Senator T Murugiah claims he is a victim of a damaging SMS that alleges he had ties with the main suspect in the murder of Sosilawati Lawiya.
Letter & Opinion From Joe Public
September 21, 2010
This was one of the poems my late mother read to me when I was growing up. It is about a kind, religious and hardworking man. The last stanza has special meaning to me. Henry Longfellow is brilliant in capturing the spirit of this simple man who has plenty to teach us about the simple life. I shall quote it here as a constant reminder to me at least of what life is all about.
Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought!
Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from this poem.Din Merican
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Under a spreading chestnut tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whateer he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.
Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.
And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.
He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys
He hears the parson pray and preach,
He hears his daughters voice,
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.
It sounds to him like her mothers voice! ,
Sin ging in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his hard, rough hand he wipe
A tear out of his eyes.
Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a nights repose.
Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought!
September 21, 2010
by Sakmongkol AK47
Known in Parliament as ChiefNazri Aziz, the man who I called UMNOs Wyatt Earp, is an enigma. How do we handle him?
Supporters of Dr. Mahathir would like to hang him by his testicles, if they can. He once called Ibrahim Ali his friend or BNs friend. But he will not hesitate to mix it up with Ibrahim Ali if the situation demands it.
I dont agree with the vitriol and caustic retorts he gave Dr Mahathir as I think they are not civil. And I will not hesitate to slam him for that. But lately, he has redeemed himself over so many things.What he has said over the last few months seems to have earned him grudging admiration. To me, it proves one thing- which is very important; all UMNO and BN leaders need to do, is to show some leadership to lessen the oppositions credibility. By speaking politically correct things, he is undercutting much of the Oppositionspeake.
Nazri has been a consistent Rottweilerish critic of Tun Mahathir. He has spoken against the seemingly racist headmistress even though, I believe he hasnt got all the facts. He has shown gumption when other UMNO and BN leaders were timorous souls.
He has spoken against the capital punishment or the death sentence saying that is inherently wrong for another person to take anothers life. Whether he is correct or not, that is another matter. He seems to embrace as morally wrong for the state to take anothers life. It would be interesting to see how he sees another person- not a state entity, takes anothers life.
Most important, he has been an unwavering supporter of the 1 Malaysia concept. Per! haps amo ng the many UMNO leaders, he is the only one who understands what 1 Malaysia is. For that, the UMNO president calls him brother. Others call him chief. Maybe Najib needs more people like him in the cabinet after all. If Najib is wimpish, he needs others to provide him with the sinew to his bones.
September 21, 2010
Malaysia today unveiled ambitious plans to boost its economy by mobilising hundreds of billions of dollars of
Where is the money coming from?
private investment, although questions remained over whether the money would materialise.
The plans ranged from a new mass transit system to relieve congestion in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, to building a huge oil storage facility next to neighbouring Singapore to form a regional oil products trading hub.
A government think-tank said it had identified investments worth US$444 billion (RM1.38 trillion) over 10 years, of which 60 per cent would come from the private sector, 32 per cent from government-linked companies and 8 percent from government.
The investment aims to double per capita income and push Malaysia into the ranks of developed nations by 2020, rebalancing Asias third most export-driven economy towards domestic demand and the service sector.
The plan does not provide a clear sense of where the money is coming from. A lot of these numbers are pie in the sky, said Bridget Welsh, a Malaysia specialist at Singapore Management University.
Malaysia is competing for investment with other fast-growing countries in Southeast Asia and neighbouring Indonesia recently unveiled plans to boost infrastructure too. In the past 10 years, private companies invested just RM535 billion, according to official data and Malaysias private investment rate of around 10 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) is among the lowest in Asia and a third the level it was before the 1998 Asian financial crisis.
The government, which in 2009 ran its biggest budget deficit in 20 years as a percentage of GDP, contributes around ! half the investment in Malaysia and the Minister in charge of presenting the investment plans said the new targets were credible.
Pie in the Sky Figures for Private Investment
I dont think the government would publish a document that thick if there is no political will. Its a risky strategy to expose yourself so publicly when you have no plan to do it, Datuk Seri Idris Jala told a public presentation on the plans.
The plan relies heavily on domestic capital as foreign direct investment in this country which in the early 1990s accounted for almost 40 per cent of the Southeast Asian total accounted for just 3.8 per cent in 2009, according to United Nations data.
