Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Why we had to leave — George CN Lee

MAY 27 — It has been two years since I left my adored country to seek my fortune Down Under. A year ago my family decided to settle down here.

Throughout the two years since I have been away, I have followed the social, economic and political backdrops in Malaysia via both the mainstream and alternative electronic media. Strangely, I have been keeping close tabs with what is happening back home much more than when I was physically present in Malaysia.

It hurts not being close to what is going on as the love for Malaysia has not transformed in any way though like many of my friends (there are now seven of us who have settled Down Under — six information technology consultants and one accountant), we had to leave.

As I recollect the reasons we left home, there were several contributors to our departure.

On the economic front, we were getting exasperated with the high standard of living and nuisances surrounding us. Pictured the high cost ordinary citizens had to bear once we stepped out of our home, for example, the petrol price, tolls, parking, and ordinary fast moving consumer goods (baby milk power).

More importantly, there were no worthwhile measures taken to address to problems. Businesses, traders and government agencies took turn to inflate ordinary folks’ sentiments by price increases and intractable policies. As things were getting expensive, the quantity and quality eroded.

We envisaged (from past experience) that the government would not do much to solve the people’s livelihood. We just did not like to be constricted in such a manner. We decided we wanted to create another lifestyle in a more structured society where the government would be more willing to help.

Socially, there were prevailing emotional distresses that we had to endure, for example, rude drivers, traffic hold-up (drivers who shaped their own rules), escalating crime rate (witnessed several snatch thieves in action and the grieved for the victims but police were nowhere to be seen) and broad disgruntlement among friends about living in Malaysia.

I was also appalled by the mind-sets of several government departments such as the Ministry of Education, Inland Revenue, and Dewan Bandaraya when I had to carry out numerous errands. Government servants were rude, unconscientiously and irresponsible. The systems in place in most of the country’s organisations left a lot to be desired.

Any rational individual would start to ask whether it is a place worth living. The government had no sense of urgency to address the contorted public order and peace. We honestly felt unsafe to venture out of our homes even though the mamak stalls were near.

Politically, Malaysia has never been able to be isolated with the persistent racial issues. The government and its component parties were always practising double-faced roles of subduing and fanning race sentiments. Intellectuals like us could see the schema behind.

We knew very well that those in the politics would prepare to sacrifice the well-being of ordinary folk for their greed though these people in power carried a different message on their lips. These people needed to safeguard their political livelihoods as they are nobody without power.

Two years have passed. It hurts to watch from here when people continue to stand up against unjust systems but are frustrated by the tough and insensitive stance adopted by the government and its ruthless police force.

Look at what has transpired in the Perak debacle. Forgive my ignorance in politics but personally I am sad to see how the authorities handle the situation. We just cannot use the approach during the 1987 Operasi Lalang to suppress and oppress the people of today.

We are living in the 21st century and too many things have changed. The government is just too conceited to admit and discover a different strategy to tackle political issues. Just look at the sweeping action and arrogant speeches delivered by the people (OCPD from Brickfields, gosh !) representing the government.

How can we teach our children about humbleness and politeness if the politicians seem to have a different school of thought. With the latest happening in the Malaysia scene, we have no qualms that we made the appropriate decision two years ago even though the choice was difficult and agonising.

Many fellow Malaysians have no alternative but to brush aside all the inconveniences. Many brave ones have embarked to fight against the issues and unfairness. I salute all these brave ordinary folk and wish that they have a copious amount of energies to carry them through.

Two years ago, it had come to a juncture where I could no longer sweep all these tribulations under the rug and the eventuality was to go away. However, everyone has their own temperaments and beliefs. We would love to do something such as creating awareness for the betterment of Malaysia if we can find the platform and opportunity.

Having lived Down Under for two years, it puzzled me why the systems here can be so efficiently coordinated and run. The councils and government are very much in control. Most importantly their feedback and replies are prompt and updated. Filing tax returns here is convenient and fast that I got my refund back within 14 days consistently for the past two years.

