Archive for March, 2009

2 Umno Silam leaders have lodged a police report at the City Police Headquarters in Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu to stop the Umno General Assembly scheduled for March 24.

In their report the duo claimed that the Umno general assembly would be illegally convened on the grounds that it would be attended by Umno Silam Division delegates, who are involved in money politics.

Kampung Labian Umno branch head Kunsul Nahul and one other lodged the police report in a bid to stop the March 24th Umno General Assembly claiming that delegates from the Umno Silam Division are all illegal because the complaints on money politics and breach of the party’s ethics filed (previously) have yet to be decided by the Supreme Council and Umno Disciplinary Board.

At the same police station, two other Umno members also made police reports against Sabah Umno chief/Chief Minnister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman and Sabah Youth head Datuk Japlin Akim.

Akob @ Damsah (Umno Taman Antarabangsa) and Padlee Shahibon ( Airport Lama Putatan), in their reports want the police to investigate Musa for abusing his position as Chief Minister for his personal interest in protecting Japlin.

They were referring to Musa’s statement yesterday in which he said that Japlin, although being found guilty of money politics and his Umno membership suspended for three years, would continue to be Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Assistant Minister.


Political purging on the rise. Pak Lah’s men are being purged even before Pak Lah steps down.

It seems by the next 48 hours the Umno Disciplinary Board will make an announcement that Umno deputy presidential candidate, Rural Development Minister Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib will also be barred from contesting Umno deputy presidency post as he too is found guilty of involvement in money politics (euphemism for corruption).

So, it’s now going to be a straight uncontested victory for Umno vice-president  Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the Umno No 2 post and as the new Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Congratulations Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin!

No wonder they say Dr Mahathir is a master strategist.

Oh this post by Pet almost made me cry, it touched me, really touched my heart as I too went through the same thing… as I can also relate to it. … it reminds me very much of my past and my heart sunk when I read this part…..

My wife baked cookies, curry-puff and whatnot, which I went around on my motorcycle to sell.

At one stage we were so tight for cash we could no longer even buy new clothes. My wife had to be contented with hand-me-downs from my daughter and, for me, hand-me-downs from my son-in-law. To put food on the table (we ate once a day; dinner only) my wife sold rice in front of the mosque in Sungai Buloh.

One Friday, my wife could not sell even one plate of rice. She sat there for hours waiting for customers but no one bought any. I told me wife I needed to go home for a short while to write an article and left her in front of the mosque all alone. I lied. I just could not stand seeing her sit there with an anxious look on her face, wondering if she was going to sell anything that day. I went home and had a good cry. I cried like a baby, wondering if I had done the right thing in opposing the government and subject my family to this very uncertain future.”

Read the whole story here

Hello Sarawak, Hello Batang Ai!

Yes, I too believe that  anak Bangsa Malaysia ‘One People, One Nation’ aspiration is very, very achievable.

Despite a lessening of restrictions by the Sarawak Immigration Authorities and the smooth entry into Kuching for the first time without much trouble, our Barisan Rakyat Bloggers still do have some fears that the Sarawak authorities might play dirty by kicking out all the bloggers out of Sarawak if it becomes too hot for the BN. We shall see in days to come if Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud losses his cool and tries to hit below the belt and become hostile towards the bloggers.

Read here and here and here, how Zorro, Del and Harris are faring in Sarawak. We shall all need to pray for their safety.

 Long Live Barisan Rakyat bloggers!  We pray for your safety.

Word is going around that Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam will be dropped as Chief Minister of Malacca once Najib takes over as Prime Minister after Pak Lah passes the baton on April 2nd, if it happens.

The Umno Disclipinary Board which found Mohd Ali guilty of violating party ethics for indulging in money politics or corruption, in simple language, had made his political life hang in a balance.

Now the writing is on the wall and Mohd Ali as Chief Minister of Malacca is just like Pak Lah’s remaining days as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

It is a real pity to see Mohd Ali’s political career end in such a manner. The race for the Deputy Presidents posts for vice-president Mohd Ali Rustam has been costly. Not only he destroyed his chance to remain as the Chief Minister of Malacca but this contest for the Deputy Presidents post in Umno also killed the chance for him to become the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. He lost all. Poor chap.

