Friday, November 30, 2007

HINDRAF Rally Proposed to be Discussed in Indian Parliament

From the front page of The Hindu:



Malaysia incident figures in Parliament

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha was adjourned for a short period, even as the Rajya Sabha witnessed a charged discussion on the alleged ill-treatment of Indians in Malaysia.

While Speaker Somnath Chatterjee refused to allow much of what transpired to go on record, stating that it was not right for such a message to go out from the House against another country, the matter was raised in considerable detail in the Upper House.

In the Lok Sabha, the issue was raised by S.K. Karventhan (Congress). Pointing out that the Indian community, comprising mainly Tamils, had been living in Malaysia for several decades, he sought to go into the details of what happened in Kuala Lumpur on November 26. However, the Speaker intervened, urging him not to get into details.

While fellow members from Tamil Nadu and others who had given notice were allowed to associate with Mr. Karventhan, the insistence of the Bharatiya Janata Party to speak on the subject held up the proceedings.

With the BJP refusing to yield, Mr. Chatterjee ordered that the television coverage be switched off, and adjourned the House for 30 minutes.

Seek statement


In the Rajya Sabha, members sought immediate intervention by the Centre and a statement from the External Affairs Ministry. Raising the matter, T. Siva (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) deplored the action of the Malaysian government against the ethnic Tamils, who were demanding equal rights. The authorities were not addressing their problems, he said.

D. Raja (CPI) said though 8 per cent of the Malaysian population was of Indian origin, they were not enjoying equal rights. They were being discriminated against, and this led to protests, which he said, were peaceful.

Karunanidhi’s letter

Referring to India’s good relations with Malaysia, he said the government should act with a sense of urgency and take up the issue at the appropriate level.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asking him to take up the matter with that country.

Mr. Raja was joined by Congress Chief Whip V. Narayanasamy and K. Malaisamy (All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) in expressing concern.

Sharing the sentiments of the House, Deputy Chairman K. Rahman Khan said the government would definitely take note of it.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachouri said he would convey the feelings of the House to the External Affairs Minister. If possible, the government would come out with a statement.


And, a response from Karunanidhi, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, on the Bodoh, Bodoh, Bodoh minister.

Police Blames Bloggers For 'Jeopardising Dora Goh's Life' By Posting Her Photos

One paragraph says it all...

[Source]

Spin or no spin?

T*u or no t*u?

Pick your favourite game show....

Seriously, why are people so desperate of a mere RM 3000 nowadays?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Toll-ol: Play The 'Cheapest in the Region' Tune Again...

So it'll be dearer to go to Singapore now.

Graphics from theSun.

And betcha see this coming...

[Source: Pravda]

Zunar (of Malaysiakini), lemme play up your cartunes again...



English Teacher Might Face 40 Lashes For Letting Pupils Naming Teddy Bear 'Muhammad'

After the ice-cream, football, and very close to home, the car, now it's the poor, innocent teddy bear that became the centre of unnecessary attention.

Gillian Gibbons
Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons said she made an "innocent mistake"
A British teacher has been charged in Sudan with insulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that charges have been laid against Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool.

She was arrested in Khartoum after allowing her class of primary school pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said he will summon the Sudanese ambassador "as a matter of urgency".

In a statement, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was "surprised and disappointed" at the charges.

A spokesman said the first step was to "understand the rationale behind the charge", something which would be discussed by Mr Miliband and the ambassador as soon as possible.

'Shameful ordeal'

"We will consider our response in the light of that," he added.

Lawyers say Mrs Gibbons faces six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine if convicted.

Sudanese state media said prosecutors had completed their investigation and decided to charge Mrs Gibbons under Article 125 of the Sudanese criminal code.

A teddy bear on sale in Sudan

The BBC's Amber Henshaw, in Khartoum, said Mrs Gibbons was expected to appear in court on Thursday.

The Muslim Council of Britain reacted angrily to the news, saying it was "appalled" and demanded Mrs Gibbons' immediate release.

"This is a disgraceful decision and defies common sense. There was clearly no intention on the part of the teacher to deliberately insult the Islamic faith," said Secretary-General Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, in a strongly-worded statement.

