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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Businessman Won 6/58 Supreme RM 48 Millions

Kuching
Thursday, 30th September 2010

The largest amount ever won in Malaysia!



Never Give-Up..Keep Trying Until you strike.......

A businessman has won RM47.82mil – the largest ever lottery jackpot in Malaysia. Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd said the previous highest jackpot of RM20.9mil was paid out in December 2008.

The winner, a businessman in his 50s, learnt of his win from the Sports Toto website on Tuesday night after the draw results were announced.

“He couldn’t believe his eyes and was dumbfounded for several seconds before getting his wife to verify his win repeatedly,” a Sports Toto spokesman said in a statement yesterday.

The spokesman said the couple was so happy they did not sleep and couldn’t wait to claim the prize money from the Sports Toto headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

The businessman claimed that he has been an ardent follower of Supreme Toto 6/58 since the game was launched on March 20.

He regularly bet RM20 on the game which gave him 10 chances of striking the jackpot.

His winning set of numbers – 8, 11, 19, 22, 54 and 55 – were derived from a random computerised selection.

“The couple said they would not only use the money for themselves but would also channel some of it to charitable organisations.

“They want to help people around them, especially their siblings who are financially unstable, and people who are in desperate need of financial assistance,” the spokesman said.

Last month, Sports Toto also paid out two huge jackpot winnings totalling RM17.55mil.

Mupok Aku

AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN

Monday, September 27, 2010

PAS assemblyman for Galas Che Hashim Sulaima had Passed Away-By Election

Kuching
Monday, 27th September 2010

PAS assemblyman for Galas Che Hashim Sulaima died after battling colon cancer for more than a year, triggering a by-election which must be held within the next two months.

“We have received the very sad news and are waiting for the body to come back. After prayers and his burial, then only shall we comment,” Kota Bharu MP Wan Rahim Wan Abdullah told Malaysia Chronicle.

Under local rules, the Speaker of the Kelantan state assembly has to inform the Election Commission, which will then fix a by-election date.

The 48-year old Che Hashim was a first-term assemblyman winning the state seat from Umno by a narrow 646-vote margin in the 2008 general election. He received 4,399 votes, defeating incumbent Saufi Deraman.

PAS had captured 38 of the 45 state seats in Kelantan, boosted by a tidal wave for reform. BN won six and PKR one.

Galas (tagged N45) is the largest town under Gua Musang parliamentary constituency held by Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. It has population of 31,814. The other two towns are Chiku and Bertam.

In Galas, Malays make up 66 per cent of the electorate, the Chinese 22 per cent, Indians 2 per cent, while other races are 10 per cent.

Che Hashim was diagnosed with colon cancer and went to China to undergo chemotherapy treatment in 2009. Last week, he was readmitted to the Kampung Baru Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Mupok Aku


AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN

The Result Of PKR P202-Branch Election Could Be An Indicator The End Road For Ibi Candidacy In N25-Balai Ringin

Kuching
Monday, 27th September 2010




Ibi Uding Dream to Stand As Candidate under PKR Flag In N25-Balai Ringin Tattered?
The PKR P202-Sri Aman had yesterday successfully held its election to select it new committee members. The election was very important for PKR P202-Sri Aman Branch in its preparation for the coming state election which is due by next year.
The election which was scheduled earlier  from 10.00am until 4.00pm was rescheduled to from 11.00am until 5.00pm. No objection was received from the candidates.

At the beginning the situation was quite tense when Ibi Uding unprofessionally confronted Saudara Cubbold John over an article entitled Ibi Uding We Know What You Did Last Election Year 2006 published in Dayak Nation and Bukittunggal.com early September 2010. Despite being confronted by Ibie Uding infront of tens of party members, but saudara Cubbold John Cubbold still managed to keep cool, otherwise the election might not be held as smooth as it was yesterday.

In the election, about 23 positions were contested as follows:-


(1) Branch Head
(2) Deputy Branch Head
(2) 21 Committee Members.

For the Deputy Branch head, the contest was won by Moses Tait anak Libok. For the  Branch head, the contest was won by Jimmy Donald with the majority of 8 votes  ahead of  his nearest rival Ibi Uding. The overall result was as follows :-


(1) Saudara Cubbold John Lusoi - 10 Votes
(2) Ibi Uding - 76 Votes
(3) Jimmy Donald - 84 Votes


Overall Result



Geographically, most of Cubbold John and Ibi Uding supporters came from Balai Ringin Area to the north until  Lachau Bazaar, where as for  Jimmy Donald, most of his supporter came from Selepong  to  Pakit. 
In term of the  attendance, only 170  or less than 40 % ( percents)  of  party members turned up on that day.
Cubbold John was the protem Chairman for P202-Sri Aman and subsequently selected as the Chairman during the P202-Sri Aman branch election held on 24th April 2010 




Jimmy Donald Joined PKR Way after Cubbold John....


