Dec 29, 2009

DAMNATION of MALAYSIA!

(Pic from Antares)
Transparency International has labelled the Bakun Dam Project a "MONUMENT OF CORRUPTION" and highlighted debate over whether there will be enough customers in 2011 when it becomes fully operational with a 2,400MW capacity.

All the valuable timber has already been removed from its catchment area, and the dam will begin filling up next month, taking eight months to submerge all 70,000ha.an area the size of Singapore.

Dec 28, 2009

Update on Antares


Antares on the recovery and looking good!

Got news from our medical sources at about 4 pm today and was informed that Antares is recovering well.

For those medically inclined;
Was informed that he had "metabolic acidosis from kidney involvement of Malaria (Plasmodium Falciparum)". He was put on the ventilator and is currently being weaned off it, but still requires to have dialysis.

But in general the information is that he is recovering slow and steady and that is good news to me.

For more stories go to zorro.

Antares - Get Well Soon!


More HERE

Dec 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Zorro!


(Old Pic of zorro 40 years ago)

The Legendary Zorro in his adventure to protect the future of Malaysia and its people where he fights against evil-doers of tyranny officials and the corrupt villains with his legendary 70 year old sabre.

With Balls of Fire he stares down the eyes of these demonic beings, his stares  thrusting right through their cursed souls and with a twist of his hand cuts down the dark lords and their evil aids.

Today is zorro's Birthday and we would like to wish him a Merrily Birthday. The Legend continues...

Dec 22, 2009

Engine Trouble in Malaysia


2 Units of Stolen Jet Engines?? Stolen since May last year when Najib was Defence Minister. Cover Up?
More equipments could be missing? Doing an Audit now?

Armed forces chief Gen Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin said the stolen jet engine might just be the "tip of the iceberg", as initial investigations showed that other equipment might have gone missing from as far back as 2007.
Actually Mr General Sir, we Malaysians will not be surprised if  more items are stolen or missing? While you are auditing can you also check the stocks of C4s?

The stolen engine is the powerplant for one of the four F-5E Tiger II fighters and two RF-5E Tigereye reconnaissance jets still in active duty at the air force's 12th Squadron (Scorpion) at the Butterworth air base.

An "international company" based in Latin America bought the 50 million ringgit (USD 14 million) engine "because the price was cheap " Bernama quoted the defence minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying.

The engine, used for single-seat fighter and reconnaissance jets, is believed to have eventually ended up with a final purchaser in the Middle East.

Dec 21, 2009

Pakatan Rakyat Convention - Must Watch Speeches

Shamsul Iskandar from PKR Youth. -Most Entertaining Speech-




Hanna Yeoh of DAP. -Righteousness Exalts a Nation-



Tony Pua on the Economy (Part I)



Tony Pua on the Economy (Part II)



Karpal Singh. -Most Powerful Speech- (Part I)



Karpal Singh (Part II)



Karpal Singh - (Part III)In English-



Salahuddin Ayub -Corrupt to the Core-



Salahuddin Ayub (Part II)-I am Salahuddin-

Different Types of Bumiputra...

This is a beauty from Sakmongkol AK47 on the different types of "Bumiputra" and he has highlighted the two differing types and on those who claim to be "Bumiputra" who are, if you ask me the "Celup" Bumiputra who got the better of the so called real Bumiputra or as Sakmongkol puts it, "The Pariah Bumiputra".

And so what is a Bumiputra?

Dec 20, 2009

Pakatan Rakyat Convention - Anwar's Closing Speech


PART ONE


PART TWO


PART III

New Merdeka for Malaysia



Datuk Zaid Ibrahim took the floor at the Pakatan Rakyat’s First Convention and fired up the party faithful by declaring the pact ready to kick the corrupt Barisan Nasional (BN) out and ready to form the  new government..

“The rakyat are tired of racial politics, they are tired of being fooled..I assure you, after this, we will hold our next convention in Putrajaya,” he said, sparking thunderous applause from the crowd who attended today’s convention.

"Today we take One Decisive, Deliberate and Historic Step to Free our country from the corrupt government of BN, in the past we had gain our freedom and independence from the British empire and today we shall have our Merdeka from the misrule of UMNO."

Dec 18, 2009

First Pakatan Rakyat Convention



Barisan Rakyat Bloggers Invited


Got a message that says Salahuddin Ayub has extended an open invitation to the Barisan Rakyat Bloggers to the First Pakatan Rakyat Convention.


Details are as follows:

19 DISEMBER 2009 DI AUDITORIUM MBSA, SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR

8:00 pagi : Pendaftaran bagi wakil media di Tingkat 4, Auditorium MBSA.

9:00 pagi : Pembukaan

9:15 pagi: Ucapan Perdana Ketiga Pimpinan Tertinggi dan Perasmian Bersama Konvensyen - Saudara Anwar Ibrahim (Ketua Umum KeADILan), Saudara Lim Guan Eng (Setiausaha Agung DAP) & Saudara Hj Abdul Hadi Awang (Presiden PAS).

10:15 pagi : Rehat

10:45 pagi : Pidato Dasar Pakatan Rakyat (dipengerusikan YAB Khalid Ibrahim) - Saudara Salahuddin Ayub (Naib Presiden PAS), Saudara Tony Pua (Setiausaha Publisiti Kebangsaan DAP), Saudara Sivarasa Rasiah (Naib Presiden PKR) dan Perbahasan oleh 2 perwakilan setiap parti.

12:45 tgh : Makan tengahari di Laman MBSA.

1:45 tgh : Sambungan perbahasan oleh 3 perwakilan setiap parti (dipengerusikan Saudara Teng Chang Khim).

3:30 ptg : Majlis Penutup (dipengerusikan Saudara Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah).

Rumusan oleh 3 Pimpinan : Saudara Karpal Singh (Pengerusi Kebangsaan DAP), Saudara Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (Murshidul Am PAS), Saudara Anwar Ibrahim (Ketua Umum KeADILan).

