Monday, May 31, 2010

Sports betting: Arrest the Muslims in Malaysia but in Singapore, cannot lah!

May 31, 2010 21:47 PM

PUTRAJAYA, May 31 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government should increase enforcement to prevent Muslims from involving in gambling activities.

"Any Muslim caught gambling like betting will get arrested," he said when asked to comment on the granting of a licence to the Berjaya Group to manage sports betting in conjunction with the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

"We have many different races in this country. So, we cannot stop people from doing what to them is not 'haram' (forbidden) but for us Muslims, it is 'haram'," he told reporters, here Monday.

He said there was already enforcement on Muslims with regard to gambling, "but if they go to Singapore to gamble, there's nothing we can do about it".

The Finance Ministry had early this month issued the license to allow for legalised sports betting to curb the illegal operations.

Its deputy minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein had said that if the government had not given the license, illegal betting would still take place, without proper control and monitoring by the authorities.


Nike Football Write The Future: 'Leaked' ad gone viral!

‘Leaked’ Nike World Cup Ad Goes Viral Before It Even Launches

The "unlisted" YouTube video is closing in on 1 million views already 

These days, advertising, especially online, is about going viral, having people share the ads with their friends getting as much exposure as possible, organically. Well, Nike sure does seem to have [i]scored a goal with its latest ad campaign, ‘Write the Future,’ ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The campaign hasn’t even been launched officially yet and it’s already raking up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Nike has been drumming up anticipation for the ads with some teaser clips and tidbits of information. The plan is to launch it on Sunday on TV in 32 countries. All the while, the full video ad was tucked hidden away in the YouTube vaults ready for its official debut. Or was it? Well, obviously not, or you wouldn’t be reading this.

The video was marked as ‘unlisted,’ a new privacy option YouTube introduced, which means that you couldn’t find it unless you had the direct link to it. But someone did find it and, by the looks of it, eventually, so did the rest of the world. At this point, it has well over 800,000 views on YouTube and will likely hit one million in a few hours.

The ad itself is pretty great, not that it could have been anything else considering its obvious enormous budget and star-studded cast. Football stars that is, fans will spot Rooney, Ronaldo, Ribery, Didier Drogba, Patrice Evra and Ronaldinho, some of the best, or at least the most popular football players in the world.

Non-football fans may also spot a few cameo appearances from tennis phenomenon Roger Federer, Los Angles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (for the US viewers no doubt) and one, decidedly un-athletic, Homer J. Simpson. Directed by Alejandro G Inarritu, also known for films like 21 Grams and Babel, the spot doesn’t fail to impress.

Still, it seems like somewhat of a mishap on the part of Nike to leave the YouTube clip ‘in the open’ like that. What’s more, once it noticed that people were watching it, in the thousands, why didn’t it just set the clip to ‘private?’ Regardless, the clip is there, embeddable no less, for football fans and non-fans alike to enjoy.


Khairy fails to set aside RM100m suit by Anwar

BREAKING NEWS Khairy Jamaluddin failed to set aside the judgment in default which was entered against him following a RM100 million suit by Anwar Ibrahim.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today failed to set aside the judgment in default which was entered against him following a RM100 million suit by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The suit was filed following what Anwar said were defamatory statement made by Khairy at a ceramah in Lembah Pantai on Feb 20, 2008.

The statement made by Khairy gave the audience the impression that Anwar was a homosexual and a man of low morals who also had no Islamic values.

RM2 mil defections: Anwar says he's 'enjoying the suspense'

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is still keeping the public in suspense over his claims that Umno had tried to entice defectors with RM2 million and lucrative government contracts.

At the a ceramah at Padang Perdana in Kota Bharu, Kelantan last night, he said, “I am waiting for Umno to respond, I am waiting for them say I am lying,” Anwar urged - in Kelantanese dialect - the crowd of 10,000 to “Ok semeta (be patient)” and wait for the opportune moment to present itself.

Like the night before, Anwar insisted that he has proof that certain PKR elected representatives that declared themselves as independents were lured by Umno agents and said he wanted to
wait for them to deny it and then I will reveal it like a three-part act in a Hindi movie, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

GAS rally a success: RM5 million spent to stop people!

Former MIC deputy youth chief V Mugilan has called today's Gerakan Anti Samy (GAS) rally at the Mines Convention Centre in Serdang a success, despite the use of "gangster tactics" to derail the event that saw only 3,500 people turned up for the rally when Mugilan had expected 15,000.

Mugilan pinned the blame on the disappointing crowd-size on money being slashed to stop people from joining to the rally and claimed that RM5 million has been spent to stop people from coming to the rally.