"We call upon the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, to intervene in this case without delay to ensure that Ms Gibbons is freed from this quite shameful ordeal," said Dr Bari.

Possible acquittal

Mrs Gibbons taught at the fee-paying Unity High School in Khartoum and the school's director, Robert Boulos, said earlier: "This is a very sensitive issue. We are very worried about her safety.

But I think the lady, she hasn't got any intention to insult the Islamic religion, therefore I am sure, very sure that if she went to the court she might be acquitted
Ghazi Suleiman, Sudanese MP

Earlier, the Sudanese Embassy in London said the situation was a "storm in a teacup" and signalled that the teacher could be released soon, attributing the incident to a cultural misunderstanding.

But Sudan's top clerics have called for the full measure of the law to be used against Mrs Gibbons and labelled her actions part of a Western plot against Islam.

"What has happened was not haphazard or carried out of ignorance, but rather a calculated action and another ring in the circles of plotting against Islam," the Sudanese Assembly of the Ulemas said in a statement.

The semi-official clerics body is considered relatively moderate and is believed to have the ear of the Sudanese government.

A Sudanese human rights lawyer and Member of Parliament countered that Mrs Gibbons may be acquitted or simply fined under the discretion of the magistrate.

"It is not imperative to lash her, it is not imperative to send her to prison," said Ghazi Suleiman. "But I think the lady, she hasn't got any intention to insult the Islamic religion, therefore I am sure, very sure that if she went to the court she might be acquitted."

Mrs Gibbons was arrested on Sunday after several parents made complaints to Sudan's Ministry of Education.

The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner said the situation could potentially become a very serious diplomatic incident.

Catherine Wolthuizen, chief executive of Fair Trials Abroad, told BBC News 24 that getting fair legal representation for Mrs Gibbons is a priority: "We are shocked and dismayed as I think many people are."

HINDRAF Protests: Responses from Indian Nationals

Readerspeak: Malaysia not 'truly Asia'!
28 Nov 2007, 1338 hrs IST

Jim, India, says: There's nothing 'truly Asia' about Malaysia . It is racist nation that is fast moving in the path of fundamentalism. The dismay of ethnic Indians is fully justified. It's about time the world in general and India in particular took notice.


Rajiv Modi, Bhopal, says: It was an untold story for a very long time. The least Indians can do is to stop visiting Malaysia as tourist to register our protest for the Malayasians of Indian origin .


Sharana Basappa, Bangalor
e, says: I express my support to the cause of the protest. Discrimination was there for decades and no one tried to bring it on the world stage to solve. I agree change may not take place overnight, but if the peaceful protest and awareness continued for substantial time will bring the results. I support the cause & wish the best will happen. Keep going.


Megh, Melbourne, says: It's rather unfortunate that Indians face racism across the globe, be it UK, Australia or Malaysia. The only recourse to fight such a prejudice is the Government of India should take firm steps to threaten with economic and political sanctions against such nations, like what the NDA had done by banning Palm oil imports from Malaysia, to actually dissuade government policies of discrimination against ethnic Indians.


Arun Malvani, Mumbai, says: Indian government should support the Indians of Malaysia. The Philippines government always stands up for their nationals when they are in trouble in other countries. Why is the Indian government indifferent? Do not encourage Indians to go there as tourists or do business with Malaysia. Wake up India. Do not be fooled by all the tricks of these South East Asian countries---ASEAN. Why do you think so many Indians living in all these countries are trying to migrate to Australia --- there is a good reason behind it. Do not depend on all these countries as they are sly.


Iqbal Merchant, Dubai
, says: This is very similar to the situation that Muslims face in India. There is discrimination all around - jobs, housing, society, etc. To the extent that Hindus do not want any reservation to be given for economically backward Muslims.


M Sharma, US
, says: Good job protesters! I think it is time Indian community and Hindus all over the world rise - with assertiveness - for equality. India and Hindus have always respected all communities. Any discrimination against them anywhere in the world must not be tolerated.

AK, Australia, says: The truth is out for Malaysia which has bluffed the whole world by calling itself a secular democracy. The reality is that no Muslim nation truly believes in equality of all its citizens irrespective of religion.


