Friday, May 14, 2021

Batu Pahat flare-up – was it funded and planned a week earlier?

FMT:

Batu Pahat flare-up – was it funded and planned a week earlier?


The viral video shows a group of individuals lighting flares and setting off fireworks in Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, on Thursday.

PETALING JAYA: The “kerajaan gagal” gathering in Batu Pahat, which took place in the early hours of Hari Raya, is said to have been planned a week ago.

According to a source, the gathering was also funded by a man who police are still tracking down.

The source also confirmed that several arrested suspects, including one who supplied the banners used at the gathering, admitted to receiving payment from an unknown individual.

Another suspect had told police that the demonstration was planned over the course of one week.

The source told FMT that the gathering was held on the morning of Hari Raya and flares were set off in order for the incident to become viral.

According to the source, this was done on the instructions of an unidentified man who distributed payments or “duit raya” to the suspects.

One of the suspects also admitted to receiving a set of flares from a supplier in Johor, sold at RM25 each.

Preliminary investigations found that the gathering, which involved around 40 people, was organised to show their dissatisfaction with the government, and that the incident could threaten public order.

The source said that one suspect had created a banner for the demonstration to protest against the third nationwide movement control order.

It was previously reported that police had arrested 20 people believed to be involved in a gathering in Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, which saw a group of people lighting flares and hanging up a banner with the words “kerajaan gagal” (failed government) on it.

Batu Pahat police chief Ismail Dollah said those arrested were Parit Raja residents aged between 16 and 28.

He said investigations are being conducted under Section 144, Section 269 and Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, Section 8 of the Explosives Act, Rule 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infections Diseases Ordinance 2021 (Act 342) and Section 48 of the Road Transport Act.


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Flash mob here, there & everywhere - I don't like it, considering they all happen on May 13






Flash mob here, there & everywhere - I don't like it, considering they all happen on May 13





Umno leader denies sponsoring 'kerajaan gagal' flash mob

Umno supreme council member Mohd Puad Zarkashi has denied sponsoring a flash mob in Johor protesting against the government which has led to at least one arrest.

"There is someone trying to link me to the gathering, burning of flares and unfurling of the "Kerajaan Gagal" (failed government) banner in Parti Raja, Batu Pahat.

"Perhaps it's because I am the Batu Pahat Umno chief and I have consistently said the government is a failed one.

"It should be clarified that Parit Raja falls within the parliamentary constituency of Sri Gading, not Batu Pahat. So don't accuse on a whim," he said in a Facebook post.

Instead, Puad (above) said the government should reflect on why such a protest happened.

"Don't just think about arresting them," he said.

He then went on to congratulate the people of Parit Raja for their protest.

"May the 8th prime minister (Muhyiddin Yassin) be anchored to reality," he said.

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man to assist in investigations into the incident which happened last night.

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RPK in his Malaysia-Today post today said: Special Branch Organised Anti-Government Protest At Batu Pahat asserting that 'The protest was organised by the Abdul Hamid Bador faction in the Special Branch'.


Considering for just one moment that RPK's post has substance, does that mean Atuk is involved since we all know former IGP  Abdul Hamid Bador has been his man, his macai so to speak?

There were lots of Mat Rempits, flares, kaypohcnee's and their ubiquitous handphone-cameras and one big banner saying '#Kerajaan Gagal' in the following video clips.

Sorry, Ass-binte was not present to demonstrate once again how he was forcefully 'vaccinated' kaukau in Sandakan, wakakaka.


Meanwhile, I posted late this morning More than rioting in Batu Pahat? On an ominous date! This coupled with fireworks being hurled at police in Sentul, yes, especially on this 'ominous' date don't look good at all. I have a queasy sensation in my tummy.

So really, who has been responsible for this seemingly 'uncoordinated but coincidentally 'coordinated' public show of dissatisfaction with the Kerajaan??? 


More than rioting in Batu Pahat? On an ominous date!

MM Online:

In Johor, youth arrested for rioting, arson at protest against government


Police arrested a 21-year-old man for rioting and setting off a flare at two separate incidents to protest against the government in Parit Raja, Johor— File picture by Hari Anggara

BATU PAHAT, May 13 — Police arrested a 21-year-old man for rioting and setting off a flare at two separate incidents to protest against the government in Parit Raja here today.

It is understood the man was detained for investigation into the chaotic protest early this morning that was recorded in a video that went viral on social media.

Batu Pahat police chief Assistant Commissioner Ismail Dollah said the incident is being investigated under Section 144 of the Penal Code for unlawful assembly, Section 269 of the Penal Code for a negligent act likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life, and Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957 for the possession of firearms, ammunition or explosives.

“Police will also track down the remaining individuals involved in the illegal gathering to assist in a thorough investigation.

“Currently police will take preventive and enforcement measures in the Batu Pahat district, especially the Parit Raja area,” said Ismail in a statement issued late tonight.

Ismail explained that authorities were alerted of the first incident after the district police received several complaints of illegal motorcycle racers (Mat Rempit) in the Parit Raja area.

He said initial investigations revealed that the incident took place between late yesterday night and midnight at a bridge area in Parit Raja where a banner bearing the words “Kerajaan Gagal (Failed Government) was shown.

“In fact, investigators believe that the same banner was also hung later today on the overhead bridge along Jalan Parit Raja towards Ayer Hitam,” said Ismail, adding that at present police have only arrested one suspect to assist investigations.

In the latest incident, police were informed by the public of a similar banner at the Jalan Parit Raja Bridge towards Ayer Hitam, Batu Pahat.

However, policemen from the nearby Parit Raja police station found that the banner was already taken down by the public when they arrived at the location to investigate the complaints.

On the first incident, Ismail said police were informed of it after receiving a report on an illegal gathering involving Mat Rempits after the complainant stated that he was disturbed by the video footage of the gathering that had flares burning and also the raising of the anti-establishment banner.

“We (police) understand that the complainant also found that the illegal assembly did not comply with the current Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) by the government,” he said.

