6 Malaysians nabbed in Cambodia for disrupting flight
First Posted 21:47:00 03/28/2008
PHNOM PENH -- Six drunken Malaysian men were arrested and set to be deported from Cambodia on Friday, after they shouted at flight attendants and scared passengers on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, officials said.
The six men were arrested as soon as the AirAsia Airbus A320 landed in Phnom Penh, airport police chief Chhour Kimny told Agence France-Presse.
"They are drunk and demanded services that air hostesses don't provide. They made trouble on board the flight," he said.
"They used a loud voice and had a verbal conflict with the air hostesses. They acted improperly and caused chaos among the passengers," he said.
A top immigration official told AFP the six would be deported from Cambodia soon.
It was not immediately known how many passengers were on board.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Remember all these, during the Lah vs. Det Covert War, how Det was demonised? They all know which was the best horse to bet at that time. Read all from here.
Image courtesy of YB Jeff.
Fast forward post GE12 Election, 5 states + KL lost, the new horse keeps sleeping, flip-flopping and personally admits that he is not fast enough, and Guna is gone, the same paper bets on the old horse again - on front page...
Dah cinto balik kot?
No Malaysiakini exclusive interview this time? ;-)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The MCA paper spins it as a collective agreement...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Zaid's apology to judges proposal rejected by Cabinet colleagues
"I have presented my view that the government should apologise to Tun Salleh (Abbas) and the judges. Well, I am afraid the view has yet to be considered. There are many people who are more experience and wiser than me. So, we have to wait. I don't think I want to add anything more to this," he said after chairing his ministry's first post-cabinet meeting today. Zaid did not go into details.
Asked whether it was former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad or the present government under Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who should apologise to the judges, Zaid replied: "You can't expect (Dr) Mahathir to apologise. That government is gone. Karpal (Singh) is just being naughty."
Karpal, who is also DAP chairman, said it was not the present administration that convened the tribunals but Dr Mahathir who must apologise.
Zaid said the apology was something "we can do if we want to, but it is up to the leaders (to decide)."
He cited the case of the Australian Government under prime minister Kevin Rudd who had apologised to the Aborigines for racially discriminatory policies when Rudd won the election recently.
Reforms not fast enough? Or just there's none to begin with?
When The Star publicized that they were going to create a section 'Get To Know Your MPs/ADUNs' last week, I was expecting them (can anybody actually expect anything out of the Malaysian MSM) to
Well, all they did was posing a series of templated trivial questions (probably via e-mail interview), not unlike the silly blog meme that you and I got but did not bother to answer all the time. Questions include 'What is your fahverite kahler', 'What is your fahverite ahnimel' to 'Who is your idol' (*wink*wink* bodek opportunity to state your party president).
My MP in the Star Two section.
My ADUN in the Star Metro section.
What humble roots, you may ask? Is it from 'rags-to-
No. It turns out to be that not using the computer and singing only Negaraku and UMNO song = humble roots.
The only thing they short of asking is 'How many times do you boink a week' (CSL must know that answer well). But seriously, what has your MP's/ADUN's ability to sing or choice of tea or coffee has to do with how well he/she could serve your constituent well?
p.s. To get a taster on how the major advertisers like GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd are feeding the hungry MSM liars, this is it:
Peru's ex-president Fujimori falls asleep during his murder and kidnapping trial
The Associated Press
LIMA, Peru: The judge in Alberto Fujimori's murder and kidnapping trial is not amused by the former president's struggle to stay awake.
"Mister Fujimori!" Judge Cesar San Martin called out Monday, ringing his bell, after a prosecutor noted Fujimori was asleep at his desk during the testimony of a former army officer.
Fujimori didn't respond.
"He's still sleeping!" San Martin observed, ringing the bell again.
"Mister Fujimori, you were sleeping. Do you have a health issue or are you just tired?" the judge asked.
"I'm exhausted," Fujimori responded lethargically. "The past few days my legs have been numb."
The judge offered medical attention, but Fujimori refused and the hearing continued.
The former president faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of authorizing a military death squad that killed 25 people in the early 1990s who were suspected of being rebel collabators. He denies knowing about the death squad or ordering a dirty war against leftist rebels.
The trial began in December and has continued three days a week, with a two-hour lunch break.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
March 23, 2008 19:58 PM
SEPANG, March 23 (Bernama) -- The appointment of Kijal assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said as the new Menteri Besar of Terengganu is unconstitutional, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
"Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (who was slated for the post) commands majority support (among the elected representatives). This has not changed.
"As such, the appointment of any other person to the post is unconstitutional," Abdullah said when asked to comment on the action by 22 Terengganu Barisan Nasional assemblyman in the state who have protested Ahmad's appointment to lead the state.
Earlier, Abdullah had witnessed the 2008 Petronas Formula One Grand Prix held at the Sepang Circuit here, Sunday. He had also presented the winner's trophy to the race's winner, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's Kimi Raikkonen.
The Kijal assemblyman received the letter of appointment as the new Terengganu Menteri Besar from the state's Regency Advisory Council at a closed-door meeting at Istana Tetamu in Kuala Terengganu this morning.
The date for his swearing-in, however, had yet to be fixed.