Jimmy Donald joined PKR and PKR P202-Sri Aman Branch on 17 November 2010 after he was dropped and replaced by Masir Kujat by BN  in the 13th GE. When told that Jimmy Donald won the election, the news did not surprise me because Jimmy Donald is a very experienced politician, and had learned a lot from the PBDS crisis. 
Based on Bukittunggal.com observation, he had started the strategy  to win PKR P202-Sri Aman branch head since June 2010. The man behind his strategy was his son, Leon Jimmy Donald. who had started to recruit its members from Empaling, Ubah, Gayau, Limau. Most of the members recruited by Leon were aligned to Cubbold, but in the election, most of these DAP members had voted for Jimmy Donald.




Recruitment Drive by DAP in Simpang Ubah and along Sg Tenggang-Simpang Punda  had caused Saudara Cubbold to lose  his Ketua Cabang Post!

Candidate With Lack of  EQ


When speaking to party members that presented during the announcement of the election result, Ibi Uding contemplated that judging from the result of the election, she  was the most suitable candidate to represent PKR  in N25-Balai Ringin, for the coming state election to challenge YB Snowdan Lawan from PRS . But based on the overall result of the election, as most of the post contested had won by those who aligned to Jimmy Donald, Ibi Uding aim to stand as PKR candidate in N25-Balai Ringin may just remained as a  dream.


Non-Jimmy Supporters to stay outside without refreshment..PKR ought to treat all members equally....


Election Officer...To ensure that Election is done properly....SYABAS!


One of the party member exercising his right going into the polling room!

Peeping through the  Window to follow  closely a vote counting!

Based on Bukittunggal.Com personal observation on Ibi behaviour, on top of being errogant, she is lacked of leadership quality especially in emotional intelligence (EQ). This was judging from how she confronted Saudara Cubbold during the election. If the party choose to nominate her as a candidate in Balai Ringin, the party will not only risk of losing the election, but the party will be divided further, thus will end party struggle in Balai Ringin. 

"I was sitting here when Ibi supporters distributing the mineral water. I was not given the drink  because I am Saudara Cubbold supporter", said Francis Uli, at the same time pointing at the empty bottles of mineral water scattered on the verandah near the chair where he sat down.


Empty mineral water bottles scattered all over the verandah, believed to be left by Ibi supporters....."I was not given the drink  because 
I supported saudara Cubbold", said Francis Uli when met by Bukittunggal. Is this the  culture that  we would like to practice in PKR?  One must remember that we   all are  belonged to the same party!

N25-Balai Ringin is one of the Iban majority area that has been eyed by PKR. If PKR want to win Balai Ringin in the coming state election, it must not rely on the candidate which has no leadership skills especially in the EQ. Do not choose the candidate just because the party need to achieve the target of 30 percents of the candidate are women, my future and that of the Iban in Balai Ringin is at stake.

Ibi is a desperado who will do what ever it takes to become candidate for PKR in N25 Balai Ringin. In her speech delivered immediately after the result of the election was announced, Ibi said that based on the result of the election whereby she secured the second highest votes, no doubt that she was the perfect candidate to represent PKR in N25-Balai Ringin!


Saudara Cubbold..LAWAN TETAP LAWAN

To saudara Cubbold and the rest who had lost in the election, please remember this :-

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning (Churchill, 1942)

Please remember also let's move on, and LAWAN TETAP LAWAN! 
   

Mupok Aku



AGI IDUP AGI 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

RAZIAH GRABS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FOREST FOR JUST RM 250!

Kuching
Sunday, 26th September 2010


Despite numerous revelations has been made by Sarawak Report but until now no action has been taken by Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). What type of information does the MACC need until Taib Mahmud can  be charged? Surprisingly, for any report made against the Pakatan lawmakers, even from the ad-hoc blog  like what happened in Selangor, they will spring into action.... MACC, PLEASE WAKE UP. THE RAKYAT ARE LOOKING AT YOU!


In an act of breathtaking meanness and greed the multi-billionaire Taib family are seeking to deprive impoverished Ibans of one of Sarawak’s last remaining hardwood forests, for a paltry compensation of just RM250 per family.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Report has received exclusive new leaks which indicate that the Chief Minister himself stands to personally profit by a million times that amount (an estimated RM250,000,00) in corrupt backhanders from the deal.

Raziah Mahmud and Quality Concrete Holdings

This latest illegal raid on Native Customary Rights Land is being carried out by Quality Concrete Holdings Berhad, a company part owned and directed by the Chief Minister’s own sister, Raziah Mahmud. The Taibs, one of the richest families in Asia, have already started harvesting the timber, which is worth millions of US dollars, even though the majority of the villagers are refusing to accept the deal.

“We have been threatened that if we oppose this claim we are going against the government and opposing development” explained one protester, “but why does the government act like a common thief in this case and how much development can we achieve for RM 250?”.

The threatened area is a small range of hills near Sebangan not far from Kuching, consisting of 3,305 hectares of forest. The surrounding region has already been devastated by state-sponsored logging promoted by the Taibs in the 80s and 90s.

However until now it was not considered economic to tackle the raised ground, which has been farmed and hunted for generations by 16 villages of Iban dwellers.
The villagers explain that the area is carpeted by hundreds of thousands of tall trees, some of it valuable primary jungle containing hardwoods that are now painfully scarce. The Secretary General of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) Nicholas Mujah, who comes from the community, says that there are up to 700 tons of Belian, Meranti, Bulyan, Selangan, Kapur, Kempas, Tekam, Resak, Lon, Penyau, Ruan and Engkaban available per hectare. These all command top prices in the world market, although the logging of such rare timber is now internationally condemned.