Ismail urged the public who have information related to the two incidents above to contact the Parit Raja police station at 07-4541222 or the Batu Pahat district police headquarters at 07-4363300.


Minister kok-tokkers should take a pay cut NOW!

Focus Malaysia:

MCO 3.0 has little economic impact? Take a pay cut then, Cabinet members!



LIVID over the Government’s argument that movement control order (MCO 3.0) will have little impact on the economy, social media users took to Facebook to vent out their anger.

“Why don’t all ministers and deputies try a 70% pay cut and without allowances only for three months then talk through your rear…. The rakyat are already facing the worst high and dry times now and you are sitting there squeezing the country dry of every balance drop,” said user Ravin Bhatt.



Two days ago, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz claimed that MCO 3.0 would not cause significant impact to the economy as most economic sectors will be operating as usual.

His view was echoed by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, who said the nation is on track of an economic recovery despite several challenges.

“Therefore, we project BNM projects our economic growth will remain between 6% to 7.5% this year,” Astro Awani reported her saying.

Another user Hasree Khaw Hock Swee urged non-active ministers and deputy ministers to take 80% pay cut and do away with their allowances altogether to cut costs.

“And all ministries should do a monthly presentation to the media on what is their achievement and plan for the rakyat,” he added.



Derek Alan de Souza stated: “No significant impact to you and the rest of the Cabinet, because all well paid with the taxpayer’s money. But we the taxpayer or rakyat are struggling.

“Stop talking nonsense and making up stories that just satisfies your needs and that of your Cabinet. If you are truly genuine, why not suggest to the entire Cabinet to not take one month’s salary and instead use that money to distribute amongst the B40.”



Sarinah Sultan Ibrahim added: “No impact seriously????Which country are you referring???”

Go tell that to petty traders, Najib says

On related matter, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also lashed out on arguments that the latest lockdown will have little impact on the economy.

“I’m sorry but I disagree. Don’t make blanket statements. There are two elements in the economy, which are based on exports (manufacturing) and local economy.

“The export market is doing well now, especially electrics and electronics, as giant economies like the US and China are recording unusual growth numbers. However, those who are benefitting from this are tycoons and foreign factory owners.

“But local economy ran by the likes of Makcik Kiah is definitely affected and struggling to get back on their feet after MCO 2.0,” he said, in a Facebook post.



Pouring scorn on the duo, Najib dared them to tell that to bus drivers, petty traders and restaurateurs who are now struggling due to the lockdowns.

He added that the duo should also tell their views to those in the tourism and entertainment industries, who were disallowed from operating for months.

“Go talk to bazaar Ramadan and night market traders. If MCO 3.0 has no impact on them, who is paying rental and their workers’ salaries?

On that note, the Pekan MP said that MCO 2.0 and MCO 3.0 were unfair for millions of ordinary citizens as it looked more favourable to tycoons and factories owned by foreigners.

“If you want to contain COVID-19, everyone has to sacrifice for a while until we flatten the curve,” he opined. – May 13, 2021.


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Modi’s crimes of vanity in India’s COVID-19 insanity

Focus Malaysia:

Modi’s crimes of vanity in India’s COVID-19 insanity



By Dr Rais Hussin

INDIA does not have the best public health care system in the world. Almost everyone in the world knows it. But India does have an increasing number of billionaires, as confirmed by James Crabtree’s book “The Indian Rajs.” Crabtree is now the Director of the Institute of International and Stratetegic Studies in Singapore.

In Crabtree’s book, one can see that surrounding the tall and stellar residence of the Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai are slums. Areas such as these are lethal vectors of transmission, even though COVID-19 really does not distinguish between the rich and poor.

The rich and famous that were infected by COVID-19 that leads to the lethal infection in 2020 alone reads like a long list of prominent characters that jumped out straight from a horror fiction: Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Hanks; UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson; Prince Charles II; Former US President Donald Trump, his wife and his youngest son Barron Trump; former Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Javier Solana; Idris Alba; Antonio Banderas; Olga Kurleyanko, who starred against Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace” the famous James Bond flick.

In India, nor were Bollywood legend such as Amitab Bachan spared of being infected. Nor did his son Abishek Bachan and famous daughter in law Aishwarya Rai Bachan, and her daughter, could evade being confirmed with COVID-19. This all happened in the second week of July 2020.

India’s Prime Minister Nadendra Modi should have understood the pervasive nature of COVID-19, that is, all would be exposed to COVID-19.

Yet, in February, when COVID-19 has been in existence for almost 14 months —- since the first outbreak in Wuhan, China, in Dec 1, 2019 –Modi declared that India has successfully contained COVID-19.

This was followed by the policy of loosening the lock-down; allowing huge social gatherings; and allowing Indians of all ages to ignore the basic need to wear a mask, watch their social distance of two metres at the very least, and wash their hands (3 Ws). All these protocols prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to “test, trace and treat” were ignored too.

As of May 8 2021, India’s health ministry reported 4,187 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll close to 240,000. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see one million COVID-19 deaths by August 2021.

On the same day, cases rose by 401,078, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 21.9 million. Since the “3 Ts” – trace, test and treat – of India are weak, medical experts claim that the real numbers of COVID-19 cases and fatalities are likely to be far higher than official tallies.

People in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh are fighting not just a raging pandemic but also a prickly Hindu nationalist local government that many say is in denial.

A full cylinder of oxygen is US$452. Seriously, how many Indians infected by the coronavirus could afford this prohibitive price?

The state authorities, headed by a monk Yogi Adityanath, 48, touted by some as the prospective successor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, insist there are no shortages and take a dim view of those “spreading fear”.

Meanwhile, there is still no national lock down in India; with barely 3% of the entire population of India being vaccinated. This percentage is 2% more than Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

India must now be ready to fend for themselves, on a scale of death worse than the tragedy that marked the violent separation with India and Pakistan in 1948.

