Monday, May 31, 2010

The evil that is Israel!

Sydney Morning Herald's As many as 19 killed as flotilla stormed, says Israeli army reported that: Israeli naval forces stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters before dawn on Monday, killing up to 19 pro-Palestinian activists, most of them reportedly Turkish nationals.

‘Tis a conflict that has now seen the ruthless fanaticism of the (rightwing) Israelis, their callousness* with Palestinian lives and their determination at all cost to deny relief to Palestinians whether in the world’s biggest prison Gaza or the bigger but segmented 'other prison', the West Bank.

* In 1994 mass murderer Baruch Goldstein, a fanatical Israeli, slaughtered 29 Muslims at prayer in the Cave of the Patriarchs and wounded another 150 with a machine gun. At his funeral, Rabbi Yaacov Perrin stated that even one million Arabs are ‘not worth a Jewish fingernail.’

That’s how fanatic the rightwing Israelis are, that’s how callous they have been with Palestinian lives.

They’re no different from the Nazis. I have written on this in my post Australian Opposition Leader became stupid for Israel where I pointed out:

The Israelis have become no different from the Nazis who massacred their forefathers in Europe during WWII.

Then the Nazis ghetto-rised Jews in European; now the Israelis ghetto-rise Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Then the Nazis imposed punitive group punishment on Jews; now the Israelis do likewise to Palestinians.

The the Nazis murdered Jewish children; now the Israelis massacre Palestinian babies.

At the heart of the tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, exist 2 words!

And what are they?

Judea & Samaria.

No matter what peace talks have been/are/will be proposed, or who pushed/pushes/will push these, the Israelis have no intention of participating in any such peace talks sincerely.

They want Judea and Samaria, the religiously scared lands of their ancestors back under Israeli flag. Any peace talks or a Palestinian State would put paid to that. That their so-called ancestral lands were stolen from others and therefore could hardly be religiously sacred is irrelevant – religious fanatics cannot be reasoned with.

Short of genocide - and we cannot put this beyond the rightwing Israelis as we have already seen dark glimpses of their willingness to perpetrate such by stealth in Lebanon (see my post Children of Qana) and recently Gaza - rightwing Israelis’ aim is to make Palestinian lives so bloody miserable that they would be demoralized and persuaded into migrating away from ‘Judea and Samaria’ - another form of ethnic cleansing.

In fact some years ago Ariel Sharon had openly and pointedly told the Palestinians to cross over to Jordan and make that their home.

On Gaza, some may point out that Ariel Sharon pulled the Israelis out of there, but that was only a tactical redeployment, to rationalize, facilitate and consolidate the Israeli defence until eventually they are ready to move forward again, and if they haven't succeeded in persuading those stubborn Palestinians to leave, then to push or pull the Arabs out completely from Judea and Samaria (West Bank as well).

It helps when they have a USA in their religious pockets.

Worst case scenario for the Israel would be for them to remain in a superior position to retain large tracts of Palestinian land (but sacred Hebraic Judea and Samaria) and control a vassal state of Palestine, preferably within Israel.

The biggest prize of all would be Jerusalem. Israelis and their kindred Jewish supporters have been secretly buying up large chunks of property in Jerusalem particularly from
Patriarch Irineous of the Jerusalem Greek Orthodox Church, which have infuriated Palestinian Christians and indeed Muslims.

The Israeli local authority has also been evicting Palestinians living there for eons, claiming that the Palestinians were illegal squatters. At the same time the Israeli government has been promoting illegal Jewish settlements around the city.

The aim is blatantly obvious, to secure Jerusalem totally in Jewish hands one way or another.

Yes, Jerusalem - King David stole this town from the Jebusites as he stole another man's wife, that of his most loyal general, Uriah before machiavellian-ly sending Uriah into battle to be killed, so as to secure Bathsheba completely for his sole enjoyment.

His descendants have the same propensity to break God's 8th commandment 'Thou shalt not steal'.

Jews (and most certainly Israelis) deem Jerusalem as the holiest city. I would not be entirely surprised that the Israelis have plans to re-build the 3rd Temple after the 'accidental' or convenient collapse of the al Aqsa mosque.

Coincidentally, each time the Israelis or their forefathers built a Temple, this was followed by a foreign invasion and a subsequent Diaspora. Could it be due to an ancient Egyptian curse made 4,000 years ago? For more, see my 2005 post The Curse of Jerusalem?

It's hardly surprising the Israelis have now resorted to Nazi-like atrocities to prevent the peace flotilla from reaching Gaza with relief aid – and their usual mantra? They were only preventing secret arms cargo (with their level of security they could easily check the cargo but no ... they're determined to deny at all cost any relief to Palestinians in the world’s biggest prison Gaza) and that they were only defending themselves against Palestinian attacks - machine guns against allegedly knives.

15 people mowed down by those so-called Children of the Holocaust!

The original Taliban - religiously racist!
Brothers of the Talibans
Clash of Civilizations, or Clash of Civilities?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Our judge of "extraordinary standing"

I read a f* amazing item in The Malaysian Insider’s Zaki Azmi to take a seat in Lincoln’s Inn.

It tells us that the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn would each year elect a very few to become honorary benchers.

Those elected would be on the basis of their extraordinary standing in their professions at the level of chief justice or similar or head of state.

Thus Zaki, our very dear Chief Justice of Malaysia has been so appointed Honorary Bencher of the Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four Inns of Court in Britain.

Well I f* be … I became speechless on reading this … though I have to admit since his appointment, Zaki has certainly been “extraordinary” but I won’t go deeper into this – but see my previous post Hall of Dishonour.

I wonder whether those idiots in Lincoln Inn have even bothered to follow WTF’s going on in our amazing Malaysian judicial world.

Currently there are three Malaysian judges appointed as Lincoln Inn’s honorary benchers – our very dear “extraordinary” Zaki, the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah and highly respectable Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram whom we have not seen lately in political cases at all.

Well, you may argue against my statement above of 'three Malaysian judges', observing that HRH is a former judge but I wonder, just wonder you know ... whether HRH ordering Nizar Jamaluddin to vacate the Perak MB position (a pretend show of power, according to Justice NH Chan, a former judge) would be a judicial decision, thus making him an active judge again.

“Extraordinary standing in their professions” – I thought of describing that statement as ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ but I think ‘f* amazing’ would do!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ali Rustam - a terrifying future danger

Do you know who Ali Rustam is?

No no, I don’t mean for you to tell me he’s the Malacca CM, head of a State which is renowned for its major product, Datukships galore ;-) …

… or that he’s the PPL's PPP's least favourite person on earth wakakaka – for more on why Kayveas doesn’t like him but may be forced to continue to bodek him, read what I had written last year:

Ali Rustam was the man, who as ‘guest of honour’ at the PPP annual general assembly in Malacca in October 2007, sneeringly told the
PPP to get out of Barisan Nasional if the party wishes.

Yes, as PPP's 'guest of honour' at the party's most important annual event!

Ali spat out those tsunamic hurtful words while gesturing rudely at the totally gobsmacked and highly humiliated PPP delegates: “PPP can leave BN. All of you can leave. Either today or tomorrow. Why wait until the general election? What’s there to wait for?”

[maybe after the March 2008 tsunami Kayveas might have regretted not taking up Ali’s advice wakakaka]

I blogged on the sorry saga in
The total humiliation of PPP - a lesson for BN parties.

Then in PPP a Disgrace - Denied Datukship, Denied Dignity: I wrote: Ali Rustam had been the man who completely forgot about the traditional etiquette of the Malays to be bersopan-santun (exercising good manners) and berhalus (showing refined behaviour), more so when he was afterall the PPP's guest of honour.

Apart from wondering how those PPP people could have the face (and certainly the thick hide) to swallow that humongous insult and utter humiliation, and remain like dumb-struck donkeys in the BN, we have come to learn that Ali Rustam had not been a nice person at all.