On today's race, Abdullah said the success of the BMW Sauber team in attaining second place was something to be proud of.
"I want to congratulate the BMW Sauber team for the achievement...it is only a matter of time before they emerge world champions," he said.
He also praised the role Petronas led by its president Tan Sri Hassan Marican played in the team's development. Petronas is a premium sponsor of the BMW Sauber team.
BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica of Poland finished second in the race behind Kimi Raikkonen of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team. Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes' Heikki Kovalainen came in third.
Don't drag king?
Don't trap king? Does it apply now?
Scans by Doc Mave.
Second principle of Rukunnegara, anyone?
March 23, 2008 16:34 PM
Ministry To Set Up Blog To Be Close To Youths
BERA, March 23 (Bernama) -- The Youth and Sports Ministry will have its own blogsite soon in an effort to be close to and interact with the nation's youths. Its minister, Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob said the move was made in view of the popularity of blogs among youths as a channel of information.
He said the existence of blogs should not be taken lightly as they had been effective in influencing voters to vote for the opposition in the recent general election.
"If we continue to rubbish the blogs, I am worried that it will one day take over the role of the mainstream newspapers," he told reporters after a function to celebrate his appointment as Youth and Sports Minister at the Rakan Muda Complex, near here, Saturday night.
He said the ministry's blogsite, to be created in accordance with the needs of youths, would be light and easy. Ismail Sabri said the ministry would also study the status of youth organisations in the country, many of which were weak and in a state of malaise, after meeting up with the leaders this Tuesday.
"Perhaps these youth organisation have modules which are no longer in tune with current developments and the needs of youths today.
"Possibly this is also why more than 70 percent of the country's youths are not interested in joining youth organisations."
He said the ministry, therefore, needed to find a new approach to bring change so that youths were keen to be members of such organisations.
"We must remember that social ills involving youths are usually attributed to factors outside the home, but today these are also found within the home environment like the misuse of the Internet," he added.
Yes, he was the same one who came out with this statement:
"We notice that a lot of bloggers have been sowing the seeds of discord among the races, religions... I believe there must be a limit," he said in a debate on the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat here today.
I'd say come up with an English version of your website first. Then only talk about blogs.
Put forward constructive criticisms tribal customer is willing to exchange with ministers
報導：潘佩玉 Report: Bopeiyu
（吉隆坡22日訊）多名著名部落客指出，他們皆願意與新任新聞部長會面交流，反映部落格角色日益重要的訊息。 (Kuala Lumpur, on the 22nd) - more than the famous tribal passengers that they are willing to meet with the new Minister of Information exchange, reflecting the increasingly important role blog message.
他們受詢時對《中國報》指出，邁入資訊時代，部落格已越來越普遍，甚至有晉身主流媒體的趨勢。 They are subject to exercise of "China", has entered the information era, blogs have become more and more common, and even the mainstream media have joined the trend.
“政府不能再忽略網上部落格的聲音，尤其是越來越多人都人加入成為電腦一族，電腦已成為重要的通訊工具之一。” "The Government can no longer ignore the voice of the Internet blog, in particular are more and more people who joined the family computer, the computer has become an important communications tool."
冀政府接受批評 Ji government to accept criticism
他們希望部長能以實際行動落實這項會面，而非說一套做一套。 They hope that the Minister can take practical action to implement this meeting, instead of saying one thing and doing another.
“現今撰寫部落格的部主，多是年輕一代，要掌握年輕人的想法，得到他們信任，就能得天下。” "Today the Department of blogging owners, more than the younger generation, young people must grasp the idea and get their trust, we will be able in the world."
“希望政府能接受各類建設性的批評，極力改善施政弊端，也可展示政府可容納異見的寬大心胸。” "I hope the Government will accept all types of constructive criticism, and to improve governance problems, but also demonstrate the Government can accommodate the generous-minded dissidents."
新聞部長拿督阿末沙比里仄昨天指出，新聞部將在近期，召見國內部落客。 Information Minister Datuk sand than in the late Che pointed out yesterday, the Department of Public Information will be in the near future, tribal summoned domestic passengers.
他說，他是在首相要求下，儘快與各部落客會面。 He said that he is in the Prime Minister request of the customer as soon as possible to meet with the tribes.
他指出，新聞部看重非主流媒體所扮演的角色，這些聲音不能忽略。 He pointed out that the Department of Public Information, non-mainstream values the role played by the media, these voices can not be ignored.
黃泉安：冀以行動落實★檳州日落洞國會議員 On their lives: a view to implementing the action ★ Penang sunset hole Members of Parliament
希望部長以行動來落實這項會面，而非打官腔。 Ministers hope that the implementation of this action to meet, rather than Daguankong. 如果真有誠意，部長可以通過聯絡全國部落客聯盟，來安排會面。 If sincere, ministers can contact the tribes off Union, to arrange meetings.
一旦政府進一步瞭解部落客所扮演的角色后，相信就會尊重與認同部落客的存在，其實也對政府施政有著積極貢獻。 Once the customer a better understanding of tribal role, it was believed that will respect the identity of the existence of tribal passengers, the Government actually has a positive contribution.
加入全國部落客聯盟的部落客，都是以真實身分在網上發表己見，包括批評政府等，我們也不擔心會受到對付。 Joined the National Union of tribal tribal off passengers, are true identity on the Internet their views, including criticizing the Government, we are not worried that will be dealing with.
