Archive for November, 2011

The Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nastional, in an effort to target the youth and first time voters in the state, are leaving no stones unturned to outsmart each other in the usage of Information Technology tools.

Though, the Pakatan Rakyat clearly seems to have the edge right now, Barisan claims that it is fast catching up.

Malaysia has changed a lot since 2008 General Elections, and a lot of myths regarding ‘high-tech campaigns not translating into votes’ will be shattered this time around. This seems to be the mood in Pakatan Rakyat’s IT Cell in Kuala Lumpur, which is drawing its inspiration from Barack Obama’s heavily Internet-loaded Presidential campaign in November 2008.

The State IT Cell of Pakatan has a core team of 10 in Sabah, with 20 cyber teams spread across the state, to aid the core team. In addition, the party has notched up a database of one hundred thousand email ids for bulk-emailing; and about 125,000 mobile phone numbers for bulk messaging, caller tunes, ring tones and various other mobile services solutions.

The state unit also has links with websites namely, Malaysia Today, Malaysiakini,, Sabahkini, SAPP blog, Sabah DAP, Pakatan Rakyat Sabah and Anwar; with the help party workers and Pakatan sympathizers, videos containing speeches of Pakatan leaders will also be uploaded on video sharing sites like IT Cell In-charge Phua added,” Our presence is also significant in various social networking sites. For example, there are about 213 Facebook and hundreds of twitter users and communities on Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang and even Tok Guru Nik Aziz and Sabah state leaders from Pakatan.

Pakatan Rakyat is also planning a public rally around the state, “which will be attended by Facebook users and communities, not necessarily party workers,” added Raymond Phua.

When Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak called on his party to close ranks and prepare to go for war ahead of next week’s Umno general assembly, widely expected to be the last before the next general election; it didnt surprise me because I know Najib is going on a all out cyber attack on the opposition. And UMNO leader even announced that Barisan would be setting up hundreds of Internet Kiosks across the country, to promote an online campaign for enrolling youth into the party as well as inform them about the Barisan’s achievement, it surprised many. But the ‘Najib’ factor has definitely lifted the spirits in Malaysia, at least in the IT initiatives.

In addition, UMNO has also tied up with a number of .com to publish poll related articles as well as carry out live opinion polls. And UMNO source informed,” We have tied-up with various Internet service providers to pitch UMNO and Barisan links as sponsored links in 100’s of websites that witness the maximum traffic over a period of time.”

The party is also targeting a large fraction of tele-density in the state for mobile service solutions like caller tunes, ring tones, screensavers etc. Other initiatives like bulk emailing and bulk-messaging are also in the pipeline.

Regarding social networking in the cyber world, UMNO also has many Facebook users and so is Najib Tun Razak. These are maintained by the younger lot.

And as far as Sabah is concern, Musa Aman’s government which has promoted good governance and development centric with impeccable credentials will be a selling point in the cyber front.

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman has turned the fortunes of the state around since he came to power in 2003. He has come down hard on corruption, has improved infrastructure and infused new life into a creaking state machinery.

Sabah achieved sound financial management 11 years in a row with clean bill certification awarded by the Auditor General. Sabah also achieved the highest ratings of “AAA” by RAM Ratings Services Berhad for 3 consecutive years. Sabah also obtained ISO certification by Moody International for efficiency and proper state budget management for 3 consecutive years. Sabah under Musa Aman achieved record annual GDP growth, averaging 5%, in the eight years, 2004-05 to 2008-11. For 2012 the growth is projected 5% again when the State 2012 Budget was unveiled yesterday by Musa Aman amidst a backdrop of rising uncertainties in the global economy.

The release of the 2012 Sabah budget yesterday has left many Sabah observers relieved by what Sabah Chief Minister cum Finance Minister Musa Aman didn’t do: He avoided throwing Sabah’s economic recovery off course. The widespread view is that he has handled two major issues — the state’s Wellbeing and Prosperity — with aplomb.

The budget for the next fiscal year 2012 presents a balanced approach to long-term economic planning and short-term considerations of sustaining … the momentum in economic recovery. The budget reflects confidence and clarity and many describe the budget as “prudent and progressive”, and one businessman friend called the budget … pragmatic and practical.

In presenting previous budgets in his role as finance minister between 2001 and 2003, Musa Aman was as populist as they come. Today, his approach is different. “Fiscal policy has to be guided by the required framework for fiscal prudence,” Musa said as he unveiled the budget, proposing to spent RM4.048 billion next year making it the biggest State Budget ever in the history of Sabah.

The overall focus of the government on improving its fiscal position and increasing fiscal transparency is highly commendable. Musa Aman said the huge supply expenditure was estimated after taking into account the states financial strength and estimates of revenue totaling RM3.69 billion. The major revenue contribution is to come from sales on crude palm oil, petroleum royalties, income and interest from investment, land and forestry and another RM1.521 billion from the Federal Government.

Moving toward better fiscal management and transparency would mean a number of benefits, including increasing the efficiency of the economy, improving Sabah’s attractiveness as an investment destination and providing the government greater fiscal flexibility if — or perhaps when — it has to deal with future economic shocks.