RM6.5m landmark settlement for Orang Asli: Pakatan Rakyat set the stage

RM6.5m landmark settlement for Orang Asli
By Tan Yi Liang

End of a 14-year legal battle ... some of the orang asli families
outside the Federal Court today.
PUTRAJAYA (May 26, 2010): Twenty-six orang asli households of the Temuan tribe will receive RM6.5 million from the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) -- the culmination of a 14-year legal battle that began when their native land were taken away from them in 1996 to build a highway to KL International Airport.
This follows a landmark settlement reached yesterday between the orang asli, led by 79-year- old Sagong Tasi, and the defendants -- the highway authority, federal government and United Engineers Malaysia Bhd (UEM).
According to the terms of the settlement, recorded by a quorum comprising Justices Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, Chief Justice of Borneo Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Datuk Seri James Foong, the RM6.5 million is to be deposited by UEM at the Shah Alam High Court within one month beginning today.
The households will be eligible to claim from the sum for the land taken from them, totalling 15.38 ha (38 acres), in Bukit Tampoi, Dengkil without compensation to build the Banting-Nilai Highway.
The lawyers for the orang asli, led by Datuk Cyrus Das, will waive all costs granted by the court.
Sagong, who filed the suit along with six others -- Kachut Tunchit, Dabat Chabat, Kepal Kepong, Sani Saken, Illas Senin and Tukas Siam -- had named the federal government, the then BN-led Selangor government, the highway authority and UEM, the contractor, as the defendants.
The families, who were represented by a pro bono team led by Das, first won their case in the Shah Alam High Court in 2002, when Justice Mohd Noor Ahmad ruled that they enjoyed native title rights over their traditional land and should be compensated according to the Land Acquisition Act 1960.
The judge had directed that the compensation be assessed according to act and ordered UEM and the highway authority to pay damages for trespass.
His decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal in September 2005, and an appeal was made to the Federal Court, which granted leave in 2006.
In April 2009, the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government pulled out of the suit to honour its pledge to support orang asli land rights, which set the stage for negotiations with the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Sagong ... 'my heart now
Today's settlement was the result.
Speaking outside the courtroom, Sagong said he was satisfied with the decision and his heart "was now contented".
"My body is old. My eyes can't see, I can't really walk and I can only eat a bit. I can't work. I am so thin," he said when asked what he would do with his share of the money.
"I could build a new house, maybe I could get married again," he said, adding that some of his friends, including plaintiffs Kachut Tunchit and Tukas Siam, had since passed away.
Selangor tourism, consumer afairs and the Environment chairman Elizabeth Wong said any proposed amendments to the Orang Asli Act should take this decision into account.
"There is an effort to amend the act which would limit the kind of quantum that would be made and the size of land that would be given out as compensation" she said.
"So any decision of the federal government to amend the Orang Asli Act should not go against the decision of the court in this case." -- theSun

Saturday, May 29, 2010

S Manikumar wooed by BN 'gangs'

Rumoured Kedah defector charms party faithful
In the 6th PKR Congress, PKR speakers from all across the country tickled the delegates' funny bone, but no one held the court better than Bukit Selambau assemblyperson S Manikumar revealed that he had been “wooed” by certain “gangs”. 
When these gangs came to him, he would ask them whether he could be Umno Youth chief, MIC president, or MCA president. They would scratch their heads and did not know how to reply. So Manikumar would tell them that PKR was a multi-racial party which fought for the rights of all races.

Umno is corrupt. No need to prove political corruption!!!

UPDATED 3PM The Pakatan leader claims having received strong evidence to prove political corruption by Umno.

No use lah. Why expose? Everybody knows that Umno is a corrupted party. Even Dr M was not spared from political corruption by Umno.

Referring to his failed attempt to be voted in as one of the seven delegates from the Kubang Pasu division, which he had led for more than three decades, he said “I lost. Because Umno headquarters sent money to pay all those people not to vote for me. The division leader got RM2,000, each member RM200. I was disgusted, you know? RM200, I'm so cheap?”

J.Lo I know but who are Jho Low and Big Mama?

PKR CONGRESS This Wharton School of Business graduate is a close friend of the PM’s son with links to a ‘Big Mama’, said Samsul.

PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, as part of the 'shocking exposé' promised yesterday, called on the authorities to investigate one Taek Jho Low, who is reportedly a big spender at various Los Angeles nightspots and said, in his opening address at the wing's annual congress in Kota Bharu this morning, “We hear that this Wharton School of Business graduate is a close friend of the prime minister's son with links to a 'Big Mama'."

He challenged the premier to reveal whether this person is behind the Sungai Besi air force base contract, which will be one of the biggest projects by the BN government this year. 

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ex-special branch's opinion: MACC is pro government!!

Today, I happened to meet a 76-year-old man who worked in the Special Branch during the Emergency. He told me a personal story of how he interrogated a girl who was in her 20s by using soft and hard approach. Soft because it was a case against an ideology. This girl was classified as a 'hardcore' communist. She finally gave in to the pressure of a 72-hour interrogation.

Since he was talking about interrogation, I took the opportunity to ask him for his opinion on Teoh Beng Hock's case. He said, 'You have to understand, MACC is pro government...'

Penang bans sports betting licensed by Umno-led BN!!

UPDATED 4.32PM The CM will instruct the state's two local councils to issue letters to lottery operators informing them of the new measure.

In conjuction with his Wesak Day message, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the state wanted to promote a "healthier and more responsible lifestyle" for all Penang families and announced that its two local councils will be directed to bar sports betting issued by Barisan Nasional to Ascot Sports Sdn. Bhd.

At a press conference in Komtar today, he said, "We are concerned at the excessively high number of draws -12 draws or special draws conducted weekly by the three gaming companies licensed by the BN government, which should be reduced."

No sex tonight, the World Cup’s on

May 28, 2010
Zakumi, the mascot of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. — AFP pic
BERLIN, May 28 — Most Germans would prefer watching their team contesting the World Cup final than having sex with their partners, a survey here has revealed yesterday.
Should Joachim Loew’s side reach the final in Johannesburg on July 11, a potential night of passion would be shown the red card by most Germans in favour of the chance to see their team in action on television.
In a survey for the Reader’s Digest magazine, only five per cent of those questioned would prefer a night between the sheets with their loved one to watching Germany contest the World Cup final.
And only an emergency would stop 52 per cent watching the final live, while a fifth of all those surveyed said not even that excuse would prevent them being glued to the television, should Germany reach the final.
But 38 pe rcent of those questioned said they were not interested in football.
However, Germany’s success on the field can turn up the heat in the nation’s bedrooms: There were a flood of new-born babies here nine months after the national side finished third at the World Cup four years ago. — AFP/Relaxnews

Keys to victorious living

I. Strong Foundation
- Luke 6:46-49 (NKJV)

II. Fertile Ground
Parable of the sower
- Luke 8:5-18

III. Prayer That Transforms Us
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Najib: Pemandu's figures merely projections. They could be worse!

