Friday, 31 January 2014

- let's let our imagination go wild for a little
- Pakatan says that DS Anwar's Kajang by-election is for the greater good of Pakatan's quest to capture Putrajaya
- The last GE13 saw BN retain power with 133 Parliament seats compared to Pakatan Rakyat's 89 seats - meaning that at least 21 MPs need to cross-over to Pakatan in order for Pakatan to gain power with 112 vs 110 seats - Sept 16 2008 style (or the infamous 916 incident)
- assuming it costs RM20million to "convince" each MP to cross over - 21 MPs would require RM420million.
- Since Selangor has RM3billion funds and currently Khalid refuses to allow the use of such funds, is the real aim for the Kajang by-election to remove Khalid and gain access to this funds and pay the RM420million bill?

- is this why a "world-class" leader such as DS Anwar is willing to risk his political future to go down to a mere state DUN seat and is this the reason why the top Pakatan leaders from PAS and DAP are strongly behind DS Anwar's Kajang move while their middle and grassroots members and even BERSIH condemns this Kajang power-play? Too hush-hush to let anyone else know the true objective?

- just a wild thought, okay?

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Selangor govt at a standstill as construction and development projects are unable to proceed due to freeze
The failure of the Selangor government to appoint new councillors at all 12 districts in the state is causing hardship to developers and contractors operating in the state, bringing development in the most developed state in the country to a standstill.

The state government has delayed appointing district councillors due to the on-going spat between Bukit Antarabangsa state assemblyman Azmin Ali and Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

“Both PAS and DAP have given their list of preferred councillors but the problem is PKR. Azmin being the state party chief has a name list while Khalid is not agreeable to the list…so there is a delay. Both these leaders must stop thinking about themselves. Think of the people of Selangor,” said a party source familiar with the issue.

While the two leaders are busy fighting each other, developers and contractors are out of jobs as district councils are unable to tender out work because there are no councillors to approve projects.

Developers and contractors want the Menteri Besar to concentrate on his job at hand rather than spend time politicking.

The source said the term of councillors ended on Dec 31, last year and after nearly a month the state government was still silent on the matter.

“It is Khalid’s responsibility to appoint new councilors for 2014. However, this infighting with Azmin has caused problems in appointing councilors. The lack of councillors is making district councils a lame duck,” he added.

While the delay is affecting developers and contractors, the state is also losing millions of Ringgit in revenue.

A developer from Puchong said the lack of projects in the state has caused him a RM100,000 loss.

“All projects are now pending appointment of councillors. We do not know when this deadlock would end,” he added.

He also reminded political leaders in the state to ensure their spat does not in any way effect the state’s economy.
The discord between Khalid and Azmin dates back to 2009.
Azmin recently criticised Khalid openly over the Menteri Besar’s move to raise pay for the state assemblymen and excos.

Two weeks ago Azmin was sacked as a board member of the Selangor State Development Corporation(PKNS).

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim had publicly stated that Azmin’s termination was not valid and instructed Khalid to reinstate Azmin.
- in our opinions, this time around, Rafizi's reasons and excuses really does not hold water at all.
- DS Anwar Ibrahim is the "Ketua Umum" of Pakatan and PKR and the MB and his team is behind him. He is also the economic adviser for the state, therefore he has more than enough clout and influence to "protect" the state from UMNO - no matter who the head of UMNO is
- YB Rafizi, I think you can do better than these reasons
PKR is putting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Kajang to defend Selangor from being taken over by Umno if the ruling party unseats party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, party strategist Rafizi Ramli (pic) said today.

He said it was an open secret that moves to remove Najib has begun and once it was done, Umno will unleash every “unscrupulous attack and schemes” to take the state back “by hook or by crook”.

“As a party strategist, I cannot rule out the possibility that once Najib is removed and Umno falls to the ultras led by the Mahathir Mohamad faction,” he said today in a statement while apologising to the public especially the voters of Kajang for the by-election.

