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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sharizat’s married life must be in tatters. She has admitted that..

“Legally and professionally, I am not involved in the NFC. I am just the wife of the NFC chairman. All women have families and husbands,” Shahrizat told reporters on Wednesday.

What a shame, how much more must Mohamad Salleh Ismail  have cheated on his wife, a poor lawyer to boot. Does she regret now, I wonder. 

 

 

Shahrizat hints of quitting: As a responsible leader, I know what action is needed

Shahrizat hints of quitting: As a responsible leader, I know what action is needed

Under heavy fire for an abuse of power and corruption scandal, Umno minister Shahrizat Jalil gave her strongest hint yet she was ready to quit her Cabinet post ahead of snap general elections, widely expected to be held early next year.

However, it is less clear whether she would also resign her post as the head of Wanita Umno, the party’s women’s wing. In the past weeks, several Umno stalwarts including former premier Mahathir Mohamad have asked her to step down.

The quit calls came after arch rivals Parti Keadilan Rakyat exposed the RM250 million NFC debacle, showing documentary evidence that instead of using the government soft loan to finance the development of a cattle livestock industry, Shahrizat’s family had spent the money to buy luxury condos in Bangsar and Singapore, a super-class Mercedes Benz plus grant million ringgit discounts and cash transfers to family-owned firms.

“Nobody needs to tell me what to do. As a responsible leader and veteran in politics who loves Barisan Nasional, I know what action needs to be taken and I will discuss it with (Prime Minister) Najib Razak,” Shahrizat told reporters on Wednesday.

The last straw

PKR leaders attributed the slight bending in stance to their latest revelation that Shahrizat’s family, which had been awarded the project, had also bought another condo – this time in the swanky Orchard-Scotts Residence in Singapore.

The Singapore condo worth nearly RM10 million was even registered in the personal names of her husband, Salleh Ismail, who is the NFC chief, and her two children, who also sit on the NFC board.

"What is even more nauseating is that the unit was registered directly under the names of Shahrizat’s family members, instead of the company… they were jointly registered under (husband) Mohamad Salleh Ismail and their two children Izran and Izzana,” PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution had told a press conference on Tuesday.

Not acceptable she is uninvolved, say pundits

Nonetheless, while the embattled Shahrizat finally succumbed to the pressure she was facing, she was still defiant, insisting that she was innocent and not involved in NFC operations.

“Legally and professionally, I am not involved in the NFC. I am just the wife of the NFC chairman. All women have families and husbands,” Shahrizat told reporters on Wednesday.

“I will decide of my own volition.”

Shahrizat might be hanging onto her pride, but certainly she fooled no one, including her own Wanita Umno members.

“Who knows him from Adam?” a delegate was reported as having told the Malaysian Insider in reference to Shahrizat’s husband during the Umno annual assembly.

“Come on, they (the delegates) understand. It is your husband, so what do you mean it has nothing to do with you? If you were not a minister do you think your husband would have gotten the project?"

Husband tries to handle matter "intelligently"

Separately, the same day, Salleh declined comment on the Singapore condo allegation, which political pundits from both sides of the divide said was the death knell for Shahrizat’s political career.

“No. I am not speaking to any media. I’m sorry,” Malaysian Insider reported Salleh as saying. "It is better for me to handle this intelligently and not speak to the press. I am not speaking to any media because it involves too many people."

Malaysia Chronicle

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This Nga fellow can scream and rant, but one thing is certain, if not for him his wife would not have got this contract. Reminds me of Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jali, who apparently does not sleep with her husband in not knowing what happened to cowgate. By the way, is his wife the best when it comes to lounge suits. Nga, I believe is a legal chap, perhaps his income is is withering away because of his political involvement, why not brother, with the help of your wife open up a tailoring institute. More money there. But please, I beg you do not make her a sleeping partner. 

 

Now to the funny part. His wife owns the company, but sleeps all the time. Now I know why she wanted help from Nga.

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Not cut from the same cloth

K Pragalath

| December 20, 2011

Now, there is a query whether the Ipoh tailor who made the lounge suits for the Perak state representatives had vested interest.

PETALING JAYA: After more than three years, controversy relating to lounge suit for local government councillors has surfaced.

Taiping MP and Pantai Remis state representative, Nga Kor Ming (picture), is alleged to have given a lounge suit sewing contract to a Ipoh company – Ethan & Elton, belonging to his wife, Wong Seow Ching.

The lounge suits are meant for local government councillors. Ironically all the councillors appointed under the Pakatan Rakyat have since been fired after the Barisan Nasional took over the goverment in 2009.

