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Galas: Not good enough!

Congratulations to BN for the double win in Galas and Batu Sepi. Their second consecutive win against PAS must have been a sweet one.

However let's not be lost in the jubilation and self adoration from the win. Respect our opponent. When we lost respect for our opponent, that would lull us into a false sense of supremacy. Remember Ijok 2007 and what happened in 2008?

Having involved in the Galas by-election via the Galas untuk BN blog, I had no plan to write much in this blog. As the campaign progressed, my earlier posting entitled Issues versus Machinery remain relevant and no subsequent posting was necessary.

The win by Barisan Nasional by 1,000 odd votes was about PAS off-form machinery unable to match BN's coterie of issues.

With so many issues in BN's favour, it was considered a dismal win. Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin was right to caution BN from being overzealous from the win. There is still much room to improve on.

Many believed that BN won due to the mistake by Kelantan Menteri Besar, Tuan Guru Dato Nik Aziz Nik Mat to offer money to three orang Asli youngsters after the syahadah to embrace Islam in the broad view of cameras, video cameras, and handphone camera.

It was equated to the crucifixed-tengkolok incident on Tengku Razaleigh in the 1990 general election.

While the tengkolok saved BN then from losing to a Semangat 46-led pact with DAP and PAS, the Nik Aziz 'rasuah' incident only shifted Malay votes by 4% and majority of Malay voters still favoured PAS.

If Khairy's boys jumped to praise Khairy for daring to claim credit for criticising Nik Aziz, it hardly made any dent. Who is to believe a corrupt accusing Nik Aziz as corrupt? Read here in Utusan Malaysia.

It is the Gelombang Merah ground campaign effort by Wanita UMNO t! hat shou ld be credited for some ground gain. They managed to 'neutralise' some of PAS strongholds like Sungai Terah.

MCA was effective to swing Chinese votes swing back.

Orang Asli had returned to the old 2004 level of 90% support for BN. See Malaysia Aktif here.

Another positive note is the saloran 3 and 4 for youth votes heavily favoured BN.

PAS poor performance was quite surprising since they had entrenched themselves in Galas for 3 months ahead of the polling date. The Dewan Muslimah PAS had actively pursued house-to-house ahead of the official campaign period.

It must have been frustating to have their long preparation hampered by wrong choice of candidate, internal squabble arising, and disagreement between PAS's local and outside machinery.

That may explain the incident where one Puteri UMNO from Kuala Krai got the receiving end of their stick on polling day.

Some water to douse BN's fiery spirit from the double win. If PAS's candidate had been Ustaz Lah or Hussein Embong, things maybe different.

Why didn't BN win with a better and wider majority?

BN won on the shift in Chinese votes and return of the full backing of the orang Asli. It shows it had not caught the imagination of the Malay voters of Gua Musang.

Are Malays not convinced of the issues against PAS? If so, it means there is more than just campaign issues that need to be addressed.

One problem with the campaign lies with the election machinery. There have been much improvement but the level of dedication still leaves much to be desired.

Back in 2004, I visited the Kepala Batas campaign headquarter. Pak Lah was in high spirit. People loved him then. I loved him too then. He was sure to win Kepala Batas. But they worked throughout the night as though they are going to lose.

That kind of energy and dedication is missing in UMNO today. Sabotage, jealousy and internal bickering still prevailed at Gua Musang despite the reminder from Dato Seri Naji! b at PAU 2010 to rid itself of such bad habit.

The Gua Musang Youth Chief, Bazlan Baharuddin had wanted or more precisely demanded the candidacy. He had readied his Bazlan Security office (talk about being conspicous) as operation room.

When Aziz was picked, he brought down all the flags and closed up the operation room. He hardly involved himself with the division's preparation for election and was seen only trailing Khairy's campaign trial.

Pemuda Gua Musang was hardly involved in the campaign. One do not see Pemuda putting up flags, banners and posters. It was paid youngsters and elder Wanita that was passing out Utusan and pamphlet to the passing traffic.

Too few Pemuda was seen at poll station as perisik undi. With Pemuda in a state of penile dysfunctionality, much can be said of Puteri.

If this is the kind of happening everywhere, do UMNO still need the Pemuda and Puteri wing?

Tengku Rithauddin view that these two wings be closed is becoming more relevant.

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Leave BN, Gerakan veep tells racist leaders

November 07, 2010Mah pronounced it would be hypocritical of BN to let injustice exist in a ranks whilst espousing a 1 Malaysia concept. record picKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 Barisan Nasional (BN) should not accommodate leaders who have been racists as well as against a suggestion of 1 Malaysia, Gerakan vice boss Datuk Mah Siew Keong pronounced today.Mah was responding to a carol of dissatisfaction from a partys representatives against such leaders in BN, which they hold was detrimental to efforts in regaining support from non-Malay communities.The Perak Gerakan arch combined which BN was being hypocritical if it continued to allow these backward leaders into a party.Barisan Nasional is talking about 1 Malaysia, so if our leaders keep on using that, people would contend which you talk though [there is] no action.So we dont caring if it is a national leader, multiplication personality or from Umno, MCA, Gerakan. we hope people who have racists view as well as backward-looking minds, if they do not hold in Barisan Nasional suggestion as well as 1 Malaysia, afterwards they should leave Barisan Nasional, he told a representatives during a partys AGM here.Mah also due for BN to have a own disciplinary council to understanding with those who stimulate racial hatred.Racism contingency be stopped as well as we consider Barisan Nasional contingency take organisation action, he said.The representatives afterwards cursed what they described as nonconformist politics as well as politicians, as well as urged BN to follow suit.In 2008, Gerakan suffered a fallout with a ruling Malay celebration in Penang when former Bukit Bendera Umno arch Datuk Ahmad Ismails supporters tore up as well as stomped on pictures of Gerakan boss Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon after urging BN to ban a celebration from a coalition.The controversial Penang Umno warlord had reportedly described a Chinese community as small squatters in a country, as well as was later dan! gling fo r 3 years.Ahmads cessation was lifted last year as well as he was reinstated into a party, in a move apparently written to damp Umno members from a state.At Umnos new general assembly, Prime Minister as well as celebration boss Datuk Seri Najib Razak called for an end to racial debates, observant which a special in front of of a Malays was part of a amicable contract concluded on by a various communities prior to independence, in exchange for citizenship for a non-Malays.At a same assembly, Umno permanent chairman Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin as well as Negri Sembilan delegate Datuk Jalaluddin Alias also slammed MCA boss Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek for allegedly questioning a 30 per cent Bumiputera equity target.* A previous version of this essay erroneously identified a orator as Gerakan emissary boss Datuk Chang Ko Youn. We bewail a error.

Muhyiddin announces flood aid committee

November 07, 2010The countrys northern region has been hit by severe flooding in recent weeks. Bernama picALOR SETAR, November 7 The government will be combining a special cabinet to assistance victims reconstruct their lives once a latest flood mess in a country is over, pronounced Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today.He pronounced in Kedah, a cabinet would be co-chaired by Kedah emissary Umno arch Datuk Bashah Md Hanipah as good as Housing as good as Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung, with a alternative member to embody Deputy Agriculture as good as Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom as good as members from a National Security Council as good as federal government.First of all, we ask which there be a jot down of victims. If there have been 40,000 victims, jot down a family sum as well. There should only be a single register, a single set of records.This must be finished with evident effect... who have been a victims as good as where they have been from. No village should be left out. This is to capacitate us to discern a sort of assist to be since so which a victims can reconstruct their lives, he told reporters after visiting flood victims sheltered during a Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here today.He pronounced sum like areas hit by floods, repairs to houses, crops as good as stock indispensable to be recorded.The register will be rebuilt by a cabinet and, after all checks have been done, will be forwarded to a National Security Council, after which we will be bringing it to a prime minister.We will do all we can to assist a victims. we am not saying everybody will be eligible... though those who qualify will be helped. For example, if crops have been damaged or anything else which assistance generate income as good as additionally needy people, he said.He pronounced a cabinet would additionally establish who qualifies to register flood victims, as good as a par! ty to ve t assist applicants.Muhyiddin pronounced on top of government aid, he would additionally be asking intentional groups to go down to flood-stricken areas to assist in cleaning up. Bernama

