Barisan Nasional (BN) Social Political Buzz & Bulls

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah Interview On BFM89.9

A voice in the UMNO wilderness? Voicing out for the Nation. An ideal personality for Prime Ministership in these uncertain times...

Do listen to this BFM89.9 interview with TRH on 1st September 2010, a day after Merdeka Day.

Could his new NGO be the rallying point for the rakyat to take back Malaysia through the ballot box? A vehicle for Haris Ibrahim's concept of A Third Force?


Ayu is Back!


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Pondan Muhyiddin dares not make a stand on Siti Banana

Putrajaya mum on punishment for Johor headmistress

September 04, 2010

Muhyiddin passes the buck to the 'enforcement authority' on the case of Siti Inshah - file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — Despite mounting public pressure, the Najib administration has yet to announce whether it planned to punish Johor school principal Siti Inshah Mansor for allegedly uttering racial slurs.

Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reiterated this afternoon that the buck was now in the hands of the “enforcement authority”, which is due to make a decision soon.

The Deputy Prime Minister who was speaking to reporters after launching a road safety joint operation at KL Sentral here, said this after he was asked if the government planned to use the Sedition Act against Siti Inshah.

“That one, I will leave it entirely up to the enforcement authority to enforce under whatever law. I believe there are available enforcement instruments that can be used... under whatever law,” he replied quickly.

On Thursday, when Muhyiddin was bombarded with the same queries in Putrajaya, he said that the case had been transferred to the Public Service Department (PSD) to decide.

“We have transferred the case to PSD and we hope they will make a decision immediately. That is why it was transferred last week and the PSD director has been asked to make a decision as soon as possible,” he had said.

Before that, Muhyiddin had directed Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom to set up a task force to probe the incident.

Alimuddin had previously invited flak when he claimed shortly after the incident that it was merely a misunderstanding and had been settled between the principal and the school parents.

Siti Inshah entered the limelight recently after she allegedly told the SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman school assembly that the Chinese could go back to China and that the Indians looked like “dogs” when they wore their prayer strings.

MORE TO COME

Corruption cases: Why they just don't seem to stick?

Jejak Pujangga

Bonus: 12 Sexy Sandra Yosefine's Picture Below

Is there a serious flaw with the way corruption cases are being prosecuted? Are there anomalies in the law which make it technically easy for the accused persons to be let off the hook easily?

I raise these questions because it seems to me that far too many cases, especially high profile cases involving the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are being thrown out of court. If the subordinate court finds an accused guilty, the superior court takes an opposite position.

The latest being the acquittal of former Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) enforcement director Capt (R) Abdul Kudus Ahmad and former Pahang State Exco member Datuk Omar Othman. I am not suggesting that both of them are guilty or that they should have been found guilty. But it is rather surprising that in the case of Abdul Kudus who was charged with 30 counts of corrupt practices, not even a single charge stuck!

Datuk Omar was acquitted after a six-year trial. He was charged with abusing his power to award two village road projects to a company he allegedly had interest in.

After six years of trial (and a lot of tax payers' money, including mine spent), he was released.

I think the number of high-profile corruption cases which ended up in acquittals in recent years are far too many for to me to list down here. Given the frequency of these cases being thrown out of court, I wonder what is MACC's actual success rate of convictions after all avenues of appeal are exhausted.

And a bigger wonder is whether the investigation methods used by the MACC are in fact effective.

Sandra Yosefine









The New Ledger: Anwar Ibrahim is far from being a moderate muslim!

Ben Domenech [pic above], a senior editor of an on line news portal The New Ledger, whose article appeared in The Huffington Post, another popular online website, described America as naive in its quest trying to connect America with moderate Muslim personalities. Now America is questioning on how far it is willing to stretch its definition of "moderate" in order to overlook certain uncomfortable facts! Remember Shiite Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi, whom America thought to be a friend turned out he was more close to Ahmadinejad of Iran!


Letter & Opinion From Joe Public

UMNO attacks Schools

Umno garnering support via school teachers

By Bernama

PASIR PUTEH, Sept 4 — The Kelantan Umno Liaison Committee’s move to win the people’s support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) through teachers seems to be paying off.

District-level gatherings for teachers are seeing a good turnout, between 500 and 600 teachers at each session beginning with Tumpat, then Bachok and now Pasir Puteh, said its chairman, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

“This is a good sign for a change in the political scenario in Kelantan,” he said when addressing one such gathering organised by the Pasir Puteh district education department at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tok Janggut here last night.

More than 500 teachers attended the gathering where Kelantan Education Director Hussain Awang was also present.

Mustapa, who is international trade and industry minister, said teachers had a major influence on the people and could draw their support for the BN in both the urban and rural areas.

Mana Maruah PAS?

Menggelar Diri Parti Islam!!! - Mana Maruah PAS???

Hormati Dasar PR, DAP minta PAS tidak bangkit hudud, negara Islam
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/hormati-dasar-pr-dap-minta-pas-tidak-bangkit-hudud-negara-islam/

Oleh Syed Mu’az Syed Putra
August 24, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Ogos — Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang mengulangi pendirian parti itu menolak idea mahu melaksanakan undang-undang hudud dan negara Islam atas alasan ia tidak pernah disentuh dalam Dasar Bersama Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“Ia sudah jelas bahawa pelaksanaan hukum hudud dan negara Islam bukan dasar PR.

“Jadi tidak perlu PAS untuk bangkitkan perkara ini lagi kerana ia bukan agenda kita (PR),” kata Lim ketika dihubungi The Malaysian Insider.

Lim juga mempertahankan pendirian konsisten parti itu yang sentiasa menekankan bahawa Malaysia sebuah negara sekular.

Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Timur itu berkata kedua-dua aspek tersebut langsung tidak disebutkan dalam Dasar Bersama PR yang diumumkan Disember 2009. “Itu sebab kedua-dua aspek itu tidak pernah dibangkitkan dalam Dasar Bersama PR.

“Oleh itu PAS perlu faham, itu sahaja saya boleh cakap. Yang lain saya tidak mahu komen,” kata beliau yang dua hari lalu mempertahankan pendirian Pengerusi DAP Kebangsaan Karpal Singh .Dasar itu diputuskan pada konvensyen sulung PR, yang dibentuk April 2008, akhir tahun lalu.

