Wednesday, May 27, 2020

DAP supporters need NOT throw expensive eggs at DAP anymore


FMT:

TAR UC to be funded directly by higher education ministry again


MCA president Wee Ka Siong says the government will ensure that funds were not channelled in an ad hoc manner to third parties who did not own the university 


PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya has agreed to revert to the original funding mechanism for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), which will see the higher education ministry channelling allocations directly to the institute.


MCA president Wee Ka Siong said the government would ensure that funds were not channelled in an ad hoc manner to third parties who did not own the university.

He also said the finance ministry had revoked RM18 million from the original RM40 million given by former finance minister Lim Guan Eng to the TARCian Alumni Association Education Trust Fund (TAA-ETF) in 2019.

“The finance ministry will channel the remaining funds for 2019, amounting to RM18 million, which was obtained by TAA-ETF, to the original owner of TAR UC according to the right procedures.

“To show the government’s continuous commitment to TAR UC, allocations for a matching grant worth RM40 million will be channelled to TAR UC through the higher education ministry this year,” he said in a statement today.

He said this was the outcome of several meetings between the TARC Education Foundation’s board of trustees and Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz.

Last year, Wee objected to the finance ministry’s decision to channel the RM40 million allocation to the TAA-ETF, saying the funds were being handed over to an entity outside of TAR UC instead of the university’s management.

Lim had said the money could only be channelled directly to TAR UC if MCA gave up ownership and control of the university’s administration.

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Last year in August, eggs rained on Menglembu assemblyperson Steven Chaw's service centre in Ipoh, wakakaka.

The man (best unnamed) took his two daughters to the Menglembu service centre, and uploaded a video of him engaging in a foul-mouthed rant before pelting the premise with eggs. I wonder whether he said 'Niamah' or 'TNMKH'? Wakakaka. Anyway, he said:

“I voted DAP last year and for the last six general elections. Please DAP, don’t betray us Chinese. We believed what you said.”

But Lim GE disappointed the Chinese Malaysians in REFUSING to provide TAR UC with its usual annual matching grant (could that be out of jealousy of MCA's role in setting up TAR UC?). His spiteful move galvanised hawkers into donating at least a day's worth of their sales to TAR UC fund. Shame on him.



'Tuk what do I do now?





How USA bullies Australia into keeping a distance from China


Guardian (Aus Ed):

Morrison urged to confront Trump over concerns US-China trade deal is hurting Australia

Labor’s Penny Wong says PM should ‘pick up the phone’ to US president, and Mike Pompeo warns Victoria over cooperation in China’s Belt and Road project



Labor’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Penny Wong, said Australia’s focus should turn to resolving the dispute with China over its handling of coronavirus

Photograph: David Mariuz/AAP


Labor has called on Scott Morrison to pick up the phone to Donald Trump to pursue concerns the US president’s trade deal with China is hurting Australian farmers and exporters.

The push comes as Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, urges the Victorian state government to tread carefully before it embraces potential projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Both issues are a sign of potential pressure points in Australia’s relationship with the United States, at a time when most of the focus has been on trade and diplomatic tensions with Beijing.

Over the past couple of weeks, Beijing has imposed tariffs of around 80% on Australian barley imports, suspended beef imports from four abattoirs on technical grounds, and raised the possibility of further trade-related measures.

China railed against Australia for the Morrison government’s early and vocal calls for an independent inquiry into the origins and handling of coronavirus – a watered-down version of which won broad support at last week’s World Health Assembly, including from Beijing.

Labor’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Penny Wong, said it would have been better for the government to have followed “the usual diplomatic practice” of trying to secure support from other countries before publicly announcing the inquiry push.

But in an interview with the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday, she said the focus should turn to resolving the dispute with China – along with ensuring that Australia’s interests were not undermined by the recent trade deal between Trump and Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.

“Scott Morrison is always very keen to tell us when he has spoken to President Trump,” Wong said.

“Well, I think it is time for him to pick up the phone and speak to him now and ensure that the US-China trade deal does not come at the expense of Australian exporters and Australian jobs.