PKR denies party polls tainted by floating ballots

November 07, 2010Saifuddin claimed which a list writings had safeguards to prevent them from being abused. record picPETALING JAYA, Nov 7 PKR has denied which its ongoing celebration elections had been compromised following claims list writings were being sole to ensure a little leaders get elected.Its secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail refuted romantic Haris Ibrahims claim which 1,000 unmarked list writings left over from last week could be paid for as well as reused by ordinary members in a subsequent phase of a countrys first direct celebration elections.Haris, who is not a PKR member, had highlighted a situation currently in his renouned blog, a Peoples Parliament.The celebration would like to surprise all members as well as competing candidates which a list writings from last week cannot be used again this week nor subsequent week, Saifuddin announced in an puncture headlines discussion during a celebration headquarters.He stressed which PKR had introduced four safeguards to opposite such attempts as well as uphold a firmness of a choosing routine for all a tip posts, together with a hotly-contested emissary presidency..Foremost between a measures was a serialisation of a ballots, he pronounced as he indicated to a numbers upon to a tip right corner of a sample piece he was holding.He explained which any multiplication would be given a limited set of serialised list writings which could not be used by any alternative division.Saifuddin combined which a list writings were additionally colour-coded to distinguish a weekly vote-casting process.The white a single was last weeks as well as a blue a single is for this week, he pronounced as well as hold up dual differently-coloured list sheets to illustrate his explanation.Next week will be a different colour, he added, without disclosing a hue.The list writings have been additionally stamped by a partys choosing officers during a multiplication level ! just pri or to they have been handed out to a voters.Only stamped ballots will be counted as valid, he said. Different-coloured inks have been used for combined security.To denote which a choosing routine is entirely pure as well as fair, any competing candidate is authorised to send a representative of their choice to guard both a list expel of characters as well as counting process.The representatives have been additionally mandatory to sign upon a total sheets to determine a results, number of list writings issued, number of votes expel as well as number of spoilt votes, together with a choosing officer.This system is very transparent, Saifuddin stressed, as well as was echoed by incumbent president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as well as her effusive deputy, Syed Husin Ali who were both benefaction during a headlines conference.Saifuddin pronounced there were dual expected sources to a leak, when asked how a allegations came about.The first was which eligible electorate had picked up their list writings from a choosing by casting votes hall as well as left without expel of characters their votes.Voting is not compulsory, a Machang MP said.The second probability was which a choosing officers had unsuccessful to properly draw up of a lapsed list sheets, after jacket up a weekly choosing by casting votes process.Saifuddin pronounced a total of 87 groups had already expel their votes, together with nine from Sabah this weekend, as well as a celebration was relocating uniformly to a last round subsequent week.Quizzed over a new last-minute change of tallying centres for a Libarat multiplication as well as whether there were complaints from a candidates, Saifuddin explained it was since they were mandatory to leave a Girl Guides domicile in Sandakan which had been used as a choosing by casting votes centre.But he combined there were no complaints since a choosing observers representing a candidates had agreed to move a total centre to Hotel Sand Bay, located 3km away.Saifuddin combined a voter turnout this ! week end had increased to a little 12 per cent, an alleviation compared to a prior weekends seven per cent.He declined to elaborate serve as well as pronounced he will announce a central formula of a weekends votes during a separate headlines discussion tomorrow.

Four burnt alive after car rams trailer

November 07, 2010KUANTAN, November 7 Former Berita Harian (BH) publisher Patimah Ramli, 46, was between four people who were burnt to genocide when a Proton Persona automobile they were in detonate into flames after a collision with a trailer brimful with coconuts during Km119 Jalan Kuantan-Segamat during 10.30pm yesterday.Rompin military chief DSP Johari Jahaya pronounced a others who died in a situation were Public Works Department retirement Md Sharif Nani, 61; his mother Marinah Kambas, 60; as well as Rosli Mat Isa, 28, who was a motorist of a ill-fated car. Patimah was Md Sharifs sister-in-law.All of them died during a scene. The motorist of a truck as well as his partner were usually easily injured, he pronounced when contacted by Bernama today.The bodies for victims, all from Duyong, Melaka, were sent to a Muadzam Shah Hospital. The truck motorist was identified as Rosli Che Hassan, 50, as well as a partner his son Rozlan, 18.According to Md Sharifs youngest son, Zaid, 20, his relatives were returning to Duyong after in attendance a rendezvous rite of a relative in Marang, Terengganu as well as were in a four-car convoy.However, he pronounced a automobile his relatives were in had been left during a back of while a alternative 3 had already reached Segamat in Johor.I did not follow them because I was in Kuala Lumpur as well as was informed of what happened by a cousin during 2am today, he pronounced when met during a mortuary of a Muadzam Shah Hospital nearby here .He pronounced he last met his relatives upon Oct 31 as well as had found his father, a contented person, to be unusually quiet.Meanhwile, a trailer motorist pronounced he was heading to Rantau Panjang in Kelantan as well as which a situation happened very suddenly.After a collision there was a very shrill explosion. My son grabbed my palm as well as we escaped into a little bushes by a side of a road.We could not assistance a victims because a automobile was already engulfed in flames, he pronounced when met during a same hospital.Joha! ri prono unced a automobile was travelling from Kuantan to Segamat when a situation happened.He pronounced which it was raining heavily during a time as well as highway conditions were slippery. He combined which a collision happened upon a downhill bend as well as military believed a automobile skidded before colliding with a trailer which was entrance in a conflicting direction.The automobile was trapped underneath a trailer before catching fire. The fire additionally widespread to a trailer though a motorist as well as partner managed to shun in a nick of time, he said. Bernama

Pak Lah visits comatose Chong Eu

November 07, 2010Lim was hospitalised following a suspected cadence upon Oct 26. Bernama picGEORGE TOWN, Nov 7 Former prime apportion Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi visited Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu during a Penang Hospital here today, as well as was visibly changed by what he saw.The former arch minister, who is 91, is still in a coma although he is reported to be in a stable condition.Abdullah told reporters: I am unequivocally unhappy during what has befallen Dr Lim. He is a really rarely reputable leader.He hoped a people of Penang would pray for their former leaders recovery.Dr Lim was certified to a intensive care unit of a hospital upon Oct twenty-six after he was believed to have suffered a stroke.Dr Lim was a second arch apportion of Penang, as well as hold a post for 21 years, from May 1969 to Oct 1990.He was MCA boss before withdrawal a party as well as becoming Gerakan boss for nine years, from 1971.Under his leadership, Gerakan assimilated Barisan Nasional in 1972. Bernama

MAS on fire sales ?

MAS Global Sales to start from Nov 8

The Malaysia Airlines Global Sales is back with great offers to domestic and international destinations from Nov 8 to 15.

Promising to offer something for everyone, the sale will kick off with a pre-sale for Enrich members on Nov 7. Pre-sale tickets are only available at Malaysia Airlines tickets offices and call centre.

In a statement today, Malaysia Airlines Executive vice president Datuk Bernard Francis said the Global Sale this time round covered all travel segments ranging from business to economy passengers.

"For the first time, the sale also includes destinations some of our codeshare partners fly to. This is an excellent opportunity for travellers to take advantage of our vast network connections to travel around the world.

"At the same time, we are rewarding our Enrich members with an exclusive preview a day earlier than the general public," he said.

Business class passengers can enjoy fares from RM799 to Bangkok, Hanoi and Manila, RM999 to Taipei and Xiamen, RM3,999 to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and RM2,199 to both Dubai and Jeddah.

Travel to London and Paris on business class from RM5,999 and RM7,999 to Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.

"If you are looking for a getaway closer to home, look out for business class offers from RM299 to Penang and Langkawi, RM519 to Kuching and RM639 to Kota Kinabalu," Malaysia Airlines said.

Those travelling on Economy class can fly to Asean destinations such as Jakarta and Bandung from only RM199 and RM339 to Bali, while fares from RM349 to Hong Kong, RM599 to Maldives and RM889 to Tokyo.

"Take advantage of the lower Euro by planning your European getaway with fares from RM1,599 to London, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and RM1,699 to Amsterdam," it said.

For the first time, travellers can enjoy discounted fares to Malaysia Airlines’ codeshare destinations under its partnerships with British Midlands (bmi), Alitalia and KLM.

"Fancy a trip to Old Trafford stadium? Fares are now available from RM1,899 to Manchester via London with bmi.

"Explore Barcelona, Madrid and Athens via Frankfurt from only RM1,999 with Alitalia. Check out Brussels at RM2,099 and Oslo at RM2,199 via Amsterdam with KLM," it said.

"With flexible travelling periods from 8 December 2010 to 30 September 2011 as well as competitive fares, it’s the perfect time to plan your holiday in advance," Bernard said.

Fares quoted are for one way travel. Tickets are available at Malaysia Airlines’ ticket offices, call centre, selected travel agents and online at -- Bernama

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Grassroots leaders to help transform community college

KUCHING :Grassroots leaders appointed as agents of transformation for the Community College in Sarawak will market the product to the local community, including the industrial needs of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said.

He said the social marketing initiative was to obtain feedback from the society on the courses offered and suggestions for new courses to fulfil the local requirement.

"Apart from the polytechnics in Mukah and Kuching, and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), all five community colleges have also been told to take into account the development taking place within their vicinities," he told reporters after attending a Community College session with local leaders here today.


The five community colleges in Sarawak, namely in Kuching, Mas Gading, Miri, Santubong and Betong, serve as a one-stop institution to provide education to school leavers prior to entering the job market or pursuing higher education.

