Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Yes, it has almost been 24 years since the signing of the peace treaty in Hatyai between the Government of the Federation of Malaysia and the Communist Party of Malaya. I will cover more on the treaty in the second part. Many do not understand that the treaty was about the ending of hostilities between the two parties, but not about the CPM having to give their ideology up.

So, when The Sunday Star decided to ask 19-year olds if the thought the communist is still a threat my mind instinctively asked, “what is the purpose of asking those who were still swimming inside testicles when the treaty was signed?” It just hinted malicious intent. Of late, the popular mainstream daily and ASTRO’s Awani sound like some leftist publications.

Many in KL would not remember the bombings, and shootings of police officers that occurred in KL itself. The last I heard of a gun-battle between the police and the CPM was in May 1983 on the old trunk road between Gombak and Janda Baik, near Mimaland. One policeman died, the other wounded but managed to kill both Min Yuens.

I read with disgust both on the mainstream media as well as on the online social media how sympathisers asked the government to allow for Chin Peng’s ashes be brought back to Sitiawan. After all, “the man is more a threat alive than when he is dead” quoted a member of a BN component party. If that was supposed to have moved me, then it had failed miserably.

Equally disgusting was the comparisons made between the bodies of the Sulu terrorists, bomb-making terrorists Azahari and Nordin Mat top, with Chin Peng. Nobody ever claimed the bodies of the Sulu terrorists, Azahari and Nordin Mat Top were Malaysian citizens and never did they wage war against their people – unlike Chin Peng whom I believe was never a citizen of the Federation of Malaysia, nor was he a citizen of the Federation of Malaya, as described in Part 1.1 (a) of the Second Schedule of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. I doubt Malaysian-born Kamahl calls Malaysia home!

Worst is when PAS members also went to Bangkok to attend the wake of the man so determined to eradicate the Malays and their religion. I suppose in the name of politics and power, God comes second. After all, God is intangible, unlike Chin Peng.

And the statement made by a former Inspector-General of Police on the matter saying that the world would laugh at us if we do not allow Chin Peng’s ashes to be brought back for final rites is an insult to us servicemen (police and military), especially to those who continue to suffer as a result of the loss of limbs, or loss of a father, husband, or son.

Perhaps this is why an ex-IGP was made an Ambassador while this ex-IGP continue to find recognition for the things he had done; but all he was famous for was punching Anwar Ibrahim while in custody!

Hitler killed Jews for only five years. Chin Peng waged war against the people he was supposed to liberate for 41 years. Why did not Chin Peng stop as soon as the Tunku had announced Malaya’s independence in Melaka in 1956?

Why did he continue to wage war against this nation and her people? The British government servants were all serving the Sultans and Rajas and were answerable to the latter, with the exception of Penang, Melaka and Singapore that were colonies of the British Empire. So Chin Peng was not interested in fighting against colonialism, the Japanese also did that in Malaya!

Chin Peng was more interested in assuming this nation under communism, as a satellite nation to the People’s Republic of China. And thousands died fighting this man who was adamant to destroy their religion and way of life.

To those who continue to ask for Chin Peng’s ashes to be allowed a final trip to Malaysia, and ask others to move on, forgive and forget, do ask the Jews to forgive Hitler for the five years of atrocities committed against them. Then we should be able to move on eight times the amount of time taken for the Jews to forgive Hitler.

Chin Peng never showed any compassion, nor did he ever exhibit remorse. He was a psychopath worshipped by idiots who deserves not even a single whiff of sympathy.
Therefore, he should just stay out forever and not tarnish the soil of this beloved nation.
Malaysia MCA today lodged a report at the Kajang District police station over a photoshopped sexy image of its Kajang by-election candidate Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun that had gone viral on social media websites.

MCA found the retouched sexy photograph on a facebook page called "We fully support Anwar to become Selangor MB II" yesterday, which has since been taken down.

The party believes that the photoshop image may have been initiated by Pakatan Rakyat supporters.

MCA Wanita chief Datuk Heng Sai Kee said the photoshop image was put forth to tarnish Chew's good image.

"We strongly condem any dirty politics including distributing and circulating photoshop photographs.

"The photos which placed Chew's head onto a sexy body figure, is obviously done to tarnish her good image."

She urged the public to stop sharing the photo as a move to fight against dirty politics.

Heng said she will refer the case to Malaysia Communication and Multimedia Comission (MCMC) after lodging a police report.