AAB was an equal a$$h*le because it took the chairperson of the BN one whole blooming week to comment on that shameful behaviour by Ali Rustam. Even then, AAB was a disgrace in not reprimanding Ali Rustam.

Anyway, what prompted me to raise a post again on Ali Rustam has been his comments in yesterday’s Malaysiakini Ali Rustam: Drug testing on animals a 'God-given right', which reported that bloke defending the state government's decision to allow the establishment of a multi-million ringgit biotechnology centre that will feature several animal testing laboratories.

Naturally animal rights activists have been appalled yadda yadda yadda.

While I am an animal lover I don’t support an extreme total ban on animal testing, because apart from the greater good that may be derived from such testings, we do have such testings on humans as well. In many cases, the tests on animals represent only the first step before they are applied to humans.

Yup, new medical drugs and safety features have to be tested on either animals or humans, or both, but so long as the testing on animals are done humanely and not for frivolous reasons (such as cosmetic experiments to develop methods and drugs to keep rich people young and sexually virile) I accept the reality and greater good of such testings.

But what galls me is Ali Rustam’s gorilla mentality (and I apologise to the ape, the real simian). MKINI reported him challenging the activists to volunteer themselves as test subjects as an alternative to drug testing on animals.

He said: "I should call this group for a dialogue and I will ask them if they are prepared to replace the rats and monkeys. If they are, then sign (a contract).”

No doubt his grossly stupid but postured jaguh-ish statement might have found gleeful admiration with the likes of those who applauded the ‘bocor’ comments in Parliament, but his low brow pariah mentality worries me.

For more of what I meant by 'bocor' mentality read Bocor business - AAB misses the whole point and No light at end of UMNO 'Tunnel'.

Firstly, Ali Rustam demonstrated that he continues to have that gorilla chest-thumping mindset that had led him, as the guest of honour at a PPP general assembly, to spit out a f*-off to his stunned hosts.

But most importantly and indeed most frighteningly, the reason for my worry is that he is a very popular man in UMNO - so popular that he would have been the DPM if not for a wee ‘inconvenience’ that took him out of the race and ensured (or, to ensure) Muhyiddin Yassin’s appointment to the No 2 spot.

Indeed I fear that in the next round of UMNO party election this terrible man may possibly become that terifying 'heartbeat away' from the No 1 spot. ‘Tis a horrendous thought for Malaysia.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

JAIS & Mufti of Selangor - silent on sports betting

Malaysiakini - Sports betting: 'Why are Jais and muftis silent?' - extract follows:

Shah Alam parliamentarian Khalid Samad hit out at the Selangor religious affairs department (Jais) and Selangor mufti Tamyes Abdul Wahid for being silent over the soccer betting license recently issued to the Berjaya Group courtesy of the federal government.

Their silence, Khalid said at a press conference in Shah Alam today, runs contrary to their earlier hardline and very vocal stand against the use of the term 'Allah' by non-Muslims.

Life’s a bitch, ain’t it, especially for JAIS and the Selangor Mufti wakakaka.

While I wouldn’t go to the extent of banning sports betting, I certainly wouldn’t promote it either. Thus, if it hasn’t gotten off the ground, then don’t approve it.

And who benefits if it does get approve, as it has already been!

Dear Vincent Tan of course - the dear close confidante of UMNO bigwigs.

Hmmm, I wonder what prompted RPK M2Day to allege that Ibrahim Ali owns shares in Ascot Sports, the gambling company owned by Vincent Tan.

Anway, Utusan Malaysia's Pak Kadir Jasin claimed that because Vincent Tan will benefit from the approval of football betting by as much as RM525 million, it proves that government largesse has gone mainly to Chinese – therefore he wants the government to give a fairer deal to the Malays, Aborigines and get this one (considering it's coming from an UMNO person, hope you don’t puke) Indians.

Pak Kadir has decided that from now on the once-marginalised-alone Indians (but good reliable BN voters) should have some company, namely the marginalised Malays and the marginalised everyone …

… except those Chinese who have been the principal ethnic group to benefit from government largesse.

What? You don’t believe him? Look at Vincent Tan!

Vincent Tan is typical of most Chinese, and most Chinese are like Vincent Tan, meaning they like him are blooming rich and powerful (mate of Dr Mahathir and various other PMs and Ministers – as we all know, most Chinese have PMs and Ministers as mates).

Anyway, once I wrote an article about the insidious cancer of gambling for CPI – see A disease deadlier than AIDS - I’ll post an expanded version one day.

I don’t suppose the Mufti of Selangor (and what about Mufti of Perak?) and JAIS would like to read my article?

Wakakaka – JAIS won't allow Christians to use the ‘Allah’ word but they closing one eye to gambling on football.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Americk Singh is back

Once I saw a video clip showing Americk Singh, the lawyer for Balasubramaniam of the double Statutory Declarations fame or if you like, notoriety. This was during the early days of Bala's Stat Decs.

Americk Singh assured everyone listening that he was completely ‘neutral’ in the ‘Najib f* Altantuyaa’ Stat Dec, and was only acting as the lawyer for Bala.

Then next, in November 2009, I read of his accusation in Malaysiakini Balasubramaniam's lawyer linked Najib to Bala's disappearance - wow!

Four days later Malaysiakini posted Bala's SD - Americk Sidhu clears Anwar Ibrahim from involvement.

Mr Singh stated: “… Anwar had nothing to do with the release of the first SD except to deliver a speech prior to the press conference at the PKR headquarters last July. I have had no communication with Anwar at all, and neither has he or any PKR member tried to contact me.”

I then wrote that I was greatly comforted by Americk’s assertion.

But what had puzzled me a tad, just a wee tad mind you, was that despite having no communication with Anwar or any PKR member, Americk was able to further assert that “… Many people think Anwar Ibrahim is behind all this. That is absolutely untrue. Anwar has no idea about this whole episode except what he may have read in the blogs and on Malaysiakini.”

Well, WTF did/do we non-lawyers know anyway!

Now, Mr ‘Neutral’ has arranged for a cost-free trip for MACC to fly to London to meet Bala. How kind of Mr Americk Singh! For more, see Malaysiakini MACC gets all-expense paid London date with Bala

Just in case you can’t remember who Mr Americk Singh Sidhu is, read my post Saiful sodomized? Bala sodomized!.

I had then written (extracts): He [Bala] was advised by his lawyer to report to the police station, as summoned, but unaccompanied by his own lawyer.

Indeed, where was his lawyer? Why didn’t he accompany Bala to the police station?

Yes, this was the guy who allowed his client Balasubramaniam, immediately after making the most damning Stat Dec in Malaysian public history against the powerful DPM of Malaysia, to report to a police station ALONE when every Malaysian knows that the most dangerous place in Malaysia was/has been/is the police station.


Related: Balasubramaniam story - brave broadcast or Ben-Hur-ish bullsh*t

Australian Opposition Leader became stupid for Israel

Recently the Australian government in an unusual move expelled an Israeli diplomat for the Israeli secret service forging Australian passports to use in the murder of a Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabouh in a Dubai hotel room.

I stated ‘unusual’ because Australia is even more supportive of Israel than the USA. One of the principal reasons for the strong support stems from the powerful Jewish lobby in Australia where, like their counterparts in the USA, they donate generously to both Labour Party and the Coalition (Liberal Party and the National Party).

Some years ago when Julia Irwin, a Labour Party backbencher raised an issue in Parliament supporting the Palestinians, Simon Cream the Labour leader (then opposition leader) rushed down swiftly to Melbourne to apologize (or reassure) the Jewish community that a Labour government would continue to support Israel.

So a Labour govement expelling an Israeli diplomat has to be considered a most monumental political step in Australian politics and international diplomacy.

But on the other hand, in recent times many countries like Australia and European nations have found that the conduct of the Israeli government has deteriorated to totally unpalatable, unacceptable and indeed heinous levels. The Israelis have become no different from the Nazis who massacred their forefathers in Europe during WWII.

