Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Social Political Buzz & Bulls

Ex-DAP rep Keshvinder to shack up with PPP


October 04, 2010

Keshvinder quit DAP on June 15. — file pic
IPOH, Oct 4 — Malim Nawar assemblyman Keshvinder Singh who quit DAP in June to become an independent representative, today announced that he would be joining the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).

He said he decided to join PPP, a Barisan Nasional (BN) component party, after being invited to do so by its vice-president Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusoff.

Keshvinder will be submitting his application form to PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas when the latter returns from overseas soon.

On June 15, Keshvinder announced that he quit DAP.

“After considering that PPP is a multi-racial party, a concept which is close to my heart, I accepted the invitation,” he told reporters at the Aidilfitri open house of Yayasan Bina Upaya and Institut Darul Ridzuan, here, today.

“Several matters needed to be taken into consideration before I decided to join PPP. I am waiting for the PPP president to return from abroad to discuss the matter with him.”

He said PPP, as a multi-racial party, was in line with the 1Malaysia concept.

“It has Indian, Malay and Chinese members. It is suitable for me,” he added.

Perak Mentri Besar and state BN chairman Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, when met at the function, described Keshvinder’s decision as wise.

He urged other opposition elected representatives who want a “change of air”, especially from the DAP which is now facing a crisis in Perak, to follow the Malim Nawar assemblyman’s move.

“We welcome anyone to join BN provided the person is willing to accept BN’s struggle,” he said. — Bernama

Safe to come home, Nazri tells RPK


October 04, 2010

RPK has remained in self-imposed exile in London since leaving the country. — file pic
SHAH ALAM, Oct 4 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today assured Malaysia-Today blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin that he would be safe if he returned to Malaysia.

“Malaysia is not a ‘banana republic’ in that it could not give safety assurance towards a witness of a case. I would prefer if Raja Petra comes back to Malaysia and faces the charges against him, and plays the game, according to the rules,” he said.

Nazri said it was up to the public to judge whether what Raja Petra wrote was true or otherwise, but felt that the fugitive blogger should not make things more difficult for the authorities to act on things.

“There is some good to it (Raja Petra’s blog postings) because at least, the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) can act on it if it’s true.

“But, if you do things this way, people will get confused and it will make it difficult for the MACC to do its work,” he noted.

Raja Petra was arrested on September 12, 2008 as he was deemed a threat to national security and was ordered to be detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on September 22, 2008.

On November 7, 2008, the Shah Alam High Court ordered the release of Raja Petra after ruling that his two-year detention at the Kamunting detention camp in Taiping was unlawful. — Bernama

Losers cry foul over PKR Kelana Jaya vote


October 04, 2010

PETALING JAYA, Oct 4 — PKR Kelana Jaya candidates today claimed that vote-rigging and fraud had taken place in their divisional polls, echoing similar accusations which have plagued the party’s first-ever direct elections.

Division chief contender Abdul Razak Mohamed Jalil and his running mate Dr S. Vignes — both of whom lost in their bids on Saturday — today claimed that the election results should be annulled in view of their complaints.

“We feel that the electoral process is lopsided, abused and has no credibility,” Vignes told reporters today.

“It is an utterly disgusting system. The whole election is null and void,” he added.

Abdul Razak claimed that party members have made several complaints involving irregularities in the voter registry as well as violations of ballot secrecy by the election officials.

“Many members have complained that they received an AGM notice from the division secretary but could not vote as their names were not there or have been removed from the voter registry,” said Abdul Razak.

Vignes said that Abdul Razak narrowly lost to Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) chairman Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud — a loyalist to PKR vice-president Azmin Ali — by a mere six votes.

“The list of the division committee contesting candidates was also updated by the election committee who did not announce the change... which confused PKR Kelana Jaya members,” said Abdul Razak.

“We have also received complaints that some officers took the ballot papers from [voters] and looked at them first before putting them in the ballot box,” he added.

He further alleged that some illiterate voters had complained of election officers marking candidates contrary to their choice.

“There have been complaints by some illiterate members that election officers brought them to the voting booths and ticked the names of the candidates that they did not want,” said Abdul Razak.

Vignes claimed that some election officers also changed the MyKad numbers of voters in the registry when it was discovered that their details were wrong.

“They amended the IC numbers in the list on the spot,” said Vignes.

The division deputy chief contender also claimed that election officers extended the polling time by five minutes after it was due to end at 4pm on Saturday.

“They extended by five minutes to give them some votes,” said Vignes.

He also slammed the division electoral process as being skewed to the incumbents, but stressed that his accusations did not stem from his defeat.

“We’re not saying they’re wrong because we lost. Losing and winning is part of the electoral process. But the whole process was lopsided to the incumbents,” said Vignes.

He added that Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad — who is said to be on Syed Syahir’s camp — beat him by a razor-thin margin of 10 votes.

Abdul Razak echoed Vignes’s views and claimed that the election officers were biased towards the incumbents.

“The officers from the party election committee 2010 are not trustworthy and they were on the side of the incumbents,” he said.

Attacking the election officers as “incompetent”, Vignes further claimed that they attempted to influence members to vote for certain candidates.

“The officers in charge of the election were incompetent. They were interrogating voters to vote for certain people,” he said.

Vignes pointed out that a briefing should have been held to inform contenders about the electoral process.

“The contesting parties should be given a briefing whereby (they are told) what is going to happen, and proposals on how to conduct the election. But we were not told what is going to happen in the hall,” he said.

In view of the information vacuum, Vignes likened the voters to lambs being led to the slaughter,

“It is not an election process. It is an abbatoir process... where you don’t know what’s going to happen, whether you’ll be butchered,” he said.

“We want a re-election,” he added.

Abdul Razak stressed that the various accusations were brought by party members who lodged six police reports today.

“Six police reports were made by ordinary members,” he said.

Controversies have marred the PKR division elections with three divisions yesterday claiming voting manipulation, brawls among opposing supporters and foul play in favour of candidates from the party leadership’s menu list.

Since divisional elections began on September 17, 13 divisions have been forced to postpone their meetings.

Election results in Hulu Selangor had to be put on hold following allegations that the number of votes exceeded the number of voters while accusations of vote rigging has also surfaced in the Tasek Gelugor division polls.

PKR deputy presidency contender and former party deputy secretary-general PS Jenapala has also reportedly accused party de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and deputy president hopeful Azmin Ali of abusing the Selangor government machinery, pressuring challengers to divisional polls candidates aligned to the Anwar-Azmin “cartel” to withdraw, and bribery by offering positions to their supporters.

Ngeh pleads forgiveness over leadership crisis


October 04, 2010

IPOH, Oct 4 — Faced with criticisms over his deputy’s recent quit threat, Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has chosen to eat humble pie by pleading for the public’s forgiveness and urging them not to misjudge him or his cousin Nga Kor Ming.

The embattled leader also insisted on keeping silent over his strained ties with M. Kulasegaran, refusing to respond to the “hurtful” allegations made against him and Nga in hopes that the matter could be resolved internally.

“Forgive us if we have been less than perfect in handling Perak DAP’s problems. Perak DAP calls on the public to allow it to resolve its problems internally and calls on the people to continue to support the DAP for what it stands for and for its proven track record,” he said in his speech at the Taman Kanthan Jaya DAP dinner last night.

He also graciously extended an olive branch to Kulasegaran, whose outburst last week had been the cause of the party’s plunge into crisis, and urged the people not to hate the veteran leader for his outburst on Friday.

“I believe whatever differences M. Kula has with me or with others, they can be resolved internally. I ask that you do not hate M. Kula for what has transpired,” he said.

Kulasegaran had reportedly stormed out of a special leadership meeting held in Kampung Simee last Friday, dangling a threat that he would resign from his post in the state committee.

The meeting was supposedly aimed at promoting unity between the two feuding factions, in the wake of the party’s coming state elections this November 14.

Ngeh (picture), who together with Nga, have been named as the sole culprits behind Kulasegaran’s discontent, also pleaded with the people not to hate him or his cousin, pointing out that their views could be lopsided.

“I ask that you do not hate me or my cousin Nga Kor Ming, after hearing (only) one side of the story.

“You may have judged us wrongly and unfairly,” he pleaded.