He said the notions that community colleges were just alternative routes to school leavers who were unable to pursue higher education should be changed because these colleges had their own role to play and catered to specific target groups.

Saifuddin said at the moment, only 28 per cent of the country's total workforce were in the high-skilled sectors. The government targeted to increase the percentage to 33 in 2015 and 50 in 2020, he said.

A momentum yes, monumental shift not yet.

We need to heed between a pretentious propagandist as well as a solemn politician. Ahmad Maslan fits into a former difficulty it seems.

Ahmad Maslan, a UMNO information arch cited 4 reasons for a feat in Galas. The acceptance by a people, of a inhabitant care of Najib as well as Muhyidin. The change of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as well as Mustapha Mohamad, a acceptance of a people of a assorted initiatives thought of by our good leader which will be implemented by a statute supervision as well as so on. He was referring to such initiatives like 1 Malaysia, ETP as well as so forth. Finally, as well as here is a earth shattering observation- people have been fed up of a governing body of a antithesis to a statute BN. It's a delight of moderation over extremism. One writer puts as a alarm bell for a 13th GE.

For whom does a bells toll?

People in Gua Musang as well as Galas in particular contingency be a many smart people in Malaysia. There contingency be something in a primitive air as well as a earthy terrain of a area. Or might be something in a diet of Gua Musangians. The nasi kerabu as well as berlauk during Restoren Kak Zah or a stalls near Fully Inn?

They accepted a judgment of 1 Malaysia when a same judgment confused Tun Mahathir as well as misunderstood by alternative Malaysians. The people eating during Restoren Kak Zah in Bandar Lama Gua Musang talking governing body as well as cock understand as well as welcome a assorted initiatives by a inhabitant government. The people in Sungai Terah as well as Batu Papan have been waiting for their ETP, GTP as well as whatever P's you can think of.

Gua Musang should be done a executive collateral of Kelantan then or maybe be done a sovereign territory as well as developed into a east seashore Putrajaya. There is so much good talent here.

In Galas, a people have been rounded off widely separated between Pas as well as UMN. The UMNO candidate secured some 54% of a opinion ! while Pa s ordered a balance. you can't review this as a monumental shift in preference. Pas mislaid 265 votes from what they got through a late Che Hashim. UMNO gained 1571. UMNO was able to capitalize upon a incomparable turnout of voters.

In sequence to clean out a 646 opinion deficit, UMNO had to effectively secure 1800 votes. you had likely UMNO to win by around 2300 to 2500 votes. My detractors were jubilant you was wrong here but curiously silent upon my prophecy which UMNO will win. The in effect 1800 opinion is close sufficient to 2300. Indeed UMNO could have garnered some-more than that, had a nosiness by outsiders as well as inner sabotaging were minimized.

So to come behind to what Ahmad Maslan said. you see no evidence of a validity in these assertions. What was during work in Galas final week was pure sell governing body not wholesale politics. When Muhyidin came a initial time around, he was astonished during a pale as well as resigned air about a election.

Retail governing body engage a accent as well as championing of purely internal issues. This is conflicting to wholesale governing body where, inhabitant issues not directly associated to internal situations have been aired. Perhaps Ahmad Maslan should approach his mind to these concepts.

The Chinese in Desa Pulai were not some-more motivated by people distributing leaflets upon a circumstances heading to a genocide of Teoh Beng Hock. you suspect they were remotely meddlesome in a emanate surrounding a shooting of a late Amirul in Shah Alam. Of course, these have been indeed critical issues to those immediately endangered but frequency in resonance with people in Galas. The detriment of desired ones is not light matter.

Chinese in Desa Pulai were some-more meddlesome in a security of their land tenure. They were some-more endangered about a affairs as well as future of their Chinese school. The Chinese as well as homeless people in Gua Musang have been some-more meddlesome in getting hou! sing fac ulties. The blockade sitters in Gua Musang have been some-more meddlesome in saying KESEDAR managed some-more efficiently as well as corruption weeded out.

If PAS as well as a alternative antithesis parties to UMNO order had been some-more vigilant as well as had paid keener attention to internal issues, they could have done a large impact. Like raising a issues upon a government as well as abuses of Kesedar. But they didn't. Gua Musangians have been meddlesome in this issue.

People in Gua Musang were some-more amused as well as substantially entertained by a steer of Theresa Kok as well as her coworkers carrying DAP flags as well as banners around Bandar Lama Gua Musang.

My indicate is this. If you can as well as have been fervent to boot these attempts to foist inhabitant issues into ones of concern to internal voters as invalid irrelevance, a same statute should be practical to a large idea, which this win in Galas is an publicity of inhabitant leadership. No such thing.

This Galas by election is won upon a change of Tengku Razaleigh simpliciter as well as you have been thankful he is an UMNO man. The infancy of UMNO members in Gua Musang accepted this as well as gave their all out. The people in Gua Musang in general accepted a strategic advantage of giving a win to UMNO this time. Gua Musang is a usually election area in Kelantan to have 100% UMNO/BN representation. PAS might complain for a few days, but in a end seriousness will take over. Only permanent interests matter.

Coca-Cola sees bubbling prospects in Malaysia

There is still ample room for the company to further grow in Malaysia, in both carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, says its chief executive officer

The world's largest soft drinks maker The Coca-Cola Company sees Malaysia as a critical growth market for its brands in Asia, particularly within the Southeast Asia region.

Its chairman and chief executive officer Muhtar Kent said there was still ample room for the company to further grow in the country, in both carbonated and non-carbonated drinks.

"The growing population, change of lifestyle and increase in consumption among consumers will drive this growth," he said.

According to Euromonitor, the country's market for non-carbonated soft drinks grew by 5.4 per cent in volume from 2004 to 2009, to 228.4 million litres.

Carbonated drinks volume experienced slower growth at 3.2 per cent, to 47.1 million litres.

Kent reaffirmed Coca-Cola's plan to spend US$300 million (RM1 billion) in Malaysia over the next five years.

"So far, we are on track with our plans. We are optimistic about the future of our business here," he told reporters at a media briefing, ahead of chairing a meeting of the US-Asean Business Council in Kuala Lumpur last Thursday.

The investment is part of Coca-Cola's expansion plan to capitalise on the fast-growing Malaysian market, with the country's gross domestic product forecast to rise by 7 per cent in 2010.

Previously, Coca-Cola brands were manufactured, bottled and distributed by beverage maker Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N) before calling it quits after a partnership of more than 74 years.

F&N secured the distribution and bottling rights for Coca-Cola brands since 1936.

"Like any marriage, a partnership will never last. It was time for us to move forward but at the same time, we have huge respect for our former partner," Kent said.

Apart from its carbonated drinks range, Kent said the company also have huge plans to grow its juice market, particularly the Minute Maid Pulpy Orange and Pulpy Pineapple juices.

The company is aiming to lead the market.

"It will take some time but we are confident that it could lead the market one day," he said, noting that juices have been well received by consumers since its launch in Malaysia last May.

Coca-Cola's 123,000-square metre bottling plant at Enstek Technology Park in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of next year.

"It will support the core brands of Coca-Cola in coming years as well as introduce new beverages to Malaysian consumers from its strong global portfolio," Kent said.

Coca-Cola in Malaysia provides consumers with a range of well-known sparkling and still brands which include Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light, Coca-Cola Vanilla, Sprite, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange and Minute Maid Pulpy Tropical, Schweppes, A&W and Dasani drinking water and mineral water.

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Lim Kit Siang calling himself King Blogger !

Do you know what is written by Lim Kit Siang himself ? Honestly, I don't ...