雖然我們批評與鞭策政府，但都是負責的一群，希望政府的施政能夠公平與透明化。 While we criticize and to goad the Government, but they are responsible for the group and hope that the Government will be fair and transparent governance.
劉永山：改善施政弊端★雪州甘榜東姑州議員 Liu Yongzhi Hill: improved governance shortcomings ★ Selangor Tengku state-Kampong
我會毛遂自薦，要求加入會見部長的行列，國內很多部落客都隱姓埋名，政府如何去召見他們，也是一個疑問，更不懂部長召見部落客，葫蘆裡賣的是甚么藥？ I will be offered itself to join the ranks of ministers meeting, many domestic passengers are tribal anonymity, how will the Government summoned to them, is also a doubt, more non-tribal ministers summoned passengers, hyacinth, selling what medicines?
我會向部長反映改善新聞自由的要求，也希望政府能接受我們的批評，最重要的是這種批評是希望政府能改善其施政弊端。 I will reflect to the improvement of the freedom of the press request, I hope the Government will accept our criticisms, the most important thing is that this criticism is that the Government can improve its governance shortcomings.
事實上，部落客也不再是另類媒體，相反日愈重要，有趨向主流媒體的地位。 In fact, the customer is no longer a tribal alternative media, on the contrary, more important, the mainstream media tended status.
蔡金星：瞭解網絡重要★馬青副總秘書 Cai Venus: understanding of important ★ Ma Qing, deputy general secretary
部落格是一個私人的交流平台，相信部長要見的是那些以執筆撰寫政治為主的部落客吧。 A blog is a private exchange platform, I believe that the minister is to see to the author who wrote the main political tribes off it.
現在已是網絡時代，很多人通過匿名、化名方式來批評政府，這些人你絕對找不到他們。 It is now the Internet age, many people through anonymous, alias way to criticize the government, these people you absolutely could not find them.
我們則是以真實姓名示眾，如果政府能敞開心胸來接受我們，這是一件好事，也有助瞭解資訊網絡的重要性。 We are real name in public, if the Government can open our hearts to accept us, this is a good thing, it will also help understand the importance of information networks.
如果這只是政府要掌握部落客身分，藉此控制言論自由的話，只會引起更大反彈，百害而無一利。 If this is the Government to seize tribal identity of passengers, trying to control freedom of speech, it will bring about greater rebound, all harm and no good.
相信部長要接見的，是那些善于利用通訊科技來宣傳的反對黨部落客吧。 Believe that the Minister should be met, and those who are good at using communications technology to promote tribal opposition off it.
潘儉偉：不擔心被對付★雪州八打靈再也國會議員 Pan Jian-wei: do not worry about dealing with snow ★ JAYA, members of Congress
如果部長要見我們，我會去見他，既然我們以真實身分來撰寫部落格，又哪來擔憂被政府掌握資料與受到對付之說呢？ We have to see if the Minister, I will meet him, since our true identity blogging, there would be no concern by the Government have been dealing with the information and say that?
我會向部長反映新聞自由的重要性，而非如前部長再努丁般，把部落客視為出賣國家與騙子，這些都是不負責任的說法，也暴露他對網絡新聞欠缺敏感。 I will minister to reflect the importance of freedom of the press, rather than to Nuding as former Minister of the tribal state and sell off as liar, these are irresponsible statement, he also exposed the lack of sensitivity on the network news.
我也不懂有關會面是以何方式來進行，相信會是公共論壇，讓所有出席的部落客登記后再來交流。 I do not know what way the meetings are conducted, I believe that the public forum will be for all the tribes to exchange passengers after registration.
Rocky's on TV9 tonight?
Saturday, March 22, 2008
March 23, 2008 14:07 PM
KUALA TERENGGANU, March 23 (Bernama) -- State Assemblyman for Kijal Datuk Ahmad Said Sunday received the letter of appointment as the new Terengganu Menteri Besar from the Regency Advisory Council (MPPR) at a closed-door ceremony at Istana Tetamu, here this morning.
Kijal State Assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said accepting the letter of appointment from the head of the Council, Tengku Sri Panglima Raja Tengku Baderulzaman.
Ahmad, 51, received the letter of appointment from the head of the Council, Tengku Sri Panglima Raja Tengku Baderulzaman, witnessed by two other members of the Council, Tengku Sri Laksamana Raja Tengku Sulaiman Sultan Ismail and former Federal Court Judge, Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman.
Meanwhile, Terengganu palace official Mohd Yasim Awang told Bernama that the date for the swearing in of the new Menteri Besar, however, had yet to be fixed.
The ceremony this morning was also attended by six members of the Dewan Pangkuan Diraja (Royal Regency Council), State Secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong, State Legal Advisor Mohamad Sekeri Mamat and Chief Police Officer Datuk Ayub Yaakob.
The ceremony, which was held under tight security with policemen maintaining order outside the palace grounds, started at 8.20 am and ended about eight minutes later.
Ahmad, who is also the Kemaman Umno division head, was seen entering the palace at 7.25 am escorted by Ayub, and left the palace about 8.45 am in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
All members of the media, except for the photographer and cameraman from the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), were prevented from entering the palace to cover the event.
