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August 31, 2008

31 August, 2008 Merdeka: What’s the name of that song before Tanggal 31?

Disbelieving Malaysiakini‘s piece: ‘Racism still haunts nation at 51st Merdeka’, I switched on RTM on TV1 at 12:10am (yes, for the second time this year, you can pop that wine cork again…)

Wah…. very big crowd at Dataran Merdeka celebrating Merdeka together with our Yang DiPertuan Agong and VVIPs.

The camera trained on those VVIPs singing and swaying on stage and I saw… horrors… was that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi aka Pak Lah holding back tears whilst everybody were singing a particularly gusty patriotic song?

I did not catch that song’s name which came on before the Sudirman made famous song ‘Tanggal 31’. Now, what’s that song that got our PM all patriotically teary?

Also on stage, Lee Chong Wei (this badminton silver medal Olympian really is world class cos Malaysia such a small country with small people can get silver as compared with China such a big country with big number of people), Dr SMS (Remember? The astronaut passenger Syed Muzaffar…, that one another story)

Dr. Ng Yen Yen was enjoying the karaoke very much and swings le little Jalur Merdeka with much gusto. Yes, this type of energy will be much useful for the upcoming MCA party election.

OK, now the singing session over, my sense of rationalism kicks back.

How come only BN fellas seen on the patriotic stage? Did anybody at Jabatan Perpaduan Negara think at all to invite all our MPs (plus those non BN) on stage to lead the patriotism? The stage was not reserved for BN’s show of patriotism, right?

I see the faces of rakyat Malaysia at Dataran Merdeka, Merdeka belongs to all rakyat Malaysia, man! Nobody can monopoly or copyright Merdeka!

I wonder if we dare face the truth of Merdeka ‘sacrifice’? Dare we really to sit down together to reflect on what was and is Merdeka now? Anybody realise that Merdeka has undergone transformations since the original Tunku Abdul Rahman’s version of 1957?

I’ll reserve my next GE vote for any politician with guts to take on this ‘project’ –


For Malaysia to successfully reach 2020, for our young to experience the Merdeka spirit, how do we connect Merdeka with our current aspirations? 1957’s Merdeka was a physical liberation from the shackles of British penjajah’s ‘divide and rule’. 1963’s Merdeka elevated our ‘Merdeka’ to ‘Federalism’ of Malaysia+Sabah+Sarawak on 16 September. Do you think that 2008’s Merdeka represents the awakening of the rakyat’s sense of citizenry? How should we recognise and pass on Merdeka to our young ones?

Tis heavy, ain’t it, this subject of nationalism and citizenry.

So, for you who claim yourself a Malaysian, which version of the Merdeka are you honouring now? What version of Merdeka will you honour next year and the next….? Instead of writing about it only in blog commentaries, will you make some efforts to be hand in hand with your fellow rakyat Malaysia of various colours, hitam manis, kuning langsat, coklat or putih to honour Merdeka?

Pass me a hanky, please…

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June 19, 2008

Barisan Nasional’s been SAPPed

SAPP used this window well to make demands which the BN government has long been deaf to. Stuff like illegal immigrants, petrol, etc only serve as tools for this purposes. Speaking of illegal immigrants, who was in charge to bring them into Sabah with fake ICs? I read somewhere that Anwar Ibrahim has a hand in it as he was in the government at that time. Must find more info.

Anyways, the problem is that our UMNO taiko in BN has forgotten the spirit of Federation of Malaysia. Compounding the problem is that current members with some position of authority (real or imagined) lacked respect for constitution or agreement that make a democratic Federation of Malaysia.

All in UMNO has lost direction and much needed courage to rein in the ‘intelligent’ or ‘influential’ ones who must be thinking Malaysia exists for them to manipulate or play around with impunity. Such as these ones.

Collective leadership in BN must be reinstated by today’s BN Supreme Council meeting. I give Ong Ka Ting full permission to push this and send this message on my behalf. Also, please don’t forget to tell UMNO that BN must listen to rakyat and make life happy for rakyat. Cooperate with people to make sound national policies and drive it properly. (keyword is ‘drive’) All within the BN must monitor and sound each other if any runs off track.

For once, MCA, please play your part as 2nd brother. As can be seen in kungfu flicks, 2nd brother’s core duty is to help counsel/offer solutions to big brother if they cannot think for themselves – advise or tell big brother if they make you worry or unhappy or if they have absent mindedly stolen your lollipops.