Lim Kit Siang’s blog tops in number of hits, Dr M at No. 2

Kit Siang - king blogger!
Lim Kit Siang

Out of curiosity, one evening, I reckoned the number of hits for the blogs of our country’s more vocal politicians selected at random. Here are the results in descending order of pageviews:

No. 1
Name: Lim Kit Siang
Website Address:
Site age: 4 years
Website Worth: $44,472.33
Daily Pageviews: 20,307
Daily Ads Revenue: $60.92

No. 2
Name: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Website Address:
Site Age: N/A
Website Worth: $26,028.15
Daily Pageviews: 11,885
Daily Ads Revenue: $35.66

No. 3
Name: Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahin
Website Address
Site Age: 4 years
Website Worth: $25,699.65
Daily Pageviews: 11,735
Daily Ads Revenue: $35.21

No. 4
Name: Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak
Website Address:
Site Age: N/A
Website Worth: $13,210.08
Daily Pageviews: 6,032
Daily Ads Revenue: $18.10

No. 5
Name: Tuan Guru Datuk Seri Haji Abdul Hadi Awang
Website Address:
Site Age: N/A
Website Worth: $5,337.03
Daily Pageviews: 2,437
Daily Ads Revenue: $7.31

No. 6
Name: Nurul Izzah
Website Address:
Website Worth: $3,120.75
Site Age: 4 years
Daily Pageviews: 1,425
Daily Ads Revenue: $4.28

No. 7
Name: Teresa Kok
Website Address:
Website Worth: $2,122.11
Site Age: 4 years
Daily Pageviews: 969
Daily Ads Revenue: $2.91

No. 8
Name: Tony Pua
Website address:
Website Worth: $1,559.28
Site Age: N/A
Daily Pageviews: 712
Daily Ads Revenue: $2.14

No. 9
Name: Tuan Dato’ Haji Nik Abdul Aziz bin Nik Mat
Website Address:
Site Age: 8 months
Website Worth: $1,465.11
Daily Pageviews: 669
Daily Ads Revenue: $2.01

No. 10
Name: Lim Guan Eng
Website Address:
Site Age: 3 years
Website Worth: $1,373.13
Daily Pageviews: 627
Daily Ads Revenue: $1.88

No. 11
Name: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar
Website Address:
Site age: N/A
Website Worth: $1,314.00
Daily Pageviews: 600
Daily Ads Revenue: $1.80

No. 12
Name: Hannah Yeoh
Website Address:
Website Worth: $1,053.39
Site Age: N/A
Daily Pageviews: 481
Daily Ads Revenue: $1.44

No. 13
Name: Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek
Website Address:
Site Age: N/A
Website Worth: $1,029.30
Daily Pageviews: 470
Daily Ads Revenue: $1.41

No. 14
Name: Elizabeth Wong
Website Address:
Website Worth: $558.45
Site Age: N/A
Daily Pageviews: 255
Daily Ads Revenue: $0.77

No. 15
Name: Fong Poh Kuan
Website Address:
Site Age: N/A
Website Worth: $363.54
Daily Pageviews: 166
Daily Ads Revenue: $0.50

No. 16
Name: Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen
Website Address:
Site Age: 3 years
Website Worth: $361.35
Daily Pageviews: 165
Daily Ads Revenue: $0.50

No. 17
Name: Ustaz Nasrudin Hasan
Website address:
Website Worth: $291.27
Site Age: N/A
Daily Pageviews: 133
Daily Ads Revenue: $0.40

No. 18
Name: Karpal Singh
Website Address:
Site Age: 3 years
Website Worth: $278.13
Daily Pageviews: 127
Daily Ads Revenue: $0.38

No. 19
Name: Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong
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DPM vows fight against graft continues

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that the government will continue to fight against corruption although the country dipped slightly lower in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) this year.

Malaysia kept the same ranking of 56 out of 178 countries last year although the country’s corruption index score declined from 4.5 to 4.4 out of 10, with 10 being the least corrupt.

The deputy prime minister said the government must get rid of corruption before it destroys the country.

“In our fight against corruption, [the] BN leadership is still committed in the fight against corruption. We know that this is cancer and if we stop fighting against this cancer then it will lead to the destruction of our country. We do not compromise on this issue and we will continue to fight against corruption in this country,” Muhyiddin said when opening Gerakan’s AGM here.

However Datuk Seri Idris Jala had insisted that the government was still on track in tackling corruption despite Malaysia continuing to score poorly on the CPI.

The Pemandu CEO downplayed the graft watchdog’s findings, claiming that Malaysia’s CPI score essentially remained the same this year and did not reflect the government’s progress in combating corruption.

Muhyiddin also stressed that BN has introduced the New Economic Model through the Government Transformation Programme and Economic Transformation Programme to protect public welfare.

“This is the process to transform the government because the prime minister is very aware in what is being expected of the people towards this country,” he said.

Muhyiddin (picture) added that public no longer wants rhetoric but a government that is transparent and accountable.

“The people do not want us to only talk and do not need rhetoric. The era for rhetoric has long gone. The era where the government knows all, like what the prime minister has said, have long gone. The public knows best and we as a responsible government must be responsive to the people’s needs so that they will have confidence and believe in us,” he said

Buoyed by Barisan Nasional’s (BN) recent wins in Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections, Muhyiddin declared that the ruling coalition is now back in business.

“Don’t underestimate us because BN is back in business. If two years ago they feel that we are weak but now we must tell the raykat that BN is back in business. We want to serve the people. So we introduced New Economic Model and Economic Transformation Programme. This is not for me but for every Malaysians in this country, he said.

Tsu Koon: Gerakan to identify candidate for 13th General Election after Chinese New Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia will identify its candidates for the next general election after the Chinese New Year next year, which falls on Feb 3, party president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said today.

He also said that besides launching the party machinery, he has been travelling to all the party-held constituencies over the last four months to make a preliminary evaluation of the political situation on the ground.

He said the evaluation and selection of the candidates would be based on qualities such as commitment, integrity, capability and “winnability”.

“We will visit all our state and parliamentary constituencies over the next three months to evaluate the performance of the elected representatives and coordinators,” he said in his presidential speech at the 39th Gerakan national delegates conference at Menara PGRM, here.

The conference was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who represented the prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Dr Koh (picture) emphasised that he did not want Gerakan members to lobby or garner support to become general election candidates. “Do your work, do not lobby,” he said.

In the last general election, in 2008, Gerakan lost all the 12 state seats it contested, and retained only two of the 10 parliamentary seats.

Dr Koh called on Gerakan members to remain united and work hard to reconnect with the people and, at the same time, prove to critics that their negative views of the party are misplaced.

“We may be weak but we have not fallen flat on our faces. Our critics are attempting to portray Gerakan as a useless and hopeless party.

“If that’s the case, why have three independent elected representatives chosen to join our party? If that’s the case, why have 20,000 people in all the states become our new members, and 5,000 more are in the process of applying to join us?” he asked.

Dr Koh, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said Gerakan is also committed to promoting democracy.

He also said that party members should practise moderation and inclusiveness, especially when discussing opposing and varying views.

He also called on the young leaders in the party to understand the history and ideology of the party’s struggle as well as the struggles of past leaders.

Dr Koh said that though current leaders appreciated the struggles and services of the veterans, the leadership of today should be adapt to the current situation.

“I am sure they also understand that changing times require new strategies, new approaches and new leadership styles,” he said. — Bernama

Gerakan to fight for its Penang state seats

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon declared today that Gerakan will contest in Penang state seats that it lost during 2008 general election despite Umno leaders calling for re-distribution of the seats.

During the 12th general election, Gerakan was wiped out from Penang which it has led since 1969. The party lost all 12 seats that it had contested in the state.

The poor performance by Gerakan has led to Penang Umno Chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s calls for his party to field more candidates in Penang for the next general election.

Koh gave a stern warning to Zahid that the seats belongs to Gerakan.

“The comments only reflect his own personal opinion and have not been discussed in Barisan Nasional’s supreme council. Therefore our areas still remain as our areas and we are in the process of preparing for the coming general election,” he said during a press conference at the party’s AGM.

Zahid again reasserted his position for Barisan Nasional (BN) to review its electoral seat allocation arrangement during his party’s recent general assembly.

Umno, the largest BN component party, is now represented by 78 members in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat, while MCA has 15, MIC four and Gerakan two.

The three non-Malay parties lost heavily in urban areas in Election 2008 while Gerakan lost the state of Penang and was almost wiped out.

Gerakan not useless and hopeless, says Koh

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon defends Gerakan and asserts that the public still see the Gerakan as a party of honourable, honest and humble leaders — Picture by Jack Ooi
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has defended Gerakan, saying it was still relevant today despite losing Penang in the 2008 general election.

Gerakan had contested 12 Penang state seats but failed to capture even one, losing the state to Pakatan Rakyat. The party only managed to retain only two parliament seats, compared to the 10 seats it had held before the election.

Koh said that the public still see the Gerakan as a party of honourable, honest and humble leaders.

“We may be down, but definitely not out. Our detractors try to portray Gerakan as being useless and hopeless. If so, why have three independents elected representatives chosen to join us in the past one and a half years, instead of joining other bigger parties? If so, why have 20,000 new members joined us from all states, while another 50,000 are in the pipeline?

“If not because they appreciate our ideology and ideals, as well as our past record and performances? If not because they see Gerakan leaders as relatively honourable, honest and humble, sincere and serious, clean and efficient, in our services for the people and contribution to nation building,” he said during his presidential speech at the party’s AGM.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department added that the public still have confidence in the party due its past achievements.

“Looking at our past, they have confidence in us for the future, despite our present difficulty and dilemma. So, let us not disappoint them and many of our members and supporters who are still with us. Most importantly, let us stay united to recharge our spirit and energy, renew our commitment and dedication, hold strong to our ideology and vision, with a sense of purpose and mission,” he said.

The ex-chief minister of Penang pointed out that Gerakan has managed to turn the state into an industrial powerhouse.