Oh, yes. The tourism campaign is very hot there. Some Indian nationals even mentioned "Oh, Malaysia Truly Asia" when I said that I'm from Malaysia. Should I tell them the truth?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

US Oilman Jailed For UN Oil-for-food Scandal/Where's Bedol Sister-in-law?

Oscar Wyatt arrives at court in New York - 1/10/2007
Mr Wyatt is the most prominent figure jailed over the scandal
American oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt has been sentenced to one year and a day in prison for conspiracy in the UN oil-for-food programme scandal.

The Texas oilman, aged 83, had agreed last month to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

He admitted he agreed to pay $200,000 (£97,000) into an Iraqi bank account.

Under the oil-for-food programme, some companies paid bribes to officials in Saddam Hussein's Iraq in order to secure contracts to buy oil.

The programme was established in the wake of sanctions imposed on Iraq after the country invaded Kuwait in 1990.

It allowed Iraq to sell oil in order to buy humanitarian provisions.

A UN-commissioned inquiry found that 2,200 companies in 66 countries paid $1.8bn in bribes to Iraqi officials to win oil contracts.

Under Mr Wyatt's plea bargain, prosecutors dropped four other charges against him and he agreed to the prison term and to forfeit $11m (£5.3m).

He is the most prominent figure to be jailed over the scandal.


Doesn't concern you? Well, just to refresh your memory...

Cartoon by Zunar of Malaysiakini Cartoon.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Writes to Manmohan Singh on Ethnic Indian Apartheid in Malaysia

Protect Tamils in Malaysia, Karunanidhi urges PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manomhan Singh, expressing deep concern at the treatment meted out to ethnic Indians in Malaysia.

In the letter, Karunanidhi said that the people of Tamil Nadu are disturbed over the happenings in Kuala Lumpur, and pointed out that Tamils constitute the largest percentage among the Indian minority in Malaysia.

The Malaysian police on Sunday crushed a rally of more than 10,000 ethnic Indians who were protesting against marginalisation of the ethnic Indian community in that country and also to support a $4 trillion lawsuit filed in London in August by Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), a rights group demanding that Britain compensate Malaysian Indians for bringing their ancestors to the country as indentured laborers and exploiting them.

The police detained over 240 ethnic Indians.

Karunanidhi added that he was much perturbed that the Malaysian police used water cannons and tear-gas shells against the Indian demonstrators.

Adding insult to injury, Karunanidhi said, the Malaysian police had detained 240 ethnic Indians.

"The protesters were carrying poster-size pictures of Mahatma Gandhi", he pointed out.

The chief minister urged Prime Minister Singh and the central government to take appropriate action to end the sufferings and ill treatment meted out to Malaysian Tamils.

Ethnic Indians constitute eight percent of the total population of 27 million but control just 1.5 percent of the economy.

The Indian community in that country also alleged that access to housing, education, financial loans and jobs is given to Malays on a preferential basis. The destruction of Hindu temples by the Malaysian government had inflamed the ethnic Indians' grievances.

'I Suck A*s' To Deter Rallies



89 and counting.

To quote:

However, several politicians from the Barisan Nasional coalition, including its largest component party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO or Umno), that has governed Malaysia since independence have also criticised the ISA. The fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, went on the record in 1988 to state "If we want to save Malaysia and Umno, Dr Mahathir (then Prime Minister) must be removed. He uses draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act to silence his critics." The year before, he had also stated "Laws such as the Internal Security Act have no place in modern Malaysia. It is a draconian and barbaric law." In 2003 when he became Prime Minister, however, Abdullah called the ISA "a necessary law," and argued "We have never misused the Internal Security Act. All those detained under the Internal Security Act are proven threats to society."


And:

The United States government has criticised the Malaysian government for implementing the ISA several times, most recently in 2001, when President George W. Bush said "The Internal Security Act is a draconian law. No country should any longer have laws that allow for detention without trial." In 2004, however, Bush reversed his stance and claimed "We cannot simply classify Malaysia’s Internal Security Act as a draconian law.", likely due to the events of September 11, 2001, and subsequent creation of the PATRIOT Act.


It's not hard to see where they're coming from...

Photo from Marina's blog.

Oh, it's Hadhari by the way.