Malaysian companies like leading bank CIMB and telco Axiata have started building a regional presence in large, fast growing countries, such as Indonesia. Economists warned without a new policy framework to encourage investment the Malaysian plans would be hard to realise.
It will be difficult to achieve the private investment growth target set by the government if there are no additional tax incentives given to the focus sectors, said Gundy Cahyadi, regional economist at investment bank, OCBC.
The plans aim to create another 3.3 million jobs by 2020, many in the high-value service sectors such as Islamic finance. Idris said 46 per cent of the new jobs would be middle-class.
Despite churning out tens of thousands of graduates, Malaysias education system has failed to deliver and is becoming increasingly polarised by arguments over language between the majority Malay population and minorities such as the large ethnic Chinese population.
The government think-tank that designed todays investment plan said that in 2003 Malaysia had just 21,000 finance and accounting professionals qualified to be employed by m! ulti-nat ional companies compared with 341,000 in India and 127,000 in the Philippines.
How can you create middle-class jobs when you do not have an education system that works, said Singapore Management Universitys Welsh.
There is also policy risk in Malaysia. Recent plans for a radical overhaul of the countrys costly subsidy regime proposed by the same think-tank that outlined the investment plans were shot down by government politicians who feared unpopularity. Reuters
|Written by Azmi Anuar|
Membaca rencana 'Caught up in S'pore PR issue' yang tersiar di akhbar The Star (18 Sept 18, 2010) mungkin pada mulanya tidak memberi apa-apa kesan pada kita, rakyat Malaysia.
Perenggan tentang satu rancangan radio di Singapura membuka mata. Program itu berhubung kenyataan Menteri Kanan Singapura, Goh Chok Tong bahawa kerajaan akan menghubungi kumpulan penduduk tetap yang terpilih di negara itu yang akan digalakkan mendapatkan taraf kerakyatan.
Mengikut katanya, jika mereka tidak mahu menjadi rakyat negara tersebut, status penduduk tetap tidak akan diperbaharui.
Program radio itu mendapat banyak panggilan daripada penduduk tetap negara tersebut terutama sekali yang berasal dari Malaysia mengkritik kenyataan Goh Chok Tong. Ramai di antara rakyat Malaysia yang disoal sama ada mereka akan memilih kerakyatan Singapura berbanding status penduduk tetap, menjawab mereka tidak akan memilih kerakyatan negara tersebut dengan memberi alasan bahawa keluarga mereka masih di Malaysia.
Ada pemanggil yang menyatakan bahawa dia datang ke negara tersebut untuk mencari wang dan tertarik dengan taraf hidup yang lebih tinggi tetapi lambat-laun akan pulang juga ke negara asalnya. Seorang expatriat pula menyatakan bahawa sejumlah kecil sahaja expatriat yang akan menjadikan pulau kecil itu sebagai tempat tinggal tetap mereka walaupun pulau itu terkenal mewah dan makmur.
Memang pelbagai alasan diberikan kenapa penduduk tetap tidak mahu menjadi rakyat jiran tetangga kita. Bukankah ini satu bukti kesetiaan dan cintanya rakyat Malaysia terhadap tanah air mereka sendiri walaupun kebanyakan daripada mereka yang berkerja di sana adalah dari kumpulan yang sering dilabel kaum pendatang?
Bumiputera juga berhijrah
Malahan pada masa ini, semakin banyak pula rakyat negara ini daripada kumpulan bumiputera yang mencari nafkah bukan sahaja di Singapura bahkan di negara-negara lain di dunia.
Mereka berhijrah ke negeri orang bukan kerana tidak sayangkan tanah tumpah darah mereka tetapi keadaan negara pada masa ini seolah-olah mengusir mereka ke tempat lain.
Situasi ini adalah yang sama dialami oleh negara-negara jiran kita yang menyaksikan ramai rakyat mereka bersusah-payah datang ke sini mencari rezeki. Ramai rakyat Malaysia walau ke hujung dunia pun masih tertambat hatinya ke negara kelahiran mereka. Keadaan dalam negeri sendiri banyak mempengaruhi keputusan mereka untuk ke luar negara.
Memang mudah untuk yang berfikiran sempit melabel mereka yang ke luar negara sebagai pembelot, penderhaka atau sekurang-kurangnya tidak mengenang budi. Tetapi jika segala titik peluh mereka sering dipandang sinis, seolah-olah ada rencana besar mahu mengambil alih hak bumiputra, tentu sekali mereka yang ke luar negara berhak berbuat demikian.
