Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Now, the 'poster boy'.
Seriously, the only thing 'up' in my mind is the poster on the left and some liar's d*ck.
The last I know that the JPA scholarship comes from the taxpayers' fund, not MCA's fund. And he should be the poster boy for Barisan Rakyat instead.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Yes, education is an election bait in Malaysia.
Monday, February 25, 2008
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This post was inspired by Benny Loh's cartoon.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Keat Ping, rupanya!
N37 State Seats / Polling Districts covers Desa Jaya, Sri Damansara Utara, Sri Damansara Selatan, Bukit Lanjan, Bandar Utama, Sungai Kayu Ara. Yes, the area with the highest concentration of rich and apathetic brats. So prove me wrong.
All the best, Eli...or KP!
I wonder why Jin Ji (yet another neglected Chinese first name) is not running. :(
Bloggers, unite! From Hafiz:
Are you tired of BN representatives bad-mouthing us bloggers? Are you tired of our Information Minister calling us bloggers with unfaltering names? Or the son-in-law of an ineffective Prime Minister calling us monkeys?
I am. I have enough of that. Too long have I been patience, enduring insults from these BN politicians. I am angry and I want to get back at them.
The election is just around the corner and we bloggers have a rare opportunity to flex our muscle and show those BN folks that we are serious about in getting back at them. No, I am not talking about we — as they say — bashing these BN folks on our blogs. No. Instead, I am talking about bashing these folks in the Parliament as well as in various state assemblies.
Imagine, bloggers in the Parliament! These BN folks panic whenever we talk about them. I bet they will piss in their pants if bloggers challenge them in live debates! Enough of proxy wars. It is time to get out of the trenches, overcome the standoff and take the war to them. We are coming for them!
Remembers, these BN folks want to curtail our freedom of expression. They want to impose licenses on us, they have voiced suggestion to force us to register before we could blog. They want to control us!
The crucial battle for our freedom will be in the legislature. With bloggers in these halls, we could kill any ominous intention to rob us of our liberty before it could even gain momentum.
But first, we need to elect bloggers into the legislatures. There are several bloggers running for office and they need out help. They need us to spread words of their candidacy. For our own sake, we must help them and this is the game plan.
In the next few days, emails and messages will fly across the blogosphere, urging bloggers to blog about a blogger candidate on a particular day. With enough participants, we will create enough buzz for the candidate and with effort and a little bit of luck, see the effect spills into the real world. One candidate in one day.
These message could be anything, be it a one liner like "Vote Blogger X" or an endless epic essay on Blogger X. In the end, what we want is an endorsement of blogger candidates from as many bloggers as possible. Remember also to link to the Blogger X.
Here are the blogger candidates that I have identified for this initiative. Date of action is listed in the corresponding parenthesis.
1. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Friday, February 29)
2. Tony Pua (Saturday, March 1)
3. Elizabeth Wong (Sunday, March 2)
4. Jeff Ooi (Monday, March 3)
5. che'GuBard (Tuesday, March 4)
Let's blog about those bloggers together on those date!
So, are you in or are you out?
Friday, February 22, 2008
Rising sons and daughters
PETALING JAYA (Feb 21, 2008): Political nepotism, it would seem, is getting common in Malaysia as some seats in the general elections are being “passed” from one generation to another, as though they are family businesses.
The latest cases of political heirs making their electoral debut on March 8, succeeding their fathers as candidates, can be seen in the Labis and Kota Samarahan parliamentary seats, and the Port Klang state seat.
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting announced today the candidacy of 31-year-old Chua Tee Yong in the Labis seat, formerly held by his father, former health minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Chua resigned from all party and government posts last month after he admitted to being the man in a sex DVD, copies of which were widely distributed in Johor.
In Sarawak, the country’s longest serving MP, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will not be defending his Kota Samarahan seat, which he held for 41 years, paving the way for his eldest son Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman, 39, a PBB Youth vice-president and former banker to contest it.
In Selangor, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo announced today Roselinda Abdul Jamil will be contesting in Port Klang, taking over from her father-in-law, the incumbent Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros who was dropped. Zakaria sparked a controversy for building a luxury mansion in Pandamaran without approval from the authorities.
