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Press conference Anwar sex tape

  • Yesterday morning, while trying to evade an attack from a Murai Batu in my orchards, I slipped and fell. The bird just came out of nowhere while I was inspecting my orchard. I guess it was protecting its nest somewhere nearby. My back hurts like hell with shooting pains going down my legs. It is so bad that I cant stand up without assistance and walk with a bad limb. With the pain in my back, I had to take a flight to Karachi to meet my Takaful clients here. It is most inconvenient and painful. Now I know what kind of pain Anwar felt with his back problem.

  • Upon checking into Sheraton Karachi I scanned the online media and was shocked to read about the press conference where it was alleged that someone that looks like Anwar was caught on camera having sex in what appears to be a sleazy motel room. The timing of the PC and its subsequent release of the video in the parliament lobby within several hours shows that it is a well coordinated effort and I wonder whether it has anything to do with the Sarawak State Assembly dissolution.

  • A friend who is a doctor in APSH called me half an hour ago which led me to write this post. I think it does not take a genius to figure out the conclusion. The answer lies within the following questions:

  • It looks like Anwar, is it really Anwar? Remember Lingam.
  • If it is Anwar, would he do it in a sleazy hotel room in town?
  • Anwar is a public figure. If he were ever to walk into a hotel room, everyone will know. Wouldnt it be news since Feb 21st
  • It was reported that Anwar asked Dato T to look for his missing watch. If indeed Anwar did it in a sleazy hotel would he had asked a third party to look for the watch? Knowing that he has many enemies and many convenient friends, would he take the chance?
  • Who i! s Dato T ? Is it Dato Tee Pooh!
  • The release of the video was well coordinated. How come?

  • I keep my answers to myself and it is entirely up to the readers to decide what do they think. Obviously the news release is to remove the glue that bind PR coalition and weakened Anwar influence among the semi urban and rural folks.

  • In the meantime, I am surprised that the video has not gone into YouTube yet. I wonder why?

  • Confirm, Anwar Berada di Tempat Lain pada 21Februari 2010

    NOTA EDITOR: Reaksi pertama Anwar Ibrahim adalah mendedahkan bukti keberadaan beliau pada 21 Februari 2011. Anwar Ibrahim ada merakam tweet yang menunjukkan beliau tidak berada di Carcossa. nampaknya percubaan Najib sekali lagi gagal.

    Anwar : Video Seks Fitnah Diselaras Pada Peringkat Tertinggi
    Monday, 21 March 2011 | Ruangan: Berita

    PETALING JAYA 21 Mac : Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengemukakan bukti awal dalam menolak dakwaan fitnah beliau kononnya dirakam mengadakan hubungan seks dengan seorang wanita di sebuah hotel di Kuala Lumpur pada 21 Febuari lalu.

    Anwar menegaskan beliau mempunyai rekod membuktikan pada hari kejadian itu didakwa berlaku, beliau mengemaskini maklumat di Twitternya dan berada di rumah bersama isteri, anggota keluarga lain termasuk cucunya dan kakitangan yang bekerja untuk beliau.

    Tarikh adalah 21 Feb. Saya ada tweet ketika itu yang dikaitkan dengan waktu tersebut kata Anwar.

    Supaya takut digodam, saya lindungi twitter dan Facebook saya, tambah Anwar.

    Beliau menyifatkan video seks yang didedahkan pagi tadi sebagai fitnah yang diselaraskan pada peringkat tertinggi.

    Anwar menegaskan beliau akan membuat laporan polis bersabit video itu pagi esok di Ibu Pejabat Polis Dang Wangi.

    Tindakan mengundang pertubuhan media tertentu untuk menyaksikan video berkenaan diselaraskan pada peringkat tertinggi,tegas Anwar.

    Beliau berkata, dalam video itu mempunyai sokongan langsung pihak berkuasa dan membabitkan polis cawangan khas serta penggunaan peralatan canggih.

    Anwar juga berkata orang yang dirakam melakukan persetubuhan itu jelas mempunyai perut yang jauh lebih besar berbanding beliau

    Saya belum lihat lagi dan saya tidak tahu siapa (disebalik video itu. Atau samada ianya telah diedarkan. Perut lebih buncit daripada saya.

    Saya minta kepimpinan PKR supaya tidak terperangkap dengan politik kotor. Tumpu perhatian u! ntuk Sar awak, tambah Anwar.

    Anwar dengan senyum bangun pada sidang media untuk membolehkan jurukamera mengambil gambar perutnya.

    Anwar percaya video fitnah itu mempunyai hubung kait dengan kempen Umno-Barisan Nasional untuk mencari kelebihan pada pilihanraya Sarawak.

    Mereka cari alasan baru sebab DUN sarawak mahu dibubarkan. Kita lawan, tegas Anwar.

    Dalam pada itu isteri Anwar, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail menyifatkan video itu sebagai fitnah terbaru yang mempunyai agenda politik.

    Saya rasa terkejut kerana mahu saya letak jawatan. Apa yang saya buat? Ini motif politik, jelas Presiden PKR itu yang hadir bersama pemimpin parti lain pada sidang media itu.

    Klip video itu ditayangkan untuk pihak media yang terpilih pagi tadi di hotel Seri Carcosa Negara di ibu negara. Wartawan menonton video selama 21 minit itu secara bergilir mengikut kumpulan.

    Questions abound over sex tape

    For the second time in about four years, the country is abuzz over a sex tape allegedly depicting a prominent politician. This time round, the unveiling of the video was shrouded in mystery. It was revealed to only a select group of news organisations at a posh hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

    While the majority of journalists who viewed the video are almost certain of the identity of the politician, many questions remain.

    Who is 'Datuk T'?

    The person who organised the screening only wants to be identified as 'Datuk T' and he was very cautious about revealing anything more about himself. However, it is certain that Datuk T had meticulously planned the event today and had booked a room at the posh Carcosa Seri Negara costing RM1,350 to hold the screening. He was always accompanied by two bodyguards and refused to reveal anything when approached, just sticking to the points raised in a written statement given to the press. Neither did Datuk T reveal anything about his relationship with the politician depicted in the video.

    He claimed the politician was at a hotel where the tryst took place on Feb 21 and lost his luxury watch in the hotel room. "I was asked to search for the watch in the room," said Datuk T in the statement, without revealing when the search took place, who ordered the search and why he was there. Datuk T said he found the video recording equipment in the room during the search and wants the politician and his wife to quit politics because there is evidence that immoral acts were committed.

    He refused to provide his contact details and instead collected business cards from reporters present, promising to contact them in the future with updates.

    Where did it happen?

    The small hotel ro! om was d epicted in the video appeared to be on the lower end of the scale. An air-conditioning unit could clearly be seen, when even a three-star hotel would be equipped with central air-conditioning. There are doubts as to whether the seasoned opposition leader depicted in the video would settle for a less distinguished establishment where security is slack.

    When did it happen?

    The time-stamp on the video clip begins at 10.23pm and ends at 10.45pm on Feb 21, 2011. The alleged politician is understood to have attended a full-day function on that day. Questions are being raised as to whether he was still "capable" or "energetic" enough for a late-night romp. Based on what was depicted in the video, the politician was very vigorous at the tail-end of the act.

    Could the politician really pull it off?

    There are also questions on whether the politician, who is known for having back problems, was physically fit to perform the act in multiple positions. Towards the tail-end of the act, the couple changed positions, with the woman lying on her back while the politician performed sexual intercourse facing her while kneeling and straddling.

    "The person depicted in the video doesn't look like he has a back problem," said the Malaysiakini journalist who was at the video screening today.

    Why isn't it made public?

    If the purpose of the video is to embarrass the said politician, it would be strange that the video has not been made available to the general public, as in the case of Dr Chua Soi Lek back in December 2007. Now, the public, the media and experts have no opportunity to scrutinise the veracity of the video and merely have to rely on accounts from journalists.

    Why was it announced now?

    One of the most anticipated events today was formal announcement of the Sarawak state legislative assembly being dissolved. However, this event has been overshadowed by video clip. There is little doubt t! hat the controlled screening of the video was meticulously timed ahead of the Sarawak polls, in which the opposition aims to mount its most serious effort in history to challenge BN there.

    Given that the alleged act took place on Feb 21, the video could have been released earlier.- Andrew Ong


    'Banyak persoalan mengenai video seks'


    On BFM: Voter Rights and Education

    21 March, 2011 By PusatRakyatLB aka Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights (MCCHR)

    LoyarBurokkers Edmund Bon and Fahri Azzat were on BFM today to speak about voters rights and education, amidst LoyarBuroks latest efforts: Ops PISANG, Pusat Rakyat LB (Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights), and UndiMalaysia!