Journalists tried to get a response from Ahmad after the event but failed to contact him.
Earlier, 22 Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblymen led by the secretary of the State Umno Liaison Body, Datuk Rosol Wahid, who opposed the appointment of Ahmad as the Terengganu Menteri Besar in place of Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, arrived at Istana Tetamu about 7.50 am to hand over the letter of protest on the appointment.
Rosol, who was not allowed to enter the palace, later handed over the letter to the Secretary of the Terengganu Regency Advisory Council, Shafie Ali.
When met by reporters, Rosol said the letter, among other tings, stated that all the 22 BN elected representatives fully supported the reppointment of Idris as the Menteri Besar and rejected Ahmad's appointment as the new MB.
"Our support for Datuk Seri Idris is unanimous. There is no other person qualified to hold the Menteri Besar's post apart from him (Idris)," Rosol said.
He said Ahmad's appointment was invalid and hoped that those involved would take a serious view on the matter as it involved the interest of the people in the state.
He said if Ahmad were to proceed with his intention to take the oath of office as Menteri Besar, the Kijal Assemblyman would be violating the party rules and action could be taken against him, including expulsion from the party.
"That's why we sent the letter of protest because Umno and BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had informed me last night that Ahmad would be contravening the Umno constitution should he take the oath of office," he said.
Rosol said the protest letter had been sent to Ahmad and a copy to the Head of the MPPR.
Since the Terengganu BN won in the general election on March 8, winning 24 of the 32 State Assembly seats and seven of the eight parliamentary seats, the state government had functioned without a Menteri Besar.
On Saturday, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said disciplinary action could be taken against Ahmad if he were to accept the post of Terengganu Menteri Besar as he would be going against the instruction of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who wanted Idris to remain as the MB.
Abdullah, who is also BN chairman and Umno president, had issued a letter nominating Idris as the Terengganu Menteri Besar.
Meanwhile, several supporters of Idris were seen gathering at the official residence of the Menteri Besar at Seri Iman, here, to give their support to the Jertih Assemblyman to be reappointed as the MB for a second term.
Ahmad, who was a former State Umno Youth head, has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and had held the Kijal state seat since the 1990 general election, but lost the seat in the 1999 general election to PAS candidate Mehamed Sulong by a majority of 264 seats.
Ahmad, who had previously served as Assistant District Officer in Kemaman and Setiu, Terengganu was appointed State Executive Councillor in charge of Local Government and Housing in March 2004.
Idris Jusoh no more. UPDATED: Or not. Read about the boycott here.
It is learned that the 22-BN assemblymen will send a protest note to the palace but in a joint declaration this evening, the 22 assemblymen pledged to stay away from the palace ceremony and some said they were willing to vacate their seats to force by-elections if Idris was not appointed.
Utusan Malaysia demanded a pound of flesh from Kit when he asked for DAP's ADUN to boycott the swearing-in (he has since apologised for that). Here, Howsy also demands for a pound of flesh from them.
22 Mac, 2008 18:02 PM
TERENGGANU, 22 Mac (Bernama) -- Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri kawasan Kijal Datuk Ahmad Said dilantik sebagai Menteri Besar Terengganu dan istiadat angkat sumpah akan diadakan di Kuala Terengganu esok (23 Mac), pejabat Sultan Terengganu mengumumkan hari ini.
Ahmad Said. Picture source.
"Mr. Marah" (firstname.lastname@example.org) to me
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Dear Mr. Marah,
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Friday, March 21, 2008
March 21, 2008 21:04 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 (Bernama) -- Saying that local bloggers' views cannot be ignored, Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek intends to meet them soon to get feedbacks on nation-building.
He said his ministry was concerned over the role played by the alternative media such as the internet and websites as they have their own functions in nation-building.
"For instance, they played a role in the just-ended general election. Many middle-class voters wishing to convey a message to the government turned to the alternative media to source for information.
"They surfed the internet and I feel we need to know the role played by the bloggers," he told a news conference after meeting the media at his office.
Ahmad Shabery hopes that his intention to meet with the bloggers would not be misintepreted by anyone as his ministry wants to be the connected to everybody, including bloggers.
"Bloggers' views cannot be ignored. They are a direct channel for the people to express their views though sometimes they can be negative in the way they presented their opinions.
Ahmad Shabery said the mushrooming of various blogs of late as a medium to channel personal views had gone unnoticed.
"Everyone has the freedom to use blogs as an information distribution centre. We've overlooked their roles and failed to understand their feelings," said Ahmad Shabery, who was accompanied by his deputy Datuk Tan Lian Hoe.
Asked on the approach he would adopt to meet the large number of bloggers, the minister said he had instructed his officers to arrange for the meeting soon.
"We'll try to meet them in batches. Maybe they'll be invited via advertisements or at suitable venues. We'll try to figure out how to meet them," he said.
Ahmad Shabery also said he would continue with the ministry's existing policies as he did not intend to make any major changes in terms of leadership and on other matters.
"I want to see this ministry and all its agencies playing their role as an agent for change ... an agent of change as wanted by our leadership.
"Hence, we don't want to be seen at all that RTM is resistant to change," he said.
