Pakman: Will the outspoken mufti from Perak make a stand on this sex video? Is it Islamic to resort to such manner that will be shameful to the character of a person and his family?

Your knowledgeable insight on this issue is most welcome as a large number of Malay Muslims are confused.

Black Mamba: More dirt floating up. The more they stir, the more truth will emerge together with the falsehood. What did the holy book teaches us? Thou shall not bear false witness.

seals: You dont even have to read between lines is clear the motive of the action, the cases and attacks

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why are sex video trio not charged?

COMMENT So, those who surmised that the sex video revealed by 'Datuk T' was a political ploy have been proven right. The people behind it - three of them - have confessed to it.
They were forced to reveal themselves because PKR's MP Johari Abdul had earlier spilled the beans on them. It all unravelled like a cheap soap opera.

Former Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik, businessman Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Shuib Lazim, treasurer-general of Perkasa, have come out to say they are 'Datuk T'. And they have the cheek to call for a royal commission of inquiry into the sex video.

azlanIn the first place, they have transgressed Section 292 of the Penal Code for possessing and distributing pornographic material. Regardless of who the person in the video is, the trio are culpable. Exposing a politician's sexual activity does not protect them from the law.

After their intended target, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, had lodged a police report, the inspector-general of police, Ismail Omar, announced that the case would be investigated under Section 292.

That being so, the police should now logically arrest all three for possession and distribution of pornographic material and have them charged in court. They should have moved in right after the trio gave their press conference to reveal themselves.

If the trio were the authors of the statement given out to the media calling on the politician (said to be in the video) and his wife to quit politics, they should also be charged for blackmail.

NONESo what's holding the police back? Are they awaiting further instructions from Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein?
If so, Hishammuddin should observe the rule of law. He should not protect these people because they are Umno members or pro-Umno. This is where the public can judge how sincere the government really is.

If the trio go scot-free, it will be a sure sign that the government practises double standards.

The trio's call for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the sex video is unwarrantable. Why should there be one? In the case of VK Lingam in 2007, there was ample cause for an RCI - the issue of the fixing of judges was of immense public concern as it affected one of our country's institutions.
Where is the public concern for a case involving a man, even though he may be a public figure, visiting a prostitute? How does that affect the public? It's his own private concern, and the public is no worse for it.

In calling for an RCI, the trio appear to be trying to distract us from the offence they have actually committed. In fact, if they were also the ones who masterminded the videotaping, it would mean they are far more immoral than anyone who merely visits a prostitute. They would have no moral right to cast stones at others.

Their actions would have to be seen to be nothing less than repulsive. Even inhuman. For what kind of human being would do something as despicable as this to destroy another human being?

A larger force at work?

But for now, they have not said they were behind the videotaping. They maintain that Shazryl discovered the four cameras and recorder in the hotel room where the sexual liaison took place when he was asked by the politician to go back there and retrieve his Omega watch.

If that is so, who set up the cameras and recorder? Who wanted to catch the politician in the act? And why? There might be a larger force at work here. Finding out who or what it is would be finding the key to the mystery that surrounds the whole drama.

NONEAnother key question is why, after discovering the video, Shazryl hooked up with Rahim and Shuib to expose the politician. Why did Shazryl not ascertain the source of the videotaping before deciding to go public with the video?

He admits he was also in the tape but refuses to say why he was at the hotel where the sexual liaison took place. Does this mean he was caught on tape unknowingly or was he in on the taping as well? From his saying that he had felt "used by Anwar for far too long", could it imply that he wanted to get back at the man by setting the whole thing up?

The association with Rahim is most intriguing. He was the Malacca chief minister who had to resign in 1994 over allegations of his sexual relations with an underaged girl.

At yesterday's press conference, he indicated he had a score to settle with Anwar by accusing the latter of lying to him. He urged Anwar to take responsibility for his actions by stepping down, like he himself did in 1994.

Did Shazryl go to Rahim after discovering the video, or was Rahim also in it from the beginning? Is all this part of a plot to exact revenge?

Onus now is on the police

NONEIs the sex video also aimed at luring PKR MPs to defect? As PKR's Johari Abdul (far right in photo) has revealed to the media, he was invited to privately view the sex video on Monday by the trio, after which they made him offers of financial incentives, suggesting that he defect.

He says they also offered to take him to meet Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Razak, and asked him to bring more Pakatan Rakyat MPs to see the video. He inferred that the trio wanted to also turn them against Anwar.

If all this is true, we are seeing yet another instance of gutter politics being practised. The sort that is as dirty as that perpetrated in the Perak coup of 2008.

As it has turned out, the soap opera has apparently not unfolded as it was scripted, and this whole ugly and sordid drama could actually hurt Umno and BN. Even if Rahim and gang were acting on their own, we have now managed to see further evidence of what Umno (and Perkasa) people can resort to.

Besides, we still don't know who actually masterminded the videotaping. There could be deeper and more sinister implications. There could even be a larger conspiracy. This is a mystery the police must solve.