Then the Nazis ghetto-rised Jews in European; now the Israelis ghetto-rise Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Then the Nazis imposed punitive group punishment on Jews; now the Israelis do likewise to Palestinians.

The the Nazis murdered Jewish children; now the Israelis massacre Palestinian babies.

But so powerful is the Israeli lobby in Australia that the federal Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Bishop has become so unbelievably stupid as to defend Israel by ..… [guess what?] … yes, by condemning her own country Australia as equally guilty of forging passports of other nations.

Now consider this - the Australian Opposition is not like the Malaysian one where the ruling party ignores them altogether. In Australia, the Opposition is treated respectfully as the alternative government in waiting and accorded same entitlements and almost similar privileges (short of ruling the country).

So for an Australian deputy opposition leader to condemn her own country so as to defend a foreign nation, it truly boggles the mind.

And for what … yes, for a wicked evil Deutronomic Israel!

Julia Bishop should resign her seat and hang her head in shame. But her gross stupidity bespeaks the staggering power and influence of the Jewish-Israei lobby here in Australia, and also in the USA and throughout the European nations.

For more, see Sydney Morning Herald’s Australia forges passports too, says Bishop [news video available]

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hall of Dishonour

Once upon a time, long long ago, we had the best police force in Asia. Then the rot started to creep in like an insidious cancer until we have today a terrible malign (note: not 'maligned') police organization. As they say of a rotting fish, the decay began at the head.

Today the police station is deemed the most dangerous place in Malaysia, though I have to argue it may just lose this notorious ranking, which incidentally brings us to the next malign (not 'maligned') organization .....

Once upon a time, we had an anti corruption agency (ACA) which was headed (note: not ‘helmed’ as Malaysiakini journalists and editors would have put it wakakaka) by a judge who I believe was Justice Hashim. Our ACA became a model for many wannabe ACA’s in Asia. How far has the once mighty fallen.

Anti corruption investigation then was based on proper process of legal searches, professional analyses, evidence based proofs, etc but not strong arms tactics like bashing or even dangling someone by his belt from a precarious position very very high up as an intimidation tactic.

Then the rot started until its current reincarnation MACC is now suspected of being corrupt, of heeding the directives of certain politicians to harass and persecute (not just prosecute) people from another political party. Non-BN politicians are pursued on alleged corruption of sums amounting to around RM2,500 while BN personalities dare flaunt their obscene wealth openly, a wealth which cannot be explained by known kosher income means.

In one of those so-called investigations on non-BN politicians, a young man who was supposedly a mere witness was found dead at a MACC building on the eve of his wedding after an overnight interrogation. The MACC now faces ignominy if found guilty of causing the death of a witness - as I alluded above, it may seize the dishonour of being the most dangerous place in Malaysia from the police, the two organizations sadly validating the Malay proverb of Pagar makan padi.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves?

While the above two organizations were jostling for top notoriety, a third organization has swiftly, surreptitiously and sinisterly overtaken them as the ultimate in opprobrium – the Judiciary.

Some of those who manned this once-hallowed and highly respectable body are so thick skinned that they feel no iota of shame in their inconsistent judgement, with some judges even ruling in a subsequent and virtually similar case against their own earlier ruling in another case.

While the original Adorna ruling was a significant notch in the Halls of Dishonour for the untold misery it wrecked on rightful owners of land and property while wickedly condoning (actually approving) transactions based on criminally manufactured documentations, it was not as threatening as the case of a Perak State constitutional issue, where the Judiciary brazenly saw fit to intrude, interfere and intervene in matters clearly belonging in the domains of the Legislative, just so to benefit a party (call it ‘A’) against another political party (let’s call this one ‘B’)

Then the very same judges in another case just a few months later (yes, only months later, not centuries), on the dismissal of Anwar Ibrahim as the DPM, reverse its ruling as if recanting, and pompously but pukishly pontificated that the Judiciary has no say in matters rightfully belonging to the Legislative.

That the Judiciary was correct in the second incident* is totally besides the point because (yup, your guess is right) the totally 180 degrees belakang pusing ruling this time was made in favour of a member of Party A.

* I think an 'incident' rather than a 'case' would be a more appropriate term to describe its shenanigan

While they were playing F*’s in Perak against the most inviolable basic tenet of the Constitution where the three arms of a democracy, namely the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, must not interfere in each other's domain of jurisdiction, they were at the same time also playing F*’s with the juridical sacred cow of Stare decisis et non quieta movere ('maintain what has been decided and do not alter that which has been established') or legal precedence.

If we were desperately looking for a Malaysian Boleh pseudo-form of mitigation for them, we could argue they have been consistent in two aspects, namely, their final ruling would always favour Party A, and they must have super Kevlar quality hides for their ‘now is white, then was black’ ruling.

They have now deemed that MACC can interrogate witnesses etc throughout the night as required/desired, introducing a total inconsistency with police procedures which require interrogation to be only during the day and not night. Gawd, what other ‘liberties’ will they next accord MACC?

Now we come to the EC. The only reason why the EC hasn’t quite reached the level of notoriety of the above three is we only have them in mind during general elections (normally once every 5 years) and by-elections (in cases when an incumbent passed away or even more rarely, a resignation). But the little we have heard, like the postal vote counting in the recent Sibu by-election, has confirmed our suspicion of their bias.

I have been one who has particularly and consistently supported postal voting for the reason I don’t want the military, police or overseas Malaysian voters disfranchised from their citizens’ right to vote.

Yes yes, I do know the EC has deliberately disfranchised some Malaysian citizens overseas, coincidentally only those who could be potential Pakatan supporters but not those who are likely to support BN. These potentially overseas pro-Pakatan voters are not permitted to use postal voting unlike a Malaysian student (presumably the majority would be 'gratefully' on government scholarship), and are required (forced lah) to return to Malaysia to vote, yet a soldier or a policeman who is within driving distance from a polling booth is to use postal voting. That's our remarkable EC.

But the EC has now given me cause to doubt the integrity of this form of voting ... unless of course fair and transparent procedures are clearly enunciated, implemented, tightly and rigorously processed and completely accountable. Alas, I won't hold my breath.

These organizations have been described by a Malay mainstream media as ‘Malay institutes’ to be strongly upheld and defended from the criticisms of the unwashed, those hordes of 'nons'.

The description has been a gross insult to Malays as we see these organizations disadvantaging Malays from Pakatan, non-BN linked NGOs and the non-UMNO public. To take the outrageous ethnocentric claim to its ludicrousness, one of these 'Malay institutes' had recently killed a 14-year old boy named Aminulrasyid Amzah.

These bodies would be more correctly described as 'UMNO institutes'.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Re-introducing Malaysian Immortals to Kadir Jasin

The Malaysian Insider - MCA: Between largesse and being intellectual — A. Kadir Jasin.

Apparently MCA President, Chua Soi Lok (CSL), said the Chinese aren’t interested in largesse (or campaign bribes) but fair policies. Now, it doesn't require a rocket scientist to make this conclusion, following the post by-elections analyses for Hulu Selangor and Sibu.

Pak Kadir naturally attempted to shoot down CSL, to show that Chinese have benefitted enormously from UMNO's largesse, even more than Malays. He pointed out: From the outset I agree with him on the part about fair implementation of policies Had government policies been implemented fairly and effectively there would not have been the gaping income gaps among the races states and regions.

Pak Kadir went on to highlight that official statistics that accompanied the launching of the New Economic Model show that 60 per cent of households earn below RM3,000 a month, and 80 per cent of them are Bumiputera households.

However he remained silent about the scores of NEP created billionaires and the likes of Daim Zainuddin, and not forgetting the (Barry Wain revealed) multi-billion ringgit waste that the UMNO-led government had wrecked upon the Malaysian taxpayers.

Instead he centred on personalities such as Vincent Tan and Ananda Krishnan to show that government largesse have benefitted the Chinese and some Indians as exemplified by the above two tycoons.