Ahmad Shabery said the Information Ministry and its agencies such as RTM, Broadcasting Department and Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) would continue to play a crucial role in educating the people and to mould their mindset to understand the policies and programmes of the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
"I'm aware of the dual role we've to play. We are the agent for change. We believe in the approach shown by the leadership of our prime minister who wants to see this country to be more open, with a system of governance that is more transparent and of integrity," he added.
No need advertise lar! Nobody really watches RTM anyway and RTM's advertising money source = taxpayers' money. Try SoPo Sentral.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Q: The new media has exploded. Are you going to engage the bloggers at all?
A: Well, I wish I could see them. But I don't know how many there are. Bloggers can be local and global. They can be everywhere and they emerge every day. They are important. In this explosion of information technology, everywhere is the centre of information. And people are free to express what they think. There is the good and bad about that. I wish we can sit down and talk to them and think openly what's best for the country. That's the bottom line.
Has he already contacted you two, Rocky and Jeff?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
New cabinet announced --> Ministers, deputies to declare assets --> Two Deputy Ministers Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar and Datuk Anifah Aman declined posts (scared to declare assets?) --> Kerismuddin chickened out against Mukhriz; action tai-chied back to Abdullah --> Shahrizat made special adviser with minister status makes Ng 'I have Aussie PR' Yen Yen redundant? --> Radzi quits as Umno sec-gen --> Tengku Adnan replaces him --> Rafidah 'shocked', refuses to quit UMNO Wanita head --> Terengganu MB still in quandary --> Khir Toyo offers to quit as state Umno liaison chief --> Ku Li to challenge Pak Lah ------------------------------------------------------>
Who's the joker here?
Wednesday March 19, 2008
MYT 3:46:27 PM
Rafidah stays on as Wanita Umno chief
KUALA LUMPUR: In her first public reaction to being dropped from the Cabinet, former International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said Wednesday she will stay on as Wanita Umno chief.
Rafidah was excluded from the new Cabinet line-up announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday.
Rafidah told reporters that she was not disappointed and accepted the Prime Minister's decision, but was surprised when Abdullah told her Tuesday that she would not be retained.
She said there would not have been a need for her to contest in the recent general election had Abdullah informed her of his plan beforehand.
Rafidah said the formation of the Cabinet was the Prime Minister's prerogative and she bore no grudges over the decision to not have her on board.
She was replaced by Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the former Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, as International Trade and Industry Minister.
Featuring commenters like 'Wong', 'KY', 'Haris', 'Zorro' and 'RPK'. Any resemblance of the names with real bloggers out there is purely co-incidental? ;-)
1. Ng Yen Yen, The Minister with an Aussie PR
Don't we just love this kind of blogging material by Member of Parliament Jeff Ooi?
1. Ng teamed up with Soh Chee Wen, General (Rtd) Mohamed Ngah Said and two Australians to run stock-broking business via New South Wales-based company, Indo Pacific Securities Limited, from April 1992 through May 1995.
2. Ng chose Tusmore, Adelaide, South Australia as her place of residence... living in Australia for approximately three years... and has undertaken substantial business activities concerned with the import of intellectual properties and commodities.
3. Ng was granted and admittedly held an Australian PR from 1990 through 1995.
4. Ng obtained the PR status to facilitate her frequent travelling to Australia to look after her three sons who "were in their early formative years and studying there".
5. Ng and her husband realised the need to be with their children as frequently as possible to "ensure the parental bonding within the family, as well as to ensure that they develop a strong value system and strength of character". This need stopped by 1995, coinciding with her severance of business ties in Indo Pacific Securities Limited.... (and possibly cutting ties with Soh).
6. Ng took her oath of loyalty to King and country, and oath of office as a senator in August 1993, with her PR papers materially tugged in her safe custody.
2. Muhammad Muhammad Taib, The Briefcase Millionaire 'Prestation' Minister
Brought back to fame by RPK, here's more:
Muhammad Taib has not only failed to institute legal proceedings against the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Queensland newspaper has now come out with a new revelation that Muhammad Taib had acquired more than A$3 (RM5.2) million of property in New Zeland over the past year and registered in his wife’s name.
The Brisbane Courier Mail report, dated 28th June, 1997, under the heading "Politician’s property empire still growing", in a report by-lined Sean Parnell, states:
"The international property empire of an embattled Malaysian politician continues to grow despite concerns over how he funds the massive land purchases.
"Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, a vice president of the ruling United Malays National Organisation, resigned as chief minister of Selangor in April citing The Courier-Mail’s reporting of his activities as a reason for his decision.
"On December 22 last year, Mr. Muhammad was detained at Brisbane International Airport as he was about to board a plane to New Zealand with the equivalent of A$1.26 million in Singapore, Malaysian and New Zealand currency in his luggage.
"Customs officials have alleged that they were not told about the cash, and Mr. Muhammad will appear in committal proceedings in Brisbane’s Federal Court on August 19 on charges of failing to declare cash above A$5000 and making a false declaration.
"The Courier-Mail has revealed Mr. Muhammad and his wife spent a week in Australia - checking on a luxury house being built on the Gold Coast and a 4500ha property in western Queensland - then flew to New Zealand for two weeks after Mr. Muhammad had appeared in court.