Here, we could be paying more taxes but I get some back via the structured family assistance allowance, free medical benefit and very reasonable school fees, etc. Lately, we even obtained a stimulus payout from the tax office due to the effects of the economic downturn. These measures have received great appreciation from the people.

The obvious question here is why can’t Malaysia adopt some of the systems so successful in place here. One need not be superhuman to get things going except dedication which Malaysia is so lacking. I can see that the Penang state government is starting to perk up the government delivery systems that are conspicuously missing in the Malaysian governance structure.

Many of the systems in Malaysia are more form than substance. One of the most important components that is noticeably missing is the integration between the different government bodies. Conversely, this is so successful incorporated Down Under which has curtailed loopholes and acted as a check and balance mechanisms for the local government.

Ordinary Malaysians would like to be treated uniformly. If there is any trace of the adverse happening, that would widen the disparity gap. What the government should be doing in my modest opinion is to have a mechanism to encourage the mediocre group to catch up and this should be attained not by protecting or spoon-feeding the group.

The government should have a far-sighted view and not worry about temporary setbacks (not depend on opinion polls as they would go up when the end results are derived). Just like us, we were “compelled” to learn things in a hard way after we arrived in a new place.

Initially it was hard but eventually we triumphed. Frankly, things are not so hard but politicians like to think in a complex manner. It is time for the Malaysia government to take stock and revert to basics else we could expect a change of the guard in four years time though it is probably too late now.

George CN Lee is a reader from Down Under (Australia).

Malaysia sinks into recession with economy contracts 6.2pc in Q1

Still remember when Najib and Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said early of this year when they paint rosy picture of Malaysia economy....when they shouted loudly that Malaysia won't go into recession?

What happen now?

As long as idiot BN government leading this country and still apply the "Economic Denial Syndrome ", Malaysian will suffer like hell.....

By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 - The Malaysian economy is worse than expected, contracting 6.2 per cent in the first quarter from a year ago, its worst fall since the fourth quarter of 1998 at the height of the Asian financial crisis.

It is the first time in eight years that the gross domestic product (GDP) has experienced a quarterly contraction which also translates to a drop of about 7 per cent from the last quarter of 2008.

Bank Negara also believes that it has continued into the second quarter and while the central bank is confident of improvements in the second half of 2009, governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz would not say if Malaysia would return to positive growth this year.

The government had expressed optimism that the export-driven economy will return to growth in the third quarter after slumping in the first half of 2009 as exports plunged.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had already cautioned the government will revise down its forecast for Malaysia to weaken by one per cent for most of 2009

“The second quarter will be very similar to the first. But there will be improvements in the second half,” Zeti said.

She explained that measures taken to strengthen the economy, which includes two government stimulus packages amounting to RM20 billion to be spent this year, may support positive growth in the last quarter and into 2010 if the situation externally is favourable.

Despite admitting that two quarters of negative growth would be considered a recession, Zeti refused to be drawn on whether Malaysia has slumped into one.

“We are now in very exceptional circumstances,” she said, explaining why making forecasts is difficult.

“We already anticipated a very slow growth as the financial crisis has become more prolonged than earlier expected and the deterioration in global economy was far greater than expected,” Zeti told reporters.

The hardest hit sector in the quarter was manufacturing which was down 17.6 per cent although construction, which has been a key element in the stimulus packages, managed to register a 0.6 per cent growth.

The services sector was also down 0.1 per cent after it had grown by 7.2 per cent for 2008 with the transport and storage sub-sector shrinking by 3.9 per cent, its first drop since 2003.

The country’s short-term growth depends on a global recovery boosting demand for its electronics, oil and commodities exports and also on Asian giant China’s consumption holding up.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, has said Malaysia will have to change its economic model in order to generate future growth, adding he would concentrate on innovation and creativity particularly in services for Asia’s third-most export-dependent nation.