Bedol in Wonderland



Inspired by mob1900, Whatalulu and Stevie G (not that footballer; Malaysiakini lah) via YB Jeff.

Even Alice could run a country better, I'd say. At least she woke up from her dream in the end. ;-)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

(Yawn!) Why The Sudden U-turn/Flip-flop?

Yawn! As if you are first day in Malaysia.

First of all, we have the steep Highlands U-turn from Devamany. Read more from Jeff.

Then, we have this particular lapdog paper having all the (relatively) positive news on the HINDRAF rally.



Lapdog turned pedigree? Only if a dog f*cks a cat! Some Double Latuk has sniffed something, probably.

[Source] Just ask the ever prosperous-looking Kak Dah why the sudden flip-flop.

Devamany? Or Money is Dewa (Money is God)? You decide...

On the other hand, the NaSTy ones continues to be...duh...NaSTy...



Ain't Google Reader cool? You could just scroll down these bullimic-inducing spins in just a whiz...


And why not? Somebody said that it's a Quote:Hindu/Indian vs. Muslim/Malay:Unquote thing, so why bother apologising?

[Pic from Mave]

Cairo's Belly Dancers Wish Happy Birthday To...

Cairo's Belly Dancers Wish Happy Birthday To...

[Source]

[Source: Mob's Crib]

Who is in Cairo, saying this:

It does not matter to me if Kelantan belongs to PAS.


“I am not denying that there is corruption and power-abuse. We are doing all we can to stop and eliminate this menace.

“However, all this takes time and the process is slow. If people are impatient, just imagine how I feel because it is my responsibility to clean it up,” he said
.

:-O

And also Kenny, who was a great company back in May, even for a short while:

With you-know-who.

So, who else share (or really wished that they share) their birthdays with them?

Read also: Last year's.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Drama Queen

For fuck's sake, do they have to could they do it any more bloody obvious? It's even more obscene than a hardcore pR0n!

[Source]

Yeah rite. You're brave because you hid beneath the running dogs' skirts.

Zunar of Malaysiakini Cartoon has a brilliant cartoon for the BERSIH rally not too long ago.

[Source]

With apologies to him, may I add these two buffoons?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Emergency State

TEMBAK!!!!
(with tear gasses and sometimes, live bullets)



This is how Malaysia is portrayed to the world, now.

Picture is from the Beebs.

83 news around the world and counting.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Malaysiakini on CNN

For their 8th Anniversary.



Read the full article here.

There's an error in the article though (CNN's fault).

CNN: What is Malaysiakini.com?

GAN: The reason we set up Malaysiakini is because of the fact that we have tight control of the media in Malaysia. And we saw an opportunity here because of ... a loophole within the system.

We disagree with him [Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi] on a lot of issues, but on the issue of freedom of the Internet, we should give him some credit. He promised not to censor the Internet. He realized that in order to set up the multimedia corridor here ... he would have to offer, among other things, not just tax breaks but the fact that he would not censor the Internet. So, we decided to see whether he would stick to his promise.


It was M who promised not to censor the internet.

And of note, the first paragraph opens with:

Inside a nondescript building in the gritty Bangsar district of south Kuala Lumpur rests Malaysiakini.com (Malay for "Malaysia Now"), a newspaper covering Malaysia that exists solely in cyberspace.


8 long years. Perhaps it's time to get your own tower or complex? The carbon monoxide from the downstairs bus company, garage and the nearby RapidKL buses terminal ain't too good for the employees' health, eh? *hint*hint* LT. :P

And perhaps make it free? So that Now Everybody Can Read™...:)

p.s. Can you believe that I'm not a subscriber? Yes, I'm that kiamsiap (stingy). :P

'Mere' Few Thousands People Gathering Could Harm The Economy More Than Peak Oil?

IGP-turned-economist:

[Source]

Peak oil? "God has been kind to us...we are a net exporter of oil."

[Source]

So, the question is:

'Mere'* Few Thousands People Gathering Could Harm The Economy More Than Peak Oil?


* Mere as in portrayed by the Blue Nazi and the Pravdas.

Setting Up IPCMC Is Even More Difficult Than Going to Space

Remember in February?

Original post here.

