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GREEN CARDS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!
GREEN CARDS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!

GREEN MYKAD MOVE QUERIED

Kota Kinabalu: Both Sabah Barisan Nasional and opposition leaders Tuesday questioned the current registration of “stateless people” at National Registration Department offices statewide that would enable them to obtain the green MyKad.

They feared that the document would end up not in the hands of “stateless” locals in the interior but to foreigners who may be armed with birth certs issued by hospitals in Sabah.

They said the Federal Government’s decision to issue the green MyKad should have been explained fully to the people before the NRD went ahead. ( The Daily Express )

Is this part of the so-called massive operation to flush out illegal immigrants which is costing the Government RM50 million? This is not flushing out but sucking in by those suckers in the Government!

I urge the people of Sabah especially the local political leaders of all parties to visit the National Registration Department offices statewide and see for yourself who are the people that are congesting the NRD office. You leaders must be blind, stupid, arrogant, selfish if you say that the majority queuing to inquire about the green card in the NRD offices are locals. Our local Sabahans must be exceptionally brilliant or have been magically transformed overnight so much so that they have now become tagalog/bisaya/ speaking citizens. One can see and hear them conversing at the NRD offices not in any local dialects but of foreign dialects.

LOCAL SABAHAN LEADERS MUST BE GETTING BLIND!

With the exception of YB Donald Mojuntin, where are the other so-called leaders especially from UMNO? Their lips must be sealed by the central Government or by their position. Leaders like Datuk Pairin, Datuk Maximus Ongkili, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Datuk Yong TeckLee etc who at one time or another has been so vocal on this issue? Then again I can understand Datuk Yong TeckLee’s position at the moment and where he stands so I will excuse him in my bombarding of local leaders for now. BUT the rest? I don’t and can’t accept any excuses other then them going against the proposal of issuing the green card to foreigners who may be armed with birth certs issued by hospitals in Sabah. We the Sabah people have had enough of being fooled by you politicians!

As for the Umno leaders who have been very very silence regarding “Project I/Cs” and illegal immigrants as of todate…what can I say of you people! Naturally only a fool like Anakdesa would make noise as it does not benefit him having all these illegals around! But the voice of one Anakdesa will not make much impact, that I do understand but I’m fulfilling my obligations to my future generations and wouldn’t want them to think that their forefather didn’t do anything to make this world a better place for them.

What we don’t want is this exercise further aggravating the perception among the genuine Sabah populace that it is easier for illegals to obtain identity documents than for locals to do so,” he said.

No doubt about this, it is easier for the illegals to obtain I/Cs in Sabah compared to the locals. Maybe the locals are too poor to “buy” the documents from these NRD officers. Speaking about NRD officers, money and illegals, it bring back memory, the case of a few NRD officers caught selling I/Cs last year by the ACA. Todate these officers have not been charged and the case has been swept under the carpet once again by the authority. The Government or for that matter the AG, a Sabahan by virture, are condoning to treason. Tan Sri Gani Patail in not taking action on these traitors is in fact portraying himself a traitor to the Sabah people in particular and Malaysia in general. It is sad to have a Sabahan/Malaysian as this!

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lim-kit-siang1Tonight, I will also launch a booklet “The Cries of Sabah”.

The following is the Introduction for the booklet:

Introduction

The thought of producing this booklet came to me when I received consecutively on Oct. 10/11 two heart-wrenching cries from two visitors to my blog. (The cries of Sabahans; Don’t neglect Sabah, please!)

I felt very ashamed as a Malaysian that after 45 years of Malaysia, there is still such an ocean of ignorance among West Malaysians about Sabah and Sarawak. Even more shameful is that the Government is guilty of allowing such wide gap of differences – economy, education, health, basic infrastructure – to exist between the people living on the two lands of the same country divided by the South China Sea. Clearly, the Barisan Nasional (BN) is not prepared to create a truly Malaysian nation where Sabahans and Sarawakians can fully feel that they are treated as equal citizens and an integral part of the nation.

This is why BN has become quite irrelevant, not only to Sabahans and Sarawakians but to all Malaysian communities, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazan-Dusun-Muruts, Ibans or Orang Asli.

This booklet also chronicles the day-by-day effort made in Parliament in May this year to table a motion for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah – the worst problem faced by Sabahans – and how it failed because of the lack of support by the BN Members of Parliament, including those from Sabah.

It starts with the observation on the seemingly change of attitude shown by some Sabah Members of Parliament in the first Parliament sitting after the March 8, 2008 general election where the unprecedented political tsunami swept away five state governments from the control of the BN, and for the first time in the history of Malaysia, denied the BN 2/3 majority in Parliament.