Najib will announce a new GDP forecast tomorrow.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Only 20pc of PSD scholarships given on merit

Again and again.....our beloved government is chasing away qualified and good talents from Bolehland. While these talented and top students are given scholarship by countries such as Singapore, UK, Australia , US and etc, these students are just not good enough in the eye of our government...............

Excuses and more excuses given by JPA. The award process has never been transparents.

We Malaysian have been paying enormous taxes but most of the time the money has not been accounted and allocated properly.....

The Malaysian government owes us an answer................

Slogan like "One Malaysia" is just a rubbish for us if the governing party still act like an idiot... Enough is enough

By Shannon Teoh

PUTRAJAYA, May 18 — Only 20 per cent, or one in five, of Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships are given based on merit while the rest are allocated based on racial quotas.

This appears to be a key factor leading to the public outcry over the large number of top-scorers in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Malaysia's school-leaving exam, not obtaining scholarships to further their studies.

This was revealed when DAP leaders, including its parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and information chief Tony Pua, met with PSD director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam today.

Also present was DAP Socialist Youth chief Anthony Loke, who told The Malaysian Insider that Ismail had confirmed that 60 per cent of scholarships were given out based on the population ratio of respective races.

Another 10 per cent is set aside for East Malaysian Bumiputras and the same ratio for underprivileged students.

"This is at odds with what Parliament Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told the house last year, when he said it would be split according to a 55:45 ratio," Loke said.

The Rasah MP said that there was no way that the current method of allocation could hit that desired ratio.

"This change of policy is why there are more clear-cut cases of qualified students not getting scholarships this year," Loke added.

Ismail had on Saturday asked the public for understanding as there are 8,000 students who qualify on merit but his department had only 2,000 scholarships to allocate.

Lim, in a press conference on Friday, had called for students with nine 1As and onwards to "automatically qualify for scholarships, especially now that the new prime minister has promised to put the people first."

Pua today also called for a total reform of the system, saying that too many high achievers were falling through the net and that pre-university courses such as A-levels or the local equivalent, Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia, were a more accurate benchmark for who deserved a scholarship.

"We should change the benchmark to the point when they actually apply to enter university. Then if you do not get accepted into a certain list of universities, there is no argument – you are simply not qualified for a scholarship," he told The Malaysian Insider.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Well Said Malaysianinsider....These are the talk cock politicians that will be despised by the people when next general election comes.....Sayorana to both of you......

One Malaysia..? Last One for both of you lah...........

Najib and Khairy’s unconvincing Perak script — The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 — What do Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Khairy Jamaluddin have in common?

Well apart from sharing an image problem in pockets across the country, they both believe that if you stick to a porous script and repeat it often enough, you still can turn over doubters.

This is clear from the justification both of them used in defence of the power grab in Perak. Decrying the double standards being employed by the Opposition and the alternative media, they noted that it was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who started the cross over craze by predicting a mass exodus from the Barisan Nasional and the collapse of the Federal Government on September 16.

All the BN did was execute better and bring that plan to fruition in Perak.

Speaking to reporters in Manado, Najib said: “Don’t forget that on September 16, who had wanted to steal 21 of our members of parliament. But when he failed, and we succeeded in Perak, we were then said to be undemocratic. We have been accused of seizing power.

“It was the Opposition who first tried to seize power but without success…we didn’t start it.’’

Speaking to reporters after attending an Umno Youth meeting, Khairy called Anwar a hypocrite for courting defections last year but suddenly favouring going to the polls after the defection of three Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers.

It is not a coincidence that both reached for the same justification.

It is part of the Perak 101 information package being distributed to party members. Umno officials feel that they have remained too silent in the psychological warfare being waged by Pakatan Rakyat over the Perak crisis, and believe that they need to carpet bomb Malaysia with their version of events to neutralise the poisonous mood on the ground. Apart from the cliché of two wrongs do not make a right, there is a problem with this “Anwar-did-this-so-why-can’t-we-also” defence.

It conveniently forgets that not everyone in the Opposition embraced Anwar’s crossover plan, with several senior DAP and PAS politicians openly calling it undemocratic and unconstitutional.