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    Anwar : I'm not the man in the sex video....

    Anwar Ibrahim has categorically denied that he is the person in the alleged sex video that was exposed this morning.

    He described the allegation as "lies" coordinated by those at the highest level of authority.

    Anwar said he was at home with his staff, wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, children and grandchildren at the time the video was allegedly recorded.

    He said he had updated his Twitter at that time, which would prove that he is not the person in the video.

    A smiling Anwar said that the person in the video had a "much bigger stomach" compared to him. He even stood up to let reporters take photographs of his abdomen.

    "I don't know the source (of the video) and who (Datuk T) is. He asked me and Wan Azizah to step down within one week. His motive is clear." Wan Azizah and other PKR leaders were with Anwar at the press conference held at PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya.


    Who is Datuk T and what is his game?


    Sodomi dah, agen Yahudi dah dan kini video seks pula dah.....

    Setelah gagal dengan projek Fitnah II apabila mahkamah menolak DNA yang dicuri, BN didakwa cuba menghancurkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dengan video yang didakwa palsu. Peguam yang juga naib presiden PKR, Sivarasa Rasiah dalam Twitternya secara langsung menghalakan serangannya kepada Presiden Umno, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

    "Setelah gagal dengan projek fitnah II, Datuk Seri Najib mengubah hala serangannya. Video yang ditokok tambah mula disebarkan hari ini," tulis Sivarasa dalam Twitternya.

    Hari ini, tiga kumpulan wartawan ditayangkan video seks yang didakwa antara Anwar dengan seorang wanita Cina yang dikatakan dirakam di sebuah bilik hotel. Ia ditayangkan di hotel mewah, Carcosa Sri Negara pagi ini di depan kumpulan para wartawan kumpulan demi kumpulan. Berikutan itu, pihak yang mendedahkan rakaman tersebut mendesak ahli politik berkenaan meletak jawatan dalam tempoh seminggu jika tidak mahu klip video didedahkan kepada umum.

    Berdasarkan modus operandinya, tekanan ini dikenakan kepada Anwar agar beliau berundur dari politik dan jangan mengganggu gugat kepimpinan BN yang ada. Jika Anwar bersetuju berundur, video ini dikatakan tidak akan dilepaskan kepada umum. Selain tekanan ini, beberapa siri tekanan lain juga dikatakan akan terus dikenakan ke atas Anwar sehingga beliau berhenti dari memberikan gugatan kepada pemimpin BN yang ada.

    Harakahdaily pernah dimaklumkan perkara ini sebelum ini. Ketika dibincangkan dengan beberapa pemimpin kanan PAS, mereka yakin, tekanan terhadap Anwar sudah terlalu berlebihan untuk memusnahkan beliau.

    "Ia sudah over done," kata seorang pemimpin kanan PAS.

    Video seks

    Pagi ini, wartawan menonton video selama 20 minit itu secara bergilir mengikut! kumpula n. Menurut laporan media, klip video itu lebih jelas daripada rakaman video presiden MCA Dr Chua Soi Lek yang juga dirakam melakukan hubungan seks dengan seorang wanita di sebuah hotel di Batu Pahat dan diedarkan sekitar Disember 2007.

    Wartawan yang telah menyaksikan video itu berkata lelaki dalam video itu kelihatan seperti pemimpin utama pembangkang tersebut. Wartawan kanan dan editor akhbar dari Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times dan Berita Harian adalah kumpulan pertama yang melihat klip tetapi enggan mengulasnya ketika ditanya mengenainya.

    Wartawan juga diminta menyerahkan semua alat-alat elektronik seperti telefon bimbit dan kamera serta pen mereka dan buku nota mereka. Mereka seterusnya diminta memakai jubah atas pakaian mereka sebelum mereka dibenarkan masuk ke bilik rakaman tersebut ditayangkan.

    Kumpulan kedua pula terdiri daripada wartawan The Malaysian Insider, Free Malaysia Today, dan seorang editor kanan dari agensi berita nasional, Bernama. AFP telah diberitahu bahawa rakaman video tersebut akan ditayangkan kepada media antarabangsa pada jam 2 petang ini.

    BN sangat tersepit

    "BN mesti sangat tersepit. Mereka fikir boleh musnahkan DSAI dan Pakatan dengan video palsu," tulis Sivarasa yang juga anggota Parlimen Subang lagi.

    Pengarah Perhubungan PKR, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad dalam twitter juga mengulas isu itu.

    "Fitnah 1 gagal. Agen asing gagal. Fitnah II sedang gagal. Sekarang, video," tulis beliau dalam Twitternya.

    Anggota Parlimen dari PAS dari Titiwangsa, Dr Lo' Lo' Mohamad Ghazali juga memberikan ulasan dalam Twitternya. "Apa nak jadi negara kita. Orang lain sibuk nak bina semula negara yang musnah, kita sibuk nak musnahkan maruah dan kredibiliti pemimpin. Fitnah bawa punah pada semua," kata beliau.

    source:harakah daily

    "Video Lucah" Bakal Ganti Liwat Fasa 2??

    'Rakaman aksi seks pemimpin utama pembangkang?'

    'Pakatan denies man in sex video is Anwar'

    'Anwar's enemies release doctored video of him with female prostitute'

    Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Jika datang kepada kamu seorang fasik membawa sesuatu berita, maka selidikilah (untuk menentukan) kebenarannya, supaya kamu tidak menimpakan sesuatu kaum dengan perkara yang tidak diingini - dengan sebab kejahilan kamu (mengenainya) - sehingga menjadikan kamu menyesali apa yang kamu telah lakukan. - Al-Hujurat:6.