5:00 ptg : Majlis bersurai. Sidang media di Tingkat 3

Bilik media terletak di tingkat 4, berhampiran tempat pendaftaran. Bilik media dikhususkan untuk wakil media dan blogger yang memakai tag media sahaja. Untuk memudahkan urusan pemfailan bahan berita/posting, saudara/saudari digalakkan membawa sambungan internet.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Dec 16, 2009

China the next Dubai 1000 times or worse


Malaysian politicians (mostly Barisan National) are always narrow and short sighted and likes to engross in bad propaganda belittling the people's mental intellect and that is what they enjoyed doing most. They think that we are fools and they goes about with their falsehood in pretense of what is ethical, fair and just. There are greater things to do but they goes around like clowns talking about ethics when they themselves are the most unethical.

We will leave this ethical story for now and to return another time as my present concern are as written here below.

Can Malaysia sustain another economic crisis and do they have a contingency plan in the event of it happening, China has become a major market for Malaysian goods and produce, and if anything were to happen to China it will definitely hamper growth and generate an economic crisis of the proportion that equates to a catastrophe.

James Chanos, the American billionaire and founder of Kynikos Associates, an investment company in the USA is renown for his intensive strategy in seeking out overvaluation in stocks and fundamental market failures. He is the "guru" of short selling and rose to fame for his research into the overvaluation of Enron Corporation that highlighted the failures of this mega corporation through accounting fraud that resulted in the "Enron Scandal" that saw the closure of Arthur Andersen, the leading accounting firm of its time.

James short sold Enron shares that saw the stock price collapse from over US$90 to US$1 in just over a few months. James is the opposite of Warren Buffet in terms of strategic approach where Warren look for fundamental underlying value and long term investments, James search for fundamental flaws and short selling.

And James have this to say in a recent exclusive with a special edition of the Halftime Report of Fast Money from CNBC:

China: Powering the Global Economy, or the Next Bubble to Burst?

In a recent report, Chanos' firm has been very pessimistic about China, and his firm has even gone as far as to speculate that China could be "Dubai times 1000, or worse."

Chanos points out a stark irony that investors who decry government involvement in US companies are bullish on the Chinese markets, despite the fact that the country's government (China) can "fine tune" the economy to their liking. He is also skeptical of the country's GDP numbers, calling them "massively inflated by under-depreciating a very, very, very shaky capital asset base."

He points out that "bubbles are best identified by credit excesses, not valuations... there is no bigger credit excess right now than China." But how do you play this?

Chanos says that although you can't short China, the short plays are in the first derivative industries: companies which support the raw and imported materials for growth (such as copper, cement and iron ore producers). He also suggests looking into short possibilities in the Hong Kong exchange.

Chanos himself is actively shorting this area, and is "looking for plays on the China investment pool, which we think will burst at some point... Demand in China is over-inflated, that is clear."

Guy Adami, an author, financial analyst and a professional investor and a member of CNBC's Fast Money agrees that the visibility in the Chinese markets is a serious issue, speculating that they could be simply hording commodities instead of using them.


Read Earlier Article on "The Chinese Bubble"

Dec 11, 2009

RPK - Winner of the Civil Society Award 2009


CONGRATULATIONS!  
Raja Petra Kamarudin was today announced the winner of the Civil Society Award 2009 in a ceremony held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

He has been presented the award for playing the most important role in defending freedom of political participation and opening a greater space for social freedom and democracy in Malaysia.

Azmi Sharom accepted the award on his behalf and a prize money of RM 5,000.00.

Well Done RPK, another step closer to reclaiming back our Malaysia!

Read more about the Civil Society Award HERE.

Dec 8, 2009

New Age of Frivolism in Malaysia



This is so hot and the favorite "F" word and i just have to join the fun....

The New Age of Frivolism
Frivoling the formidable factum is a faculty of the fractured fraternity of the feeble when the frivoller attempts to frivol away the fascination with the foremost fad of fantastic facts.

The far flung features of fending the fervent fanatics of facts by feigning fatigue will only feed the fastidious feral fellows, fermenting and fetch forth the faithful followers of freedom forged.

The favorite son comes forth, the faultless of fame in a faraway land of freedom where he formulates and forward faithfully without fear or favor in fidelity to his fertile fatherland where he fondly and affectionately fawn and fuss to fix and fight the farcical fascism that faze over his fatherland.

First and foremost in this new age of Frivolism that is festoon with fast fashion of fanciful facilitation, the fraudulent will fade and the faithful followers of true faith of fellowship will finish first-in.

Read the Frivoling of Teoh Beng Hock's death by the outgoing MACC Chief HERE
Read Antares "Frivolous" story HERE
Read zorro "Frivolous" take HERE and HERE

Mahathir - The Bloody Racist!


Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has called Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a “bloody racist” for defending the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) courses, and reasserted the Cabinet’s earlier decision to overhaul the programme.

Nazri pointed out to reporters in Parliament today that patriotism was not meant only for the Malays but for all Malaysians.

“You must be a Malaysian whether you’re a minister or not. You must walk your talk. Don’t just because when you were PM, you wanted everyone to support you, you’re Malaysian and the moment you’re no longer PM, that’s it, only talk about the Malays so I cannot accept his comment. When you read his blog it is bloody Racist.

Read More HERE

Dec 6, 2009

Story of a Secular Muslim


I am by no means an expert on the topic of Islam or Muslims. However, by accident of birth, being Muslim was thrust upon me.

My chances going in were not too bad — about a quarter of the world’s population is Muslim. I live with the title and try to make sense of the daily newsworthy events that keep my people in the news.

It was not until the fourth grade that I even knew I was Muslim. I was in grade school in Karachi, Pakistan, checking out a library book — an illustrated Bible — when my friend pointed out to me that I had picked the “wrong” book.

He appeared to be a little upset by my choice, as did some of the other kids. Any deviations from the norm, I concluded, would raise unnecessary alarm. My friend, since then, has become a militant atheist, but that is a story for another time.

I continued along a peaceful yet godless path until 8th grade when another friend confronted me with a deep philosophical question: Was I a Sunni or a Shiite?

Being Muslim, it appeared was not really as simple as I had thought — I would need to make some difficult choices. My friend gave me a well rehearsed summary of the pros of cons of each group (heavily biased in favor of being Shiite, of course, because he was one) and provided me with the choice.