Ngeh lamented that the media, in its extensive coverage of Kulasegaran’s quit threat, had produced many “unfair articles” which had generated many hurtful comments against himself and Nga.

“We became the target of hate and are exposed to the attacks of our enemies. For the above reasons, I have earlier expressed my regret that M. Kula should expose internal matters to the media,” he said.

After Kulasegaran’s outburst last week, the leader conveyed his grouses via microblogging site Twitter, where he announced that he wanted to quit.

He continued to flash updates on Twitter the following day, announcing that many supporters and members had urged him to rethink his brash decision.

Kulasegaran had also called for a “tell all” press conference on Saturday, threatening to expose all his grouses with Ngeh and Nga.

The conference was however cancelled at the last minute and Kulasegaran has since departed for a week-long holiday in Nepal.

Following this, Ngeh reprimanded the Ipoh Barat MP for washing the party’s dirty linen in public, pointing out that a responsible leader should know better than to publicise the quarrel.

He however refrained from rebutting all the allegations made by Kulasegaran’s camp in the media, pointing out that two wrongs did not make a right.

“I would like to have my side of the story told but I would be committing the same error (as Kulasegaran). I will be exposing my comrades and the party to the attacks of the enemy.

“A soldier will keep a secret to safeguard a nation and risk being shot. I will willingly suffer the injustice of being denied the right to reply and be subjected to hurtful attacks that have been assailed against me than to put my party in jeopardy and cause the mission of the people to be derailed,” he said.

Ngeh firmly noted that the people’s mission was to have a change of government in the coming 13th general election and to save the nation from “bankruptcy and destruction”.

He pointed out that in any organisation, it was normal to have differences of opinions among its leaders.

“This is because these organisations are made up of different individuals. However, whatever the differences, they must be resolved internally, lest it brings a negative impact and image to the organisation,” he explained.

Ngeh urged the people not to allow the recent episode to soil their confidence in the party, promising that its leaders would do its best to resolve the crisis.

“You must continue to support the DAP for what it stands for and for its proven track record. Please support each and every leader of the DAP.

“I hope this episode will not in any way erode your confidence in the DAP and PR. Forgive us if we have acted less than perfect in the abovesaid episode,” he concluded.

It is no secret that there is no love lost between Kulasegaran and the powerful cousins but their rivalry finally reached a boiling point on Friday when Kulasegaran threatened to quit.

The Malaysian Insider understands one of their main grouses is their disagreement on the formation of new branches in the state.

On the one hand, Kulasegaran and his men have accused Ngeh and Nga of forming over 100 new branches without attaining endorsement from the state committee while on the other, the cousins have alleged that their arch rivals had been illegally reviving old branches to shore up support for themselves.

Perkasa endorses Mustaffa Kamil in PKR vote


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — Malay rights group Perkasa urged PKR members today to reject Azmin Ali as party deputy president and to instead vote for Mustaffa Kamil Ayub.

Perkasa Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah said Mustaffa was a more qualified candidate for the deputy presidency because of his Abim roots.

“Mustaffa is from Abim, he holds true to the Islamic agenda and fights for the betterment of the Malays... Azmin, on the other hand, is not interested to fight for the betterment of the Malay community.

“Azmin is only fit to become Anwar’s coffee boy,” said Arman (picture).

The Perkasa man slammed Azmin for his remarks made yesterday during the Gombak PKR AGM.

Azmin said yesterday that he would personally fight against Perkasa and “individuals behind the organisation” in a thinly-veiled reference to Perkasa patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Azmin should show some respect to a statesman who has done so much for this country. Azmin is not fit to become a politician,” said Arman.

Dr Mahathir is currently in a hospital in Melbourne receiving treatment for flu and cough.

The hotly-contested fight for deputy presidency has revealed deep divisions within PKR and thrown the party’s commitment to direct elections into sharp focus.

Azmin, who is also Selangor chief, is believed to be Pakatan Rakyat (PR) defacto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s preferred choice, while Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is said to be popular with Sabah and Sarawak and non-Malay members in the country’s largest multi-racial political party.

PKR amended its constitution last year to give one member one vote in direct elections.

Last month, some 400,000 PKR members began voting for divisional leaders and the 25 members of the central leadership council, including president, deputy president and four vice-presidents.

The party’s 218 divisions will hold two separate meetings, one for the annual general meeting and election of divisional leaders, and a second to vote for national leaders.

The divisions will vote for national leaders on weekends, from October 29 to November 21.

Mahathir 'Down And Out' - Azmin


Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy president hopeful Mohamed Azmin Ali yesterday described former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's political career as "down and out".

He had made the statement without making any reference to anyone while opening the Gombak division meeting yesterday.

However, when met later, he said he was referring to Dr Mahathir, who was currently warded at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia for chest infection.

He said his reference to Dr Mahathir was suitable for the leader and that he had made it due to his stubbornness in supporting Malay rights group, Perkasa.

"I hope Dr Mahathir, as a long-serving leader in the country, will assume a bigger responsibility as Malaysia will be more advanced if racial narrow-mindedness is not practised in today's leadership."

Earlier in his speech, Azmin told the 145 delegates present that PKR, as a multiracial party must reject this narrow-mindedness if it wanted to progress,

"I will fight Perkasa till the end. I pledge not only to fight Perkasa, but also any individual who hides behind it."

He also hit out at its leaders who were willing to collaborate with the "Umno media", like Utusan Malaysia, which he described as "toilet paper".

"Are these the kind of leaders we want in the party?"

He said such leaders were willing to let themselves be used by attacking the party's leadership and policies.

Anwar waves his magic and and thrills European audiences....


I have had to come all the way to Brussels and Berlin to discover a side of Anwar Ibrahim that I was wrong about.

Reading the Barisan Nasional-owned newspapers that consistently portrayed him as a “traitor to Malaysia” who exaggerated the situation obtaining in the country given half a chance, I have, I must admit, tended to view him as a self-serving political demagogue who could not care less about the fate of his country as long as he achieved his ambition of becoming prime minister.

Anwar spoke last Monday evening (28 September 2010), on “Liberal Values in the Muslim World – Why Islam and Democracy are Destined to Coincide” to a packed hall of some of Europe’s powerful decision makers. These were men and women with wide international experience and could not be easily hoodwinked even if he had tried. It was vintage Anwar, perfect smooth as silk delivery of a complex, serious subject to a critical audience. He knew his stuff. His was more than a speech; it was an intellectual journey mapped out by someone who knew the area traversed like the back of his hand.

There he stood, under the spotlight, his charming and quietly confident self as always, speaking without a note for a full hour. Earlier in the day, when he said to me he had to go back to his hotel room to give his speech the once over, I told him half in jest that he could make his speech standing on his head. He did just that and more. He successfully won the audience over with his argument, supported by historical antecedents and more recent examples that completely demolished the conventional wisdom in non-Muslim circles that Islam and democracy were somehow incompatible bed fellows. He challenge the unfounded belief that it was against the order of nature for Islam to embrace democracy as seriously flawed because of the underlying assumption that Muslims, unlike others, were not born free to exercise their democratic rights.

As I sat listening to the prime minister Malaysia never had, thanks to Mahathir the Maverick, and who might yet take the country by storm, Anwar, I mean, not Mahathir, I could not help thinking how utterly sad and absurd for Najib, whose articulation of his 1Malaysia slogan invariably finishes in a cul-de-sac, offering his services to Obama to help bring about greater understanding of Islam, the religion of peace, among the majority American non-Muslims. My dear fellow, charity begins at home.

The only Malaysian politician, who can, without making a fool of himself, stride the world stage with the right combination of strong intellectual credentials and honesty, is not to be found within the serried ranks of the BN, but in the person of Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s iconic liberal democrat. As I saw here in Brussels, he had the European parliamentary leadership, figuratively speaking, eating out of his hands. Many have already put the champagne on ice; they clearly see this victim of a rotten political system as the next man to lead the country.

For all our sakes, I hope they are right. Malaysia needs a thorough overhaul and Najib whom we need like we do a great big hole in our head is unlikely to understand the dynamics of change for the great leap forward. Even if he understands the urgent necessity for change, would he be allowed to by the reactionary forces with the party ever so gingerly as the prospect of a palace coup remains a distinct possibility? He is not only busy watching over-sized baggage, but also his back with the sort of loyal friends he has had foisted on him. There simply isn’t much time for anything else while the ship of state springs more leaks by the day.