He wrote: With one stroke of the pen by the finance minister allowing football betting, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan is richer by RM525 million. His Ascot Sports sold 70 per cent of the business to his corporate vehicle Berjaya Group. If that’s not gargantuan largesse, I don’t know what.

Vincent Tan’s Berjaya Group took off when it was awarded the privatisation of Sports Toto in the 1980s while Ananda Krishnan became an overnight sensation when he was awarded the super-lucrative privatisation of the Jalan Ampang race course and a series of gaming and telecommunications franchises plus considerable seed capital from state-owned funds.

My dear Pak Kadir, you must be honest and ask yourself whose pals are these two? Or are you saying they're typical representatives of the non-Malay communities? Puhleeeze lah, at least be intellectually honest!

And in the context of CSL’s discussion, about the unaccepted pre election campaign of (as an example) RM5 million in Sibu, would you believe me if I declare that Vincent Tan is not really Chinese and Ananda Krishnan not Indian?

They are beyond mere ethnic classification, because they're Immortals, placed on Mount Meru by UMNO bigwigs to live with them.

Though they aren’t the only Chinese and Indian Immortals, they most certainly don’t represent the average member of the Chinese and Indian communities. OK, if you don’t like to use the term Immortals to describe them, then what about Puteras, and of course Puteris for the ladies.

Yes, you can call them the BN-Puteras or BN-connected Puteras.

Thus they’re actually Malaysian political nobility or politically connected nobility, not unlike people like Daim Zainuddin, Khir Toyo, Peh Mor (White Hair) and a host of many others, all of whom you would know.

Now, as a matter of interest, who are the important personalities who have just led Sime Darby into a billion ringgit cost overrun in 4 projects? Never mind, yawnnn, after all what's new in Malaysia?

And by the way, any chance of ordinary Malay, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, etc (qualified ones, mind you) getting on the Board or into the top management of organizations like Sime, MAS, Petronas etc?

Admit it, you have to be a 'chosen' one, a BN-beautified Immortal, to gain access.

When CSL talked about largesse he wasn’t referring to the Immortals' type of largesse which runs into several hundreds of millions or billions. CSL was talking about the crude form of pre election (attempted but unsuccessful) bribery, and he has been absolutely correct when he stated: ... the Chinese community is no longer concerned with bread-and-butter issues but with intellectual issues such as fair implementation of policies.

Yes, give us mortals and our children equality in terms of, for example, university entries and appointments, careers in the Malaysian Civil Services, Armed Forces and Police, and please don't put invisible obstacles or limiting stops in the path of the non BN people (not necessarily just opposition but non political Malaysians) in ascending on merits to any one of those top positions like the Chief of the Armed Forces or any of the Armed Services, the IGP, the Civil Service and university VC’s.

Make our streets safe again and our public institutions honest, fair and competent.

We in turn would be quite happy to turn over to you any further largesse that UMNO may be planning to give to Vincent Tan, Ananda Krishnan, Khir Toyo, Daim Zainuddin, his erstwhile protégés and all those BN and BN-connected fat cats like Razak Baginda and his astonishing commission in the purchase of submarines.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jail or fined an extra RM1,000?

Malaysiakini - Polygamy: Bung Moktar jailed 1 month, fined RM1,000

Even if convicted, his position as BN MP for Kinabatangan is pretty safe because he would only lose it if sentenced to not less than one year's jail or fined not less than RM2,000.

But Tian Chua and Gobalakrishnan, both PKR MPs, may lose their federal seats because of a fine of RM3,000 each.

Which is worse, a jail term or a fine of a mere RM1000 above the 'magic' line of RM2000?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Malaysian meaning of 'gratitude'


It means the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful, or experiencing appreciation.

The adjectival form is 'grateful' which the dictionary defines as warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received, as in “I am grateful to you for your help.”

But in Malaysia, while Malay and Indonesian dictionaries provide basically the same meaning as for the English word, apparently 'gratitude' has a totally different meaning when uttered by people like Ibrahim Ali.

I mulled over this strangeness for a while before I decided to look under ‘feudalism’ which came up with:

A system of obligations that bound lords and their subjects in
Europe during much of the Middle Ages. In theory, the king owned all or most of the land and gave it to his leading nobles in return for their loyalty and military service. The nobles in turn held land that peasants, including serfs, were allowed to farm in return for the peasants' labor and a portion of their produce. Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society.

I believe Ibrahim Ali could have these two [yellow highlighted] sentences in mind when he spoke of the lack of ‘gratitude’ of the Chinese, that is, modifying the former a wee bit to read "In theory, the PM owned all or most of the land and gave it to his supporters in return for their loyalty ..." and “Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society”.

While we pitifully bash poor Ibrahim Ali, in reality he is nobody other than a front. I told my matey well-known blogger Walski of the incredible blog myAsylum that the bloke is just a survivor.

Look, if Pakatan becomes the ruling party one day, Ibrahim Ali will be there beside the new Pakatan PM singing a new song titled ‘Reformasi is for me’; if PAS assumes power, Ibrahim Ali will replace the Kulim Wonder as the No 1 Islamic warrior of Malaysia, and in the unlikely event of DAP becoming the ruling party, Ibrahim Ali of course will be in astronaut costume, helmet and all, to show he’s an ardent rocket jock wakakaka.

Yes, there is still a prevalent belief in some quarters of the medieval concept of "... the PM owned all or most of the land and gave it to his supporters in return for their loyalty ..." and “Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society”, where its symptom is sometimes laughingly referred to as The disease of 'sehelai kain pelekat & RM100'.

I had then written of it as: …
Malaysians in general, especially those of the earlier generations, don’t give a sh*t about corruption or corrupt pollies, or such stuff as accountability and transparency so long as they get some benefits, namely the sehelai kain pelekat and RM100 (allowing for inflation).

This has been why BN and in particular UMNO have been getting away with blatant corrupt practices for the past 52 years (and expect more years of such to come) as manifested in the overtly obscene ostentatious Bali Palace and the Satay Palace in Klang, ...

... and how 600 Janome sewing machines and even the arrogant boast of how 10 years of public works was compressed into one month won the day in the Ijok by-election in 2007.

But after 52 years of waving the same sehelai kain pelekat, even RM3 million in Hulu Selangor and RM5 million in Sibu were no longer acceptable.

Naturally the 'unbelievable' repetitive act by both the Chinese of Hulu Selangor and Sibu in disdainfully rejecting the feudal Lord's 'magnificent' offer has shocked some people whose front man has been Ibrahim Ali.

They asked in complete puzzlement: WTF has been going on with those Chinese? What’s wrong with them?

Indeed, why aren’t they 'grateful', more so when “… people [like them] were born with a permanent position in society”?

Of course these people don't see that the lollies they had brazenly offered as inducements to gain the support of voters don't belong to them in the first place but in fact to the voters!

The answer to the angry puzzlement of Ibrahim Ali and his likes has been out there all along, but when they don't want to see it, then they see naught.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Najib O Najib!

Of all Malaysia’s PMs, it can be said that Najib is the most cosmopolitan, the most westernized, a person deemed as most au fait with cultural sensitivities …

… yet he astonished me (still do) with his unmitigated RM5 million worth of crudeness to Sibuans in his "Let's make a deal. If you deliver me Robert Lau Jr on Sunday, I will sign the cheque on Monday".

He also did that in a fashion with a Chinese school in Hulu Selangor.

In both cases the Chinese to whom he attempted to bargain with spurned his offer by not voting for BN (BN winning HS does not hide the fact of diminished Chinese support).

Whether it’s a bribe or not is beside the point – it’s crude, tasteless and inexplicable coming from such a sophisticated man like him.

These are words that a PM should never be involved with, let alone utter them.

If those words had come from Muhyiddin I would not* be at all surprised but ...

* thanks Anon of 5:16 PM, May 18, 2010 for pointing out my missing word ;-)

Alamak, I have been totally flabbergasted by his faux pas (twice at that).