At last, I could exercise my free will! I decided to be Shiite until my grandmother stepped in after a week and in a matter-of-fact manner said that I was a Sunni, not a Shiite, and these things “cannot be changed.”

Many more years of peaceful indifference toward religious matters passed and I ended up a freshman at New York University. It was then that the conflicts associated with being Muslim came to light.

My suite-mate hypothesized, a week into living together, that the college must have been trying to do an experiment on me by making me live with a Jew, a Hindu and a Catholic. Muslims, it appeared, had a lot of enemies and, for the first time, being one appeared to have more to do with the conflicts rather than any particular philosophical doctrine.

The few Islamic Center meetings I attended at college would invariably extend into speeches about the Palestinian conflict, the Kashmir conflict, the Chechnya conflict, the Bosnian conflict. Somewhat dispassionate about such issues, I chose to define myself as an undefined creature with no real place in society — the secular Muslim.

Since 9/11 the nature of the dialogue has changed quite a bit. I experienced the strong backlash against Muslims. Medical school interviews in the weeks after 9/11 were uncomfortable and borderline racist. Even my closest friends appear to place me on the wrong side of a line of “danger.” Everyone is more aware of the fact that I have a Muslim name. The more cultured among them show a genuine curiosity about “our kind.” Others mask their fear with jokes and frustrated questions along the lines of: “Why every time a bomb goes off, a Muslim person is behind it?” Yet others try to be unnaturally polite, likely suppressing undesirable emotions.

But with this increased awareness of the Muslim, there is a lack of appreciation of the nuances within our group. The reality is that many Muslims are secular. We do not pray five times a day, do not read the Koran and have not spent much time inside a mosque. We only turn to Islam when a child is born, someone gets married or someone dies.

We certainly have no interest in participating in civilizational battles. We are, in fact, loathed by the religious minority. And yet we have no clear voice, no representation and no one in the Western world appears to be aware of our existence. Every time a terrorist attack occurs, we suffer the most.

We are trying to succeed in life, trying to be effective doctors, lawyers, business people, artists and other kinds of professionals, and it hurts us, not the jihadists, when society keeps us at more and more of a safe distance “just in case.”

To defeat the threat of radical Islam, I suggest that the answer lies among the people who are the least Muslim.

It is only the secular forces within Islam that can subdue the screams of radicalism. We are united by a lack of indoctrination, a belief in personal freedom and a similar accident of birth and we must unite to properly forge a positive and progressive future for Muslims worldwide.


"The Price of Being Born Muslim"
By TARIQ AHMAD
Published: December 4, 2009
The Herald Tribune

Tariq Ahmad is a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

An Investment Opportunity in Alternate Energy


I was alerted about the initial IPO of Longyuan Electric Power Group sometime in early November by my Bankers, Longyuan is a company in China and the recent Initial Public Offering (IPO) in Hong Kong raised about USD 3 billion by selling 2.15 billion shares at HK$8.16 per share.

Longyuan is in the business of providing energy through windpower and solar energy and has the biggest concession in China for windpower. Windpower is the the present solution to fossil fuel and is known as "Clean Energy" or "Renewable Energy", As fossil fuel can only diminish and a source of poison to the environment that contributes to Global Warming which have become more and more a threat to planet Earth.

There are not too many such companies in this part of the world that generates clean energy. This is a longterm investment opportunity and the possibility of multiplying your investment over a certain time frame as the world's reserve in oil production can only get less and less.

Dec 5, 2009

New Puppet at MACC?


The Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed has been promoted the "New Boss" in place of the "early retirement" of Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan.

So for the new boss it is only proper to first express his thanks and gratitude to the government for his promotion, he said "I thank the government for the trust they have in me." and he added "The most important thing right now is the support from the public. The MACC cannot perform at its fullest capacity without the public's support."

So the government appoints him and he is grateful for whoever (in the government) that gave him the top post. And now can he start investigating the government for graft as there have been so many reports on abuses and corruption by top government officials and politicians from the ruling elite. Will he investigate his bosses now that they have appointed him?

What public support does he need? The public will always be supportive, if he is true to the duty and performance of the job and are seriously fighting and defending the nation against the evils of corruption.

If Malaysia is serious about fighting corruption than they should emulate their immediate neighbors Singapore and now Indonesia and others who had been successful in the fighting graft.

Just look at the Indonesian's Corruption Eradication Commission known as the "KPK" which is a fully independent body free from the influence of politics and has wide ranging powers in the fight against corruption and up till today, its achievements includes senior politicians of the higher house of People's Representative Council (DPR), the chief of police, provincial governors, city mayors, a central bank governor and even the son in law of the President.

The Fight against Corruption always starts at the top and can be seen  in the initial years of the  famed Hong Kong's  ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) and other independent commission.

Malaysia's fight against corruption is seen as superficial and made worst by garnering the perception that it is now a political tool against the innocent and the opposition. The MACC has achieved world fame through the Teoh Beng Hock fiasco! And not forgetting the infamous joke of investigating  the Malaysian Against Cows and Cars incidents.

Corruption is Evil!


Dec 4, 2009

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?


EVERYONE HAS SEEN THE "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM"
ASSHOLEs everywhere: airports, restaurants, traffic lights......

An award should go to the Virgin Airlines desk attendant in
Sydney some months ago for being smart and funny, while making her point,
when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo.

A crowded Virgin flight was cancelled after a Virgin's 767s had been withdrawn
from service. A single attendant was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travellers.

Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his
ticket down on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it HAS to
be FIRST CLASS ".

The attendant replied, "I'm sorry, sir. I'll be happy to try to help
you, but I've got to help these people first, and I'm sure we'll be able
to work something out."

The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the
passengers behind him could hear, "DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"

Without hesitating, the attendant smiled and grabbed her public address
microphone: "May I have your attention please, may I have your attention
please," she began - her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal.

"We have a passenger here at Desk 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW
WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to Desk
14."

With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man
glared at the Virgin attendant, gritted his teeth and said, 'F@@$… You!'
Without flinching, she smiled and said, (I love this bit)
"I'm sorry, sir, but you'll have to get in line for that too"


Note: Got this story through email from a friend.