“For 39 years, Gerakan, under Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, then under me, has worked closely with the people to lead Penang from an economic backwater to be a world-renowned ICT industrial centre, a Unesco World Heritage City and a thriving regional hub.

“The solid foundation laid and the strong momentum generated have and will continue to propel Penang forward in the near future,” he said.

Koh said Gerakan will continue an active part in promoting Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia.

“The Prime Minister’s proposal has resonated amongst world leaders. Therefore, Gerakan suggests that the Barisan Nasional should also launch a 1 Malaysia National Movement of Moderates to mobilise and galvanise the pool of goodwill and good sense amongst the vast majority of Malaysians. The BN must lead in forging politics of moderation, and in promoting the moderation of politics in Malaysia.

“We should do so with a sense of urgency because in recent months, the voices of extremism seem to be on the rise and threatening to take centre stage. These have triggered off adverse reactions, not only in the media and the internet, but also amongst the common people who feel a sense of anxiety and even anger,” he said.

Umno leaders have tried to distance itself from Malay right-wing group Perkasa with its secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor leading the chorus, and stressed that association with group would cause BN to lose votes in the next general election.

In an apparent about-turn, however, Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that Umno was not in conflict with any NGOs.

Former Umno president and prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has defended Perkasa from charges that it was racist, suggesting instead that “if it is really racist then it would be demanding the abolition of the special treatment of the Chinese and Indians”.

Dr Mahathir said that he is not a racist for backing Perkasa, arguing instead that he is only working to ensure Malay support for Umno and BN.

Ku Li atasi Najib, Mustapa hujung kuku — Mohd Nasir Awang

Tidak keterlaluan jika dikatakan bahawa PAS bukanlah pihak paling gusar di atas kemenangan Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Galas, Kelantan, 4 November lepas.

Walau pun keputusan itu menyaksikan PAS kehilangan penguasaannya ke atas kerusi yang tidak pernah dimenanginya sejak lebih 40 tahun itu, kesan negatif terhadap parti itu jauh lebih kecil berbanding kegusaran yang kini menyelubungi sesetengah kalangan pemimpin BN sendiri, khususnya Umno.

PRK Galas diadakan ekoran kematian penyandangnya dari PAS, Allahyarham Chek Hashim Sulaima, akibat barah usus, 27 September lalu. Beliau menghembuskan nafas terakhir di Hospital Pakar Al-Islam Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, setelah lebih setahun bertarung melawan penyakit dihidapinya itu.

Pada pilihanraya lalu, Chek Hashim menang dengan majoriti 646 undi selepas menumpaskan penyandang dari BN, Mohamad Saufi Deraman. Allahyarham memperolehi 4,399 undi manakala calon BN itu memungut 3,753 undi.

PRK Khamis (4 November) lalu mengulangi pertembungan dua penjuru antara musuh tradisi, PAS yang mewakili Pakatan Rakyat dan Umno mewakili BN. PAS tewas dengan majoriti 1,190 undi. Calonnya, Dr Zulkefli Mohamed memperolehi 4,134 undi berbanding lawannya, Abdul Aziz Yusoff yang mendapat 5,324 undi.

Keputusan itu sekali gus mengembalikan kerusi yang telah berada di dalam genggaman BN/Perikatan sejak 1964 itu kepadanya. Kawasan berkenaan hanya pernah dimenangi PAS pada 1959 menerusi Ustaz Khaidir Khatib (atas nama Dun Ulu Kelantan Barat) dan kembali dimenangi pada 2008.

Kekalahan kelmarin bagaimana pun bukan lah suatu kehilangan sangat besar buat PAS. Ia tidak mendatangkan implikasi terlalu signifikan kepada parti itu, sama ada di peringkat negeri mahu pun nasional.

Parti itu ada sebab agak rasional untuk tidak terlalu berdukacita di atas ketewasannya di Galas.

Pertama, ia suatu keputusan yang sudah dapat diduga sedari awal memandangkan PAS bertanding di kawasan yang secara tradisi milik BN. PAS hanya berharap dapat mengekalkan pola sokongan pengundi sepertimana 2008 untuk mempertahankan kerusi tersebut.

“Dua faktor utama kita menang 2008 ialah undi Cina dan Orang Asli. Kalau kita boleh kekalkan undi Cina dan Orang Asli, insya Allah kita dapat pertahan (kerusi Galas),” kata Pengarah Jabatan Pilihan Raya PAS Pusat, Dato’ Abdul halim Abdul Rahman kepada penulis.

Perbualan santai antara kami berlaku sejurus sebelum bermulanya perarakan calon, 26 Oktober lalu. Biar pun hasrat mengekalkan sokongan dua kelompok masyarakat itu amat tinggi, beliau sedari saat itu mengakui ia sesuatu yang memerlukan kerja sangat kuat oleh PAS.

Kebimbangan itu sedikit menjadi nyata. Analisa keputusan Khamis lalu menyaksikan perubahan sokongan di kalangan dua kaum ini, terutama di peti-peti undi Orang Asli.

Pengarah Pilihan Raya DAP, Thomas Su pula mengakui pilihan raya kecil kali ini juga menyaksikan kemerosotan sokongan pengundi Cina kepada Pakatan Rakyat.

Menurutnya, DAP mengendalikan tiga kawasan dalam kempen di Galas, iaitu Pulai, Kampung Baru dan Bandar Lama. Katanya, secara keseluruhannya undi di tiga kawasan tersebut kepada PAS merosot 206 undi atau 4.92 peratus Khamis lalu.

Kedua, kekalahan ini bukan suatu yang memalukan jika dinilai dari sudut manipulasi kuasa BN. PAS turun secara bermaruah berbekalkan kekuatan ahli dan penyokong berbanding BN yang turun dengan kekuatan kerajaan Pusat dan jentera beberapa kerajaan negeri-negeri.

Sukar dinafikan seluruh kementerian, jabatan dan agensi kerajaan dikerah menjayakan misi BN merampas semula Galas. Apa yang dilakukan BN di penempatan Orang Asli adalah contoh paling menyerlah.

Penglibatan secara langsung agensi kerajaan terutamanya Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli (JHEOA), tentera dan Rela di penempatan Orang Asli menjadi faktor utama peningkatan ketara pengundi kaum itu kepada BN.

Agensi-agensi kerajaan terbabit dikatakan mengawal sepenuhnya masyarakat Orang Asli menyebabkan mereka tidak berani memberi sokongan kepada calon PAS.

Kongkongan terhadap mereka malah dapat dinilai berdasarkan pakaian seragam merah bercop jabatan yang mereka pakai sewaktu keluar mengundi.

Ada pun penglibatan jabatan dan agensi kerajaan lain di segenap aktiviti kempen BN juga berlaku secara terbuka dan sukar dinafikan.

Ketiga, kekalahan itu tidak boleh dijadikan bukti kemerosotan pengaruh dan kekuatan PAS di Galas. Undi diperolehi Dr Zulkefli (4,134) merosot hanya 265 undi berbanding 4,399 dikutip Allahyarham Chek Hashim.

Kehilangan sebanyak itu terlalu sedikit untuk dikaitkan dengan apa juga andaian kemuakan atau penolakan rakyat terhadap PAS. Ia malah terlalu jauh dari memadai jika dinilai dari jumlah perbelanjaan dihabiskan BN untuk itu.

Keempat, kerahan BN menyaksikan peningkatan peratus keluar mengundi. PRU 2008 jumlah pemilih menunaikan tanggungjawab mereka di Galas hanya 80.9 peratus. Kelmarin ia melonjak kepada 83 peratus.

Menjadi sifir politik dalam mana-mana pilihan raya di negara kita, peratus keluar mengundi yang tinggi selalunya membantu kemenangan BN. Kerana mereka yang keluar secara luar biasa itu dikaitkan dengan kerahan.

Pihak yang paling berkemampuan membuat kerahan dan memberikan “dorongan” agar pengundi yang liat pun keluar juga sudah tentu lah BN. Parti itu ada “ubat” sangat mujarab mengatasi keengganan pengundi kategori itu.

Thomas Su turut mengakui, peratusan pengundian yang tinggi memberi lebih banyak undi pengundi Cina kepada BN.

Dengan mengambil contoh di Pulai, beliau berkata, walaupun PAS berjaya menambah sembilan undi, tetapi BN menambah lebih banyak undi dan menang di kawasan majoriti Cina itu.

Kelima, ini bukan kali pertama PAS kalah dalam pilihan raya kecil. Ia pernah kehilangan kerusi Dun Semerak dimilikinya dalam pilihan raya kecil pada 1997. Begitu juga Dun Pengkalan Pasir sejurus selepas Pilihan Raya Umum 2004.

Namun kekalahan di kedua-dua kerusi itu berjaya ditebus kembali dalam pilihan raya umum kemudian. Semerak kembali ditawan Pas pada 1999, begitu juga Pengkalan Pasir pada 2008 lalu.