Malaysiakini - 'Najib violated election law'.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Abang Tapai of Ayer Itam

While we’re all waiting for the result of the Sibu by-election, you may wish to read my new post over at my other blog KTemoc Kongsamkok, titled Abang Tapai.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sibu by-election - right down to the wire


Final Day - Najib to visit for third time tells us that tomorrow’s voting results may be right down to the wire.

Bridget Welsh, who is associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University, tip-toed daintily through the Sibu tulips without predicting any winner (unlike for Hulu Selangor where she correctly picked the BN) – see her article in Malaysiakini
A town at the crossroads.

Bridget tends to be more cautious than my matey Ong Kian Ming.

Ong predicts
DAP to win Sibu contest by 500 votes, the small majority reinforcing my remarks that tomorrow’s election outcome will be very very close, and explaining why Najib Tun Razak is worried enough to dash there for the 3rd time right on the eve of the big day for the 3 candidates. You may be assured it's not just for Sibu's famed udang galah.

If Ong is correct and DAP wins it will restore a federal seat back to Pakatan to compensate for the recent loss of Hulu Selangor.

The federal leaders of DAP have been wise to let the Sarawakians take charge of the campaign – no one pisses off a local more than a thinks-he/she-knows-all Peninsulaan – see my April’s post
Some advice on pantang's about SNAP.

In the meantime kaytee has difficulty in deciding who to vote for among the four sweeties:

However, I share my uncle’s favourite Miss Malaysia as Maggie Loo (picture below taken many years after her crowning glory in 1973. I have always been attracted to more mature women ;-) - see my explanation in Lustful fantasies - yum!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wee Choo Keong - wakeup call for PKR

What do we make of Wee Choo Keong quitting PKR?

In answering this, there is a danger of a syiok sendiri mentality taking hold and conveniently but dishonestly putting the blame solely on Wee.

When one PKR MP or ADUN leaves the party or worse, defects to the BN, he or she is either not a true believer or a bloody frog; but when several MPs and ADUNs leave PKR, frogs or no frog, the party needs to look at itself in the mirror, painful as this may be.

Why is there this difference between the PKR and DAP (or PAS)?

Of course we need to remember DAP had that most infamous Hee while PAS was duped by Ibrahim Ali into allowing him to stand under the PAS banner in Pasir Mas, but these two are isolated incidents (where if we look carefully, the former was to promote a disadvantaged person into mainstream politics), unlike the embarrassing pack of MPs and ADUNs deserting the PKR ship.

One should recall PKR's former deputy (or was it vice) president Chandra Muzzafar who warned against PKR picking up former DAP members, for the obvious reason if a person can leave party A, he may too party B. Wee would not have been able to join PKR had Chandra been still around. But then, Chandra Muzzafar himself had quitted earlier - no, don't tell me that he was a frog wakakaka because this would be precisely what I meant by PKR refusing to look at itself in the mirror.

Once there were severe criticisms against the DAP for being so tight ass (kedekut) and overly cautious about promoting new members as potential election candidates – the Rocket leaders would vet, screen and scrutinize an applicant a la Shaolin's 36 chambers of ordeal before accepting the person as a likely candidate for election or by-elections.
It’s not unlike but far more demanding than the Chandra Muzzafar doctrine, and in retrospect we have to say the DAP's stringent approach has been justified.

PKR’s problems may be attributed to many weaknesses, namely:

(1) they take on anyone as DUN or Parliamentary candidates, indeed all and sundry,

(2) Anwar Ibrahim plays favourites – otherwise how do you explain a political nobody like Low Gwo Burne being nominated as the PKR candidate for the federal constituency of Kelana Jaya immediately on his joining the party, just a mere 2 weeks before the 05 March 08 general election (why not a faithful and more senior member like sweetie Eli Wong?) or erstwhile best friend Nallakarrupan being prevented from contesting a PKR VP position in an earlier party election to ensure (it was alleged) Azmin Ali gets the last VP slot, and

(3) worse of all, there exists in the party a prevalent UMNO-like avaricious mentality among some of its leaders - these are the more likely people to defect.

If we recall, Wee left DAP because, it was rumoured, he felt Lim KS didn’t fight hard enough for him when our remarkable judiciary dipped its grubby toes into political waters and awarded the BB seat Wee won to the losing MCA candidate, a man already rejected by the BB voters.

It was said that Wee has never forgiven Lim KS for that when he saw by contrast how Lim KS had fought so hard for another person.

So this time, why has Wee left PKR? It’s too easy enough to accuse him of being a frog (he isn't ... yet) but that would just be avoiding the truth. Let's see what he has to say.

Wee claimed that Selangor PKR and the state government, meaning Khalid Ibrahim, had attempted to cover up the scandal involving a state-owned
mining company, presumably the same issue raised angrily by another PKR MP, S Manikavasagam of Kapar.

If what has been alleged is true, then what was it I say about 'a prevalent UMNO-like avaricious mentality among some of its leaders'?

Yes, the PKR faithful have condemned Manikavasagam as if he has been a traitor for exposing alleged dodgy dealings (on top of which PKR was allegedly attempting to cover that up). No doubt they would Wee as well – but that’s precisely what I meant by 'avoiding the truth'. That’s something for PKR Selangor to work out.

That Anwar Ibrahim is now far too well preoccupied to intervene or mediate should not be the issue as Anwar has never been a firm leader or a good manager for PKR – au contraire he has been accused, correctly so, of playing favourites. So the remaining PKR leadership better get on top of this issue, real fast before UMNO exploits it further - that is, if they have the guts, sincerity and will.

As for Wee, I am not sure where he will now go as the life span of an independent in Malaysian politics is equal to that of a tadpole during a drought, unless he is unconscionable enough to reinvent himself as a Chinese version of a grubby 'bullsh*t bullsh*t bullsh*t' ethnic warrior wakakaka.

Quo vadis Wee? Quo vadis PKR?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Secret trysts lead to salacious tiffs?

I’m sick of reading all the salacious nonsense in Sodomy trial hears of trysts across Asia.

If there had been ‘trysts’ (what a f* word and excuse the unintended pun), meaning an agreement between two lovers to meet at a certain time and place, in their case, all over Asia, then it’s consensual.

Can’t the blooming media please spare our delicate eyes and ears from the intimate descriptions and the grubbier ones like ‘not washing his arse’ for days? Gawd!

Uncle Lim unnecessarily churlish

I respect Uncle Lim KS but I feel that he was unnecessarily churlish in criticising Najib’s visit to a Tua Peh Kong’s temple in Sibu as too short, a ‘3-minute lightning visit’.

Uncle Lim tweeted: "If in vital Sibu by-election Najib can only spare 3mins 4 120yr TuaPekKong Temple after so much publicity what does it imply?"

The duration is not important – it’s the thought that counts, admittedly motivated by the Sibu by-election but nonetheless a welcomed act in contrast to the now-aborted May 13 rally which would have seen Dr M as its guest speaker.

I also don't believe in being unnecessarily personal - let's campaign on important policy and implementation issues.

BTW, for more of Tua Peh Kong or his official name of ‘Hock Teik Guan Suoi’ see my post at my other blog KTemoc Kongsamkok titled Dream No 1 - the God couldn't speak!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Home Minister must sack an unrepentant Selangor CPO

I am flabbergasted by the outrageously insensitive assertion by the Selangor CPO for demanding that Aminulrasyid Amzah's family should apologise, not him.

He responded in the most unbelievably obscene manner to the family of the 14-year old unarmed boy shot dead by his police. The dead boy's mother had demanded the police apologizes for the unwarranted killing.

It’s shocking that the CPO has the unmitigated gall to argue that Aminul’s family should apologize for allowing Aminul to drive without a licence, thus endangering the lives of the people of Shah Alam.

Did he mean that driving without a licence was a bigger injustice compared to killing someone for driving without a licence?

I wonder how such a person gets to become a CPO of one of the most important states in Malaysia? And I wonder when the Home Minister will finally find his backbone to sack this man!