What’s so difficult for BN to say “Sorry, we will make it up to Rakyat of Malaysia?”

We await strong Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional. Otherwise no meaning or self driven improvement with only one party monopoly the political landscape.

June 16, 2008

Reminds one of Scomi and its centrifuge

Mention the word ‘centrifuge’ and it reminds me of the case of B.S.A. Tahir who was arrested and placed under ISA. Don’t remember? In February 2004, BBC came out a report about Scomi subsidiary, Scomi Precision Engineering Sdn. Bhd. was making centrifuge for export to Libya. These components were said made for nuclear devices. Read more here if you are still blur…
Its reports like these that make me say ‘Malaysia tak boleh’.

And how come Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has nothing to say about this?

Read the following from The New York Times:

Officials Fear Bomb Design Went to Others


Four years after Abdul Qadeer Khan, the leader of the world’s largest black market in nuclear technology, was put under house arrest and his operation declared shattered, international inspectors and Western officials are confronting a new mystery, this time over who may have received blueprints for a sophisticated and compact nuclear weapon found on his network’s computers.

Working in secret for two years, investigators have tracked the digitized blueprints to Khan computers in Switzerland, Dubai, Malaysia and Thailand. The blueprints are rapidly reproducible for creating a weapon that is relatively small and easy to hide, making it potentially attractive to terrorists.

The revelation this weekend that the Khan operation even had such a bomb blueprint underscores the questions that remain about what Dr. Khan, a Pakistani metallurgist and the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, was selling and to whom. It also raises the possibility that he may still have sensitive material.

Yet even as inspectors and intelligence officials press their investigation of Dr. Khan, officials in Pakistan have declared the scandal over and have discussed the possibility of setting him free. In recent weeks, American officials have privately warned the new government in Pakistan about the dangers of doing so.

“We’ve been very direct with them that releasing Khan could cause a world of trouble,” a senior administration official who has been involved in the effort said last week. “The problem with Pakistan these days is that you never know who is making the decision — the army, the intelligence agencies, the president or the new government.”

The illicit nuclear network run by Dr. Khan was broken up in early 2004. President Bush, eager for an intelligence victory after the failure to find unconventional weapons in Iraq, declared that ending Dr. Khan’s operation was a major coup for the United States. Since then, evidence has emerged that the network sold uranium enrichment technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya. Investigators are still pursuing leads that he may have done business with other countries.

Dr. Khan is an expert in centrifuges used to produce enriched uranium for bomb fuel, and much of the technology he sold involved enrichment. But it was only in recent months that officials have begun to confirm that they had found the electronic design for a bomb itself among material seized from some of Dr. Khan’s top lieutenants, a Swiss family, the Tinners.

The same design documents were found in computers in three other locations connected to Khan operatives, according to a senior foreign diplomat involved in the investigation.

American officials and inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency say they have been unable to determine if the weapon blueprints were sold to Iran or other customers of the smuggling ring.

The blueprints bear a strong resemblance to weapons tested by Pakistan a decade ago, said two senior diplomats involved in the investigation. Pakistani officials have balked at providing much information about the newly revealed warhead design, just as they have refused to allow the C.I.A. or international atomic inspectors to directly interrogate Dr. Khan, who is still considered a national hero in Pakistan for helping it become a nuclear weapons state.

Pakistani officials insist that Dr. Khan, as the leader of a uranium enrichment program, had no weapons access. But this is the second weapons design found in his smuggling network. The first was for an unwieldy but effective Chinese design from the mid-1960s that Libya acknowledged obtaining from the Khan network before it surrendered its bomb-making equipment in 2003.

Both the new and the old designs exploit the principle of implosion, in which a blast wave from a sphere of conventional explosives squeezes inward with tremendous force to compress a ball of bomb fuel, starting the chain reaction and the atomic explosion. A nuclear official in Europe familiar with the Khan investigation said the new design was powerful but miniaturized — using about half the uranium fuel of the older design to produce a greater explosive force.

“Pakistan cannot put the big China design on any of its rockets,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information is classified. “It’s too big.” A smaller warhead created from the new design, he added, is “more efficient and easier to hide,” meaning that one day it might become a “terrorist issue.”

China first exploded the old design in 1966, nuclear experts say, and Pakistan fired the miniaturized version in 1998.

Nuclear experts said a warhead built from the new design was small enough to fit atop a family of medium-range missiles that derive from North Korea’s Nodong class of missiles. Those missiles include Pakistan’s Ghauri and Iran’s Shahab. All are about four feet wide, and any warhead atop them must, by definition, be smaller.