Although the new anti-COVID-19 oral drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) was jointly developed by India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation and Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, it is a palliative treatment: to reduce the need for immediate oxygen. It is not enough to go around with the surge in cases.

Consequently, although it is being produced by the world’s biggest vaccine maker –Serum Institute of India, which is capable of producing one billion dosages a year – India is still struggling to produce and distribute enough doses to stem the wave of COVID-19.

To be sure, the country has administered more than 167 million vaccine doses. But its rate of inoculation has fallen in recent days and only around 2% of its 1.4 billion people have received the two doses needed to be fully immunized.

Furthermore, the infection rates continue to spike and a tank of oxygen could barely last six to eight hours before it has to be refilled. – May 12, 2021



Dr Rais Hussin is President & CEO of EMIR Research, an independent think tank focused on strategic policy recommendations based on rigorous research.



Two RTM editors issued show-cause letters for labelling Hamas ‘militant’

FMT:

Two RTM editors issued show-cause letters for labelling Hamas ‘militant’


RTM ran an apology on its news bulletins twice yesterday over the issue.

PETALING JAYA: Two RTM news editors were today issued with show-cause letters after a Mandarin news segment recently referred to the Hamas group as “militant” in its reporting of the latest flare-up in the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

Communications and multimedia minister Saifuddin Abdullah said he ordered for an immediate investigation into the matter, with a relook into the SOPs of the RTM newsroom so that such error does not happen again.

“RTM is aware of the current situation and is firmly behind the sovereignty and freedom of Palestine, as per the stand taken by Malaysians,” he said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Saifuddin said an open apology over the matter was read twice during the 1pm and 7pm bulletins yesterday.

The newsreader was heard saying: “The Hamas militant group in Gaza launched several rockets towards Jerusalem and south of Israel. This caused the Israeli army to launch aerial strikes on the strongholds of Hamas in the north of Gaza.”

The video of the 25-second news segment has gone viral on Facebook, earning the condemnation of Ismaweb and others.

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kt notes:

While I have supported the Palestine cause for years, I find this censorship attempt to whitewash a 'militant' group like Hamas as being 'non-militant' plain stupefyingly imbecilic.

There's nothing wrong in saying Hamas is 'militant' in much the same way as most Middle-Eastern, some Western rightwing groups and pro animal NGOs are too.

According to Wikipedia, 'militant' means vigorously active, combative and/or aggressive, especially in support of a cause, as in "militant reformers". There is a wide range of behaviour in 'militant' groups, ranging from the KKK, Jewish Defence League, Australian/American whale 'lovers' or some Penang dog-loving organisations etc, wakakaka. 

Thus, being 'militant' doesn't automatically nor necessarily mean the particular group is terroristic.

But eff English 101 when Malaysian politics is involved.


How the Darurat is working magnificently

MM Online:

Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases rise again to 4,855, more than one-third in Selangor


People have their temperature checked before entering the Seksyen 6 wet market in Shah Alam May 11, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — The Health Ministry recorded 4,855 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases detected in Malaysia since the beginning of the pandemic to 458,077.

The number of cases found in Selangor alone was 1,783 — the highest among the nation's states and Federal Territories.

This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (521 cases), Johor (467 cases), Sarawak and Penang (395 cases respectively).

😲😳😡


The Malaysia Disaster named Muhyiddin

finance-twitter:

Congrats Muhyiddin – Angry Malay Voters Want To Teach The Government A Lesson At The 15th General Election

People who thought the now-collapsed Pakatan Harapan was a hopeless U-turn government are now kicking themselves really hard. And people who believed “Sleeping Beauty” Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was out of touch with reality on the ground are now having a second thought. Even former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the world’s biggest crook, is seen by some as a better leader than PM Muhyiddin.

The Perikatan Nasional government’s U-turn has reached such a remarkable level that even kindergarten kids are left wondering if the country has gone mad. Prime Minister Mahiaddin alias Muhyiddin is so out of touch with the people that he thought if he hides in his Palace, he could maintain his popularity, not realizing that an increasing number of Malays could not wait to punish him.

As the backdoor prime minister made a spectacular U-turn yesterday (10 May), declaring a nationwide MCO 3.0 lockdown, Malay traders were up in arms over last-minute orders to stop trading at Ramadan bazaars. Laughably, as recently as less than a month ago (15 April), Mr Muhyiddin told the business community that his government had no intention of imposing another nationwide MCO.



It was already bad that the premier was heckled and cursed by a Malay trader a couple of days ago during his visit to the Ramadan bazaar in Putrajaya – his own backyard, the Prime Minister Office complex. Now, more Malay traders have openly expressed not only their displeasure and anger, but also threatened to teach the regime a lesson in the next 15th General Election.

In a video clip, traders said they had been ordered by police in the morning (10am) to close their business, only to be told hours later in the afternoon (2pm) that they can continue with their business – claiming there was a misunderstanding. However, the traders had already packed all their goods and were ready to shut down, leading to frustration and anger over the flip-flop standard operating procedure (SOP).

Last Tuesday (4 May), despite initial denials over reports that a third round MCO (movement control order) will be declared, Senior Minister “turtle egg” Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced MCO 3.0 that involved only 6 out of 9 districts in the state of Selangor. The half-baked lockdown was supposed to kick off from May 6 to 17. Even then, the government was still struggling to prepare its SOP.

Grocery, convenience stores, dining premises and petrol stations were allowed to operate between 6am and midnight, even though dine-in is not allowed. Besides daily markets (night and morning markets) being allowed to operate between 6am and 2pm, Ramadan bazaars were also allowed to operate (Selangor state announced the next day that bazaars will be closed effective May 8).

But three days ago (Saturday, 8 May), Senior Minister cum Defence Minister Ismail Sabri said all Ramadan bazaars in states under the freshly declared MCO 3.0 (movement) must be shut down from Monday (10 May) onwards. However, two days earlier (May 6), Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa announced that bazaars will be allowed to operate even during the MCO lockdown.