Also, Anwar was lampooned and ridiculed by bloggers and writers for his hot air trick after September 16 came and went. In short, it is incorrect to say that Anwar was given the bunga mangga treatment by all Malaysians when he talked about his impossible dream.

If there was no hoopla surrounding his great cross over plan it was because he has been known to indulge in hyperbole before.

Many Malaysians view the Perak power grab as unconstitutional and undemocratic because they BELIEVE that:

• Sultan Azlan Shah acted incorrectly and overstepped his powers when he refused to dissolve the state assembly and call for elections or even convene a state assembly to test the Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin’s support in the House. Instead he asked Nizar to step down.

High Court judge Abdul Aziz Ab Rahim confirmed the gut feel of Malaysians when he declared that Nizar was the rightful mentri besar and could only have been removed through a motion of no-confidence in the House.

Najib today put a different spin on the Sultan’s action, saying that the Ruler followed the same principle in appointing Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir as MB as he did after Election 2008 when he appointed Nizar to the position. The latter had the majority support after March 2008 and Zambry had the support of the majority after the defection.

Err, that picture he’sketched is incomplete.

Yes, Nizar was appointed MB because Pakatan Rakyat had 31 state assemblymen against the 28 of BN.

As the High Court judge noted when Nizar sought the dissolution of the assembly, it was not because he had lost the confidence of the majority but because there was a possible deadlock in the House after the disappearance of Messrs Osman, Jamaluddin and Hee.

So Sultan Azlan Shah should not have played kingmaker and asked Nizar to step down.

• Institutions of the country namely the monarchy, judiciary and the police are incapable of acting as honest brokers in the Perak crisis.

The doctrine of the separation of powers upheld on five occasions by the courts here and in Commonwealth countries and defended by arguably one of Malaysia’s best legal brains (the late Eusoffe Abdoolcader) was tossed out by the Federal Court when it ruled that it was the task of the Election Commission to declare a casual vacancy in the assembly.

Till today, the apex court has not supported its decision with the grounds of judgment. Why?

See the problem with the justification raised by Najib and Khairy is this: it discounts what Malaysians have seen, read and heard since the epochal election in March 2008.

The justification will only be effective if Malaysians exist in a vacuum.

Attempts to liken what Messrs Hee, Osman and Jamaluddin did to Winston Churchill’s decision to change political parties would have worked if Malaysians are as cut off from the rest of the world as North Koreans.

But we are not.

The Internet tells us that Churchill crossed over for ideological purposes, and suffered a demotion for it.

The Internet also tells us that in September 2008, Khairy dared the Pakatan Rakyat government to sack Osman and Jamaluddin after both of them were charged with corruption.

Today, he is quite happy to call them colleagues.

“Ultimately it is a question of principles, consistency and standards,” expounded the youth wing chief yesterday as he hammered away at Pakatan Rakyat.

Yes it is.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kit Siang: Why must deserving Malaysian students always beg for scholarships?

The same case happened again and again and again.....One Malaysia ....My footlah

By Melissa Loovi

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 – DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang is demanding answers from the government as to why Malaysian students with straight A results must continue to appeal year after year to obtain scholarships for their higher education.

“These students with nine 1As and onwards should automatically qualify for scholarships, especially now that the new prime minister has promised to put the people first,” said Lim.

“If (Prime Minister) Najib (Razak) is really serious about his 1Malaysia ideal of ‘People First’ and ‘Performance Now’, then why are we still reduced to begging each year?” Lim told reporters here today.

Lim’s remarks today was in reference to a recent newspaper report in which a minister said that under the new PSD scholarship scheme agreed to by the Cabinet two months ago, 20 per cent or 400 of the 2,000 scholarships offered this year were for excellent students while 60 per cent were for bumiputra and non-bumiputra SPM leavers nationwide. The remaining 20 per cent was split evenly between East Malaysian bumiputra SPM leavers and disabled students who excelled in their studies.