"We hope the authorities can take stern action against the mastermind behind this (photo).

"In fact, the photo does not only damage Chew's image but also undermines women at large."

Heng told reporters at a press conference here in its party Kajang by-election operation centre.

She also urges voters to vote for Chew so as to say no to dirty politics and seek for justice for women.

"We should ensure that the by-election is free and fair. Political parties taking part in the polls should campaign in a more constructive manner.

"They should present their policies and manifesto instead of tarnishing the opponent's image.

"I urged them (PR supporters) to stop all these tricks," she added.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The bomoh who performed highly publicised rituals at KL International Airport recently was not sponsored by BN, Umno or any government agency, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim said.

Instead, he called the bomoh, identified as Ibrahim Mat Zin, an "actor" who was mimicking the late P Ramlee in the comedy film Do Re Mi.
"This is like the old P Ramlee movie. A proper bomoh does rituals silently, in a room, not in the open.

"If in the open, that is a comedy act, not bomoh," Shahidan told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

"It is not Umno's work to do comedies like this. Right now we are taking things seriously," he said.

Shahidan said the government was giving serious attention to finding the missing plane.

He went on to dismiss reports that Malaysia is losing its credibility in managing the crisis.

"The only one that is not happy is the media, so they come up with these stories. No other countries have expressed unhapiness with us," he claimed.

MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon wants the bomoh (shaman) who recently conducted a ritual at the KL International Airport (KLIA) to name the so-called “high-ranking Umno leader” who invited him.

Chong said since MCA had verified that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom was not the one who contacted the bomoh, it was important for the public to know who actually committed such a move.

“We respect any kinds of prayers with the good intention of helping locatie the MH370 aircraft, but please don’t do it for the sake of publicity... this issue has made us an international laughing stock,” he told a press conference today.

Meanwhile, Chong has also singled out DAP’s Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming for tweeting a fabricated photograph of the bomoh yesterday, and poking fun at the Malaysian government.

“It’s fine if he (Nga) can’t help in any of the search and rescue efforts, but at least, please, shut up,” he lamented.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today demanded that the government disclose who gave permission for a bomoh to conduct rituals inside KLIA to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

"This is KLIA. Who gave permission? Is it MAS, is it Department of Civil Aviation?" Anwar asked in the Dewan Rakyat today while debating the royal address.
He said the presence of the bomoh had made Malaysia a laughing stock of the international community.

"Even Barack Obama (US president) must have been amazed with our stupidity," he said.

Anwar went on to call the bomoh "Bomoh 1Malaysia", referring to the 1Malaysia pin the bomoh was wearing.

Monday, 10 March 2014

A group that calls itself the Chinese Martyrs' Brigade has claimed responsibility for crashing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which has remained missing after losing contact with ground control at 1:20am on Saturday.

The previously unheard-of group sent a PDF statement to various journalists in China on March 9, saying, "You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as pay back."

The majority of Chinese media outlets have expressed skepticism over the statement or dismissed it outright, suggesting it is likely a hoax made up by opportunists looking to inflame ethnic tensions following a series of attacks by separatists in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region and a mass stabbing in the Yunnan capital of Kunming this month that left at least 33 people dead.

Analysts say the credibility of the statement is dubious as the group claiming responsibility for flight MH370 did not divulge any details as to how it crashed the plane. The PDF statement was also sent via the encrypted Hushmail anonymous remailer service which cannot be replied to or easily traced.

Chinese authorities have not responded to the statement or its claims.

The Boeing 777-200 commercial jet, carrying 239 people including 153 Chinese citizens and a Taiwanese national, was scheduled to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia Airlines said it was not ruling out any possibilities, including terrorism, after it was discovered that two of the passengers aboard the flight were carrying stolen passports.

Malaysia's home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has confirmed following review of closed-circuit television footage that the two passengers are of Asian appearance, which raises questions over the adequacy of customs security given that the passports were stolen from an Italian and an Austrian national. A spokesperson for Malaysia Air, however, said that all the photographs had matched the passports of the passengers.

Records show that the two passengers had booked their flights together with China Southern, which was codesharing MH370 with Malyasia Air. It was the first time the passports had been used since they were stolen in Thailand in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Two other suspect identities are also being checked as Malaysian authorities continue to work with international agencies including the FBI. One of them is a Chinese passenger surnamed Zhao whose passport number is identical to that of a 37-year-old Fuzhou man surnamed Yu. Yu told authorities that the passport has never been used and remains in his safe at home after he applied for it in 2007. Fuzhou police said they suspect the passport number on the manifest may have been printed in error.