Kumpulan bukan bumiputra digalakkan menyumbang segala ikhtiar dan usaha mereka dalam proses pembangunan negara tetapi sumbangan dan penat lelah itu jarang sekali dinobatkan atau diberi penghargaan sewajarnya.
Hanya konco-konco atau mereka yang mempunyai hubungan dengan pihak pemerintah diberi muka. Bagaimana pula nasib kumpulan menengah atau yang masih 'kais pagi makan pagi'? Kumpulan ini tidak terhad kepada bumiputera sahaja tetapi merangkumi semua.
Oleh itu, tentu sekali apabila ada peluang mencari rezeki di tempat lain, ia tidak disia-siakan. Tempat lain memberi segala kemudahan dan peluang untuk maju terus. Berbekalkan usaha dan iltizam, kejayaan boleh dicapai tidak seperti di negara sendiri yang mewujudkan pelbagai kekangan dan halangan.
Aset manusia membawa kejayaan
Bilakah pemerintah akan sedar bahawa negara bukan sahaja kehilangan penduduk dari kumpulan yang dilabel 'pendatang' tetapi sedikit demi sedikit yang bukan pendatang pun, iaitu bumiputera tidak senang dengan keadaan semasa dan mengangkat kaki ke luar negara sebagai tanda protes. Memang hujan emas di negeri orang, lebih baik di negeri sendiri, tetapi sampai bilakah kita sanggup dibuai janji-janji kosong?
Penduduk negara ini semakin berpandangan luas dan tidak mudah dikotak-katikkan oleh puak-puak yang mahukan kekayaan negara hanya untuk mereka dan yang bersekutu dengannya. Sampai bila kita akan dipandang remeh, seolah-olah masih anak-anak, dihujani dolak-dalik, alasan demi alasan.
Kita semua adalah rakyat Malaysia, bukan pendatang.
Kalau hendak bertegang urat tentang takrif siapa yang datang dulu ke tanah air ini, hanya Orang Asal yang berhak mendabik dada tanpa was-was.
Pucuk pimpinan pada masa ini tidak menunjukkan kesungguhan menangani isu penghijrahan rakyat ke luar negara. Alangkah sedihnya bahawa mereka tidak sedar betapa negara kerugian besar. Manusia adalah aset paling berharga sesebuah negara.
Lihat sahajalah jiran tetangga kita yang dikatakan hanya sebesar noktah. Aset manusia merekalah dan sebilangan besar adalah dari Malaysia yang membawa mereka ke mercu kejayaan. Tanpa apa-apa sumber hasil sendiri, mereka berjaya melangkau jauh ke depan, sebaris negara-negara maju yang lain.
Malang sekali bagi kita, Malaysia semakin ketinggalan.
Hasil negara entah ke mana, tidak dimanfaatkan sebaik-baiknya untuk semua golongan di serata pelusok dan daerah. Kita bertungkus-lumus membangunkan negara walaupun sumbangan kita tidak seberapa. Tentu sekali kita juga berhak menikmati hasilnya.
Kita semua memang berhak ke atas kekayaan nagara ini. Bukan untuk golongan tertentu sahaja tetapi terbukti hanya peratusan kecil terus-menerus menikmati kemewahan dan tidak pula mereka rasa bersalah. Memang, perasaan bersalah itu tidak mungkin wujud dalam diri mereka kerana apa yang lebih penting ialah mengaut keuntungan sebanyak mungkin secepat mungkin selagi hayat masih ada.
Tamak dan haloba itulah panduan hidup kumpulan ini.
By Bruno Manser Fund
Logging giant avoids to mention Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmuds name on its website
MIRI, MALAYSIA. Samling Global (HKEX 3938), the Malaysian timber group that has been excluded from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund for grossly unethical conduct, has failed to respond on corruption allegations linking the group to Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
According to research published last month by Sarawak Report, Taib Mahmud had been given two multi-million-dollar mansions in Seattle, USA, for the price of just one US dollar by a company owned by Samling founder, Yaw Teck Seng, one of Malaysias richest men. The US property deal is likely to be linked to political favours granted by Taib to Samling in Sarawak.
With its control of approximately 1.4 million hectares of timber concessions in Sarawak, Samling is Malaysias largest timber concession holding company. Timber and plantation concessions in Sarawak are issued by one single individual only, Taib Mahmud, in his capacity as State Planning and Resource Management Minister.
