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Taib probe: Swiss govt won’t reveal details

An international NGO is disappointed with the Swiss government, saying that it's sending out a wrong message with regard to its banking policy.

Looks like there's no quick solution to international calls for disclosures on Taib Mahmud's wealth, believed to be stashed or invested in other countries.

Swiss environmental and human rights campaigners were dismayed at the Swiss government's latest stand not to disclose its findings of its investigation into Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's secret bank accounts in Switzerland.

Yesterday, Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf refused, in Parliament, to disclose whether Taib had assets in Swiss banks, citing the country's banking secrecy laws.

Referring to an investigation launched earlier this year by Switzerland's Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), Widmer-Schlumpf said: "FINMA has no right to disclose any information of its findings to the public. FINMA will inform the directly affected persons only."

Her response infuriated campaigners at the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) who promptly shot back: "The message to all dictators in the world is basically: Bring your stolen money to Switzerland. As long as you are in power, no one will be able to find out about it nor touch it."

"How can it be that our authorities will inform a corrupt potentate but not the public on the findings of their investigations?" it noted in a statement.

Meanwhile a "disappointed" deputy speaker of the Switzerland Parliament, Maya Graf, who first raised the issue, said there was wide public interest in knowing if Taib, who allegedly has US$ 1.46 billion in domestic wealth, had assets in Swiss banks.

Maya, who is also a Greens MP, said the Swiss government was "hiding" behind its "banking secrecy" laws.

"I am disappointed that the Swiss government is hiding behind the Swiss banking secrecy and thus helping to promote corruption in countries with weak governments.

"There is no point in complaining about the destruction of the world's tropical rainforests as long as Western countries assist corrupt families like the Taibs to enrich themselves by cutting down the forests," she said in a statement.

Longer fight for BMF

BMF has been at the forefront of a campign to expose Taib's allegedly ill-gotten wealth which it claimed was amassed over the past 30 years through widespread deforestation and land grabs.

BMF's research has shown that Taib and his family have accumulated stakes in more than 400 companies in 25 countries and offshore jurisdictions, worth billions of dollars.

They disclosed that Taib family's stake in 14 large Malaysian companies alone is worth more than US$ 1.4 billion.

Last week, an international NGO coalition asked the Malaysian authorities to arrest and prosecute the Taib family for corruption, fraud and other charges.

Stating their call in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, they provided full details of properties worth US$ 1.46 billion said to be owned by Taib and his family members.

But the federal government has thus far declined to comment on the allegations against the Taibs although the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has admitted to receiving numerous reports, the latest of which they accepted yesterday.

But Taib on his part has brazenly declared that he has "no secret Swiss" account.

"Let me state categorically that I have no secret Swiss bank account, nor assets nor investments of any description. None whatsoever", " he declared in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly during its latest sitting.

He has also declared that his family members had made their money abroad because they were "clever".

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Sand mining making residents jittery

KUALA LUMPUR: Chong Han Hoi, 63, expects to live out the twilight of his years in peace when he bought his Mutiara Bukit Jalil house three years ago, but that dream has been shattered.

A company of miners, arriving in full force in May this year, have been taking sand from a patch of land and the nearby Bohol flood retention pond.

"They sometimes go on for 24 hours," Chong said, pointing at the excavators dredging sand from a large piece of land just 100 metres away from his housing area.

On a recent visit to Mutiara Bukit Jalil, FMT noticed several excavators digging into the sand by the pond.

A sand washing pit had been set up, with muddy water flowing from there into the pond. Some of the sand was already loaded into big lorries, and were lumbering on their way out.

Chong said that the miners started work two years ago and the digging was minimal then.

"We thought it was a small mining (operation) but it is getting very active (lately)… the mining has been going on for two years," he said.

None of the residents of the 471 houses in Mutiara Bukit Jalil have confronted the sand miners in person.

"I'm afraid that they are draining the sand from our area, and my fear is that the monsoon drain nearby will collapse, and you don't know (how it's going to happen)," Chong added.

Intimidated by bouncers

According to social activist Chin Choong Men, the Bohol pond was originally used for tin mining, and was later set up as a flood retention pond in the 1970s.

Water from Sungai Kuyoh (from Serdang) would flow into it, before it was diverted back into the mainstream, Sungai Kelang.

However, nearby rapid development and dumped rubbish appeared to be polluting the pond. Monsoon drains leading from nearby residential areas also contributed to the problem.

(Mutiara Bukit Jalil rests along the KL-Selangor district border, but does not rest in Selangor.)

Armed with Google Earth satellite images, Chin showed FMT how the pond has shrunk over the last decade, from a healthy-looking green to a brackish brownish-black.

Some of this brownish water, satellite photos showed, seemed to be flowing into Sungai Kelang. The pond's water level was also receding to a dangerous level.

Speaking on the sand mining itself, he said: "The mining is making the pond worse, because the issue is washing the sand using river water.

"If they keep digging, the depth of the pond will become lower, as there will be a lot of sediments."

Flooding as a result of unpredictable weather could also become a problem, said Chin.

Mutiara Bukit Jalil, he added, would not be swamped in a flash flood as it stood on a rise of 80 metres above sea level. For areas north of the pond, however, Chin feared the worst.

"The pond will get smaller, and it is getting dirtier and more polluted. People's health will be affected, and the pond will not serve its function of a flood retention facility," he said.

Lembah Pantai MP (PKR) Nurul Izzah Anwar was also concerned with the sand mining taking place by the pond.

She said that she paid the site a visit on Sept 10 this year. However, Nurul claimed that she was "intimidated" by the heavy-handed presence of "bouncers" standing around the area.

"When I went there, it was just me, my bodyguard and my driver. But there were 30 men standing outside the perimeter (of the area) and inside (the compound)."

"They were bouncers, and they were standing around… waiting. It was not something I quite liked, it was more than I bargained for," she said.

Nurul added that she stayed around for less than 10 minutes before leaving. She would later query KL City Hall (DBKL) for an answer.

DBKL: Sand mining completely legal

Four days later, KL Datuk Bandar Ahmad Fuad Ismail confirmed that the sand mining was operated by a company known as Tetuan Zest Module (M) Sdn Bhd, and that it was completely legal.

In his letter, Ahmad Fuad said that Tetuan Zest Module's contract began on May 1 this year and would end on Dec 31 2012 – a total of 20 months.

In return, the company would pay royalties to the federal Land Office, and would be required to build a recreational park in the Bohol area.

Ahmad Fuad told FMT that the sand mining area was once used as a garbage management area, and that until recently, illegal dumping and other activities were taking place.

"People were complaining why people weren't really taking care of the place… If we don't do anything, then people will complain," he said.

He added that the federal Land Office had given Tetuan Zest Module the permit to mine sand. The company was also required to remove the garbage dumped into the pond.

"They're not only taking out the sand, but they're also taking out the garbage and all the metals that have been dumped there… there's not a lot of sand left," he said.

Ahmad Fuad said that Tetuan Zest would spend between RM4 million and RM5 million to build "a very nice landscape" in the "second phase" of its operations.

Both DBKL and the Land Irrigation Department, he added, were keeping a close eye on the company, but did not find anything untoward.

"For whatever they take out, it shouldn't disturb Sungai Kuyoh. We will take action if they're not doing their job, but thus far, we have no reports saying that they haven't," he said.

Asked about local residents' grouses about the area, he said: "It's for the people there, because they will be using the place."

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Mahathir made World Bank application thru NEAC, while Anwar was in Bamboo River...

orange book forum klscah 250111 rafizi ramliFollowing former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's admission that Malaysia took a World Bank loan under his watch, the PKR has provided further evidence that Mahathir made the application when he was chairperson of the National Economic Action Council (NEAC), while Anwar Ibrahim was in prison.

Pakatan's strategic director Rafizi Ramli said that although Mahathir admitted the loan was made during his time, "what is frustrating is that the former premier continued to lie when he said that the final negotiations were carried out by Anwar in 1997".

Evidence, Rafizi (left) said, is verified further in documents from the Malaysian government and World Bank and this proves that the application for a US$ 404 million loan was made on Mahathir's directive.

"The document marked PID6999 and entitled 'Initial report to PID6999 loan application' states the government announced the National Economic Recovery Plan (NERP) on July 1998, to bring the economy back on a positive growth path...

"The government approached the bank for help in strengthening this plan and implementing it through a social protection project.

"This document was to apply for a loan where the applicant was the Malaysian government and it was not offered by the World Bank as Mahathir had claimed.

"Furthermore, the NERP was administered fully by the NEAC which was chaired by Mahathir himself," he said.! < br>
NONERafizi said the daily running of the NEAC was decided by its then-executive director, Daim Zainuddin (right), who was also the special functions minister.

The secretary of the NEAC was the director-general of the Economic Planning Unit, which also came under Mahathir's purview.