    O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.-Al-Hujraat:6


    Of Faust And The Doctrine Of Proportionality

    21 March, 2011 By Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

    Of all the criticisms leveled by civil society against the Governments unity programmes, and in particular 1Malaysia, it is the complaint that these appear to be aimed at achieving nothing more than superficial change that rings truest. Over the two-plus years of the latest round of rhetoric, it has become painfully obvious that the Government seems more fixated on the appearance of togetherness, a face-lift as it were, than entrenching the core values that will engender unity organically.Were it otherwise, not only would Malaysians have been given that much more to chew on than the current round of slogans and media campaigns, they would also have been shown in a more concrete fashion how it is the Government proposes to tackle those divisive issues in society that are the direct cause of disunity.The recent controversy surrounding the seizure of Malay language bibles in Kuching is illustrative. To most of us, the issue of Malay language bibles is not an issue at all. The English translation of the Al-Quran is after all freely available in this country as are other religious texts and this has caused no difficulties. I do not think the wider community of Muslims even has a difficulty with the free circulation of these Bibles. And for those who have advanced views in opposition, I wonder whether they would hold to their views if the issue was put across squarely, and fairly, to them.Yet, for reasons that are not readily discernible, Malay language versions of the Bible are considered to be so great a threat to public order and tranquility that they warrant intervention by the Government. I say not readily discernible because thus far no coherent explanation has been offered for the seizure of the Bibles. Even if, as one view put forward suggests, the translated bibles contain the word Allah, it is not apparent how this in itself would transform the ! bibles f rom what they are into the seemingly toxic missives that the proponents of seizure, confiscation and banning suggest that they are. The idea that they would offend an order of court preserving status quo pending the appeal by the Government against the decision of the High Court allowing the use of the word "Allah" by the Herald is laughable.It is telling that the Government did not readily and unequivocally side with the free circulation of the bibles. The belated declaration that the bibles would be released for circulation, though welcome, is as solid an indication as any that the Government continues to place its own political interests above its duty to serve the interests of the nation as an impartial honours-broker. That many ask whether the same outcome would have been arrived at if elections were not imminent in Sarawak is indication enough much more has to be done for there to be widespread confidence in this Government.I am glad that Minister Idris Jala recognized that the release of the bibles was "a reasonable compromise in managing the polarities of views between Christians and Muslims in the country". In underscoring the equal significance of the views of stakeholders other than Muslims, it is a step in direction this nation should be taking. Having said that, more has to be done to recognize that no matter the intention, the posturing of the Government over this issue and others like it, including the way in which the controversy over the use of the word "Allah" was managed, have deeply insulted the Christian community.They are not alone. Other religious communities have had their own share of experiences that have left them uncertain as to whether they can rely on the Government to secure their own interests. This was the primary reason that representative organizations of the various faith groups cooperated to propose the establishment of a statutory Interfaith Commission in 2005. It goes without saying that the summary dismissal by the Government of the idea, a! nd the s ubsequent demonization of the proposal by some government related agencies only entrenched the fears of these communities that majoritarianism would define the state of things to come.The way forward, as indicated by Minister Idris Jala, is to balance competing interests equally and on a level playing field. That is the primary function of Government, to secure the public space for the benefit of all citizens. It is a role set by the distribution of power under the Federal Constitution, a key feature of which are the fundamental liberties of citizens. Ironically, it is to avoid the controversies that have plagued us this past decade that these freedoms were embedded by the founders. That they have become the reason for controversy only goes to show how far our system of governance has been skewed.Every citizen has the guaranteed right to express him or herself as well as to form associations amongst themselves, whether religious or otherwise. Parliament can encroach into these freedoms only where Parliament believes it necessary to safeguard public order or the security of the nation. The threat contemplated must be real and one borne out by our context, and not one of a hypothetical nature. It is not enough for Parliament or the Executive to say that we think it may be a problem if such and such a publication were permitted to be circulated. There must be a basis for Parliament or the Executive to form a conclusion that unless circulation is prohibited, there will be a disturbance to public order. Further, even if such a threat were real, then the manner in which the Executive is permitted to intervene must be proportional to the threat. A bazooka need not be used to kill a mosquito.The doctrine of proportionality is a cornerstone of our constitutional arrangement where governance is concerned. It is aimed at ensuring that all of us feel equally welcomed in this nation. Unfortunately, for a long while, the doctrine was all but forgotten. In recent times, it has begun to make a reappearance in our cou! rts thro ugh the efforts of civil society in its unflagging campaign for a more inclusive and just society.It cannot however be left only to civil society and the courts. This is a matter that affects us all in one way or the other, and the Government must take the lead. This is however where the impasse is. It is a painful truth that the Government of the day continues to rely on race and religion for political ends. It is the Faustian bargain the Barisan Nasional has struck; race and religion in return for power. In as much as the Barisan Nasional Government, or some within it, may wish to shift to other political pastures, it is being held back by the voter bank it has encouraged to think divisively.A Malaysia for all Malaysians can only be a reality when the Barisan Nasional accepts that dividing us for votes is progressively making things worse.Malik Imtiaz Sarwar is a practicing lawyer and the President of HAKAM, the National Human Rights Society. He was the first candidate for Parliament named by the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement. Follow his tweets @malikimtiaz.

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    DAP syiok sendiri ?

    DAP aims to deny S'wak BN its two-thirds majority

    It springs into action to challenge Taib’s hold on the state, saying he is not likely to step down 'anytime soon'.

    Just hours after Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud announced the dissolution of the state assembly, the state DAP has kicked off their campaign in full swing, with its supremo urging to deny BN of their two-thirds state majority.

    NONEDAP strongman and parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang today called on Sarawak voters to make full use of the ballot box; the only way to “ensure Taib steps down as CM”.

    “Within a few hours, Taib has demonstrated that his talk of stepping down as CM is so vague and elastic that he and he alone is the sole decider of what it means - and not even Prime Minister Najib Abduk Razak is prepared to cross his path.

    “Taib is in fact asking for a blank cheque to continue as CM until he could groom a successor and 'form a new team' to govern Sarawak – two tasks which may take him the entire term of the next government after he had dismally failed in the past 30 years to prepare for a succession,” said Lim in a statement this morning.

    Taib had announced yesterday that he would be stepping down after the upcoming state elections that he has to call by July. However, it is still unsure how much longer he plans to stay in power after the polls.

    The 30-year chief minister had previously made similar announcements, most recently in 2006.

    “Although some media reported that Taib had committed himself to a timetable to hand over the chief ministership, it is clear that he did not make any such commitment yesterday,” said Lim.

    The Ipoh Timor MP also expressed cynicism at Taib's retirement 'plans', saying that the plans could easily go awry, 'forcing' Taib to stay on as CM.

    hadi awang, anwar ibrahim, lim kit siang, pakatan leaders“It is clear that Taib is not stepping down any time soon,” Lim concluded.
    “Short of voting out BN in the next general elections, the only way to ensure Taib steps down as Sarawak CM is to deny them two-thirds majority in the Sarawak state assembly,” he added.

    Currently, the opposition holds only seven out of the 71 seats in the state assembly.

    DAP's cartoon campaign

    Kicking off their campaign, in DAP's trademark fashion, is a new video clip to woo the internet-savvy voters in Sarawak.

    NONEIn the two-minute clip that has been circulating on the Internet, the video rides on the 'Jasmine revolution' that had swept through the Middle East toppling two long-time presidents, with hopes that Taib would be the next.

    A tongue-in-cheek spoof of Taib, it shows the CM as a gigantic monster with light coming out from his bespectacled eyes.

    The monster battles DAP's Sarawak mascot, a hornbill named 'Ubah' (Change), who utters dodgy lines and sounds more like an eagle than the Sarawak native bird.

    The spoof has the underdog bird buckling to Taib's powerful blows at first, but with a miraculous dose of 'People's Power' and 'Change' grows in size to match the monster CM, eventually knocking the latter comically into space.

    Kelantan is rich as PAS is loaded ...

    Kelantan to get 2.4bil for 426 projects

    Super Slam Dunk !

    The federal government has allocated RM2.4 billion to implement development projects in Kelantan, under the first phase of the 10th Malaysia Plan (RMK10).

    International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed said the allocation was to carry out 426 projects in the state, as part of efforts to provide facilities and infrastructure to the people.

    "We are in the process of identifying and listing projects for the second phase before sending it to the Economic Planning Unit," he told reporters after a state action council meeting here today.

    He said for the phase two, a detailed study would be carried out to identify details of the projects to be carried out so that the targeted group would enjoy the benefit.

    "Our objective is to provide maximum benefit to the people and at the same time ensure the projects provide value for money. We will also ensure that there will be no wastage of funds," he said.

    He said among the main projects involved under RMK10 are the Sungai Golok flood mitigation project, schools and medical care.

    - Bernama

    Tiger caught having sex on video again !

    Top opposition politician caught on sex video?

    A top opposition politician has apparently been caught on video having sex with an unknown woman.

    And an unidentified group is demanding that he steps down within the week if he does not want the clip distributed to the public.


    Mamak is Malay & UMNO is Racism

    Make a Stand...Interlok or Al-Kitab?

    Funny how our BN government is having a tough time to release un-conditionally all Malay Bibles but finds it easy to introduce a racist text book (Interlok) to our school children in no time.

    And this is coming from a government who has rule this county for the past 53+ years. And I guess this particular government gets more and more stupid by the day we keep them in power. Well, who is to be blame?

    Interlok which has all the ingredients to make this country a boiling pot of Asia has been made a text book for all Form 5 students. Now, what sort of message is BN sending to our youngsters?

    Well, for a start it means that all Indians and Chinese are still pendatangs and that's how the next generation of these 2 ethnic groups are to be remembered forever by all.

    Secondly, it is perfectly all right to ridicule the "pendatangs" with whatever means possible; cultural or religious. This includes words like pariah, 'anjing orang putih', Chinese sell daughters etc etc etc.

    Thirdly, we don't count anymore in this country. Our voices and grievances on this issue seems to be falling on deaf ears. I guess we are not wanted and this is something this racist and bigot government wants to instill into the minds of our students.

    Well, to the Umnoputras out there let me put this as straight as I can "We are not leaving this country!"

    This is our country as much as yours. It is UMNO who will be leaving starting from Putrajaya. So, if you think you can get rid of the other ethnic groups easily think again.

    Today we are seeing the extension of Interlok ridicule on the Christian population. Yeap, it is not in the text book but look where is our country heading to?

    The 5100 pcs of Malay Bibles or Al-Kitab which was locked up in some godown port in Sarawak is treated like some contraband item. What are the Umnoputras afraid off?

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    Barisan bloggers frame Hanief in sedition arrest

    By uppercaise

    • FACT: Hanief himself did not write anything about the sultan and Kavita
    • FACT: Other sites wrote about the sultan and Kavita in December and January
    • FACT: The story was related to the appointment of state secretary Mohd Khrusrin
    • FACT: Hanief only mentioned the allegations and linked to the original postings
    • FACT: Barisan Nasional bloggers demanded that Hanief be arrested
    • FACT: There are 7,000 web site mentions of the sultan and Kavita
    • FACT: The media also pinned the allegations on Hanief. They were wrong.