In interviews in Vienna, Islamabad and Washington, officials have said that the weapons design was far more sophisticated than the blueprints discovered in Libya in 2003, when Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi gave up his country’s nuclear weapons program. The design is electronic, they said, making it easy to copy — and they have no idea how many copies, if any, are circulating.

On Sunday, Mr. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, said that the administration remained concerned about the possibility that additional plans had been disseminated, but he did not address any of the latest revelations, which were reported Sunday by The Washington Post and The New York Times. “We’re very concerned about the A. Q. Khan network,” he told reporters traveling with Mr. Bush from Paris to London.

The existence of the compact bomb design began to become public in recent weeks after Switzerland announced that it had destroyed a huge stockpile of documents, including weapons designs, that were found in computers belonging to Friedrich Tinner and his two sons, Marco and Urs, all arrested as part of the Khan investigation.

Switzerland’s president, Pascal Couchepin, said in late May that the government had destroyed the documents to keep atomic materials from “getting into the hands of a terrorist organization or an unauthorized state.”

Two former Bush administration officials said they believed that the Tinners had provided information to the C.I.A. while the father and two sons were still working for Dr. Khan and that some of their information helped American and British officials intercept shipments of centrifuges en route to Libya in 2003.

When news of that interception became public and Libya turned its $100 million program over to American and atomic energy agency officials, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan forced Dr. Khan to issue a vague confession and then placed him under house arrest. Dr. Khan has since renounced that confession in Pakistani and Western news media, saying he made it only to save Pakistan greater embarrassment.

It was not until 2005 that officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is based in Vienna, finally cracked the hard drives on the Khan computers recovered around the world. And as they sifted through files and images on the hard drives, investigators found tons of material — orders for equipment, names and places where the Khan network operated, even old love letters.

“There was stuff about dealing with Iranians in 2003, about how to avoid intelligence agents,” said one official who had reviewed it. But the most important document was a digitized design for a nuclear bomb, one that investigators quickly recognized as Pakistani.

“It was plain where this came from,” a senior official of the atomic energy agency said. “But the Pakistanis want to argue that the Khan case is closed, and so they have said very little.”

In public statements, Pakistani officials have insisted that the Khan “incident,” as they call it, is now history, and they publicly declared nearly two years ago that their investigations were over.

A senior Pakistani official said that in April that the information provided by the atomic energy agency was “vague and incomplete,” and he insisted that because Dr. Khan’s laboratories specialized in manufacturing equipment needed to enrich uranium, “he was not involved in weapons designs.”

But atomic energy agency investigators and American intelligence officials say they have little doubt that he was the source of the digitized bomb design. “Clearly, someone had tried to modernize it, to improve the electronics,” one said. “There were handwritten references to the electronics, and the question is, who was working on this?”

The officials said that parts of the design were coded so that they could be transferred quickly to an automated manufacturing system.

June 15, 2008

Next Malaysia PM faces bigger challenges socio-politically

I’m still sulking over the petrol hike.

My friend who works in a high powered think tank (ahem, not the Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA)… that one is not a real thinker tank according to my political strategist friend)

Now, where was I… yes, my friend was shocked that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi upped the hike so drastically, he has anticipated a max of 40 sens rise. Ah… the good ole days before petrol rose 41% and diesel 63%…

And I’m not terribly enamoured with the idea of Najib Abdul Razak to take over from Badawi… I haven’t heard anything from Najib on his plan to get Malaysia out of this quagmire. Give us the juice, Najib!!! Staying dumb on these issues will not earn you brownie points!!

Here’s something more for you to chew on, from Reuters.
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Malaysia PM faces bigger protests, dissent over fuel

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi has ridden out the immediate popular anger over a steep rise in fuel prices but his survival will remain in jeopardy as a resurgent opposition presses home its advantage.

Abdullah faces multiple threats.

The opposition plans to topple his coalition in September through defections, while pressure is building within his ranks to quit and appoint his anointed heir to restore confidence in the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled for five decades.

Protests against the fuel hike have been small and scattered so far, but if the opposition carries through its plan to bring a 100,000 people into the city centre next month the pressure on Abdullah will increase dramatically, analysts said.

The protests would be the largest in a country with tight restrictions on public gatherings and might well be the tipping point as inflation stoked by the fuel price hike hits a 10-year high of 4.2 percent.

Petrol rose 41 percent and diesel 63 percent.