Meanwhile, a Vietnamese plane from one of the search teams has reportedly sighted debris from the missing jet floating in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The announcement was made on the website of the Vietnamese Information Ministry and said the objects appeared to be a fragment of an aircraft's tail and an interior door. The debris was spotted in the region near where planes earlier spotted two large oil slicks between six and nine miles off the southern tip of Vietnam, which are believed to be consistent with what would be left by fuel from a crashed jet.


Saturday, 8 March 2014

Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines is still unable to establish any contact or determine the whereabouts of flight MH370. Earlier today, Subang ATC had lost contact with the aircraft at 2.40am. The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).
We are still trying to locate the current location of the flight based on the last known position of the aircraft. We are working with the International search and rescue teams in trying to locate the aircraft. So far, we have not received any emergency signals or distress messages from MH370. We are working with authorities and assure that all sources are deployed to assist with the search and rescue mission. 
The passenger manifest will not be released until all families of the passengers have been informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.
We are deploying our “Go Team” to Beijing which will depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 4.30pm with a team of caregivers and volunteers to assist the family members of the passengers.
The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.
Please take note that the earlier statement did not include the number of Indian nationals. This was due to confusion between the country code of Indonesia and India.
The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-
154 including infant
3 including infant
New Zealand
Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize our full support.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.
The public may contact +603 7884 1234.
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The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. There are many unvalidated reports out in the media and Malaysia Airlines strongly urges the media and the public at large to only report from official statements from Malaysia Airlines and the Government of Malaysia.

Saturday, March 08, 02:30 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident update as 2.30pm

We regret to announce that Subang Traffic Control lost contact with flight MH370 at 2:40 am today.
We are currently working with international authorities on the search and rescue mission and as at 1400 hours, 08 March 2014, we have no information on the location of the aircraft.  
MH370 is a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on a code share with China Southern Airlines. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am today for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. The flight had a total number of 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The passengers were from 14 different countries, most of whom are from China.
Our team is currently calling family members of passengers to keep them updated on the situation and our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and the authorities. We are sending a MH team to support the families of passengers at Beijing. The airline will continue to publish regular updates on the situation.
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Friday, 7 March 2014

As Bang Non has been found guilty of Sodomy II and possibly awaiting his final chance at the Federal court, it is important that you all know these facts:
1) The Former Solicitor-General II Datuk Yusof Zainal Abiden has joined Datuk Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team. This was the person that the govt entrusted to nail Bang Non in the first Sodomy case. Not only did he fail to do so, he jumped over to Bang Non's side after that trial.

2) Wikileaks have already revealed that BOTH Singapore and Australia govt and their spies believed Bang Non to be guilty as charged and that Bang Non knew that it was a trap (Saiful) but couldn't resist it.

3) Today's appeal hearing has dragged for 2 years and that Bang Non has tried to delay this case multiple times including trying to remove Shafee THREE times and with multiple dubious MCs and reasons.

4) Way before the Kajang move and shocked resignation of the ex-Kajang ADUN, the hearing dates were already set for Feb 9-10 and Bang Non knew that the months of February and March would be the appeal hearings. During that time, there were already much speculation from political analysts that this Kajang Move was in anticipation of the upcoming Sodomy II appeal hearings (now concluded).

5) The evidence as presented by the prosecution team has been overwhelming including a sample of Bang Non's own sperm and semen. This was not disputed by Bang Non's legal team with their defense being that the DNA in the samples may have been degraded or contaminated or tampered with. However, they have failed to argue how come Bang Non's own sperm and semen was in the possession of the police investigators.

6) Saiful has done the "sumpah laknat", the most serious of Islamic oaths that the Sodomy incident did indeed happen but Bang Non has refused to do so for years.

7) Bang Non can still file for a "stay of execution" while he files an appeal to the Federal court to overturn today's decision. Or he can still get a Royal Pardon. So all is not lost for him yet. In fact, he can still contest in the Kajang by-elections.


Anything I can add to that or anything wrong?