PKR and allies DAP and PAS won Selangor for the second term in Election 2013 with 44 state seats, six more than in the 2008 polls, battering Selangor Umno which only picked up 12 seats despite being led by Najib.

Rafizi said the by-election would certainly consume public money and public space at a time when the people have to go through economic hardship.

He said Umno’s cards were all too obvious in the latest round of racial and religious controversies stirred up in Selangor in the last few months.

Rafizi said this did not mean there might be a change of stewardship in Selangor, which was currently helmed by popular Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but it would give them the option to "optimise" its leadership potential if Umno caused more problems.

“Option is key. Having the option means having the flexibility of manoeuvres that can easily frustrate Umno’s game in Selangor, especially with regards to racial and religious controversies."

He acknowledged that under Khalid's stewardship, Selangor, Malaysia's richest and most industrialised state, had shown "sterling" performance in the last six years and set a "gold standard" in integrity and prudence in managing public funds.

But, Rafizi said, there were problems and challenges that required intervention.

These included traffic woes, affordable public housing and water resources.

"Selangor has to be doubly better than what it is today if it were to become a showcase for Pakatan in its quest for Putrajaya.

Following the resignation of Lee Chin Cheh from the seat, PKR named Anwar as the candidate, fuelling speculation that it was a move to pave the way for him to become the next menteri besar and to put a stop to the ongoing feud between his loyalist Azmin Ali and Khalid.

However, Anwar fended off suggestions that his candidacy was to pave the way for him to take over from Khalid, insisting that he was running as a state assembly member in order to help strengthen Pakatan's running of the state and to build momentum for the coalition's ambitions to take over federal power.

"This decision is for me to help improve the already stellar performance of the state administration under Khalid.

"It is to make Selangor a base from which to launch our campaign to take over Putrajaya," Anwar said yesterday.

He also fended off criticism that the party was using the by-election to resolve what was really an internal party crisis.

"We have to explain to the people the rationale of this by-election. It is to give space to a candidate that can help boost the state's administration. I will assist the state government in whatever way I can."

Khalid's feud with his party over how he runs the state became an open secret months after he was sworn in for a second term after the 13th general election.

During the state's budget session last October, Khalid clashed with Selangor PKR over a hike in the salaries of elected representatives, state executive councillors, the state assembly speaker and menteri besar.

Azmin, who is Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, and Anwar, opposed the salary hikes, some of which were increased by up to 300%.

Khalid was also criticised for the amount of funds set aside for development in the state budget which were said to be less than expected compared with the amount allocated for the operating expenditure.

A few weeks ago, things came to a head again between Khalid and Azmin over Azmin's termination as a director on the board of state property developer PKNS.

Azmin blamed Khalid for dropping him as a board member but Khalid claimed it was the corporation’s decision.

An investigation is currently under way to get to the bottom of the issue.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the possible move to replace Selangor MB Datuk Seri Khalid Ibrahim is merely an action to upgrade the standards of the state.

“This is not about his performance as an MB as Khalid has been doing great and had been able to resolve many of the issues faced by the state.

“We are just in need of enhancing the level of achievement of the state as it is our model state and the home of the Pakatan leadership,” he said, adding that Selangor has been and will continue to be a launchpad for the party.

With regard the PKR supremo contesting in Kajang, Anwar explained the decision is in no way a bad move.

“Politicians have their ups and downs and if we expect to be on top all the time it’s not going to take us anywhere.

“However, I understand that I owe an explanation to many people, including supporters of Pakatan, and I assure the people that I will soon explain my actions,” he said, adding that he will do so either in Kajang or his father’s home in Country Heights.

Anwar added that the by-election in Kajang this time would be carried out at minimal cost as the party has decided to recycle most of the material to be used.

“I will be reusing a lot of my posters and banners, and new ones will only be made to meet the requirements of the Election Commission,” he said.

On another note, Anwar said that the National Consensus is aimed at finding a middle ground to overcome issues affecting the people.

Presently, it is the racial tension, which has been growing among the people.

“It is of our utmost priority and hope for the ruling government to feel the same way as the situation may cause the people to feel threatened,” Anwar said.