Di bawah Dasar Bersama itu, PR membuat pendirian akan mempertahankan Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Islam sebagai agama rasmi persekutuan manakala agama-agama lain boleh diamalkan dengan bebas. Semalam PAS meminta DAP memahami dasar perjuangan PAS yang bercita-cita mahu melaksanakan hukum hudud dan negara Islam, sekiranya menawan kerajaan persekutuan, bagi mengatasi masalah jenayah dan sosial membabitkan orang Islam.

Parti itu juga menegaskan, ia tidak akan kompromi sama sekali dalam soal menegakkan hukum hudud dan cita-cita menjadikan Malaysia negara Islam. Minggu lalu, Karpal mengumumkan bahawa beliau kekal menentang undang-undang sedemikian jika PR mengambil alih kerajaan persekutuan.

Kata Karpal, undang-undang sedemikian “tidak berperlembagaan” dan setiap orang perlu menghormati perlembagaan. DAP mengeluarkan kenyataan ini sehari selepas Mursyidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berpendapat kenyataan Karpal yang tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan PAS untuk melaksanakan hukum hudud adalah pandangan peribadinya.

Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata suara-suara sumbang yang timbul mengenai hukum hudud adalah pendapat peribadi dan bukan kenyataan rasmi parti itu. Karpal tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan Nik Aziz, yang dibuat Khamis lalu bahawa cara terbaik menangani masalah jenayah dan sosial ialah meminda undang-undang sivil dan digantikan dengan undang-undang hudud.



Komen Isac;

Kalau dahulu, berkongsi memerintah negara dengan parti kafir, haram dan menjadi kafir. Kini Pas berkongsi kuasa dengan DAP, satu parti cauvanis Cina yang tak asing lagi, yang jelas anti Melayu dan Islam.. Mereka membentuk kerajaan yang langsung tidak bermatlamatkan mahu menegakkan negara Islam dan hukum hudud. Bukti terbaru dinyatakan di bawah;



Pendedahan DS Egr. Nazri bahawa tiada dalam perlembagaan Pas atau mana-mana transkrip yang mengatakan Pas akan menubuhkan negara Islam juga adalah satu lagi bukti yang nyata.

Jestru itu apa yang tinggal pada Pas??? Buat masjid, pun tidak. Menaikkan maruah Islam dengan pembangunan, seperti memperkenalkan sistem muamalat Islam, Bank Islam, Ar Rahnu, Universiti Islam pun tidak... Negeri yang mereka perintah serba-serbi mundur.... Jangankan peluang pekerjaan , bekalan air bersih pun tak dapat diberikan kepada rakyaat Kelantan.

Alasan ianya ditubuhkan lebih 50 tahun yang lalu adalah kerana Umno tidak memperjuangkan negara Islam dan hukum Hudud....Lebih 50 tahun orang Melayu dan penganut agama Islam di Malaysia telah "ditipu" oleh Pas... Semuanya hanyalah retorik politik...

Jestru Islam apa yang masih tinggal pada Pas??? Yang ada hanyalah caci-maki, umpat-keji, fitnah-memfitnah dan pecah-belah umat...

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Muhyiddin: No One Can Escape Prosecution for Insulting Religion

Wrong.

Mahathir can, Ibrahim Ali Can, You can

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 SEPT, 2010: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today no one can escape prosecution for insulting any religion practised in the country.

He said the government viewed the matter seriously as it could incite anger in the people and disrupt racial harmony and security.

"We cannot allow anyone, whether the individual is a Muslim or non-Muslim, to belittle any religion," he said when asked to comment on an insult to Islam in an account of the Facebook social website.

Gerakan Pemuda Prihatin Putrajaya (Gempur) lodged a police report yesterday against a Facebook account in the name of a woman which allegedly insulted Islam and "Allah" (God).

It is the latest case touching on racial sensitivities. On Sept 1, the Federation of Peninsula Malay Students Associations (GPMS) made a police report on a Facebook account bearing a name insulting to Malays.


Recently, Wee Meng Chee of Muar, who goes by the popular name of Namewee, stirred up a controversy by airing a video clip smacking of racism.

Muhyiddin said that though these "attacks" were carried out on the Internet, he was sure there were ways to prove the identity of the perpetrators.

"Such matters should not arise because we have been living in peace and harmony for a long time with mutual respect for one another's religion. Why should people of one religion insult another?" he said, adding that he hoped that the authorities would act firmly on the reports before the matter became a major problem.

Asked about the action to be taken against the principal of a Johor school said to have used racist remarks on students, Muhyiddin said he left it to the relevant authorities to deal with the matter.

"I believe there are suitable instruments that can be used," he said.

Yesterday, Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Abdullah said the investigation paper on the matter would be submitted to the Disciplinary Board of the Prime Minister's Department after Aidilfitri.


-- Bernama

TV3's Blasphemous Eid ul Fitr's Ad ~ Which Idiot approved this insulting message?


I just don't see what the hell TV3 is trying to achieve here with this nonsensical Hari Raya promo?


Are the idiots at TV3 trying to inculcate a Christmas like nonsensical ideas into the minds of our young impressionable children?


Don't they have a Syariah panel in TV3 to oversee the underlying messages or values that this TV channel is trying to impose on its viewers here?


Doesn't the Ministry of Information vet these kind of messages that seem to promote the belief in a Santa Claus like mythical figure when Islam's holiest month of Ramadhan is being mentioned in its lyrics and the old Malay man riding the trishaw is just so alike Santa Claus riding his reindeers into the self imagined scenario here?


What bloody nonsense is this???


Are you really itching for the National Fatwa council to come slap a stop broadcast order for this bullshit?


Are you guys over there at TV3 naive about Islamic do's and don'ts as you have portrayed yourselves here to be?


Where is your Aqeedah?


Jahil Muqarrab!


Pull off that insulting Raya promo and apologize to the Malaysian Ummah!!!
See What Pakatan Rakyat Gotta Say?

Hudud Bukan Hak Pas Seorang

Penulis Tamu - Mohd Sayuti Omar(MSO),

PARA algojo politik cuba mempertikai dan mengaitkan langsung isu hukum hudud dengan Pas. Mereka mempersoalkan kenapa kini Pas tidak lagi memperjuangkan untuk menegakkan hudud. Kalau algojo itu memahami Pas sebagai badan siasah, mereka tidak akan mempersoalkannya. Mempersoalkan perkara itu samalah mendedahkan kebodohan diri sendiri.