I was asked by a senior European Parliament bureaucrat over coffee what the Pakatan Rakyat coalition’s priorities would be on taking over the federal government? In brief, I said revamp institutions of state that have been virtually destroyed and have, in many cases, been rendered dysfunctional, overhaul policies, systems and procedures that have tended to divide rather than unite Malaysians, pay special attention to economic policies centred on orderly growth and sustainable development, and generally to put things right and undo the excesses and abuses of that began under Mahathir so that democratic principles and practices may have a real chance of taking root. A tall order but with fairness, and integrity grounded in the rule of law, God willing, we will get there.- Tunku Abdul Aziz

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Tunku Abdul Aziz on Anwar Ibrahim as PM



The only Malaysian politician, who can, without making a fool of himself, stride the world stage with the right combination of strong intellectual credentials and honesty, is not to be found within the serried ranks of the BN, but in the person of Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s iconic liberal democrat.

As I saw here in Brussels, he had the European parliamentary leadership, figuratively speaking, eating out of his hands. Many have already put the champagne on ice; they clearly see this victim of a rotten political system as the next man to lead the country.


For all our sakes, I hope they are right. Malaysia needs a thorough overhaul and Najib - whom we need like we do a great big hole in our head - is unlikely to understand the dynamics of change for the great leap forward.

He is not only busy watching oversized baggage, but also his back with the sort of loyal friends he has had foisted on him. There simply isn’t much time for anything else while the ship of state springs more leaks by the day...

[Read the full essay here.]

Why Islam And Democracy Are Destined to Coincide
Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim, Parliamentary Opposition Leader of Malaysia at Brussels, 28th September, 2010
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Azmin Ali The New Sworn Enemy Of Mahathir Mohamed ?


PANAS BERKUNYIT! LAYAK KE AZMIN NAK CAKAP PASAL TUN M?

Azmin Ali, sebuah nama yang dah sinonim dengan Anwar peliwat, nama yang bila kita dengar je maka kita akan teringat isterinya yang cantik lawa, sayangnya isterinya itu bukan hanya untuk dia saja, malah isterinya dikongsi dengan bosnya Anwar 'Mat King Leather'

Dalam bahasa kampong jenis lelaki macam ni kita panggil dia dayus! Jadi bila si dayus bukak mulut dan menghina Tun M, aku rasa geli

AZMIN ALI AJAK TUN M BERENTAP ?

aku dapat tahu daripada member yang tengok berita tv3 jam 8 malam tadi. katanya azmin dah berani nak lanyak tun mahathir.
kata-kata ni azmin lontar waktu persidangan parti keldaian gombak. keputusannya azmin menang 300 lebih undi manakala lawannya dapat 66 undi.
dalam keadaan marah azmin kata 'tersungkur di melbourne'. ini merujuk kepada sokongan tun m terhadap perkasa.
sebelum azmin ali nak

Ex-DAP rep Keshvinder to shack up with PPP

Keshvinder quit DAP on June 15. file picIPOH, Oct 4 Malim Nawar assemblyman Keshvinder Singh who quit DAP in June to become an independent representative, today announced that he would be joining the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP).

He said he decided to join PPP, a Barisan Nasional (BN) component party, after being invited to do so by its vice-president Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusoff.

Keshvinder will be submitting his application form to PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas when the latter returns from overseas soon.

On June 15, Keshvinder announced that he quit DAP.

After considering that PPP is a multi-racial party, a concept which is close to my heart, I accepted the invitation, he told reporters at the Aidilfitri open house of Yayasan Bina Upaya and Institut Darul Ridzuan, here, today.

Several matters needed to be taken into consideration before I decided to join PPP. I am waiting for the PPP president to return from abroad to discuss the matter with him.

He said PPP, as a multi-racial party, was in line with the 1Malaysia concept.

It has Indian, Malay and Chinese members. It is suitable for me, he added.

Perak Mentri Besar and state BN chairman Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, when met at the function, described Keshvinders decision as wise.

He urged other opposition elected representatives who want a change of air, especially from the DAP which is now facing a crisis in Perak, to follow the Malim Nawar assemblymans move.

We welcome anyone to join BN provided the person is willing to accept BNs struggle, he said. Bernama


See What Barisan Nasional Gotta Say?

Boiling feud may scald PKR


By FMT Staff

PETALING JAYA: The sizzling battle between deputy presidential hopefuls Azmin Ali and Zaid Ibrahim could plunge the party into political oblivion.

Monash University's Prof James Chin warned that if the competition turned uglier, there would be little chance of reconciliation between the two camps after the election and that would spell a dark future for PKR.

He also noted that both leaders were crucial to rope in the votes.

“Azmin has stronger Malay support while Zaid is appealing to the non-Malays. PKR needs them and their supporters to make real impact in the next election,” he told FMT.

Azmin's latest campaign tactic of warning party members, during his speech at the Gombak division meeting last weekend, about a “new leader conspiring with the Umno media to destroy PKR” did not go down well with another observer.

Azmin had also slammed this “new leader” for openly questioning and mocking the party leadership.

While he did not mention names, it was obvious that he was referring to Zaid.

Centre of Policy Studies director Lim Teck Ghee defined the attack as an “escalation on Azmin's part to kill off Zaid.”

“I'm astonished that Azmin has descended to this level of personal and unnecessary attacks. This hitting-below-the-belt tactic may be indicative of a contender being driven to desperation.

“Unfortunately, it is also indicative of a party leadership in disarray and unable to rise above personal egos and individual considerations to close ranks on the more important battle,” he added.

While Lim was convinced that Azmin's attack would be dismissed as baseless by party members, Chin, however, felt otherwise.

He said many party members were still hesitant to trust Zaid.

“They see him as a free agent. So if Zaid doesn't counter attack or provide an explanation for these accusations, many members will believe what is being said by Azmin's team,” he added.

Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng disagreed that Azmin's speech was a low blow.

“This is a political contest and such incidents are bound to happen. It wasn't a personal attack like during the Hulu Selangor by-election where Zaid was accused of consuming alcohol and gambling. So I wouldn't call this hitting below the belt.

“Zaid should continue with his campaign and show that he is someone who can avoid the noise. He should focus on the issues that he has been talking about. That is more interesting and relevant,” he said.

'The fight is unproductive'

To political observer Wong Chin Huat, the real concern lied with the issue that were being fought over and not the fighting itself.

He called the direct elections “disappointing” due to the absence of real debates on policies, ideas and visions.

“Politicians will always fight. The problem is their fight is not productive. We have two contestants at the deputy level who haven't told us what they stand for and where they plan to take the party. All they are focusing on are their personalities,” he told FMT.

Universiti College Sedaya International's Ong Kian Ming said Azmin had managed to dent Zaid's reputation and credbility in PKR and Pakatan Rakyat.

He added that Zaid might have “shot himself in the foot” by conceding that he would lose to Azmin because of the “hidden hands” pulling the strings behind the latter.

As for Azmin, Ong said the PKR vice-president should have shared his visions for the party and country.

“He could have accepted the public debate challenge by Zaid on issues of substance, an area where Zaid holds the moral high ground given his speeches and books to the right crowd,” he added.

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Kelana Jaya PKR: Defeated duo want poll results nullified


By G Vinod

PETALING JAYA: Abd Razak Mohamed Jalil and Dr S Vigneswaran, who were defeated in the contests for the Kelana Jaya PKR division chief and deputy chief posts, want the results nullified.

They would submit a memorandum to the PKR election committee tomorrow highlighting the alleged irregularities in the polls.

“Yesterday we had a meeting with over 100 PKR members who were upset with the election irregularities and they have urged us to take action,” Razak told a press conference here.

He said the committee would be given seven days to nulify the results and conduct a fresh election.

“If they fail to meet our demands, then we will consider another course of action using party channels,” he said, adding that quitting PKR was not an option.

Yesterday, incumbent division chief Syed Shahir Syed Mahmud defeated Razak with a razor thin majority of six votes while PKR's communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad defeated Vigneswaran with a slim majority of 15 votes for the number two post.

