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He is a civil servant, what is he blabbering about giving press statements. He is lucky to get back his job at the secretariat and not sacked.

IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has chosen to keep silent on the reason behind the sacking of Perak Religious Department director Datuk Jamry Sury.

In a statement Wednesday, Nizar said the state government did not want to be dragged deeper into the matter as it was not its policy to reveal the “doubtful” behaviour of any officer.

“We have been mindful and given the opportunity to all government servants to carry on their duties as usual so long as they cooperate with us,” he said.

Nizar explained that Jamry had been seconded to the post of director from the state secretariat three years back, a decision made by the previous state administration.

“Hence, it is only proper that what is borrowed is returned. The state government is only restoring the credibility of the department’s administration and we thank Jamry for his service all this time,” he said.

Nizar also said that Jamry had been given over 40 days to familiarise himself and cooperate with the new state government and the fact that he had been given “24 hours’ notice” was just procedural.

“The suitable question is this: Has he faced any losses? Why is this an issue when before this, government officers have been transferred from department to department even without the knowledge of the state government?” he said.

Earlier, during a press conference Wednesday after the launching of the Perak Syariah Court here, Nizar deflected questions on Jamry’s sacking by telling reporters to only ask questions on “matters pertaining to the function.”

“Be fair to those who are here. Ask only questions pertaining to this function. Other issues can be addressed at later functions,” he said.

When contacted, Jamry said that he had been advised against revealing the reason for his removal for the “good of his career”.

“I thank the media for its concern but I have to decline from giving any press statements. I did at first want to (give a press statement) but I think it is best that I do not,” he said, adding that he was currently waiting for a letter from the Public Service Department on his next posting.

Jamry previously served as the Kuala Kangsar district officer for a year before he was transferred to the department in 2004.

Perak MB keeping mum on reason for sacking

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Motion to debate T’ganu oil royalty shot down

Parliament speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, in spite of his name, is no better than Ramli, the former speaker. Can somebody open up a data-base, to keep up to date, all motions not allowed by our mulia friend. The first item will be:

  • Stopped Terengganu Oil Royalty Issue.

This will help the people to know how effective he is in his job.

Motion to debate T’ganu oil royalty shot down

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Apr 30, 08 8:31pm

Parliament speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia shot down an urgent motion tabled by Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) to discuss the Terengganu oil royalty issue today – the first day of parliamentary debate.
Although Pandikar agreed that the motion fulfilled the conditions of “being specific” and was “in public interest”, he said it was “not of urgency” as to adjourn the current debate on the royal address by Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin to discuss the matter.
He said the issue could still raise during the debate on the royal address which was presented by the Agong yesterday.
Despite that Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament stood up to support Salahuddin’s motion, it failed to move Pandikar to change his mind.
“All of you can discuss this in the debate royal address,” he said.
pas chinese liaison rep 280607 salahuddin ayubAccording to Salahuddin (left), Terengganu’s oil royalty had been the subject of an agreement between the federal government and the state government since 1975.
However, this was wrongfully halted when PAS took over Terengganu following the 1999 general election, he added.
Since 2000, the oil royalty had been replaced with a special federal government fund – called ‘wang ehsan’ or goodwill payment – controlled by the ruling Barisan Nasional.
More than RM1 bil at stake
The royalty – about five percent of the state’s oil revenues – is estimated more than RM1 billion.
“If the government is willing to admit its mistake in sacking (former Lord President) Salleh Abas, then what is wrong if the government today admits its mistake in robbing the people’s money?” asked Salahuddin.
He said the oil royalty should not only be returned directly to Terengganu but increased by at least 10 percent.
“My colleagues in PAS conceded that Terengganu is now governed by Barisan Nasional, but in the name of the people, we seek the money be returned to serve the people,” he said.
Terengganu Mentri Besar Ahmad Said had also demanded that the oil royalty to be fully managed by his Umno-led state government.
He said direct control over the oil royalty would allow the state government to plan development projects without having to seek approval from the federal government.

Motion to debate T’ganu oil royalty shot down

What are they grumbling about – if it is safety alone, please Zainal, you and your staff may find it worthwhile to do some traffic directing, simple as that.
clipped from www.malaysiakini.com

Cheras-Kajang Highway operator Grand Saga Sdn Bhd has today warned that it may re-erect the disputed Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) barricade out of ‘safety concerns’.

In a statement today, Grand Saga business development and corporate affairs executive director Zainal Abidin Ali said traffic had become chaotic following the “illegal” removal of the barricade last week by BMC residents.