It is interesting to note that, in its defence against the Norwegian Governments divestment decision, Samling Global carefully avoids to mention Taib Mahmuds name on its website.
While the group refers to a statement issued by the States Ministry of Planning and Resource Management, it avoids to say that the controversial Chief Minister himself had publicly defended Samling. Instead, Samling merely writes that the minister (i.e. Taib) had commended Samling on its commitment to sustainable forestry practices and corporate social responsibility efforts! .
Taib Mahmud has recently come under fire, following a series of disclosures on the Taib familys overseas property empire, estimated to be worth several hundred million US dollars. It is generally assumed that Taibs overseas properties have been funded with the proceeds of corruption and the abuse of public funds.
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Picture 1: Mansion at 1117 Boylston Avenue East, Seattle, USA a gift from Samling founder Yaw Teck Seng to the Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud
Picture 2: Mansion at 2222 Everett Avenue East, Seattle, USA another gift from Yaw Teck Seng to Taib Mahmud
Picture 3: Interior of Taibs mansion at 1117 Boylston Avenue East, Seattle
Picture 4: Portrait of Taib Mahmud and his late wife Laila inside 1117 Boylston Avenue East, Seattle
Picture 5: Details of the Boylston Avenue mansions park
For more information, please contact us:
Bruno Manser Fund,Socinstrasse 37,4051 Basel / Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 261 94 74
September 21, 2010
I was at the UN in September 2000, when world leaders met at the Millennium Summit and pledged to work together to free humanity from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty and to make the right to development a reality for everyone. These pledges include commitments to improve access to education, healthcare, and clean water for the worlds poorest people; abolish slums; reverse environmental degradation; conquer gender inequality; and cure HIV/AIDS.
Its an ambitious list, but its capstone is Goal 8, which calls for a global partnership for development. This includes four specific targets: an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system; special attention to the needs of least-developed countries; help for landlocked developing countries and small island states; and national and international measures to deal with developing countries debt problems.
Basically, it all boiled down to a grand bargain: while developing countries would obviously have the primary responsibility for achieving the MDGs, developed countries would be obliged to finance and support their efforts for development.
This hasnt really happened. At the Group of Eight (G8) summit at Gleneagles and the UN World Summit in! 2005, d onors committed to increasing their aid by US$50 billion (RM155 billion) at 2004 prices, and to double their aid to Africa from 2004 levels by 2010.
But official development assistance (ODA) last year amounted to US$119.6 billion, or just 0.31 per cent of the developed countries gross domestic product not even half of the UNs target of 0.7 per cent of GDP. In current US dollars, ODA actually fell by more than two per cent in 2008.
The UN admits that progress has been uneven, and that many of the MDGs are likely to be missed in most regions. An estimated 1.4 billion people were still living in extreme poverty in 2005, and the number is likely to be higher today, owing to the global economic crisis. The number of undernourished people has continued to grow, while progress in reducing the prevalence of hunger stalled or even reversed in some regions between 2000 and 2002, and 2005 and 2007.
One in four children under the age of 5 are underweight, mainly because of lack of quality food, inadequate water, sanitation and health services, and poor care and feeding practices. Gender equality and womens empowerment, which are essential to overcoming poverty and disease, have made at best fitful progress, with insufficient improvement in girls schooling opportunities or in womens access to political authority.
Progress on trade has been similarly disappointing. Developed country tariffs on imports of agricultural products, textiles and clothing the principal exports of most developing countries remained between five and eight per cent in 2008, just two to three percentage points lower than in 1998.
The time has come to reinforce Goal 8 in two fundamental ways. Developed countries must make commitments to increase both the quantity and effectiveness of aid to developing countries. Aid must help developing countries improve the welfar! e of the ir poorest populations according to their own development priorities.
But donors all too often feel obliged to make their contributions visible to their constituencies and stakeholders, rather than prioritising local perspectives and participation.
There are other problems with development aid. Reporting requirements are onerous and often impose huge administrative burdens on developing countries, which must devote the scarce skills of educated, English-speaking personnel to writing reports for donors rather than running programmes. And donor agencies often recruit the best local talent themselves, usually at salaries that distort the labour market.
In some countries, doctors find it more remunerative to work as translators for foreign-aid agencies than to treat poor patients.