Khabarnya sejarah serupa pernah dialami PAS bagi Dun Kemumin yang dirampas BN menerusi satu pilihan raya kecil ekoran pembatalan kemenangan tanpa bertanding calon PAS dalam Pilihan Raya Umum 1982. Kerusi itu bagaimana pun kembali semula ke pangkuan PAS pada 1986.

Ada pun bagi Dr Zulkefli secara peribadi, ini juga bukan kekalahannya yang pertama dalam pilihan raya. Beliau sebelum ini pernah dua kali tewas di kerusi Parlimen Gua Musang.

Namun, itu terbukti tidak mematahkan semangat juangnya. Beliau telah membuktikan komitmen sangat tinggi terhadap parti dan istiqomah di saf hadapan PAS kawasan berkenaan.

Keenam, dan paling penting, ia tidak mengubah status quo politik Kelantan, khususnya berkaitan kuasa pemerintahan negeri. Kemenangan itu sekadar menambah satu lagi kerusi di pihak BN dalam Dun, tetapi terlalu jauh untuk menggugat kelangsungan kerajaan diperintah PAS.

Lain halnya jika ia berlaku sebelum 2008, ketika mana perbezaan jumlah kerusi antara PAS dan BN dalam Dun Kelantan amat kritikal. Jika BN ada sebarang peluang menggugat dan melenyapkan pengaruh PAS di negeri itu, maka tempoh itu adalah peluang paling keemasan buatnya.

Namun kebimbangan itu tidak menjadi kenyataan. Maka, apa lah sangat yang boleh dibuat BN dengan kemenangannya di Galas ini.

Ibarat kata orang-orang tua kita, “sedangkan bah perahu tak hanyut, inikan pula kemarau panjang!”

Di atas perkiraan sama, BN juga tidak boleh terlalu berbangga dengan kemenangannya di Galas. Ia bukan membawa erti sangat signifikan kepada imej dan reputasi politik BN, sebaliknya membawa bersama implikasi tidak menyenangkan, khususnya buat Umno Kelantan.

Akuilah bahawa kemenangan BN di Galas tidak ada kena-mengena dengan kekuatan atau kejayaan BN atau pun Umno.

Ia bukan kerana rakyat semakin menolak PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat atau pengundi menerima baik konsep 1Malaysia, atau yakin dengan transformasi ekonomi oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Atau rakyat kembali meletakkan harapan pemerintahan negeri kepada BN, atau kerana kerja kuat Umno Kelantan sendiri.

Ia bukan sepertimana digembar-gemburkan para pemimpin BN dan media-media tali barut parti itu. Galas adalah kejayaan peribadi Pengarah Pilihan Rayanya, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li).

Adat kata, jika tidak kerana peranan dan pengaruh besar tokoh yang nyaris-nyaris menjadi Presiden Umno itu, keputusan itu tidak akan jadi sebegitu. Ia bukan kemenangan Najib, Timbalannya, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, mahu pun Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed selaku Pengerusi Perhubungan Umno Kelantan.

Ia juga bukan kerana ada saham kemenangan The Red Warriors bersama kelibat Piala Malaysia yang dijulang dan diarak ke kawasan itu minggu lalu. Episod itu tidak lebih sekadar gimik politik murahan Umno untuk mengaitkan kejayaan pasukan didokongi seluruh rakyat Kelantan itu hanya untuk kepentingan politiknya.

Biar pun tokoh veteran Umno itu sekadar bertahan pada jawatan Ketua Umno Bahagian Gua Musang, beliau benar-benar membuktikan cengkaman pengaruh dan genggaman poltiknya di kawasan berkenaan.

“Ambo Pilih Parti Ku Li”, begitulah baca banyak kain pemidang di serata Galas. Ada yang disertakan gambar anak raja itu, bahkan tidak lengkap sekeping poster kempen BN jika tidak disertakan gambar Ku Li, walau pun ia sudah ada gambar Najib Razak.

Segala gerak kerja dan penampilan BN tidak lengkap tanpa dikaitkan dengan Ku Li. Pengaruhnya mengatasi Najib, manakala peranan Mustapa ibarat hujung kuku Ku Li saja.

Sebab itu BN, khususnya Umno, tidak sayugia terlalu berbangga dengan kemenangan di Galas. Sebaliknya, mereka ada sebab agak munasabah untuk lebih gusar! —

Maafkan Nik Aziz — Awang Selamat

Semua orang tahu para penyokong Pas selalu bertindak agresif dan suka melakukan provokasi setiap kali berlangsung pilihan raya kecil (PRK). Begitu juga ketika PRK Galas di Gua Musang, Kelantan. Seperti biasa sebahagian ahli dan penyokong parti itu memegang wang kertas yang dikipas ke arah pemimpin dan penyokong BN.

Tujuannya tidak lain untuk memperlekehkan BN kononnya mengamalkan rasuah.

Namun kali ini, perbuatan tersebut tidak menjadi malah makan tuan. Sebahagian penyokong Umno bertindak balas dengan melaungkan agar wang kertas itu diberikan kepada Orang Asli di Gua Musang.

Ia merujuk kepada pendedahan media mengenai tindakan Menteri Besar, Nik Aziz Nik Mat yang juga Mursyidul Am Pas memberikan wang kepada penduduk Orang Asli pada satu program dalam tempoh berkempen, baru-baru ini.

Kejadian itu menjadi isu panas. Persoalannya apakah Nik Aziz bersedekah atau membeli undi?

Nik Aziz yang selalu menggambarkan dirinya mendukung kuat integriti apatah lagi sebagai tok guru, agaknya terlupa bahawa perbuatan itu adalah salah dalam peraturan pilihan raya.

Mengikut Seksyen 10 (A) Akta Kesalahan Pilihan Raya 1954, tindakan tersebut boleh dianggap sebagai sogokan. Ia disahkan oleh SPR.

Apa pun, Awang berharap semua pihak termasuk sebahagian ahli Pas yang meletakkan beban kekalahan Pas ke atas Nik Aziz, agar memaafkan tok guru itu.

Apa hendak dikatakan lagi. Sememangnya beliau makin banyak melakukan kesilapan terutama pendirian dalam isu-isu melibatkan kepentingan agama dan bangsa. Apakah ini hukuman ke atas banyak ‘dosa’ politik Nik Aziz, Awang tidak berani ulas.

Namun isyarat daripada PRK Galas cukup jelas. Beliau bukan lagi faktor penentu kejayaan Pas terutama di Kelantan sebagaimana rekod sebelum ini. Auranya kian terhakis. Suara-suara tidak senang rakyat Kelantan terhadap Mursyidul Am Pas itu semakin ketara sejak tercetus isu menantunya, pembalakan berleluasa (berselindung atas nama projek Ladang Rakyat) dan sikap pro DAP dan PKR.

Reaksi Ketua Pemuda Pas, Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi ekoran kekalahan Pas di Galas menarik perhatian. “Pembangkang perlu memberi perhatian terhadap hubungan dengan Allah, dengan anggota parti, masyarakat serta pendekatan yang diambil. Perlu juga bermuhasabah sejauh mana tanggungjawab dan amanah rakyat kita tunaikan.” Apakah komen tersebut merujuk kepada para pemimpin Pas terutama Nik Aziz, adalah tidak pasti.

Terbaru, rakaman video pertikaman lidah antara Nik Aziz dan bekas pensyarah Akademi Islam Universiti Malaya, Mohd. Noh Deris menjadi bualan hangat. Nik Aziz kelihatan melenting dan enggan bersalam dengan Mohd. Noh.

Awang tertanya-tanya apakah itu pekerti seorang yang mengaku ulama? Nabi Muhammad SAW ketika hayatnya pernah dilempar najis dan bermacam-macam lagi namun sentiasa sabar. Baginda selalu berdepan provokasi yang dahsyat terutama daripada kaum musyrikin tetapi tetap tertib menggunakan tutur kata. Awang juga difahamkan, ramai pemimpin Pas tidak lagi teragak-agak mengkritik Nik Aziz kebelakangan ini termasuk dalam keputusan pemilihan calon di Galas, yang dipersoalkan.

Mungkinkah semua perkembangan ini akan mempercepatkan pengunduran dan persaraan beliau? Kita tunggu. — Mingguan Malaysia.

Views on ‘Does white collar crime pay?’

Well, at least one pendatang ie. Mamak Mahathir will agree it does ... I think.

I refer to the articles titled “
High conviction rate but low sentencing” (StarBiz, Oct 29) and “
Does white collar crime pay?” (StarBizWeek, Oct 30). I note that the views of the defence were not included in these reports.

As a concerned defence counsel involved in securities law cases, and with a caveat that I am not referring to any particular case, I wish to make the following remarks:

> The trial court shall pass sentence according to law

Section 173(m)(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code provides – “If the court finds the accused guilty or if a plea of guilty has been recorded and accepted the court shall pass sentence according to law.”