"All this proves that the application was made by the NEAC which was controlled by Mahathir. The loan by the NEAC was on behalf of the Malaysian government to finance to NERP programme, launched in July 1998."

Rafizi also gave the chronology of the events: Loan application was received by World Bank from Malaysian government on July 26, 1998; World Bank evaluators came to Malaysia on Nov 30, 1998; and loan negotiations began on Feb 1, 1999.

Anwar was imprisoned on Sept 2, 1998, after being sacked as the deputy prime minister.

All this, Rafizi said, showed that not only was the loan application made on the orders of Mahathir, it also showed that all negotiations took place while Anwar was already in prison.

Matters pertaining to family

Rafizi said Mahathir may find further reasons to explain the matter but the evidence is clear now.

"I would like to advise Mahathir not to be over-enthusiastic to ask someone to swear on the Al Quran, as matters pertaining to hi! s own f amily cannot be denied.

NONE"If Mahathir dares to challenge why doesn't he swear on the Quran to deny his son, Mirzan, purchased the largest alcohol beverage conglomerate in this region with San Miguel.

"Isn't he a leader who is a Muslim, in ownership of alcohol which is prohibited in Islam. Furthermore, this conglomerate also controls Exxon Mobil Malaysia," he added.


On Dec 16, Anwar alleged that Mahathir had written to the World Bank asking for funds during the financial crisis in 1999.

Mahathir had initially denied he took loans from the World Bank. However, Rafizi provided further evidence to show that Mahathir had lied.

The former premier however in his blog posting yesterday admitted his administration took the loan.

source:malaysiakini

Pinjaman Bank Dunia dipohon Mahathir selaku pengerusi MTEN

Mahathir will deny over and over of any wrong doing in the World Bank loans. Probably Mahathir will go the extend of saying, "I'm only the boss but the then-executive director, Daim Zainuddin did all the dirty work.

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Konserto Terakhir to replace Interlok

KUALA LUMPUR: The novel, "Konserto Terakhir" by national laureate Abdullah Hussain will replace "Interlok" as textbook for the Malay literature component for Form Five students from next year.

Education director-general Abd Ghafar Mahmud in a statement today said the textbook replacement concerned students in Zone Two, covering Negri Sembilan, the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and Selangor.

He said "Konserto Terakhir" had gone through the process of selection and screening set and was found to be suitable as a school literature textbook based on the values promoted and the quality of the work.

On Dec 14, the Cabinet decided that the novel, "Interlok", also written by Abdullah, would cease to be used as a Form Five textbook from 2012.

The decision was made following feelings of uneasiness among some sections of society about the novel and to prevent certain quarters from continuing to turn it into a polemic.

"Konserto Terakhir" had been used before as a Form Five textbook in Zone Two from year 2000 to 2010.

The novel revolves around the struggle and resilience of a village youth who migrated to the city to look for a job and in the end becomes a big star.

- Bernama

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Malaysia’s World Bank loans

Dr Mahathir Mohamad

The accusation that I wrote to the World Bank asking for loans is baseless. But Malaysia had been borrowing project loans from the World Bank since 1958.

The last negotiations for the loans were made in 1997. These were for projects in:

a) Education sector US$ 244 million (RM756 million)

b) Social sector US$ 60 million

c) Technical sector US$ 100 million

The currency crisis also began in 1997. Naturally the loans were not approved until 1999 when the crisis was over. The usual sequence is for application for a loan to be made, followed by negotiations. Approval would be given by the bank later.

The World Bank wanted Malaysia to request for loans to tide over the crisis like the other countries affected by currency trading. The loans would be conditional upon Malaysia following IMF advice on economic management. It is well-known that Malaysia refused to seek IMF or World Bank help because the so-called help would worsen the financial situation. Instead, in 1998 Malaysia imposed currency control which helped it to recover.

In June 1998 (before currency control and while Anwar Ibrahim was still Minister of Finance) a loan for US$ 300 million was signed with the World Bank for:

a) Fund for Food Programme

b) Higher Education Loan Fund

c) Microcredit Programme

By 31st March 1999 a loan of US$ 100 million was signed for Technical Assistance and for overcoming Y2K problems. However, this loan was stopped after drawing down US$ 11.94 million.

Of the US$ 244 million Education Project which was approved in March 1999, payment was ordered to be stopped after US$ 216.7 million was drawn down.

Of the Social Sector loan of US$ 60 million, approved in March 1999, only US$ 600,000 was drawn down before it was stopped.

As the whole world knows, Anwar was reported in the press and foreign magazines for implementing the IMF policy without the IMF loans. He raised interest rates, reduced the period for declaring loans no! n-perfor ming from six months to three months, reduced budget allocation to ministries so as to achieve a budget surplus, etc.

Although he did not oppose currency controls, his appointees as governor and deputy governor of Bank Negara refused to implement the policy and resigned. Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz was then appointed as Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.

As stated above, Malaysia stopped the draw down on loans negotiated with the World Bank in 1997 and June 1998. This did not stop Malaysia from recovering from the crisis.

At no time did I write a letter or verbally request for loans from the World Bank. If Anwar can show evidence that I did, he should. Failing that he should swear on the Quran in a mosque that he knows what he says is true. I am prepared to swear that I never asked for loans from the World Bank. — chedet.co.cc

* Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister from 1981 to 2003

 

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Response to the Alumni of Yayasan Selangor

MAKLUM BALAS BERHUBUNG PENUTUPAN SERTA PERPINDAHAN PELAJAR ASRAMA YAYASAN SELANGOR  KUALA LUMPUR (AYSKL)

En. Aina Hanim bin Lokman
Presiden
Persatuan Alumni Asrama Yayasan Selangor (PAYS)
No.8, Jalan SS 17/3
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
 
 
MAKLUM BALAS BERHUBUNG PENUTUPAN SERTA PERPINDAHAN PELAJAR ASRAMA YAYASAN SELANGOR  KUALA LUMPUR (AYSKL)
 
Dengan hormatnya merujuk surat tuan PAYS/2011/003/mb bertarikh 1 Disember 2011.
 
2.         Sebagaimana sedia maklum, kawasan sekitar Asrama Yayasan Selangor Kuala Lumpur sedang pesat membangun selari dengan pembinaan sistem jaringan MRT. Persekitaran ini tidak sesuai dan tidak kondusif bagi pelajar-pelajar menginap dan menjalani kehidupan di asrama serta mengikuti pembelajaran di kelas.  
 
3.         Yayasan Selangor telah menjalankan soal selidik dan sesi dialog bersama ibu bapa dan pelajar. Maklum balas dan pandangan hasil aktiviti tersebut dapat dirumuskan seperti berikut :-
 
3.1       80 % bersetuju untuk sama ada berulang alik ke sekolah asal, bersekolah di sekolah pilihan ataupun ditempatkan di sekolah / sekolah asrama harian terpilih
 
3.2       20% bersetuju untuk kekal di Asrama Yayasan Selangor Kuala Lumpur
 
4.         Perancangan dan keputusan yang dibuat oleh pengurusan Yayasan Selangor berdasarkan pertimbangan yang teliti dengan mengambil kira semua aspek bagi memastikan kelangsungan pendidikan pelajar-pelajar tajaannya. Langkah-langkah yang telah diambil adalah:
 
4.1       Mengekalkan pelajar-pelajar yang akan menduduki peperiksaan awam seperti Peperiksaan Penilaian Menengah Rendah dan Peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia pada tahun 2012
 
4.2       Menawarkan kepada pelajar-pelajar lain (Tingkatan 2/2012 dan Tingkatan 4/2012) beberapa alternatif; antaranya:-
4.2.1    Penempatan di sekolah / sekolah asrama harian terpilih di sekitar Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor 
 
4.2.2    Penempatan di sekolah sedia ada dan berulang alik dari rumah
 
4.2.3    Penempatan pilihan p! elajar/ ibu bapa
 
4.2.3    Penempatan di Asrama Yayasan Selangor Kuala Lumpur (AYSKL) untuk tempoh setahun (2012)
 
4.3       Menawarkan beberapa insentif tambahan bagi memastikan hak istimewa pelajar-pelajar tajaannya terjamin
 
5.         Pada awal penubuhan Yayasan Selangor, pelajar-pelajarnya ditempatkan di asrama Yayasan Selangor dan bersekolah di sekolah-sekolah kawalan sekitar Kuala Lumpur dan Petaling Jaya. Pada tahun 2012, Yayasan Selangor telah mengembangkan sayap Rancangan Khas Pendidikan Yayasan Selangor dengan menambahkan penajaan untuk pelajar-pelajar yang berulang dari rumah ke sekolah. Pelajar-pelajar ini juga menikmati kemudahan kelas bimbingan, program kecemerlangan akademik dan program kepimpinan, tawaran biasiswa bagi yang berkelayakan serta pemantauan akademik yang berterusan. Jumlah asrama daerah juga turut bertambah daripada 9 kepada 17 buah sekolah yang menempatkan pelajar Yayasan Selangor.