“From our side, we are ready to meet to discuss the issue anytime as we are hoping to resolve it as soon as possible,” he said during a press conference at the Keadilan Headquarters Wednesday.

Also present was PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu who said that the party will stand by Anwar in the forthcoming by-election.

“I am the deputy president and I believe my words are sufficient for you to know that we (PAS) will not boycott the by-election,” he said.

The Malaysian Insider as usual with all their crap news. Below is the whole statement. They are more keen to spin and lie. No such meet taking place.

Najib to meet supporters tonight to stem party revolt
January 29, 2014

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will tonight move to head off a campaign in Umno by his critics to build up a groundswell against him that began after the party's general assembly last month.

The Malaysian Insider has learnt that the Umno president will meet division chiefs, opinion makers in the party and his supporters to address criticisms against his leadership by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Daim Zainuddin and other party veterans.

Najib is expected to outline what he believes are motives behind these attacks that have been played out in cyberspace, similar to the campaign that finally unseated Tun Abdullah Badawi in 2009.

Following the closed-door briefing, the Najib loyalists are expected to go down to the ground and spread the PM's message to stay the course and ignore the critics.

The briefing is a sign that Najib and his advisers finally accept that the sustained attacks against him are a serious matter and having an effect on his hold on power.

Najib won the Umno presidency for the second term uncontested and has most of his men in the party's highest decision-making body, the supreme council, but that has not stopped mounting criticisms about his leadership.

But there is no immediate danger of Najib losing his hold on power in the party or Parliament although there has been speculation that his critics want him to resign before the year is out.

Najib's mandate as party president runs until 2016 and the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has until 2018 before its term expires.

His public silence over the attacks within the party and in cyberspace has been seen as a sign of weakness, akin to Abdullah's "eloquent silence" when the former prime minister was castigated and dubbed as "Slumberjack".

Najib strongman and party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor have told critics to use party channels to voice their grouses in an apparent swipe at Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir for saying Najib's subsidy cuts would affect BN's support in the next general election.

Mukhriz's father, former prime minister Dr Mahathir, has also not minced his words about BN under Najib, saying the coalition was weak and the government should cut expenses rather than subsidies – running counter to the prime minister's reform agenda.

Daim, the former government economic adviser and finance minister, had also told a closed-door briefing in Merbok Umno 10 days ago that BN could lose the government if elections were held now with current BN policies.

The prime minister has also been the butt of jokes in cyberspace over his remarks that people should be grateful to the government for falling prices instead of just blaming them for price hikes.

Sources within the Prime Minister's Office say Najib's aides have also accused his younger brother, CIMB boss Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, of a "vicious, veiled attack" on his brother in an article to commemorate the death anniversary of their father, former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who died in 1976.

In the article published by The Malaysian Insider and two other media outlets, Nazir praised his father for his integrity and frugal ways and said the country's leaders should return to the path to develop the country.

Najib came to power in April 2009 promising reforms and liberalisation under his 1Malaysia platform, saying that the days of "government knows best" were over.

But his reforms floundered as BN lost more seats in the general election last year and Malaysia's economy slipped in tandem with the gloomy global outlook, forcing Najib to cut subsidies and introduce a consumption tax to keep positive financial ratings.

The subsidy cuts and mandatory minimum wages together with rising living costs come at a time when the prime minister is under attack for his frequent trips abroad.

This Kajang ex-ADUN is so generous. His ADUN salary was just doubled to RM11,500 per month (excluding allowances and claims) and he just resign like that and also lose ALL his pension for life since he did not stay for at least 36months as ADUN.

RM11,500 per month for 4 years = RM11,500 X 12 X 4= RM550k

Half-pay pension is RM5,750 per month which he will get every month until the day he dies even if he goyang kaki IF he had stayed on for just 28 more months and qualify for it.

He was born in 1971 and will be 43 years old this year and 47 years old in 2018. The current life expectancy for males in Malaysia is 72 years old - hence he will miss out on 4 years of full pay and 25 years of pension.