The area is also a refuge for some of Sarawak’s remaining wildlife and birdlife, much of which has been wiped out by the Taibs over the past 30 years.

Corruption and conflict of interest

The Iban owners of the forest say they are happy to conserve the wood for future generations and to conduct sustainable logging for their needs. However, the aging Chief Minister, who has already earned billions out of corrupt logging deals seems to have been unable to resist the prospect of grabbing more money by cutting it all down.

In this case, like so many others, he has used a relative, his sister Raziah Mahmud, to conduct the plunder. Raziah is a shareholder and paid Non-Executive Director of Quality Concrete Holdings, a public company largely owned by the family of Tiang Ming Sing and Tiang Ming Kok (the Chairman and Managing Director). She is therefore directly profiting from her connections with the Chief Minister, who hands out all timber licences.

The CM’s cut will be at least MR250 million - Exclusive new Revelations

However, following new leaks, Sarawak Report is now able to further reveal an even more shocking form of corruption involved in the deal. Top timber company insiders, have exclusively confided to Sarawak Report that before issuing any timber licence the Chief Minister always demands an extra secret cut, to be paid upfront into one of his offshore bank accounts.

The insiders say that Taib traditionally demands a rate of RM 100 per ton of timber. However, in this latest case the sum is likely to be substantially larger given the value of the hardwoods at the Sebangan reserve.

According to the whistle-blowers, the Chief Minister calculates his cut by getting State Forest Department officials to assess how much timber is available in each concession.

So, if the 3,305 hectare Sebangan forest contains 700 tons of wood per hectare, this would mean that, at conservative estimates, Taib will have bagged just under 250 million ringgit from issuing the licence. That is well over $80 million dollars at current exchange rates and is almost exactly a million times the amount being offered to the Iban families who rightfully own the land!

Sarawak Report would therefore like to ask Quality Concrete to confirm if they have yet made such an up front payment or if they are paying part up front and part later, which is sometimes the arrangement, or whether they are claiming that on this occasion they have been for some reason let off the payment?

Robbing his people blind

Such miserable deals have been the pattern by which the Chief Minister has deprived numerous communities in Sarawak of billions and billions of ringgit-worth of timber and made himself one of the richest men in Asia. Instead of going into promised development the money has gone into Taib’s foreign bank accounts, leaving the people of Sarawak among the poorest in Malaysia, despite their rich natural resources.

Strong-arm tactics – lies and thugs

In this latest case the Taibs are again attempting to abuse their control of state officials and adopting strong-arm tactics to force the unwilling villagers to hand over their forest, firstly through misrepresenting the terms of their licence.


The truth - Raziah's conditional licence expires in two months!

Quality Concrete have in truth, only been issued a conditional year-long Occupation Certificate to log the timber, for the very reason that this is Native Customary Rights (NCR) Land.

This certificate has been issued under Section B of the Forest Ordinance, which specifically means that Quality Concrete need to achieve the consent of the Iban landowners before commencing any logging.

However, Raziah and her business cronies have of course done no such thing, because they know that such consent would either be withheld or would only come at a reasonable price for the land! They have instead sought to imply that they are fully licenced to strip the forest.

No warning and no permission asked

”Nobody warned or consulted us about anything” explains Sadun Ason, the Headman of Kampong Ensika, one of the affected communities. “The first I knew of it was when a villager called me to say he had seen logging equipment being shipped up river by boat on 11th July. We then immediately called the Pengulu, who astonishingly said he knew all about it and told us that there is nothing we can do to protest as the whole matter is perfectly legal and we have no rights!”



Traditional meeting - community representatives discuss the crisis

The 16 villages involved are rightly suspicious of this Pengulu. Taib undermined democracy in when he removed the right of longhouses to elect their own headmen and Pengulus and started to appoint these ‘representatives’ himself.

He pays them a miserable monthly salary to keep them loyal, nevertheless, these characters usually still come from the local community and are accepted by the residents.

However, in this case a new Pengulu was appointed a few weeks before the issuing of Razia’s logging licence. He is a PBB member from an outside town. The headmen are naturally furious he kept them in the dark about Quality Concrete’s plans and the previous Pengulu has also testified against such behaviour and joined their protest.

“If there is anything that relates to the joint ownership of the forest the Pengulu should discuss the matter with the headmen and likewise the headmen would talk to their villagers. All these resources are shared resources and it is not right for the Pengulu to make a decision, especially such an important decision on his own”, says Ason emphatically. “Rightfully the Pengulu and headmen should be the ones to protect the forest, but we end up fighting him”.

Deceitful tactics by the loggers and their official backers

The villagers have tried to blockade the site and have demanded proper information and paper-work from Quality Concrete, but Raziah and her co-directors have been characteristically unforthcoming. Outrageously they have also started driving a road into the territory and harvesting valuable timber in the process.

At a meeting organised by the police on 2nd July, officials from the Forestry Department and Land Survey Department showed their bias by meeting first separately with the representatives of Quality Concrete and their lawyers along with the suspect Pengulu.