Meanwhile, donors sheer clout dilutes the accountability of developing countries officials and elected representatives to their own people.
We must change the way the world goes about the business of providing development aid. We need a genuine partnership, in which developing countries take the lead, determining what they most acutely need and how best to use it. Weak capacity to absorb aid on the part of recipient countries is no excuse for donor-driven and donor-directed assistance. The aim should be to help create that capacity. Indeed, building human-resource capacity is itself a useful way of fulfilling Goal 8.
Doing so would serve donors interest as well. Aligning their assistance with national development strategies and structures, or helping countries devise such strategies and structures, ensures that their aid is usefully spent and guarantees the sustainability of their efforts. Donors should support an education policy rather than build a photogenic school; aid a health campaign rather than construct a glitt! ering cl inic; or do both but as part of a policy or a campaign, not as stand-alone projects.
Trade is the other key area. In contrast to aid, greater access to the developed worlds markets creates incentives and fosters institutions in the developing world that are self-sustaining, collectively policed and more consequential for human welfare. Many countries are prevented from trading their way out of poverty by the high tariff barriers, domestic subsidies and other protections enjoyed by their rich-country competitors.
The European Unions agricultural subsidies, for example, are high enough to permit every cow in Europe to fly business class around the world. What African farmer, despite his lower initial costs, can compete?
The onus is not on developed countries alone. Developing countries, too, have made serious commitments to their own people, and the primary responsibility for fulfilling those commitments is theirs. But Goal 8 assured them that they would not be alone in this effort. Unless that changes, the next five years will be a path to failure. Project Syndicate/www.nst.com.my
Shashi Tharoor is a former Indian minister of state for external affairs and UN under-secretary-general, as well as a member of Indias Parliament
September 21, 2010
Nazri: I will shield govt, even from Mahathir
Ferdtan: Love him or hate him there is only one Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz. For so many years, he has entertained us with his antics in Parliament that can make you laugh, cheer and cry at the same time. The fact that he has served as a minister for so long, under three different prime ministers, shows that he must be useful to whoever his boss.
He is the only UMNO leader who dares to tell off Mahathir without mincing his words. His attack on Utusan Malaysia is spot on, as the newspaper has gone bad to rotten, with its constant harping on divisive issues such as race and religion.
We would like to ask the real Awang Selamat to reveal himself and not to hide behind a pen name. Are you by chance, the infamous holier than thouChinese convert, Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah?
RD: I had in the past not much fondness for the maverick Nazri Aziz whom I have always associated with half-baked thoughts. But I salute him today for the courage to be Malaysian first and Malay second a very rare quality among the present crop of UMNO leaders.
Terus: Im unconvinced but lets be fair and give credit where credit is due. It takes a courageous man to openly said he is Mala! ysian fi rst and Malay next, especially so when he is contradicting his DPM (deputy prime minister).
Syabas, Nazri. We salute you. Talking about principle, if one works for the boss, one must be loyal to the boss regardless. If you disagree with the boss you tell him so, and if after that you still disagree with the boss then it is good principle that you resign and no longer acknowledge the boss as boss. Lets pray that more cabinet and BN leaders come out and declare they are Malaysian first.
Joe Friday: You can only respect people like Nazri and KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin) for sticking to their principles and being bold enough to call spade a spade. What Nazri did by declaring his stand in an open letter to the writer of Utusan is commendable.
Perhaps the others in the cabinet should seriously show their loyalty to Najib by openly backing his agenda and condemn the extremist PERKASA including their patron, the mahaguru (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) or else tender their resignation immediately.
Kgen: The Awang Selamat pseudonym is not by a single person but by a bunch of cowardly Utusan Malaysia writers hiding their real names. Any journalist worth his salt would be proud to see his byline, so why hide behind a pseudonym? The only reason is to spew out racial bile which even their mothers would be ashamed to read.
Anon: Spoken like a true loyal subject who is willing to die for his country and master. It reminds me of Hang Tuah who killed his best friend, Hang Jebat, because Jebat was a traitor to the king, despite that the king was not an enlightened ruler. And yes, I salute your parting shot Malaysian first.
Kunta Kinte: The drama between UMNO and PERKASA is getting more and more interesting. Both sides are condemning each other like sworn enemies. The fact is, UMNO is PERKASA and PERKASA is UMNO. Period.