Pas bukan gerakan Islam seperti Tabligh atau jamaah bersistem khalifah dan ahlinya kaum sufi. Pas adalah badan politik yang ahlinya mengamal dan menerima berbagai aliran mazhab. Bila disebut politik perjungan Pas untuk menegakkan syariah Islam termasuk hukum hudud secara politik. Politik ertinya bijaksana dalam melakukan sesuatu tanpa mengira halal dan haram kaedahnya. Pas menerima dan mengamalkan konsep matlamat menghalalkan cara untuk mencapai cita-cita itu.

Mungkin Pas menidakkan tanggapan ini tetapi dari tindak tanduk dan perbuatan Pas ia membuktikan kenyataan itu.

Jadi untuk apa dipertikaikan mengenai hal itu. Kerana konsep itulah maka orang tidak perlu merasa pelik dengan sikap (perubahan approach) Pas hari ini yang tidak lagi menjadikan hudud sebagai asas perjuangannya seperti berberapa dekad lalu. Hudud kini bukan lagi modal untuk meraih undi, bahkan ia menjadi liabiliti kepada Pas. Bagaimana pun sebagai parti berlandaskan Islam, berjanji dan berikrar untuk melaksanakan Islam, hudud masih menjadi agenda. Hudud ada tersimpan dalam sanubari Pas.

Pas tidak dapat membuang hukum hudud seperti mana Pakatan Rakyat hendak buang Akta Keselmatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), Akta Kolej dan Universiti (AUKU) atau seperti mana nak hapuskan saman ekor atau memindah peraturan dalam SPR dan SPRM. Hudud adalah perintah Allah yang tetap. Hudud akan dilaksanakan apabila Pas sudah mendapat kuasa. Sama ada betul atau tidak ia kena tunggu setelah Pas mendapat kuasa kelak.

Hari ini Pas sedang berkerja dan berusaha untuk mendapatkan kuasa. Kuasa dulu baru agenda, bukan agenda dulu baru kuasa. Inilah kebijaksanaan baru Pas. Jadi mana-mana perkara yang boleh menghalang daripada mendapat kuasa, Pas terpaksa kendurkan dulu. Bukan saja hudud, hendak bercakap atau menyebut Islam itu syumul pun sudah tidak lantang lagi.

Pas terpaksa memandag belakang, depan, kiri dan kanan dulu untuk menyebut Islam, bimbang menimbulkan salah faham rakan-rakannya. Hadith dan ayat-ayat Quran yang menjadi hafalan Pas dulu kini sudah termansuh. Inilah perubahan dan dinamika Pas sebagai sebuah parti politik.

Semua ulama dalam Pas sudah jadi liberal. Mereka banyak membaca kitab-kitab ekonomi, siasah, falsafah pemodenan dari Barat. Fahaman yang diterapkan dalam kitab-kitab kuning sudah dibuang. Sebab itu hari ini segala macam kejadian pelik dan ganjil berlaku. Orang Cina boleh masuk ke surau tanpa tutup aurat, ustaz dan ulama boleh masuk kilang arak atau gereja tanpa ada bantahan oleh Pas. Atas nama dakwah kononnya semuanya boleh dilakukan.

Hakikat ini terserlah daripada penjelasan Timbalan Pesuruhjaya Pas Kelantan, Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah. Cuba hayati penjelasan Mohd Amar ini betul-betul. Katanya; Pas tidak lupa kepada hudud tetapi ia akan melihat kepada kesediaan rakyat untuk menerimanya. Ertinya hudud itu akan dilaksanakan selepas rakyat memahaminya.

“Kita ada persetujuan untuk peringkat ini kita tidak bincangkan soal hudud. Misi kita yang utama ialah untuk menjatuhkan Barisan Nasional pada pilihan raya.

“Bagi kita secara personalnya, perjuangan kita adalah untuk menegakkan syiar (Islam), tetapi kita tidak akan memaksakan hasrat ini kepada masyarakat.

“Bila masyarakat sudah bersedia dengan penjelasan, kefahaman, pada masa itu kita akan laksanakan,” kata Mohd Amar. Pendirian dan sikap Mohd Amal ini, itulah juga sikap dan pendirian Pas pada masa kini.

Apabila mendengar ini saya teringat kepada apa yang Ashaari Muhammad bekas pemimpin Arqam (Allahyarham) perkatakan dulu dalam bukunya tentang hudud. Katanya hukum hudud tidak wajib dilaksanakan selagi rakyat tidak memahaminya. Maka tegasnya rakyat perlu diberi penjelasan, didakwah agar memahami hukum itu betul-batul baru boleh dilaksanakan. Melaksanakan hukum hudud dalam keadaan rakyat tidak bersedia satu kezaliman.

Ertinya kalau rakyat tidak hendak kepada hudud (walaupun wajib) ia tidak akan dilaksanakan, walaupun sesudah ada kuasa. Saya tidak nampak Pas akan menentang arus rakyat dengan terus melaksanakan hukum berkenaan walaupun sesudah mendapat kuasa. Kerana apa, kerana yang berkuasa ialah rakyat bukannya Pas. Pas hanya mendapat kuasa dari rakyat. Apa lagi rakyat yang memberi kuasa (kemenangan undi) bukan 100 % Islam. Menentang kehendak rakyat bermakna Pas akan kehilangan kuasa.

Jadi kesimpulannya hudud tidak akan dilaksanakan kalaupun Pas mendapat kuasa selagi rakyat tidak merasakan ia perlu. Makanya untuk melaksanakan hudud ia bukan dari politik, bukan selepas parti politik Islam seperti Pas dapat kuasa, tetapi ia boleh dilaksanakan apabila rakyat sudah faham mengenai hikmah dan falsafah hukum berkenaan. Umno juga boleh melaksanakan hudud jika rakyat yang dipimpinnya mahukan hudud.

Justeru Pas sebagai parti Islam kena memberi kefahaman kepada umum mengenai hudud dari masa ke semasa. Laksana seperti mana memberi kefahaman mengenai bahaya ades, bahaya dadah, bahaya pelacuran dan sebagainya. Bahkan penerangan hudud ini lebih penting dan utama dari itu.

Kepada algojo yang cuba menyalahkan Pas mengenai hudud ini juga tidak betul. Tugas melaksanakan hudud bukan terwajib kepada Pas saja. Ia adalah hak semua. Janganlah melihat hudud itu seperti kopiah yang dikaitkan dengan Pas. Sesiapa pun boleh pakai kopiah dan begitu juga songkok.