The CPO even dared to borrow an American military excuse in the police killing of the unarmed 14-year old kid, namely “suspected” criminal.

Whenever American soldiers or airplanes shot or bombed innocent women and children they would quickly announced that x number of “suspected” terrorists were killed in an operations in PQR region.

Their press strategy was/still is to pre-empt any journalists from finding out and making adverse headlines, like for example, “USAF drones killed 27 Pakistani children in Pakistan NW region by mistake in a botched attempt to kill Talibans”.

By making the announcement first but using the word “suspected” in a press release that says “USAF drones killed 27 suspected terrorists in Pakistan NW region in an operations against the Talibans”, they would give the botched or callous operations an initial sheen of justification and thus control the headlines, at least for a while until any interest in or disgust over the murderous incident would have abated or be forgotten over time.

In Vietnam it used to be “collateral damage” but today this term would imply to their domestic front (the Yanks don’t give two dimes over what people overseas think of their callous aggression) that their military hasn’t taken adequate due precautions, and that they failed the due diligence test.

The adjective “suspected” carries a more legitimate justification than “collateral damage” for gunning non-Americans down.

The Selangor CPO has thus classified Aminulrasyid as a “suspected” criminal, perhaps to be gunned down?

Now he should explain why he thought Aminul speeding away was a “suspected” criminal that justified shooting at?

Couldn’t the driver of a car speeding away be a licence-less driver? Is it police standing order to shoot at licence-less dirvers?

Or perhaps even one with say, 250 gm of heroin to peddle? Question to ask in the latter scenario would then be, would such a drug peddler be deserving of being gunned down?

What kind of training have the police received with regards to discharge of firearms? What kind of values such as respect for the lives of even unarmed and non-hostile criminals have they been indoctrinated in?

The CPO (he disgusts me so that I can’t bear to allocate him a human name) urged: … all parties to “stop talking about the matter” as it has “gone to court. Let the court hear the case and decide what is appropriate.”

Yeah right!

Consider, if people had not talked about the matter, would the authority (not the police) have taken the investigation to this point when a police corporal is now charged with manslaughter, when originally, according to those police, Aminul was an alleged wannabe cop-killer for attempting to mow down innocent cops with his reversing death machine?

But we, the people, aren’t satisfied yet because we want the hides and heads of both the IGP and the Selangor CPO who had the outrageous lack of integrity to lie about the true situation leading to the shooting, especially more so when the CPO continues to be UNREPENTANT!

And we need to reiterate here that it have precisely been people including brave witnesses talking about the tragedy that have brought out the lack of integrity by these two senior police officers and most tragically of all, the truth about an unnecessary and unwarranted killing of an unarmed 14-year old child.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sultans are constitutional monarchs

Ironically, as the Islamization of Malaysia moves further forward, where the powers of the Syariah Court is now felt ever more significantly, the Sultans as head of the Islamic religion in a State has lesser powers over religious matters.

That has been the opinion of Professor Aziz Bari. The Malaysian Insider reported Prof Bari …

… added that this was especially true of instances where the Sultan issues a decree on matters already decided upon by the Syariah Court.

“To me that’s illegal... The power of the Sultan is more... executive. [That he has] wandered into judicial power — that is not acceptable.”

Thanks to people like Zaid Ibrahim, Ragunath Kesavan (Bar Council President) and other law experts like Prof Bari, we can dismiss the attempted claim by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) that the Sultan’s decree is law.

It’s not. Laws may only be passed by DUNs and Parliaments. Rulers of this nation are only constitutional monarchs. The voice of the people is still supreme.

We must continue our vigilance lest this democracy reverts back to the days of 15th Century Sultan Mansur Shah where he could order anyone killed, or even in more recent times where a caddy was alleged to have been killed.

Though Zaid, Ragunath and Bari have done us a great service in clarifying the laws of this country and thus limiting the powers of a constitutional monarch, they were not original.

That honour must surely belong to Hang Jebat, the greatest warrior for justice, and in more recent times his admirer, Dr Mahathir, whose greatest legacy had been his taming of the Sultans.

It’s such a pity that a great hero like Dr M now associates himself with a person like Ibrahim Ali, and will address a mammoth rally in Terengganu to 'awaken the Malay race' on Thursday, May 13, a most significantly black day in the darker history of Malaysia.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Federal government preparing Kelantan a la Perak?

The Kelantan circus has come to my attention late, and only because of two observations:

(1) the unusual silence of the ‘royal uncle’ Ku Li – I mentioned his conspicuous deafening silence in a post yesterday Kelantan klowns & kerfuffle - kenapa Ku-Li Klosemouth? and …

(2) despite the assertion by PM Najib that the government is not involved, I dare say the federal government is involved right up to its nostrils.

Note that the Patail character has warned Tengku Anis that she must allow a panel of doctors to treat the Sultan, or risk facing legal action - see Malaysiakini's Tengku Anis denies hindering sultan's treatment.

Apart from HRH 3rd son’s also rejecting the AG's allegation that Tengku Anis was hindering any doctor from treating HRH (she just wants to remain by HRH’s side) why is the federal AG involved to the extent of warning Tengku Anis of legal action?

Suspecting HRH was held against his will, HRH’s lawyers filed a habeas corpus application, but even before they did so the Kelantan Police like Speedy Gonzales immediately said ‘No need for habeas corpus la, HRH is okay'.

Needless to say, my suspicions were by then fully aroused.

The writ named the Kelantan CPO, the IGP, the director-general of the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kubang Kerian, the director-general of Health and the Government of Malaysia as the respondents.

Param Cumaraswamy, former head of the Bar Council, said that both the IGP and the Kelantan CPO have a lot of explaining to do. Indeed, and the former has f* more than just 'a lot' to explain, not only about Kelantan.

Why are the police taking sides to the extent of going gungho with the balaclava bullshit? See Malaysiakini’s 'Armed cops in balaclavas stopped royal entourage'.

There can no more doubt that the federal government has both its hands in the Kelantan imbroglio, right to its bloody armpits.

By the way, did you read about that pompous Rais 'I've change my mode' Yatim unusually chiding the Malay mainstream media for reporting on the circus in KB?

This is why we need to know WTF is going on?

Should we anticipate a Perak-type coup d’etat in the not too distant future?

Friday, May 07, 2010

Kelantan klowns & kerfuffle - kenapa Ku-Li Klosemouth?

While the royal circus is going on Kelantan, most noticeable has been the deafening silence of Tengku Razaleigh, royal uncle.

Apa macam yang mulia? Contemplating your navel?

I despair of Koh TK

When I read The Malaysian Insider’s Tsu Koon slams Azhar, Guan Eng I thought to myself: Wah, Ah Koon has finally found his balls to criticise an UMNO man, but [sob] alas, he was actually defending the subversive demagogue.

Note what has been reported by The Malaysian Insider:

The senator [that’s Ah Koon, an unelected unrepresentative UMNO underling who swore before the March 2008 election he won’t go into parliament or government through the backdoor] said that while Azhar had wanted to defend Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno against attacks by Pakatan Rakyat leaders in the state assembly, he …"

Then …

“He has thus opened himself to further attacks by the opposing side, ..."…

“Although he may have genuine concerns about potential adverse reactions from the Malays and Umno members towards DAP’s repeated provocation, …"
But Koh said a telephone conversation with Azhar yesterday saw the Umno man defending himself, saying that he had made the statement under “serious provocation” by Lim and that the alleged agitation was made “with racial undertones”.

Koh hit out at Lim and the DAP leaders for their repeated “harsh, crude attacks and allegations against the BN federal leadership and agencies on every matter.”

Cheh … ptui! Just like still an UMNO lapdog!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Lim GE is wrong on nuclear plant

Most of you dear readers know I admire Karpal Singh and politically favour the DAP, principally because of its 'Middle Malaysia' stand and its CAT (competency, accountability and transparency) policies, and lack of corruption.