Thursday, 6 March 2014

- this was not an unexpected development as the court cases for this Sodomy II trials have always been scheduled for February to March since last year - even before the previous Kajang ADUN's shock resignation.
- the case have moved very slowly since last year due to many delays associated with Anwar's defense team as well as his schedules.
- earlier, there were speculations that DS Anwar's Kajang Move was to help act as a buffer against the ongoing court case.
PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim accused the federal government of attempting to end his political career by using the judiciary.

Speaking at the launch of the PAS election machinery in Taman Sri Jenaris last night, Anwar said that the courts have ruled that the judgement for his sodomy trial would be finalised this week.

“My lawyer, Karpal Singh informed me that the courts have ruled that the judgment for my cases will be concluded this week.

“Since when do the courts pass judgments on cases for the entire week? They are all ‘pandikutty‘ (piglets)”, said Anwar, who is also PKR’s candidate for the Kajang by-election.

He was referring to his sodomy trial, which will be heard tomorrow by the Court of Appeal.

In January last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court acquitted Anwar on charge of sodomising his former aide, Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The matter was taken up to the Court of Appeal, with Anwar failing three times to disqualify Umno linked lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah from taking charge as lead prosecutor to the case.

Anwar, who is also the Opposition Leader, also accused the Election Commission (EC) of attempting to make things difficult for him to contest in the Kajang by-election.

“March 11 is the nomination day. It is also the day I have to address the Parliament as the opposition leader.

“It is also the day the court will deliver its judgment on Karpal Singh,” he said.

Karpal, who is also Anwar lawyer, was found guilty for sedition by the High Court last week for his comment against the Perak ruler, Sultan Azlan Shah at the height of the Perak state government take over in 2009.

On related matter, PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution echoed Anwar’s claims saying, “The courts fixed March 6 and 7 for judgement. BN knows it cannot defeat Anwar via the ballot box so they are resorting to the judiciary to do the job.”

The Kajang state seat fell vacant following the resignation of assemblymen Lee Chin Cheh of PKR on Jan 27. The EC had set March 11 for nomination and March 23 for the polls.

Also joining the race for Kajang are MCA vice president Chew Mei Fun, former PKR leader Zaid Ibrahim and former dangdut singer Herman Tino have also shown interest in contesting.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Chew Mei Fun, the BN candidate for the Kajang by-election, is making a dent into the Pakatan Rakyat vote bank while enjoying solid backing from women voters, claimed MCA president Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow, in an exclusive interview with FMT today, claimed that many Kajang voters who were upset with the contentious nature of this by-election and are turning their backs on Pakatan Rakyat.

“When we went from house to house, many people came forward and said they voted for Pakatan last time, but they would vote for us now.

“The women votes were also very encouraging. Without us asking, they said they would definitely vote for Chew,” he said from his office at Wisma MCA.

Liow declined to rate BN’s chances of winning the by-election, but said he is confident of a swing to BN although the battle is against PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

He criticised Anwar for deliberately creating the by-election to fulfill his ambition to become the Selangor MB, and urged Kajang voters to save the state from Anwar whom he labelled as insincere.

‘Reject Anwar, save Selangor’

Anwar’s wife, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail vacated her Permatang Pauh seat in 2008 for Anwar to return to parliament, while former Kajang assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh said last month that he resigned to allow Anwar to contest and become the Selangor Menteri Besar.

CHEW MEI FUN Kajang N25“The Kajang people have to be wise, it’s time to set a higher standard of democracy. Reject Anwar, save Selangor. Selangor cannot be under this person’s hand,” said Liow.

He claimed that Anwar was trying to play politics in the water deal signed between the Federal and Selangor state government last week, despite water being a basic necessity to the people.

“If given a chance, he will turn everything into a political issue. Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim quickly signed it without Anwar interference. I hope Anwar does not meddle too much. Whenever he meddles, Selangor will be in deep trouble,” he said.

The Bentong MP fell short of praising Khalid, but said the latter at least did less in politicking.

“Whether he runs the state well or not, we will let the people judge. But as a MB, do your work, don’t play politics,” he said.

DAP member and columnist, Selena Tay writes:
Is something amiss in Pakatan Rakyat? Perhaps so, due to recent events. This article is therefore an attempt to diagnose the problem by reading the warning signs.

As everyone knows, the key to solving a problem is first of all to acknowledge that there is a problem. Once that is clear, then everyone can work together towards solving the problem before it becomes unsolvable.

Now the reason why this columnist senses that there is a problem is because Pakatan seems to lack direction and purpose after the GE13 defeat.