"The properties - registered to his wife in her maiden name of Asnan - were purchased last year for more than $3 million.
"It has been discovered more than $3 million of property has been purchased in New Zealand over the past year and registered to Ms Asnan…
"Land title searches have revealed six properties on New Zealand’s north island - in total more than 140 ha - registered to Ms Asnan.
"Documents show a 4573 sq m property in Pakurunga was purchased on June 18 last year; a 1713 sq m property in Otahuhu was bought on November 27 last year for $550,000; and four properties in Mataitai, totalling 144ha, were bought between November 29 last year and March 11 this year.
"Purchase price for the Pakurunga and Mataitai properties were not disclosed on transfer documents, although stamp duty payments indicate a total transaction for the Mataitai properties of about $2.1 million.
"The Pakurunga property was purchased from Hasan B.M.Taib of Singapore, who is Mr. Muhammad’s younger brother. Hasan purchased the property in 1990 for $520,000."
3. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - The Rice, The House and The Sinusitis Surgery
All photos courtesy of MP Jeff.
Malaysia's First Family's family home at 34, Bay View Terrace, Mosman Park, Perth, Australia is currently under extensive and massive renovation works. A house bought by a non-permanent resident has to be renovated at a cost of more than half the purchase price.
The house comprises of the main block, the staff quarters and a swimming pool. The land area is about half an acre to an acre.
The scheduled date of completion of the renovation works is between December 2006 to March 2007 depending on the availability of skilled workers. The total value of the house on completion of the renovation works will be between Aus$8 million to Aus$10 million.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Tiada tindakan terhadap Mukhriz
KUALA LUMPUR 18 Mac - Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO tidak akan mengambil tindakan terhadap Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir kerana tindakan Exconya itu menulis surat kepada Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad supaya melepaskan jawatan sebagai Perdana Menteri adalah bersifat peribadi.
Ketuanya, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein berkata, perkara itu diputuskan oleh mesyuarat Exco pergerakan itu hari ini.
Mukhriz lega tidak dikenakan tindakan
KUALA LUMPUR 18 Mac - Exco Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir lega apabila tidak dikenakan tindakan ekoran suratnya yang meminta Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi meletakkan jawatan ekoran pencapaian buruk Barisan Nasional pada pilihan raya umum lalu.
But will the petition go on?
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department - Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
 Bernama July 24, 2007: "Govt Warns Of Tough Action Against Bloggers Who Disparage"
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department - Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
 Bernama December 02, 2006: "Mainstream Media Told To Deflect Internet Rumours"
TEMERLOH, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- The mainstream media should play a role in deflecting wild allegations and slanders spread through the internet and blogs, Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zahid Hamidi said.
Ahmad Zahid said the mainstream media including the official government media should provide the correct explanation about allegations spread through the internet or blogs, especially if the allegations were targetted at the government and its policies.
"(This is because) not all the information (and slanders) spread through internet or blogs are accurate," he told reporters here last night.
"We do not want the public to be deceived by inaccurate information including those that are slanderous."
He said in the era of information and communication technology (ICT), it was impossible to curb the bloggers or to stop them from spreading lies through the internet.
He added that the public were still gullible and could be easily influenced by the inaccurate information they obtained from the internet.
Ahmad Zahid also advised bloggers to be ethnical and responsible in their writings.
"They should have ethics ... everyone have ethics and self-respect. We hope the bloggers will also have ethics and self respect," he said.
Earlier, he launched the Lanchang Carnival 2006 here. The highlights of the event include entertainment show, exhibitions put up by government agencies and food sales.
Energy, Water and Communications Minister - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
 Berita Harian August 23, 2006: ‘Pengendali laman blog ibarat penembak curi’
Newspaper cutting by YB Jeff.
 The Star April 5, 2007: "Bloggers may have to register"
Newspaper cutting by YB Jeff.
 The Star April 7, 2007: "Shaziman denies censorship goal"
 The Star October 23, 2007: "Political sites not so hot"
Deputy Finance Minister - Datuk Kong Cho Ha
 SMH December 3, 2006: "Malaysia mulls Internet laws against bloggers: report"
Youth and Sports Minister - Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob
 Bernama March 29, 2007: "Government Asked To Curb Bloggers"
Human Resources Deputy Minister- Datuk Noraini Ahmad
 theSun via Nuraina Samad's 3450 Jln Sudin November 8, 2007: Title unstated
Noraini also commented on the abuse of information and communication technology by bloggers who insulted the King and Islam.
She said the Sedition Act, Internal Security Act, Officials Secrets Act and Printing Presses and Publications Act must be enforced to the fullest as irresponsible acts by bloggers caused tension among people of different races and religions.
Rural and Regional Development Minister - Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib
 The Star July 23, 2007: "Umno lodges police report against Malaysia Today"
Tourism Minister - Datuk Seri Azalina Othman
 Rocky's Bru August 18, 2007: "Ah, Aza! Azalina to brief Umno on bloggers"
 The Star February 22, 2008: "Bloggers slammed"
Oh, and last but not least:
Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
 Bernama January 24, 2007: "No Govt Censorship, But Bloggers Must Be Responsible - Abdullah"
Do you think what I think? That the cabinet line-up was selected in spite of hating blogs?