The officials then came out and claimed to the villagers that the land was not gazetted and claimed there was no evidence the area was NCR land. However, Sarawak Report has obtained evidence proving this claim was untrue. In fact the Land Registry’s own records show that the land has been gazetted since 1956 and is indeed Native Customary Rights Land. The licence Quality Concrete has bee given is subject to any NCR claims. Meanwhile, internal documents from the Forestry Department also show that officials have now instructed Quality Concrete not to encroach on the vast majority of the area contained in the provisional licence unless and until the dispute has been settled.


Gazetted since 1956 - this proof of NCR status came from the Land Registry!

Sarawak Report has copies of all these documents, however in typical fashion the officials on the ground, working with Raziah Taib and Quality Concrete and their lawyers have attempted to conceal these facts from the villagers.

Bullying into submission

Meanwhile the timber company and Pengulu have been working hard to browbeat and divide the community into submission. They have gone around all the longhouses offering MR25o ‘compensation payment’ to each family prepared to sign away their rights to the forest and MR800 to each headman. This may be a laughable sum, but Taib has kept his people financially poor for a very good reason – it makes them easier to rob of their natural wealth.

On 13th August a group of 11 villagers including three of the 16 headmen were transported in Quality Concrete’s own vehicles to Sibu, where they were given a reception and dinner and then asked to sign documents in the absence of any legal representative. They were not given copies of the documents to bring back, but they were told that they have now legally signed away their rights to the forest.


Dirt poor - this family took the money - Will the RM 250 compensation 
uplift the living standard of this family?

These headmen have now gone round other long houses and persuaded a number of the desperately poor villagers that, since they have no choice in the matter (not true), they had better take what money is available to them.

A minority of the villagers have now been persuaded to go to the nearby town of Sebuyau and sign away their claims for a mere MR250. They had no legal representative and have been offered no copies of the documents they signed – most are illiterate.

“The worst thing about it is that it has divided the villages in such a terrible way”, says Numpang Suntai who has been helping coordinate the protests. “Some are so browbeaten and poor they feel they must accept the money, but the others know that in the long-term the consequences will be terrible for us. We look at neighbouring areas where this has happened and we know we will suffer. We won’t have any wood, our land will be taken, the wildlife will be gone, the water of the river will be affected and the fish will all die. We will be hungry. Our life is tough and we have no real income, so we depend on the forest”.


Aware of the consequences - Numpang Suntai, local campaigner

Numpang dismisses the idea that there might be jobs and development. “There will be no jobs at all, they use Indonesians to cut down the forest and Indonesians to work on the palm plantations. They only offer MR7 a day to work on palm plantations and we can’t live on that. The Indonesians find it worth it, because of the exchange rate for them”.

A fit leader for Sarawak?

Taib of course believes that he will triumph in this matter. The fight for Sebangan’s final forest has reached a critical stage, which he, his sister and their timber company collaborators have experienced many times before. They have all the finance, the official backing and of course, access to intimidation as well.

The villagers are already fearfully expecting the arrival of the notorious logging company ‘thugs’, the strongmen who so often come to intimidate local communities who hold out against them. Meanwhile, the Pengulu and the logging company legal teams are misleadingly informing the protesters that because some people have now signed it will be impossible to stop the logging.


Campaigning on landrights - PKR's office in Kuching

However, signs are that people are waking up to the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud. It will be interesting to see whether the new information revealing the true extent of Taib’s personal profit from this raid - his MR250 million cut - will alter the dynamics of this particular forest battle.

Sarawak Report will also be forwarding the inside leaks from the Land Survey Department and Forestry Department to the protestors’ newly acquired legal team, headed by Baru Bian in Kuching.

Baru, who is Sarawak’s top human rights lawyer and the PKR leader in the state, has started to win significant court victories against Taib in the local and federal courts .


Agent for Change - Baru in campaigning dress at his desk

Taib’s last grasp?

This scandalous new case will join over 200 other native land rights cases on his desk, all of which directly challenge the Taib family’s devastating plunder of the state.

Most importantly, the Chief Minister will soon face the electorate with a record that no politician on earth would wish to have to defend.

This article was copied from Sarawak Report.

Mupok Aku


AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mr PM - What Actions Had Been Taken Against the Two-Racist Headmistresses ?

Kuching
Tuesday, 21st September 2010




On 24th August 2010 and republished on 2nd September 2010, I wrote in Bukittunggal.com about the three teachers who made racist remarks against the Chinese and Indian primary school students in Kedah, Perak and Johor.
These three teachers, two of them were headmistresses and one a discipline teacher. According to the fact of the case, the problem started with Siti Inshah Mansor, a Johor school principal, who said in a speech at her school that:

“Pelajar-pelajar Cina tidak diperlukan dan boleh balik ke China ataupun Sekolah Foon Yew. Bagi pelajar India, tali sembahyang yang diikat di pergelangan tangan dan leher pelajar nampak seakan anjing dan hanya anjing akan mengikat seperti itu.”
“Chinese students are not needed and can go back to China or Foon Yew School. As for the Indian students, the prayer strings that they wear around their wrists and necks make them look like dogs and only dogs are chained up like that.”