Well, Dr Mahathir’s fingerprints is all over and he has been one of the assassins, without a doubt. Dr Mahathir went for the jugular as Mohd Ali had to be destroyed at all cost.

A Singapore judge ruled a senior Wall Street Journal Editor was in contempt of court on Thursday for two editorials and a letter to the Editor published last year about the city-state’s judiciary.

High Court Justice Tay Yong Kwang also fined Melanie Kirkpatrick, Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, 10,000 Singapore dollars and said she must pay the same amount in legal costs.

Singapore’s leaders have sued journalists and political opponents several times in recent years for alleged defamation.

Justice Tay had fined Wall Street Journal in November for publishing the same material which the government claimed questioned the judiciary’s independence from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Yes, it is confirm that Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin has been asked to vacate his post by Anwar Ibrahim. If all works out as plan, in the next 48 hours we could see the resignation of Fairus as the Penang Deputy Chief Minister.

As everyone knows, Fairus’s performance as the Penanti state assemblyman and Penang Deputy Chief Minister has been very disappointing and he had even been ticked off in public by Anwar for not visiting his constituency. Fairus was even forced to quit as Penang Football Association president because he had shown little interest in the job and hardly attended the Penang Football Association meetings.

There is also allegations that Fairus and another state PKR leader is involved in accepted bribes from three quarry companies operating in Prai.

So looks like its the end of the road for Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

I just got word from my Umno contacts that Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has got a show-cause letter from the Umno disciplinary committee chief Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen. I have not got word about the other Umno contestants. Only Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam for now.

Also heard that a study, conducted last month by Dr Abu Hassan Hasbullah from University Malaya’s Zentrum Future Studies, where Dr Abu Hassan says that he had surveyed some 2,030 respondents, including 163 Umno delegates and had found Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam leading the race for the deputy presidency with 54% votes while Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin trailed with 35% of the votes is highly questionable.

This same study also says that Muhyiddin lost out to Ali Rustam in terms of “popularity, diplomacy” and “political experience”.

I too agree with Muhyiddin that this so called survey and study conducted by Dr Abu Hassan is just a “psychological warfare” to weaken the spirit of Muhyiddin supporters.

What is happening to the Perak folks? A few days ago some frustrated cows went on a rampage and smashed the edges of the Democracy Tree plaque. Today again we hear, the Democracy Tree plaque has been desecrated and vandalised by some idiots who had poured road tar on the inscription on the plaque.

What the heck! Why behaving like idiots? These politically motivated vandals don’t realize how stupid it makes them look by their stupid actions. This just goes to show how bitterly frustrated these buggers are and they just seem to show their childish behavior.

Next, the Enemies Of Democracy might just chop down the poor raintree under which history was created when Sivakumar, the Speaker, had the “emergency sitting” of the Perak State Assembly.

These clowns are fearful, angry and jealous that Pakatan Rakyat  has adopted the rain-tree as a symbol of democracy.

By the way, the paint is the same color as Najib’s’s pant-suit wore during his visit to the palace. Funny!

I always had great admiration and respect for His Holiness The Dalai Lama, although, I have never ever got to see him in person. To me, His Holiness is a remarkable man. His commitment to peace is no easy matter after he left his Tibet 50 years ago. He knows very well he cannot go back to his Tibet for a long long time.

I always wondered how he managed to avoid starting an armed resistance in Tibet. In spite of what is happening in Tibet he still shows compassion for the Chinese regime.

His Holiness has a nice way to reach out to people of all faiths. He doesn’t seek to convert anyone but rather sees his own religion as a way to enrich others of different faith. I know, this is very much in keeping with the Buddhist way which seeks everyone to become enlightened and free from suffering.

His Holliness is the best example of compassion.

And compassion, for him, isn’t simple.

Let me post the Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising against Communist China’s repression in Tibet.

Read Here the Statement of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

I have written in the past about His Holiness here.