    Google Search: 6,940 results for the term “sultan selangor kavita kaur”
    » Check it yourself

    Barisan Nasional blogs finger Hanief

    The demand for Hanief’s arrest came from Barisan Nasional bloggers early this month, after he had posted his article. Screaming headlines on many Barisan Nasional-friendly blogs accused him of insulting the sultan.

    March 1: The screaming headline at posted by “Blogenstarz”.
    (Iklan-Mudah’s latest 10 searches today were: “gambar vagina | PILM BOKEP PERAWAN | bontot | seksi | lucah | Foto memek jembot enak | Gadis bugil | ngesex dengan tante | video ngentot SMP | latin sex type:photo”)

    March 1: The screaming headline at

    Menteri KDN Tangkap Blogger Nie!!M
    March 2: the demand from Selamatkan Rakyat

    “Sekali lagi institusi diraja selangor di hina oleh pakatan haram, selepas mereka tidak puas hati dengan pelantikan kusrin sebagai setiausaha kerajaan negeri oleh sultan selangor, kini pakatan rakyat anjing-anjing mereka untuk sekali lagi menyerang sultan selangor.”

    But the original postings was in December and January, and not by Hanief

    What did Hanief himself actually say in his blog?

    1. A headline “Skandal Seks Sultan Selangor Dengan Kavita Kaur ?”
    2. A spoof photograph of Mahathir Mohamad and Kavita Kaur with the satirical caption “Sultan baru?”
    3. A quotation from Dian’s original posting
    4. A link to Dian’s posting as carried at Bonology
    5. A photograph of Kavita Kaur at a royal function, linked to the original report in The Star
    6. A clip and link from a personal blog about high society

    All that was from other people’s articles. His own words were:

    Hanief: Apa kata rakyat? Selama ini ada kerabat istana minum arak, bergaduh di disko dan kelab elit serta kes Manohara. Saya dahagakan satu Republik Malaysia, jika kuasa istana yang telah dikurangkan Mahathir ini, makin dicemari dengan kelakuan sumbang mereka sendiri. Paling tidak, kita boleh pulangkan semula semua duit istana kepada rakyat untuk bikin pendidikan percuma buat rakyat jelata.

    It began with politics: the Khusrin appointment

    The rumours about the Sultan of Selangor and his personal relationship with celebrity model Kavita Kaur have been circulating on the Internet for months, since December.

    It surfaced at the time of the controversy over the federal government’s appointment of Mohd Khusrin Munawi as Selangor’s state secretary, over the objections of the Selangor mentri besar who insisted that this was in contravention of his constitutional authority.

    Read more at:

    Dr.Brian -Tak dibuktikan yang DNA berasal dari semen...

    Hakikat bahawa DNA yang dikemukakan oleh pendakwa adalah dipalit secara tipu helah disahkan oleh seorang pakar DNA, Dr Brian L McDonald.

    Ini kerana menurut beliau, bukti-bukti DNA yang dibawa sepanjang perbicaraan adalah tidak relevan kerana ia bukan datang dari semen milik Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim atau dari anus Saiful.

    Tidak ada satu pun keterangan yang membuktikan bahawa DNA Lelaki Y (yang dikemukakan di mahkamah) diperolehi dari semen milik Anwar atau dari anus pengadu (Saiful), kata Dr Brian.

    Beliau menambah, malah pakar-pakar kimia yang dikemukakan oleh pihak pendakwa sebagai saksi, Dr Seah Lay Hong dan Nor Aidora Saedon dalam kes ini juga gagal membuktikannya.

    Dr Seah, walaupun menyatakan sampel DNA tersebut diambil dari anus tertuduh, tetapi gagal mengemukakan bukti untuk menyokong kenyataannya, kata beliau dalam emel kepada KeadilanDaily.

    Malah, tambah beliau keterangan Dr Seah and Nor Adora dalam mahkamah juga bercanggah dan tidak konsisten.

    Dr Brian mempunyai PhD dalam bidang Phatologi dari University of Western Australia. Beliau yang beroperasi di Australia mempunyai lebih 20 tahun pengalaman dalam bidang DNA dan Forensik.

    Pendapat Dr Brian ini mengesahkan teori konspirasi umum bahawa DNA Anwar diambil ketika beliau di dalam lokap, kemudiannya dipalit ke sampel bagi mewujudkan bukti.


    Why, Malaysia?

    By Lisa Ng | Loyar Burok

    As we bring #WhyMalaysia week to a close, Lisa Ng writes a heartfelt customer complaint letter to our tanah tumpah darah, our beloved Bolehland, Malaysia.

    My dear Malaysia, it doesn’t get more melodramatic than this, does it? “This” being about whether to stick with you till “death do us part” or to walk away, even if for a little while, especially if there is evidence of ill-treatment.

    You see, for Christians, marriage is an unbreakable covenant between God and the couple. Some people would call it a “contractual promise” of sorts. Others would say that, however we term it, the general principle of faithfulness applies to Man and Motherland. The only difference is, even Christians are not so cruel that they insist we stick with our hurtful spouse (or even parent in some cases) if our wellbeing is at stake.

    That is why my Conscience was clear when my family decided to depart from your bosom to—not necessarily greener—but relatively safer pastures. At least for now.

    You may label me a traitor. Or you may accuse me of cowardice. Perhaps you may also venture so far as to call me an unfilial daughter. But loyalty is not a blind man. And I believe that loyalty to you isn’t meant to be at the expense of some measure of fairness owed to me and, more importantly, my dignity as a person. People may not be perfect and neither are governments. But there is a limit to what each person can tolerate. For the physically and/or mentally abused spouse, it could be the 100th punch to the face. For the oppressed Iban or Dayak, perhaps the face of a certain man they’ve seen on posters for a long time. But then, I’m no Iban or Dayak or any of the many indigenous tribes who can rightfully be called Bumiputera. I am, however, a true Malaysian. And while I am not entirely fed-up of the way you’re manipulating me, I am in need of some perspective.

    I was born here. In Taman Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan, to be precise. I have a valid birth cert, MyKad, Malaysian passport and even if my Bahasa Malaysia is rusty, I was brought up learning and speaking the language and when I meet a Malay, I salam them. I love your nasi lemak, roti canai, durian, cendol, satay and sayur lodeh. I am also a Malaysian because I’ve rolled with the NEP ever since I was old enough to understand its impact on me and not held any grudge against you or my Malay friends. I know how the political parties in Malaysia were formed because I rote learnt it in high school. Outside the Dewan of my school, I memorised the names of Sultans from the time of Parameswara, through the reins of the Mahmud and Iskandar Shahs, to the era of Disco, all the while sucking on those umbrella-shaped kacang merah ice creams sold unhygienically by the roadside.

    During those formative years, there was already a lot of talk about different races in school having different passing marks for their SPM exams. The news was that Kelantan and Terengganu students could pass their Advanced Maths with 30% while the mark to meet for the “others” was 40%. I remember being bothered by this rumour but I don’t recall breaking up friendships with my Malay friends over this.

    When I studied in Australia, my lecturers thought I was Malay because my skin is quite tanned and I don’t look typically Chinese. The only reason why I clarified that I was Malaysian Chinese was because it helped me explain the multicultural aspect of Malaysia (and prevent them from asking why I have special concessions on homes whereas my fellow Malaysians don’t). I pay taxes to you. I eat the vegetables your farmers plant. I am comfortable excusing myself when my Malay friends are fasting and I know the difference between Ponggal and Thaipusam.

    I’ve even learnt a little bit of Jawi, for goodness sake.

    So why do I have to prove to you that I am Malaysian, the way I just did? Because as time goes by, it seems that non-Malays need to, more and more, defend their citizenship to you. You, who BORE us. Citizenship is NOT a favour. Your granting me a Malaysian birth certificate and MyKad may require that I abide by the Federal Constitution and the laws of this country; it’s something I believe in and do. But it does not come with a gag that I have to put on robotically when your policies affect me negatively. After all, your “managers” are working for my vote. And if they’re working for my vote, then they are essentially in the service industry—and I’m not only a daughter of your soil but also your client.

    So as the saying goes, this client is NOT happy with the current service. I have honoured our contract. You have not. Instead, you have tried to hoodwink me into settling for less benefits with the promise of living a quality life in peace and harmony. But as it stands, you’re not only NOT delivering on quality life; even the peace and harmony aspects are left fraying on the side.