A few days after that incident, the Kedah  headmistress hurled similar slurs at her Chinese pupils after she found them eating during the fasting month - on the basis that they were disrespecting Ramadan.

On 27th August 2010 one visitor to Bukittunggal.com reported that a discipline teacher from SMK Anderson in Ipoh Perak name Kamarulzazaman had uttered the racist remarks against the Indian students about cutting their neck and wrist strings.
Of all the three cases, few police reports were lodged by the parents against the two headmistress but the case in Perak, no action had been taken as the case had been covered-up  by the school authority. The discipline teacher was allowed to go back to his disciplinary job.

Until Today What Actions Have Been Taken By The Government
Just before Hari Raya, Deputy Prime Minister had announced the setting-up of the Special Task Force to probe the two incidents. The government was expected to announce the findings of a special task force after the Hari Raya holidays but so far the government had not made any announcement.
Not only DPM failed to take action against two headmistress for hurling racial slurs at their non-Malay pupils, one of them has returned to work at her Kedah school.
And for the police report  made by the parents, no follow-up actions were taken by the police but instead, they grilled namewee for  exposing the matter in the youtube.

Lim Kit Siang wrote in his blog :
“The school principal in Kedah has returned to her posting although the parents and the Malaysian public have been given to understand that she would be transferred away – as if nothing serious had happened, making a total mockery of Najib’s “zero tolerance for racism” declaration.”
Kit Siang added "All eyes will be on the Cabinet meeting tomorrow – not only on whether the Cabinet would take a stand to ensure that the two school principals who had made racial slurs against their students in school should be severely punished as an example to all education officers, but whether the Cabinet would at long last give full endorsement to Najib’s 1Malaysia policy with every Cabinet Minister declaring support for the 1Malaysia policy to create a Malaysian nation where every Malaysian regards himself or herself as Malaysian first and race second."

If PM Najib is serious about his 1Malaysia concept, he must take the matter seriously by taking appropriate actions against the two headmistresses.

Mupok Aku




AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN

Teoh Beng Hock Inquest-Investigating Officer and Chinese Translator Grilled By Gobind Singh Deo

Kuching
Tuesday, 21st September 2010


The contents of a controversial note ending with the words zai jian (which means either “goodbye” or “see you again” in Chinese) and said to be written by political aide Teoh Beng Hock were made public for the first time at the coroner’s court.
The note, written in Chinese with two phrases in Bahasa Malaysia on a piece of A4 paper, was tendered to coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas yesterday through investigating officer ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal.
The note, purportedly written before his death, read: Ou Yang, They have taken my computer without making copies of the documents. The target is all the while you. Sorry. Pretending to know but actually not knowing and consequently you have been dragged in. I said “mendapat lulusan YB” (getting YB’s permission), they insisted on typing “mengikut arahan YB” (following YB’s instructions). I can’t help you. Apology. Sorry. I am very tired. Goodbye

The note purpotely found in Teoh's bag

Translation of the note in Bahasa Malaysia

ASP Ahmad Nazri told the court that he found the note among Teoh’s belongings on July 17 last year.
He said a Malaysian Anti-Corrup­tion Commission officer had shown him Teoh’s bag that was found on the sofa on the 14th floor of the MACC office in Plaza Masalam.
ASP Ahmad Nazri brought the bag to his office and began listing the items found in it on July 17.
He said he listed down the “important items” and left out the others.
He added that he also did not list down the note written on the white A4 size paper.
However, Teoh’s family lawyer Gobind Singh Deo questioned the authenticity of the note.
ASP Ahmad Nazri said the handwriting on the A4 paper note was compared with the Chinese handwriting on a voucher and notebook found in Teoh’s bag.
However, he did not know whose handwriting was on the voucher and notebook.

To a question by Gobind, ASP Ahmad Nazri said he did not verify the handwriting on the voucher and the notebook.

Gobind: Isn’t it important (to investigate the handwriting on the voucher and notebook)?
ASP Ahmad Nazri: Yes
Gobind: If it is important, why didn’t you certify the handwriting on the voucher and notebook?
ASP Ahmad Nazri: It did not cross my mind.
Court interpreter Ting Chin Kin, who translated the controversial note into Bahasa Malaysia, was questioned over certain words in the letter.
It was pointed out in court that the Chinese words zai jian in the note were translated as selamat tinggal (goodbye) in Bahasa Malaysia.
However, when Gobind produced a Chinese-English dictionary and asked Ting to read out the definition of zai jian, she read out: “See you again.”

Counsel Tan Hock Chuan, who represented the Government, then asked Ting why she chose to translate the words zai jian as selamat tinggal, to which she replied that the Chinese words could mean either see you again or selamat tinggal.
Azmil fixed Oct 14 for the inquest to be continued.
Teoh, 30, the political secretary to Selangor executive council member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead the morning after he was taken to the state MACC office in Plaza Masalam here for questioning on July 15 last year – over alleged irregularities in the disbursement of funds.