“I do not accept that the government can simply ignore the effect of the US-China trade deal.”

In January, China pledged to buy an extra $US200bn of American farm products and other goods and services over two years as part of a “phase one” agreement between Trump and Xi.

China announced this month that it would immediately allow barley imports from the US – which came at a time when Australian barley exporters were trying to prevent the steep new tariffs being imposed.

In the interview on Sunday, Wong also warned the Coalition’s outspoken China hawks that talking tough was not the same as being tough when it came to Australia’s relationship with Beijing.

“Now, the escalation of anti-China rhetoric and potentially anti-Chinese sentiment … isn’t good for the Australian community, and I don’t think it does well for our standing in the world,” she said.

Wong said Australia should take a longer-term perspective on relations with China, while also acting to protect its national interest and hold to its values regardless of the potential reaction.

But she was concerned there was so much focus on the bilateral relationship with China that it was diverting attention from a range of other important foreign policy issuing, including how should Australia navigate the post-Covid-19 world.

Wong noted the pandemic was fracturing the global economy, unravelling the rules-based order, and hardening strategic competition between the US and China.

On the latter front, Pompeo waded into Australian domestic politics on Sunday by emphasising the potential risks of cooperation between Victoria and Beijing under Xi’s signature program, the Belt and Road Initiative.

Pompeo also issued a vague warning that some communication channels between Australia and the US may be put at risk – even though no projects have been locked in yet.

The Victorian state government has attracted domestic political scrutiny for signing an agreement with Beijing allowing for cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, but that deal is still in its early stages with no projects agreed.

The state government has promised to “consider both Victoria’s and the national interest before agreeing to any specific activity”.

In an interview with Sky News Australia, Pompeo urged Victoria to scrutinise any proposals “incredibly closely” because Belt and Road projects could “build up the capacity of the Chinese Communist party to do harm”.

Pompeo said every nation had a sovereign right to make decisions for itself and Victoria also had “some rights” but he added that any Belt and Road projects needed to be looked at closely.

He said the US would “not take any risk to our telecommunications infrastructure, any risk to the national security elements of what we need to do with our Five Eyes partners”.

“We’re going to protect and preserve the security of those institutions, so I don’t know the nature of those projects precisely, but to the extent they have an adverse impact on our ability to protect telecommunications from our private citizens, or security networks for our defence and intelligence communities, we will simply disconnect, we will simply separate,” he told Sky’s Outsiders program.

“We’re going to preserve trust in networks for important information. We hope our friends and partners and allies across the world, especially our Five Eyes partners like Australia, will do the same.”

There is no mention of telecommunications-related projects in the framework agreement, signed last year, between the Victorian government and China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

And the federal government has already moved to ban the Chinese-owned Huawei and ZTE from Australia’s 5G network in response to security advice – a decision, made in 2018, that Beijing still cites as a source on ongoing diplomatic tension.

A Victorian government spokesperson said the state had not, and would not in the future, agree to telecommunications projects under the Belt and Road Initiative – and noted that telecommunications regulation was a federal responsibility.

The spokesperson said the Belt and Road framework agreement was “about creating opportunities for Victorian businesses and local jobs – opportunities that will be more important than ever as we rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic”.


Twitter beh-tahan-liao with Trump's Kerala (ultra) Kerbau


BBC:

Twitter tags Trump tweet with fact-checking warning


Donald Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 presidential election in the US

Image copyright EPA Image caption


KTemoc Konsiders ........: Delusional King Minus

(beh-tahan-liao = ta'bolih tahan lagi)

that damn sleazy lying pussy-grabbing Carrot-Head


A post by US President Donald Trump has been given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time.

President Trump tweeted: "There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent."

Twitter put a warning label under the post and a subsequent tweet under its new policy on misleading information.

Mr Trump responded by tweeting again, saying the social media giant "is completely stifling free speech".

Twitter's notification displays a blue exclamation mark underneath the tweets, suggesting readers "get the facts about mail-in ballots".