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today played down his own ministry's estimates that Malaysia would be bankrupt by 2019, should the government fail to cut its burgeoning subsidy bills.

Najib, commenting on the Performance and Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) chief Idris Jala's speech this morning, said figures quoted were merely based on the agency's studies and there is no firm decision by the government.

Yeah, right. Mr. Umno-appointed PM. Figures merely projections based on studies by Pemandu. I believe the figures are not conservative figures. Pemandu just plucked them from the sky!

Idris Jala, you GAIN but why is your village in Sarawak still in PAIN?

Idris Jala goes back to his corporate roots as he ‘sells’ subsidy cuts as an necessary evil. Can BN ministers show the way by taking a pay cut? Not much lah...Maybe just 10%? Can or not, Idris Jala? You're telling us, no pain no gain? Please stop preaching your so-called austerity message. Let me tell you, Idris Jala. The truth is all the time, the rakyat is in pain while BN ministers gain! 

Why is your village still in pain, still suffering without any electricity??!!

I think you can find the answer in your heart. If not, ask God to show you!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nine more years and Malaysia will be in Greece! YEAH

Malaysia's debt would rise to 100 percent of GDP by 2019 from 54 percent at present if we don't slash government subsidies. Read more @ Business Times

Slash subsidies, agree but where do the savings go to?

Can the government ensure that the savings will go to the right channels?


About 10,000 people are expected at the launching of the Gerakan Anti-Samy (GAS) at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) this Sunday, the party's sacked deputy Youth chief V Mugilan claimed and said the initial estimates were 7,000, but had now risen to 10,000 as more people had thrown their support behind GAS.

Among the 10,000 expected to be there are MIC members, Maika Holdings shareholders and other members of the Indian community who are not party members.

Aminulrasyid's sister disputes police claims

The elder sister of shooting victim Aminulrasyid Amzah, Nor Azura (middle in photo), today disputed claims by the police that the deceased had a parang (machete) in the car at the time of his death.
She also denied that Aminulrasyid had tried to reverse the car into the police during the April 26 incident and was quizzed on both matters when she had her statement recorded at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dr M: Politics = money, accept it. Umno CC is corrupt!!!

Speaking in an interview last year with Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M), which published this in a report Reforming Political Financing in Malaysia, launched last Sunday, Mahathir said “There can be no escaping from the fact that politics is money. You see, without money you just cannot move.”

Mahathir went on to claim that vote-buying has been prevalent during the party's triennial elections and accused “practically everyone” elected into the supreme council of using such means and said “So you can say that Umno central committee is actually made up of corrupt people.”

MACC gets all-expense paid London date with Bala

Lawyers representing private investigator P Balasubramaniam have made travel arrangements for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to interview their client in London this July.

In an email sent to a MACC officer today, lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu asked an investigating officer in the case to forward the offer to his superior, investigating director Mustafar Ali.

In the email (a copy of the correspondence was made available to Malaysiakini), Americk also said "We have made arrangements for them to be present in London from July 3 to 12 for the purpose of interviewing and recording Balasubramaniam's statement. All flights and accommodation (for the MACC) have been arranged."
Wah! Free trip for MACC wor! MACC has no excuse not to go now! ;) 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Charm offensive on subsidy cuts, KLCC-style *YAWN*

The government campaign appears to target public support ahead of plans to restructure the subsidy system, in an apparent move to warm up the public to the idea of major subsidy slashes. The  Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) of the government has engaged an events management company to hand out 'Have Your Say' survey forms at KLCC since Saturday. The 'Have Your Say' survey, similar to an online survey on the think tank's website, is being done in conjunction with the Subsidy Rationalisation Lab Open Day on Thursday at the KL Convention Centre, which is open to the public.

What's the point of having this 'Have Your Say'  survey when the goverment still wants to 'Have My Way'!?
You tell me. 
To me, this campaign is another exercise that wastes rakyat's money!
(image source: malaysiakini)

Najib's visit to the Lion City, the No. 1 most competitive

Najib's visit to the Lion City

  • (Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily)

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has visited a lot of countries since he took the office. But people would naturally associate his visits to Singapore with a lot of thoughts and feelings as Singapore used to be part of Malaysia.
Singapore has been taking a different path with Malaysia over the past 45 years since its withdrawal from the Federation of Malaysia on 9 Aug 1965. Singapore relied heavily on the Peninsular of Malaysia in its early days of independence, in terms of water supply, food and goods. But today, perhaps it is Malaysia that is relying on Singapore, particularly in terms of its rich capital.
During the 22 years when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the Malaysia Prime Minister, UMNO took Singapore as an imaginary enemy. A variety of issues were provoked and the bilateral relations were stalled. When Dr Mahathir imposed capital control in 1 Sept 1998 to freeze transactions in Malaysia shared traded at Singapore's Central Limit Order Book (CLOB) over-the-counter market, Singapore seemed to have determined to "draw a clear line" with Malaysia.
Firstly, in terms of water supply, Singapore developed the "Four National Taps" strategy. The Four National Taps referred to four resources of water supply, namely local catchment, imported water (from Johor), Newater (reclaimed water) and desalinated water. Secondly, Singapore imported sand from other countries, including Cambodia, to expand its coastline.
After the outbreak of the Nipah virus in 1998, Singapore banned the import of pigs from Malaysia and imported frozen pork meat instead. Singapore is now having more choices in terms of food and goods.
Therefore, it is not surprising when Singapore decided not to renew the first water supply agreement expiring next year with Malaysia, especially when Singapore is now able to be self-contained.
The two casino integrated resorts in Singapore have also affected the entertainment business in Johor Bahru. Singapore has now become a giant magnet.
After taking the office from Dr Mahathir, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pursued a "friendly foreign policy" that actively improved the bilateral relations with Singapore. And Singapore was invited to participate in the Johor Islandar special economic zone development plan. Najib is also a pragmatic political leader. But Singapore is still observing. Singaporeans do not dare to invest yet as they are worried that Malaysian politics may change at any time.
Another visit to Singapore by Najib has reflected the sincerity of Malaysia. Singaporeans are kiasu (afraid of losing). As long as the investment plans are lucrative, they will come for sure. Therefore, it is crucial for Malaysia to first improve its investment environment.
After meeting with Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Najib should also visit the country's new buildings, such as the S$226 million Marina Barrage that keeps out of seawater and forms a reservoir that provides water supply, flood control and a new lifestyle attraction.
Each country has its strengths and Najib should pay more visits to Singapore to gain some inspiration. It will benefit both the countries.
As Abdullah said when he was still in the office, we hope that the future bilateral relations between Malaysia and Singapore will be like "dropping ripe fruits that are free to be plucked".
Today, when we are still struggling with political turmoil, subsidy cut, social crimes, money politics and corruption, and introducing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and National Key Results Areas (NKRAs), Singapore has already been ranked the most competitive country in the world. Reality is just so cruel! (By LIM SUE GOAN/ Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE/ Sin Chew Daily)
( The opinions expressed by the writer do not necessarily reflect those of MySinchew ) MySinchew 2010.05.25