But no I’m neither a member of the party nor a devoted supporter, unlike my erstwhile Facebook matey, Antares, who is a wonderfully devoted acolyte of Anwar Ibrahim wakakaka.

I also admire Uncle Lim Kit Siang for his decades of unfaltering commitment to his political ideals. I was particularly pleased when he achieved what could be his almost-swansong in seeing the BN denied of that magic 2/3 majority – mind you, not that it prevented the EC recently from unconstitutionally transferring over 200 voters out of Hulu Selangor without Parliamentary consent, proving that the BN and its apparatus don’t give two f*s about the law.

His son Lim GE is OK I suppose, though I learnt he’s a bit of a tight-ass, meaning he’s real kiamsiap (ultra thrifty with money) which qualifies him to be a honorary Penangite wakakaka.

But I don’t always agree with them. For example, as reported in Malaysiakini’s Critics question need for nuclear power plan Lim GE and others (not forgetting sweetie Eli Wong) are against Malaysia’s plan to build a nuclear power plant to be operational by 2021.

They throw in all sorts of arguments on why it would be dangerous, using Chenobyl and its disastrous meltdown as an example.

Chenobyl was never a typical example of good management of nuclear plants especially in the western world. In fact it was a gross example of all that were bad, crude and blundering under the old Cold War incompetency of the USSR – hardly a fair example of how a modern nuclear plant would be managed safely.

If we have had nuclear plants earlier or even had had plans to build them, Bakun would never have been necessary or conceived with all its attendant adverse ecological consequences.

The oft-touted misinformation that nations are leaning away from nuclear plants is what it is, misinformation or sheer nonsense. The USA is stuck right into it in a new energy strategy to avoid overdependence on Middle East oil, and likewise with China and India and their growing energy needs. Even oil rich Saudi Arabia has plans to build a few. Fossil fuel, no matter how much, will run out eventually.

Most efficiently run would be the French network of nuclear power stations. Wikipedia said that since 2002,
Électricité de France (EDF), which is the country's main electricity generation and distribution company, manages the country's 59 nuclear power plants - that's right, not one but 59 of them.

In 2008, it was recorded that these plants produce 90% of EDF's and about 78% France's electrical power production (of which some is even exported), making EDF the world leader in production of nuclear power by percentage. Just imagine, 80% of France's electrical needs are supplied by nuclear plants - they most certainly can give two fingers to Saudi Arabia.

The fact is nuclear power has become the primary source of electricity in France,
the highest percentage of nuclear energy in the world.

Now, does anyone want to argue with France about the potential for Chenobyl-like disasters in that country?

But the French aren't wanting for the winching Wendy's. They have already launched a new generation nuclear reactor, the EPR (European Pressurized Reactor).

Unfortunately there is an unfounded fear of nuclear power. As I mentioned in my post last year Damn those dams “Fire, as we know, is a good servant but a bad master. It’s an old English saying which means that fire is very useful when it is under one's control, but very dangerous when it is not. Likewise with nuclear power!"

So I reiterate, I disagree with Lim GE's position on Malaysia acquiring a nuclear power plant, because if we fail to plan for one now, we'll be left so far behind we'll never ever catch up with our energy needs.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Aminulrasyid Amzah's death - The police doth protest too much, methinks

The tragic death of 14-year old Aminulrasyid Amzah has been made even more deplorable by the police’s knee jerk defence of its man or men who had opened fire at the young boy with deadly consequences.

What is indisputable has been (a) the police firing at Aminul, and that (b) Aminul is dead! Even the police would not dare deny these two facts.

What is currently being argued are the circumstances leading to the shooting of Aminul and the associated cause for the police to open fire.

The police claimed the boy reversed aggressively at them, purportedly with an aim to smash into the pursuing police.

If this is not true, as has been asserted by Aminul’s passenger, 15-year-old Azamuddin Omar, then the police had no cause to use their weapons with deadly effect.

If the sinister reversing as alleged is true, would that still provide the police with justified cause to fire at Aminul?

Before we can answer the second supposition, we need to know the physical disposition of the antagonists. How close or how far were the police from being run down? Would it have been possible for them to get out of the way? Etc etc!

The police situation or story thus far is becoming untenable. Further in my post I will explain why this is so.

Meanwhile The Malaysian Insider’s article
MCA backs cops in shooting death has been in my opinion a bit provocative in its news headlines and in reporting that ‘MCA NGO liaison bureau chief Datuk Ti Lian Ker is backing the police despite rising anger over the shooting death of 14-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah.’

What Ti Lian Ker said was:

"… that yesterday’s press conference, called by lawyers representing Aminulrasyid’s family, [has been] a ‘trial by the media’ but made no mention about police accusations that the boy and his friend were robbers and criminals in an attempt to justify the shooting."

He continued: “What happened yesterday is the danger of a trial by the media that will go against the fundamentals of upholding justice without fear or favour. We had in the past witnessed cases of religious or racial overtones being decided based on public sentiment and racial or religious dictates.”

“We must acknowledge that the investigation is ongoing and the Attorney-General has not made a decision. There is a danger that the AG may be influenced by public pressure”.

“In deciding to prosecute the police officers on duty, (it may be) due to public pressure instead of basing on the facts of the investigations. This is similar to instances whereby innocent victims were penalised or made scapegoats for a crime they did not commit due to mounting public pressure.”

Ti does have a valid point. And let’s be fair, he wasn’t defending the police as the word ‘defend’ normally implies. Nor was he backing them as the word 'backing' means. He was merely advocating due process.

Of course on the same token, Ti should also be aware of two reasons giving rise to the public anger against the police - reasons of the police very own making!

The first has been the IGP’s knee jerk nonsensical threat to pull the police off the streets because of public horror at an unarmed 14 year old shot dead by police.

He is not unlike a petulant little boy who couldn’t play football up to scratch at the village field with other boys, and thus wants to sulk by taking his soccer ball home so that nobody can continue playing (because they didn't let him win).

Just imagine, this man is the Malaysian IGP! Truly pathetic!

Secondly the Selangor CPO has been outrageous in accusing Aminul’s passenger, Azamuddin Omar, of being unethical in making a public statement at a press conference yesterday, and unbelievably averring that was tantamount to tampering with evidence.

Karpal Singh rightly castigated him for his attempt to intimidate the witness. He said:

"No one is tampering with evidence, rather (we are) getting evidence for the purpose of investigation. (The witness) had every right to make the public statement as it is in public interest."

"If the IGP (Musa Hassan) can (publicly) defend (the officers who fired the shots), then there is no reason why the star witness can't make a public statement."

These have been the idiotic statements by the police top brass which have make the public suspicious that they are attempting to suppress or discourage proper and open investigation into the situation leading to an unnecessary death of a 14-year old boy.

Whether the police who fired at Aminul have been guilty or justified in doing so is no longer the question bothering the thoughts of the public. What the public is now bothered about is their belief in police attempting to cover up.

While Ti Lian Ker’s caution about the likelihood of the police officers being eventally prosecuted by public pressure rather than on evidence may be reasonable grounds for his concerns, he needn’t worry as such a scenario would be purely academic. The following would be the more likely (and truly Malaysian) outcomes:

(a) The public distrust of the Police as well as the remarkably revolting AG has been and still is legendary, and they are willing to bet the latter is unlikely to take any action on the basis of public pressure – and I am not for a single moment suggesting the AG is a man strong and resilent enough to withstand public pressure - I have my opinion about him (not a pleasant one).

(b) The public has already made up its mind precisely because of the IGP’s and now the Selangor CPO’s monumental and inexcusable blunders, by behaving in an inexplicably far too defensive manner – and the public may not be entirely wrong.

To paraphrase what Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, Act III, scene II: "The police doth protest too much, methinks."

There is no denying our senior police officers lack the requisite competencies to handle sensitive issues. Could it because they have been so used to using brute force to either shut or lock people up, they now lack the ability and sensitivities to deal with public concerns on a tragic death which involved police officers, in a manner expected of senior public servants?