“It is obvious that the illegal opening of the road has not met the safety requirements set by the relevant authorities such as traffic lights, safety signages, etc,” he said.

Zainal Abidin said that the situation endangers motorist not only from BMC and surrounding townships and that Grand Saga was responsible in maintaining the safety of its road users.
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This is definitely not a good year for Samy Vellu. He is being tossed about like a leaf in a gust of wind, blown here and there without a place to rest. He has weathered the following mishaps but like a good soldier he fights on – believe me attacks of these kind would have pulled down any other man.

  • Hindraf was the biggest opponent, and he never anticipated this group was a fore-runner to all the other mishaps
  • His good boss Mahathir led him down – a stab in the back so to speak, something Samy will take a long time to forget
  • The Indians whom he treated as school children and sometimes like estate labourers to scold, turned the tables on him, the mandore was ineffective, the people wanted a change
  • He was abused, he lost his invisibility, he did not have the Midas touch as earlier, people argued with him, and to quote his own words ‘nearly threw the atom bomb at him’
  • He lost a good friendship with Karunanidhi the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
  • The people of Sungei Siput forever the bastion of his power, let him down in the elections
  • Ordinary Indians who knew not what was politics, or the part played by MIC all this while, just said, Samy go.
  • Women were vociferous in their demand, out Samy they said.
  • His own MIC leaders and members have, though not publicly stated, wondered whether he is an asset and whether he is relevant anymore.
  • His quarrel with Toyo
  • His quarrel with other UMNO leaders

I may have missed out a few more, like the Indian businessman telling him to go, the death of a good friend and now the need to apologise to Anwar or face a suit.

With all these adversaries sharpening their knives, must he stay; the writing is clear on the wall, and if he soldiers on, how is he to be graded.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has demanded a public apology and RM100 million in damages from a senior politician for alleged libelous remarks made against him.
samy vellu anwar 050507Anwar’s counsel Sankara Nair named S Samy Vellu as the defendant over the MIC leader’s remarks which appeared in a Malay daily newspaper two weeks ago.
According to Sankara, Berita Harian in an April 15 article headlined ‘Kenyataan Anwar Dibidas’ reported Samy Vellu’s response to Anwar’s criticism of Barisan Nasional.
He cited the following three paragraphs in the article which contained the alleged defamatory remarks against Anwar:
Presiden MIC, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu membidas keceluparan Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang mengkritik parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) selepas menggalakkan penyokongnya menggunakan pelbagai taktik kotor pada pilihanraya umum lalu.

“Katanya, negara akan lebih aman dan makmur jika tiada kelibat manusia seperti Anwar yang menggunakan ugutan, tekanan, paksaan dan menakut-nakutkan pengundi bagi menjamin kemenangan calon pembangkang.
“Saya sudah lama kenal dia. Ini cara mereka meraih undi,” katanya di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

sankara nairSankara (left) said that Samy Vellu’s allegations were understood to mean that Anwar, among others, was promoting “unlawful elections practices” and that he has no regard for the process of free and fair elections.
He added that Samy Vellu was also trying to show that Anwar was acting in a “criminal manner” as well as behaving “immorally, fraudulently and irresponsibly”.
“Your (Samy Vellu’s) utterances in the impugned article as stated above of our client (Anwar) are and were grossly negligent, reckless, irresponsible, deliberate, malicious and aimed to lower our client’s esteem in the eye of the public and expose our client to public hatred, scorn, odium, contempt and ridicule.” said Sankara in the letter of demand to Samy Vellu.
‘Samy seeking cheap publicity’
Sankara also added that Samy’s remarks was done mainly to seek cheap publicity and sensationalism.
In the letter, Sankara said that Samy Vellu “have or caused to have republished the following libelous comments in the impugned article.”
He stressed that the comments against Anwar was extremely libelous and has brought Anwar considerable distress and embarrassment.
According to an e-mail to Malaysiakini, Sankara said the letter of demand has been served to the MIC headquarters this morning.
Anwar gave Samy Vellu 48 hours to apologise otherwise a RM100 million law suit would be initiated against the MIC chief.

Anwar to sue Samy if there’s no apology

What is happening. A murderer wants to take on a second wife. And this woman who does not know him well has agreed. Is she mentally of a sound mind or out of her rockers. Hope she does end up as the next victim of a person who kills and has no remorse.

