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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 (Bernama) — The Shah Alam High Court will be at the centre of attention this Friday when judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin delivers the verdict on the sensational murder trial of a Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Mohd Zaki’s verdict will not only decide the fate of the three accused – Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar (both members of the Special Action Unit, UTK) and a renowned political analyst and strategist Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda – but will also end wild speculations and rumours relating to the case.

Will Altantuya receive justice and her murderer/s  sent to hell? Or will there be a cover-up to denied justice for her?

This is one of the longest court case and it has been dragging for far too long. Was this purposely done to get Malaysians bored, so as it will fade away like the morning dew? Well it did successfully bored me after sometimes and I’m sure that most people are too.

But the day of reckoning is here for all of us, not only Malaysian but the whole world will judge our judiciary system and the AG prosecutors. I am sure that Altantuya’s spirit will also be in the court tomorrow to see that justices is done.

My prediction on the verdict?
Well I am not holding on my breath for a single second on what the verdict would be as judging from the kopitiam talk, I heard that it is a forgone conclusion…all would be freed. Presumably that the three are GUILTY and the court sentence them to death, do  you think that they will keep quite as who actually instructed them to carry out the killing? While they face the gallows, the main person is happily somewhere and do you think that this will make them keep quite? They will surely spill the bean and of course that “someone” wouldn’t want that to happen, right? So what’s the best option zip their lips? Free them lah!

If this happens then there will be so many questions without being answered. It will be just another case like the Noritta Samsuddin, Nurin, ex-YB Badar Khan and the list goes on…..

Come what may on the verdict and what ever the verdict may be, my prayers goes to the soul of Altantuya. May her murderer/s perish in the fire of hell!

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KOTA BAHARU: An opposition member today suggested that the monthly allowance for assembly members be increased to provide better services to the constituents.

Datuk Nozula Mat Diah (BN-Paloh) said the RM3,500 allowance was not enough, especially in providing financial assistance to the needy.“I’m suggesting that the allowance be increased, at least by 50 per cent,” he said during a debate at the state legislative assembly…..( NST )

This is the BN representative kind of thinking! All they are worried about is money! What’s printed in their head is that ringgit sign and that’s what they are good at. Here you are this Datuk Nozula (BN-Paloh) asking for 50% allowance increase. He cited financial assistance for the needy which my gray cells can not digest. Don’t the ADUN have any allocation to help the needy? Why need to increase their personal allowance? Please lah don’t humilate the poor about your petty allowance of RM3,500! There are so many government servant and rakyat who are earning less then half of what you are getting. Stop the crap of helping the needy with your allowance. You people are just too greedy.

If you really want to help the needy, you should be calling to increase the ADUN allocation and not allowance. But I doubt as allocation does not go direct to his account, not like the allowance which is credit direct to his account. I guess this Datuk Nozula must be desperate due to the increase of the cost of living. Well, don’t blame anyone but your own BN leaders at that Federal level! They created the mess by the huge increase of the fuel price without taking into consideration of the chain reaction effect. So why complaint now?

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Happy Deepavali

 

Anyone to invite Anakdesa to their Open House? 🙂

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I am very disgust indeed with some cybercafes that have no sense of responsibility towards the community especially the young generation. They are more concern on making profits. Even the local governments are neither helping to protect the youngs being exploited. I sincerely believe that there are many other parents out there, who are also facing this same problem. My sincere hope that the Government can do something positive to put an end to all these.

Below is my articles deploring the act of some cybercafes to the Daily Express Forum on 19Th October 2008.

Recently I was approached by two mothers requesting my assistance to advise their children regarding obsession to Internet games. One was in Keningau and most recently from Papar.

I had never been to a cybercafe before and so I took the liberty to visit a few. The impression and understanding that I have as a parent is that these cybercafes are for students and adults to surf the Net for information and students to do their assignments, especially if they have no Internet facility at home. When I entered the cybercafe for the first time, I was “welcomed” with sound which is comparable to a cinema or a amusement centre.