What is Twitter saying about Trump's posts?

Image copyright TWITTER

Twitter's link directs users to a page on which Mr Trump's claims about mail-in ballots are described as "unsubstantiated". The social media company cites reporting on the issue by CNN, the Washington Post and others.

This is followed by a "what you need to know" section where Twitter corrects what it says are false claims by the US president.

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The social media company had pledged to increase the warning labels under false or misleading information on its site - but it has been slow to take steps against the US president.

Twitter updated its policies on warning labels early this month.
What is President Trump's response?

In his new tweets, Mr Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the US presidential election scheduled for 3 November 2020.

He said that the social media company was "completely stifling free speech, and I, as president, will not allow it to happen".

This is where we're at - Imgflip

trump is a bold faced liar - YouTube

Sanders on Trump: 'This Guy's a Pathological Liar'

but not all is lost for Trump because visitor-to-my-blog Monsterball believes in and likes him, wakakaka




Hong Kong and hypocrisy of the West


FMT:

China must respect Hong Kong’s autonomy, says EU


Hong Kong protesters hold up their hands to represent their five demands on Nov 15, 2019

(AP pic)

BRUSSELS: China must respect Hong Kong’s autonomy, the European Union said on Tuesday, amid controversy over Chinese plans to adopt a national security law for the city.

“We attach great importance to the preservation of Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy in line with the Basic Law and international commitments,” European Council President Charles Michel, who represents European governments, said.

Speaking after a video conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he said Europe and Japan “share the same ideas” on China. “We are not naive about Chinese behaviour,” Michel said.

He said Europe supported the “one country, two systems” principle that governs Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has proposed a security law that would reduce Hong Kong’s separate legal status and is expected to be discussed by China’s National People’s Congress and approved on Thursday.

EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss the issue at a regular meeting on Friday. A spokeswoman for the EU’s executive Commission said it was too early to say if the bloc would consider sanctions against Beijing.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said on Monday that the EU needs a “more robust strategy” for Beijing
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We hear a lot about Hong Kong's 'one nation two systems' principle and its 'Basic Law'.

But very few Europeans and especially Americans seem to miss out on the phrase 'ONE NATION' in Hong Kong's 'one nation two systems' model. In short, they think or even believe and perhaps even hope that Hong Kong is an entirely separate nation, wakakaka. The fact is HONG Kong is a region of China, like it or not. Yes, Hong Kong does have defined autonomy in the way it governs itself BUT it is part & parcel of China.


On the 'Basic Law' some or even many don't realise that under Article 23 of the Law, the Hong Kong Administration (still under Carrie Lam) can make its own laws, as Wikipedia informs us, as follows:

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People's Government, or theft of state secrets, to prohibit foreign political organisations or bodies from conducting political activities in the Region, and to prohibit political organisations or bodies of the Region from establishing ties with foreign political organisations or bodies.

It was not implemented before but since the recent series of very violent protests which saw enormous damage to properties and the economy, and some lives, the Administration both in Beijing and Hong Kong, believe the time has come to implement Article 23 (already in Hong Kong's 'basic Law' that the USA and Europeans like to quote but conveniently ignore).






policeman shot in leg by an arrow fired by young protesters

fortunately for the injured law officer, the arrow missed his heart
 but WTF, then it'd have been a HK (Chinese) policeman killed for greater (USA's) good


So what is the West harping on when the very issues they have been "concerned" about are already in place? 

I believe, and so do many, that the real American aim (supported by its allies and unwittingly the Hongkie gullible guppies) is to unsettle, embarrass, cause trouble for and even humiliate China, and hopefully eff up its economy, though the real losers will be (already have been) the the people of Hong Kong.



Western hypocrisy:

Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in jail, which, again, set local protesters ablaze. Demonstrations in Catalonia used to be peaceful. It seems that the protesters' use of violence in the four-month turmoil in Hong Kong has set an example for Catalan radicals. 

