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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan must be the noblest of the nobles. Any idiot will know you don’t pay for the services and goods that is not stipulated in the order. Unless of course that is Government money, where one eye is closed, where the supplier provides you with the blinkers. You don’t require a Chief Secretary to make this point, when even a lowly paid office boy knows this. What a waste to pay you such high salaries.

What you said in the speech while launching the Guidebook, is just cosmetic. People expect the Chief Secretary to be more pro-active. He left it to the authorities to investigate the RM 100 million fraud. Good. What about your work, you are the boss, can this money be deducted in installments from your salary, the Government can give many extensions until you finish payment.

In the first place how did you allow this type of fiasco to exist. Your down line officers never detailed you. Correct. What do you do next. Call the down liners take disciplinary action, sack them and show you mean business. Let the down liners take action against the next in line and it goes on to the office who closed his eye. That is called accountability.

If you can’t do that, please carry on and enjoy the pension.

I like your answer, on blacklisting the suppliers, please have a party and discuss their problems on supplying blinkers for all those concerned. They may even say, blinkers cost a lot of money, they may have to supply some cotton and some splicing tape for the purpose of covering one eye.

The part on a going a second time is hilarious, your consumer preference is perfect.

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Govt Will Not Pay For Goods That Failed To Meet Requirements – Mohd Sidek

PUTRAJAYA, July 31 (Bernama) — The government will not pay for any goods or services which failed to meet the specifications as stipulated in the order, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

He said although the government was striving to ensure that suppliers were paid accordingly and on time in line with the call for an efficient public delivery system, payments cannot be made if the goods delivered were not in good condition.

“Like any other consumers, the government has the right to reject consignments that did not meet specifications, or pay for services that were unsatisfactory,” he told reporters after launching the Guidebook on Registering Freehold Property published by the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) here Thursday.

Mohd Sidek was asked to comment on reports about the delivery of equipment worth RM100 million to the Royal Malaysian Police logistics, such as machetes, bullet-proof vests, boots and beds, mattresses and pillows which were not according to specification.

The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is currently investigating reports from the police that their logistics department had uncovered attempts by suppliers to cheat the department over the supply of the goods.

Mohd Sidek declined to comment when asked if the government could reject the goods and demand for refunds from the suppliers.

He said he would leave it to the authorities investigate.

Asked if the government would blacklist the suppliers involved, he said, the matter would be looked into.

“As a consumer, I am sure you won’t be going to a shop for a second time if you are unhappy with the goods or services,” he said.

Umno Information Chief, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib is trying to salvage the situation a bit, which saw Mentri Besars deciding to tie up with PAS and even offering the post of Mentri besar to PAS which will not command the majority seats in the state. Selangor, Perak have taken the lead and this makes me wonder where is the President of UMNO and Barisan Nasional, must Menteri Besars take decisions on such important matters like this.

Badawi is responsible not only to UMNO but the rest of the coalition parties, not forgetting the people as he heads the federal government. Can anybody make a wishy washy decision that has no precedence or order – as I see it a Menteri Besar may even decide who the future Prime Minister will be.

I have to blame Badawi for the way he runs the country. It is evident that all politicians either from the states or federal have no respect for him, the Terengganu Mercedes fiasco is one good proof. This never happened under the previous Prime Ministers. Even in the sodomy case that is the talk of the town, he keeps mum, leaving the explanations to the Home Minister and the executive like the Police and the Attorney General’s office. How are we to know that this information is not contrary to what the Prime Minister thinks. If the case turns out to be an embarrassment, it is the Prime Minister who will be blamed, not Hamid.

Come Prime Minister be active and get involved.

Umno’s Offer To Jointly Rule Perak Should Be Approved By Party Leadership

ALOR STAR, July 31 (Bernama) — The move made by Perak Umno to cooperate with PAS in forming a new state government was described as an abrupt development which should get approval from the top leadership.

Umno Information Chief, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said it was best if the issue be left to the leaders of both parties to decide.

“If everybody wants to give their views, it will divert from the original objective.