Mupok Aku


AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN

Nazri’s replies to Awang Selamat's Alahai Nazri

Kuching
Tuesday, 21st September 2010

Awang is caught in the time warp of those days where government MPs do not only not engage them but hate and dislike them in all circumstances. Awang will never understand this because he is not an elected MP, put in the House by the voice of the people. Anyway did Awang ever think of how five PKR MPs could cross and be independents, if not for the civility shown by me to them as parliamentary affairs minister? The number of crossovers to the independent caucus has exceeded the single MP from Pasir Mas, this so-called Malay Hero worshipped by Awang.

I have read the comments by Awang Selamat on me in his column. I want to make some clarifications lest readers be misled into thinking what he wrote is correct.

Firstly, I am never afraid to be criticised by the opposition. I would like Awang to come to Parliament and see and hear for himself the vitriol and attacks I received whilst defending the Government on issues related to the Prime Minister’s Office.

In my 33 years in politics, I was never spared by anybody who makes criticisms against me — including the recent comments by Awang. I don’t know about Awang himself, because I don’t even know who he is. I hope he can be a man like me and prove that he is not scared of criticism by coming out in the open and not hiding behind the pseudonym that he uses.

I am also not anti-Dr Mahathir (Mohamad). To me, so far he is the best prime minister I have served. However, as an ex-premier, there is so much left to be desired.

Awang should get out of his time warp and face the fact that I am now in the government as a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and not vice versa. So it is Tun Mahathir who is criticising the Government and not the other way round.

Of course anybody, regardless of who criticises the government, will receive relentless attack in defence of the Government by me just as I had done in the past when Tun Mahathir and Tun Abdullah (Ahmad Badawi) were the prime ministers.

Having said that, I want Awang to know that I am always sure who my boss is. It’s not (Lim) Kit Siang nor (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) because they are not prime minister of Malaysia, the chairman of BN or president of Umno.

I am not too sure Awang knows who his boss is because he undermines the 1 Malaysia policy of the prime minister and promotes the narrow racism of (Datuk) Ibrahim Ali who is not even an Umno member. Awang should be asking himself the question he posed to me.

Being civil to the opposition is the right thing to do in a democracy, because just like me, they are also elected by the people. Of course, Awang is caught in the time warp of those days where government MPs do not only not engage them but hate and dislike them in all circumstances.

Awang will never understand this because he is not an elected MP, put in the House by the voice of the people. Anyway did Awang ever think of how five PKR MPs could cross and be independents, if not for the civility shown by me to them as parliamentary affairs minister?

The number of crossovers to the independent caucus has exceeded the single MP from Pasir Mas, this so-called Malay Hero worshipped by Awang.

Incidentally, Umno has never asked or needed for Ibrahim to help us but the association with him will only cause us to lose votes.

Tun Mahathir himself told us about his loss in Kota Setar Selatan seat — a 90 per cent Malay majority parliamentary constituency — in 1969 to Yusof Rawa, where it was reported that Tun said he didn’t need Chinese votes. There is a lesson to be learned from this.

Of course, Awang will never understand because not only has he never offered himself as a candidate for the General Elections but readers don’t even know who he is.

Politicians like me who has stood for four general elections and won clearly have to be very careful in what we say and not be reckless like Awang. We need to muster all the votes regardless of race and we do not stay in the comfort zone as Awang does.

He can write and say anything irresponsibly and recklessly, knowing that he will never be punished by the voters.

That is why, Awang, if you asked what my agenda is, I think even school children will know that it’s to win the next general election and that Datuk Seri Najib (Razak) remains as prime minister of Malaysia.

I do hope that Awang also has the same agenda, unless of course his boss is somebody else. Finally I would advise Awang to stick to what he does and knows best and not try to meddle in national politics, of which he has shallow knowledge and zero experience.

He should concentrate in increasing his paper’s dwindling readership. It speaks volumes of their poor standards and performance when Utusan has to refer to the news report of the new electronic alternative media when it should be the reverse.

That will be his KPI and the measurement of his success in the field that he claims he represent well.

Mine is, of course, to win the Padang Rengas seat for Barisan Nasional in the next General Election regardless whether I am a candidate or not. Until then we shall see.

And yes I am a Malaysian first and Malay next. Does any bigot have a problem with that? - (Nazri Aziz is the Minister in the PM's Department)

This article was originally published in Malaysia Chronicle

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SOLID SUCCESS – BAKUN DELIVERS ON REQUIREMENTS

Kuching
Tuesday, 21st September 2010

News publications have been chewing over the figures as Bakun waits to be flooded and have come to some inevitable, long-predicted conclusions.

Firstly, the Dam has no genuine economic purpose. Sarawak already has more electricity than its impoverished population can afford to use and the plans to send it to Malaysia by undersea cable was a fantasy by technology-illiterate ministers.

Secondly, the dam will actually make electricity more, not less expensive for ordinary Sarawakians, as existing power plants will be shut and Sarawak Hidro are desperate to claw back some of the RM 7.3 billion costs.

Thirdly, the public worker pension funds, which were arm-twisted by politicians into funding the dam to the tune of RM 5.75 billion, are now left facing an appalling loss. This means either a whole generation of hard-working public servants (teachers, nurses, clerks, firemen etc.) will now lose their savings for old age, or the Malaysian taxpayer (the next generation of workers) will have to find the extra money to bail them out.