And the detractors are saying this was done without an open contract. The contract is deemed to have been given when Pakatan Rakyat was the state government for a brief period.

Blogger M Shashi, who is also Shah Alam MIC division member, on Saturday revealed documents from the Malaysian Companies Commission (SSM) and a letter from the Ipoh City Council’s organisation development and administration department confirming that the contract was given to Ethan & Elton.

The documents can be viewed at Shizone http://www.shizone.com/.

The SSM document revealed that Wong is one of the company’s directors and it was registered 42 days after Pakatan took over the state government.

This was done even though Ethan & Elton had offered the highest bidding price of RM650 compared to four other companies.

The contract was given to the company based on an instruction from the then Pakatan-led Perak government.

Open tender

When contacted today, Shashi said that he was not the first person to make the allegations.

“The information first appeared in another blog called azmikelanajaya.blogspot.com/ and I found the SSM documents on kexpress.net/.

Nga. when contacted, brushed aside the allegations on the grounds that Ethan & Elton had obtained contract through an open tender.

He said the firm got the tailoring job after an open tender exercise conducted by the Ipoh City Council.

“(Then menteri besar Mohamed) Nizar (Jamaluddin) and I were never on the tender board, and we did not interfere in the decision-making (either),” he said.

“I challenge them (the bloggers) to lodge a report with the MACC.”

He added: “The allegations are totally unfounded and defamatory. If they dare, they can lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti -Corruption Commission (MACC).”

On his wife’s role in the company, he said that his wife is only a sleeping partner.

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The following news gives you the impression of the run around often exercised by civil servants to solve a problem. There is no integrity but poor stupidity.

Apparently from what I gather, two little Napoleons are involved. Definitely they are senior officers, but the way they carry out their duties defies the norm.

The 2 great administrators are incidentally:

Federal Territory Education director Datuk Khairil Awang

Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud

Bukit Nanas Covent got a new principal. She was not one identified by CBN.  The following statement confuses rather than clear any fact.

But then, as per Khairil,   only one candidate had originally been eligible for the job from among the names submitted to the ministry, but that person was due to retire. However, the person, whom he did not name, has now opted to retire only at 60 under a new government scheme, paving the way for the new appointment.

But wait, this is interesting:

But Tan said the candidate referred to — whom she was not permitted to identify at the time of contact — had not opted to retire at 60, as the government had already announced it had raised the retirement age to 60 at the time the nominee list was presented to the ministry for consideration early this year.

Please Khairil, you are I believe, a able administrator, you or the scumbags at the Ministry of Education, could have easily communicated this fact to the school authorities, and they in return would have told you you are all wrong. But then you, as usual a scapegoat, because someone above you decides, gave an idiotic statement. When will you learn?

Our DPM has his “cowgate” but why burden him with more.

The Malaysian Insider

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CBN owners say not informed of latest head change

By Debra Chong

Dec 20, 2011

Pakiam complained last week about the Education Ministry’s decision to bypass CBN’s owners in appointing a new principal. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — The Catholic owners of SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) have disputed the education ministry’s claims today that they were consulted over the latest appointment of the school’s principal, following unease over the government’s previous unilateral appointment.

Sister Rosalind Tan, the mother provincial of the Congregation of the Holy Infant Jesus for Malaysia, told The Malaysian Insider when contacted today, “That’s not true. We were not told.”

Tan was responding to news reports earlier today quoting Federal Territory Education director Datuk Khairil Awang as confirming that a new name has now been proposed for the job, replacing the Education Ministry’s earlier choice of Datin Seri Zavirah Mohd Shaari.

The Catholic Church had complained last week about Zavirah’s appointment, pointing out that it was not consulted on the matter, although it noted that the issue had nothing to do with her race or religion.

“I have consulted with Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam and the CBN board to explain the matter. The issue is settled,” The Star newspaper’s online edition quoted Khairil as saying today.

“I have given the name of the new principal to the ministry,” he told The Star.

Tan, who in is in charge of the Catholic order’s convents and schools here, said neither she nor CBN’s board of governors were informed of the latest decision.

She said the chairman of the school board, Dr Indrani Manuel, had contacted her yesterday to discuss calling for a board meeting.

Manuel was a former CBN headmistress.

Conventionally, a school board meeting is called by the school principal who also sits on the board as secretary. The other board members include representatives from the school owners, or mission authority as they are properly called, as well as representatives from the alumni and the parents of students.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Pakiam was only contacted by Khairil through a phone call yesterday.

The archbishop could not be reached to verify the information.