Annuar Musa, under pressure because his boys had already accepted (and spent) rental payments for thousands of booths at Ramadan bazaar, said his decision was made after considering that there were only a few days left until the end of Ramadan. To make matters worse, the MCO 3.0 itself has been plagued by changes, U-turns, flip-flops and whatnot.



On 5 May, just one day after Minister Sabri announced the MCO 3.0, the lockdown was expanded to include the entire Kuala Lumpur and several districts in Johor, Perak and Terengganu. But the MCO for the capital city, effective from May 7 to 20, was just the beginning of more chaos in the already conflicting and confusing third lockdown.

Three days later (Saturday, 8 May), Mr Sabri announced MCO on some districts in Penang, Perak and Pahang. On the same day, the clueless minister still insisted that the government had no plans to impose a blanket nationwide MCO lockdown, but will adopt targeted lockdown based on the number of rising Coronavirus cases in certain areas and localities.

Yesterday (Monday, 10 May) evening, Prime Minister Muhyiddin suddenly announced the MCO 3.0 for the entire country, making Sabri looked like a fool. But even before the stunning announcement, which was a massive flip-flop, parents were already angry and mad in the morning. Kindergartens, pre-schools and day-care centres were like being hit with a nuclear missile.



Just an hour after dropping their children in the morning, parents were forced to fetch their kids home, thanks to a last-minute reversal in SOP by the government to close daycare centres and kindergartens at 10am. Prior, schools as well as kindergartens and daycare centres had been allowed to operate as usual even under the MCO lockdown.

PM Muhyiddin’s announcement of a nationwide MCO 3.0, however, saw yet another U-turn. Now, childcare centres, nurseries and kindergartens are allowed to operate to aid parents who are working. Hilariously, it was the Prime Minister himself, who chaired the National Security Council (NSC) meeting to close the kindergartens in the morning, only to reverse it in the evening.

Interestingly, under the latest nationwide MCO 3.0 from May 12 to June 7, Muhyiddin justified that the decision made during a special conference of the NSC was based on data and science – increasing number of infections and the threat of new Covid-19 variants. He talked as if science was invented last week and data were just collected yesterday.



Exactly how could there be 3 to 4 revisions to the MCO 3.0 within a week of the lockdown being introduced, not to mention dozens of flip-flops in between, is beyond comprehension. The PM blamed the virus variants and lack of compliance to SOP, conveniently ignored his regime’s half-baked policies, double standards in enforcements, clueless leadership and lust for power.

But wasn’t Ismail Sabri involved in the NSC meetings all along? The 8 members of the NSC comprise Chairperson Muhyiddin, Home Minister Hamzah, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri, Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, International Trade & Industry Minister Azmin Ali, Chief Secretary Mohd Zuki Ali, Chief of Defense Affendi Buang and Inspector General of Police.

Was there even an NSC meeting in the first place? Otherwise, how was it possible that Ismail Sabri hadn’t a clue about the plan for a nationwide MCO 3.0? While people had anticipated U-turns from the backdoor government, they never expected flip-flops at this grand scale. The prime minister appears to be sleeping on the job while his clueless ministers do and say whatever they like.



Muhyiddin’s lame excuse to start yet another half-baked lockdown appears to be an admission that the State of Emergency is useless against the virus. The MCO 3.0, like the previous MCO 2.0, is nothing but an excuse to justify the current emergency rule and to continue suspending the Parliament so that the illegitimate regime can continue to cling to power (and plunder national coffer).

More importantly, the country’s chief executive had failed to propose any new strategy to differentiate MCO 3.0 from MCO 2.0. With the emergence of the ferocious B.1.351 South African variant, the B.1.1.7 U.K. variant, and the B.1.617.1 double-mutation variant from India this time, what are the chances that half-baked MCO 3.0 will succeed when the previous MCO 2.0 had failed?

The majority of the Malay community actually understood the need for yet another lockdown, despite their increasing doubt and scepticism. What they cannot and refuse to accept are the double standards and flip-flops practised by the backdoor government. As described by the Malay in the video clip, this government spins and twists better than the Bangladesh.




Dr M’s lust for power is surreal, voters must reject him!

Focus Malaysia:

Dr M’s lust for power is surreal, voters must reject him!

By Arif Bakhtiar



As if we needed any further confirmation, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is showing time and time again that he cannot let go.

In an interview on Facebook, Mahathir candidly said “I not want to contest, but my supporters are difficult. If I say I do not want to run for election, they may get angry. I do not know what to do” in reference to GE15.

Is Mahathir’s lust for power is so great that he will not turn down any opportunity to seize power?

While his ever-shrinking cadre of supporters have camouflaged it as a way to save Malaysia (once again) – why have none of them brought up the infamous legacy he has already built?

Mahathir is infamous for stating that he would never allow his children or wife to do business with Government, in his words, as “a matter of principle”.

Let’s all remember Mahathir’s RM 1.7 bil bailout of his son Mirzan Mahathir’s shipping interests in 1998. What about the complaint filed by Mahathir’s own supporter, Wan Mohammad Ashraf Nasjaruddin?

During the runup of GE14, many claimed that there were close to 500 companies registered under Mahathir and four of his kids’ names.

And this is not the full list of those who benefitted from his rule.

Many can still remember the small group of “bumputera capitalists” that became extremely rich quickly, including those close to former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, prior to his downfall in September 1998.

Their claim to riches? The unnecessary privatisation of public assets on top of the various megaprojects such as the North-South Highway, water and sewerage, Bakun dam, Light Rail Transit System (LRT) and the National Train Service (KTM).

The Mahathir dynasty

With little business experience at helm and propped up by political capital – these companies inevitably failed and bailed out to the tune of billions, using taxpayers’ funds.

So excessive were these bailouts and failed businesses, that they were used as anti-Mahathir fodder for decades to come.

Now when Mahathir was sworn in as Pakatan’s Prime Minister, one would have hoped that he would have spent his limited time to reform the monster he had created.