    My ringgit is beginning to take the shape of a pisang rastali. My grocery bill looks like I shopped for Louis Vuitton vegetables and Prada pork.

    Meanwhile, my mother had her handbag snatched three times in broad daylight in a span of eight months. And you conteng on my Bible while allowing a self-professed scholar to irresponsibly bullhorn his total ignorance of my religion to a wide audience, by associating Santa Claus with it.

    In reality, clients get to complain. Then what ensues is a review of the business contract. Here, my vote has a tendency to get rigged. And if I try to protest, I’ll probably be arrested. If I ask why I am being arrested, you’ll probably tell me I have no permit. If I ask for a permit, you’ll likely say I can’t have one because protests are wrong. Meanwhile, as we speak, a large crowd of Malaysians will be dragging a headless cow in protest against an Indian temple being built in their vicinity.


    Does it make me less Malaysian to want more respect? More fairness? More security? Or maybe just the opportunity to live comfortably without needing to convert to Islam? Has it occurred to you that “more”, of late, simply means returning a little closer to “equality”?

    Does it make me less Malaysian that I’ve chosen to continue building my life in a different country? I don’t think so. We settle wherever we feel gives us the most value for money; nostalgia and sentiments alone are not enough if one has family. This may sound a little too businesslike, but you know, even businesspeople return home once their work is done.

    I will always be a Malaysian. Even if I lose all my rights overnight. You can take away my identity cards too but I will still remain nothing but a Malaysian, because identity lives in the Consciousness of our being. It cannot be taken away once it is encrypted into one’s self-awareness.

    I did not want to say Goodbye to you, Malaysia. I still don’t. The day we left in the taxi was an emotional one. Because I didn’t just leave behind corruption, crime and crooked policies. I left behind 37 years of friendship, late nights at the office to support the economy, pot-holes and school songs. I left behind countless national day parades, open houses, pasar malams, mamak stalls and yau char kwei dipped in kopi-o. And yes, I left behind all my hopes and dreams for my child to experience all these things. And more.

    However, staying on would be akin to accepting that all is fine and nothing needs to change. Or standing up to challenge all that is wrong. Either situation means death to me. Death to the conscience in the first scenario, and death of freedom in the second. And neither is a position I want to take because, above all things, above being Malaysian or Chinese, I am a mother first. And mothers are supposed to put their families before everything else.

    Lisa Ng is a human being. She used to be a copywriter in the advertising industry. But now she just writes. For whatever helps us regain the lost art of “giving a toss” towards things that matter to the human race.

    Sodomy and Countersodomy

    Anwar mulls contempt proceedings against Najib

    UPDATED @ 01:05:42 PM 21-03-2011
    March 21, 2011

    Anwar talks with his defence lawyers in the Kuala Lumpur High Court cafeteria during a break in his sodomy trial today, March 21, 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is considering citing Datuk Seri Najib Razak for contempt of court following the prime minister’s recent remarks telling the opposition leader to surrender his DNA samples in the on-going sodomy trial.

    Anwar’s defence lawyer Karpal Singh said today that Najib had gone against Justice Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah’s recent caution warning all parties against commenting on the trial, and that doing so was tantamount to an act of contempt of court.

    The judge said last week that anyone committing an act of contempt in the on-going trial will “face the music”.

    “The prime minister should be hauled up here for comments... in telling Anwar to provide DNA.

    “Your Lordship should make a ruling for contempt of court for the prime minister,” Karpal told the court today.

    But Mohd Zabidin said that if the defence wanted to initiate such proceedings it needed to first file a fresh application to the court.

    “If you really feel that way, then you can file an application to the court,” said the judge.

    Karpal has charged that Najib was defying the judge by going against his caution.

    “All parties concerned must not commit contempt of court.

    “Serious considering applying for leave to have PM committed... for contempt of judge’s directive that whoever commits contempt of court will have to face the music,” the lawyer told reporters.

    However another defence lawyer, Sankara Nair, later told The Malaysian Insider that the defence would not push for contempt proceedings against Najib for the time being but will do so if the PM repeats his actions.

    “If it happens again (then we will take action),” Sankara said.

    Anwar’s lawyers have stressed that there was no need for the PKR de facto leader to provide DNA samples, citing the example of his first sodomy trial where it was stated on record that Anwar’s DNA profile was “abused” by the police.

    Anwar is currently facing sodomy charges for the second time in his life after complaint Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a former aide, said he was sodomised at a luxury condominium in upper-class Bukit Damansara here on June 26, 2008.

    Anwar has denied the charge.

    Anwar’s defence lawyers recently won a ruling in which all evidence retrieved from the lock-up during the period — a towel, toothbrush and mineral water bottle as well all DNA samples relating to the items — was expunged.

    The prosecution has however asked the court to review that ruling, resulting in two submissions by lead prosecutor Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden last Monday — one demanding a review of the ruling, and another urging the court to compel Anwar to provide his DNA samples for reference to those found in Saiful’s anus.

    Yusof said that while Mohd Zabidin could not ask Anwar to surrender his DNA samples, the judge could order someone else to obtain them from him.

    What was relevant, according to Yusof, was whether the DNA obtained from Saiful’s anus could be matched to the accused (Anwar).

    Yusof said that Mohd Zabidin should not be concerned with how evidence samples in the trial were obtained “as long as it is relevant, it is admissible.”

    Government scientist Dr Seah Lay Hong testified last month that she had found two unknown male DNA profiles around Saiful’s anus, one of which she had earlier called “Male Y”.

    Anwar had refused to provide DNA samples in his first sodomy trial in 1998 for fear they could be manipulated.

    Former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim also claimed last January that DNA evidence was fabricated in Anwar’s first sodomy trial.

    The DNA Identification Act 2008 was passed to compel suspects to provide DNA samples, despite protests from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers.

    BN-friendly groups like Perkasa and Gerakan Anti-Penyelewengan Selangor (GAPS) staged protests yesterday outside PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya, demanding that Anwar surrendered his DNA samples to the prosecution in the ongoing trial.

    UMNO trying to legalize the illegals !

    No sense in RCI for illegal immigrants

    KOTA KINABALU: Former senator-turned-activist author, Dr Chong Eng Leong, is convinced that a PKR-inspired solution to the massive presence of illegal immigrants is the way ahead for the state.

    The PKR proposal will see those who have gained Malaysian citizenship by dubious means granted permanent residency (PR) status instead.

    “Why do we want a RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) to look at the illegal immigrants?

    “The illegal immigrants are already illegal. It has nothing to do with getting permanent residence,” he said.

    Chong was responding to an uproar caused by PKR’s alleged promise of providing PR status to illegal immigrants in its “Buku Jingga” (Orang Book).

    Buku Jingga, which was launched by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail during the party’s state convention here on March 12 and 13, drew flak from Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders and former PKR vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan.

    They said that by forming an RCI on the illegal immigrant issue in Sabah and subsequently granting PR status to the “new citizens”, PKR would be legalising “illegal immigrants” in Sabah.

    Chong, however, disagrees.

    Speaking to FMT recently, Chong explained that offering PR status would invalidate those who were given MyKads (via Project IC) of voting rights since their nationality would have to be determined.

    “Their names would then be expunged from the electoral rolls as they would no longer be Malaysian citizens.

    “Giving them PR is not legitimising their status as citizens because their nationality has to be checked when they apply for PR.

    “By asking them to apply for PR and studying whether it should be given, makes their ICs invalid and their names will be checked on the electoral rolls to be expunged,” he said, adding that it was a way out of a complex situation.

    Falsified SDs

    Chong made it clear that he was speaking in his capacity as the author of “Lest We Forget”, the book that relates what transpired and led to the “reverse takeover” of the state by illegal immigrants who “voted” out the duly elected state government in 1994 and 1999.

    The RCI proposed in PKR’s manifesto-type book was meant to investigate Project IC and not the illegal immigrants in the state, said Chong, a practising consultative surgeon.

    According to him, there is no need to set up an RCI on the immigrants because they are outright illegal and do not require a RCI to be evicted from the state.

    Chong, who presented a paper on the issue during the recent PKR convention here, noted that details of the Project IC, also known as Project Mahathir, were revealed by an ISA detainee. The detainee was involved in the project in the 1980s.

    The detainee, Hasnnar Ebrahim, had alleged that senior-most government officials participated in the “new citizenship” scheme to overthrow the Christian-led opposition PBS government.