Dec 1, 2009

Malaysia's Economy Trailing Badly


It is a rarity to see a Malaysian Minister who speaks out against it's own government's policies and this he did, Second Finance Minister, Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (Pic) speaking at an economic outlook conference organized by the MIER (Malaysia Institute of Economic Research) today at Kuala Lumpur.  Bravo! to the Second Finance Minister for telling the "True State of the Economy"



This topic of Malaysia losing out in the economic race has been written about several times in this blog. The Malaysian government is at a loss towards the management of the economy and as highlighted in earlier writings "Budget and Corruption" is that Corruption have to be first eradicated and the Anti Corruption Commission must be made fully independent in order to fight graft, so that the real benefits of any economic plan be able to reach the common man on the ground otherwise as it is today Billions of Ringgit are siphoned off through corrupt practices of government officers and politicians.



As at todate the government has failed to effectively manage the economy and is falling way behind and losing billions of Ringgit to graft. From a mathematical viewpoint the level of graft is to be deducted from any flimsy economic growth and the true or nett effect will be a NEGATIVE growth.

Read on the AFP report of the Second Finance Minister as below:

Malaysia's economy has been stagnating for the past decade and is now trailing badly behind its neighbours, a senior minister said Tuesday, calling for "urgent" and wide-ranging reforms.

Malaysia's economy has been stagnating for the past decade and is now trailing badly behind its neighbours, a senior minister said Tuesday, calling for "urgent" and wide-ranging reforms.

Malaysia's export-dependent economy has been hit hard by the global recession, contracting by a forecast 3.0 percent this year and jeopardising its ambitions of becoming a developed nation by 2020.

"Malaysia is trapped in a low-value-added, low-wage and low-productivity structure," Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah told an economic outlook conference.

Among its peers China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, Malaysia's economic growth over the past three years was second-lowest, he said.

"Our economy has been stagnating in the last decade. We have lost our competitive edge to remain as the leader of the pack in many sectors of the economy. Our private investment has been steadily in decline."

"While Singapore and Korea's nominal per capita GDP grew within the last three decades by 9 and 12 times respectively, ours grew only by a factor of four."

In a withering assessment, Ahmad Husni said the services sector is underdeveloped, private investment is half the levels before the 1997-98 Asian crisis, and the manufacturing sector is suffering from lack of investment.

"The (need for) transformation is particularly urgent when we take the external environment into account," he said.

"The global environment is changing. We can no longer rely on our traditional trading partners and we need to address the competitive pressure from other emerging markets on our existing exports."

He called for sweeping measures including an emphasis on meritocracy and ensuring all Malaysians are given "equal opportunity to participate in the economy".

Malaysia has for decades practiced a system of positive discrimination for Muslim Malays who dominate the population, but critics say the policy is fuelling corruption and is hurting the nation's competitiveness.

"We must also consider the gradual dismantling of our open-ended protection of specific sectors and industries which have introduced a climate of complacency and artificial levels of supply," the minister said.

"The long-term success of the nation's economy must take precedence over the short term interests of a few protected groups."

Prime Minister Najib Razak -- who is also finance minister -- came to power in April with plans to tackle graft which is endemic in the ruling party and society at large. (As Reported by AFP)

(Plans to tackle graft? What Plan? MACC (Anti Corruption Commission) is today viewed as a political tool of UMNO and like its predecessor the "ACA" had never prosecuted any "Big Fish" and politicians till todate gets away with billions of ringgit stolen from the people!)

Read earlier Post "Malaysia - Snail of Asean" HERE

Nov 26, 2009

BTN is a Brain Washing Dept


If the Prime Minister is serious about unity and his 1Malaysia program than he must first shut down this racist brain washing department.

Kudos to the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor State government in barring its civil servants and students from state-owned institutions from attending the courses described as racist and a form of political indoctrination by the UMNO led government.

It has been reported that participants of BTN courses were repeatedly told of the concept of Ketuanan Melayu, or Malay superiority. Participants are also told not to question “Malay rights” and the “social contract.”

I agree with zorro HERE and that all Pakatan states should do the same.

Read stories of the BTN by zorro in Sept 2008 HERE
Read Fear and Indoctrination HERE

Read Malaysian Insider HERE

Noisy Coffee Shop



This MCA is like a Noisy Cofee Shop. Everyday of these past months they have been hogging the local headlines and is annoying and irritating the "Rakyat".

They think they are a very important party when in effect they are no longer relevant. The Rakyat is not interested.

It is a RACIST party of Corruptions and Scandals and their fight is over the Greed for Power as once you are aligned to the ruling clique, you will be able to amass great wealth and power. Just look at some of the past leaders and their great big palaces.

Can somebody go shut down this noisy coffee shop!

Nov 23, 2009

Launch of Crime Watch - Malaysia


Due to the frightening crime in this country of ours, we have had this idea of a Crime Watch website for some time now and the recent tragic death of Dato Patrick Wong had triggered the immediate design and action to Launch this site with greater urgency and so now we hope the introduction of a Rakyat's Crime Watch website will contribute as an early warning system and provide warnings and alerts to all Anak Bangsa Malaysia to the Crime in their neighborhood.

Your contribution is the prerequisite towards the success of this new site called "Crime Watch - Malaysia". Please visit and check it out today. Any suggestion and ideas will be most welcomed. Go HERE.

Nov 22, 2009

Good Bye Dato Patrick Wong (Updated with links to delCapo)


The funeral procession leaving the residence now to the Shah Alam Nirwana Memorial Park.
 More Pics from delCapo HERE

Nov 21, 2009

Dato Patrick Wong - Funeral



The Cortege will leave at 10.00 am on the 22nd November 2009 (Sunday) from the residence at No.9, Lorong Kemaris 1, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100, Kuala Lumpur to the Nirwana Shah Alam Crematorium of the Shah Alam Memorial Park (Nirwana).

Barisan Rakyat Bloggers will be there to pay our last respect.

 Google Map of Nirwana Shah Alam Memorial Park


View Larger Map

Nov 19, 2009

Was Dato Patrick Wong Murdered? (Updated)



 My Deepest Sympathy to the Family of Dato Patrick Wong.