It is true that the momentum and build-up towards GE13 was tremendous and therefore defeat was a great disappointment but still somehow one has to move on and continue with the struggle for a better Malaysia.

As mentioned in this columnist’s previous articles last year, Pakatan has to focus on the immediate issues at hand and that is to concentrate on being a good opposition watchdog.

As the next general election is still very far away, it is futile to have one’s attention diverted by thoughts of capturing Putrajaya.

Focusing on the immediate issues, for example can also mean helping the rakyat cope with the current water-ration exercise that we have been forced to endure.

It is good that DAP’s Balakong state assemblyman, Eddie Ng Tien Chee has rented a lorry tanker to distribute water while PAS Unit Amal is lending a helping hand by providing the manpower to do the distribution. This is a good example of working together for the good of the rakyat.

Back to the problems in Pakatan. There is certainly a rift in Pakatan due to two incidents which can be labelled as ‘The Two Surprises’.

The first surprise no doubt is the resignation of PKR’s Kajang state assemblyman, Lee Chin Cheh to pave the way for Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to contest that state seat in Selangor.

DAP and PAS were definitely surprised by the move. PKR should have sounded out their coalition partners before the move was executed.

Then Selangor PAS Youth announced that they will not help in the Kajang campaign only to backtrack later by saying that they will help in the campaign but will not give their consent to Anwar becoming Menteri Besar should he win the seat.

The reaction of Selangor PAS Youth is all down to being served with the surprise although it is certainly not an excuse for their reaction, said PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.

However this bickering is all so unnecessary and portrayed PAS and Pakatan in a bad light.

BN leaders of course seized upon this opportunity to comment that “Pakatan lacks cohesion as DAP and PAS are angry with the strategy initiated by PKR’s Rafizi Ramli”.

The water deal

As for the second surprise, it is none other than PKR’s Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim signing the water MoU with the federal government. Signing the MoU is a good move if it puts an end to the rakyat’s water woes without the price of water being increased tremendously.

But then again, after holding out for so long, why the sudden rush to sign?

It is indeed a lightning move by Khalid. And as in the first surprise, this too was done without any early warning to the DAP and PAS lawmakers, and they had no clue that this signing was going to take place. It is certainly not good to keep one’s coalition partners in the dark.

And the third indication that cracks are appearing in Pakatan is the activities pertaining to the Kajang by-election because as of now, PAS and DAP seem slow to help.

Although campaigning can only be carried out after Nomination Day on March 11, ‘small works’ should have been done by the end of last month.

‘Small works’ refer to meeting the people of Kajang, finding out their woes and generally getting a feel of the place by chatting to people in the coffee-shops and the warungs.

All these should have been done by the grassroots members of PAS and DAP without wearing the party uniform. This informal walkabout is useful for obtaining information pertaining to the Kajang folk.

Till today, ‘small works’ have not been done despite this columnist persistently sending quite a number of text messages to PAS and DAP leaders urging them to take action and get going on the ground to meet the people.

A PAS Central Working Committee member has even texted back to this columnist saying: “Still haven’t receive instruction from top leadership to turun padang,…sigh”.

Very lax indeed. This lethargy on the part of DAP and PAS certainly points to some rift in Pakatan.

Although the rift is not major as yet, problems should be ironed out with roundtable discussions before it reaches a point of no return.

A Pakatan Rakyat Convention will be held in Selangor this Saturday, March 8 which is a significant date.

Pakatan must rejuvenate after losing momentum, direction, focus and purpose post-GE13. Otherwise the fledgling two-party system will collapse and democracy in Malaysia will regress.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli will not be punished for 'questioning' Selangor’s water restructure Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government.

PKR advisor and de facto Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said this at the launch of the party’s Kajang by-election media centre today.

Anwar said PKR respects democracy and Rafizi was asking questions on the MoU that has not been finalised.

"He (Rafizi) did informed me yesterday of his questions. I think it's healthy for democracy to ask, but not to form an opinion yet.

"Please allow Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim some time before he can disclose the deal," said Anwar.

"As for the MoU, I have not seen it but I don't think we should take a strong opposition to his reaction. If he transgressed the basic party rules, it's different but there are some concerns over this (water) issue," said Anwar.
Anwar also pointed out that being a democratic party, freedom of expression is part of PKR's culture and that he has already advised Rafizi to ask all the questions but not to judge the issue too quickly.