    “Project IC in the 1980s was succinctly revealed by Hasnnar, detained under ISA for his role in the issuance of ICs based on falsified SD (statutory declaration). He (Hasnnar) apologised to the public for this.

    “He said that there were meetings chaired by the late Megat Junid Megat Ayub (deputy home minister) attended by top guns from the home ministry, Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid (chief secretary), Alwi Jantan (Public Service Commission), Halum Harun (Immigration director-general), Sani Adnan (Sabah director of National Registration Department), three senior police officers from Bukit Aman and Hasnnar himself.

    “The committee was to deliberate on a mechanism on how to issue Malaysian ICs to foreigners in Sabah.

    “One of them had reservations on this but was brushed aside by Megat Junid who said that the idea came from prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

    “That was why it was also known as Project Mahathir,” Chong said.

    In his paper, Chong said that Project IC had benefited at least 600,000 foreigners in 2005 who were given Malaysian ICs through falsified SD by an Umno taskforce in 1991.

    No Umno will

    Chong said the purpose of the taskforce, headed by current Chief Minister Musa Aman as director and Deputy Chief Minister Yahya Hussin as deputy director, was to seek out foreigners and issue them with Malaysian ICs and also to register them as Umno members and voters to be placed in 30 out of the 48 state constituencies.

    An election petition in the Likas constituency, filed by Chong himself, alleged that there were phantom voters in the electoral rolls during the election.

    Despite winning a landmark judgment for the petition, 17 other similar petitions with allegations of phantom voters in other state constituencies were struck off by election judges and none of the names proven to be non-citizens in the Likas petition were removed from the electoral roll.

    After gaining local media attention, several federal and parliamentary committees were said to have been formed during former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration and continued under current Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

    However, no concrete action has been taken to resolve the issue which indicates that the BN government has no intention of finding a solutiont, Chong said.

    “Home Minister Hishammuddin (Hussein) said there was no such thing as Project IC (so did his predecessors) and rejected the call for a RCI into Sabah’s immigration problem.

    “Many individuals, NGOs and political parties, including some BN partners, have been asking for a RCI into this for more than 10 years but only Umno repeatedly refused. Why? Because that would open up the can of Umno worms in this Project IC scandal.

    “Umno will never ever try to solve this,” Chong said.

    He estimated that foreigners, illegal immigrants, and Project IC beneficiaries in Sabah had already outnumbered genuine Malaysians by 2 million to 1.6 million in 2005.

    He said this vast number was a threat to the state’s sovereignty since citizens have been marginalised, especially in claiming native customary rights (NCR) and lands.

    “What is the point of Sabah being wealthy if our sovereign land is overwhelmed with illegals?

    “The foreigners have caused tremendous socio-economic effects in Sabah and have upset its demography and political scenario… perhaps this is exactly what the BN government wants.

    “But the BN federal government must realise that losing the sovereignty of Sabah means the collapse of Malaysia and I believe that was not the intention of the founding fathers of an independent Sabah within Malaysia.”

    “We broke our laws to grant them citizenship – the most prized commodity of any nation. Do you expect them to respect our laws?” he asked.

    Illegal immigrants: Only Pakatan government can resolve issue

    KOTA KINABALU: The only way to resolve the perennial illegal immigrant problem in Sabah is if Pakatan Rakyat forms the next Federal Government and sets up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the matter, according to opposition DAP.

    State DAP chief Jimmy Wong said such a commission could then be headed by former vice-chairman of Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) Simon Sipaun, as proposed by DAP national advisor Lim Kit Siang.

    “Sabah DAP is optimistic that an RCI will serve its purpose well as even some component parties of BN are supporting its establishment.

    “The RCI will go to the root of the problem and make recommendations on how they can be mitigated or resolved once and for all,” said Wong.

    He added that it has been clearly spelt out in the Orange Book or ”Buku Jingga” of Pakatan Rakyat, that the right approach is to establish a RCI.

    He said this while responding to the recent statement made by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail that a Pakatan Rakyat government would grant Permanent Resident (PR) status to illegal immigrants as a solution to the perennial problem.

    He said Sabah DAP leaders were not at the press conference where Wan Azizah reportedly made this announcement.

    “We only read her statement in the newspapers and therefore we are not in the position to make our stance on this matter until we meet her and ask for more details,” he said.

    He maintained that Sabah DAP is very concerned about the problem of illegal immigrants especially when they had been allegedly systematically legalised and entered into the electoral roll to cement political control of the state by Umno and the BN.

    He noted that books detailing the methodical approach of certain political parties and leaders in implementing the plan had not been refuted.

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    Start to stop the healthcare rot now

    By Christopher Fernandez

    When should a layperson stand up and point out the error of a professional? Anyone, however highly qualified and experienced in his field of endeavor, I think, should accept the reproof of a layperson in good faith. If there are sufficient grounds, then a layperson has an undeniable right to proof his point.

    The point I am trying to drive home stems from my angst against a professor of psychiatry at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital dubbing my friend as suffering from treatment-resistant schizophrenia.

    By virtue of making such a statement to my already ill and demoralised friend, this erstwhile professor virtually sounded the death knell to whatever hopes my friend harboured of recovery.

    Not only was my friend devastated by the news, his entire family took it badly and gave up hope of him improving upon his life. This was the opinion of an expert and since it was an expert opinion the family took to it like gospel truth.

    With due respect to the medical profession, if there ever was such a diagnosis as treatment-resistant, I think some rethinking is in order. Or I think a better way of phrasing the diagnosis or describing it might have to be discovered. Dont you think so?

    The phrase treatment-resistant, in this instance, was interpreted simply as the patient is not responding to treatment despite having done all that is within my expertise.

    In such an event then the illness might as well be described as a terminal illness. Is this not so? But I feel in the case of my friend all options and alternatives were not exhausted before such an opinion was accorded.

    Because while I contend that a patient diagnosed as treatment-resistant is the prerogative of the doctor in attendance, my friend was in a unique positi! on. He i s a mentally ill person. As such, I should think that the term treatment-resistant should never have been applied to him or any other mentally ill person.

    This is because, I have learnt, in the course of my association with the mentally ill, that patients tend to get better or worse depending on their circumstances. While some have recovered with the passage of time, others have not. Recovery rates and levels fluctuate that to apply a phrase such as treatment-resistant is really obsolete.

    In the case of another friend, suffering from depression, he was judged to be suffering from a treatment-resistant illness by a private psychiatric practitioner. Yet, it baffles me, that despite this term being used on him, the psychiatrist continues to treat my depressed friend, prescribe him medication, and charge the usual exorbitant fees.

    So far I have cited two examples. The first is a case from a public hospital. The second is a case in private practice. My friends were labeled as treatment-resistant and their respective families, friends and caregivers were left hapless by the judgment pronounced by the gods.

    Little foxes and black sheep

    While members of the medical profession are also prone to mistakes as nobodys perfect, I think if their mistakes are pointed out to them, they should make efforts to rectify them and correct the weaknesses in their profession.

    Since I am a layperson, maybe a knowledgeable member of the psychiatric profession can enlighten me as to why these kinds of labeling is leveled at people trying to kindle a ray of hope in their lives?

    Other than this, my angst is brewing over the type and quality of persons that engage in the practice of medicine today. Whether in the private sector or the public sector, I think further rethinking might be in order over the role of the profession in Malaysia.

    Dont get me wrong. I have the highest respect and admiration for the profession. My personal view is that the profession ! has very noble and lofty ideals. And in the course of my career, I have had the privilege and opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the most respectable doctors in the country.

    Yet it is the little foxes that spoil the vine. Its all these little wrongs that medical practitioners do that cause members of the public to view them with hopeless disdain.

    I also think its not just a case of a few black sheep now. I personally feel the entire Malaysian health care system, and especially the mental health care system (since I have some exposure with it) is overdue for a major overhaul.

    What does a medical practitioner really do for us that he is entitled to charge such astronomical fees for consultation, surgery or medication? Or what does a hospital provide that it needs to bill us with a shocking sum most of the time?

    When we question them, just like a rogue mechanic, a number of them give explanations that are obviously dubious. A doctor went so far as to tell me that he has to charge high fees because he studied abroad, and the total cost was so huge he has no choice but to be in private practice to recover his investment.

    When professionals, like doctors, fail to recognise that they are first and foremost service providers, and not businessmen, I think they have lost the plot. Budding students and doctors with notions of making a business out of their training should just not bother joining and tainting this noble profession.