Instead, Malaysians found out that Opcom Cables, a company with links to Mokhzani and Mukhriz Mahathir was awarded a RM11.16 mil contract by Telekom Malaysia (Opcom shares rose nearly 40% after this announcement).

A few months later, a letter of appointment that addressed as Petron Fuel International Bhd as one of the fuel suppliers for Government vehicles went viral on social media. Mirzan is a director of Philippine-based Petron Corporation, which owns Petron Malaysia.

How about Mukhriz’s tenure in Kedah as a Pakatan’s Menter Besar? It seems that the Mahathir clan was trying to shore up as much contracts in the state as possible, with the planned airport in Kulim, the industrial parks and even durian plantations designed to displace indigenous inhabitants.

Given the long and sordid family legacy which Mahathir has left us, we need to reject any overtures he is making to return to power.

The price paid by the rakyat will go far beyond any the longest bridge, the tallest building, the grandest airport, the most awesome dam – remember the destruction of the aspirations and hopes of entire generations of Malaysia.

It’s time to say no to Mahathir. Once and for all. – May 11, 2021.


Liew Chin Tong: The road to Putrajaya is via Johor

Focus Malaysia:

The road to Putrajaya is via Johor, DAP’s Liew Chin Tong says



CEMENTING his fourth term as Johor DAP chief, Liew Chin Tong calls for his party members to unite and reach out to fence-sitters to win federal powers in the 15th General Election.

“Johor has 26 Parliamentary seats, in which Pakatan Harapan won 16 of them in the last polls. For Peninsula Malaysia alone, our coalition won 98 seats out of 165.

“Therefore, the road to Putrajaya is through Johor. It’s important for Johor DAP to work with our allies and consolidate our support, especially with fence sitters to chart the path to winning federal and state powers,” the former deputy defence minister told FocusM.

In the party polls held last week, Liew retained his post at the state party elections, which saw his team winning 10 of the 15 committee seats.

His challenger, Skudai state assemblyperson Tan Hong Pin, failed to make the cut after coming in at the 16th position.

Liew came in third place in the polls, with Bakri MP Yeo Bee Yin winning the most votes, seconded by former Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching.

Following the win, his fellow rival, former Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau urged Liew and Teo to get rid of the mindset that they owe former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad their allegiance, if they are sincere in uniting the party.

“It was the people, DAP and Pakatan Harapan as a whole that gave them the opportunity to become deputy ministers.

“Remember that you serve the people. Please work towards preserving Pakatan’s solidarity, especially in Johor,” Boo told FocusM then.

Focus on winning polls

On that note, Liew said that with Pakatan having some governance experience, people’s expectations on them have become higher and leaders have to change their mindset to meet that challenge.

kt notes: The 'big tent or catch-all party' phrase is used in reference to a political party's policy of permitting or encouraging a broad spectrum of views among its members. Isn't that the same as having the possibility of even Mahathir back as coalition leader, a snub to Dr Boo's reminder? 


Thanks Liew - Dei all, I may yet be back, hehehe

He added that a “big tent” Pakatan has a chance of winning if they conduct themselves as a Government-in-waiting, while constructing a vision to inspire Malaysians in building a better nation.

“We need to become a coalition of ideas, issues and concerns with like-minded parties to present good policies to voters.

“The pandemic has shown that people want solutions backed by science, not ad hoc policies made through press conferences.

“And beyond presenting a prime minister candidate, Pakatan needs to create a team of maybe 20 to 30 leaders who will champion these polices and we do have such personalities in our coalition,” he stated.

Whether DAP is open to working with Perikatan Nasional parties if there is no clear winner, Liew said his party should aim to win first and not think about post-election scenario for now.

“If we win outright, then there is no such need for cooperation with Perikatan parties,” he remarked. – May 10, 2021.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A strict four-times-a-night sex schedule

There's someone in Zimbabwe to give some Malaysians (especially those on the East Coast, wakakaka) a run for our money in regards to one Malaysian official policy, and I am not talking about "someone's" good buddy, the late Robert Mugabe, who passed away in a Singapore hospital in late 2019.


I am referring to Mr Misheck Nyandoro who believes in our official policy of 'polygamy is required by Islam, among others, due to the husband’s “incredible sense of sexual desire” that the wife cannot fulfil', as posted in MyGovernment, a “single gateway to all government online services”. Mind you, I don't think Mr Misheck Nyandoro is a Muslim.

At this stage, I would like to recall for your perusal a related matter, also in Kelantan. Fifteen years ago in 2006, the Mufti of Kelantan, Mohamad Shukri Mohamad (who was then only the deputy mufti of Kelantan) told Berita Harian that wives would be deemed to be unjust and abusive if they cannot satisfy their husbands' sexual needs.


In his (note ‘his’ and not 'the') most brilliant exposition of Islamic doctrines, he explained that in a marriage, it's not always the wives who were abused as it could also happen to the husbands. He advised that Islamic laws protect both women and men.

He warned: "Thus wives who do not provide proper care for their husbands, including not fulfilling their sexual needs, can be considered as being unjust and abusive towards their husbands."

"These women can be charged under Section 128 (1) of the Kelantan Islamic Law Enactment 2002, which provides for a fine of RM 1,000 or jail of up to six months or both upon conviction."

But in a manner not unusual of either important big shots (CEOs, ministers, etc) or impossible big bullshitters, he skipped the details, yup, by neglecting to elaborate on how the courts would determine any husband’s claims of his wife failing to satisfy his sexual needs as per, wakakaka, Section 128 (1) of the Kelantan Islamic Law Enactment 2002.

As we know, some husbands may have excessive sexual needs, so the poor wives could be required to perform to super-human standards, you know, 'above and beyond' the call of duty.

If their wives still cannot satisfy their super sexual needs, would those poor wives be deemed as unjust and abusive as per, wakakaka again, Section 128 (1) of the Kelantan Islamic Law Enactment 2002 by this mufti?