It was far from what I’ve expected. The students were not surfing for information. What I encountered was rather disturbing. Students are busy playing Internet games with all the blasting loudspeakers.

Cybercafes are supposed to be places to gather knowledge but it is in reality an institution to corrupt youngsters. One of the students I spoke to, turned to stealing money from his handicapped mother and neighbourhood just to satisfy his obsession. Another resorted to credit facility which the cybercafe gave.

When I spoke to the two students above, I gathered the following disturbing information regarding the cybercafe they frequented:

  • Underage youngsters are allowed to enter without restriction even though at the entrance a notice was put up that children below 12 are not permitted. But then again is a 13 or 14 year old considered an adult, who is matured enough to think and not indulge in immoral activities such as visiting the porn sites and gambling?;

  • Students are allowed in the premise to play 24 hours in the cybercafe. Does the licence allowed 24 hours operation? I spoke to Cash and was verbally informed that some are given the permit to do so. If it does, where is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that students are not allowed when they are supposed to be in bed for the next day school? The authority can confirm from the service provider whether the cybercafes are providing 24-hour service, and;

  • Credit facilities are given to youngsters if they are short of funds. The particular student I was asked to advise had accumulated a total of RM197.80 debt. Isn’t it illegal to extend credit facility to minors, be it orally or written? Does the operating licence allow this?

A review should be done on the following to ensure that our young children are not corrupted by these cybercafes :

  • The age limit for minors allowed into these premises;

  • A camera be placed in all corners of the premise to ensure students do not indulge immoral activities such as visiting the porn sites and gambling;

  • If a 24-hour permit is allowed, minors below 18 years old should not be allowed after certain time, and;

  • A guard be stationed at the entrance to check on minors entering the premise.

I urge the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and Local Councils to be more responsible to ensure that cybercafes do not corrupt our young generations. Strict enforcement and spot-check should be conducted regularly to ensure cybercafes operators do not violate their permits.

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A letter was written by Shaik Rizal Sulaiman that was first published by MalaysiaKini on June 23, 2008, and subsequently found its way to numerous blogs. I find his article very interesting and I share it with you here his second letter. To read his first letter please click here.

Shaik Rizal Sulaiman was formerly the CEO/ED of DRB-HICOM Information Technologies Sdn Bhd, the IT arm for the DRB-HICO M Group and was responsible for the National IT Special project “KOMNAS 2020”, a project accorded the national status by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Prior to that, he was the Adviser for New Business Ventures at MIMOS Bhd, Malaysia’s government IT agency.

My letter – Malay rights – a mystical myth?(Malaysiakini) had been ‘borrowed’ by many blogs which posted it on their own site as an interesting topic for sharing. I am touched that my letter-writing debut has been well-received with many positive comments although I have seen some negative comments posted too.Well, I would like to think that even I should allow such democracy! As happy as I am about this writing debut, it also worries me that some quarters are using it to prove their own unheard point. And considering that a Malay man wrote this article, it became a much talked about piece.

This is why I feel the need to write this second letter because I may have been misunderstood in some ways in the earlier one. Perhaps my point was not very clear. Perhaps my sarcasm was out of context and perhaps I was not compassionate enough.

I am not an anti-Malay or whatever privileges that the Malays are entitled to. I just feel that the Malays are ‘running on the spot’ in the endeavor of being privileged. What are we fighting for when we say Malay rights? What rights do we want? Do we even know what we want?

I am not oblivious of the fact that the disparity between the urban Malays vs the rural Malays can be quite diverse. But this disparity is also the same for the Chinese and Indians varying only in the degree of it. So it is fair to say then that the rural life standards in Malaysia for all races are very different from their urban counterparts? So where would Malay rights play a role here?

If the Chinese and the Indians in the villages and small towns can make it, what about the Malays then? The support vs the sustain system is indeed a paradox because one does not seem to complement the other. We continue to have subsidies favouring one race while supplies are being controlled by another race. So who is helping whom at the expense of whom?