Other family links which could be found among political parties, be it Barisan Nasional (BN) or the Opposition are:
> Lim Si Pin, son of former Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik (incumbent Beruas MP), who will be contesting in Batu parliamentary seat;
> Lim Guan Eng, son of DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, who is standing in Bagan, Penang;
> Mujahid Yusof, son of PAS leader the late Yusof Rawa, is contesting in Parit Buntar, Perak;
> Gobind Singh Deo, son of DAP leader Karpal Singh, is expected to be standing in Puchong;
> Jagdeep Singh Deo, another son of Karpal, is said to be contesting in one of the Penang state seats;
> Datuk Ling Hee Leong, son of former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, to be fielded in Gopeng, Perak;
> Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, son of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is to contest in Jerlun;
> Nurul Izzah, daughter of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has expressed her interest to be a candidate, likely in Lembah Pantai; and
> Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin is said to have received nominations from the ground to stand in Rembau, Negri Sembilan. But to date, he has yet to confirm it.
Commenting on this development, Transparency International-Malaysia (TI) president Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said it is the responsibility of political parties to make sure they put up able and honest candidates. Otherwise the rakyat will vote against the individuals and the party will get a bad name.
“A leopard cannot change its spot. If candidates come from a family of questionable background where there are members of their family perceived to be corrupt and inefficient, then their family members who stand for elections should be scrutinised even more closely and carefully,” he said, adding TI is against cronyism.
He urged voters to exercise their duty as loyal Malaysians and ensure that the best, most efficient and honest candidates are elected, and those who fall short of high standards should be rejected at the polls.
“We have to check on the background of our candidates. If they come from families that have had a bad track record or history of lack of transparency and integrity, then we should be very, very careful and hesitant to give them our trust and confidence.
“This is because their families have let the rakyat down before and we should not take a risk in thrusting our votes for people of this kind of background and character,” he added.
Updated: 10:48PM Thu, 21 Feb 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Cropped logo from mob1900. How about a nicer festive logo for us bloggers to put in our blogs, eh, Mob?
First things first, if you still need convincing, visit this:
Malaysiakini has a brilliant website for you to check your voter status, past GE results and fairer coverage of election news and views.
Check your voter status without going to the EC website. Example (click for larger view):
And the band of bloggers of course, 24/7.
If you still prefer to be brainwashed, you could visit these MSM sites nevertheless:
NaSTy Pee? Still awaiting Kali's/SIL's brainwashing instructions.
theSun? Ask Vincent Tan.
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim says he will concentrate on charity and social work
KOTA BARU: Member of Parliament for Kota Baru and lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has been dropped from the Kelantan Barisan Nasional line-up.
Zaid, who won in his first attempt in 2004, confirmed that he had been informed of the decision by state BN and Umno chairman Datuk Seri Annuar Musa on Jan 21.
Zaid, 56, said he was not bitter over the move and would continue to support the BN.
"I do not know the reason I was dropped but personally, I feel I have been a good MP. I have done my best.
"I am quite easy. I will serve if they want me to, if not, I will find other things to do," he said at his residence at Pasir Hor here.
Zaid said he would not lobby to be put back on the list or meet the prime minister.
"I didn't lobby (for the seat the last time) and I will not do it now.
"I accept the decision."
Zaid also denied that he would stand as an independent candidate.
Asked whether his supporters would cause problems -- in the past election, they gathered at the state Umno building when there were rumours that he was not chosen -- Zaid said did not know how his supporters would react.
"I have always told my supporters to help out the BN candidate, whoever he is.
"Tonight (last night), I am meeting some of them to convey the message.
"I will now concentrate on social and charity work," he added.
The extent some people would do to get 5 minutes' of fame.
From theSun's frontpage, Feb 15, 2008. Click on image for larger view.
Kids, don't try this at home. Not even a certain anatomical part is gold-plated, as speculated by this brats-who-spend-on-their-rich-daddies hater.
If you had the money, wouldn't you rather donate to the Opposition's campaign fund?
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:32am ESTBy Mark Bendeich
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi goes into the next election knowing only one thing for sure, that he will win.
The electoral landscape is so favorable to his ruling coalition that his re-election is considered a formality, but Abdullah's own personal support has been sliding fast.
Four years ago, he led the coalition, a group of race-based parties, to a record election victory, promising to tackle corruption and to make government more accountable and open.