“The issues of politics and forming a government should be set aside. We must first look into the basic issue which is to unite the Muslims community,” he told reporters at the Keda Excellent Service Award presentation, here Thursday.

Muhammad was commenting on the statement made by Perak Umno Liaison head, Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali, inviting PAS to merge with Umno to form a stronger state government as a symbol of Muslim and Malay political unity.

Yesterday, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was also reported as saying that the invitation was a big issue for the party and should be discussed by the Supreme Council.

— BERNAMA

So the political tie-up between PAS and UMNO has derailed. PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had to eat humble pie in the party’s central working committee and majlis syura which Nik Aziz leads. The opposition must have been great for him to relent – remember even spiritual leader Nik Aziz was against it at the beginning.

From now on, the meetings between PAS and any other party including UMNO will be on national interest issues no more on Malay unity and religion.

The icing in the cake is PAS will not cooperate with the Barisan Nasional to form the government at state or federal levels. This is a sure sign PAS members did not agree to fall into the trap of UMNO to help in regaining lost states.

Another commitment is the continued support for Pakatan Rakyat, to reform the government. The decision also meant that UMNO parliamentarians could defect and join PR. Badawi will lose some sleep tonight.

I think the straw that broke the camel’s back was the cunning statement of Nik Aziz who announced that strict hudud laws and qisas laws will be introduced if the two parties merge something Muslims and non-Muslims would fear. With this simple announcement, a rather drastic effort, Hadi Awang had to back away, as opposition to the continued PAS would boomerang and PAS may disappear forever.

The tussle between Hadi Awang and Nik Aziz, sees Nik Aziz coming out the winner and I am sure he has total support from those gathered in the meeting.

Hadi Awang, should in future, consult the members before deciding on something drastic, and his press statement of just 5 minutes is clear indication of his disappointment.

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Malaysiakini reports that Dr Mahathir Mohamad responded with his trademark sarcasm when asked to comment on his former protege-turned-nemesis Anwar Ibrahim announcing his decision to contest in a by-election.

“A loving wife could do nothing better… My wife would have done the same,” replied the 82-year-old former premier with a grin when posed with the question during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Another sinister and diabolical comment from the master of know all. Having read his comments and criticisms after his retirement, one feels he has parked himself in a cocoon full of misery and hate. He hates Anwar, Badawi, Khairi, and has he been ever kind with his words; definitely not. His mood changes when referring to Najib but lately even this protégé whom he wanted to go for the number one post had tasted the venom of his former chief who castigated him and suggested that Muhyiddin will be a better choice.

He is getting more bitter and is full of venom. As an elder statesman he could have behaved better. He could have been a good advisor, share his experience and say and do good things for the country. But he has his hang up that he chose a wrong successor and as a result the country is going in the wrong direction. It is true the country is on auto pilot, Badawi has failed badly to provide the direction. But, besides the hate Mahathir has for Badawi, does he ever think anything good for the country.

His 22 year legacy is full of misgivings, dubious decisions, grandiose schemes that do not auger well for a developing country. Now that he is much more advanced in age, will he not change now for a better person and stop being bitter. If he keeps quiet, perhaps the people will forget his past mistakes and Mahathir will have better sleep in his last days.

During a period of a week, two failures is not acceptable. Today it was signalling and communication failure, but what technical glitch caused the failure on July 22. If that glitch was also due to signalling the question is asked, are the signalling apparatus maintained by competent staff. Just wondering.

RapidKL’s Kelana Jaya LRT Services Temporarily Suspended Due To Signal And Communication Failures :: Bernama.com

RapidKL’s Kelana Jaya LRT Services Temporarily Suspended Due To Signal And Communication Failures

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) — Thousands of commuters were stranded for half an hour from 9.11am today when the Kelana Jaya light rail transit (LRT) service ground to a halt due to signaling and communication failures.

Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd (RapidKL) in a statement here today said normal service resumed at 9.40am after the signaling and communication glitch had been rectified.

“Investigation into the cause is now ongoing,” it said.

It said the service was temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure following the signaling and communication failure.