“If it was decided two months ago, then why is it not being implemented? Does this mean the Cabinet decision is a sham? All Cabinet ministers should explain why they lack the political will to implement a decision they had made previously?” asked the Ipoh Timur MP.

Lim also cited yesterday’s statement by MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat who said that a meeting would be held among Barisan Nasional component party leaders, the PSD director-general and the Chief Secretary to the Government to discuss the matter and reconsider rejected cases.

He then questioned a separate news report in which PSD director Tan Sri Ismail Adam said there would be no review of the selection criteria for PSD scholarships.

“Does this mean Ong Tee Keat is lying?” queried Lim. “Or is the PSD sabotaging the Cabinet?”

DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua and Teratai state assemblyman Jenice Lee added that the never-ending controversy over the award of government scholarships needed to be addressed conclusively to prevent the same issue from cropping up repeatedly.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

When the no ball Najib talk cock again..........

but but but.......when the no balls Najib pass the buck again...............................

This is one Malaysia PM? My foot..........

Najib says it again, we can talk about Perak but ...

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

PUTRAJAYA, May 14 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today reiterated that Barisan Nasional is willing to talk to Pakatan Rakyat in order to resolve the political deadlock in Perak but stressed that there must be no preconditions.

"It must also be done with respect towards the rules, inside or outside the state assembly, and there must not be any preconditions," the prime minister told a press conference today.

In a bid to find a solution to the three-month-old impasse in Perak, Pakatan leaders said they are willing to let their guard down and cooperate with rivals BN in finding ways to resolve the matter.

However, BN must agree to dissolve the state assembly and hold fresh elections before Pakatan leaders would agree to sit down and talk but Najib today said it is not for him to decide if the state assembly should be dissolved or not.

"That is up to the Sultan to decide," he said.

Although Najib's statement is technically correct, the public and especially Perakians believe that BN's reluctance to agree to the dissolution of the state assembly to pave the way for fresh elections is because the ruling coalition fears that it would perform poorly just as it did in past by-elections.

Najib, however, said BN fears no one and is always willing to face the music.

"BN is not afraid. We have to face the rakyat and we will face the rakyat. We have faced the rakyat many times," he said.

Meanwhile, Najib also commented on PAS spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat’s rejection towards the unity government proposal, saying that Umno had never proposed anything to the Islamic-based party as claimed by many.

"So how can you (Nik Aziz) reject what was never even proposed in the first place," he said.

Worst still, they have not waked up......

Umno raps Gerakan’s Teng for comment on Perak crisis

IPOH, May 14 — Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan was today criticised for proposing the Perak state assembly be dissolved as his comment can cause friction in Barisan Nasional (BN).

"In this situation, he should instead encourage and support BN," Kubu Gajah assemblyman Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar told Bernama.

He said Teng should also instead focus on efforts to rebuild Gerakan in Penang.

"Doesn't Teng know that BN has the majority voice in Perak? Doesn't he know that the crisis in Perak is due to Pakatan Rakyat's refusal to accept the fact that they have lost the majority?" he asked.

At a press conference in Penang yesterday, Teng said that dissolving the Perak state assembly would enable the people of Perak to decide who should rule the state.

Umno information chief Ahmad Maslan said it should be explained to the people of Perak why BN had the right to govern the state as BN had the majority in the state assembly.

"The Perak political crisis is a national issue and needs to be explained to everyone in the state to avoid confusion," he said.

Ahmad, who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said he would explain every issue pertaining to the Perak political crisis during his visits to the states soon. — Bernama

Insaf Insaflah Umno......................

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shocking photos for Perak State Assembly..................

What a shocking photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because of power crazy, some sick persons even dare to bring banned weapons to the State Assembly.......

See to believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

person suspected to carry a weapon in perak state assembly building on 070509 130509

Worst still the way they dragged Sivakumar the legitimate Perak Speaker is totally unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Thanks for the courtesy of Malaysiakini)

Najib and Zambry, you owe Rakyat an answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sivakumar 2

Best Combinations to bring Perak to greater height

No doubt Raja Nazrin Shah and Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin are the best combinations to bring Perak to greater heights.....