“The pressure on him will increase enormously,” said Rita Sim, deputy head of a think-tank linked to the Malaysian Chinese Association, a member of the ruling coalition.

“He’s made an unpopular decision which in the long-term is good for the country. But in the short-term, this may mean his political life is going to shorten,” she said.

Opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim says he has the numbers to topple the ruling coalition, which has ruled the country since independence from Britain in 1957, but is waiting for the right moment.

“We have seen clearly more interest and support for Pakatan Rakyat (opposition alliance). This applies even to members of parliament. Even some of them have been encouraged to approach me directly even though they are being closely monitored,” he told a news conference over the weekend.

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE

Anwar plans a no-confidence vote against the government in September, hoping popular anger over the new fuel prices, which are expected to be followed with higher electricity rates in August, will boil over.

Abdul Ghapur Salleh, a ruling party lawmaker from the politically key state of Sabah, said it was difficult to explain to his constituents the reason behind the increases.

“They are not convinced by the government’s argument when we are an oil-producing country,” the Star newspaper quoted him as saying.

Sabah and neighboring Sarawak account for a third of seats in parliament and both held firm with Abdullah’s coalition even during national elections in March, when the tide turned against it across the country.

Since raising fuel prices, Abdullah has announced new development funds for these big oil-producing states to soften the blow.

“But the short-term risk remains, especially from the political aspect. Badawi’s leadership position has certainly been undermined with these recent changes in policy,” said Irvin Seah, economist at DBS Bank in Singapore.

Even before the fuel hikes, Abdullah’s popularity had been falling with voters unhappy over racial and religious tensions, rising street crime and failure to honor a pledge to fight corruption.

Prior to the price increases, Abdullah’s approval rating stood at a low of 48 percent, market research firm Merdeka Center said, adding it expected the figure to dip further in a new survey to be completed this week.

The mild-mannered premier had an approval rating of 91 percent when he took power in late 2003.

But his coalition recorded its worst-ever performance during its 50-year rule in the March election. The government lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority and surrendered control of five of the country’s 13 states to the opposition in the poll.

TRANSITION

Assailed from all sides, Abdullah might head off the opposition challenge to the Barisan Nasional by quietly arranging to hand power over to his likely successor, deputy prime minister Najib Razak.

So far he has not spelt out any timeframe for the transition and has in the past said he planned to defend his position as president of his United Malays National Organisation, the dominant party in the ruling coalition, in elections in December.

But as the party struggles with public discontent, the call for a quick transition could intensify.

“UMNO members are clamoring for a clear signal on the leadership issue, especially with the party elections looming at the end of the year,” political commentator Joceline Tan wrote in the Star newspaper.

She said the succession issue came up last week during the meeting of UMNO’s supreme council to decide on the party’s future and party bosses left it to Abdullah and Najib to decide.

Such uncertainty, which analysts say will run through the year, ties the government’s hands in a difficult economic environment.

“What you’re seeing is a general feeling that the inflation environment is forcing policymakers to make tough decisions. It’s raising political risks so it’s exposing weak governments regionwide,” said Eric Fishwick, CLSA’s head of economic research in Singapore.

“I think one of the problems that we have is that inflation is going to be increasingly stymieing supply side reforms in these economies,” he said.

An inflation rate of between 4 and 5 percent would be the highest since 5.3 registered in 1998.

May 18, 2008

The Kingmakers: Sabah, Sarawak & the 12th General Elections

Sabah and Sarawak the kingmakers??? Perhaps we need to re-think again:

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A super Deepthroat divulged this:

He went to Dubai alone to meet DSAI. He could not meet DSAI in Malaysia without the others knowing. Went there to cut a deal. In truth what DSAI was saying about the 30 odd MPs who will defect are actually AAB group in UMNO. They know if they lose power all will be lost and that is why AAB since elections have been making popular decisions and showing that is also as progressive as DSAI and when he join PR the public will say he made a right decision. He will continue as PM until the next elections. DSAI will be the power behind the PM. the deal has already been discussed with the PR partners and they have accepted it all. TM , MH ,DSNAR all will be left behind and do not know what hit them. KJ is actually a DSAI sleeper in UMNO.

Was mission was to woo AAB daughter marry her and destroy UMNO from inside. This is DSAI ultimate revenge for all the wrong doing UMNO of TM did to him. Just check and see who sponsored KJ to Oxford. Lately you can see AAB and KJ have been bold.