Khairil said only one candidate had originally been eligible for the job from among the names submitted to the ministry, but that person was due to retire. However, the person, whom he did not name, has now opted to retire only at 60 under a new government scheme, paving the way for the new appointment.

But Tan said the candidate referred to — whom she was not permitted to identify at the time of contact — had not opted to retire at 60, as the government had already announced it had raised the retirement age to 60 at the time the nominee list was presented to the ministry for consideration early this year.

Asked her next move, she said: “I’ll wait for the black-and-white.”

For Catholic Malaysians, Putrajaya’s latest pick of a Malay-Muslim principal to head the prestigious CBN underscored a worrying trend of disregarding the Church’s contributions and rights in the country.

Pakiam waded last week into a growing row between the 112-year-old school’s Catholic owners and the Ministry of Education (MOE) after Zavirahi’s surprise arrival at its doorstep.

“The appointment of the principal of CBN is not only contrary to the government policy of maximum consultation but has given the impression that it is the government’s strategy to take over the mission schools in total disregard for the status, ethos and special character of mission schools, especially CBN,” the archbishop said in a statement published last week in Catholic paper The Herald.

He was appealing to Education director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Mahmud to reconsider the ministry’s decision and pick a suitably qualified person nominated by the school’s owners under the Infant Jesus (IJ) Sisters order. The school is considered among the top convent schools in the country.

The case comes on the heels of a recent drama over the police’s extra conditions for carolling permits on two South Klang churches less than two weeks ago.

Earlier this year, right-wing Malay-Muslim groups triggered national uproar over persistent rumours that churches are on a campaign to convert members of the community and pushing unfounded allegations of a secret political plot to install a Christian prime minister in the next general election.

Christians say such issues are part of attempts to erode their religious rights in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

 

 

 

Shakespeare’s Hamlet question is being played out again in Malaysia, although with a difference. UMNO is handing out goodies, $100/- to students, hefty bonuses for civil servants, pensioners; $500/- under the Bantuan Rakyat and so forth. All these schemes were announced by Najib of course, but when mandors of the MIC speak out and for a good cause, viz to tell the Indian community the dreaded Interlok is no more study material for students of the Indian and Chinese community, hell breaks loose.

 

MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam forgot their role as “Kangani” – and perhaps the following will confirm their roll as mandors or aptly “Kanganis”. The original is “Kangani” which translate as mandors.

 

Oh, Kangkani, Kangkani,
One with the black shirt
Did you not bring me
With a promise
To chase crow away from the sugar
But, alas (now)
There are the thorny lalang
And the shells of the rubber seeds
With prick and bring me pain.

Oh, Kangkani, Kangkani,
One with the black shirt
Did you not bring me on janji
But (now) you are killing (me).

Oh, lady of the house, Virayi;
Would you not rise from your sleep
The kangkani is here to chase you
Hurry up for the roll-call
The dorai too has come
In his car with its rattling noise
And the kirani has come, too,
Speaking his language of ‘kis-mus’
(English).”

So we have a pathetic situation where the Kangani thinks he is a “Dorai” talking kis-mus, but the Dorai is still UMNO, if you please, and  ask the Dorai first before speaking.

 

What a shameless spectacle, Palanivel and Subramaniam, your self-respect is in shatters.

For the unwary please read on……

 

MIC ministers under fire over Interlok announcement

Posted on 19 December 2011 – 05:20am
Last updated on 19 December 2011 – 09:44am

Husna Yusop and Michelle Chun
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA (Dec 18, 2011): Two MIC ministers who announced that the cabinet had decided to withdraw the controversial novel Interlok from the school syllabus from next year came under fire from Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi today.

Puad said the two ministers, who had nothing to do with the Education Ministry, had jumped the gun by making the annoucement.

According to Puad, they should have waited for Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to make the announcement. Muhyiddin is overseas and will be back only on Dec 25.

"I only heard about the the decision on Friday night when watching the news on television. I cannot confirm or deny it, as I was not at the cabinet meeting," Puad said.

He said MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam should not have preempted the minister in charge of education.

"Their action could have created a misunderstanding. They should not have done it. It is as if they were not giving a chance to the education minister to explain further," Puad told theSun today.

On Friday, Palanivel, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, and Subramaniam, the human resources minister, announced separately that the cabinet had decided to withdraw the book from the school syllabus.

When contacted by theSun, Palanivel defended his decision to make the announcement, saying the withdrawal is not a sudden decision.