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Kopiah bukan saja hak Pas dan songkok bukan saja hak Umno. Cuma kita pandai-pandai membahagikan penutup kepala itu sebagai hak golongan itu dan hak golongan ini. Walhal kopiah dan songkok hak semua orang yang selesa memakainya. Setiap yang mengaku Islam mereka berhak memperjuangkan hudud tanpa melaung-laungkannya. Jangan pula pakai songkok atau kopiah kerana nak lindungkan kepala botak! [wm.kl.6:30 am 03/09/10]

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah Interview On BFM89.9

A voice in the UMNO wilderness? Voicing out for the Nation. An ideal personality for Prime Ministership in these uncertain times...

Do listen to this BFM89.9 interview with TRH on 1st September 2010, a day after Merdeka Day.

Could his new NGO be the rallying point for the rakyat to take back Malaysia through the ballot box? A vehicle for Haris Ibrahim's concept of A Third Force?




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Malaysia's AG Chambers ranked highest in the world

Results of the first Global Legal Initial Barrier survey conducted by Durex has put the Malaysian AG's chambers on top as the national prosecutor most likely to get you in court regardless of the legal barrier and limitations set by legislation.

This new position is a jump of 25 position for the Malaysian boys in wigs. Last year they ranked near the bottom in the 30-country survey as the public saw them unable to clear even the lowest barriers in the most clear cut of corruption cases and bring the perpetrators to book.

Clearly this year they have found at least 4-tahil of extra brain power and organised themselves into a more formidable phalanx for ramming down legal obstacles.

HASSAN SKODENG
Their most spectacular success so far is the case involving blogger Hassan Skodeng who wrote a rather hilarious satire about the nation's energy monopoly suing green movement, World Wildlife Foundation for losses suffered as a result of lights-off during the WWF's highly publicised annual global warming awareness campaign 'Earth Hour'.

Despite the patent comic undertones of the whole article and an army of disclaimers on the blog landing page warning and guarding readers from taking anything too seriously, Hassan Skodeng found himself facing the full majesty of the Malaysian legal system on Thursday, Sept 2, 2010.

Charged under Section 133(1)A for Intent to Annoy, Hassan Skodeng face the very unfunny possibility of being a gues of the Malaysan Prison Department for one year or receive a painful payment receipt of RM50,000 from the court registrar.

RONALD McDONALD
Prominent dietitian cum clown, Ronald McDonalds said the charge is clearly a violation of Article 1 of the Comedy Code whic! h says t hat you can't get mad at a clown for scaring the fat kid in the corner.

"I am not saying that TNB CEO, Datuk Seri Che Khalib is a fat kid, though he is slightly chubby but what I am saying is that when you make a joke, there is every likelihood that someone would be offended but that is the very definition of comedy isn't it, to laugh at something we see as absurd.

Ronald who is also the president of the Malaysian Association of Clown who are also Restaurant Mascots said that a few more of such prosecutions and the Attorney General himself may qualify as a clown soon.

"I wonder this article you are writing will be considered satire or not? Oh wait a minute, they don't care whether it is satire or not, they can still take you to court if they think you are annoying them," Ronald quipped.

ART HARUN
Lawyer Art Harun took a close look at the relevant legislations that the AG's chambers would have run through before prosecuting Hassan Skodeng and nearly poked his eye out on a particularly outstanding bit of code.

"Holy Mother of crap, why is Hassan Skodeng smiling?" he asks.


The MCMC's own "Guideline on Content" [Item 7.3 of Chapter 2] states that:
"Content which is false, is expressly prohibited except in any of the following circumstances:
(a) satire and parody;
(b) where it is clear to an ordinary user that the content is fiction."

Ask how a clown would interpret those codes differently from a lawyer, Ronald saidthat the construct of the MCMC's guideline clearly prohibits the suing of comedians for trying to make people laugh and it covers professional as well as amateur comics.

"I mean, how likely is anyone to think that TNB would sue the WWF for Earth Hour? Just as it is unlikely that anyone would believe that Durex would conduct a legal satisfaction survey.

"By suing Hassan Skodeng,! I think we now have no choice but to nominate the AG's chamber for the best new comic act for 2010," said Ronald McDonald.
See What Pakatan Rakyat Gotta Say?

Muhyiddin, what yo gonna do about Namewee & Siti Banana?

All eyes on DPM as Namewee grilled more than 7 hrs by MCMC


This is the second time this week that Namewee, whose full name is Wee Meng Chee, has been pulled in for questioning. Last week, he spent several hours giving his statement to the police at the Taman Tun Ismail post in Kuala Lumpur.

“They did not give me any warning or threaten me with action. They only wanted to gather details on the video that I posted and I answered all of their questions,” Bernama reported Namewee as saying.

“I answered truthfully because I have nothing to fear since my intention for posting the video was to voice out against racism and not because I am racist.”

Khairy - I was never a racist
Namewee entered the MCMC headquarters in Cyberjaya at 12.30pm on Friday and emerged after 8.00pm. He has previously said he fears he will be arrested soon.

Victimized

Indeed the matter has gathered tremendous steam due to an attempt by Umno, the Malay-based ruling party, to play up the issue although Namewee has already taken the clip off YouTube and clarified he had not meant to hurt any particular community.

While Namewee’s 3-minute clip was vulgar and contained the obscenity favored by his genre of musicians, pundits said it did not contain racial slurs or was it seditious in nature as claimed by top Umno leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

In particular, Khairy has crusaded against Namewee, urging the stiffest punishment for the 27-year old musician cum film director.

“He didn't flirt with being racially offensive, he was beyond the line at being racially offensive," Malaysiakini reported Khairy as saying.

Yet many others in the Malay community were more even-handed in their views. While they were shocked at his profanity, they admitted he was attacking the two headmistresses for their racist remarks and not because they were Malay. Neither did Namewee attack the Malay race as a whole, they acknowledged.

Nasruddin - 'kurang ajar' but provoked
“Namewee’s video is kurang ajar (uncouth), but I think the video would not have been out if swift action had been taken against Siti Inshah (one of the headmistresses) and without racial provocation. Namewee is against racism and has become a victim of racial provocation in the country,” Harakahdaily reported Nasruddin Tantawi, the PAS Youth chief, as saying.