Spanish officials strongly condemned the violence. Politicians from the US and the West obviously have no idea how to comment at this point. The EU and the US used to firmly support the Spanish government in cracking down on the Catalan separatist movement. But the demonstrators say they are learning from Hong Kong, while protests in Hong Kong have been applauded by the West as a "beautiful sight" of democracy. What's happening in Hong Kong is now occurring in the West. This is awkward.

Some mainstream Western media have kept a low key in covering the latest protests in Catalonia while downplaying its connection with Hong Kong or the slogan that local protesters are attempting to turn Catalonia into another Hong Kong.  




The next Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka



MP urges CM to come clean on rumours over next Melaka governor


Mohd Khalil Yaakob’s term as governor ends next month

(Bernama pic)


PETALING JAYA: A DAP MP from Melaka has urged the newly formed Perikatan Nasional state government to come clean over rumours that two individuals including a former chief minister once suspended for “money politics” in Umno are being considered for the post of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong was referring to speculation that former chief minister Ali Rustam and Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s former political secretary Zahid Mat Arip are in the running to replace Mohd Khalil Yaakob, whose governorship will end on June 4.

mohd ali rustam on Twitter: "Program hiking berama #alirustamclub ...

Ali Rustam

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Zahid Mat Arip

bloke was recently (prior to PN govt) Mahathir's political secretary - was said to have thumped table in front of Mahathir during last Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting, wakakaka

Zahid Md Arip is a supreme council member in Mahathir’s Bersatu. He was Isa Samad’s former special officer. In August 2017, he was remanded for 5 days to assist in the investigation on a hotel purchase in Kuching 


“Those rumours have caused uneasiness among the people of Melaka with regards to the suitability of those candidates,” he said in a statement.

“For the record, Ali Rustam and three of his agents were found guilty in 2009 by the disciplinary board of his own party, Umno, of money politics.

“Zahid Mat Arip was recently linked to the corruption case of Felda’s former chairman, Isa Samad.”

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Atuk's close acquaintances - Zahid Arip, Zakir Naik (Indian fugitive) and Justo Xavier (Thai convicted  & jailed blackmailer)


Khoo also questioned the recent claim by current chief minister, Sulaiman Md Ali, that he knew nothing about the appointment of the new Yang di-Pertua.

The role of the Yang di-Pertua is largely ceremonial, although he has the final say in matters such as the dissolution of the state assembly as well as in granting pardons.

Khoo said the Federal Constitution states that the chief minister is involved in appointing the governor in consultation with the Agong.

“The principles of democracy require the chief minister to exercise transparency and good governance in the matter of appointing the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri. The individual nominated for appointment must be of high integrity, independent, and enjoys public confidence,” said Khoo.

He added that candidates should be nominated based on their capability and track record.



Aiseh man, what's the problem. The outgoing Governor (Yang DiPertua Negeri) was not entirely a political "virgin", wakakaka. Wikipedia tells us:

"In April 2001, a police report was lodged by Pahang state assemblyman Fauzi Abdul Rahman (UMNO, then PKR, wakakaka) alleging that Mohd Khalil misappropriated state resources as Pahang Menteri Besar". Khalil left politics to assume his role as Yang DiPertua negeri Melaka in 2004.

But if Harapan (DAP) still insists that neither Ali Rustam nor Zahid Arip should be Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka, I would recommend another person, namely, KHAT-aSS or as known to his supporters Uncle Lim, wakakaka.

He is of an age that makes him suitable to be Head of State for Melaka, and again if anyone complains he's not from Melaka, well, neither was Khalid, a Pahangite. Besides, Melaka's first governor was also Chinese Malaysian, Leong Yew Koh. Like KHAT-eSS he was also a law graduate of London University.

Leong Yew Koh.jpg

Being Head of State of Melaka will be a fitting tribute to KHAT-aSS which will see him occupied in a useful role until 2030. He comes highly recommended, not just by sweet innocent kaytee but most likely by Atuk wakakaka.


from MenHEN to YDP Melaka? Wow & wakakaka