Among the alleged irregularities was a member who had his MyKad number stated wrongly in the voters' list but was still allowed to vote.

“Even his name (Vijayakumar Nallaiah) was not indicated correctly (Vijekumara Nallyah) but the election officers allowed him to vote,” said Vigneswaran.

Kelana Jaya MP ' fascinated'

He claimed that about 250 PKR members received letters from the party headquarters confirming them as voters at the division election but received a rude shock when their names were not on the list.

“There were also those who did not receive the letters but their names were listed as voters,” he added.

Vigneswaran said that several disgruntled members had lodged police reports over the matter and against election officers who were allegedly instructing the elderly and illiterate voters on whom to vote for despite objections from the voters themselves.

Both Razak and Vigneswaran said while none of the contenders were allowed to enter the polling centre, its division secretary Zakaria Yusoff was free to move in and out of the polling centre despite not being part of the election committee.

“He was at the polling area from 10am till the election process ended. This itself is questionable as he was appointed by the incumbent Syed Shahir to the post,” said Vigneswaran.

Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne, who was present at the press conference, said he was “fascinated” that the complaints of election irregularities were similar in every polling area.

“Despite the complaints, the party leadership seems to be quiet and the election committee seems be very slow in addressing the matter,” he said.

Loh added that he himself had received about 20 complaints on the alleged irregularities.

“The party has criticised the Election Commission for not conducting the election process properly but look at how we are conducting our own party election,” he said.

No place for immature, childish leaders

In a statement issued later, Loh said he was disappointed with deputy president contender Azmin Ali for taking a personal swipe at his rival Zaid Ibrahim during the Gombak PKR AGM yesterday.

He said he was saddened that a senior leader like Azmin would resort to such attacks.

“Personal attacks are unnecessary and uncalled for. Name calling is childish at best. I read with disbelief that a veteran and mature leader like Azmin would say something like this,” he said.

He added that he was also pondering if Azmin was misquoted by the media on his remarks.

He said although Zaid was new to the party, he nevertheless was a highly experienced and principled politician who can contribute for PKR.

“Have we so quickly forgotten that Zaid was welcomed into PKR with great fanfare precisely because he resigned as a minister in protest of the abuse of the ISA by the Umno-BN government?” asked Loh.

He added that Azmin must clarify if he had actually made the disparaging remarks against Zaid as was reported in the media today.

“I find the thought of a mature senior party leader making personal attacks and threatening to split the party in a quest for personal ambition to be extremely disturbing, and a possible misunderstanding of this nature must not be allowed to fester,” he said.

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Nazri defends BTN against racist charge


By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

UPDATED KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz has defended the National Civics Bureau (BTN) and rubbished claims that its programmes promote racism.

He instead blamed it on BTN's personnel, stating that the cases were isolated incidents.

"There are no modules in BTN which promotes racism. We have to look at the what is the issue here. In this case, it's not the module which is an issue, it is the personnel," he told reporters today.

"These were remarks made by an irresponsible individual, therefore action should be taken against him," added the Padang Rengas MP.

BTN landed in the limelight when reports surfaced that its deputy director Hamim Husain had used derogatory terms to describe the Chinese and Indians during a closed-door meeting.

Hamim had since denied the matter.

Nazri had recently received a pat on the back from Pakatan Rakyat leaders and the top echelons of non-Malay Barisan Nasional parties for his "I'm Malaysian first, Malay second," remark.

The statement came amid an intense spat between the country's major political players over the special positions of the Malays.

We do not promote racism

The statement came amid an intense spat between the country's major political players over the special positions of the Malays and has been a setback for the Najib administration's efforts unite a racially divisive nation under its 1Malaysia banner.

And the alleged derogatory remarks made by the BTN official has not made it any easier.

While Najib has tried to reassure and appease non-Malay voters by vowing to revamp the programme, he has faced stiff opposition from the more conservative elements within his own party and government.

Lagging and slow response to demands for BTN's abolition have also invited accusations that Najib lacks political will to see through its political reform promises.

But Nazri rubbished off the allegations, insisting that the government was in no way backing any form of racism and that a stern government warning has been issued against any form of racist behaviour from the civil servants.

"Prime Minister Najib himself said during his speech at the United Nations assembly that the moderates must come forward... this was not only meant on an international level, but also in the context for our country," stressed Nazri, who is also the chief parliamentary whip for BN.

Hamim at a closed-door Puteri Umno function last week had referred to the Chinese and Indian communities as “Si Mata Sepet” and “Si Botol”.

Chief Secretary Sidek Hassan had been instructed by the Cabinet to probe into the matter following a public outcry over the incident.

In a related development, FMT learnt that Hamim lodged a police report today against the Malaysian Insider news portal and one of its reporters for first reporting that he had made those racist remarks.

PKR must appreciate and respect new members


By Saidil Simoi, Ketua Cabang Kota Belud, PKR
I am dismayed that PKR leaders are repeatedly belittling new members of the party, either branding them untrustworthy or novices. Previously, a warning of “trojan horses” in the PKR was made by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in reference to new members, especially those who offer themselves as candidates in the party elections. Now, I read in today’s newspapers that PKR Vice President Azmin Ali, who is vying for the Deputy President position, put down his opponent Datuk Zaid Ibrahim simply because he is new in PKR.The tone taken by these leaders contradict the aspirations of the Party when initiatives were made to amend the constitution. The party’s leadership was welcoming new members with open arms after the 2008 general election and intentionally specified a short qualification period of one year membership to allow them to be candidates in party elections.Now, however, new members are cast as suspicious characters and made to feel unwelcome. Are we saying that any new member who wishes to offer their commitment to the party’s struggle are now automatically suspected as “trojan horses” simply because they are not aligned to the faction preferred by some party leaders?
This seems to be case considering that the appointee to the senior position of Treasurer-General after the party election in 2007 was a new member and virtually unknown in the party. Yet, the appointment was made without any objection whatsoever.If this is the case, then democracy will not be able to grow in the party, as originally intended when the system of direct election was introduced. Democracy must be based on the power of members and not be dictated by a select few.I call on party leaders to appreciate and respect new members who contribute to the strength of the party and many of whom are keen to actively support the party’s struggle.
Saidil Simoi Ketua Cabang Kota Belud
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

No place for immature and childish leaders

By Loh Gwo-Burne, MP for Kelana Jaya

Today I read with great disappointment the words used by Azmin Ali, a leader which many of us PKR members look up to, when the PKR Deputy President hopeful, or Deputy President elect according to some of our friends, took a personal swipe at Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. I read both the New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia that covered Azmin’s speech at the PKR Gombak AGM, in which Zaid was portrayed as a novice in the Party. Not only that, Azmin also referred to Zaid as “desperado” in an interview with Berita Harian.As a candidate for the senior position of Deputy President of the Party, I am saddened and disappointed if Azmin decided to conduct himself in this manner. Personal attacks are unnecessary and uncalled for. Name calling is childish at best, I read with disbelief that a veteran and mature leader like Azmin would say something like this. I seriously question the accuracy of the reports, and wonder if Azmin's words were twisted or misquoted, indeed words stuffed into his mouth. It is clear to all that, although Zaid is relatively new in PKR, we must respect the fact that he is a highly experienced and principled politician that can contribute a lot to the Party.

Indeed, have we so quickly forgotten that Zaid was welcomed into PKR with great fanfare precisely because he resigned as a minister in protest of the abuse of the ISA by the Umno-BN government?Moreover, I strongly urge party leaders to be consistent and fair in the party election. It appears that some party leaders are practising double standards, choosing to attack a candidate for being featured in a mainstream newspaper whilst turning a blind eye when another candidate does the same.The party must live up to the principles of fairness and democracy if we are to lead the charge for reform in this country. And such a party has no place for immature and childish leaders.I find the thought of a mature senior party leader making personal attacks and threatening to split the party in a quest for personal ambition to be extremely disturbing, and a possible misunderstanding of this nature must not be allowed to fester. Therefore I make a heartfelt call for Azmin to clarify and refute the possible misunderstanding arising from the Utusan and NST reports.