Last Tuesday, the Kelana Jaya LRT service at the Gombak, Taman Melati, Wangsa Maju and Setiawangsa stations stalled for more than 10 hours from 6am to 3.30pm due to a technical glitch.

There is important information that can be gleamed from the letter of Sepet Guy. The Hospital Pusrawi leaked report has got its importance. It is a basis for comparison with the medical report that surely will be provided by the General Hospital. The first report becomes a referral point and I hope it will be allowed as an exhibit if at all the case goes through.

The first report confirms the following:

No blood was seen per rectal.
No blood in the Stool
no bleeding from rectum,
no wound or evidence of infection, no injury seen, no
tear of the rectal/anal area.

If suddenly the second medical report says, there was  rectal blood, blood in stool, bleeding, wound or tear or any other injury, then the second medical report is just a fictitious one. The first report surely will help in deciding whether the General Hospital report is a fabrication or a concocted stuff and something new.

Thank you Sepat Guy for sharing your experience.

Indian Progressive Front or IPF was a one man show led by the late Tan Sri M.G.Pandithan, and after his demise, his wife Jayashree has taken over the reigns. There was a lot of objection to the wife taking over the party and it is not sure if the party can survive the present political climate of uncertainty. Nevertheless, Jayashree must be given a chance to prove her worth and that could be like a mythological phoenix arising from the ashes. Wish her the best.
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Pandithan’s widow ‘in full control’ of IPF

By R. Sittamparam
2008/07/31

KUALA LUMPUR: The widow of Indian Progressive Front (IPF) founder Tan Sri M.G. Pandithan says she is in full control of the party formed to champion the rights of poor Indians. At her first press conference after her husband’s death three months ago, Puan Sri Jayashree quelled rumours of a leadership crisis in the party.
Speaking at the IPF headquarters here yesterday, Jayashree, 55, said: “I was elected as party president earlier this year by the party’s supreme council.
“As such, I have begun presiding over party affairs and implementing its policies.”
Jayashree, in her visit to several states, said the party’s 380,000 members had pledged their loyalty and support to the leadership.
“I’m determined to carry on focusing on eradicating poverty, solving welfare and health issues and creating an educated Indian society.”
She said a splinter group which had left the party years ago had been attacking her leadership to tarnish the name and image of the party.
“This group, claiming to be leaders of IPF Bersatu, has been campaigning against us nationwide, saying it is the actual and legitimate IPF.
“They have been deceiving the people and confusing everyone by using our party’s name, flag, letterhead and registration number.”
She said IPF’s checks with the Registrar of Societies showed that IPF Bersatu was never registered as a party or society and the group had been functioning under IPF’s name claiming to be its promoters.
“This is a theft involving the party’s name and symbols and neither Pandithan nor I have appointed anyone to be our promoters.”
She said the group’s activities had started before Pandithan died, adding that when he fell sick the group started tarnishing his name.
“Although Pandithan was upset, he did not want to take action against them as they were former party members and had taken part in the party’s struggle in the early days.
“But it is unfortunate that they continue to damage our name and reputation even after Pandithan’s death, giving us no option but to take legal action.”
IPF has filed a RM1 million suit against IPF Bersatu for using its name, logo and registration number.
IPF Bersatu is headed by former IPF secretary-general K. Panjamurti.
Asked about IPF’s plans, she said the party had approached Barisan Nasional chairman Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to join BN.
“We’re waiting for an appointment with Abdullah in September and hope that we will be accepted into BN.
“Later, we will hold our party general assembly, which was postponed from June following Pandithan’s death.”
Asked if IPF had considered joining Pakatan Rakyat, she said: “We will never join Pakatan Rakyat as we are BN loyalists.
“I extend my appreciation and gratitude to the leaders of BN who had supported IPF during Pandithan’s leadership.”

Some time back I saw a Tamil movie where 3 robbers intended to kidnap a rich man’s son for ransom. The three in their wise way decided that they will not use their names but to refer to the three as Mr A, Mr B, and Mr C. Well, Mr C gets sick and they had to bring in a substitute, called Mr D, but after realising there was no Mr C, allotted Mr D the title. There was a lot of hilarity when the alphabets got mixed up and all viewers had a good laugh.