6.         Yayasan Selangor juga turut membantu membaiki kemudahan prasarana dan infrastruktur untuk sekolah-sekolah daif persendirian di Selangor. Yayasan Selangor telah menaja pelajar-pelajar di Maahad Tarbiyah Islamiah Al-Ansar di Berjuntai Bestari dan Pusat Pengajian Pondok Bustanul Ariffin, Kampung Labohan Dagang, Banting, Selangor. Tajaan ini adalah dari segi tajaan makan/minum, kemudahan pengangkutan ke masjid untuk solat Jumaat dan pembayaran bil utiliti. Disamping itu, Yayasan Selangor turut memberi sumbangan kepada program yang berteraskan pendidikan kepada rumah anak-anak yatim, NGO, PIBG Sekolah, program SPIES dan sebagainya. Program-program CSR juga dirangka untuk membantu anak-anak yatim, miskin dan golongan yang perlu dibantu serta diberi program secara berpusat.
 
7.         Pada tahun 2012, Yayasan Selangor akan mengkhaskan pinjaman pelajaran kepada pelajar-pelajar di peringkat sijil dan diploma dalam bidang kemahiran. Pinjaman pelajaran ini akan memberi peluang kepada remaja yang kurang cemerlang akademiknya dan golon! gan gene rasi tercicir (lost generation) untuk belajar dalam bidang kemahiran. Setelah menamatkan pengajian diharap pelajar-pelajar ini mendapat pekerjaan yang sesuai dan menjadi insan yang berguna.

8.         Sehubungan dengan itu, Yayasan Selangor telah memperuntukkan pinjaman pelajaran bagi tahun 2012 iaitu sejumlah RM782,000 untuk pelajar INPENS. Peruntukan tersebut melibatkan RM430,000 untuk pelajar-pelajar baru dan RM352,000 untuk pelajar yang sedia ada. Pembiayaan ini menunjukkan bahawa Yayasan Selangor serius dalam usaha untuk memberi peluang pendidikan kepada pelajar-pelajar kemahiran supaya mereka mendapat pendapatan yang lumayan suatu hari kelak dan seterusnya membayar kembali pinjaman tersebut.

9.        Yayasan Selangor sentiasa berusaha kuat untuk mengumpul pendapatan dan dana. Punca pendapatan ini adalah dari hasil sewaan ruang pejabat dan kediaman, projek usahasama, mengusahakan ladang kelapa sawit, pelaburan jangka pendek dan panjang, penyewaan kem-kem bina semangat dan PLKN dan sebagainya. Yayasan Selangor telah berjaya menjana pendapatan sendiri untuk perbelanjaan tadbir urus syarikat dan menjalankan aktiviti pendidikan dengan menaja pelajar-pelajar di asrama mahupun menaja pelajar-pelajar di menara gading dan program-program modal insan.  Yayasan Selangor dalam usaha menjana lebih pendapatan agar lebih ramai pelajar dapat ditaja dengan projek pembangunan semula bangunan Yayasan Selangor di Bukit Bintang, Kg.Baru, pembangunan tanah di Presint 7 Shah Alam dan pembangunan tanah di Kampung Pandan.

10.          Seluruh warga kerja Yayasan Selangor berazam untuk berusaha keras demi memenuhi tanggungjawab sosial sebagai pemangkin membentuk generasi berilmu dengan menawarkan akses pendidikan samarata kepada rakyat  Selangor walaupun berdepan dengan pelbagai rintangan. Yayasan Selangor akan terus menjana dana untuk disalurkan kepada pelajar-pelajar dari peringkat sekolah pondok sehingga ke menara gading.

11.       Yayasan Selangor juga telah mempe! runtukka n RM350,000 pada tahun 2012 untuk menaja 50 orang pelajar peringkat Asasi di UNISEL dan pada tahun-tahun seterusnya.
 
 12.      Pembelian rumah banglo berdekatan dengan SMK Assunta, SMK Sri Aman, SMK Bukit Bintang dan  SMK La Salle (semuanya terletak  di Petaling Jaya) tertakluk kepada kelulusan Jabatan Pendidikan Selangor untuk dijadikan Asrama Harian.

13.       Yayasan Selangor juga sedang menunggu keputusan dari pihak Jabatan Pendidikan Wilayah Persekutuan bagi mengisi 260 tempat kosong di asrama SMK Victoria  untuk menempatkan pelajar tajaan Yayasan Selangor di SMK Victoria, SMK St John, SMK Aminuddin Baki dan SMK (L) Methodist.  

14.         Yayasan Selangor tidak pernah lupa jasa dan pengorbanan Allahyarham Dato' Harun Idris. Aspirasi beliau tetap akan diterjemah dengan pendekatan yang berbeza selaras dengan situasi semasa. Mulai tahun 2012, Program Rancangan Khas Pendidikan Yayasan Selangor akan dikembangkan di setiap daerah dengan  mengambil pelajar sama ada ditempatkan di asrama mahupun berulang dari rumah.
 
15.         Sewajarnya PAYS bertindak membantu Yayasan Selangor melaksanakan perancangan pendidikan khusus untuk rakyat Selangor dan bukannya sebagai kumpulan pendesak yang bertindak secara melulu. PAYS boleh menggunakan pendekatan yang lebih sesuai dan tidak menjadikan perkara ini sebagai isu politik yang menjatuhkan imej Yayasan Selangor di mata masyarakat. Yayasan Selangor amat kesal atas sikap PAYS yang seumpama `Kacang Lupakan Kulit'.
 
16.       Adalah lebih bijak dan befaedah jika PAYS berganding bahu bersama Yayasan Selangor untuk memohon  dari Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan agar segera meluluskan permohonan membuka Asrama Harian di Petaling Jaya dan di SMK Victoria. Itu adalah  lebih baik dari menggigit tangan pihak yang pernah membantu anda dan membuat bising tanpa arah tujuan.
  
Sekian, terima kasih.
 
Yang benar,
 
 
ILHAM BIN MARZUKIPenguru s Besar
Yayasan Selangor

 

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Mahathir is cause of 1997 Financial Crisis Thru Mismanagement

Mahathir is NOT an Economist and had NEVER faced such a Financial Crisis BEFORE. Therefore, Mahathir did not know the solution.

By Dr Robert Chan

In 1995, World Bank, IMF and Economists warned Mahathir Mohammad the Prime Minister that if Malaysia did NOT manage its economy and finance properly, it would suffer the same fate as Mexico whose peso plummeted very seriously.

Instead of finding out WHY and HOW to prevent the situation, Mahathir immediately rebutted and scolded them by saying that they were jealous of Malaysia's development and economy and they were trying to embarrass us.

In 1997, when the Financial Crisis hit us, we were all shocked. Mahathir did not know what had happened and therefore did not know what to do.

Mahathir and his Ministers were confused by the various statements that they made. Apparently, Mahathir spent billions to support the currency ringgit but was unsuccessful.

When US Secretary of Treasury, Robert Rubin came, his advice was sought. Robert asked Daim and Mahathir to reduce interest rates. Daim is only a Lawyer and a businessman. He is no great Economist. IF Mahathir and Daim claim that they are experts in Economics and Finance, I would like to give them a Test - Theory and Viva.

Professor Paul Krugman wrote an open letter to Mahathir asking him to implement the Exchange Control.

Finally, the value of the Malaysian currency RM fell by more than 50% from RM2.50 to RM3.80 to USD.

Mahathir is NOT an Economist and had NEVER faced such a Financial Crisis BEFORE. Therefore, Mahathir did not know the solution. He took advice. Rumours in KL said Nor Mohamed Yaacop was responsible for the loss of US$ 10 billion in currency trading!!! Ask the Bankers and his classmates in University of Malaya. Malaysians became poorer by more than 50% because the idiotic Prime Minister Mahathir was stubborn.

So what so great about Mahathir???

When I was in Britain there was a Debate where Nobel Prize Winner Milton Friedman, Margaret Thatcher British PM and etc participated in discussing the E! conomy o f Britain. Milton Friedman and Margaret Thatcher both said, "You cannot spend money you have not earned."

Even a normal housewife knows that. She will run on a budget. A housewife is given a certain sum of money a month by her husband to manage the family and house. If she over-spends, she will be scolded by her husband. Most of the time, the housewife will spend less than what was given so she has some money for rainy days!!! A normal housewife can manage the economy better than Prime Minister Mahathir.
 
Mahathir the Prime Minister ran current accounts deficits for several years with little reserves.
Mahathir blamed everybody except himself.
Mahathir had to find a scapegoat and he pointed his finger at George Soros.
Mahathir is good at finding scapegoats!!!