"I spoke of this to National Interlok Action Team chairman Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim on May 12 when we both visited former MIC deputy president S. Subramaniam when he was sick, and I told him Interlok would not be used in 2012," Palanivel said.

"The amended version, which we agreed upon, was only used because it was already introduced to the schools this year. At the cabinet, we merely reminded the deputy prime minister to come out with a statement saying the book would not be used from next year onwards," he said yesterday.

Meanwhile, a ministry source said the education director-general is calling for a meeting today in relation to the decision on the novel which has been accepted, with amendments, as the literature component of the Bahasa Melayu subject for Form Five.

"We can expect an announcement to be made Monday," the source told theSun.

Meanwhile, Kavyan Literary Group president Uthaya Sankar SB cautiously lauded the "withdrawal" pending an official statement from the ministry.

"We will only know whether the withdrawal of Interlok is true and valid when Muhyiddin makes a statement, which is supposed to be in the near future, so we are waiting for that," Uthaya told theSun when contacted.

"We are concerned as to whether this could become another flip-flop issue, as the MIC president made a statement last week saying the party was happy with the amendments to the book and now this sudden claim of withdrawal," he said.

Uthaya also expressed concern that the decision, if true, could be a political move solely aimed at winning votes during the impending 13th general election.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director-general Datuk Termuzi Abdul Aziz said when contacted that he has not been informed of the government decision on Interlok.

"I only knew about this when the news broke out on television, radio and in the newspapers. The dissatisfied parties had already agreed to the amended version, which we have printed and distributed to schools already for next year. I am now waiting for a directive from Muhyiddin," he told theSun.

The Interlok has been a textbook for the literature component of the Bahasa Malaysia subject for Form Five this year in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya.

The novel, written by national laureate Abdullah Hussain, chronicles the lives of three persons – a Malay, a Chinese and an Indian.

It is deemed controversial because of certain phrases and words are considered racially insensitive by the Indian community. Some amendments were made to it earlier this year.

What a low-down and treacherous statement to come from Najib. Do you think the people of Malaysia are all fools. You are fighting to survive, but surely not “emphasise similarities in religious values for unity”.

At the last UMNO gathering, did you think so. No. You wanted to champion the Malay cause, forgetting the non-Malays. You did not even speak of the economy of the country, the high prices, thinking that giving out $500/- will solve all problems.

A chameleon you are and God help you. 

 

Emphasise Similarities In Religious Values For Unity

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Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:28

KLANG — Mohd Najib Tun Razak last night called on Malaysia’s multi-racial society to lay emphasis on the similarities in their respective religious values in order to build a more united Malaysia.

The Prime Minister said although each religion differed in teaching the good points in life, the values were still based on universal aspects such as courtesy, respect for the elders, trustworthiness and diligence.

"If we can emphasise on the common values, then we will have similarities between us. We can develop good citizens regardless whether they are Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Taoists…what is important is being good citizens who love the nation, are loyal to the country, respect the law and other religions," he said.

Speaking at the Selangor Taoist Solidarity Dinner at Pandamaran, here, he said the founders of Malaysia led by Tunku Abdul Rahman were far sighted in administering a complex nation such as Malaysia.

"Thus, the people and leaders must have a tolerant attitude. If we want everything that we demand, we will certainly be divided and quarrel between one another," he said.
In addition, he said Malaysians should have mutual respect for each other’s religion and culture as portrayed by the organiser of the event, the Federation of Taoist Associations Selangor, which provided halal food for Muslim guests.

"I attended the ceremony tonight together with the MIC, MCA, PPP, Gerakan (leaders) out of respect for Taoism," he said while expressing his gratitude to the organiser for having drawn about 15,000 people from all races and religions to the ceremony.

Najib said the 1Malaysia concept hinged on inclusive policies, especially in poverty eradication regardless of race in providing aid.

"When the government extended the RM100 (school assistance), every student irrespective of whether he or she is from sekolah kebangsaan, or Chinese, Tamil or religious schools got it, and soon we will give the RM500 assistance to households earning below RM3,000 (per month)," he said.

He said the government had done a lot to ensure that Malaysia would move forward and strive to become a high-income economy.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said business opportunities for the Chinese community had never been limited and this could be seen from their control on a major portion of the country’s businesses.

"They are successful because we practise a free economic policy. This ensures peace and stability in Malaysia.

"We are fair to all races. The Chinese succeeded with our policies. No Chinese can say they got rich without the government’s assistance," he said.

Besides other races, he said the government also provided land conversion, bank licence, rice licence and sugar licence to help the Chinese community develop their economy.

"This is all the more reason for the people to support what the government has done ," he added.