LOH GWO-BURNEMP for Kelana Jaya

Malaysia ’s future comes to Sydney

By William de Cruz
They came to sell the future, a ‘new’ country. And by the time Malaysian Opposition MPs Tony Pua and Jeff Ooi left the Delima dinner on 23 September 2010 in Sydney, they surely knew the movement for change had also captured the New South Wales capital city in its wake.

For the likes of SABM (Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia) and the “diaspora” (thanks, Jeff) of Malaysia's ever-growing Opposition, Sydney is a bit late coming to the party. That’s partly because Adelaide and Penang are sister cities, and the former has attracted a strong presence from leaders of the Democratic Action Party, which has Penang as its base and peninsular stronghold. Melbourne was an earlier start, and stranger things have happened.

Nevertheless, Malaysians (PRs in Australia who still hold Malaysian passports), former kampungites who are now Aussie citizens, well wishers and supporters - 75 in all - had gathered to welcome the MPs, add a new twist to “Malaysia boleh” and send them back to the zeitgeist, hopefully heartened that help is also to be found in Australia.

The audience heard how corruption has festered and flourished for so long that an overseas unwillingness to participate in the Malaysian economy has led to foreign direct investment crashing by 81 per cent in 2009, sandwiching the nation between Laos (just behind) and the Philippines in the FDI rankings.

We don't know to laugh or cry because Mahathir Mohamed's New Economic Policy has been replaced by Najib Razak's New Economic Model; Penang will not be part of a High-Speed Broadband network worth tens of billions; challenging the Constitution is threatening the rights of Malays.

We are told of the failures and fantasies of a former minister of education who has launched a MR500 billion-plus program to stimulate the economy and transform Malaysia - in some countries it would be referred to as nothing short of pork-barrelling.

We suspended disbelief to know UMNO Youth and an increasingly Malay-supremacist Perkasa are using police reports to stymie the Opposition, so if Pua talks about the need to “suspend unnecessary subsidies”, he is instead accused of working to “deny Bumiputera rights”.

And we nodded our heads (side-ways) to be reminded of how the Malaysian media continues to hold the truth a distant second to political expediency.

The murder only got a passing mention - such is the litany of malfeasance.

Tony Fernandez should be grateful for the several plugs his low-cost carrier was given at Delima, with Ooi regularly reminding his fellow Malaysians that they only need jump on an AirAsia flight to return home and vote at the next elections to fully claim their role in change.

But Pua and Ooi also heard about tapping the fountain of votes that must be in the hands of Malaysians who left a beloved homeland, tired and beaten by a system of economic, cultural and religious apartheid. These migrants live without the auspices of a High Commission or Consulate that will encourage the postal vote. In fact, the last time this writer asked, the HC in Canberra very helpfully replied: “Balik undi, lah!”

Pua told us of his own brush with a “postal vote” - a bullet in an envelope mailed to his Petaling Jaya Utara office.

Ooi spoke of a shadow cabinet, which is also to say there is every confidence now that the next election may cost the ruling coalition much more than that two-thirds majority.

There was talk of a future with Nurul.

The new guard is already on the ground running, and Pua and Ooi are among the leaders of the pack - young, unbeaten, determined, engaging, frank and with faith enough to know that you can move that mount, you just have to learn to live with kicking around a few stones for a while.

Before the night moved into full swing, co-organiser John Khoo told us exactly how much was raised per dinner seat. He didn’t look very pleased - more had been collected from 55 diners at an earlier SABM fund-raiser this year. An empty wine chiller was immediately passed around and more moolah rolled in.

Amid the addresses by Pua and Ooi as well as a testy but invigorating Q&A session, raffles and an auction were conducted to raise more cash.

But money was not the measure of success that night, when an informal coalition of people with a connection to Malaysia brought the MPs to a bunch of people hungry for hope.

The DAP duo reached into the pockets of patriots, which is not about supporting any particular government, and there were rich pickings.

It was not the money, but a future was bought.

Later, Khoo was happy to confess: “I am an Australian citizen, but Malaysia will always be my country of birth, and I want to be part of the history that will bring change to Malaysia .”

It used to be said that if change were to come to pass in Malaysia, then it would have to come at the hands of the Malay race which hold the power as the MCA and MIC support an artifice of racial harmony and integration.

That night in Sydney, there was an assurance that change today is firmly in the hands of all Malaysians.

More than 50 years since, ‘merdeka’ may be just around the corner. * Tony Pua is the Democratic Action Party MP for Petaling Jaya Utara and National Publicity Secretary; Jeffrey Ooi is DAP MP for Jelutong and Chief of Staff, Penang Chief Minister's Office. The dinner at Sydney's Delima Restaurant was organised by the Malaysian Interest Group, Sydney, a group of Malaysians and ex-Malaysians who want the best for Malaysia, just as they have seen and enjoyed the best of good governance in Australia, Teik Hock Lim of the Australian Malaysia-Singapore Association (AMSA), John Khoo and others.

Malaysia ’s future comes to Sydney

By William de Cruz

Before the London 2nd Oct 10 meeting with the top guns - Anwar, RPK, Tian Chua, there was a less publicised evening meeting with DAP Tony Pua and Jeff Ooi in Sydney on the 23 Sept 10.

A total of 75 diners turned up for the evening talks by Tony Pua and Jeff Ooi and dinner at Delima Restuarant at Chinatown, in support of good governance in Malaysia. As this article was being prepared and finalised, the Melbourne group also entertained and supported the visit by LGE and LKS together as well 4 days later, after the Sydney evening.

They came to sell the future, a ‘new’ country. And by the time Malaysian Opposition MPs Tony Pua and Jeff Ooi left the Delima dinner on 23 September 2010 in Sydney, they surely knew the movement for change had also captured the New South Wales capital city in its wake.

For the likes of SABM (Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia) and the “diaspora” (thanks, Jeff) of Malaysia's ever-growing Opposition, Sydney is a bit late coming to the party. That’s partly because Adelaide and Penang are sister cities, and the former has attracted a strong presence from leaders of the Democratic Action Party, which has Penang as its base and peninsular stronghold. Melbourne was an earlier start, and stranger things have happened.

Nevertheless, Malaysians (PRs in Australia who still hold Malaysian passports), former kampungites who are now Aussie citizens, well wishers and supporters - 75 in all - had gathered to welcome the MPs, add a new twist to “Malaysia boleh” and send them back to the zeitgeist, hopefully heartened that help is also to be found in Australia.

The audience heard how corruption has festered and flourished for so long that an overseas unwillingness to participate in the Malaysian economy has led to foreign direct investment crashing by 81 per cent in 2009, sandwiching the nation between Laos (just behind) and the Philippines in the FDI rankings.

We don't know to laugh or cry because Mahathir Mohamed's New Economic Policy has been replaced by Najib Razak's New Economic Model; Penang will not be part of a High-Speed Broadband network worth tens of billions; challenging the Constitution is threatening the rights of Malays.

We are told of the failures and fantasies of a former minister of education who has launched a MR500 billion-plus program to stimulate the economy and transform Malaysia - in some countries it would be referred to as nothing short of pork-barrelling.

We suspended disbelief to know UMNO Youth and an increasingly Malay-supremacist Perkasa are using police reports to stymie the Opposition, so if Pua talks about the need to “suspend unnecessary subsidies”, he is instead accused of working to “deny Bumiputera rights”.

And we nodded our heads (side-ways) to be reminded of how the Malaysian media continues to hold the truth a distant second to political expediency.

The murder only got a passing mention - such is the litany of malfeasance.

Tony Fernandez should be grateful for the several plugs his low-cost carrier was given at Delima, with Ooi regularly reminding his fellow Malaysians that they only need jump on an AirAsia flight to return home and vote at the next elections to fully claim their role in change.

But Pua and Ooi also heard about tapping the fountain of votes that must be in the hands of Malaysians who left a beloved homeland, tired and beaten by a system of economic, cultural and religious apartheid. These migrants live without the auspices of a High Commission or Consulate that will encourage the postal vote. In fact, the last time this writer asked, the HC in Canberra very helpfully replied: “Balik undi, lah!”

Pua told us of his own brush with a “postal vote” - a bullet in an envelope mailed to his Petaling Jaya Utara office.

Ooi spoke of a shadow cabinet, which is also to say there is every confidence now that the next election may cost the ruling coalition much more than that two-thirds majority.