Here's the at-a-glance list:
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Deputy Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz
Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department
Datuk Johari Baharom
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
Datuk Hasan Malek
Minister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Second Finance Minister - Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Deputies - Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Datuk Kong Cho Ha
Minister - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Deputy - Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop
Internal Security and Home Affairs
Minister - Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Deputies - Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh
Housing and Local Government
Minister - Datuk Ong Ka Chuan
Deputies - Datuk Robert Lau, Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
Minister - Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad
Deputy - Datuk Yong Khoon Seng
Energy, Water and Communications
Minister - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Deputy - Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Minister - Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputy - Datin Paduka Rohani Abdul Karim
International Trade and Industry
Minister - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies - Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan
Minister - Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputy - Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar
Minister - Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies - Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Razali Ismail
Minister - Datuk Khaled Nordin
Deputies - Dr Hou Kok Chung, Datuk Idris Harun
Minister - Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Deputy - Datuk Anifah Aman
Minister - Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam
Deputy - Datuk Noraini Ahmad
Women, Family and Community Development
Minister - Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen
Deputy - Noriah Kasnon
National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage
Minister - Datuk Shafie Apdal
Deputy - Datuk Teng Boon Soon
Science, Technology and Innovation
Minister - Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy - Fadilah Yusof
Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development
Minister - Datuk Noh Omar
Deputy - Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah
Natural Resources and Environment
Minister - Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas
Deputy - Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh
Rural and Regional Development
Minister - Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib
Deputy - Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Joseph Entulu Belaun
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Minister - Datuk Shahrir Samad
Deputy - Jelaing Mersat
Plantation Industries and Commodities
Minister - Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy - Senator A. Kohilan
Youth and Sports
Minister - Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob
Deputy - Wee Jeck Seng
Minister - Datuk Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy - Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Minister - Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Deputy - Datuk Tan Lian Hoe
Minister - Datuk Seri Azalina Othman
Deputy - Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib
Minister - Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique
Deputy - Datuk M. Saravanan
UPDATED: From Bernama:
March 18, 2008 12:33 PM
Abdullah Remains Finance Minister, Muhyiddin Trade Minister, Rafidah Dropped
PUTRAJAYA, March 18 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will remain as Finance Minister while Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop has been retained as Second Finance Minister under the new Cabinet line-up.
Former Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Tan Sri Hj Muhyiddin Yassin has been appointed Minister Of International Trade And Industry, replacing Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, who has been dropped from the Cabinet.
Rafidah is believed to be the world's longest-serving trade minister.
Datuk Husni Hanadzlah and Datuk Kong Cho Ha were appointed Deputy Finance Ministers.
Husni was formerly Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry while Kong was formerly Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.
As for MITI, the deputy ministers are Liew Vui Keong and Jacob Dungau.
Abdullah also announced the appointment of Maybank group president and chief executive officer Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department heading the Economic Planning Unit.
Amirsham, who recently announced his retirement from the country's largest banking group effective June this year, will replace Datuk Seri Effendi Nawawi. -- BERNAMA
Malaysiakini TV was there also!
No Parliamentary Secretary positions.
Bernard Dompok, Nazri Aziz, Zahid Hamidi, Mohd. Zaid Ibrahim (via Senator)- to reform judiciary, Amirsham? (via Senator) - to head Economic Planning Unit
Johari, Mashitah, Devamany
II: Nor Mohamaed Yaakob Deputies:Kong Cho Ha, Husni Hanadzlah
Defence - the same
Internal Affairs Ministry
Minister: Syed Hamid Albar, Deputy: Chor Chee Heung, Wan Ahmad Farid (Senator)
MITI: Muhyiddin Yassin Deputies: Liew Vui Keong and Jacob Dungau
Education: Minister -same, Deputy: Wee Ka Siong
??? Ministry: Rais Yatim
Agriculture: Peter Chin, Deputy: Kohilan?
KEKKWA (includes Unity Ministry): Shafie Apdal, Ting ...?
Higher Ministry: Khalid Nordin, Khoo..., Idris
WP Ministry - same, Saravanan as Deputy
Environment - Douglas Unggah, Ghafur Salleh as Deputy
Transport - Ong Tee Keat, Anifah as Deputy
Women - Ng Yen Yen, Noriah? as Deputy
Rural - Noh Omar, Saifuddin as Deputy
Entrepenurship - .....
Energy - Shaziman Mansur, Joseph Salang as Deputy
Health - Liow Tiong Lai, Abdul Latif as Deputy
Info - Shaf? Tan Lian Hoe as Deputy
Works - S. Subramaniam, Noraini Ahmad
KDHEP - Shahrir Samad, ....
??? Ministry: Muhd Muhd Taib (WTF?), Joseph Kurup
Local Govt - Ong Ka Chuan
Youth - Ismail Sabri Yaakob, ....
Still no mention of KJ/SIL or did I miss it?
Complete and official list to follow.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I'm talking about this lalang, which sways soooo conveniently following the wind of change, not the Ops.
Lalang picture sourced from spunkymonkee.
A new dawn?
Yes, even bloggers amongst us. You just have to keep an extra eye.