(RM11,500 X 12 X 4) + (RM5,750 X 12 X 25) = RM2.3 million

WOW, so generous... leave RM2.3 million on the table just to give the seat to Bang Non to contest.

Monday, 27 January 2014

After GE 13, many Malaysians became angry because of baseless allegations unproven until today. However, as revelations and news are unraveled daily, Malaysians are awakened to the reality that perhaps their beliefs in the fairy tale ending of ‘Malaysians will live happily ever after if PR wins’ is fast going up in smoke. Painful but true is the realization that they have been hoodwinked by propaganda and had misused the democratic space in Internet to construct a reality that may never come true under PR. Regardless of its weaknesses, the thought of BN winning GE is more comforting than that of PR coming to power and then throwing Malaysians into a flux of uncertainty.

Pakatan Rakyat component parties are united and divided as and when circumstances suit the whims and fancies of component parties. Making inconsistent statements on issues is the trademark of the coalition.

During the recent controversy where Anwar was denied entry to Japan, only Lim Kit Siang made a statement in his capacity as DAP Adviser. The coalition, PAS and DAP remained silent. Until today, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has refused to apologize for his supporters' act of stomping on and burning the Japanese flag, a move that does not augur well for international relations.

On 24th January 2013, The Star reported Pakatan Rakyat stand on the use of the word “Allah” remains unchanged despite PAS Syura Council’s decision that the word cannot be used to describe God in any non-Muslim publications. However, that stand was only for pre-GE13 gimmicks. Naturally, many Malaysians voted Pakatan Rakyat to govern Selangor. However, Pakatan Rakyat has shown its true colors with its silence on the JAIS raid in early January, as it does not seem to have courage to use its mandate to handle the 'Allah' issue.

Anwar Ibrahim failed to show leadership quality while it was urgently required in the ‘Allah’ issue. MB Khalid took SIX days to make a statement about the unconstitutional and illegal raid on BSM “despite Jais having no jurisdiction over non-Muslims and the absence of evidence that the over 300 Malay and Iban-language Bibles confiscated from a storeroom were being used to proselytize to Muslims.

Khalid Ibrahim’s request for JAIS to consult the Home Minister to see if their actions were inconsistent with the BN Federal government's 'ten-point solution’ (a policy rather than a law), is a clear evasion of his duties and responsibilities and a subtle case of passing the buck. Note how Khalid’s earlier promise that JAIS would in future have to seek the state government’s approval before conducting raids was ignored by JAIS.

All it takes is for PR to repeal or amend laws or state legislation that are not harmonious with its ‘declared’ stand but it prefers to drag its feet, blame others, and zip up hoping that in time, the issue will cool down. Responsible governance? If it cannot resolve basic issues, how can it rule Malaysia?

Many have yet to realize that with more voting for PR in GE 12 and13, there is now a lack of representation for Chinese, Indian and other ethnic groups in the government. The ethnic coalition component parties within BN have very little influence and akin to toothless tigers because of the lack of respect for these parties and low morale in the face of dwindling ground support. Who suffers? The rakyat – who go on a moral crusade against corruption without realizing they are killing the goose that lays golden eggs.

If any student or group has problems, who can help them? PR reps? With lack of majority rule, they cannot do much. Former BN reps cannot help either as the mandate has been given to PR, especially in Penang and Selangor. Few realize the ramifications of the swing to opposition – which has yet to show they have leaders of substance. Worse still, is the fact that PR is fanning racial tension making the gap wider and more difficult to bridge and making use of differences to further their own selfish aims.

The PR Leadership Council at its meeting at PAS Hqrs in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 22nd January 2014, decided to give full support to the Johor PR objective to fulfill the Johor Dream to make Johor the front-line state of PR in Peninsular Malaysia in the 14th General Elections in the march of PR towards Nusajaya and Putrajaya. They have yet to resolve inherent problems and yet, dare dream of marching to Putrajaya. Without offering Malaysians constructive proposals in education or even settling the JAIS issue, or putting forth concrete proposals to rectify problems, all they want to do is to rant, claim superiority, and chase their selfish pipe dreams of taking Putrajaya.
From before GE 13, Anwar has been talking about a shadow cabinet and its Orange Book. The fact remains that PR cannot even agree on education policies and its key leaders are righting within their respective parties with and no consensus as to who will be the Prime Minister should PR win GE 14. These are just some of the key issues, which have not been resolved for the past 5 years. That being the case, are they competent and experienced to rule the country?