When Malaysia was in the midst of this Financial Crisis 1997-8, he led a huge delegation to Argentina. WHAT FOR??? He should have stayed at home to LEARN ABOUT THE CRISIS, its causes and its remedies. But he did not care!!! If a Japanese PM did that, he would be forced to resign.

Mahathir did NOT treat the people with respect. His attitude is, "I can spend the peoples' money any way I like. What can you do? I am the PM. I have the power."
 
Mahathir travelled around the world more frequently than the US President or any leader of his time, using the nation's money. Mahathir also went to Antartica and Vladivostock!!! He can justify anything.
 
After retirement, he admitted the 1997-8 Financial Crisis was the biggest headache he ever had as PM.
 
When I went to Argentina for a holiday, I was told by some Argentinians that our Prime Minister, Ministers and businessmen had bought properties in Argentina.
 
Is that the reason WHY Mahatir (after retirement) flew to Argentina using a "private jet"??? Whose private jet was that???
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Mah athir is an arrogant and stubborn person.
Mahathir built the crooked half bridge without first getting Singapore to agree and sign the Agreement.
Now the half bridge, hanging in the air, is rotting in the sun.
Mahathir wasted RM350 million of the peoples money. But he doesn't care.
He always said he did not care.
See how stubborn and idiotic he is.
Mahathir is an irresponsible Prime Minister.
 
The RM350 million could be used to build 3500 homes for the poor Malays. These homes could accommodate about 18,000 people. Are Architects and Engineers taught in Universities HOW to build crooked half bridges??? I don't think it is in their curriculum. I think it is unethical for Architects and Engineers to build HALF bridges. Who made the MONEY from building the HALF bridge???
 
Mahathir built the RM600 million Convention Hall in Putrajaya for the OIC Meeting. Now it is hardly used. Such a waste of money!!! Why doesn't Mahathir use the KLCC Convention Hall or PWTC Halls or other big Halls in KL?
 
Because Mahathir just doesn't care.
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Mahathir lupa kot yang pinjaman dibuat melalui MTEN...

PKR mendedahkan, pinjaman kepada Bank Dunia dibuat oleh kerajaan Malaysia melalui Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Negara (MTEN) yang dipengerusikan oleh Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Ia dibuat melalui satu badan di bawah MTEN iaitu Pelan Pemulihan Ekonomi Negara (National Economic Recovery Plan, NERP).

Demikian didedahkan oleh Rafizi Ramli (gambar), Pengarah Strategik PKR dalam satu kenyataannya hari ini bagi menjawab penafian Dr Mahathir beliau ada memohon pinjaman dari Bank Dunia.

Menurut Rafizi, perjalanan seharian MTEN diputuskan oleh Pengarah Eksekutif NEAC iaitu Tun Daim Zainuddin, Menteri Tugas-tugas Khas yang dilantik oleh Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

Setiausaha NEAC adalah Ketua Pengarah, Unit Perancang Ekonomi (EPU) yang bertanggungjawab penuh kepada Tun Mahathir Mohamad ketika itu, katanya.

Berikut kenyataan penuh Rafizi:

Saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Tun Mahathir Mohamad yang akhirnya mengaku bahawa pentadbiran beliau memang ada mengambil pinjaman dari Bank Dunia yang ditandatangani pada 31 Mac 1999 semasa beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Kewangan.

Ini bertentangan dengan penafian beliau sehari sebelum itu kononnya beliau tidak mengambil sebarang pinjaman Bank Dunia.! Malangnya, adalah mendukacitakan apabila beliau masih meneruskan pembohongan untuk mengabui mata rakyat.

Beliau menulis kononnya "rundingan terakhir dibuat dalam tahun 1997 untuk mendapatkan pinjaman Bank Dunia" dengan niat menyabitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dengan permohonan pinjaman tersebut.

Hakikatnya adalah berbeza dan ini disahkan oleh dokumen-dokumen Kerajaan Malaysia dan Bank Dunia.


Saya rujuk rentetan peristiwa dan dokumen-dokumen berikut untuk membuktikan bahawa permohonan untuk pinjaman sebanyak USD404 juta dari Bank Dunia dibuat atas arahan Tun Mahathir Mohamad sendiri:

1. Dokumen Bank Dunia (Laporan Awal Permohonan Pinjaman PID6999 yang disertakan bersama) pada halaman 2 perenggan terakhir menyebut:

"In view of these circumstances in July 1998, the Government announced a National Economic Recovery Plan to bring the economy back on a positive growth path. One of the six strategic objectives of the National Economic Recovery Plan is to continue the country's equity and socio-economic agenda which had been instrumental during the past two decades, in maintaining social stability in the country. In line with this objective, the Government has proposed a plan of action to mitigate the adverse social impacts of the crisis which threaten to reverse the gains made in the past. The Government has approached the Bank for help in strengthening this plan and implementing it through a Social Protection Project"

Dokumen Bank Dunia itu menjelaskan tujuan permohonan pinjaman yang dibuat iaitu untuk membiayai Pelan Pemulihan Ekonomi Negara (National Economic Recovery Plan, NERP) yang diumumkan di dalam bulan Julai 1998. Permohonan juga dibuat oleh Kerajaan Malaysia, bukannya ditawarkan oleh Bank Dunia seperti yang didakwa Tun Mahathir.

2. NERP diumumkan dan ditadbir sepenuhnya oleh National Economic Action Council (NEAC) atau Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Negara (MTEN). NEAC dipengerusikan oleh Tun Mahathir Mohamad sendiri.

Perjalanan seharian NEAC diputuskan oleh Pengarah Eksekutif NEAC iaitu Tun Daim Zainuddin, Menteri Tugas-tugas Khas yang dilantik oleh Tun Mahathir Mohamad. Setiausaha NEAC adalah Ketua Pengarah, Unit Perancang Ekonomi (EPU) yang bertanggungjawab penuh kepada Tun Mahathir Mohamad ketika itu.

3. Maka, jelas terbukti bahawa permohonan mendapatkan bantuan kewangan dari Bank Dunia dibuat oleh NEAC bagi pihak Kerajaan Malaysia untuk membiayai NERP yang dilancarkan dalam bulan Julai 1998. NEAC dikawal sepenuhnya oleh Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

4. Ini bertepatan dengan jadual kelulusan pinjaman dari Bank Dunia seperti yang termaktub di dalam Laporan Penilaian Permohonan Pinjaman (Project Appraisal Document 18855-MA yang disertakan bersama) mukasurat 29. Ia menyebut tarikh-tarikh penting seperti berikut:

a. Permohonan mula-mula diterima dari Kerajaan Malaysia pada 26 Julai 1998

b. Pasukan penilai dari Bank Dunia berlepas ke Malaysia pada 30 November 1998

c. Rundingan hanya bermula 1 Februari 1999

5. Bukan sahaja permohonan dibuat oleh NEAC mengikut arahan Tun Mahathir Mohamad, malah kesemua proses rundingan berlaku selepas Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim sudah pun dipenjarakan.

Saya percaya Tun Mahathir Mohamad akan mencari alasan baru untuk menerangkan perkara ini walaupun ia sudah jelas terbukti, sebagaimana beliau akhirnya mengaku beliau ada mengambil pinjaman Bank Dunia (walaupun menafikannya sebelum itu).

Saya juga menasihatkan Tun Mahathir Mohamad agar tidak begitu ghairah mencabar orang lain bersumpah di atas al-Quran dalam hal ini, kerana jika polemik cabar-mencabar untuk bersumpah ini melarat kepada isu-isu yang membabitkan keluarga beliau, sukar untuk beliau menafikannya.

Contohnya, adalah lebih berguna sekiranya beliau bersumpah di atas al-Quran bahawa anak beliau, Mirzan Mahathir tidak membeli pegangan besar di dalam konglomerat arak terbesar di rantau ini iaitu San Miguel kerana soal keluarga pembesar negara beragama Islam menguasai perniagaan arak adalah soal yang sensitif bagi masyarakat beragama Islam di Malaysia.

Tambahan pula, bila konglomerat yang sama ingin menguasai perniagaan hiliran milik ExxonMobil Malaysia yang melibatkan ribuan rakyat Malaysia beragama Islam yang tidak sanggup dibayar gaji dari wang yang terlibat dengan arak.


Jika beliau bersungguh-sungguh untuk bersumpah di atas al-Quran, bersumpahlah menafikan perkara ini terlebih dahulu.

MOHD RAFIZI RAMLI

source:harakahdailynet

Dr Mahathir akui Malaysia pinjam dana Bank Dunia

Kalau mata lebam Anwar pun Mahatir boleh kelentong apatah lagi benda2 lain.

Mahathir said that Malaysia stopped taking any loans from World Bank in 1998. But the next breath, another USD100 mil was signed in March 1999. Apa nama ini? Does he still thinks the rakyat is stupid?

Looks like Pak Lah is a slightly more honest person than Mahathir.