EC 'will not take chances' with voter registration

SPECIAL REPORT The commission is tightening the rules to prevent discrepancies in the electoral rolls, and not to frustrate political parties.

While political parties are seeking to loosen some procedures on voter registration, the Election Commission (EC) is determined to tighten loopholes to prevent discrepancies in the electoral rolls. Addressing complaints, among them is the longer-than-usual approval of accreditation of new assistant registration officers  (AROs), EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the rules on accrediting AROs are an effort to clean up the system, rather than an attempt to frustrate political parties and NGOs.

Samy vs MIC or Umno vs Samy? Political assasination!

UPDATED 8.33PM MIC Central Working Committee members KP Samy and G Kumar Amaan have also been sacked for "working against the party's interest".


In FreeMalaysiaToday,

Monday, May 24, 2010

Parenting tips: Work with your child, do not force

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Car thieves go high-tech: Immobilisers deactivated!

Sodomy II: Deja vu getting stronger - Malaysia on trial!!!

COMMENT Reading the opinion of the appellate court in rejecting a stay of proceedings in Sodomy II induced a sense of deja vu.

Last Friday, judge Sulong Matjeraie, who led a three-member Court of Appeal panel, held that the court found the ruling made by High Court judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah in not allowing for a stay of proceedings in the sodomy case against Anwar valid. The stay was applied by Anwar after it was found that there were material contradictions between the statements made by his accuser, Mohd Saiful Bhukari Azlan, and the charge preferred against him.

Sports betting: Rulers urged to intervene - Police incapable of curbing illegal betting!

PAS today urged the Council of Rulers to intervene against the federal government decision to issue a sports betting licence and handed a protest memorandum to the keeper of the rulers' seal Engku Ibrahim Engku Ngah (middle) at his office at the Istana Negara today.

PAS vice president  said such sports betting would be detrimental for the youths as they were the one who idolised the football clubs and their players

Mahfuz Omar also said that the government's argument that government regulated sports betting operations would curb illegal betting was unreasonable.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

MACC to investigate Najib's RM5 mil remark

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission today confirmed that it has opened a file into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's controversial RM5 million "let's make a deal" remark in Sibu last week which many had claimed violated election rules against bribing and told reporters when met after the press conference that the commission will be calling in witnesses to record their statement on the matter.

MACC chief Abu Kassim Mohamed told reporters at a press conference in Petaling Jaya that the anti-graft body has received complaints about the PM's campaign speech and are investigating the incident and  its investigations director Mustafar Ali also confirmed that a file had been opened on the matter.

We will see if MACC is truly apolitical in investigating this open file. Will it end up as another NFA file??

Mugilan launches GAS against Samy Vellu. Can GAS work against Samy?

Expelled MIC Youth deputy chief V Mugilan said he would launch a mass movement called GAS (Gerakan Anti-Samy Vellu) to campaign against the long-time party president.

The campaign will kick off with a gathering in Kuala Lumpur on May 30 and will be followed by gatherings in other states. Mugilan, who spent the greater part of an hour blaming Samy Vellu for the failures of MIC and the Indian community, urged all disenchanted MIC members to join the campaign and said the movement was expected to draw in at least 7,000 people, "including former MIC top guns who were sacked by Samy".

"We used to use firewood but now we use gas, so if people still want to be old-fashioned and use firewood, I don't know what to say," he said, inviting chuckles from those present at a press conference today.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Will the party (read: Umno) that approved the betting licence ever listen to the people?

KEPALA BATAS, May 22 (Bernama) -- The government should listen to the views of the people regarding the decision to issue football betting licences to legalise football betting in view of the 2010 World Cup next month, former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Saturday.

Abdullah, who is chairman the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding (Ikim), said the people had the right to speak their minds and the government should listen to them.

"The party that approved the licence should consider the views carefully. In Islam, and probably in other religions, betting is unacceptable," he said after opening the "Mai...Riuh!" programme here.

Prior to this, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung was reported as saying that the ministry had issued the licence to a local company to start football betting operations for the 2010 World Cup.

However, many parties want the government to revoke the licence for fear that it would invite social problems among the people.


MACC to meet Bala in London, lawyer await details

Private eye Bala’s lawyers plan to leave for London soon to arrange a venue for the meeting.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is ready to record a statement from private investigator P Balasubramaniam in London. 

MACC welcomed Balasubramaniam's willingness to give the statement in connection with the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu and wanted to record the statement in July.