But truthfully, I would be very interested in how he would impartially gauge that a husband has attained sexual satisfaction in his legal act of consummation. I've been informed that in the West it's supposedly measured by how loud the man (or woman) screams 'OH GOD', wakakaka again.



Or would he just rely on the hubby's say-so, that the undutiful wife should be jailed for 6 months while hubby gets a new young doll of a wife?

Poor Malaysian Kelantan women.

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Ok, here's that Zimbabwe story 😂😂😂:

MM Online:

Zimbabwe senior citizen marries 16 wives to help increase the country's population



Zimbabwean father Misheck Nyandoro, 66, who has 16 wives and 151 children has revealed he follows a strict four-times-a-night sex schedule to help keep his family growing

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 ― He has fought in the Rhodesian bush war to help gain Zimbabwe's independence.

Now, Misheck Nyandoro, 66, is fighting a different “war” - helping to replenish the country's population with his 16 wives who have given him a total of 151 children with two more on the way.

kt notes: Remember, we had a former PM who wanted Malaysia to have a population of 70 million (gnam gnam perhaps for his Proton market?). I'm sure some loyal and enthusiastic citizens went about helping him to achieve that population target 😂😂😂

Nyandoro said he would be marrying wife number 17 this year-end and his target is to marry 100 wives and have 1,000 children before he dies.

Speaking to Zimbabwean publication The Herald, Nyandoro said he follows a strict four-times-a-night sex schedule to help keep his family growing.

Nyandoro, from Mbire District, Mashonaland Central Province, said he would go to the bedrooms on his schedule every night.

“I then satisfy them before moving onto the next room.”

Nyandoro, who does not work, said his job was to satisfy his wives, who cook, clean, and cater to his every desire.

The family mainly relies on farming and was recently allocated 93 hectares of land near the Mvurwi mountains.

While it was unclear of his wives’ ages, Nyandoro said he keeps marrying younger women because older brides cannot keep up with his insatiable sex drive.

“I alter my behaviour in the bedroom to suit the age of each of my wives.

“I don't act the same with the young ones as I do with the older ones,” said the self-professed polygamist who started marrying in 1983.

Fifty of his children are in school, six are working with the Zimbabwe National Army, two with police, 11 others in different professions, and 13 of his daughters are married.

If you are wondering if any of his sons are following in their father's footsteps, one of them actually has, with four wives.

Man charged with murder and sodomy of nine-month-old baby in PJ

MM Online:

Court charges unemployed man with murder and sodomy of nine-month-old baby in PJ


Mohamed Badruldin Mohamed was charged with murdering and sodomising a nine-month-old baby boy that his wife was babysitting at an apartment three weeks ago. ― Bernama pic

PETALING JAYA, May 12 — A jobless man was today brought to the Magistrate’s Court here on charges of murdering and sodomising a nine-month-old baby boy, his wife was babysitting at an apartment here three weeks ago.

Mohamed Badruldin Mohamed, 36, nodded his head for the murder charge while for the charge on sodomising the baby, he pleaded not guilty.

Both charges were read before Magistrate Muhammad Iskandar Zainol.

No plea was recorded from the accused of murder as the murder case was under the purview of the High Court.

The case grabbed public attention after police in a press conference yesterday said among others the baby was believed to have been murdered and sodomised by the husband of the babysitter in the bedroom of a house here when his wife was sweeping outside the residence.

For the first offence, the man was charged with murdering the infant under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

For the second offence, he was accused of carrying out intercourse against the order of nature on the baby under Section 377C of the same code which provides for a minimum of 5 years in jail and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment as well as liable to be whipped if found guilty.

He was accused of carrying the offences at a house in Projek Perumahan Rakyat Lembah Subang, here between 8 am to 3.30 pm on April 27.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor, Alison Chan May Kam while the accused was not represented.

The court set June 15 for remention and submission of the chemical report. — Bernama


Wherefore the Fook art thou, Education Minister?





We are outraged by SMK Puncak Alam’s warning notice of expulsion to Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam, especially in light of the lack of transparent penalties against the teacher who made the rape comments amongst his students in a class session on sexual harassment, where Ain was present.

There seems to be a string of unchecked and increasingly brazen displays of power by figures of authority within educational institutions in an attempt to punish Ain for speaking out about her teacher’s rape jokes.

First, there were the online lewd comments about Ain’s body shape and breast size allegedly from teachers in response to her TikTok video. A week later, the secretary-general of the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) openly contested the widespread sexual harassment and rape culture in schools, when hundreds of current and former students have already come forward online with their violations experienced.

At the same time, disappointingly, key authorities have failed to take swift and concrete action to keep these perpetrators in check and address the deeply entrenched toxic culture of sexual harassment, rape and power abuse in educational institutions. Until now, the teacher who made the rape jokes is allowed to continue teaching, with no updates from the Education Ministry on the inquiry.

Furthermore, despite expressions of zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and rape in schools by the Education Ministry, this stance has not been followed by public commitments to short-term or long-term solutions that address gender insensitivity and sexist attitudes within the country’s institutions of education.

In a scenario where the survivor is punished but not the perpetrators, we are now at risk of further regressing Malaysia’s understanding that gender-based violence is an act that devalues women. We are perpetuating the culture of victim-blaming and sending out the message that perpetrators can violate women with impunity.

The government needs to understand that state structures and practices that condone acts of violence against women and/or do not provide adequate punitive actions against those who commit such acts, results in societies where women are subject to state-sanctioned violence. Is this the image that Malaysia wants to portray?

The process to support Ain, other students like her, and Malaysian women against the social ill that is gender-based violence is not rocket science. The steps are clear.

Ministry must do the right thing

Firstly, the Education Ministry and the government needs to focus on primary prevention, the aim of which is to stop violence before it happens. This is done by increasing awareness on issues of gender-based violence and empowering women and men through trainings of leadership development and capacity building, to attempt to change the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence against women to occur.

The second priority area is to increase access of survivors of gender-based violence to quality mental health and legal information services, all of which are publicly available at low cost, to build the resilience of women and girls under the cloud of gender-based violence.