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Dari dulu sampai sekarang, Melayu tidak ke mana juga — Aspan Alias

21 DIS — Agenda Melayu! Itulah isu yang tidak lekang di mulut pemimpin Umno sejak tiga dekad dahulu. Semasa perlaksanaan DEB dahulu pun tidak begitu kuat pemimpin-pemimpin Umno menyebut tentang isu agenda Melayu ini.

Sekarang di mana-mana pemimpin-pemimpin terbesar negara bercakap tentang agenda Melayu tetapi Melayu masih dalam keadaan ketinggalan dan kerana itu isu itu masih mahu dihidupkan terutamanya dalam menghadapi PRU yang semakin hari semakin hampir ini.

Umno masih mengharapkan yang isu ini akan dapat menyatukan orang Melayu di bawah ketiak Umno kononnya untuk menyempurnakan agenda Melayu. Kalau agenda Melayu sudah begitu lama di nyanyikan oleh kepimpinan Melayu Umno, bagaimana orang Melayu terutamanya yang terlingkung dalam kumpulan generasi muda masih mahu mempercayainya?

Oleh kerana itu ada kemungkinan yang ketinggalan orang Melayu dalam semua bidang sekarang ini merupakan isu yang sangat "expedient" bagi pimpinan Umno untuk menyatukan mereka. Lagi ketinggalan Melayu ini lagi untung bagi parti Umno yang sudah begitu selekeh ini untuk meneruskan kuasa.

Umno seolah-olah tidak mahu Melayu ini maju kedepan kerana jika Melayu sudah maju maka Umno akan hilang isu untuk menyaingi parti-parti lain yang kian hari kian mendapat sambutan dari rakyat yang rata-rata sudah menggunakan akal anugerah Tuhan untuk menilai dan berfikir untuk memilih yang mana yang baik dan yang sebaliknya.

Saya menyebut ini kerana yang menjadi mangsa di atas keghairahan Umno untuk terus berkuasa ini menjadikan orang Melayu mangsa kepada nafsu Umno untuk terus berkuasa. Orang Melayu masih dalam ketakutan kerana mereka terpedaya dengan cara Umno yang suka menakut-nakutkan mereka (orang Melayu). Umno sudah menjadi zalim kerana menekan bangsanya sendiri dan memundurkan pemikiran mereka sehingga mereka tidak boleh bergerak untuk memajukan diri mereka (Melayu).

Apabila orang Melayu mempunyai sedikit pandangan yang berbeza, Umno akan mengungkit kononnya jasa-jasa yang telah diberikan Umno kepada mereka itu harus dibalas dengan memberikan sokongan walaupun mereka merompak dan menyamun. Kita sedih dengan kelemahan bangsa kita dalam hal ini walaupun setengah dari mereka telah belajar jauh di antara dunia tetapi mempunyai pemikiran yang masih dijajah dengan kumpulan penjenayah politik dan ekonomi seperti Umno ini. Nampak sangat sikap pemimpin-pemimpin Umno yang mereka tidak suka kepada bangsanya yang berfikir.

Menakut-nakutkan orang Melayu merupakan satu-satunya cara untuk menyatukan orang Melayu pada pandangan Umno. Isu yang digunakan oleh Umno bagi menakutkan orang Melayu ialah Pakatan Rakyat, jika berkuasa akan menghilangkan kedaulatan Raja-Raja Melayu. Jika PR memerintah, orang Melayu akan di kafirkan oleh DAP dengan mengkristiankan orang Melayu. Jika PR memerintah, DAP dan komponen PR akan melenyapkan orang Melayu kononnya.

Umno sudah ketandusan idea untuk menjawab perbahasan dalam banyak isu politik. Umno hanya tinggal dengan taktik gertak menggertak serta melakukan pembelian undi dan melakukan penipuan dalam pilihanraya nanti seperti yang mereka lakukan selama ini. Taktik yang lain ialah dengan menghina dan menggunakan kata-kata kesat yang tidak bertemadun dan beragama. Umno seolah-olah sedang menghadapi penyakit gila talak dan tidak keruan lagi.

Mencarut-carut di alam cyber sekarang ini sudah menjadi pakaian penyokong-penyokong Umno untuk berkempen bagi menegakkan benang basah mereka. Mereka tidak sedar manusia sekarang sudah lebih tinggi tamadunnya. Memaki hamun dan mencarut itu hanya membayangkan betapa "desperado" nya Umno masa kini dan memaki hamun itu hanya dilakukan oleh mereka yang sengkek sahaja.

Kita sudah mengiktiraf bahawa jika sesebuah parti itu memenangi pilihanraya seperti itu ia merupakan satu kemenangan yang tidak "legitimate". Tetapi Umno tidak peduli dengan isu "legitimacy" ini. Yang penting berkuasa terus menerus. PM Najib Razak secara terbuka telah berkata yang Umno akan lakukan apa sahaja untuk mempertahankan Putrajaya. Bagi Umno yang penting ialah kuasa bukannya untuk bertanggungjawab kepada rakyat.

Umno menekan orang Melayu dengan isu sensitif seperti yang saya sebutkan di atas. Lagi takut orang Melayu lagi untung kepimpinannya. Jadi Umno hanya membina sifat penakut kepada orang Melayu sahaja kerana jika orang Melayu takut dengan isu rasis yang di gembar gemburkan olehnya lagi berpeluang mereka untuk berkuasa dan melakukan perkara-perkara yang merosakkan orang Melayu lagi.

Maka orang Melayu dididik supaya tidak menggunakan pemikiran yang rasional, sebaliknya menggunakan sentimen dan emosi semata-mata. Hasilnya wujudlah kumpulan penyokong-penyokong Umno yang tidak dapat berfikir dan membahaskan isu-isu penting dalam negara, justeru mereka hanya menggunakan kata-kata yang tidak baik seperti babi, anjing, baruah dan sebagainya yang kotor-kotor belaka. Bahasa yang mereka gunakan tidak langsung melambangkan bangsa mereka.

Sekarang ini kata-kata kotor dan menjijikkan merupakan "attribute" yang jelas bagi parti yang sementara ini masih memerintah negara setidak-tidaknya sehingga pilihanraya nanti. Penyokong-penyokongnya sudah tidak lagi mampu berfikir dan bertindak dalam kebijaksanaan.

Orang yang nazak memang tidak lagi boleh berfikir kerana orang dalam keadaan begitu itu adalah orang yang sedang mengalami "brain death". Jadi bagi parti yang sedang mengalami "brain death" ini, tentulah saudara-saudari tahu apakah "consequence of event" yang akan berlaku kepada parti yang semasa kuat dan berkuasa dulu begitu bongkak dan sombong itu.

Sejak akhir-akhir ini Umno sebenarnya bukan berusaha untuk melaksanakan agenda Melayu, sebaliknya untuk melaksanakan agenda pemimpin-pemimpin Melayu yang mabuk dengan kuasa serta kekayaan dan wang ringgit yang tidak berkesudahan itu sahaja.

Kalau dahulu kita dijajah oleh Inggeris dan sebagainya, sekarang kita bukan setakat dijajah tetapi seperti kita sedang ditekan oleh kuasa seperti "Malayan Union" dahulu, tetapi kali ini dari sekumpulan bangsa sendiri yang menamakan kumpulan mereka Umno (baru) yang mula dipelupori oleh Dr Mahathir Mohamad dahulu.

Orang Melayu hanya diperguna untuk bertepuk dan bersorak dan pemimpin-pemimpin terus menipu dan mengelirukan mereka (orang Melayu). Lagi mereka (orang Melayu) ditipu lagi kuat mereka bertepuk dan bersorak. Kalau kita cuba menegur orang yang di tipu tadi akan memaki hamun kita pula dengan menggunakan perkataan-perkataan yang kesat dan tidak punya temadun.

Itulah situasi sekarang ini. Penyelesaiannya hanya dengan mengingati Pak ABU sentiasa. Jangan berkasar seperti penyokong Umno sekarang ini. Dengan senyum simpul hanya gunakan kuasa undi anda setelah berfikir panjang-panjang. Jika ada penyokong Umno membabikan kita, jangan lawan mereka... hanya beristighfar banyak-banyak. — aspanaliasnet.blogspot.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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Jawapan PAC : Penggunaan Wang Zakat dalam Kes Anwar Ibrahim

SEMUA LEMBU PERGI SINGAPORE

HAPUSKAN SAJA KUASA UMNO/APCO-BN!!!
ITU SAJA JAWAPAN DAN TINDAKAN PALING MUDAH

Sekarang ni dah bertambah lagi dengan pembelian kereta mewah, tanah di Putrajaya, dan yang terbaru kondo mewah di Singapura. Gunakan kuasa di tangan anda untuk menyingkirkan semua puak yang hanya pentingkan tembolok sendiri ini.
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DAP MP to sue three dailies

PETALING JAYA: Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo is suing three dailies over a report alleging that he and Selangor executive councillor Teresa Kok had made false promises to a needy woman.