MACC said in a statement yesterday that they would be in touch with his lawyers to discuss the matter. However, one of his lawyers, Manjeet Singh Dhillon told Malaysiakini that he had yet to hear from MACC about the meeting.

Mangalore International Airport: Survivors tell of miracle escape from crash

Survivors tell of miracle escape from Indian air crash

BANGALORE, May 22 (AFP) - Some of the seven survivors who crawled or were carried from the burning remains of a plane that crashed in India on Saturday told of their escape amid scenes of horror and death.
At least 159 people died after the plane overshot the runaway and plunged down a steep slope when coming in to land near the southern city of Mangalore on a flight from Dubai.
"The plane veered off toward some trees on the side and then the cabin filled with smoke," Umer Farooq, his face covered in burn cream, told the NDTV news channel at a local hospital.
"The plane overshot the runway only to stop inside a forest area... it burst into flames," he said. "I got caught in some cables but managed to scramble out.
"My hands, face and legs are all burnt. There was an announcement that the plane would land in 15 minutes. There was lot of smoke fire inside, there was no way to get out. I think the plane hit something."
Another survivor, K.P. Manikutty, said he had managed to escape as the plane's fuselage smashed open.
"There was no warning to passengers about any trouble and it appeared a smooth landing," Manikutty told the Press Trust of India.
"Immediately on touching the ground, the aircraft jerked and in a few moments hit something. Then it split in the middle and caught fire. I just jumped from the gap," he said.
A police official said one of the survivors, a seven-year-old boy, later died from injuries.
"I thought the flight would come to a stop soon and prepared myself to get down," Putturismail Abdulla, who works in the Gulf, told the UNI press agency.
"But there was a big burst sound. Soon I saw the aircraft breaking into two near me. Out of sheer desperation I jumped out and ran to safety.
"Looking back I saw the aircraft breaking down into pieces and caught fire. God saved my life. Despite injuries in the leg, I went to a nearby village and called my friend who picked me up and took me to a hospital."
Television pictures showed rescue teams struggling down mud slopes to the the wreckage site, where many bodies remained inside the plane.
"One of my co-passengers fell into the fire while one escaped with me through the opening that was made after the plane broke into two," Abdul Puthur, a shop manager in Dubai who was returning home after five months, said.
"It all happened within a few seconds. I found another person. Together we walked for about 20 minutes through the jungle before locals came and helped us."
Families waiting at the airport for their relatives and friends wept uncontrollably as emergency workers rushed to the disaster scene.
"I can't believe I survived the crash," said G.K. Pradeep reliving the moments before the tragedy.
"There were vibrations before the plane crashed... as soon as it hit the ground, I managed to get out and jump into a pit. There was smoke all over as the plane caught fire. After ten minutes, there was an explosion," he said.
MySinchew 2010.05.22

The two sides of Mahathir Mohamad: The way Barry Wain sees it

EXCLUSIVE The family man and the politician, an uncanny ability to live in separate worlds - that description encapsulates his history.

mahathir pc on bar council 191208 02A "talented politician", Mahathir had compartmentalised his life, and adopted a completely different rule book for politics, 'Malaysian Maverick' author Barry Wain told Malaysiakini in an exclusive interview yesterday. He also said it was a case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - or more aptly Dr M and Mr Mahathir - when it comes to Malaysia's fourth prime minister,

Through his conversations with Mahathir's (left) family, the author said, he found that politics aside, Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister was in fact an upright family man who taught his children right from wrong, how to work hard, no short cuts to success, good manners and respect for authority. Nevertheless, the seasoned journalist
who had followed Mahathir's political career since the 1970, asked, "(But) how do you square that with dumping someone in prison under the Internal Security Act for getting in your way politically?" 

Sports betting: People First = Cronies First? Why rakyat not consulted first?!

Pakatan Rakyat's tiny demonstration against the federal government's approval of a football betting license proceeded successfully in Penang without any interruption from the police.

More than 20 Pakatan supporters participated in the rally, which took place in front of the Sungai Nibong mosque area at 2.30pm today and carried placards which screamed slogans like: Reject football betting, Reject Umno BN, Youths arise and reject football betting, We Malaysians reject the federal government's approval of football betting licenses, Where is the Islamic State?" and '1Malaysia' legalises gambling.

There was a cynical banner bearing the statement: Lets us support BN government so that we can be 'blessed' - This is '1Malaysia' - by We Are Still Muslims Association".

Indeed, the federal government decision to grant sports betting license continues to draw flak with bloggers posting about it too. One of the bloggers' posting that I like is rocky's bru 'Vincent Tan, half-a-B richer, just like that!'

Friday, May 21, 2010

Aminulrasyid, Azammuddin vs Polis: One for 'cover-up', one for attempted murder!

Aminulrasyid's sister Nor Azura Amzah has lodged a police report over apparent attempts by the authorities to cover-up the truth in the shooting of Aminul, at the Shah Alam district police headquarters at 2.12pm today.

She was referring to allegations against the deceased made by Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan and Selangor police chief DCP Khalid Abu Bakar - claimed that Aminulrasyid attempted to reverse his vehicle into a police personnel, who shot him in self defence, while Khalid described the teenager as a suspected criminal who was in possession of a machete at the time.

Azammuddin's brother Mohd Hafizzuddin Omar also lodged a police report at the same time today, accusing the police of attempting to murder the former during the night of the incident, claiming that while Azammuddin was trying to escape from the vehicle, he saw a police officer aiming a gun at him

Nazri escapes contempt proceedings. Oh why the decision is so expected

BREAKING NEWS The coroner in the Teoh Beng Hock's inquest has rejected his family's application to initiate contempt proceedings against Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas in his decision that the remark made by Nazri was “his own opinion” and said Nazri was entitled to make that opinion.