Manipulated

There is growing speculation that Muhyiddin, who is also Education minister, was behind the Namewee lynching to deflect pressure from his ministry to take action against the two school principals – one in Kedah and another in Johor.

Muhyiddin - deflecting pressure?
The pair told their Chinese pupils to go back to China and one of them even likened Indians to dogs. But till now, no action has been taken despite numerous police reports lodged by outraged parents and community groups. While both teachers have apologized, the public wants the government to either sack or at least demote them as their wrongdoing was serious. There are even calls to charge them for sedition.

“This is typical Umno politics of manipulation and double-speaking. Sad to say, Muhyiddin has earned himself a reputation for being a racist because he has failed to act neutrally despite the fact that he is not just the Umno deputy president but also DPM of all the races.

“As for Khairy, let this be a lesson to him. As political leaders, we should remain committed to our stance. He has tried to change into the clothes of a liberal but he is just being an opportunist. The moment he thinks there is a good chance to replenish his Malay credentials, like in the Namewee case, he shows his true colors. There is no moderation in his views on Namewee, it is just a one-sided attack to make the Malays angry with Namewee.”

Namewee in trouble with his Nah video

The New Ledger: Anwar Ibrahim is far from being a moderate Muslim!




Ben Domenech [pic above], a senior editor of an on line news portal The New Ledger, whose article appeared in The Huffington Post, another popular online website, described America as naive in its quest trying to connect America with moderate Muslim personalities. Now America is questioning on how far it is willing to stretch its definition of "moderate" in order to overlook certain uncomfortable facts! Remember Shiite Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi, whom America thought to be a friend turned out he was more close to Ahmadinejad of Iran!

Among his other morning routine, it was understood, President Obama would click on to his favourite website before facing the world. Well at least he is now well versed on what is the definition of a fool's gold, and to now understand the real meaning of the word moderate, and to know more about how certain Malaysian politician that has been leading the US Administration by the nose to condemn Malaysia for his own political purpose.

Domenech also said how America have seen this "in search of moderate Muslim" problem most recently in the interactions with Imam Rauf in the swirl of controversy about his mosque project in New York City. He said some view Rauf as a moderate go-between who could further legitimate relations -- butothers point to his funding sources and refusal to denounce Hamas as a sign the moderate label is questionable.

Domenech described Anwar Ibrahim as a fool's gold when America embraced Malaysia opposition leader as another one of those "bona fide" Muslim moderate and Domenech pointed out that while Anwar was free to show he was not an anti-Semitic to his English speaking American audience in order to gain support, his anti-Semitic fervour was so loud and clear to his Malaysian supporters for him to make his political comeback.

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Below is the article which appeared in the New Ledger:

America's political leadership has a love affair with the concept of connecting with the moderate Muslim world. This is not the domain of one party or one ideology -- indeed, the administrations of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama are heavily invested in the idea. Yet in the push to find moderate Muslims with whom to interact, there's a question that seems to keep coming up: how far are we willing to stretch the definition of "moderate" in order to overlook certain uncomfortable facts?

We've seen this problem most recently in the interactions with Imam Rauf in the swirl of controversy about his mosque project in New York City. Some view Rauf as a moderate go-between who could further legitimate relations -- but others point to his funding sources and refusal to denounce Hamas as a sign the moderate label is questionable.

The Rauf situation inspired the Wall Street Journal to arrange a roundtable of several Muslim figures this week -- but the panel unintentionally served as a perfect example of the kind of strained definition of "moderate" some sources employ when it comes to leading Muslim political figures. In this case, the Journal included Malaysia's opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, in the conversation. His statement is worth reading, but it must also be studied with a critical eye:

Skeptics and cynics alike have said that the quest for the moderate Muslim in the 21st century is akin to the search for the Holy Grail. It's not hard to understand why. Terrorist attacks, suicide bombings and the jihadist call for Muslims "to rise up against the oppression of the West" are widespread.


The radical fringe carrying out such actions has sought to dominate the discourse between Islam and the West. In order to do so, they've set out to foment anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism. They've also advocated indiscriminate violence as a political strategy. To cap their victory, this abysmal lot uses the cataclysm of 9/11 as a lesson for the so-called enemies of Islam.

To some, Ibrahim is a beloved figure -- he is charming and a capable communicator, who has been subject to malignant political and legal attacks, and has defenders in the United States ranging from Al Gore to Paul Wolfowitz. Yet to read Ibrahim talk of those who "foment... anti-Semitism" for public relations gain is jarring, considering it is exactly the sort of activity he is utilizing to mount his political comeback.

One of the oldest tactics when it comes to relations with the Western world is the art of saying one thing in English, and another in your native language. Ibrahim is canny enough to know that his purposes are best served by keeping his anti-Semitic messages in a form which appeals to the right audience -- in this case, he's invoked the spectre of Jewish influence on more than one occasion. The pattern prompted a letter from B'Nai Brith earlier this year, sent to the State Department and the leaders of Senate and House committees, requesting that U.S. officials cease relations with Ibrahim over his "anti-Jewish and anti-Israel slanders," which include suggesting that Israeli spies are "directly involved in the running of the government," are antagonizing him through the police force, and are organizing a public relations campaign against him.

We would be wise to consider the aims of individuals like Ibrahim, not just accept his words to the American press at face value. I had the opportunity recently to interview Lee Smith, the author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations and a columnist for Tablet. He advances a view of American-Muslim relations that is both more sophisticated and more straightforward than the one which ruled in Washington over the past ten years. A key takeaway from his approach to understanding the Muslim world is that we must understand the way that individuals like Ibrahim and Rauf use the American approach to foreign relations to their advantage, and not allow for entanglements that make us lose sight of their real aims.

In any case, it's clear that honest relations with legitimate spokesmen from the Muslim world are paramount as we move closer to a decade removed from the 9/11 attacks. Yet we should have no illusions about the nature of those friendships, and we must reject the idea that figures can get away with saying one thing in their own countries and in their own language while criticizing that same activity in our newspapers and in English. Americans would not tolerate such two-faced activity from our own leaders, nor should we tolerate it from others. Or click here for the original article!

PANAS ! FOTO ORIGINAL LIM GUAN ENG SEMBELIH KORBAN !