There was talk of a future with Nurul.

The new guard is already on the ground running, and Pua and Ooi are among the leaders of the pack - young, unbeaten, determined, engaging, frank and with faith enough to know that you can move that mount, you just have to learn to live with kicking around a few stones for a while.

Before the night moved into full swing, co-organiser John Khoo told us exactly how much was raised per dinner seat. He didn’t look very pleased - more had been collected from 55 diners at an earlier SABM fund-raiser this year. An empty wine chiller was immediately passed around and more moolah rolled in.

Amid the addresses by Pua and Ooi as well as a testy but invigorating Q&A session, raffles and an auction were conducted to raise more cash.

But money was not the measure of success that night, when an informal coalition of people with a connection to Malaysia brought the MPs to a bunch of people hungry for hope.

The DAP duo reached into the pockets of patriots, which is not about supporting any particular government, and there were rich pickings.

It was not the money, but a future was bought.

Later, Khoo was happy to confess: “I am an Australian citizen, but Malaysia will always be my country of birth, and I want to be part of the history that will bring change to Malaysia .”

It used to be said that if change were to come to pass in Malaysia, then it would have to come at the hands of the Malay race which hold the power as the MCA and MIC support an artifice of racial harmony and integration.

That night in Sydney, there was an assurance that change today is firmly in the hands of all Malaysians.

More than 50 years since, ‘merdeka’ may be just around the corner. * Tony Pua is the Democratic Action Party MP for Petaling Jaya Utara and National Publicity Secretary; Jeffrey Ooi is DAP MP for Jelutong and Chief of Staff, Penang Chief Minister's Office. The dinner at Sydney's Delima Restaurant was organised by the Malaysian Interest Group, Sydney, a group of Malaysians and ex-Malaysians who want the best for Malaysia, just as they have seen and enjoyed the best of good governance in Australia, Teik Hock Lim of the Australian Malaysia-Singapore Association (AMSA), John Khoo and others.

New IGP must seriously grapple with the new Malaysian phenomenon where crime index falls but Malaysians feel even more unsafe!

DAP Member of Parliament for Rasah and Negri Sembilan State Assemblyman for Lobak Anthony Loke, who is also DAPSY National chief, was the latest victim of crime when he was rudely awakened early this morning by five parang-wielding robbers who broke into his Seremban home and tied him up, along with his elderly parents.

The 4am incident took place after the robbers cut through the front door lock, and woke the occupants in the double-storey terrace house in Taman Yoon Chan, Seremban – hitherto quite crime-free but no more safe. Recently, both the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had made great play about the successful NKRA on crime reduction, claiming that there have been a drastic drop in the crime rate with improvement of the crime index since January this year.

However, up and down the country, ordinary Malaysians do not feel this dividend of fall of crime index in their daily lives as they do not feel comparatively safer in the streets, public places or privacy of their homes as compared to previous years as highlighted by the terrible ordeal which Loke and his parents went through early this morning.


I call on the new Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar to seriously grapple with this new phenomenon in Malaysia where crime index falls but Malaysians feel even more unsafe in many areas. I had invited public responses to the question: “Crime index down but do you feel safer?” on my twitter, facebook and blog, and the following are some of the responses: Twitter:
  • Robbery on going in my housing area for the past few weeks. If we are safe, there won’t be any gated community.
  • KL, never felt more unsafe
  • Safe? Even Police are not pro-active when suspicious activity is being reported to them.
  • i dun feel safe. scary to see so many crimes still unsolved
  • definitely still not safe. My security committee had 2publicise tat dey caught a robber 2get funds4 guards
  • penang – 10 police doing roadblocks, hide behind trees, lanes in the dark – how2 be safe? when they ought to do more rounds
  • YB Uncle, nobody is safe if we don’t do anything. Our security are depending on Nepal guard. Is that the way make us safer?
  • No, sir, I definitely don’t feel safe walking/driving on our streets!
  • We are worse off. Can someone suggest that those security fee to guard our house be exempted from income tax?
  • sir, I’m sure u know the stats were manipulated. My cousin had accident, made police report but got scolded by police instead.
  • thanks and NO I do not feel safe walking in Brickfields as even at day time there are snatch thefts and at night there are parang gangs walking around. Have experienced both. Like in UK the Govt must put in place safer measures to fight crime, not only increase police n patrols( which has been done but no success ) but also “talking cameras” where victims can be warned off, the observers must respond if crime is to be reduced
  • Blog:
  • All of us will have to hire security guards from Indonesia. Give them more jobs! When police cannot protect you, you need to protect yourself, with guns.
  • Crime index has not come down. William Cheng commented in today’s Oriental Daily News that in order to create a false picture that crime index has come down, police refused to entertain victims who came forward to lodge reports. These poor victims were being “pushed” to go from one police station to another until they got tired and gave up lodging the report.
  • When the people complained about the high crime rate in the country not so long ago, the Govt. said it was a matter of perception. Now we are being told that the crime index has come down. Can we say that it is also a matter of perception? With more and more neighbourhood hiring security personnel to look after the safety of the residents, how can we say that the security situation has improved? Worse, we have also to contend with hordes of foreign criminals.
  • Facebook
  • of cos not! a auntie was just killed in a plotted robbery in front of her house early in the morning going to work recently at my kampung!
  • I feel cheaper…..my life is getting cheaper every time..just waiting for the day the robbers make their way into my life..sigh…
  • the highest crime ratio in SEA is really Malaysia. Robberies, rapes,murders almost happen every second.. Where we have big robbers like Umnoputras robbing the country’s coffers, the small one also follow their big brothers’ footsteps..
Last Thursday, the new IGP unveiled his vision, the “4P” plan, for the police to deliver more efficient services to the public – proactive, protective, performance-oriented and people-oriented. As a first step, he should prove this “4P” plan is meaningful to Malaysians, visitors, tourists and investors in ensuring a safer country to work, live and play where official announcements of falling crime index is greeted with public acclaim rather than public cynicism because there is no match between the fall in crime index as announced and the public feeling more safe from crime than before, whether for person or property.

Can civil servants and BTN officials make incendiary, racist and insensitive statements going against Najib’s 1Malaysia concept and ...

Can civil servants and BTN officials make incendiary, racist and insensitive statements going against Najib’s 1Malaysia concept and claim as protection that they are personal views made in private functions?

Biro Tata Negara (BTN) deputy director Hamim Husain today lodged a police report at Sentul district police headquarters against news portal, The Malaysian Insider, and one of its journalists over an article that claimed that he had uttered racist remarks. Hamim refused to comment when quizzed by the press as he left the police station, and declined to reveal the contents of his police report. Instead, he merely recited the al-Fatihah and prayed for Muslim unity outside the police station. Hamim has added salt to injury and compounded his utter contempt for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia concept. Is the BTN committed to Muslim unity or the 1Malaysia and Malaysian unity? Hamim was accompanied by the Perkasa youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah when he went to the Sentul police station to lodge the report and acted as his spokesman.