BN is not blooming in perfection but it has its mechanisms and systems at work. Its leaders have experience and most importantly, the support of the civil service. It is not the same story where PR is concerned so what will happen if they do come to power in GE 14?

The Instant Society

Malaysians are an instant-gratification society. They want BN to produce instant remedies when BN has implemented policies that can only show results in the end. Yet, most are willing to make excuses and close one eye for PR when they flip-flop and then lambaste BN mercilessly when unable to deliver.

In the light of all these uncertainties caused by PR inherent weaknesses, there will be a swing towards BN in GE 14. By then, BN will win with a bigger margin. If that happens, Malaysians would then have exercised wisdom in their voting for it is better with the devil we know (which is a devil only because it is painted as such by PR) than to be drowning in the deep blue sea of uncertainty if PR comes to power.

Undoubtedly, the winds of change are blowing but they are not all the same type of wind. Some are tornadoes and typhoons bringing destruction to all who stand in their path whilst some are gentle and help in growth such as in wind pollination. Hence, Malaysians must move in tandem with correct type of wind - not the destructive ones that will undermine all built by our ancestors.

BN is still the preferred choice for stability, growth and unity even though there are enemies within who are plotting and working against the PM and the government, painting lies and distortions of truth.
After GE 14, PM Najib enjoyed a period of unchallenged authority during which he implemented his manifesto. Malaysians are not only an instant society but they are also impatient. The more radical the manifesto for change, the greater the likelihood to abandon it in the absence of positive results.

However, results HAVE been positive because PM had the guts to implement the changes he passionately believed are necessary to develop Malaysia. That is the mark of a leader of courage and conviction but Malaysians are faulting him on the minutest issues such as kangkungs and whatnots.

It is time Malaysians give our government recognition and support instead of running down our leaders, which is the opposition’s favorite game. With respect, support and unity for and within the ruling government, the course of leadership and development in this nation can be charted positively with commitment and conviction.

Datuk Huan Cheng Guan
President of
Centre For Political Awareness Malaysia ( CPAM )

Anwar: Leaders from both BN and Pakatan Rakyat must put aside partisan concerns and show real leadership in easing the tension
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the nation is reaching " a crescendo -threatening to tear the fabric of Malaysia's unity apart" akin to the days prior to the bloody May 13 1969 riots, due to recent statements by certain parties.

Speaking at a dialogue with youths at Sunway Resort today, Anwar pointed out that all Malaysians must be "vigilant" as there are attempts to take Malaysia to the brink of destruction.

"After 56 years of independence one would expect that this cohesiveness is not only in existence but should be growing stronger by the day.

"Unfortunately in the last few months a series of circumstances and developments are collectively eroding the cohesiveness that is crucial to our identity.

"Of course, we have not reached the tipping point yet but as they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

"We can't be vigilant enough here because there are all kinds of attempts by certain quarters to take this nation to the brink.

"In fact, we have not seen this building up of tension since the events leading up to our national tragedy of May 13th 1969.

"The voices of hate and animosity, the voices of prejudice and suspicion, and the voices of wreck and ruin are attempting to drown out the harmony, cooperation and understanding that we have built on the ruins of this tragedy," said Anwar.

He then called leaders from both sides of the political divide to put aside partisan concerns and show real leadership in easing the tension and work towards ameliorating the situation.

"Indeed, the time has come for all to reach a national consensus on these crucial issues that impact the sub-stratum of out identity as a nation.

"In line with the spirit of the Constitution, all parties must cease questioning the paramount position of Islam as the religion of the Federation

"In reaffirming the position of Islam and recognising that Muslims make up the majority of the population, we must reject the notion that Islam is under threat.