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Sehari dua ni kita dok hangat dengan foto superimposed Lim Guan Eng menyembelih korban. Ramai la yang bersuara termasuk si Lim Guan Eng lidah biawak. Rujuk foto di bawah :-


Di bawah ini ialah foto original yang tunjuk Nizar Jamaluddin yang menyembelih korban tersebut. Majlis di adakan di sebuah masjid di Setiawan, Perak pada 10hb Disember 2008. Rujuk foto di bawah :-


Yang aku 'takjub'nya ialah si balaci-balaci Lim Guan Eng punyalah cepat dan buat polis report dah. Balaci dia tu si Ng Wei Aik, ADUN Komtar yang pernah halau peniaga Melayu dari berniaga di Chowrasta.

Apek ni buat polis report tapi ada ka patut awal-awal lagi dah tuduh kerja cybertroopers UMNO. (rujuk video di bawah) !! Mana buktinya ??

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Itu tak apa lagi..ada pulak si mamat PAS ni dari Jelutong yang menyibuk nak masuk campur. Lepas tu statement dia tu punyalah putar belit siap fitnah UMNO yang bukan-bukan. Aku akan ceritakan di artikel selepas ini....lagi PANAS !!


Mamat PAS ni confirm tak tidur nyenyak lepas ni !!!!

Laughing at Najib: Hard facts MSM... Hahaha

Hahaha… hard facts MSM — Jahabar Sadiq
September 03, 2010

SEPT 3 — Last night, Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the public to trust the mainstream media and not the alternative media which are based on half truths.

This morning, I woke up to calls, text messages and direct message tweets about an Utusan Malaysia article quoting Bayan Baru MP Datuk Zahrain Hashim daring me to come clean on my “links” with Bendera to ensure there are no elements of betrayal or treason to my country, Malaysia.

As most people know, Bendera is the Indonesian group that threw faeces at the Jalur Gemilang in the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta last week. A year ago, it threatened to send a flotilla of sampans to “ganyang” or crush Malaysia.

Utusan Malaysia quoted Zahrain as saying:

“Saya mendapat tahu Jahabar ada hubungan dengan tiga pemimpin kanan Bendera iaitu Mustar Bona Ventura (Koordinator Bendera), Adian Napitulupu dan Serdi Semaun.

“Mungkin hubungan itu bersangkut-paut dengan siri provokasi dan penghinaan ke atas kepentingan Malaysia di Indonesia atau Jahabar sekurang-kurangnya boleh menasihatkan Bendera mengenai hal itu jika benar mereka ada kaitan,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Am I to believe this nonsense? Or anyone else?

After all, the prime minister said the mainstream media should be considered as an authoritative news source that can be trusted.

“In the development of the media today, the market is different from the market in previous years. Now we are faced with the alternative media which has been a direct competition to mainstream media like NST.

“However, the mainstream media has one strength which cannot be found in the alternative media and that is the mainstream media can be considered as fact based,” Najib said when breaking fast with the media at The New Straits Times Press headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Fact-based? Pray tell what are the facts in the Utusan Malaysia report.

Utusan Malaysia has yet to call me since publishing that report although reporters from The Star and Free Malaysia Today have done so.

Here are the facts. Please quote freely and accurately.

I served two years as the senior producer for Reuters Television in Jakarta from 2008 to 2009. In the course of my work, I have met hundreds of Indonesians including several people from Bendera. They probably have my name card.

If that is as far as “links” go, then I can be “linked” to Umno, MCA, MIC, DAP, PAS, PKR and other political parties. Heck, even Perkasa members have my card.

This is the problem with the so-called mainstream media in Malaysia. They want to vilify, not engage, anyone with an alternative view. And they freely collaborate with politicians who subscribe to the same world view.

I have never met Zahrain in my life and am surprised at his statement to Utusan Malaysia. It is now something I shall leave with my lawyers to handle.

But Utusan Malaysia’s article, which comes on the heels of the prime minister’s call last night, reflects the paucity of professional journalists who would at least check the facts or call me to respond to Zahrain’s statement.

Najib’s declaration that the mainstream media can be considered “fact-based” now rings hollow. Thanks to the likes of Utusan Malaysia.

* Jahabar Sadiq has been a journalist since 1988 and is now editor/chief executive officer of The Malaysian Insider.

Awek Seks Melayu Comel

Going to court over law

Going to court over law — Mohd Aiman Ismail

September 03, 2010
SEPT 3 — I read with interest the “analysis” headlined “Are Malaysian GLC contracts worth the paper they are signed on?” which appears on Malaysian Insider today (Sept 3), which I feel is flawed in many respects.

The article regurgitates one party’s view of the case. The writer must appreciate that litigants go to court because they have different interpretation of the law and agreements. To say that one of these parties is not respecting the sanctity of contracts or agreements is to prejudge the issue.

In this case the State of Kelantan, in its wisdom, thinks it has a case to make a claim for payments for petroleum produced offshore Kelantan. Equally, one may assume, Petronas is basing its case on its construction of the law and the agreements it has signed with Kelantan.

The writer does not support this contention with any authority of law or any evidence from the agreements. If the writer is not a lawyer, at the very least the views of lawyers should have been sought.

Otherwise, as the case is before the court, it is best to let the law take its course.

Not too long ago, Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi wrote an article titled “Oil Claim and the Constitution” in the Reflecting on the Law Column (The Star, Feb 24 2010) in which he unreservedly stated that “Kelantan has no rights to what lies off the shores of the whole of Malaysia”.

Early this year, those who attended the Bar Council talk on Kelantan’s “royalty” claim heard and witnessed Prof Shad — without slightest hesitation — say that Kelantan had no legal basis to make such claim.

Even Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who was present at the talk, had no response.

* Mohd Aiman Ismail reads The Malaysian Insider.

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Ling Liong Sik tries to fuck Mahathir a little ... Any good ?

Liong Sik puts government in tight spot — Clara Chooi

September 03, 2010

SEPT 3 — When Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik was hauled up to shoulder a chunk of the blame for the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal, his persecution was viewed as a whitewash to take the heat off the real perpetrators.

During mention of his case in court today however, the former Transport Minister showed that in no way was he ready to go down alone.

When his case was called, Dr Ling asked for the Cabinet documents on PKFZ to be declassified, a move that will surely put the present administration in an uncomfortably tight spot.

Dr Ling’s lawyers pointed out in court today that the documents were necessary for the defence to prepare its case.

They asked that all Cabinet documents on the project, like the Cabinet meeting minutes, Cabinet committee meetings and post-Cabinet papers, all under the Official Secrets Act 1972, be declassified.