Arman Azha said that the police report against The Malaysian Insider and one of its reporters was lodged because the reporter had misinterpreted Hamim’s statement and had sneaked into a closed-door programme that was organised by Puteri Umno. Two questions immediately raised are:
  1. Can civil servants and BTN officials make incendiary, racist and insensitive statements going against Najib’s 1Malaysia concept and claim as protection that they are personal views made in private functions?
  2. Has the BTN Director-General and the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan given approval to Hamim to lodge the police report under the patronage of Perkasa? Isn’t this another gross breach of civil service discipline?
Up to now, there has been no denial of the Malaysian Insider report that Hamim had in a closed-door Puteri Umno function last week referred to the Chinese and Indian communities as “Si Mata Sepet” (“Squinty-eyed”) and “Si Botol” (“Alcoholics”) respectively when asking Puteri Umno members to approach the non-Malays for votes. The excuse is that these are the personal views of Hamim and that they were made in a closed-door private function of Puteri Umno. Perkasa has taken the ridiculous stand that Hamim is not wrong with what he said as it was said during a private closed-door function. Malaysians can ignore Perkasa but they are entitled to know whether it is acceptable and permissible if any of the UMNO Ministers had made the same remarks about “Si Mata Sepet” and “Si Botol” against the Chinese and Indian communities in private Umno or even private government functions? Over the weekend, the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan had issued a general service circular to heads of departments instructing departmental heads to stop their officers from making statements touching on racial and religious sensitivities. But Mohd Sidek’s warning that the government would not allow any action and conduct by a small number of the 1.2 million civil servants in the country contrary to the racial harmony forged by public officers as implementers of government policies had been like water down ducks back, “going into the right ear and coming straight out of the left ear” as illustrated Hamim’s action today – which is both an open defiance and contempt for the Chief Secretary’s circular. This has compounded public disaffection at the total lack of political will and procrastination of the Najib premiership to take action against errant civil servants, not only against Hamim but also the two school principals although it is now 53 days since the first offence was committed by the Kulaijaya headmistress with her incendiary, racist and insensitive remarks against students in school. The Cabinet cannot pass the buck of political responsibility to curb such anti-1Malaysia misconduct by public servants. The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Unity and Performance Management) Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, when announcing yesterday that he would skip the Penang Gerakan EGM this Sunday because he would be attending the MCA AGM, had pledged to push for stern action against anyone, including politicians and civil servants, who make racist remarks. Koh should realize that he had been responsible for the Cabinet portfolio of national unity since April last year, but never before as in the past 18 months had national unity in Malaysia been so under intense and escalating attack by the rhetoric of racial bigotry and religious extremism – all emanating internally from the Barisan Nasional and the bureaucracy! Koh should ensure that the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday produces action to demonstrate that the Ministers have the political will to penalise Hamim and the two principals concerned and do not allow them to defy Najib’s 1Malaysia concept with impunity.

Umno panics and does a u-turn

It looks like I have caught them with their pants down. They scream, rant and rave that I am too chicken to return to Malaysia. And then, when I call their bluff and say that I shall return, they panic and start raising all sorts of issues, which you can read in the piece below.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

For more than a year various Umno people plus the Umno blogs and websites have been calling me a coward, traitor, etc., for staying in the UK and for not coming home to Malaysia to face trial. In spite of the fact that there are no outstanding charges against me or any warrants of arrest (although the government can, if it wishes, file new charges against me) they insist of calling me a fugitive. Even as recent as today Nazri Aziz tells us that he guarantees me my safety if I were to return to Malaysia.

The most vicious of these many Umno websites is Malaysia Instinct. And in response to their appeals for me to return I indicated that I am prepared to do so and also indicated that I shall be at the UCL at 1.00pm on Saturday, 2nd October 2010, to meet the Malaysian High Commissioner to discuss my return to Malaysia.

Well, the High Commissioner never turned up and Malaysia Instinct now raises questions as to why I want to return to Malaysia. I thought it is they who wanted me to return so the reason I am returning to Malaysia is because they want me to do so. And now that I have said I am prepared to return they question me as to why I want to do so and make all sorts of allegations of bad faith on my part.

It looks like I have caught them with their pants down. They scream, rant and rave that I am too chicken to return to Malaysia. And then, when I call their bluff and say that I shall return, they panic and start raising all sorts of issues, which you can read in the piece below.

Thats why.! Never c hallenge someone to a duel. You never know whether they will accept the challenge. And after more than a year of challenging me and calling me all sorts of names they panic and do a u-turn when I accept the challenge to return to Malaysia.

Podah! These Umno people are all talk and no guts. They are brave when it is a big group against a small group and when they have the police giving them protection. But when it is one-to-one, suddenly their balls shrink.

Now you know why I despise these Umno Malays so much. I regard them just like dog shit stuck to the sole of my shoes. I would rather touch a pig than these people. That is how defiled they are.

*****************************************

RPK Hints That He Is Willing to Switch Side For A Good Pay

By Farrah Deebah, Malaysia Instinct

Much has been said about RPKs warning towards Anwar that he will not be supporting PKR should the party failed to fulfill their promise to the rakyat.

Some say that this is just another Tamil drama by RPK, Anwar and PKR. Some say that RPK is beginning to sway away from PKR with the hope that he will be treated leniently by the Malaysians authority and law should he come back home.

Some look at RPKs statement as an effort to divert the peoples attention from the most embarrassing PKR party election ever. Some say that RPK is really coming to his senses and is seriously thinking about making amendments with the government of Malaysia.

Being in close contact with RPKs connections, I tend to look at his statement as a declaration of guilt.

By making the statement, RPK is directly admitting that he has always been a tool of Anwar and PKR and all the enemies of the country. He is also indirectly admitting that all or some of these parties have been paying him well just to tarnish Malaysia and our PMs image and reputation.

RPK is actually hinting that he is willing to sway back to BN anytime by giving the most predictable reason, that! PKR has lost its credibility. With this, RPK hopes to portray a clean and devout image of himself being the real truth seeker.

Well, the government is not going to fall for that, though RPKs followers - the dumb liberal Malays, most probably will.

Every time we talk about RPK or talk to RPK, we must not forget that he is mentally not very stable. He constantly wants to be the center of attention and when he managed to achieve that, he would be carried away with his fantasies, sinking in his own stories, scripts and imagination.

He is proud for his lies and excited to see the after affect on peoples lives or the country. He is proud for having brought so much trouble to everybody.

I am not very sure why RPK suddenly wants to come home though I did hear that its because he is repenting. But I dont see RPK as a man capable of repent. He is way too insane to be capable of such humane emotion and act. I dont think that his sons cries for him to come home managed to touch his heart either.

RPK is an egoist, which made him not very smart. Egoist often makes a fool of himself, thats for sure. RPK is not the type who says sorry, forgive me, my fault and all those.

If RPK is really coming home and turning away from Anwar and PKR, it must be because he is having some sort of problem with his organizer or master and has no place to go for real money.

Or perhaps, RPK is trying to get his ass into UMNO and the government as a double agent. He wants to try writing or lying for both sides, get information for both sides and being paid by both sides.

What else do we expect from a man with no real job? How would he support his ugly wife and their luxurious lifestyle if he stopped writing lies? This guy wont stop lying, never! Thats for sure. So, whatever he does, he does it with a cruel intention just to get paid well enough for him to continue living the way he does.

If RPK ever came back to Malaysia, nobody should risk giving him a second chance. Hes a gone! case, a broken man, a lost soul. If he didnt come back and we cannot take him to court, thats fine with us. Just let him rot in London. Who cares!


Letter & Opinion From Joe Public

New IGP must seriously grapple with the new Malaysian phenomenon where crime index falls but Malaysians feel even more unsafe!

DAP Member of Parliament for Rasah and Negri Sembilan State Assemblyman for Lobak Anthony Loke, who is also DAPSY National chief, was the latest victim of crime when he was rudely awakened early this morning by five parang-wielding robbers who broke into his Seremban home and tied him up, along with his elderly parents.The 4am incident took place after the robbers cut through the front door lock, and woke the occupants in the double-storey terrace house in Taman Yoon Chan, Seremban hitherto quite crime-free but no more safe.Recently, both the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had made great play about the successful NKRA on crime reduction, claiming that there have been a drastic drop in the crime rate with improvement of the crime index since January this year.However, up and down the country, ordinary Malaysians do not feel this dividend of fall of crime index in their daily lives as they do not feel comparatively safer in the streets, public places or privacy of their homes as compared to previous years as highlighted by the terrible ordeal which Loke and his parents went through early this morning.