As for this power crazy back door MB who equates himself to Mandela & Gandhi (What a real joker he is !!!!!!) , We should say no to him.................

" Tak Nak" to Zambry

zambry arrived suk perak 130509

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

From High Court to Court of Appeal.............

It does not matter how the court has judged who is the legal MB. The damage has already done. Now in the eye of foreigner, Malaysia's state of assembly is just like a circus occupied by a bunch of irresponsible politicians who never walk the talk. They only good at providing lip service.

If they really put the people first, why they never dare to return the powers to people ?

Why they never dare to seek Sultan's consents to dissolve the state assembly........?

Malaysia will have no future if they are still governed by a bunch of politicians who never dare to face their boss i.e. Rakyat.............................

Put People First....My Foot.....

Perak crisis: Put people first, says Muhyiddin


KUALA LUMPUR: It is the people’s interest which should be put first however the political crisis in Perak fans out.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said all parties involved in the crisis must find a solution quickly so that the people were not affected.

“If there is no overall approach to overcome the problem, we are worried this will drag on for some time. Other parties may see a different approach although this is linked to the Constitution,” he said after visiting the ministry’s education technology division and recording a message for Teacher’s Day.

He was asked about the High Court ruling on Monday that Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was the rightful mentri besar of Perak.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said whatever decision is made, there must be a strong state government that could help Perak to develop further.

When Power Crazy Zambry speaks like zombies.....

I just cannot stop laughing when I read the news about Zambry trying to compare himself with Mandela and Gandhi......What a real joker he is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zambry, you are just an illegal MB who do nor dare to face the rakyat, you are just humiliate yourself when you are trying to compare yourself with Mandela and Gandhi. Mandela and Gandhi were truly elected and respected by people while you were just a back door MB.............

On one hand you had said you would respect court decision but on the other hand you appeal all the way to court of appeal in the wee hours even the judge has not waked up!!!!!!!! what the heck are you talking?

People will only listen to a wise man like KU LI when he shut your big mouth.....

Btw, I am really amazed with the speed of Court of Appeal listening to Zambry appeal.......wah really effiicientlah..............

Zambry compares himself to Mandela, Gandhi


IPOH: Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, whose nearly three-month tenure as mentri besar was ruled illegitimate by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday, has likened himself to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

Warning Pakatan Rakyat not to under-estimate him, he said the High Court’s “shocking decision” did not mean he would give up the fight.

“To me, losing the mentri besar post will not reduce my fighting spirit in upholding the truth.

If reinstated Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his “friends ... assume that the High Court’s decision will dampen my spirit, then they have read me wrong,” he said in a blog entry early Tuesday morning.

He said a person did not need to hold a post in his struggle to uphold the truth, and likened the recent struggles faced by him and his “comrades from the Barisan Nasional” to those endured by politicians like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

“Nelson Mandela sacrificed his freedom for 27 years in order to free South Africans from the grip of ‘apartheid.’

“Gandhi also sacrificed his life for the sake of India’s independence and so his people would be able to live without caste or religious boundaries,” he said.

Dr Zambry said however that it was lucky for him that his struggles had not caused him physical harm or loss of freedom.

“I only had to withstand the negative perceptions that Nizar and his people have created of me and the Barisan’s image.

“I know it will be hard to change such perceptions for their accusations are all over the Internet,” he said.

He also accused Pakatan Rakyat of being “greedy,” expressing disbelief at Pakatan’s “swift way of moving back into power,” especially the way they had reported to work at the state secretariat at 7:15am Tuesday, saying this was part of their “tyranny.”

Dr Zambry also reiterated that he accepted the High Court’s decision with an open heart and vowed that he would not question it.

“I will not be like the Pakatan which practises ‘selective justice’ by only accepting the decisions that favour themselves and rejecting those that do not,” he said.