Ah, my personal opinion is that the coroner is the 'cohort' of the Umno-led BN government. Well done, Azmil!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

FREE BAIT FOR OUR POLIS: Scotland Yard to help nab RPK

How good can our police be in catching a 'criminal' who has publicly declared his planned activity in advance? Well, we'll see! Come this Saturday, RPK will be hosted by the Solicitors International Human Rights Group to speak at an event! Will the counterpart of PDRM be there to catch the 'criminal'? Just can't wait for RPK to be brought home to a hero's welcome!

 THE 'FREE BAIT' that first appeared in Malaysia-Today.

HAHA. Today in Malay Mail, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar was reported as saying: "Raja Petra is alive and free. We have been hunting him for a while now and this is a good opportunity for us to capture him."

Healthy Eating Pyramid: Five Quick Tips - Harvard School of Public Health

We can’t look at a pyramid these days without thinking of food and healthy eating. There was the U.S. government’s Food Guide Pyramid, followed by its replacement, My Pyramid, which was basically the same thing, just pitched on its side. The problem was that these efforts, while generally well intentioned, have been quite flawed at actually showing people what makes up a healthy diet. Why? Their recommendations have often been based on out-of-date science and influenced by people with business interests in their messages.
Click here to read more about the  Healthy Eating Pyramid - What you should eat? - The Nutrition Source -  Harvard School of Public Health.

1. Start with exercise. A healthy diet is built on a base of regular exercise, which keeps calories in balance and weight in check. Read five quick tips for staying active and getting to your healthy weight, and a dozen ideas for fitting exercise into your life.
2. Focus on food, not grams. The Healthy Eating Pyramid doesn’t worry about specific servings or grams of food, so neither should you. It’s a simple, general guide to how you should eat when you eat.
3. Go with plants. Eating a plant-based diet is healthiest.  Choose plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats, like olive and canola oil. Check out these delicious healthy recipes that bring the Healthy Eating Pyramid into your kitchen.
4. Cut way back on American staples. Red meat, refined grains, potatoes, sugary drinks, and salty snacks are part of American culture, but they’re also really unhealthy. Go for a plant-based diet rich in non-starchy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. And if you eat meat, fish and poultry are the best choices.
5. Take a multivitamin, and maybe have a drink. Taking a multivitamin can be a good nutrition insurance policy. Moderate drinking for many people can have real health benefits, but it's not for everyone. Those who don’t drink shouldn’t feel that they need to start. Read about balancing alcohol's risks and benefits.

PM's lips sealed on sports betting, Perkasa. PM 'cornered' and no answer

Silence on sports betting continues to provoke demonstrations nationwide while BN's Sibu election promises take a backseat.

"We are not going to talk about that,"
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said to the consternation of reporters present when he refused to comment on the recent government decision to legalise sports betting

He also dodged the question on MCA's claim that Malay rights NGO Perkasa was the cause of the BN's loss in the recent Sibu by-election. He only replied, saying,
"It's a whole (bunch) of reasons, cannot just ... ok, never mind lah."

Yet another report lodged over police shooting because road tax expired!!

UPDATED 6.26PM Amidst claims of a 'trigger-happy' police, another report was lodged today by a gunshot victim.

NONEContainer operator Shahril Azlan Ahmad Kamil, 26, alleged he was shot by police officers in Section 7, Shah Alam on April 16, 2009, after he came across a roadblock  and
panicked because the road tax of his Proton Wira had expired, sought to escape by reversing his Proton Wira away from them.

Asked why it had taken a year for Shahril to come forward with his grievance, Puspawati, one of his lawyers, said: "Many lay persons do not know what their rights are.  

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Bocor MP" Bung Moktar jailed 1 month, fined RM1,000 for polygamy

UPDATED @ 12:54:10 19-05-2010
May 19, 2010
Bung Mokhtar had pleaded guilty last month. — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Syariah Judge Wan Mahyuddin Wan Muhammad today sentenced Kinabatangan Member of Parliament Datuk Bung Moktar Radin to one month's jail for committing polygamy without the consent of court.
Wan Mahyuddin said that court needed to impose severe punishment so that that the public would respect the institution of marriage, and to serve as a lesson for those that did not respect the Islamic legal system.
“The court hopes that this case will be an important lesson for the public in understanding the concept of polygamy in Islam and also the importance of the institution of marriage. Even though the court has previously given a maximum sentence but many still commit the same offence.
“The court has decided that it needs to hand a severe punishment in the case for the betterment of the society. The court hopes that this punishment will give a clear picture and encourage the public to follow the procedures provisioned in the Islamic legal system,” he said.
Wan Mahyuddin added that Bung Mokhtar and Zizie Izette, as “icons” in the country, must lead by example and respect the Islamic court.
“Bung Mokhtar should have respected the law because he is a lawmaker and represents the people. Zizie Izette is popular Muslim actress and both are idols. Their actions will be reciprocated by the public. If they don’t follow the rules... the rules can belittle by the people,” he said.
Bung Mokhtar and Zizie Izette had pleaded guilty at the Gombak Timur Lower Syariah Court to the charge of committing polygamy without the consent of court and a marriage registrar on April 20.
Zizie was slapped with a RM1,000 fine, or one month's jail in lieu, for the offence.
The couple were also handed a RM1,000 fine, or six months jail in lieu, for abetting in polygamy.
Zizie’s siblings Ahmad Shahazmi Abdul Samad, Sazmy Fuzette Abdul Samad, Saheizy Abdul Samad and Sam Abdul Samad were each sentenced to a RM1,000 fine or six months jail in lieu for similar offences.
Bung’s friends, Sahari Ahmad and Titing Putang, received the same sentences for abetting in the polygamy.
The lawmaker's counsel had requested for a stay of execution of the custodial sentence.
Earlier, members of the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) had caused a ruckus and tried to force their way into the court room.
The members complained that they had to line up and wait for the reporters to arrive before they were allowed in.
“This is a strategy by the court and family to not let us in. How can they let the media in first? We were here first! There are so many of them here. How can we expect them not to be biased? We need to be in,” said one member.