Tristan: I would like to take Nazri at f! ace valu e and loudly commend him for declaring what the rest of the cabinet should be saying. If only Najib had demonstrated similar clarity and decisiveness, he would be in a much better place than he is in today.
But I suppose we have to be grateful for a small glimmer of hope and trust the rest of the bunch to harbour similar sentiments (except that they are not jantan enough to say so openly). Lets also hope the silent ones do not (in the middle of the night) prevail upon him to recant and make a I was misquoted U-turn.
Transparency: Nazri strikes again! He looks like hes found wisdom somewhere along the way in his political career. And that is more than I can say for many politicians.
But I have a problem taking Nazri seriously. I want to take him seriously and I want to believe that he believes in what he says, but Nazri has made too many mistakes and sometimes this is just too hard to forget. So while I read the article with much interest and was impressed with Nazris comments, the scepticism remains. And your last comment was sweet to read, but I fear you need to try harder, Nazri.
Ghkok: Its a relief to hear Nazri say that hes Malaysian first. At the same time, it is disappointing to hear him go on and on about his loyalty to the government and his implied loyalty to Najib Razak. Hes implying that his Im Malaysian first statement is just parroting Najibs 1Malaysia slogan. Now I dont know what he means anymore.
Neither do I know what Najib means. He is waving his 1Malaysia slogan, but at the same time, doubts are raised about his 1MDB, which could potentially be another PKFZ.
Disgusted: There is a split in UMNO. Part of UMNO is with Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PERKASA and Utusan bigots and part of them are not. Those aligned with Mahathir and gang, like Muhyiddin Yassin, are actually subverting Najibs 1Malaysia with their Ketuanan Melayu and I am Malay first and Malaysian! second claims.
Nazri is one of the few with guts enough to defend Najib and his 1Malaysia. Within UMNO, there are Najibs bag carriers, Mahathirs bag carriers, and the fence sitters. They are only concerned with themselves and protecting their own political agenda and turf.
Kudos for Nazri being outright and for making his stand. Even Najib does not have the guts like Nazri. I hope Nazri doesnt lose them as most of them in UMNO do after coming under pressure.
Aku Melayu: Nazris parting shot And yes, I am a Malaysian first and Malay next. Does any bigot have a problem with that? sounds more like an insurance for him to fall back to if (I repeat, if) Pakatan Rakyat forms the next federal government. Their doors might welcome you. Clever move Nazri. Anyway, I will always be Malay first till death.
Imran Shah: You can be proud of whatever roots you have. But when you are entrusted to be part of a government, you have to champion all your subjects fairly.
Imagine what would it appear like if in a public forum, the PM of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong said he is Chinese first and then Singaporean second; Manmohan Singh of India said he is Sikh first and then Indian; Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia said he is Javanese first and then Indonesian; the Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said he is Chinese (which he is) first and then Thai?
Libra: Nazri, you did the right thing. I hope other UMNO leaders will come out in support of you. BN will not get the peoples support if their leaders are wishy washy. The country must change and adapt to global changes in order to survive. PAS is getting more support because their leaders have changed their old ways. Can UMNO-BN do better than PAS-Pakatan?
Vijay: Reading these valiant words by Nazri, I was moved to tears at the heroism shown by this, yes, Malaysian hero. I humbly make some additions to his inspiring words We shall! go on t o the end, we shall fight Utusan, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air and television, we shall defend our nation, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight in Sabah and Sarawak, we shall fight on in Kubang Pasu, we shall fight in the padi fields of Kuala Lumpur and in the streets of Ipoh, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
I know that you will be most steadfast in this your noble mission, that you shall never, in days to dawn upon us, plead that you were misquoted, that in truth UMNO forsooth stands alongside PERKASA and that knave, Ibrahim Ali.
Kind Sir, forget thee not to wield thy mighty keris and smite them as would dare look upon thee (excepting of course, the attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, the former IGP Musa Hassan, and the former MB Mohd Khir Toyo).
By JK Jayan
COMMENT MIC is once again abuzz with speculation that its president of three decades S Samy Vellu would be vacating his post by the end of the year and an announcement on this would be made on Dec 18. This is the date set for the launching of Samy Vellu's biography which is supposedly being penned by a prominent writer from Tamil Nadu.
It is said that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would be launching the book and it is here that Samy Vellu is expected to announce his retirement either on Dec 31 or Jan 15 next year.
A grand farewell dinner is also scheduled to be held on the same day and would be attended by MICs rank and file.