Dr Zambry also maintained that the Federal Court’s decision that Speaker V. Sivakumar had no right to suspend him and his six executive councillors still held, although the High Court ruled that Nizar was the rightful mentri besar.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Nizar is legal MB Perak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations, Nizar!!!!!!!!!!! now you can work with Raja Nazrin Shah again.......

Raja Nazrin Shah conversation with Nizar are still fresh in my mind.......

"I don't want to get involved in this. I just want to give my speech, so respect my speech, when I am giving it. You understand that? If you want tto work with me in future, you have to respect my speech. Understand? "So go and tell that (to the Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen who had stood together in front of the royal dais) to take their seats." - Raja Dr Nazrin Shah

Read Full Report from Malaysiakini below.........

Court rules Nizar as legitimate MB
May 11, 09 10:54am
The Kuala Lumpur High Court today paved the way for a fresh battle in Perak by declaring that BN's Zambry Abd Kadir is not the legitimate menteri besar of Perak.Justice Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim then proclaimed Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful Perak menteri besar.His decision rubberstamped ousted Pakatan Rakyat MB Nizar's argument that he is still the legitimate menteri besar.Zambry's lawyer Cecil Abraham's application for a stay of proceedings pending an appeal was also rejected by the court.The judge said if the Sultan of Perak had wanted to order Nizar's resignation, he should have called the assembly to table a motion of no-confidence against PAS leader. He said that a new menteri besar could not be appointed as the office had not been vacatedThe decision is now set to bring about more uncertainty in the state. Nizar to meet sultanOnly last Thursday, Zambry and the BN coalition made some inroads in the state assembly by removing the Pakatan appointed speaker V Sivakumar and replaced him with R Ganesan from MIC.Nizar had sought a declaration that he was the he was the rightful menteri besar and to prevent Zambry from discharging his duty.The state has been in a political impasse since February after Sultan Azlan Shah urged Nizar to step down and appointed Zambry as the menteri besar.The sultan's decision was based on the defection of three Pakatan elected representatives to become BN-friendly independents.Nizar however has questioned the legitimacy of Zambry's appointment and has been pushing for the state assembly to be dissolved so that fresh elections could be held.Nizar's lawyers previously argued in the court that if he got the declaration, he would seek a fresh mandate to resolve the political deadlock.At present Pakatan and BN have 28 seats each in the state assembly but the three BN-friendly independents have shaded the power towards the BN side.After the decision, Nizar said that he would be seeking an audience with the sultan immediately to dissolve the state assembly and pave way for a state election

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Hee Yit Foong , May I know what is this?

Hee Yit Foong....

What is this ? Key Chain? Pen Drive ? Pepper Spray?

According to China Press, our beloved Ms. Hee at first said that the things she took on her hand was key chain. After further questioned by the press, she later said that this is a pendrive.

Pen drive? you must be joking man...............(oh so sorry .....she is a woman)

If this is a Pepper Spray? May I know is it legal to bring such offensive equipment to the legal assembly ?

To Perak voters, she has betrayed them this lady wants to play a same trick you guys will know what to do in the next election.......

Boom to bust

Boom to bust
A luxury condo standing in front of Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Tower. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
KUALA LUMPUR - PRICES of luxury condos that have mushroomed around the Malaysian capital's iconic Petronas Twin Towers in recent years are crashing as the global financial crisis hits.

Cashed-up Malaysians and foreign investors from Asia and the Middle East fuelled a boom in plush inner-city apartments that saw some 28 high-end buildings thrown up in the city centre.

But the international economic slowdown has seen prices at some buildings slump by up to 30 percent, while one in five properties languishes unsold on the depressed market, industry experts said.

'The situation is not good. There have been a lot of 'wait and see' buyers since late last year and I believe this attitude is still prevalent at this moment,' said Robert Ang from property consultant Rahim & Co.

'Given the bleak economic outlook, we don't see the situation improving at least for this year,' he added.

Tenancies are also down, and landlords are offering steep discounts on rentals, nervous that the traditional flood of new expatriates during the northern hemisphere summer may not materialise this year.