"So he asked a few questions because he felt that a more detailed explanation is needed. I allowed it because I think it is healthy and because we have the interest of the Selangor people at heart.

"I find it strange that whenever a PKR member voices a dissenting opinion, you say the party is splitting apart. We are not BN, we are not Umno. We don't have the type of Umno-MCA relationship.

"What political party doesn't have any dissents in the leadership? You tell me. You must allow differing views. You have been calling and demanding (everyone) to respect democracy but when there is a difference in opinion, you said there is a crack in the party," said Anwar, adding that PKR will get hammered if gag orders are issued.

"Remember recently when PKR disallowed TV3 and Utusan Malaysia to cover our Press conferences? We got hammered. But I said that I will allow them to cover us if I can have my five minutes of airtime in TV3," said Anwar.

Asked whether the MoU will have negative implications on the Kajang voters, Anwar said he does not think so as the matter is still under discussion.

DAP has filed a judicial review at the High Court seeking an order to quash a decision by the Register of Societies (ROS) to withhold recognition of its Central Executive Committee (CEC) which was re-elected on Sept 29, 2013.

This re-election, in fact, was held because the ROS would not recognise the party’s first election of Dec 15, 2012.

In the application filed by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng recently on Jan 22, the party is also seeking for a declaration that the ROS’ decision is invalid under the law. The matter is fixed for hearing before High Court judge Zaleha Yusof on March 11.

“We say ROS did not have the power under the Societies Act to withhold recognition of a lawfully elected CEC,” said DAP’s legal bureau chairman and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo earlier this week.

The reason that the ROS is withholding recognition of DAP’s CEC is because of more than a dozen complaint letters which the party’s own members and leaders sent to the ROS.

The complaints that the ROS received are as follows:
1. Inadequate notice period (which should have been 10 weeks, as what DAP chairman Karpal Singh himself admitted).
2. The 851 delegates who were absent or not invited to the re-election when they were eligible to attend and vote at the meeting.
3. The 985 instead of 865 branches that were involved in the re-election.
4. The delegates’ list Dec 15, 2012 was not used, as they should have.
5. The proper notice of the meeting was not issued.
6. The election was not transparent.
7. Suspected elements of fraud.
8. Suspicious election results.
9. Manipulation of votes.

All these allegations were raised by DAP’s own members and leaders.

Playing victim
DAP’s veteran leader Lim Kit Siang should address these issues and explain how this happened and why nothing has been done to correct these violations in spite of repeated requests by the ROS.

DAP is trying to play the victim in this tussle with the ROS although from the admissions of the party’s own members and leaders, DAP is actually the aggressor that not only violated the law but is stubbornly refusing to correct the transgressions.

Is DAP purposely inviting action from the ROS so that it can play the sympathy card and pretend that it is the victim of persecution and injustice?

DAP is accusing the ROS of victimising the party.

DAP must remember that even Umno is not exempted from following the rules, as the Umno crisis of 1988 has proven.

And worse of all, DAP did not just violate the rules of the ROS, it actually violated its own party constitution.

The writer is Sabah’s deputy Umno chief and the state assembly speaker.

Monday, 3 March 2014

The Citizens Awareness Chant Group (Chant) has called for the Pakatan Rakyat state government to uphold its Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) principles by disclosing full details of the proposed Penang undersea tunnel project.

Chant urged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s administration to publish details in the media for all to see.

“We ask for CAT at the highest level of the state government, the Chief Minister and the awarded company for this project,” the group said in a statement here today.

“We demand full disclosure of the tunnel feasibility study, which costs about RM300 million and equates to 5.5-acres of state land belonging to the people of Penang.”

The group also want the state government to reveal details of a proposed “City of Dreams” project rumoured to be part of the tunnel project.

“The project site is rumoured to be near the landed residential area in Gurney Drive, on a piece of land that will be or has already been surrendered to the state government.”

Chant said residents concerned on whether their quiet residential streets would be used as access once the project started had approached the group seeking assistance and clarification.

“When we visited the sales booth, the sales personnel were unable to tell us who was the developer, where and when this project is scheduled to start,” added Chant.

The undersea 6.5km tunnel linking Gurney Drive on Penang island to Bagan Ajam on the mainland is part of a mega infrastructure project planned by Lim’s government.