But first, the police must also do what's right. Already, the public has lost much faith in them. If they don't act against the trio in accordance with the law now, they will be seen to be mere puppets of the BN.

seals: Malaysia A Muslim country ... we can have a sex video screening ..... hahahahaha! Thanks to the government who might not arrest the facilitators :) Soon we will have the trend building up setting a new way of life of Malaysian.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Indian members quit 'Interlok' review panel

The controversy over the 'Interlok' rose several notches today when the seven-member independent panel to review and amend the novel saw all its ethnic Indian members pull out this afternoon.

indian plight forum 391106 uthaya shankarFollowing a meeting held at Parliament building with Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today, all three ethnic Indian panellists declared they were withdrawing from the government-created body.

According to writer Uthaya Shankar SB (right), the decision was taken after it became apparent that the other members of the panel had changed their minds and rejected one-by-one the 100 modifications that had been recommended to render the book appropriate for consumption by Form 5 students.

“We feel we were betrayed,” Uthaya Shankar told Malaysiakini.

He said stressed further that the panellists had reached a consensus over the matter.


seals: was there a BUY-ELECTION?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

New rare earth plant revives radiation fears

The industrial town of Gebeng, near Kuantan, will soon have one of the biggest rare earth refineries in the world, according to US daily the New York Times (NYT).

Experts quoted in the report have raised concern about hazardous radioactive waste that the operations will produce.

NONEThe RM700 million refinery is being constructed by Australia's Lynas Corp, which will ship rare earth ore mined from Western Australia's Mount Weld.

This is Malaysia's second foray into rare earth refining, following the much-disputed operations in Bukit Merah, Perak, in the 1980s.

The NYT quoted Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board director Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan as saying that approval was granted for the Lynas project after a thorough review by various government agencies.

He said the imported ore and waste products would have low-enough radiation levels to be manageable and safe.

azlan“We have learned we shouldn't give anybody a free hand,” Raja Adnan said, referring to Bukit Merah.

However, Dr Jayabalan A Thambyappa, a physician and toxicologist who has treated patients in Bukit Merah, is not convinced.

“The word 'low' here is just a matter of perception - it's a carcinogen,” he told the NYT.

Yet the Malaysian government is eager for the Lynas plant to be constructed and has offered a 12-year tax holiday.

“If rare earth prices stay at current lofty levels, the refinery will generate RM5 billion a year in exports starting late next year, equal to nearly 1 percent of the entire Malaysian economy,” said the NYT.

The refinery will have two dozen inter-connected buildings over a 20 ha area. It will include the latest technology in pollution control and radiation detection.

NONEThere will be a storage pool lined with dense plastic over impermeable clay to hold radioactive by-products until transported elsewhere.

How the waste will be disposed of permanently remains unanswered. Lynas was quoted as saying that it intends to turn the waste into concrete-like objects known as tetrapods, to be used for artificial reefs and sea walls to contain erosion.

The report noted that most countries are extremely wary about the environmental impact of refining rare earth, and this has left China as the world's biggest producer with a virtual monopoly.

'Secret clean-up underway'

In the 1980s, Japan's Mitsubishi Corp had set up Bukit Merah Asian Rare Earth company.
It relocated its refining work to its plant in Bukit Merah, near Ipoh, where semi-processed slag rich in rare earth ore left by tin mines is abundant.

However, the refinery was blamed for the unusually high number of birth defects among those in the vicinity.

The Bukit Merah plant ceased operations in 1992 after sustained protests from locals and environmentalists.

The NYT reported that Misubishi, conscious of its image, is currently engaged in a secret clean-up job which will reportedly cost RM300 million.

It also claimed that radioactive waste from Bukit Merah is being stored in the core of a hill in a nearby forest reserve, and that it is entombed in more than 6m of clay and granite.

seals:  Tax free for a business that is 1% of Malaysia Economy? ...

Cops question students for 10 hours over 'Interlok'

Three Form Five students were yesterday taken to the Kuala Kubu Baru district police headquarters and traumatised by being questioned for 10 hours - all for wanting to return the novel 'Interlok' to their principal last Friday.

Initially, seven SMK Kuala Kubu Baru students, who wanted to return the book because they were not happy with its contents, were stopped by a discipline teacher who allegedly abused them verbally.

NONE“All seven of us were walking calmly towards the headmaster's room when our discipline teacher stopped us and started making comments which hurt our feelings,” said one of the students, who was with four others at the Human Rights Party headquarters today.

According to the student, the discipline teacher said the students were purposely creating problems because of their race.

The teacher reportedly said, “Kenapa orang India garang? India memang suka rosakkan nama sekolah. Keling memang dasar pariah sejak sejarah lagi” (Why are the Indians so fierce? Indians really like to tarnish the school's name. The keling have been pariahs since historical times).

The 17-year-old students were not able to return the novel as the teacher told them to disperse immediately.
Yesterday, while the students were in school, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) head Baktiar Md Rashid, who is a police officer, took three of the teens to the police station for questioning, without the consent of their parents.