Rahim & Co estimates that sale prices for top Kuala Lumpur condos, including one plush development that features private swimming pools for each of its 94 apartments, will slump between 15 and 20 per cent this year.

Prices at the glitzy 607-unit Marc building, which also houses a fashionable restaurant and art gallery and is steps away from the Twin Towers, have plummeted about 30 per cent, according to industry sources.

Apartments that were selling for 1,300 ringgit (S$542) per square foot at their peak have been knocked down to 950 ringgit per square foot, making a three-bedroom condo more affordable at 2 million ringgit.

The 110-unit Meritz building was worth up to 1,500 ringgit per square foot when it was completed in the middle of last year but now prices have been slashed to an average 1,000 ringgit, with one sale sinking to 850 ringgit per square foot.

'The question is where is the demand coming from? Even without this economic downturn, we were already concerned about what demand there would be for these luxury condos,' said Ong Chee Ting, a property analyst at Maybank Investment Bank. -- AFP

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Was it worth it?

MAY 7 — Hee Yit Fong got the position and attention she craved for today. Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir received the guard-of-honour treatment he desired so much. And Barisan Nasional completed the sordid power grab in the state of Perak, earning the right to titles, perks and position but not what matters most to any government — legitimacy.

The three defectors (two who need some cover from serious corruption charges and one who was unhappy at being treated like a doormat by her comrades in the DAP) can enjoy their new-found status as kingmakers in the assembly.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the BN can at last calm the nerves of members and supporters who were beginning to believe that the coalition had lost its ability to win at any cost.

But at what cost? Was the prize so valuable that it was worthwhile trampling on the image and standing of the country’s important institutions, the Federal Constitution and the sense of right and wrong?

Surely not. Even the most myopic BN supporter has to agree that achieving power through the backdoor has come at a great cost to the judiciary, monarchy and the police, not to mention the new leaders in Putrajaya who have been trying to erase the negativity surrounding Umno with the 1 Malaysia concept.

Impact on judiciary: It is a sad day that even before a court makes a decision, the public have discounted the impartiality of the panel. But this appears to be the case in Malaysia today. Such is the cynicism and scepticism here today that more attention is paid to the composition of the Federal Court than the legal arguments made in the Palace of Justice.

That is what happens when decisions by illustrious and respected judges on the doctrine of separation of powers is ignored. This is what happens when Article 72 of the Federal Constitution (which puts matters in the legislative assembly beyond the scrutiny of the courts) is treated like a footnote.

Constitutional monarchy: One single incident has turned one of Malaysia’s most beloved families into villains. Instead of dissolving the assembly at the urging of Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak did the unthinkable — he asked Nizar to resign and installed BN as the new state government. By doing so, he refused to recognise that it is the right of Perakians to decide who represents them. He said recently that the Malay Rulers were above politics. Sadly, many Malaysians do not view the constitutional monarchy as honest brokers today.

Police: Crime appears to be spiralling out of control in Malaysia, snatch theft victims are dying on the streets and the men in blue seem more interested in enforcing a dress code and arresting social activists and politicians on lame-duck sedition charges. Really, the reputation of the Royal Malaysian Police takes a beating every time they forget that their duty is to serve the Malaysian public. But still they persist in acting in a manner which alienates the same people who are paying their salaries.

So was it worth it? Was taking power through the backdoor worth it? Only Malaysians can provide the answer to that question. They should do so at the ballot box at every opportunity between now and the next general election.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Swine Flu Hits Hong Kong.........

Not a pleasant labour day for Hong Kong people yesterday when a first case of swine flu or Influenza H1N1 has hit Hong Kong yesterday no thanks to a Mexican tourist......

May God bless Hong Kong people this time.........Nothing we can do this time except "wash hand,wash hand and wash hand...."

港確診H1N1 封維景酒店

Health workers entering the Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong yesterday after a Mexican staying there was confirmed to be suffering from the influenza A (H1N1). The Mexican had arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday from Mexico via Shanghai. The hotel has been cordoned off. — AFP picture