He had just taken over power from Mahathir Mohamad, whose 22-year-old administration was dogged by tales of sleaze, and opinion polls gave Abdullah a 90 percent approval rating.
It seemed that Abdullah, despite being Mahathir's hand-picked successor, would blow the cobwebs off Malaysian politics.
A moderate Muslim known as the "Mr Clean" of Mahathir's old cabinet, he seemed just the man to galvanize the nation's divided races and religions -- Muslim Malays, Buddhist Chinese and Hindu Indians -- and rally them to a new cause of reform.
Unfortunately, it did not work out that way.
Four years on, racial tensions have risen, not fallen, and the corruption campaign's biggest catch has turned out to be its first, the 2004 arrest of a former lands minister whose case is still wending its way through the courts.
Worse, anti-government protests drew crowds of more than 10,000 on to the streets of Kuala Lumpur late last year, the biggest since Mahathir faced a popular revolt in the late 1990s.
Instead of bowing to calls from lawyers and human-rights groups to tolerate peaceful rallies, Abdullah's administration used tear gas, water cannon and arrests to break them up.
He also used a controversial internal-security law to arrest five organizers of the biggest protest, by more than 10,000 ethnic Indians, and detain them indefinitely, without charge.
But racial tensions are not Abdullah's only problem on the eve of elections. Rising living costs and popular anger over street crime are also eating away at his popularity.
Abdullah's approval rating recently hit an all-time low of 61 percent, a poor result for a country where the opposition is weak, the press pro-government and the electoral system skewed toward rural voters who back Abdullah's government.
Abdullah will face voters in coming weeks, most likely during the first half of March, after he called for an election on Wednesday.
Born on the island of Penang on November 26, 1939, Abdullah takes pride in his mixed Malay, Arab and Chinese blood. During his upbringing, he went to a Methodist boys' school in the morning and an Islamic school in the afternoon.His father was a founder member of the main ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), and his grandfather a respected Islamic preacher who called the faithful to prayer.
The young Abdullah grew up in a secure but not wealthy family. As a young boy, he shared a room with his grandfather and often read books by candlelight so as not to disturb him.
Abdullah began his career as a civil servant in 1964 and five years later found himself at the centre of the political stage, after hundreds of people were slaughtered in race riots that broke out between Malays and Chinese following a political rally.
In 1969, he joined the National Operation Council, which was set up with emergency powers after the riots of May that year.
The fear of fresh riots, even after decades of relative harmony, continues to shape his political outlook and is often given as the reason why he came down hard on dissent last year.
Abdullah's opponents, though, believe he has merely shed the clothes of a reformer and partly adopted Mahathir's old political formula -- intolerance of public protest, lip-service to anti-corruption, political patronage and, above all, stability.
Abdullah will win the next election, that much seems certain, but whether he can remain long as the leader of his party, and therefore prime minister, could depend on the margin of victory.
Anyone who still thinks that he is 'Mr. Clean' ought to be shot in their heads.
But who knows? MaChAi might still use 'Bao Qing Tien' as the catchphrase this time...
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Here is Buletin Tandas, a publication of Centre for Independent
Journalism (CIJ) for the month of February.
This month focus is on the information bombardment on election and what
we do to prepare ourselves.
Read it, enjoy it, tell us what you think and share with your friends too!
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I'm Muslim Too!
, 2008; Zan Azlee, 73 mins
Many see as a moderate Islamic country that has found a unique and harmonious balance between religion, secularism and multiculturalism. Zan Azlee decides to learn and find out more about Islam and his own identity as a Malay Muslim. He embarks on a journey to the heartland of Islam, the Middle-East, with nothing but his video camera and a bag full of instant noodles. He meets a brutal heavy metal band in , discovers a Syrian version of Low Yat Plaza in , hangs out with a couple of Palestinian dudes in a camp in Beirut and learns about sex from a bunch of artists in Jordan.
Zan will be in attendance to discuss his film with the audience after the screening.
Introduced by Hassan Muthalib.
HELP University College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
S P R E A D T H E W O R D, 8.00pm
To find out more about the film, go to http://www.fatbidin.com
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Fast forward two years later, today.
Yes, 'Stop The Rumours' is translated as 'Please Listen To Rumours'.
The war officially starts today. The ultimate climax of the flip-flop.
More from Aisehman, Kit, Malaysiakini, UK Guardian ...
Watch this space.