Pensioners’ loss is Taib family gain


plenty of cement and steel

Therefore the all-round conclusion has been that Bakun is a monstrous, multi-billion dollar disaster. Southeast Asia’s greatest ‘White Elephant’ foisted onto Malaysia Peninsular by Sarawak’s ‘Chief Executive Officer’ Abdul Taib Mahmud. Perhaps, it is speculated, at least tourists will come to visit such an appalling example of state planning gone spectacularly wrong?

However, these commentators are neglecting to point out that from the point of view of Mr Taib’s personal finances and those of the Taib family, the Bakun Dam has been a stunning success.

Much of the RM 5.75 billion siphoned out of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) by this project has gone gushing straight into the Taib bank accounts – and then presumably straight on out of the country to fund their private foreign investments.

CMS saved from bad business judgements by Bakun

Researchers have long since detailed how it was the decision to revive the Bakun Dam project, after it was shelved during the Asian Financial Crash, that rescued Cayha Mata Sarawak (CMS), the business the Taib family ‘privatised’ from the state into their own pockets, in the late 1990s.

By 1999, CMS, which had over-stretched on ambitious projects, was facing terrifying losses of RM 787 million. The Chief Minister (whose late wife and two sons owned most of the shares of this ‘public’ company) was even more alarmed as the share price collapsed as a result. The ‘CEO of Sarawak’ was facing personal bankruptsy, since most of his family company’s borrowings were based on the value of these CMS shares.


Environmental catastophy - an area the size of Singapore has been stripped bare for flooding

So it was the political decision by the Malaysian government to pour RM 1.6 billion of taxpayers’ money into Bakun (a sum which has since escalated to 7.5 billion and rising) that saved the Taibs’ from ruin (and kept BN in power in Sarawak). Everyone knew that the Chief Minister would award his own company the lions share of the contracts for this glorious mega-project (CMS specialises in producing cement and steel) and that the company would go from strength to strength.

Endless profit to be made

The Chief Minister does not miss a trick when it comes to making money and Bakun has gone on to provide wonderful further opportunities for abuse of public trust. Thus, his own company CMS has now gone on to further establish itself as the biggest private customer of the publicly owned venture that it built.

The company has done a deal with Rio Tinto Zinc (despite the horror of environmentalists) to build a vast aluminium smelter to soak up Bakun’s excess power. This consortium is currently playing hardball with Sarawak Hidro, the Federal government body in charge of the dam, to get a preferential deal for electricity. This at a time when Taib is negotiating on behalf of the State of Sarawak to buy the project off the Federal Government.

This means clever Taib has set himself up as the biggest client of the state venture that, as Finance Minister and Chief Minister, he is going to be entrusted with managing of behalf of the interests of the taxpayer! As far as conflict of interest goes that is about as big as it gets!


Aluminium smelters - get ready for the pollution

Meanwhile, Sarawak Report wonders whether his business partner, Rio Tinto Zinc, has considered dusting off its own ethics book on this issue, and leafing through to the section on doing business with corrupt tyrants?

Clearly, the opportunity to move politically sensitive and highly polluting aluminium smelting plants out of Australia, where the mineral is mined, and into Sarawak is tempting. Taib, of course, plans to cover the whole of this once pristine rainforest state with filthy foreign industries to foul up what remains of the dammed up river basins – the so-called Sarawak Corridor of Energy.

However, while the Chief Minister regards himself impervious to criticism and bullet proof at the ballot box (no fool like an old fool), the business executives at Rio Tinto have learnt the hard way about the dangers of deals such as these. Their local back yard environmentalists in Australia may be happy to see them move off, but the global environmentalists will be only too ready to hold such actions to account. And the native peoples of Sarawak are not that happy either, to put it gently.


Moveable inconvenience – displaced people at Sungai Asap camp, Bakun

No benefit to Sarawak

Citizens of Sarawak have also learnt the hard way that the jobs from dirty industries such as these will go to foreign workers and the money will go straight back out again. They know that ’Progress and Development’ , Taib-style means environmental destruction, land seizures and poverty for the many and vast riches for….. well Taib.

All of which explains why the multi-billion dollar plan to go on building pointless dams across the whole of the rest of Sarawak, displacing tens of thousands more indigenous people and destroying vast areas, while appearing to be the strategy of a mad man makes enormous economic sense personally to Abdul Taib Mahmud.

This is because China has agreed to invest US $11 billion to do it. Most of that money he reasons will go to him and after that who cares that the people of Sarawak will be in debt to China and therefore under China’s control for ever more?

Original article was published in Malaysia Report

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pemilihan PKR 2010-Zaid leads Azmin 4-3 in PKR No.2 chase, Sivarasa ahead for VP

Kuching
Saturday, 18th September 2010

Nominations for the PKR central leadership have begun filtering in, with the first 9 divisions in Kedah and Kelantan all nominating incumbent Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the party presidency.

But for the No. 2 post that has been hyped up as a dog-fight between vice president Azmin Ali and FT chief Zaid Ibrahim, preliminary signs have emerged that PKR members may spring their own surprise.

Zaid, who hails from Kelantan, chalked an early lead over Azmin but party insiders say that is likely to fade as divisions from other states start their Annual General Meetings on Saturday.