In the case of Public Prosecutor v Jafa Bin Daud [1981], Azmi J held – “A sentence according to law means that the sentence must not only be within the ambit of the punishment section, but it must also be assessed and passed in accordance with established judicial principles.”

First, a sentence according to law must be within the ambit of the punishment. It must be noted that most, if not all, of the punishment sections in the securities laws provide that an accused person “is liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment or to both”,unlike the Penal Code provisions, which stipulate that an accused person “shall be punished with imprisonment and also liable to a fine”.

When a punishment section uses the words “shall be liable”, it is trite law that a trial judge has a discretion whether to impose a sentence of a fine or imprisonment or both.

Whereas the words “shall be punished” mean that it is mandatory for the court to pass a sentence provided in the law. A charge of criminal breach of trust, or cheating, under the Penal Code, must therefore be distinguished, as the wordings in the Penal Code are “shall be punished with imprisonment”, making custodial sentences mandatory.

Second, it must be noted that most securities law provisions are constructed to place a sentence of a fine as the first option of punishment, and not imprisonment. Hence,for securities laws offences, it is correct for a trial judge to consider a sentence of a fine, instead of imprisonment, as the first option (see PP v Lim Guan Eng [1998]).

It is trite law that it is not for the courts to legislate. That is the function of the legislature.

The courts’ duty is to apply the law as it stands. It is not the function of the trial court to ‘reverse’ the construction of securities laws provisions so as to place the sentence of imprisonment first.

Third, a sentence according to law must also be in accordance with established judicial principles. Some of these principles were discussed in the above two reports, in particular public interest and deterrent effect of sentencing. I would like to mention some other judicial principles.

> No plea in mitigation should be thrown aside lightly but must be examined and considered equally with the facts presented by the prosecution

In the case of Raja Izzuddin Shah v Public Prosecutor [1979], Hashim Yeop Sani J held – “In his grounds of judgment the learned Magistrate seemed to be unduly influenced by the submission of counsel for the prosecution that the plea in mitigation did not amount to mitigation at all and therefore rejected all of them. I disagree. No plea in mitigation should be thrown aside lightly but must be examined and considered equally with the facts presented by the prosecution. Both aspects of the case must be considered in their true perspective so as to strike if possible, a true balance in the scale of justice.”

From the above passage, the following principles may be distilled.

First, a trial judge must not throw aside lightly a plea in mitigation of an accused person. Instead, the court must examine a plea in mitigation and consider it with the facts of the case presented by the prosecution.

Second, it means that the trial judge must consider the facts of the case presented by the prosecution in that particular case before passing sentence. It is wrong for a judge to stereotype offenders and pass certain type of sentences for certain type of cases.

> A plea of guilty is a strong mitigating factor

In the Federal Court decision of Sau Soo Kim v Public Prosecutor [1975], Lee Hun Hoe C.J. (Borneo) held – “Whether a person is a hardened criminal or not, I feel that a plea of guilty should be treated as a mitigating factor. It not only saves the country a great expense of a lengthy trial but it also saves time and inconvenience, particularly the witnesses.”

The above observation is especially true of commercial crime cases such as securities laws cases. Only those involved in the trial on a daily basis, such as the Sessions Court Judge, the prosecutor from the Securities Commission (SC) and the defence counsel,can appreciate the amount of work and time involved in a full trial.

At the Sessions Courts in the Jalan Duta Complex, it is a common sight to see the prosecuting and defence teams carting boxes and boxes of documents to court in the morning and taking them back at the end of the day. At a full trial, one will see the tedious work put in by the court interpreter to mark exhibits, the arguments put forward by parties on admissibility of documents, be it on the issue of relevancy or secondary documents and the like.

I think it is fair to say that in a securities law case, it is not uncommon for the prosecution to call 30-40 witnesses and tender 200-300 documents during the trial. And it is a fair estimate that it will take two to three years to complete a trial without taking into account appeals to the High Court and Court of Appeal.

In addition, both the prosecution and the defence have in the past, and will probably in the future, appeal against rulings made by the Sessions Court Judge during trial, which will delay the trial itself. It is therefore not surprising for a case to take at least five years to complete.

So, when an accused pleads guilty to a securities law charge, the amount of time and expense saved cannot be overstated. Plea bargaining is not a bad thing. In fact, Parliament has passed the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act 2010, giving legislative recognition to the plea bargaining process.

However, these amendments have not come into force yet.

The two articles state that the SC has secured an 87% conviction rate in securities laws cases. Whilst I congratulate the SC for its diligence, I need to point out that many of these convictions arose from cases where the accused persons had pleaded guilty.

Only a small number of these convictions have come about after full trials. To put it in another way, the SC has been able to secure such a high conviction rate due, in large part, to the accused persons pleading guilty.

If the courts were to adopt a very strict approach and impose custodial sentences even in cases where the accused persons plead guilty, then there is no incentive for an accused person to plead guilty, and the courts and the SC will be inundated with full trials.

Trial judges must not ignore the wellestablished judicial principles that a plea of guilty by an accused person and his clean record are strong mitigating factors, though in exceptional cases, a custodial sentence may be warranted.

> The fact that the accused person is a first offender is a strong mitigating factor

In most securities laws cases, the accused persons have a clean record. It is trite law that where the accused person is a first offender, this is a strong mitigating factor. And in securities laws cases, it is very rare for an accused person to be a repeat offender as he would have been disqualified from holding office as a director or promoter or in any way concerned with the management of a company under section 130 of the Companies Act.

> Closing remarks

The main reason for writing this letter is to highlight other factors which were not mentioned in the two reports. I am also concerned that there appears to be pressure put on Sessions Court Judges to impose custodial sentences in securities laws cases even where the accused person has pleaded guilty,has a clean record and the facts of the case do not warrant a custodial sentence.

It is also dangerous to stereotype all offenders and to mete out stereotype of sentences.

Tan Hock Chuan

Petaling Jaya

Our reply:

The point of the articles was that corporate criminals were getting away with too little punishment for crimes that were effectively equivalent to offences such as criminal breach of trust, which carried much higher sentences.

Judges have the right to mete out sentences such as a fine, a jail sentence or both for securities offences.

That means that if a judge considers an offence serious enough, he has the option of imposing a more severe sentence, including a deterrent custodial sentence.

The question is, why is that option not being taken when it has been clearly established that in many cases wilful action taken by white collar criminals has caused tens of millions of ringgit to be lost by companies, many of which are listed companies?

At stake here also is that the entire capital market whose efficiency and integrity is dependent on proportionate punishment for offences to deter white collar crime, especially by directors, who have a fiduciary duty to shareholders.


The value of a datukship

Ibrahim Ali - long time no see! He was the latest to be stripped of his title
Still, it must be grand to be a datuk since so many people want to be one. Some would even pay good money to get the title. In a recent report, the purchasing fee for one case was quoted at RM300,000. That’s quite a sum to pay. Or maybe not if you can afford it. I wonder if you could write it off as business expenses.

I had a good cackle the other day – over a caption that appeared in an article of a mainstream newspaper. It was for photographs of four Malaysian singers who had appeared as the opening acts for George Benson when he performed in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 29.

The caption named them as “Datuk Sheila Majid, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Datuk David Arumugam and Datuk Khatijah Ibrahim”. Another one whose picture was not included but mentioned in the article is “Datuk Yusni Hamid”.

Five datuks performing as a prelude to Benson’s entrance. Wow! He might have been bowled over if he had known. But then again, it might not have mattered a mite to a citizen of the American republic that upholds egalitarianism.

To him, it might have seemed that datuks in Malaysia are a dime a dozen. And that only Malaysians seem to take such titles seriously. If Cliff Richard, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger performed on the same stage and their photographs appeared in a British newspaper the next day, the caption would not read: “Sir Cliff, Sir Elton, Sir Paul and Sir Mick.” You can bet they would be simply referred to as Richard, John, McCartney and Jagger. Or just by their first names.

Hey! If you’re an artist, you don’t need to be referred to as “Sir”, right? It’s your art that defines you, no? And those fans out there watching the concert – would they care a hoot if you’re a Sir or Datuk? Does having the title make your voice sound better? Hmmm… maybe to Malaysians, it does.

A couple of months ago, I had to cackle too when I read that Melaka had created a new datukship that is lower in class to the existing one.

Called Darjah Pangkuan Seri Melaka (DPSM), it is given to people in government positions that are lower than those of the people receiving the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM). So if your boss is a director-general, he’ll get the DMSM but you are entitled only to the lesser DPSM. Cackle out loud!

Other states, it seems, also have such a classification for the datukships they give out. They call these ‘Class I’ and ‘Class II’. Imagine that, even datuks fall into Class I or Class II. Cackle out louder!