Was inform that Intruders broke into his house in Bangsar last night, they were armed with Parangs and knifes and that the good Dato Patrick Wong was killed due to this incident.

Receives a sms message from Haris Ibrahim easrlier that reads; "Dato Patrick Wong, a strong supporter of the many efforts to bring change to Malaysia was attacked by intruders this morning, and has passed away."

Hope to be back with the full story later.

The wake will be at:
9, Lorong Kemaris 1
Bukit Bandaraya
59100 Kuala Lumpur

You can visit Dato Patrick Wong's  facebook HERE.

Update (1:26am): Just returned from the wake and went out to supper with some of the guys. We did not think it appropriate to disturb Datin Cindy for an account of the incident at this time but in conclusion Dato Patrick Wong is a victim of a brutal crime. This is the state of the nation today...You are not safe even at Home. Our country is in such tragic state that there is record breaking numbers dying unnecessarily and the government must take responsibility for their failure to provide basic security and safety for its people.

I am truly very ANGRY! There are so many victims of crime everyday and yet our government seems at a loss, they don't understand the scenario, they can't protect the people and they don't know what to do.Malaysians today live in FEAR for the safety of their family.

And i just read another story of a victim that just happen today, this lady was another victim of snatch thief and this time the snatch thief whack her on the head with a hammer. What is this country coming to?
The story from the Star HERE

PS. Dato Patrick Wong's funeral will be this Sunday. And as i have said in facebook today that Dato's death will not be in vain! Watch out for an announcement in this blog, this coming Sunday as a tribute to Dato Patrick Wong.
(Updated 11am 20th Nov) Read the Star Report "Dato Killed" HERE





Nov 18, 2009

Shut Up Dr Mahathir


Anwar Ibrahim was appointed Selangor's Economic Adviser and former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir warned that Anwar's appointment will bankrupt the State.

Dr.Mahathir created huge budget deficit during his reign as the Prime Minister running up the National Debt from 25 Billion Ringgit in 1981 to about100 Billion Ringgit in 1991 and than on further in a steep ascend from 1998 to more than 200 Billion Ringgit when he resigned in 2003.

Dr. Mahathir's financial fiasco are plentiful that had cost the nation Billions and Billions of Ringgit and would require much time to compile and list but just to name a few are like Perwaja Steel, Proton  which later had to be bailed out by Petronas and the Bakun Dam project which is still in Limbo. And not forgetting that the Port Klang Free Zone Scandal of 12 Billion Ringgit was conceptualized during his time as the Prime Minister.

Anwar Ibrahim was appointed Finance Minister from 1991 to 1997 and that was during this period from 1993 to 1997, and for the first time Malaysia recorded a Budget Surplus during the time of Anwar Ibrahim as Finance Minister.

Nov 11, 2009

The King Fisher Part VI - Fishing for Talent

“He who finds himself teachers, will rule the greatest area;
He who says no one is his equal, will fall.
He who is willing to ask, becomes greater;
He who relies entirely on himself, will be humbled and made small.”

- Tao Te Ching -   

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Been a bit overdue, this series on the King Fisher, nevertheless, for those who seek to acquire the wisdom of the ancient sages in political thoughts and strategies should not miss this writings as it can also be applied to the world of business, management and economics.


This is the works of the Grand Duke of Zhou or Jiang ZiYa and popularly known as Jiang Tai Kung, more than 3000 years ago that help to establish the Zhou Dynasty (1045 B.C.) and this writings have been simplified and condensed for easy reading and understanding.in this series. (For the First Time reader i suggest that you start with Part I HERE)

Part VI is still in volume one titled Civil Secret Teaching  out of  a total of six volumes of different titles as mentioned in earlier parts. The first part of the Civil Secret Teachings as covered under Part V deals with the underlying  foundation and philosophy of good governance and the correct thoughts to be cultivated by the rulers or the leaders.

And here the second part of the Civil Secret Teaching shares the philosophy of seeking out talents or as described in ancient times "True Men of Worth". Please read the proverb as from the Tao Te Ching as  stated above and to give yourself a moment to reflect and ponder on these ancient proverb, as it summaries the essence of this chapter. However the Grand Duke has describe in great detail the process and the ability to seek out and identify these talents.

It has been shown many a time the founding empires had many talents and expertise to tap on and in many a stories there will be the sage teacher or advisers or strategists that are found from amongst the common people. The search for talent has been of great emphasis of the many great empires in the history of China and even the Great Emperor Gaodi (Liu Bang), founder of the Han dynasty imposed a ruling that mandated that all court officials must present the talent that they happen to encounter and failing to do so will be in breach of the law.

And so wherein lies the “True Men of Worth” and as the Grand Duke has said they will arise and gather in times of injustice and turmoil and from here you might find your great warriors, generals, tacticians, planners, engineers and maybe a glimpse of the dragon if he appears and disappears and seen and not seen as the sage comes and goes quietly shrouded in mystery. A nation requires many talents in different skills and knowledge but the sage is universal and is multi talented and the most difficult to come across and if you happen to see him you might not be able to recognize him and as such he can only be found by those who seek.

A conversation between King Wen of the Zhou state and his teacher the Grand Duke as follows:

King Wen asked: "How does it happen that a ruler may exert himself to advance the Worthy but is unable to obtain any results from such efforts, and in fact the world grows increasingly turbulent, even to the point he is endangered and perishes?"

Grand Duke: "If one advances the Worthy but doesn't employ them, this is attaining the name of "advancing the Worthy" but lacking the substance of using the Worthy."

King Wen asked: "Whence comes the error?"

Grand Duke: "The error lies in wanting to employ men who are popularly praised rather than obtaining true Worthies."

King Wen: "How is that?"

Grand Duke: "If the ruler takes those that the world commonly praises as being Worthies and those that they condemn as being worthless, than the larger cliques will advance and the smaller ones will retreat. In this situation groups of evil individuals will associate together to obscure the Worthy. Loyal subordinates will die even though innocent. and perverse subordinates will obtain rank and position through empty fame. In this way, in this way as turbulence continues to grow in the world, the state cannot avoid danger and destruction."