The third priority area is linked to long-term solutions, which involves developing and reforming policies and legislation to prevent, respond to and punish all forms of violence against women.

In this day and age, gender-based violence is recognised as not only a form of discrimination against women and girls, but also a gross violation of fundamental human rights of freedom from violence and to bodily integrity. Having one’s voices heard in a non-violent manner is also a universal right that is enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights agreement that is also ratified by Malaysia since 1995.

If Ain’s expulsion is allowed to go ahead, the Education Ministry will be indirectly intimidating all women and girls in Malaysia into silence even after they have been violated. Ain did the right thing by calling out on rape jokes and the systemic culture of sexual harassment and rape.

It is now Education Ministry’s turn to do the right thing in upholding existing standard operating procedures (SOPs), which in principle place schoolchildren’s safety, wellbeing and best interest as the paramount consideration. The Education Ministry must take action against the perpetrator and actively address the issue of systemic sexual harassment, bullying and rape culture in schools.

Endorsed by:

JAG member organisations
  • All Women's Action Society (Awam)
  • Association of Women Lawyers (AWL)
  • Empower Malaysia
  • Justice for Sisters
  • KRYSS Network
  • Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)
  • Sabah Women's Action-Resource Group (Sawo)
  • Sarawak Women for Women Society (SWWS)
  • Sisters in Islam (SIS)
  • Women's Aid Organisation (WAO)
  • Women's Centre for Change (WCC)

Other organisations
  • Bulan Sisters
  • Pertubuhan Pembangunan Kendiri Wanita dan Gadis (Women:girls)

Mahathir's Pandora Box - how he eff-ed up our politics with religion

FMT:

When religion and politics don’t mix

Some Malaysians may have forgotten that it was during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s first tenure as prime minister that religion was used, with a passion, to win votes.

When the Iranian Revolution swept across Iran at the end of the 1970s and experienced an Islamic revival, PAS became stronger as a political party.

Mahathir was afraid of the rising influence of PAS on the Malays, so he tried to appeal to them by making Malaysia more Islamic. A new dress code and a ban on the use of certain words by non-Muslims were started during his tenure.



Aiyoyo, Lu mudah lupa, Apek kawan Lu pun macam itu



One could add the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) or the National Civics Bureau, the dumbing down of the learning of English in schools, and Project IC in Sabah. In Project IC, or Project M, hundreds of thousands of immigrants of Muslim origin, mostly from the southern Philippines, were given ICs to change the demographics of the state.


In her interview with FMT, former minister Rafidah Aziz, who was sacked from Umno in 2018, claimed that she was sick of the “toxicity” of Malaysian politics. She also said she feared for Malaysia’s future because religion was used as a political tool.


Many Malaysians breathed a sigh of relief at her frank remarks. She is a straight talker and her views would have carried a lot of weight. Here was a veteran politician who empathised with them. They had been forced to live with the toxic combination of religion and politics for decades. It is a view that is shared by both Malays and non-Malays.


Some people did wonder why it took Rafidah a few decades to open up. Others said “better late than never”, and a few said “talk is cheap, she should have spoken up when she had the power to act and do something about it”.

Malaysians have been saddled with this problem since the 1980s. Some of those who were critical of the use of religion have found themselves punished under the strict laws of the country.

Perhaps, the real tragedy of Malaysia is the failure of Umno-Baru to admit its culpability in the current state of the nation.

Religion is allegedly used to undermine the people of other faiths. Non-Muslims cannot use certain words in their bibles. There have been cases of Muslim converts allegedly allowed to insult people of other faiths and are not punished. Moral policing became the norm. Jakim grew in influence and power. All this had its roots in the early 1980s, when both PAS and Umno competed for votes.

Today, there are PAS politicians who flaunt their wealth unashamedly. One only has to look at Kelantan to see the disparity between the life led by these politicians and the ordinary Kelantanese.





SADA rugi, masih beli VELLFIRE

The heady combination of religion and political power has also clouded the judgment of many Muslim politicians. They ride roughshod over the ordinary Malaysians, and some break the rules with impunity. Not surprisingly, religious controversies such as those surrounding the demolition of temples arise.





To mark Int'l Women's Day, Perak PAS official moots polygamy

Perak PAS information chief Wan Tarmizi Abd Aziz has suggested that women should mark International Women's Day by consenting to polygamy.

"Women's Day will be more meaningful if a woman gifts another woman to her spouse as a mark of appreciation of other women," Wan Tarmizi wrote on his Facebook account.

Our failure to deal with each corruption scandal over the past four decades successfully laid the foundation for 1MDB. Or have we forgotten about 1MDB?

Put simply, the corruption catastrophe and toxic politics hitting Malaysia is not an overnight phenomenon. The seeds were sown during Mahathir’s first tenure as prime minister. We need to look at the crux of the problem. It is ironic, that what Mahathir started in the 1980s caused his and Umno-Baru’s downfall.

What are the views of other veteran politicians who served alongside Rafidah? Do they disagree with her?



Dead nine-month-old baby believed to have been sodomised, suffocated





Dead nine-month-old baby believed to have been sodomised, suffocated

A post-mortem carried out on a nine-month-old baby who died on April 27 in hospital revealed that he was sodomised, allegedly by his babysitter’s husband.

Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid (above) said the victim was believed to have died due to suffocation after he was cupped on the mouth by the 36-year-old suspect who was under the influence of drugs.

“During the incident, the female suspect was cleaning the living room and had left the baby alone with her husband in a locked room for two hours before finding the baby unconscious.

“The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment by the husband who admitted to being the caretaker of the baby,” he said in a news conference at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters, today.

He said the post mortem result also found bruises on the baby’s mouth, believed to be caused by the hand cupping, as well as several tears to the victim’s anus, believed to be caused by a blunt object.

Following a report received from a medical officer, police have arrested the husband and wife, both aged 36, who tested positive for syabu at their house on April 29.