Let me check the calendar...how many more days are there left for the year 2007?

And some of you even think that the Judicial Commissions will even help? Darn, I'm speaking like Anwar now.

Read what Carbon Copy has to say about what Faiz (and the other one who is still unsure of coming out of the closet) should at least do now.

Modified from Bernama pix.

UPDATED
: Research grant to study people’s experiences with crime? Of course it's fucking traumatic, imbecile! Could even be a strong contender from IgNobel Awards, I tell you!

[Source]

Why not spend the money on IPCMC instead?

Semi Value, So You Expect Us To Pay For Blue Nazi's Blatant Funds Mismanagment?

What's your point, Semi Value?

Brilliant juxtaposition by theSun: "Pay more for tolls but still get lanslides." Bravo!

To quote from theSun:

Samy Vellu said the breakdown of compensation to be paid to nine highway concessionaires is:

* Ampang-Hulu Klang Elevated Highway – RM28 million
* North South Expressway (Central Link) – RM18 million
* Seremban-Port Dickson Highway – RM178 million
* Kulim-Butterworth Highway – RM10 million
* Malaysia-Singapore Second Link – RM6 million
* Sprint Highway - RM34 million
* North Klang Valley Expressway Highway – RM9 million, and
* Penang Bridge – RM22 million.

He said that another compensation of RM75 million would also be allocated to Litrak, operator of the Damansara Puchong Expressway, following approval this year to reduce its toll rate of RM2.20 to RM1.60.

To a suggestion by M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) to nationalise all highways in the country, and another suggestion by Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) that Petronas take over the highways, Samy Vellu said these were impractical as they would burden the government financially.

"The national petroleum company would have to pay RM300 billion if it undertakes the move," Samy Vellu said.


You are saying that the Blue Nazi is not rich, us rakyat should shut up and pay for it AND still vote for you?

No prizes for correct guesses on where the funds went:

[Source]

From Lulu.

...and that's just only the tip of the iceberg. And it's definitely more than the above RM 300billion.

Yes, we'll still vote for you...dangle some carrot, main pangkah je!

[Sources]

[Source]

The third largest community will not receive anything and they will not complain. Instead, they'll go after the Brits instead and still kiss Semi Value's arse.

Smart people will know how to take the carrot, digest it and shove the sh*t up the Blue Nazis arses. Sadly, this is not the case.

You reap what you sow. So, don't complain.

Bedol-ling Around The World In 80+ 80 + 80 + 80 + .... Days

Tour again! With his quote:new factory:unquote.

[Source]

Dey annehs and thambis of HINDRAF, you should follow him there lah, Queen E is there, not coming to Malaysia lah!

Enjoy boinking already, come back, announce election (not erection) can?

Thanksgiving, The North American Ponggal/Kaamatan

Today is Thanksgiving, or just another Thursday-holiday-bitching-about-the-Blue-Nazi-gomen day for me.

If you're interested to know:

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks, traditionally to God, for the things that one has at the conclusion of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.


Here are some turkey pictures I've found (and modified) from the net:

First of all, it's the animal, not to be confused with the country:

Original post here.

[Source]

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Can anyone buy the domain LuckFah.com?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Random

Suing the Brits for ArmNoh's failure.

Plagiarism at International Court. Or punctured tyre. Which one is more ashamed?

Proton, Electron, Neutron, Hoax-on.

Penang no electricity. Bridge crack (?) some more.

Collapse here. Collapse there. Landslide here. Lanslide there.

Panel here, commission there. Casino MP scot-free.

Michael Backman.

Do I really have to give the links?

Must I go on?

Are you still okay, MY?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Shop That Only Opens Once A Week

TGIF, really!







Why? From Wikipedia:


The long-standing Roman Catholic tradition of not eating meat other than fish on Fridays — especially during Lent — and of substituting fish for other types of meat on that day — continues to influence habits even in predominantly Protestant, semi-secular and secular societies. Friday night remains a traditional occasion for patronising fish-and-chip shops; and many cafeterias and similar establishments, while varying their menus on other days of the week, habitually offer fish and chips every Friday.


Compare it with across the Atlantic...



Or even from even Malaysia...



Catch big fish?



Still swimming in the sea lah!