The judge later granted Bung Mokhtar a stay of execution, on the condition that his counsel files a notice of appeal to the Syariah High Court within 14 days.
The Umno lawmaker has also been released on a bail of RM1,000 with one guarantor.

Watchdog: Why sudden surge in voter turnout? Why ah?

Like Zaid Ibrahim said one of them that was working to take care of 'cowboy' PM  was the EC chief lor...
Sibu Election Watch (SEW), an independent election monitor during the Sibu by-election, has cried foul over Election Commission's (EC) inability to provide an accurate account of the voter turnout by the end of the polling period.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

DAP 29 seats, PKR 24 seats: Why is Anwar still the opposition leader?

The answer: Anwar is a greater Malay who is a greater Malaysian! ;)
Umno is poised to bring up the issue of opposition leader now that DAP has 29 seats compared to only PKR’s 24 to sow seeds...
Khalid Samad, the Shah Alam MP, when commenting on the result of the Sibu by-election on his blog, said that he expected Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who had brought up the issue of the oppositiong in the past, to raise the question again as he might think this would derail their cooperation. Thus, they should pre-empt this issue by making a clear and unequivocal stand on the matter.

One day, if BN became the opposition with Umno having 24 seats and MCA 29, the opposition leader would be someone from Umno, no? ;) Who knows! Perhaps, that someone would be Khairy Jamaluddin!!

Forget Viagra, eat celery: Viagra-like benefits from celery - steps to staying young

May 17, 2010
MAY 17 — Celery is being touted as a natural Viagra according to Judy Garman, BHSH, Walter Gaman, MD and J. Mark Anderson, MD, co-authors of the book Stay Young: Ten Proven Steps to Ultimate Health.
On May 12, Asylum, a lifestyle blog for men, gave the low-down of how celery helps men get down: “androstenone is a steroid that is found in human sweat.
It gives off a scent, or sex pheromone, that makes men more attractive. Because the cytoplasm of celery contains androstenone, eating it can actually increase the human levels of the steroid and the pheromone-secretion level.”
Celery provides a more convenient on-the-go option compared to Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner who promoted pork as the “new” natural Viagra from experience not science in January. Apparently celery can also intensify climax by upping “the amount of ejaculatory fluids.”
Gaman recommends that men don’t run out and buy carts full of celery, rather a guy should “work out, have a nice warm shower, chomp on a few sticks of celery, brush his teeth and then head out the door smelling good.”
The book touts these ten “life-changing” steps to “staying young:”
Step 1: know your family history
Step 2: know your current status
Step 3: modify your eating habits
Step 4: go to the spa
Step 5: adopt an exercise program
Step 6: get spiritually centered
Step 7: take control of your work and home life
Step 8: have sex often
Step 9: sleep your way to a younger you
Step 10:  have fun and enjoy life
If you would like to purchase a copy of Stay Young: Ten Proven Steps to Ultimate Health, learn more about the authors or enroll in their “Stay Young University”, go to:  — AFP-Relaxnews

'Cowboy' PM well taken care of by AG, CJ, IGP, EC Chief and MACC Chief!!

May 18, 2010

Najib making this by-election pledges in Sibu last Saturday. - Picture by Jack Ooi
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — PKR’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has joined the DAP in accusing the Prime Minister of breaching the Election Offences Act during the Sibu campaign and challenged Datuk Seri Najib Razak to “redeem himself” by fulfilling his pledges.
“It was clearly an offence, what he did in Sibu. But now, he should give the money without hesitation to the people of Sibu — that is the least that he can do to redeem himself of his crimes. Otherwise, it is just shameful... there should not even be hesitation on his part,” Zaid told The Malaysian Insider this morning.
The former Umno minister cautioned Najib against continuing on this “rampage” to threaten the people with money, adding that Sibu was not only a glimpse into the likely results of the coming Sarawak state elections but also the next general election.
“It might not just happen in Sibu and then in Sarawak. What I think is that this might just happen to the whole country... that was why they were so desperate and they had to make sure that they won in the by-elections,” he said.
The Sibu by-election saw the Barisan Nasional’s first loss in its East Malaysian fortress when the DAP’s Wong Ho Leng won by a wafer-thin 398-vote majority against SUPP’s Robert Lau Hui Yew.
The upset win came despite heaps of election pledges piled on by Najib and BN.
The most significant pledge was made on the eve of polling day last week when Najib dangled a RM5 million pledge for flood mitigation in Rejang Park before the people.
“If Robert Lau becomes MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared. Do we have a deal or not? We do! You want the RM5 million, I want Robert Lau to win,” Najib had reportedly told the crowd.
His method was similar to what he had employed during the Hulu Selangor by-election last month when he promised Chinese voters in Rasa RM3 million to improve SRJK (C) Rasa.
When MIC’s P. Kamalanathan clinched the parliamentary seat during the polls on April 25, Najib immediately moved to fulfil his promise.
DAP MP Karpal Singh said yesterday that Najib had breached the Election Offences Act by inducing the people to vote for BN on the eve of the by-election and called on the commission to investigate.
“Our Prime Minister seems to be acting like a cowboy in the days of the Wild Wild West. His weapon is his pistol and he is willing to do just about anything because people fear him, because he is known as ‘fast draw’. When the people fear him, that’s when he becomes the hero,” said Zaid.
He said that Najib had used BN’s success in Hulu Selangor as his means to measure support in Sibu.
“He thought that he could recycle his tactics in Sibu. And so he went and promised RM18 million to Chinese schools, RM1.7 million to Christian churches and RM5 million for flood mitigation. He also showered cash on the longhouses of Sibu,” he said.
He chewed out Najib and his number two Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for being “immoral” leaders who had failed to lead by example.
“We are not perfect human beings but at least we must show some ethical dimension to our conduct. We must have good principles and we must show respect to others.
“What do they consider the people as? Like chickens and eggs to be bought? Leaders are to lead by example and their purpose is not to give out money and promise projects,” he said.
Zaid pointed out that in other countries, Najib would have been prosecuted for his act of “flouncing money and power” as means to win the by-election.
“But in this country... nothing will be done. It is truly not easy for fair laws to be carried out in Malaysia. This is because our Attorney-General, our Chief Justice, our Inspector-General of Police, our Election Commission chief and our Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief are all the Prime Minister’s men.
“They have forgotten the rule of law and are now just working to take care of Najib,” he said.