I stand to be misunderstood again here when I say this but the point I am trying to make is that the objective of a good government is to balance the economic and wealth distribution of the people and hence the NEP was created to ‘attempt’ to eradicate poverty among the Malays. Perhaps at that time it was much needed because Malaysia would not be what it is today if those poverty issues were not addressed then.

But did the NEP achieve its objectives? When we define ‘rights’, to me, it simply means that each and every Malay must be able to have it. If we want to think that this country belongs only to the Malays, then practice the policy of ‘rights’ in the true sense of the word – give every Malay a scholarship regardless, give every Malay a job regardless, give every Malay a home regardless, give every Malay subsidies, give every Malay the opportunity to own Malaysia Airlines! Right?

Yes, the Malays are the dominant political force in Malaysia but we need to audit the progress of our race versus the policies implemented to help us. It is this audit that will slowly change the concept of Malay rights to a progressive ‘pseudo-affirmative action’ type policy to eradicate the wealth and economic disparity among the races and not just the Malays.

We the Malays need to move on with the times too. Why are we scared to face the world like everybody else? We should not feel insecure. What is the point of obtaining a contract only to pass it on to the non-Malays to implement it?

The bigger pie lies in the award of the contract or the execution of the contract? This is why we can never control the supply base economy because we don’t directly use it. And since when does strong affinity with a political party ensure government contracts regardless of merit and credibility?

I am of the opinion that the best way for the Malays to succeed moving forward is to make the arena more competitive. Assign policies in accordance to the percentages of the races in the country and with affirmative action, assign a premium to these percentages to reflect the need to elevate any particular race that needs to ‘catch up’.

Assigning a premium would mean to reduce the pie elsewhere so this concept would create a harmonious balance. The Malays, by the mere fact that they are the biggest race will automatically receive the biggest attention and allocation of this new policy without depriving the Chinese and the Indians of what they deserve.

This distribution based on race percentages is perhaps the most transparent any government can achieve and we all can agree up front what is the premium percentage we add to it as a catalyst for the ‘catch up’ effort. If we agree, then no one should debate it anymore and we all must live in harmony forever after! Politics would be better organised too!

Maybe I am being too simplistic in my approach but I am not here to create or implement policies. I just want to drive home a strong message. The Malays must take the responsibilities that come with power and create wealth in the true sense of the word. The concept of wealth-creation is a noble policy. Creating wealth is not just simply making money, worse still making a fast buck.

Politics and economics should complement each other and not at the expense of one another. Strategic creation of wealth leads to a successfully developed nation and not individuals.

The culture of racial-based politics is no longer desired by Malaysians because while we are thought to live in a multiracial country in peace and harmony, the political and economy structures tells us otherwise. This paradox will always create ‘flammable conflict’ and it is this hidden racial sentiment that is more dangerous than the explicit racialism that we all often describe.

For as long as politics in Malaysia is race-based, there will always be a racist in all of us. Only the degree of it makes us different from one another. Let’s accept this fact and face the reality.

Malay rights must ‘right the Malays’ in more ways than just what the policy can provide. The government can only do so much. A weak government can do nothing. It is so easy to start racial tension in this country and the bias is getting obvious by the day. If we really want to help the Malays then let’s focus on putting the Malays on a level playing field first. Make sure the Malays are educated up to the tertiary level.

The less fortunate ones should be given vocational or technical training. We must develop survival skills so that we know how to feed ourselves. If need be, provide loans in ways that would help raise the competence level of the Malay entrepreneur and not just disburse money for the sake of fulfilling a promised Umno policy.

For every RM1 given out, let the Malays have 60% of it. The other races should have access to the balance 40%. But after that, we must all swim or sink together. Once a level playing field is created, then only sheer hard work, dedication, merit and God can help us. This is why only the best will do very well.

Ownership of national assets should not be given to handpicked individuals. Professional managers should be given a chance to own these assets in management groups and encourage spin-offs either from existing or new business models that are grown successfully from the main ‘crown jewel’ organisation. Let them be tested first and they should be disciplined enough to be focussed on that one particular industry or business.