The surprise nominations were for strategic director Tian Chua and vice president Mustaffa Kamil Ayub, who received one nomination each. Zaid received 4, while Azmin 3 (scroll below for detailed list).

For the 4 vice-presidencies, Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah led with 5 nominations, hotly followed by by Lee Boon Chye, Shamsul Iskandar, Azmin Ali and Fuziah Salleh who received 4 nominations each . (scroll below for detailed list)

Siva, Boon Chye and Azmin are incumbent VPs, Shamsul is the PKR Youth chief while Fuziah is the national elections director.

First political party of its size to hold direct elections

PKR's 205 divisions kicked off their historic direct election on Friday, beginning with Kedah and Kelantan. Divisions in Perak, Pahang, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perlis and Sabah will hold their meetings on Saturday. Whilst Selangor, Johor, Sarawak and the Federal Territories will meet next weekend onwards.

Apart from electing their office-bearers, division members will also submit nominations for the central leadership, i.e. the 25-member seat council including for the positions of president, deputy president and 4 vice-presidencies.

The AGMs will be held from September 17 till October 3. Nominations for the national leadership will close on October 10 and the official list to be announced on October 24. Not all nominees may wish to contest and may pull out despite receiving divisional endorsement.

Voting at all divisions will then begin over four weekends from Oct 29 to Nov 21. The results will be announced at the PKR annual summit on Nov 27-28.

Deputy President (1 position)

Zaid Ibrahim (4 nominations from Alor Setar, Kota Bahru, Pasir Mas, Tumpat)
Azmin Ali (3 - Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, Rantau Panjang)
Tian Chua (1 - Pokok Sena)
Mustaffa Kamil Ayub (1 - Kuala Kedah)

Vice President (4 positions)

Sivarasa (5 nominations from Alor Setar, Pokok Sena, Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Tumpat)
Lee Boon Chye (4 - Kubang Pasu, Alor Setar, Pokok Sena, Kuala Kedah)
Shamsul Iskandar (4 - Kubang Pasu, Alor Setar, Kuala Kedah, Rantau Panjang)
Azmin Ali (4 - Pokok Sena, Kuala Kedah, Pasir Mas, Tumpat)
Fuziah Salleh (4 - Langkawi, Alor Setar, Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas)
Mustaffa Kamil Ayub (3 - Kubang Pasu, Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas)
Nurul Izzah Anwar (3 - Rantau Panjang, Kota Bharu, Tumpat)
Mansor Othman (3 - Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, Rantau Panjang)
Chua Jui Meng (2 - Langkawi, Tumpat)
Khalid Ibrahim (1 - Kota Bharu)
Zaid Ibrahim (1 - Pokok Sena)
Zambri Yusoff (1 - Langkawi)
Yahya Sahri - (1 - Kuala Kedah)

Taken From Malaysia Chronicle

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Utusan Malaysia Plays Racist In Sosilawati Murdered

Kuching
Saturday, 18th September 2010

From Harakahdaily

There seems to be no end to politicising any issue in Malaysia. In the case of the savage murder of businesswoman Sosilawati Lawiya and three others, Malay daily Utusan Malaysia continues this trend by linking politics to the case which shocked the nation.

The Perkasa and UMNO mouthpiece is said to have carried a statement by a defecting Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy youth chief Mohd Zahid Md Arip who questioned what he termed as DAP’s "silence and hypocrisy" over Sosilawati’s murder, a now-familiar charge among pro-UMNO bloggers.

“Is the silence related to claim that the main suspect (in the murder case) is a lifelong member of the party?

"If the claim is true, it clearly shows that DAP is a hypocrite party that only fights for certain race,” he was quoted as questioning.

His suggestion was however in stark contrast to what deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department T. Murugiah’s had claimed earlier, that the main murder suspect had expressed his intention to join MIC.

Murugiah had also claimed that he met the suspect during a Hari Raya community programme in Bukit Cheeding, three days before he was arrested.

DAP to sue

DAP secretary-general is clearly not amused by Utusan's latest attack on it.

“Murugiah said he wanted to join MIC, yet Utusan spins to say he is a DAP life member. Utusan has politicised the issue," twitted Lim Guan Eng, adding that the party would be taking the paper to court for libel.

Describing the paper's reporting as evil and malicious, Lim said it should just be renamed to Utusan Shin Bet and Mossad, referring to the notorious Israeli secret service agencies.

In another posting, Lim said the DAP did not attempt to exploit Murugiah's revelation that the suspect had wanted to join MIC.

Coupled with allegations on the internet mostly by pro-UMNO bloggers, Utusan's reporting on the murder case has thrived on sensationalism, and recently bordered on racism due to the different races involved in the high-profile case.

Following this, the police chief has been forced to issue a statement, telling the public that the case had nothing to do race.

The racial polemics surrounding the case also prompted Selangor's Seri Setia assemblyman to condemn "irresponsible journalism" by the media involved, especially those known as 'mainstream'.

“What kind of humans are us? [sic]” twitted Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad. “The scary thing is this was not spun by unknown blogs and stupid tabloids, but the mainstream media."

Taken from  Harakahdaily

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