The contents of this booklet are from my blog postings, each of which provoked heated discussion and debate on the topic at hand.

In the appendix are the blogs before the “political tsunami” of March 8, 2008, starting with my parliamentary speech on “The New Underclass in Sabah” on 16th April 2007.

Blog, a modern medium where everyone can express his/her views even anonymously as visitors, has given a completely new meaning to freedom of expression to Malaysians.

This is why the BN government has invaded the cyberspace and intruded into this new space of freedom.

There has been a transformation from its initial bewildered and hostile attitude to the blogosphere, highlighted by the “goblog” chapter of the previous “Misinformation Minister” Zainuddin Maidin and the Internal Security Act (ISA) detention of Malaysia’s famous blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin to a more nuanced and engaged posture sending cybertroopers into the blogosphere to fight its cause.

A new sense of freedom provided by the Internet must be matched by an equal sense of responsibility and I do not apologise for the minimum of moderation on my blog, disallowing language which are vulgar, obscene, inflammatory or inciting hatred of race or religion.

Although the latest parliamentary effort to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah was not successful, the problems and plight faced by Malaysian Sabahans and Malaysian Sarawakians continue. But let Malaysians join hands as one people despite the obstacles and baggage of BN to change this.

The struggle must go on…

Lim Kit Siang
Parliament
November 2008

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mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 12 – Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today suggested the Internal Security Act (ISA) should be used against corrupt Umno members.

He also backed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the best candidate in the race for the Umno deputy presidency while suggesting that the other two challengers are involved in money politics.

“That’s a good way to use ISA, not for some writer who writes nonsense,” he said of corrupt Umno members and also in an apparent reference to Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, who was released recently from ISA detention. (The Malaysian Insider)

For once Anakdesa seems to agree with what Tun Dr Mahathir said. But why only now is he singing the song? Why not while he was the Umno president? Anyway, money politics is not some thing that is new or unheard of in Umno. It has been there since day 1 of the Umno baru but has there been any concrete action taken to stop it? NO, nothing concrete except for some window dressing action by the disciplinary committee. Almost half of the delegates be it at the branch or division level are all tainted with corruption. That is how Umno is and will always will be. A corrupted party! If at party level, corruption is rampant, I wonder how it is in the government!

If Umno is to adhere the advise of their former president than my sincere condolence to Umno as I guess more then half of the Umno party leaders will be in Kamunting Camp – holidaying!

Errrr…..will Syed Hamid sign his own detention order?

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oilrigTan Sri Bernard Dompok who was unhappy with the Federal Government’s decision to give Petronas the go-ahead to build the 500km gas pipeline project from Kimanis, Sabah to Bintulu, Sarawak has been conveniently convinced by the Federal Government. The Federal Government had agreed to built a full-fledged petrochemical plant in Kimanis and that only excess gas would be exported to Bintulu! Read here, here, here, here, here and here comments which I felt some are just plain stupid while some views do have substance.

Being just a simple Anakdesa, I don’t seems to understand what and how do they determine ‘excess gas’. Will the cost of building the full-fledged petrochemical plant be cheaper, equal or more expensive then the 500km gas pipeline? Isn’t it a waste of public fund to build the 500km pipeline and at the same time build a full-fledged petrochemical plant?

It is not that I mind sharing God’s given wealth but Sarawak is also a gas producing state. So why need to channel the gas to Sarawak when Sabah is in dire need of such energy? Take the example of towns in Sabah, Sandakan and Tawau where there is impending energy crisis. Where’s the logic? I wouldn’t mind if the pipeline is to be built to, say, Kelantan or Johor where there is no gas! I am not having a greedy thoughts but to share it with someone who is equally having what you have is just too illogical!

I am sceptical and suspicious about pledges made by the Federal Government. After building and completing the 500km gas pipeline, the Federal Government decided against the building of the full-fledged petrochemical plant, then WHAT? Afterall, if the PM can simply change his earlier decision to scrap the 500km project and within a few months reinstate it, I don’t see any reason why they can’t and will not reverse their pledge to build the full-fledged petrochemical plant later. Flip-flop decision is nothing new to Government. They will then come up with all kind of excuses to upheld their decision and get all the Sabah BN leaders to serenade the ‘song’ to the Sabah people later. Of course some so-called Sabah leaders who are well known of their “yes, sir”, “no problem, sir” “whatever, sir” attitude will happily, blindly and stupidly echo the excuses to the people of Sabah. By then it is TOO LATE!