Mohamad Fakhrudin said the male suspect was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and Section 377C of the same code, while his wife would act as a prosecution witness and would be charged under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.


More kerbau on 'rape joke' scandal

MM Online (extracts):

MoE: Teacher accused of rape joke reassigned pending probe, principal who disparaged Ain claims Facebook account ‘hacked’


Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam poses for a picture during an interview with Malay Mail in Puncak Alam April 30, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 ― After days of public uproar, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has responded today saying that a teacher at SMK Puncak Alam who allegedly made a rape joke in class was transferred to the Selangor Education Department pending a police investigation.

In a statement, the ministry said that the principal of the school who left offensive comments on her own student Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam on Facebook, had claimed that her account was “hacked”.

“Since the incident is under police investigation, the MoE did not issue any statements during the investigation period. Currently, the MoE has placed the said teacher at the Selangor State Education Department, until the probe is completed.

“The MoE's next course of action is reliant upon the outcome of the investigation on this case,” it added.

It said the principal, Sarimah Mohamed Nor, whose account named “Aimanaizad Sarimahmohamednor” left comments calling Ain “hypocrite”, “Satan’s spawn wearing headscarves”, and told Ain’s parents to “educate her with manners”, had lodged her own police report claiming she was “hacked”.

“The MoE confirms that a police report has been lodged by the principal at the Kuala Selangor police station, denying that she had made such comments and suspecting that her Facebook account was hacked,” the ministry said.

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kt notes: All I am waiting for are the words and phrases: "misunderstanding", "misquoted", "remain calm", "anasir2 subversif yang bertanggungjawab", "elimen liberal", "the DAP has been responsible", "Chin Peng masih berhidup dan beraktif", etc etc etc.

😜😏😂


132 return from India in repatriation mission

FMT:

132 return from India in repatriation mission


The 132 were repatriated from India amid growing concerns over the health crisis in the country.

KUALA LUMPUR: One hundred and thirty-two people arrived at the KL International Airport early this morning in a mission to repatriate Malaysians and others from New Delhi and Mumbai in India.

Bernama quoted Wisma Putra as saying the specially chartered plane from Malindo Air landed at KLIA at 2am.

Those on board comprised 117 Malaysian citizens and six dependents, one permanent resident and eight Brunei nationals.

A statement from the ministry said the government had included the Brunei nationals on the flight based on the close relationship between the two countries.

It said all those who returned and the crew and frontliners in the mission were subjected to strict SOPs set by the health ministry.

The health ministry, the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), the Malaysian diplomatic staff in New Delhi and Mumbai and the Immigration Department and other agencies had helped in the mission, the statement added.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

WhereTF is the Edu Min hiding?

Malaysia Dateline:



Kepincangan nyata kerajaan yang terus berdiam terhadap isu gangguan seksual

Oleh SITI NUR ZAWANI MISCON / May 11, 2021


Tindakan kerajaan yang seolah-olah tidak bertindak terhadap masalah gangguan seksual dianggap sebagai kepincangan nyata terhadap perkara penting yang sebenarnya perlu diperdebatkan.

Ketua Pejuanita Muda, Dr Nurul Ashikin berkata, sehingga hari ini, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) yang diterajui Dr Radzi Jidin sama sekali tidak mengeluarkan kenyataan tegas berhubung laporan seorang guru menggunakan jenaka rogol ketika mengajar.

Katanya, walaupun menggunakan saluran media sosial untuk menularkan sesuatu insiden untuk mempercepat tindakan, tetapi pada akhirnya ia bergantung pada kerajaan.

“Bila mereka buat aduan, cara layanan pihak berkuasa dan jawapan diberikan mendorong kepada faktor sama ada mangsa mahu meneruskan kes tersebut atau tidak.

“Isu gangguan seksual ini perlu disusuli dengan campur tangan kerajaan supaya mereka yang tangani kes gangguan seksual tidak terlalu menghukum dan ‘judgemental’,” katanya dalam satu siaran langsung di Facebook Sumber Kini hari ini.

Nurul Ashikin juga menegaskan, stigma menyalahkan mangsa gangguan seksual tidak hanya berlaku di negara-negara membangun, bahkan turut terjadi di negara maju seperti Jepun.

Beliau mengakui, stigma masyarakat yang cenderung menyalahkan mangsa dan pakaian yang dipakai menyebabkan ramai dalam kalangan wanita malu untuk menyuarakan permasalahan mereka.

Jelasnya, untuk menangani masalah dalam mendekati mangsa gangguan seksual, satu pendidikan dan latihan menyeluruh perlu dilakukan yang melatih para pengendali untuk mengetahui bagaimana psikologi bercakap dengan mangsa.

Selain itu katanya, guru di sekolah perlu dilatih bagaimana untuk mengendali pelajar yang mengalami gangguan seksual tanpa bersikap menghukum.

Mengulas tentang Rang Undang-Undang Gangguan Seksual yang masih lagi belum dilaksanakan, beliau berkata, sebelum ini beberapa kali Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM) didesak untuk menguatkuasakan RUU berkenaan.

Jelasnya, akta tersebut telah pun berada di peringkat akhir semasa pentadbiran Pakatan Harapan (PH), namun perkara itu disenyapkan selepas Perikatan Nasional (PN) mentadbir biarpun beberapa isu terkait masalah berkenaan tercetus sebelum ini.

“Kita membangkitkan kembali akta gangguan seksual ini. Saya banyak buat hantaran sehingga viral waktu itu tapi pada penghujungnya, hal itu jadi senyap.

“Apabila senyap dan tak diperdebatkan, kita tak tahu apa yang perlu ditambah baik dalam RUU berkenaan.

“Apa yang saya nampak, kita perlu berterusan buat bising baru mereka nak dengar. Jika tidak, tiada penambahbaikan. Penangguhan ini terjadi apabila tak ada kesungguhan politik dari kerajaan,” katanya lagi.


MFer is in hiding again