"We must reject the notion that there is some sinister conspiracy to replace Islam as the religion of the Federation with some other religion," he said.

Anwar also called that due recognition to the same constitutional safeguards be given to all religions in the land.

Asked whether Anwar meant certain NGOs or political parties who were inciting racial tension, he merely pointed out that it's been reported many times in Umno owned media.

Regarding his stance on the Allah issue, Anwar referred to his statement back in 2010 and refused to comment further.

"100, 000 Syrians were killed before they started talking. Do we need a major strife before we talk?" he questioned.

SEBERANG JAYA: The Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun) rally held outside Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya today saw about 500 individuals from various groups and NGOs protesting against the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The peaceful rally, monitored by some 30 police personnel to control traffic amidst shouts of “turun, turun!” and “Najib Otak Kangkung, Rosmah tak pakai tudung!” started at about 2pm.

Among the Pakatan Rakyat leaders present at the rally included Machang Bubok state rep Lee Khai Loon, Bakar Arang assemblyman Simon Ooi and Teja rep Chang Lih Kang.

Protesters also carried banners and placards condemning the federal government for not fulfilling their pre-general election promise of no price-hike.

Many were also seen carrying bunches of kangkung or water spinach, calling Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak PM Kangkung.

PKR head of strategies and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli arrived at about an hour later to a resounding applause and shouts of support from the crowd.

In his speech, Rafizi said that the rally today was just a small start and there would be more to come.

He also urged the crowd and supporters not to bow and conform to the federal government’s ways of making life hard for the rakyat by increasing the price of goods while those in power were leading a luxurious lifestyle.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1Rashid Hasnon who also spoke during the rally said the turnout at the rally was a sign that the rakyat was fed up with the government’s empty promises.

“We chose to gather outside this mall to show that even shoppers could not afford to shop like how they used to,” he said.

Also seen giving a speech at the rally was Bayan Baru PKR MP Sim Tze Tzin.

On Friday, a state emergency meeting was called by state Security Council chief and CM Lim Guan Eng to urge certain quarters to distant themselves from certain rallies that could put Pakatan Rakyat in a bad light.

The group, including Turun rally organiser Jingga14, had allegedly chosen to disregard advice by Lim to postpone or even call off the rally due to the recent incidents of several “violent” counter-protests of late.

According to internal sources, cracks are starting to show within the state Pakatan coalition, illustrated by today’s rally whereby some leaders from PKR had gone ahead to hold the rally.

Also seen at the protest were deputy chief minister II P Ramasamy and several other DAP leaders who seemed to be lying low at the protest.

It is learnt that the rally was held without police permit.

Resharing this as there are still many zombies that still believe that Rosmah saved to buy a RM24mil diamond ring.

The truth is, she didn't save to buy the ring as that news report being circulated saying she said that was an edited picture of a Utusan front-page. Question you should ask is that has anyone actually ever seen a physical copy of that Utusan Malaysia frontpage with her "saving since young to buy ring quote"?

Secondly, she didn't actually buy it but it was for viewing by her in-laws from Kazakhstan (who are linked to their president) and the ring was returned back to the USA after that as stated in the video statement from the US sellers. The link to that video is in the article shared below.

This is another example of online propaganda and downright lies being widely-spread to incite hatred against certain people.

 up until today, many people are still convinced that PM Najib's wife Rosmah actually bought a big cincin worth RM27million (some spin it to even say it is US$27million so that even sounds even more sensational)
- more ridiculously, these people even totally believed the story that Rosmah "saved money from young" to buy the ring
- these people are probably the same people who until yesterday believed there were 40k Banglas and Blackouts - which Bersih has already denied there were any in their Pemantau report

- As you can see, the famous photo of an alleged Utusan Malaysia article phone page saying that Rosmah's excuse is that she saved money from young to buy the ring is clearly an amateurish edit of an existing Utusan Malaysia article.
- If we actually think logically, Utusan would have been incredibly foolish to print something like this - much less on the front page. (plus Rosmah would have been incredibly naive to have said something like that)

- therefore, please do not simply believe what you read on the Internet - even if there are photos and a million shares and a zillion likes. If there are, there is a very high chance that the article is probably a fake.