Can someone hand me over the lawn mower? You aint nothing but just a piece of disgusting weed, who wants the mirror to show that you're angelic like a bird-of-paradise.
|March 16, 2008 11:29 AM|
IPOH, March 16 (Bernama) -- The new Menteri Besar of Perak will be sworn in at Istana Iskandariah in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar tomorrow.
The private secretary to the Sultan of Perak, Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Nor, said the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, had consented to the swearing-in of State PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the Menteri Besar.
Mohammad Nizar, who is also Pasir Panjang assemblyman, will take his oath of office, pledge of loyalty and secrecy before Raja Nazrin at 11.30am, he said in a statement faxed to Bernama today.
The swearing-in of Mohammad Nizar, a 51-year-old engineer, scheduled for Thursday, was deferred in the absence of a consensus to form a coalition state government among DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and PAS.
On Thursday, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang ordered all the 18 party assemblymen in Perak to boycott the swearing-in following a disagreement over the appointment of Mohammad Nizar as the 10th Menteri Besar of Perak.
Kit Siang, however, apologised and retracted his order later.
On the same day, the PKR, unhappy over the allotment of exco seats, threatened to pull out from the coalition government.
Following re-negotiations, PKR has been allocated three exco seats compared to one earlier, DAP will have six from eight initially, and PAS one, in addition to the Menteri Besar's post.
Following squabbling over exco seats, Raja Nazrin ordered all the 31 assemblymen from the three parties to submit to him individual letters of undertaking, pledging support to the formation of a coalition government and accepting the appointment of Mohammad Nizar as the Menteri Besar.
The letters were handed to Abdul Rahim to be presented to Raja Nazrin the next day.
Friday, March 14, 2008
March 14, 2008 21:01 PM
PUTRAJAYA, March 14 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has left it to Umno Youth to take action against Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, who is an executive committee member of the movement, for asking him to step down as the prime minister.
"I am leaving it to Datuk Seri Hishammuddin (Tun Hussein, the Umno Youth chief) to take the appropriate action (against Mukhriz), he told Bernama in an interview at Seri Perdana, the official residence of the Prime Minister here.
He said this when asked to comment on a letter written by Mukhriz and sent to the Prime Minister whereby Mukhriz had urged Abdullah to take responsibility for the Barisan Nasional's poor performance in Saturday's general election and step down as the prime minister.
"A day before he sent the letter to me, he issued a statement voicing support for me and that collective responsibility must be taken for what happened and several other statements that were seen as positive to me.
"Suddenly he has made an about turn... just a day after that he sent the letter, not only to me but also Datuk (Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) and the whole country. "To me this is not good way or approach. This is one reaction from him as a member of Umno Youth, which has already taken a decision to support me and the party leadership.
"He has also stated I and Najib should be supported to lead the party and government...this (letter asking Abduallh to step down) contradicst the stand taken by Umno and the Umno Youth movement," said Abdullah.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Hishammuddin had earlier said that if it was true that Mukhriz had indeed sent such a letter, it was done in his personal capacity.
Umno Youth stood by its earlier statement that it was solidly behind Abdullah as Umno president and Najib as deputy president, he said in a statement sent to Bernama.
March 14, 2008 19:43 PM
PUTRAJAYA, March 14 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Friday he handed to Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim the letter enabling his appointment as the menteri besar of Perlis and the formation of the state executive council.
"I handed the letter of appointment to Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who is the chairman of the Perlis Barisan Nasional (BN) liaison committee, who had won (in the recent general election).
"The letter of appointment had to be presented to His Royal Highness the Raja of Perlis so that he (Shahidan) can be appointed the menteri besar and form the Perlis state government," he told Bernama in an interview at Seri Perdana, the prime minister's official residence.
Abdullah said this when asked to comment on a statement by the Raja of Perlis' private secretary Moh Adib Zakaria earlier today announcing that the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, had given his consent for the appointment of Bintong state assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as the menteri besar of Perlis.
Moh Adib said Article 39 (2) of the Laws of the Constitution of Perlis state that the ruler shall appoint a person who he thinks has the confidence of the majority of the members of the state assembly to become the menteri besar to head the state government.
"Based on this provision and after being satisfied with his ability to garner the support of the majority of the state assemblymen, His Royal Highness has consented to appoint Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as the Menteri Besar of Perlis effective March 14 2008," he had said.
The decision of the Raja of Perlis has raised questions among the people of the state because the BN, which won in Perlis in the general election, wanted another person to be made the menteri besar and the decision of the prime minister as the BN chairman in the government administration of a constitutional monarchy should be respected.
Asked about a statement by Shahidan today that he did not dismiss the possibility of being in opposition to the state government helmed by Md Isa, Abdullah said: "I did not hear of Shahidan saying that. I was just on the telephone with him and he did not mention anything (to that effect)."
Shahidan had also said that the appointment of Md Isa did not have the recognition of the BN government led by Abdullah.
Pictures from Merdeka Review. More story by YB Jeff.
[Screenshot by Lulu due to the fact that Malaysiakini is no more free now :(]
Like Lulu said, will Lee Chong Meng a.k.a. Dr. Ayam and the 'several thousand NGOs' fly down to Penang to fend the shopowners there?
Water cannons? ISA? 'Terrorists'? 'Pantang dicabar'? Where are all these?
Wahai rakyat Pulau Pinang, bukakanlah mata hati ko orang....