Amrozi, the convicted Bali bomber whose execution is imminent, is planning to take a second wife and hold the wedding reception at the prison island where he is being detained, his lawyer said Wednesday.

“He wants to hold the reception on May 10, 2008,” Mahendradatta, head of the lawyer team for Amrozi, was quoted by China’s XINHUA news agency, as saying in a leading news website Detikcom.
But Amrozi apparently does not know the bride personally.
The woman will be introduced to Amrozi several days ahead of the wedding, he said.
Mahendradatta also said Amrozi planned to request a judicial review over the conviction himself without the assistance of his lawyers.

Amrozi, along with his elder brother Ali Ghufron and militant leader Imam Samudra, were sentenced to death for key roles in the October 2002 nightclub bombings on Bali island that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.
The Supreme Court has upheld the verdict and rejected their earlier request for a judicial review.
The three have also officially ruled out a request for a presidential pardon that becomes their final chance to avoid the capital punishment.

The New Straits Times Online…….

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Toyo believes in blaming everything under the sun, and believes he is the only good soul in the whole of UMNO and the country that dedicated his life for the good of Malaysia. He is arrogant and beliefs his listeners are imbeciles. I don’t know how long he is going to live with the lie that he is perfect while others are so, so.

Lets take his shameful act of presenting a broom to the Klang Municipal Council president and the Hulu Selangor District Council. Now he comes with another nonsensical reason perhaps, he should have gift wrapped the broom. What difference would that have made. A shoe or a broom is considered unclean and for this reason you don’t give that as a present. For some to be hit with this article is a shame and many curse words are in reference to these. He will never understand the implication unless he faces the same predicament but no one is going to be a fool to behave like him.

He blames Hishamuddin, Samy Vellu, Badawi and a host of others for Barisan Nasional not doing in the elections, but he is clean. Dream on Toyo, for if you are going to behave like this, you are going to make enough enemies and this maybe your swan song for an early retirement from politics.

exclusive The keris-waving incident that sparked an uproar among non-Malays may have contributed to the poor performance of Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the March 8 polls, said former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.
Khir said it had created negative perceptions of Umno and possibly caused the swing in non-Malay votes towards the opposition.
khir toyo interview 280408 03“We must admit our mistakes. If we don’t, the rakyat will call us arrogant,” he said in an interview.
Umno Youth head Hishammuddin Hussein had made an apology of sorts last week for drawing out and kissing a keris at the Umno Youth assembly last year.

He has since been criticised by party leaders like vice-president Muhyiddin Yassin and Umno Cheras division head Syed Ali Al-Habshee, who are of the view that the tradition should not be questioned by non-Malays.
Khir believe that if the gesture is offensive in some quarters and is seen to send out negative signals, then it should be stopped.
However, he discounted the notion that the broom incident also had an impact in causing the fall of Selangor to Pakatan Rakyat in the general election.
“Take a look at other states, they did not have similar incidents, yet they (too) lost. This is all part of the denial syndrome that we are suffering from and this is a huge problem for the party,” he argued.
khir toyo broom awardKhir had handed over brooms to under-achieving civil servants at an event for Selangor government staff last year.
In his defence, he said this was done to force civil servants to be more efficient in serving the people.
“When the people came to me and complained about the poor performance of civil servants and (this was also) highlighted in the media, I felt restless and worried. As a representative of the people, I will of course take action,” he said.
The only mistake, he conceded, was “not to (gift-)wrap the broom”.

Khir Toyo: Blame the keris, not the broom

What a terrible let down for the people hoping to have changes in Suhakam; has the Government lost its direction or is it a ‘tit for tat’ reaction, you complain about an ineffective body let’s see what you can do. It could be that, but don’t forget this entity has lost its direction and in no way champions Human Rights. It has become an extension to support whatever Human Rights dereliction the government does. Suhakam has become a propagator to misuse of human rights issue and it has no independent views to eradicate such misuse. They are paid well by the Government, RM 7,000 and a Perdana car with bills paid, and this income will stop when the Government things they are not doing what they should so, subtly promote Human Rights abuse; or else there is no extension. All the people involved must search their conscience, have their honestly done their jobs to eradicate Human Rights misuse or otherwise. If they accept the extension they are not worthy of what they did in the past as eminent people. One mistake can wipe away your past services you have done, your Suhakam service is suspect.

They are aware their reports have not been tabled in Parliament, and it begs the question, how effective you are. Would you want to continue.