    Such aspirants should just take the option to go into business and make as much as they want. Dont make the medical profession your private business venture.

    What the medical profession needs are dedicated and committed doctors. Yes, there is a place for profit, a place for gain. But the impression and view of the man-in-the-street today is that the medical profession is the path to unlimited income. Its like you pay the price for a medical education and then youre home safe with the monies flowing and you are laughing all the way to the bank.

    This k ind of deception, if left unchecked, will spell the degradation of the profession. Doctors then will no longer have to take the Hippocrates oath theyll just have to take a Hypocrites oath.

    That the very people we entrust to safeguard our health, are the very people that are profiting unduly over our health is a matter for trustworthy, responsible, and sincere members of the profession to seriously soul-search.

    The writer is a schoolteacher teaching English and Science at a Chinese school in Kuala Lumpur, and has also been working as a writer since 1984.

    DNA Act 2009 was not in force then,so court cannot direct accused to submit DNA profiling...

    Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial resumes today with defence lawyer Karpal Singh responding to two unprecedented applications from the prosecution. The prosecution wants Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah to review his ruling on the trial-within-a-trial and for the court to order Anwar to provide a DNA sample for profiling.

    Anwar has since come under pressure from BN politicians and Malay-rights pressure groups to do so. There was a stronger police presence at the Jalan Duta court complex where the trial is being heard, in anticipation of a possible PKR Youth protest in support of Anwar. Police officers were stationed along the roads leading to the court as well as inside the massive lobby of the court complex.

    The court is called into session as Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah enters. Param Cumaraswamy says Karpal is just outside the courtroom.

    9.23am: Karpal is wheeled into court by his personal aide.

    9.24am: Karpal begins his submission. He says there is no doubt that the trial-within-a-trial can be reviewed, but only if new evidence emerges.

    9.28am: Karpal stresses that it is extremely rare for a ruling in a trial-within-a-trial to be reviewed. "Evidence cannot be withheld and it must be decided in a trial-within-a-trial. Prosecution cannot introduce evidence after the trial-within-a-trial for review," he says. "In this case, the original copy of the warrant of arrest was handed in after the trial-within-a-trial ruling was made."

    9.35am: Karpal says the police did not follow the Lock-up Rules in that Anwar should ! have bee n placed in the cell only after 6pm. "Supt Jude Blacious Pereira's testimony merely supports the defence contention that unfair methods were used when he (told his subordinates) 'do not touch the items left in the lock-up' "Unfair methods and unfair means were used in this case," he says.

    9.39am: Karpal says the court should reject any unfair means in obtaining evidence. He adds that the DNA Act 2009 was not into force at the time. Hence the court cannot be involved in judicial activism to direct the accused to submit to DNA profiling. "For the court to direct (an accused to provide evidence) is unheard of and unprecedented in the Commonwealth and elsewhere in the world."

    9.45am: Karpal says the trial judge should refrain from intervening in a hearing, unless necessary. "The judge should keep his mind unclouded and he should not be prejudiced," he stresses. "The judge should not be seen as favouring one side against the other but should make up his own mind as to where the truth lies."

    9.49am: Karpal says a person can reject outright any request to be subjected to a DNA test as he is perfectly entitled to do so. "You cannot subject a person to such demands against his will as this is against Section 323 of the Penal Code."

    9.51am: Hence, Karpal says the application by the prosecution should be dismissed. He also calls for 'contempt of court' proceedings against those who have commented on the trial, including the prime minister.

    9.53am: Karpal completes his submission. Yusof is replying to the case laws presented by Karpal.

    9.55am: Yusof points out that, in some of the cases to which Karpal referred, the judge had taken an active part.

    10am: Yusof says the warrant of arrest was tendered after the original copy was recovered. "We did ! not call (Pereira) because of admissability of evidence, and furthermore Anwar testified he had signed at the back of the warrant," he says. The emergence of further evidence should be considered in the review (of the court's ruling). Furthermore, it has been pointed out that the judge could have erred. "Although the Evidence Act points to fingerprints and handwriting, the DNA is closest to such a test," he says. "Let justice be done so the court can obtain the truth. We recovered DNA from (Saiful's) anus and we need to compare it - this is why we invite the court to have Anwar make available his specimen."

    10.06am: Karpal points out that Evidence Act has not been amended to cover DNA samples. He argues that what the prosecution wants is for the court to take over the role of law-making.

    10.08am: The judge says it is obvious he cannot make decision today. He will deliver his ruling on Wednesday. Karpal wants a ruling on the contempt proceedings, but, Justice Zabidin tells the lawyer to file a proper application.

    The hearing resumes on Wednesday.


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    Its Not a Revolution Yet

    21 March, 2011 By Tamir Moustafa
    This was originally published in on February 28, 2011, and reprinted here with permission.

    Jordanians and Egyptians living in Jordan hold up an Egyptian flag as they celebrate the resignation of Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak, in Amman, on February 12, 2011 | Credit: AFP PHOTO/STR/AFP/Getty Images

    Although commentators have been quick to call the January 25th movement a "revolution," democracy activists are painfully aware that their struggle has only just begun. What will make the movement a true revolution, and not merely a successful rebellion against Mubarak, are institutional reforms that fundamentally reorder political life. Constitutional amendments are the critical first step to empowering representative institutions and constraining the arbitrary exercise of power. Not coincidentally, constitutional amendments also provide the key test of the militarys willingness to break from the past.

    In this context, the highly anticipated amendments to the Egyptian Constitution were unveiled by the Constitutional Reform Committee this past Saturday. The Committee, which had been appointed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in mid-February, was charged with proposing constitutional amendments within 10 days. After soliciting public feedback, the finalized amendments will be voted on in a national referendum in two months time.

    Now that the committee has released its work, Egyptians and foreign analysts will be asking whether the proposed amendments are meaningful, and whether they constitute a fundamental break from the past. My own view is that the proposed amendments, by themselves, do not yet constitute a fundamental break from the past, but they do open a viable path to further political reform.

    The amendment that will likely draw the most media attention is th! e propos ed change to article 76, which would open three routes for candidacy in presidential elections: (1) Endorsement by 30 members of the Peoples Assembly or Shura Council; (2) 30,000 signatures, collected from 15 governorates, with not less than 1,000 signature from each governorate; or, (3) nomination from a political party holding at least one seat in the Peoples Assembly or the Shura Council. This change represents a much lower threshold for candidacy and provides the possibility for meaningful presidential elections for the first time in the history of the republic. A proposed amendment to article 77 would further limit the presidential term to four years with the possibility of only one consecutive term.

    The proposed amendment for article 88 would additionally require full judicial supervision of elections. But lest one get too optimistic about these proposed changes, we should note that judicial supervision is to be organized "in the manner prescribed by the law." Article 88 will ring hollow, like many other constitutional guarantees in the past, unless the appropriate enabling legislation is put in place to make effective judicial supervision a reality. The Supreme Council for the Armed Forces and the Constitutional Reform Committee have indicated that enabling legislation will be forthcoming in the next weeks. This will be an important development to follow because, in practical terms, the enabling legislation is every bit as critical as the text of the constitution itself.

    The proposed amendment to article 93 would give the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) the ability to decide on the validity of membership in the Peoples Assembly. Previously, the constitution declared that "The Peoples Assembly shall be the only authority competent to decide upon the validity of its members." This article had provided the legal rationale for the ruling NDP to ignore literally hundreds of court rulings invalidating election results after each Peoples Assembly election, when the courts determined ther! e were e gregious election irregularities. Providing the judiciary with the ability to review election irregularities and to declare election results null and void is a positive development, but it is curious the amendment would make the Supreme Constitutional Court the sole judicial body changed with this role. The SCC, once largely independent from the executive, has in recent years been far less robust. It is difficult to judge whether, in a completely reformed institutional environment, the SCC would play the role of neutral arbiter or act as an "authoritarian enclave." The Turkish Constitutional Court has played such a role, constraining representative institutions in a manner that is debilitating for democracy.

    The proposed amendment to article 139 also makes it obligatory for the president to appoint a vice president within two months of coming to power. This is meant to correct for Mubaraks 30-year run without a vice president, but it will obviously do little to constrain executive power.

    The proposed amendment to article 148 is more encouraging. It makes a state of emergency contingent upon the approval of a Peoples Assembly (as it was formerly), but it additionally requires a public referendum if a state of emergency is to last more than six months. While this is an improvement, its effectiveness rests on a truly representative Peoples Assembly and clean elections (underlining the importance once again of the enabling legislation for article 88).