Monday, May 03, 2010

Police - once eagles, now turkeys

There was a time when the Royal Malayan/Malaysian Police was trusted, respected and relied upon by Malayans/Malaysians.

They walked around armed only with truncheons. Malayans of my uncles’ vintage laughed at the police of neighbouring countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand because those law enforcers wore pistols - they were sneered at as 'cowboys', not like our officers. In Malaya then, only those who were directly operating against the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) had cause to carry armed weapons.

Even the Special Branch was regarded with pride as the unit that would always obtain the required intelligence, whether in domestic or overseas operations.

Two SB police inspectors in the late 70’s infiltrated the MCP, living with the insurgents for years. With the intelligence they provided and the internal dissent and split up they were reputed to have fomented in the MCP, it could be said they were responsible for the eventual breakup of the MCP and its debilitation. Such was the standard of police officers. The two were Paul Kiong and Sia Boon Chee, who were both awarded Malaysia’s highest award for valour, the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa, by the Agong.

Today the Police is not even a pale imitation of its former glorious self. It is sub-zero in the eyes of the average Malaysians.

Armed to the teeth, they terrorise candlelight vigils instead of communists, while crime rates soared through the ceiling. Their SB focused on innocent Malaysians or Pakatan politicians and supporters while Israeli spies and illegal migrants slipped through our borders to live among us, committing political espionage, political voting and non-political crimes.

They are quick to arrest opposition politicians and human rights activists like Irene Fernandez, just because she published a report on the living conditions of the migrant workers entitled "Abuse, Torture and Dehumanised Conditions of Migrant Workers in Detention Centres" while criminals and Mat Rempits roam the streets.

They have become more fond of photographing naked women in police lockups than the Israeli spies and criminals in our midst, both nasties alleged to have very intimate association with top police officers.

And what have the police done to solve the murders of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin and Preeshena Varshiny?

Now they have shot dead a 14 year old kid, Aminulrasyid Amzah for speeding away in his sister’s car.

And just what did the IGP threaten to do when shocked Malaysians call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into such an abhorrent consequence of police shooting?

Precisely what his predecessory had threatened when AAB wanted to establish the IPCMC, and who was allowed to get away with his insubordination and public mutiny of threats to AAB's government, and bizarrely was even given a hero's farewell when he retired, with a Tan Sri title. A f* amazing example of what a defiant and mutinous IGP could achieve against the effeminate ineffectiveness of our police ministers.

Please tell me, how have such a once glorious force, trusted and respected by Malayans/Malaysians become a distrusted, despised and dreaded body, reviled by the average citizen? Indeed, how are the once mighty fallen!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Concluding the story of my 'infamy'

There’s nothing interesting to post tonight, so I decided to wrap up my story of my ‘Day of Infamy’ with its concluding second part which reveals what I notoriously did to earn such shame – it’s over at my other blog KTemoc Kongsamkok – see My Day of Infamy (2) [sob]

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Semangat Jebat?

Raja adil raja disembah, raja zalim raja disanggah – Hang Jebat

The legendary Hang Jebat, once Malay-dom’s ultimate traitor, couldn’t tolerate the tyranny of the Sultan of Malacca. Jebat was outraged that his brother-in-arms Hang Tuah was hard done by the Sultan. Thinking Tuah was unfairly executed, Jebat rebelled against the tyrant to revenge Tuah’s unjust demise, thus he made the immortal statement above – a fair king is a king to obey, a cruel king is a king to fight against.

Fate played a cruel twist when Tuah (who was actually hidden away by the Bendahara, the court minister) returned on the orders of the Sultan to kill Jebat.

Dr Mahathir in his lecture A dialogue with Tun Dr Mahathir organised by Malaysia-Today blog (at a time when he was ostracized by the AAB regime), sneeringly said: “Let me quote the story of Hang Tuah: Whenever the King gives an order, Hang Tuah and his brethrens would say, ‘mana titah, patih junjung’ (whatever you command, I shall obey) ….. That is why Hang Tuah killed his friends. He was too loyal …”

Ironically, Tuah failed to realize he was spared from the Sultan's order for his execution only because the Bendahara had refused (quietly) to obey the Sultan.

Nonetheless, the traditional perception has been of Tuah as the faithful and loyal warrior and Jebat the loose cannon traitor. Malays took pride in Tuah’s resolute and blind loyalty to his ruler, and virtually adopted that as the gold standard, the hallmark of a true Malay.

You can choose whether you support Hang Tuah as the hero, loyal and faithful to the crown regardless, or like Kassim Ahmad, probably Malaysia’s foremost intellectual, support instead Jebat as the loyal brother-in-arms who was not awed by those who wielded power, especially tyrants.

Jebat’s loyalty was based on what he saw as right or wrong (or the system) rather than the figure of royalty. Thus, for that, Kassim believes Jebat is the true hero, and Tuah the palace sycophant who willingly sells his soul to the sultan to the extent he killed his best friend and brother-in-arms Jebat, the man who defended his honour when he was down and out, moronically on the orders of the Sultan who had earlier ordered Tuah's death.

History repeated itself when a Sultan in fairly recent times ill treated a hockey coach unfairly. Dr Mahathir who was then PM took on the role of Jebat to extract the cruel fangs not only of that ruler but the rest as well.

With that brave act, undoubtedly Dr Mahathir’s greatest legacy to the people of Malaysia in his 22 years of premiership, he rehabilitated Hang Jebat as the true righteous Malay hero, a man who stood for justice.

On 10 December 1992 during a parliamentary session, Dr Affifuddin Omar, the UMNO MP for Padang Terap asked, "How can we continue to uphold rulers who are known to be robbers, adulterers, drunkards and kaki pukul (thugs)?"

"The rulers must be reminded that they were not reincarnations of dewa-dewa (deities). They were put in their position as rulers by the people."

"The immunity gave the rulers the status of 'half-man and half-god' and allowed irresponsible rulers to commit serious crimes which tarnished the image of the institution."

"It was about time that the 'false sense of political power' associated with rulers in this country be abolished."

"They (the rulers) must be made to realize that they do not own this country. They are not Superman but placed on their thrones by the people. "The real power did not lie with them, but with us - the representatives of the people."

"The 'syndrome of religiosity' associated with the rulers was only to cloud the people's view of who the rulers actually were."

Not to be outdone, Ibrahim Ali, then UMNO MP for Pasir Mas, but today the Head of ultranationalist NGO Perkasa, urged the government to amend the constitution to clearly limit the privileges accorded to the members of the royalty wakakaka.

Today in Malaysiakini’s Sultans and mosques: Decree or puppetry? we read that constitutional law professor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari has questioned the recent pronouncements of some rulers who have obviously been cherrypicking cases to assert their rights as their State’s Head of religion (Islam).

Professor Bari noted that the royalty were deafeningly silent when UMNO had been the culprit usurping their roles on matters affecting Islam while being extra assertive in Pakatan controlled states.

We have all been aware of and shocked by royal intervention in the Perak political imbroglio but Professor Bari revealed this double standard had also occurred in Penang. Ultimately the rulers’ unconstitutional political involvements were clearly spelt out by the Pahang ruler who urged his subjects to vote BN.

Of course for a Chinese Malaysian like kaytee to raise such issues would be deemed by the usual suspects as uncouthly intruding on Malay issues. But the fact is that every Malaysian owes his/her allegiance to the Agong and the State Sultan, giving every citizen of this country a right to voice his or her concerns when there is a worrying perception that Malaysia's constitutional monarchies have not been conducting themselves apolitically.

And if that’s not good enough reason, just read above to see the comments of Dr Affifuddin Omar, the 1992 UMNO MP for Padang Terap and even wakakaka Ibrahim Ali the ultimate Malay ‘warrior’.

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle -
Edmund Burke

Obviously the spirit or ghost of Hang Jebat, that indomitable warrior of righteousness, is once again unrestful.

The down and up and down of Hang Jebat