Musa Aman who is also the finance minister has done “a decent job”, the 2010 Auditor General Report showed several actual figures that reflect the highest achievements in the states financial history such as:
1) State Reserves exceeding RM3 billion
2) State Revenue exceeding RM4 billion
3) Actual surplus amounting to RM730 billion
4) Development expenditures at RM1.17 billion
5) No arrears on Federal loans ( Under Musa Aman Sabah Government has paid all its dues to the Federal Government)

I’m sure the latest budget may lay the foundation for bolder measures in coming years. However, it is often the budget’s less bold and often boring bits that matter the most. That is, the reams of tedious fiscal arithmetic that go into determining whether the various commitments that the finance minister makes in his budget speech can be easily funded from the revenue or hinge on some preposterously optimistic assumptions. On this criterion, the budget fares rather well.

To critics of Musa Aman’s 2012 Budget, Keep in mind that Pakatan Governments would kill to be in the position Sabah is in, to grow at 5%, Sabah has endured the economic downturn with modest impact, and its economy “grew well” in 2011, “so let us not worry too much”.

Musa Aman has maintained relief for some sectors. For example, the implementation of infrastructure and public utilities programmes will involve an allocation of RM1.285 billion of which RM458.8 million is for water supply, Rm270.63 million for road and RM63.58 for sewerage. And then to strengthening further the agriculture sector RM335.95 million would be allocated so that there is high yield in local food production. Even in the tourism sector RM158.84 will be allocated and mind you tourism from January to September 2011 registered RM3.662 billion of which RM1.45 billion was from foreign tourist and RM2.212 billion from domestic tourist. Even the manufacturing sector will be getting allocation of RM98.15 million.

Sabah is addressing foreign direct investment (FDI), too. The Sabah Government under Musa Aman is working with the Federal Government and wants to make FDI user-friendly by consolidating regulations and guidelines into one document. This will enhance the clarity and predictability of our FDI policy to foreign investors. Musa Aman expects foreign investors to bring in big money — an estimated in billions.

If Musa Aman has his way, Sabah’s GDP will grow well beyond current expectations. One of his priorities is to revert quickly to the high-growth path of 9%, then find the means to hit double-digit growth. The economy stabilized in the first quarter of 2010-2011 itself, when it clocked a GDP growth of 5%, as against 5.8% in the second quarter of the preceding year. It registered a strong rebound in the second quarter, when the growth rate rose to 5.5%. With the advance estimates placing the likely growth for 2010-2011 at 5%, Musa Aman said “we are indeed vindicated in our policy stand.” The final figure may well turn out to be higher when the third- and fourth-quarter GDP estimates for 2010-2011 become available. He expects growth in the next fiscal year to be higher.

Many things do indeed seem to be going his way. The growth rate in manufacturing in December, for example, was 7% — the highest in two decades. There are also signs of a turnaround in merchandise exports, with growth in November and December after a decline for some months.

Indeed, Sabah has become miracle economy, defined internationally as those with over 5% growth. The best news comes from Sabah, historically the biggest failure. From 2004-05 to 2008-11, Sabah averaged 5% growth annually. It was virtually Malaysia’s fastest growing state, on par with Selangor and Penang. That represents a sensational turnaround. Musa Aman deserves an award for the most inclusive revolution of the decade and he deserves kudos for making Sabah stage a huge turnaround.

I must qualify this story. Fast growth in poor states does not automatically mean that growth has reached all poor people.

But let us celebrate the emergence of Sabah as miracle economy. This is surely one of the biggest achievements of the decade.

First Party Bersatu Sabah (PBS) called for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

Then yesterday in the Daily Express, Bernard Dompok says he wants to meet Najib Tun Razak to bring the demand for a Royal Commision of Inquiry (RCI) into the drastic population increase in Sabah.

Today, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) also joins the clamour for a transparent investigation just to gain brownie points and not wanting to be left-out, after Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and the United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) called for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to probe the scandal.

So now there are at least three Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties demanding a complete investigation on the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

It is clear that the RCI involves real potential for political controversy as to administrative conduct of Kuala Lumpur and successive Sabah state administrations since 1970’s.

The issues for inquiry may become far more politically charged than imagined.

Federal Government, the Party who just doesn’t get it or pretends, because, they are responsible for creating this mess in Sabah. Kuala Lumpur, the Party who selfishly will do anything to stay in control and power, in order to satiate their own greedy needs allowed this problem to escalate on the expenses of genuine Sabahans. The Party who pretends to care, whilst pilfering and scheming behind Sabahans back. Now, Sabahans the real ones, have become minority in their own state all within 20 years…thanks to Mahathir and the Federal Government!

So Najib Tun Razak is coming to Sabah this weekend after completion of his pilgramage to Mecca. I hear from “Little Bird” that Najib might announce the following :-

1) Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the drastic population increase in Sabah and to address the long standing illegal immigrant issue in Sabah

2) Dissolution of Parliament????