However, the president's recent moves has left many in MIC puzzled.
He has already announced the formation of 2,000 branches to strengthen the party in view of the forthcoming general election expected to take place within the next one to two years.
In his last public announcement about his retirement, he vehemently denied leaving soon, confirming once again that he would stick to his plan to step down in September 2011.
Over the last few days, he had been organising party meetings where all branch chairmen were summoned but there were no announcements regarding his retirement.
A snap presidential election?
These moves point to two possibilities: Either he is shoring up support among the faithful to continue remaining at the helm or he is preparing to hold a presidential election to elect the next leader.
The first possibility is a little far-fetched since it is clear that the Barisan Nasional would not want to face another general election with Samy Vellu helming MIC.
The second possibility is more likely since it is rumoured that ties between Samy Vellu and his annointed successor G Palanivel have ! become s trained.
The branch chairmen, who would vote in the presidential election, could have been summoned in order for Samy Vellu to indicate that a different leader should be chosen.
MIC sources said that Samy Vellus decision to put a weak leader like Palanivel as number two was to ensure that the latter would always remain loyal, while the president exerted his power and consolidated his grip on the party and its valuable assets, namely MIED and Aimst University.
However, the outcome of the 2008 general election and the emergence of pressure groups like Gerakan Anti Samy Vellu (GAS) have thrown a spanner into the works.
Should Palanivel take over now, he might steer the party away from Samy Vellu in order to win back Indian support.
Friction over MIED suit
Sources revealed that Samy Vellu is also disappointed with Palanivel for hiring his own lawyers to defend him (Palanivel) in his capacity as MIED director in relation to the suit brought by former MIC Youth leader SA Vigneswaran against all the directors and trustees of MIED for allegedly mismanaging the trust corporation.
Another director KS Nijhar is also said to have indicated that he would employ his own lawyers.
This is despite Samy Vellu having stated his preference that MIED lawyers represent all the directors.
It is believed that Samy Vellu might be placed in an disadvantageous position if the directors filed separate defences and affidavits since most of the decisions concerning MIED were made by the president single-handedly.
Upset with such developments, sources said the president might consider bringing another, more loyal man, to sit as his heir apparent and the grapevine points at Human Resources Minister Dr S Subramaniam.
His Cabinet position and the fact that he is well-received by delegates across the board could see him clinch the the number two slot with relative ease.
Mission 'Kill Subra'
Apar! t from t his, Samy Vellu is also said to be concerned that if he steps down now and let Palanivel become acting president, it could pave the way for his nemesis S Subramaniam's return.
The former deputy president might align himself with the anti-Samy Vellu and anti-Palanivel forces within MIC to come back to power again. This would not be easy, but it is not entirely impossible.
There is also a likelihood that Palanivel might extend an olive branch to Subramaniam and bring him back into the fold since the latter still commands strong support.
So Samy Vellu wants to his finish his political rival once and for all before stepping down, and one way to do this is to call for a presidential election while he is still in power so that he could ensure that Subramaniam never makes it as the next president.
By calling for a snap presidential election, Samy Vellu would kill two birds with one stone, vanquishing his arch rival and installing a leader of his choice.
There are differing views whether the MIC constitution allows for such a contest, and when the question was put forth to a lawyer aligned the president, he said: The constitution is clear that a presidential poll can be held at any time three months before the expiry of the term of president.
The CWC (central working committee) will have to endorse the decision and I dont see anyone including Palanivel of having the political muscle to assemble the majority of CWC members against Samy Vellu to overthrow such an endorsement.
Almost 10 of them serve in the CWC because of their appointments by Samy Vellu. So it will not be difficult for Samy Vellu to get such an endorsement, he added.
The lawyer also pointed out that once the CWC makes a decision, the Societies Act forbids any quarters from challenging it in court.
So your only recourse is the Registrar of Societies who might not be able to find a favourable clause in the constitution not to call for a presidential election.
Also remember, even i! f the re gistrar finds one, his decision can still be challenged by disgruntled parties in court and thus dragging the matter for months, he said.
This will give additional room for Samy Vellu to continue. Above all, the 4,000-odd MIC branch chairmen seem to be excited in favour of a presidential election since it will put the power back into their hands to elect a leader of their choice democratically.
In the final count, it is all in the hands of Samy Vellu what he wants to do, he added.
courtesy of FMT
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