But not to worry. As the Melaka Chief Minister quipped, they are still called Datuk anyway.

Hey, but next time someone tries to be pompous and says, “Do you know who I am? I’m a datuk”, you can ask them, “Class I or Class II?”

Still, it must be grand to be a datuk since so many people want to be one. Some would even pay good money to get the title. In a recent report, the purchasing fee for one case was quoted at RM300,000. That’s quite a sum to pay. Or maybe not if you can afford it. I wonder if you could write it off as business expenses.

It seems Malaysia has so many datuks now that the joke going round has been modified. It used to be that if you were to throw a stone in Bukit Bintang, you would hit a datuk; now if you were to throw one in Oxford Street, which happens to be in faraway London, you would hit a datuk too.

What would happen if in the near future, there are so many datuks that the title becomes devalued? If we can see it happening on a concert stage, why not in a wider context? Then datuks would come to be taken for granted. And once they reach critical mass, their significance – God forbid! – might even disappear. They might come to be treated like one of us.

Not so much prestige, status and recognition as before. Not so special any more the feeling of being a datuk. Everyone around the wedding dinner table is one. Imagine the dinner conversation:

“Datuk, please have the last piece.”

“Thank you, Datuk, you go ahead. I’ve had enough.”

“So have I, Datuk. Perhaps the datuk beside you would like to have it?”

“Datuk Apanama, would you like to have it?”

“No, Datuk, I’m superstitious, I don’t want to end up an old maid.”

“Oh, of course, Datuk, I’m sorry. I keep thinking of datuks as men.”

“I beg your pardon, Datuk! Can’t you tell from my looks that I’m a woman?”

Suddenly, there’s a commotion at the next table. The real identity of one of the guests has been exposed – he is not a real datuk! Horror of horrors! What’s worse, he has been masquerading as one for years – and fooling his business associates, some of whom are now seated at that table!

“You are worse than scum, Datuk!” yells one of the business associates furiously.

“He’s not a real datuk, don’t call him that!” yells another.

“Oops, sorry, habit laa.”

“Let’s throw him out for deceiving us all these years!” yells yet another business associate.

“Yes!” yell several business associates.

A well-built young man in a suit and bowtie saunters by. One of the business associates calls to him, “Hey, waiter.”

The young man glares back and replies, “Excuse me, I’m not a waiter. I’m a datuk!”

“Really?” said the business associate, surprised. “You’re so young, you don’t even look 30.”

“So what? I’m 28. And I’m a sportsman.”

“Why are they giving out datukships to people so young?”

“Hey, at least I got mine for serving the country. How did you get yours?”

“Are you insulting me, you young ciku?”

Before you know it, the whole wedding ends in pandemonium! The poor couple who are getting married will remember it as the Dinner of Duelling Datuks. So will the bride’s parents, who are both datuks, and the bridegroom’s parents, who are also both datuks.

How wonderful it is that we have a class of people who are higher than us commoners. Without them, life would be so much duller, and certainly less funny. Even with a “Datuk” to his name, David Arumugam sounds much cooler. And now when he sings ‘Dapatkah?’, it sounds so much more meaningful. Not bad for a kucing lorong eh? Kakakakaka … - Malaysian Digest

HasbunAllah RabbunAllah: Traditional Archery for the Soul

Archery is a sunnah, it teaches so much about putting in your best effort and then letting go for Allah to take care of the rest.
Traditional archery uses recurve or long bows but not modern compound bows.
It is a wonderful Sunday morning activity for the whole family.
If you are in the Taman Tun Dr Ismail area on Sundays, there are classes at Taman Rimba Kiara for all levels of competencies and ages.
Letter & Opinion From Joe Public

BN Hero Peperangan & PM Ayam Kesakitan ... ?

PRK: BN menyerlah tapi PM masuk hospital — A. Kadir Jasin

Hari ini perayaan Deepavali atau Divali. Zaman saya jadi pengarang di New Straits Times Press dulu, kita terbitkan akbar 365 hari setahun. Tak boleh jual banyak pada cuti umum, kita jual sedikit. Peranan akhbar untuk memberi maklumat tetap dilaksanakan.

Sekarang cuti umum akhbar tutup kedai. Nasib baik ada radio, TV dan pada akhir-akhir ini Internet. Jadi yang ada radio, TV dan Internet tak putus berita. Bayangkan selepas lebih 50 tahun merdeka, pengedaran akhbar masih dimonopoli oleh kaum India. Mereka mahu cuti atau mogok, akhbar tak boleh diedarkan.

Malaysia kita ni dah jadi negara cuti — negara siasta. Banyak sangat cuti sampai dah mula jejas produktiviti. Kalau nak tahu jadilah majikan. Gaji pekerja jalan, tapi tak dapat penghasilan. Lepas tu kena bayar kerja lebih masa pula untuk kejar deadline.

Antara maklumat yang kita hendak tahu hari ini adalah keputusan pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Batu Sapi, Sabah dan Dewan Undangan Negeri Galas, Kelantan. Barisan Nasional menang kedua-duanya.

Di Batu Sapi, calon Barisan Nasional, Linda Tsen Thau Lin mengekalkan kerusi itu dengan kelebihan suara 6,359 setelah mendapat 9,773 undi. Beliau mengalahkan calon PKR, Ansari Abdullah yang memperoleh 3,414 undi dan calon SAPP, Yong Teck Lee yang mendapat 2,031 undi.

Manakala di Galas, BN merampas semula kerusi itu daripada PAS dengan kelebihan undi 1,190 undi. Calonnya Abdul Aziz Yusof mendapat 5,324 undi manakala calon PAS Dr Zulkefli Mohamed memperoleh 4,134 undi.

Sementara itu, Bernama melaporkan yang Perdana Menteri, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, dimasukkan ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur malam tadi setelah bersungut sakit perut.

Pemeriksaan mendapati beliau menderita “superficial ulcers” dan gastrik ringan. Respons kepada perubatan adalah baik dan beliau dijangka berada di hospital beberapa hari. Sebelum ini beliau bercuti kerana deman campak (chicken pox).

Kita harap beliau makan ubat betul-betul seperti diarahkan doktor dan jangan tersalah makan. Bila dah berusia ni, kita kena jaga makan. Tanya dulu apa yang orang jamu. Saya dah lama tak makan melulu.

Saya sikit-sikit tahulah sebab saya pun ada “mild gastrics”. Semalam perut meragam. Saya kunyah pucuk jambu batu, Alhamdulillah baik. Pucuk jambu batu baik untuk ceret-beret. —

Mahathir – A man who lost the plot

By Johan Brendon

Of late, Dr. Mahathir has upped the ante on a number of issues to provoke incredulity. His recent outburst comparing the Guantanamo Bay internees with Anwar Ibrahim just goes to show his desperation in getting noticed. At best, his rhetoric lacked logic and at worst, was idiotic. It seems he has adopted the maxim that any publicity is good publicity. But to understand Dr. Mahathir’s compulsion to say things deliberately to incite strong passions, a foray into his psyche is useful.

Dr. Mahathir's undiluted power bestowed upon him as the longest serving Prime Minister remains in his consciousness. But, in reality his power is merely an illusion. Having lost power since stepping down as Prime Minister is hard for him to accept. The jealousy and envy of seeing current rulers with real power is eating him away. Hence, his attention seeking behaviour via his outrageous comments and remarks. Dr. Mahathir indeed has lost sight of what is real and what is not real. The power that corrupted him has made him delusional. Therefore he is invincible, infallible and omniscient. That is why his predecessor, Abdullah Badawi, never stood a chance. And so far, the incumbent Prime Minister is not doing too badly - early days.

Dr. Mahathir thought having stepped down from his premiership there would be a clamour for a banquet tour around the world to profess his wisdom as an elder Statesman. Instead, he is shunned bar some tin-pot countries. The fact that he is persona non grata in the West is particularly painful. The metaphoric slapped on the face by Hilary Clinton who contacted Anwar Ibrahim, a ‘corrupt sodomite’ rather than an elder Statesman like him, was the final insult. Rejected by the outside world, Viola!, he hitched onto Perkasa, the very vehicle to carry him back to the lime light - The Ego has landed! So back to his forte, fomenting fear and discords amongst the races.

Dr. Mahathir’s hypocrisy and lack of irony is astounding. Rightly or wrongly, he is considered to be one of the richest men in Asia - allegedly due to corruption and yet, he had the audacity to accuse Anwar Ibrahim, of all things, of corruption! And what takes the biscuit were his rants against Badawi, for depriving him of his freedom of speech! Thus these two examples clearly conclude that Dr. Mahathir is no longer living on planet earth - in other words, he has lost the plot.

Mahathir's Most Maverick Memoir

Tun Dr. Mahathir, You are a Mean Spirited Old Man Who REFUSES to take Responsibility and Thinks Malaysia Owes YOU a Living!
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