Archive for May, 2011

WHATEVER be the respective political orientations, I like the men who are men: those who stand by whatever they believe in and take on the world, if needed.

My earliest memory of Musa Aman is as the USNO ( United Sabah National Organisation) strategist and financier. What I liked most about him was his precise, distinct, direct, and disciplined use of words and his honest belief in whatever he said.

It was around 20 years back that he got his share of whatever happened in Sabah. But he never complained in frustration. You need real fortitude and determination to be a Musa Aman! And this is the reason that when he says “Actually, I have not spent a single minute on my image and that can also be a reason. I am busy with my work. I am committed to Sabah. I am dedicated to Sabah. I never talk about my image. I never spent a single minute for my image and therefore confusions may be there” in his recent interview with me, no one can question his dedication.

One can’t ignore the fact that today Sabah is flourishing. It stands third among the states that contribute most to the national GDP. The state reserve is around RM3 billion now and was only mere RM180 million when Musa first took over as Chief Minister in 2003. Even Yayasan Sabah which was in dire financial situation and massive staff retrenchment 10 years ago today is one of the most successful state agencies in Malaysia with over RM10 billion in assets and about RM 1.5 billion in cash.

Sabah is one of the most attractive destinations for foreign investment in Malaysia and it is on Penang’s path adhering to the principles of Competency, Accountability and Transparency.

Sabah is one of the best-administered state in Malaysia now. Under the leadership of Musa Sabah was the only state in the country, other than Penang that has been given 5-star rating in good financial management by the Auditor General of Malaysia. Even UMS (University Sabah), on many occasions, declared that Musa is the most efficient chief minister Sabah has ever seen since formation of Malaysia 1963. These things became possible only because he is successful in giving clean, effective and progressive governance over last eight years.

Musa is an agent of change. He is the best thing to have happened to Sabah in decades. He is the only one who could banish poverty from Sabah. He is the leader Sabah has been waiting for all these years. He is the hope and future.

Outside Sabah many may like to hate Musa but whoever visits Sabah once, can’t stop praising its growth, road, infrastructure, its natural beauty etc. that in a democratic and dynamic country, masses have the last word and masses always override media and other speculations. The truth will finally dawn on the people. It’s the people of Sabah who will decide the fate of the ‘modern day Nero’ Musa Aman.

Am I the only one that thinks this whole story is 2011’s joke of the year? hilarious!! Osama shields himself with ONE of his wives!! fantastic headline! The US created Osama (and let’s not forget Saddam) and now they just want that piece of a really bad chapter closed. So they come up with a story that Osama is at sea so that there cannot be DNA testing (remember, just like when Saddam’s son was found in a rubble of dirt and it was actually his stunt double…he was in Jordan with the rest of his family)..that story faded away instantly.

Anyway Guys, I believe, this is just another tactic by America to get rid of the old wart so that Libya can now be dealt with.

I also really don’t think the world is going to be safer because of the death of Osama bin Laden, who is President Obama trying to kid?

Osama’s body should “Not” been illegally dumped into the Indian Ocean! His body out of due respect should have been turned over to his immediate family with conditions on burial. The “Cover Up” continues!

(Bernama) – GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today he and the DAP had never asked Christian pastors to pray or interfere to make Malaysia a Christian country or to have a Christian prime minister.

In a joint statement with Penang pastors today, he said, they prayed at all time for the country’s peace and harmony, for unity among all races and for a fair and just leadership.

“The pastors and the church are disappointed by the false report in the media. We sincerely urge the prime minister and the home minister to take action against Utusan Malaysia for printing and spreading dangerous lies,” they said in the statement.

Utusan Malaysia reported on Saturday that the DAP was conspiring with Christians to make Christianity the official religion of the federation.

The statement said the report had disturbed multi-religious harmony and created unease and fear among Malaysians, especially Christians.

Lim said that meetings with Christian leaders would continue just like the meeting with Muslim ulama, Buddhist priests and Hindu priests, in line with his duty as the chief minister.

Meanwhile in PUTRAJAYA, the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) says it is not empowered to probe the allegation by Utusan Malaysia.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom said instead, matters related to other religions came under the ambit of security authorities, including the police.

“Jakim only looks after Islamic affairs, not other religions. Issues on religious conversion come under security authorities.

“Jakim has no rights to be angry… let the police investigate the claim,” he told reporters after receiving 10 lecturers from Al-Azhar University, who will teach in Malaysia, at his office here today.