With so much public scrutiny on the scandalous multibillion ringgit PKFZ failure, the Najib administration is now faced with tremendous pressure to reveal the documents.

Doing so however, may only open up a can of worms, one that was kept successfully sealed shut and gathering dust all these years. More bigwigs may finally be hauled up to face the music along with Dr Ling who has been seen so far, as the government’s scapegoat to close the books on the scandal for good.

Outside of court, Dr Ling also cleverly told reporters that he would “definitely” be found guilty for his cheating charge if his former boss, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said so.

In the same breath, Dr Ling thanked the former Prime Minister for his “generous offer” to testify in his trial and at the same time, also said that if Dr Mahathir were to testify that he had cheated the Cabinet, then he would indeed be guilty.

In saying so, Dr Ling appears to be making room to share some of the limelight with Dr Mahathir, who had at first kept conspicuously silent after Dr Ling’s arrest.

Now, the onus seems to rest more on Dr Mahathir instead of the court, to determine Dr Ling’s guilt.

When he was questioned during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) probe last year, Dr Ling had also said that it was Dr Mahathir himself who had been in charge of overseeing the PKFZ’s land valuation.

Now, since Dr Ling is facing cheating charges for purportedly misleading Dr Mahathir’s Cabinet into approving the purchase of land for the PKFZ project, his testimony last year may likely come in handy.

During the same probe, Dr Ling’s secretary-general in the Transport Ministry Zaharah Shaari had also gone on record to say that the land acquisition had been made in full knowledge of the Cabinet.

Zaharah had also mentioned that Dr Ling was aware that the government would have saved over RM600 million if the land had been acquired in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act 1960 and had apparently spoken about the matter to Dr Mahathir.

Although everything now hinges on the truth of these few testimonies, there is already a strong enough doubt cast on the case.

Should the government be willing now to agree to the declassification of the Cabinet documents, it could, above all things, determine if the testimonies above were somewhat true.

Should this bid be rejected however, it would only serve to exacerbate the already escalating suspicion that Dr Ling’s persecution was merely a part of the Barisan Nasional government’s well-manufactured strategy to close the books on the PKFZ and paint the administration, under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in a good light as effective graftbusters.


Give MIC Dogs A Chance Lah?

1 Malaysia: Moving beyond racial boundaries — Mathuraiveran Marimuthu

September 03, 2010

SEPT 3 — Fifty three years has past since our forefathers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Tan Siew Sin and Tun VT Sambanthan fought for Independence. What was in their mind was to ensure we were free from the British colonisation and we were a sovereign nation. It never alluded in their mind that they were Malay,Chinese or Indian by ethinicity ,what was more important to them was they were Malaysian First .

But come this Merdeka, have our beloved nation achieved the same level of unity that we had in the past?

Premier YAB Dato Sri Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept introduced last year is an effort that is transformational to reunite and take us back to the level of unity that we once enjoyed. But Is he getting all the support for this initiate?

I remember the days when Dato Lee Chong Wei won the All England Championship. We were all glued to the TV watching yet another Malaysian achievement. Never did we mind that he was a Malaysian Chinese. By the same token, Dato Magendran and Dato Mohanadass who succeeded in the Mt. Everest climb, yet another truly Malaysian football team comprising the legendary Mokhtar Dahari, Santokh Singh, Dato Soh Chin Ann and R.Arumugam who made Malaysians proud with the teams ability to take on the England Team and the South Koreans.

Albeit all this positive characteristic of a Malaysian achievement, the statement made by Dato Nasir Safar, a senior officer in PM’s office, the recent statement by a school principal in Kulai asking the Chinese students to go back to China and abusing Indian students about their religious beliefs and the incidence in Kedah reminds us that despite the bonding of 53 years we remain polarised by what ethinicity we belong to despite all our Malaysianes.

Remember we grew up having the teh tarik, nasi lemak ,roti canai and the kueh teow that we forgot their origins and in turn term this delicacies as a Malaysian food. Even vadai and puthu mayam is now sold by a Malay vendor when they had a different origin.

So what has really gone wrong over the years?

I was a part-time lecturer at a prime public university and had the opportunity to see how polarisation at universities has affected the student’s race relations. Time has come for students at beginning from primary schools are thought about respecting each others religion, culture and believes. Our multi cultural diversity and uniqueness among us is an advantage that can be harnessed to make Malaysia to greater heights. Each community in Malaysia has its strength and this strength in diversity has to be exploited to maximum to make the concept of 1 Malaysia a success. Lets walk the talk !

Many initiatives by Premier YAB Dato Seri Najib like the New Economic Model(NEM) ,The Tenth Malaysian Plan,The Government Transformation Plan are remarkable grand plans but the success of this plans is highly dependent on how we Malaysians of diverse ethnicity truly live to being Malaysian First. Not too many countries in the world who enjoy the diversity that we have and our failure to benefit from this will only be disastrous for our beloved nation. In not too distance future when the history is forgotten, what will be the state of our country ?

The staff of public service being the main drivers of the government ,should be re-trained on the 1 Malaysia concept to ensure they utter the right word when addressing all communities and send out the right messages.

Many a times the wrong signals has been send and this hurts our race relations. The 1 Malaysia concept must be culturised i.e practice what is preached ,otherwise it will remain a slogan.

Reflecting on our 53th Merdeka, we need a team of Mokthar Dahari,Dato Soh Chin Aun , Santokh Singh and R.Arumugam with the burning spirit of Tunku Andul Rahman to make Malaysia a model country uniting in diversity to take on the world and remain economically competitive. Merdeka,Merdeka, Merdeka.

* Author is a MIC central committee member.

The Namewee Sandiwara Continues ...

Namewee grilled by Internet regulators

September 03, 2010

Namewee explains, this time to the regulators
CYBERJAYA, Sept 3 — The composer of a controversial song, Wee Meng Chee, was today interrogated for more than seven hours by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) regarding his video clip in the YouTube, which was reported to criticise a principal of a secondary school in Johor, who was alleged to have made a statement with racial undertone recently.

Wee, or better known as Namewee, who was accompanied by his manager, Fred Wong, arrived at the MCMC headquarters here, at about 12.30pm and completed giving his statement about 8pm.

When met by reporters later, Wee said that yesterday the MCMC had asked him to come to its headquarters to give a statement on the video clip.

Wee said he was interrogated by four police and MCMC officers, however, he declined to reveal the information given.