He told reporters that neither he nor Kok had ever met the woman, S Valanthi, who made her allegations at a press conference apparently organised by Alternative Action Team (AAT), a NGO professing to fight for the welfare of poor Malaysian Indians.

Gobind, speaking at a press conference with Kok at his side, said the three newspapers—Sinar Harian, Harian Metro and Tamil Nesan—had defamed both of them by their failure to ascertain the truth of the allegations before publishing their reports on Sunday..

"I even invited the three dailies to attend this press conference, but no one turned up to hear our side of the story," he said.

The papers quoted Valamathi as saying that Gobind and Kok visited her last November and promised to locate her husband, whom police had detained for drug abuse, and to settle her outstanding utility bills, amounting to RM2,300.

"But nothing has been done and we have not had any water or electricity for the past one year," she said, according to the reports.

AAT president B Kalaivanar, who was at her side during the press conference, reportedly accused Gobind and Kok of pretending to help the needy in order to gain political support from the public.

Gobind said: "It doesn't make sense at all. We've never met her before. So how are we to gain any publicity from this?"

Kok said this was not the first time that Kalaivanar had thrown accusations at her. He would usually do so through the Tamil dailies, she added.

"I have never met him before," she said. "I think he is just trying to portray DAP as a party that neglects the Indian community in Selangor."

Kalaivanar was a PKR member before he quit in the party in 2009 during the Bukit Selambau by-election.

A video shot during Gobind's and Kok's press conference is available here.

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Mixed reactions over CBN head transfer

PETALING JAYA: The unexpected resignation of the SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) principal just two weeks after reporting for duty has evoked mixed reactions from quarters associated with the issue.

Mother provincial of the Infant Jesus Sisters, Sister Rosalind Tan, expressed sympathy for Zavirah Shaari and the predicament thrust upon her.

"I feel sorry for her because she was a 'victim' of a decision made without consultation," she told FMT.

CBN's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman, Amiruddin Sahudi, however, lamented that CBN had lost a head that could have "turned the school around".

"The teachers want changes implemented in the school and Zavirah could have been the one to bring about those changes," he said.

The controversy over Zavirah's appointment surfaced last week after Catholic Archbishop, Murphy Pakiam, said that her name was not among the six submitted by the mission school's owners to the Education Ministry.

Zavirah was also the first Malay head to be appointed at the flagship Catholic school and this raised concerns that the school's ethos would be compromised.

Original name list

The school's owners, board of governors and PTA all professed to have had no prior knowledge to her appointment until she reported for duty on Dec 7.

Yesterday, Zavirah announced that she had submitted a transfer request to the Federal Territories Education Department. Federal Territories education director, Khairil Awang, has since confirmed that a new head will be appointed and this time, from the original name list.

He further explained that the reason they had not picked a name from the list was because only one of the nominees had the qualifying grade of DG52 and that she was due to retire in April next year.

Khairil said, however, that the eligible candidate could now be reconsidered since the retirement age was extended to 60 in the Budget 2012 tabled in October.

Sister Rosalind acknowleged the validity of the first reason but pointed out that if CBN's owners had been consulted and informed of this, the controversy would not have taken place.

"The other 'excuse' that the candidate is due to retire is also true but the new retirement age was announced two months ago which means our candidate has more than two years of service left," she stated.

Amiruddin, on the other hand, told FMT that his hopes of carrying out infrastructural improvements in CBN were dashed with Zavirah's transfer request.

According to him, parts of the building are termite-infested and are in danger of collapsing but a severe lack of PTA funds have restricted their ability to carry out renovation works.

No money from church

"The teachers have also requested for new desks and chairs, and a VIP sitting area but once again the funds are a problem," Amiruddin said. "The PTA doesn't get any monetary support from the church and not all parents contribute the annual RM50 fee."

"Zavirah managed to raise RM600,000 within three years at her previous school and I was hoping that she would be able to do likewise for CBN. Her husband is a corporate figure and we need these networks to bring in the funds that will keep the building standing."

Amiruddin, who himself studied in a missionary school, believed that Zavirah should have been given a fair chance by the various quarters that were against her appointment.

He said that many other missionary schools were now headed by Malay principals without any complaint from teachers, parents or students.

"The board of governors should have allowed her to run the school for six months before deciding whether there are any problems regarding its ethos," he stated.

"If there are, then they could have had her transferred. Instead, she has been deemed guilty before proven innocent."

Meanwhile, another mission school head, who requested anonymity, vouched for Zavirah's character and emphasised that she was a "pawn in a political game and bound to follow orders from above".

"When Zavirah reported to CBN her only motive was to give freely as she had in SMK Taman Melati," the head said. "Her position there was immediately filled and she had no choice but to go to CBN."

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I miss my Uncle Frank! Happy Solstice, Folks...

FRANK ZAPPA (21 December 1940 ~ 4 December 1993): I was a true fan

Munich 1978

New York 1978, featuring Terry Bozzio on drums

City of Tiny Lights, New York 1978, featuring Adrian Belew on guitar & lead vocal

Rome 1982, featuring Steve Vai

Steve Vai remembers Zappa

Black Napkins @ The Palladium, New York, 1981

Chick Corea jams with Dweezil Zappa, 26 August 2011, in Kansas City

Last interview: Frank Zappa talks about his friend, Nicholas Slonimsky

Stravinsky conducts Zappa (just a clever and charming spoof, Zappa was a great fan of Igor who died in April 1971, long before Zappa wrote "Strictly Genteel")


"Music is the only religion that delivers the goods." ~ Frank Zappa
"If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it." ~ Frank Zappa

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." ~ Frank Zappa

"I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird." ~ Frank Zappa

"There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over." ~ Frank Zappa

"Take the Kama Sutra. How many people died from the Kama Sutra as opposed to the Bible? Who wins?" ~ Frank Zappa
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Pemuda Umno guna gangster ugut mahasiswa

PETALING JAYA: Sebuah NGO, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) mengecam tindakan Pemuda Umno menggunakan gangster untuk mengugut ibu bapa Adam Adli di Pulau Pinang.

Pertubuhan itu mendakwa Umno turut membuat demonstrasi di depan Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) mendesak Adam dibuang pengajian.

SAMM kata pengerusinya, Badrul Hisham Shaharin menyatakan solidariti bersama Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) memperjuangkan kebebasan akedemik.

"Kita secara terbuka mempertahankan tindakan Adam Adli, 22 tahun, siswa UPSI yang bertindak meminjam tiang bendera di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) untuk menaikkan panji gerakan mahasiswa," katanya.

SMS dan panggilan telefon

Badrul Hisham yang juga dikenali sebagai Chegu Bard berkata, Adam diugut dalam media baru termasuk SMS dan panggilan telefon.

"Setelah berjumpa Adam, saya menasihatkan Adam membuat laporan polis," katanya.

Beliau berkata,  tunjuk perasaan mahasiswa pada Sabtu lalu adalah untuk menuntut kebebasan akedemik di dalam negara ini.

Katanya, jika Umno tidak campur tangan dan wujud kebebasan akedemik maka tunjuk perasaan tersebut pasti tidak berlaku.

Katanya, kehadiran kumpulan lebih 400 mahasiswa selepas mereka menghantar memorandum di Suhakam selepas Timbalan Menteri

Pengajian Tinggi Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah setuju menerima rombongan mereka.

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So, this is Malay leadership

By Farah Fahmy | TMI

If our politicians are to be believed, the Malays are under threat these days. Our religion, culture and power are steadily under attack from all and sundry. Everyone has it in for us, from Christians to the Chinese. We are even warned about a so-called "Malaysian Spring" being orchestrated by "anasir-anasir Barat" (and quite possibly, the Jews, who of course, have always had it in for us).

"We won't surrender an inch," said the Melayu champion-in-chief (who also finds the time to be our prime minister) during a speech to Pekida recently. Malays, we were told, will never be oppressed in our own land so long as Umno is in power.

Well, glory be. I'm sure there are many others who can sleep more soundly at night knowing that there are so many out there making sure we Malays are not stripped of our position and power in our land.

But … hang on a minute.

The last time I checked we Malays, along with the other Bumiputeras, make up about 60-odd per cent of our country's population. Islam is not just our country's official religion, it is also the religion professed by about 60 per cent of our people. Not only are we and our religion in the majority, but let's see, we Malays also make up most of, oh, the civil service, police, army, ruling class and politicians.

Of course, you can say that there are plenty of Malays who still need help. This, I don't dispute. I've seen rural poverty in our country, where people still live without basic amenities like constant water supply and proper toilets. I've also seen urban poverty, with families li! ving in small, low-cost flats in the outskirts of KL making do with the little that they earn.