This conversation shows that in seeking out talents, one must not fall for the reputation of fame and scholarly attainment which reminds me of the Prime Minister of Singapore than Mr Lee Kuan Yew who once remark that Singapore needs to seek out the "Mavericks" to help serve the nation rather than just employing people of high scholarly achievements. Academic achievements alone is not enough and could be an illusions as the real qualities of the talents are not just the papers that they carry.

It further states that recommendations from the officials or associates alone is not the best approach and one will need to seek out from the masses the "True Men of Worth". The true worthies are normally the reluctant politicians but will serve or assist in a sincere desire to see change and good governance.

The search for talent has been of great emphasis all throughout the dynasties of over 3000 years in the history of China and most will have heard of Liu Pei of the Three Kingdom era towards the end of the Han dynasty, where Liu Pei set out in search of Zhuge Liang, who than was a recluse dwelling high in the remote village of the hill of bamboo grove, as Liu Pei had to make numerous trip through the difficult passes all through the changing seasons before finally getting the assistance of the great strategist, Zhuge Liang aka Kung Ming aka The Sleeping Dragon and from thereon founded the Kingdom of Shu.

Liu Bang who later became the Great Emperor Gaodi the founder of the Han Dynasty had the assistance of Zhang Liang, who was a fugitive during the rule of Qin, another great strategist in the history of China.

And in recent times, President George W.Bush had the assistance of Karl Rove who became his Chief Strategist, Karl was a college dropout and a relative unknown in the political world and is today renown for making George Bush the President of the USA. You can read the book titled simply "How Karl Rove Made George W.Bush Presidential" by the authors James Moore and Wayne Slater. Karl Rove was appointed Senior Advisor and the Deputy Chief of Staff  and held many other appointments in the White House. The President had publicly acknowledged the contribution from Karl Rove and called him "The Architect" in his victory speech in the 2004 Presidential Election. Karl Rove armed with only a secondary school education is an amazing strategist and maybe some of you should read about his voter targeting and registration strategy, hahaha.. sounds familiar? You want to win the next General Election?

Watch out for the next Part VII coming soon..
Read Part V HERE
Read Part I HERE

Nov 5, 2009

More Pics of Zorro Wanted




Setting Out at High Noon


At Lobby of the Royal Selangor


Treated to a Sumptious Lunch


On Arrival Greeted by Cheers From the Supporters (Pic by Shanghai Fish)



This Young Man Got Real Charm


 The Cool Cucumber having a few words with his lawyer Ashok

 
Caught Sight of the Lone Wolf

 
The supporters mingling



Bond Arrives with Smoking Gun
(Pic by Shanghai)



Supporters awaiting patiently


About an hour and half waiting


Out comes the champions at about 4.45pm



Greeted by the awaiting reporters


Sharing with the waiting supporters


All's happy their hero is in good shape

See More Pics and Story from Shanghai Fish and People's Parliament

Nov 4, 2009

Zorro Wanted (update 6)


Zorro and the 3 lawyers Ashok, Haris and Chendra have just came out.
They are talking to the reporters now.
Zorro is being quetioned for the photos in his posting especially on the Defaced PDRM logo being used in some of his postings.
He is being investigated under the sedition act.
Full story later.

Zorro Wanted (update 5)


Photo showing the supporters waiting for news at the Bus stand just outside the government complex.
Haris Ibrahim just arrived and have entered the building.
The interrogation is being conducted by DSP Mahfuz Datuk Malik of the department.

Zorro Wanted (Update 4)


Photo of Zorro and his lawyer Ashok at the reception of the Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersil at Bukit Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.

They have just entered the interrogation room on the 6 th level of the same building as the Director of Commercial Crime Dato Koh Hong Sun who is located centrally on the ground level.

Zorro Wanted (update3)


Just arrived at Komplexs Kerajaan Bukit Perdana. Already there at the entrance were supporters and reporters.
Seen in the photo is Zorro and his admirers who were waiting at the entrance.
Ashok is already here and Haris just arrived, Zorro registering at the guard house now.

Zorro Wanted (update2)


Just finish a sumptuous lunch at the Selangor Club.
The guru is seen here as in photo moderating his blog while having his daily glass of nutrition, he seems to be in a jubilant mood and says that his middle name is cucumber.
We had received many calls and SMS from concerned friends and supporters.
Will update from Bukit Perdana soon.

Zorro Wanted (Live Update)


Pick up Zorro at 12 noon and arrived at Selangor Club. Met up with Chris and Amarjit at the Club.
Will be having banana leaf lunch and will meet up with Haris and Ashok. Will proceed to the commercial crime department at Bukit Perdana (behind Bank Negara) by 2.30pm.

Nov 3, 2009

Zorro Wanted


Bernard Khoo of the blog Zorro to be called in for questioning by the Police tomorrow at 3pm. He is called to be present at the Commercial Crime Department which is located behind Bank Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

Be there to show your support.

Will report further tomorrow live with zorro.

Oct 30, 2009

Malaysia - Snail of Asean


Guess who is one of the more sluggish economic growth of the Asean countries for the year 2010? Well... yes, Malaysia is one of the slowest growing economies in Asean, falling behind countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Loas and Myanmar.

The slowest growth as forecast for 2010 is Brunei at only 0.6% growth and next is Malaysia at 2 to 3 percent growth as recently announced in the Budget 2010 and they can't even get to the decimal point and looks like a guesstimate. And for the purpose of charting as above it is listed at 2.5% economic growth for next year, (taking the middle ground from the government projection of 2% to 3%).

But Malaysia can not be compared to Brunei as Brunei is a one of most wealthy country and the highest ranking in terms of per capita income of USD 36,681.00 (as at 2009 IMF forecast) where Malaysia has a meager USD 7,469.00 annual per capita income in Asean.

And as it was in the 70s and early 80s when we were one of the leading economically progressive countries and were up in front of countries like Singapore, Brunei, South Korea and even Taiwan but today....Sigh.

We are now way behind in the economic race of nations and almost last in Asean, ok lah... second last.