I call on the new Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar to seriously grapple with this new phenomenon in Malaysia where crime index falls but Malaysians feel even more unsafe in many areas.I had invited public responses to the question: Crime index down but do you feel safer? on my twitter, facebook and blog, and the following are some of the responses:Twitter:
  • Robbery on going in my housing area for the past few weeks. If we are safe, there wont be any gated community.
  • KL, never felt more unsafe
  • Safe? Even Police are not pro-active when suspicious activity is being reported to them.
  • i dun feel safe. scary to see so many crimes still unsolved
  • definitely still not safe. My security committee had 2publicise tat dey caught a robber 2get funds4 guards
  • penang 10 police doing roa! dblocks, hide behind trees, lanes in the dark how2 be safe? when they ought to do more rounds
  • YB Uncle, nobody is safe if we dont do anything. Our security are depending on Nepal guard. Is that the way make us safer?
  • No, sir, I definitely dont feel safe walking/driving on our streets!
  • We are worse off. Can someone suggest that those security fee to guard our house be exempted from income tax?
  • sir, Im sure u know the stats were manipulated. My cousin had accident, made police report but got scolded by police instead.
  • thanks and NO I do not feel safe walking in Brickfields as even at day time there are snatch thefts and at night there are parang gangs walking around. Have experienced both. Like in UK the Govt must put in place safer measures to fight crime, not only increase police n patrols( which has been done but no success ) but also talking cameras where victims can be warned off, the observers must respond if crime is to be reduced
  • Blog:
  • All of us will have to hire security guards from Indonesia. Give them more jobs! When police cannot protect you, you need to protect yourself, with guns.
  • Crime index has not come down. William Cheng commented in todays Oriental Daily News that in order to create a false picture that crime index has come down, police refused to entertain victims who came forward to lodge reports. These poor victims were being pushed to go from one police station to another until they got tired and gave up lodging the report.
  • When the people complained about the high crime rate in the country not so long ago, the Govt. said it was a matter of perception. Now we are being told that the crime index has come down. Can we say that it is also a matter of perception? With more and more neighbourhood hiring security personnel to look after the safety of the residents, how can we say that the security situation has improved? Worse, we have also to contend with hordes of foreign criminals.
  • Facebook
  • of cos not! a auntie was just ! killed i n a plotted robbery in front of her house early in the morning going to work recently at my kampung!
  • I feel cheaper..my life is getting cheaper every time..just waiting for the day the robbers make their way into my life..sigh
  • the highest crime ratio in SEA is really Malaysia. Robberies, rapes,murders almost happen every second..Where we have big robbers like Umnoputras robbing the countrys coffers, the small one also follow their big brothers footsteps..
Last Thursday, the new IGP unveiled his vision, the 4P plan, for the police to deliver more efficient services to the public proactive, protective, performance-oriented and people-oriented.As a first step, he should prove this 4P plan is meaningful to Malaysians, visitors, tourists and investors in ensuring a safer country to work, live and play where official announcements of falling crime index is greeted with public acclaim rather than public cynicism because there is no match between the fall in crime index as announced and the public feeling more safe from crime than before, whether for person or property.

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PKR: The Good Side, Now the Unexpected Side

October 4, 2010

Editorial

PKR: Democracys a very fragile thing. You have to take care of Democracy.

PKR took great pride in holding its first direct election for party posts, a practice never seen in other political parties. But it turned out to be a shameful show of democracy turned topsy-turvy. In several divisions, the elections descended into rowdy scenes, which do not bode well for a party aiming to capture the heartbeat of the nation in the next general election. Vandalism, verbal abuse and balloting irregularities were the order of the day, causing some divisions to postpone their AGMs and division polls. What went wrong?

Poor Preparations

In large measure, the blame can be pinned on poor preparations. PKR was all heady when it spoke about its transparent democratic voting process but gave little thought to the reality on the ground. The party should have realised that with 400,000 members in its fold, it would not be an easy walk in the park to carry out direct elections without encountering daunting hurdles along the way. But perhaps blinded by over-confidence and creeping hubris, the top leaders did not see the need to sort out the nitty-gritty of an electoral process, especially when the nationwide operation involved massive infrastructural and logistical problems. Perhaps, PKR assumed that its right-thinking members will do a mature job or that alls well that ends well.

PKR should have mobilised an army of workers from both camps contenders and incumbents to oversee the smooth running of the operation. But shockingly it failed to do so. Unsupervised, the field was left wide open to gross abuse: voters were intimidated, ballot boxes were switched or broken, phantom voters were brought in, votes were rigg! ed, name s had gone missing, bankrupts had been allowed to jump into the ring.

Violence

Worse still, violence erupted in several divisions: in one incident, a candidate vying for the chief post was beaten up by a well-known medical doctor although it was denied. In another division, groups of men wreaked havoc when they smashed the ballot boxes, chairs and tables in a thuggery attempt to disrupt the meeting. It also defies logic when only one election official was sent to collect election fees from thousands of eligible voters. As a result, many were left out of the democratic loop because they could not produce the official receipts to cast their votes.

If PKR had done its homework properly, it would have ensured that things would have proceeded smoothly. Election fees could have been collected and receipts issued well in advance of polling day. The list of candidates could have been vetted thoroughly and kept safe in some strong vaults of the PKR headquarters. Bigger halls could have been rented to accommodate the large crowds.

Volunteers or even the police could have been roped in to keep out mischief makers and disqualified candidates and keep in eligible voters. The grassroots members should have been left in peace to perform their democratic duty. Sadly, PKR missed the golden opportunity to prove that the party can conduct free and fair elections.

Anwar Ibrahim, Zaid Ibrahim and Azmin Ali

The fingers must also be pointed at seasoned politicians like Anwar Ibrahim who have created an unhealthy

The Big 4: Anwar Ibrahim, Khalid Ibrahim, Azmin Ali and Zaid Ibrahm

climate with their partisan politics. The whole world knows that Anwar is all for Azmin Ali in the latters quest for the number two spot in the party hierarchy. And the w! hole wor ld knows that Zaid Ibrahim, the other title chaser, is out in the cold and the target of character assassination. It is an open secret that the intense rivalry between these two political pugilists has spilled into the divisional contests and fuelled the squabbles between the followers of the two factions. When the ballot box is defiled, democracy is thrown out of the window.

PKR Image is tarnished

PKR is in the dock in this show trial. How it performs is crucial to its chances of forming the next federal government. But the party which took the national stage by storm in 2008 is showing all the classic symptoms of the UMNO malady internal spats, political skullduggery, factionalism, smear campaigns, back-stabbing, unrestrained greed for power and glory.

This is not a promising development for Anwars child for the child is already becoming wayward and ill-mannered. Suddenly, the scales have dropped and people are seeing the true colours of PKR. If the party cannot put its own house in order, it cannot claim the right to put the whole country into better shape.www.freemalaysiatoday.com


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Keng Yaik to quit as Gerakan adviser, disappointed in Tsu Koon


UPDATED KUALA LUMPUR (Star) - Gerakan adviser and former president Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik will write in and resign as the party adviser on Tuesday.

He said he was disappointed with the way president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon handled the conflicts in the party.

"He is someone who hates getting involved in solving conflicts for fear of offending people," he told reporters at a press conference on Wawasan Open University's inaugural convocation here Monday.

Koh - ostrich behaviorHe said Dr Koh's attitude of speaking no evil and burying his head in the sand had brought about many problems in the party.

Im very sad as the adviser and the former party president for 27 years.

Maybe my outburst will shake him up but I dont think so.

What is the point of becoming the adviser when the president doesnt listen to you? So Im going to resign, he said.

He also lambasted Dr Koh for choosing not to attend the Penang Gerakan extraordinary general meeting on Oct 10 in favour of attending the opening of MCA annual general meeting on the same day.

How can he not go for the EGM and try to solve the problem? How can he go to MCA? It shows the priority is all wrong.

In all my years as the party president, I had sent my deputy (president) and secretary-general to represent me at Umno, MCA and MIC assemblies.

You (Dr Koh) are more needed to solve problems in Gerakan than doing PR practice, he said.

Dr Koh had said his decision would not cause any impact on the running of the meeting. called to institute a vote of no confidence against state chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan.

The EGM was called following the failure of the party leadership to persuade a group of members to withdraw their request to table a v! ote of n o confidence against Dr Teng.

Dr Teng, 64, is also party vice-president and a former four-term assemblyman. He is a close ally of Dr Koh and one of the three leaders identified as a potential chief minister before the last general election.

Dr Lim said the Penang Gerakan leadership crisis, which saddened him and made his heart bleed, was started by a few disgruntled members.

One or two party leaders in Penang are assessing the situation of the conflict, not knowing whether they will get to be the Penang Gerakan chief but simply trying to test the waters, he said, adding that Dr Koh must take responsibility for the chaos in the party.

When asked who were the party leaders in Penang he was referring to, Dr Lim said: You have to guess for yourself.

Dr Lim said there was no such need to call for the meeting as the party election would be held next year.

If you are dissatisfied with him (Dr Teng), you just have to wait until next year.

There is no need to hold the EGM, he said.

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