Yet poor Malays aren't the only ones who need help. There are also plenty of poor people, non-Malays, who deserve help. My brother was once approached by a young Indian man late one evening. He had just arrived from Kulai and asked my brother for help; my brother pointed him in the direction of the nearest kedai mamak.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: not all Malays deserve to get the help that the NEP brings. I would hazard a guess that most Malays who live in exclusive neighbourhoods in KL do not need the Bumiputera housing discount, or government scholarships for their offspring.

Are we really throwing away our "power" and "position" if we amended the NEP so that it excluded rich Malays and was open to all of our country's poor, regardless of their race? Yes, Datuk Najib, we've "willingly shared power with the non-Malays" since Merdeka, but why keep harping on the past? Why not share with us your vision for the future?

I should have expected it, but I'm disappointed all the same. Is this what Malay leadership is about? Is there such a dearth of good Malay leaders in Umno that only scare tactics will do? Where is the vision about what the Malays can achieve? Why is no one inspiring us to be better? Why, in fact, is there no Malay leader out there who has the guts to say enough is enough, we Malays will never reach our full potential if we keep harping on about the help that we need? Why is no one honest enough to say that not all Malays are equal, and the haves should no longer receive a handout?

Instead of leaders who inspire us and show us how it is possible for all of us — Malay or otherwise — to have a stake in this country, we have leaders like Datuk Shahrizat Jalil. The pity of it all is that I felt that Shahrizat had not done a bad job as the minister for Women, Family and Community Development. Yet the NFC controversy has made her pos! ition un tenable and shown the ugly face of Umno and our government.

Why are our ministers allowed to run family businesses that are subsidised by the government? Even if ministers are not actively involved in running such businesses, how is it that businesses run by members of a minister's family can qualify for government assistance? Why are the people who govern our country in our name not required to declare their interests in such companies, and the assets they hold?

There is also a failure of leadership over the whole NFC debacle. Najib should have taken decisive action when it first erupted, and demanded Shahrizat's resignation. Not doing so would mean that he condoned what she did, no?

This was our PM's chance to show that he meant business; that even the slightest whiff of misconduct would not be tolerated, be it at ministerial level or otherwise. Well, he's flunked the test. What this shows us is that our PM and Umno as a whole are prepared to turn a blind eye to such things. Why? I don't know. Is it because she's "one of us"? Or perhaps because she's a Malay?

Is this what Najib means when he tells us to choose wisely in the next general election? Is this what Umno means when it claims to be the only political party that can safeguard Malay interests? For shame, Umno. Out of all its members, only two leaders have called on Shahrizat to do the right thing, and recognised the damage the whole affair is doing to the party.

Let me remind you what Najib said at Pekida: Umno would not allow the Malays to be oppressed in their own land. Well, the vast amounts of money that have been reportedly spent buying expensive properties and cars could have been spent improving the lives of poorer Malays, so who's oppressing who now?

Farah Fahmy is based in London, and has written for the media. She is intrigued by trans- and international relations between Malaysia (ns) and the Rest of the World.
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Mahathir is cause of 1997 Financial Crisis Thru Mismanagement

Mahathir is NOT an Economist and had NEVER faced such a Financial Crisis BEFORE. Therefore, Mahathir did not know the solution.

By Dr Robert Chan

In 1995, World Bank, IMF and Economists warned Mahathir Mohammad the Prime Minister that if Malaysia did NOT manage its economy and finance properly, it would suffer the same fate as Mexico whose peso plummeted very seriously.

Instead of finding out WHY and HOW to prevent the situation, Mahathir immediately rebutted and scolded them by saying that they were jealous of Malaysia's development and economy and they were trying to embarrass us.

In 1997, when the Financial Crisis hit us, we were all shocked. Mahathir did not know what had happened and therefore did not know what to do.

Mahathir and his Ministers were confused by the various statements that they made. Apparently, Mahathir spent billions to support the currency ringgit but was unsuccessful.

When US Secretary of Treasury, Robert Rubin came, his advice was sought. Robert asked Daim and Mahathir to reduce interest rates. Daim is only a Lawyer and a businessman. He is no great Economist. IF Mahathir and Daim claim that they are experts in Economics and Finance, I would like to give them a Test - Theory and Viva.

Professor Paul Krugman wrote an open letter to Mahathir asking him to implement the Exchange Control.

Finally, the value of the Malaysian currency RM fell by more than 50% from RM2.50 to RM3.80 to USD.

Mahathir is NOT an Economist and had NEVER faced such a Financial Crisis BEFORE. Therefore, Mahathir did not know the solution. He took advice. Rumours in KL said Nor Mohamed Yaacop was responsible for the loss of US$ 10 billion in currency trading!!! Ask the Bankers and his classmates in University of Malaya. Malaysians became poorer by more than 50% because the idiotic Prime Minister Mahathir was stubborn.

So what so great about Mahathir???

When I was in Britain there was a Debate where Nobel Prize Winner Milton Friedman, Margaret Thatcher British PM and etc participated in discussing the E! conomy o f Britain. Milton Friedman and Margaret Thatcher both said, "You cannot spend money you have not earned."

Even a normal housewife knows that. She will run on a budget. A housewife is given a certain sum of money a month by her husband to manage the family and house. If she over-spends, she will be scolded by her husband. Most of the time, the housewife will spend less than what was given so she has some money for rainy days!!! A normal housewife can manage the economy better than Prime Minister Mahathir.
 
Mahathir the Prime Minister ran current accounts deficits for several years with little reserves.
Mahathir blamed everybody except himself.
Mahathir had to find a scapegoat and he pointed his finger at George Soros.
Mahathir is good at finding scapegoats!!!

When Malaysia was in the midst of this Financial Crisis 1997-8, he led a huge delegation to Argentina. WHAT FOR??? He should have stayed at home to LEARN ABOUT THE CRISIS, its causes and its remedies. But he did not care!!! If a Japanese PM did that, he would be forced to resign.

Mahathir did NOT treat the people with respect. His attitude is, "I can spend the peoples' money any way I like. What can you do? I am the PM. I have the power."
 
Mahathir travelled around the world more frequently than the US President or any leader of his time, using the nation's money. Mahathir also went to Antartica and Vladivostock!!! He can justify anything.
 
After retirement, he admitted the 1997-8 Financial Crisis was the biggest headache he ever had as PM.
 
When I went to Argentina for a holiday, I was told by some Argentinians that our Prime Minister, Ministers and businessmen had bought properties in Argentina.
 
Is that the reason WHY Mahatir (after retirement) flew to Argentina using a "private jet"??? Whose private jet was that???
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Mah athir is an arrogant and stubborn person.
Mahathir built the crooked half bridge without first getting Singapore to agree and sign the Agreement.
Now the half bridge, hanging in the air, is rotting in the sun.
Mahathir wasted RM350 million of the peoples money. But he doesn't care.
He always said he did not care.
See how stubborn and idiotic he is.
Mahathir is an irresponsible Prime Minister.
 
The RM350 million could be used to build 3500 homes for the poor Malays. These homes could accommodate about 18,000 people. Are Architects and Engineers taught in Universities HOW to build crooked half bridges??? I don't think it is in their curriculum. I think it is unethical for Architects and Engineers to build HALF bridges. Who made the MONEY from building the HALF bridge???
 
Mahathir built the RM600 million Convention Hall in Putrajaya for the OIC Meeting. Now it is hardly used. Such a waste of money!!! Why doesn't Mahathir use the KLCC Convention Hall or PWTC Halls or other big Halls in KL?
 
Because Mahathir just doesn't care.
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Taib hits the roof at ‘daring’ reporter

It appears the chief minister is not entirely unaffected by the allegations of corruption against him.

Is Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, whose US$ 1.46 billion wealth made global media headlines, beginning to feel the heat at home?

Already stacked against him are a series of local and international reports of alleged corruption and abuse of power.

Topping the list is the most recent and globally published report submitted by a group of international and Malaysian non-governmental organisations on the alleged corruption committed by him.

The allegations, it appears, are affecting him after all if his violent reaction to a reporter's question last weekend was any indication.

Taib was officiating at a function at the Kuching Waterfront last Saturday when a reporter asked for his comment regarding the report submitted by the group of international NGOs.

Turning on the reporter, an angry Taib demanded to know the identity of the reporter who had "dared" to ask him that question.

"Who is the reporter (who dared to ask)?" Taib was overheard asking while his bodyguards identified the reporter and allegedly pushed the newsman.

Luckily for him the other journalists quickly rushed to help him.

Reporters barred

When they saw Taib was so angry, the reporters left and boycotted the function.

"It is obvious that the chief minister is haunted by allegations of alleged corruption against him," said a senior reporter.

Last Thursday, Taib refused to see pressmen after his weekly Cabinet meeting.

For the past 30 years, it had been a traditional practice for Taib or other Cabinet ministers to meet and brief the press of government projects or programmes.