NONEA parent, P Gomathi, 42 (left), said she was angry that her son had been taken to the station without her presence or permission.

“My son did not commit any crime. He just wanted to return a book that he didn't enjoy reading.
"Instead he was humiliated and taken to the balai like some kind of hardcore criminal, in a patrol car,” she said, adding that the school authorities did not inform her about this.

Gomathi was informed of her son's whereabouts at 10.30am by a classmate. When she reached the station, she said, she was told that her elder son A Sanjeevkumar, 19, had also been called in for questioning as the discipline teacher had made a police report against him.

“She (the discipline teacher) said in her police report that my elder son had brought 100 Indians from Kuala Lumpur, from the Gang 36, to threaten her and her family,” Gomathi added.

NONEShe sees this as a desperate move by the teacher because Sanjeevkumar was away in Kuala Lumpur the whole week when this issue started.

Sanjeevkumar said: “I was a student in this school two years ago, and I have never been involved in any problem. No problem with the teachers or other students.

“Therefore, it is not fair for the teacher to pin it on me on the ground that I was a former student who 'turned' into a gangster to influence my younger brother.”

Gomathi yesterday lodged police reports against Baktiar and the teacher.

“I am not happy with what has happened. It was a school drama that should have ended there. Baktiar was misusing his authority.
"He should have had his PTA hat on, as the matter concerned school children in the school compound... not putting on his 'DSP police hat' and arresting the children and taking them to the balai for questioning. After all it's just (about) a book."
'A night in jail' threat

Asked what took place at the police station, the teary-eyed student said the police threatened that he and older brother Sanjeevkumar would be spending a night in jail.

“I asked for permission to call my parents but they (the police) wouldn't let me, saying I was in only there for questioning, and that they were not going to arrest me. The other two of my friends were also not able to call their parents.”

Asked what he wants from the authorities, he said: “I want to go back to school macam biasa (as usual). Jumpa semua kawan (see all my friends).

Sebab hari Jumaat, banyak cikgu lain yang dengar cerita ini, semuanya cakap sorry dekat kita. (Last Friday, most of the other teachers who heard of this issue, came and said sorry to us).

NONE“So, all I want is the discipline teacher to apologise to us. That's it.”

HRP president W Sambulingam (left), who was present at the press conference, said it was unfair to put the students through such an ordeal at a tender age.

“This is what I say, harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi. The police are supposed to educate and keep the people from harm. Instead, they lock up students. And for what? For trying to return the novel.

“As we have been saying since the beginning, 'Interlok' must be removed immediately. Look at it today, see for yourself what it has done to this particular school.
“Malaysia is a beautiful country, with beautiful people, so please do not make it ugly with hidden racial agendas. Don't ever victimise the nation.”
'Interlok', written by national laureate Abdullah Hussein, made headlines recently as critics have argued that it portrays the Indian and Chinese communities in a negative light.

There have been protests since the Education Ministry's decision to use it as a literature textbook in secondary schools. This is the first case of students being taken to a police station and questioned over the book.
Statements taken
When contacted by Malaysiakini, Hulu Selangor district police chief Norel-Azmi Yahya Affendi confirmed the incident.

"Since last night, we have been taking statements from all parties, including our police officer, Baktiar," Norel said.
Norel also noted that the three students were taken from school to the police station solely for questioning and they were not being charged.

"This is all just a big misunderstanding and a miscommunication between the teacher and students. My understanding is, the teacher was just explaining the meaning and history of that word (pariah). There was no name calling whatsoever," Norel added.

He gave assurance that the police are taking this case seriously, as the students' parents are not happy with the teacher and Baktiar, adding that the 10-hour questioning the minors underwent was standard procedure.
"The students were at the police station for about 10 hours because we spent about three hours on each student questioning and getting clarification from them on what had happen.

"Apart from the parents, the teacher also lodged a report against one of the students elder brother for threatening her," he said adding that if found guilty, Sanjeevkumar would be charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code, which includes a maximum jail sentence of seven years or pay a fine or both.

Norel said those involved in this matter had tackled this issue wrongly.

Any form of questioning regarding 'Interlok' should be done by school authorities, in the school compound and not elsewhere, he said.

Norel also hoped that no third parties who make this issue into a racial matter.


In Malaysia, if you return a book that you dont like............

You can be spending a night in jail and 10-hour questioning

" the police threatened that he and older brother Sanjeevkumar would be spending a night in jail."

After that the police and PTA and UMNO will say ......

"This is all just a big misunderstanding and a miscommunication between the teacher and students

 Keling memang dasar pariah sejak sejarah lagi” (Why are the Indians so fierce? Indians really like to tarnish the school's name. The keling have been pariahs since historical times).
My understanding is, the teacher was just explaining the meaning and history of that word (pariah). There was no name calling whatsoever," Norel added.

 And cove the UMNO action by saying there wasnever such things said......

He gave assurance that the police are taking this case seriously, as the students' parents are not happy with the teacher and Baktiar, adding that the 10-hour questioning the minors underwent was standard procedure.

And eventually the UMNOsians...will be promoted.....