I had another good laugh today at the  antiques of one Dr Haja Mohideen Mohamed Ali, a lecturer from the Communications Department of International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

I respect Muslim scholars and Dr Haja must be one. He must have gone through various phases of his study to reach his present position, but in the eyes of my old English teachers, he would be told “speak to the point, don’t pad your arguments.”

Basically what he wanted to convey was simple and straight forward. What he and the other Indonesian lecturer wanted to say was:

“He said, when a negative act was done by non-Muslims, the media did not label their act by their religion but only focused on their act alone unlike Muslims’ negative acts, where they are always associated with the religion they profess.

He said the media should give a neutral representation of Muslims by not giving any reference to the doers of the act, rather by referring to the act itself.”

Get the drift. Corruption, rape, sodomy, murder, khalwat, incest, adultery, stealing, robbery, and what have you, in all such cases if it is a Muslim, one should not mention who committed the crime.

Take the latest alleged sodomy case. Mr A sodomised Mr B. Then Islam is not vilified and not brought to shame. Or to be more dramatic, a masked man in pink sodomised a masked man in violet. How exciting.

Carrying it a bit far, in the court all Muslims are referred to in alphabets, For example if you two are with the same A1 A2 solves the problem. The idea is anonymity.
A couple are caught for khalwat, no names here, a man and a woman were caught for close proximity. Only a fool in Malaysia will not know both are Muslims. A lot of rituals in Islam is exclusive to the religion, even without names the identity is known.

Seven other countries attended the International conference, what message are they taking back, only Dr Haja knows.

I don’t want my readers to think I am biased but rather call a spade a spade whatever the religion is. These religious bigots must spend more time teaching Muslims the ills of wrong action, rather than sweeping it under the carpet.

Malaysia Today has something on two Muhammad’s in his name, please read it.

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Call To Media To Stop Portraying Islam, Muslims Negatively

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 (Bernama) — The media must give fair coverage and balanced representation on Islam and Muslims in reporting conflicts involving Islam and Muslims, said Dr Haja Mohideen Mohamed Ali, a lecturer from the Communications Department of International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

He said distinctive choice of words, phrases and terminology used by the media in reporting on Islam and issues concerning Muslims could have a negative impact on the perception of Islam and its followers by the global public.

“Some of the media are responsible, they like to look things from a proper perspective but a lack of understanding of Islam and Muslims cause them to use negative terms when reporting on the religion and Muslims,” he said when presenting his paper “Linguistic (MIS)Representation of Islam and Muslims in Conflicts Reporting in the Print Media” at the International Conference on the Representation of Islam and Muslims in the Media here, Tuesday.

Haja Mohideen said the misrepresentation of Muslims could also be found in the media from Muslim countries, although at a smaller scale compared to the media from the West.

His views was shared by another scholar, Dr Zulkarimein Nasution, a lecturer from the Communications Department of the University of Indonesia.

Zulkarimein said bias against an ethnic or religious group such as Muslims in the mass media had negative impacts on peoples beliefs and perceptions and that the best approach to minimise the effects was through education.

“The public, especially the younger generation, should be taught how to analyse the mass media. They should be made aware that the representations made by the media are not always appropriate, and that what they see or hear in the mass media is not always the reality,” he said.

He said, when a negative act was done by non-Muslims, the media did not label their act by their religion but only focused on their act alone unlike Muslims’ negative acts, where they are always associated with the religion they profess.

He said the media should give a neutral representation of Muslims by not giving any reference to the doers of the act, rather by referring to the act itself.

More than 27 communications scholars from Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Canada, Qatar, Indonesia, the United States and United Arab Emirates are participating in the two-day conference which ends tomorrow. The conference is organised by IIUM.

— BERNAMA

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/86989

I am surprised that the Hospital Pusravi can be so naive and ignorant by making a statement that Mohd Saiful was not examined for a sodomy case.