And credit must go to UMNO for continuing to screw up the political and economic landscape, scaring off both local and foreign investors with their domination of all the democratic institutions, making a mockery of our judicial system, creating fear and suppressing the growth of democracy and civil society. They control and dictate almost all business sectors and industries in the countries with their Cronies, GLCs (Government Link Companies) and Sovereign Funds taking it all away from the public and private sector. And their massive corruption growing like cancer eating away the wealth of the rakyat (people).

Oct 29, 2009

Perak is now Berak


 (Photo by Wan Imran)

The state of Perak is now the state of "Berak" (Shit). This is a real Fiasco caused  by UMNO. This illegitimate state government of UMNO which was rejected by the people of Perak is a real shame with their show of bullying tactics just because they have the police and the judges under their control goes on to show their arrogance by again getting the court order to ban the people from gathering within 50 meters of the state legislative assembly.

The State Legislative Assembly is a representation of the people and as such how can it be possible to obtain a court order to ban people from going near the people's assembly, this is beyond common logic, are they so afraid of the people of Perak? Even the state secretariat building will be off-limits to its staff and the people of Perak.

And this is further aggravated by the show of force with the police taking up position in and around the building. This is truly a government by force and they might as well declare Berak a police state.

This is an uncivilized government and goes about bullying and creating fear through the use of the courts and their police. This is their police and not the police that is suppose to protect and safeguard the people.

If you are so determined to govern than for goodness sake go get your mandate from the people of this state and is that so difficult? Get yourself elected and show that you have got real balls rather than hiding behind the skirts of the police and the courts!

UMNO is just showing that they are crooks and are robbing the people of their rights. Rule only if the people want you! Without an election mandate from the people You are now nothing but Gangsters!

Read Malaysiakini reports HERE
Read Malaysian Insider reports of the Chaotic Assembly Sitting HERE

Oct 28, 2009

Stop This Evil!


I read with grave concern of the article by Raja Petra in the website of Malaysia Today titled "Warning To The Malaysian Government", my concern is both for Raja Petra as well as for the reputation of our nation, Malaysia.

This is heartbreaking for any parents when your son is being tortured under detention and must not be taken lightly by fellows Malaysians, torture and brutality by the police is not an acceptable  practice in this modern age and is a serious violation of basic human rights.

RPK said "He (his son) is being subjected to daily beatings to force him to withdraw his not guilty plea and instead plead guilty because there is no evidence against him and the charges are merely trumped-up charges."

This is a very serious allegation and must immediately be investigated as such actions are viewed as a cruel violations of international laws of human rights.

The country of Malaysia is already being seen as an obstinate repeated offender of the International Human Rights Law and are repeatedly being reprimanded for human rights violations by the international community.  Such reputation does not attract Foreign Investors!

The Human Rights Commission must be alerted and investigate this matter with great urgency.


The Government must response and put a stop to these cruel, evil and inhumane actions! 

(Read HERE on Malaysia's human rights violations)

Oct 27, 2009

Budget and Corruption



Budget and Corruption
Woo..Budget! But than there is Corruption! Lets see how the Budget relates to Corruption as the common denominator here would be about Money.

There has been quite a few requests for me to express my views of the Budget 2010 and I was telling them that I am feeling lazy after watching the Budget presentation last Friday and that is how I felt after the budget speech and if you still don’t get my drift, it’s that the budget made me lethargic and that’s my view of the Budget 2010.

Yeah, there were some minor improvements and there were still inadequacies that are yet to be implemented, what was proposed on the incentives for tax reliefs and such are nothing much on an overview and all proposals must be viewed from the top so as to get a broadview or overview of the total objectives.

A government budget other than being a planned approach to the revenues and expenditure of the nation will also reflect the political and economic strategies and to address the existing problems and concerns of the government.

This budget rings hollow from ear to ear and other than the Public Relation’s input in the budget speech it lacks details. “1Malaysia, Together We Prosper” that is the slogan of the budget speech and I am already getting an overdose of this entire PR sloganeering.

Significance
Someone ask me what are the significance of this budget and that is a good question, first as I can see is that our economy is in contraction as from year 2008 when our Gross Domestic Product (at constant 2000 prices) was at Ringgit 528.3 billion and 2009 at Ringgit 512.4 billion and projected for 2010 at Ringgit 525.4 billion ringgit which is still lower than the 2008 figures. I would have preferred statistic based on GDP at nominal values but was unable to access the department of statistic website up till time of writing.

One annoying matter in Malaysia is the delay in the publication of statistics as when we are now already into the last quarter of the year but our figures are still at 2nd quarters when other nations have already announced their 3rd quarters performance, we probably have to wait until December before they give us the 3rd quarters statistics. How to be a developed nation with all this delay and inefficiency?

Back to the significance of this budget is that we are still in deficit and will be projecting a deficit of RM 40.5 billion adding up to the national debt which will come to about RM 430 billion bringing it close to 60% of the GDP at nominal values which is estimated at approximately RM720 billion and is not looking too healthy as the threshold for a nation like ours is about 50% of GDP. (This will affect the country’s rating.).

Throughout the history of the entire nation, Malaysia was able to record a surplus Budget from 1993 to 1997, isn’t that the time when Anwar Ibrahim was the Finance Minister? But the deficits kind of escalated and ran through the roof from 1998 onwards after Anwar was sacked.

Another significant change is the big drop in revenue by about 8.4% from RM162.1 billion in 2009 to RM 148.4 billion in 2010 and the government responded by cutting the operating expenditure by 13.7% from RM 160.17 billion in 2009 to RM 138.28 in 2010. This huge cut of about RM22 billion from the operating expenditure is quite drastic and the question arises in whether they are able to achieve this as it does not show how they went about just slashing off this figures.

Another thing noticeably annoying in this budget is the grouping of figures presented in this budget, like the revised economic forecast of (negative) – 4% to -5% negative growth for year 2009 and the forecast for 2010 to be from +2 to +3% growth. Governments are suppose to generate greater accuracy and are a reflection of their basis and methodology in their logics towards the economy and they are being lethargic or lazy by just grouping up the figures in this approach.

Strategies or Slogans?
As presented by the Prime Minister; “1Malaysia, Together We Prosper” Budget focuses on three strategies, namely:

First: Driving the Nation towards High-Income Economy
Second: Ensuring Holistic and Sustainable Development
Third: Focusing on Well Being of the Rakyat

How? The budget speech does not impress on the strategic approach other than by just saying so. No details provided, I see no strategic plan but just words. What and how are we to prosper together? How are you to double the per capita income in 10 years and what are your plans?