One of your members investigating an human rights issue, makes a decision that the individual has been treated well – this is based on reports given by people who treated this person. Will the people responsible say ‘we are sorry’ – the irony being the person involved was not even seen. I don’t know whether video recordings were seen, but, how on earth do you confirm a person is healthy and well just based on what you hear. Surely you must see the person, is it not. What did Talib Othman do to correct this anomaly or he is not aware of this. The sick person I believe has been send to IJN.

Why did this member gloat over this particular issue, was he afraid he won’t be re-appointed again. Sometimes your conscience is more valuable than the money. Can I say anything more.

16 Suhakam Commissioners Reappointed

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 (Bernama) — Sixteen Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) commissioners have been reappointed to serve another two-year term ending April 2010.
Their reappointment was in accordance with the provisions under subsection 5 (1) of the Suhakam Act 1999, a statement from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said Tuesday.
They are Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Dr Chiam Heng Keng, Dr Mohammad Hirman Ritom, Tan Sri Asiah Abu Samah, Datuk Dr Raj Abdul Karim, Datuk Dr Abdul Monir Yaacob, Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam, Datuk Choo Siew Kioh, Tunku Datuk Nazihah Tunku Mohamed Rus, Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim, Datin Paduka Zaitoon Othman, Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, Datuk Dr Michael Oon Kheng Yeoh, Datuk Khalid Ibrahim and Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
There were also is no new appointments but the government reserved the right to review Suhakam’s requirements from time to time and appoint additional commissioners if the need arose, it said.
The Government also thanked former commissioners whose two-year term expired this year.

16 Suhakam Commissioners Reappointed :: Bernama.com

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In any organisation you can’t serve two masters. It is very obvious in this case, Perak Islamic Affairs Department (JAIP) Director Datuk Jamry Sury has not got up from his sleep, or he is wishing March 8 was a dream. He is a civil servant and one of the thing he has got to live with is, he remains a servant and masters may change. He may have ideologies of a very high esteem, and this he could have used to convince his old master. But perhaps the new master has different ideas, and if he does not toe the line of the new master, the concept of a servant becomes a mockery. Jamry must be grateful his services continue, because servants are easy available, there are a lot of unemployed graduates. No one is indispensable.

AIP Director Transferred Back To State Secretariat

IPOH, April 29 (Bernama) — Perak Islamic Affairs Department (JAIP) Director Datuk Jamry Sury has been transferred back to the State Secretariat from where he had been sent to the department on secondment.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said Tuesday it was a normal transfer but a Perak state assemblyman, speaking in Sitiawan, claimed that Jamry was Tuesday ordered to go on a 24-hour transfer for alleged non-cooperation.
The assemblyman claimed that Mohammad Nizar issued the transfer order to Jamry over the telephone and did not allow him to give any explanation.
Jamry, who is also secretary of the Perak Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council (MAIAMP), declined to comment but said he might issue a statement after an audience with the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, Tuesday evening at the Istana Kinta here.
Mohammad Nizar said: “That (the transfer) is a normal administrative procedure. We had the deputy state secretary transferred (a few days earlier) on promotion to the headquarters. This is usual. You should have asked this question when the previous menteri besar transferred the state secretary soon after taking office. I didn’t.”
He spoke at a news conference after a function at the Perak Islamic Administration Institute (INTIM) here Tuesday evening.

JAIP Director Transferred Back To State Secretariat :: Bernama.com

It is a good thing that they did. To be honest, what did they do in their respective positions – was it just putting up their hands to ‘sokong’ what UMNO infiltrated councillors decided. Or, did they have their own minds to speak up for the people. A Tamil saying ‘thalaiatti bommaikal’ (toys shaking their heads in the affirmative) comes to my mind. Please do not do this, from now on, assert yourself – there is no political pressure.

For the record, MIC President is in the throes of a mud slinging exercise with Toyo an UMNO has been. This will not end now, more rubbish will come out, keeping the people entertained. We wait with abated breath.

Perak MIC Councillors Quit

IPOH, April 29 (Bernama) — All the 34 MIC district, municipal and city councillors in Perak will step down from the posts on May 1 as the Barisan Nasional (BN) is no longer in power in the state.
Perak MIC chief Datuk G.Rajoo said all of them were quitting voluntarily and that no pressure had been exerted for them to do so.
They would, however, continue to serve the people in their respective areas, he said in a statement here Tuesday.
The Pakatan Rakyat coalition comprising Parti Keadilan Rakyat, DAP and PAS won the state in the March 8 election.

Perak MIC Councillors Quit :: Bernama.com