But this time, Taib not only refused to see the reporters but also barred them from entering the Wisma Baba Malaysia building that houses the ministerial complex.

New report handed to MACC

Meanwhile, Sarawak PKR deputy chairman Zulrusdi Bin Haji Mohamad Hol yesterday handed over a report containing allegations of corruption allegedly committed by Taib to the state director of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at Wisma Iskander.

The report was received by a lady officer of the commission.

He said that as a concerned Sarawakian, he had to lodge a report with the commission and expressed the hope that an investigation should be carried out.

He added that the report on the alleged graft committed by Taib has been making media headlines around the world following a letter submitted by international and Malaysian non-governmental organisations to the Malaysian authorities.

The letter which was addressed also to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak gave details of properties worth US$ 1.46 billion said to be owned by Taib and his family members.

The letter also wanted Taib and the family members be arrested.

Zulrusdi, who was accompanied by members of his PKR division of Petra Jaya, was among a number of people who have lodged reports with the MACC.

He said that the Petra Jaya division of which he is the chairman decided to make the report after they held a meeting over the weekend.

The lady officer told Zulrusdi that the commission was aware of the report and is leaving everything to its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to decide on a course of action as it is a high-profile case.

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Umno’s missed opportunity


By Awang Abdillah | FMT

Issues of national concern were not discussed at the recent Umno general assembly. Delegates also failed to call on Najib to step down for Umno to rise again.

Frankly, the recent Umno general assembly was the best venue and probably the last chance for Umno leaders to show their sincerity in addressing party and national concerns.

Instead of adopting the Mahathir doctrine or rather its despotic policy, Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak should have discussed with the party leaders on how best to tackle the party and national problems.

Disgruntled members should have urged Najib to step down as one of the solutions for Umno to rise again. Personal leadership, party strength and national issues and problems are all inter-related.

Glaringly missing at the Umno general assembly were discussions on issues of national concerns.

Allow me to list it all out here.

(1) The national debt

The most prominent of the major national issues is the growing national debt which now stands at RM437 billion, dwarfing the expected revenue of RM186.9 billion for 2012.

A massive national debt is one of the main factors that can destabilise the economy of the country.

Such a gigantic problem can be seen from afar by financial institutions and fund managers, the Employees Provident Fund board, foreign investors, dealers and speculators in the Malaysian foreign exchange market, investors in Bursa Malaysia, trading partners and our neighbouring countries.

If this problem remains unsolved, a number of fallouts are expected: banks will hold on to credit outflow leading to higher lending rates; flight of capital out of Malaysia; pa! nic sell ing of the ringgit leading to a free-fall of the currency; panic selling of stocks in Bursa Malaysia; foreign direct investment will be neglible; unemployment will rise; delays in public funding of development projects, and so on.

There is no reason for a country like Malaysia – blessed with natural resources, high exports of primary commodities and other goods valued at RM639.4 billion for 2010 – to become a net borrower for development funds.

We believe as much as 30 to 40 percent of the development allocations in the yearly national budget goes indirectly to Umno politicians and Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), too, and its companies.

For 2012 , a sum of RM51.2 billion is allocated for development. As much as 30 to 40 percent of the amount may be siphoned away through marked-up prices of government contracts, maintenance of public projects and supplies to government ministries, departments and agencies.

Some of such practices are partly revealed by the Auditor-General Report 2010. Unfortunately, the Auditor-General made false reports on the Sarawak government's public accounts for the last nine years, for reasons best known to him.

If Umno cares about the welfare of the rakyat, then Najib and his top party leaders should discuss ways during the party general assembly to reduce this serious national problem instead of pushing it aside.

For any country, if its national debt keeps on growing, it would mean that government development funds in the past years have not been properly utilised for productive economic projects, which can give good returns to the government. Instead, a big portion of it goes to the personal accounts of Umno politicians.

(2) Weed out corruption among the Umno and BN leaders

Under an undemocratic-despotic government where gross abuse of power is the hallmark of the regime, it is of no surprise then that no concerted efforts have been made by the government to tackle such malpractices let alone remove corrupt fede! ral mini sters, chief ministers and menteris besar.

Thus, we see these ministers and heads of state governments plundering and looting the wealth of their respective ministries and states without fear of being caught.

After all, they share the loot together. Our stepbrother, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), has been trained to be obedient to his master but ready to pounce on and attack those who are perceived to be his master's "attackers".

(3) Umno should rebuild good qualities of leadership

Right now, the leaders and delegates are shifting blame on the opposition, especially PKR and DAP, for Umno's ill-fortune and the state of affairs of the country.

In fact, the Umno and national problems are the work of the Mahathir undemocratic-dictatorial government and the Najib undemocratic-despotic rule. Since 1981, Umno has wielded so much political power that it has become the de facto federal government.

In such circumstances, how can the opposition be the root cause of Umno's woes? Umno leaders should instead rebuild the party through the good value system and abandon the Mahathir or Najib political doctrine. Umno is a failed party that cannot anymore protect the Malay interests, let alone the national interests.

The party should be rejected outright and the rakyat should look to Pakatan Rakyat, with other minority parties from the Barisan Nasional (BN) or the opposition, as the future federal government.

Awang Abdillah is a political analyst, writer and FMT columnist.
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Dr M pernah tuduh Musa Hitam agen asing

Tuduhan agen asing atau pengkhianat kepada ugama, bangsa dan negara adalah satu senjata yang telah digunakan oleh Umno semenjak dahulu lagi bagi membunuh pengaruh pihak yang menentang pemimpin parti itu.

Ketika Umno bergolak pada tahun 80an sehingga membawa perletakan jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tun Musa Hitam gara-gara tidak sehaluan dengan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, label agen asing juga telah digunakan oleh Mahathir terhadap beliau.

Setelah Musa Hitam meletakkan jawatan beliau telah bergandingan dengan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah bagi menentang Mahathir dan Tun Ghafar Baba dalam Perhimpunan Agung Umno yang membawa kepada Umno diisytiharkan sebagai pertubuhan haram oleh mahkamah.

Perkara ini diakui sendiri Musa Hitam di dada-dada akhbar tempatan selepas tidak berapa lama Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dipecat dari kerajaan dan Umno.

Ketika itu, Anwar juga telah dilabel oleh Mahathir dan pemimpin-pemimpin Umno yang tidak sehaluan dengan Anwar sebagai agen asing kepada Amerika sekaligus dianggap sebagai pengkhianat negara.

Kata Musa Hitam dalam sebuah akhbar media arus perdana ketika itu, bukan Anwar sahaja yang pernah dilabelkan agen asing, malah beliau juga ketika menentang Mahathir turut dituduh dengan tuduhan yang sama oleh Mahathir dan pemimpin-pemimpin yang menyokong Mahathir.

Utusan Khas

Bagaimanapun selepas beberapa tahun kemudian, Musa Hitam yang dilabelkan sebagai agen asing itu telah dilantik oleh Mahathir sendiri sebagai Duta Khas Malaysia ke PBB dan Utusan Khas Perdana Menteri untuk Kumpulan Bertindak Peringkat Menteri Komanwel (CMAG).

Beliau juga diberi kepercayaan oleh Mahathir untuk mengetuai perwakilan Malaysia untuk Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia PBB (UNHCR) dari 1993 sehingga 1998, dan dipilih sebagai Pengerusi Sesi Ke-52 untuk Suruhanjaya tersebut pada tahun 1995.

Pada tahun 1999, sekali lagi Musa telah dilantik sebagai Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (Suhakam) sehingga 2002.

Selain itu, beliau turut mendapat kepercayaan kerajaan apabila dilantik sebagai Pengerusi kepada sebuah syarikat kaitan kerajaan (GLC) yang besar dan terkenal.

Apakah mungkin Mahathir dan PM selepasnya mampu memberikan begitu banyak kepercayaan kepada seseorang yang diketahuinya adalah seorang agen asing yang juga pengkhianat negara?

Hakikatnya Mahathir telah memberi kepercayaan kepada Musa Hitam di peringkat antarabangsa kerana mengetahui tuduhan agen asing dan pengkhianat yang dibuatnya sendiri ke atas Musa sebelumnya tidaklah benar.

Sebaliknya Mahathir sedar tuduhan itu hanyalah senjata rekaannya dan Umno sendiri untuk memusnahkan pengaruh Musa Hitam dalam Umno dan masyarakat umum.

Adakah tuduhan agen asing dan pengkhianat negara memang terdapat dalam buku manual 'Bagaimana memusnahkan pengaruh musuh Umno' milik Umno?

Apapun, membuat tuduhan terhadap musuh politik sebagai agen asing dan pengkhianat negara hari ini tidak lagi dianggap sebagai senjata yang berkesan.

* Penulis merupakan seorang penulis/wartawan bebas.  Selain di FMT artikel lain beliau boleh dicapai di bedukcanang.blogspot.com.

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