The sea change in Sibu: 'Post-mortem' report by Bridget Welsh @ Malaysiakini

By Bridget Welsh @ Malaysiakini
The moment I sensed a sea change in the Sibu by-election campaign was during the Friday ceramah, two days before polling. The event reminded me of a similar mood on the eve of the Sarawak state polls in Kuching. The momentum was clearly moving the opposition's favour.

The votes are now counted and the opposition managed to pull off an extremely close victory of 1% majority in the final tally. Coming after the defeat in Hulu Selangor and without expectations, this victory was especially sweet for Pakatan Rakyat and bitter for BN, particularly those with personal stakes in the contest, namely Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The blame game has begun within the BN camp as the shock has yet to subside...
What went right for Pakatan 1) Fairer electoral process, 2) Lesson on cooperation from Hulu Selangor 3) More focused DAP rerun 4) Easy Sarawak targets What went wrong for the BN? 5) Najib's tactics, not persona 6) BN shoddy campaign 7) Inexperienced candidate 8) SUPP party infighting 9) The man with the silver hair

Syabas Sibu! You have shown that 'People's Power > BN Money Politics'!!

The Sibu parliamentary seat by-election win by DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng has showed that in East Malaysia, people's power is mightier than BN's money politics and the power of money politics over the last 53 years has been broken.

DAP national vice chairperson M Kulasegaran said that the political tsunami had finally hit East Malaysia with voters who were now more aware of their basic rights.

Miss USA 2010: Rima Fakih became the first Arab-American to win the title!

Published: Monday May 17, 2010 MYT 10:02:00 AM
Updated: Monday May 17, 2010 MYT 10:11:03 AM

2010 Miss USA crowned in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP): A 24-year-old Arab-American beat 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title on Sunday.
Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan, won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.
When asked how she felt about winning the crown, she said, "Ask me after I've had a pizza."
Miss Michigan Rima Fakih reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2010 Sunday. -AP
Fakih nearly fell while finishing her walk in a long, strapless gown because of the length of its train, but she made it without a spill and went on to win.
During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it's costly.
"I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance," Fakih said.
Fakih replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and won a spot representing the United States in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.
She also gets a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, and various health, professional and beauty services.
Miss Michigan Rima Fakih reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2010 Sunday. - AP
Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard was named first runner-up after handling a question about Arizona's strict new immigration law. Woolard said she supports the law, which requires police enforcing another law to verify a person's immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally.
She said she's against illegal immigration but is also against racial profiling.
"I'm a huge believer in states' rights. I think that's what's so wonderful about America. So I think it's perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law."
"The Office" actor Oscar Nunez was booed as he asked the question and asked the audience to wait until he finished the question before they reacted.
Miss Virginia USA Samantha Evelyn Casey was the second runner-up, Miss Colorado USA Jessica Hartman was third runner-up, and Miss Maine USA Katherine Ashley Whittier was the fourth runner-up.
Most of the field of contestants from all 50 states and Washington were eliminated just after the pageant began and the entire group danced onstage to "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha.
A panel of eight judges, including NBA star Carmelo Anthony and Treasure Island casino-hotel owner Phil Ruffin, were judging the women throughout the night.
After 15 contestants strutted in swimsuits, five were eliminated. Another five were eliminated after the evening gown competition.
Miss Nebraska USA Belinda Renee Wright won the Miss Congeniality award, roughly one week after her father was killed in a farm accident. Miss Alabama USA Audrey Moore won Miss Photogenic after an online fan vote.
The pageant aired on NBC. The network owns the pageant in a joint venture with Donald Trump.
The competition, which is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant, was hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales.

Monday, May 17, 2010

'Serves you right' - Khalid. Kapar MP: MB's statement sounds like a threat

Kapar MP S Manikavasagam expressing disappointment over Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's insensitive statement over the red paint attack on his two cars at his home, said in his blog posting: “The MB was quoted in the media to have said that when you accuse somebody, they too will retaliate and you will have to face the consequences. This may mean that he was happy someone has taken revenge against me.”

'Najib violated election law': Maybe PM thrown in jail & Pekan by-election!!

BREAKING NEWS So contends DAP head Karpal Singh, based on reported bargaining for votes in the Sibu by-election campaign that referred to an event where Najib had addressed voters in the DAP stronghold of Rejang Park on the eve of polling day, based on a report in English-language daily Sunday Eastern Times.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


So far, only seems to be the only blog that can consistently provide that much needed 'LIVE' feed for SIBU by-election result.

Feeds in Facebook and Twitter are providing the updates as well
Malaysiakini and its mirror sites seem to have crashed.
Anyway, the result is still unofficial and Sibu4Change, the official site setup by PR, twittered:
#Sibu #P212 BN may ask 4 a recount... That'll make it a long long nite


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