Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pahang MB To The Press: "Go To Hell"

UPDATED: Uncle Desi was right! (I should rename him The Wise Man instead!). This MB was allegedly famous for mooning, showing his middle finger and the two finger 'up yours' sign, among others. The sequel by Utusan Malaysia:

Sebelum ini, dalam pilihan raya kecil di negeri itu, Adnan dikatakan pernah melahirkan kemarahannya dengan menunjukkan punggungnya serta mengangkat tangan melakukan isyarat lucah kepada penyokong-penyokong pembangkang.

Some 'international sign language' to share with you all. (Kids, do not learn this at home)

Ooohh, that's Bart Simpson.

Pay attention on that powderful leader, not the finger!

Have you read this book lately?


After the 'F*ck that girl' media-casualty by Semi Value's press secretary, here's another incident, by a Chief Minister himself. From Utusan Malaysia:

Adnan berkata: ``Sebenarnya surat khabar macam ini, kalau tak keluar (kenyataan berita) saya pun tak apalah, can go to hell dengan izin, minta maaflah, maknanya kalau cakap Melayunya `pergi jahanamlah'.

Beliau selepas itu menoleh ke arah pemberita di belakang Dewan dan mengangkat tangan sambil berkata: ``Boleh keluar surat khabar... tulis, Menteri Besar Pahang kata `go to hell' kepada berita-berita yang tidak tepat.

``Saya pun seronok juga esok keluar surat khabar Perdana Menteri panggil `apa cerita Nan?

``Apa yang tak marahnya (sambil membuat gaya memegang telefon), benda yang tidak betul jadi betul, kita hendak biarkan ke kemungkaran, itu mungkar namanya.''

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?" (From The Sun 25th April 2006)

Conservation is not negotiable

Does that mean that without the money the logging will be carried out? And would that not mean the logging will be carried out in defiance of national needs and aspirations?

PAHANG Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob's suggestion that the federal government give the state a grant of between RM150 million and RM200 million to stop the logging is an interesting and provocative suggestion.
It also shows that there is lack of a coordinated and centrally planned forestry policy that covers the whole of Peninsular Malaysia and which will comprehensively deal with the issue of forestry conservation and logging, including illegal logging.

This is despite legislation in the form of the National Forestry Act 1984, amended in 1993 to give greater powers to the federal government, which makes it possible for the federal government to come up with a forestry policy which the states would have to follow.

Adnan's argument is that Pahang needs to protect its water catchment areas and forests because it is a big state and a source of the country's water supply.To quote him:"We're suggesting to the federal government to consider providing a grant of between RM150 and RM200 million a year because we want to spare the national park area, water catchment areas, wildlife reserve and wetlands. If we receive the money, we don't have to carry out any logging."

Does that mean that without the money the logging will be carried out? And would that not mean the logging will be carried out in defiance of national needs and aspirations?

It needs to be established that any conservation of forests under the National Forestry Act must not be negotiable, not now, not ever. But if Pahang needs to make up for revenue in other ways, it can enter into negotiations with the federal government.

Pahang is not the only one affected. Recently, the Perak Mentri Besar justified logging near a park saying that if such logging activities are not allowed to be carried out, some 10,000 to 12,000 jobs will be affected.

On top of this there is the major problem of illegal logging where there appears to be collusion with local and state authorities for loggers to go in and fell trees in areas which have already been designated as protected.

All these are bound to become recurring problems in future unless the federal government puts its foot down on dissenting state governments and those who collude with illegal loggers.

Yes, logging brings in revenue and fuels economic activity. But uncontrolled logging brings about damage to the environment, destruction of catchment areas, silting and erosion, destruction of biodiversity and even damage to protected national parks.

In the longer term, these far outweigh the benefits.We have the laws to enable a reasonable national forestry policy. The problem, as with so many other things in Malaysia, is enforcement.

Nehmind all the trees were gone; Big Foot's more important (Orang utan's gonna be very sad the national icon gonna be replaced by it soon)...

Wonder if Beebs will pick this up this time?

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