Some Points to Note (or to be Alarmed):

• The Private Sector was once the driver of economic growth with investments contributing to 30% of GDP, and has declined significantly to below 10% of GDP. Total Domestic Direct Investment slumped from RM 72 billion in 1997 to RM 56 billion in 2008.

“A business friendly environment requires uninterrupted electricity supply to ensure smooth business operations.” says the Prime Minister who is also the Finance Minister. And so? Billions of ringgit will be thrown in to generate more electricity and includes Hydro Electric Project in Ulu Jelai, Pahang and Hulu Trengganu. And Sabah will also increase electricity generation.
Looks like our economy is in a Boom and we will require more power for all the new industries coming to Malaysia. And All this while I thought we had excess supplies from all the Independent Power Producers generating an over capacity.

• A Second Wave of Piratisation oops I mean Privatization of government companies and agencies to allow these companies to operate more efficiently and expand their activities and to reduce financial dependence on the government. And who are the lucky few who will benefit and get to be bosses of these multi billion ringgit companies.

1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)??? Wow! This is fast! How did I miss this? Another government sovereign wealth fund? How many sovereign funds do we have today? Anyway this 1MDB had already invested USD 1 billion in collaboration with a company from Saudi Arabia in a high impact project. Don’t ask me where and why? As I don’t know, just heard this for the first time in the budget presentation.

RM 30 billion allocation for primary and secondary education. This is huge! Better get into the education business fast and furious.

• Planned projects of the five development corridors are in according to schedule and todate, 126 out of 195 projects are in various stage of implementation. Planned investments totaling RM 221 billion have exceeded the 9 Malaysia Plan target of RM 145 billion.

Crime
And on ways in “Preventing Crime” the government will be making an allocation of RM 3.7 billion to increase the efficiency of the security force, including providing modern and sophisticated equipment. And adds that: “The government is serious in reducing the crime rate and will implement crime prevention measures. The government targets to reduce the crime index by 5%, including reducing street crimes, such as snatch thefts and robberies by 20% by end 2010. A total of RM 1 billion will be provided to further improve the services of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) in 2010.”
Just wondering where and how they get the 5% and 20% figures from and why not wipe out crime completely and reduce to the barest minimum? There is only one method they know and that is to throw money.. they are outdated and i find them always at a loss as to the causes of crime, as if you don't know the cause you will never be able to find the antidote.

Corruption
The biggest laugh I had in the presentation was the part to “Combat Corruption” as how the heck do you combat corruption by enhancing the image of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and promoting better Public Relations? This PR thing is really overdone! Maybe the Prime Minister is very happy with their PR consultants and now we see PR in every corner.Let me give you guys a reminder for free.. No amount of PR can hide the Truth!

There are no short cuts to fight corruption and it has to be done through a system of complete autonomy of the Anti Corruption Commission from the government, it must be a fully transparent and independent institution free from the influence and control from politics and politicians.

All this budget strategies are only eyewash and propaganda if the will to fight corruption is not intact and falls on pretense. We could allocate and spend hundreds and thousands of billions but with the system we have in place there will be massive leakages of the Rakyat’s money through corruption and we will always fall short of our objective and the end result will be great defeat in the global economic race of nations and the people of our country deprived of the opportunity which otherwise would have been present and readily available.

As it is today we are already falling behind and lesser nations are fast catching up on us and if nothing short of an iron will to fight off graft or corruption, we will be dropping ranks further, it is not only about economic growth, it is all about clean and efficient holistic growth which can only be achieved when corruption is completely ridden off or kept to the very minimum.

Corruption is a crime worst than murder! It is worst than murder as corruption can create horrendous hardship to the common man and even lead to death as is so evidently obvious. Corruption robs the nation and its people of the wealth which otherwise would have been available.

Corruption kills by the thousands as governments pay for the construction of roads and highway and in returns gets lower quality and a lesser road, as in paying for four lanes of highways but getting two lanes instead and that because of this two lanes of road which increases the rate of accidents that kills which otherwise if there are the four lanes equivalent as being paid for, the traffic accident rates will have been much lower and fatality very much reduced. When there is corruption, as an example; the vehicles inspection unit of the Road Transport Department, because of certain payments (corruptions) the trucks or buses which otherwise is not road worthy gets to be on the road and while travelling that truck or bus gave way to inadequate maintenance or faulty mechanicals which was certified as being road worthy than rams into other private vehicles and caused deaths which is so commonly seen.

Due to corruption the monies are drained off which otherwise could have been available to improve on public safety and transportation and in doing so the government controls and restrict old vehicles and for the old vehicles to be properly maintained and inspected for road worthiness certification of which is not a necessity in this country and you will find very old and run down vehicles plying our roads and highways that are not road worthy and not properly maintained and such vehicles so often causes accidents with a high degree of fatality, and all this were evident in the recent “Raya Holidays” where we had record breaking traffic accidents and deaths on the road and these figures are ever increasing from year to year and our authorities seems at a loss as to the causes and blames it on drivers and speed limits. And this is not addressed in this budget.

Corruption Kills! And they can cause pain and hardship greater than any natural calamities and disasters as they kill on a constant basis, day in and day out.

And how do we stop this KILLER called corruption? The will to do so starts with the government of the day and I would doubt that this can happen with this present government who have developed a “silo mentality” and can only see from within their party politics that is narrow and closed in and their only concerned is their political climb to the top leadership or to be associated to the leadership and that is why you will only see the same old worn out faces hogging the political limelight and it would be these same old politicians that will shout their propagandist antics that will irritate, annoy and trouble the people and nation. And so I foresee the collapse of the corrupt regime which can only happen as proven throughout history and that is their fall brought about through the will of the people.

“Corruption is an all encompassing Evil because it is the common tool of all Evil activities” 
- Syed Hussein Alatas -


Read the Full Budget Speech HERE
Read Losses of RM28 billion a year through corruption in the Star HERE and other stories HERE and HERE

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