This delaying tactic has been used over and over again by the Federal Government yet the state so-called leaders are just too blind (or are they pretending) to see it. They never learn from the many failures that hunted the Sabah people for decade because of their arrogance and stupidity. The promises and failure by the Federal Gornment to resolve the illegal immigrants, the “Project I/C”, the high cost of living et cetera.

The Sabah leaders never learn how they are being fooled, taken for a ride and made used of in the past by the Federal Leaders as long as they can keep their position.

The Sabah leaders never learn that being arrogant to the rakyat’s voice will someday back-lashed on them.

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KUALA LUMPUR, TUES: Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, 58, has been appointed chairman of the Election Commission (EC) effective this Dec 31. ( NST )

Outgoing EC chairman

 

 

Outgoing EC chairman

All these years many parties (except for BN of course) and individual have been unhappy with the retiring Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman way of handling elections in Malaysia. This is especially so during the Dr. Mahathir regime where the redelineation of new boundaries for the ADUN and MP have been questioned. The redelineations have been seen as a divide and rule tactics in favour of the BN government.

We can see that, where there is a strong support for the BN that area would be divided to make way for more seats for the BN eventhough the population is small. Compared to the majority urban area where population is big but support for the BN is less, the area remained status quo.

Some Sabah leaders (sad to say ‘some’) have been very vocal on the issue of illegals who are given the rights to vote during elections using the “Project I/C”. Kopitiam talks are that some of these illegals are even asked to vote more then once at several places using different I/Cs. Dead people resurrected during election and manage to cast their votes. All these have been voiced out to the EC, to have the Electoral Roll cleaned up but todate nothing materialised. Each time a new Electoral Roll is gazetted, they promised that those electors who are dead or have ceased to be qualified have been expunged from the roll. All those promises and sweet talk are just bullsh**!

Can we expect something concrete from this new EC chairman? Does he have the professional integrity expected from a government servant. Will he be impartial in discharging his duties as the EC chairman? OR would he be the same or even worst then the previous chairman?

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A Hero or A Racist ?
A Hero or A Racist ?

GEORGE TOWN: Suspended Bukit Bendera Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail was given a warrior’s welcome, complete with presentation of regalia such as a keris (traditional Malay sword), when he turned up for the division’s delegates conference.

Ahmad was on Sept 10 suspended from Umno and stripped of all party posts for three years following an uproar over race-related statements he made in a ceramah (political address) in Permatang Pauh.

He had described Malaysian citizens of Chinese descent as pendatang (immigrants). ( The Star )

ahmad-ismail

Well, I’m not against any Malaysian given a warrior’s welcome nor being made a warrior by his/her supporters. And I wouldn’t be surprised that this Ahmad Ismail be conferred with the highest award, maybe a ‘Tun’, in the near future for his racist remarks regarding the Chinese as immigrants. To his supporters that was a very heroic action and should be sensationalised to garner the support of their race. Funny but true, when he described Malaysian citizens of Chinese descent as pendatang (immigrants), it is just like the kettle calling the pot black. Should anyone wishes to express such remarks in future, it is most advisable for them to check their own background first.

It was reported that Ahmad Ismail had been suspended and stripped of all party post for the remarks he made during the Permatang Pauh by-election. Generally the people see the action to suspend him was just as a cover-up action by the Umno. I take that the Umno leadership concurred his action as we can see todate eventhough police reports were made against him, no court action was taken. But pity Ms Tan Hoon Cheng, the reporter who reported what was said by Ahmad Isamil, was detained for 18 hours under the ISA. The joke here is when the Home Minister justified the detention with the excuse of “for her personal safety”! What crap was this Syed Hamid Albar talking is everyone’s guess!

And now it seems that the suspension made no different to Ahmad Ismail as he is still the voice in the Bukit Bendera Umno division in the form of the division’s adviser. Bet that the newly elected division head, Abdul Jalil Ariffin is only a sit-in for Ahmad Ismail till the end of his suspension!

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RPK happy to be freed

RPK happy to be freed

Yesss…I am glad that I was wrong this time round in my previous article and I hope that it will stay the way it is i.e. Anakdesa was wrong with his crystal ball!

Now I know that I can’t depend so much on my ‘GuruWhatEver” to tell me the future. Been twice that this ‘guru’ of mine made me blushed. I think I’ll change to a new ‘guru’. Thinking of ‘Gurusamy’ to guide me and foresee the future lahh!

KAJANG, Fri: The Home Ministry will not dispute the decision of the court to release blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA), said its minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. Read more…

Ijust hope that this guy will keep his words. I’m still crossing my fingures because sometimes my ‘GuruWhatEver’ can be right!

Congratulation RPK!

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