- anyway there is a youtube video explaining the ring controversy by a very senior executive of Jacob and Co, the company that supposedly sold the ring.

- anyway, in a quick summary of that video: The ring was indeed sent to the PM's official residence for viewing by the mother-in-law of Rosmah's daughter who was staying over with Rosmah at that time. The Mother-in-law is a family member of Kazakhstan's ruling president. Eventually, no sale was made and the ring was sent back to Jacob and Co within a month.

Video of Jacon and Co. explaining the Cincin

Sunday, 26 January 2014

- do you agree with this reason? Are the PKNS directors so inept that they would have misinterpreted Azmin's action in returning the PKNS car prior to GE13 (which was required under policy before state elections) as an indication that Azmin has been dropped as Selangor Exco?
- was Azmin the only Selangor State ADUN that returned his car prior to GE13?
(Jan 25): Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said that the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) had misinterpreted the state executive council (exco)'s decision over Azmin Ali's status as PKNS board member.

Khalid explained that there was no mention by the exco that Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president, would be dropped from the board.

He said the exco had merely wrote down a note from PKNS that Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president, had returned his official PKNS car.

Azmin returned the car in April after Parliament was dissolved to make way for the 13th General Election. He did so in the interest of not using public property until and if he was re-elected.

Khalid said: "PKNS made that report. We copied that report and presented it to the exco (in the minutes of meeting),

"The exco didn't want to discuss the matter. That's the story," he said today after handing out mandarin oranges at his Bandar Tun Razak constituency today.

Khalid said that if the exco did not take note of the matter, another controversy over transparency would have surfaced.

"If we did not write it down, people will ask why wasn't it noted, why wasn't it discussed," he said, referring to minutes of meeting last Nov which stated that Azmin's position as a board member would be studied. However, the exco did not make any decision over the matter.

"PKNS misinterpreted (it)... but such actions can't be ignored...because if future contracts and agreements are signed by unauthorised official, disaster will befall PKNS. We have to be alert of this," added Khalid.

Earlier this month, PKNS had sent a letter of termination to Azmin. PKNS is said to have used these minutes as a basis to drop Azmin.

Khalid denied the state exco was involved in the sacking but later PKNS executive secretary Norita Mohd Sidek in a statement said that the decision to drop Azmin was made pursuant to the exco meeting decision on Nov 14 and another one on Dec 4.

As a result, both PKNS general-manager Othman Omar and Norita have been transfered over the debacle pending an internal investigation.

This is something unacceptable. Teacher should not act in such a way. They should set a good example. This particular teacher should be sacked immediately. The Ministry of Education should be firm and act soon.

Translation of News :

Two Year Four pupils from SJKC Khai Meng are claiming that they were made to wear bells around their necks like cows by a teacher for not doing their homework.

Their parents claimed that the teacher had also asked them to pull grass from the field and asked the boys to eat it on Thursday.

When Tanjung Malim MP Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan spoke to the school’s headmistress to seek clarification over the issue, she admitted that the pupils were asked to wear the bells around the neck but they were not forced to eat grass.

She said the teacher had apologised to the parents over the incident.

State Education Department director Muhamad Roli Hassan said he had asked the district education office to look into the matter, and was awaiting the report.

When reporters arrived at the school they were denied entry.

According to one of the boy's uncles, businessman Muktasim Hashim, the teacher had gone overboard.

“He had caned the boys twice each before that but chose to humiliate them by making them wear bells around their necks and calling them cows in front of the class.

“If that was not bad enough, he took pictures of them on his mobile phone and threatened to post them on Facebook before asking the boys to eat grass or get another 10 strokes of the rotan," Muktasim told reporters here Saturday.

He alleged that although the boys were spared from eating the grass without being caned, their pictures were shown to pupils in other classes.