The medical report states the following:

  • Pain in the back passage when passing stool of one week duration.
    No blood was seen per rectal.
  • Pain in the back passage when passing stool one week duration. No blood in the stool when stool is passed.
  • Patient claimed that he was assaulted with a plastic item
    in the anus thus he wanted to do a medical report.
  • Per rectal examination: no bleeding from rectum, no wound or evidence of
    infection, no injury seen, no tear of the rectal/anal area.
  • To rule out assault or sodomy. TRO Assault (sodomise)
    Advise to go to the government hospital.
    (plan to do police report)

Now, you can play judge.

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Anushka Anastasia Solomon, a local girl, now domiciled in America, has written a passionate plea to our leadership to remember that we are all just dust in the final analysis, and the need to follow laws subject to scrutiny from international countries. You can read more about her here.

From small it has been drummed into us not to ape the Westerners. We are told their culture is decadent, evil, and should not monopolise our deeds and thoughts. Whatever it may be, in certain departments of governance, they are very much ahead of us and beyond comparison. Can the second sodomy case of Anwar  be initiated in the States. I doubt very much. There are too many loop holes, contradictory evidence to justify it being laid before a judge in America.

Anushka argues that even Malaysians have more faith in the meting out of justice in other countries as when compared to our country. It will be childish to comment that if you believe in better justice elsewhere, why stay here; what is wrong in our praising something that is better than that is obtained here. Is it wrong to expect our leaders to emulate the better practices elsewhere, rather than belting out the same old song of fairness and justice for their own personal benefits forgetting the world is watching us.

I reread the comments of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in regard to the Anwar’s case. She is adamant in saying this case is political in nature. She was of course replying to our Home Minister’s warning that America should not meddle in Malaysian affairs. She was not apologetic but firm to say that transparency, fairness and rule of law must be followed in the sodomy allegation.

Besides her, New York-based Human Rights Watch group says the case lacks credibility and Anwar is a victim of high-level conspiracy to thwart the opposition. Along this line of thinking is the present move of UMNO to be palls with PAS again to weaken the opposition.

The newspaper report ends with a caution on the financial markets and investors in this country, and anything that happens to Anwar will badly affect the situation.

Can we accept our leaders to reconsider the implications and not just think about political survival, but to think of the future of the country failing which they will face the same caustic comments of the people as Dr Mahathir has to face even though not in power now.

This is the Washington Post report:

Rice says will continue to speak out on Anwar

Reuters
Thursday, July 24, 2008; 12:22 AM

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday Washington would continue to speak out in legal cases such as that of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, despite accusations of meddling.

Hours before meeting Malaysia’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional forum in Singapore, Rice said the United States had long spoken out in cases deemed to be political in nature and would continue to do so.

“We are always going to speak up on human rights cases, political cases, but again we do so in a spirit of respect for Malaysia,” Rice told a news briefing.

Anwar, a former deputy premier, faces AN allegation he engaged in a homosexual act with a former aide that could derail his political plans.

He has not been charged with sodomy — a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment in Malaysia — but the claim mirrors events in 1998, when his rise was halted by a jail term for sodomy and corruption.

On Wednesday, Malaysian Home (Interior) Minister Syed Hamid Albar met foreign diplomats in Kuala Lumpur and warned them against meddling in Malaysia’s affairs.

But Rice said she did not see U.S. comments on the case as meddling.

“The United States doesn’t recognize this very firm barrier, that there are certain things that are simply internal affairs when a case of this kind comes up. But we are going to continue to work with Malaysia.”

She reiterated the U.S. view that transparency and rule of law must be followed in Anwar’s case.

“Part of the comfort level or the confidence that states need to bring to the international system is that their judicial systems are indeed responsive to rule of law, transparent and fair.”

“Even-handed application of the rule of law is very important,” she added.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has said the allegation against Anwar “lacked credibility” while Anwar says he is the victim of a high-level conspiracy to thwart the opposition.

Anwar is leading a loose alliance of three opposition parties to try to seize power from the government by mid-September.

His attempt to oust the government comes at a time when the ruling National Front coalition, in power since independence from Britain in 1957, suffered its worst electoral setback in a March general election.

The political uncertainty has roiled financial markets and unnerved investors.

(Reporting by Sue Pleming; Editing by Bill Tarrant)