“They did not give me any warning or threaten me with action. They only wanted to gather details on the video that I posted and I answered all of their questions.

“I answered truthfully because I have nothing to fear since my intention for posting the video was to voice out against racism and not because I am racist,” he said. — Bernama

Mamak: No touching on issue that affect the Ketuanan Mamak

Sharizat criticises Nurul Izzah’s article

September 03, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — The Wanita Umno movement slams Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar for questioning Article 153 of the Federal Constitution pertaining to the rights and privileges of the Malays.

Wanita Umno head Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said there was no necessity for Nurul Izzah, from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), to give a new interpretation on the rights of the Malays because the constitution today had already ensured that Malaysia was safe, peaceful and prosperous.

“If there are attempts to challenge the existing constitution, the risk that comes with it is too great,” the former Lembah Pantai MP said after launching the Federal Territory ‘Skuad Sayang’ at Bandar Tun Razak, here today.

Shahrizat, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the attempts by the opposition would only cause uneasiness not only among the Malays but also the other races in the country.

Nurul Izzah, in an article carried by the news portal ‘Malaysian Insider’ on Tuesday, among other things claimed that the ‘special privileges’ of the Malays were not mentioned, instead Article 153 only explained on the ‘special position’ of the Bumiputeras.

The daughter of the Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, also claimed the rights of the Malays were merely a philosophy and ideology and not a law or constitution besides stressing that the Malay agenda contained in Article 153 was also temporary in nature. — Bernama


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Tolls: A legacy that Mahathir left behind to fuck all Malaysians

1.4m to hit PLUS highways this Raya

September 03, 2010

Police distributing gifts and safety information to road travellers at the Kedah-Perlis border near Sanglang today. - Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — Some 1.4 million vehicles are expected to use the PLUS highways daily during this Aidilfitri “balik kampung” rush.

The projected figure, according to PLUS Expressways Bhd chief operating officer Nik Airina Nik Jaafar, was an increase of 30 per cent from the normal day.

She told a news conference here today that the peak time for this year”s “Balik Kampung” journey would be from Sept 8 to 12 and Sept 16 to 19.

To ease the congestion, highway users were advised to follow the suggested Travel Time Advisory (TTA), she said, adding that last year, more than 50 per cent of PLUS highway users had utilised the TTA.

The suggested travelling time for those heading to Kedah, Perlis, Skudai and Johor Bahru from the Klang Valley is between 7am and 11am and between 8am and 11am for the return journey.

For motorists going towards Penang, Taiping, Changkat Jering, Tangkak, Yong Peng and Ayer Itam, they are advised to travel between 11am and 4.00pm and between 12pm to 4pm for the return journey.

For those travelling to Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh, Simpang Ampat and Ayer Keroh, they are advised to leave for the Klang Valley between 4pm and 8 pm and between 4pm and 7pm for the return journey.

Those heading to Tapah, Bidor, Slim River, Tanjung Malim, Seremban, Port Dickson and Senawang are suggested to travel between 8pm and 11pm and between 8am and 10am, while for the return journey, the suggested time is between 8pm and 11pm.

For other destinations, they were suggested to travel after 11pm, she said.

Nik Airina said PLUS was also giving out a 10 per cent toll discount between midnight and 7am and another 10 per cent on selected dates at the same time.

Another 10 per cent would be given on Sept 6 until 8 and Sept 13 until 15 with the hope that the date would encourage more people to avoid peak time, she said.

Nik Airina said PLUS would open 1,000 toll booths during the Balik Kampung rush and close all the TouchnGo reload lanes to avoid congestion.

However, seven Reload and Go counters would be put up at seven locations throughout the highway, she said. — Bernama

UMNO chased money abroad

Malaysian money head overseas in Q2

September 03, 2010

A pedestrian walks past a vacant business premise in Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2007. - Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — Malaysians invested more money abroad than what the country managed to attract as foreign direct investment in the second quarter of this year, said a report by CIMB released today.

Direct investment abroad (DIA) by Malaysian companies came in at RM6.2 billion, out-pacing the RM5.9 billion in foreign direct investment into the country.

The flow of money heading out in the second quarter saw a sharp increase from the first quarter of this year when only RM3.8 billion was recorded as DIA.

In the first quarter, Malaysia managed to attract RM5.1 billion in foreign investments, compared with the RM3.8 billions Malaysians invested abroad.

While Malaysians are sending more money abroad, Malaysia’s balance of payments deficit dropped sharply from RM19.6 billion in the first quarter to RM1.9 billion in the second quarter of the year.

“Overall, the strength of financial account remains weak and a sustained net inflow of capital would depend on the successful implementation of the New Economic Model (NEM) and Tenth Malaysia Plan,” said the CIMB report.

The Najib administration has been trying to open up the economy in a bid to make it a high income nation but was met with opposition from conservative vocal Malay rights group Perkasa which wants the status quo maintained despite widespread criticism that four decades of affirmative action has made the nation uncompetitive.

The government will also have to address the persistent net investment outflows as domestic private investment is a key element in its developed high income nation strategy.

The National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) had submitted Part Two of the New Economic Model (NEM) to the Prime Minister today.

The second and final report from the NEAC was reported to contain 53 key policy measures aimed at eliminating cross-cutting barriers to a high income, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020. It will be incorporated into the Economic Transformation Programme report to be released next month.

The research report noted that the reduction in balance of payments deficit was largely due to a marked reduction in errors and omission outflows (E&O).

The second quarter RM18.8 billion in E&O was down from RM30.5 billion in the first quarter, reflecting smaller foreign exchange revaluation losses as the ringgit appreciated moderately against major foreign currencies.

The CIMB report also noted that the nation’s current account surplus almost halved to RM16.2 billion in the second quarter from RM30.4 billion in the first quarter due to a lower trade surplus in goods amid widening services outflows.

“Reflecting a softer global demand, we expect the current account surplus will narrow further in the second half,” said the report.

It estimated current account surplus for 2010 to be RM103.2 billion or 13.7 per cent of GDP down from RM107.7 billion or 14.3 per cent of GDP previously.

The report said that E&O as a percentage of total merchandise trade and excluding foreign exchange revaluation had widened to between 4 and 6 per cent in the first half of the year as compared with 0.3 and 3 per cent during the period 2001-2009.

“As a rule of thumb, an “E&O” of not more than 5.0 per cent of total merchandise trade suggests no strong evidence of massive capital flight,” said the report.

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