Muktasim claimed the teacher was also unfair as he had let off two other pupils who had not handed in their homework.

“The teacher apologised when we met him at the police station yesterday but that is insufficient and in no way remedies the situation.

“We want him transferred out immediately,” said the uncle of Muhammad Naswinder Muhammad Hamid.

Housewife Yarnis Kasuma Dewi Zainal Ariffin said she had enrolled her son Mohd Izat Iqbal Mohd Harith in a Chinese school so that he could learn a different language.

“The teacher should be made to leave as it is he who had done wrong. I will not transfer my son to any other school.

“Why should he be penalised and denied the chance at an education in the Chinese medium due to someone else's mistake?” she asked, noting that SJKC Khai Meng was the only Chinese primary school here.

Turun rally in Penang to proceed despite LGE's advice
It is learnt that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has advised NGOs protesting price hikes to postpone their rally planned for tomorrow in Seberang Jaya.

The advice reportedly came in view of the rise in tensions resulting from two pro-BN rallies last weekend protesting a kangkung theme flash mob organised by Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon, which protestors say insulted Prime Minister Najib Razak for using the vegetable to justify a series of price hikes in the country.

The first rally on Saturday in Seberang Jaya geard threats of a repeat of the May 13 racial riots, while the second on Sunday in Alma, Bukit Mertajam, ended in violence, with two men attacked by several protestors for allegedly uttering racist words.

State Jingga 13 coordinator Amizudin Ahmat said the NGOs respected Lim's concerns and advice but said Pakatan Rakyat leaders should not forget the people's anger towards the dramatic rise in cost of living.

"The people do not need leaders who forget the rakyat or those who only use the rakyat during general elections but after winning (votes) forget the rakyat," said Amizudin, in his Facebook posting today.

He urged the public to participate in the rally to be held at the open parking space in Bandar Sunway, from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow.

Peaceful rally, why fear?

He added that key personalities attending the rally include Deputy Chief Minister I Rashid Hasnon, PAS deputy president and state commissioner Mohamad Sabu, MPs - Mujahid Yusuf Rawa (Parit buntar) and Rafizi Ramli (Pandan) - and state assemblypersons Afif Bahardin (Seberang Jaya) and Lee Khai Loon.

When asked, Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik denied there was ever a directive from Lim not to attend the rally.

Ng, who is state DAP Youth chief, however, said because of a prior engagement he will not be attending the event.

But DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh said DAP members have the right to do so as long as it is peaceful.

Unlawful rallies, he added, are those which seek to overthrow the government - a charge previously hurled at the Turun coalition of NGOs.

"BN leaders should also join the rally to explain to the people about the price hike. This is the best time for them to address the crowd and justify why the country needs to have it," said the Bukit Gelugor MP.

Karpal also called on the police to protect the rally-goers in case the event turns rowdy, saying there is no need to seek a permit for it, although state police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi vowed there would be no double standards and events without 10-day notice would be probed under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

"BN leaders have addressed thousands of people in many rallies over the years without a permit so police should not practise double standards," he said.

CM expressed concern

According to Amizudin, the CM's advice was relayed to PKR assemblypersons who attended the safety and security meeting at 3pm in Komtar yesterday.

The meeting was held to discuss the violence at last weekend's pro-Umno rallies and the recent case where assistant district officer Abu Hassan Osman was assaulted in front of 35 police officers during an operation to demolish illegal hawkers stalls in Teluk Bahang.

Lim's concerns were told to Amizudin and his team at a 9pm meeting last night at Cherok Tokun by PKR assemblypersons who also attended the 3pm meeting.

Meanwhile Afif, who is state executive councillor, expressed support for tomorrow's rally, urging participants to reject racist politics.

In an immediate response, Lim said that the advice given to the NGOs was based on a unanimous decision by all Pakatan reps who attended the meeting yesterday.

"Since the situation is tense, we tried to propose to the organisers to see if they can postpone the rally.

"(But) if they insist on proceeding with the rally, we will not stop them. We gave the suggestion solely because of the tense situation," he stressed.
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