Expand the ‘mother ship’ and do not try to own the kingdom. This way, at least we stand a chance to see Malaysian companies compete globally like the ‘Samsungs’ of this world. Only then can we see a bigger number of carefully-trained and experienced group of people owning a piece of the economy. Politics should be independent of it.

I would go further and say that these groups should not predominantly be of a single race. If an opportunity such as this is given, then let’s encourage common shareholding. Who leads is a different matter. It may be wishful thinking but why make it so easy when such a great opportunity is given? Let the best man win.

Affirmative action should aim to create balance and equilibrium in the economic standing of every group and not antagonise or steal what generally belongs to the common people. The policies may have had a good objective and by all means if the objective has to be met, then continue it but the problem lies in the execution of it, the politics of it, the arrogance of it.

The Malays can govern this country but let’s be fair to every Malaysian. Let’s work in a harmoniously- led policy that benefits everyone.

The ‘Malay Rights’ cause is no longer relevant in my opinion because the execution of the policy does not even support all Malays. Forget about it being a fair policy to all Malaysians, it is not even fair to most Malays. We need to fine-tune it to uphold the true substance of it for the good of everyone and for Malaysia to truly prosper as a developed country.

If we as a country can be a model to the world why can’t we be a model to ourselves? As I had strongly said in my last letter, I do not want to see my Malay race being artificially powerful. I do not want my Malay race to ‘run on the spot’ for the next 50 years.

We must be hungry for true success that no one can take away from us. By all means educate us to the best of our ability so that we can stand on our own two feet to face all of world’s challenges. So that we can be the ‘towering’ Malaysian known globally.

We need to revolutionise our minds and thought process with education, expertise and passionate knowledge. We have to change. We may not see the benefits in our life time but god willing we will create a good platform for our children to be truly successful in whatever they aim to do. Such noble aspirations deserve serious attention. God willing they will.

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KUALA LUMPUR: A police beat base in the Chow Kit area of downtown Kuala Lumpur was closed down because it was in a location that was considered unsafe, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. ( The Star )

Another brain damage statement by our learned Home minister. Indirectly is he saying that any area that is unsafe should be derive of a police beat base? To me, that’s what I think he meant or will he say another twisting statement after this to further confuse the people, just like he did when Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA). A man with a twisted mind with a twisted tongue!

If that’s the case, may as well close all police beat base as crimes are every where in the country. No wonder there are so many unsolved crimes nowadays as police are only in safe places where there is no crimes. Unsafe places are for criminals warlords. Is this country going to have a two separated area? One a safe area oversee by the police and unsafe area oversee by the gangsters? Gangsters now must be more influential that even the home ministry is afraid. Are policemen only to fabricate and arrest innocent people and are afraid of the criminals?

Syed Hamid said the beat base was located in a dirty area where there was a possibility of being exposed to contagious diseases.

Aiyoo….at least he knows that BUT what is the government going to do about it? If it is dirty with contagious diseases as he said? LET IT BE? Let the area be so contagious so that other innocent people will be infected? Is it not the Home Ministry’s duty that these area be raided and cleaned up of being a “red street”?

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Would you in future, dare to make a police report against police abuse of power like the case of former CID Director Ramli or any other cases such as corruption?

What would you expect if you do? Charged with spreading lies about the police and face being arrested under the draconian ISA!

Is this what you call justice when you make a police report and get arrested?  Who do you go to complain to expose injustice and abuse of power in the police force without having the fear of being arrested? Are the police trying to discourage the public to make reports of abuses in their force?

I am speechless as to what has happened to Suaram activist Cheng Lee Whee! She made a police report accusing the police of abuse of power in the forced eviction of squatters in Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah, Johor. Rather then investigating the report made, she was arrested under the ISA. Is this what our Government’s dictionary define as terrorism so much so that it was right to invoke ISA?  If it was true, as claimed by the police, that she was “spreading false information”, then she should have been charged under the Sedition Act.

Is it a such convenient tool for those in power to shut down dissent and to cover their abuses.

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