The mega project includes a 4.2km bypass road linking Lim Chong Eu Expressway and Gurney Drive; a 4.6km bypass linking Air Itam and Lim Chong Eu Expressway; and a 12km Tanjung Bunga-Teluk Bahang road.

The tunnel is scheduled to be ready in 2025; the Tanjung Bunga–Teluk Bahang stretch is to be completed by 2018; the Lim Chong Eu Expressway and Gurney Drive by-pass link by 2022 and Air Itam–Lim Chong Eu Expressway by-pass link by 2019.

The project, estimated to cost RM6.3 billion, has been awarded to Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd.

The consortium’s main shareholders are Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd (CRCC) with a joint 70% equity share; Beijing Urban Construction Group with 10% equity; Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd 10% equity; and Juteras Sdn Bhd 10% equity.

CRCC will undertake 70% of construction works while BUCG will construct 30% of the whole project.

Tunnel still needed, says Lim
Yesterday Lim was reported to have said that the tunnel was still needed despite the opening of the Penang second bridge – the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge on March 1.

Lim claimed the tunnel would be a catalyst for future development in northern Seberang Perai, a statement concurred by Chant.

Chant suggested that a rail link be incorporated with the undersea tunnel so that mainland residents do not miss out on the future growth.

Following public demand, Chant plans to commission an independent study on the tunnel project, which would be a costly affair. They are looking into collecting a minimum RM1 per person from Penangites for funding of the study.

The group has appointed Ghazi & Lim, a prominent law firm in Southeast Asia to act as stake holder for the public funds collected.
Azmin Ali has confirmed an initiation of legal proceedings against two Suara Keadilan editors and activist Hishamuddin Rais over what the PKR deputy president said is a highly defamatory article.

Suara Keadilan is PKR’s official party newsletter.

Azmin said letters of demand were sent two weeks ago to the party organ’s editors, Najib Hashim and Zulkiflee Anwar Haque (Zunar), as well as Hishamuddin, over a February 11 article published by the paper.

“The article was written by Hishamuddin Rais. I am used to attacks, but the contents of this article was very malicious and defamatory.

“I have a right to clear my name, so my lawyer sent out three letters of demand,” Azmin told The Malay Mail Online via telephone interview.

According to the Gombak MP, both Najib and Zulkiflee have responded and have also published an apology in last week’s edition of the paper.

But he said Hishamuddin has yet to reply to the legal letter.

Azmin said he will be meeting with his lawyer today to study the replies by Najib and Zulkiflee and to see whether there was a need to take it to court.

“That is why PKR formed a special committee. I mean this is our party organ, this is very serious,” the PKR man added.

Yesterday, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail acknowledged that the matter was discussed in the party’s last central leadership committee meeting, leading to the formation of a 5-man panel led by publicity chief Dr Muhammad Nur Manuty.

Saifuddin said that the committee will meet with the paper’s editors as part of a fact-finding mission before taking any further action.

Azmin was reportedly aggrieved by the February 11 article that described him as subscribing to “Ketuanan Melayu” (Malay Supremacy).

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Earlier today, Some people like MCA member Justin Foo and DAP lackey Justice Fairness disagreed that I should have made the post to condemn Hew Kuan Yew. They also think that I also should not have posted to condemn Tony Pua for making fun of the Islam Fatwa.

They believe that me as a Chinese, should not be condemning these posts by DAP Tony Pua and Hew Kuan Yew as I will be highlighting what these two did and will further fuel racial disharmony and conflicts.

In your opinion, what do you think is the best approach?

Approach A:
Me as a Chinese should not have made those post and keep quiet and pretend that Tony Pua and Hew Kuan Yew did not make those posts and hope that the Malays will not understand or find out about what Tony Pua and Hew Kuan Yew said?

The drawback for this approach is that it would backfire if the Malays eventually found out or got angry about what these DAP people did and sees that no Chinese has come out to condemn DAP and create the (false) impression that all Chinese agree with or sees nothing wrong with what DAP did.

Approach B:
That I make those posts to condemn Tony Pua and Hew Kuan Yew and highlight that not all Chinese agree with what Tony Pua and Hew did and that these are the actions of two DAP politicians that happens to be Chinese therefore focusing the anger and blame on the individuals concerned and not the Chinese on a whole.

The drawback for this approach is that I would highlight issues that Malay would not be aware of or may not find out.

What do you think? Interested to hear your views, especially from fellow Chinese.

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