Just something for all you to chew on and much more I know off. I know a lot because I also walk in the corridors of power that is the power of internet

cheers
xxxxx

if you read below article posted in MT , DSAI is now in Mumbai and out of Malaysia. Flight time from Dubai to Mumbai is only less then 2 hours and they are a lot of flights between these two places , more flights the from KL to Singapore. If you read the article I am posting below you can see DSAI was talking from Mumbai. Any body or even PKR can add any to it.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim Says He’ll Be In Power By September
Posted by Super Admin
Saturday, 17 May 2008

MUMBAI, INDIA: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Friday (16 May) he would have enough support to topple Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s government by September.

Anwar told reporters that his People’s Justice Party needed just 30 members to gain a simple majority in parliament. His party controls 82 seats in the legislature.

“By our calculation, we should move before 16 Sept,” he said during his visit to Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, for a lecture series on “Human Rights Awareness.”

The date is significant as his country celebrates 16 Sept as “Malaysia Day” _ commemorating the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963 by joining the provinces of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.

Although Anwar has made such claims several times in the past, Friday was the first time he has given a specific timeframe to try to pull down the government.

He was ousted from government in 1998 by then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in a power struggle amid accusations of corruption and sodomy. Anwar denied the charges, which he said were trumped up.

The sodomy charge was later overturned, but he served prison time after being convicted of corruption.

The corruption charge prevented him from holding public office until 14 Apr 2008, which meant he could not contest the 8 Mar general elections.

A record 82 opposition members from a three-party alliance led by Anwar were elected to the 222-member lower house in the elections. This shook the ruling National Front’s grip on governance for the first time in 40 years.

Anwar said last month that it won’t be long before he is elected a lawmaker in a by-election.

“We have enough numbers now. But we want the transition to be peaceful and democratic,” he said Friday.

He has said any government he forms will change Malaysia’s system of promoting majority ethnic Malays _ Anwar himself is Malay _ in government contracts, jobs and education over ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysians.

“Many ruling party members of parliament know that the time for racial politics is over,” said Anwar, adding that he was confident that governing party members would defect to his side. (AP)

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A Sabah & Sarawak MP defection was a ploy (Red herring) by DSAI to deflect from the real crossovers taking place. All attention and energy is on the East Malaysian MP’s and the UMNO MP’s in West Malaysia were free to meet up with DSAI’s gang and plan the defections. Poor East Malaysian MP’s , for once they thought they were the King Makers and now all know what they are up to. Just like beggars suddenly striking the jackpot but only a fool’s jackpot .DSAI will not form a federal government with these spineless MP’s.

REMEMBER DSAI and AAB body language when they meet in the opening day of the parliament (The photo on the front page of the newspapers)

More to come as I get more info on the progress report of the UMNO MP’s. Sept date was only a ploy and a red herring. All going to take place in next 2 weeks time. No need to sack the PM because AAB will defeat the non-confidence vote with the help of PR and AAB Group UMNO Mp’s who will defect to PR. There will be a cabinet reshuffle so after. UMNO Ministers who will be retained are as follows because they will be the defectors

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ( When DSAI was sacked , he was in DSAI’s house everyday )
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Datuk Shahrir Samad
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek

and surprise

Datuk Azalina Othman

And no non-UMNO Ministers or Sabah UMNO Ministers will be retained but the vocal Sabah and Sarawak MP’s will be made ministers. Cabinet will be expanded to 30 Ministers, 38 Asst ministers and 30 parliamentary secretaries. Total will be 99 and balance MP’s will be given other important posts with good
salary. All will be happy and all will be taken care.

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DSAI will not make a tactical move without the consent of DAP and PAS. All now are hunger for power after their appetite has been vetted by DSAI’s announcements that PR are now government in waiting.All politicans are the same and get corrupted with power. Look at Taiwan , South Korea ,Indonesia, Thailand , Philippines , Pakistan ,india , Israel and so on. They profess the perfect govermental principles when in opposition but what happen when they come in power. They only last for a term. Come fast and clean up the state coffers fast aftraid that they will not have another opturnity again. here else the former ruling party only rob the interest not the capital
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Wow!! Go to source of this conversation in here:

April 17, 2008

At Bar Council annual dinner Badawi created waves

SMS newsflash:

Bar Council at its annual dinner credits PM Badawi for creating more democratic space. Urges he revisits ISA detainees’ cases.

Former chief justice Tun Salleh Abas to be restored his pension together with his colleagues. Read more in Malaysiakini.com

*Looks like Badawi making good his promises to buck up. Good la like that.

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