    The Constitutional Reform Committee also proposed the abrogation of article 179. This article had built aspects of the emergency law straight into the constitution itself, placing such powers outside of the purview of judicial review. Article 179 explicitly states that certain fundamental liberties and protections "shall in no way preclude such counter-terror action." With terms such as "public security" and "counter-terror" loosely defined, article 179 provided the regime with extensive tools to conflate political opposition with threats to pub! lic secu rity. It is good that this article is slated for cancellation in the national referendum.

    A final amendment to article 189 opens the possibility for a 100-member commission to draft a new constitution. This Constituent Assembly would be elected from among the two houses of Parliament after fresh Peoples Assembly and Presidential elections, opening the door to further constitutional changes. This is a good thing, because there are still a number of articles that need to be rewritten in order to further balance the configuration of power between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary.

    The proposed constitutional amendments are also notable for what they did not address. There was no proposed amendment to article 5 of the constitution, which blocks the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups with a religious orientation from political life. Article 5 states, in part, that "citizens have the right to establish political parties according to the law and no political activity shall be exercised, nor political parties established, on the basis of religion"

    But it is not only the Brotherhood that is potentially barred from political life. Article 5 also states that citizens have the right to establish political parties "according to the law." This points, once again, to the importance of enabling legislation, in this case the Political Parties law 40/1977, which had provided Mubaraks regime with a variety of legal tools to control the political playing field. We are thus reminded once again that constitutional amendments are but one critical component of political reform in Egypts uncertain transition from a rule-by-law regime to a rule-of-law democracy.

    Tamir Moustafa is Associate Professor of International Studies and Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Cultural Change at Simon Fraser University. Prior to coming to SFU, Moustafa taught at the University of Wisconsin as well as Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley, where he held post-doc! toral fe llowships. His research stands at the intersection of comparative law and courts, religion and politics, and state-society relations, all with a regional focus on the Middle East. Moustafas current project explores the public debates that are generated as a result of dual constitutional commitments to Islamic law and liberal rights in Egypt and Malaysia. More on Tamir Moustafa.

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    Malaysia in the Era of Globalization #57

    Chapter 7: Enhancing Human Capital

    Enhancing Human Capital Through Education: Revamping Schools and Universities

    The Malaysian government recently published a massive plan, Educational Development 2001-2010, aimed at revamping the entire education system. However, only a year earlier it had undertaken another massive revision of the curriculum, and that project was yet to be completed (it was not yet begun to be implemented!) when this new policy was unveiled. Despite its 250 pages, replete with the obligatory buzzwords like knowledge workers, IT revolution, and globalization, the report fails to address the glaring inadequacies of the present system. These include the atrociously low standard of English, abysmal levels of science literacy, and appalling mathematical skills of our students.

    To address the increasing disadvantage that graduates of public universities face because of their low English fluency, the government proposes to have private institutions use Malay as the medium of instruction. In other words, handicap everyone to the same level of mediocrity!

    A central feature of this new reorganization is the reduction of the school years from the present 13 to 12. This, combined with the earlier shortening of the undergraduate years from four to three, would put Malaysian students at a distinct disadvantage in the marketplace.

    Instead of spending energy on a disruptive massive reorganization, the ministry would do well to focus on enhancing the present system of P-13, in particular the academic pre-university class, Sixth Form.

    The governments rationale for reducing the school years is to align the Malaysian system with those of advanced societies, in particular America. True, the American system is also P-12, but two years of college is now increasingly the norm for students, in recognition of the need for a highly educated workforce. Furth! er, Amer ican high schools offer courses that are traditionally taught in the freshmen (first) year of college. As a result, more and more students especially at the leading universities are now entering with advanced standing. Teaching introductory college courses at high school is not only cheaper but also more effective. Additionally, students entering with advanced standing are better prepared and are less likely to drop out. They also graduate faster. We can never over prepare students for college.

    Bard College, a highly regarded degree-granting institution, in cooperation with New York City public schools system expanded on this idea and recently started an accelerated program where highly motivated students are selected to pursue their final two years of high school integrated with the first two years of college. These students would then graduate with both their high school diploma as well as an Associate degree. They would then proceed into the junior (third) year of university.

    Malaysia had a comparable program in the 1960s where students who did well at Sixth Form were admitted as directly as super-freshie, skipping their first year, equivalent to the American advanced standing. Now however, Sixth Form is being emasculated, replaced with the much more expensive and highly inefficient matrikulasi (matriculation) programs of the universities.

    I propose simplifying the present school years into elementary (P-6), middle (7-9), and high school (10-13), with a standardized national tests at the end of each level. Thus only three such tests; eliminate the present Form V (Year 11Sijil Perseketuan Malaysia, SPM) examination. These tests should be used to assess not only the students but also equally important, their schools performances. Further, such national tests would be limited only to the core subjects of Malay, English, science, and mathematics.

    Students would be promoted based on such national tests as well as their individual assessments ma! de by th e school. Such evaluations, as in the American system, should be based on the students performance throughout the year instead of a single end-of-year examination. It is patently unfair to decide on a students future based only on one single examination. If he or she is not feeling well that day or if there are interruptions in the students life (for example, floods, as has happened often in the past) then the students performance would suffer, as would their entire future.

    American students are continuously assessed throughout their school year. Universities base their admissions on these school assessments (as measured by the Grade Point Average) as well as scores on national standardized tests. Often the two are correlated but there will the occasional students who excel in one but not the other. They too should not be denied the opportunity.

    Eliminating the SPM examination as well as the number of subjects offered in those national tests would markedly reduce the workload of the ministrys Examination Syndicate. It would then be able to process the results in weeks instead of the present months. At present students are kept in limbo from January to June the following year waiting for their SPM results. That is more than a semester wasted while they could be in class instead of loitering. While there has been significant improvement in announcing the examination results (in 2002 for the first time they were announced at the end of February) nonetheless university admission is still till late in the year.

    My proposal would not materially change the first P-9 years, except that all schools must follow the minimal core curriculum of the four compulsory subjects of Malay, English, science and mathematics. These subjects must be taught daily. Each school would be allowed to experiment with various electives to fill in the rest of the school day.

    The last four years (high school) would see the most change. Essentially I would classify high schools into academic, general, vocational, a! nd speci alized (vernacular and religious). Academic schools would prepare students for universities. The vocational stream would equip them with technical training like carpentry and auto repairs, as well as general office skills like bookkeeping. Such schools would be combined with industries apprenticeship programs so that when the students graduate they would be well on their way to earn their journeymens certificate. From the general stream would come future nurses, policemen, and non-graduate teachers.

    Thus regardless of the students ultimate career goals, they will be fluently bilingual (Malay and English), science literate, and mathematically competent. English must be emphasized because of its utility in the marketplace. Hence in addition to having English as a subject, I would teach at least two other subjects in that language. The most suitable candidates for this are science and mathematics. Increasing the number of subjects taught in English would give student a much greater opportunity to improve their fluency in that language. As for making mathematics as a core subject, numerous studies have shown that ability in it correlates with later success in college and life. The skills learned in mathematics have wide transferability. Similarly with science; in an increasingly technological world, students must have an understanding of the basic concepts in science.

    [Update: In May 2002 the government (actually UMNO Supreme Council) decided that science and mathematics be taught in English in the schools. That is the easy part. The more formidable problem is the implementation. The ministry is presently inundated with fervent Malay language nationalists who would do their best to derail this imaginative initiative. Sure enough, this policy was later rescinded. MBM]

    This streaming of students must be flexible so they could readily switch during the first two years. This would accommodate late bloomers as well as those who discover their technical aptitude later.

    Graduates of vernacul! ar and r eligious schools would in addition be effectively trilingual (their mother tongue with vernacular schools, Arabic with Islamic schools) an added bonus. Because of the core curriculum, graduates of religious schools too would also have greater flexibility in their future career choices and plans for further studies. And should they ended up as ulama, they would be better for it for having had a broad-based liberal education.

    Schools should be allowed to chart their own course. I envisage some emphasizing the performing arts, others foreign languages or the sciences. Students would be free to choose the school that would best meet their particular needs. To eliminate obvious disadvantages based on geography (rural versus urban students), each school must also have adequate hostel facilities to cater for out-of-area and rural students.

    Next: Revamping Schools and Universities (Contd)

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