I’m getting some strange signals here. As the grapevine has it, Yong Teck Lee’s SAPP might join back the Barisan National. Surprise? No surprise because SAPP has got no axe to grind with Najib Tun Razak, only with Pak Lah SAPP had differences, so no surprise lah if they go back to BN and what better time to announce when Najib is in town.

Looks like Najib has to pay special interest to Sabah because the state is a “fixed deposit” for votes, Barisan Nasional won 24 of the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah during the 2008 elections.

And one more thing, this so-called ” Sultan of Sulu” Datu Mohd Akjan Datu Ali is now on bail and can be seen regularly at one of the coffee-shop in Kampong Air.

We shall see what happens the next few days!

In the meantime digest these figures on Sabah’s population explosion:

Note : Just got word that Najib Tun Razak has cancelled his trip to Sabah tomorrow, it seems Najib would be making some important announcement tomorrow in Putrajaya and it could be the dissolution of Parliament.

In Malaysia, gays, lesbians, transgender and transvestites are all considered scourge of society. Authorities in Malaysia who claim to be moralist do take serious measures to quell “immoral acts”, because to them, Malaysia is a moral country. Is it?

Malaysia also does not condone “SEXS LUAR TABII (unnatural sex)”…even a blow job would be considered unnatural sex, don’t talk about SODOMY as that too would land you in jail for up to 20 years like Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar is now fighting so hard to stay out of jail for having had unnatural sex with a 25-year-old gay name Saiful. In fact this is the second time Anwar Ibrahim has been involved in a sex trial. He lost his post as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998 after being charged with sodomising his family’s former driver Azizan and abusing his power as DPM to cover up his actions, both of which he denied. He was freed in 2004 after six years in prison when a court overturned the sodomy conviction.

Wonder why so many people in Malaysia are homophobic? What do they have against a man loving another man or a woman loving another woman? Is it not that Love is something that every person in this world feels or is capable of feeling? So what if that love happens to be directed at someone of the same gender? I don’t understand what so big deal about this.

Please, please don’t get it wrong, I, myself am straight, but I support Gay Rights. Why? Because I was raised to be accepting of people who were different from me. Not only that, I also have friends who are homosexuals and I find them to be very nice people and I find them very creative and talented, true! Look at Elton John, such a great singer songwriter he is. Remember David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Boy George, Ricky Wilson, George Michael, Ricky Martin and so many more, our own Sudirmam Hj Arshad – all very talented and creative people! In fact, I do have a relative who is a doctor but gay (boy! my relatives are going to hate me for saying this here).

Speaking of which, I do understand that some people were raised to be intolerant of difference, but that explanation only goes so far.

Is this all merely an outward reaction to the insecurity (conscious OR subconscious) in one’s own sexuality? Or is there something else to it?

Now, I’m gonna be honest here because I’m sure someone from my church out there is gonna read this and start throwing bible passages at my face and condemn me for not being religious and for haven’t taken the time to read the bible.

Jokes aside, anyway below please find a video of “Ahmad” a Malaysian, living in Kuala Lumpur, who shares his struggles of being gay in Malaysia.


The High Court’s ruling that Julian Assange shall be extradited to Sweden to face an investigation into allegations of sexual assault and rape by two Swedish women was not entirely unexpected, considering how things have gone before this. His extradition is not likely to take place immediately, unless a decision is taken not to appeal; his lawyers are expected to press before the High Court the right to appeal before the Supreme Court.

But as Julian pointed out in a short statement he made on the steps of the court yesterday, no charges have been laid against him in any country, including Sweden. He added that many attempts would no doubt be made to “try to spin these proceedings as they occurred today but they were merely technical. So please go to if you wish to know what is really going on in this case.”

Extradition to Sweden is a distinct possibility, even a probability, and if it happens, the charismatic founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks will face the situation bravely and is confident of coming out clean. He, his core team, and supporters have their concerns. But considering that Julian has been under house arrest at Ellingham Hall for 330 days — electronically tagged, having to sign in at a nearby police station every day, and required to be back inside the house by 10pm – they are prepared for worse and are nothing if not resilient.

WikiLeaks has been fighting attempts to intimidate, muzzle, and kill it on more than one front. It announced recently that it had been “forced to temporarily suspend its publishing whilst we secure our economic survival.” It revealed that the unlawful, U.S.-directed financial blockade imposed against it through powerful financial intermediaries and some banks had choked 95 per cent of its revenues, running into tens of millions of pounds, and that this blockade threatened its very existence. It has launched a ‘WikiLeaks Needs You’ campaign, which provides for perfectly legal practical ways of donating and beating the financial blockade.

The good news is that through this time of troubles, it has been working on new things — new projects, innovative technology, and creative ideas — and has interesting publishing and partnering plans for the future. It is due to launch on November 28 a new submission system, a platform for “principled leaking” that will be more advanced and more secure than anything seen before.

WikiLeaks is certainly not going to lie down quietly and die.

But what I can say is that while the concerns are serious, Raja Petra and Malaysia Today supports Julian and Wikileaks to the fullest.